Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 266: Ruby Friday at Death Mountain
Date: April 14th, 2006.
Metal Man (GM): The group, as always, is at HQ. This time, they're in the big room, where Metal is looking at a map. (Map not pictured.)
Julian: "Wha's goin' down this time, Mets?"
Metal Man (GM): Upon it, one can see a sort of triangular arrangement of the three spiritual stones: Kokiri Emerald in the East, Goron Ruby in the North, and Zora Topaz in the West.
Metal Man: "Well, more of the usual. We need to finish off Meier Link, once and for all, and the only way to unseal his grave would be with these gems."
Aribar: "Do the Gorons and Zoras even still exist?"
Metal Man: "Well... yes and no."
Azure: "A sealing? Perhaps I should acompany you all this time." *Azure enters the room.*
Metal Man looks around cautiously, fingering some documents clearly made by Ivan.
Julian: "So we know where they are now?"
Metal Man: "Sealing? Well, we do have to unseal his grave. Otherwise he can walk all over us."
Aribar: "Hrm... That reminds me. Metal, I'll need permission to go to Turion I believe... Garrick's forge there would be approprite for incorporating the branch of the Deku tree into a sword or some other weapon."
Azure: "I recall this Meier link being very susceptible to to items and powers of divine quality. I might be of some service while this unsealing takes place. It's been awhile since I've actully done anything for you all. May I acompany you all?"
Julian: "...How the hell you gonna forge a stick into a sword? Get a saw or somethin'. Yeah, if you stop sayin' 'You all'."
Aribar: "... Very carefully, Julian. Very carefully."
Metal Man looks at Aribar. "Hmmm... I was afraid someone might ask that. The fighters and the occasional message passes through there,but it has been quite a while since any Questers were sent through."
Aribar: "I don't need to go right now... Errm... So what are you afraid of?"
Metal Man: "Well, you may have noticed a lack of Mewtwo on the monitor. This is because the warp between the two worlds has started to become... unstable. Every time it is used, something could be sent akilter here or there."
Aribar: "... Akilter?"
Julian: "So what you're sayin' is, if someone uses tha warp too many times, some else might have a toaster for a head?"
Metal Man: "Well, not that. It might cause this world, or Turion, to be invaded by people with toaster-heads."
Digifanatic walks in. "I overheard something about toaster-heads. What is goign on?"
Aribar: "Hrm... It looks like that branch will be turned into a stake instead of a holy sword."
Charles: "There are others in this world that are able to forge weapons."
Aribar: "Aye, Charles... Garrick's setup was really good, though, and I thought it would be easy to reach."
Metal Man: "Warps like these are what apparently caused the first set of chaotic events, especially the ones we used to attribute to The Void."
Aribar: "Plus, materials aren't in short supply there..."
Julian: "All you need is a saw!"
Digifanatic: "Wait, wait, wait... I'm being confused here."
Charles: "Or someone able to control the temperature of fire."
Digifanatic: "What is the problem with the warps?"
Metal Man: "Warps which lead to other realms can and will warp the fabric of space when used."
Digifanatic: "Ah. I see. Thanks."
Metal Man: "Now then. Your job is to retrieve the Goron Ruby and take it here, as you did with the Kokiri Emerald. We have a warp tile ready to take you to the foot of Death Mountain. It, unlike the warp I just spoke of, will not cause any ill effects."
Aribar: "... That reminds me. You said 'yes and no' when I asked if the Gorons and Zoras exist... Mind explaining that a bit more?"
Digifanatic asks nothing for now and just prepares to move along with the rest, whenever that is.
Metal Man twitches a little. "Errr... yes."
Julian: "Should be bring some bombs or somethin'?"
Metal Man: "Seeing as Meier Link's forces are relatively thin, we sent scouts out to the area. We discovered something a bit worse than what he would have put there." *turns to a projector and turns it on.*
Metal Man (GM): An image of a 15-foot tall humanoid rock-monster which is predominantly pitch black in color can be seen.
Julian: "Dodongo dislike smoke, y'know."
Metal Man: "Those who... survived... the encounter with one of these... told me they were like evil Gorons. They had changed their appetite for rocks for that of... what was it again? Oh, yes. Souls."
Digifanatic: "Oh boy... another one of those things... least it sure seems like another one."
Metal Man: "I have a feeling someone other than Kuja did this, as he would have probably equipped them with weapons and brainwashed them instead."
Aribar: "... What has happened to them?!"
Metal Man: "There may yet be good gorons, but these fiends are all the scout group found."
Charles: "Sounds like something we should try to avoid?"
Julian: "So is 'zat Dodongo, or some kinda mutated Goron?"
Digifanatic: "I'd say the latter..."
Charles: "Metal, answer Aribar's question. I'll be in the warp room waiting." *leaves for said warp room, exiting the Big Room.*
Aribar: "It was a rhetorical question... Kinda..." *is obviously disturbed by this, but heads to the warp room.*
Digifanatic just shrugs off everything and follows the others.
Metal Man: "Well... I don't know. It's nothing like anything we've encountered before. Seeing as they didn't talk to us, there were no explanations."
Julian: "So we smash it?"
Metal Man: "Pretty much. They don't seem to be sentient beyond mindless destruction of life and making their fortress as deadly as possible."
Digifanatic: "Sounds fine."
Julian: "Easy." *Julian gets up and heads for the Warp Room.*
Metal Man (GM): You reach the warp room en masse.
Julian: *Warp Steppin'.*
Metal Man (GM): *WARP SOUND EFFECT.*
Digifanatic gets on in there!
Metal Man (GM): You reappear at the foot of Death Mountain... right near the ruins of Kakariko village.
Aribar: "Everywhere we go is desolate and destroyed wastelands..."
Digifanatic: "As usual."
Metal Man (GM): You can say that again. Kakariko, right behind you, is burnt to the ground. The ruins have been that way for all 10 years. Though the windmill still turns...
Digifanatic: "Man, times like this, I wonder what was going through minds the moment before Kuja brainwashed them..."
Julian: "You know it ain't good, so I suggest you forget it."
Charles: "I must say that I'm a bit curious about the windmill." *looks to the mountain.* "We have a job to trek up this and find the Ruby, though."
Digifanatic: "You have a point, Julian. And yes, that windmill is a bit odd."
Aribar sighs and starts up the slope. "I wonder if the Ruby's still in the city, or if it's elsewhere?"
Julian: "So le's go!" *heads up.*
Digifanatic continues on behind the others.
Julian: "Jus' as long as tha cave entrance isn't closed off by a cave-in or somethin', this'll be easy."
Metal Man (GM): You can also walk right on up the mountain.
Charles starts up Death Mountain Trail.
Metal Man (GM): The trail itself is dusty and full of debris. The top of the mountain can be barely seen; it is concealed by thick layers of smoke.
Aribar trudges up the trail, hoping that at least those spidery things are extinct.
Metal Man (GM): You walk up the path, and reach the first entrance, which is no longer an entrance.
Julian: "I called it."
Metal Man (GM): There isn't even a rock blocking it; it's sealed shut with evil-looking lava.
Julian: "'Least we don't have to worry about Dodongo's Cave, ya?"
Metal Man (GM): Black cracks run through the devastated stone.
Digifanatic: "Eh... let's just keep going as long as there are no traps or whatnot."
Metal Man (GM): Back on up in the other direction, there is the trail curving up the mountain... which seems to have become taller.
Charles: "A... greed."
Julian: "...Jus' me, or did Kuja do some landscaping?" *Keeps going.*
Charles goes up as well.
Metal Man (GM): You walk up to an entirely new area; a small peak. The mountain is up another switchback-like turn and then a bunch of decomposed granite atop a hill leads further up... but this small peak is too interesting to ignore.
Digifanatic still keeps pace with the others...
Metal Man (GM): You see all sorts of mechanical relics scattered across the mountaintop here; they're things with the Eggman empire insignia, computer boards, and the occasional bench/holo projectors.
Julian: "...The hell?"
Aribar: "What is all this stuff doing up here...?"
Metal Man (GM): The path you're on walks right through it and up the hill.
Julian: "The hell was Eggman doin' up here?"
Metal Man (GM): You'd also notice some other high-tech components, with 'WACKO' listed on them. And... cookbooks... burnt looking Mario hats...
Digifanatic: "Hmm... all older stuff."
Metal Man (GM): Some rusted prison bars jut out of a nearby piece of ground; it resembles a room, only the rest of the room has obviously been destroyed.
Aribar: "Gruntilda stuff up here as well..."
Charles: "Some things to remove and salvage once this sector has been secured from Meier Link."
Metal Man (GM): A black mist suddenly rises from the ground. It sort of feels chilly, but not quite in the way when you're cold. It feels like accumulated hatred, anger, angst, fear, sadness, and death.
Digifanatic: "Prison bars? Is it me or is that a bit random?"
Metal Man (GM): Unfinished business, so to speak. But at the same time it has nothing to do with the wreckage; though the feelings may have been evoked by it.
Metal Man (GM): The wind blows; sand is blown away from the ruins of... a strangely familiar bridge.
Aribar shudders at the ghostly mist... "It is some malevolent spirit..."
Julian: "So we bust it or keep goin'?"
Metal Man (GM): The mist increases around a certain area... the way ahead.
Aribar: "Ummm... Azure, you're the expert of the divine here. Perhaps you could banish it or something?"
Metal Man (GM): It makes a humanoid shape, which then forms the appearance of Dark Metal Man. The armor, heavily damaged, falls away and reveals the person underneath.
Digifanatic: .oO(Oh my goodness.)
Aribar: "... Y-you again?"
The Ninja: "I think we have more to worry about than old, crusty bars."
???: "It is I... the person who has been observing you."
The Ninja: "...Who are you again?"
Metal Man (GM): The man made of shadows stares at you all, his blue-ish eyes looking like ice.
???: "You are not worthy of speaking my name. You have come to a very black place... turn back, or pay the price."
Aetos pokes his dex awake, and scans him for a name.
Dex: "...DING! Metal Man."
Aribar: "What is the price?"
Charles: "Like you need to ask."
???: "We have been over this before. I possess the essence of your leader." *He turns to Aribar.* "The price is.... your souls."
Aetos: "Hmm, I remember him now."
Charles unsheathes one of his swords.
???: "Turn back, I demand you. You must destroy Kuja."
Aribar: "... Why do you want us to do that?"
The Ninja: "Isn't that what we're trying to do?"
Aribar would now unsheath Moonlight for the struggle that's bound to occur soon. Aribar then nods to the Ninja.
???: "Going in this direction... will not help you."
The Ninja: "Maybe you can join us!"
Charles: "Then would you guide us to the Goron Ruby then?"
Metal Man (GM): He floats up in the air, and you can tell he's wearing a dark, flowing cloak.
???: "The ruby belongs to me. I am the only remaining survivor of the royal family."
Digifanatic: "...Royal family?"
Aribar: "... The Hyrulian royal family? If so, you're wrong there."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs to himself, and then waves his hands. there is a bunch of sparks flying around and three lightning bolts hit the ground.
Digifanatic: "I never knew Metal was part of someone's throne."
The Ninja: "He's missing crown."
Aetos: "Let alone Princess Zelda's."
Metal Man (GM): The debris in those three spots floats up, and is covered in a mist. This mist forms the appearance of... Tektites.
Aetos: "Oooh, jumpers!"
???: "You will just have to be fed to the spiders, then."
The Ninja: "Wait. He's a she?"
Aribar: "Look, can we at least borrow the Spiritual Stones? We need to deal with a threat that could kill us before we get to Kuja!"
Metal Man (GM): He holds up his fist in front of his face, upon which a yellow triangle symbol glows. *BAM!* He seems to poof mid-air, just like Sheik.
Digifanatic: "Never mind, people... let's just deal with his situation first, and then we ask--*sigh.* never mind."
Charles shakes his head.
Metal Man (GM): The three Dark Tektites stir, and then leap in to attack you.
Aetos: "Hmm, I didn't quite catch what power is within him."
The Ninja: "I could do that. Minus the glowing triangle."
Metal Man (GM): BATTLE. Questers vs. Dark Tektites.
Charles: "We had best see if these are truly among the non-solids." *goes forward, Tempest's Sword in hand, and goes to thrust it into the first Dark Tetite's 'eye.'*
Metal Man (GM): They certainly look like Tektites... just a little bit darker. You hit it dead-on. It is stabbed, but it doesn't flinch, like a real one would.
Charles ends his turn abruptly, sword in front of his body to help repel attacks.
The Ninja swings his arm around as he launches the weapon at the same one Charles attacked.
Metal Man (GM): *CRIT.*
Digifanatic: .oO(Wow... for a guy I haven't seen yet... not bad so far. I'll have to talk to him sometime.)
Metal Man (GM): So... one hit that deals 2x damage, then 2 others dealing normal damage, if that's machinegun as I suspect. The spinning weapon slices the dark being up repeatedly.
The Ninja: "My aim is good today!" *And gets in a ready position when he grabs the returning weapon.*
Aribar rushes forth and decides to keep up the assault on that Tektite. The elf cries out an arcane word and Moonlight flares with electricity before slicing through the legs of the spider-like foe.* (Bi-Bolt Slash)
Metal Man (GM): It leaps to the left of one slash, then gets nicked by the other.
Digifanatic attempts to attack the Tektite with a Fire Punch to open his engagement into the battle.
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK* It gets burnt by your punch.
Digifanatic also decides to go into a defensive stance.
Metal Man (GM): Dark Tektites. They turn to attack. One goes to tackle Aribar.
Aribar is nailed by the attack.
Metal Man (GM): Everyone can see... the heartless symbol on their chests. Or at least what looks like a crossed out heart. Another one goes to tackle the Ninja. A third attacks Digi.
Metal Man (GM): They all have the same insignia.
Aribar: "Gah!" *The elf flies back several feet, the attack seriously hurtin' the elf.*
Charles: "Oh my god... I was afraid of this."
Digifanatic is barely hit by that... he takes the blow without much concern.
Charles: "I heard the term 'The Enigmatic Man' before, and I was going to ask him... what he thought of people's hearts to confirm that." *defends on this turn.* "Anybody recognize those symbols?"
Aribar shakes his head. "Nope..."
Digifanatic: "Not I."
Charles: "Those symbols are those of..."
Digifanatic: "I may have seen them a while back but I wouldn't recognize it."
Charles: "...The Heartless."
The Ninja manges to shifty get out of the way for the last attack, but didn't return the attack. Now that is' his turn, He gives the one that attacked her a nice swing with the staff.
Metal Man (GM): It leaps out of the way of your staff.
The Ninja: "Hey! No copying moves!" *Prepares for another attack.*
Aribar unleashes two regular slashes against the Tekie that slammed into him followed by a quick stab.
Metal Man (GM): You slash it twice, then it leaps away from your third attack.
Digifanatic tries to perform a bit different of an attack this time around... he pulls out his Digivice and launches out a Light Ray at the first Tektite, and then jumps at it, sending it into the air with an Upward Slam.
Metal Man (GM): Hit and hit. The Tektite doesn't seem to take extra damage from the light beam... odd.
Digifanatic defends anyway, just shrugging off the surprise reaction from the ray... "Not concerned..."
The Ninja: "These are more tricky!"
Metal Man (GM): Two Tektites go to Digi and both tackle him. Or at least, try.
Digifanatic is tackled twice. Yikes...
Metal Man (GM): Another one tries to tackle the Ninja again.
Charles: "The Heartless briefly appeared right around the time Smithy invaded Nintendus. I don't know what happened after they disappeared."
The Ninja: "Ur!" *Gets tackled.*
Charles walks forward to the first artificial heartless, leans forward to a side, and makes a slash at the low side of the tektite.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Metal Man (GM): These Tektites seem to be moderately tricky, but they take damage simply enough.
The Ninja: "I have don't know what haertless is, but they'll be defeated either way!" *Would give the Tektites kick before trying to bat it again with the sword staff.*
Metal Man (GM): *BAT* Two hits. Same ol' damage. You kick it in the forehead. And speaking of 26es, you nail it with the staff. The Tektite is sliced up some more; you can begin to see the junk-metal skeleton it has.
The Ninja blinks at this, then gets into a counter postion.
Aetos eyes the Heartless as he watches the fight... "Those look like they should die."
Julian: "...So dey'se robots? Easy."
Charles: "...A robotic Heartless? Artifical heartless aren't machine manufactured."
Aribar rushes towards the Tektite nailed by the light beam and lunges towards it and stabbing it, using his momentum to deal a bit more damage to the thing before stabbing the blasted thing again.
Julian: "Maybe they ain't heartless!"
Aetos: "You'd think robotics is a step DOWN from genetic cloning."
Metal Man (GM): You barely miss it; it parries that, then hops away from the other attack.
Julian: "Maybe that's just decoration!"
The Ninja: "Are these not real then?"
Digifanatic: "Probably not."
Aribar: "Blast it! ... And what are you talking about... Robots?"
Charles: "And maybe fighting doesn't solve everything."
Julian: "They're *censored* robots! Stop askin' questions and bash 'em!"
Aetos: "There is a way we could find out."
Charles: "They're both lies."
Digifanatic figures that, for now, defending may be of no use to him. He attempts a Running Charge, trying to blast the first Tektite with electricity, and then follows it up with one more Upward Slam. After all this, he decides to Dex these creatures.
Metal Man (GM): You miss with the first attack, then slam it upwards. Then you point the dex at it while it flies around mid-air like a pog.
HP: 446/750 0/750 0/750.
Attack: Dark Tackle: d20+15.
End of Entry."
Metal Man (GM): All three Tektites gang up on Charles.
Aetos: "That looked like ouch."
Julian: "Charles! You okay?"
Charles is pelted back three times; he clasps chest as it begins to clot.
The Ninja: "That is without Honor!"
Digifanatic: "Man, wouldn't it be nice to have something that could disable a move."
Charles: "I will... be well. Attack the Heartless!"
Julian: "They ain't Heartless!" *Julian charges the most damages one regardless and tries a Straight Jab!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Julian: *PUNCH! Julian then follows up with a Gut Kick!*
Metal Man (GM): You kick it in the non-existant gut.
Julian then reaches into his back pocket, pulls out Vendetta hilt, ignites the orange saber, then goes to town on the Robot with a Whirlwind Slasher!
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit hit.
Julian then gets back to the group.
Charles slightly clutches what is left of the injuries made by the tektites. "Bokucus powwyyr."
Julian: "What'chu say?"
Charles: "None of your concern."
Metal Man (GM): ...Something freakish happens.
Metal Man (GM): You see the health of the first Tektite roll over to 666.
Charles checks his dex and sees it.
Julian: "...That ain't good."
The Ninja: "...What just happen?"
Metal Man (GM): It glows freakishly. What it does, you'll have to wait to see.
Julian: "Somethin' bad..."
Digifanatic: "Oh man."
Aetos: "That looks fun."
Charles avoids striking any of them... he defends and ends his turn.
Julian: "So go and hit it."
Digifanatic: "I dunno if that's a wise idea."
Julian: "He thinks it is."
Charles: "We do not know, and that is all there is to it."
The Ninja: "I wonder..." *He launches the staff at the glowing Tektite.*
Julian: "I'm just encouraging to follow up on another of his ideas that wind up killing one of us."
Charles: "You could've had Sky do that."
Julian: "And he ain't here, now is he?"
Aetos: "I thought that's my job?"
Digifanatic: "Please, don't--oh, phew. Aetos, please not now?"
Metal Man (GM): The staff misses.
The Ninja: "Too much... Glowing." *Catches the return staff and gets into defensive mode.*
Digifanatic: "Let's not argue over who is senseless enough to do action X at time Y."
Charles: "You just set yourself up for a bad followup pun."
Aribar decides to blast the first Tekie with a few bolts of lightning... (Two Bolt spells.)
Metal Man (GM): The other two are near Charles and out of range.
Digifanatic: "Let's just try and figure out a way to fight these things as intelligently as possible without any silly things that we'd want to kill people for... Like that time you rang up Kuja on that ship. Or maybe it was Nodal."
Julian: "And then summoned the robots."
Metal Man (GM): You cause yet another weird thing. Its health is now 749/750.
Digifanatic: "But it was one of you two. And I was a bit upset."
Charles: "What... is causing these counteractions?"
Digifanatic still attempts to concentrate on just attacking one of the non-666'd Tektites, namely the second. He starts off with another Fire Punch and moves on into a basic attack.
Julian: "Whadda mean?"
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Charles turns his head eeevver so slowly to Julian's direction. He looks perplexed at the New Yorker, blinking a few times in bewilderment.
Aetos holds his hand out, and in a shimmer of light, One-Winged Angel appears, pointed out at the tektites... "If these are Heartless, we'll find out now." he charges at the 750-ified Tektite and slashes it vertically, wind forms around the blade just before it slashes, therefor... adding wind damage.
Charles turns his head back again to the tektites, his upper lip flinching a couple times.
Julian: "...Man, you wack."
Metal Man (GM): You miss just... barely. Dark Tektites. The 666'd one glows oddly before exploding like a supernova.
Metal Man (GM): It hurls waves of flame and debris all around so fast, everyone takes damage, including the other Tektites.
Metal Man (GM): The other two Tektites then try to tackle Julian.
The Ninja: "Ah! My hair is on fire!"
Metal Man (GM): CRIT on the first.
Charles coughs out soot. "That's *wheezes* one less artificial to deal with."
Julian: "UWAH! *Julian's knocked off his feet from the explosion, making him easy prey for the jumping. Julian squeezes out from beneath the pile."
Digifanatic: "Julian, y'okay?"
Julian: "Alright, that ain't cool!" *Julian reaches into the inside of his vest and pulls out...*
Aetos whipes some explosion off his shirt.
Julian: *A Steel pipe!* "Smashin' time!" *Julian rushes the one that critted him and slams the pipe down over it's head.*
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK.*
Aetos: "Sick-'im, Bite 'im, Chew 'im!"
Julian: *CRACK! The steel pipe bends in half after contact with the bug's hard hide. Julian tosses it away and get back.*
The Ninja keeps patted his head for a bit before shakeing it and focusing on the battle.
Charles moves forward, thrusting Tempest's sword deep into the eye of the tektite that Julian just attacked.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Charles runs towards the same tektite, makes one short hop, and begins to glide. He balances one knee on his sword as the sword is guided into the dark abomination.
Metal Man (GM): Hit! It is mildly damaged, though not as much as you might like.
Charles makes one quick slash against the foe, then jumps towards the others locations', defending.
The Ninja coughs a bit, still not use to the explosion. But he gets back into action by running towards the same tektite and giving it a jump kick.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
The Ninja is not done yet though, he brings the sword staff to his side as he focuses on a vital attack.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
The Ninja is disappoint, so he just rejoins the group to prepare for any attacks.
Aribar tries unleashing a short barrage of slashes on the Tekie that was just attacked by the Ninja.
Metal Man (GM): Hit and miss.
Digifanatic continues attacking the second Tektite. This time, he starts with a streak of Celestial Fury, then moving on with a kick in midair. (Air Attack)
Aetos just defends, unsure of anything at the moment. He's holding up his keyblade in a defensive position.
Julian: "...Whatchu doin' fool, attack it!"
Metal Man (GM): The last two Dark Tektites decide to take this moment to attack Aetos.
Julian: "Ya see?" *Julian starts this off by flattening his hand, rearing back, and PUNKSLAPing Tekti 2.*
Aetos growls and defends against each tackle.
Digifanatic: "Nice shot, Julian."
Charles: "Shot!? That was *clearly* a wide open punch."
Julian: "Mo' like a SLAP, punk."
Digifanatic: "Well, you know what I mean."
Metal Man (GM): You sent Tek 2 flying over the mountain and into the abyss. It appears the cliff edge on this here mountain is a deadly thing to be thrown off of.
Julian: "PaCHOW, b**ch!"
Charles goes up to the tektite and holds Tempest's Sword downward, he bends over, and begins to act as a golfer. He lifts the sword in the opposite direction, yells, and Goes for a large Swing.
Metal Man (GM): Hit!
Julian: "...Fore, Charles. FORE."
Digifanatic: "...Yeah. Don't worry about it. We're doing fine."
Metal Man (GM): It flies on off the mouintain. Wheee! You are reminded of how Metal killed Tektites on this very mountain: hurling them to their deaths. The way ahead is now open. Now, for EXP...
Charles rubs his shoulders, that last hit hurted him.
Julian: "See? Easy."
Digifanatic: "Okay, 'doing fine' is an understatement."
Metal Man (GM): +1266 EXP. To everyone.
The Ninja: "My hair..."
Charles looks over to the abyss.
Aetos: "Neat... hey how come we like... rarely see money anymore?"
Charles unsheathes his sword. *sheathes. *snaps his finger.* "It didn't land on the green."
Aribar: "My guess is that the forces of evil are having budget cuts."
Julian: "They're dead, stop talkin'."
Aetos: "...IS there any GREEN on this planet?!"
Charles: "I think there's some growin' around the Stadium since we secured Denon's sector." *moves forward on the path. "So stop dawdlin' and let's continue onward to find the Goron Ruby."*
The Ninja: "I Saw no Green. Just the glowing stuff in Metal's Closet."
Julian: "We got a tree. That kinda counts."
Aetos: "Ok Charles, but only if I can eat it."
Julian: "Do it, and you'll get the same treatment as the bots."
Aetos: "You can't touch me, cowboy."
The Ninja: "You don't eat jewels. The Ruby or the person."
Julian: "Says you."
Aribar: "You people have been hanging around Metal too long."
Aetos: "Hey, that Arena match, I didn't get a chance to show you my real techniques, you care for me to prove it to you?"
Julian: "Like we got a choice. You want some, you bring it punk."
Aetos: "It's already been bur-ought!"
Charles: "The score says otherwise, Young Ward. Although... I do wish the odds are more than 2:1 from the both of you."
Julian: "I'll be waitin' to hand you yo' *** again!"
The Ninja: "Ah! No fighting other team member on mission! We must focus on finding the item!"
Digifanatic: "Exactly. What the new guy said."
Aetos: "Psh, go ahead, attack me right here, right now."
Charles: "Don't start, Digi."
Digifanatic: "Which reminds me..." *steps in a bit closer to this new fellow, merely trying to engage in conversation with him and to introduce himself.*
Julian: "Les' wait until AFTER we're done with a vital mission, ya?"
Aetos: "Whatever. I'll be ready whenever."
Julian: "'DEN I'll be more than willing to kick yo' *** around the Arena."
Digifanatic flashes an "Okay" sign at Julian while he tries to speak with the new person. "So, how are you doing?"
The Ninja blinks at this and just shakes his head, beofre looking at Digifanatic. he dresses like a ninja, minus the hood. The mask still hides most of his face though. And the staff that has two swords at the end of it, which is a bit different. "Getting adjusted to new world is hard, but mildly fun."
Digifanatic: "Ah." What he would see is a person in his upper teens, about 19, almost 20, yet somehow he still has some of an inner child charisma/lightheartedness to himself. This is not necessarily apparent in mission when he tries to play peacekeeper and seems bent on keeping serious. His dress is very casual, despite the high-profile sort of fighting and importance the SSQ group carries to itself. He's about 6', give or take an inch.
The Ninja: "I never seen you on missions? Who are you?"
Digifanatic: "Apparently, you've overheard the others calling me Digi. Short form of my... how do you consider it... a nickname which I adopted into what I'm commonly referred to around here. My real name is Ian Hoffman, and as you may have guessed, I am from Earth. My full nickname, if you will, is Digifanatic, which is, of course, what I'm commonly called here. Haven't really seen you either... and I haven't heard anybody else calling you any proper names or such. Anything with that?"
Metal Man (GM): As you walk past the ruins and up the treacherous slope, you notice the sky becoming darker.
The Ninja: "Really? I come from Earth too! I came here not too long ago to and found myself battling the dark version of your boss... That I hit in the head a few times with my weapon."
Digifanatic: "I saw you. You had a couple of good shots."
Metal Man (GM): Up atop it, the ground is rock solid, and has crystals of darkness sticking out of it.
Digifanatic: "And so you are from Earth? Can you offer a generic timeframe as to when you come from? You could be from about 1300 or 1400 for all I know, judging by who you are. Nothing wrong, though..."
The Ninja: "Well, I would. but now is a time for less talking. Getting odd around here."
Digifanatic: "Ah, alright. Well, it's always nice to see new people coming along to join our ranks."
Metal Man (GM): You see a massive sort of cave up ahead; evil grunts can be heard from within. You also can see the volcano, the lip of which is higher up.
Julian: "...That ain't good, but we gotta go in anyway."
Metal Man (GM): You can either enter the strange cave or go up a path to the left.
Aribar: "That cave must be the Goron city... Chances are the ruby's in there, and those evil Gorons as well..."
The Ninja: "I like Cave Idea."
Julian: "Anyone got a light?"
Aribar: "Ummm... Nope."
Aetos: "...Evil Gorons? What about that dragon?"
Digifanatic: "Not really..."
Charles: "Volvagia has not been reincarnated."
The Ninja: "Great for sneaking around."
Aribar: "Hrm... Sneaking around just might be a better solution."
Julian: "...Yeah, I kinda like to see where I'm going."
The Ninja: "Use your mind, not your eyes."
Digifanatic: "Hey, by the way, does anybody need to be healed before we go any further? I have some sprays on me, and even some Energy Drinks if you need those."
Aribar: "I've got some scratches and bruises, but nothing major."
Julian: "Stop with the mystical-master mumbo jumbo bull**** and come up with a light."
Metal Man (GM): The cavern is lit by unearthly fire.
Digifanatic: "Charles? Need anything?"
Julian: "...That works too."
Charles goes in the cavern.
The Ninja: "Anger will not release the third eye. Plus it's lit anyways."
Digifanatic follows the others...
Julian: *Cave walkin'.*
Aetos: "I hate you Ninja. You and your so called 'non-eye-using-knowledge'. It shall die."
The Ninja follows Charles.
Aribar follows the others inside.
Metal Man (GM): You walk on inside, and see before you a big, black door with the heartless symbol on it.
Julian: "...A'ight, maybe I was wrong."
Digifanatic: "Well, there's that Heartless sign again..."
Metal Man (GM): Even stranger, it has the QH symbol emblazoned on it as well.
The Ninja: "What are these... 'Heartless'"?
Digifanatic: "All I know is that it's the same group of things those creatures we fought were part of and that is it."
Metal Man (GM): The door is locked by a double cross-like dual padlock.
Charles: "We have not been encountered enough of them to know much of the Heartless."
Aetos: "Heartless are... basically monsters made of the darkness in your heart... and they want to steal ours."
The Ninja: "Darkness in Heart?" *Looks oddly at Julian.*
Julian: "Psh. Next thing you know we'll be fighin' the Boogeyman."
Aetos high-fives Ninja. Aetos then scratches his head.
Aribar shudders at Aetos's explanation.
Aetos: "That would be scary."
Digifanatic: .oO(All ya need is Chuck Norris...)
Julian: "Nothin's unbeatable."
Charles: "Some can say that there is darkness in the heart of every being."
Metal Man (GM): The door stands in your way.
Digifanatic: "Hang on..."
The Ninja: "Boogeyman is fictional character to put kids to bed."
Julian: "Beat anything down enough and it'll stop movin'."
Aetos walks up to it and taps it with his key. "Anyone home?"
Charles: "Not so with the Heartless." *examines the dual lock.*
Digifanatic pulls out one of his Lock Picks and tries to use it one of the locks to start...
The Ninja: "We look for Key?"
Julian: "...You pepole don't know sarcasm, do you?"
Metal Man (GM): The lock has two keyholes. Aetos: No response.
Aribar: "Aetos, doesn't that key of yours open locks?"
Julian: "Point at the lock and somethin' should happen."
Aetos: "It should, but it doesn't always. *recalling a locked deathray button.* ;.;
Digifanatic stands back and lets Aetos give it a shot first.
The Ninja: "Very odd to fight with a key."
Aetos points the keyblade at one of the locks and waits for that little laser to beam out and unlock the door.
Aribar: "No need to break off lock picks or anything like that if we can do something without wasting our resources."
The Ninja: "Hmmm." *He begins to look around the room a bit closer.*
Metal Man (GM): The keyblade opens the door the minute the Ninja looks around the room. Words appear above the opened door.
Digifanatic: "Oh, okay--here we go..."
Digifanatic: "Thanks, A."
Aetos: "Uhh huh, no problem."
Aribar looks at the words...
The Ninja blinks and looks back at the door.
Aribar: "What are those?"
Digifanatic gets a glimpse as well.
Julian: "...Those' words, Ari."
Wall Writing: 'Welhore Sepciom.'
Digifanatic: "What then..."
Julian: "'Zat Latin or somethin'?"
The Ninja: "...A 'Whale horn'?"
Charles dexes the words and begins an analysis.
Aetos: "Hm... my name is latin, yet I don't know it."
Metal Man (GM): The doors open fully, showing what appears to be the innards of a castle made of black stone. A completely white door lays across an open-ish room with a tiled floor.
The Ninja: "Maybe nothing of importance."
Julian: "...Yeah, I ain' likin' this one bit."
Aribar: "This is odd..."
Digifanatic starts to walk in... "Said it, Ari."
Julian: *heads in...
Aribar follows the others inside...
The Ninja: "World is odd." *And makes his way inside.*
Charles: "I hate to break it to you, but this isn't part of the natural world."
Metal Man (GM): You walk in, and the floor clicks. You hear all sorts of... clockwork things.
Julian: "No *censored* DUH, Charles..."
The Ninja: "Ah! It's a trap!"
Charles: "I wasn't saying it to you, Ninj-!"
Digifanatic: "Well, well, well... You guys are shouting at each other again. Can we please quit it?"
Aetos: "This is pretty unorganized."
Metal Man (GM): *CLICK* *CLICK* *SNAP* The long series of clickings end.
Julian: "What'd you just say?"
Digifanatic: "Uh oh... sounds like something broke."
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, pistons pop some titles out of the floor. There are... pistols... under those tiles. Then you hear a buzzsaw sound, and a saw appears out of the seams of some tiles.
The Ninja: "...Did I make a mistake on walking in Clockt- Ah! It's a trap!"
Metal Man (GM): A piece of the wall slides open and reveals a large, bubbling pot.
Aribar whistles innocently and starts walking out of the room...
Metal Man (GM): And then the ceiling sprouts spikes.
Julian: *Back steppin'.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar walks right back out of the room. You hear a sort of 'battle cry', played by a cuckoo clock.
Aetos: "This looks fun." *takes a step forward.*
Metal Man (GM): The pistols and stuff go off, firing bullets, spilling boiling liquid, cutting stuff, and shooting spikes everywhere. Julian and Aribar avoid the stuff just by leaving the room. Meanwhile... Aetos and Ninja guy. And possibly Charles.
The Ninja: "My sense tells me just one thing. Run away!"
Julian: "...Stupid moron."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Aetos is hit by a variety of objects... *ZAP* *SHOOT* *BURN*
The Ninja does indeed run out of the room to plan for the room of tricks and traps.
Metal Man (GM): Ninja has fled the room, leaving Aetos and Charles inside.
Aetos looks to Charles and smiles.
Metal Man (GM): The machines suck back into the walls; the room looks normal again. Then the clicking and snapping begins anew. The white door ahead remains locked. There is no keyhole; it's just a white slab of marble.
Julian: "So we gonna watch Aetos kill himself, or go use the path?"
Aetos: "Let's do this." *Pulls out a DoorOpener 3000 and attaches it to his finger, then darts for the door.* "Run for it!"
Aribar heads back into the room and walks over to the door.
Charles is hit by all the stuff and heads for the white door.
Metal Man (GM): The clicking continues; sounds like the stuff is about to re-trigger. You're in front of the white slab door.
Aetos clicks the button on his ring, to unlock the door.
Metal Man (GM): The door sucks back in and then slides into the floor. The clicking stops, and there is what is behind the door. A dark goron, which stares at you strangely. It seems to be... backing away.
Julian: "...My heart. He made it."
Aetos steps forward. "OOGABOOGABOOGAAAA!!!"
Aribar: "... What?"
Charles: "We better chase after that goron before it warns the others."
The Ninja looks at the floor from he other room, studying and trying to figure out waht triggers the traps.
Metal Man (GM): The goron stares at you... and then speaks. It appears to be heartless; there is the logo on it.
Aetos: "Oooh the drama."
Dark Goron: "...Forsaken... ones... their souls... saved for maasssster."
Metal Man (GM): It then sinks through the floor and vanishes, leaving a bleak black hallway which leads to what appears to be a reddish area.
Aetos: "Forsaken, is that really us?"
Charles: "Does it concern you." *you?"
Aribar: "... Does anyone else think that they can rise up out of the floor as easily as they vanish?"
Aetos: "He WAS talking to us... I dunno, but I want to follow him."
Metal Man (GM): The Ninja discovers how the traps work; they're pressure plates.
Charles: "Well, it does not concern me."
Julian: "You think we should follow?"
Aetos takes out his small X-zone crystal.
Charles walks forward the hallway.
Aetos: "I bet I could pass through walls with it... hmm."
Metal Man (GM): The door opening disconnected the pressure plates from whatever triggered the traps, rendering the room harmless. It appears the constructors made it to keep intruders out, but not to necessarily kill them.
Julian: "Huh..." *Walks on over.*
The Ninja studies how far the room is across to the group.
Aetos holds the crystal outright, and closes his eyes, focusing on it's power of chaos and reality bending-ness. He makes a short hop, and concentrates on passing through the floor below him, instead of landing.
Metal Man (GM): The crystal glows, and then... you feel a dark prescence in your body. However, you don't teleport anywhere. Others would see a haze appearing around Aetos and the crystal.
Julian: "...AETOS!" *Julian rushes across the room and tries to knock the crystal out of his hand.*
Aribar frowns at Aetos and Julian, wondering if he should just watch or do something...
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, the Ninja sees that the room is relatively short in distance, and the group isn't too far away. Julian touches the crystal and feels that it's freaky. Aetos's concentration is knocked askew.
Julian: *Tries knocking it to the floor.*
Metal Man (GM): He feels normal again, though his mind buzzes from the experience. A strange one. Like some sort of sound...
Metal Man (GM): It doesn't go anywhere; it has, however, burnt itself into Aetos's hands. That is, an image of it.
Charles is far down the black hallway by now since he left about a minute or two ago. Perhaps even in the reddish area.
Aetos pulls the crystal back under his cape.
Metal Man (GM): It's painless, but a tattoo like mark anyway.
Aetos examines his hand. "That is so strange."
Julian: "What the hell you think you're doin'?!"
The Ninja nods and decides to make a jump across the room next to the group.
Aetos: "Trying to follow the dark Monkey."
Metal Man (GM): Short pause on Charles. Julian: Aetos's eyes appear... odd. *Leap.* You make it right across. You're now right behind Julian and Aetos.
Julian: "No, what you were doin' was somethin' that was gonna get you killed again OR WORSE!"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos looks almost possessed... or maybe tainted.
Aribar: "Come on... We should just move on... Charles is gone, and now the ninja's jumping places..."
Aetos: "Hm? Or worse?"
Julian: "Yeah, like possessed or somethin'! Like with Meier Link!"
The Ninja lands right next to Aribar. "Did I miss anything?"
Julian: "And I don't want that sh.*t happenin' again, hear?"
Aetos: "Hey, have you used Vendetta yet?"
Julian: "What'zat got to do with you gettin' possessed?"
Aribar: "Err... I don't think so... We're getting split up, left behind... Bleh."
The Ninja: "We must catch up to Charles!" *Runs off to join the one who left a minute ago.*
Aetos: "Well... I was just thinking. Nevermind." he holds his hand up and shows it to Aribar. "Would you care to examine this?"
Aribar looks at Aetos's hand... "You've got a mark on it."
Metal Man (GM): An image of a crystal is burnt into it. It looks vaguely 4-dimensional.
Aribar takes Aetos's hand to get a better look. "Looks... Weird."
Metal Man (GM): As in, it tends to... change... without actually changing.
Aribar: "What exactly did you do with that crystal? In fact, what WAS that crystal I saw you with? "
Aetos: "I tried to phase through the floor. It was an X-zone Crystal?"
Metal Man (GM): It looks Magitek to you, Aribar.
Aribar: "That's gotta be worse than Magitek..."
Julian: "Why the hell were' you tryin' to phase through the floor again?"
Aribar: "Or it is magitek..."
Aetos: "To catch the evil Monkey."
Aribar: "Oh, heck with it... We need to catch up to the others or talk while walking." *starts off after the Ninja and Charles.*
Aetos eyes Aribar. Aetos then looks back to Julian. "I feel strange... like I'm not here."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar walks on off with the others. Aetos, meanwhile, continues to feel weird. Touching that crystal... changed him somehow.
Julian: "Two things: 1, this ain't the X-Zone. 2, that thing's got the power of darkness."
Aetos: "Is there a problem with either of those things?"
Aribar calls back to Aetos, "You should really have that looked at when we get back to the Stadium... And don't let Charles see it."
Julian: "Yeah, because that Crystal ain't nothin' outSIDE the X-Zone, and I don't want you to get darkness under your control, 'cause then you're gonna turn against us and I'm gonna have to lay you out for GOOD. And that ain't good for NOBODY 'cept Kuja, hear?"
Aetos: "Hah, if I was REALLY gunna turn evil, you wouldn't touch me." *Just remembered someone.*
Metal Man (GM): Aetos's voice has a strange undertone to it now. It seems... like someone else you might know.
Julian: "Maybe, but we could find somethin' that oes, and THEN you gonna go down, hear?"
Metal Man (GM): But he doesn't exactly seem possessed; just weird.
Aetos: "Shall we just, continue, Sawyer?"
Julian: "You hear me or not, punk?"
Aetos nods, and walks on. "Not."
Julian: "...Punk *** b****." *heads down the hallway after the others, still ticked.*
Metal Man (GM): You all walk onward, and reach Charles, who is standing out on the rocky platform that is the next area.
Aetos: "Hrm, we were back there a while, I bet he's annoyed."
Metal Man (GM): Lava surrounds the platform. And, atop a really, really tall pillar, is the Goron Ruby. Strange. That should have been an entire city back there. And why didn't that Goron attack you?
Charles: "...Where is The Enigmatic Man?"
Julian: "You think he's annoyed..."
Aetos: "I don't know, Charles, just grab that Ruby, before I through Aribar up there to get it instead!"
The Ninja starts to see how far out the platform is to the pillar and tries to see if the pillar is climbible.
Metal Man (GM): Charles hear the voice of... something not right... in Aetos's voice. Ninja: It's a pillar that's roughly 40 feet tall, and surrounded by lava.
Aribar: "Wait, wait, wait, Aetos... Julian can fly up there."
The Ninja: "I could climb that easily too."
Charles: "Young Ward, do you require a throat lozenge?"
Julian: "Yeah, but it'd be easier if I flew. He possessed or somethin' when he used the Crystal. You try talkin' some sense into him."
The Ninja: "Very odd eye sight too."
Julian takes off, flying up to the platform.
Charles: "Another time. Now grab the ruby and let's prepare for the counterstrike that the dark one will throw at us."
Aetos: "Hmm, this is strange... maybe it's that dark prese-- Julian, hey!"
Metal Man (GM): Julian flies on up to the pillar. It could just be snatched from up here.
The Ninja: "Angry man is always flying blindly."
Charles: "One thing I have to hand Julian; he always goes for the direct apporach."
Metal Man (GM): You grab it... but it is not the ruby.
Aetos: "Jumping has waaay more pizzaazzzz."
Charles: "Although I can't shake the feeling that facing one of those 15 foot monsters is inevitable."
Metal Man (GM): Instead, you appear to have touched... pure madness.
???: "Thinking with your eyes instead of your brain, aren't you?"
Metal Man (GM): This comes... from Julian talking. No Enigmatic man is directly seen.
Julian: "Wha-" *possessed DAMMIT.*
The Ninja: "See! I was ri- It's a trap!"
Metal Man (GM): He turns to face you, rather forcibly--Julian can sort of talk as well.
Aetos: "Hello Mr. Hypocrit!" *Wants to smack Julian.*
Julian: "...Wow, irony."
???: "Well well well. What do we have here. A pure heart with which I can steal the real thing."
Charles: "Heart... !!!"
Metal Man (GM): It's rather odd, seeing Julian rapidly switch expressions and voices.
Charles: "As I thought... you DO have a name."
???: *Points at Aetos.* "Well, what do we have here. It's The Void Junior."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs in an atypical way; probably a fusion of the Dark Metal Man's laugh and Julian's.
Aetos: "You say that like it's an insult."
The Ninja: "Eek! It's evil!"
???: "It's mindless and soulless, you fool. Why else does it do nothing but destroy?"
Julian: "Do NOT hesitate to shoot me."
???: "I wouldn't be surprised if Kuja was the other end of the equation. You're only lucky he hasn't been possessed."
Metal Man (GM): The possessed-Julian glows with an outline similar to what Aetos had, but far more intense.
The Ninja: "Why do you laugh? That odd Metal copy just called you stupid."
Metal Man (GM): It raises a hand and points at the pillar: A bolt of red lightning blasts the pillar down.
Aetos: "I may be mindless, but if I do end up like the Void, at least I'll always have my soul."
Editor's Note: Actually he loses his soul late in SSQ 1 and dies. Irony!
Charles: "Who are you? Are you Xehanort? Do you go by Ansem? Or is it Xemnas?"
???: "This man's anger is just what I needed. A person like me can't normally get angry, but with this... YOU WILL ALL DIE. Your soul was given up to that crystal. If you didn't have a heart, you'd be dead. Hyehahahahaha!"
The Ninja: "I told him anger classes is what he needed."
Metal Man (GM): It lands on the magma, which is particularly painful... to Julian and not his possessor.
Aetos grins at Ninja.
???: "All I have to do is kill the guy who owns this body and you're no longer useful to me."
Metal Man (GM): He begins submerging into the lava. What do you guys do?
Julian: *Tries to regain control of his body!*
Aribar decides to cast his defensive Mage Armor for the upcoming battle that's sure to come... There is little else he can do at the time.
Metal Man (GM): He turns to Charles, sort of delayed.
???: "Who the hell are you talking about, madman?"
Julian: "HELP! Suicide is NOT a good way to die!"
Metal Man (GM): He turns to Aribar.
Aetos watches Julian submerge, 3 fingers rise from his hand, toward Julian.
The Ninja: "But isn't suicide only when you kill yourself willingly?"
???: "Fight you? Not necessary."
Julian: "*CENSORED* DO SOMETHING!"
Aetos lowers one of his fingers, 2 remain.
The Ninja: "No need to shout."
???: "Yes. It's a waste of this rough-sounding drawl voice."
Metal Man (GM): He's looking pretty bad... gonna do something before he's burnt to a crisp?
Aribar frowns at the enimga and wonders if he can reach Julian with a jump...
Julian: "WHAT THE *CENSORED* DO YOU MEAN NO NEED TO SHOT? I'M GONNA *CENSORED DIE!"
Aetos growls and leaps at Julian, unsure of what will happen, but he tries to leap at Julian's body and stick to... in .. it.
The Ninja: "...Anyone got a rope?"
Metal Man (GM): You could jump to him.
Aribar starts a running leap, but quickly skids to a stop as he sees Aetos do... Something.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos suddenly is shrouded by a black haze reminiscent of The Void. This then hits Julian, which causes the haze around him to... flicker.
The Ninja: "I touch him, but I know that something bad would happen. I think. Any ideas, Charles?"
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP* It re-orients itself.
???: "You lack the emotionless to outdo me."
Metal Man (GM): However, this buys you time. Julian regains control, then sorta spazzes out and continues to be mind controlled.
Charles: "If you aren't any of those, then your own name must be an anagram of 'Metal' or 'Metal Man', isn't it?"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: Yes, you're back in your main body.
Aetos nods. "Well that was odd."
The Ninja: "Bah! What am I saying. Less talking, more action!" *he leaps out to Julian and tries to whack him upwards out of the lava.*
Aetos: "Now... someone, use an emerald?"
???: "No, I think I'm related to you. Or maybe a large cheeseburger."
Metal Man (GM): The Ninja leaps on top of the head of the sinking Julian.
Charles knows that he lies, although there is nothing he can think of to save Julian.
???: "Get off my head, you crumbum." *Swipes aimlessly.*
Julian: "...This doesn't *CENSORED* help! GET SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE *CENSORED* DOIN'!"
Aribar just shakes his head, not sure what he should be doing and a bit paranoid of the dark energies at work in this place.
The Ninja: "You are man without honor, man with no name. You must fight us in less of a cowards way."
Metal Man (GM): As you fiddle, Julian 'burns.'
???: "You are a man with honor, a man still with no name. You fight with courage and die quickly. I, on the other hand, shall become immortal."
Charles: "And have command of an army of Heartless, no less."
Metal Man (GM): He then reaches out to hurl The Ninja into the lava, however the Ninja can still do something first.
Julian: "HELLO?! HAVE YOU GUYS RUN OUT OF IDEAS ALREADY?!"
The Ninja: "Oh shut up and get out of lava!" *Hops off to do a golf swing to get Julain out.*
???: "Take your time--I won't be offended if you put up some tents to think it out."
Metal Man (GM): You hop off; now to roll the golf swing. Instead of that, you hit the lava. It burnses your feet and launches you, feet on fire, back onto the platform.
???: "And now, to take this vessel for my--"
Aetos: "Conflabbit... I could always try the X-zone Crystal to levitate him out..."
Metal Man (GM): A huge block falls from above and smacks him in the head.
Aetos: "Or turn on his rocket boots... or... that works too."
The Ninja: "I go- Ah! It's so very hot!" *Grabs his but as he lands on the platform.*
Sky High: "Stop trying to imitate me, ya bum!"
Metal Man (GM): You see, atop the edge of the crater, balancing precariously, Sky High.
Julian: "...son of A *CENSORED*!"
Aetos: "Hello Sky High! Jolly Good to see you again!"
Metal Man (GM): Julian is freed of the possession; the ??? floats out of his body and up to the ridge to face SkyHigh instead.
The Ninja: "I go again! I won't miss a second tim- What just happened?"
Charles: "...Maybe it's an anagram of Illian..."
???: "You dare betray me for these cretins? What a shame... Alys was a far better Fallen Quester than you. A good thing your powers---"
Julian: "...Tha's a very good question." *quicky boosts out of the lava before he suffers serious damage."
Metal Man (GM): Julian finds himself unharmed.
Sky High: "I'll show you for trying to kill an innocent Quester!"
Aribar shudders... This whole ordeal is a bit hard on the elf.*
Metal Man (GM): The strange man in the red Boba fett costume (Sky High) leaps into the air, tackling the dark entity mid-air.
Charles: "Hmm. Seems we found another clue."
Aetos: "Use your disco powers!"
The Ninja: "Angry man is not so innocent."
Metal Man (GM): They begin fighting mid-air. How is beyond you, because neither of them are supposed to be able to move around on air. They seem evenly matched; extremely so. The Enigmatic man pokes Skyhigh in the visor maliciously.
Sky High: "Ow! My eye! I'll have to kill you for that!"
The Ninja: "...We should sneak off and find ruby."
Aetos: "GasP! That was lowww."
Julian: "You're wearing a *censored* visor!"
Metal Man (GM): Sky High punches the ghostly-being in the head. Too bad it's a ghostly being.
Charles: "Let's leave posthaste then."
Sky High: "...Wait a minute... how am I going to hurt some invisible man?"
Charles looks for the next exit.
Julian: "...Wait... ghostly being..." *Julian quickly draws Vendetta.* "Let's see if you're like Denon!" *Julian boosts up, trying to slash the ??? Man vertically.*
Aetos whacks his forehead. "We need the truth, right about now." his eyes turn a sky blue color, and he stares at Sky High and the man, using Truth Seer.
???: "Well, I think it's time to drop yo---"
The Ninja looks around the room for another way out.
Metal Man (GM): Aetos see what appears to be some person in place of the shadowy guy. Then the man is stabbed by Vendetta and your eyes are blinded temporarily by a huge flash.
???: "Gahhhhhh!!!! I shouldn't have made myself corporeal long enough to taunt that jerk!"
Metal Man (GM): The mysterious man dissappears; Skyhigh is now falling.
The Ninja: "Ah! My third eye!"
Julian: "TAKE THAT YOU *long string of cursing here*!"
Charles: "Catch the falling Boba Fett!"
Sky High: "...Oh no! Not the lava again! It's like Wolfman's cooking!"
Julian: "..." *CONFLICTION!* *sucks in alot of air through his teeth, and goes into a nose dive to try and catch Sky High.*
Metal Man (GM): You dive down and catch him. He looks at you... incredulously.
Sky High: "...You saved me? Well, I guess you owed me one."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, the other people seem to be looking for... another way out. Search checks for those people.
The Ninja: "...Such true friendship and teamwork." *Begins to clap.*
Julian: "Don't think I'm doin' this 'cause I like you. I'm doin' this 'cause I owed YOU. Now we even, hear?" *Julian flies back up and drops off Sky on the ledge.*
Aetos eyes them.
Sky High: "...Right. Don't worry, I won't wrestle invisible sky men again..." *He looks around suspiciously.*
Metal Man (GM): Aetos: They look absolutely normal.
Julian: "...Y'know, we could go back out the way we came. There's a path."
Metal Man (GM): Ninja and Aribar find nothing; then Charles finds a weird switch. It's a raised rock thingy that can be smashed.
Charles approaches this one.
Aetos hops over to Charles. "Watcha find?! Push it Smash it Chew it!"
Charles: "It's time we took the path onward. This distraction has wasted our time." *takes out his Onyx Sword and slices at the rock three times.*
Julian: "There's a path outside!"
Aetos: "Hey!" *jumps up to the ledge they are on.*
Metal Man (GM): The rock cracks; and a piece of the wall on the crater crumbles. Aetos leaps up and down impatiently.
Aetos: "We didn't find the real ruby."
Metal Man (GM): You see... a treacherous ledge. Whereupon, the real Goron's ruby sits.
The Ninja: No need to be so wasteful with jumping.
Metal Man (GM): An inscription is written right next to it. "Thou who defeat the inner demons and work together are destined to wield the holy stone and defeat the prince of corruption." Indeed. You can read it. This stone, unlike the fake one, shines. It can be grabbed easily.
Charles walks upon this ledge.
Aetos: "So Sky High, before you go, I wanna ask, why are you here?"
The Ninja: "We hire him for help."
Sky High: "I wanted to go on vacation. Too bad all sorts of monsters lived here."
Aetos: "Why are you not, trying to kill me?"
Metal Man (GM): Charles walks across the ledge and up to the stone.
Sky High: "Who? Me? I don't really know you that well. Unlike... well... that guy who poked me in the eye."
Charles searches around the ruby for traps.
Aetos: "Aha!" *dances.*
Julian: "...Charles, you gonna poke around it all day or do I hafta come up and get it?"
Aetos: "Awesome possum. So he's you."
Charles: "I'm looking for traps, so shut yours."
Aetos: "Does that mean there is an evil Kuja, and a good Kuja, too?"
Metal Man (GM): The ruby looks safe.
Charles touches and grabs it... perhaps?
Sky High: "...You hurt my head with that one. I thought all Kuja did was be evil."
The Ninja: "We saw what happened when you grabbed the stone, Julian. It's someone elses turn."
Metal Man (GM): Charles touches/grabs the ruby, without a problem.
Aetos: "Hmph. I wonder if I have a dark side..."
Aribar just stands there with the others...
Charles turns around and walks upon the ledge again.
Julian: "'Course you have a dark side!"
Aetos: "Are you gunna come with us and have tea? I do?"
Metal Man (GM): The ledge, despite being treacherous, is not trapped.
Julian: "Is' been established that everyone has a dark side."
Charles: "Of course you do, otherwise Julian wouldn't be winning against you."
Aetos glares at Charles. Aetos then jolts his head up and examines his hand.
The Ninja: "I wonder how skilled my dark side is..." *Begins to ponder.*
Metal Man (GM): The hand is still burned. You see not darkness, but intricate and always-changing fractal patterns.
Julian: "An' that just proves my *censored* point."
Charles: "Okay, we have the Ruby. Nothing else to do unless you want to trek up Death Mountain some more."
Metal Man (GM): A light appears on the platform you're on. It soon forms the blue teleport thing, as usual.
The Ninja: "I dislike this place. I have much training to do." *Hops into the portal.*
Aribar: "I do not like this place... Too dark... Far too dark."
Charles: "Any reasoning as to why we should trek the mountain will be defeated by the statment, "Our mission is completed, so let's not be here anymore."
Aribar enters the portal. He jumps down and up to the warp.
Julian: "Thank *Censored* God..." *enters da portal.*
Charles: "Okay, good, now to explore the rest of this cavern." *looks around.* "Good enough for me."
Charles enters the portal.
Metal Man (GM): +1500 more EXP for all the other scenes. +10,000 coins. *Warp home.*
Aribar starts immediately to his room once he's back in the stadium and tries to calm down from the distressing mission.