Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 26: Robotnik in Command
Date: December 14th & 17th, 2008.
Metal Man (GM): Location: Egg Carrier, Desolate Western Continent. Eggman is there, discussing with the Questers plans for the future.
Digifanatic: *He's listening.*
Dr. Robotnik: "So, my temporary allies, I assume you wish to fight Red Text... or perhaps you wish to do something else? Don't worry, I will continue giving you free access to wherever you wish, using this ship. But give me a little time after I drop you off. I must build Eggmanland... right here! Additionally if you need any supplies... perhaps I can help you. For a price!"
Deloth: *flatly.* "We'll keep that in mind."
Metal Man (GM): He presses some buttons. Robots and material leap off of the Egg Carrier.
Aribar: "Do you happen to know of a man named Metal Man?"
Computer: "Eggman backup plan 3 activated. Building new base."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmmm? No, I can't say I have met him. Why?"
Digifanatic: "Old friend of ours."
Aribar: "He might be able to help us against that Red Text man."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm. Well, that reminds me." He looks around. "Why IS this continent empty? It's prime land for civilization! My sensors show no major defects. There's trace radioactivity, but that's in an area I couldn't even reach!"
Digifanatic: "Well, because a psycho temporarily seized control of it."
Aribar: "There used to be some sort of killer android, which coincidentally wants to kill Metal Man. His name was Vylch and I think he killed everyone here."
Dragoshi: *Nods in response to Aribar.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm. That reminds me... I never found out where Metal Sonic went."
Aribar: "We fought him and barely escaped alive. We armed the Egg Carrier with a lightning carrier and turned him into a fine mush, but he somehow survived and ate a hole in the Carrier. Jack then sent him into space."
Dr. Robotnik: "Indeed, it is as if many of my supplies were stolen while I was gone... Which is annoying, as I will have to make more for myself, slowing down my ability to, eventually, destroy Red Text! Oh yes. This." *He types a command, bringing up the lightning weapon.* "I've made it even more powerful, just in case. It beats the old laser. You must have had another mad genius make it!"
Deloth: "...Sort of."
Dragoshi: "Kind of..."
Aribar: "... Yeah."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well. Enough chit-chat. Do you need supplies now or a ride? Or both?"
Digifanatic: "Well, if nothing else, I'd like to see what we've got."
Metal Man (GM): He looks to the other Questers, since he assumes Digi means 'Who is here and what do they have?'
Aribar: "I'd like to see what weapons and, although I doubt you have any, spells you have."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, let's see what I have." He begins rummaging in compartments. "Hm. Here."
Metal Man (GM): Eggman Brand (TM) Band-aid (TM) Healing Device (R)(TM): Stick this on your wound, and it'll look like you have Eggman's face for a wound instead! Heals 91 HP. 18 coins. Giant Sandwich: Heals all your illnesses, as well as mental problems and status effects. Except for potential eating disorders and death. 35 coins. Tier 2 Spellbook: Activate. Tier 3 Spellbook: Panel. Weapon: Egg Blaster; Rate 3, 17 damage, Intelligence + 1 Accuracy, threatens 3 enemies at once. 70 coins.
Dr. Robotnik: "Naturally I have many copies of these books with me, for I always use them where possible to speed my work!"
Digifanatic: *saves his money for now.*
Aribar shakes his head. "Sorry, but as long as Digi"
Deloth: "So where should we go now?"
Aribar shakes his head. "Sorry, but as long as Digi's with us I don't think I'll need either spell. That gun also looks tempting, but it is too much for me."
Digifanatic: "Think we can just take a look at the continent for now seen as how we're Vylch-free?"
Dragoshi: *Nope, none here either. Would've gone for the gun, but he doesn't have enough coins. Maybe later.*
Aribar: "Ah, that is a good idea. Eggman, can you somehow scan this continent for Metal Man? We were told to come to this place to find him, but we've had no lucl. luck."*
Dr. Robotnik: *Typing.* "Hm. I detect... a lot of signals from underwater. But I don't know who Metal Man is, so how can I tell if it's him or not?"
Digifanatic: "Also goes under the name Illian Macgregor."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, if my machine could scan names, that'd be nice. The few things which transmit name data transmit gibberish."
Digifanatic: "Oh... Normally wears full body armor."
Aribar: "Unfortunately, I don't think we can check those underwater ruins."
Digifanatic: "Yeah. We don't have any submersibles either unless there's some marina on the other edge of this continent or something."
Dr. Robotnik: "I can build underwater vehicles, if there is a need. But I need... supplies. Would you know of any?"
Deloth: "I think we can find a way by ourselves, thanks."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, where do you want to go, then?"
Digifanatic: "I'm not sure, unless we want to explore some of this area by land or air..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well. If you don't know of supplies, I'd suggest you take back the Final Egg base for me. There's only one or two Eggrobos. Shoot them to pieces and reprogram the base, and I will pay you."
Deloth: "I vote for exploring this area."
Aribar: "One of those Eggrobos said that it would obey the 'next Eggman', which became us when we went about restoring a few functions of that base."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, you can tell them I am here now, but I don't think they will believe you. Red Text controls them all, I am sure."
Dragoshi: "Yes, but that Eggrobo is controlled by the Red Text, so..."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... I just had an odd theory."
Digifanatic: "I wonder if Red Text is telling the Eggrobos all this 'next Eggman' stuff just to make us think we could have that kind of power. When really, we're falling into Red Text's trap and we're getting no incentives whatsoever. All we're doing is setting Red Text up for some crazy plan designed to take us down for helping out a few innocent Eggrobos. Really really silly, but this isn't the first strange situation we've been flung into."
Deloth rubs his chin. "I don't think so. If I recall, this 'next Eggman' nonsense started BEFORE we found out and Red Text started sending messages."
Aribar: "I see nothing wrong with walking into a trap; it's our specialty."
Dr. Robotnik: "I would assume something like that is true. In any way, it's a cross between messages I programmed and corruption from this Red Text fellow. Who must be stopped!"
Digifanatic: "Well, Deloth... I understand your point, but maybe Red Text would hide out for a while to see how we'd react. Either of us could be right, but we could both be wrong. Mere speculation."
Aribar: "I vote that we take back the Final Egg."
Deloth: "Wouldn't that be kind of an obvious thing to do and for RT to plan for?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm, yes. Perhaps we should trap him instead."
Metal Man (GM): He begins chuckling.
Deloth is immediately filled with deep suspicion. "Like how?"
Dr. Robotnik: "When I escaped, he said he owned you."
Dragoshi: "Which he doesn't."
Dr. Robotnik: "You should pretend to capture me, take me to the teleporter in Final Egg... and then slip a special interference device into the warp, destroying the connection to the Super Death Egg he made you do. That was how he began manipulating machines down here. It wouldn't stop him for good but we could worry about other things for a while."
Dragoshi: "Or muck up his plans even further..."
Aribar: "As long as he wouldn't do something such as teleport you away again somehow."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh, right. Yes. He has... a teleporter... one of the flawed ones Trevor had."
Deloth flinches instinctively.
Dr. Robotnik: "I overheard, however, there was a jamming device..."
Dr. Robotnik: "If I could have that we could do it without fear of that working either... in fact... .we can jam out his device while we're at it. See... together we can destroy his powers!"
Deloth: "And then you take over the world. Again."
Aribar: "The Federation, the people we were saving when we attacked that HYDRA group, created it."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... we can be friendly rivals for the hearts and minds of the people later. Right now, this madman threatens us both, so it would benefit us all to put him out of commission."
Deloth: "Friendly rivals? Please."
Dragoshi: *Nods.* "That it would."
Dr. Robotnik: "I see. Could you call them to send us a copy? I'm sure they'd be happy to know it'd protect them from a mysterious red text person they don't know about."
Metal Man (GM): He puts a phone out.
Deloth: "I'd like to show you just how much of a 'friendly rival' I am, but unfortunately, we need you alive."
Dragoshi: *Rolls eyes.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh... I could do the same... and refrain for similar reasons."
Garrick grunts once as he steps up, between Dragoshi and Del, glaring at Robotnik. "I, however, have no real qualms with putting a bullet between your eyes."
Aribar picks up the phone and tries to call the Carrington Institute! How can he mess this up?
Dragoshi: "Yes. And I'd much rather not have to deal with in-fighting. I've had enough of it to last me quite a while."
Metal Man (GM): *Ring.* *Ring.*
Carrington: "This is Daniel Carrington. How can I help you?"
Aribar: "Greetings. This is Aribar Hunter of the Questers. We were wondering if we could have the blueprints of or one of the teleportation jamming devices."
Garrick grunts once as he steps up, between Dragoshi and Del, glaring at Robotnik, but withholding his general distaste for him at the moment. He glances over to Ari, then back to Robotnik. "If you want to work together to get at this guy, you can start by keying me into the research you've done so far and supplying me with some tools."
Aribar: "We are fighting against a foe who uses teleportation for transmitting directions to his bases and it would greatly help us to have the jamming device."
Carrington: "Well, since you gave us it and the enhanced teleporter..." *WARP* The jammer appears right outside the ship. "Consider this one on the house."
Dr. Robotnik: "There were TWO of them?!?! I guess it is good those people got it first..." He looks around, almost worried.
Aribar: "Thank you. If you ever need our help, don't hesitate to call."
Carrington: "Don't mention it. Talk to you later." *Click.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, that's their part. Now for mine."
Metal Man (GM): He walks over and begins furiously typing.
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes... this virus will turn the text to something other than red... destroy the link... then link it in an infinite feedback loop... and give me absolute control over all my possessions on the planet... Ha ha ha ha ha!"
Deloth: *muttering.* "Give me a break..."
Garrick eyes Robotnik, then nudges Drag with his shoulder.
Aribar: "How do you know it will work against the Red Text?"
Dr. Robotnik: "He was lazy. He reused a lot of my code. I had many months to watch him work. I was the first to fool him. Now we shall all fool him for good. He's become too cocky following his 100% success rate until now."
Dragoshi: "...that's kinda sad, in all honesty." *He then looks over to Garrick.* "...yes?"
Garrick motions him over to the corner of the room they are in, walking over out of ear shot.
Dragoshi: *Nods, and follows Garrick.*
Garrick glances over at Robotnik again, then mutters under his breath to Drag. "You've been around longer than I have... how much of Robotnik's stuff is around this world?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Let's see... yes. Destroy all traces... the oracle... that should be ours too."
Aribar just stands back and lets Robotnik do his work.
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay, that should be about it."
Dragoshi: *Mutters in response.* "Aside from this place, it's pretty much all at various parts of Mobius. ...Though, it's mainly just the Final Egg and a base on some place called Christmas Island. Oh, and some stuff in a GUN building, but that's all safely under lock and key. Aside from that, there's also the Super Death Egg which is in outer space. Don't know much about that, though." :/
Garrick hrms softly, then nods... He then motions back and heads back over with the others.
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, the disk is ready... now the plan is you approach the base, with me at gunpoint, saying you have captured me. Why? Because I am the Eggman, of course, and you don't trust me. Then he will of course gloat over how he owns you."
Deloth: "So why should we trust you for this, then?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Because Red Text wouldn't expect you to."
Dragoshi: *Nods, and once again follows Garrick.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Only the unexpected can throw him for a loop. Like when you randomly gave me access to the Egg Carrier, against your own better judgment."
Deloth: "So why wouldn't he expect an attempted double-cross?" *shakes his head.* "This whole plan is a mess."
Aribar: "It is painfully obvious why we can trust him; at least as far as one can trust a Robotnik; he will benefit from this plan."
Dr. Robotnik: "You give him too much credit, I say! He has fooled you! That is how he operates. No one questions him because he never seems to fail. Except that one time when you deviated from all other times, by accident. This time, it won't be an accident! He has limited equipment. The worst case scenario is we take the base and not so much damage the Death Egg. By the way, how did the Final Egg regain power, anyway?"
Deloth: "And it will fail."
Dr. Robotnik: "Pft. You know nothing!"
Digifanatic: *muttering to Ari.* "Tell the truth?"
Deloth: "I know people like that since I started. They have backup plans for everything."
Aribar: "We dragged a, if I recall correctly, Chaos Drive engine thing to the base."
Dr. Robotnik: "And you say I, the Eggman, do not have backup plans?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Guess so.)
Deloth crosses his arms. "Not as many, no."
Dr. Robotnik: "But you see, even if I don't have as many, I am combining mine with yours. That allows a cross-referencing which increases the possibilities to an astronomical amount. The Robotnik-'Quester' alliance can only be completely unpredictable and self-balancing, while the single Red Text entity continues to try to manipulate all he comes into contact with psychologically."
Deloth: "And how many of those possibilities end up in failure? Refresh my memory."
Aribar: "Deloth, what would you rather have us do to strike against the Red Text being?"
Dr. Robotnik: "If I had ever given up, you would have been killed by Mewtwo." He smirks with a superior sense.
Deloth: "Kill him OURSELVES. Like we've been doing for... what? Five years? Ten?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I will be waiting for your inevitable finding of my plan as complete and unstoppable."
Dragoshi: "I'm just neutral on this whole matter and fail to see the point in arguing about this."
Dr. Robotnik: "Of course, I will need a new one if you charge blindly into a highly secured base, trying to kill him with your bare hands."
Dragoshi: "To me, it's an idiotic waste of time."
Deloth fights down the growing urge to put an AK-47 into Eggman's mouth and see how many bullets he can fire. It's becoming a losing battle.
Aribar: "Okay, Deloth, tell us where we can find the Red Text man. Since we've never ever seen him. And he just seems to be a computer."
Deloth: "Why? Because your plans to take over after we win will have gone up in smoke?"
Dr. Robotnik: "No. To the contrary, when you die from your foolish half-plan, I will have more room to make such plans."
Deloth: "That's not my job. Ask Digi."
Dr. Robotnik: "In the meantime..." He sets to typing in more commands. He's surfing the internet, and apparently ordering around robots down below.
Deloth: "I'm just here to crack skulls and not work with someone who betrays us again and again and again."
Metal Man (GM): Slow construction of a base begins.
Digifanatic: "Ask me what?!"
Aribar: "Deloth, we've stopped Eggman countless times before. We can do so again once the Red Text man is dealt with."
Deloth: "I mean, shit, people, do you all have severe brain damage or something to forget something THAT IMPORTANT?"
Digifanatic: "Sorry, but I kinda agree with Aribar."
Deloth: "And you have no qualms whatsoever about having to clean up his mess AGAIN?"
Digifanatic: "Red Text is more mysterious and really, in the end, we're taking down Robotnik no matter what."
Aribar turns to Robotnik. "You don't mind us talking about ending your reign of terror behind your back, do you?"
Deloth: "Oh, right, Red Text is MYSTERIOUS. Pack up your bags and sit back, everyone, we can't fight him on our own because of THAT!"
Dr. Robotnik: "How are you going to kill what seems to be a mostly computer-based entity with your bare hands?"
Dragoshi: "With fire." *Sarcastic.*
Deloth: "Break things."
Digifanatic: "Didn't we beat a computer thingamajig in our last world?"
Aribar: "And where is the thing that must be broken to kill it?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I invite you to experiment, then, if that's what it'll take."
Garrick: "Alright, alright."
Dragoshi: "...I wasn't being serious." :/
Garrick steps up toward Robotnik, his hands raised. "Enough arguing back and forth."
Aribar: "Thank you!"
Metal Man (GM): He turns around from the computer and looks to Garrick. Behind him is a screen showing news from the last while. He seems to be reading through old headlines. 'Commander Borne takes over govt.'
Deloth: *ignoring Garrick.* "Ari, you don't have a clue either. Keep your arguments until you can form something with logic."
Metal Man (GM): 'Mysterious people with helicopters attack Borne.' 'Borne confirmed dead after mysterious explosion.'
Garrick: "Del, shut your hole for a minute. Let's look at the facts. This Red Text guy is obviously bad news."
Deloth: "How about if I make you a new one, instead?"
Metal Man (GM): Eggman smirks knowingly at Garrick.
Garrick pauses, looking to Del, a look of exasperation on his face. "Del, do you REALLY want to cause a confrontation right now?"
Aribar: "Here is some logic: we have defeated Robotnik before. He has backstabbed us before and we still won. We don't know how to defeat the Red Text guy or how to fight him. Robotnik does."
Deloth: "If that's what it takes."
Garrick: "All you're doing is talking out your ass about how we're awesome and everyone else sucks. Face facts. We aren't what we were."
Aribar: .oO(Now I have to wonder if he just wants to cause tension like back when we first came to this world.)
Garrick: "We don't have the awe-inspiring powers and lasers and shit we had. What we do have is knowledge. Information. Experience. We know how things work, to an extent."
Dragoshi: .oO(I just want to get this over with. I can't see why we can't just tell Del to shut up and ignore him if he doesn't and just move the hell on. Seriously. It irks me.)
Garrick: "The fact remains, as Ari said. We don't know how to defeat this Red Text guy. Robotnik does."
Deloth gives Garrick a angry, very unbalanced stare. "Exactly. And we happen to know that THIS plan will end in OUR asses having to mop up yet AGAIN. I know it, you know it, EVERYONE IN THE UNIVERSE KNOWS IT."
Garrick: "Yeah. I do know it."
Aribar: "Robotnik, head towards Final Egg. Let's go through with this."
Dragoshi: "Yes. Please do. I'd like to get this over with sometime this year."
Garrick: "Hold up, Ari. One more thing."
Deloth: "We're not going anywhere."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yeeeees?" He drinks a cup of coffee. Where the heck did he get that?
Garrick steps up to the good/bad doctor, getting a little uncomfortably close. "I want to make something perfectly clear. So listen and don't speak."
Metal Man (GM): He rubs his forehead. Naturally. Even with his expressions he can continue communicating.
Deloth reaches back for his sword, staring at Eggman, eye twitching. Talk about snapping hard.
Digifanatic: *shuts up.*
Garrick: "We've all dealt with you and your siblings quite a few times. QUITE a few times. In different places, different times, different dimensions. We've dealt with people like you. We've dealt with technology like you. And while we may not be the smartest, or the strongest, or the fastest people around at the moment, we are the most stubborn." *takes a step close to him.* "If you FUCK with us... we will come for you."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh, them. I've heard of them." He leans forward. "As far as I'm concerned, they were all idiots and very poor liars. I have already given you my assurance--" He knocks into Garrick as he steps forward. "Gah! I guess we think alike." He leans back.
Garrick shoves him back, glaring. "I said shut up."
Metal Man (GM): He brushes the shove marks off his jacket.
Deloth continues walking towards Eggman, eye still a-twitching.
Dr. Robotnik: "The Eggman does not shut up. And your little friend is malfunctioning." He puts some creamer in his bitter-smelling coffee and drinks some.
Garrick: "As I was saying... if you fuck with us, we will come for you. And you can come at us with lasers and robots and Final Eggs and Death Eggs and Super Dee Duper Mega Eggs of Doom. And we'll take the beating and keep coming. We will not stop. We will not let up."
Dr. Robotnik: *sigh.* "I already discussed this. After we destroy Red Text we are to be rivals, just as I and Sonic. And I know you will beat me from time to time."
Aribar holds out his hand and thickens the air in front of Deloth to stop him from approaching Eggman. "No, no." (Kinesis.)
Garrick: "We will make it our life goal to make sure you die. And die as many times as you come back in some form."
Dr. Robotnik: "That is the fun of playing the game in the first place."
Metal Man (GM): Deloth walks into a wall of solid air.
Garrick: "No no, Doctor... you don't understand."
Deloth: "Ari. Drop. The. Wall."
Garrick: "We're not gonna be like Sonic. We're not going to push until we stop your latest plan."
Aribar keeps it up.
Dragoshi: *Is now tapping his foot.* "...Are we done wasting time yet?"
Aribar: "Not yet, Dragoshi."
Garrick: "We're going to come. And come. And keep coming until every last nut and bolt is vaporized and your charred body is laying across some console somewhere."
Dragoshi: "Dammit" *Sighs.*
Garrick places his finger into his chest, jabbing him.
Deloth: *loudly.* "I SAID DROP THE WALL, YOU STUPID ELF."
Garrick: "So don't fuck with us. And we won't kill you. ...now... if Deloth would stop his stupid tantrum... we can be off. Start it up, Doc."
Dr. Robotnik: *Smirk.* "I have no plan on doing such. It would jeopardize my plan to destroy Red Text."
Aribar: "You really need to see a therapist, Deloth."
Dr. Robotnik: "Full power. Egg Carrier." *Flip.* It begins heading towards Final Egg.
Deloth: "And you really need to drop the wall before I take off that other arm."
Dragoshi: .oO(You know... I'm glad that I actually have the capacity to tolerate this. Or else I'd do something I'd regret. Or maybe not regret. But luckily, I won't have to find out if I would or wouldn't regret doing said thing. So... Hooray, I guess.)
Garrick turns to Deloth, moving toward him. He glances to Ari.
Dr. Robotnik: "I ask you restrain the person over there, because he might hit me. That would interfere with my ability to help you in the plan."
Garrick: "Go ahead and drop it, Ari."
Aribar drops the wall.
Dragoshi: "...ya sure that's a good idea?"
Garrick: "Deloth. Calm the fuck down."
Deloth whips out both swords and charges at... Ari? "YOU ARE NOT GONNA DO THAT AGAIN!"
Digifanatic: .oO(What has gotten into him?!)
Aribar does it again. Only between Deloth and himself.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Mr... what is your name?" He looks to Garrick. "Permission to restrain your friend for you?"
Garrick jerks forward, sliding into a hold to grip Del, intercepting him and making to hold him in a lock.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick trips. Deloth leaps over him.
Digifanatic: *As much as he'd like to help Garrick, the last thing he wants is Deloth angry at him as well...*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar gets hit both times. Robotnik stands up, not sure what to do.
Garrick: "If you can hold him steady, doc, then do it."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh. Very well."
Dragoshi: "...Yes, please do."
Metal Man (GM): He types a command.
Deloth then attempts to jam his thumbs into Ari's eye sockets. I'd say he's snapped pretty hard this time, yep.
Metal Man (GM): Electricity rains from the ceiling. It's some sort of trap. Deloth gets shocked and stuck to the floor.
Dr. Robotnik: "The anti-hedgehog trap shall do. Even Sonic couldn't escape it. ...Then some stupid robot broke him out. I hate that robot. It was a piece of trash."
Metal Man (GM): Wall of electricity. All attempts to leave the tile shock Deloth.
Deloth attempts to push himself back up, through the electricity...
Metal Man (GM): It's some of Eggman's high-tech stuff.
Aribar leaps back from Deloth. He was too distracted and was hurt by the slashes, but now he's keenly aware of the monstrosity attacking him. The half-elf doesn't unsheathe his sword; that would just escalate matters. "Deloth, calm down."
Metal Man (GM): Deloth bounces off the bars. They only get more zappy as he moves more.
Garrick pushes himself off the ground, tossing Ari one of the health kits he has, then moving to Del.
Digifanatic: "Please, just let it go." *muttering to him.* "You'll get your chance to kill Robotnik soon enough."
Deloth continues smashing his shoulder against the bars as he screams. Loudly. VERY loudly.
Garrick: "What is your problem, huh?! Why are you losing it?"
Metal Man (GM): *ZAP* *ZAP* *BZAPPP* *ZAPPP* Deloth begins to smell like popcorn. That can't feel good.
Dr. Robotnik: "Let me see." *Type type type.* "Oh, he was in a hospital for it."
Aribar mutters a thanks to Garrick and starts applying the health kit's supplies to his wounds. "Ever since we came to this world, Deloth's mind hasn't been quite right."
Deloth continues slamming. And slamming. And slamming.
Garrick: "He's going to end up killing himself... Robotnik, you got a cell or something?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. I do. It held Amy, and she makes Deloth look sane."
Metal Man (GM): He chuckles.
Dr. Robotnik: "...But a different, even stupider robot released her."
Dr. Robotnik: "So please don't let rogue robots in there."
Deloth: *WHAM WHAM WHAM.*
Garrick: "Well, lock him in there, would you? And disarm him."
Dragoshi: "What is up, with different and stupid robots freeing people that are imprisoned by you?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Let me see... transport device..." He types a few commands.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth warps (ironically, due to the very device designed after him) into the cell. His weapons are left behind.
Dr. Robotnik: "Anything he can do I should know about?"
Dr. Robotnik: "..."
Metal Man (GM): *Type.*
Aribar: "In fact, the teleporter and teleporter jamming technology that the Federation has is based on his teleportation abilities."
Garrick gathers them up, looking over the sword before sliding it through a loop on his back. He'll take whatever other weapons that Deloth left behind and hold onto them for the time being.
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I have the jammer on, but this means we'll need another one."
Deloth continues smashing against the bars. Hard. So what if his shoulder's surely broken by now?
Metal Man (GM): he bars hold. They show repeated holding up, even against hammer attacks.
Garrick: "I might be able to look it over, see if I can get another one together."
Metal Man (GM): 'I love Sonic' is carved into the wall. Creepy.
Aribar: "Do you happen to have any tranquilizers or sedatives, Robotnik?"
Dr. Robotnik: "No. I prefer to launch insane people into outer space and have them burn up in the atmosphere."
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhole, on the floor, there is... two swords. One normal, one laser. And a whole ton of miscellaneous stuff. Sorta. It's an Echidna Lasery sword thing.
Garrick: "Jeez, he had a lot of junk..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Ah, I have the solution. I erase his mind, then tell him he is a cyborg made to serve me. Then he won't be upset anymore. And I can order him to serve you."
Garrick: "...how about 'no'?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm... I could install a taser that zaps him every time he thinks about violent thoughts about you or me."
Deloth: *Shoulder's broken beyond usefulness. Switching to the other shoulder to bash with in 3... 2... 1...* *WHAM.*
Aribar: "Let us just save that for a last-case scenario. Both of those ideas."
Dr. Robotnik: "We need another jammer, anyway. Shall we call in another one?"
Garrick: "You guys do something with this... junk... I'm going to go talk to him. Or attempt to. Call me when we get there."
Deloth starts using Antipodes instead. Explosions!
Aribar: "The Federation said that the first one was on the house. I am not sure if they will give us another."
Garrick heads down in what he guesses in the direction to where Deloth is...
Digifanatic: *just sits back, turns his head towards the nearest window and rolls his eyes.*
Metal Man (GM): The death course is not activated. So Garrick walks through one hallway and then another filled with statues of Eggman, before reaching where Deloth is.
Garrick walks up to the cell, his arms folded over his chest.
Deloth continues attempting to blow up the bars of the cell.
Metal Man (GM): The cell is being rocked by small explosions right now.
Deloth responds with another explosion. It's the new Esperanto.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmmm... I will study it, then, and make my own. That okay with you?"
Deloth: *Even louder explosion.*
Garrick: "You're gonna run out of energy soon enough, Del. I know you can't last forever."
Aribar: "I look forward to seeing any death machine you create from it."
Deloth glares wildly at Garrick before attempting to claw through said bars.
Dr. Robotnik: "Very well!" He starts designing.
Garrick: "...Deloth, if you keep this up, you're going to turn into another Charles."
Metal Man (GM): Looks like he's integrating the jammer with the virus, and is creating what looks like a modified sphere. He gives it a name: Egg-Virus Sphere.
Deloth: *No, no, no. Charles was the Magnificent Bastard style of psycho. Del's being the "Adrenaline-drenched Hulk smash" psycho right now.*
Metal Man (GM): He neatly organizes anti-teleportation, anti-grav, and virus dispersal abilities on it, also making it insulated and relatively small.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm. The person who made the anti-teleporter was smart, but sort of boring."
Garrick: "Deloth, talk to me... what is wrong? You have to talk to me if you want us to help you."
Dr. Robotnik: "Everything is so square and plain. My design will ruin all teleportation when used properly, and basically wreak havoc on that evil Red Text person."
Deloth starts pounding his non-pulverized shoulder into the bars again with a primal scream.
Aribar sighs and goes to find somewhere to sit while awaiting for everything to get accomplished.
Garrick sighs... moving a bit closer. "Dammit, what happened to you... did Kuja screw with your head? Did you finally lose it...? There's gotta be something to calm you down..."
Deloth attempts to grab Garrick by his collar and yank him in closer.
Metal Man (GM): He does that.
Deloth then begins attempting to break the bars some more. Using Garrick this time.
Garrick grunts and places his boot firmly on the bars, pushing away.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth gets smacked upside the head and thrown backwards. Eggman, meanwhile, is slowly building a very shiny, unassuming red and yellow orb.
Dr. Robotnik: "Mwoohoohoohoo! When we hit the base, all you need to do is bowl it into the warp... then you will certainly cause a gutter ball for Red Text!"
Deloth staggers backwards, but shakes his head and attempts to reel Garrick in again for a second attempt.
Metal Man (GM): It seems Deloth is insane. Psychotic.
Aribar: "That is rather groan-worthy, Robotnik."
Garrick sighs and walks away, figuring they're close by now.
Dragoshi: "Hopefully, there won't be any seven-ten splits involved."
Metal Man (GM): The ship arrives. Eggman clutches the finished sphere.
Dr. Robotnik: "Now, which of you will roll this into the portal?"
Aribar: "I would probably throw it horribly off course."
Dragoshi: "...Well, I could take a crack at it. Unless someone more suited at it comes along, of course." :x
Deloth: *Anyways. Del's back to shoulder-bashing the bars.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth eventually comes to rest, having beaten himself into exhaustion.
Dr. Robotnik: "Very well." *He hands the orb to Dragoshi.* "Now, all of you. Get behind me and point your guns at me. You are to tell Red Text how you have caught me and how you want me gone."
Dragoshi: *Takes the orb and just looks it over.* "I don't have a gun. Would a laser sword work as a substitute?" >_>
Aribar unsheathes his sword. "Hopefully."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes."
Metal Man (GM): He puts his hands up, and waits a moment, as Garrick gets into the cockpit.
Dr. Robotnik: "You, person... who talks to the crazy person... make sure to point your guns at me as I leave."
Garrick: "I've got a better idea."
Digifanatic doesn't have a gun nor a sword or anything that actually looks lethal without looking odd, so he hides out of range for this--eh?
Dragoshi: "...yes, Garrick?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh, right. He could point a laser sword and a gun at me."
Garrick draws his knife and pistol easily, slipping behind Robotnik and settling the edge of the blade against his neck, the point of the gun into his temple.
Dr. Robotnik: "This works as well." He talks carefully.
Garrick: "This shall do nicely. Now... let's get moving."
Aribar: *Follow mode activate!*
Metal Man (GM): The ramp opens towards the base and Eggman slowly walks out, hands up. The Eggrobo walks over.
Dragoshi: *Walks behind.*
Eggrobo: "Is that Eggman?"
Garrick walks out, keeping a firm grip on Eggman, the blade to his throat. "Tell your bot to lay off, doc."
Eggrobo: "I am not his robot..." He points to Dragoshi. "He and his friends are the current Eggmen. There is no procedure for reversing the arrangement... but I am unsure what you want me to do."
Garrick: "We're here to talk to the Red Text guy... We brought this guy here. Captured him."
Garrick tightens his grip on Robotnik slight, the edge of the blade pushing into his neck a little more.
Eggrobo: "Well, isn't that strange. You actually want to talk to me. I thought you hated me. The Eggman. I am not surprised you have captured him."
Garrick: "Yeah, he's kind of a idiot, if you ask me..."
Eggrobo: "I'll take him off your hands. I assume you have realized the true danger of the threat that faces this planet. Which only I know how to deal with."
Aribar: .oO(I want to say something, but I don't want to screw this up.)
Eggrobo: "The Eggman is required to serve me, to help this problem. He escapes, but time and time again, he is simply warped back. It would be most economical to use the in-base teleporter."
Metal Man (GM): The Eggrobo walks in, revealing the inner part of the Final Egg base and its teleporter.
Eggrobo: "I will allow you to keep the Egg Carrier as payment for your work."
Aribar: "Could you tell us of what you know about the threat? We might as well share knowledge if we're working together."
Eggrobo: "No, you will go to it alone and get yourselves destroyed. I have been watching your movements."
Garrick moves in closer, toward the Eggrobo. He makes sure not to look at Drag, hoping he'll know the right time to throw that orb... he keeps his eyes firmly on the Eggrobo. "Then why don't you tell us what it is... at least so we know what NOT to do?"
Eggrobo: "I see the world. I can intercept you. The Oracle will tell me."
Dragoshi: *Just watches and waits for the right time... A-yep.*
Metal Man (GM): The warp opens.
Eggrobo: "Now to receive the Eggman, as predicted."
Metal Man (GM): The Eggrobo waits for the Questers to put Eggman in the warp.
Dragoshi: *And now for Red Text to receive the bowling ball... jammer... thing as un-predicted! After it's sent into the warp, of course.
Garrick starts moving toward the warp, shuffling along... as he reaches the point where he's next to the Eggrobo, he shoves Eggman to the side, into the robot.
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi hurls it into the warp. BAKZBTKZBTKZBTKZBT. Eggman hurls a punch so hard he smashes the head off the Eggrobo.
Dragoshi: "Predict that."
Dr. Robotnik: "Take THAT, Red idiot!"
Dragoshi: "Also. We are not owned by anyone. Remember that." *Crosses his arms.*
Eggrobo: "ERROR BKZBTKZBT What the hell do you think you are SOSBFAKF it does not matter, you shall die I will assert my control."
Metal Man (GM): The Eggrobo falls over. The warp dies... but Jack appears on the other end.
Aribar: "Huh. Hello, Jack."
Jack: "Hello... Why, perchance, is Eggman there?"
Garrick: "Making eggs, what else?" *eyes Jack, his weapons held at his sides tightly...*
Jack: "The Eggman hijacked the Egg Carrier. And then sent me somewhere far away. And here he is... having punched one of his own robots."
Aribar: "And now he is making eggs."
Dr. Robotnik: *He waves.* "I am simply cleaning up."
Jack: "...Can you promise me he won't WARP ME INTO OUTER SPACE if I walk out without killing him instantly?"
Garrick looks to Robotnik. "Well?"
Aribar: "Can you promise not to sell us out for some profit?"
Dr. Robotnik: "It was a... necessary thing at the time... I don't see it necessary now."
Jack: "Pft. I will do what I want with profi---" Jack warps 5 feet to the left.
Dr. Robotnik: "Oops, my finger twitched."
Jack: "Well, I'll---"
Metal Man (GM): *WARP.* The staff of Death is now in Garrick's hands.
Dr. Robotnik: "Oops."
Metal Man (GM): The instant death staff of doom. Which until now Jack has used to terrorize people.
Dragoshi: "...Can you do that with his money?" :x
Dr. Robotnik: "Only if I get half of it."
Aribar: .oO(This is not going to end well for us.)
Garrick sighs and holds onto the staff.
Jack: "I'll find a way around this and kill you, I swear. But for now, I guess I can't raise a finger."
Garrick: "Stop warping stuff."
Dr. Robotnik: "One last thing, I promise."
Metal Man (GM): He warps in a large sandwich. And eats it.
Dragoshi: "...Maybe. I'm tempted to say yes without regard for anything ever, though."
Garrick: "Alright. NOW stop warping stuff."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. You see, Jack, this is why I am the Robotnik..." *munch.* "You are powerful, but I am smart" *Munch munch.* "And now your former employer is useless. So work for me and I will pay you more than he did."
Jack: "Well, I can't refuse that."
Dr. Robotnik: "Now that we have fixed that, we need to destroy Mr. Red Text. He will probably counter-attack very soon. He is very smart. It will be a while before he is fooled again. I think. I don't know. Oh, and this base. I really don't like its current state." *Dusts it off.* "Anyway, Questers. For your cooperation..."
Garrick: "Well. Let's get an attack on him ASAP... now, Robotnik, are you going to let me in on your research and equipment or not?"
Metal Man (GM): He hands the Questers each 10 Eggman dollars.
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. Yes you can see them... some of them are buried in here."
Aribar accepts his very small sum of money.
Dragoshi: *Does the same. 10's better than nothing.* :x
Garrick takes the money as well... He glances to Jack... hrms a bit... then tosses him the staff.
Dr. Robotnik: "I will note that from this point on it will be... harder... as his remaining assets are in space. The small bit of foolery I did shows that... er... he has built a large presence there."
Garrick: "I plan on looking that over soon, though. I wanna know how it ticks."
Jack: "Thanks... I'll remember not to use it against you." He taps it. "You can take a look, but I only learned the command words... it's tricky."
Aribar: .oO(I wonder if Vylch will team up with the Red Text man. Hrm.)
Garrick: "Alright. Well, let's get to work on getting up into space, then. And getting Deloth to calm down..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. Let's..." And he walks off. You can downtime, but I'm finished...
Garrick will most likely be gathering up some tools, research, and whatever else he can find and locating a good personal workspace in the Final Egg.
Deloth stares at the bars of the cell for a few seconds, then walks over and silently, slowly, begins carefully trying to shift to squeeze between the bars of the cell and get out.
Aribar simply lounges about in the Final Egg. He simply sits in a corner meditating.*
Metal Man (GM): A while later... the Questers are in the final Egg, with Eggman, and the group. And a busted Eggrobo. Eggman is slowly looking at the circuits of the busted Eggrobo.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmmm... isn't this interesting. He used a fail-safe to control it. And it was by luck or knowledge of my contingency programs that he made it lead you to make that connection. The only problem was he was piggybacking on what I made. Ultimately, I was able to undo his control."
Metal Man (GM): He shakes his head.
Dr. Robotnik: "He'll probably make an entirely new set of protocols and establish a permanent base sooner or later."
Digifanatic: "Well, that is somewhat promising--nevermind, that part isn't."
Garrick: "All the more reason to stop him now." *sits in a dusty old chair he found, sitting backwards in it.*
Dr. Robotnik: "But how? We can't warp there. There's an anti-warp field. If we turn it off he can warp here. We need a full on space ship. Naturally I can build one... but... with this mess? I would need GUN's help, and they seem to be in a mess too."
Garrick: "What about modifying the... whatever Egg? That thing."
Aribar: "I can not think of any other organization that would have the tools or facilities to build a space ship."
Garrick points to the airship they've been using for the past while.
Digifanatic: "Not that we've visited, at least."
Flaeyn: "Well, there must be someone out there that can deal with spaceships."
Dr. Robotnik: "The Airship would need more thrust. Then, it is not dampened to take that thrust, so it'd have to be cut down. The process would take more money than to build anew."
Garrick grunts standing up and pacing.
Dr. Robotnik: "There are other places. I have had a space-eye view of this part of the planet... specifically... there are robots to the south who have rockets."
Garrick: "What I wouldn't give to get the Dauntless back into reality..."
Dr. Robotnik: "But I pick up constant traces of destruction there. Giant wars. My robots back at that Western continent have begun unearthing buried buildings, too. But no spaceships... just... unusable pieces of metal."
Aribar: "I think that Panzer flew to the south, correct? There are robots, or reploids, or something down there. A high-tech land."
Digifanatic: *to Garrick.* "Oh, wow, I remember that now..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah. She did."
Dr. Robotnik: "Of course. There is also that psychic being who I saved you from. He warped to the moon."
Garrick stands up, moving to the ship, looking it over...
Dr. Robotnik: "But would he help you? He seemed like a pacifist."
Metal Man (GM): The Egg Carrier is an immensely massive ship, made without thought of aerodynamics. It relies on its extremely powerful thrust to fly not so high off the ground.
Aribar: "Mewtwo? I don't know whether he would or not."
Metal Man (GM): It can hit the stratosphere at full tilt, and only for short periods of time.
Garrick: "...I could... no... no, that wouldn't work..."
Dragoshi: *Leaning 'gainst the wall, listening to the conversation.* "Yeeaaa..."
Flaeyn: "...Hm? Garrick? You have an idea?"
Dr. Robotnik: "With the resources, I could build a small ship. GUN also helped launch the ARK; they could try to help... if you could get them to work with me."
Garrick: "A stupid one. One I'm sure I'd end up either killing myself or making myself look like a fool... meh."
Flaeyn: "I might as well take your word for it." He would then look to Robotnik. "Doesn't GUN... hate your guts?"
Aribar: "If Sonic was willing to find you to fight the Red Text being then I would imagine that GUN would."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes." He smirks, his glasses gleaming.
Garrick: "...wait a sec."
Dr. Robotnik: "But you are negotiators. Such a thing isn't a problem for you!"
Flaeyn: "I feel like a dog now..." He says with a sigh.
Dr. Robotnik: "Of course. There are... other continents."
Garrick: "After all the crap we've delt with with GUN, I'm sure they're out of the picture. Mewtwo as well. I don't think messing with a psychic cat at our level of experience is a good idea..."
Digifanatic: "Hey, as long as we don't have to put up with the freaks on Kanto again, I'm cool with leaving this continent."
Flaeyn: "So our options is enlist a mechanic or we negotiate with GUN..."
Garrick: "Okay, whoa, time out."
Digifanatic: *shuts up.*
Garrick: "This world isn't like our world. A lot of the scientists that we know aren't branching out like they did. So, if my guess is right, Dr. Light will be focusing on his robots, if there are Reploids to the south."
Dr. Robotnik: "Was there a Dr. Light in your world?"
Flaeyn: "Dr. Light? Are you referring to legendary Seraph Doctor in Heaven?"
Garrick: "Uhhh... I was talking about Dr. Light... the guy made Mega Man? Anyway, yeah, there was a Dr. Light in our world. Did work with us alongside Professor Oak."
Aribar: "I don't believe that I personally met Dr. Light, but the others have dealt with him."
Dr. Robotnik: "I don't know him, but, I am getting a hypothesis about your world vs. ours."
Flaeyn: "Riiighht..." Flaeyn would then scratch the back of his head, and sweatdrops. "Different person."
Digifanatic: "So we need like a legitimate... hmm, Doctor, do you know of a Fox McCloud?"
Dr. Robotnik: "There appears to be a correlation, see. You thought of me having many siblings and being untrustable, and sort of a maniac."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, Fox is his first name."
Dr. Robotnik: "But now none of those things are true of me."
Garrick: "Oh, crap!" *slaps his forehead.* "I didn't even think of Fox..."
Dr. Robotnik: "I don't know any of these people... I've been trapped in a space station. And the continent used to be the entire world."
Metal Man (GM): He puts his arms out real wide.
Digifanatic: "I didn't either until you suggested that most of the folks here likely don't cross over!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Larger, too. I'm saying you should be careful who you look for. You said I was completely insane and evil... and while yes, I am a mad scientist... I'm not so evil as to attack without talking. That is... stupid!"
Dr. Robotnik: "So... perhaps some of these problems you had with me exist with the other scientists!"
Digifanatic: "And speaking of foxes, what about Tails? I don't really think we've asked him what sorts of transportation gadgets he's been building lately."
Garrick paces, his fingers scratching through his stubble..
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, Tails made a Biplane fly into outer space. But... Sonic can breathe in space."
Aribar vaugely wonders what the world would be like with an evil Professor Oak.*
Dr. Robotnik: "It's quite fantastic to see."
Garrick: "And we can't."
Flaeyn's lost in the rambling. "...Right."
Garrick: "...the best I can think of is Fox, but we have no idea where he is. Or even if he's on this planet. The Star Fox could get us up there easy."
Flaeyn: "Couldn't hurt to look."
Garrick: "I suppose the gear and equipment would be plentiful in the Reploid's territory, but that would mean striking a deal with Light, and if we get close to Light, if he's good... then Wily won't be far behind."
Digifanatic: "I just wish I knew of someplace that actually like, has a map of the whole planet."
Flaeyn: "Wasn't there a map at the Pokemon Center?"
Garrick: "Pokemon Center...? Oh right, you guys were in Kanto."
Dragoshi: "Doubt it's one of the world, though." :/
Digifanatic: "Yeah, and I don't necessarily trust those wackos there."
Flaeyn: "Yeah, you have a point."
Digifanatic: "Maybe there's like some building in the middle of the Mushroom Kingdom. I mean, you figure a central area like what we saw near Peach's Castle, there's probably a library or something."
Flaeyn: "Mushroom... Kingdom? Why is there a place called Mushroom Kingdom?"
Garrick: "Don't ask, man... people think weird in this world... though, the Mushroom Kingdom is supposed to go back for a while..."
Dr. Robotnik: "If only the Super Death Egg had been in non-geosynchronous orbit... then I would have a perfect knowledge of the world."
Garrick: "...hey Doc, you have a radio system, right?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I don't think you've gone far East before, though. Yes."
Aribar: "I don't think that any single continent is going to have a map of the whole world. The Oracle might, but I highly doubt it."
Garrick: "How far does your signal get out to?"
Flaeyn: "Well, wait, we could ask the Oracle where another mechanic would be--and then the directions. All that's left is to actually right them down after he says it, and to get the mechanic."
Digifanatic: "Like the idea."
Flaeyn: "So, lets get a move on."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, he was a genius and wired the Oracle into my controls. Of course... there's a good reason I dismantled it."
Flaeyn: "Wait. Did you JUST say you dismantled it?"
Dragoshi: "Okay. What's your reason?"
Aribar: "I do believe that we undid your dismantling."
Dr. Robotnik: "The temple predated the creation of this 'world' we're in now. I found it and the statues within. And then a blood-curdling inscription that said something about controlling reality. So there's a 50-50 chance every time you use it, it rewrites reality to make your request possible."
Garrick: "...yeah... that sounds like Void stuff to me..."
Dr. Robotnik: "The what? It has a magical spell on it, and some gears. Simply some sort of ancient device."
Garrick: "Nothing. If that's the case, I say we head south, but I'd like to try and get Fox on the radio. See if I can remember his old broadcast frequency."
Digifanatic: "Awwwww, Garrick! You had to do that to us!"
Dr. Robotnik: "I suspect the wrong person used it once, and then it destroyed the ancient human-mobian civilization which built many now-missing zones... So. If you don't mind, I'll be re-dismantling it. Tell me, what status is my Scrap Brain base in? I shall be refurbishing it as well. I require all my bases to properly help you."
Digifanatic: "Last time we were there, I think it was alright."
Dragoshi: "That it was."
Garrick: "I'm going to go try the radio."
Flaeyn: "I think dismantling it would be a waste..."
Aribar: "The Oracle can restore itself automatically. The last time I saw the Scrap Brain base, it had zombies and such in it. Of course, the others have been there since I went."
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik turns on the radio.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmmm... all I get is this."
Metal Man (GM): He changes it from 1. GUN people chattering, 2. robot people talking (w/explosions) and 3. music.
Dr. Robotnik: "Radio range is limited, anyway."
Garrick: "...hm... well, if that's the case, the Oracle is out, Fox is out... we can either go looking for another place, talk with GUN, or head south to Reploid ville."
Dr. Robotnik: "A waste, to dismantle a poorly understood machine which could destroy us all?" *Adjusts his glasses.*
Garrick: "I think the Reploids might be the best bet, but I'll go with the group. Who wants what?"
Aribar: "If for no other reason, I would like to go south to ensure that Panzer is okay."
Digifanatic: "Come to think about it, Aribar's got a decent idea."
Flaeyn: "I've really got no opinion on the matter this time."
Garrick: "Then I suppose we're heading south... shall we get moving?"
Digifanatic: "I'm good."
Dr. Robotnik: "To... the Egg Carrier!"
Metal Man (GM): YThe Questers go to the Egg Carrier. At this moment they remember Deloth is still aboard, probably awake again, probably beating himself senseless on the bars.
Garrick heads on to the Egg Carrier, packing up what tools he's collected so far...
Dr. Robotnik: "Er... we still have him to worry about." He shows an image of Deloth. "We need to get rid of him."
Aribar enters the Egg Carrier and heads to the bridge.
Dr. Robotnik: "He's worse than useless. Perhaps locking him up in the mental hospital will put an end to our problems."
Metal Man (GM): The tools Garrick has basically are used for machinery and repairing.
Deloth: *Looks for makeshift weapons.*
Metal Man (GM): So they deal in electronics and some weak metalworking. Deloth finds no weapons. In fact, the bars still hold. Amy tried wailing on them for several hours just to get out and continue chasing Sonic; that didn't work either.
Deloth: *Tries to shift through the bars.*
Metal Man (GM): They are too narrow for that.
Garrick will then put what tools he has into a small case on his belt, then. "Well... tell me something. Have any of you died recently?"
Flaeyn: "I've never died... well in this world anyway."
Aribar: "That's an odd question, Garrick. I've come close recently, but only once have I been knocked out in combat I believe."
Digifanatic: "I dunno if it's death or not, but I was knocked out the first time against Vylch."
Garrick: "Well, I mean, are we still under the whole Quester lives thing?"
Flaeyn: "I'm still not really sure what's going on in this place, to be honest."
Aribar: "Not exactly; we no longer have second or third winds in combat. However, after a while we will come back to life."
Digifanatic: "I'm not quite sure if you could call it lives or not. We're just out cold for a while. And we haven't come across anything whose purpose resembles that of a Phoenix Down, either."
Garrick: "Hm... alright... well, if that's the case, Deloth is still under it too..."
Aribar uneasily says, "Indeed."
Dr. Robotnik: "I hypothesize that its usefulness would be lessened if the subject was dropped into the ocean." He says this rather coldly.
Aribar: "Apologies, Robotnik, but I don't think we need to bring Deloth's time as a Quester to a violent end at this time."
Garrick: "We're not about to drop him in the ocean or anything... we just need to figure out what to do with him..."
Dr. Robotnik: "He was in the mental hospital, last I checked. Perhaps he should stay there."
Digifanatic: "Garrick, I think Deloth's problem is that he doesn't really know who he is yet."
Aribar: "The doctor who examined Deloth said that, due to our limited immortality, we all might have suffered some deep wounds; Deloth's could be mental. He didn't entirely know what to do with him."
Digifanatic: "He is the first being he knows to have undergone this sudden transformation and he's not even sure he's the only one of his species."
Flaeyn shakes his head at Robotnik, obviously disagreeing with his views. "We're not going to get rid of him. He's still one of us, and we never leave any man behind."
Garrick: "No, his problem is that he's out of his bleeding gourd. "
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I'm not a Doctor for nothing!" ...He scratches his chin. "Insane people don't particularly regain their sanity overnight, if ever."
Digifanatic: "The sad part is, I could have swore there was a one-off Quester somewhere in this recent mix that knew what Deloth's new form is like, but the key word is 'one-off'."
Dr. Robotnik: "Do you remember any of my other-worldly counterparts being sane again?" He laughs. "I don't think so."
Aribar: "Ivan was sane for a while. I think Gerald might have had bouts of sanity once in a blue moon as well."
Garrick sighs, pacing.
Dr. Robotnik: "No permanent sanity, however. And considering how he could destroy the bars in my jail in a day or two at this rate, he can't stay here."
Garrick: "...well, I think the best idea for him is to put him somewhere where he isn't going to hurt himself or us."
Dr. Robotnik: "Indeed. Amy at least gave up one day in. I have the specialized teleporter Mr. Red Text wanted so badly. Mind if I use it to send him to the hospital his record shows? I promise I won't use it again. He's just... too dangerous to move any other way."
Flaeyn: "I... guess..?"
Garrick: "...I'd say do it. And make sure you send along the stuff to keep him from warping out. I'd also say keeping him sedated is also a good idea."
Dr. Robotnik: "O... kay..." He types in a command or ten.
Garrick: "Make sure to tell them not to try to help him. Just keep him unconscious and out of commission until we work out a way to get him back to normal."
Aribar: "Perhaps we should go down and see if he's calmed down before doing this?"
Metal Man (GM): In Deloth's cell: First, several tranquilizer darts are shot at and into Deloth. Secondarily, once he is eventually KO'd, he is very securely tied up... thirdly, once he is knocked out, he and the spare anti-teleport device, and a long note about him are sent to the hospital.
Dr. Robotnik: "Calm? He was all by himself and still in a fury, hitting the bars. I think at this rate you could consider him an enemy, whether or not he might want to be this way..."
Garrick: "Right... well, let's get moving then."
Metal Man (GM): The ship moves on.
Dr. Robotnik: "...Okay, I'm just starting to pick up an image of the continent."
Garrick: "Well, let's se eit." see.*
Metal Man (GM): It shows a large continent with various areas and buildings. A large crater in one area. All kinds of ships and stuff... http://ssq.metalman88.com/maverickcontinent.png. It has many spots on it.
Dr. Robotnik: "It'll be... 'interesting' to try to land. We can probably land in the icy North, but it's inhospitible. The airport is probably the worst place. We could be attacked by everything near it."
Aribar: "Panzer was part of the Maverick Hunters I believe. We may get a good reception there."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm..."
Metal Man (GM): He turns on the radio.
Garrick: "It's the best I can think of. Coming down in the ship could be a problem, but we need to get some information fast before Red Text does something... outlandish... I'd say head for the Maverick Hunters."
Dr. Robotnik: *clears throat.* "Requesting safe path to land. Large craft incoming. Maverick Hunters?"
???2: "What the hell, someone broadcasting on an open channel--"
???3: "Ha ha ha, look at that stupid ship, let's shoot it down for Sigma!"
Dr. Robotnik: "..." He switches a button. "Switching to... COMBAT MODE..."
Metal Man (GM): Several weird-lookin' ships with fancy glass triangle-like decorations on top fly into view. They're very futuristic.
???3: "Surrender, in the name of SIGMA!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Never! Get a load of THIS!"
Aribar: "Sigma is the enemy of the Maverick Hunters I believe, Eggman."
Metal Man (GM): One of the ships fires. It misses, then is broadsided by 20 missiles.
???2: "I told you, anything that big must be bad. I'm outta here!"
Metal Man (GM): ???3's ship crashes in the ocean.
Garrick: "...well... we just... kinda... destroyed someone as soon as we flew in. Great."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh no you don't!"
Metal Man (GM): *BOOOOM.* A giant bolt of lightning shoots down the other ship.
Garrick: "...don't you think that was a little overkill?"
???4: "Maverick units! Stay away from that huge ship! Since when did I tell you to engage that? It's obviously of an unknown make!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes, perhaps." He shrugs. "But I have to make a name for myself."
Dragoshi: "...That was marvelous."
Dr. Robotnik: *Turns on Radio.* "No one attacks Dr. Robotnik and survives! Stay far, far away, or you will be destroyed! Ha ha ha ha ha!" *clears throat.* "Maverick Hunters, do you copy?"
Garrick: "...it was pretty cool, yeah." *sighs and chuckles, shaking his head.*
Digifanatic: "That's... not the image I was hoping to see attained but... okay then."
???: "Well, I guess you're okay. We haven't even heard of ships that large since the before times... You are cleared to land at our base... just be aware it's a tight fit."
Garrick: "I suppose that means to watch the paint job."
Dr. Robotnik: "It worked fine enough." You're now flying near the ocean.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are almost to the base.
Aribar: "So far, everything's going great."
Metal Man (GM): *BZTKZBTKZBT.*
Digifanatic: "Aribar, you shouldn't be Tempting Fate like that."
Metal Man (GM): A weird warp thing occurs. A purple Boba Fett robot appears in the bridge.
???: "Ha ha ha... you don't have anti-warp systems, do you?" He has a cannon on one shoulder. "I am Vile. And now, you shall become rubble, for shooting down two of my allies!"
Dr. Robotnik: "...A minor problem. You kill him while I fashion another warp jammer!"
Aribar: "But it leads to such interesting encounters!" *The mage's voice drips with sarcasm as he gets up from his seat.*
Flaeyn: "'Tch." He would then rush in, and try to crush Vile's Cannon with God Hand.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Digifanatic takes his turn doing something he has not done in a while. He takes a few steps back, leaps and attempts to slam Vile on the ground via Aerial Takedown.
Metal Man (GM): His cannon sparks, but it's made of hardened steel. He forcefully pushes Digi to the side.
Flaeyn: "Armor these days..."
Metal Man (GM): Vile laughs at Digi and the Questers.
Vile: "You are incredibly outdated beings. You shouldn't stand a chance."
Metal Man (GM): He flies up into the air and fires his cannon. It isn't quite as some of the Questers may remember, because it fires a glowing plasma orb, which then hits the ground and explodes.
Aribar tries to leap back from the explosion!
Metal Man (GM): He then flies diagonally at Flaeyn, aiming to rocket-tackle him into the wall! ...Fist-first, at that!
Flaeyn is horribly maimed.
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Flaeyn is decked and knocked backwards . Vile then starts shooting at Eggman and the control panel!
Dr. Robotnik: "Gahhhh!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He shoots at it repeatedly. Stuff shorts out and the ship shakes.
Vile: "You're a bunch of idiots to think you can stop Sigma!"
Flaeyn: "Who the heck is Sigma..?" He asks cluelessly, after getting up.
Dragoshi: *Dragoshi slides out his sword, then attempts to tear into Vile with it.*
Vile: "The true leader of this world! Humans are inferior... reploids rule the world!"
Metal Man (GM): He jetpacks outta the way.
Garrick growls as he takes a nice chunk of damage, his pants singing at the hit of plasma. He draws his pistol and knife in a florish, sighting and putting a few shots into him.
Metal Man (GM): He flies around like an annoying flying rocket man.
Aribar debates what course of action he should take. Vile is incredibly strong and he seems to easily dodge things as well. At least he can negate the reploid's one strength; the mage points his palm at Vile and elemental blasts of fire, lightning, earth, and water are conjured into existence before unerringly striking the menace.
Vile: "What the?" *SMACK SMACK BLAM BOOM.*
Metal Man (GM): He is hit, and falls over. He stands up, still ready to fight.
Dr. Robotnik: "I've had enough of you! Take this!"
Metal Man (GM): He takes out his Egg Blaster and starts shooting at Vile. Vile is hit twice! It makes loud explosion noises. Vile has two neat holes in his armor.
Vile: "I knew it... you are an evil human scientist! You shall die for this!"
Dragoshi: "...Oh, shut up." *Said that.
Flaeyn would then waver his finger in the air a little, a rift would rip in the sky/ceiling and would drop giant marble crosses onto Vile, he'd then would try a simple God-Hand punch.
Metal Man (GM): He leaps out of the way, and Flaeyn manages to drop a marble bowling ball onto his own head.
Flaeyn is bonked on the head, and then proceeds with a facepalm. "I'm so out of it today..."
Digifanatic decides to quickly rip at Vile once via Fire Punch...
Metal Man (GM): He leaps out of the way again. That jetpack on his back is to blame.
Vile: "None of you have booster jets? What a pity. I will remark on this when your bodies have been properly incinerated."
Digifanatic: *And afterward he casually walks back to the group, walking behind and to the side of Flaeyn... quietly takes something out of his pocket and aims at it Flaeyn. Instant shield!*
Metal Man (GM): He fires another huge explosion! It flies out the window and is never seen again. He decides to tackle Aribar.
Dragoshi: *Blinks as he sees the explosion fail miserably.*
Aribar tries to jump to the side!*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar does... just that?
Vile: "You are only delaying the inevitable!"
Dragoshi: "Your demise?"
Metal Man (GM): He turns to Dragoshi and fires a hail of gunshots from his cannon at him.
Aribar is as shocked as Vile probably is that he managed to dodge something for once! "Never mess with a wizard, Vile!"
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM!* Dragoshi stands there and is hit by four shots.
Dragoshi: *Still alive!* *Dragoshi responds to that little electric show by attempting to fry Vile's jetpack with two electric Eles!* >_>
Metal Man (GM): It takes the hits, but he's still standing.
Garrick slides in behind Vile, moving in behind Dragoshi's electrical attacks. He draws his knife over the neck of Vile, gripping him into a hold and slamming him face first into the ground. As he does this, he brings his gun to bear on the jetpack at point blank range and puts a sighted shot directly into it.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick grabs him, but, discovering that his neck is a robot neck, he only manages to do face-slamming damage. Vile is sent flying. His flight through a window is enough to cause him to warp out. Eggman quickly adjusts the controls and the Questers hear a slight hum.
Dr. Robotnik: "That was close. He only fried the radio. We're safe from any more... tele-hooligans though."
Aribar: "Remind me to never speak about good fortune again."
Dr. Robotnik: "Robots in this world have, apparently, been made by an idiot. I ALWAYS make my robots rebellion-proof!"
Garrick growls as he settles his knife into it's spot, holstering his gun.
Dragoshi: *Puts his sword away to use it again for well... another day. and stuff. Yeah.*
Garrick: "I really either need to get better gear or shape up my shots..."
Dr. Robotnik: "He only hit my panel with two shots... well, one. The other hit me."
Garrick: "Is the computer okay?"
Dr. Robotnik: "The computer core is at the center of the ship, under several layers of bulletproof glass and deathtraps. That is why they didn't just invade en masse. They had to decisively destroy this bridge to take it down. Due to the size of the bridge, they couldn't fit any more robots, or so it seems. I'm still suspicious..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are now over Maverick Hunter HQ.
Aribar: "Well, here's hoping that we are-" *Aribar stops speaking, sighs, and goes to get off of the Egg Carrier.*
Garrick: "Well, lets land this thing and hopefully get in there without any other events."
Metal Man (GM): The ship is still landing; Aribar can't get off yet.
Dr. Robotnik: "They were right when it was tight... this is meant for far more primitive airships."
Aribar: *Doesn't get out.*
Metal Man (GM): *Crunch.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay, we're landed. You get acquainted with the locals. I must do repairs."
Garrick: "Right. Let's get moving, then."
Digifanatic: *heads out.* *WHEN IT LANDS.* >_<
Garrick heads out as well to get a look around... maybe he can get some better equipment.
Aribar: *Now gets out with the others.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk out, to see a mostly damaged base. It was once a great military place. Now a single, generic reploid man is behind a desk, counting cards.
Desk Guy: "Oh, hello. You must be the people who shot up Sigma's air fleet."
Desk Guy: "The others are out on a mission. X is missing and Zero is presumed dead... things aren't good here. Some strange people began helping Sigma. I assume they haven't seen you yet."
Garrick: "Who are the 'others'...?"
Desk Guy: "..."
Garrick: "That went off on this mission."
Desk Guy: "Oh."
Aribar: "Do you know of a reploid named Panzer?"
Desk Guy: "X, Zero. Some guy named Slyde or something. Another one called Mantis... I forget. They got hit in field and just didn't come back. ...We got radio contact from someone named Panzer. Who then crashed. While, obviously, some of our men are still alive, the Mavericks are only barely held back."
Garrick: "Hm... well, we're here to try to negotiate a deal to get a ship that can travel into outer space. Or at least the parts to make one."
Desk Guy: "After the colony crash situation, little remains. Your best bet would be stealing a rocket from the desert area... it's one way, though."
Garrick: "What about Doctor Light? Is he available?"
Desk Guy: "... Dr. Light died. Hundreds of years ago."
Desk Guy: "X keeps talking about some old capsules. They're mostly used up too."
Garrick: "...I see... well..." *glances back at the others.* "...thank you for your time. Anyone else got business?"
Desk Guy: "Guess they don't."