The world of Draygun Vale was a very green place. It had the mountains you would expect on a world inhabited by dragonic creatures like the Draygun. Indeed, many of them settled in the mountains.
But unlike the Draygun like Sam Jack and Sylvesta, most Draygun were actually more the size of a Foxy or Felona, not really much above two or so meters in height. Most had wings, but many were not very functional.
As you might expect, the flying Draygun were the ones with all of the power in Draygun society. I mean, if you think about it, people who fly have obvious advantages. Many of the lesser-statured, non-flying Draygun ended up being forced down into the valleys. Interestingly, you might expect Ender Vale to set up his lair in the mountains. But no, he actually set up in the valley, along with a laboratory that he shared with his lovely Tachys companion. She was a lovely midnight blue fawn by the name of Doctor Eva Lena Evicar, better known as Dr. Eve.
Like the Tamlar, the Tachys also hail from Cathara, but mostly live on the dark side of the planet. They evolved to withstand the freezing cold. If you’re already familiar with the Tamlar, picture a smaller version of a Tamlar with long, slender legs and horn-shaped ears. Their antlers look more like devil horns and their tails tipped with sharp arrowheads or spiky constructs. They’re also incredibly stealthy, with the same camouflage abilities as their larger brethren. However, they are also blindingly fast, hence their name: the Tachys.
At first glance, you would not consider Doctor Eve as possibly being a genius pioneer in the fields of both biological and genetic engineering. Her frizzy dark blue hair was wild, but she was able to tame it into a roughly shoulder-length bob. She had dark red eyes that were both warm and threatening simultaneously. It was her dress most of all that made her not look like a serious and brilliant scientific mind: a strapless halter top paired with a tight miniskirt, both a lovely hue of dark violet.
It’s not quite clear how Eve and Vale became acquainted, but she became a very good student of his. For a time, she even served as his apprentice, before she decided to continue her own research separate from Vale. Even then, Vale continued to offer her resources and a blank check for whatever monies she requested of him. But recently, she and Vale were sharing a lab again. But nowadays, Ender was rarely around.
As beautiful as she was, though, it seemed that the solitude of her laboratory was all she ever wanted. She was too awkward socially to ever make any real friends, and rarely even an acquaintance outside of the engineering fields she called her niche. So when Ender Vale visited, it was usually the greatest social event of her week.
However, this particular night, while Eve was expecting Ender to arrive soon, a special report on the League Hypernet made her rather upset.
"And this concludes a special report from Eterna City..." the television said as the report came to a close. It had been about the attack on the bank on Cathara. This blatant show of force was no uncommon for Ender and his Draygun children. But against such a high profile target, it seemed quite unwise.
"What is Ender up to?" Eve muttered to herself.
Just then, Ender Vale arrived.
“I heard you need me,” Ender Vale said, his cloak completely covering his unusual, alien face. He said these words to Eve’s back, her three lovely long tails with their sharp crimson red ends waving in his face.
“You’re not smart to wander that close, dear Ender,” Eve said, well aware of his proximity to her tail ends. She did not turn around, however.
He walked up beside her and rubbed her hook shaped ear, the longer part of which was the same dark red as her tail tips. Eve glanced over at him. While she actually liked the way he was touching her ear, she did not appear at all pleased.
“I would like your assistance with something,” Eve said.
“That’s why I’m here,” Vale said, continuing to rub her ear with his unusual five-fingered hands.
“Please stop that,” Eve said. Vale discontinued rubbing her ear, even though he knew well that she was actually enjoying it. But Eve loved being contrary to her true feelings. It was a tendency that proved to be her greatest social impediment many times, but a characteristic of hers that Vale adored.
“What does my dear Eva Lena need?” Vale asked sweetly.
“Stop it. That tone doesn’t become you.” Eve said, again being quite contrary to her true feelings. She loved when he sweet-talked her, not that she’d ever openly admit that. It’s not like she had to. Vale already knew.
“I need you…” Eve paused and rephrased herself mid-stream, “I would like you to meet someone.”
"I already have the one I love," Ender said.
But that's not what Eve meant. As it turned out, Eve didn’t have to introduce her intended audience to Vale. That audience did so for her.
“Hiya, Mister Vale!” screamed a very excitable female voice. Suddenly, a beautiful female fox-like creature leaped straight in front of Vale, who, while quite shocked, did not flinch at all. It was like no Foxy he’d ever seen, and in fact, more Tachys than canine. He dared say it was more Felona than anything.
“I’m Roxie. I’m Eve’s new best buddy!”
“You are my child, Roxanne,” Eve said, “Ender, this is my daughter, Roxanne Evicar.”
“But, Eva Lena, you can’t have children.”
“She knows that,” Roxie said, smoothing back her mane of dark green hair that flowed between her pricked-up ears and down her back, a stark, but lovely contrast to her dark red fur. “But here I am!”
“You’re…” Vale was stuck on an adjective. He liked what he saw, but he couldn’t find the words to describe what he was seeing, so he settled on: “fascinating…”
“Nice vocab, there, bro,” Roxie said.
Just then, another creature much like Roxy leaped in to say hello, except this one had her golden mane put up in a ponytail and her fur was a soft orange. Her eyes were huge and very purple. This one Vale liked very much.
“Hi there, Mr. Vale! I’m Goldie Foxx!”
Eve smiled, “This is my other daughter, Goldie Foxx.”
“What a whimsical name, Eva Lena!” Vale commended his former student, “You’re a lovely Vixen, Goldie!”
“Why thank you, Mr. Vale!” Goldie said with a big smile.
Roxie huffed and pointed her long pointed snout at the ceiling, apparently rather jealous of Goldie’s extreme adorableness. "I'm just as lovely as Goldie," she contested with a frown.
“Vixens!” Eve squealed gleefully, “That’s what I’ll call them!”
Vale stepped close to Eve and spoke softly in her ear, even though Eve’s two children had superb enough hearing to overhear him anyway, “Eva Lena, what the hell are these Vixen things?”
“Well, then,” Eve said, “Um, you see, I took my own DNA and combined it with the finest aspects of the Foxy and Felona genome samples that you so kindly and freely provided for me.”
“Why those? Why not the Dragon samples? Why sweet, fluffy fox-like kittens?”
“Why not?” Roxie asked pointedly. “You gotta problem with us?”
Goldie stepped in front of Roxie almost immediately, “What big sis means is…”
Eve held out her paws, “Stop it, you two! Play dead!”
The two Vixens immediately dropped to the floor, making incredibly good impressions of being completely and utterly deceased.
“Very impressive,” Vale said.
“To answer your question, Ender,” Eve said, “I didn’t use the Dragon samples since you apparently have fully explored that aspect of genetic research yourself…”
“Right,” Vale said, “I brought the Ancient Dragons back to life with the Draygun species now thriving on a world that had become overrun by Pandalarians and Rabbamites. I thought, perhaps, you could tweak with my genomes further and make some more relevant discoveries. I suppose you have.”
“Well, I did actually use some Dragon DNA in the Vixens development.”
“Did you? I’m surprised you didn’t share your Vixen genome with me earlier. I could’ve helped you decide the sequences of Dragon DNA that would’ve made your job easier?”
“Well, the Foxy, Felona, and Tachys DNA didn’t jive well and my prototypes never survived the early fetal stages…”
“To be expected. Tachys DNA isn’t too compatible with those two and Foxy and Felona DNA are notoriously bad for each other. What made it work?”
“Well, I discovered this strange black ooze on Draygun Vale, and I found that it contained some very unusual genomes that I had to investigate.”
Vale was silent for a moment, “Black ooze? I don’t follow.”
“Yeah, it was quite fascinating. It had Dragon DNA, but it was odd and very different from the DNA you used to breed the Draygun species.”
“I don’t follow,” Vale said, even though he really did, and hated the direction in which this was going.
Vale hated it even more when Roxie decided she was bored of playing dead and started hugging him.
“Why don’t you take off your coat and stay awhile?” Roxie asked, “Isn’t it rude, Evie, to leave your coat on indoors?”
“Roxie, didn’t I tell you to…” Eve was going to scold Roxie, but the scene of her lovely Vixen embracing Vale was just too amusing to her to tell her to stop.
“She’s not bothering me,” Vale lied, “Go on, Eva Lena.”
“So I integrated the DNA from the black ooze and while it caused some really interesting mutations, I decided that as long as my babies were vital and beautiful, I could live with some of the oddities that they developed.”
“Oddities of what sort, exactly?” Vale wondered. Roxie had let him go and now was baring her teeth in an evil grin.
"Usually, they're sweet and adorable, but at times..." Eve sighed, “They’re about as mischievous as any Tachys, but even more devious, and apparently love to break a rule for the sake of Sin…”
"How so?" Ender asked.
"Like so! Let's see what you've got under that hood of yours!" Roxie said.
Just then, Roxie flipped off his cloak hood. Goldie, who decided that playing dead was getting old, too, screamed her head off at the sight of the apparently unsightly Vale…
"The horror!" Goldie screamed.
Even Roxie was disturbed. "Oops," she gasped.
Under that cloak, Ender Vale was an abominable mish-mash conglomerate of body parts from many different species. It was a wonder his body functioned at all. You could see why he wore it all the time.
"Eva Lena," Ender said, about to lose his cool, but trying to keep his composure by focusing on replacing his cloak, "Please tell me you were not so foolish as to use the one genome that I warned you to never use!"
"Oh, please calm down!" Eve sighed.
As Vale put up his hood, Roxie kept trying to pull it down again. “Eva Lena, the DNA you used was the worst possible kind, and the kind of Dragon that left Draygun Vale the jungle world devoid of useful Sentients that it was before I came upon it.”
Eve laughed, “Oh, you silly, Ender. It’s not like I infused my vivacious and voluptuous Vixens with the DNA of the Deadly Sin Dragons!” Then a pause. “I just... borrowed a few sequences!”
"A few?" Ender asked, the anger growing in his voice.
"Yes! And soon, I will have seven lovely Vixens! Breeze! Birdie! Minky! Moxie! And Cassadie!"
"You may as well call them the Seven Deadly Sins!" roared Ender.
"Oh, Ender. That's just properly ridiculous!" Eve chuckled.
"Eva-Lena, this is not a game! The Sin Dragons are the reason that Draygun Vale, and many other places for that matter, were destroyed in the first place!"
"Calm down, Ender! It's not like they breathe fire or anything!"
Roxie sniffled a bit before letting off the most fiery sneeze the universe had ever seen.
Covered with the ashes from Roxie’s little sneeze attack, Vale coughed, “No, but apparently, at least one of them sneezes it.”
Similarly covered with ashes, all Eve could manage was a little uh-oh.
“I won’t say I told you so.”
In the midst of all this, Roxie and Goldie grinned evilly as their sisters awoke from their maturation chambers. The Seven Vixens were now ready for action.
“I may have a use for them yet,” Vale said under his breath.
Eve’s excellent Tachys hearing caught Vale’s words, however, “A use for my lovelies?”
“An old friend, someone I owe a lot to, actually,” Vale said. “I'm sure Aafie Darklight would love to meet them and see what they can do.”
At the mention of that name, Eve began to sob hysterically.
"Be still, Eva-Lena. I'm not handing them over to her or anything. I just think that our Darklight alliance is about to become a lot stronger, all thanks to you and your Vixens. Our dreams may be realized yet!"
Eve sniffled. "I made them to be my lovely children. Not to fight your wars!"
"I never said anything about sending them to war. Just let them be themselves. I think they'll do work for us without us ever having to do anything at all."
"Maybe," Eve admitted. "I do have full control over them. But they are not to become your personal toys like my darling Drayguns have!"
"You misunderstand, Eva-Lena. I love you and all that you do for me and your children. But Emoni left me with a monumental task to complete. Are you with me or not?"
"Yes, Ender. My children and I are with you."
"Good. Thank you, my dear. Let's contact Aafie and find out how our Felona royal coup is coming along!"