Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 172: Shadows over Nintendus
Date: 3:02:15 PM, March 23rd; 12:36:52 PM, March 24th, 2005.
Metal Man (GM): Okay then. It's another day at HQ. Well, besides for the smoldering ruins of Saturn Valley. Aribar would be in R&R.
Aribar is probably watching "Nintendus's Funniest Tornado Accidents."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow walks in.
Shadow: "Hello, Aribar."
Aribar looks up. " 'allo Shadow."
Shadow: "It is about time I explained some events and people to you. You may remember me... from the thirteen gentlemen. ...Kuja was one of them. He tricked us... all of us..."
Aribar nods and begins to listen.
Shadow: "When we were sent out of this dimension, Zio and Meier Link escaped, in traditional style. We asked Kuja for help, but instead... He killed everyone. Sephiroth may have survived due to sheer power, but I did not see him as I took all the emeralds and escaped. ...I appeared on the moon, where the apathetic Charles Magellean sat. He said Nintendus was doomed, and that he would do nothing about it."
Shadow: "Yes... nothing. Even in this horrible shape, even being chased by Kuja, he would do nothing for me."
Aribar: "...I'm half-tempted to find a way to get to his stupid moon and drag him back here."
Shadow: "I was half-tempted myself to destroy his moon. He has a coldness in his heart which only a few villains can top. I escaped... using a holy spell. I got to Saturn Valley... just in time to see you fighting the evil Doopliss. Three of my emeralds disappeared when I warped from the satellite; Kuja took them."
Aribar flinches, remembering he fell when fighting Doopliss.
Shadow: "We must... take them back."
Metal Man (GM): *Shadow's theme.*
Aribar: "No doubt stealing them would just profit him or something..."
Shadow: "We must find and fight to the heart of Gerald's base... and take them all! No... he would not profit. With all the chaos emeralds, I could challenge him. I could severely damage everything he has, and chase away every last piece of his miserable empire! I need your help... you must get a warp activated for me. Then we must both take the emeralds."
Aribar listens, but doubts Shadow's words. "...Should we not summon the other Questers?"
Shadow: "No... they would botch the mission, and possibly get in the way. You are the only person I can trust. I will teach you chaos control if you come. It is all I can do... give you some more time."
Aribar: "..." *The elf remembers how Shadow said that Chaos Control would be the only way to beat Doopliss.*
Shadow: "...For Maria..."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow shakes his head a bit, then remains looking vengeful and saddened.
Aribar gets up off of the couch and heads for the doorway. "... Let's go then."
Shadow: "Then, off we go."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow walks towards the warp room.
Aribar follows, securing all of his supplies.
Metal Man (GM): You get them. Then, you get to the warp room.
Shadow: "Use your dex to unlock this door."
Aribar: "...This may prove a problem." *He takes out that old dex from the undersea prison. His own is in Ruvyn's custody.*
Aribar points it at the door and tries to open the door.
Shadow: "That is broken. Let me fix it."
Aribar hands it to Shadow.
Metal Man (GM): Shadow takes it, and begins messing with the wires.
Shadow: "...A few wires here... there!"
Aribar: "I gave my actual one to Ruvyn in exchange for Orlando Florida."
Metal Man (GM): It beeps on... though it looks rather primitive.
Aribar takes his dex back and tries again.
Metal Man (GM): It opens.
SIMBER: "Access granted for Klumsy Koopa."
Shadow: "...They might find that suspicious, but it's too late now."
Aribar: "Huh... Ah well."
Metal Man (GM): The warp room is empty and dark. Shadow quickly turns on some lights and begins programming a warp.
Aribar enters the warp room.
Shadow: "We'll free Yurie and the Star Fox team while we're at it."
Aribar: "You're sure you're up to this?"
Shadow: "I stared Kuja down as he killed all of my comrades. I fought him alone, long enough to get the location of Nintendus. I shall be able to do this as well."
Metal Man (GM): A warp appears...
Shadow: "This is where it gets rough. I'll need your own skills to help with the variety of things he'll send at us."
Aribar: "...Okay." *He starts towards the warp. The elf hesitates, takes out the Wand of Wonder.*
Metal Man (GM): Shadow follows. *WARP* You're outside Gerald's base. A large, dome-shaped thing. There's a shield behind you.
Aribar: "...I've an impressive arsenal of magic... I won't go down easily."
Shadow: "Now... the game begins."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow blasts down the door to the base. Shadow walks right in, casually.
Aribar looks about and then to Shadow while following him... "Do you know your way through here?"
Shadow: "This was built according to ancient specifications stored in all creations of Gerald Robotnik. I know this place like it's a part of me."
Aribar nods and leaves it at that.
Metal Man (GM): http://www.vgmusic.com/music/console/sega/genesis/s3db_sg_20.mid The base is amazing... this hallway leads directly to the hub. There's gadgets everywhere.
Shadow: "We're currently invisible to their sensors, thanks to the chaos emerald field surrounding us."
Aribar: "How long will that last?"
Shadow: "Not long. When we reach the hub, it's fighting time."
Metal Man (GM): And, of course, you reach the hub. A round computer control central thing, staffed by four Grodus Bots.
Shadow: "Chaos Arrow!"
Metal Man (GM): The robots stand up, look at you, and are then destroyed by energy projectiles.
Aribar readies for combat. He lets Shadow start off.
Metal Man (GM): Alarms go off.
Gerald Robotnik: "Intruders in my base? Impossible! All robots, attack!"
Aribar: "...We may just have a chance if you can keep doing that!"
Shadow: "I can... but you must handle the controls."
Aribar dashes over to the controls. "What must I do?"
Shadow: "I'm not sure how to operate those, but you want to unlock the door to the emergency access hallways."
Aribar hrms, and attempts to do so. The elf frowns while pressing the various buttons because he knows little of computers.
Metal Man (GM): Shadow floats above you and in the center of the room. He begins shooting energy at the incoming robots.
Gerald Robotnik: "...Shadow... SHADOWW!!! How dare you... come back to life and attack me?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: INT check -3 Your skills find you the controls, but do not open the doors. You see the following: A row of switches, for numbered doors. One row for each and every hallway, which means four. They're coded like 'S1' for South Door 1, etc. You must find out which switch to press.
Aribar hrms and wonders if he could just press all the buttons.
Metal Man (GM): Shadow fights the robots off, but they keep on coming.
Aribar decides to find out!
Metal Man (GM): You do so... robots come streaming out of all of them.
Shadow: "...!!! Quickly! Lockdown the North, East, and South hallways!"
Aribar: "Gah! Bad! Bad!" *He tries to do so.* (Roll it?)
Metal Man (GM): You see a red button above each of the rows that says 'Lockdown.' Yes, roll it. You press the buttons, and the area is locked down. Besides one hallway... Shadow begins walking to it, occasionally blurring to destroy robots and slam doors shut.
Shadow: "This way. The real fighting begins inside here."
Gerald Robotnik: "I'll get you for this, Shadow!"
Aribar dashes towards Shadow.
Metal Man (GM): You start going up a set of stairs.
Aribar: .oO(So far, so good... I guess...)
Shadow: "We're heading to the executive level, where all the controls are, as well as the computers."
Metal Man (GM): You get onto the level, where a large amount of mainframes are.
Shadow: "Now, to--"
SIMBER: "Halt where you are. Surrender or be destroyed."
Metal Man (GM): A red version of SIMBER appears.
Aribar: "...I take it this isn't the same SIMBER as in the Stadium, huh?"
Shadow: "True, that."
Aribar hrms and decides to take a chance... "Control, Alt, Delete!"
SIMBER: "That does not work on me, unauthorized user 292. Orders to terminate you have come through. Prepare to be destroyed."
Aribar: "Uhh... Look! A diversion!" *The elf points behind SIMBER.*
Metal Man (GM): SIMBER merely appears yet again, looking behind him with one clone, looking at you with the other.
Metal Man (GM): SIMBER vs. Aribar and Razor Whoops. http://www.legends-station.com/mml1/midi/juno1.mid
Shadow: "Chaos Spear!"
Metal Man (GM): It instantly hits SIMBER for 50 damage.
Metal Man (GM): It hits Shadow 3 times for a total of 135% laser damage.
Shadow: "That thing is tough! Take it down!"
Aribar: "...Electric Element Barrage!" *The elf fires three Electric Elemental Blasts at SIMBER for 70% Electric damage thrice--210% total.*
Metal Man (GM): New round. Shadow runs up to it and gives it several kicks and punches. Two hits. 100% damage.
SIMBER: "Take this, pathetic mage."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: INT save. You resist the powerful energy SIMBER throws at you.
Aribar just extends his hand and dispels the energy. "You underestimate me!"
Metal Man (GM): It tries to grab Aribar.
SIMBER: "You are currently overestimating your own power."
Aribar: "Gah!" .oO(I guess I underestimate HIM!)
Metal Man (GM): 60% damage as it grabs you, then tosses you onto the floor. New round. Shadow tries homing dash attacking it. He manages to miss anyway, and takes 3% damage.
Aribar looks stunned by his fast movement but quickly rolls away and gets back up. The elf heals himself with a Minor Healing spell before firing a Jolt at his holographic foe (15% Electric, possible stun), and then downs a Green Potion.
Metal Man (GM): It charges up, and fires more lasers at Shadow. Ouch... Shadow is hurt badly. again.
Shadow: "Guhh! That... thing... has a lot of power..."
Aribar goes defensive. First off he casts Blindness on SIMBER and tries to rob his foe of sight. (Blinded for the rest of the fight.)
Metal Man (GM): Sensors short out.
Aribar then casts Minor Healing twice on Shadow for 40% total. It may not be much, but every bit helps!
Shadow: "Thank you... I didn't want to use this yet, but this is a bad case. Chaos... Control!"
Metal Man (GM): Shadow blurs, and SIMBER suddenly explodes... as does the entire computer area. The lights flicker. Shadow appears again, looking weak.
Shadow: "We're almost there..."
Aribar: "...Are you okay?! Do you need more healing?" *He dreads what may lie ahead... The elf's thoughts focus on Kappa.*
Shadow: "No... once we get all of the emeralds, we can replenish this energy."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow walks ahead, kicking the next door... then laying down in a chair. The next room has a large computer console.
Shadow: "You need to deactivate the pocket dimension using this computer. It's highly complex, but I'm too tired to do it."
Aribar: "...I'll try my best, but keep in mind I'm not skilled in computers." *He walks up to the console and curses his incompetence before getting to work. ... Lucky.*
Metal Man (GM): It beeps a bit.
Computer: "Dimensional controls activated. Deactivation imminent. Please select a destination."
Aribar: "Umm... Now what, Shadow?"
Shadow: "You pick where they should go... I suggest it be far away from here."
Aribar: "Hrm..." *He attempts to target the Phendrana Ocean. He believes it is far away... He tells Shadow about this before actually doing it, though.*
Shadow: "That should work."
Aribar does so then.
Computer: "Dimensional pocket unloaded."
Metal Man (GM): The computer then shuts down.
Shadow: "We're almost there. This way."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow gets up, and begins walking down to the next room.
Aribar follows. "This has been pretty easy so far... I think."
Shadow: "Merely because of me. And the four chaos emeralds. I only wanted you to come... because of this."
Metal Man (GM): The next room is a large laboratory. There's a ton of stuff here... files on everything Gerald has created. It shows information on Shadow, the Biolizard, ARK, even this base...
Aribar: "...Wow... There's tons of stuff here."
Metal Man (GM): And one final one. About the chaos emeralds.
Shadow: "You should read the part about the chaos emeralds."
Aribar hrms and goes to read that part.
Metal Man (GM): Shadow smashes open a glass cabinet in the background, drinking something from the area containing stuff specific to himself. You begin reading a rather large looking report... 'The mystery of the chaos emeralds: Solved. By Gerald Robotnik. Here, on Nintendus, even after my supposed death, I have been secretly studying the emeralds... behind Kuja's back. They served some unknown purpose, and have power for reasons which boggle the mind. But then... I discovered their true purpose. They are to contain the source of chaos for the realm they are in!'
Aribar hrms and continues reading. He mumbles what he reads out loud for Shadow to hear if he wants.
Metal Man (GM): 'From there, those wielding them have access to countless amounts of chaotic beings' energies. I am one of those beings... but it is too late for me. My purpose was to write this down. This is also the last thing I shall be able to write with my true mind.'
Aribar begins to formulate a plan while reading this...
Metal Man (GM): 'To whoever who reads this... take the emeralds... and use them to stop Kuja!' It trails off there.
Aribar: "...It sounds like he doesn't want Kuja here..."
Shadow: "His rational mind wanted nothing but good for the people of all worlds. With the last piece left behind from his now gone self, he has given us the tool to destroy Kuja with."
Aribar: "...So I am correct in saying that now he isn't mentally well?"
Shadow: "He went insane fifty years ago, in his own realm."
Aribar pockets the report... He thinks he'll be able to use it as a bribe later on for a certain Lunarian.
Shadow: "When his relative, Maria, was killed in an accident. From then... he has wanted nothing but destruction. All of his inventions were programmed to destroy everything the minute they were activated. Kuja exploited this... but the rational mind still lingered in the programming."
Aribar: "...It truly does sound like he went mad from that incident..."
Shadow: "What we see now is the incredibly powerful evil side of his mind, controlling machines. He did the same with me, but Sonic helped me realize that I should save the world, not destroy it... that was before Kuja made the thirteen gentlemen. Our last goal is in the next room."
Aribar: "Hrm... You said that the rational mind still lingered in the programming... Do you mean that it isn't there anymore?" *He starts towards the next door but looks to Shadow.*
Shadow: "It was deleted after writing this."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow gets up, and follows you. The next room... Gerald Robotnik is standing behind a desk.
Gerald Robotnik: "...You have caught me. Bravo..."
Aribar hrms and looks to Gerald, but says nothing...
Gerald Robotnik: "...But I cannot stop you. Your power is beyond mine. I am a logical man. I cannot destroy both of you... no. You destroyed my communications, so Kuja cannot save me. And Aribar's magical powers would eliminate me anyway. You have four... I have three."
Gerald Robotnik: "I shall not be killed, nor shall you destroy me."
Aribar accepts what he thinks is a compliment silently.
Gerald Robotnik: "Before I go... I leave you a mystery. Why would the madman give the good guys the chaos emeralds and one of Nova's modules?"
Metal Man (GM): At that, the hologram goes out, and Kappa falls to the floor. Three emeralds drop out... and roll beneath your feet.
Aribar: "...Should we take Kappa with us?"
Shadow: "He should be taken. I'll get the module."
Aribar moves to scoop up the emeralds. "Okay."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow begins typing on the console in there.
Nova: "Control restored to this module."
Aribar hrms... All of this seems too easy. He pockets the emeralds and goes to get Kappa... The elf hopes he can even drag the thing out of here.
Metal Man (GM): You can drag it, for sure. Kuja's face appears on the comms screen... outraged and amazed.
Aribar: "Uhhh... This is the wrong number!"
Kuja Tribal: "What is this? ...This can't be! The robots are attacking my castle... the Questers have your base... and you're nowhere to be found!"
Shadow: "...It appears Gerald had other plans, Kuja."
Kuja Tribal: "WHAT? You... I killed you! ...I'll destroy you right--"
Metal Man (GM): Shadow holds up all the emeralds.
Kuja Tribal: "NO! This can't be happening! You have the emeralds... ...I... I won't forget this!"
Metal Man (GM): The feed cuts suddenly.
Aribar: "...I think he was scared of you for a second."
Shadow: "I am one of the thirteen gentlemen, and I appear to have convinced Gerald to not help Kuja. It may not seem like much, but the table has been thrown back at him. Now..."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow turns to you.
Shadow: "The following is a secret you must keep. You may use this magical power, but it is not to be known by the Questers."
Aribar nods... The elf gets excited, wondering if Shadow will teach him this Chaos Control thing now.
Shadow: "For you see... Kuja is able to manipulate them. If Kuja knows this, then if he gets the emeralds, it will be like he has my powers as well as his own."
Aribar: "...Them? The Questers? Wouldn't that include me?"
Shadow: "No. You... are not controlled by him, or the Questers. You are a Quester, but you are not controlled by any of them. You proved that to me today. Now... I shall give you one emerald. To keep it safe. This shall be the power for chaos Control. I shall keep one myself, and so shall Sonic. They must be kept apart to be safe. I will even give one to Eggman... for you see, if evenly distributed, they cannot be stolen from their holders without killing them. Which color would you like?"
Aribar hrms, looking at each of them.
Metal Man (GM): They come in these colors: Yellow, White, Red, Green, Blue, Dark Blue, and Purple.
Aribar reaches for the yellow one. "... I usually associate yellow with electricity, my specialty."
Metal Man (GM): You pick it up. You can feel the power.
Shadow: "Now... using that emerald, you can do Chaos Control. It's relatively simple. You can only do one attack per turn, and you use half of your magical energy..."
Aribar slowly glances from the emerald to Shadow. He listens to the hedgehog's instruction.
Shadow: "But for two minutes and thirty seconds, you are able to hit the enemy instantly." (5 rounds) "During this time, you also become harder to hit." (+5 to AC during those rounds, and half your total MP.) "You can only do it once every while." (One battle per mission) "The emerald can also be used to power things. You may gain new powers as you gain experience." (Tell me when you've gained five more levels) "That is everything. Oh, yes..."
Shadow: "Anyone who tries to take the emerald will be electrocuted. It works well with thieves."
Aribar chuckles. "Excellent. One question, though."
Aribar: "If I remember correctly you said that if I used Chaos Control on Doopliss it would him mortal... So I would have to give him this power? I mean... Cast it on him."
Shadow: "That technique cannot be learned yet."
Shadow: "Once you did learn it, though, you could use it to turn him into hybrid form and finish him off."
Aribar: "Okay... So we're done here?" *He pockets his new possession and goes to get Kappa.*
Metal Man (GM): Shadow presses a few buttons, and the warp back opens.
Shadow: "We're done. It was easy."
Aribar: "I still think it is too easy... Ah well. Wait... What should we tell the others? I mean... Opening the warp room door with a stange dex... Dragging home Kappa..."
Shadow: "Tell them we were going to lunch in Eisnaught when Gerald Robotnik attacked us."
Aribar: "Gibby may think we went to Mushroom-Mart or something, but the others will---Oh. Okay."
Shadow: "It sounds normal, with the way things go on in this realm."
Aribar: "True..." *He heads through the warp.*
Metal Man (GM): Shadow follows... and we go back to downtime. That was just a little plot thing which will become important in the next mission.
Digifanatic: *At this time, Digi is heading back up to his room to tell the others that everyone's okay for now and to continue his guided tour of HQ.*
Aribar would call SIMBER to take Kappa to Oak's lab to see if the professor could do anything and looks at the warp room controls...
Digifanatic: "Hey guys, I'm back. Ah, you all kept the room clean..."
Danny: "Well, they were almost willing but--"
Ken: "Oh, would you stop that?"
Digifanatic: "So, everything's okay and stuff, I just needed some time to regather thoughts and stuff. Let's hit it." *The four leave the room. He gets on an elevator that takes them to the basement of the B Wing, starting with the pool.* "Well, this is the pool area. Just be careful not to fall in..."
Aribar heads to his room.
Danny: "Well, this looks nice enough. Too bad we didn't bathing suits or anything..."
Digifanatic: *They head back up to the museum, the upper floor first.* "This floor and the one below it is our HQ Museum basically. All of our old events and stuff are all documented. Feel free to make any donations; they take currency from any realm. The bottom floor has a Hall of Fame work in progress." *Some passersby see Digi and say a couple friends hellos and such, but none of them make any comment about the others.*
Yolei: "Is it me or am I surprised no one's saying anything to us?"
Digifanatic: "Eh, probably just think they're guests that just happen to know me well. These interactions are odd." *They pass by the Arena on the left, current not having a fight, thus its emptiness, but they're willing to get a look.* "This is quite possibly our jewel. The Arena. Questers and Smashers sometimes fight here and the crowds are usually packed. The buildings far off are your main towers for commentary, and also contain the cameras and stuff."
Danny: "Hey, think we put on a show with our partners and stuff?"
Digifanatic: "They'd have to be registered first, and for one or two battles only, it's not worth it unless you want to be a Quester at the same time. You can also bet on matches if you want." *They leave and start heading towards the Sick Bay.* "And this is our hospital, practically. 7 floors of medical service, a cafe and a lobby. Have any problems, they'll be ready to take care of you if need be."
Danny: "This HQ is one heck of a swanky dig, my man."
Digifanatic: "Ah yeah, we got it good here. It's well worth the devotion." *They leave and head back towards the main wing.* "Finally, last wing. There's the main desk, and the gift shop to your right, bathrooms just past it, and the public restaurant to your left. Kirby and Yoshi make two great cooks, and you should check out the breakfast buffet. Real good." *There are murmurs of approval from the others.* "Oh, and if you all hear anything downstairs...(whispering) it's most likely business you might not need to be needed for..."
Ken: "Private stuff?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, basically. Stuff we Questers sometimes need to be involved with and, it's too complicated at times, blah blah blah, you all get the point."
Danny: "We believe you."
Digifanatic: "And you know, with the exception of staff offices and stuff, that's practically it. Gardens and stuff on the outside, no new matches or anything. We're lucky I had this time just to get you all here." *They all eventually get back to Digi's room.* "Well, it was real nice seeing some of you all come and such."
Danny: "Hey, anything for a buddy. Nothing too drastic, though."
Digifanatic: "I try my best. Bye everyone! If you tell anyone, please keep it controlled! I don't have all the time in the world between business, y'know!"
Yolei: "We'll try and do our best, alright? We're all concerned, like we said before."
Digifanatic turns on his comp, gets a quick connection, and lets them back through, eventually back to their respective homes. "Well, that was good. Nice to see them again. Felt like a soldier on leave..." *He gets his 2000 coins for leveling up on return, shuts the comp off, and walks down to G&Ws shop.* "Hello my good friend, item dealer and Smasher."
Editor's Note: Greetings, fellow human. Let us have us a normal interaction of mercantile item obtainment.
Locos?: "Hello Digi. How are you doing?"
Digifanatic: "Oh, hello Locos."
Metal Man (GM): GW is there, of course... but so is Locos.
Locos?: "I was just thinking up a way to save the world, as usual. But I'd need your help."
Digifanatic thinks for a bit. .oO(I need one more unique item to get back to 10...) "Yeah. What would you like?"
Locos?: "Well, could I borrow that fancy computer of yours for a hot moment?"
Digifanatic: "Um, sure. Gimme a minute. I need some items."
Digifanatic buys one X Accuracy (as usual)... (kinda quietly to Locos) "G&W sure demands much for cinnamony goodness... But I can wait for now..." *He also gets a Midshroom.* "That'll do, G&W."
Mr. Game and Watch: "Thanks for your service."
Digifanatic hands G&W the coins' worth, takes the items. "No problem. Alright. As for the comp, follow me." *He walks towards an elevator, takes it to his floor and walks over to his room, as does Locos.*
Metal Man (GM): He follows you, of course.
Locos?: "I just need to look up a few things, you know. A history research project."
Digifanatic: "Okay." *He opens the door (judging by the rules of intruder prevention, I'd/he'd have to open the door unless the room's owner would shut off the security switch in their room) and lets Locos in.*
Locos?: "May I use the computer, now?"
Digifanatic: "Sure." *He turns it on.*
Locos?: "Thank you."
Metal Man (GM): The minute it turns on completely, Locos begins typing a lot.
Digifanatic: "Just be careful..."
Metal Man (GM): You see many things... A picture of Exor... to start. He brings up the schematics.
Digifanatic: "I just had three friends come in from my present Earth, thanks to the laws of the Digital World and stuff..."
Metal Man (GM): Then he brings up information on the Halberd. And then on the chaos emeralds...
Digifanatic: "By bringing up the account, I don't want them to get a false impression."
Metal Man (GM): He quickly looks up information on Kuja as well.
Digifanatic: "Ooh... Kuja. Crazy guy, I swear he is."
Locos?: "Oh, well, I'm just looking for a common link."
Digifanatic: "No, it's okay."
Metal Man (GM): He continues... you see images of a variety of other things. Ordoth, the lost city... Floating Island... Nova... SIMBER... Dr. Wily...
Digifanatic: "Oh boy."
Locos?: "I am looking to see if there is an underlining design or cause for all of these objects. And people."
Metal Man (GM): When he gets to Nova, his eyes suddenly light up... after looking at the other two, he begins looking through everything he can about Nova.
Locos?: "This Nova appears to be the link! Great."
Digifanatic: "What about Nova?"
Locos?: "Nova is the link... the reason it all exists."
Digifanatic: "What? Kuja and all that jazz?"
Locos?: "Can't you see it now? The owner of Nova... becomes God."
Digifanatic: "Oh wow..."
Locos?: "I must prevent that from happening! Thank you for your time. I must go now."
Digifanatic: "No problem!"
Metal Man (GM): He closes down all the stuff he brought up and disappears outside the door.
Digifanatic leaves the room, makes sure his two newly-bought items are in his inventory, then leaves his room. He heads down to the ground level, and into the library. "Excuse me SIMBER, but I need to find out something quick about something last session."
SIMBER: "...What is a session?"
Digifanatic: "Well, mission. What I meant, sorry."
SIMBER: "What do you wish to know?"
Digifanatic: "But we were out in Saturn Valley and Gerald brought up something about a Maria."
Digifanatic: "Does this place have any short bios of this Maria. I wonder what she had to do with Gerald."
Digifanatic: "Oh, okay. I appreciate you letting me know. Thanks anyways."
SIMBER: "You're welcome."
Digifanatic leaves the library. .oO(Who is that Maria and what is her thing with Gerald. Maybe Sonic knows?) He looks around HQ for Sonic's locale. "He might know..."
Metal Man (GM): Sonic is laying around on a lawn chair, in the garden.
Digifanatic: "Hey, Sonic."
Digifanatic lightly rubs his hair...
Metal Man (GM): Sonic suddenly wakes up.
Sonic: "...Huh? What do you want?"
Digifanatic: "I gotta ask you something. When we were in Saturn Valley, Gerald brought something up about a Maria, but I heard nothing else about her during that time. Who is she? She seems to be an important part of Gerald's motives and stuff..."
Sonic: "Gerald's daughter. She died in a freak accident, which then drove Gerald mad."
Digifanatic: "Ah... That's too bad... Do you have an idea as to how long?"
Azure: *Resides within his room working on something at this time.*
Digifanatic: "It begged to be asked."
Sonic: "How long?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, how long ago?"
Sonic: "Fifty years ago."
Digifanatic: "Wow... Well, I guess I now know what I need to. Thanks, Sonic. Just helps to have a little background at the crisis in hand, you know..." *He waves at him as he walks back indoors to his room.*
Sonic: "You're welcome."
Digifanatic: "Alright then..." .oO(An innocent daughter and a mad scientist who is literally mad... He plans to control Nova and practically be an omnipresent force... boy, have I learned some crazy things today.) *He heads up to his room and just plain relaxes.* "Good to see people respecting me, at least. Four years back this never would have been. Speaking of years... five almost to the day my friends saved their worlds while I was being kicked from this one. My, how the time flies. Seen as how I'm getting info... might as well plug on the news." *He turns the TV on and flips over to the news.* "Okay then... I can live with no news." *He shuts off the TV.*
Aribar hrms, walkout out of his room and down the hall. The elf just realized something as he went to sleep last night: Shadow's story does not add up. He said Locos was on the moon, but Locos is clearly at the stadium! .. oO(Should I tell Shadow about this... ? No, I'll take care of it myself.) "SIMBER?"
Aribar: "Where is Locos at?"
SIMBER: "Charles L. Magellean is currently at the Second Moon. ...He appears to have come to the Stadium for a brief visit."
Aribar: "...Hrm... So he's no longer at the stadium?"
SIMBER: "He is here, actually."
Aribar: "...Where's he located at in the stadium?"
SIMBER: "In the garden."
Aribar: "Thank you, SIMBER. That is all."
SIMBER: "You are welcome."
Aribar starts towards the garden... The elf puts a hand on the pommel of Moonlight as he starts his trek.
Metal Man (GM): You see Locos there, thinking to himself.
Aribar slows to a stop. The elf tries to detect whether or not Locos has seen him or not.
Locos?: "Hmmmm... if the quadra legion of the third pi squared mentium consortium object was multiplied by ten, then..."
Metal Man (GM): He continues babbling to himself.
Aribar attempts to silently unsheath Moonlight and sneak up behind Locos... Once doing so, the elf would put Moonlight about an inch from Locos's neck and say, "Sorry to disturb you, but who are you?"
Locos?: "I am Charles L. Magellean, former curator of the Valhalla Fortress and current Administrator of the Second Moon. What do you want?"
Aribar: "...I don't believe you."
Locos?: "Since when have you believed anything I said? In your eyes, once a traitor, always a traitor."
Aribar: "Why are you on Nintendus if you want nothing to do with the place?"
Locos?: "I was here to take care of some unfinished business with this wretched planet. You have no business to ask me what that business was, elf."
Aribar: "...I think that I do."
Locos?: "The last time you thought you could do anything, Ganondorf chopped your other arm off."
Locos?: "Do you want that to happen again?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...jeez, somebody walks away from you two and you're instantly fighting again." *He steps into the garden, scowling at the pair of them.*
Locos?: "It is not my fault; he accosted me while I was thinking."
Aribar ignores that remark, and looks startled as Garrick walks by. He quickly sheaths his blade.
Locos?: "Whatever I say is only in self-defense."
Aribar: "...Garrick! What are you doing here?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "I came by to make some final adjustments on new weapon I was developing. I heard you two going at it from down the hall."
Locos?: "It is nice to see you, Garrick. I have always wondered about the construction of that wondrous gun you carry."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Stop trying to change the subject, Magellean."
Locos?: "Whatever you say, Mr. Tough."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I thought both of you settled this with that arena fight."
Aribar: "One last thing, 'Locos'... Have you been visited by someone lately?"
Locos?: "Visited by who?"
Aribar: "I asked you."
Locos?: "I was visited by no one."
Aribar looks up at Garrick. "I settled it with Locos. This is someon--... thing else."
Locos?: "Sheesh, always fricking asking questions."
Garrick Fy`aar glances to Ari.
Aribar: "...You are not Locos." *The elf backs up and drops into his fighting stance, taking out the Wand of Wonder.* "Are you SURE of that, Locos?"
Locos?: "Yes I am. You're just wanting to fight with me again. Unless you'll hit a fellow man while his back is turned, I shall go."
Metal Man (GM): He turns to go inside.
Aribar: "No you won't!"
Garrick Fy`aar puts a hand out to stop Ari.
Aribar goes to give chase after Locos... He pushes Garrick aside.
Metal Man (GM): Locos is now walking towards the shop.
Aribar: "He's not Locos! Let me go!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Dex, scan."
Smash Dex: "Locos Docos. *Insert endless Locos information here*."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Anything odd about him from the usual?"
Smash Dex: "No oddities detected. He possesses all of his normal objects and mindset."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Right..."
Smash Dex: "He is going to the shop to do a normal errand."
Garrick Fy`aar glances to Ari "Ari, listen to me for a second."
Aribar attempts to maneuver around Garrick and dash towards Locos. "No!"
Metal Man (GM): Locos is now out of sight, probably at the shop.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Damn it, Ari, listen to me! I believe you."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow walks over.
Aribar stops and turns around.
Shadow: "What's going on?"
Aribar: "Then why do you stop me from attacking that faker?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Because now is not the time for this!"
Aribar turns to Shadow. "... You said Locos was on the moon, right?"
Metal Man (GM): Shadow looks amused.
Shadow: "Faker? I didn't know people still called me that."
Aribar: "No, not you!"
Shadow: "Oh, right... the moon... yes. Last time I checked."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Ari, think about it. Even if it ISN'T Locos, unless people have solid proof, they aren't going to believe you."
Aribar: "...I've proof! I think..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "And if you do, they will attack YOU. How would you like it if you had the whole stadium against you?"
Aribar: "I asked Locos if he was visited by someone recently, thinking he would say Shadow here... He did not!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "What with all the stuff that's happened, you'll instantly be ousted. Aribar, if it isn't Locos, he hasn't done anything wrong. If it isn't Locos, he WILL do something wrong. So, let's wait until we have some full on proof. Honestly, I think you really do hate him and will never let it go."
Metal Man (GM): Locos reappears in the hallway... armed with one minigun and the Last Request. He points them at Aribar.
Locos?: "Never mess with a half-Lunarian, Elf boy."
Aribar looks to Locos... "... Blindness!" He tries casting Blindness on Locos.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...and there it was." *He ducks and rolls, pushing Ari out of the way as he draws the M150*
Metal Man (GM): Everyone is effected by the 4 d20+9 attack. Locos is not blinded. In fact, he seems unaffected by it.
Garrick Fy`aar: "SIMBER, alert, we have a intruder in the stadium."
Metal Man (GM): 18 damage per hit from the miniguns.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Under the guise of Locos. Lock down, now."
Metal Man (GM): 6 damage per hit from the minigun.
SIMBER: "...*Beep* No abnormal activity detected."
Garrick Fy`aar isn't hit at all. He stands up and unleashes hell on Locos with a barrage of flaming regular rounds.
Metal Man (GM): You hit the Locos with all of them. Silver holes appear in him... but quickly heal. He opens fire on Garrick with the miniguns. Both of them.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...that looked just like..."
Metal Man (GM): 18 damage per hit.
Aribar charges Terrorbolt up to level 4 and fires at Locos! (264% Electric.)
Garrick Fy`aar races about, getting popped twice.
Aribar is on death's door, but survives.
Metal Man (GM): You hit him... he merely turns to you and opens fire as well.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...damn it."
Metal Man (GM): 18 damage per hit. All of those are aimed at Aribar.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Shadow, do something!"
Shadow: "I'm going to get Mewtwo. This is not normal."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow flees... Locos starts running towards you, with the machineguns.
Aribar falls down, his first life down.
Locos?: "Take this, farm boy!"
Garrick Fy`aar quickly mutters something, the handgun disappearing from his grip. In it's place is a rather large and powerful looking gun... VERY large.
Metal Man (GM): 18 damage per hit as he fires at Garrick again ...Then he tries to steal from Garrick.
Aribar starts to come around... Just in time to see the stealing if all of this is allowed.
Garrick Fy`aar: *...luck again!*
Aribar: "Thief! Death is too good for you!"
Metal Man (GM): You're lucky that he doesn't steal it from you.
Garrick Fy`aar slams Locos away from him and unloads a shot at him "Ari, look away!"
Aribar does so.
Metal Man (GM): All of them.
Aribar awaits for Garrick to shoot and keeps his eyes closed. The words of his next spell is on his lips...
Metal Man (GM): The blast melts him a bit, but he reforms, unhurt.
Aribar casts Magic Teleport on that minigun of Locos's. He attempts to teleport it into the air so it hopefully falls to the ground and is damaged.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...what in the hell... he's just like the terminator..."
Aribar: "No doubt he's a spy for Kuja..." *The elf stands up.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: The minigun turns into silver and then moves back onto Locos.
Aribar: "...What are you?!"
Locos?: "I am Metallix, sent by Gerald Robotnik to destroy Shadow the Hedgehog."
Metal Man (GM): SIMBER appears to attack him....
Locos?: "Out of the way."
Aribar: "...I won't let you!"
Metal Man (GM): He draws the Pseudo-Cube bazooka... it blasts SIMBER down in a single hit.
SIMBER: "Gah!!!" *The lights flicker as SIMBER's attack form is obliterated.*
Metal Man (GM): He walks through the flames like they are nothing.
Aribar debates using his newest power while trying to cast Badge Breaker on 'Locos'
Metal Man (GM): The badge breaker attack does nothing to him.
Aribar: .oO(So much for that getting him out of that guise.)
Metal Man (GM): What do you do? The defenses were obliterated in one hit, and there's a towering column of fire blocking the way. Alarms are going off, though.
Aribar continues backing up... He can't win, but he doesn't want this guy to reach Shadow...
Metal Man (GM): You hear several more explosions nearby. The thing is blasting through people who get in his way.
Metal Man (GM): The fire dies down a bit. You could jump over it.
Aribar tries to do so.
Metal Man (GM): You leap over it. You can see several doors that he blasted open. Some wrecked security robots, and blasted turrets to boot.
Aribar: "You shall not get Shadow!" *The elf cries out as he fires three Star Storms at his powerful foe.*
Metal Man (GM): He turns around, and takes all three hits... they are easily reformed as well. However... as he's about to open fire on you...
Metal Man: "BLUE BEAM!"
Metal Man (GM): He's blasted down sideways by a beam of blue light.
Aribar: "Metal! Thank Erwin..."
Metal Man: "BANZAI!!!!" *He runs into the room, maliciously chopping at the robot while he's down.*
Aribar: "This thing's not Locos! ... Obviously. It said it was some Metallix guy sent to kill Shadow!"
Metal Man (GM): The robot gets up, tries to fight a bit, then actually flees.
Locos?: "Objective compromised. Abort mission."
Metal Man (GM): He then blasts through a wall... and flies off.
Metal Man: "...I think we got him out of here."
Aribar cries out triumphantly as that thing leaves!
Metal Man: "You weakened him quite a bit with all those blasts..."
Aribar: "Yeah! ... Thanks, Metal... I'd be dead now if you didn't come."
Metal Man: "Oh, no problem. I mean, he was about to torch the man eating couch. Shadow got upstairs and warned everyone. However, Mewtwo had been knocked out previous to this attack."
Aribar doesn't know if that would have been a good or bad thing... "Ah..."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic (Not Metallix) walks in.
Metal Sonic: "...There's another one of me..."
Aribar raises his weapon to Metal Sonic, but quickly lowers it.
Metal Sonic: "...He almost killed SIMBER!"
Aribar: "No offense, but he seems superior to you."
Metal Sonic: "...This is horrible. My more advanced model appears to have escaped. I was made by Eggman... you see... And that... THING... was made by Gerald. Even then... there's a fact that may surprise you."
Metal Sonic: "Besides using its superior energy reserves to stay alive, that thing was using all abilities at the exact same power the real Locos has. It did not even pull out some of the tricks it has on the side, nor did it use its own superior strength, speed, and intelligence to boost those moves..."
SIMBER: "...Records show... that it accessed confidential NOVA records with Digi's computer."
Aribar: "...One thing that disturbs me is that it was not detectable by the dex..."
Metal Sonic: "It was a perfect copy. Not even SIMBER could detect it. It even hacked SIMBER to make it appear a melee battle was going on in that hallway."
Aribar: "...It is truly a foe to be wary of..."
SIMBER: "...I shall be able to determine the coordinates it went to soon. Right now, I shall initiate repair programs."
Metal Man (GM): Machines start fixing up stuff... and as usual, the place begins to look like the previous events never happened.
Aribar: "The damage the battle caused wasn't too extensive, correct? Hrm... Guess not."
SIMBER: "It can be repaired as long as either Nova or Eisnaught stand. Unfortunately, it looks like that machine was equally self-repairing."
Aribar: "...SIMBER, is the warp room capable of heading to the Second Moon? Not now, but in the near future I think I'll want to pay the true Locos a visit."
SIMBER: "It is, with the additional help of Nova."
Aribar: "Ah... Okay."
Metal Sonic: "I'll go searching for Metallix, and notify Gerald."
Aribar: "Be careful."
Metal Sonic: *Speeds off through the hole in the wall seconds before it begins to be repaired.*
Aribar looks about the room he's in... The elf feels a bit wearied from the battle and starts off towards his room to think all of this over. He hrms, once back in his room with his door closed and locked. The elf looks over that report on the Chaos Emeralds again. "Gerald certainly has done much in his life... And after it... I hope that this will be a good bargining piece in the times to come." He hrms. He looks up from that report and over to the worn out, but now at least somewhat repaired, dex. He reaches over to it and opens the dex. He tries to find out about who the dex belonged to... The elf suspects Klumsy, but he wonders why Ruvyn would have had it if it was the good koopa's.
Metal Man (GM): It says 'Klumsy Koopa' in it, and includes many things. It has all sorts of old notes, a route to the holo tomb, that videodisk of his last will...
Aribar: "Hrm... The holo tomb..." *He wonders... Could that mechanical Klumsy be there?* " He gets up, pocketing the dex after memorizing the route to the tomb, puts the report in his desk's top drawer, and heads out of his room. The elf starts towards the holoroom looking deep in though."
Digifanatic gets out of his room and looks around. "Oh my... what happened?"
Metal Man (GM): Digi would see a variety of robots fixing damage to the hallways.
Aribar: .oO(Hopefully Metallix didn't damage the warp room...)
Metal Man (GM): The warp room and holo rooms are still in one piece.
Digifanatic: "Well then, this is odd."
Aribar heads inside and starts to input the coordinates to the Holo Tomb.
Digifanatic: "One of the big boys would know what exactly was going on." *He heads down to the floor where all the main offices are, and knocks on Metal's door to see if he's there.*
Metal Man (GM): He's there, of course. Aribar: The coordinates go in just fine.
Digifanatic opens the door. "Metal, do you have any idea what happened?!"
Metal Man: "Hello, Digi."
Digifanatic: "Oh, hey."
Aribar hrms, checks his supplies, and heads into the warp... The elf knows it is foolish to handle something like this alone, so Aribar calls SIMBER and tells him he's heading out... He also tells SIMBER that if he isn't back by tomorrow to send someone to Klumsy's Holo Tomb to find him.
Digifanatic: "I just heard a boom, thought it was maybe there was an onslaught of Bob-Ombs at the Arena or something... then again, 4 or 5 of those wouldn't destroy this place."
Metal Man: "Metallix, who had been posing falsely as Locos Docos, attacked and then escaped."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* Aribar: You appear in the lobby of the holo tomb. It's empty and abandoned.
Digifanatic: "Oh no... That might have been partially my fault."
Metal Man: "I already know that he took information on a great many things."
Aribar unsheaths Moonlight. "Hello? Anyone here?"
Metal Man: "Through your computer... but it is of no matter."
Digifanatic: "Exactly why I said that."
Metal Man (GM): The tomb is empty, and dead; you hear nothing back from your call.
Aribar: "Hrm... Maybe he isn't here."
Digifanatic: "I let him in, he probably figured out all the pieces and then bam--this is what happens."
Metal Man (GM): There's a dusty note on the console.
Aribar walks over to the console and picks up the note. "Oh? What's this?"
Metal Man (GM): It says, in Klumsy's writing... 'To all comers, of both Quester and non-Quester descent... I am currently busy, and unable to acknowledge your visits at this time. Please sign your name to the waiting list, and I may be able to talk to you in the future. The challenges have been suspended indefinitely at this time. Signed, Klumsy Koopa.'
Aribar hrms and looks at the waiting list after replacing the note.
Metal Man (GM): The waiting list has a variety of names... nothing abnormal, but you can't really read them. They've been hidden for privacy.
Aribar: "Ah well..." *He opens his dex and asks for a warp back home.*
Metal Man (GM): You get the warp.
Aribar starts towards his room once getting back.
Digifanatic: "So Metal, do you have any idea as to who he really is and why he attacked the HQ?"
Metal Man: "To attack Shadow."
Digifanatic: "Oh... Apparently Shadow's now become a Smasher, too. That's what I get out of it... But he's probably not yet... Metal, is he on Gerald's side?"
Metal Man: "Shadow is against Gerald."
Digifanatic: "No, Metallix."
Metal Man: "Oh, yes."
Esprinto steps out of the warp in the warp room and looks around.
Digifanatic: "If Gerald gets a hold of Nova--if he really hasn't already--this destruction just helped his side in a big way. I heard that Gerald would practically be a deity once acquiring Nova... that's what Metallix said while he was researching in my room."
Metal Man: "Well, we can't stop him now. He's disappeared."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... But at least I know that there's a definitive connection of what had happened. Thanks for sharing."
Metal Man: "You're welcome."
Digifanatic: "Alright then..." *He walks back out of the office...* "Hmm... Gerald's somewhere unknown trying to acquire Nova and rule this planet... Metallix just destroyed this place just so that we'd be concerned about repairing the place, and he hates Shadow."
Esprinto wanders around the hallways of HQ. "Yeesh... I still don't know my way around this place."
Cornelius sees Esprinto. "Well hello."
Esprinto: "Hmm? Oh, hey... you're a new face... don't think we've met."
Cornelius: "I am Cornelius Klutzington."
Digifanatic: "Shadow has gained cahoots with Sonic... even though they don't seem to be related... Hmm... maybe Shadow and Metallix used to know each other and then hated their guts when Shadow knew Sonic."
Cornelius: "Well, glad to meet you." *He smiles.*
Digifanatic: "All sorts of questions, motives and stuff... hopefully they'll all confess when their days are done."
Esprinto: "Well I am Esprinto " *LENSFLARE* *The last knight of Durania!* *Pose.*
Cornelius: "I am part of the Greylokian Space Force."
Esprinto: "Hmmm... you reacted well... last time I did that, people face faulted..."
Cornelius: "Don't suppose you have a 12 gauge molecular monkey snot generating pig ran hamster jumping triangular dervish module?"
Esprinto: *Blink* "Say what?"
Digifanatic: *For location purposes, he is wandering the halls of the hotel/rooms/offices wing, just thinking out loud...*
Cornelius: "It's the power source for my ship, the Puddle Jumper I plan on leaving when I get one."
Esprinto: "Good luck with that one... this place is all I've got... Durania was obliterated..."
Cornelius: "Well, don't worry, how about we can stay friends, I scratch your back, you scratch mine" *Smiles.*
Esprinto: "Sounds good..."
Cornelius: "I am torn from my planet... an alien rival bugs my planet... so I wish to hone up on my skills here. So I kinda know how you feel."
Esprinto: "Hmm... well, sounds like a good plan... main reason I am here is to do as much good as I can... it was sort of my fault Durania was destroyed."
Cornelius: "Well, wow. That's ok, we can still be buddies" *Smiles.*
Esprinto: "Yeah! So... been on any missions?"
Cornelius: "A few, I got to use my weapons" *Draws his Battle 'Brella, a blue and white umbrella.*
Esprinto: "Cool, I've been on two missions and fought in the arena once."
Cornelius: "Yeah, but I think I'd lose against you, you look strong." *Frowns a little* "I am not really the best fighter... but I can get by."
Esprinto: "I dunno... kinda depends."
Cornelius draws his umbrella.
Esprinto: "*Cough* Although I did take on a level fourteen Quester and win..."
Cornelius: "Oh..." *He looks a little discouraged, knowing he is not a very good warrior.*
Esprinto: "But... I've been outta the game for a while, so I am a bit outta practice..."
Cornelius: "Oh ok... well, you should see me in battle, I am OK, but not the best."
Esprinto: "I ain't the best either... unless you're a robot..."
Cornelius: "Well, I am partly robot, my torso is built of Umbrellium."
Esprinto: "Hmm... Yeah... robots are my specialty... I do extra damage to em... Nothin' personal of course!"
Aribar hrms, drawing a map while watching "Nintendus's Most Funniest Tornadoes" in the R&R room. "Hrm... Yes, put evil orcs here... And an evil troll there... Muahahahahah! The Questers will perish! ... Hah!"
Garrick Fy`aar is currently in R&R, going over his new weapon and such.
Aribar: "Yes! They won't be able to escape hordes of these evil goblinses!" *He then looks up...* "Did I say all of that out loud?"
Garrick Fy`aar materializes a belt with grenade rounds, some copper colored, some black. He wraps the belt around his chest and clips it behind him. He's got enough shots here to put a dent in even Kuja, maybe even explode him. He chuckles, thinking how good Kuja would looked exploded...
Digifanatic: *Meanwhile, still wandering around...* "Well, wonder where everyone else is..." "No one's hanging around here..."
Esprinto is wandering around the hallways... most likely lost.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...hey Ari, what are you doing over there?"
Digifanatic heads into his room and warps into R&R. (yes, there is a warp in the R&R that I put on the map without dispute, and everyone's rooms have one as well) "Hello fellow friends."
Esprinto gives up and just leans up against the wall, "One day I will find my way through this building..."
Garrick Fy`aar is putting some finishing touches on a really... REALLY big gun.
Digifanatic: "Whoa Garrick... what is that bad boy?!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...ehhh... don't have a name for it yet. It's a 'nade launcher with a few... special... enhancements."
Digifanatic: "I will not dare to ask."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Go ahead."
Digifanatic: "Nah, I'm good."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Please, feel free."
Digifanatic: "Okay then. What would those special enhancements be."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Magic stuff."
Digifanatic: "What kinda magic?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "I SHOULD be able to fire telekinetic shots at bad guys..."
Digifanatic: "Wow. That's nice."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...and I should be able to fire a special shot that vacuums a guy from the inside."
Esprinto: "I wonder where everyone is hiding out at..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Cause them to implode."
Digifanatic: "Right. All Overdrivers, hail Garrick, Lord of Quester Overdriving."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...it's not a Overdrive, Digi."
Digifanatic: "I thought you were."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I am, but the weapon is Overdrive."
Digifanatic: "I knew that."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Uh huh."
Metal Man walks in, leaning on the wall.
Digifanatic: "I was just saying that out of everyone who's had that build, you seem to be the most powerful, that's all."
Metal Man: "Nothing like an average day in yet another peaceful time."
Digifanatic: "Hey Metal."
Garrick Fy`aar shrugs.
Esprinto finds his way into the room.
Garrick Fy`aar: "I was the third person in the Hall of Fame."
Esprinto: "I doubt it'll be peaceful for long."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Esprinto has a point. Sooner or later..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, the way Gerald and his company his been."
Metal Man: "Yup. Good ole' Kuja can always be counted on to cause some horrible destruction when we least expect it."
Digifanatic gets a good chuckle.
Esprinto: "Not that we couldn't take all the baddies..."
Digifanatic: "Ah, sadly enough. Sadly enough..."
Metal Man: "It's a shame he's resisted all attempts to be killed, and tricks everyone who tries to stop him at all."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, that's what bad guys DO, Metal. That's why I have this in the first place." *He hefts the large gun.*
Metal Man: "But is he really a normal bad guy?"
Esprinto: "Well... that thing looks friendly..."
Digifanatic: "Not at all."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Eh, good point."
Metal Man: "Zio would have lost if he tried this. Let alone Bowser even trying to think up such an over-complicated plan and change it as we attempt to stop him."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, Kuja isn't normal, we know that. The question is, WHAT is he?"
Metal Man: "I don't know."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Answer? He's a girly monkey."
Esprinto: "Well... maybe he is a demon... those things were horribly powerful in my realm."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Seriously, have you seen that guy? He looks like a chick!"
Digifanatic: "Nice one, Garrick. Even if you are serious."
Metal Man: "A walking bedsheet nearly defeated everyone."
Metal Man: "A holographic man has eluded us and appears to be almost as deceptive as Kuja."
Esprinto: "Seems I missed a bit of action."
Digifanatic: "You have... they have been nuts to us."
Esprinto: "Maybe you guys are just dumb.*Snicker*."
Metal Man: "If these ridiculous types of people can mess with us, then there's no telling what such a ridiculous looking person as Kuja has in store for us."
Aribar looks up from the couch. "Huh?! What? Where?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, it's Nintendus, Metal. Land of weird. We fight turtles, work for a giant floating cat, and call a plumber and an electric rat friends."
Metal Man: "But Kuja is not Nintendus. He is some freak from another realm who clearly wants something dearly from all of us."
Esprinto: "I worked for a purple cloud in Durania..."
Metal Man: "The problem is that his realm appears devoid of intelligent observers. Whatever hole he made, no people capable of helping him or us came. Merely that... single... madman. I think he destroyed everything in his home realm. Including himself."
Metal Man: "Like he destroyed Sonic's, save for the fact that we managed to warp those guys here."
Digifanatic: "I wouldn't be surprised... but... If he would have destroyed himself... does that mean we're fighting Kuja's ghost now?"
Metal Man: "No. We revived him using Trance."
Digifanatic: "I see..."
Metal Man: "His ghost was revived by our use of Trance..."
Digifanatic: "So that's the second part of Trance."
Metal Man: "Trance brought energy from his realm to here... and he was most of that entire realm."
Digifanatic: "Had we not used it or had even just the urge to, we might not have to be dealing with him now."
Metal Man: "His ghost would have continued to try until someone was tricked."
Digifanatic: "So that means the Trance energy also came from an unknown place..."
Metal Man: "We're just lucky that it wasn't Zio or Bowser, or that sort."
Metal Man: "They would have instantly given him all the energy from his home realm, with the amount they'd use it against us."
Digifanatic: "But am I correct with I said about the Trance power?"
Metal Man: "It came from the same realm Kuja did. Kuja gave it to us."
Digifanatic: "And you said we don't know where he came from. So, theoretically, if Trance and Kuja came from the same place, and we don't know where Kuja came from, same applies... we shouldn't have taken it for granted the way we did."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I tried to see if we could get those who beat him in his home realm to come here and help us, but that would just make Kuja even stronger."
Metal Man: "...I think nobody beat him, Garrick. His realm must be devoid of all intelligent life. He destroyed everything, including himself."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... so it's like what would the Void had been had it won..."
Metal Man: "...He also controlled The Void."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...what we need to figure out is his next move."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I wish we could get a spy in his network... figure out what's going on..."
Metal Man: "Thus, he is stronger than The Void... which means many bad things for us."
Digifanatic: "So maybe... if he destroyed himself and his realm, he practically just used the Void's power in his realm. The Void might still be around, even if we already beat it. But didn't we already know that?"
Metal Man: "The Void is not able to touch dimensions in which he was defeated in. Otherwise, Kuja would have probably sent him after us repeatedly."
Digifanatic: "Oh... True."
Metal Man: "Either that, or absorb his power."
Digifanatic: "I think I might know his move."
Metal Man: "What would that be, Digi?"
Digifanatic: "He wants to break open that seal for the hole. He wants to get us to his realm, and then use the Void on us in there. Where he has the advantage."
Metal Man: "...Maybe, maybe not. We'll just have to see. He seems to have the advantage on us here as well. And even in another dimension... he just destroyed it. Heck, he overpowered Lumis Dongthar, from what I hear."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but over time, it might regain its energy."
Metal Man: "Maybe... maybe... we can't know yet."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...he wants magical items. We know that much."
Metal Man: "A lot of them, indeed."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...wait a minute. ...maybe he's after the items that we used against the Void. Or at least to get rid of them."
Metal Man: "I don't know. Perhaps he wants us to get freaked out over The Void again. After all, that guy was able to mess with us despite being a mindless being of destruction."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Dah, now I WANT a mission to happen. I want to stick it to Kuja again..."
Metal Man: "He has never had anything stick to him, though."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...it's a figure of speech, Metal. I want to hurt him in some way."
Metal Man: "So is what I said. He has never truly been hurt... he picks up new objectives like a machine, and not even death stopped him. All the while, tricking everyone who chases him, and causing pain for thousands. I just don't know what to do. He hasn't said what he wants, but merely that he wishes to continually annoy and disrupt us."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...maybe he really does want to be a god."
Metal Man: "Perhaps... there are many options open to him, and he gets almost everything else he wants."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...what can we do, though?"
Metal Man: "Fight everything he does and slow him down as much as possible. It may seem to be a losing battle, but the experience is what we need when the time comes to destroy him. If that is even possible..."
Digifanatic: *Okay, considering everyone is in the same position, he is still in R&R...*
Esprinto is standing in the hallway, just standing there... doing nothing but standing, because he wants to stand.
Aribar gets that report that he stowed away in his desk, as well as his gift... The elf then leaves his room, locks the door, and then heads to the warp room.
Esprinto no wait! Esprinto is in the room!
Metal Man (GM): You get to the warp room.
Julian Sawyer: *Is sitting on a separate chair in R&R, reading a book he checked out of the library about the history of Nintendus.*
Aribar heads inside and tries to set the coordinates to the Second Moon.
Gibby is in the kitchen cooking up his latest concoction... brownies!
Julian Sawyer: .oO(If I'm gonna be here a while, I might as well learn about his place...)
Metal Man (GM): It works, although it's tricky.
Esprinto is in the warp room, standing there... for no reason... just standing... standing... standing...
Aribar looks up at Esprinto, back down to his work, then quickly glances back up. "W-who are you?"
Digifanatic takes a look at Julian. "Ah, finally some free time to see the new kid."
Esprinto: "I am Esprinto " *LENSFLARE* *THE LAST KNIGHT OF DURANIA* *Pose.*
Julian Sawyer: .oO(So Mario wears a hat...)
Gibby: "Yes... this will be my greatest creation YET!"
Aribar: "...Uhhh... Oookay." *The elf backs towards the warp.* "Uhh... Gotta go! Bye! SIMBER, close the warp behind me!"
Julian Sawyer: .oO(Not as good as mine...)
Aribar leaps into the warp.
Esprinto blinks and tries to follow.
Digifanatic walks up to Julian. "Hello, fellow who I haven't really met yet."
Metal Man (GM): Esprinto: You head towards the warp, only for it to close seconds before you touch it.
Julian Sawyer: .oO(So that's who the blue guy was... Sonic... nice name)
Esprinto: "What was that about?"
Gibby starts baking the brownies.
King Demon wanders into the warp room as Ari warps out.
Gibby: "Dum de dum dum..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You appear inside Locos's main room... on the Second Moon.
King Demon: "Wow, where's he goinq?"
Aribar: "Hrm... Looks like I'm in the right place..."
Digifanatic: "Dunno, Demon."
Aribar looks about the room.
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Hello, Aribar. Welcome to the Second Moon."
King Demon: "Oh, ok."
Charles Magellean walks by the room, saying.
Esprinto wanders into the kitchen, mainly because he was lost and this was the first door he saw.
Aribar: "Gah! ... Oh, it's just you... Who are you again?"
Charles Magellean: "Hey Bob, you might wanna come with me on this one. Something of importance I want to show you."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "I am Bob... and that is Charles... oh... yes? Okay." *He follows Locos.*
Julian Sawyer: .oO(There's the guy from the temple...)
Aribar: "Oh... Nice to meet you... Again... My memory is failing me." *The elf follows Eggman... He'll lead the elf to Locos.*
Charles Magellean: "Bob, have you found the exact location of the Mooncell migrating path yet?"
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Somewhat."
Aribar clears his throat... Rather loudly... He tries to get Locos's attention.
Charles Magellean looks behind to Bob. "Yes?"
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "...Aribar is here, my lord."
Aribar: "I wish to speak with you about... Two things. Both of which you'll probably kick me out for."
Charles Magellean: "..."
Aribar: "But, I have something that may interest you if you hear me out." *He raises some papers into the air for Locos to see.*
Charles Magellean: "If it has anything to do with Metallix, Shadow, Gerald, Kuja, or the Questers, I will hear nothing about it."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Didn't you also say that it shouldn't have anything to do with Nintendus?"
Aribar: "...Then I won't tell you that Metallix has stolen your form... Onto the next thing!"
Charles Magellean: "Point. Yet I should've blocked off access, so this is my mistake."
Aribar: "...Err... Well, I was going to try and bribe you back to Nintendus for this report on the Chaos Emeralds, but I guess that's out of the question, huh?"
Charles Magellean: "Another bad memory of that wretched planet." *He turns his back.* "I will have nothing to do with that downward spiraling existence of life."
Aribar: "So you're not concerned with the Emeralds at all any more, or for saving the lives of everyone on Nintendus?"
Ari's Dex: "Locos's clone must have been rather good, then..."
Aribar blinks and turns his head to his belt where the elf keeps his Dex. "... Since when can you talk?"
Ari's Dex: Metallix: (Locos) "I was here to take care of some unfinished business with this wretched planet."
Smash Dex: "Only when interesting sound bytes are found."
Charles Magellean: "I took care of that business." *He adjusts his glasses.*
Aribar: "...You know, I feel bad for throwing out your clone. He was more honorable and had better intentions than the real Locos. What do you think will happen when Kuja gets done with Nintendus? Eventually he'll come to Earth... And this moon."
Charles Magellean: "When that matter comes, me and Bob will deal with it. The incident at Grunty's tower made me realize I did not belong on such a pandemoniumic world."
Aribar: "...So you turn your back upon thousands of innocent lives that do not deserve death?"
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "And we can't do much about him here, anyway... he is either allied, controlled by, or is controlling the Phantom God, Bahamut."
Charles Magellean: "What I have done is done all of you a favor and rid myself out of your life." *He rams his elbow into Bob's torso. He clears his throat.*
Aribar: "...You don't deserve life..." *The elf pockets the Emerald Report and takes out his Dex.* "SIMBER, if you can hear me, warp me out of this coward's den."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "...Errr... right! Yeah... he's controlling the... Phantom Train!"
SIMBER: "Warp established."
Charles Magellean: "What Bob means is my place is here and to help my race."
Metal Man (GM): A Blue warp appears.
Aribar gets ready to step through it, but turns back to Locos.
Charles Magellean: "Not constantly and futilely help people who do not atone for their laziness. Good day, elf."
Aribar: "...I hope that your base is overrun by whatever horrible monsters live on this planet!"
Charles Magellean eyes widen.
Aribar steps through the warp.
Charles Magellean: "Close the portal!"
Metal Man (GM): *BZZT* You say it... one second too late. Aribar steps in, and it closes an entire second after he's gone.
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "...He escaped, sir. You were barely too late."
Charles Magellean: "I preferred it to him leaving and then the portal closing."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "...Sir... there's an incoming communications message for you."
Aribar sighs and shakes his head as he appears in the warp room. The elf holds up the Emerald report and says, "So much for you being of use..."
Charles Magellean: "So, they believe they came whenever they feel like it and insult the Home of the Lunarians..."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "...It's signed by... the league of Outmoded Villains? The subject is... asylum..."
Charles Magellean: "Let the message be heard." *He relies it to voice recognition.*
Metal Man (GM): It plays...
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "We, the League of Outmoded Villains of Nintendus, have heard of your refuge. In order to escape from certain destruction by Kuja, we have decided to sign a pact and attempt to escape. If you allowed us to live on your fair planet, we could assist you in whatever way possible... we just wish to survive, at this point. If you decline, then we shall return to searching for a refuge... the choice is up to you. Signed... Giovanni, Dracula, Dr. Wily, Dr. Robotnik... And that's all of them."
Charles Magellean: "I... will think of this. I will need time. In the meantime, send this message."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Yes?"
Charles Magellean: "I have heard of your plight. You too are wanting to leave the chaos that Nintendus has become. However, the Homeworld of the Lunarians is not a paradise nor is it a refuge. We may be able to grant you asylum, but first I must know if you are willing to repent on your current lifestyles. The mindset of 'chaotic', 'wrong-doing', 'bad', 'evil', or otherwise malevolent behavior cannot be accepted on this barren but holy world."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "It has been sent."
Charles Magellean: "I am not done."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Oh, right. Okay... I'll wait."
Charles Magellean: "While you heavily decide if you want to live here, be aware that there are creatures that roam by the hundreds on the planet's surface. The underground caverns have even more powerful and malicious fiends. These creatures are cannot be controlled via technology, sorcery, psychic or psionic powers. We will await your answer. When you have sent it, we will respond accordingly. End message."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Message sent... there's one last thing, though, you need to know. Dracula is a dark sorcerer... who was so powerful, his own darkness took over, creating himself as the first vampire. You cannot get the darkness of being a vampire out of him without killing him. The others are less serious. Most of them are misguided or merely confused."