|Tuesday, Oct. 14
The walking, skinless
corpse that was Desutoroia was alone upstairs in Desu Mansion when his
wife ran in.
"What's the matter?"
he asked. Princess calmly tried to explain about Rev. Lazarus and the incidents
the night before which quickly received wide coverage via radio and TV.
"The Mods chased
him to Mt. Rodan in the Kenji Sahara desert. He's supposedly dead." Desutoroia
didn't seem to be surprised.
"Ol' Lazarus was
always a nut case. For someone who's in his early 50s, you'd think he'd
have better things to do than run around terrorizing towns and committing
the most unbelievable crimes a man has ever done. Still, we have bigger
issues to worry about, Princess. Like healing me completely."
"I'll find somebody...
Morgoth was carefully
studying the ancient text of Necromancer: The Book of the Damned Dead
when he got a mysterious phone call.
Laurence. So good to hear your voice." Unlike the rest of Roostville which
practically knew the entire story, Morgoth was unaware of what had happened
"Morgoth. I know
it may be late but meet me at the Museum of Monsters. And bring the book,
"Very well, Mr.
Laurence. Meet you there in about fifteen minutes."
"I'll be waiting."
Laurence hung up. "Now, voice mimicker," he directed. "Mimic Morgoth's
voice and call Saruman the White, Sauron and Melkor, the other three Dark
Lords. Tell them to come to the Museum of Monsters. Alone. And don't ever
tell anyone of this or I'll cut out your heart." The mimic proceeded to
Rado Goji, Minsc
and Boo had returned to their apartment, albeit exhausted.
"That is DEFINITELY
something you don't see every day!" exclaimed Rado. He put the Z-Saber
on the charger he had made for it and went into his room. "Well, guys,
I'm taking a long nap! Minsc, if anyone calls for me, I'll get back to
replied Minsc who flipped on the TV. The news was all about Mt. Rodan and
he was surprised at what he saw. "BOO! COME HERE! WE'RE ON TV!! RADO! WAKE
UP!" An exhausted Rado mumbled something inaudible. "We are on TV! Look!"
Rado saw himself on TV but was too tired to be excited.
"Tape it." He
went back to bed.
"He'll be excited
later, Boo," Minsc figured. Just then, the phone rang. "RMB Mercenary Service.
This is Minsc. How may I help you?" He scribbled down notes. "Thank you.
I'll be right there." He hung up. "Old Man Jenkinson needs some grocery
shopping done so I'll be back shortly." Minsc left to do his task. Soon,
the phone rang again. Boo scurried into Rado's room to wake him but he
was sleeping like a rock. The little hamster got nervous as the phone continued
to ring. With Minsc gone and Rado asleep, the only one left to answer it
was him. This being the only alternative, Boo removed the handset and squeaked
into the receiver.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
A looong day had
finally ended, including an extended League™ meeting that afternoon. The
assembled Mods, mages and monstrosities (now equipped with the Phishy One's
Personal Anti-Psi Field devices) had gratefully departed.
Agreeing on an
extended crash at the Geeky Lair, Miyako and Uber noticed a set of rather
eclectic conferences the Dark Lords® had apparently been holding on
Level 180D (one of the City-Buster’s many compartments below River level)
in their absence while going over the last several days’ surveillance tapes.
Since the conferences included many rather questionable attendees (Orcish
generals, Simian commanders and Kenny himself, to name a few) but nothing
that seemed directly connected with Hellspawn or their experience at the
Duel of the Fates™, they decided to let Sheriff Jaguar call this one when
Curling up together
on a couch, the pair watched a graying eastern sky and felt the City-Buster’s
upper levels vibrate as Ancalagon shifted in his slumber. This drew a groan
“Did we ever figure
out what he was doing out there?” Half asleep, Uber mumbled through a mouthful
“The Funky Voice™
mentioned something ‘bout a Phoenix, Dragon and a Tortoise…“
who that last one is…”
“…so I think Anc’s
the Dragon. Oh, hell.”
The Funky Spirit Behind the Voice™ recruited you as one of a Guardian©
And you're gonna be working with him against… What's his name, Hellspawn?”
“Bleh… Well, I
am famed for the Funky Alliance Angle™ hereabouts and this would certainly
put me in the upper echelons.”
“Hmm… Anyone mention
one of those Komajutsu complexes, where you can't have more or less than
“Then count me
that, the thoroughly burnt out were-Kaiju succumbed to Full Bluntal Narcolepsy®.
Rubbing an armored
forearm across his face, Uber opened his mouth to respond and was suddenly
struck by a chilling thought.
"When did you
learn to work my comm system?"
"Please! I lifted
the specs while you were touring the Leviathan™ a month ago," crackled
"Get to the point."
Miyako winced as she worked out a crick in her neck.
"I was hoping
Gamera Boy could give me a ride back out to Mt. Rodan. Check out the Black
Rodan's digs, make sure it's in an OK mood… You know the drill."
guys wouldn't need anyone else along, I take it?"
"Nope. I'm sure
the Geek and I will be back in time for the League's next bull session."
"Well, too bad
because you're not the only one with some questions, Mel. We'll be right
Bill stood on
Destoroyah Drive, watching as Matthew Laurence entered Desu Mansion through
the back door. He was puzzled and headed toward the house to see what he
was up to in his brother's house. Bill thought about calling the Mods but
felt it wasn't necessary and started along the path. As he reached the
door, he heard a faint scream from inside and froze, hesitating to enter.
He decided he had to do this and quietly stepped inside, heading upstairs.
Half way up, the screams and cries stopped. Bill continued upward, surrounded
by a graveyard hush.
Down the long
corridor at the hallway's end, Laurence pulled open the door and flung
himself from the vile room, his flesh hanging off his face and eyes bulging
in terror. He reached out his hand to Bill who stood before him, hoping
it was someone who could save him from this deadly fate. Desutoroia appeared,
caught Laurence by the neck and dropped the corpse to the floor as death
"Oh ####!" Bill
backed off a little.
"Bill. It's Desutoroia.
"No! This isn't
possible. This can't be happening!"
"There was a time
when I used to tell myself that. I pretended I was dreaming all the pain."
The LaMent Configuration, the gateway to Hell, was laying on the hallway
floor. Bill, for some unknown reason, grabbed it.
"Give that to
"You want this
thing so bad? Then come and get it!" Bill ran off as fast as he could to
escape the monstrous creature. No matter what, he refused to believe it
could be his brother. Something told him that the creature, not having
its own set of skin, wouldn't follow him outside. Bill turned back to look
at the house before running from Desu Hill.
Back inside, Desutoroia
stood in the shadows, smirking and wearing a new shirt.
"He's going to
tell everyone. Sheriff Jaguar, Raptor, Uber, Melkor, everyone..." Princess
"I don't think
so. Either way, no one will believe that I'm alive, except maybe Phish.
But Bill doesn't know him or many others in Roostville. There's really
no one he can tell who won't call him crazy."
"Maybe we should
just leave?" she suggested.
"Like this? Look
at me! Like this?"
"Well, we can't
just stay here..."
"I need a skin.
Then we leave."
Bill entered a
hotel room. Coincidentally, it was the same hotel Desutoroia and Princess
had stayed in their first night together. He dropped the puzzle box on
the bed and sat down. When he picked it up, the lid opened a little
wider. He opened it further and the echoing tune coming from it became
inside, a bell began to ring. Bill started to work the final mechanism
and the bedside light flickered and went out. The bell continued to ring
and light poured from the box. He dropped it to the floor as the light
came on again but the bell was still ringing and there was a foul smell
in the air. Bill looked around and saw he was no longer alone.
the room, lit by a strange phosphorescence that had no visible source,
were four extraordinary beings. Each was horribly mutilated by hooks and
pins and the garments they wore were elaborately constructed to marry with
their flesh, laced through skin in places and hooked into bone.
The leader of
the quartet had pins driven into his head at one inch intervals. At his
side stood a woman whose neck was pinned open like a vivisection specimen.
Accompanying them was a creature whose mouth had been wired into a gaping
rectangle, the exposed teeth sharpened to points. A fat, sweating monster
whose eyes were covered by dark glasses completed the group. Bill stared
in amazement but he was also very afraid as he wondered where on Earth
could these creatures have come from?
"The box... you
opened it. We came." The lead Cenobite, Pinhead (a.k.a. Xipe Toltec) spoke
just a Chinese puzzle box!"
"Oh, no. It is
a means to summon us."
"What are you?
Who are you?"
the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others."
"I didn't mean
to open it! You can go back to wherever you came from."
"We can't. Not
alone." The female Cenobite said.
"It's time we
were off," Pinhead said.
"Leave me alone,
"Oh, no tears,
please. It's a waste of good suffering."
"No time for argument."
"You did this
"To a man named
"Oh, yes," the
female Cenobite replied.
"He's alive. He's
"He has. I've
the fat Cenobite insisted in a very deep and inhuman voice.
"I swear it!"
Bill cried. "He's alive."
"Suppose he had
slipped us. What significance has that?"
"You could take
him back instead of me."
prefer you," said the female. Pinhead then lifted a finger into the air.
"I want to hear
him confess himself. Then maybe... MAYBE. But if you cheat us, we'll tear
your soul apart!"
Taking Back Desutoroia:
Arrival of a new Foe
Bill rushed back
to Desu Mansion where he was greeted by Mrs. Khandejifer who tried to calm
and reassure him that Desutoroia was dead and couldn't possibly be alive.
"Couldn't be alive?
C'mon, Princess! You must've known your husband has been lurking upstairs
for who knows how long!" Bill was about to make some crazy accusation against
her when he turned to see a figure hidden in the shadows of the stairs
that led up to the attic. Desutoroia took Bill upstairs for a little discussion.
"Take me, Desu!
Use me to help restore you completely. I've got nothing left to lose..."
Desutoroia wasn't too sure about this. "Listen, Des. Zax has a bounty on
my head! I'm in debt. My ex-wife and kids hate me... I'm broke with no
cash at all. Just end my life. Set me free and make me happy..." After
about an hour, Mrs. Khandejifer went upstairs to find Desutoroia standing
over a skinless corpse, restored fully. Desutoroia explained how Bill willingly
wished to heal him. She was joyful that her dead husband could now be free
to live a normal life again and they could be together until the end of
their days. She looked at Bill's corpse and saw the LaMent Configuration.
She picked it up and put it in her pocket.
"Yes, this is
Desutoroia. And I'm here to stay!" As he spoke, the bells within the box
began to toll again and he hesitated to touch his wife. "What the Hell
is that?" A light poured from the walls.
realized what was going on and moved quickly towards the door but it was
too late for him. The Cenobites were moving through the light towards him.
The Chatterer was already standing in his way and Pinhead approached from
"We had to hear
it from your own lips," the female Cenobite said in a deep and cold whisper.
The pattern of light in the room started to become more elaborate.
"This isn't for
your eyes!" Pinhead informed Mrs. Khandejifer. She crossed towards the
door as Desutoroia roared behind her. Within striking distance, the air
became filled with the whining sounds of chains and hooks piercing through
his body as he screamed in agony. In his arms and legs, in his back and
sides, his neck and temples. They plowed through his flesh as he tried
to reach for his wife but with a gesture from Pinhead, the chains started
to haul him in. Desutoroia flung back his head, yelling.
screamed at Princess.
She watched as
her husband mouthed the word "no" and was hauled towards the room's center.
Stepping out onto the landing, she heard Desutoroia continue to howl in
pain. Hooks in a hundred places in his body were pulling at his flesh.
He fought like a crazed animal to get free as the chains pulled tighter.
Desutoroia looked up one last time at his wife before they tore him apart...
"Oh, my God! No!
Desu!" But it was too late as the Cenobites had acquired both Bill and
In the depths
of Hell, the Cenobites took Desutoroia's spirit down a long corridor with
intersections every few yards on both sides. They turned into a vast open
space which appeared to be desert-like in its expanse, vanishing into infinity
at its furthest reaches. The place was criss-crossed by catwalks and beside
many, the ground fell away into mile deep, dark abysses.
above and dominating the huge space was the master of Hell's labyrinth,
LEVIATHAN, a monumentally huge, white, multi faceted diamond, spinning
on its own axis and unsupported by any physical means.
Apart from its
very immensity, the most unsettling thing about LEVIATHAN are the beams
of black light that shine from the corners of its many facets. Due to the
fast spinning, these beams shoot and swoop around the chamber like a laser
display of dazzling complexity. The sound in the corridors is magnified,
the sound of LEVIATHAN breathing.
Pink limbs fly
out and seize Desutoroia. A sort of elevator-like chamber rises up from
the depths of the labyrinth, sore looking purple flesh appearing to compose
its walls. They peel apart and open in various places to reveal blades,
hooks and needles at the end of vestigial limbs. Those holding Desutoroia
draw him back inexorably into the chamber to be held within its walls.
He lets out a furious scream as one of the tiny needle-tipped limbs sews
his lips together with heavy blue wire before he can utter another. His
eyes widen in agony and horror. The chamber closes and descends far beyond
where any human sight could ever see.
sat alone, crying her eyes out. What she saw happen to her husband had
been one of the most traumatizing things for anyone to have ever witnessed.
All the while,
where the LEVIATHAN floated above the ongoing labyrinth, the elevator chamber
reappeared and stopped at one of the catwalks. A door opens up but it's
too dark to see inside. A new Cenobite steps out, its eyes closed. Like
a newborn child, it is stained and soiled with amniotic fluids and blood.
Desutoroia is no longer a human anymore. His skin now entirely blue and
his head bald, his features are threaded and distorted by wire and his
eyelids stapled open.
"And to think...
I hesitated." He was enjoying what he had become. LEVIATHAN started to
spin wildly and a myriad of black beams shot out as energy and power were
re-directed to something else.
A fat, dirty pink
and segmented limb like a vast earthworm appeared over the catwalk behind
Desutoroia. The end of it peeled back to reveal a cruel metallic and rapidly
spinning surgical saw that smashed down into the back of his skull. A distressing
whirring noise was heard as it seated itself. He began twitching and dancing
involuntarily as LEVIATHAN took over what little of his mind still remained.
The two beings were now linked as one.
Friday, Oct. 31
There was a celebration
going on at the docks that comprised Roostville's Boardwalk where fireworks
and other festive diversions were taking place. Mrs. Khandejifer attended
but she wasn't feeling the best. The memories of watching her husband being
torn apart were becoming too much for her to handle. She looked down at
the box she held and felt the need to begin solving the evil puzzle.
The RMB golf cart
was once again on the move, this time to the Museum of Monsters. At first,
it seemed to be driverless but upon closer inspection, the hamster, Boo,
was piloting it. The rodent was on a solo mission since Rado Goji was being
lazy and Minsc was grocery shopping for the elderly.
Although the place
was empty, Boo noticed something had definitely happened here earlier.
Things were knocked over and there was blood on a statue. The back door
was standing open. Boo deduced that someone was running away, but who?
Outside, a shadowy
figure noticed the golf cart and entered the museum, saying to himself,
"Idiots!" Boo squeaked as he heard someone behind him and turned to see
an indiscernible figure.
you nicely to heed our warning, rodent," said the figure. "Now I will have
to show you what we do to those who defy us!"
Melkor and Ubergeek
were at Mt. Rodan, just outside the entrance to the Black Fire Rodan's
"You can feel
"Yes, Uber. Yes,
I can. Something evil's in there... I can sense it's dark presence..."
"Yah. Me and the
Count also felt an evil presence here. The Blue Devil is what it was. But
now, I can feel something else... Another evil is also on this mountain..."
"Well, Uber, what
do you say we go in and check this place out for ourselves?"
"Me and the Count
already had our look around but another one couldn't hurt." They went in
and Melkor was immediately drawn to the lava pit where Garland had gone
to his doom.
the Elf died," Ubergeek explained. The expression on Melkor's face was
one of disgust.
"That was no Elf."
"What do you feel,
Melkor?" Uber was becoming rather nauseated himself.
"The force of
a twisted, sickening, psychopathic evil beyond any that I've ever encountered.
Garland was definitely no Elf but a demonic presence of evil. You and the
Count were lucky he fell to his doom or..."
"Or what?" Melkor
saw images of the strange, diabolical, twisted and mad tortures Garland
would have performed.
"You don't want
to know. What the...?" Ubergeek had rushed over and looked down into
the lava pit.
asked. His bones reconstructed themselves into skeleton form.
of pure, demonic evil could do that," Melkor stated. A beam of light knocked
them back as a humanoid creature with bat-like wings and horns raised up
from the pit.
"Oh, my! This
can't be!" Uber exclaimed. Melkor made eye contact with the creature and
was stricken with fear. He was more afraid than ever before, even during
his last encounter with Hellspawn.
"How on Earth?"
Melkor asked. "I banished you to eternal exile..." The bright light disappeared
and Hellspawn was floating over the lava pit.
"I shall not be
denied my destiny." Uber was shocked.
"You mean that
Garland was really Hellspawn?"
"Afraid so, thy
sir!" Hellspawn declared. "And now you shall witness your people's termination
first hand." Hellspawn blasted a beam of negative energy at the wall of
the cave. The ooze that Uber and the Count had seen earlier spilt out.
A blue orb flew out and addressed them
"Thy Blue Devil
has been reborn." It was the Count's arch nemesis and supposed son of Lucifer.
Hellspawn launched another beam at the Blue Devil, causing its appearance
to change. A strong body and fierce armor appeared. Huge spikes came from
its shoulders and instead of eyes, it had a red visor.
"Come, my friend,
the Spawn of Hell. We must end the world so it may be reborn into a place
of eternal darkness and forever night." Hellspawn and the Blue Devil flew
At the docks,
Mrs. Khandejifer had finished solving the enigmatic puzzle box. Suddenly,
all the lights went out but soon came back on. Everyone watched as the
water in the river began to make weird movements. Desutoroia, now the Kilokhan
Cenobite, rose from the depths of Hell. He floated through the air with
LEVIATHAN's earthworm-like tentacle connecting them together. His face
contorted into a grin of manic glee as he landed.
is in!" he proclaimed but his voice was twisted, deep and demonic. He let
loose a laugh which like his voice, was far from human. His palms erupted
into a writhing mass of tentacle/snake like limbs as his head tipped back
to emit a wide band of LEVIATHAN's black light into the sky, accompanied
by more inhuman laughter.
been too enraptured of his newfound powers to pay attention to his wife
and summoner and made no move to stop her fleeing with the rest of the
crowd. Instead, he started towards another citizen of Roostville.
All the while,
Super Jet Jaguar had sensed a great force of evil, coming from both the
mountain and the town. The entities were familiar ones he had encountered
before so he headed to the docks and the closest disturbance.
quickly made his way to the center of town, collecting as many worthy (sinning
and desiring) souls as possible for LEVIATHAN.
The Count transformed
into Afiag, the greatest and most powerful of the vampires. He now had
pure black eyes and wings; silver armor, claws, heavy musculature and long
black hair. He appeared before Desutoroia in the middle of the street and
My God, is that you? I thought you were... dead." Desutoroia let loose
another laugh. The mouths of the snake-like limbs coming from his hands
opened up and out came knives, daggers and other sharp tools for cutting
and torturing. Hellspawn and the Blue Devil landed next to him.
"I shalln't be
denied my destiny. Melkor, nor any human, will ever keep me from it!" Hellspawn
roared. He looked at Desutoroia. "Didn't I tell you that our destinies
would have us fight together, side by side one last time?"
"We must exterminate
Afiag," the Blue Devil said, each word spoken with a different evil and
fed into Desutoroia's skull and a black shadow came from his mouth. It
took the form of Lord Desutoroia Khandejifer, the Gridman villain but it
was the Lord of Hell, LEVIATHAN. He opened his hand and fused Hellspawn
with the Blue Devil, their appearance slightly modified. Hellspawn's face
remained as he was more in control. Around his head was a helmet and a
blue collar with a matching crystal on it encircled his neck. His body
and boots were also blue.
"Rise, my great
warrior and behold Apocalypse!" Now
the great battle between the forces of good and darkness was ready to begin.
Melkor and Uber were racing as fast as they could to join the struggle.
At the Museum
of Monsters, Boo was nearly cornered by an EDCOLE agent when he noticed
something going on near the docks. He scurried past the villain and into
the golf cart, flooring it (don't ask how).
Minsc had just
dropped off the groceries when Boo pulled up. He got on board and they
headed to their apartment, which was near the docks.
With all the commotion
outside, Rado Goji had woken up and looked out the window to see evil stuff
going on. Horrified, he grabbed the Z-Saber (luckily, it was fully charged)
and met his team mates outside. They made it to the docks before Uber and
Melkor had arrived.
"Hey, evil ugly
dudes!" yelled Rado. "You may not know me but I'm Rado Goj and my friends
and I don't like your type around here!"
"I second that!"
roared Minsc. "I am Minsc! It is time for butt-kicking... FOR GOODNESS!"
Boo had a robotic
suit about the size of a human that Rado had built for him called the BooBot.
He squeaked at the evil ugly dudes.
"Boo doesn't seem
to like you either!" shouted Rado.
to go back to whatever hell you came from!" declared Minsc. Luckily for
the RMB Mercenary Service, Apocalypse had bigger fish to fry than them.
Sheriff Jaguar and Raptor quickly corralled and hustled them into the shadows
of a nearby warehouse.
"What the heck
are you turkeys trying to do - get yourselves killed?!" the Sheriff hissed.
Rado tried to explain, suddenly realizing what he had done was rather risky
at best. Boo didn't have any pretenses about interrupting the lawman's
chewing out and squeaked loudly. JJ took immediate notice of his urgency.
"What was that
you said about the Museum of Monsters?" he asked. Boo repeated himself
at a calmer pitch and took off toward the Museum.
They watched as
Afiag got ready for the battle about to take place. Apocalypse just smiled.
Destiny. Shalln't be denied my destiny." His voice sounded like multiple
inhumans speaking the same thing simultaneously.
"Super Jet Jaguar.
Come. I have a new world of puzzles for you to explore. A whole new world
of pleasures to endure," Desutoroia offered. Afiag knew that whatever his
true intentions were, they would be sick and evil.
"I'm not afraid
of you!" he replied. Apocalypse gazed into Afiag's eyes.
"Oh, but you will
Morgoth was still
disturbed by Matthew Laurence tricking him and the other Dark Lords into
being pawns for his plan to reenact the Blood Mass. The ceremony had been
brought up throughout his life. His most unforgettable memory was his friend
from school performing it by himself. He was found dead the next day. The
results weren't as devastating as Hellspawn's but just as grizzly.
He had the Mods
searching the city for the treacherous bastard.
Michael Lazarus. I don't care who he really is! Just find that man!"
about the disturbance in Roostville and rushed to the scene, praying and
hoping the trouble was being caused by Laurence so he could personally
wring his neck. Instead, a great duel between the forces of good and evil,
thousands of years in the making, had begun.
"This is it, puny
human. The end of your species and the beginning of our breed," Apocalypse
declared. He lunged straight at Afiag who quickly dodged. Desutoroia shot
from his palm a snake-like limb that nearly ripped through his arm.
"Time for an operation,
Afiag! You're going to need brain surgery!" Desutoroia's voice was wicked
and sinister. Sharp surgical objects came out of the mouths of the hideous
appendages. Most of Afiag's body was pierced or cut by them as Morgoth
watched from a distance.
"My God! Is that
Desutoroia? But he's been dead months..." Desutoroia's face was still a
bit recognizable, even with the Cenobite changes by Leviathan, now known
as LORD KILOKHAN who stood watching as his minions fought with Afiag and
the forces of Good.
"You know, I have
always hated those eyes of yours. I could never tell what you were thinking;
if you were frightened or defiant. That's why I am going to rip them out!"
roared Apocalypse. As
he reached back, a strange light showed in Afiag's eyes. He rose his free
claw and fired a stream of hellfire at Desutoroia, blasting him into some
"Now lets rock!!!"
Afiag screamed as he flew at Apocalypse, punching and sending him backwards.
"I am not the same creature you once knew. I hath grown in strength. Once
I helped you kill innocents but never again! NOW YOU SHALL FALL!!!" Afiag's
leg came down, knocking Apocalypse into a building. Suddenly, a blue energy
beam came from the diamond in his opponent's collar. Afiag dodged but the
beam caused two entire blocks to be destroyed.
"NOW I HAVE THEE!"
Apocalypse roared as he fired again, hitting Afiag square in the chest.
A huge explosion came forth. "Are you dead yet?" he mocked.
From the dust came two streams of Hell
Fire, causing the devil to utter an inhuman cry.
"I hath yet to
begin!" The evil and massive inferno of Apocalypse, standing tall and proud
in the heat of battle, fired a bolt of negative energy Afiag was not able
to dodge and lay on the ground, weakened by the shock. As they made eye
contact, the fierce Vampire became stricken with great fear.
"I see it in your
eyes, Afiag. For once in all your miserable existence you know fear. You
can feel it all round you. Taste it in your mouth. Fear!" Weak, battered
and nearly torn apart, Afiag spat upon Apocalypse's shining boots.
"I fear nothing!
And the fear you are experiencing is a mere shadow. Fear has a face! I
AM FEAR!" Apocalypse let loose a monstrous laugh that seemed to come from
all around him. Afiag realized he was no longer up against the Blue Devil
or Hellspawn but a new entity of pure demonic force, so evil that both
Hellspawn and the Blue Devil were like puppy dogs compared to its rage.
Could there be a way to defeat such a creature he wondered? Either way,
it seemed hopeless as Desutoroia's surgical limbs came closer to Afiag's
"Time for that
operation!" A tear ran down Afiag's face as the twisted evil around him
made him feel fear that no one had ever experienced before. He wanted to
let all his feelings out but he couldn't show any sign of weakness. He
lay weak on the ground as Desutoroia started to cut open his skull, laughing
the most inhumane laugh ever heard by man. With a hole in the back of Afiag's
skull, Desutoroia was ready for his brain.
"And after your
brain surgery, I'll eviscerate your intestines!" Afiag struggled to free
himself but he couldn't escape.
"Why resist? You
enjoy this as much as I. After all, you were once one of us, Afiag. There
are worlds out there waiting to yield to us. So much flesh and innocent
souls. So many twisted pleasures we could enjoy!" Apocalypse had spoken
the true words of Satan as Afiag continued to struggle. The harder he tried
to concentrate on forgetting about what was going on and pretend it was
all a dream, the harder Desutoroia found it to continue. He soon could
no longer cut and Afiag was free.
"Now, let's kick
some Lucifer ass!" Lord Kilokhan waved his hand in the air, causing Afiag
to temporarily freeze on the spot.
"The souls of
thou Earth shall be mine. Nothing can stand in the way of that destiny.
Not even thou, Afiag!" Leviathan said, sounding like thousands of evil,
twisted demonic voices speaking at once from all around the city. Apocalypse
charged at Afiag and with one blow, knocked the Vampire warrior to the
ground, smashing him hard and face first into the pavement. Afiag's head
started to bleed insanely and ache really bad.
"You see, Afiag,
not only am I fear in its true form, I AM PAIN!" Afiag watched in disgust
as the creature floated about.
you scum!" he declared and spat at Apocalypse again.
Jet Jaguar! I am the Beginning! I... AM THE WAY!" Apocalypse let loose
hellfire, sending Afiag flying back and smashing into more buildings and
leveling another section of town.
"C'mon Uber and
Mel! Where ARE you two?" he muttered under his breath before Apocalypse's
fist came pounding down on him.
the Mods to let them fight, the RMB Mercenery Service returned to the battle.
"Hey, evil ugly
dudes!" shouted Rado Goji as Apocalypse slammed his fist into Afiag. "Did
you miss us?" Rado used Twin Dream to create a holographic "clone" which
sent four warriors charging into the fray. Minsc swung the Two-Handed Sword
+3 and the BooBot came in low, swinging a laser whip upwards. Rado and
the clone came downward with two Quake Blazers.
"Have you yet
to learn your lesson?" Thousands of demonic voices of the Leviathan called
to Rado and his companions.
"Thou shall bow
down before my image!" Apocalypse declared. "Desu. Terminate thou weaklings...
those nasty snake limbs moved closer. Rado was becoming very nervous and
didn't know what to do.
"This is it,"
he thought. "We're all going to die..." He closed his eyes as Desutoroia
floated two feet away from him. Suddenly, a fierce warrior holding a dagger
in his hand cut one of the appendages from Desutoroia's hand. It was none
other than Morgoth, the Dark Lord and Supreme Necromancer.
Apocalypse sneered as he prepared for the destruction of Afiag, Rado, Boo,
Minsc and Roostville's former Mayor.
one of the snake limbs was not severed and crashed right through the cockpit
of the BooBot, impaling Boo to a nearby wall. He let out a loud squeak
of pain. Minsc could hardly believe what he had seen.
"Boo..." Boo was
his companion, his partner. His friend. The berzerker snapped. "Fear not,
Boo!" Minsc went into a berzerker rage. "Like Dynaheir before you, you
shall be AVENGED!!!" Minsc lost all rational thought and charged toward
Desu with his sword but the Cenobite backhanded him aside.
"No, Minsc!! Get a hold of yourself!" to no avail as Minsc couldn't be
reasoned with. No matter how many times he was thrown back, he relentlessly
kept charging to avenge his hamster.
Noticing an opportunity
to strike, Rado saw Apocalypse watching Minsc and laughing. He leaped into
the air and came down with his C-Flasher technique. Blasts launched themselves
from all sides of the mercenary. Apocalypse merely absorbed them and shot
back negative ones, ten times more powerful.
"Thy shall teareth
you apart and send your rotting corpses into oblivion!" Apocalypse pushed
Rado aside. "On second thought, thou is nothing but a rookie and like Melkor,
is not worth fighting by a being as powerful as I."
at Rado Goji who was the assistant manager of their Club For People Who
Currently Feel Unloved and Neglected.
play doctor with you," he said in a cold whisper. Gliding through the air,
he made his way towards the rookie warrior. Afiag jumped to stop him but
Apocalypse grabbed the Vampire and knocked him to the ground.
"Has thou to learn
things the hard way?" He threw Afiag far down the street.
said. "Prepare for an evisceration! Hahahahahahaha!"
He did not notice
someone closing in on him. Morgoth attacked from the side but the snake
limbs from Desutoroia's left palm reached out and flung him away. Rado
closed his eyes, ready to accept the fate awaiting him.
"STOP THIS NOW!!"
roared Afiag, summoning up his true power. He started to laugh.
"Why does thou
laugh?" wondered Apocalypse.
"You are and will
never be NOTHING!" yelled Afiag. He shot forward at the devil, only to
be blasted by negative energy. A great bellow drew forth that made Apocalypse
feel something he had never experienced: fear.
So this is what you call 'fear', eh? Well, I'm lovin' it!" Apocalypse screamed.
Afiag was shocked as something unexpected had happened. Apocalypse not
only fed off fear but enjoyed it more than anything.
"Do I make you
feel great fear, oh Count?"
too caught up with his own work and too arrogant to realize that Morgoth
was more of a threat than he had thought. The Dark Lord clung to his back
as Desutoroia began flying about like crazy to shake the Supreme Necromancer
off. This gave Rado Goji a chance to escape before Desutoroia could begin
the Leviathan watched and was not entertained, satisfied or amused. He
too, like his wondrous creation, Apocalypse, used fear as food to power
himself. As great as Afiag's fear was, it was not enough to fill the Leviathan's
black heart with large amounts of negative energy.
Afiag and Apocalypse
lunged at each other, the Count fearing for his life while the demon felt
nothing. He was too evil to feel any sort of human emotions, whether fear,
love, anger, etc. Apocalypse and Afiag continued exchanging hits, punches
and energy blasts but the vampire started to tire and soon became exhausted.
"Is thou going
to be giving up so soon? The war still has yet to begineth!" A long, sharp-edged
sword appeared in Apocalypse's hand. It was huge and far too heavy for
any mortal, even Afiag, to wield. "Good bye, thou worthless warrior! May
your fear increase my strength!" Apocalypse took a swing at Afiag who barely
dodged the blade, nearly losing a limb.
"Join us. Join
us, Afiag." The vampire Count floated above Apocalypse, looking down and
straight into his evil eyes. Their pure wickedness was proof enough that
he was far more twisted than necrophilics, rapists, perverts, homicidal
maniacs and other twisted minorities that plagued the Earth these days.
It made Afiag sick and fearful.
"You helped us
kill innocents before. Thou should join us again!" Thoughts of the past
and the slaughtering of innocents made Afiag even more stricken. Apocalypse
smiled. "Yes. Give in and let your fear power me!" A blue energy in the
form of multiple spirit like entities left Afiag's body and entered the
mouth of Apocalypse. It was fear itself from inside him.
only bitter sweet!" Afiag became weak for without fear, he could not show
courage because there was nothing to overcome. He slumped to the ground.
the lusty pleasures of desire and sin once. Thou shall enjoy the pains
and pleasure again!" Afiag started to scream in agony as memories from
long ago plagued his mind, creating a new sense of fear.
pain and suffering. And the lusty, sinning, desire you had for her soul
caused you and her a lot of pleasure. And the both you, mostly her, though.
Lots and lots of PAIN!" Apocalypse circled him.
There are no limits to where you can go." Afiag saw frightening and grizzly
images that seemed to cause him to remember what real fear and pain felt
and tasted like. It gave him a sick feeling of indulged appetites and satisfying
pleasures beyond the mortal experience. He felt a lusting desire for the
sinning images that were before his mind.
"Thou now sees
you are still one of us. The same sensations that we enjoy, you still do
as well." Afiag's eyes turned a blood red; his muscles increased and his
emotion was released.
"You hath changed,
back into my warrior of darkness!" roared Apocalypse.
"No, you are wrong,"
declared Afiag in a voice so cold it was not even human. "You have caused
your own downfall. For without fear, I. Have. No. Emotion. And no emotion
means no pain. There is nothing you can do to stop me." Apocalypse just
"Quit lying to
yourself." A cold, feminine voice whispered inside Afiag's head. Apocalypse
knew the truth. He could see it in his eyes that Afiag was not being truthful
and that deep inside, he could feel pain.
"I can read you
like a book. Returneth to the dark side of pleasure." Afiag gave him a
"I don't feel
emotion." Apocalypse laughed sadistically.
"That be not the
truth! Join us! You still enjoy the suffering of innocents and the agony
of friends. Indulge in that pleasure again. Be part of a great future or
face the destruction of your breed. Soon, Lord Kilokhan the Leviathan and
the Council of Death will rule the world of flesh!" Apocalypse dematerialized
and appeared behind him. "Remember what true pleasure tastes like?" Afiag
blasted a powerful bolt of energy at him but it went straight through,
decimating another city block.
"Are you going
to throw your life away so recklessly instead of joining the dominators?!"
Afiag low-kicked him and got the giant in a head lock but it wasn't enough
as Apocalypse broke free rather easily. He then grabbed Afiag and began
beating him to death.
"If you will not
be turned to the dark side, you will be destroyed! This Leviathan commands!"
As Apocalypse beat on Afiag's head, blood spattered everywhere.
"You are not worthy
to fight such a great creature as me but I'm still going to indulge in
the satisfying pleasure of personally killing you and every one of your
Afiag was becoming
weak again and he feared for his life, afraid of fading away and being
forgotten instead of going out with a bang and being remembered. If he
were to be remembered and Apocalypse not be defeated, he feared it would
be as a weakling coward killed in a great struggle he should've stayed
"I can feel what
you feel. I know what you are thinking. There will be no future for you
to be remembered in!" Apocalypse threw him to the ground and began kicking
him like crazy! He was enjoying the sweet pleasure of watching Afiag suffer
and laughed maniacally. This was too much fun for him. Fun, fun, fun!
"Cheers to a miserable
death, you vampire disgrace! Count Dracula himself would prove to be a
much better foe! Good bye, Afiag!" Apocalypse's voice was surreal, cold
"You... will be
stopped. If not by me then... someone... else will..." Apocalypse laughed
and fed off the fear which had developed during his terrible beating. Morgoth
raced to help but Desutoroia wasn't finished with the oldtimer.
"Don't want to
miss your surgery now, do you?"
"I don't care
if you were Desutoroia! You and that spawn of Hell must be stopped. I will
not fail. I am the Supreme Necromancer!" Morgoth was fast and agile, avoiding
the deadly appendages from Desutoroia's palms. But could he stop this threat
As Afiag faced
death, he remembered all the good times he had with his friends in Roostville.
The memory he felt he had to hold on to the most was that time at THE
ROOSTVILLE DANCE. But all his memories were important to him as he
thought long and hard on his past in Roostville. A tear ran down his face,
exciting Apocalypse like a little child! He felt like screaming in great
joy because of Afiag's sorrow. Only a being of pure evil would find such
things to be pleasing.
"Say 'hi' to Elizabeth
for me when you reach the other side, eh Afiag?" More tears ran down his
"You're a sick
"Sick?! Sick doesn't
even begin to describe how twisted and sadistic I am. I am far beyond SICK.
But then again, the same sick pleasures that I enjoy, you do, too. Give
in and you may live."
Another tear ran
down Afiag's face as he cried, "Never!"
"Very well. Prepare
for termination." Apocalypse opened his hand above Afiag's head, so huge
and massive, he could not see past or around it.
memories had shown Afiag why he should never give up: To protect his loved
"As long as you
draw breath, I SHALLN'T EVER GIVE UP!!!" Afiag roared with a blaze of hellfire
coming forth from his body. His claws burned and eyes were black again
but this time, they held no emotion. His wings were ablaze with power.
Apocalypse fired five blasts but not one affected him for Afiag had finally
conquered his fear. He realized that only love could defeat such hate and
evil. The love he felt for his friends and loved ones in Roostville was
enough to shield him from Apocalypse's black magic.
Hate will always crushe love... This world of flesh is waiting to yield
to us, Afiag. Give in to your darker side and let loose your desires!"
Nothing you say can convince me now!" Apocalypse became furious and screamed,
letting loose a blast powerful enough to destroy Afiag's spirit, body and
mind for all eternity but a burst of hellfire suddenly came forth, shielding
him from the devastating bolt.
"As long as you
draw breath I shall live. No matter what!!!" roared Afiag.
"You really have
no clue as to who or what kind of creature you are dealing with! This is
laughable!" Apocalypse raged but Afiag was not going to give in to this
psychopath. He would sacrifice his very life if it meant the survival of
the human world. "You fear me more than anything, Afiag. You are afraid
of becoming me. Afraid of power..."
Evil Beast!" Afiag interrupted him.
"There is no Good
and there is no evil. There is only flesh and to which we submit it! And
power! And those too weak to seek it!" Afiag could feel his confidence
slowly being drained but it was the opposite for Apocalypse whose resolve
was increasing by the second.
"Oh, DESU!" Apocalypse
shouted. Desutoroia forgot about the attacking Morgoth and scattered RMB
members and approached Afiag and Apocalypse. "I think that thou and thy
art ready. 'Tis time to raise the stakes and take them to a far greater
level!" Apocalypse grabbed Desutoroia and the two fused into one.
shoulders and elbows came huge spikes and his face remained that of Hellspawn,
his head hidden by a fierce metal plate. Sharp spikes grew from the side
of his legs.
Apocalypse has been reborn!" three different, twisted voices called out
stand a chance against this monster," Morgoth thought. "He's never battled
the combined form of three demons before..."
"No, but I have!"
Afiag informed him telepathically. He flew at the beast before him and
opened his left hand. A mystical blade of energy appeared which Afiag swung,
cutting the devil in half.
Rado Goji watched
in disbelief. No way could this be happening, he thought. Even for a weird
town that didn't know it was one, this was beyond the usual.
"Is this it? Art
thou dead? Is it over, have we won?" Rado asked.
"I like to think
that it's over," Afiag replied. Morgoth wasn't too sure. There was a bit
of movement in the lower half of the corpse. The upper part with the head,
chest and arms had vaporized upon being cut from the body. Afiag blasted
what remained and it too vaporized.
Everyone had forgotten
about Lord Kilokhan. His eyes began to glow blood red as he flew about.
Afiag realized he was bleeding, as were Morgoth and Rado Goji. Hellspawn
the Apocalypse raised up from Hell's depths, the many dark abysses and
corridors used to enslave the sinning world of man. He had yet another
modification added to his form with devilish bat-like wings.
"Did you all miss
me?" he asked. Afiag tried to strike upon the demon with his mighty sword
and take him down but mortal weapons could not affect him. He made one
last attempt to destroy Apocalypse and save his precious Roostville and
jumped onto the back of the massive monster. Afiag opened his palm and
readied a blast to decimate the crystal on its collar.
no fool and countered his attacks, sending Afiag flying to the ground.
As he lay wounded, he stepped on his chest, crushing the warrior like a
bug. Blood spattered everywhere as the demon looked deep into Morgoth's
eyes. He was next as Apocalypse made his way towards him, taking all the
time in the world.
"Flesh is but
a way to tempt desire. I speaketh the words of Kronos of the Wises," Apocalypse
said. He turned to see Minsc aiding his injured friend, Boo. "Maybe I will
enjoy the much sweeter pleasures of watching the innocent and the weak
die rather than forcing the great Morgoth of Middle Earth to know what
true pain really is!"
"Minsc! Boo! No!"
Rado shouted. Minsc picked up the hamster and tried to run for it but to
exist... You are the Devil." Minsc said in a cold whisper.
"Glad you see
things my way!" Apocalypse pushed Minsc to the ground.
"Boo will be next
besides Afiag to feel great fear and true pain like no one before. You
will feel the pleasures of the sinful desires of man and you will enjoy
them!" Boo lay on the ground immobile. The entire area went pitch black,
the only light being the red eyes glowing through Apocalypse's metallic
face plate. A beam shined down on Boo.
"NO!" Minsc cried
out as he jumped in front of Boo, only to be hit by a powerful blast of
negative energy. Minsc was gone.
"No! You monster!
How... How could you do such a thing? Minsc never did anything bad and
never hurt anyone. And how he's..."
"He's what? Dead?
Thy is afraid so, Sir Rado." Apocalypse let loose another sadistic laugh.
A faint voice called out. Everyone turned to Afiag, barely alive as he
raised up. "Morgoth," he commanded. "There's only one person who can bring
back Desutoroia to us. You know who that be. Retrieve the poor soul immediately.
I'll take care of Hellspawn and the Blue Devil." Morgoth nodded and made
"I'll have much more fun torturing your soul than anyone else's." A tear
came down Afiag's face as he remembered the horrid decades of serving the
Blue Devil. The tragedy between him and Elizabeth and the wickedness of
the past few months since Desutoroia's murder.
"Do I disgust
you?" Apocalypse asked as if he cared. "Tears are a sign of weakness. Giving
Afiag said fiercely. "They are not. This I shall prove when I rip you to
shreds!" Apocalypse smiled as snake-like limbs pierced through the skin
of his palms to attack Afiag, covering him in eternal darkness.
"Why must humans
be so weak?" he asked with satisfaction. Afiag fell to his knees. "Oh.
Bowing down before your master, Afiag? Finally some respect for the one
who taught you everything you know?"
You never taught me anything. The Blue Devil showed me the path to damnation.
And I will never forgive him for what he and I did to this Earth decades
past. As evil as the Blue Devil seemed, you, Hellspawn, are far more evil
and twisted than any sentient being I have ever encountered. You are nothing
like my teacher!"
"Very well." Apocalypse
fired dozens of negative energy blasts, too many to avoid as Afiag was
weakened and felt his spirit falter.
"This will be
your final chance. Join us in the slaughter of living flesh." Maniacal
laughter could be heard all around as Apocalypse left him to choose between
his friends and his desires.
"You... you perverted
bastard..." Apocalypse burst out in laughter. It would never work as he
knew no love, no emotions. What he knew was hatred, wickedness, perversion
"I am malicious.
Yes, I am perverted, oblique, twisted, evil, wicked and sick. I am the
face of darkness. I am the face of evil." Afiag detested and loathed the
horrendous demon with all his heart. "I am guessing you have chosen your
friends over me. Remember what you... correction, what WE did and how much
fun it was?" He was messing with Afiag's head, taunting and playing him,
trying to turn him against his precious beliefs.
"I... am sorry,
Hellspawn... You may have a sick fascination but... that's something I,
and even the Blue Devil never had."
"Will you join
me in the great crusade?"
I will be a part of the great crusade... But not yours!"
"You will be crucified!
Your soul will burn and rot on the cross!" Rado Goji watched, stunned as
he hovered over Boo and Apocalypse tormented Afiag. It was like witnessing
a bully pick on a weaker, smaller kid but Apocalypse was much stronger
and far worse than any schoolyard thug. As he watched, Rado felt more and
to be something... that I can do to... help..." Minsc's spirit appeared
"Don't ever give
up on your friends, Rado. And don't ever surrender. You've got to have
faith when the odds are against you. Apocalypse has a weakness and you'll
find it but you have to keep strong. Don't let what he says get to you."
The spirit then vanished.
"Minsc is right.
I can't give up... I have to fight. But I can't leave Boo here to die.
What do I do?" Rado asked himself.
was becoming worse and too much for the weakened Afiag to handle.
"You know, even
as an adolescent, I, Hellspawn, never much cared. I was born evil, a pathway
set for me from the dawn of time. I got in fights, made fun of many peers
and told off my teachers. They thought I was nothing more than a problem
child with learning disabilities." Afiag was too weak to fight back and
soon collapsed to the ground.
Magically, a huge
cross flew up and Afiag levitated into the air to be nailed to it.
"You... must have
a serious... obsession with... death on the cross... This isn't the first
time you've used crucifixion in your games." Apocalypse just laughed.
"It is the symbol
of the heavens. An emblem of faith. It is the exact opposite of everything
WE stand for. I use it as an ironic weapon of evil! A weapon against you
for OUR amusement." Afiag passed out, blood dripping from his very lips.
Rado Goji was horrified.
Rado... You'll be next! Hahahaha!"
on the cross, 'Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are
doing.' Two robbers were hung on crosses, one at His right side and the
other at His left." Boo and Rado Goji magically were nailed to crosses
on either side of Afiag.
"One of them said
to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.' And Jesus
answered him, 'Amen I say to you. This day you shall be with Me in paradise.'"
Afiag and Rado repeated the words but not of their own free will. The reenactment
was being manipulated by Hellspawn The Apocalypse and he continued to read.
"Standing by the
cross of Jesus was His mother and beside her was John, the disciple whom
He loved the best." A demon in the form of Afiag's mother appeared by his
side, along with his best friend from childhood.
"Other women besides
His Mother were there; His Mother's sister and Mary Magdalene. Jesus wished
to give His Mother into the care of John and said to her as He looked from
her to John..."
began, "'behold your son.'"
"In the middle
of the afternoon when Jesus had endured three hours of terrible pain on
the cross, He cried out..."
"'My God, My God,'"
Afiag shouted, "'Why have You forsaken Me?'"
"After this He
spoke again, saying..."
a sponge into a cup of vinegar and put it upon a reed and gave Him a drink
of it. Then Jesus spoke His last words upon the cross..."
"'It is finished.
Father, into Your hands I give My spirit!'" Afiag shouted as he died.
"And Jesus died.
God died that we sinners might live! At once a great darkness came over
the city of Jerusalem. The earth shook. The rocks split. The tombs opened
and the dead walked about. At that moment, the veil of the Temple between
the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies was torn apart by unseen hands from
the top to the bottom."
The area around
Hellspawn the Apocalypse crumbled as he spoke. Boo and Rado Goji appeared
to be dead. He wasn't positive but he was sure of Afiag's demise.
will any human stand in my way. For those who try to stop me will pay the
ultimate price, surrounded by the people who hate and despise them the
most. My destiny will not deny me!" Energy shot from high above the heavens,
filling Apocalypse with great power, eradicating any kind and caring feelings
Desutoroia may have had before being fused with him. Apocalypse felt rich
on power and conquest of the flesh world would soon be at hand.
"My destiny fulfilled
will grant me a seat at the Council of Death and I will be the great ruler
of all the universe! Hahahaha! Nothing or no one will ever dare challenge
me! I'll see to it that Melkor lives a thousand years, tortured by his
feelings for a certain married woman. Hahahahahaha!" His hate for Melkor
and Desutoroia's jealously were his reason for wishing eternal torment
be bestowed upon the Dark Lord.
"Kronos. My master.
You promised me when the Blood Mass was performed that Armageddon would
engulf the world and consumed it should have been. Now, begin the countdown
to extinction for this measly, wretched world of flesh!"
CHAPTER 7: Apocalypse