Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 314: Dead Time

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Date: February 3rd, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are in the Q.S. Seeker, as usual. Having picked the ruined town for a mission, they can warp there; the warp out is ready.
Garrick: *is standing in the warp room, waiting for the others to move that way.*
Julian: *No need for talkin' then. Julian heads into the warp.*
Leo Crayson puts on his breath mask and walks in the warp.
Julian: *After putting on his breathing mask.*
Digifanatic: *Mask. Warp. Gone.*
Dragoshi: *Puts on el breath mask then walks into the warp.*
Garrick: "...oh, good. Hey, can you guys do something for me while you... are..."
Digifanatic: *stops.*
Bonecrusher follows suit...
Digifanatic: "What?"
Garrick: "...gone... ah hell..."
Dragoshi: *Stops.* "...Yes?"
Garrick: "Jeez, you guys need to be a bit more observational... look, one of you take this, would you?" *he holds out a small visor type device.*
Dragoshi: "Sure thing." *Takes it.*
Garrick: "This sensor should take more accurate readings of the air and surrounding land. Just wear it and your Dex will relay it to us."
Leo Crayson: *is warpified.*
Dragoshi: "'K." *Puts it on.* "Anything else?"
Garrick: "Just try not to get killed. ...and if you see any good parts, bring them back to me."
Aetos: *Double-ditto. Mask. Warp.*
Fizban: *is too busy warping and putting on his mask to hear the conversation, already gone by now.*
Dragoshi: "I'll be sure to do that." *Seeing as he already has his breath mask on... To the warp!*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers warp out to the ruined city of water and rose petals. For they stand at the beginning of a ruined main street... Various wooden, Japanese-esque buildings sit in disarray.
Bonecrusher: "Smash!"
Dragoshi: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The sign into the town says 'Welcome to Wakatu, Population 300,000', except 300,000 has been replaced with '0'
Julian: "Touch one goddamn thing an' you gonna regret it... an' it looks like whatever hit hit this place hard."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Metal Man (GM): To the left is a busted iron forge shop, and to the right is the ruins of a tavern.
Leo Crayson: "Got it."
Fizban: "Odd..."
Dragoshi: *Walks to the busted iron forge shop, curious.*
Julian: *And we'll be heading left, then.*
Metal Man (GM): Beyond those are several broken buildings, a street to the right, an overgrown nursery further up left, and finally an administrative building.
Leo Crayson: *follows Drago.*
Fizban: *moves in with Dragoshi, curious as well.*
Bonecrusher: "Regret what?"
Digifanatic: *heads in.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk in, seeing a forge which has been exploded.
Fizban: "I believe, Master Crusher, that you'd regret touching things."
Metal Man (GM): The skeletons of the people who were here lay on the ground... missing arms and parts of their skulls.
Leo Crayson: "You think that psycho robot did all of this?"
Metal Man (GM): The tables and books in here have been sliced into a million pieces.
Dragoshi: "...Nah. Then there'd be nothing left."
Digifanatic: "You can never tell..."
Metal Man (GM): It's a 1-room building, and the whole place has been trashed. Debris is all over the floor.
Julian: "That psycho robot didn't have a 'Cut off people's arms an' shit' gun..."
Leo Crayson: "You're right."
Fizban: "Aye, but do you think that only one robot did this?"
Leo Crayson: "Hmmm, what could have does this, MM2 maybe?"
Metal Man (GM): The destruction is rather old.
Julian: "I dunno what the fuck did it. All I know is we lookin' for whatever we can find."
Fizban: "He mentioned his brethren, so I do not believe that all of them carry those gun devices..."
Dragoshi: "...Mhm."
Fizban: "Well, there seems to be very little here."
Julian: *Speaking of which, Julian salvages!*
Metal Man (GM): The books have decayed, the skeletons obviously were once people, and the books in here mention years different from the one any modern thing here shows.
Fizban: *does give a once over as well.*
Leo Crayson: *searches for anything useful.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Helps with salvageness.*
Digifanatic: *One other search.*
Metal Man (GM): Speaking of finding nothing, Leo and Fiz find that.
Leo Crayson: "I found... a rock."
Metal Man (GM): Julian finds the spine of a book labeled 'The History of Saga.' No pages in it. Douglas discovers a sleeve from one of the people's clothes. Digi finds half a chef's knife.
Aetos pockets the sleeve.
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi discovers a piece of metal, the last thing forged in here; and it has a rather large cut in it.
Bonecrusher: *Salivates when he sees Julian's book spine. "Mmm... food!"
Metal Man (GM): It looks vaguely like a spade, but isn't really useful.
Julian: "I got nothin'." *Julian tosses the book spine away.*
Digifanatic: "Same here..."
Leo Crayson: "Me too."
Fizban: "Aye, most of this is unsalvageable... perhaps in another location?"
Dragoshi: "...Hmm... All I found was this piece of metal." *holds it up.*
Julian: "A'ight, everyone out." *Julian heads out of El Shopo.*
Digifanatic: "Most likely, Fiz." *out.*
Dragoshi: *Exits the forge as well.*
Leo Crayson: *follows Julian.*
Fizban: *follows, his staff clicking along the ground.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are in the dilapidated streets again. Besides the buildings I mentioned, there are also more streets ahead.
Dragoshi: *To the ruined tavern! Might as well check every nook and cranny.*
Digifanatic: *enters.*
Bonecrusher enters, club drawn.
Leo Crayson: *enters.*
Fizban: *hrms and decides to wait outside. He moves up to look down the next street, while keeping an eye on the tavern.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers open the tavern door. The door flies off.
Digifanatic: "Oh man..."
Metal Man (GM): There are more skeletons at a bar. Dead people clutching broken glasses.
Digifanatic: *Searches for anything useful!*
Dragoshi: *Anything of intereeeeeeest...?*
Digifanatic: *Bleh.*
Leo Crayson: *searches for anything useful.*
Metal Man (GM): Searching in here isn't worth it; there's nothing more than peanut shells and glasses. However, the barkeep is a bit interesting. Some sort of pentagram has been carved into its skull.
Dragoshi: "...Huh. A pentagram."
Digifanatic: *looks at the barkeep.* "Okay, that's just a bit screwed up..."
Dragoshi: "Wonder what's up with that..."
Leo Crayson: "...Who knows."
Metal Man (GM): It glows once, then the skeleton suddenly stands up to face the Questers.
???: "Leave this place... if you value your soul..."
Leo Crayson: "What the...!?"
Dragoshi: "...Meh."
???: "The dark mark of Tridus has been placed here... all of the Masters died from his wrath."
Fizban: *moves into the tavern.* "You are taking an awf--...necromancy..."
Dragoshi: "Tridus again?"
Digifanatic: "I thought we killed him off... for real!"
Leo Crayson: "...Looks like it."
???: "I am the only peaceful undead here... owing to a special medallion on my chest. The others... seek to kill you, for the rage they will never be able to vent against Tridus."
Fizban: *narrows his eyes, his staff moving to be clutched in both hands.*
Dragoshi: "...I see."
Digifanatic: "Ah."
???: "Alas, I cannot dispense any alcohol to you. There is none here... and my fair planet has been overrun by evil."
Bonecrusher: "D'oh!!"
Dragoshi: "Yes, from what I can see..."
Digifanatic: "That's why we're here... to get rid of that evil..."
Dragoshi: "Mhm..."
Leo Crayson: "Yep."
Digifanatic: .oO(And I'm pretty sure Aaron couldn't tell Homer Simpson from Mickey Mouse.)
???: "If ye go further into this town, you may find yourself surrounded by skeletons such as myself..."
Leo Crayson: "Good or bad...?"
Dragoshi: "...Mreh. nothing new to me."
Fizban: *takes a good look at that medallion he spoke off...*
???: "Although Tridus left some special mark on the center of this town. He said he had come to prevent Yurie from stopping The Void."
Metal Man (GM): It's a medallion of honor for past military service on Saga. Saga? This is Genetia. Weird. It glows magically. In fact, most of this town feels magical in some way.
Digifanatic: "Okay... as a Quester, Yurie has come and gone. We've killed The Void so many times it's not even funny anymore."
Leo Crayson: "..."
Digifanatic: "Unless... we've traveled a bit back in time."
???: "Then he succeeded... god help us all."
Fizban: "...this is not Saga... what are you doing here?"
???: "I am afraid you are confused, sir. Saga is a country of Genetia."
Leo Crayson: "Hmmm."
???: "The Void used his strongest powers to obfuscate it... I believe they expired about when you came here."
Fizban: "...ah, it appears I am..."
???: "But if Yurie is dead, it does not matter what happened to The Void."
Digifanatic: "I never said that she was dead."
???: "The Masters are all dead, and Saga, nay, all of Genetia is doomed without someone to take their place."
Digifanatic: "I am only saying that she is not with us anymore..."
???: "It does not matter, warrior. If she is not on this planet, then she is effectively dead."
Digifanatic: "Ah."
Dragoshi: "...Effectively?"
Bonecrusher falls asleep.
???: "Dead as far as we are concerned." The skeleton sits down again. "Unless you be needing something, I would prefer to be getting back to rest, now."
Fizban: "I require nothing. Thank you, kind soul..."
Leo Crayson: "Well, lets go then."
Digifanatic: "Alright..."
Leo Crayson: *leaves.*
Digifanatic: *walks out.*
???: *Sits back in the pose of death.* *bad pun.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Exits the tavern.*
Digifanatic: "Well... skeletons coming up at us and Tridus isn't dead yet. Nothing unusual..."
Metal Man (GM): So, the Questers are back out on the streets again.
Fizban: *walks out as well, moving back up the street.*
Dragoshi: *Forward, march!*
Leo Crayson: *Follows.*
Digifanatic: .oO(Man, I have to ask Metal on a refresher of Tridus...) *onward!*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers move up the street... towards a place where an old horse-drawn carriage was. It crashed, and a number of skeletons in guard suits are on the ground. They lay across the path. All... 5 of them.
Leo Crayson: "...Man this place is dead."
Digifanatic: "That was corny."
Leo Crayson: "Sorry, I couldn't help it."
Dragoshi: "...Meh."
Fizban: "...wait."
Leo Crayson: "Huh?"
Dragoshi: "...Yes, Fiz?"
Leo Crayson: *stops.*
Digifanatic: *stops as well.* "Do speak."
Fizban: "...this is perhaps what that skeleton was speaking of... one moment..." *tries to see if there is any magic in these skeletons...*
Metal Man (GM): Fizban feels immense magic from them. Even worse, they appear to feel as if coming close to them would be violating the peace of their grave. However they are in the way.
Digifanatic: *backs off a step or three just to be safe.*
Leo Crayson: *backs off as well.*
Dragoshi: *Does the same, machinegun readied just in case...*
Digifanatic: "Sensing any unrest?"
Fizban: "...aye..."
Digifanatic: "Hmm..."
Fizban: "...the magic to counter this would be a cleric's work... the undead should be left in peace... however, if we are to go further, this is the only way forward."
Digifanatic looks to see if trying to climb buildings and bypass the skeletons via rooftops would work...
Leo Crayson: "How do we get them out of are way without pissing them off? ...Yeah. "
Digifanatic: "I'm thinking of something..."
Fizban: "I believe... that if we can reach the center of town, I can look on this symbol that Tridus created and perhaps dispel it."
Digifanatic: "What sucks about my idea is the ruins may collapse due to our weight and we'll only be where we were before."
Leo Crayson: "..."
Fizban: "...let us move forward. We can defeat these skeletons... but we must be cautious..."
Digifanatic: "I apologize but I was just trying to find some way to bypass these guys..."
Metal Man (GM): Of course there was that road off to the right from earlier.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... want to backtrack for now?"
Fizban: "...perhaps."
Dragoshi: "...Whatever."
Leo Crayson: "Okay."
Digifanatic: "Alright..." *back to that path that forks to the right.*
Dragoshi: *Follow...*
Metal Man (GM): That path leads into the residential district. House after house of burnt skeletons and buildings here.
Leo Crayson: *follow.*
Metal Man (GM): The way ahead is blocked by a massive pile of stone that was thrown here. 13 feet tall. A big chunk of stone. Somebody, or something chucked this here. It's slowly decaying.
Fizban: *uses a little Stone Shape to craft a hole in it.*
Metal Man (GM): Fizban creates a small indent in it. This thing needs MORE POWER to bust open.
Fizban: "...hm."
Digifanatic: "Grenade? If we all stand real far back... I've got plenty."
Leo Crayson: "... Why don't we just climb over it?"
Digifanatic: "If it gives, we're stuck in the middle of it."
Dragoshi: "...That's also a good choice."
Digifanatic: "That could be like one of those fast-food-playscape ball pits..."
Fizban: "...destroying it might alert others to our location..."
Dragoshi: "Yep."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Fizban: *Checks if it can be climbed.*
Metal Man (GM): Of course.
Digifanatic: "Well. Let's go for it..." *Climbs it.*
Fizban: *same.*
Dragoshi: *Same 2.*
Fizban: *walks straight up and over it.*
Leo Crayson: *Climbs it.*
Metal Man (GM): Fizban and Dragoshi climb over it. Digi just falls off of it.
Digifanatic: "Ack..." *tries again.* *tries again after losing his footing a bit.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi barely climbs over it.
Aetos: "So... what's up there?"
Digifanatic: "Probably better than all of those bones..."
Dragoshi: "...Or worse."
Aetos waits for Digi to actually look and see what's on the other side...
Leo Crayson: *tries again.*
Metal Man (GM): Leo slowly climbs over.
Digifanatic: *Might as well look.*
Metal Man (GM): On the other side, the road continues and enters a plaza. It's a short walk away.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... just more buildings."
Leo Crayson: "Hmmm..."
Aetos: "So are we going over there?"
Fizban: "Aye." *moves on.*
Leo Crayson: *follows.*
Digifanatic: *moves on.*
Dragoshi: *Moving on...*
Aetos appears to have been forgotten, because he's still behind the rockfall...
Metal Man (GM): The Questers who climbed over the rock walk at the plaza, leaving everyone else behind. :p
Aetos mutters to himself and turns into wind form and seeps through the holes through the rockfall to reach the other side.
Metal Man (GM): There is a ruined statue... and! Another roadblock. Aetos, meanwhile, discovers how airtight the stone is.
Aetos appears to be stuck, then.
Metal Man (GM): The way past the plaza is blocked by several more skeletal guardsmen. These guards, 3 of them, hold swords and patrol the plaza.
Aetos climbs... Take 1!
Digifanatic: *muttering.* "At least they're awake..."
Leo Crayson: *muttering.* "Heh."
Digifanatic: *just waits before doing anything.*
Metal Man (GM): Douglas climbs a little, then falls off.
Aetos: *...Take 2!*
Metal Man (GM): Douglas continues falling off.
Leo Crayson: "How strong do you think they are?"
Metal Man (GM): Douglas continues falling off. Douglas slides off of the evil rock of doom again. Then, he finally climbs over the rock. He sees the others staring absently at the skeletons patrolling the plaza. Also, Julian appears to be sleepwalking.
Aetos continues on now as well, to catch up to them and emulate punching them all for being rude enough to leave him behind.
Metal Man (GM): And where's Bonecrusher? Nobody knows. Not to mention Fizban's snoring on the ground too.
Leo Crayson: "...What is up with everyone? There all asleep."
Digifanatic: "Man... what happened?"
Metal Man (GM): The skeletons continue patrolling the way ahead in the path.
Digifanatic: "Seems like nobody's interested."
Dragoshi: *Charges up his machinegun o' dewm...* "Don't know. ...Really don't care."
Leo Crayson: "Heh..."
Dragoshi: "'Sides, we have some skeletons to deal with."
Leo Crayson: *draws his sword.*
Digifanatic: "Well, looks like we're fighting no matter what. Let's get it over with."
Leo Crayson: "Ok, let's do this."
Digifanatic: *right hand flares up a bit... HESA CHARGIN HIS FIRE PUNCH.*
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Metal Man (GM): You're charged up. Now what?
Dragoshi: *...Okay. Charged up as well, so... Forward. To battle.*
Digifanatic: *ditto.*
Leo Crayson: *ditto.*
Aetos blinks, and reverts to physical form. He copies the other two, and charges his spear with Chaos energy. He mutters... "CHaaaaooss..."
Metal Man (GM): The 3 sword-guards see the Questers... and disintegrate.
Aetos: "Nothing!" *It vanishes.*
Metal Man (GM): That's odd. Very odd.
Dragoshi: "...Disintegrating guards. Huh. Wanna bet they're calling for backup?"
Leo Crayson: "...Okay."
Digifanatic: "No, because I'd probably lose that bet."
Aetos: *Eye of truths the bodies!*
Metal Man (GM): There's a path left, and a path right... and a big statue. Aetos eye of truths the disintegrated stuff, and sees... disintegrated stuff.
Dragoshi: "..." *Looks at the statue.*
Aetos: *Eye of truth's the statue!*
Leo Crayson: *looks at the statue as well.*
Metal Man (GM): Vast evil blinds Aetos.
Aetos: *AGHHBLAHGH* "ARRG!" *Screech.*
Metal Man (GM): Otherwise Leo would see the image of a man putting his fist into the air.
Leo Crayson: "..."
Dragoshi: "..."
Aetos stops his eagle-eyes from showing the truth...
Digifanatic: *No Eye of Truth...* "What is on with you folks?"
Leo Crayson: "...I don't know."
Aetos: "Statue... evil... hurts eyes..."
Dragoshi: "...Evil? Huh."
Leo Crayson: "Let's blow up the statue then."
Metal Man (GM): The statue stands in the middle of the plaza.
Dragoshi: "Sooo... Who's up for destroying it?"
Leo Crayson: "Me."
Digifanatic: "Good idea..."
Leo Crayson: *starts to stand back.*
Digifanatic: "Well, what are we waiting for?"
Leo Crayson: "Lets do this."
Dragoshi: "Mhm..."
Aetos stands next to Leo. "Have a ball."
Metal Man (GM): Nonexistent, dead clocks tick as the Questers stand around.
Leo Crayson: "Well, anyone got C-4?"
Digifanatic: "Grenade..."
Leo Crayson: "Ohhh."
Digifanatic: "Just as good?"
Leo Crayson: "Should be."
Digifanatic: "Alright... still blows stuff up."
Leo Crayson: "Depending how strong it is."
Digifanatic takes out one of the Ivan grenades, pulls the pin and launches it at the statue... "Fire in the hole!"
Leo Crayson: *stands back.*
Digifanatic: *does so as well after throwing it.*
Dragoshi: *Stands back as well.*
Metal Man (GM): The statue blows up. A dark energy wafts out of it like a mist.
Leo Crayson: "...Whoa, I don't like the look of that mist."
Metal Man (GM): Then it reforms.
Dragoshi: "Me neither..."
Digifanatic: "Okay..." .oO(Where's that synthesizer to materialize when I need it?)
???: "Attempting to break me, I see? You fail."
Metal Man (GM): It reforms into what appears to be an image of Tridus.
Leo Crayson: "...Oh snap."
Digifanatic: .oO(Uh... past tense, please?)
???: "This is neither the master seal nor do you have the power to stop the curse on this town. However someone else appears intent on doing my work for me."
Dragoshi: "...Who?"
Leo Crayson: "So, you aren't the cause of all this?"
Metal Man (GM): A beam flies over Dragoshi's head and disintegrates the ground to the side of him.
Erzez: "I haven't had this much fun in ages." *Spins around his disintegrator.* "This may not be my land, but I've always wanted to hunt... people."
Metal Man (GM): He stands on a building behind the Questers.
Leo Crayson: "SHIT! It's him again!!"
Dragoshi: "...Oh, gaw dammit. Not you again."
Erzez: "And now, to disintegrate you all!"
Metal Man (GM): He's powering up to fire again.
Dragoshi: "..." *RUNS THE HELL AWAY, MAN.*
Leo Crayson: *RLH's.*
Dragoshi: *MAX SPEED, EVEN.*
Aetos runs behind the statue.
Erzez: "You call that hiding? Hah!" He disintegrates the statue, revealing Aetos.
Metal Man (GM): He then runs at Aetos.
Digifanatic: *runs.*
Leo Crayson: *looks back.* RUN YOU IDIOT!!"
Aetos coughs. .oO(No time to run, now.)
Digifanatic: "And, Leo, again? When did you guys last encounter him?"
Aetos: "Stop, robot!"
Leo Crayson: "The last mission I believe."
Aetos: "...Well... Robot... cyborg... close enough."
Dragoshi: "Previous mission."
Erzez: "Say your prayers." He aims his gun and fires at Aetos. The Tridus image... is off to the side.
Metal Man (GM): It easily disintegrated Aetos' left arm.
Leo Crayson: "...Let's get the hell back to the Seeker. NOW!"
Aetos appears to be missing an arm, now.
Metal Man (GM): People running are now near the center of the city.
Leo Crayson: *starts running some more.*
Digifanatic: "Either that or pull that chaos trick on the other skeletons."
Erzez: "Now... get out of my way... or you'll just disintegrate out of my way."
Aetos re-reverts back into wind, to hopefully stop some bleeding issues.
Dragoshi: "..." *Continues running.*
Aetos: "I demand you stop, before I mute you!"
Leo Crayson: "If we don't leave this place now, he is gonna keep chasing us down till we're all dead."
Digifanatic: "True..."
Erzez: "A pesky one, eh? Say hello to the grim reaper for me."
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* He disintegrates a huge hole in Aetos.
Digifanatic: "Do you know if the Seeker has any good weapon capable enough of screwing that guy up?"
Erzez: "It's a bit hard to disintegrate you... but I like challenges."
Aetos appears smaller, since the wind energy would fill up the gap, but no more energy would be CREATED.
Leo Crayson: "Who do we dex to get back to the Seeker?!"
Metal Man (GM): *Pause.* on running people. Julian is still on the edge of the plaza. He would see Erzez shooting Aetos.
Erzez: "Now... why are you still in my way? You have no special powers. Not even your Atlantean revival can reverse utter annihilation."
Julian: "...Aw HELL naw." *Julian gets the fuck outta there too.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian joins the people who ran. Erzez doesn't even notice Julian, as he charges up once more.
Erzez: "Of course, you can stand here and be destroyed... permanently. But I like my prey to RUN."
Leo Crayson: "Julian, where'd you go?"
Aetos: "Well. You can like it all you want... Even so, shooting at me will only let the others get further."
Julian: "Somewhere where you wasn't. Now we gonna get the hell outta here for Erzez gets to US or what?"
Erzez: "You seem to forget you will be dead. Permanently."
Editor's Note: Kill Aetos permanently already, sheesh! We'd have exalted you as a saint had you done it, Erzez!
Aetos: "What can I do about that? Even if I ran, you'd shoot me anyways."
Leo Crayson: "Hell yeah, lets motor."
Julian: *Let's get'ta runnin', y'all!"
Leo Crayson: "By the way, who do we dex to get a warp out of here?"
Erzez: *chuckles.* "Of course not. You forget I cannot safely hit a target while running myself."
Digifanatic: "Man... and let this guy run rampant?" *sigh.* "Dicey decision, but I doubt he's going to fade out again..."
Leo Crayson: *starts running again.*
Aetos: "And hey. What do you mean I HAVE NO SPECIAL POWERS? Turning into WIND isn't special enough?!"
Digifanatic: *runs.*
Aetos: "JULIAN has no special powers! He's just a brute! Even the orc can spit out a fireball!"
Julian: "We can fuckin' pick up stakes if he follows his back! I don't wanna be out here when he's in a killin' mode, so let's GO!"
Leo Crayson: "At least he isn't like crusher."
Erzez: "I've heard enough of your talking." He goes to fire.
Aetos: "No last requests? Some hunter."
Erzez: "I am no executioner." He smiles. "I am a murderer."
Metal Man (GM): Ok... last chance ends in... 10. 9. 8. 7.
Leo Crayson: *keeps running.*
Metal Man (GM): 6.
Aetos: "Hum. I see. So, nothing I can do so you don't go killing us all?"
Erzez: "Nothing."
Metal Man (GM): 5. 4. 3. He aims squarely at what's left of Douglas.
Erzez: "All know me as the disintegrator. I do nothing else... fool."
Leo Crayson: "...That idiot."
Metal Man (GM): 2. 1.
Aetos darts away, at the last second, of course.
Julian: "I keep tellin' y'all, but you don't LISTEN."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos runs... he laughs insanely.
Erzez: "How I love to break people."
Dragoshi: *Still runnin', no time to talk. 'Cause he's running at MAX SPEEDS.* >_>
Metal Man (GM): He chases after Aetos, keeping up pretty closely and disintegrating everything in his path. The statue reforms behind Aetos. *Pause on Aetos and Erzez.*
Leo Crayson: "This is so screwed up."
Metal Man (GM): The others have been running for quite a while. They find themselves at the middle of the town. Here, the Masters held their last stand.
Leo Crayson: *pant.* *pant.* "I think we lost 'em."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Metal Man (GM): Burnt silhouettes are in the ground... and... Tridus' twisted sword, stabbed into the middle of this vast plaza. The sword itself is powerful enough it seems to be cursing everything in this miles-wide town.
Leo Crayson: *looks at the statues.* "Wow."
Julian: "...I ain't touchin' that."
Digifanatic: *exhales.* "Let's see... I hope Aetos is alright... don't know when he ran away... If."
Dragoshi: *Stops. Charges up, seeing as in order for him to move at his fastest he had to drop el chargeo.* "...Not touching it either."
Leo Crayson: "Same here."
Digifanatic: *obviously lost charge.* "I fourth that."
Julian: "Digi, you're it. Go get it."
Digifanatic: "Dang..."
Leo Crayson: "..."
Digifanatic goes for it anyways and tries to find some way to make contact with the sword without actually touching it... *looks for some rubble or stones or whatnot first.*
Metal Man (GM): There's plenty of rocks around here.
Digifanatic: "Hmmm..." *He picks one of the smaller rocks and gently tosses it at the sword.*
Metal Man (GM): The rock pings off of it.
Leo Crayson: "Looks normal."
Digifanatic: "Oh, I wouldn't say that."
Leo Crayson: "...Touch it then."
Digifanatic cautiously walks up the sword and willingly grabs it with his hand. If there are any developing adverse effects, he'll try to take his hand off ASAP.
Metal Man (GM): Digi grabs it, and briefly sees the deaths of all the Masters. The evil does not possess him, however--rather, it causes him to be shoved away from the blade. It's stabbed pretty far into the ground.
Digifanatic: *blown back a bit.* "Whoa... It's going to take some serious force to dislodge this sucker, that's for sure..." *He tries that again, but this time, with a more considerable amount of energy...*
Metal Man (GM): Digi pulls and pulls and pulls and then flies off of it. It's enchanted very strongly.
Leo Crayson: "Let me try."
Digifanatic: "Alright..."
Leo Crayson: "I am a mage after all."
Digifanatic: "Like I said, it takes a lot... Good luck."
Leo Crayson: "Thanks."
Digifanatic: *walks back to Jules and Drag.*
Leo Crayson walks over to the sword and attempts to pull it out of the ground.
Digifanatic: "Okay... Let's try to coordinate something here..."
Metal Man (GM): No amount of strength can remove this sword. There must be some other way...
Digifanatic: "Man... This sounds like another opportunity for Alexia's kinetics... but she's not here, so... hmm, what else?"
Leo Crayson: "Hmmm."
Digifanatic: "Shouldn't try blowing up the space around it... A) Don't wanna damage the road, B) Don't know what'll happen if we damage the sword. The only thing I can possibly imagine... for now... is for all of us to coordinate on this one."
Leo Crayson: "We all pull it at once maybe?"
Digifanatic: "If individual strength can't do it, maybe the four of us can get it out together..."
Dragoshi: "...I doubt that'll work."
Leo Crayson: "Let's at least try it."
Julian: "Like I said, I ain't touchin' the damn thing."
Digifanatic: "Alright, then the three of us will go for it."
Dragoshi: *Looks around then...*
Metal Man (GM): Or... the Questers can stand still. *Dust collects on the ground.*
Digifanatic: "Or two, or whatever..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see the path they came in on, a path to the north leading to a sunken path, and a blocked path to the East.
Digifanatic: "One quick try, Leo? Just for kicks?"
Leo Crayson: "Sure."
Digifanatic: "Alright..." *grabs the sword again.*
Leo Crayson assumes the position and gets ready to pull the sword again. "Ready?"
Digifanatic: "Alright."
Metal Man (GM): The sword pulls out about an inch. It's stuck firm.
Leo Crayson: "Grrrrr... Ugh, damn it."
Digifanatic: "It's like they put it in concrete... Alright, we'll get back to this later."
Leo Crayson: "Okay."
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(Well, that was a waste of time.)
Digifanatic: "Well, the two paths... which one, folks?"
Dragoshi: *Takes the sunken path.*
Leo Crayson: *follows.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers begin walking towards the sunken castle. It was apparently submerged by Tridus years ago.
Digifanatic: *moves on.*
Julian: *Catle, I guess.*
Metal Man (GM): They could go inside, but the... drawbridge is sunken into the water.
Digifanatic checks to see how safe the water is...
Metal Man (GM): It looks dark, and purplish, and made of :( faces. Aka it looks... very bad.
Digifanatic: *checks the gap the moat makes.*
Metal Man (GM): It's... about 15 feet long. A bit too far to jump, but some rudimentary thinking could get a person across.
Digifanatic: "Oh boy..."
Dragoshi: *Looks for anything that could be used to fill that gap.*
Digifanatic: "Dragoshi, is it possible you can taxi us for a bit?"
Leo Crayson: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Nothing around here that could be used... but something else could do it in a pinch.
Dragoshi: *Tries to think what that would be.*
Digifanatic: "Hmm... anything general to work off of?"
Julian: *Hmmm...*
Metal Man (GM): Theeeeenk, tired people. Water. Gap between two places.
Leo Crayson: *looks around for wood or anything buoyant.*
Julian: *Remembers he has the ice rod. Fuck, he makes a bridge with that shit then.*
Metal Man (GM): *Freeze.* *Ice bridge.* *Easy solution.*
Julian: *Ice bridge, biatch!*
Leo Crayson: "...Sweet." *begins to cross the bridge.*
Digifanatic: "There we go..." .oO(I can't believe I forgot about that one...)
Metal Man (GM): The Questers cross the bridge.
Digifanatic: *walks over.*
Julian: *Crosses da bridge!*
Dragoshi: *Bridge crossin'.* .oO(Yeesh. How did I forget about THAT?)
Metal Man (GM): The Questers reach the castle of Wakatu. It's mostly underwater, however the throne room is above water.
Dragoshi: *To the throne room!*
Digifanatic: "Alright." *moves on to the throne.*
Julian: *Eh.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk in, and see the empty thrones. And a decaying piece of paper, which says... 'Dear Reader. Saga, and Wakatu as a whole have been destroyed by the evil Tridus. If you wish to dislodge his evil sword from the ground, you shall need to recover the artifacts of the original Masters. Unfortunately Tridus already discarded them across the planet as I am writing this.'
Julian: "...Aw fuck, not another fetch quest..."
Dragoshi: "...sadly, I think it IS."
Metal Man (GM): 'Barring finding the relics, you can always attempt to research a very powerful holy magic spell. The sword, however, cannot be removed by force alone.'
Digifanatic: "Well, well, well..."
Metal Man (GM): 'This is the last letter written of this country, as with me gone the entire place is dead. May god have mercy on us all...'
Dragoshi: .oO(I'll prolly' try research...)
Metal Man (GM): It has no signature. It ends there.
Digifanatic: "Alright..." *pockets the letter.*
Dragoshi: *Searches for anything of interest, just in case...*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers have researched the city now, and may warp back.
Digifanatic: "Well, at least we know what to do..."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos (eventually) will manage to return the the Q.S. Seeker.
Julian: *Warp out, bitches!*
Digifanatic: *Ditto.*
Metal Man (GM): Mission Completed.
Dragoshi: *Enters el warpo seeing as there's nothing else of interest.*
Leo Crayson: *enters the warp.*
Digifanatic: *takes out the letter.* *exhales.* "This time, I have a feeling Tridus will be gone for good. The way they're bringing holy spells and stuff into the equation, it doesn't seem very likely that he'll be going far from the point of impact..."
Dragoshi: .oO(That was a waste of time...)

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