Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 116: Stewing Gargoyles
Date: January 1st, 2005.
Metal Man (GM): Charles and Wolf are in the kitchen. CTG is in the holo room.
Professor Oak: "What else can I do for you, guest user?"
Wolfman: "...I think the Gargoyle you want is in the Kokiri Forest. You might want to put your stew away before we leave, though."
Garrick was also there, from what he remembers Metal saying. He is apparently in the kitchen as well, drinking straight from the carton of some milk.
Charles had sealed his cauldron he was using.
Garrick: "...what are you people talking about?"
Wolfman goes to the warp room, and waits for Locos to arrive.
Charles: "...Let's see... need to add hornet's honey and the gargoyle in one hour."
Wolfman: *in transit, soft voice.* "Computer, prepare the warp room for Locos and myself; our destination is the Kokiri Forest."
Charles looks to Garrick and gets an idea. "I'm cooking up something that used to be famous on meh homeworld; my father's legendary stew. Need a gargoyle to help with the stew."
Garrick arches his eyebrow at Locos before putting the milk back in the fridge and leaning against it, crossing his arms over his chest.
Professor Oak Hologram: "I'm sorry, systems are currently being maintained. However, there will be a mission soon, involving a high amount of dodging."
Charles: "The mythical creature is immensely strong, fast, and cunning. You interested in helping me and Wolf taking one down?"
Chibi Tigress Gundam: "Mrrr, I guess that sounds good, so, how... do I get outta here to explore a little more?"
Garrick: "...sure, why not. Sounds like your going to need all the help your gonna get."
Charles smiles. "In return, I can give you a sample."
Garrick pulls on his jacket "What's this stuff supposed to do? Just taste good?"
Charles: "No. It's been a long time since I remember what it can do, but I do remember how to make it."
Professor Oak Hologram: "Allow me. Program terminated."
Metal Man (GM): The virtual reality turns off, and now CTG is just wearing the helmet, which can be put back.
Metal Man walks into the kitchen. "Gargoyles, eh?"
Charles: "...You've heard."
Wolfman wonders where Locos is... he "Sees" the kitchen to see what's going on.
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *takes her a minute to realize, take off the helmet dummy, then takes it off and puts it back.* "Coool" *goes around sniffing and exploring.*
Garrick: "I don't know what he is talking about, but I would like to see this forest."
Charles: "I believe with the four of us, we might stand a chance to be taking one down." *leaves the kitchen to go to the Warp Room.*
Garrick: "Then why are we just standing around? Let's go..."
Charles: "To Kokiri Forest."
Garrick tightens his gloves and heads out.
Wolfman "Sees" Locos leaving... .oO(about time; my joints can get rusty.) *before they arrive.* "Computer, modify instructions. Allow all who want to go to the Kokiri Forest to enter."
Metal Man (GM): The warp room opens for Locos.
Metal Man follows Locos.
Digifanatic: *Upon hearing the phrase about going to the Forest, he wakes from a nap and heads to the Warp Room.* *yawn.* "I'll be right there... alrighty..." *stretches his arms and walks into the room.*
Aribar heads towards the warp room...*
Wolfman does a quick head count.
Wolfman: *to Locos.* "I definitely see you want to be sure to get this Vampire."
Garrick is on his way to the Warp Room, cracking his neck.
Wolfman: "Right... my mistake."
Warp Room: "Preparing warp."
Charles: "We can always try vampires another time."
Garrick: "If memory serves, we already DID vampires. Dracula, remember?"
Wolfman waits for the warp room to actually... well, warp us. "So my intelligence chip is acting up again."
Charles: "Ohh! I almost forgot!" *dashes off to leaving the room.*
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *goes about sniffing around HQ heading towards the rec area.*
Charles returns thirty seconds later. He comes into the room wearing a large pinkish pimp's hat with a dark purple checkerboard pattern and a feather sticking out of it. He wears sunglasses to accompany the hat.
Aribar: "... Alright, what are we doing and... Why is Locos dressed like a retard?"
Digifanatic: "Nice hat, dude."
Garrick: "We're hunting Gargoyles, couldn't tell you about Locos."
Wolfman: "Alright, why won't this-- *different emphasis.* Warp Room Engage?"
Warp Room: "...The system had a minor resource conflict. Warp engaged." *WARP.*
Metal Man (GM): The group appears in the middle of the Kokiri Forest.
Digifanatic: "There we go..."
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *just keep sniffing around, not really wanting to hunt anything, would rather train for the mission.*
Charles: "A path's gotta be somewhere."
Metal Man (GM): ...That's funny... Aribar can clearly see an Eggman-esque tower sitting in a small clearing nearby. ...There's some Eggbots, too.
Wolfman looks around 360 degrees, hoping to find something.
Eggbot: "Aribar has come! We must give him a report of what happened."
Charles: "Now where's our musical accompaniment?"
Eggbot2: "...He appears to have brought friends. And a freak with a weird hat."
Aribar: "Oh, you guys are still here?"
Metal Man (GM): Two eggbots walk towards the group... half-bowing to Aribar.
Eggbot: "Master! Robotnik is dead! SIMBER is dead! You're our last hope..."
Wolfman sees two egg-based robots coming towards us... they don't seem hostile-like.
Garrick: "...yeah, that's right, you control those things, don't you Ari?"
Eggbot2: "We... need a purpose. We've been out here maintaining your tower."
Wolfman shudders at that phrase... Robotnik died. How is he supposed to avenge his family now? .oO(Tifa... I'm sorry. I'll find another way to make it up for you.)
Aribar: "Ummm... Well, are the Kokiris here?"
Charles: "Ivo Robotnik was only... a hologram. I heard that in my sleep. Ah yes! The kokiris. ."
Digifanatic: "I believe you Locos..."
Wolfman: "Wait... is he alive or dead? I'm confused." *doesn't remember his last mission clearly.*
Charles: "Created by the memories of Ivan and another person."
Eggbot: "Yes, up ahead. There's also some sort of cave full of monsters right nearby."
Charles: "Then Ari and Eggrobos; why not lead the way?"
Metal Man (GM): The two Eggrobos nod, and lead the way through trees and bushes.
Aribar sighs and follows...*
Digifanatic follows the Eggrobos.
Eggbot: "Once SIMBER deactivated, we were relegated to serving Aribar."
Charles follows his guides with his own brand of moving.
Wolfman: "What of the other troops then? Were they also relegated to Aribar, or to perhaps other owners?"
Eggbot: "They were destroyed in the system-wide self destruct."
Eggbot2: "Poor, poor St. SIMBER..."
Eggbot: "Tried to be perfect, but died for it."
Wolfman decides not to mention of SIMBER right now... this doesn't feel like the right time.
Digifanatic: "That figures... everyone wants to be perfect."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers pass by a weird shrine... there's Eggrobos putting flowers next to a small monitor that shows a picture of SIMBER.
Charles bobs his head back and forth. He grooves to the beat of Deliverance.
Metal Man: "Quite a weird forest this is..."
Wolfman stops by the monitor/grave for a little bit.
Aribar: "... After you help us hunt some Gargoyles I have an assignment for all you Eggbots..."
Charles: "We need only 1-3. But we have to take them one at a time."
Metal Man (GM): The monitor shows a picture of SIMBER, statistics, major deeds... too many. 'Used Smithy to try to take over world.' 'Used Metal Sonic to hassle Questers.' 'Used Ivo Robotnik to try to take over world.' 'Destroyed Toad Town three times.' 'Responsible for the destruction of the Quester Hunters.'
Digifanatic: "Wow... all that was their doing..."
Charles: "Actually, the Quester Hunters weren't destroyed per se... Just... sent far enough away to not bother us again."
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *sniffing around still looking for something to do for fun, or training.*
Wolfman steps away from the monitor.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers reach the village... how different it looks! ...Same trees and all... but now they have high-tech upgrades and sliding doors.
Digifanatic: "Wow... this place looks nice."
Wolfman: "...what the? I don't think this is the right forest."
Aribar: "... This is my fault..."
Charles: "Look, they know where the mostly malicious creatures are. I'm not bitchin'... ehh wha?"
Eggrobo: "He commanded us to take this place over. We did so with extreme force. Once he and SIMBER and Ivo were gone, we decided to repair the damage. We now live in peace, although it is a bit strange."
Wolfman: "Is there a way to... well, remove the technology and return the forest back to its... well, natural, metal-less self?"
Aribar: "... Are the Kokiris still mad at me?"
Eggrobo: "They were until you destroyed St. SIMBER. You saved the world from him... somehow he is a saint but also evil."
Charles: "Some did not agree with its version of a perfect world."
Aribar looks down at the ground... He is ashamed at what he did.
Eggrobo2: "You guys can go down there. We must continue daily maintenance of our tower."
Eggrobo: "We can offer our systems to Administrator Wolfman if you wish, Administrator Aribar."
Wolfman does a double take. "Why was I called 'Administrator'?"
Eggrobo2: "Our systems are unincorporated SIMBER systems. However, the new W.O.L.F. system seems better..."
Eggrobo: "SIMBER named you administrator after dying."
Wolfman: "...that was one piece of knowledge I didn't exactly want out yet."
Eggrobo: "And, as sensors show, your headquarters is also headquarters for a new, better variety of his old systems."
Eggrobo2: "Technology evolving itself... humans thought this was impossible!"
Charles leans on Wolfman's shoulder. "Yeah now... I just bet you need this feather more than I do."
Eggrobo2: "We are, unlike SIMBER, meant to obey humans, though."
Wolfman: *to Locos.* "What will this feather do?"
Eggrobo: "Otherwise the system would try to destroy the world, and, by accident, itself."
Charles: "Help bring good luck!"
Wolfman: "You keep it."
Charles: "Thanks. Ari, perhaps we should get this over with."
Wolfman: "I can say that I am honored... and yet stumped... as to why I became the Admin. However, I'll do what I can to be sure that no more chaos comes from the new system."
Eggrobo: "You were the only one who did not know SIMBER. Thus, you were the only innocent person left."
Eggrobo2: "You may go to the village now."
Wolfman nods his head in... respect. "Thank you."
Metal Man (GM): They nod back.
Wolfman enters the village.
Metal Man (GM): Saria walks out, and sees the Questers entering the village.
Charles enters with Wolfman. He yanks Aribar by the collar.
Saria: "Oh! The Questers! ...And... Aribar..."
Metal Man (GM): She frowns at Aribar.
Charles drops the elf and bows.
Saria: "...Well then. What brings you to the... rather damaged remains of Kokiri Village?"
Saria: "...Well... you picked the right place. There's a whole cave full of those horrible things! They breathe fire, build houses of stone, and... eat anyone who gets too close to their town."
Charles: "Hmm... truly ...amazing... Would this cave be within the Lost Woods or beside the Great Deku Tree?"
Aribar: "... I apologize for what I have done... My heart was tainted by the darkness in the blade I wielded at the time... If I can do anything, anything at all, to help you... Just let me know."
Saria: "Closer to the Deku tree. Well... you can deal with that cave full of Gargoyles."
Charles makes out a "Chiiiii" sound.
Wolfman: "Is Mido guarding the path to the Deku Tree?"
Saria: "Nasty things fly around at night and break things."
Saria: "...No... he was eaten by one of the gargoyles."
Charles: "What a ridiculous question. Of course he... wha!?"
Saria: "...Not much of a loss... he did nothing but yell at me for not fighting those strange robots and their lasers..."
Wolfman: "My thought exactly Locos."
Saria: "Robot... is that the right term?"
Wolfman: "I'll let Link know at the first opportunity. And yes, Robot is one of them."
Charles: "A... loose term, but yes."
Saria: "One of them called themselves that... they came and almost destroyed the Deku Tree in the name of 'SIMBER'. What freaks."
Charles sighs. He grows tired of hearing that name.
Saria: "...They were stopped by Link, though."
Charles: "What I wouldn't do for a bottle of shine to accompany this great hat and sunglasses."
Saria: "Even with their... 'lasers', they couldn't out-shoot him."
Wolfman: "That is... good to know at least. Anyway, do you have any advice about the Gargoyles before we go after them?"
Saria: "Now then... you guys can go deal with the gargoyles... They hate light. In fact, it turns them to stone!"
Charles: "Pardon us, Lady Saria, but we must be going."
Saria: "Go ahead... there isn't much to see here besides the shop."
Charles tips his hat. "Come, depressed wizard, for we have creatures of the night to hunt!"
Garrick was too busy staring at the little green children in their wooden tree stump homes to pay attention to whatever just happened.
Aribar walks up to Saria with a bag in his hand... "I am truly sorry for what I have done... I don't know if this will help or not but here is seven-hundred coins to help repair the village..."
Wolfman thanks Saria, and then starts going towards the Deku Tree.
Charles catches up to Wolfman.
Garrick just shrugs off his awe and walks with the others.
Charles: "I did not have the heart to say we were only hunting some of the beasts."
Saria: "...No thanks. We can't really use those, nor do we need repairs..."
Wolfman: "We are helping the Kokiri out by clearing some of them out, so do not worry much. At best, we can get them relocated to a different area."
Garrick: "This is just wild... a society full of little green children?"
Aribar mumbles, "Alright", unsheathes the Sword of Light, and gets ready to follow the others...*
Metal Man (GM): The cave of gargoyles is right past the Deku tree.
Saria: "What else? It is what it is."
Metal Man walks to the Deku tree area.
Garrick walks through the small passageway and looks up at the HUGE tree.
Wolfman arrives at the Deku Tree... 'Garden' of sorts, takes a look at the tree, and then tries to find the cave.
Charles: "What a majestic view."
Metal Man (GM): Wolf sees a cave of all white-and-black speckled rock, a large one.
Garrick: "So how many of these gargoyles do we need to kill?"
Charles: "From one to three."
Aribar: "... Is it okay if they are petrified?"
Metal Man (GM): The cave is relatively quiet on this edge. Mushrooms grow out in the shade. ...There a parchment on the ground. ...Blood on it, even.
Wolfman walks to the cave... and sees some blood on the ground. "Guys, hold up."
Metal Man (GM): It's written... in blood.
Charles: "If what Saria said is correct, then hundreds are among there. ...Oh..my..."
Metal Man (GM): 'dO nOT eNTER tHE cAVE'
Aribar walks over while resting the Sword of Light on his shoulder.* "I never was good at following directions..."
Metal Man (GM): 'zIO cOMMANDS iT.'
Metal Man (GM): That's it. Besides the blood, and the weird script it's written on...
Garrick: "...Zio? Isn't he that really dark evil guy with the Quester Hunters?"
Charles: "I found him in the Quester Hunter base posing as 'Obsidios.'"
Aribar walks inside the cave and doesn't wait for the others... If that black magician is in this cave...*
Wolfman: "I have a strange feeling that this is NOT going to be a simple hunting mission. Everyone be on alert."
Charles: "I took has fake sword of darkness." *unsheathes his hammer.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar walks into the cave. It gets too dark to see normally.
Garrick heads into the cave as well, glancing about slightly uninterested. A cave had nothing against the green children and the abnormally large tree.
Metal Man (GM): ...The cave is totally dark. Garrick and Aribar are now lost in the darkness.
Aribar: "... Break the Darkness!" *The Sword of Light begins to provide some light.*
Metal Man (GM): *FLASH* The area is lit up...
Charles enters the cave as well.
Wolfman will follow Locos into the cave when he is ready to enter. He follows Locos.
Metal Man (GM): There's a rather nasty gargoyle statue next to Aribar. It was about to grab him.
Aribar: "... Everyone stay in the light if you want to live..." *He continues forward after the others have caught up.*
Garrick: "...close call, that."
Metal Man: "That was close, Aribar..." *follows Ari.*
Wolfman: "Not a problem." *gulp.* *follows Aribar now.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers venture further into the cave. A sort of cobblestone path can be seen.
Charles: "...A place of *pure.* pitch black."
Metal Man (GM): ...There's yet more bad things. Skeletons on poles. With yet another message written in blood. 'tURN bACK nOW...'
Aribar continues forward.*
Metal Man (GM): 'bEFORE yOU aRE kILLED fOR tRESSPASSING!'
Garrick: "...*shakes his head and continues with Ari and the others."
Wolfman isn't intimidated... much.
Charles: "I don't care if Ozzie himself is in this place! I'm getting the stew!"
Wolfman continues onward as well.
Metal Man (GM): Now the Questers are getting somewhere eerie. A stone town, in ruins, is dead ahead, down some steps.
Charles goes down with them.
Metal Man (GM): The area is lit up by glowing mushrooms. The path continues right through.
Garrick: "I saw the concert when I was a kid. Biting the head off a bat isn't too entertaining in my opinion."
Metal Man (GM): A sign is in front of the town, this one normal. 'wELCOME tO dRAGUNIA'
Aribar heads down the steps and looks around... Zio must be the leader of these monsters. He walks up to the sign and reads it.*
Wolfman sees the sign... what the heck is Dragunia? And why the opposite casing?"
Metal Man (GM): 'pROUD tO hOST zIO'
Charles: "...Don't get cocky from here on. Gargoyles are especially cunning creatures."
Metal Man (GM): These Gargoyles are obsessed with Zio. His name is written everywhere. Streets are named... after various Zio-related things. 'bLACK cAPE rOAD'
Garrick: "Obsess much?"
Metal Man (GM): 'dEMON'S aLLEY'
Aribar attempts to cut the sign in two. "Come on... Let's go."
Metal Man (GM): It's deserted.
Metal Man: "Hey Aribar... how are we supposed to get them if they turn into stone every time we find them?"
Wolfman: "Well, I'm impressed. These guys definitely have a following."
Aribar: "... We can't take them back when they're petrified?"
Metal Man: "...Well then... it's too bad we left that statue."
Aribar: "I mean... If we get them back to the stadium we can just cure them."
Metal Man (GM): Up ahead is a small, eerie underground valley.
Charles: "For the stew to become at its best, we have to slain them while they're animate."
Metal Man (GM): ...There's a bunch of gargoyles there. Stone, of course.
Wolfman: "Slay, or blast?"
Aribar: "... Should I switch swords then, Locos?"
Metal Man (GM): About... 15... in some sort of circle... A runic incantation in the middle. No doubt, evil, as everything else has been.
Charles: "The problem is that as soon as you put your sword away, we will be overwhelmed."
Metal Man (GM): A disembodied chanting still goes on.
Wolfman: "Well, that's where I come in... I can Wolf Crush a good deal of them if it's an emergency."
Garrick pulls out his dex, then tries to translate the runes.
Charles: "Even one is a challenge on it's own."
Metal Man (GM): 'Open the gates... release the chosen one... Open the gates... bring the world to doom...'
Charles goes to Garrick.
Dex: "Runes say this: Death, destruction, hatred, revival, soul, burn... unknown connotation."
Garrick: "...they're trying to raise a demon."
Metal Man (GM): A hissing noise is heard.
Charles: "Like we have enough to deal with."
Aribar: "..." *The elf tries to slam the Sword of Light, blade first, into the ground and then he lets go of the hilt... If the sword stays light he goes to unsheath Moonlight. If the sword dims then Aribar quickly picks it up and recasts the spell.*
???: "Who brings the bliiiiinding light?"
Metal Man (GM): The sword remains lit, and cuts the ground. The rune dissipates from the light.
???: "Who? Who comes to my lair?"
Aribar: "The Questers... Who is speaking?"
???: "Curse you!"
Metal Man (GM): A dark fireball flies at Aribar from nowhere.
Charles: "Nice... going."
Metal Man (GM): ...And flies right by him, regardless of if it should have hit him.
Aribar is caught off guard but ducks just in time.*
Charles: "I know how to deal with these beings."
???: "I though I escaped... SIMBER tried to kill me, but then I used Dark Energy Wave... it stunned him, even though it should have killed him..."
Garrick: "...let me guess..."
Aribar: "... Zio I suppose?" *The elf begins crackling with electricity... He's charging Terrorbolt.*
Zio: "Who else? You barge into my land and petrify my friends!"
Zio: "Well... I'll make sure you pay for this."
Metal Man (GM): Zio moves his hand to the ring of gargoyles.
Charles: "Boo, hoo, hoo!"
Metal Man (GM): They... turn back to un-petrified.
Garrick: "...son of a..."
Charles: "I'm making my father's special stew and I require ...gar..goy... les."
Gargoyle1: "It's some humans! They've come... what? To eat us?"
Wolfman: "Perhaps we should have gone to Dracula's Castle instead..."
Aribar: "You'll pay for what you made me do... For giving me that fake Sword... I'll kill you!"
Garrick: "Ari, calm down! Use your head!"
Gargoyle2: "Grrrrr! You ruined out incantation to raise more of Zio's power!"
Garrick immediately turns and scan a Gargoyle, then if possible, Zio.
Gargoyle3: "Leave him alone. He doesn't want to hurt you."
Metal Man (GM): Terrorbolt has charged by 1 level.
Charles: "If there is more than one Gargoyle... we have to run for it."
Garrick: "We should back outta here, Locos... this is not looking good."
Zio: "There are... FIFTEEN gargoyles. All of which are now forever immune to light. I may not have my sword... but I have THIS!"
Charles: "We can get the stew ready later..."
Wolfman: "Gargoyles immune to light? Isn't that oxymoronic?"
Garrick: "...great, we can't leave, they'll chase us outta here, THEN go after the Korkiri."
Aribar: "Arrrg... Terrorbolt!" *The elf fires an immense beam of electricity at where he hears Zio's voice.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio points his hand into the air, and a bolt of dark lightning counters Aribar's attack. *BLAM.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio's unholy bolt severs terrorbolt and deals damage to Aribar.
Zio: "I won't go down at all this time. Begone!"
Charles: "...I don't suppose you know of a Dark Sorcerer named Magus do you? ...Not your friend Magnus though."
Zio: "No. I would sooner ask you about Chaz."
Charles: "... Let's go!"
Zio: "I want you out of my lair, nothing more."
Aribar: "Never mess with a Jentanian Wizard, Zio... Never..."
Zio: "Mess with this, little elfin boy! DARK ENERGY WAVE!"
Charles: "...This elf is not part of the group!"
Wolfman: "Aribar, can't you ever learn to shut your mouth?"
Charles jumps to the side.
Metal Man (GM): *OBLITERATE.*
Aribar is blasted by the same wave that killed Alys...*
Zio: "Now... begone!"
Wolfman carries his dead corpse. "Not a problem; Locos, lead on!"
Charles makes the "May you rest in peace" cross.
Metal Man: "...You guys run for it. I'll distract him."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is currently under status effect: DEATH.
Garrick: "I'll back you up, Metal."
Charles: "Zio, I believe you and I have... unfinished business regardless of why I'm here?"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick go first. Zio is now visible, the Sword of Light having gone out.
Garrick: "Locos, get OUT! NOW!"
Wolfman starts to leave... but then turns back; .oO(is everyone else staying?)
Zio: "You cannot destroy me, pathetic mortal. Now... Gargoyles! Continue to summon my power!"
Garrick sprints toward Zio, leaping into the air as his fist glows with a yellowish light. He sends it straight at Zio's gut.
Metal Man (GM): The Gargoyles nod and continue the incantation circle.
Charles puts away his hat and runs for the entrance.
Wolfman also heads out as well... after all, he's carrying Aribar right now.
Metal Man (GM): Locos bumps into a dead gargoyle.
Charles: "Aribar, I hope you're happy now. Once again, you've gone and sce---wah!?"
Metal Man (GM): Zio's fireball hit it and killed it by accident. Garrick hits.
Charles trips over it.
Zio: "Curse you, Curse you all! Get out of my home!"
Wolfman: "Locos, you alright?"
Garrick: "Pathetic mortal my ass!"
Wolfman looks to see what Locos tripped over.
Charles: "I tripped over something!"
Metal Man (GM): Zio is punched back. Now Garrick has made him mad.
Garrick drops into his Ali style stutter step. "Metal, stop those gargoyles from getting Zio more power!"
Metal Man (GM): That's way too powerful for a normal melee move. Trance move? Yes. Critical hit? Yes. Oh well. Now Garrick has made the most powerful sorcerer in the cave mad.
Zio: "I was just going to injure you a bit... but you've made me change my mind. DARK ENERGY WAVE!"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick is also blasted down by the Dark Energy Wave.
Metal Man (GM): Locos can see the gargoyle.
Wolfman was with Locos at the time.
Metal Man (GM): It's dead, and in the right form.
Charles: "Oh frickin sweet!"
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman can also see it.
Wolfman: "...don't tell me we actually have to thank Zio here."
Charles: "...Life is bittersweet."
Garrick hits the ground, skids about ten, twenty feet, then slumps over.
Metal Man comes out dragging a badly injured Garrick: It didn't kill him, but it pretty much put him at near death.
Charles picks up the gargoyle carcass.
Garrick: "...*cough cough.*...god... that felt so good...*cough.*..."
Wolfman: "Fair enough; let's get outside and contact HQ."
Charles: "...Uhh... I just remembered... What about the gargoyle guarding the entrance?" *runs with the others while reaching the exit.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio got a black eye from Garrick's punch earlier.
Wolfman: "If we have to face one, we have to face one."
Metal Man (GM): Charles barely avoids a swipe out of the darkness.
Gargoyle: "You were right. You got past me. Didn't you read the signs? Do you think Zio wanted to have a tea party with you?"
Wolfman: .oO(Well, one can dream.)
Gargoyle: "And why are you carting off my dead brother?"
Charles: "!!" *poit.* "Umm... A fireball that missed of my partners got wind of him? Yeah... it was an unfortunate sight."
Wolfman would have a sweatball drip from his head if he was Anime.
Charles: "We'll be going." *starts to run off again.*
Garrick is barely just standing, moving as fast as he can with the others.
Wolfman attempts to leave without being spotted... or attacked.
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman is caught by the gargoyle. He enters battle with the gargoyle. So does Garrick... while near death...
Wolfman also has a corpse with him.
Metal Man (GM): Metal also enters battle, while Locos escapes.
Gargoyle: "Drat! That killer escaped, and now I'm stuck fighting a pack of brats..."
Metal Man: "I'm not a brat, thank you very much!"
Metal Man (GM): Locos escapes the cave with the gargoyle body. It doesn't turn to stone 'cause it's dead.
Garrick moves over to Ari, who he guesses is on the ground now, and digs around in his bag for a healing item.
Wolfman lets Garrick search through the corpse.
Garrick: "Come on, Ari... I know you plan ahead... awesome." *pulls out the red potion and gulps it down.*
Charles puts the gargoyle carcass down.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick's health is at 50%. The group ran away from Zio.
Garrick: "Muuuuuch better. Okay, let's do this." *He cracks his neck and drops into stance.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio wasn't interested in killing them at the moment--too busy raising his sealed powers from the underworld. And he 'killed' Aribar, and nearly killed Garrick... he used most of his powers launching Dark energy Wave.
Metal Man (GM): The Gargoyle swipes at Wolf.
Wolfman isn't pretty lucky.
Charles picks up the carcass and hightails it back to the cave.
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman takes damage. The Gargoyle then breathes fire at him.
Wolfman felt the swipe. He quickly sees fire... but can't do a thing.
Metal Man (GM): Then, it flaps its huge wings at Wolfman. ...And misses. Horribly.
Wolfman manages to duck under the wing attack at least.
Charles runs back into the cave... not sure if he can see well.
Wolfman gets his Beam Saber out, and attempts to dance with the Gargoyle... might as well see if he can get another kill for Locos.
Metal Man (GM): Locos will appear in the battle next round. Hit.
Gargoyle: "Ach! You call that an attack?"
Wolfman gets a first swipe in at least. He decides to follow up by sweeping him, hoping to trip him up.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Metal Man: "Let's see how this goes... BATON THROW!" *throws his baton at the big, nasty gargoyle.*
Metal Man (GM): CRIT, miss. Gargoyle is auto-dazed.
Gargoyle: "Owwww... my head..."
Charles has kinda ran into the gargoyle and the carcass goes... flying. "Okay... anybody see what the gargyole's abilities are?"
Metal Man: "No..."
Charles gets out his dex too and scans it.
Dex: "Gargoyle. HP: 53/150%. STR: 25. SPD: 16. INT: 30. AC: 15. Defense: 1 | 3. Attacks: Swipe: d20+14 7% damage. Flamethrower: SPD check . All numbers below that take 5% damage for every number below 18. Gust: d20+3, deals AC damage to enemy. There yah go.
Charles saves this info to his notepad and his dex. He unsheathes his hammer. "It's thumpin' time." *shines up his hammer and wants to give a HUUUGE bump on the head to the Gargoyle.*
Metal Man (GM): BONK!
Charles: "That'll cool ya off."
Metal Man (GM): Note that these gargoyles are usually hunched over to be able to see the Questers.
Charles: "Nyyyahh!" *then gives a blow to the face then a Big Blow to the body.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Gargoyle: "Ouch! You hit so hard for a shrimp!"
Charles then gives an uppercut and then spins counterclockwise to give a sharp kick to the body.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Gargoyle: "I'll teach you to mess with us and Zio!"
Metal Man (GM): The Gargoyle breathes fire at Locos. Locos avoids it completely. Digi catches up and joins the battle.
Digifanatic: "Nice dodge there!"
Charles: "Can't touch this."
Wolfman starts charging up the Howl-Buster... (2 levels of charge)
Digifanatic: "Hey! I'm back... oh boy that is one angry beast you're fighting..."
Charles: "So you know about the thing I'm cooking about?"
Digifanatic: "Well, I kinda heard about before while I was dozing but nothing real recently..." *heads up towards the Gargoyle and uses a Fire Punch.*
Charles: "Come on, boys. Let's sent this malicious boy packin'!"
Metal Man (GM): Digi misses.
Metal Man: "No no no. THIS is how you do a punch!" *tries to punch the monster with... the same looking punch, except metallic.*
Metal Man (GM): *CRIT!*
Wolfman chuckles while keeping the charge.
Digifanatic: "I agree, Metal."
Metal Man (GM): Gargoyle is STUNNED.
Metal Man then fires off a stream of DVDs at the ugly gargoyle. "We're bashing this guy in pretty quickly! Finish him off!"
Gargoyle: "I... can't let you pass! Even if you wield flying discs of pain, hammers of ice, and beams of death!"
Charles: "Malevolent being: get out of my friends way!"
Charles moves all over to confuse the big sucker, not really, then delivers an uppercut and a swift kick in the cheek.
Metal Man (GM): Charles flies right past his face.
Charles lands with a thud.
Metal Man (GM): Talk about bad luck. The Gargoyle is stunned AND dazed. Wolf's buster is at charge one of two.
Wolfman decides to fire his two shots at this level... any more would be overkill (it really would; retooling will be needed sometime after this mission) "How about some hot plasma then?"
Metal Man (GM): Wolf teh misses. *UNDERKILL.*
Charles: "Care to explain how that happened?"
Wolfman: "I'd rather not."
Dex: "HP: 105/150%."
Charles: "I swear... this thing is either overweight or this place is too tiny for it to maneuver in."
Gargoyle: "Well what did yah expect? Blooming endless space in a cave?"
Digifanatic tries another attack; this time going for a Super Mario Punch.
Metal Man (GM): Digi's rash of bad luck continues.
Charles jumps to the Gargoyle to give it a harmless but harsh... *KER-SMACK.*
Metal Man tries to stab it with an electric comb.
Metal Man, too, misses.
Metal Man: "How are we missing a stunned monster so easily?"
Wolfman: "We are becoming cocky; that's what."
Charles calms himself. He walks away from the battle 'field' for a couple seconds.
Digifanatic: "I wonder what he's doing..."
Charles then goes *soaring.* past the Questers. "Boot to the Head!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Charles slams into the gargoyle... hard. He catapults from the face back to his comrades.
Metal Man (GM): The Gargoyle fails to be able to attack.
Wolfman: "Time to end this." *jumps up, curls in, and quickly curls out, calling upon the cosmos or something to cause a bunch of destruction at the Gargoyle.* *WOLF CRUSH.*
Metal Man (GM): And Wolf misses.
Wolfman gets rocked by the energy he tried to call out... he gets knocked to the floor.
Digifanatic: "This better hit..."
Charles: "...!?" *looks to Wolfman perplexed.*
Digifanatic tries a Karate Double at the Gargoyle.
Wolfman: "...Zio must be making this difficult for us on purpose."
Metal Man (GM): Digi misses.
Charles: "It hasn't countered yet."
Metal Man: "Let's see what happens when I try... this!" *runs up to the gargoyle and tries to punch it out with three hits.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss. It is still alive.
Charles: "New objective: If we kill it, we take it home with us. If it's KO'ed, then we leave."
Wolfman: "I won't argue with it."
Charles approaches the un-battish creature and whips out his hammer.
Metal Man (GM): Hit and Hit. Gargoyle: Terminated. He's now yet another corpse.
Wolfman: "Remind me to look into using a hammer... it seems very effective."
Charles: "Seems I got this upgraded somehow."
Wolfman picks Aribar back up.
Charles begins dragging the first Gargoyle.
Wolfman: "Let's go."
Metal Man grabs the other gargoyle. "This enough for you?"
Charles: "We met our goal. Let's go."
Wolfman steps outside, and gets his smash dex out on the other hand.
Charles: "Crap, I forgot!"
Metal Man: "What now?"
Charles looks to the other Questers.
Wolfman: "Wolfman, calling... hold on." *to Locos.* "What now?"
Charles: "...^_^; ...do we have any hornet's honey?"
Metal Man: "...Nope. But can't that be bought?"
Wolfman: "It better be buyable; I'm taking Aribar into sick bay." *speaks into the smash dex again.* "Wolfman, calling HQ. I'm bringing in critially injured; please teleport me to Sick Bay."
Charles: "Well, store-bought only modifies the taste by such an inch margin, it makes no difference. Let's go."
Metal Man: "Okay..."
Mewtwo: (Dex) "I got your message. I'm arranging a warp."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP!* The Questers reappear at headquarters. Wolfman and Aribar reappear at the Sick Bay.
Wolfman immediately takes Aribar to Sick Bay.
Metal Man (GM): The sword of light... it's glowing.
Wolfman puts Aribar on one of the beds, and... what's this? His sword is glowing. He holds it for a moment.
Charles: "Okay... Metal... take that one to the suspended animation chamber. I'm taking this one outside."
Digifanatic: "Wonder what's up with the sword..."
Charles: "Dunno... You go check on Aribar."
Metal Man (GM): The sword glows, and a white light surrounds Aribar.
Charles: "I'll catch up later."
Metal Man (GM): A ring of light passes over Aribar, undoing the curse of Dark Energy Wave. It also does the same to Garrick. Aribar is now unconscious instead of dead.
Wolfman puts his sword back, and then retreats to his room.
Charles drags one so it can freeze in time, not temperature; yet wonders if it exists here. He says to hell with a time thing, and puts it in the freezer instead.
Garrick is currently on his way to the lab, where Oak is.
Charles takes the other one outside with an axe.
Metal Man (GM): Oak is there... experimenting with a machine.
Garrick: "Hey doc."
Oak: "The item combiner is almost complete."
Metal Man (GM): Oak puts several pokeballs with eyes into it.
Metal Man (GM): They say... 'Voltorb' every so often.
Garrick: "...that's... great... but, I need to ask you something."
Professor Oak: "Yes?"
Garrick: "This Zio person... just WHO is he? I've read a lot of history of the past Quester missions and such but I don't know much about him."
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak nearly drops the machine.
Professor Oak: "Z... Z-zio? What do you want to know about him?"
Garrick: "...'cause I gave him a black eye, and he damn near killed me."
Professor Oak: "Such a... ghastly character... I knew he was pulling a trick when he signed up as a Quester... If only Klumsy had known! Now... what do you... want to know?"
Garrick: "I want to know about his powers. How is he so powerful?"
Professor Oak: "Well... let me review his powers."
Charles sets the corpse on a blanket.
Professor Oak: "First thing, he's directly linked to a being named Dark Force, who is the incarnation of all evil past, present, and future. Second, he researched and then learned the devil's own most powerful technique: Dark energy Wave."
Garrick: "That's what he used on Ari and me."
Professor Oak: "This destroys the SOUL of anyone after it has eaten them enough... luckily, the Sword of Light cured it. Then... there's the Sword of Darkness, which he wielded from time to time..."
Garrick ponders that information, scratching the stubble on his chin.
Professor Oak: "It made him into an unstoppable demon, he could conjure portals out of nowhere and raise demons to destroy us. It was stolen back recently... by Aribar, then Ivan Robotnik."
Professor Oak: "He is the toughest enemy known. You met him, so that means he defeated SIMBER and chanced the underworld itself. By using those gargoyles... he was summoned from the underworld and is now back to attack us."
Garrick: "And those gargoyles are trying to revive his power somehow... Probably already have."
Professor Oak: "Not trying, dear lad... They already have. When you caught them, they did the last magic to restore his immortality..."
Garrick: "...the Sword of Light is the only thing that can successfully hurt him?"
Professor Oak: "He can only be killed by other people, and only permanently by the Sword of Light or an object of equal power. Unfortunately... he is too strong, and the Void is too busy for us to ignore."
Garrick: "...this is why I feel out of place."
Professor Oak: "We will, regrettably, have to leave him to his cave."
Charles cuts off the tail, the head, and the wings. He throws those parts into the nearest incinerator.
Metal Man (GM): Another hologram pops up. It is of Metal.
Metal Man Hologram: "So, you wanna know about Zio..."
Garrick turns to the hologram of Metal. "I don't want to just know about him. I want to be a match for him."
Metal Man Hologram: "Well. He's the dark priest of that Dark Force guy, and... was a Quester. A match for him? Even with the sword of light, the Questers couldn't kill him. Alys killed herself to kill him... it broke the curse that bound their fates, but not his life. He... revived himself... without the Void's help..."
Garrick: "...is there anyway that I could contact my home planet?"
Metal Man Hologram: "He escaped SIMBER's rage... in fact, it appears he killed SIMBER's AI temporarily. Not really. One last thing."
Garrick glances down, then back up at the hologram.
Metal Man Hologram: "...He is sensitive to people mentioning him. Be careful."
Metal Man Hologram: "There's some secret he has that could just be his weakness."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar wakes up, unharmed, in a hospital bed. His sword of Light is besides him.
Garrick nods, then looks to Oak "I need a gun. I'm tired of fighting with fists."
Oak: "So... anything else?"
Aribar blinks... "Hey, this isn't heaven... Or hell... And where is Death at?"
Dr. Mario: "Ah, good. You're back, Aribar! All thanks to that Sword of Light... which I will now be taking in return for my services!"
Garrick: "Fists can only get me so far, unless there's some other weapon I could use that you know of."
Aribar: "... Oh no you won't."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, he's right."
Dr. Mario: "Just kidding!"
Professor Oak: "Why, you're one silly person, Garrick."
Charles cleans up the blanket, the blood, and gets the essential parts from the gargoyle. He then puts the parts in a bag, and takes the cut up corpse to the freezer, right next to the untouched brother.
Professor Oak: "You gave me your busted weapon AGES ago!"
Digifanatic: (to Ari) "That was weird."
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak pulls out Garrick's old buster... which is now... Some sort of claw?
Garrick: "...what's that?"
Aribar: "Oh, hello Digi... What happened after I died? Do you know?"
Professor Oak: "The Mach Claw! My own invention! It uses speed to increase damage. It goes right in with your abilities using punches."
Wolfman arrives at sick bay (now that I'm done with dinner)
Garrick: "...heh, I'm going to have to harass Link until he gives me another pair of Pegasus Boots."
Wolfman: "I am partly the reason why you are here right now Aribar."
Digifanatic: "We beat the Gargoyle and Wolf wanted a warp to the Sick Bay."
Aribar: "So all of the gargoyles and Zio are dead?"
Wolfman shakes his head no.
Dr. Mario: "Zio is a bit too alive to think that."
Digifanatic: "So, we did, and then when he set you down on the bed, the Sword started to glow, and that Curse you had was broken because of the Sword of Light."
Garrick takes the claw from Oak, pulling it onto his right hand.
Aribar: "... Then I'm leaving." *gets up and roots through his bag for some money...*
Dr. Mario: "Why?"
Wolfman: "Hold up Aribar."
Computer: "Last scans of Zio indicate that he is too strong to face alone."
Wolfman wonders what is going on in Aribar's mind.
Aribar: "I've got to kill that Black Magician, Zio, and kill all of those Gargoyles for Saria... I've got to repent for the sins I've committed while holding the Sword of Darkness."
Charles puts the medium-sized bag of 'ingredients' next to the cauldron then goes to G&W's.
Wolfman: "Believe me... I understand."
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *sniffs around again still memorizing the place.*
Wolfman: "However, what you are attempting is suicidal."
Metal Man (GM): Another hologram appears. How funny, it's SIMBER.
Aribar: "Yeah... I'm like that sometimes... Ah! Here it is..."
SIMBER: "While I am unable to do anything on my own, I have been commanded by Dr. Mario to warn you... Zio is more powerful than I was. Systems show... he is at least equal to the Void in power..."
Digifanatic: "Oh boy..."
SIMBER: "On behalf of the system, I ask you to reconsider your actions. We cannot stop you. At least, not the holograms like me. Especially not me. I am unable to act on my own."
Aribar gets out his bag of cash and takes a portion of it... He hands it to the good doctor.* "Here, Mario. 1000 coins ought to cover my fee, correct?"
SIMBER: "This was a pre-programmed message. Program terminated."
Metal Man (GM): It fades out.
Dr. Mario: "Uhhh... yes."
Wolfman chuckles a little bit.
Aribar ignores that hologram... He's got to right his wrongs.
Wolfman "Thinks" the doctor's office doors to close.
Charles opens his wallet and reaches for you know what.
Metal Man (GM): The doors close on their own.
Charles grunts. "Harumph!"
Wolfman: "Aribar, hold up."
Aribar: "Now, unless everyone tries to stop me from going I'll be leav--What?"
Charles tries again!
Wolfman: "Let me explain something Aribar. There will be a time and a place to repay your debt. However, getting yourself killed is NOT one of them... I should know. The best thing you can do right now is actually stay with us, and train yourself to become better."
Computer: "There is also the issue of destroying the Void."
Wolfman: "Once we all improve dramatically, we can take out Zio, the Void... heck, almost anything."
Aribar: "... "
Wolfman: "However, having a man down will NOT help out. Don't think you can be continuously revived after dying... eventually, the magic wears out. Facing Zio in your current state would basically remove it outright."
Charles pulls out his 'fills-the-room-very muchly' size bag of coins from his small wallet with a SMB2 vegetable pulling sound and throws it down immediately, with a smb2 throw sound.
G&W: "What do you want to buy, Locos?"
Wolfman: "Would you rather have a chance to live to see your deed take place?"
Charles reads his checklist.
Wolfman: "I suggest you think about it for a little." *"Thinks" the doors open, and heads out.*
Metal Man (GM): The doors open.
Charles: "About... 1 gallon or 1 pound of hornet's honey. Whichever costs cheaper."
Aribar mumbles, "I still want to go... But I guess everyone is against it..."*
G&W: "That would be the pound, for cheapness."
Aribar sighs, takes his stuff, and leaves the room to go to his own... Once there he gets the fake Sword of Darkness and heads to G&W's place.
Metal Man (GM): When Aribar grabs the false sword, something strange happens. Voices... in his head... Zio...
Zio: "I will kill you... you will die... you cannot survive much longer... my wrath will engulf you... You will pay for what you have done and want to do..."
Metal Man (GM): A swirly maelstrom of these sorts of words comes from the sword inside Aribar's mind.
Aribar quickly lets go of the sword and unsheathes the Sword of Light.*
Metal Man (GM): The two swords in the same place generates a lot of static electricity. Aribar's hair stands on end.
Aribar: "Arrg... Leave me alone!" *He smashes the Sword of Light against the fake sword.*
Metal Man (GM): The sword is hit... and breaks. ...Then reforms into a person.
Magnus: "...Where... where am I? ...What are... you... doing here? Why aren't you... a vampire?"
Aribar: "... Who are you again?"
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *wanders into the arena to look for something to scratch her back on.*
Magnus: "I am Magnus! One of Zio's many vampires, and a great member of the Quester Hunters. I was... sealed into that sword by Zio until the time was right..."
Charles: "How much will... it cost?"
Magnus: "It appears you have freed me."
G&W: "Oh, only 500 coins."
Magnus: "Let's have a deal. In return for you freeing me, I will leave without breaking anything."
Charles jumps about 19 feet to reach inside of it.
Magnus: "I'm not... going to take you all on at once, you know."
Aribar: "... Or I slay you right here."
Garrick walks about the stadium as well, his new claw shinning in the lights of the hallways. He wonders what he should do now..
Magnus: "I'm afraid I couldn't let that happen."
Metal Man (GM): Magnus takes out a long, blood red, wickedly curved sword.
Charles goes inside the bag and digs out the coins.
Metal Man (GM): It's paper-thin, but extremely serrated and sharp.
Magnus: "Am I not a great swordsman?"
Metal Man (GM): Magnus suddenly blurs.
Metal Man (GM): When he reappears, 'M' is written in a slash on Aribar's shirt.
Charles: All the coins go onto the counter and in G&W's hand.
Magnus: "Now then... I must be leaving. Master Zio needs me."
Metal Man (GM): Magnus turns his back on Aribar and goes to leave.
Charles jumps out of the bag, ties it, and lands.
Aribar: "Well, you know what? I'm as good as a magician as you are a sword fighter. Magic Missile!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits him... he laughs.
Magnus: "Good joke... good joke! Maybe I should have beheaded you instead... or..."
Metal Man (GM): He looks back and shows his fangs.
Magnus: "Not many vampires could wield that sword without burning down into ash."
Aribar backs up...
Charles opens his wallet, and a vortex comes out. The bag starts to go into the wallet and makes a SMB3 pipe sound.
Metal Man (GM): Magnus makes his way to the exit, chopping vases in two and slashing the walls.
Magnus: "Such a nice place here. Too bad it's not armor-plated."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick turns a corner...
Charles takes the hornet's honey and goes out the door with his wallet in tow.
Metal Man (GM): And knocks into a vampire holding a wicked sword. A broken vase is at Garrick's feet.
Charles then heads back into the kitchen via an alternate route this time.
Magnus: "Hello. Do you mind if I pass through?"
Aribar sighs and sits down on his bed... He's worthless... Absolutely worthless...
Garrick looks at this new fellow... then shrugs "Whatever..."
Magnus: "Very well."
Metal Man (GM): He walks right past Garrick, slashing stuff as he goes.
Garrick: "...you're a vampire, though, right?"
Magnus: "It's a shame I can't be seen by mirrors... otherwise I would have been blasted to bits. Oh, yes! Zio's friend. Such a nice guy. You should... drop by some time. You'd taste great."
Aribar hrms... The elf gets up and heads to G&W.
Charles finally enters the kitchen and 600 a.d. plays again.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar gets to GW.
Charles: "Let's see..."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Magnus looks in the R&R... and sees the couch.
Aribar: "How good of a smith are you?"
Magnus: "Why, if it isn't good old man-eating couch himself!"
Metal Man (GM): Magnus breaks the glass, then pulls out a small bag.
Magnus: "Come with me. These Questers don't know how to appreciate works of art."
Garrick: "...no thanks, but tell him he should put some steak on that eye of his, it'll swell up pretty bad..." *Turns and walks off.*
Metal Man (GM): The couch is sucked into the bag. Then, Magnus looks outside...
Magnus: "...Sunlight. How I hate it."
Charles uses some of his magic powers to unseal the cauldron by swooshing his hands over the cover a couple times.
Metal Man (GM): Magnus throws a smokebomb and disappears. Maintenance robots repair the damage. In 5 minutes, you wouldn't know he had been there.
Charles uncorks the top and then pours in the hornet's honey. After it's added he stirs for some time. *slowly.* *5 teaspoons. "Now for the gargoyle..." He takes the 'doggy' bag and sets it on the counter. He first takes out the gargoyle's heart and begins to clean it. "!" *removes his hat and sunglasses before cleaning.* Next, Locos takes out two hands and removes the claws. Finally, he takes out a quart of the blood, which was in a jar, and pours it into the stew. Adds the hands next, then finally puts in the heart. *cleans up the kitchen to remove any suspicion as to what might be in it.* "There... it's done."
Charles: "Soon, the heart will dissipate and all the ingredients minus the vegetables will be blended into the stew." *talks to himself.* *He cracks open a bottle of coca-cola and begins to savor it.*
Aribar: "Mr. Game and Watch?"
Aribar: "I would like to purchase a Mega Smash badge please... . The only way I'll get more powerful is if I hide behind such objects."
Aribar hands over 3500 coins...*
Garrick heads toward the kitchen, walking in and looking to Locos "How's that stew coming?"
Charles is surprised by someone coming in. "Well, I've done all I can. Now...*sip.*...all we do is wait."
Aribar sighs after equipping the badge and heads for the Arena.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar gets to the arena.
Aribar looks to see if a crowd is there or a match happening.
Charles: "...I wonder why Zio is in that cave..." *leans on the counter and sips on his Coca-cola.*
Garrick: "It doesn't really matter..."
Metal Man (GM): No crowd, no match.
Charles: "Oh it does. See, while I was back in the military, I came across him on the QH satellite. He had a fake sword of darkness, and almost killed me."
Aribar sighs and sits down in the nearest seat...
Charles: "I had to transform just to keep up with his speed. I barely defeated him... and I was within one inch of dying."
Charles: "...What you would call... a ...'trance' I believe. It was out of desperation. I believe now he's become even more powerful than then. But we'll take him down..." *chugs some more.*
Garrick: "Oh, of course..." *He walks over to the simmering stew and smells it...*
Aribar mumbles, "Hopeless. This is hopeless... If I can't even defeat one of Zio's minions I'll never have a chance at the Black Magician himself... I just hold everyone back..."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... wonder what's going on with Locos and the stew..." *heads over to the kitchen.* "Hey guys."
Garrick: "Hey... well, call me when it's done, Locos. I wanna taste this stuff firsthand..."
Digifanatic sees Garrick by the stew. "Yeah, that wouldn't be a bad idea."
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *mewls around and sniffs around still learning the base after finding a door to scratch her back on.* .oO(Lalala)
Charles smiles... smugly.
Digifanatic: "What is it?"
Charles: "!" *whistles.*
Garrick turns and heads out of the kitchen, heading out toward the arena. He walks out one of the entrances... then spies Ari talking to himself. He overhears this thing about Zio's minions.
Digifanatic: (mumbling to Garrick) "There's something suspicious in that stew besides the gargoyle blood and stu--where did he go?"
Garrick is already gone.
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *was just in the arena hehe, mewling around now.*
Garrick: "...now, why are you talking like that?"
Garrick steps out and sits down next to Ari.
Charles takes out a spoon and takes a try of the stew.
Aribar: "I'm useless to the team... The only think I'm good for is being a meat shield..."
Charles begins to have a coughing fit.
Garrick: "Oh, shut up."
Digifanatic: "You okay Locos?"
Charles begins to wheeze.
Digifanatic: "Do you need a medic?"
Charles spits out a meatball and it lands in the trash.
Garrick: "You blasted the crap out of a good few monsters, from what I saw. And YOUR the one that has probably the most powerful weapon ever." *He motions to the glowing sword at Ari's hip.*
Charles pants heavily and claps his lips with his tongue.
Digifanatic: "How does it taste?"
Aribar: "I can barely even use the Sword of Light correctly... . I'm just not skilled with swords or magic..."
Charles goes to the refrigerator and gets out a pickle.
Garrick: "Then learn how."
Charles: "Needs one of these buttered pickles." *adds it into the cauldron.*
Aribar: "Too bad my brother wasn't warped here instead of me... He's way more helpful than me."
Garrick: "Aribar, shut. Up. Now, come with me." *He grabs Ari by one arm and drags him out into the arena.*
Aribar gets up to follow Garrick... Slightly confused.*
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *pads into the kitchen, sniffs the air for rice balls.*
Charles: "It'll take quite a while for it to be ready." *heads off somewhere.*
Garrick: "Now, we're going to have a spar. You and me. Let's go."
Digifanatic: "Well... guess I'm alone."
Aribar: "Okay..." *The elf unsheathes the Sword of Light.*
Garrick: "You come at me first. Let's see what you've got."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... Garrick was running to the Stadium area... wonder what's up..."
Aribar concentrates his arcane energies upon the Sword of Light. Electricity sparks about the glowing blade as the elf dashes towards Garrick. Three swift slashes follow as Aribar cries, "Tri-Bolt Slash!"
Digifanatic walks over to the Stadium and sees Garrick and Ari planning their spar. He heads over to a seat in the stands and watches.
Garrick immediately whips his new mach claw out and blocks all three shots. "There's your problem. You've got plenty of power, your just not accurate."
Aribar: "This blade is very heavy, plus I was taught how to use short swords like Moonlight..."
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *sniffs around the kitchen then heads out to find some soft place to rest.*
Garrick: "Wait, if that's the great Sword of Light, then shouldn't the wielder be able to change it into something that he or she can use? Use your head, try to change it into a short sword."
Aribar: "W-what if I... Break it? I think it is best if I don't try..."
Garrick: "...Ari... it's the SWORD OF LIGHT. Do you think you'll break it?"
Aribar: "..." *The elf attempts to concentrate on the blade... To change its shape and shorten the blade.* "... No... I can't change it... I can't concentrate enough... Let us just continue the duel."
Garrick: "Whatever you say... come at me, try again."
Aribar tries yet another Tri-Bolt Slash. He lashes out at Garrick... It looks like the elf only connects one hit.
Garrick is able to block two of them, but gets smashed by the one of them. He skids back a few feet, then smirks slightly. He jerks forward and sends a sharp jab to Ari's jaw.
Aribar is launched into the air. "Gaah!"
Garrick waits for Ari to fall, then sends a series of punches at Ari. He follows up with a series of kicks..
Aribar: *BADGE ACTIVATION!*
Aribar is kicked off the platform since his damage is over 100%.
Aribar appears back on the revival platform and drops down. "See? I'm hopeless in close combat."
Garrick hmms, walking around Ari as he thinks.
Aribar switches out for Moonlight. "Well, unless I use this blade..."
Garrick: "...well, the Sword of Light is your main weapon in terms of damage."
Aribar: "This elven blade is almost as fast as the Sword of Light is strong."
Garrick: "But that's the thing, your Moonlight is powerful, but the Sword of Light is going to be more useful in the battle with the Void. My advice? Go do some strength tests. If you can get stronger, you can wield the Sword of Light with the same speed you use with the Moonlight. You're plenty proficient with magic. Back off that and focus on swordsmanship. Fight Yurie or Zero, ask them for tips. I'm not a swordsman, so I wouldn't know, but they are. They should be able to give you all the tips you'll need."
Aribar sheaths Moonlight.* "...Okay. I guess I'll just have to practice in the holoroom and take your suggestions..."
Garrick walks up and places a hand on Ari's shoulder "You're a powerful fighter. You're a vital part of this team. Keep at it, cause we're going to need you."
Aribar: "Thanks... That makes me feel a little better."
Garrick: "And one more thing, Ari... you need to keep calm. If you lose your cool like you do your going to get yourself and the others killed. You almost died when you lost your cool at Zio. A mad fighter is a dead fighter."
Metal Man walks in. "What? But I'm mad all the time!"
Garrick: "I meant mad as in angry, not mad as in insane."
Metal Man: "What's this about being calm? ...Oh."
Aribar: "I've been tainted by darkness... Dark Cubes, Sword of Darkness... All that stuff just makes it easier to get mad at people I hate like Doopliss..."
Garrick: "Ari, you're not dark. You're not evil."
Metal Man: "You were so easily tainted because you were equally, if not better, at light. On the other hand, they don't touch me... something about being afraid I'll bite them."
Garrick: "What he said. You can wield that sword better than any of us can."
Aribar: "If it wasn't for this sword at my side..." *The elf points to the Sword of Light...* "I probably would have been just as bad as Zio and them..."
Garrick: "Somehow, I doubt it."
Metal Man: "Well, iif you kill the Void, perhaps you'll believe your power. I'm amazed you defeated that SIMBER thing..."
Aribar: "Just quick thinking... I looked for anything to prevent those Metal Sonics from tearing us to bits and I saw the computer... Anyone could have done that."
Garrick: "Quick thinking can save your life. And it did, and all of our lives too. See, you're strong up here." Pokes Ari in the forehead "And here." Pokes Ari in the chest, where his heart should be "Now, if you want to be better at fighting and not dying so often, get strong here." He thumps Ari on the arm. "Well, I leave you to it then."
Garrick turns on his heel, flipping a button on his Mach Claw to make it retract around his arm, then shoves his hands into his pockets and walks out.
Aribar: "Thanks, Garrick... I'll just have to train in the holoroom... No use letting this despair get the better of me."
Garrick: "Happy to be of some service, Ari." *He waves while he walks, then turns a corner and is gone. Then he glances behind him, toward the entrance he just walked through, then peels back his jacket sleeve and flips open his dex.* "Dex, set to record, private channel. As per usual."
Garrick: "January 3, year unknown. Finally seem to have truly befriended one of the Questers, the elf named Aribar. No word yet on the others, but it seems like a lost cause. We've collected only two of the legendary items to defeat this "Void", so we have a long way to go. It seems I still have no way of getting home until the Three Powers scientists come up with their own portal. Might try looking for my Earth when these universes.
Aribar hrms and exits the arena... He heads to the holoroom and puts in the same training mission as the one in Chapter 66.
Chibi Tigress Gundam: *is plopped on some chair or something like a big cat, resting.*
Garrick: "...oh, and a additional note. No sign of any soldiers from the eff oh oh. I'll keep my fingers crossed and continue studying this world." *He flips his Dex closed, sending the log to his own machine in his room, which records the log on a disk and adds it to a large stack of disks*