An End to it All
Darkness covers everything. An eerie silence
makes the darkness even more consuming.
Labyrinth's voice whispers softly, "Wow
this is really creepy."
"Quiet," Patriot shushed. "The
narrator is about to start."
"Never mind, just be quiet."
A third unknown, yet strangely familiar,
voice begins. As he speaks, the words appear in the darkness
and begin scrolling by.
"CWALA, Episode 214
"I counted," MajinEX's voice squeaked
"QUIET!" The words disappear as
the strangely familiar voice (SFV) shouts. After a few
moments of silence he begins again and the words return.
"After nine grueling months of
"I don't know if I'd call them grueling,"
Greasy's voice interrupts. "They're was some fun."
"FINE! After nine long months of waiting,
the moment of glory is almost upon the forces of CWALA.
The weeks of battling with Blizzard and pouring over computer
"Don't forget the thousands of gallons
we went through in coffee."
"And drinking lots of coffee,"
SFV sounded very resigned, "have finally paid off.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that Warcraft 3 will
finally be released to the public. Though there was much
rejoicing at the news, all is not well. Unbeknownst to
our heroes, something evil is brewing."
-- Kuza --
Kirtgor was not feeling well. Docking in
front of him was the terran dropship carrying Blizzard's
representative, Marn Thunderhorn. He had arrived to oversee
the final preparations for the Warcraft 3 release. Kirtgor
gulped as the bay doors opened and Marn Thunderhorn stepped
onto the tarmac.
"Lord Thunderhorn," Kirtgor rushed
up to the giant tauren, "I am honored to have you
grace us with your presence."
"Your scaly hide cannot possibly fathom
true honor." Marn didn't even look in Kirtgor's direction.
"Do not belittle the word's meaning by attempting
to use it. I come because the Roper feels the CD's will
not be completed on schedule."
Marn didn't wait for Kirtgor to respond
and began walking toward the factory. Kirtgor had to sprint
to keep up.
"But he asks the impossible. We simply
don't have the manpower to meet the deadline. We need
"Then you can tell him that when he
arrives." Marn slowed as he spotted one of the kuzak
"The Roper is coming here?" Kirtgor
gulped again. "We shall double our efforts."
"I should hope so. The Roper is not
as forgiving as I, and I'm pretty unforgiving."
To demonstrate, Marn swung his giant warhammer
down on top of the kuzak worker, reducing him to a pile
of jelly. Kirtgor tried to refrain from fainting, then
paled when Marn wheeled on him.
"Now go tell Kitrokk to get things
Kirtgor sprinted away and didn't look back.
* * *
Kitrokk grimaced as Kirtgor burst into his
office. Pieces of the kuzak Marn had destroyed were still
clinging to parts of Kirtgor's body.
"I take it Lord Thunderhorn is here?"
"Yes sir. He plans to make sure we
meet the July 3rd deadline."
"Sir? How can you be pleased? Production
was set back after the initial CD was stolen and we've
just managed to catch up. Plus CWALA is bound to show
up sooner or later and ruin everything."
"Everything is going according to plan,
Kirtgor. We want CWALA to come. For when they do, we shall
destroy them. Then nothing will stop us from spreading
the mind controlling CD's everywhere. As we speak, things
are falling into place."
-- Ironfist, War Room --
Patriot had assembled every CWALA'er that
was accounted for. Only Ziktaar was missing.
"As you all know, Warcraft 3 is scheduled
to be released in three days. Now we all know that Blizzard
has to be up to something. They wouldn't just up and suddenly
decide to release the CD. They could have done that months
"Perhaps they feel the hype has finally
grown big enough," Adoc suggested.
"More likely the pizza bill for the
programmers was getting too high," Greasy whispered
in Labyrinth's ear.
"This is Blizzard we're talking about
people," Patriot remained impassive. "They're
up to something and we have to figure out what. As a secondary
mission, we also need to figure out what happened to Ziktaar.
Janus and Guardian, I want you two to do some scrying
and try to locate him."
"No problem Pat," Janus patted
him on the shoulder. "We'll have him here in a jiffy."
A loud pop echoed through out the room and
Ziktaar appeared in the center of the room. Unfortunately
he appeared about five feet off the ground and proceeded
to plummet straight through the table.
"Damn," Janus was shocked. "I
knew I was good, but not that good."
"He guys," Ziktaar managed to
pull himself out of the rubble. "Have I got news
"How about you start with where you've
been for the past couple of days," Kalledon help
Ziktaar to his feet. "Check that, how did you just
"I was on Kuza and you'll never believe
what I saw. They have a huge plant that they're using
to produce thousands of Warcraft CD's. But they aren't
just any CD, they have mind controlling messages placed
in them. Once I had discovered all this I took an extra
dimensional tunnel back here. Let me tell you, I won't
being doing that again any time soon."
"So that's what Blizzard in planning,"
Patriot tapped his chin thoughtfully. "Are you absolutely
positive on this?"
"It wouldn't be the first time Blizzard
tried mind controlling," Ariana didn't give Ziktaar
time to respond. "They tried it way back with the
release of Starcraft too."
"Kinda unoriginal for them," MajinEX
tried to brighten the mood.
Ariana just shrugged. "When you've
been around as long as Blizzard has, I guess you eventually
just run out of ways to take over the world."
"In any event," Patriot all ready
had a plan forming, "we need to destroy those CD's.
Ziktaar, what kinda of defenses can we expect if we attack."
"Well, somehow the kuzaks managed to
get a hold of a terran battlecruiser. They've dubbed it
the Goldfist, probably to try and mock us. It hangs in
orbit over the planet so we'll need to sneak by that.
Then once we're on the planet we'll have to deal with
the hundreds of kuzaks that are working at the facility
plus any undead guards Kitrokk, their leader, has summoned."
"Looks like we have our work cut out
for us," Patriot grimaced. "All right people,
start collecting your gear
"Uh Pat," Kalledon interrupted,
"what about finding the actual CD? One without any
mind control implants. We need to find that in case we
can't destroy the mind controlling ones. It'll act like
an antidote. My guess is the CEO has in on him or at least
very near to him."
"Hmm, good point. In that case we'll
have to divide our forces. Ziktaar, Conan, Couch Man,
Lazy Lad, Nightsorrow, Legacy, Ariana, Janus, and L33t
will go to Kuza. Ziktaar knows the layout best so I'm
placing him in command. The rest of you start preparing
for an assault of BHQ. Anything else?"
Ziktaar raised his hand. "Aside from
Nightsorrow, none of us have much experience dealing with
the undead. I think it would be beneficial if we brought
a long a paladin to help us."
"And exactly where are we suppose to
get a paladin," Guardian's tone was very sarcastic.
"They don't just drop out of the sky."
Something clicked in Patriot's memory. "Well,
I might know someone."
Kalledon stared at him as if he'd lost his
mind. "I hope your not thinking what I think your
Patriot just shrugged. "We don't have
much of a choice, we'll have to get help from the Rebellious