Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 234: Phantom's Phantoms
Date: 5:32:39 PM, September 2nd; 6:39:40 PM, September 3rd, 2005.
Metal Man (GM): You're all in the village at this point. It's been a few days. Despite progress in many things in the village and recovery of important technology, several questions resulted. First, Oak remains missing. Second, most of the melee fighters are missing, and there's all those statues to boot.
Aribar would be exploring the village since he hasn't been out of the Transformer for a while... He's awed by all of the changes, small as they may be, that happened in such a short time.
Metal Man (GM): Third, Kales's use for the relics is unknown; he has been seen searching for ancient maps and the like, but coming up short. Moody Mandy has gotten an actual building; he no longer "Sells stuff to monsters" anymore.
Garrick Fy`aar would be working feverishly at his smithy, trying to get as many pieces of the newly found technology back up and running...
Julian Sawyer's catching a nap in his shack.
Metal Man (GM): Instead he collects increasingly eccentric items and places them in his store.
Julian Sawyer: *Dreaming about all the stuff he's gonna do with the small fortune he's suddenly come into.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Jacki!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Oh, there you are. Hand me that left power node..." *He points off without looking toward a part on the far right table...*
Jacki: "Of course." *Hands over the node.*
Metal Man (GM): The temporary HQ room is quite complex; it becomes larger by the week, to accommodate newly obtained objects.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Thanks. And... there. Done. Grab my tool box over there, Jacki, and come with me."
Jacki: "Sure." *Gets the toolbox.*
Garrick Fy`aar heads off to the HQ room.
Aetos sits in the HQ room... playing checkers with himself.
Metal Man (GM): Jacki follows. It seems to be another nice day.
Aribar eventually reaches Garrick's smithy and heads up to it... " 'allo, there... Quite an operation here."
Digifanatic goes over to MM's... and just unloads on items. He sells his last items he doesn't want... a Wind Cube... and here comes money out the door.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Yes, quite. Watch yourself."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: Well, mostly yourself, except SIMBER's good at checkers as well.
Garrick Fy`aar sidesteps around Ari and keeps walking He is holding a rather large piece of equipment he just finished on...
Aetos feels like he's playing with himself... for he is moving pieces for SIMBER...?
Metal Sonic: "SIMBER system remains at 30%. It appears to be needing something."
Digifanatic: *However, he has some "Gifts" to give back... First, he pays for a Max Shroom he "Owes" Julian.*
Aribar backs up to near the entry way while watching Garrick work.
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Recent equipment cache data suggests important discovery."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I'm not surprised." *He walks in with the piece of tech, depositing it gently on a nearby table*
Julian Sawyer: "Zzzzz... money... zzzzz..."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "... ... ... Intact structure indicated beneath ruins."
Metal Man (GM): On the single, large screen recently installed, a picture of a hexagonal prism appears under a familiar area... it's under those first ruins you investigated.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...see, and you said getting SIMBER's secondary scanning system back online was a waste of time."
Aribar explores the forge a bit while Garrick is in the HQ. "Huh... I can't understand a single tool here..."
Jacki: "This technology is hard to make sense of. Even with functional knowledge, I have no clue how or why you'd need such a thing... most of our tools have one use apiece."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "... ... ...Incoming transmission."
Digifanatic walks up to Julian's shack, sees he's sleeping? (windows?), and gently opens the door, leaving that Max Shroom and a note ('I owe you this after that fire trap during that last mission. --Digi') inside, and walks back to the shop.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...holy... Jacki, run and fetch the other Questers. On the double."
Aribar: "... I think I'll stick to my spellbooks... Not like I'd be much use here with just a single arm anyways."
Metal Man (GM): The screen flickers a bit, and suddenly... you see an image. In fact, one of something... ...inside a building.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Blast it... hold on..."
Julian Sawyer: "Zzzzz..."
Garrick Fy`aar smacks the screen and flips out his multi-tool, trying to clear the picture...
???: "WoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoO! I aaaaam baaaack from the deaaaaaad!!!!"
Aetos tries to think if a ghost would really say such things.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...please tell me those are the speakers and not his actual voice..."
???: "All who venture intooooooo the complex beneaaaath the ruins... shall dieeeeeeeeeee!!!"
Metal Man (GM): It then fades out.
Aetos: "Whose actual voice?..."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Transmission closed."
Digifanatic: *Upon returning, he gets himself...500 Rings, 2 X Accuracies, 5 Weapon Energy Capsules, 2 Power Charges, 2 Mega Elixirs, and 3 Fire Rubies... along with his Fire Tunic (which he still hangs onto just in case) and a leftover Poison Cube, he is back to 8/8 slots...*
Garrick Fy`aar: "Whoever that was. Probably E Li Three... or something like that..."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Originated from detected structure. It appears to have been activated by my scan. Prognosis: Investigate."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Duh."
Kales Brando: *Walks in* "So... it appears to have found the entry point."
Aetos: "Maybe Dracula."
Kales Brando: "Talking boxes are useful after all!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...I thought I told you not to come in here anymore."
Digifanatic: "Oh, hey Kales."
Aribar walks out of the smithy and notices the HQ... Which he then heads into.
Garrick Fy`aar: "every time you come in here, you end up breaking something that I have to fix again!"
Kales Brando: *Cough* "Oh really? I thought it was you!" *Picks up a rather complex looking widget, looking it over... strangely.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "Don't touch that!" *He reaches to grab it away.*
Aribar: "... Are we pressing dooms day buttons again?" *The elf says this as he enters.*
Julian Sawyer: "Zzzzz... don't stop believing... Zzzzz..."
Aetos senses a long journey coming... and buys 500 rings, a POW block, and a guts capsule.
Digifanatic then enters the HQ, says his "Oh, hey guys..." and checks out all the old stuff.
Aribar: "'allo, Digi." *He looks about the room, oohing and ahhing.*
Digifanatic: "Yeah, it's nice..."
Kales Brando: "Don't worry. I won't drop it."
Garrick Fy`aar scowls.
Kales Brando: *He rather agiley dodges and then sticks it onto the table where it was last.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...just... don't pick up anything else."
Julian Sawyer: *Eventually wakes up and sees the Shroom lying by his front door.* "...Thanks Digi." *Gets up and grabs it, then heads for the HQ to see what's up, if anything.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "We just got this stuff back and almost repaired, I don't want to have to repair it again... well, I wouldn't mind, but I'd rather do other projects... like that Solarian spaceship... All this stuff and STILL it won't fly..."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "The structure has been detected. All Questers should go and check it out." *Shows image of the structure detected nearby some previously explored ruins.*
Aetos thinks it is a bad time, but he hands Garrick a paper with a name for a weapon, and a bunch of words describing it.
Garrick Fy`aar glances, sighs, but nods and pockets it.
Julian Sawyer: *Stops by Moody Mandy's on the way there* "...Nice place, Mandy. 'Bout time you got a building of your own."
Garrick Fy`aar gives Jacki some last minute orders before pocketing his multi-tool and heading for the gate leading out of the village.
Moody Mandy: "Expensive selling items to monsters. Must have nice depository! Sales go up 10,000%... abnormal, I think."
Julian Sawyer: "Yeah... Anyway, I got a large order. You ready for money?"
Aetos uses his Gutz capsule...
Aribar checks his sides for his equipment... Yup. Sword and wand are in easy reach. He isn't wearing his armor, though. Just a soft, light blue robe which covers his shoulders and heads down to his feet, but doesn't touch the ground... The right baggy sleeve is pinned up so it doesn't just flap around and get in his way.
Digifanatic: .oO(Oh boy...)
Aribar follows Garrick to the gate.
Moody Mandy: "I have plenty. I excavate much from the new places you find. Order away!"
Julian Sawyer: *Places an order for 2 Guts Capsules, 4 Speed Capsules, and 4 IQ Capsules.*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...been a while since we last talked, Ari. Good to see you out of the watch again."
Moody Mandy: "Aye... I'll get those." *Gets all of the items.*
Aribar: "It gets kind of boring, and a bit frightening, being cut off from the rest of the world..."
Julian Sawyer then reaches into his back pocket, and pulls out a bulging sack with 96,000 coins contained inside "That should do it."
Garrick Fy`aar: "With everything that's going on, you should be somewhat thankful you're not in harm's way this time."
Julian Sawyer: *Takes his Capsules* "Pleasure doing business with you man... lizard. Whatever." *Exits and heads for HQ.*
Moody Mandy: "I thank you much; the money shall do well for me."
Aribar: "Ohh... I'm heading with you this time. I revised my spell book and I can't wait to get back out into the field!"
Digifanatic: "It's crazy how different this place has suddenly been since we've 'arrived'."
Julian Sawyer: *Starts popping the capsules on the way towards the HQ.*
Metal Man (GM): So then, everybody's at the gate... which leads to the excavation site nearby.
Julian Sawyer: *Arrives at HQ* "What's up?"
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Please go to the excavation site and explore the first ruins for the path to the recently discovered intact area."
Digifanatic: *Sigh* "Oh, not much... just some underground ruins popping up over where we've been and..."
Julian Sawyer: "...A'ight." *Heads for wherever.*
Digifanatic: "Just that Oak thing is still on my mind... I should really get it out..."
Metal Man (GM): Julian begins walking to the entrance of the excavation site.
Digifanatic follows Julian.
Aribar follows the others, not bothering to draw a weapon.
Julian Sawyer: *To Digi* "Was 'zat Ari back there? Good to see him."
Aribar: "So... Anyone have any clue what we'll find?"
Julian Sawyer: "No idea, man. Good to see you, thought."
Metal Man (GM): You all finally reach the door... it's those first ruins you explored. The door slides open.... And you see the hallway, dead ahead. There's two doors on the right side, one on the left.
Julian Sawyer: "...A'ight, which way did we go last time?"
Aribar: "Anyone remember this place? ... Or think it got repopulated?"
Julian Sawyer: "Monsters respawn by themselves, don't they?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Doesn't matter. We'll bust 'em down anyway."
Julian Sawyer: "When'd you get here?"
Aetos: "I remember that we shouldn't touch any powder on the walls or whatever... thats it."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I've been here."
Julian Sawyer: "...Whatever."
Aribar shrugs and decides to head down the right pathway...
Digifanatic: *Considering it is not detrimental to his stats in switching, he replaced that black and gold shirt from the Deathguise battle with an ominous black shirt with a prism on it...*
Julian Sawyer: *Heads for the upper-right door.*
Digifanatic follows the two.
Metal Man (GM): You all go there.... You walk into another hallway. One door dead ahead. One to the left, one to the right.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads for it The right one.*
Metal Man (GM): It's empty here... you guys cleaned this place out.
Digifanatic: "Well then..."
Julian Sawyer: "Alright, back up."
Aribar follow Julian to the right door... And frowns when he stands on the tip of his toes to see over Julian and see nothing there.
Digifanatic follows Julian once more. "Huh..."
Julian Sawyer: "We went this way. Try the left door."
Aribar: "The left door then? Okay." *The elf asks as he heads down the hallway and to what would have originally been the left door.*
Julian Sawyer: *Does the same.*
Metal Man (GM): You reach the left door... another hallway. As usual, these hallways are all nice looking. And filled with the corpses of past enemies. More doors... one to the right, one to the left. The right door is ajar a bit...
Julian Sawyer: "...This is too confusing."
Metal Man (GM): Is that the first library room you saw?
Julian Sawyer: "We need a map or something."
Aribar attempts to tip toe over to the slightly opened door to peer inside.
Metal Man (GM): You see... the old library, indeed. It's got the books with the unreadable print, just like last time.
Digifanatic: "Got anything, Ari?"
Aetos pokes one of the corpses.
Metal Man (GM): The door down is ajar; you see where Wolfman brutally ripped out the holocomputer for the hololibrary.
Aribar: "... Just the library. Wasn't this a central point in the complex?'" *He opens the door and heads inside.*
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I think so..."
Julian Sawyer: "That place where we fought our first Giant Statue?"
Metal Man (GM): You hear something... a wind. Yup. Everyone: INT checks.
Digifanatic: "Oh yeah, I remember what you're talking about... Whoa..."
Aribar perks up his ears and places a slightly confused look on his face...
Metal Man (GM): Everyone who I haven't noticed doesn't find where the wind is coming from.
Julian Sawyer: "Whoa what?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "...hm."
Aetos blinks... with the lowest roll.
Digifanatic: "Now THAT..."
Garrick Fy`aar kneels down to the handle and tugs...
Aribar: "Anyone else hear the wind?"
Julian Sawyer: "Yeah..."
Metal Man (GM): The trapdoor squeaks open. You see... a ladder that goes down.
Julian Sawyer: "...Must be the entrance."
Aribar: "Ahah! There we go!"
Garrick Fy`aar: "This, I'm guessing, is where we go in."
Julian Sawyer: *Ladder.*
Digifanatic heads down the ladder.
Garrick Fy`aar starts off first, climbing down.
Aetos goes down le Ladder.
Aribar follows after the others, having a bit of trouble due to having only one arm.
Metal Man (GM): Down you go, noticing that there's some sort of roof down below...
Julian Sawyer: "...Huh..."
Metal Man (GM): The wind in this cavern can be heard whistling about. The wooden bridge creaks as you climb down.
Julian Sawyer: "...Hate bridges..." *Moves along it.*
Metal Man (GM): Everyone: SPD checks! Digi is knocked off of the ladder by a strong wind.
Metal Man (GM): He falls down, into the roof. *SMASH* And makes a nice looking opening. In the roof.
Julian Sawyer: "Digi!"
Aribar: "Digi!" *The elf cries this out while barely holding on to the ladder himself. As his friend hits the roof Aribar narrows his eyes and lets out an, "Ooooh..." knowing that had to hurt.*
Metal Man (GM): You're also momentarily unable to move, pinned under debris.
Julian Sawyer: "He's gonna need some healing..."
Metal Man (GM): The rest of you reach the roof.
Julian Sawyer: *Looks in the hole.*
Metal Man (GM): The hole Digi made is rather nice... you can climb right into the unknown structure.
Julian Sawyer: *Does so.*
Aetos looks left and right, then continues down... into the hole.
Julian Sawyer: "You alright, man?"
Aribar continues down the ladder, trying to hang on as they all descend into the windy cavern.
Digifanatic: "I... think I'm fine... Caught me off guard."
Julian Sawyer: *Gets the debris off Digi.*
Aribar attempts to feebly help Julian.
Metal Man (GM): You notice the room you are in.
Digifanatic gets up, amazingly able survive most of the fall without too much worry... though that height was a pain.
Metal Man (GM): It is hexagon shaped. In the center is a hexagonal set of walls, with a door on the North, East, West, and South walls. 'ELEVATOR' is written above each door.
Julian Sawyer: "...Huh."
Metal Man (GM): Also, there's a door to the North, South, East, and West in this current area on the outside walls. The entire area has a romanesque marble floor. You see chandeliers too, though they're long dead.
Julian Sawyer: "Doors first?"
Aribar doesn't recall seeing elevators up above in the cavern. They must head down farther. "Hrm... I'm not sure."
Garrick Fy`aar remains silent, taking all this in. This is getting stranger...
Aetos looks at the chandeliers for lightbulbs, or candles.
Metal Man (GM): Lightbulbs. There's light switches on the outer walls, but they're all in the on position.
Aribar: "Let's go through at least one door way so we can get a clue as to what this place was used for."
Aetos thinks about something for a moment.
Julian Sawyer: "K then." *Heads for the East Door on the outside.*
Metal Man (GM): You see the door... an average, run of the mill door with a knob.
Aribar follows Julian.
Digifanatic follows the others...
Julian Sawyer: *Open, yo.*
Metal Man (GM): The doorknob does not move; the door is firmly locked.
Julian Sawyer: "..." *Kicks it.*
Aribar: "... Something wrong?"
Metal Man (GM): You kick the door. It doesn't budge much.
Julian Sawyer: "It won't open. Check the other doors."
Aribar checks the northern door.
Digifanatic checks the west door.
Aetos checks the south door.
Metal Man (GM): Let's see. All but the West door are locked. As luck would have it, the West door opens readily.
Julian Sawyer: "Anything?"
Digifanatic: "Oh, hang on..." *He slides the door open. "Got it."
Metal Man (GM): Inside is a weirdly shaped room, in which... countless books are on shelves. It's dimly lit and kinda hard to see...
Digifanatic heads over to the room...
Julian Sawyer: *Heads over towards the sound of a door opening.*
Metal Man (GM): But there's a table in the middle with four chairs, some potted plants (long dead) and yet another chandelier. There's also a door North and a door South from this room, both unlocked.
Garrick Fy`aar moves toward a bookshelf, taking one of the books and opening it up...
Digifanatic walks over to the books to look for signs of SSQ nostalgia. "I might have a feeling about this one, guys..."
Aribar heads over to the others and to a book shelf where he repeats Garrick's action.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads to the South door and peeks in.*
Metal Man (GM): The books are primarily based on local Toad Town memorabilia. Garrick opens 'A Star's Guide to Toad Town' which is filled with old photos and stuff.
Aetos walks into the room and uses Sharp eyes to get a better vision in the dim room.
Aribar: "What kind of feeling?" *The elf says this while realizing he can't flip the pages of the book well without something to set it on.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi sees another one, which shows various historical maps of Toad Town.
Digifanatic: "Oh... that old magic library with that psychic guy..."
Julian Sawyer: *South door?*
Garrick Fy`aar: "...all these books are about stuff from Nintendus."
Digifanatic: "Forgot his name... but this isn't it... old Toad Town stuff though."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar's book: 'Celebrities of Toad Town.'
Julian Sawyer: "...Man, this is freaky."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: You see clearly. It's a normal old library room.
Digifanatic gets a look at a map to look for old stuff during the "insanity" period of the city (Apocalypse Group, etc.).
Aetos points at Aribars book "Look! I know that guy! Mario yeah?!"
Metal Man (GM): You see the three Toad Towns through history.
Aribar: "... Yeah... This has to be part of the stadium."
Metal Man (GM): Julian: You open the south door, and see... another such room, although this one is based on Oak's technology. It's got all sorts of books. There's a suspicious missing book between 'The Warp room and You' and 'Precautions of Experimental Technology'
Julian Sawyer: "Alright! Stuff I can plug into SIMBER maybe..." *Investigates.*
Digifanatic heads over to Julian, and sees that South room... .oO(Oh, just what I need.)
Julian Sawyer: "...Huh."
Metal Man (GM): There's also a door to the West at the other end of this room.
Digifanatic: "'Precautions of Experimental Tech'..."
Julian Sawyer: "Hey, door." *Heads West.*
Digifanatic: "This, I gotta see..."
Metal Man (GM): The door is locked... some mechanism keeping it shut.
Digifanatic picks up the PoET book to see what's in it.
Julian Sawyer: "...dammit!" *Kicks the door.*
Metal Man (GM): The door does not open. Digi: Various simple things. 'Do not eat the Fighter remote.'
Metal Man (GM): 'Do not use Smash Dex underwater.'
Julian Sawyer: *Heads back, and enters the North room.*
Metal Man (GM): 'Do not drink Mega Mack.'
Metal Man (GM): The North room is yet another library room; this one filled with... books of the Evil Questers. It includes posters and paintings.
Julian Sawyer: "...Ooooo..."
Digifanatic wonders if there are actually and "Do"s rather than "Do not"s...
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh is featured prominently.
Julian Sawyer: "It's like a museum/library... And there's that -CENSORED-!"
Metal Man (GM): Although it says 'He was more stupid than evil, but did a number of bad things in his day.' Another painting appears to have been stolen. The caption thingy under it says 'Phantom (The Original)'
Julian Sawyer: "That's two stolen things... Phantom? Whozat?"
Aribar peeks over Digi's shoulder at the book.
Metal Man (GM): 'A reploid Quester who went Maverick. He used a nearly unlimited cache of stolen weapons to murder inhabitants of Toad Town. Death Toll: 10,000.'
Julian Sawyer: "...Man, Toad Town has no luck..."
Metal Man (GM): 'He also tried to kill Metal.'
Digifanatic: "Wonder what the stolen book was..."
Metal Man (GM): 'He was cornered and attacked by Questers in the Lon Lon ranch. However, he used Trance to survive longer than usual... but was killed. His pieces were buried there.'
Julian Sawyer: "Huh..."
Metal Man (GM): Upon finishing reading it, you hear something... unnatural.
Julian Sawyer: "..." *Looks in direction of noise.*
Aetos: "I didn't do it..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar/Digi: The book says 'DO keep maintenance of all machinery.'
Digifanatic: "Oh, well there we go."
Metal Man (GM): You're all now in the Evil Quester library room. The noise... ...the painting of Skyhigh is shaking!
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): ...Aribar: You feel a book hit you in the back of the head.
Julian Sawyer: *Draws Vendetta and ignites it.*
Metal Man (GM): *BONK* The tables and chairs float off the floor and begin... spinning... mid-air?
Julian Sawyer: "Bring it, you stupid son of a -CENSORED-!"
Metal Man (GM): An entire bookshelf falls over the door back out.
Aribar: "Ow! Who did that?" *The elf quickly turns around, rubbing the back of his head.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You see a book on the floor. 'To kill an Aribar. By Ely.'
Aribar: "..." *Blinks...*
Metal Man (GM): Another book flies past and into Julian's saber.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): One of the pages that isn't obliterated reads '...The weaknesses of Phantom are the follow-----' *ripped.*
Julian Sawyer: "What the..."
Metal Man (GM): Finally, Skyhigh's painting falls off of the wall. The glass breaks on it.
Julian Sawyer: "...That would have been useful... had it not gotten impaled..."
Aribar stomps on the book... "We... Should leave."
Metal Man (GM): The painting then floats up... and begins spinning.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): *Zelda spinning flying object room noise* It flies at Julian.
Aetos summons his wind barrier!
Metal Man (GM): I should say, it flies like a Boeing 747. However it flies past Julian.
Aribar drops the book he was carrying and takes out the Wand of Wonder, switching it to its Extra Mode causing a point of energy to appear at the tip...
Julian Sawyer quickly pulls a Matrix and dodges.
Metal Man (GM): Another book, labeled 'The death of Jeff Maxwell' suddenly opens up and flies at Aetos. It slams into the barrier and explodes, dealing 50 damage.
Julian Sawyer: "What the hell is going on..."
Aribar attempts to dash towards the main room of this level.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: There's a fallen bookcase in the way. Even worse, another bookcase falls towards you! 100 damage if that hits. The three of you, cornered (and possibly book-cased if you're Aribar) in the same room, suddenly begin to make out the appearance of your invisible attackers... You hear your smash dexes.
Aetos finds it to all of a sudden be just us three... being pelted by books.
Aribar is crushed by the bookcase and has the air blasted out of him.
Julian Sawyer: *Pokes his head out the door of the room he's in* "HEY! Is weird stuff going on with you guys too?" "...Guess so." *puts his head back inside the room and closes the door* "..."
Aetos hears the other two people's dexes :(
Dex: "...beep... beep... Silph... co-co-company... Ghost... viewer... activated."
Julian Sawyer: *Opens it.*
Metal Man (GM): You see loads of weird text scrolling by. Suddenly, you see...
Julian Sawyer: "This is too -CENSORED- weird..."
Metal Man (GM): It's a... HAUNTER????
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Haunter: "Eee hee hee heeee!!!"
Julian Sawyer: "What the -CENSORED-."
Aetos: "I choose you! Haunter!"
Metal Man (GM): Questers vs. Haunter.
Julian Sawyer: *YAR SLASH SLASH SLASH.*
Metal Man (GM): The Haunter sits there as your attacks... go right through it.
Aetos wonders at Julians mach 5 speed.
Metal Man (GM): D'oh! It's immune to normal attacks!
Aetos: "Hey... you... went through it... Oh yeah!"
Julian Sawyer: "...Well CRAP." *Deactivates Vendetta on a free turn and replaces it in his back pocket.*
Haunter: "Heee hee hee!"
Metal Man (GM): It's eyes start glowing psychadelic purple and black colors. Then suddenly Julian is also glowing that way. *Night Shade.*
Julian Sawyer: "And I don't have any... Wha?"
Aetos: "Woah... pretty..."
Julian Sawyer: *WHARGIBLY 200 DAMAGED!*
Metal Man (GM): Then it launches an extremely powerful punch into Aetos, dealing an instant 60 damage to him. It finishes off by confusing Aribar with a Confuse Ray.
Aetos rubs his new incline in his face.
Julian Sawyer: *225 DAMAGED!*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is confused for 4 turns.
Julian Sawyer: *Survival! But barely.*
Aribar is now stuck under a bookcase and dizzy...
Julian Sawyer: *Cough cough* "Gah..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: STR check to escape bookcase. You... sorta get your hand out of it. Try again, with a +3 to your +5. Err... With +5 instead of +2.
Julian Sawyer: "Ari, need a hand?"
Aetos turns a bit and sees Aribar's flailing hand... He turns back at Julian. "Good joke."
Aribar is a bit confused and singing the song that never ends... And flailing his hand about which has his deadly Wand of Wonder which is throwing two waves of energy at random people.
Julian Sawyer: "...?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits himself twice. Freeing himself from the bookcase.
Aetos watches Aribar blast himself with magic like so.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Aetos: "Why was he singing?"
Aribar barely survives his own beating. "This is the gravy that never Bob Doles! Wheeee!"
Julian Sawyer: "I don't know. ...Oh, he's confused."
Aetos: "Uh oh."
Julian Sawyer: "Watch out for him. Or if you've got a Freshen Up, use it. Nothing more dangerous than a Confused teammate... ...'Cept maybe Kuja."
Aetos grips his spear... and... its metal tip starts to fade! Special Mode! The metal is now replaced by... a spear tip formed by wind... He runs up with Action 2 and impales Haunter!... tries to...
Metal Man (GM): Roll it. You hit the haunter, the wind damage managing to hit it.
Aetos goes back and defends!
Julian Sawyer: "...A'ight..." *Julian pops a Max Shroom PEZ tab, Healing himself fully, and then... Defends. Cause he can't do anything to the Haunter without Overdrive...*
Metal Man (GM): The Haunter is actually not interested in Julian anyway. It turns to Aetos, and lends him a beatdown of Shadow Punches. 180 damage from three undodgable punches.
Aetos rubs his face again... more indents.... He surely dies with a pushed in face.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: Round and round your attention goes, where it stops, nobody knows!
Aribar waves the wand around yelling, "Boom! Boom!" ... Boom it goes... The elf casts a Bang spell before dropping the wand to try to get himself out from under the bookcase. Third action coming.
Metal Man (GM): Targets: Julian, Aetos's dead corpse (Means it doesn't matter), and Haunter. Yup.
Julian Sawyer: *BLARGH.*
Aetos's broken face gets blown up so no matters.
Metal Man (GM): The explosion goes right through the haunter, dealing no damage to it.
Julian Sawyer: "Ari! Watch where you're shooting that thing!"
Metal Man (GM): Ari: You're still pinned...
Aribar: "The gravy shall smite you!" *Uses his last action to throw the Wand of Wonder at someone... I suppose setting off an attack as well.*
Metal Man (GM): You hurl it to Aetos's dead corpse.
Aetos revives all shiny... with a vengeance! A white shiney aura forms around him... "Yeearg!!" *He charges at Haunter and gives him a drillin'!*
Metal Man (GM): It floats out of the way.
Aetos: "Bah!" *He turns, his aura faded...*
Aetos charges back, with another drill!
Metal Man (GM): It flies past you again, but is hit by the crit right in the back.
Aetos: "Ha!" *Waves a ghost on a stick while calculating dmg... He goes back to his position with no more actions.*
Metal Man (GM): You hurt it good, though it's still... active.
Julian Sawyer: *Looks around the room for something he could throw that would do something to the Haunter.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian: You come up with... nothing.
Julian Sawyer: "Dammit... Aetos, hand me your spear."
Metal Man (GM): There's nothing elemental nearby besides perhaps Aribar's Wand of Wonder.
Aetos laughs. He pokes his windy spear tip.
Julian Sawyer: "Hmmm..." *Takes Ari's Wand O' Wonder while he's lying incapacitated* "Now how does this thing work..."
Aetos: "Push the button!"
Julian Sawyer: "What button?"
Aetos: "Iono... I just figured there was a button on it... everyone knows there is no such thing as magic..."
Julian Sawyer: *Tries waving it in the general direction of the Haunter.*
Aetos: "Quick! uhh... Take this! Maybe it will activate it!"
Aribar: "Use the Raining Daisies policy!"
Aetos chucks a fire cube at the wand, hopefully resulting in a first combo attack played.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: Attack roll. Julian: Do you stand there and watch him throw the cube?
Julian Sawyer: *SPLAZOW!* "...Whoa!"
Metal Man (GM): Julian tries to use the wand... but then the fire cube hits him.
Metal Man (GM): Julian is now on fire.
Julian Sawyer: "AAHHHHH!"
Metal Man (GM): 15 fire damage.
Julian Sawyer: *STOP DROP ROLL.*
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: -1 action.
Julian Sawyer: "AETOS! WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?!"
Metal Man (GM): Julian: One action remaining.
Julian Sawyer: *Gets up, and tries waving the Wand Of Wonder at the Haunter.*
Metal Man (GM): The wand hits, dealing no damage.
Julian Sawyer: "Dammit!"
Aetos laughs to himself...
Aribar: "May fluffy bunnies ruin your spaghetti!"
Metal Man (GM): The Haunter responds by turning back to Aetos and using Night Shade on it, then Spite, and then Confuse ray.
Aetos blinks... very sad.
Julian Sawyer: "Why won't you die!"
Metal Man (GM): The Haunter appears to feel threatened by Aetos. And correspondingly not threatened by Julian.
Aribar: "Boom! Weeee!" *The Trulander flings a lightning spell at someone... As well as a Barrier spell.*
Aetos dances in a circle... "Mushrooms and potatoes, apples and tomatoes!"
Aribar is bleeding to death and crushed under a bookase... Taking his last action to try and lift it up.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: It remains... stuck. Meanwhile, Haunter is now protected by a barrier.
Aribar: "Shoe it! Kick it! Add chicken to the mix!"
Aetos is still dancing "VEGGITALLESSS VEGGIIETALLLESS VEGGIITAALLES VEG-EE-TALLESS."
Julian Sawyer: "SHUT UP!"
Aetos lifts his arm, causing him to push whoever he happens to be facing...
Metal Man (GM): Aetos pushes himself.
Aetos flings himself up into the air and gives himself a cuncussion when he lands on the ground He magically awakens.
Metal Man (GM): Anything else, Aetos?
Aetos does a drill attack this time "GOTTA SCREW THE SHRIMP!"
Julian Sawyer: *Moves outta the way of the crazed Drill* "Jeez! Not you too!"
Metal Man (GM): Julian's hit by both.
Julian Sawyer: *Or does he?! Not Quite Dead!*
Aetos takes a bite out of Julian, thinking his is shrimp now...
Julian Sawyer: "...This is -CENSORED- ridiculous!"
Metal Man (GM): You attack the Haunter. And miss it.
Aetos: "THE SHRIMP FLEW AWAY!!!"
Julian Sawyer: "SHUT UP! BOTH OF YOU!"
Aetos berates Aribar and then continues dancing in a circle.
Julian Sawyer: "This is taking entirely too long..."
Metal Man (GM): The Haunter is sort of dancing at this point; it feels as if it has the upper hand.
Julian Sawyer: "..." *Tosses the Wand Of Wonder at Aribar and tries to Thief the Spear off Aetos.*
Aetos starts doing the polka. "Hey!"
Metal Man (GM): Okay, now roll the thief attack at Aetos. Okay, Aetos, SPD check.
Aribar: "Our world is in the space--Swoof!" *Swoofs as he's hit with the Wand of Wonder.*
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: Another SPD check. Julian gains the wind spear.
Julian Sawyer: "NOW DIE!" *Julian jumps up and tries stabbing the Haunter in the head with it.*
Aetos is singing the 'hey' parts.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Aetos: "Ravioli please!!"
Metal Man (GM): Haunter is... stabbed, and then disintegrates. *+500 EXP* The other two people are unconfused.
Aetos stops dancing polka.
Julian Sawyer: *Breathing heavily* "Jeez... that took TOO -CENSORED- LONG."
Aetos: "What the heck happened...?"
Metal Man (GM): The door to the north is ajar now, though the way back is blocked by that danged old bookshelf.
Julian Sawyer: "Shut up and get that Bookcase off of Ari."
Aetos attempts to remove the bookcase.
Aribar shakes his head, remembering somewhat what's going on... And still being crushed to death...
Metal Man (GM): The bookcase is knocked off of Ari.
Aetos also realizes his spear is gone... then sees it in Julian's hands... "Thief!! You stole my dream job!"
Julian Sawyer: "You went crazy! I had to take out that damned Ghost!"
Aetos: "I mean..."
Aribar groans and thanks Aetos... The elf begins to get out of his own pool of blood. He then casts Cure on himself... At least making it so that he isn't in mortal danger.
Aetos snickers at the fact Ari was under a bookcase the whole fight...
Julian Sawyer: *Hands Aetos the Spear back* "Jeez... I'd use a Max Shroom, but I only have one left."
Aribar: "... What happened in the middle of the battle? I kinda... Blanked out a bit." *The elf retrieves the Wand of Wonder.*
Aetos takes it. "No matter, thanks for saving us..."
Metal Man (GM): You get a sort of vibe from this place... it's almost as if there's an evil force here.
Julian Sawyer: "You got hit with a Confuse Ray... You have any MP left? I need healing."
Metal Man (GM): The Haunter is gone, but the feeling of being watched remains.
Aribar: "Ah... I see... I think."
Aetos looks about the room... He then tries to get to the north door and open it.
Aribar: "Ummmm... I think I have some energy..." *Points his hand at Julian and casts Cure... 32% HP restored.*
Julian Sawyer: "...That's not nearly enough, but that'll do... I guess."
Metal Man (GM): The North door opens.
Julian Sawyer: "Let's get the hell out of here."
Aetos: "Hey... Wait a minute! Could this be... Nah." *He goes in it.*
Metal Man (GM): This room is midly damaged; one wall of it is a cliff face instead of a wall. There's books scattered about, mostly about the history of the Stadium.
Julian Sawyer: "..." *Heads into the North door.*
Aetos puts his spear back into normal mode.
Metal Man (GM): The way ahead appears to be blocked off. There's a few cracks in the wall to the East, as well as some in the floor, and then there's that book on the floor.
Julian Sawyer: *Kicks the East Wall.*
Aetos pokes at one of the cracks on the floor." What is with you and kicking things?"
Metal Man (GM): The crack widens.
Julian Sawyer: *Keeps kicking.*
Metal Man (GM): You kick it a lot... And then notice a nearby bookshelf.
Aetos sees the book, picks it up, then tosses it to Ari... ust incase.
Metal Man (GM): The wall is almost broken, however you notice an ominous missing book in the case. In-between chapters 48 and 50...
Aribar: "Hey!" *Ducks to avoid the book.*
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar:You avoid the book, which... strangely enough, is about the history of Earth and Neo-Earth.
Julian Sawyer: "A lost chapter?"
Metal Man (GM): It's chapter 49 which is missing from the shelf. And on the wall is scrawled, in red chalk, 'Lies... lies... lies... lies... LIES'
Aetos goes to pick up the books and walks back in, Woah? What the heck?"
Metal Man (GM): *Crumble* The East wall finally caves in, from persistent kicking.
Julian Sawyer: "'Bout time..."
Metal Man (GM): And... it's another library, although this one is even stranger than the last couple. It's about various enemies the Questers have had. On the wall nearby hangs a picture of Kuja. Someone drew a mustache on it with red chalk.
Julian Sawyer: "...I hate this place..."
Metal Man (GM): Next to that is a picture of Bowser ..Someone drew a silly red hat on it with the chalk... And across from it is a picture of The Void, which somehow has no frame. The remains of some weird and gaudy black frame are on the floor.
Aribar: "... What is this place?"
Julian Sawyer: "...What the hell..."
Aetos: "Mario... that is Mario's enemy? Maybe Mario was here and did that... then he went crazy and wrote on the walls."
Metal Man (GM): On the floor is scrawled an arrow pointing to Kuja. Written under it is 'Big Fat Loser this way'. You also see where someone must have taken a book and set it on fire.
Julian Sawyer: "... Nah, this isn't Mario..."
Metal Man (GM): All that remains is the cover, which says 'Kuja'
Julian Sawyer: "Shut up."
Metal Man (GM): INT checks, everyone. Aetos: You notice nothing out of the ordinary.
Julian Sawyer: "...Huh." *Bends down and pulls up a loose floorboard he notices.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar finds nothing either.
Aetos continues listing random Nintendo characters off the top of his head.
Metal Man (GM): Julian opens up the floorboard.. ..A cache of machineguns and stuff is in there.
Julian Sawyer: "...Holy -CENSORED-."
Aetos looks over to what Julian is looking at... "Shiny..."
Metal Man (GM): You also see, written under the floorboard...
Metal Man (GM): 'Phantom's Weapon Cache #2302ab2' It's basically five-six AK-47s that are fully loaded.
Aetos digs around in it for anything that uses cubes as ammo...
Metal Man (GM): Cubes? Nope. These are Russian machineguns.
Aetos: "Guess Garrick still has a job to do."
Julian Sawyer: "...Metal'd like these... Bring 'em."
Aetos: "Uh wait. As you know I'm all for taking shiny things... but... this might be a serious trap"
Aribar: "Ummm... I'm a bit weighted down, so I don't think we should take them either..."
Julian Sawyer: "Whatever. I'm taking one, then." *Reaches out to touch one of the AKs.*
Metal Man (GM): Does anyone do anything to interrupt Julian?
Aribar takes a step back...
Metal Man (GM): You touch the gun. It's real, all right.
Julian Sawyer: *Tries picking it up.*
Aetos steps next to Ari.
Metal Man (GM): You pick it up.... And then, you hear laughing. Evil laughing. Evil, distorted laughing. The paintings suddenly float off of the wall.
Aetos tries to match the laughing.
Julian Sawyer: "...That ain't good."
Metal Man (GM): ...And... now the paintings are alive!
Aetos: "Wai-- Bowser with a silly hat!?"
Julian Sawyer: "...Well -CENSORED-."
Kuja Picture: "Aha! I have found you! Now I will kill you! Although I am the most worst enemy ever!"
Aetos: "Mr. Kuja guy?"
Bowser Picture: "I'm a wannabe villain. Ahahahahahahahaha!"
Aetos turns the the wire frame blank picture thing... "Nothing?"
Aribar holds the Wand of Wonder tightly... "I don't like thi... Bowser? Ummm..."
Metal Man (GM): The voices... some weirdo is kinda using them like puppets. They're not the real thing, just a badly done imitation.
Julian Sawyer: *Grabs another AK so he has double the firepower.*
The Void Picture: "At last! I can kill you! I am so evil, I don't have time to keep my frame in good condition!"
Metal Man (GM): Questers vs. possessed Pictures
Julian Sawyer: "Let's go!"
Metal Man (GM): Uno memento.
The Void Picture: "Behold my awesome deadliness of death!"
Metal Man (GM): He suddenly engulfs the area around Julian in the X-zone. 46 damage; the darkness dissipates.
Julian Sawyer: *Near Death.*
Metal Man (GM): The Bowser painting roars, then sprays a stream of fire at everyone. 20 fire damage to Aribar. 20 fire damage to Julian. Aetos... only takes 20 damage as well.
Julian Sawyer: *Barely Survives!*
Kuja Picture: "I am the strongest villain ever! Star Flare! I mean FLARE STAR!"
Aetos stands there wishing Bowser had a wind breath instead.
Metal Man (GM): Thre tiny stars fly out and kinda... mildly poke each of you for 10 damage.
Aetos gets nailed to the ground by the stars.
Julian Sawyer: *GACK DEAD.*
Aetos pulls himself up on the brink of death.
Aribar nearly dies.
Metal Man (GM): ...And ironically "Kuja"'s attack kills someone.
Julian Sawyer's body sinks into a generic blue warp portal which immediately turns red as he rises out of it, toting those two AK-47s he picked up "That just WEAK!" *Opens up Vengeful fire on 'Kuja'*
Metal Man (GM): All hit. The painting explodes from two hits.
Julian Sawyer then turns and opens fire on the Void.
Kuja Picture: "Oh no! I have been defeated! Impossible! Mooooooaaaaarrrrghhhh!!!" *Dies.*
Metal Man (GM): All hit.
The Void Picture': "Noooooo! It's like the first time I fought you!' " *Explode.*
Bowser Picture: "Heh heh heh?! I am the survivor! Again! Because! I! Like! Yelling!"
Aetos tries to think who can make paintings come to life... that kid from Kirby can.
Aribar casts Thunder and Whirl on Bowser while casting Cure on himself... 30% Thunder and Wind damage, +32% HP.
Metal Man (GM): The painting takes a beating, but remains alive, although tattered.
Bowser Picture: "Heh heh *Cough* Is that all you got?"
Julian Sawyer: "Finish him, Aetos."
Aetos walks up and bops Bowser on the nose.
Metal Man (GM): CRIT Your 'bop' winds up punching through the painting.
Aetos blinks... surprised.
Bowser Picture: "I'm sorry Mario, but the real Bowser is in another castle!" *Disintegrates.*
Metal Man (GM): +300 EXP
Aetos: "WELL then..."
Metal Man (GM): +2000 coins each The door ahead opens.
Julian Sawyer: *Looks around the room for some means off carrying the AK-47s.*
Aetos: "What is behind door number that one!?" *He walks through the portal.*
Metal Man (GM): The AK-47s could fit in your inventory as items. Although they'd take up most of your inventory... So you really should only take 2.
Julian Sawyer: *Takes the two he picked up along with him then.* "Aetos, take one for Metal. He used these before we got sent here."
Aetos grunts, goes BACK to the previous room and grabs a gun and then goes again through the door into the new room.
Metal Man (GM): You walk through the opened door, and into a... different room. It's... like, all computery. There's a computer console, some long-deactivated security cameras, and some levers. Four of them. 'Manual Elevator unlock Manual Door Lock Manual Generator Activation' And 'Manual Plastics'
Julian Sawyer: "Hmmm... Aetos, you're looking bad. Take this." *Hands Aetos his last Max Mushroom PEZ tablet.*
Aetos chews it. "Yumm..."
Julian Sawyer's PEZ Dispenser shatters into a bajillion tiny plastic pieces.
Aribar: *Walks over to the console.* "Hrm... We should unlock the elevators, right?"
Aetos: "I didn't know they were locked."
Julian Sawyer: "Might as well." *Checks to see if the Door Lock is on.*
Metal Man (GM): It is currently off. In fact, all of them are off.
Julian Sawyer: "..." *Turns on the Generator.*
Metal Man (GM): The handle breaks when you try to turn the generator on.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Aetos turns on the plastics thingymabobber.
Julian Sawyer: *CENSORED!* *Kicks it.*
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: Several explosions rock the area. BOOMBOOMBOOMBOOMBOOM *BOOOOOM* The room you're in explodes.
Aetos: "ICEBURG DEAD AAHEEEEEea***BOOMM***."
Metal Man (GM): Apparently you activated the self-destruct. Luckily, all it did was deal 50 damage to everyone. And probably destroy a ton of books.
Aetos blinks, hoping it revealed someone in here... and not get noticed by Kales.
Julian Sawyer: "...Why did I give you the Max Shroom..."
Aribar BARELY survives the explosion... Without bleeding even.
Aribar: "... Ow..."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos gains the Gibby Award! -5000 coins!
Aetos sobs, watching coins leakout of his whereverhekeepshiscoins.
Julian Sawyer: "I have half a mind to ring your neck..."
Metal Man (GM): Julian (belatedly) gains the Phantom Re-inactor Award! +5000 coins! The group has just finished meandering through the first level of the haunted library. They have reached... an elevator shaft, in the middle of aformentioned library.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...I guess we should head down."
Metal Man (GM): *Click* ...The lights suddenly come on. And the elevator rises up to your level. Speaking of those explosives, an unintended side-effect of them was short-circuiting the generators online.
Aribar: "Now what... ?"
Julian Sawyer: "Enter, duh."
Metal Man (GM): Thusly you have power... although it's freaky power. The lights flicker almost like candles. The elevator doors are open.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads in.*
Garrick Fy`aar heads in as well, looking at the levels.
Aetos: "Well ok..."
Metal Man (GM): Inside, the damaged but functional elevator has but two buttons.
Aetos walks in.
Aribar mutters something before heading into the elevator.
Metal Man (GM): You are on floor 2. Floor 3's button is red, with a 'Check shaft' button. Floor 1 is below, and you can most likely go down there if you press the button.
Aribar would also cast Cure on himself five times once in the elevator...
Metal Man (GM): The elevator itself has no music; merely flickering lights as well.
Julian Sawyer: "Those explosives must have blocked the shaft with debris..."
Aetos: "Hmm... Well who wants to push it?"
Julian Sawyer: *Hits the only button that he can hit, then.*
Aetos: "Ok then..."
Metal Man (GM): *BEEP* It goes down.
Aetos checks to see his shiny machine gun... which will be Metal's.
Metal Man (GM): ...You hear sparks.
Metal Man (GM): In fact... the control panel! It's shorting out!
Aetos backs away from it.
Computer Voice: "Danger. Critical error in elevator systems."
Aribar: "Piffle... That's bad, isn't it?"
Computer: "Unable to control descent."
Julian Sawyer: "When is a critical error NOT bad?"
Metal Man (GM): *SNAP.*
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The elevator starts falling.
Julian Sawyer: *-CENSORED-*
Aribar: "... Gaah!"
Julian Sawyer: "Brace for impact!"
Metal Man (GM): The control panel shorts out...
Julian Sawyer: *Follows his own advice.*
Metal Man (GM): ...*BOOM.*
Aribar attempts to cast Barri--... Too late...
Metal Man (GM): You crash into the first floor. You all take 20 damage. The elevator is busted.
Aetos: "How... *Pant* do we keep surving things that should be... deadly?"
Julian Sawyer: "We're Questers."
Aribar: "... I had a theory that someone up there like to torture us." *Shrugs and wonders if the elevator doors will open.*
Metal Man (GM): You'd also note something else odd. No need to wait; the elevator doors are blasted open.
Aetos: "That doesn't mean we should be less then half dead if we explode!"
Metal Man (GM): You can see down a hallway...
Aetos: "Hey... here we go."
Julian Sawyer: "You shouldn't have pulled the lever then!"
Garrick Fy`aar shakes it off, growling but heading down the new hallway anyway...
Aribar: "... Aetos, don't tempt the laws of reality."
Metal Man (GM): ...A warp hole shreds open in the middle of it. Deloth is thrown out.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Aribar exits the elevator... And promptly stops.
Julian Sawyer: "Who're you?"
Aetos: "Another one? It's been a while..."
Deloth: "YEAAAGH!" *Whump!*
Aribar puts his only hand on Moonlight... "Are you another fool sent by Kuja?"
Deloth slowly stands up, rubbing his head "What? No. Heck, I don't even know where that warp came from..."
Julian Sawyer: "That's what usually happens with warps."
Metal Man (GM): The warp, which just closed, appeared to be more of a relative to the X-zone/Nintendus than Kuja's warps.
Julian Sawyer: "So, your name?"
Aetos: "Can we get your name? Were in a hurry kinda... this place is spooky."
Deloth: "Um, it's Deloth."
Aetos: "Silly name..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar would probably remember him.
Julian Sawyer: "Better than Aetos."
Metal Man (GM): As would Garrick.
Deloth: "Oh, and I suppose you have better?"
Aribar: "'allo, Deloth... Hrm... You used to be a Quester, right? ... My memory is a bit fuzzy."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...Deloth. What are you doing here?"
Aetos: "Well I'm Aetos. I'm as free as a bird."
Metal Man (GM): You would all notice a door at the end of the hallway... strange lights emanate from the window. Must be something freaky going on in there.
Julian Sawyer: "We're trying to find that out, Garrick. Also, I'm Julian. I punch things."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...nevermind. Good to have another fighter. Right now..."
Julian Sawyer: "To the door." *Heads down the hallway.*
Garrick Fy`aar moves toward to the door, drawing the M150...
Aribar: "Do you still remember how to fight, Deloth?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Okay... kick it in?"
Aetos slowly walks to the weird door. "Might as well... that worked last time."
Julian Sawyer: "...Or you could, y'know, open it."
Aribar asks this while following the others.
Deloth: "Yeah. I don't carry a katana around for nothing, you know."
Julian Sawyer: "With the knob."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I'm going for surprise here."
Julian Sawyer: "Who the hell would be down here?"
Garrick Fy`aar: "Oh, I don't know, maybe... Kuja?"
Julian Sawyer: "Kuja's busy ruling over Nintendus right now."
Aetos: "A psycho... who enjoys playing dungeons and dragons like games..."
Metal Man (GM): The door slides open....
Julian Sawyer: "...Well, nevermind."
Metal Man (GM): You'd see a wide open room... reminds you of a ballroom.
Deloth turns around and looks towards the door.
Metal Man (GM): Apparently it was another large library, but it was cleared out...
Garrick Fy`aar arches an eyebrow, then slowly moves inside...
Deloth: "Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly..."
Aetos has a flashback of a movie called 'Ghost Ship'...
Metal Man (GM): The lights have various colored lightbulbs.
Deloth unsheathes his katana and walks into the room.
Metal Man (GM): They flicker, and strangely sway about.
Aribar enters the room and gives it a cursory glance.
Julian Sawyer: *Keeps his AKs drawn, ready to shoot things.*
Metal Man (GM): It looks old and deserted. There is, however, some points of interest. A nice rocking chair besides the fire which is rocking by itself, a lone bookshelf on the opposite wall, and... a computer... with wires coming all out of it.
Aetos is a bit concerned over the chair...
Deloth: "Oh, joy. Poltergeists."
Garrick Fy`aar instantly moves to the computer, looking it over...
Julian Sawyer: *Checks out the chair.*
Aetos pokes where one would be sitting on it.
Aribar takes out his dex to see if there are more Haunters here...
Deloth heads over to the bookshelf.
Metal Man (GM): You see no haunters.
Aribar mutters, "Now how did that silly scope thing work again."
Metal Man (GM): Julian: The chair... it's... enchanted.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The bookshelf is filled with... why, will you look at that!
Garrick Fy`aar starts going over the computer, trying to fire it up, or if it can't turn on, fix it first, THEN fire it up.
Metal Man (GM): The missing books from earlier. "The Fighter Remote: Design and Mystery."
Aribar sighs and shakes his head.
Julian Sawyer: *Pokes it.*
Deloth raises an eyebrow and grabs the book.
Metal Man (GM) "Chapter 39: The Changing of the Guard."
Deloth: "Hey, guys. Look at this!"
Metal Man (GM): You open it up. It's been bookmarked. The bookmark is on 'Fighter Remote and Death'
Deloth: "Oh, kuso."
Metal Man (GM) "Those who die while equipped with information from the remote do not appear to stay dead for long."
Julian Sawyer: *Tries holding the rocking chair still.*
Deloth flips through the pages and read the marked section.
Metal Man (GM): Julian: You can hold it still, but it feels... cold. "They will ultimately wander the world, as ghosts..."
Aetos sits in the chair.
Metal Man (GM) "Even their ghosts cannot be held down for long."
Julian Sawyer: "...Man I wish I had one of those things that lets you see the truth..."
Deloth walks over and hands the book to Ari.
Metal Man (GM): "The only known way to make them begone is to de-initiate them." Meanwhile, Garrick looks at the computer. It's got a video camera hooked up to it.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Nice set up... for just an everday guy..."
Julian Sawyer: "...Aetos, out of the chair."
Deloth: "How did info about the Fighter Remote get here?"
Aetos: "Why? You lazy bum." *He stands and watches Garrick*
Metal Man (GM): The screensaver, which is (horrifically enough) a showcase of the various ways Toad Town has been destroyed, flips off to show what the guy who was using this was working on.
Aribar: *The elf accepts the book.*
Julian Sawyer: "I don't want any possession going down..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...jeez..."
Metal Man (GM): Why, a videoconferencing program...
Aribar: "Various parts of Nintendus have been warped to this world..."
Metal Man (GM): Set to activate automatically when a certain radio signal is detected.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...well well, what have we here..."
Metal Man (GM): And send it to the source of the signal... which is, obviously, in this case, HQ back at Kales's village.
Deloth: "What troubles me most is this marked section. Check it out."
Metal Man (GM): You guys hear another click as Aetos leaves the chair.
Garrick Fy`aar dives into the computer, trying to find any information as to who that was who sent the message.
Metal Man (GM): A wall spins around, revealing... a portrait of Phantom. It has the look of those creepy paintings which follow you with their eyes.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Deloth looks at the painting.
Julian Sawyer: "Garrick, shoot the painting."
Metal Man (GM): You try to use the computer... but it immediately asks for a password.
Deloth: "Can't say I'm much for this decoration style."
Metal Man (GM): It says 'Inactivity time exceeds maximum allowed. Please enter password.'
Aribar pretty much stands in the middle of the room... Not doing much at all.
Metal Man (GM): Another click is heard... must be a timed mechanism.
Garrick Fy`aar types in 'Last Request'
Metal Man (GM): A small pedestal raises out of the floor.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Aetos: "Where did 'Last Request' come from?"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick: The computer briefly flashes, then... begins running a program.
Garrick Fy`aar jerks his thumb to the machine gun on his back.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, on the pedestal is... a smash dex. An old fashioned one.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Don't touch anything!" *He turns around, glaring at the others.*
Computer: "Visual model activated."
Julian Sawyer: "That means you, Aetos."
Metal Man (GM): You see a picture of Last Request on the screen.
Garrick Fy`aar turns back to the picture...
Computer: "Password needed for other functions."
Garrick Fy`aar: "Other functions?"
Metal Man (GM): The dex on the pedestal appears to be fully functional.
Garrick Fy`aar: "...other functions of the gun?"
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Garrick Fy`aar: "...well, I know who we can ask."
Julian Sawyer: "Try Phantom."
Garrick Fy`aar steps a few steps away from the computer and draws the Last Request from his back holster.
Aetos eyes the shiny Dex.
Metal Man (GM): The gun itself fits in with the odd and macabre, multi-colored ambiance of this room.
Julian Sawyer: "...Before you shoot the computer, shoot the painting."
Garrick Fy`aar: "I'm not going to shoot anything. I respect Phantom."
Julian Sawyer: "Then why'd you take the gun out? He was a madman."
Aribar takes out his old dex... Klumsy's actually... And compares it to the dex on the alter.
Garrick Fy`aar: "Because, usually when I draw it, Phantom is... around."
Metal Man (GM): Wow! Spitting images! Except that dex looks like it works.
Garrick Fy`aar holsters the gun and tries the regular plain old self-loving password: Phantom.