Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 126: Car Crashes, Mind Tricks, and Feckless Fighting
Date: 1:05:34 PM, January 22nd; 12:44:25 PM, January 23rd, 2005.
Metal Man (GM): So, you're on the second moon, talking to Ivo....
Charles Magellean: "Gravity seems to be the same as it was also."
Eggman: "So then, what should we do first, I brought a lot of stuff with us."
Charles Magellean: "..." *He gives a straight face and narrow eyes to Ivo.*
Charles Magellean: "... I do not have an idea."
Eggman: "Well then, at least we can start building some stuff." *Claps hands twice* "Robots! Start building a base of operations, then survey the area for life."
Metal Man (GM): A variety of construction robots come out of the crashed rocket and begin building the foundation for a building rather quickly.
Charles Magellean gets a mighty chilly feeling. "I'm getting the willies. ...This only happens when a danger is nearby."
Eggman: "Should I activate the security robots?"
Charles Magellean: "...Yes."
Eggman: *He presses some buttons on a remote, a variety of E-100 units come out and survey the area* "The perimeter is secure, for now."
Charles Magellean: "...for now...?"
Eggman: "Well, you never know what lives here... unless you know?"
Charles Magellean: "Well..."
Eggman: *He sits back as a rather large dome starts taking shape as the command center.*
Charles Magellean: "For the surface dwellers, there is the Grenade, MoonCell, Juclyote, Procyote, and the Pudding."
Eggman: "I sure hope they're all weak against lasers. There's enough laser guns between those units to destroy most bad things..."
Charles Magellean: "Well, I'm not sure about lasers, but this much I do know. They are all very powerful adversaries. First off the Grenade is a bomb-monster. Fire and lightning will cause it to detonate and/or explode."
Eggman: "...Then there's going to be a lot of explosions."
Charles Magellean: "Moon cells are giant-sized cells. They travel in packs. The Juclyote and Procyotes travel in packs, look kinda like hairdryers, and have a very poisonus touch. Of course, most any attack of theirs is poisonus."
Eggman: "As long as it isn't corrosive, they have no effect on the robots..."
Charles Magellean: "Finally, the puddings are very strong against physical mounts. And can... regenerate."
Eggman: "Do you know where your people are? We could try reviving them and having them help. This place is a mess."
Charles Magellean: "..." *He turns away.*
Eggman: "What? At least from what I know, they aren't dead."
Charles Magellean: "All I remember... is that they are within the moon. There is something that I dread though..."
Eggman: "Sounds like a drilling project to me..."
Charles Magellean: "There are subterranean caverns and only one building that acts as a beacon to those that live away from this moon. My worry... is that the beasts from within coming out into the open. They also serve as minions of the Dark Sorcerer Zemus."
Eggman: "Sorcerer? Hah! My technology will overwhelm anything that tries to do evil. Now then, where is this building?"
Charles Magellean closes his eyes and focuses. "Become intuuuned."
Eggman: "The Egg buggy can take us anywhere we need to go."
Charles Magellean: "It is near ..." *He turns 39 degrees clockwise. "One of the caverns in that direction." *He points "The cavern is of the true king of the Phantom Beasts, Bahamut."
Eggman: "Alright. Come with me." *Eggman walks towards the crashed rocket, and pulls out a remote* "Really? We'll need some firepower if we encounter that." *Presses two buttons.*
Charles Magellean: "No need."
Metal Man (GM): *A sort of buggy with four seats and a glass dome appears.*
Eggman: "Okay, then I won't bring my combat armor."
Charles Magellean: "Oh no, bring it in case the beasts come around."
Eggman: "Like I thought."
Charles Magellean: "I am saying that Lord Bahamut is not one to go outside his lair of tests and just attack those who arrive here. He stays in there."
Eggman: *Presses it again, a suit of armor, the one he used back in the big fight with the Aribars, comes out. He seamlessly equips it, being a hologram Then the armor walks into the buggy* "Get in, if you're ready."
Charles Magellean breathes in. "Ready." *He hops in.*
Eggman: "Full power!" *WHOOOOM.*
Metal Man (GM): The Buggy takes off, immediately reaching 100 MPH.
Eggman: "I wonder if this building has technology we could... borrow."
Charles Magellean looks around from time to time. He sees remants of buildings that were smoking 3 decades ago.
Eggman: *Is quickly reaching the destination, down the... well, Locos, maybe you could describe the land he's driving through.* "There's the cave already. Where should we park?"
Charles Magellean: "Just about anywhere."
Eggman: "Okay then." *The car slides to a stop, about 10 feet from the building in question.* "Now to see what's inside." *Gets out of the car.*
Charles Magellean: "I think it wise to stay away from the Cavern of Bahamut."
Eggman: "Eh... what about the building?"
Charles Magellean: "It is indeed near the cavern. Yet we must go through several other caverns to reach the Lunar Palace."
Eggman: "Hmmmm... well, unless that bahamut creature attacks us, we're safe." *Heads towards the building on foot, unless there's none outside.*
Charles Magellean: "I believe the Lunar Path is around here somewhere."
Eggman: "You have the most unconventional building plans on this planet..."
Charles Magellean: "It is an effective way to keep out bandits. Are you ready to go through the the subterranean paths that lead to the palace?"
Eggman: "Why, sure!"
Charles Magellean: "Then let's find the entrance."
Eggman: "You lead the way."
Charles Magellean: *actually, let's pause. to tell ya the truth, my focus is elsewhere.*
Metal Man (GM): Ok. Paused. But we can have a quester mission if there's enough people.
Metal Man (GM): -Super Smash Quest Presents: Season Four-
Garrick Fy`aar: "...come on, wizard! You can do better than that!"
Metal Man (GM): At the now shiny and cleaned up Super Smash Headquarters, Aribar and Garrick would be at the Big Room. Since this was a casual mission, it required only a handful of Questers. Metal was also there, scratching his chin.
Garrick Fy`aar leans back in his chair, waiting for the psychic cat.
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo was once again, briefing a mission. However, this one was far different than expected.
Aribar stands in the big room. "So... Our first mission in a year... I wonder how much things changed?"
Mewtwo: "In today's mission... you will have to prevent Bowser from robbing a bank."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...a bank?"
Mewtwo: "Sources show that he's been low on funds, ever since the Mushroom Police blew up his major training areas. ...He has not only threatened to do it today, but gave an exact time. It's probably a lame trap of his, but you can never be sure."
Aribar: "He can't be that stupid..."
Mewtwo: "The bank has been correspondingly emptied of cash."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...is it just me, or does every organization I've heard of except Locos' old group have empty pockets. Including the Stadium."
Mewtwo: "That's because Grunty Industries has been... taking that money. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about those people yet."
Aribar: "...I could sic Locos's military on them!"
Mewtwo: "They are doing all legal things at the moment. They're even paying royalties on their version of Locos's soup! The main problem of today, however... is that the Bank might be a fake target while Bowser does something evil."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...anything else going on in Toad Town?"
Mewtwo: "Well, there is an unrelated block party which features a bocking match with Billy Koopa vs. Big Block the Thwomp. Oh, and... the newest Grunty's Great Grocery Gathering will be opening."
Mewtwo: "You might want to check it all out. Whoops. I mean BOXING."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, let's get to it then." *He stands up, heading for the warp room.*
Mewtwo: "...Yeah. There isn't much else to say."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...you coming or not, Ari?"
Aribar: "Yeah..." *He follows Garrick.*
Garrick Fy`aar steps into the Warp Room, making to hop or stand or use whatever warp is there now.
Yurie is conspiciuously absent... probably aboard her new fortress/ship/floating doomsday weapon, the QSS VALHALLA....
Metal Man (GM): You both leap into a warp pipe. *Warp pipe sound* You both pop out in the middle of the new, high-tech Toad Town. Everything is cube-based and shiny. Buildings are monocolored, and have precisely organized windows.
Aribar: "...I'm not sure if I like this place... Way too much order."
Garrick Fy`aar hmpfs slightly before taking out his slightly used cigar and lighting it. "What can you do... come on."
Metal Man (GM): Toads drive about in hovercars. The bank is dead ahead.
Garrick Fy`aar steps off toward the bank.
Metal Man (GM): It's a coin-colored block, with a dollar sign at the top.
Aribar follows Garrick to the bank... He tries to make sure he doesn't get hit by a hovercar.
Metal Man (GM): The doors to the bank open much like the doors on Star Trek. Inside, a handful of customers are talking to teller-holograms. Some rather plain Jazz music plays in the background... There's some chairs and coffee machines about, as well as a... salad bar. There's a big notice on one of the plain, yellow walls. A holo-notice! 'WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE' It shows Doopliss wearing a dollar bag on his head. To hide his identitiy, of course... though only people who had never seen him before would be fooled.
Aribar looks at the reward for Doopliss...
Metal Man (GM): Reward: 100,000,000 coins. Below that, it shows Bowser. He's just wanted Dead. Reward: 10 coins.
Garrick Fy`aar chuckles.
Aribar: "...I think soon I'll be having a hundred thousand more coins laying about."
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, the clock strikes 12:00... ..And nothing happens. The people look up at the clock for a second, shrug, and continue their business. There's also an open holoteller booth.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...stay here." *He turns on his heel and walks out of the bank.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You walk outside.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Dex, locate the two areas Mewtwo mentioned and stick them on a map for me."
Metal Man (GM): It's the same, peaceful place you were just at a few seconds ago.
Metal Man (GM): *Bloop* It shows them. To the Northeast of where you are, the boxing match is set to start in 30 minutes. To the Northwest, the Grunty's Gaterinmg Grocery thing (It changes every time you read it) is gonna open in an hour. You also see Dr. Ivan Robotnik's face on the bottom with a news marquee. 'One event every 30 minutes.'
Garrick Fy`aar heads to the boxing match first, walking silently. He sure stands out, a tall man in a leather jacket among a large group of Toads.
Metal Man (GM): The Toads occasionally gawk at you, but nothing serious. Suddenly, a black van, which uses spiked tires, speeds past. It's headed towards the bank.
Aribar continues looking at that picture of Doopliss... The elf wonders how he'll find that evil dopplerganger.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You hear wheels squealing outside.
Garrick Fy`aar watches from afar...
Metal Man (GM): It drives RIGHT into the bank. *SMASH.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...that's a distraction if I ever saw one."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: What used to be the entrance of the bank now has a van driven by Shyguys.
Aribar blinks and takes out Grunty's Wand. "Great... Now what?"
Metal Man (GM): They're wearing sunglasses, and leap out. All of them have gangster-style machine guns. *SMASH* Through the roof, a particularly evil looking shyguy in a humanoid mecha lands.
Aribar: "Stop where you are! You're... Umm... All... Under... Arrest... " *Blinks and looks at the mecha.*
Lango: "Hello, Aribar. This bank is officially property of the Koopa Klan now. I'm Lango, the head crime lord around here."
Garrick Fy`aar moves forward on the bank again, sneaking up on the back of the van. He sticks to whatever shadows there are, hiding in them. He's hoping to find orders or a computer or something inside...
Lango: "If anyone moves, they die. And now... to BLOW UP THE BANK!"
Metal Man (GM): Lango starts wildly shooting, blasting holes in stuff with the mech's dual rocket launchers.
Aribar: "...You're messing with the wrong elf!"
Metal Man (GM): People flee left and right.
Aribar dashes up to Lango's mech and leaps up into the air. He slams the staff down onto the cockpit of the Mecha with a True Strike.
Lango: "Nah. I'm just here to kidnap you."
Garrick Fy`aar shakes his head, then rushes through the massive amounts of Toads and makes to kick open the back of the van.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You kick open the back of the van. It's empty.
Aribar is not so true...
Lango: "Ha ha ha ha. You call that a shot? Now THIS is a shot. Two of them!"
Metal Man (GM): Lango fires two rockets at Aribar.
Garrick Fy`aar leaps forward and looks in the driver's and passanger's seats.
Aribar back flips away from the first but is nailed by the second.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You see a variety of things. A shy guy in a mecha shooting rockets at Aribar, and black Shy Guys wearing sunglasses shooting up the bank.
Garrick Fy`aar opens the glove compartment.
Metal Man (GM): You see the instruction manual for a Bowser 3000 Kamikaze van. Aribar: You take 25% damage. Your turn.
Lango: "If you wanna dance, boy, I'll take you to the graveyard!"
Metal Man (GM): The glove compartment also has a flashlight... and nothing else.
Garrick Fy`aar finally gets out and launches himself at a Shyguy, slamming him with a punch. *Not the mecha, a random Shyguy.*
Metal Man (GM): Oh. Random shyguys just die. There's tons of them, though. They disintegrate when they die.
Lango: "Hey, you, bum! If you're fighting with them, you're fighting with me!"
Garrick Fy`aar grabs the tommy gun it was using?
Metal Man (GM): ...Too small. Your finger can't even get to the trigger.
Aribar rushes up to kick Lango's Mecha. "Arcane Kick!"
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Lango: "What was a joke, right?"
Metal Man (GM): The mecha then punches at Aribar twice.
Garrick Fy`aar swears, then tosses the gun at another Shyguy before turning to the mecha.
Metal Man (GM): 30% damage per hit. That thing is TOUGH.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Alright... time to get to work..." *He lauches himself at the mecha, his legs pumping as he jumps into the air and triple kicks the stupid thing.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Lango: "Stop missing me, amateurs!"
Aribar: "That's it... No more mister nice guy!" *He drops the staff and unsheaths Moonlight. The elf dashes around the Mecha's legs slicing them thrice with a Tri Bolt Slash!*
Metal Man (GM): Three hits!
Aribar: "Yaaah! Take that!"
Metal Man (GM): The mecha is heavily damaged, but not quite destroyed.
Lango: "...You don't understand me, do you?"
Aribar: "...Understand who, thief?"
Metal Man (GM): Lango's mech's hands open up, revealing gatling guns.
Lango: "The two hands of death!"
Metal Man (GM): They then open fire on Aribar with laser bullets. 5% per hit. The laser bullets fly everywhere, burning small holes in everything it hits. Aribar is hit by eleven bullets... 55%... He doesn't look well. In fact, he's struggling to stay conscious. He looks like he stays awake... And his badges are now activated.
Lango: "Nobody messes with Lango and lives."
Garrick Fy`aar kicks off the wall and flies straight at the mecha from behind, his fist arching back to unleash a Haymaker.
Metal Man (GM): Hit! No comboing in this battle, FYI. It goes faster that way.
Aribar: "Your end is here! True Strike!" *The elf leaps up onto the mecha and sinks Moonlight into the metal plating.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. The mecha still stands, although it's smoking.
Lango: "You're a pain. Ultimate Blast!"
Metal Man (GM): The mecha's two palms go together, creating a large bubble of laser energy.
Aribar: "You're scum. Stealing from innocent people, murduring, making people homeless... You deserve to die!"
Metal Man (GM): It then launches the huge thing, and it effects both Aribar and Garrick.
Lango: "The same could be said of you."
Metal Man (GM): 40% damage if it hits.
Garrick Fy`aar is in the air, leaping over the blast.
Aribar: "Yaah!" *The elf throws up a magical barrier to block the attack... He watches in horror as the barrier cracks and he's hit...*
Metal Man (GM): Congratulations! Aribar has won the first death of the season! *ASPLOD* Aribar is spontaneously combusted by the blast. Aribar loses a turn. He's on 5/6 lives.
Garrick Fy`aar drops his heel into the bot's head.
Metal Man (GM): Because this mission will be TOUGH. The bot blocks the attack.
Lango: "It's your turn, farm boy!"
Metal Man (GM): The machine runs at Garrick, flailing its arms wildly. 15% damage per hit... if any actually hit. after he counts the hits and reacts to the damage, if any.
Garrick Fy`aar dodges the gun shots like a true sharpshooter, then fires off a trio of kicks at the mec.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar reappears, although a bit frazzled from his explosive death. And that was flailing arms, Garrick. Oh well, same diff.
Aribar: "You'll... Ouch... You'll pay for that..."
Metal Man (GM): The three kicks hit.
Lango: "The heck I will!"
Metal Man (GM): The now smoking, and burning mecha is looking weak.
Aribar: "'tis time you died..." *The elf unsheaths Moonlight yet again and dashes at the Mecha, Tri-Bolt Slashing it as he passes.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit hit.
Lango: "Dash it all!" *BOOM.*
Metal Man (GM): The mecha quickly explodes... but Lango is still there. He whips out dual tommy guns, and whistles. He's joined by a mob of 50 shyguys with pistols.
Lango: "I'm never done with you, not as long as I have all these reinforcements!"
Metal Man (GM): Lango opens fire on Garrick with his dual tommy guns. 3% damage per hit.
Garrick Fy`aar growls as three shots strike him, but he takes it in stride.
Lango: "Shoot down that Aribar fellow!"
Metal Man (GM): The Shyguys load, aim, and fire at Aribar in unison. 1% per hit. A hail of bullets engulfs Aribar... though most of them are badly aimed. A lot of them fire at vases and windows and stuff.
Aribar uses his elven finesse and dexterity to dodge and deflect all but fifteen bullets.
Garrick Fy`aar leaps up, jumping over the mob of ShyGuys and straight toward Lango, his heel coming down on his head "Ari! Scan him!"
Metal Man (GM): Crit indeed. You bash that evil looking 'Guy's head like Mario.
Lango: "Don't tell me, you learned that from Mario?"
Aribar: "...I'm about to do something brilliant!"
Lango: "Do it away from open flames!"
Garrick Fy`aar pushes himself away from the mob, guessing what it might be.
Aribar dashes towards the Shyguys... And right into the middle of them before casting Thordain around him (Affects three foes)... He is hoping to have the Shyguys friendly fire themselves.
Metal Man (GM): You hit the mob three times. 24% damage, because it hits 24 Shyguys. 24 of them die.
Lango: "It's time to finish you off!"
Metal Man (GM): Lango hops in the nearby crashed truck and starts it up.
Lango: "Prepare to become roadkill." *Honks the horn twice, then speeds towards the Questers... possibly friendly firing the mob.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...this is where I wish I kept that Iron Fist badge..."
Metal Man (GM): Everyone: SPD checks.
Aribar: *Uses one of his three Lucky rerolls...*
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* The mob is... entirely killed. By Lango. And Garrick takes 70% damage. Aribar manages to run out of the way. The entire bank is all smashed up. Only Aribar beat the roll. Garrick: You might want the number of that truck that hit you... @_@
Garrick Fy`aar growls, then pushes himself away from the van and limps over to the driver's seat, tearing it open and slamming a fist into Lango's face.
Metal Man (GM): Lango blocks your fist. The truck, FYI, is 'invincible.'
Aribar: "You're band of thieves has been killed and your mecha is nearly destroyed. I think it is time you considered yourself defeated!"
Metal Man (GM): Your only target left is Lango.
Lango: "To the contrary! I'll just run you over a couple times!"
Aribar runs up to Lango and leaps up to to Tri-Bolt Slash the mecha again.
Metal Man (GM): The mecha is already dead. Lango is the only target. Assigning that attack to Lango. 2 hits.
Lango: "Now then. Time to finish my job!"
Metal Man (GM): He steps on the gas, hitting the back wall of the bank.. ..The entire bank collapses. SPD check, again!
Aribar looks like he's going to get stuck, but the elf has some luck left in him...
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You escape the collapsing building with Aribar. You're on the other side of the block, and Lango's van is now... chasing you down...
Metal Man (GM): You're on the street now, running away. Various people are screaming and cars swerving out of the way as the van smashes into signs and other vehicles. It creates a path of death and destruction behind it.
Lango: "Now THIS is the bonus Bowser would love!"
Garrick Fy`aar pumps his legs as he runs from Lango, searching for some form of vehical to snag.
Metal Man (GM): You have to find one while being chased by a truck and while many of the vehicles are being smashed.
Garrick Fy`aar: *...no such luck, alright.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: That trash can makes a great car! I mean... you waste your turn trying to get into cars, seconds before thye explode.
Aribar: "...Wood Blast Barrage!" *He attempts to give that van some flat tires.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit miss hit. You hit the two rear tires. They are not popped... that attack is too weak. However, another hit would pop each.
Lango: "It's smashing time!"
Metal Man (GM): First: SPD check, DC 13. If you fail, you get run over.
Aribar actually rolls out of the way on time!
Metal Man (GM): You both evade... Garrick actually gets a +3 bonus to his attack, next turn.
Lango: "I'll get you yet, speedy feet!"
Metal Man (GM): Lango leans out of the window and fires one tommy gun at Garrick.
Garrick Fy`aar growls as one bullet slices his arm.
Metal Man (GM): 5% damage from that one. You hear sirens in the distance. Luckily, the organized traffic system is shutting down intersections before cars cross them and get in the way. But there's still several cars driving towards the truck and driving away from it, getting smashed.
Garrick Fy`aar runs like mad, sliding along side the van as he levels a Haymaker at Lango.
Metal Man (GM): *CRIT!* You have a chance of punching him out of the driver's seat! You crack his glasses! Lango manages to stay in control.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Go for the tires again!"
Aribar: "...Time for something a bit more accurate... Magic Barrage!" *He fires off five Magic Missiles, one for each tire and the fifth at a front tire. 4% each.*
Metal Man (GM): The two front tires pop, the rear tires are now damaged ..It's made to run without tires. go figure. However, it's slowed down and throwing deadly sparks everywhere. SPD check again, though it's a measly DC 12 now.
Lango: "You can't stop me!"
Metal Man (GM): The sirens are now at the back of the truck.
Aribar is now an Aribar-brand pancake.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: INSTANT DEATH. The car runs over you, then the cops run over you...
Garrick Fy`aar quickly makes to run next to one of the cop cars.
Metal Man (GM): Lango then fires at Garrick yet again. 5% a hit, of Another SPD check, DC 20, if you want to get around the van. It's huge.
Garrick Fy`aar gets popped with two shots He doesn't, he's trying like mad to have the cops roll down their windows.
Metal Man (GM): The cops can't see you, the van blocks the way. They're stuck behind the van for now.
Lango: "...I'll kill you all, or die trying!"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You're punted forward by the van for 30% damage.
Garrick Fy`aar growls. He's hurting bad.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar misses his turn, because he's dead. Another SPD check, Garrick. STR check. DC 18. Of course, failure means two deaths. In one. You lose one life. You get bonked off of the top of the thing. Then you get run over. -1 life. I said that it'd kill you twice over, as in overkill. But you only lose 1 life. Aribar returns to see Garrick die. The police have wedged between the truck and the walls now.
Lango: "Gah! They're gaining on me!"
Lango: "...How many more times do I have to destroy you?"
Aribar: "...I'm about to do something twice as brilliant!" *The elf extends his hand and fires an uncharged Terrorbolt at the van... He hopes it at least SLOWS DOWN the van temporarily.*
Metal Man (GM): It misses the van. He kicks out the windshield at you. A rain of jagged glass fragments flies towards you.
Aribar misses his target, takes 20% damage, and has no rerolls left... The elf dashes away from the van while seeking a way up to the roof tops.
Metal Man (GM): You avoid the glass. is skipped. The police come after Aribar.
Police: "Surrender now, under order of Ivan Robotnik!"
Aribar attempts to find a way up to the roof tops... Jumping off of a car or something, climbing up a pole... Anything!
Metal Man (GM): The police come after turn wise, FYI. They're trying to stop the truck. Aribar: You walk right into a pole.
Metal Man (GM): ...SHOOMP! The pole is hit by the truck... and is now sticking out of the front of the truck. No more running for you... or Garrick, who lands on the pole.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...jeez."
Metal Man (GM): The police open fire on Lango with energy rifles.
Garrick Fy`aar tries to get the police's attention.
Metal Man (GM): 4 hits. 40% damage. That guy's TOUGH!
Garrick Fy`aar: "Come on... COME ON!"
Aribar drops down and covers his head with his hand to make sure he isn't hit by the crossfire... The police can handle it from here... Hopefully.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar drops onto the street, in between the tires of the van. The van drives by, not harming Aribar. Aribar gains 550 EXP and exits sthe battle.
Garrick Fy`aar perches on the pole and fanticly waves to the police to role down their damn windows! He's not giving up, not just yet!
Metal Man (GM): Their windows are already down.
Garrick Fy`aar: "GUN! NOW!"
Metal Man (GM): ...They turn to Garrick, shrug, and open fire on Lango again.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...bastards."
Metal Man (GM): 60% damage. Lango is looking toasty... and beaten up.
Garrick Fy`aar races up the pole and fires off another massive Haymaker at Lango.
Lango: "No... I must defeat everything!"
Metal Man (GM): That hits the seat behind Lango ..There's a roadblock up ahead.
Garrick Fy`aar: "I am going to KILL MEWTWO!"
Metal Man (GM): ...A huge wall of concrete.
Garrick Fy`aar: "..." *He JUMPS!*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: Roll it. Garrick: You leap into the wall of a building, taking 25% damage but escaping ..The police bail out and Lango and the cars and Lango's truck hit the wall and explode. Garrick: 600 EXP.
Garrick Fy`aar grabs hold of a fire escape, hanging there. He sighs deeply, then drops, landing like a cat, and flipping open his Dex "Mewtwo, come in."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You manage to walk to Garrick. There's a fiery mess where Lango, Lango's van, and two hover-police cars slammed into a brick wall.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...the bank is taken care of... what's the news on the other two locations?"
Aribar: "...I hope we're done here... I don't think I can stand much more of this..."
Garrick Fy`aar: *Mewtwo might notice that Garrick is a LITTLE pissed off right now*
Mewtwo: "...There's a gunfight at the boxing rink, and a fist fight at Grunty's store. Both caused by... gangsters."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...*Siiigh* we're on it. Send Ari's and my Mtas."
Metal Man (GM): You see video where people are shooting at eachother and Shy Guys at the boxing place, while people in the grocery store are punching each other.
Mewtwo: "...Oh yeah... about the MTAs..."
Aribar: "I saw we just nuke the grocery store..."
Mewtwo: "We don't have them... fresh out. Obsolete."
Garrick Fy`aar: "..."
Mewtwo: "We do, however, have a new type of transportation. 1/4th the size, 3/2 times the power, and 8/7 times tougher! The Epris Systemes Egg-o-matic!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "As long as it has about five red potions, four or five 1-up mushrooms, and some GUNS in it, I don't care if it's a damn MONKEY! SEND IT!"
Metal Man (GM): *Drumthing as it shows Eggman's basic Egg-o-matic in a show room.*
Mewtwo: "The paramedics will heal you."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* A holo-ambulance comes in. Robotic doctors shoot Ari and Garrick with a white beam, healing them. Also, two Egg-o-matics, ready to fly, are warped in.
Garrick Fy`aar clenches his fists, feeling better. "...back to the grind. Come on, Ari."
Metal Man (GM): You can choose which place to go to next.
Garrick Fy`aar heads for one of the two Egg-o-matics and steps inside, hoping it's like the MTA's system.
Aribar gets into the Egg-o-Matic and hopes he can fly it... "Umm... Which first? Boxing place?"
Metal Man (GM): You fly it easily. It moves at a top speed of 50 km.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Yeah, let's go."
Metal Man (GM): Rather pokey, but it's safe.
Garrick Fy`aar plots a course, heading for the boxing ring "Dex, are the cops already at the boxing match?"
Metal Man (GM): It makes a hovering noise... and it only goes on the streets with the other hover-vehicles. It has some advanced navigation system that makes car accidents impossible... but only among other cars on the system. As you say when Lango nerfed cars left and right. The machine automatically heads towards the boxing ring.
Aribar follows Garrick.
Metal Man (GM): They both get to the boxing event. It's an outdoor ring.
Garrick Fy`aar hops out and looks around the area.
Metal Man (GM): There's an unruly mob of people shooting eachother. A black magikoopa has a golden belt.
Charo: "I, Charo, the Magikoopa, am the king of fighting! Kee Kee Kee Keee!"
Metal Man (GM): He's casting spells on the crowd, causing them to go nuts and fight.
Aribar: "...Hey Charo! Up here! I have something you may like..."
Charo: "What's this? Two newcomers? What do you want?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "I'll take him..."
Aribar: "...I had something else in mind, but you can take 'im..."
Charo: "You won't be taking anything when I'm done with you!"
Metal Man (GM): Charo fires a black beam at Garrick. Garrick: Roll INT check. Garrick: You suddenly see... Magikoopas everywhere! In fact, it was Aribar who hit you!
Garrick Fy`aar: "...what do you think you're DOING, Ari!"
Metal Man (GM): You have an urge to kill everything that moves... especially Aribar.
Garrick Fy`aar turns on Ari, growling.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You see that Garrick has black swirls in his eyes.
Aribar: "Hey, Churro, or whoever you are..."
Garrick Fy`aar lunges at Aribar, swinging at him.
Aribar: "I'll make you a dea--Hey!" *He leaps back, evading the swing... The elf tosses Moonlight aside and takes out that Magikoopa wand.* "I'll give you this if you turn everyone back to normal!"
Charo: "...How about this?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: INT save. Another black beam fires at you. Well... it wings you, causing Aribar to turn into a clone of Charo. Erm, Garrick. Now there's two Charos! Which one will you nuke with the wand? You have a d2. A 1 hits Garrick, a 2 hits Charo.
Aribar: "... Come on, Garrick, you wimp! Hit me!"
Metal Man (GM): Letting Garrick take his turn!
Garrick Fy`aar takes another swing at Ari.
Metal Man (GM): Ari: Int check. The hit might... nope. Now everything is Charo! AHHHHH!!!
Metal Man (GM): The real Charo simply flies about shooting lasers into the crowd.
Aribar: "...This is getting annoying..."
Metal Man (GM): *is gonna name this chapter 'Car crashes, Mind Tricks, and -insert what happens at grocery store-'* Aribar: You -can- hit yourself. For 1% damage.
Aribar: "...Think... How do you get rid of illusions? ... I know! Hitting yourself!' " *Thwaps himself with the wand.*
Metal Man (GM): INT check again.
Aribar: "Ouch..." *He looks about.*
Metal Man (GM): Hope that you get a good roll, for once ..You've morphed into Charo yourself! I mean... Okay. You finally see things straight. You may take your turn as normal.
Aribar: "...Yes! Now... Umm... Magic destruction of doom... Plus one!" *He points the wand at Charo and hopes it does SOMETHING...*
Metal Man (GM): Unfortunately, this time you brought it on yourself... hope for a good roll. You have unlocked: Immolation! The enemy is instantly burnt up, but your HP is put at 1%.
Charo: "AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!" *Immolated.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes. Yes. The crowd suddenly snaps out of it, as does Garrick.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...whoa... what was that..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You, and you alone, get 300 more EXP.
Aribar keeps his eyes on Garrick while heading to the Egg-mobile thingy...
Garrick Fy`aar: "...whatever..."
Metal Man (GM): The Egg-o-matic is ready to go the Grunty's Grocery Place.
Garrick Fy`aar shrugs and heads for the EOM.
Aribar heads to the Grunty Grocery Palace... Err... Grunty's Grand Groceries... Umm... Grunty's and Krunk's Garge-o-Groceries... Bah!
Metal Man (GM): You get in the Egg-o-matic, which takes off for the Grunty Grand Grocerium.
Garrick Fy`aar sighs as they hover along, wondering what's going to happen NEXT...
Metal Man (GM): You reach the parking lot. The way to the grocery store appears to be treacherous.
Garrick Fy`aar: "I hope that witch is here, I'm going to plant a few knuckles in her mouth."
Metal Man (GM): Shopping carts with eyes prowl the lot, hitting people and cars. It's a good thing you parked on the street...
Garrick Fy`aar hops out of his EOM and looks to see how far it is to the front door.
Aribar: "I say we just nuke the place... One Terrorbolt ought to level SOME of it!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "As much as I'd like to agree with that... no. Let's just get inside.'"
Metal Man (GM): Just one run through the land of shopping carts... The special trouble is protecting Aribar from being hit. Since he's at 1%.
Aribar blinks and hops back into the Egg-o-Matic.
Garrick Fy`aar checks out what's in the EOM, searching for an item for Ari.
Aribar: "Hrm..." *He attempts to fly above the shopping carts, at least five feet above them, and heads towards the door...*
Metal Man (GM): You do so. The EOM is empty... but Ari just flies inside the shop.
Garrick Fy`aar follows along, doing what Ari did.
Metal Man (GM): Ari: Inside the shop, you see Bowser and a small band of koopa troopas with sunglasses punching things.
Aribar: "..." *He attempts to charge up Terrorbolt for an impressive final attack.*
Bowser: "Hahahahahaha! Steal the cash!"
Metal Man (GM): You manage to do so.
Bowser: "Show those ugly witch-lovers who's the best!"
Aribar tries to charge it up to Level 4 before being seen.
Metal Man (GM): You do so easily... since Bowser is knocking over shelves and huge displays.
Garrick Fy`aar: "It's about TIME we found you!"
Aribar: "...Terrorbolt!" *The elf sends a... Massively massive (and redundant!) beam of electricity at Bowser before passing out and probably dying...*
Metal Man (GM): Bowser looks at you, and then... is terribly zapped.
Aribar then dies, but it was worth it...
Garrick Fy`aar races up to Bowser and plants a fist in his fat face, finishing the job.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser is burnt black... but he blocks Garrick's punch and breathes fire on him. Garrick: 50% fire damage.
Garrick Fy`aar gets all toasty He growls, swinging around to launch a trio of kicks at old shell back.
Metal Man (GM): ...You KO him. Instantly.
Garrick Fy`aar smirks.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar comes back, seeing a KO'd Bowser and his koopa buddies fleeing. Ariobar and Garrick gain 200 more EXP. *WARP* *WARP* *WARP* Three people warp into the store. Klungo, Doopliss... and Narrative Guy.
Doopliss: "Hello again, Questers. Looks like you did our jobs for us!"
Klungo: "Klungo jooooooob doooooooone."
Aribar hops out of the EoM and unsheaths Moonlight. "... Doopliss, you and I still have a score to settle..."
Narrative Guy: Once again, I came face-to-face with the Questers.
Doopliss: "But... but... I was about to give you a huge sack of cash!"
Aribar: "Oh, and where is said sack of cash?"
Doopliss: "Right here." *Pulls out a large bag, that says '10,000 coins' and jingles just like it.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...why were you going after Bowser?"
Aribar: "...Garrick finished Bowser. Give it to him."
Doopliss: "Bowser was scheming to ruin our profits! Thanks to you, the merchandise is only knocked over, rather than on fire. Okay, Garrick, here you go." *Gives Garrick the sack of 10,000 coins.*
Aribar: "You know, Doopliss, you have a 100,000,000 coin reward on your head... I really want to collect that reward."
Garrick Fy`aar takes it, looking inside to make sure it's REALLY coins. He pulls one out and scans it.
Dex: "10,000 coins."
Doopliss: "Really? Well... I'd love to fight you. Just one second."
Garrick Fy`aar shrugs and pockets it "Ari, no. Back off."
Doopliss: *Turns towards Bowser, and morphs... into Bowser* "Ahhh... another form for meeee!"
Aribar: "...Never, Garrick. He has insulted me too much."
Garrick Fy`aar puts a hand on Ari's shoulder.
Aribar: "He deserves a fate worse than death..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "You've lost too many lives. Your too weak."
Aribar: "...I can take him. I've been training and studying our past encounters with him!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "We've been gone for one year, Ari. He just transformed into Bowser. Wait... this isn't the time."
Doopliss: "Bring it on! I have enough power to take all of you. Friends, begone."
Klungo: "Klungo boooored. Klungoooooo goooooo."
Metal Man (GM): Klungo warps out.
Narrative Guy: Not wanting to see Aribar die many times, I warped out. *WARP.*
Aribar: "...Unless you fight against me I AM going to face Doopliss."
Metal Man (GM): Doopliss is the only one left. He has an evil grin on his face.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...fine."
Aribar walks forward and raises Moonlight above his head defensively. "Thank you, Garrick."
Garrick Fy`aar backs off, steping to Ari's side and entering stance. "But I'm not going to let you fight him alone."
Doopliss: "Bring it on, Elf boy! ...And Farm Boy, if he wants to die as badly as you do."
Metal Man (GM): Final Battle: Questers vs. Doopliss. You may flee any time you wish... And do anything you want.
Doopliss: "It's time to destroy you! ULTIMATE SMASH ATTACK!" *He glows, trying to hit Aribar with a random attack.*
Metal Man (GM): 19% damage per hit.
Metal Man (GM): He attacks Aribar with five laser swipes. Do all hit? We're comboing.
Aribar is hit every single time... He's already at 95%. His badges are activated.
Doopliss: "And now! Koopa Klaw!"
Metal Man (GM): 13% per hit... iiif both hit.
Aribar is hit both times... For half damage... Would that be 6 or 7 each?
Metal Man (GM): 6 each.
Aribar is at 107...
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: a mysterious light saves you ..Nope... it was just Bowser with the star wand healing you.
Bowser: "...Let's get them, Aribar!"
Aribar blinks... "Wha--?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...huh. Well, ain't that something."
Aribar looks at this Bowser... "... Thanks, I think..."
Garrick Fy`aar races at Doopliss, dropping his heel right onto his head.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Garrick Fy`aar lands, flips backwards, and drops back into stance.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: you were healed 25%. I forgot to mention it.
Aribar dashes towards Doopliss and slices the dopplerganger thrice in rage. "Aaarrg! Tri-Bolt Slash!" He follows up by continuing his slashing frenzy with Whaller's Fury. The elf lets loose three more attacks against Doopliss. "Die!"
Metal Man (GM): 1 hit with that. again.
Bowser: "Yargh! You'll get it for copying me, yah-mixed up rebel!"
Doopliss: "I'd like to see you try!"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser breathes fire at Doopliss ..He manages to miss...
Bowser: "...My aim is broken!"
Doopliss: *His turn* "Hmmm... this is how it's done!" *He breathes fire at Garrick.*
Garrick Fy`aar gets toasted...
Metal Man (GM): 30% damage.
Doopliss: "RAR!" *He then does a Koopa Klaw.*
Metal Man (GM): 13% per hit. How many hits?
Garrick Fy`aar is over the limit. Rolling for a save... He pants, hurt like hell, but on his feet He leaps up and does his new Gamma Drill Kick on the idiot.
Metal Man (GM): Barely. You may continue.
Doopliss: "...Ow! That tickled!"
Garrick Fy`aar tries to Haymaker him.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Aribar leaps at Doopliss once more and his blade is coated with electrical energies once more. The elf lets loose a Tri-Bolt Slash upon Doopliss with a look of rage in his eyes. "This time I'll make sure you don't get away! I don't know how, but I will!" *CRIT!*
Metal Man (GM): 3 hits. Ouch.
Aribar follows up by sweeping his blade at Doopliss again. "True Strike!"
Metal Man (GM): Barely miss. His massive defense allows him to block that.
Aribar attempts to end his turn by scanning Doopliss if possible.
Metal Man (GM): You do so.
Metal Man (GM): Prepare for a lot of information.
Defense: 1 | 10
Elemental +: Healed by Ice and Electric attacks.
Specialist: Doopliss receives a +10 bonus to all rolls against Aribar and all other Protectors of Whaller (Zeni Hunter and Mr. Monster)
Deathbolt: Three targets. 3 d20+15. Deals 40% electrical damage. Stuns all people hit.
Healing Wave: Heals 25% HP of all targets.
Moonblast: Selects a random target, then blasts them for d100 damage.
Ultimate Smash Assault: Pick one enemy. Attack them d10 times, for d20 damage each hit, d15 to hit mod. Element of choice, Status effect if choice.
Spirit: Spirit is a very curious and dangerous move. Only Trulanders know how to unleash the true potential of this move but Doopliss seems to have learned how too. While this move automatically hits a foe the effect of the spell is random. On a d100 roll 1-33 deals 10% damage to the caster. 34-66 deals 25% damage to the enemy. 67-99 deals 12% damage to all enemies. 100 is instant death to an enemy.
Heal Us All: A divine light covers Doopliss's party healing everyone in it for (INT) [31%] HP. This move must heal everyone in the party with no exceptions. Party members can choose to resist this spell with an Intelligence save (DC 25).
Vial Throw: d15 d20+15, 15% per hit.
Flamethrower: d20+15, 30% damage.
Koopa Klaw: d4 attacks, d20+10, 13% damage per hit.
Metal Man (GM): *Cue lots of O_Os.*
Aribar: "...We can take him..."
Metal Man (GM): He heals Garrick with the wand.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Ari, we don't have a chance! We've got to get out of here!"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick gains 25% HP back.
Aribar: "Then you leave! I'm staying until I die!"
Doopliss: "He's right!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Damn..."
Doopliss: "It's Vial time!"
Garrick Fy`aar flips open his Dex. "Mewtwo! We either need backup or a warp outta here!"
Doopliss: *Throws Vials at Aribar.*
Aribar dies and is now down to his last life.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar comes back immediately, this time.
Garrick Fy`aar is trying to call Mewtwo.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: It finally comes in.
Mewtwo: "What's going on?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "We're fighting Doopliss!"
Mewtwo: "Are you sure you don't want to just go home? Errrr... to HQ?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Ari refuses to back down! We need either some Smasher or Quester back up or a warp outta here!"
Mewtwo: "...Technically, it is his choice. However, if he's beaten up too much, he'll be fatigued on the next mission."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Then send in some backup!"
Aribar: .oO(... Good... By the sounds of it Mewtwo's not going to force a warp...)
Mewtwo: "...All I got is Jigglypuff."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...you've got to be KIDDING ME! Look, either send somebody that can do something or come yourself!"
Mewtwo: "You see... Ivan can't help you. You're attacking an innocent person."
Garrick Fy`aar: "HOW THE HELL IS HE INNOCENT! HE'S TRYING TO KILL US!!!"
Aribar: "We attacked him."
Mewtwo: "Only because Aribar is attacking him."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Grrr... ARI, BACK OFF. NOW!"
Aribar: "...You'll have to force me to!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...damn it, Mewtwo, can't you do SOMETHING?!"
Mewtwo: "Please hurry up, I have other matters to attend to..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...fine. Garrick out." *He gives Mewtwo one last look before snapping his Dex shut.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You may attack... Or you could force Aribar to go... Or you could try to get Bowser to do more for you.
Garrick Fy`aar steps back up beside Ari, glaring like mad. This was impossible... he ran to Bowser and tried to help him "You okay, big guy?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Look, you saw those stats. You've got to help me get Ari out of here."
Bowser: "How shall I help you? I want revenge against those nefarious witch-lovers too!"
Aribar backs up and turns so he's facing both Garrick and Doopliss. "... I'll fight both of you if I must!"
Metal Man (GM): A light suddenly drops on Doopliss's head.
Doopliss: "Ow! My head! Who did that?"
Metal Man (GM): It deals 50% to Doopliss.
Garrick Fy`aar decides to pull out one last stop... "Damn it, Ari! Would your brother want you to die?!?!"
Garrick Fy`aar looks at Ari, pleading with his eyes.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...run, Ari. Run for now. We can beat him, but not. Now."
Doopliss: "You know I'm only defending myself. I was the one that gave you all that money."
Garrick Fy`aar: "SHUT UP, DOOPLISS!"
Aribar: "My brother would not want me to die for a meaningless cause."
Garrick Fy`aar glares at Doopliss with all the hatred he can muster "I'm tired of your damn voice! You want us dead, and I know it!"
Doopliss: *Makes a silly face at Garrick.*
Aribar: "But Doopliss... He stole my form as well as took the name of King Erwin! ... It doesn't feel right that he just goes and does whatever he pleases!"
???: *Echoes* "Perhaps you need some reassurance."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I understand what you mean, Ari, but this is a lost--what?"
Metal Man (GM): Doopliss sits there, avoiding the ceiling lights.
Charles Magellean: *A figure begins to slowly faze in from behind you guys.* *It's... Charles. But he's... transparent.*
Doopliss: "This soap opera is interesting..."
Aribar: "A third foe? ... No... Locos?!"
Charles Magellean: "Hi guys." *He waves.*
Doopliss: "...Hi Locos. Aribar has been attacking me, despite my superior strength... and I've been winning the entire way."
Aribar: "...Locos... I'm sorry about the way I treated you, but I cannot talk now... Kinda fighting Doopliss now..."
Charles Magellean: "Aribar... listen to me."
Bowser: "Hi Locos. I have no clue what the point of this battle is anymore."
Charles Magellean: "I'm not here on the physical plane, but spiritually. Being back on the moon has allowed me to use a very special technique."
Doopliss: "Does it come with popcorn?"
Garrick Fy`aar glares at Doopliss "I thought I told you to shut up!"
Charles Magellean: "Do not tempt me, traitor. I'm only here because I'm asleep back on my moon, and one of my closest friends is on the verge of death."
Doopliss: *Decides to charge up Mega Magic while he waits.*
Charles Magellean: "I was... summoned. We Lunarians are able to do this, but not for long."
Garrick Fy`aar turns to Doopliss and enters stance, watching for attacks "If you've got something to say, Locos, say it quick."
Aribar glances back at Doopliss... Then double takes as he sees the familiar signs of the spell... He begins charging Terrorbolt.
Charles Magellean: "Aribar, I'm sorry that I can't be with you right now to help put this double-crosser away, but listen to me."
Aribar: "Well... Make your point fast, Locos... This peace is not going to last much longer!"
Charles Magellean: "You must stand down. If not, you will die a horrible death by the cloth of this person who acts as a mercenary but isn't."
Aribar: "...Is this an order from a superior, or a request from a friend."
Doopliss: "One horrible death, coming right up!"
Charles Magellean: "Listen, this technique can only be used if the Lunarian calls a person from a far off place a friend, and truly means it. You have great pain, and I've come to help. And this is it. Please... for our sakes."
Aribar lets the Terrorbolt charge die out...
Charles Magellean: "Stay away from Doopliss. One day we will strike back, but right now your attacks would only make him mock you and all that you stand for. Do not dishonor yourself."
Aribar sheathes Moonlight... "... I do not want to do this... But I will..."
Charles Magellean lowers his head a wee bit, and smiles.
Garrick Fy`aar looks back at Locos, then at Ari. His eyes show something that is not like him at all. What is that... longing? No, that can't be. Must be a trick of the light. He turns back to Doopliss and glares.
Charles Magellean: "Thank you, Hunter. You are now closer to becoming stronger in all aspects of the spiritual side of you." *He looks to Garrick.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "Mewtwo, open a warp, three people!"
Charles Magellean: "Garrick..." *He smiles.*
Aribar: "...It was nice seeing you again, Locos... I wish you luck with whatever quest you may be on."
Garrick Fy`aar: "What, Locos?"
Charles Magellean: "I'll look forward to seeing you in battle again."
Doopliss: "What? And I charged this for nothing!"
Charles Magellean looks to Doopliss.
Doopliss: *He reabsorbs it.*
Charles Magellean: "..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Save your sentement, Locos. I plan on whooping your ass next time I see you in a good solid spar."
Charles Magellean: "It won't be for a long time, Garrick..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Think I care?"
Charles Magellean starts to get hazy. "I'm... starting to wake up..." *He waves goodbye.*
Aribar: "See yah, Locos..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Later, crazy man."
Charles Magellean: "Re... member my words... and---Garri... See ya later... Gary." *POOF!*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Mewtwo, that warp!"
Mewtwo: "The warps are ready... two of them."
Bowser: "Well, I'm sorry, but I have to continue my job."
Aribar: "Well, Garrick, you got your wish..."
Charles Magellean disappears in a puff of holy smoke.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Good luck, shell back. Come on, Ari."
Metal Man (GM): Bowser snaps his fingers, and Kamek comes on. An army of Magikoopas with him.
Bowser: "Attack Doopliss!"
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* Before you can tell what happened.... You're warped back to HQ. Everyone: +200 EXP.
Garrick Fy`aar stalks out of the warp room, looking very pissed.
Metal Man (GM): Everyone is healed, too.
Garrick Fy`aar glares fiercely at Mewtwo.
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo's glare is equally fierce.
Mewtwo: "Why are you glaring at me?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "You were just going to let us die. Ari had a solid reason for fighting Doopliss, and if it wasn't for the extreme power in him, I would still be there too! Bowser is still, giving his LIFE for it! But NO! Your too BUSY!"
Mewtwo: "...Bowser is our enemy. If either one wins, we're doomed. You forget. Bowser was a smasher..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Bowser saved our lives!"
Aribar stands in the warp room for a bit... The elf decides he must think things through... Get his priorities straight... He has to be a Quester first and himself second... Or maybe the opposite way around? Thinking about it makes his head hurt. The elf heads towards the holoroom to load up some peaceful scene where he can think this all out.
Mewtwo: "He will not die. Doopliss is only defending that store... and it's a no man's land, so Ivan isn't gonna do anything."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Oh, of COURSE!"
Mewtwo: "Bowser is usually the last target when he attacks."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Do you even care about the lives of the people that fight for you!"
Mewtwo: "He fights for himself first, and us only when it's convenient. If you want, I can warp you back, and you can die like Aribar was going to."
Garrick Fy`aar: "... ...one day, Mewtwo."
Mewtwo: "I've seen many heroes before... You probably want to be one, don't you?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "I don't want to be a hero."
Mewtwo: "Saving the bad guys is not going to do much for your status."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Ari doesn't want to be a hero. Ari wants to regain his honor. I pulled Ari out of there cause YOU wouldn't. His passion blinded him into a mission of suicide."
Mewtwo: "He would be the one yelling at me now if I didn't. I make choices which you may hate now but will appreciate later."
Garrick Fy`aar: "So, you woulda just left him there. To die. What's it matter to you? You can sure as hell find another Quester to do the job, right?"
Mewtwo: "...Stop annoying me before I whip out the old-fashioned punishments. Would you like to find Peach's lost comb in the middle of a dangerous magma-soaked land of terror?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Fine. I'm going to go train, so I can fight better, so I can do my JOB." *He turns on his heel and walks out of the big room, heading for the Holorooms.*
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo is now rather angry. Which is bad. You hear a variety of stuff moving around in the room as you shut the door.
Garrick Fy`aar sighs deeply, moving to the holorooms. He's so angry he hardly knows where he's going. Probably bumping into a few people along the way to the holorooms too.
Metal Man (GM): Phantom pops up in the corner of your vision.
Phantom: "Hey! You have 10,000 coins! Buy my gun! It's not cursed either... I'm only telling you this because it is my wish to spread weapons of destruction to such willful people."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Leave me alone." *He walks into the holoroom, fuming. He tosses his jacket on the ground * "Computer. Heavybag."
Phantom: "You know, Mewtwo is a cold hearted person. I can help you if you want to do better things with your life... Like save Bowser."
Garrick Fy`aar starts beating the hell out of the heavybag.
Phantom: "That is all." *He disappears.*
Garrick Fy`aar glares deeper and deeper at the heavybag, slamming into it until it busts into nothing but a cloth and sand. He creates another one and goes to town again.
Aribar hrms while in his own holoroom... The elf is walking around a large forest which he holoroom created... He's still thinking about what Locos said... He begins wondering if it is healthy to focus his entire life on a silly little mission to murder someone... Just because they used their innate talents and took a name... "Maybe I am in the wrong... Heck, it would probably be no different than if I decided to... Umm... I guess gain psychic powers and call myself Mewthree or something..." *The elf shrugs and continues walking in circles around the door our of the holoroom.*
Charles Magellean: "You... want to talk about something?"
Aribar: "Huh?!" *He looks around, shocked by the break in the silence.*
Charles Magellean is walks up beside the elf. He is fully opaque, due to the holoroom's abilities... and other strange forces that combine spiritual and technology.
Aribar: "Oh... Locos..."
Charles Magellean goes to dust some of the dirt, and sits in that spot, and in general making eye contact.
Aribar: "I was just thinking about what you said earlier... I'm wondering if I'm fighting and living for the right reasons..."
Garrick Fy`aar is still in the holoroom, busting the hell out of heavybag after heavybag. Taking out his frustrations on cloth and sand didn't feel as good as fighting a live person, but it worked well enough.
Charles Magellean: "Perhaps that's not what your questioning. I can sense that there's something greatly troubling you, otherwise I wouldn't be back here."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Computer, moving targets. Combat level of a second year martial artists."
Charles Magellean: "It seems Doopliss found out more than just your style and strength."
Charles Magellean: "He's gotten into your mind, hasn't he? Making it so you are extremely unfocused."
VG: *With Wolfman right now, cleaning up the bedroom he/they live/d in.*
Garrick Fy`aar watches as the computer creates moving wire frames, each jumping at Garrick, attacking. The brawler growls and goes to work, smashing into wire frame after wire frame.
Charles Magellean: "It feels like he has dishonored you on a personal level, and not the pride of the Whallers... am I correct?"
Aribar grows a bit paler... "I... Umm... I don't think so... I hope he hasn't done that... ...Yeah..."
Charles Magellean closes his eyes, and takes a deep breath. He exhales and looks back.
Aribar: "I'm mad because he stole my form and took the name of someone I know... Kinda stupid, huh?"
Charles Magellean: "Hmm... that's no longer for me to judge."
Garrick Fy`aar tosses a wire frame into one of the holoroom walls, yelling out as his Haymaker crushes through it and slams into the wall, causing the holoroom to shake, and the one next to it to shake slightly too.
Charles Magellean: "But the way I see it, your form and a name that is close to you... You hold them very dear. And when someone uses them, you felt the mortal blow."
Aribar nods... "... Am I that easy to read? Just like an opened book?"
Charles Magellean: "You want vengeance to the point of being blinded by your hatred and rage. I've had experience." *He winks.* "And experience allows someone to read people, like an 'open book', easier."
Garrick Fy`aar pants as the last wire frame was taken care of. He thinks for a moment, then has the computer create a wire frame that has the same moves, power, and abilities as himself. He goes to the point of even making it look like himself. He glares at the copy of him, trying to see what Aribar sees... then attacks.
Aribar: "Locos... Do you think I'll ever be ready to face Doopliss? Either alone or with my friends?"
Charles Magellean: "That's up to you to decide. Once you are able to clear your mind, maybe then. For right now, the doppelganger can easily defeat you without breaking a sweat if he wanted. What you have to do, is make it so that you see past yourself so that you can see him."
Aribar: "...I'm not sure if I completely understand, but I'll remember that, Locos... I've also been meaning to say... Thanks for making me second in command of your army."
Charles Magellean: "Well..." *He chuckles.*
Garrick Fy`aar continued to fight with his mirror double, sweat dripping from his hair. The claws on their arms clanged together, fists punched into eyes, feet into stomachs. Every few moments one or the other would Overdrive and riddle the opponet with bullets, a massive cannon shot, or a series of incredibly fast hand attacks. It never seemed to stop. Just how Garrick wanted it.
Charles Magellean: "I needed to make sure that someone has a clear head at least once a month. And I thought 'who better than someone who has been around the military strategies and had his own army.' "
Aribar: "...I believe in the future some of the Questers, me included to a point, wish to use the army to attack Grunty's company."
Charles Magellean: "Speaking of which... I wonder what it's doing nowadays." *He looks up and gazes. He sighs and looks back at you.* "Just keep yourself in check and check up on Yurie from time to time, alright? I don't want that hard work to lose to some old witch that's been beaten by animals."
Aribar: "Okay... And Locos..."
Charles Magellean: "Yes?"
Aribar: "If there is any way I can assist you, any way at all to redeem myself for the way I treated you before you left, please let me know..."
Charles Magellean: "Well... I'd like to know one thing... ...How did she react when she saw the taping?"
Aribar: "...I believe she fainted if I remember correctly."
Charles Magellean snorts and keeps his breath held after the quick snort. "...mmm-hmmm-hmmhmmm..." *He blurs his head by shaking quickly.* "I thought as much. Now unfortunately, I can't leave until I wake up."
Garrick Fy`aar can't help but almost double over with exhaustion. Even in the few short minutes of fighting this double, he was already wearing thin. He didn't stop, however, be redoubled his efforts and attacked again, fists and feet blurring with blow after blow, trying to forget all the troubles he's faced.
Charles Magellean: "Of course... perhaps... I may come back. But that's more of a long term goal. For now, you and Yur keep my empire healthy..."
Aribar: "Will do... I won't let you down, Locos."
Charles Magellean: "...and board up the girl's bathroom mirror that's 29 feet away from the kitchen. I don't want that twin brother going and making a ruckus."
Aribar: "Umm... Okay... I'll make a note of that."
Charles Magellean: "If he ever came out of that limbo, and now since the Void's gone he can do that, ...let's just say he'll put Doopliss's mimicing ability to shame."
Charles Magellean: "Not shapeshifting. Mimicing. I often forget that I'm a heavy sleeper."
Aribar: "Hrm... One of these days I really should go and check out your base... Are there any secret traps or anything I should watch out for?"
Charles Magellean: "There are secret passages in the tower... but I don't know anything about the fortress itself. There ruins you know. Also, you have to literally become stronger yourself as well."
Aribar: "...I suppose you're right."
Charles Magellean: "Remember... I'll always... be here when you are " *Echo* troubled-d-..." " *He goes away very quickly atom by atom.*
Aribar: "Goodbye, friend..." *He looks up at the sky of the holoroom for a while before exiting and heading to his room to sleep... His spirits are lifted and he feels better after talking to Locos.*
Aribar (GM): -=Mission START!=- All the Questers are in the Big Room... Normally Mewtwo would have been the one to call them in, but this time Aribar announced the mission. . .
Gibby: "What's going on?"
Metal Man is sitting in the Big Room, looking his normal self... although he rarely appears.
Aribar (GM): Next to Aribar is some weird fighter in full platemail... " 'allo, all..."
Digifanatic: "Whoa, who's that next to you?"
Aribar: "I've called you here for a couple reasons... ...And Digi has brought up the first! Everyone, I would like to introduce Zeni Hunter, my brother."
Metal Man: "...Aha..."
Metal Man: "Hello."
Gibby: "I didn't know you had a brother."
Zeni: "Hello... Strange people..."
Digifanatic: "Nice to meet you." *He extends his hand as if to shake Zeni's.*
Aribar (GM): *Zeni shakes Digi's hand.* "Well, I guess I'll take over from here..."
Zeni: "A big problem has happened... Something that could doom this place as well as our Whaller..."
Metal Man: "This must be related to what Mewtwo said earlier..."
Gibby: "Well what else is new?"
Zeni: "The Protectors of Whaller have been working for years on a spell that could allow us to travel to wherever Aribar went when I... Kinda... Made him warp to this place... Well, the good news was that the spell worked... I'm here because of it... The bad news is the the Thieves of Whaller also got a copy of the spell."
Metal Man: "...That sounds bad."
Digifanatic: "Oh, I see..."
Gibby: "Who are they?"
Zeni: "Intelligence reports say that they plan on coming here and take villains from here to get an advantage back in Whaller... The Thieves of Whaller? They're a group of muderers and bandits... A very organized and powerful group of murderers and bandits... They have been plauging Whaller ever since humans arrived there... If they gain help from here I don't think the Protectors of Whaller will be able to stop them."
Metal Man: "So... we have to murder the murderers and banditize the bandits?"
Aribar talks now... "Yup. Because if we don't, Whaller is doomed... And after Whaller they'll surely try and take over Nintopia..."
Gibby: "...we ARE the good guys, right?"
Metal Man: "Well, we have to use our good guy powers to defeat all the bad guys."
Digifanatic: "Sounds good."
Zeni: "With Aribar's help I managed to fix up your... Umm... What did you call it, Aribar? Warp room? Well, I managed to fix it up so that we can go to the last known spot where the copy of the scroll with the spell was located..."
Metal Man: "In Whaller?"
Zeni: "Correct... We're assuming they haven't used the scroll yet."
Gibby: "And if they have?"
Zeni: "...Well... Ummm..."
Metal Man: "We're doomed?"
Deloth: "Then we're going to have to hunt them down here."
Aribar (GM) speaks up. "If they have and they need to warp back, they'd have to warp back to the tower... So we could just wait it out."
Metal Man: "So then, are we ready to go?"
Aribar: "Yes. Off to the warp room!"
Digifanatic heads to the Warp Room.
Aribar (GM) and Zeni follows.
Deloth stands up and heads to the Warp Room.
Metal Man follows as well.
Gibby: "Well... I'm game." *He heads to the warp room with the others.*
Pat VanDusen runs in. "WAIT FOR ME!" *He follows the people.*
Aribar: "Okay, okay... You can come too, Patrick. We'll need all the help we can get."
Pat VanDusen: "What are we trying to do, exactly?"
Aribar: "In the center of the warproom is a glowing sphere of light... Probably what'll take everyone to Whaller."
Metal Man: "Alright! Heere we go!" *He cartwheels into the warp.*
Deloth walks up and steps into the warp.
Aribar: "We're heading to my homeland to stop bad things from happening... Very bad things, Pat."
Gibby: "Stop a group of thieves from destroying Whaller, and eventually Nintopia."
Aribar (GM) and Zeni head into the portal.
Pat VanDusen warpifies.
Gibby leaps into the warp in a cannon ball fashion.
Aribar (GM): Everyone appears in a clearing in a forest... In front of a massive tower.
Gibby: "Oooo... big tower..."
Deloth: "Ten to one that's gonna be significant."
Aribar (GM): This tower looks like it has to be at least eight or ten stories tall... From your current position you can't tell.
Digifanatic: "Well, this place sure looks nice... so far, that is."
Metal Man: "...They should ban evil people from building towers."
Aribar: "Hrm... This is actually some ancient ruins..."
Gibby: "How ancient?"
Metal Man: "Oh. Well then, it's haunted by ghosts?"
Deloth: "Think they could be there?"
Aribar: "If I remember my last journey here this tower was erected to honor the elements, and in fact the very elements themselves guard it."
Pat VanDusen: "You mean we get to fight dirt?"
Zeni: "And fire... And water... And wind!"
Gibby: "Sounds like fun." *He says sarcastically.*
Pat VanDusen: "I call dirt."
Aribar (GM): The entrance to this tower is right in front of you... A large door with a red 'T' painted on it.
Zeni: "That would be the mark of the thieves..."
Gibby: "Hey... T for Tower! Or... that also..."
Deloth whacks Gibby.
Metal Man: "Can we open it?"
Gibby: *@_@;* "Owie..."
Aribar: "Sure..." *The elf unsheaths Moonlight, and Zeni takes out a flaming Greatsword.*
Digifanatic: "Oooh... nice sword, Zeni."
Gibby ...steps back.
Metal Man kicks the door open.
Pat VanDusen puts his hand on his hilt, but seems hesitant about drawing attention to his sword.
Zeni: "Thanks... It costs a ton of money."
Digifanatic: "I believe that..."
Aribar (GM): Metal easily kicks the door down, and the sound of it hitting the ground echoes throughout the tower.
Digifanatic: "Uh oh..."
Aribar: "...Nice and stealthy... Good."
Metal Man: "Well, it's open now."
Deloth unsheathes his katana.
Digifanatic carefully enters the tower.
???: "...Protectors! Prevent them from reaching the Captain!"
Deloth: "And so it begins..."
Gibby: "Aw nuts..." *He whips out his gun.*
Digifanatic: "I had a feeling that was coming."
Aribar (GM): You all hear that voice from behind, as well as the sound of about a hundred weapons being unsheathed. . .
Deloth: "This... is bad."
Gibby: "Maybe... we can reason with them."
Pat VanDusen: "Hmm. That would be a lot to reason with, by the sound of it."
Deloth turns around.
Aribar (GM): Anyone who looks behind into the clearing would notice a small army of thieves... All armed with swords and armored... There is at least fifty of them there.
Deloth: "Guys, run."
Aribar: "...Zeni and I can take them... You guys go ahead!"
Deloth runs inside the tower.
Metal Man: "Why don't we all beat up the thieves?"
Gibby: "Are you sure? There's... a lot of them... and they're all... equipped."
Aribar (GM) lances out at the thieves with his magic and Zeni charges and cuts through the first wave.
Digifanatic looks for the stairs.
Aribar: "No! Just go ahead! Time is of the essence! They may be activating the spell right now!"
Gibby: *-_-;* "Well I guess they can handle it."
Pat VanDusen enters the tower.
Digifanatic: "Best thing is to head up, unless someone else is there."
Metal Man shrugs and runs into the tower.
Aribar (GM): The inside of the tower is lit by laterns on top of the ceiling...
Gibby follows Metal.
Aribar (GM): The lights don't seem to reach the far corners of the room which are covered in darkness. You came in on the west side of the room... On the east side of the room there are two exits: One leading to another room and another heading downwards.
Digifanatic: "Wanna head down?"
Pat VanDusen: "No."
Pat VanDusen enters the other room.
Digifanatic follows Pat.
Metal Man follows them.