When Nyla cleared the mountain ridge and reached the wasteland where the power levels were located, what she saw took her breath away. She spotted him immediately; he looked just like his father. All he was missing was the scar on his cheek. He looked so much like Bardock that it brought tears to her eyes. However, she quickly brushed them away and observed the scene before her. Kakarot had an ally with him, a strange looking man with green skin, yet both of their power levels combined were net equal to even HALF of the strength of their opponent. Nyla turned to observe him. He was obviously a fellow Saiyan; that was made obvious by the tail that curled around his waist, but he was unknown to her. He had spiky, black hair that was so long it almost touched the ground behind him. He wore traditional Saiyan armor that was black and brown. He wore a green scouter on his head, much like the one she wore now. His power level wasn't extraordinarily high, it was less than half of Nyla's power, but he was more than a match for Kakarot. Why would Kakarot be so foolish as to face him head on?
At that moment, Nyla heard Kakarot shout, "Give me back my son!!!!" Turning her scouter on the space pod behind the unknown Saiyan, she saw there was indeed a small child locked inside of it. If this was truly Kakarot's son, then this was Bardock's grandson. All Saiyans knew of Bardock and respected him for his power. Why would this stranger disrespect Bardock by threatening his son and kidnapping his grandson? What business did he have with the two of them? Realizing that this man had used a defenseless child as bait in an unknown scheme, Nyla was filled with fury. She was about to join the battle when she heard something that shocked her. "So...you'd defy your own brother?" Brother?!! But that wasn't possible...was it? She'd never asked Bardock if he had any children besides Kakarot, and he had never mentioned any other children. However, it was possible that he had an older son. Now, Nyla was unsure of what to do. SHe had sworn to find and protect Kakarot. But if this man, Raditz she'd heard Kakarot call him, was also Bardock's son then she didn't want to hurt him either.
While Nyla stayed on the ridge above unsure of what to do, a battle broke out between the three below. Nyla watched as Kakarot and his ally were easily overpowered. SHe was still debating on getting involved when she noticed that Kakarot had gotten ahold of Raditz's tail. The green man who was his ally had lost an arm while she had been distracted, but he was clearly preparing some sort of attack. His power level began to sky-rocket. Maybe she wouldn't have to get involved at all. No sooner had this thought crossed her mind, however, than she heard Raditz begin to beg for his life. "Please let me go!!! Don't kill me brother!!! I'll leave this planet." "I'm not falling for that again!!!" "No please, Kakarot!!! I swear it!!! I'll leave!!! Don't kill me!!! Please!!!" Nyla knew he was lying. This man was a monster; and monsters didn't change. He proved he was a monster by using a defenseless child as a pawn. He was no different from the men Bardock had saved her from all those years ago. "Kakarot you fool! Don't listen to him", she softly pleaded. But her plea was denied. Kakarot had clearly inherited Gine's soft heart. He released his hold, and Nyla watched in horror as Raditz kicked Kakarot to the ground, then stood with a boot on his chest. He was going to crush him to death! She had to stop him! Nyla was about to fly straight at Raditz and kick him off of Kakarot, when suddenly her scouter started going berserk. There was an enormous power level being picked up. According to her scouter, it was coming from Raditz's space pod. Raditz had apparently sensed it as well. He jerked his head up and stared at his space pod in shock as it exploded. Nyla watched in amazement as a small child flew out of the wreckage and headed straight for Raditz. The child rammed his head into Raditz's midsection. The force of the blow was so great it cracked Raditz's armor and sent him flying off of Kakarot. Nyla stood in shock. How could a child of no more than four have that much power?! Then, as suddenly as it had spiked, his power level dropped back down again as he knelt beside his father.
Nyla watched in horror as Raditz got to his feet and started towards Kakarot and the boy; a murderous glare in his eyes. She heard Kakarot yell at the child to run, but the boy was absolutely terrified. He stood frozen in fear as Raditz reached him. Kakarot lay badly injured and was powerless to help as Raditz slapped the child so hard he rolled several feet away. He lay motionless as Raditz started towards him again, a blast of energy held in his palm. Filled with a rage unlike anything she had ever felt before, Nyla flew off the ridge and landed a hard kick to Raditz's head. The impact sent him flying as Nyla landed to stand before him; putting Kakarot and the boy safely behind her. Raditz got to his feet and looked at her; confusion and anger on his face. "Who the hell are you?!""My name is Nyla! Recruited and trained by Bardock to serve in the army of the throne of Vegetasai!! Fourth member of Squad X under the leader, Bardock!!!" "You trained under my father?" "So....I'ts true. You are Bardock's don." Nyla clenched her jaw in fury and spoke in an icy tone. "Your father would be ashamed of you! Kidnapping your own nephew?! Trying to kill your own brother?! How can you be so heartless?!" Raditz folded his arms and smirked. "Well...I am my father's son." "No son of Bardock's would be so cruel! Your father saved my life from people like you! I made a vow to him that I would protect your brother no matter what!" Nyla dropped into a fighting stacnce sh had learned from Bardock. "My loyalty is to Kakarot now! If I have to kill you to protect him thens o be it!!!" "Don't be a fool! You're no match for me!" Nyla snarled in rage. "You're the fool!! I'm more powerful than you and you know it!! I don't care if you ARE Bardock's son! I refuse to let you harm him any more!!! Your father may have been a soldier, but he wouldn't have stood by while someone tried to kill a defenseless child!! Neither will I!!!" "You'd dare defy a fellow Saiyan warrior?!" "You aren't a warrior!!! You're a disgrace!!!" "Damn you!!! I'll kill you!!!" Raditz flew at Nyla but she dodged him and landed a hard blow to his side. She heard a crack as several of Raditz's ribs broke. Raditz swung a punch, aiming for Nyla's stomach, but she caught his wrist and squeezed until she heard the bones snap. Raditz screamed in pain as Nyla slammed him to the ground before kicking him in the ribs, sending him flying several feet away. Rage was pounding in Nyla's head and, as it had before, it blinded her. She was so focused on punishing Raditz that, as she rushed him again, she left herself wide open. Raditz sprang from the ground and grabbed her by the ankle. He slammed her to the ground and, while she was down, sent a blast flying right at her. She managed to dodge but, as she rushed Raditz and aimed a punch at his face, he grabbed her arm. With a mighty blow, he snapped the bones in her lower arm in half before throwing her to the ground once again. She slammed into the rocky ground below. The impact knocked the wind out of her and, she knew from the number of cracks she heard when she landed, broke six of her ribs. Dazed from the pain, she was powerless to fight back as Raditz put his boot on her throat. "You say you'll protect my brother at all costs, yet you refuse to finish me off when you are more than capable of doing so! You won't kill me because you know I'm Bardock's son as well, and in the back of your tiny mind, you don't want to be responsible for the death of the son of your mentor! How sweet of you!" Struggling for breath, Nyla was helpless as Raditz increased the pressure of his boot. He was going to crush her windpipe. "You may have a higher power level, but your foolish emotions are holding you back!!! They make you weak!!! They are the cause of your death!!!" Raditz raised his boot to stomp on her throat, but was suddenly struck by a blow that sent him flying ten feet away. Nyla's vision was blurry from lack of oxygen, but she could still make out the outline of the person who knelt and held out a hand to her...Kakarot had rejoined the fight. "Hey...are you all right?" "I-I'm fine. Thank you Kakarot." "Umm...My name is Goku, but you're welcome. Can you get up?" Nyla nodded and took his hand. As he helped her up, Nyla looked into his eyes. "You look just like your father." "So Raditz was telling the truth? We really are brothers?" Nyla nodded in response. "So you knew my dad? How?" "It's a long story. All you need to know for now is that I'm sworn to protect you. I made a vow to your father just before he died that I would find you and protect you. It's taken so many years, but I finally found you...Kakarot." "Look...I'm glad you're on my side, but my name is Goku. What's yours?" "Nyla." He smiled and stuck out his hand. "Thank you for saving my son." Nyla shook his hand. "You're welcome...Goku." He smiled but, as he looked over her shoulder, his eyes widened in horror.
Nyla turned, but was struck with a mighty slap to the face that nearly broke her jaw and sent her flying fifty feet away. She hit a large rock as she fell to the ground and it splintered into pieces; which covered her body. Only her head remained uncovered. She heard Kakarot's roar of rage and she saw him land a blow to Raditz's chest before appearing behind him and landing a blow to the back of his head. As Raditz rushed him, Kakarot teleported behind him and locked his hands under Raditz's arms and behind his head. Raditz tried in vain to struggle but Kakarot wasn't letting go. Her ears still ringing from the vicious slap she'd received, she heard Kakarot shout something as her scouter went off again. It was detecting an emormous power level once again. Turning her head, she saw it came from Kakarot's ally. Her hearing returned just as she heard Kakarot's shout of "Do it!!! NOW!!!!" Then she saw a blast fired from the fingertips of the green man straight at Raditz and Kakarot. Realizing Kakarot could never get out of the way in time but pinned by the weight of the rocks, Nyla watched helplessly as the blast connected and blew a hole through both of them. She heard Kakarot's scream of agony and watched as he released Raditz. They both fell to the ground. Neither of them moved.
"NOOOOO!!!!" Nyla's power level exploded and she was freed from the rocks as her fury caused a wave of energy that blasted them off of her. Ignoring the pain of her injuries, she flew to stand in front of the person responsible for her broken vow. With murder in her eyes, she spoke through clenched teeth as tears poured down her face. "You killed him!!! You monster!!! I'll kill you for this!!! "I'LL KILL YOU!!!!!" Rage overwhelming her, Nyla's power level climber through the roof. It reached 4,500. She flew at the green man and punched him in the stomach with all of her strength. She heard a crack and knew she'd broken all of his ribs. When he doubled over in pain and coughed up blood, she grabbed him by the throat. She squeezed and said "Die!!!!" "Nyla stop!!!!" It was Kakarot!!!! Releasing her hold, Nyla flew to Kakarot's side. "Kakarot...How....?" "Just listen please..." "Kakarot, don't try to talk! Save your strength. You'll be okay." They both knew it was a lie. She cradled his head in her lap, and her tears fell on his face as she realized he was dying right before her eyes. "I'm sorry I couldn't protect you." "I-It's okay. Please listen to what I have to say. I don't have much time. Don't hurt Piccolo. I knew I would die, but it was the only way to stop Raditz." AN evil laugh sounded at these words. Nyla turned her head in disbelief and realized Raditz was still alive, though he was not long for this world either. Nyla turned her attention back to Kakarot, but was distracted by the sound of an aircraft landing. She looked up and saw an old man, a young woman, and a very short young man exit the aircraft. They headed straight for Kakarot. Nyla was prepared to stand and fight once again, but Kakarot said "It's okay. They're my friends." The young man knelt and took Kakarot's hand. The young woman noticed Nyla kneeling there. "Who the hell is she?!" "She's a friend...Her name is Nyla. She helped us win..." Raditz gave another evil laugh. "You...think you've...won? Fools!! I'm...not the...only Saiyan...who knows of Earth. Two more...are on...their way. They are...the two strongest...Saiyans left. You...won't stand...a chance. You're finished!!! They'll...be here... in a year. They'll...avenge my death! They'll...destroy...you all!!!" Raditz started to violently cough. With blood on his lips, he smiled. "They'll...avenge...me...." His breath rattled in his throat and his head slumped to the side. Raditz was no more.
Turning her attention back to Kakarot, Nyla saw he was fading fast. It was getting harder for him to draw a breath and he struggled to speak. "Listen...Nyla....it's okay. We have a plan. Don't...hurt Piccolo. We...need him. Bulma...you can...wish me back." Nyla couldn't stop a small sob from escaping. Kakarot looked up and grasped her hand. "Nyla...look...at me." Tears falling thick and fast, Nyla looked into his eyes. "Nyla...you promised...my father. Now...promise...me. Take...care of...my son. Please. Make sure...he's safe...until I...return. Promise...me." Unable to speak, Nyla managed to nod as she began to sob uncontrollably. Kakarot squeezed her hand and smiled before looking at the others. "My...true friends. Take care...of Chi Chi...for me. Tell her...I love her. Don't look...so sad. I'll...be back. Goodbye...for now." With that, Kakarot's eyes closed and his head slumped to the side. He too was gone. Nyla's hands shook as she gently lifted his head from her lap and softly laid it down upon the ground.
At that moment, the one Kakarot had called Piccolo came walking over. She glared at him and stood between him and Kakarot's body. "Stay back!" He glared back but then, to Nyla's disgust and surprise, he gave a roar of agony and regrew his arm. Though this sight horrified her, she quickly covered it up and fixed Piccolo with a murderous glare once more. "What do you want?" "Look, Goku was right. As sad as it must be for you all that he's dead, we can always wish him back. So stop your whining and focus on the real problem at hand! The other two Saiyans who are coming! We have to be ready for them!" The woman called Bulma stepped forward. "Someone needs to tell Chi Chi what happened. Then we have to get Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu. They will want to fight too." Piccolo nodded and walked over to where Kakarot's son lay. He reached down and picked him up. "I'm taking this child to train. He is strong and someone needs to hone his skills and help him master his power. Only I am strong enough." He started to fly away, but Nyla blocked his path. "You aren't taking him anywhere!" Enraged, Piccolo screamed at her. "Don't you get it?! You saw what he can do! Someone has to teach him to control that power! So he can use it at will! Then he can help us! Now get out of my way!!!" "No!!!" "Damn you! I said MOVE!!!!" Nyla's eyes flashed with rage. "I promised Kakarot I'd look after his son! If you're taking him, then I'm coming with you!" "Don't make me laugh! You didn't keep your promise to Goku's father...why keep this one?" Nyla punched Piccolo in the stomach. When he doubled over, she yanked Gohan out of his grasp. "You are the reason my vow was broken once!! I won't let that happen again! I can't kill you because they need you, but I can break every bone in your body and leave you here while I take the boy. Or, you can take me with you and no one has to get hurt. Which is it gonna be?!" Piccolo straightened up and looked her right in the eyes. "I will take you under one condition: You don't interfere! I'm the one training him, so what I say goes! I'll train him as I see fit! Agreed?" Nyla hesitated before speaking. "As long as you don't do anything to deliberately put him in danger, I agree." Piccolo nodded and took the child from her again. "Let's go. We are about thirty miles away from where we need to be. You better keep up." Without waiting for a reply, Piccolo flew off. He was flying West. Nyla looked down at Kakarot's companions. "Don't worry. You can trust me. I'll keep him safe. Goodbye." She turned and flew off after Piccolo.
Hours later, Nyla stood on a ridge, staring up at the half moon in the sky. Piccolo had taken the boy off to train and still hadn't returned. Nyla wasn't worried though. She could easily find them if she needed to. Tears in her eyes, Nyla spoke to the heavens. "I'm sorry Bardock. I failed you." Clicking her scouter on, Nyla lay on the ridge. Exhausted from the day's events, she quickly fell asleep. She dreamt of Bardock again. But this time, it wasn't a nightmare. Bardock spoke to her through the mist she was standing in. She couldn't see him, but she could hear his voice clearly. "Hear me Nyla. You didn't fail me. You found Kakarot. You saved his son. Don't worry about the rest. Kakarot will return. Until then, you can keep your vow to me by keeping the vow you made to Kakarot. Watch over his son. Kakarot lives on through him. If you keep him safe, in my eyes it amounts to the same as protecting kakarot." "I will Bardock!! I swear it!!!" "I swear it..." Nyla whispered in her sleep. It seemed Bardock's words had comforted her, for no nightmares would bother her that night. Her vow had been renewed; and this time, she would die before allowing it to be broken.