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No Mercy by Cryophase No Mercy by Cryophase
"Don't! Don't Shoot! Please I don't want to die!"

The Hunter heard nothing more than an inane series of roars and clicks.

Easily she could have translated the vocalizations. She could have done so before the battle even started, and heard every threat thrown at her from the now dead pirates. She hadn't, and she never did.

The Hunter assumed threats were all she would ever get from the mindless, aggressive enemy. But if she knew that they were capable of pleading, of showing a sick sense of cowardice and begging for their lives, it might not be so easy.

Slaying pirates. It was her job, her duty. Such is war to kill the enemy, and for the Hunter it was easy.

Because they did not speak her language.

Because their expressions were incomprehensible.

Because they were of a different species.

Because their goals and ideals did not correspond with her own.

Because when she saw one, she saw not an individual but a part of a whole. Another mindless, hideous alien whose species orphaned her, and started a casualty-heavy war that spanned the whole of the galaxy.

Their government was highly militaristic, and all troops were expendable. Merely expendable pawns to be thrown into battle without any care as to the value of their life as a sentient being.

He didn't want to be expendable. He didn't want to fight a war, but he was forced to. Desperately he kicked, he fought and he roared out pleadings for his pathetic life. None were heard. He was nothing to her.

The Hunter charged. The deathly golden light of her canon casting sinister shadows across her enemy's face.

"I'm begging you to spare me!"

Nothing but alien babble.

Nothing left but a simmering crater that once housed a sentient mind.


War sucks.

Metroid (c) Nintendo
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musogato Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent writing. It would be great if in one of the games there were a few pirates that rebelled from their group and aided Samus, or at least made the whole thing a bit more complicated than whole species = bad guy. It's been a while since I've played Corruption so I can't remember if there were any hints of that in the Pirate Homeworld scans. Anyway! Nice drawing too, I like the poses.
Cryophase Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I always wished they'd touch more upon that subject. There isn't much lore about rebellion other than one or two mentions that happened when Dark Samus first began infecting pirates; there was a resistance that fought against her and those she infected, but they were either corrupted or killed.

Most signs of rebellion and disobedience are met fast with a death penalty, so starting one would be a bit of a tough job. I've tried to fill the gap with fanfiction and lore of my own, the pirates' backstory is very fun to conceptualize upon :D
KJID Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...........this depressed me beyond limits........war does suck.........
Cryophase Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The best writing is one that inspires emotion. Glad to know I succeeded on that front

Thank you for the comment and fave :)
KJID Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :) and yes your absolutely write, That poor pirate :I
Cryophase Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you like pirates I have plenty more written and visual pieces of those guys in my gallery! :'D
KJID Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D OH SWEET yeah there boss :D
This is a really deep view into Samus's view of the species responsible for drastically altering her life and the lives of countless others. The piece provides a more visceral presentation of the hatred she has for the Space Pirates and everything that they stand for. In all honesty, I can't blame her for feeling that way toward all of them, even the ones she knows are begging for her to spare them, the ones who don't want to be pawns in a fruitless, pointless, selfish war. Awesome job giving us a window into what a few Space Pirates may actually feel about the war against the Galactic Federation and a reminder of Samus's feelings toward them. Keep up the good work!
Cryophase Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey thank you for the comment! :)I'm glad you enjoyed it. My aim was more to represent the pirates' point of view than Samus', but I guess it does highlight hers a bit as well
You're very welcome. Also, sorry for missing your aim for the piece. I guess I got caught up more in how Samus was feeling than how the Space Pirate felt before she wasted him. After I read the description, I felt a wave of frustration and disgust rush through me because it reminded me how heartless those monsters can be, and that's why I unintentionally missed your original purpose for the piece.
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