A bar reminiscent of Mos Eisley, full of strange alien creatures. At a table, surrounded by aliens, sits a human woman whose face is obscured by the hood she wears. Attentively, the aliens listen to the tale she spins.
On a strange world with twin moons, a flying imperial cruiser is boarded by another, smaller pirate vessel. The human-looking imperial soldiers are defending their leader, a blonde, ravishing beauty named Anjulie, against the blue-skinned Nightcrawler-lookalike pirates, led by another young woman named Kymrii.
The pirate leader reaches Anjulie, ordering her to stand forth and do her servants the honor of facing her end as bravely as they. That moment, there is a flash in the sky and, a moment later, Nightcrawler falls right down on the pirate leader.
The mutant has barely times to get his bearing but, seeing a beauty pleading for help and several pirates intent on attacking him and her, he quickly grabs a sword and begins to fight. A short time later, he is the only one left standing, remarking that this is what he calls a workout.
By that time, though, Kymri has awakened. Upon seeing what Nightcrawler has done to her men, she calls him a cur and tells him he hasnï¿½t won until he has bested her. Nightcrawler disarms her with ease, and tells her he is a stranger whoï¿½d rather be romancing a lovely lady than dueling her. Kymri falls down, exhausted. She calls him a fool and asks if he knows what he has done. Nightcrawler wants to know what, when something hits him from behind and takes him out. Merely helped rid me of the one person in all the world I truly feared,Anjulie announces with a smirk.
The mystery narrator gives a short explanation of who Nightcrawler is and where he came from. He is a member of Excalibur, heroes from a parallel Earth, who, thanks to an accidental activation of the semi-sentient robot, Widget, ended up bounced around the crosstime stream. This arrival proved rougher than most. A sudden lurch, a shattered window and Kurt fell out of the train. But he wasnï¿½t the only one so cast adriftï¿½
Kitty and Rachel awake to find themselves hanging upside own in a smokehouse. Rachel tries to use her powers, but finds they donï¿½t work. The same goes for Kitty. Fortunately, the younger girl has an alternative. She tells Rachel that she once almost became a demon ninja. She uses her training and manages to wriggle out of her boots. Good for her, Rachel laughs, but her boots sort of go all the way to her neck. She could probably do it regardless, Kitty states. Except that sheï¿½d be too embarrassed.
Kitty helps Rachel down, when the cook comes in - a huge creature with four arms and two big knives. Rachel announces she will handle this and lunges at the cook, having forgotten hat her power doesnï¿½t work. The cook swats her aside and lunges for Kitty, who ducks and grabs his leg. They both crash through the wall into a kind of tavern, where more red beings and purple humanoid dragon creatures are sitting.
The cook threatens to carve her meat. Kitty parries his lunge, disarms him and takes him out with several well-placed kicks and blows. Nice moves, kiddo, got any more? Rachel wryly asks, as they now find themselves surrounded by the patrons.
The storyteller wants to cut back to Nightcrawler now, but the audience protests. What happened to the girls?
The short version: the cook wasnï¿½t exactly popular, and the warriors were impressed with the girlsï¿½ fighting prowess and courage. So that they were inducted into the Dracic confederacy of warriors, armed and outfitted according to their new station (in outfits that are a tad too skimpy for Kittyï¿½s taste) and, accompanied by the first selectman of the dragons, they set out in search of their missing comrades.
Nightcrawler, in the meantime, awakes in a hot pool, not remembering what hit him. Anjulie, dressed in little more than two sheets of silk, joins him in the water, telling him how grateful she is for his saving her life. Nightcrawler gets embarrassed, but forgets that very quickly as Anjulie kisses him passionately.
Later, sprawled on a huge couch, they discuss matters. Kurt mentions his friends and Anjulie explains that they are already looking for them. However, with the whole world to search, they may never be found. Kurt suggests to extrapolate a trajectory from were he landed. Worth a try, Anjulie admits, while asking her servant Pica for more wine. The servant spills a drop on Anjulieï¿½s hand and her mistress gives her a disbelieving, seething glare. Kurt interrupts the mood by kissing the drop away. Anjulie is apparently soothed, as she tells Pica sheï¿½ll deal with her later. While her tone seems light, Kurt notices that Pica is quaking as though under a sentence of death, but Anjulie is quickly diverting his attention again.
The audience interrupts. Thy want less mushy stuff and more adventure.
The story turns to Alistaire Stuart, running for his life from several monstrous looking beings, who quickly capture him. He is lucky the princess wants him alive, they inform him. That moment, they are joined by Rachel, the dragon and a still horribly embarrassed Kitty. Unlike the hunters, the heroes are only armed with swords not firearms, so they and Alistaire quickly make a run into one of the ruins, only to run into a dead end. The dragon gets bravely ready to defend his new friends and roars.
The audience gleefully expects a massacre but they donï¿½t get their wish.
Suddenly, the hunters make a run for it, leaving Alistaire. The girls donï¿½t care for the reasons and ask Alistaire if he is happy to see them. Still on his knees and turned into the other direction, Alistaire just gargles something incomprehensible. That glad to see them? Kitty gently mocks. Alistaire finds his speech again. They werenï¿½t scared off by them, but by that. Behind them is a huge tentacly mass coming out of a skyship. The tentacles grab the heroes and draws them into the ship.
A member of the audience interrupts, pointing out that among his species similar means are employed for species interaction. To each their own, the narrator replies, and continues.
In the meantime, Nightcrawler is stirred from the divan, as he notes Anjulie talking to a hooded, blue-skinned man. Kurt notices that his skin looks awful. Secretly, he follows them into the catacombs of the ship, wondering if he has joined the wrong side. Anjulie is lovely but something is wrong. Plus it is his nature to sympathize with the pirates.
He realizes that these are the dungeons and he is shocked to find what is left of the servant, Pica, in one cell. Arms come from another cell to press him against the bars. Using his tail, Kurt trips the attacker, breaking her leverage. It is Kymri, dressed like a sacrificial maiden, which is what she is supposed to be. Nightcrawler coaxes her into giving him some info.
The citadel used to belong to Kymriï¿½s family until Anjulie arrived and seduced and overthrew her father. Soon after, when Kymri had been driven into exile, all the magic went out of things, as though the world had been drained of its primal life-force.
Ashamed of siding with the wrong woman, Nightcrawler releases Kymri from her cell. They attack and best two guard and Kurt quickly attires himself in what goes for armor in those semi-nudist parts and he and Kymri take the weapons.
They follow Anjulieï¿½s trail to the deepest catacombs of the floating city, where they find themselves wading in human bones, those of Kymriï¿½s people and her crew among others. They hear chanting and step into the next chamber. Before them they see Anjulie, worshipping a huge, green, tentacled monster that is holding Kitty and Rachel with its tentacles. As it is kind of opaque within, it can be seen the unconscious Captain Britain, Meggan and the dragons.
Kurt severs one of the tentacles and frees Kitty, while Kymri goes for Anjulie. Her armed, masked guard comes to Anjulieï¿½s help but Kymri quickly dispatches of him. As she removes his hood, she is shocked to learn that it was her father, hideously transformed. While she is in a state of shock, Anjulie lunges at her with a knife. Before she can harm Kymri, Kitty runs her through with her sword and kills her.
The next moment, Kitty and Kymry are grabbed by the tentacles of the monster, which announces that the light burns bright in Kitty. He will drain her as he has this orb. Kitty begins to glow, as the monster begins to drain her, as do the prisoners within the monster, but Kymri does not.
Rachel and Kurt realize that this has to do with their powers. They attack with their swords and Kurt notices that the creature is flinching away from Phoenix. What makes her so fearsome? Taking a fearsome gamble, Nightcrawler grabs Rachel and tosses her into the monsterï¿½s jaws. He believes that the monster is stealing both this worldï¿½s magic and denying them access to their powers. But Rachel, as Phoenix, has access to the primal lifeforce of the entire cosmos, which is hopefully more raw energy than the horror can handle. A short time later, the Phoenix effect explodes.
The narrator promises to tell the rest of the story after a brief intermission.