Chapter 44: Breaking through the Barriers
The cages were opened one by one, everyone cheered, and some even burst into tears with the happiness of regaining their freedom.
However, the red alarm was still sounding, and they had no time to celebrate. It didn’t take long before they were smothered by the tension once again.
“Everyone, follow me!” Raditz shouted, interrupting everyone’s anxious murmuring.
With ones who had been here on this metal planet for a while, Raditz formulated a series of plans. After going out of the corridor outside, the group had many directions to go. They spread out, saving several other test subjects, and then everyone head to the nearest transportation room, where there was a one-way exist door that was used to transport newly manufactured machinery.
That transportation room should be unguarded, but there was supposed to be a stronghold of robots on the pathway leading to it. Therefore, everyone was supposed to gather there, and then rush out together.
Following this plan, everyone gathered at the meeting point. Goku was last to arrive, right behind Vegeta’s group.
Their movement naturally alerted the robots of the stronghold that were all well arranged in groups. They looked countless.
“This is going to be tough, they were all alerted.”
“So what? We’ll just kill them all!” Vegeta couldn’t even count how many robots he had destroyed along his way to the point. He looked on upon these metal warriors, and felt they were no opponent of his. In his hands, he gathered two spheres of Ki, and got out to the open, showering the metal army in Ki Blasts.
However, he did hear the symphony of explosions that he had expected; over a dozen metal warriors arranged themselves in the front, forming a large transparent shield.
It completely absorbed Vegeta’s Ki, and his “just Ki Blast them to death” tactic officially failed.
Vegeta was shocked: “How…”
“Listen to me, they will analyze the way we fight and evolve taking appropriate response measures. From the beginning when they used firearms, then with subsequent use of blades, their use of clever tactics, and now the formation of this energy absorbing shield, all we’ve seen from them is the result of their evolution.” Raditz analyzed, “But the only constant is that they remain very weak. We don’t need to change our way of fighting, we just have to punch them, again and again!”
“Sounds pretty good to me!” Nappa yelled, and his strong muscle shining in the alarm lights, as he looked more aggressive than ever!
With a loud yell, he ran to the robots nearest to him, like a rolling boulder. They didn’t know what to do, for such an attack style was never attempted against them before; it wasn’t in their databases! He was rushing in with no guard, no limb extended to attack, no weapons, no high speed, and no special positioning: What in the world was this posture?!
Quickly, their databases were bypassed, and all the robots resumed operation using their initial instinctive settings.
All of this was of no importance to Nappa. He ran toward them, bear-hugging three at once, squishing their bodies with brute force. Although they were all made out of high-strength alloys, they were immediately deformed and twisted into bizarre postures.
However, they weren’t going out without a fight. Immediately, openings formed around their bodies, leaving way for blades that emerged to pierce into Nappa.
“Get out of the way!” Vegeta suddenly yelled.
Nappa however didn’t seem to care. He smirked at the emerging blades, and a white Ki Aura surrounded his body. Pressing on the robots, he waved them around like ragdolls while violently grinding them along with the blades.
“Dangdang!” “Dangdang!” “Dangdang!”
The three metal bodies were already shattered to scraps by the time they were waved around twice, and then were power-bombed by Nappa into the ground!
“Vegeta, you’re not the only who became stronger, Nappa has also trained hard.” Raditz walked over to Vegeta and looked at the burly Nappa with satisfaction. “His usual training time is no less than yours.”
Vegeta gazed at Raditz and said: “Of course he did.” And the latter turned his head and smiled.
At the same time, Krillin very quickly rushed ahead. He was small enough to slither his way into the Robots and hit them by surprise. His arms were less powerful than Nappa’s, but his punches still managed to go through the metal carcasses like they were butter.
The metal warriors began to process the new data, and then began to use new varieties of blades, and spurting out giant curtain-like flames to block Krillin and Nappa’s attacks.
“These piles of scrap think they’re safe!” Piccolo extended his arms like pythons, wrapping them around several enemies. By the time they were detected, they were tied for the Namekian to wave them around and smash them to the ground!
Goku scratched his head, while Vegeta tapped on his arms. The two looked at each-other, and then immediately launched a fiery of attacks on their enemies. It was an unspoken competition, and both tried to out-match each other and bring down as many Metal Warriors as possible.
Goku, who had experience against these Robots, focused his Ki around his fists, ravaging through the countless Robots.
The two moved in, forming a tunnel-like advancing storm of debris that flew away from the exploding Robots, piling up behind them.
“You guys…” The girl looked at them, never thinking that she would ever see such strong people. She was trembling before such a spectacle, but off course, a head reached out for hers to comfort her…
“Rest assured, we are very strong.” Raditz smiled.
Her only response was to look back at him; her sluggish face gradually being overtaken by a cute smile.
With everyone’s effort, a route was opened up for everyone else to pass. The people walked along the passage and approached the transport room. Gradually, they went deeper and deeper into the stronghold, with the intercepting machines not being able to do much to stop them.
“Data Collection, Complete! Data Collection, Complete!” Suddenly, the metal warriors stopped and made a sound abruptly: “Mission is Complete! Mission is Complete!”
The metal bodies lost power, and automatically collapsed in pieces that scattered on the ground.
Dozens of remaining mechanical warriors were scrapped at the same time, and the scene was extremely spectacular. No one knew what was going on, and their eyes were filled with vigilance, fearing that they would fall into another trap.
“Perhaps, their time has come?”
“I don’t know what happened, but let’s take the opportunity!”
“At this moment, you are inside of the planet! You must be more careful.” Piccolo said calmly, while gazing at the test subjects who were murmuring behind him. “We’re at great risk, especially with so many people!”
Raditz nodded: “Also, the position of the chip has not been yet confirmed. Without that, we shouldn’t be able to set off into space. So guys, you take the prisoners out, and I will deal with the Big Gete Star!”
“Hold it right there!” Vegeta stopped Raditz: “I’ll deal with it!”
“Well, I want to go. I mean, the strongest guys should be there around it after all!”
“You were the one to propose saving these people, Kakarot! So you’re the one who must do the babysitting!” Vegeta snorted.
Goku frowned and continued to argue when suddenly, the two saw the silhouette of a man, swaying from side to side awkwardly as it walked from the storage room!
“No one can escape my control!” Suddenly, a sharp voice broke out from the depths of the planet.
His control! The Metal Planet itself was speaking to them?
Everyone’s nerves were tense looking at the approaching silhouette. It went in and out of vision as the lights went on and off. What was there?
Tien was first to get a good glimpse of their new opponent, and he could not stop shaking!
“Gok… is that Goku?!”