Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 64: The Valley of Heartless
Date: July 16th, 2004.
Trivia: Locos plays as Dr. Donez in this one towards the end.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aribar's sitting in R&R right now, just a-minding his own business... reading literature that REALLY shouldn't be in the hands of someone his age... (As in, complex language, not dirty)
Aribar: "Greetings Gentlemen... All your... Your... Does that say 'Base'?"
Nick Caligo (GM): XD
Link: "Uh, I'm looking for someone named Aribar Hunter?"
Nick Caligo (GM): The Hero of Time is standing in the doorway, looking puzzled. Funny, he's met Aribar several times before.
Aribar looks up... "Thats me, Link."
Metal Man wakes up from his nap. He dusts off his gun, and stretches.
Aribar stands up and puts "The Little Zig That Could" away. "What do yah want?"
Link: "Ah, Aribar! Mewtwo wants to see you in the Big Room. He says there's a new recruit he wants you to break in."
Aribar: "Ah... Okay. Thanks, Link." *The elf heads towards the Big Room of |)00|\/|.*
Link: "You too, Metal."
Metal Man: "Alrighty."
Nick Caligo (GM): Mewtwo awaits in the Big Room, staring at the big screen. Hydro is on the floor, currently choking to death for reasons unknown.
Metal Man pokes Hydro.
Hydro: "AHHHHH..." *gargle gargle.*
Metal Man: "What the heck?"
Hydro is starting to lose consciousness.
Aribar stands back... "Oooookay..."
Mewtwo: "That's the new recruit... he has a bit of a big mouth." He waves his hand out to the side and Hydro stops choking.
Hydro: *Gasp.* "YOU LITTLE PIECE OF CRAP AND YOUR PSYCHIC POWERS!!" *takes out Metal Staff.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Aaand in a few moments he's choking again.
Metal Man: "...Do we need to beat him up?"
Mewtwo: "... WHAT... was that..?"
Hydro: *gargle gargle gargle.*
Mewtwo: "Now WHAT did you call me?"
Nick Caligo (GM): He releases Hydro.
Hydro: *GASP.* *coughs up blood.* "Meh..." *continues coughing.*
Aribar: "Mewmix, let the rookie go. Go torture Young Link or someone!"
Mewtwo: "Very well..." he heads out the doors. "... Wait a minute!!"
Metal Man: "I dunno... he doesn't act that bright..."
Nick Caligo (GM): He returns shortly, bursting through the doors. "I'm SUPPOSED to be briefing you on a mission!"
Hydro gets up from coughing up blood.
Yurie glances up from her seat in the big-room, polishing her rapier's blade quietly.
Mewtwo: *ahem.* "This is a simple reconnaissance mission." The screen blinks, showing a lush, green canyon in the Mushroom Kingdom... with all the fixins'... including platforms whose orientation makes no physical sense...
Metal Man: "A... ha..."
Hydro: "Hmm... interesting..."
Mewtwo: "I believe we've found the source of that interruption in your warp back."
Yurie: "..." *shink.*
Metal Man: "...Ah."
Mewtwo: "And it's in this very canyon. It appears to be magical in nature, not technological."
Yurie: "Magical, eh?"
Mewtwo: "So, you shall go to Lush Lush Canyon and track it down. It should be fairly obvious; it's rather powerful."
Hydro looks at it in amazement. "Looks cool."
Aribar: "Ah... Magic... My department for once!"
Yurie stands, padding over to the small group, her sword going clink-clink as she walks, glancing at the new recruit.
Metal Man: "And another chance for me to practice my moves."
Yurie: <.< "...and -why- are we taking the smurf along?"
Hydro looks at Yurie with anger. "Grrrr..."
Mewtwo: "Because he needs to be broken in."
Aribar: "Meat sh---He needs some practice."
Metal Man: "Because he likes cursing, accusing Aribar of lewd acts, and stuff."
Yurie: "Grr to you too..."
Hydro: "..." *Laughs at Yurie.* "Not worth it. Also, Mewtwo, sorry about earlier... caught me on a bad day..."
Mewtwo: "It will get worse if your attitude keeps up like this. There's a warp pipe waiting for you... I recommend that Hydro go in first."
Metal Man: "Sudden mood swings..."
Yurie: "Any equipment for the mission? Mushrooms? Etc?"
Aribar attempts to hold back a smile.
Hydro: "Yeah I flunked a test because my teacher was stupid..."
Mewtwo: "Ah yes. You shall all receive three healing mushrooms."
Hydro: "Hmm... Healing Mushrooms?"
Mewtwo: "Yes. Three of them."
Hydro: "Hmm... ok, Thanks."
Aribar: "I hope we won't need a ton of them like last time..."
Yurie reaches down, then plucks Hydro up calmly by the nape of his tunic and takes said mushrooms, walking to the pipe. -.-
Hydro: "LET ME GO! Don't make me freeze you I have a Ice cube!"
Metal Man: "..."
Metal Man bursts out laughing.
Yurie: "And I have an apathy cube. In you go!" *dumps him calmly into the warp pipe.*
Aribar: "And I have three thunder cubes..."
Hydro goes down the pipe screaming. "AHHHHHH!!!!"
Metal Man: "And I have... eight various cubes!"
Yurie: "This is going to be a long mission." -.- *hops in and slides down the tube all hong-kong phooey-like.*
Metal Man leaps in dah pipe.
Aribar hops in.
Hydro's screams echo in the pipe.
Nick Caligo (GM): All land on Hydro.
Nick Caligo (GM): He winds up at the bottom of a very big, uncomfortable dogpile.
Metal Man: "...I really would have preferred a warp or cars..."
Hydro: "Ow... ow... ow... ow..."
Yurie: "...me... too... Metal, your nose is poking me in the bum." -.-
Hydro: "Ok, who let one?! Will you people get off me?!"
Aribar: *He rolls to off the other people.*
Yurie wriggles out of the dogpile and smooths out her clothes.
Metal Man gets up, pushing Yurie off his face without knocking her over, then gets up, and dusts himself off. He spins his gun.
Nick Caligo (GM): The Questers are on a ledge in this wide, lush canyon.
Hydro lies there, crushed.
Yurie: *dust dust, pat pat, straighten straighten.* "There we go... hmm."
Hydro: "Ow... ow... mommy..."
Aribar gets off the others if he wasn't already off them.
Nick Caligo (GM): All over the place there are warp pipes, earthen platforms, and rope bridges.
Hydro gets up slowly.
Nick Caligo (GM): Just ahead is a bridge across the canyon.
Hydro: "Wow! ...Beautiful..."
Metal Man heads to the bridge nonchalantly.
Hydro follows Metal with a limp.
Aribar: "Reminds me of half the spots in East Jenta..." *He follows Metal.*
Metal Man: "After you, Hydro. You may go first."
Yurie: "Have fun." ^^
Hydro goes in front of Metal. "This is gonna be a looooong day..."
Metal Man: "You may cross the bridge first."
Nick Caligo (GM): Hydro would see a large, dark shape across the bridge.
Yurie: .oO(You bet it will be.)
Yurie is following... a good ways behind Hydro, with Metal in front of her.
Hydro: "Uh... guys..."
Nick_Caligo (GM): Why, it's a friendly cannon!
Nick Caligo (GM): C'mere, cannon! Aww, who's a good cannon? And look! It's sending a threesome of Bullet Bills right this way!
Hydro goes to pet the Cannon--"AHH CRAP!"
Yurie: "..." *checks Dex.* "...25 seconds... a new record. He beat your record Aribar."
Aribar: "... Damn him!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Hydro dies a horrible flaming death.
Nick Caligo (GM): He regenerates after losing one life.
Hydro: "Grrr... Metal, you take the lead!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal's in the lead now.
Metal Man: "Okay."
Hydro catches up.
Yurie follows, humming.
Metal Man skips to the bridge, looking out for enemies. Like the one that blew up Hydro.
Yurie: "Total slaughter... total slaughter... I won't leave a single, man alive... lah-dee-dah-dee-dee, genociiiide, lah-dee-dah-dee-dah, an ocean of blooooood" ^^ o/`
Aribar backs away from Yurie.
Nick Caligo (GM): The Questers arrive across the bridge, at the cannon.
Hydro gives Yurie a weird look as he walks with the rest.
Metal Man: "It's an evil cannon! I must destroy it!"
Nick Caligo (GM): It's like a dome with three barrels. All black.
Metal Man aims at it.
Nick Caligo (GM): It pops its hood open and a large gopher like creature pops its head out.
Yurie hmms... then walks around said dome, still singing softly.
Metal Man: "...One of those..."
Yurie: "...forget the gun, shoot the gopher."
Nick Caligo (GM): Well, that gopher's going last...
Razor flies in a bit late... sporting a clawed EW-123 glove on his left hand as well, no less. It has the same cubes as in his right one.
Metal Man: "Prepare to die! I summon... TRI-ATTACK!" He glows yellow, red, then blue. Three runes, each one a different color, and a third of a circle. His gun glows, and then is fired. A large laser that is electrified, fiery, and icy, is shot out at the Gophercannon.
Nick Caligo (GM): *HALFDAMAGE!* The Gopher ducks down in the nick of time. The cannon is melted a little, electrified, and iced. The gopher pops up.
Metal Man: "...It's like whack-a-mole!"
Yurie: "Except the mole whacks back." -.-
Metal Man: "Only a small setback."
Hydro: "Oh goodie... a mole..."
Yurie: "Aribar, make it go sizzle."
Hydro: "Aribar, zap it! Zap it, zap it!" *Smiles.*
Garrick: "Can we stop the idle chatter and just blast the damn thing?"
Aribar: "Bolt!" *Attempts to fry the cannon some more.*
Nick Caligo (GM): The gopher, again, ducks into that cannon. Aribar zaps the lid.
Garrick brings up his buster and takes aim at the stupid mole cannon thing. He squeezes off a shot at it, one eye shut as he aims.
Nick Caligo (GM): *POP.* The Mole falls over with a "The Cheat screaming while Strong Bad kicks him" sound.
Nick Caligo (GM): He starts chattering angrily as he gets back up, and shakes his fist at Garrick.
Hydro: "Awww, he's so cute when he's angry."
Garrick: "Heh, now THAT's funny..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Yurie.
Hydro: "Yes it is..."
Yurie grumbles, then climbity-climbs up the gun and stabbity-stabs the mole.
Aribar: "Hrm..." *He begins to think that maybe he should stock up on a Pokeball or two.*
Hydro steps away from Yurie.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hit.
Hydro begins to get a evil look on himself. He closes his eyes.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hydro, you've got something on your shirt.
Hydro: "Ice!" *casts Ice towards the Gopher.*
Nick Caligo (GM): *wipes it off.* Ah, just an evil look.
Yurie: "...oh sweet Jesus, he's firing with his eyes closed!!"
Aribar dives to the ground.
Nick Caligo (GM): T3h g0ph3r dives back into his hole.
Hydro: "Yes! I did damage!" *dances oddly.* ^_^
Nick Caligo (GM): ... *cough.* ... Anyway...
Yurie glances at the icicle forming on the tip of her nose... then slooooowly looks at Hydro from her perch. "...don't do that again." -.-
Hydro: "What?: "..."
Garrick: "...dance... like that... and shoot with your eyes closed... it's... not a good thing to do..."
Hydro: "Sorry, it's my first time with a Ice cube..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The gopher keeps the lid shut. All three of the barrels fire at once, unleashing wind-up, electronic bob-ombs.
Razor lands with the others. "...enjoying yourselves?"
Hydro: "Hey Razor."
Nick Caligo (GM): Holy crap, how'd he know Razor's name!?
Razor waves to the others before leveling both weapons in the direction of two of the bob-ombs. "Now... can't party without me, can you?" (He met Razor before)
Metal Man: "...He's Psychic! AHHHHHH!!!"
Razor chuckles softly as both of his gloved hands begin to glow faintly. "Twin Hyper Burst!" He clutches them into fists, and they send a massive barrage of laser blasts at two of the hapless walking bombs.
Hydro covers his eyes. "MY EYES, IT BURNS!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Three hits on one of them... Two hits--one critical--on the other. The bob-ombs explode... on either side of Hydro. Kidding. Only ONE of them explodes on Hydro.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hydro est KO'd, I see.
Garrick: "...whatever..." He brings his buster up once more and takes aim at that stupid Gopher thing once more and fires off another shot.
Nick Caligo (GM): *PAHHH!!* OWCH. The Gopher falls out of the cannon and poofs. The cannon is left unmanned and open.
Garrick: "...mmmmmmmmmmm... cannon..."
Hydro lays there unconscious.
Yurie slides into ze cannon.
Nick Caligo (GM): The last remaining bob-omb walks over to Garrick and--hey! ... Correction. The last remaining bob-omb walks up in between Garrick and Yurie and EXPLODES. Yurie evades.
Nick Caligo (GM): She remains unharmed. Garrick gets burnt. Meanwhile, Hydro's still unconscious.
Yurie: "...is the smurf dead?"
Aribar: "Not yet."
Metal Man: "Should we throw a mushroom at his head?"
Yurie sheathes her rapier and pokes Hydro with the scabbard... then feeds him a 'shroom.
Hydro wakes up slowly. "Oh my head... Thanks Yurie..."
Razor chuckles softly, folding his arms across his chest.
Garrick: "Well, that was entertaining."
Hydro: "Yurie, Here." Gives Yurie as Mushroom for healing him.
Yurie: "...well... now where? Who wants the cannon?"
Yurie: *has 3 mushrooms now.* ^^
Metal Man checks the cannon's remains.
Garrick: "So, what now?"
Nick Caligo (GM): The cannon's still relatively intact.
Aribar just stands back from the cannon and the others.
Razor rubs his chin. "So... what's the point of this training?"
Metal Man tries to take a big piece of it so it can be made into a weapon later.
Yurie: "To teach Smurf here the ropes."
Yurie: *points at Hydro.*
Razor nods slowly. "Alright... I'm going to go check something... be right back." He flies off.
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal dismantles part of the cannon. The central cannon won't work anymore.
Metal Man: "Hmmm... this will take some work."
Razor flies down... down... down. He moves towards the source of the stream.
Hydro walks towards the cannon. He searches it.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hydro determine that this cannon is definitely a cannon. Razor finds a block in the middle of the stream. It's quite humongous... It'd take some real explosives to get rid of this.
Hydro: "Whoa... that is one humongous block." ;) "Hmm... nothing, dang."
Razor raises an eyebrow. "Hmmm... no way I can move this... but perhaps..." He flies back up, landing atop the cannon. "Metal... think you could fire a few shots in that direction?" He points down in the direction of the block...
Nick Caligo (GM): It's pretty close. Visible if anyone takes the time to look.
Garrick: "...I could try and blast it with my own cannon..."
Hydro looks around.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hydro sees the cannon, having not told me what he's trying to look at.
Metal Man fires some shots at the block.
Hydro: "Wow... BIIIG boom..."
Metal Man: "...No... that was a well-aimed shot."
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal fires two sets of bullet bills at the block, which explodes brilliantly.
Hydro: "Yeah... a very nice one... good job!"
Aribar walks left and right...
Nick Caligo (GM): The stream it was sitting on starts flowing normally again.
Metal Man: "...That was interesting."
Aribar: "Think... Think... Think..."
Metal Man: "This cannon shall be useful."
Metal Man: "Now... I just need some other things to stick into it..."
Razor rubs his gloved palms together. "How about Hydro?"
Hydro: "Huh? Grrr."
Metal Man: "...He doesn't have a cube capacity, silly."
Garrick laughs at Razor's comment. "Guy's got a good point..."
Nick Caligo (GM): *ahem.* A path leads down to the canyon floor.
Metal Man: "Now Hydro, you get to go first."
Hydro: "HECK NO! You saw what happened last time."
Garrick: "You're the new guy, you need to learn the ropes. So, go. Now."
Hydro: "I vote Aribar going first."
Razor chuckles softly. "Go first or I'll make you go... Metal said go... so go."
Nick Caligo (GM): There's also an alternate path: a platform that looms just by the corner of this overhang.
Yurie: "This isn't a democracy. Now go."
Hydro: "Last time I went in front I blew up in a nuclear explosion... fine..." *sigh.*
Aribar: "You petted a cannon!"
Hydro takes the lead against his will.
Yurie: "Atta boy ^^."
Garrick: "Nicely said, Yurie..."
Yurie follows a ways back. ^^
Aribar mumbles, "Erwin, give me strength..."
Hydro: "Hmm... which way..."
Metal Man follows, putting the interesting cannon in his pack and pulling out his normal gun and going into the canyon.
Hydro: "Let's go towards the canyon."
Razor flies above the group, staying around the middle.
Hydro takes the path that leads into the canyon.
Aribar follows the others.
Garrick walks onward as well, following Hydro, though he is a ways back..
Nick Caligo (GM): *RANDOM ENCOUNTER!!* *swwwoooOOOOOoosh!*
Hydro: "WHAT THE?!"
Yurie: *draws sword!*
Garrick: *readies buster.*
Hydro takes out his Metal Staff.
Aribar looks above with his sword raised to the sky.
Hydro: "This is why I hate taking lead..."
Razor... ummm... flexes his fingers?
Nick Caligo (GM): Four small... black... ugly things with antennae and lamplike eyes greets the Questers. They look -NOTHING- like normal residents of the Mushroom Kingdom.
Hydro: "Metal... I hate you with a passion... ok I am kidding but still..."
Metal Man: "...Okay..."
Yurie whips out her Dex and SCANS the buggers.
Nick Caligo (GM): *Ding!*
Dex: "Shadow Heartless."
Hydro: "What are they Yurie?"
Dex: "HP: 12. Attack Bonus: +6. Defense: 16."
Hydro: "Dang it..I knew I should have bought the Light Cube..."
Dex: "EXP: 25."
Aribar: "And what will you say if we run across a fire foe later?"
Hydro: "Good point. Thanks Aribar."
Dex: "Information: These mythical creatures were common on Sora's quest to lock the hearts of all worlds. They are the weakest of Heartless, but aren't to be taken lightly. They are known to be able to sink under the ground and pop up suddenly."
Hydro: "Oh great, another 'Mole' type monster..."
Yurie clicks her Dex closed and draws her sword. *done.*
Garrick brings his buster up and takes aim at one of the little creepy things, blasting off a shot toward it.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SMITE!* *POW* It flies backwards and explodes.
Hydro: "Good Job Garrick!"
Hydro stands there looking at Aribar "Meh..."
Aribar first uses Bolt. Then he activates Heroic Surge which is a feat that allows him to have another action. He uses that to attempt to finish the Heartless with a lunging stab.
Nick Caligo (GM): Well, so much for that lunging stab. *ZAP!!* The bolt zaps the lil' dick, nearly destroying it. It looks very dizzy...
Hydro: "Good try Aribar."
Yurie (GM): @ @
Nick Caligo (GM): lol, precisely, Yur.
Razor keeps his position above them, using his angle to his advantage as he locks onto the two unharmed Heartless. His gloves glow with the energy of a Hyper Burst again before he clenches them into fists, showering the Heartless with large blasts of energy.
Nick Caligo (GM): Of all the shots in there, only one of them actually hit.
Nick Caligo (GM): And since it was the one that Ari hit, it dies.
Nick Caligo (GM): *POW!!* The Heartless struck by that shot dies quickly. The remaining shadows both leap up to claw Razor.
Hydro: "Yikes... annihilated... Nice one Razor!" *Smiles.*
Nick Caligo (GM): And they fail SPECTACULARLY!
Razor blinks a few times. "Man... these are hard to control... whoa!" He rolls to the side to avoid the attacks.
Nick Caligo (GM): The uninjured one sinks into the ground upon landing.
Hydro: "Aww how odd... they tried to fly..." *Starts laughing uncontrollably at them.* *begins glowing with a blue glow.* *closes his eyes and just before he casts Ice he opens his eyes.* "ICE!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Hit.
Gibby glides over to the unharmed heartless, and slashes at it with his sword of DOOM!
Nick Caligo (GM): *CHOP!* Gibby chops the bugger in half.
Gibby: oO(Whew! No screw ups...)
Hydro: "See I opened my eyes that time guys."
Aribar: "Lemme tell you something, kid... It takes PRACTICE and DETERMINATION to be a spellcaster... I don't think you have either."
Nick Caligo (GM): o/` Strong Bad--Alright 4 2nite o/`
Hydro: "You will see."
Nick Caligo (GM): -Aribar has mastered BOLT!-
Hydro cheers for Aribar. "Good Job Aribar!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Congrats, Ari, on being the first to master an attack.
Metal Man points his gun at a random heartless. "I condemn you... to DEATH!" *His gun glows with the three runes, which then throws the beam at the Heartless.*
Hydro: "Oh no..." *Closes eyes.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal beams... the dirt.
Yurie: "Yay, shiny obliviation of doom."
Nick Caligo (GM): The Heartless is unaffected, but Metal sure does obliterate the ground good.
Hydro: "What the?!" *... is in shock.*
Nick Caligo (GM): The flattened Heartless runs over to the edge of the path and jumps out of the ground, down into the Canyon... a portal of darkness forms to catch it about halfway down, and closes right behind it.
Metal Man: "...oooookaaaaaay..."
Hydro: "Did it just dive? ... That was odd... very odd..."
Yurie: "Indeed." *sheathes her sword.*
Garrick: "Right... well, let's keep moving. Get going, Hydro..."
Hydro puts Staff away. "Fine..." He sighs and continues walking.
Metal Man follows.
Aribar sheaths his sword. "Hrm... Lets see if this works..."
Nick Caligo (GM): About 3/4 of the way down the winding path into the canyon, the Questers are surrounded by Koopa-Troopa.
Razor keeps flying. Lalala.
Nick Caligo (GM): Koopa-Troopa composed ENTIRELY OF METAL.
Hydro: "Oh... not good..."
Yurie: "Great, Smithy's play-toys." *draws her sword.*
Metal Man: "...That's always nice."
Hydro takes out his Staff.
Aribar: "Ooh! A chance to try a new tactic..."
Garrick: "...son of a... alright..."
Razor gets ready to BLAST!
Aribar walks towards them unarmed...
Garrick charges his blaster, getting ready to have at it...
Hydro: "Aribar what are you doing?!"
Aribar: "My best kind of work; suicidal."
Hydro: "...o... k..."
Hydro closes his eyes readying to cast Ice. He opens them and changes his mind.
Nick Caligo (GM): There's six of 'em.
Aribar: oO(Curse that Hydro! He may have beaten my record but... By Whaller I will reclaim it!)
Hydro readies himself for battle. "Razor, be careful."
Razor rubs his hands together like defib paddles before holding them out in front of him, sides pressing into each other as they gain that glow again. He clenches his fists and lets loose another Hyper Burst at a pair of them.
Nick Caligo (GM): Razor hits one of them twice.
Hydro: "Remind me to get Sunglasses..."
Nick Caligo (GM): It, of course, explodes in a burst of metal.
Hydro: "Nice Razor!"
Nick Caligo (GM): There's five left.
Hydro closes his eyes in concentration.
Nick Caligo (GM): They must be bloodshot.
Aribar: "... DON'T MISS!"
Hydro begins casting Ice and just before it is casted he opens his eyes. "Ice!"
Nick Caligo (GM): ... -_-# Failure.
Nick Caligo (GM): Hydro deals full damage.
Hydro hits the ground in anger.
Nick Caligo (GM): ... almost no damage, Hydro. ... No, to the enemy.
Yurie growls, then rushes one o fthe turtles... and JUMPS on one.
Nick Caligo (GM): *KAPLOOK.* It lands on its back with a loud *KONG* and retreats into its metal shell.
Yurie: "Sweet." ^^
Hydro: "Good job."
Garrick: "...well, there's only one thing to do with a shell like that..."
Hydro: "You can burn it..."
Aribar: "Oooh no! Don't kick it!"
Garrick: "...KICK it, you morons..."
Metal Man: "Kick Garrick."
Hydro: "Uh... kicking can be dangerous..."
Gibby: "What if we ate it? Time for some TURTLE BASHING!" *runs towards the shell, and uses his sword as a golf club, whacking the shell so it collides with the others.* "FOUR!"
Hydro: "Hmm..." *Wheels in his head start twirling.*
Aribar gets ready to jump.
Garrick does as well.
Nick Caligo (GM): *KAPLOOK!*
Metal Man gets ready to avoid.
Hydro gets ready to jump as well.
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal, Garrick, and Hydro get kaplooked.
Gibby: "Err... whoops. Sorry..."
Hydro: "Ow!... Gibby!!"
Garrick just has the shell bounce off him...
Gibby: @_@; "Ehh... heh heh..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The shell rams into one of the koopas, though, before it flies over the edge.
Aribar looks about and wonders if the shells are still going.
Hydro takes full damage. -_-
Metal Man 's armor deflects the shell when it hits him.
Nick Caligo (GM): The koopa it hit is knocked over.
Hydro is groggy from the hit.
Garrick presses a different button on the inside of his buster, aiming it at one of the still standing koopas and firing a very BRIGHT energy shot at him. *Flashbolt.*
Nick Caligo (GM): *FLASH!*
Hydro: "MY EYES!!" *Covers his eyes.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Apparently, Garrick hit Hydro by accident. Garrick ALSO hits a Koopa, though. For only a little damage, buuut... *CONFUSE.* Little bubbles start popping around its head.
Aribar raises his left and only hand while putting his fingers into a casting position that looks exactly like Rune's. The half-elf cries, "Bolt!" before the arcane energy of |)00|\/| is unleashed upon his damned foe.
Nick Caligo (GM): *ZAP!* It ducks into its shell, taking only half damage.
Aribar: "Never mess with a Jentanian Wizard!"
Metal Man unleashes another Tri-attack, the three-colored beam about to hit the Mecha-Koopa that Aribar just tried to zap.
Nick Caligo (GM): It remains inside its shell, not dumb enough to even peek out as it weathers the storm of energy.
Hydro: "Wow... pretty colors."
Nick Caligo (GM): The electricity crackles around it. Despite having taken the least punishment possible, it explodes. 4 Koopas left. The one on its back struggles. And gets back onto its feet.
Hydro: "Note to self... never make Metal mad."
Nick Caligo (GM): The next looks up to Razor... The eye lasers fry Razor good.
Razor: *Bzzt.* "OW! Bastard turtle... that hurt!"
Nick Caligo (GM): The next one tucks into its shell and starts spinning quickly before shooting DIRECTLY at Metal. The Koopa flies RIGHT into Metal's chest like an orange comet.
Metal Man: "OW!"
Metal Man kinda shrugs it off.
Nick Caligo (GM): The next one fires eye lasers at Metal.
Metal Man avoids that.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SIZZLE!* it burns a rock badly.
Aribar: "Must you cry out whenever someone is hit?" *sends another Bolt towards the same koopa that hit Metal.*
Nick Caligo (GM): *ZAP!!!* Double damage.
Aribar: "That'll teach you to mess with the people that heal me!"
Metal Man continues his relentless barrage of Tri-attacks, concentrating on the one that hit him in the chest. Tri-beam, away!
Nick Caligo (GM): This Koopa and the one that righted itself last turn both explode in the brilliant beam.
Razor continues to squeezes his hands into glowing fists, Hyper shots roaring at the two remaining Koopas.
Nick Caligo (GM): Razor hits one of them twice and the other one three times. They both explode.
Hydro: "Good Job Razor!"
Nick Caligo (GM): *FF Victory fanfare!*
Gibby: "YAY!" *Does the Gibby dance.*
Nick Caligo (GM): They drop 40 coins.
Gibby collects his coinage!
Nick Caligo (GM): And... Alright, the Questers arrive at the bottom. The canyon is covered in thick brush and scrub. They wouldn't be able to make your way through this foliage to save their life.
Hydro: "Wow... rather a thorny situation eh?..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Not without somethin' special.
Hydro: "I wonder... hey Metal?"
Metal Man: "You want me to blow that up?"
Razor nods. "That sounds like a decent idea..."
Aribar: "Set this entire valley aflame?!"
Hydro: "Well that's an option but why not shoot us over there and Razor can carry you over there. In that Cannon you got."
Razor looks to the large form of Metal, then back to Hydro. "You're joking... right?"
Garrick: "...alright, you first Hydro."
Metal Man: "Oh yeah. That cannon."
Hydro: "Uh... no I went first last time."
Garrick: "You're the new guy. You go first."
Hydro: "I went first the last two times, you guys go this time."
Metal Man: "Do you want me to launch you across this?"
Aribar blinks... "Wait, wait, wait! What is the plan again?"
Hydro: "Uh... I can only freeze things."
Metal Man: "I'll fix this in a jiffy."
Hydro: "Ok Metal."
Metal Man performs his other move, where he throws a large electrical device into the plants and then it explodes.
Aribar would appear aghast if the plants are set on fire by that.
Nick Caligo (GM): The plants are blown to blackened smithereens before the fire.
Hydro: "Nice Metal."
Nick Caligo (GM): A pathway is cleared to the other side of the canyon. There's also a split that goes off to the right halfway down.
Garrick: "...right, alright, go ahead Hydro."
Gibby: "Well that worked nicely."
Aribar appears sickened by the sight of the blackened plants.
Hydro: "Hmm... let's see..."
Hydro: "Want to go to to the Alternate path?"
Nick Caligo (GM): My word! Hydro spots a chest off to the right.
Hydro: "Hmm... let's go this way." *points towards the way to the chest.* *Walks Towards the chest.*
Gibby shrugs, and follows el Hydro.
Aribar stays where he is.
Metal Man follows Hydro for no reason.
Gibby stops for a bit. "You coming, Ari?"
Razor just kinda flaps about in the air.
Yurie pads over to the chest... then kicks the lock, opening it with her foot.
Aribar: "..." *He stumbles forward.*
Hydro looks inside the chest.
Gibby walks over to the chest.
Nick Caligo (GM): The chest opens... it's dark in there.
Garrick also kinda walks over as well.
Nick Caligo (GM): As Hydro peers into it, he sees a pair of enormous cartoon eyes blinking at him.
Hydro: "What the?!"
Gibby: "Well? What is it?"
Nick Caligo (GM): It suddenly SCREAMS at the top of its lungs and then shuts itself on his head.
Hydro: "AHHHHH!!" *mumbled screaming.*
Gibby gets wide eyed, and lifts open the chest top. "You ok?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Gibby succeeds... but accidentally pushes Hydro in in the process.
Nick Caligo (GM): He falls... falling... falling... falling...
Gibby: "Err... whoops... again..."
Razor snorts, then begins to laugh. It all seems very comical from this distance.
Hydro screams start to fade.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aaaand the box shuts and disappears out of existence.
Garrick: "...well, that was different..."
Gibby: "Ok everyone... Hydro NEVER existed." *walks away casually.*
Gibby: "Well whatever..."
Garrick: "...so, where to now?"
Gibby: "Some place NOT here... it's creeping me out!"
Razor slowly flies away...
Editor's note: OOC left in, as, ironically, it would become a part of the story later...
Locos: (So where will be the memorial to commerate the life of Hydro?)
Garrick looks at the options there are to go now...
Razor: "Who's Hydro?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Wherever that Pandorite went, Locos.
Gibby: "Hydro? Ain't that water or something?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Oh, by the way, his Ice cube is up for grabs.
Locos: (Wait... I remember that kind of dimensional transport..)
Gibby grabs it!
Locos: (It was to the X-Zone!)
Nick Caligo (GM): Gibby now has an ice cube.
Nick Caligo (GM): Lol, yes, Locos.
Gibby does his little dance.
Locos: (...but who cast the spell?)
Nick Caligo (GM):The way the Questers came or to the other side of the canyon are both open.
Gibby attaches the ice cube to his longsword.
Razor is flying to the other side.
Garrick heads to the other side of the canyon then. He doesn't know why they're here anyway...
Aribar Bolts the ground where Hydro died SEVERAL times before following the others.
Gibby follows the others.
Metal Man goes to the other side. .oO(Man... that guy was so bad he didn't even deserve to have Alys come back to life and destroy him...)
Garrick: "...I have a question..."
Metal Man: "Yes?"
Garrick: "...where are we and why are we here?"
Metal Man (GM): "Huh?"
Razor goes across.
Garrick was going to the other side of the canyon.
Nick Caligo (GM): The other side doesn't have the convenience of a ramp to bring the Questers up. It's got a bunch of platforms, though.
Garrick: "...well, I guess we should start climbing or something..."
Gibby starts climbing them platforms!
Garrick does as well.
Razor just flies... hehehe...
Aribar follows. He... Doesn't jump.
Nick Caligo (GM): Aribar jumps, but don't get too far off the ground. Gibby *Hop.* *Hop.* *Hop.*s up the platforms about a fourth of the way up the canyon wall.
Razor looks down. "Hmm?"
Metal Man jumps across platforms as well.
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick jump up about an eighth of the way, and then falls off.
Garrick just slams into the canyon wall, face first. "SON OF A..."
Aribar calls, "Hey Razor!"
Garrick growls in pain, then tries again..
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal does the same as Gibby, hopping his way up.
Razor raises an eyebrow, he's taking his good old time. "What is it, Aribar?"
Aribar: "Since I am... Vertically challenged... If I pay you 200 coins can you fly me to the top?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick hop, hop, hippity-hops up.
Razor smirks. "I suppose I could..." His wings fold against him as he tilts into a dive towards the ground. At the last possible second his wings unfurl, arcing his trajectory to bring him over Aribar and back upwards with the momentum. As he passes Aribar, arms scoop underneath his... one arm, and his wings flap like mad as he carries Aribar up.
Garrick is now standing next to Metal and Gibby.
Nick Caligo (GM): There's a thin balancing board between three of the Questers and the next platform.
Aribar pays Razor the coins once they reach the others.
Gibby: "Hmm... this'll take a good amount of balance... which being a round kirby, I lack of."
Garrick: "Well, how much do you weigh, Gibby? I could carry you..."
Nick Caligo (GM): That's alright, Gibby has a low center of gravity.
Gibby: "I dunno... maybe 15, 20 pounds at most."
Garrick: "I could easily just toss you across then..."
Gibby: "Well by all means..."
Metal Man goes to walk across the board.
Gibby rolls himself into a ball.
Garrick picks up Gibby and... well... tosses him across.
Aribar waits for Metal to cross before he attempts to dash over the board.
Metal Man: "...Don't hit me!"
Garrick makes sure it doesn't hit Metal, though..
Nick Caligo (GM): Metal gets across the board safely and hop off on the next platform, where a Goomba waits for him. It jumps and tries to bonk him.
Razor ...just keeps flying... acting as an effective safety net.
Nick Caligo (GM): Gibby makes it safely across.
Metal Man: "..." -_-
Gibby lands on his feet.
Nick Caligo (GM): *CRITICAL BONK.*
Gibby: "Thanks, Garrick!"
Metal Man is bonk'd. He watches it bounce off his armor.
Garrick quickly goes to cross as well.
Metal Man: "...That was... pathetic."
Goomba: "... WHAAAHHH!!"
Nick Caligo (GM): It bounces off and falls to the bottom, making a loud *SLAM* as it hits the ground.
Metal Man: "Now. Here's an exploding radio." *Throws a large radio filled with electrodes at the Goomba.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick falls off.
Garrick tries to double jump to the other side...
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick jumps too late and continue falling.
Gibby: "Uh oh... Garrick!"
Razor dives down after Garrick, trying to catch him by the collar of his jacket.
Nick Caligo (GM): Garrick has just been caught by Razor.
Garrick: "...sweet cheese... thanks, Razor..."
Yurie growls, jumping across the platforms, trying to catch up.
Razor chuckles softly as he lifts Garrick up to the next platform. "No problem... that'll be fifty coins."
Metal Man waits for the Goomba to explode.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SMACK!* Yurie jumps right into a wall.
Garrick: "I'll pay you later, right now, let's just keep moving..."
Gibby: "Yes... ONWARD!"
Gibby marches onward.
Yurie growls and keeps going, quickly crossing the board.
Razor flies up a little higher. "I'll hold you to that..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Yurie makes it up to the board.
Mewtwo: "Questers, you're getting close to the signal."
Garrick: "...what signal?"
Aribar: "Thats good..."
Garrick has still not been informed as to WHY THEY ARE HERE.
Mewtwo: "The magic energy that I sent you to find!"
Nick Caligo (GM): Yurie crosses more gracefully than a tightrope walker. ^.^
Garrick: "Magic energy, right. Okay, let's keep moving then... oh, hey Yurie."
Mewtwo: "But... that's impossible! According to this reading the source is above the canyon, up in the air! It's... on a cloud?"
Metal Man: "...Just need to blow it out of the air."
Gibby: "A cloud? That's ridiculous!"
Razor looks up. "Hmm? Mewtwo... does it look like there's any way up there other than flight?"
Nick Caligo (GM): A set of stairs leads the way up the next fourth of this place... it's very steep, though.
Gibby: "Then again... what ISN'T ridiculous these days..."
Mewtwo: "Perhaps... this doesn't give the readings of floating platforms, I'm afraid."
Yurie: "...ugh... great... climbing."
Gibby heads up these stairs.
Metal Man climbs up.
Aribar attempts to go up VERY CAREFULLY.
Razor frowns. "I'll keep with you guys for now... but I think I should take a good look at that place while you look for a way up."
Metal Man is Mr. Peak of fitness man.
Aribar doesn't attempt to go up VERY CAREFULLY after realizing it'd take him an hour to get up the stairs.
Metal Man (GM): *STAIRMASTYR.* *STAIRFALLER.*
Nick Caligo (GM): Aribar fails as badly as Yurie. Gibby and Metal, however, are, as they say, the STAIRMASTYRS.
Yurie: *thud.* @.@.
Garrick, who is still at the bottom of the stairs, makes to catch the pretty girl instead of the one armed man.
Yurie grrrs and tries again!
Aribar tries once more...
Garrick tries to go up the stairs himself.
Aribar looks for another way...
Yurie watches Aribar run UP the stairs, stumble... then tumbles back downwards as she climbs.
Nick Caligo (GM): The going's slow, but Garrick gets up there. Yurie climb up as well.
Gibby reaches the top, and celebrates ala Rocky.
Yurie: "What... is... this... an obstacle course?"
Metal Man (GM): http://web.archive.org/web/20020607161956/http://www.smbhq.com/~ssb_rpg/SSB_Award.htm.
Nick Caligo (GM): Ari finds a nice vine.
Aribar hrms and wonders if it would be better than the stairs...
Nick Caligo (GM): Right by the edge of the stairs.
Aribar attempts to climb up via the vine.
Nick Caligo (GM): ... Ari makes it up. The Questers are halfway up... And there's a much less steep set of stairs in the cave in the wall. However... There's a platform hovering by the ledge.
Gibby shall make this. ...or not.
Garrick does just like that, because that's the way he is...
Nick Caligo (GM): There is a very large, very... puffy... cloud up there.
Nick Caligo (GM): And a few platforms around it... in a spiral pattern.
Garrick: "...o... kay..."
Gibby: "Well what are we waiting for? Lets climb them!"
Razor just... flies... straight up. Fun.
Nick Caligo (GM): Said platform is made of red stone.
Yurie tries to jump to the platform.
Garrick makes a leap for the platform right in front of them then.
Nick Caligo (GM): It's nice and big.
Gibby leaps with the others.
Razor supposes that landing on the platform is much easier than flying, and does so.
Nick Caligo (GM): The platform rumbles a little and begins to bring the Questers straight up at an alarming speed which slows down as they approach the spiral of similarly designed platforms.
Nick Caligo (GM): It brings the Questers up, up, UP! Above the canyon!
Garrick: "Jeez..." *nah, more like..*
Yurie runs a few fingers through her hair, crouching on the platform as they shoot upwards.
Nick Caligo (GM): And, right up to one of the other platforms... where it stops. Dead center beneath the cloud.
Garrick: "...well, let's keep moving then..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The other platforms go up in a staircase pattern, spiraling up and outward.
Gibby: "Man, that DEFINITELY beats the elevator!"
Razor simply looks straight up in silence, foot tapping. When they stop, he turns and steps from the platform.
Nick Caligo (GM): As the Questers go up, around the stairs, they are halted... More Heartless on the path. These ones have heartless sigils on their chests and wear clanking helmets. Not to mention a mean set of claws.
Gibby: "Oh great... MORE of those things!"
Nick Caligo (GM): There's three of them...
Razor: "Aww... look... squeaky toys..."
Aribar: "And no meatshield this time."
Garrick: "Well, let's go to work then..."
Razor actually DOESN'T take flight this time. He simply locks on to the pair on the right, gloves glowing as he clenches them into fists, unleashing his tenth Hyper Burst that he ever used...
Nick Caligo (GM): Again, only ONE hit, but it was a critical hit!
Nick Caligo (GM): The damage is enough to send it packing! It flies off the edge.
Razor: "Bye bye..."
Garrick brings his buster up and sends another blinding Flashbolt at one of the Soldier heartless, hoping to either confuse it or blast it enough to make it poof.
Nick Caligo (GM): *FLASH!* It cackles at Garrick. It's confused, though. Its helmet slams shut over its eyes.
Garrick: "Laugh at that, blackball..."
Aribar attempts a dangerous move: Ramming a Soldier off the edge...
Nick Caligo (GM): *CRITICAL BULLRUSH.* Aribar pushes the Soldier off the edge. It falls out of sight.
Razor blinks a few times. "...Aribar... I never knew you had it in you!"
Aribar: "I'm surprised I didn't fall over with it!"
Yurie growls, then Charges one of the remaining soldiers, then, drives her sword towards the opening in its helmet.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SPLART.* Hit. The confused Soldier... Attacks Yurie. And misses in its confusion.
Yurie pulls her sword out of its head and parries the claw strike.
Gibby nods, and slashes at the soldier with el sword.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SLASH!* Pathetic damage, unfortunately. Gibby wins the "Impotence Award." Congrats, Gibby.
Yurie whirls around, then steps out of the way, allowing Razor to Flank it.
Razor steps slowly and confidently up to the Soldier. He glares at it as he holds out one hand towards it. Black energy runs from his armor down to his hand as he does a Darth Vader style grip. "Feel the icy touch of Death."
Nick Caligo (GM): *FAILURE.* A cloud of darkness surrounds the Heartless and seeps into its chest. There's a violent *CRUSH* noise and it drops dead before fading into black smoke.
Garrick: "...that was a interesting attack, Razor..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The Questers climb all the way up to the top... and find that this cloud is housing a large, circular, stone disk sort of platform inside it.
Metal Man: "I've never walked on a cloud before..."
Gibby: "Well now you have." *bounces on the cloud.*
Aribar hrms and walks towards the platform seeing if he could recall anything in his extensive knowledge of arcane magics.
Nick Caligo (GM): And in the middle stands a person... roughly six feet tall, dressed in an all black raincoat of some sort, with the hood up. The hood shrouds their face in darkness.
Metal Man: "!!!"
Gibby: "Umm... who are you?"
Garrick: "...I'm guessing that's the source of the magic signal..."
Metal Man: "...Are you one of those evil Questers? Smithy's guy?"
Aribar steps back and unsheathes his sword...
Nick Caligo (GM): The Questers don't hear any voice whispered from this person's lips, and yet he... or she... speaks these words.
???: "... I am no one..."
Metal Man: "...Well... that's great."
???: "...Beware... Exor is more than it seems..."
Garrick slowly spreads his feet a bit wider, charging his buster. "...what do you mean?"
Gibby: "Of COURSE you're someone. I mean look at you... you're there!"
Metal Man: "...A Prophet? Well, thanks for the free prediction."
???: "... Do not destroy Exor..."
Garrick: "...wait, run that by me again... do NOT destroy Exor?"
Metal Man: "...There's the sticky part. People would like to live in Toad Town again without being chased by robots."
Gibby: "And why not?"
Metal Man: "Or those mutants..."
???: "Either surrender to Smithy... or leave this world..."
Garrick: "We can't do that..."
Razor: "Wish I could do that pal... but no dice."
Garrick grips his buster tighter, waiting for this guy to make some sort of move..
Metal Man: "Hah. You think I'd do that after disobeying him and ruining his chances of taking over Nintendus?"
Gibby: "No way, talk, dark, and... umm... dark!"
Yurie: "...guys... I've... got a creepy feeling about this."
???: "But you must not... be allowed... to destroy Smithy..."
Razor: "Why not?"
Gibby: "And who's going to stop us? You?"
Metal Man: "I could even understand letting Smithy and Exor live. But still, is there anything wrong if we chain them up and keep them prisoner?"
???: "...You will face the consequences."
Aribar hrms and keeps silent.
Garrick tenses a bit more, particularly at Gibby's words.
Gibby gets in a battle stance. "Bring it on!"
Aribar: "Do you really think we should fight this guy?"
Nick Caligo (GM): The Unknown fades away slowly... and disappears, as though it never existed. It leaves behind something... a small, bright blue cube with a purple glow. Razor gets this, no ifs ands or buts.
Gibby: "..." *scratches his head.* "Hey... where'd he go?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Looking at where it was, one can almost forget that it was there... but that soundless voice remains in the Questers' minds.
Yurie: "...okay... that... was creepy..."
Razor blinks a few times, crouching to examine the cube first.
Gibby: "Huh? What was?"
Aribar attempts to contact Mewmix via the Smash Dex... "Is the signal gone?"
???: "...We will stop you..."
Nick Caligo (GM): Those are the last words the Questers hear from it.
Garrick slowly rises out of his stance, letting his buster power down.
Metal Man: "...Great. Some mental freak."
Nick Caligo (GM): Mewtwo has already contacted Aribar's smash dex by the time he's opened it.
Mewtwo: "The signal's disappeared, Questers."
Gibby: "Humph. And I was hoping to face somebody!"
Aribar: "That is good, I suppose."
Nick Caligo (GM): Razor would identify the purple cube... Thassa Ultima cube!
Metal Man: "Well, I dunno."
Garrick: "If the signal's gone, then we need to be moving on. Mewtwo, a warp if you please."
Razor furrows his brow and slowly picks the cube up from the ground. "Hmm..."
Metal Man: "I don't think it'd be fun if the Axem Rangers teleported here and started trying to blow us to pieces."
Gibby: "Well true, but this seems so... anti-climatic. Going all the way up here for a cube thingy."
Yurie: "...still... there are some more questions to be answered..."
Metal Man: "Well, at least what's his face disappeared."
Gibby: "He was probably scared of my sword skills..."
Garrick: "Yurie's right... I'm sure we're going to find out some more stuff soon, though..."
Mewtwo: "Warping back in ten... nine..."
Metal Man: "Well... one thing I really need to know is about those freaky evil Questers."
Gibby sheathes his sword.
Mewtwo: "... eightsevensixfivefourthreetwoone!"
Nick Caligo (GM): *WAAARP!* The Questers find themselves bombarded with images of that Unknown...
Yurie: "GAHHHHHHH!!! OMGWTFBBQ@_#($%*@(~!!"
???: "Do not listen to-- Stay away from Smithy... The machines must die! Exor must not fall..."
Nick Caligo (GM): ...And then...
Metal Man: "...But I am a machine! ...No one kills me!"
Nick Caligo (GM): A particularly half-sized one is seen.
Gibby: "HOLY CRAP!!!!"
???: "... WE all live in a yellow submarine! yellow submarine! YELLOW submarine! Oh!"
Nick Caligo (GM): ...That voice! Dear GOD, no! DIGIFANATIC!!
Metal Man: "...Not that! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"
Yurie: "MAKE IT STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!!"
Garrick: "...oh... my... god..."
Nick Caligo (GM): The Questers reappear, traumatized, in the Big Room.
Aribar: *Twitchy twitch.*
Gibby: "I think we had too many mushrooms!"
Garrick just stands there, VERY wide eyed.
Gibby: "Head... hurting... brain... feeling weak..."
Metal Man: "...Don't tell me... now we have Phantom, Digifanatic, AND Skyhigh?"
Yurie lands on her back, twitching gently.
Aribar: "GAAAH! BOLT!" *He attempts suicide and fails after waking up...*
Mewtwo: "Did you see the source of the interruption?"
Gibby: "I need to go lie down..."
Gibby faints on the floor.
Yurie: "Mommy... make the bad funny guy go away." o.o
Garrick: "...I need a bigger gun..."
Mewtwo: "... Did you see it or not!?"
Garrick: "...er... well... yes... yes we did..."
Mewtwo: "What was it? What did you see!?"
Metal Man: "I saw lots of things."
Aribar: "Can't sleep. Digi will eat me... Can't sleep. Digi will eat me..."
Metal Man: "I swear I hear Digifanatic..."
Garrick: "...we saw a dude in a rain coat... and then... yeah... what Metal said..."
Mewtwo: "The moment you entered a certain radius of the power, I lost your signal and couldn't sense anything."
Metal Man: "I still remember when we attached him to his Digi-link thing and warped him into limbo..."
Garrick: "Something is really, really wrong here..."
Metal Man: "...Oh. Wait. I did that while no one was looking."
Yurie: "You... think this guy in the weird cloak brought him back?"
Garrick: "This whole Exor and Smithy thing is MUCH bigger than it seems..."
Metal Man: "...Well, we had Skyhigh the other day... And Phantom was the one who greeted us..."
Nick Caligo (GM): *DOODOODOODOOOOOO!*
Nick Caligo (GM):As the Questers hear those words, with their ENORMOUS font, they hear something get SMACKED very hard.
Nick Caligo (GM): *SMACK!* A tweeter flies in through the doors, tumbles across the floor, and SMACKS up against the wall at a 90 degree angle.
Garrick: "...what the HELL was that???"
Nick Caligo (GM): NC fans would notice that it's none other than Dr. Donez himself!
Metal Man: "...That's a bit unorthodox..."
Yurie: "...the heck?"
Nick Caligo (GM): Apparently he was smacked by his own close-up.
Mewtwo: "Ah, Donez. Good to see you. I see you're still working on the close-up?"
Dr. Donez: "I really need to hire a new guy for that..."
Mewtwo: "Everyone, this is--"
Metal Man: "...Well... it's an honor to see you in these dark times."
Garrick gets smacked in the chin by the huge close up and large text. "OW!!"
Nick Caligo (GM): The camera flies in and SMACKS the poor doctor right in the face. As well as everyone else, it would seem.
Dr. Donez: "WOULD YOU CUT THAT OUT!?"
Mewtwo: "..." *ahem.* "... In the future call him either Dr. or Donez, not ... ...I won't say it. That close-up is DANGEROUS."
Aribar: "... "
Metal Man: "It's good that my nose is 100% fake."
Garrick: "That would be a good attack to use on Smithy, though..."
Metal Man hides.
Nick Caligo (GM): ... I don't need to illustrate this time. Aribar gets his face SMACKED several times. Everyone else is fine, though.
Aribar: "... Gah!" *Is now on the floor with a @_@ face...*
Metal Man: "...Oh no! Not Aribar's beautiful face!"
Mewtwo: "... Anyway, Donez, these are the Questers. You shall be working with them."
Dr. Donez: "What would be a great attack would be throwing you into the nearest hole filled with ecoweenies. ...Will they be attempting to sabotage my plans for world domination?"
Mewtwo: "No, of course not."
Dr. Donez: "Eerrrrr... I mean... Of course I'll help!"
Mewtwo: "They'll be... helping you sabotage other peoples' plans for world domination, to make room for yourself."
Nick Caligo (GM): Mewtwo kinda' rolls his eyes.
Dr. Donez: "Yeah... let's go with that one..."
Mewtwo: "Yes, Garrick?"
Garrick: "What is he a doctor OF, exactly?"
Yurie: "He's a Doctor of Mad Science." -.-
Yurie finally sits up and blinks at the birdy... thingy.
Metal Man: "...We have too many of those... Dr. Oak... Dr. Light... Dr. Robotnik... Dr. Wily... will those universities ever stop handing out Doctorates?"
Dr. Donez: "I am a great doctor with 5 PHDs, thank you!"
Mewtwo: "... Clearly not."
Garrick: "...riiiiiiight... and how will he be helping us, exactly?"
Mewtwo: "He's going to become a Quester himself!"
Dr. Donez: "I AM!?"
Garrick: "HE IS!?"
Dr. Donez: "Oh that's right... yeah..of course. Of course I am!"
Mewtwo: "... Yes, you are." ¬¬ "That's what I said when I found out too..."
Metal Man: "...Might have to modify the rules a bit. I don't remember anything about world domination..."
Mewtwo: "VG's orders. Now, I shall handle the rewards for this mission before helping Donez get acquainted with the Stadium."
Metal Man: "Alright."
Mewtwo: "You will find your pay in your accounts. 1500 coins. And..."
Mewtwo: "We are implementing a new reward system. The respective regions of Nintendus have donated power to us."
Dr. Donez: "Two tickets to a Congress convention? Oh..."
Yurie: "You'd like that, wouldn't you..." -.-
Aribar ... Wakes up. "Do we get to keep any extra mushrooms?"
Mewtwo: "You don't keep your extra mushrooms. "Now... I shall address you alphabetically. Aribar."
Razor blinks a few times, walking in from... the bathroom, yes. The bathroom. "Wha?"
Dr. Donez: "Really? I don't think that's really... necessary..."
Aribar walks up to Mewtwo.
Dr. Donez: "I think some of these half-wits know how to spell..."
Yurie (GM): *Screen with Aribar's Character pic and Status pops up.*
Mewtwo: "You did rather well and even found alternate means to your goals."
Dr. Donez: "...Can we just skip my name for now?"
Mewtwo: "You weren't on this mission, Donez, and so I won't address you."
Garrick: "Who are you calling a half wit, you stupid bird doctor thing?"
Metal Man: "I'm trying to listen to Mewtwo here."
Dr. Donez turns to Garrick's legs.
Mewtwo: *ahem.* "You also helped fellow Questers in need, much as you did during the previous mission to the Mushroom Kingdom."
Dr. Donez: "...I'm keeping my eye on that leg of yours, little man."
Aribar blinks and nods.
Mewtwo: "I award you with the attack Fireball Barrage."
Nick Caligo (GM): Mewtwo waves his hand and Aribar glows red. Ari has Mastered FIREBALL BARRAGE.
Yurie: *Mega-manish cinema appears.*
Dr. Donez: "Who yelled that?"
Aribar hrms and looks for a target to try it out on...
Garrick: "Who yelled what?"
Dr. Donez looks around left and right.
Mewtwo: "The narrator, you'll get used to it, Doctor."
Aribar: "Oh!" *He attempts the Fireball Barrage on that blasted narrator...*
Dr. Donez: "This is real life! Who would 'narrate' reality?"
Yurie: "The Narrator, apparently."
Metal Man: "...Better not be that guy... the guy of doom..." *shifty eyes.*
Dr. Donez: "As long as it isn't my arch-nemesis, PROF. EXECUTRAIN, then I, errr, *we.* have nothing to worry about."
Garrick coughs slightly, then steps forward.
Mewtwo: "Though you came late, you did well. You showed that mole a thing or two indeed."
Dr. Donez hops out of R&R.
Mewtwo: "To you, Garrick, I present the same move. Fireball Barrage."
Dr. Donez comes back with some pretzels in his... mouth?
Garrick takes the move, nods, then steps back.
Nick Caligo (GM): Mewtwo looks at Donez strangely.
Mewtwo: "... Where did you find pretzels?? ... Never mind. Metal!"
Metal Man: .oO(He better have not found my secret stash!) *Nods.*
Mewtwo: "Commendable performance, but you used the same attack constantly, depleting your energy. Thus, I present you with this." He brings up a hand and clenches a fist. "Radish Throw!"
Dr. Donez opens the bag with the Ice Pick, drops it nearby, and begins to chew loudly.
Metal Man: "Uhhh... alright!"
Yurie a cinema for Metal pops up..with a Chibi-Metal getting THWONKED on the head by a large radish.
Nick Caligo (GM): Mewtwo looks at Donez irritably again.
Razor steps forward slowly, rubbing the back of his head.
Dr. Donez stops for a moment?
Mewtwo: "... " *shakes his head and concentrates back on Razor.
Dr. Donez: "What!? I felt hungry... so I got a bite to eat."
Metal Man takes a pretzel, and eats it.
Dr. Donez: "Hey! Give that back!"
Yurie picks Donez up and HEAVES him out of the room.
Mewtwo: *floats Donez back in gently and puts him back by his bag.* "In the future, Yurie, please don't throw high-ranking officials from neighboring institutions... Now, Razor, you did a PARTICULARLY good job, though you missed a lot."
Metal Man (GM): .oO(Resist... urge... to throw radish... at Yurie...)
Mewtwo: "However, you were very helpful to the other Questers."
Dr. Donez: "...Little lady, today you have made a formidable adversary."
Yurie: .oO(even if they are aggravating?)
Garrick: "I still owe him 50 coins..."
Mewtwo: "To you, Razor, I give Bowser's Inferno!"
Nick Caligo (GM): *Razor received BOWSER'S INFERNO.*
Dr. Donez: "Excuse me, Mr. Cat?"
Mewtwo: "... Yes?"
Dr. Donez: "If you're giving out gifts, would you mind giving me an upgrade to the super legendary ICE PICK?"
Mewtwo: "... Perhaps..." *twitch.* ".. Later..."
Dr. Donez: "It may already be uber-powerful, but one cannot have too much power..."
Yurie: "Now you see why I wanted to heave him out of the room." -.-
Mewtwo: *AHEM* "Yurie..."
Metal Man: "...But he has pretzels!"
Razor nods and steps back.
Yurie steps up, her little status window popping up.
Dr. Donez stands on the opening of the pretzels. "And I found them... so they're mine!"
Mewtwo: "You didn't do any more fantastically than most of the others. I give you Fireball Barrage."
Dr. Donez begins to get in the bag again and chew loudly.
Garrick: "Keep talking like that and I'll just blow up the bag..."
Yurie nods, a cinema appearing as well.
Nick Caligo (GM): Gibby received Bowser's Inferno.
Metal Man: "Hey Donez. How did you learn the Ice Pick move?"
Mewtwo: "That concludes this debriefing."
Metal Man: "I... am a collector of weird abilities."
Dr. Donez: "Uhhh..."
Garrick: "Good, I need to go visit Oak."
Garrick goes off to do so.
Dr. Donez: "...I found it. Found it near a garbage can beside a hunk of trash."
Metal Man: "...A garbage can? ...I must search every garbage can then... who knows what might be hidden inside!"
Dr. Donez: "The previous person clearly was either an imbecile, a lemming, or a guy from New Jersey to throw away such a powerful artifact."
Yurie rolls her eyes and pads off, intending to ignore the ensuing destruction.
Metal Man: "Or an ecoweenie?"
Dr. Donez: "Nah. An ecoweenie would've probably used it to open packages of corn."
Metal Man: "Ah. Well then, if you need anything, I happen to store various confiscated items in my office... like more of those noisy pretzels..." .oO(That and Panzer's guns...)
Garrick: "I still say that name attack thing of his would be good against Smithy..."
Metal Man: "...We wouldn't want to break the camera."
Dr. Donez: "...Come to think of it, do you have any specialized Tweeter food? Some diet Coca-cola would do good as well."
Metal Man: "Well... lets see."
Dr. Donez: "I need to stay in shape..." .oO(For the day of global domination.)
Metal Man pulls out a drawer... outta nowhere. It has all sorts of junk in it. "Hmmm... Eww. Bubble gum that's been chewed... a pair of Klumsy's glasses... a finger trap... Ah. Here's some Diet Cola. It's only... from 20 years ago."
Dr. Donez: "...I'lllllll pass on that... -wonderful-! offer."
Yurie is currently in the training room... trying her new technique.
Metal Man: "Ah. Well. It's late. I need to rest."
Dr. Donez: *coughcough.* "Disgusting..."