REVOLUTION - Story - Chapter 6: Assassins in the Park?

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Date: 5:54:21 PM, May 14th, 2017.
Metal Man (GM): Recap.
Nonna: "The goal is to get away with Vetrek without giving Thanatos the opportunity to intervene. We aren't going to capture or destroy Thanatos yet unless he's far weaker than he appears to be. I'd recommend we prep several avenues of escape we can use at a moment's notice."
Metal Man (GM): The group split into two groups. Group A would deal with capturing Vetrek, while Group B would prevent the dragon code named "Thanatos" from killing Vetrek or interfering.
Metal Man (GM): Group B got right into the middle of things, with everything getting out of control a little bit when Thanatos began throwing death orbs about. And after some weird dice confusion resulted in Demon falling off of the back of bleachers. A lot. Whatever the case, we now switch to Group A, which is now departing the hotel, including its wonderful swimming pool and other amenities. Louisoix, Xavier, Gelato, and Valron are now leaving the hotel room. Xavier casually gives the key to the hotelier.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Should be just as you left it before we got the hotel, I made sure to pick up any would-be discarded magitek containers or... er, forget you heard that."
Hotelier: "Of course, sir. We already know that you are a very private client."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes yes indeed."
Louisoix: "Just know we had a crazy time in there, for sure."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So then, Valron. Ready to go?"
Valron: "Ready as I'll ever be. Got everything sorted out, in any case."
Louisoix: "Don't we all."
Valron: "I'm sure you'll figure something out."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "There's always something we can all do. Time to move out."
Metal Man (GM): He'd begin walking outside, casually throwing a bit of a robe-like garb to help hide that he's a... metal man....
Louisoix: "Yeah, was about to say. The sooner the better. Non-androids first."
Valron: "Should I get something to keep inconspicuous, or...?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Eh, just wear a hoodie like the most of us have been." *Just hands a common Onta'vis gray hoodie to Valron* "As long as you don't wear that yellow top hat or something weird like that."
Valron: "Eh. As long as it doesn't make sneaking about too much of a hassle or anything." *He shrugs, before going to slip the hoodie on.*
Metal Man (GM): It's made out of that stretchy material and besides maybe mildly reduced peripheral vision it seems like it'll be OK.
Valron: "Yeah, this'll work."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So then... I got the heads up. Let's go over here to plan some." *He walks outside, then over to a disused area with less people and/or signs in it.*
Louisoix nods. "Alright, lets make it quick. Once things get fierce we'll need to move quickly."
Valron walks on behind, hands in hoodie pockets. Yep.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "There's a lot of guards around Vetrek. Nonna just sent me the information. We need some way to get around them. I'm not the greatest at that sort of thing... I've been told there's some stands there, but if we collapse them a lot of people would get hurt, and I don't want to hurt anyone we don't have to. But, the area he's in is so heavily full of guards, from multiple factions, I have to wonder what would happen if we shoved somebody. There's... hmmm..." *Looks over list.*
Louisoix: "Hmm... so we know his location? Good, but now we have the hard part."
Valron: "The real question is how we make a chain reaction that leaves everyone else too busy shooting at eachother to notice us..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes, he's in that area by the big swimming pool. There's... Zinyo guards, and... disguised Time Cop guards that have Vetrek's insignia on them."
Louisoix: "Getting close... getting close..." *He would seem to strain himself in thought.* "Well, we need to do it in a way so they don't just kill him before we can get a hold of him. We shouldn't go all in at once, I think. If we do, then they might think the job is lost and kill Vetrek. I mean... its Time Cops, I guess I can take feedback on that. We could give them a false sense of security, but take Vetrek unawares. Split their forces."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's a pretty good idea, Gelato. It's true, if we all go in at once they'll get suspicious immediately. I don't think they'll kill him but... enh... maybe they would actually, now that I think about it, they were similar about the Celian Administrator."
Louisoix: "Well, even if not, if we show our entire hand immediately, they'll bunker down. You want to make them split away enough to make it easier to get to him."
Valron: "Makes good sense to me."
Louisoix: "So, something like have one of us infiltrate as a guard? Might be difficult... We'd need some sort of distraction to make it less obvious. If some random guy walked up and said they were a guard, regardless of clothes, they'd question them."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I dunno, it seems possible."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier takes out his weird mask.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I know Time Cops, and I know what they do, and I have this mask that lets me shapeshift."
Louisoix: "Well, you guys apparently do crazy shit all the time, so maybe its possible."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "What, however, do I need to do once I've gained their confidence, again? If I can get it. I mean... they are pretty suspicious people."
Louisoix: "Cause a disturbance in the guard forces, perhaps some way to cause infighting. Then the rest of us secure Vetrek. If it fails, we'll come in and do what we can."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Okay. Now there's the thing... the others are going to create a disturbance already. So... should I go rush in right now and try to create one before they do it, or try to add to what they're doing?"
Louisoix: "Jump in the moment things go south, so go ahead and move in. We'll keep an eye on you. The moment they're surprised they probably won't notice because it isn't the first thing they'll be thinking about."
Valron: "Sounds good to me."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'll keep you guys posted then. I just got word they're in position over there. One last thing. So... we need to think... once I disturb the peace and they do... we need you guys to grab Vetrek, quickly. How are you gonna grab him?"
Gelato: *He looks to the others.*
Louisoix: "I think I can make a decent pair of handcuffs. Anything more complicated will have some risk involved. We just need to get him somewhere so we can get him out of reach of the Time Cops."
Valron: "Depending on what I've got to work with, I could sneak behind him and knock 'im out."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sounds like you can knock him out and cuff him as he's knocked out, then. Right... I'm going to get into costume. So... the entrance is over there."
Metal Man (GM): He points to the entrance--the one that Louisoix is rather familiar with, to the park.
Louisoix: "Good luck."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier walks off, and presumably into the park first. A few moments later, he sends a radio message to the there of you:
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "I'm in position now, and they're about to do things... you should probably begin filing into the park now. I figure it's--"
Metal Man (GM): A distant explosion occurs.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "...It's a bit of a madhouse now, so you might want to hurry."
Louisoix: "I think that's our cue. Move in, and keep an eye on Xavier. We need to move in once things break down." *With that, he'd move for the entrance.*
Valron: "Yeah, definitely out cue." *And, he goes to take the lead.*
Gelato: *He scampers in at Valron's heels!*
Metal Man (GM): After letting the servers recover from that... You go to run in. You see a bunch of guards. They're busy looking around nervously. In the distance, you can hear the others fighting. Vetrek is there, atop the stands. Several of his guards are busy. Why are they busy? It looks like somebody shoved one of the normal guards down the side of one of the stands. You can't actually make out which one is Xavier in the mess, but it's clear they're now as distracted as they'll get. Several are still watching Vetrek, but occasionally are interrupted by being threatened by the other guards of Zinyo. Vetrek, at the top, is busy waving his hands around.
Louisoix: "Lets get closer, if I try to create handcuffs here it might be too much of a warning signal."
Vetrek: "Look, look, whatever is going on, it's not related to ME. Don't cause a scene. We will go through this. Together."
Zinyo Guard: "Did you see that? One of your guards just shoved the security hired by this place down the steps!"
Vetrek: "I couldn't place an ID on that man. He probably isn't even a real guard."
Zinyo Guard: "Likely story."
Vetrek: "I will soon be your boss, so don't bother making me mad."
Zinyo Guard: "Are you so certain about that?"
Louisoix: *He would attempt to push himself through the crowd, to get under the benches, to where that guard is that got pushed off.*
Vetrek: "I don't say things that are unlikely to happen. You should be used to this by now."
Metal Man (GM): You get under the bleachers. You can tell that guard got shoved over, he's still KO'd under there. You hear more intense fighting going on over in the other area.
Louisoix: "Alright." *Attempts to make handcuffs first.*
Metal Man (GM): FYI, Vetrek is higher up in the bleachers, up by the top, so while you have cover here, you'll have to figure out how to get to him later. Now for the magitek check... You make some excellent handcuffs. Also, I'm gonna order a pizza, thus granting Valron and Gelato time to react. Taking it a bit slowly because this is, well, a tactical situation. You haven't yet aroused suspicion.
Louisoix: "Alright, with that out of the way..." *He would put them aside, and attempt to make a grappling hook and chain.*
Metal Man (GM): So, before you make the next thing, what do you do, Gelato and Valron? Need any info before you do something?
Valron: *While that's going on, Valron does take his time to look for a good path to where he can sneak up to Vetrek. Be it through climbing, or some other inconspicuous shenanigans.*
Metal Man (GM): Also I'll probably do the 'turn' of whatever the heck Vetrek and the Zinyo people do before we get to you making a grappling hook and chain. You can climb up the back and risk being seen by some people but it probably would work, or if you can fly you could fly in and be even more conspicuous. Or you could do an insanely hard climb up the under middle area and try to pull him between the bleachers and down to where you are. And of course if this layout gives you any ideas, it's up to you, you can also explain the idea you have to him ICly, if you wish, Louisoix... or, yes, the idea Gelato has would be possible That is true. Sneaky route is to walk sneakily up the front of the bleaches, should you wish to do that.
Louisoix: "If you use whatever that is, can you get up there with the cuffs?"
Valron: "Should be easy enough."
Metal Man (GM): Gelato's climb is still not perfect, his Climb after everything is like, 30. (You can only have a 10 max in a skill, it says 20 here but I changed it to be 10 max) Granted, if you stand there to catch him if he falls it's less of an issue. Just that time is a little bit of a premium with the fight going on elsewhere. Acrobatics == Climb It covers Climb as well Your sheet says you have 20, but that was before I limited it to 10 max.
Louisoix: "Well, I suppose that's better than me running out of juice immediately." *He would nix the whole hook and chain idea and hand Valron the cuffs.*
Metal Man (GM): So, 10 Acrobatics + 20 Agility = 30 total for the roll Well, Acrobatics covers Climb in this case--that was my intent, cover climb/jump/etc under one heading Yeah, we'll have to adjust it later, probably Yeah... you can only max out at 10 points in it Your roll is 30, though, with the 10 + 20 It's a bit fiddly, the skill system... not perfect right now Well, I normally do the roll, but you can do the roll if you wish. You'd type a30d15 since the difficulty is 15 for this one. Valron catches him. That's 1 AGI. Since we're doing this kinda turn based, you may try again. Since you have 4 AGI. Thus, you try it again. And then you get up to the top. 2 AGI remains. It was, after all, a difficult climb.
Gelato: *Just enough for him to call on Baton Pass from his energy core, targeting Valron!*
Valron: *While Gelato is busy climbing up, he readies his weapon cube. He's going to want to get ready for when it comes time to give Vetrek a good whomping...*
Metal Man (GM): Vetrek turns around, wondering what the noise is, as the Baton Poss activates.
Louisoix crosses his arms, thinking what he is going to do next. Probably catch Vetrek... He would look up to see what is going on.
Metal Man (GM): Valron uses 1 AGI and warps up in place of Gelato.
Valron: *Cube becomes the Magitek Gibson Moderne... which Valron promptly uses to try and smash down on Vetrek's head with extreme prejudice in order to knock him right out!*
Metal Man (GM): This shocks Vetrek, however the Time Cop guards around him immediately go to try and leap in front of what is happening. Let's see... Doing the Townsend Maneuver or a different attack with that one? Disarming Strike is possible for better accuracy, presumably. Ahhh. You swing the weapon and it threatens both Time Cops trying to get in the way. Despite the potential for missing them, you hit them both... really hard. Radical. Granted, they did take the hit for Vetrek. You used 3 AGI, you have 2 remaining. Vetrek now has time to face you, and it seems likely he will put up a fight, but you may do your next thing since he can't parry you for hitting people that aren't him.
Vetrek: "Wha?"
Metal Man (GM): I must also spend a moment finishing the pizza order, so feel free to put whatever you want into your next action.
Valron: *And without even skipping a beat, Valron goes in for another attempt at a knockout swing, this time deciding to focus on being more precise than outright overwhelming like he was with the Time Cop grunts.* (Now Disarming Strike.)
Metal Man (GM): Ok, pizza bought. SO then, let's see. Another attack, this time targeted at Vetrek. More accurate one. Vetrek sees you trying to do that and smirks oddly. He tries to slam his hand into the guitar as it comes at him. He slams the guitar aside with his hand and goes to just punch Valron in the face. Parry succeeded, so he dealt 17 damage with that punch. Valron takes 17 damage as he gets socked by that. Valron's also out of AGI, but it's also not entirely done with the others' 'turns' yet. Gelato has 1 AGI to play with.
Valron: *He doesn't seem too bothered by that punch. It stung a little, but... that's about it* "Right, then..."
Metal Man (GM): And Louisoix has... 4 more to play with. It is possible to just shoot upwards if you have a medium-range attack, through the stands, risky as that is.
Louisoix: *Certainly not looking good up there. Guess he can do that. First move, make a weight that is as heavy as is allowable.*
Metal Man (GM): Going for heavy weight as allowable, medium difficulty, or trying for a moonshot that may likely fail, Brian?
Louisoix: *Medium difficulty.*
Metal Man (GM): Ah. You create... a miniature weight. It's small, cute, adorable, and not heavy. That uses 1 AGI.
Louisoix tries again.
Metal Man (GM): You create a small rock. It would definitely hurt to be hit by this, but it's not huge. 2 AGI remains.
Louisoix makes rope.
Metal Man (GM): You create a rope with a grappling hook on the end of it. Hooray crazy swingy dice!
Louisoix attempts to grab at Vetrek's legs under the benches using it.
Metal Man (GM): You only have 1 AGI remaining. And no Normal points. So actually you can't do that. :V You can only use spells or skills... Of which you have plenty of spells, it appears. In fact, I should put only in quotation marks. In fact... You have Kinesis. So I presume you mean to use Kinesis. Which does exactly what you want. It also lets you fly, by the way. So you use Kinesis to try to grab Vetrek's legs. With the rope you created. Unlike with Valron, he doesn't see you coming and can only awkwardly try to leap away from it. You grab him with the rope-hook, as that grin he had earlier turns to a frown.
Vetrek: "Assassins! Assassins in the park!"
Metal Man (GM): You can hear and see the Zinyo people beginning to get into a fist fight with the Time Cop guards. That leaves Gelato's 1 AGI....
Valron: "Seems like your help's too busy. Whoops."
Metal Man (GM): Gelato could heal Valron if he wanted, or just rest until next turn.
Vetrek: "You have no idea what you're messing with... this is about peace in the universe and a restoration of true values!"
Valron: "Yeah, somehow... I kinda doubt your values really line up with much of anyone else's."
Vetrek: "My people love what I stand for, and when they hear about this--"
Metal Man (GM): One of the Time Cop Guards swings for Vetrek's face.
Vetrek: "Whoa!"
Louisoix: *Well, first plan backfired. Surprised something heavy enough wouldn't work... ah well. He would just let the two of them fight above while supporting from below.*
Metal Man (GM): He turns around to the Time Cop Guard, only to notice he's swinging a burning golf club at his face.
Valron: "I mean, sure, your people like it, but not all people are your people. Someone has to stand up for the unrepresented, after all."
Metal Man (GM): He punches the weird Time Cop back and breathes heavily.
Vetrek: "I don't know who you stand for but you're clearly out of your minds! And what the hell has gone wrong with my guards? This unity would ensure we can defend the universe against the Outlier threat! Entities from beyond who wish to manipulate us to do their bidding... do you understand the stakes? This is way bigger than just who runs this planet!"
Metal Man (GM): The weird Time Cop shakes his head and takes out a silver pistol glowing with... stun energy. He opens fire at Vetrek.
Valron: "Uh-huh." *He looks rather bemused by Vetrek's prattling* "I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea, yeah. I mean, there's a reason I'm going after one of Autumnus' puppets, after all."
Metal Man (GM): Vetrek gets stunned by the electrified blast and falls to his knees, not entirely out of it but definitely not able to move a lot.
Time Cop Guard: "Give me the cuffs, Valron."
Valron: "Huh? Oh, yeah. On it." *He'd Kinesis the cuffs over to the "Time Cop". His hands are kiiiinda full with the guitar, y'see.*
Metal Man (GM): He handcuffs Vetrek.
Time Cop Guard: "We need to move Vetrek to a safer location. He's been acting oddly."
Valron: "Not as smooth as I'd have liked it to be, but still. Not too bad."
Time Cop Guard 2: "Did you really have to swing antireality artifacts at him?"
Time Cop Guard: "You heard his speeches. Somebody must have drugged his drinks."
Time Cop Guard 2: "I dunno... what about those other people?"
Time Cop Guard: "They're just helpful civilians." *Unhooks him from the chain* "Look, I'll take care of this."
Time Cop Guard 2: "I'm not buying it."
Time Cop Guard: "...Then..." *Re-hooks the chain and leaps out of his disguise* "BANZAAIIIIIII!!!!"
Valron: "'oy. Take his word for it. I'm sure he can get all the paperwork processed after the fa... ct." *He sighs* "Dang it."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier smashes through the bleachers and holds on to Vetrek as they go falling down to rejoin Louisoix. Xavier doesn't have any AGI and Vetrek is restrained.
Louisoix: "Good work, let's go!"
Metal Man (GM): The fall KOs Vetrek and deals 50 damage to Xavier, who picks himself up off the asphalt, coughing.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I spent the entire time trying to become a better politician and I had to do that anyway... oh well. Gimme a little heal, Gelato, I bet they're gonna attack us like crazy in the next fifty seconds."
Louisoix: "Yeah, the crowd hasn't died down at all, is going to slow us down, and its about to get worse."
Gelato: *Uruz! +200 HP.*
Valron: *Aaaand he goes to fly down after Xavier. Best not to get too far behind, especially if things are about to get really heated...*
Editor's Note: I told my future self to insert this somewhere before the explosion earlier, but I don't see where it'd make sense. In lieu of figuring that out, I leave it an exercise to the reader what this means:
Metal Man (GM): Oh and, for those on the other team, noting that Xavier said the Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "We've entered the area over to the side... Vetrek seems to be completely distracted. We're going in. We'll keep you upda--" line while offscreen and just before the big explosion, then managed to radio the others due to them being closer. Phew, continuity is hard to keep between two groups like this.
Metal Man (GM): Also for future me to plug into the log at that time because I forgot, not that anyone in THIS side would have heard him say that.
Editor's Note: As you can see, it is a bit of a mystery. What exactly was I suggesting? I don't see any hint of another group or such in another room at that time...
Metal Man (GM): As the group goes to leave, naturally there's the problem of a horde of Vetrek's guards in the way.
Time Cop Guard 2: "Going somewhere?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You know, while I really don't like you guys, I too am a fan of nonviolent political solutions."
Time Cop Guard 2: "Good, give him back and we'll not publicly kill you."
Valron: *Glances around, looking for something heavy to Kinesis at the horde of guards while the conversation goes on* "Oh, and what? You'll privately kill us?"
Time Cop Guard 2: "We aren't the biggest fan of him but you know. Work is work. We have seen what you do before. Well, that goes without saying, but you're so hard to kill, that doesn't count as a threat to you people, does it? Or are you suddenly no longer as confident about your abilities as you used to be?"
Valron: "I suppose not, but that doesn't make it any less annoying."
Time Cop Guard 2: "Hey, try training new people in a field where being killed by you people is an occupational hazard. 'Why Yes, Mrs. So-and-so, your husband was murdered by a lunatic with a golf club.'"
Louisoix: "We'll ban golf clubs from our list of items to use."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hey, let's not be so hasty about this."
Louisoix: "Baseball bats are less prone to break."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I mean, is this really a golf club?"
Louisoix: "It'll save money."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier pushes a button and the outline of an axe made out of plasma appears around his golf club.
Time Cop Guard 2: "Oh good. I'll inform the insurance adjusters that decapitations are 500% more likely."
Valron: "...Oh, that's snazzy. When'd you work that upgrade?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, the guy who provided me the magitek guy who almost got golf clubs banned. He did it."
Time Cop Guard 2: "Yes, Solarian objects are everywhere today, did you see that sun earlier? No? I guess we have to tell you after we capture you and interrogate you for disturbing the peace."
Metal Man (GM): There's a mass of 15 guards. It looks... maybe not the easiest battle to win.
Time Cop Guard 2: "So... surrender now, or surrender later. Which will it be?"
Metal Man (GM): There's a nice bench. It's even several feet long. And recently ripped free from the bleaches. And is all dented and messed up.
Louisoix uses magitek to make a large picture of an IOU. Then, behind that, attempts to make a flashbang.
Valron: "Yeah, as interesting as this whole conversation hasn't been... I'm a busy man. Later." *And with that, he goes to Kinesis the bench horde-wards. Preferably in a way to catch as many of them with it as possible.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I have a ride to catch, personally."
Time Cop Guard 2: "Watch out, it's another Aribar situation!"
Metal Man (GM): The bench flies at the horde.
Valron: "Oh, if only I had a helicopter instead."
Metal Man (GM): Now, behold the magic of my dice.
Editor's Note: Or don't, I don't think you people reading this want an entire wall of numbers without context to read through. The results work fine on their own.
Metal Man (GM): 11 of them are clobbered by the huge en masse shoving. Now for the flashbang. 2, 7, 10 13 dodged the bench, and 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13 dodged the flashbang. Those three decide to return fire at you, throwing some funky Time Cop Magic at you all.
They throw Blue Spheres that explode at your feet.
Do you choose to... dodge, block, or parry? For each of the Questers here, respectively.
The new round began with you throwing the bench, so. Yes.
Gelato: *Mighty Block!*
Valron: *He's gonna attempt to dodge.*
Metal Man (GM): Gelato goes in for the block.
Louisoix attempts to block.
Metal Man (GM): Oh, and there's two others... So the other two get blocked. That's 3 AGI usage, also. I'd suggest you try to dodge instead, Louisoix. You have 7 dodge and that doesn't cost AGI. It's the same as your block, anyway. All three hit, either way. Xavier takes out his guns and tries to shoot them as they're throwing things at him. Well nevermind about them hitting any of you! Xavier shoots them all!
Xavier Ridgecrest: "DIEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Valron: "Glad to see you've got our backs, boss."
Metal Man (GM): He stuns the three who were throwing spells at you, thus the horde is all variously blinded or stunned by what happened.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "It's just not the same when I scream die, and then I stun, but... ...let's get out of here."
Valron: "Yeah, before they regain their composure." *And with that, he's off!*
Louisoix: "Got it, lets get moving!" *And with that, Louisoix moves out!*
Gelato: *And him as well!*
Metal Man (GM): They go to chase, but, having seen that you are not, in fact, murderers, and you coordinated with them before... the Zinyo people politely block the way so the Time Cop Guards can't get at you immediately. And while they can all teleport, you've all now begun to run out into the crowds. Freaky Gun: 3, Bench: 11, Flashbang: 9, Time Cop Guards: 0 Xavier smacks Vetrek into a wall on the way out to be CERTAIN he won't be waking up any time soon.
Louisoix: "Well, if we run into a blocked off door or something we can use him as a battering ram..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Right. Now we have a problem. The Sun they spoke of blew out the radio connection to the others, and--"
Metal Man (GM): There's a bunch of dudes in suits and futuristic visors running into the park, opposite the way everyone just exited the park.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We have to decide whether to just book it or try to do something about that." *Clicks his radio as people continue running away screaming* "It's gonna be hard to get them out of there. We definitely can't just go back in, since I doubt we'll get that lucky hurling benches into people... Hm, yeah. Cast Panel on the radio, quickly, while people are still too freaked out to realize the people who hurled benches at Time Cop Guards are out here."
Valron: "Good thing we've both got you covered, there. I'll be ready to launch a second Panel if needed."
Louisoix: "Will do." *Casts Panel.*
Metal Man (GM): The radio returns to service, and through the power of magic can reach the other radios now as well.
Illian MacGregor: *R* "--ews, but there's an incoming fleet and it's not looking great."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Illian, what's happening?"
Illian MacGregor: *R* "Somebody shifted their plans and we have a giant fleet incoming. I don't think subtlety is anymore the plan here. We have to get back to a defensive position to protect the planet, and soon."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "The others are surrounded and dealing with Thanatos!"
Valron: *R* "Oh, that's great. And just as we've secured Vetrek, too. I don't know who's responsible for that, but I am going to kick their teeth in if I find out."
Illian MacGregor: *R* "...Curses, we need some way to get them out of there."
Metal Man (GM): We'll pause in a moment, but first... you here, Violet? Xavier radios you as the battle is ongoing and things are getting more destructive over where you are, as we left off.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Nonna, do you read? We fixed the radios and we got Vetrek, but an incoming fleet is coming to attack Onta'vis!"
Nonna: *R* "Send the command to my peacekeeping fleet to intercept! We'll finish up here and rejoin you soon!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Okay. Just be mindful... we mildly inconvenienced several irate Time Cop Guards and they're all running around fighting Zinyo ones. You might want an alternate route out of where you are. And... and a bunch of other guys in visors are running towards your position! We couldn't stop them. We only barely got out ourselves dealing with the hordes of Time Cop Guards."
Nonna: *R* "...I read you. We'll figure something out. Do you have the target?"
Valron: *R* "Xavier's holding him."
Nonna: *R* "Just make sure you get out of there, and don't look back. Use him as leverage if you must."
Valron: *R* "Noted. Shouldn't be too difficult at this juncture. We've already gotten past the bulk of the Time Cop guards. The Zinyo folks have our backs, fortunately."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Yeah... we'll get going, then."
Nonna: *R* "Okay, we'll meet you soon."
Louisoix: "We have some time moving to a safe spot to think about what to do about this attack. I wonder if its meant to be a political power grab."
Nonna: *R* "Thanatos... is worse than we imagined. We're talking Omnus levels of crazy here."
Louisoix: *R* "I imagine that's bad."
Nonna: *R* "You probably heard that giant explosion? That was from a big black hole he conjured and chucked at us around civilians, just because I snarked at him."
Valron: *R* "Please don't tell me he knows Nullus. That's the last thing I'd to hear right n... oh. That's wonderful."
Nonna: *R* "I'll get everyone out of here."
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "A black hole? ...I have to avoid the urge to face him myself. The people here don't deserve to be destroyed by black holes... but I know it wouldn't end well."
Nonna: *R* "Remember the mission."
Metal Man (GM): Vetrek starts struggling a bit and Xavier knocks him out again.
Xavier Ridgecrest: *R* "Yes. Let's get out of here."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier starts hurrying towards the warp-out place. Of course, blocking the way happens to be another person in a fairly neat looking suit. He's casually smoking a cigarette, and seems to be on the lookout for something.
Valron: *And Valron follows behind... before stopping just as another suit-type of dude is in the way.*
Louisoix: "Friends of yours?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "No, not a friend of mine."
Metal Man (GM): Xavier scans him with the Smash Dex.
Smash Dex: "...DING! Zalman. Time Cop Agent. Peer of Ael. Observed the destruction of Julian's Stadium."
Louisoix: "Well, if that's the case, might as well give this weight some use." *Throws the weight he made at the guy's head.*
Smash Dex: "Unknown power level."
Metal Man (GM): The weight flies at the man's head. The man blinks out of reality for a moment. Then he reappears and looks at you. He casually blows smoke.
Zalman: "Questers. We meet again. You have something very important to me. ...Well, Questers and... new freakshow members..."
Louisoix: "Thanks."
Zalman: "...Actually they are a bit more refined than what I recall... ...Nevermind. I can figure it out later. Give over the political tool. Now.."
Gelato: *Glaaaare.*
Valron: "Yeah, we've been busy bettering ourselves. Anyways."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "If you stop intruding upon this area as per the treaty, perhaps we can come to an agreement about removing Vetrek?"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier's statement actually causes Zalman to put a hand to his chin.
Zalman: "Well... I don't really care for this area either... And you aren't exactly the monsters I looked at for Ael. What exactly do you want with that... thing?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We've never really fought you. Well, except that rock Louis threw at you, but you know how Questers are."
Louisoix: "I made it earlier, kind of felt like a waste to not use it."
Zalman: "Yes, completely impulsive. Don't worry, I don't care about something that had ZERO chance of killing me. It's more that you're messing with a planet we would rather you not have."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "The issue is I need some reassurance you won't come waltzing in and plant this... plant person here the moment we give him back."
Zalman: "I assure you, he is no longer useful to us now that you've proven his vulnerability."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "...You're hiding something, aren't you."
Zalman: "...This is embarrassing, to be unable to convince a madman who blows people up... ...no wait, it is true, you haven't killed anyone lately... We have to work fast, you know... the locals are probably beginning to wonder why we're calm in the midst of this... chaos..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "And, we have him and you don't. I mean, it's true. You move fantastically fast. But how can you guarantee he's safe if you try something and we move first?"
Zalman: *Raises an eyebrow* "Yes, that is precisely why I'm not doing that. Don't take me for a moron."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We promise he will be released in one piece. We could have killed him hundreds of times over by now."
Zalman: "Really? ...Fine, I'll just make it clear. I was hoping you'd just keep trying to kill me, so I could justify fighting you. But your stupid rock missed me and I didn't know it was you because of that robot... thing not resembling a Quester. You really caught me out there. What kind of freaks are you going to have next? ..." *Sighs* "To knowingly pick a fight with you now would violate the treaty, even though you have one of our assets. Just... ...know this isn't the end. I'm not going to leave you alone this time."
Metal Man (GM): He angrily stalks off.
Valron: "Yeah, I kinda figured."
Louisoix: "...why do people keeps saying I look like a robot." *He would say under his breath.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Phew. I'm glad that rock missed. Don't throw any rocks at people, Louis. At least not until we're certain we can actually hit them. And that we want them to be hit."
Valron: "Well, at least we know another Time Cop that's still in the picture..."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So basically when they start acting insane or combative."
Louisoix: "Lesson learned I guess. He was being too edgy, it was hard not to want to throw something at him. It's like watching someone try to slow walk and be cool, but you want them to fall down a flight of stairs."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Anyway, time to go." *He leaps into the portal.*
Valron: "Agreed." *Into the portal he goes!*
Metal Man (GM): You see more dudes with visors coming towards the portal. And, as well, Time Cop Guards.
Gelato: *He headbonks Louis on the ankle before jumping in!*
Time Cop Guard 2: "Come... back here! Gah! Why didn't Zalman stop you! What is WRONG with everybody today???"
Metal Man (GM): Then to make things even more ridiculous, you see one of the dudes with the visor brutally shoot Time Cop Guard 2.
Visor Man: "Thanatos, we have executed the Time Cop mole. We're looking for his handler now."
Metal Man (GM): Then you finish warping so you can't see anymore. You're back on the Wing Fortress now.
Louisoix: "...kinda makes you feel bad. Well, now we wait for the others. Where are they now?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Let's find out."
Commander Borne: "They better hurry. There's ships everywhere. This is gonna be a mess soon, everyone's moving in to fight..."
Metal Man (GM): Back with Team B.
Nonna: *Grins at Thanatos* "You're quite tough, aren't you?"
Thanatos: "Yes. I will soon be drinking your blood. You look like you might have delicious blood. And, you're rather foreign looking. So I imagine it will be very different from the blood of the people on this planet. That is, if I don't get angry enough to destroy you with another black hole. I can always do that instead."
King Demon: "Ok, that's not at all creepy... I thought you were a dragon, not Dracula!"
Marley: "Just for that I'm throwin' a ROTTEN bottle at your head, dragon-dummy!"
Nonna: *Whispering R to Kumiko, Demon, and Marley* "I have a plan. I want you to take my hands and follow me."
Thanatos: "That stupid bum! LEAVE ME ALONE, YOUR BLOOD DOESN'T EVEN PROBABLY TASTE GOOD."
Marley: "Come over and try it, then! You've been picking on innocent girls and ignoring me!"
Thanatos: "These girls are at least eight times deadlier than you are, bum!"
King Demon: "HEY! Who you callin a GIRL!?!?"
Nonna maneuvers around so she's within reach of the others, while they distract Thanatos.
Thanatos: "...Well I thought maybe you were a really ugly one... I mean... you're some weird non-ape species. How can I know?"
Marley: *R* "Sure, I'll get over there--"
Metal Man (GM): Marley walks over and Thanatos lets him, based on the previous ranting.
Nonna: *Then creates a bunch of mist by combining water with fire eles.*
Thanatos: "Well, if you want to come up front so I can burn your face off, go ahead, monkey-hobo-man."
King Demon: "Seriously!?" *Pause* "Well, I have seen some rather nasty looking people in my time..."
Thanatos: "Are you pre-steaming your flesh before I eat you? That's awfully strange. Maybe you're all secretly poisonous."
Nonna: *When it's thick enough, she makes a dash for Demon, Marley, and Kumiko to grab them and run.*
Thanatos: "That'd be just my luck. I'll have my butler taste test first. ...Oh. You're running away. ...Where are you going?"
Marley follows with the running.
Nonna: *Whispering* "Hold on tight."
Thanatos: "I mean. I'd throw a black hole at you to kill you, but that direction isn't the way out of here. It's a cliff."
King Demon: "Of course I'm poisonous! You have any idea how many times I've been killed and rev... ah hell!" *Takes off running.*
Thanatos: "Note to self: Don't eat the weird one. Probably tastes bad. Look, if you want to die, just let me kill you." *Follows slowly.*
Nonna: *She does indeed throw herself off the edge of the building, alongside everyone else.*
Marley: "Oh no! This is like one of the things Jack does! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!" *Flies off the building.*
King Demon: "Dammit, I should have tested my wings before doing Thiiiiiiiiiiis!"
Thanatos: "...I haven't even stretched my wings today. You savages are going to give me a cramp. ...I'll let you hit the ground first."
Nonna: *Once she's certain they're outside of Thanatos' anti-magic range, she begins to cast the Plane spell...*
Metal Man (GM): He peers over the side, fully expecting all of you to pancake, as you fall a very far away. It's a long way down. You see a visor guy talking with Thanatos as he watches you fall. However, clouds soon obscure you from his view. At that time, you summon the plane spell. You can vaguely feel him trying and failing to dispel something he can only vaguely sense but not see.
Nonna: "Come forth, the Wooly Dimension! Cushion our fall!"
Metal Man (GM): Aaaand we pause as group B is about to land on a really huge cushion of wool, as the first invocation of 'Pure Dimension of ______' since Aribar eons ago shows up.
Marley: "Ach... it looks like I'm gonna be itchy for a while after thi--" *Pause.*
Metal Man (GM): PAUSE. And on this note, we pause this thrilling episode of Super Smash Quest. Next time: Incoming space fleet of some kind! Interrogating Vetrek! And Group B's escape!

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