Previously: Digger, Twain and Cole were all prisoners in the Cobalt Czar’s dungeon, when Twain said that they could potentially rob the Czar of his powers. And now…
â€œWhy the hell would we want to do that?â€ Cole asked.
â€œYeah, seriously, why?â€ Digger agreed.
â€œAre you crazy?â€ Twain asked. â€œHeâ€™s got you imprisoned. Heâ€™s planning to kill you.â€
â€œYeah, so escaping would be a great plan,â€ Digger said. â€œBut taking away the Czarâ€™s powers? Disaster.â€
â€œCan you imagine the power vacuum that would create?â€ Digger asked.
â€œDouble vacuum,â€ Cole corrected.
â€œOh yeah, youâ€™re right, double vacuum,â€ Digger agreed.
â€œWhat are you guys talking about?â€ Twain asked.
â€œOkay, look,â€ Digger explained, â€œthe Czar has basically created his own little country here by terrorizing the locals and bullying neighboring countries, and no oneâ€™s been brave enough to take him down. He has an army, but really, the main deterrent has always been him. If he were to suddenly disappear or lose his powers, China and Russia would invade in a second. Then theyâ€™d end up fighting it out while the regular people got caught in the middle.â€
â€œAll of Mongolia would be screwed if China and Russia got into a fight,â€ Cole added.
â€œSo is that the double part?â€ Twain asked.
[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”right”]The Czar is not just a political entity, but also the most powerful super in the world. If he were beaten or killed, can you imagine all the super-strong low-lifes emerging from the woodwork to try to claim that Worldâ€™s Toughest title?[/blockquote]â€œNo way,â€ said Cole. â€œThe Czar is not just a political entity, but also the most powerful super in the world. If he were beaten or killed, can you imagine all the super-strong low-lifes emerging from the woodwork to try to claim that Worldâ€™s Toughest title?â€
â€œItâ€™d be a super-powered free-for-all,â€ Digger said. â€œNot just here, but all around the world. Every major city on thge planet would be thrown into chaos.â€
â€œIâ€™d come out on top, of course, eventually,â€ Cole said. â€œBut it would take me a while to travel around the world and beat down all the challengers, and by then, the damage would be done.
â€œOh my God, Rev,â€ said Digger. â€œHeâ€™d be impossible to deal with if that happened.â€
â€œBut what if somebody else took over for him,â€ Twain asked, â€œsomeone just as powerful?â€
â€œWell first off, no oneâ€™s that powerful,â€ said Digger, â€œother than Rev, maybe.â€
â€œHey,â€ Cole said.
â€œThe only other two guys I know that could have challenged him are both gone,â€ Digger said. â€œBut even if he was as powerful, no one would take his word for it. Youâ€™d have a steady flow of challengers coming here for a year or more, looking for a shot at the title. The world would be safe, but this place would be devastated.â€
â€œBesides,â€ Cole added, â€œif the Czar lost his powers, thereâ€™d be no bragging rights in beating him.â€
â€œYou couldnâ€™t beat him anyway,â€ Twain said. â€œYou just tried and got your ass handed to you.â€
â€œHe took me by surprise. I wasnâ€™t expecting him to show up that fast,â€ Cole said. â€œNext time, I would come in with a better plan than â€˜shove stuff up his nose,â€™ and Iâ€™d win. Believe that.â€
â€œYeah, I donâ€™t,â€ Twain said.
A door slammed open. â€œNo talking!â€ shouted a guard in heavily-accented English. The door to Diggerâ€™s cell opened. â€œYou come. The Czar wants you.â€
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