Well which one of you wants to go first.” The Inquisitore said with a sadistic delight.
The flame had grown stronger and thicker with all of the villager, standing behind Elena and Yarox, both of whom were just as terrified, despite how much they tried to hide it.
The Inquistore wandered up to a small boy who it could clearly tell was more scared than the others.
“It seems to me like he’s volunteering.” The Inquisitore said.
Elena tried to jump the Inquisitore from behind whilst the Goblin was distracted, but two more of the guards instantly pounced on her. Elena however managed to pull free and flip the Inquisitore over her shoulder and into one of the guards behind. The other she knocked down with a hard kick to the face.
Yarox and many of the villagers wanted to help, including Stanley and Mrs Tulloch (who held her daughter tighter than ever) but the Goblins had them completely surrounded with their weapons.
The Inquistore however was able to catch Elena off guard with a quick strike of lightening from its hand, knocking her down. Yarox foolishly ran to help her, but the Goblin knocked him out with another blast.
“Save the cyclops for last. I want her to see what’s in store for her. Get the boy.” The Inquisitore barked.
Stantley however quickly pushed the boy behind him and told the monsters to take him instead.
“Please he’s just a boy.” Stanley pleaded. “He has his whole life ahead of him. I’m an old man.”
Stanley’s pleas naturally fell on deaf ears at first, but the Inquisitore soon believed it could have some fun with the old man. He seemed so brave and self sacrificing and the monster wanted to see if it could break him in front of the others.
“Okay” The Goblin said whilst smiling.
“What’s wrong. Didn’t think I’d really take you up on your offer.”
Stanley tried to control himself as best he could, but he started to tremble.
“I’m not a coward like you attacking defenceless children.” Stanley spat back.
The Goblin simply laughed at him and put its hand on his shoulder. With one squeeze it brought Stanley to his knees, before grabbing him by his throat.
“We’ll see who the coward is.”
The Doctor struggled with the Goblin. He tried to reach for the wires at the back of the creatures head, but it was too fast and grabbed his hand which it started to crush slowly.
The Doctor however reached his other hand into a tiny hole in the monsters metal chest which had been created by the fall. The Goblin grabbed still managed to grab the Doctors other hand too just as it reached inside, but the Time Lord had still got a good grip on the wires inside and pulled on them. The cybernetic Goblin fell backwards clutching its chest in pain whilst the Doctor opened the TARDIS.
Before the Doctor could shut the TARDIS from the inside however, the Goblin hurled itself at the doors. The Doctor tried to push back, but its strength was too great, even in its weakened state and it managed to push the Time Lord back onto the console.
The Goblin staggered into the TARDIS, limping and clutching its chest and struggling to breath. It soon collapsed to its knees before barely even reaching the console. The Doctor approached the creature carefully. He knew it was spent, but he was still cautious. Even on its death bed the creature could and would still try and tear his throat out.
The Goblin tried to hurl itself at the Doctor again, but it clumsily fell on the console instead, barely able to hold itself up.
“Please.” The Doctor said softly. “What’s the point anymore. Just let me help you. Maybe I can repair.”
“Never! For those who fail the master there is but one fate.”
“There doesn’t have to be. Please.”
Before the Doctor could even finish the Goblin reached into its chest and tore more of its own wires and innards out.
“Such a waste” The Doctor said.
A large web of red tissue appeared to have grown from the bottom of the console to the top.
“Fools” The Doctor thought to himself. It was obviously a clumsy attempt to link the TARDIS with the beast he was trapped inside. The Doctor was still impressed however that the Goblins had been able to penetrate the TARDIS’ defences at all, but ultimately these red vines would soon wither and die. Perhaps the Time Lord could use them however.
The TARDIS was connected to this creature, which was in turn connected to the portal Scratchman hoped to enter this world through. The plan had been to drain the TARDIS’s power to widen the portal, but the Doctor now believed he could drain the power the creatures were using to stay in this world, using the TARDIS. He would reapply the dematerialisation circuits to create a partial lift off. It was risky and doing so would cause the TARDIS a tremendous amount of pain. Still he had no choice.
“I’m sorry old girl.” The Doctor said as he gently tapped the console. “This is going to hurt. It’ll be pain that you’ve never experienced before, but we have to to save the others.”
As soon as the Doctor was finished resetting the controls however the TARDIS console began to go up and down frantically and smoke began to appear in the room which choked the Doctor.
“Old girl please. I don’t want to do this but we have no choice.” He said whilst gasping for air.
As the Doctor reached for the controls again he was suddenly thrown towards the doors by an invisible force.
The TARDIS would never harm him. Clearly something else had got inside the TARDIS. The Doctor ran to try and help it again but something was holding him back and more red vines began to crawl up from under the console. It seems he had misjudged the Goblins. The Doctor using all of his strength managed to push through the force field and grabbed onto one of the tentacles.
The Doctor tried to pull it from the console, causing more of them to wrap themselves around him. Just as all seemed lost, the old dematerialisation sound started to chime in and the tentacles collapsed.
“Thanks old girl. I knew you wouldn’t let me down.” The Doctor said as he brushed his suit down.
It would take less than 10 minutes for the TARDIS to absorb the power, but there were two major obstacles. The creatures who could enter the Tardis would all be down here to stop him. Also if Elena, Yarox, and the others were not in the TARDIS when the power was drained, they would be pulled into Scratchman’s hell!
The Doctor would have to hack into the Goblins monitors to find where they were, and then teleport the TARDIS to save them, which he could do as the two ships were now connected. However he would have to wait until the Hydra’s last few seconds in this dimension after its power had been drained. If he broke the link before then, the power wouldn’t be drained. If he was lucky, the Doctor would have just 30 seconds to rescue his friends.
The Time Lord adjusted the scanner and to his horror saw where the Goblins were holding his friends.
He could see Stanley being brought to the flaming portal, but there was nothing he could do. Stanley could hear the screams of others who had been trapped in the flames as he was brought closer, but he still did not back down.
The Inquisitore was getting angry. He was sure that Stanley was weak and would have broken down and begged for mercy by now.
“Why are you willing to sacrifice yourself like this? Do you not know what awaits you?” The Goblin said.
“Of course I’m scared. I’m absolutely petrified, but unlike you I’m not going to let that fear turn me into something I’m not. You’re only doing this because you’re afraid of your master, or because he’s already broken you. I pity you. He’s taken everything you once were away and replaced it with his own perversion.”
The Inquisitore spoke in a more calm, and serious tone to Stanley. “You will lose yourself eventually. No matter how hard you fight. No one has been able to withstand.”
The whole room started to shake, which was followed by the alarm.
“ALERT, ALERT THE HYDRA IS BREAKING FREE FROM OUR CONTROL.”
The Hydra could sense the Doctor draining the energy that was keeping them in this dimension and started to panic. Despite the Goblins conditioning the Dragon’s self preservation instincts kicked in. It flew wildly threw the air, and started to burn the forest on the island below. Several Scarecrow’s were caught in the monsters flame breath. The beast nearly flew itself into a small mountain before the Goblins were able to reassert control over the Dragon.
During the confusion meanwhile, Elena siezed her chance and jumped the Inquisitore. Her mutated metabolism had allowed the Cyclops to recover from the monsters blast a lot quicker than Yarox. Elena grabbed the Inquisitore from behind and after a brief struggle, she was able to use her larger body weight to push the Inquisitore into the fire. Just before the Goblin was thrust into the flames it let out a pitiful scream for help.
Stanley meanwhile tried to tackle the Goblin guard beside him, only to be hopelessly overpowered. Still he had not only bought Elena enough time to deal with the Inquisitore, but distracted the guard long enough for Elena to then jump it from behind. She then threw the beast over her shoulder and into the flames to join its master.
“Yes” the Doctor said enthusiastically. “Just hold on for a little longer Elena.”
The rest of the villagers seized the opportunity and jumped the Goblin guards after they had all been thrown across the room by the Hydra. However the villagers were no match for the monsters. Only Yarox was able to put up a decent fight. Elena meanwhile jumped straight onto two of the beasts from behind and ripped the wires from the back of their heads before they could get back up.
The rest of the Goblins then turned their attention to Elena. She was able to dodge the Demons blasts from their hands, though she wasn’t able to attack the monsters either. Whilst they were distracted, Yarox grabbed the arm of one of the two Goblins that Elena had killed and was able to fire it at three more Goblins knocking them to the ground. When they turned to face him Elena jumped two more and ripped the wires from the back of their heads, whilst Yarox blasted two more.
Unfortunately before Elena and Yarox could celebrate their victory, several more Goblins came pouring into the room.
“There must be something I can do.” The Doctor said as he frantically tried to work the controls.
Just then the Time Lord heard a thumping on the door. Several more of the Goblins had arrived back at the TARDIS. The Doctor had tried to block the two doors with various bits and pieces of furniture from the lower rooms that he had managed to drag up stairs in the short space of time. (He hated being away from the scanner for even a second.)
The Doctors clumsy barricade however didn’t do much to hold the Goblins back and he ran to the doors to try and push the Goblins back. All he needed was a few more minutes.
The Goblins however pushed the Doctor away and soon tore through the furniture.
“You have lost Time Lord.” The monsters said as they fired at the console.
“No stop you’ll rip us apart.” The Doctor screamed, but it was too late.
The Goblins blast caused black smoke to erupt from the console, flooding the entire room, as lightening bolts began to fire everywhere.
“What, what’s going on” The Doctor said as he was jolted awake.
“It’s okay, it’s okay Doctor, well it isn’t, but at least we’re not dead.” Elena said as she helped the Time Lord up.
“I remember there was a giant dragon and it ate me, and you and Yarox too. Well obviously that can’t be right, so I must have dreamed it. Tell me then where are we?”
“We’re in the beasts stomach Doctor.” Elena replied.
The Doctor looked up and saw that the roof appeared to be made of flesh and was even pulsating. The walls and the floor meanwhile were all cold and hard metal. Clearly the Dragon that had devoured them was a cyborg that had been turned in a vessel of some kind, or more likely a war ship.
All around the Doctor could see the villagers huddled together in fear as well as the remains of a giant boat at the back, whilst Yarox stayed closer to Elena. Yarox clearly felt safer with Elena than anyone else there, even the Doctor. The Doctor wasn’t surprised. “On his first adventure I did get him eaten after all, though perhaps there was more to it than that” the Doctor thought to himself.
Before the Doctor could even attempt to figure out what was going on, the two doors behind him opened and a hideous, robed creature emerged.
The monster’s robes were bright red, whilst its head was squat and green. It had no nose, just a snout, whilst its mouth was filled with small, pointy teeth. Its eyes meanwhile were bright red and set deep into its skull, whilst two tiny bat like ears protuded from either side of its head. Its cape was long and red, and though the Doctor couldn’t see it yet, there was a strange black symbol on the back of the monsters cloak. The alien appeared to be part creature, part machine, just like the Dragon they were trapped in. Its arms were competely mechanical, and its entire squat chest was also covered in gold metal, whilst large wires emerged from the top of its head, right down the back of its neck, much like hair would on a person. The entire creature was short. It stood no higher than 5 feet tall.
“We have your TARDIS, Doctor. You will accompany me now.”
Elena and Yarox both stood by the Doctor.
“What do you want with him.” Elena said defiantly.
“That is of no interest to you. You are all simply pawns for the Master. Try to get in his way and.” The creature shot an energy beam at Elena, bringing her to her knees in pain.
“Stop it, please” The Doctor begged the creature, who released Elena.
“I’ll do much worse if you don’t help the Master.”
“Okay, okay.” The Doctor said begrudgingly. “Just so you know though, I don’t have the best track record with people called the Master.” The Doctor said as he left the room with his strange captor.
“The Time Lord’s vessel is in our custody sir.”
“Brilliant.” The Inquistore interrupted. “Now we can finally begin the sacrifice.”
“The sacrifice is not essential.” The section leader snapped back. “The Master simply thinks that it will help speed things along.”
“All the excuse I need.” The Inquistore said with glee.
“You never need any excuse.” The leader said with disgust.
The section leader was the oldest of all the strange creatures there. He remembered when their world was actually a beautiful planet, and their race a proud one. Long before he, the abomination that the others now so willingly call Master came. The section leader could hardly judge his underlings however, as much as they may have disgusted him. They had been born under the Masters rule. They had all been conditioned to be his warriors, creatures of hate who would kill for him without a seconds hesitation. It was the only reason his species had been allowed to exist. In all his own hundreds of thousands of years of existence however the Leader had never dared even lift a finger against the Master. He was happy to condemn thousands, millions if need be to the Demons pit if it meant he didn’t end up there. It wasn’t fair, he knew that and hated himself for it, but ultimately he didn’t have the strength to make the sacrifice that others had against Scratchman.
The Doctor was brought to the control room, which was also a combination of flesh on the roof with steel floors and walls. At the end of the room, several of the strange creatures gathered around a monitor, which contained images of the island from above. The Doctor could see several of the Scarecrow’s now wandering aimlessly in the woods below.
The commander of the Goblins, who was somewhat larger and had a long, gold cape to represent his rank approached the Doctor.
“I don’t understand why the Master cares so much about you? You look like one of those animals we have caged below?”
“Well.” The Doctor said modestly. “Appearances can be deceiving my good sir. For instance you look like an eldritch abomination, but I’m sure you’re actually a lovely person.”
The alien commander walked towards the monitor where it brought up an image of the Doctors Tardis, contained in what looked a large stomach. It was obvious to the Doctor where they were.
“Ah yes I’ve heard you’ve wanted my vessel. To bring someone who claims to be the Devil or something into our world.”
“You mean the Master? Yes the primitives of this world believe him to be a figure from their mythology, but the truth is far worse.”
“What is he?” The Doctor asked out of as much interest as fear.
“Even we don’t know exactly, but he is a creature from another universe. He devours each universe he visits. He feeds on negative emotions such as fear, hatred, and suffering. Whenever he visits a universe he tends to work in the shadows at first, playing us against each other, starting wars, until he is strong enough to not only take over, but reshape it in his own image.”
“Our reality is what these primitives would call hell.” The alien said with contempt. “The natural laws no longer apply. He can bend them anyway he wants, condemn any torture he wishes on us. Once he had finished with us he intended to move on as always, but this time he was imprisoned.”
“Creatures from many universes. After the great powers of our reality fell and our universe began to bend itself to his will, the final resistance travelled to other universes, and met with their great powers, the empires, the federation of planets, and managed to gather them together against the threat of Scratchman. Unfortunately the great powers weren’t able to destroy Scratchman either. Rather than lose billions of people fighting against the Demon, the great powers decided to place a barrier around our universe. They sealed us in with the beast. As far as they were concerned our universe was past saving and maybe it was. For an incalculable time Scratchman took his frustrations out on us to a greater extent than he had any of the universes he had conquered before. Our reality became the worst of all the hells he had created. Then a few centuries ago he discovered a tiny tear in the barrier. It led to one, seemingly insignificant planet.”
“Exactly. Scratchman wasn’t able to enter this world, but he was able to project his thoughts into it. Enter the minds of men, influence them throughout the planets history. He was also able to draw the minds of several earth people into his universe after they had died.”
“How many.” The Doctor asked in horror.
“Only a very few at a time, though over the centuries possibly thousands have come to us, which in turn led to myths about hell or similar places appearing in every culture in this world. The Master was even able to send some of us into your world, through the tears in reality. As time went on the tears became bigger, but not big enough for Scratchman himself to escape.”
“I don’t think I like where this is going.”
“Yes the master has been observing your visits to this world for quite a while Doctor. Your vessel, run down and obsolete as it may be, is still a relic of arguably the most advanced race in your universe. The power it contains will be able to widen the gaps just enough for Scratchman to enter this world. Then your universe will become like ours. Just think of what the Master will do with your race, Time Lord.”
“It will never happen.” The Doctor said proudly. “Why do you serve that monster? There must be some part of you that still remembers what it was like think for yourself.” The Doctor said in desperation.
“Before Scratchman came to our universe we were conquerors. We had an empire spanning hundreds of galaxies. Now thanks to Scratchman we shall conquer universes. Scratchman chose us to be his most loyal foot soldiers. He believed that out of all the life forms in the universe we were the strongest.”
“Or maybe he knew you were the weakest and would be most likely to bend the knee.” The Doctor hit back.
The Goblin grabbed the Doctor by the scruff of his frock coat and held him up for a few moments before dropping him.
“Take him to the vessel. He can help us divert its power to the tears. I don’t have to tell you what will happen to those animals below who you seem so desperate to protect if you disobey us.”
“I take it back.” The Doctor said. “You’re clearly not a very nice person.”
Little did the Doctor know the Goblin was lying to him. All of the villagers and Elena and Yarox had been brought to the lower section of the Dragons stomach, just below where the Tardis was kept.
The Inquistore couldn’t wait to have his fun with the prisoners. Even though the section leader had strictly forbidden him from sacrificing any of the prisoners before the time was right, the Inquistore went ahead anyway as he often did.
“Why have you brought us here?” Elena said a she stood in front of the others.
“What a strange creature.” The Inquistore said at the sight of Elena.
“I like its large eye. I’ll keep the eye after I’m done with it.”
Elena went to attack the the Inquistore, but it blasted her with its gauntlets. Elena however fought through the pain and actually managed to grab the Inquistore, who was more impressed than anything else. Ultimately however the pain was too overwhelming and the Goblin quickly overpowered her.
“Perhaps the Master will have use for you after all. The rest of you meanwhile, you are here to help his ascension.”
A large ball of fire began to appear in the middle of the room.
“What is that.” One of the villagers cried out in fear.
“A little piece of home.”
The Goblins led the Doctor across a large walkway. 50 or so feet below, the Time Lord could see the TARDIS.
“It must be hard for you two Demons from hell not to have to kill me.” The Doctor said.
“It is.” One of the Demons answered back. “We’ve helped to break so many who looked like you when their minds come to our domain.”
“Yes but you need me. You need me to help rewire my own ship to bring your vile Master into this world, so there’s only one thing I can do” The Doctor said as he jumped over the railing of the walkway. One of the Goblins reached out to grab him, but the Doctor who held onto the railings grabbed onto the Goblin as it reached for him, and pulled it over the railing. The Doctor then hurled himself over the railing back onto the walkway and into the other Goblin as it came nearer.
“I’m a lot more spry than I look.” The Doctor said as he tried to subdue the Goblin with a bit of Venusian karate. The creature however proved to be immune and pushed the Doctor back before firing its energy beam back. The Doctor however ducked and rammed into the Goblin to try and push it over the edge. The monster however began to overpower the Time Lord, and in desperation the Doctor ripped the wires from the back of the Goblins head. The creature staggered back in pain before collapsing dead.
The Doctor stared at its lifeless corpse as well as that of the Goblin below for a few seconds. He hated having to do this, but the monsters had left him no choice.
The Doctor then ran to the end of the walkway and down the stairs to where the TARDIS was.
“Oh old girl I honestly though I wasn’t going to see you again.” The Doctor said with affection as he reached for the key.
“Don’t worry. I won’t let them.” Suddenly the Goblin the Doctor had pulled over the edge of the walkway reached up and grabbed him. It was still alive and strong enough to crush the life out of the Doctor.
The earth began to shake violently as the leader of the Scarecrows dragged the boy back to the open grave. The more the boy kicked and screamed the more the earth began to shake.
The Doctors Scarecrow meanwhile was able to use the earthquake to its advantage. The shaking earth caused all of the monsters to become unsteady on their feet, and the Doctors Scarecrow, seizing its chance, pushed itself backwards into the other Demons who were restraining him, knocking them all down. The Doctors Scarecrow then jumped up and attacked the Demon that was restraining Yarox. Whilst the two undead creatures fought, Yarox tried to rouse the Doctor.
“Please why are you dong this.” The boy whimpered, as the Scarecrow brought him to very edge of the grave.
“Misery loves company son. You will all suffer as we have .”
The boy in desperation tried to fight the Scarcrow, delivering a series of punches to the monsters face, and the Scarecrow responded by biting the boys hand with its flaming teeth.
The boy had never felt pain like it in his life. His screams echoed throughout almost the entire island. He almost fainted from the pain several times, but each time he almost blacked out the Scarecrow would bite just a bit harder to waken him up.
The boy was soon freed from his torment by the Doctor who, having been awoken by Yarox, struck the Scarecrow from behind with the very shovel one of the monsters had used to dig the grave for the boy.
The Doctor’s blow knocked the leader head first into the grave. Yarox then tended to the boy, whilst the Doctor used the shovel to fight off more of the Scarecrow’s that began to swarm them. With a quick strike to the face the Doctor managed to knock one of the Scarecrow’s backwards into another, but when he tried to strike another of the Demons in the chest however, it grabbed the shovel. Before the Scarecrow could pull it out of the Time Lord’s hands, the Doctor triped the Scarecrow up and then whacked the two monsters behind in the legs with the shovel knocking them down.
The boy meanwhile could barely stand he was so weak. His wound had been instantly cauterised by the Scarecrow’s flaming teeth and the pain and shock were beginning to knock him out. Yarox hoisted the boy over his shoulder and ran back through the church to where he assumed the TARDIS was still waiting for them, with the Doctor and his Scarecrow behind. The Doctor was mindful not to slip on the blood stained floors, whilst the boy was almost sick at the gruesome sights around him.
Once they reached the outside of the Church however, the Doctor and Yarox saw to their horror that the TARDIS was gone.
“It can’t be”. The Doctor said in shock. “Elena wouldn’t… That thing whatever it is, must have control of the TARDIS. I’m sorry my boy, but it looks like.”
The doors to the church suddenly burst open, with dozens of Scarecrows emerging, screaming in rage.
“BRING ME THE BOY, HIS BLOOD MUST FLOW!” The leader shouted.
The Doctor, Yarox and his Scarecrow fled to outside the large gates to the church. The Doctor then placed his shovel in between the handles, temporarily locking the Scarecrow’s in.
The Doctor, his Scarecrow, and Yarox then fled to behind a nearby building. The horde of Scarecrow’s ran right past the two time travellers and their companions. The Demons were so consumed with blood lust that they ran almost blindly with rage through the ruins of the once happy town.
“Well looks like we’re not going anywhere soon” The Doctor said as he tended to the boy. The boy had passed out by this stage, but fortunately his wound wasn’t bleeding as the flesh had been burnt to a crisp. For all the Doctor knew however it could have been infected with an alien virus. There was nothing the Doctor could do for the boy unless he got back to the TARDIS.
“While we wait you can tell us just what is going here.” The Doctor said to his Scarecrow.
“Who is this Scratchman? Where is he from?”
“You know who he is. He is the fallen Angel, the father of lies, the Devil.”
“There is no such thing.” The Doctor said, though he sounded somewhat more unsure of himself than before. The Time Lord still didn’t believe that whatever they were dealing with was really the Devil, but it terrified him nonetheless now that his TARDIS was gone.
“You want to believe that, the same way others want to believe that they can escape him by worshipping a false god. The truth is it doesn’t matter if we kill you now. You’ll end up in his domain one way or another.”
“What do you mean.”
“Scratchman is the true creator. There is no God.” The Scarecrow said.
“Oh dear you mean all this time, I’ve just been dealing with another alien with a god complex.” The Doctor joked.
“Stupid little man. You have no idea of the agonies that await you in the pit”. The Scarecrow sneered. “Scratchman gave you all life, and with it false hope. The universe is a horrible, unforgiving place. Across the galaxies it is the norm for life forms to war with each other. From the most advanced species to simple beasts. They all slaughter each other for the most trivial reasons. Many creatures must kill others simply to survive, whilst those who dominate do so through violence and intimidation. Would a benovelent god create a universe like that?” It continued.
“Love, compassion, and the illusion of free will delude us into thinking we have a chance to escape the darkness we’re trapped in, but we don’t. They are all just part of his sick game.”
“Do you know who I was in life?” The Scarecrow continued as it pulled its mask off, revealing its hideous burnt face, charred beyond all recognition.
“I was a flower girl named Annie. I was killed in an accident when I fell off a roof I was working on. I was only 19. I never put a foot wrong in my short time on this earth. I attended church every Sunday, I looked after my mother when she was ill, I worked hard to help support the rest of my family after my fathers passing. So you can imagine my surprise when I died and found myself surrounded by Demons and fire! What was I being punished for, I asked myself every day through the endless torture? It was only after I’d lost all hope that Scratchman, or the Devil, or Lucifer whatever you may wish to call him told me the truth.
He’d not only created us, but spread the lie that there was a god who triumphed over him, who cared about us, and who was watching out for us. It allowed him to torture us in life, and even in death all the while deluding us into thinking we could escape.”
“Almost all of the monsters out there you cower from, were once ordinary, decent people. The leader of the Scarecrow’s so intent on murdering the boy? A hard working family man, but now Scratchman has taken that illusion from him, as he will one day for you.”
The Doctor tried not to show any fear to the Scarecrow, whilst Yarox barely understood a word of what the creature was saying. Clearly whatever this Scratchman creature was it had the power to drain minds into its domain from the earth, and possibly all of human history.
“How many people have I known, or saved on this planet have ended up in the monsters clutches” The Doctor thought to himself.
“Why does this Scratchman creature want my TARDIS? What are these blood rituals for?”
The Scarecrow smiled with its flaming teeth.
“He knows who you are. You’ve helped send more than a few souls to him Doctor. He’s been watching your visits to this world throughout its history. He needs your ship to shatter the barriers between realities. He’s been breaking them down slowly for a while, but the power from your ship’s core will be enough to break the final barriers. The blood sacrifices are designed to create mini portals to allow Scratchman’s more powerful minions through. None of them are big enough to allow the master to enter this world, but some of his vilest minions will already be here, though you disrupted the latest ritual. Had the Scarecrow’s slaughtered the boy they would have released the Kraken, ruler of the lake of fire. For now however he must wait on the other side.”
“How do these rituals bring these creatures into the world? I don’t believe in black magic I’m afraid so you’ll have to give me a proper explanation.”
“The master feeds on fear and misery. Through the tiny holes there are in reality, we feed the pain and suffering of the victims to our lord, which allows him to send more of us through. This is all a test for us Doctor. The Master has grown bored of this reality and wants to tear it down. We are only here to pass a test. If we bring him through then he will allow us to help build his new reality. If not then we shall return to the pit and he shall destroy this world anyway.”
“Yes well,” the Doctor said as he clutched his lapels. “I’m sorry for what that monster did to you young lady. To all of you, but whatever this creature is, it is not the creator. I’ve encountered a few psychic parasites that feed off of emotions in my time. It explains how the creature is able to manipulate human consciousness, but we can’t let its cheap tricks scare us my boy.” The Doctor said to Yarox.
“That’s what it wants. The more scared we are, the stronger it gets. We have to be strong, though I admit that’s easier said than done right now without the TARDIS.”
“I still don’t understand what’s going on Doctor.” Yarox said.
“The idea of life after death is something that we never even considered where I came from. We always viewed our own lives as expendible. How can it be possible for all those who have died throughout history to still be alive somewhere?”
“Well my boy no one really knows what awaits us on the other side, or if there even is one. I’ve cheated death 9 times and I’m still no closer to finding out about the after life than a new born baby, but I do know that the greatest mysteries of life are not going to be answered by an overgrown parasite, and the poor souls its entrapped…. Now, we need to find the other sacrifical sites. We can’t let any more of these monsters enter our world.”
Suddenly the Doctor was interrupted by a loud screeching noise. As the Time Lord looked up he saw a gigantic, snake like head emerging from the middle of the road. It was so massive that it destroyed several buildings nearby, before sinking back under the earth.
“What was that creature.” The Doctor said.
“It was the Hydra. One of the most powerful beasts of the Underworld. You can’t hope to stand against it. It will devour you all.”
“What happened?” Stanley asked.
“Just as those tentacles were about to engulf us they vanished? The ground itself sealed back up?”
“I don’t know. I wouldn’t assume its over just yet though. It may just be playing with us?” Elena said as she treaded slowly through the ruins of the village, with the survivors slowly following her.
“Stop.” Stanley shouted.
“There’s something up ahead.” They could all hear the faint sound of screaming in the distance which soon grew louder and louder.
“It’s the Scarecrow’s.” Elena said. “We have to run now.” All of the villagers knew that there was no hope of fighting the monsters off themselves. The TARDIS was the only even remotely safe place.
The Scarecrow’s spotted the fleeing villagers and pursued them relentlessly. The villagers had a good head start on the monsters, but in the frantic attempt to escape, one of the villagers, a young woman tripped and fell. None of the others noticed she was gone until it was too later. It was her brother who suddenly noticed she wasn’t with them. He turned, only to see several Scarecrow’s descend on her. The brother screamed and tried to run back to her, and Elena who noticed his screams ran back to try and help the boy.
Unfortunately the Scarecrows, were able to pounce on him., before Elena could do anything, but as she tried to run back, one of the Scarecrow’s jumped towards Elena and grabbed the mutant in it’s metal claws.
Elena struggled to pull free and managed to land a kick straight in the Scarecrow’s chest, but several more of the monsters swarmed her. As she still tried in vain to fight them off, suddenly the earth began to shake again, and in the distance Elena could see the mighty head of the Hydra emerge from under the ruins of several buildings. The creature rose to its full size out of the ground, hundreds of feet into the sky, screeching and hissing. Up close it looked more like a Dragon, with 4 legs and two massive wings. All of the villagers, who the beast had emerged right in front of stopped in terror. The Scarecrows meanwhile got on their knees and bowed to the monster. Elena herself also stood completely in shock at the sight of the beast. Even in the 31st century, she had never seen such a fearsome creature.
The Hydra’s head started to split into multiple heads until there were at least 30. Despite its tremendous size the monster moved at a lightening speed and started to pick the villagers off. They were so small to the beast that Elena wondered how it could even see them, and with just one bite the monster was able to consume several villagers at once. In less than a minute the Hydra had devoured all of the villagers. Elena ran past the bowing Scarecrow’s, but as she ran she saw that the monsters had slashed the brother and sister she had tried to save to death.
“I hope there is a hell for you all.” Elena thought to herself.
As Elena looked back she saw one of the Hydra heads swallow the TARDIS whole. It was enough to briefly stop Elena in her tracks, but that was soon to be the least of her troubles. The Hydra somehow was able to spot her from the distance. She could tell its tiny cruel little eyes, set deep into its many heads were fixated on her and the monster started to trample over the ruins of the village after her.
The Doctor, Yarox (who was still holding the boy over his shoulder) and the Scarecrow had spotted the Hydra from a distance. The Doctor had also witnessed his beloved TARDIS being devoured, along with the villagers.
“Horrible, horrible” He said to Yarox. “We can only hope Elena wasn’t in the ship. That abomination is chasing someone my boy” The Doctor continued. “Its definitely focused on something.”
“What can we do against that thing.”
“I don’t know, but we can’t just leave whoever it’s pursuing. Come on.”
“You cannot escape the Hydra” The Doctors Scarecrow said as it was forced to follow thim on this suicide mission.
The monster cornered Elena against the ruins of an old house. She had run as fast as she could, but the monsters giant size meant that it had caught up to her in a matter of seconds.
Its centre head moved slowly towards Elena, wanting to savour every moment of her terror. The Doctor, Yarox and the Scarecrow arrived just in time to see the Hyrda consume Elena in one bite.
The Doctor shouted out her name in despair. He normally even under the direst circumstances would keep his cool, but the horror of what he had just seen was too great even for the Time Lord.
The Hyrda’s heads instantly turned to the Doctor and his companion. There was no way either of them could escape now as the heads surrounded them from all sides. The heads didn’t move for a few minutes. They just stared at their prey intently.
“Doctor, Doctor, please say something.” Yarox said whilst trembling.
“Don’t give it the satisfaction Yarox, don’t give it the satisfaction.” The Doctor said whilst trying to keep his cool.
With a mighty roar the centre head of the Hyrda open its jaws and consumed the Doctor, Yarox and the boy. The Scarecrow’s apart from the Doctors all let out a cheer.
“The Master shall walk the earth again.” They cheered as the Hyrda’s heads morphed back into one and the beast took to the skies.
“COME ON” Christopher shouted to the others from his boat. The Scarecrows had been chasing them for hours. They were among the last survivors from Liage. Originally 30 men and women had managed to flee from the village during the Scarecrow’s slaughter, but only 6 of the survivors, including Christopher had managed to make it to the harbour.
Christopher had gone ahead to the boat, not bothering to look and see if the others were behind him or not. He wasn’t a coward. Far from it, but he was the only one who could work the boat.
Christopher could see what looked like hundreds of the Scrarecrows on the beach chasing the mere 5 survivors, two of whom they caught up to and then tore to pieces. For a second Christopher contemplated leaving the final 3. He needed to get back to the main land not just for himself, but to warn the people there of what was happening. Christopher wasn’t sure if the Scarecrow’s could swim or not, and his boat couldn’t move that fast. If he went now maybe he could get a good head start on them?
He stayed behind to the end however and the three survivors, a young boy and his parents managed to make it to the boat. Unfortunately one of the Scarecrows managed to jump after them, and landed on the deck.
Before Christopher or his parents could help the boy, the Scarecrow dug its claws deep into his stomach. Christopher struck the monster with a wrench knocking it to the floor, whilst two more Scarecrow’s tried to crawl onto the boat. Christopher handed the wrench to the boys father, whilst he started the boat.
Christopher managed to get the boat out of reach before more Scarecrows could jump onto the deck. It appeared the monsters couldn’t swim as they stopped when they got to the shore. The father, a large heavy set man knocked the Scarecrow that had attacked his son overboard and into one of the monsters climbing over the edge of the boat, whilst the other Demon climbing over grabbed him by the throat.
The boys mother however hit the Demon straight in the face with the wrench whilst it was distracted, sending it tumbling back into the sea.
The mother then returned to tending to her boy who had passed out from the bloodloss.
“Don’t worry” Christopher said to the mother. “We’ll get help for him on the mainland.” Suddenly however the boat started to shake.
“What was that” The father said, raising his wrench. Just ahead Christopher could see several bodies floating in the water, killed in some kind of horrific ritual. Worse still the waters beyond the body were bubbling and steaming. Christopher suddenly had a horrifying realisaton. “The Scarecrows let us go because there was something in the waters they knew would get us.”
He tried to steer the boat in a different direction, but a massive head emerged from the steaming water in front. It was several times bigger than the boat itself! The head was like that of a snake’s except it had two massive horns sticking out from either side of the back of its skull.
The beast breathed fire just above the boat before staring down at Christopher and the terrified family who huddled together.
The Scarecrows laughed at the survivors plight, as the giant opened its mighty jaws and engulfed the boat in one bite.
“This ship is ours now” The leader of the Scarecrow’s taunted Elena, who pushed all of the survivors behind her and out of the back door of the console room. Two Scarecrow’s tired to attack her and the survivors, but Elena managed to flip one over her shoulder, and send another tumbling backwards with a powerhouse kick to the chest.
After getting the last of the villagers out of the back door, Elena locked it and threw herself onto the console. The Scarecrows, over 30 or in total, surrounded Elena from all angles and pushed her against the console.
“You are trapped fool. There was no way you could have ever escaped the Master. You have to die someday.”
“You before me” Elena said as she thumped on the controls behind her, and activated the emergency system which was designed to take the TARDIS back to the vortex.
Both of the TARDIS doors had been left open and all of the Scarecrow’s were instantly sucked out into the vortex. Elena meanwhile grabbed onto two safety handles underneath the console. The Doctor had them installed after a few accidents with the doors in the past. They put whoever held them into a state of temporal grace. As a result Elena didn’t even have to grip them that hard, whilst the other Scarecrows who clung to the Tardis console and the walls with all their inhuman strength were pulled out in a matter of seconds.
One of the Scracecrow’s did manage to grab onto Elena’s foot, but with a quick kick to the face she sent it flying out into the vortex with the others.
Elena then shut the doors. She felt sick at having to condemn even those monsters to that fate. The Scarecrow’s wouldn’t die in the vortex. They would be forced to float around through an endless void for all eternity.
“What else could I have done” she tried to rationalise to herself, before pressing the fast return switch to take the TARDIS back to its previous location.
“It’s okay” she said to the survivors as she opened the back door. “They’ve gone.”
“How did you?” Mrs Tulloch asked.
“You don’t want to know.” Elena said with regret.
Outside, Elena could see that they had landed on a different part of the island.
“Damn” She said as she thumped down furiously on the TARDIS console. “God this machine is so unpredictable. I don’t know where we’ve landed. It could be 100 years in the past for all I know.”
“No we’re still in Liage.” Mrs Tulloch said. “We’re just a few miles away from the church.”
“I need to find the Doctor. He’s expecting the TARDIS to be where we left it. He could be in danger right now with no way of escape. I have to find him.”
“You’re just going to leave us?” One of the men at the back said. He was short, bald, yet had a very strong build. His name was Stanley and he had been the mayor of Liage for many years. He didn’t trust either the Doctor or Elena. To be fair no one there really did, but Stanley always had trouble taking orders from others. He had kept quiet until now however as he had been ashamed at not being able to protect the village from the monsters, but now he felt he had to speak up.
“We don’t know who, or what you are.” Stanley said in anger.” And you’re just going to leave us in this strange place, that those monsters already broke into? How do we know you’re not in league with them? This could just be another one of their sick little games, to make us think we’re safe and then those things will corner us here.”
Some of the other villagers started to look at Elena in a more suspicious way, even Mrs Tulloch and her daughter. Even in these circumstances, Stanley still had a way of swaying people.
“Look at her one eye and red hair. She’s a Demon!” One scared villager shouted from the back.
“I’m not a Demon, I’m not in league with those Scarecrow’s. I’m in the same position as all of you. I’m scared, I’m fighting for my life. My friend is out there, and if I don’t act now he could die.” Elena said.
“We’re not being left in here.” One of the villagers, an old woman, from the back shrieked.
“It’s the safest place for you.” Elena said.
“If they get in here we’re cornered. Outside we at least have somewhere to run.” Stanley protested.
“Besides you’re not the only one with people out there who might need help.” He continued as he looked round at the rest of the survivors.
Elena knew it was pointless to argue with them any further. They barely trusted her as it was, and she didn’t blame them. Here they were, cooped up in a strange looking ship, with a woman who looked like a monster to them. Maybe they were right that it would be safer outside, though Elena didn’t like to leave the TARDIS unattended, the survivors wouldn’t have been able to defend it anyway.
“Right then no point in arguing any more lets go. I don’t agree with you, but I can’t waste any more time while the Doctor might need my help come on.” Elena said.
Outside the Tardis were the ruins of what looked like a little shop and a few houses. There were bodies strewn all over the street, all mangled beyond recognition. Some of the villagers cowered at the sight, others looked away, one was even sick.
Even already Elena knew it was a mistake to bring the villagers along.
Suddenly the entire town began to shake violently so much several of the buildings began to collapse.
“Doctor what’s going on?” Yarox shouted as he tried to help the Doctor who had been knocked off of his feet.
“It’s another dimenaional breach.” The Doctor said.
“These blood rituals, whatever they are are designed to break down the barriers between this world and theirs.”
The shaking stopped, but up ahead the Doctor could see cracks beginning to form in the streets. He went to examine one and for a few seconds he saw what looked like fire in between the cracks, before it turned to normal.
“The walls between universes are weak. They could shatter any minute. I don’t know what the Scarecrow’s are doing, but it seems they are draining the energy from the humans to break down the walls. One more ritual could bring forth whatever they want.”
The Doctor was interruped by the sounds of someone screaming in the distance.
“PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!”
The Doctor pushed Yarox into an alleway and told him to be quite, whilst he fished into his pocket for his gadget. The two time travellers saw a young boy, cut and bloodied running by them. Behind him was a Scarecrow riding a bicycle! Its flaming eyes and mouth lit up the dark road ahead.
“Excuse me.” The Doctor said as he ran out to meet the monster. ” I’d like to have a word with you. You see me and my friends, we came here for a little holiday, just the three of us, but it’s not quite what we were expecting. Too many tourists, too many Demon Scarecrow’s, too many Eldritch abominations. I was wondering can you recommend any other nice little, quite rural areas?”
The Scarecrow turned and hissed at the Doctor. “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get the name of that place.” The Doctor said mockingly.
The Scarecrow jumped off of its bike and grabbed the Doctor by his lapels, hissing and roaring.
“Ah yes I know the place, lovely during this time of year”. The Doctor said flippantly before activating his gadget. The Scarecrow bent backwards in pain and staggered about for a few seconds, before reaching out and grabbing the Doctor by the throat with both hands.
Yarox tried to pull the monster off of the Doctor, but it was no use.
“Don’t worry Yarox. I have it all under control.” The Doctor said as he lightly pushed the monsters claws away from his throat and adjusted his suit.
“It’s now trapped in a forcefield that nothing can penetrate, or control except this little gizmo here.”
“You did it Doctor!” Yarox said with exhalted relief.
“Yes well my boy when you’ve been around as much as I have you.” Suddenly the Doctor noticed the boy the Scarecrow was chasing had gone.
“We have to find him.” The Doctor and Yarox ran down the street, though the Scarecrow the Doctor had taken control of remained completely still.
“Of course.” The Doctor said as he darted back to the Scarecrow.
“Come on I suspect we’ll need your help.”
The boy had ran in blind terror down the street and round the nearest corner. He obviously had no idea who the Doctor was and so as soon as he had seen the monster grab the Time Lord he fled. He knew there was nothing he could have done to help him, and as far as he knew it may have been his only chance.
Unfortunately it proved to be the wrong decision. Just round the corner were the two dozen or so Scarecrow’s that had chased the Doctor and Yarox out of the church. The monsters noticed the boy instantly and were quick to pounce on him.
Within a few seconds the boy was trapped under a horde of the monsters, clawing at him. He felt sure it was over and didn’t even bother to fight back, when suddenly one of the Scarecrow’s screamed at the others to stop.
“We need him alive for now remember. Besides I have a very special fate in mind for him.” The leader of the Scarecrows said.
Elena and the other villagers had not encountered any Scarecrow’s yet. They were on the other side of the village. Along the way however one young woman had recognised one of the corpses as that of her husband. His face like all the others was mutilated beyond recognition, but she recognised the remains of the tattered suit he wore on the day of the attack. The two had only been married for a few months, but they had known each other since they were children. She ran towards his corpse and started to cradle it.
“No, no, no, please this can’t be happening.” She weeped as she held what was left of her husband.
The others tried to talk her away, but she refused leave her husband again. After a few minutes Elena insisted that they would have to leave.
“You really are inhuman aren’t you?” Stanley said.
“I’m sorry, I wish there was something that we could do, but we can’t just stand around here like sitting ducks whilst the Doctor is in danger.” Elena said.
Stanley refused to leave her and an argument soon broke out between them, with most of the survivors taking Stanley’s side.
“I’ve known this young woman for my entire life and if you think I’m going to just leave her here.” Stanley shouted.
“Fine I’ll carry her.”
“You won’t lay a finger on her.”
“Oh for god’s sake what do you.”
Elena noticed a screaming sound in the background. It was coming from what looked like the remains of an old pub.
Wasting no time arguing further Elena ran to the pub. Inside she could see one of the Scarecrow’s torturing a young man. It had strung him upside down from the ceiling and was slashing him with its metal claws. The monster hadn’t noticed Elena as it was too caught up in its own sadistic games. Elena grabbed a pool ball from a snooker table and walked slowly up to the Scarecrow from behind. She struck it over the back of the head with all her strength, knocking it face down.
As Elena went to untie the monsters prisoner however, the Scarecrow instantly jumped back up.
“Was that supposed to hurt?” The monster sneered. Elena tried to hit the Scarecrow in the face again, but it slashed her across the arm, causing her to drop the ball. Elena tried to kick the monster, but it managed to grab her foot and pulled hard, knocking her face down.
The Scarecrow then started to slashed Elena on the back. She didn’t let the pain deter her however, and thrust herself backwards into the monster, sending it tumbling back. Elena then ran to a nearby table and picked up a large empty bottle of vodka which she smashed over the Scarecrows head to no effect. She then leaped over the pool table and rammed it into the monster. She managed to push the creature back into a nearby wall, but the Demon responded by smashing the table in half with one strike. The beast tried to strike at Elena again, this time aiming for her throat, but she managed to dodge its attack and flip it over her shoulder before trying to unti the prisoner again.
The monster however jumped up again, only this time it was too fast and managed to grab Elena from behind in a headlock. She struggled with all of her strength, but the Demon held on tight, and started to slowly dig one of its metal claws into her throat.
Before it could slice her skin open, Stanley hit the monster over the head with a chair. Elena looked around to see several more of the survivors dogpiling on the monster, whilst others, including Mrs Tulloch helped the prisoner down.
The Scarecrow tossed the other survivors, including Stanley aside, but they distracted it long enough for Elena to land an air kick into the Demon’s chest, sending it flying across the room. Elena made sure the villagers got out before her and distracted the Scarecrow by throwing anything she could at the monster, pool balls, bottles, even a chair.
Outside they all headed down the nearest street, with two men carrying the Scarecrow’s prisoner. Elena could see among the survivors, the young woman whose husband had been killed by the monsters.
“I’m sorry” Elena said to the woman. “I didn’t meant to.”
“No we are.” Stanley interrupted. “I’m not going to pretend to even understand what you, or your two friends are, but I saw in there that you were willing to risk your life for us. I’m sorry I misjudged you.”
“Believe you me, people born thousands of years later have been far more judgemental than you lot were.” Elena
As they ran blindly down the streets, Elena looked around for anything they could use against the Scarecrow’s, or even just anywhere they could hide.
“Please I can’t go on any longer.” The Scarecrow’s former prisoner said. The survivors stopped and put the man down, whilst Elena got a good look at his wounds.
“Please.” He said. “They took my little brother away. They said he was going to meet our parents, you have to help him.”
He started to cough up blood. It was obvious that he wouldn’t last much longer and Elena and the others did all they could to make him feel comfortable in his last few moments.
“I promise we’ll find him” Elena said gently as she held his hand, whilst the others kept a look out for the Scarecrow.
The earth began to shake again, only this time it split open just in front of the survivors. Suddenly several tentacles began to emerge from the crack in the ground. The tentacles were roughly 80 feet long, green and reptillian looking. They writhed around in the air for a few seconds, with one of them knocking the ruins of a small shop over, before reaching out for two of the survivors feet. The tentacles lifted the survivors up into the air, before Elena or anyone else could help them, and then swung them around repeatedly. They smashed their heads off of the ground and threw them all the way across the village. The rest of the survivors all ran frantically in every direction, but more cracks started to appear in the ground and more tentacles emerged, that reached up and wrapped themselves around buildings, crushing them.
The survivors tried desperately to dodge the pieces of falling rubble and the tentacles, that started impaling any survivor they came into contact with. “We’re trapped.” Elena said, as she Stanley and a handfull of other survivors were surrounded by more tentacles.
“Please, please just let me go. I’m completely harmless, I’m not important.” The boy screamed as the Scarecrow’s dragged him to the graveyard outside of the old church.
“So were we once.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s said with regret.
The Demons brought them to a coffin that lay next to a dug grave. The heading on the tombstone was “Marissa Thompson.” The boy knew that name only too well. It was his mother!
The boy whose name was Jonathan had never known his mother. She had sadly died giving birth to him. His father Mark had always resented Jonathan for this. He was never violent to Jonathan, but he always made it clear that Jonathan’s older brother, Kevin was his favourite. When Mark had passed away just a few years ago, Jonathan didn’t even attend his funeral. He felt that even in death his father wouldn’t want him there.
“What do you want from me.” Jonathan asked.
“We want your fear, your pain.” The Scarecrow said as it pulled open the coffin. Inside Jonathan could see the rotting corpse of his mother. He looked away in horror and wanted to be sick, but the Scarecrow’s brought him closer to the casket.
“I can understand why you’re so upset. You did kill her after all.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s taunted. It then picked up Marissa’s corpse and started to dance with it in a mocking way.
“Such a loss.” It said. “She never got to see her boy grow up. Still maybe we can make up for the lost time by making sure you spend as much time together now.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s then threw Marissa’s corpse into Jonathan before throwing them both into the coffin. The Scarecrow’s then sealed it up and began to lower the coffin into the ground.
Jonathan pounded on the coffin lid and screamed for help, but the Scarecrow’s simply laughed.
“No one can help you now. You’ll rot alongside the body of the woman you killed.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s taunted.
Just then however one of the Scarecrow’s from the back pushed its way past the others and picked up the shovel that had been used to dig the grave and hit the leader over the head.
Before the other two Scarecrow’s holding the coffin could react, it hit both of them across the face and ripped open the lid, pulling the boy out. The leader jumped up and prepared to attack the both of them, but Yarox who had been hiding behind a grave stone tackled him to the ground. The Doctor then jumped out from behind another head stone, and lifted a tomb that the Scarecrow’s had knocked over, and smashed it into the leaders face. The Doctor then rammed it into the chest of another Scarecrow, pushing it back into the others behind, whilst Yarox and the Doctors Scarecrow fought off the rest.
However one of the monsters managed to push the Doctor back the way, and ripped the tombstone out of his hands, before bludgeoning him over the head with it. Yarox noticed the Doctors plight, but unfortunately in the mere second he was distracted, one of the Scarecrow’s grabbed him from behind.
The Doctors Scarecrow was soon overpowered by the others and the leader of the Scarecrow’s grabbed the boy.
“I don’t know why we bothered to come down here.” Yarox said.
“The Doctor said he needed our help to build the machine and for the last few minutes he’s shooed us away every time we get near it.”
“I just didn’t want you to feel left out.” The Doctor said as he tinkered away.
“You just want an audience more like” Elena said.
Suddenly the Tardis began to groan.
“What’s going on?” The Doctor said with concern.
“How do you expect me to know?” Yarox replied.
“The TARDIS is taking off.” The Doctor said as he burst down the corridors to the main console room with his new weapon in hand.
On the scanner outside the Doctor could see that they had been teleported to an entirely different location. It looked like the top of a mountain and there were over 50 Scarecrows gathered below a gigantic red cloud. There were also at least 20 people tied up to large wooden beams beneath the cloud at the very edge of the mountain top. The human prisoners all looked beaten and bloodied.
“We don’t have time to wait for me to perfect this machine. Whatever they’re doing now they have to be stopped.” The Doctor said as he opened the TARDIS doors. The little girl hugged Elena in fear, begging them not make her go outside. Elena tried to reassure her.
“Don’t worry the Doctor knows what he’s doing, I think.” Elena said to the girl. “Tell me what’s your name.
“Don’t worry Sophie, I promise we’ll find your parents and stop whatever’s behind this horror.” Elena had no idea how she was going to keep that promise, but she couldn’t bare to see the little girl cry another second.
The Doctor ran out into the field of Scarecrow’s pointing his machine like a weapon.
“He has arrived, the one the Master told us about.”
“Yes well if you know who I am, you’ll know that I have a knack for improvisation. This machine which I cobbled together in just a few minutes.” The Doctor said boastfully. “Can send you back to the hell you came from, unless you release the prisoners.”
The Scarecrow’s paused for a few seconds. The Doctor had no idea if his weapon would actually work. He hadn’t had time to either test it out, or even charge it for as long as he had wanted.
One of the Scarecrows’ responded by slicing the neck of a young male prisoner open. He couldn’t have been older than 14 years old. As the boy bled to death the red cloud began to grow larger and darker.
The Doctor knowing he couldn’t take any more chances fired his weapon. The Scarecrow’s all clutched the sides of their heads and sank to their knees.
“It’s working come on.” The Doctor said as he ran frantically to untie the prisoners. The red sky became more erratic meanwhile. Lightening bolts began to fire from the mass, with one just narrowly missing the Doctor.
“You’re too late” One of the Demonic Scarecrow’s shouted. The mass soon began to form into a flaming humanoid with horns who then began to descend on the Doctor.
The Doctor fired his weapon at the flaming monster which caused it to place its hands at either side of its head and scream.
The Demon swirled through the air, until it became a mere mass of flames. Just as the flames seemed to disipate however, a large bolt of fire came shooting out of the mass and struck the Doctors machine. It didn’t destroy it completely, but the machine was still thrown out of the Doctors hands and shut itself down.
The Doctor ran for his weapon, but more bolts of fire began to strike the machine. Fortunately it was made of an extremely durable metal and the flames did little to damage it.
The flaming mass then tried to strike at the Doctor instead who narrowly managed to avoid the beams.
Yarox and Elena meanwhile were busy untying the prisoners. Yarox was a little shocked at the sight of them at first. Never had he seen so many different looking people gathered together before. Sophie recognised one of the prisoners at the very edge of group as her mother and ran to embrace her.
“Sophie thank god you’re alive.”
“Where’s father?” Sophie said, but her mother couldn’t answer.
“No, please don’t.”
“I’m sorry Sophie they, they tore him apart.”
Elena who overheard the conversation looked over the cliff edge the prisoners were placed near. At the bottom of the cliff were the mangled remains and body parts of the fromer prisoners were kept. Hundreds of them had been slaugthered by the Demons.
Whilst Yarox, Elena and Sophie were distracted, the Scarecrow’s began to rise up again. The Doctor shouted to his companions, but it was no use. Within a few seconds the monsters were as strong as they ever were again, and overpowered Elena and Yarox, effortlessly.
The mass of flames spoke. “You’re trapped Time Lord. We don’t need you alive. We only need your vessel. It would be easier if you did help us, but you will die if you dare to defy the Master any longer.”
“Well” The Doctor said he clutched his lapels. “I’m not too proud to admit when I’m beat.”
The Doctor reached into his pocket. “WHAT TRICKERY IS THIS!” The flames screeched as it grew darker.
“Its just a cigarette. Would begrudge me a last request before you take me to hell?” The Doctor said as he put it into his mouth.
“I quite smoking for over 11 centuries you know, but well I’m on my 10th life now so I thought why not. You don’t mind do you? Of course not you’re made of fire.”
The Doctor reached into his pocket again and quickly pulled out his sonic screwdriver this time. Before any of the monsters could react the Doctor used his screwdriver to activate his machine from a distance, incapacitating the Demons a second time.
Whilst Yarox and Elena continued to free the prisoners, including Sophie’s mother, the Doctor headed for his weapon. When he tried to grab it however he burned his hands off of the metal. The Doctor pulled a long cloth out of his pocket, almost bigger than the pocket itself and wrapped it around the machine before hoisting it up into the air. As he tried to fire it again however, the machine’s power began to run down.
The mass of flames began to form back into its humanoid shape, but the Doctor was able to ring the last bit of power out of his machine long enough for Yarox and Elena to get the 20 or so prisoners free, who they rounded up back to the TARDIS. They had to push the first few prisoners into the TARDIS as none of them were willing to go into a tiny blue box! The Doctor covered them all, using his weapon to blast several of the Scarecrow’s back, and as a shield to block the flaming demons bolts of fire.
Once they were safely in the TARDIS, the Doctor tried to take off, but the flaming Demon enveloped the outside of the TARDIS. The TARDIS from the outside looked like it was made entirely of fire!
The Doctor tried to take off, but the entire console room simply shook violently instead. Two small parts of the console even exploded.
“You will help the Master. You will free him from the pit.” The voice boomed whilst the Cloister bell rang non stop.
The Doctor in desperation wired his weapon to the TARDIS console to power it up again. The Doctor fired the weapon with a range that covered the entire area, but the flaming Demon held on tight. Its screams echoed through the TARDIS, and as its grip around the time machine got stronger, the white walls of the TARDIS began to turn bright red. Blood began to drip from the roundrels which terrified the prisoners who huddled together helplessly. Even Yarox and Elena were beginning to get more visibly frightened. (Which was very unlike Elena.)
“Cheap parlor tricks” The Doctor shouted as he drew more energy into the weapon. “I’d be embarassed if I were you, a Demon from hell and that’s all you can muster up.” Suddenly the roundrels in the TARDIS became transparant and faces began to appear within them. The faces were of men and women, even children. They all looked burned, and mutilated beyond all recognition. The one nearest to Elena, a young boy was missing his eyes, whilst his lips were burned into a hideous grin. She couldn’t stand to look at it.
The damned souls faces started to move out of the roundrels and scream at the prisoners. As Elena, Yarox and the prisoners all backed away from the faces, several rotting arms started to appear out of the TARDIS floor. They tried to pull everyone to the floor. As the Doctor tried to struggle free, he looked up and saw the ceiling of the TARDIS had turned into nothing but fire. The fire slowly began to form into a Demonic face that began to laugh at the Doctor.
“The legendary Time Lord, has such a feeble mind and will. Our master will break you easily.” The face said before bursting into a fit of diabolical laughter.
The Doctor using all his strength managed to pull free from the arms and fired more energy into the weapon. He was worried that if he tampered with the TARDIS core much longer then it would be in danger of exploding! Still the Doctor pressed on as he had no choice. Eventually there was a small explosion within his machine followed by the flaming face screaming in agony. A few seconds afterwards the flames around the TARDIS vanished completely, and the inside of the TARDIS returned to normal.
The Doctor looked on the scanner outside to see the Scarecrow’s had been felled by the machine as well.
When he turned to his weapon however the Doctor saw that it had been completely burnt out.
“Damn the energy from the TARDIS’ core was too much, I just hope it wasn’t too rough on you old girl.” The Doctor said as he tapped the TARDIS console.
“What is this place.” Sophie’s mother said as she cradled her crying child.
“It’s a time and space machine. I’m the Doctor, I’m from the planet Gallifrey and this is Yarox and Elena, they’re both from your future. And if you find that too fanciful, well remember that I just saved you from the Devil.”
“Doctor, please she just lost her husband.” Elena said.
“Right, right I’m sorry for your loss Mrs?”
“I’m sorry what happened to you, to all of you. I wish we could have arrived sooner, but that lot at least looks taken care of for now.” The Doctor said more gently as he adjusted the TARDIS controls.
“Those monsters”. One of the men at the back interrupted. He was old and withered looking, and covered in scratches and bruises.
“They ripped us from our homes, tortured us, and started to slaughter us as part of a ritual to bring that, thing into the world.”
“Doctor what was that creature, was it really what it said.” Elena said noticably more scared than she usually was in these kinds of situations. She wasn’t a religious woman at all, and deep down she knew there was probably a rational explanation for these creatures. Still Elena couldn’t help but think back to how many other incredible things she had seen on her journey’s with the Doctor, that she would have undoubtedly dismissed before.
“No of course not. It’s a creature from another universe. Its just relying on superstition to scare us.” The Doctor said.
“What does scare me is that it knew who I was. It wanted me, or rather this ship for something. I don’t know what, but I can’t help but feel we should leave here at once.”
“We can’t.” Elena said. “If we hadn’t done anything then these people would all be dead right now.”
“I know, I know Elena, but that thing also wanted the TARDIS and for all my bluster well.”
“It almost took control of it.”
“How is that possible?”
“I don’t know, but it was. Those weren’t parlor tricks. That creature was attempting in its last few moments in this reality to pull the TARDIS back into its realm. We saw those faces because our ship briefly merged with the creatures home reality, but fortunately when its link with our world broke, we were sent back.”
“You mean those faces were real?” Elena said with horror.
“I’m afraid so. Also whilst we may have sent those creatures packing, according to the sensors there is another dimensional breach on the other side of the island. More monsters will be coming through”
“We have to get there now.” Elena said.
“Do we? Or is that what it wants. If we go there, will it just use the TARDIS to rip a bigger hole in reality.”
“If there are people on the other side of the island in the same position as they were, how can we leave them.” Elena said. “Besides even if it is a trap, we’ll think of a way out. We always do.”
She expected the Doctor to respond in his usual chipper tone, but instead she was met with a concerned look. The Doctor was always such a fun, boistrous figure even in the face of death that it was quite alarming for Elena to see him take things so seriously.
“I just hope you’re right” The Doctor said to Elena as he adjusted the controls to take the TARDIS to where the other dimensional breach was.
On the scanner the Doctor could see an old church just ahead.
“Its Liage, the main town on the island. It was the last place to fall to those monsters.”One of the villagers said at the back.
“They came bursting out of the ground. Our village was protected, or so we thought by a large wall. It had been built centuries ago to protect us from Viking invaders. It had become a tourist attraction, but we thought it could hold the scarecrow’s out, until.”
He couldn’t go on any longer.
Whilst Elena comforted the man, who had massive claw marks down his face. The Doctor tinkered with parts from his burnt out weapon.
“What are you doing?” Yarox asked.
“Oh its simple. I won’t have the time fix up another weapon, but with a few bits and pieces of equipment here I might be able to disrupt one of the Scarecrow’s in a different way. They’re just projections into this reality remember. All I need do is disrupt the signal, but this time I’m going to interfere with it. Use it to create a force field around the Scarecrow that will trap it, allow me to control it.”
“You can really do that?”
“Of course! Well….. maybe. Actually it probably won’t work, but still I have to try. If we can get control of one Scarecrow then I can figure out what’s going on around here, who’s pulling their strings, what they want. Scratchman indeed!” The Doctor scoffed.
After putting the gadget together, the Doctor told Elena to stay in the TARDIS and watch over the villagers.
“What? I always go with you. You can’t leave me out now.”
“I’m sorry Elena, but well for once I don’t think the TARDIS will be enough to protect everyone here from what’s outside. I need someone I can trust to look after these people. No offence Yarox but we have just met, and no offence to you old girl.” The Doctor said to the TARDIS console.
“You’re right I suppose.” Elena said somewhat resentfully. “Though be honest you just don’t like a lot of strangers in your TARDIS while your out.”
“Well obviously, but I’m serious Elena. I can’t guarantee that nothing will get in. That Demon managed to rip through the defences of the ship and nearly dragged it to whatever pit it came from. Be careful. I’d love to just take these people somewhere safe, but you know how unpredictable the TARDIS can be. Again no offence old girl. We could end up on Mars in the year 2525. Please look after them.”
“You have my word.”
“Right come Yarox it’s time we were off.”
Yarox wasn’t too keen on the arrangement either. Though he wouldn’t admit it, he was absolutely terrified of the Scarecrows and would much rather be the one who was sitting back in the TARDIS. Fear was a new sensation for Yarox in some ways. Back where he came from he was always told that his life was meaningless. He was just a clone after all, and no individual life mattered. All that mattered was the survival of the race, but now in even just the short time he had been with the Doctor and Elena, he had come to enjoy his own life.
After they left the TARDIS, Yarox said, somewhat nervously to the Doctor as they approached the church. You know maybe it would be better if Elena came with you. You know her better, she has more experience.”
“Now Yarox it’s fine to be afraid.” The Doctor said.
“Even after all these years and 9 deaths, some of which really, really, really hurt, I’m still scared of every time I step onto a new planet. Still we can’t let it overwhelm us my boy. That’s what our enemies want. For us to be too scared to lift a finger against them.”
The Doctor saw the door to the church was left open slightly, which wasn’t a good sign. He slowly nudged the door open, only to be overcome with the sight ahead of him.
The church was filled with bits and pieces of mangled bodies of men, women and even children. The body of a priest meanwhile was nailed to a the large cross at the back of the room. His guts had also been ripped out and spread on the altar below. The walls were literally dripping with blood.
“What.” Yarox could barely even bring himself to speak.
“It’s a house of god, a Church. The monsters whatever they were wanted to desecrate it. But why? If they are aliens, why should they care about a human belief system?”
Suddenly the two time travellers were alerted by the moans of dozens more Scarecrows emerging from the woods behind the church. The Demons gathered around the TARDIS and started to corner the Doctor and Yarox against the church. There was no way they could fight through them, so the only way forward was for the Doctor and Yarox to run through the Church.
As they ran across the blood stained floor however the Doctor slipped on the blood and dropped his gadget. It slid along the floor undet the mangled corpse of an old woman.
Yarox helped the Doctor up. He wasn’t hurt, but he was furious that his fine suit was ruined.
“I’m going to have throw this out!” The Doctor said in disgust. “Yarox can you be a dear and eh get my little gadget”. The Doctor didn’t want to touch the corpse. Yarox didn’t either, but he was less fussy than the Doctor. (He was arguably more used to gruesome sights than even the Time Lord.)
As Yarox reached under the body, the Scarecrow’s advanced on them. The Doctor picked up a nearby chair and waved it at the Scarecrow’s, but in the process the Doctor slipped on the bloody floor again and landed on his back.
The Scarecrow’s just laughed at the Doctor.
“Glad I could amuse you all in my humble little way.” The Doctor said. He then reached into his pocked and pulled out a few tennis balls and started to juggle them. Some of the Scarecrow’s started to giggle.
“I’ve had thousands of years to practice, but even with that in mind I’m still a natural.” The Doctor then three the tennis balls at the Scarecrow’s before picking up a nearby chair that he then threw out into a huge Stain glass window at the back of the room.
The Doctor and Yarox (who had managed to find the gadget while the Demons were distracted) quickly ran out of the window. (Though the Doctor nearly slipped again!)
Outside of the window was a graveyard. In the distance, the Doctor and Yarox could see a scarecrow digging a grave. It noticed the two time travellers and smiled, with is firey grin. They didn’t have time to worry about it now as several more of the Scarecrow’s started to crawl through the broken window behind them.
The Doctor and Yarox ran out of the grave yard and into the village behind. It was completely deserted. All of the windows in the buildings had been smashed, the doors were also kicked in, and bodies were littering the streets.
The Doctor and Yarox took refuge in a nearby alley. They watched as the horde of Scarecrow’s ran past, screaming bloody murder.
After a few minutes the Doctor felt it was safe.
“We need to try and isolate one of them from the rest of the group.” The Doctor said to Yarox.
“Quick hand me the gadget.”
Yarox obliged but the gadget was covered in blood.
“Oh god you could have wiped it first.” The Doctor said.
Back at the TARDIS, several Scarecrow’s kept clawing at the door.
Inside the villagers were getting frantic at the sight of the monsters, but there was little Elena could do to reassure them.
Many of the villagers were somewhat scared of Elena herself. They were all unnerved to some extent by her large single eye.
Elena was used to it. Even in her home time, the 31st century, she much like her mother tended to stick out in a crowd.
“Look don’t worry those doors have withstood hordes of Cybermen trying to smash their way through I’m sure.”
Elena was interrupted by the cloister bell.
“Oh dear” she said to herself. The TARDIS doors suddenly opened. Elena tried to close them. (During the many years she had been with the Doctor, he had taught how to operate certain parts of the TARDIS, though he could never teach her, or indeed any non Time Lord how to operate it properly.)
She tried again and again to shut the doors, but it didn’t work and the Scarecrows soon entered the TARDIS, smiling with sadistic delight at their cornered prey.
(This novel is based on a story by Tom Baker and Ian Marter.)
John Ferguson hadn’t moved in hours. He sat almost frozen in terror in his rocking chair, holding his rifle up, waiting for one of those abominations to strike at either the windows or the doors.
He couldn’t figure out why they hadn’t made a move? There were hundreds of them in the woods. They literally sprang out of nowhere, like Demons from hell, though they looked more like Scarecrows. Scarecrows with flaming red eyes and clawed hands! John had only barely been able to get away from the monsters on his tractor when they first attacked. He had been forced to leave a young family he had spotted on the other end of the fields, cornered by those awful things against a tree. They had even called to him for help, but he had no choice but to leave. There was nothing he could have done, but the image of the helpless family pleading with him would stay with John for the rest of his life, however long that would be.
John had also been forced to abandon his tractor in the struggle. When he tried to drive it through a field, the monsters swarmed his vehicle from all sides, stopped it in its tracks, and turned it over. John was able to crawl out unseen and get a good head start on the creatures into the woods however. Once John made it back to his farm, he noticed the creatures were no longer following him. In fact they were nowhere in sight.
The only village on the island was three miles away and he would have to go through more woods along the way. Ferguson felt it would be better to hold up in his house for the time being until the authorities could deal with this crisis.
Now however several hours had passed and there was no change. Had those things been dealt with? Had they overrun the island? Had they just forgotten about him? There were too many what ifs and eventually it got to the point where John couldn’t take it anymore and he peeked outside.
It was completely pitch black outside, but even with that John was still sure there was no one there. For just a second however he thought he could see his own scarecrow standing in the middle of the field move, and he even shot at it.
“I must be going crazy” he thought. “Scarecrows don’t move. Something made of straw couldn’t lift up a tractor!” This must be some kind of ridiculous prank. The young punks from the village playing a joke on us country folk? I don’t believe in magic”. He tried to reassure himself
Suddenly however Ferguson heard a scream from his cellar, enough to make him jump and drop his rifle. He thought about making a run for it, but where would he go?
Holding his rifle firmly in his hands, John Ferguson ventured into his cellar, more terrified than he had ever been in his life.
John crept down the stairs, pointing his gun ahead at all times. The cellar was pitch black and he could barely make out anything ahead. As he searched around, John suddenly felt something grab him by the leg for a moment before he pulled free. He turned around only to see nothing, though he could hear a hideous, high pitched scream echoing through the darkness. Suddenly John heard the door to cellar slam shut, and he ran back to the stairs, only to see two piercing red flaming eyes at the top of the staircase.
John lifted his rifle. “Stay back, I, I, I mean it. I don’t want to hurt you, but”. The figure didn’t respond, and instead slowly moved down the stair case.
As it got closer John could see that it resembled a Scarecrow, just like the creatures in the woods. Its face was a bag, with red firey eyes with no pupil in the sockets. Its mouth was also twisted into a hideous, rictious grin, whilst its fingers ended in razor sharp, metal claws stained in blood.
Ferguson pointed his rifle right into the beasts chest, but it didn’t back down. With no choice, Ferguson fired at the Scarecrow three times, but the creature wasn’t even phased. It simply grabbed Ferguson’s rifle and snapped it in half.
The monster then dug its claws into Ferguson’s stomach. He screamed in agony and was brought to his knees as the monster twisted its hands deep into his guts. He tried to fight back, but it was no use. The creature was a lot stronger than its withered frame would suggest.
After digging in deep the monster pulled hard tearing out Ferguson’s insides. Ferguson collapsed onto the floor, with the few organs left inside his stomach, dropping out. Everything faded to black, with the last sight the farmer saw being the Scarecrow wrapping John’s intestines around its neck like a scarf whilst smiling and blowing a kiss at him!
Just a few seconds later Ferguson started to wake up. He wasn’t in his dark, dank cellar however. The place he awoke in was unlike anywhere he had ever been before in his life. The ground was burning hot, the sky was nothing but fire, and the entire landscape around him was completely red, the massive rocks, even the sand. The huge, seemingly never ending lake just behind John however was bright purple. All around were the deafening and pitiful screams of damned souls.
“Where am I, how did I. What is this place!” John shouted in panic. Deep down, however he knew where he really was. A place that had terrified him for his entire life, but that he never actually believed in until now.
“No, no, no it can’t be. I’m not dead, I’m, I’m a good man. I’ve never done anyone any harm, why am I here!”
Suddenly several hideous creatures began to emerge from behind the rocks in response to John’s anguished cries. They were all roughly six feet tall, with black skin, 6 limbs, 2 arms and 4 legs, as well as two heads. They all had long sprawling tails, each of which ended in spikes, whilst their heads all had two spikes at the back. Their faces were long and ended with mouths filled with sharp teeth and three, piercing blue eyes, each with a long thin, green pupil.
The monsters scuttled towards John pushing him back to the very end of the lake. There was nothing John could do to defend himself against the creatures, yet he didn’t fancy his chances in the lake. The farmer tried to run through the Demons, but one of them batted John backwards with its tail, sending him head first into the lake.
The water burned John’s skin. The pain was absolutely overwhelming, and he struggled and struggled to swim back to the shore. The monsters meanwhile were laughing at John’s pain and taunting him. Still Ferguson was determined not to give up. He fought through the pain and paddled harder to the shore, but just as was within a few feet of it, a woman, with a burned, mutilated face emerged from the water in front of John and tried to shove him under. John fought back, but more figures emerged from the waves and started to push him down too. After a few minutes of struggling, they eventually dragged the hapless farmer beneath the surface of the burning lake.
“Ah Elena my dear, have you seen Yarox?” The Doctor said as he walked out of the Library.
“He’s down in the garden again as always.”
“Well in all fairness to him, he’s never seen an actual sky before. He’s never seen a landscape or trees or anything but cold, empty corridors and rooms.”
“I’m amazed it’s taken this long? We must have been travelling for a month.”
“What do you expect? We were at the very end of the universe itself. Besides I told you the TARDIS journey’s are completely random. Still we’ve landed now, can you please tell Yarox while I check and see where. I hope its somewhere nice. You never forget your first alien planet.”
Yarox how come from trillions of years in the future, in a time when most of the stars and planets had gone. His people were the final descendants of the human race and various other species throughout history. The indomitable will of humanity had helped them endure through countless wars, alien invasions and even home planets and galaxies burning out. By the time of Yarox’s people, humanity and the other species who had cluttered together and interbred into one new race, had finally begun to wonder why they had bothered for trillions of years.
They had struggled and struggled through so much, and what for? To live in a cold, desolate spaceship, still struggling to survive every day, with no future in sight, except to sit and wait for the last sun to burn out?
Yarox joined the Doctor more to escape his awful existence back home than anything else. He was still quite fond of the old man and especially of his companion Elena in particular, who was unlike anyone he had ever seen. In Yarox’s time humanity were a clone race, and there was very little distinction between most people, as they were all created from the same few batches of humans. Most individuality was erased both physically and mentally in the cloning process. It was an attempt to ensure that there would be no infighting during such desperate times. No prejudices, no individual desires, or goals that weren’t for the good of the species were allowed to emerge among Yarox’s people.
Yarox looked exactly the same as his other 10 thousand brothers. Elena who had a single gigantic eye at the centre of her head, and long flowing, orange hair meanwhile, looked like a monster to Yarox’s people when she and the Doctor first visited their vessel (and saved them from the last of the Daleks.) The Doctor who always dressed in the most emaculate, sharp penguin suits was also somewhat striking to Yarox’s people too.
From the start however, Yarox could see that the Doctor and Elena though different, were good people. Granted that was only because they had saved him from a cull. In the far future due to the finite resources, there were regular culls of people. The culls grew larger every year due to the resources depleting.
After joining the TARDIS, Yarox had used the Doctors projector to create images of the skys of all of the worlds his people’s ancestors were said to come from. He’d spend entire hours just staring at the beautiful alien sky’s and imagining what it must be like to set foot on an actual planet.
“Yarox” Elena shouted.
“I’m here, have we landed!” He replied excitedly.
“Yes finally. Who would have thought it’d take so long to journey to the end of time and back” She joked.
“Come on, the Doctor thinks we might have landed on earth.”
“Is it during your time?”
Elena had come from the 31st century, long regarded as one of the greatest periods in human development. She’d told Yarox all about her upbringing and it had utterly fascinated him. Even the more ordinary mundane details such as the fact that she could choose when she wanted to eat, and had parents who genuinely cared for her, fascinated Yarox. He wanted to visit her time more than any other.
“Sorry I’m afraid he thinks we’ve landed during the early 20th century. Its a, eh interesting period in human history to say the least.”
The Doctor waited patiently by the console. According to its readings, they had landed on a small island just off the coast of Scotland. “It will be nice to get some fresh air.” The Doctor said to himself. “I don’t know how he coped all that time cooped up in that dreary ship. I wouldn’t have minded if it had been cosy like you old girl.” The Time Lord said with pride as he tapped the TARDIS console.
“Ah Yarox nice to see you again, I was starting to wonder if I’d just dreamed you travelling with us?”
“I’m sorry Doctor I just had to see all of those different landscapes. They were so beautiful.”
“Yes well now you’ll finally get to see the planet at least some of your ancestors came from for real.” The Time Lord said with a massive smile on his face, barely able to contain his glee. He always enjoyed his companions first trip to an alien world the most.
Outside the TARDIS was a fairly dull landscape. Nothing but a field with a scarecrow stuck straight in the middle. At the end of the field there was a massive forest.
The sky was grey and cloudy and there was also fierce wind in the air. Still to Yarox it seemed like the garden of Eden. He got on his knees and touched the grass for a few minutes.
“I knew you’d like earth. Come on lets see if we can find a better spot” The Doctor said as he headed towards the forest.
Yarox was a little confused by the Scarecrow. It didn’t look like a real person, but then again neither did Elena. When they reached the edge of the forest Yarox asked the Doctor about the strange figure in the middle of the field.
“That, that man back there, he looks like he’s tied up, should we not help him.”
The Doctor laughed. “Don’t worry he’s not real. Just a bag of straw to scare off some primitive animals. Nothing more.”
“But I saw him move!”
“What?” The Doctor said, preparing to believe it, considering the type of things he’d seen. The Doctor ran back to the scarecrow and examined it.
“You must have been mistaken Yarox. It really is just a bag of straw. Come on”
Yarox still wasn’t convinced. He was sure that just for a moment he not only saw one of its arms move, but its eye sockets flash red! Still he felt it was best for the moment not to question the Doctors judgement.
The trio wandered through the Scottish woods for about 20 minutes or so, not encountering anything particularly interesting. Though Yarox was still marvelling at the sights around him. He must have spent 5 minutes staring at a small robin in the distance before the Doctor and Elena noticed he wasn’t behind them.
“Finally some signs of life” The Doctor bellowed. The trio had stumbled upon a small cottage, surrounded by a field.
“It looks boarded.” Elena said, somewhat concerned “Whoever’s in there doesn’t want anyone coming in
“Well even more reason to investigate. Come along.” The Doctor replied.
“Are you crazy? Whoever’s in there could shoot you before you get within ten feet of it.”
“True, but if that house is boarded up, don’t you want to know why? Whatever they want to keep out is roaming the woods, it could be round any tree.”
The Doctor approached the house slowly calling out to anyone inside. When he reached the door however he saw it was open.
“Looks like it was broken into. I just hope that whatever did this isn’t still inside.” The Doctor, Elena and Yarox investigated the house. Inside it was seemingly deserted, but most unusually there was a line of straw from the door that led to the cellar.
“Please don’t go down there. You won’t want to see it”
The Doctor, Yarox and Elena looked around to see a young girl, no more than 13, hiding behind a nearby sofa.
The girl was a little taken aback at Elena’s single eye, but Elena reassured the girl that she was here to help.
“What’s down there?” The Doctor asked.
“The remains of old Mr Ferguson. Those things they, they tore his guts out. They left him to rot.”
“Scarecrows?” The Doctor said?
“They suddenly came alive. They attacked us. Me and my mum and dad we were on a picnic when those things, they.” The girl started to sob, and Elena hugged her.
“Please don’t cry, you’re safe now.” Elena said as she tried to comfort the young girl.
“No, no they’re all around. I managed to run away, and I’ve been hiding in here for the last few days, but I hear them. Every night, they shamble about in the woods. I hear them howling and screaming, wondering when they’ll come for me. They…”
She paused for a few seconds.
“They what?” Elena asked gently.
“They said they were from hell itself. When they dragged me and my parents away, they told us they’d burned in the fire, and that we would too.”
“Where’s hell?” Yarox asked.
“Its a mythological place where the souls of the worst people go when they die. I like to keep an open mind, but I’ve always found the concept rather fanciful.” The Doctor said as he clutched his lapels.
Suddenly the the trio were alerted by a screeching noise from outside.
“They’re here, they’re here” the little girl screeched as she hugged Elena more tightly.
The Doctor looked outside to see 4 Scarecrows standing in the field. The creatures eye sockets were flaming, whilst their claws were solid reinforced steel.
“We have been waiting for you. You will free our master from the pit and he will burn this earth to cinders.” One of the monsters chanted as the other three cackled.
The monsters advanced on the house, with two breaking their way in through the windows, and another coming in through the door. Elena tried to overpower the monster that came in the front door but it was no use.
She kicked it in the chest, but it didn’t even make it flinch. She tried to punch it in the face, but she burned her hand off its flaming eyes.
“Get her out of here now, get the girl to safety” the Doctor said to Yarox as he tried to fend off one of the Scarecrows with a chair only to be hopelessly overpowered.
Yarox however couldn’t leave the Doctor and tried to grab the Scarecrow from behind. Unfortunately another one of the beasts grabbed Yarox from behind and lifted him into the air. He kicked and kicked at the monsters chest, but again it didn’t even phase the monster.
In desperation the Doctor ripped the bag from the Scarecrow’s head. Underneath was a hideous, rotting face. Most of the flesh looked burned off, its hair was thinning, whilst one of its eyes was missing. Its teeth meanwhile were broken and rotting which it revealed as it smiled.
The Doctor tried to punch the monster in its rotting face, only for his fist to go straight through its head. The monster laughed at the Doctor before throwing him into a wall. It then tried to ram its claws into his chest, but the Doctor quickly dodged the monsters attack and used his body to ram the Scarecrow into the monster attacking Yarox.
Elena meanwhile was able to overpower her Scarecrow by flipping it over her shoulder out of the front door.
The little girl had sat at the back, too terrified to make a move against the monsters, or even run away in case more of the creatures were waiting outside.
The Doctor Elena, and Yarox ran towards the little girl. The three Scarecrows were blocking the door and the only way out was down into the cellar, or up the stairs. The Doctor chose the latter option, but as he ran up the stairs, he could see the 4th Scarecrow waiting for him at the top, smiling whilst licking the blood from its claws.
With no choice the Doctor told them to get back to the cellar, but the little girl refused to.
“We have no choice, we’re surrounded” Elena said to the screaming girl, as the monsters on both sides closed in on them.
The Doctor had no time to argue and so he simply ran down the stairs to the cellar, knowing his companions would follow.
Down in the cellar the Doctor could see the rotting remains of the house’s former owner. The young girl couldn’t look at it. She had known Ferguson in life. He and her father were great friends, and he even used to babysit her. She couldn’t bare to see him like this for a second.
The Doctor noticed a window at the top of the cellar.
“Quick get the girl through that window. I”l hold them off.”
“How on earth will you” Elena said, before the Doctor cut them off.
“I’ll win them round with my charm just like I did you two, now go” the Doctor said firmly.
As the Scarecrows came tumbling down the steps to the cellar, Elena didn’t question the Doctor any longer and crawled through the window. She needed to make sure there were no monsters outside waiting. Yarox then helped to push the girl through the window, before following whilst the Doctor stood in front of his companions as the Scarecrows drew nearer.
“Now then you told me that you were waiting for me?” The Doctor said with a faux confidence and bluster to cover up his fear as he clutched his lapels.
“What may I ask for?”
The unmasked Scarecrow spoke.
“Our master, Scratchman was sealed in the pit millions of years ago. He has been clawing at your reality, peeking into its dreams, stealing souls. Now he will finally walk this earth thanks to you.”
“Scratchman?” “You mean…. the Devil?”
“That is what you would call him. He has always been our master. Though he is the master of you all.”
“What on earth do you mean?”
“You are all destined for his pit one way or another.”
“Well if that’s the case why does this Scratchman fellow need to come here then? Also what about heaven? If there’s a hell, then shouldn’t there be a heaven?”
“Heaven is a lie told by the master to give you all false hope that you can escape his grasp” the monster sneered.
“Well that’s a rather bleak view to have of life.” the Doctor said in an awkward, humorous tone.
“Still whoever your master is I don’t intend to help him escape. Judging from you lot, it seems whoever locked him in the pit had a good reason too. I’d thank them if I could.”
“Stop wasting time. The Master waits.” The unmasked Scarecrow shouted as it attempted to grab the Doctor, who quickly ducked and grabbed John Ferguson’s rifle from the floor only to see it had been broken.
The monsters laughed at the Doctor who backed into a corner.
“The Master awaits. You will suffer for making him wait longer than he needed to.”
“You should tell Scratchman that’s no way to get people to do him favours.” the Doctor replied before throwing a large bag of compost behind him into one of the Scarecrow’s faces. The Doctor then ran past the other two monsters to the window.
As he climbed through it however, one of the monsters, the unmasked Scarecrow jumped up and grabbed the Doctor by his foot as he was almost clear. The Doctor tried to pull free, but the monsters metal claws dug deep into his ankle. Fortunately however Elena and Yarox quickly came to the Doctors aid. It was still no use however, as the strength of the Doctor and his companions combined was no match for the monster. Elena started to kick the Scarecrow over and over again. She didn’t hurt the monster but she distracted it long enough for the Doctor to wiggle his foot free and kick the monster in the chest knocking it back into the other Scarecrows.
“Thank you” the Doctor said as he rubbed his foot. “We need to get back to the TARDIS now”
“Please, find my parents” the young girls cried.
“I will do all I can for them” the Doctor said. “I just need to get you back to the TARDIS. You’ll be safe there while I look for your parents, and figure out what is going on.”
“What do you mean the TARDIS?”
“You’ll see when we get there. Come on.”
The Doctor and his companions ran back the way through the woods. It was beginning to get dark and more and more Scarecrows were crawling around the woods. The Doctor and his companions kept hidden from the monsters behind several trees.
The foursome managed to crawl their way back to the large field where the TARDIS was.
“That blue box?” the young girl said perplexed?
“Trust me it’s a lot tougher and bigger than it looks. You’ll be safe in there.” The Doctor said confidently.
The foursome ran across the field when suddenly a metal hand came bursting out of the ground and grabbed Yarox by the foot, causing him to trip.
The Doctor turned round, only for two more sets of metal hands to burst out of the ground in front of him.
Several more metal, clawed hands came bursting out of the field all around the Doctor, Elena and the girl.
The Doctor looked back into the woods to see several more Scarecrows emerging from the woods, brandishing their claws, roaring and hissing.
The Doctor with Elena’s and even the girls help was able to barely pull Yarox free from the Scarecrow’s grip.
The foursome then bolted into the TARDIS, slamming the doors shut before the Scarecrow’s could follow.
The monsters clawed furiously on the door screaming at the Doctor to let them in.
“Fool you could flee to the end of the universe and he’ll still claim your soul. You’ll have to die one day!” One of the Scarecrow’s shouted.
The little girl was so scared of the monsters taunts that she almost hadn’t noticed how massive the inside of the TARDIS was compared to the tiny blue box she’d seen in the field.
“Don’t worry. None of them can get in here now. We’re safe, for the moment at least.” The Doctor assured the young girl as he checked the console.
“What are you looking for?” Elena asked as she hugged the young girl.
“Signs of an interdimensional disturbance. Those monsters said they wanted me to free their master from the pit wherever that is.”
“It’s hell.” The young girl shouted.
“Well wherever it is, I think its most likely another universe. Those creatures whatever they are, must have created a rip into our reality. I might be able to track it here.
The Doctor messed around with the controls for a few minutes. whilst the monsters continued to shout and claw on the doors.
“What is this place?” the young girl said somewhat frightened.
“It’s a time and space machine.” Elena said to the girl.
“A space ship? Are you, are you aliens!”
“I’m not. I’m as human as you. Well more or less” Elena said. “Yarox is part alien, and the Doctor over there is an alien, but don’t be scared he likes humans.”
“They’re my favourite species alongside the Therons of Venus” the Doctor said proudly as he adjusted the controls.
“Humans have better music, but Venusian food is better.” He joked, though none of the others were exactly in the mood for humour.
“Aliens and Demons? I can’t believe this is happening she said.”
“Well trust me those things out there are aliens too. They’re dishonest about where they came from, but well hopefully we can find out the truth.”
“Ah, I’ve located it. There’s a tear on the other side of the island. Just as I thought. It looks like its splintering. Very soon there will be more rips on our side.” The Doctor said as he left the room.
“Where are you going?” Yarox asked.
“To whip up something to sever those monsters from whatever’s projecting them into our reality. When I unmasked one of them in the house, my hand went through it. They’re projections. Projections given enough of a boost to affect this reality, but that’s all they are. If I can interfere with them then we can stop the monsters. Come on, you can help me. Better than just sitting here and listening to those things moan.”
The others followed the Doctor, though just before she left the console room, Elena looked on the scanner. She could now see what looked like hundreds of Scarecrows all amassing outside of the TARDIS.
“I hope he’s right about those doors holding” she thought to herself.
On the other side of the island meanwhile the Scarecrow’s had almost finished their blood ritual.
“Please, please stop.” Mary one of their sacrificial lambs begged as the leader of the Scarecrw’s sliced into her stomach again.
“Why, why are you doing this” she pleaded, only for the Scarecrow to laugh at her pain.
The Scarecrow’s claws suddenly became red hot.
“No, no please” Mary screamed as she struggled to get free.
Fortunately just as the monster was about to sink its burning hot claws in, a red whirlwind appeared in the sky, causing all of the Scarecrows to bow and chant in unison.
After a few moments the blinding pain was over for all of the reluctant companions.
“Sorry about that I wasn’t sure if any of you would survive, but all sacrifices must be made to save this valley you understand.”
“What did you do to us” Kirsteen asked whilst trying to get her breath back.
“I cast a spell that linked you all with me. Once you reach the top of the mountain you will be able to channel the energy from my life force into the core which will rejuvinate it for many more hundreds of thousands of years. It will require all of my life force to do so however, and perhaps even some of your own, but our lives are not important. The creatures out there, the Dinosaurs, the humans and my kind the Pterosaurs must live on.” The Wyvern said.
“Forgive me for not thinking you have their best interests at heart. You kidnapped all of these creatures, stranded them on a barren rock in space, all for part of your pointless war against the Gods. You forced these people to live in an already confined space with the most dangerous predators ever to walk the earth. Tyrannosaurus, Spinosaurus, Allosaurus. Even at the best of times their existence is nightmarish.” The Professor said angrily.
“You’re right at first I didn’t care about them.” The Wyvern replied.
“I was nothing more than a soldier myself who was tasked with recruiting others. The first Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, and beasts that I brought here, even the humans were all meant to be converted via our magic into soldiers. For the last thousand years I’ve had to watch the people and creatures I recruited and their descendants slaughter one another and struggle to survive as more and more of this valley drifted off into space. I thought any sacrifice was necessary to free the earth from the Gods, but watching the hell I created out there, I can see that the Dragons and the Wyverns were no better.”
I tried to contact the people of the valley, but the Gods magics bound me here in a forcefield where I couldn’t communicate with them. It’s only now that the valley is almost broken that any of you can hear me. Please we have very little time. Even if you don’t believe I want to help the valley, you have no other choice.”
“Well sadly there we agree.” The Professor replied reluctantly.
“Just zap us to the top of the mountain then and we’ll get it done.” Lindsey interrupted.
“I’m afraid I can’t do that. Most of power has gone into the spell. You’ll need to go the long way. I can guide you however. I can feel where the corrupted Dinosaurs and people are. Not all of the previous members of the tribe who tried to break in here died. Several of them have degenerated into monsters. You’ll need to tread carefully. Once you have used my spell however, the negative effects of the magic will be reversed. The mutations will return to normal.”
Tiseia and Miscorak’s faces lit up at the last part.
“You mean” Tiseia asked.
“Yes if you follow my instructions you can both make it out of this alive.”
“I don’t care about myself.” Tiseia snapped.
Her husband had been among the first to go to the mountain a year or so ago when the valley really started to break apart. She had been desperate to go on every mission since, but they had always prevented her before now as her services were deemed too valuable for the tribe. (She was the finest rider and trainer of the Pterosaurs.)
“Please tell me, if you know who we are, you’ll know what I’m about to ask you.”
“Yes” The Wyvern replied. “Your husband was among those who was mutated by the magics. He still lives in these caves, if you can call the nightmare he has endured for the past year living. I am sorry. I promise you can save him, but you cannot think about just him now. You must get to the top of the valley or all is lost. You have less than an hour.”
“Well then let’s not waste anymore time here shall we.” The Professor said.
Outside the mountain the last scrape of the once beautiful and thriving lost world the Wyvern and his kin had created was on its last legs. All over the valley random pieces of land either started to drift off into space on a magical hurricane or explode. All of the Dinosaurs, predator and prey alike fled in panic, though there was nowhere for the animals to flee too.
The larger Sauropods crushed many of the smaller herbivores and meat eaters and even some of their own young in the stampede.
The last surviving humans meanwhile, Hisera among them simply watched from the top of their valley, though it seemed like a safe point for the humans from the carnage below, it too could either explode or drift off at any second .
“Was it all worth it.” Hisera said to another member of her tribe, a young woman who had also been wounded by a Raptor, as they both stared down at even the mightiest Dinosaurs being swept away into space by the magic. Creatures they had both ran and cowered from for their entire lives were now being swatted like flies.
“My friend Orlagia. He gave his life for me” Hisera said with regret.
“He was like a father to me. My actual father I never knew. He was killed by a rogue Spinosaurus on something as mundane as a fishing trip when I was two. It speared him with its claws just like he would a fish. My mother who was there naturally didn’t see the irony. She was never the same after that from what I was told. She did her best, still taught me how to hunt. I could tell each day was a struggle for her though. All of the pain she went through, all of the sacrifices she and others made for our tribe, what was it for? For us just to be swept away? No one will even know this valley existed.”
“I wish I could say there was some reason behind it all.” Her friend said.
“I suppose the same is probably true for all worlds in the sky. All the life forms in them struggle and struggle and they all from what the Gods back on earth said at least according to the old stories, they all come to dust.” She continued.
“That was just a lie told by the Gods to ensure we’d always follow them.” Hisera insisted. “They wanted us to beg them to make our worlds indestructible. I also don’t think they let our ancestors live here out of the goodness of their hearts. I think it was a punishment. For them and their descendants, to be forced to live and struggle in a world full of monsters, foolishly thinking they could survive when all this time their world was breaking apart.” Hisera continued.
“Maybe or maybe it is just the way of all things, people, planets, even stars to fade away. What matters it that we did persevere. There was great suffering, but also great happiness too. We built a society amidst this chaos.”
“Happiness?” Hisera said in surprise and anger.
“Was your relationship with Orlagia a bad thing? Was our friendship? Was the fact that so many of us were willing to sacrifice each other for the people we love, for the good of the community?”
Hisera didn’t know what to say. She wasn’t in any mood naturally to argue that there was anything good about her life, but her friends words had given some small sliver of hope, even subconsciously that some good could emerge even in the darkest circumstances.
“Well at the very least when the whirl wind comes for us we’ll probably be crushed by the rubble and Dinosaurs before we get pulled up into space and suffocate. See, I am trying to find the good in the bad after all.” Hisera said as the several of the terrified Dinosaurs soon made their way near the cavemen’s mountain.
“Come on, come on” The Professor shouted as he hurried up the nearest passage way.
The team had made their way up the mountain through a secret passage that the Wyvern had informed them of. Fortunately most of the animals had fled, but as the travelers reached higher up the mountain they were suddenly forced to hide from a gigantic stampeding magical creatures who were all gravitating their way towards the top.
“The core is at the top. It’s drawing them like a beacon. It explains why these mutated monsters didn’t just overrun the valley and why they are so protective of the mountain. The closer they are to the magic that made them, the stronger they feel. It’s probably the only thing holding their twisted broken bodies together.” The Professor thought as he was forced to conceal himself in a small hole in the nearest wall with the others.
The creature was a mutated Triceratops. Its frill was made of nothing but fire, whilst its body appeared to be made of metal, though a row of spikes made of fire ran down its back to the end of its tail. The animal also had six horns on its head two above its eyes, one in the center and a cluster of three horns on its snout. All of its horns were looked as though they were buzzing like chainsaws. The monsters mouth meanwhile was filled with razor sharp teeth. As soon as the Triceratops had left however, the team would barely get that much further up the mountain before being forced to hide again from a horde of mutated Raptors.
Like the other mutants in the valley, the creatures were truly hideous, though they barely even looked like Raptors unlike the Triceratops. The monsters lacked eyes, had three sets of teeth, no tail, two massive horns sticking out of the top of their heads which glowed bright yellow, and strangely furry, yet slimy bodies. They were only recognizable as Raptors by the massive sickle like claws on their feet, though even then the claws looked like they were made of stone, whilst the tip of each claw appeared to drip in an acidic green substance.
Still in the few minutes the Professor and the others were forced to remain hidden, Miscorak’s mutation had already begun to accelerate. “It can’t be I thought I had more time. Please help me.” He pleaded to both the Professor and even the Wyvern, but there was nothing either could do. Miscorak’s eyes soon began to turn blue and a foul smelling blue slime began to drip from them. His teeth started to fall out, whilst his gums then turned rotten and green.
“Please, please kill me.” He mumbled through his toothless mouth.
“No you heard the Wyvern” Lindsey said. “We can reverse it.”
“It’s too dangerous I, I’ll have killed you before then.” Miscorak fell to the floor screaming in pain, whilst Tiseia and Lindsey tried to help him. The Professor however soon pulled them both away.
“He’s right our best chance of helping him is to reverse the effects on the valley. Come on” Lindsey, Tiseia and Kirsteen didn’t bother arguing with him any longer as regrettably they knew he was right.
Unfortunately however Miscorak’s screams echoed throughout the entire cavern alerting a few of the Raptor horde.
The mutated Raptors and the mutated humans were bitter rivals. They were the most numerous as well as the most dominant of all the mutated creatures that lived in the mountain. The larger mutants were few and far between.
Whilst most of the Raptors were still focused on fleeing to the beacon without even really knowing why, some of the monsters gave in to their more violent instincts and followed the sound of one of their rivals.
Five of the Raptors in total soon surrounded Miscorak who was still in the process of mutating, though by this stage almost everything that he was mentally at least had been replaced by a twisted, savage monster.
Miscorak lunged at the leader of the Raptors and though he was able to pin the abomination to the ground, his strength was still not great enough to hold it down for long. Furthermore another of the monsters soon jumped him from behind and dug its claw straight through his backbone.
The Raptor in front stabbed one of its claws into Miscorak’s knee cap meanwhile and tore it out before two more Raptors then pinned Miscorak to the floor with their claws and started to disembowel him with their three sets of teeth.
Even as the mutant Dinosaurs tore him to shreds, Miscoraks body continued to mutate. Some of the wounds they made instantly healed over and for a few minutes the Raptors kept hacking and hacking until eventually they ripped him apart completely.
The others meanwhile had made their way to the top of the cavern, but unfortunately Miscorak’s screaming had alerted several mutated humans too. Five mutant humans soon came down the passage way the Professor and the others were fleeing up.
“It’s the other way, the core you’d much rather be fleeing too.” The Professor said only for one of the mutants to jump him.
“Go” the Vampire said as he threw one of the mutants against a wall.
“I’ll catch up.”
“We need you to make the spell work.” Lindsey protested.
“No you don’t the Wyvern gave you all the spell. Just go. I can handle a few of these mutants.” The Professor said as he threw another over his shoulder.
With no choice his companions were forced to flee.
The mutated humans had no eyes. Instead it was just two blue sockets constantly dripping, though despite this they could still apparently see the Vampire. The rest of their body was a disgusting, yellowish colour, whilst their skin was a disgusting sickly, yellowish colour and slimy and squishy much like a snails.
The Professor didn’t even want to touch them, never mind fight, but he had no choice as one of the monsters spat a green, burning slime from its mouth straight into the Professors face. Another one of the creatures then jumped the Professor and started to slash him with its tentacle like hands before impaling him through the heart. The Professor tried to grab the monsters tentacled arm, but the other two creatures restrained him. With no choice, the Professor was forced to bite into one of the creatures that was holding him down’s tentacle. In all of his thousands of years of existence the Professor had never tasted anything so foul. If it were possible, it would have been enough to make him vomit, though he still spat the beasts rancid blood out (in its face.)
“That’s enough to put me off blood forever. Thank you.” The Professor said as he struck the other creature with his free hand, sending it tumbling backwards. The Professor then grabbed the tentacle in his chest, removed it and stabbed it through the monsters own chest, before he pulled the tentacle upwards through its deformed body. Ripping the creature in half. The Professor then tore the dead beasts tentacled arm out of its socket and used to slash the throat of another attacking mutant, as well as block the acidic spit from another creature.
The Professor then used the tentacle to wrap itself around the neck of the spitting mutant that he then broke, before grabbing two tentacles from another creature that tried to attack, which he used to pull it towards him before punching a hole in its chest. The final mutant meanwhile ran away in terror.
The Professor looked down at the remains of the creatures he had slain. In his desperation he had let his bloodlust get the better of him and now he taken the life of four people. If what the Wyvern said was true, there was a chance that the magics infecting them could have been reversed, but the Professor in the moments he was fighting them hadn’t even thought of the mutants as people. Only now when he saw the last of the creatures flee and cower did he realise.
Still whilst the guilt would stay with him for the rest of his life, the Professor couldn’t wallow in it now. His friends needed him.
Lindsey, Kirsteen and Tiseia had already almost made their way to the top of the mountain. It had been a surprisingly easy trip through the caverns, which the three women knew meant only one thing. That all the nasties and monsters in the mountain had already reached the top and were waiting for them.
To their surprise however once they reached the top of the mountain they found it was also deserted, though there were the corpses of various creatures scattered around. It was hard to see them all however through the smoke from the explosions the unstable magic had caused
Lindsey, Kirsteen and Tiseia walked slowly through the corpses in case any of them might still be alive, though as they got a closer look, the three women could see that most were shredded beyond recognition.
“What could have done this” Tiseia said nervously.
“Maybe a blast from the unstable magic, which is why we need to get to the center of the mountain and cast that spell right away.” Lindsey said.
“I don’t think so.” Kirsteen interrupted.
“I mean I’m no expert on the occult, but why would a magical blast leave scratch and teeth marks.” Kirsteen said as she looked down.
Almost as soon as she had finished the three unlikely companions attention was diverted to a massive roar in the distance.
They looked up and saw through the smoke and fog a massive winged creature flying towards them. It wasn’t a Pterosaur however.
It’s body was shaped more like a Spinosaurus, though its skin looked purple, sagging and wet. It’s eyes were bright yellow and had no pupils, whilst its claws were not only bigger than even a real life Spinosaurus’ talons but they appeared to be made out of bronze. The monsters trademark sail meanwhile had split in two down the middle and grown into two massive wings made of fire. The beast flew somewhat gracefully despite its tremendous size through the air towards the mountain.
Lindsey recognised it as a mutated form of white Dragon. Different Dinosaur breeds became different kinds of Dragons. Spinosaurus’ became white dragons when exposed to magic, but sadly in this case the unstable magics had twisted the Spinosaurus’ body into a twisted caricature of a White Dragon.
The monster fired a form of lethal magic from its mouth at the three women who were forced to scatter.
Tiseia could feel her body beginning to change just like Miscorak.
“No, not now when I’m so close.” She said as she took refuge behind a nearby rock.
The Spinosaurus seemed to focus all of its attention on Kirsteen who in her panic had simply ran out into the open.
She managed to keep a good head start on the flying Dinosaur, but as she reached the end of the cliff she was stopped in her tracks by several mutated Pterosaurs who emerged slowly in front of her. Fortunately for Kirsteen the Pterosaurs soon swarmed the Spinosaurus, but in a matter of seconds the Spinosaurus decimated them all with its firey breath.
“Good for nothing, useless, there’s hundreds of you and one of him.” Kirsteen said as she slowly climbed over the edge of the cliff to escape the Spinosaurus whilst it was preoccupied destroying the last of the mutant Pterosaurs.
The cliff was steep and she could barely make out what was ahead of her as the smoke was too thick, though that was probably just as well as if she could see how far the drop was below she’d probably faint. She climbed ten or so feet below, but unfortunately Kirsteen could still hear the Spinosaurus circling above. It wasn’t giving up.
“Persistent bastard” Kirsteen said to herself as she almost lost her grip. The Spinosaurus was focused on Kirsteen simply because of the strange magic in her body. As she and Lindsey had constantly been travelling through the vortex using magic unlike anything in the valley, the mutated Dragon could sense it to some extent in both Lindsey and Kirsteen, but it was more focused on her now, simply because she had drawn its attention, unwillingly away from her companions.
As Kirsteen crawled slowly down the mountain she suddenly saw what looked like a small ledge through the smoke below. She had no idea where it led to, but as the sound of the Spinosaurus’ flaming, flapping wings grew nearer she jumped onto the ledge, though in doing so she nearly fell.
As she walked through the smoke and fog, she saw that there was a cave at the other end, unfortunately however when she made her way into the cave she soon encountered a gigantic bear like creature.
It too was mutated by the magics. Its skin was armored, thick, green and scaly, whilst its eyes were red and a thick black tar dripped from its mouth and claws. The animal also stood on its back legs and towered over Kirsteen. It must have been close to eight feet tall.
The monster however soon turned and ran when it saw the Spinosaurus peering in through the cave. Kirsteen soon ran too, but as she saw the monster preparing to breathe its firey ray she wisely swerved to the side and managed to take refuge behind a nearby stone pillar.
The monsters fire breath meanwhile spread out through the cave and engulfed the mutated bear like creature.
The Spinosaurus continued to keep breathing fire down the cave, though fortunately Kirsteen was sheltered by the pillar. How much longer could she hold on for however.
“Kirsteen! Tiseia! Please.” Lindsey shouted in desperation as she ran frantically across the mountain only to receive no answer from either. As much as she didn’t want to admit it, she couldn’t afford to wait any longer. The Dragon could return at any minute and Lindsey had very little time to save the valley. Whilst she couldn’t see it below due to the smoke she could hear the cries of thousands of prehistoric beasts as well the explosions as the valley tore itself apart.
Lindsey ran to the massive blue light bursting out of the center of the mountain and started to chant the Wyvern’s ritual. She almost couldn’t help herself as soon as she got near to the light. Suddenly however she was interrupted by the Professor.
“Professor you made it.” Lindsey said.
“Where’s Kirsteen?” The Professor asked.
“I don’t know this thing chased us and I took cover over there, but when I looked up she was gone.”
“Thing? What was it.”
“A White Dragon, sort of. It was all twisted and, horrible, but it was a Spinosaurus and.”
“A Spinosaurus? What’s a Spinosaurus doing up here in the mountains? The magic must have started to spread through the valley we really don’t have much time.”
Suddenly Tiseia emerged from the nearby rock she had been hiding behind. She had now degenerated into a similar type of monster to Miscorak.
Tiseia instantly went for Lindsey, but the Professor intercepted the mutant and pinned her to the ground. Tiseia however soon threw the Professor off and charged at him just as he was pulling himself up. The Vampire after his last fight in the cave was holding back against Tiseia in the hopes she could be cured, allowing her a slight edge.
As the Vampire and the mutant got closer to the edge of the cliff, they soon attracted the attention of more mutated Pterosaurs who started to attack them.
Lindsey meanwhile continued to finish the spell. She had instinctively thought about jumping in to help the Professor, but realised that she would be of more help finishing the ritual. As soon as she got half way through however the entire mountain started to shake and Lindsey felt a crushing pain in her stomach that brought her to her knees.
She even passed out for a few moments , but she was soon woken up by the roar of several mutant Raptors who had gathered around her. Now that the Spinosaurus was distracted, many of the other mutants had returned.
At least six of them had completely surrounded Lindsey from all angles and were drooling with hunger. One of the creatures slashed her across the stomach whilst another started to bite into her arm. Lindsey tried to fight, and pushed herself forward into the creature that was biting her arm knocking it back somewhat into another Raptor. She then pulled herself free, losing a large chunk of flesh in the process, but still she staggered near the blue light, only for one of the Raptors to jump right in front of her.
The Spinosaurus meanwhile had become distracted by the mountain shaking and had abandoned its pursuit of Kirsteen. As it flew back up to the top of the mountain the Pterosaurs attacking the Professor and Tisea fled, with the Vampire and the mutant now coming face to face with the Dragon.
The Professor seeing no alternative jumped straight into the Dragons face, disorienting and confusing the beast who soon flew around the mountain frantically.
Kirsteen meanwhile seeing that the monster had left slowly walked towards the exit of the cave, but just as she reached it she heard another roar.
To her shock and horror it was the bear creature. Its flesh had mostly been burned off and it was now nothing more than a charred skeleton, but still standing upright. Either its corpse had been reanimated by the Dragon or the magics that had twisted the creature were so strong that it could not die, but whatever the case the monster charged at Kirsteen who fled out onto the ledge. She climbed as fast as the could up the steep cliff ahead, but the monster soon grabbed her by the foot. Its touch was burning, and she kicked frantically at the beasts head to no avail. yet still she gripped onto the rock as hard as she could.
For a few moments Lindsey didn’t move a muscle, careful not to provoke the Raptors and hoping that the Professor might distract them at some point, but as the monsters started to walk closer, Lindsey with no choice tried to finish the enchantment.
Before she could even get two words out the Raptor slashed its claws at her face, but she managed to duck just in time. Unfortunately another of the monsters grabbed her from behind and as she struggled to pull free the Raptor in front grabbed her by the throat. With all her strength Lindsey managed to pull her wounded arm free and punched the mutant Raptor facing her in the face with it. She didn’t hurt the monster but still managed to catch it off guard enough to send it staggering back, after which she then flipped the Raptor holding her over her shoulder into the Raptor in front, sending both crashing into the blue light ahead. In there both monsters bodies began to twist into new shapes and sizes as they screamed in agony.
The four remaining Raptors soon cornered Lindsey and just as all seemed lost Tiseia suddenly jumped one of the Raptors, causing the other three to swarm her.
Lindsey took her chance and started to recite the ritual, but just as she was on the cusp of finishing, the two Raptors emerged from the blue light, their bodies now even more horribly mutated to the point where they didn’t even resemble Dinosaurs in any way shape or form.
Both now had three grotesque human looking heads, six legs each (three on either side) and four tentacled arms, two on either side and one coming out of their chest and the other their back. The beasts also had four tails each of which dripped green slime.
One of the monsters tentacles moved like a whip and wrapped itself around Lindsey’s neck, but as it choked her she still managed to spit out the last few words of the ritual before passing out.
The light suddenly turned green and within a few seconds it cleared away the smoke and lit up the valley. The mutants all began to convulse and fell to the floor, their bodies twisting and writhing before they slowly began to more into their original forms.
The Spinosaurus however did so whilst it was flying in mid air. The Professor instantly jumped off of the monsters face and was able to grab onto the side of the mountain, but the Spinosaurus had no such luck and went plummeting from the top of the mountain. In just under a few moments all of the mutants had returned to their normal selves, though the spell had knocked them all out.
“You did it.” The Wyvern’s voice said weakly to the Professor.
“The valley will live on now.”
“You sure about that?” The Professor said as he looked down at the chaos below. Most of the forests had been uprooted and laid to waste, the bodies of thousands of Dinosaurs littered the valley, earthquakes had split the land into various different parts. It looked as though it had all been for nothing.
Still as bleak as things seemed now, the Wyvern was right. Just enough plant life had survived the chaos to allow the herbivores to carry on, though it would be a very tough existence for all involved. Certain species would most likely not survive, but at the very least some would prosper again.
“You must help your friend.” The Wyvern’s voice said.
“Lindsey? What have you done.”
“I told you that there was danger. She took it all on herself, her life force is fading.” The Wyvern’s voice said.
The Professor using his Vampire strength hurled himself up the mountain and ran to Lindsey. Unfortunately however the two three headed mutant Raptors had not gone back to their original forms like the others.
One of the creatures was choking Lindsey and the Professor instantly ran to her aid. The creature wrapped one of its tentacled arms around the Professors neck, but he instead pulled on it so hard he tore it out of its socket. The monster dropped Lindsey as it screamed out in pain and pulled itself towards the Professor who it then enveloped in its tentacles. Much as he was loathe too, the Professor was forced to bite one of the monsters tentacles again. They had wrapped themselves completely round his arms and legs were simply too strong to break free from.
The Professor bit through the monsters stinking, slimy tentacle as hard as he could until he bit it in half, causing the monster who had tried squeezing him harder and harder, to drop the Vampire. Whilst the monster thrashed around in pain the Professor grabbed its nearest tentacle and swung the monster through the air, several feet over the edge of the cliff where it plummeted to the valley below.
As he prepared to face the other monster the Professor saw that it had collapsed in a heap on the ground. The magics that had corrupted its body were so severe that it could not simply be restored, but at the same time the magics were also rapidly becoming unstable and decaying.
The Professor knew that the monster wouldn’t last much longer and pushed past its feeble attempts to grab him with its tentacles and tended to Lindsey.
The Wyvern was right, she was dying. Not because of the monsters, but the spell had drained most of hers and the Wyvern’s life force. The Professor knew that none of his magics could undo its effects, but he obviously wasn’t going to give up on Lindsey and quickly cast a magical shield around her. This shield could stop the last of her life force from draining away, but it could not heal her. When it wore off in just a few days then she would die.
“I am sorry child of Khastran, but her life force is gone. There is no power that can restore it.” The Wyvern said.
“What do you know? Look at this sorry excuse for a valley you created. I know someone that can help.” The Professor said as he lifted Lindsey up.
“I can read your mind Vampire and I know what you intend but you must not. For her sake as well as your own.” The Wyvern warned, but the Professor did not listen.
Kirsteen meanwhile had managed to hold onto the cliff with her attacker having now crumbled into nothing but a pile of bones on the ledge below her. Unfortunately however now that the smoke had cleared she could see just how far the drop below was and she was so petrified she could barely move, let alone climb.
Fortunately the Professor soon pulled her up.
“How are you? Can you walk.” The Professor asked rather coldly.
“Yes I think so. I’ll never look at a stuffed teddy the same way again.” Kirsteen said whilst still shaking, though her attention was soon drawn to Lindsey.
“Her life was drained fixing this godforsaken valley. You carry Tiseia.” The Professor said to Kirsteen. Tiseia had survived the Raptor attack with only a few scratches, though she was knocked out just like the remaining Raptors around her. Kirsteen did her best to try and wake her, but it was no good. The backlash of the magic ensured she and the others would be out for hours.
Fortunately however that would just make it easier for the Professor and Kirsteen to make their way down the mountain and through the valley to the humans settlement. Sadly they didn’t have time to explain much or even say goodbye to Hisera who had managed to survive the slaughter as the Professor was so desperate to get Lindsey back to the Bat.
When Tiseia came too, she was celebrated as a hero, though she made sure that Miscorak’s courage and sacrifice weren’t forgotten either. Tiseia and the rest of her tribe would soon search the mountain for any surviving humans who had been restored. Sadly however Tiseia would learn that the Wyvern had lied to her. Her husband was not among the survivors. The creature clearly had just wanted to give her extra motivation when fighting her way to the top. She couldn’t even confront the Wyvern about it as the beast had died before the Professor had even made it to the bottom of the mountain. The Professor offered to cast a shield around it too, but it refused. The Professor wasn’t sure if the creature simply didn’t believe that he could help it, or if didn’t want to face the humans on the valley who now knew it existed.
Tiseia didn’t let the Wyvern’s lies slow her down however. She was determined that he, Miscorak and Lindsey’s sacrifices wouldn’t be for nothing, that her people would survive and with the likes of Hisera’s help the tribe would persevere through the dark times ahead, though things would never be the same again.
No longer could the humans simply hide from the giant meat eaters who roamed the valley. Now they would be forced into direct competition with them for the limited resources, leading to new challenges for both.
The Professor carried Lindsey into the medibay, where he performed more spells and enchantments that he hoped might prolong her life just a little while longer.
“I still don’t understand” Kirsteen said.
“You say there’s this place that can help her? As long as we don’t muck about with the time we visit what’s the problem, why don’t we go there now.”
“There will be a price Kirsteen. One that might come back to haunt all of us.”
“Well isn’t that worth it to save Lindsey.”
“Not if he forces her to go along with whatever he wants me to do. And he can. If he cures her, then he will own her life force. It won’t just be one favour we’ll owe him, any time that sick.” The Professor had to stop.
“Who, who are you talking about.”
“Why don’t I show you” the Professor said as he left the medibay and headed for the control room.
“What do you mean.”
“I mean you’re right Lindsey’s life is at stake and unfortunately the only place that can help her is one place you really don’t want to go. It’s the place that made me who I am. Scholomance.
The Professor fled as fast as he could, whilst carrying Kirsteen (much to her chagrin) with the blue magical energy smashing everything in its path after them.
The two however soon came to a dead end. The Professor jumped ten or so feet above Kirsteen’s head to the roof of the cave they were in. Using his Vampiric strength he tried to rip a hole in the roof, though he didn’t tell Kirsteen to get out of the way, and a rock nearly fell on her head.
“How embarrassing would that have been? You go to all that effort to try and save me from the magic, only to kill me through your incompetence.”
“Who says I’m trying to save you?” The Professor joked as he desperately clawed his way through the rock.
The magic was getting nearer and nearer. Kirsteen had never felt so helpless and as the blue wave of magic was almost upon her she closed her eyes in terror. Fortunately the Professor had just managed to break his way through and jumped back down, pulling Kirsteen up in the nick of time, though as she was pulled up, she could feel the heat from the magic burn her feet badly.
Up above The Professor crawled out of the small hole he had created, though both he and Kirsteen were barely able to make it through, one after another. The magic below had seemingly reached its zenith for now at least.
In the cave above the Professor and Kirsteen could see an exit. It led to what looked like a very small valley on the inside of the mountain.
There was a small lake and several trees surrounding it near the cave as well as what looked like a small Ceratopsian Dinosaur standing over the lake, drinking.
There was no way back except down and so the Professor and Kirsteen were forced to walk through the valley.
Up above they could see several Pterosaurs, all of which had been mutated by the magic. The Professor and Kirsteen wisely kept their distance and hid under some near trees.
Unfortunately however they were too consumed with the Pterosaurs to notice another, much larger creature heading towards them. It was a Tyrannosaurus Rex. a female this time (which Lindsey would have recognized as such due to it’s different skin coloration.)
Luckily for Kirsteen and the Professor, the Tyrannosaurus was instead focused on the small Ceratopsian. The Tyrant Lizard King was able to sneak up on its unsuspecting prey and with one devastating bite, brought it to the ground.
The Professor and Kirsteen were alerted to its presence by the Ceratopsian’s screams. Unfortunately so were the Pterosaurs who started to attack the Tyrannosaur.
The Pterosaurs were no match for the Tyrannosaur who tore two of the winged terrors that were foolish enough to get near out of the sky and crushed them in its mighty jaws.
Unfortunately however as the Professor and Kirsteen tried to run away one of the Pterosaurs noticed them and was able to pounce on the Professor and drag him into the sky.
The Tyrannosaurus meanwhile having either killed or driven off the remaining Pterosaurs turned its attention to the mutant carrying the Professor. It was too high for the Dinosaur to reach with its head, so the monster swung its tail towards it.
The Professor however noticed the Tyrannosaur and sunk his fangs into the Pterosaurs foot, causing it to drop him, just as the Tyrannosaurs tail struck the Pterosaur and smashed its body to pieces.
The Tyrannosaur then turned to face the Professor. Roaring and snapping in an attempt to scare him, not that it needed to. It’s size and teeth were enough!
The Professor ran but the Dinosaur chased after him. Kirsteen tried to run after the Dinosaur, but the Professor shouted at her to flee and find Lindsey and the others.
She didn’t need much encouragment not to try and fight a Tyrannosaurus. As Kirsteen ran out into the open however a few of the surviving Pterosaurs noticed her and swooped down. She barely managed to dodge them, before being forced down a nearby cave.
As she ran deeper and deeper into the cave she felt she could hear a voice. The voice however more felt like it was in her head and it actually caused her quite a lot of pain.
“You have to hurry we don’t have much time. Please just listen to my.” The voice which rang in both Kirsteen and the Professors ears soon cut off.
The Professor meanwhile continued to run deep into the valley with the Tyrannosaurus not giving up.
“Honestly I don’t know why Lindsey likes you lot so much. Yeah there are some good films about you, but you’re more trouble than you’re worth.” The Professor said back to the relentless Tyrannosaur.
The Professor soon came to a dead end. There was a cliff which stretched to the tallest part of the mountain. Even the Professor couldn’t make a jump that big and the cliff edge was completely smooth.
The Tyrannosaurus charged head first at the Vampire who managed using all of his strength to jump over the beast as it rammed head first into the edge of the cliff, causing it to shake and massive boulders and pieces of rubble to fall.
The Professor thinking fast used his Vampire strength to dig a hole in the ground, and then from below pulled a massive stone over the hole. The Tyrannosaur could flip the stone away easily, but hopefully it wouldn’t think to look for him under there.
The Tyrannosaurs were incredibly intelligent, at least by Dinosaur standards, but they had also become used to similar behavour from their prey, even humans.
The Tyrannosaurus wouldn’t have been used to dealing with a human sized creature with enough strength to lift a boulder, or being capable of burrowing underground.
The Tyrannosaurus could still smell the Professor and searched around for a few minutes before letting out a roar in frustration and returning to its Ceratopsian meal.
After a few more minutes to be sure, the Professor pushed the boulder away with his strength and crawled out of his makeshift grave. It wasn’t the first time he had been forced to claw his way out of one.
The Professor slowly crept through the valley to the cave he had seen Kirsteen flee too, careful not to make any more noise and alert the Tyrannosaurus.
“Professor, Professor, thank god.” Lindsey said as she spotted her Vampire companion from the trees.
“Lindsey keep down, there’s a Tyrannosaurus over there.”
Lindsey hadn’t noticed the beast yet.
“Up here? I thought all the Dinosaurs in this mountain had been turned into those mutants.” Lindsey said in surprise
“I’m guessing the top of the mountain is the only part that wave hasn’t struck yet. Eye of the storm and everything. Give it time however.”
“That’s something we don’t have” Mascorak said as he and Tisean came into view.
“As we made our way here, we saw explosions happening all over the valley. It could break apart any minute.”
“Yes well not that we’re any closer to finding the core, but earlier I think I heard a voice in my head. Kirsteen heard it too. It was faint, but it could be the Dragon responsible for creating this valley. That was imprisoned with it. The Gods often imprisoned the Dragons they didn’t want to kill within the valleys they had created. It’s possible that he’s reaching out to me, maybe to even help me fix whatever’s wrong here. He did build it after all. The problem is.”
Suddenly the ground started to shake. The Professor, Lindsey, Tisean and Mascorak believed it to be the valley breaking apart at first, but they were soon proven wrong when a gigantic clawed hand came bursting through the ground in front of them, followed by a hideous, grinning, horned head.
It was the mutant Theropod that Lindsey and the others had seen attacking the Ceratopsians.
It instantly drew the Tyrannosaurs attention and within a few minutes the two monsters were battling one another.
The mutant gained the upper hand almost instantly. The Tyrannosaurus managed one swing with its tail, which the mutant caught, before it then went on to slash the Tyrannosaurus several times across the face. The monster also disoriented the Tyrannosaurus with its constant screaming which almost sounded like giggling to the Professor and the others.
After taking dozens and dozens of blows, the Tyrannosaur fell to the ground. The mutant started to drag the Tyrannosaur away, by the tail, thinking its rival had died. (To be fair those wounds would be enough to kill most Dinosaurs.)
The Tyrannosaurus wasn’t completely beat yet however and it pulled its tail free from the monsters grasp and swung back at the mutants feet, knocking it off guard. The Tyrannosaurus hoisted itself up with its strong back legs and clamped its jaws around the mutants arm. With one bite it crushed the mutants arm, though the creature instantly fought back and slashed and slashed at the Tyrannosaurus’ face until it was forced to let go and staggered back.
The mutant then charged at the Tyrannosaurus with its horn and slashed it across the side, but the Tyrannosaurus in response clamped its teeth around the mutants tail and this time it bit so hard it tore it off.
The mutant in response dug its claws straight into the Tyrannosaurus eye and tore it out. The Tyrannosaur however rammed into the mutant, and with its much greater body weight pushing the monster back into the nearest wall. The mutant started to slash and slash at the Tyrannosaurs back with its remaining clawed arm until the beast again was forced to give in. The mutant then attempted to charge the Tyrannosaur again with its horn, but this time the Tyrant Lizard King was too fast and it managed to grab the monsters horn in its mouth. The Tyrannosaur pulled the mutant to the ground and delivered a series of bites to its back,, ripping off masses of flesh, before breaking its other arm. Finally the Tyrannosaurus closed its jaws around the monsters head, crushing it to a pulp.
The Tyrannosaurus roared in triumph over its rival, with tis roars echoing through the valley and mountain, scaring anything that heard it away.
During the battle the Professor, Lindsey, Mascorak and Tisean had wisely fled down the same cave Kirsteen had escaped through. Lindsey had wanted to stay and see who won the fight, but the Professor pulled her away, though just before he did, she managed to snap a picture of it. Catching the Tyrannosaurus as it had its jaws locked around the mutant Dinosaurs arm.
After a few minutes they had caught up to Kirsteen who they found lying unconscious on the cave floor.
“Kirsteen, Kirsteen.” The Professor said as he tried to wake her.
Suddenly the Professor, Lindsey, Mascorak and Tisean were all similarly brought to the ground by an overwhelming sensation of pain. The Professor lasted the longest naturally, but in less than a minute he too was knocked out.
When the time travelers and their companions awoke they found themselves sealed in a strange, purple, magical bubble.
“What’s going on?”
“Finally. You humans are so weak I’m amazed you ever usurped our kind as the masters of the planet”. A deep voice from seemingly nowhere said.
“I’m not human” The Professor replied.
“I know exactly what you are child of Khastran, not that any of that matters now” the voice said as an apparition of a large, golden, Dragon like creature appeared in front of them.
“I am the creator of this valley. Sealed deep within the mountain by the gods. I have been waiting for one of you to reach me.”
“My god. An actual Dragon.” Kirsteen said only for the apparition to sigh.
“I’m a Wyvern actually. A Pterosaur fused with magic, not a Dinosaur.”
“It can’t be. We’ve heard stories of the god of the valley, said to be sealed in the highest mountain.” Mascorak said.
“I am not a god.” The Wyvern interrupted. “They are the cause of all this. The prison that binds me here prevented me from contacting you for centuries. If I could I would have told you that the magics you were using weren’t helping. It’s only been recently that I was able to finally to contact some of you, but even then my reach is limited to this mountain.”
“Where are you imprisoned?” The Professor asked.
“Beneath the mountain. I am using up a lot of the valley’s magic even just to send this message to you. We have even less time now.”
“There’s no need for that.” The Professor said smugly much to Lindsey and Kirsteens annoyance.
“I have a spell that will fix the shall we say shoddy Dragon, or rather Wyvern craftmanship of this valley.”
“Foolish Vampire, your little tricks will accomplish nothing. The magic used to build this valley are far superior to those on earth. You will need a spell that only I know. Let me show you.”
Suddenly Kirsteen started screaming as a blue electricity flowed through her body, which started to float up through the air.
“Please stop” Kirsteen shouted. The others attempted to intervene, but the Wyvern pinned them all to the edge of the forcefield.
“I am doing what I must to save this valley.” The reptile said.
The Professor jumped off of the back of his Pterosaur and onto the mutant that was attacking Kirsteen and her Pterosaur.
The Professor’s weight sent the winged monster crashing down to the earth, and when it tried to get back up, the Professor started to wrestle with the monster until it crashed head first into the ground.
Unfortunately however Kirsteen’s Pterosaur had been so badly wounded that it too began to drop from the sky. With its last ounce of strength Kirsteen’s Pterosaur made its way to a nearby small forest and crashed into the trees which broke Kirsteen’s fall.
The Professor ran towards the forest to find Kirsteen, with a few of the mutated Pterosaurs including those who had swarmed Lindsey in pursuit. Fortunately his Vampiric speed allowed him to keep ahead of them no problem.
Whilst some of the horde of winged terrors were distracted Tiseia and Miscorak flew their Pterosaurs to the mountain. Lindsey’s Pterosaur instinctively followed, though she tried to resist it.
“No stop, stop.” She said. “I’m not leaving Kirsteen and the Professor.”
“We have no choice this could be our only chance of getting to the mountain.” Tiseia said.
“The Professor knows more about magic than the rest of us, we need him to fix the valley.” Lindsey protested.
Unfortunately she didn’t have much choice as the swarm of Pterosaurs soon diverted their attention back to Lindsey, Tiseia and Miscorak who were forced to flee to a nearby ledge on the mountain.
The Pterosaurs were unable to land on the ledge however as it was too narrow, and worse the flying reptiles began to panic as the Demonic horde zeroed in.
Knowing they wouldn’t have time to force the flying reptiles to land, Tiseia unshackled herself from her Pterosaur and jumped about 10 or so feet down to the ledge. Both Miscorak and Lindsey followed suit as the mutants descended on them.
The mutant Pterosaurs were blocked off by the ledge as well, which led into a small cave, but Tiseia, Miscorak and Lindsey’s Pterosaurs unfortunately however were torn apart by the mutant Pterosaurs as they tried to flee.
“We can’t leave the Professor and Kirsteen” Lindsey protested as she tried to pointlessly go back only for Tiseia to block her.
“We’ll be lucky to get out of this alive. If there’s even a small chance that our sacrifice could save this valley, we have to take it. No matter what the cost.” Tiseia said as she looked away from the gruesome spectacle above.
The Professor meanwhile had managed to meet up with Kirsteen who had been knocked unconscious after falling out of the tree.
“I hate to tell you Miss Williamson, but it wasn’t a dream.” He said after waking her.
In the distance of the woods, the two could see an Allosaurus battling a Stegosaurus. The Allosaurus seemed to have the upper hand in the battle, though it was still covered in a number of vicious cuts made by the Stegosaurus’ tail.
The Professor and Kirsteen slowly backed away, keeping hidden from both the Dinosaurs and the winged terrors above the trees. More and more of the Pterosaurs began to gather above the forest however.
“We’ll have to leg it to that cave at the bottom of the mountain. Or rather I’ll have to leg it and carry you. I’m much faster.” The Professor said.
“Leg it? Are you mad?”
“Well I could throw you.”
As the Pterosaurs started to become more restless above, the Professor picked Kirsteen up and ran towards the cave. A swarm of hundreds of Pterosaurs headed in the Vampires direction, but the Professor managed to make it to the cave just in time, though he was forced to jumped the last ten or so feet before the Pterosaurs could cut him off. Unfortunately however one of the Pterosaurs had been waiting in the cave already. It emerged just as the Professor was about to enter with Kirsteen in tow.
Snapping and biting at the two time travellers, with no choice the Professor threw Kirsteen into the Pterosaur’s body, knocking it back into the cave, before the horde swooped down on them both
Before the Pterosaur could get up the Professor jumped on its back and snapped the reptiles neck.
“You threw me into that thing, you” Before Kirsteen could even finish she and the Professor were again forced to flee as several of the Pterosaurs landed by the cave and walked in one after another.
Whilst they were more cumbersome on land, they were still dangerous at close quarters due to their powerful jaws.
“What do we do now?” Lindsey asked?
“The Professor was the only one who knew that spell, what even is the point of us being here?”
“We know magic too.” Miscorak said.
“It’s just getting there that’s the problem, though at least this is further than most of us have made it before.”
“That means nothing.” Tiseia said.
“Those flying horrors out there are just the start. The deeper we get into the mountain. The worse the mutants will be.”
The three reluctant travellers pushed on down the long, dark tunnel ahead which ended in a chasm.
Below the trio could see a herd of five Triceratops stampeding out of the cave. They were being pursued by a nightmarish looking creature. Clearly some mutated form of large theropod Dinosaur.
It stood completely erect like a Kangeroo, whilst its flesh was dripping, slimy, saggy and pink. Its eyes were jet black like a shark, whilst its arms were much longer than any other meat eater’s fore arms (even Spinosaurus.)
It had a single, long metal horn sticking out of the front of its head, whilst its mouth was filled with massive teeth the same colour as its flesh. The teeth were so massive that even when it closed its mouth they overlapped. The mouth was also twisted into a nightmarish grin.
The monsters roar was more of a scream and despite standing over 20 feet tall, the beast moved at a tremendous speed and caught up to one of the Triceratops in a matter of seconds. It pulled the Dinosaur away from the rest of its herd and jumped on the herbivores back, before delivering a series of bites and scratches to the Dinosaur. The mutant tore out massive chunks of the Ceratopsian’s flesh until it collapsed on the floor.
The Mutant then jumped on the back of another Ceratopsian and grabbed onto both of its horns. It pulled on both of them so hard that it ripped the horns clean out of their sockets.
The Mutant then stabbed the Triceratops over and over again with its own horns, before slicing its guts open with them.
Two of the Triceratops stood and fought with their attacker after being alerted by the cries of their kin.
The Mutant however dealt with them both swiftly. Wielding its previous victims horns like two swords the creature stabbed one of them into the first Triceratops eye, whilst with the second Triceratops it grabbed one of its horns, pulled its head up, and then stabbed its previous victims horn into the bottom of its throat.
The monster then caught up with the final Triceratops which it jumped on the back of, and started biting. The Triceratops in desperation tried to shake it’s attacker off, but not only did the monster hold on tight it grabbed the Triceratops by both horns and pulled its face up. As the Triceratops ran frantically around, the monster steered it towards the wall where it crashed head first.
The animal was knocked out and whilst it was vulnerable the monster flipped it over on its side and started to disembowel the hapless herbivore.
“Remember the magic that created that abomination can affect us too.” Tiseia said in disgust.
“How do we know when to avoid it I mean is the air in here polluted with that magic?” Lindsey asked.
“No it will come in the form of a massive wave of blue energy through the cavern. We’ll just have to hope there is somewhere for us to hide when it strikes, as I don’t fancy our chances of outrunning it.” Tiseia continued.
“There’s no other way forward, we’re just going to have jump” Miscorak interrupted with reluctance as he looked at the disgusting spectacle ahead. (Lindsey and Tiseia had wisely looked away after the first Triceratops death.)
“Are you insane? We’d never make it across the chasm. ” Tiseia said.
“You have any other ideas? We can’t go back and we certainly can’t go down.” Miscorak said as he looked at the mutant theropod smearing itself in the Triceratops entrails.
“I’ll go first” Lindsey said.
She took a few minutes to warm up before making a massive jump about 6 or so feet in the air. She only just managed to make it to the very edge of the other side of the Chasm. She almost slid off, but she managed to jab her foot onto a small hole in the cliff edge below which allowed her to get a good grip.
Slowly Lindsey pulled herself up over the edge of the cliff, careful not to make any noise.
Miscorak was the next to jump over. To Lindsey’s surprise despite his somewhat larger, bulkier frame he actually managed to make the jump better than she did and landed on the other side. Unfortunately however when he landed, he caused a part of the cliff edge to crumble which instantly alerted the Mutant.
“Oh come on there is no way he could have heard that.” Lindsey sighed in frustration.
The giant came running down the cavern at a tremendous speed forcing Tiseia to jump, though she missed it, Lindsey was able to catch her and pulled her up just before the Mutant arrived.
The freak Dinosaur however soon started to crawl up the chasm after them.
Lindsey, Tiseia and Miscorak bolted down the nearby tunnel which was too small for the Theropod to get down. The beast was still able to reach its arm down the tunnel however and grab onto Tiseia. Its claws knocked her down and then dug into her leg. Miscorak jumped onto the beasts fingers with all of his weight before they could pull her down, knocking them off, but the monster then slashed Miscorak across the chest which knocked him back almost out of the Dinosaurs reach.
Lindsey and Tiseia were able to pull their comrade to safety before the monster could grab him again.
“Can you stand.” Lindsey asked.
“Yes, yes I” as soon as he stood, Miscorak began to faint.
His wound started to sparkle.
“Its magic has infected him.” Tiseia said.
“And me too” she continued as she showed the tiny scratch made on her leg.
“It won’t be long before he changes into something like that creature. I’ve maybe got an hour if I’m lucky. You need to get out of here.”
“I can’t possibly survive on my own. Besides the Professor will have something that can reverse the infection I’m sure of it.”
“I doubt he will, but you’re right you probably won’t make it out of here on your own. You probably won’t make it out of here regardless, but as soon as we start to change run. Don’t try and reason with is, and certainly don’t try and outfight us. Just run, do you understand.”
Lindsey nodded, whilst Miscorak tried to stand on his own two feet.
“I’m fine” he said whilst coughing.
“I’m not going to let some freak Dinosaur get in the way of protecting my valley.”
The Professor and Kirsteen had managed to lose the Pterosaur horde, but they were now lost in the maze like caves.
As they moved in closer to the center of the mountain the Professor felt he could hear something faint, like a voice in the distance.
Kirsteen could hear it too.
“I don’t know, I have a theory. If I’m right it could be a good thing, but we have to keep on our toes..” The Professor said.
“Oh and here was me thinking we could be laid back with hundreds of mutant Pterodactyls trying to eat us.”
“Pterosaurs Kirsteen. Oh god I feel like Lindsey now.” The Professor said.
Suddenly the roof of the cave began to shake.
Kirsteen started to get scared, but the Professor was more concerned by something else. He could sense magic from the distance. Powerful, concentrated magic heading their way.
“We have to move now” The Vampire said as the walls behind them began to break and a massive blue light came bursting through them.
The Tyrannosaurus Rex lunged forward, with it’s jaws wide open at it’s victims, but Lindsey, thinking quickly grabbed the riders spear and stabbed it into the Tyrant Lizard King’s mouth.
She embedded the blade right into it’s tongue causing the giant to to thrash around in agony. It tried desperately to shake the spear out of it’s mouth, but when it bit down on the weapon, it just cut the spear in half. Lindsey, Kirsteen, Hisera and the rider fled to the nearby cave for safety.
Whilst the Tyrannosaur struggled to get the blade out of it’s tongue, one of the riders, a young woman returned. She tried to impale her spear into the Tyrannosaurs mouth having seen what Lindsey had done, but the creature spat what was left of Lindsey’s spear out, narrowly missing the rider before pursuing her.
Though the Pterosaur tried to fly as high as it could, it’s rider kept forcing it to go lower so as to keep the Tyrannosaurs attention.
“I’m sorry old girl, but we have to get him away from here.” She said.
The rider managed to drag the Tyrannosaur back down the passage way and into the ruins of the village.
By this stage Professor Fang’s bones had mostly healed and he was ready to try and take on the Tyrant Lizard King again, regardless of how futile that may be.
As the monster reached up and nearly grabbed the Pterosaur, the Professor pulled the fabric off of the ruins of a tent and jumped over 20 feet in the air, onto the Tyrannosaurus’ neck. He then wrapped the cloth around the Dinosaurs eyes.
“Stop it, you’ll be killed.” The rider shouted out in desperation at the Professor.
The Tyrannosaur however struggled to throw the Vampire off, with the Professor holding on with all his strength. The Tyrannosaur stomped it’s way blindly through several more ruins, very nearly tripping itself up. As it let out a series of deafening roars in frustration, the rider flew over it’s mouth and hurled her spear straight down it’s throat, cutting it open.
The Tyrannosaur soon collapsed to the floor, choking on both the spear and it’s own blood. In it’s last few moments the Dinosaur managed to gag the spear out of it’s mouth, but it’s inner throat had been cut completely open.
The rider flew back to the top of the mountain to inform the survivors that the crisis was over, whilst the Professor sat beside the Tyrannosaur as it took it’s last breaths. He even rubbed it’s lower jaw to try and comfort the Dinosaur.
“Sadly it was you or us. Nature’s cruel that way.” The Professor said.
Lindsey, and Kirsteen were the first to return to the ruins of the village.
“There are some perks to being a Vampire it seems.” Kirsteen said upon seeing the Professor had mostly healed.
“Yes well it doesn’t feel that way when you’re still awake whilst all your bones are being crushed by a Tyrannosaur, but I get your meaning.” The Professor replied.
Suddenly the remainder of the Pterosaurs and their riders returned to the village.
“You arrived just in time.” Lindsey said sarcastically.
“Who are you?” The leader of the riders, a large burly man snapped?
“Just travellers passing through, I happened to help save your village, or rather what’s left of it. Ask your friend when she get’s back, you know the one of you who stayed behind to fight the monsters.”
“The flyers got too wild being near that thing. We couldn’t control them.”
“Well she managed it?” The Professor said.
“Okay Professor” Lindsey interrupted. “Best not to antagonise the angry people with spears.”
The rider who the Professor had helped slay the Tyrannosaur soon returned.
“It seems we owe you our thanks.” The leader said, somewhat reluctantly to the female rider.
“You DO.” The Professor said.
“I wouldn’t have been able to slay the monster had it not been for this, eh mysterious traveller.” The rider said.
“Yes well you can thank me later, but right now I need your help. The mountain that’s the center of the valley. I, we, need help getting there.”
The leader laughed.
“You think an old man like you can make your way past those beasts. They have been twisted by the dark magics into being creatures far beyond.”
“Yes I know your friend Hisera told me, by the way how is she.”
“She’s fine. Obviously taking a rest after her ordeal, but she’ll live.” The female rider said.
“Yes well not for long if you don’t help me, us get to the mountain. I might be able to fix the core. I can’t promise anything, but not to sound smug, I have a much, much better grasp of magics than you do. If you’ll just lend us a Pterosaur we’ll be on our way.” The Professor said somewhat jokingly.
“I admire your confidence old man, but our entire valley is at stake.”
“I’m not just an old man” The Professor said as he bared his fangs.
“Vampire!” The leader shrieked as he held his spear in place.
“There are Vampires on the moon as well as Dinosaurs?” Kirsteen said in surprise.
“Well if some of the humans ancestors who were brought here were infected, why not?” The Professor replied.
“Vampires are evil, bloodsucking monsters. I don’t know what cheap trick this is.” The leader said.
“It’s no trick, I’m one of the few nice Vamps.”
“Or” Lindsey interrupted. “Even if you don’t believe that which I wouldn’t blame you for, he’s in the same position as you. If this valley explodes into space, he’ll die too. In fact, worse as a Vampire, the lack of oxygen won’t kill him, he’ll just float through space forever. You can count on him to want to help save this valley regardless.”
“Well I don’t know I’d imagine he’d actually be okay with nothing but his own company forever” Kirsteen interrupted.
“But ehm seriously though you can trust us to want to save our own necks.” Lindsey said getting back on point.
“He did help me slay the monster.” The female rider interrupted. “I couldn’t have done it without him. He covered the monsters eyes, allowing me to get close to it’s mouth, Any other Vampire would have fled at the sight of one of those giants, but he didn’t.”
The leader frowned. “Well I suppose we don’t have anything to lose. The mountain could go at any minute. I want you to go with the Vampire, and I shall come too.”
“We’ll need a full army to get to that mountain.” The female rider said.
“Maybe not. That’s the mistake we’ve made every time. We charge in there and the monsters see us coming. Maybe stealth is the only way to get to it.”
“You know he’s probably right.” The Professor said.
“That is if we can still trust you Vampire.”
“Well I’m not the one who ran away from the Tyrannosaur.” The Professor responded.
“Okay, let’s not fight.” The female rider said. “It probably doesn’t matter what we do as the valley’s doomed regardless. I’ll get the flyers ready.”
Hisera meanwhile rested at the very top of the wall that surrounded the village, near where the Pterosaurs were normally kept.
As the leader and the female rider prepared Pterosaurs for the three time travellers, Kirsteen went to try and comfort Hisera.
“It’s okay, it’s okay, you’re safe now, the Tyrannosaurus is dead.” Kirsteen said.
“I left him. I left him. In all the confusion I, I.”
“It’s okay” Kirsteen said, having no idea what she was talking about.
“We’re going to the mountain. The Pterosaurs will take us there.” The Professor told Hisera.
“You have to let me come with you.”
“No you’re still too cut up from the Raptors.” Kirsteen said firmly.
“She’s right, besides we need all the people we can to protect what’s left of the village anyway. If you do feel better, you can help there.” The leader said.
The female rider helped The Professor, Lindsey and Kirsteen get strapped to their Pterosaurs.
“I trust none of you have ever ridden one of our flyers before?” The rider asked?
“Well me and Lindsey have ridden on the backs of Pterosaurs and other flying creatures many times, but Kirsteen here, well.”
“Sorry I was off singing when all my friends were learning how to fly Dinosaurs.”
“Pterosaurs actually” Lindsey had to interject.
“And I’m not crazy about heights either to be honest.” Lindsey continued.
“Well don’t worry.” The female rider said.
“We’ve put you with our oldest and most experienced flyers. As long as you don’t startle them they’ll take you there no problem. They’ll follow our lead.”
“Can I ask what your name is?” The Professor asked the female rider.
“And yours?” He said to the leader.
“Alright I’m Fang, this is Lindsey and eh, I’ve forgotten your name again?” The Professor said jokingly to Kirsteen who didn’t appreciate it. “It’s Kirsteen, Kirsteen.”
The Pterosaurs departed from the cliff top at a lightening speed. Kirsteen could not stop screaming at first. Her screaming however caused the Pterosaur to begin to panic and fly off course. Fortunately Tiseia was able to command the beast to follow her, though not before telling Kirsteen to shut up.
Lindsey wasn’t much better due to her fear of heights, but she was used to overcoming these kinds of problems unlike Kirsteen.
The five Pterosaurs took the Professor and the others across the valley and to the mountain in just over 20 mins.
Despite how badly it had been ravaged by the magics collapsing, the valley still looked beautiful. There were massive lakes, forests and open fields, filled with wonderful prehistoric creatures below.
Brachiosaurs, Stegosaurs, Triceratops, various species of Hadrosaur all herded together for protection.
There were a few gruesome sights along the way however. They witnessed a Carnotaurus attack and kill a small sauropod, and also by one of the lakes. A gigantic Spinosaurus emerge out of the water like a Crocodile and pull a Hadrosaur down to a watery grave.
“Remind me not to go skinny dipping in this valley.” Kirsteen said at the sight of the Spinosaurus’ lake going red with the Hadrosaurs blood.
“Spinosaurus” Lindsey said. “They were always among my favourites. The biggest meat eaters ever to walk the earth. Don’t worry though they prefer to live near the water. We’ll be fine where we’re going.”
“You’ll soon be eating those words.” Miscorak said.
As soon as they came near the mountain the Pterosaurs suddenly stopped in their tracks.
“We’ll need to land and try and get in from the bottom.” Miscorak said.
“If we try and fly to the top, the”
Before he could finish a large shrieking sound suddenly came piercing from the mountain.
“Damn those monsters. It’s like they can sense us.” Miscorak said in fear.
Several large, hairy, yellow, Pterosaur like creatures soon came flying from the mountain. The sight of the monsters was enough to make a pack of nearby Allosaurus scarper for the nearest woods.
The monsters were incredibly fast, but under Tiseia’s command the flying reptiles were able to keep a good distance ahead of the monsters, except for Kirsteen’s Pterosaur. Her screaming at the monsters caused her Pterosaur to fly slightly off direction, allowing one of the mutated Pterosaurs to fly ahead and cut her off.
Kirsteen stared into the creatures hideous face. It had three eyes, all of which were bright green, with a red iris. Green slime meanwhile dripped from it’s long, thin jaws.
The monster spat it’s slime right into Kirsteen’s Pterosaur’s face causing it to scream. Some of the noxious liquid splashed Kirsteen and burned her skin too. The mutated Pterosaur then rammed into Kirsteen’s Pterosaur and clamped it’s jaws around it’s neck.
Kirsteen tried to fight the mutant off herself, but several more started to swarm her. Lindsey soon noticed Kirsteen wasn’t with them, but when she tried to direct her Pterosaur back the way, several more of the mutants soon swarmed her too.