Star Trek Hunter
Episode 18: World on Fire
Scene 9: Krull the Magnificent
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Krull the Magnificent
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One of the advantages of having not just one but four betazoid tactical specialists was the ability to conduct ground operations with radio silence. If Tolon had used his communicator to report the unexpected presence of Krull (by many accounts - especially his own - the greatest klingon warrior since QeyliS), the romulans in orbit would have picked up the transmission and the research stations would soon be crawling with romulan soldiers.
Using a system they had devised en-route to their mission, Chief Tactical Specialist Rumi Grace updated Commander David Pepper about the presence of Krull, how the giant klingon had trapped Tolon and his team and beamed out the five living, elderly, unbelievably cute gamorlan clones with their big, sad eyes.

Veri Geki provided a similar update to Chief Flight Specialist Dewayne Guth, who was piloting the wagon. Ranni Neivi provided the same update to Lt. Cmdr. Kenny Dolphin, who was piloting Interceptor 1.A and Dasare Eba updated Chief Flight Specialist Thyssi zh'Qaoleq, who was piloting Interceptor 2.A. They were similarly able to distribute Pep's orders, which were, to the pilots: Stay put. Look for klingon bird of prey, probably cloaked. And to Tolon: Get out of that trap and get here! Maintain radio silence.

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The door to the laboratory was impenetrable, impervious to phaser fire. So Tolon had his team cut through the wall to get out. Running through the ash toward Pep's position was treacherous: the clouds of ash made it difficult to see, difficult to run through, difficult to breathe, clogging their breathers with fluffy particles of ash.

The other laboratory was atop a hill. "Go on ahead!" Tolon managed, wheezing as his four tall, long-legged female tactical specialists easily outpaced him running uphill in this bog of layers of ash.

At the top of the hill, phaser and disruptor fire was being traded around the entrance of a much larger building than the one Tolon and his team had left. Pep had a phaser rifle in each hand and, along with T'Lon, Tomos and Investigator Buttans Ngumbo, was firing at the building while they retreated, covering the retreat of Krull, who was carrying a romulan with Lt. Cmdr. Mlady attached to its neck by her fangs.

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Evidently, Lt. Cmdr. Dolphin had been monitoring the scene. First Interceptor 1.A, then Interceptor 2.A appeared from behind the hill and with their phaser cannon, swiftly and thoroughly demolished the building Pep's team had retreated out of, then flew off. At this point, Rumi and her team were closer to Krull than Pep and the rest of his team.

The giant klingon warrior set Mlady down, along with the romulan - a female civilian - Mlady's fangs still firmly embedded in her neck. Krull took two steps away from Mlady and her victim and pulled out a communicator: "jol ylchu'!" He tossed the communicator at Mlady. It landed between her and her romulan victim.

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Lt. Cmdr. Mlady and her romulan victim disappeared in a haze of a transporter beam.

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"KKRRRRUUUUUUULLLLL!" bellowed Commander Pepper.

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Chief Rumi Grace and her three companions were closer to the giant klingon at this point and attacked him first with phasers. Krull's armor absorbed the phaser fire. The four women closed and attacked in a perfectly synchronized sequence - using their phaser rifles as truncheons.

Even through Rumi and her team were each more than 6' tall, they looked like gangling children next to Krull. Despite all their training and abilities, they simply did not have the mass to pose any threat to him. He caught Rumi's arm and a handful of Ranni's uniform and used their bodies to bowl Dasare and Veri over, sending all four of them tumbling back down the hill toward Tolon, knocking him down just as he arrived.

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"Stand aside!" Krull shouted. "This fight is not for you! This fight is between Krull, the Magnificent and the legendary Doctor Pepper!"

"Krull! Send Mlady back!" Pep shouted.

The giant klingon warrior raised his enormous hands, did a pirouette. "Even if I wanted to, I could not. No communicator!" He swept an oversized bat'leth from his back - saluted Pep with the oversized, curved klingon sword. "But I told you long ago, my friend, that the day would come when we would meet on the field of battle! Today is a good day to die, my friend!"

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To Tolon and his team the scene was like something from an ancient legend - or perhaps some ancient Japanese painting - two giant warriors at the top of a hill - silhouetted against a giant red, angry sun, setting behind them - the air a smoky haze of reddish ash. The enormous Krull - far larger than even the giant David Pepper - racing toward him - bat'leth raised over his head.

Time seemed to move slowly - a series of still images - each moment recorded indelibly in their minds.

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"I don't have time for this Krull!" Pep fired both his phasers at the giant warrior, keeping pencil thin cutting beams focused on the center of Krull's chest plate. Smoke rose from the klingon's armor as it ablated. The gradual destruction of his armor did not slow Krull down at all.

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Then Kenny Dolphin, piloting Interceptor 1.A, emerged from behind a hill and targeted the great klingon warrior with the Interceptor's phaser cannon. With a single, short blast, the klingon and his armor were obliterated.

Pep broke radio silence: "Kenny, get down here and dismount! I need your bird..."

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Dolphin landed the interceptor near the scant remains of history's self-proclaimed 2nd greatest klingon warrior, popped the canopy and hopped down out of the craft. Pep ran toward him at full speed.

"Step aside, Kenny!"

Dolphin dutifully stepped aside as Pep vaulted into the interceptor's pilot seat - his sudden weight causing the craft to bounce on its landing gear.

"Get everyone back to the Hunter and get out of here. NOW!" Pep shouted down at Dolphin, then lowered the canopy.

Dolphin ran and tumbled downhill to avoid backwash from the thrusters as Pep launched the interceptor skyward. He came to his feet and shouted, "Dewayne - beam us up and get us airborne! Thyssi - follow Pep - he might need you up there!"

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Chief Flight Specialist Thyssi zh'Qaoleq, in Interceptor 2.A, took off skyward, following Pep.

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Dolphin, Tolon and the remainder of the strike team dissolved into the transporter beam. As soon as they were onboard the wagon, Dolphin took a seat next to Guth and called to the Hunter. "Minerva! Change of plans! We're going to have to dock in orbit - let's make that in orbit of G7. Dewayne - make that your course. Get us off this wretched planet…"

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* jol ylchu'! (activate transporter)

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