The portal closes, and the Cabal is left gaping. Blakeney shouts out, “Noooo!” The all of a sudden Verity Walker walks out from the undergrowth. “There you are! I have been searching for you for ages!” She has been sent by Cochen to ensure their return should the portal close, and has been given a portal compass to locate another portal in that event. It turns out that there are several portals in this unstable world, for some unknown reason.
The group faces several tribulations before they locate the portal ten feet off a huge cliff. As they ponder how to reach it, a pterodactyl attacks from the sky!
Grimm and Blakeney fire at the pterodactyl, as Starfall launches himself from the cliff and into the portal. The wounded raptor drops unconsciously through the portal, and the rest of the group follow.
It is dark and dusty, but in the little light Blackstone sees attacking cavemen! He launches a mighty firestorm as Blakeney, who has realized that they are inside the National History Museum, shouts out for him to stop. The fire launches the sprinklers, and then, out of the shadows, comes a team of highly armed soldiers! Someone shouts, “Terrorists! Fire!” before a rain of bullets flies through the air, severely wounding Blackstone, who launches another unholy firestorm, ripping flesh from the metal bones of HIT-marks! He falls unconscious, and as Starfall and Grimm retaliate, Blakeney runs to Blackstone’s side. He fishes out Blackstone’s Paradox Bomb just as a HIT-mark is about to activate some nefarious device in its arm. Blakeney jams the bomb into the opening arm and kicks the robot in the groin (for good measure). The Paradox Bomb goes off in a multitude of rainbows, and only a pair of smoking legs are left standing. That’s when the agents in charge enter the scene, and incarcerate everyone. The lead agent has a pock-marked face and bright, blue eyes. He examines the fallen Blackstone, and shoots him in the head to Blakeneys screams of protests.
The Cabal and their friends are brought to some sort of high-tech facility and tortured for two days. Then they are unexpectedly saved by one of the Technocrats! He helps them erase the records of their incarceration, and as they are leaving they are confronted by “Blue Eyes” and his second in command, Miss Parker. Blue Eyes is about to shoot the renegade, when Miss Parker shoots him in the head, allowing their getaway.
They leave via two unmarked cars, and regroup at a diner.
Blackstone is dead, but it turns out that they have emerged from the Lost World earlier than when they went in. In this timeline, Blackstone has yet to make his sacrifice. Verity gets in touch with the Chantry with the desperate attempt to get a message to Blackstone so that he is prepared for the firefight. Nothing seems to happen, there appears to be no effect in tampering with Time.
They get to know their saviour, defecting Progenitor Alan Brigham. Brigham explains that he is fed up with the Technocracy’s policies, and has come to realize that what he is performing isn’t super-science – it is actual Magick. He can no longer stand by and allow the hunt for “Reality Deviants”, who have as much a right to this world as anyone.
The diminished Cabal toast Blackstone’s memory and bid farewell to their new ally.
Meanwhile, Blackstone wakes to excruciating pain…