Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 332: The Dark Palace
Date: March 8th and 9th, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): Having finished their talk with Death, and walking further onwards, the group enters the first major room of the Dark Palace. This large ballroom is accentuated by spiked chandeliers stuck in the ground, chairs impaled into the walls, and a piano which is upside-down on the floor. A set of stairs ahead lead to some sort of second floor, while there are also rotten doors going left and right.
Alexia looks around nervously.
Harnit looks about and takes in the morbid sights. It is obvious from the frown on the boy's face, the way he clutches his staff, and his cautious movements that he is putting up with the surroundings, but would rather be elsewhere...
Digifanatic has warped in (apparently) and also take a gander at the strange sights...
Metal Man (GM): The walls are decorated with slanted paintings. Discarded cups litter the floor, as do pieces of robots.
Traon also has warped in, but he remains quiet, taking in details of the surroundings.
Scott Gibson warps in with Roxy at his side. He's got his SG in hand while his Moderne and Rick remain slung across his back. "Whoa, talk about yer' fixer upper."
Digifanatic: "Quite certain, that is."
Alexia: "...DON'T SCARE ME LIKE THAT!"
Scott Gibson: "Sorry. I've been out of this a bit longer than I'd hoped."
Harnit looks up at Scott. "Err... Greetings."
Roxy: "Probably because you've been too lazy to get off your ass."
Traon: "Hey Scott, and hello there Roxy, long time no see."
Scott Gibson: "Hey, no talking on the mission, Rox. Beeper only."
Alexia swallows a bit and regains her composure, mostly.
Alexia: "I didn't know Roxy could talk."
Dex: "Neither did I."
Roxy: "Always have been but I never really chatted amongst you guys. Figured I'd freak you out or somethin'."
Scott Gibson baps the scooter lightly.
Aetos pulls the right door open, and peeks inside the room it shields.
Roxy: "Err..." *Beep.*
Scott Gibson: "Aaaanyway..."
Harnit: "I'd imagine that talking inanimate objects are the least freakiest things I've seen since joining..."
Dragoshi: "...Not really."
Digifanatic: "Stranger things have happened."
Scott Gibson looks around the room. Then to the new guy, Harnit Barute. "Haven't seen you around."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos opens the door to the right.
Metal Man (GM): Inside he could see another long hallway, probably leading somewhere.
Harnit looks over to Douglas. "See anything?"
Digifanatic: "Oh, him? I think you'll find his talents quite helpful."
Traon: .oO("This is getting crazy... And Traon, don't even think of asking me to be quiet this time. You WILL learn to cope with me." 'We will see about this.') *He stands there tapping his fingers on his forearm, waiting for the group to decide on what to do.*
Scott Gibson: "That's good." *He walks over toward Doug.*
Harnit: "Er... Right, sorry... Introductions. Harnit Barute, at your service."
Douglas grabs one of the chandelier spikes and tosses it down the hall.
Scott Gibson keeps his pace but doesn't turn back, "Scott Gibson. Welcome to the motley crew of fools we are."
Metal Man (GM): It clunks down the hall. No traps.
Douglas shrugs and goes down this hall.
Alexia follows reluctantly.
Digifanatic continues with the rest of them.
Dragoshi: *Follows, apathetic.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk on down the hall, and see more paintings. Some sort of monarchy or artistocracy, by the looks of it.
Scott Gibson also follows with his eyes to the surroundings.
Metal Man (GM): Oddly, no mentions of a King, despite there being hordes of Queens, Princes, and such.
Harnit hastens after the others...
Dragoshi: "Hm. Odd."
Douglas: "Maybe their king was a false one?" *shrug.*
Metal Man (GM): All of the paintings have clearly been bent out of shape, and some have big pieces missing out of them.
Digifanatic: "You think there'd be a notable king or two.":
Metal Man (GM): One of them, "Queen Burana", has no picture in it.
Dragoshi: "Hell, the reaper's story mentioned a king."
Digifanatic looks at some of the pics with missing spots...
Traon is still following, and looking at the paintings as he walks by them.
Scott Gibson: "Reaper?"
Dragoshi: "Yep. Death incarnate."
Alexia: "Why is this one missing completely?"
Digifanatic: "Ah... WHOA."
Alexia points to the Queen Burana frame.
Dragoshi: "...I have no idea."
Scott Gibson: "Oi, The one mission I come back for."
Dragoshi: "Yea. Nice timing, huh?"
Scott Gibson: "Heh, no kiddin', man."
Harnit: "This whole place is in ruins... And who knows how old all of this is. It might have just disintegrated."
Digifanatic: "Harnit may have a point there."
Alexia: "One problem."
Scott Gibson: "Doubtful if I know my villain dynamics."
Dragoshi: "And, that is?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, 'Lex?"
Alexia: "Shouldn't some of the others be missing too, if that was so? A clear contradiction!"
Scott Gibson: "Exactly why I don't think so."
Digifanatic: "That's probably the most plausible reason."
Scott Gibson: "I don't think this is just simple aging of useless crap."
Digifanatic: "But it could also be possible that some of those were put in considerably later than others..."
Alexia: "Not likely."
Digifanatic: "Like I said, most plausible to your thought."
Alexia: "If all of these are in chronological order, why aren't the ones at the very end rotted out?"
Scott Gibson: "Let's not discount this thing yet."
Douglas rolls his eyes and takes the frame from the wall, of Burana.
Metal Man (GM): Nope, not even bits in the frame. Removing it only reveals bare wall behind it.
Scott Gibson goes a bit further down the hall and looks around to find any other clues.
Harnit: "... Er... Actually, why are we wondering about this? I mean, DEATH did give us a job..."
Digifanatic dittos what those two did...
Douglas nods at Harnit, and puts the frame back.
Alexia starts following the others. "Think it through, Harnit. All of these pictures are undisturbed except for one. Why did that one picture carry so much significance?"
Douglas blinks. "They are ALL disturbed..."
Metal Man (GM): Further down the hall is a library of some sort.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but that Burana one is completely removed."
Alexia: "And why would someone go through all this trouble to steal one in the first place?"
Scott Gibson looks at what's on the shelves of the said library to get a feel for what's all here.
Digifanatic: "Well, if we check out the library, we could find out..."
Alexia looks around the library. "...I didn't think Death was much of a reader..."
Harnit: "I don't think we can make any inferences right now..." *The young mage enters the library.* "... But we might be able to find information to make guesses in here."
Dragoshi: *Assists Scott.*
Metal Man (GM): The library is a vast repository of knowledge. At the center of it is some sort of computer console.
Digifanatic: *checks out stuff as well.*
Scott Gibson would then be making a beeline for the compy.
Metal Man (GM): There are too many books to look though. There are just too many.
Alexia: "...I didn't think Death used computers, either."
Digifanatic walks over to the comp as well.
Alexia: "Dammit, I KNEW they were evil!"
Metal Man (GM): There's just books everywhere.
Harnit follows Scott. "Eh, this isn't exactly Death's library... Just the dead's library now."
Metal Man (GM): The computer turns on, apparently due to the Questers' presence.
Scott Gibson: "'Allo, 'allo! Jolly good... a computer!" *British accent for grins.*
Dragoshi: *Follows.* "Yep. Library of the dead."
Metal Man (GM): An image of a well-dressed man appears above it, crackly and distorted, but still functioning.
???: "Well, isn't that odd. I've survived the apocalypse. Er, uh. How can I help you?"
Alexia: "Do you have any data on Queen Burana?"
Scott Gibson: "Crazy ain't it... I'm Scott Gibson. My buds and I were hoping you could shed some light on why there's a missing pic in your gallery."
Digifanatic: "Well, we were walking through the hall leading up to here and noticed the damaged paintings... And, yeah, Burana's was completely removed."
Harnit: "Survived? Aren't you a computer? That we're all badgering with numerous questions?"
Scott Gibson: .oO(Can I use a computer for once without people jumping over my shoulder?)
Dragoshi: *Just waits for everyone else to ask their questions and whatnot...*
Digifanatic: "So, who was Queen Burana?"
Metal Man (GM): He responds, finally. Must have been a glitch.
Scott Gibson: "You alright there?"
Digifanatic: "Well, please tell us."
???: "No, of course not. It has been at least a hundred years since the apocalypse."
Scott Gibson: "And that's a bad thing, why?"
???: "I don't think I can answer all your questions, but a certain foul person damaged the paintings."
Dragoshi: "...Hm. May I ask what this apocalypse was?"
???: "That is bad because I have a power source. One which is limited."
Scott Gibson: "Oh."
???: "Apocalypse. A race of machines landing on our planet and destroying our people."
Dragoshi: "...What did they look like?"
Scott Gibson: "Sounds very familiar."
Harnit: "... Huh."
???: *Displays... one of those Quantum robots.*
Scott Gibson recalls memories of the Medical Mechannica.
???: "They destroyed everything around here. My links to Wakatu and Capital City died long ago."
Scott Gibson: "That sucks."
???: "But there was one other... some strange man came here and, in an hour of need, made some contract."
???: "The machines fled from him."
Alexia: "That sounds... scarily like my life."
Scott Gibson stifles a chuckle.
???: "But for some reason everyone died. I lack the capabilities to make sense of these things. You know, being Three Powers people?"
Dragoshi: "...Contract? What did it look like?" .oO(Hm. Things have gotten a lot more interesting.)
???: "How would I know? I only saw indirect pictures. And he requested I destroy those."
Douglas: "His name?"
Harnit hrms and wonders...
???: "He destroyed all traces of that too. You'll never find out who he was."
Douglas: "Then who are YOU?"
Alexia: "We'll see about that."
Douglas: "What are you called?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Sounds like those German history books.)
ALAN: "I am an Automated Library Assistance Network."
Scott Gibson: "Ah."
ALAN: "It does not really matter what name I am. I am only here to provide access to the library."
Douglas: "Could you guide us to a book on Queen A... What was her name?"
ALAN: "In fact, I agreed only to wipe out the King's name if he would spare all the other information here."
Digifanatic: "Burana." .oO(Jinx--just playing.)
ALAN: "Queen Burana. Mediocre queen of the third common era. Her biggest accomplishments were in botany... not much, either. I have a feeling she stole work from scientists."
Dragoshi: "Botany? What kind?"
ALAN: "Terraforming planets."
ALAN: "Her picture is probably missing the same as the others are damaged."
Harnit: "Do you have any idea why her picture in the previous hallway would be destroyed? Hrm."
ALAN: "The King was in a murderous mood... *glitches.* he destroyed much."
Digifanatic: "And why do the halls contain no reference to said King..."
Harnit: "Do you just control this library? Or other parts of these ruins as well?"
Scott Gibson: "Sounds like someone grabbed a six pack of wife-beater-juice and went to town."
Digifanatic: "Yet every other immediate member of royalty is mentioned?"
ALAN: "This library only. The King must have erased all the other King images."
Scott Gibson: *mutters.* "Rat bastard."
ALAN: "The King was very specific. He said that he could only evade death if Death could never find his name. So death does not know his name."
Digifanatic: "Now that's just screwed up."
Scott Gibson: "Yep."
Harnit: "... Ah!"
Harnit: "The King made a contract before he died... Would you happen to know where it was located?"
ALAN: "I am afraid he probably damaged me, too... I cannot separate some concep.*glitch.* he was an honest *glitch.*information is difficult to access by me now, you see. I do not know. He erased that too. He erased everything that could be used against him."
Scott Gibson: "Figures."
ALAN: "Which appears to ha.*glitch.* so he is a problem."
Dragoshi: "Any inkling of an i-...Well, damn."
Harnit: "What about places... Hm. Is this the only place of information in this... Palace?"
ALAN: "No. However I cannot tell you wh.*glitch.* they cannot be easily found."
Harnit: "And, ah, whatever this is located...?"
Douglas shrugs. "We should go, now. There are more places to explore."
ALAN: "I will be waiting here, unless you need a book from here."
Digifanatic: "Fair enough."
Dragoshi: "...Okay. Adios."
Scott Gibson: "Huh... I could use a librarian to help categorize all my music."
Dragoshi: *Heads back to the exit.* *Of this room that is.*
Scott Gibson grins a sarcastic grin.
Digifanatic: .oO(Scott... I can help you with that later.)
Traon follows after Dragoshi.
Scott Gibson shrugs and heads after the others with Roxy in tow.
Harnit follows the draconic yoshi after saying good bye to the computer...
Metal Man (GM): The group goes back to the main room. There's a door to the left, and some stairs in here.
Dragoshi: "...Left, or up the stairs?"
Digifanatic: "Finish this floor and then head upstairs?"
Dragoshi: "Sounds good to me."
Traon: "Lets remain consistent, lets finish up this floor." he says this to agree with Digi.
Digifanatic: "Alright, sounds good."
Digifanatic heads for the left door.
Traon follows after to the left door.
Scott Gibson follows.
Alexia follows as well. What, you expected a conga line?
Metal Man (GM): The Questers go into the left door, and enter another room; but this one is clearly more ornate.
Dragoshi: *Moving on...* "...Peculiar."
Metal Man (GM): A rather large treasury of some sorts, piles of gold lay all around this room.
Alexia: "Don't touch."
Metal Man (GM): Despite the evil about, it seems as if nothing guards the vast collection of jeweled guns in this room sitting alongside the gold. Atop the highest pile is a purple piece of paper.
Dragoshi: *Looking at the paper.* "...That must be the contract."
Digifanatic: *notes the paper.* "I have a feeling we're on to something..."
Harnit: "Now we just need Death here to help us..."
Alexia tries to hover up to it for a better look.
Harnit: "Don't get too close!"
Dragoshi: "... Hoo boy." *Facepalm, Level 1. 2 seconds.*
Metal Man (GM): Alexia hovers up. She gets rather close to it. It says, in bold, 'HERE LIES A CONTRACT OF IMMENSE POWER' on the first page, Alexia can't make out the rest.
Digifanatic: "'Lex, I wasn't here for the start of this. Harnit was. I'm taking his advice."
Dragoshi: "...I suggest we look around the rest of the place first..."
Harnit: "It can do bad stuff with your soul..."
Digifanatic: "Like I said, I'm taking those words. Let's head up."
Douglas: "...You would rather we NEGLECT our mission to go find some more clues, when the contract could be right in front of us??"
Editor's Note: *Nasally Douglas voice* "How DARE you use caution when a Macguffin is afoot!!"
Dragoshi: "...Fine. Get yourselves killed."
Digifanatic: *sigh.* "I don't know..."
Harnit: "I think we should go back and get Death."
Douglas: "I'm just asking a question, Dragoshi." *blink.*
Dragoshi: "I'm just making a suggestion on saying we should gather more info on this before we act."
Metal Man (GM): It continues to lie there, awaiting someone's reaction.
Digifanatic: "I'm not going to take a chance. I vote upstairs."
Traon: "Its a contract... Typically contracts don't act unless signed with blood or some other matter... But at the same time, I agree with Dragoshi, we should find some more clues about it here." *He shrugs, he seems neutral on the matter.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Just waits.*
Harnit: "Okay, let's head upstairs. We can always come back here. Hopefully a piece of paper can't move."
Digifanatic: "If anything, I'll stand guard."
Dragoshi: "..." *Just exits, being careful not to touch anything...*
Traon does the same and follows.
Harnit: "We... Should be okay. Plus, I'd rather stick to the 'safety in numbers' theory."
Digifanatic: "If any of you folks are concerned, I'll be willing to stay and make sure nothing abnormal goes down..."
Metal Man (GM): Some Questers go to the area where the stairs are.
Douglas waits at the bottom of the stairs until most of the people are up.
Harnit follows the others. "If the paper stayed here for a hundred years, it should hopefully stay here a hundred more..."
Digifanatic stays downstairs for now, on the watch for strange occurrences.
Dragoshi: *Up we go!*
Traon goes UP UP and AWAY... Up the stairs.
Harnit ascends the stairs.
Metal Man (GM): ...A bunch of skeletons wearing modern armor and military guises are having a meeting atop the stairs.
Commander: "Now, some sort of living people have decided to invade our building. You know what to do."
Soldier1: "Kill them!"
Soldier2: "For the King!"
Soldier3: "And steal their souls!"
Metal Man (GM): They sit in a ruined military tactics room.
Harnit widens his eyes as he sees the soldiers and hears their threats...
Commander: "None may know our secrets... they may be agents of death. We haven't died for years. If we can just find that one artifact... we can kill Death permanently, too!"
Soldier1: "Aye aye, sir. We shall not fail."
Traon somewhat smiles and taps his fingers on his weapon, keeping his hand ready for a battle.
Soldier2: "For the King!"
Soldier3: *activates laser machinegun.*
Dragoshi: *Chargin' something up... just in case...* .oO(...Hmm. Artifact?)
Commander: "Wait a minute..." The skeleton's head turns around, all the way to face backwards. A position impossible by the living.
Metal Man (GM): His red eyes see the Questers.
Traon puts up the peace sign and smiles. "Yo."
Harnit: "Eep! I think we've been spotted..."
Commander: "Here they are now. Let us teach them the power of The King!"
Traon: "The King? Isn't that a brand of butter?"
Digifanatic: .oO(No screaming, no explosions... no frantic running down the staircase...)
Douglas follows up the stairs now...
Metal Man (GM): He turns the rest of his body around, and then takes out a black spear. He flicks a button, and a blood-red laser blade appears on it.
Dragoshi: "...wate. Wut?"
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 1 takes out a big-arse laser rifle.
Traon: "... Dibs on the spear."
Scott Gibson: "Uh-oh."
Metal Man (GM): Soldier 2 takes out a bazooka. Soldier 3 takes out a second laser machinegun.
Dragoshi: "...That won't work. ...Also... Who do we deal with first?"
Harnit: "Can't we talk this out?"
Dragoshi: "That almost NEVER works."
Douglas makes it up the stairs and blinks. "What now...?"
Traon draws out his own spear like weapon, only with a bigger blade... but no laser.
Commander: "The last people who talked to us died while pleading for their sorry, no-good, useless lives."
Digifanatic: *looks back into the main area.* "Douglas... where are you--Alright..." *follows him up the stairs... if he's suddenly going up without saying anything, something is probably up...*
Soldier1: "Yeah. It was dumb for me to talk. But now I'm a real... being of discipline now!"
Commander: "The time for talk is never. Join us, and be forever the King's servants!"
Scott Gibson: "Look we'd rather not dish out a can of extreme whoop-ass but we will if you keep on pressin' us."
Harnit: "We've already fought a bigger force of soldiers and slew them with little difficulty... We need not have casualties!"
Metal Man (GM): He raises the spear over his head and runs at the Questers, screaming a battlecry. The three gun-wielding soldiers follow after him, in similar fashion.
Scott Gibson: "...Impatient little bastards."
Digifanatic: "I agree."
Metal Man (GM): These people do not appear to know politics, but rather the art of killing things.
Dragoshi: *Has a charge up.* "...Eh." *Apathetic.* :/
Scott Gibson: "Well... showtime."
Traon: "Lets show them our impractical ways of rekilling things."
Scott Gibson flips the guitar in his hand.
Dragoshi: "Just don't try and steal their weapons."
Douglas coughs lightly and summons OWA into his hand.
Dragoshi: "It'll fail, and you'll get cursed." Also, if you ignore that bit of advice, just make sure not to lose your lives."
Metal Man (GM): He's running directly at Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: *Had a charge readied while the skeletons were yakking.*
Scott Gibson: "You call that a yell?"
Dragoshi: "Not very smart, are you?" *Quickdraws his machinegun, then fires out a charged-up machinegun shot of frozen DEATH at the Dark Commander.*
Metal Man (GM): He parries it expertly with his spear.
Dragoshi: "...Lucky you." *Now, let's see, how about...* *Ah, perfect! A mech! It takes Drag's machinegun, and, fires a tractor beam of ungodly death at said Dark Commander!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. He charges right into--and through--the attack, taking his damage. He doesn't seem impressed.
Dragoshi: "...How am I not surprised?"
Digifanatic: .oO(I sense another diagnosis of Villainus Arrogantus.)
Dragoshi: *Rolls eyes, and quickly puts machinegun away, then tries to flip kick the Dark Commander.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Commander: "You call those attacks? I'll show you the true fury of the King's men!" He leaps at Dragoshi and spins his spear at him expertly, looking to chop many holes into him.
Dragoshi: *He's only hit twice!*
Soldier: "Hm. A fast person, eh? I'll take care of that!"
Dragoshi: "Oh, really?"
Metal Man (GM): He spins around his machineguns and opens fire at Dragoshi with a blanket of lasers.
Dragoshi: "Let's see if you can even hit!" *...Damn. 13 hits...* "...Heh."
Metal Man (GM): The Bazooka Soldier, uncaring about Dragoshi's abilities, aims at Alexia and opens fire with a giant missile.
Douglas holds his arm out and it changes into a wind form of a megabuster, then fires a single shot of wind at the Dark Commander.
Dragoshi: "...Ouch." *Winces.*
Digifanatic: "Oh no..."
Dragoshi: .oO(SO damn glad that the bazooka guy's apathetic.)
Alexia flings a Mindblast at the commander.
Metal Man (GM): The Commander does a great impression of somebody dodging the attack.
Soldier3: "Heh heh." He takes his rifle and tries to get a lock on Dragoshi.
Metal Man (GM): The red dot flies over Dragoshi's shoulder. He grumbles and fires a mis-aimed shot.
Dragoshi: *HIT FOR YOU IS NO.*
Traon hrmphs and runs at the dark commander. When he gets close enough he arches his weapon up to release a crimson wave of energy from his weapon.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Traon then jumps back and lunges forward with a stab of his weapon.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Digifanatic decides to really make his onslaught interesting for the turn. He goes straight to the back and goes in for the Icy Kick at the Bazooka Man, and then turns around and beelines for the Dark Commander with a Fire Lunge! Afterwards, he saves some energy for later.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, miss.
Harnit casts Magical Affinity. Shadow Shield on Dragoshi and Flame's Embrace on Traon. (3 rounds of a damage 'shield' on Dragoshi, 1 round of Damage Bonus on Traon.)
Digifanatic: .oO(Huh... that one packed a bit more in it... guess I'm finally getting somewhere with this move.)
Dragoshi: *Okay, now let's see what el Drago kickasso has up his vortex now... Darts away.* >_>
Metal Man (GM): Hit miss hit.
Dragoshi: *It's a tarantula. And, it...*
Metal Man (GM): Hits!
Dragoshi: *viciously wails on the Dark Commander with it's fangs! Also... INTENSE... FLIPKICKING... ACTION.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit (due to Daze), miss.
Commander: "You pack a punch, but not a kick."
Dragoshi: "That was horrible."
Metal Man (GM): The Dark Commander spins his spear again.
Commander: "And to think, I was going to go easy on you." *The spear powers up.* "Now it's time to take out the trash! GYAAAAAARRRR!!!"
Dragoshi: "...You're taking YOURSELF out? How is that even possible?" >_>;;
Metal Man (GM): He leaps at Dragoshi, intent on impaling him into the ground with the laser spear. After plowing through a wall, he tries again.
Dragoshi: *Dances out of the way! Twice.*
Metal Man (GM): He rips through that wall and comes for another try.
Commander: "The third time always works!"
Dragoshi: "...Damn third time's a charm rule..."
Metal Man (GM): Using the last... bit of energy he has for now, he savagely beats Dragoshi, who is pinned to the floor and damaged.
Dragoshi: *Killed. Bastard.*
Soldier1: "Heh." He spins his guns and sprays lasers at Douglas.
Scott Gibson: "Okay... now it's time to unleash hell..."
Commander: "What an ironic thing to say."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs an infernal laugh as his head spins around.
Scott Gibson: "You haven't seen hell until I've whipped out some AC/DC, man. You'll be beggin' fer' a quick end when I'm done with ya'."
Alexia: "...You're going to electrocute him?"
Digifanatic: "He might."
Commander: "Go ahead and try. I always like to see the living think they can win."
Digifanatic: "You know something? That comment also applied to just about every villain we've faced before we came here." applies.
Scott Gibson spins his guitar around momentarily in a helicopter-like motion... Then he brings it down into his playing position and rips into a heavy metal version of AC/DC's old school beat-down of Hell's Bells. He's pulling out all the stops... then launches at the infernal enemies quickdrawing both guitars into his hands...
Commander: "You haven't fought The King's men before."
Scott Gibson: "HURRAH!" Scott heaves right and with a spin on the ball of his foot and smashes hard into the commander with a "Ballbreaker", then he follows that up by grabbing the commander and hurling him into the air with all his might. On the commander's fall he slams home a "Shoot to Thrill"...
Metal Man (GM): Miss. Miss. He dodges like an expert... spearman. He moves faster than his counterparts. Twice as fast, in fact.
Scott Gibson: "So you're good. I get it." *He flips his way back to the line all acrobatic-like. He's got that sadistic gleam in his eye again.*
Metal Man (GM): The Bazooka soldier continues his apathetic rampage as he blasts another shot at Digi.
Douglas swipes the keyblade, jetting out two darts of wind from its tip magically at le capitan.
Metal Man (GM): Miss, hit.
Commander: "You didn't really think you could beat us, did you? The King is master of all, and you are in his domain!"
Digifanatic takes that huge blow off of that turn... he's still standing, but it won't take much to finish his first life off...
Alexia passes for now.
Metal Man (GM): The Rifle Soldier tries to get a bead on Dragoshi... he fires viciously at where Dragoshi was KO'd.
Traon goes into an aggressive attack and unleashes unholy hell with his Dance of the Dead against the commander.
Metal Man (GM): All miss. He out-dances Traon at Dance of the Dead. Makes sense. He is dead, after all.
Digifanatic just bides his time, merely smacking the rifler around with his golf club for now... he saves a lot of energy up. "Harnit? Guard me. I have an idea. Please."
Alexia: "I think I'm on your wavelength, Digi..."
Harnit casts Shadow Shield on Dragoshi and Insight on Doug.* (Buff update... 2 Rounds of Shadow Shield on Dragoshi, 1 round of Insight, which increases attack and defense, on Doug.)
Scott Gibson: "Heh... I gotcha." He chuckles with that evil laugh.
Dragoshi: *Quick Revive... Then delaying!*
Metal Man (GM): The Dark Commander leaps at Digi this time, flailing his spear around. 1 crit! The Laser Machinegunner fires at Scott.
Digifanatic is killed...
Scott Gibson holds his ground and delays... If he's still fucking alive! He still bides his time... though beaten to hell.
Metal Man (GM): The Bazooka soldier continues to ignore happenings as of current and goes for Traon. Traon, who has mysteriously vanished for the moment.
Douglas mutters and dismisses the keyblade back into its own dimension realm place, and he unleashes a huge flurry of sundering air darts! Crits = OUCHERS FOR COMMANDER.
Alexia passes again.
Metal Man (GM): He aims at Dragoshi... he gets a bead and goes for a headshot! *BLAMMO.* HEADSHOT.
Dragoshi: *...Ba-damn. Ba-damn.* "Oh, you are going to wish that would've KILLED me."
Rifle Soldier: "Just doing my job!" *Recharges gun.*
Digifanatic revives, a bit angry, but he has kept his ideas in his mind... "Alright, folks... I've got something here." *INITIATE TEAM ATTACK.*
Scott Gibson: "Let's rock!"
Harnit sneaks in a Flame's Embrace on Digi and Scott real quick.
Alexia: "Party's over, boneheads!"
Digifanatic starts off by rearing what looks to be a Fire Punch but that hand is turning light blue in a heartbeat... ICE PUNCH to the rifler's head!
Alexia: *Charged Heat Beam to the rifle guy's face!*
Scott Gibson kicks into his sparking electric solo. Arcs shoot from his finger tips and he fires up two balls of electricity and keeps *charging.* them until both are at full capacity and he launches!
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit...
Dragoshi: *General Drag kickasso supremo aims the machinegun o' dewm at that damned rifleman, attempting some good 'ol fashioned vengeance! TIDAL BLAST!*
Scott Gibson: "You've been... THUNDA'STRUCK!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Two hits on Dragoshi's attack.
Digifanatic: "And that is a four-ring elemental circus."
Metal Man (GM): He takes a whopping amount of damage from those blasts. Not enough to kill him, but nearly so.
Dragoshi: "How do you like THAT?!"
Harnit: "Good job!"
Scott Gibson: "Fuckin' right doggy, that's good cake!"
Alexia twirls her gun around and blows the smoke off of it.
Dragoshi: "'cause that was... The DOUBLE ANTIPODE!" *Twirls his machinegun.*
Scott Gibson flips his guitars around.
Dragoshi: "I... have decided to spare you the higher end of my power. Be grateful." *He takes a Phoenix Down, tries to Flipkick Rifleman, then Strangle him, and...*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit, then more hit.
Commander: "Hah. I see I made an impression on you."
Scott Gibson: "We're about to make an impression in your face."
Dragoshi: *...Dammit. Friggin' Slow affect...*
Metal Man (GM): The Dark Commander chuckles and then decides to pull a running slash. He targets Dragoshi, Scott, Harnit, and Digi in one big slash-a-thon.
Dragoshi: *You phail at hitting expert dancer man!*
Digifanatic is slashed...
Scott Gibson gets cut. Then he goes X_X;
Metal Man (GM): He spins his guns and opens fire at Digi.
Digifanatic as a matter of fact... is dead.
Scott Gibson quick revives with a grunt. "Y'know... you're really pissin' the wrong guy off, asshole." Scotty then drops into a defensive stance with his guitars up.
Metal Man (GM): The Bazooka man fires at Douglas.
Metal Man (GM): The Rifle Soldier aims at Dragoshi... Dragoshi causes him to fire 'off' again.
Dragoshi: *Ouch. Slightly.* "That hurt. Kinda. Sorta." *Has taken a lot of gunshots before.*
Digifanatic is revived again, and is really upset... BUT he bides his time... "Dragoshi... I've done this for you before. Please return the favor and keep me in this."
Harnit Shadow Shields and Insights Digi...
Digifanatic: "That works as well..."
Dragoshi: *First, and foremost, Drag summons the Black Dog he now has energy to use to summon... At the Rifleman!*
Metal Man (GM): ...And he explodes!
Dragoshi: "...Ha." *Stands in front of Digi, as if attempting to guard him. *
Digifanatic: *cracks a smile.* "Thank you."
Dragoshi: *Then, he fires off an Ice Tornado shot at za Commanderu!* "...No prob."
Metal Man (GM): The Dark Commander shakes his head, then slashes at Dragoshi.
Digifanatic: "Usually I wouldn't ask people this cause I do it on my own will, but that's because I'm saving you big guys around."
Dragoshi: *Still alive.* :p
Metal Man (GM): The Laser Machinegunner opens fire at Harnit.
Digifanatic: "You gonna be okay?"
Dragoshi: "...Meh. I've been through worse."
Scott Gibson: "Okay... Now this is just pissin' me off."
Digifanatic: "I think we all have."
Commander: "We shall win, in the end."
Dragoshi: "...Not really."
Scott Gibson makes a run at the Laser Machinegunner and swings a heavy "Ballbreaker" and then spins behind him and slams home with a stunning "Snowballed" slam, followed by Scott grabbing the machine gunner and chucking him in the air and slamming him on the downfall with a "Shoot to Thrill".
Metal Man (GM): The Bazooka Soldier fires at... Digi.
Douglas rematerializes the keyblade in his hand when he revives, then fires off a short blue laser stream at the Machinegunner. (Seal)
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Douglas: *grab, Daze.*
Dragoshi: *Drago's in the way!* :D *Of the bazooka.*
Douglas then charges up another blue laser at the tip of the keyblade, and fires that off for a powerful blast of Unlocking goodness.
Dragoshi: "Gotta get get through me first!"
Digifanatic passes an Ultra Shroom off to Dragoshi. Afterwards, he launches... an Electric Kick (more Elemental Will madness!), of all things, at the Lazor Gunner of doom, and finishes up with an Fire Punch at the same guy.
Dragoshi: *Keeps it. For later.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit.
Dragoshi: *Looks at the Laser Machinegun guy, and...* *Throws a molotov at him! Bones are flammable, right?* >_>
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *Apparently the skeleton is just normally burned.*
Metal Man (GM): The Dark Commander twirls his spear and goes to slash up Douglas. The Laser Machinegunner retaliates with lasers at Dragoshi.
Douglas: *Minimal health left.* :(
Dragoshi: *...two crits.*
Scott Gibson runs up and does the ol' grab and steal at the machinegunner intending to get that machinegun out of his hands and bat it across the room.
Metal Man (GM): Scott grabs it. An evil curse befalls him. Then it flies back into the machinegunner's hands.
Machinegunner: "You may take my guns... but only at the cost of your SOUL!"
Dragoshi: "You DUMBASS. You HAD to go and ignore my advice." @_@
Scott Gibson: "SHUT THE FUCK UP!"
Scott Gibson recovers from that and with a growl he lunges back at him and this time SLAMS his gun-hand with his guitar to get the gun away from the guy without touching it directly.
Metal Man (GM): He turns and fires again at Digi.
Douglas slams into Machinegunman twice with a windish boost on the keyblade.
Commander: "You are so... silly... with your waste of attacks."
Digifanatic: *shot unless Drag's still there.*
Dragoshi: *And... he has to take the shot again?*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Digifanatic just continues to note the weary shape of the Machinegunner... he swings the golf club once, then slams into him with a Running Charge, and ends up with a slamming of Celestial Fury...
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, hit miss. The Machinegunner disintegrates.
Commander: "You're made of tough stuff. Weak tough stuff!" *Brandishes his spear.*
Digifanatic: *exhaling heavily due to the hit.* "Bazooka Joe goes down next..."
Scott Gibson: "No prob here."
Digifanatic: "I've got it... Scott, attack him and stay up close to him. He'll have no choice but to retreat or risk recoil. Drag, same to you."
Scott Gibson: "Sounds like my kind of game."
Dragoshi: "...Sure thing." *Zooms four units up to the bastiche, making sure he WILL have to take recoil if he tries to fire, then...*
Douglas: "I'm a ranged fighter, though..."
Dragoshi: *A mech pops up out of nowhere, takes Drago's machinegun of +10 asskicking (AKA the Vendetta Machinegun), and does the TRACTOR BEAM O' DEWM maneuver on said Bazooka guy.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *The mech's tractor beam shot glows, as it violently flails the Bazooka guy around, then slams him into the ground REALLY damn hard.*
Digifanatic: *aside to Scott.* "Him and Julian should fight each other again sometime... that'd be a slugfest."
Scott Gibson: "Oh yeah."
Dragoshi: *And then...*
Metal Man (GM): He blinks. That's odd. Skeletons don't blink.
Dragoshi: *...Meh. Friggin' slow.*
Metal Man (GM): Dark Commander runs up and slashes at Dragoshi viciously.
Dragoshi: "Wait. Did you just BLINK?" o_o
Bazooka Soldier: "Of course I did not not blink."
Dragoshi: *Evade, evade, ow, evade, DOUBLE ow, evade, ow. Okay that's another life lost.* *Quick Revive.*
Scott Gibson gets up in the bazooka-man's face in a heartbeat and with one strike he sends a "Snowballed" strike straight into the zooka-man's face!
Metal Man (GM): CRIT.
Scott Gibson then backs that up with a wild swinging of his guitar at zooka.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Scott Gibson then ends the combo with another of his signature moves... the "Ballbreaker" to the mug. lucky.
Metal Man (GM): He fires a missile at Scott.
Digifanatic: "What, no recoil!?"
Douglas smacks BazookaGuy with Tornado Strikes this time!
Metal Man (GM): Miss, miss.
Bazooka Soldier: "I'm a skull, some bones, and evil magical energy. Who says I need to stand back?"
Digifanatic: *shakes head.* *He is more than a bit shocked at what just happened, but he, like the others, decides to continue the onslaught anyway... one Fire Lunge to the stomach, two Aerial Strikes to the head, and and a smack of the golf club to the neck of Bazooka Boy.*
Scott Gibson: "Fore!"
Metal Man (GM): Miss. He's been disintegrated.
Dragoshi: "And, then there was one." *Hisses.*
Digifanatic: "Now is when this will get interesting."
Commander: "I have a couple thousand aces up my sleeve. Hah!"
Digifanatic: "Fore indeed."
Commander: "Try your best, and ye shall be destroyed."
Dragoshi: *Takes a Phoenix Down. Meh. Not like he can buy more after this is over.* >_> *He then proceeds the flip kick the damn bony bastard.*
Metal Man (GM): He spins his saber and goes to get revenge for his lost Bazooka man, spinning his spear-saber at Digi.
Digifanatic: *loss of third life.*
Dragoshi: "...Grah. How many damn Phoenix Downs do I need to use?" @_@
Commander: "If I can't win the battle, I shall win the war."
Scott Gibson whips out a phoenix down from his inventory and tosses it on Digi. "When we get out of this you'll owe me." *Viva!*
Scott Gibson then uses his remaining energy to defend.
Douglas holds his arms up as the keyblade shimmers away, and two long scimitars made of wind appear in his hands. He slashes into Commanda with several sundering slashes!
Digifanatic: "No problem, Scott. I can pay back."
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit hit hit miss hit hit miss.
Douglas: Luck the first. Or not...
Scott Gibson: "Cool."
Metal Man (GM): The Commander's definitely on his last legs now. Except he refuses to surrender.
Commander: "Keep on hitting me... I want you to find out what can happen... hahahahah..."
Dragoshi: "...Good god. You're like a centipede mixed with a table."
Digifanatic takes Scott's item usage to good use--he goes for another sweeping Icy Kick on the Commander, continuing with a Fire Lunge and then a Running Charge...
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Digifanatic: "You know what? Today I feel just a little bit lucky."
Dragoshi: *Flipkick, flip kick awesome power! Or something stupid like that.* >_>
Metal Man (GM): Miss, hit.
Metal Man (GM): He's got at least one leg left.
Dragoshi: *Okay... How about a little INDIGNATION, bonebag!?*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. He's blasted down...
Metal Man (GM): ...He reassembles, the purple energy of the contract glowing.
Dragoshi: *Waits for him to re-rise.*
Douglas summons Lighttech OWA once again.
Dragoshi: "...Oh, dammit."
Commander: "Ha ha ha. You expected me and my friends to stay dead?"
Digifanatic: .oO(I have a feeling this will not be a one-shot wonder.)
Dragoshi: *Readies his Lighttech Vendetta Machinegun, and charges something...*
Commander: "The King commands we fight for him. FOREVER."
Dragoshi: "...For a second there, I almost thought so."
Commander: "However, he appears intrigued that you would commit suicide by fighting the contract. So I am to let you pass... for now. But should you even get close to succeeding... I would not hesitate to behead you myself."
Metal Man (GM): He steps aside, leaning on his staff.
Digifanatic: .oO(I almost can't believe it... we should have read that.)
Alexia: *Joins the group.* "...Refresh my memory. Is this bad?"
Dark Commander: "The King told me... to let you go forward..."
Metal Man (GM): He points ahead.
Dark Commander: "...To his throne room."
Harnit: "Thank goodness..."
Dragoshi: "...I see."
Dark Commander: "But I do not expect you to survive... that is the only reason why."
Metal Man (GM): He stands back. You may proceed ahead. The cracked marble floors only get creepier up here.
Aetos shivers quickly and moves on.
Metal Man (GM): The walls are of smooth marble too, the ceilings bedecked with cracked golden lamps with purple flames. Dim sunlight, purple-hued, comes in from the windows.
Dragoshi: *Shrugs and moves on.*
Metal Man (GM): ...Moving ahead, the ground creaks. This wasn't the most... sturdy second floor.
Alexia continues, looking around with her gun out.
Metal Man (GM): *CRACK!* Dragoshi takes a step. A piece of the floor falls down. He doesn't fall, though... its merely dangerous up here. The piece being the size of a golf ball.
Alexia: *so very glad she hovers.*
Digifanatic: "Alexia, be fortunate you can hover."
Metal Man (GM): It clatters to the first floor with a resounding THUD! and shattering.
Harnit: "... Well, this doesn't bode well..."
Julian: "I'm thinkin' run."
Alexia: "Wouldn't that make it MORE unstable?"
Julian: "What's it matter if we get across?"
Digifanatic turns around to Julian. "Heeeey, long time no see."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers eventually make their way up to the throne room. Sitting in a grand, iron chair... there is a purple piece of paper.
Dragoshi: "...Yea. He's got a point there." :/
Julian: *And apparently they made it. Hurrah!* "See?"
Alexia: "Talk about a monarchy on paper..."
Metal Man (GM): The room is filled with the skulls and bones of dead people. Many of them look alarmingly like the Questers.
Julian: "I'm guessin' that's our contract."
Metal Man (GM): Tarnished swords and broken maces, even suits of broken armor.
Traon just stands there, seeing that he was out of it earlier, hes not exactly sure of whats going on, so he'll take in the information, silently.
Digifanatic: *look at the bones.* "Whoa... now that is a bit odd."
Alexia: "Okay, NOW I'm starting to get frightened."
Harnit just follows the others silently...
Julian: "Don't think too much about it. Now, what Death said we gotta do is jus' attack the paper wit' the Lighttech, right?"
Douglas nods. "Go do it, you're fastest."
Dragoshi: "...Doubt it's that easy."
Julian: "I ain't touchin' the damn thing. What I'm thinkin' is we get Alexia an' Drago to blast it."
Alexia: *acidly.* "Gee, I feel so loved."
Julian: "What? You two's the only one with ranged Lighttech here."
Dragoshi: *Apathetically *"...Meh. Makes sense after all."
Metal Man (GM): The paper continues to glow ominously.
Dragoshi: *Readies his machinegun and charges it up...*
Traon: .oO("This place is a bit odd, and a bit creepy." 'Yes, but haven't you seen things like this back in your days of a hitman?' "No not exactly... At least not in this large of a proportion.") *He lets out a sigh as he goes through this conversation in his head and looks at the stuff around him.*
Alexia shakes her head as she takes out her Lighttech pistol and blasts the paper.
Douglas keeps OWA dismissed for now...
Dragoshi: "..." *Facepalm. While still charging.*
Darkdata: "Well, I see doom."
Traon: "I see death written on a piece of paper... How quaint."
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* *SMACK.*
Harnit blinks and belatedly wonders something... Is that the same piece of paper that was in the treasury?
Metal Man (GM): Alexia hits the paper. It looks exactly the same. The paper glows, and soon it forms the image of a purple man... a man made out of hundreds of souls.
Alexia: "...And now we run."
Dragoshi: "...And, you are the king I presume?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Nobody make any sarcastic comments.)
???: "The King is my master. I, however..."
Legion: "I am Legion, for I am many... the King's followers in one vessel, possessing nearly unlimited power!"
Darkdata: "Nearly unlimited?"
Legion: "You have offended me with your usage of ungodly weapons to try to rend me in two. Death himself lost to me, so what makes you think you can defeat me?"
Dragoshi: .oO(Heh. One who is many.) *Continues charging up his Lighttech Vendetta machinegun 'o dewm while watching the talking...*
Harnit: "Err... Well, it isn't right to keep all of these souls from Death..."
Julian: *Not sayin' a word.*
Legion: *He makes a growling noise, almost like a roar.* "Death... will never claim this kingdom!"
Dragoshi: *Same boat as Julian.*
Harnit: "What is left of this kingdom? Skeletons guarding rock..."
Dragoshi: *'Cept charging up something as we-Oh, you get the point.*
Legion: "I shall not make the same mistakes my outer hosts have made, though. Allowing you to talk is a sad waste of my time. But neither do I need to fight you."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs and the doors behind you swing shut.
Harnit: "Th-then what shall you do?"
Legion: "No... I shall merely lock you in here... FOREVER."
Digifanatic: .oO(Yeah. That's worse.)
Darkdata: "Well guess what Legion, I can sing the song that never ends forever."
Legion: "If you are immortal, then ye shall go mad... if you are mortal, ye shall die."
Darkdata: "Which one of us would crack first?"
Legion: "Did you really think I'd stay in here with you?"
Metal Man (GM): He turns around and begins walking towards a wall, intent to go through it and leave the Questers trapped in here.
Dragoshi: *Still waiting...*
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata's seal pings off of him like a cheap router.
Harnit blinks and looks about for... Anything of interest opening-wise. Balconies, Windows, or even Bob Dole.
Legion: "Luck is not on your side today!"
Metal Man (GM): No openings besides that door... which he just sealed shut. He's now half-way through the wall.
Harnit steps away from Darkdata and awaits for Legion to disappear.
Metal Man (GM): *PING.*
Dragoshi: "..." *He's got a charge up, and his machinegun ready... Waiting for a signal...*
Metal Man (GM): He walks right through the wall. So much for Dragoshi's attack.
Harnit: "Okay! He's gone... Let's blow through the floor."
Metal Man (GM): The group is now trapped inside this room.
Digifanatic: "I believe that'd only apply to the outside."
Metal Man (GM): There's a red carpet leading to the iron throne, the double-doors that appear to have been sealed with a magical spell, and marble walls, floor, and ceiling. And a single chandelier with red flames on it on the top.
Dragoshi: *Walks over to the throne.* "Maybe this thing is movable?" :/
Metal Man (GM): Plenty of things to prod and explore.
Alexia: "Well, we can still do some property damage."
Metal Man (GM): The throne is about 10 feet tall. It has a thin back made of iron strips.
Darkdata: "I wonder if there is anything magical... Time to use echo..."
Metal Man (GM): The bottom is a cube with armrests jutting above it.
Darkdata: "Times forgotten/Times past/I call to you/Reflect and show/your magical power."
Metal Man (GM): It is firmly anchored to the floor. But no one has tested how firmly. Magical energy is easily seen on the door. All over the door. In fact the door might as well be made of magic. Chaos magic.
Harnit hrms and walks over to the door... And pokes it with his staff.
Darkdata: "Well, the door is..."
Metal Man (GM): There is a Legion-shaped residue of magic... he's also entirely made of magic, it seems. Everywhere he goes he leaves similar magic stuff.
Alexia: "...Dragoshi, you have an idea with that throne?"
Metal Man (GM): Harnit pokes the door. It is solid, like a wall of stone.
Dragoshi: "...Yea. Why not try to move it?"
Harnit hms and stands in front of the door, thinking...
Metal Man (GM): The door glows a faint orange.
Alexia: "I'm game."
Alexia steps over next to Dragoshi.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, that is a possibility." *joins the other two.*
Traon: .oO('Well Traon, is seems you are stuck in here with everyone.') "Well yes, I would guess we are stuck in here." *Yes, he is aware he is stating the obvious, but it seems his talking is directed more elsewhere. He drums his forefinger on his chin as he goes into thought on what he could do to help.*
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata pushes... and pushes... It goes nowhere... *SNAP.* The chair flies off of the floor, revealing a hole down with a ladder.
Digifanatic: "Nice guess."
Dragoshi: "...And, I'm right?"
Alexia: "Want me to scout ahead?"
Dragoshi: "Eh. I just took a lucky guess."
Douglas blows out the fire on the chandelier, now.
Dragoshi: "Nah. I'll do it."
Digifanatic: "But it worked!"
Darkdata plays the "you found a _____" from Zelda.
Douglas: *Wind Cannon!*
Dragoshi: "'Sides. It was either that or the chandelier."
Harnit looks over to the others.* "That's, um... Why would someone build an escape route under their chair?"
Metal Man (GM): The Chandelier is blown out, then hurled into the wall. A compartment in the center of it explodes, and out comes an old scroll of paper.
Darkdata: "That was a bit much..."
Darkdata goes to look at the paper.
Contract: 'It is here undersigned the following souls belong to The King. This is the original contract, and many fake contracts shall be made to confuse those seeking to destroy this one.'
Darkdata: "Well well well..."
Alexia: "Blow it up?"
Metal Man (GM): It is plastered in signatures.
Darkdata: "Lighttech ready?"
Alexia takes out her gun.
Dragoshi: "Yep." *Readies his machinegun and charges up...*
Harnit: "... Why?"
Douglas: "Hrm. ... Darkdata is touching it."
Darkdata: "I read it off the floor."
Alexia charges a Heat Beam up. "Ready?"
Dragoshi: "Ready as I'll ever be, I guess."
Douglas eyes of truth and looks at the paper.
Alexia nods. "One, two... Three!"
Metal Man (GM): The paper is the real deal.
Alexia blasts the paper with her charged-up Heat Beam.
Dragoshi: *Shoots the real contract with a charged-up Ice Tornado from his machinegun o dewm!*
Harnit: "It doesn't look very magical... And such... I think you're wasting your energy."
Metal Man (GM): MEANWHILE...
Metal Man (GM): Just down below, where the ladder went... Legion has wandered down there, laughing to himself. The strange figure with red eyes and metallic boots walks in.
Legion: "Sir, I have destroyed the Questers. You cannot be stopped."
???: "You fool! Even with a thousand and one souls you cannot realize the escape routes hidden in that room?"
???: "...You're almost as useless as Rathos Lell."
Legion: "No I am not. In fact, I--" *Sound of a distant heat beam.*
???: "How lucky. I didn't even need to kill you myself."
Legion: "What do you mean? THIS is the real contract!" *Points at... ruin miasma in his core?"
???: "...That is Ruin Miasma."
Death: "And now it is mine." *Slashes Legion from behind, disintegrating him.*
???: "Well met, Death. But unlike him, I am... intelligent."
Death: "You have been on my list for years. I think its your time now, too." He raises the scythe... the other man becomes scary angry again.
???: "You... cannot... harm me. You... fool." He shoots Death, sending him flying into a wall. The explosion is so loud it causes the second floor to fall in, and on top of him.
Metal Man (GM): The mysterious figure vanishes. With the Questers. Questers hear some yelling, then an explosion. Within a moment they are on the first floor... well. The room they were in fell down there.
Dragoshi: "...Okay. Who put a dodongo in the microw-WOAAAAAH!"
Metal Man (GM): A very crispy-looking Death bewilderedly holds his scythe, brushing marble off of his cowl.
Harnit: "Gah!" *Lands badly on the floor...*
Death: "It looks like you have completed enough to satisfy my deal. However, Aetos must still... find Charles' soul."
Dragoshi: *Gets up, dusts himself off, and sees Death.* "...Hiya. Why do you look... crispy?"
Death: "...I don't want any more to do with you Questers, though. You should have seen the people you attracted to my domain."
Alexia gets up.
Metal Man (GM): He picks up the purple paper that was once Legion's core.
Traon thumps into the ground and then stands up, rubbing his behind. "Son of a..."
Dragoshi: "...It'll prolly' get weirder from here, so in all actuality, that sounds like a good idea."
Death: "This belongs to you now."
Metal Man (GM): He rolls it up, burns it, and sticks it in a jar, then hands it to Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: *Takes it.* "Thank you."
Death: "I'm going back to my realm. May we... never meet again... until you die, of couuuurse..."
Metal Man (GM): He opens a hole in a wall nearby, full of flames, and flies into it, vanishing.
Traon: "This puts a new meaning to coming face to face with death itself..." *He says in a confused tone.*
Dragoshi: *Looks at the jar of burnt up contract.*
Metal Man (GM): It is ruin misasma now.
Julian: "...Let's get the hell outta here. 'Fore somethin' else happens."
Metal Man (GM): More of it than what Tails had, even.
Dragoshi: "Yea... Definitely."
Douglas: "What about the gold in the treasury, anyway? What do you think that was?"
Metal Man (GM): One can still access the treasury. It's in the room off to the left... the door has a minor amount of debris around it.
Darkdata: "Wow, the death from my world is a bit nicer. He even has a child."
Julian: "Be my guest, I'm gettin' the hell outta here."
Metal Man (GM): The library is also accessible off to the right.
Darkdata: "However that is a story for another time. To the library!" *Goes there.*
Harnit hrms and follows Darkdata...
Alexia: "...Wanna ditch him?"
Metal Man (GM): The group enters the... li... brary?
Dragoshi: "..." *Follows.*
Metal Man (GM): ...All the books have been blown up.
Traon: "The ideas of mass amounts of treasure is nice and tempting, but I'm going to side with Alexia on this... I have bad vibes with that treasure room."
Traon follows to the library.
Metal Man (GM): A man-shaped hole is in a wall.
Alexia shrugs and heads into the library--then freezes in midstep. "Uh..."
Julian: "Somethin' bad's gonna happen if we go in there, I jus' know it..."
Harnit: "Oh... My... This place is devastated."
Dragoshi: "Hoo boy."
Metal Man (GM): The AI appears... looking to be partially on fire himself.
Darkdata: "Do you think death came through...?"
ALAN: "...He was not happy with Legion, no he was not."
Harnit: "You got a little, ah, burning fire on you."
Traon: "This is ironic... We leave, get some stuff done, come back and boom, the place is in a blaze."
ALAN: "I'm afraid all my books are gone now... nothing to see here."
Alexia: "...That's not irony, you twit."
ALAN: "The King is likely to be happy to know his files were erased permanently, though."
Darkdata: "All of them... I wonder..."
Harnit: "What shall you do now?"
ALAN: "I must organize the ashes."
Darkdata: "Come to me things that are left/Things that my be of use/Things the will not be abused/What is left come to us." *Call item darksong.*
Metal Man (GM): Flaming ashes fly at Darkdata.
Julian, not caring much for touching character interactions with an AI he didn't meet, sets up the warp home while everyone's gawking at the ashes.
Traon: "Wait... What? How the hell do you..." he rubs his eye brows and looks down at the floor, shaking his head. "Ya know... Forget it, I'm not even going to ask."
ALAN: "You can always talk to me later. Maybe you can find... new books?"
Darkdata: "Bah! That was not of use."
ALAN: "Believe me, I tried to save them. Whoever that was made sure eeeeverything burnt up."
Douglas frowns, presents Gerald's Legacy, and the Atlantean's Guide to Fighter. He is debating whether to donate them, or keep them in case they are needed. Fighting.
Traon goes over and stands by Julian looking at the warp with a longing. "I just want to get out of here as well..."
Harnit sighs... "Hm... Maybe we could help rebuild this library one day."
ALAN: "Not one but two shiny books? Interesting."
Douglas: "Would you like to... have them?" he shrugs.
ALAN: "Perhaps if you had 9,992 more like that I could be back to normal... but... I can repay you for books."
Douglas: "I know organizing a collection of two books isn't very interesting, but it's a start."
Harnit opens up his Dex. "Err, what is roughly the average cost of a book on Nintendus?"
Julian: "Who the hell are they talkin' too?"
Dex: "Roughly 100 coins."
ALAN: "I collect rare books... only rare books."
Darkdata: "Well, I can be of a little help. I might be able to restore 2 of them."
Douglas: "These books are priceless, though... so keep them safe... and maybe we could keep you in contact with our Dex's so we can access their info through you if needed?"
Darkdata: "I just worked this out, so it may be a bit off but here it goes..."
ALAN: "I can link to your subsystems and allow you to browse remotely."
Douglas: "...Where would you like me to put them?"
Douglas looks at all the ash.
ALAN: "Here." He points at an empty, but still usable, bookshelf. As the fires have mostly died down by now.
Douglas pats down any fires on the bookshelf and places them on it's top.
Darkdata: *Points to what he thinks is the remains of one book.* "Return to your form/Before you were damaged/return to your former might/embrace darksong's fight/restore!"
Traon looks at Julian. "That thing is basically an AI that runs this library... Well what used to be of it anyways." He shrugs, not really knowing much else.
Douglas holds out Talon and shrugs. "So how do you link to the Dex?"
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata heals... one whole book.
ALAN: "...9,991 more to go. Get cracking, skinny music person."
Darkdata: *Looks tired.* "I would never make it."
Alexia: "Sure you would!"
Dragoshi: "...No he wouldn't."
Traon: "I have a wonderful idea! Let's leave him here and come back when he's finished."
Harnit frowns... "Maybe we can find a way to restore all of these books... Hrm."
Darkdata: "Why don't you both dance for a while?"
Dragoshi: "...Which two?" ?_?
Dex: "You may also return to base."
Darkdata: "Alexia and Traon, would make better use of their time thinking than being 'smart'. I say we just... Return."
Julian: "HEY! Are we goin' or not?"
ALAN: "I can talk to you for hours, though, if you wish to discuss the movement of dust particles through 3-dimensional space."
Harnit sighs and says his goodbyes to ALAN before heading back to the other room and Julian...
Alexia heads back to the main room.
Traon: "I'm a fighter, not a thinker."
Douglas asked ALAN how to link him to the Dex.
Darkdata: "Hey Alan, maybe someday I will be able to restore this place. But before I go, what was in the book I restored?"
Dragoshi: "Nah. I'd rather talk about the breaking points of one's sanity, but, meh."
Digifanatic follows them as well...
Dragoshi: *Follows the others.*
ALAN: "I can link to your smash dex easily... just navigate to this address."
Traon: .oO("How do I put up with this..." 'Yes, how do you manage with this?' "I agree... they stay on track like a train does taking a ninety degree turn... It just doesn't happen.") *He laughs at his own inside joke and follows.*
Metal Man (GM): He transmits a data address, similar to a URL.
Darkdata: "And what about my question ALAN?"
Douglas would Bookmark it. He bows to the AI and leaves.
Julian: "Took you suckas long enough." *Julian sets up the warp home.*
Harnit enters Julian's warp...
Dragoshi: *Enters za warupo.*
Digifanatic: *warps out.*
Alexia enters the warp.
Traon enters the warp.
Julian: *Warpin' power activate!*
Darkdata: *Gets no answer to his question.* *Sigh.* *Walks to the next room to the warp.*
Metal Man (GM): MISSION COMPLETE. *Questers appear at HQ.*