Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 131: Techno-Frisbee Adventure
Date: 12:06:27 PM, January 30th; 4:11:09 PM, February 2nd, 2005.
Newscaster2: "Not any that were planned, but the accuracy increase usually negates itself by lowering damage... but then Link quickly gathered the power-increasing items, making himself unbeatable!"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You get a strange email. Not from Phantom, either.
Garrick Fy`aar: "..." *He flicks open his Dex, opening the e-mail and reading...*
Metal Man (GM): The dex beeps like some sort of horror movie-background music thing.
Subject: Computer power at 1%. Essential systems are down. Assistance required.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...location?"
This is the last outgoing message that I was able to do before Koopas took over my communication systems. As you know, many phenomena of Nintendus are unlike those of other worlds. This computer powers them. If it dies, many things important to this planet will shut down. I am unable to send any more data. Bowser has disconnected communication power. My location is hidden in your computers. Please he-
Metal Man (GM): It cuts off there.
Dex: "Message is incomplete."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Dex, log in to the Stadium computer network."
Dex: "Logged in."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "How can I help you?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "There's a location I'm looking for. Use the following e-mail to find it."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Downloading and deciphering email. ...Location. Of unknown computer system. Searching for computer systems of entire Nintendus history. ...Some matches found."
Garrick Fy`aar: "List them."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Nova. Destroyed by Kirby, for giving infinite power to a selfish person. SEED. Located on Saga. Destruction blamed on Zio. PSIM. Destroyed by The Void. Location is top secret. TEC. Destroyed by Lord Crump. Location: The Second Moon. Out of range. Slytock. Unknown entity. Considered to be close to a computer, due to viral-computing lifeforms it possesses. 5 results found. Closest match: Nova. Unfortunately, Nova was destroyed. And was an outer-space computer, rather than built into the planet. However, it did crash after being destroyed. Where is unknown. Is there anything else I can do for you?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...should I go?"
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "There is no location given to the remains of Nova. It is presumed destroyed. Kirby might remember some details, that is all."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Like I can talk to him..."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Furthermore, the email you showed me came from under the crust of this planet. I suggest asking Kirby to see if there is a possibility."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...where is he?"
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "He is in the Stadium betting room. He just won 10,000 coins from Mario for betting against you."
Garrick Fy`aar stands up and heads that direction "Send a message to Link. Tell him I thank him for the fight and that I hope he enjoys the Mach Claw. Also tell him I'm sorry if I was a little short with him after the fight."
Garrick Fy`aar walks into the betting room, looking at the occupants...
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: after a quick elevator ride, you reach the destination. A tower over the Stadium audience that overlooks the arena. Kirby is there, currently celebrating his victory by dancing with the coins. Fox is at the counter.
Fox: "I bet 10,000 on the next match! Who's in it?"
Toad: "But... you're 100,000 coins in debt... haven't you had enough?"
Garrick Fy`aar waits and listens to Fox before heading toward Kirby...
Fox: "I'LL TELL YOU WHEN I'VE HAD ENOUGH!" *Slams fist on counter.*
Toad: "...Very well."
Metal Man (GM): Kirby stops dancing and looks at Garrick with a rather dumb expression.
Metal Man (GM): He can't talk, which is... a problem.
Garrick Fy`aar sighs and looks to Kirby, his eyes unreadable as he walks up to him "...enjoying your money?"
Metal Man (GM): Kirby nods.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Good. I need to ask you something, though..."
Metal Man (GM): Kirby shrugs. Then nods.
Garrick Fy`aar: "I need to know where Nova is. You had a part in it."
Metal Man (GM): Kirby nods, then points out the window. You can't tell where he's pointing. In fact, it looks like he's pointing at the announcer!
Garrick Fy`aar: "...here, use this. Dex, a map of Nintendus."
Metal Man (GM): Kirby takes the dex and sticks it in his mouth.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Kirby."
Metal Man (GM): Then he points at the announcer again.
Garrick Fy`aar motions him to return the Dex...
Metal Man (GM): Then kirby shrugs and takes the dex and opens it, upside down. He starts pressing buttons.
Garrick Fy`aar snatches it from him.
Dex: "Danger! Danger! Self-destruct activa--- Command canceled."
Metal Man (GM): Kirby shrugs and points at the Luigi now. He's out in the stands.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...behind Luigi?"
Metal Man (GM): Kirby nods.
Garrick Fy`aar tries to get a better look...
Metal Man (GM): Kirby then points at the sun.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...it's in the sun?"
Metal Man (GM): Kirby then points at Garrick. Kirby then points at Fox. Then he laughs a bit.
Garrick Fy`aar sighs.
Metal Man (GM): Kirby now looks confused. Like Garrick might look like by now!
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Dex, can you translate what Kirby says?"
Dex: "Kirby makes no audible noises. He makes indecipherable hand gestures. I suggest you give him something he knows how to move in order to make basic words or something else."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...hmm... I got it." *He motions Kirby over to a betting table.*
Metal Man (GM): Kirby goes to the table.
Garrick Fy`aar takes out a coin and places it on the table. "This is the stadium. Stadium. Now, where is Nova?"
Metal Man (GM): Kirby takes the coin... then points to the dex.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...any relation to Nintendus maps, Dex?"
Dex: "I believe he wants to see that map from earlier."
Garrick Fy`aar opens the map again, projecting it onto the table.
Metal Man (GM): Kirby looks at it... then starts moving the coin, starting from the stadium. The map records the movement.. ..It ends up in the Desolate Magnetic Wastelands ...It's the epicenter of the magnetic weirdness.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...of all places... Dex, confirm location?"
Dex: "Location confirmed... Magnetic epicenter. The deadliest place on Nintendus."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...thanks, Kirby."
Dex: "The magnetic energy causes enough status electricity to make everything flammable instantly catch on fire."
Garrick Fy`aar tosses the coin he used to the little pink guy, moving to the elevator again "Is there some form of shielding that can protect against it?"
Metal Man (GM): Kirby nods, gives you a smile, and then goes back to dancing with his coins.
Dex: "Shielding is disabled. All electronic devices fail to work there. The only way in past the magnetic circle is walking."
Garrick Fy`aar: "How far is the distance?"
Dex: "There is a cave that goes under the epicenter... It is about 3 miles to the cave from the outside edge."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...did any of the other Questers get that e-mail?" *He hits the elevator call button...*
Dex: "No. It was... too weak to hit anyone else's inbox."
Metal Man (GM): You get aboard the elevator.
Garrick Fy`aar takes it down "But why did it make it to me?"
Dex: "You were closest to the inbound sending receipt... It also picked you to be most like whoever designed that computer in the first place."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...a human? An honest to goodness human?"
Dex: "Yes... but one from a certain time period... the garbage at the end of the email noted you were closest... to a year that occurred 10 years after you disappeared from Earth."
Garrick Fy`aar steps out of the elevator, his feet unknowingly taking him to the big room...
Metal Man (GM): You go in the empty big room.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...prep the Warp Room to take me to the closest location of that cave."
Metal Man (GM): There's some old cups of coffee laying around.
Garrick Fy`aar heads for the Warp Room, stepping into whatever warp is waiting there for him.
Metal Man (GM): You get to the warp. Yurie, Gibby, Digi, VG, any of you want to come along? *WARP* Garrick and Digi appear at the edge of the magnetic ruins.
Garrick Fy`aar is already prepping the warp for transport He looks to Digi.
Metal Man (GM): Digi managed to run into the warp at the last minute.
Digifanatic: "Hey, how's it going?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...where the hell did YOU come from?!" *He is MAD.*
Digifanatic: "Eh... I overheard the convo between you and Kirby... Bits and pieces..."
Dex: "We are at the edge of magnetic wasteland. Please turn off all dexes to prevent damage."
Garrick Fy`aar steps up to Digi, his eyes a blaze.
Dex: "Avoid using electrical or explosive devices."
Digifanatic: "What is it..." *He makes sure his Dex is off.*
Dex: "The warp back cannot be called for 1 hour."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...when we get to this place, I go in alone."
Dex: "Dexes auto-deactivated to prevent damage."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Know that."
Metal Man (GM): It starts... snowing... purple dust...
Garrick Fy`aar makes sure his Dex is off before starting for the cave.
Metal Man (GM): Each one the size of salt granules. The entire land is a purple-white (alternating) dustland. It's also kinda chilly.
Garrick Fy`aar: "We move fast. We're crippled in this place."
Garrick Fy`aar starts sprinting.
Metal Man (GM): You can see, off in the distance, a huge... half-round thing stuck in the ground.
Digifanatic follows at the same speed...
Metal Man (GM): You sprint, you sprint... and encounter a band of quicksand in your way. The only way is to jump it...
Garrick Fy`aar goes to jump...
Metal Man (GM): Ari: Wanna join in on this mission? Garrick leaps across. Gibby, you can also join in.
Garrick Fy`aar is already off and sprinting again. He doesn't really care if he leaves people behind.
Digifanatic also tries to jump.
Metal Man (GM): Digi leaps above the quicksand. You're now atop a hill. You can see it now... a large, round HUGE pizza-shaped thing, stuck in the ground off in the far distance.. ..But your target, a small cave, is dead ahead. The cave has a metal door. Aribar suddenly appears.
Garrick Fy`aar heads for the cave, slowing to a walk as gets to the door.
Metal Man (GM): As does Gibby.
Digifanatic: "Hello Ari... Gibby..."
Metal Man (GM): Right by the door with you.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Digi. Same message to those two. Relay it to him."
Metal Man (GM): The door is... full of weird jewels.
Digifanatic: "Guys... no explosives or electrical attacks... This place is loaded with static electricity..."
Garrick Fy`aar checks the door, looking it over.
Metal Man (GM): The door has a simple panel.
Digifanatic: "And no Dexing either."
Metal Man (GM): 'Open' is written in English.
Garrick Fy`aar: "I MEANT what I told you."
Aribar blinks and mumbles 'allo to the others.
Garrick Fy`aar looks at it... then goes to push the door open just by hand.
Metal Man (GM): The door is shut tight.
Garrick Fy`aar tries to pull.
Metal Man (GM): The panel with 'open' over it is still there. The door holds tight.
Garrick Fy`aar shakes his head, the fingers the panel.
Digifanatic: "And Garrick suggests not to follow him everywhere..."
Computer: "Person confirmed. Door open."
Garrick Fy`aar pushes the door open now.
Metal Man (GM): The door opens vertically, revealing a dented, twisted passageway.
Garrick Fy`aar starts in, walking quickly.
Metal Man (GM): Some sparks can be seen (and heard), and red emergency lights are on.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...this technology..." *He looks as he walks...*
Gibby: "Crazy stuff..."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: They lead down to a straight path, which looks like a regular ship's hallway.
Digifanatic hangs out and waits with the others.
Garrick Fy`aar continues walking, having a feeling about this place...
Computer: "Power is at 1%. Basic systems disabled. Power is at 1%. Computer shutdown imminent."
Metal Man (GM): The door ahead opens.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...computer?"
Computer: "Unable to respond. Not enough power."
Metal Man (GM): It speaks in a feminine voice. Inside the door, is a larger room... with a dented in ceiling. A large video screen with a console sits there. It suddenly activates by itself.
Garrick Fy`aar glares back at Gibby.
???: "Co... com... computer... ter... terminal on... online."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...go back with Digi."
Metal Man (GM): What looks like an old man's face appears.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Now."
Metal Man (GM): It's staticing and fading out every so often, but onine.
???: "Hell-lo. Person. I am. No. Va. Ultimate. thinking machine."
Garrick Fy`aar turns back, walking up to the screen.
???: "You. Have come... almost. Too late. My power. Is almost. Gone."
Gibby walks back a little bit... but then stops, and watches.
Aribar just stands there, not 100% sure what is going on.
Garrick Fy`aar: "But I'm here..."
???: "I would. Turn off. Immediately. But. Nintendus. Would be. Destroyed."
Garrick Fy`aar: "You sent the message..."
???: "I must. Be. Repaired. Yes. I sent. The message. Kirby. Must have. Helped you. Long. Ago. He defeated me. When someone. Abused. My. Power."
Garrick Fy`aar: "He did, though it was a challenge getting it out of him..."
Nova: "I. Crashed. Here. Long. Befor. Life."
Garrick Fy`aar: "One hell of a crash..."
Nova: "It was. I. Who maintain. Floating blocks. Planet rotation. Big Island. Objects that. Work strangely."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...but you're running out of energy."
Nova: "Bowser. Has taken over. My last functioning generator."
Metal Man (GM): brb a sec
Aribar: "...So you're the cause of those weird, floating question mark boxes..."
Gibby hides behind a rock.
Garrick Fy`aar turns and GLARES at Gibby and Aribar.
Gibby: *-_-;* "FINE! Jeez... party pooper..."
???: "Yes. I am."
Gibby heads back.
???: "Now then. There is only. A little time. My power is. Failing. The entire planet. Will be destroyed. If I. Am not. Fixed."
Garrick Fy`aar looks back to the computer "...we've got to attack Bowser... get the generator back up and running."
Metal Man (GM): FYI: His words look like they're being typed slowly.
???: "One. Last. Emergency. Power Source. Is here. But you must. Activate it."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Tell me where."
???: "It will. Bring me. To 10%. For enough time. To give you next target. Below here."
Metal Man (GM): Nova = ??? @_@ A panel opens in the floor, revealing a ladder down.
Nova: "Electricity. Failed down there. Needs several people. To fix."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...alright. DIGI. GIBBY. ARIBAR! Get back here!"
Gibby walks back mumbling. "who made HIM leader all of a sudden..."
Digifanatic heads in...
Aribar just stands there... "I never left..."
Garrick Fy`aar gives Gibby a look before heading down the ladder.
Digifanatic: "Well, this is odd..." *He takes the ladder down after Garrick without hesitation.*
Gibby follows as well.
Metal Man (GM): You get down... into a HUGE room. A large generator is in the center of the room.
Gibby: "Big place..."
Metal Man (GM): ...You see Doopliss there.
Doopliss: "Nothing like stealing advanced technology..."
Digifanatic: "Ari... look out."
Garrick Fy`aar: "..."
Aribar: "...Doopliss, stop it."
Garrick Fy`aar draws his gun immediately, slamming in a number 1 clip and cocking it.
Aribar refrains himself from rushing head-first at his foe, but he does unsheath Moonlight.
Doopliss: "...How did you get here?"
Garrick Fy`aar raises his gun to point at Doopliss "Get. Out."
Doopliss: "I would, but then you might steal the generator, which I have hooked up to power Grunty's factories."
Garrick Fy`aar pulls the hammer back.
Digifanatic: "Some whacko he is..." (pun intended)
Doopliss: "I'm not afraid of such puny weapons."
Aribar: "...You'll cause the destruction on the planet if you don't stop..."
Doopliss: "Oh really? Well, we can always go to Saga. The power of this generator is IMMENSE. It can cranke out 1000 years of products in... 1 year! I haven't turned it on yet, of course... just checking the integrity of the power."
Digifanatic: "Yeah right..." (mumbling) "He's looking for the switch..."
Aribar: "Doopliss... Think about it econically... Do you really think that Saga-dwellers will buy Mario hats and fake Master Swords? You know nothing of their culture!"
Doopliss: "Oh, but we can evacuate everyone on Nintendus to Saga using this generator. For a cheap price. The profits will be extreme. We could build a new planet with them!"
Aribar: "...I don't want to... Fight you... But you're leaving me no choice..."
Doopliss: "Fight me? I'm sorry, that's just too rich. No fighting ME... I'm too valuable."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I will put a hole IN YOUR HEAD if you don't get out!"
Doopliss: "I have no real head. I'm a ghost."
Gibby: "...uhh... uh oh."
Garrick Fy`aar has never been this mad before.
Aribar sheaths Moonlight and takes out that Grunty staff. "Doopliss, do you want to face your nightmares again?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "You're messing with the bull, Doopliss..."
Doopliss: "And I, am the Bull fighter. Who shall cause you to be painfully stabbed and killed."
Garrick Fy`aar: "This is the one link I have to my home... I will not let some PUNK JACKASS SCREW WITH IT!"
Doopliss: "So long, Crudsters." *He disappears.*
Metal Man (GM): The hordes of Magician-people are now coming in. You'll have to think quickly to stop them!
Aribar: "...Okay... We're surrounded by a bunch of wizards and the planet is going to go boom soon..."
Garrick Fy`aar growls, then turns to the tunnel "Gibby, try and get the generator to get power back to the ship. Ari, help him."
Metal Man (GM): There's also a sloppily hung sign, that says 'Production efficiency: 150%'
Gibby: "Aye, aye, CAPTAIN..."
Garrick Fy`aar looks for a control switch for the door that the magicians are coming out of.
Metal Man (GM): The magicians are coming from a tunnel in the wall, no doors there.
Aribar: "...Idea!" *The elf looks about for any place that could channel electricity to Nova to buy them more time.*
Gibby: "I heard idea... what's up?"
Garrick Fy`aar fires off a concusion shot, knocking back the incoming magicians.
Metal Man (GM): The walls are all made of metal. Garrick knocks some magicians back, giving you slightly more time.
Aribar: "...This'll either kill us or save us!" *He lets off a test-firing of Thordain to see what happens.*
Digifanatic tries Fire Punching a couple of guards.
Aribar aims at the... Walls.
Metal Man (GM): You hit the walls.
Garrick Fy`aar continues firing concussion shots, knocking the magicians back.
Metal Man (GM): What's the damage of Thordain?
Digifanatic tries clearing out a couple more guards with some Golf Club swings...
Metal Man (GM): The attack somewhat stuns the magicians... but they're breaking through!
Digifanatic: "Oh, crap..."
Metal Man (GM): It also gives Nova .2% more power.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Relay the generator to Nova!"
Aribar begins charging Terrorbolt up to level 5...
Metal Man (GM): You each have 5 more actions before the magicians break through. Nothing can slow them down anymore. Ari: You using all your actions?
Aribar cancles that last action then...
Garrick Fy`aar moves to the place that Doopliss was at.
Metal Man (GM): Ok. Garrick: You get there, and see a crude electrical cord stuck to the top. The one that goes to nova is dangling nearby.
Aribar rushes to the Generator and tries to think of a way to help.
Garrick Fy`aar swtiches them!
Metal Man (GM): Garrick switches a generator that's producing 1000% damage worth of electricity... He disconnects the first wire, then is electrocuted. There's now a fountain of sparks from the generator. Garrick: -1 life. Nope.
Metal Man (GM): The other wire is dangling about. And the sparks make it seem really dangerous to touch while it's still on...
Aribar attempts to finish what Garrick started... He absorbs electrical damage.
Metal Man (GM): ...Aribar, that electricity feels goooood.
Garrick Fy`aar reappears, looking to Aribar and nodding. Didn't think of that.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar becomes invincible for 3 rounds. He also reconnects the plug.
The lights come on.
Computer: "Power at 10%. Activating defense systems... defense systems are still disabled."
Digifanatic: "Thank goodness..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "How do we enable them?"
Computer: "Emergency defenses enabled."
Aribar: "...Computer, where do we find the controls at?!"
Computer: "Controls were back where you were."
Garrick Fy`aar: "NOVA! Blast these things!!"
Aribar goes... Back where he was... And tries to activate the main defense systems.
Computer: "Those systems were disabled. The best I can do is protect my control room."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: It keeps on saying 'Defense System not found' However... you have tons of electrical power in you now. I'm sure that could deal with... the rather annoying magicians... Terrorbolt is charged to level 100.
Aribar: "..." *The elf hrms... He charges up as much power as possible and fires a Terrorbolt at its max level...*
Metal Man (GM): Yeah... you can also run into things and kill people ..You shoot an electric deathray at the horder. *BOOOOOOOOOOOM* In a huge explosion, they're all blasted back, and their tunnel caves in.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...nicely done, Ari."
Gibby: "CAVE IN! RUN FOR IT!"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick, Digi, and Ari gain 300 EXP for what they did. The generator is not caving in.
Garrick Fy`aar turns with that and heads back up the ladder.
Metal Man (GM): It's actually nice and safe now...
Digifanatic: "Okay, this is an interesting situation..."
Aribar huffs and puffs... "... I'll... Catch up to you... That just took a bit out of me..."
Nova: "Thank you for. Enabling my backup generator. However, it will not last more. Than a year."
Garrick Fy`aar: "No problem... Nova..."
Digifanatic: "A year..."
Nova: "I have relayed coordinates to all 19 disabled, destroyed, or otherwise captured nodes of my system."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...guys... could I have a moment with Nova... alone?"
Nova: "They, along with those keys you need to find to free Banjo-Kazooie, will make up the bulk of your missions."
Aribar eventually catches up to the others. "... Okay."
Digifanatic backs away from Garrick for his one-on-one discussion.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick had just located and talked to Nova, a great machine which makes Nintendus tick. The group, or at least who was there earlier, went below and fought to restore power to Nova. They succeeded. The Grunty goons down there were destroyed. Now, the group, plus backup which was warped in and walked inside, is facing Nova. The room is a square, briefing room. A large television screen shows an old man with white hair, and a white beard, and green eyes. He's rather tall and skinny, wearing drab brownish futuristic clothes.
Nova: "While you have. Restored 10% power... it is not going to last."
Metal Man (GM): This is 30 feet below ground.
Aribar: "How long will it last, Mr. Nova?"
Nova: "1 year... which is a pitiful amount of time. For if I run out of power... Nintendus dies. You must find... and fix my 20 different facilities."
Digifanatic: "Where are they?"
Nova: "You are familiar with Grunty, correct?"
Digifanatic: "And yes, we are."
Nova: "Oh... where are they... well... that's a tricky question."
Metal Man (GM): Nova pulls out a globe of Nintendus.
Nova: "They're scattered about, along the edges of Nintendus."
Metal Man (GM): FYI: Nintopia is Ivan's utopia, which takes up most but not all of Nintendus. The planet is still Nintendus. Especially places like the one you're in.
Nova: "I have found the first facility which needs to be restored."
Aribar: "That's good!"
Nova: "It is atop a mountain, inside Grunty's domain."
Aribar: "That's... Not good."
Nova: "It is... paradoxically filled with free-roaming agents of Bowser. The module itself is held by Grunty, of course. You must hike through the mountains, find the module, and restore it."
Digifanatic: "I see..."
Nova: "Then, my power will be back to normal."
Aribar: "...Well, I guess we should start as soon as possible..."
Nova: "It shall buy us a lot more time. With the power restored, I can keep the planet running... for 6 months before obvious degradations occur. For the modules which make ? boxes defy gravity and control the planet's movement are currently lost. Right now... you'd only have a week."
Nova: "I have managed to establish communication with the headquarters of your establishment. A warp has been created."
Metal Man (GM): You see a warp pipe pop up nearby.
Wolfman: "Sorry about that... self-cleaning routines." *Arms crossed, on chest level* "So can we kick butt now?"
Aribar: "Well, hopefully we'll see you later, Nova... Bye!" *He starts towards the warp pipe.*
Wolfman goes towards the pipe, a happy camper... or something.
Nova: "I will be able to give you advice in the future, while you are not here, using your smash dexes."
Digifanatic starts following Wolf.
Metal Man (GM): You may jump into the pipe. Gibby: You're with the group.
Wolfman: "To sound cliche... 'Let's-a go!'" *He jumps in.*
Digifanatic hops in.
Gibby blah jumps in as well.
Metal Man (GM): *Pipe sound* *warp* *warp* *warp* Everyone manages to go into the pipe. They all are launched out at the foot of a mountain trail.
Wolfman breathes in the fresh... or possibly stinky... air.
Nova: "This is Mount Grunty. Up the path lies my module. Good luck. End-of-communication."
Charles Magellean (GM): Twinkle in the sky.
Aribar unsheaths Moonlight. "Let's get started..."
Metal Man (GM): The air is fresh and clean right here. The mountain is green, and goes up quite far... The path is nice and clean. A traditional mountain path.
Wolfman: "Aribar, I'm going to ask you sheath the sword right now."
Metal Man (GM): It goes right (in both ways) up the mountain, curving until it disappears.
Wolfman: "This seems like a good time for a peaceful hike... let's enjoy it for once."
Charles Magellean (GM): And while you observe the mountain, the twinkle from the sky starts to come into view.
Gibby: "Yes, I agree."
Aribar: "Oka--... I think you guys are wrong... What's that?" *He points at said twinkle.*
Digifanatic: "What do you think that is?"
Gibby looks at the twinkle.
Wolfman gets a look at what Aribar is pointing at.
Gibby: "Uhh... meteor?"
Charles Magellean (GM): You look at it, realizing that it is falling to your position.
Digifanatic: "Uh-oh... I wish I had binoculars or something..."
Wolfman: "Umm... guys? Remember what I said about that hike?"
Gibby: "It's getting bigger... and bigger... and bigger... and... EEP!"
Wolfman: "Turn it into a run. RIGHT NOW!"
Gibby runs away.
Aribar: "Don't have to tell me twice!" *The elf begins dashing up the hill.*
Digifanatic starts running up the trail.
Wolfman goes north to avoid the impact.
Charles Magellean (GM): It's falling at a tremendous rate... and better make a spd save. wolf is good. waiting for gibby to roll. I will be nice and say Aribar escaped the impact. Digi... becomes a seed in the ground as he is caught under what crashed above him.
Wolfman hears the crash, and turns back around to check... wait a second; where is Digi?
Charles Magellean (GM): dc was 13, metal decides the consequence.
Metal Man (GM): Uhhhh... Digi's HP is halved.
Charles Magellean (GM): there ya go; digi is at half-stamina.
Digifanatic: (muffled) "What in the world..."
Wolfman goes to the crash site... he thinks he heard a voice... "Digi? Where are you?"
Aribar blinks and looks at... Whatever crushed Digi.
Charles Magellean (GM): It is a rocket and has crashed. It's 80 feet long.
Digifanatic: (muffled) "Under this silly thing!"
Aribar: "...I think I heard Digi... Under THAT."
Wolfman tries to find an opening to pull Digi out of.
Metal Man (GM): The crash scared a few birds, but nothing else. The area is nice and silent.
Charles Magellean (GM): It has the Eggman insignia on the side. The door opens from halfway below the top/bottom of the rocket, and out comes a nice escalator that is unfolding.
Aribar: "...AAAAH! Evil aliens are coming out to kill us!"
Digifanatic: (muffled) "Ari? Wolf? Gibby?"
Wolfman: "...and you aren't scared of a futuristic Reploid?"
Aribar: "...Well, I know you're harmless."
???: "Good day, good day! The great Magellean is on his way!"
Wolfman: "...Magellean? Why does that name sound familiar? And who are you?"
Charles Magellean (GM): The figure comes out, and the sunlight shines on him. It is, indeed, Charles.
Aribar: "Locos! It's good to see you!"
Charles Magellean rides down the escalator.
Digifanatic: (muffled) "Loke? Izzat you?"
Wolfman gets a look at Locos for the first time in awhile.
Charles Magellean: "Gonzal von yandi loo! Cocktail caan wandu glue!"
Wolfman attempts to use his Dex to translate that gibberish.
Charles Magellean: "Worry not. I tried to sing to the rhythm of an Italian song. I don't know the words, but I'll learn them one day or another."
Wolfman: "...fair enough. Anyway, I'm curious why you have returned, but for the moment, you have kind of landed on Digi here."
Gibby: "...wow... that's kinda weird."
Aribar: "...Heh... Just as crazy as ever... I take it the mission you were on was successful?"
Wolfman points to where Digi is... under the rocket.
Charles Magellean arrives on the ground. The escalator folds back.
Gibby: "Poor Digi..."
Charles Magellean: "...What about digi?"
Aribar: "I think you crushed him..."
Digifanatic: (muffled) "You crashed into me!"
Eggman: *He leaps out before the escalator fully folds back* "Hello, hello, yes, yes, I'm here too."
Gibby: "Oh great..."
Wolfman: "You landed on top of Digi."
Charles Magellean: *The rocket begins to back-up from the ground. 20 seconds later, the rocket turns a 180, makes swerving car noises, and blasts off.* *He dusts himself off.*
Wolfman sees Digi... well, kind of char-grilled.
Charles Magellean: "Ivo decided to stay on my homeland to... help rebuild some."
Wolfman: "That's good to know. Anyway, now that Digi will... well, eventually get back up... what brings you here?"
Charles Magellean: "Not a lot changed from the last time I was there 30 years ago. What was more mysterious was why my people were still asleep... and even Zemus was inactive."
Digifanatic now looks up at the sky upon the rocket's clearing, and drops his jaw..."That was odd..."
Wolfman is confused by that...
Charles Magellean: "Also, I got a little sick of having to be here spiritually. Apparently, Aribar gets into more pain in one day than other Questers do in one week." *He looks to the mountain.*
Digifanatic gets up, and sees Locos' return. "Ah, good to see you back."
Charles Magellean: "I see we're at Spiral Mountain."
Gibby: "We sure are."
Charles Magellean waves hi to Digi.
Wolfman chuckles lightly.
Charles Magellean: "Home of Grunty's Lair. I also came back to make sure I block the routes of ...HIM... coming. More on that later; let's go."
Gibby moves onward.
Metal Man (GM): You go up the mountain, gaining altitude.
Aribar follows the others.
Wolfman then follows Gibby... but not before checking to be sure everyone else put their weapons away... this was supposed to be a fun hike!
Metal Man (GM): A little while passes, since it takes a while to gain altitude.
Digifanatic has followed and is still walking at a relatively consistent and normal pace.
Gibby sings "this is the song that never ends..."
Digifanatic glares at Gibby.
Metal Man (GM): As you're going up the mountain... you see a sign. And what looks like a walking, talking lizard standing by it.
Digifanatic glares at Gibby.
Metal Man (GM): It's blocking the path. The lizard has a gravelly voice.
Wolfman gets a look at this lizard that looks it it can walk... and maybe talk.
Gibby stops singing.
???: "What brings you hikers up here? I'm afraid that nobody is allowed past this point."
Wolfman: "Why is that?"
Charles Magellean: "...I'm not sure."
Aribar: "Oh, just enjoying the scenery, activating modules to save the planet, same old... Same old."
Gibby: "Let me guess... we have to answer a riddle first?"
???: "Monsters are everywhere! Even worse, Grunty's deathray is capable of hitting ANYTHING past this point. I riddle? I'm not a sphinx."
Charles Magellean: "...really? Ari, could you give me your dex?"
Gibby: "Then we have to fight you!"
Wolfman: "We're used to monsters; don't worry."
Lizzy: "I am Lizzy, the lizard... and not interested in fighting."
Aribar gives Locos his dex.
Charles Magellean: "Thank you."
Gibby: "...oh... well... then I'm out of ideas."
Charles Magellean opens up his dex.
Lizzy: "Do you really want to go past here?"
Wolfman: "I've dealt with death many times... what makes this deathray of Gruntilda's much worse than everything else I've done?"
Charles Magellean types in several buttons a second and practically reading through records and absorbing facts.
Gibby: "We sure do."
Lizzy: "Okay then. But I'm coming with you."
Lizzy: "I lost my frisbee up there."
Wolfman doesn't care either way right now.
Gibby: "Ask a stupid question..."
Charles Magellean: "That's understandable. Shall we go then?"
Lizzy: "I... have no weapon... so I'll use this."
Wolfman: "We'll help find it... we're on our way up there anyway."
Metal Man (GM): Lizzy pulls out the sign to the trail.
Charles Magellean walks forward while still accessing information.
Lizzy: "I don't think anyone needs this, right?"
Gibby: "Well we don't."
Lizzy: "Hey, you! Wait up! It's dangerous up there!"
Metal Man (GM): Lizzy walks after Locos.
Charles Magellean stops.
Gibby follows Lizzy.
Charles Magellean: "Right right, lead the way. I might've walked off the cliff."
Lizzy: "Now... there's a highly treacherous path that cannot be hit by the deathray."
Wolfman also follows Lizzy... while being careful to watch where he is going.
Aribar: "You can borrow my sword if you want... Or just use that sign."
Lizzy: "It's up ahead. Oh, don't worry, I can use this sign. Those annoying Goombas smash easily."
Charles Magellean: "They suuuure do."
Metal Man (GM): Lizzy starts walking straight on the trail, which is now starting to become wider.
Digifanatic: "Oh, don't remind me... oh gosh..."
Metal Man (GM): You start noticing a collection of craters around the trail.
Wolfman continues to follow Lizzy, wondering where this path is...
Metal Man (GM): Most of them containing bones, machine parts... one of them has an exploded Car in it.
Wolfman notices some of the craters... okay, maybe this deathray could be dangerous.
Lizzy: "Now then, let's hope we aren't caught."
Digifanatic: "Well, these are odd..."
Charles Magellean looks around and often looking back to the dex."
Metal Man (GM): You hear far-off alarms.
Lizzy: "...So much for that. Run!"
Metal Man (GM): Lizzy runs forward.
Gibby: "Right!" *He runs for it.*
Metal Man (GM): You have two choices.
Wolfman: "Lizzy, rule number 38. NEVER say you won't get caught!"
Digifanatic follows Lizzy as fast as possible.
Metal Man (GM): B. say where you're hiding and how it protects you.
Charles Magellean closes the dex and hands it back to Aribar.
Metal Man (GM): So either your Rping or random dice thing is accounted. You may now roll SPD checks if you don't want to hide.
Wolfman attempts to catch up to Lizzy. "Wait up!"
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman: You manage to follow Lizzy, avoiding a huge deathray.
Gibby runs with Lizzy.
Aribar dashes after Lizzy.
Digifanatic decides to hide, knowing the possibilities of trying to be caught.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby is hit with a deathray. *SIZZLE* 80% damage.
Digifanatic: *He's hiding behind a rock, BTW...*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar dodges a deathray.
Gibby: "...ow... ow... owie..."
Metal Man (GM): Digi hides behind a rock. The alarms go off. Lizzy stops for a second.
Wolfman catches up.
Lizzy: "Well... they aren't able to fire it more than once an hour."
Wolfman: "Remind me to get you a handbook on things not to say when we get your frisbee back."
Lizzy: "You're just lucky we were far away, or else you could have been more than toasted."
Aribar: "...That's good... Now... Digi? Gibby? Come over here..."
Digifanatic: "Alright, I trust you..."
Charles Magellean hides by picking up a small twig of leaves, squats, and hides his face behind the three leaves.
Digifanatic: "Not that I wouldn't."
Gibby: "Oh I'm SOOOOOO lucky..."
Digifanatic gets up and keeps walking along as normal.
Metal Man (GM): It appears almost as if Locos has disappeared. There's two paths ahead of you. They look identical.
Gibby grumbles and walks towards Ari.
Charles Magellean begins to follow.
Wolfman heads to the junction... but stops.
Lizzy: "Hmmm... one of these is the path where the deathray hits..."
Aribar holds his hand up to Gibby and Digi... He casts Minor Healing on both of them. "Divine powers, heal their wounds!"
Digifanatic tries Dexing the paths to see if he can get a map of which one would hit.
Lizzy: "The other is populated by monsters and treacherous paths."
Wolfman: "Lizzy, didn't you say the deathray can't be fired right now?"
Gibby: "Ahh... thanks."
Digifanatic: *...or doesn't dex...*
Charles Magellean catches up.
Lizzy: "...Good point. But the main path is still patrolled... they'd probably attack us with missiles! I've seen it before."
Digifanatic: "Oh boy..."
Lizzy: "They only do it to people who have somehow survived the laser."
Charles Magellean: "...Whi... which... is... less danger... ous?"
Digifanatic: "Well, would you know in that case which one is which?"
Gibby: "Again... lucky me."
Lizzy: "The more treacherous path full of monsters."
Wolfman: "...What Digi means... which path leads to the monsters, and which path leads to the missiles?"
Lizzy: "Hmmm... the last guy I saw here was a guy in a red suit... I don't know. Do you?"
Charles Magellean: "He is the only person we know of that wears red."
Lizzy: "No, he actually paid me."
Charles Magellean: "Let's take a path and stick with it. I'd say the left/upper path."
Wolfman attempts to use his "great" intelligence to guess a good path.
Lizzy: "I mean the bozo who shot lasers at me and then ran up the trail screaming 'Ahahahahahahah! I am the ultimate Quester, you economic girly-man!''"
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman: You have deduced that... both paths are equally bad?
Lizzy: "He disappeared after a bunch of missiles."
Wolfman: "...the way I see it, it won't matter... let's just go right."
Lizzy: "He said something about Aribar stealing his precioussssss."
Digifanatic: "Oh good god..."
Lizzy: "So you're Aribar? Hmmmmm..."
Charles Magellean: "...We know who that is."
Lizzy: "Who is it?"
Charles Magellean heads right.
Aribar: "I wish I knew."
Wolfman looks to the others... who is this creature again?
Digifanatic: "Hmm... could be the Doop as Mario..."
Lizzy: "Anyway, the right path we go. Right?"
Aribar tries to think of who it could be.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: Go ahead.
Charles Magellean goes right.
Wolfman: "Right." *He goes to the right.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You deduce that it is.. ..Skyhigh.
Aribar: "...Oh! It's Skyhigh!"
Lizzy: "...A bad name to go with bad behavior... right." *Wanders onto the right path.*
Digifanatic: "What? That bugger!?"
Aribar heads right. "Yeah... He must be mad about me stealing that Dark cube from him long ago."
Metal Man (GM): Anyone else who wants to go on a path other than the right one?
Wolfman chuckles at that thought... how could SkyHigh be a good enemy if he couldn't be a good guy?
Digifanatic: "I wonder he's seeking revenge on someone... or something" *He follows the others on the right-hand path.*
Gibby: "I'll try left... I love being risky!"
Metal Man (GM): Okay... we start with Gibby. Gibby goes up the trail. It's nice and scenic. The trail enters a forest.
Gibby: "So far so good... must be quiet."
Metal Man (GM): Gibby: What's yer level? Just then... A Goomba, a Piranha Plant (In a pipe), a Dry Bones, and a Buster Beetle appear! They look hungry.
Gibby: "GASP! ENEMIES!" *He pulls out teh gun.*
Metal Man (GM): What's your SPD?
Gibby shoots at the Goomba.
Metal Man (GM): BAM! Hit.
Gibby then attacks said Goomba with a running jump shot.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Remember, that ends your turn. You get 2 attacks per turn now. The Buster Beetle throws a block at you. 18% if that hits.
Gibby barely dodges it.
Metal Man (GM): The Dry Bones throws a bone at you.
Metal Man (GM): 5% damage.
Metal Man (GM): The Goomba headbonks you. 15% damage as that... misses...
Gibby leaps over Goomba "Huzzah!"
Metal Man (GM): The Piranha Plant spits twin fireballs at you.
Metal Man (GM): 20% fire damage per hit.
Metal Man (GM): Your turn.
Gibby shoots at the goomba again.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Goomba: Terminated.
Gibby then attacks the piranha plant with a jump shot.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. The Buster Beetle picks up the dead Goomba and throws it at you.
Gibby jumps past it.
Metal Man (GM): It misses. The Dry Bones throws a bone at you. 5% damage.
Metal Man (GM): The Piranha Plant opens fire on you... literally ..Roll the STR check. You liveeee! The Piranha Plant opens fire on you... literally. 20% per hit... both missed somehow?
Gibby gets by both.
Metal Man (GM): Your turn, Gibby.
Gibby fires at the plant twice.
Metal Man (GM): Two hits. The Piranha Plant dies. With a vengeance.
Gibby: "Two down... two to go..."
Metal Man (GM): The Buster Beetle hurls the Dry Bones at you. Hit?
Gibby dodges it.
Metal Man (GM): No hit. The Dry Bones hefts a bone at your head. Miss.
Gibby shoots the buster beetle twice.
Metal Man (GM): Two hits. It dies... The bones crumble automatically. Gibby has won!
Gibby falls to the ground in a sigh of relief.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby gains 200 EXP!
Gibby: "That... was painful..."
Metal Man (GM): Gibby gains 1000 coins! And now, to continue the search for Red October. I mean... the Right side. You guys on the right side: You're following Lizzy.
Wolfman is with Lizzy and a bunch of other Questers, scaling up Spiral Mountain to Grunty's Lair... something like that "Just how did you lose your frisbee up here anyway?"
Metal Man (GM): You notice the path start to have... many deathray craters.
Lizzy: "Well... ...look! Craters! We went the wrong way!"
Metal Man (GM): Alarms go off.
Charles Magellean: "Must be playing with--geez..."
Metal Man (GM): More Spd checks and hiding, please.
Digifanatic: "Oh boy..."
Metal Man (GM): This time, though, 5 missiles are coming!
Wolfman: "I got this covered."
Digifanatic risks it this time, for fear the missiles might home in.
Charles Magellean: "I still have this."
Digifanatic: (while trying to run) "Whaddya mean?"
Wolfman croches, and curls in. Then, he jumps up and howls.
Charles Magellean squats and hides again.
Metal Man (GM): Digi: You run from the missiles. Wolfman: Roll attack check.
Wolfman calls upon the Wolf Crush to save his friends... granted, it's being used for defense, but oh well.
Metal Man (GM): Locos hides during the mess. *EXPLODE* The missiles are exploded. The alarms turn off again.
Lizzy: "...Good work. They should be out of objects to fire at us... if we turn back. Otherwise, they might use some of their other stuff."
Charles Magellean squats and walks.....
Digifanatic: "I just hope there's no gates or walls preventing us to..."
Wolfman: "Don't worry too much."
Charles Magellean: "Then we should go the other path?"
Wolfman: "Let's continue on this one Locos."
Lizzy: "We should... unless you like being attacked every 30 feet. And they have a gate guarded by two tough guys. That's where my frisbee got thrown over. That idiot guy took it."
Charles Magellean: "..."
Lizzy: "So then... Do we go back or go forward?"
Aribar catches up with Wolf and the others. "... Sorry... My shoes came untied! It's a pain to tie them with one hand..."
Wolfman: "I say forward."
Lizzy: "You missed out on missiles."
Charles Magellean: "...Ever since I returned to my moon, I have renewed my principles and honors. Help those in need. Be honest. And even though continuing on means facing more danger than random encounters per steps... I'm willing to help you to get back your frisbee."
Lizzy: "Thank you. Well then... prepare for some rough going! The best way is to just run the whole way."
Charles Magellean: "A Quester is prepared for many a thing."
Lizzy: "So shall we run the whole way, or try... disguises? We could try to look like bushes or something."
Charles Magellean: "I have my disguise right here."
Wolfman: "I'm kind of hard to be disguised into here."
Charles Magellean holds up his little twig. "Digi, Ari, wolf... let us continue forward."
Wolfman: "Not a problem."
Lizzy: "Okay, then. I'm going to run ahead. Since I've dodged the stuff here for a long time, it's no problem for me."
Aribar: "...I won't act like some common thief and disguise myself..."
Metal Man (GM): Lizzy runs ahead. the alarms begin to go off. Make your choice: 2 more SPD checks or a disguise.
Wolfman: .oO(What is the problem is that I used a Wolf Crush when I shouldn't have... darn ego.)
Charles Magellean: "Then choose what you wish."
Wolfman has to run and catch up to Lizzy... he has no disguise. "The things I do for a frisbee..."
Charles Magellean squats, and walks forward like a fiddler crab with his twig in front of his face.
Wolfman: .oO(I just hope VG is handling the bills alright again...)
Aribar dashes after the others.
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman runs past without trouble. Aribar runs past too... he needs 1 more check. Digi and Locos manage to sneak their way to the gates.
Aribar continues the running of |)00|/|.
Charles Magellean stops for a couple minutes to give his squating knees a rest.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar also gets by. Everyone sneaks their way to the gate..... And now we continue with both sides at once. Gibby: You're atop a hill, and the group is at the front gate of a small compound.
Charles Magellean throws his twig to the ground.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby: The hill is high enough that you can just walk over the top of the barbed wire fence.
Wolfman gets a look at the gate.
Gibby shouts to them. "HEY GUYS!"
Charles Magellean flinches.
Aribar: "...Some Questers aren't made for stealth missions..."
Metal Man (GM): You see a variety of targeting sensors locking onto Gibby's forehead. However, Gibby doesn't notice.
Wolfman turns to Gibby.
Charles Magellean: "...Wolf... don't. He must learn the consequences."
Gibby: "I beat up a bunch of baddies! I guess I chose the right path! SO THERE! HA!"
Metal Man (GM): The deathray powers up again.
Aribar looks away...
Wolfman: "Gibby, MOVE!"
Metal Man (GM): BOOM. Gibby is turned into a crater.
Charles Magellean shakes his head while it droops.
Metal Man (GM): He re-appears where the crater was, minus 1 life.
Lizzy: "Shhh... they might fire again. We have to get through this gate."
Wolfman: *To Locos* "...he didn't move, did he?"
Charles Magellean: "It is obvious."
Gibby: "stupid death ray..."
Charles Magellean: "Let's approach the gate."
Digifanatic: (whispering) "Wait a minute... if that was a ray... was it less than an hour since the last one?"
Gibby goes over the fence.
Aribar tries to think of how to get through...
Charles Magellean turns to face the gate.
Wolfman looks at the gate again.
Metal Man (GM): The gate is electrified. Two, rather clueless grunts sit behind it. Gibby climbs over the fence, into the compound. Gibby is currently inside the fences. The guards to the gate have their backs to him,
Metal Man (GM): Think of it this way. A box. The south side, you guys are outside of. There's a gate in the middle of the south side. Behind that, inside the square, are two guards. Gibby is inside the square, on the Eastern side. To the North and West sides is a steep drop off a cliff.
Aribar: .oO(If you act like you belong there, people will let you pass!) "I'm about to do something brilliant, guys."
Wolfman says nothing, but lets Aribar do his thing... whatever it is.
Charles Magellean: "If it isn't common sense, don't do it."
Aribar walks towards the gate... His weapon's sheathed.
Metal Man (GM): The two guards, which are...
Wolfman notes his weapon is sheathed... okay, perhaps he IS thinking.
Aribar: "'allo, 'allo... It's me, you know, Phil... I just got this really neat costume on."
Metal Man (GM): A Dark Koopa (Upright walking Koopa with purple shell and sunglasses) And a two-toned green/red duo brother.
Dark Koopa: "...I don't remember anyone named Phil."
Aribar: "Oh, I'm a new recruit."
Dark Koopa: "What are you doing here in such a ridiculous costume?"
Wolfman: .oO(Okay, maybe not...)
Aribar: "Just got assigned here a day or two ago... Oh, this thing? I found it down the trail."
Dark Koopa: "Please take it off."
Aribar: "...The zipper's stuck. Well... Do you mind if I come through?"
Dark Koopa: "...Show me the zipper. We need your face so that we can positively ID you."
Duo Brother: *Nods* "It's just procedure."
Aribar: .oO(Not good...) "I really don't think you want to hold me up... For you see..."
Dark Koopa: "Let me guess. That isn't a costume. Can we use that face as your ID?"
Aribar: "Wrong, my friend, wrong..."
Dark Koopa: "...Okay... this better be good."
Charles Magellean clears his teeth, just knowing that this won't end well.
Aribar: "I have to deliver a VERY urgent message to the boss..."
Metal Man (GM): Gibby: You're watching them from inside.
Gibby takes a look at his surroundings.
Aribar: "...So I can't be held up."
Metal Man (GM): There's the building, which is unguarded. You could enter it. Or you could sneak attack the guards.
Dark Koopa: "What's in the package? I have plenty of time to kill. It's boring up here."
Duo Brother: *Nods.*
Gibby: .oO(Hmm... sneak attack, and risk death... or enter building? No brainer right there...)
Aribar: "Very special mushrooms... They look like Super Mushrooms, but are EXTREMELY poisonous..."
Gibby slowly sneaks into the building. He winks to the Questers to signal them before sliping inside.
Dark Koopa: "Can I see them?"
Metal Man (GM): Gibby sneaks inside the building, unnoticed. Gibby: The first floor is simple. Some stairs... and a console with two switches. They are unlabeled.
Aribar takes out one of the Super Mushrooms he got a while back. "Some of my less fortunate buddies, also in costumes, ate some... Bad food poisoning..."
Charles Magellean: "He has three more minutes to pull this off."
Metal Man (GM): Both are blue.
Dark Koopa: "Was that one of your friends?"
Gibby looks up the stairs, and listens for any guards.
Dark Koopa: "That guy I heard speaking."
Metal Man (GM): Gibby: There's no guards upstairs.
Gibby heads up the stairs.
Metal Man (GM): There's another console... far more complex.
Gibby takes a good look at it.
Metal Man (GM): It had a total of 300 buttons.
Aribar: "Oh, yeah! You see, I only have three minutes before these things go bad..."
Dark Koopa: "Should I let your friend in too?"
Gibby: "Hmmm... I COULD go button crazy on this thing."
Aribar: "Yeah... Let all of my friends in... You'll know it's the right group if a guy in a wolf robot costume is with them."
Wolfman REALLY doesn't know what to say there.
Charles Magellean: "..." *He faceslaps.*
Aribar: "So, can I pass now?"
Dark Koopa: "Okay then... let me tell Grunty first. She gets mad if I don't tell here when people come and go." *He pulls out a radio.*
Gibby scans the buttons for something that can turn on the speakers.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby: INT check. Gibby: 'Volume control' is what you find.
Aribar: "...What's that?" *He points off to the eastern wall.*
Metal Man (GM): There's a speaker in the console. The Dark Koopa looks at the Eastern wall.
Dark Koopa: "That is a crater."
Aribar: "No, no... I think I see something there..."
Gibby presses and holds the volume control button in an attempt to use the speaker.
Metal Man (GM): The speaker's volume is turned way up.
Dark Koopa: "Okay then. Go up the alternate trail and tell me what's there."
Aribar: "...I can't, man! These mushrooms will spoil in, like, two minutes! I really need to get them to Grunty fast... If she finds out you delayed me and these mushrooms went bad... We're all dead."
Dark Koopa: "But... nobody is inside that building. It's empty as can be."
Aribar: "Huh... I must have made a wrong turn..."
Gibby looks for a button that can radio guards.
Metal Man (GM): You see 'Activate emergency alert' as a button.
Gibby presses that.
Charles Magellean taps is foot.
Metal Man (GM): The alarms go off.
Dark Koopa: "Oh no! There's an intruder somewhere!"
Duo Koopa: "In the tower!"
Aribar: "No, I see him! Over by that crater! He's barely visible!"
Dark Koopa: "No time! The laser gun is going to attack everything that moves! Ahhhhhhhh!"
Metal Man (GM): The two guards run inside the tower while the large laser beam atop the tower swivels to point at Aribar.
Gibby: "I hope that helped..."
Aribar: "..." *He mades a mad dash to the building.*
Charles Magellean: "...Wolf, Digi... it's time to move out."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: The gate is in the way.
Wolfman nods his head.
Metal Man (GM): The laser beam is powering up.
Charles Magellean takes the path upward and dashes to the gate.
Digifanatic follows Locos.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby: You hear two people enter and stay on the first floor.
Wolfman follows Locos as well... this is going to be close.
Digifanatic: "This is not right this is not right..."
Aribar attempts to climb over the gate.
Gibby looks for a button that can open the gate.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar climbs over, covered in electricity. Gibby: INT check. Aribar: SPD save.
Charles Magellean: "Go help the buffoon in the tower, Ari!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is zapped for 80% damage. But he gets in the tower.
Metal Man (GM): Where the two guards are. Gibby: You find the 'Ultimate Defense Shield' button.
Gibby: "No, no... that's not it."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You run in the building, and find the following.
Charles Magellean: "...Rock, paper, scissors Wolf?"