Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 32: Mine Machine Madness
Date: January 4th, 2009.
Metal Man (GM): Sigma was a fake, weird person thing controlling him, Vile blew up and the group's now going down into some mines beneath the crater. Apparently the true perpetrator of the whole Maverick Continent mess is down there. So mission status: Go down into mines, fight robots, fight guy behind this, done.
Natalie: "...Mines, huh? Did someone bring a canary?"
Metal Man (GM): The group would enter into a pristine mine. Complete with high tech braces and mining technology.
Deloth: *twitching his wings.* "This is as close as we're gonna get."
Metal Man (GM): It's really nice and clean, actually. There's little wrong with this mine. There's one mineshaft that leads ahead. The entire mine goes in this direction, so there's little decision to be made as to 'where to go.'
Digifanatic decides to take a good look before heading into the shaft.
Raena: "While the technology is impressive, I still doubt the stability of this shaft..."
Natalie: "We'll probably be fine. Do you know the rate of cave ins in mines?"
Raena: "Almost 100%..."
Flaeyn: "Almost 100%.. huh?"
Digifanatic: "She's exaggerating that, Flae..."
Garrick: "There's enough tech here to keep it safe. You don't wanna get caved in on, don't come."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk on down the shaft. They see out some shiny windows to the left and right of this shaft; they're at the top of an extremely wide and deep pit mine.
Aribar (belatedly) follows the others.
Flaeyn: "I hope so..."
Garrick heads on it, ratcheting a fresh round into place.
Deloth just starts heading down the shaft--whoa.
Metal Man (GM): Up ahead there's a big sign and a locked door.
Sign: 'ALL WORKERS BEYOND THIS POINT MUST WEAR A HELMET.'
Digifanatic: *takes another look around.* "Impressive place... wonder if there's a map..."
Deloth: "...I REALLY wish I had learned how to fly with feathers."
Metal Man (GM): There's a bin full of helmets and a camera to check for them.
Sign: 'DANGER: FALLING ROCKS AHEAD.'
Natalie: "This looks promising." She stares out the window for a bit, following the others. "...A helmet? I'm not wearing that; it'll mess up my head!"
Raena: "...falling rocks, the staple of video games everywhere."
Aribar takes a helmet and puts it on. Better to be safe than dead.*
Sign: 'VENTILATOR RECOMMENDED IN CASE OF SUDDEN CATASTROPHIC OXYGEN SHORTAGE.'
Dragoshi: "..." *Takes a helmet and puts it on.* >_>
Metal Man (GM): There are no ventilators.
Natalie: "Catastrophic oxygen shortage? That doesn't sound good..."
Digifanatic: *just takes a helmet.* "No ventilation, oh boy..."
Aribar takes a ventilator and puts it on. Better to be safe th--Piffle.
Dragoshi: "...Now where the hell are the ventilators?"
Deloth takes a helmet and starts cutting a couple of holes in it for the headwings.
Aribar: "Why would reploids need oxygen?"
Metal Man (GM): The door registers the Questers are here and opens suddenly.
Digifanatic: "Because they might not be the only folks down here, or non-reploids used it before reploids took over."
Raena grabs a couple of helmets, stuffing one on Natalie's head and wearing her own at an odd angle due to the shape of her head. With a grumble, Natalie follows.
Metal Man (GM): A stale smell of dust and metal can be smelled inside.
Digifanatic: *heads onward.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers enter the mine. The door slams behind them... RUMBLERUMBLERUMBLE.
Flaeyn heads onward, not before grabbing a helm and putting it on.
Deloth puts the now-modified helmet on and continues into the next door.
Metal Man (GM): *CRACKBOOOM.*
Digifanatic: "Slamming doors are..."
Raena: "What the hell was that?!"
Metal Man (GM): The way the Questers went in to the mine suddenly cracks, and explodes.
Digifanatic: "...not the least of our concerns."
Metal Man (GM): It then falls from the ceiling... And to the bottom of the giant open pit. Destroying the most direct part to the deepest part of the mine.
Garrick places a helmet on his own head and his own little ventilation unit thing as he heads in after the others.
Metal Man (GM): And the only way back to the surface.
Natalie: "...Great, there goes our escape plan."
Raena: "And our way down."
Dragoshi: "...How am I not surprised?" e_e
Metal Man (GM): There weren't any ventilators even before the side behind the door fell to its doom. :p
Garrick: "It's not surprising whatsoever. It's par for the course."
Metal Man (GM): There is a different route: an elevator.
Deloth looks upwards. "Why do you hate us?"
Metal Man (GM): It has a jammed lever.
Garrick: "We're Questers. It's par for the course, again... well, most of us are Questers."
Aribar sighs as he watches the collapse. He heads over to the elevator and wonders if something can be done with it.
Metal Man (GM): Lever is merely jammed; surely some Quester super-strength will fix it.
Digifanatic: *walks over to the lever.*
Garrick glances over his shoulder at the yellow cat thing and grunts before moving to the lever. He glances to Digi. "Together?"
Deloth sighs and heads into the elevator. OF DOOM.
Digifanatic: "Why not?"
Garrick gets a good grip, then.
Raena: "Watch them go flying..."
Digifanatic: *grabs the other end.*
Deloth: "We need WD-40, stat."
Digifanatic: "Chemical substance."
Metal Man (GM): The left side is suddenly pushed up, the right side goes nowhere. It shoots sparks still.
Garrick: "Damnit, hold on..." *He grunts as gives it another good push.*
Metal Man (GM): Right side needs to be pushed up.
Deloth starts thinking... crap, what would be good elevator conversation for the elevator to Hell...
Metal Man (GM): Garrick pushes fruitlessly.
Raena: "Allow me?" Raena then takes a good grip and tries to yank on the lever.
Keikyoku: *Tries to push the right side up.*
Deloth: "...So did you know you have to water plants because they have no hands to hold glasses?"
Metal Man (GM): Raena bashes her head into the possessed demon lever. It still doesn't move.
Raena: "Gah!" She growls, standing up and rubbing her head.
Natalie: "Nice job, Rae."
Deloth grabs the lever and pulls.
Garrick grunts and gives it a go with Del.
Aribar watches the others fight the demon lever.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers push the right side so hard it flies off entirely. Keikyoku savagely then shoves what is left of the lever into the wall, imbedding it there. The elevator obediently lifts up to the Questers' current level and the doors open. It was apparently an on/off switch, so...
Natalie and Raena board, casually taking either back corner.
Metal Man (GM): Breaking it that way isn't a biggie.
Dragoshi: "..." *Bah-link.*
Deloth looks out. What sort of horrors await?
Aribar heads inside.
Digifanatic: "At least it's permanently on." *heads in.*
Dragoshi: *Enters... Ze elevator!*
Deloth heads into the elevator. "No kill like overkill, I always say."
Raena: "Until the power goes out."
Metal Man (GM): The elevator shakes, then starts going down. Alarm noises percolate into the area.
Garrick: "See, we don't talk like that here."
Digifanatic: .oO(No, just no, Raena.)
Garrick: "When you talk like that, bad stuff happens."
Digifanatic: .oO(Bad fox.)
Metal Man (GM): The lights flicker between white and red as the elevator continues going down.
Natalie: "Oh, what did we do NOW?!"
Metal Man (GM): Distant explosions echo outside the elevator.
Natalie: "...That can't be good."
Metal Man (GM): A smell of burning begins to make itself present as the Questers continue to descend.
Raena: "Welcome to the explosion factory."
Deloth: "Natalie, first rule of being a Quester. If you mention something bad, it happens."
Digifanatic: "And that applies to Raena just as much."
Deloth: "Second rule: if you mention something good, it goes away."
Garrick: "That was the Pokemon that said that."
Metal Man (GM): There is a marker, showing that the Questers are going down-- *BOOOOM* A giant chunk of debris falls at the elevator! It misses everyone and smashes into the middle of the elevator.
Dragoshi: *Watches as the debris just fails to hurt everyone ever.*
Raena: "...That was pointless." She says, now staring at the chunk of debris.
Metal Man (GM): The debris... is beeping!
Deloth: "...we've got a live one."
Natalie: "...Beeping? what, is it a bomb?"
Garrick goes down into the debris, looking it over...
Deloth looks up at the top of the elevator for emergency hatches.
Digifanatic: *Goes to disable the bomb.*
Garrick backs Digi up with that.
Metal Man (GM): Digi and Garrick beat on the bomb and kick it, but...
Deloth ducks and covers.
Metal Man (GM): "BEEE BEEEP BEEE BEEEWWWWWW..." It turns off. Apparently, it got disconnected before it landed. No amount of beating on it will set it off.
Raena: "...Again, pointless."
Dragoshi: "...that was... screwy."
Digifanatic: "They're playing games with us."
Metal Man (GM): It's a... self destruct charge, or so it says. Whoever is against the Questers is setting them off, apparently. That's why it sounds like a bad rock concert outside the elevator.
Natalie: "...Great, they're destroying the mine around us."
Digifanatic: *Waits for the elevator to eventually stop.*
Metal Man (GM): The elevator hits the ground. *SPARKBABKTBZZBZ* The door won't open. It's jammed.
Digifanatic: *rolls eyes.* "Okay, do you think we could pull them apart?"
Keikyoku: *Pries on the door.*
Deloth just watches Kei's attempt.
Raena growls. "If anyone with skills of technology fails, I'm bashing the doors down."
Metal Man (GM): It bends, but does not break open.
Garrick sighs and rolls his eyes, making to push the rat outta the way. "Digi, check the line on the right side over there."
Digifanatic: "Okay..." *does so.*
Garrick pulls out a small flashlight and a small needle looking device.
Digifanatic: "Well, lessee what we've got here..."
Garrick goes to open it by hacking the electronic motors with Digi's help.
Metal Man (GM): It sparks and opens just slightly, but the gap is enough to walk through.
Garrick pockets the tools.
Digifanatic: "Well, good enough..."
Garrick: "There. Let's go."
Digifanatic: *walks out.*
Raena: "...move." Raena says simply, before blinking as the door manages to move. She squeezes out, as does Natalie.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers shove themselves out of the elevator, and soon they see what the explosions were about.
Garrick: "What's with all the talking animals thinking they know everything..." *grunts and keeps moving..*
Metal Man (GM): The main way in blew up, and the secondary way was blowing up as the Questers went down the elevator.
Deloth: *coolly.* "I never said anything, Garrick."
Metal Man (GM): However, no amount of explosions could remove the basic gravel path... It's on fire, however. And it's very smoky down here.
Garrick: "You're not an animal, Del. You're a..."
Dragoshi: "...Does anyone have a fire extinguisher?"
Digifanatic: "Does Raena count?":
Deloth stares at Garrick for a second before pointing to the kitty ears and wings.
Dragoshi: "...not really, no." :/
Deloth: "Poor Garrick, I never knew you were blind..."
Digifanatic: "And, sorry Garrick, but yeah, I think Deloth is closer to an animal than a human."
Garrick: "You're not an animal, Del! You're just... a...erm... ...catman."
Dragoshi: "He's a biological mash-up. Of stuff."
Dragoshi: "And things."
Digifanatic: *Searches for fire extinguishers.*
Natalie: "Hmmm..." Natalie looks around for a fire extinguisher first.
Metal Man (GM): Natalie and Digi find little of worth in the smoke.
Deloth looks around as well, juuuuuust in case.
Metal Man (GM): Of course, there is something very abundant in the mine... dirt.
Natalie: "Alright, gonna' try something... Raena, do your stuff."
Raena: "Right... Diamond Storm!" Raena wheels around, creating an area of intense cold right in front of her. She opens her arms up, ice leaves form, and when she throws her arms back forward, they all shoot towards the base of the fire.
Metal Man (GM): I dedicate January 4th in Honor of "Dice hates the players" day.
Deloth just starts piling dirt onto the fires...
Metal Man (GM): Anyway, the ice is not enough to put out the fire. But thankfully, piling dirt into the fire cannot fail.
Garrick does as well, throwing dirt onto the fire and sighing.
Dragoshi: *Does the same...*
Digifanatic: *adds a bit as well.*
Metal Man (GM): The fires go out. The path is clear! *BOOOM* Oh no. The Questers are accosted by 4 robots which are on fire!
Aribar: "Why did we come down here again?"
Dragoshi: "Oh for crying out loud!" *Pulls out his scythe.*
Metal Man (GM): The four robots round the corner, seeing that the path is not on fire, and march towards everybody.
Digifanatic: "To whoop Sigma."
Raena: "Lovely. Fiery robots." Raena gets into a battle position as Natalie grabs her digivice.
Metal Man (GM): They march in a slow progression.
Deloth: "..." *hisses and whips out both swords.*
Dragoshi: "There is no Sigma. Except for the fake. ...which we blew up."
Digifanatic: "Oh, I thought there was another one around here. And the first was a roadblock."
Dragoshi: "...yeah, wait. I was confused. The one we blew up was the real one's corpse."
Garrick draws his pistol and knife.
Digifanatic: "Whatever, let's just fight. "
Garrick: "Enough talking, drop them."
Deloth: *I call it a LIGHT PILLAR TO THE FACE BEEYATCH.*
Garrick grunts and makes to put a shot into the left most bot.
Keikyoku: *Spins around in circles.*
Digifanatic: *We all know he has little long-range tactics, so he'll walk forward once the long-range folks attack.*
Raena: "This'll be simple." She then jumps up in the air with a quick backflip, once again creating a large cloud of icicles, and firing them at the currently targeted robot. "Diamond Storm!"
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit. Hit, hit.
Dragoshi: *Just pulls out a Kama and hurls it at one of the ROBAWTS.*
Digifanatic: .oO(THAT might make Garrick shut up.)
Metal Man (GM): Kama miss.
Aribar decides to try and put out one of the robots' fire. He summons a giant snowflake and flings it at a robot where it explodes on impact and sends icy shrapnel into it!
Metal Man (GM): Miss. This just in: Dice hate the number 4.
Keikyoku: *Spins some more.*
Metal Man (GM): The robots do nothing, as they're only walking towards the Questers. The close range people run at the robots so as to attack them.
Deloth: *Laser sword, then.*
Metal Man (GM): Robots attack Deloth and Keikyoku. Two attacks at each... flaming hand slap attacks. Possibly.
Digifanatic: *He's got ice so he'll use it! Two Icy Kicks on the robot Garrick popped!*
Dragoshi: *Tosses another kama at the ROBAWTS.*
Natalie Upon landing, Raena spins about, suddenly disappearing and reappearing next to the robot she hit, slightly above and ending a forward flip with an axe-kick. Upon landing, she draws her sword and dashes forward to put a slash across its midsection, before spinning around, slashing once more at its back and then leaping up for a vertical slash as she lands once again in front of it.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth gets hit once.
Aribar (belatedly) fires another icy spell at the robots.
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku dodges one slap.
Deloth: *bonk.* "OW!"
Garrick grunts and puts another shot into the left bot that Digi just slammed.
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku is hit. Blade hits.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick hits. Aribar hits. Blade hits. Robot 1 dies... robot two dies...
Natalie: "Yeah, that's how you do it, Raena!"
Raena: "Hmph, easy foes. Bring me something more challenging!"
Garrick: "Don't get cocky."
Deloth: "Ah... Raena? Remember what I said on the elevator?"
Digifanatic: *Well, those two said it for him.*
Metal Man (GM): The flaming robots attack with two slaps each, easily making up for their losses... Two at Deloth and two at Keikyoku. Two failures.
Deloth: *Oh, not AGAIN...*
Metal Man (GM): The other one smashes itself into the wall once. It threatens Keikyoku a grand total of once.
Digifanatic: *Robot #3, taste titanium to the stomach. He goes to slam a golf club into its chest.*
Julian: *Julian enters the scene, wielding his nail bat and wearing what everyone else is! Why? Because he's Julian! Then he starts beating one of the robots to death with a bat. The 3rd one.*
Digifanatic: *Duffed it!*
Deloth: *He's gonna cut up #3 with his swords! His mind told him it'd be quicker.*
Dragoshi: *continues hurling Kamas!*
Raena then launches at Robot 3, launching herself into the air with a backflip.
Aribar fires numerous bolts of lightning at the robot people don't seem to be targeting! White Lightning! No descriptions!
Garrick: "'bout time you showed up."
Metal Man (GM): Hit, nothing, hit, horrible miss, hit. So one hit for Dragoshi, one hit for Deloth. And a hit for Blade.
Garrick turned and sighted the next robot that Aribar was working with, unloading the rest of his clip in a flurry of shots.
Julian: *While assaulting the robot.* "Hey! You try gettin' hit with explosive bubbles an' see how you feel!"
Metal Man (GM): Two hits. All hit of Garrick's hit. Also a hit for Julian. Well. The robots are annihilated.
Deloth: "Damn. Nice shot, Lil' Slugger."
Metal Man (GM): The room is now coated in dead robot pieces. That'll teach 'em to slowly march into the Questers' massacre.
Raena lands, turning about and resheathing the rusted over katana. "Alright, that's victory for us!"
Deloth: "...Uh, hey, Raena, you need an upgrade to that rusty sword there?"
Julian: "Battle, not the war. Lets keep movin', the longer we stay down here the better chance we get of bein' attacked by bats. An' I HATE bats."
Raena: "There's supposed to be something special about this sword... I wonder if it can be powered up here."
Garrick: "I doubt there are bats down here... too much fire..."
Julian: "Bats ALWAYS be up in underground caves."
Aribar goes to follow Julian. The half-elf wants to get out of here as fast as possible.
Deloth: "I think what it needs is a good scrubbing..."
Natalie and Raena press onward.
Garrick slides a fresh mag into his pistol, ratcheting the first round home before holstering it and following Julian deeper into the cave.
Deloth continues down the gravel piece road. Not as nice as the yellow brick road, but...
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along.*
Digifanatic: *Is moving on.*
Metal Man (GM): There's a bend ahead, which is no longer blocked.
Deloth goes round the bend. T'was only a matter of time!
Digifanatic: *keeps going.*
Dragoshi: *Moving on...*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk over and see this emergency path was built to evacuate in case of fire. Or at least, all the signs speaking about fire seem to warn of it.
Aribar now goes around the bend to see what is going on there.
Metal Man (GM): A locked door covered in wires blocks the path.
Deloth: *Sword. Wires. Choppy choppy choppy.*
Julian: *Checks out the wires to see what they are.*
Metal Man (GM): Dead electrical wires. The wires fall down, revealing the padlock holding the door shut.
Garrick shoots it off. Goooo gun!
Julian: *Kicks the door open if it's hinged.*
Garrick will make sure Julian isn't getting shot by a ricochet on this one, too.
Aribar stands back and lets the others due the work. Go team laziness!
Metal Man (GM): The door is knocked open... revealing a computer center, deep within the mine.
Deloth: "...Digi, you're up."
Metal Man (GM): There's several monitors here. They appear to be running all the programs. There are hordes and hordes of reploids... they're being controlled from here.
Digifanatic walks up and takes a look at the control panels and the monitors.
Julian: "This one's outta my hands, but if you could put those suckas down for good..."
Garrick sighs, holstering his pistol again and moving inside.
Digifanatic: "We'll see if that's possible."
Garrick: "We'd never hear the end of it from X..."
Metal Man (GM): There's some strange keyboards near the strange computers.
Julian: "Fuck him. We got a whole potential robot army at our hands, what're we supposed to do? NOT stop them?"
Dragoshi: "Hijack them for our own purposes?" >_>
Deloth: "Shut 'em down, Digi."
Julian: "I was thinkin' that, yeah."
Digifanatic: *Well, he tries to access the systems.*
Deloth starts rocking back and forth on his feet.
Garrick: "Let's shut them down, first... Then we'll figure out what to do from them afterward."
Aribar: "I don't think it would exactly help our public image by taking over the inhabitants of this continent and turning them into an army."
Digifanatic: *Lappy, activate!* "Hmm, the Lappy may or may not giving me much of a response here."
Metal Man (GM): Digi accesses the system. It reveals the image of a great meteor heading towards the planet. This computer has been sending it nonstop information.
Digifanatic: "Oh man!"
Garrick: "...well... that ain't good."
Dragoshi: "...Hoo boy."
Digifanatic looks specifically for long this meteor has before it enters a lethal radius to the planet.
Metal Man (GM): The reploids have been used to gather the information. The planet has about a month before it would be hit by this meteor. The meteor appears to be too small to destroy the planet.
Metal Man (GM): But it appears to be aiming at the planet... a sentient meteor.
Deloth: "The planet's about to be steam-cleaned and I'm still a virgin. This is not a good series of events."
Metal Man (GM): It shows how this installation landed from a meteor itself... and was mining the area to power itself.
Aribar simply stares at the computer screen. "Are supposed to stop a meteor?"
Metal Man (GM): All systems are nominal.
Digifanatic: "Probably, but it looks like it wants to move the planet in such a way that averting impact would put this planet in worse shape."
Metal Man (GM): The meteorite is weird. It has coordinates just like the base the Questers are in.
Digifanatic: "Either that, or someone is really mad at this place and they've fired a warning shot." *Tries to access the remote systems.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi checks in to the systems. He encounters rows and lines of weird text he doesn't understand, which fills the entire monitor. That's no Meteor! It appears to be a space ship.
Digifanatic: "A... space ship?!"
Garrick: "One big ass ship..."
Digifanatic looks for a possible two-way communicator.
Metal Man (GM): Even worse, something or someone is piloting it. Commands come back from it in real time; the room beeps a bit as some cameras in the corner go to turn on.
Aribar: "Do you have any idea what is on that ship?"
Digifanatic: "Hang on, I'd like to see if there's a two-way."
Metal Man (GM): The being on the ship is attempting to establish a connection. Does Digi accept?
Aribar turns towards the cameras as he hears them. "I guess my question potentially about to be answered."
Metal Man (GM): The screen turns entirely black with darkness as barely legible red text floods it. The room pulses with the very presence of this being.
Keikyoku: *Turns toward a camera.*
Digifanatic: "Oh no."
Dragoshi: "...Hoo boy."
Digifanatic: "It's red."
Metal Man (GM): It speaks something completely illegible.
Raena: "Exit, stage up?"
Natalie: "...Bad time for that, Rae."
Metal Man (GM): This text is not -the- Red Text either. It's... just colored red. Gibberish script.
Digifanatic: "Hmm... if it was Red Text though, it'd probably be legible to us..."
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, commands start going off.
Dragoshi: "...good point."
Keikyoku: *Spouts gibberish right back at the thing.*
Garrick: "Hold on a second, Digi..."
Digifanatic: *He does.*
Garrick: "Dammit, would someone shut that rat up?"
Metal Man (GM): The reploids in the field suddenly change their behavior. The command lights up the window.
Aribar: "Digi, I don't like what this thing is doing."
Natalie: "...Ummm, guys? Guys? That's... bad isn't it?"
Computer: 'INTRUDERS IN MAIN CONTROL ROOM. BACKUP CODE.'
Metal Man (GM): *BEEP BEEP BEEP.*
Aribar: "Stop the communications."
Garrick goes over to the console Digi is at, looking it over quickly.
Metal Man (GM): Hundreds of little windows pop up as code is being sent out... far and wide.
Raena puts her hand on the hilt of the Digi-Saber, ready for a fight.
Metal Man (GM): Garrick sees that it's a weird keyboard. Using some thought he can manage to work it. It's connected to a monitor. This place has eight of these workstations. The one Digi is at is seemingly pulsing with darkness.
Aribar goes back to the door of the command center. He keeps watch to make sure they aren't attacked.
Metal Man (GM): The text is full of blade-like words which look meaningless to Garrick.
Deloth leans on one of the keyboards. "So. We hosed yet?"
Digifanatic: "Well, since we can't read this, I'm shutting it down."
Metal Man (GM): *BEEP* The screen updates, showing the meteor again.
Digifanatic: "Unless anyone objects."
Garrick: "Do it, Digi."
Digifanatic: "I will shortly." *takes one quick look at the monitor if he could understand any changes before shutting it down.*
Metal Man (GM): It has sent another... faster moving meteor from itself... it is heading towards the same continent.
Digifanatic: "A second ship..."
Metal Man (GM): The dark being continues issuing commands as the screen shows reploids behaving bizarrely and moving to converge on a new location.
Keikyoku: "Interceptor from the mother ship."
Aribar: "Another ship? Shut that thing down before it decides to blow this place up or something!"
Digifanatic: *shuts down.* "I will shortly." *takes one quick look at the monitor if he could understand any changes before shutting it down.*
Zero: *Comms.* "Uhhh, guys? There's all kinds of weird stuff going on up here. Maybe you should stop that."
Garrick: "Digi, shut it down already!"
Metal Man (GM): Digi shuts it down, causing another explosion. And another. And then several others. ...There's seven other terminals.
Metal Man (GM): *BLIP* *BLIP* *BLIP* *BLIP* *BLIP* *BLIP* *BLIP.*
Aribar takes out his radio and tries to talk to Zero. "There's some bad things going on down here. Controls for all of the reploids, two meteor space ship things heading to this continent, and more."
Deloth: "...Can you do that some more? Like, seven times more?"
Keikyoku: *Covers his ears.*
Digifanatic: *rinse lather repeat.*
Metal Man (GM): The second console locks and stays on. Looks like Digi's going to need to use the manual off switch... the one that involves explosions.
Digifanatic looks for the switch... *uses it.*
Metal Man (GM): More noises occur. The entire room rumbles.
Aribar: "What on Whaller is going on?!"
Dragoshi: *Welp! Dragoshi attempts to destroy the second console with his scythe, then!* >_>
Digifanatic: "Someone is upset with us entering this mine."
Natalie: "Hey, Rae, what messes with electronics hardcore?"
Natalie: "Exactly! Do your stuff!" Raena then turns around, and tries a Diamond storm on two of the consoles.
Garrick: "Screw it. It's taking to long. Blow them all up and let's get out of here."
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM* Two consoles explode... and another...
Garrick puts bullets in the rest of the working terminals.
Keikyoku: *Punches one.*
Dragoshi: *Goes to help with the destruction!*
Metal Man (GM): They all die. The lights go out for a moment.
Garrick apparently shoots Keikyoku.
Zero: *Comms.* "Whew. That was close."
Metal Man (GM): *Rumblerumblerumble.*
Raena: "Did we do good?"
Natalie: "I think so. At least the... uh-oh."
Dragoshi: "...Okay, what now?"
Zero: *Comms.* "I hear someth---" *Radio cutoff.*
Garrick: "...out. Everyone out."
Metal Man (GM): *BOOM* The middle of the computer room's floor breaks open.
Dragoshi: *Puts his scythe away and pulls out the bread and sword.* *scythe.
Digifanatic: *runs out if he can.*
Dragoshi: *Movin' on out...*
Aribar pockets his radio and unsheathes Moonlight. He glances out into the hallway again before edging towards the hole in the floor.
Metal Man (GM): Hm. They shared a common data core... a core which happens to be embedded into a hulking, 20 foot robot with two giant arms.
Raena: "That's not good!"
Metal Man (GM): It stares at the wall around the bend as the Questers go to run away. *TSEEER.* *BOOOOOOM.*
Metal Man (GM): Now the Questers are trapped into fighting it!
Raena quickly draws the rusty katana, ready for a fight.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see clearly what model number it is, as that is written on the side. 'VOL OPT 3' It walks over to fight the Questers, smashing everything it moves by into flat debris. It's half computer system, half mining machine! It's also incredibly lucky!
Garrick: "Don't get COCKY, you two!"
Deloth: "Who the hell builds a defense system like THIS?!"
Metal Man (GM): Vol Opt 3 beckons the fight, with its massive, armored frame, and steaming hot motors running its joints. At the center is an ominously glowing power core encased in a cylindrical containment field.
Raena teleports onto its shoulder, bashing onto its head with a Falling Star Kick, before launching off of it and firing Diamond Storm icicles into its face.
Metal Man (GM): It has two glaring blue eyes and giant, trunk-like arms held to its frame by magnets. The Questers can hear them. Its only real defense in this small corridor is its thick armor. One hit for Raena. It has no weapon that can be disarmed; it is one huge weapon. Of course, nobody is controlling it directly, so it must be on auto-pilot...
Natalie: "Jeez, that thing's huge! Keep cool, Rae!"
Raena: "Right..." She then teleports back down to the ground, to avoid being thrown around.
Metal Man (GM): It makes loud, hideously loud clanking noises.
Garrick turns his attention to the girl for a moment, double taking before staring at her for a moment.
Metal Man (GM): Vol Opt then goes to smash Rae and her friend/whatever into pancake. Over and over again.
Garrick: "What are you DOING?! Go get somewhere safe!"
Deloth: "Garrick! NOW IS NOT THE TIME!"
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Not lucky enough. It obsessively smashes Raena into the floor. It then glares at Digi.
Raena teleports, putting Natalie out of harm's way, but not quick enough to dodge the strike herself.
Metal Man (GM): This would normally not be a bad thing. Except lasers fly out of its eyes, to attempt to laser Digi.
Garrick: "Oh, it's not the time to make sure the kid stays SAFE?! Real nice, Del!"
Metal Man (GM): *TSEER* Then it finishes off by punching the ceiling.
Deloth: "No, now is the time to BREAK THE THING TRYING TO KILL US!"
Metal Man (GM): Really hard. It rains rocks and debris on everyone.
Raena grunts ans things pelt her back, but Natalie remains safe. "You okay? I can still fight..." Rae then stands up, fire and thunder in her eyes.
Keikyoku: *Jumps up and aims a homing attack at the things face... Then punches it in its eyes.*
Metal Man (GM): The Vol Opt screeches in a mechanical way as it prepares for the next round by aiming at people. Hit. Also hit.
Garrick grunts as he kicks out the jams on this one, rushing forward, rolling forward under a piece of falling debris, drawing his pistol as he goes and kicking to the right, skidding and firing a rapid fire series of shots at the bot's head as soon as the rat is out of the way, emptying half his clip into the bot's face.
Metal Man (GM): One hit from Garrick. He hears the sound of bullets bouncing off thick armor.
Digifanatic turns away from the saving-up-for-later mood he had in the Vile fight and just wants to beat something up for now. Icy Kick into Fire Punch, stat.
Metal Man (GM): Digi beats up Vol Opt with super accurate attacks.
Dragoshi: *Goes blast one of the arms with an Electric Ele, then tear into it with his sword.*
Aribar has been biding his time, and his magical energy reserve, for a big battle. He was hoping that Vile was the battle, but the mage was badly mistaken! Electricity crackles around the mage as he prepares for a large assault on that giant tank. Aribar raises his sword up towards Vol Opt as the blade is charged with magical lightning. He calls out a warcry and a bolt of lightning leaps from Sunlight into Vol Opt! Three more electrical streaks follow in quick succession.
Deloth tries popping one of the arm's motors with two Explodes!
Metal Man (GM): Deloth lights the motors on fire. This causes the arms to catch on fire.
Metal Man (GM): It takes damage, but now it can give flaming punches.
Deloth: "...That's it, this spell is useless."
Metal Man (GM): ...The fire will continue to damage it though.
Julian: "Only 'cause you don't use it right."
Metal Man (GM): ...It just might be a bit painful when it punches people with arms of fire.
Deloth tries to set the core on fire with an Explode for kicks.
Dragoshi: "...At least it seems to be taking damage from its own arms being on fire."
Deloth: "It was supposed to BLOW THOSE MOTORS UP, not light the stupid thing on fire!"
Aribar: "At least it partially worked!"
Metal Man (GM): Deloth goes to set the core on fire. He temporarily sees an event horizon in his eyes, then nothing happens. It must have something freaky in its core, that is not flammable.
Deloth: "...Stupid crapsack dollar-store reality warps."
Metal Man (GM): It smolders quietly, preparing to begin punching people with fire.
Julian: *Julian tries to get a better idea of what they're fighting...*
Metal Man (GM): It has legs. They're piston-like deals which work like those oil pumping things in the desert. Very sturdy, but still legs.
Julian: *Julian eyes up his opponent as his gloves charge with electricity... and then he makes his move, dashing up to the front of the beast and trying to smack with with a hard 1-2 Stunner combo!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, miss.
Raena lets out a soft growl as she teleports up to the thing's head again, once again Falling Star kicking it, following it up with a regular slash from the sword.
Metal Man (GM): Miss. Vol Opt has no more interest in Raena. For the moment. Instead he looks to the elf who dealt a big chunk of damage. He then casts his own magic spell, breathing a gigantic cloud of ice at Aribar. A robot? Casting magic spells? Man, the Questers are up against somebody wicked. Then he does like Digi and goes to punch Digi with a flaming arm.
Aribar watches the machine cast the spell and quickly wonders if he can fight magic with magic. He doesn't have time to respond, however, and simply attempts to dive aside!*
Metal Man (GM): Digi goes to dodge. Suddenly, reality shifts and the arm misses him entirely. Meanwhile, Aribar gets iced for a whopping amount of damage and is slowed down by being partially frozen. Ow!
Keikyoku: *Punches the head with a left and then a right.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit and another hit.
Aribar tries to dive aside, but the machine's spell freezes the elf solid. The mage falls to the floor and some of the ice shatters, but he is still desposed of for this battle.
Digifanatic: *looks up and HOW DID HE MISS THAT?* "Very nice, Kei."
Garrick skids back from the shots made at the ground, sliding in next to Julian. He glances to him, nodding once.
Dragoshi: *Goes to strike the ROBAWT with a pair of blows from his sword and his Bread.*
Julian: *Julian looks to Garrick, nods, and brings his nail bat to bear...*
Metal Man (GM): Two hits, Dragoshi.
Metal Man (GM): Digi-saber misses, bouncing off the armor.
Digifanatic puts his attention initially on Aribar as he passes off his last Health Tonic to the near-unconscious guy... Elemental Will shall turn Fire Punch to Electric Punch and he's done for now after that.
Metal Man (GM): Hit. The Questers have been dealing solid damage.
Aribar is shivering on the floor. He is just barely clinging to consciousness; the endurance that only a Quester knows is the single thing keeping the half-elf alive. However, a warmth begins to fill the mage's body. Aribar's reserves of magical energy burns itself and an aura of power surrounds him.
Metal Man (GM): Vol Opt has a lot of dents and dings.
Aribar: *The ice melts off and Aribar floats up to his feet; Sunlight is left on the floor. The others would notice that his typically bright blue eyes are now glowing yellow. Aribar slowly lifts his hand and directs it at Vol Opt. Charging Final Smash.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar charges 'em up. Deloth uses more explosions. *BOOM* goes the arms. They crackle nicely. They're still there, though.
Deloth: "...I'm tempted to see if I can shapeshift one of my arms into a spear and just smash through this thing's armor." *He sighs.* "But. Not enough time or cover."
Metal Man (GM): Deloth would see most of the cover being related to Aribar.
Deloth: "...well, that solves that." *starts shifting an arm. this takes up a turn.*
Digifanatic: "That's actually an interesting idea."
Garrick slowly raises his gun, nodding once to Julian as he sights his target and makes to spend the rest of his rounds in this clip making them hit home and actually do something besides pinging off the armor like flies. He takes note of that core, guessing it'd be better if they fried that before anything else...
Julian: *Julian rushes into the fray to the side of the bullets, waiting until they hit their mark before leaping into action and attacking with the nail bat, targeting the same areas that Garrick hits with the bullets! By landing the nail in the bullet hole and then ripping to the side or up, Julian tries to open up large gashes of the machine's armor!*
Garrick grunts as he unloads a rapid fire series of targeted shots in an attempt to back up the smashes from Julian's bat. His gun barks as he blasts the robot dead in the core repeatedly.
Metal Man (GM): Kombo of Doom.
Garrick: *Team Attack.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit hit miss... Hit hit. The attack blows away the thing's arms. Also also, Julian takes damage from touching the fire by accident. It tried to block with its arms. Garrick and Julian viciously tore its arms to pieces.
Dragoshi: "...Well, that solves the whole 'flaming arms' problem."
Metal Man (GM): The team attack beat it up, big time. It shifts in appearance!!! The two magnets extend outwards, as the feet blow off.
Keikyoku clings to its face.
Metal Man (GM): The core reveals itself, as a massive, glowing crystal thing.
Garrick: "Thaaaaat'll be what we hit now!"
Metal Man (GM): The magnets rev up... it's gonna be nasty when it shoots.
Julian: "THERE it is... A'ight, let's waste this sucka 'fore he can get much off!"
Garrick: "Everything you got, people." *He grunts as he slides his final clip into his pistol.* "Gotta make this count..."
Metal Man (GM): Vol Opt... 4? It pulsates and the entire room shakes violently. All kinds of runic things turn on.
Garrick: "This is gonna suck!"
Dragoshi: "...Hoo boy."
Metal Man (GM): The noise of metal scrap flying out from behind it fills the room. It sticks to the twin magnets.
Keikyoku: *Continues clinging.*
Metal Man (GM): Then it overdrives its reactor and fires the whole mass at the Questers, making a massive maelstorm-y cloud of shrapnel with pockets of electricity, fire, and ice flying everywhere. Some of it flies towards, Aribar, but...
Julian: "This is gonna hu-"
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* Zero leaps in front of the attack at the last moment for Aribar.
Dragoshi: "What the heck?!" *Notices Zero come out of nowhere.*
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH BASH BOOOM FRERRRRRR ZZZZAAAP ZZZLICH.*
Aribar barely recognizes the threat; the half-elf slightly gives a nod of thanks to the reploid. He is still summoning up power for something.
Metal Man (GM): Julian gets away with minimal damage while Digi takes a middling amount. Dragoshi and Keikyoku take the full brunt of the attack.
Dragoshi: *Still alive!*
Digifanatic: *Guess what?* *Zero health.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth gets blasted to the moon.
Keikyoku dies, still clinging to the face.
Metal Man (GM): He's hit by all the elements, then a giant boulder falls on him.
Deloth: *Yeah, dead, fuck you.*
Metal Man (GM): The boulder is pushed away, revealing his body. The robot then begins charging up a massive energy reaction...
Garrick lives as well, but that HURT, dammit..
Garrick: "This is not going to be well... Ari, can you unload on that thing?"
Julian: *Picking shards of metal out of his forearms.* "Think that's what he's charging up for!"
Garrick: "Then we need to run some defense..."
Aribar gives a nod to Garrick. The half-elf is summoning up all of his magical powers for one strike.
Digifanatic gets whaled by the metallic mass... lying on the ground but he can see the action, barely able to get up. Problem is, will he be able to survive another round from this guy if necessary and play conservatively, or will he take the chance and hope he's simply not targeted?
Garrick races forward to the bot, trying to hold it's attention as best he can by burying his gun in that core and pull of two shots point blank.
Metal Man (GM): Odds are this guy just will attack with hit-all endlessly. Without his armor, he's much easier to hit. Both hit.
Julian: *Wonders if he can adequately grapple this thing...*
Garrick: "HEY! YOUR MAMA WAS A ALTERNATING DIPSWITCH WITH NO BACKUP POWER SOURCE!"
Metal Man (GM): Julian looks at Keikyoku's body, still clutching uselessly to Vol Opt's face. Vol Opt us hovering off the ground.
Dragoshi: "..." *Just stares at Garrick.*
Digifanatic laughs as much as he can at Garrick's statement.
Vol Opt 4: *Confused beeps.*
Deloth ...continues lying dead on the ground.
Dragoshi: *In any case, Dragoshi decides to continue his laser sword and Bread combo attack on Vol Opt.*
Metal Man (GM): He dodges a sword, but Dragoshi bashes him once with bread.
Digifanatic feels around... he notices one last medkit, but to use it now? No... it's probably a waste at this point. Can he try to wait so he can unleash unknown wraths next time around? No, he might have to avoid something... and that's too much of a risk. He runs as best as he can in his state, takes a leap and tries to pummel the core via Aerial Takedown.
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
Aribar: *Electricity arcs about the magician's body and Aribar raises slightly off of the ground. All of his magical energy is concentrated in the palm of his hand. A mystical disc of energy engraved with Whallerian runes appears before Aribar's hand. It begins to whirl about and crackle with electricity as the wizard channels more power into it.* *The disc spins until the runes blur together and form a white portal. Lightning bolts shoot out from the disc and slam harmlessly into the sides of the room. Aribar reaches into the portal and closes his hand, clenching it about a portion of the energy that dwells on the other side. He pulls his left hand back; the disc evaporates.*
Aribar calls out, "Machine, you shall now fall before my might! TERRORBOLT!" The energy held in his hand seeps through his fingers, sparks falling to the floor, seeking to be released. The master mage from Whaller thrusts his arm forward and opens his hand. A blinding, pure white beam of lightning surges forth towards the heart of Vol Opt!*
Metal Man (GM): The machine lets loose with its own death ray! The robot fires an incredibly powerful death ray at Aribar. An even more gigantic death beam of electricity pierces it and blasts through it, hitting the machine head on. The machine cracks and blitzes horribly with electricity. It levels its magnets at Aribar as it powers up to simply take everyone with it.
Zero: "Not today!" *SLASH.*
Metal Man (GM): One of the magnets is cut off entirely. But it then picks up Zero with a magnet and embeds him into a wall.
Metal Man (GM): Then Deloth's possession meter goes off, and Deloth stands up. He makes a freaky energy rune and saps energy from Vol Opt! *PUNT.* He joins Zero in the wall.
Dragoshi: "...What the fuck?"
Deloth: "Curses, foiled again!"
Metal Man (GM): With Vol Opt nearing critical existence failure, who will actually stop him???
Metal Man (GM): He's low on energy, has one magnet, and his head is cracked five ways to the next dimension.
Dragoshi: "Okay, this is getting ridiculous!"
Digifanatic: "NO, NO, NO, now is NOT the time for Deloth to be screwing us over AGAIN."
Metal Man (GM): It looks like it'll take just one more good smash to kill him. Otherwise he might just explode and take the Questers with him.
Deloth: "I helped you, you fool! Ugh..." The meter switches off and he stays dead.
Garrick was right in front of the bot when this was all going on, and he ducked under the crap, so... he cups his hands into a step hold! "Up high!"
Julian: *He attempts to finish the job and runs at Garrick, and uses the foothold as a booster to jump at the embedded Vol Opt, right fist reared back and charged with electricity! Julian tries to ram it home into the Stunner punch into Vol Opt's head and crack it wide open!*
Dragoshi: *Watches as this all happens...*
Metal Man (GM): He floats erratically with one magnet. It's unlikely he'll dodge. *BLAM.* It falls backwards. The sheer force of Keikyoku's corpse being punched through its head leaves it headless. The magnet goes out of control and blasts the wall. It turns it around to threaten Julian, but is buried and explodes before it can get him. One of its disembodied hands twitches slightly. It points at Julian and stays like that.
Julian: *Julian rebounds from the force of the punch, backflips in midair, and lands in a crouch! Julian stands back up, points back at the disembodied hand as he backs up, then turns around and throws his hands in the air.* "YEAH! THAT'S WHAT YOU GET!"
Dragoshi: *Goes to pick up Del and Kei's corpses.*
Zero: "...I am going to chop the head off of whoever made that thing. It didn't appear to be content with just destroying what it did, but kept on going... and going... and going..."
Garrick coughs a few times, the dust swirling around him. He grunts as he holsters his gun.
Julian: *Julian then goes to hi-five Garrick.*
Aribar falls to the floor. The yellow glow faded from his eyes and the aura of power is gone.*
Dragoshi: "Yeah. It was ridiculous. It wasn't even funny."
Zero: "...Not to mention it was controlling reploids until you blew its arms off."
Garrick will accept and return said hi-five. Say what you want, those two kicked some serious ass.
Zero: "And I think there might be another one about to crash into the opposite side of the continent."
Dragoshi: "..." *groans.*
Zero: "Although something else is in the sky near it... we should take a look."
Julian: "So let's go kick THAT ONE'S ass too!"
Digifanatic doesn't try to do a victory pose or anything like that... he is way too exhausted and battered. A bit of more peaceful time is what he'd like.
Dragoshi: "...Can we at least patch ourselves up first?" :x
Zero: "Here." He cuts a hole in the rocks blocking the way, revealing the way back up the tower. "Bring the wounded people, they can be healed there. This shaft will collapse any moment now. Those magnets ripped apart the iron in the walls and destabilized the supports."
Keikyoku: *Goes stiff.*
Garrick grunts and helps Digi to his feet.
Digifanatic does the best he can do in terms of running and thanks Garrick for helping him through...
Garrick: "C'mon, up you get. Let's get outta here."
Julian: *Julian nods and grabs Aribar, helping him up before heading into the hole.* "Nice shot."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... I think I'll be alright... and it was nice to see Ari Terrorbolt something again."
Dragoshi: *After picking up Del and Kei's corpses, he heads into the hole. Hoorah.*
Digifanatic: *also goes for the hole.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers head up. They see a massive blue meteorite heading for the other side of the continent.
Aribar: "Th-thanks." *The half-elf appreciates the help; he's still shaky from the magic. He grabs his sword and shuffles after the others.*
Metal Man (GM): ... But something ELSE moves in the sky near it.
Garrick helps Digi out, frowning up at the sky.
Keikyoku: *Starts to leak, he has a hole in him and got punched through a head.*
Metal Man (GM): A wrecked console turns on all of a sudden, displaying something.
Red Text: 'This was test number 2.'
Digifanatic: "And five to go..."
Red Text: 'Now perhaps you know why I do what I do.'
Garrick: "What it is...? What are we fighting, here...?"
Red Text: 'You saw the face of the enemy yourselves, a rare privilege I have never had.'
Dragoshi: "...That... what... oh, screw it."
Red Text: 'As your benevolent benefactor, let me help you.'
Metal Man (GM): A giant beam lances out and hits the blue meteorite. *BOOOOOOOM.*
Red Text: 'Of course, I know you want a good fight. But that would have just been... repetitious. It was a nice touch, though, telling Bond who I was. That fool nearly killed me.'
Aribar looks at the console. The mage would blow it up simply because he really doesn't care for the Red Text right now, but he doubts that he could even conjure up a spark.* "So that thing is actually both of our enemies then?"
Julian: "That was the idea, yeah."
Dragoshi: "...Eh. I wouldn't have minded skipping out on that fight."
Red Text: 'You will see the third test in time. For now... you may re---'
Zero: "Who are you to just go calling the shots? You just caused all kinds of death."
Digifanatic: "Huh? That intentional?"
Dragoshi: "Seriously. If the one we fought was the fun-sized version, then I really don't want to deal with the family-sized special."
Zero: "I'll find and destroy you if you ever mess with this continent again."
Red Text: 'As you wish. Hope you never see a blue meteorite again... I doubt it, but it remains possible. I must be going on to my next work... James Bond is still harassing me.'
Metal Man (GM): *Zlip.*
Garrick: "...wonderful... now we have Red Text and whoever was controlling Sigma to deal with."
Zero: "Who was that, exactly, and what does he think he is, allowing these meteorites to hit in the first place?"
Garrick: "If we knew, we'd tell you."
Zero: "He obviously had some mysterious moving object ready to intercept them, and then let this happen... all to test you people."
Julian: *Shrugs.* "Couldn't tell ya. Do know he's gotta be dealt with."
Zero: "...Oh well." He shrugs. "We have to rebuild the continent... you're welcome to come to Maverick Hunter HQ. Your ship is waiting there. I'm getting reports of the Reploids being cured."
Garrick: "Well, at least X will be happy."
Zero: "...But Vile is still on the loose with some hard-core Mavericks on his side."
Julian: "So we hunt him down, an' kick his ass. Later."
Dragoshi: "...yea, I had a feeling he survived that."
Zero: "He isn't like the meteorites, though. He's occupying traditionally Maverick territory. We can ignore him for a while."
Aribar: "We beat him twice. We can beat him again."
Zero: "Here." He bashes open a panel. Out comes various medical stuff. "I'll call in a transport. Our scientists will analyze what you found down there."
Julian: *Patches up his arms with the supplies.*
Garrick: "Hey Zero, you guys take coins for currency?"
Zero: "The robot left enough pieces, we might be able to prevent any future... incidents."
Julian: "I think everyone takes gold."
Dragoshi: "Good idea..."
Garrick patches himself up as well.
Zero: "Yes... if it's hard currency at least."
Dragoshi: *Also patches himself up.*
Metal Man (GM): Dead people are healed, spells reset.
Garrick: "Good. I'd like to get you guys to look at my gun. Put some of that reploid crap on it."
Zero: "Sure, when we get to the base."
Keikyoku: *Leaks some more.*
Aribar applies some medicinal supplies to his wounds. The half-elf still looks terrible, though. Aribar looks tired enough to sleep for a whole week.
Julian: "I was wondering if I could swipe somma y'alls weaponry too. What I got's nice, but I could do better."
Deloth: *eyes snap open.* "...Oh, DAMMIT, I missed the finale!"
Dragoshi: "...yea, some new stuff sounds good."
Deloth sighs. "I take it we won?"