Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 367: Laughing Librarians

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Date: May 25th, 2007.
Blade growls softly, rubbing his shoulders. "Damn it, I thought I could do it... I need to get stronger!"
Alexia: "...Didn't go well, huh?"
Digifanatic: "You should be able to get there in time. And I hope you do." *smiles a bit.*
Blade: "I had to fight Mr.-fucking-T." He sighs.
Dragoshi: "...Okay."
Digifanatic: "Oh boy..."
Alexia: "...Uh, Blade?"
Blade: "Yes?"
Leo: *walks into the main lobby.* "Hey guys, what's up?"
Alexia: "Er, um... sorry if I may have been kind of brash towards you at the beginning."
Blade: (Draconic) "Why is that?"
Alexia: "...A prejudice, now that I've thought about it for a while."
Blade: "Why? You dislike our kind?" He smiles. "As you may have noticed... I'm not like most dragons."
Dragoshi: "..."
Janice: *What looks like a feminine, black-suited Zero with a small bright violet gem in the middle of her helmet's forehead seemingly appears from nowhere. She even has an energy saber hilt clipped to her right hip. Apparently, a left-handed swordswoman.* "...There had better be a *good.* explanation for me being here... because I got teleported away from a very important job."
Leo: "Well lady, we are like doing trials for this guy who's name slips my mind."
Darkdata: "... So, it seems the challenges are often tricky."
Master Hand: "With only one successful Quester out of several so far... indeed."
Alexia: "What was your first clue, Dark? Me stalking out of a door in utter shame and humiliation?"
Janice: "Trials, huh? Well, I think I might try them, but I have a feeling that something important is about to go down..."
Azure pops up again.
Master Hand: "Far harder than any 'Platinum Challenge', since all of you finished that, or at least, the earlier ones did..."
Leo: "Hey, Azure."
Dragoshi: "...You know what the annoying thing is? I just came up with two alternate ways to beat Gibby after I lost."
Azure: "Greetings Leo."
Digifanatic: "Ah..."
Darkdata: "Yes, well, I will attempt my challenge soon enough."
Alexia: "Oh, hiya, Leon."
Azure: "As will I."
Leo: "Hello, Alex."
Blade: "Well; I tried my best... and that's all I can say."
Digifanatic: "Same here."
Azure looks to Blade. "In the end thats all you can really do isn't it?"
Leo: "So, who's left to go now?"
Blade: "Yes, it is."
Digifanatic: *looks at the new Quester.* "Well, it is always nice to have more folks coming here and joining us... regardless of it is of their will or not."
Janice: "...I'll only join if the price is right..."
Master Hand: "Well, there is a second reason I brought this building here... Of course, you can continue trials in the future, but there exists... the first manifestation of what I warned you of."
Digifanatic: "Ah?"
Master Hand: "The Ethereal Realm abandoned and wasted away by time, this trial building and many other of its kind belong to an entire dimension focused on the battles of the Smashers. However, that dimension has been cursed. Through many people."
Blade: "An entire dimension?"
Master Hand: "That is why the Doublers, Transformers, and even the Fighter Remote turned to evil."
Digifanatic: "Oh, those..."
Leo: "..."
Azure: "That seems a bit much just for fighting..."
Douglas wonders what he's reading in the Tome of Wind at the moment.
Blade: "Now, I can shapeshift..."
Metal Man (GM): Douglas is reading mostly spells of tornadoes.
Master Hand: "Even though they are dead, the villains of Nintendus' evil wills corrupted and twisted this realm. The Destroyer himself has also used his energies to... damage it."
Alexia: "What kind of damage?"
Metal Man (GM): He brings up a screen. It shows a realm filled with stadiums; people of all kinds fighting. It appears to, actually, include almost anywhere battlers or battles would happen. Then he shows dark cracks appearing in it. Zelda, Mario, other baddies invading it. Eventually, The Void's outline causes glitches in the very realm itself.
Dragoshi: "..."
Alexia: "...Whoa."
Leo: "...Whoa."
Metal Man (GM): The years continue on, as it is deformed and twisted. When the clock is set to 'NOW', it shows a destroyed wasteland.
Digifanatic: "Crazy."
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Master Hand: "I never asked for the Questers' help on this, because this was always supposed to be me and Crazy's duty to protect."
Darkdata: "Hmm..."
Leo: "So, if we pass these trials that would mean we are qualified to help you with your problem?"
Janice: "What's the price? I'll help only if I can get some cash out of this."
Dragoshi: *Eyeroll.*
Master Hand: "No, the trials are for fighting The Destroyer."
Azure: "I doubt that wish will be fulfilled in the form of monetary gain."
Leo: "Oh..."
Master Hand: "He is likely to have similar power to the trials within. All of them... put together."
Blade: "...we're boned."
Digifanatic: "Dang."
Dragoshi: "...Funtastic."
Master Hand: "Now... I would send you directly to my realm, and pay you, but there is the problem. I can't. A special shield meant to keep evil Smashers like Ganondorf out... backfired."
Darkdata: "Explain?"
Dragoshi: "...Go on."
Master Hand: "A field attuned to Quester and Smasher Energy, much like Kuja's anti-Quester attack. Seeing as the only thing Questers and Smashers back then could do would be to mess it up, I thought such a barrier would be useful. Now, there is a device that could get around it... but it is on Ferran. And worse... The location is hidden by a group that calls themselves... The Archivists."
Dragoshi: "...Of course."
Darkdata: *Facehand.* "Saw this coming."
Leo: "...Yep."
Dragoshi: "...Thirded."
Master Hand: "That is the true issue, I merely paid off the president to make it seem like there was an internal conspiracy. The Archivists are so controlling because they are trying to protect the planet from something."
Alexia: "...So we did all that work for nothing?"
Master Hand: "Actually, your work apparently has a pattern. Ancient items, tools, some linked to the Destroyer, others of an ancient Earthling grade..."
Dragoshi: "Hmm."
Master Hand: "I believe it may relate to the device itself, which, last time I had access to it, was in poor condition at best."
Digifanatic: "I see..."
Master Hand: "So, your mission is to talk with them. As for bargaining chips... You possess most of the staff of the Destroyer... Ivo Robotnik's Egg Cannon and Quantum robots are currently beyond their technology... The Kuja ship remaining in Nintendus' inventory is known throughout the universe for being the thing of nightmares... Ivan Robotnik fields a large armada and a larger army. He appears to have built it up in case any Solarian or Kuja-style invasion force occurs."
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Master Hand: "Finally, the nearby Lizard-men of Turion are on our side, and have multiplied quite a bit. They and their God Sky High could probably overrun this planet. Many of them practice the same art Kales, err, Klumsy did."
Dragoshi: .oO(We have a lot more bargaining chips than I thought.) *Looks at the crystal.* "...That's... rather impressive."
Master Hand: "But that's the problem... The Archivists believe they are unstoppable. You must carefully make it clear that even if they survive, their planet wouldn't."
Dragoshi: "...Mhm."
Metal Man (GM): He opens a warp.
Master Hand: "And do not fight them. If they totally reject our plans, I have a backup... well. Metal Man does. But I dislike his plans. And, of course, in-between missions, you can continue testing. In fact, I encourage you to do so."
Dragoshi: "Before I leave... A small question." *Pulls out the crystallized piece of Kuja's soul and shows it to Master Hand.* "Do you know anything about this?"
Master Hand: "That is an incredible find." He brings up a display. "Kuja is the antithesis of the destroyer. It may well work similarly to my hard-earned skills in defeating him."
Dragoshi: "...I see. Thank you." .oO(So I possess a piece of the antithesis. At least I have an ace in the hole. ...I still need to figure out who the catalyst is, though.)
Metal Man (GM): The warp appears.
Dragoshi: *Puts away the crystal, and heads on over to the warp.*
Digifanatic: *warps.*
Leo: *heads over to the warp and enters it.*
Alexia enters the warp.
Douglas ... enters le warp too! ...
Metal Man (GM): The Questers appear in the same room as before. The multi-colored, all-speaking Archivists look down at the Questers from their judge-like platforms.
Archivists: "What brings you here today?"
Douglas shrugs and reads his book. He does this... indicating to ask the others.
Archivists: "Is that an illegal book?"
Douglas looks up. "Illegal?"
Archivists: "Yes... yes! No magic books are allowed outside our own libraries!"
Douglas: "Oh is that so... Where are your libraries?"
Archivists: "..." They turn to the other Questers. "Law-breaking aside, what is your purpose in being here today?"
Douglas frowns.
Alexia: "..." *gulps.* .oO(Why won't somebody else talk?!)
Archivists: "...So... you're here to stand here and make us sit around waiting?"
Azure: "We come with a matter of great importance to bring before you and your fellow Archivists."
Digifanatic thinks of how to properly say this...
Blade: "We're here to tell you that your world is doomed no matter what you do."
Archivists: "..." They collectively raise an eyebrow. "We have the ultimate defense. And unless something new has come up, we know what is coming and it has already been thwarted. If we had something truly to fear, you'd have been carted off to prison for that sentence."
Digifanatic: "Already been thwarted?"
Blade shrugs a bit. "It was worth a shot."
Janice: "...Diplomacy was never my thing, I'm out."
Archivists: "Done with. We have defenses that are unbeatable."
Blade: "Are they?"
Archivists: "Although we appreciate your... horribly phrased concern for our safety. Yes. Nothing, in a thousand years, has beaten them."
Douglas: "Great. We can go then?"
Darkdata: "Would the planet survive?"
Archivists: "It's still here, isn't it? You can... ...go..." They seem curious. "But then why did you come here to waste your time and ours?"
Dragoshi: "...Well..."
Azure: "You are absolutely sure your defense is foolproof? That nothing can get threw it?"
Archivists: "Yes."
Azure: "And what of your planet? Is it safe as well? All of it?"
Darkdata: "You do think it could stand up, to say, for an example, Ivo Robotnik's Egg Cannon and Quantum robots?"
Archivists: "Not entirely, but that isn't really important." They seem confused. "Yes, although it is past us... ...do you want something, or do you like posing hypothetical questions?"
Digifanatic: "But what if these threats ambush from other... realities, so to say?"
Darkdata: "You know of the master hand, yes?"
Azure: "I'm getting to that. These forces all still exist. And at any time could possibly be used in such a way that your defenses could do nothing against it. If these forces partially or even a single one assembled that you could not take on. You would be risking your planet. Indulge the hypothetical for the moment. What would... or could you possibly do to stop one of those instances out of your control?"
Archivists: "Master what? Other realities? We do not need to be paranoid, here."
Digifanatic: "I'm not intending to induce paranoia."
Archivists: "The ultimate defenses would simply stop them."
Darkdata: "Yet, you must of wondered what if?"
Digifanatic: "But are you positive that these defenses are in optimum condition?"
Azure: .oO(They indulge themselves in pride.)
Archivists: "With recent maintenance, they are 99.8% operational. That is up from 75% as of before you came here."
Douglas: "...Why don't we just get straight to the point?.. Stop asking those nonsense questions!"
Archivists: "But what is the point of... ...exactly what he said."
Douglas: "Darkdata, please explain."
Darkdata: "Alas, I am not the great speaker Digi is, It would be better for us all, if he were to explain. I am just a blunt man, who would just keep babbling on."
Douglas: "...What about Dragoshi?"
Archivists: "For how great he is, we have no clue why our defenses are so important to you."
Douglas: "Aren't we trying to find something?"
Archivists: "Find... what?"
Darkdata: "Ah, yes Digi, you can explain."
Digifanatic: .oO(Great speaker? Meh, I guess I'll accept that. And why me?) "Oh, right..."
Azure opened the floor go for it. >.>
Douglas: "Well I would love some more books like this..."
Digifanatic: "Aaaaaaaaanyways..."
Metal Man (GM): Some of the Archivist people fall asleep. The remaining ones are confused.
Azure sighs.
Digifanatic: "The word is that there's a force from an alternate dimension that's been responsible for our the curses in group's most primitive of devices, which were used way before most of those whom you see before you came. The identity that has been used for him is 'The Destroyer.'"
Dragoshi: *Would stomp his foot down to wake up the sleepers, but doesn't.*
Archivists: "So, some cursed devices, and a funky name. Scary, but seems like they picked you instead."
Digifanatic: "Wait a minute."
Archivists: *Get out their pocketwatches and begin waiting.*
Digifanatic: "So... Master Hand says the only way we can get across is to pick up a device capable of neutralizing the forcefield to this alternate dimension that he says you have."
Dragoshi: "..." *Facepalm.*
Archivists: "Oh... so you want something we may or may not have, and somebody with a bad name supposedly knows of it?"
Darkdata: "..." .oO(And this is why I did not speak.) "Well, you are powerful in your magic archive's and history."
Archivists: "And... ...to deal with people and things not relevant to us? ...Please, go on. We are... interested." They seem seconds away from bursting into laughter.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, you can think I'm crazy."
Darkdata: "You do know, after all. Right?"
Digifanatic: "Master Hand even said the following, and I QUOTE..."
Archivists: "We have history and power because we don't give it to people who give their hands names and hallucinate we have magical devices to deal with realms and force fields which probably don't exist."
Douglas: "How about a trade?"
Digifanatic: "'The Archivists believe they are unstoppable.'"
Darkdata: "Probably don't exist. Yet, you wonder."
Archivists: "So the Master Hand... is he your right or left hand?"
Digifanatic: *turns to the other Questers.* "Seems like we've just been witnesses to that one, huh, folks?"
Archivists: "This is very important to know." One of them chuckles.
Douglas: "I've got another one of these magic tomes. I can almost guarantee you don't have one like it!"
Darkdata: "He is, literally a hand."
Douglas: "How about you give us the device, I give you this rare tome of magic... and we end this there?"
Archivists: "Uh... of course! Just give us the tome."
Alexia chews on her lower lip to keep from flinging out some angry remarks.
Douglas: "Give us the device..."
Dragoshi: "...I think they're taking this as a joke."
Archivists: "No... our device is so powerful it cannot be given to you. You must give us the tome, and then we can show it to you!"
Digifanatic: "You may believe you're invincible, but just wait until said Destroyer comes from said dimension you've been laughing off."
Douglas: "I'll show you the book, you show us the device."
Darkdata: "Name of the device?"
Dragoshi: "...Seriously, though."
Archivists: "Yes... just show us the book." And then they turn to Darkdata. "The OmniSuperUltraDefense DeviceThatAccessesForeignRealmsAndHelpsPeopleWhoTalkToTheirHands."
Digifanatic: .oO(Uggh.)
Darkdata: "Yeah, I understood what you said."
Alexia: "..." *bites her lip again. Hard.*
Darkdata: "Talking fast will not cover your mockery."
Archivists: "Aka... the OSUDDTAFRAHPWTTTH."
Douglas holds out the only book he's mastered so far. "The rare and powerful Book of Magikarp! I contains instructions for a technique so powerful, it .. is really powerful!"
Digifanatic: "Do you take your job seriously?"
Archivists: "Not with people like him around!" *Points at Douglas.*
Douglas: "...What?"
Dragoshi: "... You know. My patience grows thinner for every damn second you don't take this seriously."
Archivists: "You could be onto something, but... then you claim flopping on the floor is the answer to our problem."
Douglas: "I'll SHOW you just how powerful it is!"
Darkdata: "Just ignore him, Please."
Archivists: "Our powerful device... which doesn't exist... to... help... floating hands? Your own hands? Ice cream hands? We can't tell. But you're free to continue talking. This is better than watching Sky High try to explain his powers to us."
Dragoshi: "...Uh, dude. I don't think that's a good idea right now. Anyway... And without any smartass comments." *Glares at the Archivists.*
Douglas: "! Sky High is here, what!?"
Metal Man (GM): The Archivists clap at Aetos' remark.
Digifanatic: *a bit nerving.* "Douglas..."
Archivists: "Yes! Yes he is! Behind you!"
Alexia: "..." *bites her lip so hard that it bleeds.*
Douglas turns around.
Metal Man (GM): They burst out laughing.
Douglas mutters. "I could -GET- him here, you know. He'd back us up!"
Dragoshi: "...Screw it."
Alexia: "...ARE YOU GOING TO HELP US OR NOT?!"
Dragoshi: "You aren't taking this intelligently."
Digifanatic: *steps AWAY from the Dragoshi.*
Archivists: "You are officially hired as... the court jester." They nod, then continue talking. "So... do you have anything more than jokes to explain this horrifying non-problem to us?"
Dragoshi: "Could you please wait a second while I call the damn hand?" *Pulls out the Dex, tries to call Master Hand.*
Darkdata: *Dex.* To Douglas "I am this close || to sending you to a pocket dimension."
Douglas mutters, thinking about summoning Sky High... and he SPLASHES on the ground!
Dragoshi: *Trying to open some sort of line to Master Hand via Dex so he can tell him about this idiocy...*
Dex: "Out-of-range."
Archivist: "No, no, we don't want to hear about your hands again." They shake their heads. "Tell us what this Destroyer is."
Douglas: *Splash has a 'random effect.'*
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Aetos causes 10 bowls of flan to appear around him.
Douglas: "...Oh."
Dragoshi: "...Of course he's out of range."
Douglas stops, and sits while eating some. "Mmm."
Dragoshi: *Puts Dex away.*
Douglas: "Flan for everyone!"
Darkdata: "Ignoring the court jester, What you fail to understand is..."
Douglas sticks his tongue out at DD.
Darkdata: "If, the destroyer comes here, he is stronger than all the threats we mentioned. And if it is not stopped, then this planet, may be in trouble."
Alexia points her gun in the "Jester's" face.
Darkdata: "And, even if you survive, the planet may not."
Douglas snickers at Alexia.
Archivists: "We hate second-hand information... this seems rather odd a story, as somebody named the Destroyer is mentioned here."
Metal Man (GM): They take out a book which mentions 'The Destroyer will destroy everything, anything, and then whatever is left in his quest for ultimate power.'
Dragoshi: "...How and where is he mentioned?"
Archivists: "In the ancient history. Our ancestors from Earth say they saw him here."
Alexia shakily puts her arm down.
Archivists: "It's well-known to everyone... do you mean to say you don't know?"
Digifanatic: *read it.* .oO(A bit blunt...) *looks for visual evidence or whatnot of the Destroyer.* *reads.*
Metal Man (GM): No pictures, but the book itself goes on and on about how the few colonists mysteriously repelled 'The Destroyer.'
Darkdata: "Well, the knowledge was, unconnected with our current information."
Metal Man (GM): Even odder, The Destroyer left a note saying 'The Military will avenge me.'
Digifanatic: *studies the repel section.* "Psst..." *motions for others to look.* "Military... as in Magellean?"
Darkdata: "How odd, there was nothing else linked to this book?"
Archivists: "But that is why your threat seems... ridiculous. What repelled him back thenw as soldiers with guns... we could repel him again."
Alexia: *thinking.* "What I wouldn't do for one good shot to his face... just one..."
Archivists: "No. It was a fragment. Even amongst our most secret repositories."
Digifanatic: "Ah. But times have changed."
Darkdata: "How do you know that?"
Alexia: "...Then how can you know the truth if all you have is a piece?"
Darkdata: "It says colonists mysteriously repelled 'The Destroyer', yet it does not say how."
Digifanatic: "After a defeat, one will continue to restrategize and get stronger until he is no longer defeatable."
Archivists: "The text also says this." He points out a line far at the bottom. "The Destroyer died from his wounds."
Digifanatic: "Ah..."
Archivists: "And... he was never seen again. We only lack his body... Habeus Corpus."
Dragoshi: "...False deaths."
Darkdata: "No body, no proof."
Digifanatic: "We've come across some freaking crazy things involving reincarnations as well."
Dragoshi: "The happen all the time."
Digifanatic: "And the 'never seen again' part? You have no idea what The Destroyer could be doing in that other realm."
Archivists: "He didn't appear interested, either. The text lists here... 'He was looking for his lost brethren, and in a fury killed a few thousand people...'"
Digifanatic: "With that forcefield, you have no idea what he could be planning cause you can't get there."
Darkdata: "Yet before you said, destroy all for his quest for power."
Dragoshi: "Yea... That seems contradictory, unless, yanno... His brethren were an integral part of his quest or something."
Archivists: "He can't have a quest for power if he is dead."
Darkdata: "Show me the body."
Digifanatic: .oO(I don't think he's dead.)
Archivists: "What does it matter to you if us and our planet dies?"
Dragoshi: "And as I said before, false deaths happen so much that it's easier to ask who is truly dead."
Darkdata: "You know, the whole good guy thing."
Alexia: "Because our job is to keep that from happening."
Digifanatic: "What does it matter to you if we can prevent it from killing this planet?"
Dragoshi: "Yea..."
Digifanatic: "Knowing who you are, governing this planet, I highly doubt that if we prevent this freak from destroying Ferran, you'll just do an apathetic shrug and say 'Whatever.'"
Archivists: "We would rather be destroyed by an imaginary threat than delve into conspiracies involving imaginary devices. Besides... all your information comes from our sources. We could write anything there. Perhaps... The Destroyer is fatally weak to bananas?"
Alexia: "So you're saying all your information is false?"
Dragoshi: "..." *STOMPS his foot down on the ground.*
Archivists: "Maybe... if it is, then everything you say is wrong."
Darkdata: "Wow, I did not know you would write false information."
Dragoshi: "You did not just do that."
Archivists: "There's plausible deniability for you."
Alexia: "If so, then you have a LOT more problems than just us and this threat, which is real."
Metal Man (GM): The sleeping ones wake up and continue mimicking the others.
Alexia: "Because frankly, then you'd lose so much credibility it'd be AUDIBLE. Kids'd mock your names on the streets."
Archivists: "Ah, but you see. We rule this entire country. Anyone who questions us... ceases to exist. We listen to you because you are entertaining."
Darkdata: "What about when there is no one left?"
Dragoshi: "...So?"
Alexia: "Gosh, what a wonderful dictatorship."
Douglas: "I thought I was the entertaining one."
Archivists: "As it is, with your talking hands and imaginary devices, no one would believe you."
Digifanatic: .oO(Not now, Alexia...)
Archivists: "The only purpose, of course, is to defend yourselves from something that only effects you..."
Douglas opens his dex... with the LONG RANGE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE... and the SUPER UPGRADED PROCESSOR... and tries to contact Turion.
Alexia: "IT AFFECTS ALL OF US, DAMMIT!"
Metal Man (GM): It can reach that far...
Alexia: "We just can't help you if you keep digging your feet in and stalling!"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos gets a picture of a planet on the screen. Turion, even. He insisted.
Digifanatic: "Why can't you just consider what we're saying for a few minutes?"
Metal Man (GM): Aetos has got a planet on his screen. Although it doesn't say much.
Douglas: "...Huh... HEY, TURION!"
Alexia points at the Archivists. "Have you no DECENCY, people? Have you no SHAME?"
Douglas: "Can you get a hold of Sky High, please, Turion?"
Archivists: "So now you're reduced to yelling? Tsk tsk. The jester is more entertaining."
Metal Man (GM): They turn and watch Aetos intently.
Darkdata: "I wonder, if one of you would agree to see the master hand."
Dragoshi: *Walks over to Douglas and pokes him.* "...Hey, Douglas. When you're done, could I borrow that for a sec?"
Darkdata: "If the Master Hand would agree."
Sky High: (Dex) "Hey, what're you yelling at the entire planet for? It can't talk to you!"
Alexia: "I don't see another way to get my point across, frankly!"
Douglas: "...Hi Sky High! Dude, I didn't know you like... KNEW the Archivists!"
Archivists: "Your right hands agree?"
Digifanatic: *to Alexia.* "What are the chances MH's backup plan will work, despite Metal's leeriness?"
Sky High: (Dex) "Yes, I know them. In fact, I am half-overdue to showing them my powers again."
Dragoshi: "..."
Alexia growls under her breath.
Sky High: (Dex) "What do you need?"
Douglas: "That's pretty groovy. Oh yeah? Why don't you hop on over here while we're still here with them? That would be awesome."
Dragoshi: "...seriously, though Douglas. Can I borrow that when you're done talking to Sky?"
Alexia: "Why are you so intent on not believing us?"
Sky High: (Dex) "Sure! Sure I will."
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh appears.
Darkdata: "I wonder, they never act like this."
Douglas: "Great! I'll see you in a... . Hey!"
Sky High: "Hey, Archivists. I learned a new power."
Metal Man (GM): He points at Dragoshi, who now has an afro.
Douglas closes the connection and hands off his spear to Dragoshi.
Alexia: "...Anyways!"
Sky High: "Whataya think?"
Archivists: "A 4 out of 6."
Douglas: "What? You rate powers??"
Darkdata: "In fact, I think the only time I ever saw you Archivists act like this, is when you are hiding something."
Archivists: "Yes."
Douglas: "Sky High, I got a new power too!"
Alexia: "My belief is that you're holding back from us for a reason. Someone... or something... is making you keep from telling us."
Archivists: "Like we have anything to hide."
Alexia crosses her arms.
Archivists: "Nobody tells us what to do... but ourselves."
Douglas SPLASHes on the ground in front of Sky High.
Darkdata: "The second stage, Denial?"
Alexia: "Fine. If you have nothing to hide, then tell us what we need to know."
Archivists: "Oh! Oh! And the Master Hand!"
Metal Man (GM): They hold up their right hands. They speak in a nasal voice.
Darkdata: "Wow, nice topic change."
Alexia: "..."
Archivists: "I am the Master Hand, and I demand you help random people defeat invisible dead people!"
Alexia slowly reaches back for her gun.
Douglas: *Random Effect in front of Sky High:.*
Digifanatic: *to Alexia again.* "Oh, they are so FULL of it."
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh suddenly is hit by a limbo pole.
Sky High: "Ow!"
Douglas stands. "It's totally groovy, huh?"
Dragoshi: "..."
Alexia pulls her arm back again, eye twitching from rage.
Sky High: "...Yes! Yes indeed!"
Alexia: "GO TO HELL, DOUGLAS."
Douglas nods. "Anyways." He whispers secretly to Sky High.
Dragoshi: *Anyway, el Drago Kickasso tries to do the same thing as Douglas did in the whole calling thing, except call Master Hand using the conection from Douglas' spear.*
Archivists: "Do it again! Oh... wrong voice." *Nasal voice.* "I, the Master Hand, Command you to hurl limbo poles at Skyhigh!"
Dex: "Please dial 9 and hang up. This dex does not have an astral calling plan."
Douglas: *To Sky High* "So... do you think you could help us out? We need this device that breaks through a barriered realm... in order to save the universe from an impending doom... but these Archivists aren't helping at all. Could you please get them to give us the device? Even your planet is at stake."
Sky High: "So, Douglas, what do you need me for?"
Dragoshi: "...Well, then please remember to get one."
Sky High: "???? Why are you asking those people for that?"
Azure: *so lost.*
Sky High: "I can do that instead! For I am the mighty Skyhigh!"
Douglas: "...Well if you insist."
Dragoshi: *Hands the spear back to Douglas.*
Douglas takes the spear.
Archivists: "???" They stare at Sky High. "Yes! Go on a quest to defeat this nothing-ness! That'll get high ratings!"
Darkdata rubs his temples.
Dragoshi: "...I grow tired of the peanut gallery."
Darkdata: "I bet you could not even open a connection with the dimension, even if you tried."
Alexia: *thinking.* "Stubborn jackass jury..."
Archivists: "You're right! We can't go to nowhere! Wait... maybe we can."
Metal Man (GM): One of them leaps out of their chair and runs into a wall.
Archivists: "Nope."
Alexia: "How about you go straight to hell instead?"
Douglas: "Puh. Calm down, Alexia."
Archivists: "Our funding for the yearly Genetia trip was canceled. Sorry. And we ran out of reasons to go to that Red moon..."
Douglas: "Sky High, are you sure you can do that?.. It's veerrrrrrry important!"
Darkdata: "So your bored, so doing you at least want to entertain this idea?"
Alexia: *through clenched teeth.* "I'll calm down when we actually get WHAT WE CAME HERE FOR."
Sky High: "Yes! I have the ultra-super powers required! But... I need one thing."
Dragoshi: *Thinks of trying and show them the lot of this annoying jury the log of the Questers talking to Master Hand, more specifically around the point where MH talked to them about this whole idiotic mission.*
Douglas: "Anything! Name it."
Sky High: "You must do a big, dangerous, Quester-thing!"
Douglas: "Awesome. I love doing those things. Give me the pie!"
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh gives something to Douglas.
Douglas throws it at Alexia.
Metal Man (GM): *SPLAT.*
Archivists: *Applause.*
Darkdata: "Oh, well crap."
Digifanatic: *backs off some steps from Alexia.* .oO(That's it... it's out the window now.)
Douglas grins. "Now we're all set!"
Alexia: "..."
Sky High: "There! Now I shall take you to the realm you wish. Of course, I wouldn't want to offend these Archivists with their fear of places that they don't know about."
Douglas points at the Archivists. "We don't need your services anymore."
Alexia slowly pulls the pie off her face, cracks her knuckles, and takes out her gun.
Sky High: "So we should probably go via the hallway."
Alexia: *sing-song.* "Oh, Douglaaaas..."
Darkdata: "Are you scared Archivists?"
Sky High: "Oh, and Douglas... ...I took a trillion-coin life insurance policy out on you."
Darkdata: "Or do you want to join us?"
Douglas: "Oh I'll be fiiiine."
Darkdata: "Ever wonder? What if you were wrong."
Archivists: "What? No. This is quite a hilarious undertaking. You can all warp into a black hole, and we'll make sure it's recorded on live television!"
Douglas snaps his fingers and goes Windy!
Archivists: "In fact..."
Metal Man (GM): They give Alexia... ...an air heater.
Douglas scowls.
Digifanatic says nothing.
Archivists: "This is our gift for your insane journey to nowhere."
Douglas: "Get away from me, Alexia! I did it so we could get to the other realm!"
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh walks out into the hallway.
Azure: .oO(This is going nowhere... if something does not give...)
Alexia hurls it back over the Archivist's heads.
Dragoshi: *Continues wondering if he could try and show these jackass Archivists the whole conversation between the Questers and MH before this mission started.*
Alexia: *CRASH.* "And as for YOU, Windy..."
Douglas soars into the hallway.
Alexia: "The instant you decide to show your face... I'll be there. Oh, yes. I'LL BE THERE, DO YOU HEAR ME?!"
Darkdata: "Fine, enjoy your planet being destroyed. Hope you have a pleasant day, Please at least try to save some of your population when you find out you're wrong."
Darkdata heads to the hallway.
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi could show the Archivists, but at the current rate, they won't really listen.
Archivists: "Nah, nah. Our populace is in no threat of being killed by... fatal hilarity!"
Blade shrugs and walks out.
Darkdata: *Stops.*
Metal Man (GM): They all laugh.
Dragoshi: "...Wait. Why I am I bothering? You dumbasses won't listen. In fact, Sky said he'd help."
Janice: "Hmph, don't come crying to me when your planet gets destroyed..." She follows Blade, growling a bit.
Darkdata: "Also, if you're bored, look up Quester Alterworlds and history."
Digifanatic: .oO(Hmm... replace us with Julian and replace the Archivists with the rest of us...)
Archivists: "We shall cry delicious tears of irony, then." They nod solemnly.
Alexia: "...Dark, do you have any headache medicine?"
Dragoshi: *Decides to follow Douglas and Sky High.*
Darkdata: "Yeah, it would make your hair turn blue though."
Digifanatic: *walks out as well.*
Alexia sticks her hand out and starts walking to the hallway. "I need the biggest amount you have."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk out into the hallway.
Darkdata: "Sigh, the fools."
Metal Man (GM): The Archivists take the notes from the session and store them with the rest.
Darkdata: "I do hope we can at least save the people of the planet."
Sky High: "Now... you want to go beyond some sort of barrier, right? To the... evil corrupted land? Are you... sure?"
Darkdata: "Dex, mission goals?"
Douglas: "Uh... is the Evil Corrupted Land the place we go, Dragoshi? Digi?"
Sky High: "I mean... if the Archivists really knew, they'd probably laugh and then send you there."
Dex: "To get access to the device which can remove the barrier to the corrupted realm."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Alexia: "...Great. Then even THAT won't solve our objective."
Darkdata: "Could you help us with that sky High?"
Sky High: "Wait... you need a device. To remove a barrier."
Darkdata: "Yes."
Sky High: "I know someone who makes devices! He's... really intelligent."
Darkdata: "Hmm? Would it work?"
Blade: "Really? Do you? Take us to him, please."
Digifanatic: "But wait a bit, Sky."
Sky High: "Uh... okay..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear a weird noise.
Alexia: "...Dark, medicine. Now."
Digifanatic: "The Archivists have that exact device and I'm not sure how easy it'd be to replicate it."
Alexia: "All of it."
Digifanatic: "Now continue."
Darkdata tosses the blue pill jar. "What was that?"
Metal Man (GM): A blue warp appears, and E. Gadd appears.
Douglas scratches his head. .oO(...Someone who makes devices... someone wacky that Sky High would trust...)
Alexia takes twelve of them.
Digifanatic: .oO(Ah... thought it was gonna be Hop for a second...)
Dragoshi: "...Hiya."
E. Gadd: "Wooyuh wooyuh! Igg Habba Thinga Wuigi!"
Darkdata: "Egad!"
Douglas: "Ahaha. Hiya!"
E. Gadd: "Gooba Yuy!" He takes a big hunk of cotton out of his mouth. "Sorry, sometimes my inter-spacial transits take me through dimensions made of... cloth... It has been a long time... what do you need from me?"
Douglas: "Gadgets!"
E. Gadd: "Here you go!"
Metal Man (GM): He gives Aetos a nosehair trimmer, a shoe shiner, and a broccoli trimmer.
Darkdata: "E. Gadd: We need To get access to the device which can remove the barrier to the corrupted realm."
Metal Man (GM): Also, a button that says 'Self-Destruction Bomb.'
Darkdata: "Not cool random stuff."
Alexia hands the jar back to Dark.
Douglas sticks the broccoli trimmer onto the shoe shiner.
Darkdata tosses it in the hall.
E. Gadd: "Really? Well... ...I'm not too good at things like that. I created some parts of the cubes, this warp system you like to use..."
Alexia: "...I think I'll need to kill something for the rest of that frustration."
E. Gadd: "Aha! I have it! You must... find me... one-hundred thousand spooce!"
Douglas tosses the weird items to Alexia.
Dragoshi: "...spooce? What the heck are spooce?"
Darkdata: "More cotton?"
Azure: "What..is a spooce..."
E. Gadd: "Then, if I generate a small black hole... and toss them in... the resulting explosion would make a warp and remove the barrier! Uh... fungi from another dimension!"
Alexia just lets the items fall to the ground.
Darkdata: "This is like some ill designed fetch quest. Sigh, no choice though."
E. Gadd: "There's approximately one spooce every three-hundred square miles in this dimension..."
Azure: "..."
E. Gadd: "So... all of you must search 300,000,00 miles combined!"
Darkdata: "Ack."
Douglas: "That sounds fun and all... but..."
Alexia: "...Sir, do you know how close I am from being in proximity to those PEOPLE to killing you right now?"
Douglas: "Anything a bit more explosive, and needed a bit less of, that can be used?"
E. Gadd: "While you're at it, you should find me the Stones of Rejed, the legendary Shiny Zapdos, and ten-thousand million pencil erasers!"
Dragoshi: "Quite."
Alexia: "..."
E. Gadd: "Ah... you like easy things, don't you? Well... There is another way... but... it is so dangerous..."
Digifanatic: "Not necessarily easier but also quicker."
Dragoshi: "...Well, we really don't have the time, and look, dude. Dangerous doesn't matter anymore."
E. Gadd: "Professor Oak has a system which can damage reality. He made it in an attempt to upgrade the warp rooms."
Darkdata: O_o "Really?"
E. Gadd: "If you could just tweak it to damage another reality, you'd be set!"
Dragoshi: "We've-...Okay."
Alexia: "...Dark, hand me those pills again."
Digifanatic: "Ohhh..."
Darkdata: "They are in the hall, on the floor."
E. Gadd: "But... failure means everyone's noses become plastic trains... or something else nonsensical. Did someone say pills?"
Dragoshi: *Pulls out his own headache meds Darkdata gave him from a long while ago and hands them to Alexia.*
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a massive jar of 'ULTRA HEADACHE PILLS'
Azure rubs his head at the lack of logic in all this. One would think he be use to by now. He isn't however.
E. Gadd: "This realm is so confusing... I take five of these every hour to stay sane."
Alexia takes six from E. Gadd and swallows them.
E. Gadd: "Especially when that young man with a guitar screamed at me... And... that... monster he called Mr. Dreadful..."
Darkdata: "I blame the God of Metal, he seems to be twisted. All in joking of course."
Metal Man (GM): He appears to be horrified, as if he'd seen a ghost.
Dragoshi: "..."
Digifanatic: .oO(*SYSTEM OVERLOAD--too many thoughts and insanities.*)
E. Gadd: "Those... those eyes! The glasses... of a Magikoopa... ...Anyway... Metal's whatnow? No, just tweak the device... oh! Sky High!"
Dragoshi: "...Yea. Go on about the whole device thing."
Douglas shrugs. "We're all set then?" *Almost done with his Tome of Wind.*
E. Gadd: "He can help you. I think he touched it one time too many when it was under development."
Alexia: "...Excuse me for a bit."
Sky High: "Ah... yes. I know where Oak stashed it. Care to come with me to it?"
Alexia just starts pacing up and down the hallway while muttering unintelligibly.
Darkdata: "As we must."
Metal Man (GM): He makes a warp. E. Gadd waves.
Dragoshi: "Sure."
Alexia turns around and paces into the warp.
E. Gadd: "By the way... I have a can full of radioactive by-products I must discard here... know a good place for it?"
Darkdata: "In that office." *Points to the Archivists door.*
Digifanatic: *sighs and enters the warp.*
Darkdata: *Enters the warp.*
Dragoshi: .oO(Yeah, what he said) *Enters the warp.*
Azure enters... reluctantly.
E. Gadd: "Thanks, young feller!" He hurls it in there.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear explosions, people yelling, and then weird magic noises.
E. Gadd: "Whoops! Sorry, mysteriously-clothed people!" *Leaps into a warp of his own.*
Alexia smiles a bit as she hears that. "...Okay. I feel rejuvenated. Let's go!"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers go into the warp...
Dragoshi: *Chuckles as he hears that before entering the warp.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers all appear, suddenly, at Quester HQ. Hm. Odd. The place isn't all that occupied anymore. Cobwebs everywhere. Skyhigh looks around.
Douglas: "SIMBER?"
Alexia: "...Huh. I would have thought that this place would have been a lot more occupied."
Darkdata: "Hehe, I would of liked to see the look on their face-- hmm, the place seems empty."
Metal Man (GM): No response...
Douglas scratches his head.
Dragoshi: "...Wow. This place has fallen apart. ...Somewhat."
Douglas: "FAYTHRICKYYURIEBOBVOID?"
Azure: "Somewhat?"
Dragoshi: "Though, you'd think there'd at least be a caretaker for this place while we're away." >_>;;
Douglas: "...Uhh... GARRICKSAI?"
Alexia: "Douglas, stop yelling. Please."
Dragoshi: *Anyway, Dragoshi starts looking around.*
Alexia walks inside the old HQ, if she can.
Metal Man (GM): Alexia walks inside.
Digifanatic: *moves on.*
Metal Man (GM): The automatic doors open dustily.
Dragoshi: *...Yea. Walk inside first, then look around.* >_>;;
Metal Man (GM): The Questers make their way around. They can easily tell where Oak's office is. Just up some stairs.
Dragoshi: *To Oak's office!*
Metal Man (GM): It seems mostly unused; not robbed, pillaged, or damaged.
Alexia follows Dragoshi up the stairs.
Douglas moves to the Big Room, in the meantime.
Digifanatic: *keeps going.*
Darkdata follows them.
Douglas pokes the computer thing. "Uhmm... turn on."
Metal Man (GM): Big Room is closed to access.
Douglas fails to reach the computer thing then.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Oak's office is found, and it opens... hm... It's massively piled with objects.
Dragoshi: *Tries to search through the objects for whatever it is that they're looking for, without causing any piles to collapse.*
Alexia: "...Has someone been using this place as a storage warehouse, maybe?"
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi finds the device. Instantly, at that. What good luck!
Darkdata: "Wow, nice Dragobo."
Metal Man (GM): It's... a weird square base, with a slot for a cube, with wires going out to thin air.
Darkdata: "Sky High?"
Metal Man (GM): It has a knob and no power source... or real way to control what it does. Sky has mysteriously vanished.
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos would hear a heavy breathing behind him.
Douglas uses his long-range dex to try and communicate with Saria... then wait.
Metal Man (GM): *CLUNK* ... *CLUNK* ... *CLUNK* It would stop right behind Aetos.
Douglas turns around slowly, kinda worried, as Saria is being dialed.
Metal Man (GM): Douglas sees. ... ... ... ...He doesn't see anything.
Darkdata: "What is it?"
Metal Man (GM): Because he has just been punched through all of the doors and out into a tree so fast he couldn't even blink. *BLAM* The others would hear this.
Dragoshi: *Decides to check out what the hell just happened.*
Alexia: "YAAAH!"
Darkdata: "What was that!"
Alexia jumps, then runs down the stairs.
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi walks down. There's an Aetos-shaped hole through several walls, leading outside.
Darkdata conceals.
Douglas: *D: And he bets Saria didn't pick up, huh.*
Metal Man (GM): Nope... Aetos/Douglas's dex got bent from that.
Darkdata: *then follows.*
Alexia: "...Shit." *runs outside.*
Dragoshi: "...Yeesh."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers follow their way outside... and see Aetos, who, miraculously, isn't all that damaged. It was apparently all knockback...
Douglas shakes his head... totally in shock.
Digifanatic: *heads down.*
Azure quickly catches up up after a brief run.
Digifanatic: .oO(Okay, this is just screwed up.)
Dragoshi: "..."
Metal Man (GM): He's holding a bent dex. Easily fixed. But more importantly, there's a symbol of a lightning bolt through a sun on his chest. From whatever hit him. It'll heal. In fact, instantly, with a potion.
Alexia: "...What the heck?"
Digifanatic: "Solarian madness, looks to be."
Metal Man (GM): But the hand size... the mark... it was obviously humanoid... Aetos' dex sparks and begins speaking.
Dex: "That... was not... a Solarian..."
Dragoshi: *ZOOMS over to Aetos.* "Then wait the hell was it?"
Dex: "Hand size... too human-like..."
Digifanatic: "Wow..."
Dex: "Unknown..."
Metal Man (GM): It shows a picture of a dark silhouette, with a fist which moves so fast it's been blurred into a black column.
Alexia: "...I'm going back to look for it. Cover me." *runs back into HQ.*
Metal Man (GM): *THWACK* *THWARPWAP* A big piece of something flies out of the Stadium.
Azure: "..."
Metal Man (GM): It came... from the right of the hole where Alexia re-enters HQ.
Azure: "I don't think you will have to look far."
Alexia: "Show yourself!"
Dragoshi: *Decides to back upstairs and take the device... If he hasn't already done so seeing as he's klepto like that.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi has the object.
Alexia: "C'mon, show yourself!"
Metal Man (GM): Alexia hears deep breathing... and clunking... *BLAMMMM.* Alexia is hit by a beam which launches her out of HQ like a missile.
Digifanatic: *looks to the Dex image if at all possible...*
Dragoshi: *Okay, good. Anyway, Dragoshi decides to lay low.*
Metal Man (GM): The second image of Alexia being hit shows darkness, then an extremely powerful death-ray flying off of HQ. Alexia bounces off a nearby building and lands.
Azure: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The being finally walks into the sunlight; it is hardly recognizable as anything.
Alexia: "...Okay, why am I not a mess on this wall?"
Azure: "No it couldn't be..." *remembering a one man fight with someone who spammed deathrays.*
Alexia gets up and runs back to the others.
Metal Man (GM): It is a dark-cloaked individual with extensive chains around his body.
Leo: *catches back up with the others as well.*
Azure: "Who are you?"
Metal Man (GM): He breathes heavily, and he makes no sound.
Dragoshi: *Watches this from his spot...*
Metal Man (GM): Instead, he walks towards Dragoshi.
Douglas: "Maybe it needs a hug."
Metal Man (GM): The ground he steps on... the grass withers and dies.
Leo: "Hmmm?"
Metal Man (GM): A tree is along his way.
Darkdata: "Go for it Douglas."
Digifanatic: *Notes the image and starts recording this scene.*
Metal Man (GM): He touches it... and it instantly incinerates and burns to nothing.
Alexia: "...It's the Grim Reaper!"
Azure: "Thats a pretty redundant question ...I'm asking a masked person in chains who he is. I'm sure I wont get an answer..."
Digifanatic: *Goes to catch the tree on his recording.*
Leo: "But, wha?!"
Metal Man (GM): Digi records this... though it's mostly a blur. It stops at Dragoshi, and holds out its hand... ...for the object, obviously.
Dragoshi: "..."
Douglas: "It's the Bigfoot of Nintendus..."
Digifanatic: *keeps rolling.*
Leo: "What does he want?"
Dragoshi: "...of course. we get the object, and someone has to get in our way and try to take it from us. ...how typical."
Darkdata: "Soo, I guess it's battle time guys?"
Digifanatic: "If this isn't The Destroyer..."
Alexia makes a quick signal with her hand for Dragoshi to pass the item to her.
Digifanatic: "I dunno what is."
Metal Man (GM): It stands, waiting for the item. It is... patient.
Douglas: "No! Don't give it the thing until it speaks."
Leo: "...Okay."
Azure: "Don't let it touch you either. I sense its power is not of a wordly kind."
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(I wonder... What it's purpose is.)
Alexia: "What was your first clue?"
Douglas: "You appear to be persistent and patient, but so are we, Guy-With-Really-Powerful-Punches!"
Metal Man (GM): It turns to Aetos.
Douglas: "Tell us who you are, or you won't get it."
Metal Man (GM): Aetos turns to stone. It then continues waiting for the object from Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: "...wow."
Leo: "Oh hell..."
Azure: "..." begins to erect barriers around everyone.
Leo: "Good idea, I just hope it helps."
Alexia: "..."
Dragoshi: .oO(...How disturbing)
Darkdata sets up a mirror songspell and casts haste.
Azure misses his esuna power.
Digifanatic: *still recording... turns Dex closer to Aetos for the time being before focusing back at the others.*
Janice: "...Well... ain't that a bitch?" She blinks as Aetos turns to stone. She starts charging up her buster cannon, now, her right hand retracting to within the barrel itself.
Azure: "Creature... you are not getting that item. At the very least state your intentions."
Metal Man (GM): It raises a hand. Thunderclouds form.
Leo: "...I think you pissed it off."
Metal Man (GM): They begin firing thousands of lightning bolts... everywhere.
Dragoshi: *Looks over to Janice.* "I suggest not bothering with an attack. It'll prolly' slaughter you."
Azure attunes the barriers to lightning quickly.
Alexia: "Uh, Azure, I don't really think we're in much of a bargaining position..."
Metal Man (GM): Only in this area, but... ...it's making a terrific mess of everything. Only the Questers' barriers protect them from instant overkill.
Leo: "...This is not good..."
Metal Man (GM): It appears obvious it wishes to destroy everything, or at least, things which try to tell it what to do.
Dragoshi: "..."
Janice: "Oh... hell..." A small panel on her buster slides back, popping out a small rod. She holds the buster in front of her as a dome shield appears around her to protect from the lightning bolts.
Darkdata: "Would you care to explain to us why you want it then?"
Metal Man (GM): It lets up the lightning storm. It then holds up another hand. The... destruction... is... spontaneously healed?
Leo: 0_0
Azure: "Well..theres our answer. And I cant keep compensating for its actions..."
Metal Man (GM): It then nods very slowly, and then waits for the item.
Alexia: "Talk about catch-22s..."
Janice holds her shield. "What the *hell* is this thing?!"
Digifanatic: *Stops recording... as blurry as it may be, he's content.*
Darkdata uses his Dex + Eye of truth on the thing.
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata is immediately rendered blind.
Darkdata: "Ack."
Metal Man (GM): The dex explodes, too. The being continues waiting for the item.
Alexia: O_O "...Drag, uh, hand it over."
Leo: "This is REALLY getting fucked up!!"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear something else... ...*WARP.* Professor Oak appears, holding... a staff?
Dragoshi: "..." *Could el Drago Kickasso see who warped i-...*
Professor Oak: "Gah! I was almost too late!"
Darkdata: "This is so weird, It feels like it is an illusion... however, I am bind..."
Leo: "...WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!"
Dragoshi: "...Hello, Oak."
Metal Man (GM): The being hisses and shreds a ball of reality, and then hurls it at Professor Oak.
Darkdata: "Oak, is that you?"
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak leaps out of the way as it takes out a hunk of HQ.
Dragoshi: "Know anything 'bout this shadow... guy?"
Professor Oak: "Not for long if this keeps up! But... I have the solution."
Dragoshi: "...Reality breaking?"
Digifanatic: "It better be the Destroyer."
Dragoshi: "Spit it out already, man!"
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata's blindness seems to persist as long as he's in the presence of this thing.
Janice: "Who the hell is this guy?!" For now, she keeps up her shield.
Digifanatic: "Cause I'd hate to deal with what really is."
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak takes out his pistol and then takes a piece of the staff off. He then shoots it at the thing.
Dragoshi: *If it was El Destroyer Drag's crystal might react in a way which would be bad for it by now.*
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* It flies through it, carving a hole in its arm. Odd. The crystal does NOT react to this thing.
Darkdata: "That sounded bad, was that for us?"
Dragoshi: "...It isn't The Destroyer."
Darkdata: "Arrg, I hate being blind."
Digifanatic: "Dang it!"
Leo: "..."
Dragoshi: "As my crystal isn't reacting to it."
Metal Man (GM): The mysterious beast screeches in a hideously high register, and goes to hurl another ball of energy. *BLAM.* Professor Oak shot it between the eyes with another shard. It falls face-forward and collapses into a mist.
Leo: "Wow... nice shot Oak."
Darkdata: "If only I could see it."
Professor Oak: "It was... too perfect! His plan... ...it appears the Destroyer wanted you to come here, so he could ambush you!"
Metal Man (GM): Darkdata's eyesight returns.
Dragoshi: "After all, MH did say that it was Destroyer's antithesis. ...Hmm. So we're starting to worry him now, are we?"
Professor Oak: "Well, yes. He himself remains... unknown in location."
Alexia: "...But something's odd."
Janice blinks, and lets down her shield -- though converting the energy back into charging her buster. "Okay, someone mind explaining to me what in the name of all things *holy* is going on?!"
Professor Oak: "But that was his very own henchman. One of probably many."
Alexia: "Why didn't he just kill us and take the device..."
Darkdata: "Much better." *Rubs eyes.*
Alexia: "And, uh, this sort of thing happens every day."
Professor Oak: "I... don't know. What's good, however, is that you're safe."
Digifanatic: "Ohhhh yeah."
Darkdata: "I suspect, something."
Leo: "Yep."
Digifanatic: "What's that, Dark?"
Darkdata: "It could only attack us, if we attacked it. Oak, you know something, don't you."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, that is odd."
Professor Oak: "Now... where is Sky High? ...He dexed me about this, after all."
Azure looks around.
Leo: "???"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers don't see him anywhere.
Janice: "...Who would name someone that?"
Professor Oak: "Nobody. Sky High's a world-class maniac, probably due to his ridiculous name."
Leo: "Heh."
Douglas: "He's worse than me!"
Professor Oak: "But he told me about this. All it took was my book on the Destroyer and I knew exactly what to do..." He looks at the smoke from his gun, not too happy. "That wasn't too good for my gun, though... But... I'm afraid you'll be fighting these soon. This piece of the other staff... well... there's only eight left, and then I'm out of ammunition. And it can take up to five if you don't get a headshot."
Darkdata: :/
Azure: "That book. May I see it for awhile professor?"
Darkdata: "There must be another way?"
Alexia: *monotone.* "Whee..."
Leo: "..."
Metal Man (GM): He hands Azure a book. 'The 1000 Doomsday possibilities.'
Janice: "Huh... I wonder if my buster could be modified to fire these shards..."
Metal Man (GM): It lists 'Temple of Doom' in another section... written by Locos Docos?
Professor Oak: "But... you'll be happy to know of another thing..."
Metal Man (GM): He shows images that Digi captured with his own dex.
Leo: "I wonder if you could fuse those shards to my sword?"
Professor Oak: "That scared the heck outta those Archivists. I think we'll be seeing the device very soon..."
Digifanatic: "Thaaaaat was somewhat the point."
Douglas: *crack.*
Professor Oak: "Oh... and... Aetos."
Darkdata: "The goop might of helped too." *Snicker.*
Digifanatic: "Like I said, I thought it was The Destroyer itself, but even still, it oughta make this scenario quite interesting."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a weird milkshake and spills it on Aetos. Aetos is restored.
Douglas: "GAHH!"
Leo: "...Could have used him as a paperweight..."
Professor Oak: "Anyway... back to the Seeker. Although you should watch the end of Julian's trial... it's very educational."
Metal Man (GM): MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Azure: "Thank you professor." azure notices that section and in his downtime will read threw it intensely as he does any other novel.
Digifanatic: *Level 90! DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW?!?*
Douglas: *Learned... what?*
Metal Man (GM): Aetos has learned... Wind magic level 1.
Alexia: *LEVEL 76!*
Darkdata: [Level 71]

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