Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 27: Maverick Continent Melee


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Date: December 19th, 2008.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are on the Maverick Continent, and boy, is it a mess. The wrecked HQ is staffed by one reploid and nothing else. Panzer and X and Zero are in unknown places. And the Mavericks apparently are in pole position to take over the last part of the continent.
Reploid: "So, as you can see, it's a mess, and we don't really know what to do. I mean I. Nobody else is here."
Aribar: "Depending on our transportation needs, you might have the Egg Carrier, the ship outside, to help defend this base. Robotnik, its creator and pilot, may be able to create a robotic garrison, but I'm not too sure if he has the resources and tools for that. We could also help fight back against the Mavericks. I think you saw our retaliation against Sigma's forces."
Reploid: "We have the scrap metal remains of what WAS an army here. Maybe you should bring this man to us." *BEEP BEEP BEEP* "Oh, and not to alarm you, but the Maverick Army appears to be headed for this base soon. Or at least. Whatever a bunch of strange robots and a huge tank are about..."
Digifanatic: "I think we have little choice but to try and fend off the Mavs right now."
Reploid: "You have a little time to think, I guess. On the other hand, I plan on playing dead. This place is already a wreck."
Aribar: "Is there no one else at all? How has your entire army been wiped out?"
Digifanatic: "Probably a megabomb or something..."
Reploid: "A last-minute offensive of X and Zero was attacked. They can kill robots by the hundreds, but with them gone the remaining defenders fell easily. Some strange new force is strengthening the Mavericks, too. They are far more powerful than they were even a month ago. That massive explosion is beyond even our peak capabilities. The one they used in the important area... It's assumed they only want to symbolically occupy the area. As the defenders of this place scuttled it and then died fighting the robots. I survived out of luck alone."
Aribar: "Does this base have any defensive capabilities left? Turrets? Traps? Defensive areas?"
Digifanatic: "Hmmm... I wonder if we've got any of those crazy electricity bombs or whatever we used to kill Vylch, if those were to be any help to us."
Reploid: "No, there is no power or anything. It was scuttled. Destroyed in defense of it."
Digifanatic: "I'll be right back." *heads in to the Carrier.*
Reploid: "I was here waiting for them to return. Or anyone to come."
Aribar: .oO(I somehow wonder if the decision to not buy Robotnik's activate spells will come back to haunt me before this venture is over.) *calls to Digi as he is leaving.* "Ask Robotnik to come here for a strategy meeting while you're at it."
Digifanatic: "Alright."
Metal Man (GM): Digi walks over. Robotnik has already fixed damage to the controls.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmmm... energy is a little low but... systems have stabilized."
Digifanatic: "Well, that's promising. Can I see what this thing still has for weapons, Doctor? I'm curious if this still holds some of Bill's secret blend."
Dr. Robotnik: "We can't be firing that a lot. It is incredibly expensive in terms of energy usage. I assume you refer to this." He points to a huge cluster of dots on the radar.
Aribar thinks about their situation; the base has nothing to help them against their enemy. It will just be a head-on battle akin to their normal battles then. Assuming they survive, though... "Are there any allied towns, bases, or any places nearby in which you could recruit reploids in a make-shift militia to defend this base?"
Digifanatic: *Notices the dots.* "If those are the Maverick Hunters, than yes, that was why I asked."
Reploid: "No. The human cities have pretty much gone into bomb shelters and hope they're not noticed."
Dr. Robotnik: "While the Egg Carrier can cut a swath of destruction through them, reserve power regulations mean that... I can only help so much with that. I would suggest either we avoid it entirely, or you attack it. Or we could take another safe spot... or hunker down here. Your choice... because I can always escape if it gets hairy. You had better be with me at that point though, Mwoo hoo hoo hoo!"
Aribar: "So our only potential allies are X and Zero." .oO(And Panzer if she's out there.)
Flaeyn: "We're most likely screwed, you're saying?"
Reploid: "We could just fly out of here. I assume your ship has room for me."
Julian: "We always most likely screwed. Sometimes we got a better chance than others."
Flaeyn: "Roger, I see..."
Julian: "I was think we'd take 'em on foot with the Egg Carrier supplyin' support from the air, but I dunno how that'd go."
Reploid: "We have... about 15 minutes... I will be going to your ship now."
Metal Man (GM): He starts walking.
Digifanatic: "Ah. So, Doctor, you mind following me back?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Not at all."
Aribar: "Actually, now that I think about it, -does- this base even have any strategic value any more?"
Digifanatic: *Heads back out, of course, unaware the others seem to be walking back.*
Reploid: "No, it's defendable more so than nothing, but it'd need to have new computers set up and everything."
Metal Man (GM): Dr. Robotnik and Digi walk out, meeting Reploid Guy and you guys.
Julian: "If all the defenses an' shit are blown to hell and it ain't controllin' no major tactical or resource advantage... I dunno, you tell me."
Dr. Robotnik: "I assume there is a meeting here. I can secure this base with my robots and make it defendable if I must... but I do not like this area very much. I would prefer to take a position closer to that crater and the enemy base."
Reploid: "A strange scientist? ...Yeah, there isn't really anything here anymore."
Aribar: "Greetings, Robotnik, Digi. We have a choice; either spend fifteen minutes to try and mount defenses in this mostly worthless base, or simply leave. And it seems like everyone would rather leave."
Julian: "So let's pack up an' do whatever."
Dr. Robotnik: "One thing."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a bomb and sticks it to the wall.
Julian: \o/
Dr. Robotnik: "Let's see how high and mighty they are when the base explodes with them in it! Mwoo hoo hoo hoo hoo!" He walks off.
Julian: "Better than nothin'..." *to the Carrier.*
Metal Man (GM): The bomb has a timer for 15 minutes; assumably they'll get inside before that time.
Reploid: "A bit extreme, but..." He walks onto the Egg Carrier.
Julian: "Suckas ain't gonna kno' what hit 'em."
Aribar heads onto the Carrier.
Flaeyn heads into the carrier as well.
Dr. Robotnik: *Looks around.* "See... I figure this continent's large store of robots is a fresh resource for the Eggman Empire, but first it must be sterilized. Thankfully, these great gentlemen called the Questers are willing to do that for me. With my great genius and their great ability to destroy things, we can fix up this mess in no time!"
Reploid: "I guess it beats hearing noises in empty hallways, but I half wish I had been blown up, at this rate."
Aribar: "Keep in mind that this land has its own heroes and villains that are your equal, Robotnik, and they won't appreciate it if you edge in on their territory."
Digifanatic: *Carrier.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Of course. You will kill them all. And I don't even need to ask you to do so. You already hate them. Now, let's lift off. They're getting a bit too close for my taste."
Metal Man (GM): *flip.* *flick.* *WHOOSH* The ship begins to rise into the air. The Questers see the massive army. Eggman turns the ship around 360 and begins heading towards the ocean.
Dr. Robotnik: "So. I assume you wish to destroy that army, Questers? Or something else?"
Julian: "Sure, why not."
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay then... here we gooooo!"
Metal Man (GM): The ship pretends to flee. The army chases after it, heading into the base territory.
Aribar: .oO(So, we've exchanged the Red Text man for Robotnik. Hrm.)
Metal Man (GM): A few of them see this as suspicious and flee. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!! The army is split in half. With one half being blown to bits by the move by the Questers' Knight piece, err, Eggman.
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay... you go low, and I will go high."
Metal Man (GM): The ship flies around to flank the stunned robot army and goes in low, to drop the Questers off. The smoke disguises the approach.
Julian: "Well c'mon, we doin' this or not?" *Heads for the exit ramp to kick some robot ass.*
Digifanatic: *exit.*
Aribar: .oO(Now, this seems a little fool-hardy.) *Aribar waits for someone else to jump off before doing so himself.*
Dragoshi: *Gets out his scythe... and exits.*
Flaeyn slowly exits the exit ramp, exhaling a breath and shrugging. "Never a dull moment in this group, I see."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers leap out, a mere foot. They're not facing the side of the army; a bunch of weird, non-reploid like robots turn around and slowly march towards the Questers. The Egg Carrier flies up and starts fighting with a few more ships, like the ones that blew up earlier. The half-height humanoid robots have long arms and mono-eyes, and don't look like talking robots either! The Questers are fighting five of them at the moment.
Digifanatic: *Let's-a go! He slams into one robot in with an Icy Kick, then turns around and whaps another one with Fire Punch.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, super hit.
Dragoshi: *Attempts to strike three of the robots at once with his scythe.*
Metal Man (GM): Special failure, coming right up! The robots aren't very intelligent...
Flaeyn: "...Hm?"
Metal Man (GM): Julian is mobbed by two robots, which go to smack him. One of them shoots a powerful Eye laser at Dragoshi. One goes to slap Aribar. Another goes to slap Flaeyn.
Aribar does the impossible and dodges!*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar and Julian are hit. *BLAM*
Dragoshi: *Fukken KO'D!*
Metal Man (GM): Yeouch. More damage to Julian.
Julian: *Julian, not appreciating being slapped and remembering mecha Zangief, tries to smack each respective bot that slapped him with an electrifying Stunner punch!
Metal Man (GM): Robot 2 and 5 get hit.
Aribar decides to start off the battle in the same manner that he initiates every battle; with lightning! Albeit, the three white streaks of death he throws at the robot who slapped him aren't quite as strong as his usual evocative spells. Those are being saved for bigger targets.
Metal Man (GM): Robot 1 is nearly killed by all that. One of his arms flies off.
Flaeyn goes up to Robot 1, using Seraharde and Godhand in unison.
Metal Man (GM): Flaeyn and the robot collide, tripping into one another in slow-motion. They both hit one another heads together. The robot explodes, dealing damage to Flaeyn. Then dying. The God Hand sends its fragments flying everywhere.
Flaeyn: "Sloppy work..." He would brush his uniform of dust as he'd jump back to his feet, ending.
Digifanatic decides to attack the weakest of the remaining bots by shoving a golf club into its middle regions!
Metal Man (GM): Digi hits one. A robot fires a death ray at Aribar. Another one goes to slap Aribar. Another does that, too. Then, one robot fires a death laser at Julian.
Aribar tries not to get killed! ... Which is highly improbable at this rate.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar falls over. Slapped and lasered into oblivion.
Flaeyn uses a med kit on himself, then goes for another Sereharde to Robot 2.
Metal Man (GM): Flaeyn just misses this time, though.
Flaeyn then would try to follow up with a Godhand, hoping it'll hit...
Metal Man (GM): And now, for something completely opposite of that last attack. Flaeyn punches the robot's head off. Indeed, he's been killing them every turn.
Digifanatic: *Well, if these bots can't take much more, he goes for a pair of Fire Punches... a right and a left later...
Metal Man (GM): One hit, then the other robot channels Keanu Reeves for no reason. Dragoshi's body gets hit by a laser. Then another goes to laser Julian.
Julian: *NO LASER.*
Metal Man (GM): Then another goes to slap Digi. Laser miss. Digi takes damage from the hand vortex of doom. Man, these robots. They're superman.
Julian: *Goes to beat the robot that fired their laser at him to death with his baseball bat.*
Metal Man (GM): The robot is hit once, then dramatically leaps out of the way. Setting it to be hit again. 3 robots remain, two of which are damaged. Trivia: These robots killed more Questers so far than Borne ever did.
Flaeyn would run up to a random damaged robot and attempt to grab it..
Metal Man (GM): The Omega Robot of death dodges again.
Flaeyn'd simply just fire off a Sereharde at it then.
Metal Man (GM): Omega robot of death laughs at Flaeyn's attacks. WTF?!?! The robot which has been reliably dodging everything and acting bizarrely suddenly destroys its companions.
Julian: *Jiggawhat?*
Metal Man (GM): It goes to finish Julian off next, as its hands power up to insane levels. But then... *STAB.* It is stabbed by a beam saber from behind!
Zero: "I don't know what you think you're doing, but you're all going to die at this ra--wha?!?!?!"
Julian: *Oh snap!* "...Where the fuck YOU been?!"
Omega Robot: "Does not computer. Does not compute."
Metal Man (GM): It turns around and begins fighting him!
Flaeyn: "Impressive." He claps, looking at the Omega Robot.
Zero: "One moment." He goes to slash the robot.
Metal Man (GM): The robot shoots a death ray at him. ... The robot shoots Zero down in one attack.
Julian: "..."
Omega Robot: "I am the ultimate robot. All KZTHZ will die from my all-powerful attacks."
Metal Man (GM): The Omega Robot punches out a weird flying disk robot and looks ready to throw it at Julian.
Flaeyn: "I see our knight-in-shining-armor is doing well..." He says, staring at Zero.
Julian: "Fuck this." *Julian grabs Zero and makes way to the Egg Carrier.* "Get the others!"
Zero: "Argh... sorry about that... I've never seen a robot do that before!"
Metal Man (GM): The robot begins chasing after Julian.
Flaeyn'd salute quickly before carrying the others, and running back.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers run as the insane Omega Robot chases after them.
Julian: "You fight robots all the goddamn time! How you not know when one's gonna shoot a LASER at you?"
Omega Robot: "AR#QIHQWRGQR."
Zero: "That laser was far more powerful than any I've seen in a long time!"
Metal Man (GM): The robot hurls the disc-shaped robot at Julian, as he runs. Julian leap to the side as it explodes. The Questers are now running to... *picks up map* They're heading towards the coast. The Questers run to the beach, cornered by the Omega Robot.
Omega Robot: "ARGBLBLBLBLB BZZZZT."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer crash-landed in the area. She'd see the group, cornered by seemingly normal robot.
Julian: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Although the fact it is standing with a saber hole in its chest is wonky.
Julian: *Attempts to hit the robot WITH Zero.*
Panzer lifts a brow. "I really need to quit drinking so much."
Metal Man (GM): Omega Robot overpowers Julian. He steals Zero's beam saber!
Zero: "Hey!"
Panzer: "Zero?"
Omega Robot: "ZORK ZORK ZORK ZORK ZORK."
Flaeyn: "NICE GOING JULIAN."
Metal Man (GM): It attacks Julian with a beam saber!
Digifanatic: .oO(Uh oh, this may not end well.)
Julian: *Oh for fucks sa-Drops Zero, grabs his bat, and attempts to avoid being shiskabobed.*
Metal Man (GM): *SLASH.*
Omega Robot: "Kahahahahahahah BZBZBZBZBZBZBZ."
Metal Man (GM): Zero gets up.
Julian: *Julian powers through the slash and attempts to catch the robot in a grapple!*
Zero: "..."
Metal Man (GM): Zero shoots at the robot.
Panzer looks at the robot. "The hell is wrong with that fucking mechaniloid?"
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Omega Robot: "ERROR in DOGOG.EXE. DELETING FILLERS."
Metal Man (GM): Zero deals damage to it.
Julian: *Julian locks the robot in... and swivels around behind him and pins the robot's arms behind it after knocking the beam saber out of its hands. Second option: Sticky! All allied attacks insta-hit while he holds the robot!*
Metal Man (GM): Zero goes to kill it for good, with one good punch. *SMASH.* For curiosity... Nope. The robot dies. Its head flies over the horizon.
Flaeyn: "Took you long enough, I swear..."
Omega Robot: "Arghblabzlzbzbzzlzbz-" *DING.*
Metal Man (GM): Zero re-equips his beam saber, shaking his head.
Julian: *Julian ducks the flying head and drops the body.* "Didn't see you doin' much, Flae."
Panzer: "Zero, have you turned into a fucking wimp not?"
Zero: *Looks to Panzer.* "You go find that flying robot head and tell me I'm a wimp when it suddenly fires a massive laser beam it shouldn't be capable of at you."
Panzer: "I can barely walk a straight line right now. Bring it to me, then we'll chat."
Zero: "That thing was freakish. But thankfully it should be dead. Unfortunately there is that army back there, and from the looks of all the dead people, you aren't in very good shape either. What brings you out to our current mess?"
Julian: "Yeah, I didn' know these guys weren't in top shape when we came out here... so."
Zero: "There's hardly any sane reploids left on this continent."
Julian: "Fuck if I know, I was takin' a nap, next thing I know I'm here and we're fightin' robots."
Zero: "And there's hundreds of robots, although far less crazy ones..."
Panzer: "Lookin' for someone I happened to strike up a comm link with. And looking for more Hunters. Or Mavericks. Or both. *hic.* I miss my own kind."
Zero: "You won't miss them so much when you see how many of them are in Sigma's control. That large ship, however..."
Panzer: "I used to be best buds with Sigfried."
Metal Man (GM): He points to the Egg Carrier, which is currently attacking the Maverick army... on its own. *BOOOM* It just blew a giant hole in the army.
Digifanatic: "Wow."
Metal Man (GM): *BAMABAMABOOOM* It gets hit by a bunch of missiles.
Panzer: "Any idea where Siggy is, Zero?"
Aribar would watch the carnage, but he had to reclaim his title of "Most dead" from Deloth.
Zero: "Yes, he is inside his headquarters. Here, look at this map." He tosses Panzer one.
Metal Man (GM): http://ssq.metalman88.com/info/11.htm
Zero: "Do you know who is controlling that large ship? They really shouldn't be attacking that column. It has an entire air division of strange floating robots."
Julian: "Robotnik... and why not?"
Panzer has to pick it up after it pings off and hits the floor. She reads it upside down. "Awesome. I'll go talk to him. The ship? No idea. Hang on."
Julian: "Oh shit."'
Zero: "We encountered this when they took down our one ship left."
Panzer uses her c/l and turns to the ship's direction. "Attention, will the driver of the large attacking Eggman's ship please move your car or it will be towed. Thank you."
Metal Man (GM): More fighting and explosions are heard. The ship is shooting missiles at something the Questers can't even see.
Julian: *Thinks of how to contact Eggman.*
Metal Man (GM): The radios should do it.
Dr. Robotnik: (Comms) "Who is this?" *BABZAPZOT* "Gah! I'll just have to" *BAMZOP* "Release the Killer bees!"
Metal Man (GM): There are a lot of small explosions.
Panzer: "I SAID MOVE YOUR FUCKING CAR. Or you'll blow up. Mmkay? Awesome."
Metal Man (GM): Digi has a radio.
Panzer starts off for the tower/castle/fortress of Siggy. Still reading the map upside down.
Digifanatic: *takes a look.*
Flaeyn: "I can't figure out what is going on anymore..."
Digifanatic: "What about killer bees?"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer heads off towards the ocean.
Digifanatic: *Uses his radio.*
Zero: "Me neither. Let's get out of here. Somehow."
Julian: "Tell him to stop shootin' that column."
Dr. Robotnik: (Comms) "The bee-bots... oh. Where are you? I'm getting swamped!"
Digifanatic: "Doctor, stop shooting. We're near the beach."
Dr. Robotnik: (Comms) "Fair of you to say that, but if I stop, they'll blow my ship u--" *BLAM* "Oh... coming."
Metal Man (GM): The Egg Carrier makes an abrupt turn, and flies over.
Zero: "So this ship is yours?"
Digifanatic: "Kinda."
Zero: "Great, I think we can use it to find X and the others."
Panzer stops. "Wait..." She turns the map right side up, and goes that way. She talks to Zero in passing. "Zero, where is X? And where is Colonel and the rest of my unit... And I dunno, ALL OF REPLIFORCE?!"
Metal Man (GM): Zero looks to Panzer, shaking his head.
Zero: "Most of them are dead. The rest, you wish were dead. They went Maverick. The Repliforce. Worse things happened afterwards."
Panzer: "Exciting. Well. I'm here. There's some hope."
Zero: "We settled the matter, actually. But then some new robots appeared. Ones like that one which had to be mob-attacked."
Panzer stops. "Wait. Maverick? My -whole- unit?"
Zero: "Well. Many of them died rather than become Maverick. ...Due to this new enemy and the resurgence of Sigma, it's down to me, possibly X, some weirdo named Glyde, and about three others."
Panzer: "Fuck an A. Well. That pisses me off. Hang on though. Let me see what I can do. Anyone heard from Red Text?"
Zero: "Not all of them died, however. We did manage to short-circuit the Maverick Virus. Red what?"
Metal Man (GM): The ship lands, and a ramp drops. The ship is full of pock-marks, bullet holes... And part of it is on fire.
Julian: "..."
Dr. Robotnik: (PA) "You might want to get on before they find where I am now. The hull can't take much more!"
Julian: "Hope he's got somethin' to take care'a that." *Into the Egg Carrier!*
Flaeyn: "Well gee, this mission is going well."
Panzer looks at the ship. "I wanna drive!"
Zero: *Walks on.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk aboard. Zero is shocked to see the random Reploid guy from earlier.
Reploid: "Zero! You're alive?"
Zero: "Yes. More or less. I thought base was destroyed? Twice, even?"
Flaeyn: "A heartwarming reunion I see."
Reploid: "These people saved me."
Julian: "Well, we blew it up."
Zero: "Figures. ...I hope you did so after scuttling all the--"
Reploid: "Already done. ...But we could find the backups, and install them in this ship."
Panzer watches them from outside. "Okay. I'm still wasted. I'm going to sober up down here. You guys meet me in the parking lot in five minutes, kay?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I know you all want to fly and upgrade my ship, but... I have over 100 bogies tailing this ship, and nowhere to go."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer sees Mavericks heading towards her from the forest. An entire army of robots, and Mavericks leading them.
Panzer: "God I hate water." She runs for the ocean.
Dr. Robotnik: (PA) "Er... you down there... you can feel free to come aboard 'wasted'... otherwise our newfound enemies might do the same... or not."
Panzer: "LEAVE ME ALONE DAMMIT. I'M NOT A HUNTER! I'M REPLIFORCE!"
Zero: *Sigh.* "Then it is your duty to come with us. Because some of your friends could be cured."
Panzer just runs into the side of the ship. "Oww. This thing have a weight limit?"
Metal Man (GM): It's about the size of a gigantic tower on its side. It'll easily hold Panzer. She runs through a wall and is now inside the ship.
Dr. Robotnik: (PA) "Er... yes... I even had the supplies for a small city hidden in here... anyway... up we go!"
Panzer casually takes a seat. "Crappy metal hull you have."
Metal Man (GM): *FWOOSH.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes... let's just say it... took a few hits."
Panzer: "Zero, start explaining and this better be good."
Zero: "The Repliforce was infiltrated by Sigma. By the time we figured it out, half of our people were under attack or traitors."
Panzer starts looking for different liquids strong enough to make a hair of the dog for herself, acid being on the list.
Zero: "X and I quelled the rebellion, but it turns out Colonel was behind it."
Metal Man (GM): Eggman, being a scientist, has a full chemistry set.
Panzer pauses. "Colonel? Colonel would never become a traitor. He is an honorable soldier and reploid."
Digifanatic: *not really paying attention to Panzer.*
Julian: *Got nothin'.*
Aribar may have a great deal to say, or he might not. Schrodinger's dead half-elf.
Flaeyn is confused as hell. :|
Zero: "...Well, first." He turns to Flaeyn, who is confused.
Julian: "So... we takin' them to a hospital or what?" *gestures at all the KO'd folk.*
Zero: "All of you: We are going to the most safe location. I assume this ship has medbay facilities."
Dr. Robotnik: "What's left of it does."
Zero: "...From there we can plan a mode of assault against the Mavericks. Or as you might call them, evil robots. Of course... you seem to have come here for more than just helping me."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. I wish to build a base here, once this... mess... is dealt with. And the Questers...?"
Metal Man (GM): He points to the other alive Questers, as if to ask what they want to do here.
Julian: *shrugs.* "I jus' like beatin' up robots."
Dr. Robotnik: "And you?" He looks to Flaeyn.
Panzer is still mixing up things in the chem area. It's glowing red and fizzes.
Digifanatic: "I'm just trying to keep peace."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh, right." He nods at Digi.
Flaeyn: "Huh? What?" He seems like he was just napping before this.
Dr. Robotnik: "You, Angel person. What do you want to do on this continent? Do you know what this place is?"
Flaeyn: "Not at all. I believe this is my first visit here."
Dr. Robotnik: "I don't know much either, of course." He points at Zero. "I just got here, and suddenly flying robots are attacking, and... yes. It's a continent full of crazy robots, apparently. There's some non-crazy robots--"
Panzer: "REPLOIDS."
Zero: "We're called reploids."
Flaeyn: "I wouldn't mind learning more about... robots. Interesting--like soulless armors..."
Dr. Robotnik: "...REPLOIDS... of course..."
Panzer: "Racist."
Dr. Robotnik: "And apparently the idea is we kill the bad ones. And then in my case, I use the debris to build my own base. ...And maybe outsource my work, since you appear to have been missing a scientist in this mess."
Flaeyn: "Sounds... troublesome to say the least."
Dr. Robotnik: "So... what would you want out of this, Angel person? If anything."
Panzer drinks the concoction and gags a few times and sneezes very loudly. "Uhg. I'm going to have to stop that shit. I wasn't exactly made to thrive off Hydrochloric acid."
Metal Man (GM): The Reploid Guy looks to Panzer.
Reploid: "I know how to make some less dangerous drinks which achieve a similar effect... Because apparently, being a bartender caused Sigma's forces to ignore my existence."
Flaeyn: "It'd like to get gauntlets. Probably to assist my strength with robotics."
Panzer: "Nothing short of what I just made gets rid of the effects of about three gallons of 50 year old Schnapps, kid."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, that's a good idea. We can find some off of dead ro--reploids."
Flaeyn: "Otherwise," He shrugs. "I don't care whatever happens to the people here. I'm only an observer."
Dr. Robotnik: "I don't care so much either, so... back to what the girly ro--reploid was saying."
Zero: "..." *Slices Robotnik's left sleeve off, burning his arm.*
Panzer glares at Fatman. "Girly?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Ow! Okay... non-girly reploid. This shirt is expensive, you know!"
Panzer snickers. "Oh. You were talking about Zero. Zero, remember how I used to braid your hair?"
Zero: "So, as I was saying. Colonel was loyal, but then he accepted an offer from Sigma, and decided the Repliforce needed their own world to themselve--" *Cough.*
Panzer: "And put Alia's pink ribbons in it?"
Flaeyn coughs, thinking to himself, .oO(I want to braid his hair... >.>)
Panzer: "He was loyal. Were he to tell me that the Hunters needed to be destroyed, I would do my upmost to defeat every last one of them. He was my commander. Just like Signas was yours."
Zero: "Yes. But there's a problem... he was most likely controlled by Sigma in one way or another, and Sigma himself was destroyed, as was most of the Repliforce."
Panzer sighs. "Well. That solves that, then. Guess I need to find me a new militant force to take up arms with. I might be able to convince Siggy that I'm an Ally, being I still wear my RepliForce emblem on my armor. Think it would work? I'm mean, you know?"
Zero: "That brings me to today. Sigma was killed over and over again. Even though he was rebuilt he... lost his spark. And sanity. What little he had. Therefore he couldn't lead the Mavericks anymore."
Panzer: "What's new? Then who's leading them?"
Zero: "We reverse-engineered the Maverick virus and eventually caused most of the remaining sufferers of it to lose their cognition... but... something happened. After five years of peace... Something new appeared. Sigma rose from his grave, acting more like he had years ago. And instead of the normal robots... he had strange, alien robots."
Flaeyn: "Dun dun dunnnn. ...I'm sorry, was I interrupting?"
Panzer lifts a brow. "Elaborate?"
Zero: "No, that's fine." He smirks at Flaeyn. "Robots like that strange one which took several beatings before dying. Hordes of them. They didn't just take two or three, or a charged shot. I mean you could take 15 minutes fighting a single one. Some of them reconstruct themselves, too, unless you destroy the head. Even worse, a large object landed in one area, and suddenly hordes of these robots appeared, aiding Sigma and his remaining men. Although somebody messed up Vile recently. So..." *The ship lands in an abandoned, arctic area.* "We sent our own team to attack the crater, and got swarmed. Similar, but worse, to what these guys encountered."
Metal Man (GM): He points to the several KO'd Questers and Julian and co.
Zero: "They attacked HQ, apparently, and also took out several other groups."
Aribar casts a world-shattering level spell: draw flies to corpse!
Zero: "I believe they have taken several in to convert to their side. See, Maverick virus doesn't work... right... anymore. We developed an antidote and broke its magical contagious quality."
Panzer: "How does it act?"
Zero: "Well, it requires hardware modification to work on unwilling subjects. Otherwise all it does is slightly amplify strength of reploids who believe in it. ...And who serve its goals. It also harms reploids who ignore its commands. Somewhat. The new robots made their hardware solution to fix this, but it has oddities. Oddities similar to what that robot did. They might work normally, but their sanity is broken and they often turn on their allies, and are psychotic."
Julian: *zzzzz...*
Dr. Robotnik: *Zzzzzz.*
Reploid: *Slowly drinks a strange substance.*
Zero: "...Well. That's the story."
Metal Man (GM): He nudges Robotnik.
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh! Knuckles! ...Oh, right. ...What is your name again?"
Zero: "I am Zero."
Dr. Robotnik: "I am Zero, please fetch the supplies, they are down one set of stairs and in drawer 5."
Zero: "Do I look like a servant robot to you?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. Well, not entirely. But I am not built for stair climbing."
Flaeyn: "'Tch. What a wimp. I'll do it." He would then do so.
Metal Man (GM): Flaeyn does so, finding all the supplies needed to heal himself and revive the others.
Flaeyn: "Huh." He would bring it back to the others, laying it carefully across the floor. "And here it is."
Panzer scratches her chin. "How bad is it on antiquated models?"
Zero: "Well... if you don't have the vaccination, it acts like the old virus. But that can easily be fixed." He gives Panzer a disc. "This will also allow you to use the encrypted communications we have."
Panzer: "I still have the old virus, I'll keep it. Gives a good buzz."
Dr. Robotnik: *Slowly heals everyone. The dead people wake up.*
Zero: "...That buzz is a tracking signal."
Panzer takes the disc and blinks. "Do I eat this to something? No. Buzz, you know, warm fuzzy feeling in the bottom of my core."
Zero: "Oh, right. You are... really old. I was once that way, too."
Panzer: "Besides. I've had the virus since I was seventy years old."
Flaeyn: "Yay old people party." *says this with apathy in his voice.*
Panzer: "I'm well-adjusted. No one ever knew it either. But now that you know, I have to kill you all." *looks at Suih.* "I am not old. And I can still kill you."
Aribar groans and slowly sits up.* "You know, for a while I forgot that this job was deadly."
Flaeyn: "No need to be serious." He would then raise a brow. "I'm sure you can..?"
Panzer: "I'm still under warran... No. Nevermind. I was recalled."
Dr. Robotnik: "This is all touching, but I am a doctor who deals in machines." He looks to Panzer. "If there is any virus-proofing to be done, I can do it. And if any machines go crazy in here... I have the tools to fix that."
Panzer looks at Robotnik. "Do you speak German?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Well, good think we've got more than one potential repairman. Then again, I don't do it very often.)
Dr. Robotnik: "Of course. I have an IQ of 300. Ich Kann Deutsch!"
Flaeyn: "Three hundred you say? Impressive."
Panzer crosses her arms. "Familiar with Mk. 15 mini-nuclear reactors?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. I designed and built this ship... all by myself."
Panzer: "Fine. You fuck something up and you die."
Dr. Robotnik: "The 15th make of a reactor type? I am familiar with those primitive reactors. I prefer to use small animals for power instead."
Panzer: "Leave me alone. I'm over 150 years old. Nothing's stopped yet so I was built just fine."
Aribar blinks and suddenly realizes something. "Panzer's here? And some red robot as well? I missed something."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, let me see." He takes some tools. He takes out a PDA. "Do you have any kind of data port? It would be easier to just see what your system says first."
Panzer takes off her helmet, kneels down and brushes some fur aside, a little metal slot opens up.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm." He fiddles around and plugs his PDA into it, then begins figuring out the signaling system so he can receive data. In the process, however, some random data and stuff is sent to Panzer.
Panzer's fur hackles, tail twitches and pupils narrow and widen. As for regular, human-like reflexes... Nothing. No kicks or punches.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmmm." He establishes a link. With whatever is there.
Panzer: "Only half my systems run at any given time, so you know. And you'll encounter lots and lots of fragmented... Crap... My core's old but I've never found the fuel I need to replace it, being my body and systems were made to fit around that particular core."
Metal Man (GM): The other Questers would see Zero and Reploid guy are laying out a battle plan.
Zero: "Okay... the crater is here..." He looks to Aribar. "What can you do? I am... Zero."
Julian: "I'm only good up close... but when I'm good, I'm good, y'know?"
Panzer's System: '61% operable at full capacity. Maverick Virus 2.0 installed and running. Windows Media Player has encountered a problem and needs to close.'
Panzer (GM): The rest is a readout of ancient CPU data, favorite spots, hundreds of files on the Tiger tank she has/had... The rest is more or less junk and small, sub-operating file madness.
Zero: "Well, I'm about the same way."
Aribar: "Greetings. I am Aribar Hunter of the Questers. I can cast powerful magic spells, move things around with my spells, and die spectacularly."
Zero: "So, you die sort of like I do."
Aribar: "Aye!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmmm... this is a fragmented mess. Let's clean that up."
Metal Man (GM): *He goes to organize all the file data so it can be accessed faster with a program.*
Aribar: "Zero... Oh, Zero. May I talk to you in private for a moment?"
Panzer twitches a little bit. "I've never had a massage before."
Zero: "Okay." *He walks to another room.*
Flaeyn: "Huh. Never had a normal massage you say."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm. Now... you say this 'Maverick Virus' is what you want, right? There is... an update available for it. This version is at least... one hundred years old? Your computers have a very strange time scale."
Aribar follows Zero into the other room.
Dr. Robotnik: "Most of mine would be incompatible if they were that far apart."
Panzer: "There is an update? Time? That fucking thing has been stuck on 12:00 for as long as I can remember. It's like a VCR. I do need an overhaul and upgrade but Repliforce is gone and I was never really a Hunter so... I've been left to fend for myself. Don't mind the duct tape, either. Hard to work on yourself when you can't bend your head far enough to see."
Aribar whispers to the reploid, "I would imagine that Robotnik can hear us anyways, but at least this way I feel like I made an effort. From what I know, you and X are the two strongest fighters in this land. I want to warn you to never trust Robotnik."
Zero: "Oh... really? Is he... like Dr. Wily?"
Panzer: "But yes. I would like the upgrade if it will run on my systems please. I run on Windows 20XX."
Dr. Robotnik: "Basically, it appears to have less useless code that says 'Hail Sigma.' And more code related to killing humans. And... well, you seem sane enough even with this code. How do you resist the urge to kill me? The source code claims '100% human killing, 100% of the time.'"
Aribar: "We are working with him because our partnership is a necessary evil. I'm not entirely sure who Dr. Wily is, but, essentially, Robotnik is sort of a mad scientist. Granted, he is perfectly sane, but he is extremely skilled at created robots, weapons, and death machines."
Panzer: "I'm not sure. You have yet to piss me off, really."
Dr. Robotnik: "So, there's a bug in the Maverick code you have here... Probably an incompatibility with your model. You were recalled?"
Panzer: "Yeah. I was recalled. I was a prototype so I was deactivated and left in a junkyard to rust."
Aribar: "We are working to overthrow something who communicates with us only through red text. Once we are no longer allies, I would assume he will continue increasing his military presence in the world in an attempt to take it over."
Panzer: "My system has a tendency to take installed things and bug them up to whatever parameters it can that are more beneficial to me."
Julian: "An' then we kick his ass again."
Dr. Robotnik: "So you have a heuristic core."
Panzer: "A what?"
Dr. Robotnik: "A self-learning program. These reploids don't appear to have one which can do that."
Panzer: "Oh. Yes."
Dr. Robotnik: "They can change like humans, but they don't modify their own code on the fly."
Aribar: "I have no idea if he has told you or not, but he wishes to create a base on this continent. So, in the future this may be your people's problem as well. I just wanted to warn you to not trust him; there is a good chance that he will eventually be your enemy."
Panzer: "It's more of a self-governing/do-whatever-the-fuck-it-wants-to core."
Zero: "Don't worry. I'll make sure he helps us, and when he is no longer useful, boot him off the continent. Dr. Wily got us into this mess. Maybe he can fix the mess for us. Then by doing so, ironically undo himself."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, then. I'll just make sure the update is run so your code can modify it. I wouldn't want you to try to kill me. That would be too entertaining."
Metal Man (GM): The update is initialized on Panzer's OS; it is set so that it, too, can be bugged up to retain the old settings. But with new shiny updated stuff!
Panzer: "A 50 caliber round says otherwise."
Panzer's System: 'Emulate! Upgrade! Schnell!'
Panzer gains the power-up: Ominous Purple Aura!
Aribar: "That would be unlikely; Robotnik almost always has a contingency plan or escape plan of some sort."
Zero: "So did Wily. He died. ..." He smirks. "And I know how."
Aribar raises an eyebrow.
Panzer: "Anything else you need to install? And, how late is this version of the Virus?"
Dr. Robotnik: "It's brand new, coming from that weird crater."
Aribar: "Okay then; I wish you luck in defending your land then."
Panzer: "Exciting. Anyone else have it?"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer receives controls to mindlessly follow 'The Leader.' This leader isn't Sigma... weird.
Dr. Robotnik: "It is present in all the remaining Mavericks. It is the weird version the others spoke about. Even without bugs, it can't really force you to do what it says."
Panzer has a nervous tick. "That's new. I'll have to write over that mindless shit again."
Panzer's System: 'Bugging.'
Dr. Robotnik: "I assume you don't feel like mindlessly doing whatever the undescribed 'leader' which is... in the crater??? Hm. Doing this just helped us all. The controller is in the center of that crater."
Panzer: "It wants me to follow the leader... But the leader isn't Sigma. Hmm. I'm overwriting the commands."
Dr. Robotnik: "With that... in mind... I have finished." He sets it to disconnect and, carefully disconnects it.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer can detect the source of the virus, unlike before.
Aribar walks back into the room with the others.*
Metal Man (GM): It's at the crater. Zero nods to Aribar, and walks in to see the others.
Panzer thinks. She stands and the slot is closed over with the metal thingy again and she brushes her fur back into place, putting her helmet back on. "I'm guessing I might not be too harmed, being it seems to want to focus on newer models it might be overlooking someone as old as me. What do you think Eggman?"
Dr. Robotnik: "That, and you have a nonstandard feature."
Panzer: "Of course I do. I'm the only one of my type."
Dr. Robotnik: "By definition, you aren't so much a reploid as some sort of side-branch that died. A reploid would mindlessly follow the orders or, be effected. They don't have a protected core design. The creator of them made this mistake!"
Panzer: "I am classified as a Reploid by the supercomputer at Repliforce base. And I didn't die? If I'm not a Reploid, what would you call me?"
Dr. Robotnik: "A... H-Reploid. H for Heuristic."
Flaeyn: "A Pseudo Reploid."
Dr. Robotnik: "That would be a robot with minor human qualities."
Aribar: "A very thorough killing machine?"
Panzer: "Awesome."
Dr. Robotnik: "So, with that in mind..."
Julian: "Panzer?"
Panzer: "I can infiltrate their ranks and cripple them from the inside out? Yes?"
Dr. Robotnik: "The enemy we face is in the core."
Julian: "Nothin'. Came in a little too late."
Dr. Robotnik: "But I know nothing about them." *Shrug.*
Zero: "We can't just jut in, they have an army. We can't even stay here for long."
Dr. Robotnik: "I suggest we go back and repair, and perhaps come back with reinforcements."
Panzer: "Their army has soldiers. I'm a soldier. I blend. Being Repliforce is a bonus."
Zero: "There are other places than this place?"
Julian: "There's a buncha other places."
Zero: "Yes, but odds are you can't just infiltrate and kill their leader alone."
Panzer: "Wanna bet? They'll love me. You know it. Just look at my spiffy purple aura. Isn't it nice? I glow."
Aribar: "Wait, I might have missed this, but if Panzer and Zero are here, then where is X?"
Panzer: "X is dead."
Julian: "Still don't think that's enough... an' that's a good question. oh."
Flaeyn: "He's bitten the dust."
Zero: "X is potentially alive, but we can't really find him. Unless the doctor here has an idea."
Dr. Robotnik: "Who is X? What is X?"
Aribar: "Ah."
Panzer: "X is an algebraic variable."
Flaeyn: "X is supposed to be some kind of legendary hero around these parts, I figure. The Reploid, X, that is."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh. Well, if I knew his radio callsign, we could test it."
Zero: "Already tried it."
Panzer: "MegaMan X, X for short, is the first Reploid made. Produced by Dr. Thomas Light and sealed off for 30 years."
Zero: "He's KO'd or dead, or perhaps down and out."
Digifanatic: *just listens.*
Panzer: "Can I try? I have XM radio."
Zero: "...Fine. It's 550.4."
Panzer brings it up on her radio. "Hellllllllllllllooooooooooo?"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer calls on it. Crackling, then silence.
Dr. Robotnik: "I detect... he's on another continent."
Zero: "??? Well, I guess that's why I couldn't find him."
Dr. Robotnik: "So we have several choices now. Let's decide, because I think Mavericks are going to find us at this rate..."
Panzer: "What the hell." She closes it. "Let's nuke them all! MUA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA?!?!?!??!"
Julian: "I think we should get outta the Maverick's range, first. So we don't get shot to hell."
Flaeyn: "Agreed."
Panzer: "Sorry. Glitch. It's taking a bit to completely bug the new virus."
Dr. Robotnik: "Nuking them all. Noted. Unfortunately nuclear plutonium is hard to come by. I'll go out to sea first, then."
Metal Man (GM): *Liftoff...* *flying to the sea.**
Aribar: "I suggest that we find X and then figure out a way to liberate this continent."
Panzer: "Napalm everything?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay, so I'll triangulate his position. We'll need some Napalm to napalm the Mavericks. That is more affordable though."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, just the Mavericks."
Julian: "Why not both?"
Panzer: "Not the Mavericks. Just. Everything and everyone."
Flaeyn: "Wait, what?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I have obtained a message that Deloth has been released from the hospital and can be picked up." *He pats Panzer on the head.* "We can save that for the apocalypse. ...I need more supplies anyway. Let's go there, then find X, then napalm the Mavericks."
Julian: "Works for me."
Dr. Robotnik: "...Then I shall look to getting you your own ship. As I wish to explore some myself."
Panzer lifts a brow. "Why can't we have the Apocolypse nooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww?"
Aribar raises an eyebrow at Robotnik's message about Deloth, but says nothing.
Zero: "Well, technically, it happened once already."
Metal Man (GM): Which reminds Julian, the apocalypse destroyed SSQ 1, too. So that might make for two of them.
Panzer: "No harm in having another one. But. I want to stay with him. He likes blowing shit up."
Flaeyn: "Fools. Destruction doesn't get you everywhere..."
Panzer: "Yes it does."
Julian: "Hey, I don't want to lose another dimension, a'ight? No apocalypse."
Digifanatic: "No it doesn't, Panz." :D
Panzer: "Fuck you. It does." She glares.
Aribar: "I would love to agree with you, Flaeyn, but time and time again has shown the Questers that violence is the answer."
Flaeyn: "'Tch. Thanks for the backup."
Panzer: "He's smart in agreeing with me. I'm in the mood to shoot someone."
Dr. Robotnik: "Here we are now." *Lands... very carefully.*
Panzer: "If you find anymore parts you think I could use, let me know."
Flaeyn: "Perfect timing, I apologize, but I have to be somewhere. I'll be taking my leave, Questers." The Grim Angel does a fancy western bow before heading to the exit, and flying out.
Dr. Robotnik: "I will."
Panzer: "Fucking fairy."
Julian: "Dunno why he's gotta be such a prick all the time."
Zero: "He's an odd person. Then again, all of you are strange."
Panzer: "Anyone heard from Red text recently?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Ohhh... Red Text. I sort of stopped him."
Aribar: "Aye."
Dr. Robotnik: "He's not done for, but..."
Panzer: "Who is he, where is he, and what is he?"
Deloth casually walks over to the others. "Hey."
Dr. Robotnik: "Me and the Questers tricked him. ...I couldn't find o--Gah! Oh... wait... you aren't trying to kill me."
Panzer blinks. "No. My guns on my back."
Deloth: *blandly.* "No. Don't give me a reason to, either."
Dr. Robotnik: "...We trapped him on the Super Death Egg, and came to the Maverick continent to find a space ship that could reach him. I assume you want to kill him too?"
Panzer: "I want to go see him."
Dr. Robotnik: "...Oh. Are there space ships that can do that, Zero?"
Panzer: "He sounds spiffy."
Zero: "IF you kill the Maverick leader, we could build one."
Aribar cautiously says, "Hello, Deloth."
Deloth hops onto the Carrier and takes a seat. "Where are we going?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay. We can see him. And possibly injure him. We're going to a land of insane robots to destroy a super robot, so we can fly to outer space and confront a Red Text-using person. And I plan to build a base there out of the debris of the dead insane robots. You?"
Deloth: "Mm. I was hoping for some lunch."
Dr. Robotnik: "We have food. As long as you don't mistake the knives for swords and attack people."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a big sandwich or... ten.
Dr. Robotnik: "Let's... rest here for a bit."
Panzer: "I could go for an army myself." She starts walking out of the ship and towards, well. Away. The Crater if near. XD >>;
Deloth grabs a sandwich with a tentacle and starts chowing down. "Heck of a jail cell down there."
Aribar sighs and simply sits down in some seat. The mage is tired. Dealing with the Red Text being, attacked by Deloth and Vile, and dying make for a busy day. "So, are you okay now?"
Deloth: "Probably. You?"
Aribar: "I'm alive. A few hours ago I wasn't; can't complain too much."
Deloth: "Dead again, huh."
Julian: "Bitch-slapped by a robot."
Aribar: "Indeed. From what I gathered when the others were talking, a single robot nearly killed everyone."
Julian: "'Course it's dead now. Zero punched its head clean off."
Dr. Robotnik: "I saw a head fly by. A scan indicated high levels of unstable machinery inside it... it wasn't a normal robot. It was... weird."
Deloth: "Yeah, lots of things are."
Panzer: "I know my name. You can ask me if you forget."
Deloth pulls open his sandwich and flings away a pickle slice. "So basically, we're going to be blasting stuff off of the planet. Again."
Panzer plays Tetris internally.
Aribar: "We spent the first half of our stay here being diplomatic and spreading democracy. Now fate is telling us to blow things up."
Deloth: *dryly.* "It ALWAYS loops around to that, Aribar. It sometimes takes a bit longer, but..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Actually, you're still spreading Democracy. You're blowing up tyrants after all."
Panzer shoots random things. >>;
Deloth takes another bite. "Did I ask you to talk?"
Aribar: "We're simply making way for you, however. Do you program democracy into your Eggbots?"
Dr. Robotnik: "No. But I don't plan to rule the continent. I just want a base."
Deloth gives Robotnik a suspicious glare as he finishes his sandwich. "You got somewhere to sleep? I'm still drowsy from those darts."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes." He points to a number of beds in a room down the way."
Panzer: "I need a drink."
Deloth brushes the crumbs off of himself and goes to sleep. G'night, folks.
Panzer: "Eggman, do you have any liquor?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. Why?"
Panzer: "Because I need to mourn the loss of my comrades at Repliforce."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well. I have this usually for when I am wounded. But this is my ship, so I have a supply."
Metal Man (GM): He opens up a door. Bottles of whiskey, lined up one after the other. No wonder his nose is so large, rounded, and pink. One has to wonder if he only drinks it when wounded, as opposed to every five minutes when one is blinking.
Panzer: "Do you have larger containers of this? Whiskey isn't very potent to me. Then again, Reploids aren't supposed to drink. Zero puts on a pink dress and curls his hair and tries to hit on X when he gets smashed."
Zero: "..." He dismisses it as a one-off remark. Or... could it be true? Nobody knows.
Dr. Robotnik: "No. I buy them from stores. And I don't drink anything else. We're in a store area, though. Perhaps you can buy something more potent there. I had to cut back after one incident."
Panzer smirks at Zero. "I have footage of it, Zero. Backed up in several places on my drives."
Zero: "Well, who knows? Maybe that was a Zero in another dimension. And there's no way to prove it, if we look alike. ...More importantly, I must attend to... something." *Walks away quickly.*
Panzer plugs a cord from her arm into a viewing screen and plays the movie. It's Zero. He's in the R&R section of Hunter Base... Doing all the aforementioned things.
Aribar simply shakes his head.
Dr. Robotnik: "Silly robots." *One of the bottles mysteriously disappears.* "When I get drunk, I built a giant mountain-sized pinball machine. It was a very strange pinball machine."
Panzer: "I usually shoot people and get into trouble. Ever hear about the Sky Colony Eurasia falling and wrecking the planet?"
Reploid: "Something like that, yes."
Panzer: "Yeah. That was me. I was banned from playing with turrets and cannons and other things like that. Lost a months pay and they declared me Maverick. Then Sigma attacked and they wound up thinking it was him."
Reploid: "Weird."
Panzer: "Oh yeah. I get violent and stupid when I'm drunk. You should make me a drink."
Reploid: "Sure." He slowly makes a drink, with the limited things he has. Still, that's more than whiskey alone.
Panzer: "Now, what is it?"
Metal Man (GM): He hands Panzer a weird looking drink. It's orange.
Reploid: "An Overdriver."
Panzer: "Riight..." She downs it.
Metal Man (GM): It's a little rough, but oddly, it's about smack dab in the middle as far as drinks made at random for reploids go. To Panzer of course it's probably a bit light-weight...
Panzer looks at the glass. "Can you make something much... Much stronger? I've had Nintey-weight that packed more of a punch."
Reploid: "All out, unfortunately. I drank half of it before you guys arrived, and the other half was stolen by Mavericks."
Panzer: "Naturally."
Reploid: "We'll probably encounter some of it once you find your way into the... enemy Maverick base thing."
Panzer: "What's your back story? You a spy?" She gets right up on him, eye-to-eye.
Reploid: "No. Just a survivor. They shot everyone up, but were distracted by the high-octane alcohol and forgot I was still there. The others were busy trying to shoot an entire army of robots and also their Maverick controllers. It wasn't a winning battle."
Panzer: "Know how to use good Schnapps?"
Reploid: "Yes, although I have not seen any for a while."
Panzer opens a compartment and pulls out a 3/4 full bottle of 50 year old schnapps. "That's the last I have of it so be careful. Make me something good."
Reploid: "Hm. I need some other ingredients for that. I used up a bunch on that last drink, too... Find me the other ingredients and I can probably make a drink which will do more than cause temporary confusion. Something... that can actually bestow special abilities."
Panzer wanders off in search of stuff!
Metal Man (GM): Panzer does so, and... we fade out here.

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