At the End of Time…
In Temporal Station 74, an alarm was going off. A Klaxon wail that screamed with such intensity that TEA Officer Visij leapt from the smooth floor where he was meditating. His sharp claws carved furrows in the smooth floor, but the Space Station easily fixed the damage and the floor smoothed behind.
The blue scaled Da’uhnb soldier ran towards the console. His claws danced across holographic keys, a convenient feature of the advanced display for a being such as himself. The display changed massively, and then showed a full revolt was going on at the Gu’ah Prison complex.
Visij saw the list of escaped prisoners included the entire coterie of living Warmonger cultists, lead by Herniker Guerre. It seemed some lesser prisoners like the Usurper, the Fated of War, the MemoryClone of Jak’hal, and the Old VLAD might have made it out as well. The lesser prisoners wouldn’t cause too much trouble.
Visij teleported away in a flash of blue light to begin apprehending the escaping prisoners.
While he was away the console began to blink first, once then many, many times, then as if in unison all the red lights turned off.
Returning exhausted a few moments later, he was covered in wounds but looked pleased.
But then he noticed the console was all off. The console was never all off. Visij had been tracking the demonic fixer Ner Uru Ghal, and the demonic gossiper Dr. Wormwood, and they were not part of the situation at the Gu’ah Prison.
But now it looked like all demonic energy had been sapped from this timeline. The Temporal Station must have some sort of glitch, thought Visij as he rebooted the systems three times to the same result.
He teleported to the nearest station.
It was fully functional but reporting the same information. There was a Da’uhnb there that Visij didn’t recognize. The fellow had a gold mask with cybernetic eye implants.
He seemed familiar but Visij couldn’t place him.
But he did give him the location where Hurniker Guerre was supposed to be headed. Visij thanked the Da’uhnb TEA agent, and teleported away.
A while later he arrived back at his own Temporal Station to find a message waiting for him from the Da’uhnb Queen. He opened it. It talked about a new weaponized ritual the mortals had discovered. New for them at least, the TEA believed it had been developed by the Nightmare Lords in case their hold over the Ancient Evils ever failed. Its knowledge had been supressed during the Warmonger Cult uprisings of the primordial past, and only discovered it now.
He teleported away to meet with the Queen, knowing only the success such a ritual could explain the readings on his console. He feared what a timeline devoit of ancient evils meant for the balance and the Da’uhnb’s hunger.
Visij had seen all of this timeline, he knew it was at the height of the Peace of Falos, in ancient days, when the Ancient Evils and the Ascended worked in harmony to maintain the balance.
Then the Warmonger returned and all hell broke loose for the first time, in the form of the K’ias Wars. It ripped apart the Peace of Falos, plunged a galaxy into darkness and ignorance. And when it ended the Ancient Evils fled back to the hell dimensions to lick their wounds and seek new hosts in our dimension with their previous Nightmare Lord hosts all dead. The predation began anew.
But the Da’uhn Queen had been taken as a trophy by the Warmonger in his stolen hostform. And she was not recovered even when the Warmonger was sealed away on the Prison Dimension of Les’Tas’Tral.
Then the aeons passed, and the Da’uhnb hunted the ancient evils wherever they went. Then the Border Wars of Refuge summoned the Ancient Evils once more, as they gathered their strength to prevent the Warmonger cult from freeing the Warmonger.
But again they had no Nightmare Lord hosts, and instead stole and kidnapped and tricked for their hosts. Until an army of stolen bodies were simply feeding the Warmonger with unnecessary battles and war.
Into this madness, the Da’uhnb fought and fought and died on Refuge and on countless planets across the galaxy. And their numbers dwindled and no new Da’uhnb were born.
Then the Queen was returned to them through the miraculous acts of the heroes of Refueg. Again this planet had done so much. The meeting on Temporal Observation Outpost 3021 gave birth to a plan that ended in the ancient evils being gone.
Despite this, they went ahead and allowed the mortals to succeed in their plan. After seeing their success, they argued afterwards whether to employ this attack on other timelines.
As Visij had teleported back to Temporal Station 74, he was still replaying the conversations in his head.
Visij remembered saying,“This operation had too many variables to replicate. Allowing both the Usurper and Hurniker Guerre to run free in another timeline could result in some truly horrific situation. We should be proud we succeeded in binding away the Ancient Evils on this timeline. My queen we should be celebrating our success not expanding our operations.”
His Queen had listened without emotion and said, "I have seen this and there are many dangers to repeat this ritual. But since we know this Ritual will work, we can target specific timelines aiming to use specific Ancient Evils against the main Ancient Evils of that timeline. We do not need to unleash any ancient evil on any timeline to accomplish this.
We must be precise… and careful…"
As if throwing the balance off in such a way could ever be okay. But she had now tasked him with a secret mission…