Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 319: Futuristic Family Feud

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Date: February 9th, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): The group is in the forward-most room in the hulk. A red-hot door to their left, a computer perched on the wall which says nothing but "INVALID PASSWORD" with most conventional attempts to hack it... And a door back into the bridge area.
Alexia: *sighing.* "It's the mission that would not die."
Leo starts to bang his head on the keyboard.
Digifanatic: *warps in.*
Garrick: "There's something we're missing here..."
Dragoshi: *And, Drag tried being a smart ass by saying 'INVALID PASSWORD' to the computer.* <_>
Alexia pulls Leo back by his collar. "Now, now. Don't break it."
Dragoshi: "...Eh. All it's done is belt out 'INVALID PASSWORD' after 'INVALID PASSWORD', so it really doesn't matter worth a damn."
Garrick: *starts to pace.* "...it won't take passwords, no trick passwords... but it obviously takes voice commands..."
Alexia: "..."
Leo: "Please open?"
Alexia leans near the monitor. "VALID PASSWORD!"
Garrick: *jumps.*
Digifanatic: .oO(Good idea.)
Leo: "Heh heh."
Traon just warps in and looks around "I won't even ask this time on whats going on."
Dragoshi: "...It'll just respond with 'INVALID PASSWORD.'" >_>
Leo: "...Damn it. "
Alexia: "COFFEE GROUNDS!"
Leo: "OPEN!!"
Alexia: "...Rats."
Computer: "INVALID PASSWORD."
Leo: "DEATH TO QUESTERS?!"
Digifanatic: "Hmm..."
Dragoshi: "...Told you."
Leo: "I give..."
Digifanatic: "'Invalid password.'" *No other words.*
Garrick: "It won't take passwords... hmm..."
Dragoshi: "...I tried that already, you bleeding git."
Garrick: *moves the mouse around, out of curiosity.*
Digifanatic: "Not really. You never isolated the words..."
Metal Man (GM): Nothing. *THUNK* It hits the keyboard... the Questers would hear something moving inside it. In fact, something slid out of the side of it for a split second.
Dragoshi: "...And how the hell would you know? You weren't even here for the most part."
Leo: "Hmmm..."
Metal Man (GM): Nope... in this age, wireless was king.
Alexia: "...Eh?"
Leo: "RAGGLE FRAGGLE!!"
Dragoshi: *Looks at the side.*
Digifanatic: "Well, with you said about it shooting out invalid passwords..."
Alexia gives the other side of the keyboard a good whack.
Garrick: "...wait."
Digifanatic: "I based it off of that, but just the two words. At least it's an honest idea."
Garrick: "Whoa whoa whoa, Alexia, wait..." *picks up the keyboard, if possible, and tilts it on it's side...*
Metal Man (GM): A thing slides out... a palm-reader. Attached to the keyboard.
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Garrick: "Ah HA..."
Leo: "...You find something?"
Garrick: "If this thing is keyed to Three Powers soldiers... then perhaps..." *places his palm on the reader...*
Scott yawns.
Alexia: "..." *She stares directly into Scott's eyes.*
Scott: "What? I'm tired."
Alexia: "So wake up."
Leo: "Something troubling you Alex?"
Scott: "We just fought two cyborgs, two Dreadlords, and now we're screwin' around in the guts of an ancient ship. Sorry if I'm a bit shagged out."
Dragoshi: "...Yea."
Traon: "I would be happy never to fight another Dread Lord."
Dragoshi: "Aye."
Leo: "I second that."
Digifanatic: "I'll take your word."
Dragoshi: "...Good."
Metal Man (GM): A few minutes later... *BEEP.* "VALID PASSWORD."
Dragoshi: "'Cause those guys are heavy hi-THERE we go."
Metal Man (GM): The hot door opens up... it becomes unbearably hot.
Digifanatic: "Whoa..."
Leo: "Ugh, the hell is in there?"
Metal Man (GM): Here is the instrument the Questers were looking for... but it's overheating.
Digifanatic: *walks in.* "Lemme say that again. WHOOOOOOOOOOA."
Dragoshi: "...Gaw damn."
Alexia: "Oh, great..."
Digifanatic: "And where is Julian and his Ice Rod?"
Leo: "Damn..."
Garrick: "Ah ha... well, it can read my palm... so... let's see." *tries to see if there's a command that goes for cooling down the engine.*
Dragoshi: "...That's just stupid, Digi. For all we know, said rod could DAMAGE the damn thing since it's so heated up, then our mission would be a failure."
Garrick: "Nah, we don't want to magically cool it... that'll screw up the internal parts. We need to deactivate the engine and bleed off the heat through the vents."
Digifanatic: "True."
Leo: "Or just put on gloves to protect our hands while we tinker with the instrument."
Digifanatic: "But what kinda heat can the gloves take?"
Leo: "Hmmm, cooking gloves?"
Digifanatic: "And our resident chef is not with us right now."
Dragoshi: "...Heavily enchanted ones, at that?"
Garrick: "...seriously, cooking gloves?"
Alexia: "Well, you better think of something pretty quick, because I don't think that engine can take much more."
Garrick: "What is WRONG with you people?"
Leo: "Hmmm..."
Dragoshi: "...Or, better yet, heavily flame retardant suits."
Garrick: *sighs and goes back to looking for a command to bleed of the heat.*
Digifanatic continues a bit as well and also searches for ways to turn down the heat...
Computer: "CONTROLS UNRESPONSIVE."
Scott sits on Roxy and just plays a random tune.
Traon: "Considering my past occupation, I should be use to heat... But this is ridiculous."
Dragoshi: "...Yea, seriously."
Garrick: "...nope, I can get the door open, but I can't get into the main console."
Alexia: "Can't you just use some ice spells, Leo?"
Garrick: "I'm going to try an console--DON'T use ice spells."
Dragoshi: "...Yea. Don't."
Leo: "I don't have any yet."
Garrick: "The antipode from the fire and ice combo will destroy the engine."
Alexia: "Let me FINISH, dammit."
Digifanatic: "I was going to say, 'Didn't you listen to Garrick'? Sorry."
Leo: "I'm still learning to use them."
Dragoshi: "Sides, it'd prolly' either A. Screw up the thing, B. Melt, or C. Something else that might be bad."
Alexia: "I WAS going to say to use them just to cool down the temperature enough in the air so we can get in there for a closer look."
Garrick: *growls and stands up and heads back to the bridge, looking for a console that might be working, sliding out that palm reader again and placing his palm on it to open it up.*
Dragoshi: "...That would prolly' fail and melt."
Metal Man (GM): Digi finds nothing.
Alexia: "Worth a shot." *She leans against a wall, closing her eyes.*
Digifanatic: "Hang on. I'm just heading back to where Garrick went. Maybe he's got an idea." *walks back to the bridge.*
Metal Man (GM): No console can turn it off... it's been set that way!
Digifanatic: "Any luck?"
The Man: *Comms.* "You'll have to earn that part... disrespectful worms."
Garrick: "...that son of a bitch."
Digifanatic: "That says it."
Leo: "...Damn him."
Garrick: *moves back into the engine room, pacing...*
Metal Man (GM): It's horribly hot in here. Metal objects burn on contact. Flammable things combust. People inside sweat constantly.
Dragoshi: "...Well, we haven't tried that terminal near the entrance... Not to mention we should close the damn door to the console."
Garrick: "Okay okay okay... the computers won't be able to bleed off the heat... if we use ice or water, we'll destroy the engine... the engine is hot... WHY is the engine hot?"
Leo: "Why is it even on?"
Alexia: "...Maybe it's not getting ventilation?"
Digifanatic: "It's cranking a lot faster or harder than it should?"
Dragoshi: "...It must be overheating or something."
Alexia: "Like the vents are clogged."
Garrick: "But it's not WORKing..."
Metal Man (GM): It appears to be set to maximum power.
Garrick: "If it was, we'd be going light speed by now..."
Alexia: "So?"
Metal Man (GM): After all, it's covered in electricity.
Alexia: "Even if it's idling--which it's not--it'd still generate power."
Garrick: *tries to get a good look at the engine and find controls for it.*
Alexia: "Just to keep itself on and ready at all times."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, stand-by..."
Metal Man (GM): No manual controls. It's glowing a blindingly bright orange. Had it not been programmed by some sort of super-geek, it'd have exploded by now.
Garrick: "...DAMN it... Dragoshi, can you cool down the surrounding area? I'm boiling..."
Digifanatic: "I'm starting to think of the vent idea..."
Leo: "Same... here."
Alexia shades her eyes and starts looking for the vents.
Digifanatic: "Yeah... we're lucky nobody's gotten heatstroke yet."
Metal Man (GM): The vents been rerouted!
Garrick: *continues to pace...*
Scott: "Just don't throw anything too cold on anything that's too hot. The temp change could make the metal explode or worse. "
Metal Man (GM): Vast gouts of flame move from where the engine is towards a bottled up area near where the... doors of fire were.
Alexia: "Hey, guys..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, Lex?"
Dragoshi: "Yes?"
Leo: "Huh?"
Garrick: "What's up?"
Alexia: "These vents aren't doing jack because the heat's being rerouted."
Metal Man (GM): The proper vents are... closed. Possibly melted shut.
Dragoshi: "Huh."
Digifanatic: "Oh man..."
Garrick: *arches his eyebrows and loo--* "...son of a bitch!"
Digifanatic: "Well then."
Leo: "...Great."
Garrick: "Blast them open, then!"
Alexia: "Toldja."
Dragoshi: "...Grah."
Garrick: *draws his M-150, aiming at a vent and unloading a series of shots at it.*
Traon: "Is it the engine we need, or something that is in there?"
Dragoshi: "The engine."
Garrick: "We need the engine..."
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* *BLAM* *BLAMBLAMBLAM.* The vents explode. The engine takes minor damage, but cools down... slowly.
Digifanatic: "Now that's a good start."
Metal Man (GM): ...But it's still on. Remove it in this state and everyone is in for a lightspeed journey to their death.
Alexia: "Nice work, Garrick."
Leo: "...Nice shooting."
Alexia: "Hey, Garrick, after we're done here, I want to ask you something about my gun."
Garrick: "Aye, right... now..."
Dragoshi: "...Okaay... Now how do we turn it off?"
Traon: "Now to find a way to shut this thing down. If none of the consoles in here will do anything, any possibility that a console in another room will shut it down?"
Scott: "..."
Alexia: "So now we need to shut this hunk of tin off, right?"
Leo: "Yeah."
Garrick: "No, all the consoles are down... hmm... let me see something..."
Metal Man (GM): The computers... flicker.
Alexia looks at the others with an eyebrow raised.
Computer: "CONTROLS RESTORED."
Scott: "Need a hand?"
Alexia: "Wow. You all knew that too?"
Garrick: "...or not!" *moves over to the console and sits down.*
Metal Man (GM): It's... odd being sideways on a wall. But Garrick gets used to it.
Digifanatic runs back as well, willing to help if necessary.
Garrick: "I guess the heat was overloading the system."
Digifanatic: "Alright, let's see what we can pull off."
Alexia: "...How do you do that?"
Dragoshi: "Mhm."
Leo: *goes to where everyone is.*
Garrick: "Do what?" *tries to bring up a command line...*
Alexia: "Sit on the wall like that."
Garrick: "Magnetic boots."
Digifanatic: *tilts head so it's Parallel. To the console.*
Dragoshi: *He's floorbound.*
Alexia: "Oh."
Garrick: *no, seriously, he's just standing.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick has his command line.
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Leo starts to yawn. "Mmmm, starting to get kinda sleepy."
Garrick: "Okay..." *types Display Light Engine Current Stats.* "..."
Alexia: "It suddenly strikes me that those creepy other people have been gone for a while."
Metal Man (GM): The stats are... abnormal.
Scott plays some Bach "Moonlight Sonata" on his guitar... that takes uber skill and knowledge of the classics to end all classics.
Leo leans up against a wall and takes a quick nap.
Metal Man (GM): They're completely out of spec, set to complete overload, within 1% of complete destruction.
Leo: "Zzzzz."
Digifanatic: "Scott..."
Dragoshi: *In response to Alexia.* "Such as...?"
Scott: "Eh?"
Digifanatic: "I never knew you knew that."
Garrick: "...huh."
Scott: "Oh, I know a few others."
Leo: -_- "Keep playing that one, its comforting."
Garrick: *types in Deactivate Light Engine.*
Alexia: "Those weird alternate personalities that made me nearly go insane."
Scott: "Might as well." *He continues playing.*
Dragoshi: "Ah. Them."
Digifanatic: "Alexia, I wouldn't say that."
Metal Man (GM): It ignores Garrick's command.
Computer: "TRY AGAIN, PITIFUL HUMAN."
Digifanatic: "You probably just screwed yourself over and they'll be entering your mind sooner than later."
Garrick: "...he's in the computer..."
Alexia: *casually.* "Probably."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Digifanatic: "I hate to bring that sort of... cliche--would that be the proper word?--up, but it's probably what they're doing."
Garrick: *hmms... and then tries something new. He tries to backdoor it by dropping the current engine output to 10%...*
Metal Man (GM): The engine takes that to mean 10,000%. It surges, red hot.
Alexia: "Uh, does it suddenly feel hot again to you?"
Dragoshi: "...Maybe."
The Man: *Comms.* "Like I'd let you do that."
Garrick: *swears and returns the engine to it's old stats.*
Metal Man (GM): It is unresponsive. It is set at 0.5% within destruction now, but it barely works.
Garrick: "Damn it... there's got to be a way..."
Digifanatic: "Back to the vents... if any still remain."
Alexia: "I think you blew up the vents."
Garrick: *thinks... there has to be something...*
Digifanatic: "As I said... if any still remain."
Garrick: .oO(If I hack it, he'll just override my hacking and cause the engine to blow... he WANTS me to find the way, or else he'd have destroyed it already... let's see, the engine is on, we just have to switch it off. We can't just switch it off, and we can't drop it down to where it's removable... maybe... the power the engine is producing... that's it!)
Alexia: "Got any ideas yet?"
Dragoshi: *Waits, standing still.*
Garrick: *types rapidly, jacking through the engine room applications and going into the ship's man systems. The ship was still going because of the power from the engine! The lights, the terminals, it was all working because of the energy output from the engine! If he can transfer the energy that the engine is producing into ANOTHER system, a system that won't matter if it gets overloaded, the energy will just run out of it.*
Garrick: *tries to see if there is a working weapon's system.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick sees... good god. Atomics. Three Powers missiles and some lasers, they're useless in the atmosphere too.
Garrick: "...well, that ain't good... coming back to that later... wait..." *tries to see if the deflection grid is still online, or whatever it is that's causing the interference with the outside world.*
Metal Man (GM): That's the engine itself.
Garrick: *hrms, then sees what systems there are that WON'T be dangerous to them...*
Metal Man (GM): The lasers. They don't work in the atmosphere. They will uselessly shoot energy that dissipates.
Garrick: "...gotcha."
Metal Man (GM): It took a good thousand years to make the kind that work everywhere. And they're insanely powerful.
Alexia: "So you found something?"
Garrick: *transfers power from the engine to the lasers, targeting them into harmless space, just to be on the safe side, and fires them.*
Metal Man (GM): They only fire into the ground... but even then, they are so powerful they shut down the engine instantly.
Garrick: *immediately keys up his head comm.* "Nova, come in."
Nova: (Dex) "Affirmative."
The Man: *Comms.* "Excellent work... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..."
Garrick: "We've got the field down. Get a pattern lock on the engine and warp it directly to the Seeker, ASAP."
Dragoshi: "...I do not like that laugh."
Metal Man (GM): The sealed door in the floor of the bridge opens up.
Alexia: *thinking.* "Uh-oh... bad things happen when bad people laugh..."
Metal Man (GM): ...It gets jammed.
Leo: "???"
Metal Man (GM): ...*BANG.* A hand juts through it.
Digifanatic: "Well, Garrick, you definitely have--WHAT THE?"
Metal Man (GM): That door was made of SuperSteel. That's impossible!
Dragoshi: "...What the-!?"
Alexia takes a deep, slow breath. "Ohhhhhhh shit."
Garrick: "...Nova... now would be a good time..."
Leo: "...The hell?!"
Dragoshi: "Yeaaaaa."
Nova: (Dex) "War---"
Scott: "Oh boy."
Metal Man (GM): The engine disappears... but the doors lock to the facility.
Scott stops playing, obviously.
Metal Man (GM): As does the communication.
Alexia takes out her pistol.
Leo wakes up.
The Man: *Comms.* "You play a good hand. Prepare to be handless."
Dragoshi: *Takes out his machinegun.* "Okay, now that was just awful."
Leo takes out his sword.
Metal Man (GM): The door is peeled open like a tin can.
Garrick: "...right... I'm sick and damn tired of finding ways to trick you, 'The Man'..."
Dragoshi: "No offense. But, still."
Garrick: *stands up, unsheathing his weapons.*
Metal Man (GM): Out crawls... it can't be.
Traon draws out his naginata in a quick fashion. "Well, this should be... Fun."
Digifanatic: *Quickdraw on that Digivice? Check.*
Metal Man (GM): A man in the presidential gear of the Three Powers.
Garrick: *freezes...*
Alexia: "What the--"
Dragoshi: *Charges somethin' up...* "...What the hell?"
Metal Man (GM): ...He's been half-mechanized. He stares at the Questers soulessly.
Scott already has his guitar up.
Leo: "...What is it?"
???: "Halt right there. You are a threat to our nation. You will be destroyed."
Scott: "Huh?"
Alexia: "Nation?!"
Dragoshi: "..."
Traon: "Nation of raging midgets?"
Dragoshi: "Nation, huh?"
Leo: "Heh."
Garrick: *is just... standing there... stunned...*
Scott: "Whoa, whoa, whoa... We didn't exactly mean to threaten nobody."
Dragoshi: *So glad this witty banter is allowing him some time to charge up...*
Leo: "But we do have no reason to fight you."
Alexia glances over at Garrick's expression.
Leo: "Just let us be on our way."
Alexia: "Garrick, do you know this guy?"
Scott: "Uh, Garrick? You gonna live there, man?"
Leo attempts to calm down the robot... thing.
Metal Man (GM): He stops for a moment... not likely Leo has persuaded him against attacking the Questers, though.
???: "Hm. Perhaps I should give you a few moments before you die."
Metal Man (GM): His voice rasps. It is mechanically boosted.
Leo: "..."
Metal Man (GM): He idly takes out a rifle.
Alexia: "Garrick! Snap out of it!"
Leo: "Why do you want us dead?"
Alexia waves a hand in front of his face.
Dragoshi: *Ahhh... More charge time...*
Leo: "We have no reason to harm you."
Garrick: "...it's... not possible..."
Alexia: "Not possible for WHAT?!"
Digifanatic: "Has to be identity..."
Leo begins to walk toward the thing. "Come on, can't we all just get along?"
Solidus: "I am president Solidus of the Three Powers. And you... are... " He speaks as if mentioning the devil himself. "Maricians."
Garrick: "...it's not possible! You DIED!"
Alexia: "...Huh?"
Dragoshi: "...?"
Leo looks back towards the others. "...The hell is he talking about."
Digifanatic: "And I am not a Marician."
Alexia: "Maricians? Dead?"
Dragoshi: "I... Have no idea."
Alexia: "I'm lost here..."
Leo: "We aren't Maricians, we come in peace."
Solidus: "Yes... somehow I survived. And I do not know how." *He loads the rifle.* "I believe you Marician slavers attempted to make me into your next killing cyborg."
Dragoshi: "...I ain't a Marician either... Whatever the deuce those things are."
Garrick: *immediately draws his sword, charging RIGHT AT HIM.*
Leo: *dodges out of the way.*
Metal Man (GM): He chuckles and fires three shots at Garrick. They tear through Garrick like butter. They're extremely advanced bullets from a gun which is also cybernetic.
Leo: "Hmmm, well I tried to reason with it."
Dragoshi: "..." *Okay. Drag has his charge up.*
Leo runs back to the others.
Scott: "Looks like the time for reason is over, man."
Solidus: "I am only defending myself... anything a true Three Powers citizen would do."
Garrick: *growls as all three hits nail him, but he just keeps moving. He sword blurs as he unloads a series of sword slashes before cleaving downward, unleashing a huge shockwave.*
Leo: "...Garrick, damn it."
Alexia: "Garrick, who the heck is this guy?!"
Metal Man (GM): Miss, hit. Miss.
Scott flips up his guitar ready for the attack.
Metal Man (GM): He leaps aside from everything he can...
Solidus: "You are pretty inaccurate for one of Gerald's butchers."
Leo draws his sword.
Garrick: *skids by, seething.*
Dragoshi: *Just readies his machinegun, charge up...* "That's 'cause we AREN'T."
Solidus: "Tell me, what were you before they stole your mind?"
Dragoshi: "God damn. Does no one LISTEN?"
Garrick: "I am NOT one of Gerald's butchers! My name is Garrick Fy`aar! And I'm your NEPHEW!"
Leo: "Maybe his mind is being controlled by the Man?"
Alexia: "...WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!"
Leo: "DOO WAHHHHHHHHHH?!"
Dragoshi: "..."
Digifanatic: "WHOA!"
Traon: "Hey... Family feuds. This isn't new."
Leo: "That... thing is Garrick's uncle?!"
Dragoshi's mind kicks in... NOW. "...Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, FUCKING WAIT. ...Fuh?"
Solidus: "...You can't possibly prove that. I died. And I don't think many other survived the Maricians."
Metal Man (GM): He slams a console with his fist. It shows a map of Nintendus... No. Earth.
Scott just stands there with his jaw agape...
Metal Man (GM): It's been taken over by hordes of machines... and evil men... and... Gerald?!?!?!
Alexia: "But I-and you-and him..."
Leo: "...That can't be good."
Digifanatic: "Man, longevity works in crazy ways."
Solidus: "The same were here to kill my men when I arrived. None survived. Not even me." *He seethes now.* "You make a very poor argument... even if you are alive... you must be related to a failure like me."
Leo: "Karma's a bitch."
Scott: "And I thought it was a shock to the system when I proved that my dad was Geddy Lee of Rush."
Traon looks at this and his knuckles go white as he gets a death grip on his weapon. "The bloody hell do you think you are doing? That is my home!"
Solidus: "This can only be settled one way."
Dragoshi: *In response to Digi.* "...No shit, Sherlock."
Solidus: "Either you, and your friends defeat me... or I destroy all of you. Only under the leadership of a true relative could they possibly win."
Dragoshi: "...Let me guess... A fight to the death?"
Digifanatic: "That comment doesn't even have to be sarcastic..."
Garrick: *growls, panting... he's not looking good... at half health, with one life left...*
Scott: "Oi... again..."
Solidus: "I have nothing left to live for... and yet my own people are mocked by Maricians again. I cannot stand for this sort of debauchery."
Alexia finally recovers enough state of mind to hand Garrick a Phoenix Down.
Digifanatic reaches in and gives Garrick a Healing Vial, noticing his state. "Might as well get both."
Leo: "...I don't think I'm gonna make it back this time."
Alexia: "So what IS a Marician, anyways?"
Garrick: "Aribar." *sighs as he's restored in HP and given a free life.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Pulls out one of his own Phoenix Downs and uses it... There.*
Garrick: "At least, I think he is..."
Digifanatic: .oO(Shouldn't it be 'Martian' and not 'Marician' if I'm thinking right?)
Alexia: "...But we're not one-armed elves."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Leo: "She has a point."
Dex: "Aribar is a Whalleranian. A Marician is an extinct group, led by machine-worshipers and Gerald. You killed their essence, which had plagued Nintendus since the beginning."
Garrick: "Aribar got his arm CUT OFF, Alexia... I don't care what this guy thinks. He was a psychopath now, just like before. If you wanna fight, then we'll fight! C'mon!"
Dragoshi: *Machinegun ready, charge up... And in good condition. ...This should work well.*
Alexia: *thinking.* "Talk about pruning the family tree..."
Leo: "Ok, let's do this..."
Solidus: "You shall not survive." He throws off a cape and suddenly bulks up. Several snake-like metallic arms jut out of his back. He also takes out two swords.
Alexia turns back to the battle and drops into her fighting pose.
Solidus: "In life... I was powerful. Now I am unstoppable."
Digifanatic: .oO('Shall not'? Uggh...)
Dragoshi: *Enter fight stance... NOW.* "...No one is unstoppable."
Leo: "Another so called invulnerable man."
Dragoshi: "Yep."
Digifanatic: "Have they ever learned to stop being cocky?"
Metal Man (GM): He looks nearly like a zombie... it doesn't matter. The machines keeping him alive make him much stronger than otherwise.
Garrick: "Enough talk..."
Traon: "I have always been one to refuse to use machines in the death or harm of others. I prefer the old code of weaponry." He gets in a combat stance with his naginata in hand, anger still flaring across his face."
Dragoshi: "How many idiots have I dealt with that have called themselves invincible befo-Right."
Cyber Solidus: "I will take all of you down at once... for the good of the country, of course..."
Dragoshi: "...Of course." *Drag aims his machinegun o' dewm at Cyber Solidus, then fires creating a massive wave of flames to fly forward and...*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *Drag then...* *Takes off his tophat... And pulls a mech outta it!* >_> *Drag them puts his tophat back on, gives the mech the machinegun and has it fire it's LAZOR O DEWM at Cyber Solidus.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *The laser... Wraps around CS? Fuh? Either way, it slams him into the ground!*
Cyber Solidus: "Only a Marician could command a mech like that!"
Dragoshi: "Please. If I have to repeat myself again, I WILL lynch you."
Leo starts to hack & slash Solidus like a crazy man.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss hit hit miss hit miss. His arms prevent him from being knocked back.
Digifanatic hopes to waste no time whatsoever with this first turn. Quickly noticing the short displacement between him and Solidus, and with the Digivice in hand, he starts off with a fast round of Celestial Fury, pocketing the 'Vice immediately afterward. Without skipping a beat, he slams Solidus in the face with a smack of the Golf Club, moving over to guard Garrick with his last action.
Metal Man (GM): DOUBLE CRITS.
Cyber Solidus: "Gah!" *He's flung back.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Digifanatic: *guarding Garrick.* "He's getting through me first..."
Dragoshi: "Good job."
Leo: "Nice one."
Digifanatic: "Thanks..."
Dragoshi: "...And when you fall down... He'll have ME to worry about."
Metal Man (GM): He unearths himself from the wreckage... and he looks mad.
Scott: "And he's gotta get through me."
Metal Man (GM): His red robotic eye glows red until it cracks.
Dragoshi: "Hell, he'll have to go through ALL of us."
Cyber Solidus: "You... will all die... even if it kills me as well."
Leo: "...Daymn."
Dragoshi: "...Oh, really?" *Readies himself...*
Scott: "Face it, you don't stand a chance in hell."
Leo: "I tried to reason with you but now you're gonna die."
Cyber Solidus: "...But we are in hell." He chuckles darkly before firing missiles aplenty at all of the Questers.
Alexia: "Hit the dirt!"
Scott only grins that sadistic grin he hasn't shown off in awhile.
Metal Man (GM): These missiles rend the steel and ground around them and create a terrible flaming mess.
Leo: "AAAAAAHH!!"
Metal Man (GM): They're coming from his snake arms.
Dragoshi: "...No. That's the-screw this." *Tries to evade.*
Metal Man (GM): They are extremely wide range. The entire room is on fire now.
Dragoshi: *Is hit.*
Cyber Solidus: "Stand back... or die."
Leo manages to dive out of the way.
Scott manages to dodge it. Thank Hendrix, that coulda killed him.
Leo: "Everyone okay?"
Alexia: "Gaaah!"
Dragoshi: "Yea."
Scott: "I'm cool."
Dragoshi: "Nothing I haven't faced before."
Metal Man (GM): He leaps a superhuman leap, flying upwards, and then falling quickly at Dragoshi with both his swords... perched to crush him, impale him into the floor twice over, and more!
Digifanatic: "I took a good one, but yeah, nothing incredibly insane."
Leo: "Damn, I think Alex just bought the farm..."
Digifanatic: "Hang on!"
Metal Man (GM): *Hit CRIT.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Well, fuck.*
Alexia rolls back to her feet... just in time to watch Dragoshi get skewered.
Scott: "Drag!"
Leo: "...NO DRAGOSHI!!!"
Dragoshi: *...Quick Revive.*
Leo: "...Oh."
Digifanatic: "Oh man..."
Alexia: "No!"
Dragoshi: "OH, FUCK YOU, YOU COSMIC SHIT!"
Cyber Solidus: "You made your last mistake."
Leo: "YOU'RE GONNA DIE FOR THAT!!"
Scott: "Holy hell... that had to hurt."
Dragoshi: "...NO, YOU DID."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a machinegun and opens fire on Dragoshi with explosive rounds.
Scott: "You fucked up bad, Solidus."
Dragoshi: *...Well, at least he dodged THREE of those.*
Metal Man (GM): The rounds are lethal. He only apparently saves this for when he's really in trouble.
Digifanatic: "Oh man, Garrick may need to redirect that Down for Dragoshi."
Scott: "I'm packin' a few myself."
Leo: "Grrrrr..."
Traon: "If there is anything left of Dragoshi."
Metal Man (GM): He then leaps back, facing everyone, and flailing his arms around.
Dragoshi: *God. He's STILL ALIVE.*
Cyber Solidus: "I will rip you all apart."
Dragoshi: "...A little help here?" @_@
Scott: "So you think you cybernetic puss."
Leo: "...All I got is duct tape."
Digifanatic: "Oh, we'll cover you. We've got the Downs and such."
Leo: "I can cure you."
Digifanatic: "Hope willing, we have enough."
Dragoshi: "THANK you. Yea, we prolly' do. I mean, I came prepared for cryin' out loud."
Scott: "Same here."
Digifanatic: "Least I have a lot of Shrooms and Vials."
Leo: "That's good."
Traon starts off with a simple charge with his crimson wave, he approaches and a red arc is seen as he arcs his weapon in a vertical strike.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Traon then jumps back and lunges with a basic stab.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Traon: "Hmm..." he just draws back and waits.
Scott holds his attack with a grimacing glare at Solidus. He makes no move.
Garrick: *growls as he races forward, unloading his gun repeatedly in a quick rapid spray of bullets before clearing the distance and slamming him with the pommel of his gun. He then jerks his sword forward, gutting him on it before blasting him off and throwing him with his pistol.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit miss hit, crit, miss, hit.
Alexia glances around a bit. "...What the heck." *Environment Sync!*
Metal Man (GM): Alexia becomes armor plated.
Alexia Mends the others, healing them some.
Digifanatic analyzes the situation, and makes index figure gestures between himself and Scott...
Dragoshi: *Drag looks a little better, but DAMN, he still looks like a truck ran over him.*
Digifanatic: *holds up the "One minute" sign and bides his time.*
Metal Man (GM): He stands, heavily damaged and preparing to strike again.
Dragoshi: .oO(What do I do? ...Do I risk it and defend, knowing that another one of those crashes or those missiles could kill me... Or use a Phoenix Down? ...Or go for broke? Damn.) "...Well... Sod it" *He takes a Phoenix Down then flip kicks Solidus.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit miss.
Dragoshi: *Stands back.*
Scott: "We need somethin'..."
Alexia: "Like a bigger gun."
Scott: "Better yet..."
Dragoshi: "...Or a swarm of albatrosses." >_>
Scott: "I got a crazy idea..."
Dragoshi: "Shoot."
Digifanatic: "I was thinking of something..."
Alexia: "Try it."
Digifanatic: "Oh, we're going to."
Scott: "Digi! Wanna work up a 'Fire n' Ice' on em?"
Leo activates Environment Sync, then goes on the offensive with a downward thrust attack, then finishes off Solidus by stabbing him in the stomach.
Digifanatic: "Yeah... I think we can work something out with that. Suuuuuuuuure."
Scott: "I'll throw the pitch and finish it out. You get to do the fun part."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..." *He just holds his position, doing nothing for now.*
Cyber Solidus: "And now... you shall all die!"
Leo: "...Craptastic."
Scott: "Pfft..."
Metal Man (GM): He releases the missiles again, blowing up whatever he can...
Dragoshi: "...Meh."
Scott takes a hefty smack from those missiles.
Leo dives out of the way once again.
Alexia takes another hit from the missiles and staggers to her feet.
Dragoshi: *Back to the same damaged state as before...*
Digifanatic gets smacked by a missile. He's a bit woozy but for the most part he should be fine...
Metal Man (GM): He then spins around and lunges at Dragoshi with his swords again... this time rapidly slashing.
Dragoshi: *Only two hit!* *Stayin' alive, stayin alive...*
Metal Man (GM): He then attacks Garrick with his machinegun.
Garrick: *One life left.*
Dragoshi: *Mutters to self.* "...Soon, it shall all end... Hopefully."
Traon: "I'm hurting... I hate you." *He pops a shroom... But after that he goes into an aggressive attack and performs his weapon dance with a series of three strike.* "Dance of the Dead!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit. The final is a crit. He's lookin' bad now... pretty torn up.
Digifanatic: *thumbs up.* "Hit it."
Scott: "I hope you enjoy this little number. It's a bit on the improv side but I think you'll get a kick out of it."
Traon runs up back to normal again and brings the pole of his naginata around for a charged strike.
Digifanatic: "Yes..." *He assumes a position in front of Solaris once Scott starts the chain of insanity...*
Scott launches at Solidus for a "Shoot to Thrill" where he grabs him and with a mighty hurl he chucks Solidus into the air... AT DIGI!
Digifanatic "Receives" Solidus from Scott's opening blow and then BAM--an Icy Kick and then an Ice Punch ...kinda sorta right back to Scott.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit.
Digifanatic: "Back at you!"
Dragoshi: "...Niiiiice."
Scott: *Digi follows up with some Icy kicks to him... then sends him back at Scott who's kicked into a massive solo and fires three screaming skulls of fire at him!* "FIRE AND ICE!!!"
Dragoshi: *Claps.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit.
Leo: "Damn... that was some attack."
Dragoshi: "...Yea, seriously. Reminds me of the mega-assault we did on Zylcon."
Leo: "That was something."
Metal Man (GM): Grandsplosion!
Digifanatic: "Yeah..." *But a heck of a turn.*
Metal Man (GM): He's fatally wounded. He falls over, seemingly dead.
Garrick: "No. Not this time."
Dragoshi: "...He might be feigning death."
Leo: "...I think he's dead."
Scott: "That, boys and girls, was 'Fire and Ice.'"
Dragoshi: *Shoots the hell out of Solidus.*
The Man: *Comms.* "Oh, look, you broke my toy. Now I'm angry."
Garrick: *revives.*
Scott: "Huh?!"
Digifanatic: *claps hands loudly and raises his left fist. Even if it doesn't kill him... it's enough to convince him that he's still a force.*
Leo: "...Heh."
Traon: "Welp, we're boned."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see... impossible.
Scott: "The hell?"
Metal Man (GM): The entire ship bridge the Questers broke reassembles itself.
Dragoshi: "...fyuuh?"
Leo: "...What's going on?"
Traon: "You see, this is why I don't much like technology."
Metal Man (GM): *Insert music speeding up here.*
Digifanatic: "Oh maaaaaan..."
The Man: *Comms.* "This is why... I added on to his abilities! Solidus Puppet! Restart!"
Digifanatic: *steps back a bit.*
Scott: "Sunnova..."
Leo: "NO, NOT AGAIN!!"
Metal Man (GM): The corpse's mechanical parts work feverishly, restoring his flesh.
Dragoshi: "..."
Metal Man (GM): He stands up as if the Questers did nothing.
Digifanatic: "I guess this guy has three lives."
Cyber Solidus: "...Hello again."
Leo: "Shit..."
Scott: "...Hell's... Bells..."
Digifanatic: "Cause I doubt it'd be two..."
Dragoshi: "..."
Garrick: *growls under his breath...*
Leo: "WHERE THE HELL IS JULIAN?!"
Metal Man (GM): He... suddenly looks over his shoulder... and leaps up to the controls.
Cyber Solidus: "Thought... you could control me? I know who the real Marician is."
Dragoshi: "...What the-?"
Traon: "... Hello, I am Traon of the the Traon Janitorial Services, might I offer you my assistance and become a full time janitor for your company?"
Metal Man (GM): *SNAP* *BREAK* *BOOM.*
Leo: "..."
Garrick: "God, would you guys SHUT UP!!!"
The Man: *Comms.* "No! Stop that! Kill them!"
Dragoshi: "..." *Turns over to Solidus.* "That was... Highly... Unexpected. Also... SHUT THE FUCK UP."
Scott: "..."
Dragoshi: "'Cause, you have AROUSED MY IRE with this crap."
Cyber Solidus: "It doesn't take three lives to know you are pulling the controls... I heard you. Your machines kept me alive... I didn't even die that time."
Leo: "What?!"
Cyber Solidus: "You're not going to get away with this today."
Metal Man (GM): He points to you, the Questers.
Scott: "This is freakin' weird."
Dragoshi: "...Wha?"
Traon: "You spoke my mind."
Cyber Solidus: "Run! I must destroy this place and kill the man who is running it!"
Leo: "...damn straight."
Scott: "Wha?!"
Traon: "No need to tell me twice."
Cyber Solidus: "His mind control can only be resisted so long... I don't know what'll happen to me..."
Leo: "What?!"
Dragoshi: "...Sure thing. Though we still need that part we're looking for!"
Digifanatic: .oO(Holy Joel, Oldfield and Zappa.)
Cyber Solidus: "But it'll be a sight better than being his puppet."
Leo: "I KNEW IT!"
Metal Man (GM): His arm reprograms the ship... it begins shaking.
Garrick: "Solidus... I swear to god, if I find out you're doing something... I'll won't hesitate to hunt you down..."
Scott: "Err... Go for it."
Computer: "SELF DESTRUCT ACTIVATED."
Leo: "LET'S GO!!"
Cyber Solidus: "There won't be anything left of me to hunt down, kid."
Scott: "Let's boogie!"
Metal Man (GM): He tosses his P-90 to Garrick.
Garrick: *snatches it out of the air.*
Cyber Solidus: "I'm going down with this vile person."
Garrick: "What happened to Solid!"
Cyber Solidus: "...That is a good question."
Scott whistles for Roxy and gets set to book out of there.
Digifanatic: "Now what? We hightail it out of here?"
Dragoshi: "..." *Runs outta the place at high speeds, wings spread for even MORE speed.*
Cyber Solidus: *He rips apart the controls, causing the Self Destruct to activate, and the doors to open.*
Leo follows after Scott and Roxy.
The Man: *Comms.* "You fool... no one can kill me. You will only destroy yourself."
Traon just starts running in the direction of everyone else.
Cyber Solidus: "Anything to keep you from using... THAT... on them in the near future!"
Dragoshi: "...Everyone can be killed... It just takes time..." *Continuing running.*
Scott stays put for a sec. "Garrick, get on!"
The Man: *Comms.* "I shall enjoy taking you apart... arch-president. You and your people are all jokes to me."
Digifanatic: *runs away with the others.*
Garrick: "..." *he stands there, quivering... letting out a yell, he turns and leaps onto the scooter.*
Scott takes off at full steam.
Metal Man (GM): The bridge bursts entirely into flames. The last thing the Questers hear is...
Cyber Solidus: "Even if I can't kill you... I will ensure you cannot kill them."
Metal Man (GM): *KABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.*
Leo: "...I guess he was good after all..."
Scott: "No matter how black the soul there's always a little good in it."
Digifanatic: "A bit strange, but we've dealt with stranger."
Leo: "Yeah."
Dragoshi: "...Yep. On both counts."
Leo: "Let's get the hell out of here."
Garrick: *remains quiet, sitting there.
Metal Man (GM): The ship piece explodes... a warp out appears.
Digifanatic: *runs for the warp.*
Dragoshi: "Though, I believe this is just... the beginning." *Sighs.*
Metal Man (GM): The jammer gone... but also the only person who could explain what happened there.
Digifanatic: "It always is..."
Scott: "Let's get back to the Seeker and catch some R&R."
Leo: *runs for the warp as well.*
Scott pulls into the warp.
Metal Man (GM): His P-90 is all that remains... and it'll need some fixing. The Quester guys damaged it.
Garrick: *slides off the scooter, watching the flames of the ship.* *sighs and slides into the warp.*
Digifanatic goes back and sells his three Normal Mushrooms; he only seems to rely on Vials and Ultra Shrooms nowadays...
Leo goes back to his room to rest and screw around.
Garrick: *reappears on the ship, sighing and moving to a console on the bridge.* "SIMBER... contact Ivo."
SIMBER: "Comline established."
Ivo Robotnik: *Comms.* "What do you have for me today? Did you get the part?"
Garrick: "We got the part... it'll take a bit of repair, since it was run to high capacity when we found it, but we got it. ...but we ran into some trouble. Some big trouble."
Ivo Robotnik: *Comms.* "...I'll be frank with you. I didn't expect you to survive! That's amazing! But... I needed that part... we all do."
Garrick: *sighs and runs his hand through his hair.*
Ivo Robotnik: *Comms.* "To save the planet... It shall be plenty." I will pay you handsomely."
Garrick: "Yeah, yeah... look, Ivo, is there anyway I can get a few more of those bots?"
Metal Man (GM): An... extra 50k appears for all the Questers who participated in that mission! (50k per Quester... !!!)
Ivo Robotnik: *Comms.* "Bots? What kind?"
Dragoshi: *Takes his extra 50k, and smirks.*
Garrick: "Repair bots for the Dauntless. I've got a special project of my own and... I just received a gift... but I'll need to repair it as well. It's getting a bit hectic..."
Ivo Robotnik: *Comms.* "I'll see what I can do."
Glyph walks by, staring at his ubiquitous handheld console. "Did I hear that somebody needs help repairing something?"
Ivo Robotnik: *Comms.* *Points at Garrick.*
Garrick: *narrows his eyes a bit.*
Glyph: "I'm told I'm good at that sort of thing."
Garrick: "It's my own personal stuff, Glyph... There's just a lot I want to do. I don't want to trouble you if you have ship's business."
Glyph: "Well, sort of, it's here and there, but I don't think I'll have a lot of work to do until we get ready to leave again." *He does not take the hint. At all.*
Ivo Robotnik: *Comms.* "You put aside your hatred of me... we should all work together, Garrick."
Garrick: *sighs.* "...fine. Fine. Just... I'll send you so info, Glyph..."
Glyph: "Kay!"
Garrick: *turns and limps back toward his lab, locking the door behind him. He sets the P-90 on the counter, hrming... now, if he only had his dad's SOCOM... heh..."
Digifanatic: *meanwhile, back in R&R... Digi is still a bit astonished at that fight.* "I almost still can't believe Scott and I pulled that off... that was nuts."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Digifanatic: "But enough gab and semi-denial."
Dragoshi: *Nods.*
Digifanatic: *turns on TV.* "Ahhh, just the same old random... then again, this is another planet."
Dragoshi: "Yep. Pretty much. That mission was NUTS, though." @_@
Traon just seems to appear out of nowhere behind Dragoshi. "And it seems I came just at the right time. Say, have we actually and formally introduced are selves before?" he asked curiously to the two.
Dragoshi: "No. Why?"
Traon: "Well it seems last time I got mixed up with the Questers, I seem to remember some of the faces. But anyways, the name is Traon, and I'm sadly from that over-run planet we call Earth."
Dragoshi: "Ah. Hiya. Name's Dragoshi. Dragoshi L. Helldusk. I really can't remember where I originally came from due to the insane amounts of traveling I've done." *Gets up, turns around and extends his hand in a handshake.*
Traon gladly accepts the hand. "So, this is what you all do for you relaxing time, eh? Just sit around and recap on what was just done?"
Dragoshi: "Nah. We sometimes do other stuff, but that's when we're not feeling tired out from doing such a tough mission. Or just feel like going to sleep for the time being. Whichever comes first."
Digifanatic: "Oh, Traon, I believe we've met before... it was a while, but, yeah, we have talked."
Traon: "Ahh yes, I remember you. Good times back then. I simply got called back on a... job. And this wasn't a janitorial job."
Dragoshi: "Ah."
Digifanatic: *shuts off TV in realizing nothing is worth watching. Heck, there's probably some anti-Quester propaganda in there as well.* "Oh?" *Unless, of course, it's censored out by the Macgregor Party.* "What did you get in on?"
Traon: "Someone wasn't paying someone and I had to make them... Disappear."
Digifanatic: "Ahhhhhhh... Capitalism... And no, I am not a communist."
Traon: "Hey, be whatever you want, I just work for whoever pays the most money. Though I don't think I'll be returning to any of my previous jobs any time soon... considering the situation Earth is under now."
Digifanatic: "What era are you from?"
Traon: "Twenty-second century Earth, if I remember correctly. Good times, but people are getting brash and my kind are becoming less needed."
Digifanatic: "Ah, 22nd... That's cool. I never asked you so I guess it's an honest question."
Traon: "Machines were starting to take over most janitorial jobs so I got put out of work in many of my places, and the international police started cracking down on disappearances and murders... So I had to make a choice, disappear myself, or get introduced to a man named Ben in a prison cell. That's when the warp popped up again and I gladly accepted, again."
Digifanatic: "Wait, wait, wait... why would you be arrested? For simply losing your job, of all things?"
Dragoshi: "...He makes people" *Air quotes.* "'disappear'"
Digifanatic: "Oh, right."
Traon: "But hey, I enjoy being here now, the pay is much better, but the benefits suck..."
Digifanatic: "I thought these things were involving other people. I can'tbelieveIjustoverlookedthat."
Traon: "I mean I get thrown around like a tin can on a windy day."
Digifanatic: "Well... Dragoshi, normally this'd be the time when I head out yonder and play around with the synths, but this time I'm cooling off in my room... these missions are way too nuts and I just need to chill." *gives a thumbs up and walks back up to his room.*
Dragoshi: "...'Kay, then." *Walks off to his room.*

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