Date: 5:59:51 PM, June 25th, 2017.
Metal Man (GM): Recap. The New Questers returned to Rendar. There, Anthon Tark helped settle all the long-lasting grudges between him and various Alsan people including the Mad Men and Demon. The next thing that came to mind for everybody was to begin exploring Rendar itself. With Nonna leading the group, the group walked to the "Old" part of town, where various people were selling traditional wares. Including one guy who pointed out there was some sort of strange cave filled with 'magical rocks' and the New Questers went over to investigate. And... that's it. Nothing too complex. Group's just investigating a mysterious cave near the Old Town of Rendar. Continuation.
Nonna: "It's almost like a vacation!"
Kumiko: "How interesting..."
Metal Man (GM): All Questers are present. No complexity with people around at various places. The only person not present is Xavier or any of the various NPCs, at this moment.
Valron: "Pff. Really says something about the kind of rubbish we're used to, huh."
Metal Man (GM): The cave itself is rather basic. It would appear to be this really wide room, but really shallow otherwise.
Nonna: "Just with a chance of lots of fighting."
Metal Man (GM): There's some ancient characters on the wall as well. As well as images of ancient beings in armor.
Nonna: "They did mention that some of the people from Thanatos' planet were interested in this place, right?"
Metal Man (GM): The wall itself is made out of these tan tiles, and the drawings are painted on them.
Nonna examines the drawings and writing to see if she can recognize anything.
Metal Man (GM): It seems simple--ancient Vring writing saying "This is the Cave of Warriors"... the rest is just labels for different armor types and warrior types. There is however a cryptic one that suggests "When Water Meets Sky, the Way Opens."
Nonna looks up.
Metal Man (GM): The ceiling has tiles on it too. They have regular square-shaped tiles up there. You can hear the ocean, outside.
Nonna: "I wonder if we can get it to rain..."
Metal Man (GM): There's also 3 ubiquitous "adventurer torches' on the wall, already lit." The ceiling tiles definitely look a bit uneven, that much can be seen.
Nonna: "Well, this probably won't work, but let's give it a try!" *He casts Laguz followed by an Ice ele to create a frozen pillar bridging the floor and the ceiling.* "I just might, since this is probably not the right answer."
Metal Man (GM): One part of the ceiling goes inwards, making a switch-like noise. Two other indentations appear in the ceiling.
Valron: "...Hrm. Well, then."
Metal Man (GM): The two indentations resemble the all-pressed-in one that's been pushed in already by the ice pillar.
Nonna sees if she can modify the pillar a bit to branch off into the other two indentations.
Metal Man (GM): It starts to get a bit top-heavy to do that, at least trying to support all of it with that spell's level of control over it. Perhaps some others could help. Especially given the ceiling is only 10 feet off the ground.
Gelato: *If that doesn't work, he can crawl up to press one!*
Metal Man (GM): Gelato pushes one in, leaving just a third one to push in. It would probably be simple for Kumiko and/or Valron to deal with.
Valron: "Let's see..." *He digs through his stuff for a few moments, before pulling out the memory cube spellbook, flipping it open as he goes to cast Laguz to get the last switch... and freeze it with an ice Ele of his own. Of course, he makes sure not to accidentally freeze Gelato or something equally awkward.*
Gelato: .m. *He's upside-down on the ceiling.*
Kumiko: *Mostly stays on standby in case she does have to act. She isn't really too sure of her best option here.*
Metal Man (GM): The edges of Gelato freeze, making it look like he has icy fur. The final switch is pressed and a sound of a bunch of ancient machinery occurs, causing a section of wall to open up and reveal a dark corridor that goes further inside.
Nonna: "I wonder if anyone else has even been down here before. Besides those who created it."
Valron: *And with that, he takes one of the torches* "The real question would be if they've made any actual progress."
Metal Man (GM): The floor in here seems scuffed by multiple bootprints, but the floor in the corridor that's dark seems perfectly smooth atop the tiles.
Kumiko: "So this is where things get interesting."
Metal Man (GM): The tiles look a bit uneven in the corridor ahead, as well, as far as the torchlight suggests.
Nonna casts Kenaz on herself to see in the dark.
Valron: "If anyone wants to take the other two torches, then go ahead. Wouldn't be surprised if we need them for a puzzle or two or something. This seems like that kinda place."
Gelato: *He gets a torch in his mouth, looking at the tiles.*
Metal Man (GM): There's some mild indentations in some of the tiles ahead, spaced as evenly as the ones on the ceiling. But it would appear you can just walk further into the place, there's no door blocking the way ahead. This would be a good place for KitRedgrave and Demon to join in, if they wish.
Nonna: "Or EGGMAN..."
Valron takes a few moments to look around, before picking up a loose stone and throwing it at one of the indented tiles. May as well see if that does anything.
King Demon: *Wanders into the room, rubbing his eyes* "Ugh... why didn't someone wake me up and tell me we were having a meeting. Did I miss anything?"
KitRedgrave would just walk in. "Hey everyone, sorry I've been absent. Had stuff to do. ...what's going on here?"
Nonna: "You were sleeping so peacefully, it wouldn't have felt right."
Metal Man (GM): Demon can see the mural of various warriors in armor, as well as some torches on the wall... and a darkened hallway with indentations in the floor.
King Demon: "Hmmmm..." *Looks around* "What's with the indentations?"
Metal Man (GM): Kit would see the writing on the wall. It's a cave with ancient images of warriors on the wall. And there's three switches on the ceiling that were pushed in... and now there's a dark corridor that everyone is looking at but hasn't yet entered, that goes further in
Kumiko: "I am unable to make out anything from these. Perhaps they tell a story, but of what... I don't know..."
Nonna sets foot inside.
King Demon checks the indentations to see if they're supposed to be there or if something created them.
Nonna: "Let's hope we don't run into any troublesome company."
Metal Man (GM): You near the indentation in the floor. You hear some noise in the floor.
KitRedgrave: "...oh cool, another one of these."
Metal Man (GM): Kit would briefly see there is some degree of... magical energy, very faint, in this entire cave. Do you keep walking forward, Nonna?
Nonna pauses when she hears the sound, not wanting to set off any traps.
KitRedgrave: "So... we've got something here. Unsure what."
King Demon looks around to see if there's another way to go.
Metal Man (GM): Nope. Just that pathway.
Nonna examines the floor and the walls around them.
Metal Man (GM): The indentation appears to only be in the middle of the path, but not right up next to the walls. The walls are perfectly smooth, but there's some scrapes on the walls near the part where the floor indentation is. Kit would see off in the distance of the hallway a weak magical source. The scrapes are about 3-4 feet off the floor.
Nonna: "This doesn't bode well."
King Demon: "I wonder..." *He'd get down below the scrapes and press on an indentation.*
Nonna: "Who else thinks that this room makes pancakes out of people who aren't paying attention?"
Valron: "Maybe. Could also be something else, but... Hrm."
Metal Man (GM): The floor tiles down by the indent seem weirdly scraped up, the ones on the floor anyways.
Kumiko: "...ugh. I can't think of a way to handle this."
KitRedgrave: "Looks like there's a thing off in the end of this cave powering it. Lemme get a look at it..." *She would just hover over all the floor indentations and presumably pressure plates to get over to it.*
Metal Man (GM): It's rather dark over there, without a torch. Can't see much without one, but there do appear to be three circular energy things at the end of the hallway ..Also Kit would see the path turns 90 degrees to the right at the end of the pathway, dimly, in the darkness
Valron: "Seems like one of those cases where you'd just need to avoid putting pressure on the indents and... That works." *He says, watching as Kit goes to hover by. He'll wait to see how she fares, before going to Kinesis himself across because he just remembered that that's a thing he can do with it.*
Metal Man (GM): There are torches back at the entrance of the cave if you wish to get one, Kit.
KitRedgrave would go grab one of the torches and then go follow the leyline. :P
Metal Man (GM): Kit goes to turn around and sees Valron flying towards the end of the hallway. Valron would float on over the path and notice the right-hand turn as well. Demon touches the panel. The three marks at the end of the hallway light up and fire three fireballs at Valron!
Valron fireballs, meet water Eles.
Metal Man (GM): Valron: These things you have to either dodge or block, you don't have any parry. Which one do you use? Kit would notice the indentation leyline lighting up when Demon presses it. Yes. Demon was in no danger of pushing the button, however he didn't really pay attention to who else was in the hallway.
KitRedgrave: "...Okay. Don't. Push. The button."
Metal Man (GM): In any case, it only fires three fireballs, since it doesn't really expect to interact with superhumans... Question is whether Valron uses dodge or block.
Valron: *Right, then. Can't really actually counter, so... let's just try and duck under them. Classical dodging maneuvers and whatnot.*
Metal Man (GM): One fireball flies past Valron, and then arcs down towards Demon. Turns out they are effected by air resistance. Dodge or Block, Demon?
The other two hit Valron for... 5 and 5 damage each.
They're like painful nerf balls.
King Demon attempts to roll out of the way, away from the switch to not activate it again.
Metal Man (GM): It smacks into Demon for 5 damage.
The switch resets.
Of note, now that you have seen the switch fully activated...
You can see it's possible to step over it entirely.
King Demon: "Well, that was... unexpected." *Looks at the scrapes* "Wonder what caused THEM then."
Metal Man (GM): The scrapes are about at hand height, seemingly. There is some scuffs on the floor around the edges of the switch as well. The hallway has three switches in it, evenly spaced apart, seemingly. KitRedgrave: Continuing down the hallway now? Valron is at the end of the hallway, able to see the dimly fading out three-fireball launcher there up close and personal.
Kumiko: "...what a mess."
KitRedgrave would continue down that hallway, looking out for any other annoyances.
Valron: "Vaguely annoying, but not something I'd want to deal with every other second." *He shakes his head, glancing at the fireball launcher as it fades out.*
King Demon sighs and grabs a torch, then heads down the hallway, avoiding the indentations.
Metal Man (GM): It has a weird metal plate around it. Seemingly something you could just remove--if you dare. It's possible to just casually walk down the hallway as long as you avoid the indents.
Gelato: *He's giving Demon the stinkeye as he walks, stepping around the indents.*
Metal Man (GM): The right hand turn would lead into another 'wide room' This wide room has a giant stone door that's shut, and three... threaded holes in the door.
Nonna follows suit, avoiding the indentations.
Metal Man (GM): Laying on the floor is a weird lookin' stone screw, but it's broken in half.
King Demon: "Sorry, Gel, I wasn't expecting it from the END of the hallway, judging by the marks."
Valron: "Huh." *He decides that he does indeed dare, going to try and remove the strange plate.*
Metal Man (GM): The plate casually comes loose. Revealing three tubes with runes inside them, attached to mechanical thingies that appear to activate them.
King Demon presumably he and his torch would reach Valron?
Metal Man (GM): Yes, Demon would reach where Valron is.
King Demon looks around for a place to light more torches or at least get some sort of light in the room.
Metal Man (GM): The wall has three burnt out torches you can light.
King Demon: "Yes, but we didn't know the nature of the danger. Now that we do, it could be useful later."
Valron: *He then goes to try and remove the tubes, making sure not to accidentally trigger the mechanisms themselves.*
Nonna: "Find anything?"
King Demon: *Would go ahead and light those torches.*
Metal Man (GM): The second wide room is now lit up. The tubes are acquired by Valron. The trap there is now disarmed. Valron acquired: Three Fire Tubes. Push the button at the bottom to cause mild amounts of fireball. These seem to be faded from being really ancient.
Valron: *He checks the tubes to see if there's anything interesting about the objects themselves, other than the fact they can produce relatively unimpressive fireballs, before going to meet up with the others.*
Metal Man (GM): Nope. Nope. The group is now at a wide hallway with a door that has three threaded holes. There's a broken screw made of stone on the ground.
Nonna: *Examines the screw* "Maybe I could produce an imitation of this."
King Demon: *Looking at the door* "You may need to." *He'd look around to see if there are any more somewhere.*
Valron: "Wouldn't hurt to try, at least."
Nonna creates what she believes to be a complete screw by molding ice.
Gelato: 'w' *And he Panels the broken screw!*
Metal Man (GM): You now have two screws. In the light, you can see a knight statue holding a third screw in a tight deathgrip.
Valron goes to approach the statue, scanning it with his visor to see if there's any mechanism he can take advantage of to make the knight relinquish its grip on the screw.
King Demon looks at the statue, how tall is it?
Gelato: *Well, first off...*
Metal Man (GM): The statue appears to have some sort of weird magic inside of it.
Kumiko looks at the statue, trying to see if its structurally sound.
Metal Man (GM): It hears Gelato and speaks back in some sort of strange language that no one, not even Nonna, can understand. It continues to stand there. It seems to be solid, structurally speaking. Even though it's a seemingly empty suit of armor.
King Demon: "Uh..." *Pulls out the Dex to try to translate.*
Smash Dex: "Unknown gibberish detected. Please consult an expert to create a translation matrix."
Gelato: *Panel on the knight statue, too!*
King Demon: "Yeah... well, it'd be nice if we knew the language so that we could find the proper expert."
Metal Man (GM): The statue seems to be impervious to using Panel on it. It speaks more strange language.
King Demon: "Oh, what am I saying, Metal speaks gibberish all the time, we should see if he can translate this!" *He'd send the knight's message to him.*
Nonna: "Given the type of place this is, we're likely being asked to fulfill some sort of requirement or pass a test in order for it to consider us worthy."
Valron: "Now if only we had any sort of idea what that would entail."
King Demon: *Would inspect the statue more while waiting for Mets to respond.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "I'm not certain at all what that means, to be honest."
Metal Man (GM): The statue has a faintly glowing visor of its own. It is facing the hallway you just left.
Nonna: "...This had better not be a test in which one of us stays behind as a sacrifice in the trap room."
King Demon checks to see if the visor is removable.
Gelato: *He gently pats the statue's foot.*
Metal Man (GM): You can open the visor, but you can't easily remove it. The foot stays rooted in place.
King Demon opens the visor, cuz why not? *While making sure to NOT be in front of it.*
Metal Man (GM): A weird glowing presence is inside. You get the feeling it's looking at you. It however isn't hostile... at the moment.
King Demon: "Huh... ok, that's new..."
King Demon turns to look in the direction the statue was, wondering if he can see anything.
Nonna follows Demon.
Metal Man (GM): Demon: It appears to be facing that back of the hallway where the tubes were.
Valron: "Yeah, me neither. Bit of a problem when you can't exactly understand the other party all that well."
Metal Man (GM): It's staring for some reason at the end of the hallway, where the fire tubes were--not the pressure plates.
Valron: "Hrm. I wonder..." *He goes back to where he found the tubes, going to reinstall them.*
Nonna: "Maybe we need to put those back in."
King Demon: *He'd watch the statue as Valron reinstalls the tubes.*
Kumiko: *Also watches.*
Metal Man (GM): You reinstall the tubes... but nothing changes. Oddly, though, when Valron takes out the tubes, the statue twitches a bit, but stops moving once they are in the spaces again.
Kumiko: "Perhaps the tubes are only part of our current situation..."
Nonna: "It could be that due to their lack of charge, they can no longer power things."
King Demon: "Hey, Valron, take those out again..." *He's staring at the statue.*
Valron: "...Eh? Sure, sure." *He takes out the tubes once more.* "Want me to present them to the statue or something?"
Metal Man (GM): Taking them out causes the statue to twitch again. It's... looking at the tubes.
Kumiko: *She shakes her head a bit, as if she's now a bit... disoriented.*
King Demon: "I believe so."
Kumiko: "These tubes remind me of something... what exactly, I'm not sure. But we need to chance it."
King Demon steps aside and lets Valron hand the tubes to the knight.
Metal Man (GM): The Knight takes two tubes and relinquishes the screw in return.
Valron: "There we go." *He takes the screw.*
Nonna: "Excellent work. Now, let's insert the screws in all at the same time."
Valron: "Sounds good to me."
Gelato: 'w' *Nod nod!*
Nonna places her Ice Screw into position, ready to twist it in when everyone else is ready.
King Demon grabs the paneled screw and gets ready to twist.
Valron gets his own screw into position, also ready to twist in.
Nonna: "On three. One... two... Three." *Begins to twist it in.*
Valron follows suit, going to twist his in as well.
King Demon does the twist.
Metal Man (GM): The door starts lifting as you tighten the screws. Eventually it lifts high enough all three of you have to stand on your tip-toes to try and turn the screw. Ideally though, you'd want to be able to continue turning it, but it becomes kinda difficult after the half-way point due to that.
Valron: "...Hrm. I wonder if I could just Kinesis all three screws and tighten them that way."
King Demon: "Damn... this isn't as easy as it looks... can anyone see what's beyond the door?"
Gelato: *Well, he's shorter. He tries to slip under it!*
Valron: "Mind if I give that idea a shot, you two?"
Metal Man (GM): It's dark on the other side, but easy to slip under the door if you're short like that.
Nonna: "Couldn't hurt!" *Struggling to keep holding on.*
Valron: *He then goes to do just that, hitting all three screws with Kinesis, attempting to tighten them with it simultaneously.*
Kumiko: "Ugh. What do we need the most?"
Metal Man (GM): They tighten and the door finishes opening up.
King Demon grabs the torch he had earlier and enters the room once it's open.
Valron: "Easy enough." *He then enters the new room, making sure to take his own torch back as well.*
Nonna: *Carefully follows.*
King Demon looks around once he's there for more torches to light.
Metal Man (GM): You find way more torches to light now.
Valron gets to work on lighting them with his own torch.
Metal Man (GM): This case is a bit different, now. It's a wide room, and there's a wide wall... but somebody or some thing has covered up what's on the wall with a layer of wax.
King Demon: *And lights them as he goes.*
Metal Man (GM): The room is now nice and lit. The weird, red wax is vaguely transparent and suggests there's a mural underneath it.
King Demon: "... Huh..." *He'd move the torch to try to melt the wax.*
Metal Man (GM): The wax begins melting. Drip-drip-drip, it's fairly easy to melt it away. The mural underneath it is in nice condition. The wax must have preserved it.
King Demon looks at the mural as it's getting revealed.
Valron: *He starts blasting portions of the wax with the fireball tube, making sure not to accidentally scorch the mural proper.*
King Demon: "Careful, don't hit me, either!"
Metal Man (GM): Fireball tube makes it go by even faster. You see a bunch of strange images on the mural.
Valron: "Oh, right. Sorry 'bout that. Still, though. Can't deny how much more quickly this is making things go by."
Metal Man (GM): They're a bunch of vaguely humanoid beings made out of... what looks like colorful gas. Sentient beings made out of colorful smoke or something. Strange looking runes that can't be translated are all over the piece.
Gelato: *He tilts his head.*
Metal Man (GM): The strange beings come in various colors. Blue, green... red... gray... purple... orange...
Valron: *He decides to record some of these images for later reference.* "Their appearances all sorta remind me of The Void..."
Metal Man (GM): They can be seen holding in their hands various things like stars or planets.
Nonna: "So it comes back to that, even in here. It's as though we've uncovering something big."
Valron: "Maybe he might know something about all this."
Metal Man (GM): Another mural is to the side of the 'first' one, which has just those beings in it.
King Demon: "That's... not comforting at all, really, Valron." *And he'd take pictures of that one.*
Metal Man (GM): The next one shows a group of strange people showing up out of blue portals. They wear devices on their wrists and appear to be confronting the smoke beings.
King Demon: "Hey, look, Time Cops?"
Valron: *He starts taking pictures of those next two murals as well* "That'd match up to the usual depictions of them..."
Metal Man (GM): The third panel is a bit different. As you melt the wax off of it, you see the strange smoke beings... fighting back. Several of the people with devices on their wrists get blown to bits. Some being hit with a literal star smashing into them.
King Demon: "Huh, these things fought back... what are they, celestials?"
Valron: "Some sort of massively powerful race if they hit people with actual stars, at least."
Metal Man (GM): Most of the people with devices are destroyed, but there is one person who is different.
Nonna: "Lots of innocent people need those stars to survive."
Metal Man (GM): It shows a single being with a device stopping a star with one hand.
Kumiko: "This is..."
Valron: *Of course, he's still been taking pictures this whole time* "Well, that's... Hrm."
Nonna: "Hm, you're right."
Valron: "...Huh. So they are... That... actually explains quite a lot, if that's what it's implying."
King Demon: "Chaos Emerald... oh no."
Metal Man (GM): The being with the device who stops the star is seen then draining the energy of the other smoke beings in the next panel. There's one more further off panel... though there's some weird shadows over there that are moving around.
Nonna: "So, we've got some malevolent big shot destined to steal everything."
Valron: "...The hell?" *He stares at the shadows for a moment, before shining his visor's light on it.*
King Demon: "Uh... guys?" *Would wave the torch at the shadows.*
Metal Man (GM): You hear something move and the ground shake, then the shadows stop moving.
Nonna prepares to go into combat if needed, looking at the shadows.
Metal Man (GM): Whatever it was, it apparently was trying to get at one of the last panels of the mural, but you scared it away.
Kumiko takes a defensive stance.
King Demon: *Would try to get the shadows away from the mural.*
Metal Man (GM): There's deep scratches in the rock, as if something with claws that could etch concrete got at it. But even with that, you can still see what is obviously The Void, being enchained by magical chains by the mysterious figure with the device from the earlier panel...
Valron: "Again, still doin' that."
Metal Man (GM): ...And a second panel showing a larger, lighter-colored copy of The Void being created by said being in the final panel as well.
Valron: "Like so." *Aaaand that's another picture taken. He wants to be thorough with cataloguing these mural images* "...Well. Those are some absolutely horrifying implications."
Metal Man (GM): And that is the final mural picture, complete with some ancient Vring runes that say 'Mural sealed with wax to preserve for future generations; importance unknown'
King Demon: "Wait, there's a light version of the Void?!?"
Nonna: "So, The Void might have been artificially created from another being."
Valron: "...No, I think it's implying that something based off The Void was artificially created from him. Either way..."
Metal Man (GM): There's more movement from the shadows and a scratchy voice that sounds a bit familiar to Valron would be heard.
King Demon: "We're going to need to find this Light Void, aren't we?"
???: "I see you found it..."
King Demon sighs in annoyance and turns to the voice.
Metal Man (GM): It's a being wearing a dark hood and robe, obscuring most of its form. It looks like an old man with a cane, hunched over.
Valron: *And with that, he gets to transferring the pictures to Xavier and the crew at the Wing Fortress. Best he gets to work on that... while being talked to by mysterious entities* "Huh... who are you again? My memory never was the best..." *And while he's doing that, he's digging through his memory.* "Ya sound sorta familiar, but given half of, well. Everything I've went through... You probably know how it is."
???: "Well, Dragoshi, you've done it again. You've helped me find an artifact."
Valron: "Ah. Pretty far back, then, if you're using that old name..."
Metal Man (GM): Whatever 'it' is grins.
???: "These caves wouldn't open for anyone who wasn't supposed to be here. Many people got lost or died... but I am *Cough* just an archaeologist."
King Demon: "Right, an archeologist."
Nonna: "Let's cut to the chase."
Kumiko: "That doesn't sound believable to me. Are you hiding something?"
Valron: "...'Just' an archaeologist, huh. The last time someone said they were just that, they violently slaughtered the Questers until Illian had to step in and unleash his own brand of ludicrously over-the-top violence. Though, that wouldn't exactly make much sense..."
Nonna prepares a spell while the person is distracted.
???: "It is nice that you found your way through this place, with its strange objects..." *He starts cackling in a really low voice.* "Oh, don't be so mean to an old man... I don't mean any harm..."
Nonna: "Everyone, let's go toward the exit."
???: "I've come here for a simple reason... That young lady over there..." *He points his cane at Nonna.* "She has something of mine."
Metal Man (GM): You can attempt to go to the exit. The old man is just standing there, all hunched over.
King Demon: "Right, here we go."
Kumiko heads towards the exit, staying in a defensive stance as she does.
Gelato: *He's staying by Nonna's side!*
Kumiko: *Whether or not it works is beyond her.*
Valron: "And you think we'd be so kind as to relinquish it for no good reason, because...?" *And he's just mainly trying to stall for time at this point. He's been steadily positioning himself towards the exit while digging through his memory in order to try and recall why this guy sounds familiar.*
Nonna: "Don't tell me you're after that P90."
???: "Peh-nine-teen? ...An old man like me can't use such fancy tek-now-ledg-eee. The rest of you may leave. I only need the girl's cooperation. It's important... for the other old man on this planet she's encountered recently."
Kumiko: *Turns around and narrows her eyes* "And why should we trust you?"
Gelato: *He starts sneaking around while the others are distracted. He's gonna try to steal that robe and tug it off.*
Nonna: "Well, aside from that and my shield which was given to me by a woman... I don't possess anything. So I'd say you're mistaken, and/or crazy."
???: "Trust me? I am a wise old man... I know that trusting me isn't about a choice. But rather, a necessity." *He takes out a strange box.*
Nonna: "Let's go, everyone."
???: "With this box, I can protect your grandfather from death. But if you attempt to leave, I will have to take your life instead."
Kumiko: "... And thus you gave away a reason to not trust you."
Metal Man (GM): Gelato attempts to tug the robe of the 'old man'
The Old man's robe is not tugged, and thus, his identity is not revealed...
...But he moves supernaturally fast.
Which... ...definitely should raise some eyebrows...
King Demon: *Sighs and looks to Nonna* "This is going to end in a fight, isn't it?"
???: "I... have been doing lots of exercise, that's all."
Kumiko: "I'm starting to remember a few things here and there. One of them is to always stand by those who stand by you."
Valron: "...Oh, yeah. Certainly."
Nonna: *Her eyes turn cold* "I'd think twice about that, if I were you. My grandfather knows he's dying. He's come to terms with it, and so have I. I'd rather not be making any Faustian deals with someone like you."
Gelato: *He narrows his eyes.*
Kumiko: "And another is to never trust someone who can't be truthful about their abilities."
Nonna: "Leave us now, and peddle your wares to someone else."
Gelato: *Alter on that robe!*
Nonna: "You have ten seconds to leave this place, and five minutes to leave this planet."
???: *Has a minor coughing fit* "Faustian deals... and you realize what that means I must be..."
Metal Man (GM): Something weird happens.
The man reflexively swings his cane at the alter spell, stopping it in its tracks.
...The alter spell makes the cane transparent.
It reveals a wicked looking sword.
Valron: "...I had a feeling.."
???: "...Why didn't I curse the cane to be invisible..."
Metal Man (GM): He grumbles and flicks off the handle... but then thoughtfully pauses.
Kumiko: "...just as flawed as someone in the deep recesses of my mind."
???: "Advance your count to fifteen, young lady. Tell your grandfather about me."
Valron: "Really, Kales? Trying the 'old, seemingly-helpless archaeologist' shtick again?"
King Demon: "Kales?" *He pauses* "Have I heard that name before?"
Kumiko: "Target confirmed."
???: "..." *He twitches.* "You just had to ruin it..." *He takes off his robe, revealing his dark green lizardman scales.* "Yes, it's me. Someone who looks just like this young lady sends her regards."
Valron: "I had a feeling, but I just needed some form of confirmation. So, I must thank Gelato for getting you to show off Schnelltott."
Kales Brando: "I am in no way slowed down by this. Young lady... take out your shield. I will show you what a real superweapon is."
Metal Man (GM): He holds the sword and it glows with unholy energies of death, skulls radiating off of it.
Valron: "Don't fall for his bait. That thing is... uniquely deadly."
Nonna: "Everyone, leave."
Kales Brando: "Oh no, she's in control. She knows what to do against me!"
Gelato: *Smack Away.*
Metal Man (GM): Also music I had picked for this encounter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7N0ulS1AxA ( Star Dream (Phase 1-3) (Kirby: Planet Robobot) - GaMetal Remix )
Kumiko: *Struck with a bit of shock* "A superweapon of death...?"
Nonna unleashes her spell, which is actually Plane, to send herself into another plane of existence and avoid his attack by not existing anymore where it lands.
Metal Man (GM): He completely defeats Smack Away. Then he sees Nonna vanish and yells some curse in Lizardman-ish.
Kales Brando: "ZVOHK! You had to distract me! Do you know how hard it was to get here? You... you..."
Metal Man (GM): He holds his sword even harder and starts glowing with even more deathly energy.
King Demon: "Uh... guys, this might be a good time to make like Nonna and be somewhere else."
Kumiko: "...Demon, do me a favor."
King Demon: "Yeah?"
Kumiko: "Grab me and drag me out of here before I may do something stupid. This is not bringing back anything pleasant."
King Demon: "... Usually people are doing that to me..." *Shrugs and grabs Kumiko, dragging her with him as he makes his exit.*
Kales Brando: "You people... I HATE you people... you caused me to be exiled to Hell where these... THESE THINGS on the wall lived... and now you deprive me the key to my salvation? ...You run away? YOU RUN AWAY? Not even giving me the dignity of a battle? Come back here!"
Valron: *Oh, right. If possible, he'll scoop Gelato up with him because there's no way he's leaving him behind.*
Metal Man (GM): You hear him screaming bloody murder behind you and slashing the walls with his sword, causing the entire cave to collapse behind him. He's strong enough to just casually destroy everything behind him as he's running behind you, and he's gaining on you!
King Demon wonders as they run away if it's possible to get the knight statue to protect them.
Kales Brando: "NO MORE RUNNING! YOU WILL ALL DIE FOR THWARTING ME!"
Gelato: *He's with Valron, looking back!*
Kumiko: *Closes her eyes* "I guess... I need to form a distraction."
Metal Man (GM): He stops after you run past the huge door and angrily throws his sword like a spear at Gelato. It flies through the air like a missile. Dodge or Block, Gelato? Demon: You can potentially move the knight statue, if you wish.
Kumiko: "But the risk involved..."
King Demon: *Would go to move the statue into the way of Kales, who knows, maybe the sword will hit the statue instead?*
Metal Man (GM): Also different music since I decided if you end up on this path this music is more appropriate (despite the wacky title) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGf32gMnOxQ
Gelato: *Welp. Schnelltott is flying. He can't block that much damage. He can't Dodge. Baton Pass with Kales.*
Nonna: *Re-appears alongside them.*
Metal Man (GM): If you dump all your flux you can make that Baton pass work.
Gelato: *Do it. All 20. Swapping places while Schnelltott's in the air.*
Metal Man (GM): Kales is warped mid-air. Used to basically being better than everyone else, he doesn't see it coming--literally. He's impaled on it and stabbed into the wall, and curses some more as the sheer strength of his own attack embeds him pretty well.
Kales Brando: "ZKHAH! You think... YOU THINK THIS WILL STOP ME?" *However, it will take him a moment to un-impale himself.*
Kumiko: "Is this... our chance?"
Metal Man (GM): It is a very good time to run away. Because his sword is, yes, one of the few things that can actually slow him down. Bit of an oversight, if you ask me.
Kumiko: *Finally over a brief episode, she's able to actually function properly and do the right thing without much help - run. Run fast.*
Nonna: *She begins charging another spell as she flees* "Demon, I want your help with something."
Metal Man (GM): Kales fumbles at his sword angrily, his strange dark red blood making it slippery, and all the evil burny death energy making it painful for him to try to pick out of himself.
King Demon: *Would be running as well* "My help? Uh... sure, ok, what do you need?"
Nonna: "Get some flames ready on my signal."
Valron: *While he's running, he attempts to make one last 'screw you'-type of pass at Kales... by Kinesising the hilt of Schnelltott... and swinging it upwards.*
Kales Brando: "I don't recall Questers being this smart before... would have just decapitated them from the shadows if I had expected this... ...should have never bothered talking... but then... then where would the fun be? ...This is not fun! Stupid Kales! Get self out of this wall already!"
King Demon: "Sure."
Metal Man (GM): *BONK* You hear Kales yell angrily from being hit in the face by his hilt.
Valron: *Even amidst the horror of the situation, he's laughing. While running away, of course!*
Metal Man (GM): Well, Demon, if you wish to try to steal the cursed death-sword with the souls of the dead leaking out of it from the lizardman who is pulling himself free with enough force to start collapsing the entire room he is in... ...sure.
Gelato: :D *He's running with Valron, giggling at his little jape.*
Nonna: "Make sure to keep a safe distance, everyone. I have a plan."
Metal Man (GM): Of note, Kales' claws are sharp enough he's managing to grab purchase in and completely shred the stone like it's made out of tissue paper.
Valron: "Honestly, I was trying to swing the sword up to cut through him in send it through the ceiling, but honestly? That's a lot funnier."
Metal Man (GM): And you're now all mostly outside of the cave. You hear a really loud CRASH as Kales presumably has freed himself from the wall. As well as more sounds of him running really fast. So... time to act fast on the plan, as it were.
Nonna goes to dump a bunch of nearby containers of gas, oil, and other gases into the entrance of the cave.
King Demon: *Like his mun said, that would probably end badly, so he's not going to do it, he does however, prepare to spring Nonna's trap.*
Nonna: *Then uses her prepared spells, first a wind one, followed by an earth one to seal the entrance, with justa tiny hole for Demon to send an ember into.*
Metal Man (GM): Kales Brando can be seen hurrying like a mofo towards the exit. He's smart enough to know you're doing something. He would throw his sword again--but the huge hole in his midsection that's bleeding everywhere has taught him maybe not to do that around you.
Kales Brando: "Damn you! How much power does one have to have to destroy you bastards?"
King Demon: *And he'd launch his fire into the hole.*
Kales Brando: "The other Nonna will finish the--"
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM* The entire cave system collapses on him, followed by some secondary explosions, and eventually silence reigns, while people in the nearby town run away and several soldiers show up.
King Demon: "Well, THAT was fun..."
Kumiko: "Good... Blodsabel's fully disengaged now. If I had not been pulled away, I very likely would not have made it out alive back there. ...ugh..."
Soldier: "Nonna! It's not safe for you here. You have to get to safety. We've received word of an unnatural presence having invaded..."
Kumiko: "Have we lost him?"
Valron: "As much as I know better, I really hope that's going to be enough to keep Kales down for the next while or so..."
Gelato: *He hops over, patting Kumiko's shoulder.*
King Demon: "You all right, Kumiko?"
Metal Man (GM): Some of the rocks in the cave system start to shake.
Nonna: "That's who we just blew up. Inform Anthon immediately."
Valron: "...Well, fuck whatever I just said. Let's get out of here."
King Demon: "I'll second that..."
Soldier: "Yes. He knows. He says sources indicate they're after you."
Nonna: "Borne and the others are still with him."
Kumiko: "Just my fear nearly enabling my blade to fully engage is all. Let's move."
Soldier: "...Everyone is being evacuated. He says it's an enemy that won't go down easily."
Valron: "Understatement of the year."
Nonna: "Get everyone out."
King Demon offers Kumiko a hand.
Soldier: "He says you should evacuate too."
Nonna: "We will be."
Kumiko takes it, a bit surprised.
Soldier: "...If you say so... he seems to be extremely worried."
Metal Man (GM): A green fist slams out of the stone.
Valron: "You... I'd say you probably should as well, given what I know about this particular threat, but..."
Nonna: *R* "Xavier. Borne. Illian. Immediate pickup! Marley, you too."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Roger, getting out of here."
Nonna: "To the port, everyone!"
Metal Man (GM): Another fist breaks out of the rock, as the strange skulls continue to exude from Kales, and he's slowly starting to crawl out of the wreckage. The soldiers start flying in with ships and blasting at him like he's an enemy tank or something.
King Demon: *Looks back at the fist* "Geez, what is he, a damn Terminator?"
Gelato: *He's running with the group to the port!*
Nonna: *Bringing up the rear.*
Valron: *And as another distraction he tries to Kinesis-shove Kales back in before running off while the soldiers do their thing. Then he runs.*
Illian MacGregor: *R* "Kales Brando is a lizardman of the ex-planet Turion, one of the few planets where Time Cops routinely were killed."
King Demon: *And he heads too.*
Illian MacGregor: *R* "He only died because I used my Psycho Powers to... destroy his soul. And then exile him to a dark dimension. Which he apparently escaped. Solaria have mercy on us all."
King Demon: *R* "Apparently he didn't die enough, Illian."
Nonna: *R* "He appears to be after me!"
Valron: *R* "Yeah, he seems to have come back somehow, and I am not liking this. At all."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "...You need to get off of this planet. There isn't much that can stop him."
Metal Man (GM): The Wing Fortress swings into view quickly.
Nonna: *R* "Get my ship ready."
Metal Man (GM): You head to the port, running, all the ships are ready. Xavier waves to you.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Here, get aboard. The soldiers are... ...well they are dying but they are holding Kales at bay, or so I hear."
Metal Man (GM): You can hear a lot of powerful machinegun fire in the background.
King Demon: "Well, that's a relief... what about Anthon?"
Valron: "I'm glad to hear they've got it covered, at least."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We figure he might also be after Anthon. Anthon is going to leave the planet until it's safe."
Nonna: "I'll lead him away with my ship. At the very least, if he's after me he won't be harming anyone else."
Gelato: *He jumps on-board!*
Kumiko gets on board quick.
Metal Man (GM): Illian... walks off of the ship.
Illian MacGregor: "Go."
Illian MacGregor: "I must attend to this business."
Metal Man (GM): Illian takes out Vendetta.
Nonna gets on board her command ship.
Valron: "Ah, of course."
Nonna: *R* "Illian, you'd better come back in one piece, or else I'll kill you."
Valron: "Should I offer my lightning cannons as backup, or do you think you've got this covered?"
Illian MacGregor: "I killed Kales once. I may not be able to do it again. But if I wound him then escape, you can finish him off."
Gelato: *He does cast one quick Uruz to make sure Illian's in top shape!*
King Demon: "Well, I guess, everyone that want's to get the hell outta here on?"
Illian MacGregor: "Without my Psycho powers I cannot do what I used to do, but... ...it is necessary."
Nonna: *R* "And Illian. Be careful. He's not acting alone. The other Nonna is involved."
Metal Man (GM): Nova appears alongside Illian.
Kumiko grips her head a bit as she does get on.
Nova: "They are right. You would probably die alone. Let me assist."
Illian MacGregor: "!?"
Nova: "I have the power of all of Nintendus with me. This isn't Turion. If he wants to try to kill everyone he must fight everything we have on this planet, and then when he goes after Nonna we can shoot him down in space."
King Demon: "Ah, this is going to be a hell of a show, I can't believe we're going to miss it." *He grumbles as he heads inside the Fortress.*
Metal Man (GM): Nonna gets to her ship. Anthon (based on messages sent covertly to Nonna) is moved somewhere safe.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well... we can fire at him when he goes into space."
Nonna: *R* "I'll keep an eye on your battle. If needed, I'll swoop in and lead him after me."
Metal Man (GM): Illian and Nova walk towards the battle. Nova presents a high quality video feed as he walks towards it. It's a huge warzone, Kales slashing tanks and helicopters to bits like they are made out of jelly. Skull-like fire burning everywhere he's slashed things. Then he sees Illian and... stops for a moment.
Nonna takes off.
King Demon: "Huh... guess we won't miss it." *Gets some popcorn.*
Kales Brando: "...You... are... .alive??? No... it can't be. They told me you went insane and the Questers killed you."
Illian MacGregor: "Someone smarter than you brought me back."
Kales Brando: "This world... do these aggravations ever cease? Why can't I just throw Amnesia Dust and kill everyone already? It aggravates me worse than the wound those fools gave me."
Nova: "Prepare to be destroyed, abomination from the abomination planet."
Metal Man (GM): Kales stares at Nova.
Valron: *Is also getting onto his own ship. He's not leaving the others alone against possibly certain death* *R* "I'll be on standby. Call me if you need someone to drop a massive electrical storm on him as a distraction."
Kales Brando: "Nintendus Technology all the way out here... If you trade me the glowing ghost man, I will leave this planet."
Illian MacGregor: "Ha ha ha ha... no."
Kales Brando: "But I will kill everyone here and harvest their souls to rebuild my death cult if you do not do as I say."
Illian MacGregor: "How about I kill you again, and exile you to a realm that's filled with nothing but Aetos?"
Kales Brando: "You... you fiend! That is one of the only things I could not stand!"
Illian MacGregor: "If you make me mad, Julian will be there too."
Kales Brando: "I kind of liked killing him... except for the part where he... ...that's his sword you're using... what happened?"
Illian MacGregor: "It's a long story that I'll carve into your skull." *Goes for an immediate attack.*
Metal Man (GM): Vendetta violently slashes Kales' flesh with its antimatter particles.
Illian MacGregor: "Like that? How about some of this... lasers that burn as badly as Aetos AND Julian, arguing forever!"
Metal Man (GM): He takes out the E-123 and fires a huge cloud of lasers at Kales' face.
Kales goes to dodge--
Illian MacGregor: "LUCKY!"
Metal Man (GM): He uses some flux and hits Kales with it anyways.
Kales Brando: "Argh! You... and your stupid tricks..."
Metal Man (GM): He gets up and dusts himself off.
Kales Brando: "But I'm not after you... not yet. You need to die, but the one I seek is elsewhere!"
Illian MacGregor: "Well... how are you supposed to get to them?"
Metal Man (GM): Nonna's ship is out there, in outer space. Kales stares at the sky.
Nonna: *Ready to intervene at any moment.*
Kales Brando: "...This is... the worst day..." *He stares at Illian.* "Do you think she'll come down here if I kill you?"
Illian MacGregor: "Mmmm... maybe, maybe not..."
Nova: "By the way. Have a giant Nintendus laser."
Kales Brando: "Nintendus wh--"
Metal Man (GM): Kales leaps aside as a gigantic death laser from Nova blows up a 100 foot crater.
He fires another one at Kales with his other hand.
Kales leaps aside from that one again too...
And is now winded.
Kales Brando: "You... people... will... die..."
Metal Man (GM): Nova stares at him without pity. And with TWIN EYE LASERS.
He gets blasted backwards, taking another 150 damage.
Astonishingly, he does stand up.
Kales Brando: "You think... YOU THINK you've won... but the OUTLIERS DO NOT GIVE UP!"
Metal Man (GM): He floats up into the air, the hellish death magic increasing in power to literally let him fly off of the ground.
Kales Brando: "Do you have any IDEA? You sent me into that realm with the secrets of the Melee Stadium! Your powers are not secret to me anymore, glowing light man!"
Metal Man (GM): He points his sword at Nova.
Kales Brando: "How do you say it... FUH... FUH... FALKUN PAUWNCH!"
Metal Man (GM): He creates a falcon out of Schnelltotts and punches Nova with them.
Nova faintwarps away as the gigantic mess is telegraphed from miles away.
Illian shields himself as rubble flies everywhere and swords bounce off the ground and stab into all kinds of things.
Kales Brando: "...That was too obvious of an attack anyway..."
Metal Man (GM): Kales makes a different stance, this time not saying anything. He creates a hellish orb made out of Schnelltotts and then fires it at Illian.
King Demon wonders slightly if anyone's watching the fight with him.
Kumiko: *She kind of is, but really its out of one eye right now as she's in some kind of pain.*
Metal Man (GM): Illian leaps away as another gigantic hole is made out of the ground.
Gelato: *And he's worrying over her, fretting and trying his healing magic.*
Kales Brando: "...Your Melee Stadium's powers were always stupid anyway!"
Metal Man (GM): He crashes into the ground and then begins swinging psychotically at Illian.
Kumiko: "It's... odd. I'm not physically hurt at all. Yet this situation reminds me of something. I can't put my finger on it."
King Demon: "Need something to eat?" *Offers them some popcorn.*
Metal Man (GM): Kales brandishes his sword.
Kales Brando: "My sword is superior to everything!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I don't like the looks of this... what can we do from up here... maybe... hmm... even Valhalla would be destroyed by Schnelltott..."
Kumiko: *She tries to view it, but instead of seeing what she wants to see she instead sees a blurry vision of someone killing everything, causing her to shake her head* "Ah. Umm... it may help."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...We need to warp him out of here... Gelato, is that Stargate still in there somewhere?"
Metal Man (GM): Illian holds out his hand, summoning a blue crystal.
Illian MacGregor: "CRYSTAL PURIFICATION! CRYSTAL PURIFICATION! CRYSTAL PURIFICATION!"
Metal Man (GM): He's fully healed. Then he points his twin E-123 blasters at Kales.
King Demon hands Kumiko the bowl of popcorn.
Illian MacGregor: "ANNIHILATIONNNNNN!!!!!"
Kumiko eats some of it.
Metal Man (GM): Nova then quickly leaps to where he is.
Nova: "TEAM ATTACK, DUAL ANNIHILATION!"
Kales Brando: "You think a bunch of shiny lights will scare me?"
Metal Man (GM): Kales takes out a second Schnelltott from nowhere and literally runs directly at their lasers like a madman.
Nonna: *R* "...I'll distract him." *He flies in to get Kales' attention.*
Kumiko: "This antagonist of yours... seems to remind me of my not so distant past. One I know I never will recall clearly again. I think... that's what's bothering me."
Valron: "...Did he seriously just..."
Metal Man (GM): Kales deflects both blasts into eachother, canceling them out with his Schnelltotts.
Kumiko: "...sorry to worry any of you." *He eats more popcorn.*
Metal Man (GM): Nonna's ship flies in and gets Kales' attention.
Kales Brando: "...Yes... yes! She's coming closer! Defeating you is working! Come down here you ship-flying coward!"
King Demon: "We are all haunted by our pasts to some extent."
Kales Brando: "I don't have enough magical power to reach you... even though I can apparently electrify myself and fly around... ...your gladiatorial stadium had some real strange fighters in it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Alright then, Gelato. Set up the Stargate... and attach it to my limo. We're gonna turn it on, and then... maybe the others can help coordinate, but we want to turn it on to that black hole coordinate and send Kales into the black hole, then turn it off before it eats the planet."
Nonna: *R* "Kales. If you want me so badly, we can have our battle somewhere more fitting."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's completely freakin' insane and I don't know how we'll pull it off but it seems like the only way off the top of my head. Maybe I can use the Sword of Light to blind him when we come in... plus the car will be invisible."
Kumiko: "Ever since I joined your ranks, I have had to relearn everything. Some parts of me are coming back sooner than others. I'm sorry if I could not do more to assist you all right now," *He blinks, trying to understand the situation without triggering anything.*
Gelato: *He runs to turn on the Stargate and hook it up!*
King Demon: "Wait, you're going to turn on a black hole INSIDE THE SHIP!?!?!?"
Valron decides to fly out in his ship now that it seems like there's plans abound. Though, he hangs further back, getting into position while watching the situation with Kales go down.
Kumiko: "Wait... what?!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Outside the ship, technically. Although you are giving me more ideas."
King Demon: "Oh, that's MUCH better."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We can use Valhalla to contain the black hole until we need it."
King Demon: *Facepalms.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's sorta like when I defeated Dark Luigi, I think."
Metal Man (GM): Kales has no radio. He looks at the ship blankly, then Illian relays the message to him.
King Demon: *Sighs* "All right, what do we need to do?"
Metal Man (GM): Kales yells at Illian.
Kales Brando: "TELL THE PERSON IN THE FLYING METAL BOX I WILL GLADLY FIGHT THEM ANYWHERE."
Kumiko: "I wonder that myself."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, one person needs to work the winch."
King Demon: *Looks to Kumiko* "Well, I'd say pray, but that won't work worth a damn for me."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I can drive. Gelato can turn the gate on and off. Someone else, maybe Kumiko can operate the switch to activate or deactivate Valhalla."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Lemme wire one up."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier takes out a radio and casually smashes a 1960's switch into it.
Kumiko: "I'm not quite sure what the switch is meant to do, but this sounds familiar. I'll... give it a try"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's a force field, and switching it off will activate a black hole that consumes everything near the Stargate. Switching it at the wrong time may doom us all. ...So be careful."
King Demon: "It'll be all right, Kumiko. If nothing else, you'll be safe here, hopefully."
Valron: *He's clearly trying not to laugh as he sees Kales' idea of a 'radio' in effect.* "This would honestly be a lot more comical if he wasn't so outright horrifying."
Kumiko: "...a... OK. I think I understand. Just give me the cue on when to switch it."
King Demon: "So, I guess I'm the winch one?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sure. And sure."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier gets into his limo's driver's seat, while Kales temporarily is stalled, waiting on Nonna's response. He has Illian and Nova at a disadvantage given his blades can just reflect those lasers. Although Illian looks about ready to swing Vendetta some more times...
Nonna: *R* "There's a planet a far ways out where nothing can get in our way."
Metal Man (GM): Vendetta itself is glowing eerily.
Gelato: *He's at the gate power!*
Metal Man (GM): Illian relays to Kales. Kales shrugs.
Kales Brando: "I cannot go there without a warp. Give me a warp and then you enter it first so I can be certain it is real, then I will follow you there. And I can taste treachery, so don't change the portal on me. I will eat your portal and absorb its powers. Then I will use its power to kill everyone."
King Demon hops in and gets control of the winch.
Kumiko heads to the switch.
Metal Man (GM): Kumiko has the switch. Xavier backs the limo towards the loading ramp, which he casually opens off the Wing Fortress in flight. Xavier turns on the cloak and makes his limo invisible as he backs it right off the ramp. It's now freefalling with the gate.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE~"
King Demon: "I'm gonna wish I had my wings in a minute, aren't Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!?"
Metal Man (GM): Kales stares for a moment at the crystal donut that is the Stargate falling out of the Wing Fortress. He has no clue what it is.
Kumiko: "Ready for signal, captai-...err. Ready for signal."
Kales Brando: "...Lady in the flying metal box, is that falling circular crystal the warp? Or did I take mental damage from the time you collapsed the cave on me?"
Metal Man (GM): Illian stares, then makes no comment.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Gelato, turn on the gate to the black hole. Kumiko, stand by for the switch to turn it off. Demon, extend the winch."
Metal Man (GM): Demon is, yes.
Metal Man (GM): He has to be to operate the winch.
Gelato: *Power on!*
King Demon extends the winch.
Metal Man (GM): Which is a nice huge joystick... a repurposed Atari 2600 joystick.
Kumiko keeps her left hand over the switch... whatever the switch looks like of course is beyond her.
Kales Brando: "If I don't get an answer soon, I will resume the slicing of your stupid fake people, lady in the flying box!"
Nonna: *R* "Tell me, Kales. At least what drives you to come after me."
Kales Brando: "Oh... well it is simple. You possess an artifact I must possess to become an even more ultimate warrior. Have you not noticed I have no shield? I have the staff of all Battle Moves, the Sword of Death... but no shield!"
King Demon: *M* "I'll give him a pot lid.*"
Kales Brando: "But I must kill you so it can become mine!"
Nonna: *R* "You know, you can just go and get one so long as your heart is good and pure."
Kales Brando: "My heart is pure... pure with the power of Death itself!"
Nonna: *R* "And besides, this one is broken."
Metal Man (GM): The switch is just a metal tactile switch, Kumiko--one of those shiny metal dealies.
Nonna: *R* "We fixed it up a bit, but even then, it's bound to my use only."
Kumiko notices the switch. She's just not sure whether or not to activate it yet. She's waiting for a cue.
Nonna: *R* "Even if you killed me, it'd be useless to you."
Kales Brando: "Killing you would make it useless, but you possess the other part needed to use it. Your soul! What do you think these things coming out of my sword are? Angels?"
Metal Man (GM): He casually spins it and goes to try and stab Illian in the gut with it.
Kales Brando: "Look at this! No normal blade slices through this man's armor like this!"
Kumiko: *The wind is blowing. The souls cry out for liberation and deliverance.-* "Now?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Almost..."
Metal Man (GM): The gate is full of the Black hole and the gate is now flying at Kales...
Kales Brando: "Hmmm... I sense a wind nearby, what is that..."
Nonna: *R* "You're too weak to use it."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Demon, click the button to release the winch. Kumiko, hit the button to turn it off when it reaches Kales... then hit the button again to turn it back on so it doesn't kill us all."
Nonna: *R* "No better than Sloan; using stolen techniques and equipment."
Kales Brando: "Sloan... I have heard of such. But he did not overcome Death itself and steal his powers. I have twice escaped from Hell itself. Do you think he has that power?"
King Demon releases the winch.
Kales Brando: "It was in hell that I heard about your shield, young lady! I will take what I want... and I will use it to kill anyone who questions my power!"
Metal Man (GM): He goes to slice Illian in half... then he notices the gate flying at him.
Kales Brando: "Illian! What is this!"
Illian MacGregor: "...Merry Christmas!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Now!"
Kumiko smirks and hits the switch.
Metal Man (GM): Kales pushes Illian away, and slashes the Black hole-gate as it comes at him.
Nonna: "I was in hell once. It's not a big deal, you know."
Metal Man (GM): Shockingly, he is so powerful that he slashes the Black Hole in half... ...but the problem is that just makes two black holes.
Kales Brando: "...They also told me th--"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Turn the shield back on now, Kumiko!"
Kumiko flips it back on.
Metal Man (GM): The two black holes collide with Kales. Even inside the force field of Valhalla and with twin black holes, though, it appears to be struggling to pull him in.
Kumiko: "Safety engaged. Enemy target is showing resistance."
Kales Brando: "This is not over... you did not bother to kill me the honorable way... my soul will not rest until I destroy you in combat... you know how far I came to do this... I will be back again!"
Metal Man (GM): He grabs the Valhalla shield surrounding it... and suddenly his demeanor changes a bit.
Kales Brando: "...It's here... it's here! This energy... ...You were right, Young Lady. It was near me the whole time. Farewell."
Metal Man (GM): He grabs a chunk of the shield's energy and sinks into the Black Hole.
King Demon: "What... was that?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Turn the gate off, Gelato... ...we'll figure out what that was later."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier lands the ship near the black hole-portal of doom. Er, the limo, that is.
Kumiko: "Enemy target threat level has gone up. P-" *Shakes her head a bit* "Eh...?"
Gelato: *Click. Gate off.*
Metal Man (GM): The limo's rockets turn on just in time to land, making it a bumpy CRASH of a landing, but nobody's hurt. XP The gate turns off.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Phew..."
King Demon: *Sighs and gets out of the limo* "Dammit, Metal. I almost threw up my popcorn when you drove off the edge like that!"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier gets out and spends a moment recovering his breath near the gate and the limo.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "There was no time, sorry. We had to get rid of him. Maybe we did, but I don't see any other way that would have easily rid us of him. He was taking on extremely powerful people without dying."
King Demon: *Sighs and shakes his head* "You doing okay up there, Kumiko?"
Kumiko: *Blinks* "I'm fine. I'm not sure what just kicked in, but... yes I have a feeling this is not over..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "What matters is that... Nonna is OK, Anthon is... also OK... most of what he came here to do utterly failed."
King Demon: "Welcome to the Questers." *He sounds a bit tired as he says that.*
Nova: "Affirmative. Attempts on Nonna's life failed. Attempts to get Anthon involved also failed."
Kumiko: "Errr... are you alright Demon?"
Nonna: *R* "...Thank you, everyone."
Nova: "Target Kales Brando is now for the time being trapped inside a Black Hole, which should hold him better than... the realm of whatever beings he was in before."
Illian MacGregor: "Crystal... Purification..."
Metal Man (GM): Illian heals himself, and then coughs some more.
Illian MacGregor: "Ugh... that hurt."
Gelato: *He's healing Illian too.*
Illian MacGregor: "Not to mention the valiant people who gave their lives... and the old town is wrecked. ...And he destroyed whatever was in that cave..."
Nonna: *R* "It could have been much worse. We did get photos."
Illian MacGregor: "And he survived Vendetta too well for my liking... he shouldn't have just acted like it was a flesh wound."
King Demon: "Yeah, I'm good... just had my stomach in my throat for a second. Metal's an even worse driver than he is a pilot!"
Illian MacGregor: *R* "The part that disturbs me is Schnelltott didn't use to radiate with cursed souls. I suspect this 'other Nonna' may be behind this."
Kumiko: "Somehow, my body is telling me I have had worse landings. But that's fine. I'm more worried about what threats we may have awakened."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "It's... Kales is different than before... the old one would have just kept going 'I don't even' and been unable to do much than sword fight. Somebody told him about the modern us. And gave him a perfect place to lie in wait... he was transported here by someone..."
King Demon: "Those dragonkin?"
Illian MacGregor: *R* "Can't rule it out, although they tend to consider the likes of him an abomination. Turion was destroyed too, so he can't rely on his own people."
Valron: *R* "Well, this is certainly rather disturbing, to say the least."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "Maybe. It was The Void who was released from the staff when we beat him, and then The Void sealed him away."
King Demon: "Yeah... we gotta go back to Mobius again... that's gonna SUCK!"
Valron: *R* "Hrm. It's all a bit of a mess, to say the least..."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "Presumably he wanted to destroy the mural... because it infuriated him? I don't get it."
Valron: *R* "Though, given who was released from the staff back then... we've at least got something to go on, I guess?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Mobius? I only know of an Alsa, really..."
Valron: "If anyone feels like paying The Void a visit, anyways."
King Demon: "Actually... yeah, Also."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Unless you mean that place where the Mobians live on Alsa... I guess that's possible."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier gets in the car and goes to fly back to the ship.
Anthon Tark: *R* "All of you... thank you for your help."
King Demon: "Yeah, that's what I meant... I'm not sure that'll be good for me, considering last time I was there I nearly blew them all up." *Cringes slightly.*
Anthon Tark: *R* "I was about to go and intervene myself, but I realized, it would be too dangerous. As long as Nonna was safe, I could let you handle it. But if something was to happen to her... I wouldn't allow it. That lizard bastard would have to go through ME first... ...thankfully that never had to happen. If you should need anything to help kill the people who sent this monster to try to kill me and my granddaughter, don't hesitate to ask. As far as I'm concerned, whoever did this must die."
Valron: *R* "Agreed. Whoever decided that throwing Kales at us was a good idea, let alone even being capable of doing that in the first place is clearly a massive problem, to say the absolute least."
Metal Man (GM): The Stargate is heavily damaged. It will need to be repaired before someone uses it again. Even before he did that, the black hole cracked it. It's not 100% in half but... Basically you sucked him in moments before he could finish the cut so it's kinda dangling. Nothing Gelato can't fix though.
King Demon: *Looks at the Gate* "Well, anyone know a good interstellar antiquities repairman?"
Gelato: "..." *And he starts the Paneling. He looks exhausted, though.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Gelato is usually pretty good at that."
Metal Man (GM): It'll take some time but it should be good by next session.
Nonna: *R* "I'll need to investigate what's happened here for a bit."
Metal Man (GM): Illian and Nova hop onto the limo to get a ride back on the ship. Illian opts to... surf atop the car as it flies back. It looks like he's flying because the limo is invisible.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Why are you standing atop the car, Illian? You'll damage the paint?"
Illian MacGregor: "I just look so goddamn cool up here."
Metal Man (GM): His cape blows in the wind and it looks like he's flying some more.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Eh, you deserve it, you took Schnelltott to the ribs twice or more."
King Demon sighs and shakes his head, getting back in himself.
Illian MacGregor: "Goddamn right I do. I can fix the paint too! I was THIS | | close to leaping into the black hole after him. That lizardman needs to STAY dead!"
Nonna: *R* "Everyone, while I'm down here, you can probably head to Onta'vis and pick up all our shares of the reward."
Valron: "...Illian, are you okay? I think Vendetta's getting to your head."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "Oh. You're staying here? Alright."
King Demon: "Oh, right, forgot about that!"
Illian MacGregor: "What do you mean? I'm just fine. I'm just practicing my swings!"
Metal Man (GM): Illian swings the sword several times... then pauses.
Illian MacGregor: "...Yeah, you're right."
Metal Man (GM): He puts it away.
Gelato: *Panel, Panel, Panel.*
Valron: "...We need to get you a version of that that isn't cursed with Julian's attitude."
King Demon rewinches the damaged gate.
Illian MacGregor: "It would be useful, but Gerald Robotnik's hateful evil is both intoxicatingly powerful and also hard to replicate. Maybe we could ask Kit sometime."
Metal Man (GM): Kit, FYI, warped back to the ship when things got explodey (player had to go AFK)
Valron: "Yeah... definitely a big project to work out for later."
Gelato: *As soon as the repairs are done, he immediately flops down, panting. Burning 20 Flux in one second takes it out of a smol dragon.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Best of luck with your work, Nonna, we're behind you 100%."
Metal Man (GM): The group is reunited, and Gelato eventually finishes the repairs. That leaves Borne, who eventually returns as well.
Commander Borne: *R* "I made sure Anthon was safe. Ironic as that is. If need be, I could turn into him to fool that thing. Next time we see that thing, I'm going to fight it."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "You're mad! You've never fought him before! We had four lasers that were better than a Mad Man laser!"
Commander Borne: *R* "Did you even bother to analyze the content of his sword and try to create an acid to dissolve it?"
King Demon: *R* "We might just let you... hell, we might NEED you to."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "..."
Nova: *R* "It's magical. I doubt it'd work."
King Demon: *Sighs and heads for the kitchen, getting some more snacks* "Anyone want anything?"
Kumiko: "What... do we have?"
King Demon: "What would you like?"
Xavier Ridgecrest goes to his station and sits there, staring at his hands a bit.
Kumiko: "Whatever is cheesy."
Metal Man (GM): Illian starts designing things. Nova continues running the ship.
King Demon: "Hmmm, Cheeseballs and Mozzy sticks?"
Kumiko: "That works."
Valron: *R* "Never you mind there's still the added unholy death effect on that stupid thing. So you might want to look for something to counteract that on top of the dissolving thing in case it still works just because of the wretched death aura. ...Maybe. I dunno. It's conjecture at this point."
King Demon nods and gets them for her.
Metal Man (GM): Borne walks into the room where Valron and co. are and nods.
Commander Borne: "So he's like Jack. ...Why don't you blow his face off, Illian?"
Illian MacGregor: "Tri-attack? ...You know, I got all obsessed with my weapons. I should have tried that. But his face could even take his own sword hitting him and not be destroyed."
Commander Borne: "What? What kind of chaotic physics made this being?"
Illian MacGregor: "The sad part is we don't know."
Commander Borne: "I must study this thing so we can destroy it and anything like it. It's... it's too impossible to exist!"
Illian MacGregor: "He even proudly called himself an 'outlier'."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Sighs* "I heard about this guy... but now we have to kill him as well as the Time Cops... what else lurks out in this world that I've not known about, I wonder?"
Gelato: -A- *Snoooore.*
Valron: "...Again with that term. We've been hearing the term 'outlier' crop up a lot, lately."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Must be... a faction? Or a type of being."
King Demon returns with cheesy goodies for Kumiko, and a sandwich for himself.
Valron: "Both in the term of a group and the name of an entity."
King Demon: *And a couple of sodas, which he offers one to her.*
Valron: "This raises many questions."
Illian MacGregor: "No, Xavier, we are not summoning Thanatos and Omnus and having them fight Kales."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Buh... how did you know?"
Illian MacGregor: "You nearly killed everyone with that black hole trick. Don't tell me you weren't considering something else insane."
Kumiko: "This is bringing back memories of sorts." *She eats some of the mozzy sticks and drinks the soda offered to her.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "But still. We could figure out which is truly Death: Thanatos or Kales!"
King Demon: "You're welcome." *He smiles and sits nearby, having his own meal.*
Illian MacGregor: "He sliced the black hole in half."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...Right..."
Commander Borne: "He... he what? What the hell!"
Valron: "Yes. That happened."
Commander Borne: "What is wrong with people from your dimension, Illian?"
Valron: "Schnelltott is... a uniquely nonsensical blade."
Illian MacGregor: "Ael or whoever made the Nintendus cluster made a lot of bad mistakes."
Valron: "I'd pretty sure he'd cleave the sun in half if he was given the chance."
Illian MacGregor: "It's true, there were Fake Solarians on his planet, and at least one of them tried to kill him with a Star Attack. Maxamillion, while a fake, was an imitation of one of the most powerful Solarian Generals that ever lived. When we visited him, it appeared he'd taken heavy wounds... ...And nothing else on that planet except... *Shudder* the crabs could do that."
Valron: "...I'm rather thankful I came in after that whole mess."
King Demon: "I don't remember that, was it during one of my off-the-reservation periods?"
Illian MacGregor: "Yes, it was."
Metal Man (GM): Mission Complete.