I walk out the other side of the woods and see my first rift. It doesn’t look too scary. At least not from this far away. That upside down black hole with Kraken tentacles anchored to a distant plateau while smoke and unnatural light pours out of it? Totally not fazed. Even further in the distance I see the evil-looking tower from the intro movie. I half expect to see the Eye of Sauron staring out from its summit. Nearby is a forward-deployed Guardian camp, circled by a log wall and filled with tents and skill trainers. The rhetoric is a little more bloodthirsty from these patroling soldiers, but it has to be: this is where so many warriors have already died--including myself in my former life, before I was brought back as an Ascended by a scantily-clad angel. Hallelujah.