Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 404: Suspicious Deserters
Date: October 12th and 13th, 2007
Metal Man (GM): The Questers heard about Ganondorf doing something fishy... but when they appeared to check it out... There's only Professor Oak putting out a small fire.
Professor Oak: "Oh! I see Dr. Light's teleportation device works."
Metal Man (GM): He sees Valentine and Questers who weren't originally there--all of you who've got Brawl moves and are here have appeared in this semi-large announcer's box.
Deloth: "...What is it with you and fire, anyways?"
Aribar glances about.* "Err... Greetings."
Dragoshi: "Yep. So, anyw-...How did that fire start?" >_>
Professor Oak: "That's the thing... I mistook the fire for some sort of bomb ostensibly usable to blackmail the announcers."
Deloth: "...Oak, you need help."
Jigglypuff: "Jig! Jigg-ly puff!" Jigglypuff walks in. (No, pokemon do not speak English. Or Spanish either.)
Professor Oak: "But Jigglypuff had something to say..."
Deloth: "Oh, hiya."
ChancÃ©: "Hello Jigglypuff."
Professor Oak: "I misplaced my translator, though."
Val just looks around, then gives off a slight shrug.* "Nothing new it seems."
Metal Man (GM): Jigglypuff smacks Oak.
Aribar glances down to the puffball... And then falters as he hears Oak.*
ChancÃ© takes out his dex.
Digifanatic: *Well, based on his occasional announcer status, perhaps he'd raise an eye at this... rather he looks at Jigglypuff, takes out his Dex and sees if it can translate her speech for him.*
ChancÃ©: "Doesn't this have a translator?"
Dex: "Translator enabled."
Digifanatic: "Thank you."
Aribar: "I believe the dexes... Ah, yes, they do have a translator."
Metal Man (GM): It begins playing a voice for Jigglypuff at about the same rate Jigglypuff is talking.
Jigglypuff: "Jiggly! Jigg!"
Dex: "I have seen something strange with Ganondorf."
Metal Man (GM): It continues.
Digifanatic: *with an assuring tone.* "Don't worry, Jigglypuff. You're not the only one."
Aribar raises an eyebrow.* "Do tell."
Dex: "But I am not sure if I am correct. One day I walked by the locker room he used and saw some sort of book. It was old, probably one compiled from the Melee tournament. But with it, he went from being a normally medium-good fighter to a great one! Nobody's been able to surprise him... all tournament long!"
ChancÃ©: "So you think he is gaining power from this Book?"
Digifanatic: "Well, you held yourself over quite well... until he fidgeted around with that thing on his belt."
Dex: "Perhaps the two are linked. What did you last see him do?"
Aribar: "I highly doubt that he's gotten good by just reading the book."
Digifanatic: "You probably saw it better than me, or anybody else for that matter. What did the... thing look like to you?"
Dex: "Some sort of strange glowing electrical device. Like the ones Oak uses... I was about to mention that, too."
Val: "I have a feeling the book helps him predict the moves. It's not that hard to figure out."
Dragoshi: "That would make se-Huh?"
Digifanatic: "I could tell that he was looking for something there, but with the--ahem-- *very sarcastically.* easily persuaded producers we have here... *normal voice.* It may be hard to find out everything on cameras alone."
Dex: "So... who do you think would make such a device?"
Deloth: "Space Pirates?:
ChancÃ©: "He has a fighter remote?"
Digifanatic: "Didn't Ganondorf get that communicator device from the Space Pirates?"
Dex: "As far as I know, but... it didn't seem to look the same. If you want the footage, perhaps we should look for it ourselves."
Digifanatic: "I wasn't expecting it to, but I just wanted to get my correlations correct."
Deloth: "They could be branching out in technology... sure. Where do you think we should start?"
ChancÃ©: "That sounds like a good idea."
Val: "It's an endless possiblity. But I suggest we just lure him here."
ChancÃ©: "So where would we watch the footage?"
Deloth: "That won't do anything unless we get the book."
Digifanatic: "Now, hmm... one problem."
Deloth: *turning to Valentine.* "...Who the hell are you, anyways?"
Digifanatic: "The producer said he 'accidentally' deleted the footage of Ganondorf adjusting the stuff."
Dex: "Many people videotape the match from the stands, though..."
Val: "A consultant." *She doesn't even look at the person asking her the question.*
Dex: "...Wait... did you watch the match?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I was in the booth."
Dex: "It's well known Metal Man has cameras in the dexes, which record all that the users of them see..."
Aribar: "So we just need to somehow find a fan with a camera... Hm."
Digifanatic: "I went to talk to Lakitu right after Ganondorf did what he did..."
Deloth narrows his eyes at Valentine before turning back around.
Aribar: "Or use our Smash Dexes.."
Dex: "All attempts to remove it have failed, so it is likely it got a picture... the only problem is that it's encrypted. So it's either spend time tracking down the encryption unlocker or a fan with a camera."
Val: "How tough is the encryption?"
Aribar: "If we could track down Metal, couldn't he get past it?"
Dex: "Yes, but... I don't know where he is. Nobody does."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but who knows where he is."
Professor Oak: "I scanned the encryption. It'd take us about twenty years to access it with brute force."
Deloth: "So don't use brute force, Oak."
Professor Oak: "SIMBER unlocked what he did only because, most likely, it was intended to be unlocked."
Deloth: "Look for patterns."
Dragoshi: "And, I seriously doubt we have that kind of time."
Aribar: "Ah, right. Plus, now that I think about it, he could have easily of modified the Dexes without even knowing how to undo it... Hrm."
Val: "I figured as much."
Aribar: "Cameras... Ah, it'd be very easy to track down a fan with a camera."
Professor Oak: "That's the problem. It's highly random, to the extent that it'd require something beyond our technology to decrypt it. Of course, you could go get a highly experimental model computer Silph was working on..."
Val: "That leaves everyone with two options."
Professor Oak: "But a fan with a camera might be better. In fact, we have surveillance photos... If you're interested in looking through those."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... I think Wolf hunted down the surveillance video of something..."
Dragoshi: "Sure, why not...?"
ChancÃ©: "Lets look through it then."
Digifanatic: "I believe it was when the Lakitu got persuaded to cut the video."
Aribar: "Aye, there are cameras watching the lobbies and stuff. Either we can look through them or get SIMBER to do so; find a person with a camera, track them down. Hrm. Sounds simple enough."
Val: "Finding one with the best angle is the tough part."
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak presses a few buttons. SIMBER appears.
SIMBER: "What possessed you to bring me all the way over here? You know I'm technically retired, don't you, Oak?"
Val: "Ah. SIMBER. Good to hear from you again."
Deloth: "Hear from you AGAIN? You were here before?"
Val: "I didn't exactly come here because I felt like it."
ChancÃ©: "That or Valentine is a crazy stalker lady."
Deloth: "I don't recall ever seeing you here."
Digifanatic: .oO(She seems vaguely familiar... must have been one of those that only appeared for a short time.)
Dragoshi: "That's 'cause she was here during the period you were dead or something." :/
Val: "As I said, I'm only a consultant."
Aribar: "Huh... Didn't know you retired, SIMBER. Apologies, but we need a bit of... Surveillance camera searching done."
Deloth: "I wasn't dead for THAT long, Drago..."
SIMBER: "Valentine comes from the Melee period, if you are so curious." *Spins around.* "Odd. Somebody edited this."
SIMBER: "Very poorly. But... you want what from the surveillance footage?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Yeah, that sounds about right...)
ChancÃ©: "Records of who was recording the match."
Aribar: "Videos not from stadium staff."
Val: "And the person who edited it everything poorly."
SIMBER: "Recording... what kind of recording? Videos? Video cameras? Those are prohibited... ...One... two... three... five... ten... fifty... nine hundred... Why do we allow people with cell phones in again?"
ChancÃ©: "Does that ever stop any-- guess not."
Digifanatic: "Boy, somebody's contradicting the other."
Dragoshi: "I don't know..."
Digifanatic: "At least it's not a movie theater."
SIMBER: "Let's narrow it down. What part of the match do you want? There's lots of parts, and some people only seem interested in small pieces of it."
Val: "The finish would be a good start."
Aribar: "Mm... I am not sure exactly which part our camera man messed up."
SIMBER: "What part of the finish in particular? The cameras are aimed in all kinds of directions. Some people got only feet in their pictures, others probably overexposed them pointing at lights. Still others have overly shaky hands."
ChancÃ©: "Where gandorg touches something. Gannondorf, excuse me."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... right before he smashes Jigglypuff down, before the bridge reforms."
SIMBER: "He does that a lot. Are you implying something about that one poorly edited segment? The surveillance on the crowd part is, thankfully, untouched..."
Deloth: "We think he cheated, to be blunt."
Digifanatic: "Cause it was after that when Jigglypuff floated back up but couldn't because she couldn't break through the bridge."
SIMBER: "But... that part... something's odd, as only three people with high quality enough cameras to count as evidence and potentially point where the gap in the footage. Number one is..."
Metal Man (GM): ...It's Metal Man with a camera. Argh.
Digifanatic: "Wait, what?!"
Professor Oak: "What? How did he possibly sneak in here? And... back out again?"
ChancÃ©: "So this is Metal Man?"
Val: "So much for him disappearing."
SIMBER: "I cannot tell. There's no data on him."
Aribar: "Probably stole a section of a wall and put it back when he was done.."
Digifanatic: "Indeed. I thought he would have deserted this place. Okay, and the other two are?"
SIMBER: "The other one is... Well, one of two..."
Metal Man (GM): There's an image of a person drinking something.
SIMBER: "It's a rather odd variety of camera. Red, 'Yoshi's Snak-food' on the side... Filled with cold liquid..."
Val: "No importance yet."
SIMBER: "And the third."
Digifanatic tries to take a look at the person drinking.
Metal Man (GM): The drinking picture looks like a normal container. The person's seemingly a middle-aged man... aha. He must come from Hyrule. As he has a tattoo of Hylian design. The third person is a mouse of sorts, wearing robes. He has a very blatant camera, as opposed to Metal Man, whose visor apparently must be a recorder.
SIMBER: "Since Metal Man is more like The Invisible Man, it's between the person with the strange drink container and the mouse. Do you know anything about either?"
Val: "Two really good but hidden clues."
SIMBER: "I can search on both if you want."
Professor Oak: "Or you can secure us a high-tech Silph computer!"
Digifanatic: "Please do."
SIMBER: "Psh. You just want to replace me with something emotionless, Oak."
ChancÃ©: "Valentine, did you take a course is prose? If you do not mind doing it SIMBER."
SIMBER: "Okay... the man's obviously Joe Hylian. Nothing of note there."
Aribar: "Hm. When is the next stadium match?"
SIMBER: "But... ...the mouse most obviously came from Dry, Dry Desert. His passport was required for him to enter. As he had no local ID..."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... Can't place a name yet."
Metal Man (GM): Digi believes he is a Dominoes Pizza delivery boy. Digi also cannot tell what his name is.
Professor Oak: "I still think experimental computers are the way."
Jigglypuff: "Jigg, jigg-y-puff!"
Aribar: "Searching the Dry, Dry, Desert would be easier than searching the world for a random Hylian."
Dex: "Translation: Perhaps you should go after Metal Man?"
ChancÃ©: "Yes? Jigglypuff?"
Digifanatic: "Dang it, I probably would have seen him on occasion when I did those matches and whatever else."
ChancÃ©: "The question is, where would he be."
SIMBER: "It's a match-up between the Hylian and the Mouse for me. Unless you like people who hide..."
Metal Man (GM): Jigglypuff shrugs, not knowing that answer.
Val just waves a finger at ChancÃ©.* "You should be more careful of how you place your words." *She then lowers her hands and gives a nod.* "I shall find Metal Man."
Snake: "Ah, the Questers, Oak, Jigglypuff, and a glowing Kool-aid phantasm." *Appears out from under a box in the background.*
SIMBER: "I told you to stop calling me that, Snake."
Digifanatic: *salutes Snake.*
Snake: "I told YOU to stop stealing my job. Somebody told me you were retired."
SIMBER: "Yes, but you don't have security cameras on you... all the time."
Snake: "Psh. I say you chase this 'Metal' Man to the ends of the Earth. He looks like he has something up his sleeve to me."
Deloth: "Look, if both of you are done acting like school kids..."
ChancÃ©: "Also, SIMBER does not hide in boxes."
Professor Oak: "It's up to you, Questers."
Digifanatic: "Anyways, I think the desert."
Val: "Well, whoever works on information gathering, maybe one of you can tell me who called me back here."
Professor Oak: "I can answer that..."
Aribar belatedly glances to Snake..* "I say we first get rid of every cardboard box in the... Eh, nevermind."
ChancÃ©: "Lets look for Metal Man, since the stadium would need his help again sometime in the future, it may be practical."
Dragoshi: "Well, I have time to kill to search for the old boss... Dunno 'bout the others, though." :/
Professor Oak: "Dr. Light's teleporter, being based on old technology, accidentally grabbed you along with everyone else when it was activated."
Dahl is off doing other things~
Professor Oak: "Sending you here."
Val: "I'll have a word with him later then. Maybe one of you can tell me where Ivo Robotnik might be hiding as well."
Digifanatic: *aside to Dragoshi.* "Hmm... I'd love to see Metal look at us and think he's hallucinating or something."
Snake: "That's one person who isn't interested in chasing unimportant people, SIMBER."
Aribar: "It would be nice to know where Metal Man is at, but the chance of finding a tall heavily armored space man who doesn't fit in anywhere and could be easily identified is... Low, to say the least."
Deloth: "Cool it, Snake..."
SIMBER: "Yeah, well you try finding him. He encrypted a number of things into me, and only ones which work anymore happen to be things talking about how exciting he is."
Dragoshi: "Of course."
ChancÃ©: "Doesn't Metal carry a dex?"
Digifanatic: "Not sure."
SIMBER: "If he does, he's apparently made it invisible. As there's no trace of him anywhere."
Aribar: "I highly doubt it."
Digifanatic: "I still think going to Dry Dry Desert would result in a more sane scene once we get to the fan... oh, man, if I wish I remembered who he was..."
Val: "Then we wait for the next match."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but what if A) Metal doesn't come, and/or B) Ganondorf's not fighting for a while?"
Val: "SIMBER. Show the first picture again."
ChancÃ©: "So, Metal-Man left no means of contact?"
Digifanatic: "Hmm..." *He flips through his Dex to see the match schedule.*
SIMBER: "Metal Man probably knows he's been spotted if I've seen this..."
Digifanatic: *Maybe he's got a lead.*
SIMBER: "There's a reason I don't like to do things, his backdoors are still in my code."
Snake: "Aha! So he is telling you to discourage them from finding him!"
SIMBER: "You wish. I'm more interested in catching the bad guy before dealing with the weird guy."
Metal Man (GM): Digi thinks of Moustafa... or one of his men.
Digifanatic: "That's it. Moustafa."
Metal Man (GM): Either way, Dry Dry Desert. Probably easy to find, if one can find their way through that evil desert.
Digifanatic: "I knew if I thought about it I could make a name out..."
Val: "I might have an idea where to find him."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... that's the name of the mouse with the robes. Hang on..."
Deloth: "I say we go find him."
Digifanatic: *checks the Dex for the upcoming match schedule...*
ChancÃ©: "Hmm. *clockwork.* I remember talking to someone from Dry-Dry runes once. He had interesting stories to tell."
Val: "If I can find out how many matches Metal Man has been in since he disappeared... And maybe some one can tell me the reason why he left."
ChancÃ©: "Bleh, that has nothing to do with this. ... Great idea Valentine."
Metal Man (GM): Upcoming match schedule: It isn't sure on who's fighting this next one, but that'll take about 3 days from now.
Aribar: "This Dry Dry Desert resident definitely sounds like the easiest one to go after."
Digifanatic: *and then he sees if the Dex can go through a news database to see if there were any headlines involving Moustafa and anybody potentially associated with him.*
Aribar: "I doubt you'll find anyone knowing why Metal left, but he did so roughly five years ago after the defeat of the Void.
ChancÃ©: "SIMBER, can you find all the matches Metal has watched?"
SIMBER: "A quick search shows he only saw the previous one and that one there."
Val: "He was here for something."
SIMBER: "Oddly, he sat in the stands with the fans and never did anything strange, except for how he appeared without buying a ticket. If you do find him, he owes us 75 coins."
Digifanatic: *He waits for the news on Moustafa.*
ChancÃ©: "Hmm, Metal Man looks like a dead end then. Too bad, I would of liked to meet him."
Val: "In fact, I have a small idea of the reason he appeared after those so called five years."
Metal Man (GM): Moustafa? No real news. He only came for that match, though. Must have been expensive to come.
ChancÃ©: "Conspiracy Theorist 101?"
Val: "But I'll keep it to myself for the time being." *She waves her finger at ChancÃ© once again.*
Dragoshi: "Your reasoning being...?"
Digifanatic: "Hmm... Moustafa only went to that one match. Probably couldn't afford it... either that, or he was having some fun outside of the stands while the matches went on."
Val: "So what do the rest of you questers plan to do?"
Professor Oak: "Yes. We must do something."
Digifanatic: "I was thinking Moustafa and the desert."
ChancÃ©: "I would say look for Metal, but we have no leads, unless Val will provide something."
Professor Oak: "There's a warp out there, if you want to see him. Beware of bandits though."
ChancÃ©: "Urgh, not Bandits."
Val: "I give nothing out unless I'm sure of it."
Aribar: "Hmp. I would happily take the chance to knock some sense into common rogues."
Digifanatic: "Heh... not another of these quandaries."
ChancÃ©: "So the dessert, desert it is."
Val: "Do be careful though. Something is afoot and I predict it's waiting for the questers."
Digifanatic: "But yeah, what if Metal just goes super-seclusive and crazy on us? No way he'll work out."
Dragoshi: "Isn't that par for the course, Val?"
SIMBER: "The desert it is, then. Unless you want something else."
Val: "From the usual, Dragoshi. Good to see you haven't changed though."
Metal Man (GM): A warp appears.
Snake: "I still say this reclusive man you speak of is the answer. But then again, I'm not you."
ChancÃ©: "Then how could we find him Snake?"
Digifanatic: "Snake, you have not met Metal."
Val: "I'll stay here and speak with SIMBER and the one called Snake."
Dragoshi: "Yea... We'll search for him when we actually get some leads, Snake. Regardless, we should stop wasting time and make tracks to the desert." *Would open up a warp to Dry, Dry, Desert if it hasn't been done yet, and enter it. >_>*
Val: "Oh. And if you questers find any useless items, bring them to me."
Snake: "I'll be waiting for you, then."
Metal Man (GM): He stands by.
Digifanatic: "Okay, Val."
Metal Man (GM): The warp's open; you enter it.
Digifanatic: *heads for the desert warp.*
ChancÃ©: "If you find out anything about Metal, Dex us."
Aribar: "An odd request.."
ChancÃ© enters the warp. "I hate hot sun and thieves..."
Aribar follows the others into the warp.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers appear in the Dry Dry desert. It's really hot and shiny out here, and a little windy too. No one can seem to make out any landmarks. Or even what direction to go in...
Digifanatic: "We really need better outward warp capabilities."
Aribar: "How many times have we done this before?"
Dragoshi: *Checks the Dex to see if there's a map of this place...*
Dex: "Location unknown... this has been done at least 15 times before. No map found."
Metal Man (GM): When it comes down to it, all the Questers have are the directions: North, South, East, West, and those between them.
Dragoshi: "I lost count at 200... Also, make sure to map the places we go to, starting... now."
Metal Man (GM): The wind's blowing from West to East.
ChancÃ©: "Too bad we don't know if the road is above or below us."
Digifanatic: .oO(Hmm... all I need is a golf ball and a really vocal target.)
Metal Man (GM): The Mountains can be seen to the North. They're too far away to walk to.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... wasn't the village more or less on the opposite side of the mountains?"
Dragoshi: "I believe so."
Digifanatic looks South... he probably won't see anything of importance, but what the heck?
Aribar: "I can't remember... It practically feels like a decade since I've last been here..."
Dragoshi: *Looks East, just to cover bases a little more.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi's amazing vision grants him sight of a flapping thing very far off in the distance.
Digifanatic: "Something odd's moving down south..."
Dragoshi: *And, just for the sake of double failure... Let's check West as well. :/*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi sees a sign in the distance, to the East.
Dragoshi: "There's nothing in the west, and a sign in the east."
ChancÃ©: "Lets go look at the sign then."
Aribar: "I say we check out the sign."
ChancÃ© leads the way towards the sign.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... I'll stay here for now so we don't lose a starting point. If you need me, gimme a buzz."
Aribar: "Don't wander off now." *Follows the wizard formally known as ChancÃ©.*
Metal Man (GM): Walking on over, the Questers find themselves in a giant sand dune area. Hmm... that must have been a mirage. However, what isn't a mirage are 3 Bandits with green clothes running straight at the group.
ChancÃ©: "Dragoshi must of been seeing things? Ack, bandits."
Dex: "The desert is prone to mirages."
ChancÃ©: "Wanna run Ari?"
Metal Man (GM): The bandits are getting closer!
ChancÃ© takes off running the other way.
Metal Man (GM): ChancÃ© gets away. Not because he is fast.
Aribar: "I say a tactical retreat to get Digi.." *dashes after Lucent... While firing a magic blast (coughMissilecough) into the air, hoping Digi sees it.*
Metal Man (GM): But because Aribar is being chased... They appear to want to steal Aribar's... shoes... Wait a minute... These are those shoe bandits! Again! Yes. Aribar can tell by the large scorch marks on their outfits.
Aribar: "... You!"
Metal Man (GM): And the fact they're focusing only on Aribar. And are 5 feet away, about to stab Aribar in the shins. The Bandits are given an opportunity to attack Aribar's shins. The front one does so.
ChancÃ©: "I wonder did Aribar run?"
ChancÃ© stops and looks back.
Aribar stops lets them come towards him... He attempts to sidestep the attack before launching an attack!*
Metal Man (GM): Digi sees the blast. Meanwhile Ari sidesteps.
Bandit: "Yes, it is you! Finally. We've been wanting Elf-skin boots for the longest time!"
Digifanatic: "Oh, man, something's up... well, might as risk it..." *runs for the others.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi meets up with ChancÃ©.
Aribar summons up a whirlwind of blades! The conjured blades swirl about, kicking up the sands as Aribar dashes towards the bandit who just attacked him.* "Over my dead body! You'll pay for your crimes!"
Metal Man (GM): ChancÃ© sees three clowns hitting one another with rubber mallets. Digi sees Aribar... fighting Xorn and Thorn.
ChancÃ©: "Oh, I really do hate this."
Metal Man (GM): Did I mention this desert's extremely hot?
Digifanatic: "Oh, man, not THOSE two again..."
Metal Man (GM): The little bandit leaps! And gets hit!
ChancÃ©: "Two... clowns?"
Metal Man (GM): The bandit attempts another thief attack.
Bandit: "Bah. I shall end you yet again, foolish elf!"
Digifanatic: *Because he can see Aribar without a problem, he decides to attack who he thinks is Xorn with a blazing Fire Punch before whipping up a load of close-range attacks (Rapid Fury)!*
ChancÃ© runs over with Digi.
Metal Man (GM): Digi punches Aribar in the face. The mirage really messed up Digi's idea of who was who.
Aribar shuffles backwards in the sands...*
Metal Man (GM):ChancÃ© now sees four Football players tackling one another. Aribar is hit by the thief's attack.
Metal Man (GM): The thief steals 3 coins.
Bandit: "Ha ha!"
Metal Man (GM): The Bandit goes to run, as another Shoe bandit approaches the area, and ChancÃ© remains confused.
ChancÃ© gets out his umbrella and tries to see again.
Digifanatic: *Rapid Fury... insert grand inhale.*
Aribar is thwarted in his dodge attempt by not being used to this desert area... And is then punched by Digi.
Metal Man (GM): The bandit leaps over Digi's attack. ChancÃ© sees a battle of Christmas trees.
ChancÃ© opens the umbrella and sits in the shade for a while.
Digifanatic: "What, ChancÃ©?"
ChancÃ©: "I see Christmas trees, I really hate the desert."
Metal Man (GM): ChancÃ© hears "Mutt, fancy?" .
ChancÃ©: "Now I hear crazy things too. @_@"
Metal Man (GM): The vision becomes trippier. It is now Santa Claus punching out Martians.
Metal Man (GM): ChancÃ© also sees three outlines in the sand criticizing it.
???: "This happens in real life all the time!"
???2: "You're just jealous. You want to punch out Martians."
Metal Man (GM): Hm. This desert's evil.
Aribar rushes towards the escaping Shoe Thief. He leaps into the air and becomes electrically charged before launching towards the bandit!* (Thunderstruck!)
Metal Man (GM): Possible. *Blam.* Aribar hits 'em good.
Digifanatic rolls his eyes a bit and then decides to run up to a Bandit. He takes a leap, flipping his legs out into the Bandit's face underneath him, trying to swat it into the air like a soccer ball. Hit or miss, Digi completes the bicycle kick flip and lands back on his feet. *Upward Smash.*
Aribar: "You're not escaping so easily!"
Metal Man (GM): Digi attacks again...
ChancÃ© now focusing to overcome this stupid deserts aslfjsjdfing tricks, attempts to focus his mind and eye and ears towards seeing right.
Metal Man (GM): He hits Bandit #2, missing Bandit 1 (who is killed by Aribar) and Aribar. Indeed. Base hit, Digi. ChancÃ© sees men made of cheese shooting salad tongs at one another. The second bandit tries to loot his friend's corpse. Former friend's corpse.
ChancÃ©: "Dex, how can you overcome crazy desert tricks?"
Metal Man (GM): Success.
Dex: "Lots, and lots of water."
Metal Man (GM): Digi can see clearly! The other bandits fled when they saw Aribar was out to kill people.
Aribar rushes over to the second bandit and lunges at him, trying to grapple him and keep the rogue from escaping.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits him. Success this time, ChancÃ©. Aribar grabs him.
Bandit: "Hey! Let go of me!"
ChancÃ©: "Woo, I see non insane things."
Aribar: "I think not, you dirty thief."
Digifanatic holds his position until he sees Aribar let go of the Bandit, or it's killed, whichever comes first. With the vision "correction" he's just had, the last thing he wants is a close call.
ChancÃ©: "Nice work Ari, and Digi?"
Bandit: "Okay, okay. What do you want, thief murderer?"
Aribar: "First off, you are going to guide us to the nearest town. We need to see... Moustafa I believe. ... And you are one to talk!"
Bandit: "Town? I wish. We were going to use your loot to pay someone else to do just that."
Aribar: "... You expect us to believe that you're lost?"
ChancÃ©: "If he is not helpful, he could drip some of my potions... Yes, I need a test subject. Ha ha ha ha ha!"
Bandit: "Don't you remember? I live far up North in the dark town area."
Bandit: "Not in this desert... I was on vacation."
Bandit: "C'mon, man. I told you. I'm lost. You can kill me, but I don't know... or remember. We drove our tank out here. It sank in the sand. We're more like the Not-so-slightly-rich-shoe-bandits now."
ChancÃ©: "Yes with the... sank?"
Metal Man (GM): Motive: This guy's lost. They were never really all that tough, except for their tank. Apparently.
Aribar: "Hmp... Have you ever heard of a guy called Moustafa?"
Digifanatic: "Little mouse guy, likes to wear robes?"
Bandit: "Yes. He's famous. We were interested in getting some Dry Dry produce. And his shoes! So... now what. Do we all die from being lost here?"
ChancÃ©: "If you have never been to his city, how do you know he wears shoes?"
Bandit: "Well... I assumed he'd wear shoes... especially in a desert with scorching hot sand."
Aribar sighs, seeing this isn't going very well... He looks to the others, wondering if they have any questions.*
Bandit: "Too bad the wind blows away most people's tracks..."
ChancÃ©: "Most people's tracks?"
Bandit: "Yeah. Some people might be lucky."
Dragoshi: "How lucky?"
Bandit: "I don't know, am I a psychic?"
Dragoshi: "Does it really matter?"
ChancÃ©: "Dragoshi, do you see any tracks around?"
Bandit: "It reallly isn't getting us out of here... why not let me go already?"
Aribar: "I don't suppose you've learned your lesson and will stop stealing?"
Dragoshi: *Well, does he see tracks? No? maybe? Bread?*
Bandit: "Yes. I have learned my lesson. Otherwise I die."
Aribar lets go of the bandit, feeling a little bad...
ChancÃ©: "Then take your friend and get yourself to a healer, a real healer now.."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi sees some. In fact, they're vaguely mouse-like. The Bandit flees with his friend's body.
Dragoshi: *Tilts his head over to the prints.* "Yes. Over there." *Points to the vaguely mouse-like prints.*
ChancÃ©: "then we follow you.."
ChancÃ© steps in line behind Dragoshi.
Digifanatic: "Alright, let's hit it." *follows.*
Aribar follows last, mostly keeping his eyes down and thinking about what he's just done..*
Metal Man (GM): The group keeps walking, and, FINALLY, reach a town. It's the same town as it always was. Well, a bit bigger now. Hm. Where is one going to find Moustafa in here? The place is a large adobe brick complex, with lots of areas. The market is the first place encountered. Tons of people bartering for goods out here.
Dragoshi: *While the others are busy, Drag decides to pull out the Dex, and check to see if it's been mapping the area like he asked it to since they first entered this desert.*
Digifanatic: "Okay, the Bandit says he was looking for produce, so..." *Scouts out for what he hopes is some sort of food market.*
Dex: "Map cannot be stored. No routine to make one."
Dragoshi: "...Oh, for crying out loud. What kind of idiot doesn't make a friggin' routine to do so!? That's it. When I'm getting back, I'm going to ask Oak- Wait, it was Oak right? -To put in a freaking mapping routine."
Dex: "Metal Man is the idiot you are speaking of."
Dragoshi: "And question Metal on why he didn't put one in in the first place."
Dex: "The dex was last upgraded when a rival version was being made by Garrick, and again by the Brawl authorities... but they only made it shinier."
Metal Man (GM): Digi can't seem to find one, whoops! There's plenty of people to ask, though, as to where the group's target went.
Aribar: "So... It hasn't been improved since... Turion or so?"
Digifanatic: "I guess..."
Dragoshi: "Okay. Remind me to put a notice out to the committee in big freakin' red letters that on the next upgrade, we add in things that are important. Like the mapping routine."
Digifanatic: *walks up to one of the locals, rather friendly.* "Hi. How's it going?"
???: "Normally. What do you want?"
Digifanatic: *contently.* "I'm sure you're familiar with Moustafa, right? Little mouse that wears a lot of robes and such?"
???: "Yes. Whatta you want with him?"
Digifanatic: "Well, my friends and I are looking for him. Seen him lately?"
???: "He's always up to something here, so. Yes."
Digifanatic: "Any idea what store he last went into or came out of? I mean, he's a little guy, so if you don't know where to look, you may miss him."
???: "Hmmm... I'm unsure... Perhaps if I knew why, I'd tell ya."
Digifanatic: "We're interested in making some trades with him. I hear he's got an interest in neat items."
???: "Trades? Perhaps. What are you trading for?"
Digifanatic: "Well, we. "Well, we like all sorts of stuff... produce, fine clothing, and I hear he's got himself a nice video recorder he bought somewhere. I say if it's a reasonable deal, I'd give some thought into things."
???: "Ah... A video. So you aren't the person I was trying to avoid."
Metal Man (GM): *WHOOSH!* The mystery person removes a covering from their face.
Digifanatic: "Oh, what's the problem?"
Metal Man (GM): Indeed. It is Moustafa.
Moustafa: "Ever since I took that one recording, people have been following me."
Moustafa: "None of them actually wanted it, they simply wanted to destroy it and possibly me."
Dragoshi: *Follows Digi, and sees Moustafa.* "...Such as?"
Digifanatic: "Listen. It is an important matter, Moustafa. We don't want to destroy anything."
Moustafa: "Good thing I lost those tank-driving maniacs in the desert."
Moustafa: "I was looking for people to give the tape to anyway."
Digifanatic: "But we need to find out exactly what Ganondorf's up to."
Dragoshi: "...They had a tank!? Dammit! I could've stolen that thing and added a vehicle to our stuff! Regardless... Yea, what he said."
Digifanatic: "His possible cheating could be costing Jigglypuff a berth into the next round. And trust me, Moustafa, you're talking to the right person. I was the one that was doing the play-by-play. I was just as surprised as you probably were, but you didn't have to deal with a Lakitu that deleted the noteworthy scene. And claim it was an accident when clearly he tampered with a controversial turning point."
Moustafa: "Well, I'll give you the video... but it's not perfect."
Metal Man (GM): He hands a tape to Digi.
Moustafa: "Guard it well. They may chase you instead..."
Moustafa: "I heard of an innocent man who was beaten up over this same issue."
Dragoshi: "Well... We need all the help we can get. Also, do have any info on a... Metal Man, as well?"
Digifanatic: "Well, we may be able to warp out of here if it's necessary."
Aribar: "Who was this?"
Moustafa: "Some kind of spectator. He had a drink with him. Or at least, for the fight he did. Beaten up until whoever it was realized he had no tape..."
Digifanatic: "I think that whomever it is has got to be in cahoots with the Lakitu and possibly Ganondorf."
Dragoshi: "Possibly. Maybe."
Aribar: "A Hylian?"
Digifanatic: "I mean, here they are, crazed on deleting all traces of the scene."
Moustafa: "Possibly." *He goes to walk away.* "I must go now. If I am seen with you, you may be attacked."
Digifanatic: "No problem. Stay safe, and thank you again." *to Dragoshi and ChancÃ©.* "Let's get a warp out."
Dragoshi: "I still need to find leads on Metal, though... But, regardless. Let us exit this place." *Starts setting up a warp.*
Digifanatic pockets the tape and takes out his Dex, ringing up HQ.
Metal Man (GM): A warp appears... but a man stands in the way. A... Purple... man.
Dragoshi: *Purple? Who the hell could be purple...?*
???: "Not so fast! I must prove to you all that I am the winner!"
Metal Man (GM): He just popped up. Weird.
Dragoshi: "...What the hell."
Metal Man (GM): It's most definitely Waluigi. Golf club in one hand, tennis racket in another.
Dragoshi: "Oh, great. It's you."
Waluigi: "Ha-ha! I shall defeat all the Questers and show those losers what a real fighter can do!"
Digifanatic: "You? You weren't even in the fight in question!"
Dragoshi: "I thought we got rid of you after that one mission... What, 5 years ago?"
Waluigi: "What fight? Every day is a good day to bash Questers!"
Aribar: "You have a golf club and a tennis racket. We have... Scythes and stuff."
Waluigi: "Of course, somebody gave me a note, but they were foolish! The great Waluigi needs no combat tips! I have fought Mario with nothing but dance moves before! You should be nothing! Now... it is time to take out the trash!" He walks towards you.
Aribar: "Door's to your left."
Digifanatic looks to see if there's a whole lot of room in between WLu and the warp.
Metal Man (GM): None... looks like a fight. Waluigi stands in the way of the Questers and the portal back to HQ. Strangely, it seems he came from that very portal.
Dragoshi: "...Did he just pop out of the freaking portal?"
Deloth: "Can't I have just one good dawn-to-dusk day?"
Waluigi: "Not until you submit to my all-mighty Waluigi powers!"
Dragoshi: "Because retarded reason. Now, let's just get this over with."
ChancÃ©: "Don't tell me we have to stay here in this desert longer. @_@;"
Waluigi: "I shall crush you with this!" He slips a ring on, and shows it off.
Metal Man (GM): Genuine Ztar-stone ring, apparently. It glows evilly. Odd. Waluigi doesn't usually have nice things.
Dragoshi: "Okay... To start this off..." *Dragoshi would zoom over to Waluigi, left claw at the ready, and when he reaches the purple fiend, he... Tries to steal from him!? What.* (Theft)
Metal Man (GM): He brandishes his ring.
Metal Man (GM): His ring shoots a laser which hits Dragoshi in the face!
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi is rewarded with a laser to the face for his efforts. How wacky.*
Waluigi: "Try that again, why don't you? Then I can show eeeeveryone how greeeeat I am!"
ChancÃ©: "Hmm, He is like an Anti-Luigi. Grabbing for the spotlight."
Dragoshi: "I'll try that again later." :/ *Dragoshi would then rear back a little bit, inhaling, and making this one hell of a disgusting noise, then hacking out a nasty glob of acid at Waluigi.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi burns his finger.
Dragoshi: "Agh... That's the last time I mix sake with hot sauce... Urgh... wait a sec. It's calling to me again." *And, to end his turn, Dragoshi would then rear back again, inhale, make that same disgusting noise, except on a smaller scale, and hack out a less accurate blast of acid.* (Acidic Burst rides again)
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi holds up his hand. "Not-a-thees-time!" It almost works. Then it doesn't. Hit.
Deloth: "Eurgh... wait, where'd you get your hands on my pasta sauce recipe?"
ChancÃ©: "Hmm, next time try adding a bit of lemon juice to counteract the... effect.."
Dragoshi: "...You mixed sake with hot sauce too?" *Dragoshi blinks.*
Deloth: "And garlic salt."
ChancÃ©: "Hmm, what to use. *He thinks.* Hmm, yes, this could work."
ChancÃ©: reaches down into his pocket reaching for a random potion.
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi's luck is teh suck.
Deloth: "And pretty much whatever other garbage I could find for spices..."
Dragoshi: "...What the hell?"
Metal Man (GM): He holds up his hand, then gets hit by the sound waves ChancÃ©'s attack and keel-hauled.
Deloth: "...Right, I'll pass."
Dragoshi: "...Wow. And I thought my Sake/hot sauce combo was deadly. In any case..." *Dragoshi holds out his left claw, then closes his eyes, concentrating as he starts crackling with energy, which starts arcing across his fingers, as a black orb is held in his hand... And the electricity starts surging with more fury, growing stronger and more unstable... Let's just say it'd totally freakin' suck if someone hit him while he was doing this.* (Charing up Gravity Well.)
Deloth just grins and rears back, charging up for something...
Digifanatic was thinking of one idea, but since Waluigi's in a bit of a loop, might as well break out one of his bigger guns: time to rev up the keytar and ride the scales all up to that high chord, cause it's just A (typical) Day in the Life of a Quester... and here comes that chord! BAM!*
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi threateningly moves his ring at Digi... But it's just a feint, and Digi hits him!
Digifanatic holds his turn for now.
Deloth runs forwards, with charging complete, and does a massive SMAAAAAAAASH on Waluigi's skull with Wing Slam!
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi again makes a movement with his hand... Why did he keep doing that, I don't know, but Deloth manages to hit this time too.
Deloth: *And Julian gets knocked off his brain damage pedestal with a whopping amount of damage directly to Waluigi's head!*
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi, who's entire left arm is surging with pure destructive power, finally lets loose, thrusting his hand forward as he yells.* "MAY YOU BE CRUSHED UNDERFOOT! GRAVITY WELL!" *Suddenly, a massive black dome crackling with purple electricity appears in Waluigi's general vicinity, trying to crush him under it's terrifying might.* (HYPERCHARGED Gravity Well)
Metal Man (GM): He focuses with all his might on his hand... His hand burns with energy, his repressed rage coming out as the attack is absolutely destroyed by a wall of darkness. Waluigi's eyes burn with fury as his right hand still glows.
Waluigi: "You shall not defeat me that easily!"
Dragoshi: "...Oh, how fucking predictable!"
Waluigi: "Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi shakes... his ring glows with an unholy magic never quite seen before. He then takes off his sunglasses, which were obscuring his eyes somewhat. Twin beams of darkness fly at ChancÃ©.
Dragoshi: "...I was expecting eyelasers for a second, there."
ChancÃ© attempts to use his twilight mirror as an attack this turn to absorb the energy!
Metal Man (GM): It appears he still has a walleye. *ZAP!* One hit.
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi then assumes a defensive stance.
ChancÃ©: "Hmm, next time a bit more to the left, and angled at 49 degrees..."
Digifanatic decides to go with something that's a bit quicker than he's seen... He stares down Waluigi and beelines at him, trying to nab him quick with one Icy Kick...
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi tries to defend with his ring... And fails. Hit.
Digifanatic: *And after going past him by a foot or two, he turns around and strikes Waluigi in the back with another one!*
Metal Man (GM): He holds up a hand to block... And fails. Hit!
Digifanatic: .oO(Good to at least chip away if it's hard to do much else...)
Metal Man (GM): Indeed.
Deloth: *Well, since the first Slam worked so nicely, couldn't hurt to start charging for another one...*
ChancÃ© pulling out a blue cane and flourishing it calls forth energy.
ChancÃ©: "Cane of Somaria, Anvil Style!"
Metal Man (GM): He uses his wall of darkness to shield himself again.
ChancÃ© puts away the cane and switches to defense mode.
Digifanatic decides to go for three in a row with those Icy Kicks... another shot to the torso... but he stops the streak by Fire Punching Waluigi in his head. Again, he's more concerned about chipping away at this point.
Metal Man (GM): Barely hits. He turns to shoot Digi with his ring... Hit!
Digifanatic takes the hit but he ain't going down yet.
Deloth: *Unleash Wing Slam.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. Waluigi's lookin' weak! Indeed it is.
Dragoshi: *So, Dragoshi, for the sake of it, and 'cause Waluigi's lookin' weak, decides to try to steal stuff from Waluigi.*
ChancÃ©: .oO(I can't believe it, he steals for the wea-- well he did blast me...) "Keep it up Dragoshi!"
Dragoshi: *Was a thief at one point in time. What the hell do you expect?*
Metal Man (GM): He fails to defend. However, Dragoshi fails to take anything. The ring protects his stuff.
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi would then twitch.* "...Why do I even bother?" *Dragoshi would then spread his wings, then jump up to the air, almost as if he was taking flight... But, then he spins around and around, until he's like a drill, and crashes into the ground! More specifically, the ground Waluigi's existing on!* (Aerodrill)
Metal Man (GM): He deflects Dragoshi with his ring again, laughing. Apparently how angry he's made Dragoshi keeps throwing him off.
Waluigi: "Yes! Become angrier! Then the Waluigi will always win!"
Dragoshi: "Nah...'Sides. You're lookin' weak enough for someone else to pick you off." *Dragoshi regains his calm and sways back and forth.*
ChancÃ©: "Well, since I can't seem to drop a block on him... I guess another of my potions would do..."
ChancÃ© reaches into his robe pocket pulling out a... small bottle with a skull on it. He takes it and tosses it at Waluigi!
Metal Man (GM): He blocks that one too, laughing.
Waluigi: "The all-powerful Waluigi cannot be stopped!"
ChancÃ©: "... Well, it was just extract of Cursya. *shrugs.*"
Digifanatic decides to do something completely nuts, but since Waluigi can't do much since he's occupied with ChancÃ©, he takes out his Digivice and fires a full-on Hyper Beam Matrix! Here comes this crazy string of rays!
Metal Man (GM): He tries to counter! Failure! Digi hits! He's nearly done for, but he uses his turn to fire another death ray at Digi! From his... highly inaccurate eyes...
Digifanatic tries to roll under those...
Metal Man (GM): *ZAP!* One hit.
Dragoshi: "Maybe if I went back to basics..." *Dragoshi would then dig deep to his stomach, searching for whatever remained of that sake/hotsauce combo, and...* "Gurgh..." *He rears back, inhaling deeply, making a noise twice as disgusting, and twice as grating... And, then. IT HAPPENS. Dragoshi spits out not one, but two blasts of acid at Waluigi!* (Double Acidic Burst)
Metal Man (GM): Let's see... He blocks with his shield, then tries to counter the other one and gets burned.
Dragoshi: *Now, with that show of disgustingness over...*
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi fires at Dragoshi with his eye lasers again...
Dragoshi: *He takes the damage, standing strong.* "Right. Anyway..." *Dragoshi would then let his tail reach out to Waluigi, having it attempt to grab him, and...*
Metal Man (GM): He is grabbed.
ChancÃ©: "Hmm... if Dragoshi still has acid problems..."
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi would then choke the life out of Waluigi with his tail, and smash him into the ground multiple times!* (Crashing Grip.)
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi's on the brink of defeat.
Dragoshi: *And, for the sake of trying again, Dragoshi extends his left claw, and charges up, though this time not as greatly as the last time...* (Charging up Gravity Well.)
ChancÃ©: "Time to send in the Anvils!"
ChancÃ© pulls out the cane and..
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi counters with a laser to the face!
Digifanatic takes out a golf club and slowly pulls it back, gripping it ever tighter with each tick... four of them, to be exact. *Set up for a Super Smash.*
Waluigi: "I'm-a Waluigi numba wan! And-a this is like Mario Party! You think I going down, but I win the bonus star!"
ChancÃ© swings the rod again attempting to bring another block down.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi thrusts his claw out once again, extending it out to once again try to crush Waluigi underfoot with a charged-up Gravity Well!*
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi is hit by ChancÃ©.
ChancÃ©: "Eat Block."
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi is KO'd moments before the Gravity well can hit him. Waluigi lays on his side, beaten up.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi takes his stuff so he can't use it again. :/* *Starting with the ring.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi can't steal the ring. It don't come off.
Waluigi: "Okay... fine... I'll-a tell you something..." *He tries to take the ring off. It's stuck.*
Digifanatic then lets go of the tension on the club and conceals it back into his malletspace...
Dragoshi: "Okay. Said something being...?"
Waluigi: "This-a ring was given to me by a strange man to stop you from getting that-a tape."
Dragoshi: "Huh. Strange people. Just like that mouse mentioned..."
Waluigi: "I'd have preferred to-a chased after that man named Charles! I want to get him..."
Dragoshi: "He died. He's been dead for the past 5 years."
Waluigi: "Oh." He looks around. "Nobody ever told me!"
Dragoshi: "Death by massive combo attack. Just like The Void."
Waluigi: "Well, I-a better go then. Because I don't want the weirdo to find out I-a lost to you!"
ChancÃ©: "Waluigi, Wario should be good at removing rings."
Dragoshi: "I guess interdimensional garbage dies as other interdimensional garbage... do-Oh, nevermind. Just get out of here."
Waluigi: "I'll be back, though!"
Metal Man (GM): He leaps through the portal--leaving it open for the group to use, too.
ChancÃ© follows Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: "And, i'll be taking my leave too." *Dragoshi then moseys on along to the portal.*
Metal Man (GM): Mission Completed.
Dragoshi: *Of course.*
Digifanatic: *warp out.*
Dragoshi: "Okay, now that this over... First thing's first. I'm gonna be making damn well sure that all Dexes get upgraded with a friggin' mapping routine."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, it does get annoying..."
Dragoshi: "Because, seriously. If it's taken this long for that kind of thing to be added, then there's something wrong here. Secondly... I'm gonna try to search for leads on Metal. Gah... My work's hardly ever done, I guess..."
Digifanatic: "At least we've got the tape." *takes it out.*
Dragoshi: "That, and I have insane amounts of time to kill." :/ "Quite."
Digifanatic: "I'm going to go check this out... I want to see what Moustafa saw."
Dragoshi: "Yea... Might as well do that. Tell me what you see. I'm gonna get the aforementioned business done with first."
Digifanatic heads to the nearest tape player--considering it's not in anybody's Smash Dex--and starts watching Moustafa's view of Ganondorf's maneuver.
Dragoshi: *And, so, Dragoshi would head off to do so...* .oO(Maybe, I shouldn't lay off the strange drink combo... Not now, anyway.)
ChancÃ©: "oh... I left that on the stove... Crap."
ChancÃ© takes off towards the kitchens.
Metal Man (GM): As for the video... Digi goes to play it... ...guess he's gonna have to wait for someone to tell him HOW to play it. It's some strange tape which doesn't fit into anything normal at HQ.
Digifanatic: "Huh..." *ejects the tape and looks to see if it has some sort of company labels or whatnot on it&. *
Dragoshi: *And, while Digi does that, Drag tells whoever the hell is currently in charge of Smash Dex development to make a mapping routine. After that, he'd then go online via his computer to search for leads on Metal Man's current location... Though, that's for later.*
Metal Man (GM): Weird side-ways label, can't tell who makes it. Weird language.
Digifanatic: *Dexes the tape and/or label.*
Dex: "Unknown manufacturer--unknown tape variety."