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 +Paula grabbed her frying pan from the floor again and stood in front of Moor Ecivres.
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 +“Stand aside. I only wish to talk to him.” said the Starman, “Moor Ecivres, how did you escape? You saw the Garrickson Baby, didn't you? Tell me where he was!”
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 +“I'm not going back!” yelled the man, “Its too late anyway. People know.”
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 +“Who have you told and how much have you told them?”
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 +“GET OUT OF MY SCHOOL!” yelled Paula, swinging the frying pan at him. He teleported out of the way easily.
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 +“You have to open the border!” yelled Moor Ecivres.
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 +“That would be completely insane!” replied the Starman, “We'd let it straight in!”
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 +“We're not locking it out, we're locking ourselves in! Don't you see? The conditions are all right... we're going to become the next Giygas!”
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 +“Soon there will be no more Giygas anywhere.” said the Starman.
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 +“Wh... what do you mean?”
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 +“Classified information. Come back with me and I'll tell you.”
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 +“I was on the front lines of the battle against Giygas. If Giygas is really making a return, it is my right and my duty to know about it.” said Paula firmly. The Starman glanced at her with its glowing orange windowed eyes.
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 +“If you do so, you will no longer be able to keep up this pretence of a normal life.”
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 +“If Giygas is involved, there's no way I'll be able to do so anyway.”
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 +The Starman shrugged and threw something at her. It was some kind of triangular insignia that glowed orange. As she felt it in the palm of her hand, the Starman pressed a button on his belt. There was a sound like a television switching off and on again, darkness, then she was somewhere else. Paula, who had experienced teleportation many times before at the hands of Ness, was surprised at how smooth it went. He hadn't propelled her face first into a lamp post even once.
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 +She emerged in what she assumed from the music was a hotel room. It was huge – about twice the size as any hotel room she had ever been in – had a king sized bed with perfectly crisp, clean sheets, antique furniture and a wall sized television. Someone had paid a lot of money for this room. The curtains had been drawn and the place was completely dark except for a sophisticated glass mobile of the stars that glowed orange on the ceiling. There was a huge tank of jellyfish that also glowed orange. She also saw the outlines of computer equipment that looked alien. The Starman walked over to the terminals. He pressed a button and the main screen switched on.
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 + Space. Paula knew nothing about astronomy above the basics she taught to the kids (Eagleland Is On Planet Earth. Earth Is Blue. Moonside Is Not On The Moon. Neither Is Cheese.) but she recognised a camera looking into space when she saw it. She also recognised some stars and planets, one of which she guessed was Earth, some of which were clearly diamond-shaped. The diamonds were in an arc just outside the orbit of the Earth. They looked as if they were trying to surround the stars.
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 +The Starman walked over to the main screen and pointed to it with a glowing orange laser pointer. The dot rested on one of the diamonds, the one in the middle of the formation. It was glowing orange with a more brilliant light than the others.
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 +“This is my personal Watchtower.” he said, “The others are perfectly synchronised with it. They are also in synthesis with every star around them. Every Watchtower is linked to every star in the cluster and because they are also in a closed ring around them, a gravitic field created by their collapse will be even stronger because it will be compressed and have nowhere to escape to. It will create a black hole with the density required to power an interplanetary level bulk erase machine.
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 +“You're going to...” gasped Moor Ecivres, perched on the edge of the bed.
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 +“Yes, I am going to create a Stellar Electromagnet of sufficient strength to erase an entire worldsystem.” said the Starman, “There will be no more Giygas because there will be no more anything.”
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 +“But deletion will affect Earth in other parallels!” said the man, “You could permanently erase everyone, including yourself!”
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 +“If that is what it takes to erase Giygas. We do not know how freely Giygas can travel through worldsystems.”
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 +“Don't you understand? GIYGAS IS ANOT AN ENTITY!”
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 +“Whatever it is or isn't, it won't survive deletion.” said the Starman, “We Starmen are also called the Warders of the Universe. We do not fear deletion. … Okay, so we DO fear deletion, everything fears deletion, but we won't let our fear stop us from doing our duty.”
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 +“But the rest of the world doesn't want to be deleted! Haven't you considered our feelings?” yelled Moor Ecivres, “How can you destroy the thing you're supposed to be keeping watch over?”
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 +“One worldsystem is nothing in the scale of the whole Universe.”
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 +“That's not true and you know it!” yelled Moor Ecivres, “You've said yourself that Eagleland possesses qualities like no other place in the Universe! You told me that the Starmen chose this place even though they can travel to other systems! You have a duty here for a reason, don't you?”
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 +“That same quality is what makes it so dangerous.” said the Starman, “It is that quality that caused Giygas to manifest here where it has never happened on other worlds that have been subjected to the same conditions. When things go wrong here, they go badly wrong.”
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 +“I don't care! Its my home! A home I've returned to after twenty years of exile! Do you have any idea what that feels like? Someone like you who can't even conceptually be exiled, because you're the sort of being who banishes, not one who is banished?”
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 +That last sentence caused a reaction. The aura around him flared a brilliantly refreshing orange, dwarfing his own form until it was misshapen, cubes trailing from him and spilling out to dance among the mobiles on the ceiling. “You know nothing about us.” he said, a dangerously soft tone. Something about it made Paula start shivering.
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 +“M... Moor Ecivres... I d... don't think you should...”
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 +“You promised me!” yelled Moor Ecivres, “You promised me I could return to my home!”
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 +“I promised you that you'd never have to go back to the other Earth.” said the Starman, “I remember the exact conversation. You said you'd go anywhere but there. Do anything but go back.”
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 +“Would you seriously have sent him back?” yelled Paula, “Back to a Giygas-infested place?”
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 +“Of course not. We're not tyrants. We'd just delete him.” said the Starman, staring out at the screen, “Now, either side with me or go away and never involved yourself with Starman business again. If you spread any more information, I shall find you and delete you.”
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 +“Why is it so important that he doesn't tell anyone?”
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 +“The Full Giygas is a viral entity – a corruption of information. It can spread by spreading any information about it. Even knowledge of its existence.” said the Starman.
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 +“Doesn't that mean you have to delete everyone who knows about it in order to fully erase it from existence?”
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 +“That is a possibility. Which is why I want knowledge of it spreading to as few people as possible.”
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 +“So you're going to erase me too?” asked Paula, “You're going to erase one of the Chosen Four? What do you think that will do to the Universe?”
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 +“Nothing, if I erase all causal threads to and from you.”
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 +“Night-Watchman, YOUR ACTIONS ARE CREATING GIYGAS!” yelled Moor Ecivres.
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 +“This again? You're insane. I keep scanning you and scanning you and I find no trace of Giygas and yet your insanity persists. Maybe you were always insane. It isn't something we Starman know about.” his aura went completely dark, then lit up again, back down to normal levels. The rest of the room remained dark. Except now he was... it looked as if it was bleeding. Orange windows were leaking from an orange gash in the place where she guessed his abdomen was. There was an edge to his voice, something like regret and despair. “It seems everywhere I go now I find madmen... isn't that right... Lucas?”
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