Date: 6:27:54 PM, February 1st, 2015.
Recap: The Questers ventured deep into the Vring crypt, where they found a solid wall that was apparently movable, but too heavy to move. They also defeated an evil Vring Defender, who had given them quite a bit of difficulty.. ..And I'm gonna review the log for a sec so I'm not missing anything, it's a pretty basic recap though. Ah, right. Nonna and Valron were debugging the ancient Vring Defender to the left that had been deactivated, and Xavier gained a nifty sword and force field from Gelato 'combining' the equipment into his armor. The group is standing before the mystery wall, finding it could be pushed up, but is far too heavy to do that with. Continuation The deactivated Vring continues to sit there in case anybody wants to continue messing with it. Xavier is busy looking over his Alsan Sword of Light that was crafted out of that thing the other Vring had.
Nonna: "Perhaps we can find out if it opens via a specific bioelectrical field one of these robots possess."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's so strange but familiar..." *Swipes the air with it, taking out the Flaming Golf Club with the other* "...And yet they work together... You know... either that or we blow the wall to bits with a Team Attack, I wager. Probably would cause whatever's on the other side to get damaged though. Normally I wouldn't care, but I assume if there's anything useful in there we want it intact... And as an expert thief... well... robber... I have to say, getting things intact is key to actually using them. Been so long since I have stolen anything of note... must be what happens when you get old. Then again, this sword definitely isn't mine." *Prods the dead Vring with the sword and chuckles.*
Gelato: *Can he slither under it?*
KitRedgrave: "Let's not damage the ancient, priceless artifacts, okay?"
Metal Man (GM): You could attempt to slither under it, but the wall feels... vaguely energized.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We did kinda blow up that ancient priceless robot... ...ah, right, it was trying to kill us, unlike the other one. It will live on in the form of its stuff killing other priceless ancient enemies."
Gelato: *He's surprised that his master hasn't licked it yet.*
KitRedgrave would go have a look at the wall. But makes a mental note to look at the robot that WASN'T blown to bits later.
Nonna runs a search on the vring words for 'access', 'key', 'authorization', and similar words while in the diagnostics.
Metal Man (GM): Xavier prods the wall with the sword, and nothing happens.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Open Sesame! Wait, no. JUMANJI!"
Metal Man (GM): Nothing happens for Xavier. Meanwhile, Nonna detects a bunch of cryptic data about runes. Indeed, a bunch of runes pop up in the memory when she asks it about those words, and the runes aren't specifically ones that mean anything. They just show up anyway.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Time Device. Open this door!"
Time Device: "ERROR: LOCAL DISTANCE MALFUNCTION."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Smash Dex. Open this door!"
KitRedgrave: "Oh, we're doing that? Okay."
Smash Dex: "Ancient Vring door: NO DATA. NO DATA. NO DATA."
Nonna: *She writes them down, memorizing what she can.*
Valron: "Hmm... Couldn't we just... have Kit try and Panel the wall open, or...?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I'm tapped out of tricks, so we probably could."
KitRedgrave looks in the book then. Book, open this door! Maybe?
Metal Man (GM): The book notes that the door is controlled by sub-magic and it would probably blow up the entire place with the force of magic if it used its power on it. The Book is, indeed, so awesome that nobody bothered to limit its power.
Nonna: "Okay, let me try something."
Metal Man (GM): ...Which is bad inside a sealed cave like this. However, the book does point Kit in the same direction as Nonna--something controls this door.
Valron: "Go for it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You know... I really miss the eras when we just put C-4 on every door."
Nonna looks and feels around the walls for any runes. If this doesn't pan out, she'd clear her throat...
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Those were the days. ..." *Pries piece of a door out of his knee.*
Metal Man (GM): Nonna would feel a part of the wall that has a different texture than the other parts of it. Vaguely smooth.
KitRedgrave would also go actually look at the wall, having that cool ability to actually see leylines and the like.
Metal Man (GM): Kit would end up going to the same place Nonna is at, seeing faint energy around there, but unable to make it out since it's so ancient and faded.
Gelato: *He gently pushes the door with his nose.*
Nonna: *Would then trace the shapes of those runes with her finger, if she could. While doing this, she would carefully check if there were any indents which indicated any remaining shapes.*
Metal Man (GM): The door does its thing where it's a teeensy bit loose but doesn't move from the gentle push. Running over the patterns eventually traces out a rune that matches the ones Nonna saw. Kit could see that rune as being something that fit there, based on what Nonna is doing. It's just a type that would be almost like a foreign language to Kit.
Nonna places a tiny bit of the energy she normally uses for her weapon in the tip of her finger, and 'creates' the rune by drawing it with her magic-infused fingertip over the indent.
Metal Man (GM): The rune glows, and the door suddenly pulls upwards into the ceiling, causing a bunch of rumbling and dust. What lays ahead is a rather bizarre set of things...
Valron: "Well, then..."
Metal Man (GM): One is the blood in the dirt and a bulky-ish GUN soldier, barely breathing, laying to the side, holding something. Then there's a skeleton chained to a lavish throne, covered in chains and runic wards. With tons of runes around him and a bunch of very nasty looking pictograms.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, this is definitely unusual."
Nonna: *Reads them carefully...* "...Uh. That's not good."
Valron: "Really? Let's see how horrible it is..." *He idly muses to himself, taking his time to scan some of them.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Will we have a 5% increased risk of cancer from approaching the evil skeleton?"
Gelato: *He starts walking up to the soldier...*
Metal Man (GM): The runes seem to be translated really vague, as in 'danger' and 'skeleton'... yeah, not the best translation for you here.
Nonna: "BEWARE: THE CURSED KING STILL LIVES."
Metal Man (GM): They seem to be drawn rather sloppily.
Valron: "Of course he does."
Nonna: "HE WHO DOES NOT SLEEP BUT PRETENDS, WAITING FOR VICTIMS TO SATE HIS INFINITE THIRST."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I guess this is the cure we needed! ...Please don't be the cure we need."
Valron: "It'd make no sense if he didn't."
KitRedgrave would glance at the runes. Any crazy suspicious tripwires of death?
Valron: "I mean he still is looking for the cure, after all."
Metal Man (GM): Kit would readily see that the area around the king is one giant tripwire. If the physical signs and blood-like runes weren't warning enough.
KitRedgrave: "You'll get something worse than cancer if you approach it, I see."
Metal Man (GM): The GUN soldier on the ground, on the other hand, seems to be much like Garrok--if not worse off.
Gelato: *...Someone might want to yank him back.*
KitRedgrave: "Don't know what, but it's probably something that will make you WISH it was Jumanji."
Metal Man (GM): The GUN soldier is off to the left, away from the doom, seemingly.
Nonna: "Could this whole place be a trap?...Gelato, get away from there."
Metal Man (GM): The soldier-man starts to sit up.
KitRedgrave: "Probably nothing we can--wait you're still alive?"
Deathguard: "I am a Deathguard. I cannot die until I have served Borne's will. I have foiled the evil plans of Garrick just by being here."
Nonna: "Is that so."
Deathguard: "Garrick had the facilities upstairs annihilated. The clones were killed. The one loyal clone defected. He then swore that all Deathguards must be destroyed, or else he would kill everyone in Capital City. I escaped and continued the work done in the lab."
Valron: "I see. How is the work progressing?"
Deathguard: "There was nowhere to hide. I fought Sloan's soldiers. I fought other Vring Defenders. I was attacked by Solarians. Illian himself chased me through these ruins. This was the only safe place. The sheer evil curse placed on this being next to me made it impossible for them to come here. They did not want to die. For I threatened them thus..." *He gestured to the king.* "'I will step over here and trigger the Death-King to destroy you all, and even if I die, then I bring you down with me.'"
Valron: "Well, then. Probably about as good a plan as any, especially given how tough you lot were."
Deathguard: "The work... it is not yet complete. The Cursed King has the last piece. That is the second reason I am here."
Valron: "...Ooof course he does. Otherwise, I'd imagine you'd have finished ages ago."
Metal Man (GM): The Deathguard glances around.
Nonna: "Why are you telling us these things?"
Deathguard: "To see your reaction." *He would take out his weapon, it being covered in blood and rusted.* "If you are evil, then you shall also come to attack me, and I will repeat my threat. If you are not, then you will prove to be useful to me. In either case, I have taken too many wounds to hide here forever. If you have come to destroy me, then I must die in the name of Borne. Treachery is the way of Garrick. I hide no secrets here. But it would appear the fighting has been long over, and those who sought to destroy me have been gone for very long... ...And the strange man who stands before us is not Illian."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Of course I'm not!"
Deathguard: "Last I knew, the Strange Man was Illian's hated foe. Any true Illian Defender would not be walking in, talking with him, and casually aiding him in his mission."
KitRedgrave: "I got a question. What exactly was even going on in this lab?"
Valron: "I guess I was never a 'true' Illian Defender to begin with, all things considered." *He lets out something of a weak laugh.* "Be it my luck that I originally sided with the worst problem early on."
Deathguard: "Surprised... that one who is here with Xavier, and Illian's Protector-Defenders... would not know. I see not Ederick, either."
Nonna looks to everyone else.
Deathguard: "The lab was to create a new body for Commander Borne."
Valron: "Ah yes, I remember that."
Deathguard: "Garrick invaded, at the behest of Illian, as a 'Protector' sent to protect us from ourselves. He interrupted the research. I was the sole Deathguard to survive." *He holds up a vial.* "I have all of the last research in here. I had to fight everyone just to get here. I would have fought you too, but the scattered radio transmissions suggested that Xavier was no longer interested in stealing GUN property."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Except for that ship that... nevermind."
Deathguard: "I do not know all that happened." *He stands up, using his sword to do so.* "But you don't seem interested in chopping me to pieces. Why are you here, then?"
Valron: "I think this was the first signs of Garrick going off the slope, but... I'm not entirely sure." *He shrugs.* "Regardless, I've no interest in fighting you. Or the king. We simply just want the cure. Then we can move on to trying to figure out how to salvage the continually-exploding mess that is this planet. Hopefully."
Deathguard: "If you are no longer interested in past conflicts, and instead in helping complete the cure, then I can help you, for that is my job, for Borne... who I wonder... if he is even alive. My only other wish is to find and kill Garrick for what he did. I must avenge my brothers."
Valron: *He glances over to the others as if wondering he should tell them or not.*
Deathguard: "Strange being who speaks in GUN text frequency, who is this man?"
KitRedgrave guesses at Valron's intent and just nods. Do a thing.
Valron: "The last living Garrick clone."
Deathguard: "My cure is very limited. It will not cure just any man." *Narrows eyes* "Garrok? He betrayed us. He was the last of the Defenders for Borne, to defend us against Illian's Protectors, and he defected... for nothing. What use is he alive? My cure is so that we can complete the new body for Borne and destroy whatever remnants of Garrick's vile plans exist. It can still be reversed. Borne has done it before... even if he is dead we could attempt to revive him, with the facility under the ocean... it was only partially destroyed..."
Valron: "...Ah. Well, maybe I should let you in on another bombshell."
Deathguard: "I have little choice, but I will do whatever I must to ensure the Will of Borne is fulfilled."
Valron: "Borne... is actually still alive."
Deathguard: "Where is he... and what has happened? Vile pretenders have taken over GUN. I killed some the other day."
Nonna: "People are not to be treated as tools who are useful or not useful. But besides that... he has an important role in allowing us to continue on with our journey. Borne is one of the ones accompanying us on this journey."
Deathguard: "What has happened to make him lose interest in the only planet that matters?"
Valron: "I'm... partly responsible for that. He managed to persist in my body in the form of an engram, though during our little campaign to destroy Illian, I... managed to revive him while I was piloting the Black Ship in an attempt to destroy Illian's own flagship."
Deathguard: "You revived him? ..." *He pauses.* "That is well and good. I request to return to him immediately. He will know what to do. He will know whether or not to cure Garrok."
Valron: "Ah, that's the problem. Our only way back... is out of commission."
KitRedgrave pokes at her Smash Dex. Never did try to see if it does cross-dimensional communications... maybe it can call Borne?
Deathguard: "...I see now. You have become Borne's soldiers in my absence."
Valron: "We got to this planet via a Stargate that we made. The way back is... out of juice, unfortunately."
Nonna: "Garrok is needed to return to Borne's location."
Deathguard: "You are fulfilling his wishes in the absence of others like myself. While I must question how you could serve without mandatory circuits ensuring your absolute loyalty and self destruct bombs in your bodies, the fact those were used to destroy the rest of my kin when it was politically expedient... makes it clear to me that there will be no other Deathguards."
Valron: "I simply want to bring some form of peace and sanity to this planet. I mean, at least the Republic's still safe and sound, but..." *He thinks to himself for a moment.*
Deathguard: "This cure must have the energy of that King thing over there."
Nonna: "...which is loaded with runic magic traps."
Deathguard: "I have been told those gifted with the arts of magic could attempt to obtain it without having to destroy him in combat. But I would not know how. The last Mage Deathguard perished due to Garrick's writ. We had more purposes than you knew back when, Valron. One use was to throw us at this thing until it finally died. It would have been bloody, but effective."
KitRedgrave: "We better have a look then. Luckily we happen to know a thing or two about magic... maybe not this particular kind though."
Deathguard: "I wish I could be of more use, since this obstacle has been something that has kept me stuck all the same. Without a ways around it, your traitor-clone will die and so will chances of getting back in a timely fashion."
Gelato: "That's a bad way to do things..." *He tries to give the Deathguard's foot a nuzzle.*
Valron: "We can probably manage to work something out." *He then glances over at the Deathguard.* "I see. I wouldn't doubt the effectiveness of that in the slightest. I still remember way back when the Protectors fought two of your lot. It was... rather hectic, to say the least."
Metal Man (GM): The Deathguard seems to be cold to the touch and doesn't react one way or the other to a nuzzle. Basic inspection would turn up the presence of a bajillion implants.
Deathguard: "Imagine hundreds of us versus this thing. It would go down, eventually."
Valron: "Again, I could honestly see that happening."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We just need a piece of it, right? That's more of stealing... and I think the trick is we need to grab it and then run away... a lot."
Nonna: "These runes were set up ages ago, or are some or all of them your own doing?"
Deathguard: "These runes are primitive magic inferior to what Jack or Borne would do today. We had plans to potentially use Jack against it."
Valron: "...Ah. I probably ruined that, then, all things considered."
Deathguard: "His holy Death Staff could have killed it."
Valron: "Has anyone kept track of where that thing last went?"
Deathguard: "It was exploded a while ago. I do not believe enough of it remains... it would have to be re-summoned using magic hidden from us by Jack."
Valron: "While I could use my cube to turn it into the staff, I'd imagine its' power would rather pale in comparison to the actual article."
Deathguard: "Jack is... most likely completely destroyed as well."
KitRedgrave: "Yeah... sorry. No Jack or Borne here to undo it. Just me, maybe." *She would very carefully inspect the pile of curses and death runes and such, to try to figure out how it's put together without us all being JUMANJI'd.*
Nonna: "Are they designed to activate in response to any stimulus?"
Valron: "Add to it, the Echidna did manage to... I think they managed to make a new staff, but my memory isn't exactly clear..."
Deathguard: "They will react to anything that comes near it, any magic, and anything it can detect."
KitRedgrave doesn't come near it then. Ever.
Deathguard: "These runes stood for thousands of years. It's said even Metal Sonic stood away from it. We have some marks on the floor we made for that."
Metal Man (GM): He points to some faint but visible chalk marks on the ground.
Deathguard: "It took too long to 'reset' the skeleton to sleeping after it killed a couple idiotic lab aides. So we made sure to measure its aura."
Nonna: "Once activated, are they disabled after running out of juice?"
Deathguard: "The Skeleton King will absorb the energy needed to re-instate them after using his evil to kill everything around him, in this room and otherwise. The wall you lifted slams down when it is activated, to help deter escape. Borne used his Time Device the first time. It couldn't catch him with that. Then again, it couldn't really overcome Borne either. It kept complaining that Borne was already dead."
Nonna: "And this energy comes from his victims, or recycled from what he uses?"
Deathguard: "It comes mostly from his victims, but he had enough victims to power it up a couple cycles more. We did many experiments to determine his nature. Those beings you fought in the other room were even determined to be remote-deactivated by a special code."
Nonna: "Hey guys... did you see any remote controlled bots in the ship?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I don't recall the ship having any of those..."
KitRedgrave: "We have one in the other room if we had to."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh right... that one... That's right, I doubt it'll attack its own robot."
KitRedgrave: "So I'm hearing that our plan is to hijack that, remote control it through a time portal, and run like hell after we got the bit of aura we need."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, wait, do we have time portals? I don't."
Metal Man (GM): He taps his busted time device.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'd have gladly used my device to get us back home otherwise. If only for reinforcements or somesuch. Also perhaps to get Walther a hat."
KitRedgrave taps the time device she's had this entire time but didn't realize she still had. "I do. Maybe. If it still works here..."
Valron: "Maybe you could find that old hat I left behind and give it to him." *He chuckles softly.*
Walther Pierce: "No thanks."
Nonna: "We're locked out of it at the moment, though." *She'd turn to the Deathguard.* "Do you have a password or administrator account information for one of those Vring robots?"
Deathguard: "This was the code to make it stop." *He flips a card with a rune on it.* "Showing it that would turn it off. It was apparently partially what led to the downfall of their civilization."
Nonna catches it.
Deathguard: "It was a secret code... that became not secret."
Nonna: "Okay, be right back..." *She'd carefully exit the chamber, not wanting to set off any runes. He returns to the robot outside, hoping it wasn't already activated again by now...*
Metal Man (GM): It hasn't been activated so far. The Deathguard walks over to where everyone else is, then leans on a wall.
Deathguard: "Hopefully this works. I have sat here contemplating this damned skeleton for over 3 months."
KitRedgrave would go on and give the time device a try, to see if it still works.
Nonna uses the same trick as before to 'draw' the rune in the air with her finger, in front of the robot.
Metal Man (GM): The device fizzes weakly. You recall it wasn't terribly accurate, and it might run out after just one portal... The robot gets a strange look in its eyes, then looks at Nonna and says the word for 'INSTRUCTION MODE' and stands there.
KitRedgrave: "...*Sigh* We got one shot at this. Better make it count."
Valron: "...Really glad the worst I've had is have my soul misplaced in the recycling bin of the universe for about 7 years."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I was dead for a while. It... didn't actually feel like anything at all. ...It was also due to Garrick."
KitRedgrave: "I hope you all are the gambling sort."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "To put it lightly, yes."
Valron: "In this business? You kinda have to be."
Metal Man (GM): The robot stands up.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "After this, we should... I dunno. Feel like we should get ourselves a breather outside this universe, then maybe go and settle those rogue GUN people."
Nonna: "Fylgja." *Begins to walk back to the others.*
Deathguard: "I would not mind guarding Borne and wherever Borne is while that occurs. He must have had a reason to go out there. Even if he didn't, I will self destruct in 60 seconds the moment I decide not to defend him."
Metal Man (GM): The robot obediently follows Nonna, not skipping a beat.
KitRedgrave: "I'm not sure we should leave this unfinished for long. We kinda owe it to everyone on Alsa to fix it soon. ...Or at least I do."
Valron: "Well, at the very least you'll have me along for the ride."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I wager we just defeat the fake GUN and... un-destroy the other areas left over... somehow. And kill the demonic entity inside the planet."
Valron: "I... at least want to do a bit more good to make up for half the crap I may have inadvertently put folks on the planet through by being part of that group of idiots." *He sighs.* "And that's not even going into the whole 'Protectors' stint, outside of managing to keep the Mushroom Republic safe."
Nonna: "Okay, I think it's ready to get the cure for us whenever we're ready."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And... I don't even know. What should we do about Garrick, if we ever find him?"
Metal Man (GM): The robot is sitting, obedient.
Deathguard: "We should exit the room of the Death King while this occurs. Otherwise it would be most unwise."
KitRedgrave: "Maybe the demon should be the first thing we take care of. But yes, let's clear outta here."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier walks out of the Death King room.
Valron: "I should probably not stand so close to the wall that's between this room and the Death King's then." *He actually hadn't entered, but will make the wise decision of getting a bit further away.*
Xavier Ridgecrest moves to safety.
Gelato: *He bounces out on Xavier's heels.* o/~
Metal Man (GM): The robot stands there.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So as I was saying, what should we do about Garrick, anyway? I mean... if we ever even find him."
Deathguard: "Give him a chance to ready his weapons, then destroy him in honorable battle, and bury him."
KitRedgrave would leave too, and kinda prepare to portal when we need it. "Show him how horribly wrong he was, and then do that?"
Nonna: "Let's go over the plan real quick again, to make sure everyone's on the same page."
Deathguard: "Also, you can close the door the same way you opened it. I assume you want the barrier to be down so the King cannot see you?"
Valron: "No idea. I figured destroying him would probably be the inevitable conclusion, but..." *He shrugs.*
KitRedgrave: "Can we be sure we can control the robot through the wall in that case?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm not 100% sure. I didn't ask the guy at Ancient Viking Radioshack what happens when you do that."
KitRedgrave: "Oh, idea. We'll have to walk a lot more, but we can use the one portal we have to temporarily link these two rooms."
Nonna: "Let's test it?" *He inscribes the rune over that part of the wall again to close it.*
KitRedgrave: "I probably only have one shot at this, unfortunately. Luckily it doesn't need a line of sight."
Metal Man (GM): The door shuts.
Nonna: *Then shouts something through it in that language.*
Metal Man (GM): The robot knocks on the wall from the other side (the door having closed behind it)
Nonna: "It can receive commands."
KitRedgrave: "Let's hope the king doesn't catch on too quickly."
Nonna: "Okay. What next?"
KitRedgrave: "I'll try to open a hole between... hm. Can't really trust it to be too accurate. Better not go a very long distance. Anyhow, hole between this room and the other, so we can get the robot out and get our loot without the king being able to follow us. ...assuming the king can't just rip the wall apart."
Nonna: "...Hold on, I just thought of something." *She shouts something way more complicated through the closed door.*
KitRedgrave: "...okay. What's the plan now?"
Nonna: "No change... just setting up an administrator account so the King can't order it to turn on us."
Metal Man (GM): You hear a faint command in the same language.
KitRedgrave: "...Right. Great idea. Should've already done that."
Valron: "Well, hey, good to see that it got caught sooner rather than later."
Deathguard: "I believe that is the sort of problem that led to us not attempting this before."
Nonna: "And changed the rune used to reset its access as well, in case his majesty attempts that too."
Deathguard: "..." *Looks at Nonna* "Because none of us actually understood the language very well. Not even with our technology. It was said that language diverged from their type long ago, in part due to the Death King and his civilization falling to pieces."
Nonna: "You pick things up when you're into linguistics and archaeology."
Deathguard: "The only one who we had... it was Marley and Jack. Marley was an agent of Illian. Jack was willing to deal, so Illian had him killed."
Valron: "...That explains a lot. Marley deserted, and Jack... ...Well, yeah. Makes me wonder where Marley even is, anyway."
Deathguard: "Illian knew if we ever discovered the linguistics behind these peoples, we could undo his curse on the planet."
Valron: "The guy seems to have absolutely atrocious luck with picking sides."
Deathguard: "Yes. If there is the wrong side to be on, he is probably on it."
KitRedgrave: "Well, maybe for once he can make the right choice and help us. If we find him. If he isn't horribly murdered."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "He's alternated between being horribly murdered and not for a while now. Luckily, unlike Jack, nobody ever bothered to make sure he's dead, yet. ...Anyway, I guess we can start doing the thing now?"
KitRedgrave: "Anyway, next step of the plan... rolling the dice, ladies and gentlemen..."
Nonna: "So let me know what I should order our friend to do. Maybe he needs a name..."
KitRedgrave tries to create a portal between this room and the sealed-off room big enough for the robot to go through.
Metal Man (GM): You create one, barely, it's a bit flickery. The robot can be seen from there, waiting for orders.
Nonna: "Now... which part of the King holds what we need?"
KitRedgrave: "We better do it quick, looks like it's none too stable."
Deathguard: "The gem in the center of his crown. It is what makes him eternally undying. If you obtain it, perhaps he will eventually die."
Metal Man (GM): The gem in his crown would be reminiscent of those emeralds Keikyoku and Flaeyn played with eons ago.
Nonna: "Okay. I can give the command. Are we ready...?"
Valron: "...Oh. Oh dear. One of those gems, isn't it?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I am, yes."
Valron: "Be... careful with that, alright? The last time some idiots played with one of those, I got chased out by an army of undead."
Nonna: "Are we getting the stone and leaving, or having the robot actually fight the King?"
Valron: "Taking the stone and leaving. That robot would probably be scrapped or shut down."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Leaving. The king is likely to take too long to die. Or even if not... there's no real point."
KitRedgrave: "Running. We could use a robot servant if it survives."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We can blow up the place if we really need to ensure the King can't get out of here."
Nonna: "Okay. Are we ready now?"
KitRedgrave: "Also I'd really love to study it. Anyway, yeah."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah, the exit's straight behind us anyway..."
Valron: "Yeah, I'm ready. I'd also like to study it... well, mainly the technology, anyways."
Deathguard: "The robot might be of use, if you can get it back in time... well, you need it anyway, what am I saying..."
Nonna starts running in place a bit and shouts a complicated order to the robot.
KitRedgrave prepares to cancel the portal the moment the robot is through.
Metal Man (GM): The robot hesitates, then begins to creep towards the King. It walks into the runic wards. The Vring King's eyes light up, turning blood red, as it beholds the robot and speaks something odd. The Vring King yells some more at the robot, straining in his chains, moving to take out a sword, but hesitating to do anything immediately. The robot reaches for his crown... The Vring King reaches out to stop it, but the robot already had a head start. A struggle starts ensuing between the king and the robot. It touches the gem, and a wave of energy flies out from it when it does so. It's knocked back, and the king stands up, but the force also knocks the crown off the king's head. It goes to swing at the robot, but its field is up, causing the sword to be deflected. The robot fires a light beam at the King. It seems to do inordinate amounts of damage to the King. The room inside starts to catch on fire, for some reason.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's like pay per view, only if it fails, we are so screwed!"
Nonna: "...I ordered him to only defend, not attack."
KitRedgrave: "Maybe there were already some regicidal tendencies... should we just cut and run with the crown then?"
Metal Man (GM): It picks up the crown, only to get hit hard by a slash, causing the robot to fly through the portal with the crown. It lands, shooting sparks, while the King screams some guttural roar.
Valron: "Now close the damned thing."
KitRedgrave cancels the portal NOW. NOW GOD NOW.
Metal Man (GM): Seems to be powering up some magical attack of some sort. The portal closes.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm not usually afraid of undead, but I have zero interest in figuring out what that thing wants... let's get out of here! ...Should we take the robot with us?"
Nonna checks the robot real quick, can it still walk and run?
KitRedgrave: "If we can!"
Valron: "Yeah, if we can, we're taking it. I'll carry it my own damned self, if I have to."
Metal Man (GM): It's gonna need to be dragged. It got an electrical fault from that sword hit. Seems the King figured out what was going on to do something with its sword that you hadn't seen before.
Nonna speaks some words to it and takes the crown, then helps to try and drag the robot.
Valron: *He, of course, takes a moment to pull out his spellbook and Swords Dance himself for a bit of a boost in muscle, before going to drag the robot out as best as he could.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier helps drag the robot as well. Surprisingly, the room doesn't start immediately combusting or exploding. In fact it becomes eerily silent as you drag the robot out of there, outside of some scraping noises. The robot struggles to try and help. It assists, one good leg helping it sort of hop with you holding it up.
Gelato: *For what help he can do, he tries to help with Medevac! It's got Movement!*
KitRedgrave mentally thinks through something on the way... got it.
Valron: "...Okay, I wouldn't mind it if there was a bit of noise going on, but now this is just far too quiet."
Deathguard: "I have no data on why it would be so quiet."
Nonna: "Someone scout ahead for newly activated runic traps and wards!"
KitRedgrave: "I got something for us if things get much worse, but I don't think it'll work on much more than me and the robot. Or the crown if we're unlucky. Roger." *She would look ahead for any new lines of death or anything coming at us.*
Gelato: *He runs ahead of the group, bouncing off the floor!*
Valron: "...Probably best that the most durable one and the one who can best handle magic scout ahead, in any case."
Metal Man (GM): Up ahead, glowing runes appear to block the final door out.
KitRedgrave: "Careful, we got a booby trap on the door out!"
Nonna: "Ah... crap. He can remotely seal the exit!"
KitRedgrave: "I'm gonna take another gamble here. Let's hope it works..."
Gelato: *He's copied that laser and he's FIRIN IT AT THE DOOR BWAAAAAAAAAAAAGH.*
KitRedgrave: *Four Dispells on the runes, leaving me with 1/9 TP. Or not...*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier shrugs and Team Attacks with Gelato, firing a giant beam with the sword he has as well.
Gelato: *Yes, with the face.*
Metal Man (GM): The runes on the door struggle against the continuous laser beams, but don't seem to be failing yet...
KitRedgrave goes ahead and casts those Dispells then.
Metal Man (GM): The door slowly weakens, and you hear more yelling from behind you.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Really doesn't want us to get away, now does he?"
Nonna: "Can't blame him..."
Metal Man (GM): You see another door like the one that sealed the King in trying to lower over the rapidly fading rune on the door.
KitRedgrave: "We've got one trump card. Really don't wanna have to use it."
Metal Man (GM): The Deathguard drunkenly leans up against a wall and levels his Phase pistol at the wall.
KitRedgrave: "Looks like we're soon not getting a choice..."
Nonna: "By the way, his name is Asgard. The robot, that is."
Deathguard: "There is only one King for me... and that is Borne."
Valron: "...Oh yeah." *He pulls out his cube and turns it into a Phase Pistol as well.* "Let me help you, there."
Metal Man (GM): He fires the Phase Pistol at the wall up at the ceiling.
Valron: *He goes to open fire as well, aiming his own Phase Pistol up at the same spot.*
Metal Man (GM): The Phase Pistols are interesting, as the Alsan energy from them appears to violently disintegrate Vring magic.
Deathguard: "I wish we had had the energy to power more of these, we could have disintegrated that heathen King with our energy so easily..."
Valron: "Yeah, sorry about that."
Metal Man (GM): The King's booby traps having been disintegrated, it seems that he's resorting to breaking out of his prison. However, the way out is now open.
Gelato: *He tries to cast Charge on the guns!*
Valron: "I kinda wish I had that ridiculous Phase Shotgun Levis or whoever had. ...Actually I could've turned this into that. Welp."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I'm pretty certain we should leave now... but we have to make sure that King won't just chase us everywhere."
Valron: "That's an idea for later." *He shrugs, before going back to dragging the robot out.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Nobody needs to use this Temple again, right?"
KitRedgrave: "I got that covered, let's get as much distance from here as we can."
Valron: "Damn well hope not."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier nods and heads towards the exit, where the Warp Pipes are.
Nonna: "Well, we'll answer for that when it comes time for it..." *Drag drag drag.*
Metal Man (GM): The guns are... Charged up, as far as firing them again goes.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hope Walther didn't get lost back there..."
Gelato: *D8* *And back to carrying mister robot!*
KitRedgrave: "...He'll be fine. Maybe. He better be. Not like we can go back for him now!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I just miss him commenting on how insane everything we do. Maybe I should give him more caffeine."
KitRedgrave heads for the pipes, readying her book to... 'open a door'. Yes.
Metal Man (GM): Everyone makes it to the warp pipes, a hard-fought escape from the King's Temple...
Gelato: "..." :D
KitRedgrave: "...Okay, I think this is enough distance. Right? We all here?"
Valron: "Maybe later, we can actually get rid of the king if he's somehow still around and not dead. Hopefully, he'll be weakened by then. And yeah, I'm right here."
Nonna: "We're here."
KitRedgrave: "Okay." *Book, open that door with EXTREME PREJUDICE.*
Metal Man (GM): The book waits for your confirmation. The Skeleton Vring King leaps into view and says something... then the entire temple literally whites out of existence. A tip of his sword comes close to hitting you and lands on the ground with a dull thunk, as all that's left of that Temple is a white blankness for a moment, followed by the earth burying it and making it a solid wall from the sunken dirt.
Valron: "...I don't even know what to say to that."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, that was the device with which Illian was going to erase us all from existence, and it obviously is still capable of that. I'm guessing it doesn't play nice with other magicks."
Valron: "I know. That's... still amazing considering that that was from just opening a door."
KitRedgrave: "That's probably why we never saw him use it for anything like that."
Metal Man (GM): The book's error message notes that apparently the Vring put an anti-manipulation safeguard to protect themselves from the Book. And that it had partially unraveled. Activation of it caused a malfunction causing reality to crash and be destroyed in that area. The destruction is highly surgical.
Gelato seems Xavier has already instilled the love of a good, huge explosion in him.
Metal Man (GM): Not a single speck of outside dirt was impacted.
KitRedgrave: "Wow. That is professional as hell. All's well that ends well. Probably."
Valron: "Maybe. We should... probably replace that spot with something else later."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Looks like dirt's replaced it for now."
Valron: "I dunno. Just a suggestion."
Metal Man (GM): The way back to the Mushroom Kingdom is now open.
KitRedgrave: "Yeah, I get the idea that the Vring were never supposed to actually happen. Or something. Well, they sure didn't happen now apart from Asgard here."
Deathguard: "The Vring were actually natural Alsans. Without them there would be no GUN."
KitRedgrave: "...Oh. Well. ...Oops?"
Deathguard: "The problem is that these specific ones fell into evil magics."
Gelato: *He huffs, then goes to try and help carry mister robot some more. His name will be Sir Clanks.*
Deathguard: "We had known of the instability for a while, hence why we knew how to destroy the place but refused to do such a thing... not without getting the gem."
Metal Man (GM): The robot continues to struggle, as it walks with you to the warp pipe.
Deathguard: "Now with the gem, the recovery nanites can be empowered and made to do their job... ...but the subject you wish to cure is not here... I assume it is over on the other side of those pipes."
Nonna: "Fyrirgefðu mér, lofðungr..."
Valron: "You would be correct... Hm. I do wonder if there's any other possible remnants. I actually did want to study their technology and see what I could scavenge for use elsewhere, but... At the least, we managed to get what we came here for... Along with a little extra." *He glances over at the robot, then at the upgrades Xavier picked up.*
Deathguard: "There are many other temples. They tend to be built near GUN settlements. It was merely the lack of intelligence of the Questers and Protectors that caused them to ignore the existence of them all."
Gelato: *Can his nanites help fix the robot?*
Metal Man (GM): The robot doesn't seem to be fixable by the nanites, per se. It's more like some magical armor thing that'd require some runic or magical healing. Xavier would go to the warp pipe, along with the others.
Valron: "I'll be sure to check those out somewhere along the line, then. Probably after anything that'd hassle me while doing so is dealt with" *He shrugs to himself, before going into the warp pipe... After figuring out how to get the robot into it first, anyways.*
Metal Man (GM): The robot fits in, squeezing in a bit... You eventually make it to the Mushroom Kingdom, now with the gem and the vial.
Nonna helps as much as possible.
Valron: "Ugh. There we go."
KitRedgrave would also help as much as possible, which probably isn't much given as everyone else is helping.
Gelato: *He hops through the pipe, climbing onto Kit's shoulder ASAP.*
Metal Man (GM): The robot, once there, would go into a sort of low-energy mode, having used most of its energy escaping the destruction.
KitRedgrave: "I sure hope it doesn't permanently die or something if we don't get it charged up in time."
Nonna: "You did great, Asgard..." *He asks it something.*
KitRedgrave: "Not like I have much juice left..."
Metal Man (GM): The robot replies robotically...
Valron: "I'm sure it'll be fine now that we're in power-saving mode. It's not like we don't have the right people to ask about how to fix it up, anyways..."
Asgard replies back.
Nonna looks deep in thought for a moment before responding further.
Asgard replies again.
Deathguard: "I must... seek healing here. I know of the Mushroom Republic and their currency. Before all went silent, I heard of a United Alsan Forces... It is thanks to that they do not try to kill me on sight. After I have healed, we can commence healing the other one."
Nonna: "Asgard wishes to travel with us."
Deathguard: "I will be all right, little one."
Valron: "Sure, why not? We've already picked up like two other people, so it's not like a third's going to be much of a problem."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I don't mind if a robot that shoots killer beams hangs out with us."
KitRedgrave: "Well, Asgard kind of has to travel with us for now. Nowhere else to go."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The ship's been feeling a bit empty anyway, it was meant to fit far more people than what is there currently."
Valron: "So, really, we're just getting up to more proper crew numbers."
KitRedgrave: "Unless you mean actually adventure with us. Which would be awesome."
Valron: "Or at least... some fraction of them."
Nonna: "It would be the latter, yes."
Valron: "I figured as such."
Metal Man (GM): I'm thinking I'll probably pause about here. I have plans for Garrok and the cure and such, but feel like this would be good as a short session today. Plus I need to get EXP in order and have the first major arc-causing stuff to think on here...
Nonna: "I'll do my best to teach him our language so it will become easier to communicate."
Metal Man (GM): I'll let everyone just downtime from this point on though, since it's a good place to do that with. With nothing pressing going on at the immediate moment. Me and my NPCs will be a little slow though, teensy bit tired today.
Nonna gets some distance while the others are busy, and tries out some runes. The ones that sounded less... destructive and more benevolent in nature. Kenaz was first!
KitRedgrave: "They probably have ham here. Or at the very least, mushrooms. We don't really have any local money though."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Peach said we could get whatever food we need to live here, for free, at least."
KitRedgrave: "Oh. Right. They gave us a villa, why wouldn't they do that too..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Simple things like that." *Gestures to the pillar in the ground and summons a sandwich to eat with it.*
KitRedgrave: "Speaking of which, let's go regroup there. Could use some more coffee."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The magic things they have here do it real nicely."
KitRedgrave only now feels how drained she is and visibly slumps. Coffeeeee...
Metal Man (GM): The rune would grant Nonna some degree of vision beyond what she usually has.
Gelato: :D *He pulls an entire ham out of the pillar, beginning to carry it on his back. And eat it too!*
Valron: "Oh, yeah. Sandwiches." *He goes to get one for himself, before idly munching on it.*
Nonna: "...wow, how'd I pick this up so fast...?" *She'd return to the others.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier idly spins his sword and practices dual wielding sword-and-golf-club, off to the side. You got back to the Villa, more or less.
KitRedgrave goes and gets some perfect coffee. Perfectly sludgy undrinkable caffeine jet fuel coffee. <3
Gelato: "Can I have some?" *He offers up the half-eaten ham in exchange.*
Nonna: "Well this has certainly been a day..." *Making sure Asgard is safe and sound, she'd go and have a relaxing bath for a while.*
Gelato: *It has a perfect Gelato-shaped piece missing in it from where he's been absorbing it.*
KitRedgrave gives Gelato coffee freely, and tries to get some favorite sushi out of the pillar instead of touching the ham.
Nonna bubbles too, and just sits back and sighs, her muscles sore from dragging Asgard, as well as all the damage she had taken during battle.
Gelato: *He happily sips the coffee while nibbling at his food. All is well in his tiny world.*
KitRedgrave is super overjoyed that it apparently worked, and just has a coffee break with everyone until next session.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Glances at the others going about their business and sits there, idly flipping through the smash dex* "Man... so many people in the past said I was some unstable nutcase who'd get everybody killed." *He sticks tongue out at video of Klumsy.*
Valron: "Funny how that works out, I s'pose."
KitRedgrave: "Well, we kinda did... just not anybody we care about."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I mean, I could always make mistakes, but I think most of my insanity was related to not being treated like a human being..."
Nonna: (Distantly from the baths) "...They have the best bubble bath ever!"
KitRedgrave: "That would do it. Glad to see that it's reversible."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Reminds me again, so, we want to destroy Garrick, or do we want to try to... hmmm... how could we even convince Garrick of anything? He's kind of... kind of... he's... I don't know."
KitRedgrave: "Maybe an object lesson? A dissertation on his mistaken assumptions? Though I think those have all been tried already."
Valron: "He'd ignore it. I'm pretty sure he would, anyways."
KitRedgrave: "Then let's just let the new world speak for itself. If he wants to go into solipsist lala-land, then it's not really any concern of ours. Well, our Deathguard here would care."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "His reaction last time was to try and burn and destroy the world when it didn't fit his beliefs."
KitRedgrave: "Ah. Well, then we can't have him here then. Don't want to have to fix the world TWICE."
Nonna finished, cleaned up, and got into her sleeping clothes and joined the others looking not quite so tense anymore.
KitRedgrave would offer Nonna some of the same sleep-obliterating point-missingly good coffee.
Nonna: "Ah... I'll pass, but thank you."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I doubt he's... here now, at least. Call it a gut feeling, but I don't think he would casually sit here when we've obviously made our presence known by now. Last time he was here and we were here, he did his damnedest to kill us all. Or at least, threatened to do so."
KitRedgrave nods. "We'd do well to make sure he never comes back, then."
Metal Man (GM): The Deathguard would return, looking a bit less broken.
Deathguard: "If he returns, then I and Borne shall kill him. He will not be allowed to escape unharmed for his genocide of Alsa."
Gelato: *He promptly gets a three-fourths-eaten ham offered to him.*
Deathguard: "...If you do not stop him first, of course. You are the closest to him." *He glances at the ham. He actually takes it and eats it without any qualms. Guess it was probably better than whatever rations he got when he was in the base.* "We know that there was a split even before the downfall of Borne's GUN. So if Garrick returned, you would get the first chance to deal with him. Just as we got the first chance to try to deal with Marley. It is said Marley saw the light after Garrick and Illian nearly got him killed, but I am unsure where he is now..."
KitRedgrave: "If he really won't stray from his course, I would hate to rob you of your revenge. I'd be there right with you."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Garrick killed me, so it'd only be fair if I dealt with him too. I repeatedly refused to destroy him, but if he refuses the last time, then I shall rectify the mistake I made over 50 years ago. ...That of ever letting Alex Gorvan be a Quester."
KitRedgrave: "I'm pretty sure most everyone on the planet wants a piece of him at this point."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "He calls himself Garrick, but I'm pretty certain that name is fake."
Nonna: "Sounds like you should all attack at the same time and divide your vengeance up equally in doing so."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm, yes, we could probably do that."
Deathguard: "I am certain that would help ensure Garrick is destroyed."
KitRedgrave: "Better to. That way we stand the best chance of actually getting it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The only missing link is that he probably still has lives or something." *Takes out a funky broken Fighter Remote* "But these don't even control it, so I can't easily de-init him..."
Deathguard: "The Alsan energy can do what your broken toy cannot."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah, duhhhh... Wonder what we do, however, if he isn't completely out of his mind anymore."
Valron: "I wouldn't be surprised if Marley was skulking somewhere in... that mess of a ship of his. ...Actually, I wonder if he actually ever got it fixed up. I remember he planned on doing so after the last time I was here before, well... This place got into its' new set of messes."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I don't even know what to think if that's the case. Could he ever be truly stable?"
KitRedgrave: "That would depend, hypothetically, on how IN his right mind he is."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And I'm still unsure if I can personally forgive him, since I was the one who repeatedly trusted him and got backstabbed."
Deathguard: "He must prove his new alignment if he is no longer on the side of suicidal death."
KitRedgrave: "It seems the best Garrick can hope for is banishment, if that's the case."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We could always make him destroy something he helped creat originally to prove he's not evil. I bet there's some evil Solarians out there in the universe killing stuff in Illian's name."
KitRedgrave: "Maybe... all hypotheticals."
Nonna: "Commit a crime, do the time..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Last I recall he thought those guys were awesome, so perhaps being forced to actually clean up his mess would make him realize what was wrong."
KitRedgrave: "Marley we can probably find. Would he have a way to escape Alsa?"
Deathguard: "Marley was the leader of the UAF when I last heard his voice on the radio. He should have a means to do so."
KitRedgrave: "Maybe not so easy to track him down then."
Nonna sits back and relaxes, listening to them talk.
Valron: "Well, he can't have exactly gone very far..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "My dex logs indicated he was head of GUN at some point, cleaning up the mess after Borne 'died' and such..."
KitRedgrave: "Maybe we should have a chat with him before we get to the heart of the matter. Could have some interesting things come up."
Gelato: *He yawns and curls up on Kit's lap.* -w-
Valron: "Possibly, yes."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We'll need to deal with those GUN thugs either way. If Borne doesn't want to intervene, well fine, but..." *Shrugs* "We'll need some input I guess, after we get Garrok healed and such."
KitRedgrave: "And we'd need a way to ensure Garrok won't try to stab us in the back once we do heal him."
Deathguard: "Implant loyalty circuitry... ...have Borne take over his body... ...chain him to a throne like the Vring King?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...I think we can just drop him off somewhere remote if he misbehaves. He can't fly around like we can. His one lone attempt got him crash landed and surrounded by dead people. He had a whole factory of supertech and somehow didn't do anything with it. I think he's pretty defective, as far as traitors go. If he betrays us, it won't take him long to fail."
Valron: "And I think he's smart enough to know not to try something dumb like that... That, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's also wary of ending up in any sort of situation that ends with him ending up just being like his original. I wouldn't be surprised if he's just kinda... not that effective without someone pushing him in the right direction, if that's the case."
Deathguard: "Borne was no fool. He created the clones. He didn't want them to escape far without him, now did he... He had no chips he could use, but he could probably damage their critical thinking skills... It's a tradeoff. My critical thinking skills are intact, but I will violently explode if I use them to come to an incorrect conclusion. Seemingly Garrok is lacking his, meaning he can't really do a lot on his own, but he also clearly is less effective than if he had them. Then again, he was supposed to be used as a host body rather than his mind being used by itself..."
KitRedgrave: "It seems kinda crappy to do that to somebody, but I guess there's a good reason for it..."
Valron: "And I'd imagine if two somehow had the same idea and tried to work around those limitations in a roundabout way, the Deathguard involved in that would probably explode, regardless."
Deathguard: "The controls on me most likely will be deactivated, given how my brethren all died due to their controls. I only survived due to conflicting orders. The era of Borne's total control and lockdown due to a threat of Quester annihilation is most likely over."
Metal Man (GM): He gestures to you guys.
Deathguard: "Given you are not insane idiots."
Deathguard: "So there is no reason... for the extreme behaviors... or at least, I guess that much. It is up to him. But his behavior to you suggests it to me."
Nonna: "Well." *She's rise and yawn, stretch and all* "I'll see you guys in the morning, unless anyone needs to talk about anything..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I think I shall enjoy this organic 'sleep' thing again, before we inevitably end up in outer space, too..." *Wanders off.*
Valron: "Yeah, I think I'll do the same." *He nods to the two, before heading off shortly afterwards.*
Nonna: "Oh..." *She realized she was alone with Gelato, the sleeping Kit, and Deathguard.*
Gelato: -w- *Zzz. All curled up in Kit's lap...*
Nonna: "And what are you going to do?" (To Deathguard)
Deathguard: "I will rest. There is another room in this complex nobody is using. I have been unable to rest without being wounded for months. You are safe, for until I can meet up with Borne, I must assume you are actually on his side. Anything bad on my part... would cause me to violently self destruct. Granted, I have no interest in fighting. I have been doing that for months as well. I was once a normal person. It would be nice to return to that, if the war is truly over."
Nonna: "Do you have a name?"
Deathguard: "Names were removed from our minds by order of Borne. They can be retrieved by his order as well, however. It was assumed if we were too human, we could be tricked. Of course, the universal off switch blew us away much faster than any trick, so..."
Nonna: "Well, look forward to finding it out, then. I shall see you in the morning. Get some rest, for we'll have a lot to do."
Deathguard: "Yes. I will look forward to it myself." *Nods, and walks out, taking a moment to admire the stars, then goes to their room.*
Nonna: "Things are going to get pretty complicated, aren't they Grandpa?" *After saying that quietly to nobody in particular, she'd head back to her own room.*