Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 255: Denon's Dire Defenders
Date: February 2nd and 3rd, 2006.
Metal Man (GM): The group is at the (mostly ruined) big room. Metal and Mewtwo are there, as usual. A sense of urgency is in the air, and the skies are overcast.
Nodal: "Well Metal? What should we do?"
Metal Man: "Hello, Questers. It's been a while since we've actually done a mission, hasn't it? Klumsy sure knows how to eat up time..."
Garrick stands there, arms folded across his chest, clearly looking a bit upset. He seems to be standing lopsided... which is understandable, since he's guns are missing and down in whatever holding area they should be in.
Metal Man stretches a bit, then walks over to a table piled over with paper. "Well, it's time we finished off that Denon freak, that's what."
Digifanatic: "Ah. Yeah... it's about time..."
Mewtwo: "We have identified his base. Between Ivan's soldiers and our own work, most of his forces are dead. Kuja refuses to give him any more backup."
Nodal leans over to Digi.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, Nodal?"
Nodal: *Whisper.* "Who is Denon?"
Garrick: "Kuja has basically left him for dead."
Metal Man (GM): The screen shows a rather large industrial complex, with a HUGE ship stuck on top of it, and a giant deathray poking out of the building to boot. "Yes, but even without backup, his base remains a fearsome place."
Digifanatic: (replying back to Nodal) "Eh, some evil guy from the Apocalypse Group."
Aribar: "Hrm..." *The elf listens while wondering what Denon has been up to, and what Denon has been, lately.*
Metal Man: "He has a giant ray gun which is nearing completion. If we don't stop him now, he'll eventually be able to destroy our base from afar."
Digifanatic: "That was a while back."
Nodal says "Right. The Apocalypse group." *Sigh.*
Mewtwo: "The Archelago II has almost finished repairs. We must get aboard and stop him from taking off."
Metal Man turns to Nodal.
Metal Man: "Apocalypse group? No, he's Kuja's Commander now."
Digifanatic: "Well, he was part of that."
Metal Man: "He is, however, both a former Apocalypse Group leader as well as a Solarian."
Deloth takes his katana out of its sheath and rests it on his shoulder.
Garrick: "Why not capture him? I'm sure he'll have some interesting information involving Kuja."
Aribar: "Denon's a Solarian? Huh. Never knew that. "
Deloth: "So, do we smash and grab or use the stealth route?"
Nodal: "Well Digi. Remind me not to ask you questions."
Metal Man: "Stealth? Against him? Things are far too gone on his end to defend with supreme force."
Metal Man: "Mop up the remains. It should be a piece of cake. With layers. And spongey holes. And people with rayguns."
Nodal: "Can't forget the explosians and death."
Mewtwo: "...We have a warp pipe which leads right outside of his headquarters, which is perched in nowhere important. Unlike Kuja, he picked a worthless field to stick it in, so there's not much he can do."
Aribar: "... Rayguns you say? Do we get any reinforcements from Ivan's troops?"
Azure maintains his usual silence pondering. Only speaking when something useful came into his mind or was give a reason. He stood there with his arms folded within his gi.
Metal Man: "Afraid not. We're not sure if all his troops are in there, or if some still plan to attack our headquarters. Plus he may take off prematurely if he feels threatened."
Garrick: "I think we need to capture rather than destroy. Look at this place... even with all the repairs, the stadium is certainly not what it used to be. Why not take this chance to stock up... do we have any of those devices that allow us to warp things straight to the stadium?"
Metal Man: "No, however the Archelago II is up for grabs. Take that and we can use it."
Metal Man: "Either way, just get him out of the picture. His soldiers are a menace. Take the dark brown warp pipe in the warp room."
Garrick: "Right. Well, shall we, gentlemen?"
Nodal: "After you."
Azure nods without saying a word headed toward the warp room in the noted direction.
Garrick follows along as well.
Deloth starts heading to the warp room.
Nodal follows after; humming.
Aribar nods. The elf does a final check of his belt pouches, all filled with various colored potions, adjusts Moonlight's sheath a bit, and follows the others to the Warp Room.*
Metal Man (GM): You head on into the ruined warp room, in which a brown warp pipe pops on up for you.
Nodal: "Well. That's convenient."
Digifanatic: "Alright..." *starts into the pipe.*
Garrick leaps in as well with a practiced motion.
Aribar vaults into the pipe.*
Nodal decides he might not get a chance to be a show-off later and backflips in.
Deloth jumps into the pipe with a silent "Here we go yet again..."
Metal Man (GM): *ZOOP-ZOOP-ZOOP.* You appear, just as fast as you leaped in, out of another pipe. Instead of flying out, it's in traditional SMB style. You're on the edge of some sort of woods, with a field dead ahead.
Deloth hops off the pipe and looks around.
Digifanatic: "Oh. Hey, Deloth. Didn't seen you, it has been a while."
Metal Man (GM): A large, technological building is dead ahead, separated by a clearing.
Azure: .oO(There are some things I will just never attempt to understand..)
Digifanatic exits and walks out...
Metal Man (GM): The building is surrounded by an electrified barbed wire fence. Towers with men with laser guns dot each corner. Two of them protect the main gate. Two supersoldiers also stand in front of the main gate, patrolling.
Nodal: "Well. Inviting isn't it."
Aribar drops out of the pipe and lands in a crouch. Looking around the immediant area, Aribar sees the building... And the fence... And guard towers.
Digifanatic: .oO(Lasers? Oh man..)
Metal Man (GM): The archelago and ray gun can also been seen, both of which are rather high up off the ground.
Deloth: "Great, soldiers out the walls. Now what?"
Nodal jumps off the pipe and hits the ground drawing his scimitar.
Aribar: "It looks like we'll have our work cut out for us."
Garrick hits the ground as well, sneaking forward to take Aribar's side.
Deloth: "At least our target's in sight."
Garrick: "If we hit, we hit hard and fast."
Deloth: "Can't rush, though. If we head forwards, we'll be spotted."
Nodal: "Is it ever any different for us?"
Metal Man (GM): The main gate doesn't look all that forbidding to bust open. It's those men in guard towers that are scary.
Aribar looks at the area between them and the gate. The elf wonders how much cover they would have from gun fire and sight.*
Metal Man (GM): It looks like some clear cut choice between stealth and force.
Garrick flips open his Dex and gets a quick scan of the towers and soldiers...
Metal Man (GM): There's absolutely no cover, and you'd be walking into a sunlit field.
Highly powered supersoldiers. They gun down opponents with a vengeance. Their allies in the towers are limited to sniping people with laser guns. Suggestion: Overwhelm with force and prescence, or not at all. End of entry."
Deloth: "I say we sneak through."
Garrick: "No where to sneak. I hate barbed wire."
Digifanatic: "Man... this is such an odd predicament."
Metal Man (GM): The soldiers mindlessly patrol their land, laser guns out first, shields second.
Aribar nods. "Stealth would be a good alternative, but we can't hide in broad daylight on a flat field."
Nodal: "What to do... what to do..."
Garrick: "...maybe we can. Dex, is there anything below the base?"
Dex: "Sensors cannot penetrate, but the base appears to be entirely aboveground."
Garrick: "Right... connect to headquarters."
Metal Man (GM): It opens a somewhat static-y connection. "Yes?"
Garrick: "Metal... what do we have in terms of Pokemon?"
Metal Man: "Well, absolutely nothing ring a bell?"
Metal Man coughs.
Aribar gives Garrick an odd look before thinking over what choices they have besides direct assault.
Digifanatic: "Pokemon... It's logical, but..."
Garrick: "Well, I saw if we can't go straight in or around, we go under."
Digifanatic: "How are we going to go under?"
Garrick: "My first thought was a Dugtrio..."
Metal Man: "We have some spoons, if you need those. The pokemon were mostly lost in the destruction, and to send something from Turion to here would be quite a feat..."
Nodal: "Well Garrick get to diggin. Heres a stick go crazy."
Digifanatic: "Dang it."
Garrick: "Are there any in the surrounding area, Metal?"
Deloth: "I can do a drill move in mid-air, but it's meant for flesh, not miles of dirt."
Metal Man: "Not that I can think of. Kuja made sure the world would be without much life."
Digifanatic: .oO(Last time I checked... we're nowhere near Kanto or anywhere like that...)
Metal Man: "It looks like a generic time to destroy the enemy to me."
Garrick: "...I suppose you're right."
Digifanatic: "Okay... But."
Deloth: "Why not. We've done the impossible before."
Digifanatic: "Anyone wanna try and see if I can port us into the base first?"
Nodal: "Isn't trying the impossible in our job statement?"
Garrick: "That's a long 'port, Digi."
Aribar stands up and unsheathes his short sword. "That would be a great help, Digi. Of course, that would put enemies at our back..."
Metal Man (GM): You hear a scratchy PA turn on at the base.
Digifanatic: "Eh... it's possible that we can make it in. Never mind."
PA: "Archelago II launch in T-minus 3 hours."
Deloth: "Oh, kuso."
Garrick: "Let's just rush them. Ranged attackers go for the towers, the rest of us will handle the guards. Someone should also try to get that gate open."
Aribar: "I'd perfer to use my magic to blast open that door than shoot down guards, if that'd be okay."
Digifanatic: "Sounds good."
Deloth: "If I can get close enough, I can probably melt the wires. I learned a few new fire tricks."
Nodal twirls his blade. "So what are you waiting for?"
Garrick: "Whatever you think is best, you've been at this more than me, Ari. Okay, let's do this... fastest in front, heavy hitters in the rear."
Nodal gets to the front. "Wait. Before we go..."
Deloth heads back to the rear.
Nodal gets out a bag seemingly containing a dusty substance. He mutters a few phrases and throws it into the air it sparklingly glittering in the air.
Aribar stands near the middle back of the group, recalling the words to his spells...
Nodal: "There. That should speed us up."
Garrick engages full prep in his armor, the potmarked and stained coverage still online and functioning, but at a much smaller scale than it used to. Oh well. "Alright... Ari, I'd appreciate an opening burst to distract them."
Digifanatic is somewhat in the middle to the front of this...
Garrick: "At least enough so we don't get hammered moving in."
Aribar nods and tries to estimate how far away they are from the base.
Garrick: "Okay... here goes nothing..."
Nodal gets into the front region of the battle order.
Metal Man (GM): About... 20 feet.
Garrick digs in, his armor covered boots digging into the dirt as he braces, then pushes forward into a full on sprint, using the full momentum of his run to add an accent on his first blow.
Metal Man (GM): They turn and see you coming.
Soldier1: "Incoming Questers. Red Alert."
Soldiers 2-4: "Roger."
Garrick: "Incoming is a little late, sucker!"
Deloth runs forwards also, flapping his wings for extra thrust.
Metal Man (GM): You run on into battle...
Garrick: "Ari, now would be good!"
Nodal blasts forward.
Aribar thrusts Moonlight into the air, a ball of electricity being launched towards the gate. Once it hits the gate electricity zaps the nearby enemies and probably damages the door a bit.* (Thordain which is Ranged and Area of Effect.)
Metal Man (GM): You zap them up... then battle begins!
Garrick rears back as he heads straight at the first soldier, apparently the one on the left, and hauls off with a huge punch straight to his jaw.
Metal Man (GM): You punch him good.
Garrick capitalizes with a dropping heel to his exposed rib cage.
Metal Man (GM): He avoids that one, blocking with his shield.
Nodal runs up to the first infantry bursting into a frenzy of motion. He slices into the superhuman's chest three times with a quick stabbing motion. Using the momentum of those quick stabs he spins to slice into the infantry's arms twice. He then fully enters into the spin to spins back to his place quickly and snap his sword into a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit miss miss miss.
Soldier1: "You cannot win. Flee before you are slaughtered."
Digifanatic starts his turn by thanking Nodal for the seeds. He then goes up to the guardsman Garrick attacked, rears back and launches a nice ol' Fire Punch to the gut...
Metal Man (GM): He's hit in the gut.
Digifanatic quickly takes a step back and then jumps into the air w/o missing a beat. He goes for the same guard again, trying to send him into a ground with an Aerial Downward Slam.
Metal Man (GM): CRIT. He feels the pain.
Digifanatic is able to launch in a very hard blow around the midsection of his body. He quickly retreats back to the others and defends.
Aribar stays back at the edge of the forest edge and keeps an eye on the battle. The elf bides his time, making sure he's completely prepared for a powerful spell.*
Garrick: "Somebody work on those towers!"
Deloth does a running jump at. *Soldier 1 and does a Spin Drill into him.
Metal Man (GM): JUST BARELY miss. You bounce off of his fancy-schmancy shield.
Deloth lands on his feet and dashes back to the group.
Metal Man (GM): Soldiers's Turns. The guy in the left tower strafes Garrick, Aribar, and Digi. That leaves Aribar to do an. He has 10 seconds until he is automatically lasered. Aaaand he barely succeeds. Soldier 1 decides to shoot a hail of lasers at Garrick.
Aribar dives behind a nearby tree, barely avoiding becoming Swiss Ari.
Garrick is able to get away from one of those, but not all.
Metal Man (GM): 8 hits total, The other guy launches a Flashbang grenade into Aribar's face. Roll another. Aribar leaps out of the way. The guy follows up by shooting a slightly smaller hail of lasers at Digi. Or I should say he probably misses Digi a lot.
Aribar leaps behind another tree.
Digifanatic dodges the lasers with ease.
Metal Man (GM): The other guy with a laser tower strafes Deloth, Aribar, and Nodal.
Garrick is made into frickin' swiss cheese. His armor soaks some of it, expelling the energy as heat, but he still gets busted pretty nicely. Enough to cut his health down a fourth.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth gets hit.
Deloth gets knocked over on his back.
Metal Man (GM): Nodal (most likely) evades it.
Deloth: "Dang..." *pushes himself up.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar succeeds.
Garrick decides to use soldier one as their ranged attack. He goes for a Coat-Collar grab, grabbing him by the collar of his uniform...
Aribar goes from leaping towards a tree to avoid a grenade to rebounding off another to avoid lasery death.
Metal Man (GM): You grab-im. He shoves you off, getting an AOO. He punches you.
Garrick gets socked..
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK*
Garrick just dislikes this guy now.
Soldier1: "None shall enter our grand facility!"
Garrick goes for that grab again, since it's fast.
Metal Man (GM): You grab 'im... He shoves you off.
Garrick: "Fine! I'll just stomp a mud hole in ya!" *ducks low and rises up into a Rising Uppercut.*
Metal Man (GM): *UPPERCUT.*
Nodal runs up to the guard. "Now you pay for everything happening." He slices across the soldiers neck quickly twice. He then carefully attacks the arm that the guard is using to hold his gun steady 3 times before defending so that he has a better chance of avoiding the sort of fate Garrick is feeling.
Metal Man (GM): He deflects the first one, only to be slashed, then slashed three more times. You give him quite a thrashing. Unfortunately, these guys are TOUGH.
Digifanatic starts the turn by trying to grab the guard as well, rushing at him with a bit of a fiery aura (Fire Lunge).
Metal Man (GM): *Grab.* *Grab.* He's a-grabbed, which is something he managed to stave off rather well earlier.
Digifanatic then knows that this guy was purely set up. He stands up at the guy, holding on to him with his left hand. With his right, he launches into malletspace and pulls out a golf club, proceeding to take it with both hands, smashing the guard across the face (Smash, Throw Attack) He tries launching him at another guard.
Metal Man (GM): Roll an. He goes flying into the other guard. They both collide. You deal extra damage to the other guard. HP: 40/100 402/1540 39/100 40/100.
Digifanatic once again heads up to the first guard after attacking him and wastes no time trying to continue his onslaught. He runs up right at, and hopefully into, him, glowing an amazingly bright white as he attempts to collide straight into his body (Celestial Fury).
Metal Man (GM): HP: 40/100 402/1540 39/1540 40/100. SMACK.
Aribar rolls out from behind a tree, Moonlight pointed at the gate to the base. The elf focuses his magical energy and life force into a ball of energy that is covered in electricity. After muttering arcane words the mage cries out, "Terrorbolt!" as a beam of electricity nails the gate to the base.*
Metal Man (GM): The door blasts open. Five more Infantrymen stream into the battle.
Deloth: "Oh, nice one."
Aribar: "Uhhh..... Sorry, guys!"
Soldier5: "Protect the base!"
Soldier6: "Kill the Questers!"
Soldier8: "I forgot my lines?"
Soldier9: "Uhhh... moo."
Nodal: "Hey! Elf! Go back to making cookies!"
Deloth: "Shut it, Nodal."
Aribar: "I resent that!"
Soldier3: "We'll be making cookies out of your corpses for this! Hahahahahaha!"
Nodal just looks at him.
Metal Man (GM): Soldiers. The left tower guy strafes Nodal, Aribar, and Digi.
Aribar is too fatigued by his spellcasting to dodge the lasers of doom.
Metal Man (GM): The beam strafes where Digi was, missing that spot. Soldier 1 decides to punch Garrick around. Soldier 2 opens fire on him with a hail of lasers.
Garrick growls, skidding back. He's tired of this sucker.
Metal Man (GM): Lesseee... 8 hits, Solder 3 fires a flashbang Grenade at Aribar, then tries to punch him. Soldier 4 strafes Aribar, Garrick, and Nodal with lasers. Aribar, meanwhile, evades the flashbang. Nodal: One hit, Aribar: Four hits, Garrick: Two hits,
Aribar rolls away from the flashbang, but is nailed by the punch... And his electrical aura shocks the puncher damage. Aribar then is also nailed by a ton of shots...*
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 5 then starts punching out Nodal. Solder 6 shoots at him a lot with lasers.
Nodal gets smacked around.
Metal Man (GM): 4 hits, damage from the lasers. Soldier 6 starts punching Aribar. One crit. Soldier 7 launches a flashbang at Nodal.
Aribar is hit two times... And the soldier is shocked twice.
Metal Man (GM): Nodal dodges. The angry soldier tries to punch him. And misses. Then the right tower strafes everyone.
Nodal jumps out of the way smoking.
Garrick growls as he stares down soldier 1. He leaps into the air, flying toward him as his fist rears back, not really glowing with power, since he has NO magical ability, but the injections from the suit cause his muscles in the arm to buldge tremedously. "Come on... COME ON!!!"
Metal Man (GM): SMACK.
Aribar dodges the bullets... Things are turning south fast for the elf.
Metal Man (GM): FYI, the area you're in now is basically torched from combat. The forest behind you is sorta on fire. He flies backwards into tower 1. The tower is EXPLODED. It then crashes onto him, dealing him some more damage.
Garrick also hopes that little number Intimidated the others.
Nodal: "Nice one!"
Metal Man (GM): They are intimidated. At least, until their suits shock them into compliance.
Garrick: "Nodal, put a soldier into that other tower! We'd be much better off without those lasers."
Soldier1: "No. Charge into the middle of our group!"
Garrick turns slowly and glares at Soldier1, cracking his knuckles, even if he is bleed heavily.
Nodal runs up to a soldier and rears back. He then kicks it with tremendous force to SLAM it into another tower.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. He goes flying into the tower and richochets right on off.
Nodal then ends with a quick stab into one of them.
Metal Man (GM): *STAB.*
Nodal gets into a defensive stance.
Aribar downs a Blue Potion. A dead elf is a useless elf. Aribar then unleases an electrifying slash on Soldier Number 3, since to my knowledge it should still be within melee range of Aribar.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. 614/1540.
Deloth runs up to Soldier 1 and attempts a Claw Snag (grab) on him.
Aribar: .oO(There's no way we can win this... We have to back out.)
Deloth slings the soldier downwards and does a Scissor Slam on him.
Metal Man (GM): Well, you grab him, thusly your grab attack automatically works. You are, luckily, without the evil of the first tower. Soldier 1 gets up and shoots a ton o' lasers at Deloth. Lessee... 9 hits, damageeach. Number two starts punching out Nodal.
Deloth crumples over and falls unconcious. Dead.
Metal Man (GM): Number 3 fires a flash bang grenade at Aribar. *Evade.*
Aribar ducks under the grenade.*
Nodal does a series of Matrix-esque dodges to miss every punch.
Metal Man (GM): Number 4 attacks with an onslaught of homing lasers at Nodal! 5 hits total. Number five starts punching out Garrick.
Garrick dodges ALL of those..
Metal Man (GM): Number six attempts to also punch out Garrick.
Garrick is hit by ALL of those..
Metal Man (GM): Number seven shoots a flash bang grenade at Garrick. Meanwhile, Garrick dodges the grenade. Then the strafey guy on the tower strafes Nodal, Ari, and Garrick.
Aribar perfectly dodged the attack.
Metal Man (GM): Azure's now here to help. Deloth is still dead.
Azure rushes into the battle a tad bit late.
Metal Man (GM): 624/1540.
Garrick jackknifes around, calling to Ari that he needs something involving healing soon, and rears up to smash that first soldier with another Crossbody Punch into the other tower.
Metal Man (GM): You barely hit. Same ol' same ol, as he flies into the tower. BOOM! That tower's gone. He's bashed up rightly now. Though he's got plenty of health to spare.
Nodal tosses his seeds into the air to continue everyone moving in high motion. He then runs up to the first soldier and slices it twice in the throat quickly and then one on each arm as carefully as he can. He then snaps into a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss miss.
Azure rushes toward the first soldier pulling his fist back and clenching it once the distance gap between himself and it where closed he send out a thrusting forward punch that would hopefully start a wide array of attacks.
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK.* 2 hits.
Azure pulls off a quick one two combo then crouches briefly gather energy in his right hand then thrust it forward engulfed in lightning.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. OUCH. Hmmm... not so ouch. Only Soldiers 6 and 7 are caught up in the area of effect.
Azure continues his rush again rapidly striking the soldier.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Azure jumps away from the soldier his right hand engulfed in light as he thrusts it forward engulfed in a glowing light.
Metal Man (GM): Aaand Azure's beating the crud out of the soldier seconds before that attack barely misses.
Digifanatic resumes his fighting by running up into that first guard, jumping into the air, and smacking him in the head with his hand (Air Attack). Digifanatic then misses a bit with that. He lands, turns around, and then tries to launch another Fire Punch on this guy. Digifanatic then is annoyed at this, and defends for the next round by the opposition.
Metal Man (GM): Miss, miss.
Aribar drops Moonlight and reaches into his pouch for another Blue Potion which he then throws to Garrick while yelling, "Garrick!" Then the elf ducks down, kicking at Soldier 3's feet before taking the Wand of Wonder out of a pouch.* (Blue Potion to Garrick, Low Kick.)
Garrick grabs it outta mid air and drinks it down, storing the bottle for later and smirking as his health returns to him.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Soldiers. Soldier 1 shoots up Azure. Soldier 2 starts punching out Digi. Solder 3 chucks a flash bang grenade at Garrick. Soldier 4 strafes Digi, Azure, and Garrick. Garrick dodges the grenade.
Digifanatic is caught only once thanks to the defensive stance. *two hits.*
Metal Man (GM): The laser attack at Azure hits 5 times. Soldier 3 goes to punch Digi. Soldier 5 shoots up Aribar with lasers.
Digifanatic: *The soldier misses by a lot.*
Aribar manages to dodge two of those shots somehow.*
Metal Man (GM): Soldiers 6 and 7 open fire on Nodal from both sides with lasers. damage, machinegun. 982/1540. Oh, yeah. Deloth is revived.
Deloth slowly gets up.
Metal Man (GM): And Nodal is dead for this round.
Deloth: "Uhhhn... What was the number of that train..."
Garrick puts all his attention on this sucker, windmill kicking him first before Heel Dropping him hard, the Heavy Knockback sending him DOWNWARD instead of outward.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit. He's knocked on up into the thousands of damage.
Digifanatic continues to look down the eyes of that head guard, knowing that it's better to get them one at a time. Digifanatic then starts off his turn by trying to launch a Microwave attack him, running at him and then whipping out the appliance out of thin air.
Metal Man (GM): SMASHD.
Digifanatic then follows the path of his knockback, trying to keep it going by trying to pull off one more Forward Slam on the guy.
Metal Man (GM): At times like this, it almost seems like you're fighting seven minibosses at once. Miss.
Azure takes a step back pulling his fist behind him then hurls it forward toward the solider he was attacking blurring out for a moment as he burst forward for a bozen smash.
Metal Man (GM): Miss. You do a Bozen *whiff.* Which is a shame, seeing as when you hit anything you usually start comboing it to death.
Azure takes a moment to re evaluate his attacks as he slips into his nexus guantlets and goes on the defensive.
Aribar backs away from as many enemies as he can before he charges up the Wand of Wonder with a glob of energy and having it flung at the center figure of the main group and the surrounding crowd. A wall of energy erupts from the glob, burning nearby enemies, but not allies, with magical power. The elf then saves his energy. (Bang, which has Risky Strike but that shouldn't matter since I backed out of melee range.)
Metal Man (GM): They all run around. All but 3 do it like pros. Aaaand they're all burnt en masse. Soldiers. They all attack Aribar simultaneously with lasers. A veritable cloud of lasers obliterates Aribar.
Azure eyes look toward Aribar with a mild shock from the laser strom..
Digifanatic: "Oh maan..."
Aribar becomes Swiss Aribar.*
Metal Man (GM): Nodal is revived.
Deloth winces at the pile of atoms that is now Ari.
Nodal looks around. "Where's Ari?"
Metal Man (GM): Nodal would notice the large, smoking crater where he was.
Digifanatic: "He got blasted, man..."
Nodal: "Holy... CRAP."
Digifanatic: "Sad thing was there's nothing one could do... those lasers are sick."
Garrick growls as he charges the soldier with the highest health and cracks him hard with a Heel Drop, followed by a High Kick.
Metal Man (GM): Miss. Miss.
Nodal runs up to the first one his eyes BURNING red. He pours energy into his blade as he races forward. He then slices into the first one 5 times as his sword slices through their armor with an increased vigor.
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit hit hit hit. Oops. Miss miss hit hit hit.
Nodal gets into a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): He doesn't look very alive anymore... 1268/1540.
Digifanatic starts his turn by still going up for that first guard... he doesn't want to leave him alive by attacking someone else. He starts off the turn with another Fire Punch...
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Digifanatic follows this up with a Running Charge, hoping to shock him right in the midsection one time... he starts running... and zaps him as planned.
Metal Man (GM): Zapd.
Azure raises his hands in the air calling his spirit charms to him. He begins to move his hands in an intricate pattern as they all appear and lower themselves to the ground a massive seal of light bursting from under him. Soon all things around seemingly sparkle as a massive storm of spirit charms float around him. "Divine spirits here my plea help me against the threat ahead." he casts his hands forward and the charms seemingly slam themselves forward the initial target the first solider the storm spreading threatout the battle field. Azure uses *gasp.* his fouth attack. Spirit Charm Summoning:Revolution!
Metal Man (GM): He succeeds, taking half damage/whatever it is. 3 others are effected for full damage.
Azure: *The spirit charms that have made contact with the soldiers remain floating around them an aura resonating with there own bodies attempting to hold them in place where they stand.*
Metal Man (GM): Even Joe the idiot avoids it. Bad luck xing.
Aribar comes back to life in an electrical blast.* "You... Won't defeat me that easily. Die!" *The elf unleashes another explosive blast of energy at that group via the Wand of Wonder.* (Bang!)
Metal Man (GM): HP: 1419/1540 139/1540 267/1540 225/1540 100/1540 200/1540 132/1540 181/100. Garrick see empty land guarded by towers, and the door to the base, which looks locked. Yup. It's pretty empty, mainly 'cause all the guards are fighting you. Hmmm. right. Soldier's turns. All the soldiers launch flashbang grenades at Garrick. Garrick dodges like a maniac until he's hit by one, two, three of them. 5 rounds of blindness. Then they all mob him and try to punch him.
Garrick takes a deep breath, then laces his fingers together, bringing them into a Hammer formation and slamming them HARD into the ground. The enhanced strength from his armor sends a powerful shockwave through the area..
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Hit miss hit miss hit miss. Soldier one remains impeccable to the end. What does this status effect do exactly? Ah.
Garrick glances up, wondering if he dropped any of them...
Metal Man (GM): Nope. Soldier 1 remains alive.
Garrick: "...oh, I hate you so much..." *growls at the Soldier 1, the one he's been smacking forever now..*
Metal Man (GM): HP: 1448/1540 139/1540 306/1540 225/1540 139/1540 200/1540 171/1540.
Nodal runs up to Soldier 1 and his blade glows with energy. He spins into a flurry of slices and hits it 4 times. Ooops.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit missssss.
Nodal then jumps backwards into a defensive stance.
Digifanatic: "Nice job, Garrick and Nodal... only problem is..."
Metal Man (GM): The soldier, horribly wounded, clutches his side and dies.
Digifanatic: "Six more."
Metal Man (GM): He also drops a Superhuman shield and his machinegun.
Digifanatic levels up.
Nodal grabs the shield as well.
Nodal: "Anyone want these?"
Deloth: "I call dibs on a shield."
Metal Man (GM): Note that they all have shields and machineguns.
Deloth: "Seriously, I get a shield."
Metal Man (GM): Their shields add 2 to EVD and take up one arm. They are worth 25,000 coins if sold. And there's 6 more sets of guns n' shields. Their armor could be stolen, except it's cybernetically stuck to them, and custom-fitted. No dice. There's also, if you care, two partially destroyed laser cannons from the towers, laying on the ground by the scorched remains of their users. They're Huge, though, making them too big to wield. Some weird wires lay around as well.
Digifanatic somehow feels a bit... healed... after Nodal killed that guard... he takes the op to go for the 3rd guard (since it's taken the next most damage) and delivers another Fire Punch at him.
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK.*
Digifanatic continues it up with something he hasn't done this match... a Hyper Beam matrix, still going for that same guard. He starts shooting out the beams...
Metal Man (GM): Crit!
Digifanatic ended his turn on a high but very vulnerable note.
Metal Man (GM): Yeouch. Not far to go. They just bounce around and back in front of you.
Azure rushes the solider that has taken damagethrowing out a high speed punch starting off into yet another combo.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Azure: He pulls his fist back glowing mystically with electric might and then hurls it forward.
Metal Man (GM): *DING... DING... BING????* A slot machine appears and spins wildly out of control while you fight. Hit. It appears over Azure for no reason and starts spinning.
Azure continues his assault of mayhem as his element switches from lightning to wind and his attack pattern speeds up becoming more fluid.
Metal Man (GM): It's 555, actually, but Azure's already beaten him past that. SMACK.
Azure jumps away once more his fist flowing with light energy. He rushes forward and then spins once before slamming his fist toward the solider.
Metal Man (GM): Aaaand Azure continues beating him around. Hit!
Azure pulls himself back giving a heavy sigh. Koho X complete.
Metal Man (GM): You've beaten the crud outta him... HP: DEAD/1540 139/1540 810/1540 225/1540 139/1540 200/1540 171/1540. The slot machine rolls. 8 coins land in front of you. Then it disappears.
Garrick: "Ari, that gun would be helpful..."
Metal Man (GM): The machinegun is laying there on the ground.
Garrick motions to the laser machine gun... that is, if he feels like tossing it to him..
Metal Man (GM): It looks deadly. It's arm-mounted and fueled by a rod of magitek.
Aribar pockets the Wand of Wonder, throws the gun to Garrick, unpockets the Wand of Wonder, and does nothing else.*
Garrick catches it in his hand, feeling his old magitek creation senses light up inside him as he grips it tightly.
Metal Man (GM): Stats for the gun:
Garrick cocks the gun with practiced ease and cracks his neck.
Metal Man (GM): Magitek Laser Machinegun (27 damage, +2 accuracy, additional hit for every 5 over EVD) Eh. It doesn't even need to be cocked. It's a pushbutton machine. though it does fit well on your armor-covered arm.
Digifanatic: "Sweet. Go get 'em, Garrick."
Metal Man (GM): You just need to put your hand in a fist to fire it. Soldier's turns. Soldier 2 opens fire on Garrick with lasers. Machinegun, damage, blahblah. Solders 3, 5, and 7 concentrate their weakened energies to punching out Nodal. Solders 4 and 6 shoot flashbang grenades at Azure. Azure is ka-blinded.
Garrick quickly swallows some Megavitamins to cure his blindedness, then races for the weakest of the enemies, executing a driving punch with his newly acquired weapon.
Metal Man (GM): Punch and miss.
Nodal recasts his seeds on all. He then slices into the weakest of the enemies twice wuickly on its chest and then once each carefully on its arms. Nodal then jumps back and gets ready for anything. (Defend.)
Azure holds his hands in front of him chanting. His spirit charms float around him healing him.
Aribar: "Bang!" *He points his wand and causes an explosion at the entire group.*
Metal Man (GM): All are hit. 189/1540 942/1540 275/1540 189/1540 250/1540 221/1540.
Deloth dashes up to Soldier 3 and hits him with a Wing Smash.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Deloth flips back and wraps his wings around himself in a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): Soldiers turns. Poor Ocean. He'll still get some more EXP. The soldiers... hmmm... The three stooges that are stunned start punching Nodal. The other four spread their fire to Aribar, Deloth, Garrick, and Nodal, respectively.
Aribar is shot twice.
Nodal dodges and blocks all around only getting hit once. And then twice.
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 3 is starting to feel the pain.
Deloth gets hit twice, but he manages to roll away from the other two.
Garrick focuses on Soldier 3, pushing through the laser shots and hitting with a driving punch, followed by a Jab, and then a Rising Punch, and since the first and third attacks are done with the right hand, he'll be doing two rolls from the laser buster.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit.
Garrick: Okay, let me do the math here...
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit.
Garrick backs up from the soldier, smirking as he looks him over..
Metal Man (GM): 1097/154.
Nodal runs up the the soldier as wabes of energy rush up and down his blade. He then stabs it twice in the stomach and twice in the neck. Finally he backflips into a defensive stance scoring an attack as he does so.
Metal Man (GM): Let's see... crit and hit.
Aribar decides to let the Wand of Wonder cool off a bit. Aribar fires off another explosive blast of energy and follows up by throwing a ball of electrical energy at the soldiers which shoots out electricity at the soldiers.* (Bang, Thordain.)
Metal Man (GM): Only three people left... They spread out and spread their fire against the remaining targets. First two: Garrick. Next two: Nodal. Next two: Aribar.
Aribar is massacred.
Garrick unloads with a jab, driving punch, uppercut combo. First the punches..
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Hit. Hit. Two hits, and three hits. Soldier 3 is clinging on, barely, now.
Nodal races towards Soldier 3. He jumps in the air and starts to spin. His spinning blades cataches it twcie before he hits the ground. He then stabs it twice in the stomach and backflips into a defensive posture.
Metal Man (GM): 279/1540 1470/1540 315/1540 229/1540 340/1540 311/1540. Hit miss hit, hit miss. Now he's super-barely-alive.
Aribar decides to use two Thordains... A normal one, which exhausts his supply of that spell, and a WoW-one.
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 3 is electrocuted. Soldiers. The five remaining soldiers are angry, as evidenced by how one shoots at Garrick, two at Nodal, and two at Ari.
Aribar is hit twice...
Nodal watches as the shots zoom away.
Metal Man (GM): +1540 EXP to all, and another shield and machinegun is dropped.
Garrick finds the next sucker to drop. He charges up and socks him with a charged Cross Hook.
Metal Man (GM): That would be Soldier 6.
Nodal runs up to the weakest soldier here. He slices at it twice in the throat and then twice in the stomach. Finally he runs away and grabs a shield to strap to his back. "Clone would like this..."
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss miss. HP: DEAD/1540 359/1540 DEAD/1540 395/1540 309/1540 693/1540 391/1540.
Aribar decides to fire a Wand of Wonder powered Bang at the group...*
Metal Man (GM): All hit. Ouch. They all save up their actions for now. 5 Infantry remain.
Nodal throws his seeds over the battlefield to speed up his allies on it. He then runs up to the weakest infantry and spins in a circle to slice it twice. He then stabs it in its stomach and wrenches up to hit it again and continue his motion into a backflipo rasing his new shield in a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss miss.
Digifanatic once again takes graditude for Nodal's seeds and runs up to that same guard. He attempts to launch one more Fire Lunge into this guy.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Miss. He barely shoves you away.
Digifanatic doesn't fully hang onto the guy, but felt that he needed to try. Digifanatic then never realized he had it. Digifanatic then continues his turn by trying to nail in a Fire Punch, trying all he can to make sure he can whittle this sucker's health down. Digifanatic then defends.
Metal Man (GM): HP: DEAD/1540 409/1540 DEAD/1540 445/1540 409/1540 887/1540 501/1540.
Aetos seemingly poofs into existence into the battle like he was always there... he holds his right hand back, and then after a moment he thrusts a few small darts formed out of wind toward Soldier 6.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss. The Soldiers, with all their additional energy saved up, unleash sheer doom at everyone. Soldier 2 shoots at Nodal a lot. Soldier 4 attacks Digi. Soldier 5 attacks Aribar. Soldier 6 attacks Aetos.
Digifanatic is hit thrice (one a critical)
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 7 strafes Nodal, Digi, and Aribar all at once.
Digifanatic is once again hit twice (once a critical)
Metal Man (GM): The PA blares. It's Denon himself.
Digifanatic's health has a HUGE chunk taken out, yet somehow, he still has enough health to stay on the same life.
Denon: "You wretched scum have no place in my fortress. You shall be destroyed before you can even enter!"
Aetos took several blows but still endures.
Denon: "And soon enough, I will destroy your headquarters..."
Metal Man (GM): It turns off. The soldiers nod approvingly.
Aetos: "He's at it again..."
Metal Man (GM): The soldiers, however, are rather beaten up.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, let's just--*wince.*--just--argh--get this over with ASAP. We still have some strength here."
Metal Man (GM): It looks like they might just lose this battle of attrition; though they don't look like they'll ever give up.
Nodal uses a ton of his energy flowing into his blade to attack soldier six repeatedly. He jumps towards the soldier and slices into its body. His blade flows through its stomach twice and then each of its arms. Finally a strike to his neck occurs and he jumps back to defend.
Metal Man (GM): Hit miss hit crit hit. He kneels a bit, feeling the pain, though, as all the supersoldiers do, he stands up.
Soldier6: "Your battle is an exercise in futility. None... shall... pass!"
Metal Man (GM): 1099/1540.
Soldier2: "Even though Kuja has abandoned us, we do not need him... as you can see, we will endure. Only a few of us are needed to keep this door safe."
Digifanatic still attacks at the same soldier... have to take them down asap. He starts the turn off with a standard Air Attack, trying to nab him just below the neck with a nice enough shot.
Metal Man (GM): CRIT! You hit him good. You guys would, once again, notice the huge, former tower-guns laying on the ground nearby.
Digifanatic does hit him good, in fact, good enough to ensue a bit of a glow eminating from his body. He seems to be a bit more alert and stronger now. He starts off this ensuing run by trying to hit this soldier once again with a round of a Hyper Beam Matrix, hoping to score a couple of the beams on him. "Let's have some fun... Or not..."
Metal Man (GM): Aaand you miss. Those cannons continue to lay on the ground. They look shiiiney...
Aribar tosses Nodal a Blue Potion before putting away the Wand of Wonder and rushing over to get his sword.* "You people really need to buy some healing items!"
Digifanatic: "I know... I didn't have the time..."
Metal Man (GM): The cannons continue to lay on the ground.
Aetos becomes spellbound by the shiney-ness of the turret gun thing... he slowly walk over to it, and furnishes a small bit... he finds a trigger or button, decides to aim the cannon at Soldier 6, and pushes it/pulls it.
Metal Man (GM): It works differently than that; upon finding it and sitting in the small chair on it, it auto-targets all the soldiers and strafes them. They all leap outta the way, two of them getting hit . The weapon quickly recharges. And there's another one to the left.
Soldier 2: "What? Gah! They still work!"
Digifanatic: "Whoa... nice trick, Aetos."
Metal Man (GM): It's ready to fire again.
Aetos kinda smiles, then gives them a thumbs up. "It's all skill!" he activates it again.
Aribar: "Careful you don't hit us!"
Metal Man (GM): More are hit this time. Well, only two. Different ones. The cannon is highly powerful. As of such, it doesn't seem to overheat easily.
Aetos shrugs... "This is kinda fun." he activates it ONCE MORE..
Soldier 7: "We must take control of the cannons! The Questers will be mincemeat if we do! Ahhhhh!"
Metal Man (GM): Only one hit this time. Soldiers. One of them immediately hops into the seat of the other cannon.
Soldier2: "Why didn't we use skilled people on these in the first place?"
Metal Man (GM): He then strafes everyone but Aetos four times.
Digifanatic is hit once.
Metal Man (GM): The other four turn to Aetos. The first two charge at him and try to grab him.
Aribar is shot once and is definitely feeling the pain. The elf decides to make that soldier the primary target.
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 4 tries to grab you and gets shoved backwards. Soldier 5 grabs you and decides to hurl you away, not damaging you any but sending you behind the group. Soldier 6 leaps onto the cannon and strafes everyone with it.
Digifanatic is still hit once...
Metal Man (GM): The seventh one goes on up and defends himself in front of the front door. Two people in cannons.
Aetos props himself up... "Maybe we should take out that 6th one in the cannon."
Metal Man (GM): DEAD/1540 559/1540(In Cannon) DEAD/1540 445/1540 459/1540 1186/1540(In Cannon) 551/1540. You can either try to grab them and throw them out or attack them while they have the front of the cannon partially shielding them.
Digifanatic is just blown upset at what has happened to his health over the last two turns... he starts by walking over the cannon that houses #6 and tries to Fire Punch into him, trying to get him out of there.
Metal Man (GM): And then there's that jerk blocking the still locked front door. He blocks it with his shield.
Digifanatic: *last lucky.*
Metal Man (GM): You just barely hit him. Damage/Knockback? He stays on the cannon, as a result. He is nearly dead, though.
Digifanatic, realizing that his luck is running short, knows that he can't just stop this madness. He tries running up to him again (or at least the cannon) and tries to Microwave this guy.
Metal Man (GM): He swivels the cannon to block it.
Aribar rushes towards the less protected cannon, the one first manned by the enemies, while casting a weak curing spell on himself. Once reaching the cannon he leaps on top of the gun barrel before jumping off again, flipping in midair to land facing the back of his enemy. The elf says an enchanting spell causing electricity to arc up and down Moonlight's length before unleashing two lightning fast strikes on his prone target.
Metal Man (GM): You're safe and missing. They duck.
Nodal runs up to the very weakened cannon soldier. He fills his blade with energy as he slices into its body four times with lightening quick speed. He is trying to knock it out of the cannon or at least stun it enough to not be able to fire it.
Metal Man (GM): All of them miss as he uses the cannon to take cover.
Aetos clasps his hands together in front of him, he pulls it out slowly as a ball of circulating air forms between them... in moments to thrusts his arms forward and the ball goes flying toward Soldier #6 in the cannon.
Metal Man (GM): He just ducks under that. Soldiers. The now both controlled cannons strafe like mad.
Digifanatic: "Oh maaaaaaan..."
Digifanatic: *These are likely his last words before dying...* *tries to stay in it until the end, but two quick hits at the end seal the deal: he falls back onto the ground, lying in pain as his eyes start to close, body battered. He loses his first life via health (he's lost one in the Platinum due to arena boundaries).*
Metal Man (GM): The other guys get into defensive formation and block the entrance. Digi's dead, so..
Nodal runs towards the backs of the cannon's the infantry is using and positions himself so one cannon is pointing at the one in front of him. He then slices into it 5 times before defending.
Metal Man (GM): These soldier guys remain the toughest people you've faced so far, maybe except for when The Void was nearly unhittable. Nodal hits that cannon guy three times despite his defensive aids. Soldier 6 is nearly dead.
Aribar downs a direly needed Blue Potion before unleashing another electrifying double slash on the not-so-helpless gunner while ducking down to get another quick stab in.* (Blue Potion, BiBolt Slash, Stab)
Metal Man (GM): Miss and miss, and crit!
Aetos does the same thing as last turn... with the air blast attack on Soldier 6 in the cannon...
Metal Man (GM): Finally, a good hit. He's knocked outta the cannon.
Aetos quickly gets into the cannon and activates it... even with Nodal behind it.
Metal Man (GM): It's strafe-o-rama, with all of them vulnerable to it.
Aetos shrugs. "Might as well give it everything, before I get shoved out again..." he activates it 3 more times.
Metal Man (GM): The other laser cannon soldier fires blindly at Aetos. Since Aetos is stuck in the cannon (for now), he gets auto-hit . However, he also strafes his own men! Soldier 6 is, ironically, killed in the process. +1540 EXP to all. Digi is revived. 609/1540.
Nodal runs up to the last soldier in the cannon. He rears back as powerfully as he can to smash into it powerfully.
Metal Man (GM): He manages to block. Barely.
Nodal then jumps back and slices powerfully to hit him with a blast of air.
Metal Man (GM): He's knocked on off. THAT worked.
Nodal then jumps into the cannon and fires it twice.
Metal Man (GM): *Miss.*
Digifanatic hops off the revival platform, glowing a bit, then fading off as he realizes the guard that killed him is now dead. He starts running up to the weakest guy blocking the door and tries to give him a Fire Punch square around the jaw area. Digifanatic then follows it up by running back a step or two, then trying to ram him with a use of the Running Charge, trying to shock him a time. He continues his round by trying to pull off one quick Light Ray at that same guard...
Metal Man (GM): Hit and hit. The guard, however, seems tougher. Hit.
Aribar decides to rush over to that guard and unleash two BiBolt Slashes on that guard.
Metal Man (GM): Miss miss miss miss.
Aribar: "Gah... Hold still!"
Aetos 'uses' the cannon 4 times, due to lack of description about the machine.
Metal Man (GM): He takes a beating. The soldier in the cannon strafes back. Yet more to the other guys, who decide to brance out and mob Digi, punching at him.
Digifanatic is hit... amazingly enough, only twice... .oO(Eh, just a couple of scratches.)
Nodal jumps on top of the cannon that has been swiveling to block him. he then slashes as hard he he can to knock out its occupant.
Metal Man (GM): He sits there as you viciously slice the air.
Nodal then swiftly sends blasts a wave of wind at him.
Metal Man (GM): Anything else? He is a sitting duck while you're standing on the cannon--yeah. Just not that slow.
Editor's Note: In case you didn't notice, this battle is ridiculous. Locos was talking to me via /notice, and this comment he put put it best. "They seriously have to fight through 9 more of these fights full of super soldiers?"
Nodal finally swipes him powerfully one last time before sending up some replacement seeds. Nodal then leaps off the cannon and stands behind it.
Digifanatic once again thanks Nodal for spreading the love of the seeds. He tries to launch that guard off of his turret by trying to Fire Lunge him once again, hoping that he can just keep the hold on him this time.
Metal Man (GM): Lunge. I mean, hit.
Digifanatic grabs hold and then proceeds to hopefully get him out of the turret with a whack of the golf club...
Metal Man (GM): ...Ouch.
Digifanatic still can't keep his grip on these silly things.
Metal Man (GM): He uses his superhuman strength to break free and avoid it.
Digifanatic: "I can't stand this!" With that, he tries smashing into him with another Fire Punch, just wanting this guy to at least stumble a bit.
Soldier2: "We will oppose you forever."
Metal Man (GM): Hit. He's feeling the pain. Though he's still on the dang thang. DEAD/1540 898/1540 DEAD/1540 835/1540 709/1540 DEAD/1540 801/1540.
Digifanatic: "We're doing fine, guys. I think they're really starting to feel it..."
Aribar decides to be very random... And accurate. The elf fires off not one, not two, but FOUR blasts of arcane energy at the guard in the turret.*
Metal Man (GM): You make him feel the pain.
Digifanatic: "Nice shots, Ari."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos lasers him up.
Digifanatic: "We're gonna get these guys..."
Soldier2: "Hold the line, men! We must stop the Questers!"
Metal Man (GM): Soldier2 strafes everyone yet again. Nasty.
Digifanatic dodges the first two barrages with ease but gets caught up in the latter half.
Aribar easily bobs and weaves out of the way of the strafing.
Nodal gets hit once but the shock speeds him into dodging.
Metal Man (GM): 4, 5, and 7 then charge Nodal with punches.
Digifanatic: "Nodal, ya alright?"
Nodal: "I'll... I'll make it." *winds up! The Slash!*
Nodal jumps up onto the turret. Cannon.* *speeds some wind towards it.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss and hit. Ah. He's knocked out.
Nodal then leaps into the turret and fires it twice. "Hahahaha! Now its my turn!"
Metal Man (GM): Let's see... 1 hit.
Digifanatic instantly goes for the weakest guard there is, and starts up (hopefully) huge, trying to get out of this gate with a HBM round on the guy. Alas, these beams still aren't working for beans this battle.
Metal Man (GM): Indeed.
Digifanatic continues by trying to attack the same guard with a Downward Slam, trying to send him hard into the ground after jumping into the air at him.
Metal Man (GM): Hit! Soldier 2 is almost dead.
Aribar rushes over to Soldier 2 and hopes that he can manage to down him with 2 BiBolt Slashes...
Metal Man (GM): Crit miss miss hit. Aetos mows down Soldier 2 for the count. He's Dead now.
Digifanatic: "Ah... isn't that lovely. Past half home."
Metal Man (GM): 1540 more EXP. HP: D1448/1540 D1470/1540 D1528/1540 1085/1540 909/1540 D1493/1540 1051/1540. The three remaining soldiers power up their smoking laser guns and spread their fire, attacking Nodal, Digi, and Aribar respectively.
Digifanatic is hit thrice.
Aribar manages to get hit twice... Ouch.
Nodal laughs maniacally. He fires his cannon 7 times while laughing to the air. "Fire!"
Digifanatic: "Let 'er rip!"
Metal Man (GM): 4 hits on Soldier 4. 2 hits on Soldier 5. 3 hits on Soldier 7.
Digifanatic starts the turn by continuing to onslaught Soldier #4, especially thanks to Nodal getting the best accuracy on that soldier. He decides to try an perform an Icy Kick or two on him this turn. He then continues his turn with yet another Fire Punch to this guy; he won't let up on this.
Aribar backs away from the enemies and fires some magical blasts of energy at Soldier #4 before raising up Moonlight defensively.
Metal Man (GM): The few, the proud... the beaten up soldiers...
Digifanatic: "Aetos... looking good..."
Metal Man (GM): They shoot back at y'all. Digi, Nodal, and Aribar, respectively.
Digifanatic: "Heh. He's not listening. He must be concentrating pretty--ahh!"
Nodal spins in his turret to dodge every single one.
Digifanatic attempts to use Digital Barrier on this.
Aribar manages to avoid half the shots...
Digifanatic is hit by two barrages twice in that...
Nodal once again fires a huge barrage of shots out of his turrets at the hapless soldiers. "Die!...Die!"
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 4 bites the dust. 1540 more EXP.
Digifanatic suddenly feels healed again upon the death of the next soldier... he attacks the weakest remaining guard with another round of HBM, hoping to get something in again. Digifanatic then sighs... at least he gets one in.
Aribar fires a bolt of electricity at both remaining soldiers before rushing up and unleashing another electricity-enchanted barrage of slashes at Soldier 4.* Aribar then trips just as he begins running towards the soldier...*
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 7 dies. As does Soldier something or other. +1540 EXP x2. Plus there's 5 shields and 5 laser guns laying around.
Nodal grabs another shield and a gun.
Digifanatic takes one of the shields but wants the other hand to be open.
Aribar drops Moonlight and falls to his knees, panting.* "There's... No way we can continue on... They're too strong."
Metal Man (GM): No soldiers are left. The PA crackles again.
Denon: "Gah! My entryway men have been killed... oh well. My door is safe."
Digifanatic leaves the shield behind then. Digifanatic then does take the shield. That is final!
Aribar stands up, still panting. He takes Moonlight and sheaths it before looking around the battlefield... "Either of you need some healing? My powers are limited, by they can help..."
Digifanatic: "Nah, I'm fine for now."
Nodal: "Well I'm ok for now."
Aribar takes two shields and guns.* "Perhaps Metal or someone can use these somehow."
Nodal grabs the last shield and two guns. "Waste not waste not."
Metal Man (GM): The front door is a huge steel wall of sorts, with a palm reader to the side.
Digifanatic: "Huh... That's one durable door." *walks over to the palm reader.*
Nodal: "Well. A palm reader. Shall we cut off a guards hand?"
Aribar looks at the door.* "I could probably muster up the firepower to blow it open if needed..."
Metal Man (GM): It's hand-shaped. Apparently used to tell who's allowed in.
Nodal walks over to a soldier. "Well?"
Aribar: "Well what?"
Nodal: "Shall we... bah."
Metal Man (GM): The soldier is dead.
Nodal: *Swish.* *picks up the grisly object.*
Metal Man (GM): Nodal has acquired: Severed hand of a guard.
Nodal walks over to the palm reader and presses the hand to the reader.
Digifanatic cringes a bit, but goes along with the idea.
Metal Man (GM): *BEEP* *CLICK.* The door opens up.
Denon: "What? No! Stupid machine!"
Nodal: "After you."
Digifanatic starts to walk in. "Well thought."
Aribar unsheathes Moonlight again and follows Digi inside after casting Cure on himself.
Nodal follows after re-casting seeds for any traps.
Metal Man (GM): You walk in... it's some sort of weird lobby. Two Supersoldiers get up from their posts and attack!
Aribar sighs. "This is suicide..."
Digifanatic takes a gaze..."Oh, you've got to be..." he mutters.
Nodal: "Well at least it's only 2..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but is it me, or do they look meaner?"
Metal Man (GM): They aim at you and fire.
Nodal: "Do you mean uglier? If so then yeah."
Metal Man (GM): *BZT.*
Aribar rolls to the side as the aim.
Metal Man (GM): Reality explodes where they were standing. They're... gone?
Digifanatic: "What was that?"
Nodal: "What the..."
Aetos took a shield and gun from after the fight earlier?..
Aribar blinks and looks up... And around the room... And behind him.*
Denon: "...Impossible. Some sort of X-zone portal just ate them up..."
Digifanatic: "Someone hack the controls or Denon just playing mind games?"
Metal Man (GM): A piece of paper lands on the ground.
Aribar: "What's going o..... Oh. Thanks, Denon."
Nodal: "What's this..." *picks it up and reads it aloud.*
Aetos: "Doesn't seem good..."
Denon: "What? You don't know either?Then I'm really confused..."
Metal Man (GM): It says, at the top, "SARDIS MONGUL'S JOURNAL."
Nodal: "No Denon was just kidding. It was me."
Metal Man (GM): Page... 16.
Digifanatic: "Oh boy... More of this..."
Metal Man (GM): It reads as follows: http://archive.metalman88.com/SardisMongul.htm "I have discovered something most disturbing, in my travels. Things... are not as they appear. Reality shifts. I, now back on Nintendus, search for answers to all that has happened. It makes no sense. Reality shifts. Reality... what has happened to you? All of my guages are going off the scale!" It continues...
Aetos: "Things are not as they appear?.. jee..."
Nodal continues to act out the part growing more "Horror movie reading a journal-ey" as he reads.
Sardis Mongul's Journal: "Yes... the world... it is falling apart. A great chaos has descended upon the land, and it has summoned the likes of Lumis Dongthar. People fight nonsensical, one-time existence entities, who vanish from existence in an instant. Time changes... physics are changing... am I still insane? Look at this! Some man... Kuja... has come from nowhere! He lead the Questers back through time... but why? They saw so many things..." It concludes, one last paragraph upon it, in small lettering.
Digifanatic: "Lumis... back through time, that's Turion... Pretty sure."
Aribar: "..... Who is this Mongul guy and how does he know what happened to us?"
Sardis Mongul's Journal: "...The world has not been saved. The Questers... must be warned. The prophecy... it clearly means they will lose to this man, Kuja. He will exile them, just as the prophecy says! But... that Eggman... he stole my writings! How will I help them... hmmm... I must keep on sending these papers..." The page ends on that note.
Denon: "Fascinating. A crackpot must be following you around and sending you fan mail. I'll make sure to kill any Sardis Monguls I meet."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs dryly.
Denon: "I better launch this ship now. Wouldn't want you to get anywhere near me."
Nodal: "How much fanmail do you get?"
Aribar: "..... Dah!" *can't believe he forgot the mission, however suicidal it is. The elf looks about for a door...*
Metal Man (GM): You see two doors on the north wall, one on the West, one on the East.
Nodal folds the page and puts it in his pack. "This should be preserved."
Aetos: "We should hurry... which way do we go...?"
Digifanatic: "I dunno."
Nodal: "Well lets flip a coin. I always find these work better when left to fate." *flips a coin.* "To the east?"
Aetos: What about the two north doors?
Aribar: "Eenie meenie minee thataway!" *The elf decides to rush to the northeastern door and open it.*
Digifanatic: "Maybe... Ari! One sec." *tries to concentrate to see if he think which pathway might be best.*
Aribar: "Time's not on our side. Denon's launching that ship!"
Digifanatic: "Alright, alright."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar rushes that side, finding it locked. A palm reader is next to each door.
Digifanatic checks to see how much time is left before it's launched (to the nearest minute if possible)
Nodal rushes over to Aribar and presses the hand to the reader.
Digifanatic tries franticially searching for an unguarded door.
Metal Man (GM): Digi uses his senses to detect all four doors, unguarded but possibly locked. Nodal: The door clicks, then buzzes.
Aetos sits on the ground in the middle of the room. "Panicking..tsk."
Digifanatic: "Oh man..."
Metal Man (GM): It remains locked.
Digifanatic checks to see if the door behind them has since been shut.
Aetos: "Yes, it means failure."
Metal Man (GM): That door remains open.
Digifanatic: "Hang on..."
Digifanatic: "What if I grabbed that hand and tried it on one of these doors?"
Aetos smirks "At least he's thinking..."
Digifanatic: "Would Denon still realize it or..."
Aribar says, "Go for it..." and kicks the locked door in fustration.*
Denon: "I can see you."
Nodal tosses it to Aribar.
Metal Man (GM): The door remains locked.
Digifanatic: "Oh, never mind."
Aribar: "Gah!" *The elf jumps back from the amputated hand.*
Nodal: "Well Denon since we can not poooosibly get to you in time how about making it sporting and giving us a chance? Its what a truly evil villain would do."
Aribar: "Okay, plan B..."
Nodal picks it up again.
Denon: "You have a chance, you just need to try some more doors, you fools."
Digifanatic: "He knows it's us, Nodal."
Aetos tilts his head at Aribar.
Nodal tries all the doors.
Aribar sheaths Moonlight, takes Moonlight, and tells everyone to stand back.*
Digifanatic: "He's probably configurated the system..."
Aetos smacks his forehead.
Digifanatic stands back from Ari.
Metal Man (GM): There was one laying on the floor on the inside, there is. The inside one you use buzzes all doors but the Western one, which opens.
Aetos flicks a ball of dust rolling near him.
Digifanatic: "West! Quick!"
Aribar: "... Nevermind."
Metal Man (GM): It's a tiled hallway with a door to the North at the end.
Digifanatic runs in as fast as possible, shield still in hand.,.
Nodal runs through the west door.
Metal Man (GM): *CLICK.* *CLICK.*
Aribar jogs over into the western door and down the hallway.*
Metal Man (GM): *CLICK.*
Aetos still sits on the ground..
Metal Man (GM): You hear pressure plates. Aribar trips and is stabbed by a spike . Nodal outruns the spikes and gets to the door.
Aetos blinks... "Gruesome."
Metal Man (GM): Digi also takes damage from a spike into his foot.
Aribar puts Aribar stains on Denon's nice clean deathtrap.
Nodal looks behind him. "Coming Elf?"
Metal Man (GM): They're also marooned in the middle of the trap.
Digifanatic: "Think I'm reeling now..."
Nodal: "Whoa. What happened to you."
Aetos: "I don't know if I want to go that way..."
Nodal looks around for any way to save them.
Aribar: "Gah!" *The elf curses as a spike badly cuts his leg...*
Metal Man (GM): Nodal see a big red button on one of the walls. Marked "EMERGENCY."
Nodal: "Must... not press big red button."
Aetos looks over to Nodal. "Button... do it!!"
Nodal presses it.
Aetos stands up and braces himself.
Metal Man (GM): ALL the spikes go up, making sort of a wall.
Aribar: "Damn you, Nodal!"
Digifanatic covers his ears from potential alarm... "Oh crap!"
Metal Man (GM): They also pin Aribar and Digi to the ceiling. Oh, right. And alarms go off. The spikes are fully extended, stuck into the ceiling.
Nodal sits down and casts healing on them.
Denon: "Good work. Now just throw some C4 on them and we can have Aribarbecue for lunch."
Aetos whistles and pulls out a high-tech ring... pushing a small button on it and aims it toward the eastern door. *Door opener 3000.*
Nodal goes to the door and tries to open it.
Metal Man (GM): The door opens, revealing another hallway with tiles.
Aribar becomes a pincushion, pierced in several places... The elf attempts to try and keep in the air to avoid falling to the floor.
Metal Man (GM): Nodalr inside hand unlocks the door to the North. Aribar: No problem. The spikes support you.
Aetos: "Hey guys, I found another hallway for you to kill yourselves in."
Digifanatic hopes he can somehow make it through the pinnage unscathed.
Aribar: "I'm going to kill you, Nodal..."
Nodal heads in.
Metal Man (GM): Digi only manages to hurt himself more.
Aetos looks around for a hand on the ground.
Metal Man (GM): Nodal goes north. A lone Soldier attacks him.
Metal Man (GM): Damage as he shoots at Nodal with machinegunlike accuracy.
Nodal jumps out of the way and cartwheels behind the soldier.
Digifanatic tries to follow into the next room, filled with a few cuts and stuff.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: No hands on the ground in that hallway.
Aribar gets an idea... The elf tries to port over to the Dark World. Hopefully a spike free world...
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: None left there. Aribar warps into the dark world. Digi breaks free, taking damage.
Aetos scratches his head... he looks for any rocks.
Nodal spins and slashes into it 5 times before defending.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: Only outside. Aribar turns into... a full elf? Weird. No spikes. Meanwhile, Nodal scratches the infantry guy, who shoots at him some more.
Aetos growls, he uses his expert vision to search for any loose plates on the ground, strings running across the hallway... holes in the wall...
Metal Man (GM): Nodal's room, which Digi runs into, has three doors to the north.
Aribar falls to the floor, groaning in pain... The elf slowly stands up and begins limping to the end of the corridor before heading back to the light world.*
Metal Man (GM): Aetos would notice the floor tiles are -very- loose.
Nodal blocks the shots and once again clices into him to destroy it before defending.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar reappears in the light world, past the spikes. Nodal hits the Soldier several more times. Doesn't seem like he'll die without a fight, though, as he continues shooting at Nodal.
Soldier: "Die, scum!"
Metal Man (GM): Perhaps you should run from him.
Aetos makes a lunge across the hallway, using his wings to glide if needed.
Digifanatic steers clear from this guy until the moment is right.
Nodal: "Digi! Find an exit!"
Denon: "All of you are like mice in a maze. Ha ha ha."
Digifanatic: "Don't worry, I have the plan!"
Aribar mutters some curses as he drinks a Blue Potion, his wounds healing a bit...
Nodal swings his sword to defend Digi against this guy.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos leaps... leaps... not quite far enough. Double jump needed! Nodal hits the supersoldier some more, while Aetos needs a triple jump (if he has one) or something else to complete his thing.
Digifanatic tries to run to a door.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos leaps across, barely. You reach all three doors, which need a hand.
Aetos: "That was close..."
Nodal throws the hand at Digi.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos sees two northbound doors.
Digifanatic: "Nodal, toss me the hand!"
Metal Man (GM): Digi is slapped in the face by the hand.
Digifanatic catches it and tries placing it on the middle one.
Metal Man (GM): The super soldier attacks Nodal some more.
Nodal whips out his SmashDex and scans the soldier.
Dex: "...DING! ..."
Metal Man (GM): Reality explodes on the dex.
Dex: "...End of entry."
Aribar starts towards Nodal, drawing his sword. The elf wonders whether he should sink it into Nodal's back or the soldier.*
Digifanatic: "What is going on here?" *still waiting for fate of door and hand.*
Metal Man (GM): The middle door opens for Digi.
Aetos examines the northwestern door, he checks if it has a palm-scan too.
Metal Man (GM): Inside it is a pile of gold. And another door.
Digifanatic starts walking into the gold room. "This better not be a trap. Come on, guys."
Metal Man (GM): About 10,000 coins in this room.
Nodal looks over his shoulder. "If that's not a trap steal me some!"
Aetos scratches his head... "God shoe-it... Nodal has that hand."
Digifanatic tries to take a coin before he takes a good share of it.
Metal Man (GM): Digi take the coin with no side-effects.
Denon: "Stupid guards... leaving gold unguarded but shooting up jerks."
Digifanatic takes the stash to be evenly split amongst us.
Aribar stays on the defensive just in case any stray laser shots miss Nodal and hit the elf. The mage, however, does launch a bolt of electricity at the guard.
Nodal kicks the guard into the spike room trying to impale him and then shuts the door. Nodal then rears up to kick again.
Metal Man (GM): He's zapped and then bounced away. The door shuts behind him. You have the room to yourselves now.
Nodal: "Well. Lets join up with Digi."
Digifanatic: "I'm in here."
Aetos looks over to them... "Oh great... I can't see them now... but there's a guard... Hello mister shishkabob!"
Nodal heads into the gold room.
Metal Man (GM): The impaled guard shoots at Aetos.
Aetos gets nailed 3 times bad.
Nodal stands there for a second. "I can't help but think I've forgotten something."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick enters the main room.
Aetos: "Garrick! *From through the hallway in an eastern door.* Save meee!"
Metal Man (GM): Two doors north, one west, one east. Aetos can be heard being shot to the West.
Garrick: "...well, that's odd." *turns the corner and wonders if that soldier is running straight into him.*
Aribar blinks and looks about... "Okay. Summary of the situation: We've lost Aetos and all the others are off somewhere else..."
Nodal: "Well we're with Digi. And we have a lot of gold."
Nodal: "I'd say clone can take care of himself."
Garrick: "Gold?" *slides up behind Digi and Ari.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick enters the hallway. He sees an impaled soldier shooting at Aetos.
Aetos: "Garrick, kill that guard and get me his hand!"
Garrick: "...oh, hell."
Metal Man (GM): The hallway is blocked by spikes which are stuck into the ceiling.
Aribar sighs and decides to open the door to the spike room slightly and backs away from it. If the soldier doesn't shoot the door he'd quickly open it and step into the room. .oO(Leaving enemies at our back... Splitting up... Perhaps we all should save Denon some trouble and jump off the nearest cliff?)
Metal Man (GM): Aribar would open up the door and notice a wall of spikes, which the soldier is impaled on. He's facing the outlines of Garrick and Aetos.
Garrick races up to the soldier from behind, apparently, and jabs him, driving punch, finishing off with a large uppercut.
Aribar: .oO(Stuck in his own trap...)
Metal Man (GM): Actually, that's in the front. You punch him. He flies off of the spikes and into Aribar.
Metal Man (GM): He's now stuck on top of Aribar, too wounded to get up, too heavy for Aribar to move.
Aetos: "Durnit, Garrick, we need that hand!"
Nodal runs up to the soldier and cuts of his hands.
Aribar: "Someone get this guy off me!"
Metal Man (GM): His armor blocks your attempt.
Aetos points to some palm-scanners connected to all the doors.
Metal Man (GM): Then he shoots at you.
Garrick: "...ohhhh.....why don't you just let me hotwire them?"
Aetos shrugs... Get over here, then..!"
Aetos: "Oh erm, watch out for the traps in the hallway."
Garrick shrugs and makes for the hand scanner doodad.
Nodal throws the guard off of Aribar.
Metal Man (GM): The spikes are still stuck into the ceiling. The guard is thrown off of Aribar and passes out.
Nodal: "That's to make up for the spikes."
Aribar stands up and sinks his shortsword into the guard, hoping to silence him once and for all...*
Digifanatic runs back to join Ari just incase somehelp is necessity. "This is screwed up!"
Metal Man (GM): You stab him. But he doesn't seem dead still. You'd have to stab him for about 10 minutes to make sure he's dead. Stupid suit.
Digifanatic tries to Fire Punch this guy's armor...
Metal Man (GM): You hit it. But you've got at least a thousand more health to damage.
Denon: "You could drag his hand up to the panel without killing him. It'd be faster."
Nodal: "Hey Denon. Shut it."
Aetos sits down, beckoning Garrick closer.
Aribar: "I say we push him into the spikes and leave him that way..."
Garrick moves closer, apparently.
Digifanatic: "Should we just move forward? Just get out of the spike trap with as little bodily harm and let's get going before Denon sends that ship off!"
Denon: "Hm. I wonder what happens if I press "Release poison gas"."
Aribar mutters something about Questers under his breath and then hears Denon.* "Damnit..."
Nodal: "It makes Poison gas release on you."
Denon: "Tiiick tock. TIIICK TOCK."
Aribar looks about for a door without a palm reader and tries to open it... And if that doesn't work, pull back on the handle and move it any way possible to get the blasted door open.*
Metal Man (GM): No doors lack palm readers. No doors have handles.
Nodal tosses the hand to Digi.
Metal Man (GM): Digi now has the hand.
Aribar sighs, composing himself... The elf sheaths his sword and tries to call Metal Man on his Dex.
Digifanatic takes the hand and tries putting it in the reader for the right hand door. "Tried one, here's another..."
Aribar: "Metal? Are you there? Please, please be there..."
Metal Man (GM): It turns on, and there is Metal. "...?" Meanwhile, Digi opens up the right hand door. Inside, he sees 10,000 more coins.
Digifanatic: "Huh... more change."
Aribar: "I think we really need backup... Denon's base is still defended by soldiers that can nearly take us out in a one-on-one battle."
Nodal follows Digi in and searches for traps.
Aribar: "And he's going to be launching his ship soon..."
Digifanatic: "You guys take the change, I'm gonna get the other door." *runs out and tries the hand on the left-side door.* "Last one... let's get outta here if we need to."
Metal Man (GM): It also opens.
Nodal grabs a coin like Digi did.
Metal Man (GM): It has a door at the end and is empty. The coin is taken without a problem.
Digifanatic: "Okay... guys, let's go!"
Nodal takes them all to share.
Metal Man: "Hmmm... sorry. He'll take off if he's attacked by people he think can succeed."
Digifanatic continues down the hall to the next door.
Aribar: "... Thanks for being so confident, Metal." *closes the dex and follows the others.*-*
Nodal then follows after Digi.
Digifanatic: "Alright." *just makes sure this next door is palm-read.*
Metal Man (GM): That door opens, revealing a large room, filled with computers.
Digifanatic: "Okay, people. Here we go..."
Metal Man (GM): A weird robotic hand is in a display case in the middle.
Digifanatic goes and tries using one of the computers (codes, help section, something)
Aribar trudges in after the others, looking at all the computers.* "..."
Digifanatic: *type type type.* "Hang on here... may be getting something."
Metal Man (GM): Digi types it up, and discovers... That the case can be unlocked with a special type of weapon. That is all.
Digifanatic: "A weapon... okay..."