Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 354: Maester's Massacre

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Date: April 7th, 2007.
Trivia: Easily one of the most gruesome logs, if you're squeamish, you best turn away now. :p
Trivia 2: This is also one of the shortest ones. It's only here because I chose to make it its own chapter long ago--to leave it out would mess up the order of things, and it gets referenced a lot later.
Locos Docos (GM): The Interlude: Now Available in Monaural Sound.
Locos Docos (GM): While the Questers are en route to the next planet, events on the Earth in the dimension where the Lunarian Moon originates have deteriorated further... It begins as the camera slowly circles a megapolis at the twilight of dawn. The sun has begun to rise in the east and its rays begin to hit the large city. At first glance, it is a beautiful morning. The camera pans into the city from the south, showing the city from a bird's eye view.
Locos Docos (GM): The streets leading out into the city are devoid of human population or vehicles. As the camera enters the southern-central part of the city, Solarian technology and soldiers are spread about. A tremendous battle happened during the night between an unknown menace and the Solarians attempting to defend the city.
Locos Docos (GM): Tanks have been destroyed, helicopters ripped apart, shrapnel thrown in every direction as far as the eye can see. Soldiers were killed in horrendous ways; some have been impaled by the blades of helicopters to the ground in the middle of their bodies.
Locos Docos (GM): Arms and legs were ripped from the body while they were still alive. Hundreds of others have been just thrown in piles on top of each other. Not a spot can be seen without blood spilled onto it. The camera moves forward toward the heart of the city.
Locos Docos (GM): Here is where the Solarian civilians attempted to flee in terror in vain. Across dozens of streets, for each and every street lamp, the body of a Solarian is hanged from a rope. The bodies of men... women... senior citizens... even small children sway slowly as the wind passes by.
Locos Docos (GM): The camera moves toward the north-eastern side of the metropolis. It moves downward toward a recreational village park within a valley. Wooden houses are around this area. Stone bridges connect to other parts of the area over the waterways that are part of a small lake.
Locos Docos (GM): At the center of this park is a small landscape. This landscape is the shrine of a large, shining crystal. The Crystal of Wind. It has already been activated. Floating on the small lake of water, that now is a lake of blood, is a wooden boat that comes out of the shadow of one of the stone bridges into the dawning sun.
Locos Docos (GM): The camera moves to the front of the boat, and there are two figures. At the foreground of the camera is the being that is steering the boat with a paddle and in the back is another being which is blurred. An X-Naut(!?) is rowing the boat.
Locos Docos (GM): The camera shifts its focus toward the other being, bringing that being into focus and blurring the X-Naut. This being, the passenger of the boat, is clad in blue armor and not wearing the helmet. It's Maester Magellean. The pendant around his neck glows.
Locos Docos (GM): A guitar has been manifested onto his lap. He strums it once, slowly, to get the rhythm of it. He begins playing the guitar as the boat begins to pass under another stone bridge. Sometime after playing it, his pendant glows, and the voices of a female chorus can be heard singing in accompaniment to the song...
Locos Docos (GM): Music ---> .hack//Sign "Fake Wings" <---
Female Chorus: "Shine, bright morning light / Now in the air the spring is coming! / Sweet, blow-i-ing wind / Singing down the hills and valleys..."
Female Chorus: "Keeeeeep your eyes on me! / Now we're on the edge of hell... / Dear my love, sweet morning light / Wait for me, you've gone much farther, too faaaaaaaaaaar." They sing once more.
Female Chorus: "Shine, bright morning light / Now in the air the spring is coming! / Sweet, blow-i-ing wind / Singing down the hills and valleys..."
Female Chorus: "Keeeeeep your eyes on me! / Now we're on the edge of hell... / Dear my love, sweet morning light / Wait for me, you've gone much farther, too faaaaaaaaaaar." The camera moves back and forth as he continues to strum the guitar. The singing becomes part of the background now.
Maester Magellean: "This song is fitting for this exact time and place..."
Locos Docos (GM): He looks to the Crystal as it becomes visible to his eyesight.
Maester Magellean: "All the Elemental Crystals... Water, Wind, Fire, and Earth have all become active at--" *he looks up to the sky.* "--the price of 2/5ths the Solarian population."
Locos Docos (GM): He takes in a deep breath as he looks onward to the X-naut. At a second glance, this X-naut looks... flat. Like it is two-dimensional.
Maester Magellean: "It is as though that the peace of mind that I desire so much is actually attainable now. At the same time, Earth is conquered as the rise of the Giant of Babel causes the downfall of the remaining Solarian population."
Locos Docos (GM): He should be satisfied... but his lower lip moves as he forms a scowl. He throws the guitar into the lake of blood as the song stops mid-way.
Maester Magellean: "I've almost attained what I wanted from those damn Solarians... but all of it can be jeopardized still! Not this time... I..I will make sure that those foul Questers don't even get the chance to ruin my chance of setting hell on all of the Solarian race!"
Locos Docos (GM): Maester Magellean squats somewhat and leaps from the boat high into the air. He lands near the Wind Crystal and begins to perform a summoning portal from the ground. His pendant glows red as it resonates a loud-pitched sound and reverberates.
Maester Magellean: "Time to summon another lieutenant from that realm..."
Locos Docos (GM): The sky above gives form to crimson clouds. Lightning crackles to the ground. Out of the portal expels a large amount of pyreflies. The last of the pyreflies come out of the portal as it closes. The crimson clouds dissipate and the lightning stops. The hundreds of pyreflies congregate before Magellean as begins to give form to a being from the Ethereal Realm. It manifests a physical form. The body is small, has rabbit ears, and well... wears a black suit. It's... Cream?
Maester Magellean: "I welcome you to this reality as I have Ganondorf and Grodus before you. I have a task especially for you that involves the Questers... Here will be your assignment, fir--"
Locos Docos (GM): She interrupts him.
Cream?: "The Questers? Oh I would love to belittle them again and take revenge for those hunters killing my friend Chees---"
Maester Magellean: "...again?" He blinks, somewhat bewildered.
Cream?: "...What is it that you ask of me?"
Maester Magellean: *Squints an eye at her out of curiosity.* "Hmm... Regardless, I am close to awakening the Giant of Babel, all ties to the Questers' dimension have been severed, but there is still a problem."
Maester Magellean: As I come even more closer to making the Solarians understand what they put me through for almost two decades, there is always that one chance for them to come through a random portal or gateway that would lead to this world. Seeing as you seemingly know about them already, your task is to see to it that that chance... never... happens."
Maester Magellean: "Impossible it could be, but I want it minimized as much as possible. This is where you come in: You are to covertly follow them at a close distance at all times. You know the signature of this dimension, so you would know if a portal were to lead to here."
Maester Magellean: "Should that possibility ever happen... I want you to block their path by any means necessary. Do I make myself clear?"
Cream?: "Yes." *She snaps her fingers and her weapon of choice, her scythe, appears in both of her hands.*
Maester Magellean: "Never mention who you serve. Do not say where the portal leads. Always follow them. Always stay out of their realm of vision and detection by their technology. You are capable of this."
Locos Docos (GM): Maester Magellean lifts his left hand and aims it to the right of the Cream lookalike. He musters much energy into creating a very... specific portal.
Maester Magellean: "I've been able to lock on their coordinates. You'll be there on their ship without them ever knowing. Remember your task and do not engage them unless they attempt to trek into this realm. Now go."
Locos Docos (GM): She nods her head in respect and walks into the portal. It closes after she enters it.
Maester Magellean: "Now that that is settled..." *He begins to rise up into the sky.* "Time to assemble the armies and assault the stronghold that the Giant of Babel slumbers beneath."
Locos Docos (GM): He sets off towards the North... The flat X-naut, or Flat-naut, jumps out of the boat.
Flat-Naut: "W-w-wait for me!!" He scurries off into the city to follow Magellean.
Locos Docos (GM): The Interlude: The End.

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