Spoilers: Dr. Doom rules over Battleworld while its many territories are governed by local Barons under Doom's law. The nation Higher Avalon is ruled by Baron James Braddock from the House Braddock, consisted of Brian, Meggan and Betsy. Both Baron James Braddock of Higher Avalon and Baron Sinister of Bar Sinister are brought before Dr. Doom. The House Braddock accuses Baron Sinister of discord and allying himself with Baron Hyperion of Utopolis in opposition to Higher Avalon. Sinister chooses to settle the dispute in the arena, but against Brian Braddock instead of James. Sinister almost kills Brian, whose life is spared by Dr. Doom himself. Doom tells him that Higher Avalon sits below the Kingdom of Manhattan, whose Silent Chambers is used by heretics to cast Doom from his throne, and demands to know where it is located. Brian says he knows nothing about it, but James intervenes and admits his acknowledgment of the place. Dr. Doom makes Brian the new Baron of Higher Avalon and sentences James Braddock to the Shield, the last line of defense against the hordes to the south of Battleworld. Zombie armies, Ultron robots primed only for death, and the Annihilation Wave.