Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 96: Impostor Invasion
Date: November 4th & 5th, 2004.
Trivia: Saga (mentioned later in this log) is just a ripoff of the world from SaGa Frontier.
Charles told his guys "Meeting adjourned for now" and "Meet back tomorrow." He then takes a fly to the skies! "WWWeeeeeeeeeeeee! It fun to joyride." *He takes a sudden stop... he has noticed he is in the Hylian skies. And yet... there are "Ruins" in the clouds.*
Charles takes in-a notice by going downward some and investigates. Upon closer inspection, he has discovered there are several pig-like statues... "N-n-nnoo... it can't be..." *He looks around more. His heart begins racing as he begins to notice some of the new... yet somehow... familiar settings.* "Ohhhh... myyyy...$*#*" *He notices a large piece of rock... an iris with a large circle in it.* "I... I... I read about this place... An eye statue... pig-statues... in the Hylian skies... This must be..." ^_^; "...I can't put my finger on it." *He gets off from the chair. He walks onto the clouds, somehow knewing he could walk on them.*
Charles gets out his advanced dex. "Okay... gotta be confirmed... its high in the skys over Hyrule, with ruined statues of what look like Ganon, and big ol' eyeball... What is this place?"
Metal Man (GM): There is a broken trident on the floor... as well as the ruins of a tower. It also has some inscriptions of Vaati, the wind-spirit around it.
Charles: "Hmm...!!" *He has now remembered!*
Metal Man (GM): It is perfectly silent here.
Charles: "I remember hearing of this place! It's Vaati the wind sorcerer's old place... the Palace of Winds! Then this place is the legendary... Realm ...of the heavens." *He glares in awe as the sun shines bright from his back. he looks around several times.*
Metal Man (GM): There is also something weird. A reflection that quickly fades away. A broken mirror on the ground.
Charles: "I remember reading in the recorded archives... Link and the Four Sword strike down the ... sorcerer..." *He just blinks...* "I don't recall that being in the rubble... Umm... nah... can't be Dark Mirror."
Metal Man (GM): ...Something is wrong. Very wrong. Locos would hear laughing from nowhere... there is nothing exactly dangerous here... but there is something sinister that started here. The mirror, broken, even seems to glow with white light on its own. The laughing stops. Maybe it was Locos' imagination... But it sounded like Wolfman.
Charles: "Despite this happening... this place is the perfect place..and what I've been searching for! ...Wolf?" *He quizzically looks to the left and right.*
Metal Man (GM): It comes from the mirror.
Charles: "Oh... right... zombie."
???: "Lo... cos..."
Charles: "...Ohhh... I know I shouldn't..." *He quietly approaches the mirror.*
Metal Man (GM): The mirror shows not Locos' reflection... but Wolfman's.
Wolfman: "I... I... have been... ... stuck... Time... short... you must... defeat... clone..."
Charles: "Free... you... break... mirror?" *He can't helps but laughs.*
Wolfman: "Ugh. Ugh. Uuuuugh... too late... for me."
Metal Man (GM): It disappears. The mirror then goes back to normal... reflecting Locos. The darkness was taken out of it somehow.
Charles: "..." *He pounds the mirror with his Frozen Hatred.*
Metal Man (GM): It is smashed into many pieces. Locos hears a far away moaning that disappears.
Charles: "Now that that's out of the way..."
Metal Man (GM): The mirror melts from existence.
Charles: "Onnnn seconnd thought... I better not call... they're sleeping at this hour."
Metal Man (GM): The wind is very cold, and it is very lonely here.
Charles activates his chair to come to him.
Metal Man (GM): It floats over to Locos.
???: "Hey! You! What're you doing at my SECRET hideout! Didn't you see the sign?"
Charles: "First no. Second, I was gonna help clean this mess up... And third, who the heck are you?"
???: "The one there!" *He points at a crude sign on the base of the tower, that says: 'Secwet Hwidehout.'*
Metal Man (GM): Locos sees... it's a ghost with a party hat! It looks real, though. Not ethereal.
Charles opens his mouth.
???: "If I tell you my name, my powers will be destroyed! I must remain nameless in order to rule this domain... of desolation."
Charles: "So then..." *He deactivates his chair.* "What are you doing in the Realm of the Heavens?"
???: "Well... I was kinda kicked out of the Creepy Steeple by that no-good Mario."
Charles: "I thought this place was abandoned after Vaati was defeated."
???: "And you know, I like abandoned places."
Charles: "Ahh... a local boo I see."
???: "Eh... not quite. They seem to follow me around, though."
Metal Man (GM): As he says that, a variety of boos pop into existence.
???: "They won't hurt you, unless you're that no-good stinking Mario!"
Charles looks around in shock.
???: "Well... or if you're that evil man with that mirror who stuffed someone into the mirror and then broke it..."
Charles: "...I wear not overalls, a red hat, or an Italian accent. Although I did smash the remains of a mirror."
???: "Ah. Well then, welcome to my haunt. That mirror was too creepy even for ME to touch! It made a clone of myself... impossible! I'm the one who mimics other people! I defeated it, though, and broke it even more."
Charles: "Technically I didn't touch it... Then after smashing it, it melted away..." *He perks up.* "So then, uhh... what's your place called? ..." o_o "... Is it named after you..?"
???: "Hmmm... I need to name this place. I know! Glower Tower! Perfect. People can think of me glowering down at them from this weird... heavens place. Now then, Mr. Chair, what do you want to do in... Glower Tower?"
Charles gets off from it. He blinks in curiosity.
???: "You know, we could team up and defeat Mr. Mustache."
Charles: "Why are you mad, sir?"
???: "I am mad at the Mustache for wrecking Creepy Steeple! He... CLEANED THE FLOOR!" *GASP*
Charles: "...Isle Delphino..."
???: "Then, even worse... he destroyed my house and started ringing bells in it! Delphino? Where? I live near Rogueport, not Delphino."
Charles: "It is somewhere in the South Seas... Then you aren't king boo... that much I'm sure."
???: "Nope. Not King Boo. He's not my type."
Charles: "Hmm... well, I'd like to, but Mario is of the Super Smash Questers, and an attack on them would be a counterattack from the Questers." *He grabs his mustache a bit.*
???: "No biggie. I can steal the name and body of anyone who doesn't know my name."
Charles: "And don't even get me started on the psychic Mewtwo... brrrr..."
???: "Just name someone, and I can deal with them myself!"
???: "And I need a good person to mimic. Last time I checked, mimicking Mario got me quite a beating."
???: "I could even fight these Questers, mimic their leader, then lead the Questers to destroy Mario. ...But you'd need to keep him away. Far away."
Charles: "Nah, they're too cunning for that."
???: "It worked on Mario's friends. But... I like your thinking."
Charles: "Keyword 'worked'... 'cept it didn't for long."
???: "Now then. Make with a name, and I'll go and deal with them... making them unable to do much themselves. It's a bonus. They won't be recognizable."
Charles: "If you mimic them, what happens? You mimic their power... memories..what?"
???: "I mimic their power, their appearance, their speech, but not memories. But I can deal with that easily. They won't be able to refute any false memories I make up..."
Charles: "And... if I don't make with a name..."
???: "Of course, if the person is too powerful, they could hunt me down and destroy me like Mario... Well, then I can just steal your body and name, Slick."
Metal Man (GM): ??? laughs, and the boos laugh with him.
Charles: "Charles L. Magellean to you, bubs."
???: "A good name to take... and from the looks of you, you have more than a few tricks I could use... Unless you give me something superior."
Charles: "Can I dub you... Lehi?"
???: "Lehi? Well... as long as you don't call me my real name, ok."
Charles: "I don't know your real name, never met you..."
Lehi: "I still need someone or something to mimic."
Charles: "Heck, I don't even know what kind of ghost you are."
Lehi: "I'm itching to destroy Mario. That mustache ruined my life... with the kind of wackos that live here, I could easily deal with him. If you have any people who died I can mimic, that works, too. I can mimic almost anything!"
Charles: "That's a good idea... In exchange, I'd like to live in this realm."
Lehi: "You're welcome to live here. But I need a name. Any name. From another person, of course. I cannot defeat Mario, or even you in this form."
Charles: "Lemme think... Well... off the top of my friend, either a Metroid Queen or the SA-X. But give me time and I could come up with alternatives."
Lehi: "SA-X? Hmmm... that's very interesting. A clone of a clone... I'm not sure if that'd work very well... hey, could I see that red object in your pocket?"
Charles: "What..you mean..." *He gets out his Advanced Smash dex.* "This.?"
Lehi: "Yes. I can check all the names on it."
Charles gives Lehi it. "Knock yourself out."
Metal Man (GM): Lehi looks at it.
Lehi: "Hmmmm... I like the looks of this Zio fellow... reminds me of what I could be... some evil guy who kills people... nah. Not evil enough."
Charles: "Definitely... He's a pansy."
Lehi: "Let's see... this Aribar guy is definitely evil... that's it! He looks great... a sword of Darkness... a buncha robots... and mental insanity to boot!"
Charles: "I'm actually rather a roommate of Mario..." .oO(For a time.)
Lehi: "Eh. I'm only after Mario. Well. I have to go. I must find this Aribar fellow!"
Charles: "Holds a grudge against a guy but not the friends of the guys..."
Metal Man (GM): He runs off... with the dex in tow.
Charles: "Hey Lehi..! Oh well..."
Metal Man (GM): He's running towards Kokiri Village.
Charles: "Soo uhh..." *He looks to the Boos... scratching his head.* "Got any pretzels?"
Boo: "Hiya Locos!"
Charles: "...wait... how do ..."
Metal Man (GM): Boo2 tosses Locos some pretzels.
Charles: "How do you..." *He catches them.* "Thanks. how did you know my name." *He starts eating from the bag.*
Boo: "Eh... saw you before."
Boo2: "We fought you Questers before the boss decided he couldn't afford boos."
Charles: "Ahh... Bowser."
Charles: "Yeah... he works for me now. Heard of the Magellean Military in the gossip mill? That's me."
Boo2: "No... We've been in Rogueport and Creepy Steeple too long."
Boo: "But we'd love to help you."
Charles: "What would you need in 'payment'?"
Boo3: "Just some coins."
Boo: "We only use coins for more pretzels, though."
Charles: "First... how much a week, and how many would be joining if I allowed?"
Boo2: "There's 100 of us, and we each want 1 coin per week."
Charles: "Got any friends like uhh... a couple Big Boos, a Boolossus that contains about 15 boos in them? I'd gladly hire all 100 of you."
Boo: "We can form 8 Boolossuses if we wanted. Or one totally huge boo."
Charles: "You guys can hang around here until I need of your assistance."
Charles: "Okay, you are my ...uhh..." *He checks his check list..* "Let's see... my own machine mades... the Koopa Troopas... Eggrobos... Smithy Gang..." *He looks up to the head boo.*
Charles: "You guys want to be a sub-line of the Koopa Troop, or be your own army?"
Boo: "Our own army."
Charles: "You are the my official 5th army then. Consider yourselves part of the Magellean Military, where one of the goals is to control sectors of Nintendus!"
Charles: "Magellean's Machines... Koopa Troop... Robotnik's Eggrobos... or Eggman's Eggrobos... Smithy's Gang... I need a name for you guys."
Boo: "The Bootastic Boo Brigade?"
Charles: "That sounds good..although... all of you related?"
Charles: "How about... the Boos Brothers? Either that or yours... Whatever you choose."
Boo: "Eh... The BBB sounds better."
Charles: "So..the second sucked didn't it. Come on, you can be honest."
Boo: "Eh. It would have been better if there were only 2 of us."
Charles: "I don't smite employees like others. Since you're undead, I can't give you health benefits. So... the bootastic boo brigade... that bring a ring... I suppose..." *He gets in his chair.* "Well I'm off! See you in the fuuuuttuuuuurreee...!"
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, with Aribar, who is in the fortress at Kokiri Forest... Aribar receives word that an unknown creature has penetrated the perimeter.
Aribar looks out upon his 'great' kingdom from Link's treehouse. The elf is pretty much healed from his wounds from the previous battle. Upon receiving word that a creature penetrated the Egg Robots' defenses he made preparations to see if this rumor is true or not.
Metal Man (GM): You hear a knock on your door.
Aribar: "Come on in." *He moves to sit down on one of the wooden stools in the center of the room.*
Metal Man (GM): And in comes... the silliest sight Aribar has ever seen. A walking sheet with legs, and a party hat. Some lame excuse for a ghost.
Aribar: "... . Are you one of those Kokiri kids?"
???: "Hello... Aribar! I have come to defeat you in combat! One Charles L. Magellean told me about you..."
Aribar: "... Locos!"
Metal Man (GM): He pulls out... Locos's Smash Dex.
???: "And now... to show you my trick!"
Metal Man (GM): His eyes flash red, and suddenly, he transforms into what looks like a shadow Aribar.
Aribar: "You could never defeat yourself, could you? Gah!" *The half-elf leaps to his feet and quickly tries to unsheathe the Sword of Darkness.* "What... What do you mean?"
Metal Man (GM): The expression on his face looks... terribly wrong. Like some evil grin. Aribar draws his shadow sword of darkness.
Aribar: "Once I defeat you... I will have your name and body for myself! Forever! Then I can kill Mario! Oh yeah... and you'll be erased for eternity, Slick..."
Aribar: "And if I refuse to fight you?"
Aribar: "Then I can attack you all the same. This sword is just as good as yours!"
Aribar: "... I could summon my army to defeat you..."
Aribar: "I could summon a shadow version of that army!"
Aribar: "I could also kill you with the sword of Darkness... Since it kills most people in one hit."
Aribar: "Ha ha ha ha ha!"
Aribar: "... Just wondering... Can you locate your own head?" .oO(This always works!)
Aribar: "Yes!" He points at Aribar's head. "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Aribar: "... Ummm... Your head... No--Arg... You like to be annoying, huh?"
Aribar: "That's what I do, Slick. That mustache man almost destroyed me, though... using my own name against me! He even beat up his own partners when they followed me! Now then, it was a choice between you and that girly-man, Zio. It appears I was right to choose you..."
Aribar: "So you have my own traits? Then perhaps I chose the wrong blade..." *Aribar begins to sheath the Sword of Darkness and picks up his own forgotten sword, Moonlight, from Link's bedside.*
Aribar: "...D'oh! No matter! This sword is superior!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar still has the Sword of Darkness.
Aribar: "Now then... let's test this baby's powers!
Aribar drops down into his fighting stance, the blue shortsword extended defensively. "Prepare for your demise!"
Aribar quickly lunges forward and tries to place a neat stab right into this fake Aribar's gut. "You shall pay for impersonating me!"
Aribar: "You shall pay for impersonating me!"
Metal Man (GM): *HIT.*
Aribar: "Curse you, Aribar! Just like a common thief!"
Metal Man (GM): *POISONED.*
Aribar: "Mugger-hugger!" *He follows the sword slash with a quick kick to push the impostor out of the tree house.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar dodges.
Aribar: "Now it's my turn! Uh... uh... Thunder Thing! ... Bolt?"
Metal Man (GM): He swipes at Aribar with Bi-Bolt Slash. *MISS SLASH.*
Aribar: "Gah!" *He leaps backwards to avoid the first slash but trips over a chair and is hit hard by the second.*
Aribar: "Hmp... Is that the best you've got?" *He begins to get up slowly... The elf expects a followup attack...*
Aribar: "And now... uhhh... Horrible Lightning Thingy!"
Metal Man (GM): A huge lightning bolt flies at Aribar. A weak Terrorbolt... It misses Aribar, of course.
Aribar: "Piffle... Why are you so pathetically weak? That Locos had me! Good gravy, would it help you to eat vegetables?"
Aribar: *He blinks...* "You don't know the first thing about my arcane spells! Now, taste your death!" *Aribar runs towards... Aribar... And unleashes the holy might of Warlock's Bane on... Aribar... The elf wonders if the holy effects of this melee move even come into effect because he controls the Sword of Darkness. Then he... promptly trips...
Metal Man (GM): Aribar misses Aribar. The light part doesn't even activate.
Aribar: "Ha ha ha! Take this! Ultimate electrical thing!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar misses Aribar.
Aribar: "This sucks! You can't even hit yourself! Wait..." *He eyes the sword of darkness.* "That's what I'm missing! You're hiding your latent powers from me... but I'll get them!"
Aribar: "... No, no no! Bo--Err... Yah!" *He rushes into the clone and attempts to push it out of the tree-house with a Running slam.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss. Barely.
Aribar: "Eek!" *He attempts to skid to a halt before falling out the door.* "You almost cut yourself! Huh? And now... for my... no... YOUR ULTIMATE MOVE!"
Metal Man (GM): He starts glowing... it looks almost like when people used to be zapped by the fighter remote...
Aribar: "... Umm..." *The elf wonders what on earth the impostor is doing and begins to ready for the worst.*
Charles jets back to the tower.
Aribar: "Hah! I now have Melee Moves!"
Metal Man (GM): Weird thingy: Aribar has gained... Melee Moves: Alpha. Red Fireball (A0), Super Jump Punch (A1), Pound (A0), Vulcan Grab (A0), Meta Tornado (A0), Green Missile (A0), Moondust (A2 1/2) . Beta. Ice Shot (BX), Red Fireball (B0) . Gamma. Dolphin Slash (G3), Sword's Dance (G5) Custom Move: Moondust.
Aribar: "Yes! Now I shall crush you... with your own, superior moves! MOONDUST OMEGA!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is poisoned.
Aribar: "Hah! You missed! Wait... Gah!" *He watches as a mist of dust comes out of the sword and lands on his skin burning it like acid.*
Aribar: "I feel like I can destroy Mario in my sleep! Now all I need is your frame... and maybe I can regain your vampiric powers as well!"
Aribar: "Yah!" *He goes in for a whirling slash at his opponent and hopes that this blow connects. He tries to shrug off the burning dust.*
Aribar: "...The power... THE POWER! And now... for your total defeat!"
Metal Man (GM): *Aribar's SPD is now 18.* *Aribar's STR is now 7.*
Aribar: "... What are you doing?"
Charles: "...C-rap. I forgot to tell Lehi where I live!" *He facepalms himself.*
Aribar: "You have hidden within you, powerful latent stats. You lost them somehow... But someone like me can just summon them back! And now... RED FIREBALL OMEGA!"
Metal Man (GM): The first one is a crit, and the other two hit. The combo is thrown off by the one that misses.
Aribar: "Gah! Ow! Oof!"
Aribar: "Now then... surrender the sword of Darkness, and maybe I will let you live!"
Metal Man (GM): The Sword of Darkness is glowing rather... furiously.
Aribar: "Grr... Tell yah what... You can have this one instead!" *Aribar tosses Moonlight into the air and catches it in a different grip before throwing it with all of his might at the fake Aribar.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Aribar: "Damn! I can't believed I missed..."
Metal Man (GM): ...Something strange causes it to stab him in the chest. ...He winces... then he laughs.
Aribar: "Or... Did I? ... Yes! ... Wait... You aren't suppose to laugh when you get stabbed in the chest!"
Aribar: "Your former self is too tough to be even injured by this puny weapon! I shall break it in two myself!"
Aribar: "N-no! That was a gift!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar pulls it out... but then starts getting shocked by blue electricity.
Aribar: "... Hah! What is this? WHAT IS THIS? It's fighting back! Worthless... sword!"
Metal Man (GM): He uses all his might to drop it... but then collapses on the floor, shocked to death ala Darth Vader.
Aribar: "Okay yah... One-armed bandit. I think it is time to meet your maker." *He unsheathes the Sword of Darkness...*
Metal Man (GM): The sword of darkness fills Aribar with immense power. He could melt the entire Kokiri forest easily. Unfortunately... it also makes him feel sickened.
Aribar tries to hide the sickness and keep upright... He inches towards the impostor. "Any... Any last words?"
Metal Man (GM): He's out cold. Almost dead. Moonlight seems to have an otherworldly effect on this impostor. The sword seems to want to destroy him more than anything.
Aribar hrms... He may be feinting it... He has--I mean I have--the smarts for something like this... The elf decides to have the Sword of Darkness sink home and stab this impostor's chest. "Return to the Abyss, foul impostor!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits this person... but something goes wrong. Both him and the impostor surges with darkness... When it's done... that person looks just like Aribar... he gets up, healed. He even carries... the Mage Masher.
Aribar: "Huh?! What? This shouldn't happen! I should have your identity! We can't possibly both be Aribar!"
Aribar: "What... Just happened? And... Why are you carrying that old relic?"
Aribar: "You're asking yourself this? ...Well, either way, I have the power I need. Next time you see Mario, he will be dead!"
Aribar: "... Oh, no you don't..."
Aribar: "Thanks, Slick."
Aribar: "You're dead wrong..."
Aribar: "Yup. You are. Oh yeah... I just forgot... why not spruce up this hunk of junk?"
Aribar: "... You are a weaker version of myself from long ago... Let me prove it... Yah!" *He attempts to bash this impostor into the wall before he can do anything else.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar laughs, and hits it with dark lightning. He avoids the attack.
Aribar: "Hey... why don't I try another move out! Super Duper Jump Punch!"
Aribar: "... Oh, THAT is a lame name!"
Metal Man (GM): Well, it misses. He mashes a hole in the roof.
Aribar: "...Worthless move, anyway. Now then. I thought you were evil... don't you want Mario dead?"
Aribar: *He takes a step back, drops the sword of Darkness, and quickly goes to retrieve Moonlight... The elf realizes it was a BAAAD idea to use that other sword... This time, at least. Aribar attempts a lunging stab at the other Ari.*
Aribar: "I want you dead too! Stop punching yourself!
Aribar:: "Gah! By Erwin you shall die!"
Aribar: "Erwin? Great name."
Erwin: "I'll call myself that! Ha-ha hahaha!"
Aribar: "... You dare make a mockery of the Ruler of Truland? You've gone -too- far now... ."
Erwin: "I could become him... if you hadn't hidden him away in another dimension... My boos would have such a great home, too!"
Aribar: "... Boos?"
Erwin: "Yes... I have 100 of them! Hmmm... that reminds me... Charles must be waiting for me to come back..."
Erwin: "Do you always have to frown like that? It wrecks your face."
Aribar: "By Truland you shall die!" *The elf leaps into the and and attempts to plunge Moonlight right into 'Erwin.'*
Metal Man (GM): To continue mocking Erwin, he smiles... of course, that being Aribar's face. He laughs and blocks.
Erwin: "Now now, this is a real sword technique! DOLPHIN SLASH! ...What a stupid name... Why must I share your bad accuracy?"
Aribar attempts to knee his impostor in the stomach.
Erwin: "Ow! Bow down to your king, fool!"
Aribar attempts to plunge Moonlight into Erwin's back.
Metal Man (GM): *STABBINESS.*
Erwin: "Ow! Take this!"
Aribar then jumps and tries to crush Erwin's back...
Metal Man (GM): He's barely hit.
Erwin: "Ow! ...Drat. You won't let me leave, will you?"
Aribar finally finishes off this combo with a Warlock's Bane. He aims the holy strike at Erwin's sword arm.
Metal Man (GM): It hits, despite missing originally.
Aribar: "This is what you get for mocking me! You have engulfed yourself in my rage!"
Erwin: "Wait... I know what to do. Sword of Darkness! Warp me to... Locos Docos!"
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* He disappears. ...He actually used the sword of Darkness... without even holding it... Does his power ever end?
Aribar: "... Not good."
Metal Man (GM): Back with Locos... "Aribar" appears outta nowhere. Except he has a crazy looking grin on his face.
Charles sits back in his top of the tower, sipping his coca-cola batch.
Aribar: "Hello, Locos!"
Charles has his chair's back to him. *sip.* "...I suppose you got the job done, Lehi?"
Aribar: "Yes sir! And better!"
Aribar: "I recovered those moves that Slytock supposedly stole!"
Charles slowly moves to see the clone.
Aribar: "And I can control the Sword of Darkness! Now... I will destroy Mario."
Charles: "...Yet I do not see it before you."
Aribar: "Yes... well... that couldn't be cloned."
Charles: "I see..."
Metal Man (GM): This Aribar is noticeably younger... a month or so.
Charles: "Do you go by any new names now, younger one?"
Aribar: "You could call me Erwin, too."
Charles: "Very well, General Erwin. You and your boos now serve in the Magellean Military."
Erwin: "Great! I'll get to work on destroying Mario. Oh yeah... and this."
Metal Man (GM): He glows darkly, and... becomes a Vampire.
Charles smiles smugly.
Erwin: "I have the power to go back and forth between Vampire and Non-Vampire! But now, I can combine the best of both."
Charles: "I must say: I'm impressed. But be warned... Mario is not an easy target as he once was before..."
Erwin: "That does not matter... I can use the Sword of Darkness to telepathically level the Quester HQ!"
Charles: "He resides with the Questers and the other 23 Smashers, the powerful psychic Mewtwo, and Metal Man; the carrier of the Sword of Light."
Metal Man (GM): Erwin laughs, and the ground even shakes.
Erwin: "Sword of light... I'll have to destroy that with my Mage Masher."
Charles: "What's worse is that once they know you work for me, they will be even more on guard. When you strike, and that will be soon, you must get the job done the first time. Fail, and your task will be considerably harder."
Erwin: "Do not worry. I am a Quester. A superior Quester. I am stronger than the strongest Quester!"
Charles: "Do not be overconfident. They are... resourceful. And so far, most every obstacle they've come across... they've overcome."
Erwin: "But have they beaten superior clones?"
Charles: "Allow me to view to you..."
Erwin: "Ones who have both their current and past powers at the same one?"
Charles shows Erwin various clips..
Charles: "They've, on a number of occasions, defeated Bowser... Ganondorf..." *He shows clips of Ganondorf with the four swords and other times..* "Dracula... Team Rocket... Dr. Wily... Dr. Ivo Robotnik..." *He shows him being sucked into the X-Zone...* "The vampiric Quester Hunters..." *He shows Meier Link, Dagon, and even Zio at their deaths...*
Erwin: "...What? This is impossible! What kind of people could do that? NOT EVEN MARIO HAS FOUGHT THAT MANY PEOPLE!"
Charles: "Even Kajidoh, or Smithy, fell to these Smashers and Questers..." *He turns off the home movie.* "You face not only Mario..." *He turns to face Erwin.* "But at least 35 people that are less or more equal to him. I've had some tussles with them even..."
Erwin: "...At least... I possess one of these ungodly people's bodies..."
Charles shows a clip of how he was 'defeated' when Zeta cut the doomship. "You will need more than strength..."
Erwin: "You're right... I must find this... Holo-room they have..."
Charles: "To even get to Mario, you'll have to overcome these worthy opponents with a great strategy of your own."
Erwin: "Then take the skills of their programs... Use all of their technology and records to gain perfect knowledge!"
Charles: "Incorporate more than their skills..." *He shows the clips of the necklaces that Bowser and Ganondorf once wore.* "These used to allow them to emulate any moves the other fighters have... and still they were defeated." *He turns around again.*
Erwin: "Hmmmm... and I have only a fraction of that power..."
Charles: "Grow in power as well as skills... Gather the Chaos Emeralds." *He shows him a simulation of the various transformations that the emeralds can do.*
Erwin: "This is amazing! I'll be bigger than Bowser to defeat them..."
Charles: "These emeralds, when collected, have incredible strength... When all 7 are collected, you can become a true force to be reckoned with! I must hold on to this one for now..." *He displays the white one that is circling like the other 6.* "You collect the other 6, and you may be able to get your revenge, nay, defeat them all!"
Erwin: "But... one of the emeralds is in their headquarters..."
Charles: "If need be, find the others first..."
Erwin: "You Dex says the Quester Hunters have them... wait... It also says Aribar is a Quester Hunter! Hahahahahahaha... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!"
Charles: "...Could I have it back...?" O_O;
Erwin: "Yes... but this means... I can walk right in, borrow each one, and I'll have 5 emeralds... instantly. And if they resist me... I will destroy them all."
Charles shows Denon... "We have little info on this one... "Though he is said to have much more power than even Zio..."
Erwin: "Well, it also says he's a ghost."
Charles: "And has 13 very tough guardians... which call themselves... The thirteen Gentlemen. Then it's settled. Combine the armies for an all-out assault against the Quester Hunters."
Erwin: "Yes! We shall show those fake fakers who's the real faker!"
Charles: "You will. The rest of us are not fake. Your Bootastic Boo Brigade can be ready by tomorrow, yes?"
Erwin: "Yes... I shall meditate and see what other powers this Aribar fellow has..."
Charles: "You've taken... a liking to Ari? Doesn't matter. Meditate on what we are up against, and we will attack by the dawn of two days from now. You may leave now."
Erwin: "I shall."
Metal Man (GM): Erwin walks out... his creepiness still hanging in the room for a moment.
Charles looks to the screen. He swirls his glass around and takes a sip. "... My own machine mades and Zeta... Bowser and the Koopa Troop..." *He has an image to represent each on.* "Sir Meta Knight and Ricky... Newly acquired Eggrobos... The Smithy Gang... Phantoms both and all... And now..." *He adds in Erwin and the Bootastic Boo Brigade.* "A 5th army..." *He sips.* "This is gonna be even more hell if I let them loose. But luckily, we can cripple those damn Hunters that dare threaten me. All I need is the assistance of an additional... '6th' army..." *He focuses the computer to the Quester HQ... and soon makes it so that each Quester and smasher have their own box rapidly come up, appearing in the center first, then reducing and moving to the next subsequent square.* "Questers... a thorn in my side..."
Smithy: "Your last army is here."
Metal Man (GM): Smithy comes in... unaided.
Charles: "Yet... a valuable asset."
Smithy: "The Space Pirates. They follow me... and will follow you."
Charles: "...So... how did you do it this time? Last I knew, they attacked anyone in sight."
Smithy: "They said that SA-X had betrayed them... and wanted revenge."
Charles: "Vengeance... a powerful tool. So, who serves in the space pirates? I'll say a name and you respond yes or no. Mother Brain."
Charles sips. "Ridley."
Charles: "Does Kraid?"
Charles: "Any Crocomires?"
Charles: "So of the rogue pirates, only the dragon and the different levels of the foot and wings serve."
Charles: "Better some than none, and definitely no metroids, right?" go ahead.
Charles: "And what of yours, Smithy. What machines serve you that serve me now?"
Smithy: "All of them... Machine mades, though. My true warriors were destroyed."
Metal Man (GM): Later on... "Erwin" fights a simulation of Mario in Charles' base.
Mario: "It's a me, a Mario!" He tries to hit Erwin with Red fireballs.
Erwin: "His accuracy is horrible! Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin uses Red Fireball as well. Two hits.
Metal Man (GM): Mario runs up to Erwin, and does the Mario Tornado. Mario falls on his face, prompting a counter attack.
Erwin: "Take this, Mr. Moustache!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin uses Vulcan Grab on Mario. OUCH. Mario is grabbed, then punched a lot.
Mario: "Ow! My head-a! Take-a this!"
Metal Man (GM): Mario tries to do Super Jump Punch. And he misses.
Erwin: "It's time to finish you off! THUNDER BOLT!"
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP.* And Mario is auto-stunned.
Erwin: "And now... MOONDUST!"
Metal Man (GM): *Mario is consumed in poisonous clouds.*
Mario: "..." Mario tries to hit Erwin with Super Cape.
Metal Man (GM): And he misses.
Erwin: "Take this, you fat freak! Meta Tornado! Gah!" He misses.
Metal Man (GM): Mario uses super Jump Punch. Miss.
Erwin: "Uhhh... BLIZZARD!"
Metal Man (GM): No stun; Mario is defeated. Erwin has taken not a single hit.
Charles claps. He enters the room.
Erwin: "What did you think? He didn't even get a chance to hit me!"
Charles: "I think you did good against a level 2."
Erwin: "E..heh... yeah."
Charles: "Just note that a level 2 is as strong as a Hyper Goomba uncharged."
Erwin: "Well, he's also not... the Mario... I remember encountering. He has no hammer, for one thing. And he didn't have any annoying pals who would randomly discover my weak spots and hit me over the head."
Charles smiles. "Ricky! Set the difficulty to level 5."
Ricky: "Yes sir."
Charles: "Add in a Luigi at level 3 as well."
Computer: "Structuring combatants."
Charles: "Let's see if you can hold off against stronger Mario Bros."
Computer: "Both combatants ready."
Charles: "I'm not sure if these have Hammers or not... But do your best."
Erwin: "I will."
Charles summons his chair, and he sits to it when it comes and backs up.
Luigi: "Take this, punk!"
Metal Man (GM): Luigi throws 4 green fireballs at Erwin. 1 hit.
Luigi: "And now, this!"
Metal Man (GM): Luigi attacks Erwin with Flaming Jump Punch. *Miss.*
Erwin: "It's time for payback!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin laughs, and then runs up to touch Luigi with some weird... thing. *FAILURE.* Luigi loses strength.
Luigi: "Ack! Not my power!"
Charles: "Interesting..." *He hovers above the fight, and flies around a bit to be in eye contact with Erwin.*
Erwin: "And now, take this! Ice Shot!"
Charles: "May I ask what that was..?"
Metal Man (GM): Luigi dodges.
Erwin: "That was Wilt. One of Aribar's magic moves. It decreases the enemy's strength."
Mario: "I'll get you this time!"
Metal Man (GM): Mario throws more fireballs at Erwin. One hit. COMBO BROKEN.
Luigi: "This is how it's done!"
Metal Man (GM): Luigi attacks with Luigi Cyclone. *HIT.*
Erwin: "You're getting to be... a pain in the neck!"
Luigi: "And now, this!"
Metal Man (GM): Luigi hits with Green missile. It is then, Locos discovers, that the Mario brothers have been taking damage every time they hit Erwin.
Metal Man (GM): Under it, you see that he has a strange badge named 'Return Postage'. It deals back half damage to anyone that hits him.
Luigi: "Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): *CRIT* *MISSHITMISS.* Yet another badge kicks in.
Erwin: "You keep on hitting me, and you'll regret it! CHAAAARGE!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin runs up to Luigi. *HIT.* He sucks Luigi's blood, gaining back health, and dealing damage to Luigi.
Luigi: "What-the heck?"
Erwin: "And now, for your judgement!"
Metal Man (GM): He misses, due to weak strength.
Erwin: "I hate this weak body! Why did he have to starve himself all the time?"
Mario: "My-a turn! Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): Mario launches more fireballs mindlessly. 1 hit.
Erwin: "Hey, you, stop that!"
Metal Man (GM): Luigi flies past Erwin into a wall.
Erwin: "Now then... let's continue the trickery... SHADE!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin starts to rapidly phase in and out of existence.
Erwin: "Just try to hit me now!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin follows it up with attacking Luigi with his sword, Mage Masher. And misses.
Erwin: "Stop moving!"
Mario: "It's a me, a Mario!"
Metal Man (GM): ...Mario flies right through Erwin.
Luigi: "What the?"
Metal Man (GM): Luigi attacks with more fireballs. One hit.
Erwin: "Ow! Take this, you twit! BLIZZARD!"
Metal Man (GM): *STUN.*
Erwin: "All right! Payback time!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin blasts the frozen Luigi with Thunderbolt. Hit. ... and guess what! Luigi is double-stunned!
Erwin: "Vulcan Grab!"
Metal Man (GM): Still hitting, of course. Luigi is OBLITERATED. Pieces of Frozen Luigi fly everywhere.
Erwin: "Will you ever shut up?"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin attacks Mario. Mario barely avoids, then fires off more fireballs. Two hits... Each one dealing half damage.
Erwin: "Grrr..." He runs at Mario again.
Metal Man (GM): *CRIT.* Erwin sucks off a ton of health!
Erwin: "And now, THUNDERBOLT!"
Metal Man (GM): Auto-stun.
Erwin: "Vulcan grab!"
Charles: "I've lost track... someone tell me who is at what."
Computer: 'Luigi DEAD, Erwin 62%, Mario 171% DEAD.'
Metal Man (GM): Mario explodes. Erwin has won... barely. He's panting a bit after that exercise.
Erwin: "That was pretty difficult... they almost had me! Twice!"
Charles: "That's about half the Mario Brother's strength... combined."
Metal Man (GM): ERWIN HAS LEVELED UP.
Charles: "!? WHy... that aura only happens when someone..."
Erwin: "Well, just as much as I imitate Aribar, I can gain experience."
Metal Man (GM): Erwin has gained more evasiveness.
Charles: "So you yourself can even imitate how stronger the Questers can get... you are truly... MAGNIFICENT. However, like the others, you have limits. Ergo you can continue training if you want, though I recommend against it."
Erwin: "I would agree... I need a little rest after taking out the Mustache Brothers. Soon enough, we will be able to destroy the Quester Hunters..."
Charles: "We must attack by tomorrow. Otherwise, they will rampage through us, and possibly kill Mario before you could."
Erwin: "Ah, yes."
Yurie, meanwhile, is typing away inside the Warp Room... "...sheesh..." *She continues to type away furiously...*
Metal Man walks into the warp room. "Hey, Yurie. Whatcha doin?"
Yurie: *typetypetypetypetype.* "Hmm? oh, hey Metal... I'm trying to create a new Warp Point somewhere..."
Metal Man: "Well, that sounds interesting. We've been stuck on this planet for some time."
Yurie: "Yeah... I already have a place in mind on where we can set it up."
Metal Man: "Ah... where's that?"
Yurie: "My homeworld of Saga. Since Smithy's been weakened enormously, and since Robotnik's here, we should be able to go there without to much trouble."
Metal Man: "Ah... I see."
Yurie: "Course, Saga also has its own dangers, but all things considered, it's relatively safe... almost got the co-ordinates... We only have enough energy to create a single warp point, though, but I know just where to put it..."
Metal Man: "Hmmm. Well, keep up the good work."
Garrick is currently on his way to the docking bay.
Yurie: "Don't run off... almost... got it... there!"
Metal Man: "Ok."
Yurie hits the ENTER button. The warp platform flashes, glowing green for a moment before a plane of light forms on the far end, like a tall green door made out of light... *GATE OPENED.*
Yurie: "There... we're now able to access Saga..."
Garrick strolls into the room, having passed by the place on his way to the docking bay. "What's Saga?"
Yurie: "Saga is my homeworld Garrick. The place where I was originally from before I joined the Questers..."
Garrick: "Hmm." He walks straight up to the platform and looks at the warp door, then looking back to Yurie "Where you from on Saga?"
Yurie: "Why do you ask?" *She resumes typing.* "Oh, and don't touch the door. It's still not fully open yet...
Garrick shrugs before moving to look over Yurie's shoulder at the screen "Just curious. We've been teammates for how long now? I barely know anything about you."
Yurie: "And vice versa. Would you mind not looking over my shoulder? It's kinda distracting... I'm almost done with the exit portal in Koorong."
Garrick shrugs and stands up straight, walking over to a nearby wall and leaning against it while he watches her work "Koorong... that your home town?"
Yurie: "You could say that. Koorong is the major hub for all Region Ship transportation, not to mention a freeport."
Garrick: "Hmm. Any family?"
Yurie: "From there, we can pretty much access everywhere, except certain out of the way locations. None that I care to talk about. There... now we have access to the exit portal. Now to connect them..."
Garrick smiles slightly "Bet your feeling good that you can go back home, huh?"
Yurie: "Yeah. I've been wondering how Saga's been holding up, ever since we took care of Smithy here... That, and Saga is a nice place to pick up some much needed reinforcements..."
Garrick: "That's always good... well, I'm going out for a bit, buzz me on the Dex if you need me."
Yurie: "Ok, have fun."
Garrick turns on his heel and proceeds with heading for the docking bay. "Fun, she says... heh..."
Metal Man (GM): The MTAs are waiting.
Garrick hops in his own, making sure the chest is still in the holding bay, then powering up and launching for the town.
Metal Man (GM): Locos' already newly-built stuff in the tower picks up an MTA to the East, heading towards Saffron City. Callsign: Lance. Garrick is approaching Saffron city.
Garrick is a zooming toward Saffron City, finding a nice spot outside of town to hide his large mech without attracting to much attention.
Charles: "Send a Shyper to follow. I want to know what they're up to." *He sips.*
Metal Man (GM): A flying Shy Guy flies to follow Garrick. Garrick find a nice spot to land... behind a huge tree.
Garrick, once he's landed, hefts the huge chest out of the MTA and heads for the blacksmith's shop. "Jeez, this thing weighs a ton. Dex, can you tell me what's in it?"
Dex: "Negative. Scanning it would activate the curse of doom."
Garrick: "Whatever..." *He hoists the thing on his shoulder and tries to pick up the pace, not particularly wanting any trouble with any robbers or whatever.*
Metal Man (GM): This town seems peaceful enough. The only weird thing is the Space Pirates Garrick sees occasionally.
Garrick: .oO(What are Space Pirates doing in Saffron City?) *He shrugs and keeps walking, keeping his eyes open for the blacksmith's shop.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick gets to the shop.
Garrick pushes open the door with his back, turning around once he gets inside "...hey... smith guy!"
???: "Well, it appears you got me the chest. Let me open it."
Garrick slams the chest on the ground... and then sits on it.
Garrick: "Whoa whoa whoa, guy. Everything I saw that pertained to this thing says there's some curse of doom inside it."
???: "Yes. And I was the person who made the curse of doom."
Garrick: "Really? Got any proof?"
???: "Well, if you opened the chest, the curse of doom would turn you into a mop."
Garrick: "...ohhhhhhhh... that's why there was so many... ohhhhhhhhh..." *He nods, remembering.* "Okay, good enough for me. Have at it."
Garrick stands up and moves to the side.
Metal Man (GM): ??? opens it.
???: "Ah, yes. My belongings."
Metal Man (GM): ??? takes out... a golden dust mop... a crystal slop bucket... and a blue hat with a green 'M' on it.
Mack: "I used to be Mack the Repairman. Now I'm Mack the Blacksmith."
Mack: "This mop can do many things... it can even change for me."
Garrick: "Er... change for you?"
Metal Man (GM): Mack snaps his fingers, and the mop becomes a hammer, and the bucket becomes a wand.
Mack: "They were passed down in my family for decades."
Garrick: "Well, that's handy."
Mack: "With these, I can forge some of the greatest weapons in existence!"
Garrick: "...cool. ...well, the note on the chest said I would get some sort of reward for getting this to you... so... uhh... can I have it?"
Metal Man (GM): Locos is getting a live camera feed of all of this happening.
Mack: "Yes... it is, a special skill of yore."
Charles: "Did always wonder what happened to him..."
Garrick: "A special skill of... did you say yore? Who says 'Yore' anymore?"
Mack: "Watch. Well, Shiver me timbers! You gain one of my moves!"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick has obtained: POWER DRILL.
Mack: "You can freely switch this ability with another melee move, however, when you try to add modules to it, nothing happens. I forgot how to upgrade those..."
Garrick: "Uh, cool... what's it do?"
Mack: "If you find out how to upgrade it, it can become very powerful. Make sure to write down how many times you use it... someone told me that."
Garrick: "How many times I use it... okay."
Metal Man (GM): Erwin comes and looks at the camera in Locos' base.
Erwin: "...Woah! He has more of those moves! We could both use some of those..."
Charles: "You too wish to emulate that?"
Erwin: "Sure. I, unlike any normal Quester, may use all the melee moves I know at Omega level and have them all activated at the same time."
Garrick: "...Alpha... is that the old move ranking system the stadium used to have?"
Mack: "Yeah... it got lost in the several destruction times. Methinks Wolfman took off with the real Fighter remote. Luckily, I have the backups right here."
Garrick: "The Fighter Remote?"
Mack: "Yes. It was used to transform anyone, and I mean anyone, into a fighting machine. I think Metal, Aribar, and Locos underwent it... though how they lost their old moves is a puzzle in itself."
Garrick: "Well, that explains things. Digi and Locos don't look like fighters at all."
Mack: "I am an Ex-Smasher, myself. That's why those Space Pirate punks leave me alone. Any of them come in here... an' I give em a beating!"
Garrick: "That reminds me. Why ARE the Space Pirates here?"
???: "Hello, Garrick." Garrick hears metallic steps behind him. "I have been ordered to terminate you by the master system."
Garrick slowly turns around and looks...
???: "You and that infidel are spreading... FORBIDDEN... knowledge."
Metal Sonic: "Surrender all weapons. Resistance is futile."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic looks weird. Since when did he take orders?
Garrick: "...Metal Sonic! Back for another whooping?"
Metal Sonic: "You fool... I am not that Metal Sonic. I am the Master Metal Sonic. And you are soon to be a crater."
Mack: "Hey, you! I don't let any machine mades in my shop!"
Metal Sonic: "...You have 5 seconds to surrender."
Garrick: "Don't worry, Mack. I'll get him out of here..."
Metal Sonic: "Try me, Human."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic walks towards Garrick, exposing him to being attacked.
Garrick doesn't need 5 seconds, he immediately jumps the gun and leaps at him, planting his foot solidly into his chest cavity.
Metal Sonic: "I must destroy all Melee Moves. You are an enemy. Prepare to be annihilated."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick kicks him... and nothing happens.
Metal Sonic: "Resistance is futile. You will die."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic charges up, and lightning bolts tear up the shop in a matter of seconds.
Mack: "...This is crazy! No Machine can do that!"
Metal Sonic: "I will destroy you all."
Garrick: "You're right..."
Mack: "Let's get----"
Metal Man (GM): *WHOOP* Aribar appears behind Metal Sonic.
Aribar: "I'll destroy you, Melee Move hater!"
Metal Sonic: "Wha-" *SMASH.*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic's head is punched clear off.
Metal Sonic: "You cannot... destroy me."
Metal Man (GM): The headless body turns around and starts fighting with Aribar.
Aribar: "Guys... get outta here! I'll take care of this machine!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar seems... almost as strong as Metal Sonic. Weird.
Garrick nods, motioning to Mack and heading for the door.
Metal Sonic: "You are too strong... but I will not surrender to you."
Metal Man (GM): Mack nods, and runs out the door.
Garrick: "Dex, immediate call to Mewtwo, priority one."
Metal Sonic: "You are letting them get away. You must be terminated."
Garrick runs through the streets of Saffron, heading for his MTA.
Aribar: "You stand no chance against me!"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic fires a lightning bolt at Aribar... only to be countered by an equally strong bolt.
Aribar: "No thief can beat Aribar!"
Garrick: "Mewtwo? MEWTWO! Get your mind-reading kitty ass on the line!"
Charles: "Amazing... He's even stronger than I thought."
Metal Sonic: "Nooo... You MUST BE DESTROYED."
Mewtwo: "...What is it?"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic pulls out a sword... and wildly attacks Aribar. He hits several times, only to be taking damage himself... and then get stabbed.
Garrick: "I'm in Saffron, Metal Sonic just showed up, calling himself a Master Metal Sonic. Then Aribar showed up and his fighting him right now!"
Metal Sonic: "...Master Computer... the equation has been exceeded. This person exceeds mission parameter."
Mewtwo: "...You must flee. I can tell this is not going to bode well for Saffron City."
Garrick: "We're trying!"
Aribar: "Tell THIS to your stinkin' Master Computer!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar glows, and then... unleashes a bolt of electricity the size of a schoolbus on Metal Sonic. Metal Sonic is everything but melted at the spot. His bare frame shakes it fist at Aribar.
Metal Sonic: "I. Cannot. Lose."
Garrick moves as fast as he can, then goes flying from the force of the thunder bolt, smashing through the door of a Pokemon Center and slamming into the counter.
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic then falls on his face and explodes.
Aribar: "All hail the magnificent Aribar! No Master Computer can defeat me!"
Metal Man (GM): ...Then 4 more Metal Sonics warp in.
Aribar: "...I'll destroy you too!"
Metal Sonics: "You cannot live. You have destroyed Master Metal Sonic."
Metal Sonic: "Must... Destroy... Enemy."
Garrick: "That's gonna hurt..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar seems angry, now. He picks up a Metal Sonic, punches it until it's hardly recognizable, and hurls it at another Metal Sonic.
Aribar: "...It appears I will have to leave if this keeps up."
Garrick shakily gets to his feet and keeps moving toward the outskirts, heading for his MTA. He glances around for Mack.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar then fires hundreds of Melee Moves at them... but they reform... Mack is following Garrick, slowly.
Garrick: "You okay!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar finally manages to lose them through some debris.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar catches up to you two, looking tired.
Aribar: "...I managed to stop them. Unfortunately, I also leveled an entire city block."
Garrick: "Ari... what WAS that? How on Earth were you able to do... THAT?!?!"
Aribar: "I am a master of Melee Moves... and the other part, I didn't know. It seemed triggered... something was wrong with those Metal Sonics. Something is terribly wrong..."
Garrick: "Your telling me... but how can we stop it?"
Aribar: "I will stop it for you."
Garrick: "Like hell, you will! I'm doing something here!"
Mack: "Well... that was nice of you. Even though most of my shop is gone... you saved our lives."
Aribar: "Could you... give me a Melee Move?"
Mack: "Why not? You seem to be a master, after all."
Metal Man (GM): Mack takes out his 'backup' remote, which can only give moves to Questers or previous Questers.
Mack: "What do you want?"
Garrick: "Why don't you give me a few of YOURS, Ari?"
Aribar: "You are inexperienced... you would tear yourself to pieces just trying to do them." .oO(Even though I hardly knew how I did them in the first place...) "Now then. I must be going."
Metal Man (GM): *WHOOP.*
Mack: "...He took my Remote thingy!"
Garrick: "Doesn't matter. We can trust him, it seems."
Mack: "I don't remember Aribar being a thief..."
Garrick: "Well, we better keep moving. No telling when something else will pop up in our faces... Come on, my ride is on the outskirts."
Garrick keeps moving toward where his MTA was parked. "I'm too weak, huh... well, we'll see about that." *He hops into his MTA once he gets there, powering it up and moving aside so Mack can get in.
Metal Man (GM): Mack follows.
Garrick launches and heads back to the stadium.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick gets back to the stadium.
Metal Man: "Hey Garrick. I heard of something at Saffron City. What happened?"
Mewtwo: "...That explosion that could be seen for miles wasn't very... settling."
Garrick: "It was Aribar."
Metal Man: "Whaaaat?"
Mewtwo: "Was he out to get you?"
Garrick: "No, he helped us. He saved our lives."
Metal Man: "...That makes no sense... last night, he tried to kill us all!"
Mack: "Well... he DID steal the backup fighter remote."
Garrick: "Well, he saved us. And he whooped that Master Metal Sonic."
Metal Man: "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT????"
Garrick: "Yeah, he did."
Mewtwo: "...That means... he could turn himself into a superpowered monster!"
Garrick: "He's already a superpowered monster."
Metal Man: "Not to mention create his own army by using it on normal people."
Garrick: "...I'm going back out." *He moves toward his MTA.*
Mewtwo: "Something seems fishy... let's see what Aribar has to say."
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo dials up Aribar's dex.
Aribar sits up from Link's bed in Kokiri Village and looks at his beeping smashdex with a tired gaze. He reaches over to open it and wonders who on Whaller could be calling him...
Mewtwo: "Hello, Aribar? ...You seem to have obtained the Backup Fighter remote... and we'd like it back. ...Because Wolfman kind of lost the real remote..."
Aribar: "... Backup... What? ... Why are you calling me, Mewtwo?"
Mewtwo: "Well, you did go to Saffron City, kill Metal Sonic about 5 times over, saved Garrick's life, and then stole the remote... right?"
Aribar would probably still appear very beat up from his last fight. "... That would be that impostor Locos sent..."
Mewtwo: "...Locos... impostor? ...It just keeps on getting worse."
Garrick: "Damn it, now I'm REALLY going."
Yurie walks out of the Warp room, humming...
Mewtwo: "Sorry for contacting you..." -_-;
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo turns off the dex.
Garrick moves back into his MTA, powering it back up.
Mewtwo: "It appears the Locos Empire has done it again. They've made a super powerful clone of Aribar."
Aribar blinks... And decides he should mobilize his army to attack Locos in full force soon.
Metal Man walks into the warp room. "Hey Yurie... bad news. Locos has made a clone of Aribar that just blew up half of Saffron City and stole the Backup Fighter Remote."
Yurie: "What now? Did Locos attack another town again? "...oh..."
Garrick: "Computer, chart the fastest course to Locos' tower."
Metal Man: "And even worse, there was a confirmed sighting of 5 Metal Sonics... he killed 1 of them..."
Yurie: "...FIVE? "Well... I did manage to complete the Warp Door to Saga... but I doubt that's good news..."
Garrick: "I'm not about to let Locos get away with this. I'm going to find him and slap some sense into him. Send whoever when you get the chance, Mewtwo."
Yurie points over at the green door at the other side of the platform. It looks like one of those doors from SMB2...
Metal Man (GM): *WHOOP* Locos and... Aribar... appear in the big room.
Charles smiles sadistically.
Mewtwo: "...I wouldn't leave yet, Garrick."
Garrick: "Why's that?"
Mewtwo: "Locos and Aribar have appeared in the Big Room."
Charles: "I see that you boys and girl met my friend..."
Garrick: "...they WHAT?!"
Yurie: "...did you just hear a warping sound?"
Garrick leaps to the ground and races for the big room.
Yurie stands up, picking up her sword and running back into the big room.
Metal Man (GM): Yurie would see and hear them talking on a security camera in the warp room control room.
Metal Man follows.
Aribar: "Hello... fellow Questers."
Charles: "Is this the alleged 'clone' I heard about, people?"
Garrick skids into the Big Room, curling his fingers into fists at the sight of those two.
Yurie: "...that's -not- Aribar..."
Metal Man (GM): This Aribar looks a little bit younger, and has a wicked grin on his face.
Aribar: "What do you mean? There's only one of me."
Charles: "I'd like you to meet my fifth general, Lehi... who he calls himself Erwin."
Charles: "An anagram of hello minus an l and an o... with an i."
Garrick: "What do you WANT, Locos?!"
Erwin: "Yes, I go by many names."
Charles clears throat.
Yurie: "...he's here to gloat." -.-
Charles: "Yes, you see I didn't call on a personal greeting. You see, right now I have 6 armies under my loose command..."
Erwin: "Very strong armies, too."
Charles: "My own Machine Mades, the Koopa Troop, the newly acquired Eggrobos, Smithy's Gang... and the newly acquire Bootastic Boo Brigade, led by this gentlemen, and the Space Pirates." *He points to the Questers."* "And you... can be my unofficial '7th' army."
Garrick: "And why would we help you, Locos?"
Yurie: "...say what?"
Charles: "An excellent question..."
Charles: "You see, while my friend would like to destroy Mario at this very moment, I've asked him to hold back... You see, tomorrow, we are attacking the Hunters at their homebase."
Erwin: "That reminds me. You must keep Mario out of earshot from me."
Charles: "Thank you... I know you people want them destroyed as well."
Garrick: "Then why would you do something that we want too?"
Yurie: "Because he has his own reasons for doing so.
Mewtwo: "Since when have we been subjugated by a foreign ruler?"
Charles: "They've threatened me a few times with a few death threats..."
Mewtwo: "At the best, we could be allies."
Charles: "To me, that is not legit. Also, Metal Sonic has some info I need. We can be allies then... You yourselves have proven that you can hold your own. If you refuse..."
Mewtwo: "You must return the backup fighter remote."
Charles: "Very well... Erwin, return the remote. You have other ways of becoming stronger."
Erwin: "Awww..." He gives the black box back to Mewtwo.
Charles: "You'll get another one sometime. I promise. So what do you say, Mewtwo, Metal, Razor, Yurie, Digi, and Garrick? Will you help?"
Garrick glances to Yurie.
Charles: "Then I will leave... but not before I allow this little guy to teleport me away, send about a dozen Eggrobos here, and I'll not go on from there..."
Mewtwo: "Well... if you aren't attacking us... then that leaves only the Quester Hunters..."
Charles: "What about the others?"
Yurie: "...How can we be sure you won't double cross us once the Quester Hunters are taken care of?"
Garrick: "...fine. As long as you don't pull anything funny."
Metal Man: "Are you sure the poison has worn off?"
Charles: "I told you, if I leave this position, the rest of the military will rampage. So I have little choice other than command them... and appease to them to an extent. As for you Yur..." *He approaches her and bows before her.* "My word is my vow, and to destroy that vow is to be dishonorable, especially in the presence of a lady."
Erwin: "What about the real Aribar? What will we do about him?"
Charles sighs. "This is true..."
Erwin: "He's... uhh... pathetically weak, but otherwise, easy to defeat. Unless he knows how to regain lost abilities like I can."
Charles: "Ever since he knows about you and me now, he's swore a personal vengeance... I'll have to keep a balance... Just remember..."
Yurie: "...might as well work with him guys... after all, the enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Charles: "You attack any of my comrades, they won't hesitate to counter back." *He takes a few steps back to Erwin again.*
Yurie: "We won't. We're not that stupid."
Charles: "I will tell Meta Knight, Ricky, Ridley, Smithy, and Erwin this. And they will tell their armies respectively."
Yurie: "Of course, we'll only attack them if they attack us."
Erwin: "Oh yeah... don't listen to anything Mario says."
Charles: >_> <_<
Erwin: "He... uhhh... is a pottymouth. You know, maybe you could... send him on vacation?"
Charles clears his throat, and wields his cape to hide from his mouth down.
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo raises a nearly-invisible eyebrow, but pays no more attention.
Charles: "Let's leave, Lehi."
Erwin: "Alright. Super Duper Teleport Away!"
Metal Man (GM): *WHOOP.* Erwin and Locos disappear.