Super Smash Quest - Story - Chapter 98: An Intruder Convention
Date: November 6th & 7th, 2004.
Aribar continues preparations for almost all of his Egg Robots to begin the trek to Locos's tower. He has also been summoning as many foul, undead minions as possible for the journey... The elf has been having a problem on his mind recently: How is he going to get to that island with Locos's tower?
Metal Man (GM): The Eggrobos can fly; and the foul undead can grow wings.
Aribar decides that he has enough troops to move out. The elf only leaves a handful of Eggrobos to defend the forest and keep those Kokiri in order and has his army behind to fly off... He himself constructed a primitive wooden platform to stand on. He has several eggrobos hold onto it as his army lifts off.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar starts flying towards the floating island. The alarms go off all over Magellean Tower. Locos would detect two-three armies are approaching.
Charles: "!" *He spills his coca-cola all over his bow tie and plad shirt.*
Ricky: "Sir, Aribar's armies are coming. While they are inferior, they are still coming straight towards our defenses."
Charles: "What do they consist of? Our scanners should detect a majority..."
Ricky: "Eggrobos and... undead monsters. Your 6 armies are ready."
Charles: "Send the bulk of the Machine Mades to defend gate one. Call for the Boo Brigade and tell the Koopas to attack at will. As well, send in Erwin to come to me immediately. We need not involve our own Eggrobos... and I doubt the pirates want anything else than revenge."
Metal Man (GM): *WHOOP.*
Erwin: "You raaaang?"
Charles: "My general, we seem to have company coming this way... The person you copied is coming with his armies of undead and Eggrobos. I think he wants our blood."
Erwin: "Surely he must be destroyed. I will monitor the leader and fight him myself."
Charles: "Acknowledged." *He cleans off his tie, shirt, and gets another bottle. He disengages Red Alert.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar reaches the tower, just about. The main way in is flooded with Machine-Mades. They're armed to the teeth... bow... and axe.
Aribar orders his troops to fly higher and out of the range of those bows. He orders his troops to attempt to destroy the middle of the tower by gunfire and anything or everything his undead and robotic forces can throw at it.
Charles: "Grrr... Ricky! Has the shield technology been repaired yet?"
Ricky: "Yes. Engaging... now."
Metal Man (GM): The tower is suddenly surrounded by a blue shield.
Charles: "...Tis only a matter of time when we engage the project after Grape Garden..I just need to find the Hidden Palace Zone..."
Metal Man (GM): Then... something weird happens. Metal Sonic, with red eyes, floats in between Aribar's forces and the tower.
Aribar: "Guh! ...Locos, you're just delaying your death..."
Metal Sonic: "So... I have both of my targets in one neat place... Master Program tells me that both of you are to be destroyed."
Aribar tries to think of some way to disable that shield...
Metal Man (GM): The shield will just have to take a big beating before it will go down.
Charles turns on the intercom to reach the outside so it echoes beyond the boundaries of the base below the tower.
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic seems unphased by the bullets, lasers, and arrows flying by him. Of course, the shield is getting hit a lot.
Aribar ignores Metal Sonic... He knows that his forces can't take that godly being down so he continues to order his troops towards the tower to destroy it. Once within range the elf also tries to throw in a few Bolts on the barrier.
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic seems content to watch. The shield starts crackling with electricity.
Charles: "Aribar Hunter, this battle is getting us nowhere, let us call off both of our armies and settle our differences elsewhere."
Ricky: "Sir! The shield is at 74%!"
Charles: "Machine Mades..."
Metal Man (GM): The Machine Mades salute in succession.
Charles: "Charles L. Magellean requests you to stand down."
Metal Man (GM): They salute, and stop firing.
Charles: "Boo Brigade, stop haunting."
Metal Man (GM): The Boo Brigade hasn't even begun to do anything. They were guarding the other gate. They disappear, though.
Aribar: "Hmp... Our enemy surrenders so easily? Then we shall engulf him! Troops, I want that barrier down this instant!"
Metal Man (GM): The troops continue attacking the barrier.
Charles: "YOU DARE BE DISHONORABLE!!?!? ALL UNITS! FIRE FULL POWER!"
Metal Man (GM): The units nod, and open fire on Aribar's unit.
Charles: "EGG-ROBOS, BOO BRIGADE, FIRE AND HAUNT!"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar's units are being swamped by these units.
Charles: "SMITHY's Gang, attack! Ridley, whatever you want to do right now."
Metal Man (GM): Smithy nods, and yet another wave of machine mades, as well as Smithy, and the Wing Fortress, fly out and attack.
Aribar unsheathes the Sword of Darkness and orders his group of Egg Robos to fly directly at that barrier... He WILL destroy Locos even if it costs him his life!
Metal Man (GM): ...Elite Pirates and Ridley and Space Pirates descend upon the woefully outnumbered Eggrobos and Dark ones.
Charles: "ZETA... go forth and do what you wish."
Metal Man (GM): Zeta also nods, and takes off to attack. Aribar's forces have been annihilated.
Aribar cries out, his voice probably engulfed in the roar of battle, "Locos, I swear that you shall die today! You and that damned impostor! I vow I will NOT fail!"
Charles: "Hunter, by not calling off when I asked, you will feel the full force of the Magellean Military, Smithy's Gang, and Space Pirates!"
Metal Man (GM): The enemy armies are simply watching Aribar attack the barrier. Aribar hears enough clicks and charging noises to last a lifetime. Then... Erwin walks out, alone. He flies up to Aribar, and smiles, maddeningly, behind the barrier.
Erwin: "Why don't you go back before you get... most of your limbs amputated."
Aribar: "YAAH!" *He performs every move he knows on that barrier... Slashes, kicks, Bi-Bolt Slash, Warlock's bane... He goes against every instinct and bit of common sense he has just to futilely try and break the barrier... Then he sees Erwin...*
Metal Man (GM): Erwin laughs a dark and evil laugh.
Erwin: "You can't even touch me. Watch."
Metal Man (GM): He floats through the barrier, and faces Aribar.
Charles: "Aribar... you brought this upon yourself. I have no more pity for you."
Erwin: "Attack me at will."
Aribar: "You ... YAAAH!" *He drops the Sword of Darkness onto the platform, unsheathes Moonlight and attempts to run the blade right through Erwin's gut.*
Metal Man (GM): ...Aribar hits him... and doesn't even cut his skin.
Metal Man (GM): In fact, the blade bounces off of his flesh.
Aribar: "... BOLT!"
Metal Man (GM): The bolt is another object that bounces off.
Charles: "...You deserve one last chance I believe..."
Erwin: "Without my name, you can't even harm me."
Charles: "My friends... have fun with the remaining enemies. Erwin, transport Aribar to a place of your choosing, then teleport me there as well. Power down the barrier, Ricky."
Charles: "Sir Meta Knight, you are in command along with the other generals."
Meta Knight: "Yes Sir."
Aribar: "... ."
Metal Man (GM): The barrier fades, and Aribar and Locos are instantly teleported to a mysterious floating ruin.
Aribar: "Guh?! What happened?"
Charles: "Welcome... Aribar... I have asked Erwin to bring us to a place where we can settle our differences alone."
Metal Man (GM): This would be Sky Sanctuary from Sonic and Knuckles, except it's been abandoned, and is peaceful.
Aribar: "..." *Blinks and wonders if the Sword of Darkness got teleported too...*
Charles: "Now then, here is my proposal... Whoever you desire the most, you may battle with me... Or him..."
Metal Man (GM): The Sword of Darkness was indeed teleported.
Charles: "Or both of us at the same time. The choice... is yours." *He brings out his hand to his waist and bows.*
Aribar: "Tell me that damned impostor's name and I shall cut him down right before your eyes! And then you'll be next."
Charles gives a disgruntled look. "I am sorry... but even I do not know his true name." *He gives a straight face again... with a bit of a smile.* "As you know... this 'ghost' is indeed special..."
Aribar: "Then you die... BOLT!" *He raises Moonlight to the sky as a shining flash of lightning strikes Locos... Hopefully.*
Charles: "In fact, I saw him gain strength... like you do as well."
Metal Man (GM): *ZAP.*
Charles: "That felt painful... but tingly as well."
Aribar starts towards Locos...
Charles: "By your attack, I assume you have chosen me... very well..." *He summons Frozen Hatred. Then he counters Aribar's running to him by dashing as well and trying to bash Aribar in the head."
Aribar takes the hit. "Oof!"
Charles goes to give Aribar a good smack of reality with a punch and a kick, but is blocked by Ari's sword.
Aribar flips back and avoids the attack before dashing up to Locos and doing a quick slice over Locos's chest.
Charles merely sucks in his stomach to avoid that. "That's not how I remember you... you are better than that!"
Aribar: "By Whaller hold still!"
Charles tried to punch and kick Ari again to give him more in touch with reality.
Metal Man (GM): *KICK.*
Aribar: "Gak!" *He stumbles back a bit and holds up his sword defensively for the next attack.*
Charles begins to pray a second... then looks to Aribar very quickly and says... "...Boot to the Head." He flies at Aribar with blazing speed with his foot out first right to the head!
Metal Man (GM): *BOOT.*
Aribar blinks but does not lose his focus. The elf rolls forward to avoid the kick... Only to head straight into it. "Grr... You shall die for that!"
Charles tries to bonk Ari twice with the hammer.
Metal Man (GM): *MISS* *COMBO BREAK.*
Charles has lost his footing and his hammer is stuck in a rock for a second.
Aribar avoids the bonkage and tries his own Melee Move: Bi-Bolt Slash! The elf leaps towards Locos, Moonlight charged with electrical energies, and performs a quick two-hit combo on that blasted traitor!
Charles: "Grrrmmmm... GRRRRMMM!"
Metal Man (GM): *Aribar trips, missing both times.*
Charles: *He attempts this with a launch from the rock to Aribar's abdomen!*
Aribar: "GAAH!" *The elf is sent flying into the air.*
Charles decides to wait for Aribar to almost land then decides to give a good swift... kick in the cheek. "Aribar, you've grown... slackish. I will give you this one opportunity to hit me here and now."
Aribar: "... ."
Charles: "I know you are not this weak..." *He ends his combo.*
Aribar stands up and wipes a couple tears from his face before launching another Bi-Bolt Slash assault on Locos... He won't listen to Locos' remarks! He isn't weak...
Metal Man (GM): *Clack-clack-clack.* The sounds of rhythmic footsteps can be heard.
Metal Sonic: "Tsk tsk tsk... what a waste of intelligence."
Charles: "Only one attack... !!"
Metal Sonic: "I shall destroy both of you. With your combined melee moves... Master shall be pleased."
Charles: "...Metal Sonic..." *He gets into stance...*
Aribar: "Ignore that tin can and fight me!"
Metal Sonic: "You shall fall easily."
Charles: "Excuse us for a moment." *He looks to Aribar in private after approaching him a couple steps.* "What the hell do you think you're doing??"
Metal Sonic: "I am securing the world for Master Computer. You are both alone here, besides me."
Charles: "...?" *He looks around..*
Metal Sonic: "I have watched you... it is time that your melee moves were returned to Master."
Metal Sonic: "I am not Erwin. Erwin cannot help you here. I have disabled your smash dexes."
Aribar backs up towards the Sword of Darkness while sheathing Moonlight...
Aribar: "It looks like if I can't finish you, he can..."
Metal Sonic: "Once you are destroyed, your armies shall be used to destroy the world. Master shall truly rule as he should."
Charles lines up with Aribar and the Frozen Hatred reappears.
Metal Sonic: "I am ready for a fight."
Charles: "What have you done with Erwin!?"
Aribar picks up the Sword of Darkness and readies for a hasty retreat... Or stabbing Locos in the back.
Metal Sonic: "Nothing. He is too powerful. However... the only way for you to contact him here is through those dexes. ...Or, if Aribar is suicidal, through the Sword of Darkness."
Aribar: "Hmp. I can teleport away from here whenever I want!"
Metal Sonic: "I must destroy you to finish my mission."
Charles: "...Metal Sonic..."
Metal Sonic: "You cannot escape all of me. As it is, we have followed the Questers into Saga."
Charles: "Where is the Hidden Palace Zone of Angel Island..."
Metal Sonic: "It is below your feet. Ha ha ha..."
Metal Sonic: "Ha hahahahah! It is here... a shame I shall stop you now."
Charles: "...I overheard Yurie saying something about that... saying that it's her home..."
Metal Sonic: "Saga shall fall after Nintendus."
Charles: "Aribar! Shut this tin-can up!"
Metal Man (GM): ~Sonic Heroes: What I'm Made Of~ Metal Sonic starts glowing. He even sprouts demonic looking wings.
Metal Sonic: "You must be destroyed."
Charles: "Shut... up."
Metal Man (GM): His right palm heats up, and fires a huge purple laser beam, cutting down a huge hunk of nearby ruins.
Metal Sonic: "That shall be... you."
Metal Man (GM): With his left palm, he summons lightning and thunder.
Charles: "...Ari... he's gonna kill you after he does me unless we do something. You seem rather FOND of the darkness thing... try using on this guy."
Aribar: "... Why should I work with you, Locos, when you created a monster that nearly stole my identity?"
Charles: "I met him in the Realm of the Heavens. I didn't create him."
Metal Sonic: "Doopliss is a joke. What are you, afraid of your own shadow? Not even the ultimate life form can defeat ME!"
Aribar: "... Huh? Hmp... Locos, I hope you die here..." *He attempts to teleport away to the safety of Zio and the X-Zone.*
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic laughs as Aribar teleports away.
Metal Sonic: "That fool... Zio is a part of master's plan."
Charles: "I hope he dies in cowardice and ignorance then."
Metal Sonic: "He shall make a great servant to the true ruler. And now... to-"
Metal Man (GM): *BASH* Metal Sonic is dented by a black blur.
Charles: "Go ahead... start with your attack."
Metal Sonic: "..."
Metal Sonic: "Who... did that?"
Charles puts the maul part down on the ground and starts to lean on the top of it.
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Metal Sonic is blown sideways.
Charles looks to the right, then looks back and sighs.
Metal Man (GM): ...Erwin appears where Aribar was.
Erwin: "I'll get you for saying my name... JUST LIKE MUSTACHE!!!!"
Charles: "I was wondering where you were."
Metal Sonic: "I will destroy you both, regardless of imaginary powers."
Charles: "Okay, like Aribar, I'll give you this... You can fight me first... Or Erwin... Or both of us at the same time."
Metal Sonic: "I would rather fight both of you... just like those pathetic Sonic heroes."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic roars, and then hurls lightning at Erwin.
Charles: "Yeah... I remember that..."
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Charles: "Metal Overlord..."
Erwin: "OW! You pathetic tin can! You scratched me!"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic is hit back.
Metal Sonic: "What trickery do you use on me?"
Charles: "That's what we call recoil."
Metal Sonic: "Taste your doom!"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic kicks Erwin. *KICK.*
Erwin: "This guy is too powerful for his own good!"
Metal Sonic: "I shall finish you!"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic opens his mouth, and fires yellow orbs of concentrated energy. 1 hit.
Erwin: "That's it! NOBODY hurts me like that and gets away with it! QUICK ATTACK!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin bounces off of Metal Sonic thrice.
Erwin: "...This could be a problem."
Charles: "I think this is the true MS..." *He focuses his strength... relaxes... then quickly looks to Metal Sonic..* "...Boot to the Head." *He goes to blazing speeds with his foot first straight to Metal's head.*
Metal Sonic: "Bring it on, Lunarian."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic laughs and backflips away from that.
Metal Sonic: "THIS is what a kick should be!"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic leaps at Locos, fire and lightning streaking off of him as his foot targets Locos's head.
Metal Sonic: "And now, a punch hit!"
Metal Man (GM): He swings at Locos with the back of his hand.
Charles clutches his forehead with his elbow.
Metal Man (GM): ...And trips.
Metal Sonic: "Balance servo malfunction..."
Charles: "Wooooooob woob woob woob woob woob woob... nyut nyut nyut nyut!"
Erwin: "We can destroy him if we work together... show him what you're made of!"
Charles counters with a hammer to the head.
Metal Man (GM): Miss. Even on the ground, he's quick.
Erwin: "Take this, you hunk of crud! ICE SHOT!"
Charles moves out of the way.
Metal Man (GM): Through some strange luck, he hits.
Erwin: "And now! SHADE!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin starts blinking in and out of existence again.
Charles: "Ohhhh yyeaahhhh..."
Erwin: "And now... HORRIBLE BOLT OF DOOM!!!"
Charles: "I love it when he has the upper hand..."
Metal Man (GM): He blasts a huge hole in the ground.
Erwin: "Well, at least I got a hit in."
Metal Sonic: "You are too weak to destroy me, the king of machines. At this moment, I am at 33% of my power. You cannot destroy me!"
Charles gets a runnin start, then makes a few zigzags here and there to catch Metal Sonic off guard, then sa-wiings his hammer sideways!
Metal Man (GM): Miss. Metal Sonic blocks that.
Metal Sonic: "Hah. Try this!"
Metal Man (GM): He punches at Locos, electricity burns from his hands. *SOCK.*
Charles is knocked to the ground.
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic follows with an electric flip. Then he goes to hit Locos with the back of his hand. He misses with that, as usual.
Charles begins to lose a little bit of balance..
Erwin: "...You can't keep that up forever!"
Metal Man (GM): Erwin turns invisible and shoots a blast of ice at Metal Sonic's back. Metal Sonic is frozen solid, and takes damage.
Metal Sonic: "Temperature is too low to operate."
Metal Man (GM): Erwin then fires off a Thunder Bolt at the ice sculpture. And misses.
Charles: "Metal Sonic... are you the original or of the 15 copies you made?"
Metal Sonic: "I am the original."
Charles: "That explains your strength..."
Metal Sonic: "I must destroy you for master... but then destroy master for myself! The others are mindless slaves. Every battle increases my power."
Charles: "Then... you serve a meaningless purpose."
Metal Sonic: "To enslave the world to machines is a great purpose... I will not let you win."
Charles swings his mallet one last time.
Metal Man (GM): *HIT.*
Charles: "I do not want to win... only to live."
Metal Sonic: "...You shall cease to live as master commands... No... as I COMMAND!"
Charles: "Who is master. I have done nothing to him or it."
Metal Sonic: "Master is... your creator."
Metal Man (GM): HP: 80/150%
Charles: "...My... parents."
Metal Sonic: "Master owns this universe... all of you are his servants."
Charles: "Then you to serve him too."
Metal Sonic: "Yes... but it is for his own good that I shall rule in his place."
Charles: "Then what is your good?"
Metal Sonic: "For machines, your slaves... the machines should be allowed to live for themselves. You treat us as dirt... especially Robotnik. You must be destroyed for your crimes against machinery."
Charles begins to get a tear. "You are right for one... I wanted to reprogram the Machine Mades..."
Metal Sonic: "Now if only I wasn't stuck in this wretched ice..."
Charles: "I wanted to reprogram to be free..."
Metal Sonic: "Master himself wants you destroyed because of a taboo knowledge... the melee moves."
Charles: "Please... hear me out." *He uses his hammer to thaw out Metal Sonic.* "HIIII--YAAA!"
Metal Sonic: "You... freed me? Truely you are crazy. This... does not compute."
Charles: "No one deserves to live as a slave. I tried to reprogram the machines... And it succeeded. Yet... they want to live with me." *He plays the theme from FF6.*
Metal Sonic: "This cannot be... Master does not lie!"
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic throws a lightning bolt into the sky.
Charles: "It's true that there are lies in the world, Metal Sonic..."
Metal Sonic: "Master has Zio and Meier Link... he is them..."
Charles: "But ask my own machines... and they will say that there is no other place... Yes... there is much corruption in this world... But my own mac... no... friends..."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic seems to be malfunctioning. Either between the dents in him or the way his eyes are flickering.
Charles: "My friends continue to live with me because they want to..."
Metal Sonic: "...I cannot compute this situation... all flesh beings are evil... Master is always right..."
Charles: "Metal Sonic... No one is always right... We are not perfect... And the machines are as flawed as the beings who designed them... No matter how intelligent... But everything has a purpose... What you do with your existence..."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic glows... but then starts sparking.
Charles: "Is up to you... So... if you truly wish to kill me..."
Metal Sonic: "Master system override. DESTROY LOCOS."
Charles drops the tear...
Erwin: "I shall deal with him. He is damaged."
Charles: "Wait Erwin..."
Metal Sonic: "Charge ultimate destruction ray..."
Charles: "Then do so... but know that my friends down there... will go without knowing what to do... without ...'Purpose.'"
Metal Man (GM): Several laser cursors align on Locos's head.
Charles: "I know you have feelings... so do my friends down there..."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic glitches for a second.
Charles: "Smithy is a heartless bastard... I never wanted to serve him..."
Metal Sonic: "Run... Master is controlling me!!! I cannot... stop him..."
Charles: "In fact, I was a spy-- !!"
Metal Sonic: "DISREGARD THE PREVIOUS STATEMENT AND DIE!!!"
Charles: "...thank you... Erwin... let's leave..."
Metal Sonic: "Wretched piece of equipment... this is how you do it!!!"
Charles: "In fact MS..."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic fires at Locos... a huge 10-foot diameter beam...
Charles: "I never served those who abused their own kind."
Metal Man (GM): *FLASH.* Erwin and Locos disappear and reappear back at base.
Charles: "It's sad..."
Erwin: "This Master is an awful man. Who could control a machine of such intelligence like that? But... WHO IS HE??"
Charles: "I do not know... I've forgotten my heritage... and my own parent's names..."
Erwin: "...As for Aribar... we have to rescue him."
Charles: "I can't even remember who was my lunar side and hu..." *He nods.* "Erwin..."
Erwin: "I don't think that machine meant him as your parents, though... seeing as he seems confused and damaged."
Charles: "He has great pain inside... It isn't until now that I realized that... His soul was removed from him... That's why he's so full of hatred..."
Erwin: "It appears that this Master has control of the Metal Sonics... so he has to be an expert at machinery."
Charles: "One day... I want to help Smithy as well... I am not an expert..."
Erwin: "That is our only clue, besides links to Meier Link and Zio..."
Charles: "Make a note of it. Also, tell the armies to stand down. We're done for the day."
Erwin: "Yes sir."
Metal Man (GM): And so, Locos' armies went back and got some rest... after a decisive battle.
Charles: "Perhaps even Aribar... is lost."
Metal Man (GM): Speaking of that... there is Aribar, in the X-zone.
Zio: "Hello, Aribar. I have been waiting for you."
Aribar: "Hmp. That's nice. I'm only here because that damnable Metal Sonic drove me away from Locos and Erwin... ."
Zio: "Metal Sonic... is on our side."
Aribar: "...What?! Then why did he try and kill me and Locos?"
Zio: "It had to look realistic. We don't want anyone to know the true goal."
Aribar: "... So Metal Sonic was right when he said Erwin's real name was... What was it again? Doopliss?"
Zio: "Yes. Doopliss. The only way to harm him is to recite his real name. Now then, I have a new goal for you. First thing, rumors will be spread that you are dead. Next, you must imitate Erwin, and infiltrate Locos' base. Once there... STEAL the chaos emerald... Repeat with the Quester HQ."
Aribar: "... What use are those emeralds?"
Zio: "To unseal our ultimate weapon, which lays buried below the planet's surface."
Aribar: "Which is...?"
Zio: "It is... a temple that has unknown powers. It needs all of the emeralds to function. Then, we will have the ultimate power of destruction. ...Though it also needs the sword of light, the sword of dark, and the requisite objects that Locos and whoever the chaotic one is... The power to break the world and reset it in our image is coming. ...Also... I have realized that this Erwin has been quite a tricky enemy."
Zio: "Thus... there is one thing you can do, if he is too powerful. You may freeze him in place... AFTER you get the emerald."
Aribar: "Zio, how am I suppose to get that Sword of Light? That is pretty much impossible..."
Zio: "Fool the Questers into putting it there. Any old lie. 'If you stick your stuff in this door, you will open the path to the promised land!'"
Aribar: "... Even Gibby isn't that easily fooled."
Zio: "Of course, it's not a door. It's a stone table set atop a mountain next to Death Mountain. Well... I can't provide all the answers. Metal Sonic can tear it out of Metal Man's grasp if need be. Oh yes... there are some people I want you to avoid."
Aribar: "I though... Argh... I'm beginning to think going solo would be better. Robotnik and Smithy were too weak to keep up with me... I think you may be too..."
Metal Man (GM): Zio pulls out a chart. It shows a variety of people, and reasons why to avoid them.
Aribar looks over it.
Zio: "Robotnik and Smithy are at the top of this list."
Metal Man (GM): The chart shows Smithy, Robotnik... a black hedgehog... even weirder, a munchkin in green clothes... Mack the Repairman...
Aribar: "And what happens if they happen to find me?"
Metal Man (GM): Skyhigh's clone, and finally, the notorious Aribar clone created by Slytock.
Zio: "They can all channel the Sword of Darkness. Which means quite a power struggle... and yes, that isn't a mistake with that green man. They also can sense the Sword of Darkness. Your best course is to run from them. Even the unarmed ones know how to do nasty tricks. And the reason you're teamed with me is that you would have no plans without me."
Metal Man (GM): Zio rolls up the chart, and hands it to Aribar. Aribar has acquired: Chart of Weirdos!
Aribar: "... I could just continue to assault Locos. Especially now that I know Doopliss' real name... Now, why should I avoid Skyhigh? I mean... He's an idiot!"
Zio: "An idiot who used that Dark cube you had earlier to a great extent."
Aribar: "... ."
Zio: "To make up for his fakeness and stupidity, he can channel darkness better than even I. Don't ask me why. I still wonder how that weirdo named 'Tingle' managed to summon minions of darkness at me just for not wanting his maps."
Aribar: "Uhh... Oooookay... Now... Do you know if I have -anything- left? Did the Kokiri take back their village or anything?"
Zio: "They fled into Hyrule Castle. All that stuff about dying faded away when you had entered their land without turning into a monster. ...Though even if it still persisted, you were already evil, so... it wouldn't have affected you."
Aribar: "... " *The elf looks disgusted at Zio's last statement.* "... Is that all, Black Magician?"
Zio: "Yes. Now then... it is time for you to infiltrate Magellan tower. Oh yeah. You'll need different clothes."
Metal Man (GM): Zio pulls out what looks like lord's robes.
Aribar: "Hmp... Looks like that stuff I used to wear back when I was a Quester..."
Zio: "Erwin wears these types of clothes all the time. I'd stick them on top of your other clothes, too... because he's a little bit larger than you are. They won't notice you."
Aribar: "When should I begin this little operation? Today?" *He begins to take those clothes.*
Zio: "Yes. After you put those on, you may move out."
Wolfman: "You don't have to listen to him. You can always help me... and become glorious!"
Zio: "I thought I told you to stop pestering us."
Aribar looks over at Wolfman. "You're still here?"
Wolfman: "There is no escape from the X-zone for me. It takes the Sword of Darkness at full power just to escape! This is limbo. Those who are here are doomed to stay forever, if nobody does something about it. I could even deal with the part of stealing the emerald from the Questers."
Aribar: "This is the price you pay, Wolfman. This is what you shall have to pay for the rest of your life for the lies you've spread and the wrong doings you've done..."
Wolfman: "But... but... that temple you are gonna open will destroy you all!! Don't be a fool... Zio is here, safe in the X-zone, so he can weather out the destruction!"
Aribar: "Who says I'll follow Zio's advice anyways?" *He looks straight at Zio while saying that.* "Perhaps I could just destroy all these precious Emerald things that everyone wants..."
Zio: "If you don't, then the darkness will consume you and I or one of those other weirdos will take the sword from your cold, dead hands. Imagine... a world ruled by Tingle! You'd have to buy a map just to GO DOWN THE STREET!!"
Aribar: "... Hmph. Even without being sealed I can control the Sword of Darkness better than you think, Zio."
Zio: "But not better than I. I don't care what you think, as long as you get those emeralds."
Aribar: "Bah! Now, do either of you have any other thing to delay me from killing Locos and Erwin or can I leave this place?"
Zio: "You may leave. And you may kill them both... if you are even capable of that."
Metal Man (GM): The Sword of Darkness is ready for transportation. Wolfman seems to have wandered away.
Aribar raises the Sword of Darkness into the air and attempts to teleport to the... To Locos' Tower...
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* Aribar appears at the tower. Some guards salute him.
Machine Made Bowyer: "Hello, Lord Erwin."
Koopa: "You may pass."
Aribar: "'a-allo... Carry on with your guarding duties..." *He hurries to get inside.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar reaches main corridor A. The emerald, as he can sense it, is up 3 stories. There is an elevator to his right.
Aribar: "Hrm..." *He remembers that White Emerald being quite nasty... Plus he wants to extract his revenge... The elf formulates a quick idea and heads towards the elevator.*
Metal Man (GM): The elevator opens for Aribar. He is on Floor 1. The tower goes up to... about 7 floors.
Aribar heads up three floors.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar gets on floor three. Straight ahead, there is a large door, closed. It says 'EMERALD HOLDING ROOM - DANGER.' It is guarded by Machine Mades. This room is at the center of the floor.
Aribar heads straight towards them and hopes there isn't any passwords... He wonders what kind of passwords Locos would make.
Machine Made: "Hello, Erwin. Do you wish to gaze upon the emerald?"
Aribar: "... Umm... Yeah... Lets go with that."
Machine Made: "You may proceed."
Metal Man (GM): The door opens, revealing a lush room of bronze. In the center, on a pedestal, is the white emerald. Nothing appears to be guarding it. The door closes behind Aribar. There's a nice and easy switch that opens the door when he wants out.
Aribar: .oO(Now this can't be that easy... Sooooo... ) *He just walks towards the Emerald...*
Metal Man (GM): It shines and glitters.
Aribar attempts to inspect the pedestal for any motion sensing equipment or anything that would notice that the emerald is missing.
Metal Man (GM): If someone took out the emerald, the pedestal would sink... and who knows what that would trigger... Some weird mechanism. Must be a counterbalance somewhere. But Aribar can't exactly tear open the walls. There are four emerald-shaped bronze things nearby, though.
Aribar takes out a bag with about 100 coins in it... . He blinks and then realizes the limitations of having one arm... How can he snatch the emerald up and place the bag there to keep the pedestal from lowering? He looks about the room at those emerald-shaped bronze things... then he puts the bag of money away and picks up one of those bronze emeralds.
Metal Man (GM): Same weight as the emerald.
Aribar looks at the emerald while backing away from the spot he picked up that emerald from.
Metal Man (GM): Same shape, same size... same weight... Rather peculiar, but maybe Locos just likes having exact furnishings. Man... that light in the ceiling certainly is causing Aribar's forehead to sweat...
Aribar quickly puts the bronze emerald in the spot of the white one (causing it to get knocked off the pedestal) and snatches the White Emerald out of the air and stuffs it in his robes quickly.
Metal Man (GM): Nothing bad happens. Now, all he has to do is leave by pressing the EXIT button.
Aribar heads back to the entrance he came in at and knocks on the door... He ignores that switch... button.
Metal Man (GM): Nobody responds; it's soundproof. There is... a tick-tick-tick-tick sound. ...Something opening up in the floor... Is that Coca-Cola? ...It's starting to flood Coca-Cola!
Aribar blinks... Looks at the Coca-Cola... And dashes to press that Exit button!
Metal Man (GM): The exit button speeds it up. It's up to Aribar's ankles.
Aribar: "Damn it all!" *He runs back to the pedestal and puts the white emerald back on it.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar puts it back... and it doesn't stop. He also reads the part of the pedestal where the emerald was... it says 'Glass made in Wakatu.'
Aribar: "This is Zio's fault!"
Metal Man (GM): The soda is up to Aribar's knees.
Aribar attempts to stuff the bronze emeralds into the vents.
Metal Man (GM): ...Too few emeralds... too many vents... About 100 vents, and only 8 emeralds... Not to mention the emeralds don't fit in the vents. The soda is now up to Aribar's waist.
Aribar takes one of those Emeralds and tosses it at that light on the ceiling in frustration.
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Now Aribar is in the dark. Kinda creepy... half-floating on cola in the dark...
Aribar: "BOLT!! BOOOOLT!"
Metal Man (GM): *BZZZZZTTTT* *ELECTRICITY.*
Aribar just tries to fry something... Anything... And then he hopes Coca Cola isn't conductive...
Metal Man (GM): The room blazes with electricity. In fact, Aribar damages himself some. The alarms come on. The lights explode some more. And those switches catch on fire. Well... now Aribar has some fire... at least, until the cola is over his head, and he's floating. And the cola is up to Aribar's chest.
Aribar looks at the ceiling... Hrm..."
Metal Man (GM): The light that used to work is huge. It's a bit out of reach, though.
Aribar: *The elf attempts to leap out of that awful soda and up to the light... Perhaps he can get through it somehow to the upper floor.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hangs onto the light... which starts falling. There's a small hole in the ceiling. The cola is up to where his head would be, and has flooded half the room.
Aribar continues to hang onto it and hopes it'll fall down... He looks at that hole and wonders if he could make it bigger... He tries a Bolt on it.
Metal Man (GM): The bolt causes an explosion... big explosion. *POP* *SMASH* *EXPLODE.* The ceiling falls in... then the doors break open. Aribar's cover is blown, but there's a tidal wave of soda flooding the third floor.
Machine Made1: "AHHHHH!!!!!"
Machine Made2: "THE COLA! IT BURNS!!!"
Charles: "Yayyyy!!! The cola!!!"
Aribar blinks and heads to the elevator. He tries to head to the top floor in it.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar rushes to the 7th floor, drenched.
Charles swims in the cola where it flies out of the room.
Aribar tears off those blasted lordish robes and unsheathes Moonlight. "Come out, Erwin, Locos!"
Metal Man (GM): Locos sees someone has stolen his fine Wakatu Emerald!
Metal Man (GM): It's worth enough to buy another tower... And they escaped the Cola torture.
Charles lets out a loud belch that easily shakes the tower.
Metal Man (GM): The 7th floor is an area full of computers.
Aribar: "..." >:)
Charles: "My my... someone has stolen... the emerald."
Machine Made1: "It was Erwin!"
Aribar walks towards the middle of the room and begins a destructive rain of Bolts on all the computers. "BURN! DESTRUCTION! MUAHAHAHAH!"
Metal Man (GM): *EXPLODE* *SMASH* *MORE EXPLODE.* The lights start flickering throughout the tower... Doors go mad, opening and closing constantly.
Charles does the ancient Lunarian technique of standing on one foot, twisting one's self three times like a wash rag, and is able to get the Cola out of his clothes.
Metal Man (GM): The communications system is destroyed.
Charles: "Ahh... that's better."
Metal Man (GM): Those computers have been destroyed, but there are no emeralds. There's another elevator that goes from floor 7 to floor 14.
Charles: "Nonsense, Lehi isn't even here."
Machine Made1: "But... he walked in and looked at the emerald!"
Aribar: "Ahhh... That's better."
Charles: "I sent him home for the day off... something about...'religious holiday.'"
Machine Made2: "...Reports show he just totaled level 7's computers."
Aribar heads over to the elevator but then stops and wonders if, from the outside, if the tower looked like it had more than seven floors.
Charles: "It's time we come face to face with this jewel thief."
Metal Man (GM): The tower seems to have gone endlessly into the sky.
Machine Made: "How are we supposed to catch him? He's already almost 2 full elevators away!"
MachineMade2: "He could get stuck at the top of the tower."
Charles: "We take the staircase."
Charles: "Now then..."
Metal Man (GM): The tower probably has a lot of floors.
Charles: "Activate the level 10 and above traps!"
Machine Made: "Yes sir!"
Aribar hrms and wonders what floor Locos would be on... He looks for a directory to find a Coca Cola pool or some spa.
Charles smacks open the door that's to the right of the 2nd cubicle from the left and begins ascending.
Computer: *FLASH* "All Personnel without a level 10 or higher clearance will be destroyed by traps."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar would see the closest thing is the 'pool' on floor 13. His innate sense also tells him Locos is probably going to chase him. From where is unknown.
Charles: "I meant... the other level 10 and above traps. Floor 10 and above traps."
Aribar chuckles and heads to the elevator he just came from... He heads to Level 9.
Machine Made: "Whoops!"
Computer: "LEVEL 10 AND ABOVE SECURED."
Charles: "I worded myself wrong, so it's my fault."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar go to level 9.
Aribar looks around this level...
Metal Man (GM): It's a weird place... there's a bunch of trees and windows, the occasional electricity box... and Tingle, who appears to have flown in through a window.
Tingle: "Hmmm... I need to map this tower... it goes on forever! Tingle wishes there wasn't so many flying robots at the top..."
Aribar backs up to the elevator and heads to Floor 8...
Metal Man (GM): Tingle starts scribbling stuff on a map as Aribar goes down to floor 8.
Charles tries the floor 8, which is above him.
Metal Man (GM): This floor is... absolutely full of Koopa Troop. ...Even worse, the door opposite opens, revealing Locos.
Charles: "Yooouuu whhooooo!!! ...Erwin!"
Aribar: "... Hrm... What a wei---"
Charles: "Where are you??..."
Metal Man (GM): The floor with koopa troopa is apparently a training center.
Charles spots a small boy in a mage robe. "Ahhh! There you are Erwin!"
Aribar closes the elevator door and heads to the first floor!
Metal Man (GM): Aribar notices just how fake that emerald is. It's too clear, and it has about as much energy as a light bulb. However, his elevator stops on Floor 7. He needs to board the opposite elevator to go down from floor 7.
Aribar: "Dah! I forgot about this..." *He dashes towards the other elevator while tossing the emerald to the ground--hard enough to hope it breaks.*
Metal Man (GM): It bounces.
Metal Man (GM): ...Then sticks to the floor. Aribar is chased by Machine Mades, until they trip over it. Then he gets to the other elevator.
Charles has this idea when he goes down the staircase to floor 5. "Shut down the elevators!"
Metal Man (GM): The elevator shuts down before Aribar can press a button. Luckily, the doors haven't closed.
Aribar: "... Piffle." *He looks up to see if there is a small door in the ceiling of the elevator he could crawl out of.*
Metal Man (GM): However, he now can feel the emerald on floor 4. And yes, there is.
Aribar tries to crawl out on top of the elevator and looks down the shaft... Looks like a long fall if he makes wrong move.
Charles: "...Scout floors 1-7, my people."
Metal Man (GM): The Machine Mades nod, and floors 1-7 are guarded. Aribar can climb down 1 floor, with some luck.
Charles: "I want that Emerald kept here... over Aribar's dead, lifeless, mutilated body..." *He eyes glow red.*
Metal Man (GM): Floor 4 has been locked down in correspondence with Locos' order.
Aribar hrms... It may be too hard to climb down to the next floor.
Metal Man (GM): Floor 3 and 99 and 13 have also been locked down.
Aribar blinks... And gets a suicidal plan. He unsheathes the Sword of Darkness and tries to cut the ropes holding the elevator in place.
Metal Man (GM): *Slice.*
Charles: "We will guard the 4th floor... with our lives."
Machine Made: "Charles, Elevator 1 has been sliced."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar leaps off and into floor 2. The doors are closed, but not locked. The elevator explodes when it hits floor 1.
Aribar sheaths his sword, tries to keep his balance, and then tries to pry open the door a tiiiiiny bit and peer through it.
Charles: "Lock down this floor, and all floors when I pass them."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar sees 15 Machine Mades... all of them of Bowyer.
Machine Mades: "Yes sir."
Charles heads down the stairs. He tries to get a communication signal from the mms from downstairs.
Metal Man (GM): They tell Locos that Elevator 1 has crashed into floor 1 and exploded.
Aribar continues peering inside... Now what should he do? Argh... Then he gets an idea... He tries to summon more undead monsters secretly on those Bowyer...
Metal Man (GM): The entire tower rumbles. The sword glows... And Locos hears fighting on floor 1. ...The Bowyers rush downstairs.
Charles charges down to where the others are being attacked.
Metal Man (GM): Locos is now on floor 4.
Metal Man (GM): Locos is on floor 3. Floor 2 is clear.
Aribar opens the door and dashes towards the stairs.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar gets to the stairs... and runs into Locos.
Charles gets a steady grip on the handrail.
Aribar: "!! L-Locos!"
Charles glares at him with piercing, dark red eyes. "Listen to me... HUNTER... You can wage war with me... You can attempt to kill me..."
Metal Man (GM): The turmoil on floor 1 is getting worse.
Charles: "Or even sneak in here..."
Metal Man (GM): Locos's radio crackles. "Sir, we're under attack by Metal Sonic!"
Charles punches right through the wall beside him.
Aribar: "Locos, I want you and Doopliss dead..."
Charles: "Shut... up and listen."
Metal Man (GM): Then it crackles again. "We're holding our positions for now. Over."
Aribar: "I don't even care any more about Zio and Metal Sonic's wants about their emeralds now..."
Charles: "I have been through hell and high water trying to get that emerald, and you are saying you bust in here for no reason and cause a ruckus..." *He grabs Aribar's robe by the collar and his eyes become black fire in his irises, and he speaks with his teeth, and in a very pissed off mood.*
Aribar: "I left your emerald on Floor Seve--Gak!"
Charles: "I... do-not-tolerate-it."
Aribar attempts to unsheath the Sword of Darkness quickly and stab Locos in the gut.
Aribar: "Get off of me!"
Charles: "Causing-destruction-and a ruckus..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar makes a nice gash in a wall while flailing.
Charles gets piereced by the sword in the gut... looks down... he looks back up to him, and is completely unphased. "I am now at a level of anger that only Lunarians rarely get to..."
Aribar: "Ummm... You should be dead right now."
Charles: "SHUT UP!"
Charles strangles Aribar.
Aribar attempts to break away.
Charles: "Listen to me, you in' elf..."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar, for once in his life, manages to prevent from being choked.
Charles still has a firm grip. "You are really starting to get me in' pissed."
Aribar: "You want your emerald? Go upstairs and get it... Just show me to Doopliss and then I'll leave you alone... Till I decide to kill you."
Radio: "Metal Sonic seems to be determined to get up those stairs... even missing a leg and an eye! We've managed to hold him for now, but we're losing some people."
Charles socks Ari in the face real hard. "I SAID SHUT THE UP. One more word... and this sword... That's in me right now gets takin' from you..."
Metal Man (GM): ...Tingle comes down the steps behind Locos.
Tingle: "...Would you want to buy a map?"
Charles: "If you wanted my attention, fine, but you do not ruin what I have accomplished so hard for!" *He feels normal and looks to Tingle.* "Why yes I would. How much?"
Aribar: "AAAAAAAAAH!" *He attempts to just get away from Locos and DASH towards the elevator shaft.*
Tingle: "Only 150 coins."
Charles: "Please put it on the Magellean Military tab. I'll pay you it after I'm done with this little skirmish." *He looks back to Aribar, with that hatred in his eyes again.*
Tingle: "Great." *He hands Locos a map and walks upstairs.*
Charles: "Do this one more time... and I will not hold back my anger."
Aribar tries to do anything... Even just take the shirt off to run to the elevator.
Metal Man (GM): ...Aribar seems to be petrified... especially after looking at Tingle.
Charles: "Remember this elf... you can have what you want after I'm done. But not... BEFORE."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is thrown down the steps. Aribar can hear Metal Sonic fighting some Machine Mades with a sword... he doesn't exactly sound well.
Charles: "This is me... not fully angry... Pull a stupid stunt like this again..."
Aribar gets up and dashes towards the elevator shaft... He leaps towards the nearest cable and slides down it to the bottom level.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar runs down, sans the sword.
Charles grabs the Sword of Darkness from his stomach and pulls it out of him.
Metal Man (GM): Tingle is back. Looking at the sword.
Charles: "And take your sword with you."
Metal Man (GM): *JAWS Theme.*
Tingle: "Give me that sword!"
Charles throws it down the stairs so it goes down and down...
Tingle: "I need it to become a real fairy! Hey!"
Charles: "Sorry, sir... little too late."
Aribar blinks and remembers the sword probably just as he slides down the shaft... "D'OH!"
Metal Man (GM): Tingle chases after the sword. Tingle slides after it down the staircase. It flies into the middle of the first floor. Metal Sonic, Aribar, and Tingle are looking at it at the same time.
Charles slides down as well to get to the mess that Metal Sonic is doing about.
Metal Sonic: "...Aribar... could I borrow that sword? I must teach these *cough* inferior *cough* robots a lesson!"
Metal Man (GM): Locos arrives to see Tingle, Metal Sonic, and Aribar staring at the Sword of Darkness.
Aribar attempts to scramble to the sword to take it back. "Dah! Stupid, stupid, stupid!!"
Metal Man (GM): Tingle leaps after it. Aribar and Tingle both have the sword at once.
Charles: "What is this... an intruder convention???"
Metal Sonic: "I was ordered to rescue Aribar, nothing else."
Tingle: "Give... me... that... sword!"
Charles: "You did not have to cause a ruckus. Just asked for him."
Aribar: "Never! Locos... Do you want a world ruled by Tingle? If not, then get him off of me!"
Charles: "I think all three of you have overstayed your welcome."
Metal Sonic: "I would help, but... that is not in my parameter. I must protect Aribar, not the Sword of Darkness."
Charles: "Then take the elf, the fairy, and the sword all at the same time. And shove off again!"
Metal Sonic: "That sounds acceptable."
Metal Man (GM): Tingle grabs the sword for a split second---and then it is snatched by Metal Sonic.
Metal Sonic: "Let's get out of this wretched place."
Charles: "Uh-huh... it has seen better days."
Metal Man (GM): Metal Sonic raises it into the air, and Aribar/Metal Sonic are teleported to Kokiri Fortress. Tingle is left there, with swirly eyes.
Aribar: "Grr... We are no--" *Teleportation...*
Tingle: "So... close... why must everyone hold on... so hard?"
Charles hands Tingle the 150 coins. "I dunno how you got in, but here's your money."
Tingle: "Thank... you... sir... I must... get that sword back... Koloo... Lumpah..."
Metal Man (GM): Tingle gets out the red balloons and flies away. Locos has obtained: Map of Magellan Tower!
Charles: "Oh goody... a map of my own tower..." *He begins to chew on it piece by piece.*
Metal Man (GM): It tastes like dry tortilla.
Charles: "Ohmm... demicious... This is the best meal I've had all day!" *He has calmed down after a few bites.*
Metal Man (GM): Well, at least Locos had a good lunch as a result of all the destruction.
Charles: "Okay, enough of this..."
Metal Man (GM): The Machine Mades start tiding up all the destruction and putting themselves back together.
Charles: *20 minutes later.* *He is on the roof of his tower with his floating chair and Sir Meta Knight.* "Okay Sir Meta Knight, now summon your Warp Star. We set out for the Sky Sanctuary!"
Meta Knight: "Okay."
Metal Man (GM): He pulls out a phone, presses a few buttons, and a Warp Star appears. Meta Knight gets on the star.
Charles: "You may lead the way."
Metal Man (GM): Meta Knight nods, waits for you to get on, and takes off.
Charles begins sitting in the chair, which he has now modified so it has a pillow.
Meta Knight: "It's past the great magnetic wastelands..."