Universe's Strongest

by Orcus

Chapter 1: Here Comes a New Challenger

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Lord Boros was sitting on his throne, in his quiet, empty chamber, musing about his current, boring situation. In one of his hands was a clear chalice filled with red wine, and the other was currently being used to balance his slouched, one-eyed head. Just as he finished taking in a mouthful of his beverage and savored its sweet taste, a voice went on over the intercom.

"My lord, I have something to report," the voice of Geryuganshoop, the ship's telekinetic, tentacled controller and pilot, said.

"What is it, Geryuganshoop?" Boros asked, as he swished the red liquid around in the chalice.

"That planet we located earlier... we're arriving to it now," he answered.

"Anything else to report?" Boros inquired again, before taking another sip from his drink.

"Um, well, yes," the octopod on the other end of the intercom replied. "We've had a look at the surface of the planet, and there's something... interesting on it."

"Do tell."

"It looks like a giant, quadrupedal being, and it has some sort of destructive power that it's using to... decimate the landscape. With what appears to be no effort whatsoever."

That last sentence gained Boros's full attention. "Hmm..." he hummed. "Send the ship in to intercept this being at once."

"B-but sir... that thing down there is shooting his power everywhere! It's leveling mountains like a maddened beast!" Geryuganshoop spoke in an alarmed tone. "If we do get into this planet's lower atmosphere and suffer damage from that thing, you might not be harmed, but the ship - and by extension, the crew - will be!"

"Are you questioning me?" Boros asked, his voice sinking to a deeper volume. Geryuganshoop shuddered on his end loud enough for his leader to hear, prompting him to smirk in amusement.

"I-I w-was only thinking about what was in all of our best interests," he stuttered. Boros chuckled from his seat.

"Relax my boneless friend, I was only teasing," he said, before taking another sip from his chalice. "I can't travel among the stars without a ship, you know, and it's pointless to let good crewman like yourself die."

"Oh, hahahaha... of course, sir," he chortled back through the comm, uneasily.

"Anchor once you get close enough, and prepare control to open the main airlock in the pod bay," Boros ordered next.

"Of course. Are you going to make a jump?" Geryuganshoop asked once more, his composure completely returned. Boros grinned a toothy grin that exposed his sharp fangs before letting out another, much louder laugh. After calming down, finishing his drink, and quietly placing it on the end table next to him, he wiped his mouth with an arm and gave his answer.


Tirek was thoroughly enjoying himself. As the great, red fiend sent another beam of pure, raw magic coursing though the air, the attack was sent through the forest of the Everfree, decimating thousands trees with just that single, tremendous, roaring blast. It wasn't even several minutes before that he had taken all of the alicorn magic that Princess Twilight Sparkle had, amplifying his own to a more-than godlike level. He had his revenge against the ponies at long last, and he had won utterly. It took over a thousand years of being imprisoned in Tartarus to get to here, but it was worth it.

The sound of something whistling through the air suddenly went out above. First ignoring it, Tirek continued to sow destruction through the landscape. Moments later the sound grew to a loud enough volume to cause annoyance on the centaur's psyche and so he finally looked up, just in time to see a fiery shape streaking from the sky above, to the ground below. Like a meteorite, it smashed into the ground in a deafeningly loud, and blindingly explosive way, scattering rock, mangled trees, and dirt everywhere, prompting Tirek to shield himself with his arms to avoid getting any of the debris in his eyes.

Upon taking his arms down when it finished, a crater stood before him. Surprising the centaur further, a shape; humanoid in structure, possessing long, spiky, pink hair, light blue skin, and clad in some form of golden armor was kneeling in the indented, still-smoking earth. Standing up, the shape revealed itself fully, and Tirek could now see it had a single eye resting above its nose and mouth.

"Another flawless landing," it spoke in a male voice, brushing himself off and looking around at both the damaged, and undamaged scenery around him. His eye soon came upon Tirek's large, muscular form. "Ah, hello, horse-bull man. Who might you be?"

"I am Lord Tirek!" Tirek thundered back, thumping a fist to his chest in a strong enough way to send out an echo. "The real question that should be asked is who are you, shrimp? And where did you come from?"

"I am no shrimp, my large friend. I am Lord Boros," the one-eyed being replied, his metal, curved shoes clanking on the ground below as he shuffled them to a more comfortable position, his red cape swishing around in the air behind him. "I am the leader of the Dark Matter Thieves, and Dominator of the Universe. I travel throughout all of space and its stars, seeking a challenger worthy of my attention. I have conquered galaxies in an effort to find the one that I hope could fulfill this desire, and every time, I am disappointed to a frustrating degree."

"Hmph. You've conquered a lot of galaxies just to meet your end here, at my might," Tirek huffed in an unintimidated fashion, curling a mighty hand into a fist. "There's only room for one lord on this world, insect."

"Agreed, worm," Boros smirked, folding his arms and blinking his large eye. "Shall we settle things now?"

"You fool," the centaur spoke again, pawing a forehoof through the dirt below, a furious grimace stretched across his face as his horned head shook with rage. "I have absorbed all of the magic in this land, magic that can rearrange physics itself... and I sense none on you. What chance do you have against me?"

"That's for both of us to find out," the alien spoke again, stretching his arms out in a taunting manner that he hoped would goad Tirek into attacking. "Come at me, if you have the strength to back your threats up."

And so, with a mighty roar that shook the mountains themselves, Tirek charged.

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