It was a lush valley with plenty of prey. Mother, an accomplished fighter and hunter, and her stunted egg-child, Junior, happened upon the land after the great fire drove them from their hunting grounds and into the seemingly endless plains. All of their brood-clan had perished in the fire except for these two.
The plains were a difficult place to hunt; for the prey was quick and easily alerted. The local raptors did not appreciate their lumbering presence and harassed them into moving onwards. Both Mother and Junior were nearly dead from thirst and starvation when they discovered the valley.
Their first kill and meal were a welcome delight. After resting from their ordeal in the plains, they were pleased to discover this land had a few others of their kind. When an old battle-scarred buck charged up to them the following day, Mother playfully batted him aside as he began to dance a mating ritual before her. But in spite of her lingering exhaustion, his timing was good and she was willing. They sealed their sexual encounter, as do all Giganotosauruses, with a cloacal kiss.
During the next few weeks, it became clear to Mother and Junior that their kind were not welcome in this land. The buck whom they had met had been grievously wounded by some large predator in his past. Something much stronger and deadlier claimed these hunting grounds and its rank spoor permeated every part of the land. They were careful when they hunted, but it was not long before Mother met the beast...
It looked like a Rex, but was much larger and far more vicious than any Mother had seen. Like Mother, it was female; it had tracked her down to eliminate potential competition. At first, afraid at the size of the giant Rex, Mother began to back off but then changed her mind and fiercely charged the monstrosity. The fight was short. The beast met Mother with its huge jaws and within seconds tore through her shoulder with a savage bite. Mother's arm fell limp to her side and for the first time in her life, she realized she would not win this fight.
The Rex circled her carefully looking for an opening to finish the battle when the buck sprung to Mother's side and charged. He made a desperate move to tear through the beast's underbelly, but the Rex was too fast and knocked him to the ground with a sudden sweep of her tail. The buck jumped up in an instant, narrowly escaping her huge snapping jaws. He squared off with her hunching his head towards the ground and breathing heavily.
Mother, momentarily forgotten, stumbled into the forest accompanied by a terrified Junior. She found a small clearing next to a stream and collapsed while blood poured from her wound. Junior came to her sniffing and whining. Mother motioned to him to help her dig a shallow depression in the ground. When it was finished, Mother laid a cache of eggs in the hollow and then expired from her mortal wound.
Shortly afterwards a scream of agony erupted from the forest. A minute later the Rex, jaws dripping with blood and gore, broke into the clearing and gazed questioningly at Mother who lay dead next to her eggs. The beast eyed the eggs for a few seconds then huffed dismissively and marched away. Junior, hiding close by, trembled in helpless fury.
THE NEW CLAN
Junior did his best to keep Mother's eggs safe. He had been born sickly and had never grown very big or strong. He was an intelligent fighter, however, and able to keep the small predators and egg stealers away from the cache. As the eggs began to hatch, Junior helped the egg-children learn to hunt and scavenge for themselves. In time, many of them grew larger and stronger than Junior.
There was plenty of danger in the valley. The new clan shrugged off a Botulism Infestation but two fell to the Rex who surprised a group of them one day on a hunt. Small burning rocks fell from the sky one terrible afternoon killing one of the egg-children outright as they tore up a huge section of the hunting grounds.
Even so, food was plentiful and the egg-children thrived; some developed abilities where they occasionally became stronger and faster for short period of time. Junior was amazed at the power some of them had during these episodes and was pleased to watch groups of them easily bring down large game such as Saltasaurus and Triceratops as well as a large numbers of smaller prey.
Over several years many of the egg-children reached maturity, mated with others of their kind and laid their own egg caches. New hatchings began to occur very frequently and the clan grew in numbers.
Over time the clan became adept at hunting which helped maintain a sufficient food supply. The pack's sense of health and well-being became more developed causing them to turn away from suspicious rotting carcasses and provoked them to occasionally kill sickly or seriously wounded egg-children. The clan grew stronger.
Their troubles with the environment continued, but the stress it put on the clan tended to make it stronger and more competent in facing danger. A pesky Troodon showed up and began to smash the clan's eggs. It was quickly run down and killed before it could do more harm. An Alectrosaurus also harassed the clan killing a few egg-children, but it was also hunted and dispatched by one of the mature clan members.
The Rex and her minions were still present in the valley and the clan learned wisely to avoid them. On one occasion, during a large hunt, the Rex appeared suddenly on the Game Trail and attacked. The clan faced her courageously, snarling and glaring at the lone monster with rash bravado. The Rex snorted in seeming annoyance and charged, easily slaughtering two of the egg-children and frightening off the rest of the hunting group while only receiving a mild wound. The clan stayed clear of her after that.
By good luck, one of the Rex's minions was savagely killed on a stormy day by a Therizinosaurus and its elimination helped keep the supply of food on the Game Trail plentiful. Sadly, however, that same Therizinosaurus killed Junior and some egg-children in a later encounter when they attempted (successfully as it turned out) to take it down by themselves.
The environment was fickle with storms followed by a period of intense drought. The storms caused flooding and the opportunity to attack and kill foundering sea creatures from the nearby ocean. The drought was bad, diminishing the number of prey in the land, but the clan persevered, and hatched a few large powerful children who were key to assisting the clan to hunt any big prey.
Two the large long-necked titan monsters were bought down by the clan and they feasted on each of their carcasses for over a week. At this time, two of the egg-children had grown into huge and powerful fighters. One bellowed in a loud roar that seemed to say he was master of the valley, while the other, had Junior still been alive to notice, looked very much like Mother.
All was going well for the clan until disaster struck. A great fireball fell from the sky that made the ground heave in a massive earthquake. Within days the air was filled with smoke and ash, blotting out the sun. Several egg-children and many prey died from the choking soot. Their rotting carcasses added to the stench and confusion in the land. Living prey quickly became scarce and the clan grew hungry -- and they were not the only ones...
FIGHT FOR DOMINANCE
The clan was not prepared for the Rex's attack when she bounded onto the Game Trail and assaulted a small hunting pack. Two egg-children, adrenaline pumping speed and strength into their muscles, foolishly tried to rush the beast. The Rex snorted derisively, knocked them to the ground and tore the throat out of one before the third member of the pack, a seasoned fighter, could react. As the second egg-child rose unsteadily to its feet and quickly backed away from the fight, the Rex, confident in victory, closed in on the remaining clan member, expecting to dispatch it with little effort.
Instead of cowering and running from the approaching monster, the lone clan member stood its ground and roared loudly at the Rex in defiance.
Within seconds the roar was answered by several others. The Rex paused as more clan members arrived, including the clan's huge champion, their largest and most accomplished fighter. The champion bellowed at the Rex, boldly asserting his dominance and demanding she leave the field or fight him.
Roaring in fury, the Rex charged the group, knocking several small clan members aside in her effort to attack their champion. She anticipated a quick kill of this upstart at which point she would deal decisively with the others before more could arrive. The champion was faster than she, however, and while the Rex slightly injured him, his claws raked her side wounding her severely. She stumbled in surprise giving the rest of the clan an opportunity to inflict her with another injury.
The combatants drew back huffing and snarling. A few of the clan ran off and were replaced by others, including another immense fighter who stared at the Rex with fierce determination. In a flash of recognition, this creature reminded the Rex of one of these same rampaging creatures she had met and viciously killed long ago. Regret crossed her mind at the faint memory of a cache of eggs she had left undisturbed that day.
At a snort from this new fighter, the assembled clan rushed foreword and surrounded the Rex. Bellowing in rage she attacked the champion again while the massive new arrival launched itself to join the fight with the others. The Rex fought valiantly and without fear but went down within minutes to the snapping jaws and tearing claws of the merciless clan.
It had been many years since Mother and Junior arrived at the valley. Now Mother's brood were the Apex of the land and her death avenged at last by the clan's victory!
The clan's glory did not last long. Reduced sunlight and raining ash killed the valley's plant life within months. The clan's food supply perished quickly afterwards. As the last Giganotosaurus fell to the ground in starvation, it gave one final roar that proclaimed, "We are Apex!"
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- Posted Mon Jun 1, 2015 3:19 am
Wow, I'd feel honored if you decide to use it Herschel and I hope others will add some stories you can use as well.
Other than the prelude and epilogue, the story tracks very closely to an actual Apex game I played.
Thank you for all the time you've spent creating it!
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- Posted Mon Jun 1, 2015 4:20 am