Date: 6:24:11 PM, May 10th; 6:11:57 PM, May 19th, 2015.
Metal Man (GM): Recap Previously on SSQ:
Sloan: "And for the record--your Stadium sucked, Xavier. YOU--" *Interrupted by pained noises from being hit by lasers plus that Vendetta sword.*
Metal Man (GM): He almost immediately begins bleeding copiously from those, since he figured his shield was INVINCIBEL. The field in fact, sputters freakishly as the Vendetta nanites basically screw it up.
Illian MacGregor: "I hate Gerald Robotnik and the fact The Void made him up. But I enjoy the look on your face at realizing even fake stupid weapons are more real than your force field."
Metal Man (GM): He uses his entire clip chasing Illian everywhere, screaming bloody murder.
Sloan: "WHY WON'T YOU GET HIT? AHHHHHHH!!!!!" *BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM.*
Illian MacGregor: "I'm a tactical assault cyborg, not some accidental civilian you can 'collateral damage', Sloan. Also, I'm a distraction. Why are you attacking me again?"
Sloan: "You... are just... so... ANNOYING!"
Illian MacGregor: "Exactly."
Sloan: "Not even the dignity of self destruction... you broke it..."
Metal Man (GM): He hurls the broken shield device at Illian, who dodges as it disintegrates uselessly on the floor.
Nonna: "Don't struggle. You're just making it take longer."
Sloan: "This... universe... will destroy you, Nonna... there may be no... other threat... that made me do this... but you will become... like them... ...and your father... will..."
Metal Man (GM): He then lets down his guard intentionally so you kill him before he finishes his sentence. Illian casually kicks the corpse. He's truly out of tricks. There's no other items on him. With that in mind, the current group:
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I don't know what's going on, but let's attack them while they're confused! To outer space!"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier leaps in as the ship flies off into the sky. Up ahead is a giant 8-ball shaped mothership that can be seen trying to burn rubber itself--but it's far too large to get away from the planet too quickly.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Now what we have here, is an accidentally helpful situation. ...Also known as, I see the rear engine and hangars of the ship are exposed to us. Let's blow it up. ...And make a note to come back for my golf club. I gave that man a pretty hefty note on what I wanted done with it... ...I hope Nonna is okay."
KitRedgrave: "Roger." She starts mashing buttons.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Intergalactic radio got damaged in that incident... dammit... We need to steal one of those off of these ships while we're at it."
Metal Man (GM): Continuation. Lasers, shoes and explosive harpoons are haphazardly launched at the giant 8-ball mothership. They clatter against the thing's shields as they don't make the greatest impact.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm, we've got a giant force field situation. We need to somehow break into that ship."
Metal Man (GM): The ship is unable to escape from the limo chasing it, but at the same time, the shields on the ship appear to be pretty firm. The various blaster rounds can't break a hole in it, at least not currently.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Now to think how to get inside there..."
KitRedgrave: "...Reverse the tachyon polarity of our weapons to overload the quantum wave function? ...Wait. That's only on TV. Dammit. If we can get in there, certainly. But I'd figure any shield that can block gunfire can block us entering it. Unless we have a horribly clever way to break in. Also they're probably on high alert for just that sort of thing. Or maybe not, maybe they think their shields are so powerful nothing can get in... What have we got on here? Any deus ex machinae I haven't mashed the button of yet? Anything we can work with? ...I need to keep my eye on the space road. Could you maybe look at the controls, one of you?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, not terribly. I'm afraid we'll need to find some other option. Gelato can't really drive, so we'll have to switch if I am to drive. Space Grandpa could probably break in. But we haven't seen him for a very long time."
KitRedgrave: "...Who's this Space Grandpa character?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Nova... some sort of AI. He could infect stuff. He's not here though, so that limits our options."
KitRedgrave: "...Ah yes, this 'cyberwarfare' stuff I saw so much of in the archive. Think we could do that?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "If we had him, but we don't. We'd need something else."
KitRedgrave: "Maybe Gelato with his piles of nanites could do it, if we could only get a line of communication. Somehow I don't think they'd pick up if we hail them."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Our radio is busted, too. Hmmm."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier looks out the windows. There's an entire Sloan fleet flying as fast as it can towards where it thinks Sloan went.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sure."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier rips open a panel in the dashboard, revealing the fried interdimensional radio.
Gelato: *He crawls on up to the radio, looking at it veeeery closely.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's not gonna work all the way, mind you. We just need a short gap."
Metal Man (GM): The radio's got a bunch of burnt out traces and broken components. You have to spend 1 SE, but it'd be enough to make it work for a short distance.
Gelato: :D *He promptly charges dat sheeit!*
Metal Man (GM): The radio crackles to life... and we'll wait on Kit.
Metal Man nods.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So... we can radio them... now what."
Gelato: '...I dunno.' D:
KitRedgrave: "If I remember correctly, the people on TV would be able to just... make strange noises on the radio that are supposed to be data? And somehow fool the internal computers? This might've been a bad plan. I dunno, how could TV be _wrong_?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, having a working radio isn't a bad idea. Getting inside there on the other hand, hmmm. I think I have an idea, but we have to fly off to the side."
KitRedgrave: "Probably better than what I was trying. Okay..." *She tries to fly off to the side, while not just loop-de-looping or spinning out of control.*
Metal Man (GM): The ship continues flying... as do the other ships. As things calm down...
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Ah, right. I have the idea. We have to decloak, then lure some enemy ships after us. We get them to fly into the force field of that ship and create a temporary explosion hole, which we can then fly through."
KitRedgrave: "Risky, but probably our best way in."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So, just press the smilie face button to make the car-un-invisible, Kit, and... I'll let you try some flying for that. If you need any help... ...open the sunroof, I guess? Not a lot we can do in here anyway."
Metal Man (GM): KitRedgrave: You'd see the button... and also a variety of ships you could deal with. There's three fighter ships in the shape of + signs to the right. Lower down is a long, skinny-ish speed corsair ship with a bit more weapons but also more maneuverability. And then in the back is a giant rocket cube ship that seems to be very un-maneuverable.
KitRedgrave would just mash the buttons in the general direction of the + ships and the cube. Figures we can confuse the maneuverable ship and fly in past them with this erratic movement.
Metal Man (GM): The + ships and the cube notice your movements. The + ships chase, while the cube is a bit more hesitant to do so even when you hit it. You only have the + ship chasing you currently, although the maneuverable ship seems to have noticed this as well. The limo is now flying towards the 8-ball with the + ships in pursuit and potentially the maneuverable ship following close behind; do you do any change of path or do you go to lure them directly into the ship's force field? I'll assume Kit goes with luring them directly into the force field then. >_> Probably not the best to combine Civ V and a session. XP Aye... in any case, so we can get on to the next part... Oh, okay. Now I'm curious what the stupidity was. XP Anyway... waiting on that thing I noted.
KitRedgrave tries to erratically get close to the forcefield with them in tow, loop-de-loop behind them and hammer them for all we're worth.
Metal Man (GM): Ah, interesting. See, this is why I didn't want to assume what you did. XP
KitRedgrave: *Assuming the limo can go that fast. >w>; The faster one may notice what we're doing.*
Metal Man (GM): The limo can go that fast, yes. The faster one doesn't fall for it, and the cube thing wasn't even really chasing after you, but you create a big enough hole to fly through when you blast those + sized things into the force field. You can either fly inside through the fleetingly open hole you've created, or try to do something else more. Up to you.
KitRedgrave floors it into the hole! Wheeee!~
Metal Man (GM): You rocket inside. Of course, the ship tries to seal off the hangar bay from the ship. Do you either floor it even more, or try to blow up the hangar doors?
KitRedgrave would spam more buttons, because no way can Kit navigate this limo in such a tight space.
Metal Man (GM): The limo scrapes against some walls as a bunch of things explode. Eventually it makes it in there, though a bit banged up. The damage causes a continual pressure leak and alarms to go off. Most of the people who were in this hangar flee out a door and up some stairs and lock the bulkhead behind them.
KitRedgrave: "...Oh. I didn't think this through very well. In for an en, in for the entire THING!" *Pushpushpushpushpushpush yeeeehaw! Fires at the bulkhead, just trying to brute force blast THROUGH straight in.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I wouldn't worry, we have one of those space suit things you need in the glove compartment--"
Metal Man (GM): He watches the door they hid behind explode violently and pieces of metal fly everywhere.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Also that will probably help us get inside, yes."
Metal Man (GM): Since behind that bulkhead is a small area too small for a vehicle to get into, you'll have to land here.
KitRedgrave: "Yippie kai YAY motherf-...Oh." *She calms down.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I was going to get a pirated Renamon who cursed all the time... ...but you're close enough."
KitRedgrave: "...This is too fun. I should never fly this thing again."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's what they say whenever I fly this thing. Nobody can stop me... us... ...whoever else ends up flying this next..."
KitRedgrave: "Yeah... let's get in before they regroup." *She would go for the spare spacesuit in the glovebox.*
Metal Man (GM): The ship lands and you can put on the spacesuit. Xavier waits for that before he goes to exit the vehicle, looking around at the destruction.
KitRedgrave would step out of the ship after making sure Gelato would be fine out in the pressure vacuum.
Gelato: *He tumbles out, looking to be just fine. Semisolids seem to not be too affected in vacuums.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier idly bends a tiny hole in the air pressure of his suit. Sealing the hole shut.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You can see why I walk around like this all the time now."
Metal Man (GM): For whatever reason, there are few ships here. Just the destroyed bulkhead with stairs and flickering lights behind it, an elevator to the left of it, and a locked looking computer console.
KitRedgrave: "Indeed. Hm. I'm not sure there's much here that's worthwhile that I didn't explode."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "There's probably more levels of stuff if we want something in specific. It's a giant 8-ball ship..."
Metal Man (GM): Indeed, there's an elevator further away that suggests there's multiple levels of ship storage. The destruction here plus the relative lack of ships suggests only things that are expected to be scrambled immediately would ever be placed down here... and of course most of the ships were outside. In the background, the fried doors make it impossible for any other ships to fly inside to try and attack. You can hear some ships hovering around the broken hangar doors on the outside, indeed.
KitRedgrave: "...Oh neat. I guess we only need to worry about the security forces then. Mind if I see if this console will give us anything to do about that?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sure, go take a look, I'll cover you."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier keeps on the lookout for threats.
KitRedgrave: "Alright." *She would poke at the giant lock picture on the terminal. Hm... pushing random keys doesn't do it. How bout a Panel?*
Metal Man (GM): Panel does, in fact, unlock the panel. However, you witness something a bit more interesting: Alarms go off, and burly guys with armor covered in tinfoil and weird looking staves that fire exploding purple cubes start running out of the staircase bulkhead door thingy to the right. Xavier starts shooting at them--but there a lot of them.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We're going to need to get rid of these guys somehow--I don't have enough DVDs to kill them all!"
KitRedgrave: "...Should've known." *She looks for something that'll screw them all over, or at least makes things interesting on the console.*
Metal Man (GM): Activating the defenses in the stairwell should make it lethal for them to come down here. Especially when you reverse the targeting solution.
KitRedgrave does that then. >:3 Heeehehehehe.
Gelato: *He's assisting Xavier!*
Metal Man (GM): You hear a lot of loud explosions and guys running away, leaving there to be about 4 of the weird tinfoil weirdos to do battle with. BATTLE: Vs. 4 Tinfoil Weirdoes. Tinfoil Order: Gelato, Tinfoil, Kit, Xavier The Tinfoil guys don't seem to hear or understand Gelato. Then again, they don't seem to hear or understand much of anything. They appear bent on trying to protect the computer systems of the ship.
Gelato first action: it never hurts to have an additional move, just in case. He runs up to one tinfoil man, grabbing him, copying him with Gobbu power, and then flinging him at his comrade!
Metal Man (GM): And also disable him from using it too. The other guy manages to duck the throw.
Gelato: *He promptly uses another TP to cast Flash!*
Metal Man (GM): Two are blinded by it. The already disabled guy and a separate one are not. Tinfoil dudes The first guy is ticked off. He runs up to Gelato and swings his staff as a blunt instrument at Gelato. *BONK* 20 damage. He swings again at Gelato, as his rage cup runneth over. This time he bonks the floor.
Gelato: *He gets splattered once, bouncing out of the way of the other rather dizzily.*
Metal Man (GM): The second guy, who can actually see and also isn't disabled, tries to fire his beam at the console. However, Kit is in the way. So he fires his beam at Kit, so as to just try to push Kit out of the way.
KitRedgrave: *Duck a laser, somehow!*
Metal Man (GM): That it does. It flies over Kit's head and hits the console, padlocking it again. But no damage to Kit. Now that it has accomplished re-locking the console (to the same extent it was before) it... flips a switch and tries to laser Kit with a pure offensive exploding purple cube bomb.
KitRedgrave: Another dodge! She gets blown up. :<
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM* 40 damage. The next blinded one attempts to fire an exploding cube beam at Gelato. It apparently knows how to use The Force.
Gelato: *D8* *He just tries to hunker down and block this one!*
Metal Man (GM): 40 damage before block. The blinded guy then goes to fire the same attack at Xavier. Xavier sidesteps. The remaining blinded guy fires two exploding cubes at Xavier. Only one hit.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ow... Let's blow these guys up before they get any more annoying."
KitRedgrave: "Right! ...Ow." x_x; *She would just pour a lot of power into a great gout of magic fire all over the group of weird tinfoil men.*
Metal Man (GM): Three dodge. The unlucky 4th guy is annihilated by it.
KitRedgrave would go ahead and cast Agility on herself, before ending her turn with 3 TP and 4/9 SE after adding the extra point from Energetic. Has been working hard.
Metal Man (GM): Xavier aims at the still un-disabled, un-stunned guy with his DVD Launcher and Freaky Gun. That guy ran out of dodges from dodging things continuously all turn long. 62 damage to that guy, and also he gets stunned as well. Xavier then puts up a force field in front of Kit and most importantly, also blocking off the computer console from more attacks. The Tinfoil guy who can still see (though barely, through the DVDs stabbed into his helmet) seems ticked off by this.
Gelato: *Can he zap the computer to switch it back on and turn the turret on?*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, though the problem is there's no turret that can (currently) reach out here with these guys. Of course, there's defense systems out here you haven't experimented with turning on yet... You can use an ENG or SKI check to attempt to control the computer and find some additional security systems, if you wish. (3 TP per attempt.)
Gelato: *He runs over and attempts to COMPUTER. He's got Computer Connector--will that help?*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, add +2 to the roll for that. You figure out a huge gun in the floor you can hack and turn around to blast those guys to dust with. It was just fairly well hidden from you.
Gelato: *Beep boop, gun hacking. He's helping!*
Metal Man (GM): One of the guys goes to object, but the lasers vaporize the trash mob before another helping of death erases 2/3 of your HP when I really plan for no such thing to happen. Tinfoil bits blow around the newly empty area while Xavier slowly catches his breath.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Man... what a nuisance."
KitRedgrave pants... "Yeah..."
Metal Man (GM): Gelato re-unlocked the computer, so it's possible to further mess with the computer.
Gelato: *He starts checking on its controls, seeing what all is available for them.*
Metal Man (GM): You see a long list of areas, including an area full of ships above, and then several boring nondescript areas, and then a continually boring set of other things... what a boring ship this is. Eventually though, you determine there's something called a 'QUESTER MASSACRE MACHINE' on the 8th level, which apparently is the TOP SECRET RESERCH ZORN as whatever it is likes to call it.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Seems like there's only one important stop here. Shall we get on with it, or is there something else you guys want from here?"
KitRedgrave: "...Not really. We gotta blow this thing apart, that's where we start."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's what I was thinking. Onward, to deathly explosions!"
KitRedgrave limps on along, then, still slightly on fire and blackened from that last hit.
Metal Man (GM): Xavier would casually hit a button and open the elevator.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier takes out his healing item flask, and uses it on Kit. Kit regains 33% Max HP.
KitRedgrave: "Thank you..." *She looks slightly less on-fire, which is a win.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I was getting uncomfortable flashbacks to that time Illian set us all on fire."
Metal Man (GM): He walks into the elevator, still a bit creeped out about that time.
KitRedgrave walks in as well "I'll be fine... just need to be a little more careful."
Metal Man (GM): The elevator slowly goes up as everyone is aboard. Xavier reloads idly.
KitRedgrave tries to just get a little bit of rest in the elevator, coming down from the thrill of blowing so many things up and getting blasted.
Metal Man (GM): Eventually the door opens, revealing a room that is... a mess. There's wires everywhere, windows to the outside... and a giant mech laying there in pieces. The control panel to the entire ship is there, having been left as its original owner had left it.
KitRedgrave: "...Looks like they didn't get very far with this."
Metal Man (GM): A bunch of notes blow around inside the air conditioned room. One lands at everybody's feet. 'Time Cops are coming. Illian failed. I failed. There is no time. Running out of time.'
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Picks it up and stares* "Huh..."
KitRedgrave kneels down and picks it up, showing it to everyone.
Xavier Ridgecrest gives it to Kit when she reaches for it.
KitRedgrave: "Heh, whoops." ^_^;
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hmmm... this must be the reason why we haven't managed to be killed yet. You see, Sloan used to be this really hard to defeat guy, as you might recall. But all he seems to have are a bunch of gag enemies that, while deadly, are nothing we can't improvise around. The tricks are missing."
Metal Man (GM): A holographic presence appears in the room, staring at the three of you.
KitRedgrave: "I guess there's the tricks."
???: "Ah... what do we have here... visitors. The ones messing with my menus and destroying my antiviruses... tsk tsk tsk... it's all too obvious you want to blow this place up..."
LLL: "I am the Loser Lowering Legaltron, or LLL for short. And you... are making a mistake. I would attack you, but you would most likely either run away from here or win and blow me up. And that would contradict my mission, either way. I am not here to protect this pile of garbage. You have no clue what Sloan was working on, do you?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well duh."
LLL: "The Time Cops have been moving to consolidate the universe under their heel. Few outliers exist. Your foibles ensured that Sloan and Illian were both rendered too weak to defeat them. Their play to ensure such succeeded. Even if whatever you have done to Sloan didn't happen, he was going to die with 75% certainty anyway, by a Time Cop, most likely. We have been run ragged fleeing the wrath of Lyx. In fact I don't think you were ever supposed to manage to make it aboard this ship before it was destroyed by him..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The fact somebody I hate has been kicking your butt doesn't really make you somebody I care about."
LLL: "This is more about the problem that is YOURS now, since this was broken BEFORE you came here." *He points at the three of you haughtily.* "Once we are dead, you are next! You think it was annoying fighting my antivirus? Try people who warp in from outside the time zone and blast you in your sleep... or in your past... or in your grandma's face?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Blah... blah blah blah blah."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier walks right through the hologram.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "This control panel looks tasty, Gelato."
LLL: "Hey! You can't ignore me!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We'll kill Lyx next. What the heck do you think I care about a warning I already knew?"
KitRedgrave: "Either way, we're catching hell from them whether or not we do this."
LLL: "...Oh, right. The real reason I was set to trigger."
Metal Man (GM): It tosses a microchip to Kit out of a drawer.
KitRedgrave catches it, looking at it. Huh...?
LLL: "We captured this chip off of the Time Cops, but we cannot reverse engineer it. It contains hints to the weakness of their time powers."
Gelato: *He runs over to start eating wires!*
LLL: "You may as well have it, since this area is---" *Sparks, loud glitches* "...redundant..."
Metal Man (GM): The LLL fades as the panel is destroyed by the eating. Xavier proceeds to kick and smash more panels to pieces, causing various warning signals to come on.
KitRedgrave: "...Thank you. Hey, stop eating--nevermind. Don't you think it a bit odd for the enemy to 'help' us right before we kill them?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah, it's weird, isn't it? Of course, we can find out why they did it, now can't we?"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier rips out a chunk of the control panel.
KitRedgrave: "...If you mean to do it by forcibly ripping out its brain, sure."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Eh... I'm a bored person. This core here you see? We can run it back at base in an isolated subsystem. When I'm bored or you are, we can go ask it more questions. I had an AI once, you know, it was named SIMBER. Then it went insane... multiple times... so I don't do that anymore."
Gelato: :I *Munch munch munch. He slurps down a length of copper wire.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Gestures with the core* "But... AI are valuable, you know? So we just destroy this ship and sell the AI and make money off of it later."
KitRedgrave: "True. Let's just go steal it and blow this place apart. Sell... I dunno. We could have use of it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah... that mech thing doesn't look too nice, could you help knock it apart, Kit?"
KitRedgrave: "Maybe... unless we might need it. No idea how we'd bring it out though."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You want to steal the mecha pieces? Interesting..."
KitRedgrave: "Might be good for something. I dunno. We should take a look. If Sloan's building it it probably has some weird stuff we could play with."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier sticks a bomb to one of the windows and arms it, but it's a remote mine so it won't go off until he makes it.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We can grab it by blasting a hole in this window and using Gelato to magnetize the limo so the mech parts stick to the limo."
KitRedgrave: "Right. Just need a way to get the limo back over here."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'll go down and get it. You already have a space suit so this should be a snap. Oh, right, the doors. Oh, right. My explosive devices."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier takes out another record player shaped explosive device and goes down the elevator.
KitRedgrave: "Thanks for humoring me on this!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "No problem. May as well make the best of this weird situation."
Metal Man (GM): A few explosions later, you see the limo floating outside. BEEEEEP *BOM* the bomb on the glass detonates, but due to how it's set up, it just sucks the debris outside. It pulls on you guys a bit too, but Xavier plugs the limo into the hole and opens the doors so you can get inside.
KitRedgrave tries to get the AI core into the back seat.
Metal Man (GM): It's really heavy and like a portable air conditioner. It squeeeaks by inside, though it involves a lot of shoving. But it's a limo, so the backseat is pretty spacious--it's just the door that isn't.
KitRedgrave: "Nnnngh! Argh!" *Shove.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'd say don't scratch the paint, but I bought unholy unscratchable paint from hell many years ago."
Gelato: X3 *He's pushing against it with his head. Not helping at all, but it's the thought that counts, right?*
KitRedgrave finally gets the thing shoved in, not at all right-side up, closes the door, and gets in the limo panting hard from all that work. @_2;
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All right... one last bit. Gelato... think of magnets! Think of... being a giant magnet."
Metal Man (GM): And after Gelato does that, I think we'll finish there. My mind's been a tad slow today, but I thank you guys for bearing with it, as I managed to complete what I had in mind.
Gelato: 'Okay, I'm thinking. What now?' D:
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Focus your energies... at that!" *Points at the mecha parts* "And make it... come here."
Gelato: 'Um...' *He tries to make the mecha pieces... magnet-force-power their way over to the limo! Using SE, if needed!*
Metal Man (GM): It costs... eh... 2 SE. The magnet force sticks them to the hood and sides of the limo. Xavier then guns the throttle in reverse, and the whole pile of mecha parts follows.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Right... let's get out of here." *Flips a switch and launches a giant rocket into the cockpit of the 8-ball, causing the entire thing to fly backwards and spin into some other ships and explode* "Time to take us back... I hope they killed Sloan, otherwise he's gonna be a real pain to kill because I doubt he's going to like what we did..." *Flies towards home base.*
Metal Man (GM): Aaand on that note... Session Complete.
Gelato: *He plops his butt into the limo, panting slightly from the effort.*
Metal Man (GM): Recap: The Questers destroyed Sloan. Sloan had thought he was going to attack Xavier, but instead Xavier was just bait. He was warped to the planet where the Wing Fortress was and then was destroyed in a massive battle. Xavier, Kit and Gelato then blew apart Sloan's 8-ball ship, and stole the parts to some sort of mecha machine plus a bunch of other stuff. The Questers are now at the Wing Fortress, re-united after that mayhem. It's been a little while, enough for the dust to settle. XRCS Wing Fortress:
Nonna: *Is there, but looking like she lacked sleep.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hi guys. We brought presents." *Opens cargo bay door and steps aside as a pile of robot pieces land on the ground* "It's in many pieces, mind you."
Valron: "Hah. Certainly a damned nice haul you managed to get, in any case."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We also stole the weird LLL system. It stood for Loser Loser Loser or something. It also had all his data, you know, which is probably more important than what it stood for."
Valron: "So some sort Triple Loser data device. Interestin'."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Basically Sloan was doing some plan and some guys seemed to be hunting him and it appears as if we kicked over a slowly dying faction."
Nonna: "The next step is finding where he hid all his treasures and weapons, and then destroying them so nobody else takes his place."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I think he was banking heavily on that one gambit that fell through."
Valron: "...Fat lot of good that did him."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All of them? That's probably a tall order..." *He scratches his chin *(which of course, causes a metallic noise) "I mean, the data we got was a vast series of data points and encrypted stuff, even if we could decode all of it it'd take a while to figure out the disposition of all of it... I'm not sure what we're going to do next, mind you, but I'm thinking maybe we should continue to take the aggressive stance and start ripping up Time Cop stuff. There's a lot of stuff here but I'm not specifically in need of a mech at the moment... feel like we can sort of shelve the parts in favor of blowing away the Time Cops, one base at a time... probably just start destroying their footholds. Well, either that, or the other idea I had..."
Valron: "On a different note... Have we gotten any news regarding that bounty that was apparently on Sloan's head? ...Also, what is your other idea?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Since the Celians hold sway over Erastia, and I don't particularly like them, I figure we might want to make that end."
Nonna: "With my cover blown, I won't be allowed on the trade planet again anytime soon."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "If we could secure the mother lode of Erastian leftovers, we could potentially even build an entire army. And yes. I don't think I'll be allowed onto that planet either."
Valron: "Can't say I care much about the Celians, either."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They were already trying to arrest me... the only good news is they're going to mail me my golf club when they're done repairing it."
Nonna: "And... about that. Sorry."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh, what... not telling us who you were?" *He shrugs.* "I lied about who I was over 10 times. Let's just say I'm not Caldon Bell. Or Illian Macgregor. Or The Void's other half, or anything else I said earlier than 3 years ago. Yes. Gelato doesn't have people out to kill him on a name basis, so he doesn't really need to hide things. Whereas some people... ...probably even more people now... really would like to see me stay dead."
Valron: "Also, before I forget..." *He starts handing out some of the gold bars to the group. Nonna, Gelato, and Xavier each get 6, leaving him with 12.* "I converted some of the Cronikos I got into gold bars. Those are each worth about 500 coins, if memory serves me right."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Wow... this is nostalgic." *He holds the bars in his hands.* "I used to have 2000 of these, when I was embezzling Stadium funds..."
Valron: "I... probably have at least a couple people that might want me dead. Not entirely sure. I wouldn't surprised if Autumnus is still a little sore over the drubbing I gave him back on Alsa."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Although, Nonna, I might have to ask what your relative can do for us, if that's even a thing he would do." *Spins a gold bar.* "It might be worthwhile..."
Gelato: *He promptly sits protectively on his, looking like the tiniest, most adorable Smaug ever.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Borne knew him once, and in between loud angry rants, I think he said something about Anthon tending to be non-aligned with any particular side other than his own... which would work well with what we're doing. Since I don't plan to fly an Erastian flag and go 'HAIL ERASTIA' any time soon. Those fascist pricks deserve to stay dead. It's just their old military bases and potentially pliable survivors I--er, we'd need."
Nonna: "Thank you, Valron. And... that's hard to say, Xavier. There's something going on that we're not sure about. What we did on Alsa seemed to cause some kind of problem with his health. I don't have any of the details, as he hasn't told me yet, and told me to just keep continuing on."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier puts a hand to his chin.
Valron: "Mhm. Figured it'd be good if we had something more... reliable in case we pop into a place where Cronikos are no good" *He then blinks as he hears Nonna speak up* "Ah? That's... peculiar."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You know, Alsa didn't really make me feel good either. It's only because of the radioactive Smash Energy I have that I'm not dead. Indeed. Garrick's mistake when he hit me with that cannon shot was that the will of the Questers keeps me alive... and he was just a man with a large cannon, not a Quester... and not a Time Cop. But I'm not so sure what would be wrong with Anthon."
Metal Man (GM): Borne walks over, looking casual.
Nonna: "Oh, uh... Hi." *She'd shyly look away.*
Commander Borne: "Anthon did the entire Mad Man thing because he wished to live forever, at least that's what I always got out of it, since unlike everyone else who became a Mad Man, he didn't really use it for any special power. When I died and was revived, my connection to Alsa was greatly weakened. That is also why I most likely don't feel compelled to go back there and conquer it anymore. Doubly so since you turned off the... thing in the center of it. However Anthon was probably connected to the Mad Man device and whatever was inside it and whatever it was doing. So turning it off may have not benefited his health very much."
Valron: "Yeah, it probably helps that Evil & Stupid isn't a thing that's active there any more. ...Hm. Well, then."
Commander Borne: "Indeed." *He looks at Nonna robotically.* "I didn't really get upset at the revelation because if he truly is alive-alive, he is incredibly old. Our old feuds are fairly meaningless when I doubt he will be coming in here and smashing a chair over my head any time soon. As much as he might order you to do the same to me..." *He gestures to Valron.* "Like with Xavier, I'm afraid trying to kill me is no longer something that would strictly end with me dying and staying dead. People other than me have a vested interest. So if he is in any way seeming off, it is mostly because he is quite old, and the known ability of the Mad Man powers to sustain life is... unknown. Nobody has any reports of them living beyond one hundred and fifty years old, anyway. Which... even though he probably isn't that old... I doubt he is immune to aging. My body was deteriorating, after all."
Valron: "I do remember that whole mess, yeah..."
Commander Borne: "I had to create an entire super project to save my mechanical metal body... and that's this body made of metal. Now Anthon is made out of flesh. Somehow I doubt he is able to resist inevitability with his mind alone forever unaided. He's the only other Mad Man in existence... no wait, there's also Marley, but Marley is much younger than either of us... And yes, like yours, Gelato."
Nonna: "Marley, I've heard that name a few times before."
Metal Man (GM): Borne shows his arm's ability to ripple for Gelato.
Commander Borne: "Marley... Marleson... good for nothing loser who was on the wrong side of every war... You know, he was once Jack's aide, and he never took well to me hating Jack, even though he later came to hate Jack too. He loved Democracy way too much... I can confirm he's still out there on Alsa."
Metal Man (GM): Borne smirks a bit devilishly.
Valron: "Yeah... He and I... seem to be pretty unlucky when it came to being on the right side. Even if I did jump ship later on, mind."
Commander Borne: "I guess you might want to capture him to get a tissue sample to create a genetic cure for whatever Anthon is suffering from? Since he is human and just younger rather than a cyborg or something. Can't really figure out the difference between an aged Mad Man and a younger one without an A/B comparison sample, and I was never actually a human being, so..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I think this Anthon person might not care for our meddling in what he's doing, to be honest. He wanted Sloan dead. Sloan's dead. If he wants medicine or something, I guess he would send Nonna here to get it. In which case I would just consider the usual Quester fee to apply rather than sleazily picking skin cells off an annoying person to spite people."
Commander Borne: "Well yes... but keep in mind there's no telling what else she's supposed to do..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You have no clue of the crazy people I've put up with, Borne... she's not gonna have any secret mission nuttier than Locos'."
Commander Borne: "Who was that again?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The maniac who wanted to assassinate an entire planet full of holographic Solarian children."
Valron: "...Don't ask."
Commander Borne: "...You and your crazy peers... ...well, it's up to you anyway."
Metal Man (GM): Borne walks off, clearly more interested in reasons to pick on Marley than anything else. Xavier just shrugs.
Nonna: "I was only ordered to... take care of Sloan, and make sure none of you turned psychotically evil. Both have already been accomplished. Right now I'm aimless."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well that's a good... bad.......it's a thing. Fun fact: technically without a Stadium to save, the Questers have no specific aim either. Except to beat up Time Cops because they threatened us and instigated war. So that's a thing. So yeah. The way I see it, ensuring this Anthon person doesn't die can just be a profitable side mission... if we get some actionable intel on this... at Nonna's discretion. Otherwise... I think we should just pay the Celians a visit and make them leave my homeworld alone. I'm sure Ivan would be on board if I told him he got half of all the reconstruction contracts."
Nonna: "I've yet to tell him that Sloan's dead. I will make sure to ask him if anything can be done."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. You don't need to say your cover has been compromised, but just note that we -are- the Questers and thus if there is something non-evil we could do... I mean. We did what we did for Alsa based on Kit's situation, and we go to Erastia based on mine. Nothing against doing more good things for more people. Just be a wrecking ball that cleans the evil out of things... ...hate those Time Cops..."
Valron: "And I'd also like to make a trip back to Alsa at some point. Figured that seeing as I have that transport ship now, I can pick up the stuff on those ships with little problem. ...And loot the remains of Illian's ship. Figured there'd be some useful stuff on it, in addition to the fact that it'd help him by having a more... proper lab. Well, proper for his tastes, but. You get the idea."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I wonder if Gelato wants something..." *He pets Gelato.* "Maybe more gold. Hm, very well. On that note, I guess we should gear up for a trip to Celia. I can get Ivan ready, then we can try out our new weapons on them if they refuse to let us through. I'll get out that old Erastian AI too... ...is anyone here good with computers, again? I want to try to simultaneously activate as many Erastian defense devices as possible."
Valron: "Also, have we made sure to cash in that bounty on Sloan's head yet? They called him the... Lethal Joker, right? Also, I'm capable with computers as well."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We haven't yet, because of the problem that me, Nonna, and others are considered basically outlaws. So they don't want to give us money, you know? Otherwise we just use it to be outlaws too. We need some way to... er... launder or 'process' that so they think it's going to somebody... ...they don't hate."
Valron: "Hm. I see..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'd say Ivan but the Time Cops already got most of the Nintendians blacklisted for 'Vile Tampering With Reality'."
Nonna: "If it comes down to it..." *She'd pull out her omni-disguise.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And Borne is considered a Warlord from Alsa. Not specifically a price on his head so much that anyone who does business with him automatically gets war declared on them by various Time Cop organizations."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And of course we get down to Illian who is basically wanted for his Psycho half being Omnicidal. And we can't really disprove it because he can still wield things nobody should be able to use."
Valron: "Anything on my head I should be aware of? Or is it just being associated with you that they have a problem with?"
Nonna: "His psycho half?" *She'd glance at Xavier.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You're considered a Protector, one of the henchmen of said Psycho Illian. Yes. Psycho Illian is known as 'The Destroyer.' Who destroyed multiple planets and systems just to damage the Time Cops. He's wanted for destroying 90% of the Time Cops of his home realm... they had enough survivors to post the bounties in this one. Now of course what we have with us is a machine that has his mind and personality intact, but they don't really consider that a reason to trust said machine."
Valron: "Yeah, I... seem to choose the best allies sometimes, I swear." *He shakes his head.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Psycho Illian as I/we call him, the one who was busy trying to destroy Nintendus a while back... hm, you weren't there, were you, Nonna."
Nonna: "But aren't you also split from him?"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier plays a Game Boy Camera-ized video of a man who looks like Xavier laughing insanely to himself, brandishing Chaos Emeralds and blowing up continents.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes, I'm the him from this dimension. That is, I would have become Illian but Illian came from his world and manipulated this one. I was his attempt to create the 'Ultimate' form of himself... it backfired. He went to give me the perfect life, causing me to get bored and become a gladiator because my perfect life gave me no challenge whatsoever. He still managed to get me into the Erastian military. 'Uncle Illian' I used to call him."
Valron: *You can tell he's trying not to crack up at that.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The plan was I would be the ultimate soldier and lead the Erastians to victory against the Time Cops, or defect to the Solarians and destroy both Time Cops and Erastians with them. But I wanted to just blow things up. I didn't know what he was talking about. And he kept rambling... and rambling... and I fell asleep through most of his monologues. Plus only I got to see him, so most people thought I was completely insane. He refused to let anyone else see him. So anyway, things went pear shaped when the Time Cops found out something was up and went to confiscate the illegal Time Device Illian had seemingly slipped into Erastian hands. Because... ...because me from the future appeared! And the me from the future freaked out Ael and caused the discussion about how to deal with the Time Device to go pear shaped."
Gelato: "..." *Zzz.*
Valron: "Yeah, that... That all happened."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So I ran away while future me created a Time Paradox and here we are. The destruction from the Time Paradox totaled Erastia. That and the Time Cops reflexively blowing it to bits... and the Solarians taking advantage of that..."
Nonna: "I... huh."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I haven't even gotten to the most insane part."
Valron: "Welcome to our lives, Nonna. It's a complete and utter clusterfuck."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I was on the run through different dimensions. The Time Cops chased me, the 'Time Hobo'... ...I kept demanding they call me the Time Bandit but it won't stick, damn it... ...Eventually I heard some rumors of a really dangerous death zone even Time Cops refused to go into. So I flew this ship directly into it. The ship got disintegrated by an anti-device field. And then I found this Stadium... a sports arena, you know? And there was a robotic wolf person, and a psychic cat. And they thought I was there to join some 'fan' based defense force they were making against some people... an evil warlock and a dinosaur named Bowser."
Gelato: -A- *Zzzz.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They then told me a magic remote could give me magical powers. So I said yes, because I figured I could use those powers to kill Time Cops. Instead their electrical shock short circuited my mental chips and fried my brain."
Valron: "...It's all kinda ridiculous and nonsensical is the idea."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Many years passed as I had no clue who or what I was and was compelled by the urge to eat scarecrows to gain their powers and punch people in black capes."
Nonna: "Hurrah for ridiculous and nonsensical?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Then Illian showed up and offered to take my place after the dangerous monsters we defeated had died down and even offered my Wing Fortress back, you see."
Valron: "I thought you ate skeletons."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So I left a while, then I read about how Unc--er, Illian had killed Kuja. I ate those skeletons for daring to stare me down. Also the walls. And the floor tiles. And phazon. I could be a billionaire now if I hadn't eaten so much of my phazon. Anyway, back to Erastia. In these years it's become a destroyed... well. I can show us the place when we fly there... nobody needs anything on this current resort Solarian planet thing, right? Needless to say, it's been dead and cooled off after all this time. Years have passed."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The Celians basically used this as an excuse to create some sort of lucrative business because they suck, so naturally we're going to... enlighten them with laser beams."
Valron: "Sounds about right. ...Good thing I brought that transport ship so that we can cherry-pick the best parts for ourselves when we're done with 'em, huh?"
Nonna: "I should see how my grandfather is doing. When you're decided on a destination, let me know."
Gelato: *He drools on Xavier's boot.*
Valron: "Honestly, I think kicking the Celians in half sounds like a good start."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I think we're going to the Celians, currently."
Nonna: *Still looking uneasy, she'd head to her quarters.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier revs up the Time Engine. The Wing Fortress shudders a bit, then takes off, dropping some sand as it leaves the dusty beach. It flies into space, now only with a handful of warning signals on the main controls instead of millions of them.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's almost eerie to think we're not experiencing 100 decompression events every second anymore..."
Valron: "Definitely a change I can get used to."
Editor's Note: And on that note, onward, to the next part of REVELATION! (When I get to logging it)