I can sense them all now! Moonrider! Beautiful Dreamer! Vykin the Black! Big Bear! --And Sonny Sumo!! As Darkseid has banished them with his blazing eyes-- I, Highfather, gather them in-- With the power of this hand!!! As omega ends all things-- Let alpha begin them anew!! Let the Alpha-Bullets fly!! Rush into the "soon to be!" across the "now!" Find them in the "once was!" Find them--!! Restore them--!! --Where I have meant it to be!!
Now know this: Darkseid, whose minions many of you have already faced, means to use this moment of coalescence to seize the power of the Godwave. Even if we were able to somehow undo the effects of the resonance, we will be left with a Darkseid who has attained nearly infinite power!
Orion smiles because he did not need to take a life, Esak. For a son of New Genesis, that is reason enough to smile... And yes, even to laugh. Tell me, child... Have you learned from what you've seen?
You'll do nothing, Orion! The boy is as much a pawn as you were at his age! Have you forgotten your origin so completely? This is a time for grieving, not vengeance! Have mercy, Orion... For once in your hunter's life... Curb your bloodlust and have mercy.
My staff is the only connection in this universe between our reality-- And the beyond! Yet even so, I cannot command The Source... Nor demand the answer I wish to see... What the mystic flame writes is beyond my control... I can only ask its counsel... And brood on the meaning of its reply. The Source exists beyond the Promethean Galaxy. All gods who have sought its secret... Have suffered... Yet now Metron, Lightray, and Flash proceed to the final barrier before the Source... Seeking a cure for my adopted son. I pray I have not sent them-- To their doom!
For a time, I thought we might stand against the enemy who wielded such power-- But now, the truth is all too clear: Darkseid cannot be beaten... As my sacred staff has been burned to a cinder, so too will our world be vanquished-- New Genesis will fall!
We are worse than the Old Gods! They destroyed themselves!! We destroy everything!! This is Darkseid's way! I am infected by Darkseid!! To save New Genesis-- I must find Izaya!! Where is Izaya?? --Not the warrior! --The general!! --But, the true servant of those he leads!! Not here, in these tortured ruins of war! But Izaya is there! ---Somewhere-- Out there!! The rotting hulks of war machines instead of trees!! This has become Darkseid's world!! A wasteland!! --Seared and cracked and gaping with endless pits - In which bacterial monsters fester and play!!! Darkseid's plan!!! Like foolish Steppenwolf, I've allowed myself to follow the mad dreams of Darkseid!! --From which no one can survive!!! I tear off my armor! I reject the war-staff as a weapon!!! I reject the way of war!! Darkseid's game is not mine!! Where is Izaya!!!?? Where is Izaya!!!??
Do you not see the duality within young Orion? More and more, he hates Darkseid with the same ferocity that Darkseid hates all others... He hates Darkseid too much to fathom how very much alike they are becoming. He can never see it, never accept it. But his bloodline grows stronger... and there is not a thing we can do to stem the heredity...
I've asked myself that same question again and again over the years. But there are times in life when the only choice is a hellish one. Trading you for Orion... that pact was the only thing that could have insured peace...
I can only imagine what effect it would have on them to know Darkseid is not the worst of it... that there may still exist in a creation a figure who, almost by definition, is a greater danger that Darkseid could ever be.
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