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Jan 16th, 2017 at 4:40pm
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Dick Dante came to find himself conscious.  At least that is what he told himself.  I mean, is that what he learned in Philosophy 101, I think their fore I am?   Dante was thinking. 

He could see nothing. He could hear nothing.  He could smell nothing.  He could touch... you get it...nothing.   He was in total  sensory deprivation.   

After the initial panic, it became comforting.  He would drift in and out of sleep with out really knowing what state he was in.   If not for the insistent reminding of Gygax,  Dante might have been lost in oblivion.

Finally, after an in determined amount of time,  he could see.   He could hear.    saw only in front of him.  He could see rows of copper cylinders with red and green 'eyes' and an old fashioned round speaker for a mouth.  Was he the same?  Last he remembered he was beheaded.

He could hear voices, some in foreign  languages,   some in alien.   He could hear a German, metallic voice.  He thought to himself, is this Hitler's Brain?

After more time,  a hideous insect like creature floated down on pale, white, purplish green wings.   the thing was lobster and locust like.  It had claws and tendrils, and numerous stalks on its bulbous head. It landed on the vertical racks of cylinders and soon another, identical creature landed on its back.  The second creature surgically cut open the first's back, removing a copper cylinder.  It was placed in an empty space on the shelf.  The second creature took a different cylinder, a screetching, cackling one, and placed it in the orifice.  The wound was sewn up and both creatures flew way.

The new cylinder began to scream.  Dante, being a doctor, spoke to it, and to his surprise it understood.  They talked and got to know each other.   The new brain in a cylinder was Ian Strange,  whom Dante treated for schizophrenia a while ago.  However,  that was in Dante's past, which, paradoxically, was in Ian's future.   Dante's brain, which paradoxically, was his entire brain, hurt.

After more undetermined time,  one of the creatures returned.  It took Dante and surgically implanted him into the body of a second creature.  Dante found a second consciousness invading his own.  They flew off, out up out of this what turned out to be a hole in the ground to the surface of what looked to be a dark, frozen world.   The creature flew off into space, with the mind of Dick Dante as an unwilling passenger in his own brain.

  

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Reply #1 - Jan 16th, 2017 at 6:44pm
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You know you just can't keep a Good Dick Down.......
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 18th, 2017 at 1:12am
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Dick sprang up.  He was, somewhere..?   He was in a glowing tube of lights?  What?

He calmed down.  He was in a struggle.  He overcame the alien, and was in control.  For now.   He could access the memories of the creature.   He was a mule.  That is, he would pick things up, and bring them back.  He was to get oricalc, that cosmic golden metal, and bring it back to his base.  Dick knew that he couldn't stay in control for long.  He lapsed and was forced back to sleep.

He woke up again.  He was on a beautiful world.  It was constantly dark, and the sky was filled with glowing auroras.   At his body was a chunk of oricalc.  He knew it was worth more than all the wealth on earth.  He noticed other, similar aliens, taking their metal nuggets in their claws and flying off.  No one noticed that he just stayed there, doing nothing but thinking.   He eventually realized he couldn't  delay for too long, or his life support would run out.  He succumbed to his alien overlord and he was out.

He woke up again, this time at superluminal speeds.  He accessed the alien's memories and realized he could make to Earth in under 6 minutes!  He could be free!  He changed direction and  he was lost!    The despair sent him into depression and he was, again  lost to the overwhelming power of the alien's will.

During one of his lucid states, he saw the aliens fleeing their base on Pluto.  He looked up and saw the glyph on Charon, and then looked down and saw something stirring.   Beneath the methane ice it moved.   The aliens fled.  They had no true emotions.  They simply knew it was time to move.  Pluto's eccentric orbit took it too close to the sun.  The tiny difference in temperature was enough to wake the Creature from its sleep.     The aliens would return when Pluto was back, safely far away from Sol.




This pattern went on for, how long?   There was no way to judge time.    He could no longer feel Gygax, but only as a dream.  He visited hundreds of worlds, and saw myriads of stars.  He knew the controlling alien avoided life planets.  For living beings were too unpredictable and avoiding conflict was the best course of action.

Dick began to give up hope for salvation.  He knew it was time for an act of desperation, and if it didn't work, it was time to die.   Death, would be a better choice than an eternity of slavery.

While on a gas giant, harvesting exotic matter from swollen dirigibles,  Dick flew away.  From the memories that would bleed over to his consciousness he learned of a nearby world that had humanoids on it.  The aliens avoided it, but Dick was desperate.  He went superluminal and pushed it to the limits his body could endure.

He made it to a lush, green and blue world.   It was contained by a planetary shield, and was surrounded by what looked like space stations.  He was met with small fighter type ships and he complied.  He was exhausted.

They escorted him to a space station.   He found himself surrounded by a group of various aliens.  No two were the same.   They tried communicating with him in various languages.  Dick took his alien claw and scratched words in English. One of the aliens, a huge scary looking reptilian being recognized the letters.

He asked Dick, " are you from Earth?"

Dick was so happy to hear his mother tongue he felt like crying.   He scratched "Yes".

One of the aliens picked up what looked like a gun and fired at Dick's alien body.

Dick felt crushed.  They permitted him to feel hope, and then crushed it.

He closed his eyes and made his peace.

Only he didn't die. 


They removed his brain canister from his horrid body.  They asked if he knew the Mighty Mars.    Dick realized that he was not going to die.  Not yet.

For ten years he stayed on that planet.    The people their explained that they were the "Star People".   They were the last survivors of the Solar Patrol.  They were nearly immortal warriors who fought the Moevian Empire and stopped the spread of conquest.

They would stay on this planet and hide.  For if their enemies knew where they were they could kill them and destroy their stars.  They build a star craft for Dick, installed his canister inside, and let him go.


Dick wanted to get back to earth.   But there was a problem.   He was bonded to that alien for over a century!

He wanted to get back.  There was only one place the Star People knew where this was possible.  He had to go beyond Time and Space.   He had to go to Division Zero!
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 18th, 2017 at 10:34am
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Don't mean to break up the story post but I had to chime in. This was as always a fun adventure but also stressful. About halfway through while Dick-Go was flying Superluminal john says "OK. The next few things you say to me will be very important". That translates to "Do this right or Dick is a Dead Duck"

Since I know Dicks future from other posts with Omega Girl I cannot just act that way and go to a place Dick never heard of. That would be "Cheating" So what would he do in desperation if he could not get back to Earth? Find Humans somewhere else as the next best thing.

Cosmic Awareness was an option but the power expenditure would have killed him as well

In any event Dick is alive and still going after 8 years.

Next Post in Dick Dante thread when I catch up.

Dante: The Living Starship!!!
  
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Reply #4 - Jun 9th, 2017 at 11:39pm
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Dick left the system.  The ship's computers integrated with his Mi Goo canister perfectly.  All he had to do was think, and his small shit responded.

  He traveled for a few days at sub luminal speed. He thought about the warp engines, and they engaged.  He was traveling at warp 1.5!   He traveled liked this for an hour before he increased his speed to warp 11.5.

He came out of superluminal speeds and his ship engines eased his fatigue.   While resting, he cast a spell. It stressed him greatly, as he was using pure thought to cast.  He had no hands, no voice, no materials.   He gleaned that the way to Division Zero was impossible.  Had his friends on the Star Word lied to him?

He then detected something unusual.  His sensors picked up strange radiations, like photons pushed and elongated.   The only thing that could do this was something passed him at faster than light speeds.  He scanned space around him.  He picked up a massive object that was fast approaching.

He engaged his shields.  It was a ship, or rather it was a fleet of ships.    It was over a thousand ships all fused together and acting as one giant craft.  It employed hundreds of weapons.  Dante had no chance.  He  tried to flee but the super massive fleet ship overtook him and rammed him.

His shield protected him but his batteries were almost depleted.  It fired missals at him. He was done for, the shields gave out.

Then arms, at last 10, from different ships, with different designs, reached out to him.  He was dragged to the hull, and drills affixed him the hull of a derelict husk of a former battleship.

  Dante was near exhaustion and near panic.  One of the mechanical arms injected his ship with nanites.  The nanites over ran his computer systems and shut down Dante's systems.  He went into hibernation.

Dante woke to the Vagabond, as that is what it called itself,  it learned English from Dante's computers.   I needed Dante to examine its newest aquistion.  It captured the now dead Bolivar, an exploration vehicle launced from Pan America, in the year 2417.  Dante realized that the home he knew was centuries in the past!

  Enraged he unlocked the power of his mind.  Exerting his will, he took over the AI of the Vagabond.  He quickly rewrote the programs and put himself in control of the ship.

He was then flooded with knowledge.  He had access to the data of a thousand ships, from a thousand worlds spanning a thousand centuries!    The information was painful. He had to limit it or lose himself.

He learned of the mighty empire of Gaz, a sentient microbe race long dead.   He learned of the Aberration, a humanoid so far advanced that Vagabond feared and submitted to him.   He learned of the Moevian Empire, the fate of the Gaour,  and the deviousness of the Capellians.

He learned of the first ship in the Vagabond,  launched from Vhoorl a water world with intelligent mollusks, also long gone. Their world was hit by a wandering planetoid and rendered inhospitable billions of years ago.

He learned of another Humanoid Race, again so powerful, so smart, they launched a computer virus on the Vagabond that erased all memory of their location, but not of their existence.  They wanted Vagabond to be aware that they were out there, and be smart enough to avoid them in the future.

He learned about things that thrive in voids, and how its best to avoid them.  He learned of the Cold Star, in a inverted galaxy of opposition.

And with all this information, Dante learned nothing of Division Zero.   

He decided to go to the last place the Vagabond encountered the Aberration.  He calculated it was over 70, 000 light years away.  With all the engines of a thousand ships available to him, he could make it their in 29 days. 


He studied his computer banks incessantly.    He thought he saw something in the light haze of superluminal space, but that was impossible. 

He dropped his speed.  He was in a forming star system.  It was a cluster of gas giants with a new born star.    It was full of rocky asteroids.  He engaged his shields as a precaution.   This proved smart as he was constantly pelted with meteoroids.

He was scanning the system when he noticed something disturbing the debris.  It collided with a nearby gas giant, deforming the world.  It pulled a trail of gas in its slipstream.  It stopped and Dante was engulfed in a planet sized storm of gasses.  A large moon was now near him.  It didn't move.     A line formed across its horizon.  the line became a canyon.  And the canyon became a crater. 

It took Dante a full minute to realize that his giant moon had just opened up its singular eye.


Dante hoped his shields would suffice...



  

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This is all turning out Horrifically Great!!

Now Dick gets to be eaten by Cthulhu's second cousin, Y'ig-Norble-Snitch   Cheesy
  
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Dick powered up his shields.  The computers of a thousand ships worked in unison to mesh the various frequencies of various energies to form one cohesive shield around the Vagabond.

The alien smashed the shield with godlike force.   The shields held.   Dante fired the weapons from a few ships at the alien. 

This exchange went back and forth for a while.  No side seemed to get the upper hand.  While the Vagabond wasn't harmed,  its power supply was not infinite and it would only be a matter of time before the shields failed.  Dick had to change tactics.

He ejected the artificial singularity from one of the ships at the creature.  It detonated, harming both the Vagabond and the vast alien entity.    This caused an extinction of some of the species that evolved in the billion or so years that they have been a part of the ecosystem inside the thousands of ships that make up the Vagabond.

Dick was devastated.  He had no choice, he had to try again.   This time it was a direct hit, and the creature was pulled into  the gravity well and destroyed. Dick effected self repair.   He sat for months reviewing the data contained in the ships computers.

He realized that there was a missing section in his map of the Vagabond.   About 1000 tons of mass was unaccounted for.   This was in the heart of the ship, the most protected.    He activated some repair bots and investigated. 

He found and entire starship foreign  to his computer records. He had to cut his way in, and invade the memory banks.  He found that a group of five humans would come  to this ship periodically.  One was in white, one in gray, one in  black, one in green and one in many colors.   The one in Many Colors can with the One in Black and hid something onboard.  It was then that the computer memory was altered.

Dick sent the repair bots to see what was hidden.


He found an object that shifted its shape.  It was pure energy in a figure eight, but at the same time, it was fluid.  It radiated power.


Dante tapped the power of the object, which overwhelmed his engines to the Nth degree.  He flew so fast that time and space had no meaning.  When he cut the power, he was in a void.    The ship detected a huge object ahead.  He flew and it was space station that dwarfed even the Vagabond.


The station shut down the Vagabond's shield's and engines along with its weapons systems.    Small Humanoids boarded the ship.

Dante found these to be the missing race of the Engineers.  The very beings that created seed that eventually lead to humans, Moevians and so many other similar races.  They are also the same beings that created the Stellar Patrol.

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Reply #8 - Sep 30th, 2017 at 12:00pm
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How the hell is Dick Dante still alive?

  

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Two reasons

I think John pities him and he also has so much fun screwing with him.

Heck, I enjoy it

  
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  I Love Elton John Music. David Bowies as well. I cannot say how many times I have thought of Rocket Man and Major Tom over the last five hundred years. It must be several thousand at least. Vagabond has a catalogue of music and movies in The Bolivar Ship archives. Vagabond has many archives that I have yet to explore.

  I love Dr. Who as well. All that Space and Time Travel. Some of these Dr's who appear after I was decapitated are really great. I am just getting up to the new Christmas episode at the end of 2017 but I have not watched it yet. I cheated a bit and found out the next Dr after that is going to be a female version. Glad to hear equality is progressing still. I read more Dresden Chronicles as well. I am amazed Jim Butcher wrote 37 books about Dresden before he died. He must have known something as there are a few dangerously accurate parts in the stories.

I plan on accessing more archives throughout Vagabond. Cloning from single cells. Robotics if need be. Space Travel I have studied but what about time travel. Is it really the same?

  I have to get back to Earth you see. I have to get back there right when I left. They need me. Can I clone myself? I would think so. The DNA is still there. What would grow I wonder? Human or Fae? Something in between? It does not matter at this point. What matters is that I return somehow.

  Earth is in great danger and Magic is the key. Technology nearly destroyed everyone in the year 2000.

  I have now gone past time and space and the Gnomoi are boarding Vagabond. I know them now from the Archives I have pulled. I know so much more than I did 500 years ago

  " Vagabond. Reset the monitors in the areas they boarded. If we have Gnomoi language in Archives use that. If not Dwarven or Dwori as they call it. Upload ship schematics and direct them here. Play a message and lets hope they understand"

  "I am Richard Dante. My Planet is Earth. I was trapped by the Mi-Go and I escaped them. I am Comrade to The Mighty Mars and Bruca of the Ras. I know the Histories and I must return."

  
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Reply #11 - Oct 20th, 2017 at 11:53pm
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The Engineers listened to Dante's broadcasts.  They responded in the ancient language of the Dwaroi.

For five solar years the Engineers inventoried the Vagabond.  When they were satifsied, they begane to disassemble the great cluster of ships.  They isolanted crafts that had life forms and stablised their enviornments.   They made sure that each unique species and fragile ecosystem was preserved.   

Last, they cut Dante's tiny craft free.  They carefully removed the Mi Go brain canister from its housing and placed it in an android body.   They copied the anatomy of their own race.   

Dante could see in colors again.  He could hear actual sounds.  The craftsmanship of the Engineers was astounding.   The synthetic skin of his new body could feel temperature.   He could taste again.  Even the synthetic proteins of the bio porridge needed to sustain his organic brain tasted superb.

Enjoyed those months walking with the engineers.  He learned their language.  He learned that they isolated themselves beyond the universe as penance for creating the faulty Star Rods the caused the deaths of trillions of souls.  Even among the beauty of their fabulous city ship, the sadness of the engineers was tangible.

All the ships that made up the Vagabond were cataloged to the last atom.  Their data banks were backed up and stored.  The histories of these lost races and personal stories of these heroic crews would never be lost.  All was stored and to be studied by the Engineers, safe, beyond space.

The Infinity Object was carefully removed from the hull of the dead Dwaroi ship.  It was housed in a great vault.  It was incredible.  They said it was a perfect replica of the entire universe. It was a 144 dimensional hologram.  It shouldn't even exist.  The technology needed to create this didn't even exist, and according to the best of the Engineers, could never exist.  All they could do was admire it.

Dante opened his mind to the cosmos.  He tried to see into the object with his sight beyond sight.  This proved too much.   Either being outside of space or too close to the Infinity Object proved too much.  He tore his brain and collapsed.

  The engineers rushed to save the first sentient being they had met since they exiled themselves eons ago.

Before Dante succumbed to blood loss, he though heard a voice say, "Oh, there you are..."

Dante awoke.  He felt odd.  He was towering above the Engineers, and smashed the room he was in.  He was 18 feet tall!

He was shown an image of himself.  His brain was repaired and placed in a superior chassis.    He saw servos that worked might metal arms.  He had warp pods that extended from his shoulders.  He had a nuclear fission furnace in his belly.   Dante had become.....MECHADICK!

The Engineers bid Dante goodbye.  They feared that this being he made contact with may come for him.

They installed the Infinity Object into the giant robot body and wished him luck.  Without it, Dante would be stuck in this hidden City for all time.

He fled into the void.  The Engineers told him what direction to go.  He engaged the Infinity Object and put its power to his warp drives.  He emerged somewhere he didn't know.   All the knowledge contained within the computer banks only mapped out a tiny fraction of the infinite universe.

Dick found a dark rogue world.  He would land and transmute matter their to organic proteins for food.   

He was stopped by a might four armed giant humanoid. He pointed to Dante's chest and said, " I found you.  After epochs, eons and eternities,  The Infinity Object is now within my grasp."

The being cracked all four sets of knuckles and pulled back his two left fists....
  

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Dick has rolled a 20 on his meta psychosis roll.  He now believes this is all a dream. Not just this, but everything magical, supernatural or meta human.  It’s too crazy. This bad dream is just a Reaction to some herbal cleansing drinks and a burrito.
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Wow!! I should have never taken that Burrito from Gary. Thank Heaven I did not take the other things he was offering.

This is the best dream ever and I cannot wait to write it all down when I wake up. Well maybe not all of it but I feel like Tolkien. It's all so vivid and I hope I can remember all of it.

Being the worlds worst wizard, then finding out I was descended from King Arthur and Morgan Lafey! Great Stuff. Some of it was Nightmarish but it all worked out in the end.

How it all turned to Space and now I am a Robot? Maybe Gary slipped me a Mickey when I was not looking. I would not put it past him.

The Robot part is awesome. I wonder if it is like a Transformer? I would not want to turn into a truck or anything but a giant Robot Dragon? That would be really cool.
  
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RoboDick couldn't believe how fast the Alpha Omega moved.  Twin black beams fired from the Alpha Omega's eyes.  They burned tiny holes in Robodick's armor plating.  They threated to bore holes into his cybernetics.  Robodick turned on his force field.  This held.

The Alpha Omega boasted about his prowess.  About how he was the first of all beings and will be the last.  He did this will flinging all 15 tons of Robodick around with his mind.    While still unhurt,  Robodick wondered how long his shields would hold up.

Robodick  was hopelessly outclassed in speed.   It was only a matter of time before his shields failed.  He gambled and uttered a spell.

Robodick perplexed the Alpha Omega.  This gave Robodick enough time to plan.  He drew a magic circle around the alien and willed it to power.   


The Alpha Omega stepped through the circle as if it were a soap bubble.    Robodick's space dream was becoming a nightmare.

The "still sleeping"  Dick Dante decided to pull power from the Infinity Object.   He calmed his mind and reached into infinity... and beyond.


The power he pulled was only a tiny fraction of the infinite power... however a fraction of infinity is  still infinite.   Robodick exploded.  Every power cell in his chassis   overloaded and detonated.   This blew the Alpha Omega to molecules.  And the planet they were fighting on.  And the galaxy they were located in.   And the....


.... The Men In Yellow intervened.  They had to.  The Anathamatician did the calculations.   The universe was going to end, not in a whimper but in a bang, a bang big enough to destroy everything.   They knitted the tear in the fabric of space time.  They harnessed the Cosmic Orrerry  and The Status Quotient to restore and repair.   The nanoseconds stretched to hours.   And a few hours were all they needed.

And they gathered the smallest fraction of Dick Dante's DNA.   It was a single cell.   It was all that they could find.  They used a replicator to repair the damage.  And what they couldn't fix, they improvised.   They grew the body for 18 Earth years.  They educated the cultured brain in a computer simulation and surgically implanted the restored brain into the new body.   They smoothed out the rippled gray matter, healing Dick's Meta Psychosis.  This also cost him his meta abilities. 

No pain, no gain.

Dick was finally awoken, healed, and normal.   Lan Ho, one of the Guardians also known as Taboo, gave the newly restored Dante a clean bill of health.

After 500 or so years,  Dick was human again.
  

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Reply #16 - Dec 21st, 2017 at 9:28am
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The Anathamatcian, a hooded, imposing figure, came to speak with Teen Dick. He explained the science behibd a soul net and the psychic surgeries needed to graft his soul to his new body. He explained a soul grows just like a body. It gets bigger and stronger and protects its body from invasion.

The leader of the Zero Agents said that even now, even here, things lurk beyond our limited senses waiting to plunder an undefended body.

Without a soul, a body is lost. Taken by those from outside.  Dick shivered at that .

The Anathamatcian lamented that while Dick’s body and soul were restored, his memories were lost. Only the last few  hundred years could be restored.  Dick thought back. He could remember aliens, exo planets with churning seas of frozen methane. He remembered a horrid voice from a shadow in his dreams of Earth’s moon, he remembered the formula for a minor spell, but he couldn’t remember his mother. He couldn’t remember his college roommate or if he even went to college.

This bothered him less than he thought it should.
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Reply #17 - Dec 27th, 2017 at 6:06pm
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500 Years.

No Family or Legacy. No Friends or Enemies. No Covens or Orders. No more Patients or Home.

All Dead. Dicks Past is Dead.........
  
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Reply #18 - Feb 18th, 2018 at 12:38pm
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  Dick rested in his quarters at Division Zero when a polite knock came at his door. It was Lan Ho, AKA Taboo dressed in Khaki Shorts and a button down Hawaiian shirt. Lan Ho told Dick he had mostly free reign of the place and gave Dick some tips about getting around. He also shred some stories of his past on another Earth as well as advised Dick to be careful. There were others in and around Division Zero who may not be as friendly.

  Dick Thanked Taboo and he would see him later. First off Dick had to visit whatever passed for a Hospital here. Dick had questions he needed answers to. In a new 18 year old body he knew things had changed. He did not remember as much as he should and his reasoning time was diminished. He was still smart enough to realize his link to Meta abilities was gone.

  He spoke to a wall that became a computer screen that became and colored arrow. The floors and walls glowed softly as he approached and the glows led him to a tremendous building where he could not see the top. Dick continued on until he asked the walls to direct him to a test room. He drew his own blood but could not decipher the results. He was looking for traces of Ichor. Eventually one of the Men in Yellow came to him to assist. The man was silent. His face was blank except for the eyes which appeared to be some sort of round pair of goggles. Dick was very uncomfortable with him and there was something about him Dick could not place and yet was familiar.

  Giant screens appeared on the walls and Dick was at least able to read that. He was a Dr after all. No traces of Ichor, no more Anemia either. There was however something there. Something that was not there before though in the most minute fraction of a cell. Dick could not truly identify what it was medically but he knew from inside. It was the smallest fraction of Infinity.
  
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Reply #19 - Feb 18th, 2018 at 12:55pm
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  Dick returned to his room and began redecorating it. Taboo had told him of the amazing technology here and Dick used it to make himself more at home. He spoke to the walls and floors came up to form Victorian style chairs and tables. He spoke and the floor came up and changed his simple bed to a king sized canopy and the ground was now covered in soft area rugs. Now that was more like it!!

  With nothing but Time on his hands Dick requested a computer terminal and a wall obliged. Though Dick was no longer as deft as he once was he stilled had thoughts and ideas. His knowledge had increased over five hundred years. He began to formulate a program using his knowledge of The Language of Creation. Dick drew the thirty letters he already knew and programmed and algorithm to help decipher the remaining twenty two. Dick waited. The monitor flashed and some timelines came up. It seemed it would take roughly a Billion Years to locate the thirty first letter. You might think this would have disheartened him but somehow Dick considered this a success!! He was not truly sure why.
  
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Reply #20 - Feb 18th, 2018 at 1:11pm
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  Lan Ho returned to Dicks new and improved room and requested Dicks presence at his favorite Bar in Division Zero. The Tiki Lounge of course.

  The Hawaiian went on for hours telling Dick stories of Taboo's previous adventures on His Earth as well as more current information. It seemed some of his comrades has chosen to stay here while others had decided to venture forth to Dicks Earth. Taboo told him of the new found Power of Cosmic Man and his abilities in and around Division Zero were mind boggling.

  There were old stories of The Guardians and their exploits. Touche, Pixie, Elastic Man, Bola Bola and others. When Taboo mentioned The Dark Warrior Dick became confused. The shame of knowing that Dick had been involved, even in such a small part, of that beings Murder nearly overwhelmed him.
  
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Reply #21 - Feb 18th, 2018 at 1:45pm
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  While Dick was busy feeling sorry for himself Lan Ho seemed to be on maybe his fifth Mai Tai and it was apparent he was well into his cups and getting drunk.

  It was then that Dick noticed the new patron standing in front of them. It was the hooded figure, The Anathamatician. When the Anathamatician sat down and removed his hood Dick nearly lost his marbles. It was like staring into a distorted mirror. The Man was Dick or at least another version of him. Definitely older than the eighteen year old version Dick now was but a true age was impossible to guess.

  He smiled at Dick and simply said "Walk with me."

  Dick followed and The Anathamatician began to explain things. It seems somehow in some timeline somewhere Dicks genes were the basis of ALL the Agents of Divison Zero. This included on Rogue Dick had previously met on several occasions. Dr. Aberrant. How this was possible based off Dicks original and current timeline confused Dick but as he would soon learn Time is quite tricky.

  The Anathamatician brought Dick to room that housed the Cosmic Orerry. Calling it a room was not quite correct. It was the size of a stadium, city, small country? He could not truly be sure and it was filled with Agents of Zero, Men from NOWHERE, The Men in Yellow.

  The Anathamatician pointed to the Cosmic Orerry and advised Dick His Algorithm was part of all this. It may in fact be The Cosmic Orerry. Dick was getting a Headache from all this as he had just written that program a few hours earlier.

  It was then the discussion of Dick returning to Earth and his timeline began. Dick had spent over five hundred years searching for NOWHERE so he could return home and now that time had come. There were rules and prices to be paid of course. The  Anathamatician advised Dick everything had a cost. This was a rule Dick knew all too well from his time on Earth dabbling in the Magical Arts. It seems The Agents of NOWHERE and the Agents of TIME could work together but there always needed to be some give and take.

  The Anathamatician brought Dick to a transport room that would take him from here to the TIME Citadel. The journey would be somewhat dangerous and Dick should absolutely not move once inside the capsule. Dick entered, sat, and was immediately wrapped in some type of quick dry foam that shot up and out. He was stuck with only some small movement in his neck.

  As Dick shot forward he was mesmerized by the colors of the clashing energies. Dick knew he was in the midst of the largest Ley Line Nexus he had ever encountered and it was awe inspiring. As he continued his travels he could see The Being known as Cosmic Man engaged against some type of huge mass of a Being. For a Nano Second that lasted and Eternity they each turned to look him. Dick nearly wet himself.

  Eventually the Pod stopped and the "Foam" dissipated. A door opened to the side and Dick emerged from his little dwelling. As he walked forward he could hear a wild cacophony of sound. He entered a room roughly the size of the one that held The Cosmic Orerry and stood there starring with his mouth agape.

  The best way to describe what Dick was seeing would be " All Hell Breaking Loose"
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