Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 30: British Car Surfing


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Date: December 28th, 2008.
Trivia: This log completes 2008, barring some side log I missed.
Metal Man (GM): The group, having relaxed in a Winter wonderland, now find themselves back in the 'real' world. Here they are, on Continia of all places, the hissed text of Red Text still fresh on their minds. X is apparently being held in a small, nondescript facility just ahead. The group is healed and has its bonus to both attack and defense from Saint Nick; now the question is what they will encounter ahead. Red Text said he had compromised the people holding him, the Feds; but whether that means they're friendly or not still has yet to be intoned, as he seemingly wanted them to go find X... But he also said it was a test.
Aribar looks at the facility ahead of them and wonders what trials await them within. He also adjusts his two swords; his older one is sheathed on his left side and Sunlight on his right.*
Garrick grunts and rolls his shoulders a few times. "So... this is going to be fun."
Digifanatic: "Yeah..."
Julian: *Julian adjusts the strap on his equipment bag to hang at waist level as they approach.* "Somebody 'bout to get they ass kicked. Hopefully it ain't us."
Aribar follows behind the others. "Don't be too hasty for combat; there is a chance that the Federation will still see us as allies."
Digifanatic: "Eh... I'm just waiting for the orange or whatever to show up once we take care of getting X."
Dragoshi: *Nods.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk towards the Federal outpost. There's several men with guns and some cars. They see the Questers. And they don't even raise their guns.
Garrick gives his new pistol a once over before slapping in a fresh mag.
Guard: "Hey there! Is that the Questers?"
Digifanatic: *mutters.* "Apparently so, Aribar."
Guard: "We've been waiting for you. We found something strange!"
Garrick: "That being?"
Aribar: "A robot by the name of X?"
Guard: "...Strange, it's like you already know! Come on in."
Metal Man (GM): They open a door on the bottom floor. No hostility here.
Garrick frowns a bit, somewhat unnerved, but holstering his pistol and making to head inside.
Digifanatic: "Huh." *walks in.*
Garrick: *quietly.* "Keep on your toes... this wouldn't be a test if they let us walk right on in..."
Digifanatic: *nods.*
Aribar then wonders if he did a stupid thing by announcing their knowledge. He follows Garrick and the others inside.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk inside. There, they see Federal Scientists slowly looking over what is a blue reploid. X. He's in a tube... being repaired.
Scientist: "This machine came to us in pieces. Good thing I know how to put robots together!"
Garrick glances to the scientist before walking straight up to the tube, frowning. "How badly damaged was he?"
Digifanatic: *notices the blue Reploid as well.*
Scientist: "In many pieces. Large amount of fire damage. I think he was destructively teleported."
Garrick: "Has he said anything?"
Scientist: "The range of Trevor's teleporters were limited. They were never meant to teleport as far as..." *Shakes his head.* "I would bet it is sentient, but it isn't repaired enough now."
Garrick frowns slightly... "...how far repaired is he?"
Scientist: "He's... in one piece."
Julian: "Which means?"
Scientist: "He's connected, but his mind seems to be offline. I'll... try to wake him up."
Metal Man (GM): He types some stuff. Another scientist walks in. His labcoat is slightly strewn. He has some stubble and brown eyes, and a rugged appearance. He looks at X, and then all of the Questers.
Scientist 2: "So, this is the robot I've been hearing about?"
Scientist: "Yes. The X. I don't know exactly where he came from, but these people do..."
Metal Man (GM): He looks to the Questers.
Scientist: "Or at least it seems they do."
Garrick: "...it's something we've been looking for. He has vital data that we need to complete a project of ours. Just some scientfic data on the surrounding land."
Scientist 2: "Hm. Impressive. He appears to have... technology of a great kind."
Metal Man (GM): He types some things.
Julian: "Well, he ain't an ordinary robot."
Scientist: "...Huh. It seems he is becoming a bit more awake now..."
Scientist 2: "Yes, I've heard."
Dragoshi: "Swell..."
Scientist 2: "I assume you want him awake, right?"
Julian: "Yeah."
Scientist: "Well, I'm not entirely sure..."
Scientist 2: "Okay."
Metal Man (GM): Scientist 2 picks up a coffee mug. He walks over and presses some buttons.
Scientist: "Wait a minute... why are you opening the containment device?"
Scientist 2: "His systems are made to turn off when in containment."
Scientist: "Well, I guess, but..."
Julian: "...So why you didn't tell these suckas earlier?"
Scientist 2: "But nothing. These people know him."
Scientist: "Well..."
Garrick: "...hold on a second." *looks at this second scientist, frowning.* "...what's your name?"
Metal Man (GM): He smirks. Garrick feels something round roll up against his right foot.
Deloth: *walking up behind the others.* "BOO."
Scientist 2: "Bond. James Bond."
Garrick: "OUT!"
Metal Man (GM): BOOM!
Garrick tries to make a diving leap to the side.
Metal Man (GM): It's a flash bang. The Questers can't see anything!
Julian: *NAIL BAT ACROSS THE FACE*
Metal Man (GM): Julian swings wildly, missing. The Questers hear something break and someone run out the door. The flashbang clears up. X is gone, and Bond has run outside with him.
Garrick: "Fucking son of a bitch!"
Deloth: "...JUST as I walk in..." *blink blink blink.*
Metal Man (GM): What the hell. This guy's a genius.
Garrick sprints after him, drawing his gun as he goes.
Metal Man (GM): There's gunfire, but whomever is outside is no match for him. He breaks into a car and drive off. He says something as he drives off.
Bond: "I'm not exactly sure why you want this robot, but you're going to have to catch me first!"
Aribar follows the others outside as his eyesight returns.
Julian: *Julian puts his nail bat out of Deloth's face.* "Don't fuckin' DO that, man!" *Then he runs after Garrick.*
Metal Man (GM): There's another car the Questers can steal. One of the guards tosses them the keys to it.
Dragoshi: *Shotgun!*
Guard: "Ugh... take the car... that man is... something else."
Metal Man (GM): More explosions are heard.
Garrick tosses them to Digi. "You're up, keep it steady."
Deloth jumps into the backseat with blood running down his face.
Metal Man (GM): Alarms go off, then suddenly explode. Bond apparently rigged them all to explode.
Digifanatic: "Sweet. And no Metal comparisons this time, please?" *runs up to the car.*
Aribar uneasily gets into the car. He doesn't like where this is going.
Julian: *Julian gets into the car, his amazing driving skills having vanished yet again with the world switch.*
Garrick gets into the passenger side of the back.
Dragoshi: *Gets into the car. Just in case lions attack.*
Garrick: "Punch it."
Julian: "After that mothafucka!"
Dragoshi: "What they said."
Metal Man (GM): There's a coastal highway up ahead. Bond's making a beeline for it.
Digifanatic: *Let's have the epic chase scene!*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers catch up. Bond sees them and just keeps accelerating. The Quester car can't seem to match his speed, due to all the people aboard... but wait... most of the Questers aboard have guns.
Julian: *Julian is willing to dive onto the other vehicle if Digi pulls up to it.*
Digifanatic: .oO(I don't care how many Bond games that were made in my planet in my life... I never thought I'd have to play chase against the guy...)
Metal Man (GM): Can't seem to get that close yet.
Garrick leans out the window, sighting down his new pistol and taking aim for one of the tires of Bond's car.
Julian: *Needs to remember how to use the Hat Trick...*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick shoots out part of this car's own windshield... And Bond swerves out of the way.
Aribar leans out the window and fires a bolt of lightning at Bond's car! White Lightning, Fear me!
Deloth leans out the rear window (insert Hitchcock joke here) and shoots a Light Pillar at the tires.
Digifanatic: "Thanks for the air-conditioning, I suppose."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar hits the car, breaking some of the glass with the lightning.
Julian: "...You gotta roll the window DOWN first, Garrick."
Metal Man (GM): It's a pretty normal, like... a Honda town car or something. Bond swerves out of the way. He's driving the exact sort of car the Questers are.
Dragoshi: *Rolls down his window first... Then pulls out the AR-53, then tries to shoot out one of the tires on Bond's car.* :x
Metal Man (GM): He didn't bring his car apparently.
Deloth: "Assjack. Who the hell does he think he is?"
Metal Man (GM): He keeps swerving out of the way.
Garrick: "He's fucking James Bond. Good God, what ELSE are we going to find in this world?"
Deloth: "James who?"
Metal Man (GM): James Bond takes out his PP7 and tries to shoot Digi in the head.
Julian: "Oh shi-I thought he was kiddin'!"
Digifanatic tries to swerve out of this one...
Julian: "Pull up along side 'em an' I-" *DIGI GETS SHOT IN THE FUCKING HEAD.*
Metal Man (GM): *BAM* Digi is knocked back by a dead on hit. The Quester car swerves left for a moment and smashes into the side. Digi is bleeding now.
Julian: *Remembered to wear his seatbelt.*
Digifanatic: "Oh crap..."
Garrick: "Dammit..."
Bond: "If you want to live, you will stop chasing me." His car accelerates.
Dragoshi: *Same.*
Julian: "Shi-Anyone else who can drive?"
Metal Man (GM): Uh-oh. Here comes the obstacle course. There's a bridge...
Garrick: "Grah, I got it."
Metal Man (GM): Bond hurls a grenade behind him.
Digifanatic: "What can I say? He is a super-spy and all..."
Garrick: "DIGI!"
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM!* The Quester car flies over the bridge as it explodes... and the is now on fire.
Julian: *Julian moves into the shotgun position as Garrick takes the wheel, ready to leap if-CAR IS ON FIRE NOW.*
Digifanatic: *switches seats.*
Metal Man (GM): Ah! The Questers would see... they have backup now.
Digifanatic: *takes whatever vacancy if possible.*
Metal Man (GM): After all, whoever chases Bond HAS to have backup.
Aribar: "I believe we need to invest in a sturdier vehicle." *The half-elf wonders if Convert-A-Cars were so bad.*
Metal Man (GM): A flying Federal ship flies over to where Bond is and begins strafing him.
Garrick takes the wheel, then. He guns it as best he can after the Spy.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, the ship fires wildly at Bond... *BLAMBLAMBLAM* Bond's car gets several holes in it.
Bond: "Hm. This is an inconvenience."
Metal Man (GM): He pulls back... he's now right next to the Quester car. ... This can't possibly be good.
Garrick: "Julian!"
Metal Man (GM): The airship fires at Bond's car again... and the Questers are right next to it.
Julian: *LEAP! Possibly through the driver's side window of Bond's car!*
Deloth glances into Bond's window, looking for grenades.
Metal Man (GM): Julian leaps out, only to be threatened by the fire. Bond's car swerves wildly and takes some more damage, falling behind the Questers' car, as Julian is shot up mid-air and is thrown on the top of the Quester car.
Bond: "If they really think they can stop me, they really should invest in smarter shots."
Metal Man (GM): Deloth would see more grenades in Bond's car. Speaking of those, he hurls one at the airship.
Deloth: *Explode. The visible grenades in Bond's car.*
Metal Man (GM): *BOOOM* The airship takes damage. *BOOOM!!BOOOM! BAM!!!*
Deloth: "Fire in the hole."
Metal Man (GM): The passenger front seat side of Bond's car is destroyed.
Dragoshi: "..." *Bah-link.*
Bond: "What the..." He shakes his head. Desperate for some option, he... picks up X and points his blaster at the Quester car.
Julian: *BLARGHLE! Julian gets shot up, lands on the roof... but keeps going, trying to pull of a stupid idea in traffic and jump over to the roof of Bond's car!*
Metal Man (GM): Julian goes to leap at Bond's car, while Bond shoots at him with the X buster.
Garrick looks into the rear view window and makes to slide out of the way.
Digifanatic: *mutters.* "Yeah, would you like your bloodstream shaken or stirred, Mr. Bond?"
Deloth: *Let's see... he tries to think of another target. Perhaps the gas tank.*
Julian: *EXTREME!*
Metal Man (GM): Julian leaps out of the way as X's buster fires everywhere. Bond shakes his head and jams X onto the gas pedal and positions him on the steering wheel. He then goes to leap out from the windshield at tackle Julian. He tackles Julian, starting... another Bond-style fight... atop the hood of a rapidly accelerating Honda. Julian, however, gets to punch back.
Dragoshi: *Decides to try and shoot Bond this time while all of this is going on...* :x
Metal Man (GM): If Dragoshi shoots at Bond and miss... he will likely hit Julian.
Garrick growls as he makes to try and swerve around so it's driver side of their car against the passenger side of Bond's car.
Deloth: *calmly.* "I don't think blowing up the car would be a viable option now..."
Keikyoku: *Blinks.*
Julian: *Julian gets knocked down by Bond, but while Bond's recovering from the tackle... KNEE TO THE GROIN, baby!*
Dragoshi: *...nah. Maybe later.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian hit Bond in the groin. He's not quite as sensitive as one would think, but it's a good hit. This is more of the realistic Bond than the invincible one... Garrick gets the car stuck in a low gear and falls behind for a while. Bond cringes and then tries to throw Julian closer to the edge of the car. Which is scraping against the cliffside part of the road.
Julian: *Julian hopefully got Bond off him, and tries to get back to his feet, when..*
Garrick growls and slams the accelerator.
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* More damage to Julian as he bounces off the wall once or twice, and is now getting close to being pushed off.
Keikyoku: *Tries clinging to the top of the roof with his spiky gloves.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick get closer to them. Bond is busy punching it out with Julian.
Garrick: "Deloth..."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku has no problem clinging to the roof.
Deloth: "Sir."
Garrick growls as he swerves a bit.
Metal Man (GM): Of the Quester car.
Digifanatic: "Well, if Kei wants to make it 2 on 1..."
Garrick: "Can you warp people or things with you?"
Deloth: "I wouldn't know. I haven't tried."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick gets right beside Bond's car.
Deloth: "I take it you'd like me to?"
Julian: *FRUGNASPOBEGFPA. Julian's torn up bad by that one, hanging onto the roof of the car by the skin of his gloves! Julian gets to his feet, then tries to rush Bond and catch him in a grapple!*
Garrick: "If you can get X outta there, we don't need to worry about fighting Bond."
Metal Man (GM): James Bond aggressively repulses Julian.
Aribar sits in the back of the burning car... Not able to do anything.
Metal Man (GM): Then goes to hurl him at the Quester car. Julian goes flying into the windshield where Garrick is.
Deloth: "First time for everything, I guess."
Garrick: "GRAH!"
Julian: *SMASH.*
Deloth tries to Vortex into Bond's car, first of all.
Dragoshi: "Oh, for crying out..."
Metal Man (GM): Bond then turns around to see Deloth warp next to him.
Bond: "Hm."
Julian: *Still alive!*
Deloth grabs X and Vortexes back to the Quester car. Or tries to.
Metal Man (GM): He goes to push Deloth. Deloth grabs Bond, and is then pushed backwards. They both vortex to the back OUTSIDE of the Quester car.
Bond: "I don't care for your tricks."
Metal Man (GM): He goes to open the trunk of the Quester car???
Deloth immediately goes for a throw to the road, with all six arms.
Julian: *Groans as he pulls his aching body out of the windshield, leaving the safety glass to be picked out of later. Julian then remembers where he is, scrambles back to the top of the Quester car... sees Bond and Deloth port over, then tries to slam Bond in the back of the head by surprise with a Stunner!*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth throws Bond... out of the way of the Stunner. And off of the Quester car.
Julian: *stumble, pratfall, laugh track.*
Metal Man (GM): Bond goes to grab onto his car while he's flying.
Deloth: *FUH.*
Metal Man (GM): He grabs on like a professional Parkour guy. Then he shoots X off the steering wheel.
Garrick: "JULIAN! GET X INTO OUR CAR!"
Metal Man (GM): *SCREECH.*
Julian: *Picks himself back up while looking at Deloth.* "Man, I had him RIGHT where I wanted him, an' the-FO' FUCKS SAKE!"
Metal Man (GM): His car stops accelerating and is now flying backwards.
Garrick: "Damn!"
Metal Man (GM): Well. Not 'flying' so much as has stopped on the gas.
Julian: *Tries to make the leap to Bond's car before it's too late!*
Metal Man (GM): James struggles to get to the driver's seat... Flaeyn's on the Questers' car.
Garrick spins his car around, drawing his pistol again and trying to get a shot into Bond.
Flaeyn: *Woot on top of the car.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian leaps onto Bond's car. Yet again.
Deloth tries to Vortex back in again?
Bond: "Haven't we done this before?"
Metal Man (GM): Bond shakes his head and... Oh no. He just twisted the steering wheel. His car goes spinning out of control. And it's headed off the side of the cliff.
Julian: "Shut yo' goddamn mouth." *Julian tries to hang on, while making his way to the passenger-side front door!*
Dragoshi: *Just... Watching this and trying to figure out when the best time to shoot Bond is.* e_e
Metal Man (GM): Julian and Deloth hold on as Bond's car goes flying off the cliff.
Garrick: "...that ain't good." *HE speeds over to the launching point, hitting the breaks at the edge and looking over the edge.*
Deloth: "JULIAN! GET IN REACH OF ME!"
Metal Man (GM): The other Questers see the car spinning out of control, about to hit the water. It's flying around mid-air. It would seem like the impact would be lethal.
Julian: *FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF-Is on the hood!*
Metal Man (GM): Bond himself is sort of panicking. Well. In that way of 'doing a bunch of random stuff which doesn't appear to make sense at the moment' could be considered panicking. Deloth's next to Julian. The ground's nearly up here.
Julian: *Scrambles onto the roof of the car, trying to grab a hold of X while Del presumably tries to grab onto him and Vortex out.* *Grab a hold of X through the driver's side window.* *yeah.*
Metal Man (GM): Bond is trying to grab X as well. He rips X away and flies out with him through the busted passenger side pit.
Deloth: *Screw it, out of time! He grabs Julian by the arm and tries the first-ever dual Vortex back to the road!*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth... manages to make it up to the edge... with one hand on the railing. But he and Julian are alive. Garrick see them on the edge...
Garrick leaps out of the car, running over to grab that hand.
Metal Man (GM): Right before the car below where Bond was explodes. Garrick grabs Deloth's hand.
Julian: "He's still fuckin' down there! I saw him fly!"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers would hear several secondary explosions. That car must have had plenty of grenades in it.
Garrick: "THen we'll go after him later! Gimme your hand!"
Metal Man (GM): They're unsure where Bond or X went.
Deloth starts clawing his way up. He really doesn't wanna die here...
Metal Man (GM): Deloth and Julian slowly climb back up.
Garrick makes to hoist the pair of them up as best he can.
Metal Man (GM): The transport that was nearly blown up lands, still half on fire.
Julian: *Julian tries to swing himself up to the edge using Del as a cou-or he automatically succeeds, whatever.*
Metal Man (GM): Garrick pulls Julian up after Deloth gets onto the road. A half-burned soldier guy walks over.
Soldier: "That man... there is something to him I've never seen before. He took on all of you and our transport... and survived!"
Garrick presses a Medi-Kit into Julian's hands, nodding once before moving over to the ship.
Julian: *Julian collapses as soon as he isn't over the edge. Dude just got his ass handed to him by James Bond on top of a car.*
Deloth sits down, gasping and panting. Wow, that was a lot hander than he expected...
Soldier: "... Well..." He looks over the railing. "I think we can track him and try to catch him again."
Garrick: "Do it. Now."
Julian: "He's James Bond. That's what he... does."
Digifanatic: "...yeah."
Dragoshi: "Yea... That'd be a good idea."
Soldier: "It might be better to reason with him. Something strange got left behind."
Digifanatic: *that was directed as a follow-up to Julian's line. * "Eh?"
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a half-burnt scrap of paper.
Dragoshi: "Hm?"
Garrick takes it, looking it over.
Metal Man (GM): Julian would vaguely remember James dropping some things when he hit him.
Julian: *Julian sits up and starts applying the medkit to himself.* "Do it. I ain't lettin' him get a one-up over me."
Keikyoku: *Is happily clinging to the car.*
Deloth stares back down at the water. "...I managed to cover THAT MUCH distance?"
Dragoshi: "Yep."
Note: 'X is a super-weapon made by the FEDERALS to destroy Britain and impose their own world order starting from there.'
Digifanatic: "Britain? As in, Europe exists on this planet?!"
Dragoshi: "...Somehow, I doubt that."
Soldier: "Considering I don't know what Britain is, and X came from far away..." He shrugs. "I have no clue why he's here or who made this piece of paper."
Julian: *Calls the soldier guy over.* "Check the road. I think Bond might'a dropped somethin' during the fight."
Soldier: "Oh. Right."
Garrick: "Hm..."
Metal Man (GM): He radios, the craft goes off to look.
Soldier: "Yeah, you did hit him. Several times. He just... didn't give up."
Garrick: "This is not going to end well..."
Julian: "He was jus' so... fast. I couldn't land a single solid hit on 'em."
Deloth takes a few deep breaths, then stands back up. "So. What now?"
Garrick: "As I said before, we're no where near as strong as we once were... It takes time getting used to..."
Soldier: "We have on the radio your friends... They say something strange must have happened if you're here."
Keikyoku: "Drive Drive Drive!!! Go fast!!!"
Garrick: "...it did... Shut UP, you damned rat!"
Flaeyn: "Hey, lower the rage. He hasn't done anything wrong yet..."
Aribar: *Says something for the first time in forever!* "Our friends?"
Deloth immediately flinches and fights down a murderous impulse when he hears Kei's voice.
Soldier: "They say you were... going to kill some guy named 'Red Text'... their scans indicate you did a little damage, then wound up here."
Keikyoku: >.> <.< "I AM NOT A RAT!!!!"
Garrick: "You sure as hell look like one." *turns away from him.*
Flaeyn sighs, and facepalms. "Real mature handing of the situation."
Keikyoku: *glares.*
Metal Man (GM): The Egg Carrier appears over the horizon.
Julian: "Shut yo' goddamn mouth 'fore I throw you off the cliff." *turns back to the Soldier.* "Sounds about right."
Soldier: "Hm. It seems they're coming now."
Garrick: "Alright, we have to get X... if Bond took to the water, then he's probably heading for a shore... where's the nearest beach?"
Deloth: *muttering.* "Alright, Del, stay calm... anger is bad... anger makes evil people with spectral guns use my body..."
Soldier: "We found the fragment... seems like Bond dropped something important."
Metal Man (GM): It's a tracking device... which shows where X is. It's broken from the fall, but...
Julian: "...Well, ain't that good news."
Metal Man (GM): The transport comes in and hands the Questers the broken fragments.
Julian: "Who we got can fix this?"
Garrick makes to gather them up. "Well, Robotnik is coming, he can do it."
Metal Man (GM): The Egg Carrier slowly arrives... a bit higher up on the cliff.
Soldier: "Come this way, we have another outpost up here."
Digifanatic: "Ah yes..."
Garrick: "C'mon."
Digifanatic: *follows.*
Metal Man (GM): He opens up a gate and walks up some stairs.
Dragoshi: "Understood." *Moseys on along.*
Garrick makes to follow the soldier.
Julian: *Stands himself up, grabs his bag, and follows the soldier to wherever.*
Deloth follows said soldier, taking out the possession meter as he walks. He checks for impending signs of evil from that rage moment.
Metal Man (GM): Nope. Not... yet.
Aribar follows the others.
Flaeyn follows along.
Deloth: "Incidentally, if this thing starts beeping, I have a bit of a plan. Be prepared to get my weapons if it goes off."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk up, and see Eggman enjoying a cup of coffee. There's... a fully set up table with some things for all of the Questers to eat and drink.
Julian: "..."
Keikyoku: *Grudgingly follows... He wanted to ride on the top of the car...*
Garrick: "Eggman. We need you to repair something for us..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Sorry about what happened there... but I figured we should discuss what happened over lunch."
Dragoshi: "...lunch sounds good." *Takes a seat.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Like... how the Super Death Egg didn't explode... and a super agent suddenly attacked you. And how X wound up here of all places."
Julian: "Whatever." *Julian takes a seat.* "Fuck if I know is the answer to all of the above."
Dr. Robotnik: "It's like somebody took all the pieces and threw them around at random, which is not good. I was beginning to smell the death of that Red Text person until all that happened."
Keikyoku: *sits down and eats some food, smiling.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Of course, I can help as always... you'd be glad to know Eggmanland is now at least a partial base now. Let's start from the top. Just what happened on the Super Death Egg, and why isn't it busted?"
Garrick: "That's good to know, but for now, we need to get X back. Top priority."
Flaeyn: "Right. I see." He just stands up, not bothering to take a seat.
Digifanatic: "Ah, that's decent news..."
Deloth sits down. "I'm not really hungry, but thanks."
Dr. Robotnik: "I am sure not all of you are hungry."
Digifanatic: *just puts a hand to his wound while he holds some food with the other.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Just like Jack here."
Metal Man (GM): Jack walks over. He seems... vaguely bothered.
Garrick tosses Digi his last Medi-kit.
Deloth: *head in hands.* "Oh, no..."
Jack: "Just who was that guy who I heard beating off Julian? I gotta kill him! The first real challenge!"
Julian: "James Bond, an' you ain't gettin' him 'til I got him."
Keikyoku: *Eats some cake, smiling and gets some frosting on his hand, and around his mouth.*
Jack: "I've been waiting for some sort of madman like that for years. Not these staid Trevor people who stand still so you can ice them."
Garrick: "Look, we'll go over everything you want as soon as X is back."
Digifanatic: "Oh, thanks..." *uses it.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... that's the thing... I can help find X if you can help tell me what happened."
Aribar just sits back and listens in. He doesn't eat anything, though. Partially because he isn't hungry, mostly because he doesn't trust Eggman.*
Dr. Robotnik: "I suspect this is another cog in our unworthy foe's plan."
Julian: *Julian wraps himself up with another medkit of his own while he partakes of a feat of 'whatever the hell he feels like' while listening to the talk.*
Garrick: "You wanna know what happened?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. If you want to say the short version... that would be fine too."
Garrick: "We went up there, found X, found Red Text, and got our ASSES handed to us because Deloth here went nuts again and we have two clones and the REAL version of that crazy guy."
Dr. Robotnik: "..."
Metal Man (GM): He is quite impressed.
Keikyoku: *Has an extremely happy expression on his face as he finishes his piece of cake.*
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... well. This Red Text... is quite smarter than I thought. ...And I would bet he had James Bond sent after you, too. I think it is time we fought fire with fire."
Flaeyn: "Red Text, Red Text, Red Text. I keep hearing you guys mention his name--just who is he?"
Dr. Robotnik: "You are excellent fighters, but... Red Text appears to be either attacking you with small armies or spies, or lies. Clearly we need to deal with his spy with... another spy."
Garrick: "Excellent fighters, my ass."
Jack: "That's right. Me!"
Dr. Robotnik: "No, not you. I fooled you."
Digifanatic: "Red Text... may not be Red Text anymore... but he's a weird guy sending instructions and challenges to the rest of us."
Aribar: "Red Text is some figure that wishes to 'protect the world' and sees us as some threat."
Jack: "Oh, right."
Julian: "Fuck if I know who he is. Pass the salt."
Garrick: "...alright, just who do you have in mind?"
Flaeyn: "A threat, hm?"
Garrick slides said salt to Julian.
Dr. Robotnik: "Well. Let me get this straight... this James Bond was very fast, right?"
Digifanatic: "Yes."
Keikyoku: *Drinks some tea, extremely content.*
Dr. Robotnik: "...He can't be faster than Sonic the Hedgehog."
Julian: "Too fast. Like, double me."
Garrick: "...are you serious?" *looks at Eggman somewhat oddly.*
Digifanatic: "Nope. Pretty sure Sonic can't outrun him."
Julian: "He's got agility. Sonic's jus' dumb speed, Bond's got grace."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... yes. We need... two people. One person to bum rush him. The other to actually take X from him."
Digifanatic: "Deloth, maybe? If he was able to Vortex with Julian..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Otherwise he'll just do some of this." He replays Bond leaping from car to car. "Which is completely insane."
Garrick: "Fine. Sonic and who?"
Julian: "I managed... he jus' does it better. Who else you got in mind, then?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... .the second person would be up to you. Since we're a team, and... to be frank, none of Sonic's other friends would do. We'd probably need someone tough."
Flaeyn: "Hm." He shrugs. "Well, I might be able to fill one of the roles."
Dr. Robotnik: "Someone who could be the turtle to the hare we send after him. That way he's distracted by one while the other actually attacks... although with some stealth. I'm not sure. You know some other lands, though. Like... that weird one with plumbers. ...Or the weirder one with... monsters I heard about."
Flaeyn: "Hm?" He crosses his arms. "Does it matter?'
Digifanatic: "Oh no, we're not going back to Kanto again..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Some day you should bring me some souvenirs..."
Dragoshi: "...yea, but that place is really screwed up."
Garrick frowns and looks to Julian, pondering while he looks at him.
Keikyoku licks the frosting off of his hand.
Garrick: "I can't think of anyone at the Mushroom Kingdom..."
Jack: "Look, I'm no genius, but I remember someone from before who'd work, if you don't have any other idea."
Julian: "Shoot."
Jack: "That Perfect Dark person."
Julian: "Who?"
Jack: "She supposedly is the Fed's top agent."
Digifanatic: "Oh, Jonathan? Oh, Joanna..."
Jack: "No, that's... the other guy."
Digifanatic: I knew it was one of the two."
Garrick: "Joanna? She's still around?"
Jack: "...If anyone would fight him, it'd be her. She's not as legendary but..."
Soldier: "Yes, just a tad injured from a confrontation with some HYDRA people. She cleaned up the rest while you were gone. They almost had us again if she hadn't had come in and blown up their headquarters underneath New Chicago."
Garrick frowns... "...I suppose it could work."
Deloth: "...I just sort of wish we had one more option."
Julian: "So we got our second person then."
Flaeyn: "Hm. I guess we do."
Soldier: "We'll get Joanna prepped for the mission."
Garrick: "Where IS Sonic, anyway?"
Digifanatic: "Who knows... we only saw him that one time."
Dr. Robotnik: "As for Sonic... you'll need to do one thing to get him. See... there's been a bit of an issue back home..."
Dragoshi: "Said issue being...?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Somebody apparently broke into that stash of my things, and, wouldn't you know it. The entire container with Metal Sonic in it went missing."
Flaeyn: "Chili dog shortage?"
Dragoshi: "Oh for fu-"
Julian: "...You gotta be kiddin'."
Dr. Robotnik: "It was considered very important, so Sonic went looking for it... I'd assume he's still out there looking for it."
Garrick: "Good God..."
Dragoshi: *Hisses out of agitation.*
Digifanatic: "I'll try not to laugh at that, Flaeyn..."
Julian: "Not that again... So you want us to go lookin' for him?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Don't worry... it hasn't been activated. It's set to warn people if that happens."
Flaeyn: "I was kind of serious..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yeah. I have a rough idea of where he is. It's some sort of hidden place..."
Julian: "SORT OF, hidden?"
Aribar hrms; he is not sure what to think of Metal Sonic. In the past world he seemed to be reasonable easy to defeat.*
Dragoshi: "Sort of...?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Ah, yes." He points at the Lost World area.
Metal Man (GM): http://ssq.metalman88.com/info/5.htm
Keikyoku: *Falls asleep in the chair.*
Deloth sighs and tentacle-slaps Keikyoku back into the land of the awake.
Julian: "...So, there?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. Look in the central temple."
Garrick: "...well, we need to get this done fast before Bond gets X in a place where no one can get at him... or worse, yanks him appart."
Julian: "Got it."
Dr. Robotnik: "That was where I last told Sonic to look."
Keikyoku: *glares at Deloth.* "I hate you."
Dr. Robotnik: "Ah, yes. Luckily, Bond is from... another world, I think. He doesn't have anywhere he can hide for long. We'll keep him moving around while you get Sonic."
Deloth: "Quiet or I'll eat you, Kei."
Dr. Robotnik: "If we can't stop him, we can just keep him bloodied up. ...Although it might cost us."
Flaeyn: "I didn't know you were like that Deloth." *cough.*
Keikyoku: "I doubt you can."
Soldier: "Yeah. He blew up that entire research shack."
Deloth hisses at Kei, ears folded back. "Cat. Rat. See the big picture?"
Soldier: "Stole someone's uniform and then loaded it up with remote bombs. Somehow he knew more about X than we did."
Garrick: "It's his job to get information... well, let's get moving."
Soldier: "Preliminary black box data indicates X will wake up..."
Garrick: "The faster we get this done, the better."
Keikyoku: "Hmm... being as I'm not a rat, I really do not fear you."
Soldier: "So you might not be in too bad a position."
Digifanatic: "When will X wake up?"
Julian: "When we pick him up. Let's fly to that Lost World temple whatever."
Deloth: *shrugs.* "Rats. Echidnas. I hear they both taste the same."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes, let's."
Metal Man (GM): He walks aboard the Egg Carrier.
Julian: "HEY!" *points at Del.* "If you're gonna eat him, do it after we got all this sorted out."
Metal Man (GM): Ah... the Questers were just outside it. But close enough.
Deloth: "You do realize that doing it before would keep him from screwing it up."
Garrick heads after Robotnik, grunting slightly.
Julian: "He's a good meatshield. Now c'mon." *To the Egg Carrier.*
Digifanatic: *Gets to da Carreeah!*
Deloth: *Egg Carrier. Nobody lets me have any fun.*
Dragoshi: *To ze carrier!*
Aribar follows the others..
Flaeyn follows behind the others.
Metal Man (GM): The ship takes off. Eggman looks to the console.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm, that's odd..."
Metal Man (GM): An alarm goes off???
Deloth: "Oh, what NOW?!"
Julian: "For fuck's sa-NOW WHAT?"
Garrick scowls..
Dragoshi: "Oh, what now?!"
Red Text: 'Hmph. X is mine now. And so is this ship.'
Deloth: "...feck." *He wonders if it's too late to jump overboard.*
Garrick: "...I thought you had some kinda firewall against him?!"
Dr. Robotnik: "He... got through it???"
Deloth: *And on top of it all... BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.*
Julian: "...You gotta be kiddin' me! How worse can this get, he's got Zero too?"
Dragoshi: "How am I not surprised..."
Deloth: "Oh, no--"
Julian: *facepalm.* "Just had to say it..."
Red Text: 'Ha ha ha ha ha.'
Dragoshi: *Sighs as he hears the beeping and quickly slides out the bread and the sword.*
Deloth: "...Let me handle this. I will make the Red Text go away."
Dragoshi: "...what, really?" *Just keeps the two readied, just in case...*
Garrick draws his pistol in a snap, immediately pointing it at Deloth. "Who ARE you?"
Digifanatic: "And you'll probably make us go away, too, Deloth..."
Metal Man (GM): The ship begins turning... towards a mountain.
Deloth casually tosses both swords to the deck and walks over to the keyboard, beginning to type.
Red Text: 'You can't win against me, Questers.'
Dragoshi: "Oh really?"
Metal Man (GM): *Click click click.*
Dragoshi: *Rolls eyes.*
Metal Man (GM): *BEEEP BEEEEEEP.*
Red Text: 'What the?'
Metal Man (GM): *BZTKBZTKZBTKZBT.*
Computer: "All systems normal."
Metal Man (GM): The ship changes to its normal course.
Julian: "...Whatever."
Digifanatic: "...Huh?"
Dragoshi: "...thanks." *Blinks as he slides the sword and bread away.*
Deloth: "I am an old friend and an old enemy. Remember that I want you alive... but I have my own purposes for following you."
Garrick frowns, his gun still trained on Deloth. "Don't buy it. I need a name. Tell me why you said I destroyed your world?"
Dragoshi: "...wonderful."
Deloth: "..." *shakes his head.*
Keikyoku: *Is sleeping again.*
Deloth: "Shit. What happened this time?"
Dr. Robotnik: "...Well, that's odd."
Garrick growls, holstering his gun and swearing.
Dragoshi: "Red Text tried to derail us, then you got possessed... And then the possessed you stopped Red Text's attempt at derailing us."
Dr. Robotnik: "The code he typed is familiar to me... yet I don't remember using any such code."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... what the heck is this?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Anyway, we're almost there."
Garrick: "...doesn't matter. Get us going, Robotnik. Fast as you can."
Deloth: "...You have got to be kidding. This guy actually SAVED us?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Apparently, he wants us alive to help his own motives."
Digifanatic: "Wait, you did not know you just typed whatever in?!"
Dragoshi: "Apparently."
Dr. Robotnik: "So us being dead as Red Text would want is... not in his plans."
Deloth: *confusedly.* "Typing? I'm horrible at computers."
Dr. Robotnik: "Unlike the person who possessed you."
Digifanatic: "Wait, you did not know you just typed whatever in?! Yup, you subconsciously saved us."
Dr. Robotnik: "He was not quite as good as me, but... he definitely knew his way around it. And for some reason he knew exactly what hole Red Text used. It was... an upgrade protocol which had been left alone and not secured."
Digifanatic: "And I still wonder what the heck happened with Garrick destroying your world..."
Garrick frowns as he looks away... a thought crossing his mind..
Dr. Robotnik: "We're here now."
Digifanatic: "There's a part of me that doesn't believe that a Quester destroyed a fellow Quester's world."
Deloth looks down and sees the swords lying on the deck. "Oh, hey, you disarmed me. Good thinking."
Garrick: "It's not a Quester..."
Digifanatic: "Eh?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Actually you disarmed yourself."
Garrick: "...nothing. I'm not sure. I'm not sure about anything anymore. This world is screwed up beyond belief."
Deloth: "...I'd still like to hear the theory..."
Julian: "Don't give a shit, we're here."
Dr. Robotnik: "Here we are... Lost World area."
Julian: "Let's go find Sonic."
Metal Man (GM): Ramp goes down, and the group is in a place some of them have been before.
Deloth walks over and re-sheathes his swords. This just gets weirder by... let's say the nanoseconds.
Metal Man (GM): That place where all the Archaeologist guys were.
Garrick follows the others, growling slightly.
Dragoshi: *Exits the ship. Yaaaaaay.*
Digifanatic: *gets off.*
Deloth sighs and heads down into Lost World.
Keikyoku: *yawns and falls on the floor.*
Julian: *exit.*
Keikyoku: "???" *runs after the Questers.*
Metal Man (GM): The Archaeologists are all gone. Save one, who has a broken arm. He's by the entrance.
Archaeologist: "Oh, you guys. Uhhh..."
Deloth: "So what were you about to say, Garri--what's going on?"
Julian: "...The fuck happened here?"
Archaeologist: "...Somebody figured out all the runes on the buildings."
Deloth: "...So?"
Archaeologist: "Something odd happened to him. He said something about having to revive Chaos."
Dragoshi: "Let me guess. Stuff then took a turn for the wo--..."
Deloth: "..."
Digifanatic: "Oh great..."
Archaeologist: "He then said that he needed a machine to do so. Using some artifact he had found, he ran into the city."
Garrick: "Where, do you know?"
Dragoshi: "...hoo boy."
Julian: "How long ago?"
Archaeologist: "He came back, with similarly brainwashed GUN people. They went in here. They shot me in the arm and thought I was dead, so... About a day ago. Sonic came here, though. He's down in there. Probably fighting with them."
Deloth raises an eyebrow. "Must have been some powerful juju for someone to think that you could die from a shot to the arm."
Dragoshi: *nods.*
Digifanatic: "Or some powerful artillery."
Garrick: "Let's get moving."
Dragoshi: "Either or."
Archaeologist: "They said to thank Julian, too. Weird."
Keikyoku: *yawns and stretches.*
Deloth: "And that's all I needed to know." *starts running down into the ruins.*
Digifanatic: *LET'S MOVE!*
Julian: "..."
Garrick heads after Deloth, running as fast as possible.
Dragoshi: *Moving on!*
Julian: "Man..." *Go!*
Keikyoku: *Skates after the group.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes... indeed!
Deloth: *as he runs.* "WHY IS IT that EVERYTHING we do winds up being part of some insane gambit to destroy the world?"
Metal Man (GM): The Questers run in, under the water and into the main room. There are two KO'd GUN men. Sonic was here. There's a newly opened passage. It enters a large temple. Luckily for the Questers, Sonic was here.
Garrick: "Keep moving."
Deloth: "Hell, probably buying a box of Thin Mints would provide the ingredients needed for Armageddon."
Metal Man (GM): He turned off most of the traps.
Deloth runs into the new passage.
Garrick heads into this passage, running.
Julian: *Running!*
Metal Man (GM): There's some water in the entryway, which might block Keikyoku from following.
Digifanatic: *keeps going.*
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers keep on going. They pass through atmospheric temple areas. A sort of holy chant echoes in the background. There are more KO'd people. The Questers find a large door which was recently unsealed. It opens as they approach it.
Deloth: *Through that, on the double!*
Julian: *Enter!* "Fuck, I know where this is endin' up..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers then run and find themselves in a large mural room... of course...
Dragoshi: *Just moves on along while mumbling under his breath.* "This is gonna suck..."
Deloth screeches to a halt in the middle of the mural room, looking around frantically.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hit the mural room. Sonic is there. A KO'd guy is nearby, as is several stolen affects.
Sonic: "Hey guys. You came at the right time. I just got through here."
Garrick: "We can tell."
Dragoshi: "We noticed."
Julian: "Good for us."
Deloth: "Yeah, thanks. What the hell's going on?"
Sonic: "It was really weird... this guy, you know. He read some text and ancient spirits possessed him."
Julian: "Not my fault."
Deloth: *Freeze. Blink. Sweatdrop.*
Sonic: "They said Metal Sonic would be their new Chaos, a new monster to get vengeance on those who had stolen the chaos emeralds."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku remains outside the temple. Scared of the water.
Sonic: "But... ancient spirits can't operate complex machinery."
Dragoshi: "...Good for us, then." >_>;;
Sonic: "So they were sorta dumbfounded and just poking the machine."
Julian: "So what? Where they at now?"
Sonic: "I knocked them out and beat up some of them. They decided to wait a couple hundred years before they'd try again."
Deloth: "So do you know where Metal Sonic is now?"
Sonic: "Yeah."
Metal Man (GM): He points to Metal Sonic's tube, which is sort of leaning against the wall.
Deloth: "...oh."
Sonic: "Don't worry. Only some guy named Borne could open it, and he's dead. I wanted to kill him once and for all, but I couldn't open it either."
Garrick looks at the tube, glaring..
Deloth: "..."
Julian: "...So... we're done here?"
Sonic: "If you guys could help me we could take him back to that nice safe storage place."
Deloth: "Er, I have an idea."
Sonic: "Yeah." He looks to Deloth. "?"
Deloth walks over to the tube and looks at the locks on it. "...Actually, never mind. I don't think my shifting could get the details needed."
Metal Man (GM): Borne made this as tough as can be. There's some electromagnetic fields, followed by some glass, force fields... Oh. But it uses a rather simple lock ID: Fingerprint and... some code Deloth would remember from when Borne gave it to him eons ago.
Deloth sighs and stands up. "Considering that I never got a chance to check his fingerprints to recreate them."
Metal Man (GM): But would one really want to risk unlocking it?
Deloth: *...Nah.* "So never mind, sorry."
Sonic: "If it's as hard as I think it is to open, Metal Sonic must have done some real damage to warrant it. I reconsidered after it gave me a small presentation on Metal Sonic destroying several... cities... Perhaps I could kill him, but the exclusive design on him makes him practically unkillable."
Digifanatic: "Ew. Not cool."
Sonic: "Let's carry him out and put him somewhere where crazy people can't break him out."
Garrick: "Agreed."
Deloth starts thinking. Great, he's gotten swept away by theories again. "In fact, that seems to explain a lot about what I can do..."
Digifanatic: "Like the bottom of the ocean?"
Deloth: "Submarines, Digi."
Julian: "Bottom line: It ain't gonna get opened." *Julian goes to help move this with his amazing athletic ability!*
Digifanatic: "Well, we just toss him over..."
Dragoshi: *Goes to assist with his decent strength!*
Deloth walks over and tries to assist as well with strength and four extra grabby-thingies.
Digifanatic: *Meh, medium strength.*
Deloth: "And I thought back tentacles would be totally useless. Silly me."
Digifanatic: *Indeed he has medium strength.*
Deloth: "So, Garrick, what were you about to say up there?"
Garrick: "Nothing..."
Deloth: "If you have any ideas at all about this possession, I'm open for listening."
Garrick uses his own medium strength to help out.
Deloth: "Mainly because I REALLY don't want a figment of my mind to trigger an atomic bomb or something."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, really. Just because Deloth didn't like my theory, he won't like yours."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers carry it out, almost Pikmin-style.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, really. Deloth didn't like my theory, but he might like yours."*
Metal Man (GM): Their combined strength is easily enough. They walk out of the 'scary' temple, a bit wet but otherwise fine. Robotnik sees them.
Deloth: "Plus, Garrick... lives ARE on the line here. Remember the first occasion?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm, this is good."
Garrick: "...let's get aboard the Egg..."
Julian: "Look what we found!"
Sonic: "Ah, it's you, Egghead. I hope we can stop this annoying partnership thing soon; your little base to the West doesn't look very innocent to me!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes, yes, just bring the possibly world-ending robot aboard and stop a British Super-agent already."
Deloth sighs. The eternal feud continues.
Metal Man (GM): The ship takes off with all aboard.
Garrick sets the huge crate down, the glances to Deloth and motions.
Deloth walks over to Garrick. "Alright, we're aboard. Spill."
Garrick: "Apparently this thing is... well, apparently I destroyed it's world. I can't think of anything I've done that involved that... accept for maybe one thing. But I doubt it."
Metal Man (GM): The ship speeds along as Sonic and Eggman argue in the control room.
Deloth: "We don't have any other leads. Go for it."
Garrick: "I've gone through my head and tried to figure out who's world I've 'destroyed'...there's only one paticular thing I can think of... Charles."
Digifanatic: "Hmm... I'd like to hear this connection."
Garrick: "I used the MAC cannon on the Dauntless to blow up his base, remember?"
Deloth snaps his fingers. "That's right. He WAS nutty enough to consider his base 'the world'..."
Digifanatic: *shuts up and just listens for now.*
Garrick: "That's the only thing I can really think of."
Deloth: "But then I wonder how he managed to get into my head in the first place. Or why, for that matter. I'm not arguing with your theory, by the way. I think it's more than just plausible."
Garrick shrugs. "He's bloody Charles. He did some crazy shit."
Digifanatic: "I think it was better than what I thought..."
Deloth: "The 'why' I can write off as just plain wanting to get revenge, but there's still the 'how'..."
Digifanatic: "I mean, so Charles needed some Quester to feed... but why you?"
Julian: *thinking.* "...Don't think it's him. If it's Charles we're talkin' about, wherever his base was ain't his world. He kept talkin' shit about the Second Moon or whatever, wherever he came from, but that shit is what made the Second Moon his."
Garrick: "Which I blew up."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers continue flying back to Continia, to coordinate their next strike to get X back.
Deloth starts pacing. "And if he's doing this, why is he playing the subtlety card instead of just trying to blast Garrick to kingdom come?"
Julian: "You blew up a BASE. On a PLANET. Last I checked you ain't the one that sent all the Lunarians or whatever into super-sleep."
Digifanatic: "Because he can't exist in a corporeal form and his soul needs to be in someone's body."
Deloth: "Yeah, but then why not 'I am Charles, you killed me, Garrick, now eat spirit-based incorporeal lead'?"
Julian: "Exactly. Even if he was batshit enough to forget about the second moon, the dude was an egomaniac."
Garrick: "Hm..."
Julian: "If it was him, he'd flat out tell us it was him."
Deloth: "...Unless."
Garrick: "Well, who else is it, then?"
Deloth: "He's playing us for his own agendas for whatever reason..." *He shakes his head.* "Did any of you get a picture of me when I used that gun summon move?"
Digifanatic: "I don't have a picture, but I remember it started out with three Light Pillars. You were firing them off at us, but then they retracted back and formed the light gun."
Deloth: "Hrm... what about during the Christmas mission? Same deal? Maybe death was actually a benefit for him. You can't really be under the effects of Mega Mack if you're a ghost. Which may mean that he's smart and rational enough now to keep his mouth shut and not announce that it's him."
Digifanatic: "Ohhh... yeah. See, after we killed Charles, I basically didn't have the need to remember all the crazy crap he was responsible for."
Julian: "...Charles and 'rational' don't belong in the same sentence."
Deloth: "This still sounds like our best bet for now. Fine. What's your theory?"
Julian: "Who said I had one? I'M just sayin' that if it was Charles, he'd tell us."
Deloth: "The computer kind of bombs any theories of me just being crazy. I literally have no information on them past 'they exist.'"
Garrick sighs. "Look, we don't know. Let's focus on getting X back."
Digifanatic: "Better idea, I guess."
Dr. Robotnik: "I heard you had a locater for X. We're nearly there so... could you hand me the pieces?"
Garrick hands over the pieces he collected.
Deloth: "Right, sorry... this is just getting on my nerves hard. This is supposed to be me and me only in this body, dammit."
Dr. Robotnik: "One moment, we should be getting a reading in a moment." He slowly puts it together.
Sonic: "Ah, old Egghead. Relying on gadgets alone."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hmph!" He solders the pieces together.
Deloth: *still lost in thought.* "If we just had a few more pieces of this puzzle..."
Dragoshi: *Just leanin' against the wall, boredly playing with his thumbs.* :x
Deloth: "And if it IS Charles... how'd he do it?"
Digifanatic: "Like any other type of possession, I'd presume."
Julian: *clap clap.* "OI!"
Digifanatic: "What?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Here we go..."
Dragoshi: "Eh?"
Metal Man (GM): He plugs the machine in. It begins beeping. It shows that James fled down the river with X. Or at least, X is down there.
Julian: "Worry about all that later, right now we got shit to do."
Deloth: "Yeah, but how'd he come back even as a ghost? That's... not very easy to do..."
Digifanatic: .oO(John did it.) "To be honest, he wouldn't have been the first Quester or ex-Quester to pull that off..."
Metal Man (GM): He's in... Area 9157 now.
Garrick: "...okay... uh..."
Digifanatic: "But that's another story for another time."
Dr. Robotnik: "He's gone up the river and..."
Julian: "So... we gonna go get him?"
Metal Man (GM): He scans it, showing a high-tech area.
Julian: "Or we waitin' on somethin'?"
Dr. Robotnik: "...He's broken into Area 9157. It appears he's stolen something else there."
Digifanatic: "Joanna, if anything."
Dr. Robotnik: "We'd better act quick. Oh, right."
Metal Man (GM): He radios for Joanna. The ship goes to land.
Garrick: "You get the situation, Sonic? Get in, attack him, keep him occupied. Don't get yourself killed, just keep him busy."
Sonic: "Right..."
Dr. Robotnik: "He looks like this." He gives Sonic a picture of James Bond.
Sonic: "Wow, that's a weird guy to fight. Since when has a human stymied the Great Doctor Eggman?"
Dr. Robotnik: "..." He shakes his head. "Of course he hasn't! But... you're the best choice against him."
Garrick: "He's faster than he looks."
Sonic: "Okay Eggman, I'll protect you from him!"
Dr. Robotnik: "...Psh... the faster we get him near Bond and therefore explosive death, the better."
Garrick: "The robot he's guarding is for Joanna to grab. What's the word on her, anyway?"
Dr. Robotnik: "She's coming. We're on schedule. Bond is in Warehouse 5."
Garrick: "Alright... let's get this moving."
Metal Man (GM): The ramp goes down. Sonic runs down it and waits.
Dragoshi: *Exit, stage left!*
Garrick heads down as well, drawing his pistol as he goes.
Digifanatic: *Go go go.*
Sonic: "You guys catch up, I'll find this... Joanna? And then you can come in after we've... started attacking this man."
Dragoshi: *Nods.* "Understood."
Julian: *Go!*
Deloth nods and heads down the ramp, into position.
Garrick: "Right. Good luck."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers run on down. The warehouse is just ahead. Sonic zooms off, and there is what must be the other dropship. Gunfire begins to be heard, but what worries the Questers is it is not normal gunfire. They run towards the warehouse, hearing skidding, gunshots, and Bond cursing. Also laser gunfire, Federal weapons.
Garrick: "Alright, let's do this."
Metal Man (GM): That's probably Joanna though.
Garrick races inside, his pistol drawn.
Julian: *Go!*
Digifanatic: *let's-a go.*
Deloth: *Swords out, I'mma going in!*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers race inside. Bond is clutching a strange device. X has been knocked aside but Bond managed to grab an important piece of him... well, his buster, and some chips. He's sort of at a stalemate with Sonic on the left and Joanna on the right.
Bond: "Don't get any closer, or I will destroy these."
Metal Man (GM): He holds up some very important looking chips.
Bond: "And I'm wise to your teleporter trick. What I want is... the truth."
Sonic: "Perhaps if you stopped shooting at us you'd get it!"
Joanna: "I find it strange an agent told about in our old files would be working for the bad guys. I figure there is nothing more to lose right now, so... shoot."
Garrick: "Hold! Alright... let's just calm down..."
Bond: "What is X, and does he have any real threat towards Britain? I have been looking him over. I see no integrated nuclear weapon. No worldwide virus capability. This, yes." He brandishes the X-buster. "It's the only reason your two new assailants didn't kill me outright."
Garrick: "X is no threat toward Britain or you, Mr. Bond... he's a Reploid. A damaged one."
Bond: "And just what the devil is a reploid?"
Dragoshi: "...Well, I can answer the latter one easily. No. Unless every person in Britain is secretly some sort of evil robot." :/
Garrick: "A robot built to think and act like a lifeform."
Bond: "...So, rather mundane. I knew this had to be a trap."
Garrick: "Not mundane."
Bond: "...That must mean the real problem is on the other side, where I came from. Damn. That person must really have wanted to work Mi6 over. But not if I have anything to do about it."
Garrick: "Mr. Bond, trust me... this is all a misunderstanding. He's not out to attack Britain. Tell us about this person."
Garrick holsters his pistol in an act of good faith, motioning to the others to do the same...
Bond: "...A person who wrote notes in red text told me of this threat. We originally refused, then he warped in strange beings and held M hostage."
Dragoshi: "...Knew it."
Bond: "I broke M free but he then put a nuclear bomb in our headquarters."
Dragoshi: "What did the beings look like...?"
Bond: "I disarmed that too. ...Well, you seem similar to them. Except these were... robots. In fact, like this X fellow here. That was why I had reason to believe he might be a threat."
Dragoshi: "...I see."
Garrick: "Mavericks, I believe..."
Bond: "I'm not impressed anymore, though. They have some fancy electronics and a laser gun. I've fought worse. The problem is they've probably done some horrible things to HQ while I was gone chasing nothing."
Garrick: "...look, let's make a deal."
Bond: "I had no choice, though. They showed their transporter technology. ...And I have no way back either. So..." He tosses the chips to where X is and puts his gun away.
Garrick: "You give us X there and the gear you're holding... and we'll try and find a way back to your world."
Bond: "Tell me who has the teleporter technology, or I will find out the hard way. You don't know me and I don't know you. I'd prefer we kept it that way. If you get too close to me you will be killed by my enemies. Even if I try to protect you."
Garrick: "Trust me, Mr. Bond. We've faced a LOT worse than your enemies. Come with us. We have a common enemy. We can work to defeat him together, get you home."
Metal Man (GM): He shakes his head, explaining some more.
Bond: "These people easily crossed between two dimensions, fooled the most powerful intelligence division between these universes, then fooled you to boot. What chances do you think if you suddenly become on their kill list? They nearly killed me by sending you against me."
Garrick: "The red text man?"
Bond: "Yes, and no. He spoke in Red Text... but there were two others. And they were smarter than him."
Julian: *Doesn't even know what the fuck anymore.*
Sonic: "Enough chatting. We know this guy's at least partially on his side."
Bond: "And you've told me who I'm to go after now."
Garrick: "...fine..."
Bond: "The least intelligent of the three. This will be... interesting."
Metal Man (GM): He walks out, leaving the Questers mostly baffled.
Garrick moves slowly over to gather up X.
Sonic: "Well, now that that's over... I guess it comes down to just killing this... Red Text guy."
Dr. Robotnik: *Walking over.* "Yes. As it has been every single time. But now we have X. We can take down the mess on the Maverick Continent and end this."
Julian: "Alright, cool, whatever... when?"
Garrick: "Let's get back to the Reploids Continent. Get him repaired on the way."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I figure after we rest a bit. On our somewhat long trip there."
Sonic: "I'll stay here with Joanna. There could be more trouble around."
Joanna: "Yes, and I think I will track our unwilling friend there. Never know what he might turn up."
Metal Man (GM): Bond himself drives off, burning rubber... er, air. Hm. He's stolen himself a fancy new hovercar. The Questers get aboard the Egg Carrier and the session ends here...

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