Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 107: The Wrath of Wakatu
Date: November 27th, 28th, & December 3rd and 20th, 2004.
Trivia: The last 15 seconds worth of missioning here took Yurie a whopping 17 days to finally get down to work on. And then there was no more real 'Saga sessions'! What a mess.
Yurie (GM): *Time passes. Deloth and everyone else is re-healed by the time the ship lands at Scrap.
Deloth heads out of the ship, feeling much better.
James Prower: "Alright... you'll probably find the one you're looking for in the pub. Just follow the road, there's only one road and you can't miss it."
Razor: "...alright..." He stands up and heads out of the ship, keeping his eyes forward and his hood over his head as he takes the front.
Yurie (GM): Scrap, true to its name, is a junkyard. A city-sized junkyard set atop a large, badland-like desert. A wide path winds down from the port, heading inwards toward a small, old western style town... Well, technically it's not a town, but rather a town-sized junkyard, full of wrecked, disposed of, and lost machinery. Metal could probably spend the remainder of the decade sifting through the scrap metal. However, the group was heading into town, to the pub, to find the next 'Lord.'
Metal Man: "I hope we can find what we're looking for out here."
Garrick walks with his hands in his pockets, glancing around at the junk littered town. "Well, best place to go is a pub. Pubs have information, just what we need."
Gibby: "A pub in THIS place?"
Aribar heads into town with a hand on his bag of valuables... This place seems perfect for cutthroats and thieves.
Garrick: "Of course. This place is a backwater town. My kind of place..."
Yurie (GM): Yes, the pub. The pub is a rather large building made out of a mix of scrap iron, wood, and the hulls of several vehicles. Several neon signs, some working, some not, blaze atop the heap of scrap, and a pair of old-fashioned swinging wooden doors lead inside...
Garrick: "Best to keep your eyes open, guys..."
Gibby holds his eyes open with his fins.
Garrick pushes the swinging wooden doors open and makes for the bar that he knows will be there. He walks like he grew up in the place.
Metal Man: "What a fascinating place."
Aribar shifts his hand to the hilt of Sword of Darkness... He then follows Garrick into the bar and almost hopes that a thief dares to steal from the elf.
Gibby enters inside, and looks around.
Yurie (GM): The inside is just as funky as the inside. Jazz music plays from a live band, made up of several monsters on a stage. A long, cut up bar dominates one side of the bar, and tables are scattered all around. There's a few people at the tables, and only one at the bar...
Garrick grins slightly and mutters to Ari. "Definitely my kind of place..."
Metal Man looks around, and shrugs. "At least we aren't being attacked by mushrooms."
Aribar whispers back, "Not for me... I'd sooner burn the whole place down than talk to these people."
Gibby: "You think they got anything good to drink in here?"
Garrick: "It's not the people you want to talk to first, it's the barkeep." He glances down the bartop and makes a small thud against the wood to draw the server's attention.
Yurie (GM): The server, a rather spindly looking robot, trundles over.
Server: "What. Can. I. Get. You. Sir. Beeep!"
Aribar just stays close to Metal and Gibby. The elf keeps scanning the room and studying everyone in it.
Gibby grabs a stool, and sits on it... he's still not tall enough to see over the bartop.
Metal Man sits down next to Gibby.
Garrick: "Whiskey, if you have it. And some information..."
Server: "In. for. ma. ti. on. Beeep!" *the robot reaches up, grabbing a bottle and pour a glass of the amber liquid.*
Aribar hrms and sits down next to the others... The elf seems twitchy and ready for action if a bar fight or something should arise.
Garrick smiles really and truly for the first time in a while as he takes the glass, taking a drink of the liquid and sighing contently. "It's been quite some time... you need to have them start up a bar in the Stadium, Met."
Gibby mimics what Garrick did, and bangs the bartop with his fin to get the robot's attention.
Server: "In.for.ma.ti.on. Beeep!"
Gibby holds his fin in pain. "Ow..."
Metal Man seems to blatantly ignore Garrick, and talk to himself, for some reason.
Server: "What. In. for. ma. ti. on. Beeep!"
Metal Man: "Where is the next lord?"
Garrick glances over to Metal before looking back at the robot barkeep. "Now, info. My friends and I here are currently seeking one of the twelve lords. You know where we might find him or her?"
Yurie (GM): The answer comes not from the robot, but from the man sitting down the bar a bit...
Man: "I wouldn't go looking for him..."
Garrick glances to the man, raising a eyebrow in suspicion "And why's that?"
Yurie (GM): The man in question is relatively tall, dressed rather casually. A white shirt with the sleeves all ripped up, a pair of rather worn looking blue pants, and a pair of shoes that look like they've seen better days. There's a white headband around his head, and a long, carved and curved stick on a strap over one shoulder. He picks up what appears to be a saucer and drinks deep...
Man: "Ahhhh... cause only fools go lookin' for the man from Wakatu..."
Garrick: "Well, then we seem to be fools... know where we can find him?"
Man: "An if I did, why would I tell ya?"
Garrick: "Because if you didn't, you, the robot, all the people in here, and all the people on your planet would be in a whole lot of trouble."
Yurie (GM): He laughs, setting the saucer down.
Man: "Ohhh... that's funny kid. What's your name?"
Garrick: "...Fy`aar. Garrick Fy`aar."
Metal Man just watches Garrick.
Garrick: "May I ask yours?"
Aribar hrms... The elf begins to think of some other ideas to get the information from this man.
Man: "Meh, weird name. Kindaa reminds me of this girl I met once. Kid was as sharp as a razor, that she was. Wonder where she went to..."
Garrick glances to the others, then back to the man. "...did... erm... did she go by the name of... Yurie?"
Yurie (GM): The man stops, then slooowly turns towards Garrick. His dark eyes have pretty much emptied of all that laughter and drunkenness...
Man: "And how, pray tell, would you know -that- name."
Yurie (GM): The robot looks at the man, then at Garrick, then quickly trundles off, as though fearing for its life...
Garrick: "Because she's a friend of mine, and a fellow member of our band. She was with us up until a few days ago. She was our guide in Saga, and thanks to her we currently have the blessing and the tarots of five of the twelve lords."
Man: "...and now she's up and vanished on you. Crazy girl. Crazy crazy girl."
Aribar: "... Arrg... Can you tell us where this Wakatu man is or not?"
Garrick glances to the wooden stick on his shoulder, then turns back to his whiskey "Don't you get it, Ari? He is one of them..."
Ruffian: "THERE HE IS! GENNAI KAGURA!!"
Metal Man: "...?"
Aribar: "... Oh, I am suppose to bel--Huh?" *The elf turns towards the door.*
Yurie (GM): The man turns as several ruffian looking men rush into the bar, all armed with rather ugly looking weapons...
Garrick smirks and tips his glass to the man "I believe you're on, friend."
Gen: "Now now now boys... can't a guy just have a nice, quiet drink?"
Metal Man pulls out the Baton of Bashing and gets up.
Yurie (GM): The mans stands, walking away form the bar. Now the patrons AND the band flee to the OPPOSITE side of the room..
Garrick: "Sit, Metal... I doubt this will last long..."
Metal Man threateningly taps his left hand with the baton.
Gibby just watches.
Ruffian: "You owe our boss of FIVE guys you cut up with that damn sword of yours! Do I..."
Gen: "Well, tell your boss that I'm very sorry..."
Aribar stands up and unsheathes the Sword of Darkness. "Hmp... I think it is time for a fight."
Yurie (GM): He smiles as one of the ruffians pulls out a pistol and aims... then shoots... and misses horribly, hitting the jug that was sitting beside the saucer he was drinking from...
Garrick: "...ooooohhhhh boy."
Aribar: "... I think we should protect this bum, Garrick..."
Gen: "..." *looks at the broken jug... then at the guy...* "...that was sake from KYO! Do you know how -EXPENSIVE- THAT STUFF IS!? Ohhh, it is onnn... SUGOI!"
Garrick: "Gibby, Ari. If you learn anything about the life of a barfly, it's this: Never, ever, mess with a man's drink. If I were you, I'd get down..."
Gibby: "Oh dear..."
Aribar: "Bah. I can handle myself, Garrick."
Gibby leaps over the bartop, and hides on the other side.
Metal Man: "It depends upon how good they are at fighting."
Garrick: "Alright, don't say I didn't warn you..."
Yurie (GM): The man promptly pulls that 'stick' out from over his shoulder, grasps the upper part of it, then promptly pulls on it, drawing out a long, slender sword blade. He grins, then seems to vanish... the men look around for a moment, then all freeze as lines trace along their bodies in random places: necks, across midsections, across arms, down the middle...
Metal Man: "Not all the King's men could put those people back together..."
Garrick: "Too bad they aren't eggs."
Yurie (GM): The man reappears, slides the blade through his fingertips, sheathes it, then walks over and drinks from his saucer, then looks at the men with the lines running through them.
Gibby: "...how can someone move that fast?"
Gen: "...you can stop standing there and fall apart now."
Aribar walks over and pokes one of the men with the Sword of Darkness.
Metal Man looks at the weapons the men had and wonder if he can take it... or if it's a pile of rubbish.
Yurie (GM): And fall apart they do, mists of white, red, purple and gold sparks spraying from their bodies as they fall apart and seem to evaporate.
Garrick laughs openly and looks to the man. "Very nice, friend, very nice indeed. So, I take it you're the Blade Lord of Saga."
Gen: "Ya could say that. Gennai Kagura. But most just call me 'Gen"
Gibby: "I'd like to see someone better."
Garrick: "Like I said, Garrick Fy`aar. This is Metal Man, Aribar, and Gibby. We're the Questers from Nintendus. Also like I said, we're here to make peace with the twelve lords, and since your one of them, here we are. Lucky us to have found you."
Gen: "Lucky as heck... I assume you want my Tarot, right?"
Gibby give a nervous wave.
Metal Man: "Ummm... well, actually, we need your help to defeat 13 evil men who blow things up. But, yeah."
Garrick: "No doubt. But how we get it is up to you."
Gen: "Well, too bad, I don't have it."
Metal Man: "Who has it?"
Garrick: "My guess... Yurie."
Gen: "I hid it." ^^
Aribar: "... Can't you just make another one? Aren't they just little slips of paper?"
Metal Man: "Ah... so we have to find it."
Garrick: "Ohhh, you hid it..."
Gibby: "Oh good... I like scavenger hunts." *jumps on the bartop.*
Gen: "NO I can't just 'make another one.' That's the point! The Tarots are kinda like pieces of a Lord's soul, ya know... anyway, I know where it is... and I bet that's where Yurie is as well."
Metal Man: "Oh."
Garrick: "Then fill us in."
Gen: "The only place that only the bravest or the dumbest people ever go to: The Ghost City of Wakatu..."
Garrick: "...well, that sounds like fun..."
Metal Man: "Let's go! We have a Region ship, too."
Yurie (GM): Gen shrugs, then stands and walks out of the pub, stepping over the dead bodies..
Gibby: "Well looks like I'm qualified..."
Metal Man follows Gen.
Garrick stands and follows, draining the rest of his whiskey and moving along.
Aribar: "... Hmp. I still don't think a bum like that could be one of these lords." *He follows the others.*
Gibby runs after Gen, tripping over the bodies from time to time. "Whoops... excuse me... sorry... woah... my bad..."
Yurie (GM): *Back aboard the Trident, which has now lifted off, Gen finally decides to let Capt. Prower know where they're going...*
James Prower: "...you want me to fly us WHERE?!"
Gen: "Wakatu." ^^
Garrick is down at the meeting table below the bridge, feet kicked up, quietly ponding the situation.
Metal Man: "I sure hope we aren't eaten by hamburgers." *hefts a huge, Onyx Sword onto a table, and starts looking at it carefully.*
Digifanatic: "What Lord is in Wakatu?"
Yurie (GM): The fox grumbles and sets in a course, while Gen pads off through one of the doors... and returns with a bottle of red wine, which he uncorks and takes a swig of.
Metal Man: "Not Lord... just tarot."
Digifanatic: "Oh..." *looks at Gen.* "Thanks but no thanks. I don't drink."
Gibby: "And to get it we'll probably have to beat up a bunch of... well... who knows what."
Metal Man: "Hamburgers, I tell you!"
Digifanatic: "Yeah. In Saga you never know..."
Gibby: "...maybe ghosts!"
Garrick glances around and rolls his eyes, going back to his quiet pondering while the others yammer on.
Gibby: "I mean if it IS a ghost city..."
Metal Man: "I still think rabid hamburgers prowl the streets."
Aribar attempts to find a quite corner of the ship to go to sleep in until they arrive at the city.
Gen: "Which it is... you guys probably haven't heard about why it's called 'The Ghost City of Wakatu.'"
Gibby: "And you also think a Dorito man is going to get you by throwing cheetos at you."
Metal Man: "Yes, probably, Gibby."
Metal Man: "Oh... please inform me."
Gibby: "Yes... we must know."
Metal Man (GM): .oO(Real estate rates must have gone through the roof...)
Gen: "Well... dozens of years back, Trinity had gotten the big idea trying to coerce the people of Wakatu into workin' for them, specifically the sword smiths, to work for them. Now, the elders didn't really like this idea, so they pretty much told Trinity to bug off and leave them alone."
Digifanatic: "If it's a ghost city, I'm guessing that Tarot has a good background in spiritual attacks and perhaps the Soul element, but I might be wrong."
Gibby: "How are we going to battle ghosts anyway? Wouldn't our attacks go right through them?"
Metal Man: "Ghosts are afraid of Doritos."
Digifanatic: "Well, ghosts would have the Soul element, so if anyone got a Psychic attack, use it. Most likely, at least."
Gen: "Shaddup, I'm trying to tell a story here. Anyway, Trinity wasn't going to have that, so they invade. Well, Wakatu was pretty much ripped all up by the attack. The outer region of city was turned into a gigantic pit, while the inner city was torn up by infantry and everythin' else. Now, Trinity was proud of themselves, since they had pretty much killed everyone in the city... however, the people weren't what they were after. They were looking for the Chamber of Blades, which was this huge vault containing the greatest masterpieces of the Wakatu swordsmiths. The problem was, no one could find it."
Gibby: "Wasn't there a map or something?"
Gen: "Nope. Nope."
Metal Man (GM): .oO(I sure hope they don't have Tridus's Technomian sword in there...)
Digifanatic: *sigh.* "Figures..."
Garrick: "...ten coins says that our friend here hid the Tarot in that vault."
Gen: "Then the bad stuff started happening. Wakatu is situated over a spiritual ley line, so when all that bad energy from the murdering and death seeped into the ground, the spirits and ghosts there went nuts. Soldiers started vanishing, machines self destructed, everything!"
Digifanatic: "Wow, that's pretty crazy."
Garrick: "Thus, it now is a ghost town."
Gen: "Yeah. The inner city is now surrounded by a giant black lake, and ghosts roam the streets . That's why Wakatu is called 'The Ghost City' or, less nicely, 'The City of Hungry Ghosts.'"
Garrick: "How did you escape, then?"
Gen: "I left when I was a kid. Ran away from home."
Garrick nods slightly "...well, we have our work cut out for us..."
Yurie (GM): The Trident hums, passing through what appears to be a thick wall of mist that extends over the ocean below..
Aribar is sleeping somewhere in the ship waiting for it to reach the city.
James Prower: "I don't get it... there shouldn't be a fog bank here, and my sensors can't see a thing through this..."
Metal Man: "Hmmmm..."
Razor stares off into the mist. "Well... we can't exactly land here... we'll have to keep going."
Gen: "That's cause the mist here isn't natural..."
Yurie (GM): The mist flows by the ship, visible from the viewscreens that make up the room's walls... Odd, cloudy shapes pass around and by the ship... nonspecific shapes...
Razor: "Huh... so... do we keep going?"
Gen: "Yup... we're not even over the island yet..."
Gibby: "I know I would."
Metal Man: "Creepy!"
Razor: "Alright... then we continue."
Aribar: "Zzzzz... Zzzz..."
Yurie (GM): The ship shakes slightly, then slowly begins to descend...
Razor: "...are we at the island?"
Metal Man: "I hope so."
James Prower: "Don't look at me... I didn't touch the controls." o.o
Metal Man: "...Huh?"
Razor: "...well... that's not good, is it..."
Aribar blinks and wakes up... He's been sleeping on the bridge. "Yaawn... Are we there yet?"
Gibby: "Doubt it..."
Metal Man: "We might be going to a watery grave, though."
Razor: "I have a feeling... we'll be fine."
Gibby: "Figures... the ONE way I didn't want to go."
Razor: "In case of a water landing, Gibby may be used as a flotation device."
Metal Man: "I should have brought some WD-40..."
Aribar: "Really? That's good..." *The elf gets up, still sleepy, and walks over towards Gibby.*
Gibby slowly steps away from the Ari. "BACK YOU!"
Metal Man: "What's our altitude?"
Yurie (GM): The ship soon busts through the mist, revealing a strange sight... it was day outside the mist, but inside it's night. The only light is coming from a large lake, surrounding a ruined, Asian city. Tall, ruined temples spire upwards at the sky, light by the glowing lake surrounding it... they're dropping towards what appears to be a small piece of land in the water..
Metal Man: "This looks like some classic ruins o' doom."
Razor: "...here we are..."
Aribar: "Bah... Evil flotation device... . We're here? Good..." *The elf readies his equipment.*
Gen: "That's it alright... the ghost city of Wakatu..."
Razor: "Good... let's go find... the card. Hopefully Yurie as well..."
Metal Man: "I hope it doesn't rain..."
Yurie (GM): The ship slowly lands on that piece of land, the airlock hissing open. Gen climbs out.
Metal Man follows him, looking shiny and also very alien to this ruined landscape.
Razor is practically right on Gen's heels.
Aribar follows Gen into the city. "So... Do you know what enemies we'll be facing here? This place most definitely is haunted by a bunch of ghosts..."
Yurie (GM): Gen walks along the small bit of land, approaching the water.
Gen: "Precisely that... ghosts. By the way, don't follow the lights..."
Gibby goes up to the water. "How come?"
Metal Man: "Not even if they lead to a Denny's?"
Razor: "They're probably just spirits."
Gen: "No... well... lets just say that bad things will happen. Here comes our ride..." *he points out to the water as a boat slowly slides through the water, making no noise as I does so. A shadowy figure is poling it along, the figure appearing to be a tall man wearing a black cloak...*
Razor: "Huh... looks pleasant... couldn't he have, like, a motorboat or something?"
Aribar rests his hand on Moonlight's hilt... "I already don't like this."
Metal Man: "Wow... he looks like the Doorman..."
Gibby: "...mama always said to never go on boats with men in black cloaks..."
Yurie (GM): Gen steps onto the boat, then motions for everyone else to follow.
Razor hops right in, staring out into the fog.
Metal Man follows, although he is leery of the boatman.
Yurie (GM): The boatman says nothing.
Metal Man (GM): .oO(Reminds me of the popular myths of what happens when you die...)
Gibby: *reluctantly goes on the boat...*
Yurie (GM): The boat, once Gibby steps on, begins to move as the boatman poles it along. As it passes through the water, it makes no sound, nor waves. Over the side of the boat, the green 'liquid' is transparent, showing what appears to be a ruined city underneath, vaporous spirits and mutilated ghosts swirling about slowly and silently...
Metal Man: "...Just like home!" *chuckles nervously, secretly wondering if that's where Tridus sent his home planet...*
Razor: "...they spoke of a similar place in myths back home... Ekha'tgh they called it... the river of the dead."
Aribar: "... I should have brought some holy charms and other stuff..."
Yurie (GM): One of the spirits notices Metal, then slides upwards, the green 'water' rippling, then sliding upwards in the shape of a hand, grasping for Metal... which promptly falls short and slides back into the surface.
Metal Man: "Hey! You! No touchie! I'll make sure to come after you when I die..."
Gen: "Don't encourage them..."
Metal Man: "Whatever you say."
Aribar: "... Errm... Speaking of death... What would happen if we... Die here?"
Metal Man: "I believe we're protected by the fighter remote... though it also supposedly has a secret catch that no one has explained to me..."
Aribar: "Oh... Okay."
Gibby: "That's comforting..."
Gen: "Alright guys... while we're in Wakatu, try to stay close to me... this is definitely not the sort of place to get lost in."
Metal Man: "I'm sure of that..."
Aribar unsheathes Moonlight. "Okay..."
Gibby: "I'll stick like glue."
Metal Man: "Even the magnetic wastes of Nintendus aren't this creepy."
Yurie (GM): Gen nods, then steps out of the boat as it 'docks' near what appears to be a ruined, hole-filled wooden bridge...
Razor hops out behind him.
Metal Man gets out his baton, and gets it ready for some more bashing. "I was wondering... is there anything that effects these ghosts, should they attack us?"
Aribar gets up out of the boat and looks about.
Gen: "Most of them are manifesting physically, so you should be able to hurt them with normal weapons... *he draws his sword, tucking the sheath into his belt before he climbs up the arch of the bridge..."
Metal Man: "Whew." *follows, hoping they aren't particularly hungry for flesh...*
Razor snaps his arm to the side, his wraithblade slowly extending from his palm. "No matter what, I'm ready..." He keeps right behind Gen.
Metal Man warily looks ahead.
Aribar follows Gen and the others...
Digifanatic continues along.
Yurie (GM): Gen steps of the bridge, looking around slowly...
Gen: "Alright... let's see... I think we need to head straight ahead first..."
Metal Man: "Okay."
Yurie (GM): *VIP!* *Gen blinks as a small flicker dashes across the street... then another...*
Digifanatic: "Fine by me."
Yurie (GM): *VIP.*
Metal Man: "...?"
Digifanatic: "What... or who... are those?"
Yurie (GM): The vips then leap upwards out of the mist, then land in front of the group. The 'shinobi-rei' look like 5' even men garbed entirely in black. Each wears a red sash about their neck and waist, and both are carrying nasty looking swords. Their faces are covered with white, blank-faced masks...
Metal Man: "Uhhh... we come in piece... we don't want to hurt you... yeah..."
Gen: "They're not going to listen to you." *He raises his sword, holding it in both hands.*
Metal Man: "...We really should have brought Luigi here..."
Dex: *Auto-Scan.* *DING!* "Shinobi-Rei. Health: 80%. STR 12 (+1) SPD 30 (+10) INT X. AC 20. Quirks: Stealthy, Ghost, Fast Weapon. Defense: 5|2. Attacks. Use Weapon (Ninja-To, 11%, +12) Shuriken (Three shots, 5%, +) Shadow Net (+10 to hit, Stuns) Shadow Grasp (+10, 10%, restores 10% to Shinobi) Call Kitsu-Rei (Summons 2 Kitsu-Rei) Info: The ghost of a shinobi who died in the attack on Wakatu. This ghost is quite capable of manipulating reality, which allows it to take a physical form and damage targets physically."
Yurie (GM): Shinobi one blurs, then dashes at Metal with a VIP, slashing at him.
Metal Man barely dodges that attack, his shoulder pivoting quickly.
Yurie (GM): The second shinobi slashes at Metal as well.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Metal Man barely dodges that attack as well. "Wow... I saw my life flash in front of my eyes... then I realized they missed."
Razor dashes in, delivering a pair of punches so quick the actual hits are barely visible. (Blitz... two Punch attacks, Ultra-fast.)
Yurie (GM): both hit.
Razor then swings his right hand forward, slashing at the ghost with his wraith-blade.
Yurie (GM): hit.
Razor then leaps back, the blade beginning to flare up and crackle with energy. Charging an attack!
Yurie (GM): Gen steps forwards, then dashes towards the shinobi Razor just went after, slashing at it. Miss.
Digifanatic runs towards the Shinobi Razor attacked and uses Fire Punch.
Yurie (GM): Miss.
Aribar dashes towards the first Shinobi-Rei and quickly thrusts Moonlight into the non-existence skin of these undead creatures.
Yurie (GM): Hit. No crit. 'Tis undead.
Digifanatic: "Nice shot."
Aribar twirls about and brings Moonlight down to slash the mid-section of the ghost. Then he twirls just out of range and quickly backs up. "Drat!"
Metal Man goes and konks the left-most ghost with his baton.
Yurie (GM): Miss. The Ninjas land, then rush upon razor, then leap uprwards... daggers seem to fly from their chests as they open fire on Razor with shuriken. The shinobi that hit with all his shuriken thrusts his hand at Razor, the hand itself glowing with purple energy. Some of the shinobi's wounds heal up after hitting with that... The thing continues with a sword slash. Hit.
Yurie (GM): It then thrusts its hand at Razor again. purple energy forms before it, shaping into a spider-web like net, then lashes at Razor. Crit miss. counter.
Razor lets out a furious cry as he lashes out, slicing straight through the net with his charged blade and lunging forward at the poor ghost.
Yurie (GM): Miss.
Razor growls as his slash goes wide... only to whirl around, thrusting a still slightly energy charged Chaoverge right towards its chest. (Soulburn)
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Razor: Grabbed! *yanks the blade back out only to whirl around and slash at the spirit's midsection.*
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Razor follows the momentum of the slash to deliver a quick Blitz double punch to the other ghost.
Yurie (GM): The first ghost vanishes into motes of vapor. Both hit.
Razor then leaps back, preparing another charged strike.
Yurie (GM): Gen, however, has other ideas. Energy lances up his sword as he splits into three parts, vanishes, reappears around the Ninja, then rushes inwards, slashing at it... Hit! He re-merges into one person, crouches, then leaps upwards, flames trailing behind his blade... Hit! The ninja is knocked into the air as Gen follows him up and slashes him, causing him to explode in a ball of flame.
Metal Man: "Hmmm..."
Metal Man (GM): *A brief point of light appears in the sky. Suddenly, an exquisite silver sword, inlaid with strange designs, falls out of the sky, and lands in the ground in front of the party.*
Aribar: "Uhhh... . What is that?"
Metal Man: "I don't know."
Razor takes a step back, looking on for a moment before slowly stepping forward to get a closer look at the blade.
Metal Man (GM): The Blade is a plain sword. All silver. There are some strange designs that show stars and black holes all over it.
Razor: "...what... is it?"
Yurie (GM): Gen walks over and tries to pick it up...
Metal Man (GM): It is amazingly light. Only Gen could wield it, due to an astonishingly light design. The edges are about as sharp as they get. The sword has an inset where a certain gem could be inset... but it's empty.
Aribar attempts to scan it with the Smash Dex.
Dex: "...DING! Mysterious Sword With Inset. Unknown Statistics. Description: A great sword of unknown material. It is extremely light, to the extent only a master could wield it."
Razor: "...wonder what goes there..."
Dex: "The edges have been sharpened to an extreme extent. The edges are one atom thick. A mysterious aura of purity surrounds it... it has no distinguishing energy or signature. Further analysis will have to be done in the lab." *End Description.*
Aribar: "... It isn't every day mysterious objects of power fall out of the sky in front of us. So because of that... I don't trust it."
Razor looks up towards where the point of light had appeared.
Metal Man (GM): The sky is normal there. No trace of where it came from can be seen.
Yurie (GM): Well... as normal as a magically blackened sky covered with mist can be... Gen stows the sword... then resumes walking...
Metal Man shrugs and continues ahead.
Razor narrows his eyes, letting out a quiet sigh before continuing on.
Garrick moves on as well, hands in his pockets as he walks.
Yurie (GM): Something drops from the sky where the ninjas were and land with a soft 'clink.'
Aribar: "... Now what?!" *Looks at what dropped.*
Metal Man: "I hope it isn't the owner of that sword..."
Razor: "...hrm... more?" He slowly turns."
Yurie (GM): It appears to be a pair of coins. They're made of rust-colored metal, with a small sigil on one side...
Metal Man: "It's raining money!"
Aribar: "I'm not touching them..."
Garrick sighs as he falls in step next to Gen. "...Gen, can I ask you something?"
Razor: "Careful..." He slowly steps towards them to get a closer look.
Garrick: "What do you know about the Charm Lord?"
Yurie (GM): They look like normal coins...
Metal Man picks one up.
Gen: "Now, why do you ask that?"
Metal Man: "Well, if something bad happens, it will happen to me."
Garrick: "I had a small encounter with one of his minions... real creepy guy..."
Yurie (GM): Metal receives: Item - Unlucky Coin.
Gen: "Eh, you must have met Zozma... hey you guys, hurry up!"
Garrick snaps his fingers "Yeah, that was it. Zozma."
Razor stands and turns, following after Gen, leaving the other coin.
Aribar follows the others.
Garrick: "So, what is it about the Charm Lord?"
Metal Man hurries up and follows. "This coin makes me feel unlucky..."
Yurie (GM): He turns a corner, carefully climbing up along some rubble from a fallen building...
Metal Man scans the coin while following.
Aribar: "I bet it is cursed..." *Follows Gen up the building.*
Razor unfurls his wings and flaps a few times to hover over the rubble and continue to follow Gen.
Dex: "Item. Unlucky Coin."
Garrick follows right behind Gen, climbing over whatever rubble is in his way.
Dex: "A coin carved with the symbol for bad luck. Deals 10% Dark damage to a target."
Yurie (GM): Gen continues to climb over hunks of stone, plaster and wood, then climbs down onto another street. This one is surprisingly empty, save for a huge, gaping hole at one end and the mists flowing about it...
Garrick: "...I take it that's our destination..."
Razor: "...hrm... what's that?"
Aribar: "Ummm... T-this place is a bit scary n-now... Can we just leave th-this tarot behind and l-l-look for the others?"
Metal Man: "Huh... this coin can do bad things..."
Gen: "It's an impact crater. Come on... lets keep moving..."
Razor glares at Aribar. "...and what about Yurie? What if she's here? You'd leave her?"
Garrick moves on as well, glancing about as he continues onward "Calm down, Razor... it is kinda creepy..."
Aribar: "... Errr... " *The elf thinks...*
Yurie (GM): Gen is pelted with symbols made out of black and purple light. A pair of humanoid beings drifts down from the roofs surrounding the street. These two look feminine, wearing long sleaved kimonos and black sashes tied in a bow behind them. Their faces are covered with white porcelain masks, and their hair is long and black...
Razor: "This place? Creepy? I've seen MUCH worse in my life... just wait until you're trapped on a ship with a couple thousand Qn'tha... then you'll know fear."
Metal Man: "Should we run?"
Garrick: "I don't run."
Garrick takes his hands out of his pockets, dropping into stance.
Razor: "Gah... damn... they're in our way. Let's take them down."
Dex: *Autoscan!* "Kuniochi-Rei. Health: 60%. STR X. SPD 30 (+10) INT 20 (+5) AC 20. Quirks Stealthy, Ghost, Mage. Defense: 4|2. Attacks. Kuji-Kuri (Fire x2 + Dark x2 + Accurate) 20%, +9. Reiken-Ha (Dark x2 + Accurate + Accurate) 10% +13. Black Circle (Hits all for 5% Dark) Rava Shot (+10, Stuns) Call Shinobi-Rei (Summons 1 Shinobi-Rei) Call Kitsu-Rei (Summons 3 Kitsu-Rei) Call Ken-Rei (Summons 4 Ken-Rei) Info: The ghost of a female shinobi who died in the attack on Wakatu. Although physically weaker than the Shinobi-rei, it's a powerful magic user." *End of Entry.*
Aribar: "Errrm... I d-d-d-don't like this place at all any more... E-e-especially with these m-m-mages..."
Razor: "Get a hold of yourself!"
Yurie (GM): One floats forwards, its sleeved arms sliding up. White spirits shoot out from under the sleeves, whipping around and around and shooting towards Razor. Miss.
Razor twists to the side to dodge the spirits.
Yurie (GM): the other Kuniochi raises its hands and twirls slowly. Three circles of power form around it, then flare upwards. When the flare vanishes, three dog like creatures made out of light with two long, fox like tails appear, floating just above the ground...
Razor: "Gah! A summoning!"
Dex: *Autoscan!* "Kitsu-Rei. Health: 20%. STR X. SPD 26 (+8) INT X. AC 18. Quirks: Stealthy, Ghost. Defense: 10|1. Attacks. Bite (+10, 5%) Kitsune-Bi (+10, 10%) Info: One of the many spirits that inhabit Wakatu. This is a fox spirit, and a servant of the shinobi. They usually come in groups." *End of Entry.*
Razor darts in, lashing out at the Kuniochi that attacked him with a lunging slash.
Yurie (GM): Miss. Gen rushes at the Kuniochi as well, his sword flashing as he leaps upwards, splitting into four parts, then rushes down at the Kuniochi, their blades forming a white cross as they flash by, vertically. All for naught though.
Garrick is hot on the heels of Gen, attacking right after him with a hard punch straight to the thing's jaw.
Yurie (GM): Miss.
Aribar dashes over to... Those fox Kitsu things... And attempts to drive his sword straight into the beast.
Yurie (GM): The kitsus all 'growl' and zip towards Aribar, leaping at him, their jaws opened... Yup, they gots teeth.
Aribar: "Gah! G-get away!"
Yurie (GM): Hit. *They continue to gnaw on Ari.*
Aribar manages to dodge the final bite, but not the others.
Yurie (GM): Ari manages to shake one off, but the other two continue to bite at him.
Aribar quickly moves out of the way of the final attack as his defensive ability increases. He dashes over to... Those fox Kitsu things... And attempts to drive his sword straight into the beast.
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Aribar then raises his sword into the air and attempts to bring down the killing blow onto the beast.
Yurie (GM): The Kitsu-rei vanishes...
Aribar heads towards the next Kitsu-rei and attempts to stabbinate it too.
Yurie (GM): Miss.
Metal Man tries to bonk the Kitsu-rei with the baton.
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Metal Man follows that up with a lightning fast kick.
Yurie (GM): hit.
Metal Man follows that successful move up by throwing his baton at its head like a boomerang. He manages to make it fly around the room, but not hit anything.
Yurie (GM): Miss. next up, the Kuniochi. The one who went after Razor raises its hands. A circle of black forms around it, then rips outwards, automatically hitting everyone.
Aribar: "Keep that up... I d-dare you."
Yurie (GM): The other Kuniochi raises its hands, quickly tracing it around in an odd dance. A circle forms underneath Aribar, decorated with pictographs.
Garrick is able to get out of the circle in time (Chill Out).
Aribar easily dodges the attack...
Yurie (GM): Aribar manages to barely avoid being roasted by an explosion of black flames.
Razor growls. "That's it! I'll send you back! Meteor... REVOLUTION!" He snaps his blade to the side and it along with his body are seemingly engulfed in flames. He crouches down before zipping forward at the Kuniochi, and turning right around and zipping back again across the other side, planting a pair of flaming slashes across the spirit and leaving a trail of flames in his wake. He brakes to a halt, crouching down as the flames dissipate.
Yurie (GM): HIT. HIT. The Kuniochi screams as she vanishes into motes of light and flame.
Razor slowly stands up, twisting around to face the other, eyes narrowed. "Hyahhh!" He rushes in again, lunging to slash at the other Kuniochi.
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Razor brings his right arm to the side and follows that up with a Blitz attack with his left fist.
Yurie (GM): both hit.
Razor then whirls around, slicing at the female spirit's midsection with his blade to finish it off.
Yurie (GM): It vanishes as well.
Razor leaps back into a Samus-esque three-point crouch, blade held back, wings flared up above him.
Gen: "Now that was impressive."
Aribar: "Good job!"
Yurie (GM): Gen turns towards the ninja kitsu-rei, then whirls his blade and slashes at them, a blazing streamer of light slashing towards one.
Metal Man: "Yeah... that worked."
Razor slowly stands upright. "...they made me angry..."
Yurie (GM): ... Hit. The Kitsu rei vanishes into motes of light. Gen then turns and flashes towards another Kitsu, slashing at it... ...hit. The blow connects. The kitsu hangs there, then a loud CHINK is heard as it promptly is crystallized, then shatters into snow...
Gen: "Interesting... usually, the ghosts aren't very active in this section of town..."
Metal Man: "They must be after us... could it be linked to the sword?"
Gen: "I doubt it."
Razor: "...or something to do with that crater."
Aribar: "I still don't like this place..."
Garrick: "You know, I really don't give a damn. Let's just keep moving."
Gen: "That kind of crater is common around here... something's stirring them up..."
Garrick: "Whatever is stirring them up, we'll stop stirring them up, easy or hard... even if it is Yurie."
Gen: "Right... follow me..."
Metal Man: "We killed Metal Sonic, so we don't have to worry about him stalking us..."
Razor nods and follows right behind Yurie.
Metal Man nods and follows.
Yurie (GM): He sheathes his sword and walks down the street, away from the crater.
Garrick follows as well.
Yurie (GM): A soft 'clink' is heard as items fall where the Kunioshi were at.
Razor examines said items.
Metal Man takes a look, wondering if it's some more funny things.
Yurie (GM): Ine is a small sack with something in it, the other one a slender vial with a cork cap...
Metal Man takes the vial and scans it.
Razor grabs the sack and scans the contents.
Dex: "Potion, restores 10%. Sack of Coins: Contains 100 Coins."
Metal Man: "Useful."
Razor: "Ah... always nice to find..." He turns and continues beside Gen.
Garrick seems to glare into the ground as he shoves his hands back into his pockets, walking along with the others.
Yurie (GM): Gen continues along... until the group reaches a dead end...
Gen: "Huh... looks like we'll have to go upwards..."
Metal Man: "How will we do that?"
Razor: "I think I can handle that just fine..."
Garrick doesn't stop, he just walks onward and starts climbing.
Yurie (GM): Gen looks around, then turns, crouches, then leaps upwards and onto the roof of a nearby building. The dead end is made up of the long wall on the right (which Gen is on), a tall building (the other side) and a collapsed building.
Razor flies on up to meet with Gen. Ahhh... the joys of wings. ^_^
Metal Man imitates Mario on the milk commercial, leaping straight into the wall.
Aribar ... Ummm... Uses his mental power to jump then?
Metal Man: "Oof!"
Yurie (GM): Aribar makes it. Garrick makes it.
Metal Man doesn't make it.
Yurie (GM): Metal makes it on the second try... and cracks some of the tiles in the roof.
Metal Man: "I hate jumping... It's not in my job description! Only Mario does that stuff..."
Aribar: "Did I ever mention I hate jumping?"
Metal Man continues ahead with Gen.
Garrick: "...come on... the longer we stay in one place, the more likely the ghosts will show up." *continues on as well.*
Yurie (GM): Here is the entrance to the Temple of Blades, deep in the heart of Wakatu... The temple is strangely whole, its crested roofs shod in black tiles, the red wood gleaming in the eldritch light. The tall metal doors are shut tight. High above, light flickers through the windows.. The steel doors have no discernible opening device... and on their surface is written kanji in pale, glowing green flame...
Razor: "...what's it say?"
Metal Man: "I have no clue." *tries using the smash dex on the kanji.*
Aribar just stands behind the others looking about the room.*
Dex: *Ding.* "Unknown language."
Aribar just stands behind the others looking about.
Gen: "...For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart."
Razor: "...what's that mean?"
Metal Man: "Reminds me of my own self-made description. Oh well."
Gen: "It's one of the old axioms of the sword smiths of this city..."
Yurie (GM): The letters glow, then shimmer into the steel. A line of light runs down the cleft of the doors, then slowly widens as the open inwards..
Razor takes a step back to give the doors a wide berth.
Yurie (GM): The doors soon come to a halt... nothing more than darkness inside.
Gen: "Well... that's our cue to enter..."
Razor grips his wrist as he steps forward towards the darkness. "...let's go."
Metal Man walks right inside the darkness.
Yurie (GM): Gen walks in as well. The darkness seems to ripple and rapidly pull away, like liquid receding into a drain to reveal the red wood floor, the cherry-red wood stained black with thousands of small symbols. They all run up to the pillared walls as torches light up in sconces on the walls.
Razor: "...nice ambiance..."
Yurie (GM): The darkness finally recedes, revealing a large, seated statue of white stone in the center of the room, seated upon what appears to be a round dais. It's shaped like a six-armed man, each one extended as though grasping something. Its body is garbed in samurai armor, and a three-pronged helmet rests carved onto its head. The shoulder guards are shaped like an open dragons mouth and a roaring lions head, respectively...
Gen: "...the Kensei..."
Razor: "...the what-say?"
Gen: "The Kensei is supposedly the greatest of Wakatu's guardian spirits..."
Razor: "...well... from what I've seen in this place... spirits aren't too afraid to come out for a nice hello..."
Metal Man: "Indeed."
Aribar hrms... The elf takes a few step forward and peers more closely at the statue.* "I think I see something on the statue... A feather I think..."
Metal Man: "Huh."
Razor blinks a few times, then rushes up beside Ari. "...a feather? Let me see!"
Yurie (GM): Now that Ari's drawn everyone's attention to it... there is something in the staute's lap... and yes, it's a feather, a glowing feather...
Razor stares at it for a little bit when he notices it. "...was she here, perhaps?"
Gen: "Looks like it..."
Aribar: "It is our best and only lead it appears..."
Razor: "...then we're still behind... DAMMIT!"
Yurie (GM): A faint flash of light is seen as the inked symbols on the ground glow, then rearrange themselves into the general shape of three swords, all interconnected at the tips of the blades and the hand guards... "Uh oh..."
Razor glances around at the ground. "...that's not good, is it?"
Metal Man: "I don't like the looks of this!"
Yurie (GM): The doors quickly slam shut, symbols reappearing on the hinges. A soft crackle is hard as a pillar of light streaks down from the ceiling and onto the statue...
Aribar: "Why do I have the feeling that statue is about to become alive?" *quickly unsheathes the Sword of Darkness.*
Razor: "...because it'd make all too much sense..." *snaps his arm to the side, energy swirling from his palm before slamming together to form the black and green wraithblade.*
Yurie (GM): The statue begins to glow. Color quickly slides into it,t he armor becoming red, the 'arms' becoming jet black as the lion and dragon heads come to life and roar. The helmet's eye sockets glow with green flame as it slowly stands. It reaches up, and six long, straight blades made of black and white light appear in its hands...
Razor: "...great... another obstacle... we don't have TIME for this!"
Aribar twists his grip of the Sword of Darkness and then slams the blade into the ground. The elf then reaches for his Smash Dex to scan this newly animated statue.*
Dex: "Ghostly Saint of Swords: Kensei-Rei."
Metal Man: "Let's kill it!"
Dex: "Health: 350%. STR 30 (+10) SPD 20 (+5) INT 20 (+5) AC 18. Quirks: Animated Object, Weapon Master, Multidexterity, Regenerate 25%. Defense: 1|5. Attacks. Use Weapons (1-6 Grand Blades, Individual targets, +12 to hit, 15% each) Midnight Omen (deals 10% Dark damage to all) Triple Thrust (+12 to hit, 45%, one target) Broken Willow (35% Sword & Dark Damage, +12 to hit) Ancient Light (25% Light to single target, +13 to hit, Stuns) Dragons Breath (15% Fire + Light damage to single target, auto hit, Blinds) Call Shinobi-Rei (Summons 2 Shinobi-Rei) Call Kuniochi-Rei (Summons 2 Kuniochi-Rei) Call Kitsu-Rei (Summons 4 Kitsu-Rei) Call Ken-Rei (Summons 6 Ken-Rei) Info: A statue of the protector of Wakatu, which guards the Sword Chamber and the Blade Tarot, animated by the power of both Yurie and the spirits of Wakatu. Extreamly dangerous. Speeds! Gen: 20. Kensei-Rei: 20." *End of Entry.*
Razor smirks as he holds his blade-arm back. "...well... at least we can get the tarot out of it... and hopefully another clue to Yurie's whereabouts..."
Yurie (GM): *Heaven or Hell: LETS ROCK!*
Razor dashes forward, weaving and almost seeming to stumble, only to lash out at the last second, driving his blade towards the thing's chest. Impale!
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Razor jerks his arm to the side as he dashes forward and past the animated statue, slicing through it as he runs by.
Yurie (GM): Defense Active! Hit.
Razor whirls around while behind it to slice at its midsection.
Yurie (GM): hit.
Razor then leaps away and enters the first level of weapon charging to end his attack.
Yurie (GM): Gen follows up, then slashes at the monster. Miss. The Kensei turns towards Razor. Its dragon shoulder guard raises up and breathes a beam of light and flame at Razor. Razor is now BLIND.
Razor grunts and stumbles back, almost dropping the charge he's placing on his weapon.
Yurie (GM): It then raises up all six of those blades and slashes at Razor rapidly, hitting once.
Razor manages to dodge almost all of the hits despite his vision being solid white.
Aribar hrms before dashing at the Kensei and shows some of his own sword techniques with a quick strike to one of its many sword arms.
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Aribar follows up by yet another thrust to the being's leg.
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Aribar leaps back. He won't chance another attack.
Metal Man takes one look at the weird object and then suddenly starts... chucking DVDs at it! "Take this you monster!"
Yurie (GM): 2 hits.
Metal Man continues the attack by... throwing a dryer at it!
Metal Man (GM): Failure.
Razor starts to power up his blade to strike, but suddenly drops his charge at the last second, letting the energy wash over him. He curls up and slowly floats off the ground, body becoming engulfed in flames as his wings flare out and up behind him. "...I may not be able to see you... but I can still hit you! Meteor... REVOLUTION!" He zips forward, slicing as he leaves a trail of flames behind him. He swoops up, quickly flipping around for another pass, and then a third before dropping to the ground.
Yurie (GM): One hit. Gen follows up by firing off a blast of light from his sword. Hit. He follows up by leaping upwards and slashing through the Kensei, snowflakes trailing from the blade. Hit. He then executes a normal slash. Miss. The Kensei spreads its arms wide. A black dome of energy rips out from its body... hit. It continues by turning its body, aiming the Lion head at Razor. Its mouth glows, then fires a blast of light like a laser at him, the beam creating a shockwave. HIT.
Yurie (GM): The thing turns, then thrusts all three swords on its right side at Razor, orange light coming from the tips. Hit! Razor survives, barely.
Razor grunts as he takes the blades, barely holding himself together... for now. "...is that... the best... you've got?"
Yurie (GM): It then drives its blades into the ground. A two-dimensional pillar of black light rips from the ground, then arcs upwards into the shape of a weeping willow. Hit.
Razor is blasted back and slams into a wall before falling and dropping to his hands and knees.
Yurie (GM): Fail. Dead.
Razor: "...can't... go on... anymore..." He slowly slumps to the ground.
Aribar: "Razor!! Oh, this is not good... ."
Yurie (GM): It then turns on Metal as Razor is promptly blasted. It raises its arm and fires another of those light rays at him.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Aribar: "Okay... Try this on for size! Doom!" *The elf raises the Sword of Darkness into the air and his foe is assaulted by dark energies... Automatically hits. Dark damage and blindness.
Yurie (GM): No Blind. But still hits.
Aribar dashes towards the enemy and does yet another True Strike!
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Razor growls as he leaps off the revival platform. "...that's ENOUGH! I won't let ANYTHING stand in my way anymore! Not you, not ANYONE! HYAAA!" He rushes forward to once more impale the statue through the chest... but this time, his eyes glint orange and his wings flare out, heat building around him for a more accurate repeat of his previous attack.
Yurie (GM): Hit.
Razor flares up like before, the blade heating to a bright white. "Here I come again! DIE!" He zips forward, tearing his blade out, then glides back and forth again, swiping as he passes.*
Yurie (GM): Two hits. Gen then leaps upwards, splitting into four and driving downwards, forming a cross around the statue. SLASH! The thing is now REELING. A circle of light appears around Razor's feet, then forms into a star-shaped symbol. He feels himself fill with incredible power as the world and everything except the Kensei-rei vanishes, replaced by a field of stars. *METEOR FINALE!* *Give a Reason - Megumi Hayashibara.*
Razor steps back and disperses his blade. "I'll take you out now..." He crosses his hands into an X shape in front of his chest and the Stone of Chaos lets out a bright green point of light which shines into his hands, splitting into four. They slowly begin to crackle as the energy grows brighter and brighter, forming a black core. "Spirit Banishment!" He thrusts his hands forward, releasing a massive flare of the energy that would wash over the statue... and when it would fade to a narrow beam and then slowly dissipate, the statue would be nothing more than a lifeless husk, barely able to hold itself together.
Yurie (GM): The blast rips through the thing. The color is ripped away. The blast fades out, and the world returns to normal, and the staue stands there frozen. The feather floats to the ground and vanishes. The statue then begins to crack..then falls into pieces.
Razor draws in a deep breath before slowly standing upright. The Stone continues to glimmer bright for a moment, almost seeming to draw in energy before returning to its normal polished gray appearance.
Yurie (GM): A soft clink is heard as a few items fall from where the statue was standing as the pieces vaporize and blow away in a phantom wind.
Razor slowly steps forward, kneeling down where the statue had vanished... looking worried about the vanishing feather.
Yurie (GM): There's three items them... one is a slender steel key, the tip ending in a roundel with a kanji on it. The second is an old, slightly rusted sword handle... like one of those the Kensei was wielding, and the third is a small silver sword, with a pin on the back. Razor receives: Blessed Blade (badge) Razor receives: Mysterious Hilt. Razor receives: Blade Chamber Key.
Razor slowly stands after taking the items... and he quickly scans the badge and hilt.
Yurie (GM): The dais glows, a circle of power coming to life on its surface, a glowing key-hole set int he center of the star and symbols...
Dex: "Badge: Blessed Blade - A symbol of Wakatu's swordsmastery. Unique Badge. +5% damage to all Weapon-based attacks and +5% light damage to all attacks. 4. Mysterious Hilt: An old, rusted hilt. The blade is strangely missing. Maybe it can be refurbished..."
Gen: "Razor... the key if you would?"
Razor: "Hrm..." He slides the two items into pouches on his belt before tossing the key to Gen. "...open it up, then."
Yurie (GM): Gen catches the key and slides it into the keyhole. A soft CLICK is heard before the room is flooded with light... when the light fades, the group is standing inside a tall, library like room. All around them are... swords... laying across gilded racks and encased in glass prisms. Statues of the Kensei rest in each corner.
Gen: "...this is it..the Blade Chamber..."
Razor: "...the tarot is here?"
Yurie: "It should be... but something is... wrong..."
Yurie (GM): Just then, a shrill shriek is heard as a red and white blur flash across the space above, followed by a VMMMM and a crash of energy and metal. Sparks fall down around the group as the blurs continue to leap about and strike against each other.
Razor: "...what the... is that...?"
Yurie (GM): The two blurs land... one is trance Yurie, her wings flared, a blade made out of white light in one hand and at ready... the other is... To Be Continued.