Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 175: Twilight Town's Temple
Date: 8:42:34 PM, March 26th; 4:08:41 PM, March 29th, 2005.
Locos Docos (GM): *http://www.ffdownloads.com/dl/Final%20Fantasy%2010/mp3s/Official%soundtrack/2-12-Aurons%theme.mp3
Charles Magellean: *He sits makes the final adjustments to Robo's resistance.* "There. That should better improve your resistance to outside pulses."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "...Just be careful... I'm not made to be destroyed more than fifteen times..."
Charles Magellean: "Of course." *He goes to rinse his hands off.* "So then, any updates to Outmods? Messages from them, Questers, Zio, Shadow, Ivan, Smashers, Grunty, Bowser, Ricky, Kuja, Doopliss, Earthlings, or Bahamut? Or a 6th unknown party?"
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Hmmm... I got one from those people... The Outmoded people. It had one line. The Questers gave them shelter. ...There was also a second email... somebody slightly more malicious in wording. A mysterious person who said that he would take... the credit for your bombings. He also claimed to know what you were up to. ...But he left no signature."
Charles Magellean: "No one knows of my motives, not even the Questers. Person must be sneaky to assume to know that I did it."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Very sneaky... very much so. The sneaky person emailed us from George's Hardware shop... which exploded just minutes afterwards. So we can't reference the location... it doesn't exist anymore."
Charles Magellean sits up then walks into the wall... and explodes. He comes into the room and says hi to Bob from the front door.
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "...How did you do that? Is it the same magic the tricky person did?"
Charles Magellean: "Actually, ancient technological quantum flux. Now then, I'm glad I was able to end it's mad rage of bombing people. Yes, I was sleeping for the last three days. It was taking my place. I have no desire to use crap like that. It was the last of them. So I assume it bombed us as well."
Bob, Lord of Electric Death: "Ah..."
Charles Magellean: "I'm not sure. I was asleep. Though by visual records, it disproves my theory about me doing it. Someone did bomb us."
Metal Man (GM): It's late afternoon, three days after that bizarre incident with Doopliss.
King Demon is in the kitchen looking through the fridge for something to eat.
Digifanatic is in R&R, talking on a phone in the wall. "Yeah, it's real crazy here... I swear it is. Ghosts trying to manipulate our minds..."
Metal Man (GM): There's plenty of stuff in the fridge...
VG: "Hello Demon." *In the kitchen as well, enjoying some Goomba Gatorade.*
Wolfman wonders who Digi is talking to... not his concern.
Digifanatic: "Listen, talk to you all later... and I saved that news article bout the you-know-what, but enough of that..."
Metal Man (GM): Mushrooms, the aforementioned goomba beverage... maple syrup, and various other items.
Digifanatic hangs up.
King Demon grabs some bread, meat, and toppings for a sandwich "Hey Veege, what's up?"
VG: "Nothing much; yourself?"
Digifanatic: "Oh boy... decent little day outside. How are you all doing?"
King Demon: "Not much, I feel like I haven't eaten in two days, probably cuz I haven't..."
Metal Man (GM): The PA clicks on yet again.
Mewtwo (PA): "Please report to the big room for a mission briefing."
Digifanatic: "No time to talk now, I guess."
VG: "You better grab an energy bar or something then."
King Demon: "Huh? figures..."
VG: "Check in the cabinet across from the fridge." *He dashes to the Big Room.*
Digifanatic hops in the Warp Pipe (note: these are most used for warping throughout HQ...) into Big Room.
King Demon grabs the sandwich, which was about half made and runs to the big room while eating it and drinking some Gatorade.
Wolfman: .oO(Here we go again...)
Aribar is probably in his room... His walls are plastered with various bad ways to try and get Team Rocket out of the Stadium. The elf leaves a half-finished plan on his desk and heads to the Big Room as the PA comes on.
Wolfman follows Digi through the Warp Pipe.
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo is, as usual, there.
VG: "Hello Mewtwo. What's gone wrong this time?"
Metal Man (GM): Except he's got tons of ancient textbooks and the like across the room.
Mewtwo: "There is good news, and bad news."
King Demon finishes the sandwich as he reaches the room "What's goin on?"
Digifanatic: "Well, what we're about to find out..."
Mewtwo: "The good news: we stumbled upon an ancient temple filled with powerful relics."
Wolfman: "...you better give us the bad news first."
Digifanatic: .oO(Too late... oh well.)
King Demon: "Figures..."
Mewtwo: "...The bad news: it's probably another trap set by Kuja."
Wolfman: .oO(...the stronger I get, the more I'm ignored)
Mewtwo: "So... we're going to trap Kuja."
Digifanatic lets out a long (about 2 seconds) groan...
Wolfman: "Do we know if Kuja is directly involved here?"
Aribar: "A trap in a possible trap? Sounds like fun..."
Mewtwo: "I deducted it using my mental powers."
Digifanatic: "That certainly helps. Where's the temple?"
Mewtwo: "You really wouldn't want to go in there without a trap, right? Well, there's the confusing part."
King Demon: "Great, Kuja again?"
Mewtwo: "The planet has changed yet again..."
Garrick Fy`aar sorta slides in a bit late.
Digifanatic: "Hey Garrick. Right on time."
Mewtwo: "You passed it. It's a great entrance that sticks out nearby an area named Creepy Steeple."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...sorry, had to finish something up. What's going on now?" *He takes his seat, looking to Mewtwo.*
Mewtwo: "Which is where Doopliss hails from."
VG: "Are there earthquakes that happen or something while I sleep? Can't this land ever stay STABLE?!?"
Digifanatic: "Oh man..."
Mewtwo: "It is the doing of Kuja; that land belonged in another dimension."
Wolfman has a little chuckle at that.
Aribar: "What are the chances of Doopliss being there?"
Mewtwo: "Rather high. In fact, he lives in the steeple. I wouldn't bother with him at the moment; he never leaps out and attacks people."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... only fire unless fired upon."
King Demon: "Doopliss AND Kuja... this just keeps getting better and better."
Mewtwo: "Your objective is to cross the dark path and find the entrance."
Wolfman: "At least we only have to worry about one creature Demon."
Mewtwo: "Then go inside, and set up these two orbs."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Even if we did encounter Doopliss, we wouldn't win. He's abnormally strong with those Crystal things..."
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo floats two silver orbs onto the table.
Digifanatic takes a glance at the orb. "And his *Cough* Kuja *Cough* form."
Mewtwo: "Turn these on... to block the way into the temple."
Mewtwo: "How you do it will determine what happens, so be careful."
Aribar: "...Will it also block our own escape?"
Mewtwo: "That depends upon how you use it."
VG: .oO(...good question Ari...)
Mewtwo: "Nova and I will then attack him when he runs into the barrier."
King Demon: "Great... so who gets to carry them?"
VG: "My stash is pretty full."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Plenty of space in my NSS."
Digifanatic: "I think I have one too many..."
Mewtwo: "You can then explore the temple at will while we block him with a powerful magical power. Watch your backs... there's plenty of creatures in that forest which are just as annoying as Doopliss. The paths are treacherous, and Kuja will probably be watching you."
VG: "Is that all?"
Mewtwo: "That is all..."
VG wants to go on with it.
Mewtwo: "Good luck. You'll need it."
Aribar sighs and reaches to take the orbs. (Do they count as one item or two towards the limit?)
King Demon: "Well, it's something to do... so when do we leave?"
Digifanatic: "Well then... warp is ready, correct?"
Mewtwo: "You may use a warp pipe which we conveniently summoned. It's in the warp room, as per regulations."
Digifanatic: "Sounds like a yes."
Mewtwo: "We have also cleared the trip with the local residents, who frankly are the most creepy people on Nintendus."
Wolfman equips his Salvage Badge for the first time in a while...
Mewtwo: "Oh, yeah... Doopliss likes to play practical jokes."
Wolfman: *Badges Equipped* *Grab Badge, Close Call, Mega Rush, Salvage Badge, Zora Breather.*
Mewtwo: "He may yet want to trick you into something ridiculous."
Aribar: "...I hope we can avoid him."
Digifanatic: "Ah. Thanks."
Garrick Fy`aar has his usual stuff equipped for now.
Aribar begins to head out the door and to the warp room.
Digifanatic had retrieved himself his Fire Tunic before last mission began, so he's back at 10 (6 badges, 4 items). He walks into the warp room.
Wolfman: *Other items* *500 rings, Wolf Armor, Beam Saber, Megaton Hammer.*
VG: *Me* *Not bothering.*
Garrick Fy`aar heads up into the warp room as well, growling as he pops a bone back into place on his arm.
Metal Man (GM): A brownish warp pipe awaits.
VG goes to Warp Room, as does Wolfman.
Digifanatic: .oO(Almost odd how Mewtwo would want us to use a pipe... but Doopliss knows Mario... and Mario knows pipes...)
King Demon goes to the warp room.
Aribar has his various MP items and... Other items.
Metal Man (GM): *PLUPPLUP PLUP PLUPPLUP PLUP* You all pop out... paper-thin, at that, in a dark forest.
Wolfman has... slimmed down?!?
Metal Man (GM): The area is completely covered in trees, and a huge moon is in the background.
VG doesn't feel much... he's already at 3 feet.
Digifanatic: .oO(Okay... something's wrong here...)
Wolfman: "Alright, whose bright idea was this? I feel... flat!"
King Demon is Paper Demon!?
Metal Man (GM): A single path weaves through the forest.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...whoa... that's new. A new warp pipe system? 2D conversion? Have to talk to Oak about that..."
Wolfman turns around...
Metal Man (GM): You can hear an unholy chime off in the distance.
Wolfman somehow "flips" to turn around. He gets back facing forward.
Metal Man (GM): And see the top of what is called 'Creepy Steeple', as well... the road itself seems safe.
Digifanatic flips open the Dex to find out what exactly is going on in this place...
Metal Man (GM): The dex, itself, is paper thick.
Smash Dex: "This is a two-dimensional area."
VG chuckles at Wolfman trying to get used to this.
Smash Dex: "All who enter become two-dimensional; they exhibit the properties of paper."
Wolfman gets his Beam Saber out...
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, paper or no, let's just keep moving. This is... a little odd for my taste."
King Demon walks around, trying to get used to the new form.
Smash Dex: "If you are creative enough, the thinness can get you through some dangerous situations."
Digifanatic: "And what about that Steeple? Anything of importance other than Doop living there?"
King Demon: "You said it Garrick."
Smash Dex: "It is haunted by ghosts, vampiric bats, and full of treasure."
Digifanatic: "Ah... Thanks."
King Demon: "So where's this temple at?"
Digifanatic closes the Dex.
VG: "We just follow the path I'd guess."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Yep. Let it be known that I said it first." *He shrugs and heads off, walking along the beaten path.*
Digifanatic follows the others, kinda unsure about his physical state, but hey, whatever happens happens...
Metal Man (GM): The walk goes along smoothly. You soon encounter a split in the trail.
King Demon starts walking down the path.
Wolfman and mushroom go along the path... uh oh; split.
Metal Man (GM): One side is completely beaten, like the normal path.
Digifanatic: "Uh oh... the infamous forks..."
Metal Man (GM): The other has tall grass in it.
King Demon: "Left?"
Digifanatic: "This might be one of Doopliss' tricks right here..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...beaten means traveled."
Metal Man (GM): There are no signs, either.
King Demon starts down the grassy path looking to see what's ahead.
Metal Man (GM): It's like nobody dared to travel the grassy path.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but it could lead to more enemies too..."
Wolfman: "Hmm... I think we should split up."
Metal Man (GM): Demon goes down the grassy path.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Nah, spliting up with Doopliss and Kuja around is a bad idea."
Metal Man (GM): I shall wait for everyone to choose their paths.
Digifanatic: "Garrick's got the valid point." *He follows Demon... might as well.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "I'm taking the grassy path. Tougher monsters, to be sure, but untouched treasure and so forth." *He heads down the grassy path as well, drawing his M150*
Metal Man (GM): Everyone but VG/Wolfman are on the grassy path.
Wolfman and VG go down the beaten path.
Metal Man (GM): All right... time for a coin flip! 1 = beaten path, 2 = grassy path. We start with the people on the grassy path. You see, immediately, a trio of walking flowers. With faces. What do you do? They do not see you yet. They're only wandering around.
King Demon attempts to avoid them by going off the path.
Metal Man (GM): Nope, Digi. Demon: You avoid them successfully.
Garrick Fy`aar lowers his gun slowly, muttering into his throat mic to scan.
Smash Dex: (Garrick Only) 'Subject scanned.'
Sing: 1 in 4 chance of sleep, deals 20 damage.
Smash Dex: (Garrick Only) 'End of entry.'
Metal Man (GM): What do you do?
Garrick Fy`aar ponders... with those things around, they could easily be beaten. No chance they'd win... but his gunshots would alert Doopliss most definitely. No... best to avoid until spotted. He creeps around behind King Demon.
Metal Man (GM): Digi: Do you avoid them as well?
Garrick Fy`aar also motions for Digi to follow...
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman and VG wander down the path...
VG walks along the path, enjoying the sights.
Metal Man (GM): When they encounter a trio of weirdos with white smiley face masks and blue robes.
???1: "Hello. We are traveling credit card merchants."
Wolfman: "Hello there."
???2: "If you want a credit card that allows you to lend money with no interest at all, just give us a 20 coin reserve, and we'll set you up."
???3: "No interest! Yeah..."
VG: "Kind of a silly question here... If we were to lend money with no interest... that means we don't get extra money back when it's returned, right?" *He is a little familiar with loans.*
???1: "Erk... I meant borrow. Sorry."
???2: "We are in charge of putting money into circulation."
???3: "No interest to borrow money using this card."
???1: "20 coin reserve to open an account."
Wolfman: "Where can this card be used?" .oO(Why would we need a credit card anyway?)
???1: "In all shops across Nintendus, of course!"
???2: "It's the standard. The Koopa Kard."
VG: "Koopa Kard? Never heard of it."
???3: "No interest... making it the best credit card available!"
Wolfman: "I don't see the point with me having a card... but I'll give you 100 coins for your troubles anyway." *He gives these guys 100 coins.* "Good luck on your business."
???1: "How generous of you... we must depart now."
Metal Man (GM): All three of them run off into the woods, disappearing. Now, back to the grassy path people! You three are walking through the forest... when you discover a bunch of spider webs blocking the path. What do you do? These spider webs look dangerous, too.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...we need some fire, here." *He looks for a stick...*
Metal Man (GM): There's tons of them, off of all those trees.
Garrick Fy`aar picks one up, then turns to Digi "Digi, you think you could give me... a very QUIET... Fire Punch?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Not really a punch, even. More like... a Fire Tap. Just to light this stick."
Digifanatic: "Just to light it... I dunno if I can without using standard force, but at least we know to kill me cause I wanted to... And not Garrick..." *He lets Garrick extend the stick out for him to punch it without as much of a danger...*
Garrick Fy`aar does so.
Metal Man (GM): The stick is now on fire.
Garrick Fy`aar starts moving it over the spider webs, lighting them on fire and clearing the way.
Metal Man (GM): The webs catch on fire... burn down... then set the forest on fire. And then three black and white spiders the size of VG come down on threads.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...little... too... much."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Not your fault... let's take these out."
Digifanatic starts off using a Fire Punch on the Pider (making the most of that +10 SPD boost)
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Digifanatic then lobs a Microwave at the Pider.
Metal Man (GM): You burn a crater into the ground, but the pider survives. Anything else, or is your turn done?
Garrick Fy`aar guesses that stealth is out of the question, what with the forest a-light. He starts shooting, firing a three way split of dumdums at the spiders.
Metal Man (GM): Miss miss hit, hit hit miss, miss miss hit. Pider turns! Pider one attacks... Garrick with... Three rocks! 10 damage per hit.
Garrick Fy`aar growls as one rock pegs him a bit.
Metal Man (GM): Demon is then attacked by three rocks! 10 damage each. Digi is attacked by a single huge rock. 30 damage if that hits.
King Demon launches two fireballs at the weakest spider *lucky on the first one.*
Metal Man (GM): The first one hits.
King Demon: *20 damage.*
Digifanatic starts with another one of those Fire Punches on the Pider Demon hit.
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK* Dead-on, indeed.
Digifanatic tries finishing it off with a whack of the Golf Club.
Metal Man (GM): ...Your luck is terrible.
Garrick Fy`aar unloads a series of regular, armor piercing shots at the second one.
Metal Man (GM): All but one shot hits. Spider be dead. *Spider death* The remaining two piders attack as follows. Both attack Garrick. One shoots a large rock at Garrick. 30 if that hits.
Garrick Fy`aar dodges easily...
Metal Man (GM): The other shoots three small ones at Garrick. Ouch... 20 for that crit, 10 per hit as well. You'd have to dex em to find out.
King Demon tries to fire punch the first one.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
King Demon: *80 damage.*
Metal Man (GM): Pider go BOOM!
Digifanatic: *SUPER SNEAKERS DEACTIVATED.*
Metal Man (GM): Demon: Your second action please.
Garrick Fy`aar unloads on it with the same attack.
Metal Man (GM): All but one hits. 187 damage *Death* Now... to the beaten path people! Oh, yeah. You three who battled the spiders get 200 EXP. Julian and Aribar catch up to VG and Wolf. All of you guys enter a very... strange town. It's like it's permanently Halloween.
VG gets a look at this town... he doesn't recall seeing this one.
Metal Man (GM): And all the people have shadowy faces.
King Demon looks around the town.
Metal Man (GM): A sign that says 'Twilight Town' can be seen.
Wolfman sees that VG enjoys the place.
King Demon: "This... is different....."
Julian Sawyer: "...They better not start singing..."
Metal Man (GM): There's also trees with crows on them.
Aribar keeps his hand on the hilt of his sword. "... I don't like this place."
Wolfman: "Aribar, don't."
Metal Man (GM): There's a sign in the middle of the town. You can go... North, to 'Creepy Steeple'... South, to 'The Coast'
Aribar: "I'm not drawing my sword... But I'm certainly not going to blindly trust the citizens of this town."
Metal Man (GM): West, to 'Madness' And back where you came from, East... 'Bandit highway'
Julian Sawyer: *Checks out the sign.*
Metal Man (GM): A guy walks up to you people.
Wolfman: .oO(Hmm... the mission was for Creepy Steeple... but perhaps there is stuff that must be done here.)
Guy: "Hey, you haven't seen those credit card fraud bandits, have you?"
King Demon: "Which ones?"
Wolfman: "I have."
Guy: "They stole all my money with their evil credit card fraud..."
Metal Man (GM): He pulls out a picture of blue bandits.
Wolfman: "I didn't take a card from them, but I gave them 100 coins instead."
Julian Sawyer: "Never heard or seen of them until now..."
Aribar: "...You saw them, Wolf?!"
Wolfman and VG would recognize them.
VG: "You never saw them? They were on the path we took!"
Guy: "That's why it's called Bandit Highway. Why, there were some guys who stole badges, a while back, too... Only fools walk that path without a large amount of weaponry."
Aribar: "I must have missed them... Hold on!" *The elf turns around and dashes back down the highway, sword unsheathed.*
VG: "Ari, wait!"
Julian Sawyer: "I got here late."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You see a traveling wagon, full of blue bandits.
Aribar: "No, I shall defeat all thieves on this path! ..."
VG attempts to catch up to Ari.
Julian Sawyer: "...Should we go help him?"
Metal Man (GM): There's like... 20 of them.
Wolfman: "I think so."
Julian Sawyer: "I guess so..." *Runs after them both.*
Metal Man (GM): And they have a wagon.
Aribar skids to a halt and looks at them.
Wolfman: "Thank you for the information sir."
Guy: "You're welcome."
Wolfman catches up to VG, who is catching up to Ari.
Metal Man (GM): The wagon is made of gold, and has spiked wheels.
Aribar: "...Are you the credit card bandits?"
Aribar: "...Are you lying?"
Bandit1: "Those idiots ran into the forbidden trail of madness."
Bandit2: "We're the shoe insurance bandits!"
Aribar: "...You steal from people?"
Bandit2: "...On an unrelated note, your hair needs insurance."
Bandit1: "Only those who purchase our fraudulent services."
Wolfman: .oO(I sure hope we're going after the right ones... this Bandit Highway probably has more thieves) *has no clue when he gets there.*
Bandit3: "Or look like one-armed guys and attack us."
King Demon whispers to Digi "Can we just kick them around a little anyway?"
VG: *Has no clue when he arrives at Ari.*
Bandit2: "Yeah. One armed guys."
Aribar: "...You shall pay for your crimes! Fire Elemental Blast!" *... Burnination! ... 70% Fire.*
Metal Man (GM): ...You crispify one bandit... the other 19 leap into the wagon.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The wagon locks up.... It morphs into a tank.
Julian Sawyer: "We should start running."
Bandit2: "Full battle mode engaged!"
Aribar: "Hey! Get... Back... Oh, piffle."
Bandit3: "Prepare ultimate artillery attack!"
Metal Man (GM): A huge bullet bill cannon comes out of the tank, and points at you guys. Do you run?
Wolfman: "Excuse me guys... are you the ones that tried to sell me credit cards?"
Julian Sawyer: "Why'd you have to pick a fight, Ari? Why couldn't you just LEAVE THEM ALONE?"
Bandit2: "They ran into the path of madness..."
Wolfman: "Would you know where they are? Thank you." *He goes towards this path of madness; VG follows.*
Bandit3: "And this elf here killed Freddy!"
Aribar sheaths Moonlight.
Julian Sawyer: "Kill him, not us!" *Heads after VG and Wolf.*
Bandit2: "Poor Freddy... we shall have to bloody our spiked treads on this infidel to recoup our expenses."
Metal Man (GM): The tank begins driving towards Aribar.
Wolfman: .oO(First Team Rocket, now this... I need a vacation)
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: Do you stand there?
Aribar waits for it to come to him... The elf remains calm, but his fingers are crooked into a spellcasting pose... When the tank nears him the elf tries to cast Magical Teleport to make the thing face away from the elf.
Metal Man (GM): The spike-covered tank made of gold doesn't look nice. It's warped around the other way. You have a chance to escape, now.
Bandit2: "Hey! What just happened?"
Bandit3: "Turn the tank cannon around!"
Metal Man (GM): The cannon begins to turn towards Aribar. Aribar: You may get a free attack in, or sit there and get hit by bullet bills.
Aribar chuckles and tries another Magic Teleport... This time he tries to teleport a Bullet Bill just a little distance: Into the middle of the tank, hopefully into the controls.
Metal Man (GM): Yes. *BAM* you hear an explosion inside.
Bandit2: "Bah. Open fire!"
Aribar: "I'll give you one chance to surrender--... Fire? Piffle!"
Metal Man (GM): The cannon faces Aribar... and begins firing Bullet Bills at Aribar.
Aribar dives to the ground, trying to remain flat.
Metal Man (GM): 25% damage per hit. Loud whistling noises and explosions are heard.
Aribar is burninated.
Metal Man (GM): *Back at the town* Aribar has been blasted high into the air, losing a life... ..He lands on the ground, toasty. He's alive, though... but missing a life.
Aribar: "...Pain..." *Twitch, twitch.*
Metal Man (GM): You see the land where Aribar was explode and burn.
Guy: "...I should have told you... Don't attack the Slightly Rich Shoe Bandits!"
Wolfman and Co catch up to Ari.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar would notice that he has no shoes now.
Aribar gets back up... "... Hey! My shoes! They'll pay!" He starts back towards the road...
Wolfman: "Ari, another time."
Aribar does not heed Wolfman...
VG: "...Ari, wait."
Metal Man (GM): Does anyone try to stop Aribar as he heads towards the Slightly Rich Shoe Bandit Tank?
VG: "I have an idea."
Aribar: "You'll have to drag me away!"
VG gets out a Super Sneaker.
Wolfman is not stopping Aribar.
Aribar looks back. "What are those?"
Julian Sawyer: "Shoes. For you. Now can we please continue on?"
VG: "These shoes have magical powers that give you extra speed for a time. Afterwards, the magic fades."
Smash Dex: "They work, even when the magic is gone."
VG: "I don't recall if the shoes themselves disappear or not."
Smash Dex: "As regular shoes. If you don't have shoes..."
VG gives them to Aribar.
Smash Dex: "Like Sonic's."
Aribar: "...Thanks." *The elf wonders if he could charge Terrorbolt and head down the Bandit Highway at the same time...*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: Yes.
Aribar: "Let me try... One more time."
VG: "Ari, I didn't mean for you to attack with those shoes!"
Aribar cautiously begins heading down the highway. He tries to charge Terrorbolt up to Level 7 before reaching the tank.
VG: .oO(Wait... we DO attack with those shoes!)
Julian Sawyer: "What the heck is his problem?"
Metal Man (GM): Gibby has just caught up to Garrick, Digi, and Demon.
Digifanatic: "Hey, Gibby. Glad you could come."
Metal Man (GM): The way ahead is clear... straight in front of creepy steeple, of course.
King Demon: "Yo Gibbs."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...welcome to the jungle, they've got... spiders."
Metal Man (GM): The path continues past that place, of course.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Let's get moving, shall we?"
Digifanatic: "I shall."
King Demon follows the path.
Digifanatic continues walking down the path.
Garrick Fy`aar walks along as well "...Dex, is that the steeple Mewtwo warned us about? Where Doopliss resides?"
Metal Man (GM): In front of the evil church gates is an enticing looking pile of red essences.
Smash Dex: "Affirmative."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...don't. None of you go for those..."
Digifanatic: "I'm not gonna."
Metal Man (GM): You may do one of the following: Go back, take essences, open the gates and try to enter the steeple, or continue down the path.
Digifanatic: "And if there are any... you know what's... I'm not letting... him *Quick glare at Gibby* do a thing."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...I didn't get all of Mewtwo's briefing, where we need to be is beyond this steeple?"
Digifanatic: "As far as I know. I'm pretty positive of it. Problem is, Ari has the orbs..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Confirm, Dex?"
Smash Dex: "Yes."
Digifanatic: "Can't do squat without em."
Garrick Fy`aar: "We'll guard the area then. Let's keep moving.'"
Garrick Fy`aar continues to walk down the path, a wary eye on the steeple.
King Demon goes down the path.
Digifanatic follows Garrick past the steeple.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby, you there? Okay then. You guys walk down the path some more. Oh. Ok. You may do one of the following, Gibby: Go back, take essences, open the gates and try to enter the steeple, or continue down the path.
Gibby would walk down the path.
Metal Man (GM): You all walk down the path. You reach a strange pedestal, with a sign hanging from ti.
Digifanatic takes a look at the sign.
Garrick Fy`aar does as well.
King Demon reads the sign.
Metal Man (GM): Okay... You guys read the sign. 'Shortest... shortest... shortest...'
Gibby hums "I saw a sign."
Metal Man (GM): 'Put the people in the order of the sign, from left to right. Tallest... tallest... tallest...' And that's all it says.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...shortest to tallest?"
Gibby: "Tallest to shortest?"
Digifanatic: "Okay then... Gibby's on the left."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, wait a minute. ...alright, Gibby, your on the left. Demon, how tall are you?"
Metal Man (GM): You could see that Demon would be... well, a bit taller than Garrick.
Gibby walks up to the leftmost side.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...waaaait a minute."
Garrick Fy`aar walks up to the sign, examining it a bit further...
Metal Man (GM): The sign is just what you see. There's nothing else to find on the sign.
Digifanatic: "I don't think there are any gimmicks to it... unless this dumps us into some battlefield."
Garrick Fy`aar: "It's Doopliss' home turf, Digi. Just being a bit cautious... alright. No use in anything more."
King Demon stands to the far right.
Garrick Fy`aar stands in his spot, between Demon and Digi. He waits...
Digifanatic is standing normal as well...
Metal Man (GM): You guys get in a nice line. *Glow* *shake.*
Garrick Fy`aar grips his pistol a bit tighter...
Digifanatic just stands there... kinda rolling his eyes, a bit cautious...
Metal Man (GM): The pedestal glows, and a blue star appears atop the pedestal.
King Demon: "Is this a good thing?"
Digifanatic: "I have no idea."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Dex, scan."
Smash Dex: "The blue star... Used for opening a secret door."
Garrick Fy`aar reaches out and takes it...
Metal Man (GM): You grab it. You can go down the path some more... there's another fork ahead.
Digifanatic: "Well then..."
Garrick Fy`aar glances around, waiting for something to happen. Nothing does, he guesses, so he puts it in his NSS and heads out walking again.
Digifanatic: "What path?"
Metal Man (GM): You head out... and see a sign.
Digifanatic looks around at any glances that might have a clue as to where they all lead at.
Metal Man (GM): One says 'Madness Path West', which is dead ahead. The other, which goes south, is... 'Twilight Town' Which way do you go?
Digifanatic: "Hmm... at least there's civilization somewhere..."
King Demon goes south.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Might as well check out the town." *He heads south as well.*
Digifanatic follows Demon and Garrick.
Gibby: "Sure." *He follows suit.*
Metal Man (GM): And so, you guys join up... well, not all of you. Only Gibby and Garrick.
Gibby: "...did it just get smaller?"
Metal Man (GM): You're all in the town... as Aribar is about to march towards an exploding path to the East. Everybody's here now.
VG: "...he just doesn't get it."
Gibby: "Never will..."
Wolfman: "How was your expedition?"
Gibby: "It was... okay."
Garrick Fy`aar: "We found a few spiders... and a key."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: Do you continue go towards the tank?
Garrick Fy`aar pulls out the blue star and shows them.
Metal Man (GM): Or do you stop to talk to Garrick and co.?
Wolfman: "Anyway, we have a side task to take care of."
Garrick Fy`aar: "What's that?" *He pockets the star in his NSS again.*
Wolfman: "We have to stop a few bandits that have been stealing people's money through a credit card scheme. The bandits Aribar is going after... well, they are bandits, but aren't the ones we are concerned with."
Gibby: "Sounds simple."
Aribar does so, and guesses Terrorbolt is charged to Level 7.
Metal Man (GM): Okay.
VG: "He's probably going to get himself killed again."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is glowing while he stops to chat.
Wolfman: "We'll have to go to the Madness Way."
Aribar waits until he is close to the tank ... If it is still there... He'll stop those thieves and make them wish they've never chosen their path!
Metal Man (GM): Okay. You reach the tank.
Wolfman: "Those that want to take care of the original mission can still do so, but I'm going to help take care of the citizens here."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...what about Ari? Where did he run off to?"
Aribar FIRES the Terrorbolt! ... 408% Electric damage. Since he guesses this is combat now he also casts a Jolt for 15% electric and possible stun, and then downs a Green Potion.
VG: "He's gone after the Slightly Rich Shoe Bandits."
Gibby: "Well... who am I to refuse helping citizens? I'm in."
Metal Man (GM): ...You see a large explosion. The tank is blown into thousands of pieces.
VG turns to the explosion.. .oO(There goes another life...)
Gibby: "...that'll do it."
Aribar: "That'll teach you!"
VG: "...he made it?!?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...yep, that's Ari and his thieves thing..."
VG: "But... he got killed the last time!"
Wolfman is in disbelief... did Ari actually stop them?
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You gain 200 EXP from that ..and regain your shoes. They're all blasted to bits. The tank, not the shoes.
VG waits to see how Aribar returns... either by walking or being flung over.
Aribar wears his Super Sneakers for the next battle... They still have some charge left in them. The elf proudly puts the shoes in his pack before heading back to the group.
Wolfman: "...you actually took out the Slightly Rich Shoe Bandits?!?"
Guy: "So then... what brings you guys here?"
Wolfman: *Says that when Aribar returns.*
Aribar: "They shall bother this town no more! ... We're here to head to a temple with many artifacts I believe. Oh, and... Approximately how many other thieves are on the highway?"
Guy: "...The... t-t-t-temple?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Yeah, we're off to this temple... or whatever it is... Know anything about it?"
Guy: "...You're insane! That's why we called it the madness... path..."
VG: "Ari, not all bandits are bad."
Guy: "It is surrounded... by the most vile monster of them all!"
Wolfman: "Haven't you heard of Robin Hood?" *Recalls reading some fairy tales during his time at Mav Hunter HQ.* "Well, the Credit Card Bandits are on that path... that's where we have to go."
Guy: "...A flower. the deadliest flower... ever."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...and that is?"
Guy: "Are you still sure of it? That flower can kill!"
Aribar: "...I think I heard of him in one of my old Earth history classes... But I don't know much except that he lived... In a forest I think."
VG: "Don't tell me it's some sort of amazing daisy or something." *He gets a chuckle out of the thought.*
Guy: "...You know its n-n-n-name?"
Metal Man (GM): The Guy cowers in fear.
VG: "...what did I say?"
Wolfman turns to the other group.
Guy: "Whenever we hear that name spoken... it means... they're coming... unless an outsider says it."
Wolfman: "Did you guys encounter any daisies of some sort."
VG: "Well, I'm not from around here."
Aribar: "...We can just burn the flower to the ground. If a golden tank can be destroyed with lighting, a flower can surely be burnt!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "They were flowers... but... they didn't look TOO bad."
Wolfman: "Must be a similar breed then." *He turns to the guy.* "Do you know where the local shop is? I think that if you are that afraid of this... flower... perhaps we should buy some stuff to be prepared."
Guy: "The shop? Okay..."
Metal Man (GM): The Guy points to the shop... it has a fire flower sign in front of it.
Wolfman: "Thank you."
Garrick Fy`aar shrugs and heads for it, curious as to what they might have there...
Wolfman starts heading there... he'll handle an item/weapon penalty if he has to.
VG follows... there might be something interesting.
Metal Man (GM): You can only buy Mario items in this store.
Aribar follows the others, but buys nothing. He's broke.
Wolfman: "Aribar, want anything? I can help with some money."
Metal Man (GM): The shop has all of the Mario items about.
Aribar: "No, no, I don't have anything to pay you back with."
Wolfman: "Don't worry about paying me back. Get stocked up."
Aribar: "I'm fine. Besides, I only need a Green Potion and I doubt this place has any."
Metal Man (GM): brb while I grab some pizza. announce your purchases while I'm away.
Wolfman: "This place has Syrups. I can get you Syrups, but not much else."
Aribar: "I have everything I need."
Wolfman: "Your loss then." *He looks around...*
Aribar then mumbles under his breath, "Sans Royal Syrups."
Wolfman thought he heard Aribar mumbling... (going for INT here Ari; say if I hear it or not)
VG buys 2 Energizers for 400
Metal Man (GM): Any other purchases? I'll wait for Wolfman to get back. Okay...
Wolfman: "Don't worry about it."
VG: "I got my stuff... are we ready to go?"
Aribar: .oO(Note to self: Raise money to pay back Wolf and give it to him secretly...)
Metal Man (GM): I got it... you guys are done with the shop, right? Well, you may continue onto the path of your choice.
Wolfman and Co leave the shop. He and VG start heading towards Madness Way.
VG: "You guys coming?"
Aribar follows, but keeps silent.
Metal Man (GM): You guys go onto madness way. It's a grassy path... and it becomes eerie as you walk.
VG is starting to feel a little spooked...
Metal Man (GM): You continue to hear that weird bell tolling from creepy steeple. It gets darker, too.
Wolfman continues walking.
Aribar unsheaths Moonlight. "Hrm..."
VG stays close with the group.
Wolfman gets the beam saber out... it should be bright enough for some light.
Metal Man (GM): You see... a golden, shining, walking flower. What do you do?
Wolfman signals everyone to hold. He then turns to the others. "I think this is that flower the guy talked about."
Metal Man (GM): The flower is merrily walking about... but is golden... and probably deadly, if that guy was telling the truth.
Wolfman: "Anyone have anything to say, do so now."
Aribar: "...It seems friendly enough."
Wolfman: "So we ignore it then?"
Aribar: "Lemme be the test subject..."
Wolfman: "...if you say so." *He breaks out of the huddle, and lets Aribar take the head position.*
Aribar sheaths his sword and walks towards it. His spreads his arm out wide and has his hand open to show there's nothing it in. He approaches the flower. "... 'allo, little thing."
Metal Man (GM): ...It turns towards Aribar... smiles sweetly... then sings at him.
VG stands behind Wolfman... he attempts to be sneaky here. He goes to scan this flower through the "space" between Wolfman's legs in text mode so as to not disturb the flower.
Metal Man (GM): 160% damage if that hits... And it causes sleep, too. The deadly musical notes seem to shred reality itself. Aribar:You're barely alive... and asleep... the daisy wanders off, into the bushes.
Aribar falls to the ground... Whether he's asleep or dead, no one could probably tell.
VG tried to scan during the time of attack... did it work?
Smash Dex: "Unable to gain complete scan."
VG: "Display what was gotten."
Metal Man (GM): Amazy Dayzee
Smash Dex: "End of information."
VG: "...that's enough."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...imagine the EXP we get from taking that thing down..."
Wolfman: "If you insist on hunting it, do so another time. Let's go on." *He picks up Aribar.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "Good point, let's go."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar wakes up.
Garrick Fy`aar starts moving as well.
Metal Man (GM): Dead ahead, is a large lump... covered in bushes. Like, 16 feet tall.
VG: "Had a nice nap Aribar?"
Metal Man (GM): Like a huge boulder.
Wolfman sets Aribar down and takes a look at this boulder.
Metal Man (GM): Its covered in bushes.
Aribar: "Ooooow... All I remember is pain."
Metal Man (GM): You can't see anything with all the plant stuff on it.
Wolfman equips the beam saber. "To whoever guards this area, I'm sorry, but I wish to see what is behind here."
Aribar casts Minor Healing on himself 6 times and then downs a Green Potion.
Wolfman starts dancing with the bushes.
Metal Man (GM): The bushes are shredded.
Garrick Fy`aar draws his gun and waits...
Metal Man (GM): ...There's a huge door. And a sign on it. The sign says...
Wolfman reads the sign; VG as well from a slightly farther distance.
Metal Man (GM): 'Tap... tap... tap... The door must be touched... Kick... kick... kick... kick...'
Garrick Fy`aar walks up to it, taps the door three times, then kicks it four times.
Wolfman gets out of Garrick's way.
Metal Man (GM): A star-shaped indent appears.
Garrick Fy`aar places the blue star key he found into the slot.
VG: "So that's what that blue star was for."
Metal Man (GM): It glows...... The two doors, and the entire boulder, lights up.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Ari, get that barrier ready."
Metal Man (GM): Lines of energy go through it, revealing that it's a door to some stairs... for the doors swing open, with the star hanging atop the doorframe. You see a bunch of stairs... and a light at the bottom.
VG is awed by the site.
Aribar gets out the orbs after sheathing his weapon.
Metal Man (GM): Each of the orbs have a silver button.
Wolfman: "Ari... are you sure you know what you are doing?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Give yourself... a five foot distance from the door. Everyone inside."
Wolfman: "Then... try praying to your higher power or something for guidance."
Aribar: "So, Garrick, you mean you want me to place these five feet from the door?"
Wolfman: "Before you do anything stupid."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Yeah, that's about right."
VG gets close to Garrick... that seems to be inside.
Wolfman follows suit.
Aribar: "Then couldn't someone just walk right past it?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "I don't know if it makes a dome or just a wall... Dex, specify."
Smash Dex: "Flat wall."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Alright, flat wall. Just inside the doorframe then."
Wolfman: "...so we have to enter, and then set it."
Garrick Fy`aar takes the second orb and places it right along the wall, part way into the door.
VG enters, followed by Wolfman.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Place yours in the same place on the other side of mine, Ari..."
Metal Man (GM): You can enter, of course.
Aribar does as Garrick says.
Wolfman and VG are both just inside the temple while Garrick and Aribar do their trap setting.
Garrick Fy`aar waits for everyone to be inside... *just saying so Metal doesn't trap someone outside.*
Metal Man (GM): Everyone's inside.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Okay, press the button at the same time. On now. Three. Two. One. Now." *He presses it.*
Metal Man (GM): ...The Guy you met earlier leaps in the temple at the last moment.
Guy: "Hey guys... uhhh... I just got curious, you know. I wanted to see the temple."
Aribar does so...
Guy: "Since you distracted that Amazy Dayzee and all..."
Wolfman: "...hold on."
Metal Man (GM): ...A blue-yellow field turns on.
Wolfman: "What is your rule motive for following us?"
Garrick Fy`aar has got his gun straight at the guy's head.
Aribar: "...You're Kuja, huh?"
Wolfman is getting suspicious.
Guy: "I'm an archaeologist! Not cookie jar... P-p-p-please get that gun off of my head..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...who are you? Name."
Metal Man (GM): ...Meanwhile, you see the real Kuja walk in from outside... towards the field. He's in paper form, too.
Aribar blinks and looks through the field.
VG watches outside... gulp.
VG turns to Garrick and signals "let him go."
Kuja Tribal: "Yes! I have tricked the Questers into opening the temple for me! Only their pure hearts could see the clues. Now... to enter the temple... and take over the world!"
Wolfman: .oO(Pure Hearts? Yeah right!)
Guy: "...YIKES!" *Flees into the temple.*
Kuja Tribal: *Walks towards the force field.*
Wolfman follows Guy.
Garrick Fy`aar watches as the guy runs off... he motions Ari and VG to follow.
VG follows Wolfman... but slowly.
Kuja Tribal: *Hits the force field.*
VG has an ice block ready just in case... never mind.
Kuja Tribal: "What the? Someone put a magic field... here."
VG hurriedly follows along.
Aribar hesitates to watch Kuja before following.
Kuja Tribal: "...This can't be it! Tricked... the irony!"
Metal Man (GM): You run down... and hear some explosions behind you. Not to the temple, but... obviously Mewtwo and Nova are attacking him. You walk down the steps... into a great, wide-open hall.
Garrick Fy`aar chuckles a bit before taking off after the others.
Metal Man (GM): The ceiling is like a constellation of flowing energy.
VG: *To the Guy* "Who are you anyway?"
Metal Man (GM): Great magical energy flows through the place.
Wolfman feels... nearly... relaxed.
Zip Toad: "...Gotcha! I'm Zip Toad in disguise!"
VG is in awe again.
Zip Toad: "...The world famous movie star, of course."
Zip Toad: "Please don't attack me. My looks are for Hollywood."
VG: "So you are an archaeologist in the movie?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Nova, come in. Do you read?"
Zip Toad: "Erk... Hollywood? I mean... movie... making... place."
Nova: "I am fighting Kuja."
Aribar glances from the ceiling to the Toad. "... Can you defend yourself? Do you have a weapon?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "What about Doopliss?"
Zip Toad: "...No. I'm an action hero... my stunt doubles do that for me."
Nova: "He has not appeared."
Wolfman: .oO(Hollywood... but isn't that earth?)
Nova: "He is in creepy steeple."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...right. Watch yourself. Garrick out."
Wolfman wonders for real who this guy is... he attempts a text scan stealthily.
Smash Dex: "Zip toad. World-famous movie star."
Garrick Fy`aar keeps a solid eye on this Zip Toad, but remains silent. He scans the area for anything interesting...
Smash Dex: "Often disguised as other people... just to find action."
Aribar: "...Catch." *The elf unsheaths Moonlight and tosses it to Zip.*
Metal Man (GM): You see another set of double doors, which are the automatic-opening sliding type.
Wolfman: "Forgive me Zip... we've had our fair share of people in disguise."
Zip Toad: "Gah!"
Metal Man (GM): Zip flees from it... then barely picks it up when it lands. He's dragging it on the floor.
Zip Toad: "...Right... now I can slay all the bad guys!"
Aribar: "...Can you even lift that shortsword?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "He's a toad, Ari. I doubt VG could lift it."
Metal Man (GM): Zip Toad tries to lift it. The result causes him to spin around wildly... but its still an attack.
Zip Toad: "I can... kinda swing it around haphazardly..."
Aribar: "...Well, it's better than nothing. Just remember to give it back when we get out of here."
Garrick Fy`aar walks up to the double doors, hopefully getting them to open...
Zip Toad: "Right."
VG: "I'll give it a try after we get done here."
Metal Man (GM): The doors open for you, revealing a narrow walkway.
Wolfman follows Garrick.
Metal Man (GM): Zip Toad follows, as well.
VG follows the others.
Metal Man (GM): You reach a large room. With a control computer in the center ..*SMASH* From the ceiling... a head falls onto the computer.
???: "Gaaack aack aaack aaack!"
Garrick Fy`aar arches an eyebrow...
???: "I've tricked you now, Questers!"
Wolfman stands his ground, but doesn't equip anything.
Aribar: "Please don't let it be a Grodus..."
VG: "Who are you?"
Grodus: "That's who I am, country elf. I tricked both of you..."
Aribar: "Oh, piffle."
Grodus: "I even tricked Locos."
Wolfman: "...what is your stake in this war?"
Grodus: "You stopped Kuja and opened the temple... so that I could take control of this deadly magitek weapon!"
Wolfman doesn't recall this Grodus.
Metal Man (GM): The head hops about, typing something...
Garrick Fy`aar doesn't even hesitate, he just fires a shot over Grodus' head... body... something...
Wolfman: "I'm going to ask this once. Can you please step away from the weapon here?"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: You shoot him. The energy-wires from the walls come to him... He's repaired... with a golden body, at that. Well, a gold-trimmed body... he looks like an emperor, now.
Grodus: "Your attacks are in vain! This computer makes me the undisputed EMPEROR of this pathetic planet..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...son of a... Dex, scan!"
Aribar: "...Look! A diversion!" *The elf points behind Grodus.*
Smash Dex: "Unable to scan; interference from another machine is too much."
Grodus: "I will not fall for that, puny elf. And now... to show the power of this all powerful weapon!"
VG: "Grodus, what exactly do you want? To destroy everyone?"
Metal Man (GM): He taps his staff on the ground.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Blast it... okay guys, let's take this guy out so we can stop hearing his blasted voice..."
VG doesn't recall this guy.
Metal Man (GM): Vidscreens appear everywhere.
Aribar: "...Well, then I guess you won't see the 'Rule World' button then."
Metal Man (GM): ...Zio's ship is shown.
Grodus: "Ultimate weapon... destroy that ship! Gaaack aaack aaack aaack!"
Wolfman: "Wait... YOU control Zio?!?"
Metal Man (GM): ...Suddenly... a small STAR falls out of the sky, smashing it. The ship and star plummet into the ground, creating a micro-supernova... obliterating the ship, and probably Zio.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...not Zio, but he can sure as hell blow him him up..."
Grodus: "No... I destroyed him!"
Wolfman: "On normal circumstances, I'd thank you."
Aribar: "...What just... You destroyed him?"
Wolfman: "However, I think you'd want to destroy all of us as well here."
Grodus: "With this weapon... I shall destroy all opposition!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...why?"
VG is just staying silent right now.
Metal Man (GM): The vidscreens show a secret base, floating in orbit... Gerald's.
Grodus: "To make a better world... where feelings aren't hurt... and such nasty people as Gerald Robotnik are dead!"
Garrick Fy`aar: .oO(...oh, please blow it up...)
Grodus: "Computer... destroy this... THING!"
Metal Man (GM): A black hole opens up... tearing up and eating the entire base.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...good lord... what IS this thing?"
VG: "A perfect world?"
Metal Man (GM): ...Though it also remains there, now eating some satellites and asteroids around, as well.
Grodus: "The ancient Solarians... created the ultimate fusion of technology and magic. They... are the hated enemies of the Lunarians."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...talk about a bomb shell."
Grodus: "I discovered an ancient tablet on their ultimate weapon of destruction."
Aribar: "...Technology and Magic combined... I was taught that that would be the downfall of everything..."
Grodus: "Sealed by the Lunarians... the weapon had resulted in the genocide of the Solarians."
Editor's Note: Heh. Nice try, past me, but this whole plotline gets retconned later in SSQ's history.
Aribar: "You're telling me that these people make it the opposite?"
VG: "I'm sure there are good uses for both technology and magic... I mean, aren't WE kind of like that?" *Looks to Aribar and Wolfman.*
Grodus: "They had predicted that their own technology and magic, combined, would bring the end of everything, like you said. That's why they destroyed themselves."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...then doesn't that mean if you continue to use this weapon, even after Kuja and the lot are dead, even after we are dead, you'll end up killing yourself?"
Grodus: "The Lunarians, pitying the misguided Solarians, sealed this place... so that only those with a pure heart can open the temple again... Gaaack aaack aaack aaack! You really believe in that hogwash? Foolish. They were merely afraid of their own power... which is now MINE!"
Editor's Note: Geez, just focus on destroying things, your exposition isn't even meaningful anymore.
Garrick Fy`aar: "If it's hogwash, then WHERE are the Solarians?"
VG: "Grodus, you said something earlier I didn't get. Are you trying to make a perfect world where no one would have feelings hurt?"
Aribar shrugs to Veegee's statement.
Grodus: "They killed themselves over a fear which does not have grounds in logic! Yes... by killing all of the foolish people who inhabit this world. I would make a perfect people... by wiping the slate clean, and rebuilding it in my own image!"
VG: "...are you aware that no world can ever truly be 'Perfect' as you want it?"
Grodus: "That is illogical. I have seen it in my simulations."
Aribar: "And what if someone does not like living in a world ruled by you?"
Grodus: "You are an inferior organic being... unable to see the perfection of my plans."
Garrick Fy`aar chuckles... then starts laughing hard.
Aribar: "...Simulations are NOT the same as the real thing!"
Grodus: "They are destroyed! What else? Then tell me how I predicted your every move?"
Aribar: "If you want a perfect world then why not go off and create one instead of harming people?"
Grodus: "I ran simulations for everything... I made plans to survive even the destruction of Valhalla! Never!"
Editor's Note: Ironically Valhalla out-survived Grodus, in the end.
Wolfman: "While I appreciate your goal..."
Aribar: "Why not?"
Wolfman draws his beam saber out.
Aribar: "That is a win-win situation."
Wolfman: "I'm not willing to die for it."
Grodus: "Now... I cannot kill you with this machine directly, because of a horrible security chip... it prevents the systems from damaging your kind. But the system cannot stop me from feeding the power into unsafe, non-Solarian and non-Lunarian devices! Gaaack aaack aaack aaack!"
Metal Man (GM): He types some more. The energy flows into him.
Wolfman: "Then we'll have to stop you."
Metal Man (GM): ...You notice that the Guy is gone.
VG gets into a fighter's stance.
Grodus: "It is no use. I shall destroy you all within minutes."
Wolfman: "I'd rather die trying."
Aribar takes out the Wand of Wonder.
Grodus: "And if I lose... my plans can deal with that, too."
Garrick Fy`aar draws his weapons to grabbing distance, slamming in a fresh clip into his M150 and getting himself ready...
Aribar: "Why can't you just learn to stay down?"
Grodus: "Why can't you learn to stay down?" *In a mocking tone* "And... your only savior... is BLOCKED from entering this place."
VG: "I wouldn't call Kuja a savior."
Grodus: "Kuja... his powers could stop me. But no... you had to lock him out."
Garrick Fy`aar: "He means Metal."
VG: "...he meant Kuja."
Grodus: "Metal? What sort of horrible name is that?"
Garrick Fy`aar shrugs.
Aribar: "Imagine if HE gained this power. He could crush you like an insignificant bug..."
Grodus: "It is too late for that... the time has come... for the empire of Grodus!"
Aribar: "...In fact, I bet you're not even a match for him right now!"
VG: "It's time for you to shut up."
Grodus: "Great machine... send my men and my machines... to the Second Moon."
VG is getting slightly annoyed. He attempts to throw an ice block at Grodus QUICKLY.
Aribar: .oO(... Locos deserves this.)
Grodus: "We shall destroy Locos and his worthless Lunarian kin after destroying the Questers."
Metal Man (GM): It hits a force field around Grodus.
Grodus: "Impatient worm. It is time to put you into your place!"
Metal Man (GM): Grodus leaps into battle!
VG: "Well, that worked."
Metal Man (GM): Speeds, everybody! Grodus is surrounded by four Grodus Xes.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...dah, not these again..."
Wolfman: "What are they?"
Grodus: "These are the real thing, this time!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Take those Xes out before you damage Grodus. They repel damage on him."