Teasing the Octopus
WARNING: This story contains
violent crushing scenes that may not be suitable
for people aged 17 and under.
"I get the feeling this isn't going to work Mr. Chupon." Ultros sighed
as he raised two tentacles to his forehead.
"It's going to take a
million years to work off this debt and interest in the Colosseum is
waning after only one. This idea definitely isn't paying off.
What could possibly renew the peoples interest?" Ultros asked his good
Chupon seemed to consider the question for a minute
before seemingly coming to a conclusion. Opening his mouth wide he
"Now there's an idea Mr. Chupon! One of
those muscleheads from the whole Kefka incident might bring in the
crowds! If we can trick one of them into going into the ocean then we
can use the water as an advantage. Why, they'll never sea it
coming!" Ultros replied.
Chupon shook his head in disagreement,
and motioned to a nearby table. A crudely painted sign saying, "PLACE
BET HEAR" lay on the table, and it was filled with many assorted items.
Sliding to the table, Ultros looked over the items for a moment before
turning back to Chupon.
"Well Mr. Chupon, what's so special
about the worthless items people have been betting?" Ultros asked.
"FUNGAH!!!' Chupon replied and blew away a few of the healing potions
and rusty swords until an old, rusty piece of metal lay on top.
Seemingly proud with himself, he turned back to Ultros and shouted,
"So this piece of junk has the power to
control peoples minds you say?" Ultros asked as he wrapped a tentacle
around the crown and brought it to him for closer examination.
Chupon nodded quickly.
A sinister smile spread across Ultros's
face as he turned the metal around a bit looking at a series of small
switches on the back. He flipped a few, hoping to get some kind of
reaction, but nothing happened.
"Oh I see," he told himself. "We
need to attach this to someone's head before we can get a real reaction
out of it! But it needs to be a cute morsel I can really wrap my
tentacles around, in case it doesn't work. Which of those muscleheads
that were around a year ago would make a good victim?" Ultros asked.
"FUNGAH!!!" Chupon shouted excitedly.
Ultros grinned wickedly
and took the metal ring with him as he left the Colosseum and headed
East through the slowly recovering plains.
the sweat from her brow as she sat down to rest. The city of Narshe had
been one of the last stops she and the other Returners had made in their
plan to restore the world to what it had been before Kefka effectively
Though she hadn't been present in the restoration of
many other towns, Terra felt a bit of guilt over Narshe in particular
because she herself had attacked it long ago. Though she had been under
the control of a slave crown, she still felt as if she was to blame and
made the effort to make sure at least this city would be brought back.
Even she had her limits though, and she sat on a nearby bench, fanning
herself and watching some of the other workers continue. Edgar seemed to
be testing out some new machines he purported would make construction
faster, but not all of them were panning out as expected.
smiled to herself as she thought about all the progress the world had
made so far, and how close they were to bringing everything back to
Sighing to herself, she stood up again to resume helping
when she felt a sharp pain on the back of her neck, that traveled all
the way down through her feet.
"Ow!" She shouted , rubbing the
back of her neck and turning to see what hit her. A chill ran down her
spine as she immediately recognized the object as a slave crown, though
it looked to be old and rusted.
Bending at the knees, Terra
picked up the slave crown, and looked over it for a moment when a
powerful gust of wind lifted her from her feet and sent her flying into
the nearby mountain before she could scream for help.
"Excellent Snort Mr. Chupon, that more than makes up for your terrible
aim with the crown in the first place!" Ultros laughed as he held Terra
with his tentacles and reached for the slave crown by her feet with
Slipping it on as best he could with his tentacles,
Ultros grinned hugely as he lightly shook Terra awake.
Surprised, Ultros immediately noted her pupils were
no longer visible.
"Side effects, who needs 'em, am I right Mr.
Chupon?" he laughed.
Chupon just shook his head in excitement.
"Ok then my pretty slave, I'm going to need you to come with me to the
Colosseum now." Ultros said as he began to slither back the direction he
Terra didn't move.
Ultros quickly noticed
his pretty prize was no longer following him so he turned to face her
again. "Don't tease the octopus now! Let's go!" he called back.
Terra stood still.
Slithering back to her, Ultros reached behind
her head and flipped more of the switches around on the crown, hoping
one of them would animate her again.
Terra's fingers moved.
"That's better." Ultros said as he patted Terra on the head and planned
to make his way back to the Colosseum, but was quickly pulled back by
an unexpected result.
Terra was growing quickly.
the suckers on one of his tentacles, Ultros kept a tight grip to the top
of Terra's head as she shot up into the sky at an alarming rate.
Terra stopped growing.
Climbing the rest of the way up her
head, Ultros looked over the world far below and suddenly realized the
new potential a giant famous warrior would have for the Colosseum.
Chupon quickly flew up to the same height as Ultros and seemed equally
pleased with the way things had turned out before signaling down the
mountain to the city or Narshe.
"Excellent thinking Mr. Chupon,
we don't know exactly what she's capable of right now, so let's take her
for a test drive!" Ultros shouted. "Step forward!"
Terra took a
The citizens of Narshe had been surprised to see
an enormous giantess rise from the mountains with a strange ring around
her head, but they had little time to dwell on this as she quickly took a
step forward into their town. Her enormous booted foot crushed flat
anything caught beneath it, and the cobblestones of the street cracked
from her enormous weight. Dust rose around the boot and the people ran
"Beautifully done there Terra!" Ultros laughed. "Now,
just to make sure that wasn't a fluke, give me a nice stomp!" He
Terra lifted her other boot and stomped.
giantess's first step had been devastating, but her followup put that to
shame. Several individuals found themselves in the other boots shadow
as it lifted into the air, but the stomp wasn't slow. Like a bolt of
lightning it struck down flattening, then crushing anything beneath it
into a wet mess. The entire city quaked from her second step, and the
cracked cobblestone was also crushed into powder, along with the
compacted dirt the boot now rest in.
The panicked screams rose
as one while peoples belongings fell from shelves, and the very repairs
Terra had been working on earlier were brought to the floor by impact.
"Impressive, but that's enough of that." Ultros said. "Now, we really
must be heading to the Colosseum." he added before stopping suddenly.
"Mr. Chupon! Which way to the Colosseum? I can't tell from this high
up!" Ultros asked.
"FUNGAH!!!" Chupon replied and pointed
"Yes, of course Mr. Chupon. You heard him, get
moving pretty!" Ultros ordered.
Terra went in the direction
pointed out by Chupon.
The ground rumbled more as Terra's weight
shifted for her to begin moving away from the city. As they lifted high
overhead, rubble fell from the boots and pelted the roofs of some of
the spared homes. Though she was now safely out of the city, the
rumbling of her feet impacting the ground was still cause for concern as
several of the now weakened roofs looked as though they were about to
collapse into themselves.
Edgar and Celes, the two other
Returners that had come with Terra ran to the cities limits and boarded
the airship lent to them by Setzer. It's engine started and they
quickly set to the skies in the same direction as Terra, quickly passing
her because of her slow walking speed.
Only minutes after
taking off they were at their destination, Castle Figaro. Though Terra
was extremely far away, she could still clearly be seen.
what's your big plan you didn't want to tell me Edgar?" Celes asked as
they ran into the castle.
"Well, I'm sure you noticed the crown
Terra wore during all that?" Edgar asked as they made their way up the
many flights of stairs in the castle.
"Yes, it was a slave
crown, I'm all too familiar with them myself." Celes replied
"Well yes, and it's the reason for her growth too!" Edgar panted. "Back
when I was pretending to be on the side of the empire, one of the many
things they supplied my kingdom with was slave crowns so we could have
our own army. A representative came by and explained the things they
could do for me too, but said not to ever use the growth switch on the
back, simply because Gestahl didn't want anyone on the Empire's side to
be a casualty of a giant slave." Edgar finished as he made his way to
the top of the castle and pulled a switch.
The entire castle
began to shake and lower into the ground beneath his feet as he made his
way inside the castle for safety again.
"So... you still have
these crowns I assume?" Celes gasped between breaths.
never intended to use them, but thought maybe our engineers could use
their technology for new machines. There's still boxes of them in the
basement!" Edgar told Celes.
"So you intend to grow yourself and
fight Terra?" Celes asked.
"No, if I were to grow and something
happened, it'd look bad on my entire kingdom..." Edgar trailed off.
"So... you want me to be enslaved and fight Terra I presume?" Celes
asked with only a bit of surprise in her voice.
"That's why I
brought you here in the first place!" Edgar added. "Otherwise I would've
only come to lower the castle into the desert and that would've been
the end of it."
"I don't know Edgar, this seems kinda dangerous,
and I'd love nothing more than to never be enslaved again. It's not a
good feeling." Celes slowly replied.
"Come now Celes, if you're
under the control of me you won't have to worry about anything bad
"Still... I don't know." Celes thought.
Suddenly, the sand above them began to shake, affecting the entire
submerged castle at once. Though they were safely underground, the
impact Terra's boots made with the sound shook everything enough to
bring people to their knees.
The light in the room Celes and
Edgar had retreated flickered a bit.
Sighing heavily, Celes
finally conceded. "Fine, I can see just how dangerous this is myself.
I'll do it."
"Excellent." Edgar said as he made his way to the
basement and returned a minute later with a crown. Looking at the back
of the crown, Edgar quickly spotted the, "SIZE" switch and flipped it
The footfalls had long since stopped, so the castle was
quickly raised again and the duo made their way outside.
goes nothing." Edgar said as he slipped the slave crown onto Celes's
"Mr. Chupon, shouldn't we have arrived back at the
Colosseum by now?" Ultros asked.
"FUNGAH!!!" Chupon answered
"Yes I know you're sure this is the right way,
but we've crossed the ocean twice here, I'm pretty sure we only crossed
it once on the way over! We're nearing a town too, but I don't recognize
it." Ultros replied.
Terra continued walking.
ground beneath her was ripped out of its place by her weight and the
dirt rained from the bottoms of her boots with every step she took. The
town of liars and thieves, Zozo, was fast approaching, but Ultros and
Chupon continued to argue on Terra's head.
"I'm afraid I'm going
to have to stop and ask for directions Mr. Chupon. It's not that I
don't believe you, but we need to get back to the Colosseum faster than
this, so maybe the locals will know a shortcut!" Ultros said as they
grew arrived at Zozo. "Stop!" Ultros ordered quickly.
The boot of Terra's right foot stopped by it just
barely hit a home on the towns edge with the force of a locomotive. The
entire right side of the home collapsed around the toe of the boot as
Terra stopped in place.
"Ok now if anyone gives us any trouble,
you give them the what's what and snort, got that Mr. Chupon?" Ultros
"FUNGAH!!!" he replied, though it sounded panicked.
"What is it Mr. Chupon?" Ultros asked as he shifted to look in the
direction Chupon had been facing.
Coming straight for them from
the ocean was another, equally huge giantess. This one was blonde and
wore a green outfit, contrasting greatly to Terra's green hair and red
Celes was running through the ocean, her feet
creating great trenches as she continued to make her way to the equally
enormous Terra. Far behind, Edgar stood on the Airship, relaying orders
through a communication device.
"Now stop!" Edgar ordered and
Celes instantly followed suit.
Carefully flying closer to the
group, Edgar quickly recognized Chupon, and that annoying octopus that
wouldn't stop bothering them all those years ago. Placing the palm of
his hand on his forehead, Edgar sighed as he tried to think of the best
way to go about this.
Robotically, Terra balled her hand into a
fist and punched Celes in the jaw.
Celes stumbled from the blow.
Watching the whole thing, Edgar realized the Octopus had made his
decision for him. The only way he'd be able to stop the whole thing was
to defeat Terra, but given both of their robotic movements it seemed
A surprised look quickly crossed Edgar's face as he got
an idea. He quickly gave Celes a simple order.
Celes shook her head suddenly and looked for
Terra and Edgar, hoping the plan had succeeded. She did quickly find
Terra, but also noticed the incredible new height at which she stood.
Taking a moment to gather herself, Celes recognized the many, now tiny,
towers of the town she was in as belonging to Zozo. Looking behind her,
she saw the airship in the distance and heard a voice in her ear tell
"Celes, the only thing we can do now is defeat
Terra, you look like you've regained your self control, so it should be
no problem!" Edgar happily ordered, ready to enjoy a catfight of epic
proportions, though he'd never admit it.
Turning back to face
Terra, she found another fist robotically sailing to her face and
quickly dodged to the side.
At ground level, Celes's simple
dodge had gone right into the city itself and it was largely a repeat of
Terra at Narshe. Her blue boots crashed into the ground and slid
slightly with her momentum, tearing out stones the road was made of and
sending them flying as deadly projectiles. The ground quaked and many
windows in the smaller buildings shattered as their frames couldn't take
"Mr. Chupon, this isn't going to end well, is
it?" Ultros asked.
Chupon seemed to shake his head in
Terra turned and threw another slow punch at
Reacting quickly, Celes grabbed Terra's outstretched arm
and tossed her over the shoulder, directly into the center of Zozo.
The many thieves panicked as the body of a giantess sailed through the
air, only to land in the center of their town and crush flat many of
their buildings and citizens. Any buildings spared of the carnage
beneath Terra's body soon found their way to the ground by the powerful
impact crumbling their very foundations. Even seconds after landing the
damage continued to be felt as the citizens who were ok made all
attempts to flee.
One unfortunate citizen however, found himself
running in the same direction as Celes. Though he figured he could get
behind Celes and be safe, he instead found the bottom half of his body
crushed into a thin organic film beneath the tip of her shoe. He
screamed in torturous pain as what was left of him seemed to go into
shock and writhed about at the tip of her boot, unnoticed by Celes.
Quickly straddling Terra, Celes managed to wrest the crown from her
head and ripped it off, it breaking easily because of its poor
Terra suddenly found herself conscious again and
looked up to see Celes. Surprised for a bit, she then saw Celes continue
to rise into the sky above her until Celes was an enormous giantess in
comparison to Terra, who had returned to normal now that the crowns
control had been released.
Celes looked down at Terra, happy to
see that it ended quickly, with the only casualties being a town full of
liars and thieves that no one would ever really care about anyway.
Reaching her palm down, she set it next to Terra and told her it would
be ok to stand on her hand.
Standing again, Terra wasn't sure
what exactly had happened, but the sight of all the rubble and blood
spattered dust around made her sick. She quickly climbed into Celes's
hand, figuring it was preferable to being in this hellish landscape any
Terra was lifted skyward again and Celes took a step out
of the ruined city and found her attention drawn to the ground again.
She spotted the now delirious man who looked like he would have a
torturous, drawn-out death.
Feeling a twinge of guilt, Celes
realized that it was outside of the crater Terra had created, so this
mans pain was on her shoulders. Looking down at him, she decided the
only proper way to help him was to end his life painlessly, as he was
likely too far gone to be saved.
"I'm... I'm sorry about what
happened to Zozo." Celes said as she moved her boot over the puny mans
flailing body. Just as she was about to press him flat, she heard him
respond between pained gasps.
"Z..Z-Zozo? N-N-N-Never heard of
it..." He managed to say.
Celes frowned. "A liar to the very
end." She thought to herself and stamped him out of existence.
Only a couple of minutes later, Terra was safely back onto the deck of
the Airship and Edgar almost shouted in surprise as he saw how dirty and
stained her back was.
Celes smiled back at Edgar and was soon
back to normal, without a slave crown on the airship again.
Hugging Terra in relief, Celes smiled as she noticed something Edgar,
and even Terra herself had seemed to miss.
Still on top of her
head was a small, purple, octopus.
From Terra's head, Ultros
backed away as he saw Celes's enormous face approach him and smile.
"Well Mr. Chupon, it looks like we no longer have a small
problem of debt on our hands." He said.
Floating from behind
Terra's head, Chupon nodded his head in solemn agreement.
well, to be honest Mr. Chupon, things could have ended up worst. I'm
sure if we somehow managed to get away with it, our debts would have
only grown." Ultros said with a snicker.