Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 427: The Questers Meet Some Other Questers
Date: January 11th, 2008. (Note: Has been edited to take place BEFORE the next chapter with the matches. This is for the benefit of your sanity.)
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are just milling around near the arena. Suddenly, a mysterious figure appears in the wings of the arena, out of sight. He takes out a communications device.
???: "I have found the Questers. What am I to do again?"
Metal Man (GM): The strange outline the Questers spoke to on the ARK appears on his radio and speaks to him.
Outline: (Radio) "You must immediately warp them to that suspected base... there is something very bad occurring there."
???: "Whatever you say, doc." He points a weird remote at the arena.
Metal Man (GM): A weird energy field appears. Suddenly, all of the Questers vanish! The Questers hurtle through a green energy field and land inside a circular room, inside a base. It has windows, showing that there is, in fact, more to this base... much more. It shows levels upon levels of space. The door ahead is locked shut. Boxes are everywhere. A strange warp device, the one which received you, is in standby.
Julian: *Julian whiffs on a punch he just threw and crashes to the ground. Immediately getting back to his feet, Julian looks around* "This ain't right..."
Dragoshi: *Looks around, twirling around his bread, then sliding it away.* "...Huh."
Digifanatic: "Okay, now this better be important."
???: "I didn't want to send you here so early, but things have already gotten out of hand."
ChancÃ©: "Hmm, it does not look like we are in Kansas anymore Digi-to."
Dragoshi: "Oh. It's you. What has gotten out of hand, if I may inquire?"
Digifanatic: "I'd say that's important."
Metal Man (GM): Walking out of the darkness, Protoman can be seen. Odd. His normally human-like appearance has changed. Weird implants stick off his frame.
Protoman: "I am not the figure from the ARK. I am merely an ally to him."
Julian: "An' you are..."
Dragoshi: "..." *Blinks.*
Trigger: "...Eww, surgery gone bad."
Protoman: "Protoman, the prototype of Megaman. Nobody remembers me 'cause you guys have taken over my job." He whistles.
Dragoshi: "Trigger, shush." *Just sways back and forth apathetically, listening to Protoman.*
Protoman: "You see, long ago, there were the original original Questers, the ones nobody talks about. This happens to be a side-effect of people not talking about them."
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(That is one horrible side-effect, then.)
Protoman: "This facility is modelled after Kuja's old facilities, but whoever manages it is obviously more powerful than he ever was. In fact, I and the hologram were debating on whether you were strong enough to fight here... I am sorry for the abrupt warp, but it happens to be due to this."
Metal Man (GM): He types on his wrist, and an image of a dark, glowing humanoid robot appears.
Protoman: "This man is creating a being which posesses unimaginable power and would destroy all of you in the blink of an eye. I tried to stop it... ...and this is what happened to me."
Metal Man (GM): He points to the several holes which were put in his frame and body.
Julian: "So the Questers ain't even the first group to do what we do? An' here it comes wit' the whole "being of unimaginable power" stuff again."
Protoman: "However, I injured it to the extent they needed to repair it. This is where you come in. I am too injured to properly break into the facility and shut it down. Most of my fellow allies have died trying to stop this person while you have been doing your work. It all started shortly after the world was fixed with The Void, for some reason... when Ivan Robotnik appeared. Ivan told us of this, and we have been fighting it all this time. I fear I will not survive much longer. The damage to my systems is nearly impossible even for the hologram to repair. All my power left can only do this."
Metal Man (GM): He turns around to the door. It has an ultra-complex lock, and a bizarre circular sigil with eyebrow-like marks on it. The o with weird ' and ` marks is on the center of the door, a powerful field which makes it unopenable. Protoman turns around and swings his fist into the center of it. It shocks him to an extreme extent. He growls as electricity overcomes his systems. It eventually overloads and dies. The sigil vanishes, and the door gets a new symbol-- a red X. It is unlocked. Protoman limps to the side and falls over.
Protoman: "You go on without me... there are no more doors like this in the way. I suggest you... *cough* don't touch them."
Metal Man (GM): The door pops open for you. It's about 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide.
Dragoshi: *And, what's behind door number 1?*
Metal Man (GM): It reveals a storage depot. Several holographic status monitors are near the ceiling, showing hordes of statistics. The boxes are metallic and sealed. There's a window to the right, overlooking the entire structure. This is like an underground tower, arranged in a circular fashion, the floors going down it in a corkscrew fashion.
Digifanatic: "Oh wow..." *looks for any labels on the boxes.*
Metal Man (GM): There's glass catwalks between each side of it, each sealed with those weird doors. Using them would allow you to skip entire floors and get back and forth.
Digifanatic: *also tries to get a glimpse of the monitor stats.*
Metal Man (GM): The monitors show nearly incomprehensible information. 'System Report: No intruders.'
Julian: "'Ey, Protoman, thanks for the help..Y'know, we could probably get you some help back at base."
ChancÃ©: "Why not send protoman back to base, for repairs? Protoman?"
Metal Man (GM): 'Unknown Door Error in Sector 1.'
Protoman: "...I cannot. Our existence must be kept secret. I will return to the ARK for repairs."
Julian: "Open you a warp to tha ARK, then?"
Protoman: "But there is not much to do about me, even with Dr. Light's help. You cannot fix this damage. His doors can destroy more than you think. That would work."
Julian: *Does so.*
Metal Man (GM): He stands up, knees bent, and limps into the warp out make... whistling on his way out. Back to the weird room, the weird way this base is made means there are no locked doors if you go down the corkscrew.
Julian: "Weirdo." *Julian closes the warp and moves on.*
Metal Man (GM): The monitors scroll more stuff. 'Project 1 is recovering in Room 30.' 'Secret Blaster 5 is nearing completion.' 'Dr. Gnorgive to Room 3. Dr. Gnorgive, to Room 3.'
Dragoshi: *Follows behind Julian, looking around. Whee.*
Metal Man (GM): You continue down, out of Room 1: Storage, and into Room 2: Entryroom. This room... is guarded.
ChancÃ© walks behind, a bit troubled over the robot.
Metal Man (GM): There's stairs that lead out to the surface, and a receptionist's desk. And a sign. 'ALL WHO ENTER WITHOUT AN ID WILL BE KILLED ON SIGHT.' It has no visible guard. Merely the sign.
Julian: "I've seen worse."
Digifanatic: *follows and notes the sign.*
Metal Man (GM): There's a line on the floor between rooms. Do you cross the line into the room with the receptionist?
Julian: "Not it."
Dragoshi: "Not it."
Digifanatic: "Not it."
Metal Man (GM): You can see the receptionist as you're still behind some boxes and in room 1. It's a normal woman wearing blue clothes with a uniform, and a symbol. A stylized I with that weird circle around it.
ChancÃ©: "Not it."
Julian: "Trigger, you're up."
Trigger: "...For what?"
Julian: "Cross the line."
Trigger: "...Whatever you say."
Trigger attempts to cross the line.
Metal Man (GM): Trigger walks in. The woman stands up and looks at him... revealing a blue robotic eye. It scans Trigger.
Receptionist: "You do not have an ID. You will be terminated."
Metal Man (GM): She slams a button and red alarms go off.
Trigger: "...Oh hell."
Metal Man (GM): She takes out a giant gatling machinegun, leaps atop the desk, and opens fire at Trigger. Bullets fly everywhere.
Trigger: "DAMN YOU JULIAN!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!"
Receptionist: "Stay in one place and die like a good intruder."
ChancÃ© would be O_o ing at this time.
Julian: "Shoulda said 'Not it'!"
Trigger trys to slide out of the way and dodge bullets.
Dragoshi: "That would've required paying attention, though." *Sighs, and keeps his hand readied on his rifle..*
Metal Man (GM): Trigger leaps off to the side. The woman adjusts her position. What do you do, Trigger? You can make a run for Room 3... or to the surface. There is no other visible security than the madwoman.
Trigger then makes a run for room 3.
Receptionist: "Run wherever you like. You will die all the same."
Trigger: "Screw you lady, I'm out of here!"
Metal Man (GM): Trigger runs into room 3. The alarm goes off in that room. It's a check-in room... there's two desks and a barrier with a scanner blocking the way.
Trigger: "Aww, COME ON!!??"
Metal Man (GM): Two men man the scanners. They look at Trigger and methodically take out shotguns.
Man 1: "You will not get into this base."
Julian: "A'ight, so we wanna take out the receptionist, or go after Trigger?"
Man 2: "All enemies are to be killed." They both fire at Trigger.
Metal Man (GM): You hear the shotguns all the way in room 1. Trigger gets blasted by one round... then another.
Digifanatic: "Well, we'll probably have to fight everyone in here at this rate..."
Metal Man (GM): They reload. The way is blocked by a security scanner. The madwoman is patrolling Room 2 now, looking for other intruders.
Digifanatic: "I'm thinking where Trigger went."
Receptionist: "I know there are more of you somewhere... come out and die like the fools you are."
Julian: "I'm thinkin' we axe the receptionist first."
ChancÃ©: "Anyone have a grenade stockpile?"
Metal Man (GM): The scanner has a giant solid steel barrier blocking the way in. There are two control panels to the device.
Dragoshi: *Whispers to Chance* "...I have orange grenades."
Trigger runs over to one of the control panels.
Digifanatic: *quietly to ChancÃ©* "Yeah, but if I'm hearing what I think I am--and I've got some 'nades--Trigger might be screwed on his own."
Metal Man (GM): Trigger spends his turn running to the panel. Upon reaching it, he realizes it requires eye-related identification. The two men fire at Trigger again.
ChancÃ©: *whispers to Dragoshi* "I would toss them in."
Man 1: "You are not authorized."
Trigger: "...Damn it..."
Man 2: "You cannot exist here."
Dragoshi: *Whisper* "At the woman, right?"
ChancÃ©: "Yes." *Takes out a potion* "Cooking oil, useless..."
ChancÃ© pokes Digi.
Digifanatic: *w* "Yes?"
Dragoshi: *And, so it shall be done. Dragoshi pulls out one of those orange grenades he got a couple missions back, motions for the others to back away from him...As he then pulls whatever kind of pin this thing has, and throws it at the woman! Whee...*
ChancÃ©: "Do you have a fire attack?"
Digifanatic: "Oh yeah."
Julian: *Julian taps his foot and waits...*
Digifanatic: "It's not ranged, but I have one."
ChancÃ© tosses the potion in too. "Go for it."
Digifanatic attempts to go for a bit of potential self-sacrifice by lighting the cooking oil with a Fire Punch...try to set the room on fire...
Metal Man (GM): Trigger is hit again. The Madwoman spins around and detects the grenade. Trigger takes some damage and falls on his face from the second hit. The woman looks at the grenade..
Metal Man (GM): She goes to move out of the way. She leaps out of the way of the grenade. She is hit by the potion. She evades the punch.
Trigger turns around and slides into the receptionist.
Receptionist: "This place cannot be broken by you."
Metal Man (GM): She leaps over Trigger's slide, and then, mid-air, opens fire on Trigger with her gatling gun.
Digifanatic: *Digi wasn't trying to hit the receptionist.*&
Metal Man (GM): Trigger is hit... ..the woman is thrown off balance by all the shooting.
ChancÃ©: "Eat electric energy!" *Uses the mirror's stored up energy from a previous fight.*
Dragoshi: "Of all the stupidly bad...Graahh..." *Pulls out this Assault rifle, and fires into the annoying receptionist...'s GATLING GUN in an attempt to try to jam it.*
Digifanatic: *He was aiming at the cooking oil so he could set it on fire, and then to let the cooking oil do whatever it had to.*
Trigger: "AAAAAHHHH!!!" *peltedx50* "Why am I not DEAD FROM LEAD POISONING YET!!??"
Metal Man (GM): She throws herself out of the way of the lightning.
Metal Man (GM): The gun is hit. Odd. You deal damage to the receptionist. The gun repairs itself... the bullet holes re-appear on the receptionist.
Dragoshi: "...What the..." *Blinks and just opens MOAR FIAR on the gun.*
Receptionist: "We cannot be destroyed."
Metal Man (GM): She is hit again... not even trying to dodge that.
Digifanatic decides to launch a pair of quick punches--nothing special--at the Recep's head.
Metal Man (GM): She attempts to move out of the way. The gun slows her down.
ChancÃ© keeps the milk for after for trigger.
Metal Man (GM): The men from the other room sit back in their chairs like nothing is happening. The receptionist has several silvery holes and dents in her body.
Receptionist: "Who do you think you are, the Smash Questers?"
Metal Man (GM): She reloads and opens fire at Dragoshi.
Trigger is lying in a pool of his own blood. "DEAR LORD LADY, I WANNA LIVE!!"
Receptionist: "Intruders are not considered living beings."
Dragoshi: *Just looks at here like a profound idiot, and attempts to dance out of the way...Or, at the least brace for impact. >_>;;*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi leaps out of the way. She is given plenty of time to recover.
Trigger: *to himself* "...evil bitch."
ChancÃ©: "Aww, is the lady having issues? maybe a
boot block to the head will fix that."
Metal Man (GM): The lady has scanned all of you... She botches a leap and flies into the block.
Dragoshi: *Decides to go 'screw it' and strafe around the receptionist and her gat, and open fire with his assault rifle, attempting to blast both of them!*
Metal Man (GM): She splits into two halves, which evade the rifle strafe, then recombine.
Julian: *Punching her in the head VERY hard, then.* *POW.*
Metal Man (GM): She is punched in the head while trying to somersault away.
Trigger starts punching and kicking the crap out of her.
Digifanatic decides to really make the receptionist mad and wonder just what hit her: Yeah. We're talking A Day in the Life...and sure, we'll add a Fire Punch as well.
Metal Man (GM): She hops up to dodge one and is hit, then ducks and is hit by music... Then rolls away from another Digi's punch. You really are kicking the crud out of this person. There's multiple holes and leaking silver fluid. The eye is flickering on and off.
Metal Man (GM): The gun is bent a bit and smoking.
ChancÃ©: "Barney the Dinosaur from our imagination, he is what you would call a dinosaur sensation~."
Dragoshi: *Already did his...And is now staring at Chance.*
ChancÃ©: "Hmm... I was up too late last night reading, yep."
Digifanatic: .oO(You know, you COULD sing something more mature.)
Trigger: "...Can anyone help me...I'm not feeling too well."
Metal Man (GM): She raises her gun weakly and fires off at Julian.
Receptionist: "You... will... not... get in. I am one... of many."
Receptionist: "You have no idea."
Metal Man (GM): Some damage to Julian. She half-falls over from the effort...
Julian: *MORE PUNCH.*
ChancÃ© tosses the milkshake to trigger.
Metal Man (GM): She leans and is hit.
Julian: *MORE PUNCH 2.*
Trigger drinks the milk...yum tasty!
Digifanatic thinks about grabbing the receptionist to give the others an open shot.
Dragoshi: *Shifts focus back to the woman, and charges over to her, jumping up into the air, spreads his wings, starts spinning, and then comes crashing down on the woman. Or tries to.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, Julian. Hit, Digi. Hit, Dragoshi.
Trigger then goes and beats the crap out of her.
Digifanatic: *Receptionist is grabbed.*
Metal Man (GM): Her eye blinks out and she melts into the floor. Nothing is left but a pile of inactivated dust. The room's controls go inactive, as do the monitors.
Digifanatic: "Well, guess I didn't need to do that, then..."
Metal Man (GM): You may continue to the next room.
Digifanatic: *walks back to the others.*
Metal Man (GM): The men with shotguns are sitting at their chairs in Room 3.
Trigger walks back to the others.
Metal Man (GM): You walk into the room, Julian. Both men get up.
Digifanatic: *Next, which I presume is Trigger and Room 3.*
Man 1: "I don't know what you are thinking."
ChancÃ© checks the desk drawers for anything inportant.
Trigger: "...How am I still alive after that?"
Man 2: "But you cannot get past us." They both fire at Julian.
Dragoshi: *Follows, another grenade at the ready, though he doesn't enter the room.*
Julian: *This is probably true.* *Julian manages to get past ONE of them.*
Metal Man (GM): Two hits. These men pack a punch. They leap over their desks and stand in the way.
Dragoshi: *Then, Dragoshi throws a grenade at the men, making sure not to hit Julian. And, after the grenade, he'd then attempt to blast them down with a Rifle Strafe.*
ChancÃ© still pokes around the desk.
Trigger: "Get out of our way!!" *slides into man 1.*
Julian: *Julian takes his revenge by punching Man 1 in the face VERY HARD. TWICE.*
Metal Man (GM): Man 1 is hit. Man 2 makes a superhuman leap away from the grenade. Man 1 is hit by the strafe. Man 2 leaps out of the way. Man 1 is hit by the sliding kick. Man 1 is hit by both punches. Man 1 is knocked over and melts into the ground. Man 2 takes aim at Trigger and fires.
Man 2: "This is what you get for trying to trespass first."
ChancÃ© decides to go help in the battle since the desk is useless.
Digifanatic tries to get in on the fun as he plans on walloping Man 2: this time, we're talking a nice flip/bikekick (upward Smash)
Metal Man (GM): The desk is totally useless. Everything disabled and covered by panels. Meanwhile, Trigger takes some damage. The man is hit by the upward smash.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi attempts to Aerodrill Man 2.*
Trigger: "Oww, I'm in pain..."
Julian: *Julian's gonna knock you out! Mama said knock you out! With a Cannon Blow!*
Metal Man (GM): The man is hit by Cannon blow. The man is hit by potion. Then he is hit by Aerodrill.
Man 2: "Stop trying. We know what you want. You will fail."
Dragoshi: *Then, Dragoshi simply resorts to just trying to shoot the Man* "Oh, shut up."
Metal Man (GM): He is hit.
Julian: "Blah, blah, blah..."
Man 2: "Blah blah blah, blah blah. Blah." He shoots at Julian. "Blah this."
Trigger: "Oh Snap!"
Dragoshi: "..." *Facepalm.*
Julian: *Blah no.* *Blahrgh.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Man 2: "Your existence is null."
Metal Man (GM): Man 2 has a cybernetic eye, it's also shorting out, and he's shooting sparks.
Julian: "Says you." *PUNCH.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Isn't even gonna justify that response as he tries to grab the guy, strangle him, and smash 'im into the ground.*
Metal Man (GM): He is hit.
Julian: *PUNCH AGAIN.*
Metal Man (GM): He is hit. He is most likely killed by Julian's punches. He is.
Man 2: "You cannot kill us."
Metal Man (GM): He melts away.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi falls back before he touches anything.*
Digifanatic: "Ohhhh man."
Metal Man (GM): The panels seal over, and this sector deactivates.
Dragoshi: *Looks around the room, now that he's free of annoyances.*
Julian: "Whatever. Plenty people said that to us, plenty people been proven wrong." *Onwards!*
Metal Man (GM): The main problem is a massive steel thing blocking the way ahead.
Julian: *Stop before running into it.*
Trigger walks over to the steel thing.
Metal Man (GM): The panels to it are dead and useless. There's no power, and if you could restore it, with all the panels down and out, you doubt it'd actually interface with the system. The steel door is built like the one you first saw, but is much less deadly. No sigil of death, it's just a typical boilerplate barrier.
Digifanatic: "Just bust it down?"
Trigger: "Try it."
Julian: *C4 to the rescue!*
Digifanatic: "Yeah, that might work."
Dragoshi: "Well, they prolly' already know that we're here..." *Stands back.*
Trigger backs away a little bit.
Metal Man (GM): You attach C-4 to it.
Digifanatic: *stands back.*
Metal Man (GM): The room suddenly powers up.
Computer Voice: "Explosive detected."
Julian: *Backs up out of explosion range...uh-oh.*
Metal Man (GM): The C-4 is warped out.
Digifanatic: "Some way to deactivate that...oh."
Julian: *Snaps fingers* "Damn."
Computer Voice: "... ... ...Potential useful people detected. If you wish to enter, you must pass a standard level exam for all employees. Thus proving your IQ is above 100."
Digifanatic: "I don't think I'd like to know how we would be useful."
Dragoshi: *Just listens.*
Metal Man (GM): A circular slot appears, You get a better look at the room. There's a desk with papers, a pencil, an old mug with coffee, the controls, some old badges for ID (they're listed as 'VOID'), and a paper that was half-filled out requesting to be transferred. There's also monitors in the corners.
Computer Voice: "Insert your hand into the slot and attain a temperature above boiling point without using any of your powers. Failing entries will have their hands chopped off."
Computer Voice: "Have a nice day!" *Blip.*
Julian: "Not it."
Trigger: "Not it."
Digifanatic: "Uh, not it."
Dragoshi: "Not it."
ChancÃ©: "Not it."
Dragoshi: "A little slow on the draw there, Chance."
ChancÃ©: "Fine, if my hands get chopped off, you're paying Dr. Mario." *heads over to the test.*
Metal Man (GM): ChancÃ© see the objects and the slot. Oddly, the slot is bigger than any person's normal hand/fist would be.
ChancÃ© first looks at the objects.
Metal Man (GM): There's a desk with papers, a pencil, an old mug with coffee, the controls, some old badges for ID (they're listed as 'VOID'), and a paper that was half-filled out requesting to be transferred. 10 inches.
ChancÃ© decides to go with yee old friction. And takes the pencil and breaks it in half, inserts both hands into the slot, and rubs the sticks together very fast. (bye hands)
Metal Man (GM): ChancÃ©'s hands are locked in a vice. A blade flies down... ..and stops an inch from his wrist, leaving only a small indentation. Not even a cut.
Computer Voice: "Hm. You are definitely employee material. Most people would have used the coffee, even though it is cold. And possibly cheated with it. Those people would be handless."
ChancÃ© o_O; "Phew."
Computer Voice: "Of course, there is only one problem with your plan..." ChancÃ©'s hands are singed as the flames reach the end of the pencil. "But that's your problem." The vice unlocks with such force it flings ChancÃ© back. The barrier spins and then sinks into the sides of the room.
Digifanatic: "You alright?"
Computer Voice: "Welcome to Innotek Corporation Headquarters. We hope you like your stay."
Julian: "Need a 'Shroom?"
ChancÃ©: "Just burned my hands a little."
Metal Man (GM): The voice fades out, as does power in this room.
ChancÃ©: "Better than losing them. ... ... ... Wait. Innoteck? Robotnic... nah."
Metal Man (GM): The next room is a hub room. Room 4. It has a sigil door blocking a downwards catwalk which leads all the way down on the opposite side to room... 10. A man walks in with a trench coat and two machineguns. He stands in the way of the route which moves to Room 5: Room assignment room.
Guard: "As employees, you are only allowed in this room. Of course, you are free to try the door. But I cannot let you past this room. It is... for your own safety."
Metal Man (GM): The door has the death sigil on it.
Dragoshi: "..." >_>;; .oO(We aren't really that concerned with our own safety...)
Guard: "You're lucky. I lost both my hands. Then an eye. Then a lot of other body parts."
Metal Man (GM): He holds up his hands.
Guard: "The further gone one is, the higher up they are stationed. They are considered cannon fodder for new potential employees. Ain't that a kick in the head?"
Guard: "Of course. Death is preferable to still serving Innotek." His eye zaps him. "Ow! Turn back, I suggest. If it'll let you. You don't want to become like me. Ever since Smash Questers tried to break us up, the head guy's become beyond paranoid. Even staplers have self destruct mechanisms now. One guy died when he used one without authorization."
Dragoshi: "...The staplers? God damn, man. That is horrible."
Guard: "This entire place is horrible. I used to know what horrible project we were doing, but they removed that part of my brain. Oh, yeah. Those guys you killed before here were basically robots, don't feel bad."
Dragoshi: "...Think it's still around somewhere? Or did they destroy i-...Oh. Eh. Not like I cared."
Guard: "My brain? No. I live to" *ZAP* "Ow! Serve... Innotek. Anyway. I can't let you through, and the minute you try to get past me, it'll take over my body. I don't mind, the" *ZAP* "Ow! I'm afraid the" *ZAP* "Ow! Has forbidden" *ZAP ZAP ZAP* "Oww... talking." *ZAP.*
Metal Man (GM): He shakes his head and stands in your way, still smoking from all the zaps.
Dragoshi: .oO(Well, he said death is better than...Maybe if I could...Nah. That might be too obvious.) "...That has to be annoying."
Digifanatic: .oO(Sounds like a dystopian sci-fi novel.)
Metal Man (GM): The door might be usable. But you saw what it did to Protoman. This man doesn't seem to have a problem with dying. Alternatively, it may free him from the mind control. Who knows?
Dragoshi: "...Okay, so said dying was better than serving Innotek, right? Well, I shall bestow you that gift of death. You'll be thankful." *Dashes over to the guard, and attempts to grab him. If the attempt succeeds, he'd then throw him into the door with the DETH SIGEL on it.*
Metal Man (GM): You hurl him into the sigil. It heals him. He floats up and back into the way.
Dragoshi: "...That was not what I was expecting."
Guard: *ZAP* "The sigils allow us to pass. Just not you. Now you die."
Metal Man (GM): He opens fire... ...Everywhere. All over the room. With both machineguns blaziing... He slowly spins around, pointing in all directions and riddling everything with bulletholes. Yikes!
Dragoshi: "...Oh, that makes sense. Lots of se-Woah!"
Metal Man (GM): Threatens all. Hits Dragoshi, Digi, and Trigger.
Julian: *What now?*
Metal Man (GM): Julian, being far away, leaps aside in time.
Trigger gets shot to death.
Dragoshi: "I've felt worse."
Metal Man (GM): Trigger: -1 life!
Julian: "So what, we're beatin' on this guy now?"
Metal Man (GM): The guard is extremely exhausted from his room-ruining performance.
Guard: "Kill m--" *ZAP* "Your existince is postdated."
Dragoshi: *In any case, Dragoshi responds to the machinegun with guns of his own- Assault rifles! Whee! Twice at that. :D* "Sure thing."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer warps in.
Digifanatic figures to keep the big hits coming, and if a Hyper Beam Matrix can pull dat off, why not?
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi: Hit.
Julian: *Julian takes advanatage of this momentary weakness by...healing up. 2 Mushrooms!*
Metal Man (GM): Digi: Hit.
Panzer looks around. Blinks. "Hooookay." *Shoots the sigil door.*
Metal Man (GM): Panzer shoots it. It takes no damage. The bullets shot into it are melted and assimilated into the door and vanish. Er. And any laser energy is absorbed.
Julian: *And then Julian uppercuts him in the face for kicks. Gazelle Punch!*
Panzer throws a rock at it if there any around.
Metal Man (GM): No rocks. The floor is surgically clean and made up of metal plating. He is uppercutted by Julian.
Panzer shoots the guard...IN THE FACE.
Man: "You are... hopeless." *ZAP* "Do it before it is too l--" *ZAP* "You will be lost."
Metal Man (GM): He is hit. The shot blows off his eyepiece.
Dragoshi: "..." *Blinks* "Nice shot."
Man: "Thank you... ...don't go beyond this point... you will become like me... gack.." *ZAP* He melts into the floor and vanishes like the rest.
Metal Man (GM): You may proceed to room 5: Room assignment Room.
Digifanatic: *walks in.*
Panzer scans the area for thermal trap triggers or anything suspicious.
Metal Man (GM): Its other name is the Redundancy Department of Redundancy.
Julian: *Waits for the guniea pig to go in first...*
Metal Man (GM): No thermal trap triggers or anything suspicious... oh, wait. There is something suspicious. A single man who is currently at his terminal, typing in stuff. He sees all of you. He gets up. He seems more human... but oddly, even though his cybernetic eye is smaller, he seems more dedicated to evil.
Panzer levels her rifle to have a beam on his forehead. "Explain yourself. Identity?"
Dragoshi: *Aims his K7 at the guy as well. Whee.*
Dr. Gnorgive: "Hmh. Inferior fleshbags. Think my mind is in my head? It is in vain."
Metal Man (GM) :He stands up atop the desk, as the panels and computer turn off and secure themselves.
Dr. Gnorgive: "We are Innotek. We are dedicated to making all things more efficient. But answer me one question... I, Dr. Gnorgive wonder why you are here and not the Smash Questers." He smirks. "Did we beat the Smash Questers?"
Panzer growls. "I'M NOT A QUESTER OR A FLESHBAG!"
Julian: "...Who the hell are the SMASH Questers? An' yeah, Panz is a robot."
Dr. Gnorgive: "Who the... you crack me up."
Panzer huffs at Julian. "Reploid."
Dr. Gnorgive: "The Smash Questers have only been fighting us for almost three decades, impeding us to the point of near-uselessness."
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(I'm trying not to respond to that with a comment...)
Julian: "I wish, that for ONCE people would answer our damn questions straight up."
Dr. Gnorgive: "But one day they all attacked our latest project... .and several of them died! Hahahahahahahahaha!"
Dr. Gnorgive: "I had been wondering... and now you are here. You have answered my question."
Digifanatic: .oO(I wonder if this has to do with those we met in the library.)
Dragoshi: *Just sways back and forth apathetically.*
Panzer shoots at him?
Dr. Gnorgive: "But I... I shall not fight you. We know what you're here for." You shoot him in the skull. It goes right through... ...showing nothing but metal. It then regenerates.
Dragoshi: .oO(Once again. Good shot) "...Hmph."
Panzer: "Well. Thats not good."
Julian: *facepalm* ""'Xactly what I'm talkin' about..."
Panzer: "Hey, can I poke you?"
Dr. Gnorgive: "You do not know what I am made of, do you? That is very yes, very bad for you. I could probably kill you now, but no. I am going to give you what you came here for! To avenge the Smash Questers! For you see, Innotek is--" *CLAMP.*
Metal Man (GM): A big black mechanical hand grabs Dr. Gnorgive's head like it's a little peanut.
Dragoshi: "...What the-?" *Looks to see what made the Clamp sound.*
Trigger: "...Uh oh."
???: "What the dumb hyuuman man meant to say is... Mr. Project is going to kill you!"
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(Crushitcrushitcrushitcrushitcrushit...)
Julian: "...Mr. Project."
Metal Man (GM): He places the 5 foot tall man off to the side, revealing himself.
Panzer looks for something else to hold her attention span.
Metal Man (GM): Mr. Project is a 10 foot tall being made of black steel and with really, really large fists and hulking arms.
Dragoshi: *under his breath* "...Damn. I was hoping he'd crush his head."
Julian: *Well shit.*
Metal Man (GM): He has several holes in him and was still being repaired. This is obvious, as repair wires and machine bits he ripped free from are evident. Dr. Gnorgive runs away like a scared child. Mr. Project's eyes are both like the cybernetic eyes. They scan both of you and then he cracks his knuckles.
Panzer sits in a nearby chair. "I hate humans too. We should discuss weapons ideas."
Mr. Project: "Let's fight, terrible mistake makers! Hurrrr!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He walks at you.
Dragoshi: "...Eh. I guess this was gonna happen sooner or later." *Shrugs.*
Panzer sits in chair still.
Mr. Project: "I'll crush you like Puny Man! He tasted goot."
Panzer: "Das gut?"
Julian: "Whatever." *Dex.*
Mr. Project: "Goot. He tasted like this!"
Metal Man (GM): He suddenly makes an attack at Trigger. His fist sloppily comes down at Trigger. While he is distracted, Julian scans him.
Dex: "...DING! Mr. Project -- 0/400. Defense: 4. He is the 4th generation anti-Smash Quester weapon. He succeeded by killing his creators, and then most of the Smash Questers."
Panzer looks for liquid nitrogen.
Digifanatic decides that now would be a real good time to have that computer module get him some info on Mr. Project, along with whatever Julian's received.
Dex: "Run like the wind unless you wish to attack him with overwhelming force."
Metal Man (GM): Trigger is smashed. Ow!
Mr. Project: "Heee heee hoo hoo haaa haa!"
Metal Man (GM): He makes weird motions. Wow. Almost like Mike Tyson in the Dream fight. There is an exit behind you. You can run. Or you can fight him. He might choose for you, though. He appears to release some steam before moving to target again.
Trigger starts running away from the robot.
Metal Man (GM): He blinked before he threw that punch. Trigger runs away. Mr. Project laughs.
Mr. Project: "Good bye weak man! Come back again so I can use my right fist!"
Panzer looks for something else to attack with.
Trigger then hides behind Digi and waits for an opening.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer doesn't find much. Although there are crates a large distance away. Mr. Project sits for a moment, then looks and sees Julian. He blinks and then uncontrollably lurches at Julian.
Panzer whistles and walks for the crates and sees what's in them.
Metal Man (GM): He falls over on the way, shearing the floor and flying at Julian.
Digifanatic: .oO(Overwhelming force...)
Metal Man (GM): Panzer walks away, apparently to find those crates.
Julian: *Julian ducks to one-side, then counter-punches with a hook to the gut!*
Metal Man (GM): Julian dents him good. A piece of his gut is knocked off. A blinking red button is inside.
Dragoshi: *Dexes the button to see if there's any info on it...other than the fact that it's a button. :p Regardless of the result, he'd switch out his rifle for the bread.*
Digifanatic decides that if we're going to try to beat this guy down, let's go for it. Knowing just how low Mr. Project's Defense is, we'll take a gamble and try another Hyper Beam Matrix.
Trigger jumps out from behind Digi and begins to go kombo krazy on the robot.
Dex: "Unknown button, most likely some experimental use!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit, Digi.
Julian: *Julian backpedals one or two steps after the hook, shifting into his boxing stance (constantly weaving from side to side, gloves up in front of face) and concentrating on Mr. Project. He waits to see him flash...or wink one of his eyes, or just start blinking rapidly.*
Dragoshi: "...I do not trust experimental uses at all." *Puts Dex away, and waits, bread at the ready. A-yep.*
Metal Man (GM): The Super combo hits like a super combo should. Being a gigantic hulk makes it really hard to dodge. Mr. Project flexes and blinks as he moves to punch at Julian again.
Julian: *Julian tries to weave to the side of the oncoming uppercut and connect with another low hook, this time to the right side of the body!*
Metal Man (GM): He is caught off guard. Obviously somebody programmed him after a certain game... Roll attack.
Gujin_Hisaki: *duck under, oncoming hook.
Metal Man (GM): He is hit dead-on. Metallic plates fly off... he stands up.
Mr. Project: "You areeee vewwy intelligent. Buwt I got this!"
Julian: "C'mon big boy, let's bounce! You ain't seen finger speed like mine!" *Julian backpedals one or two steps again...*
Metal Man (GM): He attacks without blinking this time, his fist now electrified and spiked! And at Julian!
Julian: *Fuck, upgraded jab!* *OW.*
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* Some heavy damage. Julian flies backwards. He stands up. Questers' turns. Panzer reaches the crates.
Panzer looks inside some.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer sees obsolete equipment. Dead guns, broken lamps, old CRT monitors.
Digifanatic just tries his best to avoid that deadly fist--we're going Fire Punch -> Icy Kick.
Metal Man (GM): There's some old uniforms that people obviously died in or messed up.
Julian: *And Julian's down! 1...*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, and miss, Digi.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi zooms over to Mr. Project, then rolls around him, then smashes into him with the DETH BRED twice.*
Panzer digs deeper in all of them.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit. Panzer finds a large ray gun labeled 'May explode if fired' It is also labeled 'Incredibly deadly' It takes both your hands to carry, and you'll be slowed down carrying it.
Panzer hefts it up and anything else that goes with it and wanders back to the fight. Calls SIMBER. "SMBER?"
Julian: *Julian gets up at the count of 7, shaking off the cobwebs!* "Dream's punches always did come outta nowhere..." *Adjusts his jaw with his hand* "Never did hit that hard tho." *Julian gets his bearings straight and heads back into the fray with a trio of lunging uppercuts! Gazelle Herd Punch!*
Metal Man (GM): 75/400 Three hits.
Digifanatic just keeps on going and tries something else: How about the ol' golf club battering-ram forward smash to Project's knee?
Mr. Project: "Puny men fight goowd. I cwush joo all." He blocks Digi.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer finally gets a response from SIMBER.
SIMBER: "...Yes? Where are you?"
Panzer: "Somewhere. Look at this ray guy through my visual capacity connection and see if it can be stabilized to not explode."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer makes her way back... slowly... as it is Mr. Project's turn. He's flashing and stuff.
SIMBER: "Hm. I detect... ..where did you get that? It's incredibly advanced!!!"
Panzer: "A random box."
SIMBER: "I can see... only with Dr. Gerald's most advanced work... it just needs the stabilization program we made for our own lasers, back when. I'll get to work. Just one thing. You'll only get one shot every long while... the stabilizer turns the excess energy into heat. So that it doesn't overload."
Julian: *Flashing...that means an uppercut! Julian weaves to the side and counters with a haymaker when Mr. Project's thrown off balance!*
Metal Man (GM): He is knocked back.
Panzer: "Can you send the program?"
SIMBER: "I am doing so right now." A data download prompt appears on Panzer's screen.
Mr. Project: "Yow're vewwy lucky! Get a load of this!"
Panzer internally clicks to download it.
Metal Man (GM): It begins downloading, slowly. Mr. Project begins spinning, both arms out, careening around the room wildly and threatening everybody. Dragoshi gets hit.
Julian: *Didn't see this coming.*
Panzer is pwned.
Dragoshi: *And, Dragoshi gets sent flyyyyyyyyyiiiiiing. He then lands, skidding backwards...* "God damn, that's deadly."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer is flung back, flying head over teakettle. Trigger takes a hit, as does Julian.
Mr. Project: "I killed enuf to know how to stop joo!"
Metal Man (GM): He slowly slows down, and assumes his defensive stance... ...and is slightly dizzy.
Panzer gets up after straightening her marbles.
Metal Man (GM): Digi is hit. The program is still downloading.
SIMBER: "What is that in your area? I detect... I detect a sinister energy field, the likes of which I've never seen..."
Trigger gets up in Mr. Projects face and smashes him into the wall.
Panzer: "Location? Is it from that big thingy?"
Digifanatic takes this turn a bit more cautiously...he downs a Mushroom and then tries to fire a quick sonic blast out of his synth at Mr. Project.
SIMBER: "That thing's a being? Gah! Shoot it and get out of there!"
Panzer: "Thats what the laser is for, cracker."
SIMBER: "It's... it's... it's unmistakable. Someone has made a supersoldier more powerful than Kuja's specifications. Making it practically unkillable. But that gun... ..the gun should stop it. I'm hurrying."
Dragoshi: *Quickly eats a mushroom, then zooms over to Mr. Project, bread in hand, though, instead of striking him from the front, he rolls around to get behind him, then tries to SMAAAAAAAAAAASH him in the back with it like some sort inane parody of the Back Slash. After that, he'd follow up with another breadsmack.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, Digi. Hit, Trigger.
Panzer: "I'm the only ubersoldat dammit!"
Julian: *Julian shakes out the cobwebs after being hit with Mr. Project's Helicopter Punch, and goes for another Gazelle Herd Punch!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. More hit. Also hits. And another hit. Even more hitting. More plating flies off. 228/400
Mr. Project: "I admire yer smarts... but yuw can't stop me. Even my creatow couldn't do it!" He raises his fists and flashes, far more rapidly than ever seen by a boxer.
Panzer: "Are we there yet?"
Metal Man (GM): That, and not many boxers glow oddly.
SIMBER: "Just a little more..."
Trigger: "...Oh hell."
Julian: *Uppercut Rush Oncoming! Punch him in the face before he gets too far!*
Panzer steps outside the room.
Metal Man (GM): You hit him good. And I mean, very good. So good, he flies back and becomes half-embedded in the glass on the side.
Trigger: "...It's gotta be dead after that."
Mr. Project: "Yuw... yuw can't drop dis!"
Dragoshi: "..." *Claps for Julian.*
Trigger: "Damn it..."
Metal Man (GM): He gets up...
Dragoshi: *Then re-focuses on Mr. Project.*
Digifanatic: "I dunno...that thing looks pretty freaking tough!"
SIMBER: "The gun is ready. Fire it, Panzer."
Dragoshi: "This is getting ridiculous."
Metal Man (GM): Mr. Project is blasted by an unimaginable explosion, and flies backwards again. Bits and pieces of him flies everywhere. 398/400 He... stands up...
Mr. Project: "Yuw die now!" He gets really mad and rips out one of those catwalks from the side.
Panzer: "Someone kick him."
Dragoshi: *...Walks up to the guy, and just flatout smacks him with the bread before this even continues. Because really.*
Julian: *Gazelle Punch >_>*
Metal Man (GM): He breaks all of the windows within a bunch of feet and swings it at you. He fails and is hit... ... and falls down the chasm.
Dragoshi: "Fucking finally."
Metal Man (GM): He bounces off several other catwalks.
Trigger: "...I know."
Panzer does a jig.
Metal Man (GM): You see him hit the bottom.
Digifanatic: "I knew we were getting momentum."
Metal Man (GM): ...He stands up at the bottom.
Trigger: "That MUSTA hurt."
Dragoshi: "...Oh, COME ON!."
Mr. Project: "Hah! You fa--."
Metal Man (GM): He is smashed flat by the catwalk.
Trigger: "Hah, you fail."
Metal Man (GM): It fell down after him.
Panzer pats the laser. "This is miiineee..."
Metal Man (GM): Several alarms go off as metal plates begin to lock off the entire place.
Dragoshi: "..." *Wonders if he'll come back from the dead again.*
Digifanatic: "Hmm...you folks just want to warp back to HQ?"
Metal Man (GM): Protoman appears. He appears slightly better.
Trigger: "...We should leave."
Digifanatic: "Hello again."
Julian: "Yeah! That's what you get when you mess wit' tha best!" *Julian violently crosses his arms dismissively, then raises them in triumph as he walks back to the group.*
Protoman: "You... you did it. I was... afraid there."
Panzer hugs the laser.
Dragoshi: "...Anyone wanna bet he'll re-revive? ...Then again, it is a catwalk he was crushed by...And after all the abuse...But, still..."
Julian: "Please. We're the best at what we do, no matter what any body says."
Protoman: "Mr. Project is dead. Only his doctor could revive him... and he killed that doctor."
Digifanatic: "And now what?"
Dragoshi: "...Oh. Well, that saves a lot of complications. Who was insane enough to make someone like that, anyway?"
Julian: "You got anythin' else for us to do?"
Panzer looks for parts to enhance the laser.
Protoman: "The problem is, Mr. Project was just one of many projects. You are not strong enough to go further. The true security system will come in soon, and if we don't leave, we're all dead."
Julian: "Also, you gonna have to explain to us 'bout these 'Smash Questers' everyone's talkin' about when we're outta here."
Dragoshi: "...I see."
Trigger: "Lets go then."
Digifanatic: "Ah, yeah, I'm wondering what's up with that as well."
Dragoshi: "Well, let's call back a warp, then." *Would proceed to do so before this shit gets worse* "Quite."
Julian: "So if we all done here..." *Warp call!*
Protoman: "I will... once we get out of here." He hurls a warp to the ground. "Bring that gun with you--we'll be needing it.
Digifanatic: .oO(Could it be the old wave of us? Doubt it, but...)
Metal Man (GM): A warp appears.
Metal Man (GM): Protoman leaps in.
Digifanatic: *Let's get outta here!*
Panzer finds nothing. Enters warp. "My laser."
Metal Man (GM): You all reappear in the Ark's control room. Protoman collapses to one knee and coughs.
Panzer makes a mental note to come back for more parts later and picks Proto up. "Robots. so weak."
Trigger: "Dude, you ok?"
Protoman: "In truth, had we not been attacked by Mr. Project immediately after fighting his brother, we might have survived."
Julian: "There was a second one?"
Protoman: "Thanks to you, our last mission is complete." He falls over. "But I'm afraid I can't do another one. I'm going to have to give you the remains of our legacy." *He nods* "There were two. The first roughed us up and we killed him. Then the second, carbon copy, came out of nowhere and killed us... ..after something else blew up our warp. They do not know your warps yet. That is why we escaped."
Dragoshi: "That's rather...disconcerting."
Protoman: "Now, to explain myself..."
Metal Man (GM): He slips a disk into the console. You see... ...a hazy, black and white video.
Julian: *Movie Time!*
Panzer sits lazily in a chair.
Dragoshi: *Sways back and forth once again while watching. Whee.*
Metal Man (GM): There's Protoman at the front. He was obviously this group's Julian/Razor.
Metal Man (GM): You also see Bass by his side. Additionally, you see Stanley the Bugman. He is being poked at and made fun of some Pokemon trainer who looks like a thief.
Panzer: "They got Bass?"
Protoman: "Blown up by Mr. Project's electric jab. Of course, he killed hundreds of those secretaries they have down there, but..."
Panzer: "Thats messed up."
Metal Man (GM): It also shows... odd. Another Link.
Protoman: "An earlier Link served in our team, too."
Dragoshi: *Blinks, and looks at the other Link* "What the..."
Digifanatic: .oO(Interesting group...)
Julian: "There's more than one?"
Protoman: "No, a predecessor... there's many. We had the luck of two living at once. This was the older one... well. The one you have is the Hero of Time. This one is the Hero of Twilight, who fought and died earlier."
Protoman: "Master Hand organized us to simply defend the world, instead of the stadium. He had a thing for stuff like that."
Panzer: "Makes me wonder if my line was continues after me, the prototype."
Dragoshi: "...I'll ask about the Hero of Twilight thing, later."
Panzer: "Doubt it."
Protoman: "We have been working for almost over 60 years now, and succeeding. He made the other Questers to help supplement us. But for the longest time... we were the most elite."
Panzer: "Repliforce was better."
Digifanatic: "Hmm. Please continue."
Protoman: "We fought all kinds of people. Remember how peaceful it was when you first became a group?"
Julian: "'Zere a reason we ain't ever been introduced? No."
Trigger: "What peace?"
Protoman: "Very simple. You would have wanted to help us. At the time, that was impossible. Andross and the original Space Pirates would have wiped the floor with you. They had all kinds of crazy things."
Dragoshi: *Under his breath* "...Fun."
Panzer: "More like you didn't want to be outsourced, or better yet, dethroned."
Trigger: "Like death beams and the sort?"
Protoman: "Dethroned... heh... you don't understand. At about the time we were as old as you are now... things began to become horrible."
Protoman: "People died for real. This one enemy we've been fighting introduced himself and never stopped attacking. We've killed him constantly. Nothing can kill him, seemingly."
Panzer: "Look kid. I'm older then you are."
Protoman: "You also served in another dimension... that is another story." *Cough* "But my time isn't that long."
Julian: "Wasn't our choice, tell ya that much."
Protoman: "This man had one thing nobody else has had since... the good sense to never fight us with a real body, apparently."
Panzer: "If you cant beat them, suspend them. Freeze them. Bury them in a glacier."
Protoman: "Never, ever. We've never found it. We've killed every robot clone he's made, none of them came near to being human or the original."
Dragoshi: "...How annoying."
Protoman: "Sigma was dumb compared to this guy. We don't even know his name. We blow up his stuff. He builds them in secrecy... anywhere. We were making headway when this happened. We got to this one... and he was there."
Panzer: "Maybe her has a crush on you and has a bad way of showing it, Blues."
Protoman: "I shot him in the shoulder. He actually bled. Then he sent an unimaginable force against us and most of us died."
Protoman: "Now... we have failed as a group, because this man has both defeated the multiple lives system we had and our teleporters. He will do the same to you too. Except! This... this other man contacted me."
Metal Man (GM): The control panel glows and the man you talked to before appears.
???: "Why, yes. I hate unstoppable doppelganger-using fools. It was a shame they killed these people... but then I realized... you Questers could kill them. And you did! You killed one of their weapons."
Panzer snaps a mental shot. Sends it to SIMBER.
Julian: "An' here's this guy again."
Dragoshi: "I suppose. I'm sorry we couldn't do more, though."
Metal Man (GM): It's a weird silhouette with a weird voice. The shot is saved and sent.
???: "It is no problem. You surprised this... this other man, I think."
Panzer also takes a voice sample. sends.
???: "Usually he just rebuilds over the dead bodies and continues."
Dragoshi: "Though, we at least have one of their weapons." *Points to Panzer and her shiny new deathlaser. >_>*
???: "Instead... ...he is sending investigator units into the destroyed areas."
Panzer: "Wouldnt be Dr. Doppler would it?"
Digifanatic: "I wouldn't be surprised."
Protoman: "That was another thing you did. Nobody has thought to steal from them before... well. The Thief Trainer did once. But he never let anybody look at it."
Dragoshi: "...Hm. Interesting."
Trigger: "A weather robot?"
???: "Scanning this shows many things." He shows a picture of the gun.
Julian: "An' now he's dead. So what's this all add up to?"
Panzer: "Think outside the box."
Metal Man (GM): It shows... a small cold fusion core. It also shows a prismatic focuser... highly advanced components.
Panzer: "That would be my core... Idiot."
???: "No, this one is smaller and fits inside the gun. It is also more advanced. Whoever made this has access to technology that is... anachronistic."
Panzer: "This is a mini nuclear laser making gun."
???: "Its only flaw is... well... it was too powerful. A mistake at the... factory."
Digifanatic: "This one I have to hear."
Julian: "TOO powerful?"
Panzer: "And its mine. They will always have something that can beat their creations. In case the creation rebels."
Dragoshi: .oO(Hmm. Note to self. Steal stuff from these guys.)
???: "Too powerful. At normal power, it explodes the gun and destroys the area around it."
Dragoshi: "..." *blinks.*
Panzer: "I got a program put on it to stop that."
Julian: "So what's the next step?"
???: "You continue on with your battles... and I will contact you next time these people are vulnerable. They have the habit of never straying outside their bases."
Panzer: "Theoretically it can be powered even more if I direct some of my radiations and fissions into it."
???: "There is only one now. You blew apart their remaining death weapon."
Panzer: "Bring it."
Dragoshi: "...Oh. Thanks."
Digifanatic: "Oh, okay, good."
???: "Now then. If you have more questions, ask me. Otherwise... you may return to your Stadium... hmmm?" He looks to Panzer.
Metal Man (GM): A warp back to HQ appears.
Protoman: "I shall... rest here. No more... no more missions for me. I'm tapped out."
Dragoshi: "Out of curiosity. Does Proctor have any connections to these guys?"
Panzer: "I want to see whats next so I can prepare for it."
???: "Oh. What else they have? Hmmm. This is the main thing blocking your next mission."
Julian: "I was also wonderin' if you got any dirt on Proctor."
Metal Man (GM): He shows that sigil you encountered earlier.
???: "No... Doctor Proctor is a lunatic trying to experiment with life and death."
Panzer: "Send me schematics of that, if you can."
???: "As you wish... these aren't exactly schematics, but I copied the data achieved from your attempts to destroy one... and Protoman's sacrificial sigil opening move."
Panzer: "Send it."
Metal Man (GM): Schematics of a sort appears. It shows it saps all the energy out of non-base personnel that touch it.
Dragoshi: "...Hmm. I see. Sad. I was hoping to mutilate two birds with a electric carving knife."
Metal Man (GM): The only known way to open it forcefully is to stick one's hand into it and lose all but 1 HP. At which point it opens for an unknown reason.
Panzer: "Method of identification, linking one to the 'base."
Metal Man (GM): Base identification requires a dizzying array of metrics. A card ID, a chip inside your brain which allows the base to control you, a cybernetic eye (or two) Various chips and sensors up and down your system... at minimum. It checks by seeing if it can control your body and override your thoughts. If it cannot, then it considers you an intruder... and, as a recording goes, intruders are to be killed.
Panzer: "Hmm. Could these things be emulated just enough to allow access, but not to be controlling, or could I make some of my chips mimic that output?"
???: "I do not know. It is very dangerous..."
Panzer: "Theorize, then."
Protoman: "We've tried. Nothing besides actual mind control works. It checks by controlling you. Your chip could have a kill switch, but..."
Trigger walks through the warp. "I'll see ya all back in the match."
Protoman: "All rooms are rigged to shut down and/or protect themselves if you become an intruder."
Dragoshi: "Well, two more minor questions. Firstly, any idea on if this could be repaired?" *Shows this mysterious friend of ours the broken shield generator he took from Trent a while back in Season 12* "Secondly...Do you have any idea on what kind of gun this thing belongs to?" *He would then show the mysterious ally the Turquoise Gun Barrel.*
Panzer: "Speculate. Could I use the maverick virus to shield my parameters and be controlled long enough, then vaccinated for the infected virus and returned to normal?"
Protoman: "And the rooms we really want, you need to be able to access without being an intruder in the eyes of the system... ideally..." He gets a thoughtful look on his face. "You would break in as intruders and destroy the computer. Then upload whatever you wanted in its place. That would give you total control."
Julian: "Now we jus' need to get to the computers."
Protoman: "But... the computer is incredibly strong and crazy. We've had to flee from it repeatedly. And it was that way it learned how we warped."
Panzer: "Answer my questions."
Protoman: "Maverick Virus is cheap toast to this computer. It knows of Sigma and the virus, thanks in part to when it once copied parts of my memory. It would be able to control you using it... and it reformats all robots it can control to its own operating system."
Panzer: "Even of my heavily modified version?"
Protoman: "It is a heuristic masterpiece. You would have 5 minutes at most. The best way would be... something... we're still thinking on that."
Panzer: "I'm not your average robot though. It shouldn't know of reploids."
Protoman: "Your leader might be able to help you. We've been in reploid territory before... just not the same time period as now. Ever wonder why Dr. Light knows so much about it?"
Panzer: "No. I hate him."
Protoman: "Heh. I never entirely agreed with him either."
Panzer: "He thinks I should be nicer. Pfft."
Protoman: "We had a mission there once or twice, when things got messy in the past. It was weird, seeing my own corpse. I made a point of avoiding Zero."
Panzer: "Any other ideas?"
Protoman: "We're working on it."
Panzer: "Could a robot be remote controlled with a back door virus to take over the computer once it is assimilated?"
Dragoshi: "..." *Blinks, then continues waiting for ??? to answer his questions. He twiddles his thumbs while waiting. Whee.*
???: "I am working on cracking their cipher... if you damaged their computer, their entire base loses security for some moments."
Panzer: "Could a piloting program be so disguised?"
???: "That could be a vector for my idea."
Protoman: "Perhaps, you'd need a robot though. And I'm not going back, it'd know me."
Julian: "Trigger's kind of a robot."
Dragoshi: "...Maybe we could get E Li Three...Wait. He is a robot, right?"
Panzer: "I know just where to make one from..."
???: "E Li who?"
Dex: "While E Li Three would work for being a robot, he is not... subtle, let us say."
Panzer: "Couldn't be me. I'm too complex."
???: "Oh. You need an identifiably mindless robot."
Dragoshi: "...Oh. Damn. I was hoping to overload the computer with his pure insanity." >_>;;
???: "Anything weird would make it suspect you. I've heard of people with weird deformities who join them being artificially normalized for it... robots aren't so lucky."
Panzer: "I could make Light into a robot... It would be a pleasure."
Protoman: "Dr. Light's too dumb as a robot or a person to fool a computer. He can't lie to save his life. Usually, I end up saving his."
Julian: "Hmmm...Maybe Val could make a robot."
Protoman: "The computer would probably ask him what he thought of slaying all intruders on sight and he'd go into a rant."
Panzer: "Sounds about right. Ill go to Moths yard and get parts and make one."
???: "Okay then. Once we have the parts and we have a good window, we can strike again. Until then... you do your battle, Julian and other Questers."
Panzer: "Or reprogram one of those zombie bots."
Metal Man (GM): A warp to HQ appears.
???: "Good work... and watch out for Doctor Proctor. He's whacked."
Panzer looks at Julian. "why are you so special? Cant even speak right. pfft. " She walks into the warp.
Digifanatic: "Like we didn't know THAT one about Proctor already..."
Julian: *Back to the warp!*
Digifanatic: *And he's out of that place and back to HQ.*
Dragoshi: "...Just three more questions before I leave." *Once again shows the broken shield generator he swiped offa Trent, then the Turquoise Gun Barrel* "Firstly, can this be repaired? If not, could there at least be any research done with this? Secondly, do you know what kind of gun this barrel belongs to?" *Once he gets those questions answered, he's outta there.*
???: "If you have enough money, anything can be repaired. Am... unsure what that gun barrel belongs to."
Dragoshi: "I see. Thank you. If you somehow find out anything about the details of the kind of gun this barrel is part of, please do tell." *Bows, then leaves.* *in the future