(Chapter 18: End of the line/epilogue)

Vincent, worried sick. Tried to call Ashur and Leo but to no avail, he shook and hung his head in disbelief. The most likeable outcome was that the brothers died, they were the last hope. Vincent paced back and forth, New Phorexia was just living on borrowed time. Getting closer to midnight than ever, there was nothing Vincent could do now. Vincent layed back and closed his eyes, soon the city of New Phorexia will be underlava and there was nothing they could do now...

Vincent woke up to see that there was voicemail left on his phone, the time was 11:20 PM and it was getting ever more close to midnight. Vincent decided to check the phone, it was from Ashur. Vincent was full of shock and awe. Vincent quickly dialed Ashur's number. "Ashur, why the blazes haven't you answered my previous calls!?" Vincent shouted, Ashur snickered and then took a deep breath. "We got lost and we barely got out of Khadath alive, we was lost out in the blinding snow. Nearly frozen but we pushed through the pain and made it back to New Phorexia, yes I know that it is late but we must defeat Kalos now. We are living on borrowed time" Ashur said, Vincent gulped and looked at the time. It was dangerously close to midnight and there was just one task to do, defeat Kalos. "With that being said, can you give us a location of where he is and give it to us right now. We must hurry" Ashur said, right after Vincent was told what to do. He went right to it, there was a heat signal coming from underneath Karom. Vincent instantly answered Ashur. "Heat signal underneath Karom, get there now" Vincent said in a serious voice, Ashur and Leo hung up and quickly sped to the cave at Karom's foot. "Go, go, go!" Ashur shouted as the brothers entered the cave and then jumped into the elevator, Ashur pressed the button to go down to the bottom floor and the elevator slowly lowered. The elevator had no door, the brothers heard the loud squeaking and screeching the elevator did as it went lower and lower into the ground, each second getting more intense by the moment. Then the elevator stopped at the bottom of the shaft, the two brothers stepped out into a massive room to see a huge wall of lava at the edge of the room that was dripping further down. There was a balcony like railing about 10 feet that hung over the edge that was a safe enough distance away from the lava wall, finally there was a silhouette of a man with a cowboy hat which stood infront of the railing. Kalos' human form was a man with a mustache and a black trenchcoat along with a black cowboy hat and the exact silhouette was standing there and did not make any movements or noise.

"Get on the ground!" Ashur shouted, aiming a shotgun at Kalos who again did not make any noise or movements. Ashur then fired at Kalos without any hesiation but like all times before, Kalos took no damage. Implying to the brothers that this was the real Kalos, Kalos then made the first move by throwing a knife at Ashur in which Ashur barley dodged. The only light was the glowing lava, Kalos then broke out in a charge directly at Leo with a flaming sword. Leo put up his shotgun and managed to shove Kalos away before he could strike with the sword, Ashur pulled out a grenade and got ready to pull the pin. "Leo, get back!" Ashur shouted, Leo ran back and then Ashur pulled the pin and launched the grenade at Kalos. Kalos turned his head and the grenade exploded right at his feet which generated black smoke. Ashur then ran at Kalos and tackled him from behind which knocked the sword out of his hand, Ashur then kicked the flaming sword away and down into the lava. Ashur then turned around to face Kalos who had just gotten up, Kalos laughed and then pulled out a raygun all while laughing. "I still pitty the weak" Kalos said as he fired a ray at Ashur, Ashur managed to duck away from the ray. Leo came from behind Kalos and shot him point blank in the back, Kalos growled and quickly spun around only to get hit in the jaw. Kalos growled and was hit in the face again, Ashur then put a bayonet on his gun and charged at Kalos again. Kalos fired at Ashur with his raygun only for the thin ray to bounce off the metal bayonet, Kalos was struck by his own ray and was stunned. Kalos growled in slight pain.

Kalos was then stabbed by Ashur's bayonet and he growled in pain, Kalos fell back and slowly regenerated. Kalos took a grenade and launched it at Ashur, Kalos snickered loudly and Ashur knew he couldn't move away in time. Leo tackled Ashur away from the grenade, it exploded but left Leo wounded with flying shrapnel. Leo inched away from Ashur all while groaning in excrutiating pain, Kalos snickered and staggered up to his feet. Kalos took the raygun and aimed it directly at Ashur's chest, Ashur had no way of escaping other than making a last minute roll away. Kalos fired and Ashur rolled over to his side with the ray bouncing off the metal floor and into the brutal Khadath's head, Kalos stumbled back, badly wounded from the head shot. Kalos growled in pain as he rubbed the blood off of his head, Ashur then charged at the brutal Khadath and stabbed him in the heart with the bayonet which caused the weakened Kalos to stumble back and collapse. However his heart again regenerated but Ashur would not let Kalos win this time, Ashur mounted the downed Kalos and started ramming the bayonet right in his head. Blood gushed out each time the blade dug into his head, Kalos layed motionless. Ashur presumed that the Khadath leader was dead, Ashur rolled off of Kalos and started to walk over to Leo. Once Ashur got close, he felt a stinging and burning pain shoot into his calf. Ashur howled in pain and fell to his knees, he looked over his shoulder and saw Kalos had shot him with the raygun while he was down. Kalos crawled over to the guardrail and slowly pulled himself up, Leo had pulled himself up despite getting constant feelings of pain from the shrapnel in his arms and legs. Leo let out a battle cry and charged at Kalos, as Leo charged at Kalos, he placed a bayonet on his rifle and rammed it right into Kalos's jaw which sent him over the guardrail and falling into the lava. Leo started to leave the place, walking over to the elevator and pressing the button to call the elevator. Leo walked over to his downed brother and he started to drag him over to the elevator but he saw a clawed hand rise over the guard rail.

"Ah shit" Leo groaned as he saw Kalos in his 2nd form in which was a tall lanky dark figure with a slender neck and oval shaped head with red glowing eyes. The red eyes were the only source of color than his pitch black skin and clothing which made him look like a living shadow, Kalos growled in rage. "Fools, I am the True Master of this realm" Kalos said, calling this form the True Master form. Kalos then started to float over at the brothers, Leo shot at the True Master with his machine gun with all he had. Leo shouted in rage as he fired at the True Master over and over again, Leo would then take out a grenade and launch it at the True Master which blew up right in his face which made the lanky figure cower slightly in pain. The True Master growled which shown his jagged sharp teeth, the True Master then shook his head in rage and vanished into a doorway in which he never came out of. A voice then came over the intercom of the big room the brothers were left in. "You have won this battle, you've defended New Phorexia but the war is far from over you fools. I shall return better and this country will die. Everyone will fall by the hands of me or him" Kalos said over the intercom, seemingly transformed back into his human form. Leo and Ashur looked at each other, who was this him that Kalos spoke of? Even though some clues have been revealed about the mysterious history of the planet they now lived on, the answers still needed to be revealed. The two brothers knew they was far away from the answer but not too far...

(Epilogue)

A year before Kalos began to rise in power once again in the war for New Phorexia, there was a gang known as the Black Flag. The Black Flag was an independent nation as a matter of fact, the headquarters were on an island simply called "The Island" this island had a strange landmass called "The land of Decay" in which Ashur would land on after fleeing from the satellite. There was no sign of civilization on the island, the civilization was instead, underground. It was kept underground to hide from the world, to be a secret. The current leader of the Black Flag nation whose name was Captain Crimson, walked down the hall. The logo of the Black Flag nation was found in the satellite by Ashur in which he couldn't figure out anything related to the logo but that was because it was kept a secret. Since it was a pirate flag like logo, the nation's leader dressed up as a pirate like soldier. Strangely enough, only the leader was dressed up like a pirate and the rest of the nation and army was dressed up like regular soldiers. Crimson's sons who were Aiden Crimson and Jason Crimson, Jason Crimson was the powerhouse of the group while Aiden Crimson was more specialized in skill and quickness but he had some good combat power with him too. The Crimson brothers watched at Captain Crimson entered the room, Jason Crimson lifted up his head to ask his father a question. "Father, why must we sit back for all of these years without showing our heads out from this island. When we rise up what shall we do?" Jason Crimson asked, Captain Crimson snickered slightly and then patted his son on the head. "Oh my boy, we've already gave them a warning that we are coming. Our logo is inside that ship that Kalos and me designed after we created a partnership with the Khadaths back before the war began. So we are coming and we are coming very very soon" Captain Crimson said...

(The End)