As this shadow left my mind, a third
figure entered. This too was one of lies and wisdom. A humanoid in a
world of animals, this was clearly an invading alien menace. He was not
of the world he walked, but he understood it so deeply, and had such
terrible magic, that he was able to control it, reshape it, bend its
inhabitants to his will. This man too took a smug satisfaction in the
wicked deeds he committed, setting himself upon this world's throne of
God. A false God, only able to hold such a powerful glamor upon this
world because of his alien powers. In another world, he would have been
deposed quickly. Here, he stood triumphant over these creatures with
only a slight effort.
The next tyrant was wholly different
from the previous ones. This was a seemingly simple machine, incapable
of movement, unable to communicate beyond extremely basic thoughts. And
yet, I saw lines of men, women, and creatures of all walks of life fall
prey to its temptations. Upon this machine sat a simple button,
emitting a terrible menace. The desire to touch this treasure was
beyond the ability of these poor lifeforms to resist, and on contact
with it, each one died a lonely death. The machine sat coldly and
thoughtlessly as it caused the extinction of its world. Only silence
After what felt like years, I once again caught a glimpse of the crystalline world that the Gray Man had thrown
be from. It had changed; the simple, blinding colors had given way to a
more realistic tone, and its structure had become far more complicated.
The strange, round-headed creature that the Bread-man had killed had
again taken corporeal form, and drooled a sickening paste from its
mouth. Where this paste touched, decay followed. Glistening crystals
became dull, flat surfaces. Living, intelligent creatures were
transformed into whooping beasts. The meaning of this became clear; I
was seeing events that occurred long before I first visited this world.
I was watching as it melted from a healthy, fascinating world into one
made only of sickness. This round-headed monster seemed singularly
unaware of what it was doing as it doomed its own planet to a a broken
I left that world as cold and alone as
when I entered it. I witnessed a new type of horror; one that was not
confined to one world. A creature covered in horrible tentacles darted
from world to world, ripping holes in the fabric of time and space as
he went. He brought doom to each he visited; not the cataclysmic
destruction that some of these monsters had committed themselves to,
but one that struck worlds just deeply enough so that this mischievous
ghoul's face would be known throughout existence. Most only caught
glimpses of his slippery mass; those who looked upon him fell into
piles of gibbering insanity. This one didn't need weapons or words.
Chaos simply followed everywhere he flowed.
Another Great Corrupter slithered out of
the darkness next,
perhaps in pursuit of the tentacled horror. Foul words bled from its
jaw, and all that it grasped became corrupted. A more powerful
incarnation of the round-creature whose toxic drool had corrupted
thecrystalline world, perhaps? Strange shapes fought back against this
seemingly endless serpent, as it slowly ate away at the core of
existence. This creature could pass between the physical, spiritual,
and electrical worlds at will, and used this ability to evade its
hunters. I watched for long years as it evaded capture and continued to
devour worlds. It showed little intelligence, but was nonetheless a
A group of men drifted by on a flying
saucer. Closely observing their faces and behavior, I eventually came
to discover that these were indeed all the same man, though different
circumstances in different realities led him to choose different
lifestyles. One constant remained between them all; the love of
experimentation, often at the cost of the lives of innocents. These
were men of science. Destruction was not their goal; rather, creation.
What once may have been a noble path had led to unspeakable evil. For
the sake of their experiments, these men laid entire worlds barren.
They pursued knowledge, but what good is knowledge at the expense of
entire civilizations? I fear that their ranks may swell as these
strange researchers continue to explore other realities. I fear for
what their knowledge will ultimately birth. I fear the consequences of
their careless disregard for the scientific method.
Decades passed; maybe centuries.
Finally, I had reached the end of it all. There was light, and there
was water. I fell into a great black sea, thicker and far murkier than
the waters of my world. I washed up on the shore of a world without
light. Neither sun nor moon illuminated this strange darkness, and yet
I could see. Perhaps the touch of the Gray Man had given me a sixth
sense. A new reality opened before me, and I stood upon a great beach.
A tower rose endlessly into space on the far horizon. This world was
all worlds, and no worlds. It was the end of time, and the beginning.
Not alive, yet not quite dead, I trudged on across the harsh sand. I
felt the menace of the Gray Man at my back at all times, but never saw
Whatever else he had done to me, that cold shade had imparted me with
an important lesson; that I could no longer sit back and bear witness
to terrible acts. I had seen hundreds of worlds fall to tyrants and
destroyed because no one was brave enough to stand up. No more. I may
not have been a hero in life, but I understood now the hunger for
justice that true heroes feel. Whatever world I'd find myself in when I
reach that tower, one thing was sure; I was a new man. I'll no longer
document the strange events I witness; I will be a part of them. Let
the rest of the world document my actions. This journal and this
recorder have been my closest friends over these years, and now it's
time to say goodbye. I leave them here for whoever may find them. From
now on, let the universe judge me for what I do. End log.
September 2008 - July 2009