|Air date||10/1/19 (Wiki Time)|
PD 9.5: Star Spirit
PD 10.5: Reboot Revolution
Attai and Mig sat in one of the Cosmic Archive's break rooms, waiting for Professor Paradox to show up. Attai had tried to talk to him earlier but was told that he was busy with something at the moment. As such, there really wasn't much else to do for now.
"So you live here?" Mig raised an eyebrow, examining his shiny white surroundings. "Feels like a lab facility."
"The personnel quarters are more like standard rooms." Attai tsked. "Not like I have anywhere else to go anyway."
"Fair point." Mig nodded.
"Speaking of living spaces, actually, I've been meaning to ask you about...well, you." Attai grunted. "Where exactly did you come from? Seems like you just showed up out of nowhere on Earth-83."
"I'm originally from the same Earth as Terox." Mig sighed. "Long story short, it was destroyed by a being called 'Gamma'."
"Gamma?" Attai questioned.
"Yeah." Mig confirmed. "He was the original source of a reality-warping substance called Gamma energy, which both Terox and I are connected to. I was able to overtake Gamma and get control of his energy, but before I could reconstruct the world, Terox came in and destroyed the stabilizer I was using. After that, I faded away with the Gamma energy. Or, I guess it would have faded away if Terox hadn't grabbed it for himself."
"So how are you here now?" Attai pressed.
"From what I can tell, the energy containing my consciousness got absorbed by the skeleton guy on Earth-83, which let me rebuild myself." Mig shrugged. "I don't entirely get it either, but here I am either way."
"Huh." Attai sniffed. "Well, I know you want Terox dead as much as I do, but what are your plans after that?"
"If I can get control of the Gamma energy Terox stole, I can use it to recreate our world." Mig said. "Hopefully a version without him in it this time."
"Solid idea." Attai nodded. "He's a complete nightmare to deal with."
"You don't know the half of it."
"And what's the deal with that thing?" Attai pointed to the gauntlet on Mig's left arm.
"This is the Gammatrix." Mig replied, holding it up. "It stabilizes my Gamma energy and lets me turn into ten different aliens. Makes for a decent set of brass knuckles, too."
"Well, it's more unique than most Omnitrices I come across, I'll give it that much." Attai grunted.
"Omnitrices?" Mig looked puzzled.
"Yeah, that's what all those 'trix' devices the multiverse has are called." Attai explained. "Different Omnitrices have different functionalities sometimes, but most of them are wrist-mounted devices that turn people into aliens."
"Do you have one?" Mig asked.
"Sort of." Attai summoned the CataloGun, twirling it around in his hand. "Instead of a watch it's...well, a gun, but I think it still counts."
"It looks like the scan guns at my local supermarket." Mig observed with a raised eyebrow.
"Scan guns are still guns." Attai snapped.
"Sure, but you have to admit it looks kind of goofy." Mig shrugged.
"I'll admit it when I'm dead." Attai huffed.
"Given that we're looking for Terox, that might not take too long."
Attai opened his mouth to reply but was interrupted as Professor Paradox entered the room.
"There you are." Attai dispelled the CataloGun and stood up. "What were you doing?"
"I'll get to that in a moment." Paradox said. "To start off with, I have a rather urgent job for you to do."
"Oh no, you don't." Attai folded his arms together. "You can't just skip out on talking to me by sending me off to some new random universe."
"Actually, I have a very specific universe I'd like you to visit this time." Paradox replied. "Earth-1010."
"Why that Earth specifically?" Attai asked.
"There's a foreign entity in it mucking up the timelines, so to speak." Paradox explained. "There's a point where two timelines in Earth-1010 come together temporarily due to the actions of a Chronosapien named Timekiller."
"And you want me to undo that or something?" Attai raised an eyebrow.
"No, no, that part is normal, actually." Paradox replied. "The issue is that a being from outside the timeline has entered into that specific time period and is creating a sort of temporal corrosive effect. If this being isn't either nullified or removed, both timelines will collapse, bringing any further associated timelines down with them. I doubt I need to explain why that would be detrimental, to say the least."
"No, that's pretty straightforward." Mig tsked. "But what exactly can 'corrode timelines' like that?"
"I'm not sure." Paradox's expression grew grim. "That's what worries me."
"Alright, alright, cool, cool." Attai nodded. "But first, there's something I wanted to pick your brain about."
"Yes?" Paradox raised an eyebrow.
"Just a small thing, nothing important really, I just, uh, found out that Millennia helped build the Cosmic Archives and sold the tech off to the Unendlich Reich!" Attai snapped.
"That she did." Paradox nodded. "Why do you bring it up?"
"Why do I-" Attai stammered, flabbergasted. "Why didn't you tell me about this to begin with?!"
"You didn't ask about it." Paradox shrugged.
"SOME INFORMATION SHOULD BE DISCLOSED WITHOUT NEEDING TO ASK FIRST!" Attai yelled, tossing his arms into the air.
"A fair point, but you don't need to get so worked up about it." Paradox replied. "Still, if that's how you feel on the matter, then it's worth noting that there's more to it."
"Like what?" Attai rubbed his temples in frustration.
"To begin with, the Archives were actually proposed by Millennia in the first place." Paradox explained. "She wanted a backup system for universes that contained portions of her net worth."
"Sounds about right." Attai grumbled, folding his arms together. "But if the Unendlich Reich wasn't destroying universes until after the Archives were up and running, what had her worried about that in the first place?"
"The other Chronians, of course." Paradox said. "They were planning a mass invasion of various universes at one point, and all things considered, they may have pulled it off if given the chance. That's why I agreed to help with the Archives, at any rate."
"But the Chronians are trapped outside of time, aren't they?" Attai raised an eyebrow. "How would they be a threat?"
"Currently they are, but they weren't always trapped outside of time." Paradox pointed out. "After the Chronians trapped themselves in non-temporal space, Millennia switched focus from the Archives to tracking down any remaining or returning Chronians and stopping them from creating a gateway for the rest of the species. Eon was taken care of by Ben Tennyson, of course, but he wasn't the only one to escape their self-made prison."
"Is that what she needed the Cross-Timer for?" Attai asked.
"You know about that already?" Paradox looked puzzled.
"She used it in the last universe I visited." Attai explained. "It deals a lot of damage from what I've seen, so I just assume that it's what she used to fight the other Chronians."
"Attai, you seem to misunderstand what the Cross-Timer does." Paradox shook his head. "It isn't a standard weapon, at least not as far as the core goes."
"Then what is it?" Mig asked skeptically.
"It's an eraser." Paradox stated. "Whatever it hits is removed from existence. Permanently."
"That doesn't sound right." Attai scowled. "When she hit the Anti-Life Entity with it, it was able to regenerate."
"Not exactly." Mig pointed out. "The Entity said it remade its original body during the attack. After that, it never went back to the newer one that you and Millennia destroyed."
"Come to think of it..." Attai muttered.
"You ever wonder why I'm the only Chronian left?" Millennia said. "Why it is that only one of them ever managed to get back after their planet was lost?"
"What are you trying to get at?" Attai demanded.
"I'm not proud of what I did." Millennia continued, sounding thoroughly defeated. "But if I hadn't done it...I wouldn't be alive here regretting it."
"I was able to recreate my original body at the last second." The Entity hissed. "But how were you able to destroy the new one?!"
"I've gotten pretty experienced with killing supposedly immortal beings." Millennia remarked.
"...Yeah, that explains a lot." Attai tsked. "Not like you're always gonna have the Hands of Armageddon on hand."
"The what?" Mig asked.
"Some old multidimensional artifact Tennyson wrecked." Attai replied. "He killed the original Eon by throwing him into it."
"Not to generalize, but Chronians sound like a royal pain to deal with." Mig stated.
"Well, we all have our faults." Paradox said. "Regardless, it would be most beneficial if you could resolve the situation on Earth-1010 as soon as possible. All things considered, you may even encounter Terox."
"Oh, please." Attai scoffed. "What are the chances of that happening?"
"Terox has a supernatural habit of popping in at just the right time to ruin things for me." Mig noted wryly. "I think it would be weirder if he didn't show up."
"Fair enough, I guess." Attai grumbled. "One more question before I head out, though."
"Yes?" Paradox said.
"You don't have any questions at all about this random teenager I brought into the Archives?" Attai pointed at Mig.
"Not particularly." Paradox shrugged nonchalantly. "I trust you know what you're doing."
Attai phased into existence in the streets of Bellwood, dusting his hands off as he emerged. He looked up at the sky to confirm the time he had arrived, noting that it was roughly midday.
"Eh, good enough." Attai shrugged. "Alright Mig, we need to-"
Attai paused as he realized he was alone. He looked around for a second and found that Mig was indeed nowhere to be seen.
"Scheiße, did I drop him in the timestream somewhere?" Attai muttered. "...Wait, how would that even work?"
As he stood pondering this, he noticed a group of people walking down the sidewalk across from him. Kevin, Gwen, Max, Rook, and Fistina, along with a female Pyronite he didn't recognize from any other universe. Grumbling to himself about the situation, Attai jogged across the road to them and motioned for them to stop.
"Hey, you people." Attai said. "Any of you seen an edgy teenager with an obsessive preference for orange and black clothing anywhere around here?"
"Who wants to know?" Kevin folded his arms suspiciously.
"Don't be rude, Kevin, it's just someone asking for help." Gwen chided.
"Oh yeah? What kind of normal person wears an outfit like that?" Kevin pointed out, gesturing at Attai's Multitransference Suit.
"l'd take exception to that, but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't ask the exact same thing in this situation." Attai tsked. "The name's Attai Zehn. Paradox sent me here to do a job, but-"
"You know Professor Paradox?" Gwen interjected.
"Yeah, I'm a Timewalker." Attai huffed, annoyed at being interrupted. "Well, kind of one, anyway. Point is-"
"Woah, what's a Timewalker?!" The Pyronite exclaimed excitedly, giving Attai a wide, inquisitive stare. "Do you travel through time or something? That sounds so cool!"
"Uh...yeah." Attai replied, caught off-guard by this. "Who are you?"
"I'm Sella!" The Pyronite replied. "Nice to meet you!"
"...Right." Attai said. "Back on topic, have any of you seen who I'm talking about?"
"Can't say we have." Max spoke up. "More importantly, why are you here? If Paradox really did send you, I have to assume there's something serious going on."
"Yeah, that's one way to put it."
"Well, whatever it is, it's gonna have to wait." Kevin said. "We're trying to find Ben at the moment. Sella says she saw him, so-"
"Yeah, he's right over there!" Sella interrupted, pointing towards the building they were standing in front of.
The rest of the group turned to find themselves standing next to an arcade. Sella walked over to a kid playing a Sumo Slammers arcade cabinet and gestured to him.
"...Sella, that is a child." Rook stated flatly.
"No, no, look!"
Sella pointed the kid's left wrist, where what appeared to be the Omnitrix was wrapped firmly around his arm.
"See?" Sella said. "Ben!"
"Huh?" The kid looked up from the arcade cabinet to see who was talking to him, only to recoil in shock for a moment as he saw Sella. "Wah! Heatblast?!"
Sella smiled at him as he turned around to see the rest of the group.
"Woah, Grandpa?" Ben said, noticing Max. "Gwen? You guys got old!"
"You got young." Gwen replied. "What's with the shirt?"
Ben looked down at his shirt, a mostly green article of clothing with a black segment across the top that had the number '10' on its left side.
"What are you talking about?" Ben looked back at Gwen, confused. "This is my normal shirt. I wear it all the time!"
"I'm going to hazard a guess and say this isn't your Ben." Attai said, mildly exasperated by this interaction. "Judging from everyone here, I'd say your Ben is supposed to be a teenager right now."
Attai jabbed his thumb at Fistina.
"No idea what she's doing here, though."
"Well, that's a bit rude." Fistina protested.
"Another alternate Ben, huh?" Kevin said. "I thought we were done with that."
"Uh, who are you?" The young Ben asked. "And who are the aliens?"
"This is Sella, and this is Fistina." Rook gestured to each of them as he said their names. "My name is Magister Rook Blon-"
"Just call him Rook, for short." Gwen interrupted. "Tall, dark, and edgy over here is Kevin."
"Kevin?!" Ben's face curled into an exaggerated grimace. "Like my school bully Kevin?!"
"We never went to school together, Tennyson." Kevin said. "Not in this universe, anyway."
"Not in this universe?" Ben repeated. "What does that mean?"
"I think we should take this somewhere else." Max interjected, pointing out a small crowd that was starting to form around the odd group. "It's getting a bit crowded."
"Okay, but before we do..." Ben pulled up the Omnitrix and began fiddling with it. "Do any of you know how to work this thing? It's totally different from mine!"
Ben's fiddling eventually resulted in the Omnitrix's core rising up.
"Ben, wait-" Gwen started.
Ben slammed down on the Omnitrix, transforming into Spidermonkey in a green flash. He started looking over his body, thoroughly confused by his new form.
"Who the heck is this guy?"
"Hey, look!" Someone in the distance shouted. "It's Ben 10!"
"Yeah, we should definitely go." Kevin said.
Mig groaned and pulled himself to his feet, taking note of his surroundings. He found himself in the middle of a large parking lot at the edge of a forest. The lot was completely empty save for the presence of a blue and white RV parked near one of the corners.
"I know he said he was inexperienced, but I didn't think he'd be this bad at teleporting people..." Mig grumbled, dusting himself off. "Where is this, anyway?"
Mig's pondering of his location was cut short by the sound of a young girl screaming from the nearby RV, shortly followed by a loud thud. He wasted no time in running over to the vehicle and throwing open the door, stepping in to find a young version of Gwen standing in the back of the RV, staring wide-eyed at a teenage version of Ben who had evidently just fallen onto the floor.
"C'mon, Gwen, I was sleeping." Ben complained, pushing himself off the ground. "Why are you screa-"
Ben paused as he noticed Gwen's smaller stature.
"Scratch that, why are you so young?" Ben asked, then turned to look at Mig. "And who's this guy?"
"Oh, sorry, I just heard someone screaming and came to see what was going on." Mig rubbed the back of his neck. "Uh...what is going on?"
"Ben?" Gwen asked apprehensively.
"Well, duh." Ben huffed. "Who else has the Omnitrix on their..."
Ben trailed off as he looked at his left wrist, finding himself wearing the prototype Omnitrix he had found as a ten-year-old.
"Looks like the watch got aged down too." Ben looked at his surroundings. "Where am I?"
"You're in the Rustbucket." Gwen replied. "Are you another future Ben?"
"This doesn't look like the Rustbucket." Ben said. "And what do you mean 'another future Ben'?"
The door to the Rustbucket burst open again, smacking Mig in the face as Grandpa Max hurtled into the RV.
"I heard screaming, what's going on?!" Max paused as he saw Ben. "Hold on, another future Ben?"
"Okay, again with that, what?" Ben snapped.
Mig slammed the door to the Rustbucket closed, stepping out from behind it with a healthy bruise on his forehead.
"I just got here, but even I'm pretty sure they're asking if you're from the future." Mig cut in, thoroughly annoyed by all this. "Is that really a hard question?"
"Hang on a second, who are you?" Grandpa Max asked.
"Mig." Mig responded. "Miguel Rivers. Does anyone know what's going on here?"
"Not really." Ben grumbled. "Gwen and Grandpa are younger, but they don't look the same as they did when I was younger, so I don't think I time-traveled. Heck, the Rustbucket is completely different from how I remember it, so I really have no idea what this is."
"Maybe you hopped timelines." Mig suggested.
"I guess that would explain a few things, but..." Ben paused. "Wait, how would you know that?"
"I don't, but it seems probable." Mig shrugged. "I'm not from this timeline myself, so..."
"Hang on; if you're a Ben from a different timeline, then what happened to our Ben?" Max interjected.
"All things considered, he probably took my place in the Prime timeline." Ben replied.
"So how do we get him back?" Gwen asked.
"Well, if I have to work with the old Omnitrix, it's not going to be easy." Ben smacked his own head. "Gah! What would Paradox do?"
"Wait, you know Paradox?" Mig said.
"You know Paradox?!" Ben replied incredulously.
"Who?" Gwen asked.
"You know what, nevermind." Ben shook his head out. "Gotta focus. I think a good starting point is to get to Bellwood; try to close the space gap between my me and your me."
"And from there?" Max pressed.
"Not sure." Ben pointed at Mig. "You're coming with. I want to pick your brain on a few things."
Attai, the young Ben, and the rest of the group were crammed onto the hidden elevator in Max's Plumbing that took them down towards the Plumber base. Everyone wearing flammables did their best to stand a bit away from Sella, who was cheerily humming to herself during the descent.
"Is the elevator usually this slow?" Attai grumbled.
"Quit complaining." Kevin said. "You aren't even supposed to be on the elevator. How'd you get in?"
"I can go anywhere I damn well please." Attai rolled his eyes. "Timewalking, remember?"
"Then why take the elevator in the first place?" Gwen asked.
"Because I don't know how far down we're going and I'd rather not telefrag into the ground."
Attai blinked and suddenly found himself in a different room. The large, circular open space of the base's main room stretched in front of him as he saw Rook and several other Plumber officers cleaning up what appeared to be some sort of purple sludge. Sella and Fistina were talking to each other across the room, with Sella trying to brush off some of the same sludge that had ended up on her.
"Actually, he's not our Ben." Max's voice came from behind Attai, prompting him to turn around. He spotted Gwen, Kevin, Ben, and Max talking to Azmuth, who had seemingly appeared out of nowhere.
"Oh?" Azmuth raised an eyebrow.
"Wait a minute, what just happened?!" Attai demanded. "We were just on the elevator!"
"What are you talking about?" Kevin asked. "Some Lenopans just busted into the base, remember?"
Kevin jabbed a thumb at the purple sludge being cleaned up.
"Wha- no, I don't remember, it didn't happen!" Attai snapped. "What do you think you're trying to pull?!"
"And who is this?" Azmuth gestured at Attai.
"His name is Attai Zehn." Max answered. "He says Paradox sent him here to deal with something."
"Paradox, hm?" Azmuth stroked his chin. "So are you a Timewalker as well?"
"Mostly." Attai folded his arms.
"Then it would be unusual for you to forget something like that." Azmuth noted. "What, exactly, did Paradox send you here to do?"
"He said this Earth's timelines are being 'corroded' somehow." Attai explained. "He wasn't very specific, but-"
"This sudden memory gap of yours may have something to do with it." Azmuth finished the sentence for him. "Typical. And what do you know about our Ben Tennyson situation here?"
"From what I can tell, the kid Ben is from a different timeline." Attai said. "His memories don't match this world, and his temporal signature is out of place."
"Temporal what-a-ture?" Ben asked, confused.
"A temporal signature is a unique time-relevant frequency everything has." Azmuth replied. "Those with time-related abilities can sense these frequencies, albeit to varying degrees of usefulness."
"Still don't really get it, but okay." Ben shrugged.
"I'm not very good at honing in on individual signatures, but I can tell when two don't match." Attai continued. "So I'm fairly certain about my conclusions here."
"Seriously?" Kevin raised an eyebrow. "How does that work?"
"It's kind of like tuning a guitar when you don't know the tightness of the strings." Attai said. "You start off not knowing which way to tune it, but you can tell right off the bat when two notes aren't lining up."
"That only raised even more questions."
The Rustbucket barreled down the highway, with Max doing his best to skirt the edges of road safety laws. Ben and Mig were sat across from Gwen at the RV's table. Ben was fidgeting with the Omnitrix, moving the dial around in various combinations.
"Uh...what are you doing?" Mig asked.
"Trying to unlock Master Control." Ben replied, still focused on the Omnitrix. "I'm just hoping this version of the Omnitrix still has Clockwork or something in it."
"I don't know if you should be doing that." Gwen said. "Last time our Ben tried messing around with the watch, it got really messed up."
"I guess that much is consistent across dimensions." Ben huffed, putting down the Omnitrix for the moment. "I'll keep trying later. Right now, I have some questions for you." He pointed at Mig.
"Can't promise I have answers, but I'll give it a shot." Mig shrugged nonchalantly.
"Earlier you said you aren't from this timeline either." Ben said. "What timeline are you from?"
"One that doesn't exist anymore, I can tell you that much." Mig replied. "Not sure what I'd call it."
"What, seriously?" Ben groaned.
"Well excuse me, but I've been kind of out of my depth lately." Mig snapped. "I didn't even know other entire universes with their own sets of timelines existed until recently, so forgive me if I haven't had time to learn the terminology."
"If you didn't know they existed, how did you end up in one?!" Ben demanded.
"It's not like I ended up here on purpose!" Mig retorted.
Ben's response was cut off as the Rustbucket suddenly came to a screeching halt, throwing him and Mig against the edge of the table. Before they could recover, a large metallic hand smashed through the window next to them and grabbed them both by their collars, throwing them out onto the side of the road. They hit the ground rolling, only stopping when their bodies hit trees near the edge of the highway leading into a larger forest.
"Gah..." Ben groaned, slowly getting to his feet. "What on Earth-"
"I am beyond done with all this!" A new voice sounded from next to the Rustbucket.
Ben and Mig looked up to find their assailant; a dark-blue Chronosapien standing atop the Rustbucket. A dark cape hung from its body, covering up his left arm and part of his torso. The key on top of the Chronosapien's head was spinning slowly, indicating the use of its powers. Behind him, the traffic on the highway had stopped moving completely, indicating that time had stopped.
"I make a fancy new Time Breaker with a fancy new ability and decide 'hm, yes let's try this again I could probably make it work this time' when suddenly NO, someone completely uninvited has to show up right alongside you and RUIN the advantage of knowing what's going to happen ahead of time!" The Chronosapien ranted. "This is ridiculous!"
"What the hell are you talking about?" Mig demanded.
"Who are you?" Ben asked.
"The name's Timekiller." The Chronosapien growled. "Normally I would use a much showier introduction, but stalling with random crap is what undermined this whole plan the first times!"
"With a name like that, I'm guessing you're not one of the good guys." Ben crossed his arms.
"What do you think?!" Timekiller snapped. "Do you know how many times I've had to hear you say that line?!"
"We've never met before." Ben pointed out.
"No, you've never met me, but I've certainly met you." Timekiller corrected.
"That's vague." Mig scoffed.
"Yeah, I don't know what you're trying to get across here." Ben shrugged.
"Probably something to do with time travel since his name is Timekiller." Mig said.
"Sure, but isn't that kind of obvious?" Ben replied.
"Some names are pretty much exactly what they say on the tin." Mig tsked.
"But he's named Timekiller." Ben said. "What is that part supposed to mean? Is it a metaphor for something, or does he literally kill time?"
"Depends on if you're talking about killing time like slacking off or killing time like..." Mig paused. "Yeah, actually, I don't know how you could literally 'kill time'."
"See, that's what I'm saying!"
"Alright, alright, everyone just shut up for a second!" Timekiller yelled.
The area went quiet as Timekiller heaved a deep sigh.
"Let's just go over what's been established so far." Timekiller said. "Tennyson, I swapped you with your counterpart from the Delta timeline-"
"Wait, you did this?" Ben said.
"Shut it!" Timekiller snapped. "That went down without a hitch. Then, for some reason, this interloper showed up."
Timekiller pointed accusatorily at Mig, whose brow furrowed into a firm glare.
"I don't know what you're doing here, so unless you'd like to offer some particularly fantastic explanation, I'm just going to throw you out into some other dimension." Timekiller stated.
"I'm not sure what's going on here myself." Mig huffed. "Some guy named Professor Paradox wanted this Earth checked out because 'its timelines are being corroded', whatever that's supposed to mean."
"Corroded?" Timekiller grimaced. "What...oh. OH."
Timekiller began laughing.
"What's so funny?" Ben demanded.
"Oh, nothing, nothing, just that I think I understand what's going on." Timekiller replied. "Figures Paradox would be behind this. See, that 'corroding' he's talking about is just the effect of my new Time Breaker, 'Temporal Blink'. Things aren't going exactly as intended, but I'm doing my best to work with it."
"What's a Time Breaker?" Ben looked confused.
"Oh, right, this version of you hasn't met one yet." Time Breaker tsked. "Would you like to?"
"Considering the name, probably not." Mig grunted.
The key on Timekiller's head began turning faster, unfreezing time around them. The Rustbucket screeched to a halt a few meters away from where it had been stuck as Max applied as much pressure as he could to the brakes.
In a blue flash, two shambling figures appeared next to Timewalker, one appearing to be a version of Vilgax and the other being a version of Bivalvan. Both parties had warped appearances, with purple metallic armor having evidently been fused onto their bodies.
"These are Time Breakers, oh dear Tennyson." Timekiller chuckled. "Formerly individual people, now loyal servants completely under my control, regardless of who they were before."
"Bivalvan..." Ben's fists clenched as he recognized the Andromeda alien. "You won't get away with this!"
"You're quite literally looking at evidence that I already have." Timekiller snorted. "Do you plan on bringing me to justice by yelling stock quotes at me until my brain melts out?"
"What's this all about, anyway?" Ben demanded. "Why are you doing this?"
"To kill you, of course." Timekiller stated as if it should have been obvious. "Just like in the old days."
"I've never met you before."
"These are the old days." Timekiller replied.
"Ben, what's going on out there?!" Gwen yelled through the Rustbucket's broken window.
"You and grandpa take shelter in the Rustbucket!" Ben replied. "It's not safe out here!"
Time Breaker Vilgax was the first to make a move, jumping off the roof of the Rustbucket and landing directly in front of Ben, preparing to strike. Ben quickly pulled up the Omnitrix and transformed into Diamondhead, crossing his arms in front of him to block the attack. Vilgax's punch connected, sending Diamondhead flying backward into the forest.
"As for you..." Timekiller pointed at Mig as Time Killer Bivalvan jumped to the ground. "I don't really have any obligation to kill you, but I also don't feel obligated not to kill you. Give me something to sway me either way so we can move on, would you?"
"I don't entirely get what's going on, but I'm sort of biased against snarky serial killers for personal reasons." Mig said, reaching for the Gammatrix. "I think I'm going to break you down for parts."
"Oh, is that so?" Timekiller laughed, snapping his fingers to sic Time Breaker Bivalvan on Mig. "Try me."
Back in the Prime timeline, Attai and the others were still discussing what to do.
"So if you can tell when two frequencies don't match up, can you tell when they do?" Gwen asked Attai.
"More or less." Attai shrugged. "Thing is, I usually use a Chrono-Navigator to get around. I haven't really practiced this."
"Meaning you can't guarantee you'll get him back to the right timeline." Kevin said.
"I mean, I probably could eventually." Attai said. "Even if we end up in a slightly different timeline, I should still be able to tell that he doesn't belong in it. From there it's just a process of elimination."
"I don't know about this." Gwen said. "Didn't you lose the guy you were traveling with on your way to this timeline?"
"I haven't had much practice teleporting people around either, to be honest, but-" Attai paused and smacked his own forehead. "Oh, duh! The bike!"
Attai pressed a button on the side of his belt, summoning the DecaCycle next to him.
"I didn't really think about it at the time, but I was able to get Tennyson around without a hitch on this thing back on Earth 1116-A." Attai stated, patting the motorcycle. "If we use this, there shouldn't be a problem."
"Still seems like a risk." Gwen said. "Aren't there any better options?"
"As a matter of fact, there are!" An obnoxious voice sounded from near the elevator.
The group turned to find two Galvan sitting on top of a bronze-coated cyndrilical machine being pushed by a large, purple Plumber. After getting the device over to them, the Plumber dusted their hands off and left.
"Woah, more Grey Ma-" Ben caught himself. "Uh, Galvans!"
"Blukic and Driba" Azmuth grumbled. "Just what we needed right now..."
"Hello again, First Thinker!" Blukic jumped down from the device, shortly followed by Driba. "We heard someone needed a cross-dimensional jumper thing, and we have just the...well, thing!"
"Interesting." Azmuth said, somewhat intrigued. "This might actually be a better option."
"And we made it ourselves!" Driba declared.
Azmuth went silent for a moment.
"Take the bike." Azmuth instructed Attai, jabbing a thumb at the DecaCycle.
"Oh, don't be like that!" Blukic said. "We have a timeline hopper, and you just so happen to need to hop timelines. What better kind of opportunity could you ask for?"
"I really don't think we need your machine for this." Attai interjected. "I'm a Timewalker. I can just drop the kid off in the timeline that matches his frequency and get your Ben back while I'm there. Why take the long way around?"
"For science!" Blukic stated.
"For street cred!" Driba followed up.
"You know, you'd probably have more 'street cred' if you stopped sticking your noses into everything." Gwen folded her arms impatiently.
"I see." Blukic nodded. "That makes sense!"
"Does not." Driba retorted.
"Hey look, a distraction!" Attai interjected, pointing across the room.
As everyone turned to look at where Attai was pointing, he quickly scooped up the bickering Galvan and dumped them into the nearest garbage bin. Azmuth was the first one to turn around and find that the two were missing.
"Where did those two bumblers go?" He asked.
"They left." Attai stated flatly.
"Noted." Azmuth said with a flat look. "At any rate, you should probably get going. The sooner we have this whole mess sorted out, the better."
"Agreed." Attai sat on the DecaCycle. "Hop on, kid."
"This is gonna be so cool!" Ben said, jumping onto the back of the motorcycle. "Getting to ride a time-traveling motorcycle?! That's so awesome!"
"You know, in this timeline, you had your own time-traveling motorcycle." Kevin noted.
Ben's question was cut off as Attai revved up the DecaCycle's engine and tore off in a green flash, disappearing from the timeline. Azmuth sighed and began walking away, heading towards Max and Rook.
"I swear, it's always one thing or another with you Tennysons." Azmuth grunted. "Can't you keep yourselves out of trouble for one day?"
Azmuth kept walking but paused upon getting no response. He turned around to find an all-consuming black void about to devour him.
"Ah." Azmuth tsked. "So that's what Paradox was talking about."
Mig dodged a blast of water from Time Breaker Bivalvan and pulled up the Gammatrix, transforming into a frost-covered humanoid alien with orange-colored ice crystals armoring various parts of his body. Time Breaker Bivalvan shot another stream of water from his palms, but the liquid simply froze upon hitting his armor, giving him another layer of ice.
"Oh, figures the random person I accidentally pulled in has an Omnitrix of his own." Timekiller grumbled. "That's just great."
"What do you mean, 'accidentally pulled in'?" Mig asked, ignoring Time Breaker Bivalvan's continued barrage.
"As I said, I was trying to swap the Ben's places, but then you suddenly showed up right outside the Prime timeline when I was doing it and got caught in the switch." Timekiller explained. "Don't know what you were doing there."
"Huh, I guess Attai didn't drop me." Mig muttered to himself. "By the way, is there a reason your Time Breaker is still trying to hit me with water even though it isn't doing anything to me?"
"Take a wild guess."
Mig's brow furrowed in annoyance and he tried to take a step forward, only to find himself immobilized. The layers of water turning to ice had built up around his body, trapping him in his own armor.
"Alright, this could be a problem." Mig grunted.
A loud crash sounded from the forest as Diamondhead was suddenly launched towards Mig, crashing through a few trees before smashing into the ice with a loud crack. One of Diamondhead's back spikes was driven into Mig's back, sending him crashing forward and reverting to his human form in an orange flash.
"Either this Diamondhead is weaker than mine or this Vilgax is way tougher, because either way, I'm getting my butt kicked here." Diamondhead groaned.
"That Time Breaker armor isn't just for show." Timekiller sneered. "It would take one hell of a blow to crack through it."
"Good to know, but not exactly great news for me." Diamondhead turned around and found Mig lying on the ground behind him. "Hey, you okay, man?"
"I'd be a lot better if you hadn't just smashed into me, but yeah, thanks." Mig grumbled, dusting ice powder off his jacket.
"Wait, that pile of ice was you?" Diamondhead scratched his head. "I was wondering where it came from, but..."
"I've got my own aliens." Mig smacked the Gammatrix. "What do you think this thing is?"
"Oh yeah, guess I never thought about that." Diamondhead nodded. "But hey, that's good news! Two Omnitrixes versus two Time Breakers! That should even things out!"
As soon as he was done speaking, the Omnitrix symbol on Diamondhead's chest began blinking red before suddenly timing out, reverting him to human.
"...I forgot the old one did that." Ben smacked his forehead.
Time Breaker Bivalvan and Time Breaker Vilgax began moving on on Ben and Mig, who moved to stand back-to-back and face the oncoming drones.
"Finally!" Timekiller laughed. "I really did it this time! No sudden ringing sounds! No last-second distractions! This really will be the Death of Ben 10!"
"Again?" Ben groaned.
Right as the Time Breakers were about to make their moves, there was a green flash as Attai and the Ben from the Delta timeline rode into said timeline on the DecaCycle.
Attai threw a Ridejacker card into the DecaCycle's slot, giving the machine a black shell finish and generating tendril-like wires from the engine that grabbed the Time Breakers and threw them a good few yards away. Attai stopped the motorcycle by drifting to the side with one leg planted firmly into the ground.
"Alright, I can see why you're not supposed to do that." Attai groaned, rubbing his ankle as he dismounted the bike. "Not good for your legs."
"Oh yeah, that was awesome!" Ben Delta jumped down from his seat, allowing the DecaCycle to dissipate. "Let's do it again!"
"...Two Bens." Timekiller seethed as he cradled his face in his hands. "Two Bens. I did everything right this time, and I still ended up with two Bens. If there is such a thing as a God, it clearly has some sort of vendetta against me."
"Oh please, if you think dealing with two Bens is bad-" Attai paused. "Well, you're right, it is, but I've had to deal with like...eight now recently if we're including these two."
"And who the hell are you?!" Timekiller screamed.
"The name is Attai Zehn." Attai tsked. "I'm here to do my job."
"That is an incredibly vague statement!"
"I know." Attai smirked. "Why do you think I use it?"
"Attai!" Mig yelled.
Attai turned to look at Mig, who was running over to him with Ben Prime in tow.
"Oh, there you are." Attai said. "How'd you end up here?"
"Turns out I got caught in this guy's Ben swap when we were entering the Prime timeline." Mig explained.
"Yes!" Attai pumped his fist in the air. "I knew I didn't screw it up!"
"Didn't we take the motorcycle here because you thought you screwed it up?" Ben Delta pointed out.
"Halt die Klappe."
"So you're the version of me from this timeline, huh?" Ben Prime said, looking over his younger counterpart.
"Sure am!" Ben Delta gave a thumbs up. "Geez, you're tall."
"Well, you will be too, you know." Ben Prime laughed.
"Enough of this!" Timekiller snapped. "I've still got a couple more tricks up my sleeve!"
Timekiller's key began turning again, and within a few seconds, another Time Breaker had appeared at his side.
"Meet the Time Breaker that made this run possible!" Timekiller announced, gesturing to the spiked figure beside him. "Temporal Blink!"
"...That figures." Mig groaned.
"You gotta be kidding me." Attai muttered.
"Who is that guy?" Ben Delta asked.
Terox stepped forward, his body covered with merged-in Time Breaker armor.
"Well, hello again, Mig!" Terox laughed, sneering down at the four of them. "Did you miss me?"
"Alright, what did you do?" Mig demanded.
"Me?" Terox pointed at himself with feigned ignorance. "Whatever do you mean? Timekiller is the one who makes Time Breakers."
"Sure, but you're...well, you." Mig grunted. "I kind of doubt Timekiller could force you onto an operating table."
"Aye, there's the rub." Terox hung his head before suddenly laughing again. "Yeah, I made him do it. Super easy to push people around when you're stronger than them."
"Why isn't the Time Breaker tech giving you control of him?" Mig asked Timekiller.
"Well, I can control his body if I need to, but his mind is..." Timekiller shrugged. "A bit odd."
"Yeah, sure you can, tin boy." Terox snorted, jumping to the ground. "I'm an energy being. My mind ain't centralized to my body."
"So what's your Time Breaker ability do?" Ben Prime asked. "Make you talk too much?"
"Hilarious, but no." Terox tsked, waving an index finger in the air. "'Temporal Blink' allows me to erase chunks of time without anyone noticing."
"If your power is what made time skip back in the Prime timeline, I can tell you that I definitely noticed it." Attai said.
"Well, you're a Timewalker, of course you wouldn't be effected." Terox rolled his eyes. "To everyone else, it appears as if time has flowed completely naturally even though part of it had been cut out."
"So it's an ability that erases time but doesn't change the outcome of the erased events or the memories of the people that experienced it?" Attai asked. "What's the point of that?"
"Well, let's talk about timelines using the tree analogy for a moment, shall we?" Timekiller interjected. "The beginning of time is the root, the timelines are branches, so on and so forth. Tell me, what would happen if you cut out a chunk of a branch at its middle?"
"Wouldn't the end of the branch fall off?" Ben Delta scratched his head.
"Precisely!" Timekiller said. "Since the rest of the branch is no longer connected to the tree, it begins to fall. Likewise, if a timeline is cut off from its 'tree'..."
"It stops being part of time." Ben Prime answered solemnly.
"Okay, but that's still pretty pointless." Attai interjected. "You can't keep time from flowing forever. The 'branch' is eventually going to 'regrow'."
"I'm aware of that." Timekiller said. "But I can change how it grows."
"Uh...what?" Ben Delta tilted his head to the side.
"You ever seen those square watermelons humans grow?" Timekiller continued. "It's messed up. I guess I can understand the novelty, but like, do they really need to do that? Is it really necessary to create such godless abominations? What is the purpose? Humans scare me, they really do."
"Kind of ironic coming from the guy who turns people into Time Breakers." Mig remarked dryly.
"Time Breakers are highly practical works of art, not idiotic deformities forced onto something for the sake of aesthetics!" Timekiller snapped. "Alright, look, the point is, I can shape how events unfold after erasing the original versions of them. It's like a hard override of time, so to speak. Terox's energy form makes his ability a bit unstable, so it goes off every now and then without any real aim, but I haven't found it to be much of a problem."
"Yeah, whatever he said." Terox leaned lazily against the Rustbucket. "I just got it to fight Ubermensch with, though."
"To fight Ubermensch?" Attai narrowed his eyes. "Aren't you working for him?"
"Firstly, I don't work for anyone, I grace them with my presence!" Terox hissed. "Secondly, I don't know if you noticed, but he nabbed that Anti-Life whatever's powers when you weren't looking back on Earth-83. I still massively outrank him in raw power and sheer sex appeal, but I can't deal with that kind of bullcrap ability set."
"He what?" Attai's eyes widened as his blood ran cold.
"Anyways, I'm gonna head out." Terox yawned. "Kill ya later, fellas!"
Terox moved to walk away, but his body suddenly froze in its tracks.
"What the-" Terox sent his thoughts into the air directly, unable to move his mouth. "What is this?!"
"I just said I have control over your body." Timekiller huffed. "I swear, nobody listens to me these days."
"Dammit, I thought that was just a bluff!" Terox growled. "Are you serious?!"
The other Time Breakers, which had been hanging back until now, started moving in towards the group.
"You thought it was a bluff?!" Mig snapped. "Are you kidding me?!"
"Screw off, Mig!" Terox yelled.
"We've got bigger problems right now than Terox being too cocky for his own good." Attai pointed out the approaching Time Breakers. "We need to figure out how to deal with the Time Breakers."
"I fought one before." Ben Delta piped up. "We just gotta beat 'em up until the armor breaks!"
"The armor?" Mig asked.
"Yeah, that's how he's controlling them." Ben Delta paused. "I think."
"Hey, good to know!" Terox interjected. "So, any of you wanna bust my chops until this stupid armor falls off?"
"Absolutely not." Mig tsked.
"Mig, what the hell?!" Terox demanded. "I am literally giving you a free pass to kick my ass here!"
"I'm debating whether or not it would be safer to just let this Timekiller guy control your body." Mig replied. "Sure he's a villain, but I sincerely doubt he's anywhere your level."
"Wow, okay, rude." Timekiller huffed.
"I'm inclined to agree with you on that, but Terox's Time Breaker ability is what's wrecking these timelines." Attai said. "We need to destroy him to get this universe back in working order."
"But..." Mig sighed. "Alright, fine. Let's just get this over with."
"I knew you'd come around, 'ol buddy!" Terox cackled.
"If you don't shut up, I'm going to shove this gauntlet right up your-"
"Slow down there a moment fellas, don't you think you're forgetting about something?" Timekiller interjected. "Believe it or not, there was a point to all this, and I'd rather get to it before you go around trying to wreck my Time Breakers all willy-nilly."
"And just how do you plan on stopping us?" Mig scoffed. "It's four Omnitrix wielders against three Time Breakers."
Timekiller threw out his arm, and with a blue flash, another Time Breaker was summoned. A corrupted, armored version of Ben stepped forward, moving almost robotically towards his designated targets.
"Now I'd like to pose the same one to you." Timekiller sneered.
"No way..." Ben Prime's drew back in horror. "That's..."
"The version of you without a watch, yes." TImekiller tsked. "Honestly, he should be grateful to me. What kind of self-respecting Ben Tennyson doesn't have alien superpowers? It's a disgrace."
Ben Prime pulled up the Omnitrix and furiously slammed down on the dial, transforming into Heatblast and launching himself into the air with a burst of flames.
"TIMEKILLER!" Heatblast roared, drawing back in preparation to deliver a flaming punch.
Heatblast was intercepted by a blast of water from Time Breaker Bivalvan, which temporarily extinguished his flames and sent him crashing to the ground.
"You're welcome." Timekiller snorted.
Multiple clones of Time Breaker Bivalvan suddenly began appearing, surrounding Heatblast in a matter of seconds and blasting him with water. Attai ran up and kicked several of the Bivalvans in the back of their knees, making them tumble to the ground and giving Heatblast a chance to escape.
Heatblast rolled out of the circle of Bivalvans and reverted to human, hacking up water as he did so.
"What do you think of this one's ability?" Timekiller taunted. "I call it 'Future Echoes'. Can you guess what it does?"
"I don't have to guess, I can sense his time signature going crazy every time another one of those things appears." Attai grunted. "He's summoning versions of himself from the future to help him fight."
"Has anyone ever told you that you really take the fun out of things?" Timekiller rolled his eyes.
"Not in so many words, but I'd like to think it's my specialty." Attai snarked. "Mig, you take care of Terox. The Bens and I will take on these clowns."
Mig nodded and pulled up the Gammatrix, transforming into a large, hunched-over gargoyle-esque alien with ram horns and several large holes in his head, chest, and palms. Time Breaker Vilgax tried to grab him, only to be blasted away by a powerful sound wave shot out of the alien's head pit. Mig paused, looking over his body with solemn silence.
"What are you doing?!" Attai snapped. "We don't have time for you to space out!"
"Yeah, I know." The alien's voice was deep, gruff, and echoed slightly. "I just...have bad memories with this one."
"Then why the hell did you pick it?!"
"Because I've seen exactly what it can do."
Time Breaker Ben advanced towards Ben Prime and Ben Delta, throwing methodical punches and kicks as Ben Prime tried to stay on the defensive.
"Ben, listen to me!" Ben Prime pleaded, blocking another blow aimed at his face. "I can save you! You don't have to fight me!"
"You can stop your pointless blabbering." Timekiller laughed. "These Time Breakers are nothing but mindless drones. Just how do you plan on saving them?"
"SHUT UP!" Ben Prime yelled, pulling up his Omnitrix and transforming into Four Arms. "I turned Maltruant into scrap, and I'll do the same to you!"
"If that Time Breaker tech is how he's controlling them, then we just need to remove it from them." Attai tsked, summoning a Hybrider Belt and throwing it around his waist. "Let me see what I can do."
Several of Time Breaker Bivalvan's clones fired water jets at him, only for the attacks to be blown away by the burst of energy the Hybrider Belt created as he activated it. The Gesamtkunstwerk armor formed around his body and he immediately began summoning universe cards, sorting through their data in an attempt to find something suitable for the situation.
Time Breaker Vilgax charged at Ben Delta, who pulled up his Omnitrix in a panic and slammed down on the first alien that came up, transforming into Toepick.
"Ugh, gross!" Toepick complained. "Who is this guy?!"
"Open your helmet!" Four Arms yelled. "That should stop him in his tracks!"
"If you say so!"
The iron cage covering Toepick's face creaked open, revealing his face. Time Breaker Vilgax abruptly stopped in front of him and assumed a defensive position, then proceeded to punt him a good few meters away.
"Ow..." Toepick grunted, landing on his back. "I thought you said that would stop him!"
"Well, it kind of did." Four Arms winced.
"Congrats on screwing yourselves over, morons." Timekiller chuckled.
Timekiller teleported behind Toepick, making sure to avert his eyes from his target's face. Within a flash, he teleported again, facing Toepick towards Four Arms and Attai while holding open the alien's face cage to make sure he couldn't shut off the effect.
Four Arms immediately froze, turning white and being completely unable to move. Attai recoiled in shock momentarily but quickly recovered enough to shoot at Timekiller's hands, forcing him to teleport away and allowing Toepick to close his cage, undoing Four Arms' paralysis.
"How were you able to move after seeing that?" Four Arms asked Attai, bewildered.
"I've seen a whole lot worse." Attai grunted. "Probably felt worse too, but that's neither here nor there."
"Man, this guy is awful!" Toepick huffed. "How do I pick something else?"
"Don't bother." Attai said, gesturing at his universe cards. "Name an alien you can work with."
"I dunno, Overflow I guess?" Toepick shrugged.
Attai swiped the Earth 50-A card through the CataloGun and fired at Toepick, transforming him into that Earth's version of Overflow.
"Woah, nice!" Overflow exclaimed, looking over his body. "Seems less colorful for some reason, though."
"A lot of universes seem to operate on the mantra of 'color bad'." Attai tsked. "Just get to work."
"Aye aye, Captain!" Overflow gave a mock salute and ran off to fight Time Breaker Vilgax, only to come flying back a few moments later as Vilgax booted him across the battlefield.
"This is gonna be harder than I thought." Attai groaned.
Mig threw Terox's unmoving body into the forest, blasting him through a series of trees with an explosion of sound. As he approached, Terox's body suddenly activated, robotically firing an energy beam at him.
Mig ducked under the attack and fired another sound blast at Terox, whose body rolled out of the way just in time. Mig repeated the blast several times until he finally hit his mark, blowing off Terox's arm and cracking some of the Time Breaker's armor. In response, Terox's body fired an energy beam that caught him off-guard, knocking him into a nearby tree and reverting him to human.
"Oh, great job Einstein, real top-tier work." Terox snarked as his body regenerated.
"You know, this would be a lot easier if you stopped dodging!" Mig snapped, pulling himself to his feet.
"I don't have control of what my body's doing right now, moron, that's the whole point of this!"
Mig pulled up the Gammatrix and began scrolling through aliens, trying to dodge energy attacks from Terox as he did so.
"Hey, is that armor magnetic?!" Mig yelled, dodging another blast.
"Hell if I know!" Terox replied. "It's metal, so probably!"
"Then let's try this!"
Mig slammed down on the Gammatrix dial, transforming into a robotic humanoid alien with a square head and magnet-shaped hands and feet floating in front of stumps on his limbs.
An orange halo formed around Mig's body as he stretched a hand out towards Terox, magnetizing the armor fused onto his body and flipping him around to face his energy attacks in the opposite direction.
"Well, what do you know, it worked." Mig noted.
"Oh yeah, turning me around, real useful." Terox huffed. "What now?"
"I'm...thinking about that" Mig replied. "Which is easier without having to worry about you shooting at me, for the record."
"Well, hurry up, will ya?" Terox grumbled. "I'm getting a real crick in my neck and I can't move my body to fix it."
"You're an energy being, how would you get a crick in your neck?" Mig snorted.
"I'm being facetious, dammit!" Terox snapped before suddenly going silent. "Hey, uh, how do you feel about dying?"
"I'd rather not." Mig grunted.
"Then you should probably hurry this up a bit."
"Why?" Mig's singular eye narrowed. "What are you talking about?"
A massive cracking sound rang throughout the area as Terox's body glowed red for a moment, then abruptly stopped.
"That." Terox tsked.
Attai began sorting through his universe cards again, only to find himself suddenly much further along than he should have been.
"Crap, Terox's ability just went off again!" Attai yelled. "We have to end this soon or this whole timeline's going down!"
"It might be easier if I could fight without worrying about squashing this guy!" Four Arms grunted, using one of his arms to block Time Breaker Ben's continued attacks.
"Got it!" Attai exclaimed, grabbing the Earth-83 card and running it through the CataloGun.
Attai fired, summoning a large, mono-eyed alien with brown and yellow skin and occasional chunks of silver armor placed on its body. Its shoulderpads vaguely resembled-
"Yo, does that guy have toasters on his shoulders?!" Overflow exclaimed shortly before being punted into the air by Time Breaker Vilgax again.
"They're not toasters, they're vents." Attai rolled his eyes. "According to the card data, this thing is called 'Unity Dream'. It can fuse and unfuse objects."
"Perfect!" Four Arms grabbed Time Breaker Ben and ran him over to Attai. "Get the armor off him, quick!"
Four Arms timed out as Unity Dream took hold of Time Breaker Ben, who was struggling to get free. Steam began pouring out of Unity Dream's vents, and within a few moments, the Time Breaker armor was unfused from its host's body, dropping off of him in chunks.
Attai dissipated Unity Dream as the former Time Breaker Ben fell to the ground. Ben Prime rushed over to examine him, only to find that he wasn't breathing.
"You...you killed him!" Ben Prime choked out, eyes widened.
"Bull." Attai shoved Ben Prime out of the way, kneeling down to place his fingers on the unmoving Ben's neck. "There's no way that-"
Attai paused as he realized he couldn't feel a pulse.
"...Well, that's problematic."
"Oh, did I not elaborate on that earlier?" Timekiller pretended to muse. "When I said Time Breakers were mindless drones, I meant it. Those who try to reject the conversion process are rendered brain dead by the procedure. You never could have saved him in the first place."
"He's right!" Overflow interjected, breaking away from Vilgax for a moment. "When the Time Breaker I fought before all this happened got his armor wrecked, he just straight-up turned to dust!"
Attai scowled and got to his feet, glaring at Timekiller. Ben Prime, meanwhile, was staring vacantly at the ground with his fists clenched, trembling with barely-contained rage. Timekiller burst out laughing, reveling in the reactions his statement had provoked.
"What are you laughing about?" Ben Prime muttered furiously.
Timekiller simply continued laughing.
"WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE LAUGHING ABOUT?!" Ben Prime roared, slamming down on his Omnitrix and transforming into Heatblast.
"You already tried that one, remember?" Timekiller taunted. "What makes you think you can land a hit on me with it this time around?"
A set of Time Breaker Bivalvans moved to extinguish Heatblast again but suddenly disappeared from existence. Heatblast managed to land his punch this time, sending TImekiller stumbling back a few feet.
"What the-?" Timekiller snapped. "What did you do?!"
More and more Time Breaker Bivalvans began disappearing from the battlefield, eventually reducing their numbers down to just a few.
"Uh, what's happening to all the crab guys?" Ben Delta asked nervously.
"You were listening when I said Terox's ability went off again, right?" Attai answered with a grim look on his face. "Since the future's fading away, all those future versions of Bivalvan are going along with it."
"Shoot, I didn't even think about that." Timekiller muttered. "Oh well, you live some, you lose some."
"That is not how that saying goes!" Attai snapped.
"Bite me, card man!"
Heatblast managed to land another hit on Timekiller while he was distracted. Hissing in frustration moreso than pain, Timekiller stopped time again, only for it to restart as Attai shot his key with the CataloGun.
"Ow, ow, ow!" Timekiller grabbed at his head. "Asshole!"
As Heatblast reared back to deliver another blow, Timekiller growled and move to intercept, catching his fist halfway through its arc and tossing him off of the Rustbucket. He timed out again, reverting back into Ben Prime, who groaned and pulled himself to his feet.
"Crap, we're running out of time." Attai muttered. "I guess it's all or nothing."
Attai slammed the Gatling card into the back of the CataloGun and spun his Hybrider Belt, activating the finisher sequence. He directed the power from the belt into the CataloGun, pointing it into the air. Ben Delta's transformation was canceled, turning him back into a human as Time Breaker Vilgax approached him again.
"Hey, what are you doing?!" Ben Delta yelled.
Attai pointed the CataloGun at Time Breaker Vilgax and fired, sending a volley of supercharged blasts his way. The energy projectile soared over Ben Delta's head directly into Vilgax's chest. Without wasting any time, Attai turned his gun on the remaining Time Breaker Bivalvans, sweeping across them within seconds before finally ceasing his attack.
"...What was that supposed to do?" Timekiller snorted.
As if in response to this inquiry, the Time Breakers exploded, sending parts of them flying everywhere. The Bens and Timekiller could only stare in shock as Attai nodded to himself for a moment.
"Using an alien DNA destabilizer on aliens destabilizes the hell out of them." Attai noted. "Figures."
"What are you thinking, doing something that violent when there's a kid here?!" Ben Prime snapped.
"Are you kidding?!" Ben Delta threw his arms into the air. "That was awesome!"
"Tasteful or not, it worked, didn't it?" Attai shrugged.
"DAMMIT!" Timekiller yelled. "You broke my Time Breakers! Fittingly ironic as that may be, now I have to go and fix them up all over again!"
"Looks like your plan failed this time too, huh?" Ben Prime said.
"SHUT UP!" Timekiller snapped. "In case you've forgotten, I still have Temporal Blink!"
TImekiller snapped his fingers, teleporting Terox's body next to him.
"I don't care how many times it takes!" Timekiller hissed. "I'm going to keep cutting down these timelines over and over and over again until I finally get what I want!"
Timekiller stomped his foot on the roof of the Rustbucket to accentuate his point.
"Do you understand me?" Timekiller growled. "I'm going to win! And there's not one. Damn. Thing. You can do about i-"
Timekiller was cut off as a metallic humanoid alien suddenly slammed into Terox from behind at high speed, shattering both of their bodies. There was an orange flash as the alien reverted back to Mig, who hit the ground rolling. Terox's Time Breaker armor fell to the ground, broken into pieces.
"What the..." Timekiller stammered in confusion. "WHAT?!"
"Dammit, that's the second time today." Mig groaned, gradually pulling himself to his feet. "Not fun."
"What did you do?!" Timekiller demanded.
"I was holding Terox by his armor using a magnetic field." Mig replied, rubbing his head. "I didn't have time to release it when you teleported him over here, so I ended up getting launched towards him."
"...Are you kidding me?" Timekiller fell to his knees, one of his eyes twitching. "Something that dumb..."
"Serves you right!" Ben Delta yelled.
"Now all we have left is to take care of you." Ben Prime pointed at Timekiller. "You're going to-"
Ben Prime abruptly disappeared mid-sentence. Looking around, confused, Ben Delta felt something shift on his wrist and looked down to find his own Omnitrix back on him.
"What's happening?" Ben Delta asked.
"With Terox's ability not chipping away at them anymore, I think your timelines are reverting back to their normal states." Attai said. "Well, normal-ish, since the whole Timekiller thing is still gonna happen."
"Come on Mig, let's get back to the Prime timeline and scan a Key Event while we're here." Attai tsked. "Might as well make this whole debacle good for something."
With that, Attai grabbed Mig by the shoulder and disappeared, leaving the Delta timeline as Earth-1010 shifted back into its original series of events.
"Welp, that clinches it." Attai said, looking over the new universe card he had just scanned. "I think we're done here."
Attai and Mig stood behind a truck parked near the arcade Sella had found Ben in, with Attai having just scanned her noticing him as she walked past.
"Guess if she hadn't noticed Ben in time, things might have played out differently." Attai tsked, dissipating the card.
"Are all your scans this much of a mess?" Mig asked.
"More or less."
"What up, fellas?" Terox suddenly appeared in front of them, already leaning casually against a nearby parking meter. "Just wanted to let you know I've got my body back in working order in case you were worried about me."
"I can guarantee absolutely nobody was worried about you." Mig replied flatly.
"Rude." Terox cackled. "I'd love to stick around and chat, but I've had one hell of a day already, so if you don't mind, I'm just going to head out."
With that, Terox teleported away, jumping over to a forest on a nearby Earth that was close enough not to wear him out, but far enough that he was fairly sure he wouldn't be followed.
He was then promptly kicked in the knees.
Terox fell to the ground and rolled over, jumping back up to his feet. Attai and Mig were standing in front of him, with Attai's finger on the CataloGun's trigger and Mig's hand hovering over the Gammatrix.
"Oh, what the hell?!" Terox snapped.
"I grabbed onto your cape when you were leaving." Attai tsked. "Brought Mig along with me. I think it's time we end this already."
"What, are you kidding me?" Terox growled, grinding his teeth together. "You know I'm not exactly in the best mood, right?"
"None of your moods are good." Mig cracked his neck. "Better now than later."
Terox paused as he heard a branch snapping a few meters away. He and his two opponents turned their heads to find Ubermensch walking through the forest towards them.
"Seriously?!" Terox screeched. "How did you find me already?!"
"Even my lesser, incomplete self has some of the powers of a Timewalker." Ubermensch replied. "Take a guess."
"Who is this guy?" Mig asked.
"His name is Ubermensch." Attai explained, keeping a careful eye on the armored man. "Remember that 'Unendlich Reich' thing I mentioned talking to Paradox?"
"They're pretty much Space Nazis." Attai said. "And this guy's the Space Reichmarschall."
"Actually, there's been a change in command." Ubermensch tapped on a new symbol adorning his armor. "I am now the Fuhrer of the Unendlich Reich."
"Geez, as if your head couldn't get any bigger." Terox grumbled.
"You're one to talk."
Ubermensch summoned a card and the Gewehrlogger, placing the card into the rifle. Before anyone could react, he pulled the trigger, transforming himself into his form of the Anti-Life Entity.
"Oh, crap." Mig's eyes widened. "That's not good."
"You think?!" Attai hissed.
"I've had more than enough of stalling under the orders of my former Fuhrer." Ubermensch said, extending one of his hands outwards. "Today, I erase all of you from our history."
"...Did I do it wrong?" Ubermensch muttered, clenching and unclenching his fist.
"Don't know if you were there for it, but we all got blasted by a bunch of Void Energy back on Earth-83." Attai snorted. "You can't erase us using the Anti-Life Entity's powers."
"Well, that's inconvenient." Ubermensch tsked. "Given the broad range of powers your new form grants you access to, I'd rather not fight you head-on without a better understanding of my abilities. As such..."
Ubermensch flicked his wrist forward, making Attai disappear.
"You turned him invisible?" Terox snorted. "Dumb move on your part if you ask me."
"I didn't turn him invisible, I flung him somewhere beyond the reaches of our multiverse." Ubermensch said. "Even a Timewalker couldn't get back from wherever he ended up."
"So what now?" Mig glared. "Are you going to do the same thing to us?"
"No." Ubermensch stated flatly. "You're an average Omnitrix wielder, and I've already seen Terox's reaction to this form."
Ubermensch swung his arms downward, creating blades of hardened metal enhanced by green energy.
"I'm just going to kill you."
Attai closed and opened his eyes, trying to adjust them to the sudden relative lack of light. He found himself indoors in an unfamiliar corridor, with the only light source being a row of flickering lamps hanging on the walls.
Attai carefully started making his way down the hall, eventually reaching an intersection leading in several different directions. Each hallway had a sign at the start of it, pointing out where each hallway lead to.
"Categories...Series...Main Page..." Attai muttered, reading off the signs. "What is all this?"
After a few moments of internal debate, he decided to follow the hall leading to the 'Main Page', assuming he would find some sort of entrance hub. As he walked, he passed a large, humanoid robot heading the opposite way down the hall. The machine simply brushed past him, ignoring his presence as it went about its business.
Shrugging off the incident for the moment, he continued onward, eventually reaching a large, open room. Large screens lined the walls of the room, each one listing off some sort of data that was nonsensical at best. In the middle of the room was a large sign, fully lit up in neon green. Attai stopped to read it.
"What the hell is a 'Wiki'?"
- It is revealed that Millennia used the Cross-Timer to erase Chronians who attempted to escape from temporal space.
- Terox is temporarily turned into a Time Breaker, corroding Earth-1010 until his defeat.
- Attai is flung outside of the known multiverse as Mig and Terox are left to face Ubermensch alone.
- Attai Zehn
- Ben Tennyson (Earth-1010/Prime)
- Ben Tennyson (Earth-1010/Delta)
- BotBot Bot (Cameo)
- Unity Dream (Summon)
By Ben (Prime)
- Heatblast (x2)
- Four Arms
By Ben (Delta)
- Overflow (Earth 50-A; CataloGun Transformation)
- Anti-Life Entity
- Aaron, the original creator of Reboot Revolution, named Terox's Time Breaker ability.
- This episode takes place in Earth-1010 proper somewhere between Reboot Revolution and Ben 10: Road Trip from Timekiller's perspective. While the timelines were set back to normal at the end, Timekiller ostensibly remembers everything that happened here.