Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 249: Endlessly Challenged (Platinum Challenge Part I)
Date: January 1st and 2nd, 2006.
Mewtwo: "Ah, good, everyone's here. Aribar, do you have your Chaos Emerald?"
Aribar nods.* "Yes... Why?" Aribar then takes the yellow Chaos Emerald out of a pocket and holds it for Mewtwo to see.*
Mewtwo: "You'll need it." Mewtwo holds out the dark blue Chaos Emerald.
Nick Caligo (GM): The two emeralds glow in each other's presence.
Aribar: "I see."
Mewtwo: "There's a place I need to send you. Our warp room won't be able to take you there; it's guarded against any conventional means of teleportation. Nothing short of warping the space-time continuum itself will get you there, and the Chaos Emeralds are the only things that can do that. In short, you're going to use Chaos Control to warp there. Now, I believe Locos has the red one?"
Mewtwo: "Excellent. With the power of all three Emeralds, we'll be able to warp the entire group."
Azure enters the briefing room. His arms hidden within the arm sleeves of his gi.
Mewtwo: "Alright. Allow me to explain. Metal recently came into contact with... an old friend."
Nodal gets out from behind Aribar.
Mewtwo: "None other than Mr. Klumsy K. Koopa."
Nodal: "Really? It would be nice to see him again."
Aribar: "It's been a while since I've heard of Klumsy..."
Mewtwo: "He wishes to equip you with the things necessary to fight Kuja... he'll tell you the rest."
Azure: "Very well." *giving a bow like nod.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Mewtwo holds up the blue emerald. "Now, everyone concentrate..."
Aribar looks towards his own emerald and tries to concentrate on the power of the three emeralds.*
Nick Caligo (GM): All three emeralds flash brightly. "Chaos..." and then again! "...Control!" *FWEEEEEEEM--SHOO!* In mere moments, you find yourselves standing in the midst of the familiar egyptian brickery beneath Dry, Dry Desert that is Klumsy's Holo Tomb. As usual, wires and machinery protrude everywhere, along with cheezy neon signs.
Azure: "This... areas... certainly... unique..." *looking around having never visted before.*
Nick Caligo (GM): The center platform that formerly housed a holographic projector looks like it's been broken for some time, but the portals to the north, south, east, and west of you are all the same as they always were... A door appears out of nowhere and creeks open. A shadowy figure steps forth from the bright light inside... And then promptly trips. "UAAAH!!" *WHAM!*
Nodal: "...Guess who."
Aribar shudders, remembering that the last time he was here the elf was pummeled to death by an armadillo in a mecha suit.*
Azure: "Umm..is he alright?"
Aribar: "... Klumsy? Is that you?"
Klumsy: "...Uhh..." He rubs his head and looks up. "...Yeah, I'm fine... what're you guys doing on the ceiling?"
Aribar: "Errr... You tripped onto the ceiling. Again."
Klumsy: "..." *looks down.* "...Oh. UAHHH!!" *WHAM!*
Nodal: "Long time no see Klumsy. See you're still living up to your name."
Nick Caligo (GM): And not all too suddenly, sitting on the floor, looking very disoriented and not at all well as usual, is a Koopa with an orange shell, a pair of coke-bottle lens glasses, and what appears to be a red tie.
Azure: "Not the best one on his feet..I see."
Klumsy: "Yeah, yeah... well, as you can see..." He stands up, dusting himself off. "... My death was basically staged. Or something... Dunno, but... surprise! I'm alive. So. You guys've seen how bad things are out there, right?" The door he came through disappears.
Nodal: "Actually I have'nt seen much. Somehow I just ended up here."
Azure: "Indeed. Its a horrible realm to currently inhabit."
Aribar: "Kuja has pretty much destroyed Nintendus..."
Nodal: "Well thats a great welcome home."
Klumsy: "Well, things didn't used to be like this... Nintendus used to be a lotta' fun!" He tries to swing his fist in a gung-ho manner, but nearly loses balance. He stops before he falls over, then adjusts his glasses. "Woah... oh my... yeah, he has... Anyhow... the place has basically been flushed down the proverbial toilet..." He continues adjusting his glasses as he looks around the tomb and the machinery therein... it looks like it's seen a lot of action recently, come to think of it.
Nick Caligo (GM): Scorch marks on the walls, scratches, loose wiring, missing panels, bricks crushed here and there.
Nodal: "Did something happen here?"
Aribar looks about as Nodal says that.* "It does look a bit... Battle worn."
Klumsy: "Yeah. Kuja happened. He heard about all the stuff I hid down here for you guys to find a long time ago..."
Aribar: "You managed to fend him off? Or did he...?"
Klumsy: "Basically, there's enough power down here to rival what you found in that weird temple where he became a god."
Nodal: "Kuja did this? It must have been important."
Klumsy: "Particularly..." He points at the Platinum Challenge, to the north. "That."
Nodal: "What does it do?"
Azure: "And that is exactly sir?"
Nodal: "Or did considering how things look."
Klumsy: "I had to lock him out somehow, so I warped the whole place to some alternate plane where he couldn't find us... anyhow, that... That is the Platinum Challenge. As a few of you might know, I had a variety of challenges down here for you guys to complete and win prizes in." The portals to the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Challenges remain intact and continue to swirl, looking like they came fresh out of Crash Bandicoot 2.
Aribar: "Blasted Bronze challenge..."
Nodal: "Huh. Sounds like something I would have enjoyed."
Klumsy: "The Platinum Challenge is basically impossible." He walks towards it. "It's a fight against every major bad guy we had to deal with up until you guys and Alys fought Giga Bowser and Ganon in that flying saucer that was ready to blow up the Stadium. And then... one more. Sephiroth."
Aribar: "Sephiroth? Who's that?"
Klumsy: "Well, to you guys who don't play video games, it's not all that obvious... to those of you who do, you know that Sephiroth is probably the most famous character in video game history."
Nodal: "And one of the most irritating."
Klumsy: "He's basically the greatest warrior imaginable, with enough strength to make Kuja--at least, before he became a God--look like a complete wuss."
Aribar: "Mewtwo said that you had equipment to give us to combat Kuja... I take it that this Sephiroth character guards it?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Klumsy turns back to you guys. "And unfortunately, I can't control him any more. He's taken over the whole Platinum Challenge!"
Nodal: "Sounds like a fun guy."
Klumsy: "So you guys are gonna have to go through it and fight every single boss right up until you meet Sephiroth..."
Nodal: "So basically you need us to bust some heads?"
Klumsy: "And then... yeah, exactly."
Aribar: "And you'll help..... . Right?"
Klumsy: "I... er... sort of can't... See, there's this measure I put here, in case I had another transformer snafu like Zio or something, that keeps me from entering any of the Challenges myself."
Azure: "So once where in..you wont be able to help us?"
Aribar: "Bleh. Okay."
Nodal: "We can take em right Ari? Azure?"
Aribar: "Hopefully..." *sounds a little doubtful.*
Azure: "I always have faith in my abilities as well as those around me."
Klumsy: "Watch..." He walks up to the Platinum Challenge's portal and tries to reach in... he squeezes his eyes shut, and all of a sudden, electricity storms from within and envelops him. In moments, the Koopa lights up like a christmas tree and then SHOOTS across the room, bouncing all over the place.
Aribar: "Ouch... Are you okay?"
Azure: "would attempt to catch Klumsy had he not been bouncing around."Indeed...""
Nick Caligo (GM): *Ping! Smack! Boom! Bam! CRASH! Kaplook! SMACK!!* "...Owwww..." He gets up and rubs his head. "Yeah, I'm fine, I've had worse."
Klumsy: "But, as you can see... I can't help. So! You'll have to do it on your own."
Digifanatic starts to run in... "Man, I've not had the greatest of luck lately... Sorry I'm a bit late."
Klumsy: "Unfortunately, by nature of the Platinum Challenge, I can only get it so that two of you can enter at any given time..."
Nodal: "Huh. Well how do we choose?"
Klumsy: "But there are ways to tip the scales in your favor a bit. Your progress will be saved, so if two of you die, another pair'll be able to jump in, and if you get tired you can sub out with someone else."
Digifanatic: "Plat Chall--*nudges Ari.* What's going on, dude?"
Azure: "Only two. Who shall represent us first?"
Aribar: "Basically, Digi, we have to defeat all the big baddies we've ever faced and some person named Sephiroth to get equipment that will help us Against Kuja."
Klumsy: "I'll leave that up to you guys... I'd suggest someone who knows their history, though. These guys aren't exactly pushovers. Some of 'em were hard even with as many as six to twelve people!"
Nodal: "Well I know early history. But Ive been missing for a while..."
Aribar step forward. "I'm good with the history that I can remember... But if I run out of memorized spells I'm not going to be very useful."
Nodal: "Well Aribar in that case we could just sub you out when you loose all your spells."
Azure: "I've only read of many of them. For the most part I have never experienced a battle against any."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... well, I can probably fill any of the offensive blank spots... and I've got a decent array of items if anyone needs them... I have a hunch my Shell Phone I bought a while back will come in handy if it works."
Aribar: "Okay, so we need to get divided up into teams... Hrm."
Nodal: "So we have me who would need someone who has been to recent battles,Aribar who knows battles but will have to be subbed,Digi who can fit in anywhere and has items and Azure who has read the history."
Digifanatic: "I'll back up Nodal or Azure... That way both teams'll be kinda equal."
Aribar: "Wait... Klumsy, are we even allowed to sub in for others?"
Azure: "Maybe I should go first. I'm certainly not the strongest of us here. It be best if I weakened out adversaries with the aid of another while those stronger can enter and take advantage of that oppertunity."
Aribar: "In the middle of the challenge, for example, one of the two participating in the challenge be exchanged for someone who isn't?"
Nodal: "Yeah I also am on the weaker side and my being in the early battles will help with the first enemies."
Klumsy: "You can do it between fights."
Nodal: "So perhaps it should be me and Azure at first?"
Klumsy: "I'll tell you this. The enemies are faced in order, so they do get stronger as they go."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... alright. I'm for that."
Aribar: "Good luck."
Digifanatic: "But, please, if you think you're going to need to switch, please do so."
Nodal: "Thank you. Well lets go Azure. I will."
Digifanatic: "Alright. Ditto Ari: good luck."
Aribar stands back and watches the others enter the challenge.*
Digifanatic does so as well.
Klumsy: "Alright guys... good luck."
Azure: "Very well then."
Nodal enters the challenge with Azure.
Azure: *enters the portal.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Azure steps into the portal, and with a bright flash the silvery vortex sucks him in.
Digifanatic: "And now... we wait to find out what goes on..." *sits down.*
Nodal enters the portal.
Nick Caligo (GM): The same happens to Nodal. You smoothly slide through the portal. In a few moments, you both feel like you're falling in the middle of this warp zone... with no sign of ground beneath you.
Nodal: "What's going on?"
Azure: "Somethings I dare not ask nor answer."
Nick Caligo (GM): But soon, a pair of platforms--much like the kind used to revive fallen fighters in the Stadium--floats in underneath your feet and catches you. They decelerate steadily before they stop... and all of a sudden you realize you're standing in the middle of some portion of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Azure: "I've only read about this place in a book at the HQ long ago. This is Mushroom Kingdom correct?"
Nick Caligo (GM): You're at... the end of a path somewhere. Everything in this place is huge. The mountains, usually gigantic by comparison to everything else, seem even bigger in the distance. The mushrooms that pop up on either side of the road are big enough to be trees.
Nodal: "I believe so Well were here. Let's go." *steaps off the platform onto the ground.*
Nick Caligo (GM): "Heh heh heh... looks like we got a couple of puny pipsqueaks to take care of!" Bowser's voice echoes from behind you. It sounds deeper... bigger.
Nodal turns around.
Nick Caligo (GM): "Heh... heh... Yes..." You turn to witness Ganondorf's boot as he cracks his knuckles. "...Let's." Looking up, you realize you're facing a pair of double-sized bad guys! It's Bowser and Ganondorf, but... bigger!
Nodal looks at Ganondorf. "Well lets get this started." Nodal moves over to Ganondorf and performs two quick slashes."
Nick Caligo (GM): http://www.vgmusic.com/music/console/sony/ps2/SO3_The_Divine_Spirit_of_Language.mid Ganondorf lifts his foot out of the way of one, but staggers right into the other slash.
Azure: "If I recall these two beings are capable of great feats of power. But they lack in speed."
Nodal: "Well at least I got him once."
Azure rushes Bowser jumping slightly toward its face. His body twists slightly as his left foot extends an icy trail behind it.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Whap!* It's a hit! Bowser snarls. "Hey! Ya lil' runt!"
Azure: *While still hanging in the air he continues in the spin coming off of his foot and his right backhand goes slamming into Bowser's jaw with powerful force.*
Nick Caligo (GM): *Smack!* Another hit!
Nodal: "Teach him to mouth off."
Azure hits the ground ending his turn.
Nick Caligo (GM): His head recoils heavily and he staggers backward, taking another Ganondorf tries to intercept Azure in mid-air. He pulls back his fist, gathering dark energy in one of the most terrifying and familiar Melee moves in SSQ history... "Hrrrraaah!!"
Nodal: "I was going to warn you but you seem to be on top of it."
Nick Caligo (GM): But also one of the most inaccurate. His explosion of dark energy shoots over Azure's head by a mile and crashes into one of the mushrooms behind him, causing it to break in half and fall over. Bowser crouches down and summons up a huge shell spin, kicking up dust all around himself.
Nodal jumps over Bowser easily.
Nick Caligo (GM): He rampages across the ground, but fails to hit either of you from the looks of that roll.
Nodal: "Well as a little nod to our host..." *Nodal runs over to Ganondorf and executes two Clumsy Slashes.*
Azure: "Accuracy is where they fail. But there defense is..superb. And I assume if they where capable of hitting us. As is there power."
Nick Caligo (GM): You slash him once--SWIPE--twice-SWIPE! The last cut barely hits, but it does.
Nodal gets into a ready stance.
Azure: "Heres a gift for both of you." his begins chanting words and then would raise his hand in the air. Lightning would strike around him as an illusery figure holding a pike would appear. Followed by this a cold wind would begin to blow a illusory blue maiden would stand along side him. He place his hands forward as would those images. And from them a storm of hail,shards of ice,and lightning would find themself slamming toward gannondorf and Bowser. "Judgement Blizzard!"
Nodal: "Wow nice one Azure."
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser came closest to avoiding it, but all in all their size hinders any chance they have of avoiding that hailstorm you just summoned. You push them both back significantly and deal damage to Bowser and Ganondorf. They both fall over, frosted over, only to push themselves back up, shaking the sheets of ice off. Ganondorf growls and dashes at Azure, trying to snatch him off his feet by the head (*grab!*) Well, so much for that. He misses you by several feet and provokes an attack of opportunity.
Azure ducks he spins around letting his right leg go for a sweep kick at Ganondorf's legs.
Ganondorf: "Ow!!" He hops on one foot angrily, taking damage, before reaching down to try to snatch Azure again.
Nick Caligo (GM): ... *smacks forehead.*
Nodal: "Get 'im Azure!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Another Attack of Opportunity! Looks like Ganondorf's not used to being this tall...
Azure comes out of the spin kick he lets the foot press against the ground and bend further downward then spring up off it with his arms now crossed like and X. A slight flow of lighting trails on them as he cross chops a gannondorf running past him.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Zap!* "Grah!" Ganondorf takes another bit of damage as he staggers around the lightning-fast form of Azure. Bowser rushes in after him, pushing past his big buddy and trying to grab him himself! He snatches Azure by the head, dealing damage (Z grab) and chucking him at Nodal.
Azure: .oO(This won't bode well..) *tis hurled.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser winds up... *whooshwhooshwhoosh!* ... and then HUCKS him at Nodal. *WHOOSH!* *THUD!!* You both take damage.
Nodal: "Azure from now on stick close to me... I'll try to protect you." *gets up.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser steps up to your fallen bodies and takes in a deeeep breath before exhaling a gout of flame.
Azure: "getting up off the ground slowly dusting himself off."
Nodal: "...oh god."
Nick Caligo (GM): Nodal isn't prepared since Azure was clearly sitting on him, but Azure's able to scramble off with more than enough time. Azure avoids all the damage from the flame, but Nodal takes not one, but two hits from the blast of fire. damageeach.
Bowser: "THAT'S how ya do it, ya big-nosed freak!"
Nodal gets up.
Ganondorf: "*grumbles and rubs his head.*"
Nodal: "...Now you're both in trouble." *runs over to Gannondorf. He quickly executes two Clumsy Strikes. He then starts moving blazingly fast. He executes a blurred strike.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your first slash whiffs the air, but the second strikes true. Unfortunately, you only score one hit with your blurred strike. Ganondorf is struck dead in the chest with the hit from that clumsy slash and sent flying into the distance. "AHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhh---*bing!*"
Bowser: "Ahhh, worthless big-nosed freak... I can handle ya both myself!"
Azure: "I hope to make those words false." with that he rushes Bowser cleching his fist and striking forward his left palm open in front of his chest as he went into the stance of koho.
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser tries to swipe Azure off the ground with a Koopa Klaw! Aaaand misses. You rush straight under his claw.
Azure ducks under the claw and strikes.
Nick Caligo (GM): You make not one, not two, but THREE hits on him! He sure can take a lotta' damage, though. He's still kickin'.
Azure begins to whale into Bowser's stomace. He jumps back for a moment collecting chi in his right fist which begins to flow with a trail of lightning preparing rageki fist. Sadly Bowser gets another whack at Azure.
Nick Caligo (GM): He tries again to Klaw Azure off his feet... Aaaand misses. *WHIFF!* You think he might've touched a hair or something, but otherwise you're fine.
Azure pulls back and slams his fist into Bowser giving him a nice good shock.
Nick Caligo (GM): After a shockingly powerful blow to the stomach, he pulls his whole upper body back and tries to slam you with his fist, throwing all his weight into it..... This just ain't Bowser's lucky day! He pulls back and gives you the perfect opening!
Azure jumps out of the way going into a back flip then dashes for Bowser his fists can be heard with the flowing trail of wind as he begins to strike at him. Every strike followed by a powerful burst of wind.
Nick Caligo (GM): Three hits again! Bowser gets the wind knocked out of him--literally On the last strike, he, too, is sent flying into the distance and makes an oh-so-satisfying *ping!* in the distance.
Azure flips back ending his combo there with no need to finish the entire form of it.
Nick Caligo (GM): "RRAAAHHHHH I'll get you for this!! YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE LAST OF MEEEEEEEeeeeeee---*ping!"
Nodal: "Heard it all before."
Azure: "And then there was one."
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHOOSH!* Big Land starts to warp and burble all around you as the platforms you came in on lift you back up off your feet. In just a matter of seconds, you're in the midst of an oasis of some sort in the middle of the desert, with huge wooden walls up all around you... Well... Nodal's in the midst of the Oasis. Azure's on the -other- side of the wall.
Nodal: "Azure! Can you hear me!"
Nick Caligo (GM): And it's a tall, tall wall, too...
Azure: "Yes... I can."
Klumsy (via Smash Dex comm): "Guys... guys! Can you hear me?"
Nodal: "Klumsy? Is that you?"
Klumsy: "If you wanna switch, now's the time to do it."
Nodal: "Well I'm fine right now."
Azure: "I see. he opens his smash dex"Shall anyone take my place in this battle? Or do I continue?""
Digifanatic: "How many fights are there supposed to be?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Klumsy looks to Digi. "There's thirty, then Sephiroth."
Aribar: "... Thirty of them?! Well... Ummm..... Why not you two try and do the first fifteen, and we'll attempt to do the last sixteen? Or something like that..."
Nodal: "Sure no problem."
Klumsy: "...That's it! Of course! Guys... I think I might've found a loophole!"
Nodal: "Does that mean we keep any left over TP?"
Klumsy: "Let's see..." A holographic keyboard and screen appears in front of Klumsy and he starts typing away. "...Mmmhmm... mmhmm... aha... yes! Got it!"
Nodal: "What is it?"
Nick Caligo (GM): A second portal opens up just to the right of the Platinum Challenge portal.
Klumsy: "I've re-programmed it as best I can. Nodal and Azure can handle the first fifteen while you guys handle the second fifteen."
Aribar: "Would both teams meet up for Sephiroth?"
Azure: "Is everyone absolutely sure about this?"
Nodal: "Sounds good."
Klumsy: "Just hop into that second portal and you can go straight to the sixteenth fight."
Aribar: "It fits into our original plans and we all face Sephiroth instead of just two of us. Sounds good."
Klumsy: "But... if Azure and Nodal lose, you'll have to go back and finish whatever they don't."
Azure: "Ok..." he says looking for away around this wall.
Nodal: "We won't."
Klumsy: "Az, Nodal, you ready?"
Klumsy: "Alright. Here goes!" *FLASH!* Nodal is face to face with Bowser's ugly mug yet again... this time he's wearing... jewelry?
Nick Caligo (GM): A necklace, even, with a red jewel.
Bowser: "Heheheh... you pests don't stand a chance, now!"
Nodal: "Oh no... you're going to miss at me."
Bowser: "Guess again!" He holds up the necklace and appears to concentrate... he swings his fist back and starts to wind up a punch.
Nick Caligo (GM): Azure finds that getting around the wall is no problem. It basically corrals in a circular area.
Nodal: "Whats that necklace?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Getting THROUGH it is a different problem. With an ape-like roar, Bowser sends his fist at you... Azure could hear the sounds of fighting on the other side of the wall.
Nodal gets hit.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!!* You remember THAT punch. That's DK's punch! .. But what's Bowser doing with it? And what're these birds circling your head? And since when were you standing up against a wall?
Nodal: "Look at the pretty colors..."
Azure: "...Nodal... this isn't the time to be talking insanity..."
Nodal blinks away the colors.
Nodal: "You're going to pay for that."
Bowser: "Oho, no! It's YOU who's gonna pay! With this lil' trinket, I can do all the moves of EVERY fighter at the Stadium!"
Azure: "continues around until he makes his way inside."
Nodal runs over to Bowser. Due to his lingering dizzyness he executes 2 Clumsy Strikes and a blurred strike.
Nick Caligo (GM): Both your clumsy strikes hit successfully. But he manages to flip back out of the way of your blurred strike. He plants his feet in the sand and starts rolling in place for a few moments...
Bowser: "Heheheheh..." *SHING!!* He's sparkling with energy now. "HAHAH!" Oh crappaty-crap! That's Rollout!
Nodal: "Oh jeez."
Nick Caligo (GM): In moments he's rolling at you like some kinda' crazy out-of-control hubcap! Or... a ball of some kind... with spikes...... Yeah, more like a ball with spikes.
Nodal: "Not today Bowser." *jumps out of the way.*
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHOOSH!* It's close, but he misses and slams into a wall. He whirls into the air and turns around to face you, grinning evilly. Azure can attempt to get over the huge wall with a triple-jump. Or he can try to climb it.
Azure: "Hmm..." Azure crouched down and then leeps upward going for a jump attempt first off seeing how high he can get himself.
Nick Caligo (GM): You make it a little more than halfway up the wall, but will need an extra boost.
Azure pulls his hands backward he collects fire chi in the center of his palms. While he ascends he aims then downward."DRAGON FANG!" sending out a ferocious burst of flaming energy shooting himself further up for the next leap in the jump.
Nick Caligo (GM): You shoot up... up... up! and make it about two thirds of the way up before you fall back down.
Nodal runs over to Bowser and executes a flurry of a Blurred Strike.
Nick Caligo (GM): You score two hits with your lightning-quick strikes. damageapiece, damage.
Nodal then attempts to grab Bowser.
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser is suddenly enshrouded by a bright red bubble before he rolls around behind you. *dodged.*
Bowser: "Heheheheheh... runt!" he tries to claw you twice from behind.
Nodal gets hit twice. He spins around quicly trying to knock Bowser away. Requires Defender. You gain a +2 bonus to Evasion if you use the attack to counter before the result of the attack you want to counter is resolved. Of course, if you dodge the attack, then the Defender quirk and everything else related goes into action.
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser claws you once before your sword suddenly explodes with force and knocks him away. He takes damage, you take 28.
Azure: "Ok... lets take everything into account this time. with that he leaps upward again and prepares to do so a second time and if he still wasnt up would release another dragon fang to boost himself even further."
Nick Caligo (GM): *Hop... hop! .. SHOOMF!!* Azure, make an. *Latch!* Azure finds himself hanging onto the edge of the wall.
Nodal gets so angry his vision blurs red. He runs over to Bowser and slashes him 3 times with all his strength.
Nick Caligo (GM): Unfortunately you only hit him once. Crit or not?
Nick Caligo (GM): *SWAP!* He flinches under the force of that one, but you send him flying back so far that the other two miss. He quickly rights himself and lands.
Bowser: "Grrr... I find you guys a little bit hard to DIGEST!" He leaps over and sticks out a long, Yoshi-like tongue at you...
Perhaps a Belome comment would've sufficed.:
Nodal: *sidesteps the tongue.* "Hey I know I'm amazing but try to keep your tongue in your mouth."
Nick Caligo (GM): As he pulls back the tongue... "Looks like my aim... SUCKS!" He starts to draw in a deep breath through his nostrils, then opens wide. He nearly draws you into his toothy mouth, but you avoid being sucked in.
Nodal: "And now you're sniffing me too. Looks like I need a restraining order."
Nick Caligo (GM): You've pulled yourself up on the edge of the wall... looks like it's a long fall down there. And it looks like Bowser's giving Nodal a run for his money.
Azure rises up standing on top of the wall now. He looks at Nodal and Bowser. "It appears my assitance is in dire need." with that he raises his left hand his index finger extended. He then does the same with his right and begins moveing them around making hand signs. As he does 6 orbs of light appear around him. "Now go." with that they all flew away from him down the wall and toward nodal flowing around him glowing with a mystic blue aura. *Spirit Charms Heal Nodal and then fade back to whence they came.
Nodal: "Hey thanks!"
Bowser: "... Why you..."
Nodal feels renewed. He runs toward Bowser and slashes him across the face.He then executes 2 quick Clumsy Slashes and finally finishes by jumping to Bowser's side and moving extremely fast to slash him (multiple?) times.
Nick Caligo (GM): Yeah, but it's the only hit you got. He goes flying, but manages to right himself in mid-air and land safely. He looks up to Azure and snarls. "Lil' punk! I'll teach ya to heal stuff!" He hauls out what appears to be a SPIKED Yoshi's egg and takes careful aim. Nodal can see the crosshair over Azure...
Nodal: "Look out!"
Nick Caligo (GM): He hurls the egg at Azure, but it pops several feet below him. He hauls out yet another... He hurled a second. This one's an 18. Hit? *POP!* The Egg bursts in a hail of fireworks and spikes, sending you flying back off the wall and dealing damage. You try to fall over towards the edge of the wall but miss it. A double-jump saves you and you hop back up on the wall.
Azure: "I believe they say. Payback time. considering the range we are apart he have to leave nodal to attack me once again." With that thought he began to chant. And aura flowing around his body. Azure charges jugement blizzard halting this turn.
Nodal runs over to Bowser in a blaze of Speed. He Runs arounf Bowser Picking up Momentum and then almost invisibly attacks 6 times.
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser tries to shield himself before the first attack. Your sword hits his guard-claw and he deflects it off before striking back at you in a flaming claw. *Roy's Counter.* Just the first one, but it disrupts the attack.
Nodal attacks with 3 clumsy strikes and then tries to blast Bowser back.
Nick Caligo (GM): *CRITICAL HIT-Hit-Hit!* *BOOM!!* ALL of those hit. Let's see if he survives long enough for Azure to finish him... On that last attack, whatever it was, he's sent sailing through the air at lightspeed, rebounding against the wall once--twice--THREE times before he flies off into the blue and *bings!* in the distance. He leaves only a cracked necklace behind...
Nodal inspects the necklace.
Azure hops down and begins walking toward Nodal.
Nick Caligo (GM): It cricks... cracks... then shatters into tiny sparkles before the rest of the area does the same and the platforms lift you off your feet again. Alright. PAUSE on Nodal and Azure as they're whisked to the third boss!
Klumsy: "Alright... who's gonna head off to the sixteenth boss? I'm warning you guys, that's when these start to get REALLY tough..."
Digifanatic: "Huh... don't they have to go from 3-15 first before we should even be concerned about 16?"
Aetos: "The portal created a loophole... Weren't you here about half an hour ago?"
Klumsy: "I hacked the system. You guys can take on the last fifteen while they handle the first fifteen."
Digifanatic: "Oh... well, that's handy. Alright, sounds cool."
Aetos waves his hands in front of Locos and Aribar. "Digi, wanna go with me or something?..."
Aribar steps back from Aetos.* "Hey..."
Aetos: "Erm... Aribar, I mean. "
Aribar: "The original plan was for Digi and I to head in... Hrm... Okay... So one of us has the be the backup."
Aetos nods "Well... me... and Digi then?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah. In a phrase, I need it."
Aribar nods.* "That may be better. My magic can only be used so much, and it would be more useful on tougher bosses."
Klumsy: "So Digi and ... who're you now?"
Nick Caligo (GM): He adjusts his glasses carefully and inspects Aetos.
Nodal: "Hes my clone."
Aetos: "I'm Aetos..."
Klumsy: "...Um, sir, if I might trouble you for your name? Alright... Aetos, Digi, you two ready to have a go?"
Klumsy: "I'm warnin' ya, number 16's a doozy..."
Aetos clenches his fist... "So long as it's not Skyhigh..."
Klumsy: "Hoho! Oh, no. He wasn't an enemy until much later. But this one's gonna be juuust as annoying though."
Aetos shrugs, "I'm ready!"
Garrick warps in from out of nowhere.
Klumsy: "Hop on in the second portal then."
Garrick: "...oh, hey Klumsy. Long time no see."
Klumsy: "..." *looks at Garrick.* "... I'll say." *Adjusts his glasses again.* "I've been around for a long time and I've NEVER seen you!"
Garrick: "...yes, you did. Remember? I'm that guy who helped Metal and Ari and that other guy fight the Bronze Challange. There was that monkey tailed guy at the end?"
Aetos hops in the second portal..
Garrick: "I pissed him off to no end?"
Klumsy: "Oh, right. Did you win at the end or not?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos: WHOOSH! You're sucked in the vortex.
Aribar frowns.* "We won... I got the Mage Masher from it I believe."
Garrick: "Yeah, I won. Well, we won, yes. I got my Z-Buster... lost it, too... some guy smashed it, mid-fight."
Klumsy: "...Oh yeah! I remember now."
Garrick: "So, what's going on? Mewtwo said something about equipment?"
Klumsy: "... Well, Digi, you gonna ju... Digi?" He waves a hand in front of Digi's face. "He doesn't appear to be all there right now... someone else wanna jump in?"
Garrick: "Jump in... doing what?"
Klumsy: "The Platinum Challenge was designed to be taken alone, but I think it might be a bit much for Aetos..."
Garrick: "...A HUSA WHAT NOW??!?!" *stares at Aetos.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Well, it's more that you stare at the swirling portal that Aetos just went through.
Aetos blinks... wherever he is exactly in relation to the others.
Garrick: "...alright, I'm helping him."
Aribar: "Good luck, Garrick."
Garrick: "I'll definiteLY need it, Ari..."
Garrick: "That idiot... the platinum challange..." *makes to step into the portal, then hesitates.* "...anything I should look out for, Klumsy?"
Klumsy: "... What? Mewtwo ASSIGNED you guys to go in, at MY request."
Garrick: "...ohhh, he didn't mention that part. Still, anything I should look out for?"
Klumsy: "The only reason I don't just GIVE you the prize right now is that Seph's gone berserk and has near total control over the challenge! And yes, you should." He walks over to tell Garrick... then trips and pushes him the rest of the way in. Garrick is sucked in like a vortex. Or does he? He trips and accidentally sends Digi in.
Garrick: "...guess Digi's got it covered. Oh well."
Nick Caligo (GM): Platforms slide under you guys, blah blah blah, lowered into area, yadda yadda, rap music in the background, blah blah blah, Dracula. Kidding. The platforms set you down on the ground in what appears to be... a dance club... or some deranged product of a madman's imagination.
Aetos: "This place is .. I don't know... it's just this place..."
Digifanatic: "I know... freaky."
Aetos: "Blah? Wait that was a Tazmanian Devil laugh."
Nick Caligo (GM): Actually it sounds like a guy with a thick, goofy transylvanian accent.
???: "So you've come to Rap Land--that's good to hear! For this shall be the QVhesters' final year--I've come from my realm to use my power to make this... your final hour!" Whoever it is, he speaks with a deep voice which... might be creepy if he weren't... just so freakin' goofy. It echoes all through the club in an unnatural way.
Nick Caligo (GM): For whatever reason, the boom boxes throughout the club play a beat for everything he says...... weird.
Aetos: "He's rapping... This hurts my soul..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Moments later, a flock of bats materializes and pulls itself together to form... None other than Count Dracula himself! .. In a Do-rag, sunglasses, and... what appears to be bling...
Digifanatic: "Dude... was there supposed to be LSD in that portal?"
Rapmaster Dracula: "Now put up your dukes and hear yourself scream--for here in Rap Land, things are never what they seem! I'll kill you all and leave no ashes... use Preparation H for all your rashes!" He holds up a tube of Preparation H.
Aetos blinks "What is that? Why do you have it?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Dracula uses your confusion to his advantage, sweeping out his cape and sending a triad of bats at Aetos.
Aetos leaps out of the way of the first two waves but is easily ...hit... by the last one.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Squeak! SQUEAK! *SMACK!* *Burninate.* You take damage from that bat alone.
Digifanatic: "Whoa..." *takes no chances, launching a Fire Punch at the Count.*
Aetos: "What the heck was that? sigh."
Dracula: "I see your dodging isn't qvhite up to speed... this looks like the perfect night to feed!"
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* Successful hit.
Aetos tries to form cuffs around the rapper...
Nick Caligo (GM): You BARELY manage to cuff him. His strength of mind is INCREDIBLE.
Aetos barely succeeds to hold Dracula up in the air... Aetos then cannon kicks him out of the restraints and wherever the high knockback would take him...
Nick Caligo (GM): He goes flying, but whirls gracefully and lands on his feet, appearing totally unscathed... He approaches slowly... "Now you'll experience the power of the Dark Side--you have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide!!" He thrusts his hands at Aetos, and flames erupt beneath his feet. A blast of fire roasts you . He follows by sending another round of bats at you just as the flames clear from your vision.
Aetos brushes away the flames then tries to dodge the bats... succeeding once... but not the second.
Nick Caligo (GM): *FWAP!* *Squeak!* Dracula laughs maniacally, and the lights in the club blink psychedelically.
Digifanatic: "Don't let it get to you..."
Digifanatic starts his turn with a Fire Lunge and hopefully a bit more if this hits...*Grab move.*
Nick Caligo (GM): *LUNGE'D!* It's a hit! And a grab! *latch!*
Digifanatic takes the op to pummel him with the Golf Club *Throw move!* *and Smash!*
Nick Caligo (GM): *Fore!* *WHAP!!* *Success!* Dracula crashes into a wall and lands face first on the floor with a loud thud, taking an extra bit of damage.
Digifanatic takes advantage of the combo of sorts by giving Drac an upward Slam.
Nick Caligo (GM): He slowly rises to his feet. "Uugh..." The music sounds somber for a moment... before you send him flying UPWARD. It's a success! Damage from the slam, followed by another bit of damage from smashing him up into the ceiling.
Digifanatic ends the turn with a Light Ray
Nick Caligo (GM): Background music: o/` Go Digi Go Digi Go! Go Digi Go Digi Go! o/` And the light ray...
Digifanatic: "Well, this is some odd ambience."
Nick Caligo (GM): ... Hits! *SSSSSS!!* You can hear the old vampire's skin hissing on contact with the ray.
Aetos attempts to mimic one of Dracula's moves.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos can mimic... ... The bats! They deal a flat damageeach and take 1 AP apiece. Er, TP.
Aetos thrusts his arm out and points at Dracula "Feed on yourself!" Aetos then launches 3 bats at Dracula.
Nick Caligo (GM): Three white fruit bats fly from Aetos's hand.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hit a-numbah one... miss a-numbah two and a-numbah three. He flinches from being hit with his own bat.
Dracula: "So it seems I've underestimated you--but no matter, I've got some fhings for you!" He thrusts his arms up into the air "RAAAISE THE ROOF!" A pair of... microphones... appears to either side of him.
Digifanatic: "Oh my god... he's raising the roof!"
Aetos: "...He's not going to rap more, is he?"
Nick Caligo (GM): The two mics start to emit sharp, piercing noises. They aren't harmful, buut...
Digifanatic has a plan... remember those two TP? Digital Barrier!
Nick Caligo (GM): You spot... a portion of the ceiling falling on you. Thankfully your Digital Barrier protects you; it shatters on impact and the rubble scatters harmlessly.
Digifanatic: "Wow... worked the very first time..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Dracula thrusts an arm at you and summons a pillar of fire underneath you. but at a -5 penalty since your barrier is active. It certainly won't protect you from THIS... *BURNINATE.* You bring your shield down, but it catches you by the legs and you take the full damage Your turn, Digi.
Digifanatic tries the new move Running charge.
Nick Caligo (GM): Dracula's form blurs and he sidesteps it.
Digifanatic: *out of luck.*
Dracula: "Your luck's run out--you've nowhere to go! Face it! You're doomed! Say your prayers, yo!"
Digifanatic finishes with another Upward Slam, saving energy for whenever he returns...
Aetos: *Has no luck.*
Nick Caligo (GM): He dodges back, leaving it Aetos's turn. He grabs Digi by the neck and bites him hard...
Aetos blinks as Digi gets eaten... kinda.
Klumsy: "... Oh crapshakes..."
Nick Caligo (GM): He starts typing frantically before Drac can sink his teeth into Digi's neck. Moments later, Digi appears in the middle of the Holo Tomb's main hub.
Garrick: "...am I up?"
Klumsy: "Yeah! Get in there before the window closes!"
Garrick smirks and mock salutes before leaping inside.
Aetos fires another 3 bats at Count Rapula.
Nick Caligo (GM): You manage to hit him with but a single bat.
Aetos: *Slowly building up his enegy.*
Dracula: "Ah, another QVhester here to save the day! No problem, I'll send you on your vhay--to HELL, where you all belong... aren't I good at singing this song?" ^.^
Nick Caligo (GM): He glides over to Garrick and tries to grab him by the neck..
Aetos wonders where Dracula is flying.
Nick Caligo (GM): ... Aaand ends his turn.
Garrick: "...you SUCK!" He slams into him with a forward kick before finishing off his first ever attack with a uppercut.
Nick Caligo (GM): You successfully score two hits on him!
Garrick backflips backwards, skidding back and cracking his neck.
Aetos fires yet another 3 bats. *Woot?*
Nick Caligo (GM): You manage to get one CRITICAL hit with a bat.
Aetos: "Suck on that."
Nick Caligo (GM): Dracula narrows his eyes. "... GRRRRR... ENOUGH of the games!" He takes the do-rag off and throws it to the ground. "I've had enough of this... now you'll experience TRUE evil!" Dark energy gathers in his palm before he unleashes a set of slow-moving, yet obviously HOMING, dark energy balls, all heading straight for Aetos.... Did I mention they're big?
Garrick: "...Aetos... MOVE!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Well they are.
Aetos frowns and braces himself.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* *WHAMWHAMWHAMWHAM!!* Aetos is washed over with dark power... each ball of energy deals Drac ends his turn by gathering more of that inky power unto himself... well, at least he stopped rapping.
Aetos shakes the dark energy off "That hurt..."
Garrick moves forward, punting him with a Forward Boot before rushing forward with a Driving Punch..
Nick Caligo (GM): Your punt connects, but he quickly dodges out of the way of the Driving Punch. Thankfully, he lost the charge.
Aetos forms a ball of wind into his hand... and it grows and grows... it becomes quite large, then he hurls it at Rapula.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos... it's your lucky turn! *SHOOMF!* Your ball of wind collides with the rapmaster of darkness and SLAMS him into the nearby wall damage The ball deals a bunch of damage. He slumps down to the floor helplessly before looking up at you. "Nnngh... I won't forget this... QVhesters..."
Nick Caligo (GM): He then fades into blackness and flutters off as a load of bats again... leaving his bling and a pair of broken sunglasses behind.
Garrick: "...nice shot there, at the end."
Aetos: "Heh, thankee... why did he leave that stuff there?"
Garrick: "It's what he does... or maybe we can use it." *walks up to the bling and looks it over.*
Aetos grabs the sunglasses and attempts to look through them.
Nick Caligo (GM): They crack to pieces and emit inky black energy that envelops both your faces.
Aetos: "Oh... k..."
Garrick: "Dah! Jeez..."
Aetos wonders if he can still see.
Nick Caligo (GM): You can't. Your vision is consumed by blackness... As you claw it off your faces, you find yourselves in a DRASTICALLY different locale.
Aetos: "How... the heck? Sigh."
Nick Caligo (GM): This is... well, judging from the fleeing Clefairies, Mount Moon.
Garrick: "...Mount Moon... that means... Team Rocket?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Thunder booms in the distance, and rain patters on the stony side of the mountain as you find yourselves standing on the threshold of a cave, looking out at an overhang on the side of the mountain.
Aetos pokes one of the pokemon. "This isn't Team Rocket, is it?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Ganondorf stands at the edge, one foot up on the rim of Bowser's Clown Copter. He holds a Nidoran aloft by the scruff of its neck, grinning madly... his other hand holds a Moon Stone shrouded in purple energy.
Garrick: "...holy hell... that ain't good."
Nick Caligo (GM): He takes the moon stone closer to the Nidoran, forces it into its mouth, and then clamps its mouth shut with his fingers. It swallows it...
Garrick: "...Klumsy... you better well have to good equipment for us."
Nick Caligo (GM): It shuts its eyes in pain before Ganondorf laughs maniacally and tosses it onto the ground in front of you. He steps back into the Clown Copter, and it flies off into the distance. The Nidoran twitches and convulses... before bursting in a colossal fountain of dark energy. o/` I Am o/`
Garrick: "Get ready, Aetos... this is not going to be easy..."
Aetos: "It's just a pokemon."
Nick Caligo (GM): A shadow grows behind the shower of purple darkness... burning red eyes glare at you before the monster's form bursts through the wall of energy. The fountain dies down behind it... It's a Nidoking, but so much more at the same time. You're about a fourth of its size.
Garrick: "...JUST a pokemon?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Its spikes are sharper, its arms and legs stronger, its expression twisted and evil.
Aetos: "That... is a bit more then a pokemon... so... yeah."
Nick Caligo (GM): It screams shrilly, lightning cracking and flashing in the background.
Garrick can't believe he's doing this. With the M150 out of order, he's down to fists and feet. He drops into his old, original stance of Bruce Li style studder step. He speeds forward at the monstrous creature, slamming his boot heel into it's forehead before flipping back and driving his fist into the same spot with a Driving Fist attack.
Nick Caligo (GM): Two hits, Garrick. *WHAP! *CRACK!* You hit him, but you're not sure how much damage you do...
Garrick growls and leaps backwards again. "Lord! Damn thing hurt my HAND! Ow! Aetos, it's going to take some tough stuff to hurt this guy..."
Nick Caligo (GM): o/` I feel no, hear no evil--black writing's on the wall! Unleash a million faces--and one by one they fall! o/`
Aetos: "...tough stuff? I wish."
Nick Caligo (GM): The Evilking roars and pulls back one of its massive arms. It swings one punch--two--at Garrick.
Garrick is able to dodge the first one, but the second sends him flying.
Nick Caligo (GM): *CRASH!* That strike alone rivals most smashes you've felt...
Aetos: "He looks painful."
Nick Caligo (GM): It follows by bringing in a deep breath and unleashing a gale of light from its mouth. *Hyper Beam!*
Garrick: "SON OF A--god... time to get serious... and here I wish I had a Chaos Emerald... Like it would work..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The ray of energy crashes into the mountainside past Garrick, cracking the mountainside.
Aetos: "Was that... a crack?" *ponders for a few moments while sending 3 bats at Evilking.*
Nick Caligo (GM): You ping him with a pair of bats. damage, but there ism to have exhausted your bats without Dracula's presence.
Garrick hasn't used a special yet... nor will he... yet... he rams a Forward Boot into his gut, following it with a rounding Jab.
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick: Both your attacks just seem to glance off his armored hide as he moves to block you with his arm. He growls loudly before SCREAMING at you and trying to scuff you over the mountainside with a sweep of his arm. Make an AGI save. Success! You manage to leap over his sweeping arm, but he soon stomps in and tries to spear you on the end of the horn on his head, which summons up an enormous, drill-like whirlwind around him. The whirlwind rends you to pieces as the entire thing seems to go through your chest. Garrick is slammed against the wall of Mount Moon and stumbles down onto the overhang next to Aetos, half his health immediately gone.
Aetos: "What the hell... was that!? THAT must have hurt..."
Nick Caligo (GM): It finishes by tucking itself into a ball and starting to roll in place, slowly.
Garrick screams into his throat cracks, feeling as he's been ripped to pieces. His jacket is torn in several places, his black t-shirt as well. His abdomen is welling blood and looks horrible...
Aetos wonders what horrors will happen if he tries to kill Mt. Moon... he just shoots an air dart at Evilkin for now though.
Nick Caligo (GM): The air dart deflects off its spinning body uselessly.
Garrick slowly gets to his feet. He knows he can't penetrait that rolling shield of his... he plans his next attack...
Nick Caligo (GM): The Evilking rolls... rolls... rollsrollsrolls... and continues to accelerate, until... *FWOOSH!!* It comes rolling at you like a spiked boulder from hell. Garrick manages to jump and double-jump over the rolling terror, but Aetos isn't so lucky and gets flattened by the biggest Rollout in history. The Nidoking rolls up the side of the mountain, stops, digs its feet into the side of the mountain, and looks back down at you, screeching. If Aetos is still alive, it's his turn. And FYI, Garrick, you could've easily interrupted it.
Aetos does nothing then..
Nick Caligo (GM): Nothing? I hope you're saving for something big. >.> So, Aetos is defending.
Garrick growls at the Evilking, rushing forward as his growl turns into a roar and brings his leg around for a Forward Boot. He pulls back, his fist rearing back as he charges up a big hit, hoping to whatever god is up there that this works. His arm seems to glow a moment before he leaps up and smashes the creature across the mussle with a Cross Hook.
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick rushes up the mountain and successfully raps it in the chin with his foot before successfully giving it a rap to the muzzle. Damage from both hits, then. It screams in agony as that second hit glances across it, making its head recoil. The Evilking screeches and tries to bite Garrick before he can land.
Garrick is bitten, easily.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SNAP!* Its jaws clench shut on his leg, dealing damage, before it FLINGS him down the side of the mountain. You bounce off the side of the mountain at LEAST once, taking damage. You save yourself and manage to land on your feet back on the platform next to Aetos.
Garrick: "I'm hating this thing..."
Aetos charges another big ball o' wind, "Perhaps you should come back down here?" he hurls it at Nidoking..
Nick Caligo (GM): The Evilking roars and its eyes flash. Its mouth begins to glow brightly as it unleashes another hyper beam down at Garrick.
Garrick: "Not again!" *growls and LEAPS into the air, just barely clearing the beam.*
Nick Caligo (GM): The beam sears through the rock beneath you and clears away a good portion of the platform. Much of it crumbles behind you.
Aetos blinks "That was close." *charges another big ball o' wind* "Perhaps you should come back down here?" he hurls it at Nidoking..
Nick Caligo (GM): The monster roars as the ball of wind smacks it in the face, dealing. but not budging that sucker.
Garrick leaps up to the monster of a beast and rears back, his hands curling together into a hammer and SMASHING down into the ground beside him, the force hopefully hitting and stunning him.
Nick Caligo (GM): The creature isn't fazed by your attack. Yep. The Evilking must REALLY hate Garrick. It pulls its arm up and then SLAMS it into the ground... or, into Garrick. Depends on how this roll goes. *WHAM!* Into Garrick, then. It slams him into the ground for a good damage, then tries to grab him with its claw. *Grabbed!* It immediately swings him back down the mountainside--towards Aetos.
Garrick watches as it lets him down gently for some reason...
Nick Caligo (GM): Well, he missed Aetos, but Garrick smacks into the ground for one last good ol' bit of damage.
Aetos shrugs and defends... not wanting to run up there..
Nick Caligo (GM): It almost looks like it's waiting for you as it growls and swings out its tail, lightning cracking in the background behind it.
Garrick leaps up AGAIN, not caring about his own well being, just wanting to finish this fight. He drives his fist into it again before he goes down and flies upward with a Rising Uppercut.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your fist is immediately blocked by its hard, segmented tail before you uppercut it directly in the chin--you make that last one by a HAIR. 42 sweet, beautiful damage. Ahh, the answer to everything... The Evilking roars and rears up its tail...
Aetos tilts his head.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAP!* *Snatch!* Garrick's suddenly wrapped in its coils... and suffering a serious... crush.
Garrick screams loudly, his bones being crushed more and more by the vice grip of it's tail.
Nick Caligo (GM): He takes damageonce, damage twice, damage THREE times before the monster finally casts him into the air overhead.
Nick Caligo (GM): It screeches and opens wide, bright light emitting from its mouth as it raises it up to unleash another Hyper Beam on the airborne Garrick Fy'aar... *CRITICAL HIT.*
Aetos blinks. "Pretty fireworks..."
Nick Caligo (GM): *whrrrrrrrrRRRR*--*SCHREEEEEEEEE!!* It sends you flying SUPER-high into the sky, dealing a steady bit of damage.
Garrick is gone.
Nick Caligo (GM): When the smoke clears, nothing appears to remain of Garrick. He's just... disappeared...
Aetos wonders how far he could get. "Maybe he'll go catch something. Oh..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The Dark Nidoking roars in victory and then glares down at Aetos, as if telling him, "You're next..."
Aetos shrugs "It's a long shot" he runs up, with a scimitar made of wind formed in his hand, he slashes at Nidoking once he gets up to him..
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos, with all those, you manage to get in one--albeit a CRITICAL--hit. damageDANG this thing can take a beating! Garrick floats back in on his platform.
Garrick gives his neck a snap from side to side, hoping down off the platform. "Hey, ugly!"
Aetos looks over to Garrick, who is... down below?
Nick Caligo (GM): Yes, Aetos, he's down there. It doesn't appear to hear you. It looks like he's primed to crush poor Aetos. Gonna do anything?
Aetos looks back at the Nidokin and grins. Aetos then kicks some dirt. "This is gunna hurt, aint it?"
Nick Caligo (GM): The beast reaches down to grab Aetos... *SNATCH!* *LEAP!*
Aetos stands there... not even trying. "...Your name aint Kong, is it?"
Nick Caligo (GM): It springs off the side of the mountain, carrying the both of them into the sky, through the storm clouds. Garrick could still feel the mountain trembling under the force even though the monster was out of sight...
Garrick: "...oh hell... Seismic Toss..."
Aetos: "...Where are you taking me?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Its claws dig into you quite sharply.
Aetos: "Hey... that hurts."
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos falls. Garrick: You fall. Garrick manage to double-jump your way over the falling rubble and touch down on the side of the mountain. You too, Aetos. The Evilking is below you, growling, its eyes burning through the dust that kicks up from the falling rubble.
Aetos charges up another large ball of air and chucks it at the mon-- dino-- pokemon! again.
Nick Caligo (GM): ... ¬¬
Nick Caligo flicks the dice over one. It says "19" now.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHOOSH!* Your gust of air seems to do well coming from above. It takes The Nidoking seems to budge a bit, staggering and slipping down the side a little.
Aetos: "You should go and... kick it or something." *shrugs at Garrick.*
Garrick smirks and leaps up, straight up, right in it's face. It's gets nose to nose with the beast mid-air and tweaks an eyebrow. "Miss me?"
Garrick: "Oh, I knew you would..."
Aetos: "Yeehaw! Go fooly cooly on his a**!"
Garrick rears back, charging up and unloaded a charged Cross Hook right across the scaly monster's jaw.
Nick Caligo (GM): *CRITICAL HIT.* *SMACK!!* Its head recoils heavily to the side as it slips further down the mountain.
Aetos: "That looked like it hurt."
Nick Caligo (GM): It slips... slips... and then tumbles... and falls.
Nick Caligo (GM): A whole rockslide comes with it... and it slams into the ground below, leaving a huge crater around itself before it shrinks away.
Garrick lands on the peak of the mountain, flipping it the bird on the way down. "Hail to the king, baby!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick lands on a dark red revival platform as the rain lets up. Another one rises up underneath Aetos, and they lift the both of them off into the clouds.
Aetos laughs... wondering if he should shoot a small air blast at Garrick just to make him fall. He looks about. "It's rather cloudy right here, can you see OK?"
Garrick: "Yeah, I'm fine... whew, that was a RUSH!"
Aetos: "Good job, Garrick!"
Nick Caligo (GM): And PAUSE as the platforms carry Garrick and Aetos off to the next boss...
Garrick: "Mainly because I did most of the work and got atomized by the beam..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Four down... twenty six to go.
Aetos: "Don't complain..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Azure and Nodal: Your platforms whisk you through the warp area. You can feel the air rushing around you. You must be going really really fast! Suddenly, the warped space clears in front of you, and you're standing on the ground... the tiled ground... and that air that's still moving around you at high speeds has this nauseating stench and feels rather warm... It also appears to be coming from the mouth of the monster that's standing in front of you.
Azure: "blinks This beast needs what I believe they call a breath mint.."
Nick Caligo (GM): Why, isn't that cute! It's an enormous, three-headed dragon with tiny little wings! Its heads rear back and look down at you, snapping their jaws, their yellow eyes blinking. Why, is that..? Aquamentus! A classic Zelda enemy!
Nodal: "Pssh. A simple first boss." *unsheathes his sword.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Your surroundings are vaguely familiar, featuring a wide variety of nothing, save the blue tiled floor and the dubiously similar walls. If anything, this lumbering hulk is NOT fast.
Azure: "I'm not familer with this enemy. he takes a few steps back getting into a fighting stance."
Nodal: "Well swords have always worked on you. Let's do this again." *runs up to the enemy and executes a blazing slash across his face. He then uses the momentum of this to move faster and execute more against its flank.*
Nick Caligo (GM): It snaps its jaws and pulls its head back to avoid your slash to its face, but you manage to turn its body into a pin-cusion in no time. You get in three strikes, the first of which is critical.
Nodal gets into a defensive stance.
Nick Caligo (GM): It roars like something out of a cheesy godzilla movie.
Azure rushes up toward it blurring out for a moment and then bursting upward into the dragon's left leg with a smash attack. -Bozen Smash.
Nick Caligo (GM): It screeches loudly; your smash connects.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aquamentus rears up and SLAMS the ground with its feet out of rage. Its stomp is a joke to Nodal, but to Azure it presents a very real threat. Azure's shaken up and knocked prone. He also takes damage. One of Aquamentus's heads opens its jaws and spits a ball of flame at the downed Quester. He hits the floor next to Azure rather harmlessly.
Nodal runs over to the beast. "Lets see how you do with one less head!" He then attacks with 2 clumsy strikes to its first neck. As he does so his anger builds and he slashes angrily 3 times.
Nick Caligo (GM): All your attacks, save one critical miss at the end, connect without error. Your blade chops through its neck; its head explodes in a poof of smoke, and what remains of that neck burns to ashes. It's got two more heads left. Your last slash whiffs the air where its head used to be.
Azure gets up and leaps up at the head first attacked by nodal and would strike with a straight forward punch.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAP.* Its eyes squeeze shut on contact with your fist... and then that head, too, goes poof. The one remaining head growls and snaps at Azure as he falls back to the ground. *SNAP!* It follows with... ANOTHER SNAP!
Azure: "Gah! dispite the pain leaps out of its mouth."
Nodal looks at the last head. "Guess whose turn it is to die? You're going to pay for the evil you have caused." Nodal runs slices the head twice with his eyes burning red. He then uses his strength to try to rip the head from its neck with a strong slash.
Nick Caligo (GM): Well done, Nodal. You just ripped the wall BEHIND him a new one. The dragon looks at you, apparently puzzled.
Nodal: "You saw me destroy that wall. Do you want that to happen to you? Run."
Nick Caligo (GM): Yeah, you carved a pretty nice likeness of Strong Bad into it.
Azure: "Despite that. Ancient spirits I ask thee grant me your power once again." with that he raised his hands forward a familer blizzard came forth strieking at the dragon in a mix of ice and lightning. He would use most of his available energy to do so as well. "Judgement Blizzard!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Yep, he pretty much had no chance of avoiding that. Considering the bulk of this guy takes up half the room and Judgement Blizzard can probably cover that much, it wouldn't surprise me. ... Well, beautiful. Since this guy can't pull anything fancy like that Evilking last night, he twists his head back and belches a couple of fireballs at the irksome Nodal.
Nodal laughs in his face.
Nick Caligo (GM): Nodal, show this sucker who's boss.
Nodal: "I'm in control this time." Nodal Calmly runs up and slashes him twice across the neck and then off balance a little attacks clumsily.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SWIPESWIPESWIPE!* All three of them, hits.
Azure: "There's a samurai I know..who could give you directions.. if my own little dimension ever opens back up..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Damage, aaaaaaand his head a splode.
Azure: "Or not..."
Nick Caligo (GM): It goes out with a nice "Pop!" and soon enough his body does the same.
Nodal: "Woo! I defeated Trogdor!" *twirls his Trog-sword err Rush.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Nodal teleports out. Azure: In mid-warp, you notice that Nodal's been replaced with someone else.
Azure: "A new player to the game it seems."
Spyke: *is sent in as a replacement for Nodal, standing six foot two inches, and covered in silvery-blue armor on his back, shoulders, top of his head, and legs. His front is entirely covered in artificial, dark brown fur and portruding from multiple openings in his back armor, long, slightly-curved quills, black at the base and gray in the middle, until they are a pearly white at the tips, varying in length from a little over a foot to just under three feet long. His eyes are a sparkling blue and small ears stick out of small openings in his half helmet. As his hip is a small, 8-inch silver rod of sorts, with an opening on one end. He looks over at Azure and gives a curt nod and a smile. "Hey there... I was sent in place of Nodal because... Well, he wasn't looking toot hot."
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHOOSH* In a few moments, the platform's dropped you off...... On a bigger platform, it would seem. And not just ANY platform! You boys are standing in the middle of Final Destination! Except... The starry background's nowhere to be seen. You can see the stadium seats, even. *STOMP! STOMP!*
Azure: "It's very nice to meet you spyke. It seems this is our next stage. As well as our next opponent.."
Spyke taps his metal boot on the floor beneath him and looks down at it for a moment. "Hmmm..." When he hears the stomping, he looks up... "...It would seem so..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser steps on up at the edge of the arena. "Heh heh heh... you guys thought you could just blow me off, huh? Well lookie lookie what I got!" He holds up a weird little badge with the word "MAX" superimposed in black over a silver, upwards arrow. He places it on his chest... where you notice that necklace still resting. "Alright, Questers, time to rumble on your home turf! Bring it on!"
Azure: "Hello again..."
Spyke: "A nametag?" *He smirks and straightens up, snatching his beam saber from his side with a glint in his eye, the green energy blade forming with a loud 'vroosh.' He takes a few casual, calm steps foward, before dashing forward at Bowser, the blade scraping the ground, until he halts right in frotn of the Koopa King and giving a vertical slash at a torso-cutting angle, a small trail of electricity trailing behind the slash.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser puts his arms off in a similarly casual manner and you find a red bubble between you and your saber's blade. Azure, meanwhile, is content to attack an imaginary Giga Bowser about ten feet above the both of you. MAN he's going at that thing good! Whatever it is. ¬¬. Bowser, however, is another story. He pulls back his arm before...
Spyke: "..." He looks up at Bowser and rubs the back of his head with a goofy grin. "Hi, there... be gentle." *is hit, not so gently, by... that which was rolled.*
Nick Caligo (GM): ... a sudden EXPLOSION of force rocks Spyke's world. Bowser's fist crashes into his face without warning. Spyke's sent flying and lands somewhere in the nosebleed section.
Bowser: "Heh heh! I love this thing!"
Spyke is sent flying back, his nose looking a bit... crunched in, and taking He hisses through his teeth, using his saber to try and stop his sliding. -.x "... That... wasn't gentle..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Final Destination's the arena, but no background's active, so you can see the whole stadium around you. The King of Koopas then decides to deal with Azure. He whips out one of Yoshi's patented exploding eggs of d00m and whips it up at him.
Spyke is sent sailing into the bleachers, where he makes quite a clatter and gets entangled quite messely. @_@
Nick Caligo (GM): *POP!* Damage, Azure. I know a quick jump check can easily get you back onto the arena safely, so you're fine.
Bowser: "You guys make some nice stuff!"
Azure: "I've never used such an attack. And im sure the person who uses it wouldnt like it to much either. with that he attempts to grab at Bowser.
Nick Caligo (GM): You can grab 'im. *Latch!* You got 'im!
Azure hurls Bowser over his head and chucks him upward using a technique he calls rising lotus. Trailing behind him in the air he follows up with a crescent kick.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Whing!* *FWAP!* It's a hit. Damage. Spyke notice Azure flinging Bowser up in air back on the platform.
Spyke untangles himself and makes a running leap for the main platform, saber in his right hand, still glowing.
Nick Caligo (GM): Success--by a long shot. You land safely on the platform.
Spyke isn't done yet, nope... Spyke then flips himself into a ball, curled up inside his armor, and blue arcs of electricity begin to lance between his extended quills. He rockets forward at the spike-backed koopa and tries to ram into him and grind like a sawblade into the big guy.
Nick Caligo (GM): Well, that'd work. If Bowser were still on the ground. You roll right under him and Azure.
Bowser: "You two'll have to do better than THAT!" *Whirl.* *WHOOSH!* He suddenly tucks himself in and plummets like a rock. Oh snap! It's that freakin' shell butt bomb thingy......
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* Azure eats shell and plummets along with him... *WHAM!* They both land right on top of the unsuspecting Spyke.
Spyke is hit, easily. >.<
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser leaps off the platform and lands in the seats. "Heheheh... catch me if ya can, ya lil' freaks!"
Spyke unfolds in time to get flattened to the deck, yelling out in pain, eyes clenched tight. >.<
Azure: "Sorry I don't think I'll be attempting to do that."
Spyke: "And why should we go over there? What will you do if we stay here?"
Azure: "This is what our third battle. I would have thought you understood by now." with that he raised his hand calling up the elemental spirits yadda yadda resemble ramuh shive yadda yadda all place there hands forward storm blizzard of ice and lightning. Judgement Blizzard!
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser goes wide-eyed and tries to jump and Shell-Fortress his way out of the way.
Azure: *He is taken with the winds zapped and iced all the way.*
Nick Caligo (GM): It doesn't work, and he takes the brunt of the freezingest cold attack in all SSQ, but he seems to be going pretty strong...
Spyke: *slices forward at Bowser in mid-air with a wide-arcing slash, from head to foot.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Spyke scores his FIRST HIT EVER! *SWIPE!* You manage to score two hits. damageapiece. *WHAP-WHAP*
Bowser: "That's it. Time to TURN UP THE HEAT!" He whips out a white-hot phantom blade of some kind to the side, then raises it up and brings it down on Spyke.
Nick Caligo (GM): Guess what this is? Can you? Can you? :3 *FLARE BLADE.*
Spyke: "Mighty fine... sword there..." He sidesteps, actually dodging something!
Nick Caligo (GM): *SLAM!* *KABOOM!!!* The flaming blade EXPLODES on contact with the ground, dealing damage to Bowser, but sending a whole aisle of seats flying.
Spyke: "... DAMN... I want one of those..."
Nick Caligo (GM): You manage to avoid a steady hail of seating.
Azure: "I've been told to take a seat before but that is just uncalled for."
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser then suddenly brings that sword up into a spin attack, a la Link, leaping into the air and using it to both try and hit Spyke and helicopter back a few rows.
Spyke goes wide-eyed just before getting slashed with... each one of those.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Whap-whap-WHAP!!* The last hit from that ESPECIALLY smarts. damageeach. You're sent flying back and hit the platform, hard. You manage to land on the ground rolling and take no extra damage.
Bowser: "BWA-HA-HA! Ya can't win THIS time, pipsqueaks!"
Spyke rolls backwards and comes up in a standing position, saber again in his hand. He looks pretty beat up and on the verge of knocking out... "Damn... him..."
Bowser: "Even if ya beat me, I'll take at least ONE of ya out, and I've STILL got your Max-Up, heh heh."
Azure: "Well Bowser if you want to go for a air ride all you have to do is ask." the farther away he was from Bowser the better. It allowed him to maintain the the stamina he needed to keep attacking with such ferocity. He held a hand up again and sent that bursting wave of ice and lightning of high knockbackness and sent it all at Bowser. And dear god I might just attack him head on for lack of not using this again in another three rounds -.-
Nick Caligo (GM): Once AGAIN he's not fast enough to evade... and not strong enough to resist the knockback, it seems. He crashes into a wall and takes damage.
Spyke being a foolish, strong-headed one, makes another leap across the gap, trying to get into the seats and follow up with more if he makes it..
Nick Caligo (GM): You land right in Bowser's face.
Spyke immediately tries to thrust down onto Bowser's face with the beam saber held point-down under him, pogoing if he can, and right when he touches down, suddenly rises back up again with a leaping, spinning slash of lightning.
Nick Caligo (GM): You miss and jam your saber into the ground. Bowser ducks your rising slash. That it?
Spyke lands again and tries to top into Bowser with a sweeping slash at his feet, an arc of electricity trailing behind the blade.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hit! *WHAM!* He flips in mid-air, able to resist your knocback. He won't be slamming into anything, but he's sent flying over a few aisles of seats. Anything else?
Spyke is done... Spyke then is also stationary after that last attack...
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser suddenly shoots at you, leaving a trail of sparkles and spinning end over end in mid-air rapidly, trying to make up for lost ground and even things up with a Rollout!
Spyke can't do much, except for getting slammed by the rolling king.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* You're soon sent flying through the air. Make a. You manage to avoid slamming into anything...... if you survive. >.>
Spyke is... quite barely alive... By a few health now... @_@
Nick Caligo (GM): After he crushes your spine and sends you flying, he pops back up, skids through a few seats, and INSTANTLY sends a huge ball of bobbling darkness heading your way.
Spyke somehow avoids that by turning his head... or something. O.o
Nick Caligo (GM): It explodes in the distance after bobbling over your head harmlessly.
Spyke: "... I'm not liking you at all right now..."
Azure begins moving his hands in an an unique pattern as he summons his spirit charms to him. Casting his hand forward they dissaper from near him and reappear near spyke. All of them glowing all the time.
Nick Caligo (GM): Spyke: Healey goodness! Aint you glad you're with Azure?
Bowser: "...Aww CRUD, I forgot about that guy!"
Spyke: "Buh-bye..." He sprints at Bowser, giving him a good, crackling slash that seems to linger behind the blade, before running for the edge of the bleachers and trying to leap back to the platform. He's very glad for the healing and will thank Azure personally when he lands.
Bowser: "I was having too much fun bashing around this little gu--" *WHAP!!*
Nick Caligo (GM): Spyke doesn't quite make it back to the platform. You can make a double-jump. *jump!* *Whiff!* Success. Bowser sails over the pit and over the platform... There.
Spyke finishes with a quick, upwards cut while still in the air.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Whap!* Your attack serves to knock him higher. Bowser, not being one to give up without a fight, immediately Bowser Bombs himself back down on the platform, though he doesn't hit anybody. He immediately dishes out a fully charged ball of bright blue energy in Azure's direction. *WHAM!*
Azure holds up and X guard as he engulfed by the energy of samus's charge shot a move he only seen once before.
Nick Caligo (GM): Azure's feelin the pain now. This one catches him straight upside the head and deals even more damage. He stands up and whips out... a bomb. And then another. He hurls one at each of you.
Azure: *panting slightly.*
Nick Caligo (GM): So, Spyke: *POW!* The bomb explodes right at your feet.
Spyke blinks as the bomb goes off with a bang and burns him a bit..
Azure recovers from the charge shot and jumps away from the bomb.
Azure: "Azure guards that is all."
Spyke winces and stumbles back, shaking his head. "Geeze... What can't you do?"
Bowser: "With THIS lil' shiny, I can do ANYTHING--and thanks to the Max-Up, I can do it BETTER than you guys!"
Azure: "Opponents who blabber only invite there end. holding his x guard."
Spyke dashes at Bowser. "You need to close your yap!" He slices across his chest with a grunt, putting behind the blow more force than normal. Then he guards.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Bwoom.* *Crack!* You hit the red bubble shield again. Bowser uses this opportunity to whip another white-hot blade out and bring it crashing down on Spyke, who's conveniantly in melee range.
Spyke is hit, hard by the blade.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* *BOOM!!!* *Ultrahigh Knockback!* A huge explosion sends you reeling end over end for what seems to be an eternity before you unavoidably find your back cracking against one of the stadium walls.
Nick Caligo (GM): Damage from slamming into the wall.
Spyke yells out in pain as he's sent flying back, and then another yell of pain when he slams into the wall.
Azure: .oO(I'm going to have to dip into restorative items if this keeps up.)
Spyke slumps from the wall, down and out, his eyes closed in pain and his breathign irregular.
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser grins and simply takes a wide, low fighting posture. Spyke's corpse fades out. *burninated.*
Azure: "Take that grin doesn't bother me much I'm sure you won't like this." *with that Azure pulls a drink and gulps it down.* "By the fruit of the gods! This is amazing!" he radients in a amazing light. Kerokero cola!
Azure: *wastes an all ally item on himself -.- he guards ending his turn fully healed.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Spyke: A blue revival platform carries you down.
Spyke drops down from it and uses that to guard with...
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser looks back at Spyke... then at Azure.
Bowser: "Grrr... You guys just don't quit..."
Nick Caligo (GM): *beepbeepbeep!*
Spyke: "... I'm going to make you regret that..."
Bowser: "Huh?" He whips out what appears to be a black, spiked Smash Dex with his own logo on it in red flames. "Yeah?"
Ganondorf: "Get out of there! You cannot afford to waste any more time!"
Bowser: "But I've almost got 'em! I was just gettin' warmed up! I haven't even tran--"
Azure: "Waste time... what are you two plotting together..muttering under his breath."
Ganondorf: "You and I BOTH know you haven't got enough fight in you to finish them off. Leave them! We've more important things to do! It's KEY that you don't lose another necklace--OR that Max-Up!"
Azure: "Please you wimp your gonna leave with your tail between your legs."
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser rolls his eyes. "Yes, MOTHER. Jeez, talk about bossy..." He shuts the dex and sticks it back in his shell. "Ta-ta, Questers!" He seems to blink out of existence in a quick camera-flash. "Smash ya next time!"
Azure: "So much for provoking him to continue." he sighs with that very unlike him outburst.