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Jack’s longtime friend the Scotsman, a now elderly wheelchair user, leads an attack on Aku’s tower. Aku easily obliterates two of the three assembled rebel armies. The Scotsman stalls Aku to allow his army of daughters to retreat. Aku kills him, but the magic Celtic runes on his broken claymore allow him to return as a specter in his youthful prime. He then instructs his daughters to reorganize for another day of battle so they can find Jack and destroy Aku. Elsewhere, Ashi has a troubling vision of the High Priestess, who frowns upon Ashi’s insubordination. Ashi asks Jack to prove his claims of Aku’s evil nature. They journey to several places destroyed by Aku, and eventually come upon a razed village whose children have been taken by the Dominator, a human in robotic armor, to a factory and turned evil by a mind-control device. While Jack fights the children, Ashi destroys the Dominator and the mind-control device. Jack is horrified to see the children collapse, believing them to be dead. The mysterious horseman appears, and Jack willingly follows. Ashi arrives as the children start coming to, and finds that Jack is gone.

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