Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 94: Artifact Wars
Date: November 2nd & 3rd, 2004.
Metal Man (GM): We return where we left off. Locos is bargaining with Eggman, and the laser turret above looms large.
Robotnik: "You present me an interesting offer... but then again, your destruction would give me respect, and letting you go... only a string of laughs!"
Charles: "Then either Emerald and your dignity, or my life..."
Computer: "Danger. Danger. Intruder aboard."
Robotnik: "...It appears we have company."
Charles: "...More company... just what I need..."
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Through the wall of Charles' part of the room, a blue blur rips through the wall and onto the floor.
Sonic: "It's over, Eggman! Give up!"
Charles: "...S..Sonic the Hedgehog!"
Eggman: "IT'S THAT HEINOUS HEDGEHOG! KILL HIM!"
Sonic: "You can't catch me. I'm too fast!"
Eggman: "We'll see about that... CHAOS EMERALD, ENGAGE!"
Sonic: "Woah woah woah... what are YOU doing with an emerald? Last dude I saw with an emerald said that they were all under someone else's control..."
Eggman: "Enough! Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): The ceiling thing powers up, and fires at Sonic. *BOOOM* It misses.
Eggman: "You won't stop me this time! Metal Sonic, get him!"
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Through the other side of the wall, Metal Sonic flies in. He starts launching lightning bolts at Sonic.
Sonic: "Do you ever give up? That old junk can't even hit me!"
Metal Sonic: "Destroy Target: Sonic."
Eggman: "I won't let you get away, I can't! Especially with a spectator."
Charles struggles to get up. The laser did a good number on him. He has cuts and aches most all over his body.
Metal Man (GM): Sonic bounces around the room, occasionally smashing into Metal Sonic or the laser turret.
Metal Sonic: "No... how can I be losing? I have the power of a thousand Sonics! ...And yet, you seem to have forgot that I'm all about speed!"
Robotnik: "Grrr... I'll take you out myself!"
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik walks through the protective wall in his mecha, and starts blindly firing at Sonic.
Robotnik: "I'll get you, Sonic! You can never destroy the Eggman Empire!"
Metal Sonic: "You will not defeat me again, either! The party has just begun!"
Metal Man (GM): Sonic flies into Metal Sonic, sending him flying into Robotnik.
Robotnik: "Oof! I'll get you for that, Sonic!"
Charles: "This is why... I don't pick fights with fast people."
Metal Man (GM): Charles notices someone... or something... materializing in a corner while those three/four things fight it out.
Charles: "...Dear lord I hope that's either help or the local food dispenser."
Metal Man (GM): It fully materializes. It's Phantom. He motions to Charles.
Phantom: "Psst. Let's get out of here while we still can. Smithy and Jeff Maxwell have been waiting for you."
Charles: "I..." *He stumbles a bit.*
Phantom: "Sonic will get the emerald from Eggman. At least... I hope."
Charles: "I won't leave without the Grey Chaos Emerald. That is why I staged this assault."
Phantom: "...You'll need my help, then. Eggman is using it at 100%, and not even Sonic can fight that forever. First, let's get you all healed."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom raises his arms, and some sort of magic heals Locos completely.
Charles motions his arms, neck, and legs. There all healed from aches. "I thank you... yet... how is that you are alive? I didn't think you could survive that satellite..."
Phantom: "I am a machine. I am cursed to exist until either the real Phantom destroys me, or Smithy says I have done my service to him. Furthermore... I jumped out of the satellite before it finally crashed."
Charles: "A blessing and a curse... And that makes sense... I guess." O_O; "There's a one in seven chance that Kintobor even has the emerald I desire. I can't be sure unless there's a color detector on this thing..." *He checks the Emerald Locator Device to see if there's a way to distinguish what exactly he has, though it IS just a prototype...*
Metal Man (GM): The Emerald locator shows that he indeed, has the White one.
Charles: "Ahh..that's it! Now I have no worries that he has the wrong one! Phantom, show the antagonists your power!"
Sonic: "Take this, Robotnik!" Sonic does a homing dash at Robotnik.
Metal Man (GM): *AUTO HIT.*
Metal Sonic: "...New target acquired. Locos Docos. DESTROY."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic summons a lightning bolt at Locos.
Charles: "...Oh crap."
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Metal Sonic: "Secret ability activated."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic glows, gaining more speed...
Phantom: "Take this, inferior machine!"
Charles deflects the bolt with the mauling part of the Frozen hatred.
Metal Man (GM): Phantom I runs up to Metal Sonic and slashes at him with his beam saber. 1 hit.
Charles runs to the mecha of the weird mad scientist, and delivers a great pounding for him.
Metal Man (GM): That misses.
Sonic: "Hey you! Leave that guy outta this!" Sonic homing attacks Metal Sonic.
Metal Man (GM): *AUTO HIT.*
Robotnik: "Take this, Sonic! Hah hah hah!" Robotnik tries to hit Sonic with his punching glove. *SMACK*
Charles: "That's gotta hurt."
Metal Sonic: "Destroy Locos Docos."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic fires off another lightning bolt at Locos. *BZAP*
Metal Sonic: "Kill Locos Docos."
Charles: "Yeh-ya-ya-aya-aya" He gets blown back. "Grraahh!"
Metal Man (GM): Another hit.
Metal Sonic: "Eliminate Locos Docos."
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP*
Charles: "Must not be... distracted!" *He raises his arms, and bends them to pray. Then he briefly lifts his head up and looks to Mr. Robotnik and says...* "...Boot to the head."
Charles then races at flying speed to hit Mr. Scientist in the head.
Metal Man (GM): *HIT.*
Charles lands and backflips back where he was. "You have just experienced the ancient art... of Tai Kwan Leap."
Robotnik: "I'll get you... after I destroy Sonic!"
Sonic: "Fat chance."
Charles runs to Robotnik, but this time chances with the Frozen Hatred to the Mecha.
Metal Man (GM): *Hit.* No freezing.
Robotnik: "Grrr... I'll get you for that!"
Charles attempts too thwack the mech twice with the Mauler of Frozen Hatred.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. No freeze.
Robotnik: "Gah! My power is going down!"
Charles gets a bit peeved at its survival and tries to punch it and kick it.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Charles: "...Uh-oh..." *He scurries back with Phantom.*
Phantom: "Don't worry. I'll help you!" Phantom runs up to Robotnik's mecha and gives it a slice n' dice.
Metal Man (GM): *INSTAHIT.* *INSTAHIT.* *MISS HIT* Robotnik's mecha starts smoking.
Robotnik: "You'll all pay for this! Take this!" He attacks Phantom with bombs.
Charles: "I will not end my pursuit of you unless I take that white Chaos Emerald!"
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM* Phantom takes damage. Robotnik then tries to punch Phantom in the head. *CRIT.* Robotnik continues with a lot of missiles. 1 miss, but Phantom is hit twice more.
Phantom: "You cannot destroy me!"
Sonic: "It's time to finish Robotnik off!"
Metal Man (GM): Sonic runs up to Robotnik and spins around his mecha. Robotnik's Mecha is bashed into the ceiling, where it is attacked by a homing attack for more damage. It is hammered by a spindash. Then, another homing attack.
Charles just stands there in awe.
Metal Man (GM): And that attack misses, but Robotnik's looking all beaten up.
Robotnik: "I... will... not lose! KILL Sonic, Metal Sonic!"
Metal Sonic: "Affirmative. Destroy target: Sonic."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic lets loose with a wild flying kick at Sonic. He flies past Sonic, only to try again, this time with a punch. Sonic almost gets hit, but that misses too. Metal Sonic tries headbutting Sonic. And misses.
Metal Sonic: "Target is too fast to hit."
Robotnik: "WHAAAAT? You must destroy him!"
Charles: "Robotnik! Hand over the Emerald!"
Charles takes a deep breath. Then he looks up briefly at Robotnik and says, "Boot to the head."
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik just barely avoids that.
Robotnik: "Nice try, but you can't always hit me!"
Phantom: "...Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik is slashed twice. He's kicked into a wall. He's missed once, but hit yet again by the final stroke.
Robotnik: "I... won't... fail!"
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik's walker is now everything but on fire.
Robotnik: "I'll get you for this! ESPECIALLY Locos! Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik runs up to Locos and attacks him with a punching glove.
Charles: "Please, Ivo... I don't want to hurt you anymore. I just desire the Emerald!"
Metal Man (GM): *SMACK*
Robotnik: "You'll desire even more after I'm done with you!"
Charles is socked in the head and is flown to the wall.
Robotnik: "MISSILE BARRAGE!" 3 missiles are shot at Locos.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Robotnik: "And take this!" Robotnik fires bombs at Locos.
Metal Man (GM): ...They miss.
Robotnik: "NO! I can't! I was so close to winning!"
Sonic: "Game over, Eggman!"
Charles holds his heart and barely rolls to the right to avoid them.
Metal Man (GM): Sonic leaps up, and attacks Eggman with another homing dash. *AUTOHIT.*
Charles: "I'm in... worse shape... than before..."
Metal Man (GM): Then again, with the tornado attack. *DEATH* Robotnik's mecha is blasted into the ceiling.
Charles is barely conscious and still smiles.
Robotnik: "...You won't stop me... Kill them, Metal Sonic!"
Charles: "Thank you... Sonic... the..hedgehog..."
Metal Sonic: "..."
Charles: "You..you too.. Phantom..."
Metal Sonic: "I cannot commit suicide. I must survive to become perfect!"
Robotnik: "What? After all that, you forsake me again!"
Metal Sonic: "It is over, for you, Robotnik. You should have quit while you were ahead."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic leaps out. The ship shakes some more, apparently going to crash.
Robotnik: "...You aren't getting the emerald from me... never!"
Charles: "Sonic! Now's the... the chance to get it from him!"
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik makes a run for it... only to run into Sonic and fall backwards, dropping the emerald.
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik pulls out a remote.
Robotnik: "One of these HAS to work!"
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik presses the buttons... then sighs and throws it away.
Charles: "Phantom... fe... get the emerald... please..."
Sonic: "Give it up, Eggman. There's no escape."
Phantom: "I'll just be taking this emerald."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom gets the emerald, smiles, and starts glowing.
Sonic: "What? The emerald doesn't belong to you!"
Phantom: "With this, I and the great Smithy come one step closer to... world domination."
Charles: "We... we need to get it out of the clutches of the Quester Hunters..."
Phantom: "Oh yeah. And the Quester Hunters..."
Phantom: "This ship shall now be under our control."
Charles begins to pass out...
Metal Man (GM): Phantom nods, and starts typing stuff into the computer.
Phantom: "Rest, for now, Locos."
Sonic: "...Give me the emerald!"
Phantom: "No. Now then, I am afraid you will be having a rough flight home..."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom presses a button, and Sonic falls out a trap door.
Sonic: "You can't stop me from getting that emerald!" That's the last Charles hears, before he sees Sonic land on the Tornado 2, which flies away.
Phantom: "Hmmm... this PRIMITIVE ship shall make a great tool for Smithy."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... Aribar's in the room where Smithy's computer resides. He's called Aribar to inform him of recent news.
Smithy: "Hello, Jeff Maxwell. I have some news for you. The planned attack on this stronghold has been defeated long before it came in range. Locos has stolen an emerald for us, and... Phantom has stolen the Wing Fortress. They are coming in to land. The Quester Hunters have apparently retreated back to base."
Metal Man (GM): Behind Aribar, the Wing Fortress is coming in to land.
Aribar attempts to mentally ask the Sword of Darkness what to do with this... Changing of events. He didn't expect his former allies to give out so soon...
Sword of Darkness: "The world is weaving around what you do. Thanks to you, the Quester Hunters have backed off... for now. Now then, we have Smithy under our control. We can prepare to attack the Quester Hunter stronghold in Toad Town next."
Aribar: "Hrm... I see... I guess..."
Sword of Darkness: "Once they have submitted, we can show our true nature, and proclaim them to be your servants. And then... we destroy the Questers!"
Metal Man (GM): The Wing Fortress lands, and there is Phantom I coming out... with Locos over his shoulder. In his other hand, he holds the gray emerald. He is walking towards Aribar.
Aribar: "... What happened to him?" *Looks at Locos.*
Smithy: "He was injured while beating up Robotnik. We have taken Robotnik prisoner."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom I comes in, with Locos.
Aribar: "Hrm... I suggest we keep him locked up... In a room where he can get no technology that he may be able to manipulate to escape..."
Phantom I: "Your lord, I have the first emerald. With this, your head can be restored!"
Smithy: "Yes, Jeff Maxwell."
Smithy: "Now then, Phantom, begin your miracle."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom nods, and sticks the emerald in the huge computer mishmash that is Smithy's main processor bay. It glows, and in a single flash, Smithy's head appears... floating. It speaks in sync with the computer, until he turns off the monitor and speakers.
Smithy: "At last! I can move around in the real world. Only 5 more emeralds to restore my body... and a last one to restore my power... and then I will be complete."
Charles begins to move... weakly.
Smithy: "Phantom. Leave Locos here, and attend to Robotnik."
Phantom: "Yes sir!"
Sword of Darkness: "Aribar, Locos will see you... you might want an excuse to move him somewhere else."
Metal Man (GM): Phantom walks off.
Aribar: "Hrm... Do we have a medical bay?"
Smithy: "Hmmm... we do have a clean room. That's as close as it gets."
Aribar: "For humans, that is... If so we better drop Locos off there..."
Smithy: "And some first aid stolen from the Wing Fortress. You may take him there."
Aribar: "Where is that second Phantom at? I think he would be better suited to this job..."
Smithy: "Fine... Phantom II. Report!"
Metal Man (GM): Phantom II walks in and salutes.
Phantom II: "Yes sir!"
Aribar: "Take Locos to the Clean room and patch him up."
Smithy: "Take Locos to the 'medbay.'"
Phantom II: "Yes sir!"
Metal Man (GM): Phantom II takes Charles off to the clean room/medbay.
Smithy: "Now then... what shall we do next, Aribar?"
Aribar: "Hrm... We should finish off our enemies... Starting with the Quester Hunters. We should prepare our troops and ready for war."
Smithy: "Excellent. I will prepare as many machine mades as possible. I shall also... extort... some information of Robotnik's technology for my own use. If you want to visit Robotnik's cell, go to the hallway to he right."
Aribar: "Uhh..." *He debates weather or not to let Robotnik see that Aribar betrayed him or not...*
Metal Man (GM): *A noise occurs outside.*
Smithy: "That's weird... the Egg Carrier is coming, yet not ready to attack."
Aribar: "Oh, how conven--I mean I'll check on that..." *Heads to check on the sound.*
Smithy: "It's fully loaded... and followed by the Halberd!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar see two ships. The Halberd and Egg Carrier, both carrying marks of 'The Magellean Empire' on the sides. They land besides the Wing Fortress. A Koopa comes out of the Egg Carrier, followed by millions of Eggrobos.
Aribar: "... Halt!"
Metal Man (GM): And outta the Halberd comes Koopas and Meta Knight.
Meta Knight: "We mean no harm... as long as you swear not to hurt Magellan."
Koopa: "Otherwise, pieces of this base will be spread thinly across Nintendus."
Aribar: "... Magellean? You mean Locos?"
Meta Knight: "However you know that is beyond me."
Koopa: "So... you must be Aribar?"
Meta Knight: "I thought you served the Quester Hunters..."
Koopa: "For your information, I am Ricky. Locos's second-in command."
Ricky: "I have come on behalf of his interests."
Aribar: "... "
Meta Knight: "The emerald belongs to us."
Aribar: "Uhh... Ricky? Come here, please..."
Ricky: "...You better not touch me."
Metal Man (GM): Ricky comes a bit closer, hand on his pistol.
Aribar looks a bit irritated and takes a step towards Ricky... He whispers to the koopa, "Call my Jeff Maxwell and NOTHING else... Got it?"
Ricky: "Whatever you say... Jeff Maxwell."
Meta Knight: "Wait... you're impersonating the person who Locos freed from Smithy's oath? Interesting. I sure hope he doesn't find you. Your secret is safe with us... we only aim to secure the emeralds... and that island..."
Ricky: "Yes. Where can we go to claim it?"
Aribar: "... Locos is our temporary Medical Bay... I'm sure that a Phantom clone will be by soon to guide you to him if you want..." *He avoids the subject of the emerald...*
Meta Knight: "Good. We'll go and get ready for takeoff, soon."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar sense the sword of Darkness growing stronger, for some reason.
Sword of Darkness: "We are almost complete... it is amazing. The Quester Hunters and Questers are the only remaining ones who resist us."
Aribar: "Hrm... Smithy plans on prepari--Err..."
Aribar shakes his head and wonders what just happened... Maybe that sword is getting to...? No... He is still in control...
Metal Man (GM): The sword seems to have done nothing to Aribar... but he can feel a taint and power at the same time.
Aribar: "Errm... Smithy has made plans to attack the Quester Hunter base in Toad Town soon... Do you think you could join us in this attack?"
Ricky: "Sure. We're after their emeralds."
Meta Knight: "We shot down their ship for that single emerald. They have 5 more."
Ricky: "The Questers have one as well..."
Aribar: "We'll get them soon enough..."
Metal Man (GM): Locos is in a clean room, having been bandaged a bit. He's inside a building that is... Smithy's HQ. His dex is beeping.
Dex: "New message for Locos Docos. From: Meta Knight, Ricky."
Charles: "Receive the incoming transmission."
Metal Man (GM): *BLIP* It's prerecorded, but still good.
Ricky: "Hello. We noticed both the emerald being stolen as well as your heart signs being a bit... wavering."
Meta Knight: "We have come to get the emerald for you. Smithy appears to have taken it."
Ricky: "Just press the red button to send us your location."
Metal Man (GM): *END TRANSMISSION.*
Charles erases the message. "." *He sends for them to come.*
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, where Aribar is, he hears collective beeps, one for Meta, one for Ricky.
Meta Knight: "We must go to our master."
Ricky: "Forward ho!"
Metal Man (GM): The two armies and Meta Knight and Ricky march towards Smithy's HQ. Peacefully. The armies stop at the door of the stronghold, and salute. Ricky and Meta Knight go inside, to where Smithy is. Locos hears some doors opening. They must be coming. *ZIP* The door opens, and they are there... albeit a bit outta breath.
Ricky: "We have come."
Aribar sighs after the army has passed... He hopes that Meta Knight, Ricky, and Locos can be trusted. He also wonders how to secure power from them all when their opponents are defeated.
Charles shakes his head off. He stumbles, and slowly gets up. He finds two crutches and walks out the "Medbay" door.
Meta Knight: "I have a secret from the... Jeff Maxwell. Wait one second."
Metal Man (GM): Ricky makes sure the door on the other end of the hallway is shut."
Meta Knight: "...Jeff Maxwell is really Aribar, with the sword of Darkness. He is working for the Questers Hunters as well as Smithy..."
Ricky: "Make of it what you want. If we have to, we can torch this place."
Meta Knight: "Something is wrong. If the Quester Hunters are losing this fast, I sense great evil."
Ricky: "We must act before the tide catches us."
Charles continues wandering the place, taking breathes at times to rest.
Meta Knight: "Now then... we must get the emerald. Come with us."
Metal Man (GM): Ricky and Meta lead Locos to the main room, where Smithy's floating head rests on a table.
Smithy: "Hello... again. I wonder what your assistant's hurries were about."
Charles follows and meets with Smithy. "Ahh... Lord Kajidoh--" *cough* *Hack* "It's nice to see you again... well..." o_O; "... Well... some of you."
Smithy: "Don't mind my appearance... I need 5 more emeralds before I am complete."
Charles: "I see..."
Metal Man (GM): The head, noticeably, now has the White Chaos Emerald in it.
Charles: "...!? Smithy, how dare you take the White Chaos Emerald!"
Smithy: "I only borrowed it. It is yours to keep."
Smithy: "Your reward, indeed, for defeating the traitorous Dr. Robotnik. Watch."
Metal Man (GM): The real emerald floats out of his head, and is replaced by a phony, although exactly the same looking one.
Smithy: "I only need the blessing of each emerald."
Charles: "...You could copy it's power... Sir..."
Smithy: "No... only store it."
Charles bows his head. "Forgive me for lashing out and jumping to conclusions. And thank you for this reward."
Smithy: "You are welcome. The great Jeff Maxwell is planning to attack Toad Town, the headquarters of the Quester Hunters."
Charles: "Jeff..?" *He shakes his head.*
Ricky: "I should add, Locos, your project is progressing on time."
Charles: "Nevermind." *He lights up after hearing the news.* "Splendid!! We will be able to host the party for all on Grape Garden on time if things go like this!" *He begins to moves his crutches to sideways.*
Meta Knight: "Jeff Maxwell wants our help in destroying the Quester Hunters, for whatever time we have to spare."
Charles: "Do what you wish, Meta Knight. I have personal errands to run."
Meta Knight: "Yes sir."
Charles: "Now, let's head out."
Metal Man (GM): Meta Knight, as well as Ricky, go outside, nodding.
Charles moves his crutches 90 degrees again and move toward the outside.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar sees Locos, Meta Knight, and Ricky coming towards him.
Charles: "So like I was asking... you send how many to come to my aid!?"
Ricky: "We have captured the remnants of Robotnik's eggrobos, giving us a whole 'nother army to boss around."
Meta Knight: "Smithy insisted on taking the Wing Fortress for himself, though."
Aribar: "Hrm... I see... ."
Charles: "Like we need another ship?... Hey... are you..." *He looks to Aribar... or does he see him?* "...!! WHAT THE!?!?'
Aribar: "Jeff Maxwell, Locos, Jeff Maxwell."
Meta Knight: "He serves Smithy, now... especially since Robotnik was captured."
Aribar: "To put it simply... I'm on the winning side."
Charles: "...I bet that Sword of Darkness is warping who you serve."
Aribar: "Hmph. I am in complete control!"
Charles: "Ehh... let's get out of here." *He goes past Aribar.*
Meta Knight: "All systems are ready."
Metal Man (GM): Meta Knight, Ricky, and the armies go aboard their respective ships.
Charles: "Now then... where's my chair?"
Aribar mentally communicates to the sword... "Please tell me we can destroy them soon."
Sword of Darkness: "You can attack them right now... or while they are leaving. The emerald must not escape us for long."
Meta Knight: "Press the green button on your dex to summon it."
Charles does so.
Aribar: "... Thank you..." *He heads over to Locos and the others.* "Wait!"
Metal Man (GM): The chair flies over to Charles.
Charles sits onto it. "I'm not in the best of moods right now, Hunter."
Ricky: "What is it, Aribar?"
Charles presses the button to bring out the chainsaws, and 10 machineguns.
Aribar: "... To put it simply, I just remembered I have a very important matter to ask Locos... A private matter."
Charles: "Make it quick, cause otherwise my anger is gonna get the best of me."
Ricky: "Locos, should we leave you alone with him?"
Charles makes it so that there's now 15 machineguns. "Do so. Launch the ships without me. I need to head to Angel Island now."
Charles removes the chainsaws so he can hover on the ground.
Metal Man (GM): The soldiers and stuff start going, leaving Locos alone with Aribar.
Aribar: .oO(Okay... This may be difficult...) "So... Locos... Are you in touch with the Questers still?"
Charles: "Yes..." o_O "..." *He raises an eyebrow.*
Aribar: "Do you have any news on what they're doing right now?"
Charles: "Well I can call them right now and see what they are up to." *He presses the button to lower it to 7 machineguns... and a crossbow.* "As you can see, I'm starting to feel better."
Aribar: "Ah... That is good. Well, could you please call them right now?"
Charles: "Alright, but 2 things. One, you are paying for the charges."
Aribar: "... Charges?"
Charles contacts for the Quester Big Room.
Aribar: "Can you contact the Questers and ask them what they're doing, Locos?"
Charles: "Lemme check..." *He grumbles and sees what the heck they might be doing.* "I'm still making you pay the charges."
Metal Man picks up the videophone. "...????"
Aribar: "Just contact them, please... Like that..." *He waits until Locos calls the Questers... The elf then unsheathes his sword of darkness and cries out, "BOLT!" A flash of lightning, tainted with dark energies, explodes on top of Locos.*
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP.*
Charles is zapped... "Gyaaa-yay--ayayay-ayya-yaa..."
Metal Man: "Hey, Locos!! Who's attacking you?"
Aribar: "You shouldn't have interfered with my plans, Locos! You and that pint-sized knight of yours!"
Charles floats a bit upward... backing off and attempting to activating to recall the machineguns and crossbow. "...I think it was him..." *He shows Metal the elf that attacked him.*
Aribar: "Hmp. Time to kill you, Locos. And then your friends, the Quester Hunters... And finally the Stadium."
Charles: "...How did I interfere with 'your plans'? I had my agenda, you have yours... it isn't my fault if we get in the way of each other."
Aribar: "... By simply standing in my way from world domination!"
Metal Man: "..." *The Smash Dex goes off.*
Charles turns it off by accident. "I do not. However, if you want to fight..."
Aribar: "You also know my secret... If you tell Smithy then I am left armyless. I cannot afford that... Now... Shall we continue this duel?"
Charles activates 30 machine guns, 5 rocket launchers, and several flamethrowers from his chair.
Aribar: "..." o_O' "..."
Metal Man (GM): There's a new button on Locos' mech... it says 'Activate Chaos Emerald.'
Charles: "I'm close to snapping again... and wouldn't like me... when I snap." *He gets a really big vein in his forehead.* "I'll let your secret fly out the window if you don't... back..OFF."
Aribar: "I still want you dead... I still consider you a traitor to the Questers and me!"
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.*
???: "Questers, you said?"
Charles: "Mind controlled...'poisoned'...and no choice to lead an army. I leave, they'll go on a rampage."
Metal Man appears, alone. He has his weapon drawn.
Aribar: "... Huh?" *Looks at this new person...*
Metal Man: "I have been... keeping track of both of you..."
Aribar: "...Errr... What are you doing here?!"
Metal Man: "Well, while the Questers themselves are not allowed to know, I and other high-ranking staff monitor all Questers. If you are going to let the world be decided by one fight, I geel the Questers shouldn't be denied representation."
Charles activates 5 crossbows.
Aribar: "I... Ahh..."
Metal Man: "I don't have any special weapons, magic, or even... psychic powers."
Charles: "I DON"T WANT ANY OF YOUR CRAP, PEOPLE... now kindly leave me alone and I'll leave you alone... For..the ...time being of course."
Aribar: "... "
Metal Man: "The Questers don't want the world. All we want is to keep the world free."
Charles: "As do I... to an extent." *He calms down and deactivates all of the weapons.*
Aribar blinks... He's overreacting... Or not... or... He's making a fool out of himself... It is that Locos's fault. . Yeah... I'll show him... But what about...? Argh... "Hmph. With the Sword of Darkness I will purify this world..."
Metal Man: "The Sword of Darkness belongs in the pages of a history book, even more so under the supervision of the Questers."
Aribar: "... You'll have to pry this sword from my dead body!" *He starts to back up...*
Metal Man: "Why not join our side, and use the sword of darkness much like your vampiricism?"
Charles: "Unfortunately, that thing would sooner destroy itself than to fight for something it is against."
Aribar: "Oh? And the Questers would accept me?"
Charles: "And poor hunter's attached to it."
Aribar: "They drove me out of... What did you say, Locos?"
Metal Man: "...They did so because they did not know of... PLAN B..."
Charles: "I'm not one of much knowledge on that slicer, but this much I do know... But I'll let the metal man speak."
Sword of Darkness: "Don't trust him... trust is the first step to failure!"
Metal Man: "The large number of enemies have been dwindled by your efforts combined. If we... unofficially allied... we could eliminate 1/3 of the evil in the world. You two, the other 2/3rd, could be allowed to operate within boundaries."
Charles: "I am not evil. Just remember... I don't choose to be a leader despite my good skills at it."
Aribar: "... I do not wish to rule some random fraction of Nintendus! I wish to rule it all and purify the lands of all of its taints with the Sword of Darkness!"
Charles: "I'm forced to, and without me to keep them under watch, they'll rampage throughout this planet... and maybe even others."
Metal Man: "Now then. If you're going to fight, bring it to me!"
Charles: "One question... Do you wish to rule... or does the Sword of Darkness want to rule?"
Aribar: "... Me! I am in total control over the sword!"
Charles: "Then what I will say will have no meaning..."
Metal Man: "Yeah... that reminds me." *He casually presses a button, and his sword glows blindingly white. The sword of LIGHT?!?!?!?!*
Charles: "The Sword likes people to assume that the sword is their 'friend' while in reality it possesses it."
Metal Man: "I happen to command the sword of light. Ever since long ago, my lack of controlling it was what lead up to the Quester Hunters attacking us so many times."
Aribar: "... . I thought Gibby's magical frying pan was the Sword of Light... Somehow..."
Metal Man: "I seek, however, to unite the swords. For there is a legend."
Charles: "That reminds me!"
Metal Man: "If the sword of light is unified with the sword of darkness... peace and equality shall rule."
Aribar: "... You lie!" *He stumbles back a bit...*
Charles: "Aribar, know this..." *He begins to turn the chair..*
Metal Man: "Could a liar do... this?" *He points the sword up, and lightning strikes it. Twice.*
Charles: "While the Sword itself is not evil, it will amplify the tainted part of a person's or thing's yang."
Aribar: "... I shall cut you both down right now if I have to!"
Metal Man: "As much as you command darkness, I command the light. There are problems with my sword as much as yours... however... if I can unify the swords, we can all experience peace. ...But if you take too long, the light shall consume me as much as the dark shall consume you."
Aribar: "... You are as weak as I am strong, Metal. I dare the darkness to swallow me! It cannot..."
Charles: "A true master comes to embrace the element... not be consumed by it. To be as one... not to be possessed. This much I only know."
Metal Man: "Already you forget... your vampiric state is but latent. You have a limited time until you must revert to drinking the blood."
Charles: "...He's still a vampire?" o_O;
Metal Man: "He cured it, but the sword of darkness can reverse that."
Aribar: "... What? ..." *He questions the sword and asks if this is true.*
Charles: "The Sword is just gonna say that Met's lying and will deny it."
Sword of Darkness: "No! Lies! He is a lying one of the Light! Blinded!"
Charles: "The sword is as twisted as the wielder of it is impure."
Metal Man: "However... I have a real reason for being here. If we could put away our petty fighting, for a moment..."
Aribar: "You are blinded by the light, Metal. I grow irritated... If you continue with these lies I shall smite you!"
Charles: "Sure, go ahead. I gotta get to Angel Island soon."
Metal Man: "There is one who is worse than the greatest evil, lighter than the lightest light. He stands for destruction, the Southern side of the alignment compass." *He points at Locos.*
Charles: "Ahh, bull!"
Metal Man: "The opposite of Locos... but unfortunately, his power is lopsided."
Charles: "..." O_O; "...oh."
Metal Man: "He seeks to mindlessly kill. Good, bad, lawful... all of them must die, in his opinion."
Aribar: "Grrr..." *He raises the blade by about an inch... He is tired of this meeting and he seeks Metal's blood... Or whatever is a substitute... For Metal's lies.*
Charles: "That reminds me of one more thing..."
Metal Man: "You must destroy him along your way... or be consumed by destruction rather than your native element."
Charles: "...Who must?"
Aribar: "That does it..." *He starts towards Metal, the sword raised and ready to strike...*
Metal Man: "...You, Locos." *He turns to Aribar.* "Hit me with all of your might."
Charles: "..." o_O "...Ohhhh... kay."
Metal Man: "You will destroy yourself!"
Charles: "One more thing... Ari, will you ask your sword what it likes to eat and/or drink?"
Sword of Darkness: "Locos is a fool. He must fall after Metal."
Charles: "Metal, I must ask the same thing for your sword."
Aribar: "... YAAAAAAAH!" *He swings the Sword of Darkness with his full force at Metal...*
Metal Man: "My sword-" *Is hit mid-sentence. He falls backwards, heavily injured.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is surrounded with darkness, almost surging with it like electricity.
Aribar: "Hmp. Weakling."
Charles: "So... does it like tacos? Wobblings with snarf sauce?"
Aribar moves around his grip on the sword and readies for the Coup de Grace. "Any last words, Metal?"
Metal Man: "How about... look behind you!"
Aribar: "... I think not!" *He brings down the sword to hopefully finish Metal off...*
Charles: "That's it..."
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP* A lightning bolt hits Aribar from behind.
Charles activates the White Chaos Emerald.
Metal Man (GM): Then Metal leaps up, kicking him away while he's momentarily stunned.
Charles: "I choose this particular emerald for a reason..."
Metal Man: "I will only fight in self defense."
Aribar falls to his knees and rolls away in pain when Metal kicks him... He weakly looks up to see what shocked him.
Metal Man (GM): It was lightning, from the looks of it.
Charles: "See, the white one is known as the special of the seven Chaos Emeralds, for its ways of the balance. This little one, or rather the absence of it, was what caused Julian Kintobor to become Ivo Robotnik."
Aribar: "Damn... You...! I shall not lose to a man of Metal or a weakling stuck in a chair!"
Charles: "When used properly..."
Metal Man: "Serving the darkness is equal to blindness."
Charles tries to press the button to activate the emerald again.
Metal Man (GM): *ACTIVATED.* The chair is surrounded in white light, giving an eerie aura.
Metal Man: "It appears you have activated the first... ironically... symbol of balance."
Aribar: "... Arrrgh! Doom!" *He raises the Sword of Darkness into the air feebly and attempts to activate its special powers and attack Metal... He attempts to ignore Locos for now...*
Charles: "Metal, I need some of your strength! For this chaos emerald alone is not enough to counteract even a glimpse of the Sword's dark power!"
Metal Man: "Very well." *He takes the hit... then...*
Metal Man (GM): It's another annoyingly overcast sky. Locos and Metal and Aribar are in the landing area of Smithy's landing strip. Metal has just been hit... but also has concentrated some of his power with Locos's emerald.*
Aribar: "... What are you two doing? Stop that!"
Metal Man: "The power of light and Order combine! We must summon our power to drive him back!"
Charles raises his hands in the air...
Metal Man is badly injured, but still standing... thanks to that danged sword of light.
Aribar rushes towards Locos and the emerald... He leaps up at the Chaos Emerald and tries to cleave the magical gem in two with his Sword of Darkness. "No you won't!"
Charles: "By the power of the neutral Chaos Emerald, I ask that we detach the power of the Sword of Darkness from our friend!"
Metal Man (GM): Hitting the emerald unleashes a BLINDING amount of power. The emerald is not damaged, but Aribar is thrown back, into a wall. The sword of Darkness... is bent in two...
Sword of Darkness: (All can hear it now) "NOOOOOOOO!!!! This can't be... I am indestructible!"
Aribar: "... Gah! W-what happened?!"
Metal Man: "...We've almost destroyed the sword of darkness... we must hurry to finish it!"
Charles: "I choose this emerald because its powers are harnessed differently... it allows much light and darkness to be neutralized!"
Sword of Darkness: "An unwritten oath, that is, secret, shows that when light and order combine... I can be injured. If I am destroyed... all of my servants die with me!"
Metal Man (GM): The ground shakes.
Aribar staggers backwards and then turns and dashes towards the protection of Smithy's base... A look of horror crosses his face as the Sword utters that last statement.
Sword of Darkness: "You two do-gooders cannot stop me! I will destroy the world, even if it is with the destruction of my own servants!"
Charles: "Stop you, yes. Destroy you, we will not."
Metal Man: "???"
Aribar: "N-no! I wish to live! Stop this, sword! Smithy! Help me!"
Metal Man: "There must be a way to disable it..."
Metal Man (GM): Smithy's head floats out, flanked by Phantom I and II.
Smithy: "Well well... I see the wool has been thrust from my eyes!"
Charles deactivates the Chaos Emerald.
Smithy: "...The Darkness has come... but what is that Quester and my general doing? Phantom I and II, kill those traitors!"
Charles: "Lord Kajidoh..."
Aribar: "They're trying to destroy me! You must protect me!"
Charles: "You-you don't understand!! The... the Sword of Darkness... was trying to manipulate Aribar!"
Sword of Darkness: "Smithy! If you take me, I will make you unstoppable!"
Metal Man: "I'm going to relish killing you yet again..."
Smithy: "... ENOUGH!!! The Sword of Darkness... a tool of the Fallen Questers..."
Aribar: "... " *Blinks...*
Smithy: "...Shall become mine."
Smithy: "Hand the sword over, Aribar. You are not evil enough to control it as Zio could."
Aribar whispers to the sword, "What are you doing? I thought I controlled you?"
Sword of Darkness: (Still out loud) "Aribar, you have failed me. You almost killed me!"
Aribar grows deathly pale... He's quite frightened about this whole situation now.
Sword of Darkness: "You are not worthy."
Charles: "Whoa, whoa, whoa... hold up!" *He slowly approaches Ari.*
Metal Man (GM): Somehow, Aribar's own darkness seems to be flaring up... beyond the sword itself...
Metal Man: "...I don't like the looks of this. How is he summoning that aura?"
Aribar: "... How... How dare you say that?!"
Charles: "Yo, first off, I only wanted to neutralize some of your power, Sword. Not destroy you!"
Sword of Darkness: "I AM your master, and I command you to hand me to Kajidoh."
Aribar: "You... You are a tool for me! It is because of me that you are even here today!"
Smithy: "This tool belongs to me."
Aribar: "... I will destroy you if you do not bend to my will, Sword... Even if I do... Do d-die..."
Smithy: "No! You will do no such thing. Locos. Take the sword from him, with your emerald!"
Charles gives Smithy an eye.
Smithy: "I will aid you, with my own power."
Metal Man (GM): The ground shakes for no reason. A building falls over.
Aribar walks towards that White Chaos Emerald... He ignores Smithy's pitiful threats. "Well, Sword? Your choice? Either stand down... Or be destroyed!"
Sword of Darkness: "..."
Metal Man (GM): The sword starts flaring up with Darkness.
Charles: "No offense, Smithy, but Aribar didn't have a lot of evil in him, and look how corrupted he became. You hold it, even the sword of light, held by the proper master and at 100% power! ...couldn't stand up to you. I can't tell if you would just backstab me the instant I gave it to you.
Aribar: "You... Shall NOT challenge me, blade..."
Metal Man (GM): The ground starts shaking, and the Sword seems to be trying to consume Aribar... who is countering unconsciously with darkness. A large, dark portal appears 10 feet out of the ground.
Charles: "Oh $*%& man... what now!?"
Aribar continues towards Locos ever so slowly while trying to come out on top in this battle of will with the sword... When the portal appears he steals a glance at it for just a second.
Sword of Darkness: "...I must... SUMMON... my servant!"
Charles: "Smith, is this you're doing?" *He hovers up to Smithy.*
Metal Man (GM): *Yurie flies out of the portal... as well as a man with a Golden mask.*
Aribar picks up the pace to reach Locos and the emerald. "Fine. You have... Chosen your fate and my own, Sword of Darkness..."
Yurie lands with a roll to her feet, her sword drawn as she faces against Eldorado. She does look a bit banged up... like she's been in a fight.
Charles: "...Holy crap... I never saw you shake like that... but what's..." *He turns around.*
Eldorado: "Halt! The sword is MINE!"
Metal Man (GM): Eldorado raises his hand, and a 10-foot wall of rock blocks the way between Aribar and the emerald. Right before he can reach it.
Yurie: "I D- wait, what sword?" *quickly looks around...* "Um... when did we pop up here??" o.o
Charles: "Ya know I swear I've seen that gold mask before..."
Eldorado: "...The sword used some of its last powers to summon me. To defend it."
Charles: "Ah hell, it's gettin' too freaky around here."
Eldorado: "I am the sword-bearer of the Quester Hunters... the proper one."
Aribar: "...BOLT!" *He attempts to demolish the wall with his arcane powers.*
Metal Man: "I agree with you, Locos."
Charles starts taking off.
Metal Man (GM): The wall is demolished... but Eldorado pops up in its place.
Yurie: "Oh, yeah... how about we resume that little battle we were having, golden boy?"
Eldorado: "That shall be finished... once I have the sword."
Yurie: "...gah, dammit! Don't teleport like that!"
Charles: "Smithy, Ari, Metal... and golden boy... and Yurie..."
Yurie turns, then rushes Eldorado.
Charles takes off.
Smithy: "Wait for me, Locos!"
Charles: "Good bye..."
Metal Man (GM): Smithy follows Locos with his troops and everything...
Aribar: "Ah! Locos! Get back here! I need that emerald of yours!"
Eldorado: "You, little boy, will bow to ME. Pay no attention to the master of confusion."
Yurie: "Oh EldoRAAAAAAAADO!"
Eldorado: "I have but 1/10th of Denon's power... and that is more than the sword of Darkness and you put together!"
Yurie dashes right up to Eldorado... and SMASHES him with a powerful sword blow...
Metal Man (GM): Eldorado takes the smash... and his mask his sliced in two. He covers his face with part of his cloak.
Eldorado: "Insolent girl, you should know better than to mess with me!"
Yurie: "What's the matter... scared to show us your pretty face? Ari, get to that emerald. Golden boy here and I have a duel to finish..."
Metal Man (GM): Eldorado, still hiding his face, starts floating up... with Aribar.
Aribar: "Grrr..." *He tries to totally dominate the sword... To engulf that weakling blade within his own fury and completely command it... To command it to teleport the elf to Locos... And get that emerald...*
Eldorado: "You cannot follow me to the skies!"
Yurie: "...ah-ah-AH! STARLIGHT RONDO!" *He whips her hand down, slinging the discus of light up towards Eldorado.*
Metal Man (GM): The lights hit him, and Aribar suddenly unleashes a large flash. He and Eldorado disappear. Completely.
Yurie: "...gaaaaaaaah..." *She glances around to see if that Emerald is still there...*
Metal Man (GM): Locos and Smithy seem to be fleeing together...
Smithy: "Now then, Locos, what should we do? THE MASTER OF DESTRUCTION HAS SHOWN HIMSELF!!!!"
Charles: "First thing's first... Smithy, why is it that you follow me, even though you have called me a traitor?"
Smithy: "...You don't wield the weapon that can destroy me in a single strike, do you? DO YOU?"
Yurie inhales, then promptly dashes off after the two leaders of the armies...
Smithy: "Zio killed me TWICE with that thing! It took mega experience just to survive..."
Charles: "You make a good point. Well, you do know where my Tower is right?"
Phantom I: "Sir, a lone Quester is chasing us!"
Smithy: "Yes, Locos."
Charles: "Dammit..." He looks to the left in disgust."
Phantom II: "Sir! Shall we destroy the Quester? I mean... Locos, sir. Lord Locos."
Phantom I: "Smithy has explained that you are our hope."
Charles: "Lord Kajidoh is still your master..."
Yurie: "Grr... first golden boy shows up at the HQ, then me and him get teleported here, and now I'm chasing a renegade Quester and a metal-headed megalomaniac we killed before... This is just not my day..."
Charles: "You guys do what you can to make sure they don't catch up. I'll meet with you guys at Magellan Tower. I still need to head to Angel Island."
Metal Man (GM): Yurie can see that Smithy is literally, only a metal-head.
Phantom I: "Yes sir!"
Charles: "Good day!" *He blasts off toward the Mystic Ruins.*
Metal Man (GM): Smithy and Locos continue running... and Phantom I and II step in the way of Yurie.
Phantom I: "Halt!"
Phantom II: "You must pass a series of excruciating tests to get by us!"
Yurie: "Move it, or LOSE IT!"
Metal Man (GM): Phantom I slashes at Yurie.
Yurie continues running, then leaps through the space between them, a little bit of dust following in her wake.
Yurie (GM): Miss.
Yurie lands behind Phantom 1, then turns, grabbing a hold of Phantom before tossing him slightly into the air and SLASHING him with her sword, sending him at Phantom 2. (Interpose)
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Yurie then leaps upwards into the air, nailing him with a kick as he flies.
Metal Man (GM): *KICK.*
Yurie then lands, nailing him with a upwards slash from her sword, Nightingale.
Metal Man (GM): Miss. Phantom parries that move, and then strikes back witha quick sword slash. *Miss.* Phantom 2 comes from the other side with the same attack. ...And yet he, too, is plagued by inaccuracy. However, Locos has gotten away, and Smithy is close to taking off.
Yurie does a splits under the sword swing, then leaps upwards, white rays of light following her as she executes a Headwind, jumping up and away and heading after Smithy.
Metal Man (GM): Well, Yurie hit both at once.
Phantom I: "It is time."
Phantom II: "We must use the secret attack."
Yurie lands, then resumes running.
Metal Man (GM): They each glow, and start morphing into a 15-foot tall super-sized Phantom, complete with a double-sided sword that's about 10 feet long.
Yurie: "I don't have time for you two bozos, seeya!"
Metal Man (GM): Smithy's head turns around to see Yurie... and fires a ray of white light at her.
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP* It does no damage... but one of her feet is stuck to the ground by a white block.
Yurie: "...the heck?" *chops at the block...*
Metal Man (GM): Behind her, she can hear the huge Phantom 'III' coming to destroy her...
Phantom III: "You cannot escape now!"
Metal Man (GM): The huge... thing... chops a building in two with a powerful stroke.
Smithy: "Well, I'd love to chat, but I have to go. Kajidoh... AWAY!"
Metal Man (GM): The battered Wing Fortress, surrounded by Doomships, starts to float upwards.
Yurie: "...meep!" o.o
Metal Man (GM): Phantom III stands right behind Yurie. His shadow engulfs her. He's about to slash at her...
Yurie chops the block again, intending to free her foot.
Metal Man (GM): *PING.*
Yurie: "...oh sh-?"
Metal Man (GM): Yurie hears a sword pierce the back of the thing. A blindingly white sword. Rays of light emanate from it.
Yurie slooooowly looks up at the white blade, then slowly shuffles around to face Phantom 3...
Phantom III: "Nooooo... AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): It raises its hands in the air... then falls towards you. Blinding white light consumes Yurie's vision.
Yurie: "...Gorah-Nova..." *covers her eyes...*
Metal Man (GM): ...When the light clears, Yurie's foot is out of the white block, and Phantom III is gone. In its place... is Sirius.
Yurie blinks, lowering her arm and looking around, then down, then at where Phantom III was standing... "...um... who are you?" o.o *point.*
Metal Man (GM): A sword. Stuck into the pedestal.
Yurie: "...allllright... sword in a pedestal... no one around... I'm confused..." *She shrugs, then sheathes Nightingale and approaches the sword in the stone...*
Metal Man (GM): There are red runes etched into the darkish-silver sword. The pedestal has its own, blue runes. They glow enough to show that they are still active, but nothing more.
Yurie stops, then looks at the runes... then scans them with her dex for a translation.
Dex: "The runes of Sirius... Please wait while the runes are compared to our rune inventory."
Yurie: "Sirius..." .oO(The Dog Star?)
Metal Man walks over. "Hello, again. That was a close one." He sheathes a sword identical to the one that killed Phantom III.
Yurie: "...huh? Oh, yeah, sure was..." *waits for a translation, looking at the sword...*
Dex: "These runes are particularly complex. ...Translation complete. When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near."
Dex: "The runes on the other side say... Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction."
Yurie: "I've only seen swords like this once before..."
Dex: "The pedestal has a different set of runes, written by... Wolfman. They say... Ye who weild this sword will bring the destruction of the world."
Dex: "How Smithy took it out, and how the sword of light resealed it here, is beyond all records."
Metal Man: "I saw the wielder of that sword."
Yurie: "...exactly what -is- Sirius..."
Metal Man: "If I hadn't been ill then, I would have participated in his defeat. It is the sword of a great evil... The first Evil Quester."
Yurie: "...ookay... I'm not touching it... but the question is... what is it doing -here-"
Metal Man: "Smithy created the pedestal. Accidentally, it seems. He didn't know that the element of order was the strongest restraint in existence... but unconsciously used it in an attempt to doom you. ...It was only a coincidence I killed that thing with the sword of light, causing its apparent source, Sirius, to be put back in a pedestal."
Yurie: "...yeah... how about we get out of here..."
Metal Man: "Agreed." *He opens his dex.* "Mewtwo, set up a warp."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... Aribar and Eldorado appear in an unknown area. The sky is purple, and the ground is dirt. A tinge of death is all around the place.
Aribar blinks... "Where... Are we?"
Eldorado: "...I don't know. You have used the sword to teleport us... without experience. And at that... a broken sword, essentially."
Metal Man (GM): Eldorado lowers his cape. His face is... WOLFMAN?
Aribar: "... Master Wolfman?!"
Wolfman: "However... this is a perfect place to destroy you."
Metal Man (GM): He throws off his Quester Hunter garb.
Wolfman: "Yes. Wolfman. Your deposed leader."
Aribar stumbles backwards... He trips and falls down to the ground... "No... How... Why... Why would you be a Quester Hunter? That Maverick virus?"
Wolfman: "I planned to destroy the Quester Hunters myself. And... the sword of Darkness, which you seem to have temporarily ko'd by this teleportation. The Maverick virus was but a farce. So was... that reality show joke. Even the Slytock was but a weak spell. You still have your latent abilities. All of them. Now then... my purpose is to set things correctly. We must destroy these out-of-dimension intruders... and set things back to the old days..."
Aribar continues to listen while trying to get over the initial shock of who Eldorado is...
Wolfman: "The Shadow Temple is the only way to accomplish this. It isn't actually a temple of doom. It's my old storage facility. Poor Locos never got it right... Inside there, is a master reset button. It will send everyone home... and save us all. I built it in case of irrevocable interdimensional tears such as we have now. It is guarded by Irata, the evil Lord from my home planet. He will listen to me... or we, together, can destroy him. I also have the fighter remote."
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman pulls it out.
Aribar: "Why... Why did you just return to the stadium then? Why did you have to fight us like this? Why do you want the Sword of Darkness?"
Wolfman: "I have to do many... bad things... to get into the Shadow Temple. I must destroy both the swords of light and darkness, get Locos to open it for me, and beat back the Quester Hunters... The list goes on. I have been sending the Questers missions to do some of the more obscure things. They will begin soon. Now then... where do you stand, now that you know the truth?"
Aribar: "I... Errm... ..." *The elf shakes his head and slowly begins to stand up.*
Wolfman: "We have plenty of time... this realm seems to move slowly."
Aribar: "... I think you lie. I don't think the real Wolfman would do something like this! Yaaah!" *He dashes towards Wolfman and attempts to whack him with the bent Sword of Darkness.*
Metal Man (GM): Wolfman laughs, and then does Wolf Crush on Aribar. He's both blasted back and nearly crushed into a tiny ball.
Metal Man (GM): The purple energy fades away... the Sword of Darkness bent yet again.
Wolfman: "I am ten times stronger than you."
Aribar flies back a good couple a feet and tumbles on the ground... Aribar just lies there dazed from the blast...
Wolfman: "It is Metal who I fear... for I let him in on some of my secrets... Now then. You have no choice but to follow me. This fighter remote can do worse than kill you. With the press of a button... I can make you, and any Quester, unable to use melee moves or derivatives thereof."
Aribar weakly attempts to crawl away from Wolfman... The elf can't believe this is happening! He must escape... Somehow...
Metal Man (GM): The sword of Darkness weakly aids Aribar... it too, is damaged. Then... Aribar crawls and see a boot. Wolfman stopped walking after Aribar saw the boot.
Aribar looks up to see if said boot has an owner in it.
Metal Man (GM): ...It's Zio.
Zio: "Hello, Aribar. How do you like the X-zone? I have been imprisoned here ever since you and your friends killed me that last time... And it looks like you brought that horrible Wolfman with you. He won't trouble you as long as I am here."
Aribar gasps... And then swears... Great! Zio! "G-get back! Both of you... Leave me alone!"
Zio: "I cannot harm a hair on your head. That sword is too valuable. Wolfman has left... I nearly killed him with a Dark Energy Wave while you were crawling towards me. Come with me."
Aribar sniffles a bit... He just wants to get back to Nintendus and hide out while everything dies down... This is almost too much for the young half-elf to handle... "N-no..."
Metal Man (GM): He offers his hand to you to help Aribar up.
Zio: "If you did not like what Wolfman said... why would I be worse?"
Aribar: "Y-you are t-t-the most evilest p-person ever... I-i-i C-can't trust y-you!"
Zio: "...No... YOU are the evilest person ever. Even I could not use the sword to teleport between the X-zone and the real world... And thanks to you... Wolfman is stuck here forever! I should worship you, rather than Dark Force... But your work is not done yet."
Aribar: "W-what would y-you do... I-if I f-followed you? H-h-how do I k-know you won't b-b-betray m-me?"
Zio: "You must destroy those Quester Hunters... bring Meier Link here... and finally kill the Questers. I can't. I can only escape this realm if you send me outside of it. I only want vengeance... not destruction of the world. Dark force betrayed me. Once you are done here... we shall go to Mota and destroy Dark Force ourselves! Think of it... we'd be heroes in spite of our own hatred and darkness. It's up to you. You can pick light, darkness... or Wolfman."
Aribar gets up and wipes a few tears from his face... He tries to gain control over his emotions and heads towards Zio... "I guess y-your my only choice... ."
Zio: "Yes... the light seeks only to use you... and I feel that you should be master of your own fate. Allow me to fix your sword. It will no longer seek to control you."
Aribar: "O-okay..." *He offers the sword to Zio.*
Metal Man (GM): Zio takes it, but without taking the darkness away from you. He holds it horizontally above his head, and it glows. A dark aura bends it back into shape... and then the dark silver becomes obsidian. He hands it back to Aribar. Aribar can feel vast reserves of power that he never felt before.
Aribar: "T-thank you... I t-t-think..."
Zio: "Now then... you are free to go. I will be able to help you through the sword when you wish. Furthermore... the sword allows you to summon the D-cell virus."
Aribar: "... O-okay... ...D-cell?"
Zio: "With that... you can summon entire armies, and infect all who you fight. Those who are infected will mutate into more monsters and serve you. And the grand part is... only you, the one who began the scourge, can heal it. There are no goody-two shoes who can even begin to heal the power of D-cell. The sword is ready to teleport you back... and with it, you will have learned a new ability. Realm Teleportation."
Aribar: "Okay... New ability? Realm teleportation?"
Metal Man (GM): *Aribar gained Sealed Sword of Darkness!* *Sealed Sword of Darkness has obtained a new spell!* *REALM TELEPORATION.*
Zio: "Go... and announce your power to the Questers!"
Aribar: "... Where to? Their HQ?"
Zio: "Yes. Don't attack them yet, though. I will need to arrange a way to destroy their frying pan. You may summon an army right in front of them to scare them, though. And even waste it on them."
Aribar: "Wait... What IS special about that frying pan?"
Zio: "...It is the true sword of Light. That sword Metal is wielding is connected to it, but if you hit it with the Sword of Darkness, it becomes a piece of cheap tin. Wolfman didn't want Metal to save the world with it. He just wanted Metal to be distracted while he destroyed the real Sword of Light. But... you've taken care of that. Now... go forth, and spread the word."
Aribar: "Well... Thank you, Zio... I guess it is time to go now..." *The elf straightens his clothes a bit and tries to will the sword to warp himself to the Quester HQ.*
Metal Man (GM): *Aribar is lifted up by a black beam of light... and then teleported.*