Image by Mark Thornally The man, almost like an underwater soccer player, finally managed to nudge the polyhedron within reach of his hand. In a single flowing motion, he snatched the object, thoroughly scanned it in a passing glance and dropped it into the now brimming bag. He decided he had enough to begin the next stage.

All manner of exotic item, entity and experience passed through this stream, and only a given few undertook the grueling task of entering the stream to intercept and recover the artifacts. Madness and loss of life were the constant risk, but those who undertook this challenge had no choice. They were called.

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