Previously on The Cult: Alexander's resistance has moved to a more remote location, though he himself and several others are still missing.
About this creation
Sara: It's so cold...
She rose from the rocky ground.
Sara: Morning, Deere.
Sara: What are you looking at?
Deere: This cave. Isn't it odd that there is a little tower up here, in the mountains?
Sara: John says they're scattered all over the region. Some ancient civilization or something.
Deere: Imagine how easy it could be to hide...to hide some men in one of these caves.
Sidus: Dane! Garth! What news from your excursion?
Dane: It was quiet this morning.
Sara: Marc! John! Wake up! We've moved, but Sidus says we must be early risers, as always.
Dane: Sorry, Sidus. I didn't want the others to be crushed.
Sidus: What did you see?
Dane: The Path is crawling all over this area with their scouting parties. We're lucky this ravine is so well hidden.
Sidus: The devils...
Dane: No, not now, whatever your name is.
AI: I do not think you have given me one.
Dane: Thanks, Garth.
Garth: Of course.
Dane gave the crossbow to Garth.
Dane: Alright. What is it?
AI: I must show you some...things, again. This may hurt.
Dane: Wait, you're not going to do th-Aaahhhhh!
AI: My apologies. It is the only way.
Marc: Ah, coffee. The best start to a morning.
He looked up casually from his drink, eyes widening with surprise as he did so.
Marc: Sara, bring me my things! Garth, come with me!
Dane: Ahh...this had better be good.
AI: You may be disappointed.
Dane: I can't see a thing.
The world seemed to spin around Dane as the pain subsided.
AI: Him. Do you know him?
Dane: Um, I think I've seen him before. Who is he?
AI: The Shining Path call him Paladin. He does whatever the Shining Path cannot use normal men to accomplish.
Dane: I thought you said you weren't omniscient. How do you know all this? What do you mean, "normal men"?
AI: I think he took part in Project IRONHIDE. He possesses an AI whose memory I have forced my way into. His augments from IRONHIDE make him superhuman. But that is not all...
Dane: What else is there?
AI: It is his mind. You were in Project IRONHIDE. Did they modify your mind?
Dane: I don't think so...
AI: The processing capability of his is astounding. Lightning reflexes, faster decision-making, unprecedented reasoning and logic capabilities. He also possesses one of the most effective and technologically advanced cloaking devices I have ever seen. Be warned, Dane, he hunts you...
The world flashed briefly before Dane's eyes.
AI: And he is a force to be reckoned with.
Echoing voices greeted Dane as normal sight was restored to him.
Voice: Dane! Daaane! DANE!
Voice: Is he....okay...Sara! Put him....on his back...
Garth: Marc! I think he's back.
Marc: Ah, yes he is. Thank you Sara, but I believe I will not be needing my instruments.
Marc: What happened? We thought it was a seizure of some sort.
Dane: The AI I'm carrying...it showed me some things. I have a lot to tell you.