[caused by week 6 Mission TSGL3]
Shaterwing was wrapped in technomantic chains, binding both rider and mount.
Urog’na looked down at Bill and Naeil, seeing they were equally bound. The Rehsedian Smith had never seen material like what bound them. It was like a mixture of metal and liquid and moved with her, getting tighter and tighter when they struggled.
It had been an unexpected and masterful attack.
After the flash of yellow light, they had found themselves here… wherever here was. A bombardment by fifty Kalokian Guard armed with Magi Cannons had cut them all down. Luckily the Kalokian Guard had been ordered not to kill them, and all three including the Dragon had been taken prisoner.
Once they had returned fully to consciouness the trio and the dragon were being moved via airship. Urog’na recognized the airship on which they were aboard as one of Lalder’s Destroyer designs. It had been significantly enhanced with forbidden Northern Kingdoms technomancy. As they stood waiting in the hold of the ship, they were under constant surveillance by floating robotic Eye Spies. Each was designed to look like a patient Olgog’s head nodding in agreement. But their obvious robotic design and ability to float above the floor was quite off putting to those under their watchful eyes.
Urog’na felt the Destroyer shift and the wall to the hold began to open. The opening wall revealed only for a moment a view of a massive carrier fleet that filled the sky from one end of the horizon to the other.
UtR Carrier craft were assembled in arrow formations, each formation having four of the stoney dreadnaughts surrounded by a veritable cloud of Lur Union Strike Fighter aircraft. The Formations were supported by a pair of Rhug’na’ru Hindengor Super Zepplins which each had their own compliments Rhug’na’ru Biplanes, upgraded with magi cannons along with their .50 Cal Machineguns and deadly rockets.
At the edges of each formation was a small Unenese Airship similar in design to the Kul Gul Rapi’s Kalok Fraytur. Bill’s Leyas sight could clearly see the Nightmares swarming across and inside the tarps that covered the deck of these small frayturs.
Then a carrier moved into position, allowing the destroyer to dock and covering any view from inside the hold. Waiting inside the docking area was the mirror crystal Lalder himself. He walked right up to Bill and said , “Good to see you. I’m please you are far more heroic than the version of yourself who has spread evil across this timeline. Giving up your own life to save both those in Karov and UtR lands shows you a gog of strong moral character.
Its too bad you didn’t kill your own spoiled upstart Mag’ol Rapi’og before he brought all this torment down on both our timelines. If only you would have beaten him into submission on the night he snuck aboard our expedition to the land of the Djinni maybe our timelines would still be seperate. Maybe he wouldn’t have tried to ruin our relations with the Djinni.”
“It seems that in this mirror crystal timeline, Aufgog Lalder, you do not understand that nothing positive will come from dealings with the Djinni. They will always set it up so they are entertained by your pain and your suffering. It is the core of their nature,” said Uhryu Bill, “And a creature will always follow its deeper nature.”
The Mirror Crystal Lalder grew angry, saying, “As always, Bill, no matter what timeline we face each other, you are sure you know better.”
“As are you, Aufgog Lalder,” agreed Bill from our timeline, “I am learning it can be hard to see another’s point of view.
Especially when wise Gogs like you and I are sure we are the right one, and if the other side could only just come to our point of view all would be right with the world.
We are both so busy trying to force the other to our side of the field, that we may have both missed the best path in the middle of the field which was exactly between where we both stood unmoving…”
Naeil quoted a saying one of the Earther drivers from Deldoroon always used to say, “The Wise one is the one who knows that he knows nothing.”
The Mirror crystal Lalder glowered at Naeil for her interruption, “Nothing? But I know how to create fleets that can travel the stars. I have spread the power of the Olgogs as far if not farther than Earthers spread their own. And I have done it in but a year with little more than stone, bone, wood and obsidian.
And maybe a few deals with the Djinni and sending my Lurtor to learn the forbidden technomancy…but these were done to reign in Kalok, and to stop the expansion of the evil that is known as Krodnok.
To free the Olgogs from the Iron Republic and anyone who would stop the United Tribes from reaching their true destiny.
For a long long time, the Giants, then the K’ias, then the Falosini and now the Earthers have kept us down and little more than desposable slaves. But you know that will never happen again.
As long as I end the threat of the Djinni Crystal by delivering both timelines broken pieces into their hands, your timeline will stay seperate from my own. I will have won, Bill, and you and Krodnok and the Earthers and all the others who wanted to stop the rise of the United Tribes will fail.”
Urog’na interrupted, “Even in our own timeline the UtR is not all good. It has done evils in its name. I have witnessed them. What is it you are raising up Aufgog Lalder? Are you sure it is as good a thing as you think it is…?”
“All new governments have a bloody period as they consoldiate power. Your timeline will just have to be sacrifice so my own timeline might survive unimpeded and triumphant,” said the Aufgog as he turned and began to walk away.
The trio and their dragon were dragged along behind him, through the carrier until they reached an expansive bridge.
Here there were podiums showing all the different tribes that had given their fealty to the United Tribes. And each had sent a representative.
Urog’na nearly choked seeing Glog at the podium marked for the Or’Lur. But this Glog was fully green furred, with two extra arms. One held the teardrop hammer fused to his body. The other had an alchemical device in the form of an arm, but whose hand ended in a large sprayer. It seemed like it was an attachment to direct and control and weaponize the cursed goo of the Teardrop hammer. Urog’na knew this was not their Glog, it was the mirror crystal Glog.
Glog said to Lalder, “My own Gol’ols have tracked and captured the rogue astronaut who tried to warn the Iron Republic about our expansions.”
“Finally what has it been over a year?” asked Lalder.
“Yes, but we captured him and we captured his shuttlecraft Goblin Ur’sa 1. This immutable olgog put up a fight, but he was little threat.” said Glog pointing at a cage made from the same technomantic tendrills that held Naeil, Urog’na and Bill.
Looking inside the cage, Naeil could not believe her eyes. It was Godart, as he had looked, all proud and strong, back when they had been working on the Rocket Ship project.
Around them, the leaders of the Mirror Crystal Fleet began to laugh cruelly at them all.
[Mirror Crystal Fleet Podiums remain for Kul Gul Rapi, Urik’s Outcasts, Gangs of Uf Mag’og Ol’Lur, Yagogi, Rhug’na’ru and Ka Rhug. Each player is encouraged to describe the uber evil version of the diplomat to the Mirror Crystal Council. They may even take part in planning. Lalder may use an evil version of Tor’ab for this thread. Narrator will control evil Lalder. Remember that this is the one opportunity to show how evil and how badass your tribe would have become if A) there were no consequences and B) every device and cool thing you wanted to build actually got built exactly as you planned it.
All diplomats MUST support Lalder’s plan to attack our Timeline, but they may each desire to conquer different places and should discuss it in this mission.)
Godart may control Naeil, but mirror crystal Godart will be controlled by Narrator for this thread]