OriginsEditFollowing his battle with the Doctor in San Francisco in 1999, the Master was sucked into the Eye of Harmony inside the Doctor's TARDIS. Some of his essence was unintentionally absorbed into the TARDIS's systems, but the majority of it was cast out into the time/space vortex - beginning to die as he screamed the Doctor's name in rage. As he drifted he was found by the being known as Esterath - who was on a personal voyage in his world-ship Primus to find a new inheritor for the Glory (the center of the Omniversal Spectrum), as his time was coming to an end. The Glory itself was a device to which "all of reality turns". However, it needed a living force to direct it, and the Glory itself is now dying - requiring a new 'host'. Sustaining the Master's essence and learning from him about his hatred of the Doctor, Esterath believed he may have finally found one of the potential inheritors for the Glory and showed the Omniversal Spectrum to the Master.
Some time later, Esterath placed the Master inside the body of a recently deceased man in Brixton, London. The Master soon discovered that due to some of his essence infecting the TARDIS, it allowed him to form a symbiosis with it and thus both control its destination and travel through time and space himself. Deciding to teach the Doctor a lesson with this ability, the Master changed the Doctor's destinations - with one of them been to direct the Doctor to Japan. There, the Doctor and his companion Izzy encountered a samurai called Sato Katsura - who was attempting to avenge his lord (who had been killed by a race of aliens known as the Gaijin) and then commit suicide. The trio managed to break into Castle Rikushira where the Gaijin and Lord Rikushira (Sato's enemy) had forged an alliance. When Rikushira's mother Asami learned about the atomic bombing of Japan in the 20th century, she intended to launch an attack on the West to destroy them first - although the Doctor convinced the Gaijin to stop her.
Sato, meanwhile, successfully killed Lord Rikushira in the chaos, although he was mortally wounded as a result. Using the nano drones that the Gaijin had provided Rikushira, the Doctor was able to save Sato's life. However, the drones had malfunctioned - making Sato both immortal and invincible, and unable to feel pain. Angered as he now felt his honor had been lost, it was only his friendship with Izzy that prevented him from killing the Doctor. Leaving Japan in disgrace as he was unable to kill himself to atone for his lord's death, Sato crossed to the Caribbean and became a pirate - battling with Spanish ships who were returning from the Americas.
However, Sato grew bored of fighting battles he could never lose and soon turned himself over to the Spanish Inquisition. Declaring Sato to be a demon, they sentenced him to death by 'holy torture'. However, due to his inability to feel pain and his invincibility, he simple laughed off the tortures that that he endured. After some time, the Inquisition accepted they couldn't kill him and instead locked him up in a cell in Sargasso for the next 50 years - trying to forget they'd ever seen him.
Birth of DhakanEditThe Master - having seen what had happened to Sato Katsura - became intrigued by him; questioning that if Sato had become immune to pain, would he eventually forget what pain was and, as such become immune to the pain of others?
After letting Sato suffer while locked up in the cell in Sargasso for 50 years, the Master soon approached him while dressed in a priest's outfit and released him. Sato immediately moved to break the Master's neck - only for the Master to produce his Tissue Compression Eliminator (TCE) before shrinking Sato down.
Declaring to Sato that the injustices he had suffered had helped prepare him for a "great and holy task", the Master added for Sato to obey him - after which Sato's honor would be restored. Sato accepted - believing the man's words. Following this, the Master presented him with a fake holy book called the Odostra (which the Master had written in an afternoon). The book itself made the Glory out to be a God and contained threats of fire and damnation but also of salvation. According to the book, everyone was dead and only a memory in the mind of the Glory, with those who were truly faithful and embraced the Glory been reborn while those who refused (the heretics) would simply fade from the Glory's memory. Sato took it all in - becoming a fanatically devoted pupil and believing everything that the Master told him.
Soon, Sato began his own holy crusade to bring the teachings of the Glory to the masses - calling his followers "The Church of the Glorious Dead". Aside from his immortality and invincibility, Sato proved himself a superb orator and a brilliant strategist. The Master described him as been the perfect 'Messiah' and that thousands flocked to his side in the first decade.
Sato's holy crusade engulfed Europe in a war which torched the entire continent. It took Sato less than a century to take control of it before then taking over Asia and Africa. By the 19th Century, Sato had become the undisputed Monarch across the entire planet - with Earth united under one rule, one religion and one purpose. Although Sato had destroyed other places of religious worship. he left the Cathedral of St Paul in London standing as a warning that if he and his followers should fail again in the eyes of the Glory, then they would remain as dead as the heretics. Following his takeover, Earth was renamed Dhakan.
Thanks to Sato not emulating the other religion's distrust of science, Dhakan progressed quickly in its development of technology - developing interstellar travel by the 20th century and meaning Sato could spread his holy doctrine to other worlds. Despite the bloody past Earth/Dhakan had endured from Sato taking over and the religion been recognized as strict, Dhakan never attacked any other worlds. Before Sato began his task of taking his religion to other worlds, the Master returned to give Sato his blessing - naming him 'Cardinal Morningstar'.
To aid Sato, the Master enlisted the help of a group of creatures known as the Ash Wraiths - psionic parasites from the Omniversal Spectrum whom the Master had wrote into the Odostra as been the Glory's Archangels. In order to allow them to appear in this universe, the Master and Sato used Dhakan's advanced technology to create warp-subtraction circuitry devices that were embedded into the chests of the Church's followers. The devices - known to the Dhakanians as 'soul keys' - were powered by the human body's internal combustion and, once activated, would temporarily open up a multidimensional portal. This would allow the Ash Wraiths to appear in the human's place, although the human who activated their key would be killed in the process (been led to believe they were becoming one of the 'archangels' themselves).
Paradost under SiegeEditThe Master, meanwhile, had deliberately taken out the final page of the book - which was the only page to contain anything true. The final page commanded the 'Glory's followers' to make an example of the heretics and prove themselves worthy. However, it also detailed the battle between two inheritors - both alike yet polar opposites - who would battle one another inside the eternal pantheon to become one with the Glory (Sato convinced that the Master would be the one to ascend and aid in Dhakan's rebirth). Deciding the time to be right, the Master hid the final page in the Salius Cluster - where it was discovered by an archaeological expedition from Paradost. Dhakan's scientists would later confirm its authenticity - with Cardinal Morningstar arriving on Paradost to collect it in a special ceremony.
At the same time, the Master promptly changed the destination of the TARDIS again to lead the Doctor, Izzy and their new companion Kroton to Paradost to witness the event. Traveling to the Nexus Archive on the back of expositor Jynx - an alien who resembled a giant flying manta ray - the trio arrived at the Nexus Gallery and watched the arrival of Cardinal Morningstar - whom is presented with the final page of the Odostra, which he later reads as he is the only one who can understand the language that that Master had made up when writing the book. During the reception, the Doctor talks to Cardinal Morningstar, who declares the church's belief that everyone in the universe is actually dead and that everyone is in fact only a memory in the mind of the Glory. He further explains that only those who are faithful to the Glory will be reborn, while the 'heretics' will fade from the Glory's memory.
As the Cardinal sent a quartet of his followers to deal with Kroton - who turned into Ash Wraiths and attacked him - he addressed his people on Dhakan from his ship and declared that the missing last page of the Odostra had finally been recovered. He also stated that he had read the page and that it declared for the Glory's followers to make an example of the heretics - starting with Paradost due to it 'celebrates the heresies of a million different worlds'. Upon the cheers of his people, Morningstar declared that the jihad would begin and that Paradost would burn - with hundreds of Ash Wraiths as well as a Dhakanian War Fleet been sent to initiate the attack; easily defeating the Paradostrian militia while the Master once more stole the Doctor's TARDIS - leaving the Doctor and his friends stranded. With help from Jynx, the Doctor and Kroton managed to hide with Izzy in the 'reading room' as they tried to come up with a plan to stop the Dhakanians as the Ash Wraiths used their powers to put an energy barrier around the planet to prevent an allied fleet from entering.
Following the Doctor's orders, Kroton manages to knock out and capture one of the bishops - with the Doctor analyzing the device on his chest and realizes what it is. He also learns from the bishop what the Ash Wraiths apparently are and manages to come up with a plan to stop them. However, before he could explain the plan, he mysteriously vanished - leaving Izzy, Kroton and Jynx on their own. In the weeks that follow, Kroton and Izzy become fugitives, trying to survive with help from Jynx and moving through hyper-transit tunnels with refugees from all over the planet. Despite the Dhakanians trying to shut the tunnels down, there were thousands to use. Although Izzy and Kroton tried to help as many refugees as possible, they were betrayed and had to fight their way out. Izzy and Jynx both later got angry about it, although Kroton calmed her down after reminding her that death can twist anyone's thinking and to try to forgive those who betrayed them.
With the ships outside unable to get in to help, the Doctor missing and the Paradost Militia slaughtered after only a few days, the Church of the Glorious Dead destroyed entire cities across the planet, performed executions first for the alien ambassadors (for the "crime of unbelief") and then performing mass trials on the Paradostrians. They also burned the memory hives on the planet in rituals - declaring that only the memories of the Glory were real. Remembering what the Doctor said about stopping the Dhakanians been as easy as "walking on water", Izzy comes up with a plan. With the help of Kroton, Izzy and Jynx break into a base where an 'environmental impulse web' is located (which is used to control the weather). After Kroton deals with the Dhakanians outside and inside, Izzy and Jynx convince the scientists inside to brew up a blizzard - in the hopes it will bring down the Ash Wraiths.
Outside, Kroton is brought down temporarily by a trio of Ash Wraiths - but the blizzard started up successfully starts to bring them down. In turn, the barrier the Ash Wraiths put up around Paradost breaks up and finally, the alliance of worlds manage to enter and begin to battle the Dhakanians. In order to prevent the process been reversed, Izzy and the scientists destroy the machinery. Unfortunately, with Kroton down and Jynx not able to fight, Izzy is beaten down by a group of the Church's bishops before Cardinal Morningstar appears to kill Izzy. However, he instead has used a Tissue Compression Eliminator to shrink Izzy down before capturing her. The Dhakans soon begin to lose the fight as they are heavily outnumbered - although the Cardinal declares that their work is done and for their forces to return to Dhakan - with him revealing to Izzy that he is aactually her old friend Sato Katsura as well as explaining how he became Cardinal Morningstar. Before they leave, however, Kroton (with help from Jynx) manages to get aboard the Cardinal's flagship - with Jynx leaving quickly to avoid been caught in the back-blast and wishing Kroton the best of luck. On-board the ship, Kroton quietly declares to himself that he will avenge Izzy's death (unaware that she's still alive).
Battle of the InheritorsEditElsewhere, the Doctor found himself at the center of the Omniversal Spectrum - having been brought there by Esterath. Esterath explains the Glory and the Omniversal Spectrum to the Doctor as well as stating that he must gather two adversaries who are alike yet polar opposites to battle one another in order to become the new 'inheritor'. Due to the time remaining before the Glory stops, Esterath takes the Doctor on Primus (Esterath's world-ship) to meet his adversary - who he states is on Dhakan. Upon arriving and teleporting the Doctor to the planet surface, the Doctor's response to what he sees is that the sky looks like it could catch fire any moment, there is the low sound of a mantra been chanted by numerous followers of the church (who all look the same) and that the air smells like the ovens at Auschwitz.
However, the Doctor soon discovered to his horror - after seeing the St. Paul Cathedral - that Dhakan is actually Earth. At that moment, the TARDIS appears - with the Master revealing himself to the Doctor as well as detailing what happened to him following their battle in San Francisco, how the Master took over the Doctor's TARDIS, how Sato became his servant and helped him transform Earth into Dhakan and the origin of the Ash Wraiths. Esterath met the pair afterwards - declaring their battle to become the inheritor of the Glory would take place in the Omniversal Spectrum and both would have equal powers.Although the Doctor doesn't want to give up his corporeal existence, he accepts that he must stop the Master from becoming the new inheritor and accepts the challenge. Esterath transports them both to the Omniversal Spectrum - giving them equal powers (although the Master has more experience). This soon shows as he quickly overpowers the Doctor and nearly defeats him quickly.
Thanks to his positive attitude and remembering that both he and the Master have equal powers, however, the Doctor manages to fight back. During the battle, the Master constantly hammers at the Doctor's mental and emotional defenses - claiming how both of them left Gallifrey on the same day for the pursuit of power (in one form or another). He also gloats about how when he defeats the Doctor, every square inch of reality will be his to control. The Doctor, however, retaliates that the Master couldn't even organize a decent end of term party during their university days - declaring that he and the Master are nothing alike.
The Doctor continues by declaring he is sick of the Master's twisted vision and callousness as well as having to run around and 'clean up' after the Master's numerous schemes - stating that people matter, regardless of their species (due to the Master referring to humanity and other species as 'lesser races' or 'animals'). The Master, however, counters that he and the Doctor have 'masqueraded' as Gods for centuries - adding that that Glory could solve every question the Doctor ever wanted to know. Declaring his belief that the Doctor wants the become the inheritor of the Glory as much as he does, the Master screams at him to admit it.
The Doctor does admit he wants it, but that means he deserves it no more then the Master. However, the Master uses the opportunity to breach the Doctor's defenses and impale him with his blade - winning the fight and gloating over his victory, as well as inhibiting the Doctor's energy to stop him from regenerating into a new body. Bringing the Doctor with him, the Master begins his return to Dhakan to prepare for his 'impending Godhood'.
Back on Dhakan, Sato prepares his people - telling them that the time of Dhakan's rebirth has finally arrived and soon they will all be alive once more while the heretics in the allied fleet approaching their world will fade from the Glory's memory. However, his speech is interrupted by the appearance of an extremely angry Kroton - who emerges from one of the ships and challenges Sato to a battle. Sato - feeling that the Glory has sent Kroton to battle him as a reward and ready for a memorable battle - agrees to the battle and orders his men not to intervene.
After putting aside some of his belongings (which includes a captive Izzy), Sato began his battle with Kroton - with their battle proceeding to a high but narrow bridge. Both prove to be solid opponents for the other, with Sato's warrior knowledge and both his inability to feel pain or get tired matching with Kroton's superior strength - which is proven as Kroton succeeds in shattering Sato's armour. Although Sato warns Kroton that he doesn't understand what 'fires rage inside him', Kroton declares Sato is wrong as he and Izzy talked a lot about him during the mass killing on Paradost - adding that Izzy actually admired Sato and thought of him as a good friend. Kroton then states "I don't know what twisted you into a man who could murder millions - including a girl who considered you her friend - and I don't really care...Just understand this: when the last blow connects, it'll be for Izzy!"
Despite his attempts to defeat his opponent, however, Kroton's attacks are rendered useless due to Sato's inability to feel pain. Unbeknown to both of them, Izzy had managed to escape from the glass 'test-tube' that Sato had put her inside and also - upon seeing the device Sato used to shrink her - returned to normal size after jumping on the correct switch to reverse the shrinking process. Sato finally gains an advantage over Kroton and tackles Kroton off the narrow bridge - both adversaries plummeting before crashing through the roof of the St. Paul's cathedral. Sato proceeds to badly beat Kroton - rendering the cyberman unable to continue the battle. Admitting that Kroton fought well and that Sato could only wish that Kroton would join him in the 'hour of rebirth' - he states that 'both warriors' know it won't happen.
Before he can kill Kroton, however, Izzy bursts in. Confronting Sato over his actions and that fact she feels he became what he has become due to just not feeling anymore, Izzy declares to him that it's important to feel - even if that feeling is pain. Giving him the Mnemonic crystal she received from Paradost, Sato experiences all the pain that Izzy saw and felt during the three weeks that the Church of the Glorious Dead spent destroying Paradost and slaughtering the many species on the planet - both native and visitors. Upon seeing this and suffering the fact that what the Master taught him was a lie and that everyone is alive proves too much for Sato, who collapses in despair with the realization that he was wrong and that everyone is alive.
Kroton congratulates Izzy, calling her a genius and telling her to thank any God she cares to pick. Izzy then recovers the crystal and holds it out to Kroton - telling him it is his turn to take the crystal now; saying that while some truths stay buried, others don't. Esterath appears and agrees - telling Kroton to do as Izzy says.
Taking the crystal from Izzy, Kroton finally remembers his past life before he was turned into a Cyberman as his memories come flooding back. Among what he now remembers, he sees he had a happy life with his wife Shallia - whom he says had such a gentle laugh - as well as having both a son and a daughter. All of whom were lost when the Cybermen invaded. Although Kroton states it hurts that he can finally see all that he lost, he admits that seeing what he had was very sweet too. He thanks Izzy, who replies with an old Earth saying - "No pain, no gain"
Earth RestoredEditTheir happier moment, however, is interrupted by the arrival of the Master and the dying Doctor. Although Izzy tries to get the Doctor to regenerate into a new form, the Doctor weakly states that the Master has inhibited his energy and thus prevented his regeneration cycle from kicking in. The Glory soon appears, with the Master intending to enter it and become the new inheritor of the device.
However, the Master is shocked when the Glory rejects him. Esterath quickly explains his realization that he was never the gatherer and that the Master and the Doctor weren't the adversaries. Instead, he points out that Izzy was the true gatherer and that the two adversaries were Kroton and Sato - with Kroton been the winner as he has held onto hope while Sato has fallen into despair. The Master - angry and in denial - tries to destroy Kroton, but Esterath removes his power and his existence inside the TARDIS. Esterath instructs Kroton that he must act now for the sake of everything, to which Kroton agrees. Hugging Izzy, he says his goodbyes to her and the Doctor - who again apologizes for shoving the high voltage cable into Kroton's chest during their first meeting. Having said his goodbyes, Kroton enters the Glory. Upon entering, Kroton uses his new powers to restore Earth back to normal, heal the Doctor, banish the Master and give Sato what he always wanted - an honorable death.
Following the events, Esterath bid the Doctor and Izzy farewell - stating his journey had ended but that theirs had barely begun. When Izzy questioned the Doctor about if they would have a 'guardian angel' of sorts looking after them now that Kroton had become the Glory's new inheritor, the Doctor replied that he doubted it as Kroton would have a lot more to deal with then their little adventures. The two then headed off to enjoy the night.
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