Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 401: Egg-centric Eggvestigation
Date: September 24th and 28th, 2007
Trivia: The car repair shop down the street from the house I was in at the time caught on fire and burned down near the beginning of this session.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are currently in... the library. Why? Well, some interesting literature turned up when SIMBER was indexing the new data.
Dragoshi: *He checks out the literature.*
Deloth: "I should really be in here more often..."
Metal Man (GM): SIMBER pulls out a newly written piece of data.
SIMBER: "While I was gone, the Master and Crazy Hands rebuilt this place, borrowing heavily from Metal Man's enhanced Stadium blueprint. They unwittingly rebuilt the master dex logging device in the process. That machine proceeded to record what happened after the Melee Questers left, and before the Brawl ones filled their place. It was uncatalogued previously, due to some intense encryption... Metal Man had made the machine virtually unusable to all but him by filling it with riddles, like "What has a tongue and hurts really badly when thrown at people."
Dragoshi: "Huh. Interesting."
Deloth: "...Only he could come up with something like that."
Trigger: "...Sounds like a jellyfish."
SIMBER: "After several hours of reverse-engineering it, with the help of programming he himself had put in me to access it before... I determined the first log's contents. At least, part of them."
Dragoshi: "...Also, on an unrelated note, I would've answered the riddle by saying 'a Dan'." >_> "...In any case, what's the part you determined?"
SIMBER: "..." *He takes out the book, it looks weird and glitch filled.* "Let's see... the chapter name is... Chapter... 395... A World of Peace."
Metal Man (GM): *BZT!* *YONK!* *BAHZP!* A strange, Star Wars-esque thing begins scrolling the contents.
Metal Man: "Quester Log, Year XXYQ, Day 30927."
Trigger: .oO(Nice special effects!)
Metal Man: "This is Metal Man, reporting on the last of the Questers, and the situation as of the end of my official duties. Charles Magellean, my former best friend turned genocidal maniac from beyond the grave, is dead at last. His... er... student is also dead, although I swear I could have turned him around. Also among the dead is Skyhigh, my old rival. The Void has also died, and the world has distorted to a version not seen in nearly 30 years. It's a sight for weary eyes. Strangely, the years which have passed have not aged me much. I've just left the Stadium in my special limo. I passed Julian's escalade on the road. I'll be sure to show him who's the ultimate fighter. But first... to finish some old business."
Metal Man (GM): It shows a picture, drawn illustration-style, of Metal's limo driving to Saturn Valley, full speed.
Dragoshi: .oO(Why do I not like where this is going..)
Deloth: "I suppose that explains a lot."
Metal Man (GM): CAPTION: The logging system detected Metal's car in violation of most driving codes as it drove on the wrong side of the street, through several cars, and injuring a few hapless pedestrians. Thirteen stop signs were destroyed in the process.
Dragoshi: "And, Metal is still a terrible driver."
Trigger: "...Was Metal driving? ...Heh."
Metal Man (GM): Police attempts to pull the car over were futile, as it used advanced power technology the cruisers could not hope to match. Furthermore, it appears he was unaware of his law-breaking. The book flips a page, it now shows Metal getting out of the car, in the now perfectly normal... ... well... not so normal, it's Saturn Valley after all! ... Saturn Valley.
Metal Man: "I got out of my car. While I was at it, I pried out the corpses of some suicidal people who had apparently decided that thin gray strip of concrete by the side of the road was not a driving lane."
Dragoshi: "I mean, for crying out loud, I remember this one time where he drove through a bank's wall, destroying, like... 10 tables in the process."
Metal Man: "I also pried a stop sign out of my window. I sighed. Would they ever catch those mysterious stop-sign throwing bandits?"
Trigger chuckles a bit.
Deloth: "...He did what to a bank?"
Dragoshi: "Destroyed a wall and 10 tables."
Metal Man: "After properly burying those poor, poor suicidal people's corpses, I walked into the village. Indeed, it was just as the old days."
Dragoshi: "He also apparently drew mustaches on the walls inside the bank."
Metal Man: "The village elder wondered why I came alone, as I usually brought the Questers with me."
Deloth: "Please tell me he was driving alone, Drag."
Dragoshi: "No. I was with him along with several other people."
Deloth: "...I am so, so sorry."
Metal Man: "I explained I was now a freelance adventurer, free of any such problems. He frowned, then smiled when he realized there would no longer be any random destruction."
Dragoshi: "Hell, Alexia got thrown around like a ragdoll due to not buckling up, while Aetos decided to turn into air to avoid getting smashed around... And I got vomited on. Everyone else, including myself were okay, due to the fact we buckled up."
Trigger: "...I bet that was 'fun'."
Dragoshi: "It was freaking insane. The time we spent inside the bank wasn't that much saner, though." >_>;;
Deloth: "She went for a ride with Metal and you're blaming HER for her erratic behavior?"
Trigger: "After seeing that, I wouldn't be surprised."
Dragoshi: "...I'm not. Where the hell did that even come from, anyway?" *Blinks.* "In any case, onto my retelling of this inane tale..."
Deloth: "I think we get the picture from there, Drago."
Dragoshi: "...Better yet, I think I'll just give you the long story short. Or better yet, just a summary as it'd require me to show you a video of the chaos to even begin to properly explain what happened during the time in the bank and after we left the bank."
Deloth: "...I am so glad I stayed dead."
Dragoshi: "So, stuff happened such as people getting their heads stuck in boxes, people skidding around the floor and crashing everywhere, E Li Three appearing, and other stuff... And yea. Though, the ride back was very smooth, as apparently the controls for the Limo were very well suited to E Li."
Dragoshi: "Then when we made it back to base, more crazy stuff happened. Hell, one of the weirder moments was when Dr. Mario took out jumper cables and hooked them up to the limo's car battery, then hooked the leads up to Alexia's ears, as she fainted a while back in the chaos. Then, the doc said "I must re-start the Alexia!", then zapped her... Though all that managed to do was make her extra-crispy. And make her scream ...Then go into unconsciousness. Then more stuff happened, and yea. In any case, if I can find a recording of said wacky events, i'll show 'em to you as they'd make much more sense than me trying to explain it." :/
Deloth: "...Um. That's the most insane series of events I've ever heard."
Dragoshi: "...Yes. I know. It'll sound even more ridiculous if you ever get the full story."
Metal Man (GM): After a few moments of some glitches, the narrative continues. *BZLT!*
Metal Man: "After a long discussion, we got down to brass tacks. I needed somewhere to put my stuff. I had a lot of money to pay for storage, but I needed a good place to live while I mulled over my options."
Deloth has to wonder what the point of this video is...
Metal Man: "The Saturn Elder told me of a place I could stay. The *BZKTLZT!* caves. So I went. I paid him for my storage fee and moved on."
Metal Man (GM): Now it gets to the good part. *Illustration of Metal Man driving off to a cave...*
Metal Man: "I went to the cave..." *Narrative suddenly distorts and shows instead something MM drove by.*
Metal Man (GM): Caption: The city of Eisnaught had mysteriously disappeared in the background. Metal Man drove right by it without noticing. On his travels he passed up an unusual, abandoned Eggman base which held the keys to something very important... But he did not know its importance. Only this logging device was able to pick up its true importance. For an important signal was detected..-- SIMBER interrupts here.
SIMBER: "It goes on about the signal. I looked at it, and discovered it to be basically unimportant. Except! ..."
Metal Man (GM): He holds up a locator. Bowser is seen on the locator, walking directly towards it. Just recently.
SIMBER: "Guess who appears to be walking to it."
SIMBER: "It seems suspicious. The base was long abandoned even when this was written. By now it's virtually haunted by the defunct machinery. But if you dare... you can follow Bowser and possibly figure out what he's up to?"
Trigger: "So what are we gonna do?"
Dragoshi: "Might as well follow...'Sides, I don't have anything to do at the moment. How 'bout you two?"
Trigger: "I'm free for the day."
SIMBER: "If you feel like it, the warp room is set to the proper coordinates. I must continue cracking the encryption on the second. Oddly, it has nothing to do with Metal Man."
Dragoshi: "Huh. Strange. Call us when you manage to crack it. Oh, and on that note... Think it could be possible that I could help with this encryption-cracking... Or would it be a little too difficult for me to try to help?" *After getting his answer, Dragoshi would head on over to the warp room.*
Digifanatic: "Well, we learned from Ganondorf that you still can't trust certain folks..."
Trigger gets up and starts walking for the warp room.
Dragoshi: "...I'm still gonna be neutral on that subject." *Anyway, warp room, ahoy!*
Digifanatic: "Might as well!" *He heads for the warp.*
Metal Man (GM): WARRRP. The Questers appear on the outside of a long-dilapidated Eggman base. The whimsical Eggman statues have fallen over, seemingly out of being tired of standing. A massive, rusted sheet metal fence blocks the way in, with a giant image of Eggman perched atop a massive, rusted iron gate. Lights shoot sparks occasionally. Some of the spinny things still work. Dead robots lay around the floor like they took a nap. No sign of a struggle; it was abandoned and left to run itself. There's a thing to open the door, naturally; a big switch one would step on. But it seems rusty. The sky is a faint shade of blue; the park smells of rusted metal.
Digifanatic: "Well, not much else to do..." *shrugs and walks over and steps on the switch--since he's wearing sneakers, he's not too concerned about the rust.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi steps on it. *CREAK!* ...hm. It's become too stiff to just stomp on.
Digifanatic: "I have an idea..."
Dragoshi: "What's the idea?"
Digifanatic: "Well, take a look."
Digifanatic decides to jump straight up into the air, quickly pulling out his Digivice... thanks to its Stone properties, he looks like he'll try to use Digital Slam on the switch...
Dragoshi: "Interesting idea there..."
Digifanatic: *through the energy orb, so it may be muffled.* "Well, worth a shot."
Metal Man (GM): Digi slams the switch. *SNAP!* The gate opens all right... it's falling at everyone!
Trigger: "Oh... crap!"
Digifanatic hopes that it'll take less than 35 seconds for the gate to fall on him, cause that way, he's still protected by his orb!Metal Man (GM): Trigger leaps out of the way like a pro. Digi's off to the side anyway.
Dragoshi: *That big, huh?* "Huh..." *And, so Dragoshi would try to evade the falling gate by dashing backwards! Away from the gate, of course.*
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK!* Dragoshi is hit. The way in is open, however it has a big passageway clogged with metallic debris inside.
Digifanatic: *After the digital bubble recedes, he walks on and into the passageway.* "Hmm..."
Dragoshi: *Well, no thanks to that idiotic crapout...* "Gah... I have a feeling more stuff like that's going to happen."
Metal Man (GM): So; someone will need to do something about the debris. It's 20 feet tall and piled up between two buildings no one can access from this side. Made up mostly of what was a third building. All crumbled now. It's made up of equal parts metal and concrete.
Digifanatic: "Think some of this is small enough to where we can slowly move things aside until we've got a clear path?"
Dragoshi: "Maybe... Maybe not." *He checks the feasibility of that idea.*
Trigger: "If you need someone small, I'm 5'6"."
Metal Man (GM): It seems to be feasible...
Digifanatic: "Hmm... looks like if we try to lift it and we're not careful, it may avalanche into someone else."
Digifanatic: "So I'd say, if anything, dig through the pile with care."
Trigger: "Okay." *gulps nervously.*
Digifanatic: "If either of you have a better idea, please feel free to let me compare."
Trigger: "Well, lets get started." *begins to dig carefully.*
Metal Man (GM): Trigger takes out a big important piece, then gets buried beneath rubble for lotsa damage. On the plus side, it makes it more of a slope, other people can walk over it now.
Trigger: "ARGH!!!" *crush'd* "...Owwww..."
Dragoshi: *Tries to carefully dig Trigger out of there without further disrupting it...*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi takes out a piece and it buries him... in a layer above Trigger... for some more damage. It's up to Digi to save the day. Will he bury himself too?
Digifanatic tries to help by starting with Trigger...
Metal Man (GM): Digi unearths Trigger. Slowly.
Trigger: "Ugh... thanks Digi."
Digifanatic: "Alright... now... let's get Dragoshi out of this mess."
Dragoshi: *He tries to find a safe way to dig out.*
Trigger tries to help Digi dig out Dragoshi.
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi digs out of the mess, opening the way to the courtyard.
Dragoshi: "...I should've seen that coming." *Mutters as he heads over to the courtyard.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk into it. More weird Eggman things, mostly malfunctional, spread out everywhere.
Metal Man (GM): Most importantly, though, everyone sees two things: A pile of dead robots to the right, and another gate to the left.
Digifanatic: "I say check out the bots first."
Metal Man (GM): The bots are twitching strangely. They are mumbling something.
Trigger: "Okay... Are those things still active?!"
Dragoshi: *He tries to listen to them from far away.*
Digifanatic sees if he can get a text-only scan of those robots just because of this whole mumbling thing.
Dex: 'These robots are still active. They may have some sort of key on them. However, scans indicate hostile programming. Approach with caution.'
Digifanatic: .oO(Hmm...) *whispering to Trigger.* "You were right. They are active..."
Dragoshi: *He tries to see if he could remote-hack the robots.*
Metal Man (GM): Not possible. Too eccentric with programing, plus signal degradation.
Digifanatic sees how much room they can evade the robots by...
Metal Man (GM): One can walk right around them. There's piles of debris in this courtyard one can hide around, too. There's a good 10-20 foot space around them.
Digifanatic: *w* "Maybe there's enough to skirt around them and then head for the gate."
Metal Man (GM): There is. The gate's far off to the left.
Dragoshi: *w* "Yep..."
Digifanatic checks for more switches or other gate-opening devices that may have an end result in a lot of sound being created...
Metal Man (GM): The group walks to the gate. There's a pile of dead robots to the right, and a gate to the left of some sort. The robots are about E-1000 model; seemingly, Egg pawns. They twitch strangely. The ground is mostly metal plating, with the occasional weed poking through. There's a sparking panel next to the grate to the left. Behind everyone is a massive pile of debris, looks like there used to be a tall, round building there. 'Cause this entire area is ringed by inaccessible but visible cylinder structures.
Deloth goes over and investigates the pile of robots.
Metal Man (GM): They're mumbling some random words or sorts. Deloth's dex beeps.
Dex: "Warning: They may still be active. Coming too close may activate them."
Deloth: "Oh, right..." *backs off.*
Metal Man (GM): Something glowing lays beneath them, though. A blue glow of some sort.
Metal Man (GM): The gate to the left is made of a silver metal, is cracked, and fairly light weight. It consists of bars, mostly.
Deloth: "...Wait, can you tell what that glow is underneath them?"
Metal Man (GM): Behind it is a sloping downwards concrete hallway.
Digifanatic: *w* "Well, fortunately, there is enough room to evade them if necessary..."
Dex: "Unknown. Energy signature suggests some sort of power source."
Metal Man (GM): Further ahead on the right is nothing much, a spare tire rusting atop some cracked metal plates and an unpassable wall of solid buildings.
Deloth: "...I say we check it out."
Metal Man (GM): One can hear the electrical ambiance of the area. Whenever one gets close to the glow, they hear a continuous hum of sorts.
Dragoshi: "...Good thing I decided to want to test out that new move I got... That is if necessary."
Deloth takes out his sword and approaches the robots cautiously. Where's an ion grenade when you need one?
Digifanatic: *w* "Yeah... should we just hope they're weak?"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth walks closer. The mass begins moving a little.
Deloth: "...Nah. There has to be a better way."
Deloth stops again.
???: "Brzt... protect... important... power... item."
Digifanatic stops as well...
Metal Man (GM): They continue wiggling a bit. Looks like they're in this pile on purpose. Despite numerous energy burns, possibly from constantly touching the object beneath, their metal frames look somewhat shiny.
Dex: "Data analyzed. Egg Pawn."
Deloth glances around. He looks for good items to use for a spur-of-the-moment tool... or a big gun.
Dex: "Height is three feet tall. They are generally weak and explode from one or two attacks. These are damaged, so more like one attack. They are also fairly dumb and don't have a good grip on their weapons."
Dragoshi: "So, a small area-wide attack like Thunder would work...?"
Deloth: "Yeah, but they still have a numbers advantage."
Dex: "There are about 5 of them in this pile."
Deloth: "Besides, why do some fighting when you can do NO fighting?"
Dex: "They are vulnerable as they stand."
Deloth: *He continues looking for something obvious.*
Metal Man (GM): Obvious: They can be attacked from, stolen from, etc.
Deloth: "Give me a bit, okay, guys?"
Digifanatic: *w* "Alright... what are you thinking?"
Deloth starts scanning the area for any stuff that, if not helpful now, could be later. You never know when a bar magnet could save your life!
Deloth: "Rule one, Digi: there is always another plan."
Dragoshi: *Tries to figure out what's under them thar Pawns anyway...*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth finds a stick. A metal stick. Apparently, the most important item is below those robots. Dragoshi would identify the item as an Eggman Combination Power and Code Access Module. ECPCAM for short. Eggman's latest and greatest invention, at least a while ago.
Dragoshi: "I see why they're guarding it. It's an ECPCAM."
Metal Man (GM): There's not much to find out there but garbage.
Deloth: "A whatnow?"
Digifanatic: "Long form, please?"
Metal Man (GM): Unless Deloth wants me to describe a stick, about 2 feet long, made of steel, 2 inches in diameter.
Dragoshi: "Eggman Combination Power and Code Access Module."
Deloth hangs on to the stick and heads back to the others.
Deloth: "Well, looks like we fight, then. Ready?"
Metal Man (GM): The stick might be useful with the pile of robots.
Metal Man (GM): These are cannon fodder robots often killed in one hit.
Deloth slowly pokes the stick towards the robots, not touching them.
Metal Man (GM): The ECPCAM is a robust unit; it will not take damage unless constantly beaten. The robots begin moving. They will stand up in a moment.
Deloth pulls the stick back. "That ain't gonna work..."
Deloth: "Let's just blast 'em."
Metal Man (GM): Their joints clank and make rusty noises as they slowly stand up.
Digifanatic: *w* "Hmm... Dragoshi, I've also developed something new. This sounds like a good place to try it out."
Metal Man (GM): Nothing screams "Sitting target" like how slow they are at standing up.
Dragoshi: "...Okay, guys. Stand back." *Dragoshi walks into the center of the Eggrobo mass, and then puts both his hands to the side, then claps them together causing thunder to descend and crash down upon the enemy robos!*
Deloth: "Well, uh, do it quick, okay?"
Metal Man (GM): They're half-dead as it is. The robots go to (miserably) evade. The robots all explode.
Digifanatic: "Or not try my new move."
Metal Man (GM): It rains bits and pieces of cannon fodder parts, revealing the ECPCAM.
Dragoshi: *Takes the ECPCAM.*
Metal Man (GM): It's a blue ticket-sized card with Eggman's face and ID on it. Interesting. There's a slot for it by that gate.
Dragoshi: "I believe we could make use of this." *Smirks.* "...See?" *Points to the slot.*
Deloth: *looking over the stick.* "Hrm. This could actually be pretty useful..."
Metal Man (GM): The gate terminal's screen is broken, though.
Digifanatic: "Well, good move."
Metal Man (GM): Unless somebody likes to repair stuff.
Dragoshi: *Can repair computers.*
Metal Man (GM): Some jerk took a bite out of the screen. However, one can also just insert the card.
Dragoshi: "...Hey. Either of you good repairing stuff?"
Digifanatic: "Not very."
Metal Man (GM): The console is gunmetal gray, has the Eggman insignia, and is covered with dust.
Dragoshi: "How 'bout you, Del?"
Metal Man (GM): The card slot is the same size as that card that was obtained, and has three LEDs next to it. Currently, the top one, which is yellow, is blinking.
Deloth: "Nope. I'm good with raw materials, not half-busted stuff."
Digifanatic: "Maybe the main unit hasn't been damaged much yet."
Metal Man (GM): The terminal is 2 feet wide and 1 foot tall. Its screen is 1 foot by 1 foot.
Dragoshi: "...Just take a crack at it." :/
Metal Man (GM): The main screen is an LCD screen, shooting sparks due to severed wires and some cut circuit boards.
Digifanatic looks at the screen... and then the gate.
Metal Man (GM): The gate is about 20 feet tall and blocks the way ahead, though the bars have 5 inch spaces. Most of the bars are vertical.
Digifanatic: *How does the gate look in terms of damage?*
Metal Man (GM): Mildly cracked, weathered, old. Whoever played with the terminal also chewed on it.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... think we can just break down the gate. ?"
Metal Man (GM): The gate's connected to the wall by four railings, which it runs on. It appears to move inside the wall when opened. There's a little metal plate that prevents it from doing so right now, so it's locked.
Deloth looks at said plate. What's its condition?
Metal Man (GM): Brand spanking new. It was upgraded by some maintenance robots prior to the Questers' arrival, apparently. Shiny steel boilerplate. It makes the gate look like a piece of junk.
Deloth: *whales on it a bit with the stick.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian warps in as Deloth does so, right next to the terminal. Reinforcements. *SMASH.* Deloth doesn't damage the plate, but instead hits the gate so hard it falls over.
Julian: *Julian's just finishing taping his wrists, as always.* "So what're we doin' now? SIMBER said somethin' about Eggman."
Metal Man (GM): The terminal's LCD on the bottom turns on. It's red. The yellow one continues blinking.
Deloth: "Oh, hiya, Julian."
Deloth walks over the gate and continues onwards.
Metal Man (GM): Hallway ahead is open. It looks kind of suspicious... Very, very smooth concrete ramp going down towards a large, open entrance of what looks like a massive factory. It gets steeper as it goes.
Dragoshi: *Pretty much holding the ECPCAM in between his fingers. He checks how suspicious it is. >_>*
Julian: "...Whatever." *Julian flexes his fingers a bit to even out the tape, then heads into the hallway.*
Metal Man (GM): It is suspicious enough to make one wonder if it isn't a ramp to one's doom. Walking further down, the sounds of machinery would be heard.
Digifanatic: "Well, Robotnik is acting way too suspicious again... basically, we're checking up this old base from around the time we took down the Void."
Metal Man (GM): The surface changes up ahead; from concrete to steel.
Deloth waits and watches as Julian goes down the ramp, making sure it's not A TARP.
Digifanatic also walks a little bit, but not so far as to lose his footing...
Metal Man (GM): Deloth sees nothing out of the ordinary. At least, not until Julian steps on a metal plate. CLICK! ...Nothing happens to him.
Deloth dual-wields his sword and the stick and walks down the ramp.
Julian: *Julian is 2 legit 2 B hit.*
Metal Man (GM): ...*BRRR BRRR BRRR!* Sirens pop out of the walls, and the local defense crew pops out. Five brand new Eggrobos with spears.
Julian: "This again."
Metal Man (GM): They're running at everyone from the entrance. Julian is within range of their leader. *The spear misses.* The Eggrobos are weak opponents, so it is unlikely they will take more than two hits. The leader one is stunned by his miss. The other four are attempting to run past Julian.
Julian: *Julian watches with bemusement as the Eggrobo leader thrusts his spear right past him... Then tries to grab the Spear and the Eggrobo by association.*
Metal Man (GM): Success, Julian... ...despite the good luck of the Eggrobo.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi attacks one of the ones running past with a gout of flame simply known as FIARBREATH.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Deloth: *He tries stone dropping from above.*
Julian: *Julian grabs the Spear, pulls the Eggrobo in, picks him up... then tries to bowl him underhand into the Eggrobo group that just rushed past him. Throw!*
Metal Man (GM): The robot is knocked back. One of the non-attacked ones reaches melee range and attacks Dragoshi. Then Deloth leaps up... and...
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi tries to evade that by backdashing!*
Metal Man (GM): Hits a robot.
Metal Man (GM): Julian's attack kills that Eggrobo and disarms the one that just stabbed Dragoshi.
Digifanatic decides to go try his new move... trying to get a shot in on the lead Eggrobo, he takes out his Digivice and aims it at an Eggrobo not seized by Julian... but this is a different button combination. A narrow maroonish beam emanated out, surrounded in a mystical light yellow spiral. If he hits it just right, this should trip up the Eggrobo a bit. *Stun Beam, neÃ© Confusion.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi hits. Digi's attack annihilates another bot. The three remaining regroup. Two rush Julian with their spears. The second of the group sucks at such.
Digifanatic just keeps running for now.
Metal Man (GM): Digi runs past all the robots and further into the base, unless he wants otherwise. The odd robot out lunges for Deloth.
Julian: *No dice.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian dodges the robot stabs at him. He may attack again.
Julian decides "Fuck This Shit" and follows Digi's lead into the base.
Metal Man (GM): Julian runs past. There are three robots remaining.
Deloth shakes off the stoning... uh-oh, problem! Dodge time!
Digifanatic: *One more Stun Beam.*
Metal Man (GM): Ouch. More damage to Deloth.
Deloth: *Or not.*
Metal Man (GM): The robot which stabbed Deloth bites the dust. Two robots remaining. One of them charges at Dragoshi.
Deloth tries to get the heck OUTTA here and deeper into the base by jumping and Fox Illusioning over the robots.
Dragoshi: "..." *And Dragoshi tries to sidestep!*
Metal Man (GM): *Stab.* More damage. The other robot is now turning around.
Digifanatic slows down a bit to catch his breath... must be these attacks while running... but fortunately, he's still got a load of steam left.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth destroys the remaining robots. By Fox Illusioning their heads off.
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi just follows, then. :/*
Metal Man (GM): Now all may proceed into the factory. No loot left behind--their parts all exploded. Inside the factory itself is... ...this is gonna be annoying.
Deloth lands with a tumble. Surprisingly, he hasn't impaled himself on either his sword or stick.
Metal Man (GM): A giant bottomless pit, with the only way across being a conveyor belt going in the opposite direction wished for progress.
Metal Man (GM): Then a leap over a pit, onto a conveyor belt going the way one wants to go, but also proceeding past a number of swinging hammers.
Deloth: *He checks if he can reach the side of the belt.*
Metal Man (GM): Finally, a chain-link fence that would need to be destroyed. It is possible to reach the side of the belt.
Julian: "Eh. Shouldn't be too hard..." *tries to gauge the speed of the conveyor belt.*
Metal Man (GM): The side is an exposed mechanism involving gears turning notches on the belt itself. The speed is slow. Like, 5 MPH.
Deloth jams the ballpoint pen he grabbed into the gears instead!
Metal Man (GM): Deloth jams it in. *SNAP!* The pen is destroyed. Good thing that wasn't his finger. The gears are made of steel and painted yellow.
Deloth: "...Well, to be fair, I sort of expected that to happen."
Metal Man (GM): They appear to have been oiled.
Digifanatic takes a look at a whole bunch of things before he even tries traversing this gap: 1) The distance of the jumps, 2) The height of the hammers at the most bottom point in their swing, and 3) The height of the gate, and 4) How easy it is to blow it up.
Metal Man (GM): Distance: 10 horizontal feet.
Julian: *Alright, so that's crossing a conveyor belt that leads into a gauntlet of swinging hammers, then having to jump over a chain-link fence?*
Metal Man (GM): Hammer height: 5 feet tall when they momentarily contact the belt itself. Pretty much, Julian. The gate is about 15 feet tall. It looks like concentrated death could destroy the gate.
Deloth starts pulling off a buncha electrical tape from the roll and wadding it into a ball.
Metal Man (GM): The belt is a faded orange.
Digifanatic then looks to see how far they are from the gate... close enough for the whole party to launch ranged attacks with decent success?
Metal Man (GM): Eggman signs spin on pillars off to the sides. One can't reach the gate from here, it's about 50 feet+ away.
Deloth jams the tape wad into the gears once he's pulled off about a fourth of the roll and wadded it up.
Metal Man (GM): The gears stick for 10 seconds. A whistle sounds.
Digifanatic looks for any control panels that might make forward motion easier... anything to slow down or stop the moving parts besides Deloth's ideas?
Metal Man (GM): All hear a generator power up. *RrrrrrSNAP!!*
Metal Man (GM): The ball is launched out of there and into the pit. The conveyor belt is now 10 MPH. Both of them.
Deloth: *Alright, plan 3.*
Deloth takes the stick and tries to pry at one of the gears, hopefully damaging or popping it out.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth sticks the stick in the gear. Digi finds a cleverly disguised panel next to a wall. It has a slot for the ECPCAM.
Digifanatic: "Hey, Dragoshi... may I please have that card?"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth's stick jams the gears. A generator revs up more...
Dragoshi: "...For what reason?"
Digifanatic: "Check this out."
Metal Man (GM): *SNAP!* The stick is knocked out. Only bent, but... Those conveyor belts done gone 15 MPH! Ahhhhhh!!!!
Julian: "Jus' give it to him. 'Fore Del kicks this thing up another notch."
Dragoshi: *Looks at where Digi is telling him to check it out.*
Digifanatic: *w* "A hopefully less destructive way to control these mechanisms..."
Deloth: "Well, dammit, those should have worked!"
Metal Man (GM): It's a 3 by 5 foot console. Working and everything. A screen on it says "INSERT ID CARD."
Deloth: "Don't blame me, blame FATE!"
Metal Man (GM): There's an ID slot to the left. For the card. Three LEDs as well. Top one blinks green.
Digifanatic, if Dragoshi doesn't mind, takes the card and swipes it in the slot.
Dragoshi: "I see." *And, so Dragoshi slots in the ID ECPCAM.*
Metal Man (GM): *SWIPE.* The monitor shows a password entry thing. 'Please enter your PIN, Dr. Eggman.' A keyboard pops out of the terminal. It's numerical only. 4 numbers.
Digifanatic looks to see if the card has popped out yet or if it's still in its slot.
Metal Man (GM): Card is in the slot. However, one can press an 'eject' button. Also, the middle LCD is green. The top one continues blinking. The bottom one remains unlit.
Deloth looks over at the keyboard... "Okay, I have a plan that might work this time."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... mind if I take this card out and go for Take 2?"
Metal Man (GM): The keypad is the numbers 1-9.
Deloth: *He checks how dusty the numpad is.*
Metal Man (GM): Dusty, yes.
Deloth: "...Actually, no, that might not work. Eggman wears gloves."
Metal Man (GM): Terminal is covered in dust. Fingerpad is, too. Fingerprints on all the buttons. Metallic ones. Robots must have used it.
Digifanatic scratches his ideas and looks for the fingerprints...
Digifanatic: *He checks how many numbers have fingerprints on them.*
Metal Man (GM): All of them.
Deloth: "Hmm... maybe it's something really, really obvious that we're overlooking."
Digifanatic: "Dang it, they must have tried about everything..." *pops eject and looks at the card to see if it has any ominous 4 digit codes, a la a credit card, etc.
Deloth: "Try his birthday?" *shrugs.*
Digifanatic: "I don't think he'd ever disclose that. Oh, what the heck..." *goes for a Dex entry on Robotnik to see if any 4 digit strings pop up that may or may not also appear on the card.*
Dex: "No 4-digit numbers found. Eggman, however, has a known fondness for using variations on his own name for passwords."
Digifanatic: "Okay..." *tries thinking of odd ideas as he pops the card back in...*
Metal Man (GM): No codes on the card itself.
Dragoshi: "Real name or alias?"
Metal Man (GM): *BZZ.*
Dex: "His 'alias', as his real name he seemingly doesn't use in passwords."
Deloth: "...Uhm, never mind."
Metal Man (GM): BZZ! Although that one is closer...
Metal Man (GM): Closer, but still, BZZ!
Metal Man (GM): BZZ! A dialog pops up. 'Forgotten your password yet again, Eggman?'
Julian: "You guys got it yet?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Uh oh...)
Deloth: "We're still trying, Jules. Give us some time."
Metal Man (GM): 'The secret only you know is that your favorite food item often involves exclamation marks... or things which look like them.'
Digifanatic: "I don't think we're far off."
Metal Man (GM): 'Being one digit off, this should make the difference.'
Digifanatic: *3447 (EGGS)!*
Metal Man (GM): *BZZ.* 'Since when was the number 7 exciting?'
Digifanatic: *But we can do 3666.*
Metal Man (GM): 'Is the number 6 exciting?' *BZZ.*
Dragoshi: *3661, maybe?*
Digifanatic: .oO(Exciting numbers?! Huh...)
Metal Man (GM): *CLICK!* 'Because it's boring to be number 5.' The top LED goes full green, and a walkway conveniently across the pit appears. The card pops out.
Julian: "Great. Finally." *Across the Pit.*
Digifanatic takes the card and traverses the gap.
Deloth heads across the pit as well, wondering how 1 can be so exciting...
Dragoshi: *Yayz. And, so Dragoshi walks across the pit.*
Metal Man (GM): Egg1 as in Egg! Everyone reaches the other side. A giant blast door blocks the way. Another terminal is on it. 'Please provide identification.' Another card slot.
Dragoshi: "You know what to do."
Digifanatic pops the card in...
Digifanatic: *one 3551 later...*
Metal Man (GM): 3551? BZZ.
Digifanatic: *3661, sorry. I type too fast.*
Metal Man (GM): 'Have you been drinking again, Eggman?' *click.* ...And a retinal scanner drops down. 'This is a sensitive area, so we need to be sure you're Eggman.'
Metal Man (GM): 'Please look into the scanner.'
Deloth: "Okay, we need to find Eggman and gouge one of his eyes out. Or just swipe his goggles, since he's probably too lazy to take them off."
Metal Man (GM): The machine probably isn't foolproof.
Deloth looks up that Dex entry on Eggman. He checks if it has a picture of him.
Metal Man (GM): Yes, it has one. A high-resolution scan of him.
Deloth zooms in on the eyes and puts that against the scanner.
Metal Man (GM): *BLIP!* 'Scan confirmed.' The door opens up, revealing a... diminutive control room. Huh? No massive, open space? Just a little piddly room with a hologram generator and some chairs.
Digifanatic heads in.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser's already inside, having entered from another door on the other side.
Deloth grins, puts his Dex back, and walks in.
Metal Man (GM): He's looking around.
Dragoshi: *Notices Bowser.* "...Huh."
Bowser: "Wha? The Questers? I thought that Eggman punk had some people I could talk to! You guys see any robots around here? Like... intelligent robots?"
Dragoshi: "Don't look at us. We just got here." :/
Dragoshi: "Nope. Sorry."
Deloth: "Sorry, the welcome wagon was out sick. We had to fill in."
Bowser: "See, I'm looking for a new sidekick, and..."
Deloth: "No, we haven't seen anyone else."
Digifanatic: *in response to Dragoshi's "Don't look at us" that is.*
Julian: "You got 5 seconds to explain what you're doin' here 'fore I get nasty."
Bowser: "Well, if you're going to talk to me that way, I can continue looking on my own."
Dragoshi: "...Let's save the violence for when it's needed."
Metal Man (GM): He continues looking through the room.
Dragoshi: "Don't mind my associates."
Deloth: "Hold it, hold it, hold it. Looking for a new sidekick and..."
Metal Man (GM): He pulls out a drawer and yells into it.
Bowser: "Heeeey! Any intelligent life in here???"
Dragoshi: "They're rude like that, sometimes." :/
Deloth: "...And you're not doing well, I take it."
Bowser: *Pulls down a periscope, apparently part of the room, looks around.* "Dang. No place to insert quarters to make it work. Useless."
Julian: "Hey, I'm just exersizin' caution. You guys've been fooled by Bowser, Gannon, Eggman and who knows else too many time 'cause you put up wit' their shit."
Bowser: "Yes. Yes I am not doing very well right now. You punks know of anyone who doesn't charge 50,000 coins with health insurance?"
Deloth gives Julian a flat stare before turning around to face Bowser again.
Dragoshi: "..." *Checks to see if he does.*
Deloth: "Nobody except Dr. Mario, and I hear he electrocutes people with jumper cables."
Bowser: "I'd think a robot would come cheap, but most of them I found here were dumb. I took a bite out of them and their control panel."
Dragoshi: "Yea... Saying that he has to 'Restart' them."
Julian: "What? It's the truth. 'Scuse me if you can't handle it."
Dragoshi: "...Well, that explains that one panel that got a bite taken out of it."
Bowser: "Then I walked through, and this one robot saw me, and then ran away. He looked all googly eyed and spoke nonsense!"
Deloth: "...What did that robot look like?"
Bowser: "Like that one!"
Metal Man (GM): He points at a robot that's been standing still ever since the Questers entered the room.
Julian: "Don't remember that... You guys see that 'fore I got here? ...Nevermind."
Dragoshi: "Any othe-..." *Looks at it.* "What the..." *Blinks.*
Robot: "Yes. Like me."
Metal Man (GM): The weird-looking robot moves.
Robot: "You are trespassing on MY base! I am the Eggman! And I demand you return my card!"
Julian: "Like we're gonna use it anymore."
Robot: "I can't buy eggs without it. It just isn't the same without picking up eggs and hurling them at walls."
Deloth: "...Um, right."
Julian: "Drago, hand it over. An' for God's sake don't ask what's he's talkin' about, maybe he'll leave."
Robot: "This bum over here--"
Robot: "--wanted to hire me for 10,000 coins. No deal! The Eggman works for no one!"
Digifanatic: .oO(This is worse than when Wolf's head gets boggled.)
Dragoshi: "I don't have it. Digi took it."
Metal Man (GM): The robot is an E-100 series. Looks like somebody played bongo drums with his head.
Digifanatic: "Oh." *takes the card out.*
Julian: "Whatever. Someone give this sucka his card."
Digifanatic: *hands it over...*
Robot: "Ah! Thank you!"
Bowser: "What? You're just gonna give it to him?"
Robot: "Quiet, you idiot." *Smacks Bowser, takes the card.*
Digifanatic: "He's too nuts to use it properly."
Julian: "Better than takin' the time to find out why he wants it. Been burned too many times on that route."
Robot: "Yes! I have the card. Now... ...what was it again! Oh! Yes! Get out of my base!"
Bowser: "Make me, robo-punk."
Robot: "As you command."
Metal Man (GM): He pushes Bowser into a chair and presses a button. *WHOOOSH.* Bowser's ejected clear out of the base with the chair.
Dragoshi: "Yea, sure. Don't see why not. Have fun." *Would proceed to exit...*
Robot: "Now... you people... wait! Wait one moment! I need... yes... information. It could be lucrative. I have lots of money and no use for it."
Dragoshi: "...Of what kind?"
Julian: "Go on."
Deloth: "What information, exactly?"
Robot: "I am not the original Eggman. What became of Eggman MK 1? I must find my master."
Julian: "..." *Shit.*
Julian: *TEAM HUDDLE.* *W* "Do we tell this guy the truth?"
Dragoshi: *Ker-huddle.* "Well, maybe... What do you think?"
Deloth: *w* "I can't really see what he could wreck if he did know..." *w* "...Then again, I've been dead for a while and my head's still not all right, so your call."
Digifanatic: *huddle.* "Yeah, this is an odd scenario."
Dragoshi: *huddle.* "Yep..."
Julian: *w* "I dunno, I don't want this guy to flip out an' activate a nuke or somethin' if we tell 'em."
Deloth: *huddle.* "How can a robot that talks of throwing eggs detonate a bomb?"
Julian: *w* "Crazier shit's happened."
Metal Man (GM): The robot idly spins around as the Questers wait. It's clearly nuts.
Deloth: *huddle.* "Meh... I say we get the money first, THEN tell it."
Dragoshi: *w* "That never works."
Julian: *w* "EVER."
Dragoshi: *w* "I mean, it's just plain logic." :/
Deloth: *huddle.* "Fine. I still say we tell, though."
Dragoshi: "...Yea, I guess..."
Julian: *w* "So we've got a majority for tell. A'ight, but I ain't doin' it."
Deloth: *huddle.* "Fine, but I get your share of the cash."
Dragoshi: *w* "...Deloth, no."
Julian: *w* "Oh-ho, look at we got here, dead man talkin'."
Deloth: *huddle.* "Yeah. So?"
Dragoshi: *w* "'Sides, we all have to share equally. In any case, I'll tell the guy." *Turns over to the Robot.* "So... You wanted to know what happened to your master, right?"
Julian: *w* "I'm cool with that. Break." *breaks the Huddle.*
Digifanatic: *walks away and listens.*
Deloth stands back up and turns back around to face the robot.
Dragoshi: "I believe it would be easier if I showed you what happened." *Pulls out the dex, and sets it to show the robot a recording of what happened to Eggman near the end of Death to the Fakes.*
Metal Man (GM): It reads it... steps back a bit...
Robot: "Then... here is your cash." It drops 30 coins to the floor.
Metal Man (GM): It stands there...
Deloth: "...You're SURE this money is okay?"
Julian: "I ain't touchin' it."
Deloth: "Fine, I'll take it."
Dragoshi: *Picks up a coin to make sure it's okay... And after doing so, he would then take 9 more if they were indeed okay.*
Deloth grabs 10 coins.
Metal Man (GM): It's okay. It's perfectly okay.
Dragoshi: *+10 coins for Dragoshi, then!*
Julian: *Julian'll be taking his share then.*
Digifanatic: *Lets them take it... he's not concerned with financial affairs for now.*
Deloth: *Yay, monies!*
Dragoshi: "Will you be needing anything else?"
Julian: "'Cause if that's all, we'll be leavin'."
Metal Man (GM): *BZT.*
Julian: *Oh fuck.*
Metal Man (GM): The robot glows... uh-oh. Dragoshi made one mistake. The dying Eggman hid his code in that image. The robot just got it. He now knows what happened.
Deloth: "...Hoo, boy."
Eggman?: "Ha... ha... hahahahaha! I live again! And now I shall kill YOU this time!"
Julian: "...GodDAMNIT. NEVER fuckin' ends."
Metal Man (GM): He fires the laser pistol of the robot like a MACHINEGUN, in a circle, strafing the entire room.
Digifanatic: .oO(Don't say anything.)
Metal Man (GM): As the group ducks, it blows away most of the objects in the room, leaving lots of room for fighting.
Eggman?: "Of course... it has been so long. Let us fight again, puny Questers! Hahahahaha... hahahaha!"
Deloth: "Here we go!" *whirls the sword and stick in his hands, ducking into battle position as he does so.*
Julian: *Julian gets out of the way of the laser... and gets up just in time to lay the smack down.* "You shoulda NEVER came back!"
Dragoshi: *Ducks under the LASER FIRE and gets back up. After doing so he would then ready his scythe.*
Digifanatic still says nothing for now and just prepares for a good old fashioned FIGHT!*
Metal Man (GM): BATTLE. The crazed, reprogrammed robot is right in melee range. It doesn't seem like the Eggman of yore.
Deloth: *Alright, let's start this battle off with a Final Cutter! It's heavy duty time, kids!*
Metal Man (GM): He goes to dodge. Being in an old robot body means sub-par dodge! Hit! Miss! Hit!
Julian: *It's time... Primetime! Julian steps into the spotlight by doing a quick hop over the the Eggrobo who would be King and socking it to him with a left jab to the jawline!*
Metal Man (GM): He goes to dodge... Hit!
Julian: *Julian knocks the Robo dizzy with the jab, then crouches down while it's recovering and SHOOTS upwards, spinning rapidly in place with his fist outstretched to the sky, trapping the Robot in a vortex of pummeling pugilistic pain as they rise upwards! It's the Little Mac Special, the Star Uppercut!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit! Ultra-hit.
Julian: *Julian lands and back peddles back to the group, wagging his index finger as if to tell off the Eggrobo.*
Metal Man (GM): The robot powers up and attacks everyone with a powerful room-strafing laser beam of doom attack. Yeouch! Threatens everyone.
Julian: *Oh shi-duck.* *2 Legit 2 B Hit!*
Digifanatic turns around, runs for a few steps and takes a slide...
Dragoshi: *Okay, so anyway, Dragoshi tries to dodge by ducking under the laser and rolling past it!*
Digifanatic: *Only a little damage.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi gets hit for some damage.
Digifanatic just goes with the old special: he thrusts his fist back and lets it roar into fiery power before roaring straight forward and slightly up to the robot's midsection via Fire Punch.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi starts his turn up by breathing in and out a little bit... Wait, why is he doing cooldowns in battle?! The answer: He isn't. He was just warming up before he unleashed an icy burst of wind from his mouth at the EVAL doctor! Ice Breath!* (Blizzard)
Metal Man (GM): Ker-blammo! Hit. No freeze.
Dragoshi: *So, anyway, Dragoshi walks over to the mechanical maniacal egg, and then, when he's done he suddenly holds his scythe up into the air and starts twirling it, until he'd stop then slam it into the ground, which at the same time a burst of thunder crashes down upon the scythe, using it as a rod of sorts in an attempt to electrify Manegg along with it's friend- Mr. Horrible Electric field. (Thunder)
Metal Man (GM): It misses.
Digifanatic holds his turn for now...
Metal Man (GM): Hit, and the second causes a self-zap! More damage to Eggman?! Ouch!
Eggman?: "Gah! Curse you!"
Dragoshi: "It might not be Indignation, but it shall be a sufficient replacement. For now, anyway."
Metal Man (GM): Eggman? spins around.
Eggman?: "I am the greatest! Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): He fires his fist like a gun at Julian.
Julian: *Julian counters with his own barrage of punches, aiming to counter and maybe even damage the Bot! It's the Battle of Rapid Fury!*
Metal Man (GM): Julian's rapid fists are defeated by the rocketfist!
Julian: *Well shoot.*
Dragoshi: "Hm." *Dragoshi twirls a small orb of flame in his claws which grows ever so slightly bigger...*
Digifanatic: "Okay, I'll start this for you. Once I set him up, you two take it from there!" *quickly takes out his Digivice, stands back, aiming it like a gun and goes for the Stun Beam/Confusion button combo! Time to trip this bot up!*
Dragoshi: *Anyway, the orb stops growing as it glows in an aurora of various shades of red, Dragoshi smiling...* "Okay, i've seen how you hated my Thunder, now let's see how you can tolerate EXPLOSIONS!" *Dragoshi would then extend his palm forward, free arm holding on to the arm that's holding the orb as the orb then launches from it's resting spot at high speeds, preparing to crash into Eggman? and violently explode in all it's fiery fury!* (Explosion. (Din's Fire))
Julian: *But, whatever. As Dragoshi and Digi launch their attacks, Julian gets in a sideways stand and bends backwards at his knees, cocking his right fist WAY back he moves it in a circle slightly, picking up energy! Julian charges for 3 ticks, and just as the Robot gets out of it's daze, Julian SHOOTS forward a like a bolt of lighting, aiming to crash his glowing-white hot fist into it's midsection.
Gujin_Hisaki: *YEAH BOYEEEEEEEEEE.*
Metal Man (GM): He tries to dodge... BLAM! Massive damage! The robot sputters.
Eggman?: "I guess I have failed again... BZT..."
Metal Man (GM): It falls backwards... The screen changes.
Dragoshi: "Oh, what now..."
Eggrobo: "Eggrobo Program 52 terminated."
Julian: "Yeah! Yeah! That's what you get for messin' wit' da BEST!"
Metal Man (GM): The robot beeps... displaying a hologram of itself.
Eggrobo: "I was sent to keep The Void's hands away from the real Eggman. By some accident, my program exceeded its purpose. This base has been determined a danger to the real Eggman's confidentiality. It, and I, shall now self destruct."
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM BOOOM BOOOM BANG!!!* The robot explodes. The base begins shaking.
Julian: "Oh fuck not again." *Calls in a warp home!*
Metal Man (GM): *BEEPBEEPBEEP.*
Dex: "Warp onl---"
Metal Man (GM): *BOOOM!* The Questers vanish... and reappear on the Bigger room's table. With a pile of debris around them.
Digifanatic: "Hey, we made it."
SIMBER: "Mission completed."
Dragoshi: "...Again with the table?!"
SIMBER: "The base has been investigated. Bowser is cleared of wrongdoing... but what is he really up to? Who knows."
Julian: "I say we just end 'em. Right now. So we don't have to put up wit' this anymore."
Digifanatic: "That does sound like a nice idea."
SIMBER: "You shall get to choose what to do next mission... you shall see soon. For now... I must make sure the arena is functional." *Vanishes.*
Julian: "...Right. Arena. I gotta go train."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... I would like to have some time for a bit. I need to speak with Jigglypuff... She's possibly the one that had the best glance at what Ganondorf was doing in the fight."
Digifanatic, after getting his move, leaves the Bigger Room vicinity and heads for his room. Putting away unneccesary objects (basicially the keytar for now), he heads back for the Stadium area and looks for Jigglypuff, making sure he sets his Smash Dex to translate whatever she says.