Feline Wars Episode III - The Blast from Pasht
After Raider had embraced evil (rather literally; he was photographed in compromising positions with Lucy herself by the ancient paparazzi – these were people who had given up civilization and retreated to a cave in modern France, and their photos were preserved for posterity using simple brush strokes on the walls of their cave), Padma ran away from their home, got a lift on the shoulders of this boxer who was passing that way on his way to Olympia, and finally married him. This boxer had twelve children, three from each of his previous marriages. The children from his first marriage were aged 26, 24 and 10; those from his second were 13, 12 and 5; the third installment had kids aged 10, 8 and 6, and the fourth 5, 4 and 3. This boxer’s name was Pythagoras, and he was the champion of the ancient world. However, after he heard of the previous marital status of Padma, he took her and went into hiding in a secret bunker under a barn. This bunker was protected as usual by a space-time warp, constructed this time by none other than Zeus himself as a special favor to Pythagoras for helping build his temple. Their only companion in this place was a housekeeper, a woman with green eyes and long nails, who looked after the twelve kids for them.
Now Pythagoras had once been hit below the belt in one of his fights, and though the judges had disqualified his opponent, the damage had been done. This was however after his twelve kids were born, but before he met Padma. The beautiful Padma had always craved for children of her own, and when she realized this was not possible in the current scenario, their relationship soured. Pythagoras went into depression, and spent the rest of his life doing complex mathematical problems shut up in his room. But little did Padma know that her wish would soon be fulfilled. For the housekeeper was none other than Pasht in hiding.
Using her divine powers, Pasht caused a son to be born to Padma. This young chap grew up and soon established himself as a true leader of men. His half-siblings never argued with him; in fact, they did whatever he told them to do. And he was benevolent, and just, and never did a quarrel occur in the bunker again. When he came of age, Pasht summoned Soda and Dhobi-loves-Gobi to train him, and he soon developed into the best sword fighter the world had ever seen. Then one fine day their hideout was discovered, when Pythagoras gave their complete address in his patent application form to the ancient theorem registration office. The secret revealed, Lucy and Fart Raider immediately swooped down to the bunker, and all present were taken captive. But Lucy was interested only in the young boy, because she sensed in him the power to destroy evil. The twelve others escaped by swearing they did not know the lad, and survived to later spread his teachings across the world. What happened to Pythagoras and Padma is not known, and their story does not come into these tales. Presumably they were killed in revenge by Raider himself.
Now Lucy was scared of the boy, so she made Raider fight him. The boy effortlessly killed Fart Raider (using an ingenious technique later adopted by many species, including the opossum and the pangolin – it involves feigning a wound and playing dead), and then decimated the demon forces with equal ease. He then turned his attention to Lucy. Lucy, now desperate, tried to seduce him by promising him power, wealth and immortality, but the boy was protected by the power of Pasht. Lucy then dared him to kill her, well aware that if she died, every living being who had ever sinned (which basically meant everyone) would die too. But the boy was unperturbed. Pasht gave him the knowledge that if Sin was destroyed, Lucy would be killed too. But to do this, someone would have to absorb all the sins of mankind, and then proceed to heaven (in this case, a global consortium of gods known as the United Mythologies), where he could then ask the Gods for help. The boy had himself nailed to the frame of a kite, and the kite was set loose. He reached heaven, and there he met the Gods, who agreed to come to Earth. Then came forth Vishnu with his discus and Thor with his hammer and Jupiter with the bolt of lightning, and all the others. Lucy was captured and hurled into the void outside the universe, into the grasp of Chaos.
Pasht had won the battle, but she knew there would be a long struggle ahead. Many of Lucy’s followers had survived, and mankind was ever susceptible to their attacks. They were now fought by the followers of the boy (known now as the Messiah), but the battle was even, and Pasht knew that no side would emerge victorious for many long years. Stability had to be achieved before the Mobai temples could be resurrected. Pasht sighed, and went back into hiding in another guise.