Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 356: Let's shoot our allies!
Date: April 27th, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): The group is on the Seeker, as Metal gets the message from the President of Ferran. The Questers are in the main room of the Seeker, and thus see it too.
Douglas Fredericks: "Welcome, people of Nintendus, to Ferran."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see an older man in his 50s, with gray hair, wearing a suit of gray, with a blue and black tie.
Dragoshi: *Leans against the wall, apathetically waving.*
Metal Man (GM): His face is vaguely European, and he has an earpiece.
Dragoshi: *What's the earpiece look like?*
King Demon leans against another wall.
Alexia: *whispering to Dragoshi.* "Stand up straight."
King Demon hears Alexia and does so.
Digifanatic: *intently listening and sitting down.*
Metal Man (GM): The earpiece is black colored and has a wire leading down the collar of his suit.
Dragoshi: *Whisper to Alexia.* "...Why should I even bother?"
Douglas Fredericks: "You have been brought here to investigate... a situation. As you may notice, you are not flying to the average airport. In fact, you shall land at a secret military facility."
Alexia: *whispering to Dragoshi.* "Because I'm in perfect position to kick you in the shin and we're talking to a president?"
Metal Man (GM): The Seeker begins re-entry here, and below is a great forest... just like Earth.
Dragoshi: *Whisper to Alexia.* "...I suggest not doing that, as you'll only hurt your foot and agitate me."
Douglas Fredericks: "I will brief you fuller once you land... just one note. You can't go anywhere without my permission... it has to do with this issue."
Metal Man (GM): The picture vanishes.
Dragoshi: "...Of course it's strange."
King Demon: "What ISN'T strange when we're involved?"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see the compound, finally.
Dragoshi: "Heh. That's a fact of life right there, Demon." >_>;;
Metal Man (GM): It's a spiral-shaped metallic platform above the forest, as the ship lands with a clank.
King Demon looks at the compound "Is it just me or does that look vaguely familiar?"
Metal Man (GM): Glass windows everywhere--the landing platform opens, with two soldiers in blue uniforms (made of cloth) with guns at the ready salute the Questers.
Soldier1: "Welcome to Ferran. Please follow us--we're only here to escort you, of course."
Dragoshi: "...Of course."
Digifanatic: *nods and waits to walk off.*
Soldier2: "Ol' Freddy is scared to death. I doubt it's anything important, but... eh. The faster we go there, the faster I can get my morning cup of joe."
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(Also, what the hell is up with the color blue?)
King Demon looks at the saluting soldiers a little surprised and whispers to Dragoshi "I don't recall getting THAT kind of a welcome when I was last a Quester!"
Dragoshi: *Whisper.* "Times change, I guess..." :/
King Demon: *whisper.* "Guess so."
Darkdata: *W* "I think more things are amiss than the leader wants to show."
Dragoshi: *Whisper.* "Anyway..." *Moseys on along to the soldiers an' whatnot.* *Stop. Whisper to DD.*
Digifanatic: *follows Drag off the ship.*
Darkdata follows behind the others.
Glyph: *Leviathan marches out looking very law abiding, a remarkable display.*
Dragoshi: "Well, that's obvious, ain't it?"
King Demon disembarks the ship.
Dragoshi: *Anyway, continue to moving along...*
Alexia glances back and flinches as she sees Glyph step off.
Darkdata: *W* "It's amazing what addiction can do to a villain..."
Alexia: *muttering.* "Aaaand this just went up in flames, I think..."
Leo: *follows Dragoshi.*
Alexia turns back around and continues following.
King Demon: *whisper to Alexia.* "No, not yet it hasn't..."
Dragoshi: *Looks at Leviathan, and mutters to himself.* "...Hm. He pulled a 180. Must be in it for the miasma, though" :/
Metal Man (GM): They march ahead, crossing the busy concrete airport.
King Demon shrugs and falls in line.
Metal Man (GM): There are military space ships all around. The Questers are walking directly to the tower at the northern end of the base... a blue glass tower. Everyone stops in front of it, as the two guards in red there salute and then take out their own weapons--pistols--and unlock the door.
Dragoshi: .oO(Again, with blue. ...And some red? ...Huh.)
Soldier3: "We are air marines, and this is our base, so we'll escort you up into this tower."
Digifanatic: "No problem."
Glyph: *Leviathan stumbles along. He's not very good at walking today.*
King Demon: "All right."
Metal Man (GM): They walk to an elevator, open it, gesture for the Questers to enter as they themselves enter it.
Darkdata just follows. Putting on a diplomatic look. Whatever that is.
Glyph: *Leviathan leans against the elevator wall.*
Alexia heads into the elevator.
Dragoshi: *Enters the elevator, and leans against the wall as well...*
Leo: *walks into the elevator.*
King Demon gets in the elevator.
King Demon leans against a wall.
Digifanatic: *heads in.*
Metal Man (GM): The elevator finally stops on a floor. The door opens...
King Demon exits as well.
Metal Man (GM): The president sits in front of the Questers at his desk, with the flag of his country--a Seven-pointed star surrounded by a blue circle on a black background.
Alexia exits, too.
Metal Man (GM): The star itself is yellow.
Digifanatic: *heads out, looks around and just waits for more.*
Douglas Fredericks: "Nice to see you... now... for the reason you are here."
Darkdata nods, and waits for the news.
Leo: *does the same.*
Metal Man (GM): He stands up and turns on a projector. A hologram one. There is... an image. A person with one eye and a sniper rifle. The eye is yellow, they wear a tattered red rag on their head, and apparently have a limp.
Douglas Fredericks: "This person attempted to assassinate me, steal some weapons of mass destruction, and... the one thing he did take... was of great importance to the safety of our nation."
Alexia: "What was that, sir?"
Dragoshi: "Do you have a name on this guy, and what's the thing...?" *He tries to determine the president's motive, for his own safety.*
Glyph: *Leviathan half absentmindedly picks a book out of a bookshelf and starts flipping through it.*
Metal Man (GM): It shows a history of the planet... it's rather vague, only speaking of 'indeterminate changes of administration' and 'Our Earth heritage.'
Alexia shoots a glare at Leviathan.
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi would think the president's motive is pretty clean. After all, he appears to fear for his life.
Dragoshi: .oO(His motive's clean... I guess.)
Glyph: *Leviathan flips it around and fills the hole in the bookshelf made when the book was removed.*
King Demon: "Mr. President, can you tell us what it is that was stolen?"
Douglas Fredericks: "I want you to find this killer and bring him to justice... however you consider it... ah... what was stolen. I do believe that was a sphere of sorts. Very old, and it had a star insignia. I don't know what it does, but it's very important... get that back, too."
Dragoshi: "...Of course."
Douglas Fredericks: "You are cleared to move around this base... and the area where the assassin lives. Halton Heights. Nowhere else, understand? This is to be very secret. No one must know you came for me... that's why I hired you."
King Demon: "No problem."
Douglas Fredericks: "People across the universe find it normal to see you wandering around."
Alexia: "Why is it such a secret, sir?"
Douglas Fredericks: "And if you meet any federal agents... leave them alone."
Dragoshi: "...Hmph. I see."
Douglas Fredericks: "That is also confidential. My hands are tied by the Archival rules... I can't reveal information dangerous to the Republic without authorization."
King Demon: "Uh... your Federal agents, you mean the guys in the uniforms we met earlier?"
Dragoshi: "...Right." .oO(Suspicious. That and I believe this place a goldmine for closeted skeletons...)
Douglas Fredericks: "Uh, yes. Them. There's some other plainclothes ones too... they'll make it certain you know who they are if you find them."
Douglas Fredericks: "The Republic of Ferran, of course."
Dragoshi: .oO(This doesn't make any sense at all. Presidents are suppo-...Wait a second. What if he's doing the whole 'Governments should fear their people' thing. ...Or maybe this is just another closeted skeleton in this little goldmine...)
Douglas Fredericks: "Anyway, that's all the time I have, really... any questions?"
Dragoshi: .oO(Either way, I'll get to the bottom of this, regardless.)
King Demon: "I have one. How do we get to Halton Heights from here?"
Metal Man (GM): Alarms suddenly go off.
Metal Man (GM): Guards appear... out of thin air?
Alexia whirls around.
Metal Man (GM): They mass Glyph.
Glyph: [Leviathan] "You guys suck."
Alexia: "What the--"
King Demon: *Sigh.* "Nevermind..."
Metal Man (GM): Another in heavy armor takes an object from the bookcase.
Dragoshi: "...May I ask why you people are surrounding Leviathan?"
Guard1: "Sir! One of them put an object in your bookcase! It's... magical... explosive... metallic... and some other stuff!"
Alexia: "...It's a book."
Alexia: "Or so I thought, anyways."
Guard2: "No, he's holding the book." *Holds up Glyph's hand with the book he took.*
Glyph: [Leviathan] "So I'm a heavy reader. Sue me."
Alexia: "...May I pistol-whip him?"
Dragoshi: "...He's barely controllable, so you should prolly' keep a somewhat close watch on him, and no..."
Guard1: "He's one of your own, so... sure, I guess."
King Demon: "Who, Leviathan?"
Douglas Fredericks: "A close watch? He could have harmed us... with whatever object that was."
Glyph: *Leviathan is pistol-whipped.*
Douglas Fredericks: "If it doesn't bother you, I'd like to keep him imprisoned until we can figure out what he put in that bookcase. The Archivists... uh... sort of need me alive."
Alexia: "Fine with me."
Dragoshi: "...I don't see why not. Just give him some Ruin Miasma every once in a while so he, yanno, doesn't die." >_>;;
King Demon: "I guess it's ok..."
Darkdata: "Hmm... may I do a magical detection spell? I might be able to derive something..."
Douglas Fredericks: "Ruin Miasma? ... Go ahead... ..." *He takes out a terminal.*
King Demon: "What did he put in the bookcase anyway?"
Glyph: [Leviathan] "It was one of Hop's so it should... would have done the job."
Alexia: "Lev, what the heck were you THINKNG?!"
Dragoshi: "...Hop's Inventions usually crap out, though."
Guard1: "We're trying to figure that out." *Scans it as Guard2 handcuffs Glyph... magnetic handcuffs.*
Dragoshi: "Except for that sword made of foil and rocks."
Dragoshi: "That, surprisingly... Worked decently."
King Demon shrugs "It's just until I can get a proper replacement!"
Guard2: "Now, if you'll excuse me..." *He takes out a strange gun and shoots Glyph with it.*
Metal Man (GM): The gun interferes with Glyph's nerves, causing him to pass out immediately.
Glyph (GM): Darkdata sees that it's a box of inexplicable origin with tons of magical properties obscuring it... as if the person who invented it couldn't decide what it was. It's incredibly dangerous in the wrong hands, and Leviathan was holding it when he brought it in.
Darkdata: "That better just be a stun-gun boyo."
Glyph: *Leviathan passes out.*
Dragoshi: "...I think it is. Considering the fact that, yanno, he's passed out."
Metal Man (GM): Another person walks in. They're wearing teal robes and have pockets stuffed with notes.
???: "Sorry, Mr. President. It appears a weapon of mass destruction walked into your office and tried to deposit an item of unknown danger into it. We of the archive have studied such... I believe we should take the subject into our custody. Prison isn't good enough to hold such a thing."
King Demon: "Wait, Leviathan is a WMD?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Great... JUUUUUUUUST what we need.)
Dragoshi: "...Leviathan's a weapon of mass destruction?" >_>;;
Douglas Fredericks: "I don't think you need more experiment subj---"
???: "That wasn't a suggestion."
Digifanatic: *w* "Demon, Levi's a bit nuts."
Douglas Fredericks: "...Whatever..."
Dragoshi: "...He isn't that much of a threat, if you limit his RM intake."
Metal Man (GM): ??? picks up Glyph and smiles... one of his teeth is platinum.
???: "Ah, yes, well. He's ours now."
King Demon: *w* "Yeah, but I didn't think he was THAT dangerous!"
Darkdata: "Hmm a moment..."
Digifanatic: *w* "You've no idea."
Darkdata: *fake random sounding spell.*
???: "I've read the logs... you don't want him anymore, and we do. What a wonderful coincidence."
Dragoshi: *Mutters to him self.* "...Suspicious." *himself. "...And you'd assume that, why?"
Alexia: "Why do you want him?"
???: *Spins to Darkdata, who is mumbling.* "Do you take me for a fake? That's rather silly of you to do, bard."
Darkdata: "Unless Lev here does something evil..." .oO(Oh never mind.)
???: "Why do we want him? Only I am to know that."
King Demon: "Unless? More like When!"
Darkdata: "Song Sorcerer, Mr Question mark."
???: "You're lucky, he could have just been killed outright for his attempt... ...But this is much better." He chucks a bag of coins at the Questers' feet.
Dragoshi: "..." *Doesn't notice the fact he's flexing his left claw.* "..."
???: "This is your payment for bringing a weapon of mass destruction to us. Goodbye."
Metal Man (GM): He vanishes, and the guards do too.
King Demon: "I... what the...?"
Digifanatic: "Well, then..."
Dragoshi: "I need to check to see if this is real, first." *Examines it.*
Douglas Fredericks: "They say two things are certain here: Archivists and Death."
King Demon: "Did we just get paid for allowing one of our own to go to... wherever?"
Digifanatic: *Looks to Dragoshi.* "No problem..."
Douglas Fredericks: "I'm afraid they own him now... I can't do anything about it."
Darkdata dexes metal what just happened.
Dragoshi: "What with all the idiocy I've dealt with in my ludicrously long life, being careful is a prerequisite." *Checks if the money is real.*
Douglas Fredericks: "Under our laws, any criminal can be sold to them for study."
Metal Man (GM): It's real. A whopping million coins.
King Demon wonders how hard it'd be to get into wherever the Archivists took Leviathan...
Dragoshi: "...Hmm. A mi-...what."
Douglas Fredericks: "One thing... don't take that money if you want him back."
Dragoshi: "...Hm. What do you people think?"
Douglas Fredericks: "Taking the money means you accept the sale. Leaving it means you may be able to get him back once they tire of him... but that can be a long time. Otherwise he's likely to become an Archivist himself."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... the question is will we regret this?"
Alexia: "Study him for what?"
King Demon: "Where did they take him?"
Dragoshi: "...I bet that's classified as well."
Darkdata dexes Metal this new information also.
Douglas Fredericks: "I don't know... I just don't know." He sits down.
Dragoshi: .oO(Skeletons everywhere... I might need a wagon for this and have to yell out 'Bring out your dead!' while ringing a bell. >_>;;) "...I see."
Douglas Fredericks: "The Archivists want that sphere back... if you get it for them, then they can give both me and you information."
King Demon wonders who'd be pissed if he killed the president himself!
Douglas Fredericks: "The assassin is known evil. They'd pay you a lot if you took him in alive."
Dragoshi: "...Okay. Think we could trade him in for Leviathan, though?" >_>;;
King Demon: "Will they allow us to take Leviathan back?"
Digifanatic: "Good question."
Dragoshi: .oO(Also, whatever happened to that lump sum of 1 mil Armon promised us way back on Genetia? ...Meh. That's trivial, I guess...)
Digifanatic: "Who knows... we may refuse the million and your idea may come into play--we won't get him back..."
Douglas Fredericks: "I don't know, they do as they wish..."
Dragoshi: "...That seems a bit wrong."
Douglas Fredericks: "Oh! Your question."
Alexia: "And you've just let it go on all this time? Why don't you put a stop to them?"
Douglas Fredericks: "..." He gets up and points at a corner.
Metal Man (GM): A man decloaks.
Alexia: "...And why am I cursed to forever get myself in trouble?"
Douglas Fredericks: "IS that a simple enough explanation?"
Dragoshi: "I... have no idea."
Darkdata: "Detail would be great."
Dragoshi: "...And, maybe. Secret service of some sort?"
Douglas Fredericks: "Now... for your cards."
Metal Man (GM): He hands out ID cards to everyone.
Digifanatic: "Perhaps..." *tries to look at the decloaked man.*
Dragoshi: *Takes his, and pockets it.*
Douglas Fredericks: "These allow you your accesses. To here and Halton heights." He opens a wall, showing a teleporter. "Slide the card, pick a destination, voila."
Alexia takes hers rather reluctantly.
Darkdata first tries to detect if there is magic on it.
Metal Man (GM): The decloaked man is another average soldier. No magic in the card.
Digifanatic: *ditto the others with Digi's own card.*
Darkdata pockets it.
King Demon: "Ok..." *walks over to the teleporter and inspects it.*
Metal Man (GM): It has a slot to swipe the card... nothing else.
King Demon: "..." *shrugs and swipes the card.*
Digifanatic: .oO(Wait...'here and Halton heights'? That's all we can go to for now?)
Darkdata does the same as Demon.
Metal Man (GM): A portal appears... a holograph on it shows two destinations. One is Halton heights, and another is here, 'Ferran Capital Base.'
Alexia: *To Halton Heights, Jeeves.*
Digifanatic: *walks over to the others.* .oO(Guess so for now...)
King Demon hits the 'Halton heights' destination.
Darkdata does the same.
Digifanatic: *swipes his own card after the others leave, considering it's necessary.*
Dragoshi: *Walks over the teleporter, swipes his own card, but checks to see that no one's taken the bag of 1 mil in coins, then leaves for Halton Heights...*
Metal Man (GM): WARP. The Questers arrive in... ...*cough.* *Hack.* This place has horrible air. Halton Heights... ...and over there is the green-and-white sign announcing it. It's leaning into the ground and rusted.
Alexia begins coughing violently and repeatedly.
Metal Man (GM): The street is cracked, the buildings lean shoddily. Old mansions have rotted to nothing.
Darkdata uses bubble of air clearsong.
Digifanatic: "Alexia, are you going to be alright?"
Metal Man (GM): There's houses all around, and paths North, South, or East. A few busses bounce around on the street... they look futuristic, but beat-up.
Darkdata: "Much Better..." *Phew.*
King Demon looks around. "Eh, I've seen worse..."
Metal Man (GM): Busted cars sit in the street, often being crashed into by the new cars (which have force fields.)
Alexia continues coughing violently, nearly dropping to her knees as she does so.
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(What a horrible me-!)
Metal Man (GM): Graffitti coats everything. Nearby, bums warm their hands at a trash can with a fire in it.
Dragoshi: *Tries to help Alexia get up.*
Digifanatic: *stands near Alexia.* "How did this just suddenly happen to you? Had to be a strange reaction, huh?"
Metal Man (GM): Several people in shabby clothes walk around the area. Some homeless people sleep in the sidewalks down the street South. What a place to live... but no one is sure where the assassin lives.
Digifanatic: *tries using his Dex to get more information as to why it's so dilapidated and such.*
Darkdata uses bubble of air on Alexia.
King Demon looks around, specifically to the East.
Darkdata: "I can't leave you coughing..." :/
Dragoshi: *Nods in agreement, while trying to get the violently coughing Alexia back up on her feet and whatnot.
Alexia takes a few deep breaths in the new, clean air. "T-thanks..."
Dragoshi: "..." *Sighs.*
Dex: "No information--Archivist database refuses to respond."
Dragoshi: "Now, where to?"
King Demon: "Great, sure glad we brought THAT along..." *shrugs and starts walking East.*
Digifanatic: .oO(Foils me again.) *pockets Dex.*
Metal Man (GM): Going East the Questers begin to move towards a bunch of tall buildings. Big, tall ones with signs... it's a mall.
Digifanatic: *follows Demon.*
Dragoshi: *Shrug, headin' on east...*
Alexia follows weakly.
Metal Man (GM): A bunch of people, suitably better-dressed, walk in front of it.
King Demon: "Hmmm..."
Digifanatic: *w* "Bit more promising, hopefully."
King Demon: *w* "Looks that way..."
Darkdata asks the dex to check to see if withholding information for a crime, is a crime under the Archivist rules, and if so, why are they withholding information.
Dragoshi: *Tries to support Alexia while walking, seeing as she's looking weak and whatnot.*
Digifanatic: .oO(What is it about her that had her do that? That is quite strange.)
King Demon wonders what way to go next.
Digifanatic: *quietly to the group.* "Think we should ask one of these folks if they know anything?"
King Demon: "Think they'd tell us if they did?"
Digifanatic: "As long as they understand our motives."
King Demon: "It could depend on if they support the President or the Assassin..."
Digifanatic: *a bit quieter.* "And if we tell them about Frederick... maybe they could slip us something important about him. But yeah, depends on allegiance."
King Demon: "I wonder what'd happen if we said something bad about Fredericks..."
Digifanatic: "I'd say just tell them he hired us to look for the assassin. Nothing more in that subject."
Dex: "Archivist rules are secret as well. However their public rule is that 'The Archivists dictate when and where information is revealed.'"
King Demon: "So if we said something that the Archivists didn't want said..."
Dragoshi: .oO(Why do I have a feeling they'll dumbassedly reveal information we would've needed in the past after the situation is over?)
Digifanatic: "We're screwed."
King Demon: "Pretty much."
Dragoshi: "...Meh. We've gone through worse."
Digifanatic: "Another question..."
King Demon: "?"
Digifanatic: "If we just have one of us, and an Archivist says we're saying the wrong things, will all of us get punished in being allied with that one? I'm guessing yes."
King Demon: "Look at Leviathan, he's the only one who got punished there, even though he was with us..."
Digifanatic: "True... But we really can't be classified as mentally instable weapons of mass destruction, neither."
King Demon: "No... well, maybe you can't..."
Darkdata: "Criminals... is a broad term."
Dragoshi: "I doubt we'll find anything interesting here regarding the problem, so how 'bout the north...?"
King Demon: "And it depends on the person defining the term, ANY of us could be considered criminals to someone else..."
Digifanatic: "I was just gonna say, Demon."
King Demon: "That'll work Dragoshi."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, North side doesn't sound that bad."
Metal Man (GM): People continue walking in and out for a while... ...then eventually somebody walks up to the Questers.
???: "Hey... are you the... uhhh... Westers?"
King Demon: "Uh... close enough. Who are you?"
Jab: "Me? Uh... Jab. I'm a big fan of your old shows. You're in a pretty rough neighborhood, though. Are you looking for something?"
King Demon: "Uh... Hi... Jab..."
Dragoshi: "...Uh, no. Nothing. Nothing." .oO(...We had old shows?)
King Demon: *w* "He has us confused with someone else, but maybe he can help us..."
Dragoshi: *w* "I suppose so..."
King Demon: "Actually, someone told us to come find a certain person, and we seem to have gotten ourselves lost."
King Demon: "Have you seen someone with one yellow eye around here? He'd be walking with a limp."
Jab: "Certain person? Hm... Well, information is kind of expensive these days. I'll tell you where he is for 5,000 coins."
King Demon: *w* "Great, figures... now what?"
Digifanatic: *w* "Oh, 5K's not much. I'll do it." *w* "I've got a decent amount of money."
King Demon: *w* "Maybe not for YOU it isn't..."
Digifanatic: *w* "Meh, yeah..." *w* "Eh, I'll do it anyway." *normal volume* "Uh, here ya go."*pays Jab the 5K.*
King Demon: *w* "Maybe you shoulda negotiated..."
Digifanatic: *w* "I'll be fine."
King Demon: *w* "Maybe, but I don't like it..."
Dragoshi: *Waits for Jab to do anything suspicious...*
Jab: "Doo doo dooo..." He's just a guy in his 20s wearing a baseball cap. He seems as suspicious as a traffic sign. "Er. Thanks." He takes the coins, then looks around. "A yellow-eyed man? He lives here, all right... uh... Building 2512. You can't miss it, it's up the North street."
Dragoshi: "...Thank you." *Bows.*
King Demon: "Thanks Jab." *turns to the North and starts walking.*
Digifanatic: "Appreciate it..."
Darkdata: .oO(Gee, too bad we can't tell if he might be lying or not.) *Follows behind the rest.*
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along to the north...*
Digifanatic: *keeps on with the others.*
Metal Man (GM): A few moments later, the Questers reach an especially damaged building. The front door is shut, though... the windows are boarded up. It is building 2512.
King Demon: "Hmmm... this must be the place..." *walks to the front door.*
Digifanatic: .oO(This better not be a decoy.)
Metal Man (GM): The door is shut, and nobody's around.
King Demon knocks on the door.
Digifanatic: *m to Dragoshi.* "Eh, this is an assassin..."
King Demon shrugs.
Digifanatic: *m* "Not quite sure if knocking seems like the thing we should do against someone like him..."
King Demon: "Guess nobody's home?"
Digifanatic: "Or he's hiding."
King Demon: "Want to find out?"
Dragoshi: *w* "It's called a false sense of security. Yeesh."
Digifanatic: "That too. I was originally thinking breaking in... but if we have the wrong guy... that would be horribly improper."
King Demon starts to go around toward the back of the house.
Metal Man (GM): The back? It's a concrete driveway. Nothing much there.
Darkdata: "Hmm..." *Looks for magic.*
Metal Man (GM): No garage... Darkdata detects weird energy from inside the house. The door is old and not very well secured.
Digifanatic: "Well, he could be running off somewhere to initiate another 'business project.'"
Darkdata: "There is... something inside the house."
King Demon: "I say we find out what!" *walks back to the door and tries to open it.*
Digifanatic: "Hmm..." *puts on binoculars to see where in the house it may be.*
Metal Man (GM): The entire house glows oddly. The door is still locked.
Digifanatic: "Whoa... this whole place is going nuts with energy."
King Demon: "Open Sesame?" *Kicks in the door.*
Digifanatic: *puts them back.* "Well, I guess it's force or nothing... and if it's the wrong guy, we'll have to apologize."
Dragoshi: *Hopes there aren't any witnesses around...>_>;;*
King Demon enters through the open door... and why is he taking the lead? He's the lowest level char lol.*
Darkdata: "There could of been a better way of--" *sigh.* *Follows inside.*
Digifanatic: *Yeah but KD came before ALLLLLLLL of us.* *walks in.*
Dragoshi: *Waits for any traps to go off, and if none do, then he enters.* :p
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk inside... no traps... but rather a complex super-lab inside. There are holograms of all kinds. Research on some sort of energy waves. The man the Questers are looking for sits in a chair. He was watching them.
???: "I am delighted to see you. What brings you here today?"
King Demon: "Well... this is... different..." *notices the man.* "Uh... hi?"
Digifanatic: .oO(This looks about proper for the supposed scenario.)
Dragoshi: "...Pretty different than what's to be expected..."
Digifanatic: .oO(Ugggh... don't comment!)
???: "Is there something you want?"
King Demon snaps out of his semi-trance as he was staring at the equipment "Oh, yes, sorry, we were wondering about a rumor we'd heard."
Dragoshi: *Just stays silent.* :/
King Demon: *w* "Uh... you guys can help out anytime here..."
Darkdata: "Hmm, we were sent to track down an assassin. however I do believe there is more to the story than that. Would you have a story, or any ideas about that?"
Digifanatic: *w to Demon.* "I'm trying not to say anything suspicious... but his 'delighted to see you' bit makes it seem like he knows well right about the situation."
King Demon: *w* "Good point..."
Digifanatic: *w* "So, yeah, I'd say we got the right house."
???: "Ah, yes, about that... You are the Questers, and were sent to stop me by the president. One of your men left a device in his office which caused him to be arrested, then he became property of the Archivists."
Darkdata: "You have connections I see."
Metal Man (GM): He shakes his head, with his right eye closed, snickering.
Digifanatic: .oO(Surprisingly easy so far.)
King Demon: "Or a mole..."
???: "You are mercenaries, are you not? I'm trying to take down the people who took your friend."
King Demon: "What do you know about them?"
Darkdata: "Then why go for the puppet?"
Digifanatic: "We are..."
???: "The President is their leader, and under his leadership they are currently after something... that's why I stole this."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out the sphere.
Dragoshi: "...I see. Interesting. Oh, right. If I may ask, what is your name...?"
???: "It's a key, and a dangerous one. Apparently he's sent the deadliest people in the universe after me."
Digifanatic: "After something... yeah, we definitely walked into a suspicious zone."
King Demon: "More importantly, what's with the SPHERE?"
???: "I'm sorry, but you can't know that. The sphere is a key... I don't know anything else. I've been looking at it."
Darkdata: "So you're just as bad as the people from the archivers? Withholding information?"
King Demon: "May I see the sphere?"
???: "No, you cannot. I know that tactic, and it doesn't work on me."
Dragoshi: "...There are so many skeletons in this planet's closet, it seems."
???: "I have to keep my name secret so my family isn't killed, Bard. I'm not indestructible like you people."
King Demon shrugs.
Digifanatic: "I see."
King Demon: "What can you tell us about the Archivers?"
???: "Now... you want this sphere... you can have it... but the Archivists can't. You see my dilemma?"
Dragoshi: "That's far from the truth sometimes." >_>;;
???: "Ah, yes, them. The fourth branch of government."
Darkdata: "How about you give us the whole story... of this planet?"
???: "Took control twenty years ago, and now search for something they claim is so dangerous, knowledge of it would destroy the universe."
King Demon: "Any idea what that is?"
???: "Sorry, I only know up till recently. Old stuff is in more secure servers, that nobody, not even the president, can access from the net."
Dragoshi: *Muttering to self.* "...So many skeletons. I'll have to put them in piles, now, won't I?"
King Demon: *w* "I think mountains would be more like it."
???: "If you want skeletons, Dragoshi, you should see this." He shows an image of destruction near a base. Endless death is shown... rockets, missiles, lasers... "One person in this town got a hold of the old information."
Leo: *yawns.* "Mmmm, sleepy..."
King Demon: "Is that HERE?"
Dragoshi: "...Now that is a skeleton. Possibly a red one at that." :/
???: "No, that's elsewhere. There's nothing left of THAT town. This one is just bumland. That's why I live here."
King Demon: "And the Archivers did that?"
Digifanatic: "Hmm... so apparently, if I have this right, this sphere could destroy the universe?"
???: "Probably." He spins his fingers. "Now I'm going to give you a choice; join our side or stay on yours. Either way, the sphere is mine. No, the sphere is a key. The information, supposedly, is that which destroys the universe."
Digifanatic: "Well, still linked to it."
Darkdata: "More information. I get the hint of things left out."
Dragoshi: *Thinks about whether or not this mystery man's telling the truth...*
Digifanatic: *assists with that.*
King Demon: *uh...*
Darkdata: "Also, it seems the president would not be able... or smart enough... to run the Archivers..."
Metal Man (GM): Everyone thinks the man's telling the truth.
???: "Of course. How else could he keep it secret? Now make your choice. This place isn't gonna be here for long." He flicks a few switches... self destruction timers begin counting down.
Digifanatic: .oO(Pretty plausible so far... may be more to this.)
King Demon: "Yeah, he kinda struck me as a wuss... How'd someone like HIM become president anyway?"
Darkdata dexes this information to Metal.
Digifanatic: *tries to find how much time is left.*
Metal Man (GM): The counters are at 15 seconds.
Digifanatic: "Oh, dang!"
???: "If you don't make it now, I'll make it for you."
Digifanatic: *runs out of the house.*
Leo: *mutters to self.* "Isn't the whole self-destruct thing being overused?"
???: "Give me your choice." He runs out with you.
King Demon leaves the house as well.
Dragoshi: *Exits along with the others at max speed.*
Digifanatic: *Double checks if the man has the sphere on him.*
Darkdata: "So what do you think guys?"
Dragoshi: "...This has turned into an interesting development."
Digifanatic: *w to DD* "We may have to go the double agent route."
King Demon: "There are three sides to every story, Side A, Side B, and the truth somewhere in the middle."
Dragoshi: "...This is possibly gonna into a Dodecahedron by the time this whole bit of weirdness on this planet is over, huh?"
Digifanatic: "Whooooooo knows."
King Demon: *w* "I have a dumb idea..."
Metal Man (GM): He has the sphere, yes.
Darkdata dexes Metal... "Any advice?"
Dex: "Cannot use comms in this area. Archival interference."
Digifanatic: *w* "Yeah, KD?"
???: "I'm not here to comment. In fact I'm endangering my life by talking to you. Give me your choice... now." He begins walking away.
Dragoshi: .oO(DAMN THE ARCHIVAL!!)
Darkdata: "So, may as well..."
King Demon: *w* "We need to get Leviathan back, and cyclops here is the only one who can help us with that, maybe we can get some more information in the process."
Darkdata follows behind him.
Digifanatic: "Well, you want to eradicate a dictatorial government the limits the basic freedoms of Ferranites, correct?" that limits.*
King Demon: "Hell yeah!"
Darkdata: "You may take this as a yes..." *Goofy look.*
King Demon: "Hey Cyclops!"
Digifanatic: "I'll tell you what. Not many things I hate more than a strong dictatorship."
???: "Yes... but you won't give me an answer."
Metal Man (GM): He turns around and shakes his head at you.
Digifanatic: *Tries to determine his motive.*
???: "I'm going to the point where I may die just to say this one more time. Give me an answer."
King Demon: "Tell ya what. We don't like being made fools of, and we get the feeling we are here. You help us get our friend back, and we'll see about forgetting we ever saw you."
Metal Man (GM): Digi thinks the man's motive is pure, a bit strained, and he seems afraid of something.
King Demon: "What? It's the only way!"
Darkdata: "I agree."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... you seem to be a bit concerned about what will happen if we do not aid you."
Darkdata: "With you, I do not know about the others..."
???: "I shall go with that, then. But I must go now." He leaps out of the way as the ground explodes where he was just standing.
Metal Man (GM): Several policemen decloak and chase him.
Leo: "..." 0_0
King Demon: "... What the heck..."
Darkdata: "... CHAOS DANCE."
Leo: "What the heck, indeed."
King Demon: "Great, now what do we do?"
Dex: "It appears he would have died had you not answered that time."
Dragoshi: "...I now know one of the skeletons. ...That shall be an ace up my sleeve for later."
King Demon: "Should we help him?"
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata uses Chaos Dance against the policemen...
Darkdata: "Why not... can't hurt."
Metal Man (GM): ...They turn around to face Darkdata, slowly. They aren't effected by it, but they seem rather... ...not happy.
Dragoshi: "...He's probably outran them before. I shall play the hand of neutrality in all of this, while holding the skeletons as my cards."
Alexia: "Sorry, guys... must have passed out there for a bit..."
Digifanatic: "Judging by his motives and his concern, I believe we have no choice but to assist him."
Agent1: "Unit to base, unknown unit has interfered with mission."
King Demon: "Then let's go!"
Dragoshi: "...Don't worry 'bout it, Alexia."
King Demon prepares for a fight.
Agent1: "Unknown unit is to be destroyed."
Darkdata: *Seal Darksong.*
Leo: *Takes out his sword.*
King Demon unsheathes his as well.
Metal Man (GM): Both of them leap down to face the Questers, Darkdata's magic bouncing off of them.
Darkdata: "Well crap..."
Metal Man (GM): They take out their guns... weird ones...
Dragoshi: *Unarmed... At the moment.*
Digifanatic: *gets set to fight these guys, or even more importantly, look for their mysterious acquaintance and hope he hasn't been done for yet.*
King Demon: "Woo Hoo, party time now!"
Metal Man (GM): Agent1 spins his weapon... a rifle of sorts. He aims at Alexia and fires three times... OW! He isn't firing bullets. He's firing small exploding rockets!
Alexia gets hit all three times.
Metal Man (GM): Agent1 then spins and fires at Digi. He finishes off by clicking his gauntlet. It fires a spurt of fire at Darkdata. CRIT.
King Demon: *meep.*
Metal Man (GM): Agent2 clicks both his gauntlets and attacks Leo with three sprays of fire. Then he fires three rocket bullets at Demon.
Leo: *is on fire...*
Dragoshi: .oO(Wow, these guys suck. I feel ignored.) *Rolleyes, move 2 feet, Five Clawed Discount on Agent1.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. They collide into one another. Being on the same space, of course, that means they don't move at all. Dragoshi doesn't steal anything--due to an energy field on their armor which causes it to come right back to the agent.
Dragoshi: "How pitifully predictable." *Vortex of randomness turn, turn, turn, what is the pain that they shall learn?* *Amethyst shard to Agent1's eye!*
Leo: *moves up 2 feet and blasts agent 1 with a fireball.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Alexia: *can't pull off some of her more powerful moves right now, so two Psy Needles to Agent 1!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Digifanatic just casually covers that 2 foot gap in one quick Fire Punch to the first Agent, and then hits him again with the Golf Club, retreating 2 feet after...
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Agent1: "You can't think of stopping us, can you? There's thousands of us everywhere."
Agent1: "Your ship is in our airport."
Dragoshi: "...I'm not really impressed." :/
Darkdata moves up 1 foot.
Agent1: "We have an entire planetary military."
Agent1: "If you insist on this course... we can take over Saga... and Nintendus... easily."
Darkdata uses seal clearsong... on the inside of AGENT1's stupid gun. .oO(Stop that bullet/rocket from coming out...)
Metal Man (GM): Failure.
Darkdata tries to place solid air inside the gun.
Agent1: "You seem unimpressed, but you don't exactly grasp the magnitude of the situation you are in. For that... I guess we'll have to destroy your ship and kill your leader."
Dragoshi: "You've never heard of insane apathy, have you?"
Agent1: "You're a very stupid person."
Metal Man (GM): He snaps his fingers.
Dragoshi: "No, that's what you are."
Metal Man (GM): A massive explosion occurs in the distance.
Dragoshi: "Resorting to such idioti-... Now that was just unnecessary."
Agent1: "...Yes, I think this is correct." He shows an image of the Seeker... no, it isn't the Seeker anymore. It was just vaporized.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers did attack themselves. Ouch!
Dragoshi: "...Also, Demon. Stop hitting yourself. Literally." >_>;;
Alexia: "...You're bluffing..."
Agent1: "No, it was not unnecessary. In fact our ships are now on the way to Saga."
King Demon: "Love to..." *cough*
Agent1: "This is the human homeworld, Quester. There's billions of us and twenty of you."
Dragoshi: .oO(Why do I even bother arguing with the lesser children?)
Agent1: "If you wanted to go around doing as you pleased, you came to the wrong place."
Darkdata: "Gee, blowing up a bargaining chip, would not be the smartest thing to do then... hun?"
Dragoshi: .oO(Once I have every card in my hand, these stupid fucking bastards will be crushed under my talons. ...And I'll make sure to cause a good splatter of blood when I do get around to that whole crushing part. As I tire of this...)
Agent1: "We don't deal with idiots."
Leo: "We don't either."
Darkdata: "Why is your partner so silent then?"
Metal Man (GM): Agent1 takes out his screen. It shows ships attacking Genetia.
Dragoshi: "...I see."
Agent1: "Of course, you can surrender. Or perhaps we can erase your territory and you from existence."
Leo: *has a concerned look on his face after seeing that.*
Dragoshi: "And there's no way we can convince you to stop this?"
Darkdata: "How do we know this is not a fake image?"
Metal Man (GM): He points to the sky. The Questers can see, somewhat dimly, a distant orb with large fires coming from it.
Darkdata: "If you really not cared, you would have slain us by now..."
Darkdata: "Something is up..."
Digifanatic: .oO(Oh, man, what NOW?)
Dragoshi: "...Ya think?"
Agent1: "Right, I forgot. It's time to kill you."
Dragoshi: *Tries to determine the motive of the agents.*
Leo: .oO(What is up with these people!?)
Metal Man (GM): Apparently they're telling the truth, but the footage is rather blurry.
Alexia takes an involuntary step back. "Y-you're lying..."
Metal Man (GM): Agent1 opens fire with bullets at Dragoshi. He then sprays fire at Dragoshi. He opens fire with... lots and lots of fire at Dragoshi. These are ranged attacks, of course.
Dragoshi: *Yea, that'll do it. Bastard.* *Just waits to revive. :p Which'll come after these smartass' turns end.* >_>;; .oO(The footage seems a bit... fuzzy.) "...Is the footage supposed to be blurry or something?" >_>;;
Agent1: "We don't use Hollywood cameras, bucko."
Dragoshi: "...So, the footage's quality is always that bad?" *Fires a Tidal Blast at Agent1.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, hit.
Dragoshi: *Then, an Indignation shot at the same agent!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *And, an Ice Tornado shot!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Leo: *starts charging the Freaky Gun with magic, then fires off 2 shots at Agent 1*
Metal Man (GM): Yes.
Digifanatic: .oO(Hmm... can't be out of range of their moves... hey, I got it!) *As quickly as possible, he covers the ground to the first guard and takes him down at the knees with a Fire Lunge. Without wasting time, he takes out his Digivice and blinds the Guard a bit, an important aspect of his second move: the light of Celestial Fury (basicially weapon effects incorporated into the attack). After that, he retreats to where they were and guards Demon!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. He is knocked back to the wall.
Digifanatic: *Waits a bit.* *Celestial Fury on Agent 2 then.*
Metal Man (GM): Sorry, slowness again. There are several hunks of loose concrete nearby.
Darkdata: *Targets 1 below 25 lbs and moves it over the agents head and drops it.* *Move object clearsong.*
Metal Man (GM): *Whiff.*
Darkdata: *Since that missed... repeat for effect..* *Head desk... woo...*
King Demon lunges at Agent 2 with Demonic Charge, followed by a Flip Kick before returning where he was.
Metal Man (GM): Miss, miss. Agent1 shakes his head and speaks once more.
Dragoshi: .oO(...Waiting for the predictable part...)
Agent1: "If you do not help us, then the person you saw shall probably unlock the secret and destroy the universe. That is why we asked for your help in the first place. this is your last chance to stop attacking us."
Darkdata: "Yet... you just showed yourselves attacking another planet?"
Dragoshi: "...Yea. That seems... Hypocritical. ...Then again, the footage was blurry..."
Darkdata: "Hyper would be a better word..."
Dragoshi: "...what. 'Sides. We needed to hear more than one side of the story..."
Dragoshi: "...Especially with that little skeleton in the closet...">_>;;
Dragoshi: "Yea. The purported assassin showed me an image of endless death..."
King Demon: "Hey Agent, we want our friend back. Are you going to help us get him back?"
Agent1: "Only if you cooperate with us. And we need that sphere. I am authorized to tell you what it does fully if you agree to help us."
Dragoshi: *Tries to determine the agent's motive again.*
Digifanatic: .oO(Yeah... there's either going to be some double agent work or something like that.)
Metal Man (GM): His motive seems to be true.
Dragoshi: "...It seems to be the truth. Seems being the key word, but still..."
Agent1: "Do you want to be embroiled in intergalactic war or get your pay?"
Dragoshi: "...I just want the gods damned truth. Is that too much to ask?"
Agent1: "Even I don't know the full truth, and you won't get anywhere near it if you decide to sit around and pick fights. That person who you were chasing is an expert in deception. Did you not think he'd try to trick you?"
Dragoshi: "...I thought so. That's why I checked to see if he was lying. ...Sadly, the results came out as inconclusive." :/
Darkdata: "Hmm... Where can we get the full story? I hate feeling like a pawn on a chessboard."
King Demon: "I've been feeling like that since we LANDED!"
Agent1: "The Archivists, but you haven't made them happy by wasting your time fighting us."
Leo: "I think we're not gonna get the truth unless we pick sides here."
King Demon: "Can you take us to the Archivists?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Hey, what can you do when you've been on both sides of THIS line? Maybe THEY'RE deceiving US.)
Dragoshi: "...Also, how are we so sure that we aren't being deceived by everyone?" :/
King Demon: "... Why did your president say he couldn't?"
Dragoshi: "...Maybe it is because he's merely a figurehead?"
King Demon: *w* "I TOLD you I shoulda killed him..."
Leo: "Hey, what about our ship?"
Dragoshi: "Also, was the ship that blew up truly the Seeker...?"
Agent1: "The President is a figurehead. I am, on the other hand, an Archivist security member."
King Demon: "Then you can help us get our friend back from them?"
Dragoshi: .oO(So I was right. o_o;;)
Agent1: "We did blow up the ship." He shows the picture. "But it possessed technologies beyond us, so we wound up destroying the ground while it flew up and took off three stories of our tower. Still, it is damaged, and we could bring it down if you wish to continue fighting us."
Leo: "...I think we should stop fighting, in my honest opinion."
Dragoshi: "I think so as well." :/
King Demon: "I think we need to get Leviathan back, but that's just my opinion."
Digifanatic: *sigh.* "Yeah, that's probably the wisest idea." .oO(And then play the double agent card?)
Leo: "What happened to him anyways?" . "I kinda wasn't paying attention when all of that was going down."
King Demon: "He got... arrested... or something like that anyway."
Digifanatic: "They took him for apparently having a weapon of mass destruction."
Agent1: "He is now in the hands of my seniors." He lowers his gun. "We did get crucial information from your visit to that man, though. And that person named Jab. He was obviously a third party."
King Demon: "Actually I think they said HE was the Weapon of mass Destruction."
Agent1: "We also have noticed something... strange nearby."
Digifanatic: "Eh, I used the two most important nouns in the proper context."
Leo: "Heh..." *puts away his sword.*
Metal Man (GM): He takes out his image-device again.
Leo: "What is it now?"
Metal Man (GM): ...It's Shadow. He's somehow landed on the planet... alongside Rathos Lell????
Leo: "Well, looks like we got company..."
Metal Man (GM): ...And Tridus appears to be following him. Whatever they're up to, they are shown wandering through an area somewhat far away, shredding security forces like butter.
Agent1: "This is the other reason I decided not to kill you. These people don't seem to notice any conspiracy or the sides here. I've seen both the rogues and our men killed even as they were fighting one another by this rogue's gallery."
King Demon: "Great, what do THEY want?"
Agent1: "They seem to be sacking isolated areas and stealing old pieces of rock. They once also attacked a museum..."
Leo: "What could they be searching for?"
King Demon: "Pieces of rock!? What would they want the rocks for?"
Digifanatic: *Thinks about the rock idea for a bit...*
Leo: -_- "...I'm thinking the special kind."
Darkdata: "I think we need to check those three out. Pronto."
Leo: "We need to stop their rampage as well."
King Demon sighs "OK, lets go stomp some Evil!"
Darkdata: "... that was implied..."
Dragoshi: "...Stomp some evil?"
Metal Man (GM): Digi thinks... Maybe something old? Or maybe a mineral?
King Demon: "Eh, I ran out of good quotes..."
Darkdata: "I don't know though. Last time Lell was a test master?"
Dragoshi: "...You insane? Two of them are technically invincible, and the other is ridiculously strong."
Leo: "What did he have you guys do?"
King Demon: "Oh, in that case... what the hell are we doing going after them!?!?!?!?"
Digifanatic: "Well, whatever they're looking for, I'm pretty sure it's something quite old..."
Agent1: "Now, if you are done standing around... there is a final piece of information. Well, the sphere, first. It's a key to a top secret project."
Leo: *listens carefully.*
Agent1: "If he finds the keyhole, he'll find a weapon of mass destruction, which is specifically programmed to go off once the key is entered."
King Demon: "Ok, but WHAT project?"
Agent1: "I don't know what it can do, what project it is, or even if it works anymore."
King Demon: "Oh, that's a very bad thing..."
Agent1: "But the possibility of it going off is bad. Very bad. So bad we're ignoring those three maniacs in order to concentrate on it. In fact, I only gave you that chance because we can't waste the resources either putting you on trial or killing you."
Leo: "Maybe we should like get to it first and protect it?"
King Demon: "First we need to FIND it, though."
Digifanatic: "And what if they're looking for it, too?"
King Demon: "It won't do them any good without the key."
Darkdata: "King... have you been... paying attention..?"
Digifanatic: "Right... but they could be looking for that first."
Darkdata: The key, is the sphere."
Leo: "We should question that assassin more about what he knows."
Agent1: "All good ideas... now, your ship has landed, and you have at least exposed the assassin... just don't go crazy again."
Metal Man (GM): A warp back appears. The agents vanish. Mission Meh'd.
King Demon: *Looks to Darkdata.* "I KNOW the key is the sphere, my point is Shadow's group can't use the weapon unless they have it!"