Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 23: Triple Jeopardy
Date: December 1st, 2008.
Metal Man (GM): Anyway, a lil' recap. We had the whole journey to the Super Death Egg, only to be thwarted by 'Red Text', followed by a travel to the Oracle, where Panzer revealed 'Red Text' had control there too and, it thwarted her again. 'Red Text' proceeded to thwart her some more, to the extent her want to fly to the 'Maverick Continent' could just be more of 'Red Text's way of making her do what he wants.
Metal Man (GM): So we start as Panzer is still working feverishly on the shuttle. And ignoring all of the Questers. That leaves them with some more pressing things to do. The Eggrobo walked off with all the parts to the nearly repaired Egg Carrier. Perhaps the Questers would want to continue what they had planned earlier... Use the Egg Carrier to fry Vylch once and for all.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are in the final Egg area. The Egg Carrier is just off Emerald Coast, to the left.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... Panz is snoozing. What say we haul off with the Carrier and take down Vylch?"
Dragoshi: "Yeeaaa... That sounds like a good idea."
Aribar stands off to the side of the other Questers. He is still being quiet and reserved. He gives a short nod and a shrug to Digi.
Digifanatic: "Well, might as well." *starts to walk in and looks for the pilot's seat.*
Aribar follows Digi into the Egg Carrier.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk over to the Egg Carrier. Jack seems relieved to see them without Panzer.
Jack: "Ah... finally got some time to yourselves? The parts fit, and Bill even made the new machine."
Digifanatic: "Ooh, very nice."
Jack: "He then said he had... pressing business... and used a weird sleeping creature to teleport into the sky. What a freak. Anyway, I assume you wish to take part in the maiden flight. Indeed, I have decided you can have the entire thing to yourself."
Digifanatic: .oO(He just doesn't know Pokemon like we do.)
Jack: "As a sort of pay back for... all the money I've made."
Digifanatic: "Hold onto that thought for a minute." *turns back to the others.* "You think we may need his staff o' smiting?"
Dragoshi: *Shakes his head.*
Digifanatic: "In case things are getting rough for us, and Vylch doesn't cowe--okay, then."
Aribar: "I think in the past Jack said it didn't work on him."
Dragoshi: *Nods in response to Ari.*
Jack: "Uh, yeah. Sorry to butt in, but, yes. I tried to fight that freak once... he's clearly part machine."
Digifanatic: "Never mind then." *turns back.* "Thank you, Jack."
Jack: "You're welcome."
Metal Man (GM): He stands back. There's a clear walkway to the cockpit. It's relatively simply made, since the Eggman apparently disliked too much walking.
Digifanatic: *walks in.*
Aribar follows Digifanatic inside.
Dragoshi: *Follows along.*
Metal Man (GM): It's a small, relatively cramped room. One huge chair for the controls. Huge levers and buttons everywhere. Strangely enough, there is one button that says 'autopilot' It looks worn, as if it had been used all the time.
Digifanatic: "Wow... this guy liked nothing but the easy way out." *muttering.* "And I'm still wondering what could have happened had Julian not given away that skeleton."
Digifanatic takes a look at the ship's mapping/radar system first before hitting anything else.
Metal Man (GM): It has no real mapping system, to speak of. Even if it did, the controls are corroded and old. Despite many replacements, neither Bill nor Jack could fix something like that too easily.
Digifanatic: "Hmm..." *turns on the engine and points it out towards Vylch's hideout of d00m.*
Metal Man (GM): Turning it on? Well, Digi turns on the engine. Lights start flickering and beeping. The door shuts behind Digi (to prevent windlash) Lights everywhere beep, the autopilot button lights up.
Aribar: "Digi, I hope you know how to operate this thing."
Digifanatic: *Blah.* "Oh, this thing ONLY has autopilot..." *tries again.* *Blah.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi can't find it. Eggman's mind is complex in the strangest ways! Digi figures it out, eventually.
Digifanatic: "I was just... a little bit overwhelmed."
Metal Man (GM): Whoops. Digi doesn't know where this thing's 0,0 is. Hm... perhaps autopilot is more complex than just flying it!
Aribar: "I would try to help you, but I would probably hurt more than I could help."
Digifanatic: *sighs and looks for manual controls, if there actually are any!*
Metal Man (GM): Well, there are some unconventional but usable controls. A lever for 'altitude' and another stick to control left and right. Since one can't very easily tell a gigantic ship to do the things one would a fighter jet. Engines are idling at 25%. Apparently they remain heavily damaged, but usable without danger. It just forces them to be run at low RPM.
Digifanatic: "Well, this might work..." *slowly alters the altitude lever so the ship heads upwards and turns it towards Vylch's place.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi tries to push it down, but it's already at 0. He smacks himself for such a silly mistake and push it up. The ship slowly hovers off the platform. He turns it towards Vylch's place. But who knows how fast it is going? Digi can't seem to make it go forwards or backwards... it's hovering. The entire ship shakes a bit. The engines aren't in too good a shape. Indicators show various slightly worrying things equivalent to the 'CHECK ENGINE' light on a well-worn car.
Digifanatic: *groans and gently sets it back on the ground.* *or not.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi turns on an entirely different button.
???: "Eggman, is that you?"
Digifanatic: "Uh, no..."
Aribar frowns and looks for something to hold on to. The mage hopes that they can even make it away from the shore.
Metal Man (GM): An image of some sort of robot appears on the screen. Not specifically an AI, but a robot. It's too general to be anything else but some sort of assistant.
Robot: "...Well... Eggman would not want the ship to be damaged... you want to go somewhere?" *Takes a dead fish off of its head.*
Digifanatic: "Hello. My friends and I have recovered and restored this ship. We're not yet fully acquainted with all the controls here..."
Dragoshi: *Just leans back and lets Digi do the talking.*
Robot: "You need to input velocity..."
Metal Man (GM): It presses a button. Another lever lights up. 'VELOCITY'
Digifanatic: "But yeah, we're looking to go a particular continent..." *would describe the mountainous scenery and how he and his buddies want to kill Vylch and so on.*
Robot: "I am, er... the co-pilot... and the autopilot."
Digifanatic: *sees the lever.* "Okay, thank you."
Robot: "I cannot process scenery. I need... a number. We are near 0,0 here."
Digifanatic: "Oh, that we don't know. We know the continent is west of Mobius. But we're not sure how large this planet even is."
Robot: "So, negative x value. I'll go that direction..." *SHOOMP* A robot falls from the ceiling, vaguely Eggrobo-like. The autopilot button presses itself.
Digifanatic: "However, thank you very much... if you don't mind, I'll--why, that's very nice."
Metal Man (GM): It turns on the velocity thing... the ship is heading West.
Robot: "Now heading due West. ...Severe damage to engines limits our rate of speed. And altitude. What happened?"
Digifanatic: "We're not very sure. All we did was find this and try to bring it into working conditions."
Robot: "..." It turns some switches, accessing databanks. It apparently is the only one who sees what's on them. It stands, silent, for a moment, then turns to face Digi, as the ship slowly approaches the continent. "Hm. The ship crashed due to Chaos."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, that's our destination, out on the horizon... Chaos, huh?"
Robot: "A large, ancient demon capable of firing giant lasers. Massive internal damage caused it to hit the ocean and eventually sink after Sonic thoroughly broke what was left. ...We are at this 'continent.' I have saved the coordinates. What do you want with this continent?"
Digifanatic: "Hang on a second..." *looks at the map to see what the coordinated are. Maybe that'll give them an idea as to how large this planet is.*
Aribar: "We are seeking some sort of robot called Vylch."
Metal Man (GM): There is no map. However, the coordinate display shows (-50,-2)
Robot: "A robot? Initializing scaPAKADBAKBDAKAKT" It coughs for a moment. "Hm. Could one of you... fix this?" He opens a panel, showing a totally busted fuse.
Digifanatic: "(-50, -2). Alright. So we're not quite one sixth the way around this planet."
Metal Man (GM): Like, a fuse filled with algae. And dead fish.
Digifanatic turns the velocity down a bit so they don't miss their stop and takes a look at the fuse.
Metal Man (GM): Digi creates a usable spare using his own thin strip of metal.
Robot: "Hm." *Beep.*
Metal Man (GM): The windshield lights up, flickers, then shows a primitive HUD. There is an image of a dot where the Questers last found Vylch. There's also dots... To the left, which should be completely underwater. What?!?!?!
Digifanatic: "We know Vylch's weakness is electricity and when he gets mad he becomes very strong... which is not good for us."
Robot: "Which one of these do you think is him?"
Digifanatic: "Well, as far I as conceive him to be, he's a reclusive type, so..." *points to the run down house's dot.* "There."
Deloth slowly wakes up. "Hey, you guy moved the ship while I was asleep."
Digifanatic: "Well, Panzer is doing whatever, so we got priority on this thing. And our priority is smacking Vylch senseless."
Dragoshi: "With electricity."
Dragoshi: "Lots and lots of electricity." :x
Aribar: "Good morning, Deloth. We're about to take down Vylch."
Metal Man (GM): *Blip.*
Robot: "Target acquired... now what?"
Digifanatic: "Ohh... he's a really whacked out guy."
Robot: "All our missiles are dead. Machineguns are close range. Laser guns busted."
Dragoshi: "Anything else aside from those?"
Digifanatic: "Well, what's our machinegun status like, in terms of how many we have?"
Robot: "There's something labeled 'UNKNOWN WEAPON 1.' It looks new, but installed by someone who is not Eggman. They forgot to give it an attractive code name."
Aribar: "I assume that is the weapon we recently had installed. At least I hope so."
Digifanatic: "Ohhhh... that's what one of friends put in."
Robot: "I don't know its range... Should we have a test firing?"
Digifanatic: "What if we've only got one of them?"
Robot: "I don't know."
Deloth: "Let's shoot Vylch with it as our test-fire."
Robot: "But... to be sure, we would have to get close range. But it might be dangerous to fire if it's explosive in nature, thus necessitating we be far away instead..."
Aribar: "I vote that we test fire it."
Robot: "...And it might have a deviation in aiming, so I could not guarantee... success."
Flaeyn: "Sounds like a plan."
Digifanatic: "Yeah. I have an idea." *looks at the HUD to see if there's any numbers given for the ship's weapons.*
Metal Man (GM): There are plenty for all the weapons Eggman installed. And a question mark with no info. Probably for the weapon Bill installed.
Robot: "..." He goes to test fire it. "The target could move. Optimum Eggman strategy is to strike like lightning."
Metal Man (GM): He aims a shot dead ahead.
Metal Man (GM): *click.* *CRAKOOOOOM.* Lightning flies out and into the distance.
Flaeyn: "...Holy crap."
Metal Man (GM): It arcs into the ground.
Deloth: "...yep, that'll work."
Dragoshi: "..." *Snrks.*
Metal Man (GM): Now all the HUD is off. And the lights.
Robot: "Did this person know exactly how much of a shock this thing could handle?"
Deloth: "Although there seems to be a bit of a power surge when it's used..."
Dragoshi: "...Apparently not."
Metal Man (GM): The ship begins to lose altitude. The robot begins using manual restart buttons.
Digifanatic: "That's not good."
Metal Man (GM): *Click...* *Bzzz.* The ship's electrical system is restored. The ship only lost a little altitude.
Robot: "Well. We can't take too many of those. Shall I use it and be done with it, then? I can... repair it better on land."
Digifanatic: "Smart idea. One more and hopefully we're done."
Keikyoku sits on the deck and enjoys the wind in his fur.
Digifanatic: "And if not, we can land this on the shore and you can repair it while we hopefully finish him off."
Deloth: "Better test it on someone just to make sure. Kei, you're the target dummy."
Robot: "If I fired it at him, it would destroy the ship we're on."
Dragoshi: "...He's got a point there."
Robot: "..." *Click.* "Target on the Continent acquired..." *Click.* *BZZZZ.*
Deloth: "Then toss him into the ocean first."
Metal Man (GM): *CRACKOOOOOOM.* He restarts the ship again, some buttons and lights now malfunctioning.
Aribar: "Did you hit him?"
Metal Man (GM): An explosion is heard, followed by the ruined house being blown to smithereens. The dot becomes staticy for a moment and then turns into dust.
Digifanatic: "Well, we at least got the house."
Robot: "I took out the house as well. Seems it shoots multiple lightning bolts. Which is our problem..."
Aribar: "Our problem? Expand that, please."
Robot: "...If it shot just ONE we could afford it, due to the buffered power MEANT for the main power beam... Right now we only have machineguns, unless we want to destroy all the wiring. As the others weren't repaired. ...Where shall we go now?"
Aribar: "Is our target completely taken care of, though?"
Robot: "It seems so. We could land here."
Dragoshi: "Let's do so."
Aribar: "I suggest we make sure that it is dead."
Dragoshi: "'Sides, he's a pretty tough jerk, anyway..."
Digifanatic: "Nice use of the third person pronoun 'it.'"
Metal Man (GM): The ship lands on the ground.
Flaeyn: "I guess it's the only thing that fits..."
Metal Man (GM): A ramp pops out of the side. The way to the... now annihilated crater of the ruined house is open.
Flaeyn: "Well gee..."
Deloth hops out and goes to look at the shiny scorched glass.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk over.
Dragoshi: *Follows behind...*
Aribar exits the ship, unsheathes his sword, and starts off towards the house.*
Keikyoku skates after the group.
Digifanatic: *walks to said crater but is careful to not get shocked--just in case.*
Flaeyn exits as well, relaxed.
Metal Man (GM): The lightning annihilated everything in there. However, amongst the lightning damage, there are some green flecks.
Deloth: "...This house has not exploded. It has CEASED TO BE."
Deloth bends down and looks at some of the flecks. "Check that."
Metal Man (GM): ...The flecks are moving.
Deloth: "... Uh, guys, battle positions, juuuuust in case." *takes out both swords and steps back.*
Flaeyn: "Well, it's about time I get action..." He says, cracking his knuckles.
Digifanatic: *at the sight of the motion.* "No, no, no, NO, NO." *to Deloth.* "May not be a bad idea."
Metal Man (GM): Well. The flecks are moving very... very slowly. But in many hours, they would reunite in the center of the crater.
Dragoshi: *Zaps the flecks with two blasts of Electrically-aligned Ele.*
Aribar points his sword at the flecks and sends a light burst of lightning at them via White Lightning.*
Metal Man (GM): There is no longer any green. There is only black now. All destroyed.
Keikyoku looks at the flecks intrigued.
Aribar searches the area for any more flecks.
Digifanatic: *He'll search as well.*
Dragoshi: *Also decides to search.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi discovers a giant burnt rock. Aribar finds, another burnt rock. Dragoshi finds there are no flecks. If there are any, they've been burnt.
Dragoshi: "...There are no more flecks."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi has found instead... well... not 'found' specifically...
Keikyoku looks for something to steal.
Metal Man (GM): He sees buildings, deep underwater off the coast. Keikyoku finds rocks.
Digifanatic: "That shoulda done it, then."
Deloth: "So... anyone know what that green stuff WAS, anyways?"
Dragoshi: "Vylch... is dead. Forever." *He then looks at the buildings and points at 'em.* "Also, buildings."
Flaeyn: "I guess I manifestation of something."
Aribar: "I don't see any more little flecks." *The half-elf does pick up a handful of dirt and flecks and looks at them up close, though.* "I think this was Vylch."
Digifanatic: "Well, Jack said Vylch was half-machine... maybe it was scrap metal or something."
Metal Man (GM): He was composed of many green flecks... seemingly.
Digifanatic: "Well, it would have been scrap metal more o' less had Aribar and Dragoshi not fried them." *turns to the direction of the buildings.* "Well... all we need is the magic button or chant."
Aribar: .oO(This was such a cowardly way to deal with the problem, and we will never know any more about the house either. It was, logically, the best solution, though.)
Keikyoku: "Maybe the flecks were the half of him that wasn't machine..."
Digifanatic: "Who knows."
Deloth: "Magic chant? ...XYZZY!"
Deloth: "You just watch. Someday, that's going to do something."
Flaeyn: "Watch it activate a password-activation nuke..."
Digifanatic walks down the path and heads back to the face the buildings along the coastline."
Flaeyn: "Then we'll all be fucked."
Aribar starts to look about for a little jar and bag to to keep some of the remnants in, but stops. "So, we've mercilessly killed Vylch. We're not a single step closer to finding Metal Man."
Digifanatic: "He could be hiding out in those buildings, for all we know. Hey, we reunited with Julian at that airport."
Flaeyn: "He didn't give you any instructions if you guys got separated?"
Digifanatic: "We didn't even know he found his way here until we walked into Vylch."
Aribar: "It has been a while, but I recall thinking that he was going to follow us here moments after we entered this world."
Deloth: "Okay, here's MY question."
Deloth: "We know Metal's here. What about Kuja?"
Digifanatic: "Enemy turned weird ally turned enemy again turned whatever the heck else. We'd had a strange set of meetings with that guy."
Keikyoku skates around in circles, lost...
Metal Man (GM): The Questers would half-remember the Oracle showing an empty globe when they did that, hence it didn't have any information. Which either means he's nowhere to be seen, or invisible.
Aribar: "He is a very powerful mage that one gained the power of the gods."
Deloth: "And a colossal pain in the ass."
Digifanatic: "Safe definition, I'd say."
Flaeyn: "I... see..."
Digifanatic: *So he's facing the buildings on the coast, he supposes... he searches for something that may make it easier to reach the underground buildings.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi bravely goes to walk into the bottom of the ocean. Then realizes, to his dismay, he floats. In short, those buildings are frustratingly out of reach.
Digifanatic: "Hmm..." *walks back to the Egg Carrier...*
Keikyoku stares at Digi like he's crazy.
Metal Man (GM): Digi walks back aboard.
Dragoshi: *Heads back to the Egg Carrier too.*
Robot: "Next destination?"
Deloth: *snidely.* "Nice. You want me to try shapeshifting gills?"
Digifanatic: "Um... we're not leaving yet."
Aribar trudges onto the Egg Carrier.* "Why not?"
Digifanatic: "But... I do have a question. Does this craft carry like, small submarines or something like that?"
Robot: "If it did, then perhaps I would not have been trapped in one of the only watertight compartments for many years."
Robot: "It is a miracle it can float, and even then half of it was underwater. The air, it can do. ...It also needs a recharge. Have you been to Final Egg recently?"
Digifanatic: "Never mind, then. There are just some buildings we discovered underwater, and I was just thinking of a safe way to approach them. Yes, we have been to Final Egg."
Dragoshi: "That we have."
Robot: "The hangar, 0,0, is there. It can be used to repair the Egg Carrier."
Aribar: "What underwater buildings did we discover?"
Digifanatic: "Those things Dragoshi saw."
Robot: "If you need underwater vehicles... Eggman hasn't made those for a while."
Keikyoku scans the area for what Digi was looking for.
Metal Man (GM): All Keikyoku sees are underwater buildings at are out of reach. No real way to get them without some ability to go underwater for long periods of time.
Digifanatic: "Kei, did you get something?"
Deloth leans back. "So. Where to?"
Digifanatic: "Probably Final Egg..."
Flaeyn: "Well... lets rock then."
Digifanatic: "We'd need some place to find submarines or something if we ever want to get to those buildings." *hops back in.*
Flaeyn'd also run back in.
Robot: "I know that location." The ship turns around and begins flying there.
Aribar simply waits in the Egg Carrier until their little repair run is done.
Keikyoku enjoys the wind until he is forced to go below deck because of the atmosphere. He smiles and enjoys the wind all the way there, then.
Metal Man (GM): Eventually, the craft hovers over... completely covered jungle area. It begins descending, even though there is no obvious landing pad. It's near Final Egg, but the Questers haven't ventured out here before.
Keikyoku looks over the edge and smiles at the height.
Metal Man (GM): Digi seems strangely unconcerned as he's about to land atop trees.
Deloth: "...Uh, are you SURE we're landing correctly?"
Metal Man (GM): The ship stops just an inch before the trees. The ground splits in two and the trees... move... it was buried.
Digifanatic: "Or if it's possible... can this--or that!"
Deloth: "...dang. Eggman WAS prepared."
Metal Man (GM): The ship hovers down slowly, before going to land in... a mostly ruined hangar.
Robot: "Hm. Nobody has used this, either."
Metal Man (GM): It then lands, inside the dusty, debris-filled hangar.
Robot: "Trying to obtain contact with the systems... They have been left offline."
Deloth: "So can we switch them on?"
Robot: "..." He points to a circuit breaker to the far left. "Yes, they were orderly turned off..."
Keikyoku looks for a safe way off the ship.
Metal Man (GM): A ramp goes down and off the ship.
Keikyoku skates down the ramp and over to the circuit breaker "Which one do I flip?"
Deloth walks over to said circuit breaker and pops it open. "Kei, move."
Metal Man (GM): There is one huge switch.
Flaeyn: "Well... I guess it's all you."
Digifanatic: *walks off.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth reaches for it, but he hears a loud crash to the right side of the docking bay.
Aribar stays in the ship and wonders how wise it is to reactivate all of Eggman's equipment.
Dragoshi: *Sighs, and looks to the right side because what.*
Deloth: "..." *pull...*
Keikyoku backs up not wanting to cause the horrible thing this time.
Metal Man (GM): *Click.* Keikyoku is grabbed. Someone puts a gun to his temple? Who is this... person?
Keikyoku flails wildly. "LET G--"
Metal Man (GM): A hand is put over Keikyoku's mouth.
Deloth sweatdrops and slowly turns around...
Metal Man (GM): He can't be heard. The switch is only half-turned. Not fully on.
Digifanatic: "Listen, I don't think anyone was after Kei THIS madly..."
Deloth gives that switch a damn good YANK, then. Kei can wait.
Keikyoku examines the hand for familiarities.
Metal Man (GM): The gun is still to Keikyoku's temple as a strong, leather clad hand grips his face. Leather clad hands aren't familiar to Keikyoku.
Digifanatic: *turns to Deloth.* "Is it me, or is that voice... familiar?"
Metal Man (GM): The man has a gun to Keikyoku's head, and apparently does not want Deloth to pull the switch.
Flaeyn: "Let's go with no..."
Deloth: "..." *Pull.*
Metal Man (GM): He pulls the switch without remorse.
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(Can't say I didn't see that coming.)
Metal Man (GM): Can't make Deloth wait. The Void himself couldn't at this point. Apparently he doesn't like Keikyoku. *CLICK* Lights begin coming on.
Metal Man (GM): The voice is muffled. Those who turn to look, if any, would see a man gripping Kei hard around his face, a gun to his temple. The grip switches, turning into a choke hold, letting Kei's mouth free to speak as his gun moves to point at Del.
???: "I said FREEZE."
Metal Man (GM): The hangar is slowly turning on. Apparently... Eggman had left it as a backup. It isn't... damaged??? The man's face is covered by a ski mask of some kind, his eyes only on display.
Deloth: "I'm sorry, I was giddy with the thoughts of the rat being shot."
Metal Man (GM): At least... not obviously. It's dusty and dilapidated. Robots wake up, with incidental damage. Some have been destroyed.
Keikyoku tries to punch the assailant in the crotch.
Flaeyn: "...Oh that's bad."
Deloth turns around and attempts to hit mister ski mask with a punch to the throat.
Metal Man (GM): The Eggman robots realize the Egg Carrier is here. They set to... repairing it. The figure grunts at the blow, taking it without much care for the damage and placing a firm boot to Kei's back, pushing him forward before darting to the side of the punch. Both attacks hit... rather nasty combination.
Flaeyn sighs, "Well, can't we negotiate?" He says towards the person.
Metal Man (GM): An Eggrobo walks over.
Keikyoku gasps for air *cough.* "Thanks Del?"
Metal Man (GM): The figure grunts again with the punch, turning with the punch and spinning back and away, his gun raised and pointed at Del..
Eggrobo: "...The ship is being repaired. Whatever you are doing. It should be fully ship-shape in... 5 hours."
Flaeyn: "...Oh you really shouldn't do that..." He says towards the mysterious person.
Deloth: *Explode. The bullets in that gun and probably by proxy the gun itself.*
Metal Man (GM): The gun fires without the hostage-taker pulling the trigger! Deloth shoots himself! The gun, is, however, jammed.
Flaeyn: "Well, now hopefully you can't use your fists... what exactly do you want?"
Keikyoku runs up and uppercuts the ski-mask dude.
Deloth takes the bullet. OH NOES oh wait a Parabellum is nothing.
Metal Man (GM): And more damage due to the glitch.
Dragoshi: *Just watches the chaos go on. :x*
Deloth whips out both swords and tries the old one-two stab.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth and Keikyoku seem set on killing the mysterious ski-mask man. The figure glances down at his gun for a moment before looking up... and noticing...
???: "...Drag? Is th--grah!"
Dragoshi: "...Wait, wait, wait. Did that guy say my name?" >_> *Mutters under breath.* "Technically, a shortened version thereof, but whatev."
Digifanatic: "I said I thought that voice was familiar..."
Flaeyn: "..." He just watches the fight, now giving up.
Metal Man (GM): The guy is currently being stabbed and punched at the same time, to worried about not getting killed to worry about responding.
Eggrobo: "...Well, talk to me when you're done stabbing a homeless man."
Metal Man (GM): The Eggrobo walks over and assists in repairing the Egg Carrier.
Deloth: "Gonna whip you with the ugly stick!" *Light Pillar!*
???: "Damnit, Drag, STOP THEM. It's ME--GRAH!"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth decides to attack endlessly.
Dragoshi: "Guys! Stop it!"
Flaeyn goes to try to sweep Deloth before he can attack again.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth hits da floor from the sweep.
Flaeyn sweeps him by his feet, and then keeps him down with his heel. "That look suits you. Stay down there."
Deloth: "Get OFF of me, Flaeyn."
Keikyoku glares at the man who knows Digi ready to punch again, if he tries to grab him.
Dragoshi: "I swear. People these days..."
Flaeyn does so, and sighs again. "Geez, can't we just all get along?"
Dragoshi: "Apparently not."
Digifanatic: .oO(Thank you, Flaeyn!)
Metal Man (GM): The figure grunts slightly as it raised up, standing to his full height.
???: "Figures. Leave it to a Quester to keep swinging and not stop to actually think."
Keikyoku: "He attacked me first."
Deloth: "Oh, yes, mister man with a ski mask, we're ALL going to trust you now."
Dragoshi: "Pretty much, yea." *In response to the figure.*
Metal Man (GM): The Egg Carrier is slowly being fixed as the people nearby it speak. Hm. Those parts look... new... The figure looks to Drag and Digi, his eyes losing their angry squint.
???: "...it's good to see you two."
Flaeyn: "Deloth... does have a point. Just who are you...?"
Deloth: "AND WILL YOU TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF OF MY WINGS?!"
Metal Man (GM): The figure reaches down and yanks off his mask in a single pull.
Aribar (belatedly) comes out of the Egg Carrier to see what is going on.
Digifanatic: "Well, I guess all I can say is thanks... because I'm s--yup."
Garrick smiles warmly at the sight of Ari.
Digifanatic: *not sure how to react, but it'd be positively.*
Flaeyn: "Hello person I do not know."
Deloth: "Dammit, Garrick, what the hell is wrong with you?"
Garrick: "Ari too? Wow it's a get together from the past. Excuse me if I don't recognize you right away with you stabbing me repeatedly, Del."
Digifanatic: *salutes the reunited Quester with a smile--all he can do.*
Keikyoku: "As long as you don't grab me again I have no reason not to hurt you..."
Garrick: "Oh, can it, you overgrown possum."
Deloth: "You COULD have said 'hi, it's Garrick, please don't pull that switch'. ...although I don't blame you for not recognizing me, granted."
Garrick walks over to his fallen pistol, picking it up and sighing as he looks it over, then holstering it at his side.
Metal Man (GM): Speaking of the switch. The small army of Egg robos is cleaning up the whole tarmac and rebuilding. It's quite strange.
Digifanatic: "It's not Deloth's fault, and he didn't know it was going to happen to him, to be perfectly honest."
Metal Man (GM): A few moments of carefully prying out some bullet fragment which got stuck should do the trick of unjamming it.
Keikyoku watches the robots.
Aribar: "Are you, ah, mostly okay, Garrick?"
Metal Man (GM): The robots are removing rotted and destroyed pieces from the Egg Carrier and replacing them with new ones.
Garrick: "No. No, I'm not."
Metal Man (GM): They look strangely modern. Hm. The Eggrobo walks over.
Dragoshi: *Looks at the Eggrobo.*
Garrick: "I've been stabbed and punched by two people who have had a lot more practice than I have had in the past few months."
Deloth: *Standard description of the new Del, fur, cat ears, tattoo on the shoulder, feathered wings on back and head, yadayadayada, BACK TO THE ACTION.*
Eggrobo: "It appears Eggman was willing to rebuild his Egg Carrier. It will be like new soon enough. This place was saved from GUN's wrath due to being cut off from the surface."
Dragoshi: "Makes sense."
Garrick sighs as he folds his arms over his chest and looks over the new people, then back to those he knows.
Eggrobo: "We can link it with the main Final Egg base, therefore allowing... " The robot looks around.
Aribar: "Eggrobo, do you happen to have any sort of working medical center here?"
Digifanatic: *and mutters to Garrick.* "And for the time being, just resort to using Ian for me for a while. There are still too many folks I'd feel like in terms of explaining my nickname, so I've been using my 'normal' name. And here." *gives him one of those Basic Medkits.*
Eggrobo: "Well, I don't know if you would approve... Hm."
Metal Man (GM): He walks over to a terminal.
Eggrobo: "Eggman had some medical supplies stashed here somewhere..."
Deloth: *through his teeth.* "Now, Flaeyn, will you PLEASE get your foot off of me?"
Metal Man (GM): *Click... click... BEEP.*
Garrick nods and takes it, making to clean himself up with it.
Metal Man (GM): A panel pops open and a bunch of medical supplies fall out.
Garrick: "You guys sure took your sweet, loving time to get here."
Metal Man (GM): Most of them too old to be used. The equivalent of 3 basic medkits is in that pile...
Garrick: "Ever since Kuja did his damned shit, I've been trying to find a place to hold up and start building again..."
Digifanatic: "Or not." *probably rejected.*
Flaeyn: "I've really got to meet this Kuja person..."
Garrick: "Be happy."
Aribar: "He would probably kill you with a flick of his finger."
Digifanatic: "I'm not sure he means here."
Keikyoku climbs on the ship and looks for solitude.
Eggrobo: "Hm." The computer beeps. "Some... ruffians are approaching the Final Egg station."
Garrick glances at Kei, sighing and rolling his eyes.
Dragoshi: "What kind o' ruffians?"
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku can find it, but only in the shiny, newly repaired top hull. The others are full of repairbots.
Deloth sighs and makes himself comfortable on the floor. "Terrific. Another touching reunion spoiled."
Eggrobo: "Scan indicates a robot, some helicopters, and some humans."
Dragoshi: "I see."
Deloth: "Shall we go remove some limbs from some bodies?"
Dragoshi: "...Well, let's go see what they want."
Keikyoku examines the buttons, careful not to touch them...
Eggrobo: "The Egg Carrier is in no condition to fly, so..."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku would see they're shiny, and mostly pertain to individual doors and terminals.
Eggrobo: "There is a side route we can take."
Flaeyn: "You're saying we're going to go by foot?"
Garrick: "...did you actually just say that?" *Makes to unjam the gun with a practiced hand, then reholsters it.*
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku click the intercom on. Nobody on this frequency.
Eggrobo: "Well... the Eggman despised walking... so it won't be that slow."
Keikyoku clicks it off.
Dragoshi: "...Of course."
Garrick: "Jeez, did you really induct him? Jeez, Questers are getting slack."
Metal Man (GM): He walks to a door and unlocks it. Dust and dirt creaks out.
Deloth: "No, he sort of just came in on his own."
Dragoshi: *Enters through the door. Yaaaaaay.*
Digifanatic: "More like 'He's been hanging on our coattails.'"
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku sees the others. They're going to leave.
Deloth: "I've been trying to kill him. The universe keeps denying me from doing so."
Metal Man (GM): The Eggrobo activates another door, revealing... a teleporter.
Deloth gets out from under Flaeyn's heel and heads for the teleporter, then.
Eggrobo: "The teleporter between here and there is still functional."
Aribar just follows the others for now.
Eggrobo: "I will stay here to oversee the construction."
Keikyoku follows after them.
Garrick walks out after the others, sighing and shaking his head.
Digifanatic: *keeps going.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk out, reappearing in the Final Egg room.
Flaeyn'd follow along right behind Deloth. "I'm sure you two will have a happy family... *cough.*"
Metal Man (GM): They're hidden from their view... they see... men in black uniforms... and a helicopter nearby... And a man who looks like a mafia figure.
Metal Man (GM): He's looking around.
???: "Where are they... I didn't come out here for nothing..."
Garrick: "...wonderful... they probably followed you here..."
Deloth: *thinking.* "Oh, joy."
???2: "Well, Jesse said they were last here just a moment ago."
Digifanatic: .oO(Uh oh.)
???: "Yeah, but that ship... they might have escaped... you know what happens when I'm sent on wild goose chases..."
Aribar: "Did he just say 'Jesse?' Surely he doesn't mean Team Rocket." *The half-elf hesitantly says this.*
???2: "Uh... right sir!"
Digifanatic: .oO(Surely he does, Aribar, surely he does.)
Garrick groans lowly and places his head in his hand.
???: "Now... there's this weird base here... Let's look inside. And by that, I mean..."
Garrick: *quietly.* "You're kidding me. Team Rocket, again?"
Deloth silently nods to Garrick.
Metal Man (GM): He shoves the other man in a black jacket with a R on it at the entrance.
???: "YOU walk in... and if there's a trap... too bad."
???2: "Y-yes sir..."
Digifanatic: *w* "At least they aren't using explosive cheese graters and bowling balls."
Metal Man (GM): The ???2 slowly walks towards the entrance of the base.
???: "Hmph! Ever since our attempt to seed an organization here failed, the quality of intelligence here has gone to nothing. I shall have to build anew!"
???2: "...Hmmm..." He's walking right towards where the Questers are hiding.
Keikyoku waits for the other Quester's decision.
Garrick: *quietly.* "I haven't gone too far down... but if it's Eggman's place, then I'd think there's some bad stuff down in there... take him out quietly? Use him as a trap for the others?"
Aribar boldly, or foolishly, steps out to face the intruder. "Greetings. You are a member of Team Rocket, I take it?"
Deloth facepalms and moans.
Garrick sighs... his head dropping.
Digifanatic: .oO(Oh my... why am I not surprised someone else does something crazy?!)
Rocket: "Uh, sir, they're right here. Giovanni?"
Deloth: "Garrick, please, kill me now."
Metal Man (GM): The Rocket runs away.
Giovanni: "Come out... I won't harm you... too much... I know you're tough. I'd... not fight you as I am. You would kill me."
Aribar: "Then what do you want?"
Metal Man (GM): He walks near the entrance, but just out of reach.
Giovanni: "Well... you wrecked my operation... I want both the fossils you stole back."
Garrick: *quietly.* "I'd rather kill them... I'll do what I can."
Giovanni: "And... some insurance money... so you won't do it again!"
Deloth: "YOUR fossils?"
Giovanni: "Yes. My fossils."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick can get a clean shot while hiding to the side. He's... a close target.
Digifanatic: *quietly.* "Guys, I hate to say this, but Giovanni probably won't go down easily..."
Keikyoku stares at Aribar.
Deloth: "See, I believe that we happened to get those fossils fair and square."
Giovanni: "I think 100 pokedollars should do the trick. I don't care if that idiot was willing to trade fossils for your magic beans. I want my fossils NOW."
Deloth: "What do you want with a ROCK, anyways?"
Giovanni: "That's my business. Not yours."
Aribar: "Why should we bargain with some common thief such as you?"
Deloth: "There are lots of fossils out there. Go find some."
Giovanni: "I can do things... nasty things..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, hang on, hang on, hang on..." *to the others who don't seem very irritated yet.* "How much do you all have?"
Giovanni: "You won't want to see me when I'm angry."
Digifanatic: *w* "I'm telling you, he's not going to go down easy!"
Giovanni: "Now, I'm going to give you a few minutes to consider. Then... I will become angry."
Metal Man (GM): He turns his back to the Questers and goes to walk away. Oblivious to the rest of them who are hiding.
Digifanatic: *to the others.* "Okay, folks, for once may we take the sane way out of this and buy our way out?"
Garrick gets as close as he can without being spotted by either Giovanni or the other members of Team Rocket... then shrugs and makes a lunge at him before he gets too far.
Deloth: "Since when do we take the sane way out?"
Digifanatic: "Maybe this one time."
Metal Man (GM): He moves to move out of the way... but it doesn't matter.
Metal Man (GM): An imperceptible force picks up Garrick off the ground ?!?!?!? ...And what looks like a tall robot with a tail walks over. Giovanni begins laughing.
Giovanni: "You thought that little piece of armor wasn't useful???"
Deloth: *looking up at the sky.* "Fate, throw us a bone sometime."
Giovanni: "Mewtwo, the unstoppable pokemon, who can destroy you all... is at my command due to its wonderful effects."
Digifanatic: .oO(Questers, throw me some brains sometime!)
Digifanatic: .oO(--MEWTWO? OH DEAR GOD!)
Digifanatic: *turns hastily to the others.* "How much are you willing to pay up? How much?"
Aribar debates several courses of options since he just screwed up this encounter. Mewtwo could be a tough foe.
Garrick: "Son of a--" *he tries his best to level his gun at this creature holding him... upside down...*
Mewtwo: "Giovanni. I have no interest in attacking people any--" *BZT* "GHHHHHH!"
Dragoshi: "...Wait. What did he just say."
Deloth resists the urge to walk over to a wall and bang his head into it repeatedly because DAMN IT... oh, wait.
Giovanni: "Mewtwo cannot ignore me, due to the armor, which works as a shock collar. Hmph."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick levels his gun.
Giovanni: "So... give me the fossils..."
Aribar looks for some sort of device that Giovanni is using to control Mewtwo.*
Giovanni: "Or my Mewtwo will destroy you. Do we have a deal?" He laughs.
Digifanatic: *to Aribar.* "Hang on. We may get two old buddies back if we can disintegrate that shock collar but I don't want to."
Deloth: *derisive snort.* "YOUR Mewtwo?"
Giovanni: "I made him... I financed him... he's mine!"
Garrick glances between Mewtwo and Giovanni, his gun leveled.
Mewtwo: "I am no--" *BZT* "ARGHHHHHHH."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick's stuck mid-air.
Deloth: "You consider a sentient being your personal property? Dude, you are FUCKED UP."
Dragoshi: "...Isn't everyone fucked up?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar sees that there is some sort of control unit a ways behind Giovanni.
Giovanni: "Now, you're stalling. I know you're trying to figure out a way around this."
Garrick holsters his gun with another practiced motion, buttoning it shut and making to stretch.
Giovanni: "Mewtwo! Slowly crush the human to death!"
Metal Man (GM): Garrick does so, then suddenly he feels as if the entire world is crushing him to death.
Deloth: *Gauges how far away the unit is.*
Keikyoku tries to sneak past Giovanni.
Giovanni: "Now, I've heard you're tough. But Mewtwo can destroy ANYTHING."
Aribar bends a bit to try and gauge how big and protected that device is, but then he hears that command and thrusts out his hand. He sends a blast of kinetic energy at Mewtwo; attempting to fight psychic with magic! (Kinesis)
Garrick: "...M... ME..MEWTWO! C'mon, just give me THREE INCHES HERE!" *tries his damnedest to touch the damn Pokemon...*
Mewtwo: "I would bu--" *BZZT* "ARGH..."
Deloth runs and Vortexes towards the device, hoping to get in range, NOW.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick is unable to get near it. Aribar feels an insane amount of energy around Mewtwo... Mewtwo opposes Aribar's Kinesis. Mewtwo uses his immense power to trip Deloth when he warps out near the machine.
Dragoshi: *Just... watches as this all happens.*
Giovanni: "Don't move another inch! He WILL kill that man!"
Dragoshi: "...You know."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick is crushed some more. He's nearly dead. Mewtwo is powering up a psychic attack.
Deloth hits the ground and tries at least Exploding a few capacitors in the device...
Garrick: "GRAHHHH!!!" *gives one more reach.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth is flung into a tree.
Metal Man (GM): Amongst all the noise, Keikyoku sneaks past Giovanni.
Aribar refocuses his powers to attempt and break Mewtwo's hold over Garrick. Four more Kineses.
Deloth: "Oh, man, I think that one broke a vertebra or two..."
Digifanatic literally has nothing he can use to help in this situation...
Metal Man (GM): The psychic is thrown at Aribar.
Keikyoku punches the generator machine thingy.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar is thrown through the wall and buried in debris.
Deloth desperately reaches out and tries popping some delicate components in the machine again...
Dragoshi: *Tries to snipe... whatever it was Del was trying to attack with a double Electric Ele.* :x
Metal Man (GM): The punch suddenly flies away from the machine, as Keikyoku flies upwards. Deloth grabs Keikyoku. It seemingly isn't a normal shock collar, but... mystical and based on that skeleton the Questers found earlier.
Giovanni: "I've had enough!"
Keikyoku: *w* "Thanks again..."
Deloth flings Kei at the machine!
Aribar flies backwards and slams into a wall. He falls to his hand and knees. The supposedly great mage has failed once more.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick is hit full on by psychic. He uses all his will to avoid dying, but is flung away, KO'd. Mewtwo goes to fire a psychic blast at Deloth.
Deloth: "YouaredoingagreatserviceforyourcountrynowFLY YOU STUPID ECHIDNA!"
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi hit the machine with the electric ele, but it doesn't budge. Instead, it harms Mewtwo.
Garrick sits against the wall, knocked out.
Metal Man (GM): He brings out his full extent of psychic powers, against his will.
Dragoshi: *Oh fffffffuuuu.*
Metal Man (GM): Everyone but Giovanni is taken off the ground and surrounded by psychic fields, helpless.
Deloth: "...dammit, why can't I ever be right?"
Keikyoku tries to spin around in his field using his boots.
Giovanni: "Did you really think that machine would break from a token hit? I knew he'd break sooner or later."
Metal Man (GM): No good. Keikyoku's still stuck in there.
Giovanni: "Now... I'll just TAKE the fossils."
Garrick just flops around, knocked out.
Metal Man (GM): *Glowing energy.* The fossils warp to Giovanni's hand.
Deloth: *long sigh.* "Sorry, Mewtwo-san, I tried."
Giovanni: "Now... Mewtwo. Warp them to the bottom of the ocean!"
???: "Heh... heh... heh."
Keikyoku wishes he had his pokedex.
Aribar groans and feels a bit lighter; the effect of Mewtwo's psychic rage. He feebly tries to shake his way loose of the debris so he can attempt to stop Mewtwo once more.
Giovanni: "Who was that?"
Keikyoku goes wide eyed.
Metal Man (GM): A large, white glove taps Giovanni on the shoulder.
Dragoshi: *Wonders where that voice was coming from. ...Or if it's familiar to him at all.* :x
Giovanni: "Who is that? Mewtwo? Hit it?"
Metal Man (GM): *PUNCH.* Giovanni is knocked over. ...Dr... Ivo... Robotnik?!?!?!?!?!
Dragoshi: "...What the hell!?"
Deloth: "WHAT THE FUCK."
Metal Man (GM): He steps on his back, surveying the Questers, and taking out his own remote control.
Keikyoku shivers at the thought of the ocean.
Dr. Robotnik: "What do we have here... someone using my anti-magic fake-Eggman skeleton... to harm my helpers?"
Aribar helplessly looks at Ivo Robotnik. He slouches down in the debris pile; his will to help once again sapped.
Dr. Robotnik: "No, no, no! That just cannot be."
Digifanatic: .oO(Fake? HELPERS?)
Deloth: "But... but... but... you're supposed to be DEAD!"
Aribar: "The day Robotnik is dead is the day that the world ends."
Dragoshi: "...Why do you have an anti-magic fake skeleton of--...you know what. I... don't think I want to know."
Dr. Robotnik: "Those pesky magical spirits guarding the statues got in my way."
Metal Man (GM): Some other Rockets turn to Eggman, taking out guns.
Deloth: "So you're telling us that this was all part of some utterly insane master plan?!"
Dragoshi: "This has just developed into several different shades of what the heck."
Rocket: "I don't care who you are, step away from the boss!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay."
Digifanatic: "I agree, Drago. "
Metal Man (GM): He steps away, and presses a button on his remote.
Keikyoku wonders who this person is.
Dr. Robotnik: "...Mewtwo, is it? Please destroy these uninvited guests."
Mewtwo: "..." He doesn't need convincing.
Dragoshi: "...can we at least have the fossils back." >_>
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, the Team Rocket people are gone.
Dr. Robotnik: "Now... as I was saying... what plan?"
Deloth: "Helpers? You SET THIS SHIT UP?!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. I was going to ask you... why are you helping me? The great Eggman... needs no help."
Deloth: "BECAUSE YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD."
Dr. Robotnik: "Funny business, that. I was trapped aboard the Super Death Egg, and they blew up my way to the planet."
Dragoshi: "..." *cough.*"Likethat'severstoppedanyone." *cough.*
Deloth isn't sure whether to laugh, scream, go on a homicidal rampage, or some combo of the above.
Dr. Robotnik: "Then you came... and... activated it... and then left... without any reason. Why?"
Deloth: "So lemme guess. Now you're going to take over the world."
Dr. Robotnik: "Take over the world? No."
Dragoshi: "...then what?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I have more... pressing concerns."
Metal Man (GM): He waves and Mewtwo lets you down.
Keikyoku waits to be released from de bubble.
Dragoshi: *Blinks as he's let down.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are released from the bubbles.
Deloth: "Ah... sorry about that, Mewtwo... Now, what concerns would those be? Sonic's apparently gone, so it can't be that..."
Keikyoku walks up and examines Robotnik.
Aribar simply remains where he's at once Mewtwo's psychic powers are released.*
Digifanatic: *stays in his spot.*
Dr. Robotnik: "You see... somebody told me... something quite bad was going to happen... and I would be the only person who could stop it."
Garrick is most likely on the ground, bleeding.
Dr. Robotnik: "Then, months later, you freed me from outer space."
Deloth: "..." *eye twitch.*
Dr. Robotnik: "...Please heal that man on the ground."
Deloth: "Don't you usually MAKE the bad things happen?"
Mewtwo: "..." *Garrick is healed. Again.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. That is why this is... quite strange. Something only I, the Eggman, can save the world from? I don't know. Months in space will do bad things to your mind."
Garrick growls as he wakes up, slowly making to get off the ground... and sees Robotnik. "...which one is he?"
Dragoshi: "I... see."
Dr. Robotnik: "While building Eggmanland is my top priority... this planet wasn't here last time I checked."
Keikyoku examines Eggman further.
Dragoshi: "...Also, we've been screwed out of our fossils amidst this chaos."
Digifanatic: "This planet wasn't here?!"
Dr. Robotnik: "It was just one continent, my world, Mobius. Now it's a huge mess of other worlds."
Garrick: "Evan, Ivan, Ian, Ivo, Issac, Illidari, the little known Brad Robotnik, master carpenter? Who?"
Garrick: "...he the bad one?"
Dr. Robotnik: "There is only me... Dr. Robotnik. Ivo Robotnik, if you may wish to call me that."
Digifanatic: "In this case... I dunno."
Dr. Robotnik: "I have no siblings, and my only relatives died years ago... and they didn't do anything noteworthy."
Metal Man (GM): He seems very confused. He adjusts his glasses.
Deloth: "...Uh, I might have at least a small idea about that."
Dr. Robotnik: "So, before I can build my place, I must find out who... who made you help me?"
Keikyoku skates over to mewtwo... and outstretches his hand.
Dr. Robotnik: "I have some... words... for them. ...Yes... this machine you gave me will be most handy."
Aribar decides to speak up.* "Were you spoken to by red text?"
Dr. Robotnik: "...Yes, similar."
Digifanatic: "That was one of your little bots."
Deloth: "Uh... sorry about all that, Mewtwo. Ian. You think you can get that shock-collar suit off of him?"
Keikyoku waits for Mewtwo to shake his hand.
Mewtwo: "...Well... it is nice to be free of the... other man... but... I don't trust this Robotnik either."
Digifanatic: *mutters to Deloth.* "I'm not sure if this is the same Mewtwo we all knew and loved. Remember Tails and all..."
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo is sort of tired. The machine drained him.
Digifanatic: "But... since it seems like he won't object." *tries to take the armor off M2.*
Dr. Robotnik: "So... did the machine cause you to leave my station? And to come to it?"
Deloth: "Things can't really get much worse."
Metal Man (GM): Digi tries to. It won't come off.
Keikyoku looks for a zipper or something on the shock suit.
Dr. Robotnik: "Don't touch that suit. I need it!"
Digifanatic: "Oh, oh oh oh, sorry, Doctor."
Garrick: "Need it for what, exactly?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I have nothing else in my possession... now I have the most powerful weapon... perhaps the only thing capable of giving me access to whomever is trying to make us work together."
Deloth: "So then why do you need the suit?"
Dragoshi: "Personally... I'd rather get our fossils back from those jerks first."
Digifanatic: "Why do we really need those fossils, anyway?"
Keikyoku looks for whatever Giovanni was controlling the suit with.
Dragoshi: "So we can revive 'em for later. Duh."
Dr. Robotnik: "The... machine here..." He presses a button, and Mewtwo glows. "Is extremely powerful. Enough so to gain access to whatever was built in my space station. Without my knowledge. And hidden from me for months."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku would see it. It's... deactivated? The Eggman symbol is on it... it was hacked by Eggman.
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. I know what to do now. Oh... before I go."
Deloth: "Yeah, that's not a machine, Doc. That's a psychic cat that would REALLY like to get out of that suit."
Dr. Robotnik: "What do you call yourselves?"
Keikyoku: "I think he hacked the machine."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I am sorry, but I need this psychic cat while I am without a ship... or... reasonable transportation..."
Metal Man (GM): In the distance, an escape pod could be seen, crashed into the ground.
Digifanatic: *looks at the pod.*
Deloth: "And what? You need to keep a 220-volt taser to the back of his neck, too?"
Aribar: .oO(He must not know that the Egg Carrier is fixed?)
Deloth: "Besides, we DO have transportation..."
Dragoshi: "That we do."
Keikyoku examines the machine itself.
Dr. Robotnik: "I do as I please... you can't tell me what to do. I am the Eggman. I will come back to talk about your strange habit of fixing all of my old bases."
Deloth: "Fine. We'll just take your Egg Carrier and leave then."
Dr. Robotnik: "Mew... whaaaaat???"
Deloth grins smugly. Nothing like a well-placed name drop.
Dr. Robotnik: "...Well... I assume we could trade... after I use this machine to find out who wants to use me as their pawn. As I won't need it once I have transported to space."
Garrick: "We're... the Questers."
Dr. Robotnik: "The Questers? What a strange name."
Digifanatic: .oO(Let's see if Kitty recognizes that one.)
Keikyoku examines the machine for a way to unhack it.
Mewtwo: "..." He's kept silent by the armor and Eggman's superior control capabilities.
Dr. Robotnik: "So... if you stay right here... I'll just be finding that strange person."
Deloth looks to the others. "UNsuited Mewtwo for Carrier. What do you think?"
Digifanatic: "What strange person?"
Metal Man (GM): Eggman's programming sneers at Keikyoku's attempts to un-hack Giovanni's device.
Dr. Robotnik: "The one... who planned this situation in the first place. Mewtwo, warp to--" *CLICK.* "Hmmmm? Warp!" *CLICK.* "..."
Digifanatic: "Doctor, just let it go."
Metal Man (GM): He stares very thinly at his switch. There's red text on it.
Red: 'I can't let you do that, either.'
Dr. Robotnik: "Curses. The Red Text has infested my switch." He throws it to the ground. "Fine, fine. Take the psychic cat!"
Deloth: *long, deep breath. He's sort of liking this situation.*
Digifanatic: "Yeah. That'd be your Eggrobo."
Deloth: "It seems we have reached an impasse."
Garrick: "...what the..."
Metal Man (GM): He presses a button and the armor falls off.
Dragoshi: "...Okay, good."
Digifanatic: .oO(NOW let's see!)
Dr. Robotnik: "Now... I want the Egg Carrier... so I can destroy whatever it is that is trying to make me work with others! I don't do teamwork. I am the Eggman! I'll create a new machine entirely to stop whoever this is... from tricking me..."
Deloth: "And your master plan is falling down around your ears, Doc."
Keikyoku hugs Mewtwo. "Glad you're free!"
Dragoshi: "Yea, I doubt that'll happen, guy."
Deloth grabs Kei by the scruff of his neck and pulls him away.
Dr. Robotnik: "Silence! I know how to make plans... I always have a backup plan. Otherwise, I would be dead, and then, only then, would you be right. Haa haa haa haaa haaa!!!"
Dragoshi: "'Sides. finders keepers and whatnot."
Garrick: "Oh, shut yer yap."
Deloth: "Kei, let's talk about something called 'personal space' for a second."
Mewtwo: "...Well, I thank you for releasing me. But my place is not on this planet. Me and my fellow clones live in a far away place, safe from Giovanni."
Dragoshi: "...right. Clones. ...got it." *Blinks.*
Mewtwo: "I erased Giovanni's knowledge of you and the skeleton, but I don't think it will hold. It didn't the other two times."
Keikyoku: "But you're fun."
Mewtwo: "He found a way to lure me to the planet by making more clones. The one thing I told him not to do. Then he used a weird skeleton to incapacitate me."
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik slowly collects the armor pieces.
Keikyoku: "Erase his whole mind, make him have the mental capacity of a newborn."
Deloth: "Speaking from personal experience?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. It was the remains of my Egg Disabler, a powerful Eggrobo made to control magical objects by... disabling them."
Digifanatic: *looking at Mewtwo.* "Take a look around. Do you recognize any of us besides Dr. Robotnik?"
Dr. Robotnik: "It also doubled as a realistic clone of myself, so those idiots thought I was dead! ...Then they blew up my teleporter, and I had to live off of dehydrated mashed potatoes. For months! Bleehhhh!"
Dragoshi: "...Sheesh. At least it wasn't sauerkraut."
Deloth: "...You need therapy. Bad."
Digifanatic: *snickers.* "You just went there..."
Mewtwo: "I can read minds, even from here. I assume you think of me as the other Mewtwo you saw in a world which doesn't exist."
Digifanatic: "Indeed. We just wanted to check on that."
Mewtwo: "Unfortunately I am of no relation to that... or anything else. Nothing you know matches with this realm. The Robotnik of this realm incorporates all the qualities of all the Eggmen you've known... and also wouldn't be so peaceful if he knew what you really did."
Deloth looks aside and casually begins whistling "Everything You Know Is Wrong."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hey! What do you mean, they associate with that Hedgehog???"
Mewtwo: "...Yes, but you're in no position to get angry at that now."
Digifanatic: "Actually, we've never met that hedgehog. Yet."
Dr. Robotnik: "I guess. Well. I've seen my fill. Take me to the Egg Carrier, and we can prepare to take out this Red Text fellow! I've had enough of him jamming my machines and making you think my master plan is to win with the power of teamwork. Teamwork is for losers! I will use my superior genius to..." He wanders into the Final Egg base.
Metal Man (GM): His speech echoes.
Deloth rolls his eyes.
Metal Man (GM): He must have had a lot to say while marooned in outer space.
Mewtwo: "At this point we will have to depart... however... I can help you..."
Mewtwo: "The memory of Dr. Robotnik suggests the Red Text person is linked to the people who stopped Eggman."
Mewtwo: "Such a person wouldn't go to such an extent to bring you together unless something truly horrible was going to happen."
Dragoshi: "Huh. Interesting."
Mewtwo: "And... would probably know how to prevent another Eggman world takeover attempt... but he seems untrustworthy and manipulative himself."
Keikyoku: "Like Giovanni capturing you."
Mewtwo: "And, very dangerous. Yes. Perhaps it could be worse than Giovanni controlling me."
Deloth: "So what we need to do is shut down his schemes. Again."
Aribar simply continues to listen on; he has nothing to add to the conversation and is quite content, albeit depressed, to simply sit on the floor.
Deloth: *through his teeth.* "And again and again and again and AGAIN..."
Mewtwo: "On the plus side, you have met me. If you need me, just think of it. I must inform my clone friends that I am safe. Farewell."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.* He vanishes.
Deloth: "Alright. Nice seeing you... again... sort of."
Garrick: "...heh... well, this was all interesting... except the knocked out part..."
Deloth: "...Guys, if I ever say 'gee, I like this job', someone put me in a straitjacket."
Metal Man (GM): Dr. Robotnik walks back out of the Final Egg base.
Dragoshi: "Nah. That'd be no fun."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I have foisted control of my base from Red Text. However, he apparently insists I am only hurting myself by resisting his control."
Garrick: "Probably just shoot you."
Aribar: .oO(I didn't even feel like asking him about the Pure Element... I must be losing my touch as a Quester.)
Dr. Robotnik: "I assume you dislike being controlled by him, too?"
Deloth looks tiredly at the Doc. "Look, let me put this up pure and simply. We hate your guts."
Dragoshi: "I'm... neutral to it, in all honesty."
Digifanatic: .oO(We barely know this Robotnik.)
Deloth: "If it wasn't for omniscient red text shuttling us around, I'd be slitting your throat right now."
Dr. Robotnik: *He smirks.* "I don't care if you hate my guts. My technology has been helping you all this way."
Keikyoku: "I don't know the doc."
Dr. Robotnik: "And I could change that."
Garrick: "Please. I know your technology."
Deloth: "...And just think, guys, I could have stepped away from the book and be sipping Mai Tais with Alexia on the beach right now."
Dr. Robotnik: "Besides. I am completely in control."
Keikyoku looks at what brand his boots are.
Metal Man (GM): Eggman brand. He goes to enter the Final Egg. The door slams in his face.
Dr. Robotnik: "That is just a... malfunction."
Digifanatic: .oO(And didn't Alexia hate water or something?!)
Dr. Robotnik: *He walks over towards the escape pod...*
Metal Man (GM): *BOOOOM.* The escape pod explodes.
Aribar shudders at the mention of Alexia, but for once he does look up when he hears Robotnik's slight error.
Deloth: "Well. Not the beach. She'd have a nervous breakdown."
Keikyoku: "Well if it's a malfunction open the door."
Dr. Robotnik: "I will do what I want!" He takes out his gun and points it at the door.
Metal Man (GM): It fails to fire.
Deloth: *absently.* "Maybe, like, twenty miles from the beach..."
Dragoshi: "...Yea. No. You won't."
Keikyoku hopes his boots don't stop working.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmph. Red Text thinks he's a wise guy, doesn't he?"
Dragoshi: *Goes to enter the FE himself.* :x
Metal Man (GM): He takes out... a new, shinier gun.
Dr. Robotnik: "I created this gun just to foil him!"
Deloth: *off into his own little world.* "Have a couple of kids... nice house..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Now, take this!" He fires at the Final Egg door...
Metal Man (GM): ...
Deloth: "...and then I'd probably accidentally set it on fire. WHO THE HELL AM I KIDDING."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.* Dr. Robotnik vanishes.
Metal Man (GM): The door opens, and the Eggrobo walks out.
Deloth: "...Where'd YOU come from?!"
Eggrobo: "The Eggman is a very bad listener. Don't mind him, I had to save you from Giovanni."
Digifanatic: "As if this couldn't be any less sane..."
Eggrobo: *Clears throat.* "Repairs are nearly done."
Dragoshi: "Thanks for that, by the way."
Eggrobo: "It is a shame Eggman is dead, for he would have loved to see his Egg Carrier again."
Deloth: "Whoa whoa whoa. Dead?"
Keikyoku walks up to the Eggrobo. "Anyway, you could make these boots hack proof?"
Aribar looks up at the king that has played them all for pawns. He should be angry at the Eggrobo. He should demand to know what it is up to. The mage doesn't care, though.
Dragoshi: "Ah well."
Eggrobo: "What do you mean? Eggman has been dead all this time."
Dragoshi: "At least we have it now." :x
Garrick: "...look, I am really confused here, so I'm just going--*sighs at Keikyoku.*--to just going to go along with it..."
Deloth walks over to a wall and begins bashing his head into it repeatedly.
Metal Man (GM): At the back of Aribar's mind, he can almost hear the Red Text man laughing at the level of control he had.
Eggrobo: "Confused? Well." He opens his hands out wide, to show the Egg Carrier. "You will soon be able to explore the world at your leisure. Perhaps you can find answers somewhere."
Deloth: *WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM WHAM.*
Digifanatic: "Wait, wait, wait... If 'the Eggman' was dead, what's Dr. Robotnik? A loony that claims to be the or an Eggman?"
Eggrobo: *To Keikyoku.* "...They aren't particularly prone to hacking."
Deloth finally walks back to the others.
Eggrobo: "Did you see Dr. Robotnik anywhere? He would have commanded me to come here if he had been here."
Deloth: "I've said this before. It bears repeating. I need a vacation."
Keikyoku: "Alright, I just didn't want somebody to be able to hack them and steer me off a cliff."
Garrick glances to Deloth. "I see what you mean about the rat."
Eggrobo: "I think it would be best if you ignored any illusions. I've heard of something terrible occurring in... Continia? It's all over the comms."
Aribar: .oO(And thus the player reaches down to move the pawn forward to another space.)
Digifanatic: "Uh... Dr. Robotnik was just standing here before he warped out or something... and then you came out."
Aribar finally works up a bit of rebellion.* "And what do you think would happen if we ignored the comms and just went on a vacation?"
Dragoshi: "...Or maybe it was an elaborate impersonator."
Deloth: *tiredly.* "Digi, give it up. It's not working."
Dragoshi: "Who knows." :x
Digifanatic: "Fine, fine, fine..."
Eggrobo: "Really? What did he do?" *He looked to Aribar.* "...Well, Continia would be taken over."
Deloth: "I mean, Ian. Whichever."
Aribar sighs. "Who is taking it over? Again?"
Eggrobo: "I hear... strange people... come out of portals..."
Garrick: "Tried to shoot the door... well, at the very least, I can get back to work..."
Eggrobo: "An army under the call sign... 'Hydra.' Strange men with old guns... they come from nowhere, escorted by what must be stolen GUN designs."
Deloth: "Hey, guys, revolutionary idea."
Eggrobo: "And helicopters... weird helicopters."
Deloth: "Let's STOP being the world's babysitter for a while and just... relax for a bit."
Eggrobo: "Explosions everywhere. They fight as a massive army. They appear linked to... what they keep referring to as 'teleporters'."
Dragoshi: "...Yeeaaa... Del."
Eggrobo: "Telejammers... not working? I don't know what it means."
Dragoshi: "While I'd like to do that..."
Garrick: "...I wouldn't mind trying to get my gear back up to snuff..."
Dragoshi: "Now is not the best time. at all."
Garrick: "...but I have to agree with Drag."
Eggrobo: "They've taken over most of a... 'New Chicago' and appear to be ready to take over what's left."
Deloth: "There is NEVER a best time."
Eggrobo: "The Egg Carrier will be ready in time to fly over..."
Deloth: "EVERY DAY something happens that we have to come in and screw up even further."
Dragoshi: "Most times before now would've been better. But, now? Hell no."
Metal Man (GM): The pieces in Red Text's plan become obvious; he was the Questers' benevolent benefactor. How did he know that was going to happen? Anyone's guess at the moment.
Deloth starts angrily pacing. "Why can't we just let the world STOP BEING OUR RESPONSIBILITY for a bit?"
Metal Man (GM): He even used Eggman as a pawn, as much as Eggman was close to escaping. Dangerously close.
Eggrobo: "...Well... you could take a break if you wanted."
Aribar: "Because we started being the world's protector; once you take up the mantle, you can never take it off."
Eggrobo: "There is someone else."
Dragoshi: "Does it really matter right now?" *Grumbles as he heads into the Final Egg and goes to take the teleporter to the hangar.*
Metal Man (GM): Jack walks over as Dragoshi is about to leave.
Dragoshi: *Stops.* "...What now?"
Deloth turns around and SCREAMS at the Eggrobo. "WHO? WHO ELSE WOULD BE WILLING TO DO OUR FUCKING JOBS?!"
Jack: "I heard about what was going on. I'll take out that army. You can just leave it all to me."
Dragoshi: "...While that is reassuring... I'd much rather like to assist."
Garrick: "...wow, this guy has a lot of balls. Who's this?"
Dragoshi: "As... Insurance, you see. Can't be too careful, yanno?"
Aribar: .oO(Why is this person doing this? Why does he want us to do all of these things? If he is our friend, why is he being so secretive. If he is our foe, what does he gain by helping us preserve order? Where is Metal? Will Jack never be left behind?)
Jack: "..." *He narrows his eyes.* "Well, do you want to do it or not? I won't do it if you want to. You get angry when I horn in on your work."
Dragoshi: "No, no. I insist."
Jack: "It just seems like some of you are tired." *Glances at Deloth.* "And who's him?" *He looks at Garrick.*
Dragoshi: "A friend of ours."
Metal Man (GM): This Jack fellow stands about 6 feet-ish, black hair, rather crazy look on his face. He has a large, ancient, glowing spear. Ancient designs and skulls are all over it. He looks vaguely like an archaeologist. Military equipment betrays some sort of tendency of his to fight people.
Deloth finally sits down and leans over. Looks like he's either laughing hysterically, crying, or perhaps both.
Aribar: "It doesn't matter if we are tired. After this some divine hand will still throws more obstacles into our path."
Jack: "I'm Jack the Widowmaker. And I can take on that army alone."
Dragoshi: "And prolly' in the most ludicrous way possible." *In response to Ari.*
Garrick: "...alone? Wow, you really that good?"
Dragoshi: "He is. That staff of his... Can disintegrate people."
Jack: "This staff killed the guy who started the Continia business. I can use a large ship and a lot of targets and these robot guys you keep reviving to kill whatever those other people might have. You guys have done a good job gathering up a makeshift army yourselves."
Dragoshi: "...I suppose so."
Jack: "I'll give you credit, but if the battle you've prepared for is too much, I think I can marshal a battle... one more time..."
Garrick: "Maybe I can look at it sometime?"
Keikyoku tries to confort Del, and probably fails.
Jack: "Sure, it's weird ancient echidna magic stuff. The old Echidnas had a fascination with lethal objects."
Aribar: "I mean no offense, Jack, but I doubt the good nature of your offer. What do you hope to gain from this?"
Garrick: "He gets to make stuff disappear."
Jack: "Well, if I kill a bunch of freaks, the same sort who... yeah..."
Garrick: "Isn't that incentive enough?"
Digifanatic: *to Garrick.* "He's money happy."
Jack: "...Well... they would probably give me some money... for doing their job for them..."
Deloth continues sobbing. Looks like years and years of head trauma and repeated murder finally took their toll.
Jack: "But that's not as good as the explosions that will be required to do the job. And besides, I think you need to take your friend there to a mental hospital."
Digifanatic: *to Garrick.* "Like if money was a drug, he'd need the 12-Step Program at least once in his life."
Dragoshi: "...Eh. The others can do that. I still want to come with." >_>
Jack: "Unless you want to leave him behind or something. It's up to you, but you aren't alone in this world as far as it comes to defending stuff. I'm sure I could get Marley to help some too, and then you guys can get a rest."
Aribar: "I believe that there should be at least Quester overseeing this conflict, regardless of whether or not you come, Jack."
Eggrobo: "You have a couple hours to decide."
Jack: "Well, one Quester would be fine."
Metal Man (GM): He points at Garrick.
Jack: "I'd want him to watch."
Garrick: "...you want me to watch you kill a bunch of people?"
Dragoshi: "...Why Garrick?"
Jack: "Well. You can help a little too, I think."
Garrick: "Uh, well... I suppose?"
Jack: "I mean. The large, flying machine might need repairs. Or I might need you to blow things up while I climb on the front and rain death on them with my spear. Plus you seem to understand me better. Unlike... " He looks at Digi. "Money's nice, but secondary to destruction. I have all the money I need, anyway."
Dragoshi: "Heh... That's good to know."
Garrick: "Well, I guess. I have no tools, though."
Jack: "And I was the one who raised the Egg Carrier in the first place. And told you to find Bill. Well, I can buy you some. So, anyway... it's a lot to think on. I'll let you talk amongst yourselves and come back later."
Eggrobo: "Yes... it will be a couple hours before repairs are complete."
Aribar: "Say, Jack, if I may go out on a limb, do you happen to like communicating in red text?"
Jack: "No. I don't even use machines that do things like that."
Keikyoku raises his hand "I can go."
Metal Man (GM): He glances at the Eggrobo.
Jack: "That sounds more like the dead Dr. Eggman. Red was his favorite color. ...And yellow. But who speaks in yellow text? On a communication device?"
Dragoshi: "A jerk."
Dragoshi: "...Or a chicken. Either or."
Jack: "I'll be back." He walks off.
Aribar has conspiracy theories circle about in his head; what if that Robotnik was a fake and the real one was behind this?
Keikyoku: "Maybe his favorite color was eggshell white."
Deloth just continues having a mental snap.
Metal Man (GM): So this leaves the Questers to consider the facts... it appears somebody or something is running a conspiracy, and they can't tell what Red Text is all about. Continia is in trouble, and the Questers mysteriously have the tools to go there and deal with it. ...On the other hand, Jack's suggestion is more in line with how he behaves. He ALWAYS wants a chance to do what the Questers are doing. Especially since, no matter what it is, he gets some underhanded reward for it.
Garrick: "...I guess I'll go, I suppose."
Aribar: "Has anyone ever heard of this Hydra organization before? And what are we to do while Continia is supposedly being saved? And what are we to do with Deloth?"
Dragoshi: "Nope. Haven't heard of it."
Aribar: "I don't trust or like Jack. I believe that we should all simply go with him and get this over with as fast as possible."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku learns Ele.
Keikyoku is happy.
Digifanatic: "I suppose so... the sooner we can clean house, the sooner we can just retreat for a while."
Metal Man (GM): That's what Digi thought when the Questers killed The Book, too.
Aribar: "We still need to follow Panzer down to her army. We should find Metal. We need to save Continia. We need to investigate this red text." .oO(And I want to find the Pure Element for... No reason at all.)