So I see a nice couple of you guys are along with my story
I think your all mostly concerned about how I'll portray the good characters and bad characters
So here's the basic rundown of how I'll turn things around
Lilith and the original Vault Hunters will be evil because of Lilith's "persuasive" maneuvers
I'll let you think on that
The Borderlands 2 Vault Hunters will be in this story
Handsome Jack and everyone will be good
Some OCs here and there
Now, let's begin
"So..." a man with brown hair spoke up over the deafening silence.
The train jostled on the magnetic track, shaking on the occasion causing the occupants to feel the vibrations. Within one car stood several different Vault Hunters, a man in worn military clothing, a small, dwarf of a man wearing simple clothing, a woman in a leotard, and a tall, thin man wearing dark clothing with a mask.
The military dressed man squirmed nervously as the other three occupants of the train looked at him.
"Why're you guys here?" he blurted out and they all just stared at him with bored expressions.
Eventually they looked back to whatever they had previously held gazes at, but that was cut short by gunfire. Everyone's heads perked up and they looked around for the source of the noise, only to see the door to the next car.
"Uh, that's not normal, right?" the commando, Axton asked and the woman with tattoos slowly walked over to the door only to stumble back at the large jostle of another shake of the train.
The sign above the door, held by supports broke off revealing a second sign behind it.
Once it read, "Welcome! Vault Hunters!"
A woman with fiery red hair smiling, giving a warm greeting to the Vault Hunters as they stood there. The second sign was more... morbid as it showed fire running across the bottom and read, "To your doom. (Nothing Personal)"
Immediately, lockers on either side of the car opened up and several men dressed in crimson armor stepped out, holding a variety of guns. Immediately, Axton began running back as the dwarf opened a door and swung onto the outside of the train car. The dark dressed, tall man jumped onto the ceiling and climbed out onto the roof while the leotard dressed woman ran with the commando.
Axton quickly twirled, pulling out a rocket launcher from his storage deck and firing.
"Axton as the Commando"
Maya dodged the rocket fired by Axton and blocked the fiery heat of the explosion with her arms before lifting up a Crimson Raider, crushing him in her Phaselock.
Maya as the Siren
The explosion of the rocket had blown open a hole in the side of the train car where Salvador had been hiding. Jumping through the ring of smoldering metal, he pulled out two machine guns, blasting away at the car full of Crimson Raiders. The bullets ripped through their armor, right through their clothes and bodies making blood pool on the metal floor.
Salvador as the Gunzerker
As the three Vault Hunters acknowledged each other and each other's abilities, they heard a commotion on the roof of the train. Above, the dark dressed man leaped over a Crimson Raider foolish enough to believe he was his hologram. Stabbing his sword through him, he leaped again and pressed his feet on the back of another Crimson Raider, kicking him into the sword.
Zer0 as a Number
Jumping across several more cars he encountered little resistance. He only found out why after peering into another car to find Crimson Raiders mowing down unsuspecting Vault Hunters. Quickly running to the back, he jumped down into the only car untouched by the Pandorans.
"Hey!" a teenage girl, hair crimson and arm mechanical shouted.
He acknowledged her, but the moment the door opened his energy katana flew. It slid through the Crimson Raider's chest and from his storage pack, Zer0 pulled out a sniper rifle. Pulling the blade from the body, he fired point blank into a man's face. Before he could slice the last one's head off, however, a massive metal limb swung over him and splattered grey matter on the wall.
He turned back to see the teenager smirking, holding a rifle in one hand and her metal arm in a pumping motion.
Gaige as the Mechromancer
"Good job teenager / You are good in a tussle / Find a place to hide."
"Whoa whoa whoa!" she cried out before he could go, "First, did you speak haiku? Second, I ain't hiding anywhere!"
Before he could even answer, the car in front of them exploded as Axton plowed through with a rocket.
"Hey! I found the ninja guy and some teenage girl!" he called and the Siren and Gunzerker behind him nodded while shooting back at several Crimson Raiders. "So, how're you two?"
"Fine," Gaige replied and Zer0's helmet showed a smiling face which Axton took with a quizzical look, a little offense mixed in as well. "Whoa! DT, go!"
She pointed down the train car, past doors to see a large squad of the Crimson Raider soldiers stampeding towards them.
"Holy crap, that's a lot!" Axton gasped loudly and they all got in a ready stance while Gaige's robot, Deathtrap began flying towards the Pandorans.
Fortunately, and perhaps unfortunately, a sudden loud banging was heard. The Crimson Raider squad turned to see the car door behind them being pounded open by something. When the metal wall broke, they witnessed the head of one of their own poking out of a hole before being pulled back in. Immediately afterwards, a large buzz saw sliced through the metal and began tearing it down.
A massive, muscled man ripped through the metal, charging through with a mask on his face. The Crimson Raiders attempted to open fire, but the bullets seemed to only draw blood and not fear or pain. He was like a wall of meat as he crushed several, then cut the rest up.
"Uh..." Maya spoke and the ginormous psycho looked up to see her.
"Pretty lady!" he roared and everyone gave her looks of confusion.
Shrugging she walked over and awkwardly patted the giant's arm. He seemed to calm down and lower the giant axe sized buzzaxe before scratching his bald head. Before he was a blood thirsty psycho, now he seemed like a docile, domesticated pet.
Krieg as the Psycho
"Damn," Axton spoke and started walking, cautiously towards the two. "So, uh, mind if we all introduce ourselves?"
Maya gave him a go ahead and he cleared his throat.
"So, I'm Axton, ex-Dahl military," he introduced like he was speaking to a preschool class.
"Hola! Mi nombre es Salvador!" the dwarf shouted and everyone gave him strange looks. "My name is Salvador you uneducated perra."
They all nodded, but seemed slightly offended at the last part.
"Name's Maya, I'm a Siren," she spoke and demonstrated her power, a ball of bluish, blackish, light energy swirling in the palm of her left hand.
"My name is Zero / I work as an assassin / I search for challenges."
They eyed the assassin curiously, but eventually turned to the teenager.
"Uh, hi, my name is Gaige and I'm a runaway fugitive," she introduced with a blush, squirming in place while standing on the balls of her feet.
Then they all looked at the psycho with curious glances.
"Strip the flesh!" the Psycho boomed and they cringed at the sound of his voice.
"He's Krieg," Maya explained and they listened intently. "I met him while waiting for the train."
They all nodded in understanding, but another jolt of the train brought them back to the situation at hand.
"So, catch the bad guy?" Axton asked and everyone nodded.
They broke into a sprint down the train, running past bodies of other Vault Hunters and grabbing what ever loot they found on the way to the front. They lined up at the door, Axton in front while Maya and Salvador were at his sides. Zer0 dropped down from the roof having gone back up to check for any surviving Vault Hunters or Crimson Raiders. Gaige and Krieg were a little behind, but had caught up.
Raising his foot, Axton kicked open the metal door, all of them instantly pouring in to find mounds of dynamite.
"Sorry, killers. Just needed to wipe out the competition," a feminine voice spoke and a chair swiveled around to show a mannequin of a fiery red head wearing simple clothes, tattoos going down the left side of her body. "Welcome to Pandora!"
Then everything was bright with fire.
"Whoa!" Claptrap cried out as he watched the train on the magnetic track become consumed in a fireball.
It flew out, smoke and fire trailing behind it as the train car flew into large mounds of snow. More cars flew off the track and eventually the chaos stopped.
"Awesome! More parts!" the small robot cheered and began moving out of his little fort to search the debris.
Hours passed and Axton's eyes flicked open, seeing snow in front of him. He got up, shivering slightly and heard a moan of pain. He looked to his left and saw the teen, Gaige rising up too.
"You okay, kid?" he asked and she nodded, rubbing her head.
Suddenly, two strong arms were thrown around their shoulders and Salvador appeared, laughing maniacally.
"Ha ha ha! We made it!" he celebrated, hugging them to him.
"You smell gross," Gaige murmured, her face squished against his chest.
"Ah, that's just the testosterone," he laughed and let them go, dropping them back into the snow.
"I have survived / So has Krieg and the Siren / Who else is living?" a voice called in haiku.
"There's the ninja," Gaige stated while brushing as much snow as she could off of herself.
"And apparently our psycho and siren," Axton added, pulling out his assault rifle.
He was fairly surprised when he couldn't and checked his storage deck. Everything was gone, all his weapons, all his tech, and all his stuff. Only his beloved turret remained and he just stared in disbelief.
"My stuff's gone!"
"What- Wait, where's my stuff!" Gaige shouted as she checked her own storage deck.
Immediately, everyone began opening up their storage decks. Their various weapons and equipment had disappeared, most likely damaged and scattered throughout the snow.
"No! Not my rifles!" Salvador yelled as he dropped to his knees. "Mis damas!"
"Great," Maya huffed as she watched her new companions cry out in anguish at the loss of their weapons and various belongings.
"Whoa! You aren't dead!" a high pitched, electronic voice shouted and they turned their heads to see a small robot with a shovel. "This is my ticket out of here!"
"Uh..." Gaige trailed off as she looked at everyone, pointing at the robot. "What's that?"
"Oh! I haven't introduced myself!" he shouted and drove around on a wheel in a circle. "I'm a Hyperion built robot designated CL4P-TP or I'm called Claptrap by my friends except they're all dead! Oh and I'm also designated as Fragtrap!"
"More like Craptrap," Axton muttered as the six Vault Hunters began to feel the small, annoying bot pulling their straws out.
"Come now minions! Take these!"
He threw at the six a small device each. As they added their other equipment they still had, HUDs appeared in their vision showing health and ammunition along with a map.
"Those are ECHO Communicators I totally didn't loot from the other corpses. It comes with a class-twelve heads-up display, complete with a minimap! Now- come, come, my minions! Let's get inside!"
Across the planet, far towards the larger continents of Pandora there sat a fortress city built atop a ship buried in dirt and stone. Large buildings covered the city, people going about their daily lives as Crimson Raiders patrolled the streets to keep order.
Within a certain building built at the back of the city the four leaders of the Crimson Raiders argued.
"They're alive!" Lilith screeched at the other three.
"Calm down, Lil. The cold'll get 'em or maybe the bandits," Mordecai reassured, but she shot a glare at the hunter.
"Lilith's right, any surviving Vault Hunters could have the same persistence we have. They need to be eliminated," Roland remarked, crossing his arms in tandem.
Brick snorted and Mordecai put hand on his head in hesitance, but nodded. Lilith smirked and Roland nodded in a final agreement before pulling up a map of the Southern Shelf. Activated his ECHO Communicator, he started to speak.
The six halted in their path and looked around them before realizing the voice was coming through their new ECHO Communicators.
"This is Roland, leader of the Crimson Raiders," the voice spoke with solemness and intensity, "I'm assuming you want revenge? Am I right?"
"You damn right!" Gaige shouted through the call, her voice echoing throughout the area that were in.
After a large creature known as a Bullymong, a rather tough and buff one at that rampaged through Claptrap's place and stole his single eye, the Vault Hunters had agreed to get him back his eye since he was the only one who knew how to get off glacier.
"Well, I'm sorry to hear that," he spoke silently and everything remained silent for sometime before he started to speak again. "Listen, we didn't necessarily want to kill you-"
"Well that's a load of crap!"
The six Vault Hunters jumped at the new voice as the image of a new person appeared on their ECHO Communicators, a man with a long face, goatee and combed hair dressed nicely.
"Heya Roland! How's the tyrannical, murder crazy bandit job going? Still being an dirty goddamn bandit? Thought so," the new person asked and answered quickly while angered growling could be heard from Roland's end.
"Jack!" the dark skinned leader of the Crimson Raiders shouted and laughing could be heard from the newcomer's, Jack's end.
"So, you the Vault Hunters they tricked into coming here? Awesome!" the Hyperion CEO cheered as he cut in. "See, the name's Jack, awesome CEO of the Hyperion Corporation and the Hero of Pandora!"
"Self proclaimed jackass," Lilith's voice shouted from the background of Roland's end.
"Self proclaimed bitch!" he shouted back and the six looked at each other.
It seemed the argument went to a personal line as they traversed ice and snow, moving towards a large Hyperion barge crashed into the side of a glacier.
"So, there's a good guy named Jack and the bad guys named Roland and that girl that tried to kill us," Maya spoke up and everyone else of the group nodded. "I think we know who we're siding with."
They turned their heads to the bottom of the cliff where Claptrap had plummeted. Apparently, the robot had run off without them and had missed the conversation between Jack and the Crimson Raiders, but also got himself stuck in a snow mound.
"Can't we leave him behind?" Gaige whispered and Axton shook his head in response.
"Sorry, kid. Claptrap's the only one who knows how to get us off this block of ice."
They slid down what side of the cliff they could, whatever footwear they wore skidding on ice before being buried in snow. Before any of them could pull the annoying bot out, however, a new group of Bullymongs appeared from holes in the cliff faces. They were made quick work of, the Vault Hunters working in tandem to kill the creatures. Eventually, after freeing Claptrap and fighting their way to the Hyperion Barge, they encountered the thief.
The moment of terror was short lived as they turned the creature into a corpse on the ice. Loot littered the ground, money, a weapon or two, and then Claptrap's one eye.
"Alright, let's go!" the yellow and white robot ordered and the six grudgingly followed with grumbled. "...And open!"
The door's scanning device flashed red as a feminine voice rang out, "Intruders detected. Locking doors."
Immediately, large metal bars slid across the barge's entrance, locking them out effectively. Everyone's mouths dropped, or that the individuals of the group of six could see. The moment Claptrap started saying his farewells, all six Vault Hunters were preparing to rip him apart, but a voice stopped them.
"Lemme get that for ya," a soft voice spoke through their ECHO Communicators.
Instead of a little icon appearing from the top right of the HUD, a blurry screen popped up at the top middle of their sight. The background was light blue around a girl's face, hair raven black and swept to one side.
"Executing Phase Shift."
The metal plates on either side of the door slid to stay above the metal bars and then the entrance fell down like a draw bridge.
"You're welcome!" she chirped happily and the Vault Hunters walked into the barge. "Perks of being an artificial intelligence. I'm networked into almost everything on this planet." The six smiled and started taking whatever loot was around, searching boxes and crates for ammunition and weapons and money. "It's a long way to Opportunity... please take whatever you need for the journey ahead."
Meanwhile, also across the planet at a massive lake sat a city, standing as a beacon of hope in the serene waters. A single bridge connected the city of Opportunity to the shoreline where a base of sorts was set up, Loaders and Hyperion soldiers patrolling large walls as to defend the city. Skyscrapers stood tall, windows glistening with the sunlight and Hyperion yellow colors making the city pop out.
Whatever people who had wanted to escape the tyranny of the Crimson Raiders came here, to the place of opportunity where the mighty Hyperion Corporation safeguarded them. The CEO of Hyperion, known as Jack was regarded as a hero to all, the pillar of courageous heroism in the dangerous and vicious world of Pandora. While the city had yet to be finished, families had moved into the residential district and were given fresh clothes and fresh food.
It was fortunate that Opportunity's peaceful and halcyon look could mask the anxiety and anger Jack was feeling at the moment. He banged his fist on the desk and threw a stack of papers onto the ground in rage before pressing a button on his desk.
"Wilhelm!" he shouted and the cyborg enforcer answered quickly.
"Still working on it."
"GRAH!" Jack roared with hate and slammed his fist on the button, canceling the call.
He looked to his side where a computer screen sat on the desk, Angel's face showing on it.
"Nisha's been silent for weeks now! There's no telling what happened to her!" he exclaimed and Angel sighed, knowing how much pain it was causing her father to think his second love could be dead.
"We'll find her, dad," she reassured and made several screens showing video from the Hyperion barge in the Southern Shelf appear. "You wanted an update on the new Vault Hunters, right?"
"Hm? Oh! The new kiddos!" he shouted and grabbed the sides of the computer screen, inching his face closer to it. "Wow, they took those things down real quick."
"Mm hm, and they're headed on their way to Flynt's ship, then to here."
"Good, good," he said and got back up, turning around to look out the window overlooking Opportunity. "Get them here safe and get them geared up."
"Yes, sir," she replied and closed the call, but realized an important she forgot to state. "Oh, didn't tell dad Claptrap's still a live... guess he'll find out soon."
So I hope you liked that chapter
After this, we go onto the Vault Hunters going to Opportunity
Now, an update on stuff
Lilith, Roland, Mordecai, and Brick are the leaders of the tyrannical Crimson Raiders
Jack is the CEO of Hyperion Corporation and leader of the paradise of Opportunity
The Vault Hunters are making their way around the Southern Shelf
Claptrap's still alive
Angel's here (Pretty sure a lot of you forgot about Angel)
Wilhelm's out on the field
Athena's yet to be introduced
And lots of action to come
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