The Second Battle Chronicled by Thomas Robert In which a furious god misunderstands an old man’s luncheon Once there was a time when humans and nature coexisted in equilibrium, and because of that the world thrived. But as time went on the human race grew ever more powerful and because of that the natural balance has slowly been tipped away from nature. Soon many spirit guardians, mighty beasts and entities who had always desired to protect that balance, would remove humanity from their goals of protecting the earth and a small few would even target the human race. Examples of spirit guardians who would forsake humanity have increased over time as the human race has taken nature for granted. One of these examples, and today’s topic of discussion, is Kaiotaita. This is mostly due to Kaiotaita’s recent attack on El Segundo, California. Things were business as usual in the suburban Californian city when Kaiotaita slithered into town, raking the ground with his flightless wings. It was never understood exactly why Kaiotaita went so far away from his home in the northern regions of Africa, but it was most likely due to the fallen god sensing that his presence would soon be a necessity. You can probably chalk that up to his origins. But it is also possible that Kaiotaita sensed a need to punish the people currently living in El Segundo for some archaic reason. Kaitotaita was demolishing several blocks of buildings with swings from his tail, focusing his attacks around an oil refinery near the coast. The military had already been deployed to try to deter Kaiotaita but were struggling just with getting a clear shot on him. Meanwhile the refinery was already in the motions of sealing off all the oil they could so that any damage to the refinery wouldn’t obliterate the entire coastline in a great fireball. Thankfully Kaiotaita had not yet tried touching the massive factory but instead was intent on snaking around it and screeching madly at the soldiers on the ground. If the National Guard had known what Kaiotaita sensed, they would’ve saved Mr. John Q Taxpayer some money by conserving ammo and ceasing fire. However, one unlucky member of one exceptionally skilled platoon tried to hit Kaiotaita with a rocket from an AT4 rocket launcher. The shot missed Kaiotaita, but then soared quite a distance past the refinery’s nearby beach and into an oil tanker that was on its way to dock nearby. Of course, the tanker had seen Kaiotaita and had immediately (or at least as immediately as a giant sea vessel could) begun the process of turning back the way it came. That rocket stopped that process, and the explosion caused by the impact immediately began pouring gallons and gallons of crude oil into the Californian waters. Every single person who heard that explosion had also beared witness to the next great man-made disaster to happen near El Segundo. Seeing the explosion as a threat from the military, Kaiotaita stopped and prostrated himself upward to let out a great furious roar. Kaiotaita then began to rain down a dark breath of stone and debris onto the nearby National Guard, inflicting them with injuries similar to petrification. This exchange between Kaiotaita and the military persisted for a few moments before both sides were interrupted by a deep groan. The groan sounded like the creaking of a ship that was tossed in a raging storm but multiplied by a hundred and amplified by the ocean itself. The groan also sounded like the groan a person would make when they don’t want to get out of bed. Either way, Kaiotaita looked again to the ocean to see a wooden ship rise slowly out of the water as it approached the burning tanker. Soon the ship became a cluster of ships and it then became apparent that those ships sat on top of a giant mass of seaweed. As that mass rose above the waters a pair of eyes and a mouth of sharp wooden teeth made it all too obvious that the beast, Degijon, was here for the tanker. Degijon slowly approached the burning vessel and grabbed onto the ship with a hand made of dangling anchors. That hand was then used to tear the ship open, causing more oil to spill out into the sea surrounding Degijon’s legs. Degijon groaned again and lowered his mouth down into the water to drink the fresh oil as sailors jumped into lifeboats or just jumped overboard, not considering whether falling into a mess of oil and seaweed was better or worse than staying on a sinking vessel. The presence of this massive mound of seaweed supposedly insulted Kaiotaita, causing him to assume that Degijon’s consumption of the oil was meant to aid the city. Kaiotaita’s fury peaked at this point as he forgot entirely about the U.S. military and begun slithering towards Degijon. Kaiotaita’s serpentine body snaked through the ocean towards Degijon, furious at the monster for interrupting his attack but unaware of the fact that construct’s consumption of the leaking oil was for his own gain, not for the military or any oil company’s recently deceased executives. Degijon on the other hand simply groaned and sunk down into the water as the oil spread around him, akin to how someone would sink into a hot bath on a cold day. Just as Degijon had gotten himself comfy with his meal a swing of Kaiotaita’s tail dragged across his face. The attack startled Degijon as he looked to Kaiotaita and in response spewed oil from his mouth into Kaiotaita’s face. Kaiotaita folded his wings inward to block the attack as if he was blocking with a pair of arms but the sticky oil stuck his wings together. Degijon then stood up, turned to face the tangled serpent, and swung his left arm into Kaiotaita in an uppercut-like motion. Since Degijon’s left arm terminates into an iron icebreaker ship the attack did massive damage to Kaiotaita and knocked him back onto the beach. As an added measure Degijon groaned as his whole body rippled along with the water between him and Kaiotaita. Soon after a mass of seaweed slid up across the beach of El Segundo and underneath a writhing Kaiotaita, causing the struggle to free his wings to become even more futile. Instead of engaging Kaiotaita further he simply began to sink back into his oil bath cuisine. For Kaiotaita an embarrassing amount of time passed before he was able to balance himself on his tail and stretch himself outward as he finally broke apart his wings, spreading them as wide as he can while screeching to the sky. Degijon’s insult would not be forgiven easily. As Kaiotaita kept his wings spread out wide, still using his tail to stand, a massive ball of energy began to form between his wings above his head. The ball then burst into flames, or at least it looked like it burst into flames, as Kaiotaita flapped his wings with great might and sent the burning eye towards Degijon. Degijon, who had believed he had already won his fight with Kaiotaita, was broadsided by the attack. The attack was so powerful that part of Degijon’s wooden crown was blasted away and Degijon was knocked onto his side and into the submerged oil tanker. Degijon then stood up to see Kaiotaita waiting for him and in response let out a deep groan towards Kaiotaita. Kaiotaita once again rushed at Degijon, swiping him with his wing as he slid by. Degijon was struck and turned by the attack, which Degijon took advantage of and swung at Kaiotaita with his anchor hand. Kaiotaita roared as the anchors scratched against his back and slithered away from his opponent, using his wings to change direction and charge forward to Degijon. Degijon met Kaiotaita’s charge with a full on headbutt, causing the vessel crowned on his head to clash with Kaiotaita’s luminescent horns. The impact of the attack was so powerful that Kaiotaita’s horn became stuck in Degijon’s crown, causing the two of them a small amount of surprise. Being the faster kaiju, Kaiotaita reacted by breathing a breath of dark earth into Degijon’s face. Degijon’s face became crusted in minerals as he tried to push the serpent off of him. Kaiotaita then curled up his tail and used it as leverage to dislodge himself from Degijon. As Degijon stumbled back Kaiotaita did a forward flip and smashed the end of his tail into Degijon’s face, shattering the stone and parts of his face in the process. Degijon groaned and fell backwards into the water, then slowly stood up to look one last time at Kaiotaita. Kaiotaita roared triumphantly and outstretched his wings for intimidation purposes despite his own lack of stamina. Degijon then slowly surveyed the waters around him, seeing that he’d already absorbed the oil out of the water, and dismissively splashed some water in Kaiotaita’s direction. Kaiotaita flinched and roared again but saw that Degijon had turned away to head back into deeper waters. After getting over himself, Kaiotaita turned as well and slithered across the water in a different direction. Whether Kaiotaita was heading back to his homeland or towards another self-perceived threat is something that will have to wait until the future. But despite his victory, the embarrassment that Kaiotaita suffered at the hands of Degijon is something that will never be forgotten or forgiven by the serpent god.