C4L1: Beyond the Rift
C4L1: Beyond the Rift is the thirty-first level in the game Blood II: The Chosen, and the first level of the fourth chapter (map name: 24_ancientcity). Caleb finds himself in a mysterious desert world. He has his final fight with Gideon and explores the ruins of an ancient city to get to the Ancient One, the being responsible for the intrusions into the real world.
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CITY OF THE SOON-TO-BE-DAMNED
It's a battle to the death. Preferably someone else's. Gideon's puppet strings can no longer be pulled and the puppeteer's comeuppance has just come up. Ancient One? Are you listening? Then hear this...
The portal deposits Caleb on an altar in the middle of a rocky desert. There is a Cabalco encampment nearby, with a lonely flag, some cargo containers, and a host of dead Fanatics. Caleb follows the corpses to a ruined temple, where he finds Gideon standing there, waiting for him.
GIDEON: Ah, Caleb, I've been expecting you, you predictable oaf. I won't be a minute. I'm just changing into something unpleasant.
The camera pans around Caleb, disguising Gideon's transformation. When it returns, he has transformed into a giant spider.
GIDEON: What do you think of my new look?
CALEB: Ugh, and I thought I was ugly.
GIDEON: You have no idea how exquisite pain can feel. Allow me to demonstrate.
CALEB: Go ahead, I'll watch.
GIDEON: I mean on you!
CALEB: Let's boogie, boogeyman.
Caleb and Gideon fight, with Caleb the obvious victor.
CALEB: When you get to hell, tell 'em I sent you. You'll get a discount.
GIDEON: No… it's not fair... I'll kill you.
CALEB: Life's not fair, but neither is death. Get used to it!
With Gideon dead, Caleb exits the temple, either looking for a way back home, or for the Ancient One.
- Gideon (transformed into a giant spider)
See also: References in Blood
- This is the first mention of the Ancient One, the final boss of the game, and it is only given in the interstitial text.
- A Blood II modification project took its name from this level.