Story Title: Rise of the Ultimate Peasant
Crossover: BtVS/ Warcraft III/ Stargate/ Magic the Gathering/ ?/ Multiple
Disclaimer: I do not own, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Warcraft games verse, Stargate TV verse, Magic the Gathering, or any other fandoms I will be dabbling in. This is a work of fan fiction. Written without profit, for the enjoyment of fans of these great fandoms.
Summary: Magic is gone from the world, and chaos rides the winds. In a battle for supernatural survival, those that seek to protect and defend need to band together… to create the Alliance.
Main Interlude – The Shattering
Death of Magic
Odiel looked on with disgust at the Ascended gathered in heated argument. All of them had sensed the death of Terin Morghuar, the only Ascended who had taken on another energy form. Terin was supposed to be imprisoned within a shell of zero point energies, the only problem was that none of the Ascended have any inkling of Terin’s plan for his own destruction until it was too late. The method through which Terin guided his own destruction was a cause of concern, for the process melded his Ascended energies into a mortal.
It had been a gross oversight, and the answer of how to deal with the mortal who had destroyed Terin should have been obvious. No mortal should ever have the right to wield energies of an Ascended in his/her mortal form. That brand of energies unique to Terin himself should be absorbed back into the Ascension Collective for research and analysis.
Odiel and several others had petitioned for the right to enter mortal planes and put an end to the abomination. The twisted melding of mortal, undead and Ascended. But incredulously enough, the Elders were stalling, while the majority of the Ascended sheep were neutral about any need to take action against the unnatural mortal.
This melding of Ascension energies willingly given to a mortal has never been thought possible before. One of the Elders had noted as the Council made its decision. Terin placed a heavy weight on that mortal, entrusting him to intervene in the mortal webs of fates. The mortal needs to be observed further before a decision is made. To end a life due to the action of one of our own should not be an action taken lightly.
What! Odiel protested. The power of that mortal is now unlimited in nature. If we are to delay, it may be too late to intervene. Or do none of you realise that his very nature allows him to consume us under the right situation?
Our decision is made youngling. The First Elder said sternly. Let it rest. We will convene this discussion when another six mortal months have passed, and the mortal’s actions shall we judge.
Shimmering with anger, Odiel stepped back into the crowd. The old fools were blinded by their superiority and age. It was up to him and those of similar minds to preserve the Ascended, and end a great threat, in the process gaining a greater power.
Xander smiled as he boarded Enterprise. The cold war against the darker supernatural clans, the formation of the Alliance, weeks of building outposts and even cities for those he called into being to live, and the rush was finally over.
The Alliance and the supernatural communities around the world had finally stabilised enough that he was comfortable with his plan to venture out into space.
Terin might have great plans for Xander. But every plan begun with a single step, and the first few steps Xander planned to take in outer space was to give his starship a test drive. He should be allowed that much what with trying to keep most of the supernatural communities alive after the destruction of the Seed of Wonder. Though one could say it was his responsibility since he was the one that ended magic on Earth.
His belongings had been stored in his room earlier, thus he was free to roam while waiting for everyone to settle down. Lightly tapping into his connection with the Enterprise, he could hear Dawn humming as she began unpacking in her designated room. Joyce was in the dining room which had been refurbished with tables, chairs, a large cold storage area, and a kitchenette. From the sounds of it, she was stacking some stuff in the cold storage. Buffy… seemed to have left the cargo hold. Maybe she left something in the car?
Ian was in the cockpit Willow, Cordelia and Tain were in their rooms, Giles and Jenny were in… Giles’ room… while Yalen was in the cargo bay. If the others knew how much control he had over Enterprise, and how powerful the sensor array in the ship was, Xander knew they would have freaked. He could also get a visual sense of the ship if he wanted to, but out of respect for everyone, Xander have no intention of accessing them.
“Buffy’s back.” Yalen called out over the ship comms. “Closing hatch and sealing the cargo bay.”
“Alright.” Ian acknowledged from the cockpit. “Preparing for ascend in ten minutes. If you guys want the best view from the cockpit, now’s the time to make your way over. Otherwise strap yourself down or find somewhere secure. We will lose the shield once I activate the cloak, and atmospheric turbulence will be pretty rough. Enterprise have some pretty fine inertial dampers, but better safe than sorry.”
“I am coming!” Dawn’s excited voice came over the comms. Xander hide a smile as he made his way to the cockpit as well. He would be letting Ian do the flying for the beginning of the journey. All of them would need to learn how to operate the ship in days to come, and they could not do that if he was mentally controlling the ship’s flight every time.
Joyce and Willow were at the cockpit by the time he arrived. Dawn bounced in with Cordelia a few seconds later, just as Ian began the countdown.
“Guess that’s everyone.” Xander said with a grin as they strapped themselves down on the benches behind the pilot chair.
“Buffy wants to watch the view from her room.” Dawn said with a shrug.
“Giles and Jenny probably wants the same.” Joyce said with a knowing smile, even as she draped an arm around Dawn. Her eyes looked excitedly out of the front window as Enterprise began to ascend.
“Engaging cloak.” Ian said as he began manipulating the switchboard and thrusters. “Accelerating, entering atmosphere. Prepare for turbulence.”
The ship shook as Enterprise began full acceleration. Joyce held on to Dawn tightly while Willow gripped his hand in excitement. Cordelia just stared at the front window with a wide grin. A few seconds in, the protective blinders in the front window blurred, as atmospheric pressure began producing burning white flashes against the hull.
“Leaving atmosphere in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.” Ian counted as finally the ship stilled. The blinders on the front window cleared as the view revealed the blackness of outer space. The infinite sparkles of stars in the distance. The transition was smooth, with seemingly no turbulence, which spoke volumes of how advanced the Lantean’s inertial dampers were.
Xander peered into the darkness breathlessly, even as Willow began sniffling with emotions beside him.
“We are really in space.” Cordelia said in a heavy husky voice.
“Yes and we will have a chance to truly see what this universe has to offer.” Xander said with a quiet smile, his excitement weighted down by the visions that Terin had given him. Space might be beautiful, but it was also dangerous as well.
“Ian, I have passed Enterprise the coordinates for our first hyperdrive destination.” Xander said. “According to the database in the outpost, it is an old Alteran installation. We will be going there to see what we can salvage.”
“Receiving coordinates. The destination is 2700 light years away. At top speed we can reach there in half an hour.” Ian calculated.
“Let’s go at half of our hyperdrive speed just to be prudent. We can ramp up the speed later once we are certain the hyperdrive is stable.” Xander instructed.
Ian nodded. “Hyperspace window forming…”
In the darkness of space, a swirling vortex began to form in front of them. Ian began to guide the ship through. They had just entered the hyperspace tunnel when a cloud of energy burst into form in front of Xander.
A face of a sneering man appeared in the shimmering energy cloud, even as a tendril of energy pierced into Xander’s head before he could even react. Pain split across his skull as his body began burning with heat. White hot agony spread through his veins even as he felt himself tearing apart.
Xander thought he could hear screams and cries before the darkness consumed him.
It was finally time to act. Finally after months of waiting, they would have a small window of opportunity to destroy the abomination before the rest of the Ascended could react.
Due to their nature as beings of energies, the currents of hyperspace would dampen Ascended senses. The moment the abomination and his ship entered the hyperspace window, they would be briefly muffled from the Ascended who were observing them.
The plan was simple, the others would prevent any of the Ascended from interfering, even should they discover what they were about to do. While he had the honour of ripping Terin’s Ascended energies out of that twisted mortal’s soul, and consume it for the good of the collective.
None in the ship would have the power to stop or even harm him, after all what mortals could daunt the might of an Ascended? The abomination was a special case, and the mortal was dying before his might.
The bolts of energies from some of the ship’s occupants were ignored, their struggles were futile… and then for the first times in thousands of years, PAIN rippled through Odiel’s being. The smallest and youngest of the ship’s inhabitants had stuck her arm into Odiel’s Ascended essence, even as he was ripping and consuming remnants of Terin’s energies from the abomination’s soul.
Emerald fires burned in her eyes as she screamed in anger, and power, great power. A blast of energy speared through his being, scoring through Odiel’s essence, shredding away his life. The energy was alien yet familiar, an energy signature that all Ascended knew but had not encountered in thousands of years after the rifts were closed. Fear grew in his heart as he realised what was standing before him, what was destroying him. It was with certainty that he knew he was going to die, that there was no way to stabilize his internal energies after what was done to him.
The energies he had consumed, the power he had contained began swirling out of control enshrouding the ship and striking the hyperspace tunnel. The girl, the Essence of Planes, began altering his energies, containing them and then splitting them apart. In that one moment as time and space began to shatter in the hyperspace tunnel, the last of the life bleed out of Odiel as his essence and the magic he consumed were forcefully shunted out of temporal and spatial dimensions.
As the strain on his essence grew too much, the last of his energy form began unrevealing… and he imploded.
The hyperspace window was beautiful, leaving an impression like some kind of hauntingly familiar song that Dawn thought she had heard before and should remember. For a brief moment, Dawn felt as though she was whole again, which was strange.
As Ian guided the ship into the hyperspace tunnel, Dawn’s eyes remained glued to the swirling vortex of hyperspace. The blinders on the front window was already beginning to activate, and Dawn felt a brief emotion of discontent. She was about to ask Ian to manually deactivate the blinders so that her view of hyperspace not be blocked, when things go horribly wrong.
First there was the cloud of white light appearing in front of Xander. A cloud of white light that had a seemingly human face reflected in its centre. When it strike out at Xander with a tendril of energy, Xander had begun screaming and literally glowing in bright white and gold energies.
Ian had reacted instantly, jumping from his seat and launching bolts of magic at the energy cloud. Willow tried to pull Xander away, but ended up launching herself backwards with a scream, smoke curling from her hands as they were seemingly scalded. Cordelia was throwing whatever she could get her hands on at the energy being, while her mother was shielding her and trying to drag her to the corridor.
In the distance Dawn thought she had sounds of running feet, Buffy’s voice shouting in concern, but they were drowned out by the melodies of hyperspace, and the image of the hyperspace vortex that now imprinted itself in her mind.
Xander’s screams became higher sharper, and then tapered off. Anger started to burn within Dawn, as something old, something Ancient, something that knew what to do, surged within her.
She could not remember what happened next. One moment she was huddled in her mother’s embrace, the next moment a massive swirl of blue pattern seemed to imprint itself in her mind. Phase. The pattern hummed in her mind as something within her surged out and lit up the pattern. There was a blue-green cyan flash, and then she was standing in front of the energy cloud, her hands sinking into it.
Strange sensations she could not define ran up her arms. Dawn could feel the power of the energy being, and the magic which it was trying to draw and consume from Xander. It was a vile creature that would see Xander dead. She could sense its intention, she needed to save Xander, she have to stop the horrible energy being.
Ascended. The word rang in her head, as if it should mean something.
Disrupt Energies. Form instability. Establish paths of Tranquillity. The next words called out, heavy with meaning. Weave. Save. Shunt Into Infinity.
A song rang in her head, one that brought to mind the rustling of leaves and the soft calls of a forests, and she knew what she must do. Even as the power within the energy being begun to swirl out of control, as it began to die, Dawn was calmly spinning each tendrils of the rogue energies she had somehow destabilized into new forms, into new patterns of Tranquillity as she shattered and tame the energies.
A pattern of balance, a weave of infinite possibilities, a formulation of doorways, a call to disperse, the will to save everyone. She stood calm in the eye of the storm, unwavering as the wild energies scored through the ship and those in its way. She was the Mistress of the Green, and she had to complete the grand working.
Time cracked and space splintered. The hyperspace tunnel began to distort, but all was well, the spell was nearly done. She just had to hold on for one last weave and the wild, balanced casting of energies would ripple through the shards of space and time. The vast unstable energies caused by the death of the energy being would be safely dissipated, leaving everyone unharmed.
She never knew when she hit the floor. As visions of bright emerald fires claimed her, all she could hear was the shrill crescendo of the Shattering.
He came to with a groan, his eyes tearing in pain. His head was splitting, and his mouth felt dry. He was about to lift himself up when the chorus of thousands of mental links rang in his head. Xander groaned as he tried to regain his mental equilibrium, pushing away the mental noises. Reaching out to his powers, his Source of magic, he felt agony radiated through his body.
Something was wrong, very wrong. Gritting his teeth, he pushed deeper into his core, tapping into his unique magic. Blueprints flashed across his mind, resources remaining at 8,300 Gold, 9,000 lumber… Xander instantly jerked awake. His unlimited source of energy, a last gift from Terin was gone, and a lot of the blueprints he used to have were missing.
The entire repository of Warcraft III blueprints he had on Humans, Night Elves and Undead buildings had vanished, leaving him with the Orcs’ and neutral buildings’ blueprints. Even the thousands of blueprints, of buildings he had scanned on Earth for the past four and a half months had been severely damaged. In horror, Xander reached out to his numerous mental connections. The Humans, Night Elves, Undead and Earth buildings that he had previously built on Earth welcomed his mental commands, opening up to him, returning to him the blueprints of themselves contained within their very structures.
Unfortunately, while he had built all of the Human and Night Elves buildings, thus restoring his blueprints of them in full, of the Undead structures he had only recovered the Boneyard, Tomb of Relics, Haunted Goldmine and the Nerubian Tower which he had previously built. As for the Earth building blueprints, he had only managed to retrieve back a mere pittance of those he had previously scanned. The rest were seemingly lost as he had never constructed them. While they were not a major concern since Xander never planned on calling upon an army of undead, or replicate the people of Earth, the fact that he had somehow lost his unlimited power, and could actually lose his blueprints was a cause for concern.
A hand crossed his vision and Xander realised he was lying on a bed, staring at the ceiling for god knows how long.
“You had us worried there.” Tain said as he helped Xander to sit up. A golden wreath of Holy Light flickered in Tain’s palms as the Paladin infused the healing energies into Xander. “You and Dawn scared the hell out of us. You have been unconscious for over an hour, and Dawn has not awaken yet.”
“Dawn?” Xander asked in confusion, the pain still coursing through his body made it hard for him to focus.
“What do you remember?” Tain asked carefully as he looked at Xander.
“I… remember going into space… we opened the hyperspace window and…” Xander gasped as the memories finally returned to him. With the visions Terin had showed him of the Alteran, Xander knew very well what had attacked him. “An Ascended, a freaking Ascended tried to suck the life out of me. I thought they had their law of non-interference going on. How did you guys stop him? I remember being in so much pain I thought I was going to die.”
“We didn’t stop him…” Tain said hesitantly. “By the time Yalen, Buffy, Giles, Jenny and I rushed down to the cockpit, it was over, and the ship was tossed out of the hyperspace tunnel. From what Ian and the others said… Dawn did something to the Ascended that stop him from harming you further and seemingly killed him.”
“Dawn?” Xander asked incredulously. “As in Buffy’s little sister Dawn?”
“As in Dawn who also bears the essence of something called the Key.” Tain answered rhetorically, matching Xander’s stare. “Giles think she might have somehow awakened to her potential when the Ascended attacked you, and instinctively did something to save us from it.”
Xander took a moment to process that. “She has been unconscious since then? Is anyone else hurt?”
“Physically Dawn is fine, but her magic reservoirs have dropped very low. We’ve been feeding her moon water at regular intervals. Hopefully she will wake up soon.” Tain stated. “Willow was burned while trying to save you, it was a flesh wound so I have already healed it. The others had minor bumps that were already dealt with. Of everyone on the ship, Yalen, Ian and I were probably the only ones that got out of what happened uninjured.”
“That’s good news, at least better than mine…” Xander said before giving a grimace. “Something’s wrong with my magic, I no longer have unlimited resources and I lost a number of blueprints.”
Tain called up Holy Light again, infusing his magic into Xander. A few seconds passed before he dispelled his power, a frown etched on his forehead. “Physically you are fine, I can’t sense any other abnormalities. I am not sure what is wrong with your abilities. Maybe you need to rest to let your powers recover.”
“I am pretty sure that the Ascended who attacked me, also ripped out Terin’s essence. I doubt the unlimited resource aspect of my power and my lost blueprints will ever return.” Xander said grimly. “I will need to start planning on finding avenues in creating a constant supply of resources.”
“Right.” Tain said hesitantly. “Before you do that we will need to deal with a few more immediate problems.”
Xander looked up sharply at Tain. “What kind of problems?”
“The attack by the Ascended disrupted the hyperspace tunnel, because our current destination is not where we should be.” Tain remarked hesitantly. “The energy released from the Ascended also damaged parts of the ship. The ship’s thrusters are currently not working and several power conduits have burned out. Thankfully the generator and cloak engine are unharmed. Yalen and Ian had only just finished restoring power to the sensor arrays, and we are having Entreprise analyse its old star maps and local stellar signatures in order to triangulate where we have ended up.”
Xander frowned as he linked himself to Enterprise, he could sense minor damage to the ship’s hull which none on board had yet detected. Parts of the power conduits near the cargo bay leading to the engine room had melted under extreme heat. A portion of the ship’s database was corrupted, though the more essential data remains accessible. From the ship’s log, Enterprise exited hyperspace 72 earth minutes ago, with the ship’s cloak being activated 15 minutes after hyperspace exit. Sensors were restored 20 minutes ago.
The ship’s scanners had already triangulated the stellar objects in the local system they found themselves in. A giant ice planet revolving around a distant red Sun, the distance too great to provide warmth for the lone planet in the system. A thick and hazardous asteroid belt hang in between the ice planet and Sun, hinting that there might have been more planetary bodies in the system during distant past, of which there were now no more.
Enterprise had already scanned distant cosmic signatures and had tried to match them with those in its database, but the results returned were filled with errors. Pulling out of the connection with a frown, Xander moved to get out of bed. A wave of dizziness quickly passed, with Tain stabilising him by the arm.
“I will need to repair the Enterprise.” Xander said as he squat down, hands touching the floor of his room.
Gritting his teeth Xander slammed his hand down on the floor, flooding Enterprise with his Power of Repair. A power that taps on his now limited resources to repair buildings, structures or mechanical units.
The magic that flowed out of him into Enterprise was unhampered. Xander gave small thanks that at least his powers was still working as normal before slamming his hands down on the floor again and again, slowly repairing Enterprise.
In less than a minute, Xander managed to repair the ship, which cost him 25 gold and 20 lumber out of his limited stockpile. While the resources used was not a lot, he was beginning to feel the pinch of their loss.
Through his connection to the ship, he ordered it to triangulate their position in space again with the repaired database. Within seconds, the ship had churned out their most possible location. With the intact initial scans Entreprise initially took of nearby cosmic bodies and factoring calculation of stellar drift on the old star maps, Entreprise was able to formulate with 91.25% certainty of their current stellar position.
“This can’t be right.” Xander said getting up in shock, commanding Entreprise to recalculate their position again.
“What is wrong Xander?” Tain asked even as Entreprise mentally reported back the same stellar position to Xander.
A hint of horror and fear crossed Xander’s face as he turned to look at Tain. “Entreprise has calculated our position… We are no longer within the Milky Way galaxy… According to the Entreprise, we are now at the outer southern rim of the Pegasus Galaxy…” Xander said faintly. “Entreprise estimate that we will need to travel 3,527,983,032 light years to reach Earth which even at our best speed… will take us 74 years and 6 months.”
“Not everyone will be able to make the trip.” Tain said grimly, instantly understanding the seriousness of the situation. “What about waygates? Can we use them to cross the distance back to earth?”
“The lore of the waygates did state they allow for planar passage.” Xander said biting his lips. “But crossing intergalactic distance seems to be stretching it a little. I have no idea if they will work over such a distance to be honest but it is worth a try. I need solid ground to build though. I could build it on Entreprise’s outer hull, but there’s no telling how my magic would interact with a unit I created. And since Entreprise is our only transport in space at the moment, I will rather not risk it.”
“What about building it on the nearby ice planet or one of the larger asteroid?” Tain asked, offering alternatives.
“The ice planet might be the better choice.” Xander said with a reluctant nod. “Good thing we managed to secure those spacesuits through Wolfram and Hart. I never expected to put them into use so soon.”
“It is a good thing we planned for space walks… But what should we tell the others?” Tain asked as they walked out of Xander’s room.
“The truth… if this doesn’t work… we need to think of other alternatives.” Xander said grimly.
Joyce felt a chill crawl down her back as she listened to Yalen explain the current crisis they were facing. “So you are telling me we are… in another galaxy… and it is going to take us 70+ years to reach Earth by starship.” Joyce said numbly, gone was the sense of wonder she had felt just a little over an hour ago as they flew into space.
The sight of the glowing light with a man’s face trying to kill Xander, and whatever Dawn had done to save them at the cost of her own wellbeing had pretty much snapped Joyce out of her sense of adventure.
Her youngest was still lying unconscious on her bed even though Tain had healed her physical injuries. Buffy and herself had been lying vigil next to Dawn’s bed for the past hour while the others tried to keep the ship operational and prepare for any more attacks while Xander was out.
“We might be able to return to Earth through the waygates.” Yalen said, trying to sound optimistic. “Xander already has wisps building a new waygate at Giles’ mansion ground while he build a connecting one on the ice planet we have just landed on.”
“What happens if it doesn’t work?” Joyce asked, trying to hold her emotions together as she looked down at Dawn’s still form. “What if Dawn doesn’t wake up while we are stuck here? My daughter needs help, help that no one on this ship can provide.”
“Mom.” Buffy said, lying a hand on her arm. “We will get back to Earth I promise you. Xander has a lot of resources and power, I am sure that with him and his people, they will be able to think of a way to get us back.”
Joyce took in a deep breath as she looked at Buffy’s wavering smile. She could see the fear on her daughter’s face, but her eldest was holding it back most probably for her sake. “I am sorry Buffy, you are right, we should stay positive.”
“So how soon will we know if the waygates work?” Buffy asked looking at Yalen who was suddenly frowning.
“We know now… Xander just updated me telepathically… The waygate is unable to establish a connection back.” Yalen said grimly. “Xander and Tain are returning to the ship, he is asking us to meet him at the living room… to discuss our next plan of action.”
The first time he tried on an actual spacesuit was when Wolfram and Hart finalised the deal with one of their tech contact to deliver a shipment of ten working spacesuits to him. The suits were supposed to be an adaption of those used by NASA, and were certified for vacuum work. As Xander stepped into the airlock at the end of the cargo bay, decked in one of the spacesuit with Tain following close behind him, he could only hope that the piece of earth tech works as advertised. If it failed… well at least he could not get any more dead, being an undead and all.
Stepping out onto the ice planet in the cumbersome spacesuit, Xander stumbled and nearly flew out of the airlock until Tain grabbed and stabilised him. The ice planet only have half of Earth’s gravity and though the part of the planet they landed on was hovering at 5 degree Celsius, the temperature survivable by humans in proper winter gear, the air was mainly hydrogen and trace amounts of oxygen, which would lead to asphyxiation in minutes. Being an undead wearing the ring of Amara, Xander doubted he needed the suit, but there was no point in taking unnecessary risk especially with Buffy and the others depending on him.
Making small careful steps in case he flew off the ground, Xander struggled to walk a distance away from Entreprise so that he could begin constructing the waygate.
“This seems to be far enough.” Tain said through the communication channel in the spacesuits.
Xander nodded as he crotched down carefully, laying his hands on the greenish brown ground interlace with what seemed to be ice crystals. Pulling on his power, he begin moulding his internal resources into the energy needed for construction.
Hammering on the ground carefully, the outline of the waygate took form before solidifying at the end of its construction. Though the whole process took barely less than a minute, it felt like an eternity to Xander in his spacesuit.
The moment the waygate was completed, Tain quickly moved up the stairs. His hands were already dancing deftly on the crystal controls at the right side of the waygate by the time Xander had made his way next to him.
A small yellow crystal screen lit up with numerous dark spots and one white glowing spots. Tain was pressing on the white spot to no avail.
“This waygate can detect the connected and unconnected waygates back on Earth… but it is unable to establish a direct connection to the unconnected waygate you build back home.” Tain said in frustration.
“So there’s a distance limit. Damn.” Xander said as his shoulders slouched. “We need to tell the others and think of another way back home.”
“With so many brilliant minds back on Earth, I am sure one of mages will be able to figure out something.” Tain said trying to sound comforting as they returned to the airlock.
“That is provided the Ascended did not come after us again while we are out here.” Xander grimly. “If we are going to be stuck here for long, I will need to build us more protection.”
There was the pain and the darkness that much she remembered clearly. Dawn never thought of herself as a particularly brave person but after she had learn what Buffy was, and what she herself was, she had tried to be braver, to be stronger.
Perhaps deep down she had wanted to be able to measure up as the so called “sister-clone” of Buffy. She had seen some of the elves and humans Xander had created, even a minotaur once. She had heard tales of fantastic adventures from Willow once she and her mom were brought into the circle, but she never would have imagined charging at one of the supernatural dangers that Buffy and Xander faced on a near daily basis.
Strange knowledge of what to do had flowed into her head. She could still remember the patterns, the green energies. She had somehow destroyed the being hurting Xander only to find herself here after blacking out from pain.
A massive and strangely beautiful forest was in front of her as she hovered in a sea of white and blue. Occasionally red and blue lights would run across the skies and Dawn wondered for a moment if she was dead and this was heaven. As the lights flickered across the immerse expanse of the sky, they revealed what seemed like transparent shadowy reflections of the massive floating forest in front of her.
Struggling for a moment in mid-air, Dawn finally figured that she could move by somehow willingly herself to go in a certain direction. The sensation was strange as she glided through the air with just her thoughts, landing on solid ground at the edge of the forest.
Dawn knew that logically she should be feeling fear by now, but somehow the only emotions this place was stirring up for her was peace, pride and strangely… grief and regret.
Peering into the depths of the forest from the edge, Dawn gave a startled gasp as the trees and shrubbery began to move, creating a dirt path right in front of her. For a moment she just stared at the path, before she began to move forward carefully. There was no other place to go, and if this was truly the afterlife, she should have nothing to fear… right?
The path lead her past strange plant life she had never seen before, some were so bizarre yet strangely beautiful that Dawn was sure they were not from Earth. It was as she reached her hand out to brush away a bunch of hanging brambles in her path that something strange happened.
The brambles dissolved into green motes of glowing energies that began to zip around the air before her, leaving a trail of rapidly vanishing green light. It took a moment before Dawn saw that the dancing lights were moving in a pattern, a very familiar pattern.
“Wild growth.” A musical voice spoke behind her, causing Dawn to jump. A beautiful short haired reddish blond woman stepped out from behind a row of large trees. She was dressed in a green flowing gown as though she had just stepped out of a ballroom. The woman smiled at Dawn. “If you stop to listen, you can hear it grow.”
“What?” Dawn asked, stammering in shock.
“You shouldn’t be here child.” The woman said sadly. “My time is over, but yours have only just begun.”
“What do you mean?” Dawn asked. “Where is this place? And… do I know you? You seem… familiar…”
The woman just smiled at her as she began waving her hands in the air. A pattern of white and blue energies began to take form in front of her. “We are but one of different beginnings. Though after what you just did… there is now more than one of each of us. You need to return and recover. Go back to your family soul sister, we will meet again.”
Staring blankly at the woman, Dawn was about to ask her what she meant when the pattern began to swirl around her, forming a tunnel of pure white light, forcing Dawn to close her eyes even as she shouted in shock. Trying to twist out of the tunnel, she felt something move around her and then she was falling, hitting hard ground.
Opening her eyes, she found herself back in her room in Entreprise, face down on the floor next to her bed.
“Dawn!” Her mother’s voice cried out in relief and then she was scoped up in a warm embrace.
“Ah…” Dawn said trying to come to terms with what just happened to her, and then noticed the tears slipping out of her mother’s eyes. “So… what er happened, and why are you crying?”
Author’s Note: To summarise, whatever Dawn did to rescue Xander, the energies from the Ascended and the energies the Ascended extracted from Xander have to go somewhere. As those energies were flaring up all over the ship while it was trapped in hyperspace, those energies basically cloned the ship and its crew as Dawn instinctively shunt them into alternate realities.
This will be the premise of the branching stories for the Shattered Universes. The clones of Xander and company find themselves with limited resources in other Earths/Worlds. Because the amount of energy shunted to each reality might be different, it could lead to different results during their arrival. Not all might be cloned, or the ship could destabilise and implode, or only Xander himself surviving when the life support on Entreprise died while he was unconscious.
As the energies from the Ascended and Terin were split across the cloned Xanders, they are now limited and might not retain all their original building blueprints.
I will concentrate on the original universe and the shattered verse #1 for now. If anyone wants to play around with the idea of a Warcraft III type peasant/vampire Xander in other universes, you can create your own spins. Considering my update speed >.<” I am not going to say no if anyone wants a go at the story.
Before the Shattering
Warcraft III Buildings
- Night Elves
- Spike and Drusilla’s Mansion
- Crypts and Tombs (Sunnydale)
- Townhall (Sunnydale)
- Sewer System (Sunnydale)
- Secret Tunnel (Sunnydale, Amara cache)
- Swiss Royal Hotel (Sunnydale central)
- Wolfram and Hart (Los Angeles)
- Alliance City Structures (Around the World)
- Others (thousands and close to a million of Earth buildings. A number are variations of same buildings but with different people as they move in and out.)
Shattered Universe #0
Warcraft III Buildings
- Orcs – All retained
- Neutral – All retained
- Human – All retained
- Night Elves – All retained
- Undead – Only retained Boneyard, Tomb of Relics, Haunted Goldmine and the Nerubian Tower
- Spike and Drusilla’s Mansion
- Townhall (Sunnydale)
- Secret Tunnel (Sunnydale, Amara cache)
- Swiss Royal Hotel (Sunnydale central)
- Wolfram and Hart (Los Angeles)
- Alliance City Structures (Around the World)
- Others (less than a hundred of Earth buildings. A number of which are variations of the same building.)
- Tranquility – Green(1), (2)
- Not of This World – (7)
- Wild Growth – Green(1)
Next up: Interlude – Earth Born 24, The Cities of Magic, Global Alliance Mega Corp
Earth Born Units – 24
- Deputy Mayor Finch of Sunnydale
- Hotel Deconstruction – 23
- Affected by Halloween Night
- Percy – Laguna Loire (FF8)
- Riley – Babarian Overlord (MM3)
- Dixon – Prince Charming (Folklore/Fairy Tale)
- Forrest – Werewolf (Mythology)
- Graham – Dressed as himself
- Daniel “Oz” Osbourne – Bard (FFT)
- Owen Thurman – Tarzan
- Jeffrey Walken
- Scott Hope
- Devon MacLeish
- Peter Clarner
- Debbie Foley
- Janice Penshaw and her parents
- Joan Appleby “Chanterelle”
- Charles Irving “Chuck” Bartowski
- Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Bartowski
- Dr. Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb
- Drs. Woody and Honey Woodcomb and their two sons
- Affected by Halloween Night
Alliance Cities (Stats as of the Shattering: 25 Alliance cities and 72 Alliance outposts)
- Sunnydale – California, United States
- Twilight – Alberta, Canada
Next up: Shattering #1 – Wheel of Time/The Ultimate Peasant
Warcraft III Buildings
- Orcs – All lost
- Neutral – Only retained Goblin Shipyard and Fountain of Mana
- Human – Only retained Scout Tower, Blacksmith and Town Hall
- Night Elves – Only retained Tree of Life, Ancient of the Wind, Chimaera Roost and Ancient of Wonders
- Undead – Only retained Sacrificial Pit, Slaughter House and Temple of the Damned
- Swiss Royal Hotel (Sunnydale central)
- Others (less than fifty Earth buildings. A number of which are variations of the same building.)