Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 40: Long Arm of the Claw
Date: February 13th, 2009.
Metal Man (GM): The group just recently defeated Dark Meteor and Dark Force. Thus leaving only Red Text as a possible enemy. The world is pretty much at peace, except for one detail: Red Text is still using the planet's energy for... something. Eggman was unsure what it was about when we last checked. The group is at Eggman's base.
Dr. Robotnik: "Aha!" He walks away from a machine which is printing out an endless readout. "The energy readings show that he is recalibrating his fields. Specifically, we should be able to get into his satellite once he finishes. It is weird that he would calibrate them that way, but my GENIUS machines show it to be true! In the mean time..." He shrugs. "Don't you have something else to do?"
Metal Man (GM): He taps his foot, waiting for a response. The Questers are in the main room of the base, with many a control panel buzzing away.
Digifanatic: "I'm not sure..."
Metal Man (GM): To their right is the way to the Questers' ship, which was made for them by Dr. Robotnik.
Digifanatic: "We were supposed to check out a power plant a long while back, but we never had a party large enough to recommend doing it."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... there has to be something. Hm. Maybe you could check that out, then?"
Digifanatic: "Well, I only see four of us, including me, hanging around..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, yes." He looks at his map. "But what could possibly be so dangerous four of you couldn't handle it?"
Flaeyn: "The power plant again... are we even strong enough to risk going there again?"
Digifanatic: "I dunno. I'm not sure if a party of four would work well considering the words of wisdom we've had in that past..."
Aribar: "The man that we just faced was from that power plant."
Flaeyn: "And then there was that--yeah." He says, after being cut off by Aribar.
Digifanatic: "I forgot that..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh ho, really?" He chuckles. "I doubt he'll be in your way now!"
Dragoshi: "Yeah, though there's still the problem of the radiation..."
Digifanatic: "True, but who knows if other crazies lurk there..."
Dr. Robotnik: "Power plant, clearly, is yours to explore. Oh?" *He puts a hand to his chin.* "Is that your only problem?"
Oushi: *Yawns from his reclining chair in the ship.*
Flaeyn: "An anti-radiation suit would be helpful yes, and then there's the threat of men like the one we faced before. Other than falling debris and the like, I believe those are our only obstacles."
Digifanatic: "So yeah, it's a crapshoot."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, there has to be some reward if you are to go there... Otherwise it would be a waste of time, right?"
Digifanatic: "It better be worth it, though..."
Flaeyn scratches his head. "... Actually I really forgot the reason we went there in the first place."
Oushi: *Lands next to Flaeyn.*
Digifanatic: "Hang on a minute..." *looks for the nearest electronic map or something to that effect.*
Metal Man (GM): There's an electronic map. It's an approximation of http://ssq.metalman88.com/info/category/SSQ%20Squared%20Continents.htm
Aribar: "There are supposed to be powerful pieces of technology or something there. However, armies went up against that mad scientist and his creation and lost."
Aribar: "I actually thought that the power plant was blown up or something."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... it's up to you. After all, there has to be more to do than just that, if it's a waste of time."
Flaeyn: "I doubt they'd be intact. Wasn't the power plant pretty wrecked?"
Digifanatic: "I think it was..."
Flaeyn: "It might be a fruitless effort if we go there to look for these technologies."
Digifanatic: "Flaeyn has a point."
Dr. Robotnik: "Depends which one you mean. I don't know."
Flaeyn: "Excuse me? What do you mean?"
Digifanatic: *looks at the map and wonders if there are any regions that have any notable quasi-crises or something going on, kinda like the old days when Questers got to select their missions manually.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth walks in. The non-possessed one. Not even he knows why he is 'back to normal.'
Flaeyn waves to Deloth. "Welcome."
Metal Man (GM): Digi sees that the map is rather limited at telling that sort of data. It's just a map, as far as it appears.
Deloth crosses his arms and looks at the map. "What're we doing here?"
Digifanatic: *walks back to the others.* .oO(I miss the selective era.) "Right now, biding our time until we can think of somewhere to go that involves a constructive and sane course of action."
Deloth: "...Yeah, Digi, it'll be a while."
Flaeyn: "Well, we could always return to Kanto and enjoy fun glitches?"
Metal Man (GM): Zero walks in. Then Red.
Zero: "Speaking about tha--"
Red: "No, my idea is more important!"
Digifanatic: "No, not Kanto. Unless it's REALLY important."
Red: "Don't 'shh' me, I'm a pokemaster!"
Zero: "You're still a puny human."
Red: "With deadly pokemon!"
Dr. Robotnik: "Would you BOTH shut up? We're trying to figure out something to do here! ...I mean... they are."
Deloth: *to the others.* "So what's been going on while I was sleeping?"
Dragoshi: "One at a time people. One at a time. Sheesh."
Zero: "Fine, the pathetic human can speak first then."
Aribar simply stands back and listens to Red and Red Robot. And wonders if Deloth is going to go insane.
Red: "I can't help but notice some things going on, mostly that you've been ignoring some very important possibilities."
Flaeyn: "I love how we all get along together so well in this group..."
Red: "You can learn magical powers from books, right?"
Flaeyn: "For some, correct."
Red: "You should collect 'em all! Or most of them! Who knows what this Red Text can do..."
Deloth: "We don't know where they are."
Red: "That's what exploration is all about. Why not visit every major city?"
Oushi: "I have magical powers. You can't learn mine from a book either."
Red: "You could probably find some competent weaponsmiths along the way."
Aribar: "We know of the location of one -very- powerful spell, but it is heavily guarded and I doubt any of us could learn it."
Deloth: "I wouldn't mind that."
Zero: "Psh. Magic." *Shoves Red aside.* "The real issue is those Mavericks. They've rallied behind Vile, and we have ourselves an old fashioned Maverick war. Come down to my continent and help blow some up, and I promise you'll get some advanced weaponry and some money for your trouble."
Deloth: "I vote with Red."
Red: "Puh-leese. I have a good idea where the most powerful summoning spell ever is, and you think your shiny guns will be more effective?"
Flaeyn: "Fire away Red..."
Zero: "My guns make more sense than your version of animal cruelty."
Aribar: "I have a question for you two."
Dragoshi: "Well, we are strapped for cash, and we can always do some exploration on our own time... But, I'll let you guys talk a little more."
Red: "Deep within Kanto is a dangerous place named Unknown Dungeon. Survive to the bottom and you can find this great spell."
Deloth: "Besides, Zero, you're outvoted 1-0."
Red: "It can summon powerful pokemon on command."
Zero: "Well, fine. I'll be waiting."
Digifanatic: "Please ask, Ari."
Dragoshi: "One vote is only one vote, though." :x
Aribar: "Which is deadlier? The bullet fired from the gun, or the bullet fired from the hand?" *The half-elf mimics a gun with his hand for the first part, and shoots a little bolt of electricity for the second.*
Zero: "The laser which moves at the speed of light fired from a fingertip-mounted laser gun."
Deloth: "I hate guns."
Flaeyn: "Guns are interesting really."
Zero: "Of course. Bullets can't do this." *Does a glowy green slash with his laser sword.*
Deloth: "I know, but I'm a horrible shot."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well. I have an even more GENIUS idea, if you are done bickering."
Deloth: "Magic, however, I can handle."
Metal Man (GM): Dr. Robotnik draws some blueprints.
Flaeyn shifts his weight to the other side, moving his hips. "I've always wondered what wielding a gun would be like." He raises a brow at Zero. "Interesting."
Dr. Robotnik: "Find some guns and some magical spells."
Aribar: "We are Questers; we never stop bickering."
Dr. Robotnik: "Then use both! What one thing can't destroy the other should."
Flaeyn: "Well the matter is which do we go for first."
Dr. Robotnik: "Just don't combine them, unless you want to explode. I've tried it. Very... very bad."
Dragoshi: "...I'd imagine as such."
Deloth: "Heck, we could split up. Half get the guns, half get the magic."
Aribar: "Personally, I would like to learn more spells. However, if Mavericks are attacking, then we should help out X and Zero."
Red: "Well, you -could- split up for my mission..."
Zero: "But if you split up, you'll be mauled by Vile! Not that I'd mind. I need something interesting to watch."
Flaeyn: "Vile? He's barely a threat."
Dragoshi: "But, there's about... six of us, and that'd be about three people to each group..."
Dr. Robotnik: "He did teleport into the ship and shoot it full of holes once..." He shrugs.
Aribar: "If I recall correctly, Vile was hardly a threat the last two times we saw him."
Dr. Robotnik: "Going to split up? Okay... who's going for magic, and who's going for Mavericks?"
Flaeyn: "I don't mind going for either. I'll go for the side with less members."
Metal Man (GM): So, there's Dragoshi and Digi with the Late Maverick half, and Flaeyn on the early town traveling.
Oushi: "Guns I guess."
Metal Man (GM): Group splitting up. One half will stock up on magic and town-related services. The other will stock up on cash and technology.
Dr. Robotnik: "...This reminds me, you may want to give money to the people going to the towns, unless they plan on STEALING these books and materials."
Zero: "Heh heh heh."
Metal Man (GM): The groups are separated; Deloth, Flaeyn, and Julian have wound up on the team going to the towns. Oushi, Dragoshi, and Digi will do battle with Mavericks after that.
Aribar will go to town as well.
Metal Man (GM): Julian is pushed in the middle of the two groups. He can pick whichever now.
Aribar: "I have a fair amount of coins for myself."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar will now complete the three going to towns.
Flaeyn: "I'm practically broke."
Deloth: "I've got about 15... wait a minute."
Deloth digs through his stuff. "Since when did I get 20 more coins?"
Digifanatic: "When your 'other half' took over, probably."
Dr. Robotnik: "Beats me. You were going insane a while ago, of course. You really should stop trying to kill yourself." He chuckles.
Flaeyn: "Cutting is not your only solution." :o
Julian was always more of a tech guy as opposed to magic. He's with the Maverick Hunting crew.
Deloth: "If I wanted to stop trying to kill myself, I'd have retired something like eleven months ago." *chuckles.*
Dr. Robotnik: "So, are you both set to leave?"
Zero: "You better take the big ship to go to the Continent. Air's full of hostiles."
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes. I will take the ship there."
Red: "All right, that means the people going to the towns are with me." He gestures for Deloth, Flaeyn, and Aribar to follow.
Deloth starts following Red.
Flaeyn: "Roger." He follows along with Red.
Metal Man (GM): The town visits are first. That group walks into the ship... Digi isn't there to pilot it, but Red... is able to?
Red: "I was very, very bored, you know. Stuck in this ship with nothing to do..."
Metal Man (GM): He turns on the control panel.
Red: "Why, it was almost like I wasn't there."
Metal Man (GM): The ship reaches cruising altitude.
Red: "So, which town first?"
Flaeyn: "What are the towns we can go to?"
Deloth: "How about the Mushroom Kingdom?"
Aribar: "I know that the Pure Element spell is buried in the depths of the Mushroom Kingdom."
Red: "Let me see." He brings up a map of continents and flips through them. A small list of cities can be seen.
Metal Man (GM): Mushroom Kingdom, Wart's castle, Vanilla Dome, "New York", Bowser's Castle, Wario's Castle, Peach's Castle, Mario's tiny house.
Flaeyn: "Well, I guess everyone wants to go to Mushroom Kingdom anyway."
Metal Man (GM): On Continia: Trevor's old hideout, New Chicago, Port Royal, Area *buncha numbers.*, Mobius: Casinopolis, Sky Sanctuary/Echidna HQ, Westopolis ruins, Capital City, Final Egg. http://ssq.metalman88.com/info/22.htm And all of these places.
Red: "Okay... WHICH city in the Mushroom Kingdom? There's a number of them."
Flaeyn: "Oh, sorry... Mario's tiny house? We might as well start small first?"
Deloth: "...Do you REALLY think we're going to find spellbooks there?"
Flaeyn: "It wouldn't hurt to look. It's not like we will spontaneously explode upon entering."
Aribar: "We may find spellbooks in the various castles, especially Bowser's; Magikoopas are a part of his army, after all. Also, I know from past visits that there are fortune tellers and other magicians that sometimes frequent the various towns under Peach's domain."
Red: "We have time. We can visit many places. So, we go to Mario's house first?"
Flaeyn: "Well?" He says, turned back to Aribar and Deloth.
Deloth: "...If we don't find anything there, remember, you're responsible."
Red: "Off we go."
Flaeyn: "Like I said, it wouldn't hurt to look. We probably won't, but oh well."
Metal Man (GM): The ship turns and jets off. Soon, the group would a small, unassuming cottage in the middle of nowhere. Inside the house...
Deloth sort of wanted to do some shopping... but, oh well.
Mario: "Ahhh... isn't life nice and peaceful, Luigi?"
Luigi: "Yes. And I dislike it! Nothing to do... a bunch of weird people visiting... It was much better when I rocketed at the towering statue of terror and defeated King... what's his name."
Mario: "I still think you were-a lying when you told me that story. Now come on Luigi, let's-a look outside."
Metal Man (GM): He opens the door.
Mario: "See? It's-a normal day."
Metal Man (GM): Suddenly, the red Quester ship flies in and lands on the front lawn.
Mario: "Or maybe not-a!"
Red: "We've landed."
Metal Man (GM): The ramp opens up so the Questers can walk out to the house.
Deloth heads down the ramp and up to the house.
Aribar exits the ship behind the others. He wonders what Mario and Luigi will think of such a thing.
Deloth: *monotone.* "Hello, we're here for any magic items and/or spellbooks that may or may not be in your possession."
Aribar: "Rather, we want to know if you know of a place in the Mushroom Kingdom where we can find such items. Not to take them from you."
Mario: "Hello... strange... people... who I've seen once before. You want to know where you can find magic?"
Aribar waves. "Aye."
Mario: "Luigi! Your day has come!"
Flaeyn: "That is correct."
Metal Man (GM): Luigi walks out.
Mario: "They want magic. You like magic, don't you?"
Luigi: "..." He scratches the ground with his left shoe. "I'm not really good at it, buuut..."
Mario: "But... but nothing. Show-a-them your magic! Maybe we can make money?"
Deloth: "One quick thing."
Metal Man (GM): He does a weird dance and is surrounded by a weird extradimensional looking prism that distorts reality. Then in another instant it vanishes.
Deloth pops his tentacles out and shifts them into blades. "It has to be more impressive than this."
Luigi: "I-a... can do lots of weird things. You want to do weird things too? I-a have... books."
Aribar: "Do you know if anything was ever done with that temple which guarded the Pure Element spellbook?"
Deloth: "Let's see them."
Luigi: "Well..." He consults a book. "It's buried deep underground, and unreachable without a mastery in teleportation."
Metal Man (GM): He walks inside, motioning for the Questers to follow. Unlike some people, he can't carry his entire library with him.
Deloth heads inside, tentacles still out. He may have to do some carrying.
Mario: "I'm-a make sure your weird airship is safe." He stands out by your ship.
Aribar follows the others inside.
Flaeyn walks in, nodding.
Metal Man (GM): Luigi leads the Questers to a simple bookcase. There are various magic spells in the bookcase. Image, Stumble, Wall, Telekinetic, Confusion ; Disarm, Cover, Reverse ; Plane, Sensory, Time Freeze. ; He specializes in all the weird confusing stuff.
Flaeyn raises a brow at Time Freeze. "May I barrow that?" He says, pointing at the book.
Luigi: "I-a can let you borrow some, I guess."
Deloth rubs his chin. "I don't think I could afford a lot of these."
Luigi: "I-a have mastered all of them, myself. I-a combine their effects to do weird things."
Flaeyn: "I... see..."
Luigi: "I-a know of one other very powerful spell, but you-a not get it easily."
Flaeyn wonders how much will all of them, individually take.
Aribar: "What spell is that, Luigi?"
Luigi: "Waluigi stole-a my best book, which-a summoned Crazy Hand. He-a said he wanted to summon Crazy Hand and destroy me once and for all. Instead... I haven't seen him for quite a while."
Flaeyn: "I see..."
Aribar: "I would like to borrow the Plane and Sensory books, if you don't mind, Luigi. Also, we could probably look into getting that book back."
Luigi: "Go ahead then. The books seem to charge the-a people who borrow them for me... I-a don't know why the picked to have me as their keeper."
Flaeyn: "Very well then. I might as well take Image, Reverse and Disarm for the future."
Deloth stares at the third-tier books. "These are waaaaaaay over my head."
Metal Man (GM): He points to them.
Deloth: "Of course, I guess a lot of that is not listening to my mother when she was teaching me magic."
Aribar: "Although, on second thought, I don't believe I have enough money to buy the supplies needed to study the spells. Maybe another time..."
Metal Man (GM): Red walks over.
Red: "Found any good spells yet?"
Deloth: "I haven't seen anything I can really use too well."
Flaeyn: "We have."
Aribar: "Although, I don't have any other use for money, so I believe I WILL take those two books. Also, I have two questions."
Deloth heads back out to the ship to wait for the others.
Aribar: "Do you happen to know of any person or market that needs a sword?" *The half-elf takes out his old blade.* "I don't have a need for this one any more, and I could use the gold more than any sentimental value it has."
Luigi: "...Well... you can sell anything once you're near Peach's castle and Toad Town."
Flaeyn: "Well, I don't have a weapon..."
Aribar: "Also, do you happen to know of anyone who can identify items?" *The half-elf reaches up to tap the little badge that he's had on his mantle since he was abducted by Trevor.* "I've been wondering if this little thing is special in any way since I found it, but we've always been too busy for me to investigate."
Luigi: "Hmmm... Toadsworth has a good eye, I-a think."
Aribar holds out his sword to Flaeyn.* "Do you know how to use a sword? I could give it to you, if you wish. If we happen to stop by the castle, I'll have to ask him. Thank you, Luigi."
Flaeyn: "Shouldn't be too hard to fight with a blade again." He takes it, nodding.
Metal Man (GM): Okay... the Questers are done with this stop, so they reach ze ship again. Red leaves and... the Questers are now in the ship.
Red: "So, where next?"
Deloth: "Toad Town?"
Aribar: "That sounds fine to me, although I won't be purchasing any other books." *The half-elf holds one of the books in his hand and keeps the other two up with charges of Kinesis... Is he reading them all at once?*
Metal Man (GM): He flips some switches and the ship flies up. The ship is then are over Toad Town. Oh no, it's on fire! ...No, that's just a magnificent bonfire in the center of town, by the shops. The ship lands right by it. Various Toads are hawking merchandise everywhere.
Deloth: "Huh. And I was expecting it to be wrecked again."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers hear shouts of 'Guns!' 'Swords!' 'Swords with Guns attached to them!' 'Electric Pool Cues' everywhere.
Deloth gets out of the ship and starts looking around at the stuff for sale.
Metal Man (GM): It's sort of a bazaar, so it's really only limited by what one is looking for.
Deloth: *BALLOONS YAY.*
Aribar leaves his books behind on the ship and follows Deloth. He wants to read them, but it he should ensure that Deloth doesn't go crazy and START a real fire here.
Metal Man (GM): There are mostly lots of weapon shops... item shops... food shops... shop shops...
Deloth: *Looks for um... miscellaneous items.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth wanders into 'E.T.'s Extreem Miscellaneous Item shop.' There are lots of weird stuff. A microscope... A shoe horn... A boombox... A tin foil hat... Some weird pills... And a gun with a blocked barrel.
Deloth picks up the pills, raising an eyebrow. This can't be legal. "Er... what the heck are these?" *holds up the pills.*
E.T.: "Woah man! Those are my super-secret regeneration pills! They cost 30 coins and will heal you up when taken!"
Deloth: "...then why are they out here with the other stuff?"
E.T.: "Because I like selling them! ...They make you see weird colors, though. And don't OD unless you want to go on a... bad trip."
Deloth: "I'll pass, thanks."
E.T.: "Any other way I can expand your mind, maaan?"
Deloth sets them back down and leaves before anything ELSE can be shown. He goes to another miscellaneous item store.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth wanders into G.T. Joe's Junk Shop. There's an old lawnmower, a fan, a refrigerator... Some extension cords...
G.T.: "Ah, another customer. Such a bland day it has been..."
Deloth: "Not much of an inventory here." *He slips back out. Two strikes so far. He looks again.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth wanders on into a third place, which has a bunch of scrap metal in it. It's a junk yard of sorts, with a ruined old car with a ruined sword stabbed into it. Also a part of a jet fighter is jammed into the ground.
R.C.: "You need any parts, perchance? I have 'em all at discount prices. Well. All that I have here."
Deloth: *staring at the jet.* "...How did THAT happen?"
Aribar: *Continues following Deloth into the junk stores.*
R.C.: "Don't ask me, I found it this way. Weird stuff crashed here a while ago. Back when the sky exploded."
Aribar: "How long ago was that?"
Deloth: "Huh. Well, I'm not much of one to be intereste--GAH!" *He wheels around to Ari.* "How long have you been following me?!"
Aribar: "Since you left the airship. I figured that I should tag along just in case there are any pickpockets or anything in this market."
R.C.: "Not too long before people like you first appeared..."
Deloth: "Could you please warn me next time so that I don't go into cardiac arrest?"
Aribar: "If you insist." *He also turns to the store owner and thanks him for the answer.*
Deloth: *Looks for shops selling non-hallucinogenic healing items.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth walks into a medical supply shop. Bandages, gauze... healing items. There's a simple list on the wall. 10 coins for a bandage kit which heals some damage; 20 for one which heals all damage. 25 for one which also heals status effects. And at the very top of costs? 50 for one which... revives people from death?!?!
Aribar looks about the sections of the store and now wishes that he had some expendable money. He also remembers a certain sandvich that Robotnik sold..
Deloth: "...Ari, you may want to look away. I'm about to switch from 'killing machine' to 'boyfriend looking for a gift.'"
Metal Man (GM): Yes. Robotnik still has sandwiches
Deloth walks over to whoever's in this place. "Do you know where I can buy a gift for my girlfriend?"
V.T.: "What kind of gift?"
Aribar just stands and stares at Deloth. He literally went from killing machine to boyfriend looking for a gift. When did he do this?!*
Deloth shrugs. "Balloons, maybe? She loves those."
V.T.: "..." The nurse-dressed Toad points right out the window. "You can buy a whole ton of them right by that giant fire."
Deloth: "Oh. Huh." *He grabs one of the 10-coin medkits, pays for it, and heads out to said area.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth heads on out. There's a Toad wearing a top hat, next to a bunch of red, blue, and green balloons. 10 coins for three.
T.H.: "So, you're a new customer?"
Deloth: *blink.* "...Yes."
T.H.: "Well then, just pick any three you like! 10 coins only."
Deloth grabs one of each and hands T. H. the 10 coins.
Metal Man (GM): He nods, takes the coins.
T.H: "Thankya for your patronage."
Metal Man (GM): And with that... we switch to the other group. Julian, Kenku, Dragoshi, amd Digi/ This group takes the Egg Carrier to Maverick territory. Zero faces them as their ship nears its destination.
Zero: "Now, I have a rather simple mission for you. There's a group of Mavericks who have taken control of... the Junkyard."
Oushi: *Finds a comfy chair to suffice as his recliner.*
Kenku nods and keeps listening.
Zero: "As I've been informed, you can warp in much like we can. So we can spare the normal nonsense and just warp into the zone. Your job is simply to be a helping hand."
Julian: "Sounds easy enough. All we gotta do it wreck shit?"
Oushi: "I can make a beam of death..."
Kenku: "I see. What sort of Mavericks are we up against?"
Zero: "Morph Moth once ruled this stage, but we killed him a-g-e-s ago. Now it's just Vile and his cronies. You'll be leading an attack on a strangely guarded area. We're busy with Vile, so... you take care of this place." He points at a shiny building. "They... built it during the long dead period, apparently. It shouldn't be too tightly guarded, but if you take it out then Vile will have no intel. It's sending all kinds of data about the continent and where everything is to his main command post inside the junkyard."
Kenku: "I see."
Zero: "So, you ready, or do you have some questions?"
Digifanatic: "Nothing I can think of."
Kenku: "Is this going to require stealth, or is this a frontal?"
Julian: "We jus' gonna be blowin' shit up."
Zero: "Yeah. No stealth needed."
Julian: "I mean, you got anythin' you can do stealthy? I don't."
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay, I have the warp ready. You ready?"
Digifanatic: "Let's go."
Julian: "You wanna try an' go all Solid Snake on 'em, go ahead. Let's bounce."
Kenku laughs "I highly doubt I could."
Oushi: "If I do my death beam, can you heal me afterwards?"
Metal Man (GM): Silence echoes through the room.
Julian: "...Who're you again?"
Metal Man (GM): A warp appears.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers appear before the slick silver building. The front door opens for them.
Oushi: *sighs and does a backflip into the warp.*
Computer Voice: "Come right in."
Julian: "O-kay." *Enter!*
Metal Man (GM): Inside the silver building is a perfectly normal room. A little empty, but lots of machines have been built here. Most likely by Mavericks.
Computer Voice: "Please state your purpose for entering."
Metal Man (GM): The Computer waits for the Questers. They're in this almost too-normal room with no dirt inside. It has the machines which are going away nonstop. It's like this whole building is one large sensor device.
Julian: *Looks at all the machinery as he walks in.* "Anyone home?"
Metal Man (GM): One can't see where the voice is coming from. It seems to come from all directions. And from the machines which surround the group, which are all lined up around the walls.
Oushi: *Looks at the machinery.
Computer Voice: "This is an automated installation. Your purpose, please?"
Kenku smirks. "To smash stuff!" he says, and charges the machinery.
Computer Voice: "Invalid password!"
Metal Man (GM): Oushi runs at the machinery. *WHAM.* He runs into a wall. Wait a minute... the 'wall' is some sort of hologram. !
Kenku rebounds off the wall. "What the?"
Computer Voice: "You will not destroy this post."
Julian: "A'ight, so they got some kinda wall thing..." *Looks for the projector.*
Metal Man (GM): The room blinks and goes entirely dark. Then it lights up again, revealing an arena of sorts... with the computer boxes as spectators. It then lights up and summons a holographic Sigma to defeat the Questers.
Holo-Sigma: "You will not harm this installation, human-sympathizers!" He throws off his cape. However, instead of his normal weapons... he takes out twin laser rifles. "Fight me if you dare... or run like cowards!"
Metal Man (GM): To the side is the exit, which is still open.
Julian: *Might as well fight it out. Julian draws out the hammer from his equipment bag.*
Kenku yells "As if!" and charges sword first.
Digifanatic: *Yeah, let's do this.*
Kenku closes into range, and with a short leap, slams at Holo-Sigma with his sword, before drawing back and thrusting it forward.
Metal Man (GM): He parries them both expertly. Holo-Sigma's turn. Then he fires two shots right back at Kenku! He then fires two other shots at Oushi! Oushi is hit twice. Kenku is hit once, for only some damage.
Julian: *Okay, so... Sigma. Pretty sure BFT works on him, so let's go with that.*
Metal Man (GM): He has not the speed to avoid Julian.
Digifanatic: *So here we go, turn number one and we're not sure how long this guy will hold up for... just going for a pair of Fire Punches for now, obviously no chaser.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Oushi: *His sword seems to suck out his very life essence, after a tiny bit of color he swings his sword, sending an arc of red energy at the hologram.*
Metal Man (GM): That attacking has the hologram looking a bit ugly. It still stands, however.
Dragoshi: *Casually aims his blaster at the hologram, and sends off three shots at the ugly so-and-so.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi bangs his hand on his knee for some damage, but otherwise hits three times. The hologram begins to flicker, as does the entire room. It shoots a spark and takes some more damage.
Kenku attempts to punch holes in the hologram.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku is hit by bad luck! Holo-Sigma spins his rifles and fires two at Oushi, then two at Julian.
Julian responds to laser rifle fire pretty much the same way he responds to anything else: Extreme force. Hammer Dance!
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, hit. The weak hologram begins to stutter.
Holo-Sigma: "S-s-s-system error!!!"
Digifanatic decides to see if he can dislodge more systems. I can uze Golf Club pleez.
Metal Man (GM): He dodges with some of his last energy.
Digifanatic: "Awwww, you're no fun."
Oushi: *Rockets toward the hologram then slashes it in the face.
Metal Man (GM): He spins and then disintegrates.
Metal Man (GM): The entire room burns and flashes. The machines overload and explode. However, this building is more than one floor high... but how will the Questers get to the second floor? Some resonant noise echoes in the room.
Digifanatic hopes there's another room that isn't glitchy and burny... no doors, I guess.
Computer Voice: "Error... errro... errrrrr... rrrrrr..."
Kenku tries to look for some strange panel or something odd.
Metal Man (GM): No doors that Kenku can see. Digi finds nothing.
Digifanatic: *bangs his head into a wall searching too keenly, no damage though.* :D
Metal Man (GM): Kenku finds, behind a busted machine, a switch.
Kenku tries to flip the switch.
Metal Man (GM): Oushi walks over in time to see Kenku throw the switch. A steel staircase appears. Then glitches out and explodes. The pile of debris, amusingly, still leads into the ceiling. And to the second floor.
Dragoshi: *Jump up into the second floors.*
Oushi: *Glides up the rubble.*
Kenku trudges through the debris.
Metal Man (GM): At the top is a watchtower like setup. The top floor still operates, but without all the sophisticated machinery below, it's as good as unmanned. A familiar voice can be heard yelling through the intercom up here.
Vile: "Come in! Come in! Hello!"
Julian: "Hey how's it goin'."
Vile: "Don't go down on me now, automated scanner! We have a massive attack force and I need to find out where they are least guarde-- You! Damn!" The comms turn off.
Kenku looks to the others. "Think we can use what's left to our advantage?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Wow... That was odd.)
Dragoshi: *Mockingly.* "Us! Hooray!"
Metal Man (GM): There is someone else laying in the chair, sleeping.
???: "Zzzz... kill Maverick Hunters... Zzzz... rule world... Zzz... help Vile..."
Kenku tries to slowly walk up to it, and bops it with his sword.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku bops it. It falls over... it's a Red Reploid, another humanoid one, only this one is more reminiscent of a Stormtrooper than say, Vile is reminiscent of Boba Fett. It shakes its head and stands up.
???: "What? How did you get in here? I programmed the sensors to kill all intruders!"
Kenku tries to get an attack on it before it can react.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku hits him and he falls back on the control panel. But something is different about this person... a purple glint in the eyes appears as he holds up a hand and it morphs into wicked looking claws.
???: "Well, I guess I'll have to kill you then! You won't stop Vile! I am Claw, and I will stop YOU!"
Kenku: "Claw eh? Well I'm inspector gadget!"
Claw: "Have at you, fools!" He leaps at Kenku and attempts to savagely shred him with his claws.
Metal Man (GM): He misses, ripping out a part of the wall.
Claw: "A momentary setback... again!" He leaps at Kenku yet again.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku is thrown aside. He then makes a lunging motion and his claw flies at Digi like a harpoon!
Kenku slides across the floor "Ow..."
Metal Man (GM): It grabs Digi. Then... He flails Digi around like a weapon, smashing random parts of the room and threatening everyone else! And missing everyone else! Digi takes plenty of damage as he is hurled through a large machine.
Digifanatic: *slides off the harpoon and then BAM.*
Dragoshi: *Aims his blaster at Claw, and quickly fires off a three-shot barrage at 'im.*
Metal Man (GM): He is hit twice!
Julian: *Hammers also work on robots, he's been lead to believe.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, miss, miss. He's a fast jerk.
Claw: "You are strong..." He laughs. "But you are inaccurate!"
Kenku gets up and yells as he charges, and slashes twice.
Metal Man (GM): He dodges twice.
Claw: "Pathetic. And to think... had you not awakened me, I could have missed you destroying the machines. C'est la vie."
Digifanatic: "Meh, save it when there's only one of us standing."
Oushi: *Decides to be a sniping bastard by shooting lines of black flame at the clawed guy from across the room.*
Metal Man (GM): He dances around Oushi's attacks. Now he knows how the enemies feel.
Digifanatic decides to work two tricks in one turn: first, running in for an Icy Kick suddenly turned bright yellow (Electric Kick, Elemental Will) and then running in behind Oushi and pleasantly surprising him with a barrier. "You can still hit him, just don't let him hit you."
Metal Man (GM): He leaps up as Digi collides with a machine.
Claw: "A barrier, eh?"
Metal Man (GM): He launches his claw at Kenku. Kenku takes damage. Then he swings his claw with Kenku in it all over the place! Threatens everyone. *Smack.*
Kenku looks like roadkill on the floor.
Metal Man (GM): Which also deals more damage to Kenku each time... The barrier explodes from the hit.
Claw: "If that guy is so important, let me just kill him for you." He attacks Oushi with his claw attack after dumping the KO'd Kenku on the ground.
Metal Man (GM): He misses, smashing a monitor instead.
Claw: "I've got my eye on you..."
Oushi: *Backflips over the claw.*
Digifanatic: "Nice move."
Dragoshi: *Once again aims the blaster at Claw, and fires three more shots.*
Metal Man (GM): Two hits. Julian dodges a previous attack aimed at him.
Julian: *Now is time for hammer yes.*
Metal Man (GM): Three hits!
Oushi: *Gets angry and decides to go for broke... He'd probably die if hit anyway.. his sword sucks out all but the tiniest bit of Oushi's remaining life force as Oushi releases it in a huge red arc.*
Metal Man (GM): The damage is doing some real effect to Claw, but he could potentially destroy everyone as well...
Digifanatic takes a wide-eyed stare at what Oushi just did... he takes no chances and just uses his last Medkit for now (saving Band-Aid for later...), and then goes for another pair of Icy Kicks (no element change this time).
Metal Man (GM): He leaps over the first, and then gets hit by the second.
Claw: "I have you now!" He goes to rip Oushi to pieces.
Metal Man (GM): Oushi is KO'd and thrown into a computer.
Oushi: *Gurgles up some blood.*
Metal Man (GM): Claw then leaps up into the ceiling and punches it, causing it to rain debris on everyone!
Digifanatic: *muttering to himself after he takes the hit.* "Just three of us now..."
Metal Man (GM): *Smack.*
Claw: "So, can I say it now?"
Julian: *2 LEGIT 2 BE HIT.*
Metal Man (GM): He sees Julian dodge the attack.
Dragoshi: "Say what?"
Claw: "Oh no you didn't!" He lunges at Julian.
Metal Man (GM): *Stab.* *Slash.* *kick.* More damage to Julian.
Dragoshi: *Continues his usual routine of opening fire on the jerk.*
Claw: "I can kill all three of you soon enough. Just keep firing insufficiently powerful attacks at me."
Metal Man (GM): He dodges all but one.
Julian: *Eat blunt force!*
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit, miss.
Digifanatic is not going to go for an obvious way out of this... just a Icy Kick and an Icy Kick.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, hit.
Claw: *Presses button on arm.* "Sigma. I have the intruders. Send backup. I'm sending the last coherent data to you." *BEEP* "Now I will attempt to take down one of the three remaining intruders."
Metal Man (GM): He turns to Julian.
Claw: "We have seen many people such as you. But for every one of us you strike down, two will attack you, until there are no more of you!"
Metal Man (GM): He then attacks Julian with his claw twice! Julian's hit and tossed into a computer.
Claw: "So. Can I say it now?" He smirks.
Digifanatic: "Not quite." .oO(Ladies and gents, this is the stereotypical point in the show where a Deus Ex Machina would suddenly join our fight and proceed to whoop butt on our opponents. Unfortunately, there is only a slight chance of this happening. Keep your seatbelts fastened, we're in for a bumpy ride.)
Claw: "You seem to have confused me with some other Mavericks. But unlike them, I do my job." He points to where he was sleeping. "My one weakness was my tendency to sleep on the job, and you helpfully woke me up. I must thank you for this, for I will surely raise in rank regardless of whether or not I kill the two remaining of your number."
Dragoshi: *Sighs, then takes a deep breath...* .oO(Well... here goes nothing.) *Dragoshi exhales, then gets into stance, and concentrates, trying to tap into something... something big...*
Claw: "And you will probably be unable to destroy me thoroughly enough to prevent my rebuilding and return. Hah hah hah."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi begins gathering smash Energy.
Digifanatic notices Dragoshi's actions and holds off from charging, for he's weak. Claw, hopefully meet golf club.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Claw: "This tower is trashed, anyway. I couldn't expect it to survive after you blew up the machines running it."
Metal Man (GM): He shoots a claw into the ceiling.
Claw: "But I can't risk you killing me on my way out, sooo..." *RIP* *Shudder.* "Here's a ceiling cave-in, on the house."
Metal Man (GM): *CRUNCH* The ceiling rips out and... falls inwards! Claw-boy takes this time to... grapple onto a ship and escape! The Questers who are still alive would see him fly off into the distance with a group of escaping ships.
Digifanatic: *He is alive.*
Metal Man (GM): Apparently, his intel was just what they needed to escape.
Dragoshi: *Is alive.*
Digifanatic: "That cheap cyber punk."
Metal Man (GM): By the time the remaining Questers dig out he's gone.
Dragoshi: "... ..."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers get a comms signal.
Dragoshi: "He is so fucking dead."
Zero: "Uh, I see you didn't do too well. Some... guy... managed to get a signal out even while you were attacking..."
Digifanatic: *takes out radio in a half-whiny intonation.* "We have three men down, this better be nice news..."
Zero: "They figured out a clear escape route. We killed several of them, but Vile said 'Praise Sigma and especially Claw' before then escaping through a thin gap in our air defenses nearby. Your disruption DID allow us to break through their defenses in the first place... it's about 50-50 I'd say."
Digifanatic: .oO(Not... nice... news.)
Zero: "I'm going to help you take down Claw PERSONALLY once we get the chance, though. He sounds like the real brains behind this operation. Vile was his same old relatively flimsy narrative self. I shot off his right arm and he ran away like a pansy. ...And I don't even like to use guns."
Digifanatic: "Ah, so be it."
Dragoshi: "Alright, then..."
Zero: "You did what you could... your ship will pick you up. See you next time."
Digifanatic: *sighs, says thanks and hangs up.*
Metal Man (GM): The group is beamed aboard to be healed...
Digifanatic: "If there's one thing I don't like as a Quester, it's all the one-offs. My goodness, every time we encounter someone new or even someone old we haven't seen for a while, it seems larger than 50% they're only there a few days and poof. Never hear from them again..."
Oushi: *Coughs up some blood.*
Dragoshi: "Yeah, it's really... screwy."
Digifanatic: *turns to Oushi.* "What was that, by the way? The almost self-sacrifice thing, whatever it was..."
Kenku get ups and cracks a bone or two. "Ow..."
Oushi: "My beam of death..." *Coughs up some more blood.*
Kenku: "Being that this is now the second time I've died horribly... death isn't something that stays long?"
Julian: "You die?"
Digifanatic: "The more it happens, the less it feels like death."
Julian yawns as he regains consciousness, sitting up and cracking his knuckles. "Just feels like I got knocked the fuck out."
Kenku: "You weren't the one impaled by that SOB."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, like what Julian said. You get over it, and then you treat it as if just get knocked cold for a while." as if you just get.*
Julian: "You ever get your heart exploded, punk? Ain't fun, I can tell you that much."
Kenku: "I see... and I'll keep it in mind..."
Dragoshi: "..." .oO(I will not mention getting hit with an entire spaceship, I will not mention getting hit with an entire spaceship, I will not mention getting hit with an entire spaceship...)
Julian: "I'm jus' sayin' you come cryin' to us about injuries, it's gonna be fallin' on deaf ears."
Oushi: "You ever have your life essence forcefully ripped out of your soul by your own weapon?"
Kenku: "Ok... Ok... lay off... I get your point... I'm sorry."
Julian: "Good. Now make me a sandwich." *looks at Oushi.* "If it keeps doin' that, maybe you oughta not be usin' it, y'know?"
Oushi: "No, It's part of my being... I couldn't give it up..."
Kenku smirks. "Eh... why not... what do you want on it?" he says as he walks toward the kitchen.
Digifanatic: "Well, he was using it to his advantage, really. He knew he was probably going to get taken out anyway, so you might as well do as much damage as efficiently as possible while you have the chance. All a matter of balancing risk and reward."
Julian: "Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato. Toast it."
Oushi: "Yeah..." *Cough.* "That, or take the satisfaction of being murdered by your foe away from him."
Kenku: "'K." *And he goes looking for the toaster over while he's in the kitchen. Once hes got that going he gets himself out Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey, Provolone, and Honey Mustard on Wheat.* "MMMMMM."
Digifanatic: "Sad thing is, most foes'll just laugh it off... So, of course, we counter that with our own lack of respect."
Oushi: "Can you get me a chicken breast with pepperjack cheese jalapeños spinach and onions? Toasted."
Kenku mumbles out as he munches on his sandwich "You're gonna have to wait a couple minutes, but I think I can do it."
Digifanatic: "I'll find something later. So, anything else interesting?"
Oushi: *Bites his sammich.* "Mmmmm So... What do you do?"
Digifanatic: "Well, what do you mean? Myself? The whole group?"
Oushi: *Chomp.* "You... Just you..."
Digifanatic: "Okay, me... well, I tend to be the group expert in driving stuff and using computers. I've got a soft spot for high-tech things..."
Oushi: *Nom.* "I'm just on a self destructing spiral..."
Digifanatic: "Self-destructing spiral?"
Oushi: *Omnomnomnom, Hehe, he's the cookie monster...* "Yeah... That about explains it..."
Digifanatic: "Let me guess, social problems plus random warp equals 'What did I do to deserve this?'"
Oushi: "Not really... I don't know why... Or rather, I can't remember..." *chomp.*
Digifanatic: "Eh, maybe it's better you don't. So, you have color-changing hair, a self-sacrifice move, and you essentially came here against your will. Yeah, most part, you fit."
Oushi: *Bite.* "Meh."
Digifanatic: "Just don't get too cocky. I suppose a little bit is good from time to time, but if there's one thing I hate, it's too much overconfidence. You've been sitting around literally the full spectrum of experience, from some of the original fighters to ones that showed up right around your time."
Oushi: "If I die, I die, No big deal, we are all dying as we speak, withering away, dying slowly, all are actions are fruitless as our life is just slipping by..."
Digifanatic: "I suppose so..." .oO(If I really considered that I might have left a while back, but hey, I like it while it lasts...)
Oushi: "There is no afterlife... You die, you rot in the ground, end of story."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, afterlife's a thick subject to discuss... Whatever happens will be."
Oushi: "Why not just live in the now then?"
Digifanatic: "Sometimes I prefer looking at a big picture. In fact, I've been a Quester on multiple accounts, at least two. The first time was one I highly regret. I was young, naive, ambitious, and immature. Really bad mix. I was essentially a trainwreck Quester whose duty would either end in vanishing, resignment, or being fired. I took the resign option. Don't think it was the most honorable thing to do, but it was the wisest decision and at least it didn't look like I was going for the glutton for punishment path."
Oushi: "Well, If the pig picture ends in its destruction, why bother to make it pretty?"
Digifanatic: *laughs at that.* "I dunno... But you seem like a good guy. A bit pessimistic, but someone who I hope will do well with us while some of us have no idea what's going on. All I can say... all I can say."
Oushi: *Props his hover boots (which look oddly familiar) on the table.* "Well, Who knows what is what or how everything came to be, all I know is that I live for now, and not for some afterlife that may or may not exist."
Digifanatic: *Probably doesn't consciously notice the similarity... or otherwise ignores it.* "I suppose."