Spoiler Alert! If you haven't watched Rythian's Tekkit series, this is going to be a spoiler.
This is a remake of 'The Tekkit Rebirth #4: The scientist'
After Zoey and Rythian parted ways, Rythian shut himself up in Blackrock Hold, intent on making magical weapons. Whenever he did come out, he would walk around the ruined stronghold, looking at the cracked walls with sadness. For a moment, he would remember the happy memories he had with his apprentice, but would always become his dark, shadowy self again.
One carefully planned night, he gathered all his supplies into his alchemical bag and flew out into open air. He passed the quarries of Sipsco and Honeydew Inc, not giving a second glance. He saw Duncan’s castle and slowed his flight. It was a stormy night, and the droplets of water seemed to cling to his skin, pulling him back. He shook them away, and continued flying. Lightning flashed across the dark sky, illuminating the grey castle. Rythian chuckled darkly. “Theatrical lightning.....how convenient.” He saw a smaller structure up ahead, and he approached it with caution. Clearly it was one of Duncan’s ‘inventions,’ but he wanted to investigate it closer.
“Dammit!” He realized what it was a second too late. He ascended into the air, but slammed into a barrier that had appeared around the grey box. Wincing with pain, he landed back on the machinery. He looked down and saw that a second force field was surrounding the machine, making it impossible to destroy.
“Well, this is rather surprising. I never thought you of all people would fall for this, Rythian.” The Enderborn turned his gaze upwards, a scowl on his face. Through the hazy red-and-blue waves of the force field, he could see a man with sandy hair wearing a lab coat and a pair of goggles. “Duncan,” he growled, clenching his fist. “is this how you treat a visitor?” “I do prefer some security when there’s a deadly mage constantly out for my blood.” Rythian took a deep breath, trying to calm himself. “I didn’t come to kill you, I’m here to talk.” “I believe we have no trouble communicating through the barrier, and I don’t intend on getting you out of there.” The scientist answered coldly.
The mage’s eyes stared fixedly at Duncan, who could feel his menacing gaze even through the barrier. “So you’re going to keep me here?” “Yep,” He grinned. “Oh, and one more thing you should know....I planted a little something for you, right under your base. Not that you’ll live long enough to find out, of course.”
The retreating man’s laugther ringing in his ears, Rythian took out his void ring and tried teleporting out. He disappeared in a swirl of purple particles, but reappeared on the same spot, his skin burnt and cut in several places. “Apparently...this was built to....trap me...” He panted, and began to study the force field generator. “Let’s see....there was a solar panel powering the machine...solar power?” Rythian’s mouth curved underneath his mask. “Duncan, Duncan, Duncan. You underestimated me, my friend.” He flew down to the ground to gather some dirt, and proceeded to place them over the solar panel, blocking any light streaming in. “This is going to take some time, but it doesn’t matter. It’s not like I have anyone waiting for me....”
Through the night, he saw Duncan in the distance, flitting near the top of his castle, evidently doing some more ‘science.’ Beside him, there was a slightly slimmer figure, and a familiar streak of red hair.....
She was there.
Rythian turned away. He wanted to run to her and embrace her, but he was equally afriad. She had left him then, there was no point trying to get her back. He stayed motionless, the dreadful machinery humming away beneath him.
When the sun rose for the second time, the blue force field shimmered and vanished. Rythian droped onto the grassy floor, and stood up. “Finally. That took way longer than I expected.” He unsheathed his katar and rose up into the sunlight, soaring straight towards his enemy’s castle.
He circled the castle, looking for a way in. He had set up a bigger force field around it, which made it unpenetrable. Looking down, he saw that Zoey was about to leave the place. The split second of lowering the force field was all he needed. He slipped through the boundary, and deactivated the flying ring. As he plummeted down, he zoned in on the goggled man, who didn’t even have time to turn around-
When the dust cleared, the mage had Duncan pinned to the ground, the red matter blade inches from his throat. “You-” Duncan choked, not daring to move. “Miss me?” Rythian’s purple eyes blazed with fury. “I thought I was right in trusting you one last time. It seems that I was wrong.” Duncan drew out a small remote with a red button on it. “I have a nuke under your base, Rythian! And I’m not afraid to set if off.” Rythian snorted. “Do you think I care about that place now? After she left.....that place means nothing to me. So go on, press that fucking button all you want.” The scientist’s eyes widened, realizing that he wasn’t bluffing. “What are you waiting for?” Rythian shouted, pressing the blade closer to his skin. “Go on, show me what your great science can achieve.” Duncan closed eyes tightly, and pressed the red button.
Meanwhile, Zoey was heading back to Blackrock to find Rythian. Teep was right behind her, shooting any stray monsters and chickens. When they climbed the hill leading to the castle, Zoey gasped. “What the crumbs happened here?” The castle was falling apart. The mooshrooms, Ringo the sheep, the iron golems, and Gilbert the snow golem were all gone. She carefully stepped inside and looked around. “Rythian! Rythian, are you home?” The cobwebs decorating the basalt brick walls were brushed aside, as the girl continued her search for the wizard. The study was the only place which showed signs of life. Rythian’s books were stacked messily on the bookshelves, but she couldn’t find their owner anywhere.
She heard a faint beeping sound way below her, and followed the noise. It was coming from the mineshaft they had dug quite long ago. Zoey dashed down the steps, instinctively knowing that something was wrong. She barely had time to grab her flying ring to escape, as the bomb went off with a flash of blinding light.....