Author's Note: Here is the next snippet. Thanks to scrivener for editing.


The Master set up a telescopic construct as he relaxed on the surface of Okaara's moon. He peered out, watching the great forms of the Spider Guild warships engage the Okaaran ships that managed to respond, while landing pods carried Spider Guild warriors down. Several dozen ships hung back from the main Spider Guild formations. These had been held back specifically at the Master's request. They would soon play an important role in his own plans.

Indeed, the Spider Guild's own dimensional web spinning technology had provided much of the inspiration for the Master's current plot. The Time Lord had spent much of his time in the Vega system setting up the skeleton of a trap for Larfleeze using this technology. And now his efforts would soon pay off. The Master's ring flashed as it registered a hyperspace distortion. The Master tracked the distortion and gave a cold smile as he spotted the form of Larfleeze emerge.

''Hook, Line and Sinker'' The Master whispered as he sent the signal to the Spider Guild. Immediately the Spider Guild warships moved to engage Larfleeze, weapons blazing. They, of course, could not defeat Larfleeze, as the power he held was terrible indeed, but they would slow him down long enough.

Weapons fire bloomed in space as orange blasts ripped across the void, gutting a Spider Guild cruiser and sending hundreds of Spider Guild warrior drones to spill out in the void. Another Spider Guild ship created a miniature singularity to trap Larfleeze.

The Master got up and ignored the battle itself. He had preparations to make. He flew out of the atmosphere of the Okaaran moon while he pulled up another set of orange computer constructs around him. His fingers flew across the boards as he prepared the two stages of his trap. First the Spider Guild webs would activate from a dimensional vortex and ensnare Larfleeze. That would be nothing more than a temporary measure, but it would serve to separate him from his pet Guardian for a moment.

Then he activated his next step. He commanded his ring to open a backdoor signal to the Orange Central Power Battery. After a moment it confirmed it's activation. Then all across the Spider Guild fleet and across the Vega system the Master's machines activated.

It had taken months of preparation to build a Energy Transfer Device keyed to the Orange Light. All that work specifically to momentarily strip Larfleeze of his mastery of the Orange Central Power Battery. The creature had been soaked in its energy for uncounted millennia, so the Master required a large among of preparation time and study of Larfleeze himself.

For months he had observed Larfleeze secretly, studying what scrap of the Orange Central Power Battery he could get his hands on. A prior infiltration mission to Okaara allowed him to gather the half-eaten corpses of the Controllers, allowing him insights into how the Orange Light killed his victims.

Finally, all of the Master's hard work was about to pay off. A single orange light flew through the stars. It was the Central Power Battery, with Larfleeze hanging off for dear life, a horde of orange constructs floating behind him hesitantly. The Master noted a look of incredulous rage on the Orange Lantern's face. Larfleeze's battery for once was moving entirely against his will.

The Orange Central Power Battery flew into the Master's hands as he gripped it tightly. On the other side of the Lantern Larfleeze yanked on it fiercely. It had worked. Using his orange ring the Master had essentially hacked into the AI network of the Orange Lantern Corps.

After spending countless centuries in solitude as the sole Orange Lantern, Larfleeze had never dreamed that someone might be able to hack into the ring AI network. Larfleeze had been especially lax in that regard, thus allowing the Master to upload his own control programs into the Central Power Battery and to take control of all of Larfleeze's power.

''MINE! It's mine you hear! You skazzing freak! How did you steal one of my rings! It's MINE!'' screamed Larfleeze yanking furiously on it, but the Master had already cut off his acess to the main power battery.

''You fool, you waste this immense power hiding away like some craven animal. I on the other hand will use this power to enslave the Vega system, and perhaps the rest of the universe as well,' sneered the Master as he yanked backwards. Abruptly Larfleeze's Orange constructs moved in to help, then a group of Spider Guild fighters intervened.

''It's MINE! MINEMINEMINEMINE!'' Larfleeze tried to summon another army of constructs, but then he froze as he Master thrust his ring into the Central Power Battery.

''Commence Master Protocol One.'' The Time Lord commanded.

''Complying, beginning power drain.'' The ring responded.

''Warning, Power Levels at 72.67 and falling.'' Larfleeze's ring reported.

''WHAT IS THIS!'' Larfleeze howled with rage, trying to destroy the Master with a burst of orange power, only for the Master to throw up a construct shield before finally yanking away the power battery and pressing his ring deeper into the side.

''Power levels 100,000%'' the Master's ring responded. Triumphantly the Master raised his ring high and clutched the battery tight.

''Mine.'' The Time Lord hissed.

Larfleeze let out a wordless cry of pure rage, attacking with every last drop of energy his rapidly failing ring had, the Master merely responded with a great blast of his own, vaporizing Larfleeze instantly.

After a moment the Master's ring blast faded and nothing remained of Larfleeze save for his ring that floated in the void. The Master raised a hand and the ring flew to his ring hand, sliding up his index finger.

''The Master of Gallifrey, you want it all. You are now Agent Orange.'' The ring continued, now truly inducting the mad Time Lord.

''Excellent!'' The Master began laughing as a dozen constructs of his past selves flew about him. Yana. Tremas. The rotting form. His twelfth incarnation and more. Around and around the constructs went like a mad cartwheel.

This was true power! The Master could feel the burning greed course through his veins as he formed a variety of fantastical constructs. The yellow power ring he had wielded was nothing compared to the immense power he now wielded. With this power he could truly conquer the universe!

And greed! Such greed! A terrible gnawing filled the Master, he wanted the ring, he wanted the Spider Guild, he wanted Okaara, he wanted the Vega system, he wanted Oa, he wanted Earth, he wanted the whole universe!

The Master raised his hand and snapped his fingers, sending out a signal over the comn channel. Abruptly the Spider Guild warships sank back as the Master flew towards the form of Sayd who turned to look at him, her face filled with apprehension.

''Larfleeze's little slave Guardian.'' The Time Lord mused.

''You killed him…''' Sayd's voice trailed off in amazement.

''Indeed. I do hope we won't have a problem. As formidable as one Guardian is, even you cannot defeat the power of an entire Lantern Corps.'' The Master told her.

''…no'' Sayd said after several seconds of silence.

'''Excellent.'' The Master formed a claw construct and grabbed Sayd by the collar of her uniform. With one sharp yank he brought her forward to stare deep in her eyes. The Guardian noted the Time Lord's eyes were now a blazing orange.

''I am the Master and you will obey me.'' He grinned before he paused and then summoned forth a massive army of thousands of constructs. Hundreds upon hundreds of twisted ghoulish orange phantoms appeared, brought forth by the Master's insatiable avarice. With one sharp gesture of the Master's, the construct army was sent surging forward, guided by the Time Lord's desires. The Master then opened up his communications link to every planet in the Vega system and took a deep breath.

''Peoples of the Vega system, please attend carefully to the following message…''


The Khund corpse hit the floor with a thud as the Prime Dalek moved forward, eyestalk scanning the command bridge as the various Elite Daleks shrieked ''EXTERMINATE!'' in the process of taking out the last Khunds.

Tactical and strategic reports on the battle were being transmitted through his armor sensors. The Dalek fleet had gutted the Khund battlefleet and was currently chasing down the last remnants of the Khunds before they could jump to hyperspace.

Dalek Varnas rolled up to him. ''KHUND FLAGSHIP HAS BEEN SECURED!''

''BRING FORTH MORE DALEKS TO GARRISON THE SHIP!'' the Prime Dalek instructed.

''I OBEY!'' Varnas shrieked before floating off.

Nearby the Prime Dalek's sensors noted the signatures of Dalek Drax moving into communication range. A moment later the comn channel opened up.

''WE ARE VICTORIOUS! THE KHUNDS HAVE BEEN EXTERMINATED!'' Drax told him.

''EXCELLENT. PURSUE AND FINISH EXTERMINATING THE KHUNDS.'' The Prime Dalek told him.

''I OBEY. SHALL WE LEAD AN ATTACK INTO THE KHUND EMPIRE ITSELF?''

''NO. WE MUST NOT OVEREXTEND OURSELVES. WE LACK THE RESOURCES FOR THAT. LEAD ATTACKS INTO KHUND MILITARY OUTPOSTS AND COLONIES IN SECTOR 1963, BUT DO NOT GO FURTHER THAN THAT.'' The Prime Dalek informed Drax.

''BUT WILL THE KHUNDS NOT RESPOND?" Drax asked.

''NO. THE KHUNDS ARE A WARRIOR RACE, BUT THEY HAVE SEPARATE FACTIONS AND OTHER WARS TO CONDUCT. THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MUSTER SUFFICENT STRENGTH AT THIS POINT IN TIME.'' the Prime Dalek said.

''UNDERSTOOD. WE WILL BEGIN DECODING THE KHUND BATTLE COMPUTERS!'' Drax told him.

''PROCEED!''


Author's Note: I do hope I handled the Larfleeze/Master confrontation well. I did't want the Master defeating Larfleeze with brute force, rather to be able to use his orange ring to get into the ''backdoor'' of the CPB, and take control there.