Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 405: Old Friends, Old Enemies
Date: October 14th, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are at HQ. The tape recovered earlier sits on a desk. Digi was up all night trying to make it work and is passed out next to it.
Dragoshi: *Was busy doing the stuff that he was doing after the previous mission ended. Yea. So, if he's needed now... Call 'im.*
Aribar is reading in the R&R I suppose.
Metal Man (GM): The tape continues laying there. Of course, all is peaceful, except for one thing: someone's just walked into R&R, where the tape is. And they're reaching for it.
Deloth: *Just... wandering around the Stadium...*
Metal Man (GM): A shadowy, tall figure of sorts, rather rugged and beaten up-looking.
Aribar glances up at the figure.* " 'allo..."
Metal Man (GM): The figure turns to see Aribar and nearly falls down in shock.
???: "Is dat... is dat you, Ari?"
Deloth finally gets bored and starts heading into R&R to bug Ari for some cheap entertainme--eh?
Metal Man (GM): A single red eye can be seen behind the strange hood he wears... brownish hood of sorts.
Deloth: "...Er, who are you?"
Metal Man (GM): Below such he wears a tattered Hylian soldier's uniform.
Aribar closes his book and puts it aside... Hrm... He tries to place the voice..*
???: "Is dat any way to greet me after all dis time? I've only come here to help you, but my identity can't be told."
Deloth: "Why not? Because if you're a door-to-door salesman..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is not quite sure. It could be Ely, Vile?!?!, Dave, or Mack the Repairman.
???: "This fella ere, Ganondorf. He's up to no good and dis is a tape you got, right?"
Metal Man (GM): He holds up the tape by the edge. It clicks slightly.
???: "I gots a way to see dis tape, but you gotta trust me. I've been fleeing some kinda goons jus' to get here."
Dragoshi: "Okay, sent in my complaint 'bout the huge lack of a mapping routine, searching online for any traces of Metal Man has come up unsucessful this time... And i've got a glass of what I was drinking yesterday... Wonder how Digi is doing with the tape." *And, so, Dragoshi leaves his room, to check up on Digi.*
Aribar: "Sorry, but I'm not a very trustworthy person..."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi would step in and see the mystery person holding the tape.
???: "All right, if dat's how you roll, I'll have to prove it!"
Dragoshi: "...Okay. Who the heck are you, and what're you doing with the tape?"
Aribar: "Perhaps you should put down the tape. If anyone's chasing you, we can help.."
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi points at the mystery man.*
Metal Man (GM): He coughs once, twice, then drops an ID card.
Aribar gives a shrug, but doesn't take his eyes off the mystery man.
Dragoshi: *While drinking the sake/hot sauce combo from his glass.* *...And, then Dragoshi decides to check the card. >_>*
???: "Dat's that crazy guysh's card. Locos S. Docos... LSD. Only someboday like me could get that."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi sees the card. It's pretty old.
Deloth: "...Isn't he dead? Very dead?"
Metal Man (GM): It looks real.
Dragoshi: "...That was Charles, Del. ...Wait. Now my head hurts."
???: "Yesh. He dropped it quite a while ago. He was once a Quester... back in those Smithy dayze."
Aribar: "Charles and Locos were the same person... And why would you have an identification of his?"
Deloth: "Oh, right. I tend to get my insane psycho hosebeasts mixed up in my head."
Dragoshi: "...More like dimensional garbage, Del." :/
???: "'Cuz I knew a guy who worked for dis Stadium, yo know. He had to move somewhere, but never fear--I here to carry on his message."
Deloth: "I think he fits both descriptions nicely, thanks."
???: "Dis tape don't work in your players, right?"
Metal Man (GM): He shows how it's 2 millimeters too wide to fit in a tape player.
Aribar: "This guy... Mack the Repairman, by chance?"
???: "The old Stadium, however, gotsch plenty of these tapes."
Aribar: .oO(Haven't seen him in a while... Might be him.)
Metal Man (GM): He holds up a finger.
???: "Yesh, dat's the guy. I've been one of his associates, you know. Deese guys, they chase me here 'cuz I know how to use tape. So we gotta hurreh." He opens a door and begins to walk outside. "Come wit meh."
Aribar: "Who are theses 'guys'? Also, er, no offense, but is it okay if we hold the tape?"
Dragoshi: "I see. Yea. For the sake of safekeeping whatnot..."
???: "Deys guys..."
SIMBER: "Intruders identified."
Metal Man (GM): Hmm... that's interesting. Goombas, Koopa troopas, Hammer brothers.
Deloth: "...Crap, we have company!"
???: "Wez got to goh before they findses us." He hands the tape to Dragoshi. "You look tough. Now come!" He begins to hurry off.
Aribar: "... Bowser's cronies? Huh."
SIMBER: "They don't answer to Bowser, though... I sent them a message telling them to cease and desist, as Bowser himself was in here and, when asked, didn't know where they came from."
Dragoshi: "Thank you." *Puts it in his cloak. Huh.*
SIMBER: "They responded with violence." *BONK!* *SMACK!* "You may wish to follow that man--there's a lot of them, and it could get ugly."
Dragoshi: *Zooms off.*
Snake: "Yeah. I'll take care of them!"
Dragoshi: "Who do they work for, then?"
Aribar: "Eh, I would like to stay and debate who they come from, but our new friend is running off..." *Gets up off of the couch and dashes down the hall after the mystery man.*
Metal Man (GM): The group would hear sounds of gunfire as they leave. SIMBER moves to the dexes.
SIMBER: "Don't know. Maybe the tape will solve your question."
???: "Ah, thanksh for following."
Deloth follows the guy as well. Again, what happened to one good day with nothing happening?
Aribar: .oO(Er, right... Dexes. Forgot SIMBER could get on them.)
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are now wandering into a nearby forest. A dilapidated wooden sign lays on the ground... it says 'Kuja Forest'
???: "Dish here is da forest where nobody's been in about... ehhh... twenty fivish years! Mr. Mack told me of a cache of old equipment not blowned up by those clowns."
Metal Man (GM): The trees are all about 15-25 feet tall, and look old. Very old. There's lots of bushes in here, and true to description, it seems deserted.
Aribar: "Why didn't we just head to the old HQ? It's pretty much wrecked, but the last time we were there some stuff was still intact.."
Deloth takes out his sword and heads into the forest, hacking off any branches in his way.
Dragoshi: "Regardless. I believe we should go into the forest before those intruders catch up..." *Would then proceed to head over to the forest. <_>*
???: "Those guys followingsh us have been dere."
Dragoshi: *And hack off any stuff in the way with his scythe. :/*
???: "Dey wrecked da tapesh."
Aribar: "Ah, I see." *Lets his minions do the cutting while he follows.*
Metal Man (GM): He runs into the forest. Dragoshi begins clawing through the brush. On the way, the group winds up walking over some very old suits of armor.
???: "Deys old Kuja suits. Dat's how old this playce is."
???: "Now the funh part."
Metal Man (GM): The group moves just a little further... ...there's a tiny clearing, just enough for all of them to stand in.
Aribar: "Fun part?"
Metal Man (GM): A single 6-foot-tall pole with four buttons, one on each side, stands there.
???: "Dis here. It's a device to access a secretsh cache made by Mr. Mack. Air tight, hopefully water too... But I forgetsh the password he told me!"
Aribar glances at the... Out of place pole. "Great."
???: "You are smartsh people, right?"
Deloth: "So how does it work?"
Aribar: "Ehhh... Can't you remember anything? Its length? Any button presses?"
???: "He said there's four combinations..." He presses the top one, lighting up the other four sides. Each side has a picture on it:
Dragoshi: "Somewhat. Though, my memory is horrible."
Metal Man (GM): One of Mario, one of Wolfman, one of Master Hand, and finally, one of Klumsy.
???: "He saidsh it's based on chrono-baloney-ogical stuff. But what could that mean? Either waysh. Four presses. Right answer gets you shtuff. Wrong one gets you zapped."
Dragoshi: "Chronological stuff. Though, what order? Oldest to most recent? Most recent to oldest?"
???: "Ah... he said early to late. So I thinks you go from first to last."
Dragoshi: "Okay, then..."
Aribar: "Early to late... If it related to the Stadium's history, then it'd be Master Hand, Mario, Wolfman, and finally Klumsy. I think."
???: "Want to try, then?"
Aribar: "Not particularly. I don't like shocking experiences." *Pokes the Master Hand button.*
Metal Man (GM): It lights up. Red.
Aribar: "... What does red mean? Hm... Eh, nevermind." *Presses Mario...*
Metal Man (GM): It glows... green.
???: "Seemsh to be good so far."
Aribar: "... If this next one is red... Hrm, I think I've mixed up Master Hand and Wolfman. Maybe.."
Aribar goes for the Wolf!*
Metal Man (GM): It turns blue.
Aribar: "... Blue?!"
Dragoshi: "Well, I guess that means it's safe to press the last button, then?" >_> "Apparently so."
???: "Eh, I never knowsh what it means... Mack's a weird fellow."
Aribar: "This seems like something designed by Metal more so than Mack." *A Klumsy button presser is Aribar!*
Metal Man (GM): *CLICK!* *SHINK!* The pillar sinks into the ground. The entire clearing glows blue, and suddenly everyone is inside a smallish concrete bunker room.
Deloth: "...I hope that's a good sign."
Metal Man (GM): Inside is a single computer, tape player, some old magazines... Guns n' ammo, old weapons...
Metal Man (GM): A backup copy of the history, and a picture of Mack on the wall.
???: "Ah... here it is."
Metal Man (GM): There's also a weird warp device. It's an oldie.
???: "Now... let's see... which one is tape device?"
Deloth: "I take it the tape player is what we need?"
Metal Man (GM): He walks forward. His foot taps the teleporter.
Metal Man (GM): It glows blue...
Dragoshi: *Looks for any way to close this place from their current location, so that way no one can follow behind them.*
Metal Man (GM): *WARP!* Kamui appears all of a sudden.
???: "Last time I touch an old warp devish."
Aribar: "I'd recommend getting back... Or... Hm... Greetings."
???: "Now... tape... to thing." He points at the tape player next to the computer.
Kamui: *looks up, his eyes blinking a few times before he stands up looking around carefully.* "The heck?"
Metal Man (GM): Oddly, there's a can of coca cola, long empty, sitting next to it.
Dragoshi: "...Wait a second..." *Just remembered that he's still holding the glass with his drink with the sake/hot sauce combo in it.* "...Why did I forget to put this down?"
Kamui: *blinks, then waves his hand lightly.* "... How the heck did I get here?"
Deloth: "I'll take it."
Dragoshi: "Meh." *Drinks it, in any case.*
Aribar: "I would say... A random warp brought you here."
Dragoshi: "Yep. ..." *Walks over to the tape player, pulls out the tape, and checks to see if it's compatible with the player.*
Metal Man (GM): The computer turns on.
Kamui: *blinks, then scratches the back of his head as he goes silent trying to think.*
Metal Man (GM): It switches from the last page it was on ("Temple of Doom Homepage") to a blurry picture. It then straightens out, zooming in on a Melee match of sorts.
Aribar glances over at the computer.*
Metal Man (GM): It shows Jigglypuff coming at Ganondorf, only for Ganondorf to switch on some... strange device which glows just like Waluigi's ring, on his belt.
Aribar: "This is Moustafa's tape, right?"
???: "Seemsh so."
Dragoshi: *Huh. And all Dragoshi did was check to see if the tape was compatible with the tape player.* "Yep... What the-" *Points to the strange device.*
Metal Man (GM): The device causes the bridge in question from earlier to block Jigglypuff's return, thus allowing Ganondorf to win. Ganondorf is seen smirking evily. Even more obvious is Lakitu in the announcer's booth, pressing some suspicious buttons in there. Apparently, erasing the footage.
???: "So... yoush on the same side, then? I can show my identity then."
Metal Man (GM): He takes off his hood... ...it's Dan the item dealer.
Aribar tries to remember the last time he saw that face...*
Dan: "Think you recognize me? Oh, right, you're a new guy." He turns to Kamui. "Sorry for warping you here. But this means you're a Quester or something. Anyway, if you could help us... My name is Dan for those who forget. I stole this--*he holds up a strange voice-speaker unit.*--so as to hide my identity."
Dan: "When the world didn't really end, I decided to go on vacation."
Kamui: "Erm... Yeah, sure."
Aribar: "Hm. Sounds logical."
Dan: "Now, however, I heard of your troubles... so now I help you. We've got the evidence, right?"
Dragoshi: "Oh. Well, thanks for the end-of-the-world-but-not-really sale, anyw-Yep."
Dan: *Takes the tape.* "Then let's get it to the Hands."
Dragoshi: "Quite. Though, let us be quick about it..."
Dan: "Of course, it'd be best if we warped there... could one of you contact SIMBER?"
Dragoshi: "Pestilences come in on swift feet." *Does so.*
Dan: "And you, new person. What's your name?"
Aribar: "Hope the HQ isn't run over by Goombas..."
SIMBER: "The enemies were easily removed by the fighters. Need anything, Dragoshi?"
Dragoshi: "A warp back to HQ. More specifically... To the hands. As we have the evidence needed."
SIMBER: "Hm... evidence... as you wish. 3... 2... 1..."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.* Everyone appears before a desk in a room higher up in the Stadium. Master Hand floats behind a desk. He seems surprised to see the group.
Kamui: *looks over to Aribar.* "Me?" *he suddenly gets warped, his open wide.* "The heck is going on?!"
Dan: "You'll get used to it, Mr. Nameless guy. The Questers warp everywhere. Too lazy to walk."
Kamui: *looks to Dan.* "My name Is Kamui."
Dan: "I see."
Metal Man (GM): Master Hand notices the Questers here... he puts down a rather large book he was... flipping the pages on?
Dragoshi: "Oh, heya, MH. We have evidence that Ganondorf cheated in his match 'gainst Jigglypuff."
Master Hand: "Mwahahahaha... hahahaha ha... ha.*cough.* Right... it's not a match. Evidence... of what? I haven't noticed much of late... If you could show me this evidence, I'll see what I can do to help you..."
Kamui: *looks over to Master Hand, just standing there now with a surprised look.* .oO(Where the heck is the rest of him?)
Dragoshi: *Shows the Dex recording of when the tape was played one the computer via the player to MH.*
Dan: "Oh, yeah. That's Master Hand, new person. He's the head honcho around here. I mean, head hand. He has no body, and talks through means unknown. Some people think the hand belongs to a body none of us can see."
Aribar: "It's from a recent match between Ganondorf and Jigglypuff."
Master Hand: "Hm! What is this... Ganondorf using a cheating device... Lakitu modifying videotapes? What a coincidence... Luigi went missing just a bit ago! Ganondorf's nowhere near at the moment either... but..." He presses some buttons on a nearby wall terminal. "Yes. Lakitu is in the building. It is... as I feared."
Metal Man (GM): He speaks solemnly.
Dragoshi: "What have you feared?"
Master Hand: "The events of the past Melee Tournament are happening anew, despite my improved security measures!"
Dragoshi: "...Oh." *Makes the Dex play a jarring chord.*
Kamui: *looks towards Master Hand again. Looking past the whole bodiless-gloved hand thing.*
Master Hand: "Therefore... I charge you to stop them from getting out of hand like they did once before..."
Dragoshi: "Understood. We are to nip it in the bud, correct?"
Master Hand: "You must apprehend Lakitu... save Luigi... and get to the bottom of Ganondorf's trickery."
Aribar: "So, at least Ganondorf is acting up... What about Bowser? And where could Luigi be?"
Master Hand: "I don't know. He vanished shortly after the tournament match he lost against Mario. Hm... quite interesting, too. Ganondorf's shown to have brought in a communicator... in sync with a mission you did."
Aribar: "What's this now?"
Master Hand: "This... can't be." He looks at a screen, and turns it around. It shows Ganondorf handing money to Wario--GFC-marked coins.
Dragoshi: "The one where we had to beat up an annoying hermaphrodi-Hhm?"
Master Hand: "He was two steps ahead of us! It appears his plan began far earlier than the previous one... The mission involved returning AI cylinders, am I correct?"
Dragoshi: "Okay. What's his plan? Correct."
Master Hand: "At about the same time you lost track of the cylinders... ...he gained money equal to the reward good on them... bought a communicator... and ever since, strange frequencies seem to have followed him around. His plan is already in motion. This knowledge of his cheating... is good, but whatever he's up to... has already begun."
Dragoshi: "Have you traced those any frequencies yet?" *any of those frequencies.
Aribar: "Where is the Gerudo right now? We have far too much evidence for him to deny, and he can't escape or fight us with all the fighters and such.."
Master Hand: "No... they were old frequencies... he was apparently after old Questers."
Aribar: "Ah, that makes sense.."
Master Hand: "Well, that's the problem. He vanished when those enemies disrupted security in front of HQ."
Aribar: "He was angry with all of the old Questers for... If I recall correctly, killing him when he was controlled by the Void."
Master Hand: "All we have is Lakitu, who is... moving towards the exit... I suggest all of you stop him."
Metal Man (GM): A portal appears... back downstairs.
Aribar nods and quickly heads into the portal.*
Dragoshi: "Understood." *And like an speedy little bastard, Dragoshi makes haste to a portal!*
Master Hand: "I shall read over your results... but make sure he doesn't get away!"
Dragoshi: *And to make sure Lakitu doesn't get away.*
Kamui: *nods his head to Master Hand, then turns and heads through the portal after the others.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers run into the portal. They appear at the beginning of a looong hallway. Lakitu is just ahead.
Lakitu: "Whew... I was afraid SIMBER might see me for a moment there... Now to just get out of here..."
Aribar starts down it at a job. He takes out his Dex and quickly calls SIMBER. "Lock the front doors, quick."
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi, not wasting any time, WAVEDASHES towards Lakitu.*
SIMBER: "Affirmative." *LOCK.*
Lakitu: "What... uh... ...what are you guys doing here? I'm... just on a stroll... yeah..."
Kamui: *runs after Lakitu, not knowing what he was going to do even if he catches up with the creature.*
Dragoshi: "Don't play dumb with me!"
Metal Man (GM): He stops and faces both of the people who are behind him.
Dragoshi: "We know you helped Ganondorf cheat in his match against Jigglypuff!"
Lakitu: "Uh... no... it really didn't go that way, you see..."
Dragoshi: "We even have evidence."
Aribar: "On a stroll down the road to justice, or some other lamely named thing."
Lakitu: "Well... what'd you do if it was true anyway?"
Metal Man (GM): He's... floating back away from the group somewhat.
Dragoshi: *Eyeroll. Shows Lakitu what he showed MH.* *Approach.*
Lakitu: "That footage is grainy. Are you sure it wasn't faked? I mean... my version was much better, and there was no belt-touching!"
Aribar: "We're just going to ask you questions. All you've done is help a fighter cheat in a match. You can't get into too much trouble.."
Dragoshi: "Look. We got it from an honest mouse. Who was being chased down by people who wanted that tape. And an associate of ours was also chased down by people of the same kind 'cause he had knowledge of where something that could play said tape was located."
Lakitu: "Yeah, but... you see... Ganondorf is a very angry person. He could have us all killed!"
Dragoshi: "...So? We've dealt with him before."
Lakitu: "You don't know this Ganondorf. The old one had The Void in 'im. Made him weaker!"
Kamui: *simply watches on at Lakitu, giving him a anime-ish stern look.*
Aribar: "In case you forget, we're the Questers. We stop more enemies from destroying the cosmos before breakfast than you know exist."
Lakitu: "This one is a true master of Black Magic... he's destroyed a town before!"
Dragoshi: "'Sides. He's horribly outnumbered, outpowered, and can be easily out-strategiz... Wha?"
Lakitu: "And he's already tricked you twice. If you keep going down this route, you'll only get hurt. Perhaps Master Hand can stop him, but not you. He's... too strong..."
Dragoshi: "You underestimate us." :/
Aribar chuckles..* "A master of black magic? You've never seen me in combat, huh? In any case, now we've a clue as to what he's up to. I do believe you are stalling."
Metal Man (GM): As if to seemingly make Dragoshi's comment ironic, there is suddenly a loud explosion at the back of HQ.
Lakitu: "No, you underestimate him."
Dragoshi: "...I swear, that has got to be the most inanely ridiculous bit of timing I have ever seen."
Aribar gets out his Dex.* "SIMBER? What was that?"
SIMBER: "It's G--agh!!!" *STATIC.*
Lakitu: "If you want me, you'll have to ignore what's going on there... and I don't think that's what you're going to do."
Kamui: *looks to Lakitu, then to the others.* "I can stay here and keep an eye on him if you want."
Lakitu: "It's nothing personal--I just gotta run long enough for the heat to blow over."
Dragoshi: "..." *Tries to talk to MH via Dex.* "Hey! We have a problem here! Apparently, Ganondorf's causing explosions and stuff."
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM.*
Dex: "Error: Main communication system destroyed."
Aribar: "Arrg... You a good fighter... Kamui, was it?"
Lakitu: "If you don't go there quick, you won't have much left to save."
Metal Man (GM): Dan's with the group. He seems deep in thought.
Kamui: *looks towards Lakitu again, then back to Aribar.* "Hai, my name's Kamui."
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM.*
Dragoshi: "Hey, Dan. Could you keep an eye on the Lakitu for us?"
Dex: "Main Stadium computers offline."
Dragoshi: "Gah... Gotta check up on that..." *Runs over to the source of the explosions...*
Aribar: "Then you're coming with us. By the sound of this... We'll need the help."
Dan: "I'm too old and beaten up to catch him if he ran. I'm sorry. But..."
Dragoshi: *Stops.* "But?"
Metal Man (GM): Lakitu makes a run for it..
Dan: "This can." He chucks a pokeball.
Lakitu: "Agh!!!" *SHOOMP.*
Metal Man (GM): He's trapped in a Pokeball now.
Aribar: "... Nice."
Dragoshi: "Nice one."
Dan: "I'll keep this area secure. You stop whatever's going on over there."
Dragoshi: "Thanks." *TO THE SOURCE OF THE EXPLOSIONS.*
Dan: "Somebody's got some real bad blood... striking first... against QUESTERS???"
Aribar: "Thanks. Alright, Questers. Let's go!" *Follow at a slower pace than Dragoshi!*
Kamui: *Nods his head, then runs after the others, staying near the back as he tries to go as stealthfully as he can.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers run to the other side... they see a rather terrible sight. A massive explosion, ringed with fire. Some sort of missile strike hit this area. Computers blown to pieces. It even extends into the Bigger Room.
Dragoshi: "Gah..." *Moves on into the Bigger Room.* *Making sure not to be incinerated by the fire.*
Metal Man (GM): Snake's been KO'd by something capable of punching him hard enough to bruise an entire side of his face.
Aribar: "By Whaller... What happened?!"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers would hear a chuckling... behind the smoke.
Dragoshi: "Ganondorf happened. Think that'd be obvious by now..."
???: "You never did get it, Questers... you're simply too dumb."
Metal Man (GM): A figure walks out of the darkness... but it is not Ganondorf. No one can quite tell, in fact, who he is.
Dragoshi: "Why must everyone say such typical idiocy?"
???: "When you went after Lakitu, he distracted you and SIMBER long enough for a missile to take out your base defenses."
Kamui: *stays near the back of the group, being the quiet one.*
???: "The first attack caused the systems to be in maintenance mode in the first place, allowing an opening for an attack. Mack was smart--almost too smart... he blew our cover. But that won't mean anything once all of you are dead and the destruction blamed on that Fighter Remote."
Aribar tries to conjure up a bit of wind to blow away the smoke and see their adversary.*
Metal Man (GM): The group sees... it is none other than Giovanni. He wears a strange pin of sorts, it's green and jagged in shape. Probably something to do with Ganondorf, but no one can tell.
Giovanni: "Of course, for plausible deniability, only a man such as myself is applicable."
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi, not being one for any of this 'listen to the enemy gloat' crap, would proceed to do the process of rearing back, making a disgusting noise, and spewing out sum acids at Giov-wait, what.*
Aribar: "You... Ah, the leader of that bumbling Team Rocket organization?"
Metal Man (GM): You do so. A force field blocks it entirely. Giovanni laughs.
Dragoshi: "Stupid force fields..."
Giovanni: "It is time that I ended your foolish institution. While Team Rocket may only control small parts of Kanto... what will come will make up for years of your own tyranny. Of course... I do not fight with my hands, or with my body. I fight with..." He takes out a pokeball. "The ultimate pokemon."
Aribar: "Are you so simple-minded as to think that a direct assault can stop us?"
Giovanni: "No... not at all... You've just been doing everything the way we like it, which means that your only remaining power is that of fighting. And I am about to take that from you... forever."
Metal Man (GM): Giovanni spins the Master Ball on a finger, then chucks it before him.
Aribar: "You don't have the resources to strike out at all of the realms containing Melee Fighters, and now we know exactly who did it. Once we gather up the remaining Questers you're finished."
Giovanni: "I choose you... Mecha Nidoking!!!"
Giovanni: "I have nothing to fear... from someone who cannot see the trees for the forest."
Metal Man (GM): Out of the Pokeball appears a towering, mechanized Nidoking. It has Team Rocket logos, as well as that weird jagged green one. It also has a helmet with a sunglass-like visor. In its right hand, it has a massive drill.
Dragoshi: *Takes a pic of the weird jagged green one for later. >_>*
Metal Man (GM): In its left hand, it has a rocket launcher.
Aribar: "I do believe you've went a little overboard."
Metal Man (GM): It roars a metallic, almost Godzilla-esque roar as it approaches the group. *BATTLE START.*
Giovanni: "Nonsense. Mewtwo wasn't significant enough to kill you... and neither was Mewthree... so just think of this as Mewfour. Now, dance!"
Metal Man (GM): Giovanni points at Aribar.
Giovanni: "Nidoking, Missile Launch!" Odd. That's not a normal pokemon move. Cheater.
Metal Man (GM): The Mecha Nidoking powers up and then fires a large (say, 2-bicycle-long) missile at Aribar.
Kamui: "Warlock Punch. Falcon Punch. Sorcerer's kick. Koopa claw."
Metal Man (GM): It's looking pretty dangerous, Aribar.
Aribar: "Ooh... That's a little large." *The elf dashes towards the missile and then leaps up, pulling his legs in and trying to somersault over it!*
Metal Man (GM): Hm. That's apparently what blew up the side of the building and all the computer stuff, too. *BLAM!* It knocks Aribar back, spewing debris everywhere.
Giovanni: "Good way to start, Nidoking. But I expect better next time!"
Aribar: "Gah!" *The elf was a little cocky and is now laying dazed against the ground...*
Kamui: *watches on, then runs towards the mecha Nidoking before bringing his hand back. His hand glows purple for a moment, before he launches a warlock punch at the giant mecha's lower section.*
Aribar rocks back and then jumps to his feet.* "Okay, that was a bit unfair..." *The elf holds his hand out and charges up a glowing blue energy...*
Metal Man (GM): The massive Nidoking raises an arm to try to block the attack. It is hit. Mecha Nidoking powers up again...
Giovanni: "Excellent. Attack Aribar with your Horn Drill!"
Metal Man (GM): He does as Giovanni demands, trying to drill Aribar in the face! It's not as fast as the missile though...
Aribar is about to cast his spell when the drill punches into him. However, this doesn't deter the elf..*
Dragoshi: *And, while Giovanni orders Mecha Nidoking to do so and so, Dragoshi preps up another acidic burst, making the trademark disgusting noise, and the launching another glob of acid... This time into Mecha Nidoking's ROCKET LAUNCHER ARM! Aaaahhh!* (Acidic burst)
Aribar has the wind pick up about him. It grows until a whirlwind surrounds the entire elf, sucking in the nearby smoke. It chokes Aribar a bit, but he then commands the tempest to solidify into smoggy blades. The elf leaps past the Nidoking's left side and the storm of blades tries to stab, slice, and rake their way through its armor.* (Storm of Blades)
Metal Man (GM): The drill knocks Aribar back. Then the Mecha Nidoking is nailed by the storm of blades. He's hit for mega damage by Dragoshi!
Dragoshi: "Okay. That worked well... And, now..." *Dragoshi rears back, fire building up in his mouth for a few seconds, and then launchers out a gout of flame, also aimed at the insides of the rocket launcher! OH, THE CHEAPSHOTS! (Firebreath)*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Giovanni: "Don't take that from them, Nidoking! Use Double Kick on that dragon person!"
Nidoking: "RAAWWRRRRH!" *STOMP.*
Dragoshi: "Hybrid, you profound agitation."
Metal Man (GM): He goes to stomp on Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: "Yanno, like a cross-breed." *And, Dragoshi's response to that is to try to roll the hell out of the way.*
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH!*
Dragoshi: *And, MNK steps on Dragoshi's tail... Very painfully.*
Giovanni: "You shall soon be defeated, fools!"
Dragoshi: "...Oh, that is it."
Dex: "At least it isn't coke."
Kamui: "Let's do this." *He says, charging at the giant mecha he then jumps in to the air and pulls a sorcerer kick.*
Metal Man (GM): Mecha Nidoking roars and goes to block... And succeeds! *THUNK!* No hit.
Dragoshi: "...what" *Dragoshi blinks, then walks up to Mecha Nidoking... And, then. IT HAPPENS. A massive surge of electrical energy comes crashing down from the sky and crashes down Dragoshi, zapping Nidoking (And, maybe aiming for the horn. Who knows?) as it's joined in by it's friend... Mr. Horrible Electric Field!* (Thunder)
Metal Man (GM): He attempts to block both... He blocks both, but takes damage each time from rogue electricity coursing down his arms.
Giovanni: "Hmm... perhaps adding metallic armor isn't always a good idea!"
Kamui: "No, you think? Baka!"
Dragoshi: *And, then... Dragoshi drains some of his latent Smash power to make Thunder re-usable..But he doesn't use it. Not yet, anyway. This time, he flexes his claw, and it starts surging with power... Hoo boy.* (Charging up Gravity Well.)
Aribar mutters, "Good idea." before jumping backwards into the air and crackling electricity surrounds him. He then rockets towards the mechanized menace, a trail of lightning following him.* (Thunderstruck!)
Metal Man (GM): *ZAP!* More damage due to that armor. Nidoking's looking a tiny bit weak now. But still hanging tough!
Dragoshi: *Then, this happens! Dragoshi thrusts his claw forward, as a black dome surging with purple electricity encases Nidoking's general area, in an attempt to crush him like a pancake!* (Partially charged Gravity Well.)
Metal Man (GM): *Ultra block.*
Giovanni: "And now... show them your true power!"
Metal Man (GM): Nidoking roars, and then fires off a hyper beam... at Aribar.
Aribar: "Oh piffl--Gaah!" *Desperately dives to the right.*
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM!* Aribar becomes the first person to lose a life this game incarnation. Giovanni stands there, stoically.
Aribar is blasted back against--and into--the room's wall. He then falls down to the floor, unconscious.*
Kamui: *stares at the two enemies, remaining calm and cool despite the slight overpowerage. He then charges at the giant mecha, bringing his hand around he then aims another warlock punch for the machine.*
Metal Man (GM): It goes to block, but its still recharging... *Hit.* More damage!
Kamui: *after the punch, follows with a sorcery kick.*
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi once again mutters... Until he lets out an unearthly roar as thundar crashes down from above, and attempts to make Kentucky-fried mecha along with- You guessed it! MR. HORRIBLE ELECTRIC FIELD!.*
Metal Man (GM): He goes to block... And... Both blocked.
Dragoshi: *Not gonna bother with another crapout.*
Giovanni: "You are no match for the peak of our technology."
Metal Man (GM): Mecha Nidoking powers up, and fires a missile at Dragoshi.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi in a show of futility, tries to sidezoom the missile!*
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM!*
Kamui: tries to grab at the large machine, before bringing a hand around and uses his claw to slash at the machine.* (Koopa klaw)
Metal Man (GM): It blocks the claw... but slips in some water puddled behind it.
Giovanni: "Hmph. A mere glitch. You shall live this time, Questers... but I'm not done yet."
Metal Man (GM): Before you can do anything else, another, MASSIVE explosion rocks the room. When the smoke clears, Giovanni and Nidoking are gone. Mission completed.