“You should know well, Anubis! You dropped Monolith into the ocean. You left my Pentegram Syndicate on a runaway starship!”
“Well, hey hey! Someone who doesn’t just call me a dog!” Anubis flew into the air. “I hope you don’t expect me to go easy on you for that.”
“Enough chatter!” Sandstorm shouted. “Let’s deal with this thing and get it over with!”
Sandstorm sank into the ground like a vanishing ghost while Galose opened fire with his forearm rifles. After taking several direct hits across his broad neck, Stananteon breathed engulfing flames around Galose and half the street. Nyhtwulf flew through the dragon’s body and it lurched from the effect of having its life force scrambled; but that didn’t stop it. Stananteon gave a thunderous roar that knocked Nyhtwulf tumbling through the air.
Anubis hit the dragon between its glowing eyes with a cosmic blast that made it shake its head.
“You’re just an overgrown lizard!” He taunted it.
“I’ll show you an overgrown lizard!” Stananteon shouted. The arch of electricity became a super-charged bolt fired at Anubis. The Egyptian hero blocked with his lance, but the shot still threw him across the street.
A blast of disintegration energy tore into the dragon’s lower jaw. He roared in agony from Blacktide’s attack.
“You should fly away before I erase your teeth!” Blacktide shouted. “We’re fed up and have no time for psychotic dinosaurs!”
“You take me for a simple beast, but I shall show you…” Stananteon was interrupted by a giant hand of concrete clutching his throat. It came up from below him, through the wreckage of the building. It lifted the dragon up as more of Sandstorm’s giant body rose into view. Sandstorm slammed the dragon onto its back and brought down a wrecking ball fist on its head.
“I’ll take that.”
Thanks to Electrode and the savage pounding, Stananteon weakened quickly and suddenly vanished without a trace. Anubis landed with a grin.
“I guess he was a chicken lizard.”
Sandstorm returned to normal. “I think we’ve shown we mean business. Was the dragon the source of energy?”
“No.” Galose said. “That is still at the end of the alley.”
“Then let’s go.”
The group approached the wall at the dead end of the alley with caution. Scattered trash, debris, a dumpster and a few trash cans were all that adorned the alley up to the blank brick wall. They watched for movement and Anubis poked his nose into the dumpster.
“Peeeyew.” Anubis shook his head. “What we seek is definitely not in there.”
“Where does the trace lead to?” Blacktide asked.
“In the middle of the wall.” Galose said as he walked up to it. “I see now. It’s a disguised portal. We can just walk through it.”
“Nothing says ‘trap’ like an open door.” Electrode said.
“So we watch each other’s backs.” Sandstorm said.
“I’ll go first.” Galose said and walked through before anyone could answer.
Nyhtwulf and Blacktide went next, followed by Anubis, Sandstorm and Electrode.
“Not that I wanted to be last or anything.” Electrode said.
“Don’t worry about it.” Anubis said. “You had the best chances of catching up.”
“That’s almost funny.” Electrode responded.
“Pay attention. Things just got weird.” Sandstorm said.
They stood on a wide white path that stretched away into the distance. Above and below the path was nothing. Bright swirling colors churned high above and far below. It looked as if you could fall away forever if you stepped off the path.
“I detect no ground limit in any direction past the path.” Galose said. “It may be safe to fly here, but I would advise extreme caution. We are in another dimension.”
“Well, looks like it’s wide enough for all of us to move around on. Just be careful and let’s start walking.” Sandstorm said as he moved forward. “Galose, Anubis, Nyhtwulf, let us know the moment you sense anything coming at us.”
The path felt solid under their feet. It didn’t bounce or move in any way. Anubis and Nyhtwulf decided not to fly unless they absolutely had to try it. The swirling dimension was strange and played with their eyes if they stared out into the colors for more than a second. It was best to keep their eyes on the path.
“Should I scout forward?” Electrode offered.
“No. There’s no way of helping you if something grabs you. You might even wind up in another dimension on top of this one.” Sandstorm said.
“This dimension is not stable.” Galose reported. “According to my readings, this is more of a long portal or dimensional tunnel being held open. If it closes on us, there is no telling where we will go.”
“Since it didn’t just close on us; someone wants us to follow.” Blacktide said.
“Let’s hope it stays that way.” Electrode added.
“Well, we thought ‘death trap’ and here we are.” Anubis said.
Up ahead of them, something moved near the path. It was far ahead, over a hundred yards, but flew toward them.
“You got that on your sensors?” Sandstorm asked.
“It is shielded from them.” Galose answered.
The humanoid form appeared robotic with a long pole angled far out from either shoulder. At the top of each pole, blades whirred, holding the thing aloft.
“It doesn’t look like a Rotanian.” Anubis said, holding his lance ready.
“It’s not.” Galose answered. “I haven’t seen one of these in over a hundred years. That is a Chaos drone. It’s more lethal than any Rotanian could hope to be.”