Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 409: Metallic Legal Crusade
Date: October 28th and Nov 1st, 2007.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are at HQ. This time, they'd be at the Stadium. In their last mission they stole plenty o' boxes of stuff, and made sure to blow up the TR base. Currently, a normal match between Kirby and Link would be going on. Things have calmed down a bit as of late, now that TR's out of the picture, at least, invasion-wise. The middle of the ring is for fighters only.
Digifanatic is probably doing the real crazy thing by hanging out in the booth, doing his "other job"--crazy as in he knows that at any second, he may need to be pulled away from commentary duties due to whatever up-and-coming crisis that is going on...
Metal Man (GM): And it's just Kirby vs. Link at the moment.
Deloth is currently up in his room catching a nap. He's been missing sleep lately.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi is busy trying to help repair the HQ. >_>*
Deloth: *Assuming his room is still there, anyways.*
Kamui: *sits in a long hallway, making sure to keep as much of himself out of the way as he can* "..."
Valentine Kilmer: *She's busy making items for the upcoming missions.*
Digifanatic: "It'll be interesting to see if Kirby can keep his momentum--after all, he just put Link on the verge of losing his first life and has copied his Bow & Arrow move!"
Chancé is in the kitchen, trying to make some mushroom soup with his two non cooked mushrooms.
Metal Man (GM): SIMBER appears. Ironically, he seems to be carrying news which is not evil. He's at the stands, actually.
SIMBER: "We've managed to get into contact with Sonic the hedgehog and his kind. It appears we will be having more Smashers soon. Thus after repairs are complete, the stadium should be safe."
Digifanatic: "But Link comes back with a huge Smash, and Kirby gets a bit of air time..." *glances off at SIMBER and holds his index finger up, like a "Gimme a few minutes" gestures.*
Metal Man (GM): Chancé has created a mush which works as good as... one normal mushroom.
Chancé sighs. I turned the heat too high.
SIMBER: "So far, I hear of Sonic joining. But, even stranger... somebody el--"
Digifanatic: "However, Kirby looks like he's grinning--and the Stone! Oh, Link thought he got in a good blow, but Kirby makes him think otherwise. Link is flying, and there goes his first life!"
Chancé bottles the mess and heads to watch the fight and check out what SIMBER has to say.
Metal Man (GM): King Dedede walks into the stands and sits there, eating popcorn.
Valentine Kilmer: *Ironically, she happens to be in the stands as well during his creativity, every once in awhile glancing at the fight. She remains quiet the entire time in her fence of mess.*
SIMBER: "Even as the other villains have turned against us, King Dedede has joined us as a smasher, even pledging to aid us in defending the Stadium."
Chancé: "Well this is a surprise..."
Digifanatic: "Kirby knows he shouldn't be taunting, and in fact, he charges up his Bow for Link's re-arrival..."
Chancé: "Though he does get a better chance to beat on Kirby now..."
Dragoshi: *Not in the stands as he's busy with repairing HQ and whatnot, so yea. He has no knowledge of this. >_>*
Digifanatic: .oO(And no evil, money-driven Lakitu this time.)
SIMBER: "In other news, The GF has seen Metal Man on Tallon IV. It is unknown why he would be there."
Chancé: "SIMBER, what could tell us about that android we brought back?"
Digifanatic: "Link coming back with a few quick stabs, and Kirby's lost the charge... however, the puffball comes in close with a blade of his own in Final Cutter."
SIMBER: "The base in Saffron is growing in size. Lakitu is still AWOL. Redeads plague the Saturns... And Bowser continues to rule over gangsters in Mute City."
Valentine Kilmer: *That's when Valentine looks up at SIMBER* "And tell me more about the Metal Man sighting."
SIMBER: "The android? He seems familiar, but there's a note on him... it says to go deep into some desert... strangely, that desert is in Wolfman's homeworld. The Metal Man sighting: He was seen wandering amongst Chozo ruins, checking out the picked over remains."
Digifanatic: "Link, on the meanwhile, whips out the hookshot and reels Kirby in close, and he sends him up into the air! The Hero of Time follows Kirby's ascent with a leap and a Spinning Sword, and that cute little cap Kirby acquired has now poofed away in a star! Well, at least Kirby can taunt now."
Valentine Kilmer: "Will you be sending the questers there, SIMBER?"
Digifanatic: *We'll call the arena Battlefield for now* "Okay, they're on the top platform now, and Kirby decides to inhale Link again... and he spits him back out without copying. Interesting strategy. Link falls down to the second-level platform, stage left... and he pulls out a Bomb and chucks it at Kirby, but he puts up a Bubble Shield in time!"
SIMBER: "It's up to them. There's just so many possibilities--they must decide."
Kamui: *watches the match from his dex, a small smirk on his lips as he watches the elf man and pink ball duke it out.*
SIMBER: "What do they think?" *Questers (sans Digi's) dexes beep, asking them each what they think the Questers should do.*
Valentine Kilmer: "The armor to deal with the phazon weapons and zombies are complete as well."
Chancé: "Find Metal, if not possible help the Saturns."
Digifanatic: "And now Link on the offensive, trying to get the tide of the fight back in his favor... another Spinning Sword juggles Kirby around and the upward Smash! Kirby goes flying up... he's trying to slow down his descent but it's not enough! His second life is outta there!"
Deloth slowly wakes up, his Dex BEEP BEEP BEEPing in his ear...
SIMBER: "Hm, good." *One blip appears, showing a vote to find Metal on the main screen.*
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi stops what he's doing, and pulls out his Dex.*
Valentine Kilmer: "I shall go look for Metal Man myself this time."
Digifanatic: "Link takes a moment for a quick taunt and here comes Kirby. His work's cut out for him, but he grasps Link by the tunic and slams him down onto the floor."
Deloth: *opens his Dex sleepily* "What is it?"
Dex (Deloth): "What should be done for the next Quester mission?"
Deloth: "...Having this thing not wake me out of a sound sleep?"
Digifanatic: "Kirby's not done. He gets in a fast flurry of punches but Link backsteps, and then rushes in with a running shot!"
Kamui: *votes on finding Metal Man.*
Dex: "That is two people who wish to find Metal Man, now three... it seems virtually unanimous."
Dragoshi: "Hmmm... Well... Ah, nevermind. Might as well try to find the old boss." *Also votes for the search for Metal.*
Digifanatic: "Link's fight to lose, but Kirby is not giving up. He launches a smash of his own to Link."
Deloth votes for finding Metal and trudges down to the others.
Metal Man (GM): Digi continues commenting.
SIMBER: "A warp to Tallon IV has been opened, then. Anything else before you leave?"
Kamui: *stands to his feet, walking towards the warp. He contacts SIMBER* "Any chance I can get a weapon of some kind?"
SIMBER: "Soon enough... soon enough."
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi moseys on along to the warp.*
Valentine Kilmer: "I shall grab what I need and join the rest of you." *And she does so, making sure to get the rifle she trusts so when before exiting into the warp.*
Deloth heads into the warp. Never gonna get a good night's sleep, I tells ya...
Kamui: *makes it to the warp room, adjusts the straps on his left arm, then walks in to the warp.*
Metal Man (GM): *El Warp.* The Questers appear at a previously unseen section of the Chozo ruins. SIMBER speaks through their dexes.
SIMBER: "He was seen somewhere around here... we can't be sure."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see before them a semi-wide open area, with decomposing rust-colored rock all around. It must be a part of the alluvial fan of a giant mountain.
Kamui: *looks around carefully* "Any signs of phazon radiation?"
Metal Man (GM): Chozo stuff juts out of it, half-buried. There's a door to the left, a half-buried one to the right, and they can keep going dead ahead.
SIMBER: "None so far."
Valentine Kilmer: "Was this where Metal Man was located or last seen?"
Dragoshi: *Looks at the two doors. Could he discern their colors from where he is?*
Deloth heads over to door #1, also known as "the left one."
SIMBER: "Some archaeologists saw him running through the area, picking up objects and pocketing them."
Metal Man (GM): Both are blue.
Valentine Kilmer: "I'll search for his footprints and track him down myself."
Metal Man (GM): The left door is readily openable, it looks to have been recently used. It has a big burn mark in the center.
Kamui: *looks over towards Deloth, then follows after.*
Deloth opens it and looks inside.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth sees it is a tunnel into the mountain which curves to the left abruptly.The floor in here is a metallic grate over dirt.
Deloth: "Hrm..." *continues in, looking around...*
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi would walk over to the other door, to check to see what kind of stuff it's half-buried in. Stone? Metal?*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi finds, fittingly, two of them. They both go to the left.
Kamui: *follows on behind the group, keeping silent and to himself as he didn't try much to figure stuff from his surroundings, after the results last time.*
Valentine Kilmer: "To the left it is. Questers may choose to follow me."
Metal Man (GM): It's alluvial stuff, eroded from atop a mountain of sorts, possibly volcanic. Deloth finds nothing of interest.
Kamui: *follows after Valentine.*
Valentine Kilmer: *And she moves through the left door.*
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi follows, deciding to bother with the other door later.*
Metal Man (GM): Not a dead end, just have to walk further ahead--which the group does. They reach a treacherous area with a giant pit, with three small platforms that one would have to jump across.
Deloth: "...It's always a pit."
Deloth looks around for an easier way...
Metal Man (GM): Deloth sees one: Hmm... three hooks on the ceiling... convenient if he had a grappling device.
Deloth just starts jumping across the platforms.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi would jump as well, after Del's finished.*
Kamui: *watches on at the others, then looks to the walls to see if he could use his tree climb technique to get across.*
Valentine Kilmer: "...Dr. Light had to make this harder on me. I shall find another way around. This way will not do."
Deloth: "Aw, just jump them, you big weenie."
Kamui: *decides to do it like the others and begins to jump.*
Valentine Kilmer: "As charming as your personality is, I'll take my chances."
Metal Man (GM): Kamui gets across. Indeed, everyone has gotten across except for Valentine.
Valentine Kilmer: *Of course seeing as she needs a grappling device, she'll just find a few items and make one herself. She goes back through the door she came in.*
Metal Man (GM): Val stays behind as the group reaches the inside of an ancient Chozo building. Weird stuff is written all over the walls; two tables with nothing on them sit empty. The door ahead, made of stone, is thoroughly locked shut.
Dragoshi: *He looks for nearby objects to put on the table.*
Metal Man (GM): No objects. The floor's dusty and empty. There is a single chandelier-esque light fixture, though.
Deloth looks for a way to climb up to it.
Metal Man (GM): Climb up? It hangs on the ceiling.
Kamui: *looks at the light fixture, raising an eyebrow with a slight pout on his lip* "Pht, yeah, good luck with that."
Metal Man (GM): Mostly of interest are the ancient words, which glow oddly.
Deloth crouches, then jumps up and tries to hang onto the light fi--eh?
Kamui: *looks towards the words, squinting his eyes as he tries to read them.*
Deloth: *...Meh. Light fixture jump go YATTA!*
Dragoshi: *Now, if only Dragoshi's mind wasn't fuzzy after the five years of a lack of translating written words from different languages...*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth hangs off of the fixture. Nothing happens.
Deloth: *He looks for anything hidden on top of the fixture or something.*
Kamui: "..." *scuffs lightly and backs away as he couldn't read it.*
Deloth: *...guess not.*
Deloth drops down to the ground. "Darn, I thought that'd work..."
Dragoshi: *Tries to take a crack at it, even though it's been, like, years since he's done this kind of thing.*
Metal Man (GM): Kamui's eyes hurt sorta. Deloth finds nada.
Dragoshi: *It, being translating the glowing words.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi gets one word out: "Together." The rest is weird to him.
Kamui: "So could you get anything from it?"
Dragoshi: "Only one word. 'Together'."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi read that from the center of the left wall.
Dragoshi: *He would then point at the left wall's center* "I got it from there."
Kamui: *looks at the lettering, then to the light fixture. He then looks back to the center of the left wall.*
Metal Man (GM): The doors have more markings on them, and two archaic, faded arrows on them.
Kamui: *looks at the markings, then brings his left hand up and runs a fingertip along one of the markings.*
Dragoshi: *Continues attempting to translate one of the other words, aside from the one that already says 'Together'*
Metal Man (GM): "Pull" is next to 'Together' Kamui feels an arrow pointing to the left. It is on the right door of the two doors that are shut.
Dragoshi: "Okay... So far, I got 'Pull together' down." *Points to the word before before Together, than continues trying to translate a different word related to that...*
Kamui: *looks towards the left of the arrow* o_o "Maybe it has something to do with this door."
Metal Man (GM): Kamui sees the other door has an arrow on it, too. A new word, between Pull and Together: "Pull the Together."
Deloth looks over at Kamui, then heads to the doors.
Kamui: *looks at the door* "So what does it say we do?"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth sees the same arrow, that Kamui just revealed by tracing it out with his finger. Seems like the door has a lot of stuff on it, hidden by dust!
Deloth starts brushing the dust off of the door using his hands.
Dragoshi: *Starts writing the translated words and the Chozo hieroglyph version of them down in his Notepad so he doesn't have to re-translate them. He then continues his translation work.*
Metal Man (GM): "Door pull the together."
Kamui: *looks towards the door on his side, and begins wiping the dust away.*
Dragoshi: *Writes the new word down as well, and continues...*
Metal Man (GM): Translation work continues... "Door pull the together to." And Kamui wipes some dust away. He sees several symbols. He unearths a symbol of one of the tables, and an arrow pointing down at it. It also has an up arrow, pointed at the light fixture.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi writes the new word down as well, and continues. Whee.*
Metal Man (GM): Failure. Dragoshi is confused.
Kamui: *draws down this symbol on the door, blinking a few times* "Um..."
Metal Man (GM): There's more dust on the other door.
Dragoshi: *Meh. He would then shake off the confusion and try again. Yep.*
Kamui: *walks over and begins dusting off the other door.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi takes damage from bonking his head on the wall. Meanwhile, Kamui dusts off the other door. He finds an arrow pointing at the other door... weird. It looks like... -> | <- With | being the seam between the two doors. And the seam is made up of the two door edges... there IS a small gap between...
Dragoshi: "Ow... I should watch where I'm going while trying to translate." *Rubs his head, and continues on, after moving back a little bit.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi's failures continue.
Deloth grabs the doors and tries to pull them together.
Kamui: *places his fingers between the seems, and begins trying to pull the doors apart.*
Dragoshi: *Still getting nothing... But, regardless. Dragoshi continues on, anyway.*
Metal Man (GM): More nothing.
Dragoshi: *Moving on...*
Metal Man: "Door pull the together to open."
Dragoshi: *Adds that as well... And, continues translating. Whee.* *Takes more damage*
Kamui: *blinks, then tries pushing the doors together with Deloth.*
Metal Man (GM): The doors are pushed together. *CLICK.* The doors open, revealing a wide-open chamber. A royal chamber. Inside, the Questers see Metal Man, dusting things off and pocketing them.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi does one last translation before he moves on.*
Metal Man (GM): He doesn't seem to see them.
Deloth runs inside.
Metal Man (GM): "Door pull the together to open. Other." Light illuminates the room. Metal Man seems oblivious to the group, even as they run inside.
Deloth: "Hey, Metal!"
Kamui: *walks inside the room calmly, looking towards Metal Man.*
Dragoshi: *He would then add that word down... And notice Metal* .oO(...Wow.) *He would then hide behind the door, to see what kind of things Mettaur's taking. Without being noticed I mean, but, I failed anyway, so meh.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi fails for hiding, hiding, hiding. Metal Man turns around, as if shocked to see the group. He puts a hand to his blaster and speaks.
Metal Man: "So, the rumors are true. There are new Questers... Brawl Questers... once again the universe is in danger."
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi would lean against the wall, apathetic to Metal's blaster pulling* "Yep. Hiya... Old boss." *Waves.*
Kamui: *looks towards Metal, squinting his eyes* "... Metal Man?"
Valentine Kilmer: "About time you stopped running, Metal Man." *The lab coat while girl steps in behind the questers.*
Deloth: "Yeah, nice to see you to--why do you have your hand on your gun?"
Metal Man: "I am he. And I must ask you, then... to put down your fight and end the madness." *He steps forwards, looking down.* "It was the Melee Questers who ultimately endangered the universe. There would have been no Void without them--without ME--and I cannot have there be a repeat. With my logs, I have seen the ultimate result of an organization of super-powered beings who 'save' the universe..."
Metal Man (GM): He turns on his dex and accesses images of the past.
Metal Man: "The Quester Locos Docos... do you ever wonder how he became insane? Or... perhaps... why Zio came into this world?"
Kamui: *shakes his head.*
Deloth: "Drinking Mega Mack, and beats me."
Valentine Kilmer: "I never questioned it. Just waited for him to destroy himself."
Metal Man: "Then you have not seen why... Zio, Kuja, The Void, The Quester Hunters. All was because of the dimension-rending properties... of the Questers. Indeed... had they never stopped Bowser and Ganondorf, the heroes of their specific realms would have instead... and we wouldn't be having this discussion."
Deloth: "...You're kidding."
Metal Man: "I am not. For I personally oversaw a campaign which ultimately nearly destroyed the universe. However, I did good--it was finished. The universe was repaired."
Dragoshi: *Just continues listening, his gloved left claw straightening his yellow tophat, then starts writing this down on his notepad.*
Metal Man: "I went to a lair and rested myself. The world was ever peaceful since. But then... then... Ganondorf himself contacted me and threatened me! He spoke of... Questers... I began to despair, knowing the existence of more would start the cycle all over again! But it was true." *He holds a broken sniper rifle* "And yet, my normal tactics were useless. Then again... I was never a good sniper."
Valentine Kilmer: "That's when you reappeared in the stands during the battle between him and Jigglypuff."
Kamui: *narrows his eyes slightly* "You had something to do, with that zombie?"
Metal Man: "It was there I discovered the Stadium was back... disconcerting, but it didn't quite enrage me. Zombie?" *He chuckles* "Phazon is a natural substance. What it does after it is shot is none of my business."
Valentine Kilmer: "It doesn't concern the matter now anyways."
Metal Man draws his weapon. "So I request you immediately end the Brawl Questers, and allow the true heroes to settle this mess... only then can the second twisting of reality be prevented. For it was when people like me did it for them that all hell broke loose... and that is, ironically, not what we were fighting for."
Valentine Kilmer: "I have nothing against your ideals, but I don't agree with them either."
Metal Man: "Hm... very well." *He gets a smug look on his face* "Why don't we have a little spar, then?"
Valentine Kilmer: "Between who?"
Deloth rolls his eyes. Everybody who saw this coming, raise your hands...
Dragoshi: "I'm just wondering if it'd just work as easily as that. What then, Metal? What if you were wrong about the mess being settled by the true heroes?"
Kamui: *brings his hands together in front of him, making a handsign jutsu.*
Metal Man: "If you are truly so powerful as to resist the corruption of ultimate power..." He points to himself. "Then you should be able to defeat me. I was wrong in thinking Questers could simply fix everything. The actual heroes, skilled at doing this, can do so without damaging reality. Interloping only encourages further chaos by the villains. But if you cannot see my way, then I shall see whose way is better, in the very style you still protest to use; the Quester mantra." *He begins walking towards the group.* "Shoot first, then shoot again. Any last words before our battle?"
Kamui: *raises a hand* "Yeah, I do."
Metal Man: "As it would be dishonorable to attack first, and not let you speak. Unlike some people in the past have told me. Very well. Speak your case."
Valentine Kilmer: "I just need to know the whereabouts of Ivo Robotnik. Your quester problems don't concern me. I'm merely a consultant."
Kamui: *lowers his hand* "Do you like your whooping rare, done, or well done?"
Metal Man chuckles. "So the second Julian's training has already begun. Ivo Robotnik?" *He looks at his dex.* "I wish I knew, I could tell him not to become involved in this sort of chaos. Even with the entire database of the Questers, past and present, I cannot find anything more than pictures of his fake exploding."
Dragoshi: *Pushes himself off the wall, and stands up, popping his fingers. One by one.* "I have none to say. As I doubt they would change anything... For what they're worth."
Valentine Kilmer: "It's his choice. I'll find him."
Metal Man: "Very well then. Of course... what kind of person would I be to not give you a fun arena? Oh, wait. Don't answer that. I never did maintain the arena enough."
Valentine Kilmer: "So I'm declared a freelancer at the moment. Pay well and I'll join your cause, Metal Man. After all, we fought together once before."
Metal Man flips a switch; the room turns on and a number of floating platforms begin spinning around, with a dangerous-looking electrical fixture appears on the ceiling. "Pay? Hmm..."
Metal Man takes out his gold-embroidered checkbook. "How much? I am... one of the richest people after all."
Metal Man: "Although I admit, I need a new platinum coating for my car, the old one has dust on it. I can offer up to and including... half a million coins."
Valentine Kilmer: "Well, I can see you're more than willing. Right now, I need my platform back more than anything."
Metal Man: "How funny." *He grabs one of the platforms out of mid-air.* "I could reprogram this for you. All I ask is that, if you join me, to avoid stirring up chaos, and thus aid me in preventing the Questers from doing so. I'm unsure if you'd want to do that, but... it's not my honor to worry about."
Kamui: *looks towards Valentine* "Do you know what you're saying, Val? That is called betrayal."
Valentine Kilmer: "Do the questers have a rebuttal?"
Metal Man: "I do not wish to kill any Questers, though... merely prevent them from doing acts of unspeakable chaos."
Valentine Kilmer: "Betray? I was never a quester to begin with."
Dragoshi: "None from me." *Dragoshi shrugs, and just waits.* "Also, she does have a point." :/
Kamui: "Good point, I withdraw then."
Metal Man: "Yes, all the better. Then I have no conscious objection either. So then... do you wish to join my side before or after this battle? As I do not wish to kill anyone beyond that which is Melee lives anyway, and the more people to fight, the better."
Valentine Kilmer: "It is up to you, Metal Man."
Metal Man: "Then I shall use my friend..." *He takes out a coin* "The coin. Heads or Tails?"
Valentine Kilmer: "Heads."
Metal Man: "Okay then. Heads, no fight with me, Tails you spar with me and the Questers as before. Three two... one.." *Flip.* "Tails it is. You fight me for this battle, then. All the better... I forgot to mention."
Metal Man takes out a couple guns "No longer held by the constriction of that original Fighter remote, I can easily take on a small group of Questers. If only Julian was here..."
Valentine Kilmer: "These questers are still something else." *She now walks over to Metal Man side with her one rifle in her hands.* "Panzer is also back and she's quite the force."
Dragoshi: *Just sways back and forth silently, and nods in response to what Val said.*
Metal Man: "Yes, I know." *He takes off his helmet, revealing a bandage to the left of his eye* "Nearly shot me eyes out, she did." *Puts helmet back on.* "Good thing I have a visor. Although..." *He taps a dent to the right of his helmet* "That one STILL hurts."
Valentine Kilmer: "I'll be your support, Metal Man." *She looks back towards the others.* "Now then, if you questers are ready, may you prove your worth."
Metal Man (GM): And... (In-between session pause) The Questers were facing down Metal Man, who claimed they did nothing but create chaos. Inside a large Chozo-arena, now with several floating platforms. Metal Man himself has his guns handy and is standing across from them. At that moment, what seemed to be a pile of dirt reveals itself instead to be the Masked Illusionist. Metal Man looks mildly different this time, too; his scarf's become a full-blown cape of sorts, made of a weird soft material.
Dragoshi: *Glances at the Masked Illusionist formerly known as a pile of dirt* "What the heck?"
Illusionist idly clears his throat. "Greetings, there." he states, feeling awkward.
Kamui: *watches on, keeping calm he looks between the Illusionist and Metal* "...?"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man looks, ironically, more or less like this: http://www.metalman88.com/junk/63bjreg2.PNG Note however his visor is blue and his shoulder pads are rounded off. And his feet are much more boot like... and some additional, minor, detailing on the inside of his knees, but I can't ask for everything. He still has the old Quester badge across his chest. He lifts his right hand and makes a flicking gesture at all the Questers.
Metal Man: "So then, if you do not see how the Questers create chaos, then it is time that we fought. If you win, then I shall let you go on... but if I win... then the memory of the Melee Questers shall prevail at last."
Dragoshi: *Glances at Metal.*
Kamui: *blinks a moment, then shrugs his shoulders* Ok, whatever. *He said, bringing his hands around he begins making a number of hand jutsus.
Dragoshi: *Just stands there, swaying back and forth slightly, watching, and waiting...*
Metal Man: "No amount of outside help will defeat me... this time." *He chuckled.* "It's time I showed you my complete armory of tactics."
Illusionist would feel a little more awkward, somehow put into this situation he isn't a part of. "Erm... you just... go about your business then!" he backs off a few steps.
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man whips out two AK-47s and sprays a barrage of bullets, which threaten both Kamui and Dragoshi. He was apparently testing the waters, as he quickly ends his turn.
Illusionist: "You all just... pretend I'm not here." *Waves his hands and disappears!*
Metal Man (GM): The Illusionist disappears.
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi stops swaying as he sees the bullets coming towards him, and then starts attempting to dance around them!*
Metal Man (GM): Kamui dodges the bullets. But does Dragoshi? No.
Dragoshi: *And of course the dodge craps out.*
Kamui: *finishes with his handsigns, then fires off three ice shards*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man stands there. Will his armor block them? Mostly. One hits him in the visor. Again. He pries it out in irritation. The other two bounce uselessly off his armor.
Metal Man: "Hm... smarter than you look... at least you aren't going to be tricked like some old Questers I know..."
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi starts off his turn by twitching, and twitching, his head shaking, then rears his head back, makes one of the most disgusting noises, and hacks out a glob of acid at Metal, hoping to make his armor less shiny. >_>*
Metal Man (GM): Midi for this battle: http://www.vgmusic.com/music/console/sony/ps1/~W1FF7BS.MID His armor is hit. Oddly, it stays the same shine... that must be his special shtick. Still, it takes damage.
Metal Man: "Ow! It's a good thing I use thirty gallons of brasso every day..."
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi waits this turn, slightly annoyed that his attempt at weakening Metal's defenses apparently failed...*
Metal Man: "Of course, it's so heavy... I can't seem to make it more effective than this, either."
Julian: *A blue warp portal appears behind the Questers as Julian walks out, just finishing taping up his fists* "Always tellin' me these things at the last minute..." *Looks up* "Okay, why we fightin' Mets? Again?"
Metal Man: "Glad to see you, Julian. These people believe I am wrong in concluding the Questers do nothing but create chaos, despite my miles and miles of tapes. If you disagree, you can always stand aside; I do not want to hit innocents. Of course, if you still indulge in such activity, then I urge you to stop... I must prevent the Brawl Questers from nearly destroying the universe like the Melee ones did. But I am not so much interested in slaying you like an enemy; rather I would exact a demand you stop interloping in interdimensional affairs... when you inevitably lose to me." *His visor dramatically flashes in the light.*
Metal Man (GM): The arena, FYI: Three flying platforms overhead, which anyone can pick up and throw, or ride on, or kick at stuff. A higher stationary flat platform; it sinks when people stand on it. And the floor; a wide, wide arena of circular shape.
Julian: "...Metal, if all the Questers did was create Chaos, maybe you shoulda done somethin' about it when you was in charge FOR OVER 10 YEARS."
Metal Man: "I realized it only after The Void; I disbanded the Questers then for that reason." *He nods, looking at his dex and not blinking.* "But it appears somebody has decided to bring them back yet again. So, it is my duty as the leader of the only real Questers to prevent a repeat."
Julian: "Hell, if anyone caused Chaos, it was you, Mr. 'Hey-The-Void-Was-A-Part-Of-Me-All-Along.'"
Kamui: "..." *stares on, waiting to see if Metal was going somewhere with this.*
Julian: "Look, Mets, I respect you for yo' leadership, even though yo' later decisions weren't all that hot. I ain't fightin' you a 6th time."
Metal Man: "That is all in good, but I shall personally defeat the Brawl Questers and put a stop to their chaos, whether or not they want to fight me."
Julian: "Good for you, Keep me outta it." *Julian backs off.*
Dragoshi: *Looking at one of the platforms, then at the ceiling.* .oO(Hmm...)
Metal Man: "Very well, I shall come for you once they are defeated. Unless you agree to quit meddling in interdimensional business..."
Metal Man dials a panel on his wrist. "The time for talking is over, however. Watch this, Julian." *He aims at Dragoshi and Kamui again... presses the buttons... and The Deathmachine appears in his hands. It's vaguely Proton cannon-ish. It charges...*
Illusionist: "My... that looks powerful."
Metal Man (GM): He locks on and fires, threatening Dragoshi and Kamui... With The Skeleton King's Right Hand, a Gobbu, a Heart Container, Potato Chips with Computer Chips in them, a glowing Toaster with runic inscriptions on it, a copy of the Chaos Maker, and... ...a Roller Coaster car full of people?!?!?!?! Kamui leaps out of the way of the cloud of dangerous objects.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi in another show of futility, sees the Deathmachine shots coming at him and, tries to dodge this time by dashing off to the side of the attack... If he can even dodge the freaking Roller Coaster. >_>;;*
Metal Man (GM): The massive explosion deals even more massive damage to Dragoshi. The Heart Container fully heals Kamui. The cannon vanishes. Metal Man stands normally again, drained from that massive attack. The Dominoes Pizza slice did not hit Dragoshi; rather, it bounces back and explodes in Metal Man's face. If he got unlucky enough, it could defeat him and heal everyone.
Metal Man: "Still think there's no point to fighting me, chuck?" *He chuckles.* "I'm not your ordinary Metal Man anymore."
Metal Man plucks the burnt Dominoes pizza from his face. "Still, I wish I had some more control over that move..."
Kamui: "Yeah, then the paradox bit would come back and bite you in the butt."
Metal Man: "Now... show me what you've got!"
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi raises the mostly depleted Plasma Cutter...* "You're going to wish that offed me." *Dragoshi says this coldly as he uses up the last remaining juices worth of power in the cutter, as it powers up, glowing with power, then fires off a deadly burst of four powerful shots at Metal, each one attempting to blast the former leader in the head.*
Metal Man (GM): +He puts up his dukes, which then subsequently absolutely fail to block anything.
Dragoshi: "Gah... Sadly, this thing only lasts for three uses. And that was the third. Lucky you." *The cutter would then deactivate once and for all, depleted. He would then try to straighten himself. After all, that recoil is some annoying stuffage. >_>*
Illusionist moves up to one of the lower platforms.
Kamui: *looks up, spotting the smaller platforms, he then aims for one three which were above Metal's head.*
Metal Man (GM): Kamui shoots one platform. It tilts up into the air and bonks him over the head. The next shard misses. Metal Man then basically punches the platform shot at him out of the way.
Kamui: "... Ow! Son of a gun! ..." *rubs his head*
Illusionist is nearly visible now... so Julian would notice at least a humanoid blur move as he went to the platform.
Kamui: *brings his hands around and makes another set of hand jutsus. He then fires off a single fireball at Metal's feet.*
Metal Man (GM): Kamui gets bad luck, as his fireball is more like a lighter flick.
Dragoshi: "Lessee if this works..." *Dragoshi would then grab one of the platforms, zoom over to Metal, and try to slide it under him!*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man blocks with his ankle; the platform is deflected.
Metal Man: "Nice try."
Kamui: *grins at Metal for some reason* "Hn, you are a worthy opponent, Metal."
Dragoshi: "Hmph." *He would then temporarily abandon that plan, zoom backwards, platform still in hand, and... he rears he platform-holding arm back, and then throws it at Metal like some sort of wacky psuedofrisbee!*
Metal Man: "I trained for many years, leading the Questers against all kinds of things. I would not fight you if I did not have a good reason..."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man remains fast, but it manages to hit him hard enough that it deals damage...
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi ends it there. Whee.*
Metal Man: "The least I can do is challenge you to think harder."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man runs at Kamui, drawing two TT-33 pistols. The shiny, blocky pistols twirl in his hands as he lunges with a roundhouse punch with his right hand... The combo start is successful enough; he spins counter-clockwise and fires a shot at Kamui, then punches again. However, without a lot of successes, it only manages to do... a moderate amount of damage.
Kamui: *gets hit, stumbling back. He brings his hand up again, then shoots off another fireball at a platform above Metal Man.*
Metal Man (GM): He is hit in the head by it; no amount of arm-bending seems to stop it. This one only deals a small bit of damage though, as it was merely bumped into him.
Dragoshi: "Maybe..." *Dragoshi would then grab one of the platforms that doesn't have the Illusionist on it (again), and run towards Metal with it, jumps up onto the platform, and attempts to crash it along with his all 200 pounds of his body into Metal, like some sort of flying carpet ride gonna to hell in a handbasket*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man's great defense saves him from being squished, however the whole mess dents him good.
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi jumps off the platform, showing everyone a good example of why you shouldn't drink hotsauce-laced sake, and attempt to pilot floating platforms. ...Or be semi-creative with them. >_> Either or.*
Metal Man: "You, too, have become more experienced, I see. But I'm not gonna give up just yet."
Dragoshi: "Not really. I think the hotsauce-laced sake I've been drinking has been getting to my head. ...Which tells me I need a new way to speed up the artificial acid regurgitation process." >_>;;
Illusionist: "You know, I really don't know what all this fighting is about. Why can't you all just talk it over more verbally?"
Metal Man: "Questers don't DO verbal, last time I checked. They do... this!!!" *He attacked with yet another AK-47 bullet spray, aimed at Kamui and Dragoshi.
Metal Man (GM): More bad luck. Yay!
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi once again tries to dance around the bullets with his dancer's grace... Which has apparently been lost. Or has it...?*
Kamui: *makes another set of hand jutsu's, then creates another set of ice shards. He then fires two at Metal.*
Dragoshi: *Apparently, it has.*
Metal Man (GM): Kamui's hand jutsus collide into the bullets, reducing the damage done to Kamui. Dragoshi takes damage.
Dragoshi: *Dead. Stupid Deathmachine.*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man whips out the Deathmachine again. He laughs.
Metal Man: "I'll take you down next!"
Metal Man (GM): We'll see about that... A lot more projectiles this time.
Illusionist sighs. 'Well, then. Bye for now!' he waves a hand and suddenly a pile of dirt takes his place... hopefully?
Metal Man (GM): No 31s in there. But more importantly, does it Blend? Er, hit Kamui?
Kamui: *makes another set of hand jutsus, then brings his hand forward firing one fireball at Metal.*
Metal Man (GM): Illusionist vanishes, assuming nothing else interferes. Kamui's fireball bravely flies into the mess, taking out a projectile or two. Now for damage... tons of it (but less than it could have been) to Kamui, as that fireball ate four projectiles. The total list of projectiles was...
Kamui: *gets hit, knocked to the ground and killed as he is out now.*
Metal Man (GM): Another glowing Toaster, Fake Arm with a Gun Attached to It, Psycho Drink, a giant desk (the one Metal used to brief with) (These four exploded from the fireball...) Next one's a Dominoes pizza, flies back and hits Metal Man... A Red Radioactive Deathray, another glowing Toaster, Potato Chips with Computer chips in them, Metal Cola, and a Fork of Freezing,. He stands back, worn out. Metal Man is still decently healthy, despite a pounding earlier.
Metal Man: "While your skills are admirable, the time I spent putting my Deathmachine together and my other abilities make me unstoppable. I would suggest you give up while the going is good." *He chuckles.*
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi, who was originally shot full of bullet holes last time, gets back up from death... And notices that Kamui's out.* "...Sheesh. Well, let's try that first plan again..." *Dragoshi facepalms, then grabs another platform, and attempts to zoom over to Metal. then slide the platform under his feet. Success or failure will effect what happens next, of course...*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man deflects it with his chunky metal arm.
Metal Man stands tall still, he checks his readings. "With a couple more rounds, I shall show the superiority of my own techniques over the Questers... and Julian will have sat and watched it without so much as twitching. How strange."
Kamui: "..." *twitch, twitch.*
Julian: "Hey, I said what I meant, and I meant what I said. You don't mess wit' me, I don't mess wit' you."
Dragoshi: "Not again..." *Dragoshi mutters, then makes those same twitching sounds, claws curled up into a fist, as he starts making those noises again, then, after rearing back a bit, his head almost looking up at the ceiling, he would then launch it forward as his arms are thrown behind his back as he spews out two Acidic Bursts at Metal's head!*
Metal Man: "Indeed. I just thought you were the punch-first type still." *He shrugs* "Then again, you probably learned from my example back when." *He awaits yet more attacks.*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man blocks the first, then gets hit by the second.
Dragoshi: *Still twitching a little bit. Tries to regain stability for the time being...*
Illusionist is still pretending to be a pile of dirt, spying on their violent "conversation"... "Why is it you insist on fighting for 'chaos', you two?"
Dragoshi: "That's what he claims it to be."
Metal Man: "It is simple; the Questers will fight and fight until defeated. I am the only one skilled enough to defeat them for this purpose."
Dragoshi: "Apparently, everything we've done and known is wrong. Again."
Julian: "...Wait a sec, why's the pile of dirt talkin'?"
Metal Man: "They fight for chaos, I fight for peace."
Illusionist: "No... he claims to be fighting to eradicate your chaos... you fight against him for no reason?"
Metal Man: "It's a magical pile of dirt. I'm sure of it. Either that, or my phazon insulation has begun to fail.." *Taps his helmet* "Those headshots from Panzer didn't help."
Julian: *Julian, his curiosity piqued, heads over to where the magical pile of dirt is.* "A'ight, get up. Show yo'self."
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi straightens himself, and starts dusting himself off, then once again grabs a platform, but instead of sliding it under Metal's feet like the last time, he instead tries to slam it into the ex-leader, then scoop him up with it.*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man is hit, distracted by watching Julian.
Illusionist lets go of the illusion. "Yes?"
Julian: "Who the hell are you?"
Illusionist: "Is this truly an appropriate time for introductions?"
Dragoshi: *Yea, it depended on the attack hitting. So, Metal is scooped up onto the platform, at which point...* "Hmm... Silly question, Metal. Which two enemies has Mario encountered that, when he is caught off-guard by them, throw him far away?"
Metal Man: "Whackas and Charles Magellean???"
Julian: "I don't see you doin' anythin' important 'cept spyin' on us."
Illusionist: "Well what do you expect me to do? You're not doing anything yourself."
Julian: "I dunno. Start off by tellin' me who the hell you ARE, an' what you're doin' here."
Dragoshi: "...No. But, for how stupid that sounded, I'm going to have to Chuck-Ya. So... HEAVE..." *Dragoshi would then start spinning around and around, holding the platform with Metal on it, and once he's spun enough times, he stops, and throws them both at the dangerous-looking electrical fixture on the ceiling! Ono!* "...HO!!!."
Illusionist shrugs. "I am without a name of my own! You may call me Illusionist, or better yet the Masked Illusionist, for I in fact as you can see, I wear a mask. Why I'm here. I wish I knew. Evidently you do not know yourself, so you could not help me with that question."
Metal Man: "I still think Whack-ya has more of a ring to it."
Metal Man (GM): Hit! The spin and throw are relatively mundane, especially for a former Quester like Metal.
Julian: "So you've got nothin'."
Metal Man (GM): On the other hand, the electrical fixture gives one images of a Critical Hit from Pokemon. BZBZTZBZBZZTBZTBZTBZTBZTBZT. Buncha damage, though he takes out the fixture with him, and then crashes onto the ground.
Illusionist: "Well what do you mean by that? I can't quite answer your current questions, but is there anything else you would like to know?"
Dragoshi: "...Well, that worked." *Blink-ku.*
Metal Man (GM): He also is spending a lot of time watching Julian.
Julian: "What's under the mask, but I'm guessin' you ain't gonna answer that one. So you got NO idea of who or what you are, an' what sent you here?"
Illusionist: "I am a human being... I have a face of course, like any other, but why spoil the mysteries behind it? I know who I am: The Masked Illusionist... yet it is true however, that I know not what sent me here."
Metal Man: "Yes... that's it... I should call myself the helmeted explosionist! Oh, wait. I already have a clever name."
Julian: "So in other words you're lookin' for a job."
Illusionist: "...Well that sounds interesting at least. But wouldn't it be best to discover first where we are?"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Man shrugs and goes for the punch-gun combo with Dragoshi.
Julian: "Honestly, I don't give a damn. We're gonna be gettin' outta here soon enough."
Illusionist: "Where will you be going?"
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi tries his hardest to minimize the damage done to him in an attempt at dashing away from it, though if that fails, he falls into a block. >_>;;*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Julian: "Out. If you want a ride, I suggest you join up wit' us."
Kamui: *gets up slowly, looking over towards Metal. He backs away some, looking up to the fixture, seeing it was gone, then looks to Metal* "Did that thing hit you?"
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi still takes a good portion of the force of the attack, though he's still good.* "Ow..."
Illusionist: "Join up with you? which side are you on, here?.. The metallic person claiming to be fighting for peace, or the two others who are defending their supposed chaotic ways through a means which doesn't quite help their case?"
Metal Man: "I hit it instead." *He smirks.*
Julian: "Look, Metal? He's insane. Crazy. Few sandwiches short a picnic, get it?"
Kamui: *raises hands* "Ok, uh..." *he tries to think of something, then finally pulls a 180* "Too late to talk?"
Julian: "Problem is, he used to lead us a while back, and I'm thinkin' attackin' our former CO ain't the best way to get around this. That's why I ain't doin' anythin'...Regardless, trust me on this: We ain't the bad guys here."
Illusionist: "He is?"
Julian: "Nah, nah, he ain't either... He's jus' crazy."
Metal Man: "Neither am I, which is why I don't plan to actually kill anyone... ...permanently." *Question marks appear above his head* "Talk? Huh???"
Illusionist: "So why fight, again?"
Kamui: "Yeah, apparently fighting is not getting us anywhere."
Julian: "Honestly, I dunno, I got here late."
Metal Man: "I insist the Brawl Questers disband so as to keep the world peace I helped fight for long ago. The Smashers are more than capable of saving the world themselves, without any chaos."
Dragoshi: "Apparently so." :/
Metal Man: "That is my one condition."
Illusionist kinda gestures awkwardly at the ??'s appearing over Metal. "What the heck..? Oh well. So you will fight them so long as they do not disband.."
Dragoshi: "Though, I still wonder. What if you're wrong? I mean, what if things were to go on the course they're already on. What then?"
Illusionist: "Why will they not disband?"
Kamui: *lowers his hands, seeing he was getting somewhere* "So what is it the smashers do?"
Metal Man: "They are the heroes who fight in tournaments for amusement of many. However, they are heroes in their own realms... mostly... and do most of the baddie cleanup work."
Julian: "Look, ever since I came here, you know what the Smashers have done? Jack. We're always the ones goin' out, fightin' the bad guys, savin' the world, etc... Hell, the only reason we stopped was 'cause we ran outta baddies to fight."
Kamui: "..." *blinks, then scratches his head* "Uh, ok, so what is wrong with the Questers again?"
Metal Man: "They can't be bothered to do it if you're doing it long before they do. How else was the world peaceful for five years?"
Kamui: *shrugs grinning slightly embarrassed* "Good question, I wasn't around much."
Metal Man: "So... it is imperative that the Brawl Questers cease meddling. The world will right itself, with the help of the most obvious people to do it--the respective heroes of the realms."
Julian: "'Cause there was no more suckas to FIGHT. We already took out the Void, an' he was the source a'most of this stuff. Bowser an' Gannon kept themselves in line, 'cause they'd been beaten by us so many times they knew they'd get their asses handed to 'em if they didn't."
Kamui: "So you're saying that it's our fault that this fight is happening?"
Dragoshi: "Hmph. I still say that there's the possibility that you'll be wrong and that things will get worse from there on, Metal. Just because one thing may lead to another and may be potentially right, does not mean that it's definitely right. And even if it is... What happens if something worse pops up? What then, Metal, what then?"
Metal Man: "Indeed... all of the fights you went in could have been done by the various smashers, not you, and ended much more smoothly."
Julian: "EVERYTHIN'S our fault, apparently. Ever since we went to that godforsaken wasteland planet. At your command, I might add."
Metal Man: "If something truly hideous occurs, I shall be the one to judge the importance of it. The past episodes were my fault, not any of yours... That is why I am here now... to atone for my past mistakes."
Kamui: *shrugs his shoulders* "Well I can't speak for everyone, but if I am responsible for this, wouldn't be the more responsible thing for me to finish it?"
Metal Man: "By withdrawing from the unauthorized, illegal, fake organization of the Brawl Questers, indeed." Odd, he seems to have something against that organization. Not the idea.
Dragoshi: "I hardly see how this could be any of your fault, Metal. ...Wait. Wait a second." *He walks over to Metal nonthreateningly, then once he's close enough, he tilts his head to the side in curiosity* "What do you mean by illegal and fake?"
Julian: "So wait, you're sayin' YOU'RE the only one that can call the Questers together?"
Metal Man: "Master Hand ceded much authority to myself, Wolfman, and Klumsy Koopa. Klumsy is dead, and Wolfman primarily AWOL. I used my own authority to decree there would be no more organizations run out of the stadium named 'Questers'. They appended Brawl to the name in some weak attempt to outsmart me, but they failed. Even if you do not fight me, and even if you disband, I shall separately have to sue the Stadium for what they have done.."
Dragoshi: "When did you decree this...?" *Tries to remember if Metal said anything similar to that after The Void's true defeat.*
Metal Man: "And I have an ace attorney up my sleeve."
Julian: "Yeah, I don't remember you sayin' any of that after we took out The Void."
Kamui: *is completely lost now as he wasn't good at any of this legal mumbo-jumbo, and fighting wasn't helping him much here. He looks over to Dragoshi* "I think you can do this one without me."
Dragoshi: "...And I thought my Chuck-Ya/Heave Ho pun was bad."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi would remember, pretty well, that he had written down, stamped, and otherwise announced the Questers were disbanded. As for the specifics, he never told any of the people present about this further stuff.
Wolfman: "...then something isn't right." *a voice suddenly comes into the conversation.*
Dragoshi: "I only remember you announcing our disbandment and nothing further, Metal. No other decrees like the one about there being no more 'Quester' organizations."
Metal Man: "It wasn't your concern, most generally it is between me and the Hands."
Illusionist blinks. "What was that?"
Julian: *Julian throws up his hands upon hearing said voice* "NOW you show up."
Kamui: *blinks, then brings his head around hearing the outside voice* "More company apparently."
Dragoshi: *He would then hear the new voice. ...And try to figure out if it sounds familiar.* "Hmph. Well, it should be. I mean, i'd like to be in the know about these things. It's quite annoying being out of the loop, yanno?"
Wolfman: Dragoshi: knowledge check I believe.
Metal Man: "Yes, however all was done with the assumption nobody would be absurd enough to revive it and keep me out of the loop instead."
Wolfman (GM): It's clear enough... for it's hard to forget... me. A roughly 5'6" reploid wolf comes in.
Metal Man: "Instead, I was left completely in the dark, and possibly world-twisting events have already come to pass."
Dragoshi: "...Heh. Why hello there, Wolf." *chuckles lightly.*
Wolfman: "Then I wish to know who left me in the dark."
Metal Man: "I... believe it is Master Hand who did. I cannot be sure."
Wolfman: "After all, I don't recall actually hiring Snake... I had to do the paperwork."
Metal Man: "Snake? That explains his presence."
Julian: "Box Man? Why the hell is he still on the payroll, anyway?"
Wolfman: "As far as my AWOL... I'm getting old and rusty..."
Dragoshi: "...That's what I want to know."
Metal Man: "Hm. Then it is agreed. Somebody did this without asking us. Which is all in great, but we made the name and the tactics originally."
Wolfman: "I can try to explain some."
Dragoshi: "Well, please try then, Wolf."
Wolfman: "I do believe someone wanted some form of Questers to come back... whether it was to be Questers or some other name, I do not recall."
Metal Man: "Which is why I believe now is the time to retire the old tactics, as they create problems where there are none. However, you have the stage for now, Wolfman." *He salutes and stands to the side.*
Julian: "Can't wait to hear this..."
Wolfman: "I was more concerned of trying to restore the Stadium's former glory, and the original reason for the Stadium: the fights. Who was really the best hero, or villain, to come around? In an organized manner, of course." *chuckles* "I recall being told to help get paperwork completed for a new trainer for the upcoming group... and the resume was impressive, I had to admit. That resume, of course, was of Mr. Solid Snake. Once I signed where I need to, I mostly did background stuff, and take part in a few missions. However, Snake has... proven to be annoyed at us, and I was starting to wonder if it was a mistake. During some of my AWOL, I wanted to try to find... something... something that could perhaps see if we made a mistake. After all, I don't recall all of the legalese that Metal used... there are some people above me, clearly. The Hands still have some power. The various Professors help with the maintenance of our equipment. Doctor Mario also helps... wait a second... Doc is still around in the Stadium, isn't he?"
Kamui: *raises an eyebrow* "Um..."
Dragoshi: "I mean, sure the doc helps, but his kleptomania is somewhat of a-Yea. He is."
Wolfman: "...how secure is this area Metal? That is, who can listen in?"
Julian: "Where the hell ARE we, by the way?"
Dragoshi: "Let me check..." *Pulls out Dex to check to see where the heck they are, again.*
Illusionist would be here... Wolf wouldn't know this guy.
Wolfman looks to everyone with his optics... they are slightly duller than before, but the sight of heroes... if not Questers... is still a good one to see.
Wolfman also looks back to Metal, awaiting an answer from him.
Kamui: *Ish probably the dullest of the group.*
Wolfman: .oO(...did I stun Metal to silence?) "...Metal, it is kind of important that you answer this question. What I say next will depend on your answer."
Kamui: "Somethings probably wrong on his end."
Metal Man: "This area is pretty secure. I picked it meself."
Wolfman: "...very well. I'm questioning Doctor Mario's behavior as of late. For one, I don't believe he was scheduled to be in the Brawl tournament, and yet he still hangs around."
Illusionist nudges Julian. "Would you like some popcorn?" he asks aside.
Wolfman: "Also, I believe he's been acting... stranger than before when it comes to his services and money taking."
Kamui: *sits on the sidelines for now, sitting on the ground and picking inside his ear with his pinky.*
Metal Man: "Ah, nothing to worry there. Me and the Doc have kept in touch."
Julian: "Ain't he the Head Medic of the tournament or somethin'?" *Julian says as he waves the Illusionist off.*
Metal Man: "That's why I came to a match; to figure out just what was going on. And figure out I did."
Wolfman: "...well, there goes my theory that the Doc was the one that was in cahoots with everything."
Julian: "Do go on."
Wolfman stands down.
Metal Man: "If he was in cahoots, then I'd have been able to end this madness with a stroke of a pen. Whoever did this for no reason will be answering to my attorney, however. It's just that, in the meantime, I demand an injunction against you all wandering about and making a mess. As they don't have any real leader and haven't put out much of a policy of late."
Kamui: *rubs the spot in his head where he got shot, it probably gave him some brain damage.*
Metal Man: "So then, if you could just agree not to do anything at least for the moment, I'll be on my way to sue Master Hand and whoever else signed in on this. Of course, I'd prefer to continue sparring. Haven't exercised in years."
Wolfman: "...with all due respect, Metal..."
Kamui looks towards Wolfman.
Wolfman: "...what will become of me here? For all I know, I've ended up being a double agent... for... what would this be... the 5th time?"
Metal Man: "Double agent?" *He looks confused.* "According to the rules of engagement, we are former Melee Questers/admins. It is they who are agents of an illegitimate agency at the moment. You can do as you wish, though, as my defense rests squarely on my paperwork."
Julian: "Hey, the only reason I signed onto this Quester revival was so that I could get access to the Stadium to prep for the tournament. Last thing I expect was for us to do actual work."
Illusionist: "..So all they need to do is take out 'Quester' from their name. Why not do that?"
Metal Man: "The latent world-damaging properties would still exist."
Wolfman: "...to the one I don't recognize, changing a name isn't... enough."
Illusionist: "What is it you people DO?"
Wolfman: "...try 'DID'. Basically, help take over for the main heroes whenever crises came aboard."
Illusionist: "As far as I understand, they are still doing it."
Dragoshi: "At the moment, anyway."
Wolfman: "Not all of the main guys could be around."
Julian: "Which was all the god-damn-time."
Kamui: And where are these supposed "main heroes"?
Julian: "Y'know, Mario, Link, Samus. The famous ones."
Wolfman: "Some train at the Stadium. Some are trying to live a normal life. Some are... well, I don't know all of the details. But in a world that needs heroes, someone has to step up. In a few ways, we were some of those that attempted to... of course, we didn't always get the job done the right way."
Metal Man: "According to my files, the likes of The Void only were able to exist because of those mistakes. For example, Charles should have been killed the instant he went rogue, as should have Aetos."
Julian: "An' who kept sayin' that and was repeatedly ignored?"
Metal Man: "You." *He nods* "But you're also not trying to fight me, so technically there's no disconnect there."
Dragoshi: "If I'm not mistaken, you did."
Metal Man: "Additionally, messing in things which no man or being were supposed to touch... that was sort of out of our hands, sadly. The warp technology which sawed a hole in dimensions, nobody could be sure of. But we finished that all the way back with Smithy. Had we killed Charles we'd have not needed to do anything else, for there would have been no Lumis, Kuja would have remained trapped..."
Metal Man: "...It's a moot point. I'm saying we're at that threshold again."
Wolfman: "...and here I thought the actual stability of the worlds was getting better. Are you saying it's getting worse?"
Metal Man: "I'm going to try to stop that threshold so that the world can remain peaceful. It has, however, become apparent none of you violently oppose it, unlike most of the Melee Questers would have. So... The Questers damage it whenever they go on cross-world exploration things and damage stuff. The logs say it all. I took them all for a reason."
Wolfman: "...you are aware that even the main heroes have had to cross worlds before, right?"
Metal Man: "In unlikely occurrences precisely balanced by unseen hands. The Master and Crazy Hands in specific, from what I know."
Wolfman: "...there was another."
Metal Man gets a strange look on his face "Wait... that is it."
Wolfman: "You recall Simon Belmont being a Smasher, right?"
Metal Man: "Yes, although I cannot be sure if he was quite as effective as The hands would be at orchestrating what has happened so often..."
Wolfman: "...Simon was a part of another set of heroes before becoming part of the Questers. That also cross-world explored."
Kamui: *sits in a corner, his back against a wall with a idle look on his face. It seemed outside of battle and reconisons, he was of no help what so ever.*
Metal Man: "Yes. It is obvious now. Something far worse than I thought."
Wolfman: "...which means the cross world exploring was not done by us at first."
Metal Man: "The very Hands plot these chaotic things. How foolish of me!" *He begins to walk for the exit* "I cannot delay any more. It is fairly likely they know the Questers would delay me."
Wolfman: "...now hold on... I never said it was the Hands that were evil."
Metal Man: "They are no Void--they do not want the world to end--but it seems like they care not for whoever they play with. That shall make for all the more damages in my lawsuit..."
Julian: "Hold it. How the hell are you gonna Sue the Hands?"
Kamui: *waves over towards Metal* "Have fun with that."
Metal Man: "This realm is subject to Mushroom Kingdom law, which includes right to sue."
Illusionist: "So he believes some mystical hands wove the happenings of the universe, and now he's going to go after them with lawsuits?"
Wolfman: *mutters* for better or worse *mutters.*
Illusionist: "You must be right, sir." *Looks to Julian.*
Metal Man: "I shall sue them and get a judge to outlaw their little games with people's lives. Then the Questers shall not be a problem, as... it is obvious it takes extra help to make such chaos."
Wolfman: "...and what if it's proven that... well, them... me... us... we... can still cause the chaos as shown without the Hand's help?"
Metal Man: "Then at least it won't be under a stolen name and I'll be able to resolve that separately... personally."
Alex Fender: "No one can steal my name! It's got PASSWORD PROTECTION, BABY!"
Illusionist: "What now?..."
Alex Fender: *is, apparently, perched on Julian's head.*
Illusionist: "Gah!" *Steps away from Julian, nearly falling off the platform.*
Wolfman: "...I forgot about you."
Metal Man: "Ah. It is the amazing... whosits!"
Alex Fender: *gasps* "I. AM. SHOCKED."
Dragoshi: *Glances at Alex* "What the hell?! When'd you get there!?"
Alex Fender: "How could you forget about me?! The loveable scamp?"
Wolfman: "Easy. Bad memory."
Dragoshi: "...What he said."
Alex Fender: "Oh, somewhere along the lines of suing hands. I wouldn't see how you'd sue hands. It'd be a very messy deal."
Illusionist: "I don't believe we've met, so.."
Alex Fender: *snaps his gaze to this new person, grinning like an idiot* "HOLY FUCKING GRANDMA ON A STICK! IT'S A MAGIC MAN!"
Dragoshi: "...Wow. I never thought things would take a turn for the inane that quickly." o_O *blinks.*
Metal Man: "Don't blame me, I left E Li Three at home."
Alex Fender: *leaps off of Julian, landing on this new person and looking at him upside down, his weirdo grin looking like some kind of massive frown* "Can you pull a rabbit out of your nose?"
Illusionist would blink, but the mask doesn't reveal such.
Metal Man: "And that guy is Magical Dirt Pile Man."
Dragoshi: "...Why do you even have E Li Three in the first place?"
Julian: "I remember you."
Metal Man: "Well, I had him for a while, but then some people stole him."
Wolfman: "...anyway, I wish to summarize what we've all just learned."
Alex Fender: *looks over at Julian, his head cocked to the side* "Eh? I don't remember you."
Julian: "You're Scott's insane best friend, right?"
Alex Fender: "...COOL HAT, btw."
Illusionist sighs, and suddenly pulls a rabbit out of his mask's nose.
Dragoshi: "...I feel sorry for those poor bastards, then, Metal."
Alex Fender: *actually says, bee-tee-dubau.*
Wolfman: "Whatever organization we are... or aren't... we now have to go against the Hands in a legal battle to try to have the extraneous chaos removed. Is that right?"
Alex Fender: o.o "HOLY CRAP! HE DID IT! EL. OH. EL."
Dragoshi: *Takes off his yellow tophat, and bows* "...Whoever they are. Anyway, back onto our current subject..." *Puts his tophat back on.*
Kamui: *looks over to Alex* "SHUT UP!"
Illusionist: "Go catch it!" *He throws it at a nearby wall*.
Metal Man: "Well, I will. I doubt the Questers will aid me in declaring further organizations named 'Questers' who operate under similar circumstances illegal."
Alex Fender: "...to catch the bunny, or to shut up... choices..."
Metal Man: "Both at once, while dancing on one foot!"
Illusionist: *The bunny vanishes upon colliding with the wall.*
Alex Fender: *leaps off the Illusionist, landing beside Kamui* "Nah, that'd require too much brain power."
Illusionist: "This is getting rather peculiar."
Metal Man: "Which reminds me... Julian said something about a sandwichless picnic. I could go with one of those right now."
Dragoshi: "Actually, Metal..." *He would then walk over until he's right next to the old boss, and puts a claw on his shoulder* "I'll help, if it's really that bad."
Wolfman: "...then what do you want us to do?"
Kamui: *looks towards Metal* "Am I out of a job now?"
Alex Fender: "You can be my roadie."
Dragoshi: "...You could always take a temporary job as a janitor," :/
Wolfman: "If you need things to do, I could always use testers in the Arenas I'm messing with."
Julian: "You can sell concessions in the arena."
Kamui: *points towards Wolfman* "His job sounds more fun."
Julian: "Yeah, gettin' cut in half by map glitches sounds like a blast."
Metal Man: "I dunno. Perhaps you're inside-out of a job. Either way, I'll just be walking to HQ..." *He begins walking away.*
Alex Fender: "Oo! Oo! Road trip???"
Wolfman: "...walk trip. But personally, I think we all could use the exercise. Take whichever path you guys want... I'm joining Metal for now."
Julian: "Shut ya trap and walk, crazy man. I got somethin' to talk to ya about when we get there." *Walkin'*
Kamui: *stands to his feet, then creaks his back* "Eee, land-a-notia." *he removes his hands from his back and walks after Wolfman.*
Wolfman will follow Metal with his walking... and thinking.
Alex Fender: "Sweeet..."
Wolfman: .oO(...I don't care who is controlling what... I just want things put to normal... so that I can finally retire. For good.)
Alex Fender: *falls into stride, pulling out his guitar from his gig bag and playing something quick and lively* "We're moving right along... foot loose and faaaaaaancy freeeeeee..."
Dragoshi: *Also walks along with the others.*
Metal Man (GM): And I think I'll finish the mission on that note, as by the time I continue they'll reach HQ.
Illusionist scratches his head. "Well then.."
Dragoshi: "This has been an... interesting experience."
Illusionist waves goodbye, confused.
Dragoshi: *Looks over to Illusionist* "You could come along with us, you know... If you feel like it, that is." :/
Illusionist: "For now that will be best... yes, for now at least."
Julian: "'Least you could do is keep Alex entertained so he don't snap."
Alex Fender: "Snap, crackle, POP!!."
Illusionist: "So I'm the birthday party magician, now? I'd rather be a magical pile of dirt again."
Kamui: *would just continue walking along, rubbing his temple softly. As soon as Alex yelled "pop" he gives a painful look.*
Alex Fender: "...eh heh. Sorry."
Kamui: *shakes his head* "Dun worry too much, just I need to keep some distance from loud noises ever since I got shot in the temple."
Alex Fender: "You miiiight wanna not stay near me..." *slams a hard power chord on his Stratocaster.*
Kamui: AAH! Ok! Yeah... *he lets Alex get some distance in front of him. As soon Alex got some distance, Kamui follows the group with his hands sliding in his pockets*