REVELATION - Story - Chapter 4: The Ruins of Alsa

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Date: 8:21:59 PM, January 11th, 2015.
Metal Man (GM): The other side... is a dim cave, full of objects laying around. Dust lays about as it appears to be some sort of lab, given that there's some lit up lamps and electronics ahead. ???, Alsa -- The Stargate. You walk out of is a full size one, made of silver material and with a bunch of spinning components on it. It looks like it was hastily dumped here, given you walk out of it a bit sideways.
KitRedgrave can't resist a bit of unknown adventure, and decides to go along as well for right now.
Valron: "...Welll, now. Not the most graceful exit, but I'm glad it actually works right."
Nonna: *Getting up after apparently landing on her face* "I'll say."
Metal Man (GM): The lab has some more lit up objects up ahead. The cave itself smells a bit dank, lie there's water somewhere in here.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I wish I had a better memory, I forget what this place is... if I have even been here before."
Nonna: "So this is Alsa. Can't say I'm a fan of its interior decorating culture."
Valron: "I'm... not entirely sure if I've been here before, either."
KitRedgrave: "This... isn't indicative of Alsa at all. This is some sort of cave."
Valron: "Hm..." *He ponders to himself for a moment, before going to make his way down the path.*
Metal Man (GM): Down the way, it becomes a bit more clear what's here, as a sort of large area lit up with a bunch of fluorescent lights shows that a bunker door has sealed off the wide open mouth of this cave.
KitRedgrave would have made sure to bring the book beforehand! Maybe we'll get to see some total bullhonkey^W^Wperfectly balanced combat.
Gelato: owo *He follows at the back of the group, looking around at the objects and water and lights and such.*
Metal Man (GM): And at the center of a bunch of computers with monitors on them, illuminated in the dark, is a two-tailed fox, snoozing and leaning back in his chair.
Valron: "...Oh. Huh. Good to see a familiar face. Even if he's out like a light."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier would casually hang around the back of the group, being careful not to crush anything he steps on.
Nonna: "Not a foe, I presume?"
KitRedgrave: "...He's familiar? Never seen him before."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I swear... this room is almost as cluttered as my Bridge..."
Valron: "Well, familiar to me, anyways."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Except it's all wrong... this isn't my mess-based filing scheme at all... ...look at that, there's even a label on that box..."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier points at a box of 'military rations' with the neat handwriting on it as if decent labeling is the sign of the apocalypse.
KitRedgrave would just have a look around the fox's setup. "Pretty nice, for being stuck in a cave because the world's over."
Metal Man (GM): The sleeping person slowly wakes up and yawns, looking to the group of you.
Nonna: "Hi."
???: "..... ." *He would almost reach for some sort of weird cobbled together boxing glove on his desk, but pause when he sees Kit, and set it down.*
Valron: *He shakes his head at Xavier, before going to... Oh. He's awake. Never mind that, then. He just kinda... waves.* "...Oh, hello, Tails."
Tails: "Wait... ...you're actually here... this isn't just another nightmare..."
KitRedgrave would totally not even notice that the strange fox is awake until he talks, and then immediately whirls around! ^o.o7!
Valron: "Last I checked, this is completely real, yes."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'll take a nightmare over that weird land of happy children we visited once. ...right, I'm the only survivor of that mission."
Valron: "...Don't mind him. He's always like that."
Nonna: "I'm sure you were."
Tails: "It's okay, he kind of reminds me of Big... and Shadow... ...I think I remember you, you're... Questers, right?" *Hears a beep and takes out his Tails-comp* "Huh... a being made of goo that can talk to computers... ...eh, not too odd." *He types out a bunch of binary by hand that says 'hello' to Gelato* "I assume you've come here for more than admiring this cave, haven't you?"
Valron: "Yeah. He just figured that out... a few minutes ago, apparently? Don't ask me how, though."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well now that you mention it, you do have an unsettling ability to label everything and organize it alphabetically."
Tails: "I see you even brought another Mobian with you, which is interesting. It's about time someone came here... Angel Island has been deserted for a long time."
KitRedgrave: "Mobian. Mobius? Is that what you call it now?"
Tails: "Yes. ...You know, I was about to ask, the fact you're here makes me very curious."
Nonna: "Is there not a faction here which could... make it not deserted?" *To avoid bringing up GUN directly by name lest it's a taboo here, she fished for answers.*
Tails: "Well, that's what I was getting to. The Mobians were all in hiding long before even GUN's people went into hiding. But this person here... ...uhh, sorry for being so rude, what's your name?" *He points at Kit.*
KitRedgrave: "No need to be sorry, I hadn't asked you that either." *She bows a bit.* "Catherine Redgrave, at your service."
Tails: "Nice to meet you. I'm Tails... the rest of my name is a bit embarrassing, heheh..." *Rubs the back of his head* "I haven't seen many other Mobians in a long time, because we kinda made a mistake when we did send them off. We... ...forgot to keep good track of where they went."
KitRedgrave: "Ah. I hear it's pretty terrible up there..."
Tails: "We get data back that indicates they're all right, but we can't warp them back. That's what that gate you came through was here for."
Valron: "...Hm. I see."
Tails: "Long before everything got out of hand, Sonic and I helped send everyone other than those insane echidnas to a safe place. It's safe now, but... ...I still can't find out where they are. It doesn't help that that Illian person ruined a lot of the planet... or Jack..." *Sighs.*
Valron: "...Don't remind me. I still feel a bit dirty for having helped him in the first place."
Nonna: "GUN is in hiding, hm. So they're an inert force at the moment." *More to herself than actually speaking to anyone.*
Tails: "Borne sent them into hiding to avoid their death by Sloan and Illian. He succeeded... not that I'm terribly happy about that, because his people seem to be capable of coming back, whereas I managed to botch what I did..."
Metal Man (GM): Tails takes out an old notebook, one now fanatically covered in writing.
Tails: "We were in such a hurry we didn't fully document where we sent them, so this coordinate is off. The problem is, there's millions of other addresses in that thing, so we can't find them by just randomly dialing. There could be a black hole on the other end for all we know. It was outside of Alsa too, which means it's very expensive to use the warp."
Metal Man (GM): He gestures to the Master Emerald, which is sitting beside the gate, hence why you couldn't see it earlier.
Tails: "You're lucky nobody else comes through that... might have not been enough energy otherwise."
KitRedgrave: "That's some equipment you got there, but yeah... We can probably help you find them."
Tails: "Where did you come from, anyway? The coordinate you had was never written anywhere, not even in the ancient hieroglyphic storage device that came with our gate."
KitRedgrave: "We had came from... what was it called? Some planet on the outside."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Opus."
Valron: "Opus, yes."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's just outside the boundaries of Alsa and Nintendus."
Tails: "You made it out there... did you use a Stargate?"
Valron: "We made a device that functions as such back on our ship, yes."
Nonna: "More or less."
Tails: "Er, I mean, how did you get outside of Alsa and Nintendus to there originally? Was that also a Stargate?"
Valron: "No, we didn't use a Stargate for that."
KitRedgrave: "We kind of punched a hole in reality and went for it."
Tails: "Since if you have one that goes outside like that... oh." *He sighs.* "If we had a second one, you know..."
Valron: "We... kinda had to break through a pretty nasty barrier."
Nonna: "Technology has really progressed lately."
Tails: "But then again, if you can get out there under your own power... That means you could probably just visit the area here by yourself. Once you get outside the realm, it's cheaper to fly with space ships than Stargate from place to place. Especially given the horde of you there seems to be..." *He goes to hand Kit the addresses.* "That should limit it to within one starsystem. They send the radar signals as noted there. If you could check that out, I'd be eternally grateful... then again, you probably would be too. Otherwise we're liable to be about the only mobians on all of Alsa left."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "What about Sonic?"
Tails: "He's been missing since back then too. He went into the portal I made to go after them... I think he showed up again once, then vanished again. I get the feeling he's been looking for them... you'll probably find him out there. I warned him against it, but you know how he is... er, if you know him, that is."
Valron: "...Sounds like quite the mess, to say the least."
KitRedgrave: "We'll get them back. But first maybe we should get a better picture of what went on here, and how we can set things right so they have a place to come back to."
Metal Man (GM): Tails glances to Gelato.
Tails: "It might be useful to create a device to find him... if you find useful pieces... oh... you want to know about here, do you?"
Gelato: *Nodnod.*
Metal Man (GM): Tails gets out of the chair and abruptly walks to the huge door, clicking a button on it. The gigantic hangar doors slowly open. A sky lit by sunset can be seen, highlighting a view of a massive world. Before you sits lasered and melted ruins of the Echidna civilization. There's a bunch of weird gaudy looking corpses wearing weird armor made out of stop signs and poorly painted fireman helmets. And some Echidna ones too. They're all skeletons, by now. The area looks like it was exploded from the sky. You can even see an Illian ship smashed into a nearby mountain.
Gelato: "..." *He shrinks away, behind Valron's heels.*
Valron: "...Wow. That's... Certainly not what I was expecting."
Metal Man (GM): Down below, you can see the Mobian Continent: It looks a bit greener, but the buildings look lopsided and covered in foliage. The skyscrapers, that is.
Valron: "Is... Is the rest of the world like that?"
KitRedgrave just stares at the ruins. "...Wow. The crazy bastard really did try to kill everybody, did he?"
Tails: "The GUN people have begun to emerge in the city down there. The stuff you did changed that other side of the world, where I've heard the Corallians or whatever are back... but you can't see them from here."
Metal Man (GM): He turns on a monitor and shows a futuristic city really far away on another continent.
Tails: "That Mushroom Republic place is okay, I think, too... ...bit of damage from where they encountered Illian's forces... Most of the destruction was around here. At night, some of those corpses come to life and try to attack. That's what the doors are about."
Valron: "Glad to see that I managed some good in spite of having to work with Illian for a bit if those Corallian fellows are doing well enough... In any case, hm. I see."
Nonna: *Looking strangely unaffected by the ruin* "Sounds like this is going to be a long job."
Tails: "Yes... we need to get the Mobians back before those GUN people can recoup too much. They'll take over the continent again if we leave it empty. I wouldn't blame them."
Valron: "What is up with GUN, anyways?"
Tails: "Their leaders were told by Borne the apocalypse was coming. They fled to an -X-Zone... then Sloan found them and they fled even further away. I've heard there's some group called the Sons of Borne who against all odds fought off Sloan's forces and managed to save the civilians from being killed. They have been sending scouts about here. They don't seem hostile to me, but they don't like me either. They keep demanding my Stargate and Emerald. They can't seem to understand those two things are needed... but they keep going on about 'Stupid dead Echidnas' and 'Where is Garrick.'"
KitRedgrave: "...I have a question for you, and it might sound sort of cryptic. Do you prefer to know the entire truth even if it's uncomfortable, or to be happy if it makes no difference either way?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well I know they won't find him. Or if they do, I have some C-4 to attach to Garrick's face."
Tails: "Well... let's put it this way, Catherine. I've seen everything I know destroyed at least three times, so the truth isn't likely to shock me any more than the other three times everything I knew was upended... besides, I want to know the truth. Science is important... asking questions doubly so."
Nonna: "How do the so-called Sons of Borne get along with the GUN remnants?"
KitRedgrave: "Heh heh." *She has a grin on her face, like that was the right choice. So much for guile.* "Then I'll tell you something after we're done with this line of discussion."
Tails: "The Sons of Borne, or... well... .uh... we kinda call them Sobs for a reason..."
Valron: "Yeah, I had a feeling that was the case."
Tails: "They're tough, and seem psychotically devoted to upholding the example Borne went. The GUN remnants are subservient to them, due to the last true blue GUN person vanishing. It's really more of Borne's organization now, even though he isn't here. They sort of work in his name. Probably for the best he's dead, though. They all have differing ideas of how to do his work. Some are actually quite peaceful. Others seem to like setting up intricate dominoes made of explosions. It's a real problem, because you never know who you're going to get when you call them..." *Sighs.*
Valron: "Sounds like the ones we want to get to are the ones who don't like to make intricate explosion chains for fun. Because, y'know. They sound more sensible."
Tails: "Yep... don't ask me how, though. Several of the explosion ones were here a while back... they blew up a bunch of ancient Echidna shrine ruins 'for fun.' That's when the corpses began re-animating."
Valron: "...Oh, well that explains it. Idiots desecrated a shrine."
Tails: "I've heard rumors that some of the Echidnas still live, even. Just that they moved to another remote area closer to the Corallians."
Valron: "Does nobody ever realize that it's a terrible idea?"
Tails: "They created a new cult, too. The Kragok person they once worshiped had failed them, according to their prophecies. They now worship someone named... Kuji? Or was it Flaeyn?"
Valron: "...You're kidding. Please tell me you're joking."
Nonna: "Someone you know?"
Valron: "Yes, and I almost want to destroy them out of principle."
Tails: "No, I'm not. The older Echidnas got killed off in the giant fire, so... the younger, rasher ones decided to worship what they called 'The Cool Guys.'"
Valron: "...Words are failing me right now."
Tails: "Luckily they also left this continent, so for the first time I don't have to worry about them trying to sacrifice me to avenge some slight my great great great great great grandfather did against Kragok."
Valron: "I almost kinda wish they didn't so I could hear about how they uselessly imploded against things, but... It's never that easy."
Nonna: "So we won't have to worry about getting involved with... Kuji Flaeyn or whoever while we're looking into the other messes."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Those people they mention either died or vanished, so no. It's like worshiping dead people."
Tails: "Kragok was also dead, so, yes... they tend to worship dead people... It's no wonder they ended up creating that unholy spear of death that Jack once used. For all we know, their great ceremony was to kill their most beloved leaders so they could be worshiped forever."
Valron: "That still seems like a step down, but... That's... I'm just kinda flabbergasted, sorry."
Nonna: "Having too many fronts open at once would be a disaster anyway."
Tails: "Well, I've heard rumors the old King is somewhere in the ruins, either alive or undead somehow... Apparently they had an argument with him before they went off to worship the 'Cool Guys' in their 'Ultimate Battle Fortress' far away from here..."
Valron: "The more you talk about them, the less I like them. Is that normal?"
Nonna: "Cults tend to do that."
Valron: "No, I mean. Even outside of usual cult rubbish."
Tails: "Well, they said they wish to become truly like the legendary Flaeyn and Kuji, according to them."
Valron: "...Well, all they need to do is just harass artifacts until they barf up hordes of zombies and get everyone to hate them."
Tails: "I think there was somebody named Haruto some of them wanted to also be like, but they complained about a lack of written record about the person."
Valron: "That's seriously it."
Tails: "Some of them suggested worshiping Keikyoku and his son, but apparently they decided he wasn't cool enough. Something about being afraid of wigs or something."
Valron: "Oh, great. What's next? Are they going to suggest mass-producing- Oh. I was almost hoping I'd see them all in rainbow House of Lords wigs."
Nonna: "There isn't an asylum with enough staff..."
Valron: "That would've at least lightened the mood."
Tails: "Also in case it means anything to you, the devil in their little religion is named Julian. He is referenced as the Most Uncool Dude."
Valron: "...Ahahaha. Oh, this is just getting more and more ridiculous. I almost want to see this failure parade now."
Tails: "They claim that Julian was once a cool dude, but then he was shot in the face by a jelly donut, and became uncool. ...I got really bored and recorded the strange things they kept saying outside my door when they tried to recruit me to their cult."
Valron: "Worth a good laugh, at least."
Tails: "Since they figured I knew some of the Cool Dudes and therefore could be a priest or something... ...no thanks... Anyway... that's what's here. I'm unsure if you guys have any more pressing objectives? Or wait... I was being told something, that's right." *Looks to Kit.*
Nonna: "I wonder if this goes beyond normal cultish insanity... maybe they were exposed to harmful toxins also? All sorts of things can influence the brain."
KitRedgrave: "Well... I suppose I should start with this. The Illian you knew is dead."
Tails: "It's been said they visited the ruins of a Stadium in Westopolis that was full of strange energy that had rotted over time."
Valron: "It sounds more like they were desperate for a sense of direction, more than anything else."
Tails: "...Well that's not so surprising. Illian's forces just vanished. The Solarians and other ships he had, seemed about ready to conquer and kill us all. Then they were gone. I had partially made the door because of that. They had already taken over the island at the time."
Valron: "...And that old thing's still around? I'd have thought the energy would have been nullified by now..."
Tails: "Well, I don't think the energy they absorbed was useful energy, if you get my drift, Valron. It probably was the... garbage energy..."
Valron: "...Ah. That... explains a lot."
KitRedgrave: "That's not even the best part. You probably won't believe this, but we were the ones to do it. Took breaking the laws of reality itself into little tiny bits."
Nonna: "Through voluntary drugs... contaminated food and/or water supply, radioactive environment, or wearing lead makeup. It could be anything. Or that."
Valron: "Felt like it took months, though."
Tails: "...And how did you get rid of Illian by breaking reality? Don't worry, I have experience in this." *Coughs* "Time Eater..." *Coughs again.*
KitRedgrave: "Well, you might wanna sit down for this because I'm gonna tell you some things that will totally shake your faith in this reality. Well, more so than just saying we broke it apart over a fight."
Tails: "...It's okay. The time we were invaded by psychotic men in firemen garb from outer space sort of shook it already." *Sits in his chair again.*
KitRedgrave: "Okay. The thing is, the source of Illian's impossible power over everything was... this." *He pulls out the Book.*
Tails: "...This better not be the 1001 Nights all over again."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "What? Somebody else has had strange reality warping adventures?"
Tails: "There's a reason I have a Stargate... ...but I feel dumb for not expecting the same thing to be going on here." *Sighs* "Go on."
KitRedgrave: "As it turns out, this world -- our home -- was entirely constructed just as a TRAINING EXERCISE for Questers. And this book is, to use an unfamiliar phrase, the 'control panel'...?"
Tails: "...Now I wish it was another 1001 Nights all over again."
KitRedgrave: "Yes. Really. Only reason was to train Questers. Who kept failing over and over. He thought he could get better results just by upping the ante. You and me both."
Tails: "Who was he, again? I knew this world had been converted into a 'reject bin' by the Time Cops, but I didn't know it went quite so far as that."
KitRedgrave: "Illian, leader of the Questers. Or, some horrible deranged group taking the same name."
Valron: "He was the leader of the group at one point, yes."
Tails: "Hm... so that's the Silver Man that was sighted so much before. Since ancient history notes of a silver man being seen in the skies. And we asked your Xavier if he was it, and he didn't really understand what we were talking about."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I definitely would have remembered that."
KitRedgrave: "Also incidentally a Time Cop who had defected, if I remember correctly. Thing was, he wasn't SUCH a jerk at first..."
Tails: "Usually that sort of person goes through a progression before they go completely insane. Even Eggman did..."
KitRedgrave: "Abusing this thing..." *She thumps the book.* "...and repeated failures drove him to be totally, stupidly powerful evil."
Tails: "...Hm... should we burn that thing, then? I fear what would happen if that happened again... ...or if he came back to life again, you know? They always come back to life. ..." *Holds up a Smash dex* "Yes, I read the contents of this entire thing while I was sitting here."
KitRedgrave: "The thing is, he went evil because he ABUSED it... wow."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hey! That's... ...probably Julian's Smash Dex or something."
Valron: "...Eesh. Definitely isn't mine."
KitRedgrave: "Wow. I like you already. Anyway."
Tails: "Julian used the Stargate to leave this world. He didn't want it."
Valron: *He holds his out.* "I've... still had mine from way back when I first joined. This is probably more of a museum piece than anything else. Or something found at the bottom of a junk heap. One of the two, I'm sure."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Mine is newer!" *Holds up hideously ancient thing that says SUPER SMASH MELEE QUESTERS* "...Kidding."
KitRedgrave: "Not often people just sit down and READ THE MANUAL. Anyway anyway, being possessed by and later out-eviling an evil demon thing possessing him probably didn't help matters either. That probably would've doomed him, book or no book."
Valron: "Pretty much."
Tails: "I'm glad you glossed over the evil demon part. I've seen too many evil demons to really be interested in what they are doing. They're always pointless. There's one for every thing that happens, and they're always possessing people."
KitRedgrave: "Yeah, it's kinda played out."
Tails: "Granted, the Arbiter did warn me the planet is still possessed by one last evil demon, that we need to get rid of somehow."
Valron: "...Also, ah. I just realized something. If this is Angel Island... Then, have you heard anything about sightings of something that looks like a Reploid or a black cloud of fog? They're... effectively harmless, but I just remembered that we... kinda left them behind after the whole battle played out."
KitRedgrave: "So, after all that recap my point is: ... Huh? We missed one?"
Tails: "But I figure we can probably figure out a better way with that object of incredibly dangerous power you have in your hands. Uh... hmmmm... I don't recall seeing any weird reploids around here. Their continent was destroyed and I don't think anybody fully cleaned that mess up yet."
KitRedgrave: "Oh, yeah! That goes right in with what I about to say. We can totally just fiat out a lot of this horrible tragic history and replace it like nothing happened."
Tails: "Are you sure?" *He rubs his chin.* "It might be dangerous to do without those Mobians back here. I doubt it can control outside the dimension... Though we can probably use it to reverse the most obvious destruction first. This world's history has blurred into a mess from the latest events, anyway, so I wouldn't mind resetting some of it... otherwise I'll never be certain who's dead and who's alive anymore."
Valron: "A good starting point, at the very least."
KitRedgrave: "It can't, we tried. It's useful, but doesn't have total dominion over the rest of the multiverse. We can clean up, yes."
Tails: "Good... ...so. Are you going to start now, or do you have anything else you need to find out about here first?"
KitRedgrave: "There is one small detour I'd like to do, how bout the rest of you?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I never got to do much on this planet. Garrick decided it was his. His reaction to me getting near it was like wandering into the territory of a possessive rhino."
KitRedgrave: "Not sure there's much left to do. Being nuked out kind of dampens the nightlife..."
Tails: "I've heard rumors of a single Garrick wondering this place, but apparently it's a clone. And doesn't seem to do anything."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, we could probably visit that sparkling tech place the next time we need repairs. Not right now though, we need cash first."
Nonna: *Shrugs* "I got lost long ago in the conversation."
Tails: "Don't worry too much... uh... what's your name?" *Points to Nonna.*
Nonna: "Nonna."
Tails: "If what we do is correct, you won't need to have learned what most of that was about, Nonna. The only thing to know here is... hm, you seemed to know about GUN, if you do go down there, could you try to reason with them? They are kind of... discriminatory against foxes, you know. And all other Mobians, even... Either you or maybe that goo being could eat their radio systems so they can't figure out what they're doing anymore and have to go hide for another 10 months. I blew up their radio the last time, the crazier one of the Sobs wanted to blow up my hangar. They got lost and the Cool Guys attacked them."
Nonna: "We may yet have a trump card against them. I hope it does not come to violence."
Tails: "Oh yeah, that's all you need to know. There's Corallians--who are futuristic people off to the side... the aforementioned 'Cool Guys' who are anything but that, and the GUN and SOBs. And us, of course. Sloan's forces left long ago, but be wary if you do find any of them. I've been told his forces are so insane they don't stop fighting until dead."
Nonna: "...and there's undeads around."
Valron: "It isn't night yet, so I don't think we have to worry about those just yet..."
Tails: "Which means some of them around here probably won't go away until that temple is cleaned up... that's why I haven't left here very often."
KitRedgrave: "Right then. First order should be to deal with them."
Valron: "Also, Sloan's forces only stop fighting when they're dead? I'm surprised he hadn't made sure they fight beyond death."
Tails: "Well, sometimes his forces continue fighting, but I've been told he somehow magically recalled the ones made to fight beyond death."
KitRedgrave: "Are they even on Alsa anymore?"
Valron: "Guess he took those for himself when he fled."
KitRedgrave: "You know what? Let me just look that up." *Flipflip.*
Tails: "No. The last of the leftovers were apparently rescued after Illian vanished."
Metal Man (GM): The book indicates a handful of them got stranded. Sloan snuck in to rescue some of them. Lower level assets were left to die. Although the book notes there might have been one or two rebel Sloan commanders who decided to make a living here, and could be out there, alive or dead. It notes it can't get a precise fix on them due to the interference from the planet core's demonic possession.
KitRedgrave: "...Right. Reminds me. Core's still totally evil, we should look into that too."
Valron: "Might want it to be one of the first things to look into."
Metal Man (GM): Valron would notice his Mad Man mark glowing. It appears to have recognized he's back here by now.
KitRedgrave: "There's like one or two commanders left, but if we even SEE THEM they're infinity times dead."
Valron: "...Oh, right. This thing's back in commission." *He hums to himself, idly looking the mark over.* "Still only like... a half-mark, all thing considered, but."
Nonna: "...what's that?"
KitRedgrave: "Yeah. Okay. We go clean up the core, make things a little less hellscapeish up here, then go hunt down the Mobians. Sound good?"
Valron: "Sloan should still have the other half, if I recall right... Doubt he dropped it on his way out."
KitRedgrave: "Well, after I go see one thing."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It sounds good to me. And/or, I never really got into this planet before, so it's all new to me."
Valron: "Which makes me wonder if we could track him based off of that, but... I doubt it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh, I did hit some people with golf clubs, but I had no clue what they were. Then there was that time we handcuffed Garrick to the chair. That was a fun time."
Tails: "Oh, by the way, do you have any idea how to get around here? We're kind of... up in the air. I don't think your portal can warp ships in here, either."
KitRedgrave would rustle a few pages looking something up in the geography section, current time...
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well I... uh... ...I don't have any clue actually. Even my car couldn't fit through there."
Metal Man (GM): Kit would see some bullet point indicating some ancient city in the middle of the GUN Continent/Mobian Continent.
KitRedgrave: "...it's still here. Somehow!"
Metal Man (GM): It only notes the location, being unable to get a proper fix on what's going on from this distance.
KitRedgrave: "Maybe. It's always uneasy when I see missing information in here..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I hope that's a good thing, because I'd hate to discover that Charles' Temple of Darkness was here all along."
KitRedgrave looks up. "You guys feel like making an archeological expedition?" He worriedly looks for just such a thing!
Nonna: "Sure, why not."
KitRedgrave: "Fun? Depends... I have no idea what's going on there. Never a good sign, but I really can't just clean everything up without KNOWING first! ...Oh. Do we have any overland transport here? Some sort of aircraft maybe? Aircraft. Funny word. Anyway."
Tails: "You could... ...all simultaneously hang on to the Tornado IV... ...that probably wouldn't work though."
Nonna: "We could always construct one if not. I saw it on a program once."
Tails: "Oh... ...hmmm... there's a couple options, actually."
KitRedgrave: "Oh what am I thinking??? I can just write one."
Valron: "Lay them out, then."
KitRedgrave: "Rather not have to unless we must."
Tails: "Like, there's a crashed Illian ship, and it still has fighters inside it." *Looks to Kit* "Well, Illian wrote everything he needed, did he not? ...So we don't want to become like him, basically."
KitRedgrave: "Right. Want to keep it to only what we absolutely have to."
Tails: "There's also some crashed Echidna ships. They're really ancient and dead, though."
Valron: "I'd rather try my luck with the Illian fighters, to be honest..."
Tails: "Finally, one of Borne's ships crashed on the edge of the island. It's a bit out of the way and surrounded by undead, but probably is in the best shape, if you want something larger."
Valron: "Though, the Borne ship also sounds like a good option. Hordes of zombies I don't mind too badly. I do have something for clusters, after all..." *He pulls out his Rail-Cannon.*
KitRedgrave: "They're... one-seat things, fighters? Right? That could be a problem."
Valron: "If I can find a good position, I could probably just snipe at the hordes with this."
Tails: "Solarian Fighters... uhhh... generally had about two seats I think... they were even spaceworthy. Though unfortunately probably don't have a ton of fuel. Especially since something happened to make their supernatural magitek stop being so... supernatural."
Valron: "Our fault, probably. We broke whatever Sad Elephantium that made them work. Or, well. Have such ludicrous fuel efficiency."
Tails: "You could probably use them to get to the continent, and back, then that's about it."
Valron: "What's the Borne ship like?"
KitRedgrave: "Maybe, if that's our best option."
Tails: "I know it sounds miraculously exact to what you need, but let's just say I've used some. They have technically 3 trips in them, but the third trip is the last one it'll ever take if you try it... unstable materials in them."
Valron: "I'm thinking that that might be the better option, especially if I can pick off the zombies from a distance..."
Tails: "The Borne Ship is one of the later models. I've been told it was fleeing the battle between Borne and Garrick when it had mechanical trouble and was forced down."
Valron: "So, the third 'trip' would probably have them better suited as remote-control bombers."
Tails: "The reason it's surrounded by undead is they were surrounded by Sloan fighters when they landed, then attacked by Illian's too. ...They killed all of them, then died shortly after from their wounds, from what I can tell from here. There could be one still alive in there, but it's been so long. I have no clue what their health is like. They would have had to run out of ammo countless times by now, because the ship basically needs some debris around it cleared away to take off, it's Vertical takeoff but it's got too much debris it could suck up around it."
Valron: "So, probably best to keep our guard up, even after dealing with the initial threat of zombies."
Nonna: "Probably need to watch out for traps and mines, too."
Tails: "Yes. They most likely didn't want it to be taken easily. ...You'll have to hurry if you want it now, the sun is getting a bit close to sunset now... by that I mean it's been setting a while now."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "A twilight jog could be good for the constitution."
Valron: "Let's keep that jog short, then."
KitRedgrave: "And landmine-free."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Which one do you think we should take first? The sad elephant things?"
Valron: "That was what I was thinking, but I'm honestly leaning more towards the Borne ship now... It may be a little more rough to get to, but I'd rather have something that can make more than two trips."
Nonna: "I'm partial towards the Borne ship, too."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I'm ready when you are."
KitRedgrave: "Yeah, we might wind up needing the extra space. Let's go then."
Tails: "The opening path is fine, but I'd say you can expect some problems by the forested area... just a heads up. Good luck... and knock five times if you get back here and find this door closed."
Valron: "Will do."
Metal Man (GM): The way down from the cave is interesting. There's the ruins of a golden palace to your right, all destroyed, and to the left the battlefield filled with corpses. You can see a crashed Goa'uld death glider (think bird-like ship smashed into a boulder) surrounded by the bulk of the soldiers. They're old and skeletal. The sun's still barely over the horizon. Down the way is a path that goes down the side of the mountain and towards a rainforest of sorts. Xavier would keep walking down the path, as the rainforest would get closer, the sun getting more under the horizon, and it getting a bit darker.
Gelato: :D [Gelato can help with that, then!] *Bounce bounce.*
Metal Man (GM): The sun gets darker as you begin to see the rainforest around you. This would be where the first anything would show up...
Nonna: *Floated down the path slowly behind Xavier and the others.*
Metal Man (GM): It's a bit of a fork in the path.
Valron: *Just walkin' along with the others. Yep. He idly scans the area with his visor, trying to check for anything that could be hidden amongst the trees and foliage.*
Metal Man (GM): Up ahead is an area cloaked in shadow that seems to already have some skeletal soldiers wandering around. To the left is a treacherous cliff with nothing on it but barely any path. And to the right is an area full of quicksand.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm, which way do you think we should go? Or I guess, if you want to smash skeletons, the question is, have any preferences on what we should do?"
Nonna: "There's probably lots of corpses under the quicksand to try and drag us in if we go through there..."
KitRedgrave would be doing the whole Midna levitation thing this whole time following the party around.
Valron: "We could also just fly over the quicksand. ...Well, most of us. Xavier would... have a bit of a problem."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm pretty heavy. It's from eating all the limestone... I mean being an armored person. The Star Board's still a bit broken from the last time I rode it somewhere."
Valron: "...And I'm probably the only one who could potentially carry him, and even then, I'm not sure if I could do it while flying."
KitRedgrave: "Looks like it's impassable then..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So... cliffs or undead things?"
KitRedgrave: "One more thing for the list." *She notes down 'give Xavier a jet engine or something'.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "What is it, Gelato?"
Valron: "...Why do we keep forgetting about Baton Pass."
KitRedgrave: "...That'll work."
Valron: "Especially considering that I can do the same thing."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh... right. You can do that... ...what a useful move. I guess we can do that, then."
Gelato: *Vweeeee! Kirby-style inflation and flight!* :I *Flappa-flappa-flappa. He begins to take off, across the quicksand pool!*
Valron: *And with that, he flies off after Gelato. Go team Baton Pass!*
Metal Man (GM): Gelato would get across the pool, noticing skeletons in the pools, trying to reach at him but failing.
Nonna flies on over as well.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You guys can warp me over when you're ready."
KitRedgrave would just go up to about 20 feet over the pools and cross as well.
Valron: "Will do." *Once he lands, and is. Well. A good enough distance away from the skeletons, he pulls out his book, flips it open, then casts Baton Toss.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Whoosh* "...I guess I never do need to figure out how to fly, with this."
Metal Man (GM): On the other side is the ship proper, surrounded by... ... a good 10 undead skeletons. And the sun's set enough for them to start standing up.
Valron: "I'd say figure out anyways. Doubt we can, well... always do this." *In any case, he flies back to meet up with the group.*
Metal Man (GM): They're all more interested in the ship than you.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Right... so we got past that... but how do we get past the skeletons... ...do you think we can kill all of them, or something else?"
Metal Man (GM): The skeletons appear to be mostly ex-Sloan people. Either the Illian or other people on the island disintegrated or vanished somehow.
Valron: *In any case, once he's back, he looks around, checking for a good spot where he can snipe at the skeletons from a distance.* "I can pick them off from far away with the rail-cannon as I've said before, but..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We probably get only a few shots before they go haywire on us. Their magical energies probably help them hear us. Luckily they're only skeletons. ...Unluckily, they're only skeletons."
KitRedgrave sighs. "We don't really have a good mass-destruction thing on us otherwise, do we?"
Valron: "I can blast apart clusters of them at a time. Don't think I can get all of them at once, though"
Nonna: *That dark weapon from before appears in her hands, creating an anti-light of darkness around it.* "I can deliver long ranged saturation bombardment with this."
KitRedgrave: "...Oh. Okay. I don't have to hack reality, maybe."
Valron: "Good. The two of us should be able to pick away at a good chunk of them, then."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I guess I should take this one out, then."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier takes out his DVD launcher.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I haven't figured out if skeletons can feel pain from bad movies... yet. You have any spells you could throw at them, Kit? Pretty sure you could just set one of them on fire or something."
Nonna: "Who goes first? My attack will certainly get their attention due to its sheer scale."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "My DVD launcher sounds like a chainsaw. Because it's made out of the parts of one."
KitRedgrave: "Well, I did just figure out a way to derive a lot of spells... now's a good a time as any to start."
Nonna: "I'll get us started, then."
Valron: "I was thinking I should start, then Xavier, then you."
Nonna: "Okay."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Okay." *Sets up his aim using a nearby log to steady himself.*
Valron: *He levels the rail-cannon, taking a moment to adjust his aim for a moment, making sure he doesn't accidentally hit the ship as well, before aiming at the biggest 'clump' of skeletons he can manage to hit, hoping that the considerable force the shot will jar them badly enough that their weapons go flying out of their hands, even if they aren't outright destroyed.*
Metal Man (GM): Sure. Roll attack. Hm... skeletons without awareness of an attack flying at them... they can't really dodge because that generally requires more agility than they have in that scenario. With that roll, and their HP... Two of the skeletons just get exploded immediately, leaving little behind but fragments. *and one moment while I confirm some stats I have because I suck at having those ready* Xavier's DVD violently slices one skeleton into tiny pieces. Just one, though. It also makes an incredibly loud chainsaw noise upon being fired. Of course, the sound of the other two being hit by an object moving at supersonic speeds kinda wasn't quiet either. With then Kit's... also if Gelato wants to do something, perhaps to add defense or offense, he could go next after Kit.
Nonna: *A beam of light is emitted above, gradually gaining size until it bursts all in the direction of the skeletons, aiming for whatever remained of them after the previous attacks. The whole area lit up and radiated a bunch of cold and haunting energy, likely sending any skeletons that remained into a state of chaos. Splash Damage, Environmental Hazard, Status Effect: Confusion.*
Metal Man (GM): After those 3 died, another two get violently thrown about by haunting energy, thus causing half of the skeletons to basically be annihilated, and the area around there looking like a cursed hole in reality set it on fire... with creepy energy, that is. 5 Skeletons remain, and they appear to be reacting to the annihilation of the other skeletons...
KitRedgrave: "Let's give 'em hell! Literally almost!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Some people do believe that's where From Justin to Kelly came from."
Valron: "...Right. The point is we should destroy these last few guys."
KitRedgrave would point her fingers out in a silly-looking gun gesture at the rest of the skeletons and horrible deathpit, and concentrates very intently. Then with even greater force and flash than usual, gouts of enchanted fire gush out of her pointed fingers and pour all over the rest of the skeletons in one huge arc!
Metal Man (GM): 2 more of them explode violently, the area burning with multiple kinds of fire now. 3 remain. Oh, right. Didn't know if that was an insta-spell or not. Sure thing. That's enough to hit, yeah. I'm just sort of limiting their dodge ability to something really slow like a 2 or 3 successes, since they're being sneak attacked.
Gelato: D:< *He runs in, grabbing and throwing one of the skeletons towards the quicksand pit! If that's allowable!*
Metal Man (GM): It is allowed, actually... insta-hit move and all. The skeleton is thrown into the pit. Its only means to avoid an insta-hit move is not available to it due to the surprise. It sinks into the pit. While arguably it's not dead, it can't escape, so it's as good as dead. Only two skeletons remain. I'd go and roll order and all that jazz, but there's only two, and while I have something to battle next, I think it's best to save that one for next session, so we don't all go late into the night and get all tired. The two skeletons DO fight back, mind you. Heh heh... The skeletal Sloan guard picks up his gun. He has a hard time determining which of you to shoot, because all of you basically nuked hordes of his companions. Ultimately he settles on Valron. Is it some ancient recognition or just a coincidence? He fires his old weird rifle at Valron, and it actually still works. ...Which means it is in fact at least somewhat deadly.
Valron: *Instead of trying to dodge or anything of the sort, he simply stands his ground, going to brace against the shot as best he can.*
Metal Man (GM): The shot deals 50 damage before Defense-based reduction, and has no special piercing. Although it feels like it might have, the fact the gun laid on the ground and got full of dirt and rotted kinda... limits its special abilities. It flicks a lever and goes to shoot at Kit next, for its second and final shot of its turn, since it isn't very smart and doesn't seem to know what running away or hiding or even bracing for being attacked is.
Valron: *He winces, taking a good bit of a blow from that shot. Fortunately, it hasn't messed him up too badly.*
Metal Man (GM): The other one would steel its aim and fire on Nonna twice, deciding that continual dark fire that ISN'T its own chaotic energy probably is a bad thing. z5 z5 KitRedgrave : Feel free to decide on block/dodge here, or neither if you feel like tanking it... healing is available too, thanks to Gelato... and Xavier, to some mild, very bizarre extent. Also I guess while we're waiting on those, Valron can start shooting again, this time with his full turn's worth of TP. Since the surprise/response rounds are over now.
Valron: *Of course, he does take the chance to return fire, once again going to blow those skeletons apart with another deadly high-impact blast of supersonic death. If they're grouped close enough together, then he'll go for both of them. Otherwise, he'll go for the one that opened fire on Nonna, seeing that one as the 'smarter' of the two.*
Metal Man (GM): The skeletons go to try to save themselves from that attack, both of them leaping sideways. They try, but they fail. Both of them explode. Pieces of bones and armor fly everywhere. Guess the fact they already got their butts handed to them once made the second battle a bit less deadly than it coulda been.
Valron: "...Well, that was easy enough. May have gotten scuffed up a bit in the end, but! That could have been much worse."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Those were some pretty nasty bullets they were using. I'm glad they weren't alive and able to maintain those guns properly."
Gelato: *He runs up to Valron, cuddling him and trying to do some out-of-battle nursing of wounds.*
Valron: "Hope one of their guns actually made it through that mess, though. Think we could salvage something from it."
Metal Man (GM): I think I have an idea for how to handle out-of-battle healing, assuming your sheet doesn't have it already... I'd say if you have a healing move, you may use it to heal up to 1/3 their max HP out of battle between battles. Also KitRedgrave: Dodge check, a shot got sent at you, yeah... shire sucks as a server. Or you can block, if you choose, of course... Yeah. I think it's fair to allow for healing 1/3 of one person's HP between battles if you have a healing move. Hit, 50 damage to Kit.
KitRedgrave does not in fact matrix dodge the bullet in a cool way. Instead, gets shot and falls over wincing.
Metal Man (GM): Nonna can roll dodge once Violet / Rosetta gets back. In the meantime, there remains the ominous ship... ...which does have barbed wire around it, actually. None of the skeletons appear to have gotten aboard the ship, as it looks like most of them, when they were alive, bled out around the ship due to being shot... or something. Hard to tell, the area around the ship is now even more on fire and destroyed than it was before you guys got there. Rosetta: 2 shots were sent at you. You can dodge or block... or try tanking them. 50 damage a shot. Only 1 hit, 50 damage for that one.
Nonna: *Looking a little winded.*
Metal Man (GM): The area is clear, though you can hear other undead out in the woods. The ship, surrounded by barbed wire, looks pretty beat up, but in one piece. There look like explosions were going on near the hull of it, and old ones... not yours.
Gelato: D: *He's running around, trying to heal wounds!*
Nonna: "They actually figured out to target the artillery?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm not sure. All I know is it looks dangerous to climb up there without some sort of plan."
KitRedgrave: *Aargh* "I guess so..."
Valron: "Possibly. Either that, or one of them lucked out. Well, both of them, I guess."
Metal Man (GM): I guess you could also spread out your healing if you want to heal multiple people, dividing that 1/3 of max HP between them (so 1/6 to heal two people, 1/9 for 3 people, etc)
Valron: "Not sure about the other one that focused entirely on Nonna, though." *He shrugs.* "Regardless, we should probably figure out how to get this thing moving..."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier casually takes out his flask of glowing energy.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "This thing should be able to heal some damage." *He uses the healing flask thing on Kit and Nonna, healing 33% of their max HP to them.* "I'll save the last use for whatever comes up next."
KitRedgrave: "That's fine, I still got one of those... horrible Eggman sandwiches... yes thank you!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So... who volunteers to climb up the scary and infamous looking triangular ship with barbed wire on it?"
Nonna: *Is looking mostly better now, anyway.* "Thank you, Xavier."
KitRedgrave is looking significantly less shot up, but still ragged.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Next time I'll be sure more of you guys has one of these, since it's pretty unlikely our next foes will be as easy to get the drop on. Everything hurts a lot more now that we aren't infused with bizarre fate bending supermagics." *Looks to Nonna* "...Er... right... I don't think you were ever infused with that energy. It used to be that we could kind of... walk into explosions and pretend they didn't exist... it made for a lot of very hyper, very stupid people."
Nonna: "Probably not."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Does anyone have a spell that could peer inside there? Or binoculars? The only things I can deliver into that ship's windows are explosions, and I'm pretty sure that's not going to help us get it."
Valron: "Hm... Well, I have my Visor, so I'm pretty sure I could at least give it a scan and whatnot. I can do that as well, yeah..."
Nonna: *The weapon had vanished as quickly as it had appeared by now.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm, Gelato can try to connect to the thing wirelessly while Valron scans it."
KitRedgrave: "...I got Alter on tap. Could turn a wall into a window."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Problem is, that window might have to survive us landing in that thing. But if you could turn something into a set of binoculars, that would be pretty handy."
KitRedgrave: "It's an illusion, the actual physical structure doesn't change much. I think... this might react weird."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...I'm not sure if an illusion would count as letting us see... It might give us an illusion of what we want to see... ...I'm not a magician, though."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Valron could go and try scanning it, and Gelato can note if he wants to try connecting to the ship wirelessly.
Valron: *And so he does. IN-DEPTH SCANNING, ENGAGE.*
KitRedgrave: "That's a good question. We'll have to experiment on that later."
Gelato: *He tries to nanite to the ship with the beep-boop nanite science.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I wonder if that's what Schrödinger meant when he spoke about cats in boxes..."
Nonna: *Has elected to keep a watch to make no more deadly surprises turn up while they're busy with that.*
Metal Man (GM): Valron detects faint lifesigns inside the ship and idle electronics. Gelato at the same time also detects lifesigns and the ship. But he also detects the ship being keyed to talk with his nanites and it appears to react as if he's Borne for some reason, offering him the ability to control it to a limited extent. Mostly turning on the exterior lights, since it notes 'lockdown' prevents anything else from being wirelessly turned on. Nonna would notice the undead multiplying outside, and getting a bit restless. If they took too long, they might be swarmed by more heavily armed skeletons...
Nonna: "Hey, uh... we might get some company pretty quickly."
Gelato: :D *Lights go on!*
Valron: "I can see faint lifesigns, along with some idle electronics. ...And Gelato can apparently make the lights work. Huh."
Metal Man (GM): The light turns on. You see the way is clear, and while there is one lifesign in there, they don't seem to react to the lights turning on. Meanwhile, the undead skeletons begin shooting randomly in the woods and into the air.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It appears the spooky ship is less spooky than the heavily armed minions of undeath playing target practice with the trees behind us."
Nonna: "We need to either get inside or get out of here, or fight some more."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I think if there is faint life signs, we can beat them unconscious. On the other hand, I heard at least twenty gunshots out there, and we should probably at the very least" *Bullet flies by* "...take cover inside there, even if we choose to leave."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier wanders to climb up. Nothing appears to happen, even as he climbs clumsily through the barbed wire. That said, he sucks at climbing, so he spends a good 5 minutes struggling up the side of the thing.
Valron: "...Yeah, let's just get in before we become several pounds lighter due to holes." *And he goes to follow suit... flying up because who needs climbing?*
Nonna flies quickly after Xavier.
Gelato: *He just Kirbies inside.*
KitRedgrave would just offer to baton pass cheat Xavier up instead.
Metal Man (GM): Xavier would take said offer as he nearly falls off. Geez... the old Questers truly were slower and buggier than the newest model. Once inside, you'd be able to click the door shut, and the skeletons, being too dumb to climb up after you, would continue shooting a while before falling silent. We'll probably pause here, given even for me, it's-a midnight.

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