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Prelude of the Unleashed is the twenty-second episode of the first season of Back in Action: Alien Universe.

Story

Part I

New Style
Hey, this episode is one of 31 classic episodes and 6 Shorts converted from a legacy style to a more clearly readable and consistent format/style using a Python script. The script is not absolutely perfect, and I'm continuing to try to squash any weird formatting bugs that occur. If you spot one, please let me know in the comments or on my page! -COLOR (Wall)

[We open from the perspective of Benmummy in a dark room. Benmummy opens his eyes wide and attempts to observe his surroundings, but the room is just too dim. He attempts to smack down on the Omnitrix on his shoulder, but the dial is missing from both that part of his body as well as from the rest of his body. He jumps onto his feet and shakes the door knob in an attempt to open the door, but the knob is easily ripped off. He drops the knob on the floor and proceeds to slip his papery hands through the cracks above and below the door. He removes the entire door and slowly and lays it on the floor in the room. He steps out of his dark room and into a bright, long and narrow hallway. Looking to his right, he spots two Thep Khufans in the distance facing the direction opposite him. Still watching them, he rushes in the opposite direction. He smacks into something and flips around, finding two Thep Khufans there before Benmummy.]

Benmummy
Step away. I know, uhh, moves!
Thep Khufan #1
Commander Tennyson, we were looking to see if you were finally awake. It's time to finally make the victory speech.
Benmummy
Victory speech?
Thep Khufan #1
Yes, we've already prepared one for you. Your brother is conducting the preamble. As soon as we're given the signal, you need to get out there, but at this moment, we need to get you ready.
Benmummy
But--
Thep Khufan #1
With respect, it's best we don't waste any time. Come.

The second Thep Khufan places green robes that match the green clothing Benmummy is wearing. The Thep Khufans shove Benmummy down the hall. They arrive at a door labeled "Authorized Personnel only."

Benmummy
Go ahead and what?
Thep Khufan #1
Apologies, Commander. If it pleases the throne, would you grant us access to the stage?
Benmummy
Umm...how, exactly?

The first Thep Khufan points to a blue holographic display projected over the wall.

Thep Khufan #1
Press your hand on the screen, Commander.

Benmummy shrugs and slowly moves his hand to the display. Immediately upon touching it, he feels a tingling sensation as his hand is analyzed. The scanner's display turns green, then the door next to it opens.

Thep Khufan #1
Come on, Commander!
Benmummy
Err, of course. But who is my brother?
Thep Khufan #1
Who else? Kevin Ethan Levin. Your relation may be as stepbrothers, but you too seem like you'd be best friends even if you had no familial relation. Is there something wrong, Commander? You seem off.
Benmummy
I--

A loud beeping starts coming from both Thep Khufans. The first Thep Khufan makes a device on his wrist visible. He quickly overlooks the beeping and stops it. He looks up to Benmummy.

Thep Khufan #1
No time now, Commander. It's showtime.

The Thep Khufans push Benmummy through the stage door. They find themselves behind a white curtain. A voice much like Kevin can be heard across the entire backstage and the room beyond.

Kevin's Voice
Just as our father wanted, we are finally on top. The Levin side of the family has spoken, now it's time for the leader of the Armada to make himself known. Commander?
Thep Khufan #2 (to Benmummy)
That's our cue.

One of the Thep Khufans that escorted Benmummy to the backstage parts the curtain and makes the stage visible for Benmummy to step out onto. Benmummy first spots a Thep Khufan with dark gray highlights, as opposed to Benmummy's green, at the podium who was the source of the Kevin-like voice. The Thep Khufan is staring at Benmummy, discretely gesturing Benmummy over to the stand behind his back.

Thep Khufan Kevin (into the mic on the podium)
Meet Thep Khufan Commander Benjamin Kirby Tennyson. He's the reason why I--Kevin Ethan Levin--am now that much higher in the ranks. Whispering to Ben. Don't blow this, Tennyson. It took my guys days to prepare this opening.

The Thep Khufan Kevin moves away from the podium and stands right in front of the curtains to watch Ben and observe the audience. Benmummy steps up to the mic and looks out to the audience of Thep Khufans. Benmummy looks down to his victory speech and begins to read it aloud.

Benmummy (into the mic, reading the speech)
The end is over. The Armada has met with victory...

(he pauses to read the speech, squinting at some parts as he questions their meaning)

Thep Khufan Kevin (whispering to Benmummy)
Keep reading, Commander.
Benmummy (mouth still close to the mic, attempting to whisper to Kevin but simply having his voice boom and echo around the room)
What is this about?

The Thep Khufan version of Kevin walks up to the podium, shoving Benmummy aside. Conversation immediately stirs in the onlooking crowd.

Thep Khufan Kevin
Apologies, ladies and gentlemen. We're having a few technical difficulties, so we'll be taking a very brief intermission.

He turns around and shoves Benmummy behind the curtain to speak to him.

Benmummy
Kevin, what happened while I was out? Why are we like this? And what happened to the Commander?
Thep Khufan Kevin
Are you playing games, Commander?
Benmummy
And stop calling me "Commander." Scarogus, Tersce, and Mistress are still at large.
Thep Khufan Kevin
Ben, when you destroyed Earth, those pesky humans went, too. That Omnitrix using, so-called "Hero of Heroes" human Tersce was vanquished by yours truly after you went out. I had to keep the public hype up, what with rumors going around that you had fallen...permanently...
Benmummy
What are you talking about? Tersce and Scarogus are Thep Khufans. You got it right with Mistress being human, but that's all.
Thep Khufan Kevin
That's it. You're not well. Gwen!

Benmummy slams the second-in-command Thep Khufan--Kevin--into the wall.

Benmummy
What's wrong with *me*? What's wrong with you? The Commander killed Gwen--your girlfriend--before I was knocked out. Why are you shouting her name?
Thep Khufan Kevin
My girlfriend?!

Another Thep Khufan arrives at the scene. A female with pink highlighting the majority of her body and pink robes that bring full attention to her feminine figure arrives at the scene.

Female Thep Khufan
What's going on?
Benmummy
Who are you?
Female Thep Khufan
You don't recognize your own cousin, Ben? Kevin, what's wrong with Ben?
Benmummy
Which cousin are you?
Female Thep Khufan
Gwen, who else? You know Chelsey couldn't make it today, and my brother is working closely with General Tennyson.
Benmummy
General Tennyson?
Thep Khufan Gwen/Female Thep Khufan
You know? Grandpa Max?

Benmummy releases Kevin, who falls onto his butt on the floor.

Benmummy
No, this isn't real, this isn't real!

Benmummy turns around and rushes down a short flight of stairs to the stage door exit-entrance. The Thep Khufan counterparts of Gwen and Kevin go on to try and call him back as he runs away.

Thep Khufan Gwen and Thep Khufan Kevin (in unison, repeating)
Ben! Ben!

Benmummy finds the exit-entrance door. He opens it and sees a bright white light. He rushes through the doorway.

[Our view changes to the pitch black view from the inside of our eyelids.]

Ben's Voice (mumbling)
No...no, this isn't happening...
Julie's Voice
Ben, Ben, are you awake?
Ben's Voice
Huh...what?

Our eyes--Ben's eyes--are opened. Standing over Ben who is lying on a comfortable bed is Julie. She looks a bit older than when Ben had last seen her, appearing taller and having very slightly wider hips.

Ben
Julie, is that you?
Julie (smiling)
Yeah, Ben. It's been a while. It's great to finally see you again. I thought you'd never wake up.
Ben
Well, I'm awake n--wait, what was that about it being a while? How long have I been out?
Julie
Umm...

(her smile turns into a straightened out pair of lips)

Ben
What?!

He lifts his hand in front of his face, finding slightly longer and more muscular arms on him.

Julie
Yeah, Ben...I'm so sorry.
Ben
Julie, what happened? Over the last few years?
Julie (dropping her head)
The Thep Khufan Commander took over Earth and blew it all up. We're the last people in the galaxy.
Ben
What? No...Karin...Kevin...mom and dad...Grandpa...
Julie (looking up at Ben, smiling)
Well, you still have me.
Ben
No, this can't be happening either. This has to be another dream. I have to be in a coma or something. I didn't think I was that beat up...but wait, I shouldn't know I'm in a dream, should I?
Julie
Err, I...uh...
Tetrax's Voice
Ahh, it went on long enough.

Julie wipes her forehead.

Julie
Oh, thank you.

A door opens at the front of the room. Tetrax steps in from it.

Ben
Tetrax, oh, it's great to see you. At least you're still around.
Tetrax
Haha, no, Ben. All of your family, all of Earth, it's perfectly fine.
Ben
Really? So in the last ten years, the Commander didn't do anything?
Tetrax
No, Ben, you're not understanding.

He pulls out a remote, and with the press of a button, the entire area turns into a dark room similar to the base of the holographic room in Tetrax's ship, the Resolute. Julie becomes younger looking, like she had looked at 17. Ben's arm also becomes as thin as it was when he was the same age. He lowers his hand to his side.

Ben
Oh...dude, don't...don't scare me like that.
Tetrax
I'm sorry. Knowing who you've lost, I thought I'd put into perspective how lucky you still are. Guess it didn't really work, did it?
Ben
Not really...
Tetrax
Well, you've still got your family, most of it, that is.
Ben
But not the biggest parts of it...

Tetrax walks over to Ben and places his hand on his shoulder.

Tetrax (smiling)
Ben, the Tennyson spans all around. Chelsey wasn't the only one in her family who knew how to work her Anodite powers. She's got four sisters, you know?
Ben
I know...and she won't even get to see any of them anymore...
Tetrax
Ben, the loss of someone you love is what strengthens you. What should keep strengthening you is knowing that much of your family is still alive. It should push you to prevent what Julie said from actually happening to your whole family and the rest of the Earth. Am I right?
Ben
No...no, you're...

(sighs)

Tetrax
I've been in your position before. I lost my whole planet...and it was all my fault. You care more for your people than I did when I was your age. You still have the chance to save your people.
Ben (getting up out of bed)
Yeah...yeah, I do...
Tetrax (smiling)
That's the spirit.
Julie
You can do this, Ben. I believe in you.

She kisses Ben on his left cheek.

Ben (smiling)
Thanks, Julie.
Tetrax
And...?
Ben
Err, thanks to you, too, Tetrax. So what are we doing on your ship?
Tetrax
Oh, this isn't my ship.
Ben
It isn't? But this room...?
Tetrax
Yeah, Azmuth had it built into here. Guess it turned out to have a purpose after all.
Ben
Is Azmuth here?
Tetrax
No, but your friend Levin is. I'm not sure that he's going to even come out of his room, though.
Ben
Levin? You mean, Kevin Levin? Kevin's alright?
Tetrax
Yes. Azmuth managed to whip up a quick healing solution.
Ben
He must not have given it to me. I still feel a bit of pain.
Tetrax
It applied only to Osmosians, Ben. If you know that you've got some Osmosian in you, then we'll give it to you, but otherwise, it's best we not do some experimentation--which is what it'll turn into--on you.
Ben
Alright, then. You're going to have to tell me what I actually missed for the last few days. After you bring me to Kevin.
Tetrax
That's if Kevin doesn't tell you first.

[We move to in front of a door in a blue living room in the middle of the ship. Tetrax and Ben step in front of it. Tetrax knocks.]

Tetrax
Be careful what you say around him.

Tetrax steps away. Ben stays at the door, listening for someone coming towards the door. There is nothing. He knocks three times. He hears someone jump towards the door this time, quickly unlocking several locks on the back of the door. The door opens like a sliding door, but only barely, allowing a part of Kevin's head to become visible. The darkness in the background of his room can be seen.

Kevin
Ben...
Ben
Yeah, Kevin, is everything alright? I heard I was out for the last few days and thought I'd just stop by.
Kevin
It's...it's great now...to see you that you're alright.
Ben
Is that Kevin Levin? Sounds more like Lovely Dovey.
Kevin
Shut it, Tennyson. Forget I said anything then...

(he proceeds to close the door, but Ben puts his bare foot in the doorway)

Ben
Kevin, what's going on? I know you want to keep to yourself, but this is a little much, right?
Kevin
Tennyson, have you ever had your girlfriend die? Did you have the news broken to you over the phone? And then did you have your best friend nearly die, too?
Ben
Well, no...wait, best friend? Kevin, shucks, that's swe--
Kevin
You couldn't be serious if the Earth was about to be destroyed. We have the upper hand over that Commander guy, yet we're still gonna be doomed because of you. And so will everybody else we know on Earth.

Kevin tries to slam the door despite Ben's foot being there.

Ben
Kevin, stop, I'm sorry. C'mon, man.
Kevin
Ugh...what do you want?
Ben
I want to know what happened, in the last few days.
Kevin
The Commander took over the Earth. He said he was looking for you.
Ben
Why would he be looking for me?
Kevin
I dunno.
Azmuth's Voice
But I *do*.

Azmuth appears on one of many fluffy chairs in the living room behind Ben, but the only one of them all facing Ben's direction.

Kevin
Oh, good, he's here.
Ben
You really don't want to see me, huh?
Kevin
Dude, I'm...I'm just not in the mood, alright?
Ben
Alright. See you later, then?
Kevin
Of course, man.

Kevin makes his fist visible in the gap between the door and the wall. Ben pounds it, then removes his foot from the door. Kevin shuts it and walks back into the room, but the sound of the locks being relocked isn't heard as he returns.

Azmuth
That boy sure has matured over the past few years. Some could even say he was a man now.
Ben
Azmuth, why is the Commander going after you?
Azmuth
Hmm...come, Tennyson.

He jumps off of the chair and proceeds to walk down a narrow hallway near Ben's room. Ben shrugs and follows him. They arrive at a dead end where a black rectangular patch is seen on the back wall.

Azmuth
Observe.

The black section of the wall becomes transparent, shedding light on an area beyond what turns out to be a window. On the other side is a dark green crystal sitting on a white table in a gray room.

Azmuth
Presenting the Primugen crystal, what otherwise would be powering your Omnimatrix right now.
[END OF PART]

Part II

[We open on the ship, with Azmuth and Ben standing before the glass-protected Primugen.]

Ben
So this is the battery in the Omnitrix?
Azmuth
Yes.
Ben
But I saw Future Ben's Omntirix. It had some large chip inside as a battery.
Azmuth
Hmm...it's possible. I've been working for years on alternative methods of powering the Assault Omnimatrix. Either that is an alternate timeline's Azmuth who has already devised this alternative, or it's our future and I'm bound to make a breakthrough.
Ben
Okay, but...that means there's nothing in the Omnitrix?
Azmuth
Well of course there's something inside. You've got the dial and about 4100 processors working together to power that device along the tower under the dial.
Ben
Whoa...I wish I knew what that meant.
Azmuth
Me too, for then I'd have some conversation to engage you in. Well, I guess I must be off, th--
Ben
Wait! What about the reason why the Commander needs me?
Azmuth
Ahh, I forgot your comprehension skills aren't the best. Well, you see, The Unleashed is the result of the combination of all of these legendary crystals.
Ben
Legendary crystals?
Azmuth
Yes. Approximately a millennia ago, rumors spread about three crystals that when used in tandem could bring unforeseen power.
Ben
Yeah, and that Commander guy has them now.
Azmuth
You're not listening, Tennyson. In truth, for all this time, a fourth crystal has been in the wild but no one has known about it...save for some members of the Galvan race. I am one of those members. You see, the Primugen crystal--which I've been working to be renamed Omnigen for its predominant presence in the iterations of the Omnimatrix--is a naturally occurring mineral first and only found on Galvan Prime almost a millennium. After much work, we have found that this occurrence wasn't by any supernatural means, as opposed to how the other crystals that form the "Tritadagen" had come about. Now, you see, the Primugen was once used to power everything. It was like the coal of my home world, but soon we found more efficient methods that weren't being constantly mined for by other members of the species. I was persistent, though. The Primugen, when not being harnessed by almost the whole population of Galvans, was quite useful. Through the combination of several Primugen crystals, I created this version of it, the one powers the Omnimatrix. It has an almost infinite charge. Trying to replicate that has proved to be quite the difficult task.
Ben
Wait, it has an "almost infinite charge?" But then why do I have to recharge it like every day?
Azmuth
That is because you are using the main battery. There are three batteries in the Omnitrix: of course, the main one; the backup battery, and the Primugen crystal. The Primugen crystal is always active, since it takes more power to keep it offline than it does to keep it on. It's not in use, though, unless one is using the Master Control.
Ben
So...why have three batteries when you just need one?
Azmuth
Because constant use of the Omnimatrix--which use of the Master Control can induce on its user--is like a disease. It's almost impossible to combat on one's own, especially by you. I've witnessed several possible futures for yourself, and one of them you have actually met. He was an overwhelmed Ben Tennyson, who no longer saw light, but only darkness in the world. It was constant crime-fighting and almost no time to sleep in his life. His family had no recollection of his human appearance from any time past the age of 15. It's already obvious that this future can no longer occur, but that does not mean a similar one cannot.
Ben
So...you're never actually going to give me Master Control?
Azmuth
One day, I believe you'll be ready for the Master Control, just as that future had eventually become. I feel as those you'll be ready much earlier. You won't be pressured as he was.
Ben
So...18?
Azmuth
There's an Earth saying about how it's best not to speak your wish aloud. There is another that says you shouldn't count your chicks before they hatch. Shall I go on with these wise proverbs?
Ben
I guess not.
Azmuth
Good. Now, I suggest you go change into something fitting. I'll return to regale you with the details on the Commander's invasion of Earth, the story you truly wish to hear.
Ben
What do you mean?

Azmuth points to Ben's shirt. Ben looks down and realizes he is wearing nothing but his plain black tee and a pair of boxers.

Azmuth
Yes. I'd assumed you'd noticed.
Ben
I didn't! My girlfriend saw me in these!
Azmuth
Well, it had to happen sooner or--
Ben
Stop.

Sighs.

Ben
I'll go change.

Ben proceeds to walk down the hall. He searches endlessly for something, passing a few rooms along the way. He finally comes across Tetrax and asks him for the location of aforementioned thing.

Tetrax
Save it. Azmuth made the room up for you. Look for room B17.
Ben
Oh, yeah, I knew that. I was just going to ask for the...uhh...--
Tetrax
Just go, Ben.
Ben
Err, yeah. Thanks, Tetrax.

He turns back and looks at all of the doors on the way. He spots an assortment of names accompanied by letters on each door, such as "C22." He finally arrives at B17, which is immediately adjacent to C22.

Ben
Guess this is my room.

He walks in the door expect it to be pushed open by his hand, but the door stays where it is.

Ben
Err, sliding door, right.

He simply stands there for a moment, but the door doesn't move.

Female Voice
You having trouble there, Tennyson?

Ben looks to his left and sees Gwen.

Ben (shedding a few tears)
Gwen

(wipes his eyes)

Female Voice
No, pea-brain.

Tetrax steps into view behind Gwen.

Tetrax
Ben, I believe you're familiar with this human from Ledgerdomain. Her name is Charmcaster--
Charmcaster/Female Voice
Hope...
Tetrax
Err, yes, and she'll be joining us in the final battle.
[END OF PART]

Part III

[We open with Tetrax standing behind Charmcaster Gwen with one of his hands over her left shoulder.]

Ben
Charmcaster? With us? No, it's not happening.
Charmcaster Gwen
That's nice, Tennyson. I'm already on the team.
Ben
Tetrax, take her off the team, now.
Tetrax
Sorry, Ben, but after your cousins were, err, lost in battle, we needed replacements. With her strength, we can make up for both of them.
Ben
You just replaced Gwen and Chelsey? Just like that? You didn't even ask me?
Tetrax
While you were out, she was there to help us. Along with Julie and Levin, she was the strongest out there and stood her ground even when there was almost no hope for her. My weaknesses had been noted and used by the Commander's men. I was defeated almost instantaneously when they arrived on Earth. Because of the nature of their partial belonging to more than a single species, though, your friends proved to be a match for the Commander's men. Charmcaster was no different.
Ben
But...(

sighs

Charmcaster Gwen
I'm stuck in your cousin's body. When she swapped our bodies, a spell permanently bound me to...this.
Ben
Don't you dare make fun of how she looked! And besides, why did you want to swap bodies with her anyway if you're just going to complain about it in the end? Oh...oh, I get it! You were so jealous, and you knew that she could beat you while you couldn't do the same to her! So...so you killed her...in her own body, with her own powers. Forget the Commander,

(he pushes a button on the Assault Omnitrix and the dark, unpowered tower pops up)

Tetrax
Ben, no!

Ben smacks down on the Omnitrix, but nothing results from this.

Ben
Oh yeah...
Charmcaster Gwen
Calm yourself. It was her decision to swap bodies...I was going to sacrifice myself, but both Chelsey and Little Miss Goody-Goody wanted to be in my place.

She bows her head and wipes her face.

Ben
You should--

(he realizes Charmcaster's head is bowed once more; he sighs)

Ben
I guess you said it's not your fault.

he walks over to Charmcaster Gwen and pats her on the back.

Charmcaster Gwen
Some guy who worked for him, yeah.
Ben
Who?
Charmcaster
Some heartbreaker. I don't remember his name, but it's not important.

She lifts her head and wipes a downwards-flowing river of tears from her eyes. She sniffles.

Azmuth's Voice
Are you two finished yet?

Ben searches frantically for the source of Azmuth's voice.

Azmuth's Voice
To your left!

Ben looks on the floor and finds Azmuth.

Ben
Sorry, I don't usually look that far down.
Azmuth
Save it. Why are you questioning my decision to have Hope on this team?
Ben
I--
Azmuth
Oh, I don't care. Everything appears to be settled here. Why aren't you wearing your uniform yet?
Ben
I couldn't get into my room.
Azmuth
How disappointing...Step up to the door.

Ben walks up to the door.

Ben
Err, sorry. Access B17 - Code 10?
Female Computer Voice
Access Granted.

The door fades to nothing.

Azmuth
Step inside. Turn on the lights. I think you should at least know how to do that by now.
Ben
I got this.

Ben steps inside.

Azmuth
No! My word, Benjamin. You may have to wait a few decades for Master Control access at this rate.

Azmuth steps in the room, jumps up on the wall to the side of the door, and flicks a switch.

Ben
Wait, what pods?
Azmuth (sighing)
Those.

Azmuth points out the bare bones contents of the room: Two large tubes in the back left and right corners of the room. Ben walks over to the one in the back left corner. A door appears and shuts, locking him in. His green "10" sweater drops from above and is put on properly for him. His blue jeans proceed to shoot up from the floor, and a white belt is wrapped around his waist. The belt features a Plumber badge dead center and several black bolts along the middle. Socks are shot up onto Ben's feet, followed by his shoes. The pod door opens, letting Ben go.

Ben
Azmuth, these are my old clothes. What happened to the ones I was wearing before I turned into Benmummy?
Azmuth
The thep Khufan?

Ben nods.

Ben
Decoy?
Azmuth
Yes. Your colleague Mr. Daniels felt it would be appropriate to create a robotic copy of you with the directive of calming the Earth public in these pressing times. He's lured many to underground facilities where they are safe from the Thep Khufans who hold the belief that you're being harbored, which is practically illegal now.
Ben
So...nobody thinks I'm dead, right?
Azmuth
correct, but there are those skeptics who question the decoy's authenticity, especially with it completely neglecting its Omnimatrix.
Ben
Wait, he has a working Omnitrix? Azmuth, you--
Azmuth
I am no imbecile, though. The Omnitrix he wears is a mere alien toy that serves no function. The tower can be activated, and his full playlist can be seen, but trying to use any of the other functions is pointless and none of them are even implemented. The recharge mode does work, though, and it's one of the few reasons peope believe my Omnimatrix is functional and is being used in secret to keep the planet's inhabitants safe. Now, abut that belt. It's merely a way to constantly have your Plumber's badge and suit at the ready. There is a buttom combination to activate your suit, and a pocket with a powerful weapon you should use only in case of emergency. One use only. I predict you'll try to use it in the final battle, but maybe you should wait. Your foes are becoming stronger and more cunning. Just look at your current threat.
Ben
Okay. So what exactly happened?
Azmuth
In the time while you were unconscious? In the last few days?
Ben
Yeah.
Azmuth
It's a long story better left somewhat condensed. It all began on Chronospect, just after you had fallen alongside your future self. The Plumbers had assumed that as "Benmummy" you were healing faster, but it induced a longer period of sleep due to your condition. You were ready to fight by nightfall, but you weren't awake, nor were you able to be forcefully woken. So you were broguht to continue healing in your home. I was assured that the Commander wouldn't learn of the existence of the Primugen in the meantime, so I supported the idea of letting you return home. The next morning, however, while I was working on Galvan Prime, a full analysis bug report was sent for the Assault Omnimatrix. I quickly looked it over, and while doing so, I picked upon a nearby Plumber distress call. The Plumbers had found the Thep Khufan Commander's ship orbiting Earth. Only moments later, the Commander sent down 17 of his best men and completely cut off Earth connections to space as well as to other parts of the planet. Chaos broke out in first-world countries and third-world countries alike, but in your town and general area, things were safe. You--or at least, Cooper's android--was keeping the public calm and sported clothing from Cooper's wardrobe. I arrived on Earth via teleport, being unable to transport you or any on the planet to Prime. I took your clothes, had your mother redress you in what you're currently wearing underneath that outfit of yours, and took you and myself on a ship from the below surface Plumber headquarters to fly back to Prime. I intend to leave with you and myself alone, but as I flew over your hometown, I saw countless lives being lost to some of the Commander's men. There was worse to come, though. Your home was being defended by three brave souls: Hope, the strongest who had been able to fight back more than I would have felt necessary to count; Julie, who used her apparent fusion with Mechamorph DNA to merge with and destroy the Thep Khufans' technology; and the Osmosian boy, who was using the terrain and the substance it was composed of to his advantage. They had all been outnumbered from the moment I joined them, but it was only getting worse as I slowed down my ship to observe.
Ben
And what about Tetrax?
Azmuth
Ahh, yes. I counted him not into the ones defending since he hadn't been apparent to me just yet. After I picked up Hope, Julie, and the Osmosian, they told me he was under some of the rubble in the ship. You may not entirely recall this, but you woke up at this point. You transformed into Wildmutt, and as I cruised very closely to the ground, you searched for your Petrosapien friend. When you found him, with Thep Khufans swarming, Levin reached down for you from my ship and brought you in. Shortly after, though, you had fallen back to sleep. We thought it was something brief, but it seemed to be an aftereffect of the use of the Thep Khufan transformation's enhanced healing capabilities in your weakened state. There is about a 1% chance that you will experience one more of these for about a day in the near future, but afterwards, the aftereffects will have worn off entirely.
Ben
Wow...what else?
Azmuth
Before we left the planet, I had discovered that the Commander's men had been following us through the active Primugen in the Omnimatrix. I quickly removed it and deactivated both of the existing batteries in the Omnimatrix. The plan after this was to get as far away from the Tertiary Wing as possible and keep our distance until you had woken up, but I realized that the ship was far too high-tech as well as small in battery to be brought outside of the galaxy without either being traced or completely losing battery. We were already headed to Prime, but now it was pivotal. We spent a day there. I had several of my Galvanic Mechamorph guards quickly assemble a low-tech, high-battery ship based on quickly made blueprints. We left the planet immediately.

Azmuth teleports himself and Ben to the dashboard of the ship, which is just in front of the living room. Outside the windshield is just space, with few stars visible in the area. As he continues to speak, now with his eyes closed, while standing on the dashboard with Ben gazing outside, a shadow begins to take over from outside, slowly casting a large shadow in the ship.

Ben
Azmuth, I think I'm gonna need the Primugen.
Azmuth (opening his eyes)
Why?

He realizes that everyone onboard the ship--Tetrax, Kevin, Julie, and Hope--is gathered behind the dashboard looking out the window. Azmuth steps over to look outside the windshield and finds the Tertiary Wing coming to a slow stop far overhead.

Azmuth
Oh, no.
[END OF PART]

Part IV

[We open in the cockpit of the ship. Azmuth is standing on the dashboard looking up at the Tertiary Wing.]

Azmuth
There is a chance that they are unaware of our presence. The ship--called the Little Trion, if you were wondering--is severely low-tech, to the point where it's maybe a year or two ahead of current Human advancements.
Little Trion's Intercom
Incoming unencrypted message.
Kevin
Who's it from?
Azmuth
Again, the ship is severely low-tech. Identifying a message's sender took several more years of advancing to do, and it breaks the "low-tech" definition.
Kevin
So are we going to pick up?
Little Trion's Intercom
Master Control granted to third-party. Call answered.
Voice (over Little Trion's intercom)
This is Thep Khufan Second-in--err, Third-in-Command Scarogus. You are piloting an unidentified vessel in uncharted uninhabitable space. We demand to board your ship to check if everything is alright. We ask only that you pledge your allegiance to the Thep Khufans and our cause.
Ben
That's not going to ha--
Azmuth (into the intercom)
One moment.

Presses a button on the dashboard that mutes the caller as well as the ship's microphone.

Azmuth
Benjamin, head to the Primugen hold. Look for a holocodec. When you're there, dial in--
Ben
Wait, look for a what?
Kevin
A keypad that's invisible until you touch it.
Azmuth
Yes. Dial in 03141 as the first code, 10 dash 5 for the second, and Inventor for the third. If you feel you'll have an issue...Ms. Yamamoto, bring me the young Galvanic Mechamorph.
Julie
You mean Ship?
Azmuth
Yes, I mean "Ship."
Ben
I really won't need him. I can do this on my own.
Azmuth
Well, bring him anyway.

Julie removes a strapless backpack with Galvanic Mechamorph patterns from her back. She holds it flat in her hands.

Julie
Go, Ship!

The backpack takes on the shape of Ship's body. He barks at the shadow.

Julie
Calm down, Ship. Go to Azmuth.

Ship transforms into a small RC helicopter and flies over to Azmuth. He lands on the dashboard and reverts to his small somewhat dog-esque form.

Azmuth
I am advancing one of my own. At worst, he'll feel the Mechamorph equivalent of a sting.

Azmuth taps several points on Ship's back. Ship collapses into a puddle.

Julie
Ship! Azmuth, what did you do?
Azmuth
Give me a moment...

He continues to tinker with Ship in his new form. After only a few seconds, he is finished with the job.

Azmuth
Up, "Ship."

Ship slowly reverts from his puddle form to his normal one.

Azmuth
Care to test your new abilities?

Ship nods. He stares in the direction of Julie as parts of his body extend and touch parts of the dashboard, hacking into them and modifying the internals. He removes the tendrils that had extended from his body and retract them into himself.

Azmuth
Benjamin, take him with you. His new power has the code for the holocodec built in.

Ben nods and walks over to Ship, who jumps in his hand. As Ben proceeds to walk off in the direction of the Primugen's hold, Julie stops him.

Julie
You'll be okay, right? You don't want me to come with you?
Ben
No, I'll be--

He catches Kevin giving him a look behind Julie.

Julie
Really, Ben, my choice? Is something wrong? Are you sick?
Ben
No, I'm just fine. Now, are you coming?
Julie
Definitely.
Ship
Ship ship ship ship!

Ship jumps onto Julie and slips down onto her back. He transforms into a backpack and sticks himself to her once more.

Ben (with his back facing Azmuth)
I'm taking Julie with me. Hold off Scarogus a bit, will you?
Azmuth
That was my intention, but yes, I will.
Ben
Great, let's go, Julie.

We watch as Ben and Julie rush off towards the hallway at the end of which the Primugen is being held. We continue to focus on Azmuth, who unmutes his microphone as well as the call from the other side.

Azmuth
I'm sorry. There was an, err, emergency on the ship.
Scarogus
Should we come check up on you?
Azmuth
Err, no, no, no. We are absolutely fine.
Scarogus
You're seeming a bit suspicious...
Azmuth
I assure you, the Little Trion is in perfect shape now and there shall be no reason to board.
Scarogus
I'm sorry. Did I hear "Little Trion?"
Azmuth (whispering to himself)
Oh, my...they're going to manage to piece together...Aloud. Umm, yes, actually, I need help. Would you please board? I promise to pledge my allegiance to your cause and its leader.
Scarogus
Alright. One of our men will be boarding shortly.

The call ends. Outside the windshield of the ship, the Tertiary Wing can be spotted taking on a bit of velocity again as it heads towards the Little Trion.

Azmuth
Do any of you have means by which I can contact Ben?
Kevin
I've got something.

He removes a smartphone from his backpocket.

Azmuth
Quaint, but it will surely do. Now let's just hope the boy will power the device in time...

[We transition to the Primugen hold wall. Ben and Julie are placing their hands on random points on the wall. Finally, Ship reverts to his normal form and hops off of Julie's back down onto the floor. When he lands, he fuses himself with the wall, then immediately detaches himself.]

Julie
Ship, what'd you do?

Ship simply points ahead at the wall with his left paw. The holocodec--a holographic keypad that floats just over a spot just inches below the barrier protecting the Primugen--appears.

Ben
Ship, you know what to do?

Ship nods and proceeds to rapidly tap in the code for the holocodec, unlocking the barrier between the hallway and the Primugen hold in just seconds.

Julie (petting Ship)
Good boy, Ship.
Ben
Yeah, great job.

Ship shakes off Julie's hand from his head and looks up at Ben, whimpering.

Julie
I think he wants you to pet him, too.
Ben
But he's not a real dog. I mean...
Julie
C'mon, Ben. You know he won't bite.

Ben puts a smile on his face and rolls his eyes.

Ben
Alright.

He bends over and pets Ship's head, stroking it from a pattern that spans the center of his entire body.

Ben
Good boy, Ship.

Ship shakes Ben's hand off of his head next.

Ben
What now?

Ship jumps up into the Primugen's hold and grabs the Primugen. He jumps back out and lands in front of Ben.

Ship
Ship, ship, ship, ship!

Ben turns his head, questioning what Ship wants him to do. Ship puts the Primugen down and transforms into an Assault Omnitrix look-a-like then back to his normal form.

Ship
Oh.

Ben leans over and puts the wrist-attached Assault Omnitrix in front of Ship. Ship picks up the Primugen once more and squirms under Ben's watch. The back panel falls off onto the floor as Ship installs the Primugen. Ship replaces the back panel and steps away. There is a large green flash from the Omnitrix as it is reactivated.

Omnitrix
Recalibration aborted. Reboot complete. Warning: All playlists have been reacquired, but could not be set up as before. Certain samples may be misplaced. Also, one voice message from Azmuth.
Ben
From Azmuth? From how long ago?
Omnitrix
Voice message from Azmuth dates back one minute.
Julie
It might be important.
Ben
No, Julie, it has to be.

Ben presses down on the Omnitrix's tower to play the message.

Azmuth (Omnitrix voice message)
Ben, I've allowed the Thep Khufans to board us--
Ben
What?!
Azmuth (Omnitrix voice message)
Now listen closely, I have a plan.

[No more than two minutes later, we find ourself back in the living room. A rectangular piece of the wall tall enough for a ten-foot person to walk through is bashed down onto the floor. Through the rectangular hole that is made, a long black bridge that is connected to the Tertiary Wing and is completed protected from the depths of space outside. A Thep Khufan with dark blue robes steps inside. He greets Benmummy at the hole, who has covered his Omnitrix symbol, as well as a majority of his arm, in a green shirt sleeve.]

Thep Khufan (in dark blue robes)
Greetings, fellow Thep Khufan. What is your name or if you prefer, an alias I can refer to you as?
Benmummy
Umm...B--

Coughing can be heard in the background.

Thep Khufan
I'll take that as an alias, then. Neb, are you alone on this ship?
Benmummy
Uhh...yeah, I am. I'm just, err, on the way to the Forge of Creation.
Thep Khufan
The Forge of Creation? That's just a myth, soldier, but if you'd like to disprove me, go ahead.
Benmummy
I'm pretty sure it's real. One of my, err, friends has been there.
Thep Khufan
I bet they have...now, you said you needed help, Thep Khufan?
Benmummy
Err, yeah. One of my engines broken down, and I'm stuck here at the universe. I was starting to think we'd be stuck here forever.
Thep Khufan
Well, rest assured, the Armada is at your side, and hopefully you'll be at ours for our cause.
Benmummy
Definitely. By the way, what's your name? Like, for reference...
Thep Khufan
Oh, yes. You may refer to me as Corporal Avery.
Benmummy
Awesome. Come on, to the engine room.

Benmummy proceeds to lead Corporal Avery to the end of the hallway of personal rooms. They pass by rooms such as AZM, belonging to Azmuth; B17, belonging to Ben; C22, belonging to Charmcaster; and J17, belonging to Julie. They finally arrive at a room labeled E2000.

Benmummy
This is the place.

The sound of people walking through a room can be heard just across the hall, at room F8.

Corporal Avery/Thep Khufan
What was that sound?
Benmummy (nervously)
What sound? I didn't hear any sound.

Several people shoving and loudly shushing each other can be heard at F8 again.

Corporal Avery
There it goes again.
Benmummy
It must be nothing.
Corporal Avery (squinting at Benmummy)
There's something going on here. Go in that room.
Benmummy
I'm telling you that that's absolutely unnecessary.
Corporal Avery
I will have my men in here in seconds if you don't open that door.
Benmummy (shakes with nervousness, then sighs and stops shaking)
Okay.

He walks over to the door to the F8 room. A circular camera appears over the door. Benmummy looks up at it, with it scanning his retina.

Female Computer Voice
Access granted.

The door opens, revealing a dark room behind it.

Benmummy
You first.
Corporal Avery
There's something peculiar going on here. You first.
Benmummy
I insi--

'Corporal Avery reveals a walkie-talkie like device strapped onto a belt along his waist.

Corporal Avery
Lead the way.

Benmummy slowly steps inside. He flips on a switch in the room, shedding light on a room that's empty aside from a square walkie-talkie sitting in the back left corner of the room, where the shushes can be heard.

Corporal Avery
It's a trap!

Corporal Avery bangs on his belt, setting off his walkie-talkie device's alarm to the Thep Khuafns on the Tertiary Wing. Still standing in the doorway, Corporal Avery falls over on his back as a Petrosapien crystal pierces his body. Tetrax, standing on his hoverboard with his helmet on, is made visible behind the corporal.

Tetrax
Head to their ship. Use caution, they know you're coming now.
Benmummy
That's when it's the most fun. Make sure this guy's alright. I'm not about to take a life, at least, not an innocent one.
Thep Khufan (holding a gun)
Don't move, Ben Tennyson. I may be one, but as Major D. McDuffie, I'm the best man for this job.
Benmummy
Well, it sounds like you're the best man for talking out loud. Now, just let me go to the Commander. We have differences to settle.

Benmummy walks around Major D. McDuffie, who proceeds to use his blaster. The blaster, though, doesn't blast any form of beam. Instead, a sonic wave is shot in Benmummy's direction. His movement is disrupted, and he begins to feel as if he is being torn apart. The paper on his stomach opens up, revealing the Primugen inside.

Major D. McDuffie
The grand prize. Am I about to get that promotion or what?
Benmummy
N-n-n-ot--gonna happen!

Benmummy is barely able to extend paper from his shoulder to touch the Omnitrix symbol, but upon doing so, there is a large green flash, and XLR8 takes his place.

Major D. McDuffie
You've just made my job a lot easier. Shouting. Deploy Kineceleran defenses!
XLR8
What?!

He tries to run away from the Major, but the floor underneath turns to ice with each and every step he makes, to the point where the floor is ahead of his movements. He finally ends up slipping. Unable to control his movement, he slides onto his face on the ice and into the next room over a small gap in the floor. In this room, XLR8 stands up. Directly in front of him is the Commander, his robe laying on the floor behind him.

Thep Khufan Commander
The fact that you continually make a joke out of every situation will be the reason why when you fall, you will fall with not an ounce of remorse nor respect from me. You may have eluded me once, but each and every time I see you, my respect dwindles. There is nothing for left for you, Tennyson.

He removes the Tritadagen crystal behind his back.

XLR8
I'll pass, Commander.

XLR8 smacks his Omnitrix. Following a large green glow, the blowfish-like Spitter appears. Spitter immediately puffs up, releasing his breath as he discharges a sizable amount of goo from his mouth. The Commander creates a shield using the Tritadagen crystal that drops the goo onto the floor. The Commander proceeds to blast Spitter's Omnitrix, locking Ben as Spitter.

Thep Khufan Commander
Deploy Spheroid defense mechanisms.

A large cork is dropped onto the floor from the ceiling. Spitter prepares another sizable discharge, but just as Spitter exhales, the cork is levitated into Spitter's mouth, sending that goo back into his stomach. Spitter audibly swallows, then reverts to human, on his knees. He wipes his mouth of goo.

Thep Khufan Commander
Oh, where did my cork go?

Ben coughs out a regular-sized cork.

Thep Khufan Commander
There goes the amount of money that thing costed. But it's no matter.

He rushes over to Ben and smacks down the foot of the incomplete Tritadagen staff onto the tower of Ben's Assault Omnitrix. Flying through the Omnitrix, cutting it off and dropping the watch in half onto the floor, is the Primugen crystal. It sticks itself onto the bottom of the Tritadagen crystal, but immediately falls off.

Thep Khufan Commander
I was hoping that would force it to fuse, but no matter. Now watch, Tennyson.

He snaps his finger. Scarogus steps into the room, wheeling the device that connected the Rexahegen, Tetragen, and Chronogen before.

Scarogus
You are welcome, Commander. For Tennyson's death, I will do anything. Oh, and the Professor warned that you should add Cyogen crystals to the concoction or it won't work.
Thep Khufan Commander
Alright, thank you, Scarogus. Your services have been much appreciated.

Scarogus nods, then leaves the room. The Commander stares at Ben with a devious smile on. He then turns around to the Tritadagen fusing wall. He places what of the staff had already been formed onto a rack where the staff is held. He then walks back over to Ben, picks up the Primugen, and places it in a random crystal holder in the Tritadagen fusing wall. He removes two more Cyogen crystals from his pockets and places them on the wall. The Commander snaps his finger. In mere seconds, the Primugen and Cyogen crystals are converted into the last piece of the Tritadagen crystal. A glowing green piece is added to the base of the Tritadagen, completing the four-piece set. The Commander removes the staff from the wall then holds it up height-wise.

Thep Khufan Commander
And so we are just so close to the end. Prepare for The Unleashed, Tennyson.

The Commander smacks down the staff on the floor, and the Tritadagen breaks itself into its four base components once more. A white intangible beam shoots from the floor to the ceiling. The component crystals align themselves from left to right in this order: Tetragen, Rexahegen, Chronogen, and Primugen. After alignment, the crystals slowly revert to their staff form. They then gradually make their way into the white beam. When the beam disappears, a Thep Khufan with black paper and a purple glow appears. The Tritadagen staff floats over to the hands of the dark Thep Khufan. The Thep Khufan's purple eyes open. He looks down at the Commander, who bows at his side.

Dark Thep Khufan
Who are you?

The Commander raises his head and faces the dark Thep Khufan.

Dark Thep Khufan
Rise.

The Commander stands upon receiving the command.

Thep Khufan Commander
The Unleashed has risen.
The Unleashed/Dark Thep Khufan
And my goal is complete. It's nice to see you again, Tersce. It's been 800 years already. Seems like just yesterday, the plan was just beginning to shape up...
Thep Khufan Commander
Yes. I don't have the greatest memory of back then, but yes. And it's come so far.
The Unleashed
Yes it has, yes it has. Now it is time to take over the universe, as father and son.
Ben
No...you two aren't related, that's not possible.
The Unleashed
Oh, but it is. Tersce, where is your brother? I want him to join us.
Thep Khufan Commander
Of course, father. I shall be only a moment to contact him.

The Commander exits the room by way of the entrance, following a similar path as Scarogus in his departure. The Unleashed simply squints at Ben, who kneels with nothing more to say.

[We find ourselves in the Commander's throne room. The Commander enters the room. Before walking over to his throne, he stops just after entering the room.]

Thep Khufan Commander
No need to close the door. I'll only be a second.
Tertiary Wing AI
Noted. Automatic door function in "Throne Room" disabled.

The Commander walks over to his throne and seats himself. He turns the seat around and faces the window to the outside. Before pressing a button on the left armrest of the chair that activates the holographic display, he admires the nearly blank space outside, the space that will soon be his own property. Somebody steps into the door behind him. The automatic door's keypad can be heard being pressed, followed by the door immediately shutting.

Thep Khufan Commander
Hmm...
Tertiary Wing AI
Automatic door has been closed. Automatic function reenabled.

The sound of an Omnitrix going off in the room can be heard.

Thep Khufan Commander
Is that you, Albedo?
Negative Ultimate Humungousaur's Voice
Yes.
Thep Khufan Commander
I thought as much...
Negative Ultimate Humungousaur's Voice
If you did, then you know why I'm here.
Thep Khufan Commander
For a long while I've known why you'd be here. I never thought the process would work, you know?
Negative Ultimate Humungousaur's Voice
Then you turned out to be right.

The sound of him arming his rockets can be heard.

Thep Khufan Commander
You know, Albedo, I think you need to realize something.
Negative Ultimate Humungousaur's Voice
What? And if this is a trick, I'll blow this whole ship to pieces?
Thep Khufan Commander
No. A good villain doesn't die easy. A great villain doesn't die without a fight. And an excellent villain...he doesn't die without a secret. How much do you know?
Negative Ultimate Humungousaur's Voice
Just...enough.
[END OF EPISODE]

Synopsis

This section is incomplete.

Characters

Aliens Used (by Ben)

  • Benmummy (x2; first time: dream)
  • XLR8
  • Spitter (first re-appearance)

Aliens Used (by Albedo)

  • Negative Ultimate Humungousaur
Created by COLOR
Alien Universe - DC's Ben 10
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