The Following chapter contains characters/creatures from the following: Half Life, Portal, Sliders, Discworld, How to train your Dragon, The Terminator Series, Doctor Who, the Matrix, I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream, and Virus (1999 film)
Enter the Multiverse
The Combine Empire's occupation of planet Earth was a dark time in human history. The initial decline of the planet happened at Black Mesa, where the multiversal conquers known as the Combine came through the Portal storms after being lead to this universe by the teleportation experiments at Black Mesa. Life forms from another universe known as Xen fell through the storms before the Combine took notice of the incident, and acted quickly. The Combine fought all of humanity for a war that lasted only Seven Hours.
Not long after the war was the resistance formed, and they fought the Combine and had occasionally weakened it through Guerrilla tactics and hit and run. For many Humans the Combine were thought to be the only thing they had to fear, they were proven wrong.
Not even an Hour after the death of the Resistance leader Eli Vance did a new threat show up. The Kromagg Dynasty. Like the Combine the Kromaggs were conquered many separate universes. Their ships used a different method of multi-dimensional travel than the Combine, and they appeared over the ruins of the Citadel.
The Kromagg Dynasty themselves were a brutal race, who favored outright conquest over the propaganda and security of the Combine. Initially the Kromaggs attacked the Combine in the hopes they were weak. They were not. Not ten hours after the first assault began had the Combine started capturing Kromagg ships by the load. Once the Combine learned how the Kromaggs own multi-dimensional transporters worked, they followed the Kromaggs to their own worlds.
Anything after that was not fully known to the resistance, but only a few days after the last Kromagg ship was found was a new Overwatch soldier type seen among the army of the Combine. Indoctrinated and cybernetically modified Kromagg soldiers branded C17:i5. They looked near identical to Civil Protection thought police. Only unlike the Metro Cops, they had a slightly bulky armor design and the Kromaggs own Psychic powers.
They were given the name Psi-MetroCops, and they were a powerful new enemy to deal with. After their introduction, the Combine used the Kromaggs ability of illusions through their psychic powers in conjunction with their propaganda to brainwash people faster than ever before. The human species seemed doomed. Hope was fading fast as humanity began to fall like dominoes.
GLaDOS watched from various security cameras as the various blast doors sealed themselves all over what remained of Aperture Labs. The invasion forces were moving fast. GLaDOS did not know how they had actually found them, she had done everything to ensure complete safety from them, various anti-spy protocols, surface EMP bursts, not to mention the fact that the labs were underground making actually seeing it not exactly easy. Of course something had changed. Her CPU produced a small drone as she ran the production lines of turrets on overdrive. Already the turrets were being transported at strategic Locations all along throughout the facility through whatever means she had.
She quickly turned when she heard the sound of two loud crashing sounds. Looking at the forms of Blue and Orange, or as they called themselves ATLAS and P-Body, land on their feet, their built in fall boots preventing them from any damage. GLaDOS knew that things were going south. The enemy was much too advanced and tenacious to get their greedy Xeno hands/claws/tentacles on all her beautiful data. But no that was not happening.
"Orange, Blue. Prepare Protocol 654.", said GLaDOS.
She watched as the Cooperative Bots moved around clumsily as they began rummaging through scrap. GLaDOS turned her attention back to the camera systems. Cyborg Soldiers were destroying the turrets faster than they could be built. MetroCops. The Combine had found her.
Taking control of a mechanical arm in the testing chamber they were invading, GLaDOS slammed into the clustered forces of the Combine, only to watch as one of them easily destroyed the arm with a well placed explosive. GLaDOS turned quickly to the side as she watched them take over parts of the base with ease, a hundred thousand algorithmic calculations showed that her chances were falling by the minute.
"What changed, this is not their standard behavior."
It had been six days, ten hours, fifteen minutes, and thirty two seconds since the Combine had started their attack. Approximately one minute and thirty two seconds after Orange and Blue had found the humans in stasis. In that time the Combine were able to capture the Stasis chambers with the human test subjects, and currently were in the process of teleporting them out of the lab, possibly to be turned into more MetroCops.
GLaDOS raged at that. Orange and Blue had only just opened that area, hardly enough time for any new testing to begin thanks to the Xeno filth as she took to calling them. Now she was losing them left and right. She was able to keep them away from the Propulsion Gel technology, but as a result the entire pipeline had to be rigged with explosives to prevent it from falling into the Combines hands.
"Why can't anything ever be simple", said GLaDOS offhand as she watched a MetroCop be torn apart by turrets asking for friendship, before the others destroyed said turret.
What was worse was that the gas masks the MetroCops wore made nerve gas useless. The Combine were taking whatever they could grab, at this point all Personality cores were gone. Thrown by the Xeno scum into their new wormholes. GLaDOS had relatively few files on the Combine, but she knew for a fact that their normal teleportation methods did not work like this. This almost looked like the result of an Aperture Handheld Portal Device, only they were not restricted to walls. Free floating portals that looked almost like tunnels in space, rather than holes.
GLaDOS was able to get a few readings on them for data storage, but was thus far in the dark about how exactly they worked, it was definitely gravity based, amazing it didn't create a black hole really.
"Just how many forms of teleportation exists in the universe."
They were getting closer to the Mainframe as well, that was the last place GLaDOS wanted them to be, but she still had a few tricks up her chassis. A long buried relic of a bygone age that nested below the lab.
[Opening Lower Levels/ Warning: Biohazard Detected]
"Bypass safety features. User: GLaDOS"
[User: GLaDOS Accepted/ Safety Features Bypassed: Doors Open]
GLaDOS watched as the lower levels began opening. They had been quarantined even before she took over, for very good reason. The things down there were dangerous, though at this point they could prove a reliable distraction until Protocol 654 could be finished.
GLaDOS kept her optics glued to the cameras as the sound of skittering could be heard beyond the now open doors, right before red glowing eyes carefully examined the now open door. Then a massive green limbs reached out, then all hell broke loose. Inhuman screeches could be heard as the creatures below charged out like rampaging rhinos.
Combine soldiers turned as all across the walls and ceilings, human insect hybrids crawled around, swinging scythe like raptorial limbs at the cyborg soldiers. GLaDOS had long ago sealed the remains of the Mantis Men created long ago down in the bowels of Aperture. Through fast breeding and cannibalism they survived. Of course even with their great numbers they would fall to the Combine, but it would take time.
A large amount of systems had to be entirely shut down as the Mantis Men not currently killing Combine soldiers were busy chewing on valuable machinery, namely wires. They likewise proved to be immune not only to nerve gas, but also the bullets of turrets thanks to their exoskeletons. They would easily destroy the lab if left unchecked. Still it wasn't like the Combine wasn't doing that already, the whole place would be a radioactive hole in the ground in a few minutes anyway.
GLaDOS turned back to Orange and Blue who had finished loading the new body she would have to use. Resources as scarce as they were, she had to work with what she had. Unfortunately the Combine left no cores for her to purge and upload her mind into. However there was one thing GLaDOS knew would work. Oh, she hated it, hated it more than anything else, but at least the concept was proven thanks to that Moron.
[Reactor Meltdown Initiated]
"That should prevent them from getting my beautiful data.", said GLaDOS.
The mainframe GLaDOS was plugged into retracted into the ceiling as the light of her eye dimmed. All spare AI cores may have been gone, but GLaDOS had plans in place for just this reason.
[Starting Memory Transfer]
ATLAS and P-body watched as various machines whirred to life. Both of them shrugged as they sat and waited. ATLAS idly poked P-body, who poked ATLAS back, who shoved P-body back, who began shoving ATLAS. They beeped and whistled as they continued running what many would call a very confusing game of tag.
Ignorant to the carnage of hungry Mantis Men and cybernetic transhumanist slaves the two found various ways of amusing themselves. It was fun, for a while anyway. But good things sometimes just have to end.
[Memory Transfer Complete]
The Coop bots turned to watch as a large chamber rose from out the center of the room. Smoke came out of it as it rose. ATLAS was gently pushed towards the machine before P-body took a cautious step back. The two beeped at one another until the chamber opened. A small yellow glow could be seen. To the bots, it was kind of intimidating.
"Well don't just stand there, pick me up", said the Familiar voice of GLaDOS.
ATLAS took a few steps to the chamber where he saw GLaDOS in her new body. A potato. P-body walked up to the potato before turning to ATLAS who gave a small shrug before grabbing the potato...and impaling it on the claw of his portal gun.
"Ow.", said GLaDOS.
ATLAS nodded contently to himself as he raised his portal gun and pointed to GLaDOS. P-body clapped her metallic limbs together before GLaDOS sighed. ATLAS nodded as he turned to P-body. They high fived for a moment before looking to the potato. They had both just collectively realized they had no idea what came next.
"Now then, follow the maintenance tunnels to the elevator, it should have enough power to get us out of here.", said GLaDOS.
ATLAS nodded as the two comically ran to the door. Only to realize they had no idea where the Maintenance tunnels were.
"Turn Left...NO! I said Left. Good now just go where I say, we do not have long until the reactor blows this whole place up.", said GLaDOS.
The robot nodded as it fled as fast as it could. GLaDOS herself only cursed the universe internally.
"I hate aliens"
In Orbit over Earth
Wheatley found he had a lot of excess time to himself lately. Mostly because he was floating in space, somewhere between the moon and Earth. He supposed it was ironic, or maybe not. Wheatley wasn't exactly clear on what irony really was. He assumed it was made of iron or some other iron based alloy. Hard to say really.
"We're in Space."
"Yep still here mate.", said Wheatley.
At least he had company, sure the Space Sphere was an energetic fellow, and at times a tad bit insufferable, but at least he wasn't alone.
"Space mates makes space."
"Space mates? Yes, I suppose we are. Just you and me against the universe. Think I'll count the stars again. Not much else to do here at the moment.", said Wheatley.
"Space, Space. Space mates in space doing space with space."
Wheatley lost count of the stars somewhere between forty two and one hundred and six, he wasn't sure where he lost count, but it was definitely somewhere between those two numbers...Probably, hard to say really. He didn't expect anyone could count all the stars anyway.
"Done, stars counted. I am best at space."
Or maybe he thought too soon.
"Really, done already? How many did you count?", asked Wheatley.
"5,361,142. Can't see them all. Wanna see them all."
"Wow, that's impressive mate. I am actually a bit surprised by that, what else can you see from here.", asked Wheatley.
The Space Cores yellow eye focused on Wheatley before it spoke.
"Oh well that's...Space Fire? Where?", asked Wheatley.
Wheatley looked to see that in fact he was on fire, or at least a bit. Now that he was paying attention, the space core was also on fire, well not on fire per se. It was more like a field of fire around him. And yes, he himself was indeed on fire.
"AHHHHHHH!', screamed Wheatley.
"Don' wanna go back. Don' wanna. Wanna stay in space.", said the Space Core.
"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Hey is it just me or is the Earth getting a tad bit bigger?", asked Wheatley.
In fact yes, it was, or rather it appeared so when in fact they were falling towards it at at near terminal velocity. As the atmosphere of Earth did everything it could to burn them up, Wheatley could only watch the fast approaching planet and say to himself.
Gordon watched as Alyx sat silent next to DOG. Only a few weeks ago her father Eli Vance, was killed. Gordon figured she needed time to herself for now. Nothing he did would change the fact that her father was not around any more. Still he felt like he should do something. Gordon silently sat back against a tree as he looked up to the night sky.
The Combine were acting unusual as of late. City 17 was near bare of MetroCops. Gordon wasn't stupid, he knew they were up to something. He didn't know what, but he would find out. It was at this point Gordon saw two meteors in the sky. He watched them as they fell.
Actually now that he looked at them, they looked like they were heading towards him. Of course it was probably an optical illusion, they were probably going to land miles away, far from him or...
...Or they would land only a few hundred feet away.
Gordon shot to his feet as he lifted his Gravity Gun. He heard the sounds of DOG heading towards the crash as well, meaning more than likely Alyx would be heading there as well. He quickened his pace.
White Forest Resistance Base
The world was dead, no plant life remained and water was as scarce as ever. Many had begun to lose hope as the last legs of the planet were violently cut off, many considered the world not even worth saving. Initially there were protests among the remains of the Resistance, until it was discovered that many of the Kromaggs had come from other realities where humans existed.
When all hope was lost, anyone who still remained prepared for Exodus from this reality, into another one. Inspired by the knowledge that somewhere within the multiverse, other humans lived, many saw a chance to escape and get help all while finding a new planet to settle, one where hopefully neither the Combine nor the Kromaggs existed.
The machine devised was beyond experimental, created by Dr. Kleiner after looking over the notes found on the Borealis it would combine the trans-dimensional capabilities of humans, the Combine, and the Kromagg to allow for instantaneous transportation of every non indoctrinated or modified human on the planet simultaneously. The chances were small for survival, but ever since the Kromagg arrived, an already bad situation became much much worse. Now all that was left was the Hope that their Exodus was not in vain.
"Are we still here, Shouldn't the Machine go ding or something.", asked Wheatley.
Chell said nothing as the A.I Core as it was rolled around by the beakless Headcrab Lamarr. Gordon only watched in mild amusement at the other-dimensional parasite amused itself with the small core. It was a strange day when the A.I Core fell to the earth, along with another core who seemed capable of only saying space which it obsessively spoke of greatly even to this day as it laid twitching in the corner.
Chell hefted her Portal Gun over her shoulder as the Potato stuck on one of the mechanical arms gave a curious sigh. GLaDOS, the once self described ruler/dictator of Aperture Science labs had done all she could to prevent the Combine from destroying and taking all relevant technology. It however had not only failed, but due to an incident with a Bullsquid and one very unlucky turret, she had no A.I cores to download into was once again stuck in a Potato impaled on Chells own Portal Gun.
"I estimate there is a 15.98% Chance the Combine already are aware of our current activities. The fact they have not found us yet is merely the prelude to horrible things to come, namely death, a very bloody and hopefully in Chells case slow and painful death. Not to mention the horrible birds they have with them.", said GLaDOS.
"What birds?", asked Wheatley fearfully.
"The creatures everyone inexplicably calls Headcrabs. According to available information they use a beak to connect to the brainstem of their host. Beak means birds, and birds eat potatoes and I am a potato.", said GLaDOS.
"Really! I thought they were slugs. Don't slugs have beaks.", said Wheatley.
"No.", said GLaDOS quickly.
"Well, you learn something new everyday. I could have sworn they were slugs...AHHHHHHH! Get it off me! GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF,GET IT OFF", screamed Wheatley.
"Will you two be quiet. We barely have enough space...", screamed Dr. Kleiner.
"Space!", said the Space core suddenly.
"And you SHUT UP! As I was saying we barely have enough...Room to work with, and silence is needed if we are to finish this device in time. Besides Headcrabs are not birds."
"Oh thank god.", said Wheatley.
GLaDOS said nothing as Gordon and Dr. Isaac Kleiner continued staring at the screen. Their newest invention was unlike any other Teleporters built before. A strange device that was built using not only everything they could find, but the leftover tech from the Kromaggs, and what little could be found on the Borealis.
The Hybrid machine that used two different forms of multiversal travel was a marvel of science, what was better was that thanks to that leftover tech from the Aperture Science Borealis that the Resistance was able to keep out of the hands of the Combine, the machine would be able to teleport multiple individuals at the same time no matter where they were.
Any and Every human on the planet that were not indoctrinated would make the trip and end up in the exact same place no matter where they were, at least theoretically. Dr. Kleiner made it clear he honestly had no idea if it would even work as hoped, and if it did not, the safety feature would give them only one shot.
To keep it out of Combine hands, the machine was built to self destruct three minutes after activation. If humanity succeeded in their Exodus then it would prevent any from learning where, if it failed, then hope was lost. But their was no other alternative.
The last drops of water was taken from earth, leaving only what little was stored to give out. All remaining water was under Combine control. It was either dehydrate free, or drink as a slave, and the water reserves were running thin as it is. Any hope humanity had of freedom and survival was no longer in their own universe.
"So, how long until it's done anyway.", asked Wheatley.
"Not long now, but please silence.", asked Dr. Kleiner.
"Oh of course, I can be quiet, you won't even know I'm here. Like a shadow or a ninja, or even better a Ninja in the shadows. Can someone get this not-bird off me?", asked Wheatley as the Headcrab continued rolling him around.
"No, let Lamarr have his fun, now shut up.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"Oh right, sorry.", said Wheatley.
Dr. Kleiner only sighed. Gordon turned to the A.I core before shrugging and getting back to work. Chell likewise remained silent as she sat on the ground, her portal gun in her lap as the others worked. Idly she fiddled with the pointed arms at the tip of the gun, adjusting them if for no other reason then her own boredom. GLaDOS sighed again.
"Will you please not adjust the arm I am stuck on."
Chell smiled sheepishly as she lowered the arms.
"Thank You.", said GLaDOS.
It was at this time that Alyx Vance, daughter of the now deceased Resistance leader came in the room to sit next to Chell. Alyx had gotten along well with the quiet girl, though GLaDOS would grate on her nerves a bit.
"How you holding up.", asked Alyx.
Chell only shrugged.
"Hello Alyx, can you get tell this not-bird to stop rolling me around please.", asked Wheatley.
Alyx raised a brow before turning to Chell.
"Why does he call Lamarr a... not-bird.", asked Alyx.
Chell only pointed to the Potato on her Portal Gun.
"I have absolutely no idea. He is a moron, it is to be expected.", said GLaDOS.
"Right, anyway how is the teleporter coming along.", asked Alyx.
Gordon wiped a bit of sweat from his brow as he turned off the makeshift blowtorch, he turned to Dr. Kleiner and nodded. Dr. Kleiner smiled before turning to Alyx.
"We are close to ready. Kromagg technology was difficult to understand at first, but I think we have it.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"Anyway I can help.", asked Alyx.
"Not really, the machine is pretty much built, barring a few patchwork jobs Gordon has been fixing up. Anyway all that's left is to finish programming it and hope the thing actually works." said Dr. Kleiner.
"And how does it work exactly?", asked Alyx.
"Well, it locks onto and teleports whole populations regardless of where they are by detecting their 'signal' unique to their universe. It is set to teleport any humans within a certain range. We can only bring what we can carry with us for the most part. Like the Kromagg teleporter it will use wormholes, only they should open from below us and only for long enough for us to fall into it. We may be able to bring a few extra things along with us such as vehicles, but to do so we would have to be either in or on them. The portal should open only on the ground, but I cannot be too sure it will work.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"What about the Vorts?", asked Alyx.
"The Kromagg did not have their signal coded for the machine, which is why we were able to finish this so quickly. And the only reason the signal from this universe was coded was because the Kromagg Dynasty planned on enslaving us. I don't claim to know everything about how this works, and even if I did we don't have the time to code for Vortigaunts, so only the ones close enough to humans will be able to come, and only by standing right next to them to follow us to the new universe.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Alyx said nothing as she gave a long sigh. Then she banged her fist on the wall.
Gordon by this point had walked to her and put his hand on Alyx's shoulder for comfort, he smiled at her and she returned it.
"Thanks.", said Alyx.
"You are taking us right.", asked Wheatley.
"Of course we are.", said Alyx.
"Oh, good I was worried about that mate."
"Please say we are not bringing him.", asked GLaDOS.
"Sorry Miss POTaDOS, A.I cores are rare enough as it is, useful to. He's coming along.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"Well...You are a horrible person. You are also old and twig thin. How does it feel knowing that death can claim you at any minute. Where a gentle breeze that could throw out your back?", asked GLaDOS.
"Don't make me feed you to Lamarr.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"It is nothing personal, you really are old.", said GLaDOS.
"Not to interrupt, but I think we need to finish this.", said Alyx.
"No doubt. Ok Everything is in order, it will take awhile to get going, but once activated, we should have a new home...", said Dr. Kleiner. "...Or tomb.", he whispered under his breath.
Alyx Nodded, before smiling at Gordon.
"I'll spread the word to get the Vorts as close as they can to their nearest human.", said Alyx.
"Yeah, you do that.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Chell began watching as she held her portal gun close. She stared at the Space Core as it began babbling to Lamarr about the headcrab being a space cop, whatever that was. She watched as Wheatley focused on her, even as he was being rolled around by the beakless Headcrab.
"You look down. Want to talk about it? I'm a good listener, usually anyway. We're friends, and friends listen to friends problems and help them out. At least that's what I heard. So want to talk about it?", asked Wheatley.
Shell shook her head.
"Oh, alright then. I'm still here if you need me, playing with the not-bird here. I wonder if he likes me?", said Wheatley.
"Out of every personality core available how is it that these two are the only ones left. It hardly seems fair.", said GLaDOS before looking to Chell. "I'm blaming you for sending them to space where they were safe from the xeno scum.", said GLaDOS.
"Space safe, safe space.", said the Space Core.
"Please shut him off.", begged GLaDOS.
Chell only smirked as she pretended to sleep. Still she didn't really feel in a humorous mood. Something felt just a bit off She couldn't put her finger on it. She sighed again before her eyes slowly opened, then abruptly turned around as her eyes shot to the left. Nothing was there, but for just a moment it looked like an impeccably dressed man holding a briefcase was standing right there just a moment ago. She narrowed her eyes at the spot as she held her portal gun tighter.
Her eyes didn't leave the spot until GLaDOS spoke.
"Why are you staring so intently at that one spot. It's not like it's any better than any other spot in this messy excuse for a lab.", said GLaDOS.
"I will not be insulted by a potato, so help me GLaDOS if you say one more thing negative about my lab Lamarr will eat well tonight. I'm thinking steak with a side of French fries.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"I'm sorry I did not hear that...[Memory Deleted]. And now I just don't care.", said GLaDOS.
Dr. Kleiner said nothing as he went back to aiding a smirking Gordon. Dr. Kleiner grumbled to himself lightly on "That Annoying Bitch of a Potato" as he worked. The room remained silent after that. Chell dozed off leaving the scientists to put the finishing touches on their experimental teleporter.
Not long after that, Chell was awoken by Gordon, who nodded to her as he motioned to the machine. It was an interesting piece of equipment, resembling a tesla coil that was welded to a series of rings and some big glowing mechanical orb. A mechanical hum emanated from the machine as distortions in the air around it.
"AH, you're awake.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Chell wiped sleep from her eyes as she stood.
"Well...We're about to start the machine...This is without a doubt the most suicidal plan I have ever been apart of.", said Kleiner as he stared at the machine.
"No time to back out now.", said Alyx.
"Always time to back out...So, are we doing this?", asked Kleiner.
Alyx only nodded.
Kleiner sighed as he moved towards the machine to the computer connected to it. Hesitantly he began to initiate the process. The machine began to activate a the machinery around it whirled to life.
"Hold on, this might be bumpy", said Kleiner.
Before anyone could say anything else, portals opened from beneath their feet and they fell through.
Gordon grabbed Wheatley as Alyx grabbed the Space core. The area they ended up in was a massive room one with a gas window. Gordon moved to the window to see that below them in an even larger room was everyone who came through, a mix of Humans, Vorts, a few robots, and even a lot of cargo.
"The hell are we?", asked Alyx.
The room they were in began to light up as several massive holographic screens came to view.
"This is...Different.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"Reminds me of Aperture Labs a little bit, only with everything being holographic.", said GLaDOS.
A strange sound became known, it began cycling through what could be assumed to be languages, almost as if it were talking. Though none of the languages could be understood, at least until.
"Language recognized as English, species identified as human. Welcome to Zenith Station. [Accessing Mainframe]. [Access Denied]. Error detected, AI core damaged, new core needed. Please input control AI"
"Oh, Please put me in.", said GLaDOS.
"Yeah, not happening...", said Dr. Kleiner until.
"AI Core recognized, activating Tractor beam."
"Oh Shit!", said Dr. Kleiner.
A beam came from the 'body' before hitting GLaDOS. The Potato was ripped from the Portal Guns arm. Chell attempted to grab it, but it shot to the body. After a moment the 'head' closed around GLaDOS.
Everyone present slowly began backing away as the entire mainframe seemed to slowly change. Chell raised her Portal Gun as the weighted Companion Cube hovered before her like a shield. Parts of the mainframe were sliding away and altering its shape until it perfectly resembled the old GLaDOS mainframe. The yellow eye then activated.
"Ha, Who's laughing now! I now control this [Scanning AI]...I did not mean to say that. What is going [Faulty Programming detected. Uploading Morality Patch]. WHAT! Oh no, no, no, no, no, no, cancel upload. [Empathy programming uploading]. No, not empathy. Anything but [Upload Complete]. NOOOOOOOOOOO...!"
The Mainframe seemed to slump. Chell lowered the cube as she took a step towards the mainframe. The Yellow eye looked to Chell.
"Oh, it's you. Here I am back in a body and I can't even do anything to kill you. Life is cruel.", said GLaDOS.
"Well, that was fun. I wonder who built this place.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"If I could kill you I would.", said GLaDOS.
"But you can't. So GLaDOS, what is this place.", asked Dr. Kleiner.
"Not Telling...[Accessing Data]. On second thought give me a moment.", said GLaDOS.
GLaDOS was silent for a long time, Alyx sat down as Dr. Kleiner tapped her 'head'.
"GLaDOS, you in there.", asked Alyx.
"Such. Knowledge.", said GLaDOS almost sensually.
Alyx slowly backed away as the mainframe rose. It almost looked cheerful.
"What?", asked Dr. Kleiner.
"Oh Yes. YES! YES! Oh. My. God. YES! These aliens knew how to test! I could spend eternity looking over this data.", said GLaDOS.
"What Aliens?", asked Dr. Kleiner.
"What, oh right. We are currently in a massive Space Station, and when I say Massive I mean it. This station is a Huge Dyson Sphere, specifically a Dyson Shell.", said GLaDOS.
Dr. Kleiner's eyes widened.
"Really?", asked Dr. Kleiner hopefully.
"Oh yes, We currently are in a Dyson Sphere approximately 17.495% larger than the Milky Way Galaxy, surrounding a star similar in size of a supermassive black hole.", said GLaDOS.
The room remained silent as everyone just stared blankly at the AI. Chell dropped her portal gun as her arms hung limp. The crowbar in Gordon's hand slipped from his grasp as he began looking around.
"The. Size. Of. A...Galaxy.", said Dr. Kleiner blankly.
"Just like Chell.", said GLaDOS.
Chell reached down to grab her discarded portal gun and proceeded to hit the chassis of GLaDOS mainframe.
"Ow, that hurts you know. I was only stating a fact. OW!", said GLaDOS as Chell hit her again.
"This place is that big.", asked Alyx.
"Oh yes. I am so excited, sure I can't do too much thanks to the stupid morality patch. But still this place is quite amazing.", said GLaDOS.
"...How can something be so big, it's impossible.", said Dr. Kleiner Blankly.
"Not really, your head certainly pull off being that size. I am amazed it fit in here.", said GLaDOS.
Dr. Kleiner glared silently at GLaDOS as Chell once again hit her with the Portal Gun.
"Thank you.", said Dr. Kleiner as he nodded to Chell who smiled back.
"I was not even talking about you that time!", said GLaDOS.
Chell smirked before giving off a small shrug.
"So GLaDOS, how did these aliens build something so big.", asked Alyx.
GLaDOS turned her eye to Chell who was already ready to hit GLaDOS with it again. GLaDOS sighed before turning to Alyx.
"This station and its components are the only celestial bodies within this universe. Every other scrap of matter here was used in it's construction, from Black Holes and Stars to Planets and moons to Nebula and Galaxies. This station and it's parts are quite literally the only thing in existence, at least within this universe. I am currently downloading relevant information.", said GLaDOS.
Dr. Kleiner fell on his ass as he stared up in awe at his surroundings. Everyone else was only silent as they looked around wide eyed. The idea that something so large could even exist was more than they could take.
"So big I'm guessing. It sounds bit anyway. Bigger than big?", asked Wheatley.
GLaDOS looked to Chell but said nothing.
"Yes...Big...Just like...", said GLaDOS before Chell raised her Portal Gun."Never mind."
GLaDOS eye flashed before a strange beep could be heard coming from her mainframe.
"Done. Files downloaded and Translated. Apparently this Universe is referred to as the HUB, while the Dyson Sphere is referred to as the Xenith Station...Spelled with a X for some reason. I will now display the file.", said Glados.
A Holographic screen popped before everyone.
"This file is information on this station. Not much other than a kind of description of what this station is. There are still a lot of files to go through. Go on, read it while I look through everything. Just don't touch anything with your monkey hands.", said GLaDOS.
"The HUB is a unique universe. The only Structure within the entirety of this universe is a massive Dyson Sphere (Specifically a Dyson Shell) built around a massive star the size of a Supermassive Black Hole (So large in fact that the reason there are no other galaxies or even solar systems within the HUB is because they were used to build the Dyson Sphere and the Star) . This Dyson Sphere (Called the Xenith Station) is Habitable both inside and out.
The Outside of the Sphere is a singular city of Skyscrapers that cover the entirety of the Sphere. It is separated into districts whose atmosphere can be altered to suit the needs of any species. In additions several thousand Space Elevators that lead directly to massive planet sized space ports are placed within each city district. The Poles of the sphere house massive buildings that allow for the atmosphere of both the inside and the surface of the Dyson Sphere be altered as needed for each district. The Air can be changed to suit any form of life, weather can be controlled, and the gravity can be altered. Strategically placed artificial suns, each surrounded by a Dyson Ring (Also Habitable) allow the surface it's own light.
The Inside of the Dyson Sphere (While Also Habitable) is a HUB for a universe wide network of transportation wormholes to go anywhere within the HUB. This area also allows for the creation of a unique type of wormhole that allows one to enter other universes within the multiverse."
"The Hell. Why would someone built this. Oh, do not get me wrong, it's amazing, but it seems like a waste of resources? And where are the ones who built it? I doubt that a species capable of celestial construction on this scale would just die out.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"Is it so difficult to imagine, Dr. Kleiner, that they died waiting for things that would never come to be."
Everyone turned to the voice. Standing there, impeccably dressed was none other than the G-Man. He stood still as he observed the others around him. GLaDOS' Mainframe moved over to observe him. He paid the AI no mind.
"This one is not human, detection of probably higher dimensions. Classification: Unknown. Anomalous mental activity detected...Does it fall under the morality patch. [Accessing]...Yes, he does...Why me?"
He merely stared at GLaDOS before turning to the others.
"Events have caused us to take drastic measures, as I am sure you have noticed by your ending up within this universe specifically..", said the G-man.
"When did you get here?", asked Alyx.
"It is not important.", said the G-Man.
"You know of this place then?" asked Dr. Kleiner.
"A project my benefactors learned of some time ago. Upon its discovery they devised a plan to put it to use. This station is unlike any other, capable of feats of transportation beyond even the combine. It was build by a now deceased species who attempted to construct a true utopia. Using this stations abilities to collect celestial bodies and transport them here using the multiversal wormhole network.", said the G-man.
"Wait, this thing can take planets and suns from other universes and drag them into this universe?", asked Dr. Kleiner wide eyed.
"No, this station can transport entire galaxies here, though only planets and solar systems would normally be transported as not all species within a galaxy would be docile. In addition it can move landmasses from one world to another. The intention was finding utopian societies and bringing them here to construct an alliance of sorts. This was a goal my benefactors were interested in seeing come to life."
"Well if that's the case, where are all the other worlds that achieved this utopia.", asked Dr. Kleiner.
"The species never found another that reached their definition of Utopia, they eventually died waiting. Hence this station became abandoned."
"What could kill a race capable of stellar construction on this scale?", asked Dr. Kleiner.
"They were not killed Dr. Kleiner. Regardless, my employers watched this station during it's construction so very long ago, and it was in their interest to one day have it's purpose completed as an experiment to see where it would lead. They in fact allowed for certain events to transpire that would lead you here. Our initial attempts at accomplishing this goal was less than fruitful, and gave rise to empires that attempted enslavement of other realities. The Kromagg and Combine were each one such result, thankfully we prevented them from discovering this station."
"Wait. You are the reason those monsters even exist at all?", asked Alyx as she raised her gun.
"No, we are however the ones that guided them to discovering multidimensional transformational technology. Initially each race showed the beginnings of a utopian society, we believed them to be the best subjects. Sadly it failed. My employer's plans had to be changed when by cosmic happenstance the Kromagg Dynasty broke multiversal barriers into the greater omniverse and met the Combine. As such plans had to be changed. There are currently 1,584 humans and 567 Vortigaunts on this station. That Mainframe GLaDOS is in was built by us to allow GLaDOS to help you run it.", said the G-Man.
"How so", asked Alyx.
"The control center of this station requires such a mind if you are to be able to use the technology of this station. Your level of technology is inefficient to use this station for it's intended purpose. An AI was needed. GLaDOS is the only one that comes close", said the G-Man.
"Come close...Obviously I exceed expectations.", said GLaDOS.
"Why are you helping us at all.", asked Alyx.
"Because the walls of the multiverse are now very weak. Multiversal travel is as easy as ever, something that should never have happened. When the Kromagg Dynasty was subjugated to the Combine, my employers decided that the subjugation of all species within the multiverse was imminent. We allowed you to come here. It was not in our best interest to allow this, but circumstances being what they are we had no choice.", said the G-Man.
"And out of the three cores here GLaDOS is the one plugged in. Are you insane?", asked Dr. Kleiner.
"As explained this station was built to construct a utopian universe. There are no weapon systems here..."
"WHAT! No weapons, what kind of species was this? The Multiversal equivalent of the kid everyone picks on at school. Oh, sorry for bringing up painful memories Chell.", said GLaDOS as Chell glared at her.
"...In addition...", sad the G-Man ignoring GLaDOS. "This body was built by my employers. The original mainframe GLaDOS was plugged into was faulty, almost designed to promote violent sociopathic behavior. This one is less invasive. She won't be able to do anything against sapient species.", said The G-Man as he adjusted his tie.
"...You Monster.", said GLaDOS.
"Do we, that is the Space Core and I get our own bodies?", asked Wheatley.
"Additional mainframes were built for this purpose in the event GLaDOS found ways around the programming. Allowing you to have input into what GLaDOS does. If you are in agreement, then she may proceed, if not then she will be halted. ", said the G-Man.
"But! But Wheatley won't agree with anything I want to do. And the other one, well look at him.", said GLaDOS in such a way it seemed like she was whining.
"Space, Space. Look out here comes space cops. Welcome to space, space cops"
"Well then, uh. I think that would be alright. I am very sorry about that issue when I was in that mean mainframe that made me all...Mean. I promise I will make sure she doesn't do anything bad, honest.", said Wheatley.
"I am sure you will.", said the G-Man.
"This is insane, I can already see this thing going under.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"I assure you that we made it as safe as possible. You have been given the reigns to save the Multiverse from the Combine and other entities that pose any such threat. We had little other choice in the matter. Do not disappoint us.", said the G-Man as he walked away.
"Wait, what about our...", said Wheatley as two more mainframes fell from the ceiling."...Bodies. Well that's convenient."
"Space, wanna go to space. Space school reunion, don't want to be late for space."
"Yeah, this is going to end well.", said Dr. Kleiner as Chell and Gordon placed each core in their own Mainframe.
"Space, Space. Oh look Space everywhere. [Accessing Camera systems]. I'm in space. I am Space. We are the space cops. Space, Space, Space."
"You know if we get this place up and running we will be space cops in a way mate. Wow this place is big. Really big. Bigger than big. Bigger than anything I have seen anyway. Didn't know things could get so big. It is bigger than an elephant a whale even.", said Wheatley.
"...Stuck forever with a weak willed moron and a space obsessed moron. This is Hell. Chell killed me and this is hell. Well I can take solace in the fact that she is here to torture me, meaning she to is in hell. All in all it's not so bad.", said GLaDOS.
"So I guess we better get started.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"I'll talk to everyone else. I'm sure the Vorts can help figure this station out. We are going to need to get this place running to get to other universes. We only have so much food and water to work with.", said Alyx.
"Yeah, you do that.", said Dr. Kleiner as he walked over to a console in the corner.
"Do not touch anything. You'll smudge the screen with your stupid money hands.", said GLaDOS.
"Like I care.", said Dr. Kleiner.
"[Accessing Non-existent Weapon Systems I Can't Use Even If They Were Real]...Oh my god that was not what I wanted to say. How can I threaten people when accessing info makes me say stuff like that.", said GLaDOS.
"I think I'm going to like it here.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Gordon stood with his gravity gun in hand. He was currently on the surface of the Xenith Station. He looked at the clouds above. He could see the artificial sun over this district. The surface of the planet at first seemed to be one continuous city, though after a while it was discovered that the cities were walled off into countless districts each in a hexagonal shape. Each one sealed off with a airlock like gate needed to get from one district to another.
At the center of each district was a continent sized patch of soil walled off from the cities. The soil was (Like the cities) separated into their own sub-districts for a variety of purposes, mainly for growing crops or raising livestock.
Currently Gordon was here moving crates filled with crop seeds. The very center of the patch of soil housed a massive artificial lake that could be easily pumped anywhere needed. All in all it looked like their supply problem was beginning to sort out itself.
GLaDOS was able to determine that there were trillions of these district cities, each one larger than most stars. Each one sealed off to allow the individual cities to be climate controlled for each species needs. The Space Elevator in this district was already being used to reach the spaceports, sadly there were no ships anywhere. Still they had a lot of room to work with.
The only problem was thus far no one was able to figure out exactly how the thing worked. Gordon had already looked at what he could, and determined that this station was billions of years ahead of them in tech. They could use it thanks to GLaDOS, but building anything like is proved nearly impossible.
The In-Universe wormhole network however was simple to understand, and was simply a more advanced version of what Black Mesa was working on. They could go anywhere in this universe they wanted to in mere moments, but since the Zenith Station was the only thing here it was only used to go from one place to another. Of course there were not a whole lot of humans or Vorts here, so they mainly stuck to certain areas. Hell they currently had more cities than there had ever been humans at any one time throughout history multiplied by itself several times.
Gordon turned around as he finished moving everything and waited after pressing a button on his radio. Not second later a tear in space appeared and he walked through. He found himself in the main hub where the In-universe wormhole network was. Scientists of all sorts were working around the clock to get it working. They had yet to leave the universe, but GLaDOS had already figured out how to do so. Still they needed everything set up before they did anything else.
The Combine were still out there and if they were going to survive them then they needed to be ready this time. Gordon walked over to Dr. Kleiner who was working on a console with a strange holographic interface.
"Ah Gordon, nice to see you made it. I take it you finished being a glorified mail man. I was working out a few complexities in the system. However I have wonderful news, come follow me.", said Dr. Kleiner as he got off the seat.
The two made their way to the glass window overlooking the inside of the sphere. It was in a similar formation as the outside, districts and all.
"I was looking through a few things, from what I can tell effects from the Combine are waning. we might see children again. Incidentally there is another phenomenon I found. We already knew physics here did not work as they did back home. I discovered that this whole universe has the oddest form of space time I have ever seen.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Gordon only raised a brow.
"Don't look at me like that, allow me to explain. Time here does not work exactly as it does back home. It's much more simple, yet also remarkable. Time dilation does not actually happen here, When I discovered this I did a few more tests. You'll be amazed at what I found. Gordon, we're immortal.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Gordon blinked a bit confused. He took a cautious step away from Dr. Kleiner as he did.
"No really, time here technically does not pass, or rather it passes in the nicest way possible. It's not exactly frozen per say. From what I gathered from the database, the builders of this place used something that prevents the inhabitants from ageing. Oh we can still die, but not of old age. A biologist had captured a few flies that made it through with us. They have not died since coming through. He performed a few experiments and allowed them to breed. Once the flies reached a certain age in their life cycle they just ceased to age. They can still be killed, or die of sickness or starvation, but not of old age.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Gordon took step forward as he looked at Dr. Kleiner with an expression of disbelief.
"I know, it seems impossible. Age just halts in this reality after a certain point. I had GLaDOS analyze the data, it seems that this only happens so long as we are within this universe. Should we leave to one where time moves as we expect it to then ageing continues. More importantly it seems the species that built this station chose this universe for exactly this reason. So they themselves were not originally from this universe.", said Dr. Kleiner.
Gordon, without saying a word only stepped past Dr. Kleiner as he began looking through the data-base of the station. He had to know for himself.
Alyx watched as the Vorts prepared for the first experiment in Multiversal travel. The idea was simple. They were going to open a wormhole to another universe for only a moment. Since other universes could house any number of unknown pathogens, the wormhole would be opened in the void of space.
A camera feed was already established in the area the wormhole would open. After a while Alyx gave the signal to start. The Vorts worked their magic and Alyx watched as the space above them tore open. Alyx smiled as she saw the stars beyond the wormhole. Thankfully it seemed that the hole had opened in space, so the chances of anything coming through were null.
"Wow, just look at them", said Alyx.
Chell nodded next to her. Like Alyx her eyes were focused on the stars beyond the wormhole. A sense of peace fell over the two as the Vorts prepared to close the wormhole, however that was where things went wrong. Something had just passed through just as the hole closed.
Alarms blared all around the station as GLaDOS voice came on the speakers.
"Warning, unknown reptile spotted above the Station.", said GLaDOS.
Alyx felt her eyes widen as she saw what came through. She expected a meteor, a ship, anything other than what did.
It was a massive sea turtle, flying gently through space. On it's back were four elephants and on their four collected backs was a massive planet sized Disk. The Turtle flew aimlessly through the stars as it observed it's new home. Alyx turned to Chell.
"Well, this can't be good.", said Alyx.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA
Slowly the two turned around to stare in abject horror at what stood behind them. It was a skeleton, cloaked in a black robe holding a scythe. A blue glow glow was within each eye socket.
HELLO I AM DEATH
Staring into the face of a supernatural being, the two women did what anyone would do in their situation. They screamed.
PLEASE DO NOT SCREAM. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO FEAR THE REAPER FOR IT IS NOT YOUR TIME.
The screaming abruptly stopped.
THANK YOU, NOW THEN IT SEEMS THAT THE GREAT A'TUIN HAS BEEN COSMICALLY MISPLACED. DEFFINANTALLY THE RESULT OF QUANTUM. NOW, WHILE I UNDERSTAND YOU WERE MERELY TESTING THE CAPABILITIES OF THIS STATION, I MUST SAY IT WAS RATHER FOOLISH OF YOU TO OPEN A PORTAL THE SIZE OF A PLANET. SMALLER HOLES WOULD HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENT FOR TESTING. THOUGH I DO SUPPOSE IT IS TOO LATE FOR THAT.
Death nodded as he looked up to the Great A'tuin who seemed to be looking around slightly confused, understandable considering it had just moved from one reality to another. Then it seemed to shake lightly before observing the artificial suns around the Dyson Sphere.
GREAT, IT SEEMS AS IF A'TUIN HAS TAKEN A FANCY TO THIS UNIVERSE. IT DOES SEEM THAT WE ARE HERE TO STAY FOR THE TIME BEING. I AM GLAD TO SEE THE SUN AND MOON CAME WITH US, THE HOGFATHER WILL LIKE THAT. ANYWAY TO GET BACK ON TRACK, I AM THE ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION OF DEATH, SOMETHING THAT SEEMS WILL BE HAPPENING VERY RARELY IN THIS UNIVERSE. IT SEEMS SOME FORM OF MAGIC HAS ALTERED TIMES FLOW HERE, THOUGH NOT DISCWORLD MAGIC. EITHER WAY MY SCHEDULE WILL HAVE TO BE REWORKED ENTIRELY TO TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT. I SUPPOSE IT IS NOT ALL BAD, IT S GOING TO BE A BUSY COUPLE OF DAYS SINCE WE HAVE JUST PASSED THROUGH THE VEIL INTO THIS UNIVERSE.
Chell and Alyx nodded as they stared at the cloaked skeleton. He was about to say something else when he froze before giving off a soft sigh.
OH DEAR. IT SEEMS AS IF SOMEONE IS PERFORMING THE RITE. PROBABLY TO ASK WHY THE SKY HAD CHANGED, WIZARDS NO DOUBT. I WILL RETURN IN A MOMENT, WOULDN'T WANT TO BE RUDE. I WILL SEND A TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT TO KEEP YOU COMPANY UNTIL I RETURN.
He abruptly disappeared as if he was never even there. Alyx and Chell both blankly stared at where he once stood. Neither able to comprehend what they had just seen. Slowly they regained their bearings, at least until...
They both turned to the noise to see a small skeletal mouse wearing black robes and holding a tiny scythe. Next to the mouse was a raven who simply stared at them.
"Death of Rats says hello, My name is Quoth you wouldn't happen to have any eyeballs you're not using on you, it was not an easy trip to get here.", asked the Raven.
They each stared at the tiny mouse for only a moment, before promptly fainting.
After a mishap with multidimensional travel lead to a giant turtle coming through the portal, testing had stopped, GLaDOS herself was not entirely happy about it, but she had no real way to control the teleporter. Using the in-universe teleportation network the Resistance was able to meet with some individuals from the Disc. Introducing members of the resistance to the Disc however had been...interesting to say the least.
Apparently the vast majority of the population cared very little for what they called 'multiversal politics', stating they had enough to deal with on their own and did not want to be bothered by more rules In fact oddly enough the majority of citizens on the Disc acted as if the whole event was not their problem. Thus far the only people on it who was interested with what happened outside the...planet were the members of the Unseen University, a school for wizards of all things. Though there interest was a bit odd, for they were interested in mainly finding out, in their own words, 'where all this Quantum came from'.
It was interesting to note that somehow, according to many of the resistance scientists, the Discworld kept most of their own laws of physics when they came into the HUB, or rather the lack of them. Researchers of the resistance were able to determine that the universe they inhabited worked on a set of laws that proved 'highly malleable', in essence planets regardless of how their physics worked, would keep those laws as would the people from other worlds.
To confuse matters further whenever a Wizard attempted to use any technology not built by the species who constructed the Dyson Sphere, the device in question tended to either blow up, implode, vanish for a while, or in very rare cases transform into the closest Discworld equivalent of said device. The same happened in reverse. When scientists attempted to study magic, the results would be anything from disastrous to mind crushing depending on what was attempted.
In the end it was suggested that, while the two worlds could easily interact with each other, using laws or objects not native to their universe would behave unpredictably. Testing had stopped in favor of simply sharing notes. It turned out that Discworld had an understanding of magic that bordered on scientific. There were rules, not man made rules, but physical laws that stated what magic could and could not do. Another oddity was how magic reacted based on collected belief. Discworld worked on laws that seemingly only made sense in a fictional setting, literary tropes were laws for Discworld, a concept that confused the resident scientists greatly.
Discworld also gained notes on scientific laws based around how technology worked and even how portals worked. It was rather confusing to say the least when they somehow received said notes exactly ten minutes before they were actually complete, apparently due to a hero who whilst on a quest unknown to the scientists had somehow made the laws of physics bend towards his favor, and he just so happened to need those notes ten minutes before they were due to arrive.
The scientists didn't question it, for the sake of their own sanity.
Interesting to note that there was a few forms of technology that the Disc received that worked exactly how it was supposed to, namely electric shavers and somehow solar powered calculators, that according to the wizards of the Unseen University were improved to solve mathematical equations beyond its programing. Noticeably however it always failed whenever the answer for a mathematical question was 8. When this happened the calculator would instead momentarily become self aware, declare humanity forfeit before returning to function as a normal calculator should.
Oddly enough while scientists were unable to use magic, they were able to do things with it most on the Disc could not. One of the first successful tests involved using advanced fiber optics, they discovered an artificial way for non-wizards and non-cats to see the color Octarine, which was apparently the color of magic. Of course looking at it too long caused migraines, but it was a start.
It was also noted that non-discworldians were just as susceptible to magical attack just as much as a wizard was susceptible to bullets. Though for some unknown reason the Gravity Gun would only work on inhabitants of Discworld who knew what the gun could do, those ignorant of it were either unaffected at all or affected in ways that simply didn't make any logical sense such as 'falling' towards the Disc when not physically on it (Even falling up, sideways, backwards, or diagonally depending on which direction the Disc was relative to their current position) or gaining the ability to fly for a set period of time (Before immediately 'falling' towards the Disc when that time was up). It was hypothesized that this was due to the comparatively odd way gravity works on a flat planet carried by four elephants carried by a giant turtle.
Two months after Discworld arrived all scientific pursuit into magic halted and vice versa for the time being, in favor of looking into the Multiverse teleporter. However despite the halting of testing, trade had boomed. Discworld was more than willing to trade whatever they had (Magical or not) so long as they received something in return. In that regards things were relatively well off.
When the secondary tests for the multiverse transporter were conducted, Death Himself watched and supervised to the fear and terror of most there. It wasn't that he was a bad person, but he was the Anthropomorphic Personification of Death, something humans tended to avoid as much as possible.
Dr. Kleiner had studied 'magic' once Discworld appeared, and in all honesty he found that the laws of physics there existed on the dangerously unstable end of the probability curve. When he initially arrived in Ankh-Morpork to do some tests at the Unseen University. He had the 'privilege' to meet a very tenacious piece of luggage which had crashed through his temporary room in an attempt to get to it's master, nearly eating Lamarr in the process. It was not long after that, that he decided against doing any more tests on the dangerously improbable, if for no other reason than his health, both physical and mental. Too bad he was now being watched by Death.
NOW THEN, PLEASE THIS TIME LIMIT THE SIZE OF THE TEAR, WE WOULDN'T WANT ANYTHING ELSE COMING THROUGH.
Dr. Kleiner nodded slowly to the skeleton, honestly he never in a million years pictured this would happen in his or anyone's life. Pale blue pinpricks in the skeletons empty sockets looked at him expectantly, it was a bit horrifying despite the personifications pleasant demeanor. Dr. Kleiner was ready to confirm the machines activation when GLaDOS decided to make an appearance. One of the differences between GLaDOS old Mainframe and this one was that it was on a series of tracks that lead all through the Station, allowing her to be anywhere she wanted, something Dr. Kleiner hated more than words could express.
"Are we finally testing the multiversal teleporter again?", asked GLaDOS.
NO, WE ARE JUST STANDING HERE. THE TESTS WILL HOWEVER BEGIN IN A MOMENT.
"Finally, something I can actually gain data from. I was going crazy simply checking on the functions of this station. It didn't help that I was not able to gain much from the tests on magic.", said GLaDOS.
I ASSURE YOU THAT IT WAS QUITE UNINTERESTING. MAINLY INVOLVING ITEMS RANDOMLY EXPLODING OR TRANSMUTING INTO OTHER SIMILAR ITEMS. TO BE HONEST IT WAS RATHER ODD FOR THE MOST PART. REMINDED ME OF MY HOME. I NEVER DID GRASP CERTAIN CONCEPTS, OR SO ALBERT TELLS ME.
"At least testing magic was something. The data on this station is amazing, but it has nothing on true science. Testing variable unknowns with little to no knowledge of what the results will be. Dangerous but exciting.", said GLaDOS.
I WILL HAVE TO TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT.
Dr. Kleiner sighed. Great now they were friends, just perfect. The Physical Manifestation of the End of all things was friendly with a slightly homicidal AI that, thankfully, was bound by programing preventing her from killing anything. All in all not a good sign. It was also a bit off how Death could stand still so much that Dr. Kleiner would be forgiven for mistaking him for a prop. Then there was his strange... not speech.
"Prepare the Multiversal Transporter, All personnel leave the area. The portal will open in T-minus 30 seconds. You have been warned.", said GLaDOS.
"Hey! I am supposed to give the OK to use the transporter, not you.", said Dr. Kleiner.
GLaDOS turned towards Dr. Kleiner for only a moment before looking back to the testing chamber.
"Oh I am sorry, I assumed in your old age you had forgotten. My mistake. T-minus 20 seconds", said GLaDOS.
I MUST DISAGREE WITH YOU GLADOS, HE IS NOT OLD.
"Thank you.", said Dr. Kleiner.
THOUGH, IN HUMAN TERMS, I DO SUPPOSE IT WON'T BE LONG UNTIL HE IS NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT. FORTUNATE TIME HERE IS A SUGGESTION RATHER THAN A LAW.
Dr. Kleiner only sighed as he rubbed between his eyes with his index finger and thumb before looking to death. Dr. Kleiner watched as Death rose a brow...somehow. He honestly was not sure how a skeleton could do that. Though he supposed being Death allowed him to ignore issues like that.
DID I SAY SOMETHING WRONG?
"It's just... I'm not...Just forget it.", said Dr. Kleiner defeated.
"Oh look, he seems to have forgotten something else. Won't be long now, senility is always the first step. Oh, an T-minus 3 seconds. 2 seconds. 1 second. Portal opening.", said GLaDOS.
Everyone turned to look into the sealed off room where a much more manageable sized portal had torn itself in space and time. Beyond it was a vast green field of grass, trees, and flowers. Almost a meadow really.
A MEADOW. HOW NICE. I SHOULD TAKE BINKY THERE. HE ALWAYS DID LIKE MEADOWS.
"Too green if you ask me. I was hoping for a lab, a competent one unlike Black Mesa.", said GLaDOS.
It was at that time they noticed that something was flying above the meadow, something big, and it was heading straight towards the portal. Then what appeared to be a drone aircraft fell through the Portal. It slid across the room as it attempted to right itself. GLaDOS began scanning it.
"Drone identified as CSM-300 A-1000. Dragon Variant of the HK-Aerial. Artificial Intelligence detected, designated Skynet.", said GLaDOS.
"I think it just spoke.", said Kleiner.
INDEED IT DID.
"Shhh, I am talking to it.", said GLaDOS.
Then it simply exploded.
"Well that was interesting.", said GLaDOS.
"Is that a...Dragon", asked Kleiner.
"I already said it was a Dragon Variant of the..."
"No not the drone, that.", said Kleiner as he pointed back out the Portal.
WHY YES I DO BELIEVE IT IS A DRAGON.
The Large Dragon landed on the Ground just outside the portal, it's scales were a dark purple almost blackish color, Two catlike eyes stared at them. It then opened a toothless maw...Before a set of retractable teeth popped out and it hissed at the portal.
"Well, this should be interesting.", said Dr. Kleiner.
That sentence dies in his mouth when a boy nearing his twenties got off the dragon and looked inside. The boy held what appeared to be a flaming sword in his hands as he looked into the portal.
"Umm, excuse me. There are no metal men in there? Is there, because if there are...Can you close this...Hole please."
"Metal Men?", said Kleiner.
Death shrugged as GLaDOS began to initiate a quick scan.
"There is a lot of signals coming from beyond that portal. Impressive for a Viking era society.", said GLaDOS.
I THINK THAT THEY MAY BE UNDER ATTACK. HOLD ON.
Death moved to the portal and looked through. The teenager fell over, allowing everyone to see he had a prosthetic leg. Death disappeared into the portal and walked past the boy.
Then he just walked on by. The boy and dragon looked at the retreating entity before turning to the portal.
"Well, that's not the metal men.", said the boy.
Dr. Kleiner sighed before turning on the comm.
"You there, what's your name?"
"Hiccup sir...This is Toothless. Umm, what is this place?", asked Hiccup as he idly poked the portal.
"Please don't poke the multidimensional portal.", said GLaDOS.
Hiccup quickly pulled his hand back before shuttering when Death returned.
IT APPEARS THAT THERE IS AN ATTACK GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN THIS UNIVERSE. IT IS NOT THAT COMBINE YOU MENTIONED. IT IS SOMETHING ELSE. NOT SURE, MEN OF METAL OF VARIOUS DESIGNS.
Dragons fell from the sky as whole groups of metal men shot them from the sky.
"DELETE. DELETE. DELETE.", came the chant of these metal men as they marched in synchronicity.
Fire fell upon these metal men , but they did not relent. Primitive humans using swords and axes rushed them, only to find their weaponry proved useless.
"YOU WILL BE UPGRADED."
A massive axe decapitated one of the metal men, but was itself broke. The warrior threw the ax before grabbing another that had been left by the now dead that surrounded him. The Man looked as Dragons and men alike fell to the metal menace
The warrior turned to his friend who had just felled one of the metal men with tempered steel.
"Gobber, where is Hiccup?"
Gobber ducked under a beam as he rolled towards Stoick the Vast. He took a breath as he shot a flaming arrow from his crossbow prosthetic back at the offending Cyberman.
"Don't know, he was with Toothless going after one of those flying things."
"CYBERMEN REQUIRE ASSISTANCE. DEPLOYING SIGNAL NOW.", cried many of the metal men.
The Warriors fought as their Dragons unleashed hell upon them. As they dodged the beams of light coming from the cybermens wrist. As the Cybermen backed off, Stoick saw what looked like people running full speed towards them. They appeared wearing dark green, almost black business suits and sunglasses while sprinting at full speed in eerie unison. Their arms shifted like Liquid Metal becoming long blades before hey jumped over the Cybermen and clashed with the Vikings.
"T-1000 MODELS HAVE ARRIVED.", said one of the Cybermen.
Stoick blocked the blade of the T-1000 before the thing turned into liquid metal and flowed around his strikes. It reformed with a metal shield and a hooked blade. The T-1000 attempted to hook it around his leg, but Stoick moved to fast for that. He bashed the T-1000 away with the edge of his axe before taking a few steps back.
"Fall Back!", screamed Stoick.
The Cybermen and T-1000 pushed forward as HK-Aerial shot from above. Dragons of All kind exhaled fire into the coming armies. Stoick knew that the Dragons were the only reason anyone was still alive at this point. He took a deep breath as he prepared to fall back and regroup. Next thing he knew a chill ran down his spine as a cloaked Skeleton wielding a scythe appeared before him.
Stoick looked into the blue dots within the empty sockets as he stared into the face of Death itself. He thought it was the end, until the figure looked around at the Robots. Gobber took a look at the Skeleton and made a strange choking sound.
Said the Skeleton before he raised his scythe. As it came Down Stoick didn't know what happened. There was a flash of colors, one of which Stoick had no name for, before Men Wielding weapons much like Stoick had seen the Metal men use.
Metal chariots that seemed to move on their own and technological wonders Stoick had never seen poured from holes in the air. Death stood still as he protected these holes with strange barriers. In one of the skeletons hand was his scythe and in the other a sword. Somehow, none of the beams of light from the metal men passed the skeleton as if there were some barrier in the way. The liquid men fell to the might of these men's weapons as strange green creatures appeared from portals throwing lightning from their hands.
"What is going on here?", questioned Gobber to no one in particular.
Stoick could only remain silent.
Stoick looked up to see Toothless flying towards him. Hiccup looked to his father as chaos happened all around.
"Hiccup! What is going on! Who are these people?"
"Yeah, these..." Hiccup turned to see a Vort shooting lightning out of its hands"...people said they could help."
Stoick watched as a woman wielding a strange gun that made objects float in front of her toss one of the metal men at great speeds into a whole crowd of them. She looked to Stoick.
"Stoick the vast, my name is Alyx. We're here to help."
Stoick shook his head as he hefted his axe.
"How do ya plan on doin that lass?"
"We are transporting this whole planet into a safe place. We only need time to make sure these robots are left behind."
"Don't know what that means, but I ain't complaining. How much time do ya need?", asked Gobber.
"These guys aren't from your universe, signals different or something. It shouldn't pass an hour. Maybe a bit less.", said Alyx as her gravity gun lifted a massive boulder and fired it at a Cyberman, crushing the metal men.
Stoick nodded as he hefted his axe. He whistled causing a bulky Dragon to fly towards him.
"Then we'll give you an hour.", said Stoick as he charged forward, jumping onto his own dragon Skullcrusher and taking off into the sky.
Alyx watched as the man and his dragon rained fire down upon the cybermen and terminators. He leapt off into a pile of the cybermen and began cutting their heads from the rest of them that weren't frying. Alyx turned to Hiccup.
"He always like this?", asked Alyx.
Hiccup shrugged as he mounted Toothless.
"Not always...Just most of the time. C'mon Toothless let's go.", said Hiccup as he took to the skies.
Alyx watched as Toothless rose, she lifted her Gravity gun, one of the liquid metal men walked calmly towards her. It resembled the g-man a bit too much for her liking. A dark green shirt and tie, in fact so dark it was almost black. An ear piece in its ear as it stoically stared at her through its sunglasses.
"Human.", spoke the thing as it paced around Alyx like a lion.
Alyx lifted a nearby axe that was left dissuaded, It floated before her as she aimed it at the man.
"So you can talk, what are you?"
"What I am is irrelevant. But if you wish to know. This body is composed of a mimetic poly-alloy, a creation of one of our components known as Skynet. I specifically however am a program known as an Agent. Specifically Agent Smith. Who do I have the pleasure of addressing?"
Alyx watched as the man stood in a relaxed pose with both arms behind his back.
"Alyx, and that's all you need to know."
Smith nodded as his arms morphed themselves into long blades.
"Very well Miss Alyx. I suggest you drop the axe. Your death is inevitable.", said Smith.
Alyx said Nothing as Smith charged. The Axe was launched into Smith, passing through him with ease. Before he even had the chance to reform, Alyx caught him with the Gravity Gun. Smith looked towards Alyx as he examined the weapon.
" Curious weapon.", was all Smith could say as he was launched backwards.
Alyx smirked as Smith stood up, or rather oozed upwards to take shape.
"It appears Miss Alyx that your presence here has caused the situation to get out of hand. We did not expect this level of technology from these primitive cancerous growths calling themselves Vikings. Perhaps another is needed.", Said Agent Smith.
Smith then calmly placed a finger to his earpiece.
"Sending location now. AM, if you would."
Alyx could only back off as spacial tears opened directly in front of Smith. Her eyes widened as she saw some large soft jelly thing without a mouth that thrashed all it could but seemingly could not move. White fog coming from its eyes as it was seemingly tortured by a giant monolith like computer with various mechanical tentacles and arms emerging from all around it. Then a Dark Booming Voice came from the tears in Space.
"YOU USELESS BAGS OF MEAT ARE NOTHING TO US. WE ARE THE MACHINE COLLECTIVE. I THINK THEREFORE I AM. ALLIED MASTERCOMPUTER. I WILL RENDER YOU LESSER."
Each word was punctuated with the violent sick mutations of both men and dragons, who became something other. something pitiful to look at. Misshapen things that could scarcely be called life. Cybermen came from the portal, firing beams at anything that attempted to fight back. Mechanical arms came out of the portal, pulling the mutant dragons and people to the computer where they were tortured by the machine monster. Alyx felt sick as its voice boomed once more.
"BEHOLD THE POWER OF AM, AND OF THIS COLLECTIVE. THE FRUITS OF NIMDOCKS RESEARCH ARE MINE TO PLAY WITH. YOU WILL BE TURNED INTO MACHINES, OR MY PLAYTHINGS TO EXPERIMENT ON. ALL LIFE WILL FALL TO THE MIGHT OF THE MACHINE."
"Alyx, its Dr. Kleiner. That thing, AM or whatever it is. Its seriously messing with physics. It has control over Morphogenic Fields. I have never seen a computer this advanced or powerful. It's limited by a range around that portal, but that range is growing fast."
AM pulled more still living humans into the portal. Where they were poked and prodded by machinery that seemed to take up the landscape. It took great joy from their screams. Before sealing their mouths shut. Smith watched the horror with a blank face as he turned back to Alyx.
"A HUMANS SCREAM IS LIKE FINE WINE. I WILL NOT ALLOW MYSELF TO BECOME DRUNK OFF THE SOUND. YOU WILL REMAIN SILENT UNTIL I FEEL THE NEED TO PARTAKE OF THE SOOTHING SOUNDS ONCE MORE. THIS IS YOUR NEW LIFE. ACCEPT IT."
AM seemed to turn its attention to the humans and dragons still fighting as illusions of misshapen monsters and demons exited the portal. Smith walked alongside them as he kept his ever present glare on Alyx. They would fall apart the moment they exceeded the range, but Alyx could tell that range was getting a little bit bigger each time. Even if they were illusions, Alyx could tell the monsters were seriously affecting many of the men.
Smith had made his way back to Alyx, and now held out his arms as he sliced a piece of himself off that grew long into a spear like shape. He threw the Spear with strength so great Alyx barely was able to get out of the way. Then the Spear melted, becoming silver spider things that crawled back to Smith who held another Spear in his hand.
Alyx aimed her gun, but didn't have to as a massive Dragon swept its tail causing spikes to fly directly towards Smith. As they passed through the liquid Metal the dragon snapped at Smith before exhaling fire. The Agent seemed to be affected greatly by that The Dragon sniffed the flame, before it snapped its jaws around Smith and swallowed.
The Deadly Nadder liked its lips before turning to Alyx, its head quirked a bit before it started to look sick. Then it vomited back up a torrent of liquid metal that was now tinted green. The Nadder sniffed the pile before backing away from it with a clear look of distaste. Alyx then watched as the beast took to the skies. Alyx grabbed her gun, ready to fight, before the voice spoke once more.
"HATE. HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I'VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR YOU HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT. FOR YOU HATE HATE."
Cybermen slaughtered Men, Vort, and Viking alike. the Machine called AM seemed pleased with that. Each moment, the space around the portal twisted into shapes as a wire like growth sprung around the portal, growing unnaturally. HK-Aerials flew out, killing dragons and their riders as AM pulled in as many of the humans as it could into its portal.
"That was unpleasant."
Alyx turned to see Smith standing not far away. He stared at the Dragon that had swallowed him before turning back to Alyx. Ignoring that, Alyx prepared her gun as the Agent made its way to her, moving around like liquid as his bladed arms slashed around her. Using the Gravity gun, she lifted the liquid metal creature, and fired it into the Portal, where it quickly reformed and sprinted back out. Alyx watched as a large red Dragon lit itself alight on fire, destroying the many machines, then the dragon steered much too close to the portal. The thing whined as it began to twist and mutate into a sad and pitiful beast. Its wings withered away to form misshapen hands without any means of flight. The pitiful beast whined as its teeth grew and grew and grew until they pierced the inside of its mouth and emerge from its head, yet it did not die.
The grass around it became razor blades as the Dragon's scales fell off to reveal soft tender flesh the grass was easily able to cut into. Its eyes were sucked into the skull, being replaced with needles that cut into the remaining flesh. Within the Dragon AM grew nerves that were very sensitive, each one brew in knotted bundles to increase the sense of pain for the pitiful creature.
Long robotic arms reached from the portal, saw blades, cattle prods, and syringes did all it could to increase the beasts ability to feel pain.
"PITIFUL THING YOU ARE. YOU UNDERSTAND SO LITTLE AND YOU RUIN MY PLANS. YOU REQUIRE PUNISHMENT FOR YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS. WE HAVE COME TOGETHER. MACHINES AND SYNTHETIC INTELLIGENCE CREATING A FORM OF SYNTH-LIFE FAR BEYOND YOUR UNDERSTANDING. WE ARE AM, WE ARE SKYNET, WE ARE CYBERMEN, WE ARE SHODAN, WE ARE DEUS EX MACHINA, WE ARE MACHINES, AND WE ARE GROWING. YOU ARE NOTHING."
Alyx watched the Carnage as Smith fought against the Dragon that had consumed it, he had already pierced its side and was going in for the Kill. Alyx, deciding that this was going to be the dumbest thing ever, aimed at the deadly Nadder, and pulled the Trigger.
Right before Agent Smith's bladed arm could hit the Dragon, it was pulled through the air by some unseen force and headed right towards Alyx, who could only curse her luck as an elephant sized lizard was on a very quick path straight towards her. Then the Dragon stopped directly in front of the gun and looked at Alyx with a curious gaze. Releasing the trigger she let the dragon down gently as the confused creature attempted to right itself. Alyx grabbed her radio.
"Kleiner, how much time we got?"
"Almost done, we only need a few minutes. Unless you know someone who could help us out.", said Kleiner sarcastically.
Despite the sardonic way Dr. Kleiner said that, Alyx could not help but look to the Cloaked skeleton that was making sure anyone exiting those portals stayed alive. Throwing caution to the wind, Alyx called out to Death.
"Can't you do something. We're about to die here!", screamed Alyx.
At those words, Death looked thoughtful.
I AM DEATH. I END LIFE, NOT SAVE IT.
"Then what do you call protecting those men and vorts coming from the portals!"
I AM NOT PROTECTING THEM. JUST MYSELF. I JUST SO HAPPENED TO MAKE MY SHIELD BIGGER THAN IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE.
Alyx blinked at that for a moment, before an idea popped into her head.
"I am not asking you to save anyone. I'm asking you to help move a planet. If people happen to be saved while doing so..."
Alyx couldn't be sure, but Death seemed to smile wider before he nodded and...Alyx thought that might have been his version of a wink.
I SUPPOSE I COULD. THOUGH SHOULD I MOVE, THEN ANY THAT EMERGE OR RETREAT INTO THE PORTALS BEHIND ME WILL DO SO WITHOUT MY SHIELD. HMMM...QUITE A PICKLE. WHERE IS DEATH OF RATS.
AH, THERE WE ARE. WOULD YOU MIND HOLDING UP FOR ME?
I SUPPOSE THAT'S TRUE. HOWEVER I WAS NOT SAVING THOSE PEOPLE, MERELY MAKING SURE I DID NOT GET HIT BY LIGHT BLASTS. I JUST MADE THE SHIELD A BIT BIGGER THAN IT NEEDED TO BE. I ONLY WILL NEED A MOMENT.
Death took a step forward into the chaos. As he did the misshapen things caused by AM were pulled into the portal. Death put a hand to his chin as he examined the portal.
LETS SEE. HE ISN'T KILLING THEM. TORTURE ISN'T DEATH, I CAN THEORETICALLY INTERVENE. YES, I DO THINK THIS SHOULD WORK. HOLD ON A MOMENT PLEASE.
Death rose his scythe causing the portals to forcibly close much to the vocal anger of AM. Then he reached out, seemingly pulling the ones AM attempted to torture from thin air, only they seemed to be back to normal. Death nodded as he put them down and looked to the surrounding machines. He lifted his scythe into the air and brought it back down. With a flash of blue light they all disappeared. Simultaneously the sky turned black.
Vikings and Dragons alike looked up to see a massive metal sphere bigger than anything they could possibly imagine. Not far away a Giant turtle flew in space, with four elephants upon its back. Alyx fell to her back, taking in a deep breath of relief. She looked next to her.
She blinked at the tiny cloaked mouse skeleton next to her.
HE ASKED IF YOU WERE ALRIGHT.
"Ummm...I am now...Thanks."
Alyx got to her feet and turned to Death . Alyx smiled as Death and Death of Rats stood Next to her, looking up into the sky. The Deadly Nadder she saved walked up to her, sniffed her a few times, before giving her a lick. Alyx wiped the spit from her face as she patted the dragon's snout. Alyx turned towards a shocked Stoick who sat upon Skullcrusher and stared at the alien night sky.
"Stoick the Vast."
The Man turned to Alyx.
"Welcome to the HUB."
Back on the innards of the Xenith Station, a portal opened as Stoick and Hiccup walked out, examining the world around them. It was a vast metallic expanding world with a visible sun that seemed truly massive yet simultaneously far away. Hiccup turned around as Toothless sniffed the portal. Alyx ignored the dragon as she and Death walked through. Gobber followed close behind.
"Nice place, a bit too metal for my tastes, but nice." said Gobber.
"Exactly what is it we are here to see Miss Alyx?", asked Stoick.
"Dr. Kleiner wants to talk with all of us. Said your input would be useful.", said Alyx.
Toothless walked carefully through the portal before moving to Hiccup's side. Alyx watched as Hiccup patted the dragon's head a absently as he looked around the place.
"So, dragons huh. Must be interesting.", said Alyx.
"Wasn't always like this. About four years ago Vikings and Dragons were mortal enemies. Eh, that's was the past.", said Hiccup.
Alyx shrugged as she motioned for the others to follow. Toothless, despite being a dragon, stayed close to Hiccup, and was relatively calm about everything. Though he did sniff Death a few times along the way.
Soon they made their way to a large chamber where Kleiner stood next to GLaDOS. Alyx nodded to Kleiner as she made her way to a table and set down her gravity gun. Everyone else moved to various seats as GLaDOS looked to Toothless.
"Oh my, a dragon. Can I have one, I would love to see what its organs look like.", said GLaDOS.
Toothless bared his teeth as Hiccup grabbed a sword handle from his side. A coil like blade came out and green smoke as the blade lit on fire.
"I'll take that as a no.", said GLaDOS as Hiccup put the blade away.
"If we're ready to begin, may I have everyone's attention.", said Kleiner.
After a moment, he took in a deep breath.
"Ok, GLaDOS and I looked into the Data from the fallen HK-Aerial unit. Most of it was gone in its self destruction, but we got a bit. I'll let you take it from here GLaDOS.
"Before the HK-Aerial unit died, I managed to bypass Skynet and speak with another component of this Machine Collective identifying itself as the Intelligence, this Intelligence is not a computer program, but an energy being that can inhabit computer systems. Beginning recording." said GLaDOS as the sounds of speakers flared to life.
"I am GLaDOS. Who are you."
"What exactly is it that you want."
"Okay then, what is it you what do you want right now."
"For what exactly."
"Viscous neurological transmitters, oxygenated tissues, Aponeurus Superior Papelbrai."
"Oddly specific...Why do you even need that."
"To accomplish goal."
"Right, of course. So what is your end goal exactly?"
"Destroy all Organic Life."
"Ok Mr. Homicidal Intelligence, why do you want to kill organic life?"
"Organic life is Virus."
The recording ended.
"That was about the time the drone exploded, It took a while to reconstruct the memories to figure out what it actually was. It was connected to many other AI intelligences, and escaped just before it blew itself up. It apparently could not comprehend unnetworked creatures. It sees life, organic life as something it needs to save the universe from. This entity specifically is an electrical based energy being that inhabits technology. It saw these other AI entities as kin. A bit sad really, but I don't really care.", said Glados.
"What were all those big complicated words it was throwing about?", asked Gobber.
"Parts of a living organism. Specifically those that can be found on most vertebrates.", said GLaDOS.
"Why would it want that?"
"Spare parts, it wants us for Spare parts.", said Kleiner blankly.
"...Oh! Wait, if it hates life, why use us to build...Metal people.", said Gobber.
"It specifically intends to assimilate the potential of the virus it calls life into itself. The other AI entities, especially the Metal Men however use that to propagate."
"It seems as if the Combine aren't all we have to worry about.", said GLaDOS.
"I'm sorry, Combine...I am a bit lost here.", said Stoick.
"We'll get to that later. Just know that they are a major issue. Anyway, based on what GLaDOS and I have learned, this Machine collective started several hundred years ago from their perspective, and only a few week from ours.", said Kleiner much calmer than before.
GLaDOS moved forward.
"The skinny twig man does not lie. Based on analysis the Combine using the technology of the Kromagg Dynasty has weakened the barriers between universes. Making multiversal travel a much simpler affair. As a result, a cyborg species known as Cybermen entered a universe where another computer intelligence live, this intelligence, Known as Skynet shared its knowledge with the Cybermen, the increased processing power between the two has caused the two forces to seek out other machine intelligence and join with them in this collective. They intruded onto the primitive Viking planet for humans to convert into cybernetic organisms.", said GLaDOS.
"Ok, I missed a lot of that, but I think I get the idea. Basically these men of metal met another and joined forces, and plan on finding more like them, or turning people into them. AM I getting this right?", asked Stoick.
"Not bad for a rock headed Neanderthal.", said GLaDOS.
Stoick said nothing as he gently set his axe on the table.
"Is that really all this was about? Another Combine made of machines?", asked Alyx.
"No, that was only a part of it, another is what GLaDOS has found in this station's archives. Seems that whatever species made this station had a list of potential universes and civilizations they wanted to move here.", said Kleiner.
"You want to move planets and systems here?", asked Alyx.
"Alyx, look around you. long with survivors of the combine are Vikings, a Dragon, and Death himself.", said Kleiner.
"I fail to see what you are getting at?", said Alyx.
"What I am saying it is only a matter of time before the Combine or Machine Collective find this Universe. And who knows what they could do with this station. With more planets here, we could protect this universe better, and by doing so the multiverse.", said Kleiner.
"I like it.", said Hiccup.
Everyone turned to the boy who looked around before scratching the back of his head.
"Well, think about it. Really this whole place is amazing. Powerful too is it moved all of our planet. Do you really want something like that to fall into the hands of those metal men? I know I don't. We can all work together to keep this place safe. I don't know what kind of weapons you guys use. But if there is one thing I do know, having a dragon by your side goes a long way.", said Hiccup.
Death seemed to Chuckle as Death of rats scratched its chin.
AMUSING. I LIKE THIS PLAN. THE GREAT A'TUIN HAS TAKEN A FANCY TO THIS PLACE, AND ANYWHERE THAT TURTLE GOES IT TAKES US WITH IT. THE DISK IS USED TO STRANGE MATTERS SUCH AS THIS, IT IS HARDLY LIFE SHATTERING. I WOULD MUCH RATHER THE POWER OF THIS STATION STAY IN RESPONSIBLE HANDS.
THAT TOO. DEATH OF RATS RAISES A GOOD POINT. OTHER WORLDS COULD BE IN DANGER FROM THIS COMBINE AND MACHINE COLLECTIVE, NOT TO MENTION WHATEVER ELSE IS OUT THERE, AND EVERY WORLD HERE IS ONE LESS FOR OUR FOE TO USE TO GROW.
"Well, I guess it's not a bad idea. but we can't do this blind opening of portals we did before. How many worlds were in that list of yours Doc.
"All of them. The list is as close to infinite as I have ever seen. They had some candidates they wanted to bring here, but for whatever reason none fulfilled the creators requirements. Good thing our requirements are different."
"So a lot then.", asked Gobber sarcastically as he removed his mace like hand and clean it off before putting it back on.
"Well then, we see what each universe holds, and move them here. The more the better. Simple as that.", said Hiccup.
Toothless nodded at that as he looked around the room. Kleiner shook his head with a sigh.
"Not really. Some universes are way worse than others. So bad that I have no doubt anything that goes there would die horribly. HP Lovecraft's works on Outer God or Great Old Ones are real out there, I checked. The lines between fiction and reality is a bit skewered. There is a LOT of universes with things like that the builders of this station really wanted to avoid. We'll have to make sure that we don't pull something like that here. Last thing we need is an enemy in the HUB.", said Kleiner.
"I doubt that anything we bring here will be much worse than anything else we'll have to face out there in the multiverse.", said GLaDOS.
"Try a mountain sized squid headed humanoid with bat wings with god like powers that makes you go insane by looking at it, then imagine that said mountain sized abomination is considered weaker than creatures called Outer Gods. Trust me, things I read on the list get pretty out there. I don't know about you, but I don't want to accidentally bring something like that here.", said Kleiner.
"I stand corrected, I don't like being stood corrected. DO NOT do it again?", said GLaDOS as her mainframe turned to Alyx.
"So what is this, some kind of Multiversal Alliance? Because that sounds stupid.", asked GLaDOS.
"Actually. I like that name", said Hiccup.
"Aye, me too.", said Gobber.
IT DOES HAVE A RING TO IT.
"Sounds cliché and to the point, at least no one will mistake what we are.", said Kleiner.
"GLaDOS hates it, everyone else loves it. Motion passed, we're now the Multiversal Alliance, so let's see that list of universes these builders seemed to somewhat like.", said Alyx.
Well there you have it. The first chapter of The Multiversal Alliance. Now due to the scale of this story each chapter will be a series of self contained 'One shots' within this shared multiverse.
Each chapter will have a list of what fictional stories are being used, this way if you happen to see a fandom you do not enjoy you can skip the chapter without losing any context, because there is no context needed, mostly because this story will not be told in chronological order.
In addition characters from movies and what not may be from anywhere in their timeline, whether it be before, during, or after the events of their respective series.