Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 29: Merciful Christmas


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Date: December 25th, 2008.
Metal Man (GM): The group steps into Red Text's teleporter, with a sense of doom in their minds. But instead of appearing in a war-torn wasteland... The group appears in a festive winter wonderland. ?!?
Julian: "...The fuck?"
Garrick: "...o... kay..."
Deloth: *Still out cold.*
Metal Man (GM): There are pine trees everywhere, and snow, but not so much snow that it is freezing cold.
Julian: "Shoot, I ain't dressed fo' cold weather."
Metal Man (GM): There is a large workshop up ahead... a sign invites all who come here to visit. Weird.
Julian: *Checks if the worshop has a chimney.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, it does.
Aribar looks about and wonders where they're at.
Metal Man (GM): It would seem the workshop has a very hot fireplace inside it, making it more welcoming than staying out here.
Julian: *Then there's a fire there.* "C'mon!" *Julian heads for the workshop.*
Garrick: "This screams trap..." *moves after Julian, frowning heavily.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk over. It has a big red door, which is, seemingly unlocked, and has a sign that says 'Come on in.'
Julian: "It screams shelter. I ain't stayin' out here in the cold when I got a nice hot fire waitin' for me."
Aribar trudges after the others; the mage is still very sore from their recent battle.
Garrick: "It's not THAT cold..."
Julian: "Says you, Mr. 'I Got Sleeves.'"
Metal Man (GM): Indeed, just a bit chilly... Walking inside, the Questers see a large man in a red suit with white trim, hammering together presents with raw materials. He turns around to see the Questers. Why, it is Santa Claus?
Garrick: "...oh... Ohhhhhh..."
Julian: *waves.* "Yo. Mind if we come in?"
Santa Claus: "Ho ho ho! Go ahead and come on in. I've been waiting for you! It seems the world has changed quite a bit this year, and so I finally have a land of my own again!"
Garrick slowly moves inside, rubbing his eyes slowly with one hand.
Santa Claus: "So while you were making the world safe for elves and reindeer to live in, I was busy making everyone presents. Even people who don't seem to be around much!"
Aribar looks at Santa and lowly chuckles. For some reason, Aribar thinks this must be a joke.
Julian: "Ain't that nice... so how you hangin' this year Kris? Busy makin'...coo'."
Santa Claus: "So, of course, it is Christmas! Have these presents!"
Julian: *Presents! Fuck yeah!*
Metal Man (GM): Ornately wrapped boxes appear in everyone's hands.
Santa Claus: "The Christmas magic is much stronger this year... perhaps due to a lack of a certain someone?" The Questers have no clue who he means.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth would awaken to find himself laying on the carpet of Santa's workshop, with a present sitting atop him.
Garrick: "How have you been getting along, anyway? Last I remember, people come running to... you know... attack you."
Julian: *Is so openin' that shit, son!* "Aw ya shouldn't have."
Deloth groggily opens his eyes. "...Why am I here?"
Santa Claus: "Oh, yes! I have contacted by elvish friends to fix THAT problem!"
Garrick: "Oh right."
Metal Man (GM): Julian opens his package up and finds a bent aluminum bat... specifically made for rapidly beating people up. It has the Quester logo on it too. Santa turns to Deloth.
Garrick immediately draws the pistol and turns it on Del.
Santa Claus: "Oh yes! I know why you have been naughty this year, Deloth! But don't fear, just open my present!"
Garrick: "Sorry, Santa. Precaution."
Deloth: "Oh, hey, SantaaAAAAAAAAAGH!"
Aribar mutters a short thank you to Santa and shudders when he hears Deloth waking up. The mage opens up his present while wondering if he deserves it.
Deloth jumps up and backs away from Garrick quickly, dropping his box.
Santa Claus: "Ah, my friend. That gun you have won't work here, I'm afraid!" He spins his finger. "That is part of the enchantment which protects me from those would-be attackers. Indeed, watch this!"
Julian: "Whoa whoa whoa! Put that piece away."
Metal Man (GM): He goes to punch Deloth... it bounces off an invisible force field.
Garrick: "Deloth tried to rip me to pieces just ten minutes ago."
Santa Claus: "Even the worst of enemies can have peace in Christmas Land!"
Deloth: *spread-eagled against the wall.* "I did not!"
Garrick: "Uh, yeah, you did." *glances at the shield, then at Santa, then back at Del...*
Aribar: "As well as stabbing me with your swords again."
Santa Claus: *Hands the gift back to Deloth.* "My present shall make sense of this situation!"
Julian: "Look I don't care who tried to kill who, it's Christmas. Peace on Earth an' goodwill towards men an' fox-dragon whatevers."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar opens his present. It's a sword...
Garrick: "...well... I suppose."
Deloth slowly opens his present, keeping an eye on Garrick...
Metal Man (GM): ...A sword that glows with sunlight.
Garrick holsters his pistol.
Deloth: "Cat, actually..."
Julian: "Whatever."
Metal Man (GM): Deloth open... a Possession meter?!?!?!
Julian: "Open yo' present."
Deloth: "..."
Metal Man (GM): It beeps, signaling 'minimal possession' at the moment.
Deloth: "Well... it's not socks."
Garrick: "...huh."
Santa Claus: "My friends, Deloth has been possessed! He would never want to stab you in his normal mind. My meter shall alert you to when evil forces take him over!"
Deloth flips it around in his hands, examining it.
Garrick: "...just what kind of evil forces?"
Julian: *Julian finally gets to looking his present over...* "Mmm... looks worse than the one I got now..." *checks the end of the bat.* "Is this a nail?"
Aribar looks over the sword and gives it a few swings to find its balance. He listens to Santa and flinches as he hears that Del was possessed.*
Deloth: "Wait, possessed? By who?!"
Santa Claus: "I am afraid I don't know what it is. Otherwise I could cure it instead!"
Garrick: "...Del, you've been going nuts the past few weeks. Robotnik's ship, up on the Final Death Egg thing... You've tried numerous times to screw us up... hmm... well, let's see what I get..." *goes ahead and unwraps his present.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick opens it up... it's a red pistol with a large sight on it and a laser sight to boot. On the side is written M-850.
Garrick: "...what in the..."
Santa Claus: "I have seen your difficulty with hitting things, Garrick, so I thought a couple extra magically enchanted sights wouldn't hurt!"
Garrick drops the box and paper, looking it over with a practiced eye, slipping the mag out, then slamming it home...
Deloth thinks for a few moments. "Hrm... did I say anything I can't remember while I was in one of these states?"
Garrick: "...lower caliber... it won't hit too hard, but it'll hit more often than not... thanks, Santa."
Garrick wracks a round home and sights with it.
Santa Claus: "My intuition is not perfect, but I hope all of you got something to make your year a bit more jolly. What with all the strange bad things which go on during the year and all. And for once, Dr. Wily is not impersonating me. Indeed, he is not even in this realm!"
Julian: *Julian gives the bat a few test swings.* "Swings 'bout the same, 'spite the dent... But that nail oughta cause some more pain. Thanks."
Santa Claus: "You're welcome!"
Deloth: *distantly.* "Yeah... thanks..."
Aribar: "Thank you, Santa." *turns to Deloth.* "I don't quite remember what you said while possessed; I was trying not to loose consciousness from blood loss. You certainly spoke odd phrases, however, and said something about avenging a loss."
Julian: "...What."
Deloth: "Heck of a way to start the new year..."
Garrick: "You mentioned a lot of... well, you said how I destroyed your world."
Julian: "Wonder what the voices in his head got to say about me."
Garrick: "...well, it doesn't matter. Hopefully that thing will keep you in line."
Julian: "If not, we can."
Deloth continues thinking. "What about my abilities? Was it able to use my attacks and all that?"
Garrick: "You hit me with that light thing of yours."
Aribar: "I recall you capable of using that move where you summon up pillars of light, but it was odd. You called upon that attack and they nearly hit us, but then the power went back to you and formed a gun, which you then shot Dragoshi with."
Garrick: "A clear gun. A gun, if I remember right, damn near killed Drag."
Metal Man (GM): Flaeyn suddenly appears in the workshop of a tall and fat jolly man, who appears to have been expecting him.
Flaeyn: "Why hello... Saint Nick?"
Santa Claus: "Ho ho ho! A late arrival! Here!" He hands Flaeyn a package.
Deloth: *tiredly.* "Hi, Flaeyn."
Julian: "'Sup jerk."
Flaeyn: "A-Ah... What's this?" He says, nervously receiving the package with a distressed look, expecting there be some kind of prank in there.
Deloth leans against a wall of the workshop. "Well, this just keeps going from bad to worse."
Flaeyn: "I see you haven't changed at all..." *Towards Julian.*
Santa Claus: "A Christmas present. Yours to open... from me!" He smiles.
Garrick: "Open it, dude. It'll be something good."
Aribar: "Greetings." *The half-elf waves at Flaeyn and then realizes he has a bit of a problem; what should he do with his old sword?*
Flaeyn raises a brow, before just pocketing if he can, if he doesn't he just keeps it under his shoulder. "I'm fine. Thanks."
Metal Man (GM): Flaeyn pockets it. Santa Claus chuckles.
Garrick: "...dude, just open the damn gift. "It's not like it's a bomb."
Flaeyn: "I'll open it later."
Santa Claus: "He's free to take his time... it is his gift, after all."
Julian: "What? You too good to open a present in front'a all us peons?"
Santa Claus: "Now, I am sure you want to test your presents. Or, at least, you want to have a good time without fear of death and some sort of wide-ranging consequence."
Flaeyn: "Please, I'd prefer you don't act so obnoxious on Christmas..."
Santa Claus: "So me and the elves created a bit of a test circuit behind the workshop. All the fighting and puzzles you'd normally encounter--without any of the bad after-effects!"
Garrick: "..."
Julian: "...That's new."
Garrick: "...you're not E Li Three, are you?"
Santa Claus: "Of course... you can be 'knocked out', so to speak... but it's more of a laser tag sort of knockout, not real!"
Aribar: .oO(Laser tag with real lasers.)
Santa Claus: "E Li Three? No, no." He chuckles. "He's my distant cousin from another dimension!"
Garrick: "...good... just... no bananas..."
Flaeyn: "Who is E Li Three again?"
Garrick: "SHHH!!!"
Julian: "So where is it?"
Garrick leaps over to Flaeyn and covers his mouth.
Santa Claus: "A very naughty person!" He flips a switch.
Garrick: "Don't speak his name..."
Metal Man (GM): A large door opens up, revealing a snow-filled adventure course.
Garrick: "Or ask that question... you're new... he might... show up..."
Flaeyn: "That bad, huh?"
Metal Man (GM): It resembles one of the many places the Questers would move through. Except winter themed. It starts out with a calm walk up to the side of a hill.
Julian: "Three died with the rest'a the old word. He ain't the bogeyman or nothin', Garrick's overreacting."
Garrick shrugs himself off, moving away from Flaeyn. "Julian, you weren't there."
Deloth walks outside, still wondering what to do about all of this.
Santa Claus: "I am unsure of his status, but... you are safe here!"
Garrick: "He doesn't crap that... well... you know who couldn't ever do. Right... let's try this out."
Julian: "I was there fo' enough. Ain't my fault you got psychologically scarred by fruit." *To the winter slaughter!*
Garrick: "They were EXPLODING BANANAS..." *moves after Julian, loading his pistols.*
Aribar tightens his grip on his new sword; at least the firey weapon will keep his hand warm. He follows Deloth outside while Garrick and Julian discuss the horrors of E Li Three.
Julian: "An I've faced explodin' BOMBS. Ain't that different."
Flaeyn walks into the cold. "Exploding Bombs? Aren't they already supposed to explode?"
Deloth: *to Ari, as he walks.* "Terrific. How do I fight something that's in my own head?"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk outside. It is a bit sunny, so Aribar's sword lights on fire. The blade, only. It provides a nice warmth.
Aribar: "I would imagine through sheer willpower, Deloth. I've faced possession on countless occasions, but I've never made note of how I've fought through it."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk up to the top of the hill. There, they see there is a slope... they'll have to ski down. Unfortunately... There are robots with santa hats guarding the ski equipment! And they don't look like they'll give it to the Questers. Instead, they walk towards them menacingly.
Garrick: "...Santa-Bots?"
Christmas: "Ho ho ho! Time for a fight!"
Julian: *Fuck those robots!* "A'ight, startin' off on a high note." *Points his bat at them.* "Get 'em!"
Flaeyn: "Yheeeeyyy..." He apathetically announces.
Metal Man (GM): There are three of them. Dragoshi joins the group. He also obtains a present.
Dragoshi: *Present get! Also opens his present.* :x
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi opens it up. It contains... Bread. It's a weapon???
Flaeyn: .oO(Not opening presents. Yeah, I'm so badass.)
Metal Man (GM): Flaeyn is the anti-hero who won't open his presents! The Questers randomly hear Santa's voice.
Santa Claus: "Ho ho ho! Those glitches are quite unmerry!"
Metal Man (GM): *SPLORTCH.*
Santa Claus: "Now you are much better!"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers, who were about to trip and fall all over the place due to their inability to get into battle stance properly, are suddenly able to do so without trouble!
Dragoshi: *Twirls around the bread in one hand and the laser sword in the other and gets into stance.* >_>
Julian: *Counts how many bots there are, and how there are spaced out.*
Metal Man (GM): 3. In a line. Horizontally.
Julian: *Julian heads for the Bot on the right, trying to smack him upside the head with his 'new' bat!*
Santa Claus: "Ho ho ho! That is just uncalled for!"
Metal Man (GM): *SPLORCH.* Julian hits despite having nearly missed a moment ago. somehow.
Julian: *Aaaaand GRAB.*
Metal Man (GM): On the other hand, the far more mundane grab fail does just that.
Julian: *GRAPPLE.* >:O
Metal Man (GM): Hit!
Julian: *Julian locks in the Grapple and slips around the back, tucks the bot's head under his arm, then drops back and drills the bot's head into the ground with an inverted DDT .*
Metal Man (GM): Xmas Robot 1 goes to poke Julian with his little Ski staff! He fails. Xmas Robot 2 goes to stab Garrick! He fails. Xmas Robot 3 attacks Flaeyn! He fails. Merry Christmas!
Aribar dashes towards the robot that Julian attacked, sword trailing behind the half-elf. When he reaches the Xmasbot, Ari swings his shining blade upwards into the air and through the robot. The fiery sword's gleam grows brighter as the mage sends a surge of magical energy through the blade. An aura of power surrounds the sword and he sends it crashing down upon the robot! "Blade, I'll name you Sunlight!"
Deloth: "Imaginative."
Metal Man (GM): Xmas Robot dodges! Aribar makes a very magical, fiery sword cut on the snow though.
Dragoshi: *Runs on over to the robot Julian attacked, then proceeds to slash it with his sword, then spin around, and smack it upside the head with the Bread.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi makes some goofs on his attack. But instead of bad things happening, he just makes a lot of snowflakes. And he hits both times! He blows up the robot. It throws confetti everywhere as it merrily disintegrates. Then the second hit magically hits the second robot instead of being wasted!
Garrick can't help but chuckle a few times at the whole mess of a situation... it's just so ridiculous... flicking the safety off his new gun, he raises it and unloads a rapid series of shots at the second bot.
Metal Man (GM): One hit!
Garrick grunts. He's not used to this gun yet, he figures...
Deloth: *Oh, hey, the meter's beeping.* "In the spirit of Christmas, I will refrain from getting my vengeance on you. For now! Ha ha ha ha--"
Garrick: "..."
Dragoshi: *Just glances at Deloth... whoever's possessing him, anyway. whatever.* "Just get on with it." :x
Aribar: "... Thank you in advance for not stabbing me?"
Dragoshi: "...please?"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth stands there for a moment. Then the possession meter beeps again.
Deloth: "Oh what the heck, I'll help you too!"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth shoots one of the robots with that freaky gun! *BLAM.* The robot is nearly toasted... but not so much that the Questers can't kill it themselves.
Garrick: "Great job with the gun, Crazy Del!"
Deloth: "...huh? Uh, I mean... die, robot!" *Laser sword stab!*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth does a laser sword miss!
Flaeyn goes to the robot that Deloth targeted, and tries a Grand Cross. He would just end it off with a Sereharde then.
Metal Man (GM): The goof-up Flaeyn makes causes it to snow slightly! Two Xmas bots remain. One nearly dead.
Deloth rubs his head. "Did I get overshadowed again?"
Dragoshi: "Pretty much, yea."
Julian: *Beats the near-death robot to death, then moves onto the other one.*
Deloth: "Dang, I thought I had my guard up..."
Metal Man (GM): The robot dodges.
Aribar: "If it makes you feel any better, you're a much better fighter when possessed."
Metal Man (GM): The second Xmas Bot goes to poke Julian!
Deloth: *icily.* "No, it doesn't."
Metal Man (GM): *Poke.* The third one goes to poke Aribar! Miss.
Aribar: *IT IS CHRISTMAS! THE ELF DODGED SOMETHIN!* *decides that nothing can get him down now; if he can dodge some robot's horrible attempt at poking him to death, then surely he can hit with a normal sword slash and a Warlock's Bane!*
Metal Man (GM): Both hit. The near-dead robot dies. The third one is knocked over. Only the third one remains.
Julian: "That's all'a them." *Looks for skis.*
Garrick: "That one on the ground might get up... Dragoshi. Hit him with your loaf."
Dragoshi: "...If ya say so." *Dragoshi suddenly brings down the bread upon the robot's head, and then follows up with a rising slash from his sword!*
Digifanatic: *walks in!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit! The robot festively blows up. Digi walks in, and his present appears before him.
Garrick: "...ah. Digi. Good. Unwrap your gift, grab some skis, and let's boogie."
Digifanatic: "Gift, huh..." *opens.*
Deloth: "Heya, Digi."
Metal Man (GM): It's a computer device! It says 'Lappy 5000', and... adds to Digi's hacking skill.
Deloth grabs a pair of skis and straps them on.
Digifanatic: "Oh, nice... I'll have to look at that soon!"
Dragoshi: *Gets his skis.*
Metal Man (GM): There are plenty of skis around too.
Flaeyn: "Lappy... 5000?"
Digifanatic: "I guess..."
Deloth then pops his tentacles out and hardens them. "I just realized. I have my own ski poles here."
Digifanatic: *takes a pair of skis.*
Julian: *Skis!*
Raena: "...I am NOT putting that on. It won't fit on my paw."
Natalie: "Come on, Raena, have a little fun."
Raena: "...if need be, I can make *ice* skis."
Natalie: "Come on, that's not quite as fun."
Deloth: "...That sounds familiar."
Dragoshi: "...Yep."
Digifanatic: "Probably a one-off Quester or something..."
Garrick: "...who... oh, for the LOVE OF-- No. No, I refuse."
Deloth turns around. "Oh, hey, it's... uh... what's-her-name and the fox."
Raena: "...I'm not *about* fun, Natalie."
Natalie: "Hmph, fine, be a spoilsport." *The leather-jacketed girl just turns around, facing away from the large, six foot fox that was standing in front of her. To which the golden-furred vulpine just face-palms and bends down to start to awkwardly fit the skis to her rather large paws. There they were in plain view, the fifteen-year-old girl, and her fox.*
Digifanatic: .oO(What's her name and the... ohhhhhh. Them!)
Julian: "Who that? Our next obstacle?"
Aribar (belatedly) gets his skis on. He puts away Sunlight and thinks for a moment. "I've only seen people ski once or twice before. Never done it myself. And I can only use one of these little pole things... This will be fun."
Deloth: "Haven't seen you two in a while."
Digifanatic: "I believe not, Jules."
Garrick: "It's a bloody flippin' fox. And a... little girl."
Digifanatic: *pockets the Lappy.*
Garrick: "...it looks awfully like a Pokemon."
Digifanatic: .oO(Not quite!)
Aribar looks to the two that the others are looking at. "I think I've seen them before. I don't know where, though."
Julian: *Calls over to them.* "HEY! WHO'RE YOU?"
Dragoshi: *Gets some ski poles, because he doesn't feel like testing to see if a laser sword and bread would make great psuedo-poles.*
Digifanatic: *oh yeah, poles too.*
Natalie: "Huh?" She blinks a bit and looks over. "Oh... um, yeah. I think we've met before. My name's Natalie, and this is my Renamon Raena." She then looks over to Raena with a giggle. "Oh, just forget it, Rae, it's okay."
Raena: "...I told you they wouldn't fit. But would you listen to me? No."
Digifanatic: .oO(Wait a minute... I thought my mind was messing around with me when I last saw them... this doesn't feel like an illusion.)
Garrick: "I TOLD you. It's another bloody Pokemon."
Julian: "Anyone got a ball?"
Natalie She then looks at Garrick. "Actually, she's not a Pokémon. She's known as a 'digimon' in our world. Though, that IS a pretty good game."
Digifanatic: .oO(Double agent! Yay!)
Garrick: "...she's a 'mon, then."
Julian: "So... what, does it shoot fire or somethin'?"
Metal Man (GM): Skiing segment: Basically, it's a downhill route. One can just 'ski down normally' and not get any rewards or penalties... or do tricks occasionally and risk injury but possibly earn coins!
Raena: "Ice, actually. Plus, I have a sword...' She shows off the katana at her side."
Natalie: "Yeah."
Julian: "Good fo' you. Ski much?"
Garrick: "...wonderful."
Deloth sighs and steps back. "Look, guys, I'm pretty sure that there is a differe--whoa, whoa, WHOAAAAAAAAAA!" He slips and starts skiing down normally. Backwards.
Raena: "Never. They don't fit on my paws."
Natalie: "Mmm... Never have before, but Raena and I will make it down on our own."
Digifanatic: *He won't push his luck.*
Garrick: "...c'mon, then. Let's just go. They'll get the easy way after we clear the bots ahead away." *He makes to clip on his skis, having the basic idea in mind, and heads down the slope... he'll see about tricks when he gets down a bit.*
Digifanatic: *starts skiing down without trying to go ballistic.*
Aribar: "Good luck with that... Huh." *The half-elf realizes that he technically doesn't -have- to ski down the hill.*
Julian: "Been a while since I went down a mountain..." *Julian grabs his poles and starts heading down the mountain, looking out for any sweet jumps.*
Aribar: "You guys go first; I'll go last. Prolonging the inevitable and such."
Dragoshi: *Also goes to ski down the hill... Not gonna do anything crazy though. Doesn't trust his luck an' whatnot.*
Natalie: "Ready, Rae?"
Raena: "Mmmhmm." She then whips out a small device and swipes a card on it.
Natalie: "Digi-modify, ice-sled!"
Raena's hands glow for a moment as she creates a surfboard of ice, on which she and Natalie hop on and start going down.
Deloth: "GAAAAAAAH!"
Metal Man (GM): Everyone starts going down the slope...
Garrick: "Del, turn around!"
Aribar waits for a bit before shuffling towards the edge of the slope and starting to head down the hill. He tries to slow his speed to a crawl whenever he thinks he may even possibly be going faster than a snail's pace.
Julian: *Julian sees an opportunity for a sweet jump... and takes it!* "Wooo!" *Julian attempts two full rotations. 720!*
Deloth: "HOW?!"
Garrick: "Your poles! Use your poles!"
Deloth jams a tentacle into the ground and pivots around on that. That's fine too, right?
Metal Man (GM): Julian does a sweet jump! +10 coins!
Garrick: "I'm gonna break my neck... here goes..." *He hits another ramp, leaping into the air and doing a backflip!*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick lands on his left elbow! Ow!
Julian: *Julian tries to follow up by grinding a fallen tree. RADICAL.*
Garrick: "Grah! Damn..."
Julian: *MONSTER GRIND.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian does an awesome sweet grind of doom. +20 coins! Deloth grinds too. With his face.
Garrick tries a sweet grind as well!
Metal Man (GM): ...But he's going the right way.
Deloth: *CRUNCH.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick tastes the sweet, sweet snow. But he doesn't get injured... THIS time.
Garrick: "God... I hate this crap..."
Deloth: *Well, at least the snow staunched the nosebleed...*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are at the bottom of the slope. One last chance for tricks.
Julian: *1st Place!*
Aribar passes by his first tree... About twenty feet down from the starting point. He's practically shuffling down the hill instead of skiing.*
Garrick tries a simple, small, turn.
Julian: *Julian crouches down, picked up speed, and tries to backflip across the finish line!*
Metal Man (GM): Santa Claus blows up the would-be terrible ski mistake Julian would do. SPLORTCH.
Julian: *EXTREME NECK FRACTURE.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick does a small turn while Julian lands on his back! +10 coins to Garrick.
Julian: *Skids across the finish line.*
Garrick: "Whoa... hey, I did something!"
Deloth: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained..."
Dragoshi: *Decides to take a crack at it by attempting to jump off a slope, then tries to glide on down and stick a nice landing!*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi flies over Julian and gets 10 coins.
Dragoshi: *Fwooooooosh.*
Julian: *Julian takes the fall but gets back to his feet, 30 coins richer.*
Deloth tries to do a flip onto his hands as he crosses the finish line.
Natalie blinks as she sees a pile-up at the finish line. "Wow. You guys need practice."
Julian: *EXTREME FRICTION BURN.*
Dragoshi: *Lands, 10 coins richer.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth lands atop Julian!
Julian: "Says the kid in a sled." *Julian gets to taking off his sk-AUGH.*
Dragoshi: "...Hey, I didn't do too badly..." :/
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are at the bottom now.
Deloth: "I've never skied before, give me a--OOF."
Aribar: "... This is madness! I can't ski! I reject this challenge." *Aribar casts Rejoin! ... Mainly to make that spell have a use!*
Dragoshi: "Then again, that was my only trick, so... Yeah."
Metal Man (GM): *VOIP.*
Digifanatic: "I just... didn't feel like it."
Garrick clicks the skis off, tossing them to the side.
Raena: "Actually... it's more like an ice surfboard."
Natalie: "Made of ice. So it turned into a snowball on the way down."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar appears... and gets 10 coins for his 'trick'?!?!?!
Julian: "Get offa me ya moron!" *Julian shoves Deloth off and takes his skis off.*
Digifanatic slows to a stop and gets off the skis.
Deloth: "Right, sorry, I--" *shoved into the snow.*
Garrick: "Both of you need to zip it. Julian gets prone to violence, wolf or little girl."
Julian: "Guess how much of a shit I don't give!" *Julian stands up and looks for the next obstacle.*
Raena: "...I am NOT a wolf."
Metal Man (GM): The next obstacle is a door!
Deloth takes his skis off and sticks them into the snow.
Garrick: "And I don't care."
Metal Man (GM): It has three buttons next to it.
Garrick heads over to the door.
Metal Man (GM): One has an ice flake on it.
Aribar feels his pocket get a little bit heavier with coins. Hm. "Greetings, everyone."
Metal Man (GM): The other has a hot chocolate symbol.
Dragoshi: *Just walks on over to that thar gov-...Err... door.*
Deloth: "You'll have to pardon the angry black man. He does not enjoy people."
Metal Man (GM): The third has a deadly fireball symbol.
Dragoshi: "Not it."
Julian: "Not it."
Garrick: "Not it."
Deloth brushes the snow off of himself and heads over to the panel.
Natalie: "I think we're staying behind..."
Deloth: "Hey, is that hot chocolate?"
Digifanatic: "Well, seen as how as I came in late. Hey, is that a trap, Deloth? I am not taking that door... yet."
Deloth: "But hot chocolate's never lied to me before."
Julian: "Push the button and find out."
Garrick: "Hot chocolate is going to dump on your head and scald you for somewhere in the ballpark of ten damage... I mean... scald you for pain."
Dragoshi: "But what if it's, like... A tidal wave of hot chocolate?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, that's why I think it's a trap."
Deloth: "Then my dreams will have come true."
Aribar: "Then we'll never be thirsty again."
Digifanatic walks over and hits the ice flake button.
Deloth presses the button for hot chocol--DAMMIT DIGI.
Metal Man (GM): Digi is frozen solid!
Flaeyn: "Huh what?"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth gets a cup of hot chocolate in a container. In his hand. It heals some health if drunk.
Aribar takes his ski stuff off and goes over to the fireball button. He doesn't press it. Yet.
Garrick: "...huh."
Julian: "Whoa sweet." *Pushes the hot chocolate button.*
Dragoshi: "...Ca-razy."
Metal Man (GM): Julian gets one too.
Garrick: "...I want cocoa." *press.*
Deloth licks his lips and drinks it.
Julian: *Fuck yeah! He checks for a candy cane to put in it.*
Dragoshi: *Presses the hot chocolate button as well.* :D
Deloth: "Never doubt me again."
Metal Man (GM): Everyone gets 1 hot chocolate... they come with the candy cane on request. Digi breaks out of the ice. Brrrrrrrr.
Dragoshi: *Hot chocolate get!*
Raena sneaks over, and flattened against the wall, presses the fireball button from her maximum reach.
Flaeyn takes a hot chocolate. "Right..."
Metal Man (GM): Raena catches on fire!
Digifanatic: *walks out of the way--hopefully.* *Or not.*
Metal Man (GM): FWOOOOSH. The door opens. Thanks, Raena!
Dragoshi: "..."
Deloth: "...smell that burnt fur, everyone."
Garrick: "...did anyone else find that highly amusing?"
Julian: *Julian drinks down the hot chocolate after melting the candy cane, then heads in.* "Let's keep movin'."
Aribar: "Better than wet fur."
Dragoshi: "...Kinda. Sorta. Maybe."
Raena suddenly looks like a cartoon.
Natalie: "... thanks... You look ridiculous!" *She giggles as she follows the rest of the gang through the door.*
Raena shakes out her fur, becoming normal and poofs up considerably while following suit.
Metal Man (GM): Also, the heat of the fire warms Digi up.
Garrick chuckles and heads through the door, drinking his own hot chocolate.
Flaeyn just carries the Hot Chocolate around, saving that as well.
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along.*
Deloth walks through the door, trying not to laugh. People being injured is giving him his Christmas spirit back!
Digifanatic: *Doesn't bother about the hot chocolate--the fire didn't feel too bad. Let's-a go!*
Aribar just holds onto his hot chocolate and follows the others.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk in, to see the final Xmas challenge! It is... a Christmas tree. A perfectly mundane one.
Flaeyn: "Yhey Tree."
Deloth: "Dibs on streamers!"
Dragoshi: "I call candy canes!"
Julian: "I call not takin' it down."
Digifanatic takes a look around to see if anything interesting is there to decorate it with.
Santa Claus: "Ho ho ho!" *SPLORTCH.*
Garrick: "...hm... tree..."
Aribar: "... I call providing the electricity."
Metal Man (GM): Digi finds streamers.
Digifanatic: "Deloth!" *shows him streamers.*
Deloth: "Whoo-hoo!" *grabs them and starts wrapping them around the tree.*
Dragoshi: *Goes to search for candy canes!* :D
Garrick glances to Julian and shrugs. "Guess we decorate it."
Julian: "Mmm. Guess so. What else we got?" *Any ornaments or popcorn strings or something?*
Garrick looks around as well, searching about.
Flaeyn: "W-What the heck is going on... I come here to decorate a Christmas tree? Where is my final boss?"
Natalie: "Raena, do your stuff!"
Raena: "Right. Diamond Storm!" *Suddenly, a large cloud of ice leaves fly towards the tree, creating icicles at the ends of every branch.*
Garrick: "...why is this girl and her Pokemon following us?"
Dragoshi: *In response to Flaeyn.* "In the sun."
Metal Man (GM): Julian finds ornaments!
Dragoshi: "Which exploded." :x
Metal Man (GM): Garrick finds eggnog!
Aribar is reminded; he checks if the sun is still shining.
Metal Man (GM): Delicious eggnog... it smells very alcoholic. Yes, the sun is still shining.
Julian: "'Cause they got abusive step parents or somethin'. I dunno."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi finds some candy canes, but not too many.
Julian: *Starts hanging ornaments.*
Garrick: "...hey Julian."
Flaeyn: "..." He does a light facepalm, he's a little out of place in the merriment."
Julian: *Hangin' shit.* "Yo."
Digifanatic: *looks again.*
Garrick: "I found eggnog."
Julian: "Save me some."
Garrick: "Yup." *sip.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi discovers dominoes pizza??? No, wait. It's a full box of pizza, not empty.
Garrick ponders a moment, then nods.
Digifanatic: "Anyone want pizza?"
Metal Man (GM): The tree is decorated and... it seems perfectly peaceful.
Digifanatic: "I know, pizza and Christmas seem a bit out of place with each other, but hey, free food."
Julian: *Finished with ornament hanging, Julian goes and gets a glass of eggnog and a slice of pizza.*
Flaeyn: "Oh geez." He stares at Digi then. "You're just going to eat a pizza you randomly found lying around?"
Dragoshi: *Under his breath.* "...I need more candy canes." :/ *Decides to search for some more. Because why not?*
Digifanatic: "It looks pretty fresh."
Julian: "It seems legit."
Deloth steps back and takes a piece of pizza. "Wow. Quickest decorating job ever."
Garrick walks up to the tree and rubs his hands together.
Julian: *Glug glug glug.*
Aribar takes out Sunlight and uses Kinesis to move it to the top of the tree and (somehow) make it stay at the top of the branches. "There's the star!"
Deloth turns around to Natalie and Raena. "Thanks for the icicles there. Look nice."
Garrick: "Let's see if I can magitech it some glow."
Raena: "Thank you."
Natalie: "Mmmhmmm."
Digifanatic: .oO(Christmas... I never thought I could associate this universe with the gift-giving holidays. Seemed too distant to have known about it. Then again, considering Mario and Luigi are supposedly from Brooklyn...)
Garrick rolls his neck around before flicking his fingers, muttering a soft prayer and... hmm...
Aribar is suddenly reminded of the item combining monsters from his first days as a Quester. The half-elf has a moment of fear, and then decides that Santa wouldn't be that evil.
Dragoshi: *Looks at the tree, then blinks at Sunlight being the star.* "...huh. Not really the most conventional star, but... hey, it works!" *Decides to hang some candy canes from the branches because well... why not?*
Digifanatic: *takes a slice.*
Julian: *Pizza eating and eggnog drinking.*
Deloth: "...Kinda nice to have a moment of peace like this."
Garrick: "In the spirit of Christmas... give me a little magic..."
Digifanatic: "So, Deloth, what happened to you?"
Metal Man (GM): And the tree glows... just a little.
Digifanatic: "Was that a clone or something we were fighting?"
Garrick: "...damn... it's been too long..."
Metal Man (GM): Santa Claus then walks in, chuckling in a good natured way.
Garrick: "But it looks pretty nice..."
Deloth: "Somebody apparently decided to play Grand Theft Me... but we'll talk later."
Santa Claus: "Now, you may rest here, for tomorrow you fight the Feds! But do not worry; the magic you have created here shall aid you in your mission tomorrow..."
Digifanatic: "Ah... that hospital you checked into could have been full of quacks that decided to do things with you that you might not have complied to. I admit I wasn't sure if that was a real you or not..."
Metal Man (GM): The Christmas tree that was created grants everyone a bonus to attack and bonus to defense for the next while.
Santa Claus: "Now I must be off... Merry Christmas!" He walks off, and that concludes this mission.
Digifanatic just sits around and takes a look inside and them outside. "Looks nice..." .oO(Now what do I do?) He decides to take his Lappy 5000 out and examine it a bit so he figures out what he does. Let's say he'll be occupied for a few minutes just to look things over.
Metal Man (GM): The portal to the next place appears, but of course; for Christmas the Questers are entitled to rest here...
Garrick finds himself a nice section of not terribly melty snow and makes to take apart his guns, cleaning them as best he can with a shop rag.
Dragoshi: *Decides to rest. A-yep.*
Deloth takes a seat and reclines against one of the walls. "...Not a bad Christmas, all in all."
Aribar casts Freeze on a section of the snow to make it a studier ice bed and goes to sleep. He needs it after the day he's had.*
Deloth: *looking at the meter.* "Except for why this was needed, of course..."
Garrick: "You just gotta stay calm."
Deloth starts thinking again. "So what you were saying is that whoever-this-is was saying that you destroyed him?"
Aribar: "And keep away from swords. You already stabbed me at least four times."
Flaeyn crosses his arms, "What exactly did I miss?"
Garrick: "Destroyed his world, at least. Also: Are you going to open your damn present or not?"
Flaeyn: "I'll open it later, perhaps in heaven. Why do you want me to open it anyway?"
Deloth: "We want to see what you got."
Garrick: "And it usually helps you out in a fight."
Aribar: "Because curiosity killed the cat and we're all obsessed with death."
Digifanatic: "Heh... to a slightly sad extent, Aribar."
Flaeyn: "I'll open it when the time comes. I'm not in a hurry."
Garrick: "...it's CHRISTMAS. The time is now."
Digifanatic looks as if he's figured out the gist of the Lappy, so he shuts it off and puts it away. .oO(That's kinda neat!)
Deloth: "Hey, Flaeyn, if you deal with death all the time, what do YOU know about ghosts?"
Flaeyn: "That's a little broad. What about ghosts?" He crosses his arms then, and raises a brow. "If you don't mind me asking, why would you want to know, sir?"
Digifanatic: "Wait a minute... Deloth, I gotta ask you something about that, after you're done talking with Flaeyn."
Deloth calmly looks at Flaeyn. "I'm possessed, apparently. Go ahead, Digi. Nothing says I can't talk to both of you at once."
Digifanatic: "No, no, no, I'd like to hear Flaeyn's theory first."
Flaeyn: "Hm? Theory about what now? Sorry, I've been gone for awhile so I don't quite know what's going on..."
Garrick grunts as he looks up at Flaeyn, rolling his eyes as he reassembles his pistol and the machine gun, working on the new M-850... "Where have you been..."
Digifanatic turns around and winces a bit at Deloth calling him by his nickname... until he sees that N&R have wandered away for the time being. "I dunno, you said you might be able to help him."
Deloth: *sigh.*
Digifanatic: "Anyways, Deloth, I concede. Here's what I think..."
Deloth: "Apparently something or somebody with a grudge against Garrick has decided to use my body as a living space. It takes over apparently randomly."
Digifanatic: "Hang on. A grudge against Garrick?!"
Garrick: "Yeah, ya'll know I'm a jerk."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, but at least you try to keep us in line."
Flaeyn: "Nowhere..." He responds to Garrick. Then Flaeyn would turn to Deloth. "Well then. I suppose a simple exorcism would work?"
Deloth shrugs. "Considering that from what I've heard, it kept yammering about Garrick destroying him and his world or something..."
Digifanatic: "Weird!"
Garrick reassembles the M-850 with a practiced hand before drawing out his dagger and starting to grind the wood on the left side of the handle down.
Deloth: "Great, Flaeyn. What do we need to do one?"
Digifanatic: "Well, the grudge against Garrick part rendered my idea completely extraneous."
Flaeyn scratches his cheek. "There's a ton of ways to do an exorcism. But first I think you should get me some ham, two slices of bread, a slab of mustard, and a cup of milk."
Deloth: "...Piss off, Flaeyn."
Flaeyn: "...I really wanted a sandwich."
Deloth: "Could we deal with the mass-murdering Quester-attacking spirit in my head first?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I'll get Flae his food." *walks off into the area to find what he wanted.*
Flaeyn: "Do you have any holy water? A cross? Something holy or blessed."
Deloth: "Can't say I do. I figured that things like that were under your jurisdiction."
Flaeyn: "I can't use my Diviner here... In fact, I was never issued any items or weapons upon my entry into this world." He sighs. "Well, then there's two other options. Either I preform a 'naked' purification or we draw that spirit out to simply beat it down."
Deloth: "What the heck is a naked purification?"
Aribar looks up from his ice bed. "I don't particularly want to mess with Deloth's evil spirit. He's good at stabbing weak mages."
Flaeyn fires up a ball of light in his hand, it burning brightly. "I shove this into your chest and hope your soul doesn't catch on fire or put you in a coma."
Deloth: *dryly.* "Let's not play that particular round of Russian Roulette, shall we."
Flaeyn puts the light out, and nods. "Right. So now the matter of trying to get your spirit out... How should we do it?"
Digifanatic: *it's been enough time to make the sandwich, so he walks back out and leaves it near Flaeyn.*
Aribar: "I say we try and make it come out by making Deloth as comfortable as possible. Give him a nice blankie, another cup of hot chocolate, like the one I forgot to drink, and make him totally stress-less. I say this because the being only seems to come out under the stresses of combat."
Digifanatic: "I like that idea."
Aribar: "Aye!" .oO(And hopefully it would ensure that the thing doesn't come out.)
Flaeyn picks up the sandwich, and starts to much on it. "Only comes out under stress... huh?" The Grim-Angel would look to Deloth, then look downwards. "XYZ."
Deloth: *blink.* "...I'm pretty sure that this ratty old armor doesn't have zippers."
Flaeyn: "Right." He twisted his head a little, stretching it as he munched on his sandwich. Quietly, he mumbled to himself. "Something to increase his stress..."
Deloth: "Which reminds me, I need to find a clothing store somewhere and pick up a comfortable pair of jeans. I think a shirt might be out of the question, though."
Natalie: "So, does anyone mind explaining something to me? Just suddenly, there was a bright flash, nothing and then I ended up in this stupid Christmas special."
Raena: "It also feels as if my powers in this realm have changed somewhat."
Deloth: "Dunno. Glad you're back, though."
Flaeyn: "Holy crap surprise buttsechs." He says out loud out of randomness. "I see you're another new face."
Aribar: "It's Christmas and Santa summoned Questers; apparently you made the cut and was summoned as well."
Deloth looks at Flaeyn. "Way to say that in front of a young girl."
Natalie blinks as she looks at Flaeyn. "Um... yeah, you might want to think about what you say... heh. But it's not that bad, I *am* fifteen. And an American fifteen year old is about as knowledgeable as a forty-year-old."
Flaeyn: "I'm rather bored right now." He would then raise a brow. "American...?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, different planet and all."
Garrick grumbles softly.
Digifanatic: "Happens to a lot of us--we all come from different places and whatnot."
Garrick: "So I take it you're planning on coming with us?" *looks over to this Natalie.*
Natalie: "Yeah... in my world, I come from a country called the United States of America. Got sucked into the Digital World after a freak snowstorm at band camp. There, I met Raena and she's kinda' stuck by me ever since."
Raena: "...I'm supposed to..."
Natalie: "Yeah. She's real cheerful." She then looks at Garrick with a bit of a glare. "Yeah, I'm coming with you. What's it to you?"
Flaeyn: "Let's reduce the quarrels in this group..."
Garrick: "Yes, well, plan otherwise. I'm not having some kid and her pet come running around with us."
Deloth: "Cool it, Garrick. We need reinforcements anyways."
Garrick: "Reinforcements that can do something."
Aribar: "I must say that she is better off than I was when I first joined the Questers; I was only twelve, and I didn't have a guardian like she does."
Flaeyn: "To be honest, I'm not thrilled about the idea too. But you never know..."
Digifanatic: "Relax, they're probably just a bit tentative right now. They have no idea what this planet is like, and once they become comfortable to the situations they'll be fighting like and with the rest of us."
Garrick: "Tentative or not, she's gonna get herself or us killed."
Natalie: "Well, there's a face that I can rely on." She says with a smile, slinking up to and leaning against Digi a bit. "Hiiiiiii Iiiiiiiaaaaaaaan." She says in a giggling voice, looking up at him.
Raena then glares at Garrick, suddenly getting in his face. "You seem to underestimate our combat potential."
Deloth: *annoyed* "My, you're putting her off early. Why don't you give her a chance?"
Digifanatic: "Huh?"
Aribar: "Plus, it's either she comes with us, or she's on her own."
Flaeyn: "She's staying. If anything happens, then blame it on me for keeping her in the group, savvy?"
Garrick slowly stands up, looking up into this monster's eyes casually. "You're some fox, wolf, cat thing with powers, good for you. I'm not talking about you. I'm talking about her."
Digifanatic: "Listen, we might have met before as Questers, but I do not know you at all."
Raena: "She supports me in combat, I'm the one that does the fighting. So if you want to have it out with someone, I'm the one to talk to. We fight as a team."
Garrick: "That so?"
Natalie: "Oh, come on! You totally don't remember me?"
Garrick: "Well, if that's the case, they'll go after her easy."
Digifanatic: "I do kinda remember you... but to be honest, you're a bit young for me."
Flaeyn sighs. "Well Garrick. If we don't accept them, then were do we leave them? We just leave a fifteen-year old and her partner out in the cold here?"
Digifanatic: "Like I'm... well, somewhere between 25 and 30. It's been years since I've seen a calendar that matches up with my life."
Garrick: "They'll put a gun to her head and hold her hostage. Then we got another problem to worry about. We stop at the Mushroom Kingdom. They can stay with the Princess."
Natalie: "Really? You don't look a day over seventeen!"
Flaeyn: "If the worst comes, it'll be my responsibility to deal with it then. So then you can just worry about your own hide. Is that alright...?"
Digifanatic: "I just look young."
Raena glares at him. "They would have to hold us both hostage to totally incapacitate our ability to fight."
Natalie: "Maybe you stopped aging when you came into this world, huh?"
Digifanatic: "I have no idea... but the last time I was on Earth, I know I was somewhere in my 20s..."
Deloth: "Look. Garrick. Flaeyn doesn't want her to leave. I don't want her to leave. YOU are being an ass and writing off someone before they can even start."
Garrick: "Glare at me all you want. It won't change anything. You've been mussing around in your little playgrounds, you have no fucking clue what goes on in this neck of the woods. You get killed easy out here if you're not on top of your game, and you're walking around with a fifteen year old liability."
Digifanatic: "Yes, we have seen each other once, maybe twice before. But that does not mean I know you very well."
Natalie: "Hmph, fine. So is everything you said about the Digital World true? I mean, your experiences."
Digifanatic: "What?"
Flaeyn: "I said, I'll deal with the worst when it comes. So you can just pretend she isn't here if that floats your boat."
Garrick: "...fine. Let the little 'oh so mighty' angel and Mr. Insane back you up. I'm an ass because I'm looking at the big picture."
Deloth: "I'll be glad to, thank you."
Digifanatic: .oO(What kind of research did this woman DO?!) "Experiences... I think is an overstatement."
Raena has finally had it, she hauls off and tries to punch him square across the jaw, with the force of a trained boxer.
Digifanatic: "I... I...uh, miss, I think your partner is about to sock Garrick."
Dragoshi: "...yea."
Natalie: "...You seriously don't remember when you told me about how Digimon and humans are supposed to fight together?" She looks at Raena, then shrugs. "'eh, she can handle herself."
Flaeyn: "Noblesse Oblige." He presses his hand on his chest. "A person who claims himself a grim angel must conduct himself nobly."
Digifanatic: "I never told you anything about anyone. I never talked to you!"
Garrick stands there as the jab crunches into the invisible shield.
Digifanatic: "I just saw you fight for a short while and that was it. You two fight, I apologize."
Dragoshi: *Watches as the punch bounces off the invisible shield.* "...oh yea, I forgot about that."
Deloth: "...I don't have a pledge. I just want to start protecting people for a while instead of hurting them."
Julian: *Is totally sloshed on eggnog and lying on the floor.*
Dragoshi: *Is... eating a candy cane.* :x
Metal Man (GM): *Attack bounces off shield.*
Garrick: "And you're letting yourself get so angry you're throwing punches. Nice."
Metal Man (GM): Shield is all powerful!
Flaeyn: "Stop it you two, or I will personally incapacitate both of you..."
Metal Man (GM): Doubt not Santa Claus!
Garrick: "You can't incapacitate nothing. Shut yer hole."
Raena seems unphased. "You're lucky this time, human. But should you ever doubt our ability before you've seen us in action, I'll have your head as proof." She then turns and stalks back over to Natalie.
Garrick: "Heh."
Flaeyn shakes his head, facepalming. "You can't find mature people these days."
Digifanatic: "So, this is our first conversation... how do you know my name, and what is everything you know about me? And how do you know that?"
Natalie: "Only a little bit, that you told me. And you told me your name. That was just after our first fight, when I didn't know what the hell I was doing."
Digifanatic: "Hang on, hang on..."
Natalie: "...to what?"
Digifanatic: "Ohhhhhh. Now I do remember. That was very subconscious up till now. Well, that's what happens when I hadn't seen my home planet in like, five or six years and I had no idea if my mind was playing tricks with me or not. I needed a short sabbatical after that just to get the mind games out of my head, and I honestly forgot about you two."
Natalie: "You thought I was a mirage or something? Huh. Well, when you guys fought that Void guy, me and Raena kinda' slipped into a *new* world. It was flat and had pipes everywhere. And freaky mushroom things with eyes and feet. Also, turtles."
Digifanatic: "I suppose mirage is the closest word any of the three of us could come up with for now. So yeah, welcome back and happy holidays, I guess?"
Natalie: "Yeah, I guess."
Digifanatic: .oO(That is kinda odd.)
Flaeyn: "Heartwarming reunion."
Digifanatic: "Once you and Raena figure things out again, I'm sure you'll be alright with us... of course, providing you two don't find something else to occupy yourselves with like last time." .oO(Barely heartwarming... more like 'Okay, I get it now.')
Natalie shrugs. "Just gotta' get used to fighting in this world. Not sure all the rules apply."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Natalie: "Not that you have a Digimon anymore, huh. So what do you think of Raena, huh?"
Raena's currently practicing some hand-to-hand techniques.
Natalie: "Sure she's a little stiff but she makes a great pillow!"
Digifanatic: "I thought I told you I never did. Because... this got in the way."
Natalie shrugs a bit. "Either you did or didn't, doesn't matter to me really. It's all in the past."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, past is past and most people know me as the video game guy anyway. Well, back on Earth."
Deloth: "I'm curious. What, uh... species? Type? What is she?"
Digifanatic: "Raena?"
Deloth: "Yeah. I keep hearing you people talking about Digimon and I have no idea what they are. Enlighten me."
Flaeyn: "I see someone's a furry..." *cough.*
Deloth stares at Flaeyn. "Yes. I am. What, are you blind?"
Digifanatic: "Okay. Imagine Pokemon, but they're made out of computer data."
Natalie: "She's a Renamon. They tend to be haughty, uptight, militaristic if you wanna' use that word." She nods a bit. "...And Digimon are creatures from the Digital World, a digital counterpart to my world, which exists within every computer and digital device created."
Digifanatic: "But can exist in an organic realm like this."
Natalie: "Yeah, don't ask me how, but she can exist outside the Digital World..."
Deloth: "...Well, that's much less weird than some of the other stuff I've seen. I can buy that."
Flaeyn: "Right. A digital being from a computer."
Digifanatic: "You'd be surprised."
Natalie: "And... Pokémon, that's a pretty good game. I've played just about every single one. the first generation was the best, and everything else just feels like more of the same. Honestly, that company's beating a slowly dying horse."
Deloth: "...Pokemon is a video game?"
Natalie: "Buuuuuuuuuut, that's in *my* world."
Digifanatic: "In our dimensions, yes."
Flaeyn: "I've always thought hacking was funner..."
Digifanatic: "Heh... I might have told you this before or not, but I remember when I was young and the Pokemon/Digimon wars were going on. You could see grade school students nearly starting fights during the golden age of both!"
Flaeyn: "You... really sound like an old man..."
Deloth leans back, interested. It's a nice change from the usual "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE, AAAAAGH" setting.
Digifanatic: "Of course, at that time, none of them knew either kind of 'Mon was real. So it was all a merchandising war at the time. Man, people going around, claiming one ripped off the other and all that... and I never told anyone what I knew. I was just a double agent that thought both were cool..."
Flaeyn: "Wow. You're so lame." >.>
Natalie giggles a bit. "Then they came out with that hologram stuff, and made Digimon a near-reality. t hough, there had been others that went to the Digital World and got *real* Digimon. Myself one of them. Oddly enough my Digivice still works on her."
Digifanatic: "And if you two are looking for a comparison... Natalie, if you don't mind..." *reaches into his pocket and digs his out.*
Natalie blinks a bit. "Woah, look at that thing. Where's the card-reader?"
Digifanatic: *For those of you who don't remember: his is based off the second season of the anime. Basic egg-oval shape plastic-looking thingy, almost toylike, with maroonish trim. There are a few black buttons and a small monitor towards the wide end of the oval.* "You don't remember that we weren't that lucky at the time? Oh well!"
Deloth: "...No offense, but I still can't believe that that thing doesn't have a 'ages 8 and under' sticker on it. It looks like it's a toy."
Digifanatic: "Heh. You wouldn't be the only one."
Natalie: "Well, the one that I bought for the game *is* a toy... But I didn't know it actually had power in the Digital World. See, mine uses a holographic representation of a Digimon that I train up in it, and I fight other people with my trained Digimon, using cards to give it items, boosts and to unleash its most powerful attack. Since I met Raena, the cards also work on her, oddly enough."
Digifanatic: "I bet if Natalie showed that to someone that wasn't a Quester, they'd think it would either be a legit toy, as she said, or like some really weird cell phone or something. It's got the buttons. Especially mine. Mine never did any of that silly card stuff... All I've ever gotten out of it as a Quester has been a teleportation device and a ray gun."
Natalie: "Yeah..."
Aribar is snoring while on his little ice bed. This important update has been brought to you by the letter Q and the number 42.*
Digifanatic: "But now that I have a reason to mention some things about my life, I feel a lot more liberated."
Natalie: "Do you now?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah... see, for a while on this planet, I wasn't sure if people even knew about Digimon. I didn't want to say anything or do anything that would involve really long-winded and possibly futile explanations. Which is the reason why I've wanted people to call me Ian a lot more than usual. Every time I'm walking around with a new recruit and someone's saying 'Digi' I've been getting nervous. I didn't want to have awkward situations. But now, you two are back, and it doesn't feel strange anymore."
Natalie: "Well, I'll call you whatever you want." She shrugs a little. "So... what do you think your Digimon would have been?"
Digifanatic: "No idea. I haven't even tried to guess--way too many out there."
Natalie: "Any ones you particularly like?"
Digifanatic: "I've never given it much thought. I probably would have just taken whatever I would have gotten in stride and continued from there. Though, come to think about it, one of my long-standing attacks as a Quester has involved fire. That might have been a hint. And knowing the trend about fire, I'm not sure if I'm right person to lead a group."
Natalie: "Ahhh. Well, not all fire leads groups, y'know. But... I wouldn't have a precedent, really."
Digifanatic: "In fact, I prefer a more legislative group... one where everybody handles things equally and whichever pair gets to do whatever new thing first is often a case of timing rather than personality. We've been tending to act like that since we found this planet... especially since our boss has gone MIA."
Natalie: "Huh. So... any place in this joint we can take a nap in? Feel like laying down for a bit."
Digifanatic: "I'm sure there's probably some stairs in this building that lead up or down somewhere. And remember, I'm over 18. Don't drag me around."
Natalie: "Alright, guess I'll wander around. Come on, Raena."
Raena: "Alright." The two say their goodbyes and then leave.
Digifanatic: *casually waves to N&R and then faces Deloth.* "Anyways, you still want to hear what I think?"
Deloth: "Go for it."
Digifanatic: "Now, for a bit, let's throw this 'anti-Garrick' theme out the window. A while back, while Alexia was a Quester--I might have told you this or not--she had an episode or two of possession of her own. I was thinking, considering you two were good friends and possibly shared a species or two somewhere in your lives, your case was somehow related to hers."
Deloth: *shrug.* "I think she actually wanted to teach me about how to defend my mind against intruders at one point."
Digifanatic: "Ahhh."
Deloth: "I didn't listen. I really should have."
Digifanatic: "And if I remember correctly, Alexia's problems also had a bit of a transformation. Now as drastic as yours of course..."
Aribar cringes in his sleep for some reason.
Digifanatic: "And hers were only temporary, but maybe this is some sorta sign that whatever she has done since ending her Questership has succeeded or failed, a fate undisclosed to us, and whatever happened, you were next on the list. Now, what you said about her wanting to teach you to defend your mind, has any spiritual possession happened to anyone else from your planet besides you or her that you know of?"
Deloth: "Dunno. I don't remember where I'm from."
Digifanatic: "Okay. That's cool, that's not a problem. Now, just for curiosity: scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most, how much do you believe of my theory?"
Deloth: "Polite answer or realistic answer?"
Digifanatic: "Realistically. I'm just throwing words around."
Deloth: "Four."
Digifanatic: "Oh, okay then. When you said polite or realistic, I was expecting a one or two. Hey, Deloth, I respect your opinion. As I said, I happened to remember Alexia's case and I thought maybe the incidents were related. I just wanted to let it out to see if it made sense or not!"
Deloth: "...Glad Natalie's back. It's nice to see a familiar face again."
Digifanatic: "It could have been The Void."
Deloth: "I think I'd rather have her around."
Digifanatic: "...Anyone would."
Deloth: "Good point."
Digifanatic: "I think that's been the most freaked-out I've ever been at an old Quester returning to the group."
Deloth yawns. "I'm getting sleepy. I think I'm gonna crash for the night."
Digifanatic: "No problem, Deloth. Hopefully we'll get the nasties out of you ASAP."
Deloth: "Mm." *Let's see, lengthen the tail, inflate it with extra blood, whip around underneath the head... there. Pillow.* "G'night."
Digifanatic: "Night... nice improv, by the way."
Deloth: "I've been practicing."
Digifanatic: "Whatever works."

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