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During a fancy dinner with Lyla in Ducklair Tower, some bandits appear, but, at the same time, a mysterious time anomaly drags PK and Lyla in an alternate dimension, where fantasy people live in a hi-tec enviroment, and is hired by the local Orcs to fight against the evil Ancient One who's leading their enemies and enslaving their people. However, things aren't so simple as they seem...


  • Alternate Universe: PK accidentally ends in a The Lord of the Rings-like world ruled by an alternate and dimension-hopping Raider, who finally brought an end to the incessant wars and rules benevolently.
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  • Benevolent Boss: Olog is boisterous and proud, but is very generous to his men. He even tells PK that he's free to take whatever he wishes from the enemy loot as he sees fit.
  • Big Bad: The Ancient One of Dol Arador is referred to as the evil warlord who conquered the land. He's actually a retired Raider, the real villain is the woman from the Organization's triumvirate and the killer robot she sent disguised as Lyla.
  • Book Dumb: Olog is far from being stupid, but academics aren't his forte. He even boasts about having never read a book in his entire life.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In the sidestory, the bandits think they can evacuate the Ducklair Tower with ease because of their trinket with the map of the tower on it. Uno begs to differ, and starts shifting the entire building for hours to keep them from leaving.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Angus, due to Uno's shaeningans, ends up trapped for hours in the tower and is almost arrested by Mary Ann as he tries to make a scoop.
  • Drop the Hammer: Olog fights with a special hi-tech hammer forged by the dwarves.
  • Evil Overlord: The Ancient One is the ruler of Dol Arador and commands the Cyber-Elves. Subverted, he's a fair and just ruler who has to deal with unsatisfied rebels and brought peace and order to the land.
  • Idiot Ball: Paperinik never notices that there's something wrong with Lyla's unusual attitude until the truth is showed right on his face, namely that it isn't Lyla but a shape-shifting droid sent by the Organization to kill the future version of the Raider who has become the ruler of that world. After finding out, however, he's so pissed he utterly trashes the droid.
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  • Lamprey Mouth: The Swamp Monster not only has tentacles all over his body but also a huge round mouth filled with fangs. Displayed even on the cover.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Invoked by Uno, who stalls the criminals by changing the very layout of the Ducklair Tower around them, making their map obsolete.
  • Our Elves Are Different / Our Orcs Are Different / Science Fantasy: Paperinik is transported to a LOTR-like Fantasy world where hi-tech Cyber-Elves fight against Techno-Orcs.
    • The issue also features other classic fantasy tropes, sometimes subverted: e.g. members of La Résistance are orcs, and the Evil Overlord turns out to be not-so-evil after all.
  • The Reveal: The Ancient One is really a reformed and retired Raider, Lyla is actually a killer robot sent by the Organization's lady, as a punishment for treason (and for stealing the dimension-hopping cup for himself).
  • Screw You, Elves!: At first is played straight, with the Techno-Elves who are hostile and easily routed by the members of the rebellion. Subverted, they are the good guys.
  • Shout-Out: Mostly to The Lord of the Rings, but there are also names from other fantasy series as well. For further emphasis, the "orcs" are referred to as "Orchetti", the specific term used in the books for Tolkien's orcs (modern translations tend to go with "Orco", which originally referred to "Ogre".)
  • Swamps Are Evil: The swamp crossed by Olog's group is the lair of a giant worm monster who attacks the party.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: PK spends days inside the alternate dimension, but once he returns he finds out he's been missing for a couple of hours.
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