Charging through the gateway of the fortress, the group smashed it into splinters with very little effort and forced their way inside.
“That was pretty easy!” Chowder looked at the Doctor. His face showed a stern demeanour as though he was dreading what was coming next.
“No” The Doctor said as the group charged into the main hall which was surprisingly empty “They’re just preparing to attack”
As if on cue, the door at the end of the hall burst open revealing a massive group of shades.
“Brace yourselves!” The Doctor and Chowder managed to get back with the rest of their army as the two group charged into one another.
At first, it looked like Chowder’s group would triumph. The various troops on his side were able to knock out the shades with little effort. Soon though, they realised it wouldn’t be that easy. Every time they destroyed a shade, a second one quickly replaced it. After a while, the Shades began to push them back.
“It’s not working!” Mario was barely heard over the deafening sounds of the battle. Before he could make a new strategy, a voice screamed “Wind scar!”
The voice in question belonged to Inuyasha who had produced his sword. The sword glowed as he swung it. It then fired a terrific blast of light which sent several Shades flying into oblivion. This tactic allowed the group to charge forward destroying several more shades in the process. This allowed them to advance through the doorway and into the room that the shades had come from.
Upon entering the room, the group were surprised. The entire room was completely empty save for a few bits of furniture that looked like they’d been brought from a two bit antiques shop.
The Doctor held up his hand, gesturing to the group to stop.
“Hello?” he called out “Abyssmall, if you’re here, say something!”
Immediately after he finished speaking, the doors behind them slammed shut and a hissing laugh filled the room. The group immediately drew their weapons.
As the laughter echoed through the room, a door on the other side of the room opened revealing Judge Death grinning like he normally did.
“Ssssso” he hissed “You’re here to make a final sssstand”
“Give up now Death” the Doctor said
“Yeah” Chowder added “We’ve got you surrounded.”
Death chuckled “You really think I shall jusssst sssssurender like that. Massssster Abysssssmall is sssssso close to his ultimate goal of creating a perfect world. It’d be madnessss to ssssimply sssssurender like that”
“Oh shut up!” The Nerd stepped forward “You really think Abyssmall is gonna let you be part of his perfect world”
Death nodded “Of courssssse. I have been hisssss loyal ssssservant sssssince the very beginning of thissssss operation”
“Get real!” The Critic replied “He’s just gonna destroy you the moment he knows-“
“Enough!” Death’s voice echoed through the entire fortress “I have no time for thissssss! I’m going to leave the shades to deal with you!”
With that, Death pressed a button on a small device clamped around his wrist. Within seconds, hundreds of shades appeared all around the group
“Get them!” Death yelled.
With that, the Shades launched themselves at the group. To Judge Death’s surprise, they weren’t killed instantly. In fact the group were able to fight them off without breaking a sweat although they still had to deal with the constantly spawning Shades.
As the group fought their way through, Death decided to flee into another part of the castle and control the Shades from there.
Fighting his way through the hordes of Shades, the Doctor looked up briefly to see Death exiting the room through a doorway to the left
“Oh no you don’t!” he said, and leaped from the Shades towards the door.
At the same time Chowder found himself fighting through the shades. Chowder never thought that he’d be much of a fighter, but he guessed that’s just how adventures work. As he battled the Shades, Chowder could feel the sweat running down his face. For once in his life, he didn’t stop to think about food. In this sort of situation, you couldn’t afford to let your guard down.
After fighting for what could have been hours or minutes, Chowder found himself able to briefly catch his breath. He then noticed a door on the wall opposite him. This gave him an idea. Rushing across the room, he was confronted halfway by a Shade that he was able to take down using his claws with little difficulty before reaching the door. Before the Shades could catch him, he charged up to the door and ran inside.
Serena was having a similar situation to Chowder. Normally fighting large hoards wasn’t her strong point. But with her friends there, she felt as though she had to, not just for her sake, but for the sake of her friends as well. As she knocked out a trio of Shades with her tiara, she saw Chowder walking up to a door on the left side of the room.
“Now where’s he going?” she thought. Serena then stopped temporarily to knock out another Shade advancing on her. Then she decided to follow Chowder in case he needed backup.
The Doctor rushed through the corridors of the fortress using his Sonic Screwdriver to track Death. After running through the dull grey rooms for a short while, the Screwdriver showed that he was getting close. The Doctor opened a door and found himself in a vast dark room. So dark in fact that the Doctor couldn’t see more then a few inches in front of him He called out
“Give up Judge Death! We’ve already won”
After a few seconds Death’s voice sounded back through the room
“Do not be ridiculousssssss Doctor. Your friends can only fight for assss long assss their ssssstamina allowsssss. My Sssshadessss can fight assss long assss they wish and I can jusssssst ssssspawn more if they are dessssssstroyed.”
“Don’t be a fool Death!” The Doctor called back “You’re just a pawn in Abyssmall’s game. He doesn’t really care about you. If you join us, we can work together to prevent-!”
He was then interrupted by something thumping him in the face which knocked the Doctor to the floor.
The corridors of the fortress were strangely quiet and barren. Chowder wondered if Abyssmall had fled the fortress and left Death to deal with the group. He then turned a corner and saw a door on the left wall. Curious, he tiptoed up to it, opened the door a little and peeked inside.
Chowder’s eyes widened. Abyssmall was standing with his back to the door in front of a strange machine. The machine itself resembled two large metal pods with doors on the front that were linked together by a mesh of cables. In between them was a control panel and on top was a small glass case containing the runes. Chowder didn’t know what to do. In the time it’d take him to go back and get help, Abyssmall could have done something terrible with the runes. If he went in and confronted him, a very good chance existed that the whole situation would end with Abyssmall wiping his remains off the ground.
Chowder was still agonising over the decision when Abyssmall finished pressing buttons on the control panel. The panel beeped and the machine started up. Abyssmall then walked into the left pod and shut the door. Quick as a flash, Chowder charged through the room and jumped up onto the display case that housed the runes. He took a deep breath and punched the case with all his might. Shattered glass flew through the air and cut his paw slightly. Chowder winced but didn’t stop and grabbed two of the runes. Before he could do anymore, a blast of energy sent him flying back across the room.
Chowder picked himself up off the ground. Thankfully he’d managed to hold on to the two that he’d recovered. His attention was drawn to the pod on the right. It was shaking violently as though something. Chowder then noticed that the three runes left in the destroyed case had disappeared. Before he could think further, the right pod’s door burst open.
Chowder gasped as Abyssmall stepped out. However he looked different. Less like a child’s scribble and more grotesque. In fact his general appearance now resembled the halfway point between a scribble and a work of art. As soon as he stepped out, he saw Chowder cowering in the corner
“You!” he said “What have you done-“
It was then that Abyssmall noticed the two runes in Chowder’s hands
“So that’s it!” he roared “You stole my runes!”
Abyssmall then began to advance upon Chowder who was too scared to even move. When Abyssmall was so close that Chowder could practically see the veins in his eyes, he managed to pluck up the courage to say “What have you done to yourself?”
A sinister smile crossed Abyssmall’s face “I have merged myself with the power of the runes. Now I am more powerful than any other being in existence. I’ll start by destroying you!”
Chowder leaped out of the way as a beam of light exploded out of Abyssmall’s hand. Where he’d been standing a second ago, a smoking hole now existed in the wall.
“Stand still and let me kill you!” Abyssmall raged
Chowder dived down onto the floor narrowly missing another beam that sailed past his head. It was then that he realised he was still holding onto the two runes. Not only that, but they were beginning to glow. As Chowder held onto them, he could feel energy flowing through his entire body. In fact, he felt as though he could destroy Abyssmall. Whether this was because of the runes, or due to an adrenaline rush flowing through his body, he couldn’t tell. So he made his decision and charged at Abyssmall
Before Abyssmall could destroy Chowder with another laser blast, a white flash filled the room blinding him. When he was able to open his eyes, he was met with the sight of a taller, tougher looking Chowder standing in front of him. This Chowder was holding a huge sword that appeared to be made out of the same material as the runes. Chowder was looking confused
“What happened?” he said staring at his pumped up body
“You have unlocked the power of the runes!” Abyssmall said “You’ve merged like me.”
Chowder grinned “Cool”
Abyssmall fired another laser blast only for Chowder to swat it aside with his runesword.
“So you can block my lasers! Well you still won’t defeat me!” Abyssmall then lunged at Chowder and swung his claw at Chowder’s face. Chowder blocked it with his sword and began to push him back.
Serena continued to hurry through the corridors hoping to find Chowder before something terrible happened to him. She then heard the sounds of weapons clashing from down the end of a long hallway. Approaching the sound, she heard that it was coming from a door on the left. Peeking open the door, she was stunned by what she saw. Two enourmous creatures that resembled Abyssmall and Chowder were fighting. The Chowder one was holding a sword similar to the runes while the Abyssmall one had growths coming out of his arms similar to the runes. Both of them were glowing. Then as they swung their weapons at each other, the two of them vanished in a flash of light.
The Doctor began to gather his senses, when he heard a hissing voice from in front of him. As his vision cleared he saw that the lights of the room had turned on revealing it to be devoid of furniture and Judge Death advancing upon him
“Really Doctor?” he hissed “Ssssurely sssssomeone asssss intelligent asssss yourssssself wouldn’t be idiotic enough to fall for that”
“Well nobody’s perfect” The Doctor picked himself up from the floor “Not even the so called perfect world that your master has planned”
“Liessss!” Death spat “Abyssssssmall hassssss planned a world without crime or evil. A world where the ssssstrongessssst will florish”
“Oh come off your high horse” The Doctor sighed “The only thing Abyssmall cares about is a world where he can live perfectly. Everyone else can go hang”
“Oh really Doctor?” Death’s voice sounded sceptical “And what about your world. A world filled with crime and evil. Ssssurely you cannot defend sssssuch a world”
“At least we have free will” The Doctor said “Take that away and all we’ve got is a mindless police state-“
Before the Doctor could finish, Death lunged at the Doctor, aiming to crush his heart. The Doctor however was expecting this and grabbed Death’s hand before snapping it downwards. Despite the very audible breaking noise it made, Death showed no pain and ripped his arm away from the Doctor’s grasp.
“I musssst admit Doctor” Death replied “For ssssssomeone about 750 years old who happenssss to be an enemy of mine, your fight sssssskillsssss are not terrible”
“Well I practise every day” the Doctor grinned. He then shot his head sideways to avoid a punch from Judge Death and grabbed him by the neck in an attempt to paralyze him. Death caught on immediately
“That won’t work Doctor” he hissed “I have no nervesssss to be paralyzed with!”
He then grabbed the Doctor’s arm and threw him back across the room causing the Doctor to collapse in a heap on the ground. The Doctor began to pick himself up, only to have Death grab the Doctor by his hair and slam his head into the wall.
As the Doctor staggered round, his nose bleeding from the impact, Death laughed again
“You ssssssee Doctor? I’ve wiped out the life on entire planetsssssss. Desssssstroying one time lord will not be a problem!”
Chowder looked around. Where he’d once been in the laboratory of Abyssmall, he was now standing in the middle of a dark grimy street lit by several neon signs. To his left was a large office building with a sign above the door reading Sense/Net. Standing around him were numerous passers-by, confused by the site of a giant purple warrior who had appeared in their street.
“What’s going on?” Chowder said to himself. He then turned around to see Abyssmall standing behind him.
“The power of the runes must’ve allowed us to shift in space!” Abyssmall said
“Wow” Chowder said “Is there anything they can’t do”
Instead of answering his question, Abyssmall lunged at Chowder with his claws. Chowder blocked the blow with his sword and set him flying through the air and into a nearby hotdog stand.
Abyssmall pulled himself up from the remains of the stand and scattered sausages and snarled at Chowder. The two of them charged at one another. Chowder made the first strike only to have Abyssmall block it with his claws. Chowder then swiped his sword a second time and managed to slash part of Abyssmall’s body. Abyssmall looked down at where the sword had hit
“I’m bleeding!” He looked at Chowder and snarled
“Nobody makes me bleed my own blood!”
Abyssmall then slashed at Chowder who was just barely able to dodge the blows. He then focused on his sword and swung it at Abyssmall. The people in the street could only watch as the two strange figures disappeared into thin air as quickly as they’d arrived.
In the front room of Edmund Blackadder located in Tudor London, his servant Baldrick was putting the finishing touches on the cleaning. He’d been at it all day and was glad to get it finished. He then left the room in order to great his master home from the court of Queen Elizabeth.
No sooner had Baldrick left the room, then Chowder and Abyssmall found themselves teleporting into the room where they proceeded to continue their fight. Abyssmall’s claws were slashing so rapidly that Chowder was starting to find it difficult to block them.
“Why don’t you just surrender!” Abyssmall yelled still trying to penetrate Chowder’s defences and slowly succeeding
“I’ll never join you!” Chowder swung the runesword knocking away Abyssmall’s claws. As Abyssmall recovered from the blow, Chowder slammed the handle down onto Abyssmall’s skull knocking down. Before Chowder could land another blow, Abyssmall grabbed a wooden table from behind him and hurled it at Chowder. As it sailed through the air, Chowder sliced it in half when it was just inches from his face. The two wooden pieces sailed past Chowder’s head as he threw himself at Abyssmall. This time however, Abyssmall was expecting his attack and blocked it with his claws. Chowder then had to dive out of the way of another laser blast which blew a large smoking hole in the wall behind him. Abyssmall then hurled himself at Chowder. A few seconds later, the two of them vanished into thin air.
A few seconds later, Baldrick was leading his master up the stairs to the main room.
“And are you sure you’ve cleaned up the room?” his master asked with that familiar grumpy scepticism that Baldrick had come to expect
“Oh yes sir” Baldrick grinned and then opened the door. When the two of them saw the state of the room, Baldrick laughed nervously. Blackadder then proceeded to hit him on the head.
The Doctor meanwhile was still fighting for his life. As Death loomed over him, the Doctor rolled over to his right just barely avoided Death stamping down on his face. He rapidly picked himself up from the ground and was greeted by the sight of Judge Death advancing on him. The Doctor felt in his pockets. He then saw something lying on the floor. With horror, he realised the portal circuit he’d used earlier had fallen out of his pocket during his roll and was now lying on the ground just behind Judge Death. Realising that he’d have to go through Death to get it, the Doctor tried to think only to find himself backing away from Judge Death and the circuit.
“What’s the matter Doctor?” Death hissed “Are you not asssss confident without your friendsssss to back you up?”
“No I just like to take my time instead of going in all guns blazing” The Doctor grinned. Inside however, he was genuinely scared that this would be his final stand.
Chowder and Abyssmall meanwhile found themselves in some sort of enclosure filled with plants. Surrounding them were hundreds of spectators all looking in awe at them. Before the two of them could start fighting, they heard a loud roar from behind them. Turning round, they were greeted by an enormous Tyrannosaurus Rex looming over them. Chowder and Abyssmall jumped into the air as it charged towards them and landed down on it’s back. As soon as they did, the two of them fought not just each other but also to keep their balance. All the while the crowd roared thinking this was part of the act.
Abyssmall flung himself in the air and proceeded to slash right at Chowder’s face. Chowder was barely able to dodge due to the erratic movements of the T. Rex’s back and felt Abyssmall’s claws barely scratch his face. Shaken from his narrow escape, Chowder swung round to attack only to be kicked in the face by Abyssmall. The force of the blow knocked him back and he was able to just barely grab on to the top of the T. Rex’s body with one hand. As he clung on for dear life, Abyssmall walked over to where he was hanging and laughed
“Well well well. It seems the tables have turned. So what’s it to be, my purple friend? Death by T. Rex? Or death by my own hand?”
Chowder didn’t answer. Abyssmall simply grinned
“Very well then. You brought this on yourself”
As Abyssmall prepared to blast Chowder, Chowder saw an opening. Quick as a flash, he flung himself up in the air. Before Abyssmall could react, Chowder stabbed him through the chest. He let out a gasp and the two of them vanished in a flash of light.
Meanwhile, The Doctor and Judge Death were still facing off. It wasn’t much of a face off however as the Doctor’s Venusian akido was very little match for Death’s supernatural powers.
“Giving up yet Doctor?” Death laughed “If you do, I will make your death quick and merciful”
The Doctor didn’t replied. Instead he discreetly stared at the circuit on the floor in front of him. He then began to inch to his right, only to have Death move in the same direction to block his path. The Doctor continued to inch to his right until he’d moved directly in front of the circuit. He then ran to his left causing Death to do the same. Just as the Doctor had gotten halfway towards Death, he broke to his right and just barely scrambled past death, grabbed the circuit and ran up to the door.
As the Doctor began pressing the buttons, he looked up to see Judge Death charging towards him. Before the Doctor had a chance to run, Death had grabbed hold of him by the neck and began choking him.
As the Doctor fought to stay conscious, Death snarled at him
“Tell me Doctor. How does it feel to come sssssso clossssse to victory only to have it ssssssnatched away at the last sssssssecond?”
The Doctor just managed to choke out “You tell me”
At that, he pressed a button on the circuit and a portal opened a few feet in front of them. It began sucking in the air around it. Had the Doctor not been holding onto the door handle, him and Death would have been sucked inside. Instead, Death clung onto the Doctor’s leg for dear life
“Ssssssstop right now!” Death yelled “I can destroy you with a sssssingle ssssssstrike!”
“I’d like to see you try from a million miles away!” The Doctor replied. Then with a single strike of his leg, the Doctor kicked Judge Death right in the face. The force of the blow caused him to let go and get sucked right into the portal screaming all the way. As soon as he was on the other side of it, the Doctor pressed a button and the portal closed.
Back in the main hall, Chowder’s army were still battling the shades. However the battle was beginning to wear them down. To make things worse, the Shades just kept spawning and were beginning to overwhelm the group. Just when they thought they’d give in, the Shades all dissipated into thin air.
“What the heck?” Mike looked around as confused as the rest of the group
“The device that controls them must have been destroyed” Dream smiled.
“Correct!” said a familiar voice. Turning to where it had come from, the group were met by the sight of the Doctor emerging from a door. His face had a few cuts, but other than that, he looked fine.
“What happened doc?” Bugs asked
The Doctor grinned “Nothing much. I just set Judge Death off to meet some old friends of mine”
“That explains it” Dream said “His shade device was cut off from this world. With no signal to control them, the Shades have all faded away”
For a moment, the group were relieved. Then Paul realised something
The group looked around. However he was nowhere to be seen. A scary thought then occurred
“He must have gone on ahead” Luna started to panic
“Quick!” said Luigi “We gotta find him before it’s too late”
In Abyssmall’s lab, Chowder stood over the corpse of Abyssmall. He couldn’t believe it was all over. All his travels and losses had been leading up to this moment. Chowder let go of the runesword which was now embedded in Abyssmall’s chest. As soon as he did, he found himself shrinking back to normal. Before he could lament the loss of his cool form, he heard a voice from behind him.
Turning round, Chowder was met by the sight of Serena entering the room.
“What happened?” she asked. Chowder ran up to her.
“It’s ok now. Abyssmall’s dead. I used my rune powers to destroy him”
Serena looked at him blankly.
“Ok” Chowder said “I guess this could use a little more explanation”
As Chowder explained to Serena, he didn’t notice Abyssmall stir from behind him. A few seconds later, he stood up.
Chowder continued to explain to Serena what had happened. He then noticed she was looking scared.
“What’s wrong?” he asked
“Move!” Serena yelled.
Everything seemed to happen in slow motion. Serena pushed Chowder to the side, just as Abyssmall fire a laser blast. Chowder found himself flying onto the floor. He then saw Serena scream as the blast hit her. She then fell lifeless to the floor. Looking up at Abyssmall, Chowder was too shocked to speak. Abyssmall let out a mocking laugh
“Should have kept your guard up!”
Before Chowder had a chance to get up, Abyssmall burst into the left teleporter with the rune sword and shut the door. Chowder could only watch in horror as the teleporter started up. It proceeded to make several loud scary noises. Then the right teleporter began rumbling and shaking.
The right teleporter then exploded open. Chowder was shocked, Abyssmall was much taller than he had been before. He also looked even more grotesque and disfigured, no longer resembling a childs scribble.
Chowder began to back away as the Abyssmall abomination loomed over him. The abomination let out a hideous guttural laugh.
“I think I’ll eat you as my victory meal!”
Before Chowder could do anything, the Abyssmall monster began inhaling. The strength of it’s inhaling was like a tornado. Chowder didn’t stand a chance and was quickly inhaled into Abyssmall’s mouth and swallowed.
As the group tore through the castle, they heard a hideous laughter.
“What the heck is that?” Jerry shivered
“I have a horrible feeling that it’s exactly what we feared the most” the Critic replied. The group followed the laughter to a door. When they arrived, the Doctor summoned up all his courage and opened the door.
Bursting into the room, the group felt a collective shock when they were met with what appeared to be a twisted grotesque parody of what Abyssmall had once been. The Nerd was the first to speak
“What the hell have you done to yourself!!!”
“I have become one with the power of the runes!” The Abyssmall creature replied in a deep distorted version of Abyssmall’s regular voice “And now I’m gonna begin the great rebuild of this world into a world I can live in happily!”
“What about us?” Strong Bad managed to ask through fear
“Who cares about you?” Abyssmall roared “I’m the only one that’s important when it comes to what I want. And now I’m gonna break you dead!”