“Many things have been culled from this universe, many lives lost, some heroically, some fruitlessly, but everything and everyone met has had an impact. Some people and places are the same regardless of the world on which it lay, it spreads like an infection.”
“A smart man once said ‘There is more than one of everything.”
The Event 4 - Dopplegang’land G “Dark Avenger Versus Jarod Blacknell”
"Is that a head in a jar?" Jarod asked the Dark Avenger who nodded his affirmative. Blacknell knelt and leaned closer to it, "An ape head with steampunk tubes in its brain, Hitler?"
The Dark Avenger grunted. "Despot from the 41st century, the Future Phantom of Star Sector 12, his real name was Anthony. Transplanted himself into an Ape body after he got a rare cancer, stole the Ape from a circus in the early 20th century. His tech was fascinating until we cut his head off and the biotechnology failed since it was keyed to his DNA."
"We had someone similar where I came from, it was a woman with way more tech, she was practically a cyborg with animal grafts. Simian Sorceress was her name if I recall."
"Any time you want to explain who, what and why you are in my sanctuary."
"My name is Jarod Blacknell and I stowed away inside of one of my Horizon members since I did not personally possess a counterpart on this Earth. So after relieving myself of his armored shell I sought out the only one who could help me, you." Jarod thrust a finger at the Dark Avenger. "It wasn't that difficult to narrow down the search and then cross reference files and follow the money to figure out which one of this cities elite wasn't the Dark Avenger."
"That should have been impossible, I have personally taken interest in my own life and removed as much as possible so that no one could figure out who I am or my mission."
"Exactly, you are a void of information and that's what brought me to you. Anyone hiding themselves would have done that." Jarod looked cocky and the smugness crept into his smirk.
"I don't know you, and I already don't like you. You are claiming to be from another dimension, and your team, Horizon, is invading our dimension because you felt you were already attacked and are responding in kind before we can send a second attack against your people?"
"That is correct."
"You understand this sounds insane."
"That is also correct. But we have the attackers in custody, three of them, although they claim there is a forth being held by some military complex people where they breached our dimension and crashed." The Dark Avenger paused and turned to his computer, and tapped a few keys.
A press conference began to play, and he paused it when the cameraman went to a wider shot and showcased the four pilots of HelixOne. "That's three of them, although that woman is glowing and the other seems to radiate some kind of intense heat. The other man must be the one who is captured." Jarod rested his hand back at his side after pointing at the screen.
The Dark Avenger tapped a few more keys and even more monitors sparked to life and a massive console powered up with a map of the world on it. Several blips indicated members of the WMD were in combat. "I find it interesting that my people are engaged with your team and not a single one of them has tried to call for help. SuperDude isn't even on planet."
"That's because we're blocking your communications, wasn't that hard to do, you use the same frequency as us." A shadow dropped behind Jarod from above and began to move closer.
"Hmm, thanks for that. Computer please switch all active communications through the Hub and reroute Phantom's six through fifteen." The computer was quiet for a moment and then monitors began to change to take in the combat of the WMD and IED members currently engaged in combat hijacking any feeds nearby. The screams of Jasmine Caulders, one of the Adventurers of the Undiscovered, ripped through the Avenging Cavern.
"HE FUCKING KILLED HIM!! WHY ISN'T ANYONE RESPONDING TO THIS GODDAMN THING!! PLEASE HELP!! JACK RABBIT IS DEAD AND..." The Dark Avenger turned to look at Jarod Blacknell again, Jarod held the gun he had pulled steady and there was no look of pleasure on his face at all.
"I am sorry about that, but the second we arrived in this dimension the others became extremely agitated and violent and...they weren't themselves anymore. We might be extreme in our methods but we are heroes where we come from, this universe is tainted and you all don't see it, or have acclimated to the climate. The gun is for my protection, and I will only use it if I have t..." The shadow attacked Jarod from behind and the gun flew into the darkness and he collapsed to the ground, blood beginning to well up from the wound on the back of his head.
"What?" The shadowed figure asked as he stepped into the light. "He had a gun and broke in to the cavern, he was a threat."
The Dark Avenger ground his teeth, "As my Protege you follow my lead and my lead only, you haven't hit the stage where I feel you can think for yourself yet." Protege clenched his fist.
"Yessir," he forced out between clenched teeth.
"If you don't like it there's the door." The Dark Avenger pointed.
"I have class anyway." Protege turned and walked calmly away, as Bryan turned to Jarod's unconscious body.
"What in the hells I am going to do with you?"
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