Hi there! For the final time in the Terraria-Mycroft Series/ The Infinite Archipelago Series. This is the final confrontation with the Goblins, as the forces of the Original Slime unite under the name of the Platinum Blade and prepare for The Final War. Melissa, Andrew, Dryad (Celestia now, more on that in the story)...they're all here, ready to disembody hordes of Goblins. And at the centre of this legendary conflict, a suit of armour sits... The Platinum Armour is returning... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chapter One: The Gathering SPACEThe Dryad burst out of the waves. SPACEExcept, she wasn't called the Dryad anymore. Her name was Celestia. SPACEThe Queen of Nature swam to the shore, and noticed the changes to her body. For a start, she wasn't covered in her infamous vines. Instead, she wore sky blue plates of pearlstone. SPACESky blue seemed to fit Celestia; her long hair had gone from leaf green to diamond cyan, her eyes were a light turquoise... she fit perfectly into the Hallowed Islands. SPACESpitting out sugary water, Celestia looked at the archipelago. SPACEFluorescent trees gently swayed in the sea breeze, as bisque mountains loomed overhead. A rainbow surveyed the landscape, looking towards the newest visitor: Celestia, Commander of the Hallow and the Jungle Forces. SPACECelestia thought it was beautiful, but the Jungle was more majestic by far. However much she would love to go there again before the Final War begins, there was no professional need. The jungle animals were so loyal to her that they were preparing to defend the world from the Gods at this instant. It took a bit of persuasion from the Original Slime, but they had abandoned their masters in the end. Meanwhile, the Gods would be doing the same. SPACEThe Corruption had already been taken by the Gods, as with the Desert. The forest beings had stated their neutrality, but to be honest it was because no one needed them. After all, armies of Bunnies (corrupt or not) were pretty useless. SPACEThat left the Hallow. SPACEA creature burst from the pale blue foliage. A golden mane, a silver body and four proud iron hooves stood in front of Celestia. Its horn of solid pearlstone pointed menacingly at the soon-to-be mush. SPACE"Neighoian certio daer leasti neadighiyan gnneureuuf!" the Unicorn King stated. Why have you come here, worthless being? The Hallowed Islands do not need your puny settlements. Leave now! SPACECelestia smiled sadly. "Geuid neighaonioa klerir u iandoe quieritinad." Great Lord of the Hallow, I have come in aid of your forces. The Gods prepare to march upon us all, and you shall be crushed unless you join the Original Slime." SPACEThe gallant equestrian was a bit surprised that he got a reply from the human, but being king meant surprises and replied swiftly. By spitting at Celestia's feet. SPACE"Pah! Teewrti fartionioncsadi lamborgintiront! Gartiuse! GARTISUE!" Pah! That worthless pile of slime will do nothing but lose against the mighty power of the Gods! Get out! GET OUT!" SPACEThe Chief of the Islands sprinted towards the former Dryad, preparing to spear her with his horn. SPACECelestia sighed. "Weriuto n'ghas..." Your loss... SPACEWith the power of the Original Slime in her blood, thorns of blue dug their way out from the ground. Like missiles, they penetrated into the pale belly of the charging unicorn. SPACEAs the vegetation grew into the internal systems of the magical horse, he fell to the ground, wounded. However, being the king, he resisted the urge to scream in pain and simply grunted. SPACE"Dehg yuarti cedranto lerasd onio Zerlitniyu Spirata ewa Xardor?" Celestia said, walking over to the dying monarch. Don't you remember who created the Ancient Spirit of Light? SPACEThe Unicorn struggled more. SPACE"Dofingart, Unicor King." Celestia said, putting her hand on his forehead. Sorry, Unicorn King. SPACEIn a flash of blue, the Unicorn was the slave of Celestia. The thorns disappeared, as well as the wounds. SPACE"Gather your forces, and meet back here at the shore." the new Hallowed Queen said, in Equestraniol. SPACEThe Unicorn did as he was told, and galloped away, preparing for war. SPACE SPACE"To the right...to the right...No! Too far! A Little to the left? Yes! Perfect! Oh wait, that's where the cot goes..." SPACEAndrew sighed, the weight of the painting in his hands numbing him. Right now, he wouldn't mind decapitating hordes of goblins. SPACE"Oh, don't look like that!" Myrth exclaimed. "We just had our wedding yesterday, you should be overjoyed!" SPACEAndrew decided to just put the picture between the baby pink cot and the left corner of the room. he had just been toiling away, painting the whole room. SPACE"Of course I'm happy, Myrth... It's just I'm a bit...bored." SPACEMyrth laughed, and pecked Andrew on the cheek. SPACE"Want a battalion of Goblins to slash through?" SPACEAndrew stood up, and went over to the window. SPACE"Actually, yes." SPACEThe two-year-old town below was peaceful. A golden dawn sprinkled over the wooden buildings, as did the noise of women talking, men grunting and children laughing. SPACEMyrth came beside her husband, oblivious to a distant rumble in the background. She dismissed it as a tree that had just been cut down. SPACE"Think about it, Andrew," she said. "Would you rather have a new family in a peaceful world, or a wasteland with no hope left?" SPACEA louder thud echoed throughout the palace, along with a few panicked voices. SPACEAndrew smiled, oblivious to the chaos that was happening in the corridors of his mansion. SPACE"I'll take you." SPACEThe door exploded. SPACEShocked, Myrth and Andrew spun around, guns pointing to whatever enemy was about to appear out of the cloud of dust that surrounded the nursery. Thoughts racked through the couple's head; what could have done that? Is it a goblin? How did the guards miss it? Both of them prepared to fight an evil, giant mutant of some kind. SPACE Instead, a young woman stumbled out, coughing. The confusion that Andrew experienced was too great to describe. SPACEShaking her hair to get any debris out, she forced a smile to the king and put out her shaking hand towards him. SPACE"Melissa Mycroft," she stuttered out, recovering from the aftershock of time travel. "Treasure hunter, and also Head Recruiter for the Platinum Blade. Also, your Great-Great-Great-Great Grand-daughter." SPACEThe goblin and the ancestor were speechless. Melissa continued. SPACE"You both need to come with me. The Original Slime calls for you to come." SPACEAt the mention of the creator of all things, Andrew snapped back from amazement. SPACE"Wait, did you say time travel?" SPACEMelissa rolled her eyes, and looked at her pocket watch in impatience. SPACE"Look, I'll explain everything later, but right now we don't have time. If we don't hurry now, the cosmos will unravel itself into a void again. Now, step here please..." SPACEMelissa grabbed the two by the arms and shoved them to a marble tile, just beside the broken fragments of the door. SPACE"What happened to the guards?" Myrth asked. Melissa tried to shake the subject off casually. SPACE"Oh, you know...serious life-threatening paralysis. Not my fault they got in the way of my warp jump! Anyway, here we go!" SPACEThe couple both shouted "WHAT?!" in unison, just as a beam of orange light came from above, struck into the trio and exploded throughout time and space, ready to reassemble at another point in time. SPACE SPACEThe last Mycroft coughed, spitting out blood. SPACEHer hand shaking, the nomad human gripped the sword tight. SPACEThe gladiator sprinted with all the energy s/he could muster, kicking up a cloud of ash and dust as the dying gladiator prepared to spear the monster in front of his/er eyes. SPACEWith a strong thrust, the sword whipped out of the relived warrior's hand and plunged in to the heart of the Troll. SPACE With a guttural groan, the mutant Goblin fell to the arena floor in defeat. Energy lifted out of him in transparent spirals, entering the god that sat above. SPACE "Is that all you can throw at me?" the frail sound of the small figure down below shouted. It was a miracle that she had survived all the ordeals that had been thrown at her. SPACEMeanwhile, the recently appointed God of the Infinite Archipelago laughed. SPACE"Oh, of course not! Why, that is only the first round!" Followed by more hysterical fits, the omnipotent figure began to craft the new abominations that the survivor of the Apocalypse would have to face. Even the Goblins were dead, either in the Final War or all exterminated by other gladiators, after they had been mutated. SPACE All that existed was this arena, a desert of ash, the Last Mycroft and the God that sat on his floating throne. SPACE"Well," the last mortal of the world stated the true name of the deity that looked upon her. "It's a big shame I cannot fight your 'creations' as I have to go now!" SPACEThe careless creator looked confused. SPACE"What are you talking about? There is nowhere else to go!" he said, gripping the copper sky-box his existential hands in fear. SPACEThe fighter below took out a scratched, old golden pocket watch. Inside, complex pieces of machinery were ready to make the whole device explode. SPACE"Enjoy this ruin you created!" she said cheerfully, as she pressed the button. SPACE Orange light flooded from the clock, vaporizing the watch in seconds. When the flames had subsided, Melissa had gone. SPACE"NO!" the lazy deity screamed in fury. But no one could hear him; only the eternal night, the abandoned arena and himself. SPACE SPACEThroughout the spectrum of time, the Mycroft family died. SPACE Presidents were assassinated. Chief leaders committed suicide. Kings died in hunting accidents. Scientists drowned. SPACEYet this time, the spectrum was different. The Mycroft family didn't exist. SPACEBefore James Mycroft prepared to die beneath the waves, a flash of orange transported him somewhere else. SPACEAs Arthur jumped off the Vessel of Nature, sunset flames roared in front of his shocked eyes, burning him and spreading his reassembled ashes throughout the universe. SPACEJust as Uriel Mycroft lost his grip on his hiking pickaxe, dug into the ice of the Dwarven Mountains, he exploded in a time traveling inferno. SPACESlowly, paradoxes appeared on the existential map of reality. Diamond blue cracks of energy, energy that was impossible. SPACEIn a few months the universe would collapse into chaos energy. SPACENot that it mattered. SPACE SPACEThe universe was nearing the end of the line anyway. Chapter Two: Godly Forces SPACEKing Solon marveled at the army below his feet. SPACEIt truly was magnificent. SPACEWith the power of flight invested in him, he hovered across the moorlands of his forgotten world. He loved flying, it made him feel like a god. Of course, he did not have the responsibility or the mind to be a god, for that was up to the bountiful, kind pantheon that had resurrected his race. SPACEStanding in perfect unison, each shimmering sentinel stood unnaturally still. All they needed was the order, and they would march in perfect time to their target: the city across the sea. SPACEThere was no fear in their minds, no desire, no blood lust. Just the wish to serve and kill. SPACEThe Gods had done well in recreating them. SPACE But they had done better with the King. SPACEOh yes, Solon thought, grinning at his power. I. Am. Amazing. SPACENot only was he made bigger, his muscles had bulged to near-ridiculous sizes. He wore a robe of pure, liquid gold, forming shapes the second Solon thought of them. Everything from extra hands to powerful weapons, which would prove useful in battle. SPACESolon was also equipped with sharper eyes. He saw everything in great detail. From up in the clouds he could see a chink in the armour of a soldier. SPACEThe Goblin King couldn't help but giggle, and forward rolled in the sky. Why not? Victory was certain, and by tomorrow a new era would begin. A new era without the filth of humanity. A new era without the filth of the Original Slime. SPACEA new era without the filth of the world. SPACESolon! The sharp voices of five gods exploded in the reptilian leader's ear. SPACEWhere are you? Get here now! SPACE"Yes sir." Solon said, brimming with loyalty. With a backwards cartwheel, he headed towards the Gods. SPACE SPACEThe Gods themselves resided in a mobile palace, which floated over millions of Golden Goblins. SPACEEight totems rose from a gilded octagon, to support a roof of topaz. There were no walls, so the Combined God could patrol his miles-long army from the safety of the skies. SPACEWhen Solon entered the palace, the gods were surveying the 1337th Battalion; three million lines of golden soldiers with the experience of an age-worn general. SPACE"You have come," the metagod said, swimming through the air towards the deputy leader of the Goblins. SPACEThe king bowed to the king of kings. SPACE"Yes, my lords," he humbly said. He quickly added, "And ladies." SPACEThe God nodded. SPACE"We are nearly ready to start the massacre. Yet we have some things to do." SPACEHe and she looked at Solon. SPACE"If the humans get the Platinum Armour, our battle will last a bit longer than expected." SPACEThe omnipotent being grinned. SPACE"We'll still kill them all, but I don't want this to last longer than ten minutes. So, I am giving you this." SPACEA stopwatch entered reality, and landed in the Goblin King's palm. SPACE"This will allow you to go to the Platinum Armour. Destroy it with your powers, and come back here in a second." SPACESolon nodded, ready to do perform his masters and mistress' wish. SPACE"It shouldn't take you long; only a few minutes at least." SPACESolon nodded again. With a quick bow, he pressed the stopwatch and in a flash of fruity orange flames he was gone. SPACE"Now," the gods all in one shell said. "We must see Cthulu." SPACE SPACEThe waves trembled. SPACEThe front line of the Goblin army stepped away from the rising water. They may have no fear, but they knew it was illogical to get wet now. SPACEA smooth hill rose from the froth, growing in size every second. The ocean shook in terror. SPACEThe island of scales stopped growing, and started to rise. Under the sea an empty eye socket stared at the figures above. Soon, the ants were below him. SPACEWith a last shudder from the high water, Cthulu was revealed. A snake of gold swam through the air to meet him. SPACE "You're late," it said. SPACE"Sorry," he grumbled, his voice echoing through the empty lands of the Goblins. "I was busy picking the remains of New Dungeon City from my teeth." SPACEThe gods simultaneously rolled their eyes. SPACE"Well, now you will have to fight separately. The ritual has already been performed." SPACECthulu grinned, his right eye twinkling with delight. SPACE"I'll be fine," the gruff voice of the Sea said. "I will effortlessly flood the puny humans from existence." SPACEThe golden deity's eyes squinted in doubt. SPACE"Good. All we need now is the God of the Underworld and-" SPACECthulu's laugh boomed throughout the world, the faint echo reaching sailors on the beach of New New Coastania. SPACE"The Betrayer, join us, to fight his master?" Cthulu mocked. "Please, you'll have more luck in being defeated by the humans." SPACEThe other gods snarled. SPACE "If we don't get him on our side, do you know what that means? The ground will split under our soldiers feet. Hordes of demons will rise from below to smite us. Your precious ocean will be turned to nothing but steam. We may like to see the Betrayer as a weak coward, but his powers are the differences between victory and defeat." SPACECthulu was silent. SPACE"What do you propose we do?" he asked solemnly. SPACEFive gods grinned with one god's mouth. SPACECthulu smirked after hearing the plan. SPACE"Good..." he mused. "So, what are my orders?" SPACEThe order was an easy one. SPACE"Split the waves, and let my soldiers march upon the Human World." The Combined God said. SPACECthulu nodded. "Sure thing." SPACEThe aqua deity spread his fins over the waves, the cold serenity of the water absorbing into his veins. A slow release of energy was released into the water. SPACEWith one explosion of baby blue, the dome of energy split the water into two walls of ice cold. SPACECthulu smiled, an expression of sly euphoria painted across his scaly face. SPACEAs millions of golden statues marched in prefect time towards the inferior maggots named "humanity," Cthulu knew his time of glory was coming. Chapter Three: Original Forces SPACEThe Original Slime drummed his newly-made fingers on his throne of silver and platinum. He had created his new arm solely for the purpose of telling the empty air around him that he was growing impatient. And worried. SPACEThe deity that started it all regretted getting only Melissa to recruit the Platinum Blade. He would have done it himself, it wouldn't have even taken that long. SPACEBut the Gods were interfering with him. The awesome power of all the Gods combined had dampened the Original Slime so much that his omnipotence was gradual fading. SPACEWell, the massive dome of Dimensional Slime thought. Not all the Gods... SPACEThe God of The Underworld was sure to join the First One; he always did. Cthulu would be busy finishing the scraps of New Dungeon City. SPACEThe Original Slime flinched at the memory of his glorious city being wiped off the face of the world. SPACEDo not fear, he mused to himself. The Platinum Blade will avenge the Merpeople. there is still hope! SPACEInstead of eagerly looking at his cobalt and silver palace, waiting for his subjects to arrive, the Original Slime gazed out of his Adamanite-strengthened window. SPACEThe wall of Giant Worms was doing well. The blur of clay red skin obstructed the view of the massive cave system, but it did protect the Original Slime. SPACERecruiting the monsters of the Underground wasn't that hard. For a start, they were so dim that they could throw away their freedom for a hunk of human meat. Secondly, the awe of the original Slime was so mesmerizing that they couldn't resists following him. SPACEThey might not help too much in the Final battle, but the Platinum Blade needed all the support they could get. SPACEOrange flames burst through the skin of the universe, and out tumbled numerous figures. SPACE SPACEJames smashed his copper helmet on a cobalt tile with great momentum. SPACEHe didn't have a clue at what the hell was going along. One minute ago he was preparing to let the ocean gush through his lungs, but now he was in...the Heavens? SPACEWell, it would make sense. He was sure to die beneath the waves. How else could he have survived? SPACEGroaning, he got up. SPACEYup, he thought, squeezing out of his diving suit. I'm in The Heavens. 'Cause where else would you find a palace made of virgin white stone? SPACE"Are you alright?" SPACEThe Oceanologist spun around in surprise, to find a familiar figure. Black hair, tall figure, piercing blue eyes... SPACE"Son?" he gasped in delight. SPACE"Father!" Arthur exclaimed. Together, they embraced. SPACE"I thought you were dead!" a tearful son said. SPACE"Aren't we?," James said, looking at his grown son. He regretted not watching him grow up. SPACE"Look around us! We're surrounded by our family. In a pearly palace. Where else could we be?" SPACEMeanwhile, other relived members of the Mycroft clan exchanged in emotional displays of compassion. Which annoyed the Original Slime. SPACE"All right, all right, stop that!" he shouted indignantly. "You can catch up with each other when we win The Final Battle. For now, listen to me." SPACEEveryone fell silent, dumbstruck. SPACE"I can't send you all the information you need via brainwaves because of the Gods dampening my powers, so I'll have to explain it to you the old fashioned time wasting way." SPACE"After the sacrifice of Melissa, the Goddess-Incarnate, the last survivor of the Goblins has combined the Gods together. With a resurrected army of Goblins coming our way any time now, I have brought my Chosen Family together." He nodded at the hundred or so humans in the room. "As well as Celestia and Myrth." He nodded towards the two woman. A few early Mycrofts snarled. SPACE"What is she doing here?" Deran, a brave warrior who was decapitated in the Chieftain Wars, said. "She looks like she will eat us all!" SPACEA few muttered their agreements. SPACE"Don't talk about my wife like that!" Andrew roared, ready to punch the warrior in the face. He was restrained by Uriel the Third. SPACE"You married that beast?!" SPACEAndrew Senior barged his way through his descendants and ancestors. SPACEThe second Andrew scowled at his father. He looked exactly like he had been told; muscled, that rugged look and a general mess. SPACE"Dad-" SPACE"AND YOU FUCKED HER!" he roared, pointing at Myrth's bump. SPACE"You sick man," the dad muttered, boiling with anger. SPACEAndrew began a slur of swear words, before suddenly hearing no words of his own come out his mouth. In fact, he couldn't hear anyone's words. SPACE"Right!" the Original Slime said. "Thank me for getting you to shut up." SPACEHe continued:"Before you, the Platinum Blade, meet up with the Goblins, we need to do two things: one, travel through time and get the Platinum Armour. Secondly, we need to find the only God that will help us: The God of the Underworld, the Fortress of Blood, the Wall of Flesh." SPACE"Because the Goblins will be doing the same, you will be split up into teams. One to the Original War, where Diou Mycroft wore the valiant suit." The first deity nodded at the 12ft tall figure in the centre if the room. SPACE"...While one will go to the time post-Goblin Reign, when new New Coastania was just starting. The Platinum Armour is kept in a case there, it should be easy to get. SPACE"The other team, meanwhile, will travel to the Underworld without any time travel shenanigans, to recruit the Hellish Deity." SPACEEveryone in the room was silent. They're lips moved frantically in rage, but no sound came out. SPACE"I'll answer all your questions after we have won, but for now you have to trust me," the Original Slime said in an urgent tone. SPACE"Otherwise, we all die." SPACE SPACEAndrew walked through the tall grass, amazed that one little patch he had seen at the spark of New New Coastania had engulfed the world over the course of years. SPACE"How did it grow so quickly?!" he thought out loud. SPACE"My help, mainly," the former dryad said. "Although the Anti-Goblin Potion helped a lot." SPACEThe group, also known as "Team D", were slowly making their way towards the entrance to Hell. The Original Slime knew it would take too long to just have his warriors dig, so had given them the directions to an ancient tunnel that ran straight to the Underworld. SPACE"It was once used for sacrificing ages ago, it'll be covered in vines," the god had said. SPACECelestia felt uneasy. That tunnel reminded her a lot of her early childhood. SPACEWhich she tried to avoid as much as possible. SPACE"Are you okay, Dryad?" SPACECelestia blinked away from nightmarish daydreams, and turned around to Andrew. The second problem. SPACE"Yeah," she murmured, rubbing fictional sleet from her eyes. "I'm just..." SPACEAndrew finished her question. SPACE"Tired?" SPACECelestia nodded her head. She wasn't tired at all; she had something much worse weighing her down. SPACEWhen is he going to ask? SPACESilence reigned, albeit the rustling of trees and the mute orchestra of nature. SPACE"Dryad..." Andrew broke the silence. SPACECelestia bit her lip. She knew this question was going to come eventually. SPACEShe tried to quickly change the subject. SPACE"You know I hate being called that. I'm not a Dryad anymore, I'm the Queen of the Hallow; The Commander of Nature. I've been promoted." SPACE"Celestia." SPACEAndrew stopped walking. Celestia was forced to stop. SPACEThe Platinum Knight scowled into Celestia's azure eyes, hungry for an answer."Why did you leave me back in the Goblin City?" SPACECelestia gulped. SPACEAndrew was firmer."Drya-Celestia. Why. Did. You. Leave. Me. There." SPACECelestia looked down. SPACE"Miwasared." SPACE"What?" Andrew asked, angrier. SPACECelestia gulped again. SPACE"I was scared." SPACEAndrew looked at a tear fall down from his adopted mother's cheek. SPACEStop being a bastard, he thought to himself. SPACE"I'm sorry for asking." He continued walking again. SPACECelestia was silent. SPACEAndrew continued."It was just... being alone, with a barbaric Goblin coming to kill me... I was scared, Celestia. I mean, I pretend I like a good old massacre of Goblins time to time but really... I hate fighting." SPACECelestia nodded, still silent. SPACEWell done, Andrew, Andrew bitterly thought to himself."You know the only reason I kept on fighting?" SPACECelestia looked up. SPACE"The only reason I fought...was because I really thought I would fail. I was barely 19! And yet somehow, thanks to The God- I mean Original Slime, I won." SPACECelestia smiled, but still with a twinge of regret and sadness. SPACE"You Mycrofts always had it in you.Now come on," Celestia said with more enthusiasm. "Let's go to Hell!" SPACE SPACEGroup D hit the slab of brimstone, with no injuries. The Original Slime had blessed them with incredibly strong feet, which seemed a bit pointless. SPACEThen again, gods always worked in mysterious ways. SPACEThe whole team brought out platinum Flintlock Pistols, ready to fire beams of holy energy at any oncoming demons. SPACEBut there were none. SPACEThe magma lake the islands of ash sat on were still. Bone Serpents were nowhere to be seen, and scythes didn't spin through the humid air. SPACEHell was dead. SPACE"Where is everyone?" Celestia murmured, crafting a bridge of Hallowed vines to cross the ocean of lava. The Underworld didn't retaliate. SPACEEveryone still had their guard up. A general from a failed uprising against the Princedom, a physicist who had married James Mycroft and a priest from before the Chieftain Wars held their guns up, shaking in fear and anxiety. SPACE"Do we have the doll?" Andrew asked. SPACE"No need," Celestia said. "I can contact all existential beings with my mind. SPACEAndrew chuckled."Enjoying your fancy powers then?" SPACECelestia shrugged. "It's alright... I still think the promotion was unnecessary." SPACEAndrew hopped over a crack between two islands, and stepped into a pile of red sand."How so?" he asked. SPACEThe commander of Nature whisked up another bridge made from Hallowed energy."Well...it's just, you know, I don't really think I'm up for it. I mean, most of my life was running away and hiding."Celestia stopped. SPACE"This is the place; the centre of the Underworld. I'll contact him here." SPACEShe closed here eyes, and started to wander through the minds of the Gods. A big, mental dangerous golden orb told her that it was the Combined God, while a deep blue tetrahedron revealed itself as the God of the Ocean. SPACECthulu is separate. Interesting. SPACEYet however hard she tried, she couldn't find the crimson pyramid of the Bastion of Cartilage, God of the Underworld. SPACECelestia opened her eyes. SPACEThey were surrounded by golden goblins. SPACEAnd a pile of flesh, definitely dead, was slumped over behind them. SPACE SPACESolon emerged. SPACEWith a satanic grin, he started to hover over the pitiful human beings slumped in a pile below him. SPACEHe chuckled at the memory of their execution. He had morphed his golden tentacles into razor blades for their decapitation. SPACENow Celestia was slumped over, her head burnt in magma. It was impossible for her to survive. Everyone knew a resurrection spell required a brain to work. SPACEWith the snap of his fingers, the Goblin King summoned his ten gilded warriors. SPACEOh, how proud he was of them. They flawlessly dodged the eye lasers, ducked under the worms...and beautifully ended with a dead God. SPACEWithout the help of the Underworld, victory was surely imminent for the Gods. The rightful heirs to the holy throne would rise, and a new golden age would occur. SPACEAll that could stop them now was the Platinum Armour. And that was impossible. SPACEEvery single instance in time that the Platinum Armour was there ended with the Goblins slaughtering the humans, and that version of the Platinum Armour always ended up being melted into useless platinum discs. SPACEThe only Goblins that had not returned was the group sent back to the first war between the Original Slime and the Gods; but they would soon. SPACEThe same went for the team sent to the start of New New Coastania. SPACENow is not the time for paranoia! King Solon thought. I must return for the march of honour into the human world! SPACEWaving his tentacles in a complex fashion, he used the power of the Gods to transport his squad back to base. SPACE SPACEThe Last Mycroft fell through Limbo for what seemed an eternity, before exploding in the Original Slime's face. SPACEThe power of the Time Spectrum sent him/er flying backwards, ready to smash into the marble wall. But with remarkable flexibility, s/he performed a backward flip, jumping off the tiles and landing crouched in front of the amazed deity. SPACE"Who are you?" he asked. SPACEThe warrior lifted her/is head, and lied straight to his face. SPACE"My name is Serena Mycroft," she said, revealing her feminine voice, muffled behind her ash-covered veil. SPACEWhat she said next wasn't a lie however. SPACE"I am the Last Mycroft. I have came back from a violent future in which the Gods have invaded, and turned the world into a wasteland. I am here to stop that happening." SPACEWith the Gods slowly draining his powers, the Original Slime didn't have the power to see through lies. SPACEHe beamed. SPACE"Excellent! The more people we have, the better chance we have at crushing the demonic Gods!"He then frowned."May I ask you to remove your shawl? In case you're some kind of Goblin spy, haha!" SPACE'Serena,' as we'll call her, looked to the floor, her olive eyes trying to convey the emotion of regret. SPACE"I'm afraid...the Goblins have done horrible things to me... I'd rather not show." SPACEThe Original Slime decided not to push any further, and let it be."All right."He beamed at his new recruit."Welcome to the Platinum Blade, Selena." SPACEBehind her shawl, the one known as "The Gladiator" smiled. SPACEShe was one step closer to destroying the future. Chapter Four: Destroying Time SPACEMelissa appeared out of the orange flames. SPACEAnd realised something was definitely wrong. SPACEThe room she had appeared in, an opulent family room, was charcoal black. Furniture lay in pieces, the window was smashed, and the sound of chaos drafted through the broken wall, from the town outside. SPACEEven worse, Melissa was alone. SPACESomething was wrong. SPACEVery wrong. SPACEMelissa didn't waste any time. Phoenix Blaster and Platinum Pistol at hand, she ran through what used to be a door, and sped through the palace. SPACEShe came to a wounded soldier, tanned from the scorching flames that had been bestowed on him by some sadistic monster. All he could do was moan a few words. SPACE"Who...who..." he coughed up blood. "Who are you?" SPACEMelissa keeled down, angry at whoever had ruined time. SPACE"I'm Melissa, that's all you need to know. What happened here?" SPACEThe guard croaked out one word. SPACE"Goblins." SPACEWith a last hacking cough, he died. SPACEMelissa didn't waste any time, rushing through the corridor. She glanced out at the window for a bit; all she could see was flames lapping to a stormy night sky. SPACELightning forked its way to earth. SPACEThe burnt silhouettes of whatever used to be people seemed to be wherever Melissa looked. The whole scene made her want to puke. SPACEEventually (after five minutes) she reached the throne room, following the finger points of a many now deceased guards. The Goblins had to be inside. SPACEWithout any hesitation, she barged the door open... SPACE...to find herself face to face with a thousand god-like goblins and a very happy floating king. SPACE"Well isn't THIS a nice surprise!" SPACETentacles squirming, he hovered to the adventurer. Melissa pointed her holy firearms at the evil monarch. SPACEAll she got in reply was a laugh. SPACE"The Original Slime is nothing to the Gods, Melissa!" he crooned. He held his hand out to Melissa, and held her chin. SPACE"Shame. You would have been a good Goblin." SPACEHis back to the Anti-Goddess, he flicked his hand and casually remarked "Kill her." SPACEA thousand spears, swords and guns were used in perfect unison. They all aimed at Mellisa. SPACEShe stood still. SPACEAt the last moment, she leaped into the air, straight into the maw of a hundred holy (or demonic, depending on your allegiance) spear men. SPACEWith one fist she smacked the Goblin King right in the face. SPACEBefore he could retaliate, Melissa took out a certain device: a copper pocketwatch, enhanced with technology designed for one purpose. SPACEGrabbing the slightly bemused yet surprised king with her hand, they travelled through time. SPACE SPACEIn limbo, as a woman of steel and a man of black gold brawled, a certain coin fell from the pocket of Melissa. SPACEAway from her pocket it fell, until materialising into a battle. SPACEDeran, still held in reality by paradox energy, decapitated another of his kind mercilessly. They were from the Dwarven Mountains, so it didn't matter. they were the ones who had caused the whole war. SPACEAmidst the chaos, a coin fell to his feet. Curious, the warrior picked it up. SPACEAs he was bent over, a sword that would surely have killed him whipped over his head. SPACEIn surprised retaliation, he killed the soldier thanks to a stab in the chest. SPACEThat coin just saved me! he thought, putting it in his leather satchel. It has magical properties, I know! SPACEHe continued his fight. SPACE SPACEThe glass cloud floated in the sky, brushing on a white mist, covering the top of the world. Below was a vibrant world, filled with forests, lakes, jungles and a big city on the golden coast of the Eastern Ocean. This blue sapphire stretched out to another world, devastated from a a deadly weapon, from the past. A golden bricked building, closed up by cautious humans, stood next to another ocean, to the west. SPACEMelissa saw all of this, with childlike wonder. She flicked her ginger hair, frizzy and quite messy. Goggles were placed on her eyes, allowing her to see clearer. She left the little balcony, and went inside when suddenly she was crushed by two figures falling from the sky. SPACESolon parried Melissa's bullets, aiming for a low karate chop to her knees. SPACEMelissa flawlessly jumped over the king's attack, and elbowed him in the ribcage. This did nothing, and Solon grinned. SPACEHis three left tentacles lashed at the former archaeologist (not the one lying dead on the floor) , leaving her with long crimson scars. SPACEShe growled, and pushed the Goblin Monarch off the side of Cloud 5, to the world below. SPACEMelissa followed suit. SPACEIt's just like the Fallflight Bridge, right? she thought, to try and calm her nerves. She ignored the voice in her head telling her that on this journey she didn't have a Lucky Horseshoe. SPACEBeing more agile, Melissa landed on the King before he got over surprise and began to hover. SPACEhe began to hover, with a pesky human clinging on to his back like some kind of parasite. SPACEWith a time machine. SPACEFor at that moment, Melissa pressed the button of her stopwatch, and the two fighters travelled in time. SPACE SPACE"Arthur! Come here, please!" SPACEThe teenager, barely fifteen, came into his father's study. It was filled with maps, papers and a lot of artefacts from the ocean. SPACE"Yes, father?" SPACEJames took out a small coin from his pocket. SPACE"As you know, I am going on a great expedition to the bottom of the ocean tomorrow," SPACEHe handed the valuable disc to his son. SPACE"You are now able to carry it. Remember, don't lose it, for that coin goes back a long way..." SPACEArthur frowned. SPACE"But, papa... it looks like a modern one! In fact... if anything, it looks more modern than our coins. How come?" SPACEJames chuckled, and ruffled James' hair. SPACE"Exactly. I'm sure one day you'll find out." SPACE SPACEThe goblin war cry echoed through the world, a terrifying roar. It passed through trees, through corrupt lands, even scaring the Devourers. It passed through the desert, causing a Vulture to rise in blind panic, leaving behind his dinner for the day, an Antillion. Jungle Bats started to pick on the roots of Man-Eaters, which in turn tried to eat Jungle Slimes. To the far west, near the edge of the world, everyone in the small, wooden village froze, in blind fear. The Goblin army was coming from the East, ready to slaughter those who oppose their rule. Their leader Andrew, a young man with piercing sapphires for eyes, immediately jumped into action. SPACE“Demolitionist! Get your bombs from th- GOOD GODS WHAT IS THAT FALLING FROM THE SKY?!" SPACESolon and Melissa, locked in a fistfight, crashed through Andrew's hut. SPACEA tentacle jabbed at the woman. Melissa parried it with her gun, shooting the king in the head. SPACEHe took the blow, and simply grunted. SPACEMelissa jumped, somersaulted and kicked Solon in the stomach. SPACEThe monarch caught the human's foot, and preceded to flail here around the house. SPACECrashing into the wooden walls, the house started to collapse. SPACEVision blurred by pain and blood, Melissa did the only thing she could: the archaeologist dug her teeth into the tentacle. SPACESolon howled and let go of his victim. Melissa took her chance, and punched him in the face. SPACEThe stopwatch, in her pocket, released it's energy. SPACEThe two time travellers were whisked away to another time period. SPACE SPACE"I'm sorry, Melissa..." SPACEThe mother shed a tear. SPACE"But... Daddy has...gone for a while." SPACEMelissa stood there, holding her teddy. Her lip quivered. SPACEShe broke into tears, like the rest of the family. SPACE After the funeral, she went to her room. SPACEShe took out a coin from the drawer. Arthur had given it to her before he left for the Corruption. SPACEI will never forget you Dad. she thought. I'm going to be an archeolowogist-or-something, and I'm going to make Daddy proud. SPACETo this day, she has always kept that coin beside her. SPACE SPACEA minute before Solon and a handful of his men stormed the Mycroft Manor, Melissa and future Solon crashed to the marble tiles. SPACEUsing one such slab, the Goblin King's tentacle threw it towards Melissa's stomach. SPACELike a ragdoll, the wounded explorer lay beside the set of Platinum Armour, placed in a glass case. SPACEOnly three extra appendages left, the golden goblin hovered to where his prey sat. SPACE"You can't beat me!" he shouted, before breaking into a maniacal laugh. SPACE"The Gods forbid you humans to ever have victory! You should not fight against your superiors!" SPACEMelissa waited for death. SPACEThe golden organic flail caught her neck. She was raised up two feet into the air, vision blending into silver stars. SPACESo, I'm going to die. she thought. Again. SPACEHer hand fell limp, when she felt the presence of a small object in her pocket. SPACEOf course! The Mycroft family coin! She had completely forgotten abut it! SPACEIn a last ditch effort of survival, she flipped the coin right into Solon's eye. SPACEHowling in pain, he let Melissa go. Relieved at having yet another chance to live, the archaeologist sprinted to the glass case. SPACEHolding on to it, she pushed her pocket watch, taking the Platinum Armour to the Original Slime. SPACEThankfully, this time she had the precious extra seconds of confusion to make her location more detailed. SPACEAll Solon saw last of Melissa was her middle finger. SPACE SPACETwo hundred years in the future, in Hell, a swirl of milky energy encircled Celestia and Andrew. SPACEThe power of the Original Slime was enough to spark life back into the two heroes, and soon a new head was atop their bodies. SPACEFlickering baby eyes, Andrew was up on his feet in an instant, confused. SPACEWasn't I dead? He said. SPACEThe knight looked at the pile of bodies he stood beside. SPACEAnd why aren't the rest of the group still alive? SPACE"We need to get out of here, before they come back." SPACECelestia took a confused Andrew by the hand. SPACE"But...how?" he asked. SPACEEx-Dryad shrugged. "I don't know. The sooner we get out of here, the sooner we can ask." SPACEBuilding a stairway of teal vines the two ascended. SPACE SPACEMelissa appeared in a worryingly empty room. SPACE"Where is everyone?" she asked. SPACE"Dead." SPACEThe Original Slime was hunched over his throne, leaking existential tears. He had only done this an eternity ago. SPACE"It was a trap, Melissa," he blurted out. "The Gods...they knew my moves." SPACEMelissa dropped the armour to the ground. SPACE"How many do we have now?" SPACEThe Original Slime gulped (if such a thing could be performed by a slime). SPACE"Five." SPACEMelissa replied angrily. SPACE"Five?! How the hell are we meant to fight against an innumerable amount of invincible soldiers with only five people?!" SPACEWaving his hand, the crying god created seven versions of the holy armour. SPACE"We have to try, Melissa." SPACEMelissa scowled. "That's suicide." SPACE"It's our only choice." The Original Slime hopped off his throne. SPACEThe other five Mycrofts, in the corner of the room, watched the quarrel. SPACE"What now?" Arthur asked. SPACEJames had no answer, as did Uriel III. Serena was about to answer when Uriel IV answered. SPACE"Simple," he said. SPACE SPACE"We go to war." SPACE SPACEThrough the hills, they came. SPACEEven the two extra members found on the long trek, Andrew and Celestia, were not enough to give the Mycroft family the confidence they would need to take down the Goblin soldiers. SPACESilence reigned, except for the trickling of streams and the chirps of birds. SPACELeading the motley crew was a bitter Original Slime. He had no need for invisibility, with no humans ever out of the city these days. SPACEHe had to fight back tears. His plan had failed; his sons and daughters had stopped his plan. they had been ready. SPACEBut he couldn't have a traitor. it was impossible. Every single Mycroft was dedicated to him. SPACEHe liked the ring to that. SPACEA glum Celestia walked with Melissa. She had been overjoyed at first to see her friend, but the loss of around a hundred or so family members and ancestors was a heavy load. SPACEThe didn't speak much. SPACEOn the other hand, Melissa was enquiring with the ominous Selena. SPACE"So... what's it like?" SPACEThe malachite eyes of the Last Mycroft frowned. SPACE"Terrible," she said, muffled from her shawl. "The Gods have turned the world into a wasteland of ash. Everyone was dead par me, put to death in bloody arenas." SPACEMelissa enquired; "What about the goblins though? SPACESelena shook her head sadly. "When the Gods somehow ran out of inspiration for new monsters for humans to fight, they took to mutating the aristocratic Goblins left in the Marble Domes, deep within the earth." SPACEThe wanderer sighed. SPACE"I don't think they have a favourite race, Melissa... I think they just like seeing pain." SPACEThis left Melissa in silence. SPACEThey walked on, until the spires of the city showed themselves. SPACE"Good Go- Original Slime!" Uriel IV exclaimed. "Is that... is that a city? Made of gold?!" SPACEThe Original Slime wobbled forwards, frowning. SPACE"Yes..." he muttered. "...But it shouldn't be night in the city..." SPACE SPACE"Have you got everything?!" Jonna cried out. Another streak of deafening lightning struck Cloud 5. SPACEThe glass roof shattered under the strain of the storm. Rain water flooded into the laboratories, washing years of research to the dark streets below. With the piercingly loud thunder, the glass walls of the 'Diamond of The Sky" had shattered long ago. SPACEBattered by ice cold rain, smashed glass and a dangerous tempest, the Underworld researcher was finding it hard to get the scientific results of a million tests safe. Jonna knew she had to find an escape pod as quickly as possible. SPACESome researchers had already jumped off, still with their Lucky Horseshoes on. Jonna was repeatedly kicking herself for forgetting it today. SPACEAnother explosion of light, and in a second more lightning had smashed into the floating laboratory. SPACEThe research centre flipped over. With screams many fell to their dooms; all without their lucky charms. SPACEJonna watched five glass cylinders fall to the city below. SPACEOnly one escape pod remained. SPACEJonna didn't like to think of herself as selfish, but she was scared for her life and she was adamant to get to that little capsule of safety first. She was prepared to leave her colleagues. SPACEAgain, she reminded herself she she wasn't selfish. She was just self-conscious for her life. SPACEJumping to one shard of wall left (now the floor) she began to perform life threatening parkour, leaping to each individual piece of glass, slowly inching towards her goal: the last escape pod. SPACEBut her closest opponent, the old Dungeon professor, leaped ahead of her with surprising speed. SPACEThe collision of glass and lightning, screams and all that was left was Jonna and Billo. SPACEAs Jonna accepted defeat (grudgingly), Billo stopped. SPACEWith a sad smile, he said; SPACE"Take the pod. I have lived here since I can remember, and so will die here with my memories." SPACENodding thanks, Jonaa went to take her place in the capsule. SPACEFate, however, had other ideas. SPACEWith a final blast of light, Cloud 5 shattered into pieces, along with the flailing inferno that was Billo and Jonaa. SPACEThe ashes settled on to Garneac Avenue, in which the Platinum Blade walked. SPACE SPACEIt was hell. SPACEThe tempest was curling its grip around the city; the fingers of a god made of rainclouds. SPACEIf the people of the city knew that was true, they would be running in fear a lot more. SPACEAndrew unsheathed his sword. it glinted in the moonlight and torrential rain. It shook with fear. SPACE"You ready?" he murmured. SPACEMelissa drew her Phoenix Blaster out. SPACE"I suppose so," she laughed out. SPACECelestia absorbed the energy around her into an orb of blindingly holy light. SPACEThe two Uriels drew out their bows of pure platinum. SPACEWith a click Selena had her 'pulse arm gauntlet adjustment' fitted (whatever the hell that meant) SPACEMyrth loaded her malachite rifle. SPACEThey waited for the Goblins to come. SPACE SPACEThey didn't have to wait long.