Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 25: Russian Robot Rumbles
Date: December 7th & 12th, 2008.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers have reached Mario Land. There, they have found pretty much nothing. It has been rather uneventful. Waluigi and Luigi indecisively battle one another. They've been watching this for an hour or two.
Luigi: "Ha-ha! You will lose!"
Waluigi: "Never! I am numba wan!"
Toad: "Come on guys, you'll never beat one another! You haven't for hours!"
Digifanatic: "Wow, these guys keep going on... think it's time we leave."
Luigi: "Bah, that's loser talk!"
Waluigi: "Waluigi never give up! Ha ha ha!"
Aribar continues watching the two fight. He wonders when they will finally pass out.*
Metal Man (GM): As Aribar does that, the Questers' radios buzz. Weird. They've never done that before. *BUZZ BUZZ* *BUZZ* *BUZZZZZ* It's annoying.
Aribar listens to the new sound. It takes the half-elf a moment to realize that it is the GUN radio Marley gave them. Aribar pulls his radio out and greets whomever is on the other side.
Jack: "Uh, guys? Remember that time you took the ship to that weird continent?"
Dragoshi: *Blinks as his radio buzzes.* "...Yes. Why?"
Aribar frowns as he hears Jack's voice. "You have to be more specific than that. And are you and Garrick okay, Jack?"
Jack: "Something really weird is up with the Egg Carrier. You might want to check it out. Or maybe I'll just deal with it myself and make yet another massive profit... just wanted to let you know. Yeah, he's okay. He passed out after we shot up some weird freak who was nearly indestructible. Continia is safe."
Jack: "And he made most of the money, not me. Yeah. A little mixup."
Digifanatic: "Well, at least both of you are alright. Out of curiosity, that weird guy you two took down... Did he have a huge sword?"
Jack: "No. He was silent and wore a helmet. Also he could fire a mean beam of mass destruction. I'm not sure he died. Either he was annihilated or blasted far away. Good enough for all I care."
Digifanatic: .oO(Could that be Metal?!)
Jack: "You could investigate him if you want. I'm returning to the Egg Carrier hangar myself. From there we can see... IF you want to come, of course. I can handle it all myself, if you guys are still on vacation."
Keikyoku: *debates whether to go or play mini games.*
Digifanatic: "I see. Well, I think we were gonna head back to Mobius anyway... not 100% on that, but hopefully we'll show back up soon."
Jack: "Okay... don't take too long then, I might just go off and save the world again by myself!" *raspberry noise.* "Jack out." *Radio cutoff.*
Aribar sighs and leaves Luigi's duel behind. He heads to the boat.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers go onto the boat.
Digifanatic: *heads back to Mobius.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers reach Mobius. They go to take one... one teeny step off the boat... *WHOOSH* A blue hedgehog runs up and stops, facing the boat.
Sonic: "Woah. This must be those new people I've been hearing about." He turns to Digi. "You guys those Questers Tails has been telling me about?"
Keikyoku skates off the boat as fast as he can.
Aribar looks towards the blue hedgehog.* "Greetings; we are."
Sonic: "Well, I suppose I have to give an explanation for why I'm here... and why I was gone. See, GUN was all convinced they had killed Eggman."
Digifanatic: "Ahhhh yes."
Aribar: "And he's back?"
Sonic: "But I wasn't for a second convinced. You can't kill Eggman. Not with GUN weapons. It's fighting fire with fire... that's why Tails rarely fights Eggman himself."
Digifanatic: *to Ari.* "Weren't you with us?"
Keikyoku: "Didn't the eggrobo kill him?"
Sonic: "Well, he's back... in a way. You would know more than me. Tails noted his temporary appearance when you were being held hostage by some mob man!"
Aribar nods to Digi.
Sonic: "So I just wanted to ask you where he came from. There was an escape pod, but he has left many outer space bases up there..."
Aribar: "He was with us, saved us, then was warped somewhere by someone who communicates using red text."
Sonic: "Red text? Oh man... I've been fighting that guy for a while now. He doesn't want me to find Eggman for some reason. I just know he's got something sinister planned, and I'm going to stop him... so, do you know which ship Eggman came from? I'll go find him myself, while you've done a good job while I was gone, this is sort of between me, Eggman, and that freak with the Red Text. I can't let you get hurt. The man with red text is really nasty, and I've heard people have died fighting him..."
Aribar: "Eggman is against the Red Text as well. As for the ship, I can't entirely recall its name. Sonic, we've fought villains just as bad as what you've faced. You've certainly heard of Borne. We can help you."
Sonic: "Any of you? What name was the base?" He seems to really, really want this information. There's the Death Egg 1, Death Egg 2, Super Death Egg, and some ARK fragments..."
Digifanatic: "Super Death Egg I think."
Keikyoku: *sits on a rock.*
Aribar: "What are you going to do when you find Eggman?"
Sonic: *shakes his head.* "Borne was a small-timer. The Red Text guy hides his identity. He makes Eggman look like a chump sometimes... he'd kill you or, worse, make you his slaves!"
Aribar: .oO(We're already his slaves.)
Sonic: "Well, if Eggman is against him, I'm going to let him free in exchange for all he knows, and then I can deal with this Red Text guy myself. Tails told me it'd be very dangerous, but he always says this."
Keikyoku: *skates behind sonic.*
Digifanatic: "And what's your record against Tails?"
Aribar: "If you need help, let us know."
Sonic: "The pros, like Eggman, or Red Text, don't let you get close enough to kill them. If they do, then you know you're in trouble. Tails? He helped me... Red Text trapped me on a remote island after I nearly... I can't tell you, the Red Text may be listening on us. Sorry."
Keikyoku: "So what did you nearly do? Eat 75 chili dogs in one minute?"
Dragoshi: "Knowing our luck, it probably is." *Eyeroll.*
Sonic: "If it's the Super Death Egg... it must be serious... that thing was wrecked several times over!" *He looks at Keikyoku.* "I'll tell you when Red Text is dead. For now... I've gotta run, guys. See you!" *WHOOSH.*
Metal Man (GM): Jack walks over, looking to the right.
Jack: "Was that... Sonic the Hedgehog?"
Jack: "Damn. I need to talk to him. And he ran away. ...Anyway... want to see what I see? Maybe you can make sense of what's on the Egg Carrier."
Digifanatic: "I don't mind."
Dragoshi: "Sure, why not."
Aribar: "Maybe you could schedule an appointment with Tails. And yes, let us see what went wrong."
Jack: "Maybe I could... but... Tails. Tails wouldn't let me see him. Not after what happened before on that island. With the statues."
Metal Man (GM): He begins to lead the way to the Egg Carrier.
Digifanatic: "Oh." *follows.*
Metal Man (GM): Soon, the Questers are in the hangar. There's a large glob of green growing on the side of the Egg Carrier. Hm... green... What else is green?
Aribar: "What is that?"
Metal Man (GM): It's mysterious.
Jack: "Beats me."
Metal Man (GM): *Poke with giant staff.*
Jack: "It's pretty tough. My attempts to remove it with death failed."
Keikyoku throws a rock at it.
Metal Man (GM): The rock breaks in two.
Aribar thinks for a moment. "Is that metallic?"
Digifanatic: "Is it some sort of Chaos-like substance?"
Dragoshi: "Doubt it."
Jack: "Sort... of?" *Prod.*
Metal Man (GM): *THUNK* It falls off the side, revealing a huge hole. It just ate a big chunk of material.
Aribar steps back from the green glob. "I thought that it might somehow have something to do with Vylch. I am not quite so sure now."
Digifanatic: "Oh... my... gosh."
Keikyoku: "Electrify it."
Dragoshi: "...Well, it's definitely acidic."
Jack: "Vylch? I thought he died."
Metal Man (GM): The blob shakes and morphs into a person.
Dragoshi: "I think Vylch might have bled something like that out once."
Digifanatic: "He's thinking like some remnant that came out of the explosion and slammed the... huh?"
Aribar looks at this person.*
Metal Man (GM): It's... Vylch.
Dragoshi: "...Oh, of course it decides to--..."
Vylch: "Hello Queeesssters..."
Digifanatic: "Aribar, I'mma kill you later."
Vylch: "Think you can kill nanomachine with lightning? Hahahahahahahahahaha!"
Aribar: "What? Just for being right?"
Metal Man (GM): He takes out his gun, points it at Aribar... then... stops?!?!?!
Digifanatic: "Okay, you knew I wasn't actually going to--HUH?"
Vylch: "Wait... I am free from evil continent?!?!"
Dragoshi: "...Well, you're no longer on it, yea."
Vylch: "Yeeeeeees!!!! At laaaaast!!!!"
Jack: "I still think he should die." He tries to shoot Vylch.
Aribar: "You are still trapped on another small piece of land, though."
Dragoshi: .oO(I do not like where this is going, though.)
Metal Man (GM): It hits Vylch. To no effect.
Vylch: "Ah, that tickles! Good thing I made myself immune to your weaponry in theees incarnation! Buuut... I am curious. You speeeaaak of Metaaaal Man?"
Vylch: "I crave his bloooood... find me hiiiim... and you willl not dieeeeee. Where waaaas he laaaaaast?"
Aribar: "Why do you want him dead?"
Digifanatic: "I have no idea."
Keikyoku: "What happened to not stretching out words?"
Vylch: "Heeee... harm me... I kill him... but then he did THIS!" He points to his damaged cheekbone.
Metal Man (GM): Oh wait. Why does he even bother replicating that if he can revive from a single nanomachine?
Aribar: .oO(Metal Man must have been able to inflict a lasting wound on him.)
Metal Man (GM): Vylch coughs a bunch of green stuff out his mouth, and then breathes heavily.
Vylch: "Yes... that is much better. It is hard to talk when you have been dead for many days. And my old tongue was at least a hundred years old."
Aribar: "Exactly how close to true death were you just now?"
Vylch: "You were somewhat close, but your lightning was not strong enough. Now, if you were an elemental master, maybe."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs.
Keikyoku: "You're weird."
Vylch: "Elemental masters don't bother to attack me! So. Tell me... where is Metal Man... where did you last see him?"
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a gun and sticks it at Aribar's face.
Vylch: "I hope I don't have to fight you again. Maybe this time I can work on damaging your own immortality. I've had to fight immortals before. Turns out they just have a spell keeping them alive... well... that's inferior to what I'm made of!"
Aribar: "We last saw him in a place you could never hope to reach."
Metal Man (GM): Jack looks around, in the background, trying to figure out how he might kill Vylch.
Vylch: "Tell me of this place. I never hoped to reach here either. But you brought me here!"
Aribar: .oO(Also, I am insulted that you do not consider me a master of the elements.)
Vylch: "I can fill in the blanks for you myself... don't worry. I am not only an elder of great wisdom, but also an immortal nanomachine killer machine! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Well. Maybe less than that. I don't want to seem too fake..." His left finger falls off. "Not again! Any one of you know where this place is? I'm getting tired of sitting in here!" He shoots a shot about an inch above Keikyoku's head. "And I like shooting out eyes!"
Keikyoku tries to steal the finger.
Digifanatic: "Okay, is there anyone reason you want Metal Man dead besides he hurt your cheek?"
Metal Man (GM): Vylch shoots before Keikyoku even reaches for it. He's that good. Thankfully it's just a warning shot.
Vylch: "I'm the one asking questions here! Consider yourself lucky I feel very tired. You may have not killed me, but my head hurts. All the more reason to tell me! If it's unfindable, fine! I'll waste my time chasing it."
Metal Man (GM): Jack walks back with the Eggrobo as he goes on.
Aribar: "We last saw Metal Man in the study of a mage god. Even if you found a way to reach that place, you would have to contend with someone much worse than a simple 'elemental master'."
Vylch: "Hmf. Mages. Gods. I outlive them all! So... is this another dimension?"
Keikyoku: "Who's Metal Man?"
Digifanatic: "Our old boss."
Vylch: "I will need to make my way to this dimension. I KNEW that man was up to no good with that machine! I'll kill him to finally get vengeance... the one man who harmed Vylch shall die!"
Jack: "This is very touching, but. Please get out of the hangar."
Aribar: "With what machine? What do you know about Metal Man?"
Vylch: "What could you do to me, Jack? You already tried your joke!"
Jack: "Yes. But now I have somebody else's joke."
Vylch: "Now you're acting witty. Taste bullets, you bad actor!"
Metal Man (GM): He raises his gun. An Eggrobo covers his eyes.
Vylch: "Gah!!!" *PING* He misses.
Dragoshi: "..." *Glances at the Eggrobo.*
Metal Man (GM): He hurls the robot off... then turns around. Jack flips a switch... dramatically. Nothing happens.
Vylch: "Well, you are very truthful. That was a funny joke. Now you die."
Aribar steps back from Jack and Vylch.*
Dragoshi: "...That was cheesily unimpressive."
Metal Man (GM): He fires a bullet. It flies to the left and hits the wrong wall.
Vylch: "What the f#$%???"
Jack: "Magnets. Gotta love them."
Metal Man (GM): He turns his head to the left and sees a giant Eggman-grade magnet, aimed at him.
Vylch: "You WILL die before Metal Man does when I get the ch---" *CLONG* *WARP.*
Jack: "I hope he has a fun time being warped into outer space."
Digifanatic: "Wow. Nice."
Metal Man (GM): Luckily, it's a magical magnet, so it doesn't suck in Keikyoku. Eggman somehow made it capable of aiming at people. The Questers realize what it's for when they the same magnet lift a giant pile of scrap metal and carry it over to the hole in the ship, which is slowly repaired. By Eggrobos.
Jack: "So, that was amusing. Now what?"
Aribar: "That was yet another anticlimactic end to Vylch. And now we are still not a single step closer to Metal."
Digifanatic: "Yeah." *muttering.* "Then again, we could be facing the same situation here that we did with Mewtwo, Tails, et cetera."
Jack: "Get used to it, he'll probably be chasing us. Just be careful. If I'm not around... make sure to push him off a cliff or somehow warp him away. Or run away. You can't kill him for good. YET. I think maybe if your friend Metal Man kills him he might stay down. Have any idea where he might be?"
Aribar: "I know of a way to kill Vylch; we just can't access it yet."
Jack: "Well, options are the spice of life."
Aribar: "We were told to look for him on Vylch's continent. We fought Vylch there and left. We found no clues."
Jack: "Hmmmm... yeah... that continent has been made completely barren by Vylch's mannerisms. I checked. Maybe it's hidden a lot better than, say, Vylch would look for."
Keikyoku: "I don't wanna be on the wrong side of that magnet..."
Jack: "Don't worry. As long as you don't try to shoot me I won't use it on you."
Digifanatic: "Now, about that weird guy you and Garrick met up with on Continia..."
Digifanatic: "Anything else weird besides the helmet and the weapons o' mass destruction?"
Aribar: "I imagine that Metal Man doesn't want to be found at the current time. Our actions are currently known on several continents and we have found ways to locate him; he should have easily been able to do the same."
Keikyoku: "Good thing I don't have a gun, I can't shoot you."
Digifanatic: *Lets out a "Heh" at Kei's comment before continuing.* "You have any video evidence of this guy or something? Photos?"
Jack: "He was silent, fearless, and able to resist the death ray. He also had to be shot repeatedly, tackled, and hit by a giant lightning bolt to even begin to appear defeated."
Digifanatic: "What was his size?"
Aribar: "So he's on par with Vylch!"
Jack: "A regular adult man's height, just about. Yeah, I'd say so."
Digifanatic: "I mean, considering something as dangerous--hehe--as this guy, it'd be kinda nice to have some evidence before we knew what's out there that, and I make an sarcastic understatement, just might kill us."
Aribar sighs. "For once, I can't think of anything we need to do."
Jack: "Well, what do you WANT to do then?"
Aribar: "We could go and tell the Echidnas about our findings. We could go and investigate Trevor's base on Continia. We could try and find a way to help Deloth."
Keikyoku: "Play mini games with Luigi."
Jack: "If it involves flight, I'll take you there. Otherwise I have some errands for myself."
Aribar: "What kind of errands?"
Jack: "I need to buy some groceries for myself. Like. Orange juice. Evil profit you won't have orange juice. No, just orange juice."
Deloth: *radio squall.*
Aribar: "Again?" *The half-elf picks up his radio.* "Hello."
Deloth: *groggily.* "Hey, guys."
Digifanatic: "Hi, Deloth... everything okay?"
Aribar: "Good morning, Deloth."
Keikyoku: "You fixed yet?"
Deloth: "Not really, Digi... my head's still a mess."
Aribar: "Are there any psychiatrists that you can talk to in that hospital?"
Deloth: "I've been asleep, Ari, I haven't looked."
Keikyoku: "He admits it! He's been sleeping on the job!"
Digifanatic: "Huh... And not everyone can have perfect attendance, you know."
Deloth: "...Listen, I just heard about the stuff I rambled about while I was drugged, and I remembered something else after waking up. I wanted to tell you before I forgot."
Digifanatic: "Go ahead."
Aribar: *The half-elf sighs; he doesn't know what to say in this situation. He has been fighting since a very young age; Aribar simply pushed past the mental breakdowns and made his life seem 'normal'. He has no advice to give to Del.*
Deloth: *deep breath, then...* "Y'know how apparently when I Vortex, I slip past other worlds out there? I keep seeing a flash of one, I think. I never can catch more than a glimpse, though..."
Aribar: "Do you have any idea where this place is?"
Deloth: "Not really. The only thing I can see clearly is a big row of lockers."
Deloth: "Lockers. Of all the possible clues, it's got to be lockers..."
Dragoshi: *Blinks.* .oO(...Lockers? Why lockers. That just sounds... screwy.)
Keikyoku: "Maybe you were born in a locker."
Deloth: "...Well, okay, lockers in a tiled hallway. Kinda reminds me of my third grade school--someone drown Kei for me."
Aribar: "I have no idea what that may be."
Deloth: "...Anyways, that's what I wanted to call for. I'm still tired, but I'll try to call back after sleeping a little more."
Aribar: "Good night, Deloth."
Deloth: "...Come visit me sometime, okay, guys? I'm getting lonely."
Digifanatic: "Where are you? I kinda drifted for a small while so I don't know where the others took you."
Aribar: "He's in the GUN hospital."
Deloth: "...G'night, guys." *click.*
Aribar: "And, actually, Del-piffle. Missed him. So, since we all seem to be so full of suggestions... I think we should go back to Angel Island if possible and tell them about what we found out."
Keikyoku: "I'm up for angel island."
Digifanatic: "Nothing much else to do."
Dragoshi: "Sounds good to me."
Jack: "Okay then, all aboard." He walks aboard the ship.
Aribar: *Ari aboard.*
Keikyoku walks aboard, happy it's an airship not a water ship.
Metal Man (GM): The ship slowly takes off, making for a burnt looking Angel Island.
Dragoshi: *To the ship! and stuff.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers eventually reach the Echidna island... and where the once magnificent town stood is now a bunch of small shacks. The king lives in a damaged, burnt hulk of a building now, and there's a small shop with some books laying in a heap.
Keikyoku examine the books.
Metal Man (GM): They're in a pile behind a shopkeeper.
Aribar exits the Egg Carrier and heads towards the King's ruined building. He is tempted to stop at the book 'store', but he has no money to barter with.
Shopkeeper: "No touch! They nearly got burned already... what remains of our spell books..."
Keikyoku: "What spells do you have, I want to buy some?"
Metal Man (GM): Aribar walks up to the building. A guard walks over to him.
Guard: "What business do you have for the king?"
Aribar: "Greetings. I am Aribar Hunter of the Questers. I have information pertaining to an ancient spell that your civilization once possessed and I wish to inform the King about it."
Guard: "Oh. Go right on through then." He walks out of the way.
Metal Man (GM): The Shopkeeper looks through the books.
Shopkeeper: "Well... let me see... you've probably seen some before..."
Aribar thanks the guard and enters the burnt-out castle. He doesn't quite wait for the others.
Metal Man (GM): Ele, Ward... Kinesis... and a new book, which is scorched. Burn? Aribar shortly make his way to the king, who sits on a half-melted throne.
King: "Hello again... it is great that we meet again. What brings you here?"
Keikyoku: "What is that new, burned book?"
Aribar: "Greetings, your Majesty. On one of our first visits here, there was a notice claiming that any information regarding a powerful spell called 'Pure Element' be brought to your attention. The Questers have located the spell."
Shopkeeper: "Oh, we found it in the deepest fire. It was actually making the fire worse... it is called Burn... it's a bit complex to read."
King: "Where is it, then?"
Keikyoku: *also ponders if any of those spells in the list that Ari doesn't know.* "How much?"
Shopkeeper: "You can only borrow them... 2 coins a day for Burn and Kinesis... the others are free to borrow, but there's only one of each book right now."
Keikyoku: "Can I borrow both burn and kinesis?"
Shopkeeper: "At four coins a day, yes. They're enchanted to return once you run out of coins or learn them, too... It can be expensive if you don't know what you're doing..."
Keikyoku: "Alright, I think I'll just take burn then. Do you know how much will it takes to learn them?"
Aribar: "It is located in the Mushroom Kingdom; a continent a fair way's away from Mobius. It is buried deep within the earth and is said to be in a temple guarded by a terribly powerful mage."
Shopkeeper: "No, it's a bit abstract..."
King: "Hmmm... well, I will begin to call the bravest people of the land to help return it to us. I will have you know when we begin the expedition to obtain it."
Keikyoku: *Takes the book.* "Thank you."
Shopkeeper: "You're welcome."
Keikyoku: *Goes to find everyone else.*
Digifanatic: *has been waiiting near the entrance. Spells aren't his specialty.*
Metal Man (GM): The Shopkeeper also has a simple potion that restores some health laying around for 10 coins a pop.
Aribar: "I am sure that we would like to take part in the fight to take it. I also know of some fighters who would want to join us as well, as well as someone who may actually be related to and know about this magical guardian. However, that person may not know that the Pure Element actually exists and may not know people are seeking it."
Digifanatic: *Notices the potion and buys one.*
Aribar: "And I also know that at least one other person is seeking the Pure Element; I found notes from some other person while conducting research on the spell."
King: "Indeed? Well, I thank you for your hard work. Here, I shall pay you."
Metal Man (GM): He gives Aribar 20 coins.
Aribar: "I thank you, sire." *Says his goodbyes to the King and leaves the 'palace.' He goes to meet up with the others.*
Keikyoku keeps burn.
Aribar gets onto the ship, content with what he just did, although he does hope he didn't just hasten the unearthing of the Pure Element a bit too soon.
Keikyoku: *Skates to the ship.*
Metal Man (GM): After a while, the group is now at the Egg Carrier hangar area, with all their people. Deloth is back, for better or worse, and the ship is functioning... which leaves where to go up in the air. Panzer has vanished with the ship she was fixing.
Metal Man (GM): Nothing much is going on at the moment, leaving the Questers open to choose where to go and why. Jack is silently fiddling with the controls of the Egg Carrier.
Julian: *And Julian's there! Where the hell does he keep running off to?* "So now what?"
Digifanatic: "Well, Panzer's off somewhere in her own little adventure, so I don't think it's good to get up in her business. You think it's possible we take a look at the rest of that continent and see if Metal's somewhere there?"
Aribar: "I doubt that we will have any luck, but we could try doing that."
Digifanatic: "Hey, if nothing else, I'm just tossing in an idea."
Jack: "Of course. But I haven't heard of there being much on that continent. You could look, I guess."
Digifanatic: "Aribar? You got something?"
Metal Man (GM): The Eggrobo walks over, checking some sensors.
Aribar shakes his head. "The only other thing I can even think of that we could do is clear out Trevor's old base."
Digifanatic: *turns to Eggrobo.* "Hello."
Eggrobo: "According to the sensors, the HYDRA group has moved on to the fringes of the continent of Continia."
Eggrobo: "You could finish them off then and there, however reports show extreme difficulty involved. Joanna Dark nearly lost an arm after one of them, who was said to have worn a strange outfit, attacked with grenades."
Aribar: "Wait a moment; didn't Jack and Garrick drive that group away?"
Eggrobo: "Yes, but the remnants have been trapped on the coastline. They are on the defensive now."
Aribar nods. The half-elf idly wonders if he can afford losing another arm while wondering how they could assault the probably entrenched remnants of an army.*
Jack: "Well, looks like you guys can get some experience in. Remember, my attack decapitated their main leader, so they should be toast if you hit them. I can take you there and watch. If you want to go."
Digifanatic: *swings his head around.* "Not much else to do."
Aribar: "I believe this may be a more productive endeavor than looking for Metal Man. We might as well finish what that Red Text man wanted us to do."
Julian: "I'm thinkin' destruction."
Aribar: "I see no objections." *Aribar goes to enter the Egg Carrier.*
Jack: "Well, get aboard if you're ready."
Metal Man (GM): And Aribar reads my mind again.
Digifanatic: *LET'S GO.*
Metal Man (GM): The ship lifts off and begins flying. An odd thing happens, as the ship flies towards Continia. Jack walks away and the radio buzzes again. It's an apprehensive voice... Eggman?!?!
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay. Maybe you people aren't so dull. Red Text is using you. This is... the last chance... to stop him... before... he does... something! SOMETHING."
Dr. Robotnik: "If anyone can hear me... I can't distract him or his people again if you don't!"
Aribar speaks and hopes that Eggman somehow hears him, "It is obvious that he is using us, but for what? Why? And how can we stop him?"
Dragoshi: *Just leans back and listens. A-yep.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes! A voice!" *Warbling radio noise.* "...I have determined the people you are fighting against are evil, but he has his own agenda... using my machines... they have something he wants... if they die he can get it... because they apparently hold something key... I know he will react to stop you if you turn on him... but you can do something... for me..."
Julian: "I'm listenin'."
Dr. Robotnik: "...Override the Egg Carrier to my controls... then when you leave... I will hold his Jack hostage... you deal with the HYDRA people... I will trade Jack's life for my own... and then we can properly speak. ...As I have determined Jack is in a deal with him and making great profit off of this... apparently he loves money... ."
Metal Man (GM): Of course, Eggman doesn't mention what's in it for him. Except his freedom.
Aribar: .oO(Huh. So Jack is working for him.)
Aribar: "Exactly how crucial is it that we give you control? Do we need to do it as soon as possible?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. It will be imperceptible to both Jack and Red Text. Analogue is immune to their nonsense."
Dr. Robotnik: "Type in this control code... 'EGGMAN OXDEADBEEF STOP'... I must go now... do it quickly!" *Voip.*
Digifanatic: "Huh." *types it in.*
Metal Man (GM): Jack can be overheard in another room.
Aribar is debating what motive Eggman has in here. He wonders if Robotnik knows that there is no reason that they should trust him. However, then the mage realizes that even Sonic was looking for Eggman so that they could work together.
Jack: "Hm, that's odd... er, we're almost here!"
Metal Man (GM): *Beep.* The override is activated.
Julian: "...Hold it, I musta missed somethin'. Why are we messin' with Eggman again?"
Metal Man (GM): The ship continues as normal.
Julian: "He doubled-crossed us, what, 6 times already?"
Digifanatic: *muttering.* "Yeah, but it appears Jack is planning to double-cross us as well."
Metal Man (GM): Jack walks into the cockpit, typing in the landing coordinates, just after Digi says that.
Jack: "Hm. Some sort of phantom glitch in the system occurred... we're good. Okay."
Aribar: "We'll catch you up to date on how we got to this point later, Julian. Right now we should take care of this Hydra group."
Metal Man (GM): Out the front window there is a battlefield, and some crates. A small army is in a trench, fighting against another army, in another trench.
Jack: "I'll cut you open a route. By luck, I saw this." He presses a button. It magnifies a general guy. "This is Mr. Grenade. You gotta kill him. His burnt earth tactics have ruined the Fed's chance of finding out what powers the mysterious teleportation technology that has become MORE complete and threatens to escape with him."
Metal Man (GM): It's a human. In strangely outdated uniform.
Jack: "Here." He ramp out appears. "I'll cut you a path. Are you guys ready?"
Julian: "I guess."
Aribar: "No. I would prefer to have time to study my spellbook and have a better sword at my side. That isn't going to happen, though." *Aribar unsheathes his blade and steps towards the ramp.*
Digifanatic: *heads out.*
Julian: *Onwards to certain death.*
Jack: "Okay, here we go!" It lowers down. There is lots of gunfire. *BOOOM* "That's a grenade. Don't worry." *BAM BOOM* "...Okay..." The windshield begins to fill with bullet dents. The ship fires back, blasting a huge hole in the trenches... The ramp opens to the ground.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers run outside. A line of soldiers in tan uniforms and red stars see them. They point their guns at the Questers for a moment, but the general walks up behind them.
Aribar dashes into the thick of battle!
???: "Those are the Questers. Leave them to me."
Metal Man (GM): They run aside to fight the Feds. The general man stands before the Questers.
Julian: *Doesnt know what the f***.* "So... how you wanna do this? We just beat on ya 'till you ain't movin'?"
Metal Man (GM): He's Russian in appearance and has a commanding air about him. ...And a medal on his chest resembles one of Trevelyan's...
General ???: "Me? Fight you? I know who you are. You are the Questers. The evil destroyers of honest workers everywhere. I have seen your work, but I am not as stupid as Trevelyan."
Digifanatic: .oO(Destroyers of honest workers? Uh, I think we destroyed a bunch of psychos, dude.)
General Ourumov: "I am General Ourumov. I do not know why I am here, and these soldiers are strange. But I am sure you are tools of a Red Text being. You must be stopped, because you are world enslaving pro-bourgousie fools."
Julian: "I'm not hearin' an answer here."
General Ourumov: "I have created a machine to stop you."
Metal Man (GM): He snaps his fingers.
Aribar briefly glances down to the Franklin Badge on his mantle. He briefly wonders if it had any specific meaning before looking back to Ourumov. "You are invading the Federation's territory. We are here to-" *The half-elf pauses for a moment.* "What do you know of the Red Text person?"
Metal Man (GM): A tall, russian man in red shorts walks over. Odd... he is silver colored. Feds leap up to shoot him... the bullets bounce off of him with a mechanical thud.
Dragoshi: *Just readies his blade.* .oO(...Uh-huh.)
General Ourumov: "He wishes to enslave this world under his capitalistic domination. He has fooled you and the Feds into doing his evil deeds. But you are not known for negotiating with enemies, only shooting them. I will not stand and be shot by the likes of you murderous traitors of humanity."
Aribar: "We haven't quite been fooled; we know we are being used. We want to destroy him."
Julian: "Whatever. So we gonna fight Drago here or not?"
General Ourumov: "We have created an unstoppable machine of one of our greatest fighters: The Mecha Zangief. He will obliterate you and save the world."
Aribar: "We fight often because our enemies leave few choices in the way of diplomacy!"
Mecha Zangief: "ROAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!" He rips a huge freakin' chunk out of the ground and hurls it at Aribar.
Metal Man (GM): Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
General Ourumov: "There is no negotiating with you terrorists." He runs away real fast-like.
Metal Man (GM): Mecha Zangief walks into the way...
Digifanatic: *to himself.* "Terrorist only to you freaks."
Aribar is surprised and only has a second to react. The half-elf responds, not by dodging, but by flinging forth an orb of icy cold energy! Of course, afterwards he probably realizes that it wouldn't slow down the rock.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth walks out to see Aribar menaced by a robotic russian wrestler hurling a rock.
Dragoshi: *Sighs, aims his free hand at Mecha Zangief as if it were a gun and shoots lightning out of it in order to fry the russian-made hunk of junk.* (Electric Ele!)
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Dragoshi hits it. It laughs at him.
Mecha Zangief: "In Soviet Russia, robot fries YOU!" He is electrified, though.
Dragoshi: "...Huh." .oO(Must be well-insulated.)
Deloth: "What the hell have you people been doing?"
Aribar cries out a curse as the rock hits and knocks him to the ground. He then sliently berates himself for not throwing a telekinetic spell at the rock.
Julian: "Fuck if I know! Some commie summoned Iron Naked Guy an' he threw a rock at Aribar."
Dragoshi: *Shoots out another Electric Ele at Mecha Zangief, then charges at the guy and attempts to tear into him with his sword.*
Metal Man (GM): He is hit... but he doesn't flinch. He appears incapable of feeling pain. Of course, he was zapped by lightning and shot at by men with laser guns. Mecha Zangief looks at Dragoshi, as if to be scanning him.
Mecha Zangief: "HOAAAAAAAAAA!!!!" He rips two giant boulders out of the ground and hurls them at Dragoshi.
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* *SMASH* Two hits.
Julian: "Robots... I hate robots." *Julian steps up to the plate, winding back with his right and and trying to connect with Mecha-Naked Guy with an electrically-charged punch!* *POW BITCH.*
Metal Man (GM): He is hit hard. Electricity hits him even worse... Julian fries some chips in him. He begins walking around extremely wobbly-like. He's perma-Clumsy.
Julian: :D *More Stunner.*
Metal Man (GM): *POW.* Julian hist him good. He's erratically wavering, although his thick, Soviet-made frame means he'll have to convince him to die with several more punches.
Julian: *bounces back on the tips of his feet after landing the blows and watching his work, throwing his hands up in the air a couple times as he backs up to the group.* "YEAH! HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW?!"
Mecha Zangief: "In Soviet Russia, you like meeeeeeee BZKRT PFZZZZZ B KZT! Me-me-me-me-me-me-me-me-me-me-me-" He's stuck saying that. Over and over again.
Metal Man (GM): Someone should hit him to make that stop happening.
Deloth: *Let's see... Health Flask used on Dragoshi, then the ages-old one-two combo with both swords.*
Dragoshi: *Drinks the Flask.* "Thanks, Del."
Metal Man (GM): Both hit. He shoots sparks and eventually stops stuttering.
Deloth: "No prob."
Metal Man (GM): Deloth hits him pretty bad. His head is ON FIRE now. Digi's turn.
Mecha Zangief: "Blbzlblblzbzllzbzlzbzlbzlzbz ffffffft BEEP."
Metal Man (GM): However, his body still appears to be largely intact.
Digifanatic: *More elements! Moooore! He slides in to kick MZ, with a little bit more focus than usual. Sparks start to eminate around his knee (Elemental Will first). And then he decided to fry some more wires with a Fire Punch.*
Metal Man (GM): He can't dodge nothin'. Then again, he's slow.
Aribar realizes that he doesn't have any sort of defense against Zangief's rock throwing tactics; they're just too huge and too fast! However, it does give Aribar the idea to fight earth with earth. Aribar thrusts his sword towards the ground and four pulses of magical energy fall off of the blade. The earth ruptures before these pulses and home in upon Zangief. The magic sends spikes of earth up into Zangief in a quick succession!
Metal Man (GM): Aribar's Earth spikes stab him repeatedly. He falls to his knees.
Mecha Zangief: "I have won! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Metal Man (GM): His head flies off and explodes.
Metal Man (GM): He falls over on the ground, in a flaming heap.
Aribar: "Is that supposed to happen?"
Dragoshi: "Doubt it."
Metal Man (GM): He's no longer in the way.
Deloth: "...so this is what I've missed, pretty much?"
Digifanatic: "Actually, that's about the strangest thing you've missed."
Julian: "That's what you get! When you... yeah. Let's bounce, fellas." *Onwards!*
Dragoshi: *Pursue, pursue, pursue the stupid general!*
Metal Man (GM): General Ourumov is trying to board some sort of transport, but it's leaky. He must be real desperate.
Digifanatic: *Keep going.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers begin running after him.
Deloth: *Time to play 'Chase the general and lop off his head'!*
Metal Man (GM): ...
Aribar follows after the others.
Metal Man (GM): The headless Zangief body stands up... and his arms sprout open to reveal rocket launchers. ...He is now chasing you. His head, which is on fire and off to the left, taunts you.
Dragoshi: *what the christ.*
Mecha Zangief: "I will never give ooppp!!!!!"
Deloth: *Well, let's see. It caught on fire before, so it IS combustible... Explode on the body.*
Julian: "The FUCK?"
Metal Man (GM): *BAM* ...Not good enough, it's still chasing you.
Aribar turns about and sees Zangief's odd transformation. He also sees the rocket launchers and has a cruel idea.
Dragoshi: *Errr... uhhh... Dragoshi shoots two electric eles into the RAWKET LAWNCHAIRS. Yea. Seriously, what the heck.*
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM* *BLAM* He just loads new rockets. His hands are now on fire.
Mecha Zangief: *BORK* "Foolish people, Mecha Zangief lives on forever in the hearts of the people!"
Julian: *Quick, change the channel!*
Metal Man (GM): He aims his rocket arms at Aribar and fires! Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!
Mecha Zangief: "Eat fiery justice, rich capitalist pig!"
Aribar sees the rocket coming. The mage won't make the same mistake as he made with the boulders! He thrusts his sword forward and a burst of energy flies towards the rockets! As the magic hits the rockets they flip about and fly towards Zangief!
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* Aribar makes a psychic wall, but they still explode far too close. The blast throws Aribar aside from the battle, while also destroying most of his health. Mecha Zangief picks up his head as he runs. He then hurls it like a football at Julian.
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Julian is knocked down by the flaming head, which laughs at him as it collides into the ground afterwards.
Aribar flies backwards and slams into the ground many meters away. He rolls for a moment or two before his charred body comes to a stop. Aribar groans and decides to just lay on the ground for a moment. That hurt.
Mecha Zangief: "Fight me, coward! You will never touch the people's general!"
Metal Man (GM): He appears to embrace his own oblivion, as it is likely he will die a second, more permanent time if he gets hit hard enough.
Julian: *Julian haphazardly catches the head as it's thrown at him and goes tumbling, taking damage from FIRE.* >:O *Julian rolls through with the tumble, lands on his feet, then rushes at the mechanized wrestler, attempting to lock in a Grapple, head in-tow!*
Metal Man (GM): Julian goes to grapple the flaming Russian wrestler. Julian can't grapple him if he's ON FIRE.
Mecha Zangief: "We shall see who is the ultimate wrestler!"
Digifanatic: "Dragoshi, I think you're better at taking down the general."
Julian: *waves the Questers off while keeping his eyes on Zangief.* "Get goin'! I got this sucka under control!"
Digifanatic: "You sure?"
Digifanatic: "Fine." *gives Aribar a Basic Medkit before running off again.*
Mecha Zangief: "True wrestling has one on one!"
Deloth stares for a moment, then shrugs and takes off towards General Asshole over there.
Metal Man (GM): Weird. The sense of wrestling in this robot is greater than his sense of duty. Somebody made a mistake! The other Questers run off.
Dragoshi: *To the general!*
General Ourumov: "What did I tell you, Mendev? Make the robot kill mercilessly! Wrestling skills are secondary!"
Deloth takes a potshot at the General with a Light Pillar.
Mendev: "But... but... you also told me it was to represent our strongest fighter, and our foe were similarly honorable!"
General Ourumov: "Well, you explain that to their metaphysical attacks!"
Aribar groans and applies medkit directly to forehead (Gonna hate himself for that in the morning) before struggling to his feet and going after the others.
Metal Man (GM): He shoves Mendev into the light pillar and turns on the engine to the transport.
Deloth tries an Explode on the engine, just in case.
Metal Man (GM): *PING* Deloth barely misses it. *PONK* Deloth damages the cabuerator. It's not dead yet.
Mendev: "Ow! Sir, they've damaged the engine!"
General Ourumov: "Who cares? Start it or I kill you before they can."
Mendev: "Whatever..." *Rev.* *Sputter.* *Engine fire.* "Uh, it's on, but it's also on fire."
General Ourumov: "That will be you if we do not get out of here."
Mendev: *Shift.* "The propeller is jammed!"
General Ourumov: "Paddle with your hands!"
Digifanatic: *I believe Julian told him to get moving.*
Mendev: "..." He leans over and begins messing with the propeller and slowly paddling the boat away.
Digifanatic: *Yes, he is away from the fight. Run.*
General Ourumov: *Takes out an AK-47.* "I'll have to shoot them from here. You keep down while I fire."
Digifanatic: *uses light ray!*
Metal Man (GM): General Ourumov ducks as Mendev is hit in the face with the light ray.
General Ourumov: "You really can't dodge, can you?"
Mendev: "My face feels like pain, thank you sir."
Metal Man (GM): endev tries to get the ship started. *BZT* *SCHLOCK* *BOOP* It begins moving away!
Aribar: *The half-elf sees that half their team has already went on to get General Ourumov. He stupidly gets back up to help Julian.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar walks on over to where Julian is... Dragoshi reaches the coast. Too bad the ship's now going to sea.
General Ourumov: "I hope you have a bullet proof vest on."
Mendev: "Couldn't you have had me fight them and had the robot stay here?"
General Ourumov: "That would be too merciful. Had you programmed the robot right, he would have stepped in the way, wrestling or no wrestling. In the few minutes afforded we could escape without being raked by enemy fire."
Mendev: "What about the other troops?"
General Ourumov: "They were teleported in. I don't care."
Dragoshi: *The ships started up again. ...well, not anymore! Dragoshi tries to blast the ship's engine or whatever with two Electric Eles, so that they're reduced to floating ducks.* :x
Metal Man (GM): One of them zaps Mendev, then the other.
Mendev: "Arghhhhh! That was... most painful."
General Ourumov: "At least you were standing close enough to be confused for an engine."
Mecha Zangief: "You and me, we wrestle! The winner gets to protect the General!"
Metal Man (GM): He goes to grapple Julian.
Julian: *Tries a reversal...* *Noep.*
Metal Man (GM): He grabs Julian and leaps up into the air, spinning.
Mecha Zangief: "SUPER..." *SMASH* "ULTRA..." *SMASH* "HYPER..." *SMASH* "ATOMIC BUSTER!!!" *BOOOM* He smashes Julian's head into the ground several times, then collides into the ground with Julian.
Metal Man (GM): He then does a weak little slap with his left hand, which glows green for no reason. *Slap.*
Julian: *Julian's down... but not out! He struggles back to his feet, and tries to lock in a grapple...*
Metal Man (GM): It's an epic grapple fight, but his arms are too damaged from previous mayhem. Julian gets the grapple after a struggle.
Julian: *Julian struggles with the grapple, but after landing a few knees to Zangief's midsection he spins out to Mecha-Z's right side, reaches behind his back to lock Zangief's left arm while using his other arm to lock his right, then rears back and knocks out the bot's feet from under him with his left leg while slamming Zangief forward... onto his own head! Inverted Russian Legsweep!*
Metal Man (GM): The head explodes, silencing his bizarre speech. The body stands up and looks around, confused. It then shrugs and runs off towards the ocean, not seeing where it is going. It is now going diagonally away from both Julian and the general.
Aribar simply stands back and watches the display. It turns out the half-elf has been completely useless in this encounter. "I would clap for you, Julian, but..." *The half-elf shrugs and looks on towards the other Questers.*
Metal Man (GM): The boat is getting away. ...And Mecha-Zangief's headless body is heading off to the side towards the ocean. No man knows why.
General Ourumov: "You should have made a spare head!"
Mendev: "It wasn't supposed to lose the first one!"
General Ourumov: "Maybe I'll replace its old head with yours!"
Deloth carefully aims and fires another Light Pillar at the engine. *ZOT.*
General Ourumov: "The accuracy of that attack is extreme. Here, Mendev, fix it." He shoves Mendev at the attack!
Metal Man (GM): Mendev is knocked sideways by it. The engine takes more damage, but the ensuing blast pushes the boat further out to sea.
General Ourumov: "Hah! I have escaped!" ...Transports aren't made for sea travel...
Metal Man (GM): ...And there's a giant wave behind him...
General Ourumov: "I will see you again, capitalist fools!" He looks behind him. "...Just... no."
Deloth silently watches the oncoming chaos.
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH.* He vanishes beneath the waves, as does Mendev. Shrapnel from the boat lands on the beach. ...Mecha Zangief runs into the ocean and vanishes under the sea.
Deloth: "..." *starts whistling "Yankee Doodle" as he walks over to the shrapnel.*
Dragoshi: "..." *Bah-link.*
Julian: *Julian walks over to the group after recovering, looking a bit worse for wear.* "You guys take out the general?"
Metal Man (GM): Julian walks over, and sees various bits of shrapnel. Also, the hat of the General.
Deloth picks that up and looks it over. "Sweet dreams, comrade. Hope you enjoy the briny deep."
Digifanatic: "If nothing else, we scared him."
Metal Man (GM): Most of the soldiers the Feds were fighting have surrendered or died.
Julian: "I got a feelin' that robot ain' goin' anywhere either."
Metal Man (GM): And Mecha Zangief is now under the ocean.
Digifanatic: "Definitely not."
Deloth tucks the hat under his arm. "Ready to go?"
Dragoshi: *To the Carrier!*
Julian: *Outta here.*
Aribar uneasily returns to the Egg Carrier and wonders what they will find waiting for them inside.
Deloth: *To the Carrier. Wow, what a thing to come back to.*
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile... Jack is in the Egg Carrier. He has singled out a teleporter unit. He holds a claw joystick, after blasting some pathetic soldiers away.
Jack: "Like taking candy from Borne..."
Metal Man (GM): He moves it in. But then the controls don't respond.
Jack: "What?" *Shake.* *Jiggle.*
Metal Man (GM): The joystick doesn't work. He presses a button. A window with Red Text pops up.
Red Text: 'What is the problem?'
Jack: "This thing won't work!"
Red Text: 'I see no reason for it to not work. Try the other one.'
Metal Man (GM): He tries it. It doesn't work either.
Jack: "I'll have to get it myself." He goes to open the door, that won't work either.
Red Text: 'There is... interference? What is this noise on the comms channel?'
Metal Man (GM): *BZT* *KBZT.*
Jack: "Now what?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I, the genius, have thwarted YOU!" The ship shakes suddenly, acting as if Eggman is controlling it.
Red Text: '...So that was what all those... you can't do a thing. I can turn the air off to your room.'
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh, reaaaally?"
Metal Man (GM): Guns pop out of the bridge, pointing at Jack.
Jack: "Let's not do anything too hasty, all right? I... like not being pierced."
Dr. Robotnik: "Is that right? Maybe the Questers will prefer to do it themselves? Hahahahahaha!"
Red Text: 'Well... I guess Eggman's use for me has dried up... perhaps I--'
Dr. Robotnik: "Free me, and you shall get your Jack back. Refuse, and he dies... and the teleporter is MINE!"
Red Text: 'I already have a teleporter. How else did I recapture you?'
Dr. Robotnik: "Don't play dumb, the Feds made a jammer! You need THAT one!" He moves the claw to the new teleporter. "I can crush it right here, and you will have LOST the only one of its kind!"
Red Text: 'Wait! No... fine. But the Questers belong to ME!'
Dr. Robotnik: "Keep them! I have better things to do! Now... just release me..."
Red Text: 'You can't warp there... I couldn't do it.'
Dr. Robotnik: "Not THAT way, you moron. Stop trying to jam me..."
Red Text: 'Fine.'
Metal Man (GM): He presses a button. The claw drops the teleporter, and then presses some buttons.
Dr. Robotnik: "Coordinates... yes. Here, you can have Jack back."
Metal Man (GM): WARP. The Eggman switches places with Jack.
Red Text: 'The Questers will destroy you, Eggman. You shouldn't do this.'
Dr. Robotnik: "You keep telling yourself that. I believe they will have a very good reason to work with me... besides... that commander is underwater now. Your competition has been downsized as you wanted!"
Red Text: 'You don't know what I know.'
Dr. Robotnik: "Talk to the hand!" *Click.*
Metal Man (GM): Questers approach Egg Carrier. They know nothing much has happened... the ramp is open as usual. Some Fed soldiers salute them for their bravery.
Julian: *Waves to them and enters.*
Deloth hands the hat to the soldiers. "Souvenir."
Digifanatic: "Well, then..." *salutes back and enters.*
Aribar nods to the soldiers as he passes them and walks up the ramp.
Deloth heads up the ramp and onto the Carrier.
Dragoshi: *Also nods to ze soldiers as he passes by them and enters the Carrier via el ramp.* :x
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk in. Eggman waves to them.
Dr. Robotnik: "Welcome, Questers!"
Deloth: *dryly.* "Hello."
Dr. Robotnik: "I have done you the favor of removing Jack, and his Red Text master. For your help, I shall allow you to continue moving around the world... although I will need to use my Egg Carrier from time to time!"
Deloth: "And where IS Jack?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Outer space, not that anyone cares."
Aribar: "Does he think that we di-" *The half-elf stops and thinks for a moment.* "Can the Red Text being hear us here?"
Julian: "Think he got locked out."
Dr. Robotnik: "No. I am the only person in the world who has outsmarted him. For I am Eggman, the GENIUS! ...We shall need a new base. The old one is still his, and I cannot fancy a war with him, not with just this Egg Carrier. Tell me, what is the most desolate part of this strange world you've been to?"
Aribar: "Does Jack know that we helped you? I am wondering because he has a spear of death that I do not wish to get on the wrong side of."
Julian: "The west?"
Dr. Robotnik: "No, not at all. In fact, the Red Text told us both he owned you. He probably was speaking gibberish."
Metal Man (GM): The ship flies up and starts going West.
Dragoshi: "Let's keep him in his little world of delusions."
Dr. Robotnik: "Now, you must understand... we aren't quite allies or enemies. As long as Red Text persists, however, I believe we can coexist."
Aribar: "That reminds me; Sonic was looking for you earlier. If I recall correctly, he wanted to ally with you as well."
Dr. Robotnik: "Then we can be rivals like me and Sonic! Imagine... what sort of a battle we could do when there is no one else to fight. Ah, yes. I shall contact him too."
Deloth: "I still regard you with deep, deep suspicion."
Julian: "That's all nice 'an such, but I still don't trust yo' ass."
Dr. Robotnik: *Pats Deloth on the head.* "Only an idiot would believe me incapable of trickery. So I cannot expect you to trust me."
Deloth slaps Eggman's hand off. "Hands. Off. The ears. Besides, you're messing up my headwings."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm." He rubs the hand off. He soon sees the Western Continent. "Excellent choice. Now... you can help me further, and I can repay you with weapons and money... or I can send you somewhere and pick you up if necessary.
Digifanatic: .oO(Sonic and Robotnik working together. Who would have seen the day?)
Dr. Robotnik: "I must use what is left of my terraforming equipment. Eggmanland can be built... without inconveniencing anyone! Even better. I, the Eggman, can destroy Red Text with Eggmanland! Er. And your help. And... Sonic's... if need be. GUN could help me too, but I don't trust them."
Aribar sighs and says nothing. He wonders if this is the start of yet another rivalry with Eggman.
Deloth continues shooting glares at Eggman. If looks could kill... well, these wouldn't. But he'd be in traction, I assure you!
Eggmanland: "Oh, and you were so nice to type the command. Have some Eggman dollars!" He gives everyone ten Eggman dollars.
Aribar: "Do you have any idea on what we should do next to stop the Red Text man next? And thank you. I think."
Dragoshi: *Nods in thanks as he pockets the Eggman dollars for later use.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, he wanted a teleporter. The teleporter is mine and shall be destroyed, because it can damage reality itself. He has a teleporter, but he doesn't know how to fix some flaw with it. Also with my help you can crash his presence on the Super Death Egg... and maybe blast a hole in his presence on the Final Egg base. If you work with me, then we can cripple him. Then you can destroy him and we can get off to a much less... world-endangering battle."
Deloth: "And what if Red Text Guy turns out to be right?"
Dr. Robotnik: "That you're owned by him? I am ready for such an event."
Julian: "Then we fucked up."
Dr. Robotnik: "Of course. You being... rivals... in the field... you're free to improvise against Red Text. I will be working separately, and the first to destroy him shall probably get the lion's share of credit."