This is the third edition of this story on these boards. This is my favorite TF story that I have written. And, as its subtitle now denotes, it is the third chapter in the Altercron Trilogy. Just how Altercron factors into this story, you'll have to wait and see. As for the previous incarnations, they are as follows: The First Super Crappy Version -on this one for some strange reason, the actual Prologue, or in the new version Prelude to Darkness, is listed as Chapter 2, WTF? The Second Slightly Less Crappy Version As far as reviews are concerned, beatnik poe had this to say: He also offered more critiques which can be found in the Second Slightly Less Crappy Version Anyway, questions, comments, critques welcome. And now, on with the story.