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 +As soon as the incoming object was in range, Gyiiyg jumped.
 +He had been studying the rules of the world closely since he came here. With his enhanced Dictory intelligence, he had already figured out that gravity wasn't quite positioned right and that if he jumped at just the correct angles, he could skywalk. He used his tail to stabilise him when he was about to go off balance and to propel him when he needed momentum. The white square edge of the object came into view and...
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 +He fell inside a room.
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 +It wasn't built to house sixty five thousand Golems. They didn't really have enough space. When they pushed and shoved, competing for a better view of what was happening, clay dust went flying. Somewhere in the mess, he caught sight of things that weren't Golems. A small boy. Stood on the shoulders of one of the Golems, he was ordering them around – or trying to, at least. Co-ordinating the movements of sixty five thousand people in an enclosed space would have been a difficult task for Gyiiyg, who had never been given quite that much authority in the military, never mind a scared human boy.
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 +“Excuse me, sir, can you help m...” he began, then he stared at Gyiiyg in mortal terror, “Oh... oh, the taily thing! NO! You're Giygas!”
 +
 +NO I AM NOT.
 +
 +“GET OUT OF MY HEAD, GIYGAS!” he roared, brandishing his basketball. I guess all Galactic Messiahs don't like baseball, thought Gyiiyg.
 +
 +Listen to me. I do not look like Giygas, I do not sound like Giygas, I am NOT Giygas. But Giygas is here. If you don't concentrate and listen to what I have to say, he will take your mind. Your... room?... is about to crash into a world. You probably can't even see the world. You have to trust me that it is there. I will tell you exactly how to land it safely. After that, the inhabitants think you will be hostile and will meet you with an armed reception, so...
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 +“I can't control where I'm going!” said the boy, “I... I'm in a trap! We all are! We thought this was Nowhere Island but it isn't, Lucas changed it to make it look like Nowhere Island and...”
 +
 +“And now this world will finally come to an end.”
 +
 +A familiar face appeared on the view screen that Gyiiyg had thought was a window. A small boy with blonde hair and a striped T-shirt.
 +
 +“I knew you people would come and investigate if you thought part of Nowhere Island had survived, so I changed all the settings in the Debug Room to make something that looked enough like Nowhere Island that you would be fooled. I made it safe, so someone like Jeff might hide there. I added the Golem trap so you would come back even if something went wrong – I thought those beta people might come for a snoop around if I messed around with the Debug Room. Even Dr. Andonuts would feel sympathy for those poor clay creatures and their terrible fate. But what I really wanted was a large number of people gathered in one place together near a strong Giygas presence. The border between Nowhere Island and the unused parts of the world is the strongest I know of.”
 +
 +“Why would you want such a terrible thing?” asked Tom.
 +
 +“So that you would go mad, like me. So that you would go mad enough to break things. So that there would be lots of people like me. Then I could close that door in the Debug Room and open another door to Eagleland. Eagleland is bigger than Nowhere Island. It needs more force to break it.”
 +
 +“Why? Why do you want to break everything so badly? Weren't you one of the Chosen Four too, once?”
 +
 +“If I don't break it all, I can't rebuild it. Rebuild it so that my mother and my brother don't die.”
 +
 +And how are you planning to rebuild it, Lucas?
 +
 +“With the very same Debug Room! This place... lost forever... a place that should have never been discovered by mortals hands. A place I only found when I broke Nowhere Island and shoved my hand inside the wounds I made. Gyiiyg, Tom, this room can do anything...”
 +
 +Interesting.
 +
 +Backflipping across the room, Gyiiyg landed on the window ledge. Simultaneously, he brought his palm forwards and straight through the display screen while driving his tail through the controls beneath him. He also cast PK Thunder Omega. Lightning played across the control panels, sending sparks and gouts of smoke.
 +
 +“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”
 +
 +Breaking the Debug Room. You like breaking things, don't you? If you don't let us go, we'll break it beyond repair.
 +
 +“If you do that, you won't be able to open the doors to let yourselves out. You also won't be able to rebuild the world. The fate of the entire world will be sealed permanently and you, Tom, won't even be able to watch your world die.”
 +
 +Lucas? Do you know something? You sound exactly like Pokey Minch.
 +
 +“WHAT DID YOU SAY?”
 +
 +You want to destroy everything and bend the Universe to your will. You are allegedly a main character in fate, and yet you refuse to act like it.
 +
 +“I am NOT like Porky! I've proven my worth as a main character already! I was forced to kill my brother to prove it!”
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 +Lucas, do you even know who I am? I have been forced to do far worse. And yet I mean to make amends, to repair on a far greater scale than I could ever dream of. Lucas, I have the sins of Giygas to atone for. Do you know what they called Giygas? The Universal Cosmic Destroyer. I think that applies to you as well.
 +
 +“And yet you won't let me destroy Giygas? How is that better than becoming Giygas?” 
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 +Lucas, the baby told me all about what you have done. Your intervention saved us all. If you had not broken free of the fate of Nowhere Island, we would all have been destroyed by it, unable to leave. But you can't solve everything by destroying it. This is a thing we can defeat without destroying anything.
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 +“Wh... what do you mean?”
 +
 +Lucas, you have already won.
 +
 +“Already... won?”
 +
 +You won when you saw past the edicts of your fate, when you saw the truth. There is another like you. The baby told me all about it. He...
 +
 +“A BABY told you?”
 +
 +“Baby?” asked Tom, “Gyiiyg, what baby?”
 +
 +Lucas, all we need to do for everyone to win is for us to find a way for every individual to win.
 +
 +“WHAT BABY?” screamed Tom.
 +
 +Lucas, I'm going now. I'm going to a place where I can find out the exact truth. I'll bring it back to you.
 +
 +“WHAT BABY? GYIIYG, WHAT BABY?”
 +
 +Gyiiyg's eyes darted around. He spotted what he was looking for, then sprang at it with speed that a human, even a psychically enhanced human, couldn't hope to match. He thumped it with his tail. It was the release controls for the door.
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 +“What the... WHY CAN'T I OVERRIDE YOUR COMMAND?”
 +
 +Because I hit the part of the machinery that recognises incoming commands with a PK Thunder Omega.
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 +“You idiot, you've doomed yourself!” yelled Lucas, “You'll fall to your deaths! Even if you survive, you'll be stranded in the Prototypes! You'll go completely insane there or just get lost and starve to death!”
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 +I know how to navigate the Prototypes. Listen, Tom, you have to follow me and do exactly what I say. And above all... whatever you see or hear... do NOT try to block it out!
 +
 +“Even if its really scary?”
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 +Believe me, what you'll see in the darkness behind your own closed eyes is worse.
 + --
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 +“Wow! This is really weird! Its fun! I'm floating in the AIR!” yelled Tom, “Gyiiyg, why am I floating in the air?”
 +
 +Its because they haven't finished making the sky.
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 +Tom looked up at the Golems. They were having no trouble at all. They had all just followed him automatically, mechanically. They didn't care whether things made sense or not. It didn't even occur to them that their orders might be logically impossible. They'd try to follow them anyway. Golems follow orders. That's what Golems do. As Gyiiyg had pointed out to him, it wasn't that important if they fell anyway. It wasn't like a little fall could hurt a ten foot tall ceramic death machine.
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 +When they reached the bottom, Gyiiyg told him how to stay on the floor and not sink down into it or float back up into the sky again. The small boy thought it was all good fun. Gyiiyg was amazed at how fast he had recovered from the stark terror of half an hour ago. He could see how Tom would be chosen as a Saviour. He idly wondered where Lucas was now and what he was doing. Lucas was... not a Saviour. At least, not the same kind of Saviour. But then, his fate was the wrong kind of fate. The Saviours had all had slightly different fates and they were all a slightly different brand of Saviour – memories flashed briefly through his mind: Ninten's young voice, played thing hated song that had defeated him against all the odds by cleverly playing tricks on his mind, and the face of Ness (NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS!) staring at him in horror through the view screen of the Devil Machine, a horror that changed so quickly to determination, the grim look of a man entering a battle he knew he had small odds of winning but who knew he would never, ever even consider surrendering. But Lucas' had been... wrong. It had been a broken fate and he was a broken Saviour. A dark fate with a Dark Saviour.
 +
 +“Gyiiyg, what baby?” asked Tom suddenly.
 +
 +“TENT PERSON! NO! Don't open fire!” yelled Gyiiyg, “These are not hostile. See? They are children and Golems, like Train and Clayman.”
 +
 +“Look, that man has wings!” yelled Tom, pointing at him, “Go on, fly, birdy man, fly!”
 +
 +“... VERY like Train and Clayman.” Gyiiyg sighed, watching as Tom flapped his arms and all sixty five thousand Golems imitated him.
 +
 +Tent Person looked up into the sky. Without a pilot, the Debug Room, which had no momentum without being directed, was simply hanging in the sky. He shrugged. More bizarre things than that had suddenly appeared in the sky and refused to go away.
 +
 +“Thank you for helping us.” he said with a hint of reluctance that could not have been detected by someone who was not a highly trained psychic with his empathic senses still fine-tuned after negotiating with a psychopath, “If there's a way we can repay you...”
 +
 +“I require information.” said Gyiiyg, “Information, and a way to get these people home. Let's start with the information. Does a world like this exist in the Prototypes?”
 +
 +As he described Moor Ecivres' world, he smelled intense terror – screaming, Giygas-level terror – build up inside Dung Beetle. Tent Person went a little pale too.
 +
 +“N... no, no such world exists here. This world's a bit patchy and buggy, but its mostly nice to us. I think we would have noticed, right, Dung Beetle? DUNG BEETLE?” Tent Person turned around sharply, “Oh fuck, the man's cyberware's completely on the blink again.”
 +
 +“Maybe I can help, I had some experience of cybernetic surgery in the military...” said Gyiiyg, scanning the man, who was now on the floor, clutching his head, all his lights blinking and beeping wildly and sparking. He stopped dead. Crouching down cautiously, he placed a hand on the man's face. Then his own cybernetics went wild.
 +
 +“Gyiiyg, what the hell? GYIIYG! Oh great, now its contagious!” Tent Person swore to himself over and over again. Gyiiyg felt him try and open up his cyberware with some kind of sophisticated tool. He threw the man off and stood up. His eyes blazed red. He faced Dung Beetle and spoke in a low, dangerous tone.
 +
 +“Dung Beetle... tell me NOW... why your cybernetic implants are compatible with the Devil Machine!” he hissed.
 +
 +“Devil Machine?”
 +
 +“DON'T FEIGN IGNORANCE!” he grabbed the man by the throat. He felt a laser pistol be pressed to the side of his head. With a flick of his tail, he knocked it out of Tent Person's hand, almost breaking the hand in the process.
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 +“Really, I don't know where my cyberware comes from!” insisted Dung Beetle, “It just is! Everything here just appears! So do we! It isn't like your world with its cause and effect, action and reaction! I could disappear tomorrow and I wouldn't know why!”
 +
 +“No wonder, if there's a Devil Machine here!” Gyiiyg swore in Dictory, “You're sure there's NOTHING else like your cyberware in this world?”
 +
 +Dung Beetle shook his head, “Nothing.”
 +
 +YES THERE IS.
 +
 +Dung Beetle looked at his feet. Gyiiyg followed his gaze, then jumped. Directly underneath him was a large red cross in the middle of a greyscale field.
 +
 +“Mini Elevator? When d'you turn up?” asked Tent Person.
 +
 +IT WAS BEFORE YOU APPEARED, DUNG BEETLE. TWO HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE.
 +
 +“He's the first of us. He's a lot older than any of us.” explained Tent Person, responding to Gyiiyg's questioning glare.
 +
 +THERE WAS A BIG MACHINE HERE THAT WAS MADE BY THE SAME PEOPLE AS DUNG BEETLE'S CYBERWARE. IT WAS BROKEN. IT WAS COMPATIBLE WITH HIM, BUT WHEN WE WIRED HIM TO IT, IT DID NOTHING. AND THEN IT GOT STOLEN, SO I FORGOT ABOUT IT.
 +
 +“Stolen?”
 +
 +BY A MAN IN A GLOWING ORANGE SUIT. NOW LEAVE MY FRIENDS ALONE OR I WILL DRAG YOU DOWN INTO THE ABYSS AND CONSUME YOU WHOLE.
 +
 +“Really don't piss off Minnie. She's terrifying when she's angry.” said Tent Person.
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 +“I fear no abyss. I have been to the lowest depths of the darkest night and climbed back up to tell the tale.” said Gyiiyg, dropping Dung Beetle, “But I will not harm your people. I am sorry. I... let my emotions take control of me. It will not do, when Giygas walks with me. Please let me leave. Can you show me a way out?”
 +
 +Dung Beetle shrugged, “Which way d'you come in?”
 +
 +“The Debug Room's gone.” Tom pointed to the sky, “Gyiiyg, how'd you get here?”
 +
 +“Magicant.” said Gyiiyg, “A dream.”
 +
 +“Then we have no choice. We will have to enter the Lower Alpha.”
 
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