Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 119: Dark Duplicity

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Date: January 11th and 12th, 2005.
Charles: "We have grown fatigued... we need to buy time so we can better prepare ourselves for these remaining... jerks."
Sigma: "Hey! It wasn't my fault that some freak warped me to this funhouse!"
Indalaceo: "You will all feel... my real wrath... I will show you my true power!"
SA-X: *Turns to Locos, then resumes fighting Jeff Maxwell.*
Charles: "...Let's just heal in-battle." *jumps into... BATTLE: Sigma versus Charles, a prototype, ...and some machines.*
Sigma: "...It's a shame that you have almost your entire army fighting me. For they shall be destroyed!"
Ruvyn: "Shut up, Baldo!"
Metal Man (GM): Ruvyn runs up and slashes Sigma twice. 2 hits.
Charles: "I have faith in both my skills and my echelon."
Metal Man (GM): Ruvyn then... unable to do any other attack, stops. Sigma runs at Locos and makes some quick saber swipes at him. CRIT hit hit. damage.
Sigma: "Tsk tsk tsk... you humans are so slow..."
Metal Man (GM): Sigma then brandishes his saber, hitting the ground with it. A wave of scorching energy flies at Locos.
Charles is slice'n'diced and is cut back.
Metal Man (GM): ...Sigma ends up tripping and landing on his face.
Sigma: "Curse these slippery floors!"
Charles grabs his hammer from his holster. He then somersaults over a distance, quickly, and smash.
Metal Man (GM): Ehhhhh... I'll let that hit.
Sigma: "Argh!"
Charles uses his large mallet and hit him on the 'shin', and grab him then.
Metal Man (GM): Hit!
Sigma: "You will never succeed! You can never defeat all of us!"
Charles uses his remaining strength to throw a punch then a mighty blow to the torso.
Metal Man (GM): Sigma gets up and blocks that punch, then backflips onto a wall, and tries to slice Charles from high in the air. *SLICEEEE!!!!!* damage. That almost cuts Charles in two.
Charles: "...Continue... the... battle..."
Metal Man (GM): *SLICE* Locos is cut in two. Minus one life. Charles reappears as per regular fashion... Sigma is now attacking Digi with saber swipes. Three hits. Digi is critically damaged... But manages to survive.
Digifanatic: "I'm sorry, but I'll have to pull out of this battle. I don't want to get barbequed!"
Metal Man (GM): Sigma's attack ends, having 'killed' two people.
Skyhigh: "My turn! Heahaahahaahahaha! Shadow ball... shadow ball! SHADOW BALL SHADOW BALL SHADOW SHADOW SHADOW SHAAAAADOW BALLLLL!!! SHADOW BALL BALL BALL SHADOW BALL BALL SHADOWWWWWW!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): A small cloud of Shadow Balls, all fully charged, fly at Sigma. ...Sigma is in for big-time pain. Sigma takes a whopping... ton of damage. *EXPLODE.*
Sigma: "Urgh... overpowered... human..."
Charles reappears from the revival platform. He is thoroughly not pleased.
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh, though, isn't done.
Skyhigh: "WAR! LOCK! PUNCHHHHHHH!!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Sigma is blasted again.
Sigma: "Ack!"
Skyhigh: "THUNDA BOLT!!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): CRIT! Miss miss. One bolt nails Sigma.
Sigma: "Argh..."
P.S.I.M.: "..." *Shoots Sigma.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Charles: "Snuff him!"
Metal Man (GM): Sigma attacks PSIM with Saber whiplash effect. damage. Sigma then simply sits there... weird.
Sigma: I will... succeed! You will all seeeeeee!" The lightsaber he's holding is flickering almost like a candle.
Charles disappears in a swift after-image. "Saprise!"
Sigma: "I am never surprised!"
Charles reappears from behind Sigma. Two bashes... no flashy crap.
Metal Man (GM): Aaaand both are parried by Sigma exactly. However, before the battle can continue...
Charles shifts out again and goes back to being in line.
???: "ENOUGH!"
Metal Man (GM): A whole lot of black lightning appears in the middle of the room. Charles can hear a couple explosions. A dark hole then appears in the center... which forms into a humanoid form. The all-black form materializes into a man holding a silver sword, as well as a red cape. He has black hair, blue eyes, and a look of hatred.
???: "You... you infidel! Sending my tools to their rightful homes!"
Metal Man (GM): Sigma just drops his saber and backs off. SA-X even stops mindlessly fighting. Indalaceo just turns to the man, preparing another attack.
???: "I should have never sent a machine to do a man's job... look at this mess! Only HALF of my Quester neutralization force intact! ...With Sigma being exactly half-dead."
Sigma: "Who... are you? I do not work for humans!"
Charles: "It is not Lumis... this much I know."
Tridus: "I am Tridus! The last Fallen Quester, and the second of such!"
Metal Man (GM): He brandishes the sword. Lightning flashes from it and causes Sigma to spontaneously explode.
Charles looks around...
Tridus: "You're all good as useless now... but I'm afraid you have one task left before being sent home. Help me destroy that Quester... he's on to me more than the others!"
Metal Man (GM): Tridus then starts walking towards Locos.
Tridus: "Surrender... or be forced to live in limbo forever!"
Metal Man (GM): Tridus' sword glows again. He fires a lightning bolt into the ceiling.
Charles looks up to the bolt. He then slows his head to see Tridus.
Computer: "SysTEMs... Fri... e...d... c...o... m...o..u... t.e..r... d...o... w...n..... ."
Tridus: "Answer me now, or NEVER!"
Charles: "I will not back down, Ivan."
Metal Man (GM): Tridus strikes a door with lightning. An entire side of the base (thankfully not the one where Charles' chair is located), crashed to pieces. Tridus laughs at Charles.
Tridus: "Ivan... IVAN? Do I look fat and old to you? Do you think I need that worthless thing called technology? DO YOU THINK I HELP THE QUESTERS TO KILL MYSELF?"
Charles: "No... and no."
Metal Man (GM): He yells and strikes the ceiling again. What's left of the base starts floating up, taking a good piece of rock with it.
Tridus: "Your buffoonery confounds me! You think... I would even talk to you without your death being apparent? I am immortal... and you are just an idiot with a bunch of remote controlled toys."
Charles: "You speak to me right now. That answers your own question to me enough."
Tridus: "Give it up, fool!"
Charles: "Never. Machine Mades! Formation!"
Metal Man (GM): Tridus slices the air, causing a wave of energy to fly at Charles.
Tridus: "LIGHT ENERGY WA-"
Metal Man (GM): Seconds before it hits Charles...
Machine Made Zio: "DARK ENERGY WAVE!"
Metal Man (GM): An opposing wave hits it and neutralizes it.
Charles had winced. He opens his eyes.
Tridus: "Well well... Smithy made more machines than I thought..."
Charles: "Zio, I had wondered where you were."
Machine Made Zio: "Guarding your ship."
Charles: "Very well. My 7 Fallen Comrades!"
Tridus: "No matter. I shall give you all a great lesson... stupidity is infinite, and the only way to cleanse the world is to destroy everything and start over!"
Charles takes out his SMB3 + Crossbones whistle. "The pillars of the heavens, and the bowels of the earth... transform this artifact of Lunarian Civilization and bring me strength!" The whistle starts to glow a very bright gold.
Tridus: "Ahhh... the Lunarians... destroyed by their own stupidity. Would you like to be marked as the last Lunarian to die?"
Charles (GM): The light dims. Its figure transforms from the whistle, to a foot long whistle. It now glows with a silver aura.
Metal Man (GM): Tridus raises up his sword, which in opposition to the whistle, glows a very dark black.
Charles: "They are in a very long slumber as opposed to being destroyed."
Metal Man (GM): Several runic symbols surround him, Indalaceo, and SA-X.
Charles: "Zemus is the only pure Lunarian who will refuse to sleep."
Tridus: "Lies! They were killed when the Sun exploded."
Charles: "Perhaps you should just stick to this planet. This flute will help transform Z.E.T.A... into his final ultimate form."
Tridus: "And this sword, at one TENTH of its full power, will give all three of us the power to destroy this continent!"
Charles: "Fallen Comrades of the Machines... join together as I play this harmony."
Metal Man (GM): The Machine Mades get into line... how weird... PSIM is there too.
P.S.I.M.: "Perhaps I can help."
Tridus: "I summon... the three evils! Wrath, Ignorance, and Hatred!"
Metal Man (GM): Three symbols appear. Ignorance for SA-X, Wrath for Tridus, and Hatred for Indalaceo.
Charles starts playing the flute. It plays very loudly and send waves into the ocean. It sounds from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers when the Green Ranger goes to summon his mech.
Metal Man (GM): The Fallen Questers start morphing together to form something... big. In fact, PSIM joins in as some sort of combat accessory... A white light finishes the transformation. Appearing in a blast of white flames... FALLEN QUESTER PERFECT: GOLDEN WARRIOR.
Charles stops playing his new item: Perfection Flute.
Metal Man (GM): A hulking golden warrior, complete with a shiny sword and a great big shield of glowingness, stands where all the others were. Meanwhile, it appears that the power-up by Tridus has finished.
Charles: "I present to you what Smithy started... and with my help has finished."
Metal Man (GM): Tridus is floating atop a huge runic platform. Two lower platforms have SA-X and Indalaceo on them.
Tridus: "I give you an A for effort... but it's all in vain."
Charles: "I care not. This project is now completed."
Indalaceo: "Your machine will be... destroyed!"
Charles: "Hmmm... you have a point..." *turns to the new transformation.*
Golden Warrior: "Ready for orders."
Charles: "What is your name, perfect Machine Mades?"
Golden Warrior: "I am Golden Warrior. Assigned by Smithy at time of make."
Charles: "Very well then." *brings out his remote control. He makes his chair come to Locos.*
Metal Man (GM): The chair comes in, smacking Indalaceo on the way to Charles.
Indalaceo: "Ow!"
Charles: "...! ...Sorry 'bout that." *gets into his chair and activates his shielding.*
Golden Warrior: "Locos. You need not assist me. I will annihilate the enemy."
Charles chuckles.
Metal Man (GM): The sword clicks, and opens up... revealing at LEAST 150 missiles... on one side. The other side has yet another 150 missiles.
Charles: "Already... ehh---riiight."
Metal Man (GM): A few more alternating bands open, showing... A grand total of 1000 missiles.
Charles: "...That makes me look like a joke. Sir Tridus, I would love to battle, but the Void is still on my tail. Anyways, I must complete Valhalla Fortress and leave for Earth."
Golden Warrior: "I will eliminate them for you."
Charles: "May we meet again."
Golden Warrior: "It will take 15 seconds."
Charles: "...I'd rather not watch." *converts his chair to submarine mode.* *blasts some of the glass so he can leave for the blue sea.* "Let's meet again sometime!"
Metal Man (GM): What a funny coincidence... They're on the surface now.
Charles blasts off as the laughs.
Metal Man (GM): As Charles leaves, he sees the entire base... explode. Missiles flying everywhere.
Charles dives under the water's surface.
Metal Man (GM): Golden Warrior soon emerges from the ruins, and flies off to follow Charles.
Golden Warrior: "SA-X and Indalaceo--Warped back to home planet. Tridus--morphed... into... Void... then escaped."
Charles goes back to the water's surface and transforms his chair to aerial mode. "I expected no less from the perfection of 7 fine machine mades and PSIM."
Golden Warrior: "What next, Locos?"
Charles: "I report to Ivo Rob--nay, 'Bob: Electric Lord of Death'. You are to defend the tower from attacks. Separate if it is reasonably practical once you return. Otherwise stay in Golden Warrior form."
Golden Warrior: "Aye aye."
Metal Man (GM): It flies off, kinda like some Megazord from Power Rangers.
Charles: "..." *reprograms the autopilot and sets it for Neo-Robotnikland.*
Metal Man (GM): Charles gets going towards there. Charles eventually lands there... at least, where it's supposed to be. However, all Charles sees is a sign in the middle.
Sign: 'Go Away: Nothing here. Leave Only Cars Or Ships."
Charles stops to near the sign.
Metal Man (GM): That's funny... the second sentence is written in red Lunarian script.
Charles: "...!?!? ...How does anyone here know how to right in that!?"
Metal Man (GM): There's notice a leaf... stuck floating mid-air. How weird! The area around the sign is also devoid of leaves...
Charles: "...hmmm..."
Metal Man (GM): Even though there's many of them everywhere around it.
Charles reads the red script in accordance to his own language.
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, the sign and the area around it is replaced with a small, round building, with a door that slides open for Charles.
Charles: "!?!?" *enters.*
Metal Man (GM): The door shuts behind Charles, and the room lights up. 'Bob' appears out of nowhere.
Bob: "Welcome to my... hidden base, Locos. May I interest you in some tea?"
Charles is with wide eyes. "...Y-yes."
Bob: "Very well." *WARP* A glass of perfectly-done tea appears in Bob's hand. He hands it to Charles. Perfect temperature, and not hard to hold either.
Charles: ..."
Bob: "You may have been wondering how I got the tea."
Charles takes it.
Bob: "Well... I made it beforehand, then stored it in a new type of storage: Data-storage! All real objects can be stored indefinitely this way. Furthermore, with a bit more work... it can be used to construct primitive objects."
Charles: "..." *just nods his head.*
Bob: "Now then, it's time for a meeting, right?"
Charles: "Yes."
Bob: "Well... we must deal with Wolfman... that snoop! If SIMBER finds me, we're toast. So... I've engineered a forged datafile that will edit Wolfman and SIMBER's memories so that they will not know me as even being alive anymore. You must deliver it to SIMBER by... finding the main computer and inserting this disk."
Metal Man (GM): Bob warps in a floppy disk and hands it to Charles.
Charles takes it and puts it in his side pocket. "Why would SIMBER knowing that you still exist jeopardize the return to Earth?"
Bob: "...He still knows me as an error program. It's been hard-coded. He has been designed to seek out and destroy the 'evil' parts of his former self. It's true, too... but the two of us aren't evil, are we?"
Charles: "Agreed. Yet the A.I. was destroyed."
Bob: "It's a mindless program driven by Wolfman's AI. Wolfman... despite having good judgement, snooped on you, letting SIMBER know of my existence."
Charles: "Understood. Do you know of the Phendrana base five miles under the ocean?"
Bob: "...The one that exploded?"
Charles: "How did you..."
Bob: "Yes. Oh... I have my ways."
Metal Man (GM): Bob reaches at Charles' head, and pulls off... a skin-colored tracking bug.
Bob: "Ingenious, isn't it?"
Charles: "It leaves desirables. Like less itching."
Bob: "It acts exactly as skin, and doesn't come off unless you have my fingerprint. Itchiness? ...I forgot how sensitive flesh beings are. Anyway. You want to see our rocket out of here, right?"
Charles: "I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. How long would it take us?"
Bob: "Why... 15 days."
Charles: "...It's that fast? Cause last time I checked... it was at least 5 light years away."
Bob: "My rocket kind of... skips that space."
Charles: "And it can cross into Dimension FY-55?"
Bob: "What dimension is that in normal speak?"
Charles thinks in deep thought. He mumbles, makes several motions with his index fingers... "Traveled from there... 10 years later to there... Quasar from there... to here."
Bob: "Well, my way uses black holes."
Charles: "...Hmm... Ya know..." ^_^; "It's actually been 30 years since I've last been to my own dimension and moon."
Bob: "I've never been there, but I know the quick way to there! Seeing as I no longer have to emulate the brain of an above-average human, my intelligence has increased exponentially. My IQ is 1992."
Charles: "And I know an even quicker way. Doopliss's Doorman Staff powered by the White Super Emerald and both in the Realm of the Heavens inside Valhalla Fortress."
Bob: "...But Ivan has that emerald. How are we supposed to get it before he uses the relics to complete his plan and seal off our means of getting to Earth? ...Do we dare... ATTACK him?"
Charles: "How long would it take for your quick way?"
Bob: "15 days."
Charles: "Now calculate the quickest the Questers could pull off getting all the artifacts."
Bob: "1 day. But we'd be clear of this realm by then."
Charles: "...Umm... how about the most likely?"
Bob: "1 day... the emeralds bestow them the power of chaos control. Everything they do... will happen simultaneously!"
Charles: "So how do you expect I pull off your disk?"
Bob: "Easy. Once you get the emeralds, we shall be able to pull off our own 'Final Crush', in which we subvert Ivan's plans. Timing is of the essence, and... I'm afraid we'll have to defeat all of the Questers. But it's either that... or being trapped here forever!"
Charles: "Whoa... whoa... whoa!"
Bob: "Oh, yeah. We need to kill the Void anyway. Yeeeeees?"
Charles: "I don't think so. The Void is no longer your problem or mine. Second, what emeralds? Since we're taking off, wouldn't just be easier if we left right now?"
Bob: "Sure, but..."
Metal Man (GM): Erwin comes in, restored to his normal form.
Erwin: "He's right. We GOTTA kill Mario! That evil, smiling mustache monster has mocked me for eternity!"
Charles: "What emeralds are you suggesting we use anyway?"
Bob: "The White Super Emerald."
Charles collapses. "And you call yourself a person with an IQ of 1992. That's exactly what I wanted to do. Then you go on to say there's an alternative. Which involves the same exact crap!"
Bob: "The alternative is leaving now... I was improving your plan."
Charles makes a faceless expression.
Erwin: "Awww... come on Locos! Let's destroy Mario!"
Charles sighs. "Doopliss... you've been a blind follower in my plans. So I ask one more favor from you." *looks to him in the eyes.* "Stay here on Nintendus. This final mission will only involve me, Bob... and an announcement."
Erwin: "That's not the issue. Do you really think I'd abandon the opportunity to destroy Mario?"
Charles: "I know you wouldn't. We'll go with your plan for now. I find the main computer that houses SIMBER and insert the disk. Then we leave following my global announcement."
Bob: "Sounds good... so going with my plan for the emerald? I'm sorry, I kind of confused the plans."
Charles: "Yes you did."
Bob: "So... emerald, or no emerald?"
Charles: "Your plan is to erase your existence from the memory of Wolf and other guy. Then leaving. That's all you needed, right?"
Bob: "No emerald. Right."
Erwin: "Hey! Haven't you forgotten what this was about, Locos? Destroying Mario!"
Charles breathes in deeply. "Yes, Erwin. I remember."
Erwin: "This is the last time we can do it... with the emerald, I could blast Mario into pieces while you and Bob went to... Earth."
Charles: "Just give a crank about needing Mario's help since someone is in trouble... then you'll kill him at that location. You try that before? It works wonders."
Erwin: "...Okay... I'll just take off with this highly dangerous interdimensional tool..."
Metal Man (GM): Erwin starts walking off, laughing.
Charles: "Good luck with the phone call." *looks to bob.* "Let's do this. Where's the location of the computer?"
Bob: "...I don't know... You'll have to tease it out of Wolfman. You know... 'Oh darn... SIMBER wants to see me from his home computer...' At the worst... I could distract him with a gaudy display like the real Eggman would do."
Charles: "Whatever you find most efficient... I had a change of heart. We do the computer thing, then we go my way."
Bob: "The Emerald way?"
Charles: "Yes."
Bob: "But... Erwin just ran off with the staff! There's no telling what he might be doing..."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... At Quester HQ, Erwin appears at the front door.
Erwin: "It's time to get some old-fashioned revenge!"
Metal Man (GM): He spins, turning back to normal ghost-form. He knocks on the door with the doorman's staff. Aribars hear a knock at the door. Of Quester HQ.
Aribar hrms and walks down to the front door to see who it is...
Metal Man (GM): Well... when Aribar opens the door, he sees a walking bedsheet with eyes and wearing a party hat.
Aribar: "... Umm... 'allo... You look familiar..." *The elf tries to remember back the past few months... And eventually recalls Doopliss.*
Doopliss: "...Could I see Mario?"
Aribar: "... Doopliss? ... No, Mario is not here... But I am... I haven't forgotten what you've done! You copied my body and named yourself after King Erwin! I should kill you right here and now!" *The elf unsheathes Moonlight.*
Doopliss: "Oh, yeah, about that. Would you like to go back home, or kill me?"
Aribar: "... Both. And I believe I am just about to accomplish the latter... Come on in! I'd like you to get in out of the cold before I send you to the next world. ."
Doopliss: "...Are you sure you want to do this the hard way?"
Aribar: "You're a ghost, and my most hated enemy at the moment... What do you expect me to do? Make you tea and cookies? Nothing you say can talk me out of a fight."
Doopliss: "Uhhhh... I am your brother?"
Aribar: "... No, Zeni is my brother. You are just a ghost who pitifully hangs onto this world."
Doopliss: "...Okay, then how about this... Staff of the doorman! Activate!"
Aribar backs up and raises Moonlight defensively.*
Metal Man (GM): A red door appears, and Doopliss goes into it and disappears.
Aribar: "... Enough of your tricks!" *He moves around to get a better look at what may be inside the door...*
Metal Man (GM): The door is funny... Aribar opens it and it has nothing inside. You see Doopliss come out another red door in the staircase!
Doopliss: "Tricked ya!"
Aribar: "..." *The elf backs up and glances all around to try and find Doopliss... He glares at the ghost coming from the stairs.* "Grr..."
Doopliss: *He runs up the stairs.* "Catch me if you can!"
Aribar: "I've had it... Tonight you die!" *The elf begins charging at Doopliss, intent to kill.*
Doopliss: *Flees up the stairs. He's heading towards Mario's room.*
Aribar realizes he won't be able to catch up Doopliss on foot... The elf tries to slow down the ghost by firing a Wood Blast Barrage at the damned spirit. "Wood's fury!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar wings him in the shoulder. One hit. Aribar finally catches up to him. He's broken into Mario's room.
Mario: "...You again! I thought I killed you!"
Doopliss: "Well... let's just say, you don't have any whiny friends to help you anymore!"
Aribar doesn't show any mercy. He attempts a Tri-Bolt Slash on Doopliss. "Your battle is with me! Not the fat plumber!"
Metal Man (GM): Two hits... then Doopliss morphs into Mario.
Mario: "Yowza!"
Mario: "What? Not that again!"
Mario: "I'm gonna get both of you, especially you, Slick!"
Mario: "Not if I stomp you first!"
Metal Man (GM): ...The two Marios, which look near identical, start fighting, making it impossible to tell them apart.
Aribar: "... You leave me no choice. I'll kill one of you tonight!" *He begins charging Terrorbolt...*
Mario: "Not so! Wa-ha!"
Metal Man (GM): Mario tosses... the other Mario at you. *SMACK* damage.
Aribar: "Gah!" *Is knocked down and loses the charge...*
Mario: "Now then... both of you, give it up!"
Metal Man (GM): Mario laughs evilly, and snaps his fingers. The fabric of reality appears to rip, and the real Mario disappears.
Aribar: "Never! Thordain!" *The elf gets up and raises Moonlight into the air... Lightning crackles and lances out from the ceiling of the room.*
Metal Man (GM): It hits Mario... The other Mario is clearly hit before he disappears.
Mario: "You just don't get it! I'm invincible now!"
Aribar: "No you aren't, Doopliss!"
Mario: "If only... that was still my name!"
Metal Man (GM): Mario pulls out the Doorman staff.
Aribar: "... Arrg! Magic Missile!" *He aims the four magical bursts of energy at the staff.*
Metal Man (GM): They hit.
Mario: "You have one more chance to guess my name!"
Aribar: "... Your name, or the name of the person you are imposter?"
Mario: "My true name."
Aribar: "... Nehi...?"
Mario: "That nickname? Hah! You're not even worth being atomized..."
Metal Man (GM): Mario, who now has a rather vicious grin, points the staff into the air.
Mario: "Come forth, my henchmen!"
Aribar drops Moonlight and leaps at the Doorman's staff... He tries to take it from Doopliss forcefully.*
Metal Man (GM): He turns and smacks Aribar on the head. Then he continues summoning. *cracklecracklecrackle.* *SNAP!* A rather evil looking Skull Trooper with a nasty helmet pops up.
Mario: "Aaaaand... number two!"
Aribar continues to grapple the weapon... "You shall pay!"
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK* He knocks Aribar away again.
Mario: "Ha-ha!"
Metal Man (GM): *cracklecracklecrackle.* *SNAP!* A Magikoopa wearing sunglasses appears.
Mario: "Using my staff, I've managed to summon my best buddies..."
Aribar: "By King Erwin I swear I shall kill you..."
Mario: "Pyke, over there", *points at the skull trooper.* "and Django.", *points at the Magikoopa.*
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK.*
Mario: "Stop that. There's no chance of you getting my staff! Now that I've eliminated Mario... you're next!"
Aribar: "Gah..." *The elf gets smacked back, but just unsheathes the Sword of Light.* "Then I must just destroy it..." *raises the Sword of Light into the air and fills the room with a holy light.* "Break the Darkness!"
Metal Man (GM): *Magical goodness noise.*
Mario: "Begone, sword of garbage!"
Metal Man (GM): *cracklecracklecrackle.* *SNAP!* The sword... disappears out of Aribar's hands.
Mario: "Is there anything else you want sent into limbo?"
Aribar: .oO(The guys are gonna be mad at me for that...)
Metal Man (GM): The wand is glowing. A lot.
Mario: "Every thing I warp into there makes me tougher! Unless you run, you'll be toast!"
Aribar: "... But just how much can that staff hold?"
Mario: "Everything in this dimension."
Aribar: "... Terrorbolt!" *The elf is getting desperate... He attempts to fire an uncharged Terrorbolt at the staff.*
Metal Man (GM): The staff absorbs it.
Aribar attempts to think of anything he can do to finish 'Mario' off... .oO(I'm about to do something brilliant!) He backs up to pick up Moonlight... The elf then charges towards Doopliss and the staff. If there is no reaction to this action then Aribar Tri-Bolt Slashes the staff.
Metal Man (GM): Mario just sits there and lets Aribar attack.
Aribar: *CRIT!*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits entirely. The staff... develops a small cut. Aribar is zapped by it. Repeatedly. So is Mario.
Mario: "...Whatdoyouthingyouredoingreleasinganentireworldonbothofus??"
Metal Man (GM): *BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZT.* *BAM!* Aribar is thrown away, and Mario is knocked back, holding the staff. Mario gets up.
Aribar: "Gaah!" *Aribar slams into the wall at the other side of the room and slumps down... He's somewhat dazed from the slam.*
Mario: "Give it up. You have no chance of survival."
Aribar: "Do you think... That I care? I'll teach you... That NOBODY... And I mean NOBODY... Messes with a Jentanian wizard!" *The elf begins to stand up.*
Mario: "You... came close to something there... but I remain invincible, even without the staff."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs, and then advances towards you.
Mario: "Let's see what happens when I turn up the heat!"
Aribar readies Moonlight for the worst. .* "If you're so cocky why not send me into the limbo of that staff?"
Metal Man (GM): Mario shoots fireballs all over the place, but not at Aribar.
Mario: "Well... Mario there was pre-marked for warping. And you, on the other hand, would be able to resist."
Aribar: .oO(Okay, think Aribar... You must take this guy down... If not for personal reasons than to get the Sword of Light back!)
Metal Man (GM): The place is on fire, now.
SIMBER: *appears.* "You are an intruder. Surrender."
Aribar: "Why would I resist? Once inside I ought to be able to find out how to destroy that staff..." *He attempts to ignore the flames. Sprinkler systems ought to be activating soon and others must have heard all the noise.*
Mario: "Well well, if it isn't you. Go die with Aribar there."
SIMBER: "You must comply." *Fires lasers at Mario. They do no damage.*
Mario: "Ha ha ha. That tickled."
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo pops in.
Mewtwo: "I'm afraid you're unwanted."
Aribar: "Mewtwo! Do something! Read his mind! Find out his true name!"
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo tries to warp him... then gets a nasty shock from the staff.
Mewtwo: "...That staff... it's protecting him!"
Metal Man runs in. "...It's him! Take this, you felon!" *throws several punches. No effect.*
Aribar: "..." *The elf dashes forward and attempts to strike true at the same point at which he cut the staff before.* "Then we just must destroy the staff!"
Mario: "Get out of the way, you wannabes!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits.
Aribar: "Besides... The Sword of Light is in the staff now."
Mario: "That's it! I'm done with this hokey place. Mario's mine, and this elf is all that's left."
Metal Man (GM): A bright flash envelops Mario and Aribar. They appear... inside the ruined office of Smithy.
Mario: "This ends here! My henchmen will... deal with those other people. Do you have any last words?"
Aribar: "I do not know, Mario. My end is far from over."
Mario: "...Grrrr! I am not this Mario you speak of! You're getting it now!"
Aribar: "Then who are you, Mario?"
Mario: "I am your worst nightmare!"
Metal Man (GM): He shoots a bolt of... energy at Aribar.
Aribar: "You don't have a body... You have no physical being... You are nothing!" *Aribar is hit by the energy.*
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP Aribar... all the color and even 3D-ness of him has gone. He's now a gray silhouette.
Mario: "And you're just a shadow!"
Aribar: "Even as a shadow I have more of an actual identity than you'll ever have."
Mario: "Oh, really?"
Metal Man (GM): Mario transforms... into Aribar. Not a bad clone or younger version.
Aribar: "I doubt they'll accept a clone of me!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar draws the Sword of Light.
Aribar: "You are yet again hiding behind a body that is not yours..."
Aribar: "Take this accursed staff!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar takes the doorman staff, and hurls it at Aribar's head. *THUNK* He blacks out. Aribar wakes up... in Toad Town.
Aribar: "Uhh... Now what?" *The elf makes sure nothing is broken and tries to recall what just happened...*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar has been sitting around in the fountain... holding a rusted pole... He last remembers beating up Doopliss. But... then why is he all gray-ish and have been sleeping in the fountain of Toad Town? With a... rusted pole, no less.
Aribar: "Hrm... I wonder how I ended up here? ... Hrm..." *He checks to see what equipment he has.* *checks most specifically for his Smash Dex.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar pulls out... a juicebox with 'Smash Dex' written on it.
Aribar: "Umm... Not good..."
Toad: "Hey, you! What're you doing in that fountain? It's not a swimming pool!"
Aribar looks up at the Toad. "Oh, sorry... Ummm...I don't know how I got here... Which Toad Town is this? I must get back to the Super Smash Stadium. ."
Toad: *Sigh.* "First Aribar saves the day, now this."
Aribar gets up out of the fountain.
Toad: "The only Toad Town left."
Aribar: "Umm... I'm Aribar."
Toad: "A bum like you? Aribar? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I think I'd have a higher chance of believing you were Bowser himself!"
Aribar: "..." *He looks at himself in the water's reflection.* "Umm... You are a very misinformed Toad..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar sees a gray face, kinda like how Shadow Link's face looks in comparison to the real Link's face.
Aribar blinks... "Okay... This is a bad dream... Might as well go with it, though. Can you tell me the way to the Stadium or... Peach's Castle if it is nearby?"
Toad: "Peach's castle. Dead ahead. Mario disappeared, though."
Metal Man (GM): Toad points at a yellow path... that leads to the castle itself.
Aribar: "... Thanks, citizen..." *He gets out of the fountain and shakes the water off of him... The elf checks one last thing: If he has Moonlight...*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar has a shadow-version of Moonlight. The castle is dead ahead. The doors are unlocked, of course. It'd be rude of the princess to keep away visitors!
Aribar: "Well... Hrm... Bah..." *The elf mumbles to himself while heading to the Castle... He can get in touch with the Questers from there and get an escort, or maybe even a teleport, back home.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar enters the castle. The door slams shut behind him.
Princess Peach: "Hello, who are you---"
Metal Man (GM): The building shakes. ...It starts... rising in altitude.
Princess Peach: "...Oh no. Bowser has kidnapped me again."
Metal Man (GM): Bowser stomps on in, with his typical guards.
Bowser: "At last! I have captured you again! ...And this weird shadow freak!"
Aribar: "Stand back, Peach... I'll take care of him..." *The elf looks oddly at Bowser for that last line.* "You... Don't know me?"
Bowser: "No, do you know me???"
Aribar: "You're Bowser! The loser who continuously tries to kidnap Peach here... And I may be in... Umm... Black and white... But you must surely know who I am..."
Bowser: "LOSER? I'll show you... guards, capture him!"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser points, and 3 green Koopa troopas engage in battle. Battle! Aribar vs. Koopa Troopas.
Aribar readies Moonlight... He keeps the staff packed away.* "Hmp... This should be easy! Thordain!" *The elf raises Moonlight into the air and summons a storm to zap all his foes.*
Metal Man (GM): *Hit.* *CRIT.*
Koopa: "Ow! He hits like Mario!"
Aribar casts Magic Missle on the nearest Troopa... he then rushes up to another one and unleashes Tri-Bolt Slash!
Metal Man (GM): You hit the first koopa three times. The Koopa, and in fact each one of them, are defeated.
Bowser: "...Who do you think you are? Mario?"
Aribar: "... Aribar. Say it with me. Ar-i-bar."
Bowser: "...Yeah right. That moron beats me up every time he sees me!"
Aribar: "... That I do."
Bowser: "Anyway... I don't have any time for this. Magikoo... what was his name again?"
Aribar: "Just give it up! Even if I can't stop you the other Questers will."
Bowser: "Magikoot? Magikarp? Magi... koob?"
Aribar: .oO(Hrm... Something is seriously wrong here...)
Bowser: "Yeah! Kamek."
Metal Man (GM): Bowser snaps his fingers, and Kamek appears.
Aribar: "... Jentanian wizard versus a Koopa witch? This ought to be easy."
Kamek: "...So, I see that some unknown bandit is trying to botch yet another perfect plan..."
Aribar: "... How da--! I am no bandit!"
Bowser: "Yeah, sorta. You take on that moron while I send the... note of... something to Mario."
Aribar: "I am Aribar! A Protector of Whaller! My whole life is dedicated to... Argh... None of you believe me, huh?"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser grabs Peach and throws her to the guards, who tie her up. Bowser and his guards walk off.
Kamek: "You? Aribar? Don't make me laugh."
Aribar: "Name any one of his moves. I'll do it."
Kamek: "Okay... Red Fireball? Beam of Light? Healing Power? Super Duper... stab of doom?"
Aribar: "... Slytox erased that move from his memory... Don't you remember the Slytox virus? ... Does Wood Blast Barrage ring a bell?"
Kamek: "...It's Slytock, and I only heard about that disease through a history book! Wood Blast Barrage! No no no. He got rid of that."
Aribar: "It only happened three years ago! Not even that!"
Kamek: "His new moves are at least 10 times more powerful."
Aribar: "... Terrorbolt. True Strike. Quad-Bolt Slash!"
Kamek: "No, sorry. Those are his old, outdated moves. The new Aribar defeated Bowser... almost as fast as Mario!"
Aribar: "..."
Kamek: "...Ahem. I should be destroying you now."
Aribar: "One last question... A last request if you'd like to think of it that way..."
Kamek: "What now? You want me to put 'Aribar' on your grave?"
Aribar: "Has the... This Aribar you speak of... Has he had any sort of relationship with a Doopliss? Or an Erwin? I think they would be... Rivals... Either that or friends."
Kamek: "He killed that monster. He and his... pole of doom."
Aribar: "... What year is this?!"
Kamek: "The year 2005."
Aribar: "... Arrgh... Okay, a little magic contest between the two of this then? If I win, you tell me where Aribar's... Home is. If you win, you may do whatever you want with me."
Kamek: "Very well. Prepare to be blasted!"
Metal Man (GM): *BATTLE.* Aribar vs. Kamek.
Kamek: "Now... to give you a taste of my wrath!"
Metal Man (GM): Kamek points his want at Aribar, and fires a cloud of... colored geometric shapes at him. ...It flies into a wall and poofs.
Aribar sheaths Moonlight and crooks his fingers in a spellcasting form...* "Not likely! THIS is how it's done! Wood Blast Barrage!"
Kamek: "Curses! My wand must be rusty..."
Metal Man (GM): 2 hits.
Kamek: "Ow! I'll teach you!"
Metal Man (GM): Kamek waves his wand at Aribar... a wave of gray is shot at him. Aribar's attack damage is halved for the next three rounds. Kamek waves his wand at Aribar yet again... he shoots a beam of red at Aribar. Miss. It scorches the carpet.
Aribar: "Hmp... Enchantments?" *The elf leaps up towards Kamek and attempts to kick her.* "Yah! Arcane Kick!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar... flops on the floor.
Aribar trips and falls flat on his face...*
Kamek: "Firebolt!"
Metal Man (GM): Three bolts of fire fly at Aribar. One hits. damage.
Aribar: "Dodge this! Magic Missile!" *The elf fires four blasts of magic at Kamek. 4 missiles for normal damage.*
Metal Man (GM): They all hit, of course.
Kamek: "Cheap magic trick!"
Aribar follows by, well, cheating... The elf unsheathes Moonlight and goes up to Tri-Bolt Slash Kamek. "Then how about a physical trick?"
Metal Man (GM): Three hits. One crit.
Kamek: "...You... cheater!"
Aribar: "Well, I need to end this quickly and find the faker! You give up yet?"
Kamek: "Never!"
Aribar: "Tell me, you hate Aribar, right?" *retreats a few steps and tries to get diplomatic...* "Well?"
Kamek: "Aribar this!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is smacked by a cloud of Geometric shapes for damage.
Aribar: "Gah!"
Kamek: "Hate this!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit? Aribar's AC goes down by 4.
Kamek: "And this!"
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP* Damage is quartered.
Kamek: "AND THIS!"
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP* AC goes down by 4 yet again.
Aribar: "Ow! I'm just saying that Bowser wouldn't take back a loser if you lost to me... And I bet we both--Gah!--Hate Aribar... Why not combine forces and kill--Stop it!--him?"
Kamek: "No!"
Aribar: "Why not!?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar's damage is now divided by eight!
Kamek: "This is my job. I will be paid richly if I kill you! Die!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit. damage.
Kamek: "Crumble!"
Metal Man (GM): A gravity well starts sucking Aribar in... he avoids it...
Kamek: "...So close... you'll be destroyed even if I have to use all my magical energy!"
Aribar: "That does it! You've met your match... If you won't join me then I'll just have to force information out of you!" *He runs up for a Tri-Bolt slash.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, hit. All damage is divided by eight and rounded down. Kamek, despite heavily weakening Aribar... is near defeat himself.
Aribar follows with Magic Missile...*
Metal Man (GM): Kamek is defeated. He lands on the carpet and crumples.
Aribar: "Now have you had enough?"
Kamek: "...Ugh..."
Aribar: "I'll let you live... If you tell me where Aribar lives. Where I can locate him at."
Kamek: "I w i l l g e t m y r e v e n g e ! ! ! ! ! !!"
Metal Man (GM): Kamek crumples. Aribar gains new item... Magikoopa wand! Comes with 50 charges of Punify. This magic instantly halves the enemy's damage.
Aribar: "Well, now what?" *He walks over and takes the wand.*
Metal Man (GM): It can also be used to bap people for damage. The castle door opens, showing that the castle is now high in the air. Bowser's... flying fortress... is suspending it in the air. There's a stairway down.
Aribar: "Hrm... I bet Peach could introduce me to this doppelganger..." *dashes down the staircase. . He hopes it leads to Bowser's fortress.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar ventures down the staircase. It's cold and sad up here. Dreary stone marks everything. Aribar gets down the stairs, and to another door. The door is unlocked.
Aribar dashes on down to the door and opens it... The elf heads inside.
Metal Man (GM): Inside, there are red carpets all around. There's a mini-throne, in which none other than Bowser sits.
Bowser: "You again? What do you want from me?"
Aribar: "'allo, Bowser... I want some answers..."
Bowser: "I'll give you 2 minutes."
Aribar: "Who is Aribar? Where does he live? How can I attain more information on him?"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser puts his hand over a lever.
Aribar: "I want him dead..."
Bowser: "Aribar is an idiot who saved the kingdom several times over."
Aribar: "Or at least I want to speak with him..."
Bowser: "He lives in the Questers' Dinky HQ."
Aribar: "He will come to see you about the Princess no doubt?"
Bowser: "And I want you out of my... red hair. Nah. This Void guy has all the attention. Goodbye."
Metal Man (GM): Bowser pulls the lever. The ground opens up out from under Aribar. ...It's a long way down...
Aribar attempts to leap towards Bowser.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar leaps on Bowser's head.
Bowser: "Ow! My head!"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser swipes at Aribar.
Aribar: "Oof!"
Metal Man (GM): *CRIT* *SWIPE.* Aribar is knocked onto an opposing platform.
Aribar: *BADGES ACTIVATED!*
Metal Man (GM): Bowser gets up to attack Aribar... *SHOOP.* Aribar bursts out of the ceiling.
Aribar: "Okay, Bowser. I want t--What's that? ... Imposter!"
Bowser: "Argh! Not Aribar!"
Aribar: "I'm here to save the day! And... Wallpaper!"
Aribar blinks and quickly sheaths Moonlight... He must not appear as a threat.* "Isn't that, uh, Whaller?"
Aribar: "No. Wallpaper!"
Aribar: "Oh, okay... Umm... After you're done taking care of Bowser I must have a word with you!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar picks up Bowser and tosses him down the pit.
Bowser: "I'll get youuuuuuuuuuu... *disappears.*"
Aribar: "Uhh, Mr. me, errr... Hunter, sir... I really must talk to you about something strange happening."
Aribar: "Yeah, I know. Now you know how I feel."
Aribar: "Well, you see, we're... Each other."
Aribar: "Yeah, yeah. Are you stupid?"
Metal Man (GM): He has one arm.
Aribar: "I'm Doopliss, and I've successfully stolen your identity. I'm afraid you will have to... drop."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar kicks the lever. the floor under the real Aribar falls.
Aribar: "No!" *tries to leap onto Doopliss's platform...*
Metal Man (GM): ...Aribar gets off the platform before it falls.
Aribar: "What do you think you're doing? You're just a fake."
Aribar: "Maybe I look fake, but inside I am real. You are the one who is fake, Doopliss... You must steal others' bodies because you do not have your own!"
Aribar: "...That doesn't matter! If I wasn't feeling so nice to have your life, I'd kill you. And nobody would know..."
Aribar: "And what would happen if YOU died?"
Aribar: "Well. I can't die."
Aribar: "Oh? Why not?"
Aribar: "...Ghosts don't die. They're already dead."
Aribar: "A thousand foot plummet should hurt at least a little..."
Aribar: "Have fun being laughed at... now, I have a Princess to rescue!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar kicks a door down and walks away.
Aribar: "One thing you're forgetting..." *He mumbles, "You can't be me if you don't have my memories."* *hrms and decides to give chase. At least Doopliss will show him the way off the fortress.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar walks through several rooms. Along the way, he punches out various Mario-related enemies out like they're nothing.
Aribar: "Has-been... freak with mask... floor decoration... hunk of rock..."
Metal Man (GM): He kicks in the door... and sees Waluigi at the other end.
Waluigi: "Ha-ha! The Princess is mine! ALL MINE! TO SELL!"
Aribar: "...Pardon me?" *catches up with Doopliss.*
Aribar: "Silly fake, you don't know Waluigi?"
Waluigi: "I... had to flee from a hologram, a dream world, and punch out some evil hologram, but now... I will have my revenge!"
Aribar: "...Oh, right. Sorry. Waluigi, I'm not Aribar. That's Aribar."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar points at the real Aribar.
Waluigi: "...Thanks!"
Aribar: "But he looks like Aribar. I'm all black and shadowy."
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi walks up to the real Aribar.
Aribar: "And he has money."
Waluigi: "...Who am I going to trust? The Aribar who doesn't speak like you or remember me... Or the shadowy guy who blabbed that he knew me, proving he was real?"
Aribar: "Good luck, Aribar."
Metal Man (GM): He winks and walks off.
Aribar: "... Look! A diversion!" *Points somewhere else.*
Waluigi: "...Divert this!"
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK.* Damage from Golf club to head.
Waluigi: "I hit a hole in one that time!"
Aribar ... Dies.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: -1 life. He reappears.
Waluigi: "...Do I really have to kill you AGAIN?"
Aribar: "Nope. I'm dead now."
Waluigi: "I better make sure..."
Aribar dodges.
Metal Man (GM): ...Waluigi gets his club stuck in the wall.
Waluigi: "Curse you, undead monster!"
Aribar: "Eeeh... No! It is okay! Really!" *Dashes after Doopliss.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar runs after Doopliss, who is now freeing Princess Peach.
Aribar: "Well, Princess Peach, I don't know what happened to Mario, but at least I saved you."
Princess Peach: "Why thank you, Aribar!"
Aribar: "Stop, Peach! He's an imposter!"
Peach: "What?"
Aribar: "And I know how to prove it..."
Aribar: "...Oh no! It's an illusion made by Kamek!"
Peach: "...Let's beat it up!"
Metal Man (GM): Peach pulls out a frying pan.
Aribar: "What if I'm a Toad in disguise? You could kill one of your own subjects and not realize it..."
Aribar: "...So... you let Bowser capture you... but the minute you see my evil clone, you pull out a frying pan? Oh well..."
Peach: "I can always revive you with a 1-up mushroom."
Metal Man (GM): Battle! Aribar vs. Peach.
Peach: "I'm gonna get you for allowing Bowser to capture me!"
Aribar: "I don't want to hurt you. Can't we talk this out? You're thinking irrationally... I know of a person, Mewtwo! He can solve this problem. If you want I'll even toss my weapons aside."
Peach: "...Shut up!"
Metal Man (GM): Peach misses Aribar and smacks a wall.
Aribar dodges.
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi comes in.
Aribar: .oO(Craaaap...)
Waluigi: "Don't worry, Peach! I'll defeat this monster!"
Metal Man (GM): *WHACK* Damage.
Aribar: "Gah!"
Aribar: "That's right! Beat up the bad guy!"
Peach: "Take this, evil shadow!"
Metal Man (GM): *BONK* damage. The fake Aribar is cheering on Waluigi and Peach.
Aribar: .oO(By Whaller... Now what?!)
Waluigi: "We must defeat this villain! Yeah!"
Aribar takes out that weird staff he found earlier... "Fine... I don't want to hurt you but you leave me no choice!"
Peach: "...While I don't know why a somewhat mean person like you would help me, this thing seems evil..."
Aribar: "Watch out! The evil creature is going to hurt you!"
Aribar rushes at Waluigi and thrusts the pole at him. "True Strike!"
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi grabs the staff and tries to throw Aribar into a wall. *SMACK.*
Aribar: "Waaah!"
Metal Man (GM): Now Aribar is stuck in the ceiling. Dangling upside down.
Aribar: "...That should do for now."
Metal Man (GM): The fake Aribar and Peach are about to leave...
Aribar sighs... This is hopeless.
Metal Man (GM): The 'rusty pole' Aribar is holding seems to be glowing. It's also his best way out of the ceiling.
Aribar looks from the others to the pole. He mumbles, "Eh? Why are you glowing?"
Metal Man (GM): There's the hole in it where Aribar cut the pole. The pole is now... strangely energized. Something is weird with it.
Aribar: "Hrm... Maybe..." *He attempts to wave it about and... Think about a door... A door to the floor...*
Waluigi: "Wha-huh? What's that pole glowing for?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar waves it, and falls to the floor anyway. However, he hit Waluigi on the way down. Waluigi is covered in red energy.
Aribar: "Ow..."
Waluigi: "Ga-ck! What is-this?"
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi moves to run, but then implodes.
Aribar: 0_o' "Umm..." *The elf blinks....*
Aribar: "...This can't be! The fiend has ungodly powers of doom! Flee while you still can, Peach!"
Peach: "AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!" *Runs away.*
Aribar: "So, Aribar, you've managed to mess with that pole I gave you. A shame you will have to be destroyed!"
Metal Man (GM): He walks towards you again, open for an attack, if not ASKING to be hit. The staff is still energized.
Aribar: "..." *The elf tries to whack the fake Aribar with a True Strike pole attack.* "Oh, you scared of me now?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits him. He's knocked back, and... covered in red energy as well.
Aribar smiles...
Metal Man (GM): The pole glows. A warp forms in between Aribar and Aribar. *WARP* *EXPLODE* Orlando Florida appears in the middle of the floor, fully healed and at full power. The fake Aribar somehow breaks off the field, though he looks shocked.
Aribar: "... Florida?! I thought you died! What! This cannot be! I killed him!"
Metal Man (GM): Orlando Florida is sure he died when that attack backfired, but it appears to have warped him into the future instead.
Orlando Florida looks at the fake Aribar... And the shadow... "... Okay... They've got to pay me more for this..." *Orlando would ignore the shadow for now and focus on 'Aribar'.* "Ah. Elf, you ready to learn another lesson in magic? Namely that I never lose..." *Orlando extends his hand and cries out, "Big Bang!" An explosion of magma envelops the fake Aribar.*
Aribar: "...But he's the real Aribar! ...I really shouldn't have given him a broken copy of that staff..."
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Aribar: "...How dare you... hurt me! Take this... you slovenly fool!"
Orlando: "... You have never been so cowardly before. I guess it is because you don't have your Quester friends or your brother to back you up, huh?"
Aribar just stands back... The enemy of his enemy will take care of this it looks like.*
Aribar: "ULTIMATE SMASH ATTACK!"
Metal Man (GM): The fake Aribar attacks Orlando with three laser shots.
Orlando is hit by the first two, but then he summons up a field to harmlessly deflect the third.
Aribar: "You moron! The real Aribar is 10 times weaker than me!"
Orlando: "You know, I was going to let you go with just a small beating. Now for your death!"
Aribar: "I'll crush you just to show this wimp who's boss!"
Orlando wishes to end this quickly... He extends his hand and readies to cast Spirit...*
Metal Man (GM): Wow. Talk about a lucky or unlucky attack.
Aribar: "Bring it on, you big... no... phony is not the right word. Idiot! Yeah! You're an idiot, slick!"
Orlando fires a triple-helix beam of energy which splits up and bounces around the room hitting Aribar.*
Aribar: "...Ow... that tickled. You know, if we team up, we could defeat the real Aribar..."
Orlando: "What? I help you commit suicide?"
Aribar: "Don't you get it? I stole Aribar's identity in order to steal the Chaos Emeralds! All I need to do is destroy Aribar... then we can both go to Earth and take it over! Oh yeah. And kill Mario. All I did was warp him into limbo... knowing him, he'll escape if he isn't killed..."
Aribar: "Did I hit you too hard with Big Bang?"
Aribar: "No. You killed yourself. Metal Sonic escaped to join the Questers! We have to team up to take over the universe! ...And kill the Void."
Orlando: "I've heard enough of your ramblings... White Air!" *The mage unleashes a cone of freezing snow that would rival that of a white dragon's.*
Aribar: "Or... I can steal your identity and add it to this one, and become Aribar Florida, master of... Oranges?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar leaps above that attack.
Orlando: "Hey! You aren't allowed to dodge!"
Aribar: "Take this, you slowpoke who couldn't hit me even if he tried! MOONBLAST!"
Metal Man (GM): A ray of light strikes Orlando for... instant damage.
Orlando is blasted back, but just gets right back up. "Is that the best you've got?"
Aribar: "...Damn! That is the best I've got! I'll just have to use it over and over again!"
Orlando: "Yaah! Spirit!" *He fires off another triple-helix beam... Now as for what it does...* *... It flies out towards Aribar before curving and striking Orlando.* "Gah! Blasted Truland magic!"
Aribar: "Truland this! Ultimate... Death Bolt... Thingy!"
Metal Man (GM): THREE Terrorbolts fly at Orlando. Orlando: KO'd. Fake Aribar gains EXP! Fake Aribar Learned: Spirit! Fake Aribar Learned: Mega Magic! Fake Aribar Gained Ability: Mimic Orlando Florida!
Aribar: "Hah! My collection is even better... now I can turn into a monster! Now... all I need is... yet some more power!"
Aribar: .oO(Piffle! He took out Orlando... )
Metal Man (GM): Fake Aribar has been upgraded from Minor NPC to Villain!
Aribar: "All right! Now it's time to do some more evil things."
Aribar stares at 'Aribar' in disbelief...
Aribar: "I must... steal Peach's form!" *glows.* *Morphs.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar turns into Orlando Florida.
Orlando: "Hahahahahahahahaha! Onward! For True Pans!"
Metal Man (GM): He kicks the door over to a room where Peach fled.
Aribar blinks and walks a few steps into the middle of the room...* "Life's not fair. I'm fifteen and I already have to arch enemies! Now... One of them is knocked out in the corner of this room, and the other is... No longer in my form..."
Orlando: "Hahahahahaha! Peach, your time is up! I killed Aribar!"
Peach: "AHHHHHHHHH!!!! Save me, Mario!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar turns back to normal. Orlando Florida turns into a shadow.
Aribar hrms and looks at the staff... He waves it about. "Oh, come on, staff! Maybe you can summon Mario! I can't take Doopliss on right now..."
Metal Man (GM): It glows. It distorts. It makes funny noises... And then out pops some weird robot-guy... he's at least 8 feet tall...
Lord Crump: "At last! I have my body back! Now, I, Lord Crump, will take over the---...who the devil are you?"
Aribar: "... Ummm... The person who summoned you? ... You don't happen to know where a Mario is, do you?"
Lord Crump: "MARIO!!!!! That freak who smashed my head!"
Peach: "AHHHHHH!!! Back off, you... weirdo!"
Lord Crump: "...It's Peach! I must capture her!"
Metal Man (GM): Lord Crump whips out a staff of his own and runs into the next room.
Orlando Florida: "...WHAAAAAAAAAAT? I thought my Queen killed you!"
Aribar: "... ... Okay... No more messing with the staff!" *He peeks into the other room.*
Lord Crump: "Then Mario killed your Queen. Now, I shall steal Peach back!"
Metal Man (GM): There is... Lord Crump with a force field. He starts fighting with Orlando.
Orlando: "...MEGA MAGICK!!!!"
Lord Crump: "AIIIEEEEEEE!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Lord Crump... is exploded by good ole Mega Magic. Then, Doopliss morphs into Aribar and whips out the Smash Dex.
Aribar: "Send him back, Ivan!"
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* Lord Crump is sent back to where he came from... And Fake Aribar gains 1000 coins!
Aribar blinks and checks to see if he's black and white while fake Aribar is... Aribar.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar turns black and white for a split second, until Aribar turns into Orlando Florida again.
Aribar gets out his Smash Dex...
Metal Man (GM): Orlando Florida notices Aribar and walks towards him.
Aribar: "Uhh... Ivan! Cancel that last command!"
Doopliss: "I'm getting sick of you really quick!"
Ivan Robotnik: "...What? What? ...Who did that last command?"
Aribar: "Uhh... Warp Lord Crumb, Crump, whatever back here!"
Ivan Robotnik: "He was evil... but you need assistance?"
Doopliss: "Put that Dex down before I MAKE YOU put it down, Slick!"
Aribar: "... Uhhh... Uhhh... Tell the Questers that Doopliss has taken over my form! Anything! ... And bring that Lord back here! Please don't question me when I'm about to be killed by my arch nemesis who is in the form of my arch rival!" *Begins backing away from Doopliss.*
Ivan Robotnik: "...I shall help you."
Metal Man (GM): The link ends. ...A huge box lands through the ceiling.
Doopliss: "...Curse you!"
Metal Man (GM): The box opens... revealing 100 miniature floating robots with rocket-arms. They start attacking Doopliss with them.
Doopliss: "...I'll get you for this, Ivan!" *Flees, jumping out a window.*
Metal Man (GM): It's just then Aribar realizes the castle was teleported onto the ground.
Peach: "...Wha... what happened?"
Aribar: "... Peach, what do I look like?"
Metal Man (GM): The robots chase Doopliss through Toad Town, until he pulls out the real Doorman staff and disappears.
Peach: "...Aribar... but you don't have an evil expression on your face like that other guy..."
Aribar: "... You mean the guy who was hit on the head with a really painful frying pan? The one that happened to be ME?"
Peach: "...I guess so... sorry... But... but that other guy looked so real!"
Aribar: "That's because he took my form... Now, uh... . How do we get down from this castle?"
Peach: "It landed on the ground thanks to that Ivan guy. ...You look rather injured. Let me help you."
Aribar: "No! No!"
Peach: "...?"
Aribar backs up from Peach... He's quite intimidated from her right now. "Uhh... No thanks... No offense, but you don't really trust someone who hit you with a frying pan... Eheheheh..." *looks back into the other room... He wants to make sure Orlando is still KO'ed.*
Metal Man (GM): Orlando is still KO'd... and will remain that way for 4 more hours, as the Dex says.
Aribar: "Hrm..." *He tries to contact HQ.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar contacts it.
SIMBER: "Hello Aribar. What do you need? Ivan explained the nature of your situation to me."
Aribar: "I need... I guess for me and a 'friend' to be teleported back to HQ..."
SIMBER: "Please name your 'Friend.'"
Aribar: "... Orlando Florida. Namely the real one in the room next to me..."
SIMBER: "Affirmative. Warp opened."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.* Aribar appears in R&R. With the fainted Orlando beside you.
Aribar: "Home sweet home... And away from that evil Peach. Uhh... Mr. SIMBER hologram thing?"
SIMBER: "Yes?"
Aribar: "I need this 'friend' of mine locked up in the best cell you have... With all of the best locks, magical and technological if all of this is possible. He is a dangerous person who should not be left to roam freely."
SIMBER: "Affirmative."
Metal Man (GM): Orlando is warped away.
SIMBER: "Orlando is currently in the newly fixed up undersea prison. 5 miles from human contact. Protected thoroughly."
Aribar: "That should hold him... . Umm... Did anything happen while I was gone?"
SIMBER: "Not much. Your room was cleaned up."
Aribar: "Okay..." *The elf blinks then quickly checks his pack... He hopes the Sword of Light is there.*
Metal Man (GM): Nope. Still stolen.
Aribar: "... The guys are going to kill me... Uhh... Well, thanks for the help, SIMBER... Uhhh... Bye!" *He rushes off to hide in his room before the others scold him.*
Razor snaps his right leg out to the side, eyes focusing straight forward. He drops this leg and slides over to balance on it before twisting to that side to deliver a quick pair of jabs, each blow at the air shedding sweat from his hair. His chest is bare... he wears only a cloth headband and a pair of black akido pants. He turns back forward again, his hands going to his hips in fists, palm up, before spreading his legs about a foot apart and lifting his hands up, his fists unfolding so his index and thumbs form a triangle above his head. *remains there for a moment, continuing a train of thought that had been preoccupying him. His chest presses in and out as he stands there in the center of a Korean-style dojo, self-programmed in the holo-room. .oO(I've been here for a while now... and it seems things are coming to a culmination. Maybe, just maybe, I'll finally get to return to Caniah... and then to Terra. It's been so long...)*
Razor falls into a slower, more fluid motion, his hands slowly curling into light fists and pressing back to his sides. They then open and press forward and up before turning over and pushing away from him. .oO(...but something's wrong. Things just aren't making sense. Why do I keep feeling these strange emanations from the Stone? It feels... almost like when I merged with the others in the past to form Raetas and defeat Kern.
Razor bends his knees as his hands flow out to the side, pressing up and moving in a circle before pressing out against the air again. His eyes drift closed, his muscles relaxing as he continues the graceful pattern. .oO(...and then there's what I saw during my dream... and my dreams have never let me down. A new world... but it's not home. Not yet. Then... there's the other thing I saw...)
Razor now flows over to the left, bringing his arms in and pulling up to his shoulders before pushing down and out again. .oO(...I can't figure it out... but... I have a feeling that something worse is going to happen that just the Void... and I'm going to have something to do with it. Hopefully I'll be able to fight it off, whatever it is, before it brings any harm to those I've come to... care about here.)
Razor slowly returns to his original stance with his hands at his hips, his eyes opening. His body relaxes completely. "No matter what... I'll stand by them... but time's not on my side. It's only a matter of..." He blinks a few times before quickly turning around... but... nothing.
Razor narrows his eyes. "...nothing..." He sighs before returning to his workout.

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