The Gamemaster was struck and impaled by shadow every spike that was launched at him. He stumbled back, kneeling down as blood flowed from many areas in his body. Mark watched the whole scene. It all seemed so easy.
The Gamemaster clutched his chest as he fell over and plummeted into a pool...of energized protodermis. Mark was on alert as he saw the Gamemaster begin to mutate inside the pool. At the same time, the giant machine was activated. The various gears and mechanisms within the machine began to move, going to work.
“XALNERGY EXTRACTION IN PROGRESS”
An electronic voice announced. From the tip of the machine’s spire, a sphere of black energy was materialized. The energy was sent down through the machine, and into the pool that the Gamemaster’s body was in. Mark watched as the Xalnergy and Energized Protodermis flowed into the Gamemaster’s wounds, charging his body with powerful cosmic energy.
The Gamemaster suddenly rose out from the pool, arms crossed over his chest like a vampire rising from the crypt. The silver liquid around him flowing off his body. His form floated out of the pool, and he hovered in the air, reborn. Cracks had formed over the wounds where he was struck by the shadow spike, from which a bright blue energy shined. Glowing blue cracks had also formed around the eyes of his mask as well. The Gamemaster’s body was larger, and his cape was shredded at its tails. “BEHOLD, MY TRUE POWER!” he boomed, launching a blast of energy from his hand at Mark. Mark rolled out of the way at the last moment. Suddenly, a rift formed in the fabric of reality, and a gaping black hole appeared, drawing in Sadie, Mark, Skader, Leadhead and Nameless.
The group then found themselves in what appeared to be some sort of pocket dimension. Chaos was all around them, nothing but a void of black holes and energy storms. The only ground they stood on was a small platform of rock. The Gamemaster materialised before them, hovering in the air. He summoned a storm of flames to rain down on them, which he then froze into ice spikes, just to give everyone the slightest taste
of what he was now capable of with his new powers. “This is it, everyone. Fight with everything you have!” Mark declared, drawing his sword.
The final battle had begun.