Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 289: CAL: Characters' Anguished Lectures
Date: 5:19:14 PM, June 23rd, 2006.
Metal Man (GM): http://archive.metalman88.com/users/ssb_rpg/CAL.htm
With that... we begin the IC portion.
Championship Arena League Prequalification Round
Metal Man is in the announcer's box, as the Quester applicants are down below, at one entrance to the arena.
Metal Man (GM): All the others are in stands to the north and south of the arena; which is a plain, box-like area.
All the Questers are to the left of it.
Metal Man: "Today, we mark the start of the Championship Arena League with one massive title bout! All of the Questers need to be sorted... according to their strengths and weaknesses... so they're all going to fight one another at once!"
Dragoshi looks around "...Oh. Bloody. RAPTURE."
Metal Man (GM): The crowd cheers... mostly made up of Stadium staff.
Charles Magellean: "WHAT."
Alexia: "Free for all! WHOO!"
Trigger: "Oh god."
Metal Man (GM): Dr. Mario drags in Julian, who has been... unhandcuffed for the event, and drops him near the others.
SIMBER: "This match will follow all the same rules of a normal fight, nothing special, save for the amount of combatants."
Julian Sawyer: "Zzzz..." *Thud* "...What's goin ' on now?"
SIMBER: "Combatants will be ranked in the order they place, and then they can, from there, climb the ranks normally. This is a one-time event."
Metal Man: "And now... it is time for all the fighters to enter the arena!"
Julian Sawyer: "...The hell's Aetos at?"
Charles Magellean: "You've been unattached to him for this event only, it seems."
Metal Man (GM): The arena is lit up; walls appear around it to prevent missed attacks from hitting the audience.
Julian Sawyer: "...What's the event?"
Digifanatic: "And you know what? We should KEEP you two unattached."
Dragoshi: "Free for all."
Alexia: "Rage in the cage."
Metal Man (GM): A door, big enough for everyone to walk through one by one, is open into the arena.
You may walk on in.
Digifanatic: "You know what?"
Alexia heads into the arena.
Digifanatic starts to walk in but also proceeds to try and contact Metal on his Dex if possible.
Trigger walks into the arena.
Julian Sawyer: "...Awwwwww yeah! Finally get a chance to kick yo' ass in the ring, Charlie-boy..." *Julian scrambles to his feet and heads in.*
Dragoshi walks into the arena. And by walks, I mean runs.
Metal Man: "Today's fight is brought to you by Toadstool brand Mushrooms. When you get beaten up, eat one of them... just not in CAL matches!"
SIMBER: "Each combatant has one life..."
Metal Man (GM): Inits, everyone?
Charles Magellean: "...A free for all? No, I joined the CAL to fight combatants, not Questers. If I wanted to join them, it'd be on our own volition. If this has to be done, then to hell with this." *He storms out of the Arena, disgusted about this whole thing.*
Julian Sawyer: "...WHAT?"
Trigger: "...What a wimp."
Metal Man: "And Charles is angry... well, that makes the fight a little easier."
Dragoshi: "...That was unexpected."
Julian Sawyer: "Aw c'MON!"
Alexia: "Is Charles ever NOT angry, Metal?"
SIMBER: "Charles: Sixth Place. Beginning battle..."
Digifanatic: "SIMBER, don't rub it in!"
Metal Man (GM): Order: Julian, Dragoshi, Digi, Alexia, Trigger
Alexia crouches into her fighting pose.
SIMBER: "3... 2... 1... GO!"
Julian Sawyer decides to start this match off with a little revenge, charging Alexia and going to grab her by the shoulders as his hands glow blood red!
"OOF! What's the matter, can't take a joke?"
Dragoshi: "...It appears the obvious answer is 'no'"
Julian Sawyer: *It burns! Julian tightens his grip, whirls around, and Focus SLAMS her into the ground!*
SIMBER: "And Julian opens up the match, smashing Alexia into the ground."
Metal Man (GM): +10 throw damage
Alexia gets slammed into the ground, but quickly recovers and jumps up.
Julian Sawyer's ready for her, charging again and attempting to plant a Big Boot right in her face and deck her again!
Alexia gets knocked back a few feet and stands up again.
Dragoshi stands still, and shoots out and strikes him with a burst of concentrated wind energy.
Trigger gets knocked back, but recovers quickly.
Metal Man (GM): Just add 10 damage for all the throw attacks here.
Dragoshi then assumes a defensive stance. (End of turn)
Digifanatic thinks he has an idea..."You know Julian... I don't hate you--I seriously don't. But it'll make our fight a whole lot easier if we took out the strongest guy first. And I think we all know who that is." He gets set to Fire Punch him, and then follows it up with a Light Ray.
Metal Man: "And Julian is hit by two light beams--I think."
Digifanatic: .oO(He thinks...)
Julian Sawyer: *Yeah. Julian's punched, and Rayed, but stays on his feet* "...Digi, you just HAD to go an' do that. I was gonna consider a team-up with you, but now you next my hit-list after I get done with psychic-b**** ova' here!"
Dragoshi: .oO(...Huh. He thinks)
Digifanatic: "Well, I'm seriously sorry."
Alexia: "Ooh, nasty. You fling taunts worse then you fling kicks."
Digifanatic: "Why didn't you tell me that when it was your turn? If you did, I wouldn't have hit you--and I'm serious."
Julian Sawyer: "'Thought I'd let you figure out somethin' for yo'self once in awhile!"
Alexia cups her hand and flings a Mindblast at Julian.
Digifanatic: *Crosses his arms* "Alright... I can take it."
SIMBER: "It appears most of the combatants have conspired to beat down Julian!"
Digifanatic: "I admit that I don't ask a lot of question."
Trigger attacks Julian with a rocket strike.
Metal Man: "A rocket strike which flies past Julian. Geez. Everyone hates him."
Julian Sawyer's knocked away from the Rocket Strike by the Mindblast! "Listen, I'll give you another chance. Team-up 'till the ring's clear?"
Trigger attacks Julian again with a smash attack.
Digifanatic: "Alright, man. I'll even give you some coins afterwards to make it better. Couple grand sound good?"
Dragoshi: "...Oy" *Facepalms.*
Alexia: "Who else wants to kill Julian?"
Metal Man: "It appears fate hates Trigger, as he smashes the ground next to Julian."
Metal Man (GM): NEW ROUND
Julian Sawyer: "Nah man, I'll pay YOU. 'Least I can do-" *Julian knocks away Trigger's attack with ease* "-For helpin' me out."
Trigger: "Bring it."
Digifanatic: "We'll sort it out after."
SIMBER: "The first round has gone by without any losses. How will the others fare in the second round?"
Digifanatic: "I just wanna know how the whole Aetos thing started."
Dragoshi: "...It seems I'm the only one who has any neutrality in this. Oh well"
Digifanatic: "That's half of it."
Trigger: "I'm not afraid of you Julian!"
Metal Man: "That's a good question... Julian is unstoppable alone... but this may be the only situation he can't dominate the fight in!"
Julian Sawyer: "As fo' you-" *Julian reaches into his back pocket, pulls out Vendetta, ignites it, and charges Alexia* "Pinnin' me 'gainst the wall AIN'T COOL!" *Julian slashes her up with One, Two, Three, FOUR Cut!*
Metal Man watches closely, anticipating someone, somewhere, to run out of HP soon.
Dragoshi: "...Then again, rooting out the strong may be a better idea instead of rooting out the weak..."
Digifanatic cringes a bit after seeing Alexia taking her hits.
SIMBER: "Hmmm... Vendetta isn't a very nice weapon, is it? He attacks using ease which is almost criminal."
Dragoshi: "...Huh. How unlucky of her."
Digifanatic: .oO(This isn't going to look good on her resume.)
Metal Man (GM): A referee walks into the arena.
Alexia staggers back from the fourth cut and collapses to her knee.
Metal Man (GM): He walks over to Julian, and whispers something in his ear.
Dragoshi: "...What's a ref doing here? ...Regardless"
Digifanatic: "No idea."
Julian Sawyer: "Primetime muthafu-" *Ref whisperings.*
Dragoshi: "...I have a feeling it might have ot do with his sword's cheapness."
Trigger: "Same here."
Metal Man (GM): Then he drags Alexia out of the arena.
SIMBER: "Alexia is placed at #5 for offending the man with the powerful blade."
Trigger: "Poor Alexia."
Julian Sawyer: *Nods to the Ref* "Poor Alexia nothin'. Shouldn't a' messed in my affairs."
Trigger: "Hey, what happened with you two anyway?"
Dragoshi: "...Oh, sod it." *Dragoshi mutters a few words, and attempts to strike Julian with Cyclone.*
Julian Sawyer barely sees it coming, rolling to the side "Digi, get Trigger! I got Dragoshi..."
Metal Man: "After talking to Julian, the ref takes Alexia out of the arena..."
SIMBER: "And Dragoshi misses!"
Dragoshi: "...Oh well." (End of turn)
Digifanatic takes a glance over at Alexia, sighs a bit at her quick escape from the fight, and continues on. "Okay, time to attack someone who doesn't plan on teaming up with me..." He goes for Trigger this time, abiding to Julian's plan! He leaps at him and tries to drill him twice in midair w/the Aerial Strike. He defends afterwards...
Metal Man: "Will Digi help the strongest fighter in the current bout, or turn sides like... no... he's beating up Trigger!"
Trigger: "Ah, you two-timing bastard!"
Digifanatic: "I am in the middle of insanity here!"
Trigger: "...Oh, that explains everything now."
*He gets hit by the first strike but manages to dodge the second.
He takes aim at Julian and fires. (Magical Shot)*
Metal Man: "And the shot zooms past Julian."
Julian Sawyer: "...I'm wonderin' why you even joined." *Julian says as the bullet flies past him.*
Trigger: "...Shut up!"
SIMBER: "Despite being the weakest fighter on the field, Trigger has managed to at least secure spot #4 just by being neglected!"
Dragoshi: "...Heh. Maybe 'cause he thought he'd luck out. ...I keed, I keed"
Julian Sawyer: "I'm jus' sayin', 'cause you CAN'T HIT NOTHIN'!"
Trigger attempts to hit Julian with a Smash Attack.
Julian Sawyer: "NOTHIN'!" *Julian knocks it away again!*
Metal Man: "A swing, and a miss. Look on the bright side; he might be left alone in favor of Dragoshi."
Metal Man (GM): NEXT ROUND
SIMBER: "One person eliminated in the last round... what will this one bring?"
Julian Sawyer: "An' now for you!" *Julian's on the attack, aiming to CHOPPA CHOP! Dragoshi!*
Dragoshi takes the hit, shrugging it off... somewhat "...Hmph."
Julian Sawyer then falls back and gets ready to dodge, ending his turn.
Dragoshi: "...Well, then." *Dragoshi snaps his claws causing a powerful blast of lightning to crash down from the sky in an attempt to electrify Julian!*
Julian Sawyer: *Not so much.*
Metal Man: "And an attack flies so far away, it doesn't even hit the arena!"
SIMBER: "Ouch... take that, garbage can."
Dragoshi: "...Greeeaaat." (End of turn, saving my three TP)
Julian Sawyer: "...What was that?! What was that?! You gonna SNAP me to death?"
Digifanatic continues going by Julian's plan and hence, continues attacking Trigger for now. He once again plans for the Fire Punch, and finishes with one more of those Aerial Strikes.
Dragoshi: "...No, I was actually expecting you to be electrocuted by a burst of lightning crashing down from the heavens, but it seems the lightning didn't quite make it"
Trigger starts taking pot shots at Digi.
Julian Sawyer: "Nothin'!"
Trigger turns to Julian and tries to attack him again with a smash attack.
Julian Sawyer: *Deflect* "Ain't you hear me? You can't hit nothin'!"
Trigger starts to ignore Julian.
Metal Man (GM): NEW ROUND
SIMBER: "The battle continues without any obvious defeats."
Julian Sawyer twirls his saber in his hand and cuts Dragoshi down and across for a One-Two Cut!
Dragoshi reels back a little bit in pain"...Yeah, yeah, to hell with you too."
Julian Sawyer: "C'mon, you gonna hit me this time?"
Dragoshi: "...Well... Shihart" *Dragoshi attempts the same trick once again!*
Julian Sawyer: "...Guess not!"
Dragoshi: "...Hmph. Stay still, goddammit" *Attempts to strike Julian with Impaler, this time without the scythe.*
Julian Sawyer twists outta the way "You can't hit nothin' either!"
Digifanatic decides to try something different this turn; he shares the wealth! He goes for the Light Ray on Trigger but then follows it up with an Icy Kick to Dragoshi to move on.
Dragoshi: "...Not you too."
*He calmly evades the Icy Kick* "...Pathetic."
Digifanatic: "Heh... you're still missing Julian."
Dragoshi: "Shut it. I could charbroil you if I wanted to."
Digifanatic grins upon making his comment...
Trigger runs over to Digi, tosses him into the air, and blasts him until falls to the floor.
Digifanatic takes the slam but is not too concerned yet.
Trigger finishes up his turn with a smash attack at Digi.
Metal Man (GM): 10, indeed.
Charles Magellean watches afar from one of the fan entrances, not able to hear the combatants but can somewhat lipread enough that most of them are doing what they usually do. He conceals the bottom part of his face [below his nose] so his mouth doesn't give off his mood to nearby fans.
SIMBER: "It seems like this match is nearly over."
Julian Sawyer: "Alright, let's mix things up a bit!" *Julian deignites Vendetta, pockets it, then goes to grab Dragoshi, his gloves glowing blood red!*
Metal Man (GM): +10 throw damage
Julian Sawyer: *Oh how it burns! The energy disperses throughout Dragoshi, and then Julian whirls him around and slams him into the ground, actually bouncing him up, right into a Wall Buster punch by Julian! SOCKA-POW!*
Metal Man (GM): Okay then...
Dragoshi gets slammed into the wall. HARD. He then gets wall "...Oh, NOW you stop using the damn sword. ...Bastard."
Metal Man (GM): That it for you, Julian?
Julian Sawyer: "What? I can't help that I'm better than' you. Just thought I should give the crowd a good show while I kick yo' a**." *Julian's done.*
Dragoshi: "...Whatever." *Dragoshi sends down ANOTHER blast of lightning, this time, it's charged up.*
Julian Sawyer: "...Nothin'!"
Digifanatic decides to keep attacking Trigger, despite Dragoshi weakening out (pretty sure he's still alive). He goes for another Fire Punch and then saves a TP for the next turn.
Trigger runs over to Digi, tosses him into the air, and blasts him until falls to the floor.
Metal Man (GM): *When Bad Luck Attacks.*
Julian Sawyer: "...Maybe you should just give up..."
Trigger attacks Digi with a smash attack.
Digifanatic is smashed.
Dragoshi: "...Just shut up and finish me next round. What's the damn point?"
Digifanatic: "A LOT of prizes, Dragoshi."
Dragoshi: "...I know that. I'm being rhetorical"
Julian Sawyer: "Rhetorical questions ain't got no place in the ring."
Digifanatic just brushes off the hit and continues looking around...
Metal Man (GM): NEW ROUND
Dragoshi: "...Touche. But, seriously. Let's just get this over with"
Metal Man: "It continues... without any new defeated people."
Trigger: "So, how did that feel Digi?"
Charles Magellean continues to watch. Each time they become dishonorable to each other, a little bit more of him cringes on the inside. His heart fills with sorrow and malice towards them.
Julian Sawyer rears back, and launches another Wall Buster punch at Dragoshi's gut!
*And that's it. Julian can't be dealing out 40+ damage EVERY round.*
Dragoshi gets slammed into the wall, again "...Ow. Still alive, though. Well, one last try."
Digifanatic: "Julian, should I just finish Dragoshi off?"
Dragoshi attempts one more charged up blast of thunder on Julian.
Julian Sawyer: "Nah, I got 'em. Soften up Trigger."
*J00 LOSE. AGAIN.*
Digifanatic: "Alright, then. Just checking."
Julian Sawyer: "...You done?"
Dragoshi: "...Yeah. Guess so." *Shrugs.* (End of turn)
Digifanatic listens to Mr. Sawyer again and continues his barrage at Trigger: One Celestial Fury and a Running Charge... to go!
Trigger runs over to Julian, tosses him into the air, and blasts him until falls to the floor.
Julian Sawyer knocks Trigger back before he can. "Man, you might as well stop tryin'!"
Trigger runs back over to Digi to Smash him.
Trigger: *Cough* "Ack, this won't end well for me." *End turn.*
Metal Man (GM): NEW ROUND
Metal Man: "And... uhh... zzzz..."
Dragoshi: "...At least you aren't getting screwed over!"
Julian Sawyer: "This is takin' too long!" *Julian brings out Vendetta again, aiming to ram it through Dragoshi's gut while he's yelling about how he's getting screwed over by something.*
Wolfman arrives back at the front door of HQ, with a whole bunch of groceries strapped to him. VG quickly runs to the Arena to make sure nothing bad is going on with the first fight (I have a point doing this: you'll see)
Metal Man (GM): You find the arena to be sealed off, only visible from above.
VG: .oO(This hasn't happened before... I should have access!)
Dragoshi reels backwards, then topples over and coils up, KO'd.
Digifanatic: "Two down..."
VG: *Eventually tries to find a way to the Secure Tape Room, which he knows he has access to... he helped improve the current Arena!*
Julian Sawyer shoves the KO'd Dragoshi off his sword with his foot "Primetime, mutha****er!" *Julian puts Vendetta back up again And he turn is over.*
Metal Man (GM): The secure tape room is pretty dusty.
Metal Man: "And... err... now Dragoshi is in fourth... Trigger is still alive? Wow."
VG: *Starts watching the current fight, and a second video showing what he's missed.*
Trigger starts to cough up blood. "I don't feel so good."
VG: .oO(I hope those guys are fighting properly...)
Charles Magellean: "...There has to be some way to participate in the Arena League..."
Julian Sawyer: "Get him!"
Digifanatic calmly looks around and figures that it's just him and Julian to beat up Trigger. "Well, I guess it's you, now..." He fires off two more Light Rays, holding the rest of his TP for the next turn...
Wolfman: .oO(Why did I have to get the Groceries this time around? Stupid short straw...)
Metal Man (GM): You would see mostly fair fighting, with a ref coming in to prevent Julian from overusing Vendetta to rule everyone.
VG: .oO(...why are they not using the whole Arena?)
Metal Man (GM): You would notice the rules, up on the wall, which explicitly states the arena to be a flat box like what was just seen.
And that it is... 'An Endurance Match' not to... 'Be confused with Melee Matches'
Trigger runs over to Digi, tosses him into the air, and blasts him until falls to the floor.
Digifanatic takes the hit but still is far from concerned...
Trigger strikes at Digi with a smash attack.
Digifanatic calmly gets back up from the strike, missing Trigger's Smash... and then he grabs his shoulder? Odd...
Charles Magellean: "...Without facing other Questers, ESPECIALLY the people who have a problem with their ego."
Trigger: "Oh man, I can't take much more of this."
VG: .oO(...jeez, everyone's just trying the head-on approach. No using the edges to their advantages ...are they even being hurt enough to send them to the edge? I'd think Julian could do that...)
Metal Man (GM): NEW ROUND
Metal Man: "Zzzz..."
Digifanatic: *Shouting in the booth* "What? You only like it when we KO people?"
VG: .oO(No one is taking advantage of this arena...)
Digifanatic: "Didn't you see Julian impale Dragoshi?"
Julian Sawyer: "2-on-1!" *Julian charges Trigger, trying to slam a flaming Big Boot into his face!*
Metal Man cannot hear through thick glass... for he appears half-asleep.
Digifanatic: "We need explosions to get Metal's attention... he's dozing off. Slacker."
Julian Sawyer: *CRUNCH! 15 Fire Damage! Then Julian stands on the other side of Trigger, waiting for him to get up, winding up a punch while he waits... And when Trigger gets back up, he lets fly a Wind-Up Punch to Trigger's face! SOCK! 33 damage! Trigger's sent reeling! Julian then charges to finish his combo, aiming to run up Trigger...
Run! Julian grabs Trigger by the back of his head while he's standing on his chest, slams his Elbow into his face, then rolls back and pushes with his feet, sending Trigger into the air and crashing back down with a Monkey Flip! And that's it.*
Trigger manages to get up after the attack. "...Is that all you got."
Digifanatic: "I wouldn't know..."
Julian Sawyer's laying on his back at the end of that flashy combo, but then jumps back to his feet and rolls his shoulders "Finish him off, Digi."
Digifanatic: "Alright, man."
Trigger: "Please, NO!!"
Julian Sawyer: "GET HIM!"
Digifanatic continues to act as Julian's employee: He pulls off one more Fire Punch and a Light Ray...
Trigger runs over to Julian, tosses him into the air, and blasts him until falls to the floor.
Julian Sawyer knocks Trigger away... again "Can't... hit... NOTHIN'."
Digifanatic wants to defend, but doing so, he'd know that Julian would be upset... he just saved his TP.
Trigger attacks Julian again with a smash attack.
Julian Sawyer deflects that one! "NOTHIN'!"
Metal Man: "Zzzz..." *As Dragoshi's body has been kicked around the arena... a lot.*
Charles Magellean: "Jewels; I can't even begin to fathom why he keeps it up."
Trigger coughs up more blood. "...Why?"
Metal Man (GM): NEW ROUND
Metal Man: "Uh... wha? Oh. I forgot about that."
*He presses a button; Dragoshi's body is dragged out of the arena by another Ref.*
Julian Sawyer: "'Cause you entered the wrong fight!" *Julian's gloves surge with Blood red energy as he goes to grab Trigger and maybe finish him off...*
Dragoshi's unmoving coiled body seems to just fly around the arena, not even scratched among the chaos... And, is now being dragged by a ref. Finally. goddamn slackers.
VG: .oO(Glad I found the "send ref" button)
Julian Sawyer: *It burns! IT BURNS! Julian picks up Dragoshi as the energy surges through his body, then whirls him around a bit, and Focus SLAMS him into the cage wall, possibly THROUGH it if that finishes him!*
Digifanatic: .oO(I'm almost surprised it has taken this long for us to have it come down to us...)
Metal Man (GM): +10 throw damage
Trigger: "AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!" *Trigger becomes burnt flying roadkill.*
Julian Sawyer: *CRASH! The cage wall takes a beating as Trigger is slammed into it!*
Digifanatic: "Well, Julian... Here we go."
Trigger: "...Why... me... UGH!!"
Digifanatic: .oO(Surprised he's whining about finishing 3rd...)
Julian Sawyer: "Heh. You my only worthy opponent in 'dis match!" *Julian turns to face Digi, jumping from foot to foot and throwing a few punches.*
Metal Man: "And another one bites the wall. Of the arena. Amazingly... Trigger's got third place... wow... Kirby lost a lot of money on that one."
SIMBER: "Can Digi defeat the invincible Julianator?"
VG: .oO(...now I wonder how Wolf would have fared... but I needed someone to help with groceries... oh well.)
Digifanatic feels he has been granted a bit of luck that Julian had no time to attack him before his turn. Without wasting a beat, he goes Light Ray/Fire Punch/Light Ray on Julian...
Julian Sawyer: *Ack! Julian's hit with both Light Rays!*
Digifanatic then does something he hasn't done all match... he sets up that Digital Barrier around himself.
Julian Sawyer: *Oof! Ah! Julian's finally getting damaged!* "See what I mean?" *Julian runs at Digi, aiming a hard blow at his temple with a Stun Gun!*
Metal Man: "And he fires that gun like a... well actually Samus is really good at shooting guns, so basically he fired that gun far worse than Samus ever would. Why would anyone think she would be worse at firing guns? I need to fire my commentary writer." *Stares at large sheet with list of attack names including Samus'.*
Charles Magellean: "If he wins again, I'm going to be so furied..."
Julian Sawyer: *AND Julian's missing! Have the tables turned?! Julian then rears back, winding up... then launches a SMASH Wind-Up Punch at Digi's face, aiming to knock him against the cage wall and corner him!*
Digifanatic: *POP!* "The one thing I have that you don't."
SIMBER: "Thanks to Digi's digital barrier, Julian's deadly punch bounces off!"
Julian Sawyer: "Says you..."
*He falls back, preparing to duck and weave...*
Digifanatic doesn't mind the barrier doing its thing... he keeps an eye on Julian, going in with a Celestial Fury and a Light Ray...
Metal Man (GM): You guys may now non-stop attack; just say when your turn is over, and then the other person can attack. So you don't need me to announce turns.
VG: .oO(Finally, these guys are fighting properly... I can breathe easy) *does so.*
Julian Sawyer: *And duck and weave he does, dancing around the blasts as he moves in close again, aiming to grab Digi with those blood-red glowing gloves! CRIIIIIIIIITICAL!*
Digifanatic: "Oh man..."
Julian Sawyer: "Sorry man, I'm gonna win this!" *OH HOW IT BURNS! Julian sends an OVERDOSE of the energy into Digi's body, burning him greatly, then whirls around and lets go, sending Digi flying into the cage wall!*
Digifanatic: *SLAAAAAAAAAAMED* "Yeah, at least I would lose to someone stronger than I am..."
VG: .oO(OY... he's too powerful...)
Julian Sawyer takes advantage of Digi's vulnerability, charging him and aiming a flaming Big Boot at his face, trying to sandwich it between his boot and the cage wall!
.oO(This guy's crazy!)
Julian Sawyer then backs off again, but keeping in close to keep Digi against the cage wall.
Digifanatic gets an idea after is slammed around by Julian's amazing efficiency... all he does is use a Light Ray... and then the Barrier, again.
Julian Sawyer: *Light Ray'd! He rolls with the light ray, aiming another Big Boot to knock off the barrier!*
Julian Sawyer then slams home a Wall Buster punch into Digi's gut, driving him into the cage again!
Julian Sawyer: *Or not. Julian makes a fist-sized hole in the cage!*
Digifanatic cannot believe how lucky he was with that miss... same deal, folks! Light Ray and Barrier, one more time!
Julian Sawyer: *Turn ova! Julian's still keeping Digi against the cage BLASTOR'd!*
Digifanatic Rays him again! 24 more!
*BARRIER'D and turn over.*
Julian Sawyer shrugs the ray off like it was nothing, slamming another Big Boot into the barrier to break it!
Digifanatic: *POP AGAIN! He doesn't have a clue how Julian is doing on health... all he knows is that Julian is probably doing A LOT better than himself.*
Julian Sawyer then winds-up, and here's the pitch! Wind-Up Punch, driving Digi into the cage again!
He continues his strategy of using the cage to his advantage, making sure Digi can't get away! Turn end!
Digifanatic: *You know the drill! Same set of maneuvers--a Ray and a Barrier!*
.oO(If nothing else... longevity is making this interesting)(
Julian Sawyer: *Damn! Julian's taking Light Rays and coming back for more! Big Boot barrier breaker! Damn!*
Digifanatic: *NO POP!*
Julian Sawyer backs off, Defending for the rest of his turn!
Digifanatic lets the Barrier go for the time being, and follows the standard plan all over again.
Julian Sawyer: *J00 miss!*
VG: *Helps with some of the master controls now, letting refs know when to go in and out.*
Julian Sawyer: "A'ight, let's try this again!" *Big Boot!*
Digifanatic: "I tell you, it feels like this will never end, even though it's going to sometime."
Julian Sawyer: *Other Foot!*
Digifanatic: *STILL NO POP!*
Julian Sawyer must be tiring from all the a*-kicking he's been dealing out... He backs off and defends again. TURN OVA.*
Digifanatic wants to something different but Julian's potency and his concern for his health only make him grow more mentally weary. He decides to just Barrierize himself again... without the Light Ray.
Julian Sawyer: *Ah. Big Boot!*
Julian Sawyer's gloves then glow with orange energy as Julian lets fly two overhand Focus Punches!
Digifanatic takes the punches with some sort of stride. He had Julian take him this far and he doubted he would have done much more than what he already has...
Julian Sawyer then stays in close, focused on this match beyond words as he turn ends.
Digifanatic is reeling so badly, it's almost embarrassing. But hey, he's done what he needs to... and what he does now is two Light Rays and a Barrier.
Julian Sawyer: *39 HP! Julian's reeling, but he's not out! Big Boot!*
Digifanatic: *NO POP!*
Julian Sawyer: *TRY AGAIN!*
Julian Sawyer: *FOCUUUUUUUUUS PUNCH!*
Digifanatic: *Probably dead now--He SOMEHOW survives that...
He doesn't know whether to use the Barrier one more time or to try to finish Julian off...*
Julian Sawyer steps back a bit, breathing heavily as he's almost worn out. This is a LONG fight.
Digifanatic decides to go for the latter, but if he misses, he's probably gone. 4 Light Rays, ladies and gentlemen.
He sees three of them miss Julian. "Dang it.
Been a pleasure."
Julian Sawyer's blasted by a solitary Light Ray! 20 HP! "Yeah... But I'mma finish this in STYLE!" *Julian tilts his head back and yells... Limit Break Time!*
Digifanatic: "You do it, man. I'm not concerned..."
*He falls down to the ground and gladly takes the hit, ending his toil in the fight... he didn't expect to beat Julian... especially by teaming up with him in the beginning.
* "It was my mistake."
*Eyes closed, battered and lying* "I went too aggressive... don't say anything. It's my fault. Someone call one of the meds."
VG: *Hits the call meds button.*
Digifanatic: "Great fight, Jules."
Wolfman : *Finishes unloading the groceries in the kitchen... after a bunch of struggling.*
Charles Magellean: "...He... WOOONNN??"
Metal Man: "And... zzz... fight over."
Wolfman: .oO(...that's the last time I do Grocery shopping)
Metal Man: "Julian has won the right to fight Gumbo the Goomba..."
Julian Sawyer Julian grabs Digi by the arms, one by one, and SLAMS him into the ground by lifting him over the head! Julian then whirls hims around the cage until Julian ends up at the dead center, then wraps him around his back, locking his arms over Digi's neck and thighs. And then with a loud CRACK!, Julian flexes and bends forward slightly, cracking Digi's spine across his own back, quite possibly knocking him unconscious. Julian unlocks his arms, letting Digi drop to the floor as he stands straight up throwing a fist into the air.
Charles Magellean begins to reverberate, though he himself cannot notice it. His left arm, fist clenched, shakes violently. His eyes becoming blood shots, and his body reverberating. A great conflict of restraint residing in him, he feels like HE COULD JUST........
Wolfman goes to the CAL fighting area... to see that it ended. .oO(Slag!)
Julian Sawyer: *And that, gentlemen, is Julian's limit break, Call The Ambulance.*
VG: *Smile* (in his private room) "Alright, I've got my faith restored... they'll be alright for the most part."
*He wonders if he'd see Charles.*
Charles Magellean storms off, no one seeing him leave.
Metal Man (GM): *Insert refs and the like healing Digi, Julian, and the other combatants being healed.*
Julian Sawyer: "PRIMETIME!" *Julian shouts to no-one in particular as he celebrates his victory.*
Trigger: "I'll... get you... next time, Julian."
Digifanatic is probably the only person NOT upset at Julian.
Metal Man isn't really upset at Julian. He seems strangely tired instead.
Trigger: "That was a good fight anyway, congrats."
Dragoshi isn't really upset at Julian, just apathetic now "...Well, that was good. But, I'm dead come when the real tourney starts ...So, congrats, man. And good luck."
Wolfman is in his special Quester seat... customized for his 4 legged self. .oO(Next time, one of them gets the short straw)
Digifanatic: "Hey, Julian. I'll give you the couple grand in forgiveness money in a sec."
Julian Sawyer: "Man, you don't need to pay me... How's yo' back?"
Digifanatic: "I'm alright, I guess. I just have one question."
Dr. Mario: "The maximum shroom heals it all-a away-a!"
Charles Magellean leaves for parts unknown, one of his eyes like K. Rool. He walks very briskly and, furious of what happened, he goes to the Transporter room. He sits down, cross-legged and and crosses his arms. He waits... for some kind of penance.
Digifanatic: "How did your whole beef with Aetos start? Was it the Port Destiny problems?"
Julian Sawyer: "That, an' the whole thing about betrayin' us for the Void last time."
Julian Sawyer: "But yeah, I needed this fight. Let out a lotta anger, y'know?"
Metal Man walks on down, looking vaguely worried, but also very tired.
Digifanatic: "What did he do with the Void? That he practically vanished without telling us after the fight was over?"
Metal Man: "Ehh... Charles is mad... Aetos will probably try to escape... and there's missions to do soon... and... and... bah."
Digifanatic: "Maybe it wasn't his will."
Julian Sawyer: "Allied himself wit' it an' tried to kill us."
Digifanatic: "Oh, yeah, right."
Julian Sawyer: "Man, weren't you THERE?"
Digifanatic: "I was. I forgot."
Digifanatic: "I'll admit."
Metal Man: "Yes... the foolish thing is that I am The Void. His loyalty... was to chaos and infinite destruction, not The Void. I checked."
Dragoshi: "...Huh. Interesting. ...Pseudo-interesting, I mean."
Digifanatic: "Like Kuja, as you told me... Yeah..."
Metal Man: "There is a time and place for fighting... not in my hallways."
Wolfman is watching what these guys are saying... not fully catching every thing since he's in his viewer's chair.
Metal Man: "But I have a new, nastier problem... Wolfman and VG aren't missing anything just being Questers these days."
Digifanatic walks over to Metal and whispers something...
Julian Sawyer: "...What?"
Digifanatic: *Whispers* "You were kinda doing it before, but can you put a restraining order between those two?"
Metal Man: "Charleso."
Digifanatic: "Julian and Aetos, of course."
Metal Man waves a hand at Digi "I'll cuff 'em when I get the chance... if they act up again."
Wolfman wonders what Metal is talking about...
Metal Man: "You see, now, Charles threatens to destroy us all with some hooplah that's supposed to make The Void look nice."
Julian Sawyer: "...The hell you talkin' about?"
Digifanatic: "Alright, that's fine enough... just make sure the two don't, you know... get into any unnecessary conflicts."
Wolfman is definitely confused by what they are saying... he moves in for a closer listen.
Dragoshi: "...What the *Draconic* are you talkin' about?"
Digifanatic: "I was just talking to Metal about how you two should stop fighting. Words over hands and swords. And feet... and whatever other stuff you two have."
Metal Man: "Well... I'm talking about Charles. And his Nobody."
Julian Sawyer: "...Thought we got ridda' those."
Digifanatic: "Julian, I understand that with everything, you're kinda against him, but if you can help it, just don't lunge out at him and such. You can be angry, just don't attack."
Metal Man: "You're telling me. He's the exception."
*He brandishes a hand.* "And me and The Void will not stand for another one to exist!"
Dragoshi: "...Nobody? ...Hmmm... Now, where have I heard that term before?"
Digifanatic: "And I also understand that through offensive power, you're getting him to remember your word."
Julian Sawyer: "...Look, you 'pparently heard'a EVRYTHIN', but you don' know what a Nobody is?"
Metal Man: "...So I must now thing of a way to prevent another Nobody... somehow... OAAAAK!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak runs over.
Professor Oak: "What is it now?"
Digifanatic: "But I know that Metal, Wolf, those guys--they don't like to call in Dr. Mario or anyone for unnecessary roughness, and I know that the other Questers and myself just don't want to see fellow Questers fighting each other outside of the arena."
Metal Man: "We need to make an anti-Nobody device!"
Dragoshi: "...I think I know. I think it has something to do with shadows of something or other, though I can't remember correctly. ...Damn memory"
Wolfman hops in closer now...
Professor Oak: "...It shouldn't be too hard. Ivan can help me."
Digifanatic: "That's it, Julian. End of story."
Metal Man: "I'll double your pay if you make it in time to zap Charles with it."
Julian Sawyer: "Whatev."
Professor Oak: "...That sounds agreeable to me." *He nods and runs off.*
Digifanatic blinks his eyes and turns to Metal and--well, not Oak.
Julian Sawyer: "...So now what? I get a prize 'sides bein' in the first CAL fight?"
Wolfman: "...I don't know what the slag is going on, but does one of you need to be somewhere fast?"
Dragoshi: .oO(...Well, that was odd. Wonder if we'll ever see the good professor again)
Digifanatic: .oO(Metal's gone nutsoid...)
Editor's Note: When hasn't he?
Wolfman addressed that to the Questers in the CAL Arena if that matters.
Metal Man: "Not much, Julian. Just this."
*He gives Julian 1000 coins.*
Julian Sawyer: "Score." *Takes it.*
Charles Magellean anger has gone away some. He has drained some of the silver blood from his brain into a waste basket as well as spitting up regular blood. He's still in the room of warping, though.
Julian Sawyer: "...So shouldn't we go find Charles or somethin'?"
Dragoshi: "...Yes. We should."
Wolfman: "...Charles wasn't in the fight?"
Julian Sawyer: "Charles walked out 'fore we started."
Dragoshi: "He stormed off 'bout somethin' or other"
Julian Sawyer: "Somethin' 'bout how he didn' wanna fight US."
Wolfman: "He should have joined VG and myself getting food for you guys..."
Metal Man: "Only I can deal with Charles. You'll just make him angry."
Dragoshi: "Does he always overreact like that?"
Wolfman: "Next time, someone besides me does the errands."
Metal Man: "...Yes."
Julian Sawyer: "HELL yeah."
Wolfman: "But in any case... I hope the fight was a good one, even though I missed it. Now, does anyone need a ride somewhere?"
Metal Man walks out, staring at the floor. "Why didn't he get that mad at Razor? Why? WHY?"
Editor's Note: Razor would have just killed him, and he'd be dead. We'd not be talking about him anymore. Razor is one of the most powerful all-time Questers, even he knows not to dare try that. ...Yes, Razor also dominated tournaments and such, but... he wasn't really a jerk about it either.
Editor's Note: And here we have an editorial discretion to make this work right -- first, the 'outside the Warp Room' perspective; then, we'll swap back.
Wolfman: .oO(...I wonder if Aetos cast one of those silent wind treatments on me while I wasn't noticing... it seems my words aren't getting through.)
Julian Sawyer: "...Wolf, we ALL got workin' legs."
Wolfman: "Well, considering you just fought, I was willing to give one set of legs a break."
Julian Sawyer: "...And we just got healed."
Wolfman: "...I missed that part. Just ring my Smash Dex if required then."
Wolfman goes to R&R to relax on the couch.
Dragoshi: "...Weeeell... Call me if I'm needed" *Goes off to the kitchen get a snack then go to R&R to watch TV.*
Wolfman sees Dragoshi enter.
Julian Sawyer heads to R&R too, grabbing a glass of milk and a package of thin mint cookies to head into R&R and watch TV, to celebrate.
Wolfman: "Next time Dragoshi, can you please take the short straw?"
Wolfman: "...don't worry about it. Someone had to do errands while the rest got to fight."
Julian Sawyer: "So, what's on?" *Julian takes a seat, opening his cookies.*
Digifanatic heads into where Wolf and Julian are.
Wolfman: "Well, apparently I missed some good things while either recharging or helping VG with shopping."
Dragoshi: "...Huh. Some gameshow where these dudes get launched out of a catapult."
Wolfman changes the channel.
Digifanatic: "What's that, Dragoshi?"
Wolfman: "That's a repeat."
Julian Sawyer: "Awesom-Hey! I like that show!"
Digifanatic: "The host must have a fun time."
Wolfman: *It's now on Mushroom Kingdom's Funniest Home Videos.*
Dragoshi: "Ask Julian. I've only just started watching I-"
Wolfman: "Ah, humor... I could use it."
On TV: *The usual baseball to groin routine.*
Wolfman: *He chuckles.*
Wolfman: "It's wrong, but it's just... I don't fully understand it."
Digifanatic: "Those people never fail to amaze me..."
Julian Sawyer: "...Man, why you gotta change it to this lame show..."
Wolfman passes the remote to Julian.
Wolfman: "Alright Champ... find something else."
Digifanatic: "Take it, Julian."
Wolfman: "And no repeat shows either!"
Digifanatic: "I'll watch anything as long as it isn't Pokemon--just kidding. They're alright."
Digifanatic: "Find anything, Julian?"
Wolfman awaits to see Julian's TV pick.
Dragoshi does the same.
VG is in the Big Room, doing routine maintenance and stuff with SIMBER.
He notes that SIMBER is... elsewhere...
.oO(Uh oh: must be trouble.)
"SIMBER, if you can hear me, should I alert the rest of the Questers? I think something is going on... your defenses have gone up."
.oO(...come on SIMBER, a sign would be nice... if I need to get the Questers, let me know...)
Digifanatic: "Mmm..." *Wanders off when Julian delays too long to take a choice.*
Julian Sawyer: "Alright..." *Flip, flip, flip, flip... MKGKAR!*
VG: .oO(...forget it...) *Pulls out his Smash Dex, makes a call to R&R.* (to Big Room through Dex) "Would someone that is good with technology please come to the Big Room? I could use some clarification on something."
Julian Sawyer: "..." *Julian looks to where Digi was, unaware he's gone* "You're up."
Dragoshi: "...Digi's gone. And, I have some experience in comps, so maybe I should go." >:
Julian Sawyer: "Right... Go ahead."
VG: "Just someone... other than Wolf. I mean no offense to him, but I think he's slightly out of it tonight."
Wolfman: .oO(In more ways than one...)
Dragoshi: *Speaking to VG through Dex, if possible*"...Well, I guess I'll help seeing as I have some experience. Just tell me where you are."
VG: "The Big Room."
Dragoshi closes his dex and goes to the Big Room.
VG: *Closes the Dex, sees Dragoshi enter.*
"Thanks for coming on short notice. I wish to know... how familiar are you with SIMBER?"
Dragoshi: "...Not familiar at all. Though, I'll see what I can do. What's the problem?"
VG: "If you can read meters, that should hopefully be enough."
*Points out some of the defense-based meters. It has many lines, showing gauges of power.*
Dragoshi looks at the meters "...Huh. Let me check to see..."
VG: "Usually, everything is in the middle. However, those relating to SIMBER seem to be higher up..."
"And SIMBER is either preoccupied... or maybe someone else is using him. I was hoping more for clarification."
"Any idea what could be going on?"
Metal Man (GM): SIMBER comes up for VG.
SIMBER: "...I'm sorry, what is it you need, VG?"
VG: *Checks the meters... they seem to be... normalizing...?*
Dragoshi: "...Huh. Odd."
VG: "...your meters were higher than normal, and I wasn't sure if there was an attack. I asked Dragoshi to help make sure before I sent everyone in here."
SIMBER: "No, everything is fine."
VG: (To Dragoshi) "Sorry for wasting your time."
Dragoshi: "No problem."
VG: (To SIMBER) "...brief me later."
Dragoshi heads back to R&R.
VG: *Goes to R&R as well... and does a head count.*
"...doesn't seem like anyone is missing... that is, that usually is here."
Julian Sawyer: *Looks up to VG and Dragoshi as they enter* "What happened?"
Wolfman: "I'm curious as well."
Editor's Note: And now, to the Warp Room that'd been happening at the same time as this scene you just read the whole time...
Metal Man lopes into the warp room. He stands up and points a finger at Charles.
"Don't you think about going all 'nobody' on us. You're better than to let what you hate become you. It is through anger that Julian is what he is... and you're just acting like him when you get like this. That's not what you want, is it?"
Charles Magellean: "Something just snapped in my mind. I haven't been able to express anger since I became dependent to the red emerald."
*He gets up, dusting himself off.*
"Have you been able to get rid of Haxgel before it gets loose?"
Metal Man: "...We are creating something which can eliminate Nobodies, even though it'll only work on you."
Charles Magellean: "...'We' ? You mean you've told other people? Who?"
"One of the professors?"
Metal Man: "Professor Oak. He's got the knowledge to remove it... trust me."
Charles Magellean: "I suppose he can be trusted. Did you tell anyone else?"
Metal Man: "I mentioned it in front of a bunch of other people... just in case you go nuts. I mean, I'm still not in tip-top fighting shape, I might actually need Julian's prowess if you try to kill us all."
Charles Magellean: "..." *His angers back.*
"You mean to say that... you... TOLD... THE QUESTERS #_# ??"
Metal Man: "Yes, I did. It won't be an issue soon enough, if you can just hold yourself in..."
Charles Magellean: "Hold myself in..." *Chuckles lightly.* "...You've told the Questers something of a danger in secret?"
Metal Man: "Only they know, only a few of them, and it was to make sure they would know what to do if you tried to kill me."
Charles Magellean: "Illian... that was a mistake. I told you that in secret..." *Sound of a sword unsheathing as he gets into stance.*
"...Betraying my trust won't let the Nobody out, but what you just did... has dishonored me. There is only one penance for such a great offense like that."
Metal Man: "You are out of your league... out of the Championship Arena League, that is." *He smiles wryly and takes out his pistols.*
Charles Magellean slowly moves his hand...
Metal Man: "I came before you, and I am ranking official of this organization. If you fight me, you will lose."
Charles Magellean: "Then come for me then. Your betrayal of my trust has incited my ire so high, if I could Trance, I would do that..."
Metal Man: "Charles... if you could listen to me..."
*He has a couple flashbacks. He holds his head.
* "...You've ticked off everyone at one point or another..." *Winces.*
"And it's nothing to do with honor..."
"There is no I in Questers."
Charles Magellean: "I'm done listening. If you had not opened your mouth about my secret, there would be no need for this. Why did you do it!?" *His hand moves slowly again.*
Metal Man: "...If I were working under the old rules, I would beat you down, but no. I will not."
*He is protected by a shield from SIMBER.* "Stop, Charles. The entire BUILDING is on my side."
"...I want to help you, unlike the others. And we work as a team. When one of us is hurt... the team is hurt."
Charles Magellean: "And the team has hurt me...when they found out when you should've kept YOUR MOUTH SHUT." *He summons 4 non-elemental balls. He guides them with one hand into Metal.*
Metal Man: "If we can work together, we can heal you. It is this which created the first Void."
*He holds up a hand and the very floor bends to block the elemental stuff.*
Charles Magellean: "I don't NEED your help if your going to stab me in the back by revealing potential threats about myself. My trust is precious, and you've broken it, Metal."
Metal Man: "You're just being petty again. Look how you've alienated people besides me."
Charles Magellean powers up both fists.
"I've alienated them because their ego has inflated insanely to match Kuja's!" *He thrusts forward both fists, charged.*
Metal Man: "Then perhaps you could tell them that, instead of trying to kill their leader when their backs are turned." *He stops the fist with one hand. Regardless of the damage, his hand holds Charles's fist.*
"You can harm me... but I can kill you if you persist in this nonsense."
Charles Magellean: "Tell them... TELL THEM... TELLLL THEMMM!?!?!?" *He begins reverberating* "THEY ONLY KNOW VIOLENCE!"
Metal Man begins crushing Charles's fist with his own, metallic one. "Don't you see the worthlessness in fighting?"
Charles Magellean yells out in pain... bending to Metal's power.
Metal Man punches Charles with his other hand... dislocating his jaw.
"Don't you see... I'm trying to make everyone understand."
*He shoves Charles onto the floor.*
"We're all in this together, and if you try to hit me... you're hitting yourself. That warp home is there for a purpose... I CAN send your planet back if you are so inclined. The wise man, the blue robed one, would most likely help me."
"Now... are you going to lay on the floor and try to kill me childishly, or step up and be an adult?"
*He extends his hand to Charles.*
Charles Magellean breathes raspily. "...Why... why did you break the trust that I said in secrecy..."
Metal Man: "Do you think I want to hurt you? I didn't understand it all the way, and you just made me more confused by trying to kill me."
Charles Magellean: "...They didn't need to know. It could've been solved in secrecy."
*He begins to have tears rolling down his eyes.*
Metal Man: "Well, it's known now. And nobody appears to care but me, anyway. My death won't fix it."
Charles Magellean: "..."
"Penance did not come. The Lunarian trust was broken..."
"...I have become of the dishonored."
*He begins to curl up.*
Metal Man: "...You are a Quester, not a Lunarian. The Lunarians all are asleep, and such. You're only alive because you're with us."
Charles Magellean: "Ignorance of the law... I should've said something... but it is all my fault."
Metal Man: "You may go and try to kill me again if that'll fix it, but seriously, I'd suggest beefing up and taking down Julian for real."
Charles Magellean: "Do NOT say what I am and am not!"
Metal Man tosses a Max Shroom to Charles and walks off. "Don't stay in my place, then. I don't have to let you stay here."
Charles Magellean: "Metal, wait..."
*He takes the Max Mushroom. He stands up, calmed.*
Metal Man stops a step from the door. "Make it quick. There's a Julian and an Aetos who also need to be... how should I call it... unionized."
Charles Magellean: "I am raged at many of the Questers' gloating and how they claim to be better than what they really are."
Metal Man: "I will fix this, personally. However you haven't been too far away from them in thinking the same."
"Nobodies don't really come from nowhere."
Charles Magellean: "I fear that unless their leash is shortened even more, they'll become too cocky and arrogant for their own good and have to be arrested themselves. They don't have control of their own actions. I had lashed out, but I am better now."
"Since I came out of coma, I had been able to unleash all of it in one fell swoop. I can go back to being my solemn self again. ...Thank you."
Metal Man: "I can smack them into shape myself... consider this the punishment to deal with what happened with your planet flying around earlier, too. I'm too busy to give procedures."
*He nods, then runs out.* "Hmmm... maybe I should punch Julian in the back of the head for no reason."
Charles Magellean: "You may go now... but may I at least visit Valhalla Domain to see how it is?"
Metal Man: "Go ahead." *As he vanishes.*
Editor's Note: And now both threads re-converge!
Metal Man runs into the Big Room and sees all the logs of VG staring at power... things on his visor, and that the Questers are all around too.
VG: "...something happened. I'm unsure what."
Charles Magellean: "Gracias." *He will head there after his preparations.*
Metal Man: *Yells into the empty space loud enough people can hear him in R&R* "How convenient! I can fix everyone at once... well... VG doesn't need fixing. He's had the ultimate anti-ego trip."
Julian Sawyer: *Everyone's in R&R, still. Watching TV.*
Julian Sawyer: "...Mets, what're you talkin' about NOW?"
Metal Man stares at the empty space, and hears the distant reactions. "...Drunk again." Moves into R&R proper.
"Well, uhh. Thing. You need to... stop being cocky... uhh... because..."
Wolfman: "Julian, turn the TV off please. I think this is important."
Julian Sawyer: "Hol' up, final lap..."
Metal Man (GM): .oO(Curses. I'm much better at punching people than telling them stuff.)
VG: "There; now let Metal have his piece."
Metal Man appears to be having a hard time saying anything, especially as there's a spectacular crash on the TV before it is turned off.
Julian Sawyer: "Hey man what'chu doin'? Final lap! Man!"
Metal Man: "...We have... Toad-vo. It's recorded."
Julian Sawyer: "...Thought you said we were too poor for TiVo."
Charles Magellean feels strangely balanced again. He goes to his room to meditate. The influence of the Nobody slipping, he smiles for the first time since 6 months had passed.
VG: "...TV junkies..."
Metal Man: "TiVo is too expensive. That's why I have... Toad-Vo."
Julian Sawyer: "...So what the hell is ToadVo?"
Dragoshi: "...Heh. Toad-Vo."
Metal Man: "TiVo, only 100% grainier. They're still being sued for stealing the trademark."
Julian Sawyer: "...A'ight... You realize it don't record 'less you tell it to, right?"
Wolfman: "Then why do we still... oh, nevermind. What is your briefing?"
Metal Man: "Now... uhh..." *Points at Julian* "You need to... be... less... like... uhhhh... less like this."
*He turns to a wall and pretends the wall is Aetos, and he's Julian.*
Julian Sawyer: "I'm tellin' you this' 'cause I missed the end o' the damn race."
Dragoshi: "What the *Draconic* Metal?"
VG: "...what Metal is trying to act out... control your emotions against people."
The Wraith drifts into R&R, raising an eyebrow...
Metal Man punches the wall until he's about 10 feet through the wall.
"...Yeah... that's... not how you talk to people indoors."
VG: "Walls aren't as cheap as they used to be."
Julian Sawyer: "Tell people not to piss me off, an' that won't happen no more."
Dragoshi chuckles at Metal's crappy Julian impersonation.
Wolfman: "This isn't a perfect world. I'd think we all are capable of annoying others... we just have to learn to work with it."
*He scratches his back with his left rear leg... an itch, or robot fleas? the world may never know...*
Metal Man: "...People generally will make you angry all the time. In fact, I fear for my life just talking to you.
If not for the fact I could poorly imitate you and destroy a hundred dollars worth of wall."
VG: "Easy on the scratching on the couch there Wolfie."
Metal Man: "Now... this isn't quite as easy for some reason... oh. I know."
Metal Man: "I have to tell everyone one of your secrets, then you will try to kill me. Because otherwise you're no longer a Lun---angry New York fighter."
*He scratches his head.* "...You don't have any secrets, do you?"
Wolfman: "A Lunatic? I'd think I fit that description more... I do howl at the moon now and then."
Julian Sawyer: "...No..."
VG: "How about the rest of you?"
The Wraith opens its dex... The others' start beeping.
Metal Man: "...Okay... well... uhhhhh... ...I actually don't know how to make you mad. Odd."
VG: "...we'll get to that later." *Opens Dex* "This is VG."
*He also listens in.*
The Wraith nods to VG, and Wolf, but looks waitingly to Julian.
Metal Man takes out a virtual chalkboard and writes complex formulas which seem to mean nothing.
Julian Sawyer lets the others open their dex, he'll listen.
Metal Man: "Hmmm... Aetos + Julian = Anger. Metal + Julian = confusion. Charles + Julian = ...I don't even know what that means."
Wolfman: "This is Wolf." *Smash dex Radio of course.*
The Wraith: "...What he's gettin' at is that you need to cool your jets, Julian."
Metal Man then writes "Angry Julian + Unfair Beating = Angrier Julian. No, that won't work."
He opens his mouth to say something, but then stops himself. "...I won't be revealing any more secrets today."
Julian Sawyer: "Look man, I'm cool right now. I only get angry when someone pisses me off. You keep from doin' that, you good."
Wolfman: "I ask again then... pushing buttons is rather common. What will happen upon more pressing?"
The Wraith: "That wouldn't be a problem if it weren't so easy to piss you off..."
Metal Man: "I can't really explain it in words. Somehow, smacking people works better."
The Wraith: "That always has been the trend of the Questers... Even from the beginning..."
VG: "Then we need to start changing that."
Metal Man: "...Well, I broke it, but I need to find a way to break it with Julian..."
VG: "This is one of the reasons why I've chosen the semi retirement life."
Metal Man: "Aetos would be too easy. I could promise him the X-zone for it and he'd be all willing to sacrifice the urge to kill people from behind. ...Digi's about as angry as an Avacado tree...
Garrick gets angry when people smack him around. Who doesn't? Uhhh..."
Wolfman: "Who do you consider as calm then Metal?"
Dragoshi: "...Avocado tree?"
Metal Man: "...Trees don't get angry, ever, you see. I don't think they can get angry."
Wolfman: "...I meant between us."
Dragoshi: "...Unless they're Ents, and you uh, yanno, do your business on the,"
Metal Man: "Well. Me, I'm mostly calm."
VG: *Curious about Wolf's question... is there someone on the team that doesn't have anger issues?*
Metal Man (GM): *Insert slide reel of Metal shouting 'DIEEEEEEE' at things.*
VG: .oO(Somehow, I question that...)
Metal Man: "Charles, yeah, he's calm."
VG: .oO(...that too.)
Metal Man (GM): *Long amount of pictures of Charles going "KILL THE BOUNTY HUNTERS!!!!"*
Metal Man: "And... uhh... well. I know for a fact Gibby is calm."
Dragoshi: "...Huh. ...Charles sounds like he didn't wake up on the WRONG side of the bed...
But, instead on a bed of spikes, and is STILL alive.
...Then again, I dunno how that comparison WORKS... AT ALL."
Editor's Note: It works well, because nothing Charles does is meant to make too much sense in the first place. Not even meant as a slight towards the player, him being weird is often The Point.
Wolfman: "Let me try again. Is there anyone of us in this room that you would call actually calm?"
Dragoshi: "...So, excuse my inanity."
Metal Man: "I am calm... when... uhhh... Talking to angry people! Yes."
VG: "Wolf means, besides you."
Metal Man: "...Some day, I will explain it to Julian. Until then, make sure he never talks to Aetos."
The Wraith chuckles a bit... A normal voice is heard over the dexes, but just rasping directly from the wraith itself.
Wolfman: "...what Veeg said."
VG: *Listens to the dex again...* "Okay, that voice is different..."
Dragoshi: "...Anyone else you'd like to say has anger problems... Or is calm?"
Julian Sawyer's turned the TV back on at this point.
Wolfman: "It would help to know our strengths and weaknesses."
Dragoshi: "Indeed. Especially us neophytes" *Dragoshi points at himself.*
Wolfman is unsure if he counts as a neophyte... he always comes in and out and in and out...
Metal Man: "Not really."
*He wanders out, confused.*
Wolfman: "...I agree..."
Dragoshi: "...That was enlightening... Yet confusing."
The Wraith: "Heh... Ahh, well." It looks to VG. "...You mentioned my voice?"
VG: "Metal can be like that. I think something did happen, and he's keeping quiet."
"I did... I thought it sounded different for a moment. I guess I'm still not used to seeing you as a ghost..."
The Wraith: "Mm-hmm... What are you used to seeing me as, then?"
VG: "That earlier voice... weren't you... a human Quester?"
The Wraith: "...It's about time somebody's picked up. I've been dropping hints left & right..."
Wolfman: "...does that mean you are a Fallen Quester? Or is this a different situation?"
The Wraith: "Mmm... Fallen? Nea. I was never cast out. I just... faded away..."
Wolfman: "This is a strange gathering then... old, new, sane, strange..."
*VG:* "I thought you were used to strange."
Wolfman: "...long story."
The Wraith holds its dex & communicator with both hands now, holding a connector in a bit to make the stream steadier. Its... His voice would come through more clearly, without that hint of rasping. "Do you recognize my voice, VG? Wolf...?"
Dragoshi: "The old" *Points at Wolf* "New" *Points at self* "Sane" *Points at everyone* "Strange..." *Points at Wraith, then stops. Drago then shuts up.*
Wolfman: "Sorry... I can't."
Julian Sawyer: *J00 PHAIL.*
VG: "...I know that voice is familiar..."
The Wraith: "...Fire. Hammers."
"...'Bout time. Yes."
Dragoshi: .oO(...Hammers? Fire? OHSHIZ, FLAMING HAMMERS. ...Wait, nevermind)
Wolfman: "John? What are you doing as a ghost?"
The Wraith: "This crew is even slower than I remembered it..." It looks to Dragoshi and Julian. "...Don't worry, I wouldn't have expected you newer Questers to know."
Julian Sawyer isn't really paying attention.
Dragoshi: "...Indeed. Not like I'd know such things. I just came here, around what, a week or so?"
Julian Sawyer: "Hm?"
The Wraith: "Long story... You remember when I started showing signs of insanity? Hmm... Did you ever see Onnen?"
VG: "I don't recall you getting insane."
Julian Sawyer: "Wait... I read up a bit on Quester records. John... Geomancer, right?"
The Wraith: "No, but I was getting there. Split personalities and all... Anyway, I was starting to slip mentally... So I ended up fading out of the crew, becoming more and more distant for fear of harming my fellow Questers." He looks to Julian. "Aye, that was me as well. Somehow, during the process of degradation, I had gathered random powers for periods of time... That was one of them."
Julian Sawyer: "Yeah, that was really the only thin' mentionable... otherwise you didn' do much. Least on the records, anyway."
Metal Man wanders back in. "...Well, that's great. Almost all of the old Questers have gone insane at this rate."
The Wraith: Still to Julian. "Look up a being by the name of Onnen."
Sky High: *On a nearby couch* "I'm not insane!"
Metal Man: "Except for that time you decided to become a Commander."
VG: "How have I gone insane anyway?"
Julian Sawyer: "Transformer partner. Big deal."
Wolfman: "...I won't argue it."
Julian Sawyer: "Lotta people had Transformers."
The Wraith: "Alter ego, and very volatile... Even worse anger problems than YOU, Julian. And said being used rage, hatred, malice... as weapons. Fed on them for power, and quickly started to grow out of control..."
Sky High: "I sleep on this couch non-stop. That's why." *Drinks some old beer and goes back to sleep.*
Wolfman: "Just don't take my spot... I require two cushions now."
Julian Sawyer: "Zio."
The Wraith: "He was just a power-hungry maniac. Anyway... I'd rather not delve back into that topic."
Dragoshi: *To self*"...That doesn't sound healthy, man."
VG: "In any case... if not tonight, then some other time, we might have to exchange our issues with each other to become stronger."
Metal Man: "The Fighter Remote... it had a way of doing that to people."
VG: "I have a feeling teamwork might be needed more than ever."
Metal Man shakes a fist angrily. "Why did you have to make that, Wolfman? It screwed all sorts of people up."
Wolfman: "Mewtwo also had a hand in making it if that helps."
Metal Man: "Me... Charles... John... Klumsy... Ruvyn..."
Wolfman: "Besides... its original purpose wasn't even to be for actual fighting."
The Wraith: This is more in general, not looking to Julian. "Anyway... I don't remember the entire process, but after my mind faded, so did my body... Yet not my soul. So here I am. Don't worry, I don't feel myself fading anymore."
Wolfman: "It was originally designed for fans to try out the moves for... what: a 10 minute period?"
Metal Man: "Hmmm... that explains it. It wasn't designed to be used for years on end, was it?"
Wolfman: "Eventually, the main Smashers wanted to fight more, and... the rest, is history."
VG: "Some modifications were made... but apparently, not enough."
Metal Man: "It pretty much brought out the Kuja and Void in all of us."
Wolfman: "If it matters, my life also got... bonkers."
Metal Man: "It brought out Zio, who also brought us Kuja."
Wolfman: "It didn't help that I came from another realm."
Metal Man: "It brought out The Void in me, who proceeded to destroy reality."
The Wraith: "Most of us did, Wolf."
Wolfman: "That reminds me... what happened to Sha'Fol?"
Metal Man: "He was reabsorbed into you. Nothing left of him now."
Wolfman: "...Sha'Fol originally resided within me?"
VG: "Well, there's a twist..."
Dragoshi: "...Oh hell, don't tell me. A Nobody, right? I've seen Nobodies before. Nasty lil buggers."
Metal Man: "A Nobody made from you by The Void to confuse people. Let's just say The Void secretly wanted us all to fight Solarians for no reason."
Wolfman: "A Nobody that somehow made me Maverick for a time..."
"...and I guess, permanently."
"I'm no longer welcomed at my own realm anymore."
Metal Man: "...For all we knew, Phantom or Panzer made you Maverick."
Wolfman: "There are reasons why my body got changed you know."
Metal Man: "You were called the Maverick Hunters, right? All of you were Maverick... heh."
Wolfman: "...maybe even X."
Metal Man: "I guess similar things went on with us. We went out killing chaos, so it hitched a ride with us for a while."
Metal Man: "Now I'm busy trying to kill off the remnants."
Dragoshi: "Yep. It pretty much multiplied. Like parasites. ...If I'm getting this right?"
Wolfman: "X, or Mega Man X for those unfamiliar, was the main leader. Zero, his main partner, was more the field commander."
*Wolf:* "I was taken under the Hunters wing, Unit #17, X's unit."
Metal Man looks in a flipbook he made.
"One of too many people who came in here to impress me and failed."
Wolfman: "But... a lot has happened since then."
VG: "I should know... I was partly responsible for making the Transformer."
Dragoshi looks on, confused, seeing as he has no idea. He then shrugs, and just listens.
Wolfman: *Looks to Dragoshi.*
Wolfman: "We're mainly recollecting... or trying to... our past, and how this whole place started."
Dragoshi: "...Ah. ...Interesting."
Wolfman: "My memory, despite being an advanced computer, is still wonky in the intelligence department, so not all of the pieces are with me."
*Wolf:* "VG, who was my main Transformer partner over 12 years ago, probably has a better memory on things."
Charles Magellean's meditation has been achieved for the moment. He goes to the Warp Room.
VG: "I don't even remember how I brought Wolfman into this realm... I think it was mostly so I could help with building and making the place. I am rather short, you know."
Metal Man (GM): Warp room is open for you, Locos; it seems ready to warp... to Valhalla Domain.
Charles Magellean gathers his final strength before going... He waits.
VG: "In any case... history can be discussed later."
"We can talk more another time."
The Wraith nods a bit...
VG: *Turns off the TV again, then goes to his room.*
Wolf: "Veeg is right... we should rest up. Plus, I'll need to try out this CAL system sometime soon..."
Dragoshi nods as well, seeing as he's interested by the history lesson. He then walks off to the kitchen to get another snack, then go to bed for the night.
Wolfman picks up Julian and carries him to bed.
.oO(You've watched way too much TV tonight...)
Julian Sawyer smacks Wolf and walks to his room under his own power.
Wolfman: .oO(...note: Julian doesn't like all forms of help and niceness.)
Charles Magellean his preparation done, enters the warp.
The Wraith just... drifts away as it always does, resuming its wanderings.
Metal Man (GM): *WARP*
If I could ask politely... could I have a break? *Falls over*
It's been non-stop... longer than a mission, I think! *Checks*
Nope. Just... 5 hours...
I should... find some way to give out EXP for all this.
Charles Magellean: *He was last warped. You start on from there, boss.*
Metal Man (GM): You appear inside the entrance to Valhalla; a massive street which leads down a now prosperous Zora City.
Your former computer appears before you. He looks at you; the personality-less white sprite figure he is.
Computer: "It has been quite a while, sir. What bringeth you?"
"I hate to think you've forgotten me..."
The entire area reminds you vaguely like a space ship.
"It is so lonely here... Yurie is gone, Aribar clueless... the military disbanded."
He turns around, making sort of an open-handed embrace at nothingness.
"...All of this... for nothing."
He then turns back to you.
Charles Magellean: "It is time to solidify my hold."
Computer: "Is this... the return?"
He looks as if he's been bored to death sitting here.
Charles Magellean: "This is... the beginning of change."
Metal Man (GM): Possibly because he weathered 10 years being deactivated.
Charles Magellean: "Do your sensors extend beyond Hyrule?"
Computer: "I've had nothing better than do. All of this side of the planet has been mapped and put into sensors."
Charles Magellean: "Add to your maps that my homeworld now orbits Nintendus. I am a resident of this world now. While doing so, bring up the contract of ownership of Valhalla Fortress."
It appears; it shows, very plainly, a big red X through Yurie, and then shows that Aribar has yet to pick up on his part.
"...I am so sorry, milord... Gerald sent Yurie into the center of time itself..."
Charles Magellean: "Gerald is now dead. However, some of his creations live on."
Computer: "Correct. That, and his damage can never be truly erased."
Charles Magellean: "While I reluctantly sound apathetic on this topic, I can see that the loophole in the ownership contract has been used. Since it has been more than a year since I have left, and no one has come to claim you, I hereby nullify this contract of transference."
Computer: "You are the only remnant of the former empire. For yours..." *He bows, sadly* "Has been dead longer than Kuja's, and thus, no loyal Phoenixes are around to it."
Charles Magellean: "The Magellean Military has been disbanded for the better. The true person that controlled its movements will soon be gone, and all I did was keep it from rampaging. I am now the owner of Valhalla once more."
Computer: "I see..."
"Launch algorithms are online, if you should need them... the fortress can fly, you see..."
Charles Magellean: "Your update is commended."
*He looks all around and looks back.*
Metal Man (GM): You see the small city.
Charles Magellean: "The Nobody Mahlec R. Haxgel commanded the former military, and from its ruins... a new empire shall be born."
Computer: "Most excellent. May I join in this time? I was long ignored... but you see how faithful the bandits your dark side let in were."
Charles Magellean: "Yes."
Computer: "Then it would be altogether fitting and proper... if I showed a more real form."
Charles Magellean: "The new empire shall be named, from here on out... 'The Arsenal of Freedom.' It shall be a refuge for those that want to live in peace, but are hounded by extremists."
Metal Man (GM): The hologram glows, and suddenly forms... a man made of light wearing white robes.
Charles Magellean: "I want no outlaw acts in The Arsenal, though."
Trevor: "So long I have waited... to actually mean something in the face of the violent people you recruited. I speak to you because of something important."
Metal Man (GM): He pulls a map out of thin air.
Trevor: "...This is Nintendus." *He points at a map of Nintendus... then rotates it*
"...This is where no one has bothered to go... the other side of Nintendus.
Nothing is known about it... but all of the non-violent people can go here... I just know it.
No one will ever find them.
No... Ivo Robotnik... no APN... no Mages Council... no Gunicard... it isn't monitored from space. It all looks the same from up there."
Charles Magellean: "What is this side of Nintendus... called?"
Trevor: "I have modified the engines to work in this area, and rebuilt everything to operate in this area. No one can go there but us, and none know about it other than us. ...The Light Side, of course. All of what you see here... is located on the dark side, because of the rather odd orbit of Nintendus."
Charles Magellean: "Dark Side. Seems appropriate."
Trevor: "This area is avoided for a reason, of course. Blinding sunlight. Roasting, blinding, destroying sunlight.
Even Kuja left it alone."
Charles Magellean: "How powerful is the sunlight?"
Trevor: "...A unique flaw in the atmosphere, you see..." *He chuckles* "Makes the sunlight able to disintegrate organic matter on that side. If we go there... no one will follow us. In fact, I found the place because I thought Gerald sent Yurie there."
Charles Magellean: "A perfect place for refugees. When can you begin the process?"
Trevor: "Right now."
Metal Man (GM): You see the entire area rumble a bit, as, suddenly, the small city floats off the ground, excepting the small piece you're in.
Charles Magellean: "I wish I could go with you... But halt the process."
Trevor: "Backwards, forwards, it's all the same."
Metal Man (GM): And it floats right back down.
Trevor: "I built the Zora city on top to fool any would-be conspiracy theorists. They will remain here... and the ship underneath shall fly... to freedom!
When you are ready... we can leave this vile Dark Side."
Charles Magellean: "Do you have a name for your new form?"
Trevor: "I am TREVOR. Trace Routing Automated Yaw-Velocity Handling Reticule. A former autopilot module which evolved into sentience over years. ...Computers have come to the point where artificial intelligences are everywhere.
As such... it might be a sensible solution to take some with us. You have two with you."
Charles Magellean: "They live on The Moon. I will not separate them from their home. As for me, I cannot go and live on the Light Side. I am with The Questers. You, however, may takeoff when I warp home."
Trevor: "As you wish."
Charles Magellean: "These are my orders before I take my leave. While I am gone, you control Valhalla. Maintain justice and order in The Arsenal of Freedom.
You may desire to construct weapons, but only for self-defense. To not arouse suspicion, I do not condone going outside APN restrictions.
I will add additional orders when it comes time. This is all."
Trevor: "As you say. Our weaponry is not really important, anyway, as there are no foes who can survive the Light Side."
Charles Magellean: "Anything desirable to say, Trevor?"
Trevor: "...I will be there if you should need to escape... allow me to clarify one thing."
*Brings up the map some more* "If the Dark Side is destroyed... the light will remain."
Charles Magellean: "Nintendus is bigger than I realize... how much total landmass does the Dark Side completely cover of Nintendus?"
*He asks the number be in percentage form.*
Trevor: "50%. It is very possible that there is more to the Light Side than the limited scans... but the prospect alone is exciting."
Charles Magellean: "I leave the empire in your capable in hands for now. Jettison when ready. One to beam back."
*He stands by for the warp to take him to HQ.*
Metal Man (GM): Charles vanishes, warped back to HQ.
Charles Magellean: "!! I forgot to say: Restrict Quester access to moderate levels noooowww!"
Trevor: *To himself* "...Questers... accessing this? Fat chance."
Metal Man (GM): He pulls a lever as the Zora City floats off, revealing an entire ship below.
It is much like a massive airplane.
Huge, V shaped wings, with a large nose, on which the bridge rests.
The tail is like that of a helicopter's; it has a massive fan in it to help turning.
The nose, the wings, and even the tail are studded with hundreds, nay, around a thousand laser cannons.
Trevor: "If I were not such a nice person, I would make a statement of mowing down the Mages Council... but... I have a place to go to. Liftoff!"
Metal Man (GM): It flies straight upwards, propelled by hundreds of huge rockets; the city itself levitating up into the air.
It leaves a perfectly disk-shaped impression in the ground.
Trevor: "The only use for the dome-shaped part of Valhalla... a city for the Zora."
Metal Man (GM): It floats in, and looks... the same as it was before.
Trevor: "Now... to get out of here. The APN can't know anything."
Metal Man (GM): It flies off, dead ahead, under the power of massive plasma engines on the other side of its wings... in fact, they cover the entire back of the wings, and glow a light blue--cruising speed.
It flies over the Magnetic Wastes.
Before anyone can detect it (And how would that be possible? Magnetic Wastes scrambles comms) it vanishes into the horizon... which is entirely made of light.
Trevor turns back and faces a window showing the 'Dark Side' of Nintendus.
Trevor: "Good-bye, chaos and death."
Metal Man (GM): Then he and the ship vanish entirely into the light.
And with that... only Charles can tell anything happened.
The Zora were pledged to secrecy as it was; the price for their massive and prosperous city.
Is Trevor peaceful? What lies beyond the horizon of Light? What will happen there? Will the Questers ever find out? Find out (maybe), on the next episode of SUPER SMASH QUEST!
Metal Man (GM): *Clicks on another plot thread to commemorate the 13th chapter.*