REVOLUTION - Story - Chapter 1: Origins of Conflict

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Date: 5:00:26 PM, April 2nd, 2017.
Metal Man (GM): SUPER SMASH QUEST: REVOLUTION! We begin... in outer space, above Erastia. Xavier is alone, aboard the Wing Fortress. Once again we see the pictures crudely attached to the console. In the very back is a picture of some of the original Questers that he hung out with.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby, the Blue Kirby; Alys, the woman from a video game world who died too soon; Tempest, the Elf who could basically kill everything Bowser threw at the Questers; to name a few. Aribar, the other elf who was always highly hesitant and also dying all the time, is also there.
Metal Man (GM): A newer picture shows the "Next Generation"--Garrick, the Solid Snake clone who has a permanent scowl on his face. Yurie, the rapier wielding swordswoman who led the Questers to her home world... then befell a terrible fate by The Void, warped so far away as to never be seen again. And of course, Gibby was there yet again.
Metal Man (GM): The pictures build up as time goes, including some that have a post-it note that says "PROPERTY OF ILLIAN MACGREGOR." There, Julian, the aspiring boxer can be seen, alongside Aetos, the aspiring corpse.
Metal Man (GM): Towards the side away from everyone else is a picture that's face down. The back of it has a label that says "Locos S. Docos." Then there's a picture which lays on the ground, repeatedly smashed and stepped on, and with bullet holes. In fact it's not a picture but rather a Wanted Poster... for the Alsan Questers.
Metal Man (GM): However, it's only pictures of the likes of Julian and Kuji; while Deloth and KitChan would be there, it seems those ones were merely cut out of the poster and put alongside the other pictures taped onto the console.
Metal Man (GM): Amusingly, there is nothing to do with SSQ:I Brawlers or anything they did. There is just the one image of Anonyman randomly stuck to the wall with a piece of tape with no explanation.
Metal Man (GM): As for why Dragoshi hasn't been seen yet, it's mostly because the favored image is him as Valron in CONFRONTATION/REVELATION, alongside KitRedgrave, Florina?, Nonna, and Gelato. Demon is also seen in a slightly earlier picture, next to an image of a destroyed space burger bar. Ederick is there as well, in a grainy cell phone photo of him helping rip out the Time Engine that now sits in the Wing Fortress.
Metal Man (GM): Countless other pictures fill up the rest, including a file photo of PANZER - MISSING that was taken before she went missing for good (or evil).
Metal Man (GM): Xavier stops staring at the photos, then looks out the bridge. He sees Erastia below. Part of it is even turning green; the rest is still a horrific irradiated desert. The Celian Shell around the planet has cracked a bit like an egg, making the green portion easier to see. Thus it is a weird planet surrounded by a cracked metal shell of sorts. An AI of an old man in strangely mage-like garb shows up.
Nova: "This is NOVA speaking. You are cleared to land on Erastia."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I sure hope so! Only nearly died a hundred times trying to save it..."
Nova: "It's just a perfunctory required approval."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah yeah, whatever."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier casually kicks one of the levers, causing the ship's engine to turn off and it to begin hurtling towards the planet.
Nova: "...Is that how you normally land?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "'s faster this way, you know."
Nova: "Garrick would always--"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "He's not here now, is he?"
Nova: "...That is correct."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Besides, he was only good at landing in the ocean." *He plays back a Smash Dex video that ends with Garrick saying, 'Dammit.'*
Nova: "...I never knew he was so dependent on me to land the ship for him."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yup. Without you, he totally lost his mind. Don't think about making me so dependent on you though. As King of Erastia, I have to be self-sufficient!"
Metal Man (GM): The ship violently shakes as it crashes through a chunk of metal in the atmosphere. The lights flicker, and a fire violently breaks out in one of the consoles.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Don't worry, my now-missing fire fighting person fixed it."
Nova: "Are you certain?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Santigue did a lot while we were away."
Metal Man (GM): A box opens in the ceiling and dumps sand on the fire. The fire burns out.
Nova: "The air is rather unhealthy in here."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I only do this when no Questers are around, because I don't need to breathe! Neither does Valron, heh."
Nova: "I'm going to take a while to get used to this."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. Yes you will."
Metal Man (GM): The ship flies through the atmosphere, regaining control as Xavier turns the engine on to guide the landing. He's now flying it towards the Erastian Royal Palace. A sign, recently put up, says 'NOW WITH 90% LESS ACCIDENTAL LAND MINE MAIMINGS!' The atmosphere is full of dirt, and radioactivity, and basically is a mess, with an ugly orange haze about.
Metal Man (GM): Some areas have slowly become less orange though, mostly around the palace. Machines on the ground with giant fans and vent grates have been set up, and construction vehicles are cleaning up the dirt. Xavier lands the ship... and by land I mean he causes it to fall on top of a pile of destroyed space ships he's placed as some sort of cushion for it to land on.
Metal Man (GM): The giant, B-52-esque bomber/floating barge combo that is the Wing Fortress crushes the debris with a deafening KABOOM!, the force field around it preventing it from taking any damage.
Nova: "You just... you just wasted a thousand megawatts of power to save fifteen seconds."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Darn! I wanted more! I'll go in hotter next time. Let's go to the Questers, they're probably bored stiff waiting."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier gets up and leaves the ship on, casually walking over to the door. He collides into the door and it's knocked open, ramp and all.
Nova: "There is a button for that, you know."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "This way saves electricity."
Nova: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier walks down the stairs, skipping the odd one that has a giant crack in it. He then steps on top of the wreckage of the REDITS, which has been pulverized flat to serve as a ramp to get back to the ground with. A bunch of Erastian courtiers greet him as he looks around. The courtiers wear strange gray bio-suits in order to live in Erastia's atmosphere.
Courtier: "Sire, the Questers you requested are here."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Great. Let's get over to them instead of having you try to tell me all their secrets."
Courtier: "But... but the one named Valron has ties to Solarians!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes, I know. Get over it."
Courtier: "There's... ...there's too many witches! The one that's a fox, then there's this new one with... cursed daggers... you know we prefer radiation based weaponry here, not magic."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Still not a problem."
Courtier: "And... there's a literal demon here. He seems fine to me."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "What? Why didn't you tell me?"
Courtier: "I thought you always traveled with demons."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "No. Dragons. Not demons. There IS a difference."
Courtier: "They both breathe fire."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Not necessarily."
Courtier: "They both covet wealth."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Not necessarily."
Metal Man (GM): This continues as he walks towards and into the castle. Finally, we get to you guys. So let's start.
Metal Man (GM): Kumiko and Demon would be there, separate from the others, in a room immediately inside the castle. While it's a castle, it really is more like a late 1980's shopping mall. There's a bunch of glass doors and elaborate chromed metal displays everywhere, and black-and-white checkerboard tiled floors.
King Demon seems to be somewhat boredly pacing back and forth looking around.
Metal Man (GM): Lots of statues, apparently of Questers. Luckily, no gaudy shopping mall muzak is playing. Instead, the top hits of the 1970's disco fads are playing. Some courtiers can be seen plugging their ears and grimacing. Xavier walks in. Two Courtiers take out boomboxes on their shoulders and play cassette tapes of MIDI trumpets playing.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...I'm not certain why they decided that was necessary but it's been a while since I've reviewed what royal protocol IS. Anyway. Hello there."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier is... 6'4" tall, has shiny chromed metal armor, blue shoulderpads and kneepads, and they're really chunky shoulderpads. And a blue cape."
King Demon: "Hmmm? Oh, hey, Mets." *Nods to him* "Heard you got made king of this place... am I supposed to bow or something?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Demon. Is that really you? What happened? No, please don't bow to me. I don't want them to actually think of me as that. They just crowned me king after I overthrew the Time Cops' control here. I'd tell them to not do it but it's been convenient for storing all of my disco records and also helping save the universe."
King Demon: "Oh not much, got stuck in a time loop for a while, that was fun. Then I ended up... I have no idea where, and have been trying to get back to something familiar ever since."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Plus, we're no longer a bunch of underpaid employees of a Stadium. ...Or wandering space ship people with nowhere to call home."
King Demon: "And yet you have the old bird... somehow."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ever since Klumsy told me it was the stupidest worst ship ever, I had to make sure to keep using it forever. I'm using the ships he insisted I use as a landing strip."
King Demon: "Ah, that's what those are."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Nintendus was storing them in a giant wreckage heap, and Ivan was tired of them spontaneously combusting. So I had them sent here. Better here than there."
King Demon: "I suppose so." *Yawns and stretches, a few embers flying off him as an audible pop is heard* "Ah... damn, I didn't realize I was that stiff."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I guess I can give you the low-down of things now, so that you know the operating protocol. We're no longer just space vagrants blowin' stuff up so from here on in we're the New Questers. That means no randomly decapitating people for laughing at us.'"
King Demon: "Sure. Sounds good."
Courtier: "But Lord Xavier! If anyone laughs at you, they should be killed!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "No. Never."
Courtier: "I guess you're going to be more like Lord Vanderbilt the Peaceful, then..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. I read about him. So yes. None of this Lese Majesty nonsense."
King Demon: "Ah, let them live. It's more fun to make fun of them when they inevitably fail with their goals anyway."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Plus if they laugh at me, maybe they noticed something funny."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier rubs his metal helmet's forehead, oblivious to the piece of his chair stuck to his back.
Kumiko: Hmmm? This sounds interesting and all... but I'm having trouble understanding the information.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Of course you are. It's really convoluted and nonsensical. So... ask me anything. That's what the plan is here, I tell everyone what's up."
King Demon: "Sure... when did you get a tree planted in your back?"
Kumiko: "Ah! I see..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh. No, I haven't..." *Reaches for his back and the chair piece falls to the ground* "...guess that chair broke on the landing. Courtiers! Throw that trash in the trash!"
Metal Man (GM): The Courtiers carry off the broken chair piece.
King Demon: *Shrugs* "You still haven't fixed it up, huh?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That'd take all the soul out of it."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier looks to Kumiko and looks at a piece of paper.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So your name is... Kumiko. Is it pronounced Coom-Eee-Koh or something else? And, well, nobody figured out where you came from, so I'm sort of curious about that too."
King Demon: *Chuckles.*
Kumiko: "Ku-mii-ko. A bit hard to pronounce at times for some, truthfully."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah, right. Ku-mii-ko, yes. You have to forgive me somewhat, my world is somewhat... uh... ...they don't do words very well. I had to... have them translate everything for us."
Courtier: *Loudly talking in Erastian to someone else.*
Metal Man (GM): Erastian sounds like a mixture of Slavic languages and American slang, FYI.
Kumiko: "As for where I came from... I can't recall that very well at the moment. Seems I don't recall everything right now."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah, so you're like me. Don't worry. Maybe in five years we'll figure it out."
King Demon looks over to the Courtiers curiously.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I believe you've come to join the New Questers, right? I can explain how we operate."
Kumiko: "Yes, I wanted to join you."
Courtier 1: *Gestures at the other Courtier* "Krav Sla gounesh! Frod blad dubchik bandit!"
Courtier 2: "Sla dunouv venevav fladek? Banuva dan sylvis rednek..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Right... the rules of the New Questers are as follows: don't go around destroying random innocent people, don't randomly blow stuff up, don't build casinos on top of people's home towns, don't proclaim that you have golden rules, don't begin screaming 'STOP THE KILLING' while attacking your fellow Questers, uhhhh... ...Don't turn into a sentient being of air and use it to harass people, don't tell people with haunted shirts to take them off, don't go back in time and manipulate currency to make yourself rich..."
King Demon: "What? No time manipulation? What are YOU going to do then?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Don't demand constant fighting even when there's nothing to be gained, don't subscribe to an evil or fascist or dictatorial mindset or worship entities of that sort, including any so-called Emperor of Man... No no, CURRENCY manipulation WITH time Manipulation. It's very important, because if you go back in time and mess with money, we'll all become broke."
King Demon: "Oh... in that case."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Garrick once did it. It really messed everything up."
King Demon: "Yeah, actually, if I remember correctly, Garrick did MOST of those, didn't he?"
Kumiko: "I'll make sure not to mess up the time and space continuum then."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...I could go on forever but the main rule is to not go do crazy nonsense and kill random people."
Kumiko: "Understood."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sometime when we're more bored I might explain why we've encountered half of those things. The other half are too horrifying for me to even speak about. Do you have any further questions? Like I bet you're wondering... what are we even fighting for?"
King Demon: "We have a cause this time?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh, do we ever. In fact, I'm gonna show the other Questers at the same time as you."
King Demon: "Oh, good, we aren't the only ones. There for a second, I thought it was going to be just the three of us against... ah who the hell knows what."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hahahaha... hahahahahaha... ...No. Never again."
Kumiko: "I do wonder what we're fighting for..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, I can give you the generic version before we get into the more in depth one. The New Questers were founded as a reaction to a bunch of nutcases trying to control reality itself. Our purpose now is to protect reality from anyone who would want to try to conquer causality itself and render everyone without choice or freedom in their lives. It can be as simple as deposing dictatorships or as complex as defeating godlike entities that use magic to warp reality. Or even apprehending specific bad eggs that go around attacking the weak."
Kumiko: "Protect free will and beings that rely on it...?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "More or less."
Courtier: "But the Erastian way was to kill everyone who opposed us..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt! None of that stupid blood stuff!"
Courtier: "Right, my apologies Sire..."
Kumiko: "It sounds familiar yet not familiar at the same time. But, I'll gladly help protect free will."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I kinda co-opted the Erastians, my homeworld, as a staging place. Since they were the first people the New Questers legitimately saved from said evil forces of control and mindlessness. As much as I will never forget what we did to defeat the evil Psycho Illian, that was really more just cleaning up my own personal problems... So, right this way, to the Briefing Room... yes, we have one. No, it's not going to be a place we go to all the time, because the last time I did that, there was a number four button that we began pushing like possessed people, and then we had to remove it. But for cases like this, where we don't know what's going on yet... we'll use it. We tend to have sorties that go on a while in the field, so we won't always be in this castle."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier walks down the hall, gesturing for Demon and Kumiko to follow. Statues of Razor (a cyborg male with wings and laser cannons) and Gibby (blue kirby with a sword) can be seen to the sides.
Kumiko: "Understood. Lead the way."
King Demon: "So... we're fighting Bowser and Ganondorf again?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Nope. In fact neither of them are powerful enough to be a remote threat to us. We'd just have the army attack them. Then they'd be defeated."
Kumiko: "...Bowser? Ganondorf?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I mean, a single plumber beat Bowser, and a single boy with a sword beat Ganondorf. Some ancient past foes that were fought by the Old Questers. Not really relevant to our current world."
Kumiko: "I see."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "One was a turtle, the other a dark warlock."
King Demon: "Yeah, those were the good old days. It was much simpler then."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Powerful they might be, they had exceedingly weak armies and bad tactics. Ganondorf would summon hordes of undead... and then give them no logic or sense making abilities. Anyone with a tank could just run them over. Let alone a space ship. And don't get me started on Bowser's minions. Even in the old days they fared terribly against guns. No... unfortunately our foes have armies, and ships, and their own palaces. I mean, Bowser and Ganondorf had castles but theirs were just deathtraps."
Kumiko: "Mmm, so we are facing enemies with logic?"
Metal Man (GM): The Briefing room is eventually reached. It is there it can be seen: a bunch of cozy looking padded recliners are sitting in a room with a live band playing lounge jazz music in the background. In there are the other Questers; Valron, Gelato, and two other chairs that are currently empty until Violet and KitRedgrave show up, labeled "Nonna" and 'Kit' There's more blank chairs as well, presumably because there'll be more people in the future.
Gelato: owo *He's sitting in his chair, chewing enthusiastically on the contents of a can of deviled ham.*
King Demon: "Ah, this is MUCH better."
Kumiko: "So these are our comrades, I take it?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The Disco is meant to help discourage frivolous people. If you're here, then you don't have to listen to it. Yes. Our comrades-in-arms. Valron and Gelato."
Gelato: 'Hi!' *He's not moving his mouth to broadcast that message.*
Valron: *Is leaning back in his recliner, seeming to mull something over, not yet having entirely noticed Xavier and the others. It takes him a second or two for him to realize, which happens to be just as his name is mentioned* "Ah! Yes. Hello there."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hi. These are the new recruits. Well. In one case, the new old recruit. Don't worry, Canadian Yosheh isn't suddenly going to burst in and go 'MISSED ME, EH?' ...I hope." *Makes the sign of the cross.*
King Demon: "Hmm, well... wait, he's not? Aww, damn, I kinda miss him!"
Gelato: 'Who's that?' *Nomf.*
Kumiko: "Hello there!" *Her tone seems a bit forced.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I have heard rumors that he once existed in another dimension after leaving the Stadium because of things I don't even know about... but anyway, we have a briefing to get to. This here is Kumiko." *Gestures to Kumiko.* "And this is Demon, who is one of the original five Questers. And thus, is back... again."
King Demon: "Ah... right, briefing." *Notices the name tags on the chairs* "So... we have assigned seats here?"
Valron: "Ah. "*The more things change*"and all that, yes?"
King Demon: "Something like that. Hopefully, I won't get accidentally sent to an alternate dimension this time."
Gelato: '...You beat up Valron.' :<
King Demon: "I did?" *Shrugs* "It's possible, he is vaguely familiar. As are you..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah yes. That old stuff."
Valron: "...It wasn't really 'beat up' so much as just 'kinda traded glancing blows for five minutes as a distraction'. Besides, that was back when I worked with Psycho Illian. So, honestly, I was technically on the bad guy's side at that point."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We were all kinda crazy then, but yes, it goes without saying we shouldn't begin beating up eachother in the modern era. At least not unless we're in the battle arena. If we choose to ever use the battle arena."
Kumiko: "Mmm. Things are still fuzzy to me, but its a pleasure meeting you all."
Gelato: 'Hi! Want some ham?' *He hands the can over to Kumiko, looking cheerful.*
King Demon: "There's a battle arena?" *He seems to have a mix of 'oh crap' and happiness on his face.*
Kumiko: *She appears a bit surprised by the offer* "Food? For me?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The Erastians do have something in common with Nintendus. A love of battles."
Kumiko: "My body does feel a bit wobbly... very well then. Thanks."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And better battles, with... real arenas."
Valron: "Eh, don't worry about it. Fuzziness with regards to memory on where one comes from isn't exactly all that odd among us. ...Mind you, I'm sure Xavier's told you all about that..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...The radioactive reactor arena can only be visited once a year because everyone gets irradiated by it."
King Demon: "Yeah, long as we aren't having to protect it from people this time around. Or take orders from a psychic cat. That still gives me nightmares sometimes."
Valron: "...Your people never cease to baffle me."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They baffle even me. Just today they took out boomboxes and played weird sounding synth trumpet noises with them to announce my arrival."
Valron: *Stifles a laugh* "What? That almost sounds incredible, actually."
King Demon: "Is it sad I preferred the synth trumpets to Abba?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. That's why I didn't tell them to stop. I would have loved to see Garrick or Julian's face if I introduced myself that way to them. Abba... yeah, that music gets kinda samey after a while."
Valron: "I'm glad I don't really have to listen to it that often..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Anyway, I'm going to retrieve the data and get us ready for the briefing... anyone who misses it I'll repeat it for when I get the chance."
Kumiko: "Alright." *She finally begins eating the ham Gelato offered her.*
King Demon wonders briefly where Gelato got the food, but shrugs and sits down in an unnamed chair for now.
Kumiko: *Once she finishes the ham, she too sits in an unnamed chair.*
Metal Man (GM): Nope. You can always ask Gelato where it came from though. Xavier digs around into his files. He plugs in an old Apple ][e computer and a loud dot matrix printer begins slowly printing out the information.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I have to print it out, so bear with me."
King Demon: "Well, at least THAT'S not from the 70s..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's the only thing that'll work with my Smash Dex, though!'"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier shows off the ancient, horrifically old serial port. And plugs the chunky cable into the smash dex.
King Demon: "Does it play Math Muncher? Or Oregon Trail? Or Carmen Sandiego?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All three of those. You can use those when we're not briefing on the mission."
King Demon: "Or... uh... damn, ran out of games that worked on that thing."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "There's some more of them..." *He stacks up a stack of floppy disks.*
Kumiko: "Oregon Trail... dying of dysentery. All I remember."
King Demon: "Try actually doing it sometime." *He shakes his head and mouths 'not fun'*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I never got why I couldn't use 99 horses to cross the Oregon Trail in one day."
Gelato: 'Nonna!' :D
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh, hello there Nonna. We were just about to brief about the latest threat in the universe that we're about to begin focusing our efforts against."
Kumiko: "Carmen Sandiego sounds interesting, somewhat... does that involve catching crooks...?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. Carmen Sandiego is probably the scariest villain I've heard of. She's sneakier than ten time cops. ...Luckily she doesn't exist. So then... the briefing." *Picks up the dot-matrix printer sheets and stacks them, and looks into them* "Oh boy, this looks like a doozy."
Valron: *Nods to Nonna as she comes in.* "Ah, don't worry about it. Paperwork can be a real bother like that, from what I've gathered."
Nonna: "Hey there, Gelato! How's your new body holding up?" *She goes in for a hug immediately.*
Gelato: *He giggles, hugging Nonna.*
King Demon: "Yeah... though be careful, some ports are FUBAR." (the NES version of Time actually came with a guidebook that you needed to answer questions at the end of the cases... but the answers were ON THE WRONG DAMN PAGES!) *M* "Well, she doesn't exist in THIS plane anyway."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "This here is Demon, Nonna. Demon, this is Nonna."
King Demon: "Yo."
Nonna: "Pleased to meet you, Demon! It'll be a pleasure to work alongside you. And good to see you again, Valron."
King Demon: *Nods* "Some people like it. Hopefully we'll get along well.:"
Valron: "Good to see you again as well, Nonna."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Additionally, Nonna, this is Kumiko. She doesn't seem to know where she came from, but... her technology seems strangely familiar to me."
Kumiko: *She notices the new face* "Pleasure meeting you, Nonna."
Gelato: *...He's still clinging to Nonna.*
Nonna: "Hello, Kumiko! And don't worry about it. We'll do our best to ensure you're up to speed on the goings-on here." *Patting and petting Gelato.*
King Demon yawns a bit, getting comfortable in the chair.
Nonna: "And Xavier... good to see you again too. Keeping out of trouble?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "More or less. It's difficult being king. Because the old kings were bloodthirsty. Except one named Vanderbilt. He built a lot of paintings. I've had to remind them I'm more like him and less like BloodThirst the Unquenchable."
KitRedgrave rushes in after a bit, knowing she's very late. "Sorry! Lost track of the time, been caught up with a million things. Hope I'm not too late..."
Valron: "It seems most of the others also weren't really keen on decent-sounding names, either."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That said, BloodThirst left behind a really cool energy drink recipe. ...It's the only thing, ironically, that didn't involve death, because he wanted all the blood for--oh, hi there!"
Valron: "...Ah! Kit. Glad to see you here as well. Don't worry, you're actually not all that late, believe it or not."
Nonna: *Takes her seat* "Ironically, that dynasty saw its last heir drown in his pool of recreational blood. Hey there, Kit! Glad to see you again."
KitRedgrave quickly takes her surprisingly plush seat. "Glad to see you too!"
King Demon nods to the newcomer.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hello again, Kit. Here is Kit, Demon. And Kumiko, this is Kit. Kit helped us not die when a crazy version of me tried to destroy reality."
Kumiko: "Interesting. Pleasure meeting you as well, Kit."
Gelato: 'Yay, Kit!' *He springs out of Nonna's arms to go hug the fox too!*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh, and Kit comes from Alsa. ... ...Luckily, you weren't on Julian's side, so Kit isn't going to light you on fire, Demon. Indeed, your dislike of Garrick is a plus, given Garrick tried to destroy Alsa. It's... almost like Garrick disliked everything, now that I think about it." *Starts tacking up posters to the wall for the briefing proper.*
King Demon: "Alsa, huh? Didn't the people there try to kill me once simply for existing?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, depends on which of the people did it. It's a long story but Kit's people had to hide for similar reasons."
KitRedgrave: "Good to meet you, Kumiko, and good to see the rest of you... And... yeah. It's a huge mess. Settle in..."
Nonna: "Knowing the Alsan regimes of the past, it's sadly commonplace to hear of attempted murders for imagined crimes."
Valron: "To say the least. I'd almost say it was kinda miraculous that we managed to turn it all around, but we did deactivate Stupid and Evil, so that helped a lot."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier's posters show an image of a man in a blue robe, a very old robe at that, with a really ashen face, and surreal, glowing eyes. Above it is written ????????
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So... there's this guy... he's approximately ten million years old, hails from a dimension that was destroyed..."
Nonna: *Her eyes narrow coldly immediately as her gaze falls upon the poster of Autumnus.*
Valron: "And he has the density of a small moon."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...And he would rather nobody know anything about time travel or any technology more advanced than a VCR tape. I mean, that is part of the reason I have this eldritch Apple ][e here. Erastia was subject to one of his purges of technology. So there's a shortage of decent computers."
KitRedgrave: "You could still probably do some damage with that thing though."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Indeed. There's been reports that Autumnus encountered the Automated Erastian Defense Systems that we accidentally activated and sent on a wild goose chase. Thanks to the help of Two Lives Tom, an artifact was delivered to him that caused said killer atomic robots to attack him and the Time Cops. However, the fighting stopped recently and we now have reports of Time Cop ships beginning to enter areas we freed from Time Cop Control, starting with Onta'vis, which was a Time Cop stronghold until recently. Several ships have been massing to potentially destroy the entire planet if they don't surrender to Time Cop control. Unlike the ships we saw before, they're real space ships and not just buffer material. And they're led by a commander, Commander Vetrek Ontis. Worse yet, he's actually a native Onta'visian. We have to break off the invasion before it begins, because Onta'vis controls a main part of the route used to get to here. Though more than that--we want to take the fight to Autumnus."
Gelato: 'Why do they keep trying?' *Sigh.*
Nonna: "My forces have encountered these types, too. Autumnus and his forces are still hiding behind the non-aggression treaty, but have been... sponsoring other groups to wear away at our territory and defenses."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Because if we don't, they may attack us literally forever."
Valron: "Hrm. Trying to capitalize on the recent defeat of Omnus, I see. Vultures."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We've heard reports that Vetrek is an opportunist."
Valron: "That'd explain things..."
King Demon: "Omnus... why do I know that name?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It may be possible to sway him away from helping the Time Cops. Oh. Omnus was around a while ago, he was a creation of Mad Molly's... a powerful mechanical Time Cop who was constantly in our way in the past, until we sent him into the sun and burnt him to a crisp. He tried to kill us using world destoryingly powerful spells. An entire rack of them, in fact. Kit managed to... capture him, actually..."
Valron: "He... didn't especially fare well."
King Demon: "Oh, yeah, that guy."
Valron: "I mean, he annihilated Gelato with an antimatter beam, but he got better."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...If we get entirely stuck, Kit Redgrave can probably summon him, but I'd suggest against relying on him, since he doesn't like us very much, if at all. It's more that he also hated Autumnus. He was meant to free Mad Molly from Autumnus' control... and failed."
Gelato: 'I don't like him at all.' :c
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Because he was creepily altering reality to make the Time Cops his robo-slaves."
Nonna: "It seems clear that Autumnus plans to use these groups to justify an invasion later. He's waiting for some sort of 'incident' to occur which he can point to in order to void our agreement."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. He's been rather brazen about it, too; the ships are mostly Time Cop material, only with the flimsiest designation to suggest they aren't. Just like he did with Celians 'protecting' Erastia. So presumably, the plan is to go there, and either sneak or smash our way to Vetrek, and then either convince him or kill him, or imprison him, or just steal his stuff and shut down his ships."
Valron: "Are they also the same as the Celians in regards of them being cannon fodder, or do they actually have teeth?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Basically, whatever seems prudent. These ones have more teeth, because Vetrek is also attempting to use it to take over Onta'vis for himself. Onta'vis DOES NOT want him to rule it. He is a rejected relative of a former dictatorship that ruled it decades ago."
Valron: "Aahh. So they don't want any more cases of 'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss', I see. That's understandable."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They became a mercantile Republic afterwards and ever since have corporations running the show. They don't like us either, but they prefer our policy of letting them exist as a corrupt corporate mess rather than letting a dictator take it over."
King Demon: "Break in and steal stuff? Sounds like my kind of plan."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's all complicated but luckily Ivan Robotnik and others better than me at politics are dealing with paperwork."
Kumiko: "Interesting..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah, the only part that might be new to you Demon, is that a lot of us like to try and stealth it... .but don't worry, this isn't Garrick level stealth."
Nonna: "And yet, Autumnus usually isn't one to commit entirely to such an easily-read plan. It's possible he's also using this to buy time, to distract us from something else."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Like, it's more like... sneak in and knock people out a lot. That's the issue we face, yes... we have more information Borne came in with."
King Demon: "Oh... so... don't burn them? I guess that works too."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We do a conditional burning policy. Burn the ones who threaten, attack, or otherwise refuse to back down."
Valron: "Pretty much."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Of which there are plenty, but we have to check first. Until we get an obvious indicator of hostility, though, we try to be nonlethal. You'll get used to it after you see the first case where we can actually talk instead of shoot, and then see subsequent cases where crazy nutjobs threaten to destroy us and then we explode them."
Valron: "Which is perfectly fine by me, honestly. Makes my life less of a hassle."
King Demon: "All right. Just point me in the direction of those that need roasting."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Most of the people we interact with are soldiers so you have to actually intend to kill them, so don't worry about it being Alsa again. Will do. I happen to specialize in that. Well, Nonna's better at it than me. Anyway, on Nonna's thread, we have what Borne discovered..." *Reads through paperwork* "Apparently, Autumnus had been manipulating Alsa before even Illian showed up, and was trying to subvert some properties of reality with it. Thus, part of the reason it was so chaotic, but also a clue that he has some more aces up his sleeve, because the fact he can alter the fabric of reality directly is... new to me... Apparently, the data Borne stole suggested he wanted to intentionally cause a 'problem' to cause the 'problem people' to 'be on board' with 'THE PLAN'."
King Demon: "Borne's still around?" *He seems rather annoyed by that revelation.*
Kumiko: "The... Plan?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I don't know what The Plan is. The Pronoun Game can be pretty annoying."
Valron: "Yeah, but he's on our side now. It's a long story and it's kiiiinda my fault."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Borne says the weird indirect pronouns are a result of Autumnus trying to hide it. He notes he was so protective of this information, he didn't want Borne to even say it out loud."
Nonna: "A false flag plan, perhaps. He expects us to engage in combat, and perhaps use footage of it or some other trickery to convince the other upper echelons of the Time Cops to agree to his wanting to go to war with us."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Borne even says that low level memory rewriting information may have occurred, as he's had trouble remembering what even happened after barely escaping Autumnus."
Valron: "...Well, then. That says a lot as it is."
Nonna: "Or if not them, some other group we're currently not aware of."
King Demon: "Since when is Borne on anyone's side other than his own?" *Sighs* "I've missed a LOT since I've been gone apparently."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Borne also notes Autumnus even went so far as to try to go back in time to stop Borne from getting the information, but was stopped by 'HIM.' Well, Borne himself can explain, when we're done with this anyway. Borne's helped build up our military... he chose to work with us after Garrick and Illian tried to destroy Alsa."
Nonna: "Regardless, we'll still need to deal with these Pretender rebels. To be safe, perhaps it would be best if a small team were to infiltrate and take care of the problem quickly without a show of firepower."
Valron: "Yeah. One of the more unexpected things to come from that whole ride, but definitely one of the more pleasant surprises, at least."
Gelato: 'Borne's a good guy now.' *Nod nod.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Borne has noted that if we can be more secretive, it might be possible to do missions to try to break into more Time Cop outposts, but that it's incredibly dangerous. I know, because I told him not to do it. But he's been... well... he seems to feel a very personal hatred for the Time Cops since they hold his mother captive and repeatedly tried to destroy his planet and his people. Even though his mother is a maniac who would probably have to be imprisoned anyways. It's the principle of the thing."
King Demon: "Well, I guess I can work with him... not like I haven't in the past."
Nonna: *Looks to Demon and Kumiko* "I'm deeply sorry that our first meeting has to be about politics and war."
King Demon: *Shrugs* "You should meet my dad... actually, no, you shouldn't."
Nonna: "Was that someone I would have seen in Hell when I visited?"
King Demon: "Depending on the Hell you went to."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They kicked me out of Hell. I kept stealing the drink coasters and eating them."
King Demon: "They kicked me out too, but for other reasons." *Shrugs.*
Nonna: "I ran into Sloan there, and ignored him."
King Demon: "Sloan's there now? Huh... who got THAT bastard?"
Valron: "We did."
Nonna raises hand.
King Demon: "Go team!"
Valron: "The bounty on his head still hasn't cashed in yet, last I checked. Guess The Void wasn't joking about those things taking an age to process..."
Nonna: "All we had to do was convince him a super special awesome superweapon artifact was going to be traded at an auction."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Coincidentally we'll have a chance to visit Onta'vis, so we can probably get that bounty now. Or at least they'd better give it to us." *Shakes fist* "I need a new coat of paint for my Lamborghini!"
Nonna: "He showed up, found out the Questers were going to 'sell' it, and I moved in to warp him to a place where his powers were diminished, and we ganged up on him and killed him."
Valron: "And I need to get to work on getting more resources. I've got serious work to do, a mech back on Alsa to fish out of the ocean, and... really. Just a lot to do in general."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hence, Demon, there are plenty of places to use your talents. We just plan ahead before we roast stuff. I don't doubt we will be trying to destroy Autumnus similarly, if he has no belief other than trying to erase us. ...Preeettty unlikely he'll ever change his mind on that."
Valron: "I wouldn't be surprised if he's still sour about the time I half-skeletonized him."
Nonna holds up the (deactivated) weird P90 that Sloan carried on him.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So. That's the main thing... any questions? Especially from the newcomers."
Metal Man (GM): The P90 is covered in hideous, blinding colors, paisley strikes and polkadots, and reflective Lisa Frank stickers. The word Sloan is carved into it in Comic Sans.
King Demon: "Yeah... where's the kitchen? I haven't eaten in about a week!"
Metal Man (GM): And inlaid with gold.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I have an Olympic sized kitchen. It's usually meant to entertain visiting delegations. I reserved it for us when there aren't delegations."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier points to a door that leads down a hallway to a really huge kitchen.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I made sure to put a spot in it reserved for Gibby so he might come back some day."
King Demon: "Sweet, thanks. Gibby's still around?" *Sighs* "Suddenly I'm in the mood for some smores..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Gibby shows up now and again, but he is kinda old, so he's retired."
King Demon: "Ah... kinda like Ian."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Anyway. Any further questions? We'll be preparing to move out in about a week, so this is the best time to train, to ask questions, and to stare at strange statues. Good. Our plan is to fly out to Onta'vis, observe the situation, maybe split up if we choose, then do whatever it is is necessary to end the threat."
Nonna: "On that front, I've got some good news."
Valron: "And what would that be, exactly?"
Nonna: "I've been put in charge of a peacekeeping group recently. I will be merging them with us for the time being to operate in intelligence-gathering areas as well as to provide supplies and other support. We will not need to worry as much as we might have before about leaving places such as Erastia unguarded. Command them as you see fit."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. This will also help for cases where we just aren't the right fit for something. We have several sub-forces to use for those cases. There's Nonna's people, as well as Borne's people, as well as Ivan's people, and the Erastians, who I'll introduce properly to you eventually. And some Disaffected Solarians are on our side as well. However, they don't really take orders so much as realize something is in the way and blow it up. So they won't be doing much because they seem to have minds of their own and little interest in command structure... luckily they rarely do anything, so they shouldn't cause any incidents. Unfortunately this also means they're really slow to react to things."
King Demon: "Ivan's people?" *Sighs* "What kind of fucked up world did I get summoned to?!?"
Nonna: "You get used to it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah, right, he only remembers CRAZY Ivan."
Nonna: "Is there anything you're concerned about or want to know, Kumiko?"
King Demon: "I wasn't aware there WAS a nice Ivan..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, we can bring them out to help explain."
Metal Man (GM): Ivan shows up, wearing his blue suit and idly looking at his pocketwatch. He adjusts his spectacles and glances at Demon.
Valron: "Yeah, a lot of things changed, to say the least."
Ivan: "Oh. You must definitely be confused."
Valron: "Generally for the better."
Ivan: "There's been multiple reality modifications between the time my ghost attacked people and now. Xavier went back in time thanks to your help, Demon, and helped avert the things that drove me insane. As a result, I never fell to The Void. Instead, I am here... mostly to help provide commerce and build... Kit has helped me a lot in setting up business on Alsa. It's going pretty well... ...that's right, I owe Kit a check."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a checkbook and writes a number and hands it to Kit.
Ivan: "...You know, normally I'm far away, but this sort of thing I had to do in person. Now if you have any questions, Demon, you can ask me. But maybe it'll never make sense to you. I try not to think too hard about these things either. The world's been revamped so many times... you just have to go with it after a while. Also I'm Ivan without the Robotnik at the end. That was... some Nintendian thing. I am... more refined than that now."
King Demon: "Oh... wait, I actually did something people remember me for?!?"
Ivan: "You helped Xavier when he was suffering from acute depression. Had nobody helped him then, he would have just wandered outer space killing people until he was eventually killed. I keep track of these things, since after all, it was him then doing the same for me that prevented me from going insane. Actions have consequences, some of them positive."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I presume you also wanted to see Borne."
Ivan: "Who wants to see him? Always so dour. Oh, sorry, that was rude of me."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, it's either that, or we rip the band-aid off and have Demon see Illian."
Ivan: "Oh... goodness."
King Demon: "Personally, I think I'd rather shoot both of them, but if things have changed..."
Valron: "Yeah, Illian's another long story."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The ones you wanted to shoot were already shot. Like... Borne was killed and then revived."
KitRedgrave: "Good doin' business with ya, Ivan. Thanks." *She looks at the check and quietly notes the amount...*
Valron: "He's a lot better than the Illian you may recall. I mean, he's not the nicest person around, but he's a lot more reasonable than Conquistador McGenocide ever was."
Metal Man (GM): Illian appears suddenly behind the chair Demon is in, looming down.
Illian MacGregor: "No one expects the me inquisition."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Gah!"
King Demon: *He spins around drawing his sword.*
Nonna: (nonchalantly) "Hi Illian."
Valron: "Oh, hey there." *He gives Illian a lazy wave.*
Illian MacGregor: "Yes. This is what you expected, Demon. And then, I would tell you you were doomed. And then I would point an evil napalm gun at you. ..." *Shrugs* "That old me died, and I'm actually a creation of her." *Points to KitRedgrave.*
King Demon: "Napalm? Are you trying to give me a bath?"
Illian MacGregor: "Oho, you weren't there. Good, then you don't hate me as much as other me could have made you hate me."
Valron: "...Like I said. It's a long story."
King Demon: "Yeah, well... I still remember you being an evil bastard who deserved being impaled with every sharp object that can be found."
Illian MacGregor: "So, you can always note what you hate about me, to me. I don't like what that me did either. You see, I am... the saved backup copy of me that actually wanted to save the world."
King Demon: "..." *Glances to Metal* "So... your twin is actually ok?"
KitRedgrave: "...Yeah, some stuff's gone down."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "This is the one Kit used The Book to create, because we discovered BEFORE he went mad, he wasn't a dick. He was just... ...him."
Valron: "Yeah, pretty much."
Nonna: "He's Illiany."
Illian MacGregor: "I helped kill the other me. He screamed a lot."
KitRedgrave: "Incidentally only by trying to go back in time to stop him from doing something else... which could've ended up very very bad."
Gelato: 'I helped too.' *Smug goo.*
Illian MacGregor: "Then he used the Chaos Emeralds to become powerful."
Valron: "Yeah, quite a few of us did. ...Help him kill the other Illian, I should say."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. He proved his worth by killing his other self. ...And not in a 'there can only be one' way. He actually hated the evil things that were going on."
King Demon: "... Ok, then, I guess." *Puts the sword away* "Just... don't try sneaking up on me again. I might accidentally forget that."
Illian MacGregor: "...Yes. I just wanted to see you do that one last time, for old time's sake."
Valron: "Right, then."
Nonna: "A week, then. That's how much time we'll need to prepare for what could be a major turning point in the world order."
Metal Man (GM): Borne walks in and salutes.
Commander Borne: "I guess everyone is here now? Yes? Yes. Oh, it's Demon. You can't have that weapon here, weapons aren't allowed in settlements on--" *He begins laughing at his own joke.*
Valron: "...Couldn't keep the act going, could ya?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The sad truth is Erastia is one of the most heaviest armed planets anywhere. Even statues have weapons here. ...If we're ever under attack and you need a weapon, grab it from a statue."
Valron: "Hell, there was even a statue that was a ludicrously powerful weapon."
King Demon: "Well, considering I was recently on a planet where statues ARE weapons..."
Nonna: "Remember the scoped daggers?"
Valron: "I still don't get the point of those."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Gotta have the most accurate stab possible. And/or, look ridiculous while slicing up bad dudes."
Commander Borne: "So, as you can guess, Demon, I do not wish to blow you to bits anymore. Because now people really can't have weapons in that city you tried to enter so long ago."
Valron: "Is there a button on them that causes the blade to launch out? Honestly..." *Shakes his head.*
King Demon: "Oh, good. I have plenty of others who wish to do that. It's nice finding some who don't for once."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Maybe. It's hard to tell, sometimes they explode."
Commander Borne: "The idea we have now is that we need who we can get. So instead, Demon, we will be giving you things to blow to bits. In between missions where you will have to be more subtle. You won't have... crazy people leading you anymore. So no more wondering whether you opened fire on innocent policemen defending their countrymen."
King Demon: "Oh, good, destruction."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's what all this fancy intel operation stuff we do is about."
Valron: "At least, not the more toxic kind of crazy, anyways."
Commander Borne: "Yes, I like to call it 'good destruction.' Instead of the old fashioned 'indiscriminate destruction.'" *He leers at Xavier.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hey, I destroyed all of Nintendus because an evil book tried to kill us all, it wasn't on purpose."
Nonna: "Good to see you, Borne."
Commander Borne: *Also glances at Illian.*
Illian MacGregor: "...I have no excuse for destroying my homeworld, unfortunately."
Nonna: "Grandpa told me to wish you well."
Commander Borne: "Oh. That's... very kind of him. And somewhat unexpected, given our history."
King Demon: "Yeah, and thanks to you, I got stuffed in a treasure chest! Duct Tape?"
Valron: "Yeah, duct tape. That stuff is always useful."
King Demon: "Well, it DOES fix everything..."
Valron: "Gelato's a pretty big advocate for it and I can honestly see why. He's not joking."
Nonna: "Isn't that what was used to hold most of the Wing Fortress' engine together?"
King Demon: "You... blew up a spaceship... with duct tape?"
Valron: "One of the things he fixed was a lot and confused Nova. ...That identified everything as 'NOT GARRICK'. So, uh. A lot of things exploded."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes, the engine is at least 35% duct tape. Don't kick it too hard, it's exposed in the bridge and probably bites people who hit it."
Nonna: "...I missed you guys."
Valron: "Honestly, it's amazing how quickly you go through fixes to that thing."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah, it's nice to be back. Anyway, now that we've all met, I'm gonna get to preparing, and you're free to use the facilities here. We have a giant grenade tennis court, a river of lava underneath a basketball court, five complete libraries filled with every heavy metal song from Earth made between 1970 and 1990, and the gigantic kitchen that can feed an Olympic delegation. And the Battle Arena, and this room, with the Apple 2 computer, and... there's various ships around if you need to take a ride somewhere in the interim. Also there are rooms... NORMAL rooms... you can use to live and/or sleep in."
Nonna: "I'll begin assembling the peacekeepers."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I made it very clear they were to remove the rooms that had unusual gravity where you walk on the ceiling and the room made entirely out of woodgrain."
Gelato: *He bounces over to Nonna's lap, settling in and looking happy.*
Metal Man (GM): At this point I'll say the main session is complete, but also I'll give +5 EXP to King Demon and Kumiko for participating to help catch them up more to the old guard. In fact I'll mention it this way so I don't forget: +5 EXP to Demon and Kumiko.
King Demon: "Oh, good. Dinner time!" *He gets up and heads for the kitchen.*
Nonna: "Sure thing! I'm sure everyone would love to meet you, Gelato."
Gelato: 'Eeeeeeee~' *He does a happy dance in her lap.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'm going to... hmmm... probably continue setting up for the mission." *Continues working on the paperwork.*
Ivan: "And I will continue monitoring my trading empire. Until next time." *Closes pocketwatch and walks off.*
Illian MacGregor: "I don't actually have too much to do... I think I will practice in the research lab, some more of my Solarian spells."
Metal Man (GM): Illian walks off to do that.
Commander Borne: "I need to think as to where to go next... ...I mean, not actually go to next but suggest to go to next." *Puts hand to his chin as he walks off.*
Nonna pets Gelato.
King Demon: *On the way to the kitchen* "Please tell me there's not some evil Kirby knockoff as head chef..."
Valron: "...Ah, yes. Spells. Reminds me that I have a bit of research to do, myself. Figure that I may as well get back into spellcasting proper. My book has been of help, but I think it's time I've gotten a bit more hands-on in that regard." *And with that, he's off.*
Metal Man (GM): There's no chef currently, but, somebody has certainly set out a large amount of fresh fruit and vegetables, all nice and healthy ..And then there's a second table covered in fruit gushers, doritos, mountain dew, sour patch kids candy, and chocolate. It appears there's also some meat in the fridges, of decent quality.
King Demon: "Well, it's not a foot long chicken, turkey, and bacon sub, but..." *He starts getting some food.*
Gelato: *He settles down on her lap, looking at Valron.*
King Demon: *Then he sees the meat and smirks, setting about to make himself said sandwich Actually uses his fire abilities to cook the meats.*
Metal Man (GM): There's skewers about to help you do that with. In fact, the Erastians really like fire. Their burners resemble flamethrowers. There is also a statue at the end of the room that is called a 'fire fountain'
King Demon: "... Ok, I like this place!" *Yep, he sets about making himself a NICE BIG Sammich.*
Gelato: 'No it won't, cause we're not gonna let it do that. Right, Nonna?' >:3
King Demon: "Hmmm..." *Adds veggies, and condiments... and doritos!?!? to the sammich.*
Nonna begins to issue some mobilization orders to her peacekeepers.
Kumiko: *She mostly is in deep thought, but the Sour Patch candy has caught her attention. She has some of it.*
Nonna: "Are you okay, Kumiko? If there's anything you'd like to know, please feel free to ask."
King Demon: *Ah hell, he even added some candy to the sandwich!*
Kumiko: "I'm fine. I just have a lot of adjusting to do. But you all have been quite welcoming so far. My inability to recall my basic of spells largely has me frustrated, is all. I'm sure it will come back eventually. But I'm not certain how long I was out, or why."
Nonna: "They'll come back in time. And we've got a week to help you develop new ones if needed."
Kumiko: "I'm glad to hear that..."
Nonna: "I'm a magic user, too. I can always teach you some things if you want or need it."
King Demon: *And more chips for the side, as he wanders back to the briefing room with his giant sandwich and chips on a plate... oh, and a large soda in the other hand.*
Nonna: "Welcome back. I see you've brought back quite the feast."
Kumiko: *She notices Demon with his sandwich.* "What kind of sandwich do you have there? It looks... interesting to say the least."
King Demon: "Just some stuff I threw together. Chicken, turkey, bacon, some veggies, chips, other things." *Shrugs* "Want some?"
Kumiko: "Hm... I suppose I could. The one thing I do know is I'm starving."
Nonna: "Okay. they're getting ready. Should be here in about a day."
King Demon cuts off a piece of the sandwich and hands it over to Kumiko.
Kumiko: "Thanks..." *She begins munching away.*
King Demon: "Welcome." *Smirks and starts eating himself.*

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