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 +Lucas had finished ripping a large hole in the fabric of the savestate lattice and was now defending himself, viciously scratching like a feral cat at the leering crimson nightmare faces all around him. As he saw the five bolts of light, one bright orange, two a ghostly blue and two lime green, he turned and bolted away.
 +“DEBUG ROOM!” he yelled, “OPEN!”
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 +He half expected the door to still be broken from when Giegue wrecked the controls, but it managed to open, the door appearing out of nowhere, causing him to fall into the blinding white room.
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 +Six pairs of eyes watched him.
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 +One was Claus'. No, three were Claus'.
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 +The five bolts of light shot through the wound in the Pattern into primal, seething darkness, then out again. They darted towards the diamond shapes of the Watchtower, crackling with crimson electric vines of corruption. A couple of them opened fire with their automated defense systems and around thirty ships surrounded them, but the light punched straight through them. It headed for the stars they surrounded in a loop. Stopping just outside their orbit, the five lights danced around the stars, shaking them, dislodging stardust. The Watchtowers tried to hold the stars firm, tightening their cables, but the lights started launching themselves at those cables. Slowly, they began pulling the cables loose from the stars. A low-pitched hum issued from the machines and the outlines of the star cluster started glowing a darker blue. The air was growing denser around that area as the energy was being compressed for release as a deletory wave. The five lights moved away from the cables and began shaking the stars again. Then, at the last second, just as they were about to be annihilated in a bolt of pure deletion, they struck. The cables snapped, the stars spun wildly out of control. The lights swung to the back of them and pushed and shook one last time, flinging the stars in the other direction. Then the pulsar electromagnet  kicked in.
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 +Ness,  Lucas, Tom and the Night-Watchman teleported out of the way just in time to see a wave of black light, of anti-light, of nothingness, shoot past them, cleanly erasing the contents of the Savestate Pattern beyond recovery. What had once been a jumbled mess, raw and bleeding, was silent, ordered and content in its own way once again.
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 +Below them, in Eagleland, sixty five thousand Golems were running around the entire world, directed by the myriad fingers of Leder poking out of the largest pies he could muster, in position to save people's data again.
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 +“That won't hold forever.” said the Night-Watchman, “A lot of the corruption got deleted by being already in the file sectors or in the way of the beam trying to get there, but its an entire planet, there'll be a lot more soon. But we've made a much bigger hole and its entirely stable for now. We can get something bigger through.”
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 +I'm glad you made a big enough hole.
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 +The Night-Watchman turned around. Behind him, something that looked rather like Giegue was flying over the horizon – except that Giegue wasn't made of metal, the size of a space station, had a tail and didn't have doors, windows, balconies, terraces and the words 'Dungeon Man Mk. 34' written in red paint in embarrassing places. Through one of the eyes he could see the real Giegue piloting the machine and Moor Ecivres huddled inside the other, looking more than a little terrified.
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 +We're ready to go.
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 +“Good luck. My people are going to be very distracted now but they might still send a few ships to attack you. I hope that thing can defend itself.”
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 +It can. Despite the lack of a tail. Brick Road says that tails are too spindly to incorporate into dungeons.
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 +“Destroy them for me!” said Lucas.
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 +“Nono, the word is 'smash'. SMAAAAAAAAAAASH!” said Ness, “How many times do I have to tell ya? You suck at this.”
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 +“Bring me a souvenir.” said Tom, waving.
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 +Without looking back, Giegue pulled the control stick forward and the machine strode into the void of the empty Pattern and beyond into the darkest reaches of space.
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 +At first, they were attacked. The laser fire from the ships made a couple of marks on the machine but did not really damage it. At Giegue's command, the machine sprang forward, its arms catching one and knocking it away. Then Moor Ecivres pressed a button and a hatch opened. A flock of Mr. Batty Elders began swarming from the machine, surrounding the ships and disabling their sonars. Then a swarm of Octobots wrapped their tentacles around the ships and started ripping them apart. Mad Ducks spun the ships around wildly and threw objects at them. Cups of scalding coffee flew in on plates and poured themselves on the ships, leaking in and ruining the controls, while their CD friends sliced the ships apart with their razor sharp edges. The waves of dungeon-dwelling monsters made short work of the fleet as the two watched, mildly amused.
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 +The Watchtowers themselves were in uproar. As they flew past, the two dungeon-mecha pilots saw their repair ships milling around the star cluster, trying to weld the cables back together, repair the hideous backlash damage and bring the pulsar electromagnet back online. Giegue took the opportunity to cast PK Starstorm a few more times to make their problems worse, thus enabling them to fly past undetected in the chaos. An hour later, the planet itself loomed into view.
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 +Giegue had expected it to be black and white, or maybe a dull grey, for some reason. Failing that, a death planet, like the many he had seen in his travels. It was mostly water with some patches of green land masses. The amount of pollution disturbed him – nobody let their planet get THAT bad! - but then Eagleland was headed that way itself.
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 +“It really does not look that different to Eagleland.” he commented.
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 +“The problems aren't things you can detect on a radar.” said Moor Ecivres, “That's part of its danger. It looks beautiful. No nuclear explosions – well, there was one, but that was a while ago. No demons, no dragons, no big red swirly faces that drive you insane. And that's what's so terrible. Those things can't happen. Nothing can happen. Giegue, if you don't keep your mind VERY focussed it will happen to you and you won't even see what hit you.”
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 +“I am Dictory. I am inexplicable.” said Giegue, “My mind is strong. Stronger than Giygas.”
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 +“Then let's go.”
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 +The machine entered the planet's orbit then its Phase Distorter kicked in and suddenly they broke through into the atmosphere. It was daytime and the clouds were light and fluffy in the clear blue sky. They landed on a field filled with daisies. The rolling meadow went on in all directions as far as the pair of them could see, punctuated by some stone walls, wooden fences and little country lanes. It was so serene and blissful that it looked like the Windows XP wallpaper. Before leaving the Dungeon, the pair of them selected a few monsters for personal security. They were going to go with a Bio-Kraken each that they found floating in the hydroponic tanks. Then they found the secret passage and the Ultimate Chimera behind it. Around its neck was a pink bow and a label saying 'A Gift From Dr. Andonuts – Happy 60th Birthday Brick Road!'. They nodded to each other and led it away by its pink silk ribbon.
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 +As soon as they stepped out, two familiar figures sidled out from a right angle between dimensions.
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 +“Tent Person! Dung Beetle!” yelled Giegue, “You were waiting for us?”
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 +“We have our own back doors to places. Everywhere has bugs, things they forgot to remove, things they forgot to put in.” said Tent Person, “Clay and Train are here too. The others stayed behind to man the base.”
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 +“This is more than four.” noted Giegue.
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 +“We're not destined to do this.” said Moor Ecivres, “You have to understand this. The world is against us. We're going directly against the grain of its destiny.”
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 +“Breaking it, you mean.” said Giegue pointedly.
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 +“Lucas had the right idea, you know.” said Moor Ecivres, “He took it a bit too far, he wasn't sane enough to control what he was doing, but what he was trying to do was the right thing.”
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 +“Hell, I'm Unused. Ain't no way I can be part of destiny.” Dung Beetle laughed, “They'd just edit me right out.”
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 +“Dung Beetle... you... had a destiny at one point?” asked Giegue.
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 +“Most probably.”
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 +“I... see.” Giegue bowed his head, “Yes, yes, I understand now.”
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 +“Understand what?”
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 +“So did I. But my destiny was discontinued.”
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 +“You're one of us?”
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 +“No, I was not discontinued, my destiny was. I was transferred to another destiny, that of being Ninten's rival and losing.” Giegue looked sad.
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 +“There's no dishonour in losing a battle you were fated to lose.” said Moor Ecivres, “Especially not against an enemy of equal strength. He didn't fight fairly anyway. Well... neither did you... but that makes it equal, right?”
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 +“I know, but... I was just wondering... what would have happened in that other life?”
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 +“We should deal with the present.” decided Tent Person, “Where the hell are we and what are we supposed to be doing?”
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 +“This is America.” said Giegue.
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 +“It is? Giegue, how the hell do you know where... oh, Mother 1.” Moor Ecivres shook his head.
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 +“This is your place, right? Go on then, what ARE we supposed to be doing?” asked Dung Beetle.
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 +“I... don't really know.”
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 +“Oh, great! We travel halfway across the 'verse and...”
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 +“It isn't that simple here.” said Moor Ecivres, “We don't get told what we're supposed to do. Even when we're not actively disobeying destiny.”
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 +“Then how the hell do we get anything done?”
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 +“Hey, funky, man, aliens!”
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 +They all looked around. A man had walked up to them. He had long hair and beard and was wearing a headband, T-shirt and jeans embroidered with flowers, doves and other peace symbols. There was a glazed look in his eyes. Giegue vaguely remembered meeting a Hippy before.
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 +“I always knew you guys existed! You made those crop circles, right!” he babbled, “Take me home with you, man!”
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 +“Don't worry, we're not leaving anyone behind on this hellhole of a planet.” said Moor Ecivres softly.
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 +“Groovy!” he yelled, “But you guys gotta keep more hidden. The FBI wanna do experiments on ya, y'know! They experimented on me too... sexual experiments, man! I think you experimented on me once as well...”
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 +“We do not intend to hide.” said Giegue.
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 +“Hey, you guys ain't invading, are you? You gotta be coming in peace! I come in peace too! Peace and love, man!” he stared at the sky for a minute, “Wanna lift?”
 
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