Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 326: Logistical Headaches
Date: February 22nd, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are back at base, experience-wise and such richer. All is peaceful. Well. Mostly.
Alexia: "...Kind of feels odd with not much to do."
Mewtwo: "I'm afraid that is... a temporary thing."
Alexia: "How so?"
Metal Man (GM): He shows the MM2 moving in to attack the area. Specifically at the Q.S. Seeker.
Traon: "Oh bloody hell, this isn't going to be good."
Dragoshi: "...Oh. If this what I think it is..."
Digifanatic: "Well, that is to be expected..."
Mewtwo: "They've cut a path of destruction directly to us. We must stop them."
Alexia: "Can't we teleport out of their range?"
Mewtwo: "And leave the ship?"
Garrick: *walks in as well.* "There's too many important things here for us to just leave."
Alexia: "I meant the whole ship."
Mewtwo: "...We've had limited energy for a while, Alexia. Teleporting this ship would be ludicrous."
Alexia: "I was just bringing up the possibility."
Garrick: "What weapons does the ship have? Maybe we can use it as a artillery system?"
Mewtwo: "As-is, we barely have the energy to power up our weaponry. And they are thoroughly resistant to everything except for our most power-eating weaponry."
Dragoshi: "...Well, that's just great. Any plans?"
Traon: "Couldn't we just send the robot after them? As much as I hate saying that, I find that to be a decent idea..."
Mewtwo: "Haven't you heard? They slice through those robots like butter."
Garrick: "How many are we looking at, here."
Mewtwo: "These are Kuja-level."
Metal Man (GM): He shows an image of one battalion after another, each containing 100 men, and 10 of them march by the screen. All are heavily armored in Kuja-style suits and armed with pulse-rifles.
Digifanatic: "Oh boy."
Metal Man (GM): They are escorted by 1 tank per battalion, and a fleet of 15 fighters hover above them. Bringing up the rear is the massive mecha employed by Ricky.
Alexia: "...Would there happen to be a chance of a miracle occurring?"
Traon: "So, we are up against roughly a thousand troops, and not to mention those extra things. A whole army basically. Unless we have a miracle working for us, we are screwed."
Digifanatic: "Heh... thinking alike."
Mewtwo: "Has to be something we forgot."
Douglas: "Ummm... Maybe we could use the vehicles, if need be."
Dragoshi: "...That's what I was thinking, though I doubt it'd work."
Garrick: "...there is... one possibility."
Mewtwo: "Those fighter jets move faster than what we have."
Alexia: "What's that, Garrick?"
Garrick: "The cube. We could use it to energize the weapons systems."
Scott waltzes in with a rather strange look on his face.
Alexia: "Could we even take them all out with the weapons?"
Mewtwo: "Perhaps, but it's X-zone power. It may be uncontrollable."
Traon: "Well it might be a risk we may have to take."
Mewtwo: "Possibly. These weapons are the finest Robotnik, Oak, and co. have ever made."
Glyph peeks out from behind an open door to the bridge.
Alexia: "Hi, Scott--why do you have that expression?"
Scott: "I think I made a whoopsy."
Mewtwo: "We have X-zone beams, plasma artillery, and my favorite, lightning guns."
Dragoshi: "...Lightning guns."
Digifanatic: "It sounds nice but will it do the trick?"
Alexia: "Uh... detail, Scott?"
Mewtwo: "...I don't know."
Scott: "Roxy... tried to come after us last mission and squeezed through that tiny hole we went through awhile after we did. She scratched her paint and accidentally broke her horn."
Mewtwo: "They have technology we haven't been able to decipher. Force fields..."
Scott: "...I was up late last night trying to fix her."
Mewtwo: "...On every soldier."
Dragoshi: "...Yeesh. That's a little wasteful, huh?"
Mewtwo: "The guns pierce whatever they hit. Even if it is a little bit, it's nasty."
Digifanatic: "Well, if you can't fight fire with fire, what do we do?"
Alexia: "Fight fire with sand?"
Glyph: [Hop] "Fight fire with electricity?"
Alexia turns around.
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh, wait, yours was better."
Alexia turns back to the others.
Glyph: [Hop] "Something did something really bad to the ship. Looks like EMP."
Alexia: "Is his bodyguard nearby, just in case?"
Mewtwo: "You Questers have fought worse before."
Digifanatic: "Oh boy..."
Metal Man (GM): The robot silently follows Glyph.
Garrick: *hrms and thinks...*
Alexia: "The robot. Oh, okay, there it is."
Glyph: [Hop] "Could we, um, fight fire with electricity?"
Robot: "I prefer to not disturb my guardee."
Traon: "I already mentioned the robot. It won't work."
Digifanatic: "Does that mean Leviathan is loose?"
Robot: "He cannot save you from fiery death if I constantly annoy him. Leviathan is not loose. Your imagination is."
Garrick: "...how much time do we have, Mewtwo?"
Mewtwo: "...An hour. They came in quick and silent."
Alexia: "Gee, just enough time to write our last wills."
Glyph: [Hop] "Aren't they robots?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but didn't you hear the thing about forcefields?"
Mewtwo: "No... turtles in armor. Deadly armor."
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo brings up a picture of the specs.
Traon: "Wait... I may have an idea."
Metal Man (GM): Slightly modified Kuja armor now with force field.
Digifanatic: "Yes, Traon?"
Glyph: *Hop looks at the forcefield specs in particular.*
Metal Man (GM): A car could run them over and not kill them. The force field is somewhat primitive--it is hard to make this small.
Traon: "When they get within maybe twenty minutes away from us, we teleport to their base of operations and launch a counter attack. They'll have to decide, wipe out a ship, or return to defend their base."
Metal Man (GM): It is an energy-based forcefield which has about the same endurance as an ordinary human being.
Alexia: "Can we wreck the force fields somehow?"
Mewtwo: "Perhaps, but the force fields seem to be ancillary. Their weapons are the worst."
Metal Man (GM): He highlights the weapon.
Screen: 'MM2 PULSE CANNON. Rips through flesh and unalloyed steel like butter. Fires 1000 RPM.'
Screen: 'Recharge rate is quick. Runs out of energy very slowly.'
Glyph: [Hop] "If it rips through steel like butter what does it rip through butter like?"
Scott rubs his temples.
Dragoshi: "...Rice paper."
Alexia: *gently.* "Hop, I don't think that'll help us."
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh. I was hoping the answer was 'Steel.'"
Mewtwo: "It probably obliterates butter on contact. It must be anti-butter."
Metal Man (GM): He chuckles.
Glyph: [Hop] "That would be helpful if we could build ourselves some sort of... butter shield."
Traon: "I'm guessing my idea is a no go..." he shrugs and thinks some more.
Mewtwo: "The MM2 is crafty. We have to stop the soldiers... otherwise they are likely to destroy the ship. No ship, no life support, slow death for the more mortal in our party."
Glyph: [Hop] "Maybe we could combine ideas and warp a big butter shield over the competition's HQ!"
Mewtwo: "How is butter going to stop them?"
Digifanatic: "Hop, stop it with the butter, please..."
Glyph: [Hop] "I don't know... I thought we were brainstorming here."
Digifanatic: "He's just using a figure of speech..."
Traon: "Hop, you're a pacifist, aren't you?"
Alexia: *thinking.* "This kid's great at lateral thinking... not really much else, though..."
Dragoshi: *Groans agitated.* "This is getting ridiculous."
Alexia: "There HAS to be a weakness somewhere, Mewtwo."
Glyph: [Hop] "Well, I don't like fighting, if that's what you mean."
Dragoshi: "What's next, Exploding disco bees?"
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh, he's good."
Scott: "Don't encourage him."
Mewtwo: "Ah. I forgot. There is one option."
Dragoshi: *Pulls out a bottle of headache meds, and takes three.* "And, that is...?"
Metal Man (GM): He takes out the file for Eggman.
Digifanatic: "Okay, folks, let Mewtwo speak."
Mewtwo: "If you so much as partially finished the antimatter cannon on his machine it could take them out in one shot. ...Of course one mistake and the entire planet is destroyed."
Scott crosses his arms. He looks tired. And slightly annoyed for some weird reason... doesn't seem that it's you guys.
Glyph: [Hop] "I like those odds!"
Dragoshi: "Well, if it's the only option that has a chance in hell of working at this point..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I suppose that will work... Just don't get greedy with its power."
Glyph: [Hop] "I tend to make so many mistakes things loop over and become perfect! Let me help!"
Alexia: "Not like we have another option."
Scott: "Let's do it."
Metal Man (GM): The robot chuckles.
Robot: "You say Antimatter cannons are new? It's like you're from a thousand years ago."
Glyph: [Hop] "Ooh, ooh, I am!"
Roxy: *rolls on in.*
Glyph: [Hop] "I'm from a thousand years ago!"
Robot: "Of course, you lack the Priloxene Gas to generate the weapons I know of."
Scott groans a bit.
Digifanatic: "Alright, where can we find it within about 40 minutes?"
Robot: "I don't believe it can be found with your primitive, hilarious drilling equipment."
Scott: "Prilosec OTC?"
Robot: "Who uses drill bits made of metal or diamond anymore?"
Mewtwo: "You wish to fix Eggman's Antimatter cannon, then?"
Alexia: "And put a rush order on it?"
Digifanatic: "That too..."
Scott: "Please do."
Traon: "Do we have any other choice?"
Digifanatic: "Pretty sure we do not, Traon."
Traon: "Then what are we waiting for? Lets get this show on the road."
Mewtwo: "You could be balanced and the Ultimate Emerald would be yours. ...Your choice."
Dragoshi: "...That'd prolly' take a while, and sadly we might be dead by then..." >_>
Digifanatic: "Cannon's more important. Considering this planet is unscathed we can hit the Emerald later."
Dragoshi: "That, and it'd prolly' be damn well near impossible for some of us to be balanced."
Alexia: "Although I've been trying."
Mewtwo: "I'm saying the emerald is as powerful as the cannon."
Traon: "Let's not dwell there... I still need to have a talk with you all about what happened with me and the Emerald, among other things." *He looks over at Dragoshi, hoping he'll know what Traon was somewhat talking about.*
Mewtwo: "Moreso, in fact. Just harder to get."
Metal Man (GM): He opens two portals. A red one for le Antimatter cannon mission; A blue one for the Ultimate Emerald.
Digifanatic: *sigh.* "We have to time to vote..."
Glyph: [Hop] "Alright, gang, let's split up!"
Alexia: "Hop has a point."
Digifanatic: "That's probably worse... and who knows what happens when you put the cannon and the Emerald in close proximity..."
Alexia: "By splitting up, we could increase the odds."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, you're right."
Traon: "I vote cannon..."
Alexia: "Y'know, to something like eight-to-five against."
Garrick: "I vote cannon as well."
Mewtwo: "You may choose whichever you wish."
Digifanatic: "That was my original plan. Cannon."
Douglas goes to the blue portal.
Digifanatic: "However, I don't mind going for the emerald if your side is outnumbered..."
Alexia: "Douglas and I will scout for the emerald. You guys hunt for the cannon. Sound good?"
Traon hesitantly looks at the blue portal. "No... I have already made up my mind with my plans. Cannon it is for me."
Digifanatic: "You sure you don't want a third?"
Traon goes into the red portal.
Dragoshi: "..." *Has already chosen. Cannon. Puts on breathing mask and heads into the cannon portal.*
Digifanatic: *waits for Alexia's response.*
Traon also puts his mask on as he goes into the red portal.
Alexia equips her mask and enters the blue portal.
Digifanatic puts on his mask... "I guess they'll be fine..." *red portal.*
Garrick: *glances between the portals... he's not balanced... but he hopes Alexia can keep and eye on Aetos. He goes for the red portal.*
Glyph: [Hop] "I wonder if they'd have split up if they knew I took my plan from Scooby Doo?"
Mewtwo: "...You and Wolfman should talk some time. Maybe you could make a mission involving North Carolina."
Glyph: [Hop] "I take most of my plans from Scooby Doo, now that I think about it... And my inventions often involve stepping on air compressors to set off elaborate traps to capture armored ghouls..."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... in the Ultimate Emerald Chamber... before the emerald appears Aetos and Alexia. It is... inactive, as usual. The chamber is full of mechanical debris.
Alexia walks over to the Emerald and kneels before it.
Metal Man (GM): It glows... then speaks again.
Emerald: "You come here to seek my power... yet there are only two of you?"
Alexia: "Indeed. It is a desperate situation." *She lowers her head.* "Please... lend us your power."
Emerald: "...I can only lend you a fraction of it... if you prove your balance."
Douglas stands on one leg.
Alexia: "How will I prove that?"
Emerald: "First, I shall probe your minds."
Metal Man (GM): A white lightning bolt flies out and strikes Douglas and Alexia in the head. After whiting out for a moment, they awaken with a minor headache.
Emerald: "I see your memories... all of them."
Metal Man (GM): Two colors appear. One over Alexia, which shows TV static over her head. Another over Douglas, which is blood red.
Emerald: "Alexia, other beings who are unbalanced reside in you. You must either balance them, exorcise them, or destroy them."
Alexia: "I see..."
Emerald: "Douglas... you are angry and passionate, obsessed with whatever you want to do. Until you consider the feelings of others and think more before you act you cannot be allowed to touch my power. However... you appear to know the one who originally sought me... He may be easier to purify than you."
Douglas: "And who would that be?... Saria?"
Emerald: "The one who is about to leave this world forever. ...In extenuating circumstances, I can send you to him... on one condition."
Douglas scratches his head. "Alright..."
Emerald: "You purify him, or else you will have to get back to Genetia on your own. I cannot reward failure with aid. That is unbalanced."
Douglas: "How can I purify him?..." .oO(I don't even know who he's talking about...)
Emerald: "You must... laser his soul." *cough.* "I mean remove the darkness from it."
Douglas: "Oh, I see."
Alexia keeps herself from jerking her head up at this.
Douglas: "Will Alexia join me, or wait here, or...?"
Emerald: "Alexia will take tests. Tests to... choose her destiny."
Douglas: "Oh. Marvelous."
Emerald: "But first. You must retrieve the chosen one."
Alexia nods, still with her head down. "I understand my role."
Douglas: "Alright, Emerald of Balance. I am ready. Er, wait... What am I lasering his soul with?"
Emerald: "...The keyblade."
Metal Man (GM): Douglas is warped out... but! We don't see his part yet.
Emerald: "Now, Alexia... choose... do you wish to balance those within you, or remove them?"
Alexia: "I shall balance them."
Emerald: "Then you must relive their fears, hates, and hopes for yourself. Do you accept?"
Metal Man (GM): A white light glows; such is played back at high speed in Alexia's own mind. Death, destruction, life, wants, failures; all of it from those also in her mind.
Alexia: "... I had no idea of their lives... and I thought I was the one that knew them best..."
Emerald: "And there... is the unbalance."
Emerald: "Now... you must contemplate that as he searches for the pure one."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... the other Questers appear in the base of Eggman's.
Ivo Robotnik: "About time! I need that part, pronto!"
Blood Demon: "Wait... What part?"
Dragoshi: "Well, Ivo... We have a little problem..."
Ivo Robotnik: "And that is?"
Dragoshi: ...Wait. Scratch the word 'little.' It's BIG. ...Five words: The MM2 is assaulting us. Aaaaaaand, they're coming in massive numbers."
Traon: "Roughly 1,100 to be close."
Dragoshi: "...Yea. And they're packing heat."
Digifanatic: "What they have is almost frightening. Almost because we don't scared easily..."
Garrick: *stands there, remaining silent for the most part.*
Ivo Robotnik: "Remind me why that is my problem."
Dragoshi: "Simple. If we go boom, then... No part for you. Unless you want to get it yourself..."
Traon: "Because if the MM2 get rid of us, they are most likely to come after you next."
Ivo Robotnik: "Yes, but then you can live in my base. They will assume you're dead... when you're actually building my machine of mass destruction. Then when it's complete, they explode! Unless there's something else good for me I'm missing?"
Dragoshi: "..." *Pulls out a mech. Slams his head against it using it as a substitute wall.*
Garrick: "We're not giving up the Seeker, Ivo."
Dragoshi: *Puts mech away.*
Ivo Robotnik: "Oh, right, you have a space ship. Which you need to get my part. How -is- the construction on the Dauntless going?"
Traon: "Last I checked, our ship can't get airborne..."
Garrick: "There's a few things left to take care of... I've been busy, to say the least. Had to back out of a few missions to work on it."
Ivo Robotnik: "Okay... but then I wonder. How is a part for the shield going to help you defeat the MM2?"
Dragoshi: *SLAMS his head into the floor.*
Digifanatic: "The cannon..."
Garrick: "We need the Anti-Matter Cannon."
Dragoshi: "...THAT IS NOT-Grah." *Takes deep breaths, then takes another headache med.* "Seriously, though. That is not what we're he-Yea, that."
Scott: "When we're done arguing we've got work to do."
Dragoshi: "...What arguing?"
Scott gives a drowsy look to Dragoshi... "..." *groan.* "...Nevermind."
Traon: "I haven't really been paying attention to this discussion. I hear you all, but my attention is elsewhere." He taps his head and leans against a wall. "I tend to zone out when talks of machines come up." He chuckles somewhat... "Don't get me wrong though, this is a serious matter, so I will help out with the Cannon."
Digifanatic: "Phew... let's just build this sucker and rid the MM2 out of its potential misery."
Roxy: *rolls up next to Scott silently.*
Digifanatic: *This is strange... usually he isn't this outgoing towards such commands, but in dire circumstances like these, who can blame him for what he's wanting to get done?*
Ivo Robotnik: "I see... but... the antimatter cannon will be difficult to build."
Dragoshi: "...What will be needed?" ?_?
Ivo Robotnik: "It's on the edge of technology doable today, and requires a very unstable isotope of uranium."
Garrick: "Is it possible?"
Ivo Robotnik: "That, coupled with a chaos emerald? Yes. ...But the chaos emeralds were destroyed..."
Garrick: "Then speak to me about what we have RIGHT NOW. Is. It. Possible?"
Dragoshi: .oO(Should I mention it...?)
Ivo Robotnik: "It is possible. I only need a replacement emerald source. Do you know of anything like an emerald? Even magical artifacts will do."
Garrick: "...we have a cube of the same material your family member Gerald used."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... yeah."
Ivo Robotnik: "Is that true? Hm... dangerous... too dangerous."
Traon: "Didn't someone get a artifact off whats his holy face we fought last mission?"
Ivo Robotnik: "It was that sort which corrupted his soul."
Ivo Robotnik: "I believe he sold his soul to a demon to have access to that sort."
Garrick: *glances to Traon.* "Did we?"
Ivo Robotnik: "A holy artifact?"
Digifanatic: "Well... it was something that dealt with mind-control..."
Dragoshi: "...You're thinking the wrong thing, Digi."
Digifanatic: "I apologize."
Traon: "I remember his words somewhere... 'Such a powerful artifact will be useless in your hands.' Or it was something along those lines."
Dragoshi: "Yea. I think it was that."
Ivo Robotnik: "Show it to me. He may have been correct... but he didn't know about me! Mwoohoohoohoo!"
Digifanatic: "Just the one notable thing we were meant to look for last mission. First thing in my head."
Dragoshi: "...Yea. And, you're the guy that made an engine out of a giant death weapon... I think."
Garrick: *pulls it out, then.*
Ivo Robotnik: "...Ooohohoho. That thing... that is just perfect!"
Metal Man (GM): The systems light up... the energy coming off of it is immense.
Dragoshi: "Holy damn. What IS that, anyway?"
Ivo Robotnik: "...It can generate antimatter on its own."
Dragoshi: "...So... It's... damn."
Traon: "See what happens when you pay attention to every detail during battle?" *He smiles at what he remembered.*
Ivo Robotnik: "...Systems name it the "Crest of Annihilation."
Dragoshi: "...How convenient."
Garrick: "Then there we go. Let's use it and get this sucker running."
Ivo Robotnik: "It must have been related to whoever used it. Wait one moment. It's... dangerous."
Ivo Robotnik: "We need something to control it, or it'll act like The Void. We can't destroy EVERYTHING yet, can't we?"
Digifanatic: "Well, just be careful."
Traon: "One problem after another."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... I had a feeling that with the type of thing it is, that would come into play."
Ivo Robotnik: "There is one thing which could control it, although it would limit its power. The Master Emerald."
Digifanatic: "Ah..." .oO(So we do... kind of need everything...)
Ivo Robotnik: "It returned to this planet a long time ago, but apparently it is hidden."
Traon: "We have less than an hour to get the Emerald... Time is ticking."
Garrick: "...we have LESS THAN AN HOUR, Ivo..."
Digifanatic: .oO(Oh, wait, Master, not Ultimate.)
Dragoshi: "Huh. Have any semblance of an idea on where it might be, Ivo?"
Ivo Robotnik: "I don't know. You see, it was always Sonic and company which knew where it was first and got it before me... Would you perhaps know where they are?"
Digifanatic: "Doctor, one idea? Nah, never mind. I don't think it'll work."
Ivo Robotnik: "...Well, you said time is ticking. Find them, and find the emerald!"
Digifanatic: *sigh.* "Right..."
Ivo Robotnik: "I shall send you back to the ship to do so."
Metal Man (GM): A warp back to the ship appears.
Traon promptly goes into the warp.
Garrick: *does as well.*
Dragoshi: .oO(That'd require us to know in the first place... I mean, we've ran into Tails, but don't know where he is... Do we? Eh...) *Enter warp.*
Scott heads to the warp with Roxy.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... The soldiers are seen from Ricky's point of view as he marches towards the Quester Ship.
Ricky Koopa: "Hah. Pathetic Questers. Who were they to stop Smithy in the first place? Ultimately they shall never succeed. I have outlasted all their previous foes save Kuja, and he shall soon be replaced by me as the most powerful. For I know something the others don't. Only Charles could truly stop me, and he is gone forever. I shall relish destroying the Second Moon and all its contents, good OR evil."
Soldier: *Comms.* "Sir. We're a few miles off from the base."
Ricky Koopa: "Excellent."
Soldier: *Comms.* "They may be planning something."
Ricky Koopa: "That... is exactly what I want to happen."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... The Questers arrive on the ship. Mewtwo is floating back and forth as Hop speaks of his Scooby-doo plans.
Mewtwo: "...Did you get anything?"
Dragoshi: "Okay, good news and bad news."
Glyph: [Hop] "Did you find any clues?"
Julian sips some hot chocolate. "The hell is goin' on now?"
Scott: "Same old. Same old. We're boned."
Mewtwo: "Ricky's sent his army to destroy us."
Dragoshi: "Good news: That artifact we stole from Indalaceo can be used to power up the Anti-matter cannon. Bad news, we need the Master Emerald to control it so that it doesn't go batfuck insane."
Glyph: [Hop] "An emerald, eh? I've about solved this mystery."
Julian: "Nothin' new, then." *sip.*
Garrick: "We need to get a hold of Tails."
Mewtwo: "You need the emerald? But where could it---oh."
DigiCoolYoshi: "So, yeah, we're hastily hoping to find Sonic now..."
Dragoshi: "To further the bad news we have no idea where the hell that-Yea. Though, do we know where Tails is?"
Mewtwo: "He is in his base, but you'll have to talk to him yourself."
Dragoshi: "Oh, 'kay."
Metal Man (GM): He opens a warp.
Dragoshi: "Just... S-Good" *To Za Warupdo!*
DigiCoolYoshi: "Better now than never... Hope you're better soon, Jules..."
Julian: "Amazin' how many things revolve 'round findin' the right talkin' animal to talk to."
Garrick: *warps away.*
Digifanatic: "Indeed." *warps.*
Glyph: [Hop] "Rindeed. Ri mean, indeed."
Digifanatic: *did not hear that.*
Glyph: *Hop is not paying attention.*
Glyph: [Hop] "I think Red Herring must have stolen the emerald."
Julian: "Who the hell's Red Herring?"
Glyph: [Hop] "Who's what now?"
Julian: "...Jus' stop talkin'." *sip.*
Glyph: [Hop] "Okaaaaay!" *is playing the quiet game.*
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.* The Questers appear right in the middle of Tails' lab... Tails stares for a moment, then sets down some electrodes.
Tails: "...What brings you guys here?"
Digifanatic: "We would appreciate it if you gave us the location of the Master Emerald."
Garrick: "Aye. And quickly."
Tails: "Who needs it?"
Traon: "Blunt to the point... But yes, details will come later."
Garrick: "We do."
Dragoshi: "It's to stop an army of our enemies from wiping us out."
Tails: "I just want to make sure you haven't been tricked into getting it. A certain person likes to use it for his own misdeeds..."
Dragoshi: "...A small one that's packing some serious heat at that."
Scott shuts his mouth to keep from yelling at Tails.
Garrick: "We'll keep our eyes on it."
Scott is looking steadily more and more annoyed. Something's eating at him.
Digifanatic: "And probably the entire planet on top of the army... Scott, you alright?"
Tails: "That isn't good enough. The last time I gave it to someone for that reason, Eggman nearly took over the world!"
Digifanatic: "Relax, it's just Roxy's horn. At least her drivetrain isn't ruined."
Dragoshi: .oO(...That was prolly' a bad idea to ask that question.)
Traon looks at Scott and lifts a brow. He then whispers over to him, "Scott, whats botherin' ya?"
Scott: "Digi... You really don't understand."
Tails: "And, you guys look smart, but Eggman is on the same level I am. He can make something that is evil and destructive look good and wholesome. And then take the Master Emerald while he's at it."
Scott: "I'll tell you guys later... if someone doesn't blab it before I do."
Garrick: "...then come with us."
Traon: "Tails, when we are finished with the emerald, I'm sure we can all agree upon returning it to you promptly."
Tails: "Come with you? Eggman would kill to capture me. Tell me the truth, or I have no point in trusting you."
Garrick: *remains silent...*
Digifanatic: .oO(Whoever says it first is going to get killed...)
Dragoshi: *Takes another headache med.* "This is getting ridiculous."
Metal Man (GM): He crosses his arms.
Tails: "Knuckles is the same way, too. But I have to do this, or else Eggman might turn all the trees to stone again with one of his insane schemes."
Traon: "We have come across a artifact of power, and we need it to power one of our ship's weapons. But it is a bit too powerful and we need the Emerald to help control the artifact."
Digifanatic: "I believe that..."
Dragoshi: "..." *Waits for anything irrational to happen...*
Tails: "Okay, could you tell me where this ship is? I need to know the technical specifications in order to make it work. Otherwise you'll just have a lot of sparks."
Digifanatic: "Ah, we can set up a warp."
Dragoshi: *Sets up a warp.*
Digifanatic: "Thank you."
Traon: .oO("Think on your words and almost anything works... Hopefully." 'You learn well...' "I grow tired of this voice...")
Tails: "Also, where is this artifact? I have to calibrate it to the artifact, as well."
Digifanatic: *text Dexing Garrick.* 'We gave it to him... didn't we?'
Garrick: *Text* 'Never gave it to him. He SHOWED it to him, but didn't give it to him.'
Digifanatic: *text.* 'Phew... Hmm... Should we stay here and let Garrick and Tails take care of the calibration biz on the Seeker?'
Garrick: *shows it to him.*
Metal Man (GM): He looks at it... and shakes his head.
Garrick: "I don't know how much help I can be... I'd rather be fighting those guys out on the front lines with you, but if it helps the construction of the gun--wait, what is it?"
Tails: "That'll destroy everything if you activate it. It's concentrated Antimatter! The Master Emerald controls matter and energy. Not antimatter. Whoever sent you on this trip probably doesn't know much about magic."
Dragoshi: "...Have any idea on what can control ANTIMATTER, then?" @_@
Digifanatic: .oO(Ivo, that liar!)
Garrick: "...so, what do you suggest?"
Digifanatic: "Probably the Ultimate Emerald..."
Garrick: "We NEED the Anti-Matter cannon somewhat operational... or something just as strong..."
Tails: "Yes, I do remember asking you to retrieve that... it alone could do what you needed. Antimatter cannon? You'd need technology we don't have to do that."
Dragoshi: "Though it requires one to be balanced."
Tails: "Yes, well. If you need it that badly you might want to listen to it."
Garrick: "...we can only hope that Aetos and Alexia have got things in hand... Nova, what's the ETA on the army?"
Nova: (Comms) "T-minus 30 minutes."
Traon: "I get the feeling we are going to run out of time before anything happens."
Scott: "We're runnin' outta time here. Let's speed this up, please."
Metal Man (GM): The warp back to the ship appears.
Dragoshi: *Warp enter.*
Garrick: *warps out.*
Scott heads into the warp.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Aetos has been warped.
Metal Man (GM): He is on Nintendus, clearly. And Golbez is standing right there. In fact he's walking away.
Douglas wide eyes. "STOP!" He looks to the sky, to see if the second moon is there.
Metal Man (GM): There it is, indeed.
Douglas: *...He checks its color.*
Locos Docos (GM): Golbez... stops abruptly.
Douglas draws OWA. It appears in a shimmer or light.
Golbez: "No... not while I'm this close!"
Douglas: "I'm only asking you once more. What did you do to the Lunarian's home?!"
Metal Man (GM): Alys is behind Aetos. She was going to walk away, but now Douglas is here.
Douglas turns his head to Alys slightly. "Alys! You've got to help!"
Golbez: "You heard me before, and I am still telling the truth! I---did---nothing. Goodbye----forever." *He begins walking to the airship.*
Douglas turns back. "Alys, cmon! Hurry!"
Douglas points to the moon. "That guy did something bad to the moon. You can be a big help... I don't want to lose him!"
Alys: "...Why would I help him? He refused it once. Twice. Three times."
Douglas: "...Help ME get HIM! It's... it's desecration! Char-- The Lunarian's moon can't be forsaken!..."
Alys: "...I only care about Genetia and Nintendus."
Golbez: "..." *He says nothing... and is willing to escape this at any costs he... he begins levitating. His body then walks away... becoming translucent... and finally vanishing. He goes out of sight, and makes his escape for the ship using rapid teleportation. It's also his version of running.*
Alys: "So, what are you here for?"
Douglas frowns as Golbez escapes. .oO(It won't be forever, villain.) He holds up the keyblade to eye-level and examines it. "I am here... to find someone..."
Alys: "It couldn't possibly be me. Nobody cares about me anymore. If you wanted to zap the other guy, though, I could take out his ship from here."
Douglas sighs, and points the keyblade at Alys, and has the tip at her chest. "I don't know. Are YOU feeling unbalanced, lately?"
Alys: "I don't know. What I do know is you're creepy when you look at me that way." She points a finger at you. "Why don't you settle down and drink some beer? I have no interest in magical artifacts."
Metal Man (GM): A strange man with a half-monocle and a bizarre outfit walks over.
???: "Why, look at that. It's a man, a man, and somebody lost."
Douglas: "I was sent... by something... to balance out the being of ..."
???: "It is cheese crackers and potato time."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a lump of coal and eats it.
Douglas: "A friend of yours?"
Alys: "No. I think he was stalking Mr. Helmet freak."
???: "Did you chase him away? I owe him Metal Points. Points which I must give him even as he flees the bounds of ham and potato monkey hats. Hats with golden exploding embroidery. It is quite a pity that the moon is on fire." He pulls out a cup of tea and sips it.
Douglas switches his keyblade to point at the chest of ???. "You just came from Genetia, then...?"
???: "What is a Genetia? Is it a yellow rodent which speaks like an old lady?" *Sip.*
Douglas turns to Alys. "Were you on Genetia recently, as well?"
Alys: "No, I was going to go there. What's the big thing about it?"
???: *Sip.* "If you are looking for Mr. Balance-man, he has left the building. I do believe he needs a good smacking with an elbow mop."
Douglas: "I'm sent by a being of great power to find someone here that has a distressed balance. I am supposed to balance this person, and bring him back to Genetia, where he can be of great help to defend the Quester's ship from the MM2. Now. Will either of you cooperate?"
Alys: "Well, them's the breaks. I'm already balanced. You can shoot at me all you want."
???: "Yes, I would like to save Genetia. I would turn it into a pocket mushroom, eat part of it, then rip off my right ear and sell it to a cow."
Douglas: "Ok, well, since you're a bit random, maybe a zap will do you good anyways." >:|
???: "Oh please do zap me. I must eat Genetia. For great justice!"
Alys: "Frankly, if he was the savior of Genetia, I would prefer destruction."
???: *Sips some more tea.*
Alys: "The town might have more people. You never know. I'd love to save Genetia, but... I'm not some weird balanced person."
Douglas holds his head. "There's three people that were here when I arrived, if you count Mr. Monocle... I don't know how many balancing attacks I have available... Wait, Alys... Were you ever seeking the Ultimate Emerald before?"
???: "Infinitely much. Now, Mr. Nasty Ice Cream Dessert, zap me with your ray of polluted tuna teeth."
Alys: "...Ultimate what? That's like something out of Toad Wars Z! Do I look like a person with a 12-foot hairdo or what?"
Douglas: "Alys, please just follow me for now?... I'll give you coins for your troubles. You, monocle... Do you know what the Ultimate Emerald is?"
???: "Ah, yes, I remember the Ultimate Emerald. I sought it... to remove stains from my socks."
Douglas: "No doubt."
???: "Perhaps I need to seek it again."
Douglas: "...Are your socks stained again?"
???: "Indubitably. I have become unbalanced, stepping on sardines whenever I wished to eat Manchurian flowers."
Douglas: "Alright. I'm sure I can help you with that." *pushes the keyblade against Monocle's chest.
Metal Man (GM): *BZZZZZZZZZT.*
E Li Three: "Oh dear. It appears you have picked the right person." *He takes off his hat and eats the teacup.* "Aha! It is I! E Li Three! And you have been sent... to take more of my tests!"
Douglas: "Perhaps you can go save Genetia, first?... And Alys... Genetia could use your help, too..."
E Li Three: "Oh! Right. That. Uh... yeah. I spent so much time making sure me, Alys, and Charles would be in the same place that I forgot how to save Genetia. Maybe you need to zap me again."
Metal Man (GM): He grabs the key and chews on it.
Douglas pulls away. "Stop that!"
E Li Three: "...Blech. Where have you been hiding this thing? A sulfur convention?"
Douglas pulls out the relic from TREVOR's fight, and pushes the button, aiming at E Li Three.
Metal Man (GM): He stares at it like it's made of platinum.
E Li Three: "Is that... that... another relic? I must have it!" He reaches at it... too slowly to really grab it from Aetos, though.
Douglas narrows his eyes. .oO(...He knows what this is?) He moves it away. "You've got to save Genetia, first!"
E Li Three: "If I save the hunk of rock, will you give me that thing?"
Douglas: "We just need some help with destroying an army of MM2..."
E Li Three: "And take my tests? I want people to try my pit of burning lava. I added more fire to it. And winged lawyers."
Douglas frowns. "Yes, I'll give you this relic, so long as you can be summoned to use it if we need it..."
E Li Three: "Okay! But... how do we get to Genetia? Hover Hamster? Cruiser Crocodile? Doom Dingo?"
Douglas: "There are still more people... being controlled by Phantom Lords." *He blinks.*
E Li Three: *scratches his head.* "No, the Phantom Lords sent me a post card. They're in their own version of Hawaii."
Metal Man (GM): He shows an image of The Businessman surfing.
Douglas: "Well then I hope we don't need to use it."
E Li Three: "I don't care if it's useful. It must be mine! Now... summon the Aetosmobile!"
Douglas nods. "Can't you warp us to Genetia?... Back to the Ultimate Emerald?"
E Li Three: "...The flier told me you had a cool space ship that could fire truck-sized objects at people. I even brought a truck for you to shoot out of it."
Douglas shakes his head. .oO(Maybe the keyblade could unlock a path...)
E Li Three: "Are you saying your name is not..." *Takes out a blurred piece of paper.* "...Oreo Fire?"
Douglas: "Nope. It's Douglas Craft. Now, E Li Three... listen to me carefully."
E Li Three: "Tricked again!" *His head spins.*
Douglas: "I want you, and Alys, and myself to grab onto the handle of this keyblade, alright?..." *He points to an open space with the keyblade.*
Alys: "...I'd rather ride on Zio's shoulders to Genetia. And he's a creep! This person is completely insane. I'll find my own way... wait... I have the perfect way!"
Metal Man (GM): She runs after Golbez.
Douglas: "...Hrm?..." *He frowns.* "Alright, then... E Li?"
Alys: "Come back, depressed insane person! You aren't E Li Threeeee!!!" *vanishes.*
E Li Three: "I will touch the rod of keying cars again." He bites it.
Metal Man (GM): His teeth are sharp... might want to warp quickly. The Keyblade isn't made for such abuse.
Douglas: "Now, concentrate as hard as you can... on opening an invisible door in front of us, that will lead us to Genetia, to the Ultimate Emerald."
E Li Three: "Okay." He suddenly takes out the Doorman's staff and summons a door, opens it, and walks into it and vanishes.
Douglas runs after him.
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.* Meanwhile... The group appears in the main room. Tails continues to look skeptical.
Julian: "Yo, we got our man... fox... thing?"
Tails: "...Wait... that man resembles Knuckles... are you sure this wasn't his idea?"
Scott: "We done yet?"
Julian: "Get 'em to work, then." *sip.*
Dragoshi: "...Yes we're damn well sure."
Scott grumbles some more.
Tails: "...And you spoke of the Ultimate Emerald, though I see none of its power here."
Julian: "Look lil' man, I don't even know what the idea IS. I've been sick for a fuckin' week."
Dragoshi: "...That's 'cause it ISN'T."
Tails: "The idea is to... power up these EMPed weapons? ...You do know Duct tape can't fix fried circuitry, right?"
Glyph: [Hop] "Whee! Are we going with my idea after all?"
Dragoshi: "Someone set up a warp..." @_@
Dragoshi: "...Who the heck put duct tape ther-Gaaah."
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh! I lost the quiet game."
Mewtwo: "A warp... to where?"'
Digifanatic: *texting Julian.* 'We're trying to power up an antimatter cannon to use on the MM2, if you're curious...'
Dragoshi: "...Hold that thought. Where were we warping to again?"
Julian left his Dex in his room.
Mewtwo: "Julian, your dex is beeping."
Julian: "I ain't walkin' all the way to my room to get it." *sip.*
Tails: "That's funny... there's no anti-matter cannons on this ship."
Dragoshi: *Would like his question answered...*
Garrick: "...we've been warping like mad. We're going to get destretched if we keep warping. Now, are you telling me we need to do a COMPLETE re-work of all the circuitry in the ship so we can get the weapons online?"
Glyph: [Hop] "Can I help?"
Tails: "We can get these weapons to work, but we don't even know if we'll have the Ultimate Emerald's power... and these weapons are too weak without a huge amount of power."
Scott: "What... the... hell..."
Tails: "I want to know where you're hiding the anti-matter weaponry." *Points to Hop.* "You seem to know things. Where is the anti-matter weaponry?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Oh no...)
Glyph: [Hop] "You mean Robotnik's cannon?"
Digifanatic: .oO(That's it. There goes the show.)
Dragoshi: "Don't mind him, he's just... Insane."
Glyph: [Hop] "Hey! I am... Well, actually, kinda."
Julian: "He's a fuckin' head case." *sip.*
Dragoshi: "...You mentioned friggin' BUTTER SHIELDS."
Tails: "...But it makes a bit of sense."
Glyph: [Hop] "Is that a good thing?"
Dragoshi: "If that doesn't question your sanity, then I don't know WHAT doe-Nevermind."
Tails: "Only Robotnik would pursue a technology that, if made possible, would cause part of the planet to explode. After all, he only made three space stations designed to blow up the whole thing."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... we didn't want to bring Robotnik up."
Glyph: [Hop] "You mean like the Master Egg MK 3?"
Glyph: [Hop] "That was big like a space station."
Tails: "He's building another one of those?" He holds a hand to his face. "Well... as long as he's not on this planet, he can't get any parts..."
Glyph: [Hop] "Then again I've never seen a space station, so..."
Dragoshi: .oO(Note to self: Cover Hop's mouth with duct tape.)
Glyph: [Hop] "I dunno, it looks like he had a lot of parts in that big... place. I was hoping to get some because the other ones around here are... well, bad."
Dragoshi: .oO(No, seriously. I should REALLY get around to doing that...)
Tails: "Big... place? Eh. That's just his parts storage lab. He can't access the places with the parts he needs remotely."
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh, is that why he asked us to get some? I mean, that's what '2nd Eggman Part' means, right? On our missions? Right? Right?"
Julian: *watches Hop shoot his mouth off while sipping his hot chocolate.*
Tails: "Aha! Yes... it made too much sense... only a madman like Eggman would deign using an antimatter sphere as weapon!"
Glyph: [Hop] "Or is that the other Eggman?"
Tails: "..." He begins laughing.
Digifanatic: "No, that's him, Hop..."
Garrick: *stands there, not quite believing what he's hearing.*
Glyph: [Hop] "'cause both help us."
Digifanatic: "There are many Robotniks but only 1 Eggman."
Tails: "You... guys... thought you he was really trying to do good? Ha ha ha ha ha... That's something only Knuckles could believe."
Dragoshi: "There were two Eggmen? ...Oh, right. Bob. Well, he was more of-Ah nevermind."
Robot: "Input command."
Garrick: "Could you please have Hop be quiet for a while?"
Scott: "I'm getting slightly annoyed."
Julian: "Whoa! When'd we get a fuckin' robot?"
Tails: "No, no. Don't silence him. You see, I need the truth if I am to help you."
Digifanatic: "Built him a bit while back."
Garrick: "Fine, you want the truth?"
Tails: "Had I done as you said we might all be dead, or perhaps turned to stone."
Garrick: "Robotnik is HERE."
Glyph: [Hop] "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! Oh, we're not doing that? Sorry."
Digifanatic: .oO(MY FREAKING MIND!!!)
Julian: "Fuck, I coulda gotten him to get me some hot cocoa instead gettin' myself."
SIMBER: "Actually, he is on Nintendus."
Garrick: "God, there are so MANY of them! IVO ROBOTNIK. ON THIS PLANET."
SIMBER: "Probably watching us with that spy camera he stuck to the back of Garrick's head."
Digifanatic: "What he--WHAT?"
Julian: "Hey! Robot! How 'bout a refill?" *holds up glass.*
Dragoshi: "...Seriously, though. You don't know the whole stor-..."
SIMBER: *Waves at the back of Garrick's head.*
Robot: "Why certainly."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out some hot chocolate from many of the compartments and pours another glass.
Glyph: [Hop] "Um, Mr. Robot, you might want to come back soon, because every time you walk away, I get this headache thing."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, Jules, he's a pretty good 'bot like that..."
Julian: "Whoa! This robot's awesome!"
Robot: "Right." *Walks over to Hop.*
Scott: "Hey, Drag. Can you spare some of those headache meds?"
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Or don't."
Julian: *Takes his new glass.* "Thanks Robot."
Dragoshi: "...Sure" *Hands them to Scott.*
Garrick: "Look, Tails."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I think you'll like him, Julian."
Robot: "It's you again. You know what I do with yous."
Garrick: "We need the Anti-Matter Cannon or something just as powerful if not more."
Metal Man (GM): He tasers Glyph.
Scott pops a couple of them for an industrial grade headache that's brewin'.
Julian: "...Fuckin' AWESOME."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Haaaah... you think that I... shit, it's hard to taunt like this."
Garrick: "There are over one thousand MM2 troops coming for us RIGHT NOW. They will KILL us without some sort of thing to stop them."
Robot: "Talk to the electrical current." *BZZZZZZTTTT.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I don't wanna talk to the electrical current! Electrical current bad!"
Tails: "That's easy. In fact we would have saved a couple minutes had you told me that first."
Dragoshi: "..." *Pulls out an albatross.*
Digifanatic: "The antimatter cannon... and slash or... the Ultimate Emerald are our onlt options..." only.
Dragoshi: "Want to talk to the birdie then?"
Glyph: *Leviathan smiles. Is that... all?* "Weak..."
Tails: "They appear to have forgotten the cardinal rule of Genetia. The ground is unstable. Throw a couple bombs outside your ship and you have a grand chasm."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Will... keep that in mind..."
Tails: "If they walk too close they'll fall in and cause more collapsing."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... that could bend 90 degrees and head right for the Seeker as well..."
Tails: "Then you can fight them at your leisure."
Digifanatic: "Unless they're REALLY that far away."
Tails: "You do have some bombs, right?"
Glyph: *Leviathan raises his hand.*
Digifanatic: "I have two Grenades."
Glyph: *Leviathan is twitching.*
Dragoshi: "...I have... 7 Grenades."
Julian: "Fuck grenades. I got C4."
Robot: "You have bombs?" *Stops zapping Leviathan and holds him up by the hair.* "Tell me where they are or I make you Bald Leviathan. And nobody listens to Bald Leviathan."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Not that! Anything but that!"
Digifanatic: "As long as the chasms don't threaten the Seeker, that's a good plan. And C4 should do well."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "The lab! There's some in the lab made out of old parts!"
Garrick: "I'm on it." *turns on his heel and makes for the lab areas.*
Glyph: *Leviathan puts his hands to his hair.*
Robot: "Be careful. He may wish for you to explode instead." *Drops Leviathan.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Damn it, nobody respects villains without a full set of hair..."
Digifanatic: *walks over to Scott and says somewhat privately.* "Wonder how Doug and Lex are faring..."
Metal Man (GM): Glyph's old lab opens up.
Glyph: *Leviathan brushes his.*
Tails: "As long as you don't let whoever decided to lie to me toss them, you should be safe."
Garrick: *searches the lab over for bombs.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "If you get that monstrosity away from me for a second, I'll show you."
Robot: "Oh. We can do both." *Picks up Leviathan and carries him into the lab.* *Points at Garrick.* "Not-yet-bald Leviathan wishes to tell you about his bombs."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I was totally feared back in the day, damn you. Er, I mean... Let's see what we have here for bombs, shall we?" *Leviathan pushes some boxes over.*
Garrick: "Tell me, but don't let him down, Canti..."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "There's some sort of thing that looks like a Tuba here... There's that thing with strings over there on the table..."
Garrick: "I'd rather not him set something off or set something up on accident..."
Robot: "If any bombs explode when touched, I will make sure you touch them first."
Robot: "After all, possibly handless Leviathan would never dream of Garrick exploding."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "They're not even really bombs, they're stuff Hop made, but everything he makes is likely to explode. You just have to know what buttons to press."
Garrick: *looks over the items, frowning and scanning.*
SIMBER: "I can assist in discovering which things explode and why."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I mean, that there is a dishwasher, but look closely... tell me that's not one hell of a flammable dishwasher."
Nova: "No, I can!"
SIMBER: "I can. You are useless."
Nova: "You are."
Garrick: "BOTH OF YOU, SHUT UP!"
Metal Man (GM): They begin fighting. Then the robot guy smacks them with Leviathan.
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Hey! What the hell?"
Robot: "If you do not stop all of you will be armless."
Garrick: "Jeez, I'm getting sick of that..."
Robot: *To Leviathan.* "Sorry. That was for tricking the foolish flesh organisms into thinking you had a real bomb."
Robot: "Er. In the engine. Now. Mush!" *Smacks SIMBER.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Huh? What now? That was totally the bomb, I mean a bomb!"
SIMBER: "Ow!" *Floats over to the dishwasher and begins to scan things for explosiveness.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Do you see that thing that looks like an electric banjo?"
Robot: "Now... there are rewards for being specific, Leviathan. Like doughnuts. The ones Mewtwo said he would never allow anyone to eat."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Uh, what? Is that code for something that I don't get?"
Robot: "The only doughnuts for miles."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I mean, I like donuts as much as the next guy, but I'm not seeing what you're getting at here."
Robot: "Unless you don't eat food. Then more doughnuts for me to eat."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Eh, I have to keep my slim figure. I'm not really a Penguin-type villain, you know. Or Jabba the Hutt. But, maybe, if you were to pick, say, Ruin Miasma, I'd be more inclined to..."
Robot: "Hm." *Pokes Garrick.* "Pick up the objects he says. We have 15 minutes. If anything bad happens, it happens twice to him."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I'd be really ticked that I'm helping you guys, but if I get to watch things explode, then I'm good."
Garrick: *takes the various things, filling up his arms.*
Glyph shakes for a second. [Hop] "Hey! What are you guys doing with my electric banjo?"
Garrick: "Shut up, Skip."
Glyph: [Hop] "Yessir." [Leviathan] "Ha, now do you see how easy it was to control him? He's already gone."
Garrick: "Shut up, Leviathan."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Yessir."
Glyph closes his eyes. Then he opens them. He surveys the area.
Garrick: "There, that should be everything. Let's get these planted."
Glyph: *??? smiles.*
Glyph switches back to the familiar shifty gaze of Leviathan.
Garrick: "Nova, give me a map of the area surrounding ten miles in all directions of the Seeker and highlight the incoming MM2s."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Don't want me, don't want Hop, what the hell am I supposed to do here..."
Garrick: "Be silent unless I ask you something."
Robot: "Actually, I want Hop."
Glyph: [Hop] "Right-o!"
Robot: "And I will smack Garrick if he tells Hop to go away. Hop does not make things explode... on purpose."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Haha... this is all kinds of bad for you guys, I think it's the Miasma, but..."
Garrick: "...eh, good point, but can I at least ASK Hop to keep the random topics to a minimum?"
Glyph: [Hop] "I'm, uh, switching easier. Random what now?"
Robot: "No problem. Easier to be non-bald Hop instead of bald Leviathan."
Glyph: [Hop] "See, he's pretty random too."
Garrick: "Look, Leap, I don't mind you hanging around, just be silent for a while, okay?"
Glyph: [Hop] "Sil... huh?"
Robot: "Robot like random topics. Random topics better than angst."
Glyph: [Hop] "Is that like where I don't say stuff?"
Robot: *smacks Garrick.* "Random topics superior to grumbling."
Garrick: "Hey, OW! I MADE you, you know."
Robot: "Now. We make large explosion. March, puny flesh man!" *Opens a hatch to the outside.*
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh! Don't hurt him, he isn't... made of metal and stuff!"
Robot: "I know that. You wouldn't destroy your own creation, would you?"
Metal Man (GM): He makes a puppy-dog face.
Glyph: [Hop] "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..."
Garrick: "Yes, but you should at least---..."
Metal Man (GM): ...Which is hard to do when your face is made of steel.
Glyph: [Hop] "Isn't he the cutest little thing?"
Metal Man (GM): But still vaguely cute. Or maybe horrifying.
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh, wasn't I supposed to do something? Something... about... talking, let's see..."
Garrick: "...eh, don't worry about it, Bounce."
Glyph: [Hop] "Okaaaay!"
Garrick *walks with the robot and the jumping guy.*
Garrick: *does that.* "Why do they call you that, anyway?"
Glyph: [Hop] "People say I'm jumpy."
Glyph: *Hop is on the floor.* "Why... did you do that?"
Garrick: "Just seeing if it's true. Stand up."
Glyph: *Hop does.*
Garrick: "C'mon, you can help place bombs."
Glyph: [Hop] "Okaaaay! ...wait, bombs? Don't those, uh, hurt people?"
Garrick: "Not the way we're gonna plant them."
Glyph: [Hop] "That's good. Hurting people is, uh, bad." *flinches.*
Garrick: "We're just going to make a big ol' hole for them to fall in. If you do good, I'll give you something cool."
Glyph: [Hop] "I like cool things. I like cool things a lot."
Garrick: "I figured you would."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "For the record, I too like cool things."
Garrick: "Yes, but you like cool things that involve people dying. Jump just likes cool things."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Touche, Fy`aar. Touche."
Garrick: *lets a smile touch his lips.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Also, please refrain from shooting at me."
Garrick: "As long as you don't try to kill people or do something destructive, my gun stays safely on my hip."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Shit, I was afraid something like this would happen..."
Garrick: "However, if you do otherwise, it will find a nice new home in your stomach."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "It's getting more and more difficult to hate you people. Damn."
Garrick: "Yes, we're a friendly bunch at times."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I guess it's inevitable: I got suckered in by the last bunch of well-meaning do-gooders, too. Ended up doing mercenary work I wasn't proud of."
Garrick: "You shouldn't fight it. Another helpful person is always welcome."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Eh... but... there's... I've always... ...wait."
Scott tries to keep from dozing off.
Glyph: *Leviathan grabs Garrick.*
Garrick: *stops, looking at him.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Do killings count if you're not that person, but a copy?"
Scott: *Gz-snort* "...Huh?..."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I mean, do you count killings by how much the original person killed, or how much the body killed? How does that work?"
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Are there rules for that sort of thing?"
Garrick: "Well, different people have different ways to do it. But the most common belief, if you're smart... is that it depends on the consciousness in control. Not the body. But if that person has done a lot of killing before, it would take a great act of selflessness to convince people that he's changed."
Metal Man (GM): The motley crew is out front, with the objects.
Robot: "Now... set objects up to explode... give us a minute to get inside before they do."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Who do you need for this, now?"
Garrick: *uses a bit of Dex work to plant them in such a way that they make the best hole for the situation, then times them all for remote destination.*
Robot: "To prevent other people from killing you, me, and your hair. Other people bad. Kill killing machines like butter."
Glyph: *Leviathan instinctively raises his hands toward his head again.*
Garrick: "...there. Get moving."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Wait, what?"
Robot: "It's about time for large fireworks show. We must avoid being hit by fireworks." *Heads inside.*
Glyph: [Hop] "Uh, okay, sure!" *Scooby-doo runs in place before running inside.*
Garrick: *races back in with the others and up into the bridge. He presses a few buttons on his Dex, then points and clicks.*
Metal Man (GM): *Mini-cinema.*
Ricky Koopa: *From inside the mech.* "Ha ha ha! It is time to destroy the Questers once and for---"
Metal Man (GM): *BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.* The ground falls out from in front of him... leaving a massive pit.
Ricky Koopa: "...Curses! JUST out of reach of our guns. Men! Prepare for a siege!"
Soldier: "But sir, I..."
Ricky Koopa: *Shoves soldier off the cliff.* "Anyone else want to object?"
Soldiers: "No, sir."
Metal Man (GM): Mission Complete.
Garrick: "Alright then... let's finally kill this son of a bitch."
Digifanatic: "Well... now what?"
Garrick: "Now, we kick some ass."
Digifanatic: "Alright, but how many of those guys did you think you took out of contention with the bombs?"
Garrick: "Maybe a few. The point of that was to have them trickle in so we can take them without getting flooded."
Digifanatic: "Ah, good idea..." *...* "So, what of the cannon and the Emerald? I won't assume anything because I don't want a sarcastically wise response."
Glyph: *Leviathan is still staring at the big gaping mess left by the bombs.*
Garrick: "The cannon is a hoax. We won't use it."
Digifanatic: "Ohhhhhhhh... clever."
Garrick: "The emerald... that's up to Aetos and Alexia."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Too bad. I would have hoped to see a giant beam of destruction in the near future."
Garrick: "The emerald is all we really need... now, get your gear together."
Digifanatic: "Well, with that, I'm sure that if they feel like more will need the Emerald... yeah, they'll ring us up."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "I mean, I was hoping I'd get to use it, possibly on you guys, but beggars can't be choosers."
Garrick: *goes to stock up on anything before heading off to battle.*