Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 362: Fiery Fetch Quest
Date: May 13th & 14th, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): Elsewhere... the other end of the warp opens, on a barren, empty planet. ??? leaps out. He looks at the sky... it's so bright he can't see if he looks that way.
???: "God... it just gets worse. Now that I'm free of that place, this one isn't so good either. I knew I shouldn't have taken the experimental coordinate... maybe death would have been better."
Metal Man (GM): *Crash.* Private Cane falls out. He shakes his burnt stump at ???.
Private Cane: "Look what you did. Now we're in the middle of nowhere!"
???: "I've had about enough of you." He pulls out a strange device... presses a button... nothing. "...Even my suicide device isn't working. It must have been scrambled..."
Metal Man (GM): He drops it and kicks it into Cane's face. Cane curses and swipes at him; ??? leaps over it.
Private Cane: "You... you can't just leave me here." He stands up, rubbing his face. "You must know the way out. You half-designed this!"
???: "No... I do not." He walks arbitrarily towards some dunes up ahead.
Private Cane: "Then why are you going there?"
???: "There's a good, steep cliff there."
Private Cane: "Hmph! I shall find my own way out, if that's how you are."
Metal Man (GM): Private Cane runs off in the opposite direction, as ??? walks solemnly to the dunes. ??? goes to the cliff... ...and as he is about to jump, he sees something in there... and falls backwards, instead of off the cliff.
???: "Civ... civilization! Impossible! This planet... was marked dead. Radioactive, even. All our probes died after crossing the warp. In fact, so did the other people. I don't even know why I'm alive out here."
Metal Man (GM): He holds the crystal. He realizes it is glowing insanely bright.
???: "...Could it be this?"
Metal Man (GM): He goes to set it down... the pain is so horrible he grabs it immediately.
???: "Yes... it is this. ...It wasn't the Ether-world... it was the crystal which kept me alive. ...Although, I'm puzzled as to... ..."
Metal Man (GM): He gets a very sad look on his face.
???: "That's right. That group had a crystal too. Private Cane must have it. Why it didn't corrupt him is beyond me... but then again, I have this one, and I seem sane."
Metal Man (GM): He looks into the dune.
???: "...I shouldn't be so sure. Perhaps... this is an illusion." He goes to climb down... and hits a field. "...A force field?"
Metal Man (GM): The camera pans to show the dune. It's a crater, and one can't even see any buildings inside. There's only a force field.
???: "This is too cruel to be human."
Metal Man (GM): He bangs on it, realizing that, even protected from the blinding light, he won't have food or water to survive past a day out here. Yet the crystal keeps him alive... he doesn't seem interested in discovering what'd happen if he starved to death with it in his possession. A few moments pass. The crystal turns blood red again.
???: "Must I be stuck to this cursed thing? I'd put it down and die as I should, but it seems to have a hold on me..."
Metal Man (GM): The crystal glows, and he hits the force field again. He moves right through it like it isn't there. He falls... and falls... and, of course, lands, unharmed, due to the crystal. There's high-tech buildings here. He looks around a bit, and a man walks out of a building.
Man: "...Who are you, and what are you doing here?"
???: "I am... ... nobody, and I have come here from Earth, on behalf of... uh..." He scratches his head. "Oh, yes! Right. The... United States of America."
Man: "United what-now? This is the last settlement of humans on this burnt-out mess of a planet. I haven't ever heard of such a thing."
???: "Well, that's all in good... uh... I need to get back home, though. What technology do you have?"
Man: "Not much, er, not that I can think of. Considering you are the first scientist in ages..."
Metal Man (GM): He walks into a cave. ??? follows. He opens a vault, showing a room... an empty thing full of machines, mostly unused.
Metal Man (GM): He goes to a computer and touches it. A hologram pops up.
Computer: "Hello. How can I help you?"
???: "...I've gone into the future!"
Computer: "Time travel is impossible, sir."
???: "This... this can be the only explanation, because while I don't recognize most of this, this has the insignia of a well-known company... which was developing these holograms... and here's one of them, complete, staring me in the face."
Computer: "...It's more likely you perfected some kind of life-extension technology, actually."
???: "Psh!... leave me to my studies, whoever you are." *Points to the man.* "I will repay you soon enough... I must right what was made wrong."
Man: *Steps back, weirded out.* "...But... nobody's been able to turn that machine on! ...I won't bother you."
Metal Man (GM): He walks away. ??? works on projects. Many projects, in fact. He uses the crystal to discover that the light there is some sort of curse, and that somebody is controlling it. He sees the crystal, and checks it closely. It seems to be ethereal, as said before, but it clearly possesses alternate powers. Possibly due to the attempt to create the Ether-world project. Meanwhile... *The desert.*
Private Cane: "What a fool. Look what he missed!" He is standing before a ruined city. "With this, I can get home! It looks so familiar..."
Metal Man (GM): He walks inside. Indeed, it's a city. Blue hallways, and this is a circular room.
Private Cane: "The project... will not die. Even though most of its members are now dead, or, apparently, completely insane. But... this crystal failed. It sent me to that world."
Metal Man (GM): He pulls out a black crystal.
Private Cane: "And all this... this isn't going to help as much as I hoped." He walks into a ruined control room.
Metal Man (GM): Indeed... "USA" is on it. It's from the city this began in.
Private Cane: "And why is this entire place wrecked? The crystal isn't THAT powerful."
Metal Man (GM): He turns on the computer. It beeps... buzzes... short-circuits. Then... the face of a familiar being appears on it.
Avon: "Hello. What do you want?"
Private Cane: "That's odd, Avon was made to listen to our orders."
Avon: "Why are you talking to yourself? Are you upset like I am at what happened with the Solarians?"
Private Cane: "What's a Sol..ar..ian?"
Avon: "..." He slams a fist on the console. "You, sir, don't notice the destruction everywhere?"
Private Cane: "This is merely another planet. It isn't Earth, so what are you getting at?"
Avon: "...Someone messed up pretty badly. This is Earth, all right. Except everything's been destroyed by wars. Terrible wars. This building won't be here much longer either."
Private Cane: "But... how?"
Avon: "People fled from me for no reason, and then these aliens named Solarians came over and destroyed most of my nodes. I sat here as various idiots built their own 'utopias', but then Solarians came again. And then they all exploded. Sort of like those morons with the crystal project."
Private Cane: "You mean... THIS?"
Metal Man (GM): He brandishes the black crystal at Avon.
Avon: "Gah! Keep away! I'm too old to be annihilated!"
Private Cane: "Now, the project... this project..." He shows the crystal. "If we finish it, and go back in time... there won't BE any of these Sol... ar..ians."
Avon: "With what time machine?"
Metal Man (GM): Private Cane laughs.
Private Cane: "This baby sent me here, who says it can't go the other place?"
Avon: "...But... if you do that... ..." He holds his head. "Are you nuts? Time Travel? It's bad enough you're here, but... back in time... I might meet myself, and then everybody would explode!"
Private Cane: "Hey, I nearly died at the hands of people with bad fashion sense getting here. I don't think we have any other choice."
Avon: "...But... the project. I saw the files. They said I was evil, but that machine released tons of radiation just by existing."
Private Cane: "I am the only person left of your masters. Do it, or I annihilate us all with this crystal."
Avon: "You're... you're just a private! In fact, not a very good one. You're dead, supposedly."
Private Cane: "Enough!" He swipes threateningly, making a temporary gash in space-time with the crystal.
Avon: O_O "Yes... uh... master!"
Metal Man (GM): *MEANWHILE.* In a strangely similar situation, ??? has prodded the hologram into describing the 'mysterious scientist' who preceded him.
Hologram: "He was the last of his kind, supposedly related to Einstein. He worked, and even created a small race of robots to help us. Then, one day, he tried to take over, and when we defeated his robots, he flew away with all of them, never to be seen again."
???: "He certainly was brilliant. I mean, look here. The beginnings of time travel!"
Hologram: "I don't think that would have worked, sir. It requires the power of two suns."
???: "It's a start."
Hologram: "Even he scoffed at it."
???: "Well, I'll see what I can do." He puts on a labcoat, and gets to work.
Metal Man (GM): The cinema camera pans out, showing both men making... time machines. What will become of this strange circumstance? Who knows... *fadeout.* Meanwhile... the Questers are on the Seeker. The mission choices remain: Checking out the mall, and dealing with Shadow, and a third one. The Archivists are looking for a lost device of some kind.
King Demon shrugs. "What's the device?"
SIMBER: "Hmmm... One moment, I'm retrieving the most detailed picture I can get. Here we go."
Metal Man (GM): It shows... inexplicable. A flaming 'V.'
King Demon *eyes light up.* "That looks like it'd be worth getting!"
SIMBER: "There's only one problem."
SIMBER: "It's on the fiery moon of Turion... a place filled with demons. And fire elementals."
King Demon: "Of COURSE there's a problem..."
Dragoshi: "What's that moon called? Hell?" :/
King Demon: "Demons!? Heh..."
SIMBER: "Yes, that's what the Lizardmen called it. The Archivists want us to do it, because the last people they sent to it were fried to a crisp. So... your choice is?"
Dragoshi: "Meh. Good thing I have my own fire-killer." *Holds a Tidal Blast in one hand, and has it slowly dissipate instead of launching it. >_>*
Metal Man (GM): *Metal, meanwhile, is playing chess against Grodus in the corner.*
Grodus: "Your go."
Metal Man (GM): *Moves rook to the other side of the board.* "King me!"
Grodus: "That's not how it goes."
Metal Man: "That's not how you go!"
Grodus: "..." *Mumbles.*
King Demon: "Good thing that I'm fire elemental myself!"
Grodus: *Takes rook with a Queen.*
Metal Man: "Bah. Everybody knows that piece is more powerful than it should be. I should nerf it."
Metal Man (GM): That's Demon's and Dragoshi's vote, then.
Dragoshi: *Hmm... His interest is split between 2 and 3... So, it's time to pull out a coin and flip it!*
Metal Man (GM): 2 vs. 1. #3 wins, unless Brad suddenly casts a vote which Dragoshi agrees on.
King Demon: "Three works for me."
SIMBER: "Hm... seems like a majority." He flips open a warp. Fires spill out of it. He stomps them out. "How irritating."
Metal Man (GM): Metal sees the warp, and takes out some marshmallows. He cooks them over it.
Metal Man: "Good eating, I hear!"
Dragoshi: "Meh." *Puts the coin away.* "Landed on heads. That was to get the flaming V..."
King Demon: "..."
Dragoshi: "...Why not go make yourself some s'mores then?" >_>;; *Shrugs and heads out into el warpo.*
King Demon goes through the warp. "This should be like going home..."
Metal Man (GM): WARP The Questers appear atop the surface of this red moon. It's a blistering... 140 degrees here. The air wavers and the ground is very hot.
King Demon: "THIS is more like it!" *looks around.*
Metal Man (GM): Geysers of magma shoot out of the ground. Mountains are everywhere. There are also see various caves. Three nearby. One glows oddly, another is dark and straight-down, and another one has steps leading into it.
Dragoshi: *Good thing Drag has that Goron's Tunic.* >_>;; "So... Which one?"
Metal Man (GM): Doesn't look like the Questers will get much help in this mess.
Dragoshi: "...Eh." *Shrugs and walks on over to the glowy cave.*
King Demon goes to the glowy one.
Metal Man (GM): No obstructions here. Demon walk inside... it's a magma chamber. And boy, is it hot.
Dragoshi: *Enters that, unless there's magma on the floor.* >_>;;
King Demon looks around.
Metal Man (GM): Nowhere really to go, just walk in a circle around a massive pot of magma.
King Demon: "Bah... much as I'd like to..."
Metal Man (GM): There's crumbled rocks everywhere.
King Demon leaves and goes to the first cave.
Dragoshi: *Searches the crumbled rocks for anything of interest...*
Metal Man (GM): There are volcanic rocks. Shiny.
Dragoshi: *Checks if they are too hot to handle.*
Metal Man (GM): Nope. They've cooled. Meanwhile, Demon goes into the one full of steps. It goes down... and down... and down... and it gets cooler.
Dragoshi: *Takes a couple, leaves, then heads back to the cave full of steps.*
King Demon starts down the steps.
Aaron out of boredom, bats a few little rocks about.
Metal Man (GM): They click down the steps. Demon reaches the bottom, and finds a rough cave door. There's also hexes everywhere... and a red field blocks the way in.
Dragoshi: "...Anyone wanna bet that Dexing it'll continue the exploding Dex gag?" >_>
King Demon: "Knock yourself out..."
Dragoshi: *Shrugs, and Dexes...*
King Demon attempts to decipher the hexes.
Metal Man (GM): *nside, there's a table... barely visible.
Dex: "...DING! Magical barrier. A barrier generated by hexes. It only opens when the magic word is said."
Dragoshi: "...Uh-huh." *Puts Dex away if there's no other info than that.*
King Demon shrugs. "I told you that thing isn't very useful..."
Metal Man (GM): No more info... but... the hexes.
Dragoshi: "Actually, it was somewhat useful. It did tell us an alternative solution to open it."
Metal Man (GM): They look vaguely like words.
Dragoshi: "...Anyway, those hexes... Think we should try and decipher those...?"
King Demon continues to try to decipher them.
Dragoshi: *Assists in the deciphering.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi deciphers it. 'Hocus Pocus.'
Dragoshi: "...Oh, there is no way that can be the word... Unless it's that simple. Demon, you try it." *Whispers the words into Demon's ear.*
King Demon: "!? Ok... Hocus Pocus!?"
Metal Man (GM): The field goes down.
Dragoshi: "...Huh." *Enters.*
King Demon shrugs and enters.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers enter... the table is all-black, obsidian. The room is dark brown with walls of stone. There are more hexes in here. Great evil can be felt. There is a statue off to the left, in the shape of a being that's 12-feet tall, with angular arms and legs, a somewhat short body, and glowing red eyes. Around it are four torches, and a big circle. Obviously a holy object to whoever's here. There's also a door behind it.
Dragoshi: *Tries to decipher the hexes...*
King Demon: ...
Metal Man (GM): 'FRSH DJGB LJU.'
Dragoshi: "...Well, I got nothing." :/
King Demon examines the statue.
Metal Man (GM): Demon checks it, and sees it seems rather... coarse... for a statue. It must have been made by somebody with bad worksmanship.
King Demon kicks the statue.
Metal Man (GM): *BONK* Nothing happens.
King Demon: "..." *grabs a torch and hits the statue with it.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Decides to try to decipher the hexes again to give himself a second opinion.*
Metal Man (GM): *BONK* Nothing happens.
Dragoshi: "Summon the unholy one with an offering. ...Huh." *Walks over to Demon.* "I translated the hexes."
King Demon turns around, still with the torch "Good, what does it say?"
Aaron, having seen Demon attack the statue, follows suit.
Dragoshi: "It said something along the lines of summoning some being called the 'unholy one' with an offering." :/
Metal Man (GM): *BONK* *BONK BONK.* That's one tough statue. *BONK!!* It's taking those blows.
King Demon: "Unholy one!? Oh, good, that should be EASY!"
Metal Man (GM): So far it has taken several blows to the face, arms, and legs. It seems to be too tough to be destroyed by bashing blows.
Aaron takes it and tries to lift it off the deck.
Metal Man (GM): Aaron succeeds in cracking the floor some. It is still stuck there.
King Demon: "Hmmm..." *tries to use the torch to light the statue on fire.*
Aaron follows suit, peppering it with fireballs.
Metal Man (GM): The statue is now ominously on fire.
Dragoshi: "...This is awkward" >_>;;
King Demon steps back from the barbequed statue, wondering suddenly if that was really a good idea...
Metal Man (GM): The dynamic fire-duo cause it to glow red-hot. And that is they realize... it isn't a statue. The rock coating melts, revealing a formerly sleeping demon. It shakes off the last of its coating, and it does appear to be constantly on fire. It speaks in a deep, infernal voice.
???: "Who dares disturb my sleep? For eight-hundred ninety years, I have slumbered after eating the people of Turion. And now some... strange people have come to hurl fire at me?"
Aaron: "Me see dat guy do it, me do it too." *points at King Demon.*
King Demon: "Sorry, but you were blocking our path." *Points to the door behind the Demon.*
???: "Blocking the path? The path to my temple. There was a point in that. But now you have disturbed me. Have you brought an offering?"
King Demon: "Just him." *points to Bone.*
???: "And that is...?"
Dragoshi: *Pulls out a one of volcanic rocks he took and spins it around boredly.*
Aaron has his normal dumbfounded look.
King Demon looks at Drag and gets an idea. "What kind of offering would you like?"
???: "Lives, souls, money, perhaps planets. Artifacts too."
Dragoshi: "...Out of curiosity, what would the minimum amount of money required for the offering be?" >_>
???: "I doubt you came with any in mind, however I am charitable... in that I give my victims the chance to redeem themselves. ...About 500,000 coins."
King Demon points to the rock Drag is tossing around "How about some of those?"
Dragoshi: "...Ah. Anyway, what's the chance of redemption?"
???: "100% if ye give me what I seek."
King Demon: "What do you seek?"
???: "Money, souls, planets, material possessions."
King Demon: "I'll give you a coin for redemption!"
???: "I need 500,000 of those."
King Demon: *w* "Hey Drag, try giving him your rock..." *w* "After all, it COULD be considered a material possession..."
???: "If ye do not possess items, I shall take some myself." He grins evilly. "Do ye have anything of use?"
King Demon produces Hop's sword. "There's this..."
Dragoshi: "...I doubt a volcanic rock would be worth much to you then?" *Just continues spinning around his shining volcanic rock.*
???: "Seeing as those occur where I live, ye deduce correctly."
Metal Man (GM): He walks towards the Questers.
???: "Perhaps I should be... more effective."
Aaron: *pointing at Demon.* "You take, me no like him."
King Demon puts away Hop's sword and grabs his usual sword.
Dragoshi: "...I doubt it works like that." *Eyeroll.*
???: "So then a battle it is. But since ye don't know my name... heh heh heh heh!"
King Demon: "You want a fight, we aren't gonna back down from you!"
Dragoshi: "Let me guess. You're invincible unless someone reveals your name?"
???: "Not quite."
Dragoshi: *Attacks the guy with a Tidal Blast barrage! >_>*
Aaron takes one step forth and throws two uppercuts at it.
Metal Man (GM): Miss, hit.
King Demon first charges in with his shoulder charge.
Metal Man (GM):Hit.
King Demon follows up with ground fire, though he really doesn't know why...
Metal Man (GM): Miss! ??? laughs, and then summons a demonic spell at Demon. It hails fire on him. Then he spins an arm, and a beam of black energy flies at Dragoshi. *BOOM.*
Dragoshi: "...Ow. Somewhat." *Anyway, More Tidal Blast barrage...*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss hit hit hit miss miss hit.
Dragoshi: *Moves one foot forward, then attacks with an Ice Tornado.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi then quickly draws out his scythe and attempts to swipe at the enemy with it.* >_>
Aaron fires two more uppercuts.
King Demon: "..." *smacks himself.*
Metal Man (GM): He opens fire at Aaron with a wave of magma. *FWOOSH* Then he rips a chunk out of the wall and hurls it at Dragoshi. *BONK*
Dragoshi: *Of course.* *Lessee, Dragoshi starts off the turn by Tidal Blasting, following up with a flip kick, using the scythe to get reach, and...*
Metal Man (GM): Both hit.
Dragoshi: *And a Black Dog! Which plans to try and beat the crap out of the enemy like a church door!* >_> *predictable miss.*
Aaron, assumably so, continues to uppercut.
King Demon starts off with another attempt at the ground fire. He then fires off two fireballs.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, then... hit miss miss. The Demon shakes his head, then summons a nasty incantation which causes the entire cavern to rain rocks.
King Demon gets dead.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi does the flip kick again!* *Let's ignore the fact that actually happened and try again.* @_@ *He would then proceed to...* *Extend a tarantula over to the temple guarding demon... thing and as said arachnid bite it!* *Dragoshi then does another flip kick! Whee, repetition!*
King Demon quick revives and does Ground Flame again.
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM.* He's looking weak.
???: "Why do you persist, when there is nothing to be gained from beating me?"
Metal Man (GM): He tries a different tactic and swipes at Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: "...Actually, there is something. But I'm not telling." *Dragoshi gracefully sidesteps.*
Metal Man (GM): He swipes again. And again. *SWIPE* He steals 10,000 coins!
Dragoshi: *Graceful sidesteps, and a hit.*
Metal Man (GM): Then he swipes at Demon.
Dragoshi: "...You really chose the wrong person to steal from."
Metal Man (GM): He steals the tin-foil sword!
???: "This shall be good enough."
Metal Man (GM): He moves several feet away. He's gonna flee next round!
Dragoshi: "..." *You do not try to run away from the guy who can move as fast as Dragoshi can. He pursues!*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi catches up.
Dragoshi: *He would attempt to steal back from him!* >_>
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Dragoshi steals the tinfoil sword!
Dragoshi: *Then Drag does the double flip kick using the scythe for accuracy!*
Metal Man (GM): All hit. He's not knocked back, but he takes the damage. Miss, hit. He's KO'd by that... he falls over with swirls in his eyes.
???: "Gr... how... dare you!" *KONK.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Tries to take back his 10k, then.*
Metal Man (GM): The 10k is gone... he absorbed it. The way to the temple is clear, though.
Dragoshi: "...Eh." *Hands Demon his tinfoil sword back.*
King Demon takes it, and DING!
Dragoshi: "Anyway..." *Checks to see if there any hexes that could he hasn't tried to translate yet before moseying along to the temple.*
King Demon goes into the temple.
Metal Man (GM): None. The Questers enter it, and see that it's a small building, but the most important part of it is an altar... with a flaming V on it.
Aaron follows on.
Metal Man (GM): The altar, however, is protected by a red field.
King Demon sighs. "Not AGAIN!"
Dragoshi: "And, I believe we need to find the magic words for that..." *Looks for hexes.*
Metal Man (GM): None.
Dragoshi: *Looks for anything else.*
Metal Man (GM): Nope, it's very barren.
Dragoshi: "...Let's check back at this place later..." *Proceeds to head out of the temple...*
Metal Man (GM): Not much else here--it is a barren moon, after all.
Dragoshi: *There's still that second cave.* *Heads back outside to check said cave out.*
Metal Man (GM): It's vertical. Gotta figure out a way to climb down it.
King Demon: "Hmmm..." *wonders if he can fly down it.*
Dragoshi: *Grabs a nearby cooled down rock and throws it down the vertical cave to see how far down it drops.* >_>
Metal Man (GM): It lands 20 feet down.
King Demon shrugs and flies down the shaft... wait, how is he going to get back up it?
Aaron searches for a rope.
Metal Man (GM): No ropes nearby. Demon goes down a ways, then falls the rest... it's not that much of a fall, though.
King Demon searches around at the bottom of the shaft.
Metal Man (GM): He finds... mostly dust. It's sort of a pit. There's not much inside here. It's kinda dark, too.
King Demon sighs and lights his hand on fire to try to see better.
Metal Man (GM): None that Demon can see, although the walls look soft..
Dragoshi: *Now, how to climb down without jumping down the hole...*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi and the newly warped in Blade are left with the cave of steps (that leads to a temple) and the magma chamber to investigate.
Dragoshi: *Okay, maybe we should re-check the magma chamber...*
Blade: "Hrm... chamber full of magma that could potentially kill us... or temple full of monsters that could potentially kill us. Dragoshi? I'd feel more comfortable if the more experienced of us two took point."
Dragoshi: *Already is.* :p
Metal Man (GM): The magma cave is still merely a path around the magma in a circle... nothing much in there, seemingly.
Dragoshi: "Hmm... Something about this place just doesn't add up..." *Decides to do another search-around for anything else other than normal rocks and the shinier volcanic ones...*
Blade simply follows, keeping his hand at his sword.
Metal Man (GM): Nothing much, no. It's empty here. Although there is a dark shape in the magma below.
Dragoshi: "...I think I see something in the magma below..." *Tries to dex the dark shape...>_>*
Blade: "Hmm?" His tiger ears perk up and he looks about.
Dex: "Some sort of magical object is under the magma--heat is too high to detect what it is."
Dragoshi: "...How deep under the magma?"
Azure pops up to assist cause he's actually here this late.
Dex: "About an inch."
Blade: "...An inch... Hrm..." *He estimates the size of the area. Tries to see if it is big enough for him to fly around in his dragon form.*
Dragoshi: "...Now to figure out how to actually get the danged thing out." >_>;;
Blade: "How large is this object?"
Azure: "I could make an attempt at cooling a portion of the magma for a time." making an enigmatic appearance "Though... that might work against the area..."
Dragoshi: "Yeaa... Considering that this is 'Hell' and whatnot."
Blade looks to Azure. "Well, in my full form I can withstand intense temperatures for a short time... I could fly in, grab the object and fly out with it provided I can withstand the heat, and the magma."
Dragoshi: "I'd try, but even with my Goron's tunic I doubt I'd be able to move fast enough to get in, take the object, and get out. 'Sides, I doubt it'd actually protect me from magma. Intense heat, sure, but-Oh, you get the point."
Azure ponders "I can create a fire element barrier for you. It might help as a substitute."
Blade: "...I can try, dragons are tough creatures." He sighs, and starts to shift into his full dragon form -- though he can't fight in this form since he's not yet at full power. "Hmmm... Azure, that seems like a good idea. Hit me with it, please."
Dragoshi: "...Let me just check to see how quickly something would burn up first..." *Takes a rock, and drops it into the magma.*
Blade: "...I'm a lot tougher than a piece of brimstone..."
Metal Man (GM): It melts within 5 seconds.
Blade: "...and I'm faster than a piece of brimstone, too. Azure, about that fire barrier?"
Azure: "Ok then." raises his hands creating a brief hand sign calling his spirit charms forward then casting his hands out at blade with his index and pinky fingers respectively extended overlapping each other forming a box. A neutral colored barrier surrounded Blade before giving off a red tinted shimmer.
Dragoshi: "Well, good luck with your idea..."
Azure: "The barrier is now set in place."
Blade: "Thank you..." He locates the object, and swoops down to quickly scoop up the object in question and bring it back, wincing at the pain of the magma on his claws, though hopefully the damage was minimal -- that the barrier and scales would deflect most of it.
Metal Man (GM): Hm... Blade grabs it, but it's so hot he drops it... that's when some other guy... picks it up?
???: "Thanks. I've been looking for this."
Metal Man (GM): The man is rather odd, especially here.
Dragoshi: "And, you are...?"
Metal Man (GM): He wears all-black clothes and has a red R on his hat.
Executive Vlad: "Rocket Executive Vlad. We've been watching you this whole time. Well... our less experienced agents."
Blade returns to his roost, and returns to his Warrior form, now drawing his sword. "...You must be watching more the child with the flaming horse..."
Executive Vlad: "You might be happy to know we fired Jesse and James. They... were disgraces."
Dragoshi: "...And ridiculous."
Executive Vlad: "Now... if you excuse me..." He goes to walk off with the rock.
Azure: "Rocket..." he ponders "The time it has taken you to make that decision makes me wonder about the stability of your company."
Blade quickly, well as quickly as a tiger in full plate gives chase.
Dragoshi: *Ker follow.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers follow him. He notices, and he shrugs in dismay.
Executive Vlad: "Do you really want this stone back? It's nothing important. At least... not worth fighting me for. I can cut you. I'm not a moron like the others. We have our people, but you killed the godfather of all godfathers. And Mewtwo is on your side. We've only survived because we sent our most inept agents after you."
Dragoshi: "Godfather of all godfathers?"
Executive Vlad: "We have deep pockets." He takes out a checkbook. "How would you each like 100,000 coins?"
Metal Man (GM): His motive is sorta clear: He wants the rock, and doesn't seem interested in a fight. Although the amount of money must mean the rock is valuable. Or that they're rich. Considering how cheap his uniform is, though, that's unlikely.
Blade: "Wait... before any transaction, what is that rock and what is it used for..?"
Executive Vlad: "I'm sorry, that's company business." He slips it into a protective holder. "They only told me to retrieve it."
Blade: "I... see."
Executive Vlad: "I couldn't tell you anything about it. They know all about you, after all."
Dragoshi: "Of course."
Executive Vlad: "Torture me, shoot me, the rock is useless in all counts. But money... you like that, don't you?"
Dragoshi: "Do you know anything about a-Nevermind. It's unimportant. I have enough as-is."
Executive Vlad: "Hm. That wasn't accounted for." He shrugs. "Still, this rock isn't worth fighting me about. I'm no Jesse or James."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a gun which glows eerily.
Dragoshi: "...Which is good, considering-...That another Freaky Gun?"
Executive Vlad: "They say this can destroy small buildings from 1000 feet away. Freaky? That's old. This is the Funky gun. Let's see... that big rock there..."
Metal Man (GM): He fires it. *BLAMMMMM.* The rock explodes violently, leaving a deep crater.
Dragoshi: *Low whistle when he looks at the rock exploding.*
Blade: "Hmmm... I don't know... should we let them have the rock?"
Executive Vlad: "Now, if you can excuse me, I really must be going. Are you sure cash isn't good enough? What about pokemon? We always have those."
Blade: "...Hrm... a companion may be useful..."
Dragoshi: "That it would..."
Executive Vlad: "The selection ain't so great, but, Meowth, Ekans, and Koffing are just as good now as they were 20 years ago."
Blade: "Hrm... I suppose I can settle for the Ekans."
Dragoshi: "As could I."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out an odd purple pokeball and tosses it to Blade, then tosses another to Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: *Catches it.*
Blade catches the ball, gazes it over before shrugging and putting it in his pouch for later.
Executive Vlad: "What about you, mysterious monk? Is there anything that could be given to you? I know you types dislike possessions and all..."
Metal Man (GM): Executive Vlad awaits his answer, as the Questers see a large space-ship with an 'R' on it fly nearby and land.
Executive Vlad: "By the way, we checked out that temple you looked at earlier. That flaming thing's worthless to us, but we broke the force field on it. Go ahead and take it--it's better off in your hands than... ...*sigh.* Jesse and James'."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear mumbling off nearby. Two people in burnt-clothes are getting closer.
Dragoshi: "...Okay." *To the temple!*
Executive Vlad: "Not them again!" He fires at them with the pistol relentlessly. "Die! Die you worthless failures!"
Jesse: "Hey! I'm not worthless! I'm just a deferred success! Gah!" *Leaps to the side.*
Dragoshi: "...Yeesh. You the two J's followed you all the way here? ...Man, talk about friggin' annoying."
Executive Vlad: "They were planning to steal this rock themselves and sell it for a Golden Magikarp."
Dragoshi: "...Those Magikarp things are usually scams, though." :/
Executive Vlad: "I already told them that was unacceptable, but they claimed it would defeat 'The Twerp.' Then when I told them no Twerps live around here... They went ballistic, so I had to blow them away. Unlike normal people, they aren't able to die so easily, though, so... ...get that V and run!"
Metal Man (GM): He shoots several more times, but seems to be failing at keeping Jesse and James away.
Dragoshi: "Uhhh... Just make sure not to catch any glitch thi-Oh. 'K." *ZOOMS off to the temple.*
Blade: "...I think that twerp has been dead for hundreds of years." He nods. "How about we smack them into the next moon, just to be safe?"
Executive Vlad: "...You've done that across history, though. They don't seem to die... ...I give no guarantees!" He runs off, dropping a pokeball to Azure (Who knows what it is?) and running as James gets within 10 feet.
James: "Come back here! You haven't heard our new motto! Re-hire us immediately!"
Executive Vlad: "Gahhh! I can hear them! Let's get off this rock!"
Azure rubs his face .oO(I'm starting to get tired of this..)
Pilot: "You didn't need to tell me twice!"
Metal Man (GM): The ship flies away really fast.
Blade shrugs and makes like Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: *Still zooming over to the temple... AKA the stairs leading down.*
Metal Man (GM): Jesse and James stop for a moment to shake their fist at the thing, then try in vain to catch up to the Questers guys... who get to the temple. The Questers see the flaming V on its pedestal, unshielded. Looks like the Funky Gun blew up several pieces of the wall. It's hot. Hot! Flamin' hot!
Azure is following though.
Blade: "...well, that's certainly an iconic thing, isn't it? Azure, you said something about freezing... maybe you can cool those flames down and maybe even put them out?"
Dex: "The Flaming V cannot be extinguished... Metal Man used to hold it, the first time it was found. Of course, his hands were made of Metal, so... ...yeah. No burns."
Dragoshi: *"...Okay." *Tries to summon a mini-mech to take it.* >_>
Blade: "Then how the hell are we going to get it back? I can't hold it, even in dragon form..."
Dex: "Just put it in your pocket! ...At least, Questers have held things that are radioactive in their pockets without actually being irradiated before."
Metal Man (GM): The mech grabs it.
Blade: "...put it in my pouch? Well, it is the mysterious pouch of infinite holding. I'll take it..."
Dragoshi: "...Nah. I'd rather the mech carry it. It is made of metal after all." >_>
Blade: "Well, true."
Dragoshi: "Anyway... Mission complete, right? We got the V and whatnot."
Metal Man (GM): The warp back appears... the Questers vaguely hear Jesse and James off in the distance.
Azure: "If that was the objective. Let us take our leave then before some form of psychopath passes through with the constant need to shoot at us. Or is provoked into doing so." looks around at the current party "Maybe not."
Dragoshi: *Has the mech walk into the warp with the V in it's hands, then would proceed to follow suit...* *But, before doing so motions for the others to follow.*
Blade nods and makes like the 'mech.
Dragoshi: *Enters el warpo.*
Metal Man (GM): Mission Complete.
Blade: "Well, then, everyone, a mission well done. I'll be in the stadium, enjoying my meadow simulation and hopefully getting some rest if anyone needs me."
Blade: *He returned to the stadium, activates the simulation and lays down.*
Azure: "I think I'll go read another book from the library."