It was not without good reason that he was known as the Lord of Storms. Whether that be upon Earth, in Asgard, on another world, or deep in interstellar space. That power over storms extended to those of the cosmic and even inter-temporal variety.

Among his very greatest power, even as Rune Thor, was to summon a time storm. He had rarely done so as the consequences would have been too grave to contemplate. Almost always, with the exception of the time wars, Thor had held back.

Now, on the cusp of Time's End, was not such a time.

Rune Thor would have preferred to have his great hammer, mighty Mjolnir, with which to channel the power of the time storm. But Mjolnir had been shattered into pieces and even now was beginning to disappear in the temporal pull of Time's End.

Thor wasn't even sure if, so close to End Time, his power over storms would work here, but of course he had to try.

Also he was suffering intense mental battle fatigue from Fate's attack on his mind. In his mind he had fought and defeated all those enemies and a few others who had defeated him in times past. More in doing so the battle strain from each encounter had been cumulative and was now almost unbearable. As no doubt Fate had intended.

As Thor summoned the time storm, for a heartbeat or perhaps two nothing happened. There was only the final running down of time. Then it came. It was the greatest storm of any kind that the son of Odin, or anyone else, had ever brought forth. As if somehow all of time past was demonstrating to Thor that it was on his side. That it only needed someone to show it the way.

Yet would even this be enough to stop the inevitably of End Time?

Even as he brought about the storm Thor sought desperately to retrieve the shattered remnants of his hammer.

Odin's original spell created a bond between Thor and his hammer that very few completely understood, even though many respected it. Fate itself being no exception. Rune Thor in his wisdom had still further strengthened that bond.

Now as Thor called unto the shattered remnants of the hammer supreme, the strength of that bond was tested as never before. Thor reached out to Mjolnir with parts of his own life essence invoking a rune spell designed to join them and make them as one. This did not happen, yet ,against the seemingly irresistible pull of End Time, parts of the great hammer returned to their master.

It was not quite all of mighty Mjolnir, but as the partial hammer reformed, not through troll's forge but through the mystical power of its master, it was enough.

Such was the ferocity of the time storm, that even Fate seemed to be shielding itself from the onslaught.

Yet Thor saw that the march to End Time had only been halted.

An impasse appeared to have been reached. A balance, if you will, between the inertia of the slide into End Time and the sheer ferocity of the Time Storm.

At this point Fate again intervened using it's own raw power to disturb the balance.

Thor saw that the planetoid upon which he had engaged Fate had begun to implode.

He saw also a strange sight indeed. The (apparently) physical bodies of some of those "champions" of Fate, that he had engaged and defeated in the assault on his mind, drifting into End Time. Among them Arishhem the Celestial. Though these were not the entities of his own time, his suspicions that Fate had somehow given physical form to the battles in his mind, were confirmed. It was of no consequence now.

Responding to Fate's challenge, the greatest warrior that had ever drawn breath raised his hammer high drawing on part of the time storm and the totality of his own life force. Letting all these become as one: elements of the time storm, his own life essence and the greatest weapon of all. The great inter-temporal energies lanced forth first striking down Fate then tipping the delicate balance twixt the slide into End Time and the Time Storm.

It was over. Not only had the relentless advance into the oblivion of End Time been halted but it had now actually been reversed. Ultimately it would be by billions of years at least.

Do not let this cause you to doubt the inevitability of The End Time. It will come. In a far future as the then final remaining Universes implode in on themselves and on one another and we are returned to the absolute nothingness that was before time and will be after time.

But not when Fate decreed it should be, thanks to the mighty Rune Thor.

In that far future the mighty Rune Thor will stay on, becoming the permanent Time's Guardian until the final and irreversible arrival of Time's End.

End