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I’m not sure how I got there, but it was obvious there was no turning back. I was standing on colorless ground, hard clay-like soil which extended ahead for a hundred meters before ending precipitously. Beyond was nothing. No skies or clouds, no shimmering stars. Nothing but sinking shades of gray.

The scene was unlike any I’d ever seen. My instinctive reaction was unbridled panic. A rampaging beast had been unleashed within my chest, pounding…