REVELATION - Story - Chapter 8: The Legend of Ha'kar

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Date: 6:13:50 PM, March 3rd; 6:27:06 PM, March 8th; 5:50:43 PM, March 15th, 2015.
Metal Man (GM): Recap. The Questers thoroughly looted more of Eritea, the ruined Erastian Base. There they managed to get the parts to repair the Wing Fortress so that it resembled a proper functioning ship rather than a flying junkyard. They also discovered that the Solarians who had killed off the Erastians in the base were the leftovers, and that they had been taken out shortly after the Erastians had been destroyed by the Time Cops. They also found a crystal full of data left behind by said survivors, as they wished for others to continue the fight, find the 'Ha'kar' and use it to destroy the Time Cops. Of course, given the Solarians have shown themselves to be quite nasty people, it's a good question whether finding that is a good idea at all. The Questers and Xavier would be on the Wing Fortress, contemplating what to do next inside the rather nicely safe hanger on the base. The sun continues to burn outside, though the base is a stable ruin. XRCS Wing Fortress Xavier sits at the Bridge, spinning around in his chair, seemingly unsure. Illian is in the forge area. He has the Crystal from earlier and is analyzing it.
Gelato: *Thunk thunk thunk, from the kitchen.*
Metal Man (GM): And Borne is in the hangar, looking over the Spirit of Vengeance that was brought in earlier, plus that other ship that was brought in in a couple pieces from more recently that has 'Kit's Ship' marked on it.
Nonna: *Is attempting to teach Asgard how to communicate in and understand their language, keeping distant from the others since the adventure.*
Metal Man (GM): From here, we continue (and I count my 2 hour limit beginning here rather than from when I began recapping) Asgard makes decently sounding clicks and clipped renditions of words. He can be heard occasionally saying "Yes" or "No" to some queries, but is still learning. Also I guess, Dragoshi KitRedgrave Mm200 for those who might have missed my previous highlight.
Gelato: *Thunk thunk thunk.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier casually gets up, staring in his visor as he does, nearly bumping into a shiny angular corner. He goes into the kitchen and opens the fridge, then idly picks up a toaster and stares at it.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Wait a minute... the robots moved the fridge to where the bread is... ...And the bread to where the bread is... ...And the bread to where the toaster is..."
Gelato: *He tumbles out of the inside of the fridge, shivering.* ;-;
KitRedgrave notices the markings on the Solarian ship. "...Wow. Heh. I was just gonna study this thing, dunno if you could consider it mine. It belongs in a museum or something."
Nonna: "Good work, Asgard. I'll teach you some more later."
Gelato: [Nobody got me out all day!] ;-; ;-; ;-;
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And I wanted the limestone tiles... ...Gelato! How'd you get stuck in there? Was it the work of Psycho Illian? Or maybe Bowser? Or The Void? No... those people weren't here." *Picks up Gelato and attempts to warm him with a hug. He's not very 'warm' but his armor does have residual heat coming off of it from the mechanical joints.*
Commander Borne: "There are many ships out there. We cannot build any museums until the last Time Cop that attacks us in anger is dead or imprisoned. They will come and destroy anything that we build, otherwise."
Gelato: [I went for food and the door got closed!] *Oh. No wonder he didn't show up last time.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Note to self: rig cameras inside the fridge. In fact, I think I'll get to work on that immediately, because somebody's been taking my phazon. ...I mean blue jello. Well... since you missed it..." *Holds Gelato* "We visited a shopping mall full of dead people."
Nonna: *Wanders into the kitchen only to stumble on this sight.* "Not used to a sanely designed place, Xavier?"
KitRedgrave: "That is true... and Alsa's in no state to do anything with yet. Better learn how to fly it then, at least. ...or any kind of 'aircraft'."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah. The off switches actually do something. I bumped into a wall when the lights actually turned off."
KitRedgrave: "That is if that was the intent."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, Gelato, a mall is a place where people from a certain period of history and/or cultural development go to buy goods or services. It's a marketplace, basically."
Commander Borne: "Speaking of Alsa, we should go there soon. Well, you should." *He would glance to the Dauntless he constructed.* "GUN has become problematic in the same way I once was. I've begun to realize that if you give random people absolute military power on a planet where the very ground itself is cursed, you get nothing but senseless violence. A democracy isn't the answer either, but something needs to be done to ensure GUN doesn't degrade into another couple months of death and war."
KitRedgrave: "...Right." *She decides not to make the obvious jab of 'well, duh~'*
Commander Borne: "I don't want to step in because they've probably begun to figure out how to run without me. Me showing up would just make it worse, and not allow me to get to the bottom of Mad Molly and her lies."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I can show you the mall here sometime, since we... basically own this mall now. It's full of undead horrors and dead people, so maybe not the best mall, though."
Gelato: [I won't get put in a fridge again, will I?] :<
Xavier Ridgecrest: "No, I'm going to put a camera in there. And a hinge that can be controlled remotely!"
Nonna: "By the way... what's our next move? The ship seems to be in great shape now, and I'd rather not stay any longer in this hellhole than we need to."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah, I don't want that cursed evil-me to come here either. No offense to Illian, wherever he is."
KitRedgrave: "Something besides the mass-history-reset I was going to do anyway?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We have a number of tactical decisions..."
Commander Borne: "The mass history reset can still happen, honestly. Nobody who's alive will probably remember what happened because the ones who participated in it all died. The only ones who you note in your reports that are even remotely functional decided to literally sidestep the entire war. Even the Alsan Questers and Panzer died or vanished. I was quite certain one of them would come back..."
KitRedgrave: "I'll have a look, take some notes, get back to you on the mystery then. And what a mystery it /is/."
Commander Borne: "Yes. We'll also need to remove Illian's curse on the planet's core. Or Dyne's. Or Jack's. It's really hard to figure out who's more at fault for that one."
Gelato: *He snuggles tightly into Xavier, still shivering.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Holds Gelato close, though making sure not to crush him* "Er... sorry if I'm not terribly warm or comfortable. I never really imagined I'd be hugging anything with ballistic war armor."
Valron: "I... sidestepped a good chunk mess as well. Mind, I'm not sure how. Kinda fuzzy, given half of everything that happened. Hell. I didn't even really make myself apparent until Evil Wolfman came back. Which is... sometime after the retreat of the Alsan Questers, if memory serves me right."
Commander Borne: *Looks to Valron* "Yes. And though Garrick attacked me, my records indicate that he hated the Alsan Questers too."
Nonna: "I'll... go see how your twin is doing." *She awkwardly slips out of the room to go seek Illian.*
Valron: "Next to no one in that group liked each-other. I'm not surprised"
Commander Borne: "Even Xavier hated them. Back when he was out of his mind. And yet the others weren't out of their minds. So that makes them a very special group."
Valron: "Hell, I think that's part of why I stayed away from them, aside from the whole 'they caused everything that could go wrong for them to do go wrong' thing."
Commander Borne: "Perhaps, like the Mad Men, the core Alsan Questers were cursed. Their powers had been given to them without them even knowing why they had them. So they just ran amok."
KitRedgrave: "The entire planet's cursed. Hell, I might be cursed."
Commander Borne: "Jack was an Archaeologist. Marley was... ...something stupid... Mad Molly was only in there for being Jack's girlfriend."
Valron: "I forget what he was aside from a fisherman."
Commander Borne: "And the stupidest part at all was Anthon, who, since he figured he was going to die anyway, just used the artifacts without studying them."
Valron: "To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure how I managed to... evade that mess altogether."
Commander Borne: "Then he let Jack and Mad Molly build me without wondering if I would be sentient or have my own opinions."
Valron: "I wonder if the fact that that was still the period where my soul was still detached from me has anything to do with it..."
Commander Borne: "I have to admit, I hated those Alsan Questers partially because they reminded me of my parents, complete with the complete disregard for anyone's safety. Well... I don't technically have a soul." *He makes a neutral face at Valron.* "I wonder if that helps answer your question..."
Metal Man (GM): Illian, meanwhile, is busy staring at the Solarian crystal. He looks to Nonna as she walks in. He has his helmet off and a magnifying glass over his eye.
Valron: "It'd explain things. To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case. I wasn't cursed because there really wasn't anything the curse could stick to."
Illian MacGregor: "Ah... the only person to come in... and the least insane one. Well, that'll do." *He continues to stare at the crystal, it being magnified many times by the lens he has.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well... my systems detect most people congregating around Borne for some reason. Figures, he replaced Mewtwo in THAT way too."
Nonna: "Thanks. What have you discovered?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We'll see what the others thing, I guess. I honestly never figured my ship would be repaired so fast." *Walks over to join the others in the hangar.*
Illian MacGregor: "These Solarians are the ones my old Solarians called the 'Lost Brothers.' They were lost when the colony on Erastia was destroyed. Some escaped, apparently, only to die shortly after. Time Cops leave no loose ends. At least, they didn't use to."
Valron: "In any case... I'm going to check on Illian. I want to see what he got out of the crystal." *And with that, he makes his way to the armory. Or wherever it is Illian's currently lurking.*
Illian MacGregor: "The crystal notes the location of Ha'Kar, which is another Solarian Machine class weapon of mass destruction. Supposedly, this device could destroy all the Time Devices in the universe. Or... all the anything else in the universe. All with a few settings."
Metal Man (GM): He'd set the crystal down.
Illian MacGregor: "It's a religious fanaticism thing. No such device can really exist. I tried to create one myself, and even in the insane world of Nintendus it didn't work. Now imagine what happens when a world where friction matters has one of them."
Metal Man (GM): He makes a slow explosion gesture.
Nonna: "Well, there is still a dangerous quality to even delusions of power."
Gelato: *He peers at everyone from Xavier's arms, listening in as best he can.*
Illian MacGregor: "Yes. My... living body self made that mistake, and paid for it. These Solarians are just another like I was..."
Commander Borne: *Glances to Valron and Gelato* "Ah... I see. Yes, you should probably go on to the others. I don't really have much information on where the Wing Fortress should go next."
Nonna: "Actually succeeding in making an ultimate device or obtaining ultimate power isn't the point. Just the idea of it can drive people to creating penultimate weapons that should never have been born."
Valron: *He steps in, shooting a nod to Nonna, before glancing over at Illian* "Oh boy, even more ridiculous doomsday devices, eh? Stupid things are about... well I can't say a coin a dozen because that'd be insulting to the coin."
Illian MacGregor: "Yes, I have done that too." *He looked to Valron* "You can rest easy. The ridiculous device this thing references is just a hallucination."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Looks at Valron, then Gelato, then Borne* "I guess I'm getting my exercise today!" *He plays 'follow the leader' back to where Illian is.*
Nonna: "Oh, hello there Valron."
KitRedgrave wanders in. "Oh boy, even more ridiculous doomsday devices that don't work!"
Valron: "Oh, perfect. Is there anything of substance in the crystal, or...?"
Illian MacGregor: *Stares at Xavier and grimaces.* "I see I've commanded an audience now... very well... at least you're not split across every room now, since I can tell you what this has that isn't nonsense."
Gelato: [Is one of you warm?] D:
Valron: "Great timing on our part, I see."
Illian MacGregor: "I once had a body. Then somebody destroyed it." *Half-jokingly gestures at Kit* "This cold shell is an imitation, but this crystal does indicate the Solarian bases... I assume that's what you might want to go to? Or... do you want some minerals? I'm not really up to date on what crazy things you're doing. It gives me too many headaches to do that..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, we were fleeing the Time Cops and wanted to bring the fight back to them. And we equipped the ship."
Illian MacGregor: "So... one ship and a fleet of sub-ships... versus an interdimensional, intergalactic super-empire."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...yes."
Valron: "It may be best to get ourselves further equipped. Preferably with weapons aside from the magic amplifiers."
KitRedgrave: "If we have enough insane firepower to do it. Which... probably we don't yet."
Nonna: "Even if such an all-powerful weapon cannot exist, it may still be worth pursuing if only because weapons made to attempt to reach that level tend to follow those rumors."
Illian MacGregor: "...And in a universe where you can die for real, and there is no unholy super chaos powers to make you unstoppable..."
Valron: "Because as helpful as those are, and I mean they are really helpful, I don't think they'll be enough."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's where you come in, Illian, since you have the plot macgu--useful crystal!"
Illian MacGregor: *Sighs* "Very well. What you will want comes in many flavors. When I wasn't screwing around with worthless cartoon universes, I was fighting Time Cops, after all. There's my Solarians, the ones I had before I died. They flew away as I ordered them to. If you think they would be of use, Valron, I can give you potential locations. Dangerous places that have many natural hazards, but also Time Cop free."
Nonna: "And a weapon reaching even 1% of the potential of a universe-unmaking legendary artifact is something to be worried about... I think, anyway."
Illian MacGregor: "Then there's those damned Celians Xavier mentioned. You could sell scrap from here to them."
Valron: "Think it could be possible to get something good from their pile for the scrap?"
Illian MacGregor: "You could search for whatever device those Solarians were making, the 'Ha'kar' as they called it. They had their main base for that..." *Looks at crystal* "About 5 lightyears left of here, in that direction." *Takes out a star map and plots it* "Ah... crafty... next to a black hole. As if this place wasn't bad enough. What, useful scrap here? The Celians will be all over it. They're idiots. Of course they will also find out this place exists and try to invade it or take it from us. Which, without more than a couple ships on our side, is going to be easy for them to do, eventually."
KitRedgrave: "We could maybe peruse their wares. Maybe sneak away a thing or two."
Valron: "Well, considering that we already took two ships and a bunch of other useful stuff... It's not like we can't just let them have it."
KitRedgrave: "They'd never need to know we were even here."
Valron: "We got what we came here for, after all."
Illian MacGregor: "You could safely look through what they have, and get ripped off with their stupid prices... or steal them covertly and risk them chasing us here... I guess it depends. What do you see as the face of defeating Time Cops--supreme military power, or...?"
KitRedgrave: "Depends on what they've got, to be honest."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well my original plan was to just sneak onto Erastia and see if we could find something... survivors, wreckage..."
Metal Man (GM): Illian stares at Xavier like he grew a third arm.
Illian MacGregor: "Erastians are dead. If they were alive, maybe they would have cleaned up this... shopping mall? You keep prattling about."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I dunno. I was one of the stupider ones, and here I am."
Illian MacGregor: "Yes, says the man who has actually died multiple times and only been revived because some other people didn't let him stay dead."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, if nobody has any real preferences, I think the answer is... ...hmmmm."
KitRedgrave: "Well, we would probably want some time-warping power of our own."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "If I have a perfectly functional ship, I wouldn't go to Erastia. I would go and... damn it, why must my memory be so rusty."
KitRedgrave: "No good if we have an army and get flanked from every second five minutes in the past and future."
Nonna: "Personally I'd like to find and destroy any weapons of mass destruction which may still be around."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah, right! The Time Devices... where would those be?"
Illian MacGregor: "You might be in luck. The Solarians never listened to any prohibition made by the Time Cops, and the crystal makes note of that base by the black hole... ...don't worry, it's actually on a temperate planet with oxygen. It's just that the sky is horribly dark at night."
Valron: "As a belated answer to your question, I don't think supreme power alone will be enough. It will certainly help, but..."
Illian MacGregor: "If they have any superweapons related to this batch of them, it would be there. I actually sent some of my Solarians in this direction specifically because it seemed like a safe place to hide."
KitRedgrave: "...Even though it's orbiting a black hole, with no sunlight."
Illian MacGregor: "Yes, it's not a natural planet. It's got an artificial sun next to it where a moon would be."
Nonna: "Power is a frightening thing."
Valron: "I'd certainly like to make use of that base. It sounds like a solid place to anchor. Also makes me wonder if we should just start making, like... a relay sort of thing for more places. As there was that one Erastian bug-out spot I wanted to check out, but. That can come later."
Illian MacGregor: "Solarians can do these sorts of things. It was made long ago by a destroyed Solarian faction. The faction was destroyed because of what created the giant black hole."
KitRedgrave: "What... exactly is it? Maybe we'd be dumb enough to try to use it."
Illian MacGregor: "They had a giant, wonderful empire, and then the King and his brothers disagreed on how much money each of them should get from their extortion rackets. It took all of twenty seconds for the entire galaxy with them in it to be destroyed... And that artificial sun itself could, potentially, also be activated the same way. Thankfully the only magic in the universe capable of that was destroyed inside the black hole. ...I wouldn't stay there without figuring out how to delete the passcode entirely from it, to be honest. The Ha'kar, if it is there, would be some variant on the frightening black hole devices that were mentioned."
Valron: "In any case, after we get settled into the Solarian base and root through it for things we can use, I'd like to request another trip back to Alsa so that we can check back on I... t."
Illian MacGregor: "I have no clue how it would do what the religious maniac's version of it would do, but... maybe they never saw it in the history crystals..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah, we should go back to Alsa after we check there."
Valron: *He pauses as Illian mentions the devices* "Hm. Do you think we could get anything useful there to go with the big reality-wrecking device we have that's currently taking up space?"
Illian MacGregor: "We could probably help reconstruct Borne's sloppy attempt to make a Solarian Destructor, yes."
KitRedgrave: "I should probably head back there sooner than that. Got a mystery to poke into."
Illian MacGregor: "Those are... special, but it appears he held on to the wreckage, so we only need enough parts of... several other super deadly weapons."
Valron: "Good. I want that thing back up and running as soon as possible."
Illian MacGregor: "...Did I mention most of these weapons, if we find them, are probably non-functional? Just noting that in case anyone thinks this will end up like it did in that war back when... The most dangerous part is that sun and most likely the side effects of the other destroyed weapons laying around."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "But are there ghosts?"
Illian MacGregor: "No. Nobody really lived there."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Good, let's get out of here!"
Valron: "That's fine. So long as we can salvage something from the remnants and have our own properly-functioning superweapon, then I don't mind too badly."
Illian MacGregor: "You'll probably wish you stayed here after you see all the destroyed wreckage and possible salvagers there."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I can shoot those, at least!"
Valron: "We'll see."
Illian MacGregor: "In any case, I'll be here. I sent the coordinates to your bridge. The ones that DON'T put you in the path of Time Cop ships."
KitRedgrave: "Now we just need an armada or some horribly clever plan if this works."
Gelato: *X3* *He kicks his feet excitedly, all ready to go!*
Illian MacGregor: "Either you should invest in your own superweapon and hold them hostage like I would... or liberate some planets from Time Cop control. One or the other will become necessary if we are to do anything else than act like smugglers."
Valron: "Well, we already have the one we're rebuilding in that regard. If we can get that up and running, we can maybe invest in a second while playing liberator."
Illian MacGregor: "Yes--the Anti-Reality... whatever can probably destroy them enough to give them pause."
KitRedgrave: "Was about to say, let's do both if we can. Multiple plans are the key to victory."
Valron: "We just have to make sure to blow them away. Especially if it weakens their grip on a couple planets."
Illian MacGregor: "It's your plans. I'm retired from those plans." *He sighs.* "Because only insane people have the patience to see them through, and I'm too sane now to believe it won't be an uphill battle full of difficulty..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes, yes, we know, Illian, anyway, I'm going to get us there before the ghosts come back again."
KitRedgrave: "Would it be worthwhile if it weren't?"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier pets Gelato and hurries off to the bridge.
Illian MacGregor: "Probably not, but one gets old and starts to dream of peace instead of constant destruction..."
Gelato: *He rides off with his owner, bouncing slightly.*
KitRedgrave: "We'll have it soon enough."
Valron: "I... get what you mean, even if I'm nowhere near as old."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier... still has a wacky mess for a control panel. The robots were unable to remove THAT.
Nonna remains quiet whilst listening to everyone. Seems she wasn't one for crowds.
Metal Man (GM): They did polish everything, though. Xavier spins levers and pushes buttons as the ship could be felt lightly taking off.
Valron: "I just carry on, knowing that one day, the peace and sanity I wish to bring to universe will be brought about. I just hope I get to live through all the stuff that needs to be done to see it."
Illian MacGregor: "At least I know not to try to kill everyone in sight to get said peace now..." *Grumbles about 'stupid chaos emeralds'*
Valron: "And I've learnt to control my anger a long while back. Learning from the mistakes of others, along with looking back on my own anger-fueled idiocy has... Helped me to focus it better."
Nonna: "That's kind of the opposite of peace."
Illian MacGregor: "Well, the Chaos Emeralds... they worked for peace once, but only when solely used to kill a tyrant like Kuja. When no easy target exists, they... don't work correctly anymore. There's a reason Sonic threw them away at the end of every major battle. He didn't want to end up a crazed psychopath."
KitRedgrave: "Well... we have a pretty clear target now."
Valron: "I prefer not to rely entirely on a set of magical artifacts... Which is kinda hypocritical, I guess, considering I used such a set to protect an entire kingdom, but..." *He shrugs.*
Illian MacGregor: "You had another obvious goal in mind."
Metal Man (GM): Illian takes out seven... ...glass ornaments.
Illian MacGregor: "I keep these to remember that chaos and evil isn't what's inside the stone, but what's inside your mind. ...Do you people have any weapons you need repaired?"
Valron: "To be honest, I'm thankful that what I had originally done as a temporary measure to keep Borne and Sloan out had persisted into something of actual good in the long run. ...Well, I have a weapon and a device. But, ah. Let's see here..."
KitRedgrave: "I don't believe I do... but thank you. I better attend to something here."
Nonna: *Takes out her soul weapon, and shrugs.* "I think if this need repairing, there's something wrong with me rather than it. But... I'll let you know."
Valron: *He seems to take a moment to root through his inventory before pulling out... two things. The first being Scott's guitar, which he had taken from that ridiculous name-changing trial of his from so long ago, along with... Sam's PET, which also came from that same scenario.* "These two things. I've been lugging them around forever."
KitRedgrave heads out, but before she's fully out the door: "Oh, and I'm glad you're finding the peace you never had in... 'life'...? Anyway, good to see."
Valron: "Mind, when I say forever I mean back during my service on the Eternal Dauntless. About the same difference, I guess."
Illian MacGregor: "Ah... some ancient device used by ignorant aliens... followed by another one that's about the same... What would you like these things to do?"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier pets Gelato, contemplating.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I have a fully functional ship... who or what would I want to deal with..."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier opens a drawer full of old photos.
Gelato: o.o *He peers inside.*
Valron: "Honestly? The latter seems like it'd be good for mucking about with computers so if it could be restored to that capacity, then I could probably do more with my innate ability to fumble about with those... As for the guitar, I'm... not entirely sure. It's also apparently capable of interfacing with computers because why not, but. That just seems like a bit of an"
Dragoshi: *awkward interface.*"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ely? Dead... Charles? Dead... Julian? Joke..."
Illian MacGregor: "Solarians considered rock music to be... unholy... ...All the better that you have a guitar in case we encounter hostile living ones..."
Valron: "Perfect. We'll just use it as an Anti-Solarian weapon, then."
Illian MacGregor: "The computer device... it's free to just make it work, but I'm guessing you want it to do more than the Smash Dex can."
Valron: "Of course. I'm just not sure of the limits it has, is the thing."
Illian MacGregor: "Well, it's similar to any other weapon. It can be upgraded. In this case, some basic work to make it still work."
Metal Man (GM): He idly pokes a frayed string on it.
KitRedgrave would go and take this rare bit of time not spent sleeping or Questing and get some research puzzle pieces pulled together. ...After she figures out where she put all her files. So... OOCly right after Illian's done.
Valron: "I'll worry about the computer device part of it later. If anything, getting it to proper working order is the first priority."
Nonna takes a seat and just kind of watches everyone at work.
Illian MacGregor: "Do you have any coins? Or anything else to trade with? I... am still partial to being able to buy things when you land places, as much as you seem to have created a post-currency society. Leave it to the insane person to create a ship without currency..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Continues to root through the photos* "Hm... I don't think I'll ever find Garrick..." *Then takes out an image of Marine Garrick* "Wow... I forgot about that guy. I should show it to Santigue and see if she can explain what secret mission he was here for. He's Garrick Marine... ...a clone of a clone of a clone that has special giant magic man powers. A giant gun to kill people without mercy, and no sense of humor or sarcasm, and every time he discovers you forgot to put your toys away, he screams 'HERESY'! Although I'm actually a bit faded as to what he did. I'll need to look in my notes." *Takes out a garbage can full of printouts and stares at it.*
Valron: "Let's see... I have a few things I could part with. Like a shotgun I took from some guy in a simulation, a shield I took off of a robot knight, Garrick's old sneaking suit... Mind, I'm keeping that last one. He probably still wants it back."
Illian MacGregor: "Alex Fender was technically also on my team, so if we ever do find him, we can bribe him with that and tell him the Celians have not discovered ACDC yet, and give him a free ship."
Valron: "...Well, I'll be sure to keep that idea in mind, in any case."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm not even sure if it was mean or... ...some bizarre form of insanity... like mine? I mean... you've seen Santigue. Mundane things like holes to other dimensions... how could those be evil?"
Illian MacGregor: "All these objects you have give me a headache, so I'll have to focus on what you actually want to use."
Gelato: [That's how I got here!] ^.^
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I know, right? Evil death doesn't come through portals!" *Takes out picture of The Void* "...Oh, right."
Valron: "Ahaha, sorry about that. I do have the most dreadful habit of taking a lot of things with me."
Illian MacGregor: "I just have a shotgun and a can of soda and these."
Metal Man (GM): He sets the E-123s on the counter.
Illian MacGregor: "If we actually do get in trouble, just hide under the toughest table you can find while everything dies."
Valron: "You... don't really need anything else, all things considered."
Illian MacGregor: "And if they don't die, you probably weren't meant to survive. Because I have yet to discover anything you can't kill with clouds of death lasers."
Valron: "I hope you continue to leave that undiscovered."
Illian MacGregor: "So, out of all that, what's the most important, you think? And do you think you can trade me... hmmmm... the shotgun, what is it?"
Valron: "Regardless... Let's see." *He pulls out the shotgun* "It's... nothing special. Pretty basic, all things considered. Then again, the guy who wielded it was... also pretty basic, so I'm not surprised. Packs a bit of a punch and can hit folks that're grouped close together, but that's all it's got goin' for it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Anyway, what else... huh... you know, finding Razor also finished that part of my bucket list, and killing Time Cops will take time... and my ship's fixed..."
Valron: "I've no problems with letting that go, considering that I have a lot of better options."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And Kuja was killed by my evil alter-ego, so it's not really like I can re-kill him... Ganondorf is technically someone I hate, but what point is there to flying out to Nintendus just to lose to him in a Melee match? I suck at fighting one-on-one. I have one of the worst one-on-one match records in the universe. I did beat Glass Joe though! And I'm pretty sure Digi lost to me... But Ganondorf... too tough."
KitRedgrave finally finds her notes, shoved away in some drawer. Sheesh, move onto a sufficiently-advanced ship ONCE and they take it as license to lose all your stuff...
Nonna: "Well, if anyone needs me for anything, I'll be around." *She would rise from her seat and head off to the kitchen to try and make her favorite dish and comfort food with the new equipment.*
Gelato: *There's a Gelato-sized sleeping burrow in the mashed potatoes.*
Nonna: "Huh..." *She'd then go to try and make squid ink pasta, hoping the ingredients or substitutes were around. That also didn't have sleeping burrows in them.*
Metal Man (GM): The kitchen is rather advanced. It has black dye and squid in it, at least.
KitRedgrave starts looking over everything. Runes granted strange permanency, notes of enchanted items and guesses at their schematics, surreptitiously recorded instances of magitek actually being crafted with coins... everything's here.
Metal Man (GM): You can blame the Erastians and their need to eat... everything... As a proper Erastian kitchen appears to have no shortage of ingredients, due to dehydrated food it can seemingly revive without difficulty.
Illian MacGregor: "So... in exchange for the shotgun, I'll upgrade one weapon or repair one weapon, what's your pick, Valron?"
Valron: "I'll trade the shotgun for repairs to the guitar, then."
Illian MacGregor: "Right... I should have it ready by your next mission. Anything else?"
Nonna: "Hm... dehydrated squid ink?? Let's give it a shot..." *She'd add water to it and stick a finger in to taste.*
Valron: "That'll be all. Thank you for your time." *He hands Illian the shotgun, before heading off... elsewhere!*
Metal Man (GM): Kit would see the strange objects.
KitRedgrave really looks over them, trying to figure out how the enchantments work, what sort of unrealized natural law makes them work. And for that matter, what makes it work /here/ out in the non-insane world.
Illian MacGregor picks up the guitar and starts carefully tuning it.
KitRedgrave: "...and why coins in specific?" *She would go look around for one, cursing not having just put one in with the notes.*
Metal Man (GM): The strange objects have magical power that appears to be made out of the writings on them, simple things that warp the reality around them... and yet, you can't tell how they still work out here, because there is no huge magical energy source keeping them going. Kit would wander around, not finding one easily. However there is something a bit odd--a broom closet labeled 'STADIUM STUFF'
Nonna shrugs and then attempts to make some squid ink pasta with what's there, from scratch. Eventually the smell was making its way through the ship...
KitRedgrave: "...dare I. really." *She shrugs and advances SCIENCE!!! forwards, damn the consequences. Looks in the closet.*
Metal Man (GM): The closet opens and a bunch of old chairs and limestone tiles fall onto the floor.
KitRedgrave: "...what did I expect."
Metal Man (GM): Scratched into one of the times is 'PzKw'. Some schnapps rolls out onto the floor. You find a dented coin laying amongst the mess.
KitRedgrave picks up the coin, looks over it, shrugs, and pockets it. Then glances around, and spirits the spirit away as well being sure to close the door like nothing got stolen at all.
Metal Man (GM): The door shuts, a note that says 'IOU 1 million coins - Metal Man' fluttering about behind the door and being shut in with the rest of the debris.
Nonna: *Eventually finishes and sits down at the nearest convenient spot to have some.*
Metal Man (GM): Though the food is slightly salty due to the way they were dehydrated, the food seems to be decent here. Seems Xavier either accidentally or intentionally got a good kitche--oh right, Gelato always has to have something to eat.
KitRedgrave would have been interested, but unfortunately can't see through the door. Looks over the coin with a weird look. How the heck is this supposed to fuel magic?
Metal Man (GM): Xavier's portion of the kitchen is full of strange things like roofing tiles, cement mixers and broken records.
KitRedgrave returns to the 'study' anyway.
Metal Man (GM): This coin is an old Nintendus coin. It's gone a long way from Nintendus, the image of an Italian plumber on one side, and a wolf reploid's face on the other.
Metal Man: "In Hands We Trust."
Metal Man (GM): What a weird motto.
Nonna continues eating, surprised she was even able to make it. This was the first time she had felt at least a little bit at home on the Wing Fortress.
KitRedgrave looks it back over for any, ANY sign of magic. Gold doesn't normally FUEL magic, but it was known to be highly amenable to it... or at least, that's what everyone 'knew'.
Metal Man (GM): It helps that, unlike last time, the kitchen actually functions 100% instead of being a haphazard array of stoves oddly slammed into the walls. The coin itself appears to have a slight bit of magic, interestingly enough. It only glows dimly even to your practiced eyes.
KitRedgrave: "...aha. That explains why it took so many." *She notes something down on another piece of paper. 1 coin -> little mana so many coin needed. super-charge coin -> more mana (?) -> ONE coin needed??? experiment.*
Metal Man (GM): In your memories, most of the interactions involved huge mounds of coins. You can also look in the Smash Dex, if you want.
Nonna: *Has some more and starts to relax a little, sighing.*
KitRedgrave would go and ask the Smash Dex what it knows about coins then. Pointedly does NOT ask about magitek. Wants to figure that out first, and then compare notes. He means that to be "don't spoil how magitek works, but please tell me how many coins are usually dumped in"
Smash Dex: "Coins. Used to buy things. Used by Mario to gain points. 100 coins sometimes gives Mario an extra life."
KitRedgrave: "Do the points correspond to anything?"
Smash Dex: "At one time, Mario would constantly try to gain the most points. Now he doesn't seem to care about them anymore."
KitRedgrave: "I guess any diversion grows boring over time... anyway main question. How many coins usually get spent in a single enchantment? On average."
Metal Man (GM): It shows a chart that shows the amount of coins spent gradually increasing their way up to the GDP of Brazil and then going down again to 100-5000 coinsish.
KitRedgrave: "...Ah. That..." *She stares at her coin.* "...kinda makes sense on a hand-wavey order of magnitude level. I guess coins weren't as powerful back at this point in time. That'll be a mystery for another day."
Nonna cleans up and ends up dozing off at the table afterward.
KitRedgrave scribbles another thing. 'to-do: invent/find standard mana measurement unit, measuring device!'
Metal Man (GM): Xavier is still going through the drawer, while this goes on.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Glyph is dead... XaoShi was banished by the barrier Mewtwo puts out to stop intruders... Pat vanished... Yurie went... to the center of the universe... Kuji is still dead... But what of Rinith and Kenku? ..." *Shrugs* "Hmmmm..."
Gelato: *Zzz.*
KitRedgrave: "...may as well do an experiment. Let's see how much you can take, little coin." *She would touch her thumbs to and start slowly ramping up magic into it, carefully watching it. ...Wait this is probably a bad idea.*
Metal Man (GM): The coin continues to power up, more and more... ...the excess energy begins to heat it up, and if you continue, it may even just melt outright.
KitRedgrave would stop some time before it gets too hot to touch, and just carefully watches what it does.
Metal Man (GM): It glows brighter... but it doesn't do anything else. It seems like it's a fairly passive object, unable to be charged more than it normally is, and glowing when given more than that (using the excess magic in the process) On that note... gonna pause here, since tired, also 2 hour mark has been reached. This was a successful experiment though. 2 hours more shall occur... Thursday.
KitRedgrave: "...Hm. Very interesting." *She writes down this fact, and keeps trying random boring-seeming things. This is SCIENCE!!! Glamorous, ain't it?*
Metal Man (GM): Heheh, indeed. Session complete Recap. As Xavier wasted time rambling about gone people, some other things occurred. The group discovered the history of the Ha'Kar and a Solarian counterattack plan. They also discovered another weird base, this one being a Solarian one, with a gigantic black hole next to it, and an artificial sun From an ancient Solarian group who had a bunch of catastrophic exploding black hole suns... it being 'the ideal place to hide' according to Illian.
Illian MacGregor: "Solarians can do these sorts of things. It was made long ago by a destroyed Solarian faction. The faction was destroyed because of what created the giant black hole."
KitRedgrave: "What... exactly is it? Maybe we'd be dumb enough to try to use it."
Illian MacGregor: "They had a giant, wonderful empire, and then the King and his brothers disagreed on how much money each of them should get from their extortion rackets. It took all of twenty seconds for the entire galaxy with them in it to be destroyed... And that artificial sun itself could, potentially, also be activated the same way. Thankfully the only magic in the universe capable of that was destroyed inside the black hole. ...I wouldn't stay there without figuring out how to delete the passcode entirely from it, to be honest. The Ha'kar, if it is there, would be some variant on the frightening black hole devices that were mentioned."
Valron: "In any case, after we get settled into the Solarian base and root through it for things we can use, I'd like to request another trip back to Alsa so that we can check back on I... t."
Metal Man (GM): With that in mind, we continue, as the aforementioned planet slowly comes into view. Continuation Xavier's at the controls. Of note, he's actually reorganized the controls to work well... for him, anyway, as he holds the multiple crane game levers and record player arms that he precision adjusts.... The ship is nearing the planet and its base, slowly re-entering. Of additional note, it doesn't heat up horribly in here on re-entry anymore.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Man... it's almost like I'm not in space at all! No loss of atmosphere or excess ozone warnings... I don't hardly have to fly this ship at all! What kind of people could consider this exciting?" *As he watches the numbers evenly move to show controlled descent, seeing the heat of re-entry build up on the shields* "I mean, I guess I now have time to make a cup of coffee and juggle and eat cheeseburgers while re-entering the planet, but that's strangely boring." *He walks away from the controls, the autopilot having it under control.*
Nonna: *Returns to the bridge, having finished some more squid ink pasta and also teaching Asgard some more.* "So. What are you planning to do when we arrive, Xavier?"
Gelato: owo *He's riding in Santigue's pocket.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well... this is a Solarian base. I'm guessing it's full of evil runes... and... . death... We should probably blow it up... we should have blown up the other one too..."
Nonna: "I'm talking about the superweapon."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh. The superweapon... the Ha'kar thing? Well, I guess we should search for it. Or at least, find out what it is. I think if what Illian said was correct, we can try to get some data out of it. Find out what it was going to do, and maybe repair it to become a superweapon for good, instead of for evil."
Nonna: "If it is even near as powerful as it's rumored to be, what do you plan to do with it for good?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Weaken the power down as much as possible so that it can be used to destroy other superweapons and supertech. I don't know if it's possible, but I think what the Marine Garrick in my drawer here tried to do wasn't entirely evil, you know? Especially if we can go around destroying things like the Chaos Emeralds of Evil if they pop up. Imagine it now... a world where nobody can push a button and erase an entire planet full of people. No Time Devices except a few we have and use in cases of emergency... freaky crazy magic is best saved for parlor tricks like this." *He spins his golf club.* "Nobody dies from this... ...accidentally... ...all right it probably has killed more people than most normal weapons at this rate..."
Panzer gives Gelato a cookie.
Metal Man (GM): The ship quietly lands on a planet with beautiful beaches and blue skies. Palm trees and agave plants. It seems pretty peaceful here.
Nonna: "In summary, you wish to utilize a superweapon to use against other superweapons and 'evil' people, whilst declaring that nobody will ever be allowed to have superweapons anymore except for us because we're trusted enough to use them."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well I... er... the other people who aren't evil can have them too, I guess... I don't want to be Garrick. I just want to disarm people who use them to destroy things. And like, destroy things for no reason... Not like 'let's clean up the radiation! BOOM!'"
Nonna: "And this great trust and responsibility has been granted to us by...?"
Panzer pats Gelato and smiles.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, currently it's either us or the Time Cops. Do you think the Time Cops have been doing a good job? If there was someone more responsible... er... experienced I'd gladly give it to them, but we haven't found them yet... I mean, because I honestly have more fun just blowing up bad guys. Sitting around and holding conventions about high falutin' concepts gives me gas. In the Nintendus world, the Hands handled this kind of stuff... wonder if we should create some of those to exist for this world..."
Nonna: "I'm just telling you to be careful about making so many assumptions about our ability to effectively practice what we preach. Power... changes people."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Nothing all that bad happens to Nintendus thanks to the Hands of Fate watching it..."
Gelato: *He goes to the bridge to share his cookie with his friends.*
Nonna: "The worst villains are those who truly believe what they're doing is for a greater good."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I hate the guts of those people. I'm only in this for the cash. And the coins. And revenge on Time Cops. And the moolah. And having nice friends. Had to keep myself from gutting Garrick myself, his sickening speech of being a righteous paladin got on my nerves, especially when he supported Mass Murderer Ill Pill. And technically I wasn't in this willingly at first. Didn't ask for Solarians and Time Cops to blow up my planet and maroon me in space..."
Nonna: "Ah... thank you, Gelato."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I used to have a home and people to live with, they all got blown to pieces by well-meaning maniacs. So in a way, you know what? That's what it is..."
Gelato: *D* *He breaks off thirds for Xavier and Nonna, munching on his own piece.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier takes out the images of Charles Magellean, Garrick, and Julian, and sets them up on the dashboard.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's repudiating the works of evil these well meaning but horrible people wanted to foist on the universe. Them and the Time Cops, who are like, an entire organization made out of those people." *He eats the cookie, looking at the sunny planet in thought.*
Nonna: *Munches on the cookie piece* "Any life signs?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "INSIGHT says that it's somewhat shielded against scans. There's some heat signs inside, and vague things that suggest there might be lifesigns inside. Or working generators that create heat..."
Valron: "So... a solid 'maybe', then."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "This place is pretty dead, to be honest, outside of the energy things inside. If somebody is here... they've been here a while."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier points out the window to the carcass of an ancient destroyed Solarian ship. It's rusted, and looks like it washed on shore a while ago, the bleached remains of various sea coral and such that grew on it visible.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "May as well go outside, since this planet has minimal wildlife and as befitting any artificial world that was abandoned, no real signs of civilization other than this tiny base. It's pretty improbable otherwise."
Nonna: "Any chance of Time Cops or other interested parties having raided this place first and left behind traps?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I talked with Illian. He sent out a number of pings to sensors he left behind here quite a while ago. It appears if they came here, they must have either known where all the sensors were and carefully not disturbed or went near any of them, or... were never here. This place is, at least on the outside, exceptionally devoid of... anything. We cannot be 100% sure but it would appear the Solarians never made it back here either, or if they did... that was their ship over there that was crashed a good 100 years ago. I can only hope so. The last place charged us in jump scares for every step we took."
Nonna: "Only one way to find out."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier opens the dock door into the sand and starts walking out into the sand. A cool breeze goes by, as the rather temperate beach-like atmosphere indicates this place was never really scorched or blown to bits.
Nonna: *Follows him* "Too bad I didn't think to bring along more appropriate wear for a beach."
Valron: "I just hope we don't get hit with ludicrous amounts of lens flare." *He follows behind Xavier.*
Gelato: *He cheerfully bounces after Xavier, finishing his last bite of cookie.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The curse of my armor is the most I can do is this." *Takes off his helmet* "...At least this time I don't feel like I'm on fire for doing it."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier's messy helmet hair blows about in the wind, it being a mixture of brown and gray on some of the edges.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I refused to take this thing off most of the time, you know. Those old Questers wanted me dead for reasons beyond my comprehension. There was no safe place... anywhere."
Metal Man (GM): He walks by the destroyed Solarian ship. The wrath of the ocean and time have gutted it, and so the bridge is laying out there in pieces on the beach. No skeletons, no bodies. Just a bunch of chairs and equipment laying there, broken crystals... Some seagulls casually sit and squawk on one of the empty chairs. Xavier picks up a crystal and stares at it.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Nope... no magic revelations inside this broken thing."
Gelato: *D* *He takes off after the seagull!*
Valron: "Not entirely surprising..."
Metal Man (GM): The seagulls notice Gelato and start flying away, squawking loudly.
Nonna inscribes a Gebo rune on herself to change her outfit into a beach-worthy one.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Don't get too far out there, Gelato. We don't know what else is out there! ...Well, it is a beach, so I guess it shouldn't be too deadly. Not even any corpses here."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier walks onto the broken ship and idly pokes at things.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Man, they used touchscreens. No wonder why they crashed. And we'll probably never get anything out of this mess either. At least I don't know how we would."
Nonna: "That's better..."
Metal Man (GM): He spins a chair, it being so rotten it goes half way around and then casually falls off its pedestal onto the ground and breaks into 10 bits.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So... anything interesting to you guys about this wreck, or should we keep going? Gelato seems to have already voted..."
Metal Man (GM): The seagulls keep flying around in circles as Gelato chases them.
Valron: "...Yeah. Not really sure if anything can be salvaged from that, all things considered. May as well move on, I guess?"
Nonna: "Let's check out those heat signals."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier casually walks directly through one of the rusted walls of the thing, as it's so far gone there's nothing to hold the wall together. The way ahead is towards what looks like a giant bunker...
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They're down this way."
Nonna walks past them in a completely different outfit from what she was wearing a few moments ago.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Huh... I never considered using magic to wildly alter my appearance... I just got a bunch of sparkly stickers and glued them to my suit once."
Gelato: *He walks after the group, looking disappointed.*
Valron doesn't seem to pay the change in outfit much mind, aside from a glance and a quiet 'huh', as he just follows Xavier along his wall-busting path.
Metal Man (GM): Up ahead is the bunker. It's got an entrance that's well disguised. A smooth rock wall for a door, the only reason it's visible is that time has eroded the rock off of it, showing some solid crystal wall beneath.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Obviously, the creators of this one aren't around these days... or they fell asleep on the job."
Nonna: "The signals are coming from within?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yup. Nothing outside here. Mind you..." *He gestures to more hallways that seem to jut out into the sea, but are hidden by being cliff-wall-shaped too.* "It may be more of an interior cove than a normal base... but I can't swim... and we don't even know what the entrance over there looks like, if there is one. Well, if you want to look..." *He gestures to how one could swim to the side a bit around an outrigger of land.* "Me... I think I want to open this door." *Pries on it, not getting anywhere very quickly.*
Nonna readies her weapon, just in case.
Gelato: *He takes a deep breath to get a good air bubble inside of himself, then hops down into the water and begins to paddle over.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier gets out his golf club and starts prying on it even more.
Valron: "Got it. Even if I couldn't swim I could also just... walk around and make my way back up because I don't need to breathe." *And with that, he goes to make his way towards the outcropping... by flying to it, thus negating the whole conversation about swimming. Good job!*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sometimes I wonder why I didn't stick to a flaming crowbar."
Metal Man (GM): Valron and Gelato both come across what was apparently once some sort of boat entrance. It has a rickety crystal garage-style door blocking ingress. However it's much more rickety than the thing Xavier is prying on.
Gelato: *He looks up to Valron.*
Nonna helps with prying.
Valron: "So, a place for ships to dock in. Looks a lot easier to get in through here, too."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm... it's made of crystal..." *Tries to smash it.*
Metal Man (GM): A loud crack is heard from Xavier hitting the door. Nonna would then pry half the door off cleanly, as the other half would fall apart. Crystal dust that resembled sand would come off the damaged parts. Inside is some sort of area with weird one-way walls that let in the sunlight but don't let anyone see inside.
Valron: *C* "We found an entrance for boats that looks a lot more easy to break through than the crystal."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *C* "I managed to break the crystal door in two, but it might be interesting if we meet up inside..."
Metal Man (GM): The door further inside is in much better shape, and has some sort of defunct magitek computer hooked up to it.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *C* "...Maybe you can get inside and open the door further inside for us from inside."
Valron: *C* "Huh. Well, then. We'll see what we can do."
Nonna takes some steps inside carefully.
Valron: *And with that, he pulls out the Brick Blaster, simply going to blast a few more holes into the rickety door.*
Metal Man (GM): The rickety door disintegrates, being in worse shape than the land door.
Valron: "About what I expected..." *And in he goes.*
Gelato: *He takes the rear!*
Metal Man (GM): The boat dock has a sunken Solarian boat inside it, plus a door that was left open. It leads deeper inside the area, showing off the various crystal runes nobody can read and various messages written in those runes are all over the ground, too. The inner 'hub' part of this base is a rather small round circular room with which Gelato and Valron can get inside. There's a table in the center with a statue of the sun and a bunch of weird sticks with runes on them made out of glass, they're some sort of batons or staves. A nice skylight in the center makes it light inside the central hub even though there's no functioning interior lighting.
Valron: *He glances around, pondering on checking out the ship, but decides against it, figuring it might be about as useful as the ship that was outside. In any case, he goes to make his way into the door, making sure to get a better look at the statue and sticks later.*
Metal Man (GM): The room Xavier and Nonna are in has runic words at the top and bottom of the walls, forming continual banners of text carved into the rock-like crystal.
Gelato: *He tries to pick up one of the sticks!*
Metal Man (GM): The door to where Nonna and Xavier is is an old, crystalline thing with a rounded finish... it has a Magitek computer that looks way too primitive to be anything recent hooked up. The crystals are shattered, but the crystals WERE pointing at some sort of magitek motors. The stick is light weight. When picked up, it glows very faintly, but not much.
Nonna inspects the text.
Metal Man (GM): It appears to be a good weight for throwing, thwacking, or plugging something into. The text is Solarian; you'll need knowledge of something Solarian culture-wise to read it. Xavier casually stares at it.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I knew I should have paid attention in anti-Solarian school..."
Gelato: ^w^ *He carries his new toy along as he continues following Valron.*
Nonna: "Some kind of protective runes to safeguard their treasure and weapons, perhaps?"
Valron: *Before he does properly leave through the open door, he checks out the myriad messages. He did pick up some knowledge of Solarian culture back when he hanged with Psycho Illian, after all.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm not sure... maybe."
Metal Man (GM): Valron would notice these are really primitive, but the few he can read suggests they were messages about 'IMPENDING DOOM' and 'UNKNOWN EVENT' and also 'CATASTROPHE'. The messages on the ground appear to be newspapers, based on the context and the dates on them.
Gelato: *He wanders through, trying to rejoins Xavier and Nonna.*
Metal Man (GM): The door between Xavier/Nonna and Gelato/Valron is still shut, held shut by the round crystal door in the way.
Valron: "Well, apparently I've just found a mess of Solarian newspapers. Says something about... impending doom and an unknown event. Grand." *He shakes his head, before moving on.*
Gelato: *E* *He whacks it with his stick!*
Valron: "...Hmm." *He takes note of where the crystals are pointing, before going to check out the motors.*
Nonna: "Or a protective barrier meant to shield the survivors of the Solarians or other explorers who found themselves here and unable to leave."
Metal Man (GM): The door makes a single 'THONK' noise from Gelato whacking it. The motors seem to just need power to operate.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Whatever it is, it looks nice, even though it obviously isn't... doing anything."
Metal Man (GM): The hub room has both the door to where Nonna and Xavier are, and also one other door that's locked the same way that goes ahead.
Nonna: "Or perhaps it wasn't meant to keep people out, but to keep something or someone in?"
Valron: "...Ah, jeeze. Did anyone remember to bring Panel?" *He lets out a sigh, before going to see if he can't just charge the motors by feeding them a little energy.*
Metal Man (GM): Using some SE is more than enough to power them up. They would open with 2 SE being fed into them.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I wonder what they'd be keeping inside... probably the Ha'kar, but why would it be something that could escape?"
Valron: *Well, he goes to open the door to where Nonna and Xavier are, first.* (Down to 4/6 SE now)
Nonna: "Does a weapon need to be an inanimate object with no sentience?"
Metal Man (GM): The door opens.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah, you got it open. Now we can go to the next door... I think? ...Hmm, nice sticks." *Takes one and swings it at the air.*
Nonna: "You didn't see... anything strange, did you?"
Gelato: X3 *He swings his around as well, like a kid pretending to have a sword.*
Valron: "Yeah. Required feeding a little energy into it." *He shakes his head at Nonna* "No, nothing of interest aside from a bunch of Solarian newspapers talking about impending doom and an unknown event."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You know, sometimes I wonder if this Ha'kar and the destruction of the other planets is linked."
Nonna: "Good. Let's hope it won't be the worst case scenario."
Metal Man (GM): The door ahead, naturally, needs power to open as well. A big set of runes is over the door to it.
Gelato: *He waves his magic wand that THAT door.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You know, there hasn't been a single thing that's on yet. Feels like whatever it is must be... I dunno. It doesn't seem to be the base that's making the heat signatures, if you catch my drift."
Metal Man (GM): The Solarian stick seems to feel like you could feed energy into it, if you wished--Smash Energy.
Valron: "One moment." *He reads the runes, trying to figure out what they're saying.*
Metal Man (GM): They appear to note that that is the 'CONTROL ROOM DE APARTMENT OF DESTRUCCION'. Corrupted but legible, in any case.
Gelato: *He pauses, then sees how much SE it can hold.*
Metal Man (GM): Any SE put into it seems to stream out of it in a beam that's focused. It tends to work 1 SE at a time, like a pipe.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm?"
Gelato: [Look at this!] *1 SE beam into the door!*
Valron: "...'Control room de apartment of destruccion'. Huh."
Nonna: "That... doesn't sound good."
Metal Man (GM): The door opens, revealing a beautifully lit room, which is an isolated beach cove that's surrounded by the base, but inside the room seems to be a part of the outside. In the center is a religious shrine covered in artifacts and runes that continually glows.
Valron: "Huh... peculiar."
Metal Man (GM): A man sits there, praying in some language towards it. He seems incredibly old. He has not moved in so long, the sand has moved up his legs. He is clearly Solarian, but... he wears ancient clothes. You could almost consider him a part of the scenery, since he doesn't breathe either. He doesn't really react to you, either. He continues praying in ancient Solarian. The machine itself is tall and glows, and seems aimed at the sky.
Nonna: *Takes a few steps forward, deciding to be the guinea pig.* "Greetings."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Yup. This is the heat signal."
Metal Man (GM): The man sitting there slowly stops his prayer. He does not get up, though. Instead an astral projection of him appears, looking at Nonna sideways. He squints and speaks more Solarian, then runes appear around him, causing his speech to become English.
Valron: *He listens to the old man's prayers, trying to get the gist of what he's praying to and what his prayers are about... at least, until the magical hologram of +5 auto-trans appears. Welp.*
Solis: "So hako Solis. I am Solis."
Metal Man (GM): The prayers, as far as you could tell, were apparently a continual begging for penitence and redemption from 'the ultimate evil in the universe'
Nonna: "Hello, Solis. I am Nonna. We come here in peace."
Solis: "Long have I prayed. Never have I been answered. The wrath of the Stars turned against my people, and reduced my kingdom to ruin. You have come long after all that I know was destroyed. I am dead. This shell is only here to bind my soul until what occurred can be set right. It is my penitence for causing what I did."
Metal Man (GM): He looks at Valron strangely.
Solis: "...This Solarian among you does not look like a Solarian... times have become different from what I expect."
Metal Man (GM): He then looks at Xavier.
Solis: "A primitive Erastian... wearing armor far more advanced than he should have ever been able to find..."
Metal Man (GM): Then he looks at Gelato.
Solis: "At least you still have cute pets in your era. And you... yes, what are your names?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I am Xavier Ridgecrest. And also extremely confused that a Solarian has not reacted by trying to blow me up... for once..."
Solis: "Whatever occurred between the Solarians in the future and you... are not my sins to avenge."
Valron: "If anything, I'm not really much of a Solarian to begin with. I simply know things by having been around one for a time. I... hadn't much time to properly learn more, though. Regardless, I am Valron."
Solis: "I have merely been waiting for someone to pay attention... other Solarians have come here, read the writings, then walked away, shunning this place and me. It appears that is how they punished me, even after my death... Since they could easily read the runes and know this was where the Empire fell. ...Only time could blur the lines and ensure you wouldn't turn back... ...their loss."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We... came looking for a thing called a Ha'kar."
Solis: "They intentionally sent you... after the device that was the cause of my fall from grace? What has happened to them to make them so desperate?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They... er... died... all of them..."
Solis: "But... who could do such a thing? Even without the empire... I have seen them. They fly around here, from time to time. Less now, but..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The few who remain are lost remnants. We almost didn't come here except for happenstance involving a quasi-Solarian ally of ours."
Solis: "Then that is my true penitence, to watch the Empire I helped be destroyed, and even the Remnants to be destroyed in turn. I cannot in good conscience lead you to fall like I did, even if it would be to use the Ha'kar to avenge my people. It is too destructive for anyone to wield. And I doubt they even know what it is anymore."
Metal Man (GM): He then decides to let pictures talk for him, showing some ancient projection of the sky and then the planets, an entire giant universe. Full of planets with artificial suns. The Ha'Kar (shown in hastily hacked in English letters arranged by a man who clearly doesn't know English without magical help) can be seen ripping the entire thing in two and imploding the entire universe, followed by itself also imploding.
Solis: "Only suicide and death await to those who use this... 'weapon'... we had only two, the first imploded. The second that is here was already taken apart, so nobody could repeat my mistake."
Metal Man (GM): He gestures to how the sculpture is missing several pieces, large ones.
Valron: "Hm. We were planning on trying to tone it down, especially considering how impossible it'd be to make it properly work without... what you showed us happening."
Solis: "There is only one thing this place has to offer you: sanctuary from the world. Few come out here because there isn't anything here. However... ...what do you truly seek to do? The Ha'kar is a foolish weapon, but if there is something you wish to do more specific than... destroy everyone... then it may be possible..."
Valron: "That, and we already do have our own superweapon... albeit, missing a few pieces."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well I know we don't want to build Illian's Solarian Machine."
Solis: "'Solarian Machine'? ...They forgot to name it?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, it was a strange reality modifying machine that had a critical bug that caused the sun to explode and supernova and--"
Solis: "...We never did figure out how to make superweapons that didn't blow up the universe, did we."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "At least not that kind!"
Solis: "You wish to repair a superweapon... what does this 'weapon' do? I cannot in good conscience abide more weapons that could destroy everything... and will need to know who or what it is for. Those who destroyed my successors? Those people probably deserved it..."
Valron: *He decides to project an image of the Anti-Reality Drive in its' current state to Solis, so as to better illustrate the weapon he's referring to... along with a general outline of the kind of destructive output it has, using examples of when it's been used before.* "Certainly sounds like it, in any case."
Solis: "...Dreadful, dreadful. It is good that it broke. As it remained, it would have slowly destroyed your universe, you know."
Nonna: "Absolute power... corrupts absolutely."
Solis: "Who is it that requires such grievous power to destroy? Surely the Men of Immortality haven't returned... and I doubt the Wrathful Duke either... We destroyed the last of those sorts of beings before any of your civilizations even existed."
Valron: "Oh, nothing much... just the Time Cops."
Solis: "Time... what? What do Time Cops do? What makes them... special?"
Valron: "Oh, dear. Let me just... dig up the data on them, then." *He roots through his information, before Showing Solis a variety of data on them, giving him a crash course on what it is they do, and particular (living) members of note such as Autumnus and The Arbiter.*
Solis: "..." *He makes a knowing stare at them.* "These are nothing new, it appears. Fragments of those we Solarians killed long ago keep returning. The Imperators, they called them in my age. They only died when betrayal split them in so many sub-factions that they all destroyed eachother with their weapons of unimaginable power."
Valron: "So... history repeating itself. That's... great."
Solis: "But we do not have that option. They have seemingly destroyed most of my kind, and most of yours as well. This era... feels wrong. That they should have so much power... they have influenced history with 'time', haven't they? I am but a monk, and cannot be repairing all your weapons of devastation and just praying that you aim correctly. But I can teach you a means to defy their ghastly powers."
Valron: "And that would be...?"
Metal Man (GM): He holds out a hand, causing a sphere of energy to surround it. He flicks it and it expands outwards. For a moment, it feels like as if all your magical and supernatural powers are gone.
Solis: "The weave of reality is what makes them so powerful. Disconnecting them from it can disrupt what they are doing. I have scryed on your pasts as we have discussed. You used a very primitive version to save yourself from the one named Psycho Illian. That was a start, but impossible to do without an item of evil levels of power. You need not such evil to do what is right."
Metal Man (GM): He concentrates and generates a book made out of crystal, causing it to materialize and land in the sand before him.
Solis: "All of the knowledge of the Weave of Reality is in there. The modern Solarians most likely eschewed it for their computers. It was already happening in my time. The doors... with their automatic openers..."
Valron: "Interesting..." *He picks up the crystalline book, before going to open it right up and read through it.*
Solis: "We monks preferred to use the energy of reality to open the doors, to exercise our energy and make our places inaccessible to people without the gift."
Gelato: *He climbs up to Valron's shoulder, peering down into it.*
Metal Man (GM): The book has (in awkward but present English) a list of various prayers and concentrations used to generate anti-Superpower fields, using Smash Energy (or whatever energy you have)
Nonna: "Why just disassemble it, by the way?"
Valron: "Hmm... Interesting..."
Solis: "A test of devotion. I could always reassemble it, to try and turn it on them and spite them. But it would destroy me in any case, end my existence more permanently than a normal death... They wished to break me. I could activate it to destroy them in vengeance, but couldn't leave. But if I didn't then I would watch them overwrite everything I did. I chose to pray for redemption and stay here, no matter what. It was the only way to find a loophole. Now I see they have been rewarded with death without me lifting a finger... I cannot be revived, and should not. In this form my actions are restricted, and I have achieved a form of limited enlightenment. If I were shackled to the corpse sitting there, I might get ideas of plunder and destruction... or simply forget what my wait was all about. This is my temple, and now that I know my prayers have been answered... it is best that I stay here. Your information every so often would be all that I could ever ask for. Even then, I do not require that. It was my fault that I did what I did."
Nonna: "Well, I will need an excuse to wear this more often..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Unlike the hellish death moon, I think I could find myself visiting here when we're not doing anything else..."
Valron: "Agreed, Xavier."
Solis: "The only other note I need make..." *He would gesture to the rune-sticks that Gelato and Xavier have.* "Those staves are used for channeling the power in the form that we are most used to. It can double your efficiency when using our devices and spells. There are yet even more advanced ones... ...but they did not leave any of those here, lest my spirit use them to break the enchantments that hold me here. If I wanted to be free or needed to be, I would ask you to do so now..." *He smirks grimly.* "But they accidentally caused me to become enlightened from being stuck here, meditating..."
Valron: "Oh, they're focuses. Handy. Definitely will have to take one with me, in any case."
Solis: "I would never actually want to leave this place, now... it is peaceful. All that I did while alive was fret about perfection and victory... losing everything I cared about due to mistakes I made. This future belongs to you who live in it... not me. ...You may also dismantle this... horrible thing..." *He points to the Ha'kar.* "It doesn't tempt me anymore. Instead it is simply terrible by existing... I suggest taking only a few pieces at a time, and scattering them or destroying them, or re-using them... it was never fired, so they are not cursed. Just... potentially dangerous if they were to fall into the wrong hands."
Nonna: "Take only what we need."
Solis: "It should be perfectly reasonable raw material for any Magitek you should desire that doesn't destroy the universe..."
Valron: "An interesting way to recycle them... I'll be sure to keep that in mind. I do have a project I want to further improve... once I get it back."
Nonna: "I may have some questions for you later, Sir Solis."
Solis: "I will stay here, and be available to answer any questions here. I do not move, after all..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm, so I'm guessing this magic mumbo-jumbo, once mastered, will allow us to weaken the unstoppably strong Time Cops... but what of their fleets?"
Solis: "That I do not know. Even if I lent you the weapons we had, they seemed to specialize only in destroying entire universes. You yourself got to experience a much newer model than I had ever heard of."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes, but Illian said that perhaps something more controlled could exist..."
Solis: "Sounds like what they were saying before my device destroyed that entire universe."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Guess they never did learn..."
Solis: "A fleet is a fleet. If you want to sink it, you will require something other than a giant magical device, if you don't want to risk it stretching out and consuming reality itself."
Valron: "It probably could, but it wouldn't come from Solarian hands, given their track record with such devices."
Nonna: "We'll need to make killing strikes with it. If we allow them to recover after witnessing this power, they will attempt to make countermeasures."
Valron: "...I'm not sure if I should say 'no offense' or not, but. That's the way I see it."
Solis: "If we had a better track record, I wouldn't be here... so I doubt it would offend me, even if I was alive."
Valron: "Fair point, that."
Solis: "If you wish to render their ships useless, perhaps you should get your Anti-Cannon device to disable their ships without relying on too much magic..." *His gaze creeps to Xavier.* "Erastians were always the ones using technology for that. Primitech, but I see it has advanced..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We made really large cannons, but the cannon on the Wing Fortress uses some weird Time Cop mumbo-jumbo reversed to undo reality."
Solis: "Consider yourself lucky it wasn't a Solarian invention, then."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm... on that note..."
Valron: "That could... possibly prove to be more useful, all things considered. If we can take their ships intact, we can not only turn their own weapons against them, but also be able to get a better idea of whatever weaknesses they have, thus being able to more efficiently disable them."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...So what we need to do is steal more Time Cop things, and turn it into some sort of disabler gun, hm? Since Solarian tech seems to be not very good at that sort of thing. I figure if it was, the Solarians of our present wouldn't have been defeated so quickly."
Valron: "Sounds about right."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We'll need a means to get aboard and take stuff, mind you... we can't just ask them... oh, but we do have some data aboard the ship. Anyone need anything else here? I think we can go take this book back to the ship and figure out some things... probably the Alsa stuff too, because I have an idea. The destroyed Judge Dredd fleet is sunken under the waves of Alsa."
Nonna: "I'd like to ask him a few questions in private."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We can raid more of the tech off of those pieces of wreckage and bring it back through the Stargate, then equip things... yes, I think we'll take those too."
Valron: "Sounds like a good idea all around."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You can feel free to ask him some, because I think we'll leave the ship parked here while we prepare some more. It's not the most exciting thing, but unlike the old Questers, I can appreciate a day without being violently shot at."
Solis: "I will gladly answer whatever questions you may have, the only thing I will not explain is how the Ha'kar works, lest another one be activated and destroy more precious pieces of the universe..."
Valron: "Not sure if we'll have the best time trying to get to the wreckage of Dredd's fleet given Alsa's current state, but it's worth a shot." *He then nods to Xavier* "Yeah, damn well know I can certainly appreciate it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We might have Gelato work on the Stargate... we need to fly our ships into Alsa through it. If GUN there is too stupid, then we'll have to fly in and shoot them down or disable them, at least. I don't think they can match our current fleet of ships if we could bring them to bear. It wouldn't be pretty and we might lose a ship, but it'd give us cover to go and recover some of those needed Time Cop artifacts. Get the weapon we have going, then we can go towards Time Cop turf and start disabling ships and attack their leadership where it hurts, rather than having to hide everywhere."
Valron: "What do we even have in terms of ships? I know we have the Wing Fortress itself and the Spirit of Vengeance, but... Not much else in proper working shi- Oh, right. Borne still has one of his Dauntless-type ships, doesn't he?"
Nonna: "No worry. They are philosophical in nature."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And that ship Kit retrieved, and I can probably find my limo if it isn't where it should be... We can probably arrange for Ivan Robotnik to deliver the ship to Alsa too. If we wanted to get fancy, we could even request for Ivan Robotnik to come in with a fleet of ships of his own. As weird as the idea of Alsa being invaded by Nintendians is."
Valron: "I didn't count the ship Kit retrieved given the horrid condition it's in. Though, yes, your limo and my own ship would certainly help add to the numbers."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "GUN wouldn't like us much after that, but hey! I doubt they'd know what to do with their post apocalyptic, depleted forces vs. Nintendus' mostly undamaged stuff. Might save some lives by just scaring them out of fighting altogether."
Valron: "That could be helpful. Just hope they don't decide to try and come back and bite back harder..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "At this point, we can probably take 'em. Or bring out Borne to confuse them. They're an obstacle, and not specifically insurmountable. We can't take on Time Cops like that. But we sure can take them on."
Valron: "Eh. I'd rather not have to drag Borne out, to be honest. Might complicate things, given there's that one faction that decided to take up his... old self's mantle."
Nonna: "I'm more fearful of Borne snapping when he sees the state they're in."
Valron: "Regardless, I'm rather liking the idea of sending in a Nintendian fleet to bewilder and devastate them along with our own numbers."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah... we have to figure out how to manage expectations with him, I think. Anyway, going back to the ship. Feel free to speak with Solis... I need to get ready for that other mission." *Xavier would walk off, while Solis would casually pray more to himself in the background.*
Gelato: *He goes to get the rest of those, following behind Xavier!*
Valron: "I'll be heading back as well. And don't worry, Gelato. I didn't forget." *He chuckles softly, before going to follow him back, also going to get the rest of the sticks... and take one for himself.*
Nonna: "Now then..."
Solis: "I'm listening."
Metal Man (GM): *Continued in PM, for that part* Xavier walks back on the ship and starts flipping through his data on Judge Dredd's fleet, using old data from that computer he stole off Judge Dredd's ship. He casually puts away the old pictures of tyrants and sticks up an image of Ederick.
Editor's Note: I could get the info from that PM and add that in, but I like a little bit of mystery in my logs.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Wish I knew where he went..."
Valron: "Yeah... That'd be nice to know. Seemed like a pretty good guy for what little time I had working with him."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We'll probably find him, eventually."
Valron: "Hopefully. In any case... I take it you already know where to find the fleet's remains?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The West Coast of the GUN Continent. Borne's men had overlooked the ruins and had it under guard, before the great Confrontation War destroyed their ability to control the area. Illian and his people never figured to look there, and neither did Sloan. So the tech is still out there. And we can hook it up to this engine. We can get more pieces of it and give us a fighting chance to disable their ships and wreak havoc on their defenses. The engine allows us to move around and run... the guns will probably let us actually return fire. And we can probably rig something up to Borne's... thing... too, he clearly had Time Cop knowledge."
Valron: "Good points all around, then."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You might be able to use that stick to try to increase the size of it, I think."
Valron: "Huh... Would it really work like that?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm not sure... it might require some more Magitek. Luckily that giant hideous magitek thing probably has some free crystals we can use."
Gelato: *Is it there for experimentation?*
Metal Man (GM): For convenience's sake, we'll say Xavier took some with him and set it on the ground.
Valron: "Good, good. Guess that means it's mix time, huh?"
Gelato: :D *ZAP. He tries to feed energy into it with the stick, using another SE point!*
Metal Man (GM): The stick plus the magitek crystals plus the Stargate allows you to slowly increase the size of the Stargate. Simpler than you'd think, but I guess it's not often you have every single Solarian device you need rather than trying to brute force hack it in.
Valron: "Interesting... But how big can the gate get?"
Nonna: *Returns* "Sorry to keep you waiting."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's okay. We were busy trying to figure out how to make the gate larger."
Metal Man (GM): The gate grows a bit larger... looks like it will barely make it to ship size before it runs out of any more size increments.
Gelato: *He pumps all five of his remaining SE if needed.*
Metal Man (GM): You complete the gate, making it about the right size. Things like Borne's or Valron's ship (when he gets it) are too big... but the rest can fit. Borne's can fit if the wings are taken off... barely.
Valron: "Hmm... Is there any way we can further increase the maximum size it accommodate for? Because I could also pump some more energy in if that's what it needs."
Gelato: *He flumps onto the floor, looking exhausted.* ;-;
Nonna picks up Gelato.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I asked Illian. He says we need a harder to find crystal that we can't just steal off the universe destroying doom machine... because as you might guess, they didn't need it to become larger."
Nonna: "So we're off to Alsa again, are we?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Indeed."
Valron: "Yep. In any case, this is a good start, at least."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Anyone need anything before we go? Well, I can do that." *He hugs Gelato.*
Nonna hugs him too.
Valron: *And Valron makes three.*
Nonna: "I'll make you a parfait. Assuming the kitchen has the ingredients... It'll be a nice surprise, then."
Metal Man (GM): I think we'll switch to downtime now, you can do that stuff, and we'll try Monday or Tuesday for some more stuff. XP Little tired and we're low on people.
Nonna: "Let's go and get you a parfait." *Wanders back to the ship's kitchen to get to work.*
Gelato: *He wearily crawls over to Nonna's shoulder, yawning.*
Nonna does what she can to make a basic, but good parfait for Gelato with strawberries! "And here you go. Enjoy!"
Gelato: *He promptly flops onto the glass, beginning to suck it up through his belly.* =w=
Nonna: "Well, what do you think?"
Gelato: [It's nummy~] <3
Nonna: "Very good. Let's make another when we've returned from Alsa."
Violet: *And... I'm out. Pretty out of it.*
Metal Man (GM): Ditto. I'm glad I took tomorrow off. DST sucks. 555555555555555555555555555 RECAP. The Questers went to the world of Solis, the ancient monk who had caused the death of his own people. It was a beautiful world free of danger. Apparently all the other Solarians had not bothered to hide out there. The group were offered as much free advice and random bits of Magitek crystals as they could want. There was no real remnant of the "Ha'kar", which was revealed to be a self destructive folly anyway. On top of that, it was revealed Psycho Illian's Solarian Machine was just a remix of the same concept. And that essentially, Magitek was great for more specific things, but that doomsday devices were... like... just something you didn't make out of Magitek, period. For those of us who were around 10 years ago, you might recall how badly Kuja's Dimensional Cannon Magitek device also backfired on him... and then it did it again seasons later when Ivo Robotnik remade it... However, there was some good news. It was determined the base was a safe place to hang out, and a good time to go to Alsa and dig up the ruins of Judge Dredd's fleet for the parts needed to repair Borne's Anti-Reality Device/Reality Reversal... thing I need to look in the logs to remember the 'official' name of.
Violet: All Lucky 5's!
Metal Man (GM): Well, ironically, they were getting to be a dime a dozen, but the Reality Reversal Drive is the only one that doesn't catastrophically backfire and self destruct when fired. So currently that's the only one, although it's presumed the Time Cops have one. They used to use The Void and potentially Evil Wolfman for those purposes, and presumably they didn't just forget about that... Of course they can't erase THIS dimension because they happen to live inside it. Well... they can, but... ...that one has an answer that's a bit more spoilery, so I'll leave that one to whenever you get the chance to ask a Time Cop... probably mid-battle, mid-shooting time. XP They probably wouldn't, but they would probably give a hint in the form of some threat... anyway.... The group is in the Bridge, where the much larger Stargate that Gelato made bigger is. Xavier is standing there, staring at it. Continuation
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So... we gotta get the ships in here... ...somehow... ...Then we gotta go to the GUN Continent thing and... ...wait, we don't even have any cranes, how are we going to steal entire shiploads of parts? Hmmm... Then we have to lug the parts back to the Mushroom Republic while taking heavy fire... oh right, that's why we need Ivan's help. Any of you have any suggestions? I'm not 100% on this plan yet. More like... 60%."
Nonna: "What shall we do about GUN itself?"
Metal Man (GM): Borne would stand there, putting a hand to his chin.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Not... yet, Gelato, we need to figure out what we need it to do first."
Valron: "Yeah..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "After we figure out what to do, though, probably."
Commander Borne: "What was GUN doing, anyway? I may be avoiding interacting directly, but I feel like I could give at least some advice on the situation."
Nonna: "World domination through violent conquest. They're fanatical but have lost their way, and perhaps also their minds."
Valron: "A moment..." *Taps a finger against his head, letting out a soft hum as he digs through his memory.* (Photographic Memory is go.)
Metal Man (GM): Looking for anything in specific, Valron? ...Even as the GM, I can have difficulty just magically thinking of what would be most useful to you. XP Borne would... smile, meanwhile.
Commander Borne: "I would expect no less for what happened to them. The chaff just need to die. At which point the intelligent people can run things. I would suggest assassinating whoever is currently running it and their immediate subordinates."
Nonna: "Genocide against nonthreatening people also seems to be a part of their doctrine."
Commander Borne: "Let them associate their stupid motives with death."
Metal Man (GM): Valron would remember that GUN is currently flying around, threatening everyone around them, trying to conquer the entirety of the Mobian Continent, and also threatened the Mushroom Kingdom, and were chasing everyone, thinking that anyone who wasn't them was unauthorized. Though that also their city was a mess and most of their defenses were pretty shoddy, and they had only a handful of ships that looked technologically inferior to say, the one Borne has.
Gelato: *He paces in place, staring at the gate... it's so hypnotic.* @w@
Valron: "Nonna summed it up about right. They're harassing everyone around them, trying to conquer the whole of the Mobian Continent. They also thought that anyone who wasn't them was unauthorized. Their city was, to put it nicely, kind of a wreck, and their defenses are also pretty rubbish, along with the fact that their ships did not seem all that impressive, either. Definitely a step down from yours, I'd say."
Metal Man (GM): Borne would contemplate.
Commander Borne: "Yes... that's right. You need to activate my defenses on the city! I have automated defenses that only respond to me."
Metal Man (GM): He casually forms a remote control out of his nanites and hands it to you.
Nonna: "Is killing really the best answer?" *This was to nobody in particular.*
Commander Borne: "They were going to die from attacking others anyway."
Valron: "...Oh. That's... handy." *Shrugs, before taking the remote.*
Commander Borne: "Of course, it turns out they don't need to die, now that I think of it. They can be imprisoned inside the city with my force field system. The one I built long ago, during the war with Garrick and Illian."
Valron: "Ah, yes. I remember that."
Commander Borne: "The city was eventually overrun, but the shield was deactivated rather than destroyed. As much as it may have appeared to have been destroyed, even if there was damage, it was made out of nanites too... and as such, would regenerate. Exactly like yours."
Nonna: "My main concern then is whether or not they have any intelligent people there. We've encountered the grunts in the field, but none of their higher ups from what I've seen. Is there any chance that someone would be there who could get in the way of our imprisonment plan?"
Metal Man (GM): Borne would shake his head.
Commander Borne: "Illian and Garrick purposefully killed off as many of the intelligent people as they could. The only one left was Marley... and he was an idiot. If he's even alive. You can probably find plenty of Nanites, but please don't eat them without checking first. There's... bad nanites out there too. Yes. The nanites that are poisoned may be broken, or virus laden."
Nonna: "And what of the chance that a new actor, someone outside of your historical information, has joined them?"
Valron: "Yeah, we don't need you melting into goop, Gelato."
Commander Borne: "I cannot say. Alsa has had a lot of its people killed off over a very long time. The data there suggests that only these 'Cool Guys' exist in the area, and they appear to be worshipers of losers. GUN has no nanite-based Mad Men program to invent new supermen. The remaining people were mostly lower corpsmen who survived only due to my X-Zone hideaway. And from the sounds of it, the smarter ones stayed behind. That doesn't rule out smart psychotic people, but they are probably relatively undertrained compared to you. You should be able to stop them."
Nonna: "Forgive me if I sound paranoid, but one thing I've already learned through my travels alongside everyone here is to always expect the unexpected, be prepared for anything, and to never make assumptions."
Commander Borne: "Yes. That is something to look out for." *He would stretch a hand idly.* "It's just that the area had been quite thoroughly destroyed by extremely willful, deadly people..."
Valron: "All things considered, I'd say you're learning the right lessons from our past experiences, but... Borne does bring up a point, there."
Commander Borne: "...And as such, if there is anybody, they would be lost and mindless Sloan remnants or something. Or, I guess. If Illian's Solarians decided to hide in there. But why? The GUN people wouldn't accept them in their midst if they could help it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It is true. We haven't accounted for Sloan or the remains of Psycho Illian's forces. So if there is danger, it might actually be marooned units who, like certain Earth units of fallen factions, can continue to fight decades after their war has ended. Those would be the danger, in my opinion. GUN people... weren't very smart to begin with, and most of them got toasted."
Valron: "Sounds about right."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "If there is a new one, then we'll make note of it, but otherwise it won't be the only thing to look out for. Though I guess one question is unanswered. What's the plan? Do we fly out there with ships, activate the remote control and then get to stealing? Or do we want to go into the city and root out for remnants?"
Commander Borne: "If there are dangerous people, they have probably claimed sectors of the city as their feudal lands and will most likely be entrenched in ruins. There sounds like only a few people can fly out and harass you. I'd wager you could shoot them down after isolating everyone else inside the town."
Valron: "To be honest, I'd rather fly out with the ships, use the remote, and get to the scavenging... After shooting down any hostiles, yes."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sounds fairly cut and dried, then."
Nonna: "I only say this because I had encountered a military strategy in which many of the circumstances were similar. The enemy would intentionally give the impression of weakness, disunity, and of being ill-equipped and trained. The others would be lulled into a false sense of confidence and feeling no need to keep up their guard. They would then proudly march straight into the enemy's trap."
Commander Borne: "...I wish I had people like that on my force. Maybe I wouldn't have ended up alone and attacked by Garrick in that war, then. Maybe they would have actually stood a better chance against people without me having to create Deathguards and do it all myself... ...Maybe they wouldn't have needed Mad Men to fight Eggman... ...But I guess, the lunkheads we ended up with were all we had, so... unless a new military mind has emerged, it shouldn't be too surprising." *Shrugs.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So, we fly in, and avoid getting too close, lest this potential ambush happen."
Valron: "Sounds about right."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "If we're ambushed by, say, Sloan forces or something, we can jet. Because in the end, we don't want to waste our time fighting anyway... but one more thing. What do we do to take the parts home?"
Valron: "What are our options on that front?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ivan is repairing the ship. I assume if we have the ship delivered there, your repaired ship can do it? What were the capabilities it had anyway? I remember something about that ship having something to do with it, like, the Alsan Questers used it for something... it had more space than, say, my limo. As much as I can probably take my limo and stick some stuff in the trunk, you can't fit huge stuff in it. Borne's ship is a bomber-fighter... Kit's ship is... ...in pieces, and Kit is... ...not here. ...Huh."
Nonna: "Who will be in which ship?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, the issue is we don't have a gate next to the GUN Continent."
Valron: "Capabilities, capabilities... Let's see, outside of the fact that it should still retain its' original capabilities, ranging from the infamous missile rain, to its' devastating lightning cannons, and the ridiculous shields, I had requested for Ivan to make it able to switch between that and a more MTA-like form."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "MTA like. So it has hands?"
Nonna: "I don't exactly have one of my own..."
Valron: "I'd be surprised if it didn't."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I'll be in my ship. I'm not sure who will fly Borne's ship. The MTA thing can probably pick up the pieces and hold them all piled in its arms when we're done."
Valron: "Well, Nonna. You could always take the Spirit of Vengeance. I was only going to use that as a temporary thing until I got my own ship back."
Commander Borne: "I can be in my ship without being noticed." *He glances to Nonna.* "Don't ask me why, but it seems like you could probably help fly the ship as well. It's a multi-person job."
Nonna: "Hm. So you're coming along, Borne?"
Commander Borne: "I am, and I am not."
Metal Man (GM): He transforms to resemble... Ederick. Who looks pretty generic GUN-y to you. (using same alias though) Generic GUN soldier with armor and stuff.
Ederick?: "Pardon if I don't exactly behave like this person. But I figured the easiest and best disguise would be someone who really, really wanted me dead."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's weird and unsettling, but luckily you won't be in my limo."
Ederick?: "I have to ensure nobody thinks I'm alive. Those idiots will worship me like Jack's cultists otherwise."
Nonna: "So you're not going to be using the Spirit of Vengeance, Valron?"
Valron: "Fair."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "One of the old friends of mine who helped loot the Time Engine here. I wonder what happened to him, really..."
Ederick?: "For the record, my men never found or killed Ederick. Otherwise I guess, if you wanted him back, I could have helped you revive him... but he's not dead by my hands."
Valron: "I will be using my own ship once I get it back. Until then, I shall take temporary command of the Spirit of Vengeance, yes."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, that does pose a problem. When you get the ship back, who will be piloting the ship that's not being used? I don't think these things have the greatest autopilot on them, especially for planets they've never been on..."
Ederick?: "I can remote control ships, but not Solarian ones."
Nonna: "I'll join you onboard. Then I will take command of it once you get your own ship back."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'd say Illian come along, but we need someone to guard this ship."
Ederick?: "...Touche`" *Realizing he talked himself out of needing Nonna due to his remark of remote controlling GUN ships* "I don't plan on staying like this. I actually hate Ederick. That's the entire reason I'm using him as a disguise."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Because you hate yourself?"
Ederick?: "Even people who know me wouldn't expect me to hide as him."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh. I was gonna say. Maybe you could disguise as Garrick."
Ederick?: "I'm not... stupid? Insane? Enough to pull that one off properly. At least Ederick had some semblance of logic in what he did. Also Garrick will never be on your side again."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Duh. So that's handled, let's get into the ships. Gee, I feel like it's the old days again..." *He starts walking to the ship bay.*
Ederick?: "You Questers usually went into ships???"
Valron follows behind.
Nonna: *Following Valron.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, we had the secret underground garage. With a ramp, and a garage door we forgot to open. And cars with no safety controls and rockets strapped to them."
Valron: "Oh, we've had our experience with ships. In fact, piloting them is one of my specialties."
Ederick?: "...I see. You were once a troupe of circus performers."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You could probably say that."
Gelato: *He bounces behind Xavier, trotting along in his footsteps.*
Valron: "I pretty much usually took Arwings, though. They seemed like the most sensible choice more often than not."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Nobody took the Egg-o-matic. Nobody! Except me, I did it once for the hilarity."
Ederick?: "I am glad I rebuilt my own ship."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We don't have an Egg-o-matic for you to ride, Borne."
Valron: "Did anyone ever seriously use those beetles, though?"
Ederick?: "You rode giant bugs?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "No. Nobody. Not even me. Locos did the whole mission to get them and nobody ever rode them."
Valron: "...Wow."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Wolfman just wanted to make fun of us for falling for it, I'm certain. Or maybe Wolfman went senile."
Metal Man (GM): The ships are ready.
Nonna: *Smiling and trying not to let on that she's lost.*
Metal Man (GM): Ederick? gets into his. Xavier on the other hand, takes out a remote and clicks a button.
Valron , of course, boards the Spirit of Vengeance
Metal Man (GM): Thin air shimmers, then an upside-down Diablo SV converted into a limo falls on the ground with a loud SLAM. Xavier opens the trunk of the limo and starts crawling in through the back and the several compartments towards the front.
Valron: "It isn't so fun when you realize you'd be riding them while getting shot up by proper ships."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's okay. This limo is the best thing to fight capital ships in! Come aboard, and experience the madness!"
Valron: "Oh. That'd be perfectly fine, then, I'm sure."
Nonna gets in the Spirit of Vengeance as well, taking any position she can if not ordered into a specific one by Valron.
Metal Man (GM): Xavier starts blasting "Happy Together" by the Turtles, for no reason in particular.
Valron: *He, of course, takes the helm while glancing around to see what positions there are for Nonna to help fill.*
Metal Man (GM): As he presses some buttons and his car rolls right side up.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Good old fashioned controls. Never fails!" *Accidentally shoots a laser at an empty wall* "Perfect!"
Metal Man (GM): Borne casually walks into his Dauntless. As if a religious thing, he takes out an image of Garrick and gives it the finger on the way in.
Ederick?: *Mumbling* "Stupid good for nothing bastard f..."
Metal Man (GM): The Spirit of Vengeance opens up and closes smoothly. Unlike the wacky ship Xavier has, it has a bunch of crystals and mnemonic thingies that let you control things with your thoughts. It's hyper-advanced and doesn't require training to use, and the controls translate themselves, letting you take place at any one of three seats: Pilot, Weapons and Engineering. Engineering is optional. It can take care of itself automatically. Some notes indicate more "Old Fashioned" Solarians refuse to leave that up to the machines. Borne is in the greatest hurry, or I should say it's obvious he knows his ship inside out and unlike Xavier it has somewhat efficient startup mechanisms.
Valron: "An interesting ship... Hm." *Glances over at Nonna* "Are you fine with handling the weapons?"
Metal Man (GM): The bay to the outside opens up. It seems confusing as to why that would be, until Illian is seen rolling the Stargate into position... by himself.
Illian MacGregor: *R* "This thing... phew... is... very... heavy..."
Metal Man (GM): He locks it into position and sits down while it starts charging up.
Nonna: "Won't be a problem."
Valron: *R* "...Remind us to automate the process so you don't have to do that every time."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "Next time... I bring... two forklifts..."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier meanwhile, has some trouble with the ignition.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "C'mon... c'mon... c'mon 50 year old ignition switch!"
Metal Man (GM): The car belches out some seaweed from the tailpipe.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I know you didn't like when I drove you under the sea! But I heard from a hermit crab that it's cool to be there!"
Valron: *R* "I was thinking of making something that'd just slide it into place, but sure. Two forklifts also works." *Shrugs, before going to go and start up the Spirit of Vengeance.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier slams the dash a couple times, then sticks in two more keys, plugs in the smash dex, and then licks an electrode. The car sputters and finally turns on.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All right, I'm ready now. Also for some reason the wiring in my car tastes like Gibby."
Metal Man (GM): Borne casually rolls his ship up first, folding a wing inwards. Illian stares at it.
Illian MacGregor: *R* "I thought I told you we needed to disassemble that to roll it through?"
Ederick?: *R* "I redid the wings specifically so you wouldn't put your dirty hands on it."
Illian MacGregor: *R* *Waves hands* "And here I thought I was touchy about my machines!"
Metal Man (GM): It floats through the warp, making Harrier-jet noises. It's quite deafening. Except for Xavier, who is still playing that music at maximum volume, and thus, somehow is louder than that.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I knew making speakers out of industrial water cannons was a good idea!"
Valron: *Once he's sure he's got everything down, he goes to follow Borne through. The Spirit is probably nowhere near as loud compared to the other two.*
Gelato: -w- *Having no external ears seems to be working out for him. He's sitting on the speaker, his whole body vibrating to the subwoofer.*
Metal Man (GM): Indeed, you can hear him talking, because his PA uses the similarly loud speakers which are illogically both outside and inside the vehicle.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Right, I'll go next. We can probably live without Borne if he got blown up... er I mean Ederick! So... then if I get blown up, just revive me like last time."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier steps on the gas, and his ship wildly bounces on the ground like one of those pneumatic cars, and then flips upside down through the portal.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH JAMAICAAAAAAAAAA!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): The way is clear for the Spirit of Vengeance.
Valron: "...Right." *And through the gate it goes.*
Illian MacGregor: *R* "The strange part is that you're the only people just flying a normal ship... ...be careful."
Metal Man (GM): You're now all three through the portal. The Mushroom Republic A bunch of people, including Princess Peach, are sitting at tables near the portal. They appear to be having some really regal dinner. Suddenly the portal opens, and an extremely loud harrier jet noise is heard.
Peach: "Oh dear, what is that noise?"
Toadsworth: "Nothing to worry about, m'lady. There was no scheduled activation, it'll probably go away."
Metal Man (GM): Then the front of Borne's ship appears and some of the guests run in terror.
Peach: "Wait a minute... is that a GUN ship? Here?"
Toadsworth: "No... I see no marking for GUN on it... but we should probably get out of the wa--"
Metal Man (GM): They're blown over by the Harrier jet exhaust as tables and things go flying. The ship flies through the banquet tables, floating straight up so as to narrowly avoid destroying some pricey display/band stand.
Ederick?: *R* "Er... sorry! You guys built really close to the gate! I'll pay you back for that late--"
Metal Man (GM): The music of Xavier's ominously starts being heard through the portal.
Ederick?: *R* "Uh, Xavier, you might want to slow down!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "WHAT? WHAAAAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Peach gets up. Her eyes bulge as Xavier's car rockets out of the portal, spinning wildly out of control, smashing the bandstand to bits and then careening against some buildings before it flies into the air.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH IT'S TOAD TOWN 2 ALL OVER AGAIN"
Metal Man (GM): The Spirit of Vengeance would float out... its collision avoidance systems warning it and making it stop before it would crash into whatever Xavier's car didn't crash into.
Peach: "..." *She casually removes some cake from her dress, after Erderick?'s ship blew it everywhere.*
Nonna: "...Oh dear."
Valron: *R* "I swear, Xavier. Do I need to figure out a way to attach a leash to that limo of yours?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "It's okay. I only mildly dented property values, and some unique cafes with limos smashed into the side of them are BOUND to recover the property value!"
Valron: "...Right."
Peach: *Takes a radio from someone* "Uhhh... you know, maybe if you could pay for the damages, that would be... nice... ...then again, you are coming out here to help get rid of GUN, I assume, so..." *She seems speechless.*
Nonna: *R* "We really need some communications set up ahead of time..."
Valron: *R* "Sorry about that, Peach. I wasn't exactly expecting to make a mess... even though we have Xavier at the helm of a vehicle with us, but." *Sighs.*
Ederick?: *R* "Uh... yeah! We'll... throw a party that's twice as large..."
Valron: *R* "Yes. We're going to deal with GUN."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It can have my limo in it!"
Ederick?: *R* "Uh... probably not, Xavier... your limo is... uhh... it's... ...not very safe."
Valron: *R* "That's as nice a way of putting it if I've ever heard one."
Peach: *R* "I guess you can have the cake... it's not like anyone else is going to eat it..."
Xavier Ridgecrest lands the limo next to the cake and opens it to let Gelato eat the cake.
Ederick?: *R* "Er... nobody record this and... tell anyone the Questers do this. It would be... bad for our morale."
Nonna: "So we ruin their party and now we want to join them in it?" *To herself, mostly.*
Gelato: X3 *He hops out, beginning to nibble on it genteelly.*
Peach: *R* "It's okay. We... ...are thankful for what Valron did."
Valron: *R* "Doesn't mean I still won't feel a bit awkward about this little mess happening."
Ederick?: *R* "I'm... really sorry, you... put it next to the gate and..."
Peach: *R* "It's not really you who made this mistake..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "That's right, Gelato, eat the tasty cake. While I contemplate where to steal one twice as large to replace this one."
Nonna: "Anyway..."
Peach: *R* "But... ...we're also somewhat used to what he does... just... call in advance before letting him do that again." *R* "We'll be sure to stay away from the gate anyway... carry on."
Metal Man (GM): She sits there, while Toadsworth has some servants clean away the mess.
Valron: *R* "Will do."
Toadsworth: "My my my... I knew we should have listened to Merlon! He kept going on about 'ominous crows will land on your cake party'... I thought it was birds..."
Gelato: *He carefully steps aside to let the cleanup begin... really, he has the best manners of all here.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All right, that should be enough, Gelato. Let's get flying to steal a bunch of parts and crash GUN's party. We'll have to steal a really big cake to make up for this. On the plus side, the hood of my car is now covered in strawberry icing! They'll probably run in terror once they've discovered I've mastered Cake-fu."
Gelato: [Aww...] *He pulls off one more chunk to take with him.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier shuts the door, turning on the windshield wipers to get the candles and plate pieces out of his view.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Right. Let's go get the things we came for, then figure out how to make up for party destruction. Onward!"
Metal Man (GM): He flies the ship into the air as it teeters, throwing pieces of cake and icing around haphazardly. A big chunk splotches against the windshield of the Spirit of Vengeance. The Dauntless that Ederick? has flies after, cautiously ducking some thrown icing.
Nonna: "...Activating wipers."
Ederick?: *R* "Right, boss... just... take it slower through the portals."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Sure thing, Ederick!"
Valron: "...Really." *Shakes his head, before also activating wipers. And then he flies off.*
Metal Man (GM): Up ahead, over the vastness of the Mushroom Kingdom, is the force field. You can actually already see some GUN ships. They seem to have been patrolling outside.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Hey you! Stupid people in space ships! We're coming to get you! WITH STRAWBERRY ICING!!!"
Jane: *R* "What the hell? Why is a limo covered in icing flying at us?"
Valron: *R* "You should be less worried about him and more worried about me."
Joe: *R* "It's the Questers. The instruction manual told us they tend to do these things."
Nonna: *R* "Hello. Would you please surrender?"
Jane: *R* "Er... turn back! This is GUN territory!"
Valron: *R* "He does those things. I prefer to actually get things done."
Ederick?: *R* "Did you read the instruction manual about me?"
Jane: *R* "...Traitor Ederick is here too???"
Joe: *R* "He worked hand in hand with Xavier."
Nonna: *R* "Second request. Please surrender."
Jane: *R* "I... ...I..."
Metal Man (GM): They have two, relatively cruddy refurbished ex-Eggman ships.
Valron: *R* "Please do, or else I'll turn this from GUN territory to GUN ship graveyard."
Metal Man (GM): You have a psychotic limo, a fully decked out customized Dauntless... Dauntless 2 I'll call it, and the Solarian ship. Xavier doesn't say anything more at them, preferring to psychotically turn up the volume until the windows start vibrating.
Joe: *R* "As much as I hate to say it, we can't fight you and expect to win. But only because the manual made it clear we shouldn't waste ships fighting useless battles."
Jane: *R* "Hey! We have to get them! They ran away last time, remember?"
Valron: *R* "Well, at least the manual knows what it's on about."
Nonna: "Final request. Please surrender."
Joe: *R* "Surrender is not in the cards. However, please accept our retreat instead."
Metal Man (GM): Joe flies his ship away at maximum speed. Jane belatedly goes to follow.
Nonna: "We need to go after them quickly before they have time to prepare."
Ederick?: *R* "Hm." *Flips channel so they can't hear* "What do you think. Should we blow them to bits? ...Sounds like it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "FULL SPEED!"
Valron: "Engaging pursuit."
Metal Man (GM): The limo and Dauntless 2 rocket after Jane and Joe.
Gelato: :D
Valron: *Has the Spirit of Vengeance fly along with them.*
Metal Man (GM): Xavier leans out the window and screams while shooting at their ships with DVDs.
Nonna: "Weapons online. Set to disable rather than destroy." *Does so.*
Jane: *R* "What the hell is hitting my shields? What is that, an entertainment device???"
Joe: *R* "Did you read the manual, Jane? It said their leader attacks people with garbage."
Jane: *R* "No, I skimmed it. I figured we would be able to kill 'em!"
Joe: *R* "I can't talk anymore, Jane. I have to ensure we don't die."
Metal Man (GM): The two ships shoot flares and chaff, while you begin firing Solarian beams at them. Ederick? sadistically grins as he activates every single one of the 20 mass-projection railgun bullet devices on his. Xavier's DVDs are basically useless, though Gelato would notice a button to fire Arwing lasers at them. Arwing lasers being capable of stunning rather than annihilating.
Gelato: *Button... button... BUTTON. He jumps on that button.*
Editor's Note: And what happens next? Find out, on the next episode of SUPER SMASH QUEST: REVELATION!

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