Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 371: Zio vs. Atlantis, Garrick's 1000 Coins

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Date: June 7th & 8th, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): Atlantis - Location: Outer Space. The Questers were sent to stop an unknown being from appearing; but they failed when the being broke Atlantis' shield. After nearly being suffocated, lost in space, and otherwise harmed, they now are in the passageway towards the way back up; to the main control room. The hallways, as before, are blue stone. Windows show outer space. The lights flicker; the power isn't 100% stable.
Traon: "These flickering lights just aren't going to do. They are starting to annoy me."
Azure: "It isn't that bad. They could not be on at all."
Traon: "Rather them not be on at all and use a flashlight than having the lights flicker."
Azure: "So something from the unknown could come from an unperceived direction?"
Traon: "... Good point. So, should we figure out a way to restore full power, or would that be to much of a risk?"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers reach a door up; this is the one which was sealed earlier to 'block' whoever appeared earlier.
Azure: "I assume so. Though this will be difficult I find myself handicapped in these situations."
Dragoshi: "...Restoring full power would be a bad idea."
Traon nods. "Same here. I'm not a technician, I just clean up messes and prefer to the brunt of combat."
Metal Man (GM): This door has full power, but has been set to lock mode. There's a single input console on the side.
Dragoshi: *Tries to use the input console to unlock it.*
Azure: "Magic, The Occult, Spiritual Beings, Curses, Darkness, Elements, Martial Arts, Books, Summon Creators, and the powers that be. However... technology has never been my forte since my arrival here."
Metal Man (GM): It opens slowly. The Questers see what has become of the warp; rather, a series of holo-screens.
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Metal Man (GM): They show a number of things; one of Nintendus, one of Ferran, another shows the ship's progress. Another shows a vast array of weapons, most of them apparently powered on at the moment. There's a stairway leading straight up, too.
Traon: "Who votes going up?"
Dragoshi: "No objections over here."
Azure: "I'm fine with it."
Traon nods and starts to make his way up the staircase.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk on up. Zio stands behind an energy wall, idly controlling the ship. The Questers see a dot on the horizon. He's in his armor as of PSIV, and his black hair appears to be in shape too. He doesn't seem surprised the Questers are here.
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
Zio: "So glad you could join me, Questers." He stands up. "I know something you don't, and I'm not going to tell you unless you give me some information." He laughs to himself. "But you'd rather fight me, wouldn't you?"
Dragoshi: "...What point would there be in fighting you? I mean, seriously."
Azure: "You could simply stop assuming and ask what form of information it is you need. Or if -anything- you actually have to say is of value. At the moment I'm sure none of us see a reason to fight you."
Dragoshi: *Nods in agreement with Azure.*
Zio: "Oh, no, it doesn't work that way..." You see a planet coming into view. "I've won, and you have a very small chance of even finding out what I'm about to do next."
Metal Man (GM): He flips a switch. Something is heard powering up.
Zio: "So... I desire to know the quickest way out of this dimension."
Azure: "We don't have that kind of information."
Traon: "... So basically he's going to annihilate this dimension."
Dragoshi: *would try predicting what Zio's going to do next via the crystal, but prolly' wouldn't be able to do that.* :/
Zio: "I came here, having escaped your treachery aboard the Eternal Tyrant's ship, and it appears you just let me have this place. There must be a significance."
Metal Man (GM): The crystal, oddly, is warded against. It won't work on Zio.
Dragoshi: .oO(Weird... The crystal is ineffective against him.)
Azure: "It seems you've over estimated our abilities. We don't and did not."
Zio: "Mmm... close. But that's just too simple." He flips another switch. "So... do you want to stop me, or would you prefer to learn with your eyes?"
Azure: "Are you saying you will survive this? We are telling you the information you ask for isn't available. You're out of luck."
Zio: "I've seen it all along. You have some interdimensional device. Perhaps it is right here; perhaps not. But my work in this realm is done, and I'd prefer it if I didn't have to put up with fools like you every time I made my plans. Last chance." A big crosshair appears on the planet. "There's countless millions of people on this planet. Tell me where your interdimensional teleporter is or Ferran is toast."
Metal Man (GM): He's obviously using the controls to do this, and one barrier blocks access to him. As far as the Questers would know, Atlantis is an interdimensional teleporter. In fact, he came in the very same room the teleporter was on.
Traon looks at the barrier and perks a brow. oO(Curious... Would controlling the energy work on this barrier?)Oo.
Metal Man (GM): It seems to be made of some plasma energy. He presses the button to fire. It says 'Still charging'. He curses and points at you again.
Azure: "You're willing to put countless peoples' lives in peril over this..."
Traon shrugs and attempts to use the Energy Control on the barrier, curious to see what the results would be.
Zio: "Their lives don't matter; for I know that---" Traon suddenly does the energy control.
Dragoshi: .oO(Hmmm... To tell him, or not to tell... Such is the question.)
Metal Man (GM): The barrier fluctuates some.
Zio: "Ha ha ha. You will never get to me in time, fool." He crosses his arms. "So do you know of the portal or not? I can find out very quickly."
Metal Man (GM): He raises a lever, and the ship powers up. It's about to fire.
Azure uses energy control on the barrier!
Metal Man (GM): He goes to press the button and the energy suddenly freaks out and breaks.
Zio: "You cannot beat me that easily." He uses his powers to try to activate the weapon before anyone can stop him.
Dragoshi: *ZOOMS towards Zio and attempts to drag him away from the controls with the scythe and strangle him! <_>*
Azure puts a barrier up over the device Zio wants to use.
Metal Man (GM): He is knocked away. The energy is now simply building up. Zio, however simply gets into battle stance.
Traon uses this chance to go at the control panel while Dragoshi occupies Zio. He simply rushes the panel and brings his weapon up for his Crescent slash at the panel.
Zio: "I knew it'd come down to this. But that, Questers, is why you are doomed." He glows. "I shall do what I should have done a long time ago."
Dragoshi: *Drags Zio away from the controls like a bad act at The Apollo, and critically strangles the hayell out of him!*
Azure: "Dragoshi do what you can about that weapon. Well, do your best and hold him off."
Metal Man (GM): The panel is currently barriered, blocking Traon.
Dragoshi: "...Understood."
Metal Man (GM): Zio raises his fist. It is battle time! The console is barriered; only with Azure's permission can anyone use it, unless they bust open the field.
Azure (GM): Dragoshi has his permission.
Metal Man (GM): Everything's very close together anyway.
Dragoshi: *Makes sure the controls on the console are in Atlantean.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, they are. Dragoshi understands most of it. It's rather confusing, to be truthful. One lever to build up power, another to fire. Its power level is so large that firing now would destroy Atlantis. One can lower it, though.
Dragoshi: "...Dude." *Turns it DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi turns it all the way off.
Dragoshi: "...Okay, now that it's off..." *Looks for other controls.*
Metal Man (GM): Movement controls, for one; it's currently situated in orbit of Ferran. One can move it around in all three dimensions. Top speed is 'Warp 1', which is probably lightspeed. The engines are still somewhat worn from that previous trip.
Dragoshi: *Makes sure the engines are currently off.*
Metal Man (GM): They are.
Traon draws his crowbar and makes a quick cut on his left arm. He then quickly forms the blade of blood and rushes at Zio, he makes a horizontal slash with the crowbar and then quickly follows up with vertical slash with the blood blade.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Traon then brings the crowbar up quickly with a crescent slash.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Azure would be the thorn in Zio's side and concentrate on counter attacking attempts he made at the party.
Metal Man (GM): Zio raises forth his hand and fires a powerful Megid at Traon. *BLAM* He then fires a powerful fire attack at Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: *Hitz.*
Metal Man (GM): He charged it.
Dragoshi: *Stayin' alive...* "...Magic, huh? Fine. I'll show you some of my own..." *Dragoshi smirks, then casts a HYPERCHARGED Ice Tornado at ol' Zio, showing him the power of frozen DEATH.* <_>!
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Traon with his crowbar in hand starts to do his dance of death on Zio. He starts with a upward vertical slash, then moves to the side and does a horizontal slash at his waist, then moves to the back and tries a downward vertical from head to mid-section.
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit hit.
Traon then starts his sacred serenade dance for protection against ranged attacks. (Reflect)
Azure holds again, invoking Ifrit's rage within.
Metal Man (GM): Zio puts up his Psybarrier, followed by charging up and firing the fire attack at Dragoshi. *BLAM*
Dragoshi: *Still alive. :p* *Quickly draws out his machinegun and fires out an Ice Tornado shot at Zio's Psybarrier.* <_>
Metal Man (GM): It hits the barrier. No damage. This barrier is different from a normal one; it let it through, but by targeting it the Ice Tornado merely sat there.
Dragoshi: *Then, an Indignation shot. This time, at Zio.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *Then, Dragoshi Tidal Blasts Zio, because yes.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, hit.
Traon goes on the aggressive attack and goes for the dance of death again, same routine as before.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, miss.
Traon he ends with the sacred serenade again. (Reflect)
Azure holds his turn again, healing Dragoshi twice.
Dragoshi: *Feels less beaten up, yayz.*
Zio: "You aren't pushovers, but none of you are a match for my true abilities."
Metal Man (GM): He powers up... that's a Dark Energy Wave all right... *BLAM* It slams into Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: *KO!* *Though, do expect a Revive. Su-ker.*
Traon growls as Dragoshi gets hit. .oO("If only I was capable of using you." "In due time, Traon.") He smirks and continues his attack. He draws the blood again and goes for his blood blade attack.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit. Good thing that pesky field is gone.
Traon again goes into his sacred serenade. (Reflect)
Azure sends the army of light Zio with a massive blast of illusory silver and gold dragons. All out attack.
Metal Man (GM): All hit.
Dragoshi: "...Nice one, Azure." >_>;;
Zio: "Think... you could simply let me escape... nothing would have to be destroyed... fools."
Metal Man (GM): He says this even though he's pretty beaten up at this point.
Dragoshi: "...Hmph. I presume you have something else up your sleeve, huh?"
Azure: "We are the fools yet you forced us to this position with the threat of sentient life?"
Zio: "For a simple name and location I could warp to my home world and leave this realm out of this. But you insist... then continue your battle."
Azure: "Yet you still insisted on using sentient life as your bargaining pieace and now you refuse to listen. It now seems you don't even have information to exchange as you speak."
Zio: "You and many others have tried all their lives to kill me and failed. You should know already; in this realm, death is but temporary." He fires up another Psybarrier, before chucking a Megid apiece at Traon and Azure, respectively.
Dragoshi: "...Temporary? Try saying that to... Oh, nevermind." *Fires an Indignation shot at Zio, followed up by a Flame Blast shot.*
Azure: "Death is temporary..." Azure's eyes flicker with a dark light. "And that's your reasoning for destroying an entire planet full of people..." He clenches his fist.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Traon continues his serenade.
Azure puts up a darkness barrier around himself and Traon. He takes a second to calm down and suppress the darkness of Diabolous within.
Metal Man (GM): Zio laughs. He doesn't appear to care at this point, hurling a supercharged Nafoi at Dragoshi. It blows a giant hole in some computers nearby. Alarms go off.
Zio: "If I can't take you down, then I can take Atlantis down instead!"
Metal Man (GM): And promptly at that moment the Questers hear a ship of some kind dock to the side. Hm. Interesting design; a docking port next to the bridge. It has the letters 'DAUNTLESS' on the side. The door would emit some steam and hiss before opening to reveal Garrick. And the inside of the Dauntless, although Zio is too busy concentrating on the controls to notice much. Of note: The control panel, while no longer set to overload, is still vulnerable (should the barrier be broken) to sabotage, be it for or against destroying the planet below.
Garrick: *promptly sprints straight from the entrance of the docking port and right up to Zio, automatically taking in the situation in a glance. Heh, Quester training. In a instant, he was on him, the Burning Chill blurring as he slashed into him four times over before spinning with the momentum of his last slash into a powerful Heel Drop right on the back of his head.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio seems intent on destroying something; his face is that of cold rage as usual.
Garrick: "Knock knock, asshole!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, hit. He's weak now, but he never seems to give up...
Dragoshi: *First, and foremost, El Drago kickasso casts a SUPRA-CHARGED Ice Tornado on Zio.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *Makes sure he is still in the way of the control panel.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi is, yes.
Dragoshi: *Stays there, then.*
Traon goes on his aggressive again and goes for the dance of death, same routine. He then goes for his crescent slash, he charges and brings up the bar.
Metal Man (GM): All hit. Zio is knocked back and is out of energy. He leans heavily on a wall, covered in gashes. Yet he doesn't seem to stop smiling.
Zio: "You don't get it, do you?" He stands up again... holding out both his fists and powering up for this final time. "If you do not grant me access to my home world... your lives are forfeit."
Metal Man (GM): He glows with dark energy and stumbles back into combat.
Garrick: "Dark Energy Wave..."
Dragoshi: "...No. He already used that."
Garrick: *glances to Dragoshi.* "And who's sayin' he won't use it again?"
Metal Man (GM): His power seems to have increased, this time.
Dragoshi: "And who's sayin' he might not have something worse up his sleeve?"
Garrick: "Yeah, good point... well, we'll just have to take him out before he pulls it off."
Dragoshi: "Mhm..."
Garrick: "...and why the HELL haven't you guys called me?!?"
Dragoshi: "I... have no idea."
Garrick: *KONKS Dragoshi on the head for no damage.*
Dragoshi: "...No, seriously. I don't." >_>;;
Zio: "You cannot stop me. I will have my way to Motavia. I will... get my vengeance."
Garrick: *turns his gaze back to Zio.* "On who this time, eh?"
Azure: "I'm tired of hearing you speak." *Azure's muscles bulge as his spiritual aura starts pouring forward with black energy flowing around him. Those dark summons are just getting more and more screen time these days.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Prepares to get in the way of whatever Zio's prepping now...*
Zio: "I was used by Dark Force himself... and through my experience here... I have become greater than he. For he cannot do THIS!"
Metal Man (GM): He raises both his hands, creating immense spheres of dark energy. They suddenly hurl thousands of small black daggers in all directions, which explode wherever they hit. Glass shatters. Controls combust. Garrick leaps out of the way as Dragoshi and Azure get nailed. It is dark.
Dragoshi: *Ow. Somewhat.* *Still has a lot of life left in him, though.* <_>
Azure takes no damage from having dark type barriers up.
Garrick: *notices that it's only as high as his waist, so he's able to somersault under it and dodge the lot of them.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio follows it up by generating a portal and trying to slash Dragoshi in half by hurling it at him. *SLASH* Dragoshi's current HP is halved. Zio then is exhausted, for this round.
Garrick: *continues his somersault by leaping forward at Zio, his sword whirling back as he brought the P-90 forward, unloading a rapid fire set of rounds into him before turning with his momentum, slamming him the pomel of his gun and then SMASHING him with his boot with a Round House kick, sending him flying a distance.*
Azure tries to control the summon creatures within. None were to happy with the idea of throwing an entire planet life to death at the moment. Diabolous & Fenrir where delighted with Azure's killing intent at the moment.
Metal Man (GM): Hit miss miss miss hit hit. Zio uses his strengthened arms to deflect the attacks which miss. Miss, as he blocks that, but then is hit by that next one.
Garrick: "He's faster and thicker skinned! Hit him fast enough before he can get his guard up!"
Dragoshi: *Fires off a hyper-charged Ice Tornado shot at Zio.* *And, then a Tidal Blast.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit miss.
Traon gets curious on his surroundings and tries for an environment sync.
Metal Man (GM): Traon picks up on the massive amount of energy and gains damage on all his attacks.
Traon smiles and combines this with another aggressive attack. He runs at Zio and starts his dance of death, same routine.
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit miss.
Traon simply leaps at Zio and goes for a slash.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Azure's eyes glow red and he simply shifts phase as his speed suddenly accelerates appearing below Zio. "Life is that much of a game? Let's toy with your life for awhile shall we!" His voice booms. It's loud and deep, carrying his intentions as he lunges a knife edged hand toward Zio's ribs, followed by a punch to his chest. It looked rather elegant ...but rather painful to receive. He continues the pattern of blows going for a mindblowing assault. Azure actually uses -Asuran Fists- as a dark force seems to hover around him.
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit hit hit hit hit hit.
Zio: "..."
Metal Man (GM): He raises a hand and destroys a massive piece of the ceiling over Azure, wanting to crush him... literally. *BLAM*
Azure: *Hit.*
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* More importantly, the heavy debris will require strength to escape. Zio's hand glows eerily and he tries to touch Dragoshi.
Azure takes damage as his barrier dissipated. Everyone can hear him slightly grunt in pain before a ravenous battle cry escapes from underneath. That attack would be Zio's undoing.
Metal Man (GM): *Touch.* This is an odd type of attack. It doesn't do any damage at all. It just inflicts so much pain Dragoshi is unable to do anything until he can overcome it somehow.
Dragoshi: *Is in a state of temp paralysis.*
Metal Man (GM): He finishes by spraying the area with even more destructive daggers, at Traon and Garrick.
Garrick: "You can't hit NOTHING!"
Metal Man (GM): No damage to Dragoshi, who's on the floor. And Garrick dodges.
Garrick: *growls before bringing his sword back, flipping a small button near the hilt to send energy surging through it as he brings it down, then up in two large shockwaves, flying right at Zio.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit X2.
Dragoshi: *Tries to break through the pain...*
Metal Man (GM): And hit. Success, DRagoshi.
Dragoshi: *He gets up, free of the pain, searing hatred in his eyes.* "You'll wish you haven't done that..." *Rushes forward and attempts to wring Zio's neck with a Strangle!*
Metal Man (GM): Miss!
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi then readies his sword, and tries to slash Zio while snatching something from him as he's thrown off by the force of the modified Five-Clawed Discount!)
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Dragoshi is unable to find any items to steal, unfortunately.
Dragoshi: *...Of course.*
Traon is still under the enviro sync effect. He continues his assault with his dance of death.
Metal Man (GM): One hit.
Traon grunts and goes for the blood blade attack. "Sad enough, I've hurt myself more than this guy has hurt me." he strikes.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, miss.
Azure: *from within the rubble azure's spiritual power continues to rise even now. Azure gives out a loud battle cry as blast of of energy ruptures fourth. -Azure uses a slipstream blast from underneath the rubble- most likely taking that rubble along with it in the wake of the attack toward Zio.
Metal Man (GM): It succeeds. And hits Zio.
Azure: *His was mind too distracted to simply switch his elements like he wanted. Azure stands up breathing heavily and very angry his aura still flaring. He exhausted yet again..odd for..him... though red azure's iris can still be seen as they glare at Zio with the hate of a world.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio holds up his hands and tries to blind Garrick with a very bright light. Then he summons a strange metaphysical symbol at Traon. The swirling insanity drives Traon insane; Traon is confused until somebody attempts to cure him. Also, Zio then attempts a beam of raw energy at Azure. *BLAM*
Garrick: *lets out a large growl, his eyes burning him terribly as he makes to try and back off a few feet, saving his time for another, bigger attack. He can't hit nothing blinded.*
Dragoshi: *Calmly walks over to Zio, left claw glowing a somewhat bright light blue, and attempts to grab the guy's arm.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *At which point, the blue glow unleashes itself into the form of a charged up Ice Tornado, striking at Zio like mad!* *Dragoshi then uses this as a flimsy pretense or some such to move in and attempt to Strangle 'im!* *And Zio has the life choked out of him, and proceeds to get thrown into the ground!*
Traon is still... insane..?
Metal Man (GM): Traon's attacks all target Azure now.
Traon just defends, so as not to do any damage.
Azure puts up another darkness barrier around himself then rushes toward Zio with a knife edge into his rip cage. His fist laced in spirit energy attempting to disrupt his magical energy flow. -Subtle Flow-
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Zio's nearly done for at this rate, power or no. Zio uses his powers to create a series of explosions throughout the area.
Dragoshi: *Hit.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio charges up for another attack...
Azure roars loudly completely blowing threw the explosions close to him by sheer magic invocation.
Garrick: *is charged, unblinded, and ready to roll. He spins his sword once and all but makes to SHRED Zio to pieces. A rapid fire draw and cut from the right side before spinning him around with another Roundhouse, then burying six shots of his P-90 right in his back, finishing it off with an Armor Piercing Shot through his neck and finally leaping backward before locking and firing an explosive Grenade Shot at him.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit hit miss miss miss hit miss miss hit.
Dragoshi: *And, Drag zooms forward, sword drawn, as he stands still for a few moments, as he tries to strike Zio down with a mighty upward flipkick, then come down with a downward slash, then rise up with another slash to start this one off, then dropkick him on descent, and to finish this, another upward kick and a descending slash.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss hit.
Dragoshi: "..." *Smirks as he sees how beaten up Zio is.*
Traon is still confused... wonder who the target is this time.
Metal Man (GM): Zio.
Traon goes for his crescent slash against Zio.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Traon follows this up with another attempted dance of death.
Metal Man (GM): All miss. But one.
Azure rushes at Zio and assaults him yet again. His steps heavy, his punches hard yet swift, his connected hits fierce, his intent dark. -Asuran Fist-
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit hit hit.
Azure's last hit is something of a choking grab.
Metal Man (GM): He holds Zio's throat, however Zio laughs.
Zio: "You do not send me where I request... so you shall just have to die."
Metal Man (GM): He powers up, an Energy wave so powerful it's likely to blow the entire place up. It doesn't look so much as something to dodge than something to run from; it'll destroy everything within Atlantis if it is fired! The computers go off, or at least, what's left of them.
Computer: "Evacuate immediately. Energy overload imminent. Energy overload imminent. Security systems have been disabled."
Garrick: "Damn! Everyone to the Dauntless!"
Wolfman (GM): *insert 3 minute Metroid Timer here.*
Traon: "I second that notion."
Metal Man (GM): He stands forth, near the console. The energy begins to become so large it touches the ceiling and is literally melting it. One can either do something or run to the Dauntless. Either way; the Questers see several windows crack, the floor buckle, and the steps are disintegrating.
Azure: "We could kill him. Then there be no reason to escape..." *The hell did he just say?*
Metal Man (GM): Zio is technically critically low on health, and this attack is exposing him to attack.
Dragoshi: *Tries to summon something to assault Zio before getting the hell out of here.*
Metal Man (GM): However...
Garrick: "If we stay, we get destroyed anyway! He'll kill himself with that amount of energy!"
Computer: "Hull integrity at 80%!"
Dragoshi: *OH, PREDICTABLE.*
Computer: "70%!"
Metal Man (GM): Zio doesn't seem likely to fire it; it's just gonna grow until it explodes.
Nova: "If you do not leave soon, the Dauntless will be unable to escape in time."
Computer: "60%!"
Garrick: "Yeah, I KNOW that, Nova! C'mon, people! Move!"
Dragoshi: *ZOOMS over to the Dauntless.*
Metal Man (GM): *CRACK* *BLAM* A huge hose rips loose nearby.
Traon: "Way ahead of ya." and he is running..
Azure: "Grrrr..." *Azure grits his teeth and turns that aura of killing intent flowing the air. Azure retreats.*
Garrick: *turns and races off toward the Dauntless.*
Azure: "Zio, this isn't over." he says it pretty loudly before he heads off.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers run aboard just as the bridge depressurizes. Zio, however, seems to not care for his well-being. His last words...
Dragoshi: *Mutters to himself while zooming over to the Dauntless.* "Heh. He'll be throwing away his chance to get out of this dimension."
Zio: "There will not be enough left of this realm for you to get me... ha ha ha ha..."
Metal Man (GM): *SLAM* *WHOOSH.* The Dauntless takes off just in time to see Atlantis, the object of the past which has endured millenia, make an explosion so large it is a mini-nova. It is so close to Ferran an entire continent is blackened and hit by debris; other pieces fly by into deep space. Several hit the Dauntless, but only enough to halve energy to the shields. One could almost swear they heard Zio's laugh in that explosion...
Garrick: *growls and uses the handholds to pull himself from the docking area to the bridge, pulling himself into the command chair and keying in commands.* "Nova, full scan on that explosion. I want to know if he busted any dimensional barriers."
Dragoshi: "...Did anyone hear that...?"
Nova: "A warp was found in the center of the explosion."
Traon: "That bastard got away, didn't he?"
Nova: "It appears he discovered the interdimensional warp before he could die. However, he has apparently sealed his way off from this realm. It is unlikely he will come back, but, oddly, he seems to have wanted to escape the whole time..."
Metal Man (GM): Mission Failure.
Nova: "Still, he took out Atlantis, something Kuja himself wouldn't have done. Very odd..."
Dragoshi: *Level up!*
Nova: "We must analyze this to prevent any future explosions of this magnitude."
Metal Man (GM): The Dauntless would set a course for HQ, unless Garrick felt like otherwise.
Garrick: "Full scans, then. Take the time you need."
Azure: *Bad things happen when the sensible person is thrown into an angry rage by people using sentences that provoke anger.*
Nova: "I have the data; the computers at Quester HQ would probably aid my analysis."
Garrick: *runs his hand over his face, looking to see that Scott's way home just got blown to bits...*
Azure: stands there looking at debris out the window with his eyes cloths trying to calm himself.
Nova: "Atlantis' computers sent all their data to us, and while it is overloading our systems, should we somehow gain miraculous, Atlantean-level technology, we could replace it... ...for a cost of quadrillions of coins..."
Metal Man (GM): The ship is now on its way to Nintendus.
Azure: "Then don't you clearly lack the funds." he says coldly.
Garrick: "...when was the last time we failed a mission?"
Dragoshi: "Way back during that time at the Mages' Council if I'm not mistaken."
Wolfman: "Since when I made the mistake of letting Bowser into a tower of power."
Garrick: "Azure, back off and calm down..."
Wolfman: A communications signal is going to you Questers.
Nova: "Er." *Brings up the comms with Wolfman on it.*
Garrick: "...Wolf. Since when did you decide to show up?"
Wolfman: "I was in the neighborhood."
Garrick: "Yeah, I bet. What do you want, Wolf?"
Azure looks at Garrick. His eyes glow red for a moment. He turns and goes back to swaying back and forth through his current state of rage.
Wolfman: "...I saw enough of what happened. While the test in the Holo Room did make me think that you were all true Questers, not everything was tested then."
Azure: *elemental monk rages partially influenced by raging summon spirits?*
Wolfman: "In a way, this mission was another test. However, the test's results... well, you can see for yourself."
Garrick: "Test? What test was this?"
Wolfman: "You just came back Garrick: you had missed another mission for the Questers."
Garrick: "Hey, I've been doing R and D work for you guys. YOU just never called me."
Wolfman: "In a way, I thank you for showing up when you did. You did end up saving the Questers in the end."
Azure: "You're saying not giving in to the demands of someone who uses sentient life as a barter tool is a failure." *growls slightly.*
Wolfman: "Azure, he was going to destroy Atlantis. Which, by the way, he did."
Garrick: "Yeah, no shit, Sherlock."
Dragoshi: "Mhm..."
Wolfman: "I will not argue that life is sacred."
Garrick: "Really, the huge explosion had nothing to do with it. I was expecting chickens and ice cream."
Wolfman: "However, giving up something else of nearly equal value..."
Garrick: *SLAM* "Bite me, Wolf!"
Wolfman: "Now that Atlantis is destroyed, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to visit other realms or dimensions."
Metal Man (GM): *Butts in via the radio.* "What he's trying to say is that you could have let him in the portal without Atlantis exploding."
Wolfman: "Thank you Metal."
Metal Man: "You did, however, stop him from blowing up people. That was good."
Garrick: "Yeah, but it was a failure."
Dragoshi: "So, in a way this was one really massive double-edged sword?"
Metal Man: "As long as it doesn't happen again, I don't think we'll have to worry too much."
Dragoshi: "Yea..."
Metal Man (GM): The Dauntless would reach HQ by now and be ready to land.
Wolfman: "...Zio is gone now. In a way, I thank you for that as well. Even if the methods done were... untraditional."
Garrick: "Wolf, I swear to god, if you don't shut your mouth, I'll shut it for you."
Dragoshi: "..." *Facepalms.*
Azure: "It should have been done earlier. Him and all others like him..." -.-
Wolfman: "...we can discuss more later. Anything else I should be aware of?"
Garrick: "Yeah. There is."
Wolfman waits.
Garrick: "A Quester is in another realm right now, taking care of some business. Scott Gibson."
Wolfman: "I vaguely remember him. Was Scott on anyone's minds during the mission?"
Garrick: "He's very gone... ...Nova, cut the transmission. Now."
Metal Man (GM): The ship lands.
Wolfman turns to Metal, communications "Cut."
Nova: "Of course; there is no need while we are down here." It cuts out.
Wolfman: "...if Garrick needs to attack me, let him."
Metal Man shrugs. "I stopped trying to regulate the Dauntless when Garrick tried to kill me."
Wolfman: "Perhaps more order is required then."
Metal Man: "Well, his ship wound up getting wrecked repeatedly, so I believe the extensive time needed for repairs should prevent any further incidents."
Metal Man (GM): Other Questers may disembark; Garrick can fly off if he wishes.
Dragoshi: *Disembarked...*
Wolfman: "...in any event, what do we do about Scott? This is a first for us. A Quester has been lost... and for all we know, many other Questers that we have forgotten about."
Garrick: *waits till everyone is gone, then fires up the Dauntless once more and makes to fly to a place he's gone to before to try and calm his mind. The Temple of Time.*
Metal Man: "If he is destined to come back, he is likely to appear the same way as the others. If not, then he is gone. We have lost countless Questers for generations; is there something new with this?"
Azure walks off from the group. It was clear Azure couldn't make his normal rational decisions and having now made the action he was essentially stuck at the crossroads of accepting the blame fighting the forces within.
Wolfman: "In this case, it was the manner in which we lost one." *is trying to remain calm, but it is a little difficult to after having had to talk to Garrick.* .oO(...I have been out of the loop for too long.)
Metal Man: "Hm. Well, we may think of a way around it later." *He looks at his watch.* "I shall study this situation myself." *walks to the library.*
Wolfman merely stays in the Big Room, wondering... .oO(...Atlantis is gone. Zio is gone. Scott is gone. Will more be going?) He simply gives a howl.
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak walks in, hears the howl, and crashes into a pile of books and falls over.
Professor Oak: "Gah! It's... it's a Houndoom! Wait... no... Wolfman?"
Wolfman: "It has been awhile, Professor."
Metal Man (GM): He gets up, taking 'The Biography of Maxamillian' off his head. Oak wears a black coat now... a new change, but little else has changed.
Garrick: *lands the Dauntless nearby Hyrule Castle, gently setting it down a distance away before stepping down the ramp and toward Castle Town, gently moving past the people there. He makes to go to the temple, moving inside slowly, glancing around for any people that might be inhabiting the holy place.*
Oak: "Yes it has. But I have managed to continue my research."
Wolfman: "Pokemon research, or other?" *has lost track of all that Oak does.*
Oak: "Yes... Pokemon research. And... this."
Metal Man (GM): He shows an image of Nintendus from space.
Oak: "I have been monitoring the situation. Some anomalies have been detected recently. Perhaps there is something more to this than Zio has lead us to believe?"
Metal Man (GM): The place Garrick goes to is a ghost town.
Wolfman: "...I wouldn't argue it. Let's talk more in your quarters." *end my part.*
Garrick: "...my god... what happened?"
Azure finds a space outside to sit and concentrates his his mind and energy toward the task of communing with his spirits and the area around him.
Garrick: *sighed softly as he moved from the steps down into he temple, walking around the large warp pad with the Triforce on it and sitting down on the edge of it, staring at the open door. Link still had the Master Sword, last he heard...*
Metal Man (GM): Indeed.
Garrick: "...I wonder what happened to him? I haven't seen any of the Smashers in forever..." *he talked mainly to himself, staring at the Spiritual Stones... this place calmed him. It always did. He found solace here when Ganondorf called him his 'master', and that monk fellow had helped him clear his head when he was searching for his father. He liked this place. It helped him think... he idly wondered if the three Goddesses actually existed...*
Metal Man (GM): Nothing much here, but it is very peaceful. The same pedestal Link used ages ago is untouched; the building still exists as it did long ago. A few changes; obviously some rebuilding. But it is as it may have been long ago.
Garrick: *slowly stood, pondering something quietly... he'd never gone farther into the temple... he'd stayed out of the sword chamber, but he was curious. What WAS in there? He slowly walked forward, around the stones and the altar and through the empty door... into the sword chamber.*
Metal Man (GM): It makes Garrick wonder if something like Atlantis as well could be simply a spot atop which a temple was built; thus, its destruction not destroying what it stood for, but rather the vessel which was there. The sword chamber is peaceful... oddly so.
Garrick: "...hm..."
Metal Man (GM): Empty. The pedestal sits there. The lore always said this thing could transport people through time.
Garrick: "..." *he stared at the pedestal for a moment, curious... technology was one thing... so far, all the time travel he'd seen was nothing BUT technology... but magic? Was magic really that strong? He wondered... he moved closer to the pedestal, standing in front of it, kneeling down to look closer.* "...I wonder..."
Azure's mind flashes back as Carbuncle, Shiva, and Ramuh emerge within him. He lets out a heavy sigh. "I've been careless..."
Garrick: *reached to his back belt, pulling the Burning Chill free. It was relatively the same width of the Master Sword, but the length is a bit longer... heh, it probably wouldn't work...*
Metal Man (GM): The length is not of the matter; it may just fit in there.
Garrick: "...why not... if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen... if it does... I could go into the past and maybe get some answers to something... or at least have a bit of an adventure... sure, why not?" *gently spun the Burning Chill from one hand to the other, giving his neck a crack before holding the blade, point down, hovering over the pedestal... and bringing it down smoothly.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick does so... odd. The pillar does light up, but first, the 'burn' part of the blade DEFINITELY lights up. A red aura appears; Garrick suddenly sees a land which does not normally exist.
Garrick: "...this... is definitely not the past..."
Metal Man (GM): ...Standing in the same spot Garrick is, although not seeing him, or vice versa, is... ...The Void... ...And he holds... in his hands... the Sword of Order... in fact, it is in the pedestal same as your sword.
Garrick: *lets his eyes go wide, staring...*
Metal Man (GM): He takes it and, not seeing Garrick, speaks to himself.
The Void: "Though my powers in the normal realm are gone, there exists... The Unbalanced World... That which can end the suffering I have..." *He coughs.*
Metal Man (GM): He raises the sword up. Then he realizes Garrick is there and stares for a moment, looking at Garrick's sword. He stares as intently as Garrick simply stares, eyes wide open.
The Void: "I see. You have witnessed a key event... Remember it forever."
Metal Man (GM): He gives you a strange pendant with a brass V on it and vanishes. *WHOOSH.* The cold part of the sword appears, and Garrick is whisked to the past.
Garrick: *lets out a growl as he's thrown backwards into the past... he feels himself freezing, time and space slipping around him...*
Metal Man (GM): Indeed. It is as it was, long ago, here. The brass V looks brand new, too; when he handed it to Garrick, it looked beaten all to hell. Garrick can see to the outside, too; the temple is smaller, more primitive here.
Garrick: *lets out a gasp as things return to normal... he pants softly, stumbling back from the sword that he placed in the pedestal... he looks at the pendant... V...V for Void? He slowly looks around, confused...* *sighs, knowing full well he wanted an adventure... shoving the pendant into his pocket for now, he left the Burning Chill where it stood in the pedestal and turned to explore.*
Metal Man (GM): Looking outside... Garrick sees Nintendus as it was vast ages ago. Why, Quester HQ is only off in the distance, not miles and miles away. It's a lot smaller, too.
Garrick: "How far back did I go...?"
Metal Man (GM): The world is eerily peaceful, despite a smoldering portal nearby.
Garrick: *looks to the portal for a moment.* "...okay, what the hell?"
Metal Man (GM): It seems to have been recently used; on the other side Garrick sees the burning remnants of a factory. Another portal next to it leads to the burnt down Sydney Opera House. Odd. Since when did anyone go there?
Garrick: "...that's... strange... Alright, alright, let's see here. I'm in the far past of Nintendus, surrounded by odd portals and places... what do I do? ...go make Metal more paranoid? Nah. ...save the world? No, that'd screw up the timeline. Again. ...find the Questers? Nope."
Young Cloaked Figure: *complete in a possibly familiar green and white outfit runs passed, chasing a butterfly.* "H-hey! Come back!" *cute flailing.*
Garrick: "...I know! I'll---eh...?"
Dex: "...That appears to be a Quester that just went by."
Garrick: "...riiiight..."
Dex: "You did go back in time, didn't you?"
Garrick: "...Nova, stop trying to be a Dex."
Nova: "The time warp doesn't do good for my systems, you know. I'm surprised I can talk here... I was dormant at this time."
Garrick: "Yeah, I'm well aware of that... well, I'm back here, I might as well do something."
Young Cloaked Figure: *Trips and flails.* "HAH?!" *falls face first into the ground.*
Garrick: "...uhh... hey..." *moves over to the girl, kneeling down.* "Are you... alright?"
Young Cloaked Figure: *sits up and pouts, rubbing her face.* "Yup yup!.. just stung a little."
Garrick: "Okay... you're a Quester, aren't you?"
Young Cloaked Figure: *Blinks at him and nods.* "Umm ...Yes?" *she giggles a bit.*
Garrick: *sighs softly. He remembers the day when being a Quester meant having some fun missions and beating up a random guy or two because he stole some coins. And beating down Bowser. Repeatedly. And you could go around saying you were a Quester and people didn't know or care.* "Well, what are you doing here? Shouldn't you be... I dunno... at the HQ? Waiting for a mission? Or ON a mission?"
Young Cloaked Figure: *she stood up, brushed her self off and checked to see if her Claws were still attached to her sides.* "Nope of the above~" *she spun around.* "... On vacation~" *she says almost in a singsong voice.*
Garrick: *stared... then proceeded to chuckle.* "Vacation..heh... I wish..."
Young Cloaked Figure: "Well on vacation and honing my skills ... Aunty Alys told me I shouldn't slack off, even when off the job." *she smiles.*
Garrick: "...A-Aunty Alys...?"
Young Cloaked Figure: *tilts her head to the side, her numan like ear exposed.* "What's wrong?"
Garrick: "Nothing's wrong! Jeez, I didn't know Alys HAD a niece..."
Young Cloaked Figure: *giggles.* "Mmmmhmmm! Dahl Mallos Ashely at your service." ^^
Garrick: *chuckles softly.* "Nice to meet you." *slowly looked around... what to do... this was easily far before any time he had been in. Probably a good solid hundred years or so... but what should he do? The HQ, that was the big one... he'd go meet the old Metal.* "Well, if you'll excuse me..." *started walking toward the HQ.*
Dahl: *blinks and nods, watching him go then sees another butterfly and chases it.*
Metal Man (GM): The Quester HQ is nearby. It's not looking too good; some conflict occurred here.
Garrick: *moves toward it, walking to the front doors... he wonders idly what happened... then moves inside.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick walks inside,seeing the burnt indoors. Metal Man is there, in his... Quester? regalia. Which is basically the same. Exactly the same. Gee. He hasn't changed his wardrobe in 15 years.
Garrick: "Yo, Met."
Metal Man: "Hey, some kind of techno-hippy has infiltrated the base! EEERNT EERNT EERNT EEERNT!!!!" *pokes Garrick in the eye, if Garrick isn't prepared for such to happen.*
Garrick: "...did you just call me a hippy??" *bats it away easily. He's most likely WAY more powerful than anything here.*
Metal Man: "Well, you have funny clothes on and I don't know who you are. And then Kuj--" *His hand gets hit and sticks into the wall nearby.* "--blew up the front door. And now VG is hurt and Wolfman is confused and I don't know what to do so I've been drinking coffee nonstop and..." *takes out a picture of Skyhigh and eats it.* "...I'm looking for that aspirin he took and then he lost his mind and Alys hurled him through the ceiling and you see that is important."
Garrick: "...ooookay. Might wanna switch to decaf there, Met. Might help you on later in life. ...on second thought, nevermind."
Metal Man: "Woah. Decaf. Kuja blew that up too."
Garrick: "Yeah, I bet he did."
Metal Man: "Anyway... uh... do you want something? We don't have much left of... anything. Usually people would be in the R&R, but... most of them are dead." *points at a big dent in his helmet.* "Kuja tried his best to kill me, too."
Garrick: "...I see. I'm sorry to hear that..."
Metal Man: "Alas... Star Steel." *holds up the Star Board.* "Locos is alive, though."
Garrick: .oO(So that's it... this is the point in time where Kuja attacked everything... and Questers actually died...)
Metal Man: "Ol' Locos Docos. Nowhere near the scene of mass destruction."
Garrick: "...wait, did you say Locos??"
Metal Man: "Locos. Yes. How'd you know him? ...I always knew he was a crazy guy."
Garrick: "Trust me, you haven't seen anything yet... is he around?"
Metal Man: "I... don't know. People tend to avoid me. But I'm so very fun and exciting!" *Leaps up and down, shaking entire room.*
Garrick: "Whoa, calm down..."
Metal Man: "Calm down?" *He looks confused.* "Nobody tells me to do that. Like... this!" *goes to a couch and sets it on fire, and then dances around it.*
Metal Man (GM): Garick comes to the conclusion years of fighting definitely made Metal Man more sane. That, and the couches are strangely flammable.
Garrick: "...ooookay..."
Metal Man: "I must guard the couch from zombies!!!" *then takes out his axe, and looks it over.* "Hmmm... I wonder where Pinach went."
Garrick: *slowly slips away, making for where he remembers the R&R room was...*
Metal Man (GM): Unfortunately, that's where Metal Man is burning the couch. Garrick also sees multiple signs of vandalism. Like PzKw is scrawled on various boards. Several of the rafters look like they've been climbed on. Several couches have been set on fire. There's also a shelf with Gibby's name on it.
Garrick: "Good god... was it this bad...?"
Metal Man: "Ah, but this is living. Especially when we flooded R&R and had a sea battle."
Garrick: *suddenly has a thought... if Panzer was around, then her collection of schnapps should be under the floorboard... but then he thought otherwise..*
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman's office is prominent in this place. The Big Room, also, is downstairs. Odd. There's also the Quester quarters. Considering the two Questers Garrick has seen, he might not want to go up there.
Garrick: *walks into the big room... he wonders something... he goes to the room across from the Big Room, the door there, and opens it, searching for the hidden button... he barely remembers.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick opens it, and a... two-eyed Mack catches him.
Mack: "Hey! Hey! There's nothing in there... how did you know of that place?"
Metal Man (GM): He's inside, of course.
Mack: "It's just a broom closet."
Garrick: "I seriously doubt that..."
Mack: "Well, I was going to put SOMETHING in there, but... well. How can I be sure it's safe if random people walk into it?"
Garrick: "Go ahead and do it. Trust me when I say that when I come back here, you'll be a whole lot more trusting."
Mack: "...Some day I'll have the money. But Wolfman doesn't pay me enough."
Garrick: "...hmm... ah, here."
Mack: "He also says I should move to North Carolina."
Garrick: *pulls out about a thousand coins from his inside jacket pocket and hands it to him.* "That should be a start."
Mack: "A... Thousand... coins? Whatever you say, mysterious man!" He takes them and runs.
Garrick: "Heh... maybe he'll remember and I'll get something good... hm... I wonder..." *wonders if there was that shop around here...*
Metal Man (GM): Only G&W's; Pinach's, nearby, is apparently 'Permanently closed.'
Garrick: *moves over to G&Ws, walking inside.*
G&W: "Beep boop bop!" Translated: "How can I help you?"
Metal Man (GM): He has... Doublers???? http://www.metalman88.com/Goldenage/SSB_Store.htm.
Garrick: "...oooooo..."
Metal Man (GM): Yes. He has all kinds of ancient items. And for insanely cheap prices, too!
Garrick: "...you don't happen to have any weapons, do you?"
Nova: "Be careful; Metal Man may be insane, and Mack keeps secrets to himself; but if you disrupt the economy here it may bite you in the future."
G&W: "Unfortunately, no. The Weaponsmith moved out when Kuja hit."
Garrick: "I won't go hog wild, Nova... that's just silly... But you can't blame me for wanting a Doubler..."
Nova: "Even purified, the Doubler relied on Melee Moves, and often summons your alter ego. It'd be risky."
Garrick: "I'm surprised they don't sell transformers..."
G&W: "What do you mean, I don't sell transformers? I have them right here. Especially popular after one stopped Kuja."
Garrick: "...excuse me for a second."
G&W: "Not like you'd have a thousand coins, though..."
Garrick: *walks out of the shop, talking quietly.* "Nova, would it work and not harm anything..."
Nova: "It might also summon your arch-ego, which would be much like Zio."
Garrick: "But what are the chances of that happening?"
Nova: "About 90% of all Transformer partners are evil. That have occurred yet. It is... something to be careful with."
Garrick: "There is a chance, though... this is one hell of a chance, Nova... And it could help tremendously... especially with Atlantis gone... I'm going to get one."
Nova: "Remember, you're stuck in that box when you activate it. Even Kuja himself couldn't break out, so if you get a dud, you become the belt-candy of somebody evil."
Garrick: "I'll do the first transformation in a safe environment... study it..." *walks back inside.* "...I'd like one of those transformers, please."
G&W: "One thousand coins."
Garrick: *hands him the cash.*
Wolfman (GM): Game & Watch rings his bell, indicating a successful sale. *his taunt.*
Metal Man (GM): *Zelda collect item fanfare.* Garrick has gained the Transformer!
Wolfman (GM): *plus that.*
Metal Man (GM): Press Down-B to transform into your alter-ego! Warning: alter-ego may be evil. Warning: alter-ego must press the button to return you back, otherwise you remain trapped.
Garrick: *gently takes the device, looking into the crystal to see if he could see who's inside...*
Metal Man (GM): Warning: Do not use near open flame. Warning: you do not know who your alter-ego is without first transforming into them.
Garrick: *sighs, shrugging and clipping it to his belt.* "Thank you."
G&W: "Of course." .oO(Not like there's many Questers to sell them to anymore.)
Garrick: *with that, gets his ass OUT of there, making back for the Temple of Time. He'd done enough, already.* *stops inside the sword chamber, looking at the Burning Chill... time to go back. He moves forward and grasps the sword in one hand, giving a grunt before yanking it out forcefully.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick hoofs it. Warping back to the future, he passes by Wily, who warns him the sun is exploding. He also winds up nearly missing a Delorean. Gerald Robotnik, Ivo Robotnik, and Sardis Mongul fly by in fast motion, and then... Garrick is back. Although Garrick feels like he was dead for all that time; his body is numbingly cold, and coming back to life has it feeling like it's burning from the inside. He holds the V in one hand, the transformer in another.
Garrick: *gasps, stumbling a bit as the feeling washes over him...*
Metal Man (GM): Even weirder, Sheik appears.
Sheik: "You have traveled one way down the river of time... yet remember this;"
Garrick: *glances to him, wondering why HE'S(SHE'S) here of all people.*
Sheik: "What was made then cannot be unmade. What you have gained will also be a loss. Manage your inventory properly and there is nothing to mourn; play with fate and you will be the one torn."
Metal Man (GM): And before Garrick can respond, Sheik hurls a smoke bomb to the ground and vanishes.
Nova: "Did he/she/it manage to say which thing you gained was a loss?"
Garrick: "...no, he didn't."
Nova: "A pity."
Garrick: "...do you think I did the right thing, Nova?"
Nova: "That thing seems to hint that the important actions you must take are now; so... assuming you don't try to mess with history, I don't think it'll be a problem."
Garrick: "The only real thing I did was give Mack some coins... and I like Mack. What's wrong with giving him some coins? Not many, at that. After all the work he does on the stadium, he deserves some money."
Metal Man (GM): *In the financial district.* A gigantic tower labeled 'Mack Industries, Ltd.' is there. Odd. Julian's bank used to be there. *Back to where Garrick is.*
Nova: "Odd, I don't recall Mack having his own stock indicator."
Garrick: "...please tell me the economy is not up in arms..."
Nova: "Then again, inflation-adjusted coins... you gave him at least a million back then. Oh, the economy is fine. But it looks like Mack acquired Wario bank long before Julian did in this case. No effect, well. Except all the bank money appears to have vanished, the original amount back in the accountholder's... it's like it was erased."
Garrick: "...so... all the cash people had in that bank is gone?"
Nova: "Well, no. They revert to whatever it was before they invested it, as they no longer invested it originally. However they remember having invested it, as you sort of mid-stream caused time to glitch. ...Just don't mention it to anyone and you'll be safe."
Garrick: "Ohhhh... good."
Wolfman checks his bank account information while at HQ.
Garrick: "And if worst comes to worst, I can always fly the Dauntless outta here... oh well. Time for a brewsky." *heads off to the Dauntless, making to fly back to HQ.*
Wolfman: "...what the slag happened? Why did I suddenly lose some money?!?"
Dragoshi: *Doing the same.*"...what."
Metal Man looks at the financial news. "Hm... that's odd... now I'm richer than I used to be."
Dragoshi: *Checks his pockets... He sees that he has 200k more.* "...Okay. What the hell."
Metal Man (GM): *Heard probably across the globe.*
Wolfman: "...or am I misreading it...?"
Metal Man (GM): *Some sort of scream from Julian.*
Dragoshi: "Hey, Metal. Could you give me 2.9 mil to replace the same amount that I just somehow lost? 'Cause, really now." >_>;;
Metal Man: "No. I only made 100k for no reason."
Garrick: *most likely walks into the R&R room.* "Hey everyone. What's shakin'?"
Dragoshi: "Damn." *Claw snap.*
Metal Man: "My investments in an oil company matured a lot faster than they would have otherwise."
Wolfman: "Once I figure out what happened with the money that happened to my account, I'll report back."
Metal Man: "But that brings me to 100k."
Dragoshi: "I just mysteriously lost a 2.9 mil bank account, and gained 200k in my pockets."
Metal Man shrugs. "I invested all my money in my solid-gold pedals for my limo."
Wolfman: "Garrick: I apologize if I was rude earlier. However, a new situation has come. Everyone's bank accounts have somehow changed. Either they went up or down."
Dragoshi: "Or nonexistent."
Metal Man: "Yeah. I made 100k. Not much, but it's a start. Wait a minute..."
Garrick: "...o-oh? That's odd."
Metal Man looks at Garrick.
Garrick: "...huh?"
Wolfman also senses something...
Dragoshi: *Looks at Garrick as well...*
Metal Man: "No wonder why I remember you... you were that techno-hippy!"
Dragoshi: "...Techno-hippy?"
Garrick: "...did you just call me a hippy?"
Wolfman: "...techno-hippy?"
Metal Man: "You changed outfits though, and apparently forgot who I was. That's bizarre. Well, that was the name I gave you back when. Odd. Wait... yeah. You did join back then."
Wolfman is looking for a different reason... .oO(...something else is up.)
Dragoshi: "What the heck..."
Garrick: "I have no idea what you're talking about, Met."
Metal Man: "Neither do I."
Dragoshi: *Checks to see what the heck is up with the bank...*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick sees it was... bought by Mack a while ago.
Dragoshi: "..." *Closes Dex. Puts it away.*
Wolfman: "...what is it Dragoshi?"
Garrick: "Eh. I'm going to go do some work on the Dauntless. Later."
Metal Man (GM): His thousand coins long ago had matured to millions and then he bought the bank outright.
Dragoshi: "...When was the bank owned by Mack?"
Metal Man (GM): Not that Dragoshi knew of that.
Wolfman: "...how did he get THAT much money?"
Garrick: *waves over his shoulder as he turns and walks away, getting the HELL outta there... slowly.*
Metal Man: "I dunno. It just happened overnight. Just like bank takeovers, too."
Wolfman: "...did I pay him that much?" *looks to Garrick, who is leaving... he WOULD see the Transformer then.*
Dragoshi: *notices the Transformer right then and when Garrick is slowly leaving.*
Metal Man: "I dunno, Wolf. But I do know I burned that couch over there." *Points at a couch... which is STILL there... burnt.* "I also poked Skyhigh in the face. Those were the days."
Wolfman has his optics go WIDE open.
Dragoshi: "And why the heck do you have a Transformer of all things, Garrick?" >_>;;
Wolfman: "A TRANSFORMER?!?!?"
Metal Man: "Ah, a transformer."
Dragoshi: *Awkward silence/10*
Metal Man takes out one labeled 'Coop' "Too bad this is just a husk."
Dragoshi: "A melon husk?"
Garrick: "Oops, what's that Nova?? A leak in the reactor on the Dauntless?! Holy crap! I'll be right there!" *zoom.*
Metal Man presses the button. A 'BANG!' flag comes out, and nothing else.
Wolfman: "Garrick, wait a second!"
Metal Man: "Wait a minute... Garrick LIKES leaking reactors... in fact... He commonly wears them on his belt!"
Dragoshi: "...Why do I have a feeling something's rotten in Nintendu-...what."
Wolfman flies after Garrick.
Dragoshi: "What the FLUX does that-Oh, sod it." *Zooms after Wolf.*
Metal Man: "Yes... the prototype, radioactive drums I created. They're the weapon of the future! Wait... no. He created them." *Is oblivious.*
Metal Man (GM): Over at the Dauntless... Dragoshi and Wolf chase Garrick as he runs to the Dauntless.
Garrick: *runs like nobody's business, keying in the command on his wrist computer to power up the Dauntless and seal the hatch once he's inside.*
Metal Man (GM): They'd see him run inside and the hatch seal.
Wolfman does the comedic run-into-door routine.
Dragoshi: *Skids to stop and-Yea. What Wolf did.*
Wolfman: "... ...it's not worth it right now."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick hear two things hit the door.
Dragoshi: "...yea. Still... I need to get that 2.9 mil back."
Wolfman: "I think there are bigger issues to worry about."
Dragoshi: *Sigh.* "And I was planning on bringing one of my weapon ideas to fruition too with some of that funding... After I find those ore-...Yea. I suppose so."
Wolfman: "Hop on: I'll take you back to HQ."
Metal Man walks outside, as the Dauntless powers up. "Yes. Where did Garrick put his radioactive drums?"
Wolfman somehow forgot how close the Dauntless was.
Garrick: *pants, sighs, and makes to go about finding a decent way of activating the Transformer for the first time without killing or trapping himself.*
Dragoshi: "...Why are you looking for radioactive drums?"
Wolfman: "...Metal, I don't know if it's radioactive drums, but whatever it is, it's on his ship."
Metal Man: "Ah, the Dauntless. So powered up. Yet it sits right here. I think I'll deal with it later."
Wolfman turns to Metal. "...think he has something to do with this?"
Metal Man: "Well, I have memories of him contacting me the same way he looks right now. Either his style is like mine or something went nuts."
Wolfman: "Or both. ...so, do we call it a night here? And just let Garrick... well, be?"
Dragoshi: "...I suppose so."
Metal Man: "I'll handle it myself... and some other things."
Dragoshi: "...Permission to take some time out to see how Nintendus has changed?" >_>
Metal Man: "No need. I mean, it was only our bank accounts. And my memory."
Dragoshi: "No, I meant aside from that."
Metal Man: "We're bound to encounter the other stuff sometime... but... I have a knack for these things. He didn't do anything too big."
Wolfman: .oO(...perhaps this is more of the stuff being lost now. ...what happens next? I'm unsure.)
Dragoshi: "...Eh. I was only asking 'cause it's been a while since I've wandered across a peaceful place on foot. But, meh." >_>;;
Metal Man (GM): Fadeout. Of Doom.

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