Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 240: Mechanized Extreme History
Date: 6:01:10 PM, September 24th; 2:47:30 PM, September 25th; 2:51:18 PM, September 26th, 2005.
Charles Magellean reads the page aloud. He writes a side-note on the bottom. "He has regained his sanity upon being able to escape the marooning." *He attaches it to the back.*
Metal Man (GM): And up on the hill above here... is some strange sort of headquarters.
Charles Magellean puts both books away.
Aetos points to the building He shrugs and starts toward it.
Metal Man (GM): The grass is truly greener here... But why would anyone put a gigantic sign labeled 'MEH' on a building like that?
Aribar: "Hrm..." *The elf follows Aetos to the building.*
Charles Magellean goes to the building.
Metal Man (GM): You enter it. Inside is a main room, full of pictures. Pictures of familiar Questers, people, and the like... but this clearly is not from your dimension. It's like some alternate timeline. It's merely a curiousity, mostly.
Charles Magellean looks at some of the names from glancing at them slightly.
Digifanatic: "Wow... this is odd."
Metal Man (GM): 'Panzer' 'Mechanized Elite Pirate' 'Freaky Gun' 'Ganondorf's Mansion'
Aribar nods while looking about this room...
Metal Man (GM): 'Sephiroth' 'Team Rocket in Rubber Tank' 'Land of Toys'
Charles Magellean: "A dimension not of our own definitely."
Digifanatic: "Just makes you wonder whose is it."
???: "Ahahahahahahaha! I caught you at last, MEH people! You can't escape. I've been waiting 50 years to catch you!"
Charles Magellean: "...The dimension of "Meh" perhaps."
Aribar looks around for the voice and groans... "Now what?"
???: "...Wait a minute... you're not Gibby... and you're not MrMonster... and you're most definitely not anyone else... Curses! Curses curses cursessssssss!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): You hear stomping.
???: "I'll just have to get revenge on you anyway."
Aribar: "... Eh? What are you talking about?"
Charles Magellean pulls out one of his guns.
???: "You mysteriously disappeared, and then I get lost in this dark place!"
???: "I oughta hit you for a belt... you're those Super Smarmy Quackers!"
Metal Man (GM): ...Out walks what appears to be a very old Metal Man. With a white beard. And a weird looking iron gun.
Charles Magellean: "I prefer the term 'mercenary' now."
???: "Arrrrr! I'll have to rob you and buy my way into a book!"
Metal Man (GM): He fires wildly at you with the gun. Blue plasma rays fly around your heads, breaking stuff.
Digifanatic: "Metal, what are you doing?"
Charles Magellean aims his gun.
Metal Man (GM): http://www.vgmusic.com/music/console/sony/ps1/~W1FF7BS.MID
Charles Magellean: "It's Metal, alright, but this one is not the one we know of."
???: "How did you know my name was that? Arrr! I'll kill you all!"
Metal Man (GM): I'll get ready for the battle for a moment while they're away for a moment too. Why, yes. But not the end of the mission. One moment, gotta get something. I'll be ready in a moment...
Metal Man???: "You're gonna eat my dust and then explode for this travesty! Arrrrr!!! Prepare to pie!"
Metal Man (GM): Questers vs. Metal Man???
Metal Man???: "You traitor! You joined the Quashers! I'll freaky gun you to death and run you over with the A-team's van for that!"
Digifanatic: "Oh, be quiet."
Aribar: "We're the Questers, not Quashers..."
Digifanatic Fire Punches the so-called Metal.
Metal Man???: "Silence, Quebecers! You have no chance to win!"
Metal Man (GM): You hit.
Metal Man (GM): His armor absorbs the blow.
Digifanatic: "Oh man..."
Metal Man???: "You can't hit me, Digi! You're a Quacker!"
Digifanatic then tries using a Power Charge... *...and then trying the same punch again.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Aetos: "You mean quester?"
Metal Man???: "Never! You always lie, you evil Quitters!"
Metal Man (GM): You do some damage, but not much.
Metal Man???: "Just barely scratched me, Figi."
Aribar decides to start things off with a small barrage of spells. The elf swings the Wand of Wonder twice, a bolt of lightning and sharp razors of wind lancing from the wand towards Metal Man. Finally the mage points the wand at Metal and a magic missile is fired at Metal. (Thunder 30% Lightning, Whirl 30% Wind, regular attack)
Digifanatic: "Oh, I've heard that one before..."
Metal Man (GM): He takes that hit... and takes no damage.
Metal Man???: "Your attack has no hope; I am the original man of steel!"
Aribar frowns... "My magic didn't seem to be very effective..."
Aetos: "Your made of steel? SOLID, steel?"
Metal Man (GM): He is heavily damaged by lightning, though.
Metal Man???: *Delayed reaction* "Ahhhh! My brain! Evil electricity!"
Aetos: "Heh... I hear ya man."
Metal Man???: "I am the man of steel, not solid steel, you ignorant Quicker! Do your worst, Quaker! I've eaten all your oat meal!"
Aetos frowns, not knowing what to do... he pulls out the Dex and scans Metal Man???...
Metal Man (GM): Your smash dex explodes.
Metal Man???: "Ahahahahahahahahahaahaahahaahahahahahaahahahahaahahahahaahahaha! Your dex scanned itself and exploded!"
Metal Man???: "Reflective surfaces for the win!"
Aetos: "Oh I see... What happens if you reflect something back at the original reflecting source, anyways?"
Aribar: "... More reflection I would guess."
Metal Man???: "Yesssss."
Aetos tries to mimic Metal Man???.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos's head explodes.
Metal Man???: "Stop mimicking yourself!"
Metal Man (GM): -1 life
Aetos revives for his last action...
Metal Man???: "Now then... I'll show you what us MEH people do. Dieeeeee!!!"
Digifanatic: "That's just weird."
Metal Man???: *He opens fire at Digifanatic with the freaky gun.*
Metal Man (GM): 45 electric damage per hit, and you lose one action from your turn per hit.
Metal Man???: "A-team! Attaaaack that guy!" *Points at Aribar.*
Digifanatic is hit twice, thus losing two actions.
Metal Man (GM): The A-team van appears out of nowhere and Mr. T shoots at Aribar with a gatling gun mounted to the van. 30 damage per hit... ouch. Two crits.
Aetos whispers to Locos a question.
Metal Man???: "And... eat this, dead man!" *Launches a SKUD into Aetos, dealing an instant 50 damage.*
Aribar actually manages to evade two of those shots... Which evens it out in the end.
Aetos whispers to Aribar a question.
Aribar responds by falling down, dead.
Mr. T: "I pity da foo' who fight Metal Man!" *Vanish.*
Digifanatic is furious after losing two actions... so he gives Metal a Celestial Fury.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Metal Man???: "Ahhhhh!!! Figi is attacking me! I'm winning so far... MEH 2, Quashers -2!"
Aribar is revived in a white light with a vegence. The elf raises the Wand of Wonder into the air and two red lightning bolts rain down from the ceiling onto Metalman... Ouch. (Two Vengeful Thundaras. 244% each.)
Metal Man???: "Ahhhhh!!!" *Blasted into the floor.*
Metal Man (GM): He gets out of the crater, burnt black.
Metal Man???: "That's the last time I stick wires in my brain!"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos fires the word 'SHOE' out of his mouth.
Aetos blinks... "It works!"
Metal Man (GM): *BAM* You deal an instant 35 damage. It appears to pierce armor.
Metal Man???: "What the heck?"
Aetos does a little jig. He twirls around, and ends up creating a wind barrier around himself. He stops twirling, and fends.
Metal Man???: "Aieeeee!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He pulls out a huge axe made out of diamond which is on fire and made out of light. He then runs up to Aribar and viciously slices at him.
Aetos's eyes widen.
Aribar is sliced both times. . ...
Metal Man (GM): Insta-burn, blinds you for 6 rounds (-10 to hit during that times, and only 50% chance of spells working), and... 70 damage. Then he turns to Digi.
Metal Man???: "MEGA FIREBALL!!!"
Metal Man (GM): 15 fire damage per hit as he fires hordes of fireballs at Digi.
Aetos: "Man... knowing my luck, hell shoot me with that electricity gun."
Digifanatic is hit thrice (I believe).
Metal Man???: "Now that you told me, I sure will!"
Aetos: "Because you know... I have immunity to electricity..."
Metal Man???: "So do I!"
Digifanatic decides to use another Power Charged Fire Punch at the thing.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. You hear a weird slot machine noise. *PLINK DING DING.*
Digifanatic then decides to--(are we at 777 already?!)
Metal Man (GM): 977... weird... 10,001 coins to everyone!
Digifanatic: *Okay... he decides to finish his round with a Hyper Beam Matrix...*
Metal Man (GM): *PLINK PLINK DING* You all gain... 7560 more coins?!?!?!
Metal Man???: "I'll get you, slot machine using squinters!"
Charles Magellean: "Something is amiss. Coinage should not mysteriously appear twice in a row."
Metal Man???: "Neither should Figinatic!"
Aribar casts Agility to hopefully speed himself up and attempts to locate Metal to Thunder him twice...
Metal Man (GM): Miss miss hit.
Charles Magellean: "What is your grudge against the digimon tamer?"
Metal Man???: "Whose line! Ahhhhh!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Charles Magellean nods silently... somehow understanding what he meant.
Metal Man???: "Just mentioning it... I die a little inside."
Digifanatic: "Uh, Charles, hate to correct you, but as much of an affiliation I have to it, I never was... Ah well."
Charles Magellean: "The reasoning is at a level higher than what you would normally ponder."
Aetos: "Lemme try another one... ARMOR PIERCING PINEAPPLE OF INEVITABLE DOOM!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: INT check. Well, you get exactly what you want. Except it's stuck to your forehead.
Aetos blinks... "This place is so cool..."
Metal Man (GM): I guess it's best to use moves you've seen Dan use before.
Digifanatic: (to himself) "Oh, it's too evil an idea... but I have to..."
Charles Magellean: "This X-Zone holds much info. I must know more."
Metal Man???: "The pyramids were built by Sears!"
Aetos: "I don't feel to brave to throw my eye at him... Soo..."
Metal Man???: "DAAAAAA!!!!"
Charles Magellean: "I will have to differentiate between the irrelevant and valid data... but it would be worth it."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos summons 'hair' which stabs Metal, dealing 50 damage to him. Aetos also takes 50 damage.
Aetos defends after taking hair damage.
Metal Man???: "Ow!!! You must be after... the person who looks like me down the hill! I'll kill you for that!"
Charles Magellean: "Then you are not the leader of our reality. Which means..."
Metal Man???: "You're those Quashers. I just know you are. you killed my world... I'll quash you into melon dust!"
Charles Magellean uses X-Naut shoulder Ram to collide into the armor of Metal Man??? He talks no more.
Metal Man???: "Arrrrrrr!!!"
Charles Magellean: *150% - MM's DR.*
Metal Man???: *Summons the A-team van to collide into Charles After taking damage.*
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, 'We all Live in a Yellow submarine' begins playing.
Charles Magellean likes that music.
Metal Man???: "A-Team! Attack!!!"
Metal Man (GM): *ZOOM* SPD check, Charles.
Digifanatic starts chuckling, even though he know he has to almost certainly INT check for the music... "Oh, what chaos I used to have caused..."
Metal Man (GM): *PUNT* It runs into Charles like the cars on Onnet hit people. 100 damage to him. Then Mr. T gets out the gatling gun and opens fire on Aetos. 30 damage per hit.
Charles Magellean yoinks 10 coins from the van before peeling himself off.
Metal Man (GM): Metal then opens fire on Aetos with the freaky gun. 45 electric damage + loss of one action (two 'cause you're weak) per hit. Which translates to also 90 damage per hit for you.
Aetos: "Ow..." *He gets hit by the last one. He is pretty dead again.*
Metal Man (GM): Metal then hops aboard Mr. T's van.
Metal Man???: "Full speed ahead! Destroy Digi!"
Mr. T: "I pity da foo' who is Digi!"
Digifanatic: "T! We worked together before!"
Metal Man (GM): The van drives at Digi. Mr. T opens fire at Digi, and Metal Man continues shooting at Digi with the freaky gun.
Digifanatic: "Can't you remember, dude?"
Mr. T: "I remember da 50 years of eating sardines, foo'!"
Metal Man (GM): 30 damage per hit. 45 electric damage plus loss of one action per hit. SPD check, Digi.
Digifanatic is only hit by that crit, but then two by the second attack, and two actions...
Charles Magellean: "May I remind you that these people that you assume to know have lived very different lifestyles than the two we know right now."
Metal Man???: "He speaks right! I must drink your blood to save the cheese emerald!"
Digifanatic is killed from the gun.
Mr. T: "The cheese emerald, foo'!"
Metal Man (GM): Nope. It was a big counter-attack.
Charles Magellean fires one Destructive Rocket at Metal Man.
Metal Man (GM): BAM
Charles Magellean: *70% , negates DR.*
Metal Man???: "It's like an attack from Planet Emeril Madden!"
Mr. T: "I pity the planet named Planet Emeril Madden!"
Charles Magellean defends himself greatly with Gibby's Knight Shield on his final action. End of Turn.
Metal Man (GM): Sephiroth walks in the front door.
Sephiroth: "I have come to save the day! I shall kill Metal Man and save the Que---"
Metal Man???: "Not on my watch!" *Shoots Sephiroth to death with three freaky gun rays.*
Sephiroth: "Not again..." *Dies.*
Charles Magellean merely blinks in the direction of this confrontation.
Metal Man???: "Now then... aha! Right. Eat this, Alive man!" *Fires two SKUD missiles into Charles, dealing an instant 100 damage.*
Digifanatic has no turn! He revives and loses two actions due to that annoying gun.
Aribar tries another Agility on himself and two Thunders on Metal Man.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss. *PLONK DING ZORK.*
Metal Man???: *Begins glowing rainbowy Status Effect: 1337* "Ahahahaha! I are the unstoppable!"
Aetos has no turn! He revives and loses two actions due to that annoying gun.
Charles Magellean: "It is time for some old school."
Metal Man???: "Surrender now, or prepare to sight-see over Victoria Falls!"
Charles Magellean runs over to Metal Man, and uses the Steal command.
Metal Man (GM): You touch Metal Man... and steal your own chaos emerald from yourself.
Metal Man???: "Hahahahahahahahahaha! Stop stealing from yourself!"
Metal Man (GM): Apparently his armor is extremely reflective.
Charles Magellean: "If that armor is that reflective, then ranged attacks would bounce off of it like magic to a Reflect barrier." *He fires another Destructive Rocket.*
Metal Man???: "Perhaps, but it's also coated with a layer of Lucky Charms!"
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM.*
Metal Man???: "Ow!"
Charles Magellean defends again.
Metal Man???: "That's it, I'm going to take you down! Let's see how you deal against this!"
Metal Man???: *Pulls out... the chaos emeralds...*
Metal Man???: *Pulls out... the Time Emeralds... Pulls out... the chaos maker and breaker.*
Aetos: "What are those?..."
Metal Man???: *Pulls out... the fighter remote... Pulls out... the Star Board.*
Digifanatic: "Oh boy..."
Metal Man???: "ULTIMATE TIME CHAOS BREAKER MAKER REMOTE EMERALD BOARD ATTACK!!!"
Aribar: "... Where did he get all those Artifacts and Relics at?!"
Charles Magellean: "Relics of power and the fighter remote."
Metal Man (GM): He glows a lot. And then leaps on the Star Board ..And then explodes.
Metal Man???: "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): *EXPLODE.*
Charles Magellean laxes his guard.
Metal Man (GM): The entire building collapses, and Mr. T drives away.
Mr. T: "I pity da foo' who break reality!"
Digifanatic: "...okay then."
Metal Man (GM): +1337 EXP
Charles Magellean: "Then pity your old friend."
Metal Man (GM): The way is clear.
Aribar: "... He said that Metal is at the bottom of this hill, right?"
Metal Man (GM): You have to wonder what happened to him... but alas, pondering a hole in logic so large it destroyed someone would give you terrible headaches.
Aribar: "Then let's get out of here..." *He starts down the hill.*
Aetos: "Wait! I wanna try something!"
Metal Man (GM): You begin to walk down the hill.
Digifanatic starts walking as well.
Metal Man (GM): You see up ahead an area covered in phazon. Well, besides a single walkway. There's a door blocking the way in.
Aetos walks up to the door and yells "Open!"
Metal Man (GM): It has three bananas laying in front of it, and one banana-shaped slot. One banana is pitch-black. Another is normal. And the third looks like a light-saberish banana. The door does not heed Aetos. This door is before the walkway, blocking the way onto it. It also has a knob on it.
Aetos: "Drat... so I suppose if I yelled something like 'Correct banana!' it would work either..."
Metal Man (GM): The normal banana is lit up for a moment when Aetos says that.
Aetos blinks and follishly picks up the normal banana and inserts it.
Metal Man (GM): *IMPLODING BANANA* Aetos is imploded and loses all but 1 of his HP.
Digifanatic: "Would you like some rings?"
Aribar tries to just open the door.
Aetos lies on the ground, with legs and arms flapping about.
Metal Man (GM): The door opens.
Aribar: "I've got him..."
Metal Man (GM): And inside, you see Metal, the room, and everything else.
Charles Magellean: "An E Li Three trap."
Aribar casts Cure thrice on Aetos... 92% cured.
Metal Man: "Thank goodness you came!"
Aetos: "Oh... thanks Aribar..."
Elder: "Apparently the warp system cannot endure transporting so much matter without getting literally jammed."
Aetos stands up.
Aribar: "'allo... Goodie."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "The X-zone here is different. Apparently it is not a way to Nintendus."
Elder: "The only way out is if one of you possesses the legendary laser banana."
Charles Magellean: "So there is an X-Zone within the X-Zone."
Elder: "At least, that's what I heard. It makes no sense... laser? Banana? Legendary?"
Aribar: "... We found it..."
S.I.M.B.E.R.: "Or it could be situated on Turion exclusively."
Aetos turns around and charmingly wills asks the lightsaber-like banana to float before him.
Metal Man (GM): The banana floats up and stabs Aetos in the head. 92 damage Then it floats to Aribar.
Aetos lies on the floor flapping again.
Metal Man: "Be careful what you wish for. This place is weird... like when I was fighting myself. He had all sorts of weird attacks... but I defeated him."
Aribar takes the banana... "I hope you don't mind that we killed your other self."
Digifanatic: "Now may I, Ari?"
Metal Man: "Then he used some weird emerald time remote rocket attack and exploded."
Aribar: "Rather, he exploded... Eh?"
Metal Man: "I thought he was dead?"
Aribar: "Oh, yes..."
Charles Magellean: "...He is a shadow. Just like Dan."
Digifanatic: "Alright, thanks."
Metal Man: "...Let's not try to understand how he can revive after death and get out of here."
Aribar: "... He did the same thing... I guess we should escape before he comes back a third time. Now what do we do with this banana thingie?"
Digifanatic gives Aetos 150 rings; 50 to be used to heal and 100 to be used to gain a life.
Elder: "Allow me." *Stands next to the banana.*
Aetos stands and thanks Digi now.
Elder: "Gu mey foo yak GUNAYO!"
Metal Man (GM): The banana suddenly disappears.
Elder: "Hold on to your---"
Metal Man (GM): All of you, including the room, are now being teleported.
Charles Magellean holsters his gun quickly.
Metal Man (GM): *CRASH* And... you're back at the basement. Well, it's no longer the basement. The room appeared there, and is now the first floor... the mayor's house is perched atop it. All of you guys's stuff from the village is also here, too.
Metal Man: "Well, we made it after all."
Elder: "How odd... buildings of glass."
Charles Magellean looks to Elder.
Aribar: "... Well, we're here..."
Charles Magellean: "You returning to the surface?"
Elder: "The buildings before us, that is." *Points at the crystal city, including the Quester apartments* "Oh..."
Digifanatic has retrieved 50 rings, Pegasus Boots, a Jet Booster, and that lightning rod he picked up from that weapons mission.
Elder: "No, I shall stay here. It was I who confirmed misdeeds by Kales."
Metal Man: "He might not actually be attacking humans, but... The relics have some sort of mysterious superweapon purpose."
Elder: "If he gets them all, we may be in trouble. I have no clue what he wants it for. But the prophecies state that they have supernatural powers..."
Metal Man: "Now then..." *Trips.*
Charles Magellean: "And I would not care as long as I received payment from him for my tasks. And speaking of which..."
Metal Man: "Ow! What was that?"
Aribar looks at what Metal tripped over.
Metal Man (GM): In the ground is... why, it's a rainbow-colored diamond!
Elder: "...It appears we stumbled onto another relic."
Elder: "The Reality controller. ...We accidentally activated it by using too much energy. That was why the portals were temporarily redirected to this 'X' zone."
Metal Man: "Well... as long as we have it and Kales doesn't... we should be fine."
Charles Magellean: "Do you believe the guardian is on its way to retrieve the artifact?"
Elder: "The fake Metal Man was the guardian. He did not belong in that realm; it was supposed to be a reflection of Turion, not of places from Nintendus."
Aetos: "What a loon he was, I was al 'Shoe!' and then like 'Hair!' and stuff... oh yeah..." *He feels his head.*
Charles Magellean looks to Metal.
Elder: "I am sure Kuja summoned him."
Aribar: "What should we do with that diamond then?"
Metal Man: *Gets up* "Keep it with our other artifacts."
Aetos feels his head to see if a deadly pineapple is still attached to it...
Charles Magellean: "We have something to discuss after... the final dealings are closed."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: It's gone now.
Aetos checks the Dex too.
Metal Man (GM): It appears to have become... whole again.
Charles Magellean: "First, I believe the Mayor would be glad to know we are back and shouldn't be in the dark about his living quarters being our 'penthouse.'"
Metal Man: "Oh... yeah... we didn't know he had his house built over the warp spot."
Charles Magellean: "Second, there is the matter of payment."
Aribar: "Payment for what?"
Metal Man: "For fighting the forces of jerks who look like me?"
Aetos: "We got plenty of cash from him though... For some reason a slot machine kept coming up and letting loose cash."
Charles Magellean: "I will merely write this down as a 'favor'."
Metal Man: "...Maybe my alter-ego paid you all for me. Thank you, old brain dead random emerald time remote man!"
Charles Magellean: "Now Ari, Aetos, Digi; you may return to the apartments."
Aetos: "...We may?"
Charles Magellean: "I know Aribar would refrain from visiting Mayor."
Aribar: "... What are you talking about?"
Charles Magellean: "Metal, Elder. Shall we go?"
Metal Man: "He's talking about the time we all fought the evil fake Pizza man in Antarctica."
Metal Man: "Or was that the time we blew up China?"
Aribar: "... Ummm... I won't ask questions..."
Aetos tries to extend his tongue and lick Charles with all his thought power.
Elder: "Go we must. to place we shall go. To talk to the mayor."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos manages to lick his own nose instead.
Metal Man: "Let's go..."
Aribar just shakes his head and heads to the item shop.
Metal Man climbs up to where the mayor's front door is.
Aetos: "It would have worked back in the X-zone..."
Aetos follows them.
Charles Magellean goes along with Metal and Elder to the Mayor's Office.
Metal Man (GM): *End of Chapter 173: When Nostalgia Attacks* I give y'all an extra 4000 coins for payment.
Charles Magellean: *For our purposes, We'll fast forward after the meeting with Mayor and just outside his steps and exiting his door.*
Metal Man (GM): Ok.
Metal Man is outside the door of the Mayor's house with Elder, of course. "So Locos, you have anything to say?"
Charles Magellean: "This." *He shows the front cover of PROJECT X. TOP SECRET SMITHY INFORMATION* "We found it in the X-Zone."
Metal Man: "...Oh my... that looks rather important and dangerous. They sure did well with hiding it. With Smithy dead, nothing in there can be used against him specifically. But stilll... what's in it?"
Charles Magellean: "It contains his doomsday device details, his body schematics, Metal's Sonics schematics, SIMBER system info... Bascially one could, in theory, redo and make anything Smithy ever did, and no magitek is needed. The Machine Made Fallen Questers, the regular fallen ones, and strangely the Robotnik Face Base. I'm sure you would want to look at it."
Metal Man: "Hmmmm... Of course I do, although besides the technology I wouldn't want to recreate so many evil things. If you feel like lending it to me I'll make sure to take a peek at it."
Charles Magellean: "I'll loan this to you for however long it is necessary for you to look at it."
Metal Man: "All right."
Charles Magellean gives PROJECT X. TOP SECRET SMITHY INFORMATION to Metal. "We could probably learn how to rebuild SIMBER more efficiently."
Metal Man: "Indeed."
Charles Magellean: "Now as for the second matter. In the X-Zone, I had a strange sensation. I wanted to learn more about it."
Metal Man: "It contains matter between all dimensions. I wouldn't be surprised if you could see fantastic and impossible things without trying while there."
Charles Magellean: "Already there are researchers, Sardis being of them. I found a page of Sardis in that book. I want to become one as well in case we are banished there like I was."
Metal Man: "You may research it to your heart's content. We'll soon be able to get most of our library content back on-line."
Charles Magellean: "Thank you. How should I go about it? No doubt you would be against me traveling in it."
Metal Man: "Well, the problem is, we can't go back to it anyway. That was a fluke, and ... wait. You study the reality controller crystal. That can help us go to places like the X-zone... maybe even home."
Charles Magellean: "Gladly."
Metal Man (GM): *Flicks the gem to Charles* "Anyway, I gotta hook up all the stuff here. It'll take a while to restore power to our mini-base."
Charles Magellean catches the gem. "I'll begin tonight." *He jumps down to the floor and runs to his apartment.*
Metal Man: "Aye." *Goes off; Elder has already left as well.*
Metal Man (GM): The group and all the stuff has managed to settle down in the Crystal City. It is... a normal day, you'd say, but time doesn't really seem to affect stuff down here. You can't notice the run rising or setting, and lights are on 24/7.
Julian Sawyer is sitting on his couch, bouncing a small rubber ball off the wall, catching it, and boucing it again and so on.
Aribar continues writing a particularly complicated down into he required spellbook.
Charles Magellean is inside the stadium going into the first day of researching the crystal.
Aetos is most likely in his room sleeping or something.
Metal Man (GM): All of a sudden, all of your dexes would begin beeping.
Aetos: "What? Again?..." *He opens it up and watches it.*
Metal Man (GM): Which is freakish for most of you; they're supposed to be mostly broken. The message is simple.
Julian Sawyer: "?" *Julian reaches into his back pocket with one hand and pulls out his Dex while catching the ball in his other hand.*
???: "You are close to your goal... heh heh heh..."
Aribar sighs, fustrated by the interruption. He gets up from his desk and opens his dex.
Julian Sawyer: "...We have a goal?"
???: "You will soon reach your home..."
Aetos: "Going back..."
???: "But not without a terrible penalty..."
Julian Sawyer: "...Oh yeah!"
???: "Come to the cave North of your current location..."
???: "And have a final reconcilliation."
Metal Man (GM): *Shoomp* It turns off.
Julian Sawyer: "...With who..."
Aetos: "I'm gonna go..."
Charles Magellean: "...I see."
Aetos looks up at the door, and head to said north cave.
Aribar frowns, not liking this at all... He gathers his equipment heads down to the ground floor.
Charles Magellean contacts Metal with the local telephone from the science ops laboratory phone.
Metal Man: *Picks up phone* "MmmmmYeessss?"
Charles Magellean relays most of the message to him.
Julian Sawyer: "Eh..." *Julian places the dex and rubber ball back in his back pocket, pulls on his gloves and boots, then heads downstairs.*
Metal Man: "I see. I think Tridus can come... not sure. I must continue my work. Over and out." *Hangs up.*
Charles Magellean hangs up as well. He heads outside.
Julian Sawyer: *Meets up with Ari downstairs* "You got a call too?"
Aribar: "Aye... This smells like a trap..."
Aetos passes the two and walks north.
Charles Magellean walks briskly through the corridors of the Stadium. He eventually meets up with Tridus. Putting his reluctance aside, he exits the stadium.
Aribar follows Aetos north.
Julian Sawyer: "Yeah, but there's nothin' else to do." *Heads towards the Cave.*
Aetos stops and turns around "Why are you guys following me?..."
Julian Sawyer: "I ain't followin' you. I'm headin' toward the north Cave."
Aribar nods, agreeing with Julian.
Aetos: "Oh... me too..." *He continues.*
Charles Magellean is now heading north as well to a cave that the message says to go.
Metal Man (GM): Heading North, you all go. You walk across a pristine crystal bridge. There, you see a solid wall. Well. It has a few cracks in it.
Aetos: "Uh..." *He points at the wall,* "Cave?"
Charles Magellean: "Entrance."
Aribar glances up and down the wall... "I see nothing here."
Metal Man (GM): You notice a crack of light streaming through one of the cracks. That is, Aribar does.
Aribar: "... Ah! I take that back." *He heads over to said crack.*
Metal Man (GM): It's sunlight...
Julian Sawyer: "... Knock it down?"
Metal Man (GM): This wall looks reasonably shallow.
Aribar frowns... "I don't know if we should..."
Aetos places his weak cube inside the crack if it fits.
Julian Sawyer: "We should."
Aribar: "It looks like... Sunlight streaming through. If we destroy it then it seems like a direct route from the surface to this city."
Julian Sawyer: "Its obviously made to be broken."
Aribar: "... I fail to see the logic in that." *The elf steps back from the wall.*
Metal Man (GM): The cube fits. However it has to be thrown to explode.
Julian Sawyer: "The cracks, man!"
Aetos ties a string to it and backs up, then ignites the string.
Metal Man (GM): The string burns, sorta fizzing.
Julian Sawyer: "...What the hell are you doing?"
Metal Man (GM): Then it hits the cube. *Bam* A fist-sized hole is made in the wall. No wonder it's called a 'weak' cube. You see... how odd... there's some sort of town beyond this wall...
Aetos peaks out the hole.
Julian Sawyer: "...Weak. Watch this." *Julian rears back, and gives the wall a good solid Big Boot kick.*
Aribar: "... I would clap at that 'amazing effort' but I only have one hand."
Aetos: "Hey I was just doing what both of you wanted... Not destroying the wall but seeing what was on the other side."
Metal Man (GM): *KICK* The wall crumbles. You now see that, indeed, there is a town ahead.
Julian Sawyer: "Bam!"
Metal Man (GM): It looks old. Sunlight streams from cracks in the ceiling here.
Aetos: "I could do that to if I wanted..." *He rolls his eyes.*
Julian Sawyer: "Whatever."
Aetos: "So, uh..."
Julian Sawyer: "Onward!"
Charles Magellean moves onward.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads towards the town.*
Aetos sharp eyes to see anything standing out in the village, and to see if there are people there...
Metal Man (GM): Into this place you walk. It's feeling creepy here... all the signs of a town are here. The buildings, the streets, everything. But... there's cars parked in the middle of nowhere. Doors half open, meals served but not eaten...
Aribar follows the others. "... This place looks abandoned."
Metal Man (GM): The look of a place frozen in time.
Aetos follows them.
Julian Sawyer: "...Where's all the people?"
Metal Man (GM): There's a large building up ahead. All you need to do is walk a bit down these creepy streets.
Charles Magellean unholsters his left gun.
Aetos: "Maybe we should go there..."
Metal Man (GM): You begin to notice a large amount of fungi.
Aetos points to said big building.
Metal Man (GM): Mushrooms growing everywhere. Giant and small.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads towards it.*
Aetos tries to eat a big mushroom. "Super mushrooms!"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos eats a big mushroom. He immediately begins experiencing psychedelic insane visions. *Confuse.*
Charles Magellean: "Baaakaa."
Julian Sawyer: "...Aetos..."
Charles Magellean slowly moves onward.
Metal Man (GM): Going onward, you encounter a peculiar sight. It's a sinkhole with swirling sand in the middle. The conveniently arranged junk around it means you're gonna have to cross it somehow.
Aribar: "Hrm... How do we get past this?"
Julian Sawyer: "... Bridge?"
Aribar looks about at the junk to see if there appears to be a good path he could jump across.
Julian Sawyer: "...Aetos! C'mere!"
Charles Magellean: "The young ward makes me think of a Gibby whose impulsiveness reaches beyond buttons."
Aetos runs up to them, twirling around in circles.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar determines the best way across is to knock large stuff into the pit to make a bridge.
Aribar: "We should try knocking the junk around here into the sinkhole to use it as a bridge."
Aetos slams into Aribar, thinking he is junk, trying to push him into the sandpit thing.
Aribar: "H-hey!" *He manages to get out of the way in time...* "What are you doing?!"
Aetos runs past Aribar and into the sandpit himself. "I wish I had cheese danish eyes..." *He says while lying in the sand.*
Aribar: "... I guess we have to rescue him?"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos... is so calm, he's floating atop the sand. Unfortunately, he will be sucked into the middle if somebody doesn't save him. *FLUSH*
Aribar walks over to the edge of the pit and wonders if he could even grab Aetos...
Julian Sawyer: "...Leave him?" *Looks at what he has to make a bridge out of.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar: You could get him with that mailbox! Julian: You see an overturned truck, a street signal, a mail box, another car, and three news stands.
Aribar rusheds over to the mailbox, attempts to pick it up and take it to the sinkhole thingie, and stick it out towards Aetos. "Grab on!"
Julian Sawyer: *Judges which ones he can lift.*
Aetos: "Hey! A magical sausage from the heavens has come to let me eat him!"
Metal Man (GM): The signal, the box, the car, and the news stands too.
Aetos tries to bite the mailbox.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos bites the mailbox. Which allows you to drag him around. Like he's some sort of fish.
Aribar yanks the mailbox back when Aetos bites on.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: STR check.
Julian Sawyer: "Alright... Charles! Help me move this truck!"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos is dragged back onto dry land.
Charles Magellean moves over to Julian.
Aetos starts to gnaw on the mailbox.
Metal Man (GM): Charles: The truck is long enough to make a nice bridge.
Julian Sawyer moves over to the over turned truck and goes to one end, while Charles presumeabdly goes to the other "Lift on 3!"
Aribar leaves Aetos to the mailbox and watches the others.
Charles Magellean: "Begin counting."
Julian Sawyer: "1. 2. 3!" *Lift.*
Charles Magellean lifts with all his might using his legs.
Julian Sawyer: *Stop!*
Metal Man (GM): *Perfect.*
Charles Magellean wobbles a bit here and there...
Metal Man (GM): The pushing is a little bit lopsided; Julian is able to push slightly harder. However, the truck is pushed into place EXACTLY and sinks in a little, making a bridge.
Julian Sawyer: "Everyone across! Someone get Aetos." *Moves ahead.*
Charles Magellean walks across the truck after Julian does so the weight doesn't make the truck sink.
Aetos: "Oh no! The bagels are leaving!" *He leaves the mailbox and follows them.*
Aribar follows Aetos and the others.
Metal Man (GM): You reach another abandoned intersection. Except it looks different. Different and dangerous. A wall raises out of the ground.
???: "Halt right there or you will be shot."
Charles Magellean halts and uses his shield to defend.
Aribar stops... "Who are you and why did you summon us?"
???: "I am defensi-wall 3000. I do not summon criminals. Intruders will be shot."
Metal Man (GM): Three turrets appear on the wall.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
???: "This part of the city is the only functioning portion left. It must be protected at all costs."
Aribar: "... Someone else summoned us here... We don't want any trouble. We just want to meet whoever summoned us and then leave."
???: "Who... summoned you?"
Julian Sawyer: "Would you believe us to be refugees seeking shelter?"
???: "Never, there is no food or water behind these walls."
Aetos tries to run straight through the wall.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos runs at the wall and is shot at.
Julian Sawyer: "...goddammit Aetos!"
Metal Man (GM): 15 damage per hit.
Charles Magellean: "That is a flat lie, Julian. Don't do it again."
???: "One intruder detected. Stand back or be shot again."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos would be blasted backwards by the shots, regardless of being hit.
Aribar: "We do not know who summoned us." *The elf takes a step back.*
Aetos flies backward from the shots... being hit by 6 of them.
Aribar: "Is there any way for us to prove that we are on a peaceful mission and do not wish to destroy the city?"
???: "There is one life form behind these walls."
Julian Sawyer: "Who?"
Aribar: "... That's probably the person who summoned us."
???: "Please play the message he sent you."
Charles Magellean: "Do one of you have it recorded?"
Julian Sawyer: *Takes the Dex out of his back pocket and tries replaying the message.*
Metal Man (GM): *BZT* *ZAP* *KRZT* It begins playing.
???: "Message acknowledged. You are allowed in. Please do not touch anything. Proceed to the main building or you will be shot."
Metal Man (GM): The wall lowers.
Aetos runs to the big building.
Julian Sawyer: "...Right away..." *Julian puts the Dex back in his pocket and moves on.*
Aribar starts forward... The elf is a bit worried that this defense system may turn on them, but he tries to just put that out of his mind.
Metal Man (GM): This place is lit up, and appears to be in good shape.
Charles Magellean puts his gun away. He creeks his neck; he moves onward.
Metal Man (GM): In fact, it looks like whoever was here restored everything ..But why? All it is right now is a macabre mockery of what was once there. You pass a sign that says 'Toad Town Deli' in bright red neon.
Aribar: "... Does that say what I think it says?!" *The elf points to the sign.*
Metal Man (GM): It says Toad Town all right.
Charles Magellean: "It does. This is Toad Town 3."
Metal Man (GM): In big blazing letters.
Aetos looks at what the bagel is pointing at.
Metal Man (GM): You don't have a good feeling about that building up ahead.. ..It looks suspiciously silvery.
Julian Sawyer: "...The city that has no luck. Perfect."
Charles Magellean: "...Silver."
Metal Man (GM): As you get close to it, you notice that it looks sort of like some dagger.
Julian Sawyer: "...Exor?"
Metal Man (GM): Or, the tip of one. Jammed into the ground.
Julian Sawyer: "Or something like it?"
Aribar looks about to see if there are any security turrets or anything like that around as they head to the building.
Metal Man (GM): There are turrets and cameras everywhere. they look new. However all they do is watch you. One moment while I get something.
Charles Magellean: "I am not fresh on when was built during Kajidoh's rule. Which Toad Town did Exor crash into?"
Aetos's Dex: "Toad. Town. 3."
Julian Sawyer: "...Well crap."
Aetos: "My back is saying Glurbleglurbleglurble!!"
Metal Man (GM): And dead ahead is, well, just that. What appears to be the point of Exor. It's burnt black and heavily damaged, but the lights are on...
Julian Sawyer: "Shut up!"
Charles Magellean: "I heard a three coming from the dex that the young idiot is carrying."
Julian Sawyer: "So it's Toad Town 3. I'm expecting doom to rain down from the sky any second..." *Looks for a door.*
Charles Magellean: "I had believed that Exor became ashes when Kajidoh was defeated again."
Aribar continues forward, wondering what Exor's still kinda doing there.
Metal Man (GM): Reaching it, you see a door, indeed.
Julian Sawyer: "You believe wrong, apparently." *Enters.*
Aetos follows right behind Charles, sucking on his shoulder like a leech while walking...
Charles Magellean: "I am then."
Aribar: "So whoever summoned us is taking up residence in this sword... I don't like this at all." *The elf flanks the group.*
Metal Man (GM): Entering the ancient place, you see extensive cracks... millions of them, in fact.
Charles Magellean does a quick punch in the gut to Aetos then walks into the door.
Metal Man (GM): Each and every one has been duct taped or otherwise hastily stuck together.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): It appears it had been totally destroyed, but some maniac began piecing it all together.
Aetos sits on the ground and looks around, through his eyes, it is pastry-land...
Julian Sawyer: "Must be the work of our contact..." *Moves on.*
Metal Man (GM): The only way up is on some stairs.
Charles Magellean follows close behind Julian.
Aribar starts up the stairs...
Metal Man (GM): The stairs lead across several empty doorways; only one room appears to be functioning.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads to said room.*
Metal Man (GM): Thedoor to it opens automatically, and you enter the room ..You see all sorts of things in here.
Aribar looks about as they enter this room.
Metal Man (GM): An old computer. The one apparently manning the defenses here.
Charles Magellean enters the room as well, preparing for the door is shut and it is a trap kind of deal.
Metal Man (GM): The door is dead. It can't even be fully closed ..The computer has a rather large screen on it. This room seems eerily familiar.
Julian Sawyer: *Checks it out.*
Metal Man (GM): Several things are posted on the walls. All of them, either what look like old designs for machine mades or Smithy's ramblings. Wires are everywhere, and the machine itself appears to be active... there's a control panel for it.
Aetos catches up to them... after eating a few piles of rubble.
Metal Man (GM): It is currently rusted and heavily damaged.
Charles Magellean: "In all the time that I was a double agent, I myself haven't been able to enter Exor without his permission. He never gave me permission."
Metal Man (GM): The only thing that's active on it is a glowing red knob you can twist.
Julian Sawyer: "Sucks to be you." *Checks out the computer.*
Metal Man (GM): Clockwise only, thogh.
Aetos: "Hey look! A strawberry!"
Metal Man (GM): It's highly advanced. However, it appears to only be working at 10% capacity.
Charles Magellean: "Magellan might've entered, but I have no memories of him."
Aetos tries to eat the doorknob.
Metal Man (GM): The doorknob? There's none of the door.
Aribar frowns as he looks about the room... "So... this is it? Where's the person that contacted us?"
Metal Man (GM): So you settle for licking the door. Aetos goes to eat the red knob.
Charles Magellean: "Would one of you be able to heal the young idiot of his ailment?"
Metal Man (GM): *Twist Snap* You suddenly hear very ancient machinery activating.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Sparks fly about, and the screen turns on.
Julian Sawyer: "Kill 'Im..."
Metal Man (GM): It begins showing diagnostic messages.
Aribar: "... I have no such spells memorized..." *The elf hears the snap then...* "But perhaps a bolt of lightning shall shake him out of it."
Metal Man (GM): The loading finishes. *BAM* A huge capacitor explodes, arcing lightning into Aetos by chance.
Charles Magellean: "Use the bolt then. It might help him."
Metal Man (GM): ...The machine then shuts down, and Aetos feels... weird.
Julian Sawyer: "...Won't be needed..."
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, he begins speaking in a different voice.
Charles Magellean: "Nice bolt."
Aribar: "... There. Lightning."
Smithy: "What? What? Where am I? What's going on? Who stole my body?"
Metal Man (GM): ...Aetos is talking like Smithy... He turns to Aribar.
Aribar: "... Okay, the bolt didn't cure his confusion."
Smithy: "What is the meaning of this, Jeff Maxwell?"
Charles Magellean makes a silent gulp.
Smithy: "I trusted you... even though you looked like Aribar..."
Aribar opens his eyes wide in surprise at that...
Julian Sawyer: "...goddammit."
Aribar: "Uhhh... Smithy?!"
Smithy: "Well well, if it isn't the Questers... thank you for... reviving me... but... my body is in another castle."
Charles Magellean looks to Julian and makes some "shhhh" with his finger in front of his mouth. He looks away so he isn't caught by Smithy.
Smithy: "And... if the knowledge of this person's mind is correct, I am dead. Hmmm... what is this? Somebody tricked me? Some machine... controlled me?"
Aribar: .oO(And after this Aetos will be too if I get a hold of him...)
Smithy: "Gahahahahahahahaha! Terrible!"
Metal Man (GM): He slams his fist --Err, Aetos's --- onto a metal counter.
Smithy: "I've been had! All my work was made for me? ...It is too late for me. ...But I am still here. Clearly, there is a reason for this."
Aribar lets Smithy ramble on, not sure what to make of all of this.
Smithy: "Who's body is this?"
Metal Man (GM): He points at himself--err, Aetos.
Charles Magellean: "The body of a baka."
Smithy: "Oh, if it isn't Charles Magellean."
Aribar: "His name is Aetos, uh, sir."
Charles Magellean: "It means 'idiot'."
Smithy: "How many times have you betrayed me again, Mr. Charles?" *Begins fingering his chin.*
Charles Magellean: "I never betrayed you, Lord Kajidoh."
Smithy: "Yes... there is something that can be done... but you won't believe me. I'll just have to take this body for mine, knowing you Questers."
Aribar: "... Were you the one that summoned us here?"
Charles Magellean: "He wasn't."
Smithy: "How could I have summoned you? I was in a coma. The truth is, the Smithy this person's mind speaks of is a Solarian duplica."
Charles Magellean grits his teeth.
Smithy: "I am the real Smithy. And I was technically destroyed! They taunted me by saying a single button twist could revive me, but because I would never be seen again, I would be one button twist away forever. Of course, whoever it was didn't expect the real me to be... exiled... to wherever this Turion place is!"
Charles Magellean: "...Kuja."
Smithy: "I have no choice... you're going to all have to do a mission for me."
Julian Sawyer: "...This is ridiculous."
Smithy: "One that will give your partner his body back. Well, I could let him have control, but for now I must speak."
Charles Magellean: "For him, this is an improvement."
Smithy: "The probability of a machine possessing a person is a million to one. And it's usually even harder to fix. However, using both sets of knowledge, there are things here which can fix it... but it won't be easy. I've been had. The only way for me to get revenge is to help you get off of this forsaken rock. I will sacrifice myself to this end... but you must pick up some of the work. Further North of here is... that's right... more ruins. Well, these ruins are big and important. They possess everything you could possibly need. But they're protected by a corrupted security system."
Julian Sawyer: "-CENSORED-"
Smithy: "The most powerful security system ever. At least, in my minds. You must deliver me to the core of this place."
Aribar: "... What exactly will you do if we help you?"
Smithy: "It has been set to prevent you from using your warp machines to escape here. I will enter their machinery and hack into the systems, overridding the power and making it possible to warp out of here. Unfortunately, I have no clue where these so-called Warp Rooms are. My rudimentary systems don't go that far. And it must be done quickly, or else this person's body can and will be overloaded, and we both die."
Julian Sawyer: "...Doesn't sound like much a problem."
Smithy: "I will die either way. But it is an acceptable casualty. They crippled my programming from the start. Upon being activated, I will be slowly corrupted."
Charles Magellean: "By what you are saying, I'm assuming what you saw before you were terminated was some kind of red mage."
Smithy: "I shall return control to the person this body belongs to... but he will not feel good until I have been sent into the terminal systems. I saw, indeed. But there was very little to see. I had been hidden by the one who made my Solarian duplicate. Hidden deep in Death Mountain."
Charles Magellean: "Kuja Tribal and his cohorts did this to you then and as we speak they are preventing us to return to Nintendus."
Smithy: "In this very 'blade' that remains of Exor. It's about time I got free of these foolish mage troubles. In death, I shall cause their eternal suffering! Now... I cannot have control much longer without damaging the host."
Metal Man (GM): *SHOMP* Aetos would suddenly regain control. He's no longer confused...
Metal Man (GM): But is now under 'mental fatigue' in which his INT is halved.
Julian Sawyer: *Smacks Aetos* "DON'T EAT THE MUSHROOMS!"
Charles Magellean: "I guess Exor doesn't have the person we're supposed to meet."
Julian Sawyer: "Jeez... Anyway, let's go."
Charles Magellean: "We'll just have to go north more."
Aetos: "Ugghh..." *He holds his head and follows them wherever.*
Metal Man (GM): Heading down the steps you go.
Charles Magellean goes to exit the building and will brb since he has to take out the trash in... rain.
Julian Sawyer: *Heads towards the place.*
Aribar: "Aetos, just follow us." *The elf follows Charles.*
Metal Man (GM): You reach the North exit of this reconstructed thing, which leads to... a shiny looking security door. It's made of stainless steel and is locked. Red lights indicate that it is sealed shut. There's a pad to the side of it. It's got numbers all over it.
Julian Sawyer: *Looks it over.*
Metal Man (GM): Looks secure. And tough.
Aribar looks at the number pad. He tries to figure out how many numbers would be entered, if possible.
Metal Man (GM): It has 0-9 for numbers, and 10 numbers would be entered. 10000000000 choices possible.
Aetos: *A door opener 3000 stumbles out from under Aetos's cape...*
Aribar takes out his dex and tries to see if he can scan the keypad for finger prints.
Metal Man (GM): Your dex is offline. It doesn't appear to work.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Aetos holds the ring and stands in front of the door...
Julian Sawyer: "Is that a DO3000?"
Aribar pockets the dex and looks to Julian and then to the DO3K. "... I think so."
Metal Man (GM): The Door Opener... fails. You click it, but nothing happens. The item isn't even used. Weird... what people would know how to door opener-proof their doors like that?
Charles Magellean: "What people would know what items we use and use countermeasures to it?"
Aribar attempts to walk around the perimeter of the building to see if there are any other entrances or exits.
Metal Man (GM): Nope... the door is the only way in.
Charles Magellean: "...And where is foul Solarian Tridus? Illian said that he would be traveling with us. That's right... he said 'might'."
Aribar|Arrg walks around the perimeter of the building to see if there are any other entrances or exits.
Metal Man (GM): Nope... the door is the only way in.
Charles Magellean: "And could, but not would, which would be a guaranteed."
Metal Man (GM): And it isn't a building... it's a door set into a huge wall of the cave.
Charles Magellean: "Let's begin at the combination."
Aribar just tries opening the door now.
Metal Man (GM): The door has no handles, or ways to open it manually. Even then, you notice it's firmly shut.
Charles Magellean: "It may even actually be a fingerprint scanner."
Metal Man (GM): This door was built tough. Whoever made it had knowledge of common door-defeating tricks.
Charles Magellean tries combination 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0.
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again.
Aetos sighs. He moxies over and pushes 7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7.
Charles Magellean: "No trap. So we're dealing with someone who is confident."
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again.
Charles Magellean tries combination 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9.
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again. Then you hear an alarm going off somewhere. But nothing else.
Aetos sighs and backs away from the door.
Metal Man (GM): It seems as if this is a very difficult door.
Charles Magellean: *8-6-7-5-3-0-9-1-2-4*
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again.
Aribar tries 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0...
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again.
Aribar tries 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1...
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again.
Charles Magellean: *0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2*
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again.
Aetos's eye starts twitching.
Aribar starts going up through the combinations... "This is taking forever..."
Charles Magellean: *0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3*
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again. That thing sure is buzzing a lot... haven't found a good combination yet.
Charles Magellean: *7-4-2-1-8-0-3-9-5-6*
Metal Man (GM): You stick the combination in. It buzzes and the display goes blank again. According to my calculations, it will take you 668 years to find the right combination guessing.
Charles Magellean: "Strange. That is a number of goodness where I live."
Aribar stands back... "... I hate these things. ... So let's do this. Stand back." *He starts charging up Terrorbolt to level 7.*
Charles Magellean knows that tone. He takes 9 steps away from the display.
Aetos is already backed up, since the nearby alarms went off.
Metal Man (GM): You charge it up.
Aribar fires the electric beam of death +1 at the door for 552% Electric damage once it is charged up.
Metal Man (GM): It hits the door, causing minor damage. It looks like you'll need to hit it several times like this to take it down. More alarms can be heard from behind the door.
Charles Magellean: "Does that take a lot out of you?"
Aetos: "Aribar, do it again... just once more if you can."
Aribar: "A bit..."
Metal Man (GM): Whoever made this door knew it might be under attack as well, it seems.
Aribar tries something different... He focuses all of his life energy into a beam of energy, hopefully vaporizing the door... Aribar's using the sacrificial quirk to attempt to destroy the door.
Metal Man (GM): A very prepared person. But who? The door explodes ..But the alarms blaring are pretty bad. That, and... Lasers begin streaming out of the door.
Charles Magellean: "To think... a door defeated Ari."
Metal Man (GM): You hear automated security turrets and stuff going off all at once in an attempt to keep you out. *BAM* *BAM* *BAM.*
Aribar attempts to stumble and fall down out of the way of the beams and turrets and bob doles.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar runs out of the way as a big pile of rubble blocks the doorway from the inside. The rubble isn't very tough, but the amount of laser guns which must have caused it mean you're gonna have to find a way to avoid all the lasers.
Charles Magellean: "We use pattern Alpha-D/02 to solve this problem."
Metal Man (GM): Mockingly, the still-functional keypad remains on.
Aetos: "Lets... make like Metal and Breakdance!" *He attempts to disco/breakdances through the lasers.*
Metal Man (GM): First you must break through the rubble.
Charles Magellean: "That is pattern Metal-A/0F."
Metal Man (GM): Which isn't hard, except the minute the rubble is broken, the lasers will shoot at you.
Aetos uses PUSH on the rubble to blow it away to the side.
Metal Man (GM): The rubble is pushed away.
Aetos starts discoing.
Metal Man (GM): You each have a 1-action window before the lasers totally block the way. SPD check, Aetos.
Charles Magellean uses his Shield to defend while moving.
Aribar attempts to quickly cast Barrier before rushing into and past the lasers...
Aetos accepts the critical failure attempt to dance.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos runs first, straight into the lasers. He is lasered for 75 damage. Meanwhile, Aribar and Charles run in, using shields to block the lasers. Inside, one can see what is going on. There's three high-powered laser turrets, suspended from the ceiling.
Computer Voice: "Intruder alert. Intruder alert. Intruder alert."
Metal Man (GM): The door ahead is soon blocked by a huge blast door. Questers vs. Laser Turrets. The turrets split their first round target's between Ari and Charles. 25 damage per hit; those are aimed at Ari. They are considered physical attacks, yes. These three are for Charles and also do 25 damage per hit.
Charles Magellean defends once. No way to defend against those other ones.
Aribar takes all three lasers, but luckily his barrier takes the brunt of the blow off of him. The elf starts off by casting Barrier on Aetos, halving all physical damage he takes for three rounds, before firing two Thundaras at the turrets. (122% Electric damage times two. 244% total.)
Charles Magellean: "I will attack the first turret on the left with three shots from my now unholstered auto minigun."
Metal Man (GM): All hit. The turret cannot dodge. It's just a fixture.
Charles Magellean: *75% total.*
Aribar: "... Saying what you're doing doesn't help... Does it?"
Metal Man (GM): The turrets divide targets evenly. At Aribar At Aetos.
Charles Magellean equips the Star Rod on his back as his second turn. He uses the shield to defend on his final turn.
Metal Man (GM): At Charles. 25 damage per hit.
Aribar is shot twice... The elf is not enjoying this.
Aribar points his hand at the turret and begins charging up Terrorbolt to its third level before firing it at the turret... 292% Electric damage.
Metal Man (GM): Okay, hit.
Aetos revives with the same white aura as usual. He starts off by shish kebobing the turret.
Metal Man (GM): You shish kabob it well. Then... you do something really weird. Aetos then does something really weird. He mind controls Turret 2 and makes it shoot turret 1. 50 damage to turret 1. This takes up his last action.
Charles Magellean says under his breath "Lord Kajidoh."
Metal Man (GM): It's almost dead.
Aetos: "I feel ... what just happened?"
Charles Magellean fires 6 bullets at Turret one. He then uses his shield to defend to 30 again to end his turn.
Metal Man (GM): Hit miss hit miss miss miss. You are so inaccurate you manage to miss a stationary target. Oh. Well, then, all hit. It's now only barely alive at all. They continue their repetitive method. Aribar Aetos Charles 25 damage per hit
Aribar fires two Thundaras at the same turret for two 122% Electric damage before downing a blue potion.
Metal Man (GM): You blow up Turret 1 and then hit turret 2.
Aetos sets up a wind barrier and defends twice.
Charles Magellean uses the Star Rod's power of Healing on himself. *2 actions, 50% recovered.*
Metal Man (GM): *Healing.*
Charles Magellean uses shield to defend.
Metal Man (GM): They are forced to choose their targets. 1 shot at Ari, 1 at Aetos, 2 at Charles. Aribar Aetos Charles
Aribar fires two Thundaras and a Whirl at the second turret. 244% Lightning damage total, 30% Wind damage total.
Aetos taps his spear on the ground and it powers up, the metal tip turning into compacted wind. He then impales Turret two! woo.
Metal Man (GM): IMPALED
Aetos then just punches the thing.
Metal Man (GM): It's taken a ton of damage, but is barely alive.
Charles Magellean fires six shots at the turret Aetos just attacked and uses shield to defend. End of Turn.
Metal Man (GM): Barely alive, the rampage of the turrets continue. 2 shots at Ari, 1 each for the rest. Aribar Aetos Charles
Aetos's shield dies out.
Aribar's barrier should have probably died out now as well... The elf recasts it as well as two Thundaras for 244% Electric damage.
Metal Man (GM): Second turret: Dead.
Aetos drills into the final turret for his whole turn!
Metal Man (GM): All hit! You nail it good... but it's still alive. Only one turret left... MAN is this a paranoid security system.
Charles Magellean uses Healing on himself and uses shield. 50% more.
Metal Man (GM): It shoots once at Aetos and once at Aribar. Aribar Aetos
Aribar is nearly dead again... The elf kills himself a bit more by casting a level 3 Terrorbolt at the turret for 292% Electric damage.
Metal Man (GM): It's almost dead... like Aribar!
Aetos punches it three times, wham wham wham!
Metal Man (GM): Wham wham wham indeed.
Charles Magellean uses Healing on Aribar and shields. *50% HP recovered for Ari.*
Metal Man (GM): The lone turret shoots at Charles.
Aribar thanks Charley.
Charles Magellean is actually NOT hit by either. Both bullets are intercepted by the Shield!
Metal Man (GM): Lucky Charles.
Aribar fires two more Thundaras and finally a Whirl... Die, turret! 244% Lighting, 30% Bob D... Wind damage.
Metal Man (GM): Oooh! It's almost dead...
Aetos does a repeat of the last turn, for he are not too smart to be original.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, hit. Turret defeated! And now we must pause. For I must do German homework. +1200 EXP to all +3000 coins Part 1 completed
Charles Magellean gains double!
Metal Man (GM): Objective: Enter Mysterious Base. Completed. Objective 2: Explore mysterious base--To Be Continued.