Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 196: Lost Questers
Date: 4:31:26 PM, May 7th; 9:54:37 PM, May 7th; 9:23:31 PM, May 9th; 4:00:33 PM, May 10th, 2005.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Then, you'll have nothing. The Smashers barely care anymore."
Metal Man: "Threatening me, of all people?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "I'm not threatening you at all."
Metal Man: "Oh please. Half of us died when we attacked Kuja normally."
Tetra closes the Dex and heads toward the warp room.
Metal Man: "The other half would die the same way if we didn't continue on the path..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "The path?"
Metal Man: "On the plus side, there won't be any more missions where Questers do bad things."
Pat steps out into the hall behind Tetra. "Going somewhere?"
Metal Man: "The path to destroying Kuja."
Tetra: "Yes. I'm leaving. Don't try to stop me." *He continues on.*
Metal Man: "I am merely throwing numbers at Kuja's equations..."
Pat: "I don't plan on it. Is this your notice of resignation, then?"
Digifanatic: *Anyways, he is in his room, back at his computer again... this one sounds pretty interesting...*
Garrick Fy`aar: "Do you even need us anymore?"
Metal Man: "Without you, I couldn't get anything done."
Pat: "Well, I can't stop you. Wherever you go, I hope it turns out better for you."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, with the way things are going, you'll be out of Questers sooner or later. Locos is constantly leaving, doing his own thing."
Tetra: "Thank you. I hope... you realize the Questers are no good."
Metal Man: "Locos is a lost cause."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Tetra is wanting to leave. Aribar has lost so much, I'm surprised he's even still with the group."
Pat: "We'll see, Tetra, we'll see."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Countless others have died."
Metal Man: "You, sir, are an insult to the name Quester."
Pat makes his way to the Quester... bar... place.
Digifanatic: (this being typed out on his computer, not in dialogue) 'Yeah, gimme a minute to make sure everything's okay.' *He gets up out of his chair, moves it way off to the side, avoiding the mistake he made last time, and makes sure the stack of pillows is safe...*
Garrick Fy`aar immediately draws his M150 from no where and points it at Metal's head.
Tetra gets to the warp room. "I need to go to the echidna village."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...you idiot..."
Digifanatic: (typed) "Alright, you're good to go."
Metal Man: "You are the idiot. And that won't work on me. Anything you do will merely turn the gears in my plan to reverse Kuja's progress."
Garrick Fy`aar: "You're just as bad as him."
Pat walks in and spies Metal and Julian. He walks over slowly, listening to the words.
Digifanatic (GM): *A few buttons are pressed and his friend from before, Danny, comes crashing through his computer again; this time, more easily landing on the pillows to break the impact.*
Danny: "Well Ian, what is it?"
Digifanatic: "Hang on hang on... it's not in here..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...fine." *He holsters his gun, sighing deeply* "...I just hope you know what your doing, Metal."
Metal Man: "If you can trust me, and stop trusting Kuja, we can overcome this."
Digifanatic: *He leads Daniel to the warp pipe in his room. They are transported to the second basement floor of that area of HQ, part of the SSQ Museum.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "I trusted you every single damn moment."
Danny: "Come on..."
Metal Man: "Pointing a gun at my head isn't very trusting, is it? I'd never do that to you."
Editor's Note: And... Illian actually never did that, true to his word. However, it doesn't really address how tricksy Illian is and how he fools people he himself doesn't trust to do the right thing, now does it?
Garrick Fy`aar: "Well, excuse me for feeling betrayed after hearing you're using us."
Digifanatic: "Dah, would you just take it easy? I swear, you're like anyone else, man..." *He leads his friend again through a couple areas of the hall, and makes a turn at the far end.*
Metal Man: "Using? Look. I'm the leader of this organization, and even though I didn't order you to do as you did, you were doing my own orders."
Tetra takes the warp to the echidna village and looks around for Kuja.
Metal Man: "I'm proud that you succeeded. Kuja already thinks he can just prance about like he owns everything."
Digifanatic: "Almost there... and here we are." *He shows Danny his section of the SSQ Hall of Fame. * "That's why I wanted you to bring a camera."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...fine."
Pat walks to the big room to find Mewtwo.
Garrick Fy`aar: "I apologize for my actions..."
Pat: "Tetra is gone. I believe he has switched sides."
Metal Man: "Now then. We must work together to begin phase 2."
Garrick Fy`aar: "And you can't tell me a damn thing?"
Mewtwo: "...You should have told me earlier."
Pat: "He only just left."
Danny: "Holy crap! What a nice surprise, dude!" *He goes over to read part of his entry. * "Yeah, I remember that time after school quite easily as well..."
Metal Man: "Phase 2 is when I tell you myself... when it is time to begin."
Digifanatic: "Takes one to know one."
Metal Man (GM): Ummm... yes. Tetra gets to the warp room, only to find... that same annoying thing.
SIMBER: "You need Metal's permission to use the warp room."
Garrick Fy`aar: "To begin what?"
Pat: "Or at least, he was leaving."
Metal Man: "Phase 2. What we do while Kuja fights with UND people."
Digifanatic: "Lot of my friends, as you can see, most of them hanging around the area right now, dunno quite where, but ya get the point."
Tetra: "Get out of the way, SIMBER."
Digifanatic: *He stands in front of his area of the HoF, and asks Danny to take the picture. All is well.*
Mewtwo: "...Don't worry. The security system will stop him."
Tetra: "Screw protocol. I'm leaving, okay? So just forget it!"
Julian Sawyer (GM): Digi would see an AREA UNDER CONSTRUCTION sign, as Julian's Hall Of Fame section is being installed.
SIMBER: "Machines do not forget."
Pat: "And what do we do then? Keep him against his will?"
Danny: "Hey, it's great to finally see that you're making out well with these guys..."
Mewtwo: "Metal has will deal with it."
Tetra: "Mindless sheep, just like the Questers who control you! I'll walk." *He heads back to the foyer to leave Quester HQ on foot.*
SIMBER: "Not through a fully locked and barred front door."
Metal Man (GM): The door is blocked by bars and metal sheets.
Pat: "Alright. I'm going out. I'll be a little while." *He walks to his room.*
Digifanatic: *The two head back up the elevator at the end to Digi's floor... and they start walking back out.*
Metal Man's dex beeps. "There's Tetra trying to leave right now."
Tetra is shaking with anger. "Why are you doing this! I don't want to be a part of your organization! Just let me go!"
Metal Man: "I'll go handle it." *He presses a button, and disappears... ala the Cheshire cat.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...right." *He drinks up.*
Digifanatic: "Hey, I try my best... just happened to work this time..."
Metal Man reappears at the entrance. He'd look notably darth-vader like from this view.... "Tetra... I'm afraid you'll have to stop right there."
Tetra: "Why? Because I realized I was on the wrong side? You want to force me to stay now?"
Digifanatic (GM): *The two re-enter Digi's room as he lets Danny back through to get to the other end. *
Digifanatic: "You don't have to spread the news if you don't want to!"
Metal Man: "I'm afraid you've done your orders too well."
Danny: "We'll see about that..."
Metal Man: "You see, I planned that mission to be a fiasco."
Tetra: "You... what...?"
Digifanatic: "Good to see that done and over with..."
Metal Man: "So that Kuja would expose himself."
Tetra: "Kuja saved those people. He's the good guy."
Metal Man: "He killed 10 of my friends. They're not coming back, are they?"
Tetra: "And how many people have you killed?"
Metal Man: "Only 5 to 6... all of them vampires or evil men who were out to kill me."
Editor's Note: Haha, haha, hahahaha... uhhh.... yeah, the... whole Solarian Machine thing... ...not like he'd tell Tetra about that, though.
Tetra: "How many people have died to your stupidity and your indecisiveness?"
Metal Man: "None, to this date. By letting Kuja 'win', I saved many people."
Digifanatic relaxes a bit, shuts off the comp, puts his chair back and heads to R&R.
Tetra: "I don't want to be a part of an organization that causes more damage then the so-called bad guys. Don't you get it, Metal? The Questers are the bad guys! They just don't realize it!"
Editor's Note: In SSQ^2, maybe!
Metal Man: "The bad guys destroyed Toad Town more times then I have fingers. They've killed thousands."
Tetra: "All because you were too weak and ignorant to be able to stop them. And now you're telling me you MEANT to have us summon up an unstoppable evil. And you think that will encourage me to stay?"
Editor's Note: On the flip side, Tetra has more of a point about whether he personally wants to stay. Unlike the attempt to sway the brick wall about his sins, Tetra should in theory be able to leave.
Metal Man: "Who's weak and arrogant now? The unstoppable evil was meant to appear, thus prompting Kuja to save the day. Thus, many dead people were revived, and the monster was killed. Then, while Kuja plots his evil revenge and thinks he's won, we hit him where he least expects it."
Tetra: "Metal... Kuja saved those people. And you still claim he's evil?"
Metal Man: "If we are evil, that only makes him eviller than us."
Tetra: "You talk nonsense. Just let me leave."
Metal Man: "I'm afraid escape is impossible."
Metal Man: "You must see the wisdom in my actions, for no one has died today. Have you not seen the records?"
Tetra: "Metal... if the King Skeleton had not been summoned... crisis would have bee avoided. It was our fault. Everything was. Kuja saved everyone, not you."
Metal Man: "Thus leaving hundreds of people killed by demons dead, and allowing more demons to attack people. I have already put together a plan to continue fixing Nintendus, using him as our puppet... but without doing anything bad. The UND and he will fight. While they are distracted, we will save the day in a place that's in terrible trouble. We can say they're both bad and show that we're the true heroes."
Tetra: "I attacked an innocent civilian today, Metal. I even summoned a great evil. I've done things I can never forgive myself for. And if there is a god out there I doubt he can forgive me either."
Metal Man: "The great evil is a given, but I didn't exactly count on you hurting an innocent civilian."
Tetra: "If what you're saying is true then that just means that you are leading us all into sin. I can't be a part of this."
Metal Man: "Treason is sin, too, you know. The worst kind."
Tetra: "I've already committed treason by siding with you! Treason against all of Nintendus!"
Metal Man: "Why don't you go to Charles L. Magellean instead?"
Metal Man: "He doesn't do the bad things Kuja will do and has done."
Tetra: "Bad things? Like what? Saving the village WE almost destroyed?"
Metal Man: "The purpose is the root of the evil. By saving the village, he expects them, in return, to become his slaves."
Tetra: "I don't even care who I go to. I just have to leave this place."
Metal Man: "Then I believe you would be best off with Charles... bit of a matter on that, though. Seems as he's gone into the X-zone. But I wouldn't want you to be killed by going to Kuja, either. After all, Kuja wouldn't want you. He does this to make us look bad. Do you think he wants to show that Questers can be good? Even ex-Questers? He won't tell you until he attacks you, sure, but you of all people need not die."
Tetra: "... You may have a point about Kuja. I still don't know if I can trust him. Especially not if he accepts the help of people like Grodus and Wily."
Metal Man: "Don't forget Zio... if you think the Questers are bad... Zio became pure evil after leaving the Questers. And Kuja has him as his right hand man!"
Tetra: "Alright. But still... I can't stay with the Questers."
Metal Man: "Well, there's always Doopliss."
Tetra: "Doopliss... who is he again?"
Metal Man: "Even though he failed that time, he was the first person to help. The guy who piloted that space ship."
Tetra: "Oh yeah. Do you have any idea where I could find him?"
Metal Man: "Go ahead. I have the warp room set."
Tetra: "Alright. Thanks, Metal." *He heads off towards the warp room.*
Metal Man: "Though... I hope you see that Kuja is merely being used."
Digifanatic: *Meanwhile...* "Julian? Ya there?"
Aribar wakes up and asks SIMBER where Shadow is.
SIMBER: "...New data has been found to be highly interesting. Shadow is in the Echidna village."
Aribar: "...Hrm... Thank you, SIMBER." *He heads towards Oak's lab.*
SIMBER: "You're welcome."
Aribar: "Oak? I need your help."
Professor Oak: "Yes, what is it you need help with?"
Garrick Fy`aar is back in Oak's lab, working like always. He hasn't spoken since he returned.
Aribar: "I need a device that will change my appearance... I've an errand to do in hostile territory."
Garrick Fy`aar glances up "...where are you going, Ari?"
Professor Oak: "...The... eh... eh... eh..."
Metal Man (GM): Oak goes into a drawer.
Professor Oak: "Long ago... the transformers were forbidden... destroyed..."
Aribar lies. "... To Toad-Mart's Saturday Half-price sale... You'd be surprised at how lethal some shoppers can be."
Metal Man (GM): I mean he opens the drawer.
Garrick Fy`aar arches an eyebrow "...now why should I believe that?"
Aribar: "Because I have no reason to lie to you... Now, you aren't telling me you have a TRANSFORMER, do you, Oak?"
Metal Man (GM): Oak takes the transformer out.
Professor Oak: "It is your old one, Aribar. The old ways may seem dead, but... they are still here. No one will suspect you as... Mr. Monster."
Aribar: "Wha-what?! ... How?!" *The elf seems baffled by this.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "You're giving him a transformer??" *He stands straight up, looking at Oak incredulously.*
Aribar: "...Won't they help spawn another Void? Will Mr. Monster actually appear, or will it be just an illusion? ... This raises so many questions."
Professor Oak: "The Void is dead."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Now wait just a damn minute here!"
Professor Oak: "Mr. Monster will be fully returned. ...You, Garrick, were not around in the past. I already know that you do not understand Metal. I never really did, but... he always came out on top."
Metal Man (GM): Oak actually brings out a photo album of days long ago...
Professor Oak: "Can't you see? This old stuff is still of use. ...I have secretly been working on a way to get back... the old fighter-move based abilities of yore."
Aribar: "...Really now?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...and what of us new Questers?"
Professor Oak: "Respect your past."
Garrick Fy`aar: "My past? My past has is mostly gone."
Metal Man (GM): http://www.vgmusic.com/music/console/sony/ps1/ff9-memories.mid
Julian Sawyer: *Turns off the TV and heads into Oak's Lab, thinking that now is as good a time as any to commission his Magitek items to Garrick.*
Professor Oak: "Metal had no past, either. He made his own here. See... as he fights Ganondorf, Bowser... he has made up for the destruction of his home planet."
Aribar listens, still a bit shocked by this recent turn.
Professor Oak: "The old days are gone, but the stuff they left behind is something else Kuja does not expect."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...and how can we, people who are new to this game in your eyes, use that?"
Professor Oak: "Take this transformer, Aribar... do with it as you wish."
Metal Man (GM): Oak thrusts the transformer into Aribar's hands.
Aribar gladly accepts it and pockets it.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...he's giving the man a transformer... and he's giving all the old Questers their past back."
Aribar: "Well... Off to Toad-Mart..."
Julian Sawyer: "...A transformer?"
Aribar quickly leaves the room after thanking Oak again, and asks SIMBER where Metal is.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...look it up in the database."
Professor Oak: "Good luck... show those shoppers what you can... save money on?"
SIMBER: "Metal is in his office."
Garrick Fy`aar stares at Oak.
Aribar heads off to his office.
Julian Sawyer: "Hey Garrick, would now be a good time to commission some Magitek items?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "... ...give me what you want."
Julian Sawyer: "Right then..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I assume you have money to act as the catalyst?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You reach the office.
Julian Sawyer: *Takes off his gloves and boots, and puts them on the counter. Following them is a Bomb(unlit), Shovel Claws, a Jet Booster, White Gloves, Super Sneakers, an Earth Emerald, a Fire Ruby, an Ice Sapphire, a Lightning Topaz, some Spiked Shoes, and a Fury Materia.* "You bet."
Metal Man: "Hello, Aribar."
Aribar: "'allo, Metal. May I have permission to leave the stadium?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...you want me to combine ALL of these with your gloves?"
Metal Man: "What grounds, exactly?"
Aribar: "On the grounds that I want to see Shadow."
Julian Sawyer: "Well, the Sneakers, Spiked Shoes, and Jet Booster is for the boots."
Metal Man: "Ah... I see, your transformer is back. Oak did as I told him to."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I'll see what I can do..."
Metal Man: "This was all planned... the Questers to supposedly fail... then to rise like the phoenix. Kuja is vulnerable, now."
Garrick Fy`aar takes a stretch of empty table in Oak's lab and sets the gloves on one side, the Bomb, Shovel Claws, White Gloves, Earth emerald, Fire Ruby, the Ice Sapphire, the Lightning Topaz, and the Fury Materia on the other.
Metal Man: "We shall shed the bad things said about us by triumphing them at their victorious moment."
Aribar: "...Well, do you want me to scout on the vulnerable one while I find Shadow?"
Julian Sawyer: "So what's your fee?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Depends."
Metal Man: "Go ahead... he won't know you."
Metal Man: "You have my full consent. With your action... our rebirth shall begin!"
Garrick Fy`aar takes out the book and searches for the correct amount of power and gold it will take to form the combination of THIS many items...
Aribar: "Excellent... I hope this thing doesn't need new batteries." *The elf activates the Transformer.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: It's steep.... 10,000 coins, and 5000 EXP.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...I can't do it."
Metal Man (GM): It works just fine. MrMonster would reappear... wondering as if he'd gone into the future.
Julian Sawyer: "Of course, I'd be willing to provide extra coins for the EXP cost involved."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I can only use so much power."
Metal Man: "Welcome back, Mr. Monster. It has been a long, long time."
MrMonster would appear in Aribar's place... He is a tall humanoid standing roughly seven feet tall. This blue-scaled being has eyes the color of the sea and whitish-blonde hair with a red headband running through it. He would probably have two empty weapon sheaths on his hip and back, as well as padded armor and boots compared to his old equipment. (Since I assume he's starting out as a new character).
Garrick Fy`aar: "...well, I COULD do it... ...both of them... But you'd better stand back. You too, Oak."
Julian Sawyer: *Gets behind a table.*
MrMonster: "...Why do I feel as though I've been trapped in a box for years?" *The demidragon says, stretching his limbs.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...no, MUCH farther than that."
Metal Man: "Because you have... unlike my doubler friend, Mr. Tridus, you were merely shelved. There was a panic that transformers destroyed the fabric of time..."
Digifanatic is now back in his room BTW...
MrMonster: "...Ah... There was?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Okay, here goes nothing..."
Metal Man: "It is over... though the Questers need your help. The new people have no faith... if you don't already know, Aribar wants you to go scout out a village... on this map."
Julian Sawyer: *Backs up to a wall then.*
Metal Man gives a map to the Echidna map to MrMonster.
Garrick Fy`aar slowly begins to chant in the accent Solarian language. The words roll of his tongue as static electricity begins to fill the air. His body glows a faint golden color as he continues to chant, his words growing louder and louder...
Metal Man: "You must look for... Kuja, if you remember him. And Shadow, a black hedgehog."
MrMonster: "Hrm... Thank you, Metal... I have a feeling I'll be getting lost in this place... It looks vastly different." *He accepts the map and starts through the door.*
Garrick Fy`aar lets his hands hover between the boots and gloves on one side, the various items on the other. He growls out more words, his speech growing to a loud roar. This is taking some huge amount of power, the entire ROOM is filled with light....
Metal Man: "And so... it has begun. the generation Kuja destroyed... shall get their final revenge." *He idly looks at his old, broken doubler, and begins scribbling plans on paper as MrMonster leaves his room.*
Metal Man (GM): MrMonster: This place is like a science fiction movie! Everything is... shinier. Yeah.
MrMonster blinks while looking about... "... So lost..."
Metal Man (GM): There's even an escalator downstairs.
Garrick Fy`aar hollers out the last few words, his voice echoing around the stadium as he lets out a yell and throws his hands together.
Metal Man (GM): You vaguely remember the way to Oak's lab.
Julian Sawyer: *Shields his eyes.*
MrMonster starts hesitantly towards Oak's lab... He pauses at every intersection, not entirely sure if he's going the right way.
Garrick Fy`aar pants as the glow leaves the room, the gloves and boots there on the table now look MUCH different. They give off a soft, golden glow.
Metal Man (GM): You seem to know the way well enough... but many things are foreign. Time has passed... much of it. One year.
Garrick Fy`aar chuckles a bit... "...there... there you go... all done... ugh..."
Julian Sawyer: "Whoa..."
Garrick Fy`aar keels over, slamming into the ground and fainting, right there in Oak's lab...
MrMonster blinks as he walks into Oak's lab. "... Hrm... Is this a Professor Oak's lab?"
Digifanatic might hear Garrick's yelling (waiting for a verdict)
Professor Oak: "Hello, Mr. Monster! It's been a while."
Julian Sawyer: "...What the heck is that?"
Garrick Fy`aar wonders if Oak just watched the whole thing, saw Garrick fall down, close to dead, and doesn't care.
Editor's Note: Professor Oak has been seen to be about as cold as ice, so he probably didn't care.
MrMonster blinks and looks to Julian... "... You may call me Mr. Monster for now."
Metal Man (GM): Oak gives Garrick a Max Mushroom.
Julian Sawyer: "...Right..."
MrMonster then looks back to Oak. "Yes... I'm wondering... Where is the front door? This place is not like I remember it."
Julian Sawyer: "Well... I'm Julian, in case you were wondering..."
Professor Oak: "Right nearby... down this hallway."
Metal Man (GM): Oak walks out, down the hallway.
Garrick Fy`aar growls, getting to his feet.
Digifanatic runs off to Oak's lab after hearing Garrick's odd predicament... "Garrick, what happened with you, and..."
Julian Sawyer: "That was... cool. How'd you do it?"
MrMonster: "Oh. Okay... See you on the field of battle, Julian." *The e--... Err... demidragon follows Oak.*
Metal Man (GM): You reach the front door.
Digifanatic: "Wait... wait... he looks familiar, I think I remember..."
MrMonster exits the front door after saying goodbye to Oak, glances at the map, and starts towards the village.
Metal Man (GM): Oak waves, then goes back to his lab.
Julian Sawyer: "Garrick?"
Metal Man (GM): You remember him.
Digifanatic: "Oh yeah! That old guy, Mr. Monster... that's right! Wonder what brought him back."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...what?"
Julian Sawyer: "How'd you do it? And how much do I owe you?"
Metal Man (GM): Mr Monster walks into the suburbs. People look at him oddly.
Guy: "Who's that?"
Guy2: "Not a Quester. We're safe."
Guy: "...Looks frightening, though."
Guy2: "Who cares... we're safe."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, what was that, Garrick? I was kinda relaxing off in my room, and all of a sudden..."
MrMonster is not very surprised by those looks... A giant blue person isn't very ordinary.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...I magiteked Julian's stuff. Considering how much power it took...20,000 coins."
Metal Man (GM): MrMonster goes his way through the now fixed and safe way to the village... He's merely shrugged at when he enters the large place, full of huts.
Digifanatic: "Oh, wow..."
MrMonster looks about as he replaces the map in his inventory.
Garrick Fy`aar: "And you owe me a two spars in the stadium."
Julian Sawyer: "I'm gonna give you 10,000 more, just for the amount of effort involved. Think of it as a bonus."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...right." *He takes the coins, pocketing all of them in his NNS.* "So, do you want to try them out against me right now?"
MrMonster starts towards the big cathedral... Maybe that Shadow person is there.
Digifanatic: "You two go do that... I should fit in being an Overdriver, but I'll let you two take it. I might go to the booth, though, just to say I did."
Julian Sawyer: *Hands over the coins retro-actively. Factor in the amount he spent on items... Yup, Julian's officially poor. But it was worth it.*
Digifanatic: "No one better hit me though, if I do."
Julian Sawyer: "Don't worry, I don't have any range attacks."
Digifanatic: "Heh. Alright."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Let's go then."
Julian Sawyer: *Heads to the table and puts on his new, shiny equipment.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "Computer, get a one-on-one stadium match ready. Random settings. I don't particularly care what, how, or where we fight."
Digifanatic: *Upon hearing this, he heads off to the arena... all the way up to the commentary booth. He tells the crew to start turning on cameras and such.*
Metal Man (GM): MrMonster enters the cathedral. Shadow, of course, is right there.
MrMonster walks over to Shadow. "Excuse me, sir, may I speak with you in private?"
Shadow: "No problem."
MrMonster whispers, "You remember giving a certain elf a yellow gem, do you not?"
Shadow: "That I do..."
MrMonster: "I've come on his behalf to ask that you train him in its use a bit farther."
Shadow: "This puts me in a strange situation. Here I am... at... Kuja... ..."
Metal Man (GM): *SNAP.*
Shadow: "...I must settle some business here first."
Metal Man (GM): Kuja walks in.
Kuja Tribal: "Why, Shadow, it is so nice to see you."
Shadow: "These people are toys to you, aren't they?"
Kuja Tribal: "What makes you say that?"
MrMonster stands aside and watches these two.
Shadow: "Clearly, this plan here says you will need... 'Thousands of soldiers' to... 'destroy Ivan's government'... What better than zealots who are gullible?"
Kuja Tribal: "...You seem to have defied my plan. Clearly, this was not supposed to happen. No matter, I'll just--"
Shadow: "You'll do nothing. I'm no longer under Gerald's control!"
Kuja Tribal: "You have no chance against me... how can I lose?"
Metal Man (GM): Shadow suddenly blurs. Kuja is sent flying onto his back.
Shadow: "I am the ultimate life form, and you're just a messed up machine."
Kuja Tribal: "You will not win."
Metal Man (GM): Kuja fires Flare back at Shadow, who... blurs around it, and kicks the back of Kuja's head.
MrMonster: .oO(... I do not know what to do here... Might as well just watch.)
Kuja Tribal: "What is this... what? This can't be... power imbalanced... no! Someone else is..."
MrMonster: .oO(... Many things have changed in such a short time span.)
Metal Man (GM): Kuja fires off a ray of fire, but it only barely hits Shadow... who merely blurs again, this time violently throwing Kuja against the wall.
Kuja Tribal: "How ironic... you came to help me, then somebody... just cracked you at the opportune time. Unfortunately, I-"
Shadow: "We must get out of here."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* You see Kuja getting hit in the head with a pew seconds before reappearing with Shadow near the cliff of a far away part of Death Mountain.
Shadow: "...Something... about you... I forgot about teaching the elf because I was being controlled by Gerald. I will teach the elf what he requires... seeing as Kuja's illusion can't be defeated with normal violence."
MrMonster: "...We are safe here?"
MrMonster uses his Transformer again...
Shadow: "Now... the technique I used earlier is what you will learn... the magic dodge. Magic is undodgable... unless you use a chaos emerald."
Aribar: "I see."
Shadow: "Since you're a caster, you don't even need to run out of the way... you just expend your own MP to dodge magic. Allow me to give you this ability."
Aribar: "That will most definitely be helpful... Thank you."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow takes out the emerald, and it glows... Aribar glows, and gains: Magic Dodge! Magic Dodge: Dodge any magic or insta-hit attack instantly by using your own MP to counter the attack.
Aribar: "Must I use Chaos Control before this?"
Shadow: "No. These are separate abilities... though they can be used in tandem. There is one last ability you will learn... after you have gotten a bit stronger."
Aribar nods... "I've a question about this ability... Roughly how much of my magic will it consume?"
Shadow: "A small amount." (Ranging from 4-10 MP)
Aribar: "Thanks... Now what will you do?"
Shadow: "I will report to Ivan... he cannot attack Kuja's land, but your secret message said that Metal had plans."
Aribar nods. "We shall strike at Kuja when the moment is right it seems."
Shadow: "Plans... plans that he apparently slipped into Kuja's formula. Do you wish to go back to headquarters?"
Aribar: "Yes... That would be nice. I need to update my friend on what has happened."
Shadow: "Very well. Chaos... CONTROL!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar appears back at the stadium, and Shadow disappears to Eisnaught.
Aribar heads back to his room to update Mr. Monster.
Charles Magellean has shot himself back into the X-Zone.
Metal Man (GM): You've re-arrived into the X-zone. The weird place you're in now is... a field of rainbow-colored grass.
Charles Magellean (GM): "...Nothing colorful about this."
Charles Magellean puts the x-blaster into his briefcase. He observes in a circle what's around him.
Metal Man (GM): You turn around once. Nothing. You turn around twice... a man with spinning cinnamon buns for eyes is approaching you. His tongue is hanging out, and is about 5 feet long.
Charles Magellean stops.
Metal Man (GM): He has hair made of... transistors, and eyes of ping-pong balls. His nose is pale, and made of rubber.
???: "Hyaaah hyaaah hyaah!"
Metal Man (GM): He has spinning cinnamon buns for eyes, and ping pong balls in his ears.
Charles Magellean (GM): "...I don't want any trouble."
???: "TOUKI TOUKI!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He pulls out a banana and throws it near you.
Charles Magellean (GM): *sweatdrop.*
Metal Man (GM): It explodes like a grenade.
Charles Magellean jumps backwards a bit.
Metal Man (GM): He begins flailing his arms erratically and running at you.
Charles Magellean aims one of his guns at this mad thing's head.
Metal Man (GM): His feet make random squishy noises as it runs at you.
???: "POWER WORD: SHOE!"
Metal Man (GM): ...13 shoes fly and bonk you in the head for 13 damage. He then begins shooting Cinnamon Toast Crunch Beams at you ...On the crit fail, he gets them stuck in his eyes.
Metal Man (GM): 10 cinnamon damage per hit.
Charles Magellean smacks one outta the way, waves around the second. "So that's how ya wanna play, boy?"
Dan: "I-a Dan, shall conquer you and rule... MOORHSUM!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He then belches like a telephone.
Charles Magellean: .oO(To start off my cleaning of this realm, I'll have to start with this freak of existence.) *He fires six bullets at 'Dan'.*
Charles Magellean (GM): 18% per hit if applicable.
Metal Man (GM): One... two... three hits.
Dan: "... Pain."
Charles Magellean flinches.
Metal Man (GM): Charles takes 79 damage.
Charles Magellean screams out in agony.
Metal Man (GM): Dan laughs the alphabet.
Charles Magellean clutches his head at the intense pain... then gets up.
Dan: "You funny peerson."
Charles Magellean switches to his onyx sword. "I'm not funny when pain is inflicted."
Dan: "Pain funny. Funny word. I like to make people laugh."
Charles Magellean charges towards this incarnation and does a diagonal slash.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Charles Magellean (GM): 15% dark damage
Dan: "... Hair."
Metal Man (GM): Dan shoots razor-sharp hair spikes at Charles. 10 damage per hit... 20 for that crit. On the crit fail, one of his eyes fall on the ground.
Dan: "Ooooo! Cinnamon Roll!"
Metal Man (GM): He eats his former 'eye.'
Charles Magellean gets caught off by surprise by the first hair spike, then narrowly avoids most other ones. He switches back to his guns and pumps Dan with 12 bullets.
Metal Man (GM): He explodes, with Danishes flying everywhere. 13 EXP to you.
Charles Magellean shudders at the fact this 'thing' may be able to reproduce.
Metal Man (GM): A stairway that leads to some weird clouds is up ahead. ...Right..... +1 INT from surviving 'Dan' There's some sort of... red castle up in the clouds where the stairway leads.
Charles Magellean puts his foot on one of the clouds.
Metal Man (GM): They're stable platforms.
Charles Magellean walks up the stairs. He feels more disgust of this place than fear... but only a bit. "...The X-Zone... home of Dans and cinnamon buns. Mountain dew acidic rivers, upside down towns, and Smithy's Domain. Illian would somehow enjoy this place."
Metal Man (GM): The red door of the red castle swings open.
Charles Magellean enters the castle.
Metal Man (GM): Inside... is an exact replica of the set from Star Wars where Jabba the Hutt lived ..Except everything has been painted red. And 'Skyhigh r00ls' is carved in 10 foot high letters on every wall.
Charles Magellean: "An unsightly sight!" *He shields his eyes at this form of cruelty... n00bism!*
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM* Skyhigh leaps through one of the red walls... all he is is a red Boba Fett.
Skyhigh: "Hello Locos! It's been... forever since we last met? This is my HOUSE!"
Charles Magellean: "...You are wanting to battle me for intruding?"
Skyhigh: "Intruding? Why not? I'll intrude today!"
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh leaps through another wall.
Skyhigh: "Hah! I've intruded you, wall!"
Charles Magellean (GM): *sweatdrop.*
Skyhigh: "Try and stop me, physics!"
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh tries to fly into the ceiling... he does... *BONK* He bounces back onto the floor.
Skyhigh: "That wasn't very mean... I need to find some magma to push blocks into! ...Uhhhh... what are you doing here again? The last Door-to-Door salesman had danishes for eyes. Then I blasted him into miniature pieces."
Charles Magellean: "...So did I."
Skyhigh: "...You too? But... there's more of them?"
Charles Magellean: O_O "Okay, I'm a bit afraid now... I am looking for an entire moon that has recently been sent into this world. It is my home. Tell me, do you know of such a thing?"
Skyhigh: "An entire moon? Hmmmm... it's probably located in-between the district where Jimmy throws flaming corn at people and Indalaceio surfing people to death."
Charles Magellean should just blow up this place just to bring up the average IQ of this realm by 10 points. He loads his guns. He might as well do this as painless as possible.
Skyhigh: "...You don't intend to explode my house, do you?"
Charles Magellean: "No."
Skyhigh: "Because the last 10 people who tried that turned into Dan."
Charles Magellean: "I intend to allow that honor to go to you."
Skyhigh: "...??? Last time I sell Dark Cubes to cacti..."
Charles Magellean: "The honor of --" *He makes a quick seizure with his lip.*
Skyhigh: "...Quick lip seizures?"
Charles Magellean: "Happens at times."
Skyhigh: "Well, this behavior may irritate normal people, but in the X-zone, I can finally be far away from those people who... hate me."
Charles Magellean: "I understand. thank you for the info, and do you have anything powerful that you don't use anymore?"
Skyhigh: "What? Powerful AND that I don't use? That's impossible!"
Charles Magellean: "Do you have anything powerful then?"
Skyhigh: "I have my magick moves and... well, Aribar stole my mind control gel."
Charles Magellean slightly shakes his head.
Charles Magellean: "Well I'll be off then... oh... one more thing. The honor of blowing up SkyHigh's house doesn't belong to Dan. The honor of blowing up SkyHigh's house doesn't belong to me. The honor of blowing up SkyHigh's house belongs to Skyhigh. The honor of blowing up SkyHigh's house belongs to you. With you in it. Do you understand what I say?"
Charles Magellean edges for the door.
Skyhigh: "You're going to become Abraham Lincoln by drinking cherry tequila? Awesome!"
Charles Magellean: "I'll be... way over here for you to blow up your house."
Skyhigh: "Okay. But sometimes my house is you, and you are my house. And that means you want me to blow up a cherry tequila using Abraham Lincoln's hat."
Metal Man (GM): ...A red telephone rings. Skyhigh picks it up.
Skyhigh: "...Hello, myself."
Charles Magellean: "..."
Charles Magellean fires a random shot into the house and walks away.
Skyhigh: "...No, myself, that's wrong, one plus one equals DAN Sorry. Somebody is shooting cherry tequila at me."
Metal Man (GM): The house suddenly disappears, Star Trek teleportation style.
Charles Magellean tries shooting into the same area again.
Metal Man (GM): You shoot it, and a note flies into your head. 'Silly man. My house and I have teleported into three days before cherry tequila attacks your tongue. Signed: Sky High, king of red walls and mysteriously teleporting houses.'
Charles Magellean cringes. He crumples up the note. He writes down his journal...
Metal Man (GM): Your next place, up ahead, is actually very normal.
Charles Magellean: "Send... Skyhigh... Farplane."
Metal Man (GM): It looks like a city. Full of normal people.
Charles Magellean puts away the journal.
Charles Magellean: "...Well this doesn't belong."
Metal Man (GM): In fact, it looks like New York City.
Charles Magellean asks a local where he is.
Guy: "Why, this is New York City! Where else?"
Charles Magellean: "...But this isn't Earth. How long has New York City been here?"
Guy: "About twenty years... after the Red Sox won the world series in 1985."
Charles Magellean: "...And do you know how New York City was sent into this realm?"
Guy: "Food and people walk in and out like nothing is abnormal... but some people see other people with spinning danishes for eyes attack. Well, I'm only pretending I know so that you'll talk to me."
Charles Magellean: "I thank you for the advice. I've only been here for about an hour tops, and already the X-Zone is scary and repulsive." *He walks away.*
Metal Man (GM): You wander into an area where upside-down pyramids sit, point-down, in sand. They slowly spin.
Charles Magellean: "Wonder if Smithy went back in time and used his orb to send NYC here." *He stops. He looks to the pyramids... but more imporantly the sand. He eyes it intently and takes out his Onyx Sword.* "..." *He enters the sand area.*
Metal Man (GM): The sand is... soft. It begins... snowing? ...The snow is salt.
Charles Magellean ignores the salt. His natural rival is among the sands.
Metal Man (GM): You see some Cactuar wandering around this bizarre area.... There's also a King Cactuar.
Charles Magellean: *TWITCH* "A... A..."
Metal Man (GM): There's also a Tonberry in the mix. It wanders around, stabbing cactuar with its kNIFE and bonking pyramids with its lantern.
Charles Magellean heart begins to race. Ever since he's heard the cry of a Cactuar when he visited Egypt a long time ago and hit by its 1000 Needles attack, he's been intent on slaying the evil, sadistic...
Charles Magellean: "I'M COMING NEEDLES!"
Metal Man (GM): The Tonberry sees you... and actually runs away.
Charles Magellean calmly walks up to the cactuar roaming the area. "Menaces to the living... Pure evil in its veins... sadistic in its movements."
Metal Man (GM): The cactuar look at you... and make cactuar noises.
Charles Magellean: "!!"
Metal Man (GM): ...Dan also appears.
Charles Magellean begins all twitchy and berserk in his eyes.
Dan: "...Cactuar... weirdo who killed my buddy Dan... Cactuar... Alphabet soup..."
Charles Magellean begins to snarl loudly.
Dan: "...Man who is more weird than me... Cactuar... Tonberry... ...Banana phone."
Metal Man (GM): Dan pulls a banana out of thin air and eats it whole.
Charles Magellean charges at the group and attempts a slash.
Metal Man (GM): You slash the cactuar... and the cactuar decide to attack back! Dan watches, this time being an annoying bystander ..And we pause here.
Metal Man (GM): Okay then... it's now time for... an almost entirely GM-played portion of SSQ! *Zoom* Back in the X-zone, at Sky High's house... well, Sky High is obviously looking distressed. Or at least, curious. He's currently fiddling with his ancient model I Smash Dex.
Sky High: "...Yes! I finally found a way to power this ancient smash dex with a nine volt battery I found on the floor!"
Smash Dex: *Beep* "It has been two years since I was last activated. ...Major changes have taken place. The Questers no longer use melee moves... but make their own."
Sky High: "...What? ...There goes my chances of becoming a Quester again... unless! ...I must restore them to being usable!"
Smash Dex: "..." *Beep* *Beep* "The current Slytock virus renders that impossible."
Sky High: "Who cares? I'll make it possible. But first, I have to get out of this place. Let's see... where did Locos come in from?"
Metal Man (GM): Sky High looks out his window, and sees a gaping portal near a crater where the first Dan used to be, in the rainbow fields.
Sky High: "...That was easy."
Metal Man (GM): Sky High leaps out the window of his 'howse' and jet-packs down to the portal.
Sky High: "One step for Sky High... one gigantic leap towards... ... something!"
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* Sky High falls through the warp... and then lands... guess where? In the middle of Magellean's base on the Second Moon... NOT in the X-zone.
Sky High: "...Where am I? This place smells like old pancakes."
F.A.Y.T.H.: "...Sensors indicate presence of sentient being."
Sky High: "Who said that? Who's there?" *Takes out his greenish laser baton, Lasersmack, and waves it around, shedding a bit of light on the situation... and knocking some things over in the process.*
F.A.Y.T.H.: "...You are on the Second Moon..."
Sky High: "Second moon? Is that some sort of song title?"
F.A.Y.T.H.: "No. It is a moon."
Sky High: "I just want to get to... dex, what do they call the place where the people I used to hang out live?"
Smash Dex: "Nintendus."
Sky High: "Right... right."
F.A.Y.T.H.: "...Rather than attempt to reason with you, I shall just let you use the warp. Some arrows on the floor, ceiling, and walls should guide you to the target."
Sky High: "Great! I'm outta here... this crackpot machine reminds me of Klumsy."
Metal Man (GM): Sky High runs down a passageway, and then into a warp place. He leaps into the warp pipe... ..And somehow appears in Bowser's ruined castle. Well, not quite ruined, but Junior Koopa appears to be living amongst the never-used plasma TV and potato chips.
Jr. Koopa: "What? What? Somebody found out I placed the only entrance to this castle on some far-off rock?"
Sky High: "Who are you, and where the heck am I?"
Jr. Koopa: "I'm Jr. Koopa, and I should give you a bashing for intruding upon my secret hideout!"
Sky High: "Like you could win against me. You're a walking egg shell!"
Jr. Koopa: "Grrr... I'll show you what an egg shell can do!"
Metal Man (GM): *Weirdo battle* Sky High vs. Jr. Koopa Error: Battle system unable to find Speed value for Sky High. Going by Alphabetical order instead. All this actually appears over Sky High's head.
Sky High: "Has it been THAT long? What's all this about speed? I'm not taking drugs!"
Jr. Koopa: "Grrr... shut up, you idiot!"
Metal Man (GM): Jr. Koopa tries to headbutt Sky High.
Sky High: "Hah! You can't hit me!"
Metal Man (GM): Sky High uses... a dodge roll? Whaaaaa? And he dodges, despite the terrible roll.
Junior Koopa: "This makes no sense! Nobody dodges attacks that are supposed to hit them!"
Sky High: "Eat death, punk!"
Metal Man (GM): Sky High launches a fully charged Shadow Ball into Junior Koopa's face. *BAM.*
Junior Koopa: "Ow!"
Sky High: "And try some Falcon Punch on for size!"
Metal Man (GM): *SLAM.*
Jr. Koopa: "Ahhh!!!"
Sky High: "And now, an uppercut of pure pain!"
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK* Jr. Koopa is smacked into the ceiling. Total damage taken: 105.
Jr. Koopa: "Why you... you're using illegal moves! Cheater!"
Sky High: "What? I've used these for years."
Jr. Koopa: "I'll show you cheating!"
Metal Man (GM): Jr. Koopa flies up into where the statistics on the screen would be shown. Jr. Koopa then tears his own damage % off of the screen and starts beating Sky High with it.
Sky High: "Woah! you're... kinda-fast!"
Metal Man (GM): Only two hit, dealing 40 damage.
Sky High: "All right! You're going down! I went through an entire Quest to do this... JUDGEMENT!"
Metal Man (GM): His attacks continue to hit; the rolls are abnormally high for most people. *BAM.*
Jr. Koopa: "Ooooooog..." @_!
Sky High: "Now, get out, and stay out! FALCON PUNCH!"
Metal Man (GM): Sky High charges up an extra round... and unleashes SUPER Falcon Punch on the stunned target. *SMASH* 170 damage. Jr. Koopa is smashed through the wall and over the horizon.
Sky High: "That'll show that runt to mess with me..."
Metal Man (GM): Sky High grabs some of the potato chips laying around, opens his helmet, eats some, then pockets them and leaps out of the hole in the wall. He looks around the somewhat dingy area he's in.
Sky High: "Well, this place certainly got a bit worn-out... now then... I must find some way to make the old moves work, so that I can say I'm a Quester... I hope Alys won't throw me out again."
Metal Man (GM): Sky High taps the dex.
Smash Dex: "Saturn Valley might be able to help."
Sky High: *Shudders* "I hate that place..."
Smash Dex: "...E Li Three could do it, if you hate that place."
Sky High: "E... Li... Three... has this world gone insane? I'll go there, I guess."
Smash Dex: "The direction there is to go West from here."
Sky High: "...This thing needs to be fixed. It talks weird... wait... I'm talking to myself... and an inanimate object... ...I better get going."
Metal Man (GM): Sky High walks to the West. Sky High is walking on the coast of Phendrana Ocean, looking at the landmarks which he doesn't know of.
Charles Magellean (GM): As Sky High walks West along the Phendrana Coast... http://www.ffdownloads.com/downloads/Final%20Fantasy%2010-2/mp3s/Final%20Fantasy%20X-2%20Official%soundtrack/210%20Under%20Bevelle.mp3?do=download ...The airship of the UND passes from far above.
Sky High: "...What is that? I don't remember any airships around these parts..."
Metal Man (GM): Sky High stops and stares at the ship blankly.
Charles Magellean (GM): The airship slows down. They seem to have detected sky's smash dex. A teleportation beam drops down from the front of the ship.
Sky High: "This can't be good..." *Sky High draws his Lasersmack and gets in a battle stance.*
Charles Magellean (GM): Two beings drop down. Sky would see a crusty Toad with an eyepatch, and a Zora with a brown cloak.
Sky High: "...VG... is that you? You've aged terribly..."
Twist Ed: "Which of the Questers have wandered of--"
Charles Magellean (GM): Twist Ed drops his jaw.
Twist Ed: "It... can't be..."
Sky High: "Of course it could... you just look a little uglier than you used to."
Charles Magellean (GM): Kerlai only looks in perplexation.
Kerlai: "Do you know this one?"
Charles Magellean (GM): Twist Ed nods his head, looking worried.
Sky High: "Why don't you know me? I'm Sky High!"
Charles Magellean (GM): Kerlai holds her hand to her mouth as she gasps.
Twist Ed: "As I thought. The former Quester exile."
Sky High: "Well, I'm gonna get back with the Questers... somehow."
Twist Ed: "Not if we have anything to say about it. Those scumbags have corrupted our planet for long enough!"
Sky High: "Corrupted your planet? But... you're VG. Why are you calling your own people evil? And this planet belongs to... uhh... Master Hand. Yes. All of it."
Kerlai: "His name is Twist Ed, and he is not the toad that you speak of!"
Charles Magellean (GM): Twist Ed snarls each time VG's name is heard.
Sky High: "He isn't? Well then. I'm going to have to show you that us Questers can blow up everything that gets in the way!"
Kerlai: "Their tactics of saving our civilizations from the enemies makes them just as bad!"
Metal Man (GM): Sky High meaninglessly launches a Shadow Ball over Kerlai and Twist Ed's heads.
Sky High: "So what? Anyone who disagrees with us gets blown up. I mean... me. Yeah. Because the Questers still hate me, I think."
Charles Magellean (GM): They both begin to grow... sadistic grins.
Twist Ed: "It's that kind of attitude that has caused the UND its foundation and goal to stop them at all costs! To blow everyone up is as mindless and corrupted as the ideas of The Void!"
Sky High: "What about the Quester Hunters? ...What's The Void? The Quester Hunters are, like, totally 100% more effective than you guys."
Kerlai: "At least the Quester Hunters did their jobs right to the very end."
Sky High: "Well, if you think blowing things up is wrong, I'll just have to blow you up so that you can't do that. Dieeeeee!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Sky High runs at them with his Lasersmack.
Twist Ed: "Enough, Kerlai. To waste breath on this excuse of existence is pointless. Commander!"
Sky High: "I'm not an excuse! I'm about to slice your eyes into pie!"
Charles Magellean (GM): They both warp above via teleportation of Star Trek Federation ships before Lasersmack gets near them. Warping down... is it.
Sky High: "...That's no fun... I'll just have to attack that ship!"
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger appears. It makes an X cross with its long claws and laughs weaselly.
Sky High: "...Oh, look, it's a badger. Something more pointless than a pile of puke. Well... you must die too! Dieeeeeeee!!!"
Metal Man (GM): *Yet another Weirdo Battle* Warning: Sky High does not have Speed.
Sky High: "I told you, I'm not on drugs! Shadow Ball!"
Metal Man (GM): He fires off a Shadow Ball at the Badger.
Charles Magellean (GM): It veils to the right (badger's left) leaving behind echoes of itself while moving. Miss.
Sky High: "You're fast! But I have tons of attack power! FALCON PUNCH!"
Charles Magellean (GM): It hits.
Metal Man (GM): 35 damage.
Sky High: "Hah! And... take this! PK FLAMING DEEEEAAAATH!"
Metal Man (GM): *Burns some ground to the side of the badger.*
Sky High: "Now then... what can this weird thing do?"
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger glows... but it instantly goes back to normal. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Sky High: "...I've seen CHRISTMAS TREES more threatening than that!"
Charles Magellean (GM): It ends its turn...
Sky High: "Shadow Ball!"
Charles Magellean (GM): In the nick of time, The Badger uses its claws as a shield, reducing the damage by half.
Sky High: "Well... that can't save you from more Falcon Punching!"
Charles Magellean (GM): It creeks its head, merely halting the attack by having its 'hand' (?) holding Sky's head so the attack doesn't reach it.
Sky High: "...Grrrr! You'll regret that!"
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh hurls a sphere at the Badger.
Charles Magellean (GM): The sphere is hit dead-on by The Badger dislodging one of its nails, then throwing it like a knife to deflect/destroy the sphere. Said empty space is instantly filled by another nail sliding into position, thus all "claws" are full again.
Sky High: "...I'll get you eventually. Just you wait..."
Charles Magellean (GM): It detaches one of its claws. It holds it with one hand. It smiles sadistically again, raises its hand, and throws the nail at Sky.
Metal Man (GM): Well, he can't dodge that.
Charles Magellean (GM): No sooner that The Badger threw the nail, Sky is pelt in the stomach for 25% damage. or torso. Another nail slides into position.
Sky High: "Ow! That somewhat hurt!"
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger jumps HIGH into the sky. At the peak of its jump, it swerves 45 degrees and begins to spin rapidly with its claws intertwined. It dives at one target, like a missile, with the combined forces of gravity and its own speed.
Metal Man (GM): Of course, that hits too.
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger hits Sky with dead-on accuracy. He is hit near the heart as The Badger's claws go right into Sky's flesh. The Badger lands on its feet, pulling the claws out... then licking some of Sky's Blood and slightly chuckling. 66% Finally.... He jumps.
Metal Man (GM): Sky High is still standing, now outraged.
Charles Magellean (GM): ...can sky do a str check?
Metal Man (GM): Hehehehehehehe Danger: Sky High has no strength. Attack auto-fails.
Sky High: "What? I have strength, you piece of junk! ...But I'll take that anyway."
Wolfman: Danger: Sky High has no intelligence.
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger sorta... raises an eyebrow... if it has one.
Sky High: "Now then... it's time to deal more damage to you! I'm going to try something different! SUPER SHADOW BALL!"
Metal Man (GM): A gigantic Shadow Ball homes in on the Badger. If that hits, 150 dark damage.
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger, at the very last moment, is able to bend its body to the extreme right.
Sky High: "You can't do that forever... I'll just launch stronger and stronger attacks at you!"
Charles Magellean (GM): It kinda looks less damaged upon it only slightly. The Commander of the ship speaks now...
Sky High: "Who dares mock me? I am the almighty Skyhigh!"
???: "Attack pattern 2 1-A."
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger opens its mouth, emitting a loud teleporting noise from its mouth, gathering 17 MP from any Caster on the field and 1 OP from every Overdriver on the field.
Metal Man (GM): *Danger: Sky High has no build*
Sky High: "What the funk? A build? I'm not a building!"
Charles Magellean (GM): It then releases a thin but extremely long boomerang of black plasma at Sky High. Sky high begins to feel intense pain. Sky mutates... He grows... spikes.
Sky High: "What the heck is this? ...No matter. I can get rid of it."
Charles Magellean (GM): Spikes grow around his body, and a final one would grow on top of his head.
Sky High: "Worthless... terrible... these people are worse than ten Alys!"
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger jumps very high... and attempts another Pinnacle Strike. WONDER CRIT!
Sky High: "This is where you meet your untimely doom! ROY'S COUNTER!"
Metal Man (GM): *Danger: Battle System Error.* Sky High inexplicably counters the attack into the Badger, dealing back to it the critical damage it would have done to Skyhigh back to it instead... And adding 25 more damage to that!
Charles Magellean (GM): let's see... Now the question is... Since the The Badger is capable of doing 2x to spiked enemies, should the total be 289, or 157?
Metal Man (GM): 289, of course. It takes all the damage heading towards the target and reverses it.
Charles Magellean (GM): no heal.
Sky High: "Take that, you terrible... thing... you may have a lot of weird powers, but you seem completely weak against melee moves..."
Charles Magellean (GM): Sky takes 5% damage from a weird electric tap.
Sky High: "...Ow."
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger seems... hardly affected. It looks as strong as ever.
Sky High: "I think I'll go for plan B."
Sky High: "Reflector!"
Charles Magellean (GM): The airship fires, but not at Sky. It purposely misses him as a warning shot.
Sky High: "You can't warn me! I leap into danger! Repeatedly!"
Metal Man (GM): SkyHigh then begins stabbing the ship with his saber, Lasersmack.
Charles Magellean (GM): Sky is repelled by the ships shields. He cannot leap to, on, or at the ship.
Sky High: "Hmmm... these shields appear to be in the way." *Lands back on the ground... then tries to grab the Badger.*
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger disappears.....
Sky High: "If I can't board your ship, I'll just throw this thing at you... if it'd stop randomly disappearing!"
Charles Magellean (GM): and shifts right behind Sky. Without him even looking, he is knocked unconscious.
Metal Man (GM): Error: System lacks 'Unconscious variable' *BZP* Skyhigh... flies over the horizon instead.
Charles Magellean (GM): The Badger bows its head. It beams onto the airship. The airship flies over Phendrana Ocean, disappearing from sight.
Sky High: "I'll get you... some time... ahhhhh!!!" *Ping.*
Metal Man (GM): And we end the first part of 'The Travels of Sky High' with that. Where will Sky High land? Will he continue to experience bizarre, extra-dimensional plot holes which say something is wrong with the system? Can the Melee Moves ever be reinstated? Find out, next time, on the Travels of Sky High! Oh, yes. Sky High gains a heart container (+10 HP) and a Melee Move. Nope, it wasn't made to show how bad it was. Or to make fun of Sky High. It was to give a backstory to getting the 5th build.
Metal Man (GM): We start our mission... inside the UND ship. Or at least, wherever the UND would place their sensors on their ship. It would suddenly report a large grouping of Questers... at Hyrule Field. Explosions, destruction, and the like, would go with it. Obviously, the Questers are up to no good! They're attacking Hyrule Field.
Twist Ed: "There must be some kind of grand battle down there."
???: "...A trap set for us. ...Kerlai. Investigate."
Charles Magellean (GM): Kerlai nods.
Metal Man (GM): Many flames would be in the field. Craters, even some dead people litter that area.
Digifanatic: "Okay... who's evil idea was that? If it ain't Kuja's or Gerald's, I'll be darned."
Charles Magellean (GM): From the bottom of the airship, a very tiny opening appears. Kerlai swims out of the opening, then the opening immediately closes. The Commander gave specific orders. She swims to the ground of Hyrule Field, but not exactly AT the 'battlegrounds'. She starts to run towards the place, but all the while being careful as to not being seen.
Metal Man (GM): Looking closer at the flames... http://www.ffdownloads.com/downloads/Final%20Fantasy%209/mp3s/OSV/disk1/20_Memories_of_that_Day.mp3?do=download ...Another old Quester...
Charles Magellean (GM): Kerlai stays out of sight. She sees...
Ruvyn: "Burn, foul ground! Burn, for every dead Fallen Quester! BURN!"
Metal Man (GM): ...Ruvyn himself, with his sword, Cala, slashing the ground, and burning things.
Ruvyn: "Bitter world... can one not see that I am the true savior? All of these others... the mocks... the ripoffs... even the Questers do not know that I am the only hero."
Metal Man (GM): Ruvyn stops for a moment, his long, black hair swaying in the breeze, the fires burning, and smouldering.
Charles Magellean (GM): Kerlai looks in the horror of Hyrule being tortured. She sheds a tear, wanting to scream and stop this one... but she looks away, holding it in. She has her orders.
Ruvyn: "The bitter darkness... it clouds my vision... I must kill it all..."
Metal Man (GM): Ruvyn raises his sword. He points it at Lon Lon Ranch.
Ruvyn: "Exist no more!"
Metal Man (GM): ...He fires a red beam at the ranch, which distorts a bit, then fades from existence.
Ruvyn: "Destroy!" *A tree is launched all the way into the river, causing an explosion.*
Charles Magellean (GM): She is torn. Between the land she was raised in, and the UND... she nods.
Ruvyn: "If there is anyone who wishes to save this land, let them speak now or forever be silent."
Charles Magellean (GM): Kerlai begins to sob loudly, running away from her spot and not wanting to see any more of the pain.
Ruvyn: "Now... DESTRUCTION!"
Metal Man (GM): He slashes the ground, causing a rift in which stones, dirt, and the like, wildly fly into the air, creating a perfect ditch.
Ruvyn: "Why does no one stop me? Is this world mad? ...No... it is hopeless!"
Metal Man (GM): A whole garrison of knights run out from Hyrule Castle. Bows and arrows fly at Ruvyn. He boldly walks towards the knights, deflecting arrows with his sword.
Ruvyn: "You shall not survive."
Knight Leader: "Charge!"
Metal Man (GM): All 30 of the knights attack him on foot... he moves like lightning, finding the weak spots in people's armor and slicing them down. Even the leader fails to do more than cut Ruvyn's shoulder before being stabbed and defeated.
Kerlai: "NO! I refuse to stay here and continue to see this one cause so much pain!"
???: "We face him now, and we will die."
Kerlai: "And what about the others that have already died at his hands!? Don't you even care about the--"
???: "Enough, Kerlai!"
Charles Magellean (GM): She still cries, but manages to control it some.
???: "While sacrifices are being in vain, if we fought him now, ours too would be in vain. And who would protect the remaining that survive?"
Twist Ed: "He is right, Kerlai. Even Oprybo understands what the value of life is."
Oprybo: "HeeeYY! WhhhYYYY nnnooOOOT GiiiVVE THEM BuuuRRIAlll!?"
Charles Magellean (GM): The airship slowly turns around, being forced to turn their back on those that need help. They return to Phendrana...
Metal Man (GM): ...We now turn to Quester HQ.... Metal is watching the screen, in the big Room, with everybody else wherever they would be.
Wolfman is right now in R&R, trying to get... well, paperwork done. The goal: not need Metal's permission to use the warp room.
Metal Man: "...Curses! They aren't going to attack Ruvyn!"
Digifanatic is also hanging out in R&R...
Metal Man: "...While this shows Kuja is evil, this won't make them look misguided..."
Aribar would probably be in the R&R watching TV.
Metal Man: "...Unless..."
VG would be outside, in the garden area.
Metal Man: "...We beat Ruvyn AND do... top secret mission X? Is it possible?"
Digifanatic: "Unless what?"
Julian Sawyer would also be in R&R watching TV.
Wolfman: .oO(Alright Metal... hopefully you'll accept this.)
Mewtwo: "If we did that, it would be exceptional... but difficult."
Digifanatic: "Top secret... oh boy..."
Wolfman puts his stuff inside a special slot that will send paperwork to Metal.
Mewtwo: "Ruvyn is the toughest ex-Quester in the bunch. While we don't have to worry about blowing up the land we save, seeing as Ruvyn and Kuja's evil plan to destroy Hyrule is well on its way to doing that anyway... Ruvyn is close to Kuja in raw power, and has become immortal."
Metal Man: "It's a shame. If he wasn't so tough, we could beat him up and save the day in the other place simultaneously... however, we do have some great footage." *He plays back the ship turning its back on Hyrule.*
VG breathes in deeply the fresh air outside.
Metal Man: "If we stopped him, we could make them still look foolish... but we'd have to prevent them from doing the other job for us as well."
Julian Sawyer: "Hah! That guy got hit on the head with a coconut!"
VG: "Ah... definitely a good day today."
Metal Man: "Even if this doesn't work out, the fact that we knew Kuja would do this due to a top-secret document I stole while 'out on business' is our ace in the hole. ...There may yet be a solution... but it's crazy."
Mewtwo: "What is it?"
Metal Man: "...You'll just find out. First, I gotta get the Questers here." *He presses a big red buzzer.*
VG would probably hear his dex...
Metal Man (GM): A loud 'BUZZZ' is head, accompanied by 'All Questers, please proceed to the Big Room.'
VG takes the nearest warp pipe.
Julian Sawyer: "...Man..." *Gets up and heads for The Big Room.*
Wolfman also hops in a different warp pipe... remember: Veeg outside, me R&R.
Digifanatic follows on in.
Metal Man: "Hello, Questers."
Aribar heads to the Room of Biggness +5.
VG: "Metal, Mewtwo, what's going on?"
Julian Sawyer: "What're we doing this time?"
Metal Man: "I've got a mission that'll make up for that whole 'Skeleton King' business and mess up those UND punks and stop Kuja all at once. There's only a single catch."
Wolfman: "...name it."
Metal Man: "You have to defeat the most powerful ex-Quester in existence."
Wolfman: "I sure hope you don't mean Sky High... for a messed up mind, he does have power."
Metal Man: "Sky High? No... he just sucked."
Metal Man: "This is... Ruvyn. Kuja's second-hand man."
Julian Sawyer: "...Kay..."
VG: "Then... Ruvyn?"
Digifanatic: "Oh yeah..."
Metal Man: "Kuja's also given him enough power to be his second-best."
Aribar: "...How do you expect us to kill him?"
Wolfman: "Oh great; the Koopalings' alternate form."
Metal Man: "His plan: Destroy Hyrule with Ruvyn, then come in to save the day."
VG: "...how did you know that?"
Metal Man: "This." *He pulls out a paper labeled 'TOP SECRET'* "Kuja's own plans. I stole them while out on business. Well... only one page of them."
VG: "Fair enough. When do we set out?"
Metal Man: "Well, wait, here's the thing. To make us look good, we have to save the Gerudo city, you see. There's this whole sand thing causing it to sink into the sand."
VG takes a look at his inventory...
Aribar: "...How do we stop THAT?"
Metal Man: "If you see the UND there, immediately pretend like they're attacking you and call for help. I'll send the Smashers to deal with them."
Julian Sawyer: "Sticks?"
Metal Man: "Anyway, how you stop that... it's another fun thing." *He turns on another screen, showing a temple.* "This is the long lost temple of sand."
Wolfman: "Temple of Sand? Are you sure you aren't making these up?"
Metal Man: "Apparently, something has gone wrong down there, turning all of the desert into semi-quicksand. Making these up? Impossible! Inside this temple... is something other than whatever makes the sand stop sinking. You'll need to take that and attack Ruvyn with it."
Julian Sawyer: "Sounds easy enough."
Metal Man: "Yes... easy... EASY!" *He starts laughing nervously.*
Julian Sawyer: "And if we fail, it's not like anyone'll be around to harass us about it."
Wolfman: "...it's not easy, is it."
Digifanatic: *He gets a quick * "Yeah..."
Metal Man: "Well, in comparison to bringing down Ruvyn, the whole saving the huts should be easy."
Aribar: "...Why do I sometimes think you hate us and send us on these suicidal-seeming missions on purpose?"
Digifanatic: *He gets a quick * "Heh" from Julian's comment. "Yeah..."
VG: "I think you worry too much Aribar."
Metal Man: "I wouldn't send you on missions like this... but we need to mess up all sorts of people at once. Once we do this, we'll have public opinion against those UND people, and Kuja will look like a villain again. Then we get the last bits of the potion to erase Slytock and save Termina."
Julian Sawyer: "...When did Termina get involved in this?"
Metal Man: "Now then. You know what to expect. Destroy all bad things. Save all good things. And don't kill Ruvyn or any UND people!"
Metal Man: "And to make sure you don't kill anyone... I will personally appear, smack whoever caused the death, then use their money to get something to revive the dead person."
Julian Sawyer: "So we're just supposed to knock this Ruvyn guy out?"
Digifanatic: "...Alright... beat but don't kill, beat but don't kill..." *He repeats this to himself...*
Metal Man: "Of course, Ruvyn, you don't have to worry about. He can't be killed without some sort of fancy ritual."
Aribar: "Are we looking to take Ruvyn prisoner, or just attack him till he runs away? ...If we capture him we could probably make sure Kuja never sees the light of day again."
Metal Man: "Take him prisoner. We reform him into a good person."
Metal Man: "He won't have his transformer."
Wolfman: "Hmm... Mewtwo, is there any chance the Pokeballs can be used for capturing more than PokÃ©mon?"
Metal Man notes to the image of Ruvyn and Kuja standing alongside at once in the 'Top Secret' document.
Aribar: "Ah well... So that is all, Metal?"
Mewtwo: "You won't need one to capture Ruvyn... just beat him until he's senseless."
Wolfman: "Fair enough."
Metal Man: "Yes... and if there's anything else I should know... tell me."
Julian Sawyer: "Cool. We all done here? Let's move out then."
VG just wants to go and get this done.
Metal Man: "The warp rooms are ready."
Aribar: "Excuse me..." *The elf jogs out of the room, puts his Transformer in his room, goes to buy some Green and Blue potions, and then heads to the warp room.*
VG goes there.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads for the warp room.*
Digifanatic follows the others...
Wolfman hopes he doesn't regret this mission... lots to do. (life count for this one?)
Julian Sawyer: "Finally, I get to test out my Magiteked gloves and boots..."
Metal Man (GM): 6 lives. This includes both the temple and fighting Ruvyn. *WARP.*
VG feels the old warping sensation.
Metal Man (GM): Everyone appears in the Gerudo Fortress. The various women are looking at their large buildings, sinking into the ground. One of them walks up to you guys.
???: "We need... your help... regrettably. Our fortress is sinking!"
Wolfman: "What can we do to help?"
???: "...Though I'm not sure if we can trust you..."
Julian Sawyer: "That's what we're here for, ma'am."
???: "Before I can trust you, I must see if you're really not going to steal our treasure and run off."
Metal Man (GM): ??? tosses a huge bag of gold at everybody's feet.