Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 344: Military Morals

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Date: March 24th, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are now on the station, as usual. Tails is up there too. Sonic comments on their mission choice.
Sonic: "Wh-what? You voted for SHADOW? Are you nuts? He's been with the bad guys for a long time!"
Tails: "But it is the logical choice..."
Dragoshi: "...Hm."
Digifanatic: "We'd have to get everyone sometime. Might as well take the burden off now."
Julian: "Might as well get his ass out the way."
Sonic: "Logical? He was bent on destroying the planet for Gerald until recently! You guys better be careful."
Dragoshi: "... You know..."
Alexia: "...Anybody seen Alex?"
Digifanatic: "No idea."
Dragoshi: "...Never mind."
Sonic: "Of course, I seriously doubt he will come to your side... he's one bad dude, that's for sure."
Metal Man (GM): The warp down appears.
Dragoshi: "...Well, if negotiations fail... Then, we'll just have to knock some sense into 'im, hm?"
Sonic: "I don't really think you can do that. He's survived falling from outer space!"
Dragoshi: "...So?"
Alexia: "First time for everything."
Dragoshi: "Yep."
Julian: "We've beaten tougher."
Dragoshi: *Nods.*
Digifanatic: *whispers to Alexia.* "Sounds like I'll be covering Dragoshi and Julian quite well this time... and I don't mind it one bit." *whispers.* "If we fight."
Sonic: "Yes, but he's out-survived all of the people you've beaten. You won't be very happy if you fight him." He shakes his head. "I can't stop you, but I still think this is insane." He steps back.
Digifanatic: "Like we alluded to, we'd have to get him sometime."
Julian: *Warp Warp Warp.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Mutters in agitation, heading into the portal.*
Alexia: *Warp.*
Digifanatic: *warps... mask?*
Alex walks into the portal, pulling his mask up over his mouth.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers appear right in the middle of a battlefield... A dead one, of course.
Dragoshi: *Of course.*
Metal Man (GM): An overturned jeep is right next to them. This is apparently where another settlement along the lines of George Robotnik's was... now it's clearly TIC territory.
Dragoshi: *Looks at the jeep, trying to designate a cause of turnover...*
Digifanatic: "Well, this does sound like some place Shadow would hang out at."
Alex: "Now... Shadow... he's that black one that looks like Sonic, yes?..."
Digifanatic: "Correct."
Metal Man (GM): It was blown over by a large explosion.
Dragoshi: "Aye."
Julian: "That'd be him..." *Which way to go...*
Metal Man (GM): Looking around it, the Questers would see they are atop a hill.
Alex: "He is with Ricky, isn't he?"
Dragoshi: .oO(...Explosions. Hm.)
Digifanatic looks in the jeep to see if there's interesting of note.
Metal Man (GM): Surrounded by fresh debris.
Dragoshi: "Apparently..."
Metal Man (GM): At the base of the hill is a newly-built rectangular 1-story outpost.
Julian: "I wouldn't think so. Military took out the IIF."
Alex: "We should think about what we can offer to influence him... Who was the IIF?"
Metal Man (GM): Several soldiers patrol about the new outpost, but nowhere near enough to deal with the Questers. There's debris everywhere, a lot of it taller than normal Questers. Nothing interesting in the jeep--it's been picked clean of anything not to do with the Jeep itself.
Digifanatic: "Dang. Nothing..." *sighs and walks back out.*
Alexia: "...Alex, why'd you hide this until now?"
Metal Man (GM): The sky itself is overcast, purple as usual.
Aaron awakens from his slumber. It seems his night-time job is taking its toll.
Metal Man (GM): Looking further in the distance the Questers would see more and more bases about. They're building 'em up one base at a time.
Alex: "To be successful Questers, we should concentrate on our tasks at hand."
Dragoshi: "Aye."
Digifanatic: "Good point." .oO(But who is the mother?)
Alexia: "I could concentrate a lot better if I knew the whole story."
Julian: "Look, let's figure out who's Aribar's baby's momma LATER. Right now we gotta talk to a Hedgehog." *He counts the soldiers.*
Digifanatic: "Right."
Metal Man (GM): There's only two of 'em. They're short robo-koopa soldiers.
Julian: "Let's kick these sucka's asses."
Aaron grunts in agreement.
Digifanatic: "No problem."
Dragoshi: *Nods, and pulls out machinegun.*
Alex: "Are you sure?..."
Alexia takes out her pistol.
Harnit is... With the others now.
Alexia: "Do we LOOK unsure?"
Dragoshi: "...You don't have to be rude about it, yanno." :/
Alexia glares at Dragoshi.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers have their weapons out, but are too far away for the soldiers to even notice them at this distance.
Digifanatic: "Hey, Drag, please lighten up on her, alright?"
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(...Should I give an apathetic glance in return or should I just go into combat.)
Harnit catches up to the others... "I apologize for being late, everyone."
Digifanatic: "Oh, hey, Harnit."
Dragoshi: "...Whatever. And, no prob, Harnit."
Harnit: "Greetings, and thanks."
Dragoshi: "...Anyway... Why are we standing around here again?"
Julian: "So we gonna go or we gonna go?"
Digifanatic: "Right." *continues further on.*
Dragoshi: *And, Drago moves on.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers march forward. ...The soldiers continue patrolling, oblivious to them.
Alexia heads on.
Julian: *The Quester marches on.*
Harnit follows the others.
Digifanatic: *quietly.* "Oh, man, strike without warning?"
Metal Man (GM): Eventually, the Questers reach them, towering over them and outnumbering them quite a bit.
Digifanatic: .oO(...Nope.)
Metal Man (GM): One of them speaks in a cracking, teenage voice.
Soldier1: "He-hay! We don't mean any harm here! If you want to pass... g-go ahead!"
Julian: "..."
Dragoshi: "..." *Checks to see if he's lying so he can just call for backup.*
Digifanatic: .oO(I'm not taking it.)
Soldier2: "Yeah. We were paid to march around like this, because this outpost doesn't need guarding for some reason."
Metal Man (GM): Motive: He's scared to death of the Questers and doesn't wish to die.
Digifanatic: .oO(Ouch, second one...)
Soldier1: "A-and... w-we took it because n-no attacks were gonna happen! T-this outpost... is t-too secure!"
Metal Man (GM): ...The door is unlocked.
Julian: "...Easy enough." *walks on in.*
Dragoshi: "...Whatever." .oO(...I can see why though. This guys look like they're, what... Scared to death?) "...Yea." *Moving on...*
Alexia: "Smart move." *heads in.*
Digifanatic: "Huh..." *continues.*
Metal Man (GM): 1 is scared. 2 is apparently not interested in bothering the Questers. The door slides open. The Questers would feel Deja Vu as they see the oft-repeated carpet-passageway in a wide office room motif. At the very end Shadow sits at a table, idly drinking coffee and writing something.
Harnit follows the others and wonders...
Metal Man (GM): He looks up at the Questers, and his normally passive eyes turn blood red.
Alexia: "Knock knock."
Dragoshi: .oO(...I wish I had some coffee)
Julian: "Yo."
Shadow: "I'm going to rip out your hearts and stuff them into your eyes if you don't turn around and exit that door RIGHT NOW."
Dragoshi: "..."
Harnit starts backing up towards the door..
Digifanatic also walks away slowly... .oO(Take two?)
Dragoshi: "...That's better than the time I th-...Shutting up now." >_>
Metal Man (GM): He stands up, grabbing the coffee cup, drinking all that's in it, and then threateningly brandishing it at the Questers as he knocks the table over, breaking most of what was on top of it.
Alexia watches all of this coolly, not backing up.
Dragoshi: .oO(...A coffee cup? Apparently he's a drunken master...)
Harnit: "I think we should leave..."
Shadow: "I am here, peacefully doing my work, AND THEN SOME PEOPLE WITH WEAPONS MARCH INTO MY OFFICE. I will not tolerate this blatant lack of respect for such a basic need for space." He growls and his right hand glows orange. The mug melts from the sheer energy.
Dragoshi: "...Whoops. Forgot to put it away." *Puts his machinegun away.*
Digifanatic didn't have anything drawn out...
Metal Man (GM): He appears ready to slay anything that even blinks at him incorrectly. Or perhaps kill the Questers anyway.
Harnit goes to exit...
Alexia calmly puts her gun away.
Metal Man (GM): He stares at the Questers for a few moments, apparently waiting for a response of some kind.
Alex: "Shadow, wait!" *steps forward.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Facepalm.*
Alexia steps backwards simultaneously.
Digifanatic tries to figure out if it's easier to tell them their purpose or to just leave... this may have wrecked his intentions.
Alex: "We, plain and simply, need you. You are clearly a VERY powerful being... We offer you your peace for your assistance. The... erm, IIF, you were... with them, right?"
Shadow: "NEED ME? Did you... need me... when you allowed a giant laser to nearly kill me in outer space? Did you... NEED ME... when the IIF was destroyed by you? No, you did not. You need to die." He hurls a chaos spear at Alex.
Metal Man (GM): *BAM.* It explodes a massive hole in the carpet and the ceiling. Alex would be flung out the door by the impact.
Alex: *Whee.*
Alexia: "...That can't be good for property values."
Digifanatic: .oO(And I thought Julian had a bad streak.)
Shadow: "Anyone else... want to NEED ME?" He seethes, walking towards the Questers and glowing orange. That doesn't look good.
Alexia: "Sonic needs you."
Shadow: "Sonic... Sonic... let me tell you what I think of him."
Metal Man (GM): He walks right up to Alexia... perfectly peaceful. The energy dies for a moment, too.
Shadow: "CHAOS BLAST!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): A massive wave of energy flies outwards. It levels the entire building. And the Questers guys, too, unless you do well on dodging it.
Julian: *NOT FLATTENED.*
Metal Man (GM): It does not threaten Alex.
Dragoshi: *And of course it backfires.*
Alexia takes the hit full-force and calmly lowers her arms.
Shadow: "Now that I have straightened out my position on the matter, I shall go rest in my office."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow turns around and walks over to a nearby office-like building, walks inside, and the Questers smell something burning. ...The door to this nearby outpost has been welded shut.
Harnit blinks and then stares at the huge explosion... "That... Look like it hurt."
Soldier1: *cough.* "I told you! N-nobody takes this place over!"
Alexia calmly heads out of the rubble, dusting herself off.
Digifanatic: "Dang..."
Soldier1: "Shadow has even killed representatives for mispronouncing his n-name!"
Alexia: "You wanna see your own intestines?"
Soldier1: "...Ow..." *Falls over.*
Digifanatic: .oO(How can you mispronounce 'Shadow'?)
Dragoshi: "...I think he's in enough pain anyway."
Metal Man (GM): They were charred by Shadow's blast.
Harnit: "I see that now..."
Soldier2: "Take my advice, kids--don't talk to him... ever again... oof..." *Falls forward.*
Alexia: "Well, what next in this comedy of errors?"
Dragoshi: "...I'm not a kid, you sodding moron."
Alex is where the Questers are, now. He grumbles and gets up.
Alexia uses an Ultra Shroom on herself.
Digifanatic: "Okay..."
Metal Man (GM): There's some sort of military school over there. A bunch of soldiers, too.
Alex: "ANYONE can be persuaded!"
Metal Man (GM): Maybe they know why Shadow is ballistic.
Digifanatic: "But who or what can we use to make it work?"
Julian: *To the right.*
Alexia: "Let's let Shadow have his nap. Maybe he'll be less homicidal then."
Alex looks over at the school and soldiers.
Alexia follows Julian.
Dragoshi: *Follow...*
Alex marches over with the others.
Digifanatic: "Eh, alright..." *walks over.*
Harnit follows Julian and the others..
Alex: "So who were the IIF?"
Harnit shrugs.* "I know... Basically nothing about them."
Dex: "Infinite Invasion Force. The army of the Phantom Lords, they sought to restore balance of some kind, but were destroyed by their polar opposites, the MM2."
Alex blinks. "How does that relate to Shadow?"
Dragoshi: "He was part of their group or something like that... I forget, really." :/
Harnit: "Balance? Hrm..."
Alexia: "While we're walking... I want the truth, Alex. No stalling."
Alex mutters. "Maybe you can't, or shouldn't handle the truth."
Dragoshi: "...Yes."
Dex: "Shadow was the IIF's top henchman, outliving them when the Questers and MM2 defeated them. Out of spite for the Questers he joined the MM2."
Alex: "Why didn't he join the Questers out of spite for the MM2?"
Harnit: "We have made many enemies over the years, huh?"
Dragoshi: "...Simple. People hate us. And he's one of them."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Alexia: "And now, about MY question..."
Dragoshi: "..." *Groans.*
Digifanatic: .oO(My goodness.)
Metal Man (GM): The Questers reach the military academy. Strangely, the soldiers there don't attack them. A drill sergeant walks up to them, though.
Sergeant: "What in tarnation are you doing here? You'll be dead soon enough if Shadow sees you!"
Harnit: "He... Already attacked us."
Digifanatic: "Indeed, sir."
Sergeant: "...Then it is likely he is resting up in order to finish you off... he's been killing people left and right for days!"
Alexia: "Any idea why?"
Sergeant: "Somebody tried to court-martial him, but he chopped off their arm..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, what set him off, sir?"
Sergeant: "He keeps on muttering something about you!" He points at the Questers. "Somethin' about... some organization! And Samus! And... world destruction! It makes no sense. He shot the first person to ask him what he meant."
Digifanatic: "Samus? What did she do to him?"
Sergeant: "Yes, Samus Aran, that's what I heard from him." He shrugs. "If I knew, I'd have shot you by now! Now... I can't continue wastin' my time with you dummies. I've got some worms to step on!" He wanders over and begins smacking around Koopa Troopas.
Dragoshi: .oO(...Aran? ...Hmm...!!)
Sergeant: "Shine those boots!" *SMACK* "Straighten those teeth!" *Punch.* "Stop whistling!" *WHAP.*
Digifanatic: "Oh, sorry, sir."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers would. notice most of the Koopa Troopas here have bent-out-of-shape beaks.
Alex, aside to the Questers, "So who is Samus Aran? Shall we contact him?"
Digifanatic: "She's a friend of ours."
Metal Man (GM): There are three areas to visit here: Medical Ward, to the left... Administration, to the center... and Troop Barracks, to the right.
Harnit: "Ah... Might as well head straight to the top?" *He points to the Administration.*
Digifanatic: "Hmm... I wonder if any others have survived his wrath as of late. Oh, right, severed arm... but he didn't say the victim was killed. I was thinking the Medical Bay--some of the lucky few may be able to help us by telling us what they tried to tell him."
Harnit: "Well, let's do that then... You're more experienced at this than I."
Alexia: *Medbay!*
Dragoshi: *Medbay...*
Digifanatic: "It sounds like a realistic cause." *walks to the Medical Bay.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see only one bed. Most of them have been cleared out. On the front of the bed says 'One-Eyed Larry' The Koopa in the bed bats his one eye at the Questers.
Dragoshi: *Over to One-Eyed Larry!*
One-Eyed Larry: "H'yuck! I must be seein' things! It's them thar Questers!"
Digifanatic: "No, no, no, we do not come here to fight."
One-Eyed Larry: "What do you want, Questers? Bowser was just in here yesterday!"
Digifanatic: "Iggy said he died!"
One-Eyed Larry: "And you shoulda seen Kuja. He stole my cereal!"
Digifanatic: "Kuja?"
One-Eyed Larry: "Heck, I reckon Mario himself came and wrote his name on the wall over there."
Dragoshi: .oO(Ah. Delusional people. They amuse me sometimes.)
Metal Man (GM): He points at a blank wall.
Alexia: *sigh.*
One-Eyed Larry: "Oh! Kuja did leave ya'll a message. Lessee... it went like this..."
Alexia: "Did you talk to Shadow recently?"
Digifanatic: "Huh... but trust us, we are not here to pick combat with others."
One-Eyed Larry: "I'll get you, Questers... just because I'm dead i---oh! Him! Yeah... strange thing..."
Digifanatic: "Can ya take our word for that?"
One-Eyed Larry: "I forget what happened after I told Shadow I lost his bracelet. The Doctor said I died... four times!"
Alexia: "...I think we have a lead here."
Digifanatic: "Oh... But what did you say before that?"
One-Eyed Larry: "Yup. I was out for a whole week after that."
Alexia opens her Dex and checks for an entry on Shadow's bracelets. "I have another really stupid theory..."
One-Eyed Larry: "I dunno, I think my memory's all foggy from the painkillers. Oh, hello Grunty. Yea, I got your shipment of goods. No, the Questers aren't here to getcha."
Digifanatic: "And also..." *notes sign.* "Larry, do you have any knowledge regarding a certain fellow named Samus Aran and her relations with Shadow?"
Harnit takes a few steps away from Mr. Crazy...
One-Eyed Larry: "Hey, Kuja! Stop stealin' the water from that vase!" He points at a blank wall.
Alexia continues searching her Dex's entries.
One-Eyed Larry: "Samus Aran? What's a Samus Aran? Is it another pill I have to take, Doctah?"
Digifanatic: "No, she's a person. The Sarge outside said something she did ticked Shadow off."
Metal Man (GM): Alexia would read her dex...
Dex: 'They are rumored to control Shadow's power. They're golden... he lost one of them in falling from the ARK long ago.'
Alexia: "...Hmm..." *turns back to mister loony.*
One-Eyed Larry: "A person... she did wha? No, I don't remember any Sammies. I jus' done gone and lost stuff, and then one of my eyes went missin'!"
Digifanatic: "Ah."
Alexia: "Do you remember what you said about Shadow's bracelet?"
One-Eyed Larry: "...Bad Kuja!" He chucks a picture over the Questers' heads and at a wall.
Digifanatic rings up his Dex to see if there is anything regarding interactions between Samus and Shadow. *ducks.*
Dragoshi: .oO(I wonder if he can see exploding disco bee-...Fuh?)
Metal Man (GM): Digi finds nothing.
Alexia: "...!"
Digifanatic: "Hmm..." *pockets Dex.*
Alexia: "Guys, wait a minute."
One-Eyed Larry: "Shadow's? Nah, this was a different one. Pretty ladies wear these. I told him he was girly for having it in the first playce."
Alexia: "We're jumping to conclusions."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, he'll beat folks up for that."
Alexia: "What if Aran didn't refer to Samus at all?"
One-Eyed Larry: "Then he went on about Mario and his pasta... an' then somethin' hit me!"
Digifanatic: "The Sarge said Samus."
Dragoshi: "That's what I was thinking... Also, Digi. ...So?"
Alexia: "He wouldn't know about Aran the villain, I don't think. It's a small lead, but one worth checking out."
One-Eyed Larry: "Erin who?" He takes a drink from some water nearby.
Digifanatic: "Well, anything that leads us to Shadow's temper is a start."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
One-Eyed Larry: "Ol' Shadow, he spoke about stuff. Lotsa stuff. Things that boggle the mind!"
Alexia: "...Like what?"
Dragoshi: "Such as...?" *Idly plays around with his own bracelet.*
One-Eyed Larry: "Like... ever since good guys went around doin' stuff... more people have died than before they went around... doin' stuff..."
Digifanatic: "Us?"
One-Eyed Larry: "I dunno. Who're you?" He's out of it, definitely. "He also said... bad was good... n' good was bad... n' bracelets were not to be lost... then I lost my eye... but maybe my eye is a bracelet too? I dunno, I'm too sick to remember aaaanything right. Maybe it had to do with that... Egg feller."
Digifanatic: "Well, from Shadow's perspective, we're bad guys to him, but we're really the ones trying to free this planet from the army that's taken most of it over."
Dragoshi: "...Egg feller? ...You mean Ivo?"
One-Eyed Larry: "I heard on the 6 o'clock news he stole expensive things! With robots! Darndest thing... Shadow was angry about that too... he spoke about how the Egg man was rotten!"
Digifanatic: "Heh... rotten Egg. I like that one." .oO(For once.)
One-Eyed Larry: "Now... if you excuse me, I'm tired. Kuja also wants to stand where you are. I see him, riding a pale shadow of a motorcycle! Really! Four score an--Zzzzz..."
Alexia heads out.
Digifanatic: .oO(Okay--Ivo, Samus, some organization, possibly us...)
Metal Man (GM): He's dead asleep.
Digifanatic: *leaves as well.*
Harnit: "If I may ask a question..." *He looks to his fellow Questers and ponders something... And moves out the way for 'Kuja.'* "Do the citizens of this planet want our help?"
Alexia: "So let's recap what we know."
Dragoshi: *Exits with the others.*
Metal Man (GM): Two unvisited areas now: the administrative area and the barracks. The Sergeant looks around nervously.
Digifanatic: "Well, the Genetians definitely would."
Sergeant: "You guys better hurry. Shadow might wake up at any time! And he'd kill me just for not shootin' at you."
Dragoshi: *Barracks, then!*
Digifanatic: "So, yes, the Sarge said that Shadow kept talking about 'some organization' and Samus..."
Sergeant: "Plus I'm not so sure I should let you in and out... Ricky hates you more than he hates mashed potatoes."
Alexia: *follows Dragoshi.*
Digifanatic: *moves on.*
Harnit: "He already had the opportunity to kill us... I think Shadow just wants to be left alone, ah, sir..."
Digifanatic: "Larry brought up the bracelets and Robotnik..."
Harnit hurries after the others.
Metal Man (GM): In the Barracks, a number of soldiers are marching around and practicing gun salutes and such. A commander of sorts yells orders at them through a megaphone.
Commander: "Hut! Left thrust! Right thrust! Spin!"
Metal Man (GM): They do as he say, saluting him afterwards with their rifles. He seems to ignore the Questers' existence, as he yells increasingly complex commands at them. There's several rows of chairs facing them. This must double as a mess hall and an auditorium. There's an Armory as well as a communications office further into this area. The walls are wooden, and sorta creaky. The floor is wooden too. It's all brand new.
Digifanatic: "So, what room?"
Dragoshi: "..." *Communications...*
Alexia: *Comms office.*
Digifanatic: *Follows.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers open the door. A nerdy-looking Koopa Troopa falls out of his chair upon seeing them.
Comms Offiicer: "Red alert! Red alert! Questers in the radio room! Reinforcements immediately!"
Alexia: "HOLD IT!"
Digifanatic: .oO(We should have knocked.)
Alexia: "We're not here to crack skulls."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Digifanatic: "Seriously, we're not."
Comms Officer: "...You're Questers. You're the enemy. We're paid to kill you. You have been the cause of many deaths. If you want to play philosophy, justify this:"
Alex: "Speak for yourself! Your organization is destroying this planet!"
Dragoshi: "...This planet is mostly desolate as is, though" :/
Comms Officer: "Long ago, you guys had a person named Locos Docos. You let him go nuts."
Digifanatic: .oO(Oh boy, hypocrisy wars.)
Comms Officer: "He started a pro-Smithy organization."
Dragoshi: "...I wasn't around back then."
Harnit: "We can't fix the past... And this is getting us no where, sir."
Dragoshi: "Yep..."
Comms Officer: "He oppressed millions over years and years... including us. Why didn't you just kill the monster?"
Julian: "Good question."
Comms Officer: "If he's alive, he's probably out there, killing innocents in the name of your bloodied group..."
Alex: "I don't think I even know anyone named Locos Docos!"
Comms Officer: "And you call yourselves heroes? You released The Void!"
Digifanatic: "And we defeated it."
Julian: "An' sealed it's ass back up."
Dragoshi: "...Mhm."
Comms Officer: "A-huh. Then why is there one destroying the countryside?"
Dragoshi: "A fake."
Julian: "That ain't the same one. "
Harnit: "Mister, what is YOUR group doing?"
Comms Officer: "He told us you were to blame. Unlikely he'd lie to us, as he also told the truth when he said he wanted everyone on this planet to die." *He turns to Harnit.* "Rebuilding this scrap heap to make it livable!"
Dragoshi: "...That seems like an uphill battle in all regards."
Harnit: "Did you give thought to the people already living here?"
Comms Officer: "You mean the people who polluted this planet originally?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Ricky probably fascized the group to force them in.)
Dragoshi: "...And you're so sure of that, why...?"
Comms Officer: "Don't get me wrong, I salute the military of the old Three Powers, but their people never evolved past an era of fossil fuels and poisonous solvents."
Dragoshi: "...Ahhh."
Comms Officer: "They and their machines have been dumping it everywhere for many, many years. Now, we... we're trying to use non-polluting energy."
Alexia: *muttering to herself.* "OUR people, however..."
Comms Officer: "But that's all moot with you trying to kill us all." He shatters a radio for effect. "If I had the ability to fight you, oh, I would kill you all. But since you rule by force, and incompetent grunts thought they could let you alone, my hand is forced."
Dragoshi: "...Pfft. Such an idiotic assumption."
Harnit sighs... "Can you think of any way for us to change our ways? If you were a Quester, what would you do?"
Dragoshi: "Rule by force... Really." *Rolls eyes.*
Comms Officer: "Idiotic? Idiotic? Do you think it is idiotic to save lives? Oh, wait. You do."
Dragoshi: "Not really."
Comms Officer: "Peace by mass destruction! Clearly that is sensible."
Dragoshi: "I meant it's idiotic to assume we rule by force."
Comms Officer: "You won't even have anything left to save when you're done. You dealt with the EGGMAN. His dream... do you know his dream?"
Dragoshi: "...World domination? Total annihilation... That kind of stuff?"
Comms Officer: "He wants to kill everyone and destroy everything on this planet, like his Granddaddy... so he can replace it with Robotnikland."
Harnit: "And we no longer deal with him! ... To my knowledge."
Comms Officer: "He's totally insane, and appears to hate most organic life. Yet you gave him a weapon of mass destruction! Two, in fact! And then he killed thousands of our men with them! Men... some of which were medics, chefs, political officers... sure, some soldiers, but he doesn't care for civilians either."
Alex: "Robotnikland..."
Harnit: "May I ask you a question, sir?"
Digifanatic: .oO(And we're friends with Sonic...)
Alex: "We're going to shut that place down next!"
Digifanatic: .oO(How does that work out?)
Comms Officer: "As long as you don't insult me again. Then I'll just have to walk out to avoid the stench of your hypocrisy."
Dragoshi: "'Sides, the only reason we have to deal with our enemies by force, is usually due to the fact that the RARELY if EVER give us a damn chance to negotiate. ...I think."
Julian: "Wasn't my idea, I'll tell you that."
Alex: "He killed your men, because you're were about to destroy us entirely." yours.*].
Comms Officer: "Oh, sure, we have rough edges. Just ones which don't kill millions of people."
Harnit: "Do you think that if both your side and ours held a sort of peace conference that we could work this out? Please don't add sarcasm to this..."
Comms Officer: "I'm afraid that can't be done. You rule by force, and destroy all who oppose you. To even let you see the real Ricky would endanger the peace of the universe."
Dragoshi: "..."
Harnit: "No, no, no... You're not answering the question."
Comms Officer: "I heard from my other operators all about your escapades here today. You're trying to take a mass murderer off our hands and make him one of your own generals, aren't you?"
Harnit: "Even if we just did it... By letter... Or something... If we truly gave it an effort!"
Digifanatic: "He did, he said it can't really be done."
Dragoshi: "...Apparently you're only being told one side of a story. Sad."
Comms Officer: "There can be no peace... when the lives of all who disagree with you are forfeit. Now, if you excuse me, I will refrain from alarming the others... only because I am better alive than dead, to the cause of peace."
Harnit: "How are we to help the situation if you don't trust us? When are we allowed to make amends for the past actions?"
Dragoshi: "..."
Comms Officer: "You must stop giving Ricky power by fueling his party. He's no iron-fister. He's too cowardly for that."
Dragoshi: "...I see..."
Comms Officer: "He got in because you killed the moderates and scared off the liberals. The survivors are the most fascist people in the entire group."
Dragoshi: "So we just fuel him... But with what...?"
Comms Officer: "You killed those who hesitated."
Dragoshi: "...Well, apparently we're that unlucky."
Comms Officer: "Bowser... died... because you didn't try to explain why he was wrong to him. He was too dumb to realize your goals were so-called 'peaceful.' Iggy and the other Koopa Kids? Heh. You didn't kill them, but you scared them away. They merely want to do their thing. If they were in control, there'd only be a few castles of a purely defensive nature about! It is Ricky who believes control over the planet is needed... his platform is 'Control of a Planet to Destroy the Murderers.'"
Alex: "We AREN'T Murderers. We want PEACE."
Comms Officer: "And you've scared anyone not in his party into supporting him. He doesn't need to dispatch them--you kill them."
Harnit: "... How can we contact this Ricky?"
Alex: "It's you people you try to blow us up whenever we say that, too! Example: Shadow."
Comms Officer: "The deadly peace of a world after it has been annihilated. I already said you wanted to make him your own General."
Dragoshi: "...This is why I hate it when people jump the gun."
Alex: "We wanted his help to stop the tyranny of Ricky."
Comms Officer: "Go ahead and take Shadow. I don't want him here anyway. If you don't, he may replace Ricky. He is the only one with a worse outlook than him."
Alex: "Ricky didn't give us a chance. All I know is that he has been trying to slaughter us and annihilate everything on this planet since I've been here."
Comms Officer: "It's a reaction to what you have been doing. I can't stop him, and you can't either, as long as you side with terrorists."
Alex: "We aren't terrorists. We STOP terrorists."
Digifanatic: "Exactly."
Comms Officer: "Then why is it you always are the ones who kill all who oppose you? Almost nobody survives against you. Dead. Done for. No trial, no rights."
Alex: "Because they don't cease their violent actions when we ask."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Digifanatic: "Again, exactly."
Comms Officer: "Then arrest them! Do you even know what a jury is?"
Dragoshi: "That and negotiations fail most of the time."
Digifanatic: "Yes."
Dragoshi: "...Also, they'd break out, anyway. And, yes we know."
Alex: "If there was a gun-wielding maniac on the side of the road shooting everyone, and we tell him to stop, and he shoots you, what do you do?"
Digifanatic: "Yes, think about that scenario."
Comms Officer: "Every bullet that kills him is one against justice. And you happen to have thousands of those bullets."
Alex: "You didn't answer me."
Comms Officer: "This isn't the Three Powers Era, people. We can revive dead people if you're quick enough. You can stun them too!"
Dragoshi: "...Some of these things fail. A lot."
Alex: "We can't stun them. Give us that ability and we can try."
Comms Officer: "You're grasping for straws."
Dragoshi: "...Pfft."
Alex: "Speak for yourself."
Dragoshi: "Yes."
Comms Officer: "That's what I've been doing. And I'll sum it up in one sentence: You're corrupt... villains. Not bounty hunters. Charles was wrong. You aren't in it for money. You want to kill for profit and pleasure."
Harnit: "... You've at least enlightened one person here."
Alex: "You are the villain. A terrorist military power."
Digifanatic: .oO(You're the one with the corrupted mind.)
Dragoshi: "...Stop jumping the damn gun! That's all it seems like at this point. A battle of who can jump guns faster." *Rolls eyes.*
Comms Officer: "I am not the soldiers which fight to save the planet and stop the pollution. I am a simple man at a radio station."
Dragoshi: "That and seeing how many people can be prevented from hearing both sides of the story."
Alex: "Then your organization is the villain."
Comms Officer: "I can't change that, but as long as you keep on' killin everything you meet, you'll eventually become your own enemies."
Alex: "Their fighting isn't saving the planet. They are destroying everything they see. They could save the planet without killing everything."
Dragoshi: "...You know."
Comms Officer: "Remember... the Fallen Questers don't just happen in one era. There are many of them. I've seen you act, long before I came here. I took this job to help stop your destruction." He points at you. "Now get out of my office. You're disgusting me with your lies."
Dragoshi: "If you want to make a difference. You don't sit around on your arse doing nothing, even if commanded. You get u-Sod it. This is hopeless." *Exits.*
Alex: "It is your own government who lies to you."
Alexia walks out of the office.
Alex looks to them leaving.
Harnit: "... Would it at least make you a little bit happy to know that you've shed a bit of knowledge to someone about the Quester's past?" *He offers this and sticks by the exit until he's answered..*
Dragoshi: *Heads to the armory, muttering something under his breath in agitation.*
Alexia: "This is insane..."
Comms Officer: "If you remember anything I say... ensure the Questers do not continue their current course."
Metal Man (GM): He idly picks up a radio and begins calling in stuff about flights n' ships and stuff.
Harnit hurries to follow the others..
Dragoshi: "...It's... I just don't know what to believe these days... Which brings me back to my original question."
Metal Man (GM): Back outside, the armory is still accessible... or... the soldiers have dispersed. The commander there notices the Questers have walked out, and is spooked.
Dragoshi: "...Is anything RIGHT?"
Alex follows after.
Commander: "Woah! Uh... nothing to see here!" He walks over and begins idly flipping through a book.
Dragoshi: "..." *Tries to determine his motive.*
Harnit: "No, Mr. Helldusk... Someone will always find something wrong."
Dragoshi: *To Commander.* "...Oh, come off it. You were listening in on that, weren't you?"
Commander: "It's just that... he gave the same talk to Shadow and somehow survived too. I don't know what's wrong with him. The enemy must die! Not be talked to. Shadow said something about his arm. I heard them talk. Something about a park, too."
Harnit: "... Diplomacy can make it so no one needs to die, mister."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Commander: "Nonsense. The olive branch yields to the sword every time!"
Dragoshi: "Sadly some people just refuse to do a little diplomacy. ...For what?"
Commander: "...Of course, I am a mere training Commander, so I wouldn't think of... err... fighting you directly."
Dragoshi: "No, seriously. What is it all worth in the end?"
Commander: "...I'll just be leaving now."
Alexia: "Hold it."
Metal Man (GM): He wanders out, obviously afraid of the Questers. Everyone here is spooked. He walked out a side-door to the right.
Alexia: "...Nobody ever listens to me. Like a certain person who keeps evading my questions."
Dragoshi: "..."
Alexia shoots a death stare at Alex.
Alex goes back to the comms koopa. "Excuse me."
Dragoshi: *Shakes head in annoyance and heads to the armory.*
Alexia: "See?"
Comms Koopa: "Airplane at Route 80. Watch out, high wind conditions."
Metal Man (GM): He's definitely ignoring Alex.
Digifanatic: .oO(Will this ever end? Yeah, when I die.)
Alexia follows the others to the armory.
Alex: "What would you say if we decided it was best if we surrender to your government, and we joined you all?"
Digifanatic: *follows.* *Did not hear that.*
Metal Man (GM): He drops his microphone and is stunned.
Comms Officer: "What? What? Did The Void come by here and destroy reality again?"
Harnit just stands in the armory/comms area... He sees no reason to head to the armory, and doesn't want to get hurt...
Comms Officer: "I... have to refuse your request... I'm only an officer. And besides, Ricky would want you executed. And your crimes are a mile long, so it'd be hypocritical to try to give you quarter."
Alexia: "You guys look around in here." *heads back out of the armory.*
Comms Officer: "And there's only one of you. It'd take Metal Man himself... not that anyone sees him anymore. It's almost like he's faded from his role where he would direct you on missions. We're still debating whether he died of old age or has a conscience."
Dragoshi: .oO(...Hmm... This is all confusing... I'll need to have a talk with Metal... Or Mewtwo, if we ever find him... Or if he's even alive) *Sighs.*
Alex: "So even if we all tried to make up for what we did to Ricky, and even go and help him with his own cause... he wouldn't allow it. Sounds fishy."
Digifanatic: "Sure." *makes a look.*
Alex leaves the Comms Koopa with that.
Alexia meets Alex halfway. "So?"
Comms Officer: "You created your own monster. I can't fix that." He points at Alex. "You fix that first and maybe we'll have a deal." He puts the headphones on again. "Breaker breaker, we have a class 5 wind condition in Death Ridge."
Metal Man (GM): Those who left for the armory enter it.
Alex whispers kinda to Alexia. "He knows how tyrannical Ricky is, but he believes it's for the good of everyone."
Metal Man (GM): Guns, staves, books, everything everywhere--behind glass cases.
Alexia: "Not that, Alex."
Metal Man (GM): A quartermaster sits at a desk... sleeping.
Alexia crosses her arms. "Quit evading me and answer my question. Then I'll leave you alone."
Metal Man (GM): The key is around his neck... and held in his right hand.
Quartermaster: "Zzzz..."
Alex: "What was your question, again?"
Alexia: "How are you related to me?"
Metal Man (GM): He continues sleeping, the key in his hand.
Alex: "Did I say I was...?" *frowns.*
Alexia: "Pft. Still trying to duck feebly around me, I see."
Dex: "Incoming message."
Alex: "Well, listen. Y-- hm?"
Sonic: (Comms) "You guys might want to hurry it up--a MASSIVE force is coming your way!"
Dragoshi: "...Guh."
Sonic: (Comms) "And I mean... flagships!"
Alexia: "...WHAT?!"
Harnit opens his Dex.* "A massive force? From who?"
Sonic: (Comms) "The Imperial Collective, of course!"
Alex: "No time. We gotta either head out, or get a one-last chance with Shadow." *To Alexia.*
Sonic: (Comms) "Tails has deduced they were undermanned to fight you, which is why there hasn't been so many fights when you entered..."
Alexia: "...We'll talk later."
Sonic: (Comms) "But now you're in danger for real! So be quick!" *End communication.*
Harnit tries to contact all the split up Questers... "Let's just get out of here while we can..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Harnit: "To even look at Shadow is to invite death."
Digifanatic: "But where do we go?!"
Dragoshi: *Exits armory and barracks.*
Quartermaster: "Zzzzz..."
Alex frowns. "But... We could really help Shadow..."
Metal Man (GM): Quartermasters usually deal with supplies.
Harnit: "I don't think anything can convince him without us dying a hundred times first... Dex, can you warp us away from here?"
Digifanatic: "Well..." *looks at the QM.* "Think we can smuggle some weapons?"
Quartermaster: "Zzzzz..."
Dragoshi: "...Let's not even bother with that."
Dex: "If you are quick. However to succeed in this mission you must do something noteworthy. Even if you ignore Shadow."
Digifanatic: "Alright, fine..."
Dragoshi: "..." *Exits the armory and barracks.*
Harnit: "Noteworthy..."
Digifanatic: *also muttering "Noteworthy"*
Metal Man (GM): Wandering out of the armory and barracks, those who went outside would see Ricky's flagship blocking the sun.
Sergeant: "Now you've done it! You probably ticked off the Comms Officer!"
Harnit: "Would anyone object to... Trying to set up a meeting with Ricky? A peaceful one... A quick answer would be preferable!"
Sergeant: "He'll have all our heads if you don't flee like the dickens!"
Dragoshi: "...It'll prolly' fail miserably."
Alexia: "I don't think there's much of a chance for that now! Dex! Set up a warp to the ARK!"
Dex: "Warp activated." A warp appears. ...And so does Shadow.
Alex looks to the Sergeant. "But... we want to HELP save this planet!"
Alexia: "!"
Shadow: "Hmph. Going to just walk away, aren't you?"
Alex turns to Shadow.
Dragoshi: "..."
Alexia: "Unless there's another option."
Harnit looks to Shadow.* "What would you suggest us do?"
Dragoshi: "...I might... Might take a risk though. Depends."
Harnit: "Fighting would be pointless."
Shadow: "Your deaths are still scheduled." He holds up a list, most of the names crossed off.
Harnit: "I doubt diplomacy would work... Oh."
Alex: "Shadow, why do you blame the Questers for destroying the IIF, and not the MM2?"
Shadow: "Of course, you can flee like cowards... or you can fight Ricky. Either way... YOU WILL DIE FOR BARGING INTO MY OFFICE."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow picks up Alex by the neck and stares into his eyes.
Digifanatic: "Cause the MM2 never disintegrated... Ricky changed the name."
Harnit: "... Can we not make amends for our actions?"
Shadow: "You. Killed. Several. Phantom. Lords. They. Kept. ORDER."
Dragoshi: "..."
Alex: *hack.* "It... was a mistake!"
Shadow: "Now... The Void is destroying the countryside... and Aran is loose because of you... and we're all going to die because of your MISTAKES!"
Metal Man (GM): He hurls Alex away and turns his back.
Dragoshi: "..."
Alexia: "..."
Alex grumbles, and rises.
Harnit: "So we must take care of this Void and... Deal with this Aran. What else would you have us do?"
Alex: "If you helped us, you could fix us!"
Shadow: "Go. Perhaps Maria wanted me to give you a chance to live. But she would never condone your tactics..."
Alex: "You could have a better chance at fixing everything bad we've done!"
Harnit quickly glances towards the oncoming ships... seeing how close they are getting.
Shadow: "You are weapons just like I am."
Dragoshi: "...Well, ma-..."
Harnit gets an idea..* "You don't approve of our actions either..."
Shadow: "You can only kill. You are unfixable."
Dragoshi: "..."
Alex: "We've got the Ark now, and all of your old team wants you to help them fix it all as well."
Harnit: "Why not come with us and advise us?"
Shadow: "I can only kill too." He turns to you, and yells again. "AND I AM VERY CLOSE TO KILLING YO--... The Ark..."
Dragoshi: "...You know something... Maybe if people weren't so HELL-BENT on trying to kill us some-...Yes? I presume that place is of... Importance to you..."
Shadow: "..." The ground catches fire at his shoes.
Metal Man (GM): The power bracelets he has begin cracking. And to make things worse, Ricky appears to greet everyone on the side. Well, a hologram.
Ricky: "Ah, so glad to see you met Shadow."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Ricky: "Well, If you want to do things the gentleman's way, you can fight me instead--and then maybe I can get Shadow out of both our ways once and for all."
Harnit: "You are the one that wants to see us dead?" *He questions the hologram..*
Alex: "Shadow. These people who follow Ricky said they don't want you around anymore. Why would you want to help someone who hates you?"
Ricky: *shrugs.* "You have killed countless numbers of people. To let you live would be to betray Klumsy."
Alex: "You've got people waiting for you who accept you."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow calms down for a short moment... merely so he can explain.
Shadow: "I aid them because they are not weapons, and given time, can be made peaceful. They also kill the people who... killed... Maria..."
Harnit: "Why... Not tell us what we're doing wrong? Try to peacefully help us? It may sound absurd, but what would it cost you besides a few seconds?"
Dragoshi: "...The problem is... That that plan may backfire."
Digifanatic: .oO(I accept no faction that takes over 75% of this planet with near-fascist-like rule.)
Dragoshi: "...But, what do I know? ...I am merely a 'Weapon' as you've so bluntly put it."
Alex shakes his head. .oO(I wish I knew who Maria was...) "But getting revenge... is that really something Maria would want you to do?"
Dragoshi: *And, he's speaking in jaded/apathetic mode. Beautiful.*
Shadow: "I'm willing to take that risk... and I'm willing to GRIND YOU INTO DUST..." He takes one step forward, but holds his head with another, and speaks a bit more lightly. "Please... go... you can't help me now... Ricky only wants you dead..."
Dragoshi: "...I see you have inner demons. Sad."
Digifanatic: .oO(Why is he acting so bipolar right now?!)
Ricky: "Don't listen to him. You, tall moron." He points at Julian. "You couldn't beat me with TWICE the power you have now!"
Dragoshi: "...But, I hope you triumph over them, Shadow. And, you... YOU GODS DAMNED SOUP DISH."
Alexia: "...I'm fighting."
Alex: "Shadow! We know how to bring Maria back!"
Dragoshi: "..."
Ricky: "Yes, that's right. Call me names. I'll destroy you... with my new technology!"
Dragoshi: "...Heh."
Alexia: "I don't know where it'll lead, but all I can do is follow my senses for now..."
Julian: *Julian's fallen asleep on his feet at this point.*
Dragoshi: "Ahh... Overconfident villainous buffoonery."
Alex: "If Ricky even cared, wouldn't he have done something for you already?"
Dragoshi: "It's annoying... Yet amusing."
Shadow: "She's better dead than alive in the hands of MURDERERS!" He goes to attack... Ricky takes out a strange device and freezes Shadow in time, moments from where he'd otherwise decapitate Julian.
Alex: "Shadow!"
Julian: *What did Julian ever do to him.* D:
Ricky: "Before I made this, he caused an unnecessary amount of deaths."
Alexia: "You're a sick person, Ricky."
Ricky: "But now you have your choice. Fight me, fight him... or flee like the wanton murderers you are."
Alex looks to Ricky. "Why are you such a villain?! You brainwashed your people into thinking what you do is saving everyone."
Ricky: "Of course it is. I must save them from themselves."
Dragoshi: "..." *Tries to weigh the choices...* "...That will backfire in the end. You know that, right?"
Ricky: *Shrug.* "Maybe it will, but the dice are in my hand. And they are loaded."
Harnit: "How about we just talk this out? Can we not compromise?"
Ricky: "Compromise with you? You don't know what that word means."
Dragoshi: "Even if they are loaded they can still give you a bad result."
Alex: "Dragoshi, can't you take that device?"
Ricky: "But if you wanted peace with me... just one thing I want."
Dragoshi: "...It's not that simple, kid."
Metal Man (GM): He holds out his hands, turning on his speakers on all his stuff nearby. His voice booms.
Ricky: "THIS ENTIRE PLANET!!!"
Alexia: "..."
Alex: "Why do you want this planet?!"
Harnit: "Why?!"
Dragoshi: "...Just this planet?"
Alex frowns at Dragoshi.
Ricky: *clears throat.* "To rebuild it and save the world from your evil."
Alexia: "Dex, can you make a warp to his chamber?"
Alex: "Liar." *scoffs.*
Dragoshi: "...Hmm."
Ricky: "Maybe I am lying, but until you fight me, my bluff is uncalled."
Alex: "You rehearsed that line."
Harnit: "Has Nintendus been taken over by our evil?"
Ricky: "I would double your most powerful fighter's own power, and still win against him."
Harnit: "I have researched that it is a peaceful place because of us."
Ricky: "Nintendus? Oh, heavens no. In fact I have saved it myself."
Dragoshi: "...By leaving it?"
Alexia: "We'll soon see about that, Ricky."
Ricky: "I drew you all out here." He smiles wickedly.
Dragoshi: *Tries to determine Ricky's motive...*
Harnit: "... You took it over?"
Alex: "Ricky, what is it about this planet that you want?.. There are other planets that could use your 'help.'"
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi hears Admiral Ackbar yelling 'IT'S A TRAP' in his mind.
Dragoshi: .oO(Thank you strange alien dude yelling at me mentally...) "..."
Ricky: "This is the one you've decided to plague with your brand of violence."
Dragoshi: *He chuckles... Almost laughing.* "...I'm impressed, Ricky."
Ricky: "Remember Charles?"
Alex: "Didn't you come here and start killing people first?"
Dragoshi: "This is a very elaborate trap you've made."
Digifanatic: "You folks are the violent ones..."
Ricky: "...No, you did."
Digifanatic: "Do you really think these innocent Genetians want to live under your spell?"
Alex: "No no. I was told that we FOLLOWED you here, because you pushed this planet over the distress meter."
Ricky: "Trap? Come, now! I am the one who uses my ultimate attack mid-battle!"
Dragoshi: *Continues, containing the disturbing fact he's partially amused by this.* "No, seriously. How long did it take for you to come up with this?"
Ricky: "I am almost as bad as you because of Klumsy... but that doesn't matter anymore."
Dragoshi: "A few days? Weeks? ...Months, even?"
Alexia: *through grit teeth.* "Drag, what are you DOING?"
Ricky: "I don't come up with things. You do."
Dragoshi: "...Oh, no. You have it the other way around."
Digifanatic: "I believe that the civilian population of this whole planet was not thrilled with your entrance."
Ricky: "Are you so sure? Then who is that?" He points at Julian.
Harnit: "... You seem to idolize this Klumsy despite the fact that he almost made you as 'bad as us'?"
Dragoshi: "...Someone who really needs to contain his anger."
Ricky: "WRONG!!! He is a lie... the symbol of your incompetence... master of murdering... I want to show the people who's the real hero."
Alexia: *thinking.* "...Okay, calm down and think this through. If Ricky IS planning a trap, what is he trying to make us do?"
Ricky: "Given twice his own power, he cannot defeat our grandeur!"
Alex: "You've killed more people than he has, and the people you attack haven't done anything wrong!"
Digifanatic: "Exactly!"
Dragoshi: "..."
Ricky: "Oh, but they have. Look at this obnoxious air! Caused by--horrible industries!"
Alex: "You can fix that without killing people!"
Ricky: "If I am wrong, take off your masks and breathe it in."
Alex: "Just hire several druids to purify this world's nature, perhaps."
Ricky: "Argon... Bromine... Sulfur... Carbon Monoxide... the smell of it has deadened my very taste."
Harnit: "Why do you want to fix their mistake? Why do you want to destroy us instead of helping us? Why are you so unreasonably stubborn?"
Ricky: "The time for talk is over. Challenge me, or be labeled forever as cowards!"
Metal Man (GM): He points at the Questers. Then his hologram picks up a rock and chucks it at Julian.
Alex: "We wont challenge you, but we wont run, either."
Metal Man (GM): *BONK* That should wake him up.
Dragoshi: "...This is an obvious trap."
Alex: "You should prove to your own people that you're the real instigator in all of this."
Dragoshi: "...I think." *Continues to try and tell Ricky's motive...*
Alexia clenches a trembling fist.
Julian: *Heavy sleeper, that Julian.*
Alex: "Julian doesn't want to fight you, either! He's not such a ruthless murderer, like Erzez!"
Alexia: "..." *She opens her fist and drops her arm back to her side.*
Harnit: "Why should we be labeled cowards for not senselessly fighting you?"
Dragoshi: "...Hmmm... I'm still gonna have to consider this a trap." *Stands still, and calm.*
Ricky: "Beats me. But I think I'll just inform these people here you are going to flee when you have a chance to defeat me once and for all."
Alex: "Like I said, we aren't going to flee!"
Harnit: "These people? Who?"
Alexia: "...Drag, are you sure it's a trap?"
Metal Man (GM): He begins speaking loudly as Shadow is still frozen mid-air... he doesn't seem to be paying attention to Shadow.
Dragoshi: "...There are ten of you. You might be a fake. You might not."
Ricky: "I, the all-powerful Ricky, have intimidated the foolish Questers out of a battle! I have done what Kuja, nay, The Void, nay, anyone other than me could never do!"
Dragoshi: "...Heh."
Alexia: "..."
Dragoshi: "Assuming victory so quickly?"
Ricky: "With the Questers unwilling to fight for the genocidal Three-Powers murderers, the planet is ours! Rejoice in our infinite success!"
Darkdata: "Could never do?"
Harnit: "You do realize we can still fight you, right?"
Alexia begins quaking with repressed rage.
Dragoshi: "...Your ignorance... Well, I don't know."
Alexia: "Y-you know that's not true, Ricky..."
Digifanatic: "Oh yeah..."
Ricky: "Of course you wouldn't fight me. I am so superior I can defeat you with words!"
Harnit: "You are so completely stupid..."
Dragoshi: .oO(Does it amuse me... Or disgust me?) "...Not really."
Alexia: "..."
Dragoshi: "We're thinking."
Alex: *Checks if Ricky still holding that device that froze Shadow.*
Darkdata: "That is not what my elemental said last time."
Metal Man (GM): His hologram is holding that device, yes.
Dragoshi: *Eyeroll.*
Digifanatic: "Yeah. We're just waiting."
Ricky: "Oh... you wish to fight me?" He points at Darkdata. "Step right up!"
Alexia: "...Hmph. Big talking means small courage, last I checked."
Ricky: "There's still a timeslot in the TV program for video of me defeating foolish people."
Dragoshi: "...He was merely saying something, gun-jumper."
Alex goes over to Shadow.
Metal Man (GM): Lots and lots of dirt. Shadow is still suspended mid-air, about to kill Julian.
Digifanatic: "And how many civilians are watching that show, Ricky?" *gets in between Shadow and Julian.*
Ricky: "My vast nation, as well as the idiots who support you, see everything I say! Now... behold my newest invention, Coward Questers!"
Harnit: "Fine. You won't cope with my form of logic, so I shall just go to yours!"
Alexia: "Nice to see propaganda and fearmongering's still in good supply, turtle."
Metal Man (GM): He presses a button, and the ships begin firing strange beams which cause massive explosions everywhere they hit.
Dragoshi: "...The real thing wouldn't be this idiotic."
Harnit: "Gah!"
Alex grabs onto Shadow's hard. "Despite how badly you want to get Julian, you NEED to unfreeze!"
Metal Man (GM): The beams are only are hitting... Debris...
Alexia opens one neon-green eye for a second before closing it again.
Ricky: "Behold! I shall soon remove the world of debris... opening room for farms... houses... peaceful lives!"
Alex: "Do that, then, Ricky. "
Ricky: "All the things the Questers hate in their jewel-encrusted hearts!"
Darkdata: "... Nice ploy."
Alex: "You don't need to kill to clear debris."
Dragoshi: "...Yes This ploy is rather good."
Ricky: "What are you going to do about it? Breathe on me? You're finished, Questers. I rule this planet!"
Digifanatic: "Peaceful lives? Things we hate?"
Harnit starts to say something, and then gets a question in his head... "Why do you want to help these people? From what I've heard of you, Ricky is not a benevolent person."
Digifanatic: "YOU HAVE GOT THE WRONG IMPRESSION OF WHO WE ARE."
Metal Man (GM): He continues going on about how lasers can 'fertilize the land' and such absurdist nonsense.
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Darkdata: "That is of course if the government wants you."
Dragoshi: "Now... The REAL Ricky..."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Shadow is frozen mid-air.
Darkdata: "After all, the people will have power to vote."
Metal Man (GM): And the warp out is there.
Alexia: "From what I can remember, haven't we been striving for a peaceful life since... oh, I don't know, the beginning of the formation of the Questers?"
Dragoshi: "Wouldn't need to use such absurdist nonsense."
Digifanatic: .oO(If Shadow kills me... he'll be madder!)
Dragoshi: "...So. Why start now?"
Metal Man (GM): The hologram seems to not be keeping track of his time device.
Digifanatic: .oO(But Julian would expect me to do this...)
Darkdata: *Call item clearsong.*
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata grabs it. He doesn't even notice.
Digifanatic: .oO(Yet, he's asleep...)
Metal Man (GM): It has a weird rainbow button on it that's glowing.
Alex tries to rotate Shadow.
Digifanatic carefully places Julian over and out of Shadow's path.
Darkdata: *After they move Shadow....* *Press button.*
Harnit mutters to Alex, "Rotate 'im towards Ricky..."
Alex more specifically tried to rotate Shadow to face Ricky.
Julian: *YAWN... Hey, Julian's waking up! How about that.* "When'd I doz-" *sees everything.* "...The fuck I'd miss NOW?"
Dragoshi: "...A lot of stuff."
Alexia: "Assorted junk. No worries, though."
Digifanatic: "Julian... Shadow would have killed you if you stayed where you were."
Julian: *Sees Shadow about 3 seconds away from killing him.* "AH!" *sidesteps.*
Alex: "Julian, please don't go on a murderous rampage."
Digifanatic: "I am not lying."
Ricky: "And now, I shall do the thing which the Questers cannot counter! Stop time!"
Harnit: "A crazy turtle who monologues too much."
Metal Man (GM): He grabs for his device.
Alexia: "Hit that button."
Ricky: "What the..."
Metal Man (GM): *CLICK.*
Julian: "I saw that, thanks."
Dragoshi: "Including this guy that's claiming to be Ricky saying absurdist nonsense."
Shadow: "--DIE!" *BOOOM.*
Dragoshi: "..."
Julian: "The fuck is Ricky doin' here?"
Metal Man (GM): The hologram is blown up. ...Shadow is confused.
Darkdata: "Don't ask."
Shadow: "Wait a minute... he's not Julian..."
Alexia: "Ooooh. Nice pyrotechnics..."
Julian: "...This shit don't make any sense."
Alex: "Shadow, he's just USING you. No one likes being used!"
Harnit: "Ricky froze you in time."
Digifanatic: "It never does, Julian."
Dragoshi: "...Yea."
Julian: "Yeah, I knew that. You got anythin' else for me, Captain Obvious?"
Digifanatic: "Not now."
Shadow: "You don't get what I'm saying. But the time for getting things is over. For it is time... to DESTROY YOU."
Darkdata: *Is ready to press the button at shadow if he tries to attack anyone.* *Press button.*
Alex: "No!"
Julian: "Alright... So we've got Shadow, the Military, an'...what else?"
Shadow: "Chaos---" *Freeze.*
Dragoshi: "..."
Alex: "...Chaos... Control?"
Julian: "Spear, more like it."
Alexia: "Probably Chaos Blast or Chaos Spear."
Digifanatic: "And now what?"
Darkdata: "So, he comes back to base to be contained for now?"
Metal Man (GM): Another hologram appears. It, err, Ricky brushes himself off.
Dragoshi: "...Well, what now?"
Alex blinks... "Wait... Someone... I knew was taught Chaos Control..."
Julian: "Kick Ricky's ass again?"
Alexia reaches over and turns Shadow towards the hologram.
Ricky: "Hmph. Comedy shall not defeat me. Ah, yes! The fighter is awake now."
Darkdata: *Presses button.*
Alexia: "Your dad, right, Alex?"
Dragoshi: "...It's a trap."
Alex frowns at Alexia.
Ricky: "Gack!" *BLAM.*
Alexia steps back quickly.
Harnit stands behind and away from Shadow...*
Alex: "Yes. Aribar Hunter was taught Chaos Control... by Shadow!!"
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Alex looks over to Shadow again.
Julian: "...No he wasn't."
Shadow: "...Okay, who is it who keeps on freezing me in time? Forget Julian. It's their time to DIE." He looks around, shaking his fists.
Darkdata: *Press button at shadow.* *undo.*
Julian: "He jus' touched an' Emerald an' BOOM, Chaos Control."
Harnit: "Shadow, tell us one last time. What do we not get?"
Shadow: "D--" *Freeze.* *Unfreeze.* "Amn it!"
Dragoshi: "...You know is just gonna go on like this right?"
Shadow: "You are weapons. Pointed in the wrong direction. But more importantly, somebody is freezing me. I will find them. And I will KILL them!"
Alex: "Shadow, what about Aribar?!"
Metal Man (GM): He glances around and notices Darkdata.
Darkdata: "It's Ricky."
Alex: "You would go against him, too?"
Darkdata: "He threw the device. I just found it."
Shadow: "Aha! That is Ricky's device... but you keep on... " He gets a very angry frown on his face.
Alexia: "Yeah. That's Ricky for you."
Darkdata: "He has a spare."
Alexia: "Pin the blame on someone else."
Shadow: "Why must my enemies always have the ability to cheat?"
Harnit: "Then point us in the right direction! You're smart enough to tell us we're pointed the wrong way... You have to be intelligent enough to help us!"
Dragoshi: "...I have no idea."
Alex: "We don't WANT to be your enemy, Shadow!"
Dragoshi: "Yea..."
Shadow: "...Then why do you keep on freezing me in time?"
Dragoshi: "..."
Alex: "Because you keep trying to kill us..."
Dragoshi: "...Yea."
Darkdata: "What he said."
Digifanatic: "And our goal was not to fight you!"
Dragoshi: "And I am getting closer to just YELLING at you... And I try to have SOME restraint, dammit."
Shadow: "Because you didn't listen to what I said about running away. And my patience has run out with you... but I have nowhere to get rid of my rage..." He begins glowing deadly red.
Alex: "We can stop all of Ricky's tyranny, and clear of your own issues with the people who killed Maria, even... if you help!"
Metal Man (GM): Again, there is the portal... or there is Ricky, as one of his holograms peeks out from behind a small wall and yells at the Questers.
Dragoshi: "...It's no use. He's lost in his own damn anger."
Harnit: "There's a hologram to destroy..."
Ricky: "Are you going to sit here and destroy my holograms, or fight me like Questers?"
Alexia: "Not to mention a ship, too."
Darkdata: *Freeze Button at shadow.*
Alex: "No! Shadow, please stop."
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata presses the button. The remote begins to throw sparks.
Harnit: "... Why did you freeze him?!"
Darkdata: *Toss.*
Shadow: "That remote... that's the answer."
Metal Man (GM): He walks over to the thrown remote all silent-like.
Dragoshi: "...The answer... To what?"
Shadow: "To my question of whether I could trust Ricky... or any of you."
Dragoshi: "...And let me guess... You can't trust anyone?"
Shadow: "You're right... Ricky is wrong..." He waves a finger. "And so are you."
Dragoshi: "...I thought so."
Alex frowns.
Shadow: "And now... it is time to BURN THIS PLACE TO THE GROUND."
Alex: "No!! That's not the right thing to do right now."
Metal Man (GM): It begins raining Chaos Spears, which begin blowing up the area. The ship itself flies away. Ricky's hologram walks over one last time.
Dragoshi: "...Let me guess, hologram."
Ricky: "Hah! Now I've got you. Maybe you didn't fall for my undefeatable weapon THIS time..."
Dragoshi: "You have another smartass comme-Of course."
Ricky: "...But now you'll NEVER get Shadow on your side! Ha ha ha ha ha!" *Vanish.*
Darkdata: "Oh please let a chaos spear hit hi--... Grr."
Dragoshi: "...At least isn't on your's either."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow walks away, raining destruction on the academy.
Alex runs after him.
Alexia: "...All I have to say is that this could have gone better."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Digifanatic: "You know what? I think we can get the rest of Sonic's friends in on this without Shadow."
Sonic: (Dex) "Guys! Get out of there! I told you Shadow was a loose wire! You hardly had a chance to succeed... but you managed to take out the academy!"
Digifanatic: *Rarely is Digi ever this overconfident, but he has no choice but to bank on that.*
Harnit tries to think of something to do... "How are we supposed to deal with someone with so much rage?"
Digifanatic: "Alright!" *sends for a warp.*
Sonic: (Dex) "Beats me, but you're a lot better alive than dead!"
Julian: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The warp out is right there. Meanwhile, Alex follows Shadow.
Darkdata: "Loose? More like power grid failure."
Julian: "I hate this planet an' everythin' on it. I ain't even kiddin'."
Alex: "You can't just give up on one of your old friends, Sonic! Not like that!"
Metal Man (GM): He walks into the fiery mess of the barracks.
Sonic: (Dex) "You're right. You need to escape now, before he kills you!"
Dragoshi: "..." *Looks over to the wreckage of the Administrative area...*
Metal Man (GM): Shadow turns to Alex, now slightly less angry, but in a more exasperated type of anger.
Shadow: "What is it... you want? You have wasted enough time talking when the time for action came. I don't want to hear any more excuses... go away before I am forced to kill you..."
Harnit goes after Alex. "I'll try and make sure he doesn't get killed! ... Somehow!"
Alexia: "..."
Alex: "You... You believed in justice and freedom, Shadow. Why can't you enforce it?"
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* A nearby wall melts into the ground, nearly missing Alex.
Darkdata: *Runs after.* "I have to apologize."
Alexia shakes her head and blinks a few times, the abnormal eye color gone.
Julian: "C'mon, let's get the hell outta here." *Heads for the warp. Damn diplomacy missions.* "They wanna stay an' die? Not my problem."
Alex backs away from the wall, and steps closer to Shadow.
Alexia: "You'd let your own friends die?"
Shadow: "But I am." The ceiling explodes nearby. "This is an academy made for those who kill the innocent to protect other innocents who you kill."
Dragoshi: "..." *Lets out an exasperated groan then yells over to Harnit and Alex.* "Get back here you two! There's nothing more we can do!"
Alex: "You were an ally of Aribar Hunter, weren't you? Why not anymore??"
Digifanatic: *goes for the warp.*
Aaron climbs in.
Dragoshi: "...'Sides. Apparently people assume us to be killers anyway..."
Shadow: "You both fight. Maria told me the evils of war and mankind. It's a lot better if I destroy all the weapons..." He points at you. "I'm doing you a favor by letting you live for now."
Dragoshi: "...Which brings me back to the original question..."
Alexia: "I just don't know anymore..."
Harnit: "Mr. Alex, leave him! Let Shadow be alone for a while..."
Darkdata: "Shadow, before you go I have to say one thing."
Alexia: "Looks like all I can do right now is follow my heart, as corny as that sounds."
Dragoshi: *This time, so everyone can hear.* "...IS ANYTHING. RIGHT?"
Shadow: "The truly innocent were evacuated shortly after you got here. I don't want to hear any more NONSENSE." He rips a bookcase through a wall. It's getting too hot to stay in the building.
Alex: "Don't! You can be a better person... Maria sounds like a very peaceful girl, and peace is what the Questers want too. If Ricky takes over the planet, you know it won't be peaceful..." *He is feeling the burn.*
Darkdata: "I am sorry for freezing you all those times. I was only doing it because I thought you would hurt my friends."
Shadow: "What does it look like I'm doing here? Since when was burning Ricky's Academy going to help him?" *He points to Darkdata.*
Darkdata: "I want you to know that, before you go."
Harnit tries to drag Alex away...
Shadow: "No, you were the only person who did anything. Without you I'd still believe certain people could be pure of heart."
Alex: "But you could help us... You could help us, and in turn, that would help you, too... You know that!"
Shadow: "It was naive and stupid to put my faith in that dictator. Now GO!" He hurls the remaining people out of the building just before it explodes.
Dragoshi: *And... His question goes unanswered.*
Alex: *Hurled. Whee.*
Darkdata: "Ggaaah."
Alexia: "..."
Dragoshi: *Wasn't in there. Phew.*
Alexia: "No, Drag. Nothing's right anymore..." *She looks sadly at the wreckage of the building.*
Metal Man (GM): The warp out remains.
Dragoshi: *Looks at the wreckage...* "...Apparently so."
Metal Man (GM): Ricky's ships moves around in the area. A radio in the wreckage crackles.
Alex: "We... can't just leave him like this! Shadow is a good person, and belongs with other good people!"
Harnit: "He may not be with us, but he's not with Ricky, Mr. Alex."
Alex: "His friends are good people... and his friends need him..."
Alexia: "Alex..."
Harnit: "How much do you want a person to change in such a short period of time?"
Dragoshi: "...Hmm."
Alexia: "No... brother... please. Please stop."
Ricky: (Radio) "The Questers revealed the foe among us: Shadow. In addition to losing to our words, they released the hidden time bomb that was Shadow by rapidly pestering him with my very own device."
Dragoshi: .oO(So many questions unanswered so many problems...)
Alex frowns at Harnit, and nods, then looks at Alexia. .oO(Brother?)
Ricky: (Radio) "And that ends... our program for tonight."
Dragoshi: "...And this guy keeps on milking it with that idiotic sack of lies."
Alexia: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Shadow is somewhere in the wreckage.
Dragoshi: "And I bet a lot of people are sheeped into believing this..."
Harnit: "Doubtless."
Alex: "No!.. Shadow has at least got to know that some of Ricky's people are innocent as well! Not all of Ricky's people are evil... they just don't know the truths!"
Harnit: "Alex, he DOES know!"
Metal Man (GM): Oddly, there aren't any corpses in the wreckage of the people the Questers knew to be innocent.
Alex looks at the destroyed base, and just realized that somehow, no one died. "...They really survived?"
Dragoshi: "...Though, at least... Whoever may have qualified as innocents have survived."
Metal Man (GM): The base, or the building, at least, was all that burnt.
Alex: "I thought his attacks harmed the koopas, too."
Metal Man (GM): That and a bunch of guns.
Harnit: "He even said that the innocent were evacuated."
Dragoshi: *Walks over to the guns.* "And to make sure these won't be used..."
Metal Man (GM): No need to make sure.
Harnit: "I doubt that there is anything more we can do here... Unless we do what Mr. Helldusk is doing."
Metal Man (GM): They've been melted into puddles.
Dragoshi: "...Huh. Damn heat. Made me think they were in one piece."
Metal Man (GM): Nothin' else there... Mission Complete.
Julian: *Julian's already left. Maybe the others should follow his example.*
Alex: "Then... let's go... but if we see Shadow again, we have got to show him that we all have the same goals..."
Dragoshi: "...Hm" *Heads back to the warp... Yep.*
Aaron was already left as well.
Harnit awaits for Alex to enter the portal before leaving..
Metal Man (GM): Ricky's men are approaching... the real thing, too.
Alex sighs and enters the portal.
Darkdata: *warp.*
Alexia enters the portal as well.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... Ricky walks back to the massive, burnt academy and shakes his fists.
Ricky: "Those... stupid... QUESTERS! They didn't attack me the ONE TIME I wanted them to. I was so sure they'd denounce my power and try to do that thing they did in the other 99% of the missions I've seen. Who could have possibly taken the irrational fight out of them?"
Metal Man (GM): *Meanwhile, behind some rocks.*
Comms Officer: "One strike towards his reign... but only one. In time the people will rise against his evil kind." He wanders off while Ricky stomps on the ruins.
Metal Man (GM): The figure with metallic boots observes the fire from afar. He puts away a telescope.
???: "It appears my time has... begun. At last. This world needs no dictators... this world needs... ME!" He marches off.
Metal Man (GM): And... even further away... in the wreckage of the Seeker... Hop sits in the wreckage... and would knock into Rune Miasma. E Li Three would also wander over and wake him up by splashing water on him.
E Li Three: "Wake up, wannabe carpet! We must destroy ice cream today!"
Glyph: [Hop] "Ice... cream?" *Hop gets up.* *Hop attempts looks around.*
E Li Three: "Giant tubes of unknown substance have landed on you... we must inhale some of it to find out what it is!"
Glyph: [Hop] "That sounds like my kind of activity!"
Metal Man (GM): Two tubes of Ruin Miasma sit right besides Hop, along with E Li Three.
Glyph: *Hop grabs the jar and attempts to open it.*
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo is... not in the area. Hop opens it up easily.
Glyph: *Hop downs the entire thing at once.*
Metal Man (GM): E Li Three does the same with the other one. He belches fumes like a car.
E Li Three: "Blech. Tastes like Wolfman!"
Glyph: [Hop] "I know what you mean. Wait, no I don't. What do you mean?"
E Li Three: "Vaguely metallic, dusty, and causes mysterious adventures to North Carolina!"
Glyph: *Hop waves his hand in front of his face.*
Metal Man (GM): Hop's hand seems to be normal. Meanwhile, E Li Three swings a broken shovel at thin air.
Glyph: [Hop] "This is the opposite of what I usually inhale. Usually things make me go blind--now I'm not blind and I was headed that way."
E Li Three: "I see police people!"
Glyph: [Hop] "Yay for air!" *Hop attempts to heal himself using the Miasma.*
Metal Man (GM): Easily done. E Li Three seems to be getting effects from it too, as he somehow points at a ruined wall, causing it to be fixed.
E Li Three: "Woah! I can actually do useful things! I must write this in my blog!"
Glyph: [Hop] "This is good stuff... I wonder if there's any more? Didn't I leave some in that cube?" *Hop wanders around the wreckage looking for shinies and or the cube.*
E Li Three: "I don't know. But I do know it's time to bust dust." He takes out his vacuum and cleans up the floor. Somewhere during it he reveals the cube.
Glyph: *Hop picks up the cube and bangs it on his head until it does something.*
Metal Man (GM): After a few moments of getting the dust off of it, he eats the dust.
E Li Three: "Deliciously dirty."
Glyph: [Hop] "Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. How did I do this the first time?" *Hop bites on the cube.*
E Li Three: "Hey! No fair! You get a head start!" He takes a hunk of debris and hits it against his head, trying to beat the amount of times he can hit himself with it. "Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow."
Glyph: *Hop is greeted by an unintelligible string of curse words. Then he finally opens the cube and absorbs the contents.* "I feel like punching things." *Hop wanders over to E Li Three and punches him.*
E Li Three: "Ow. Ow. OW. Wait, that's cheating."
Glyph: [Hop] "Oh, wait, can't I do..."
E Li Three: "This is how you punch something."
Metal Man (GM): He splashes a bowl of punch on Hop.
E Li Three: "Thirteen clothes damage!"
Glyph: [Leviathan] "You want a piece of this?" *Leviathan attempts to charge up the energy via the Miasma.*
Metal Man (GM): Leviathan charges up completely. E Li Three looks at him, raising an eyebrow.
Glyph: *Leviathan aims directly at E Li with one of his stronger beam attacks.*
E Li Three: "Aha! A challenger!"
Metal Man (GM): He opens his mouth ultra-wide and eats it.
E Li Three: "Power level... high enough to kill people other than me. What say we join forces?"
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Join... I just... shot you with..." *Leviathan puts his hands on his head.* "Sure, what the hell."
E Li Three: "Yes. I thank you for trying to kill me. For, in truth, I have made my tests to make people try to kill me for years."
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Hahaha! I know what you mean! I've been trying to... well, nevermind that."
E Li Three: "Now. Where should we spread terror! And Pink Flamingos?"
Glyph: [Hop] "Finally! Something we all can agree on! Pink Flamingos and Terror it is." *Leviathan aims another shot at E Li for the hell of it.*
E Li Three: *He takes out a strange device and shoots the laser--it magically turns into bananas.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "You better not sell the Questers any of those."
E Li Three: "Death bananas? They are better for putting in traps."
Glyph: *Leviathan folds his hands together. Then he stretches.*
Metal Man (GM): He fills his pockets with them and points at a random location.
Glyph: [Leviathan] "It's good to be back." *Leviathan coughs.*
E Li Three: "Come. Let us kill our foes with Backstreet Boys!"
Glyph: [Leviathan] "Well, you know what maniacal laughter sounds like. And right on." *Leviathan folllows E Li Three.*
Metal Man (GM): He wanders out... *Fadeout.* Aaand the line of magic cinemas finish. Will E Li Three and Leviathan destroy the world with Pink Flamingoes and deathrays? Will Ricky ever fight the Questers again? Will Shadow discover the 'right side'? Will we ever find out who the mysterious armored boots man is? Find out, possibly in the next episode of Super Smash Quest!
Alex: D: *BACK AT THE ARK, THEN.*
Alexia warps back onto the ARK and waits for Alex to appear from the warp.
Julian: "The hell took you guys so long?"
Alex warps back... unless some random distortion causes him to warp elsewhere?.. Or at least, he hopes.
Harnit warps back last.
Alex: "Alright then. No more Truth or Dare for me. I'm gunna go to bed now, Seeya."
Alexia: "HOLD IT."
Alex frowns.
Digifanatic is far away from this but still in earshot...
Alexia: "You still haven't answered my question."
Sonic: *Is flipping a coin.* "Just remember, guys."
Alex: "But..."
Digifanatic: "I know, Sonic, Shadow's a nutcase."
Sonic: "It isn't about good or evil. It's about what's right."
Julian: *Julian was waiting in the warp-room for everyone to get back... and this is too good to miss. He stays put.*
Alex: "But I thought what's 'Right' is what is good..."
Dragoshi: *In response to Sonic.* "...That it is. That it is."
Harnit nods to Sonic... "Good and evil are subjective."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Alexia: "Alex... Please. I need to know."
Harnit: "Our good is Ricky's evil."
Digifanatic: "Correct."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Alex: "But talking about that kind of stuff... shouldn't be done, Alexia."
Dragoshi: "...Though what does that make everyone and everything in between?"
Tails: "Perhaps Shadow requires some time to think? At least, that's what happened last time."
Alexia: "...Do you trust me?"
Dragoshi: *To Tails.* "...Last time?"
Tails: "No, wait. Both times."
Alex: "Erm... sure, why not?"
Harnit listens to Tails... While also keeping an ear of the Alex/Alex drama.
Dragoshi: "...Both?"
Alexia: "Then please tell me."
Tails: "...He generally waits a long time to evaluate whether or not you are good or evil in his eyes."
Dragoshi: *Doing the same as Harnit.* "...I see."
Alex: "Ugh..."
Tails: "In the meantime, he treats you as evil to avoid making... mistakes..."
Dragoshi: "Makes sense..."
Julian: "Guilty until proven innocent..."
Digifanatic: *Ditto Drag.*
Tails: "...I don't understand it, but that's him." He walks off, probably to maintain some stuff.
Darkdata: "Sounds like my world's old court system."
Alexia: "Alex..."
Alex: "My father is Edward Hunter, my mother is Sasha."
Digifanatic: .oO(What?! He's lying. He has to be...)
Julian: *WHAT A DISASTER.*
Harnit: "His logic makes sense... Well..."
Dragoshi: "..." *Double checks if he is lying.*
Harnit: "I think I have much studying to do... I know too little about the Questers. "
Aaron yawns.
Alex: *Dragoshi can't tell at all.*
Digifanatic: "Eh, it happens, Harnit."
Dragoshi: *Is... Uncertain.* "...Hmm."
Digifanatic: .oO(Edward and Sasha... sounds like names. But, I see that blue and the name "Hunter": and I think Aribar. But, alternate lands? Who knows.) *Text Dex to Dragoshi coming up.* *TXT* 'Hmm... when he said 'I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps', maybe he meant civil defense in general. You know how these warps work...'
Dragoshi: *TXT* '...Aye.'
Harnit goes off to look at the database of his Dex...
Digifanatic: *TXT* 'One minute, you're out wherever and the next--zoom! You're a Quester.'
Dragoshi: *TXT* 'Pretty much, yea. Be it by coincidence or fate.'
Digifanatic: *Txt.* 'Okay, enough of this... Alexia seems like she can't be pleased and she's off somewhere else. It feels uncomfortable bringing this up.' *closes and pockets Dex.*
Dragoshi: *Pockets own Dex.* .oO(There are things far more uncomfortable, young one. You just haven't seen them yet. ...I think.)
Julian: *Julian's off to his room.*
Darkdata: *ditto.*
Digifanatic: .oO(SHUT UP ABOUT IT, IAN. YOU'RE NOT MAKING IT BETTER.)

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