Almost instantly, the group found themselves fighting for their lives as a trio of Skeletons bared down on them. Mcclane told one to go forth and multiply before punching it in the ribs. It collapsed instantly. Serena kicked one as well and it too collapsed.
“You know, I thought they’d put up more of a fight” said Luna
Almost immediately after Luna made that remark, the two skeletons reformed.
“You gotta be kidding!” said Mario.
“What do we do!!!” asked Chowder
“Keep fighting them off!” said Aragorn knocking away two more skeletons with his sword. A few seconds later, they instantly reformed.
“Excellent!” Vader said to Tenebrarum.
“Don’t mention it!” she replied “Soon we will have that rune!”
With that she made a motion with one of her hands. One of the Skeletons then reached down and grabbed Chowder
“Let me go!” he yelled
As it reached for the rune, Chowder shivered for a second. Its fingers were all cold and clammy as though it hadn’t been washed for a while. Chowder punched it in the face. Its skull flew off and the whole thing crumbled dropping Chowder to the floor.
“Chowder!” yelled Mcclane.
Unfortunately, Chowder was soon separated from the rest of the group. Mcclane fought as the Skeletons began to crawl over him and the rest of the group. Serena in particular was screaming and trying to knock the skeletons away. But they just kept coming. Every time one was destroyed, another two attacked before the group had a chance to destroy them, giving the previously destroyed one, a chance to rebuilt itself.
Chowder, meanwhile was suffering in much the same way. Only for him, he didn’t have the rest of the group to fight alongside him. Pretty soon he was pinned down on the ground. As the Skeletons began to crawl down on top of Chowder, he felt his life beginning to flash before his eyes.
All the memories of the great times, him, Mung and the others came flashing back. From the day they met, to the day he blew up the kitchen to just before he left on his quest.
“Remember” said Mung “A good chef can do anything, as long as he puts his mind to it!”.
At that, Chowder snapped back to reality. He’d just had a brilliant idea.
“Let’s see how you like reforming with broken bones!”
With a series of punches, he kicked away the skeletons that were towering over him sending bones flying through the air.
At the same time, Serena was able to reach her tiara
“Moon tiara magic!” she yelled and sent it flying through the air.
It travelled round the room in a boomerang pattern knocking out many of the skeletons standing over the group and giving the group a chance to break free.
“Get em!” yelled Mcclane
He didn’t have to tell the rest of the group twice. Within seconds the group were plowing their way through bones sending them flying through the air.
“What are you doing!” yelled Vader “Stop them!”
“Don’t worry” replied Tenebrarum “I’ve got another plan up my sleeve”
Within seconds, the skeletons had been destroyed and the floor was once again covered in bones. The group and Vader stared each other down.
“Just give up!” said Mcclane “We’ve got you outnumbered!”
“Good point!” said Tenebrarum “For my next trick, check this out!”
As soon as Tenebrarum finished speaking, all the bones in the room began to move. Rushing past the group and climbing over one another, they began to gather in the centre of the room. After a few seconds, the group could see a shape forming.
“What the…?” said Mcclane. A few seconds later he had his answer.
The bones had formed into one giant skeleton. It’s skull was made from several smaller skulls and it was holding a club made from various different bones. It stood over them with an ominous air and it’s eyes glowed red. It then let out a roar. Tenebrarum laughed.
As the Skeleton began to walk towards Mcclane and the others, it swung it’s bone club down right next to them. Mcclane stumbled as he backed away and fell on the floor. The Skeleton raised it’s club to strike again.
Mcclane swore and just narrowly rolled out of the way as the club swung down and crashed onto the floor
“Take this!” yelled Serena who threw her tiara at it. As before, it sailed through the air. However unlike the previous time, it merely bounced off the giant skeleton without leaving as much as a scratch. Serena gulped.
As the Skeleton drew nearer, the group found themselves trapped with the walls of the crypt on one side and the aforementioned skeleton on the other. The Doctor held out his sonic screwdriver and scanned it
“Whaddya doing!” Luigi asked as the Skeletons club came down in front of him
“Scanning for any sign of weakness!” replied the Doctor “So far nothing!”
“Well that’s great!” said Mcclane “Now we know we’re doomed!”
As Tenebrarum moved the Skeleton in for the kill, she didn’t notice Chowder who had been separated from the group. He panicked as his friends were slowly being cornered.
“What do I do?” he thought to himself. Then he looked at Tenebrarum.
“Of course!” he thought “If I get her, it’ll stop the skeleton”. Chowder thought for a second. Then he braced himself and leaped at Tenebrarum.
The rest of the group had been backed into the corner and were now desperate for a miracle
“Oh cripes!” said Luigi “This is it!”
Tenebrarum laughed and brought the club down for the kill. The group closed their eyes and prepared for the worst.
A second later they realised something was amiss. The Doctor was the first to open his eyes and saw that the skeleton’s club was hanging over them.
“Stop trying to hurt my friends!” came a voice from the right
Said voice belonged to Chowder who was now struggling with Tenebrarum.
“Get off me!” she screamed
“Never!” yelled Chowder who scratched at her face. Tenebrarum pulled her left hand back to grab Chowder which caused the giant skeleton to flail backwards.
“I said Let go!” she yelled and grabbed Chowder. Chowder then bit her arm. Tenebrarum screamed and dropped him, only for Chowder to jump on her leg and sink his teeth into it.
Tenebrarum screamed and knocked Chowder off. He fell to the floor with a thud.
“Chowder!” Mcclane screamed.
Tenebrarum walked over to Chowder who looked up only to be struck in the face by her foot. He groaned and collapsed onto the floor.
“Now” said Tenebrarum turning back to the group “Where were we”
At that she began to move the giant skeleton back towards the group.
Chowder slowely opened his eyes. In the distance he could hear his friends shouting. When his sight cleared, he could make out the image of Tenebrarum laughing and moving the skeleton in for the kill.
“No…” he said reaching out.
As the situation looked hopeless, Chowder felt something in his pocket. He felt around to find the pointy end of one of the runes. Without thinking he pulled himself up and flung himself at Tenebrarum.
Seconds before Tenebrarum was about to command the skeleton to kill the group, she felt a stabbing pain in her leg. Looking down, she saw the rune sticking out of it and Chowder staring up at her.
Before she could react further, a fiery light blazed through her blinding everyone else in the room and causing her to scream. A few seconds later it stopped. Where Tenebrarum had been standing, a small pile of black ash was on the floor.
“You may have one this time, but I’ll be back!” yelled Vader, who then took out a teleportation device and pressed the button. He then disappeared in a flash of blue light. Mcclane and the others ran over to Chowder who was sobbing.
“I’m a murderer!” Chowder sobbed
“Don’t be ridiculous” replied the Doctor “You saved us”
“But why I have to kill her!” said Chowder. He wiped his nose, then said “I’m as bad as them!”
At that, Aragorn leaned down, so that his face was level with Chowder’s.
“Listen” he said. Chowder looked up and sniffed
“When I was in the war, I often had to kill. I understand how you feel. But you had no choice. Unlike those people who chose to try and kill you. Does that help?”
Chowder sniffed again “I guess so”
The group was silent for a long time. Finally Luigi spoke
“I guess those runes really are powerful”
“Quite” replied the Doctor “We’ll have to ask our friends, the Critic and the Nerd about them”.
He then took out his Sonic Screwdriver and buzzed it towards the air. A few seconds later, the TARDIS materialised in front of them.
“Shall we go?” he asked.
When the TARDIS landed, the group found themselves standing in the throne room of the castle of Arnor. Aragorn stepped out. He then turned to the group
“I wish to thank you for your help.” he said.
“Ah don’t mention it” said Mcclane “We’re just doing our job”
“Well it was a very good job, you did” replied Aragorn “If they’d gotten the power of that rune, who knows what might have happened”
Serena blushed “It was nothing really”
“Well” said Aragorn “I must attend to the needs of my subjects. I wish you the best of luck in your quest”
“Thanks” replied Chowder.
The group then disappeared back into the TARDIS. Its light started flashing and it faded away.
“So where do we go next?” asked Mcclane.
“I’ll answer that!” came a familiar voice from Chowder. He took out the marble to find the image of the Critic and the Nerd contained within.
“Where the hell have you been!?” Mcclane exclaimed
“Geez” said the Nerd “No need to blow out your ass!”
“Actually we have another question for you” said Luna
“Well what is it?” said the Critic “Don’t be shy, just say it”
“It’s about the runes” replied Luna “Where did they come from”
The Critic and the Nerd looked at each other.
“Well I suppose we could tell you” said the Nerd
“Comfy?” asked the Critic “Then we’ll dive right in”
“I guess you know that the runes contain the energy that makes up this place” said the Nerd
“Yeah” said Mcclane “But where’s that energy from?”
“Well” said the Critic “It comes from a place outside this universe”
“Ooh” Chowder had sparkles in his eyes “What’s it like?”
“We don’t know exactly” said the Critic “All we know is that this place generates that energy frequently. It then comes through to us and we have to check its right.”
“If it’s right” said the Nerd “Then we have to make it into characters or even whole new worlds”
“What happens if it’s not right” said the Doctor
“We get rid of it” said the Critic “We send it to the void between universes where it dissipates”
“So where do the runes fit in?” asked Mario
“They are artefacts from the very beginning of our world” said the Nerd
“There’s five in all and they contain the 5 elements of our world in purified form” said the Critic
“What are the elements?” asked Serena
“Character, plot, theme, style and setting” replied the Critic “At the moment you have the runes of Character and plot”
“Wait a minute” said Mcclane “How exactly is this energy formed?”
“We’re not sure ourselves” replied the Nerd “But we think it has something to do with the beings that live there”
“Wait!” said Luigi shocked “There are people outside our world creating us through really powerful energy!!!”
“As far as we know” replied the Critic
The whole group stared
“Wow” said Mcclane “So there’s people more powerful than any of us outside all this”
“Makes you feel a bit small” said Luna
After contemplating this for a moment, the Doctor finally spoke
“So what about the next rune?”
“The rune of theme” said the Critic
“Well we’ve got some bad news” said the Nerd
“What’s that?” asked Mcclane
The Critic and the Nerd hesitated
“Ok. But you’re not gonna like it” said the Nerd
The Critic closed his eyes
“It’s split into three, tripling the amount of work you gotta do”
Serena broke down in tears
“Aww! Why can’t it just be easy!” she balled
“Oh do be quiet!” snapped Luna. Serena did so
“So where do we find em?” asked Mcclane
“In your future” replied the Nerd “They’re spread over three planets”
“Sounds like we’ve got our work cut out” said the Doctor “Where should we start?”
“Try Arrakis” replied the Nerd
“I think I know it” said the Doctor “Isn’t it the desert planet with all the sandworms?”
“That’s the one” said the Critic “When you find it, let us know”
“Very well” said the Doctor “Hold on tight, we’re heading for Arrakis!”