Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 125: DeVoid of Truth

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Date: January 21st, 2005.
Editor's Note: Yeah. I don't know what I was drinking when I made that post-battle epilogue either.
Metal Man (GM): Everyone but Locos is on the old, now revived Smithy Satellite. A white flash, in fact, two of them, have gone off. Wolfman were warped to the satellite when SIMBER alerted the Questers of the Void's prescence...
Wolfman is NOT in his office, but on some strange satellite now... he gets a good look at the place.
Metal Man (GM): The white flash, the first one from The Void being hit by Yurie, fades.
Digifanatic: "Well... this is it."
Metal Man (GM): Wolf sees a lot of computers, a black monster with a large slash in its arm, Ivan Robotnik at the controls,a nd a mess. The outside area is still perfectly white.
Garrick: "Let's just get this over with."
Wolfman: "I'm with Garrick here. Where is this Void?"
Digifanatic: "Yup... the sooner, the better."
Metal Man (GM): The Void clutches his injured arm, but then turns around, a look of death in his eyes.
The Void: "The time has come... to fight you and destroy this universe."
Wolfman looks at the monster... and gulps.
The Void: "You evaded everything I sent at you... EVERYTHING!"
Wolfman: "Why do you want this universe destroyed?"
Aribar: "... You won't escape this place!"
The Void: "Zio, Smithy, SIMBER, and many more... I must teach you that you have but accelerated your doom."
Digifanatic: "Because you messed with the wrong guys, that's why! Am I right?"
Yurie: "And we're going to keep on smashing everything you send at us, no matter what."
Metal Man (GM): The Void starts glowing, and two purple orbs appear in his hands.
The Void: "Dimension... CONTROL!"
Yurie raises the Chaos Breaker and points it at the void.
Metal Man (GM): *FLASH* Everyone is instantly frozen in time... besides the Questers. A purple sky replaces the blue sky.
Wolfman blinks his optics for a few moments... what the?
Metal Man (GM): Time has entirely stopped for the entire world save for the Questers.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... this is crazy."
Wolfman: "Oh great... an evil wizard. Anyone have a pig bag?"
The Void: "If we must fight, then it shall be in a way that Time will not know the outcome."
Garrick slowly steps forward, cracking his neck from side to side.
The Void: "There cannot be any interferance... only that worthless sword is here. I now call forth my true form..."
Metal Man (GM): The Void crackles with light and dark energy.
Garrick: "I don't give a crap where the hell we fight. I'm tired of all this crap. Just turn into whatever and come at us."
The Void: "Chaos and Law, Dark and Light! Life and Death, Sun and Moon... COMBINE!"
Yurie: "Oh shut up and say good night..."
Metal Man (GM): The Void is enveloped in a gray haze.
Aribar: "... The fate of everything is in our hands... We must not fail..."
Yurie leaps at the void and SWINGS at it with the Chaos Breaker.
Wolfman fingers his transformer carefully... he has two lives to watch over still.
Metal Man (GM): When it clears, the Questers see... none other than a black-haired man, with red eyes... The Chaos Breaker goes right through him. He's not a human.
Digifanatic: "Well, that's odd."
Wolfman gets a look at this creature that survived the Chaos Breaker. He then decides better... he gets out the Dex.
Aribar: "This... is not good..."
Tridus: "I... am Tridus."
Aribar backs up and holds Moonlight above his head defensively...*
Tridus: "The long lost Doubler Clone of the one you call... Metal Man."
Digifanatic: "WHAT?!?"
Aribar: "... No way! That's... Impossible..."
Garrick says nothing.
Tridus: "YOU abandoned me. YOU sent me here. HE destroyed my people. There is nothing else to think of."
Wolfman: "How did we send you here? I don't understand that."
Tridus: "All alone, in the dark... what else could I do?"
Wolfman now wonders how the other transformers and doubles got affected...
Tridus: "I must destroy the cursed fools who created the Doublers and Transformers!"
Metal Man (GM): Battle on a New Continent
Tridus: "I was made to be peaceful. Why did you make me do this?"
Wolfman: "I still don't understand how we could have sent you here."
Tridus: *He whips out a silver sword, engraved with unholy runes. Yurie would recognize it as the one Gen picked up back on Saga.*
Wolfman: "What caused the other transformers and doubles to be messed up... and yet mine doesn't seem to?"
Tridus: "You, Wolfman, were the only one to have a WORKING one. The rest, viciously cut holes in time and space."
Wolfman: "Then... I'll make a deal with you."
Tridus: "Some, like Zio, were minor. However, my appearance not only destroyed an entire line of existence, but has brought you... here. What deal?"
Wolfman: "I change back into my other form... and you take over for myself."
Tridus: *He points the sword into the air, and floats, his eyes turning even redder, surrounded by runes which emanate 'DEATH' 'HATRED' 'DESTROY' and the like.*
Garrick glances to Wolfman, then back to Tridus.
Tridus: "You want me to take over?"
Yurie: "...that sword... where did you get it..."
Tridus: "Hahahahahahahaha... take over... I seek to DESTROY! The sword? Oh, wouldn't you like to know. Those masters on Saga... they didn't know the power of the 7 sins..."
Yurie: "...you son of a bitch..."
Tridus: "I took the sword back, by defeating all of your masters in a 1 vs. all battle."
Wolfman: "I gave you a chance to live a new life... but you don't want that."
Tridus: "With my bare hands!"
Yurie: "...no..."
Tridus: "While they were saved by the bumblings of a certain scientist, they won't be so cocky anymore!"
Yurie: "...you killed them all?? Blue? Gen? YOU KILLED THEM ALL??"
Tridus: "I tried, but was stopped. By Ivo Robotnik. Accursed Scientist attacked me thinking I had the Chaos Emeralds!"
Aribar: "..."
Wolfman: "Well... do you?"
Tridus: "No. You do. I have sealed them off from this battle... now then... I believe it's about time I ended this."
Wolfman doesn't remember actually picking up all of the emeralds... the super emeralds, perhaps.
Tridus: *Laughs sadistically at Yurie.* "You know, playing with your heart is far better than actually killing them."
Yurie: "Yes... I do believe it is time to end this..." *growls, then whips the Chaos Breaker forwards, then holds it overhead as the blade blazes brightly.*
Wolfman: .oO(Well, if this is the way to go out... let's do it.)
Tridus: "Come at me, with all your power! I won't destroy you... more than permanently."
Digifanatic: "Go get him, Yurie..."
Yurie: "I'll teach you to mess with people I love. I'll smash you, and smash, and keep smashing until there's nothing left of you! Not even an atom!"
Tridus: "I'd suggest you all attack me. Those Masters were in a coma for at least a month after they messed with me. If you think that's bad, lady, I destroyed an entire planet. That stupid Metal Man revived me... after he had killed me for good! Idiot..."
Yurie (GM): A circle of light forms around Yurie, then explodes upwards in a beam of white light, as her clothes transmute into silver armor, her hair thickening and fluttering about her ankles,, and two angel wings form from her back. *TRANCE!*
Tridus: "It's a shame he isn't here... though if I beat you enough, he might just pop up..."
Metal Man (GM): FINAL BATTLE.
Wolfman doesn't want to attack just yet... he has a feeling it's not right to yet.
Metal Man (GM): QUESTERS VS. THE VOID/TRIDUS.
Tridus: "It's time to give you all a taste of... THE SEVEN SINS!"
Metal Man (GM): Tridus points at Aribar. A red rune forms over his head, which emanates 'JEALOUSY.' Aribar is now forced to use random attacks when he attacks someone.
Tridus: "And now... One of the SEVEN VIRTUES for myself!" *Points at Wolfman.* "TOLERANCE!"
Metal Man (GM): A shield forms around Tridus, but it is unknown what it does.
Wolfman doesn't remember tolerance as a virtue... or a sin.
Yurie: "Not even Virtues can protect you from this."
Tridus: "I'm going easy on you. Show me what you've got!"
Yurie sweeps the Chaos Breaker in a downward arc. The arc glows, then widens as twelve smaller versions of the Chaos Breaker shoot out, sweep around to form a circle around Tridus, then shoot inwards to impale.
Metal Man (GM): Ok, let's see... The physical part of that attack is not figured into damage. He takes half damage from the holy parts of that attack. All of that hits.
Tridus: *Sits there and gets hit, like a statue.* *A large explosion fills the area where he was.* *When it dissipates... Tridus is undamaged.* "What was that, a joke? Seriously! So much power... it's a shame things slip through me when they move that fast."
Yurie follows by stepping back, splitting into 10 copies of herself, then blazing towards Tridus and striking him, repeatedly, with a barrage of cuts.
Metal Man (GM): All 10 copies hit an invisible force field.
Tridus: "Tsk tsk tsk. Let someone else have a try!"
Yurie: "..." *scan.*
Garrick is already behind Tridus, sending a powerful Haymaker to the back of his head.
Smash Dex: "...*sparks.* ...Scan will take 1 turn. Please wait."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick punches right through the ghostly Tridus's head.
Tridus: "What was that? An attack? I didn't notice. Ha ha ha ha ha."
Garrick spins around and faces Tridus, glaring.
Locke walks forward, hoping that what he means by moving fast is that fast moving moves won't hit him. He steps forwards and swings the sword at Tridus' body.
Tridus: "Come on, Mr. Knight, hit me!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Locke slices right through him. It's more than confirmed that he's a ghost now.
Tridus: "Ach... your sword cannot hit ghostly people like me!"
Locke: "Well, that rules the moving fast thing out."
Tridus: "Alright! It's time to see what that cursed mage can do!"
Garrick glances to Yurie, then to his claw. He needs to build up enough power to try and Overdrive.
Aribar dashes at Tridus and unleashes a Tri-Bolt slash at him.
Tridus: "...Hey... what is that?"
Metal Man (GM): Three hits. The electrical damage only, though...
Tridus: "...Curse you! You scratched me!"
Locke: "HIT HIM WITH ELEMENTS!"
Wolfman has no elements...
Metal Man (GM): Tridus has a scowl on his face, now.
Tridus: "Ugh... I knew there'd be a spoiler in this group of brawlers. Luckily, I should be able to toast him while the rest of you try slicing through me with physical weapons."
Wolfman doesn't trust his luck right now, he gets in a defensive stance, ready for whatever Tridus throws at him.
Smash Dex: "...Enemy defenses scanned. Special Defense: Tridus is immune to all physical attacks. Only elemental/magical parts of attacks damage him. He takes half damage from holy or dark attacks. He's HEALED by dark + holy attacks. Instant death or status effects are instantly reflected to attack the caster. Besides this attribute, he is invisible to the smash dex. He can only be hit with one attack action per turn. Attacks that deal over damage deal no damage if they break the 100% mark."
Tridus: "And now that you know why you've been missing me, it's time for yet some more damage!"
Smash Dex: "Unable to scan rest of enemy. Enemy does not exist in this plane."
Tridus: "I bring you... yet another SIN! WRATH!" *A red rune floats over Garrick, causing him to be hit by his strongest uncharged attack instantly.*
Garrick takes from his Haymaker. He growls out, his eyes blackening.
Tridus: "And now... yet another virtue! MODESTY!" *He snatches Moonlight away from Aribar.* "Like puppets on strings, this is!"
Aribar: "H-hey! Give that back!"
Tridus: "Not until I've had some... fun with it... There is no hope for you... it was about now that the Masters realized their fate was sealed... Though that pesky Robotnik came in and attacked me... I didn't send him in this realm, either! Oh well..."
Yurie growls, drawing a small vial os liquid and tossing it onto the floor, green Mist spreading out. FRESHEN UP! All status effects removed. "ARI! CATCH!"
Tridus: "Curses..."
Yurie then throws the Chaos Breaker to Ari. "MERGE with it!"
Metal Man (GM): *The runes disappear off of everybody.*
Aribar: "Wha--? Merge?" *The elf tries to catch the Chaos Breaker.*
Metal Man (GM): Ari catches it. There's plenty of things around the area, including... SIMBER who's frozen nearby...
Tridus: "Ah yes... that would be a great idea... pool your collective power into one person, and when he fails, that'll make everything easier. It's a shame I decided to destroy Sonic AFTER this battle..."
Wolfman: "Wait... did you already kill Sonic, or are you going to?" *doesn't get the logic.*
Yurie: "..."
Tridus: "Well, this battle doesn't take place in normal time, but I meant to destroy Sonic after this battle."
Yurie quickly dashes over to the console and begins typing.
Metal Man (GM): The console starts beeping... it says 'CHAOS CONTROL' activated.
Locke: "So this isn't in real time?" *Trying to stall.*
Garrick slowly moves around Tridus, juking around. All the time, he's thinking back to his combat training in martial arts, remembering what his old sensei said about focusing in battle. His mind goes blank as he watches Tridus, drawing in whatever energy he has, searching for a way to damage this foe.
SIMBER: "...Sys-sys-sys-systems online!"
Yurie quickly types in commands to turn OFF Chaos Control.
Wolfman: "You know you have a very warped sense of time and space, right?"
Metal Man (GM): No work. It's what activated SIMBER, and it can't be stopped, because time has already stopped... ugh. Thinking about it hurts Yurie's brain.
Yurie then types in the following command..
Tridus: "...Whaat? You activated SIMBER? ..."
Wolfman hopes his distracting job is working... okay, maybe not.
SIMBER: "Terminate. THE VOID. Assist. Administrator Wolfman."
Yurie: "Say hello to SIMBER 2000 BEEYATCH!"
Aribar: "... Finally some good luck!"
SIMBER: "Neutralizing Defenses on unit Tridus."
Wolfman: "Easy for you to say... what am I supposed to do?"
Tridus: "Aaaaaaargh!"
Metal Man (GM): A white ray hits Tridus.
Yurie: "Ari! Chaos Breaker, now!!"
Metal Man (GM): He suddenly becomes real.
Digifanatic: "Alright..."
Tridus: "What? NO! You gave me back my real body! As much as I'd like that later, this is NOT the time!"
SIMBER: "VOID must be terminated. Orders of Creator Ivan."
Aribar tosses Yurie the sword before taking out Grunty's Staff...
Tridus: "What? I CREATED YOU! UNGREATFUL MACHINE!"
Yurie: "SMASHERS! GO!"
Metal Man (GM): The staff is glowing rather strangely.
Wolfman: "How can you be the creator when Ivan made SIMBER?"
Aribar: "... Prepare to face your worst nightmares, Tridus!" *He raises the staff into the air and hopes for... Something.*
Tridus: "...NO!"
Metal Man (GM): The staff glows. Yet another beam hits Tridus.
Garrick is still searching for that one moment... NOW!
Metal Man (GM): ...And out of it appears a very... angry... Metal...
Metal Man: "It's you! You worthless world-destroying monster!"
Wolfman: "You who?"
Tridus: "...I must say, I am amazed these Questers found TWO loopholes so fast... oh well."
Metal Man: "Tridus... I thought you were dead... I was VERY HAPPY until you decided to try to destroy the world..."
Garrick plants another Haymaker into the back of Tridus' head.
Tridus: *Is now looking rather indignant at his two failures.*
Yurie pulls back the Chaos Breaker, the blade flaring white.
Garrick: "GHHHHHAAAA!" *SMASH!*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick punches him forward.
Tridus: "I will crush you all... no matter how many people you revive or how many defenses you tear off..."
Metal Man (GM): Tridus is hurled towards Metal... who's already in Overdrive.
Metal Man: "This is for everything you've done! INFINITY BLADE!"
Metal Man (GM): Ouch. Everyone is healed some. Tridus takes a whopping ton of damage.
Garrick looks for the button. If it was flashing he can make this so much the sweeter...
Metal Man (GM): ...Barely killing him.
Yurie: "This is for my PEOPLE! ZODIAC SONATA!"
Wolfman was already at full health.
Digifanatic: "Oh my gosh..."
Tridus: *Is engulfed in a huge, white sword, which then fades out, healing everybody a bit...*
Metal Man (GM): Tridus is now free of the Runic circle.
Tridus: "Curses! You got lucky..."
Metal Man (GM): Yurie hits Tridus several times. Tridus is moving super-fast now, and is desperate.
Tridus: "You... Aribar... you did this to me... I should have known..."
Yurie (GM): Tridus is promptly impaled by three miniature versions of the Chaos Breaker.
Metal Man (GM): Not even with the strength of a titan could he survive that... Tridus falls down, in traditional PSO death style.
Locke: "Hooray...?"
Metal Man (GM): However, the Void's dark form is standing in his place.
Digifanatic drops his jaw.
Aribar: "... It couldn't have been that easy."
Tridus: "C-Curse... you..."
Wolfman stands in awe... that couldn't have been the end... could it?
Yurie: "It's not over... LOOK!"
Digifanatic: "I agree..."
Yurie points at the black silhouette standing over Tridus.
The Void: "Because you have failed to see my logic, you have killed another innocent soul."
Aribar drops back down into a defensive position and squints at the Void.*
The Void: "It is time that I gave you a taste of your own medicine."
Metal Man (GM): The Void points his black pointer finger at Yurie.
Aribar: "... He can possess people?!"
Metal Man (GM): ...Time and existence itself starts shifting...
Digifanatic: "I knew that was coming..."
Garrick just glares, then glances from the Void to Yurie.
Metal Man (GM): ...All the attacks Yurie has ever seen or ever participated in start appearing and crunching together. A TRILLION voices are heard shouting various attacks.
Wolfman doesn't understand this...
Yurie: "...oh *BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP."
Metal Man (GM): "DARK ENERGY WAVE! FIRE BLAST! DIMENSIONAL NETSPLIT!" Etc.
Yurie holds up the Chaos Breaker in defense.
Locke: "This would be bad."
Wolfman: .oO(I tried to understand the logic... gah, I need to get a better intelligence chip after this is over)
Metal Man (GM): Yurie is about to be hit by all of the attacks...
Yurie: "GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!"
SIMBER: "I must stop this madness." *He runs into the attacks, bringing forth his own armada of machine-based attacks.*
Wolfman: "SIMBER, whatever you are thinking of doing, just don't kill yourself unless you have to!"
The Void: "...You... miserable... turncoat... you shall suffer far more than she would."
Metal Man (GM): The Void's anger starts random explosions all about the ship.
Yurie: "...we need to get out of here!"
Metal Man (GM): A Dark Red Beam of Death hits SIMBER.
SIMBER: "Gah... systems... destroyed... ... Good bye." *disappears.*
Aribar: "I don't think we can escape..."
Yurie: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The explosions stop, Yurie unharmed, and a dead, black SIMBER in front of her.
Aribar: "... And we must still defeat this menace..."
Wolfman: .oO(...I knew it.)
The Void: "You cannot stop me."
Wolfman gets on his knees.
The Void: "Rather than persist in this, I shall destroy the universe... now."
Yurie: "Not if I can't help it!"
Metal Man (GM): The Void thrusts his arms up, and you can hear far off explosions in the distance.
Wolfman: "...neither can I."
Yurie raises the Chaos Breaker and rushes at the Void.
Digifanatic: "Come on Yurie..."
Yurie: "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
Wolfman gets ready to activate his Transformer, just in case Yurie's plan fails.
Metal Man (GM): Yurie runs towards him, his dark energy almost engulfing everything Yurie sees.
Yurie: "TAKE THIS! FINAL MOMENT!!"
The Void: "I will succeed, even if you tear me into thousands of tiny pieces."
Yurie blurs out, then dashes forwards into ten copies.
Metal Man (GM): Some hit, some are absorbed by the gravity of The Void.
Metal Man (GM): Yurie hits the Void, and he is cut into 9 different pieces...
The Void: (9 different voices) "You are persistant, but a failure."
Yurie reforms on the other side, then turns, growling.
Garrick just stares on at the two of them, kneeling. He wishes he could do something...
Metal Man (GM): The Void's 9 pieces begin once again to destroy the universe, however a bit weaker.
Wolfman is now desperate..
Yurie: "It doesn't matter. My friends and I won't quit, even if you tear us apart and atomize us!"
Wolfman turns to the Questers... "It's my time now. Good bye." *hits the transformer button.*
Digifanatic: "Huh? Goodbye?"
Wolfman (GM): The Questers see a transformation take place. Wolfman is getting smaller... smaller... He gains a mushroom on his head... and a belt on his waist.
Digifanatic: "Veegee?"
Metal Man (GM): The Void pieces are still charging, 18 small balls of energy floating around them.
VG rushes towards the void, discharges Wolfman into the void (thereby killing him), and attempts to call upon the void into his working Transformer.
The Void: "Resistance, is your Death."
Metal Man (GM): The transformer beeps. It's sparking. Flaming. Metal notices something weird with a box he's been holding... Tridus disappears, but the Void doesn't.
Digifanatic looks at the box. "Whoa, what happened there?"
Metal Man (GM): The Void changes from an all-black figure to an all-white figure.
The Void: "Gaaaaaaaahhh... you stole my real-world form! This will make things difficult..."
Aribar: "I might as well try to contriubute my small part of this..." *The elf points the staff at the ghostly Void and begins saying the incantations to charge Terrorbolt to its highest level of potential.*
VG: "You were using it for bad purposes. Now give me a good reason why I shouldn't destroy the only thing that can make you live."
The Void: "Tridus is but my host. Perhaps I should choose you for my next one?"
Metal Man (GM): The Void's voice is considerably more high-pitched. Terrorbolt is charged fully.
Yurie: "You won't be choosing anything..." *steps up beside VGW.*
VGW looks up... quite literally... to Yurie. Don't forget that he's kind of short now.
Garrick slowly closes his eyes and focuses, just like his sensei taught him to. Focusing his energies to pool into his Overdrive meter.
Yurie: "Come on guys... I think we can send this guy off to oblivion... all we need to do is work together... I'm tired of being a solo act. Lets show them exactly how much many Questers can do as one."
Metal Man (GM): The Void, in some mock of Yurie's words, melds back together to form one white hulk-sized monster.
Digifanatic: "As weak as I might be, I'm with you."
Metal Man (GM): Time goes back on inside the satellite. Ivan starts moving. Locos is warped in with his chair.
Aribar retains the charge for just a bit... "... I agree with you, Yurie... Let's end this! Erwin, give me strength!" *The pin-point of light signalling the begin of Terrorbolt appears...*
Locke holds his blade onto his shoulder, pointing his arm at the monster, and begins wondering what the heck he can do to help.
Charles: "...darrnnh!?"
Ivan Robotnik: "...It's working! You're loosening his hold on time! Finish him off!"
VGW agrees with Yurie... he holds his hands up, hoping to collect all that he can.
Digifanatic: "Locos!"
Metal Man: "Just shoot it."
Yurie raises her sword above her head in both hands, energy flaring as the world goes black, becoming an endless field of stars as, apparently, hundreds of shadowy images form behind the Questers.
Garrick draws his arm back and moves to stand on the other side of VGW, his eyes narrow. His own arm moves forward, and a HUGE arm length cannon takes its place. "Well, I just can't stand around, can I?"
VGW starts to shake a little bit... he gets ready to unleash it, but waits for the others to declare their power.
Metal Man pulls out the Deathmachine, the Chaos Emeralds, and the rest of the relics, adding them to the attack. Since, after all, The Void's lies about them destroying everything shouldn't hold up by now.
Yurie: "Questers, Smashers, Heroes of all Worlds and Dimensions, it's time to end this threat for once and for all!"
Digifanatic: "I agree... I think we should do the same. Yurie, should we?"
VG: "Let's do it."
Digifanatic: "Well, close enough. Come on."
Charles: "I... I don't believe this."
The Void: "...Must... concentrate... Power above, Ultimate Power, Paradox... DESTROY EVERYTHING!"
Yurie (GM): A roar of voices echo in reply, raising weapons, hands, etc, many many many pinpoints of light forming.
Digifanatic walks over to Veeg and Yurie and raises his fist with the two. "We're in this... together."
Yurie: "ULTIMATE METEOR FINALE!! MILLION HEROES BREAKER!"
Metal Man (GM): The Void starts glowing, surrounded by a rainbow of dimensional energy which is shattering the small area around him... including the entire satellite.
VG: "By focusing my moves and theirs..."
Yurie swings her blade down wards, the Chaos BReaker's blade expanding into a huge green blade of light.
The Void: "...Power... destroy..."
Digifanatic: "Alright... FIRE PUNCH!"
VGW waits for the right moment to declare it.
Garrick lets out a roar, his massive cannon humming with the power of a thousand Z-Busters. Feels damn good to have a cannon on his arm again.
Digifanatic: "Guys, he can't do this sucker alone!"
Yurie: "EXCALIBUR LEGACY! CRESCENDO COLLIDER! FIVE DRAGON EXPLOSION! HA!"
Locke charges at the beast, swinging his sword crazily, thinking it a suicide.
Digifanatic: "Super Mario Punch... Karate Doible... Thunderstorm..."
Metal Man (GM): Locos has his chair and the emerald with him.
Aribar: "Erwin's might! Terrorbolt!" *A portal to a plane of pure electric energy opens up... A beam of pure electicity streams forth to envelope The Void.*
Charles: "...The... White Super Emerald!?"
Garrick: "Haaaaaa... MAGNUM CANNON!"
Yurie (GM): The other shadows join in with their own special attacks, some oddly similar to the Questers..
VGW is still waiting... he can't hold it much longer you know.
Metal Man: "DEATHMACHINE!"
Charles: "Then... I amplify my power ...which is Order..."
Metal Man (GM): The Void's attack starts to come in on itself. It's being blasted backwards.
Charles becomes charged with a white aura. It goes towards the Chaos Breakers.
VG: "Armageddon!" *unleashes a huge, nuclear type blast of energy towards the void.*
Yurie (GM): The attacks slam into the Void in a gigantic tidal wave of energy, power, light, sound and fury as, apparently, a million 'Questers' combine their attacks as one...
Digifanatic: "I've heard about that... but wow..."
The Void: "...Fight... back... PARADOX! Paradox! Paradox. Paradox... Paradox?"
Metal Man (GM): The Void is swept up in all of the energy.
Charles: "You indeed are one!"
Metal Man (GM): A white beam envelops the scene. *WHOOOOOSH.* When it ends... The Void is gone... but everyone else, save for a strangely different looking Nintendus. Back at Quester HQ... *WARRRRRRRRRRRRP.* All of the Questers, with Wolfman by himself and yet around at the same time as VGW... appear, unconscious, on the ground. Locos is the first to wake up, back in his... Valhalla Fortress. Ivo is there, as is Ivan, and Ricky.
Charles makes his eyes move while their closed. He blinks a few times.
Ivo Robotnik: "...Hello Locos. We managed to get out of Nintendus' realm before... it disappeared."
Charles: "The realm..."
Ivan Robotnik: (Is a hologram) "Hello. I am here to announce that Nintendus has been saved. You disappeared seconds before the hole, which called itself 'The Void', was sealed. Unfortunately, this makes transportation back very hard... it will appear invisible to you with your current technology. Rest assured, your empire has been spared, and is now one of the many peaceful nations of Nintopia." *The hologram starting to fade out* "We are losing communication. Good luck with your adventure." *disappears.*
Ricky: "Well... we made it. At least, I managed to follow."
Metal Man (GM): *Back at Quester HQ.*
Yurie: "...oi... who... ran over me with a truck..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers begin to wake up. They're fully healed, but... a little woozy. Aribar has Moonlight back... though it's gained some other property.
Garrick slowly pushes himself to his feet, shaking his head slightly to rid himself of the dots in front of his eyes.
Yurie slowly gets to her feat, stumbling to the side and resting against the wall, the Chaos Breaker gone...
Digifanatic opens his eyes, looks around, and sees himself at the HQ.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear the door open, and Mewtwo floats out.
Aribar: "Ooow..." *The elf slowly sits up and looks about... After the elf notices they're home he sees Moonlight.*
Mewtwo: "Hello Questers..."
Digifanatic: "Hello Mewtwo."
Yurie blinks, looking over at the purple kitty..
VGW wonders what is going on... he flutters his eyes, adjusts his cap, and gets up... back to about 2 feet or so.
Aribar: "Ah! I knew I wouldn't lose you that easily... 'allo, Mewtwo."
Metal Man (GM): Moonlight has a new prismatic aura around it.
Yurie: "...Did... did we win?"
Mewtwo: "...Win what? The lottery?"
Aribar: "Win the fight against the Void."
Mewtwo: "...Oh, that... wow. It must have taken you a lot of time."
VGW lets the others deal with Mewtwo... he takes a quick look at... what the... Wolfman? His alter ego?
Garrick: "...how long were we gone?"
Mewtwo: "It's been 1 year since you disappeared."
VGW gets a good look at him... and just... kneels.
Digifanatic: "A year?!"
Aribar: "... What?!"
Yurie: "A year??"
Mewtwo: "Time was bent when that weird explosion occurred."
VG: *somewhat sad.* "A year... meant nearly nothing... to me... to us."
Mewtwo: "Something went about the planet, eliminating things that didn't belong, too..."
Yurie: "Like... like what?"
Mewtwo: "I forgot... like... Smithy's old base."
Yurie: "What else have we missed?" *gets fully to her feet, Phantomile still at her side.*
VGW can't tell if his near soul-brother is alive or dead or not... he's not used to seeing what reploids are like when they die.
Yurie: "Is Saga still here?"
Aribar: "Why are some of us still here if things that didn't belong left?"
Digifanatic gets back up and walks to the couch.
Mewtwo: "...It's hard to explain. Saga is still its own planet."
Yurie: "Whew..."
VG: "...forgive me if this isn't your specialty here Mewtwo... but is Wolfman alive?"
Mewtwo: "I'm not sure. ...Systems confirm he is."
VG: "...and why isn't he inside a transformer anymore... heck... where is mine anyway?"
SIMBER: "...Hello. Quest. ers. Sys. Tems. Partially. Restored."
VG: "That is good... it's SIMBER, right?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah."
Mewtwo: "All transformers and doublers were... annihilated."
Editor's Note: And I'm the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Mewtwo.
Aribar: "Gah! SIMBER! ... You're still on our side, aren't you?"
SIMBER: "Yes. It is me. Sure I am. I sacrificed. Myself. For Yurie. Your attack. Revived me. Somehow."
VG: "Then... how can you be here?"
Garrick is completely silent. He looks at SIMBER, then at Mewtwo.
Mewtwo: "Perhaps I should get you guys a visit wit--"
Ivan Robotnik: "That won't be necessary."
Metal Man (GM): Ivan Robotnik, now wearing some sort of crown, walks over from a hill.
Yurie blinks, staring up at SIMBER, then at Ivan as he walks in...
Digifanatic: "What in the...?"
VGW gets a look at Ivan...
Ivan Robotnik: "You see, I restored your world to what is called... a 'Good Future.' You guys were trapped in the horror of a Bad Future... one caused by Transformers and Doublers."
VG: "Including my own?"
Ivan Robotnik: "Yes."
Yurie: "...you mean... the Transformers and Doublers created the Void in the first place??"
Digifanatic: "Wow. No wonder why..."
Ivan Robotnik: "Yes. Wolfman and Ruvyn's transformers created The Void. Aribar's Transformer created Orlando Florida. Metal's created Tridus. Klumsy's created Zio."
VG: *other voice.* "Remind me to have a long talk with Professor Oak then."
Ivan Robotnik: "The rest created a variety of chaotic things."
Aribar: "... Gah! You mean I'm responsible for bringing my ARCH ENEMY here?! ... Orlando is still imprisoned in that prison under water, right?"
Ivan Robotnik: "I'm afraid some villains die hard."
VG: *those that heard the voice... it's kind of... metallic.*
Ivan Robotnik: "For you see, Zio and Orlando were not related to The Void."
Mewtwo: "Wolfman, is that you?"
Wolfman: "I'm having a hard time moving... but some of my other senses are starting to work. If anyone has some oil or something, that might help. I don't feel like giving Oak a huge beration if I can't move."
Ivan Robotnik: "Oh, yes. I also made Toad Town and the other places muuuuch safer."
Garrick looks to Ivan and Mewtwo. "...so, now what?"
VG: *sighs in relief... his alter ego... somewhat... is alive.*
Ivan Robotnik: "I have created a new utopia. While there are still problems, for now, you can live lives like the old Questers did. The enemies are localized, and don't want to destroy the world. The majority of the world is at peace."
Digifanatic: "Thanks."
Ivan Robotnik: "I welcome you all, to Nintopia."
VG and Wolfman both nod.
Ivan Robotnik: "Oh yeah. The Void is long dead. ...There is one last loose end."
Digifanatic: "I figured that..."
Wolfman: *hard time nodding, but is able to do that a little.*
Metal Man (GM): Ivan points to VGW.
Aribar holsters that staff and picks up Moonlight to sheath it.* "Eh?"
VG: "...and that is?"
Ivan Robotnik: "You managed to capture Tridus with your transformer..."
Yurie: "...Nintopia... got a nice ring to it..."
Ivan Robotnik: "And he's here, now."
Tridus: *Walks out, with a crutch and a broken arm, and an eyepatch.*
VG: "In a few ways, I shouldn't be that surprised you are here."
Tridus: "...Hello, Questers... first time I've seen you while not under control of the Void... Oh, before the old days, but that was before or after a lot of you."
Digifanatic: "Hi."
Tridus: "As you can see, I can't do anything... my sword, the Chaos Maker, was destroyed."
Ivan Robotnik: "Now then... I'm sure you'd want to rest before Mewtwo briefs you on your next missions."
Aribar: "'allo... ...Aren't you still... EVIL though? You destroyed Metal's world... Didn't you?"
VG: "Missions? But if everything is now localized... how can there still be trouble?"
Tridus: "By accident."
Ivan Robotnik: "Well, you see. This trouble still does such bad things as attack towns and steal things."
Wolfman: *shudders at the thought of having to work again.*
Garrick still remains silent. He leans again a nearby tree and just watches the whole situation go down. With a small hesitation, he reaches into his jacket and pulls out a bent and chewed on cigar, pushing it between his teeth and lighting it with slightly broken match from his other pocket, lighting the match off his stubble.
Yurie: "So... no more... world destroying evil or anything?"
Wolfman: "Not here anyway if I understand this right."
Ivan Robotnik: "No. Those were neutralized. The only ones who survived want something else... Don't mind the crown, I'm technically king of the Mushroom Kingdom for my efforts in rebuilding the Toad Towns."
Yurie: "...I think this is cause for a small celebration..."
Aribar: "... What about Doopliss? I still wish to pay him back for what he has done."
Ivan Robotnik: "WACKO is in full operation, including Doopliss."
Aribar: "...Great."
Ivan Robotnik: "But... they're localized to the chilly Arctic wastes. Things are very... chilly... for them."
VG: "I could imagine."
Garrick: "So, it's done... Ivan."
Ivan Robotnik: "Yes. Your world is the way it should be."
Garrick: "One more thing..."
Wolfman: "What of mine though? Technically, I don't believe this is my world."
Metal Man (GM): Mack the Repairman comes out, now... with both eyes.
Ivan Robotnik: "Oh, well... I've arranged for missions to explore and possibly assist the home worlds of every Quester. You see, the Void was caused by letting Metal's homeworld follow its self-destructing course."
Garrick stares long and hard at Ivan, his eyes narrowing slightly.
Ivan Robotnik: "God forbid we let everyone else's worlds come to an apocolyptic end and unleash their own supervillains on us."
Wolfman: "Thank you... at least now, I feel like I can return to my family... even if they don't fully realize what happened."
Locke: "I don't believe my homeworld is upon that list... And either way around... I think they are in good enough hands."
Ivan Robotnik: "Well, not necessarily everyone's worlds. Some places are safe already."
Garrick: "...Ivan."
Digifanatic: "Well... at least everything is in good hands. That's pretty much all I'm saying..."
Yurie: "Hey, come on... we've managed to save the universe from certain disaster, I'd say it's time for celebration, don' you guys?"
Ivan Robotnik: "Yes... most certainly."
Digifanatic: "Ahh... why not?"
VG: "I never thought I'd hear you say that."
Ivan Robotnik: "After all, if we worked all the time, we couldn't appreciate the stuff we won."
Garrick takes a long drag from his cigar, pulling it from his mouth to exhale a large cloud of smoke. He reaches into his jacket, then tosses something to Ivan.
Digifanatic: "Indeed."
Wolfman: "Any chance Tayce T and others can whip up a huge feast?"
Yurie grins, walking off and pulling out her Dex and making a call...
Ivan Robotnik: "Why not? I can invite them using the new ALBERT system."
Metal Man (GM): Ivan pulls out a pocket computer and starts typing stuff.
Wolfman: "ALBERT? But what about SIMBER?"
Aribar hrms, just standing there... He is still a bit in shock from the realization that an entire year passed him by.*
Ivan Robotnik: "You keep SIMBER."
Garrick: "...Ivan."
Ivan Robotnik: "Eh?"
Garrick takes a long drag from his cigar, pulling it from his mouth to exhale a large cloud of smoke. He reaches into his jacket, then tosses something to Ivan.
Metal Man (GM): *Ivan looks at the 'something.*
Garrick: "You said give it back when it's done. It's done. There you go."
Ivan Robotnik: "Why thank you."
Metal Man (GM): Ivan nods and sticks it in his pockets."
Digifanatic: "What was that?"
Ivan Robotnik: "Oh! One last thing."
Garrick turns on his heel and walks calmly toward the stadium doors, looking a lot less pumped than he normally does.
VG: "Yes?"
Ivan Robotnik: "Before we start stuff, we have a message from Locos."
Metal Man (GM): Ivan walks inside the stadium, carrying a DVD thing with him.
VG: "Locos? But isn't he here?"
Metal Man (GM): He walks towards the R&R place.
Ivan Robotnik: "...You'll see."
VGW looks around... and follows Ivan. Wolfman follows VG.
Digifanatic: "Okay." *follows.*
Metal Man (GM): He puts it in.
Charles face appears on the screen... he is in a sad state of affairs.
Wolfman: *gets situated on a couch... VG hops onto the head without blocking the eyes.*
Garrick leans into the door frame of the R&R room once everyone is inside, taking the last few puffs on his cigar.
Charles: "If you are watching this now, then it means I have already left Nintendus."
Yurie takes a seat on the couch, watching...
Metal Man walks in and gets on the couch, silently.
Charles: "I have grown bitter and saddened by the betrayals of certain people. So it is with a heavy heart... to say that I have left for my home: the second moon of Earth."
Digifanatic: "Second?"
Charles: "It has been a long... cold thirty years since I left after the day Zemus and the rest of my race was put to slumber."
Aribar: "... Earth? I didn't know he lived near Earth!"
Charles: "But before I leave, I have a few things to say."
Metal Man: "I sure hope it wasn't the Earth that created The Void on us..."
Charles: "First, I hearby resign as leader of the Magellean Military."
Aribar: "... Eeh... According to my history books at school Earthlings were the architects of their own destruction... It could be possible, Metal."
Charles: "Valhalla Fortress will remain in the Realm of the Heavens to symbolize what was little of my happiness. Yet... the military, with its contracts and red tape, cannot be simply disbanded."
Wolfman: .oO(History? I have no clue if I'm really 1XX years ahead or 5X years back or whatnot... might as well enjoy the film.)
Charles: "As leader until this announcement is over, I am required to appoint my successor, and second-in-command. I put in charge of my glorius empire..."
Aribar hopes it isn't Doopliss...*
Charles: "Yurie Ginsei d'Rakateur of the planet Saga."
Yurie: O.O -(!)
Digifanatic gasps and drops his jaw.
VGW and Wolfman look to Yurie.
Garrick takes another puff from his cigar.
Digifanatic: "Yurie?"
Metal Man: "...Wha-huh?"
VG wonders if he can get a no smoking rule within the stadium.
Charles: "I also hereby give the status of second-in-command to the Jentanian Wizard: Aribar Hunter of Whaller."
Digifanatic: "What?!"
Yurie: "SAY -WHAT??-"
Aribar jumps up from his seat. "YES! NOT THAT LITTLE DOPPLER GANGER FROM H--... Second in command?!"
Wolfman: "What?!?" *gets up, causing VGW to fall on the couch.*
Charles: "These people, though we have had confrontations..."
Tridus: "...This sounds strange, even with what I saw in the few moments after the Void died."
Charles: "I felt these were my closest friends."
VG: "You have no idea." *moves out of the way so Wolfman can sit down again.*
Charles: "Out of all the Questers, and despite hostility, I believe in their skills and potential that will help my empire to live on."
SIMBER: "...I guess that means you own the Valhalla Fortress..."
Charles: "From here on, Yurie and Aribar now run all that is the former Magellean Military and all its businesses that it conducts."
Aribar: "... I don't know what I should say or feel right no--... ... Wait... Did he basically just say he's leaving all of the bills to us as well?!"
Charles: "Also, before I say good-bye one final time, I'd like to say that I left two gifts to those I felt were...'special.'"
Wolfman: *big hearty laugh.*
Metal Man: "Gifts?"
Yurie is still sitting there, dumbstruck.
Wolfman: "Want to become the secretary of this place Aribar?"
Charles: "My weapon and wallet remain on this planet, so this, along with the thing in the sky above Hyrule, are all that remain of me. I would say good bye for each of you personally, but I don't have much time left. Soon, the pockets in dimensions will close."
Metal Man: "Hmmm... I wonder to who he gives the wallet and weapon..."
Aribar: "... I'm not sure, Wolfman... All I know is that I feel horrible... I've called Locos a traitor, invaded his tower, wanted to kill him... And he gives me this position..."
VG: *unsure of how to respond here.*
Charles: "Aribar, you were under the control of a dark power, so this I forgive."
Garrick takes another drag from his cigar, then pushes off the doorframe and turns, walking out of the R&R room.
Charles: "Yurie, you and me never got along, but you did have a caring heart for those you loved and cared for."
Garrick (GM): Everyone is watching Locos, so they shouldn't notice him.
Metal Man: "What about the soup?"
Charles: "Metal, your inspiration for taking command is astounding. Garrick, your bullheaded ness help us when logic did not. All the rest... I say a hearty farewell."
Digifanatic starts to shed a tear or two...
Charles: "I regret never asking the person I had my eye on out... but... perhaps someday... I'll be back. And Yurie... if you're still watching..."
Metal Man: "...It is incredibly sad to see him go... but his contributions will be more than enough to help us make this world the kind of place he'd like to be in."
Charles gives a hearty and happy expression. "I hope you will enjoy the surprise." *winks and waves goodbye.* *DVD CREDITS.*
Digifanatic: "I couldn't agree more, Metal..."
Yurie just stares... then promptly and slowly keels over and goes THUD.
VG: "Umm... you ok Yurie?"
Yurie: @.@
Wolfman: "Think she's in love?"
Metal Man just -then- realizes what he meant earlier... "...I guess... we'll have a huge floating... stadium... ...I mean Yurie... yah..." @_@
VG: "I'm unsure... I don't see many others go *THUD* like that."
Metal Man: "Well... that should help..."
Digifanatic: "I think she's still surprised at the positon Locos gave her."
Aribar: "... Well, I guess sometime soon Yurie and I, and the others if they want to, should check out our new tower..."
Wolfman: "Does the tower still exist... or was that in the Void time?"
Yurie quickly pops back up to her feet, brushing herself off..
Garrick (GM): *The others might notice that Garrick is gone, if they feel like it.*
Metal Man (GM): During the credits to Locos's DVD, the Questers see Ivo Robotnik aka Bob, Lord of Electric death waving good bye and dancing and stuff to the Eggman theme... only for 15 seconds or so, but it's enough.
Locos Docos (GM): One of the two presents for Locos' 'specials' is sitting right there... unopened, and addressed for Yurie.
Yurie: "..."
VG and Wolfman were dealing with Yurie, so they missed whatever they were supposed to watch...
Yurie picks up one of the preasents and opens it...
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "See you sometime later, Questers! I saved the Masters... I saved you... I'll be off saving Lunaria next!"
Locos Docos (GM): Why it's...
Metal Man (GM): The video clip with Eggman fades out to whatever else Locos had on the DVD.
Locos Docos (GM): ...25 low-carb bars!
Yurie: "..." -.- *sets that down and opens the other one.* "...cheeky cheeky cheeky..." *opens one.*
Locos Docos (GM): The box promises 'you'll lose 14 pounds in 1-2 weeks or your money back!'
Aribar tries to find the remote and goes back to the main menu of the DVD.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar goes to the main menu of it. It has a lot of features... some Locos didn't know about...
Aribar looks for the Making Of video.
Metal Man (GM): Like 'How Doopliss got the Doorman's Staff.'
Locos Docos (GM): Here's something to remember the character.
Charles has arrived on the Moon with Ivo after they crash landed. After getting out, they start to walk. "...I wonder if Yurie's gonna be mad about that gift I gave her?"
Ivo Robotnik: "Hey, it can't be as bad as that time I called myself Bob and killed Patrick with cheapness. ...What DID you give her?"
Charles: "Hmm... it's kinda blurry... but I gave two gifts; one to two people. That's all I remember..."
Yurie (GM): And so... Nintopia is at rest... the Void having finally been destroyed, and the Questers being hailed as heroes...
Locos Docos (GM): As Ivo observes the dusty moon, he sees the typical craters and such. Charles knows of this place like the back of his forearm. Thirty years have done hardly a thing to the landscape.
Yurie (GM): however... how long will peace last? Knowing the Questers... about as long as necessary, until they have to start a new season to keep the ratings up.
Ivo Robotnik: "Huh..."
Charles: "Three decades since I last seen this place."
Ivo Robotnik: "I am happy I came with you. While I am not the real Ivo, I seem to have a knack for... saving people. My real counterpart was obsessed with the moon."
Charles: "Well... this was actually a planet."
Ivo Robotnik: "Ah..."
Yurie (GM): *Tune in next time for the next season of Super Smash Questers.*
Metal Man (GM): Season 3: The Void's Reign of Terror: Has ended.
Locos Docos (GM): Little as the both of them knew... a purple beast approached from the long front... lying in wait.
Aribar goes to sell his Power Rush and Power Smash badges... Lets see what other transations he can do.
Tridus: *Is sitting behind the counter of the shop, FYI, next to G&W, despite being all bashed up.*
Garrick walked, if anybody cared to notice, right back to the holoroom. He stepped inside and closed the door behind him.
Aribar: "'allo, Tridus, G&W... I take it you still have 'reasonable' prices?"
Mr. Game and Watch: "Of course we do!"
Tridus: "I have many a new ware for you to look at... if you like custom weapon enchantments. I should have, you have a sealed enchantment that The Void gave you... as his last wish. I should say it is immensely powerful if wielded correctly."
Aribar: "What? Sealed enchantment?" *The elf unsheathes Moonlight and looks over the blade.*
Metal Man (GM): A sort of rainbow/prismatic glow comes from the blade.
Aribar: "... And what happens if I wield it incorrectly? "
Tridus: "Well, you explode. A double-edged present for killing him, I guess. Because the Void wanted to die, whether or not he destroyed everything. The bad part is for the fact you stopped him."
Aribar: "... So I guess I should really only use Moonlight in emergencies to make sure I don't accidentally explode?"
Tridus: "Let's just say, it can do everything from annihilate enemies to permanently sealing them from this dimension. Oh, the enhantment is sealed, and remains so. It won't work unless you actively use it. The enchantment, I mean. Not the blade itself."
Aribar: "Oh... I see..."
Tridus: "It does provide a bit of special effects, though, when you hit. You know, like shiny flashes and stuff."
Aribar: "Ah. Well, I came by to see if you were interested in purchasing a magical wand I got a while back."
Tridus: "Magical wand? Hmmmmm?"
Aribar sheaths Moonlight and takes out the Magikoopa Wand.
Tridus: "...Where did you get THIS? It is the secret weapon of the Koopa Klan! ...I'm terrified at what you could have done if Metal had failed... Well... it's priceless."
Aribar: "This thing isn't much use as a weapon, but if my skills as a mage are worth anything it has fourty-nine charges of some status effecting magic on it... Oh? Where did I get it? From some koopa... Kamek or something... Priceless? ... "
Tridus: "No wonder... this wand, you see, is just in the wrong mode. Just turn on that switch at the bottom."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar'd notice a tiny red button on the bottom of the wand.
Aribar blinks and does so...* "Never saw that before. "
Metal Man (GM): The wand glows, surrounded with... Aribar guessed it... the energy of all of Kamek's spells.
Tridus: "This wand created many evil things. Boos, for example. It looks a bit damaged, but it still is useful. You will have to... destroy it."
Aribar: "... I'll most definitely be ke--Destroy it?! Why?"
Tridus: "For you see, the villains who survived... they have such things as this to power their existence. If you destroy this, they shall be rendered helpless. However, not before you have some fun with it... You just have to be careful."
Aribar: "...Okay. I'll keep this for a while, but if anything bad happens I guess I'll break it..."
Tridus: "Good idea. Though breaking it is as difficult as unsealing your sword there... If you thought it was impossible to destroy the Sword of Darkness, you've entered the big leagues of tough items."
Aribar: "... Goodie..."
Tridus: "Now then, do you want any custom enchantments? They are superior to normal upgrades, buuut... cost something in return. Whether it be coins or life energy or anything else you want to pay with every time you use the enchantment."
Garrick walks in, without a jacket, sweating, towel around his shoulders.
Aribar: "... I do not think Moonlight can be enhanced any farther... But..."
Garrick: "What's this about enchantments?"
Tridus: "Hello Garrick. Oh, nothing more than spells encoded into your weapon."
Aribar gets out Grunty's Staff. "What could you do to this to make it stronger, or possibly a bit more accurate?"
Garrick: "Hmm."
Tridus: "Ahhhh... that staff. If you want something more, I have something you'll love. The TRUE SHOT spell."
Aribar: "Oh?"
Tridus: "It will make the staff instantly hit... buuut... It will halve your HP. Cost is 3500 coins. It takes up three upgrade slots. It is permanent; to take it off instantly destroys the weapon."
Aribar: "Ouch... I'm not sure if I have enough... I wanted to buy a badge..." *He peers at a nearby display case...* "But now I realize I don't have enough..."
Garrick doesn't look at items... but does look at accessories... "Tridus..."
Tridus: "You could sell that wand. Yes, Garrick?"
Garrick: "...did they ever get the Pegasus Boots back in?"
Aribar: "... You said it was pricelss... I think I'll just keep it... Sorry for taking up your time..." *walks off...*
Garrick scans the shelves for the said boots.
Tridus: "Those boots were defying interdimensional harmony. You will never see them again."
Garrick: "Hmpf... anything to increase speed?"
Tridus: "Let's see here..."
Mr. Game and Watch: "I'll find it for you, since... he's not in good condition." *Starts digging through a box of badges.*
Garrick glances around the shop while he waits.
Metal Man (GM): GW looks through... and then spies something else. Garrick sees Phantom's Machinegun in a glass case. Price: 10,000 coins.
Garrick: "...hmm."
Mr. Game and Watch: "I found something! ...Though you can't wear other gloves or blasters with it..."
Garrick: "What's that?" *looks to GW.*
Mr. Game and Watch: "White gloves. They make you slightly faster and increase punching damage... very slightly... but nothing else."
Garrick: And I can't wear my Mach Claw with them?
Mr. Game and Watch: "You cannot wear any weapons, you'd have to opt for pistols or just your fists with these... Indeed."
Garrick: "...hmmm... well, seeing as I don't have my pistols anymore..." *looks at the machine gun again.*
Garrick: "...could I take a closer look at that?"
Mr. Game and Watch: "Oh, you want that? Sure." *He pulls it out of the case and gives it to Garrick.*
Garrick takes the gun in his hands, glancing over it...
Garrick: "...SMP, automatic. 32 round clip, double nub sight, pull-release trigger system..." *pulls the clip out, glances inside it before slamming it back in and cocking it in one smooth motion, spinning to target a nearby wall. Seeing as the clip was empty, he pulls the trigger and gets a nice *CLICK* outta it.*
Garrick: "...it's a good gun." *hands it back to GW, frowning.*
Garrick: "I didn't think you made bullet weaponry in this place."
Mr. Game and Watch: "We don't. Phantom brought it in and used it to kill hundreds of people."
Garrick: "...hmpf."
Mr. Game and Watch: "That was the only weapon left after Zero killed his ghost. ...I still don't understand how you kill ghosts..."
Garrick: "Doesn't matter..." *stares at the gun for a while, a weird look in his eyes.*
Metal Man (GM): The gun, it calls out to you! You're the only person safe for Metal who would actually want it... *save. But, it's not going anywhere soon.
Garrick: "...I wish they paid us for missions like the used to. ...but I would KILL for a good pair of 45s."
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, the room seems weird, and Phantom's ghost pops out of the floor.
Phantom: "So... you'd KILL for a good pair of 45s..."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom rubs his greedy, dead, holy (literally) hands together. Only Garrick sees Phantom.
Phantom: "Well, that can be arranged..."
Garrick gives Phantom a death look.
Metal Man (GM): *Insert weird Theramin weirdness music.*
Garrick: "Back. Off."
Phantom: "Are you sure? I have enough evil guns to furnish an army!"
Tridus: "...Does this Garrick drink paint thinner or something?"
Mr. Game and Watch: "I dunno. He gets weirder by the day."
Garrick: "I don't want evil guns. I don't want any of your guns. If I want guns, I'll build them myself."
Phantom: "Very well... but my offer stands."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom sinks into the floor. And disappears.
Garrick slowly turns his gaze to Tridus and GW.
Tridus: "...Yeah... you don't want any guns... we understand..."
Mr. Game and Watch: "...Or was the wall going to sell you something?"
Garrick walks straight up and jams his face into GW's.
Mr. Game and Watch: "If it is, I'm gonna complain to Metal--????"
Garrick: "Listen, and listen good. I'm sick to death of all this crap people have been putting on me. I'm a no-brained idiot, I'm bullheaded, I'm too weird for my own good, I get everyone into trouble with a single move."
Mr. Game and Watch: "...But... you were talking to the wall!"
Garrick: "You know what goes on around here, tell me you haven't seen weirder things."
Mr. Game and Watch: "I've seen weird things... but it helps to have an explanation."
Garrick: "That ghost... Phantom? Just made me an offer. Kill someone for guns. I refused."
Mr. Game and Watch: "Okay... that explains it."
Tridus: "...I knew we shouldn't have mentioned him in the presence of his last possession..."
Garrick: "Hmpf." *backs up.* "Anyway, I barely have any money or room for badges. Wondered if I could get those boots again. Guess not."
Tridus: "Nope... Link has the only pair."
Garrick: "And Link isn't going to give them up... without a fight..." *trails off on his own words, wondering..*
Mr. Game and Watch: "That's what the stadium is for!"
Garrick: "...nah, I'm not that heartless."
Mr. Game and Watch: "What about a bet? He might like something you own... since he's all about equipment."
Garrick: "Well, where the hell am I going to find him?"
Mr. Game and Watch: "Why, the fighters are almost always in the stadium."
Garrick: "...Dex."
Mr. Game and Watch: "That's why the Questers do all the fighting!"
Garrick: "I can't believe I'm doing this... Dex, locate Link."
Smash Dex: "He is resting in the Stadium lobby."
Garrick: "Just got done with a fight?"
Smash Dex: "Sure. It was a three-way free for all. Link vs. Mario vs. Pikachu."
Garrick: "...who won?"
Smash Dex: "Link won. Mario was the first to lose."
Garrick: "...then he might be feeling pretty cocky. ...dah, fine. I might as well give it a shot." *makes to leave, then stops.*
Garrick: "Oh yeah..." *turns back to GW and Tridus "You guys wouldn't happen to have any cigars, would you?"*
Garrick: "For sale?"
Mr. Game and Watch: "For sale?"
Tridus: "Hmmmmm?"
Garrick: "Cigars. For sale. Preferably good ones. And some wooden matches."
Tridus: "...Wolfman does not allow us to sell such things."
Mr. Game and Watch: "Heck, that time when he found alcohol under the floor caused him to go nuts!"
Garrick looks to GW, arching an eyebrow. "...three things I hate about this place... no guns... no booze... no smokes... pfft." *throws up his hands and turns, heading for the Stadium Lobby.*
Garrick pats his pockets as he walks. Surely he has a few smokes on him somewhere...
Metal Man (GM): Yes, Garrick does.
Garrick: "Ah ha. Good."
Metal Man (GM): 3 of them. Darn! Garrick will have to fight some people for more! I mean... well, finding more cigars will be a mission in itself.
Garrick: "Save this one for later, as for these two..." *walks into the lobby, glancing around for Link.*
Metal Man (GM): Link is right there, shining up his shield.
Garrick walks over to him, leaning against the wall next to him.
Link: "Hello. What brings a smasher in here?"
Garrick: "...that's Quester, friend."
Link: "While you guys save the world, we've been busy seeing who's best. Oh yeah... sorry. It's been a while."
Garrick: "So I've heard. You just whooped Mario and Pikachu."
Link: "Yeah... Mario leaped to his doom to avoid getting hit by a thunderbolt."
Garrick: "Still, quite a win."
Link: "So then, you have anything else interesting to say?"
Metal Man (GM): Link leans a bit, and Garrick can clearly see the Pegasus boots on his feet.
Garrick reaches into his pocket and pulls out a cigar, pulling out another almost broken match and lighting it again his stubble, puffing on his cigar and waving the match out.
Garrick: "Mmmm... good stuff. Hard to find Cubans, and I only have a few left. Oh, anyway..."
Link: "Cubans? What are those? The thing you are smoking?"
Garrick looks to Link "I've got a bet for ya, slick. ...here." *pulls out another and hands it to him.*
Metal Man (GM): Link looks at it.
Link: "...I don't smoke. I drink potions."
Metal Man (GM): Link pulls out a red potion and drinks it down.
Garrick: "Meh, suit yourself." *takes it back, sticking it back in a inside jacket pocket.* "Anyway, this bet... I'm looking for a new pair of... boots." *glances at Link's feet.*
Link: "A bet? Well, I'm always up for a bet."
Garrick: "And I hear that you've got a mighty fine pair yourself."
Link: "One of a kind. And I hear you've got... uhhhhh... what things do you have to be yourself?"
Garrick chuckles, then points to the weird object on his wrist. It folds out into a double pronged silver claw.
Link: "Ooooh! A new item!"
Garrick: "Maybe..." *puffs on his cigar, blowing smoke rings into the air.* "So, what do you think? Your Pegasus Boots against my Mach Claw. Winner take all?"
Link: "Okay... but maybe I can bring in a twist."
Garrick: "Twist?"
Link: "Well... the loser has to go without a replacement item for a long while."
Garrick raises an eyebrow at this.
Link: "So, if you beat me, I'll be walking around with my bare feet, and if you lose, you have to run around unarmed!"
Garrick: "...I guess I could go for that."
Link: "I learned some new moves while you saved the world... like this one!"
Metal Man (GM): Link gets up, and turns towards a punching bag on the floor.
Link: "Cuckoo Explodinum!"
Metal Man (GM): Link conjures a Cuckoo outta thin air, it flies into the target, and explodes.
Garrick just stares. "...an exploding chicken?"
Link: "I learned it from Tingle."
Garrick: "I shoulda guessed..." *rolls his eyes.*
Link: "That cost 1 million rupees... But it beat Pikachu in one hit!"
Garrick suddenly laughs. "Oh man... to see you, use that, against Ganondorf?"
Link: "That would be fun. Ganondorf has been a good target for such attacks... like when I smashed him with the Megaton hammer."
Garrick: "Hmmmm... that felt good, haven't laughed in a long while... anyway, when do you wanna do this?"
Link: "How about a week? I'm booked up until then. Fighting and saving the world is a time-consuming business."
Metal Man (GM): Link pulls out a notepad and flips through it.
Garrick: "...you know, I just don't get this place sometimes..."
Metal Man (GM): There are several pages marked 'Save World' 'Fight Dr. Mario' 'Save World again', etc.
Garrick: "Okay, sure, whatever. One week. See ya then..."
Metal Man (GM): Link nods, and goes back to writing a bit.
Garrick turns on his heel and stalks off... but unclips his jacket sleeve, flips open his Dex and whispers just as he walks around the corner "Dex, scan."
Smash Dex: "...Data acquired. Smasher: Link. Hero of Time. HP: 0/500%. STR: 30. SPD: 30. INT: 40. AC: 25. Defense: 1 | 5. Attacks: Cuckoo Throw: Throws a Cuckoo at the target. It explodes. Master Sword Spin: Helps one gain altitude, hits enemy repeatedly. Megaton Hammer: Deals lots of damage, flattens enemy. Longshot: Grabs enemy, stuns them. Several other 'normal' attacks too mundane to classify."
Garrick: "Who has recently fought Link and won?"
Smash Dex: "Searching database. Metal Sonic. Shadow. Sonic. Someone claiming to be Eggman... some Questers defeated him, maybe., too long ago to tell. If you're wondering, the aformentioned were all guest fighters."
Garrick: "No other smasher in any fight?"
Smash Dex: "No smashers have defeated him recently."
Garrick: "...hmmm... what was the fight Link was in before the three way battle he just fought?"
Smash Dex: "Ganondorf defeated him shortly before he ran off to his own schemes. Oh, that battle... Metal Sonic vs. Link vs. Captain Falcon vs. Mewtwo. Link was caught between Metal Sonic and Mewtwo's furious attacks."
Garrick: "Captain Falcon and Mewtwo... Dex, where is the good Captain?"
Smash Dex: "He is currently in the lunch room, next door."
Garrick walks in that direction, stepping inside and scanning the room.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick sees a rather strange area... he has never been in here, despite it being open access. There's Captain Falcon munching on a taco, Mario eating some spaghetti, and Star Fox simply sitting there, looking angry. There's also see Metal Sonic, who is currently arguing with Luigi.
Garrick vaugely wonders why Star Fox is so angry and what Metal Sonic and Luigi are arguing about before he turns back to his so called mission and walks up to the seat in front of Falcon.
Garrick: "This seat taken?"
Captain Falcon: "No. Mrprhrhrhrhrhr." *He's talking while eating.*
Garrick nods as sits. FYI, he's put out that cigar and repocketed for later smoking. "I wonder if I can pick your brain a bit, Captain."
Metal Man (GM): Falcon finishes the tacko, and licks his fingers.
Captain Falcon: "Now then, I've been currently thinking of who next to fight..."
Garrick: "...erm, not that, Captain. I need to ask you something."
Captain Falcon: "Yeah?"
Garrick: "You fought Link a few weeks ago, right?"
Captain Falcon: "Jeez... you Questers log everything. Yeah, I remember."
Garrick: "Wonder if you could give me a few pieces of advice on his fighting style. Something to watch out for."
Captain Falcon: "Fighting style, eh? Well, he's deadly 1-on-1. The only reason he lost was because Mewtwo and Metal Sonic were sick of losing to him and started beating him around."
Garrick frowns, nodding.
Captain Falcon: "Seeing as he's defeated me three times before, I decided to Falcon Punch him to victory."
Garrick: "I see... anything to give me the edge?"
Captain Falcon: "Well, he's terrible at long-range. Which is the other reason he had so much trouble. Metal Sonic likes shooting things."
Garrick remembers his buster and growls.
Luigi: "THAT PIE IS MINE! I BOUGHT IT FROM KING SHYGUY!"
Metal Sonic: "I HAD IT FIRST!"
Garrick glances to Luigi and Metal Sonic and arches an eyebrow. "Do they always fight like this?"
Captain Falcon: "...Don't mind them... Luigi's just mad that there's a clone of a popular guy who happens to have more power than the guy he's copying."
Garrick: "Ohhh..."
Captain Falcon: "It started when Metal Sonic viciously defeated Mario in that match at SEED with Mario vs. Metal Sonic vs. Luigi vs. Wario."
Garrick chuckles. "We Questers need to fight you Smashers more often. All the training we could ever want is right here. Plenty of sparring buddies."
Garrick: "Well, thanks Captain. I appreciate the info."
Captain Falcon: "You're welcome. You're far better than that Skyhigh guy."
Garrick: "Kindness goes a long way. That, and not being a idiot."
Captain Falcon: "That Skyhigh had the IQ of a ferret."
Garrick smirks before nodding and standing up, waving a goodbye before heading for the door. He slows to a stop beside Fox.
Garrick: "...erm... you okay, Fox?"
Fox: *is grumbling.* "Well... nothing like losing 5 matches in a row. We're low on money, since this year went by. Nothing happened."
Garrick nods a few times before taking the seat across from him again. Good deeds were ubdant in this guy today.
Garrick: "Anything I can do to help?"
Fox: "We need a job."
Garrick hmms, leaning back and thinking. "...well, I'd employ you if I had the money, but I'm close to broke. ...what about starting up a new business?" *is suddenly hit with an idea. He smiles slightly.*
Fox: "Grunty Industries seeks to monopolize everything. Heck, they even started building badly made ships..."
Garrick: "Then how about this..." *leans forward.* "You know about Saga, right?"
Fox: "Yes?"
Garrick: "Well, from what I've heard, Grunty doesn't know a thing about Saga. So, how about we open up trade routes with it. Saga has tons of stuff that we don't, and the Stadium would pay big bucks for it. AND big bucks for the person to transport the shipments. And with all the stuff they have, their going to need protection. I know a certain quartet of pilots who could probably handle that nicely... On top of that, Saga has a slew of fighters, and there's got to be a few that would love to try their hand against a legendary Smasher from the Stadium. Lots of new chances to bone up and kick some ass." *raises his eyebrows.* "Get what I'm saying?"
Fox: "Maybe... but... we want to be able to do space-fighting. My 5 losses in a row have made us broke..."
Garrick: "Like I said, shipments are going to need protection, espesially if Grunty wants to get her claws into Saga shipments. And Saga is a good distance away, in SPACE. Surely she's going to go for it, and that's where Star Fox comes in."
Fox: "Hmmm... I'll think about it..."
Garrick: "Hey, I'm just trying to help. If that doesn't work, I'm sure you'll think of something."
Fox: "Grunty would make a large fleet of Venomian-class ships that explode just as easily."
Garrick: "...I'll talk with Mewtwo. We need to put Grunty out of business. It's my job, isn't it?"
Fox: "Partially."
Garrick: "I'll do what I can." *stands up, giving Fox a approving look "I'll talk to you later, Fox." *He waves, then steps out and makes one last stop, and that would be Mewtwo's office.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick gets to Mewtwo, who's idly organizing paper.
Garrick knocks on the door "Can I talk to ya, Mewtwo?"
Metal Man (GM): The door opens automatically.
Mewtwo: "Yes?"
Garrick steps inside "I need to ask you a few things, Mewtwo, if you don't mind."
Mewtwo: "What things do you have in mind?"
Garrick sits down. "Well, first I wanted to ask about your battle with Link."
Mewtwo: "Let me guess, you want to beat Link..."
Garrick: "Er... yeah... him and I have a little bet... and I was looking for some pointers."
Mewtwo: "You must defeat him completely or not at all. Ranged attacks are best, and... he's known for beating up most people close-range."
Garrick: "...damn it." *glances down at his hands and his Claw and frowns.* "What I wouldn't give to go back two or three years and get my buster back... Uhhh, thanks. Now, for something a bit more important..." *leans forward "I want to put it on top priority for the Questers that we STOP Grunty's actions."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom appears in the corner of Garrick's eye and waves at Garrick before disappearing again.
Mewtwo: "...Yeah... Ivan already told me a bit. We'll get to that soon enough."
Garrick: "Smasher morale is lowering cause of that witch. Fox is already pissed to hell about it. Which brings me to my final topic... I'd like you to consider opening trade routes with Saga."
Mewtwo: "No problem."
Garrick: "I also would like to ask you to put Star Fox on guard and attack duty for any and all attacks on cargo ships. ...and pay them for it. They are flat broke. They need work. What better than what they excel at. You know those four, they'll protect anything that goes NEAR those cargo ships." *leans back again* "What do you think?"
Mewtwo: "...We're not exactly made of money... Yurie and Aribar are."
Garrick: "Oh, shut up. The stadium pays US, and that's why Yurie and Aribar are. You're going to get money from Saga for incoming trade anyway."
Mewtwo: "Didn't you hear? They inherited Locos's money! All Trillion or so coins of it..."
Garrick: "Then we need to raise profit rates. ...that's it... What about... a Planet-to-Planet battle? The Stadium's best vs. Saga's best. Pay-per-view all around. To BOTH Saga and here. The twelve masters of Nintopia against the twelve masters of Saga. The Questers could run protection."
Mewtwo: "...You're worse than The Void."
Garrick: "It's all in good will."
Mewtwo: "Yes, potential side-effects include planets exploding."
Garrick: "They aren't THAT powerful... are they?"
Mewtwo: "Well, take it up with Yurie."
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo smirks.
Garrick sighs and leans back in his chair. "I try and do one good thing and I get my boss calling me worse than The Void."
Mewtwo: "Think here. Two entire planets, fighting... Then we exploit it by charging protection money."
Garrick: "No, you misunderstand me. Not the entire PLANET, just their fighters. In regulation Stadium rules, regulation Stadium battle."
Mewtwo: "Then we wouldn't need the Questers to protect anybody. The 12 masters of each planet would be able to destroy any jokers who attacked."
Garrick looks Mewtwo straight in the eye. "If they could destroy any jokers, why did we beat the Void? Granted, the Void was stronger than anything."
Mewtwo: "The Void was an abomination who was too strong for any normal people to beat. There aren't any such people around anymore. Tridus, the closest thing left, is good and also crippled. Unless he goes cyborg, we have nothing to worry about."
Garrick: "...alright, alright..." *sighs again, cricking his neck.*
Metal Man (GM): Phantom pops up from behind Mewtwo and blows a raspberry at Garrick. Then he disappears.
Garrick: "...I'll I'm trying to do is help. First real good act I've done since I've got here."
Mewtwo: "Well... try one act at a time and think carefully."
Garrick: "...I don't know why I'm even here... oh yeah, that's right. I was ordered here." *grumbles, stands, and walks out.*

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