When the gates of the town crashed open, the whole town went silent. Vader stepped forward and yelled “Destroy them! Show no mercy!”
At that point the Mutants and Garthim strode forward. The mutants instantly opened fire causing fire to explode from the buildings while the Garthim marched forward. The townspeople simply ran around screaming. Tenebrarum smiled
“Music to my ears” she chuckled
“Ok boys, let’s show em how we do it round here!” yelled the guard captain. The guards charged forward towards the advancing army of Mutants. A few of them proceeded to fire their laser guns which vaporised several of the advancing guards.
“Shields up!” yelled the captain. The rest of the guards did exactly that. Fortunately for them, the shields they owned were strong enough to withstand the laser blasts allowing them to rush forward and slice up the mutants with their swords.
“Forward march!” yelled the captain.
Vader meanwhile yelled to the Garthim to attack.
At that, all the Garthim began to bunch together and charge towards the guards. They slammed their claws against the guards. The blows were so strong that even their armour couldn’t withstand it. Many of them had their skulls crushed in from the blows.
“Fall back!” yelled the captain who was then interrupted by his skull being smashed to bits by a Garthim’s claw. Vader’s forces began to advance upon the castle. Any one in their way was completely destroyed.
Down in the dungeon of the castle, Chowder and co were still discussing their next move when they were interrupted by a loud booming sound.
“W-w-what was that!!!” said Serena jumping
“If I was feeling particularly malicious” said the Doctor “I’d say it was Loki’s forces breaching the castle gate”
Now it was Luigi’s turn to jump
“Yeesh!” he said “We’re trapped like rats with our mortal enemy at our door. Can this day get any worse?”
Up in the throne room, the king was looking down upon the town. Fire and destruction were rampant. He let out a sigh as a guard entered the room
“Your majesty! We have to leave at once. They’ve entered the caste!”
“Very well” replied the King who then followed the guard out of the room.
Not too far away inside the castle, Vader and his troops entered through the main hall which appeared to be completely deserted. Vader turned to Tenebrarum
“What’s your plan now?” asked Vader
“Well” replied Tenebrarum “We find the library.”
Vader was puzzled “The library?”
“Yes” replied Tenenbrarum “Apparently it contains knowledge on all the legends of the land. If my sources are correct, it’ll even contain something on the rune”
Vader turned to his troops
“You heard her. Locate the castle library at once!
Elsewhere in the castle, the king was being led to safety by his guards. He was deep in thought about many things. Who were these people attacking his town? Did they have something to do about the strange prisoners? He shook his head and continued on his way. Until they turned a corner. What was standing there shocked him to the core.
“Oh my god” he thought to himself.
In the centre of the corridor was a blue box with a strange lamp on top. As the king took in what this meant, he then realised
“Quick!” he yelled “To the dungeons!”
Down in said dungeons, the group were still trying to work out their options, when they heard a door in the outside corridor open. The whole group froze with terror. Chowder was about to call out “Who is it?” when Mcclane put his hand over Chowder’s mouth.
The group listened for any indication of who it might be. All they could hear however were footsteps which appeared to be walking towards their cell. And then the door began to open.
“I apologise Doctor” said the figure walking into the room. The group breathed a collective sigh of relief when the king entered followed by a couple of guards. He continued to speak
“You were correct. I am Aragorn”
“Well it’s a pleasure to meet you again” said the Doctor offering his hand out. Aragorn shook the Doctor’s hand
“Now” said the Doctor “Explain how you ended up as the king of an entire nation. When I last saw you, you were merely a ranger”.
When Aragorn finished his story, the group had plenty of questions
“Where’s your wife then?” asked Mario
“The lady Arwen is away on a diplomatic mission” replied the King “I stayed behind to keep things in order here”
“And a damn fine job you did” Mcclane wanted to say, but thought better of it.
“So who’s attacking the castle anyway?” asked Chowder
“I’ll answer that” said one of the guards “We do not know his name, but he wears a black mask and cape. He also carries a sword made of light”
“Sounds like Vader” said Mcclane
Aragorn was taken aback by this
“Do you know him?”
“Yeah” said Mcclane “Guy tried to torture us. He’s looking for the runes as well”
“Yeah” said Chowder “He’s working for a guy called Loki who’s trying to take over everything. He needs the Runes to do this”
Aragorn raised a sceptical eyebrow
“So tell me about these runes”
Chowder spoke up with the air of someone who tries to be knowledgeable in a subject, but is in fact way over their head.
“Well… They are made of the stuff everything’s made of. And they’re really powerful and…er…” Chowder then paused and scratched his head
“To tell you the truth I don’t know that much about them.”
He looked around for support, but the whole group shook their heads. Even the Doctor was stumped
“Interesting” said Aragorn “You claim to be searching for these runes and yet you do not understand them”
“Wait!” said Chowder “There’s two guys we can ask”
He took out the crystal and pressed the button to talk to the Critic and the Nerd. However all he got was a voice that said “The Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd are not available now. Please leave a message after the beep”
After said beep Chowder began to speak
“Errr…Hi guys. Hope you’re all right. I was just wondering if you could tell us a little more about the runes. When you’re free of course.”
After that, he pressed the button to discontinue the call.
“Dammit!” snapped Mcclane “Why are those guys never around when you need em?”
“May I ask who?” asked Aragorn
“Oh they’re the guys who sent us on this quest” said Chowder “Apparently they run this world or something. And they watch us while we pee”
An awkward silence followed. Luna decided to break the silence.
“So we’re on our own.”
Aragorn spun round to look at her with a confused look on his face
“Yes” said Luna “I’m a talking cat.”
“Beside’s that” said the Doctor “We need to find the rune in Middle Earth. And we’ve heard a rumour that the castle library might have something”
“I would imagine it does” said Aragorn “It’s the largest source of information in Middle Earth.”
“So can you take us there?” asked Mario
“Yes” replied Aragorn “Follow me”
As the group left the cell, Serena was shivering with fright
“Oooh” she said “I hope we don’t run into the bad guys”
The Bad guys in question were roaming the corridors of the castle in an attempt to locate the library. However, they had a significant disadvantage against the heroes in that none of them knew where the library was located. Furthermore, the troops were starting to get tired
“May we take a breather?” Tenebrarum “The troops look like they’re worn out”
“Fine then” said Vader. He turned to the various Mutants and Garthim
“At ease!” he yelled.
As the troops sat down, Vader approached one Mutant that looked less tired than the rest.
“You!” he said “I want you to scout out the corridors ahead of us. See if you can locate anybody. If you do, bring them to me”
The Mutant nodded and set off down the corridor
As Aragorn led the group through the castle, it became obvious to the group that there were very few people in the castle
“You know” said the Doctor “For a castle this big, there’s very few people around”
“Most of them must have fled” said Aragorn “Usually we’ve got much more-“
“Hold it!” said Mario. The whole group stopped.
At the end of the corridor was a T junction with two passages leading left and right. From the left one, they could hear footsteps.
Chowder was about to call out “Who’s there?” when Mcclane shushed him. The group crept closer to the corner. When they got there, Mcclane peered round and was greeted by the sight of a Mutant inspecting the corridor. He ducked back round before it saw him
“It’s Loki” said Mcclane “They’re in the castle”
“Great” said Mario “How we gonna get past it without being seen”
Serena started to say “I have an idea” when she screamed out. The whole group turned around to see the mutant was looming over them.
Mcclane swore under his breath as it began to lurch towards them.
“Get back!” said Aragorn drawing his sword “You’re not hurting my comrades”. Unfortunately for the mutant, it didn’t listen leading Aragorn to take its head off with one swipe of the sword.
As it’s headless body fell to the floor, Serena just said “Gross”
“That was pretty cool though” said Chowder
“Until the rest of them find it and realise we’re here” said Luna
“Then there’s no time to waste” said the Doctor “Take us to the Library”
“With pleasure” replied Aragorn who set off down the opposite corridor with the group following.
After the mutant didn’t return, Vader and Tenebrarum made the decision to go look for it. So they were understandably shocked when they found it lying in the corridor with its head separate from the body.
“What could have done this?” said Tenebrarum
“I do not know” replied Vader “I’d thought that the castle had been deserted”
“You obviously thought wrong” replied Tenebrarum.
“Do not mock me” said Vader.
After heading through the corridors for a while, the group eventually arrived at a set of large wooden doors. Aragorn pushed them open revealing an enormous library.
Chowder gasped in amazement. When they’d said it was the largest, they weren’t kidding. Scores of books ran up and down the room which was the largest Chowder had seen in the corridor up to this point.
“So what do you think?” asked Aragorn
“It’s great” said Mario “The only problem is, where do we start?”
“Well” said Aragorn “There’s an entire section dedicated to the legends of Middle Earth”
“Do we have to look through the books?” Serena whined
“Don’t start, Serena” said Luna “It’s an important part of life to be able to read fluently
“Well I hate reading!” Serena “It’s boring!”
“Why don’t you guard the door” said Mcclane “Then if Vader and his pals come along, you can warn us”
“Actually” said Serena “You’re right. Reading books might be a good experience”
“I second the guarding the door idea” said Luigi “We’ll need someone to warn us”
Serena sighed “Fine. But I’m closing the door”
“No problem” said Aragorn “You can look through the keyhole”
Serena then walked over to the doors and closed them while Chowder and co were led by Aragorn into the library.
“Well here we are” said Aragorn, pointing to a row of shelves “This is the legends section”. The section in question consisted of two large shelves that ran the entire length of the room.
“Great” said Mcclane “Looks like we got our work cut out for us”
“Well we’re not going to find anything just sitting here” said Luna “Let’s get to work”
Chowder then pulled up a ladder that was attached to one of the bookcases and began looking through the books on the shelves.
Serena meanwhile was still on guard when she heard footsteps from the corridor outside. She peaked through the keyhole to have a look. On the other side of the door was a man in a black suit and helmet, a middle aged woman with brown hair, several mutants like the one they’d seen earlier and several more crab like creatures.
“This does look promising” said the man in black as they walked into the corridor. The two of them walked up to the doors and tried to open them.
“It appears to be locked” said the woman
“Er… yes!” said Serena from the other side of the door
“Who’s there!” said the man in black “Explain yourself!”
“We’re doing major repairs on this place” said Serena “We’re going over the books and checking every single page is correct. So you won’t be able to come in for the next 300 years. Goodbye”
“What are you talking about!” said the woman “We demand entry”
Serena thought quickly
“Well have you got ID? It’s a very exclusive library. Only the best of the best are allowed”
“Don’t be ridiculous!” yelled the man in black “Either you open this door or we’ll break it down and kill everyone inside!”
Serena thought to herself. The one idea she came up with wasn’t very good, but she decided she had nothing to lose by trying.
“Er…There’s nobody inside. This is an answering machine. To speak to Mr Enormous Violent Mcmurderous O’Bloodthirsty or his vicious Rottweiler collection…”
She then paused and did her best Rottweiler bark. Serena then added another two in an attempt to sound like a collection before continuing
“Please leave a message after the beep”
Serena then made a noise not dissimilar to a phone beep and paused with baited breath.
“Right” said Vader turning to his troops “Mutants, Start cutting the door open” Two mutants then stepped forward with a laser gun attached to a battery. They put it to the door and began to burn away a hole.
Serena ran away from the door to find the group
Said group were still looking through the books in the mysteries and legends section.
“Found anything?” Mcclane asked the Marios
“Nope” replied Mario
“Nothing here!” said the Doctor
“Well keep searching!” said Luna “There must be something”
They were then interrupted by Serena running up to them
“What is happening?” asked Aragorn
In between breaths Serena told them about the people at the door. Mcclane swore loudly
“Vader!” he said
“It gets worse” said Serena
“How?” asked Chowder, dreading the answer
“Well he’s cutting open the door” said Serena “We’ve got a few minutes until he enters and kills all of us!”
At that point, the whole group panicked
“What do we do!” said Luigi
“Read faster, that’s what!” replied the Doctor
The group began to frantically grab books off the shelves and flick through them. Any of the books which weren’t helpful were tossed aside much to Aragorn’s dismay.
Outside the library, the mutants were roughly halfway cutting through the door
“Come on!” said Tenebrarum “We haven’t got all day!”
“Patience” said Vader “We’ll be in there soon enough.”
The group meanwhile were still frantically trying to find any clue in the books. Sadly they’d had no luck. It was getting to the point where none of the books looked like they’d have any clues.
Luna looked up at the door. She could just make out the outline of a burn. To her horror, it had nearly gone right round the door
“We’re running out of time!” she yelled
“I know goddamit!” Mcclane screamed in response.
A few seconds later, they ran out of time and part of the door collapsed away revealing Vader and his men.
“You!” Vader yelled “I knew you’d have something to do with this. FIRE!”
The mutants did so and proceeded to miss. One such blast came so close to Chowder that he fell off of his ladder and landed face down on the floor.
“Chowder!” Mcclane yelled running over to him.
As Chowder recovered from the fall, he noticed something under the shelf. A book was lying there. Without thinking Chowder grabbed it.
“Are you ok?” Mcclane asked him
Chowder was unable to answer due to a laserblast sailing past them
“Come on!” yelled Mcclane who grabbed Chowder and ran back to the rest of the group
“What are you waiting for!” Vader yelled “Seize them!”
At his orders, the Mutants and Garthim began to advance through the hole in the door, single file
“We’re trapped!” said Luigi
“The window!” yelled the Doctor “It’s our only chance.
The group ran towards the window. Mcclane grabbed a chair that was sitting by the windowand threw it through the glass with an almighty shattering sound (Much to Aragorn’s dismay) The group then dived through it and ran for the hills.
By the time Vader made it through the hole in the door with Tenebrarum, Chowder and the gang were already long gone
“Drat!” said Vader “Now how do we get them?”
“Don’t worry” said Tenebrarum “I have a few tricks up my sleeve”
The group caught their breath behind an inn in the town. As they did, Chowder remembered the book he’d found
“Hey guys!” he said “Check this out!”.
The group gathered round to look at the book. The cover was blank and completely black giving no hints as to what it was about.
“Go on!” said Luna “Open it!”
Chowder did so, only to find it was written in strange squiggles.
“Oh no!” he said “We’ll never know what it says!”
Aragorn took the book from Chowder and studied it for a few seconds. Finally he spoke
“It’s in Adunaic”
“Adu-what?” asked Mario
“An ancient language of Numeanor spoken only in the second age” replied Aragorn
“Can you translate it?” asked Serena
“I am mostly fluent in such a language” said Aragorn “I’ll see what I can do”
After reading through the pages through what seemed like forever while occasionally nodding and making remarks such as “I see” Aragorn closed the book
“What does it say?” asked Serena
“From what I can gather, It’s hidden in the mines of Moria” replied Aragorn
“What’s that?” asked Chowder
“An enormous underground complex far to the east of here” replied Aragorn “Once It was inhabited by the dwarves. However it has since fallen into ruin and has largely been closed off for a long time”
“What else did the book say?” asked Mcclane
“I cannot say” replied Aragorn “What I have told you is all I was able to understand. I haven’t studied Adunaic for a long time”
“Well we’ll just have to head there and hope for the best” said Luna
“How?” asked Luigi “We ain’t got the TARDIS”
“Easily resolved” replied the Doctor. He took out his sonic screwdriver and pressed a few buttons than pointed it at the air. A few seconds later, the TARDIS materialised in front of them
“And away we go!” said the Doctor disappearing into the TARDIS. The rest of the group followed him.