It happened so quickly.
The heart of Georgia, ripped away, still beating.
Still mourning the loss of its favorite son.
"We live in an age of fear. We are uncertain of where our paths will take us. This, among other things, is what we - as a people - should come together and find solutions towards. Walking the road to the future with someone by your side is simultaneously the best as well as the most painful experience given to humanity,"
The broadcast whispered to an empty street.
"We are given joys such as love, life, and freedom,"
Twisted, burning hulks welcomed the shadows of vaporized corpses, turned into dust or shriveled up by intense burns.
"Only to be met by heartbreak, death, and tyranny,"
The city limits, frozen at 13,576, never to move again.
"But we must press on. It is human nature to find closure in darkness. We will endure,"
The only sound being a howling wail, pain unimagined, from the same body whose hands wrought this destruction. His mind had finally awoken, wracked by the actions he had involuntarily taken.
"We must fight,"
"We must strive to achieve,"
"We must be strong,"
Another blood-curdling scream, followed by several attempts to crack open his own skull - or, rather, what is left of it. His blood joins the ashes.
"We must stay focused,"
James Palmer, wearing no allegiance, forever a slave to Doom. This was the last remnant of his humanity. Here, he could find happiness again. Now, only shallow graves.
"We must learn to forgive."
So basically, James died, Luke stole his shield, Skjovald stole his body, and Doom remade him into a biomechanical abomination made to challenge/destroy The Champion. Also, for some reason James didn't wake up once the programming had been set in and he destroyed Barksdale, Georgia, because he was actually dreaming he was back there as part of his afterlife experience. This overrode his programming for a second and instead of finding and destroying The Champion, he found and destroyed his own hometown.
This all works out for Doom in the end, so hooray for torturing the Palmer family! Plan: ultimate god slayer is go! :P