Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 378: Machine-Made Flashback

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Date: June 25th, 2007.
Trivia: 4chan's /b attempted to raid a board I was at over my anti-4chan comments at this time. It wound up backfiring and hitting a now dead board instead. These days I don't feel as rabidly anti 4chan anyway, considering it was only /b/ that annoyed me, not all of 4chan...
Metal Man (GM): This does not start at HQ this time; rather...
Metal Man (GM): The camera zooms off into space. Far, far away... the vast darkness can be seen. In fact, besides being speckled by the small points of light that are solar systems, there is nothing here. A malevolent being sits perched in the middle of this infinite expanse of nothing. He stares about, his time and space-bending shape that of repose, as he summons a crystalic mirror of sorts. It ripples briefly, searching the fabric of reality, before unveiling a picture of Dr. Archellago, The Questers, and then the incidents at the Solarian Temple on Mars. It stretches slightly, before speaking in a rumbling voice. Odd... there's no air out here.
???: "So... they are onto my plan. The power of Magitek shall not be enough to destroy them this time... nor that of the Solarians..."
Metal Man (GM): He stares, his face dark and angry. It is impossible to tell who this is, especially with the gravity lens around them. There's some sort of base all the way out here... for the crystalline surface is revealed to be a window. The being reaches out, with a clearly solid, sleeved hand. It flexes a bit... the being is obviously thinking very hard. The Questers can be seen on many screens... defeating vast numbers of foes. The walls are easily visible now; silver metal things, they glint dully. A clock on the wall, round and with a black dial and white numbering/hands appears to be broken. The being zooms in on Dr. Archellago's machine. This being has some pretty incredible spy satellites, because there is no interference at all, and he's looking at a PAST event. Indeed, several side-images appear, showing Dr. Archellago talking to Kuja, to Denon, stealing people's money, and generally making a mess of things.
???: "So... this man has been defying me all this time... people who I wanted to destroy the Questers, whether or not they were under my control, were victims of his vile schemes... I shall put an end to his trickery."
Metal Man (GM): The being stands up, revealing his wide shadow. However he is still impossible to make out as he takes one of the old screens and drags it onto the current screen, showing Quester HQ. The room shakes; the screens glow, and a strange magical noise goes off. Many colored lights flash on the screen... and then the merge is complete. The being smiles, revealing very sharp teeth.
???: "Only I may manipulate reality... fools..."
Metal Man (GM): Quester HQ. The Questers are at HQ. Metal's sitting in the Big room, reading a book.
Wolfman is entering the Big Room on his own volition this time.
Garrick: "No, no, no, no, no!"
Dragoshi: *Enters the big room as well...*
Garrick: *growls as he throws another piece of heated metal into a small device in the corner. A basic recycler that takes whatever is put into it and breaks it down into base pieces.*
King Demon is sitting against a wall... on a computer!?
Garrick: "I'll never make a new sword that stands up to the Burning Chill..."
Alexia heads into the Big Room slowly, yawning and generally looking terrible.
Darkdata walks in, well, had to wake up sometime.
Digifanatic: *Walks in and is hanging around.*
Alexia: "Nrgh..."
Garrick: *sighs before moving over to a handheld device and entering in some calculations. To his knowledge, no one has called anyone to the Big Room... so he's working in his lab.*
Metal Man puts down the book. "Hm... nothing odd today... yes... nothing odd at all..."
Wolfman: "Come on Metal: you know that any time YOU say that out of all of us, something will happen."
King Demon looks up from his computer "Well, if THAT isn't the kiss of death..."
Alexia: "This time, I hope Metal's right. I haven't been able to sleep for a while."
Darkdata: "Yeah, that is like the words: 'nothing can go wrong'"
Alexia rubs her eyes.
Metal Man: "Eh, I really doubt anything odd is going to happen." *He takes out a menu.* "Maybe you guys should get takeout tonight."
Darkdata: "I can cook!"
Wolfman: "I can pass on that personally."
Alexia glances over at the door to Julian's room and starts edging over there.
Wolfman: "Either way... all that's left for us now is the Destroyer, right?"
Darkdata: "You know I have no more ingredients to make that candy Deloth, so don't look so jumpy."
Garrick: *finishes his calculations as he starts to work on a new metal, looking to create a sharper sword... he can only get metal so sharp... maybe he should try an energy based edge.*
Metal Man: "Let's see what's on TV..." *turns on the big screen.* *A giant building explodes on TV.*
Alexia continues sneaking towards Julian's room, for reasons unknown.
Dragoshi: "...Don't see why no-there we go."
Wolfman: .oO(...alright News, come on... there we go)
Metal Man: "Gah!"
Darkdata: "Bet it is so-- yep, I was right."
Digifanatic: "Yeah."
Reporter: "Today, Toad Town casino was demolished to make way for a new one."
Wolfman: "...I told you Metal. Now turn up the volume so we know what's going on."
Digifanatic: "Toad Town... of course."
Dragoshi: "Unless someone was doing a rerun of-...Oh."
Reporter: "The demolition went as planned."
Wolfman: "...AGAIN WITH TOAD TOWN?!?!?!? ...and this was just a NORMAL demolition schedule?!?!?"
King Demon shrugs.
Wolfman is angry!
Reporter: "Recent statistics have shown Toad Town to be accident free for quite a while, thankfully."
Metal Man: "Oh well." *Flips the channel.*
Dragoshi: "...Okay."
King Demon: "Ya know, at this point, it's more surprising when Toad Town DOESN'T get destroyed!"
Metal Man (GM): *Nintendus is shown exploding.*
Metal Man: "Gah!"
Dragoshi: "Check to see if E Li Three's cooking show is on."
Alexia: "...Oh, great..."
Dragoshi: "...Also, what."
King Demon: "Uh... what the..."
Metal Man: "Wait a minute... we didn't explode..."
Wolfman gets rocked.
Garrick: "An energy edge... I wonder if I can fiddle with that small amount of Atlantian tech we have..."
Alexia heads back to the others frustratedly.
Wolfman: "...then what was that Metal? Just an earthquake?"
Alexia: "Does anyone have the keys to Julian's room?"
Darkdata: "And here comes answer, in three, two, one..."
Narrator: "This was what happened to Nintendus when The Void blew it apart. For Kuja had been defeated."
Digifanatic: "What?!"
Garrick: *walks over to his Dex, lying on the table a few feet away, and keys up to contact Metal.*
Wolfman: "...no Documentaries metal!"
Metal Man: "But I like documentaries."
Wolfman changes the channel now... 6 dials up please.
Alexia: *through her teeth.* "Keys, please."
Metal Man (GM): Wolf sees a normal cooking show.
Wolfman: "... I'm a little annoyed of this tormenting."
Chef: "... And then ya just give it a blast from your Spice Weasel. Bam!"
Garrick (GM): Metal's Dex beeps.
Wolfman: "He did... wait a second!"
King Demon gets up and walks out of the big room, heading for... some training area.
Wolfman turns to that voice.
Alexia: "Metal, seriously, I need the keys to Julian's room. Now."
Wolfman: .oO(...I know that sounds familiar.)
Metal Man: "Why?"
Alexia: "Left something in his room."
Wolfman checks back at the TV... oh.
Metal Man: "What was it? Wait a minute... you want to be cursed again, don't you?"
Wolfman: .oO(...I must be that anxious for action.)
Metal Man (GM): The TV continues. It's an average cooking show. Nothing scary on TV, at least.
Alexia: "FINE! IT WON'T LET ME SLEEP UNTIL IT CURSES ME!"
Garrick: "...probably doing something weird."
Wolfman changes the channel again... 4 ticks up.
Alexia: "Now are you gonna give me the keys or not?!"
Dragoshi: "...No. What we should give you is..."
Garrick: *grumbles and goes to work on his gun, guessing he can take his mind off of it with some of this.*
Metal Man: "I don't need a Wolfos Alexia, thank you very much."
Darkdata: "Hmm, guys, who would like to buy my psychodrink? I have gotten bored with experimenting with it. If no one wants it, I will have to dispose of it."
SIMBER: "Incoming message from Dr. Archellago."
Dragoshi: "Nevermind. I'm not going there with the medicinal inanity. Patch it through, SIMBER."
Metal Man (GM): *A screen appears atop the TV.*
Wolfman: "Put it on the Big Screen SIMBER."
Alexia: "Would you rather have me die from lack of sleep?"
Wolfman: .oO(At least this is better than cable.)
Digifanatic: "Probably not, DD."
Dragoshi: "...You can die from a lack of sleep?"
Dr. Archellago: "Something is odd with the machine. It's reporting interference I can't seem to see... Right... here."
Digifanatic: "I appreciate the offer, but that stuff is a bit strange."
Metal Man (GM): It shows a point where there's nothing but a desert now.
Wolfman: "...what was there previously?"
Dr. Archellago: "Check it out for me, okay? Thanks." *Message ends.*
Dragoshi: "...'Kay."
Metal Man: "An airstrip. Some Smithy stuff. Nothing left of that. Now it's... a desert."
Wolfman: "Well, it does beat being around here. Are we free to go?"
Metal Man: "Sure." *opens a warp.* "It's a bit hot out there, though."
King Demon comes back into the big room. "What'd I miss?"
Darkdata: "Metal Man, do you have an umbrella?"
Wolfman: "You know who I am by now: Long as we're not going into Death Mountain Crater Core, I'll be fine."
Alexia: "Metal, please..."
Wolfman starts to head into the warp.
Darkdata: "Or, parasol, will do fine.
Metal Man: "You'll have to ask Julian. I can't just open up his room."
Garrick: *works with making his energy rounds out of Magitek... it's a simple process by now, no real problems needed... he just buzzes the energy into the rounds and drops it in the bin.*
Metal Man: "It isn't like that time I fell asleep and everybody needed a key in my room. Then again, they just broke into my room in that case. Don't be like Starsteel, though. You don't see him around here anymore, do you?"
King Demon: "Yeah, I think I remember that, that was fun!"
Alexia: "...Excuse me while I go find a way to pick the lock."
Metal Man: "You helped him?" @_@
Wolfman would have warped out by now, not knowing what the other guys are talking about.
Alexia: "Either that or just break down his door."
King Demon shrugs, sees the warp, and heads through it.
Darkdata: "So Metal, do you have an umbrella, or parasol, to sell?"
Metal Man shrugs. "Fat chance breaking the new doors... SIMBER made sure nobody could break them. ...Eh." *takes out a very old, funky looking umbrella.* "A Greylokian Battle Brella. What was I smoking when I decided to sell these?"
Alexia gives Metal a deadpan look before heading up to Julian's room.
Dragoshi: "I... don't know."
Darkdata's eyebrow goes up. "What can they do?"
Garrick: *continues shelling out rounds, one by one.*
Alexia then charges up and fires a Heat Beam at the door.
Metal Man: "They can... act like old, dusty umbrellas."
Metal Man (GM): The door is not damaged.
Wolfman: .oO(...what ARE those Questers doing?!?)
Darkdata: "I see, will they keep the sun off my head?"
Alexia: "...SIMBER, can you open the door?"
Wolfman: .oO(Suddenly, I feel like I'm the only responsible one around here.)
Darkdata: "If they can do that, I will buy one."
SIMBER: "I can't do that, Dave."
Metal Man: "Yes, Dark Data."
Darkdata: "Cost?"
Alexia: "Will you do it if you know that two nights without sleep can unhinge me just enough to give you a forceful reformat with a pistol-whip?"
SIMBER: "What if the oxygen in the room you're in... suddenly ceased to exist?"
Metal Man: "Er... 1000 coins."
Garrick: *is just making new rounds for his M-150. He has no idea about the mission. People don't talk to him, save when they need stuff from him.*
Alexia: "...Open the damned door already."
King Demon is through the portal with wolf.
Darkdata: "Done." *Plomps the 1000 coins in Metal's hand and heads to the warp.*
SIMBER: "No."
Metal Man (GM): *Hands the umbrella, watches SIMBER argue with Alexia.*
Metal Man: "Hm... maybe I should televise this and keep the profits for myself..."
Alexia: "I said open it up. My patience is running very thin."
Darkdata: "Deloth, hurry up, or, I can, and will, have a batch of candies made just for you."
Dragoshi: "...You really shouldn't be saying that around a thief, but meh." :/ "...Then again, it's not like everyone and their grandma's corpse doesn't have antitheft."
Darkdata sighs.
King Demon wonders when we'll actually get to the damn mission.
Darkdata: "Away I warp." *warps.*
SIMBER: "No."
Alexia sits this one out... she's too busy banging on the door and swearing frenziedly.
Metal Man (GM): El Desert. The Questers appear... sans Alexia. Also... Garrick would see they warped from his place at HQ.
Digifanatic: *warped, of course.*
King Demon looks around the desert.
Dragoshi: *Yea. Drag warped out of impatience. Let's go with that.*
King Demon: "Well, it could be worse..."
Garrick: *is aboard his bloody ship, but whatever you say.*
Darkdata: "I hate sunburn, this unbrella was worth it."
Wolfman: "...I was wondering when you guys would show up."
Garrick: *warps in, armed with his guns and the Burning Chill.* "Shut the hell up, Wolf. People don't tell me squat save for what they want their weapon to do."
Wolfman: "I wasn't referring to you this time Garrick, but welcome aboard."
King Demon: "No kidding!" *picks up the cards he'd been playing Solitaire with.*
Metal Man (GM): Now; the Questers are in the middle of a desert area.
Garrick: "So, what're we here for?"
Metal Man (GM): There's seemingly nothing here... but the dry brush, the harsh sun, mountains in the distance, and cacti.
Dragoshi: *He checks how the crystal reacts to the general area...*
Digifanatic: "Could be underground?"
Garrick: "...WHAT be underground?"
Digifanatic: "It could have disappeared there..."
King Demon looks around for a clue as to which way to go.
Digifanatic: "Whatever is unusual."
Wolfman: "There was a former airstrip of sorts that was here. One of Smithy's old ones I believe."
Garrick: "...huh?"
Wolfman: "We're trying to find out why it suddenly disappeared."
Garrick: "Oh... here. Nova, can you drop a wide-spread scan on our position?"
Nova: "I sense... ... ... Abwyaehayurbvrwoavroabvtopavtowvaor. Whatever it is makes no sense."
King Demon: "I think your translator is broken Garrick.."
Dragoshi: *Seriously though. He still checks if the crystal makes any reaction to the general area.*
Garrick: "Nah, he's fine... he's just getting some odd signals... Hm... do you have a general area from where it's coming from, Nova?"
Wolfman: "...then we need to be careful with finding the source... if there is one."
Digifanatic: *Checks if the Dex has something like a metal detector or whatnot that could find things below the surface of the desert.*
Metal Man (GM): It does have one. And the crystal does react.
King Demon starts wandering off to the forward area.
Metal Man (GM): Demon wanders forward.
Dragoshi: *He checks how strong the reaction is...*
Wolfman hasn't moved yet.
King Demon looks to see whats out here now.
Digifanatic takes out his Dex and tries scanning the ground a la a metal detector to see if anything approximate can come up showing things underground.*
Wolfman: "What did you find Digi?"
Metal Man (GM): It's... ...all over the place. Beep! Blorp! Beeb bonk mook zonk! It's like it's moving everywhere. Up, down, sideways... it's getting stronger as one moves forward.
Dragoshi: *And Dragoshi aims the crystal in every direction checking to see where the reaction is at it's strongest...*
Garrick: *whistle.* "Whatever's underneath us must be huge..."
Wolfman: "Well, which way do we go?"
Metal Man (GM): Dead ahead is the strongest direction for the crystal reaction.
Digifanatic: "I'd say step out of the way..."
Dragoshi: *Moves dead ahead, then.*
Wolfman looks to Dragoshi... hmm...
Garrick: *brings up the reaction on his eyevisor, getting a solid scan while he follows Dragoshi.*
Wolfman: "...that settles that." *follows slowly.*
Dragoshi: "The crystal's reaction is at it's strongest this way... Strange."
Digifanatic tries to see how large said object underground is so he isn't in the way if/when it breaks through the surface.*
King Demon continues forward, looking for anything.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers move ahead a few paces... ...and smack dab into some sort of wall.
Wolfman keeps his optics peeled.
Metal Man (GM): Odd.
Wolfman doesn't notice the wall though. *OOMPH.*
Metal Man (GM): It's invisible, yet it blocks everyone from moving forward.
Garrick: *thunk.* "Ow..."
Dragoshi: *Smack.* "...Huh."
Wolfman: "So, anyone want to suggest that this is our disturbance?"
Garrick: "Oh, no, invisible walls are everywhere, Wolf."
Dragoshi: *Pokes the crystal at the wall to see if anything happens.*
King Demon: "You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!"
Digifanatic: *walks up to just behind them.* "Probably linked in some form or another."
Garrick: *gently touches the wall with his fingertips, tapping it, trying to figure out what material it is, hollowness, various other factors, if he can get them.*
Wolfman lets the others do the touching.
King Demon wonders if he can break the wall down...
Darkdata: "Hmm, how odd."
Dragoshi: *Puts the crystal away and starts searching for a door on this here wall...*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers check it out. It's very thick, it's apparently a very tough material, and no one can seem to walk around it.
Wolfman: "...what did you guys find out?"
Metal Man (GM): However it also has a surface of some kind... it appears to be something cloaked.
Garrick: "This could be a base of some sort... a pretty good location for a base, invisible and in the middle of the desert."
King Demon wonders if it encircles the whole area or what.
Garrick: "Certainly feels like battle plate armor or something similar."
Wolfman: "Is it easily destroyable?"
Garrick: "I doubt it. It feels thick as hell."
Darkdata: "I could try ye old reflection attack. That is, if this thing can reflect stuff."
Digifanatic: "Well, I'd say feel around for something opening mechanism as well."
Garrick: "No, it's cloaked somehow... which means energy is being fed to it."
Darkdata: "Garrick, if it was brimstone, we would be through by now."
Wolfman: "And since we can't really detect the energy... wait a second."
Garrick: "Which is why I'm condoning not SHOOTING it... Or any form of force against it." *scans for an energy source..*
Wolfman: "Garrick, can't you use that emerald? Since the energy patterns are chaotic and all... maybe?"
Metal Man (GM): It blocks the entire way forward. The main problem is the Questers can't see it.
Garrick: "Metal has it right now, remember?"
King Demon wonders if he can use his glitch abilities to mess with the wall...
Wolfman: "Right..."
Garrick: "Nah... hmmm..."
Wolfman just digs along the ground... desert should be digg-able enough.
Dragoshi: *Looks at the crystal...*
Metal Man (GM): The crystal is glowing erratically. Wolfman digs. Some dirt is thrown around. Some of it sticks to the invisible surface. The Questers see some details... rivets?
Dragoshi: *Checks where the glowing is most erratic.*
Garrick: "...hmmm?"
Metal Man (GM): It is most erratic right next to the wall.
King Demon puts his hand to the wall and... nevermind.
Darkdata: "Aha.."
Digifanatic: *notes the crystal if it's large enough for him to see it, and if applicable.* "Oh man, that thing is going off..."
Garrick: "There we go... Wolf, stand back a bit, would you?"
Darkdata: "Stand back guys."
Wolfman: "Understood Garrick."
Digifanatic: *also stays out of Garrick's way.*
Wolfman jumps back.
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi starts throwing dirt at that wall trying to make things more clear, then jumps back.*
Darkdata: "... It looks like we have the same idea Garrick."
King Demon steps back a little bit.
Garrick: "Together, then?"
Darkdata: "Yes, why not?"
Garrick: *pulls his M-150 free and takes out a special looking clip, slamming it home and cocking it.* "Alright then. One... two..."
Wolfman: "Another projectile assault? But I'm not that good with them you know!"
Darkdata readies his Repel Clearsong, slowly stringing the notes along.
Garrick: "...three." *with that, he fires a Grenade Round into the sand along the edge of the invisible wall.* *beep... beep... beep!* *BOOM.*
Darkdata releases the spell to repel the sand towards the wall.
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* Sand is sprayed on it. The Questers now see a sandy shut steel door. It's round-ish with two knobs, one on each door.
Garrick: "Nicely done, Dark."
King Demon: "Sweet!"
Wolfman: "Now we need to enter."
King Demon grabs a knob, if he can reach it.
Darkdata: "You too, Garrick."
Digifanatic: *goes for the other knob.* "That was nice."
Garrick: "Right." *slams a normal clip that's glowing with energy rounds home into the M-150, cocking it and pointing with his left hand, his right on the handle of the Burning Chill.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers grab the knobs. They can be easily reached. But can they open the door? It's seemingly welded shut.
Darkdata: "Well, it looks like we may be releasing a evil upon the word again. We have to open it however, so..."
King Demon attempts to pull on the door.
Digifanatic: *ditto.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers pull on it...
Wolfman: "...I'll try using my forehead buster. It should have enough kick to it." *waits for macho guys to finish their thing.*
Garrick: "Hmm..."
Digifanatic: *bleh... go for it, KD.*
Darkdata: "Really, it could be all together again. A Shatter Clearsong spell combined with a few attacks could shatter the door. However, what if we have to close it again?"
Garrick: "If you guys don't mind, I'd like to give it a tug. Just really quick, then you can blow the hell out of it, Wolf."
King Demon steps back. "Knock yourself out!"
Wolfman: "Feel free Garrick."
Darkdata: "Go for it Garrick."
Wolfman: "I can't charge my Buster, so it would just be what is hopefully a good hot plasma style shot... or two."
Metal Man (GM): Two Questers pull on it... doesn't budge.
Garrick: *nods and steps forward, taking both handles in each hand after holstering his weaponry and grunting as he PULLS.*
Digifanatic: "My guest." *walks away and lets Garrick give it a shot.*
Dragoshi: *Takes a crack at it as well after Garrick tries..*
Metal Man (GM): Dang, that door is tough. It cracks a little, but it doesn't open.
Garrick: "Damn it... give me a hand, Drag."
Darkdata helps too.
Metal Man (GM): It continues to resist opening.
Garrick: *yanks again.*
Wolfman doesn't have the same... style of opposable thumbs to help.
Metal Man (GM): The door creaks as Garrick and Dragoshi both pull on it and it stays shut.
Wolfman: .oO(The troubles of being a four legger...)
Garrick: *frowns for a moment... then gives it a push.*
Digifanatic: "Mind if I try again?"
Dragoshi: *Tries pushing as well...*
King Demon: "Ill try as well.
Wolfman sees Garrick trying again... wait: pushing?
King Demon grabs again and pull.
King Demon: *pushes instead.
Digifanatic: *tries to find some open space to push with.*
Darkdata: *Sees what Garrick is doing..* "Oh, if it opens now from pushing... I will feel stupid."
Wolfman tries to help push... much easier than pulling at least.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick opens it with one push.
Wolfman: "..."
Garrick: "Knew it."
Metal Man (GM): Inside the Questers can see... stairs leading straight up, and a door to the left, and a door to the right. Hm... this is some sort of boilerplate, factory-like place... but why was it invisible? A number of dead machines lay around.
Wolfman steps inside and gets a look at the surroundings.
Garrick: *frowns and moves to a machine, looking it over... checking what style of technology it is.*
Digifanatic walks in and takes a look at the machines... *Dexes them if possible.*
Wolfman: "Alright, lots of machines... no magic?"
King Demon walks into the room.
Metal Man (GM): It's mechanical.
King Demon: "This is... unexpected..."
Dex: "Ancient machines. Robots of some kind... long destroyed."
Garrick: "...old style technology... pre-Smithy."
Digifanatic: "Sounds like it...'
Wolfman: "My grandparents, in other words?"
Digifanatic chuckles.
Dragoshi: *Where is the reaction strongest now...?*
Garrick: "Something like that. I don't get it. Such a perfect cloak to our technology now but filled with old crap."
Wolfman: "One man's junk is another man's treasure?"
Metal Man (GM): It's... everywhere. Dragoshi can't tell where the reaction is strongest.
Wolfman: "Anyway, which path do we take?"
Garrick: "Hm. I say we clear out the first floor before we head up. Crazy guy is always on the top floor."
Darkdata: "This is not a video game Garrick..."
Dragoshi: "Yea, but typicality is such a wiggeh thing..."
King Demon looks at the stairs "Shall we go up?"
Garrick: "..." *stares at King.* "...not only do people not talk to me, they do not listen to me either... whatever."
King Demon: "What? You said something?"
Digifanatic: "I like Garrick's idea..."
Garrick: "..."
Wolfman: "Demon, stand down. Joke or not, that was uncalled for."
King Demon: "Sorry, was thinking..."
Wolfman: .oO(I at least listened to Garrick's idea of pulling/pushing the door.)
Garrick: "...whatever... I'm going this way." *makes for the right door, cause it's right!*
King Demon shrugs and starts up the steps.
Dragoshi: "..." *Follows.*
Dahl: *erm appears! ...with the group with her new glass shield yay~* "...huh?"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick opens the right door.
Digifanatic: *follows.*
Wolfman goes with Garrick.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers get a good idea of what just happened here. They see a massive assembly line... and it is slowly becoming real again.
Dahl: *probably riding on Wolf's back.* :P
Metal Man (GM): Machines unexplode. They begin re-assembling themselves.
Wolfman tries to observe the assembly line to see what is being made...
Metal Man (GM): They're stuff like metallic Goombas and Koopas.
Digifanatic: "Wow, a reversal process..."
Wolfman: "...a metallic populace of Bowser's old troops."
Darkdata: "Wow, Mario would have trouble stomping them."
Dragoshi: "...Do we have to re-explode everything?"
King Demon looks down from the stairs. "Find something?"
Wolfman tries to observe if the robots/whatnot are hostile.
Dahl: " ...ummm."
Dragoshi: *Checks to see if the crystal's reaction is any stronger than usual...*
Metal Man (GM): The robots are not hostile. Merely being assembled. Some stare at the Questers. The crystal's reaction is too random to really keep track of right now.
Wolfman: .oO(...woah. robot on robot staring contest?) *chooses to blink at that point.* .oO(And hopefully they aren't staring at Dahl either.)
Metal Man (GM): The robots don't do anything. They're peaceful. But they're also incredibly old.
Wolfman turns to Garrick.
Garrick: "...hm."
Wolfman: "I think we should leave them be if you ask me."
Dragoshi: "Yea..."
Garrick: "Yeah. Old or not, thousands of them would be difficult." *makes sure there aren't any other doors around.*
Digifanatic: "Sounds good to me." *heads back into the main room, waiting for further ideas...*
Dahl: *just blinks.* "...why hurt them anyways ... they seem to just stare at us.."
Metal Man (GM): No other doors in this room.
Garrick: *nods and makes to check out the left door, then.*
Digifanatic: *Left door.*
Wolfman follows Garrick to the other direction, Dahl riding on top of him.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk to the left. There, they see a laboratory filled with X-zone paraphernalia.
Dragoshi: *Left door as well.*
Garrick: "...huh."
Metal Man (GM): It appears to mostly be experimental, but they notice something suspicious. First, there's a big mirror at the end of the room.
Wolfman gets a look... X-Zone stuff... strange... a mirror?
Metal Man (GM): Second, on the left wall there's a picture of the researchers--Sardis Mongul, Gerald Robotnik, and Dr. Wily.
Dahl: *head tilt.*
Garrick: "...huh. I wasn't aware those three worked together."
Metal Man (GM): On a table is a number of wires and devices made to hold spheres.
Darkdata: "Sigh, we are going to have 7 years of bad luck before this day is through."
Wolfman looks to the left... woah.
Metal Man (GM): Notes are everywhere. They were attempting to access the X-zone here.
Wolfman: "I don't know if they worked together much... but obviously they did do some work on the X-Zone at some point."
Metal Man (GM): There's three orb thingies, and a wire runs through all of them, then up to the ceiling.
Garrick: *glances up.* "...yep, I was right... we gotta head up sooner or later."
Wolfman: "Dahl, enjoying the sites of this place from your view?"
Metal Man (GM): A note is attached to them. 'Improbability Generator--rigged to access the X-zone. I have stored an object in there for our experimental storage system.'
Wolfman: "...Improbability Generator... what is this?"
Dahl: "Oh ... umm sorry." *hops off.*
Garrick: "Improbability Generator?"
Wolfman: "You can stay on Dahl. I was just curious how you were taking in the sites."
Dragoshi: "...Improbability Generator... Sounds interesting."
Garrick: *moves over to the note Wolf is looking at, frowning.*
Dahl: "I am not sure what most of this is..."
Wolfman: "Garrick, would you have an idea here?"
Garrick: "Well, it sounds like a device that generates things that are improbable. Or makes improbable things possible. Impossible means it just can't happen. Improbable means that it's really unlikely to happen."
Dahl: "..." *sweatdrops.* " ...huh.."
Wolfman: "Was the discovery of the X-Zone, thus, Improbable?
Garrick: "I'd say so... Especially at the level of technology I'm seeing here."
Metal Man (GM): Not much else to the room, although the pictures and such look suspicious.
Garrick: *glances over said pictures as he talks.*
Wolfman is still bothered by the pictures... he attempts to Dex the Wily One for good measure.
Garrick: "Mechanical Goombas and such... clockwork robots. Cogs and ball bearings..."
Dex: "Dr. Wily. According to this picture, he, Gerald, and Sardis Mongul worked together to find the X-zone. Why they worked together, especially under Smithy, is a mystery to this day."
Garrick: "...but it makes no sense.
Darkdata looks behind the picture, and the frame.
Wolfman: "...wait a second Garrick."
Darkdata: "You never know."
Garrick: "I didn't even know Sardis was around in Smithy's era..."
Wolfman: "Isn't there someone we occasionally fight that doesn't make a lot of sense?"
Dragoshi: "...That does make no sense."
Garrick: "Of course, E Li--...nooooo..."
Wolfman: "That Elly Tree person perhaps?"
Dragoshi: "It's almost as if someone magically tricked them into making them work together..."
Garrick: "...nah, this can't be E Li Three. It's too nonrandom."
Dragoshi: "...Yea. If it was, then we'd be dealing with antimatter kittens."
Digifanatic: "You're right..."
Garrick: "And talking paper cups."
Dragoshi: "And antimatter bananas."
Darkdata: "Yeah, and exploding paper clips, and flying evil stuffed Pikachus."
Dahl: "...erm.."
King Demon sits at the top step, waiting for everyone else.
Garrick: "I say we head upwards. The wires head up. If I can get a look at this Probability Generator, I might be able to get a better idea of what happened."
Dragoshi: "...'Kay."
Wolfman turns to Dahl. "Yes Dahl?"
Darkdata: "Garrick, what would disconnection those wires do?"
Garrick: "If it's OFF, probably nothing. If it's ON... hell, I don't even want to scan the sucker. C'mon." *heads for the steps.*
Digifanatic: *follows.* .oO(Insanity.)
Metal Man (GM): Garrick sees an impatient Demon.
Wolfman forces Dahl to come along.
Darkdata follows the rest.
Dragoshi: *Kerfollow.*
Garrick: "...you should come with us, Demon. Going off by yourself is a bad habit."
Dex: "Yet he is the only one still active of the original Questers..."
Garrick: "Quiet, you."
King Demon: "I know, but it's a habit I tend to enjoy."
Wolfman: "Thank you Dex."
King Demon: "For various reasons... Find anything?"
Garrick: "Yep. We're going up, obviously. C'mon." *goes on past him and keeps on walkin'.*
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along, following.*
Wolfman takes the back end of the group.
Dahl: "...oh ... nothing.."
King Demon shrugs and goes farther to the second floor.
Metal Man (GM): You walk to the next floor. It's one floor, and the wires lead up here, of course.
Garrick: *glances around for entrances to new rooms.*
King Demon does the same.
Wolfman just looks around for anything suspicious... hopefully that's possible to do with his reduced height.
Metal Man (GM):Now, the Questers see something more extensive: Mainframes everywhere. Old 50's technology, even. Man, they had outdated technology in Smithy's day. They see more evidence of the past here.
Wolfman: "...alright, did we travel through the Temple of Time again?"
Metal Man (GM): For example, there's two reel-to-reel players sitting with tapes off to the right.
Dragoshi: "...I doubt it."
Metal Man (GM): To the left is the Improbability Generator. It says "INSERT ORBS IN CONTROL ROOM 1."
King Demon looks at the player "Wonder what the movie is..."
Darkdata looks at the-- about the room.*
Dahl: "..."
Wolfman sees the left side... "note to self. Don't stick orbs in there."
Metal Man (GM): Also there are tables covered with dust, tablecloths, and hundreds of scientific writings.
King Demon attempts to get the player to... err, play.
Metal Man (GM): They're most illegible to the Questers' eyes, however one sticks out. It's listed as 'Summary of Experiment X-52."
Dragoshi: *Reads that...*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi presses the play button on the first one.
Garrick: "That's data tracks, King--huh..."
Sardis: "This is a message of Sardis Mongul, on the X-Zone Project. Specifically, why I joined this project, and what I can do to help advance technology."
Wolfman listens in to this tape.
Metal Man (GM): It loops by a bit. He coughs.
Sardis: "Oh. I forgot this was still on. Er... I am a Solarian, I have come here to avert a great cataclysm in the future by using the last of our knowledge to create this device... X-zone... thing... Long ago our people lived with this kind of technology. It introduced many new worlds to ours. But then... those worlds overflowed, and reality was damaged."
Dragoshi: .oO(And to think, even something that wasn't real tried to stop cataclysms... Huh.)
Sardis: "Logic soon died. Our people suffered as the dead rose and fought with the living. It escalated until a man named Kuja appeared. Yet he was the climax, as all he managed to do was make it worse. I don't even know how I am alive. The entire universe disintegrated and I landed here. But I know one thing: if this realm is the same as mine, the only solution... is a device which can destroy alll which does not belong. This has been Sardis Mongul speaking. I hope this is good enough for you to believe, Smithy." *Click.* *End.*
Garrick: "Hm.
King Demon: "Uh..."
Dragoshi: "...Huh." *Searches for anything else of interest.*
King Demon: "Wonder if there's anything else..."
Wolfman: "...and we all helped destroy Smithy. Do you guys think we made a mistake?"
King Demon looks for more tapes to play.
Metal Man (GM): There's a second one. Not much else.
King Demon presses the second one.
Garrick: *shakes his head.* "No..."
Metal Man (GM): There's more stairs that go up after this, but; the second player has an unmarked tape.
King Demon: *err, plays.*
Dahl: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear more talking. Soon, it comes into focus as Smithy's voice is heard.
Smithy: "While your work has been good, gentlemen, I had no intents on saving this world. Rather... using a slight modification, this item storage and world-destruction negating energy can be used to send all my foes into a pocket dimension... including all of you."
Garrick: *grits his teeth... among the people he hates without any abandon... Smithy. Kuja. Charles. And and now Gerald... three of them are dead, hopefully four..*
Sardis: "You can't do this! If it is used this way, you will accelerate the end!"
Gerald Robotnik: "It is too late, Sardis... even machines have become like the humans I disparage. Come, Smithy. Destroy us if you will. You will only doom yourself!"
Dr. Wily: "Hmph! You think you can stop me? Think again!" *Presses a button.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear a warp sound.
Smithy: "WHAAAT? How did he do that?"
Gerald Robotnik: "He has a time travel device."
Smithy: "That's going to be the next thing I destroy... but first. Bye bye, fools!"
Wolfman: *tries thinking back.* "...a time stone?!?"
Sardis: "I will make sure you are remembered for this... cruel machine."
Metal Man (GM): The message ends.
Dragoshi: "Doubt it. After all, if he only had one, he'd only be able to go back or forward in time by one second." :/
Metal Man (GM): That leaves the summary.
King Demon: "Well, that certainly clears things up... kinda..."
Dahl: "...erm."
Dragoshi: *Checks for a third one of interest...*
Metal Man (GM): Only that summary.
Garrick: "...the Probability Generator is what they must be talking about..."
King Demon: "One would have to assume... but maybe we should leave it alone?
Dragoshi: "...Anyway... Should we go further up now?"
Wolfman: "...up to you guys."
King Demon looks at the stairs, then starts going up them.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi would be movin' on up... Movin' on up. Oh, and he motions for the others to follow.*
Wolfman follows the motion.
Garrick: *keeps on moving..*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk up... ...no. This can't be it. Smithy's control room.
Wolfman: "..."
Garrick: "...well, wonderful..."
Metal Man (GM): A voice echoes through it.
Wolfman starts to growl...
???: "You cannot stop The Destroyer. Why you even try is beyond me... your time has come, Questers."
Metal Man (GM): The machine powers up... ...that's the real X-zone device.
King Demon: "Great, another disembodied voice!?"
???: "But if you want a few hours... maybe you can challenge me."
Garrick: "...oh god..."
???: "Dr. Archellago's device is good... but Smithy's X-zone device is BETTER!"
Dragoshi: *Tries to discern if the voice is familiar...*
Metal Man (GM): Not really... it must be distorted or something.
Wolfman gets into a defensive stance.
Dragoshi: *Checks the crystal's reaction.*
Metal Man (GM): The crystal is reacting as before... in fact, it's even more erratic.
Garrick: "...show yourself." *feels his anger building...*
Dragoshi: "...The crystal is acting up way more than it usually did in the other parts of this place..."
Dahl: "Some one always wants to kill us..."
Metal Man (GM): A walking being of glitch energy appears. Only his sword is 'real.'
???: "Oh... no. You brought this on yourselves."
Wolfman: "Do you care to at least explain that last statement?"
???: "Bringing so much power in one place... without it, there would be no generator." He taps on it. "And I wouldn't be this."
King Demon: "THIS looks like fun..."
Garrick: *Like a slowly boiling volcano, he quivers and shakes as he feels himself losing it..* "What are you?!"
King Demon morphs into his glitch mode for the hide bonus, hopefully.
???: "I don't really know." He leans on the sword. "But that matters not."
Dahl: *glances around the room quickly.*
Garrick: "No... it doesn't... before we do this, I wanna ask you something."
Dragoshi: "So... You're the distortion." :/
???: "Ask away, but it will not help you at all. There is no answer to infinite destruction."
Garrick: "Who is the Destroyer?"
???: "You don't know who you are? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaa. You're more pathetic than I thought!"
Dragoshi: "..."
Garrick: *stares, his eyes going wide..* "What...?"
Wolfman: "...you are implying that Garrick is our enemy?"
Dragoshi: "He's merely toying with our minds."
???: "The Questers are the ones who started all of this. This will only end when they do. We're just your shadows..."
Darkdata: "Generic crazy badguy, remind me to shoot the person who made the mold."
Dragoshi: "I highly doubt that."
Metal Man (GM): The being flips through several. 'Evil Quester.'
Wolfman: .oO(...well, time to see if history repeats itself.)
Metal Man (GM): Apparitions.
Dragoshi: *Tries to see if he's telling the truth... Because really now.*
???: "Instead of helping us, you killed us. And now it's your turn to die."
Garrick: *slowly hunches over, his hands on his head...* "I didn't cause this... I didn't do it..."
Wolfman walks slowly to the apparition. "...why not just take out the source and leave the rest alone?"
Dahl: "Whoa whoa I didn't kill anyone!" *flails.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi detects the motive. It believe the Questers are the Destroyers.
???: "If I killed Garrick, you would move to avenge him. It's a vicious cycle... which shall be broken!"
Wolfman: "Not him."
Darkdata: "Why do you believe this?"
Wolfman: "Me."
Dragoshi: "...Okay. I believe this has blew far over the needle of idiocy."
Garrick: *grits his teeth as he stares at the being, his hand reaching for the magitek sword on his back.* "Get out of my way, Wolf..."
Dragoshi: "He thinks we're the Destroyers."
Wolfman doesn't hear Garrick. "I did help start the Questers to begin with, as you should know."
???: "Let me give you an example."
Dragoshi: "It's almost like a festival of convoluted... stuff."
Metal Man (GM): He walks directly up to Garrick and swings at him... very slowly.
Wolfman turns to see what those two do.
Garrick: *before he even got CLOSE Garrick would draw the Burning Chill and carve into him.*
Dahl: "...STOP!" *she tries to think of something.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick hits him. Dead on. He falls apart.
Wolfman: "...too late Dahl."
Metal Man (GM): Another of him walks in.
???: "See? Kill... kill... kill. That's all you do. Ah... but!"
Dragoshi: "Well, you were swinging your sword at him..."
Wolfman: "I find that statement strange. Even Shadow recognizes that not all of us are... well, killers."
???: "I just wasted 15 minutes of your time."
Dragoshi: "So, technically..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers look at the timer to the powerup of the device. It just hit 0.
Dahl: "..." * growls.* "... just please stand aside so we can fix this ... please..."
???: "Happy destruction, Questers!"
Garrick: *It's easily seen that Garrick is losing it. His hands are shaking, his face red as the loathing, the pure rage filling every bit of him as he charges the next creature, slashing it head on.*
Wolfman: .oO(...)
Metal Man (GM): The weird... things... dissipate.
Dragoshi: "...Typical."
Garrick: "COME BACK, YOU COWARD!!"
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, there is a black sphere appearing amongst Nintendus. The device is on. Dr. Archel's device is unable to stop it. The planet uses its energy, but it isn't enough. This illogically returned weapon is even stronger than the Questers remember it... hmmm...
King Demon undoes his glitch form, distracted by the black sphere.
Metal Man (GM): Those notes may have been on to something...
Wolfman: "...oh slag."
Dragoshi: *Quickly reads through the notes as if looking for info on how to stop this...*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers find a book on the floor. 'The Improbability Machine, as Improved by Smithy.'
King Demon picks it up.
Dragoshi: *Quickly picks it up and reads through it.*
Darkdata: "I have to wonder how it is possible for a computer to be random."
Book: 'No more does this blasted machine contain chaos. Rather, it consumes everything! Mwa ha ha ha haaa!'
Dragoshi: *Looks for some useful information. Like how to turn it off.*
Book: 'With a few parameters, I can erase anything I dislike... and it is unstoppable. Especially since I hid the orbs to the Improbability Generator.'
Dahl: " ...The gem..."
King Demon: "... Great, this just keeps getting better and better!"
Dahl: " ...Use the chaos ... emerald on it!"
Dragoshi: "...That's stuck back at HQ."
Garrick: "...the chaos emerald is strong, but not that strong."
Wolfman: "Then perhaps we should call it back here. If we all focus, we can probably do it."
Dahl: " ...Yes!"
Dragoshi: *Tries to remember where he last saw the orbs. 'Cause he's gonna go get those, and fast.*
Wolfman attempts to call Metal, FAST!
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi didn't see any orbs, but that room with the generator was suspicious.
Dex: "No service. Unknown distortion has eaten the signal."
Dragoshi: *ZOOMs over to the generator room and searches it...*
Darkdata heads to the room with the generator.
Wolfman: "...crap. Hey, wait up!"
Dahl: *follows!*
Wolfman attempts to follow.
Metal Man (GM): There's the picture, three tables with table cloths, and a mirror.
Darkdata removes the picture.
King Demon grabs the mirror.
Wolfman looks to the mirror...
Metal Man (GM): The mirror is stuck to the wall on one side. Demon can't seem to pull it off entirely. The picture has... nothing behind it.
Dragoshi: *Continues to look through the room...*
King Demon attempts to feel any sort of unusual things behind the mirror.
Darkdata looks in the mirror where the picture would have been.
Wolfman was looking at his reflection in the mirror.
Garrick: *slowly pants, standing in the control room, trying to make sense of it all...*
Darkdata also looks to see if there are any differences between the mirrors reflection and the world.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers' reflections looks normal. Demon puts his hand behind the mirror... it swings open. There's a safe behind it! The reflection is normal.
Wolfman: "...bingo. Alright, what's the best way to crack open a safe?"
King Demon: "Got it!... How do we open it?"
Darkdata: "Ye old fire+ice?"
Garrick: *slowly follows the others, moving back down into the lower room... he looks at the safe...* "...move."
Dragoshi: *Safecracking time?*
Metal Man (GM): It's a spinny lock, with numbers 1 to 32.
Wolfman moves.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear rumbling outside.
Garrick: *Yanks out the Multitool! And makes to burn off the hinges.*
Dragoshi: *Tries to listen for the tumblers on that thing...*
Wolfman attempts to get a look out the window instead.
Dahl: *...tries to listen for the tumblers too .. if she doesn't get burnt.*
King Demon starts spinning the dial.
Darkdata: "Sorry for this, but we are in a hurry..." *Shatter Clearsong.*
Dragoshi: *Gets out of the way, motioning for people that aren't Garrick to do the same.*
King Demon does so as well.
Metal Man (GM): Listening... hmmm... Dahl and Dragoshi hear it click a lot, then they also hear Garrick burning Dahl's hair. That's a horrible smell. Then Garrick causes the ultrahot safe to explode, hurling metal shrapnel at everyone.
King Demon tries to duck.
Dahl: *screams and runs around flailing while hair is on fire.*
Wolfman wouldn't have much of a reaction... he was trying to pay attention to the rumbling outside.
King Demon looks back at where the safe was.
Dahl: *tries to put out her hair.*
Metal Man (GM): Anyway, after the flying shrapnel is gone, three white orbs fly out. They look perfectly sized to fit on the machine.
Wolfman: "...wait a second. three of them?" *gets a look at the machine once more...*
Dragoshi: *Takes the orbs and runs on over to the place where one was supposed to insert the orbs!*
Dahl: * whines as she pats her hair.*
Wolfman: .oO(...if this is similar to my old design...)
Garrick: "I told you to move."
Wolfman: "..DON'T DO IT YET!"
Dragoshi: *Stops as Wolf yells.* "...Yes, Wolf?"
Wolfman hopes the machine doesn't try to auto-yank the orbs. "...sorry. Any time I see three items and three slots, I think back to the item-to-monster makers that I helped make. I had to fight a few myself."
Garrick: "WHAT, WOLF?! Do you have a better idea as to stop the incoming evil energy that will destroy the univ--"
Dragoshi: "...oh."
Wolfman: "I'm trying to make sure this isn't one of them."
Garrick: *...TWITCHES.*
Dragoshi: "Okay, then." *ZOOMS back up to the machine.* "I doubt it'd make a giant orb monster, though."
Wolfman stands back. "...it's at your discretion."
Garrick: "...Wolf... you... I...I give up."
Dahl: *just whimpers.*
Dragoshi: *Prepares to insert the orbs... Any objections before El Drago Kickasso does so?*
King Demon shrugs and waits.
Metal Man (GM): Anyway. The Questers have the three orbs. Meanwhile, more rumbling outside. *BOOM* That didn't sound good.
Dragoshi: *Any other objections before the dragon/yoshi thingy with the orbs inserts them? Last chance...*
Garrick: "DO IT, ALREADY?!"
Wolfman again tries to get a peek of what is going on outside.
Dragoshi: *No objections? Good. That one guy named Dragoshi then inserts them.*
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman see a black orb... consuming everything and growing larger. Odd... those people in Super Paper Mario ripped me off... Er. Anyway. That is the real description. A giant black orb of nothingness that is growing larger by the minute.
Wolfman: "...guys, I think a black orb that has ripped Metal off is coming our way!"
Metal Man (GM): Whatever it touches... vanishes.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi inserted the three white orbs into the machine. Now what.*
Wolfman: "...and I think we better get out of its way before we get caught inside."
Metal Man (GM): Well, the machine is set to 'OFF'. Unfortunately, someone will have to think of some way to turn it on; it has several settings.
Dragoshi: *...of course. No one ever makes anything simple anymore, huh?* *Checks the settings.*
Darkdata: "Voice command: On."
Metal Man (GM): 'Generate Improbability' 'Summon Unknown Temple' 'Create New People' 'Summon Questers' 'Mysterious Setting that Doesn't work' It's a bunch of switches. All settings are accessible.
Dragoshi: *For the sake of comedy, Mysterious Setting that Doesn't work.*
Darkdata: "Put the orbs in and flip Generate Improbability?"
King Demon: "Generate Improbability!"
Wolfman hopes they hurry... someone has to report how close that orb gets. "Whatever you guys are doing, I'd hurry up... the orb is still coming closer."
Darkdata shoves the orbs in and flips Generate Improbability. "You take too long."
Metal Man (GM): Ironically... Dragoshi turns on the Mysterious Setting which Doesn't work. The Questers discover why it didn't work in the first place. It only works when gigantic, world-destroying orbs are about.
Wolfman: "...guys?!?"
Metal Man (GM): *POP* The orb vanishes... ...the world is saved.
Wolfman: "The black orb... is gone?!?!?!?"
Dragoshi: "...Wow. That actually worked."
King Demon: "Heh, well, that was... easier than most missions have been lately!"
Dahl: "...what ?"
Dragoshi: "Anyway... What now?
Wolfman turns to the others. "...now, I have no idea."
Metal Man (GM): The voice echoes again.
???: "...Whaaaaat? You tried the setting that doesn't work? Noooooooo!!!!!"
Dragoshi: "What? You didn't expect it either?"
???: "That must have been... Sardis' setting... ...fine. Leave this place be. You'll just have to be destroyed some other way."
King Demon: "So much for THAT idea..."
Dragoshi: "...Yeaaa, but no. We're not gonna be the ones destroyed. Far from it." *destroyed some other way.
Wolfman: "Doesn't that make you the Destroyer then, since you want to destroy us?" *asks the voice.*
Darkdata: "Yeah, so you can hide the orbs and try again?"
???: "No. The Destroyer is more powerful than I, definitely, be it you or me!"
Dahl: "..."
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* *KZT* *SPARK.*
Wolfman: "Then who?"
Metal Man (GM): E Li Three falls from the ceiling.
Dragoshi: "...What the heck?"
Garrick: "..."
Wolfman: "... I TOLD YOU!"
King Demon: "Aw HELL no!"
Dragoshi: "What were you doing here, E Li?"
E Li Three: "Ow... my head..."
King Demon: "Someone give me one good reason why we shouldn't just kill him and be done with it?"
E Li Three: "I don't know. This evil guy shot magic energy at me and told me to destroy you with Smithy's super weapon."
Dragoshi: "...Ah."
E Li Three: "Luckily, he chose me! So... I failed. Spectacularly."
Dragoshi: "What did said evil guy look like?"
Wolfman: "...who is 'he' in your context E Li?"
E Li Three: "A pecan mixed with a blender."
Dahl: "...who is ...he."
E Li Three: "He... is... he! That's his name. He."
Garrick: *stares... and stares...*
Dragoshi: "And what would a pecan mixed with a blender look like...?"
E Li Three: "Three eggs short of an X-naut."
Garrick: "...Eggman."
King Demon: "... can we kill him now?"
Wolfman: "Gerald Robotnik is our foe?"
E Li Three: "Eggman? Where? Ahhhhhh!!!!!" *Runs into a wall.* *Picture falls on him.* "Gerald Robotnik! Ahhhhh!!!!"
Dragoshi: "...Does this mean we have to learn 'Summon Walrus'?" >_>;;
Garrick: *reaches forward and grabs E Li Three by the collar, swiping the picture away and SLAMMING him into the wall.*
King Demon: "That works..."
E Li Three: "Ow!!!! What do you want, Mr. McViolence?"
Garrick: "You saw the Destroyer... stop acting like a loon for FIVE MINUTES and talk STRAIGHT!!"
E Li Three: "I saw him, yes. I cut him in two with a hacksaw. I axed him why he wanted me to do this, but then the axe was dull so he didn't tell me."
Wolfman: "...let's assume that he can un-cut himself. We want full identities here."
E Li Three: "I dunno. He looked... like..."
Metal Man (GM): He dramatically points at King Demon.
E Li Three: "Someone who isn't him!!!"
Wolfman: *facefault.*
King Demon: "..."
Dahl: "...Please just tell us.."
Garrick: *click.* *A gun is not pressing between E Li's eyes.*
King Demon draws his sword and steps for E Li "That's it, your finished!"
Garrick: "Last chance."
Dahl: " ... she walks over to Garrick and tries to push the gun away.* " No ... back off.."
Wolfman: "Demon, hold your fire... err, sword."
E Li Three: "Hello Mr. Gun, my face has a first name, it is f-a-c-e-i-s-g-u-n-p-r-o-o-f, and it has a second name, i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m-i-s-g-o-o-d."
King Demon stops just before impaling E Li "Huh?"
Wolfman approaches E Li Three.
Metal Man (GM): He then grabs the trigger and shoots himself, laughing maniacally. Garrick sees E Li Three's head is... empty.
Wolfman: "As much as I wish to get some laughter in..."
Dahl: " ..."
E Li Three: "You see, I am in reality an air head."
Wolfman: "...we're dealing with a situation such that, if it doesn't work out, there will be no laughter ever again."
Garrick: "GRAAAAH!!!"
E Li Three: "No laughter ever again?"
Dragoshi: "..."
Garrick: *THROWS him into the other wall.*
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH.* He stands up, brushing debris off.
Wolfman: "Well, it's hard to have laughter when you don't exist..."
E Li Three: "Maybe I tell you then."
Dahl: "HEY!" * she flails * "Stop it!"
E Li Three: "Or maybe... maybe I taunt the violent guy some more. Slapstick comedy for all!"
Dragoshi: "...Well, if you have a switch that allows you to switch from 'silly' to 'serious' then may I ask that you please switch to serious?"
King Demon: "I"m gonna stab him now!"
Wolfman: "If we can destroy the Destroyer and his lackeys, then we can have all of the laughter you want."
Dahl: "You stab him and I will make sure you get thrown in a cell ."
E Li Three: "Yes! Stab me! I'm supercilious!"
Wolfman: "However, we need to know whatever information you know, so we can help ensure that... well, you can still have your humor."
E Li Three: *Shakes his head.* "The man you are looking for is... not a man. He is... ...tall! So... he must be... more than a man... like..."
Wolfman: "...should we assume that the man I am looking for is not a woman as well?"
Dragoshi: "A beast?"
King Demon looks at Dahl "I've been in worse places than a cell, ya know!"
Metal Man (GM): He gets a comical tape measure and puts it up 10 feet tall.
E Li Three: "Ten feet tall... and he... he looks strong! And big. Whatever he is. Maybe a machine. Dr. Wily makes some that look like him."
Dragoshi: "...Huh."
E Li Three: "Of course, he hurt my eyes. He was just that ugly. And... and... he had a cape! He had a sword too... and... the Triforce!"
Garrick: "..."
Wolfman: "...Ganondorf."
E Li Three: "Yes... he said it was in the wrong hands."
Dahl: "I don't care ... hurting him is not the answer..."
Wolfman: "That sounds like the Ganondorf that Charles knew."
E Li Three: "And... and... uh... he also had menacing eyes. Evil people eyes."
Garrick: "If he's ten feet tall... he'd be Ganon."
E Li Three: "He also teleported places."
King Demon: "What's the difference?"
E Li Three: "And... he had crazy mind control magics! Of course. I have no real mind to control. For I am... crazy!"
Wolfman: "...I don't recall Ganondorf or Ganon being able to teleport."
Metal Man (GM): E Li Three dances around.
E Li Three: "Oh... oh yes. He had... television monitors!"
Garrick: "Yeah, well, we don't recall Ganondorf being the Destroyer, either..."
Wolfman: "Can you perhaps describe any of the Destroyer's allies, or subordinates?
E Li Three: "Subordinates? He said they were useless!"
King Demon: "Sounds about right..."
E Li Three: "Also... he said humans were evil and had taken things from him!"
Dragoshi: *He tries to think to see if there's someone he'd know of that'd go by the description E Li gave...*
E Li Three: "He said his cannon failed... so... uh... he blew up Kuja's empire!"
Wolfman: "...cannon... Garrick, would you know of that one?" *is torn between Ganondorf and Gerald right now.*
E Li Three: "Also... ...he had some weird hair..."
Garrick: "...was he interested in gold?"
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi's head hurts. This doesn't sound like any single person.
Garrick: "Money?"
Dragoshi: "...That sounds like way too many people, E Li."
E Li Three: "Gold? Money? No. He instead wore a lab coat of sorts. To go with his cape! Also. he had a cannon on his right arm..."
Garrick: "...did he have an extremely large mustache?"
King Demon: "I'd say it's safe to assume its someone new guys!"
E Li Three: "No large mustache. Only some facial hair."
Garrick: "Color?"
E Li Three: "Red. Blood red!"
Garrick: "And his skin tone?"
E Li Three: "Just like yours. He also had some futuristic gadgets, and a weird crystal. And he said he had a deal for me of some kind."
Wolfman tries to also figure this one out... though with a worse chip, this won't work too well...
Garrick: "...it makes no sense... it sounds like a combination of several people."
Dragoshi: *Checks for lies, doubting that E Li's lying but still, even though it's E Li Three of all people, but yea...*
E Li Three: "That is what I saw... he even said he was going to make money off of selling garbage, and then he'd steal phazon and go nuts."
Garrick: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Odd... he's mostly telling the truth.
Dragoshi: "...He's telling the truth. For the most part."
Garrick: "...did he tell you what kind of garbage?"
Wolfman: "...selling garbage, stealing phazon... but why PHAZON? That's... well, not even I would want to mess with Phazon."
E Li Three: "And then... then he would become ruler of the Lunarians. And defeat the Solarians... and then revive Neo Earth."
Dragoshi: "The main problem is this..."
Metal Man (GM): These things are all being said truthfully, but how could one person have all of these?
Dragoshi: "None of the facts make sense regardless of how they're taken."
Garrick: "...wait..."
E Li Three: "The garbage... it's like old felt... and poles! And glass. Scrap glass."
Garrick: *suddenly has a thought...* "...lab coat... cape... red hair... technology... Triforce..."
Wolfman: .oO(...I can get E Li Three to calm down, but I still can't figure out what he said...)
Garrick: "...that creature. That... think."
Wolfman: "E Li Three, are you able to read minds?"
E Li Three: "Also... also, he was Atlantean, and he was Solarian, and then he was Mobian too."
Garrick: "I've forgotten it's name..."
E Li Three: "No. I just see the truth. Always. Like... you really aren't supposed to be on four legs, Wolf being!"
Wolfman: "You are right on that. Blame my old homeland. However, I've adapted."
E Li Three: "And you... you... that sword is invisible, but you can't see the other sword you possess... angry gunman!"
Garrick: "...we should go back to HQ..."
E Li Three: "And that crystal... it's... it's made of playdough."
Darkdata: "E Li Three, would you like the rest of my psycho drink?"
Garrick: "...what?"
Dahl: "..."
E Li Three: "Pyscho drink? Yes. Yes I would!"
Darkdata gives over the jar.
Garrick: "...what sword?"
Metal Man (GM): He drinks all of it. He begins glowing many different colors.
Wolfman: "...too late."
Garrick: "Darkdata, wait... but... what sword?!?!"
E Li Three: "Eggman Jamaica I take over the world!!!! BoInG!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He leaps up and down rapidly. He spins too.
Wolfman: "...BAD MOVE Darkdata."
Garrick: "...Darkdata?!?! What the hell?!?!?!?!
Metal Man (GM): Then he puts a white top hat on his head and begins mouthing off at people for no reason.
Darkdata: "I needed something or someone to get rid of it. He seemed like the best choice. Also, he would not have told you anyway. You know that."
Wolfman: "I disagree."
Garrick: "But... still... DAMN IT, Darkdata!!"
Wolfman: "E Li Three knows a lot... but information does take awhile to work with him."
E Li Three: "BoiNG!!! I am Count Jack! All your cheese are belong to me!"
King Demon: "Just let me know when I can kill him, PLEASE!?"
Wolfman: .oO(...alright, time to try something.)
E Li Three: "Ha ha ha! I will organize your shoes until they become your doom! Jamaica Eggman!!!!!"
Wolfman: "...E Li: I wish to make a deal."
E Li Three: "And then... I will marry all your potato chips!"
Wolfman: "As you know, I have recently become a four legger."
E Li Three: "You wish to make a deal? Door number one, or Door number infinity?"
Dahl: "...no killing..."
Darkdata: *Pure Darksong - Potion - E Li Three.*
Wolfman: "If you are willing to come with us back to HQ and help give us all of the information we need, you can use me as transportation for the next 48 hours."
E Li Three: "Bleck!!!" *BLAM* He turns to normal. "Oh... uh... but I am my own transportation."
Metal Man (GM): He shoots himself in the head.
E Li Three: "See?"
Dragoshi: "...What just happened there?"
Dahl: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Normal for E Li Three.
Garrick: "E Li... tell me about this sword..."
E Li Three: "This sword... it will replace your other sword... it is just as powerful... No! It is better! And... and it has a jagged edge! I see it in your future... for it is the truth. Now I must be off. Fly awaayyyy!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He leaps, head-first, into the ceiling. *BONK.*
Garrick: "...what?"
Metal Man (GM): He falls down and then through the floor.
Dragoshi: "...Out of curiosity, E Li... What do you see when you l-..."
Garrick: "...here."
Dragoshi: "Of course. I was about to ask him a question and he has to leave. How... typical."
Garrick: *blows a hole into the ceiling.* "There."
Metal Man (GM): A portal formed down there as he left. Moments after he leaves, the tower vanishes, leaving the Questers bewildered.
Dahl: "...u-umm."
Metal Man (GM): The portal is gone... the Questers will have to chase him later. They're now back at the desert.
Wolfman: "I still want to know why you guys didn't believe me when I thought E Li Three was here."
Dragoshi: *Checks his crystal again.*
King Demon: "I didn't think he was, but I didn't Not believe you Wolf!"
Wolfman: "...we'll worry later. Let's just get home."
Metal Man (GM): The crystal is normal.
King Demon: "Next time I see him, though, I'm gonna kill him!"
Metal Man (GM): Mission Completed.
Dragoshi: "...Well, it's normal."
King Demon: "MAN he gives me a headache!!!"
Metal Man (GM): The portal back appears.
Garrick: *sighs and heads on through..*
King Demon goes through it.
Darkdata: *Woo, it paid for my brella.* *warps.*
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along...*
Wolfman also takes the warp.
Dahl: *takes the warp.*

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