Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 251: Dark Laughter (Platinum Challenge Part III)
Date: January 11th, 12th, 13th, and 20th, 2006.
Nick Caligo (GM): The platforms lower you down through the portal this time. Your hair flutters upward lightly, as if a light breeze were coming from below.
Aetos: "Pepsi cola badabababa."
Metal Man: "Dr. Pepper is superior."
Nick Caligo (GM): The portal suddenly becomes... striped.
Aetos: "Hey... whatsits?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Red and white striped portal.
Metal Man: "This is odd."
Nick Caligo (GM): There's a sudden rush of acceleration, and your feet are deposited lightly on the dusty earth. You're in... A very very big circus tent.
Metal Man: "It's like home! Errr... not." *Looks around.*
Aetos: "A circus tent?" *looks around.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Stairs lead up through the few aisles of seats to the entrances of this pentagon-shaped tent. At each entrance sits a cannon, with a pink bob-omb standing ready at it. The lights suddenly go out.
Aetos: "Ble bleebvehbleeblee, I mean... what are those? Gah??"
Nick Caligo (GM): A spotlight hits the center ring, and a second shines on you. A clown in a tuxedo with a stylish tail and a top-hat and cane stands there, smiling broadly.
Metal Man watches intently.
Host: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! And how are you all enjoying yourself at the holographic circus tonight?"
Nick Caligo (GM): An audience of cardboard Koopas, Boos, and Goombas pops up from the seats and starts bobbling side to side, recorded applause rising from them.
Aetos: "Oh god... it's happening again."
Metal Man bows to the... errr... stiff audience.
Host: "Excellent! And I hope our wonderful guests the Questers have enjoyed our fair! He tips his hat and waves a hand and lifts his cane to you.
Metal Man: "Well, of course I have." .oO(This is the peaceful few seconds between confusion and something freaky. I know it!)
Host: "And now!" He throws the cane away and makes sweeping, spooky motions with his hands. "The moment you've all been waiting for..." he throws his hand up to the air. "The CLIMAX of this little show of ours! I give you..." He sweeps his hand over to the far, darkest end of the tent. "THE MONSTER!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Five loud SHINKS accompany the five spotlights that illuminate the corner... revealing Giga Bowser. He roars, breaking a set of chains that holds him to the ground.
Host: "Good luck and goodnight, gents, hope ya don't lose your heads, have a WONDERFUL time! Byyye!" He dashes out in a poof of smoke.
Nick Caligo (GM): Giga Bowser screeches and steps forward, the only illumination in the big top being the spotlights that shine on you.
Metal Man: "I think I can take care of this fiend."
Aetos: "Mr. High and Mighty?"
Metal Man walks up and begins making an extremely boring and annoying monologue at Giga Bowser.
Nick Caligo (GM): Giga Bowser hunches over, his frontside becoming shadowed, the plates across his back and the spikes like sharpened swords becoming highlighted in the light. He's ready to fight. You can tell from the smoke that he snorts with every breath.
Nick Caligo (GM): He covers his ears and shakes his head, grumbling, before he screams at you, unleashing a cone of blazing blue fire at both Metal and Nodal.
Metal Man is TORCHED.
Nodal dodges from far away.
Metal Man: "Ahhhhh! My invisible stocking!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Both're utterly torched where they stand. Each of you takes three flames in a row.
Aetos runs up to G.Bowser while a scimitar of wind condensed from the air into his hands, he slashes away at da turtle.
Nick Caligo (GM): Critical hit! Aaand hit. You slice him twice in the muzzle, and he thrashes his head back, rubbing the scratches animalistically. Giga Bowser roars and slams a fist enshrouded in dark energy into Aetos. Or tries to.
Aetos rolls over to the left barely a second before it would have hit.
Nick Caligo (GM): He throws his other claw down at the bite-sized Quester...
Aetos gets bit.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SWIPE!* You're scratched badly and hurled through the air by the force of his attack.
Aetos: "Wheeee monkey..."
Nick Caligo (GM): He roars and chases after you, leaping into the air and trying to plummet on you with a GIGA Bowser Bomb! *WHAM!* He body slams you, squishing you between his spiked shell and the earth, knocking you out of the air. Giga Bowser leaps to his feet and turns, wiping some drool from his lip.
Metal Man: "You'll be cleaning your lip all year long after this, holographic savage!" *Metal ran on up and viciously sliced at the monster's lip.*
Nick Caligo (GM): You only manage to hit him once.
Aetos gets up now, weary from that beating he recieved... he jogs over to the big guy and headbutts him, then crouches and tries to leg sweep.
Nick Caligo (GM): You ram your head into his gut and send him flying backward. He flips over to avoid your sweep and skids his feet in the dirt to stop. Giga Bowser retaliates. He squats low, his eyes gleaming with fire as air waves build beneath his feet and he glides back at Aetos. He WHAPS him with a backhand to put him aside, then dives at Metal.
Aetos easily is Whapped.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos is cast aside by the backhand.
Metal Man is knocked aside, barely.
Nick Caligo (GM): As he rams into Metal, he spins wildly, thrashing his segmented shell around and kicking up icy winds.
Metal Man is hit again, owing to his slow speed.
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal's trapped in a frozen block. As his shell slows to a halt and his limbs slip back out, standing him upright again, he takes one last chance to SMASH you with the back of his shell. A hit! A palpable hit! Your frozen body is hurled straight towards Aetos. And slams into him, breaking the ice, but dealing significant damage to both of you.
Aetos flips backward from the blow of cold metal.
Metal Man is thrown around like a pinball. Metal then gets up, looking angry. "All right, you asked for it. BE BLINDED BY EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF PHOTONIC ENERGY!" *He holds out one palm and shoots eight rays of light.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Eight photon rays extend from your palm, spreading out gracefully before they all turn back in on Giga Bowser from all directions. He can't possibly prepare for that; he's caught totally off guard. The light striking him illuminates the tent.
Metal Man's turn is over; he appears devoid of magical energy.
Nick Caligo (GM): He screams loudly, shaking himself off as sparks of light explode around him. Digital spikes digitize themselves over your heads.
Metal Man gets up, weary from that attack, and runs from the spikes.
Nick Caligo (GM): The dagger-sized spikes, which look like they're made of the same stuff as the fighting polygons, pelt you both lightly.
Aetos gets up and quickly throws 3 small balls of light at G.Bowser. All three spheres slam into him and burst with a bright light.
Nick Caligo (GM): He tries to bat them away, but they each burst on contact.
Nick Caligo (GM): He LEAPS up to the top of the big top this turn, not coming down... in fact, he's still going up. This tent's got a REALLY high ceiling... He's out of range of most ranged attacks.
Metal Man: "I guess it's a good time to use this." *He whips out his Star Board, gets out his axe, and flies upwards in an attempt to have Giga Bowser get sliced on the way down.*
Nick Caligo (GM): You find that as you go up, Bowser comes down, his shell pointed straight towards the ground, visible streaks of wind rushing around his body. It's like a spiked, blue-green meteor is rushing down to crush you. Metal swings his axe up and catches Giga Bowser on the blade--both their bodies halt, pushing back on one another. Metal's arm shudders under Bowser's weight, and his knees begin to tremble... until he finally springs his muscles back and forces Bowser back up. Metal: *WHAM!!* You bury your axe in his chest and send him flying back down to the ground shell-first, though not of his will this time.
Metal Man: "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."
Nick Caligo (GM): He hits the ground HARD. A shockwave of dirt travels outward.
Aetos watches from below. "There appears to be a giant spikey turtle hurdling downward toward me..."
Nick Caligo (GM): You take the shockwave and are knocked over.
Aetos growls, standing up and brushing himself off. "Thanks alot, you bag o' nuts."
Nick Caligo (GM): He takes additional damage for hitting the ground. He's down, and he's vulnerable.
Aetos reaches back behind him, under his cape, and pulls out a jug of green liquid. "I need this pretty bad... I can't use any specials without it..." he drinks it up.
Metal Man: "Hmmm... looks like Aetos is drinking shampoo from up here..."
Aetos charges up to Bowser once more and slashes him up with the wind sabre.
Nick Caligo (GM): EVERY attack hits. You cut him again and again and again and again.
Metal Man turns around, mid-air, grinning like a lunatic, as he begins to dive towards Bowser. His Star Board screeches from the sheer speed as he aims his axe carefully and the wind tears at the foot restraints on his board. He spins, creating a rather strange blur that is similar to an Air-to-Surface missile. The orange glow of his axe forms one large streak in the air as he comes closer to his target, however by then he cannot be seen very well. After what seems eternity, however, a loud SLAM! is heard as he crashes into Giga Bowser, or at least somewhere near him, using the full force of his axe. But can he survive the collision with the ground?
Nick Caligo (GM): Your axe is driven into him with the force of an asteroid. An explosion of fire erupts from the impact. Bowser roars in agonizing pain before he leaps to his feet and throws you off while you're still shrouded in the flames of your attack. Or tries to. You flip away and land in the center of the big top as he gets to his feet, the flames dispersing as your feet hit the ground with a heavy thud of metal.
Aetos: "That was purdy..."
Nick Caligo (GM): He belches flames that flare across the arena after you.
Metal Man: "I've learned a bit in my travels."
Nick Caligo (GM): The flaming trail bounces across the ground and strikes you in the stomach.
Metal Man: "Timberrrr!!!!" He slices at Bowser's legs like some demented lumberjack.
Nick Caligo (GM): A hit. A palpable hit. Just one though.
Aetos rolls to his left side for no reason and backflips twice for more no reasons... then his eye twitches and a ball of wind starts growing in his right hand... it grows to a reasonable mediocre size, and he throws it at Bowser.
Nick Caligo (GM): You hit. He turns his attention to you while he tries to stomp Metal. *WHAM!* He stepped on your foot, and... ow.
Metal Man feels pain. But continues standing.
Nick Caligo (GM): He revs up the wind cushion he likes to glide on, then darts towards you as best he can, leaning down and trying to lift you up off your feet with his nose. *WHAM!* Aetos is lofted into the air. Giga Bowser leaps after him with a delighted growl and performs a single quick whirl of his shell, smashing it into him to send him flying into the stands. *WHAM!*
Nick Caligo (GM): You slam right into one of the cannons that the pink bob-ombs are tending.
Aetos: "What? That hurt... and what's this..??"
Metal Man leaps into a cannon and, if possible, tries to be launched with his axe first at Bowser like a human cannonball
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal: The Bob-Omb takes careful aim and fires you head-on at Giga Bowser.
Aetos rubs his hand and stands up... "Mr. pink bomb... would you mind me using this cannon?" he starts to climb in, pointing his spear ahead of him.
Nick Caligo (GM): The bomb shakes its... head.
Nick Caligo (GM): It nods.
Nick Caligo (GM): It narrows its eyes angrily and looks at the cannon for a moment before nodding in its direction, as if it were a taxi cab driver going, "Well, you getting in, bud, or what?"
Aetos tilts his head and looks to where the cannon is aiming.
Nick Caligo (GM): In a few moments, it aims you at Giga Bowser.
Aetos: "K... Ready? Fire when so!"
Nick Caligo (GM): *BOOM!*
Aetos uses his wings to glide along in the air, he does some loops and twirls... then stabs right into G.Bowser.
Nick Caligo (GM): You shoot out spear-first. *POW!* You hit him back-first instead of spear-first.
Aetos: "I need to practice my gliding... @.@..."
Aetos slides off of Bowser and onto the ground... then defends himself.
Nick Caligo (GM): Giga Bowser roars loudly before hopping up and trying to fall on you shell-first in the dreaded Giga Bowser Bomb. *SLAM!*
Aetos twitches while Bowser is in the air.
Nick Caligo (GM): He gets off and turns around, attempting to grab you by the leg. Even though that's probably impossible to beat. *Snatch!* He whips you through the air so as to slam you into Metal. *CRITICAL HIT!* You find your body and Metal's getting WAY too close for comfort once more.
Aetos: "...He... likes to throw us around..."
Nick Caligo (GM): He finishes by inhaling deeply and unleashing another torrent of fire from his throat.
Metal Man: "You are a painful person to collide with."
Metal Man runs like the dickens.
Metal Man: "Aieeeeeee!!!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal: You're only lightly singed. Aetos as well.
Aetos: "Bowser... someone always beats you, why do you do things like this? There's no such thing as an unstoppable bad guy... and when we beat you and the rest of these holographic monsters, we're going to show Kuja the same thing!"
Metal Man gets up, looking dazed, and then stares directly at Giga Bowser. "You have no chance of winning... just by being here means you have lost before. I shall show you the true fury of my leadership!" And with that, he runs up to Giga Bowser and viciously slashes at his right ankle. Then he leaps off to the left, pivots to the right (he's on Bowser's left side) and does a hacking vertical slice into Giga Bowser's side. Then he leaps a bit backwards to evade any possible retaliation strikes (hopefully) and tries to stab Giga Bowser when he whirls around. To finish his assault, he runs to the right, trying to slice Giga Bowser while running.
Nick Caligo (GM): All four hits! Giga Bowser is slashed in the ankle, then in the side. He tries to snatch you out of the air, but only whiffs it before you finish off your assault.
Aetos grips his hands to his dear spear, "It's time we show you how powerless you are!" he dashes up to G. Bowser with an enraged look upon his face. He pierces his spear right into Bowser's gut with an immense force...
Nick Caligo (GM): *PIERCE!* He screams as your blade seems to burn into him.
Aetos harshly pulls out the spear and waits for Bowser to retaliate.
Nick Caligo (GM): He tries to lunge after you.
Aetos jumps over to the left and evades the lunge.
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser turns to you and tries to catch you with a wide sweep of his claw. Dust kicks up just from his arm pulling back to hit you, then follows through with him.
Aetos jumps up over his arm, "Ack" he says "That was close..." he lands in the dissipating dust, it clears and he wipes his forehead.
Metal Man turns to Bowser and puts his axe away. He seems near-dead and without energy. "I refuse to give up. I may seem defeated... but you shall never win. Taste your last attack, holographic fiend!" And with that, Metal marches into close-range, winds up his right fist, which glows, and then tries to punch him out with a powerful steel fist.
Nick Caligo (GM): Bowser catches your fist in his claw, growling and pulling his own arm back.
Aetos: "Metal, if you need some more health, I gotcha covered, just say so... k?" he gives you one of them winks.
Nick Caligo (GM): There's a huge burst of light as your fist collides with his palm, followed by a shockwave of dust flying outwards. Bowser throws all his weight into a counter-Smash.
Metal Man equally and anti-climactically dodges that.
Aetos sneaks up to Bowser and waves his hands over one of his legs... attempting to create a large cuff made of wind energy to chain Bowser in place...
Nick Caligo (GM): ... *poke.* Well, that's certainly climactic. Bowser puts his arms out to his sides, apparently trying as hard as he can to resist his binds, growling lowly as the dust on the ground seems to kick up in whirlwinds around him. His arms give out and he's caught in your trap!
Aetos backflips about 7 yards, panting as his feet skid across the ground... he starts running up with great power... he leaps into the air and lands his foot into Bowser with the force of a cannon.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!!* Your wind cuffs explode from the force of your foot connecting with his chest. Giga Bowser is sent flying backwards and crashes into the stands, which are bashed to splinters from the impact. He looks up at you, lying on his back, raising an arm to shake his fist, weakly trying to keep his eyes open, before he passes out.
Aetos: "...We beat 'im?" he asks Metal.
Metal Man: "That's the end of that chapter."
Nick Caligo (GM): He begins to shrink, his shell no longer segmented, his spikes dulled, his wild orange hair becoming... less wild. He's nothing more than Bowser now..... And no sooner does that happen, than does this next exchange of words grace your ears... "... LEMME' UP LEMME' UP LEMME' UP LEMME' UP...!! *repeats over and over.*"
Nick Caligo (GM): Giga Bowser... is defeated.
Aetos: "He did that last time too..."
Nick Caligo (GM): +1680 EXP. The platforms lift you off your feet before you're whisked upward again, the stripes of the tent slowly giving way to a monochromatic platinum warp again. As you fly upwards, you notice something above you... a ball of darkness with a red aura looms. It gives you a chill just to look at it... you can't help but feel as if the most malevolent presence you can imagine waits for you there.
Aetos: "Ohhh... jeez. That looks mighty creepy."
Nick Caligo (GM): End Metal and Aetos. It's Nodal and Blade's turn. You guys are heading through the portal as well. In fact, you swear you just passed Metal and Aetos, who seem to be moving up.
Nodal: "Was that? ...nah."
Blade: "Hmmm... curious." He just shakes his head and resumes staring straight and keeping silent. As was the warrior's way. His wings flare out for a few moments, before folding back up.
Nodal sits down to meditate. It seems like his wounds are healing before your eyes.
Nick Caligo (GM): You're both launched off your boards and left falling... through a clear blue sky.
Nick Caligo (GM): Beneath you is the green earth, and a pyramidal building surrounded by a huge, ultramodern city.
Blade blinks, and immediately flares out his wings to catch the air. He slows himself to a hovering pace. "This is different..."
Nodal straightens out.
Nick Caligo (GM): Blade's wings provide him with full flight now. At least, for THIS fight. Nodal: A backpack of some kind digitizes around your back. You now have one of those jump packs that you can get as a secret bonus in Star Fox 64. 'cept this one gives full flight too. >.>
Nodal uses it and is surprised by the mobility provided.
Blade would start to get his sword ready, stuffing the wrap between his body and his belt, so he doesn't lose it. He gets ready for an aerial battle.
Nick Caligo (GM): http://www.vgmusic.com/music/console/nintendo/n64/starwolf.mid From all four directions, you notice identical fighters speeding towards you... Pure white, with four wings and red engines mounted on each corner.
Blade: "Hmmm... it looks like they're going to attack us with fighters. I can't fly as fast as they can... but... I'll have to try..."
Wolf: "Alright boys, time to take out the trash!"
Pigma: "SQUEEEEEE! LET'S GET 'EM!"
Nodal: "Squeee? I don't think we will have a problem. Shall we attack Wolf first? Without his leadership the others will likely suffer."
Blade: "Yes." *holds his sword in preparation for an attack, it begins to blitz with electricity a bit due to his power. He rushes up underneith Wolf's fighter, and delivers a perfect twisting quarter-moon slash to his underside.* -- Glasscutter --
Nick Caligo (GM): His fighter moves lightning-fast, but you're more than able to compensate with your reflexes. You wait... wait... wait... and then LET 'ER RIP! He barely sees it coming and WOOSHES right into it, letting his bottom get sliced.
Wolf: "Dah! Don't underestimate them! They're quick little fools..."
Nodal speeds towards Star Wolf. He uses his increased mobility to fly around one of the wings slicing at it as he goes by to provide the highest speed. He then slices underneath the wing and stabs towards what looks like it is holding an engine on. After finally matching the speed of Wolf he is able to accurately slash at the same area.
Nick Caligo (GM): He shoots past you on your first attack, but you chase after him and come up alongside. It takes little effort to put two gashes in his left wing before he barrel-rolls, deflecting you away. Wolf quickly pulls a wide U turn, rushing back in towards Blade and firing his cannons at the draconian who cut his underbelly. Three green laser shots whisk around you, leaving a loud hiss of ionized air in your ears.
Nodal: "What did I say about teams that say Squeee?"
Blade blinks. He just simply closes his wings and puts his arms at his sides as he becomes like a bullet -- speeding towards the ground and away from the shots. He flares up his wings, putting on the brakes and using his remaining momentum to swoop up and behind Wolf.
Nick Caligo (GM): Pigma comes in to take Nodal off Wolf's back. He comes up from behind and takes three shots of his own. *whoof.* *BOOM* *BOOM.*
Nodal gets blown forward spinning around angrily.
Nick Caligo (GM): His laser gashes you once before hitting you HARD in the shoulder. The lizard guy follows him while Andrew circles the perimeter. He mimics Pigma's moves, firing on Nodal thrice before both fighters split up and pull U-turns back towards you two. Their synch is PERFECT. You take the second critical to a completely different shoulder.
Nodal is busy thinking of a snotty remark to say to Pigma when the lasers come and smack him into a wild spin.
Blade floats up higher, before performing another dive bomb to Wolf's rear end. He comes up just short, though, as he suddenly stops in mid-air and then launches upward with a crackling, electric blade. -- Graceful Lightning --
Nick Caligo (GM): You don't pick up enough speed to hit him with either the feint or the follow-up strike. You can almost TOUCH his engines.
Blade then follows up with a horizontal slash to the engine exhaust. "Ha!"
Nick Caligo (GM): *Swipe!* You catch his engines successfully and watch the sparks fly from the impact. His ship shakes violently under the attack.
Nodal stops his spinning. "Woah... I'm feeling a little dizzy..." Nodal races towards Wolf and clumsily slices at his underside thrice. He then shakes off the wooziness to execute a stab into his damaged wing. He pretends to veer away and instead divebombs down strike the cockpit of the craft attempting to break the shield between himself and Wolf by slamming the hilt of his sword into the craft three times.
Nick Caligo (GM): You shake off your dizziness as you sail through the air just in time to accelerate and catch up to Wolf. You catch his underside but once as you struggle to reach him with your sword, before you catch his wing with a stab that makes sparks fly from the circuitry underneath. You then dart away and barrel roll before you land back on his top and SLAM his cockpit once, almost lose your grip, and then a second time. By the time you two finish with him this round, his ship is smoking.
Wolf: "Ahh! Help me, you fools! Get them off my tail!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Wolf barrel rolls, but this time both of you are way too close for comfort.
Nodal is still a little tired from his attack.
Nick Caligo (GM): Blade manages to evade, but Nodal's clinging too closely and gets WHAPPED by a wing. No sooner does Blade evade than do Andrew and "Iggy" as I'll call him for now, catch up and fire their cannons on his tail--literally...
Blade bobs and weaves through the torrent of fire, before he gets hit at the end in his wings. This stuns him briefly, as he begins to plummet to the ground. But he manages to snap back to his senses and continues on his assault on Wolf. He halts and hovers in air, holding out his sword for a few moments as it crackles with golden electricity. He then swings it in a wide arc as he yells. "Graceful thunder, Lightning Bolt!!" A blast of lightning and a rip of thunder explodes from the tip of his sword, sent towards the leader Wolf, with deadly and explosive intent."
Nick Caligo (GM): Two hits, Each. Andrew continues circling the perimeter. You do. Your lightning barely misses and explodes harmlessly in the distance.
Nodal speeds towards Wolf. "You're not going to have that wing for long!" Nodal attempts to stick Rush straight up as he passes underneath Wolf. He then flies towards each of the engines. "This is your Nodal speaking. You may soon be experiencing some slight engine failure." Nodal slices against each of the engines in turn to destroy the important part of the ship.
Nick Caligo (GM): He weaves to the side in time to avoid a strike to his wing, but as you circle him and try to cut each wing, you catch him in both engines on his left hand side, dealing more than substantial damage. The three members of Star Wolf that're in the fray disperse quickly, each splitting up and flying in three different directions... while Andrew's coming in. A bright red object is released from the bottom of his ship, and travels towards you, shrouded in blue energy.
Nodal notices the movements before the bomb is even released and interprets them to easily get out of the way.
Nick Caligo (GM): The bomb explodes in a blast of blue energy that seems to spike out like a giant luminous sea urchin of doom. Which consequently would be a great name for a rock band. ANYhow, Nodal avoids it entirely and swoops out of the blast radius well ahead of time. Blade, however, isn't so lucky, and the aftershock of plasma burns him slightly. He still avoids the brunt of the explosion, only taking Unless I'm mistaken and he has evasion. >.>
Blade growls, putting his sword and arms in front of his face as he manages to blunt off the explosion. He then transforms and lets out a mighty roar towards Pigma.
Pigma: "... !! SQUEEEEEEEE!! Guys, that doesn't look good!!"
Andrew: "A dragon!? Jeez! Those thing'sre REAL!?"
Iggy: "I say, chaps, do a barrel roll."
Blade flares out his thirty-foot wings and glares at Pigma's ship with a terrifying gaze.
Wolf: "Shut up! We can take them! Just concentra--"
Pigma: "I'm OUTTA here!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Pigma suddenly about-faces and speeds off into the distance.
Wolf: "DAMN it! He won't be getting HIS cut of the pay any time soon..."
Nodal: "Look at him run..."
Nodal flies towards Andrew. "You want to see explosions?" Nodal attempts to stab his blade through the ship on his pass-under. He then uses his momentum to push himself forward and attack the wing holding the bottom-left engine. Flinging himself into a quick spin he holds out his sword and each time he spins by he slices the wing again.
Blade: "You fool, I said to concentrate attacks on the leader!" *spoke with a deep and distinct growling voice.*
Nick Caligo (GM): You get him once, but he passes over your head and you're forced to chase after him. You can feel the wind rushing all around you as you fly after and make desparate slashes at his engine, before you finally hit him once with the last pass of the blade. All three of them circle back.
Wolf: "Alright, release homing blasts on the Dragon on my mark! Ready... now!"
Nick Caligo (GM): You notice the energy charges at the tips of their fighters' laser cannons, but not the crosshairs that're locking onto you from each of their cockpits as they come from all directions. They begin to sweep up before they unleash a trio of green starbursts upon the dragon, each homing in on its target.
Blade grunts and growls as he gets hit with two bolts. He manages to anticipate the third, though, ducking low to avoid it.
Blade lets out a loud roar, before he heads over to Wolf's ship. Then, he'd try to land *right.* on top of it, before bringing up a rear claw and trying to slam it right down into the cockpit. If this hits, probably a squished Wolf-y. -- Earthquake Stomp --
Nick Caligo (GM): You shoot upward in the middle of all three of them as they make a veritcal ascend, flapping your wings to gain boosts of speed, before you finally overtake them.
Wolf: "...AHHHH!!!" He never saw this coming. He rams his ship straight into your feet, taking WELL over the full force of the hit.
Nick Caligo (GM): His ship crumples and explodes benath you, the shrapnel flying up around you and beating your wings--albeit harmlessly. Somehow... >.>
Andrew: "Damn it!"
Leon: "You'll pay for that, fool!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Nodal's right on Andrew's tail.
Nodal flies towards Leon a gleam in his eye. "No, you are going to pay!" He blasts into high speed slicing the ship on the bottom with his pass-through. He then manages to match the speed of Leon and starts to spin faster and faster. He finally drills right into the bottom of the ship to execute 6 blindingly fast attacks on the hull. *Flash Strike.*
Nick Caligo (GM): *Whirling d3th.*
Blade roars out. "I make my mark with the death of this fool! Those that dare oppose me shall suffer the same fate!"
Nick Caligo (GM): You gash through his hull no less than four times before he and Leon both break off and begin to U-turn back down. You exposed a huge portion of his framework. Both of his engines is smoking.
Blade: "Take cover! They're charging their guns again for a homing blast!" *roars out, rushing up to try and lay in a multiple hit combo. Beginning with a downwards bap, then a series of three consecutive slashes with the claws, all across the nose of Andrew's vessel.* Flying Claw into -- Heaven's Claw --
Nick Caligo (GM): You arc down gracefully before you come up just by his cockpit, your belly nearly scraping it as you go postal on the nose with your claws. Hit, hit, CRITICAL hit, hit! Your critical peels off a portion of the ship's hull and shakes it up badly enough to make him fire the charge uselessly while he recoils in fear at the great view he's getting of a mad dragon's underside.
Andrew: "AHH!! SAVE ME UNCLE ANDROSS!"
Blade: "Let all who fall in my wake be a reminder to those who still choose to battle me -- you will all DIE!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Nodal can see a blast of smoke coming up from between his ship and Blade's belly as they both zoom downward. It looks like Andrew's ship is just about ready to explode...
Blade: "Your friend was wise in his choice to run away. I suggest you do the same!"
Nodal spins towards Leon's ship. Nodal uses his momentum to spin in the air towards the nose. He slices first against the nose and then begins to twirl even faster. Eventually all that can be seen is a ring of light. He spins into the nose crushing it with 6 slices that tear right through it. "Look at all the pretty colors..."
Nick Caligo (GM): 5 hits, one CRITICAL hit for a grand total of six direct hits on Leon's ship. He's shaken up similarly and fires his charge shot down into the city alongside Andrew's. Rings of light seem to help you burrow through his hull and damage his internal circuitry.
Leon: "Agh!! Get off, you fool!!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Both of them perform simultaneous barrel rolls to shake you off. Both of you successfully push off their ships, dropping into freefall. They continue to zoom down, going down into the city and splitting up, weaving through the skyways and shooting down traffic as they go. It looks almost as if they're trying to make a run for it. However, Andrew U-turns up, zooming under a bridge and arcing up to launch another bomb into your midsts.
Blade just laughs and roars after them as he halts. "That's it! Run and spare your own lives! ...What? You fool!" He then tries to mitigate as much of the explosion as he could.
Nick Caligo (GM): Andrew manages to catch Blade on the rim of the electric-blue explosion once again, before he speeds off past both of you, heading straight into the sky. His afterburners flare... he's trying to make a break for it. "AHAHAHAHA! See ya, suckers!"
Blade looks to Leon, and lets out a deep-throated roar, trying to scare him into disengaging like he did with Pigma.
Nick Caligo (GM): He was already disengaging when Blade roared, so he doesn't care too terribly much.
Nodal dives towards Leon who is trying to escape. "Get back here you coward!" Nodal attempts to dive right into the damaged area of his ship with a spear-like thrust. He then spins his weapon around in a figure-eight pattern to slice him thrice. He then pushes as hard as he can into the area to strike a double-edged hit.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your thrust impales his engine; an explosion gives you a hell of a kickback before you take a futile sweep, followed by one powerful swing that knocks the engine off.
Andrew: "...NOOO!!" Without that engine, he spirals downward helplessly.
Nick Caligo (GM): He crashes in the city below.
Nodal: "Going down?"
Leon: "Damn you! You'll regret this..."
Nodal: "Heard it all before by people much more impressive than you."
???: "Leave them to me..." A new voice comes on over the Smash Dex communicator. Not sure what he sounds like, so I won't describe his voice.
Nodal: "Who is this?"
Nick Caligo (GM): You hear a loud wyvern-like screech followed by the beating of wings against the air.
Nodal turns around. "Ridley!"
Nick Caligo (GM): A ball of plasma flies overhead--you duck it just in time. It is most certainly Ridley. He narrows his yellow eyes and screeches at you like some sort of buzzard.
Nodal flies towards Ridley. "Let's see how well you can fly without your wings!" Nodal gouges each of the wings twice with a quick one two puncture. He then pulls on the wing to gain momentum as he slices across Ridley's throat.
Blade growls fiercely at Ridley, before he opens up his mouth. It glows with a bright golden energy, before a beam of yellow energy fires out, with blue electricity arcing along it.
Nick Caligo (GM): He flaps madly to evade your attacks, and you only manage to hit one of his wings once. He escapes you without much effort at all, heading down into the city.
Blade: -- Thunder Blast --
Nick Caligo (GM): Your lightning blast... just misses. Nodal, you notice your jetpack's making sputtering noises...
Blade would then commence pursuit, by diving and following him.
Nodal: "This can't be good..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The wind beneath Blade's wings doesn't appear to be holding up. You can feel a downdraft. You're back to gliding. Nodal lands on a bridge in the middle of Corneria City, where Ridley flaps and squaks at you. "You don't stand a chance..." At least, I'm assuming you're both heading down.
Blade: "Finally a challenge worthy of my skill." He then drops to the ground, glaring terrifyingly at the creature. Of course, dragon fear cancels out when near another dragon, so he wouldn't seem as horrifying.
Nodal flies up into the air and divebombs towards Ridley's left wing spinning. He slashes it twice and lands on the ground. He then leaps up to slice Ridley's stomach one and then attempt to Impale it twice.
Nick Caligo (GM): Ridley looks up, anticipating Nodal's attack from above, and zips and flaps out of the way of every single attack.
Nodal: "Phew... I guess I was a little used to flight combat."
Nick Caligo (GM): He wings his way over the gap that the bridge crosses and holds out a doll shaped like some kind of weird pirate guy. "Ah-ah-ahh... You wouldn't want to hurt your little friend, would you?"
Blade: "What... is that..?" He blinks and tilts his head a bit, before starting to concentrate.
Nick Caligo (GM): Ridley--at least, it appears--grins and puts the doll away. "If you want him back, you'll have to take him!"
Ridley: "Or else meet with my demands..."
Blade recalls his Smash Dex onto the ground, though it would be a bit tiring to him. It flips open and scans Ridley.
Smash Dex: *DING!* "Ridley
Notes: Ridley has the ability to fly--but currently, YOU don't! That's a problem, but considering how long ago the Questers fought him, he's a pretty easy opponent. Just watch out for his Phazon attacks; they're strong enough to pierce the chassis of a Convert-A-Car--which is more than enough to inflict some serious damage to a Quester! He acts tough, but he's really a coward, and he'll bait you into running after him through dangerous terrain if he can.
Special Notes: Ridley is extremely strong against lightning, but slightly weak to ice.
Blade would shift back into Draconian form and hold up his blade, which now had a frosty sheen to it. He ran up, after grabbing his Smash Dex and tries for just a horizontal slash to the chest.
Nick Caligo (GM): Ridley swoops around your side. "Ah-ah-ahhh..." He blitzes with electricity before screeching and raking at Blade with his claws. *CRITICAL HIT!*
Blade: "Hmph. You must realise something, Ridley. You and I are a *lot* alike." He grins as he gets flattened by a claw, but manages to roll out of the way of another one.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your immunity to electricity nullifies the damage.
Blade starts to stand up, as he blitzes with electricity. He's loving this.
Nick Caligo (GM): Ridley clenches a fist. "Interesting. BRRAAACK!!" He seems to have this compulsion for screaming like a vulture.
Nodal: "The Questers don't associate with abductors!" Nodal attempts to jump on Ridley's back and slash at his back twice. He then attempts to stun him by repeatedly hitting him on the back of the head.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your first slash, as well as your bashes to the back of his head, connect. He flails madly as you latch onto him and smack him repeatedly, before throwing you off into the pit below.
Ridley: "Stupid FOOL..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Ridley watches him fall into the urban abyss below, flapping his wings grimly and squaking down at him. "Good riddance!"
Blade: "Now... Let's try a bit of negotiation. I want to hear your demands... maybe I can provide a suitable counteroffer?"
Ridley: "I want the Fighter Remote."
Blade: "Hmmm... the Fighter Remote... Alright. We'll see about that." He then rushes in and makes for a series of slashes. One standard horizontal slash as he spins, at the end of the spin, he executes another slash, before putting the blade behind him and doing a moonsault, adding extra power to the swing.
Nick Caligo (GM): Every strike connects; the last one belts him so hard to the face that he's tossed backwards and tumbles through the air.
Ridley: "SCRAW!! IT burns!! Very well then--SO BE IT!" Energy gathers in his mouth and he unleashes a blast of plasma at you.
Nick Caligo (GM): He then dives underneath the bridge and loops around it, trying to ram you from behind.
Blade ducks and rolls... right into Ridley's ram attack... o.o;
Nick Caligo (GM): You're snatched. Ridley carries you through the air by your throat and hurls you straight-on. You flip through the air and manage to right yourself, regaining control in the air; unfortunately, your momentum is carrying you AWAY from Ridley. You can't glide towards him. But you can still glide, and there's a number of rooftops and bridges below. You take damage from his violent grab and more from the throw.
Blade will try to close the distance by double jumping, then gliding. He ends by making a viscious downard swing from the air. -- Lightning Strike --
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAP!* You wing your way back towards Ridley and strike him out of the air, sending him downward. He's taken damage, according to the Smash Dex. Azure steps in below to take Nodal's place. You can see Ridley flailing as he falls several through several levels of the city skyway.
Editor's Note: Oh god. It was going so well. I almost thought this log would be easy to complete. Then Azure came in. (You can't see it, but basically everything he did here had no "s and no 's and misspelling all over the place. x_x)
Azure: *looks.* "That must have hurt whatever it was. Well.. I'm certainly not in the mood... to play cat and mouse." he raises his hand above his head his thoughts focused on that of the image he had just seen. Wherever that being may be would now feel the blast of an icy wind which would soon be laced in lightning and shards of ice smashing into it in a high speed repetitive manner. "Judgement Blizzard!"
Nick Caligo (GM): The icy blast halts his descent.
Ridley: "FOOL!" Electricity gathers around his body before arcing down to Azure.
Nick Caligo (GM): You backflip, avoiding the brunt of it, but small sparks still travel between you and the main bolt.
Azure holds up an x guard and braces coming out of the backflip as the electrical flow goes threw his body.
Blade drops from his gliding state to chase Ridley, performing a corkscrew moonsault in the air as he swings downward to cut Ridley. If he hits, he then brings the blade up in the same wound to make it bigger and deeper. -- Bonesmasher --
Nick Caligo (GM): You drive your blade into the bridge as he almost reflexively evades your attack.
Azure: "As much... as I hate being repetitive I cannot fly..." he raises his hand in the air. This time two illusory figures appear at his side. One crackling in lightning holding a pike while the other floats in an elegant motion diamond dust trailing from its form. Azure holds his hands forward as the two figures converge there energy with him. A stronger storm would surge forward at Ridley hurling larger shards of ice and bigger bolts of thunder and far higher force at it. "Judgement blizzard!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Blade would look up to see Ridley being blown upward with tremendous force. He keeps flapping into the wind, trying to resist... but he can't. He takes damage and shoots upward like a rocket. He's taken 467/550 damage. Ridley goes with the flow, planting his feet on the bridge up above--where this fight began--to lick his wounds a bit. It'll take at LEAST a double jump to get up that high.
Blade would perform a double jump to get up high enough to where he can float over to the bridge. At the end, he touches down and rushes up to lay in a pair of slashes, that twisting quarter-moon strike and then an uppercut strike. -- Moonblade into Dragon Upper --
Nick Caligo (GM): You're more than able to make it up there. Go for it! Your moonblade strikes him right across the wings, flaying them. He's knocked over the side and falls into Azure's range.
Azure: "Well no sense wasting more energy on you. You look pretty beat." bashes him with a high speed bozen smash for a smash attack.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!!* Your fist collides with his chest and sends him flying into the distance. He crashes through a window, BLASTS out the other side of the building, and then falls about a hundred stories. Meanwhile, Blade would notice the Geno doll sitting right next to his foot.
Blade: "Hmmm..." He picks it up.
Nick Caligo (GM): The Geno doll fades away into sparkles. You realize Corneria has faded, and you're heading through the warp again.
Blade: "Well... that was interesting..."
Azure: *shrugs putting his hood back over his head and his arms again within his gi.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Big, puffy-looking stars start rushing past you, around the edges of the portal.
Blade keeps quiet as he normally does, staring straight ahead.
Nick Caligo (GM): First there's a couple of them, with trailing sparkles behind them... then there's a bunch of them, almost filling the portal itself. Suddenly there's an enormous flash of light and you're standing on solid ground again.
Azure: "That was... slightly breathtaking.."
Nick Caligo (GM): The floor here is chess-patterned, and a red carpet unfolds itself up to a velvety red throne, on which sits what must be positively the most pudgy... and yet most sizeable penguin you've ever seen. Also the most well-dressed. He looks like he could be a king! Columns line the sides of this grand hall, in which there are no walls; simply balconies which overlook clouds below; wherever you are it's high up.
Azure: "This is..one... extravagant setup." Azure's head looks around at the place his attention staying on the pengiun.
Nick Caligo (GM): The penguin-ish fellow hops to his feet narrowing his eyes and pursing his beak in a way that makes you think he could be puppeteered by Frank Oz. "Who dares disturb the grand halls of King Dedede?"
Azure: "Sadly I must say that would be us."
Dedede: "My rule in this kingdom... CANNOT be opposed!" He thrusts an arm... winglet... thing... into the air dramatically before he pulls an enormous yet decorative red hammer with gold trim out from behind his back. "Prepare to perish!"
Azure: "There is one thing that worries me about this.."
Blade: "And that is?"
Azure: he looks to blade and then nodal.
Blade whips out his dex and scans Dee-dee-dee.
Smash Dex: *Ding!* "King Dedede.
Notes: King Dedede is extremely slow, but he's learned how to defend himself in ways that don't necessarily rely on speed; instead of getting a flat evasion score for you to beat, he gets an evasion roll."
Azure: "Penguins are a slippery bunch.."
Smash Dex: "While this makes him extremely vulnerable to machinegun-based attacks, it also makes him more difficult to hit than he'd normally be. His attacks put his massive girth to good use; most of them use a component of his large END for damage. King Dedede is immune to ice and resistant to electricity. He has no elemental weaknesses. -end-"
Blade takes his sword and runs up, delivering a plain horizontal slash, before spinning with the momentum and delivering yet another slash.
Nick Caligo (GM): Both the first and second slash hit him right in the belly, making him wince with pain.
Azure rushes king dede pulling is right arm slightly behind him. As his dash between the two ends he raises it upward attempting to connect with his jaw and send him into the air. Normal Up attack: Rising Lotus.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Wham!* He's sent upwards a bit.
Azure leaps upward into the air following the king with a crescent kick as his body continues that flip that he went into for it he would come around with another. Rolling first crescent kick now.
Nick Caligo (GM): His attempts to dodge are futile; hit! Your foot ricochets off his belly; he suffers damage. *WHAP!*
Azure begins his downward descent coming out of the flip now.
Nick Caligo (GM): Azure's repeated flipping kicks push Dedede farther and farther upward. As Azure lands, he's beginning to come down... but faster than you'd like... and that shadow that settles over Azure and Blade seems to be getting bigger. You aren't prepared to have King Dedede's morbidly obese butt just LAND on you like this.
Nick Caligo (GM): He lifts himself up off your backs and plays whack-a-mole with your squished bodies, slamming one into Azure and Blade each.
Nick Caligo (GM): Azure gets squished more all of a sudden. He manages to hit just beside Blade. Either that or Blade manages to dodge somehow.
Azure: "GRAH!" He flinches and shouts from the fat pain of it all.
Blade manages to roll out of the way of the squash, rolling back to his feet and shaking his head. He growls, before starting to twitch a bit and glow with light. He turns into his dragon form, before retalliating with an uppercut claw attack. -- Spinesplitter --
Nick Caligo (GM): He's lofted into the air by your claw.
Azure pushes off the ground from his smashed like position with an air sprint and gives chase after dedede. His left hand slips into his nexus guantlet with lights up slightly as he jabs it into dedede with them. Normal Attack Handthrust:+6 attack via gauntlets.
Nick Caligo (GM): He tries to twist out of the way to absolutely no avail.
Azure: From there still in the air with he twisted his body his right hand now spinning revealing his other guantlet and would slam it fiercely into dede stomach if possible. Ariel Back Hand Fist (High Knockback)
Nick Caligo (GM): ... Huh. No sooner does Blade talk about it than does it happen. -_o. Not that he would've been ABLE to dodge that, but you spin around and catch him straight in the stomach, which acts like a huge spring. A few seconds after your fist connects, he recoils and gets slammed right into a wall...
Nick Caligo (GM): Dedede squeezes his eyes shut and grimaces in pain, sliding down the wall before landing in his favorite chair. He glares up at you before flailing wildly (accompanied by the obligatory donald duck quacks) and knocking over the throne.
Azure: .oO(So much for the noble king..)
Nick Caligo (GM): He plants his feet on the ground, whips his hammer to the side, and LEAPS up, carrying it over his head in both hands. He performs a few quick, stylish flips... "FINAL..." he then begins to plummet, slamming his hammer down to the floor. "...KABOOM!" As his hammer hits the ground, there's a sudden blast of INCREDIBLY heavy wind in all directions. It's like a hurricane is roaring through the room.
Nick Caligo (GM): Azure is blown back only mildly and takes Blade, as much as he tries to resist, finds that his wings are caught by the air and send him flying like a kite. The powerful wind that seems to bludgeon you relentlessly.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* You slam into the wall, hard. Dedede then rushes Azure, jumping over to him to close the distance, and takes one last swing at him with his massive mallet.
Azure side jumps the massive thing "?!?!!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Peel yourself off the wall and have a go.
Blade growls as he slides down the wall, getting back to his feet. He then rushes up and tries to plant a foot into Dedede. -- Earthquake Stomp --
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* You deal the punishment right back to Dedede, sending him flying through the air until he lands smack dab against his overturned throne again. The entire room quakes beneath your foot's mighty stomp. Cracks develop in the checkered floor. *WHAM!!!* He hits it so hard that the chair is sent flipping through the air. He hits the wall behind it and cracks develop where he splats like a meatball.
Azure: "I'm sorry but im sure you being de-throned is for the best." with that he rises upward his body in an erect position his arms at his sides crooked a little. His right leg slightly in front of him his left leg bent hehind him. Azure then dashes toward dedede pulling his right hand back launching it forward with his left following. Begin Koho X!
Nick Caligo (GM): Continue Koho X!
Azure: From Azure's wide array of punches he pulls back his fist which now crackles with electrical energy. Through a slight ingenious move he uses some of his energy to add the power of fire to the attack and slam his fist forward for the lightning and now enfired raigeki fist.
Nick Caligo (GM): 3 hits; After recoiling from your volley of punches, his hammer moves up; its handle meets with your fist, blocking it and halting your combo in an explosion of a rainbow of energies.
Azure's fist misses its mark he lets the momentum of it carry him and use his right foot to step into a spin. He put tons of power into it as he then stepped forward with his left leg his image blurring as he slamed forward with a ramming bozen smash.
Nick Caligo (GM): He inverts the hammer just in time for its head to meet with your boot. You can feel a tiny ache creeping up your leg from hitting that thing so hard. He whirls around once--twice--and then throws more than his fair share of weight into a huge horizontal swing with his hammer. *CRITICAL HIT.* You're sent hurtling through the air right past Blade, but you manage to correct yourself just in time to plant your feet on the wall and let your legs act as shock absorbers. You're unharmed from the impact. He then reverses his hammer and whips it into Blade.
Blade just simply grabs the hammer, growling and deflecting the weapon away. "You'll have to do better than that." He then rushes forward, reaching out for a biting lash to the other side.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SMACK!* You whap him aside, though only slightly. Anyway, He's sent flying off to the side... He plants his feet against one of the columns between this room and the balcony and kicks off it. The column buckles under his weight before he lands safely.
Azure gets into a stance an aura of ki flowing around him he holds his arms in front of him chanting as it dissapers and a ball of red flame appears.
Dedede: "Gwaaaah..." He runs over to Blade and tries to lay his hammer down on his head with a giant swing. "HA!"
Blade reaches up and grasps the hammer again, before tossing it to the side once again. Being a dragon has its benefits.
Nick Caligo (GM): He uses your grab to his advantage, using the hammer like a lever to vault himself into the air. In a few moments you find it slipping from your grasp as he flies overhead, towards Azure. He flies... flips once, pulling himself in to fly faster... And then unfolds himself, kicks off the wall, and plummets on top of Azure. He'd notice the shadow suddenly appear over him and start to grow. *WHAM!!* Dedede butt slams you again. He waddles off you.
Azure: *flattened yet again.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Blade're not in range of that attack, though... You're still by the overturned throne; Azure's across the floor yet. The only reason it got you both before was you were right next to each other.
Blade runs right up and tries to perform another Lightning Whip, by grasping with the teeth and whipping him in the other direction.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hit! You send him back over to the -other- side of the room again.
Azure: There are three things in Azure's world that are the closest thing to divine proverbs. Peace and harmony to all. Only fight in the need it is nescesary. And don't make the monks of the holy order enraged. Dedede had just broken one. "Grrrrr. You call yourself a king." he jumps upward with a hand sprint. The red ball of energy in his palm returning while airborne. "Dragon Fang!" he yells as a burst of fire is released the closer it gets to dedede the more it appears like its a biting burst of fire.
Nick Caligo (GM): Jaws of flame bite down on Dedede as your fist connects. You reach him just as he's landing, and strike his pudgy gut.
Azure while still in the air thrusts his hands outward his eyes focused at dedede. After moving them in a intricate motion a red circled with a diamond and a pentagram going threw it would appear. He pushed his hands forward stopping just close to it. The resulting explosion sent a shockwave toward dedede a menacing roar could be beard as the wave of flame came forward. "Dragon's Wraith!"
Nick Caligo (GM): The shockwave of fire roars through the air and continues to send Dedede sailing backwards, catching aflame.
Azure body lands on the ground as he waves his left arm and right forward. The fire symbol in front of him shatters into small shards of energy as a fireing being hovers over azure. Its ominous body with its horns and flames. It imbules him with something before it dissapers. A flow of fire around his arm and a roar the likes rivaled blades dragon form. He pulled his right fist back and lunged it forward. "Hell Dragon Arise!" with that it launched from his fist surging toward dede taking a life of its own.
Nick Caligo (GM): Seeing as he can't dodge that... The gigantic beast of fire rises from within you and roars almost like a real dragon. Its body collides head-first with Dedede, its entire form exploding on impact. Dedede's now charred form smacks into a wall. He growls, shaking himself off. "You shall not defeat me--this is it!" He whirls his hammer around before he runs at Azure, dragging it through the air behind him. As it seems he's just about to ram into him, he LEAPS high into the air and starts to flip and whirl... "FINAL...!!" Azure: Attack of Opportunity!
Azure: "I seriously doubt that." with that he swirled his hand around and let his spirit charms lunge forward at dede going on the offensive with a single strike.
Nick Caligo (GM): He swings his hammer down... "KABOOM!!" and it collides with a barrier created by the spirit charms. A swirling aurora of light repels the mach 5 winds that kick up, forcing them harmlessly over yours and Blade's heads. Blade: Attack of Opportunity while Dedede's trying to break the barrier!
Blade quickly leaps into the air, and makes a falling downward claw to slam him into the ground.
Nick Caligo (GM): You manage to beat your wings against his hurricane-force winds, drawing yourself ever closer to Dedede. He looks over to you, and with an alarmed "WAAA!" he takes your claw straight to the back of the head. His winds suddenly disperse, turning themselves back at him and making you tumble and slide across the floor--albiet harmlessly. HE however isn't so lucky. In a blast of light and a tornado of wind, looks like King Dedede's blasting off again. He flies out over the balcony and *dings* in the distance.
Blade gets up and then roars triumphantly to confirm his next victim.
Nick Caligo (GM): +840 EXP, gents. The platforms once again lift you off your feet and bring you sailing over the clouds. You're given but a glance at the majestic sight of the heavens below you before you're plunged into the clouds... the inside of which becomes the platinum warp. -end fight-
Metal Man: "You never know what Klumsy has in his tomb."
Nick Caligo (GM): You're left standing in a dark, cylindrical room--probably the top of a tower. A set of wooden double doors are behind you, with six columns around the circumference of this room. Its ceiling is very high, and you can see four stained glass windows up above, each with demonic images.
Metal Man: "...I think I have been here before... it looks familiar."
Nick Caligo (GM): The walls are of black stone, the floor and columns of even blacker marble.
Aetos looks at the various features. "This is... kinda creepy."
Metal Man: "Revisiting the past is far more surreal." *He points at the voice, or at least where he thought it came from.* "Show yourself."
Nick Caligo (GM): And just ahead of you, you can see a man with a head of overgrown, sleek, black hair. A pair of huge armored pauldrons cover his shoulders, and a black cape falls from beneath them. He stands with his back to you at the moment.
Aetos makes his white cape flutter.
Metal Man: "You!" *He immediately gets out his axe. * "I shall teach you for betraying the Questers."
Aetos blinks... "Ok..." he forms a battle stance holding his spear out to the guy... "Trator! I guess!..."
Zio: "I've been waiting for this for a very long time..." He slowly begins to turn to you. His skin, contrary to what is common of these sorts of villains, bears a dark hue instead of paleness. His irises glow red.
Metal Man: "You could not know, Aetos. This man has done far more than any other villain... it is his fault that Kuja even appeared. Without him... the whole scheme would have fallen through... like it should have!"
Nick Caligo (GM): http://www.algol-star-system.net/data-memory/psc-ss/ps4_153.jpg. http://www.algol-star-system.net/data-memory/psc-ss/ps4_057.jpg Aaand one more in color.
Metal Man clenches a fist. One could almost see energy forming in it... "This time... I can avenge those who you killed... although whether or not you're a hologram bothers me..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio raises his gauntleted hand and clenches it in a fist, seeming to mimic Metal. Dark lightning like the kind that pulled you in blitzes around it for a few moments. "We shall see about that." http://www.vgmusic.com/music/console/sega/genesis/PS4-Laughter.mid
Metal Man: "Your existence... is over!" *Metal walks up to Zio, and fiercely punches at him once, then uses the momentum left over to swing his axe diagonally at Zio's left shin. That done, he spins and leaps backwards a bit before running at Zio and trying to slide into his feet.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio grabs your fist in his gauntleted hand and takes your axe to his leg. A force field of some kind seems to absorb most of the damage before you hit him. Your running slide tears his legs out from him. Miss, damage. Zio pushes himself back to his feet while throwing his gauntleted hand up and unleashing a stream of black lightning at the downed Metal in retaliation. He tosses up his other palm towards Aetos and does the same to him. Three hits on both. Dark damage, if it matters. The dark energy seems to bite at your very spirit as well, dealing damage.
Metal Man takes the hits, visibly burnt by them. However he barely survives.
Nick Caligo (GM): You can feel your mind and body being fried from the inside out as his lightning tears at you.
Aetos screams for a few moments as the darkness burns his soul... Aetos then shakes off the dark energy from his body and soul then charges up to Zio with a bland look upon his face... like... he doesn't know what he should think... he reaches Zio and jumps up and over him, landing behind him. Aetos turns around and thrusts his foot into Zio's backside as hard as he can.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio spins out of the way. Your foot catches his cloak. "Your feeble skills are no match for me. Give up!"
Metal Man: "Like you? Never!"
Aetos falls backward when the cape trips him up.
Metal Man starts out by trying to grab Zio by the neck, his right arm reaching out. Metal then Man, not satisfied with that, decides to elbow Zio upside the head in the aftermath of that attack.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio snatches your wrist effortlessly before your elbow smashes through that barrier again; it becomes noticeably visible as a wall of hexagonal lattices. You hit him, but your attack is weakened. He grabs your wrist with his other hand. You manage to break free of him and back away; his strength is still impressive, though. Beyond what you remember. As you escape him, he waves a hand. A vortex of wind appears behind you. You suffer damage and manage to avoid being blown by the concentrated hurricane force. Aetos: He's concentrating on Metal right now! Make your move!
Aetos stands up and grips onto his beloved spear, and closes his eyes in a calm trance... the spear suddenly gains a life of it's own as it slips out of Aetos' hands and thrusts itself at Zio from the left.
Metal Man: "Blinded by evil... you can't even hit me straight anymore."
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio immediately whips around and grabs the spear out of the air. He grimaces at you coldly before giving a delighted, evil smirk.
Aetos breaks free of his trance and gasps.
Zio: "...Now now..." He then looks to Metal. "...Is that any way to speak to an old FRIEND!?" He hurls Aetos's spear at Metal.
Metal Man punches the spear out of the air. "Of course it is!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Your fist meets with a cusion of wind ahead of its tip and causes it to go spinning through the air. It lands off to the side.
Aetos growls and goes to pick up the spear.
Metal Man: "I've got an idea for that spear. Give it to me, Aetos."
Aetos glares at Metal and Zio as he walks over.
Nick Caligo (GM): Weapon Get!
Aetos chucks the spear at Metal. "Fine."
Metal Man catches it. "This should put your eyes out!" *He rabidly stabs at Zio's eyes with it.*
Nick Caligo (GM): The spear deflects uselessly off his force field twice before you finally catch him--not in the eyes, but in the chest, twice.
Zio: "Fool." He pulls his gauntleted hand back in a fist and then throws a punch shrouded in dark energy at Metal.
Aetos raises his eyebrow while Metal stabbed him... curious of why Zio seemed barely harmed.
Metal Man is hit, especially since he's rather weak... if anything Zio should be embarrassed at how long he's survived.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio's fist collides with Metal's chest and sends him flying back in an explosion of dark energy.
Metal Man tumbles like a berserk boulder.
Nick Caligo (GM): Failure. You slam into the wall.
Metal Man was killed by the hit anyway.
Aetos: "Woah!! Metal! What!? I told you to tell me when you needed healing! Grr!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos would note the bolts of dark lightning crackling between Zio's fist and Metal's body as Metal flies backwards and slams into the wall, falling over limply. Dead.
Zio: "Hmph." He turns to Aetos. "Now, let's see what you're made of, boy." Zio seems to almost tower over you.
Aetos: "I got what you got." he says as he mimics one of Zio's attacks and tries to use it against him.
Nick Caligo (GM): Weapon Get! I mean... err... You mimicked Dark Fist. Costs 8 SP. Deals STR+(1/4 MNT x4, round up) damage. TP: 3. Damage type: Dark.
Aetos is charging at Zio while his fist becomes enveloped with dark energy... he thrusts his fist at Zio's face.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio snarls and swats your hand out of the way. The dark energy uselessly trails away from your fist.
Aetos flips himself around and charges again, trying to punch Zio in the gut while the dark energy still rests around his fist.
Nick Caligo (GM): He sidesteps you quickly while your fist thrusts the air where he once stood. He retaliates with a quick punch to your side, followed by a quick backhand to the back of your head and finishing with a heavy kick to the hip.
Aetos quickly ducks under the punch, it skiffs his hair... but doesn't hurt him... but the the backhand thrusts him away far enough so Zio is still standing in the same spot while Aetos is a couple yards away..
Nick Caligo (GM): Damage from the backhand. He finishes his turn by summoning a vortex of wind for you to fall into, much like the one he used on Metal earlier. He whirls around as his kick misses, and does that. Failure. You take damage and get launched straight upwards.
Aetos stands up as the wind pushes him up, but healing him at the same time... he feels regenerated and tries to not hurt himself like Metal did.
Nick Caligo (GM): You manage to right yourself in mid-air, thanks to your alignment to wind.
Zio: "Impressive mastery of the wind, but it won't save you."
Aetos wafts hand hand in a circle while falling through the air, a small orb of shining light forms, and air collects around it quickly, he thrusts his arm forward to Zio and the ball follows like it's alive.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio narrows his eyes as it zooms at him. He tries to jump it, but it pelts him in the chest and sends him reeling backward a little. You can see that barrier flashing briefly, seeming to take the punch out of your attack.
Aetos quirks his eyebrow up again. "What is with you?..." Aetos then lands on the ground and reaches behind him under his flowing white cape, he pulls out a smash dex and holds it out to Zio "Whatcha got?" *Scan.*
Nick Caligo (GM): He spins in the air quickly before he lands at the same time you do, his back to the doors. He starts to walk towards you slowly, his eyes flashing bright red as if to answer you.
Smash Dex: "*Ding!* Zio
Acc (ranged): +8
Notes: Zio is the dark magician who Klumsy chose as his transformer form many years ago. He later betrayed the Questers and lured them into a trap in Count Dracula's castle--where they killed him. He was resurrected later as a vampire and headed the Quester Hunters, the organization that created the chaos that Kuja needed to bring his presence to Nintendus. He possesses a wide array of spells, but his signature move is the Dark Energy wave, an attack that saps the victim's soul as well as dealing a lot of damage. With a Mental rating of 50, you'd better bet his magic is deadly.
Special Notes: Among other things, Zio has a barrier that halves all damage dealt to him. There -must- be a way to break it.
Special Notes 2: The dark energy shrouding this area makes recovery very slow; defeated party members return one turn later.
Nick Caligo (GM): As you look up from your smash dex, you find you're staring right into Zio's chestplate. His gauntleted hand reaches for your throat.
Aetos gasps for breath before he starts gripping Aetos' neck.
Nick Caligo (GM): You reach up and try to pry his fingers from your throat... but there aren't any fingers there. He's not even touching you. He lifts you off the ground about two feet and grins, looking up into your eyes with a piercing stare. "Hmmhmmhmm..."
Aetos keeps tryin to pry whatever is holding him off his throat... "Grrr..." he growls.
Nick Caligo (GM): The telekinetic force crushes your neck, hard. You take damage twice. Dark lightning then trails from his fingertips and envelops you before he hurls you at the doors behind him. Damage. You burst through the doors and skid across the marble floor harmlessly, planting your feet on the ground. Zio strides through the doors after you, chuckling. You're in a long hall, built similarly to that other room you were just in.
Aetos stands up quickly... looking around... "Where are we now?..."
Nick Caligo (GM): This must be somewhere in Dracula's castle.
Zio: "You Questers... you're nothing but useless dolls. I can toss you around however I please."
Zio: "What, no witty retort? Very well, be silent then. Forever!" He finishes his turn by unleashing another wave of dark energy at you from across the hall.
Aetos shakes his head and stands his ground... the energy somehow flowing around him... his spirit protecting himself from the energy. "We're not some play thing for you... You won't win, just like everyone else... The good guys ALWAYS win!" Aetos then runs at Zio again, while a wide blade forms into his right hand, made of wind... he grins and jumps up above Zio, then slashes at him.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your blade meets his force field full-on. You can see the lattice of clear hexagons like a beehive of force in the air around Zio, most intensely visible where you hit. He just smiles and watches you hit it.
Nick Caligo (GM): Translation: Miss.
Aetos growls and flings forward behind Zio, landing on his feet, he turns and tries to slash him again.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your blade clashes against the barrier again.
Zio: "Fool." He frowns, apparently not amused any more by your persistence.
Aetos throws the blade out of his hand and it dissipates into the wind... Aetos hurls his foot into that acursed barrier with all his power.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your foot crashes through the barrier and connects directly with Zio's chest, albeit with weakened force. ... Huh. A natural 100. I've... never, ever seen that. He flips backwards and lands on his feet in the doorway. "Why do you persist with your idiocy?" Metal's black-and-red revival platform lowers in behind Aetos.
Aetos clenches his fist... hearing Metal return. "Thanks... now can you gimme my spear back?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal is indeed still clutching Aetos's spear.
Metal Man: "Ummm... yeah." *Chucks it to Aetos in a non-threatening way.*
Metal Man then turns to Zio.
Aetos catches it gently..?
Metal Man: "You may have great Dark energy... but I possess the power of light itself. Be blinded by your own shortsighted and selfish ways!" *Metal powered up and shot off six beams of light at the dark being, his palms glowing.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio spins out of the way of the first one, deflects the second with his fist, as well as the third, takes the fourth to the shoulder, twists out of the way of the fifth, and then continues his spin to dodge the sixth. You score a single direct hit, no more. The pure light energy manages to break through his barrier, moving through it as if through a ghost. Zio himself has no affinity with any kind of energy. Zio's gauntlet-clad hand shudders before it clenchs blue fire in a fist.
Zio: Heaven won't save you. EeeeeYAH!"
Nick Caligo (GM): He hurls it at you, scattering it into four lances of flame that home in on Metal. He does the same with his other hand, hurling those bolts at Aetos instead...
Nick Caligo (GM): The dark flames deal fire and dark damage to both of you. You're both scattered back through the hall, losing ground on the dark magician.
Aetos struggles to stand up after being hurled down the hall by the flame... "Hrng..." he slowly stands... he wobbles, but then gets control over himself and gets ready. Aetos then grips onto his spear and charges at Zio while screaming a warcry... he simply tries to ram his spear right through Zio... Impaling him good hopefully.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio casts a hand out to the right, throwing another quartet of flame bolts to strike one of the pillars lining the halls. It falls to block your path as you run at him. You duck and roll under the pillar as it falls. He blasts another one; another pillar falls from the other side. The pillar lands on your back as you try to duck under it. You're showered with marble as it hits your back and costs you time, not to mention health. You manage to get up and continue running at him, though, and as you scream out at him, your spear rams into his barrier. You manage to get up and continue running at him, though, and as you scream out at him, your spear rams into his barrier. The lattice of hexagons turns bright cherry red under the force of your attack, and you rip through... but not powerfully enough to break up the force field.
Metal Man: "Times like this make me wish I had a Psycho Wand."
Nick Caligo (GM): He grunts as the spear connects with his chest and cracks his armor. He grabs your spear and pulls it out. There's a bright flash as the force field disappears from visibility (it's still up) and you're tossed away.
Aetos flies back from the force..
Zio: "It's not that simple, fool! You'll need more than a stick to break my barrier."
Aetos grunts and stands up.
Metal Man decides to make things difficult for Zio by drinking a Metal Cola and hurling it at himt.
Nick Caligo (GM): Your metal cola WHAMS into him. The force field appears immediately as it contacts his chest. It deflects almost uselessly.
Zio: "...So this is the glory of the Questers. Reduced to throwing garbage!"
Metal Man: "Where's your legion of undead?"
Zio: "I don't need one." He walks up to one of the downed pillars, moving passed Aetos, ignoring him.
Nick Caligo (GM): He waves a hand over the pillar and it lifts up into the air. He points his finger at Metal and watches it zoom at Metal.
Metal Man is hit by it.
Nick Caligo (GM): It shatters on impact and sends you flying backwards in a hail of marble shards.
Zio: "I'm more powerful than any army. Especially yours."
Aetos growls "You think I'm no threat?" he walks to Zio as his fist becomes englufed with darkness again. He tries to punch Zio across the face twice more.
Nick Caligo (GM): You belt him in the face.
Metal Man: "Raw power fails in the face of superior intelligence."
Nick Caligo (GM): He takes the punch without so much as a flinch. He glances at Aetos and rolls his eyes. "Which, clearly, you lack."
Metal Man: "Never underestimate your opponents." *Metal walks up and tries to grab Zio. Again.*
Nick Caligo (GM): He swats your hand away.
Metal Man, obviously annoyed by the lack of grabbing, decides to smack Zio with his axe.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio yawns as your axe uselessly slams into his barrier.
Zio: "Again, Illian, I'm not impressed."
Metal Man, wanting to miss errr, hit some more, tries to break Zio's right knee with a nasty kick.
Nick Caligo (GM): *wham!* Right in the shin for no damage.....
Metal Man finishes that off by trying to shoot Zio in the face with beams of light. Two.
Nick Caligo (GM): He's caught by surprise as your first ray of light strikes at his barrier, making it turn completely visible again... it burns red for a few moments, before going yellow, then turning hot-white... and then shattering completely. He throws up his arms in a cross-block to negate the first one, but the second hits him in the stomach. His barrier's gone.
Aetos: "Good job, Metal!"
Nick Caligo (GM): There's two flashes of light as it finishes shattering.
Metal Man: "I didn't know I could do that."
Zio: "It is of no consequence. You'll both die one way or another. EeyAH!" He unleashes a fist enshrouded in blazing electric death at Aetos.
Metal Man wonders if Zio got his polarities wrong or something.
Aetos leaps back, evading the fist easily "You... have weakened."
Zio: "Have I?" He casts his energy-shrouded fist up and unleashes the black lightning at Aetos in a dark energy wave.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hit. damage
Aetos: "Augh..." *flings backward when the wave slams into him.*
Zio: "I grow tired of this game. Enough talk!"
Nick Caligo (GM): He lifts off his armored chestplate and tosses it aside, cape and all. "Now we fight."
Aetos screams as the darkness eats his life energy again. Aetos then gains control of himself and stands up... "We fight... in a moment." *defends.*
Aetos places his spear in both hands... and bends his knees slightly... he readies himself for possible attacks.
Metal Man: "..." *He silently fires a stream of light beams at Zio, attempting to incinerate the dark magician with his mind. That, and most physical attacks seemed to miss him.*
Nick Caligo (GM): He ducks and jumps faster than you remember him doing it before, though your aim is better. Three rays converge and hit him at once. He snarls, being deflected through the air.
Metal Man suddenly turns blood red, the pure power of his anger manifested at last.
Metal Man: "You... will not... defeat us!" *He glows ominously, but his turn is over.*
Nick Caligo (GM): He twists through the air, readying a flying kick to hit Aetos; his foot is shrouded in dark energy.
Aetos gets kicked right in the face... if only he was a little quicker... he may have evaded..
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* He crashes foot-first into the already wounded Aetos, then gets to his feet, whipping his hands out. Twin swords, made entirely of shadow, with red auras that crackle with the same lightning he's been attacking with all along, materialize in his hands. They look dreadfully unstable. He crosses both his blades and takes a cross-slice at your head to end his turn.
Aetos 's face gets two deep slashes across it... *graphicness..*
Nick Caligo (GM): He seems to be turning his attention on the one he percieves to be the "Weak" one.
Metal Man powers up and attacks Zio with nine beams of red energy. No longer made of light energy; instead, ultra-powerful concentrated rage.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio twists around and witnesses the hail of anger. "Wha..?" He takes two hits before he backflips over one of them, only to be smashed out of the air by another, and bludgeoned by two more before the last two zoom aimlessly over his head. 5 hits. He lands on his face limply. That it? Zio's swords have dematerialized... is he dead?
Metal Man stares closely at the body, ready to attack it and finish it off if it stirs.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos, why don't you check it out? >:D
Metal Man: "Dark beings rarely stay dead."
Aetos shakes his head. "I agree..." Aetos then slowly walks up to him. Aetos then tries to prod him with the spear. "He was... truly dark."
Nick Caligo (GM): As Aetos approaches, Zio quickly pushes himself up, one of his swords of darkness re-materializing; he sends a dark energy wave through it into Aetos before he tries to stab him.
Aetos flings backward from the wave ones more, but rolls backward and leaps up, dodging the stabinator. "I hate him already."
Nick Caligo (GM): Damage from this energy wave... the swords seem to make him more powerful. He lifts himself to his feet slowly and calls forth his other sword before he strides towards Aetos and unleashes another dark energy wave, fully intent on killing him. It seems to drain him quite a lot, though. He puts the tips of his blades together and crosses them; you can see a jacob's ladder of dark energy forming between them until they're finally crossed at the bases of the blades as his palms move together. Then, the dark lightning leaps at Aetos faster than ever before and fries him from all directions. Two hits.
Aetos is obviously dead.
Metal Man: "This is why I burn corpses."
Nick Caligo (GM): He uncrosses his blades and watches Aetos's body, now blackened by the burns, his spirit drained by the dark energy wave, fall limply to the ground.
Metal Man: "Your blades appear powerful. But... I must say, only the Sword of Darkness seems right."
Nick Caligo (GM): He pants for a few moments, a smirk of accomplishment on his face before he turns to Metal. His swords have dissipated. It must be draining to manifest them.
Metal Man: "Now... I shall explain why you and everything you've ever done is wrong!" *Angry Monologue.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Pfft.
Zio: "Uugh... I tire of hearing you speak, fool."
Nick Caligo (GM): Damage to Zio.
Metal Man's anger inferno ends in a cloud of annoying words.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio rushes at Metal, his fist cocked back and primed for a punch, and he tries to deliver a Dark Fist straight to Metal's jaw.
Metal Man is hit in the jaw. Good thing it's armored.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* Hit. You only stagger a little, avoiding the adverse affects of high knockback. He continues to run, reaching out to grab you by the throat.
Metal Man is too slow. Apparently, only people other than him can actually hit with grabs.
Nick Caligo (GM): You're grabbed by the telekinetic force and hurled backwards. He ends by making a jumping kick, his foot enveloped in crackling black energy, at your still airborne form.
Metal Man is hit.
Nick Caligo (GM): *WHAM!* He moves twice as fast as you do and sends you crashing through the doors at the other end of the hall without any chance of recovery. You take damage from that, damage from the throw, and damage from the piercing force of the kick.
Metal Man lies around like a demented pinball. "You know, maybe I should do this more often. Except aimed at you."
Nick Caligo (GM): You skid across the marble floor onto a balcony of some kind, which overlooks a massive spiral staircase that goes up around the circumference of the tower, with a huge gap in the center. Zio gets up and continues walking towards you.
Metal Man: "It's worth a try..." *He attempts to grab Zio.* *Actually grabs Zio by the neck for once.*
Nick Caligo (GM): You manage to run up and snatch Zio by the neck by surprise.
Metal Man takes Zio and hurls him off the balcony and at the big pit in the center of spiral staircase.
Nick Caligo (GM): He's tossed over. But he lands on his feet safely on the spiral staircase across the way two floors down. Aetos returns on a revival platform next to you.
Aetos falls from the platform in a bright shining light, wind flurrying off of his body... his eyes glowing with a blinding white light. He frowns and Zio... "It's time... for you to leave, Zio." the light shines brighter and fills the room, suddenly, all you see is a great ball of wind flying right at Zio's open chest at an incredible speed. "There is no defeating a Quester!"
Metal Man stands there, about to attack, and then Aetos pops up outta nowhere. "Well, I guess I can attack him later."
Nick Caligo (GM): He's slammed against the wall.
Aetos returns to normal... no more bright shiny.
Metal Man: "Return to the darkness from whence you came." *He flicks his wrist, hurling beams of light at the staircase. Three of them. He's trying to knock him into the center of the 'case.*
Nick Caligo (GM): He sidesteps one and takes the other two head-on. You don't knock him any closer to the center of the stairs. Zio kicks off the staircase and flips in mid-air. He lands directly in front of you and slams his fist into the ground. Dark lightning spreads out in a square area and chisles this section out.
Aetos attempts to backflip out of the range of the darkness.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos manages to jump off the stair beore it falls. Zio does as well and tries to use his flying dark-kick to hit him out of the air. He strikes Aetos from the side, seemingly out of nowhere, sending him flying down the stairs. Metal takes damage as the landing falls and hits the stairs one level down, both sections exploding in a hail of marble. You continue to fall another floor, and take damage from landing and more from having a hail of rubble land on you.
Metal Man: "I hate stairs."
Nick Caligo (GM): At least you've stopped falling.
Aetos stays where he is, her circles his hand in the air and a small orb of light forms, the air starts the collect around it, and he fires it at Zio.
Nick Caligo (GM): He deflects it back at you. You're hit with your own attack for wind/light damage.
Aetos stares at the orb as it absorbs into Aetos. "Stupid me."
Metal Man is staring at a statue. "Hmmm. Maybe if I destroy the stairs they'll come down to me." He tries to blow up the stairs by hurling exploding Metal Cola at the side of the stairs across the great big hole.
Nick Caligo (GM): Zio slowly approaches Aetos, drawing his dark swords. "Now to finish you off..."
Metal Man throws with the accuracy of a hockey player.
Aetos: "That'll take a while." *snarls at Zio.*
Metal Man: "Man... I missed an inanimate object..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Aetos wouldn't notice the can as it hits the side of the staircase and crumples... then explodes in a tremendous blast.
Aetos grips something under his cape... behind him.
Nick Caligo (GM): The stairs crumble beneath Zio's feet.
Aetos lets go... "Uh..."
Nick Caligo (GM): He drops down a floor... and then another, and another, and another... The stairs just continue collapsing beneath him.
Metal Man: "And then rain came and washed the spider out."
Aetos looks over the side as Zio falls.
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal Cola does the trick... Zio falls into the shadows, not to be seen...
Metal Man: "I just hope that doesn't happen to me... I don't trust these stairs..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Platforms lift you off your feet and whisk you down after him, but the darkness of the staircase seems to mesh itself into the darkness of a red and black warp.
Aetos sighs. "He'll be back."
Nick Caligo (GM): The battle has ended. 2835 EXP. *Switches to the other team* Your platforms land right in the middle of what is unmistakably the Big Room. Mewtwo stands with his back to you, facing the Big Screen.
Nodal: "What the? Is it over?"
Digifanatic lands down, getting an interesting look around, then turning to Nodal. "Hey, Nodal... how has your half been going."
Nodal: "Well so far so good..."
Digifanatic: "That's a relief."
Nick Caligo (GM): His tail swooshes rapidly. "...Why yes, Mr. Whisk. It IS." He glares at you and floats off the ground a few feet, turning slowly in your direction. Sirens blare, and red flashing lights pop out of the walls. o/` Mega Man Zero - Fake o/`
Nodal says "Let's speed thing up." Nodal reaches in his pocket, pulls out a bag and throws what looks like dust on himself and Digi. He then looks at Mewtwo and Dexes him and finishes with a slash across his throat.
Smash Dex: *Ding!* "Fake Mewtwo
Special Notes: This Mewtwo, while he's a fake, is still quite a formidable opponent and can precisely copy any of Mewtwo's attacks. Don't underestimate him. He's vulnerable to "Bug" elemental attacks. *snicker.* Good luck finding one of those!
Nick Caligo (GM): He swiftly backslides, avoiding your slash to his throat.
Digifanatic gets a good listen to the Dex's information, and takes the dust's benefits easily to his advantages. He runs up to the fake Mewtwo and gives him a nice ol' Fire Punch to the chest. He continues around a bit, trying to maximize the extra time he is alloted. He then takes out the ol' D-3 and decides to launch a Light Ray over in the imposter Pokemon's direction.
Nick Caligo (GM): You sock him right in the chest, dealing some damage. Uuunfortunately you have no aim of any kind and burn out the Big Screen. Way to go, Digi-face!
Digifanatic misses wildly with the Ray, knowing full well he can't rely on luck. He doesn't worry, though, and decides to try to continue his elemental rainbow of sorts. He takes another run and tries crashing into Mewtwo, filled with electricity.
Nick Caligo (GM): You ram him right in the shoulder. Mewtwo backslides after being hit by Digi while begins charging up his Shadow Ball. He draws the charge into himself, saving it for later, then disappears only to re-appear right behind Nodal and slap him with his tail.
Nodal backflips out of the way. He turns around and runs up to Mewtwo. He slices across his neck twice with a quick slash. He then weaves to the left to slash at his left arm. Then he gets behind him to slice 3 times at that odd neck thing on his back. Finally he slices at Mewtwo's right arm twice.
Digifanatic: "Don't worry, we'll take care of him soon enough."
Nick Caligo (GM): Translation: Nodal attacks like a monkey on crack with a sword. Four hits, one of which is a CRITICAL HIT to the odd tube on the back of his neck..... Your accuracy is TERRIBLE, but you make up for it with reliable, powerful attacks. Mewtwo screams loudly when you gash his neck cord.
Digifanatic gives Nodal a thumbs-up, and then starts his hopeful barrage on the Mewtwo. He decides to commence his second round by running up to him again. This time, though, he seems to be on fire in similar fashion to the Running Charge. He reaches out and tries to grab Mewtwo at the knees.
Nick Caligo (GM): While you manage to swipe him with arms aflame and deal 10 measly points of damage, he quickly flails and shakes you off.
Editor's Note: Good ol' Digi. Only capable of dealing 10 damage... ever.
Digifanatic gets up, minus the Mewtwo at his grasp. However, he is no stranger to things like these and shrugs it off, trying to follow it with a Icy Kick to his chest area.
Nick Caligo (GM): You manage to strike him twice with an icy pair of kicks. This guy's totally not gonna last past another round. >.>
Digifanatic leaps back a bit, feeling very hopeful about the fate of this match. He continues his by jumping straight into the air at Mewtwo and diving straight down at him, initiating his Downward Slam manuever.
Nick Caligo (GM): You smash him right in the head. He winces a little, but that doesn't seem to hurt him a lot. You can feel a psychic snarl through the air as he resumes charging his shadow ball. In just a few moments, it's full-sized, and Mewtwo radiates purple energy. He narrows his eyes and hurls the ball of darkness at Nodal.
Nodal gets slammed right in the chest with the dark energy as it crackles around his body.
Digifanatic turns to see the dark ball of energy hit his partner, concerned as usual. "Are ya going to be fine?"
Nick Caligo (GM): The shadow ball explodes against your stomach and deals damage; you're sent flying backwards by the concussive force. Mewtwo flashes out and reappears behind you, trying to grab you out of the air with his telekinesis..... You suddenly come to a stop in mid-air.
Nodal: "What the... let me down!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Damage as telekinetic force crushes you just a wee bit, and then a further bit of damage as you feel yourself being smashed upwards and sent flying back in the other direction, as if hit by a baseball bat. Mewtwo follows by unleashing a storm of dark energy pellets from his palm to follow you. You're blasted higher, farther, and faster as each of the three shadow balls strikes you in succession with powerful, fiery explosions. Three hits. You're still flying.
Digifanatic sees what's going on by his problems... he starts running, and tries to catch him on his way down. "Hang on, dude!"
Nick Caligo (GM): You hurtle through the air helplessly and smash into a wall.
Digifanatic: "Ohhhhhhhh man..."
Nodal gets up from the ground with black energy flickering around him. "You... die now." He runs up to Mewtwo with red in his eyes and slices him twice across the stomach. He then attacks his left arm the most with a total of two upwards and two side-slashes to it. Noticing the neck's pain he then slices it 1 time again trying to completely sever it.
Nick Caligo (GM): As you dance about him, you score three hits on him--one of which gives him a serious flesh wound to the stomach. *CRITICAL HIT, hit, whiffwhiffwhiffwhiffwhiff, hit!*
Nodal breathes heavily and then visibly the red leaves his eyes.
Nick Caligo (GM): As you finish your rapid battery of attacks, Mewtwo's eye twitches. He falls flat on his face, bruised, battered, and cut. You finish Mewtwo off in a grand total of 18 seconds. Nicely done.
Nodal: "Never... do that to me..."
Digifanatic: "Nice job, Nodal. We got through that mostly fine." He reaches into his relative equal of hammerspace and pulls out one of the old, now obsolete, Max Shrooms, and gives it to Nodal, knowing it's all he can really do for a friend for now. "Hope you don't mind it."
Nodal: "No thank you. I've got it under control. You never know when you will wish you had it."
Digifanatic is surprised at his refusal, not minding, and hangs onto it. "Alright. You call the shot."
Nodal sits on the ground and meditates.
Nick Caligo (GM): There's no pause or chance to use items between this particular fight and the next one. Revival platforms lift you off your feet; the Big Screen flashes and turns into a platinum warp, which you suddenly find yourself whisking through.
Nodal: "Wonder what's going on next..."
Metal Man (GM): You both fly through the warp; Digi is magically swapped out for Azure. You both finally finish falling. But it's almost like you haven't left the warp... You're on a large, circular stone platform. The sky itself is made out of trippy rainbow colors.
Nodal: "Well. When did you get here?"
Metal Man (GM): And all you can see is endless darkness below... And if that wasn't bad enough, Bowser and Dracula materialize out of thin air opposite of you.
Nodal: "Don't you ever give up?"
Dracula: "You've gotten this far, but VHe're going to stop you!"
Bowser: "What? Give up? Never!"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser stomps a couple of times, and then growls.
Bowser: "We won't stop until you're DEAD!"
Azure: "I admire your charisma you never back down."
Dracula: "You can never kill Vhat is already dead."
Bowser: "Enough of this talking. Let's trash them!"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser and Dracula walk into combat range... PLATINUM CHALLENGE BATTLE.
Azure: "Indeed let the walls clash until one moves forward beyond the other."
Metal Man (GM): Nodal & Azure vs. Dracula & Bowser.
Dracula: "Taste my VHrath, mortal!"
Metal Man (GM): Dracula dramatically waves his right arm at Nodal, and three fireballs fly out of his cape. All at Nodal. Ow... damage.
Nodal gets slammed by three fireballs flying into him.
Bowser: "Hahaha! You won't last a second against us!"
Azure: "Time's up."
Nodal throws some crushed seed into the air hitting him and Azure. He then whips out his smash dex and checks Dracula finally finishing in a slash aimed towards Bowser.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser is too slow to dodge, as usual.
Metal Man (GM): Your dex can only scan one guy at a time.
Smash Dex: "...DING!
SP: 30/308 (Left amount is the amount he's spent)
STR: 16 (+3)
AGI: 24 (+7)
END: 18 (+4)
MNT: 30 (+10)
End of entry."
Dracula: "It VHill take more than that to deVHeat us!"
Azure: For his first move he rushes toward dracula. "Then its move I shall give." throwing forward a punch that would so go into a wide array of attacks if it connected. -Begin Koho X.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. He stumbles backwards a bit, taking that punch twice.
Azure after going into a array of punches and blurred kicks he takes a step back never stopping his motion. His left fist goes to his side cracking with electrical energy as he slams it forward at dracula's chest. -Raigeki fist.
Metal Man (GM): He is then slammed into by electrical energy.
Azure: Raigeki fist force release a burst of lightning that threats bowser as well. -Area of Effect.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser sorta trips on his own tail.
Azure: *As azure fists connects into dracula his next hand joins in and the two begin to blur out of motion each throw followed by the sound of high moving wind.-tornado drill.*
Metal Man (GM): Then Dracula marches out of the way.
Azure takes a step back going defensive.
Bowser: "Grrr! I'll pound you, punks!"
Metal Man (GM): He runs up and swings at Azure with a weird hammer. It turns into a mace and misses. Then he coughs some weird flame into Azure's face.
Azure jumps away from the strange flame.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula waves his hand at Azure, causing a sphere of darkness to form around him. Azure is sheathed in darkness and unable to see anything for the next five rounds. Thusly, his attacks will hit random targets.
Dracula: "Try to hit me Vhnow, fool!"
Nodal scans Dracula with his Dex. "Lets see here..."
Smash Dex: "...DING!
Fireball Spread: Shoots three fireballs at opponent. 3 d20+9, damage.
Vampire Bite: Enemy gains "Drained" Status effect. Dracula gains "Sustenence" Status effect. d20+5 to hit, damages enemy for 31 health, heals Drac for 31 health.
Darkness: causes enemy to be unable to see for five rounds, thus they hit random targets. Drought: Causes target to be extra flammable.
End of entry (2)."
Azure closes his eyes. "This only forces me to pull out all the stops. now relying on his other senses in battle and others methods of attack."
Nodal runs up to Dracula and slashes him across the neck. He then spins and slices him twice in the chest as he holds his arm out. Finally he gets into a defensive stance as he backs away.
Metal Man (GM): Nodal trips up once, then misses Dracula and trips up again. Dracula laughs and points his hand out at Nodal, trying to dry him out from the inside. Nodal's skin becomes very dry.
Azure: In the shroud of darkness Azure could be heard chanting pulling forces together preparing to attack. His mind envisioning the two target as his words guided the spell. A powerful gust of wind would sprang forth its temprature quickly changing to below freezing. Small chunks of ice started to become razor sharp edges as lightning soon found its way crackling threw the winds blending with the ice."Its up to the magic now. Find your mark and strike it there." -Azure casts the spell judgement blizzard on Bowser.
Metal Man (GM): It goes at Bowser. Who subsequently trips and is nailed.
Azure: *The meancing power of the spell threaten dracula now as well (Area of effect)*
Metal Man (GM): Dracula manages to wheedle his way outta the way barely.
Bowser: "OW! Why does it always have to be me... take this, blindy!"
Metal Man (GM): He opens his palm and a small ball of fire energy flies at Azure.
Azure: "Thanks for broadcasting." Azure prepares a countermeasure.
Metal Man (GM): BLAM! Bowser then runs up and tries to smack Azure over the head; his steps can be heard a mile away. He smacks some air.
Azure: Even blind azure could fell out bowser broadcasting his attack and like the weird little monk he was evade.
Dracula: "Prepare to VHurn, mortal!"
Metal Man (GM): Dracula turns to Nodal and sends six fireballs at him. Damage; for some reason Nodal's extra crispy skin makes them hurt more.
Nodal runs up to Dracula with a blazing slash across his face. He then follows up by spinning rapidly to strike him across the chest twice and across the arms twice. Finally he backs up and gets into a defensive stance ready for more attacks.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula remains elusive. Then he dodges all but the last one, where you stab him good. Serves him right. Dodging everything like some gothic punk...
Azure in his blind state for the moment simply guards. For now biding his time waiting for a slip up in his opponents' attacks. *coughbowsercough.*
Bowser: "Hey! Hitting that crispy guy looks fun! Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser walks up and tries to punch Nodal with a flaming fist.
Nodal flees out of the way.
Metal Man (GM): He shows his normal luck and burns nothing more than SP.
Bowser: "Dang. I'll just have to smack you!"
Metal Man (GM): He tries to smack Nodal upside the forehead.
Nodal gets thwapped.
Metal Man (GM): *SMACKD*
Metal Man (GM): Dracula hurls more fireballs at Nodal. Damage as usual.
Nodal runs up to Dracula and slices him again in the neck. He starts his trademark spin again slicing him in the chest twice and then his back twice. Finally he jumps back in a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula continues dodging like a jerk, only getting hit twice.
Dracula: "You vhill not win!"
Azure takes a few steps back his hands slip into his guantlets. He rushes toward who he thinks is dracula and slides a trail of light energy sliding along his legs.-Normal Attack light crusade.
Metal Man (GM): You attack Bowser with it instead.
Azure fists extends outward just as he passes bowser for the strike.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser is ker-SMACKED.
Bowser: "If at first you don't succeed... burn, burn again!"
Metal Man (GM): He tries to punch Nodal again.
Nodal manages to easily get out of the way due to his defending.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser tries to smack you instead. Again.
Nodal manages to get out of the way again this time more narrowly.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula then chucks a bunch of fireballs at you.
Nodal runs up to Dracula and stabs him in the face. He then carefully aims at each of Dracula's limbs in turn trying to finally score some good attacks against the dodger fiend. Nodal then then jumps backwards into a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula is hit twice.
Azure again dashes toward who he thinks is Dracula though Bowser's loud mouth made him find his mark there two times he pulled his fist back as he ran forward and then began a slide ready to slam forward with his fist when it connected with what ever target. Light Crusade once more.
Editor's Note: Boy am I getting sick of Azure's player poorly spelling everything... you have no clue how much editing I have to do based on his mistakes alone.
Metal Man (GM): 316/450. And, you do attack Dracula. Then he leaps out of the way again.
Dracula: "None shall vhit ME!"
Azure: .oO(You're leaving me with no choice.)
Azure guards again. His sight returns on his next one.
Bowser: "Grrr! Just die!"
Metal Man (GM): Bowser waddles up and tries to burn Nodal again.
Nodal once again dodges his fiery punch.
Metal Man (GM): Despite the move being faster than Dracula's best, it misses. So he smacks at Nodal again.
Nodal dodges away from the smack.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula hurls a whole lot of fireballs at Nodal... ouch. A crit.
Dracula: "Soon, you shall Vhe dead!"
Nodal throws his seeds up in the air to keep the +s running. He then chomps on his max mushroom and gets into a defensive stance.
Azure's confusion ends. his eyes fixate on Dracula as he raises his right arm a trail of glowing orbs light up around it and then swirl around his body. he begins chanting and commands them forward to Dracula though many they all attack in a cluster eight individual times attacking his body each burst glowing in a glistning divinitive light. -Spirit Charm Control.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula dodges like a maniac, only taking 3 hits, all of which are very painful for him.
Dracula: "How dhare you vhurt ME!"
Bowser: "Bye bye, crispy guy!" *Smacks Nodal.*
Azure: "I'm sorry. I'll make sure to heal you right up. That was rude of me."
Nodal gets smacked finally.
Metal Man (GM): Then he waddles on over to Azure and tries to punch him, his fist shining like it's a part of the sun. He hits himself and falls over.
Dracula: "I am feeling... vhamished... allow me to drink your VHLOOD!"
Metal Man (GM): He walks up to Azure and tries to bite him. Ouch. He bites Azure in the neck, sucking his blood. Azure gets a new status effect: Drained.
Metal Man (GM): He takes damage per turn and loses 2 SP per turn for the next five rounds. And Dracula... gets the opposite. 370/450.
Nodal runs over to Dracula. "This ends now!" Nodal slices into his body on each of his limbs to reduce his mobility. He then stabs into Dracula's chest like a stake. Nodal then jumps back to defend.
Metal Man (GM): One hit, then Dracula runs away from the other attacks.
Azure pants for a moment from the pain of being bit by a vampire. "I really hope the legends aren't true about these." with that he dashes toward Dracula starting things up with high speed punch once again starting koho X going for broke.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula gets nailed.
Metal Man (GM): Dracula stumbles backwards and falls over, his hologram vanishing.
Oceanblaze: Azure goes uber ancient monk on him untel he is no more.
Metal Man (GM): All that's left is Bowser, who remains knocked over from his own attack. He looks pretty healthy.
Bowser: "I'll get you jerks!"
Nodal: "And our little dog too?"
Azure stares a Bowser now rushing over to continue his assault but strikes with a single punch flowing with electricity aimed at his side. -raigeki fist.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser is hit. You zap him good.
Azure: *Following that hit be begins to pound into him with even more high speed punches wind scraping against the land at the sounds of sonic booms bursting from every release of his arm. -tornado drill.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser is hit again, since he tripped from that last attack. He's beaten up a ton by that.
Bowser: "Grrr... you'll pay for that!"
Azure: *Followed by this azure backflips away holding his right hand at his side. It begins to glow with a divinitive light as he prepares the comboes finish. He then bursts from his position toward bowser in a mad dash slamming it forward into his side. -celestial rave.*
Metal Man (GM): He's hit again. He's knocked away. He gets up, looking REALLY ANGRY.
Bowser: "Grrrr! I'll shred you to pieces!"
Metal Man (GM): He runs at Azure, much like... a bull...
Metal Man (GM): Damage from that, and he... grabs you with his mouth. He breathes some fire on the part of you that's stuck in his mouth, dealing damage You're then fired off like a cannonball at Nodal. BLAM! Nodal is hit, also taking damage. Azure takes damage Bowser remains angry and beaten-up looking. Didn't think he had it in him, did you?
Azure: "Is that rage all you can muster?" he saws slowly raising off the ground from Bowser's assault.
Nodal runs over to Bowser trying to finish this fight off. He slices across Bowser's throat. With this done he stabs Bowser in the face twice,and then stabs each of Bowsers' limbs to make him even slower.
Metal Man (GM): SLASH, SLASH, WHIFF, WHIFF, SLASH, SLASH, WHIFF. He's knocked clear out of the arena.
Bowser: "Gahhhhhhhh!!!!! I'LL GET YOU QUESTERS!!!" *PING.*
Nodal: "Well. I guess we know who the leader is..."
Metal Man (GM): And before you can get a rest, the platform falls over and you're falling into the warp again.
Azure: "My bet was with Ganon all along... but this is a story after all. Our job here's to balance it." he folds his arms going back into his meditative state.
Metal Man (GM): *BATTLE OVER.*