Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 46: Short-sighted Plans
Date: March 5th, 2009.
Metal Man (GM): The group worked with BLU to defeat RED. Then after that, they fought and destroyed Team Rocket--mainly because Giovanni chose death over failure. The group is now in a partially-constructed Stadium, sort of sitting around while the Engineer slowly builds, piece by piece, each room and each facility. The prominent installation of defense systems is obvious to all who visit this stadium. The group would be sitting around in the half-finished practice area. Nothing much is going on besides construction.
Kenku has been standing by the engie watching him do his work, and going to get metal for when the engie has need for it.
Garrick is pacing in small circles around the practice area, murmuring to himself.
Digifanatic: .oO(Been a good day, I think...)
Garrick: "Alright, is everyone here? Well, everyone who isn't... asleep, or something...?"
Oushi: *Walks up to the rest of the group out of nowhere, his hair is back even though it was shaved off.*
Deloth has a comfortable seat on the ground, watching construction progress.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I'm here."
Deloth: "Over here, Garrick."
Kenku gets up and starts to walk over to Garrick "What's up?"
Garrick: "Right. We all need to get some stuff hammered out before we get back to work on the stadium. Just some general stuff."
Oushi: *Yawns and lays down.*
Digifanatic: "Alright, I'm listening."
Deloth gets up and heads over to Garrick so that he doesn't have to yell.
Kenku walks over and listens in.
Andrew walks over to the large group of Questers.
Garrick: "First thing is first. If we're going to reassert ourselves as Questers like we did before, we're going to have to re-establish a few things."
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along.* "Such as?"
Garrick ticks things off on his fingers. "One, we're going to need to settle on how we're going to do our work. Are we going to protect the Stadium, the city, the entire planet?"
Oushi: *Stands up and walks over.*
Garrick: "Second, we're going to have to settle on a new leader."
Deloth: "Not me. I have the leadership skills of plywood."
Garrick: "Well, we'll get back to that."
Andrew: "Seeing as we lack teleporter technology now, it all depends on if we have the ability to travel. As for the leader thing; I still think you have the ability."
Garrick: "Third, we're probably going to have to make a name for ourselves other than 'paid mercenaries'. It's not good for what we're trying to accomplish. Fourth, we're definitely going to have to get in touch with people who'd qualify as Smashers. That's really all I got."
Digifanatic: "Alright, then... number one, I agree with Andrew."
Deloth: "Yeah, Garrick, I think you're the choice for leader."
Digifanatic: "For now, I'd keep our services to a close proximity until we can get our hands on warping capabilities that can go around the whole planet--heck, we don't even know how large this planet is."
Garrick nods a few times. "I'd tend to agree with the whole travel thing. We'd need something a bit stronger than that puddle jumper to get from place to place. We might look into Arwings or trying to recreate the MTAs."
Digifanatic: "Oh, nice."
Oushi: "I'd be leader, but I doubt everybody wants to be depressed all day and do nothing."
Garrick: "As for leadership... I'd figure that a veteran should take it."
Deloth: "I don't particularly want magical rainbow fur either, thank you."
Digifanatic: "Number two... I prefer a group where everybody's equal and kinda works off each other with group votes. I'm afraid if we have a single leader there'd be too much personal bias."
Deloth: "...I thought we shaved you bald, anyways."
Digifanatic: "Probably grew back."
Garrick: "Digi, consider for a second who we have on our team now."
Digifanatic: "...True. A fine line between veterans and rookies."
Metal Man (GM): It's not his normal hair. It's a British House of Lords wig.
Kenku: "I have no problem with something along Digi's opinion."
Garrick: "Yeah, but I do. And I'm sure Drag and Julian would too."
Metal Man (GM): Oushi never described what he wanted when you bought it. So I got to choose. Oushi just said it had to change color and be practically indestructible. >:D
Kenku: "I meant his second Garrick. I understand the problem with everyone being equal..."
Garrick: "If Del doesn't want it, then it's either Digi, Julian, Drag, or myself."
Metal Man (GM): I'll give Oushi a break when he gives my other players a break. >:D
Digifanatic: "I wouldn't want it."
Deloth: "I could TRY to be the leader, I'm just saying that I'm not sure how I'd do. This isn't a situation that I had invested much thought into."
Digifanatic: "I may be a veteran in this business, but my intention never was to be a long-term leader/boss/whatever."
Kenku: "To me, you right now are the best to lead Garrick if your still in the running."
Garrick: "Well, knowing Julian, he just wants to make money. He'd be more of a financial tycoon than a leader." *He shrugs.*
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I was thinking you as well, Garrick. Julian would have been second."
Garrick: "Or Ari. I didn't think about Ari."
Kenku: "Ari is a possibility too."
Digifanatic: "Well, I know you had all that military experience and whatnot before finding yourself here, right?"
Metal Man (GM): The Engineer continues working silently on walls, building the area up.
Garrick: "Yeah. I lead a few squads during some conflicts."
Digifanatic: "There ya go."
Garrick: "It's not like the Questers, but seeing Metal do it and knowing what he did wrong more often than not is better than nothing."
Digifanatic: "Besides, no offense, but I think it's better that we have someone with... a fiery personality like yours, to keep us."
Aribar jumps up to attention; before he was literally sleeping on his feet while leaning on one of the nearby walls.
Garrick: "Heh... well, if Drag and Ari okay it, I'll take the position."
Digifanatic: "When you're a nice guy, you're great, but I wouldn't want to be on the other end of your bad side, especially if I was an insane supervillain trying to take over the planet."
Garrick glances to Aribar, raising his eyebrow. "You awake?"
Aribar: "Er, yes. Completely and totally! ... Now, that is." *The mage stifles a yawn, tired out from all of the high-level spellcasting he did in the last battle.*
Deloth: "You should take up not sleeping like I did. Eight free hours every night."
Garrick: "You hear what we've been talking about?"
Aribar: "Something to deal with a position... Leadership and some points or something."
Garrick: "Well, most people are saying me. Would you be okay with that?"
Aribar: "I believe that you would be a good leader; you've been with us for years and know how we work, plus I believe you've had some experience before you came to the Questers. You are certainly one I could look towards for leadership."
Garrick nods, then looks to Drag. "And you?"
Dragoshi: "I don't mind either way."
Garrick nods a few times. "Well... alright then. I suppose this is where I take over with the hairdryer of doom or some such. Since that's the case..." He reaches into his pocket, pulling out something that jangles and tossing one to each person that isn't Julian, Ari, Digi, Del, or Drag. "There. Quester Badges. So you don't feel left out."
Digifanatic: "Heh, where'd ya pick up the spares?"
Metal Man (GM): The Engineer looks around, the room you're in being complete now. He quickly smacks some lightbulbs into existence. Wait, how does he do that? Who knows...
Kenku blinks and sticks it on his shirt "Uh, thanks."
Garrick: "Had the Engineer make them. He saw it, nodded, slammed his wrench on some pieces of iron and bam."
Digifanatic: "Oh, very cool."
Deloth: "Better enjoy it, Kenku. It's the last badge you'll ever wear."
Dragoshi: "...Del. You could've probably phrased that a lot better. You know that, right?"
Garrick: "Simple enough. Alright then. The rest we're going to just do as we go. I'll come up with a few things and pitch them to you later."
Digifanatic: "The 'last badge you'll ever wear' bit."
Deloth: "Yeah, but it's true."
Dragoshi: "Okay. Just makin' sure ya knew."
Kenku nods to Del before saying "Ok Sir, um... whats the current plans although... downed ship and all..."
Garrick: "Pfft. No Sir, please."
Garrick: "Engineer has a steady supply of metal and he's working along. I have a few things in mind for him and BLU after they're done, but I'll mess with that later. As for now, we can do a few things. First thing is first, though. We should get in contact with Robotnik."
Deloth: "Oh, joy."
Garrick: "We promised we'd let him have his two cents in on the whole ship deal. And the stadium."
Digifanatic: "Ah yes."
Kenku: "I see."
Metal Man (GM): Bear with me a moment, I must push a button.
Garrick: "Thing is, I'm not sure HOW to contact him. I doubt our hand radios can send a message that far. Cause, quite literally... I have no flippin' clue where he is."
Kenku: "Probably something to address in base construction."
Aribar: "Well, we do know where his base i... Oh, right... Destroyed airship."
Deloth: "Maybe Tails could amp our radios?"
Garrick: "...is... Tails around?"
Kenku: "Well... it's not destroyed, just out of commission for a while..."
Deloth: "... ...I'll just shut up now."
Garrick: "Oh... well, maybe the ship's radio is working still."
Garrick heads in the direction of where ever the hell the ship is, going to get the radio working. He goes to do that, then...
Metal Man (GM): The ship's radio...
Garrick steps inside the busted up ship, frowning a bit before moving to the radio, looking it over...
Metal Man (GM): The Questers would notice a brief, rainbow-shaped explosion as they left HQ. Nothing remains of Oushi when it dissipates.
Kenku blinks and looks over at where Oushi was. "What in the world?"
Garrick glances, reaching down to pick up the fallen badge and pocketing it before moving to the ship.
Digifanatic: "What the heck? Someone fooling around with us?"
Deloth somehow feels pleased, for some reason.
Metal Man (GM): Beware, the antimatter rainbow House of Lords wig! Garrick walks on over into the ship. The mostly broken controls are good enough to display some red text.
Garrick: "...oh, jeez... Red Text, are you watching us again?"
Dragoshi: "...well, that was... A thing."
Red Text: 'Sorry about that. It appears that entire person was a dimensional anomaly... and it just took a while for my anti-distortion device to kick in. Since you yourselves were here when I used it on him. Is there any reason your ship is taking an incredibly long time to receive signals?'
Dragoshi: "Huh. Ca-razeh. Yes. It had the crap kicked out of it by a giant mecha." :x
Red Text: 'Hm, well. Contact me if you need information... I am still up here.'
Metal Man (GM): The text fades. The ship's panels are quite messed up... The radio, however, just needs a quick fix job.
Garrick pulls out his tools, minor as they are, and slips under the panel to work on it. "You know, I wish I knew how the Engineer did what he did... it's be easy to hit something and have it build."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick gets it half put together, but it just makes loud noise and sparks. Gonna need more work to finish the job.
Garrick: "Dahh... hold on..."
Metal Man (GM): Garrick sticks it together.
Garrick: "Alright, let's give it a try..."
Garrick gets back up, tuning the radio to Robotnik's usual channel. *R* "Robotnik. Come in, Robotnik."
Dr. Robotnik: (Radio) "Hm, I knew you were a bit slow to report back. What is your status? I have been waiting."
Deloth: "We got our ship blown up."
Garrick: "Yeah. Big time."
Dr. Robotnik: "And what is your status with finding the spot for the Stadium?"
Deloth: "Found it, getting it built right now."
Kenku grumbles from a bit ago "Its not blow up... the engie is just working on more important things."
Dr. Robotnik: "Already building it? Well... don't you still need my help?"
Deloth: "...Not really, no."
Panzer falls out of a storage closet in the middle of everything. "Oh. Hi."
Kenku: "Hey Panzer."
Deloth: "...Hi, Panz. Thanks for the gloves, by the way."
Panzer rises and dusts herself off. "No prob."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, you must be aware that... if you do not need my help... I am free to do whatever I want, as I originally planned." He chuckles mischievously.
Deloth: "Check that, we DO need your help with several large, laborious projects."
Panzer: "Hey, I know you! You're that fat guy who helped us." ^.^
Deloth: "How about digging us a fifteen-story basement?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Fifteen stories? And you've already begun construction?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Engineer wouldn't cover that?)
Dr. Robotnik: "I'm afraid that is an impossible proposition. Even if I wanted to, the building must have already been stuck into the ground with some form of foundations. Unless... it is just a tent." He chuckles.
Deloth: "Well, that's our first job for you anyways. Sorry, looks like you'll need to put your plans on hold."
Garrick: "Well, hold on."
Dr. Robotnik: "Where is the person who wanted my help in the first place, anyway? I know you simply wish to use as much of my GENIUS for your plans rather than see mine occur, but what matters is if I still have a place in this... profit-making idea."
Garrick: "Hold on, doc."
Julian: *And hey Julian's there now.* "Hey what's goin' on. I was jus' lookin' out for some mo' buildin' locations."
Garrick: "You do, of course. You're quite the doctor yourself, that's easy to see. What we're thinking of is some defenses that our current constructor hasn't thought of, yet. He's good, maybe even as good as you... you should come meet him."
Panzer sits in a chair and waits for them all to quit the meaningless chatter.
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, if it involves potential technology sharing... I shall come. I will be there... in a moment. Robotnik out." *Click.*
Metal Man (GM): The radio begins static-ing very loudly.
Rinith: "We're still working with him? heh."
Metal Man (GM): The entire ship's lights flicker. The Engineer walks over.
Engineer: "What in God's name is goin' on? All of a sudden, my wrench is shooting sparks!"
Metal Man (GM): The ground shakes erratically.
Digifanatic: *not on the ship right now...*
Dragoshi: "...what the..."
Garrick: "This... isn't' good."
Metal Man (GM): A voice growls onto the radio as some bizarre magnetic fields lightly tug and push on the Questers' metal implements.
Panzer blinks. "Hmm."
Deloth: "...Garrick, you're fired as leader for causing this."
Julian: "...The fuck's goin' on?"
Garrick: "I didn't do anything!"
Panzer: "Oww... I think I have cramps." ;-;
???: "Youuu... Yooooooooouuuu... YOOOOUUUUUUUUU..."
Julian: "You fuckin' called him! Me?"
Metal Man (GM): The sound begins to echo around constantly.
???: "KILLED... KILLED... DEATH... YOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUU!!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): A part of the ship flies off and explodes.
Kenku does his best to keep his balance "What the frack is going on? First Oushi goes poof... now something is shacking the crap... wait... oh crap..."
Deloth: "You'll have to be more specific." *He ducks.*
Garrick gets the FUCK out of that ship..
Panzer: "Oh! Awesome! Teach me how to do that!"
???: "I AM... I AM... AAAAAM..."
Aribar: "By Whaller, what is going on?!"
Julian: "This could be a buncha guy-OH FUCK." *Gets out of the ship.*
Garrick: "Magnetic fiel--oh God..."
Metal Man (GM): The skies flicker and the ground cracks.
Aribar: "... Is it Vylch?"
Dragoshi: *Is already out of the ship, so... yeah.* "I... doubt it."
Garrick: "I've got a decent idea..."
Dragoshi: "Vylch, as strange as he was, was far more coherent."
Julian: "Ain't him, he's like a billion miles away."
Metal Man (GM): The radio explodes and the bizarre events stop.
Deloth stands his ground, glancing around for any other signs in the ship...
Panzer plays back the voice patterns in her head and tries to figure out who it is.
Rinith: *still in the ship like an idiot.* "Huh."
Garrick: "Damnit, Rinith. Get out of there."
Metal Man (GM): They're really strange, long-drawn out voice patterns. The ship is also back to normal. The voice patterns are not human.
Rinith: "Things calmed down. though I'll say I'm awake now." =?
Deloth steps out cautiously, still glancing around.
Julian: "...Still, get outta the goddamn ship."
Kenku: "Umm... outside of Giovanni... what other big dudes had we taken down?"
Julian: "It's wrecked anyway, whatta you gonna do with it? Make a nest?"
Garrick: "I don't think that was talking to us."
Panzer tries to compare them with known voices in her database.
Dragoshi: "...I doubt it's Borne."
Aribar: "Then... Who was it talking to?"
Panzer: "Us, apparently."
Garrick: "Let's wait for Robotnik to get here. I have a few questions to ask him."
Metal Man (GM): Can't find any matches. It's... new.
Dragoshi: .oO(In before it being Dark Force or some servant of his.)
Rinith: walks out and looks around. "Well... any ideas on which friend of yours that was?"
Julian: "Someone. Maybe it's the ghost of RED or somethin'."
Kenku: "Wait... you mean it was talking about robobutt?"
Engineer: "It seems vaguely familiar to me... I don't know why."
Panzer sneers. She shakes her fist cinematically. "Reeeeedddd TEEEEEXXXXXXXXTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Red Text: 'I heard a lot of screeching.'
Metal Man (GM): The text appears on the ship again.
Panzer: "I -will- get that bastard... You mean that wasn't you??"
Red Text: 'Then someone said they were going to kill me.'
Panzer: "I hate you. You know that right?"
Kenku: "Erm... Robotnik..."
Julian: "Don't think he's got the means to do that kinda thing..."
Digifanatic: "No, actually he's one of our allies."
Red Text: 'You should hate me. I am ten steps ahead of you.'
Panzer: "The hell he is. He's the enemy!"
Red Text: 'Few enemies deprive you of annoyances and save the world.'
Digifanatic: "You don't quite know him the way we know him now."
Kenku: "No longer Panzer... we found that he is a Quester actually."
Digifanatic: "Kinda. He claims to be one, at least."
Red Text: '...But I am safe here in space, so you're free to hate me anyway.'
Panzer: "Shut up. Give me a break, I'm old. Kenku, he isn't a Quester. He's the enemy."
Deloth: "No, Panz, he's just annoying now."
Metal Man (GM): Robotnik's ship lands.
Panzer: "Why don't you let me know where you are so we can have a cup of fucking tea."
Rinith: "Shouldn't we be trying to f-- and he's here."
Metal Man (GM): He gets out, and looks around like nothing happened.
Julian: "So, what'd I miss? Garrick's leader now? When'd that happen?"
Red Text: 'Of course. Outer... space.'
Panzer: "I hate you even more now."
Kenku: "Five minutes ago."
Panzer: "I know who you are."
Deloth walks over to the crack in the ground and looks into it.
Red Text: 'Some day we can have a tea party. But first, we'll both need our own space ships, since I disabled all the teleporters in existence.'
Panzer: "You didn't disable mine. I just never use it. Fail."
Metal Man (GM): It's a small crack, which is oddly different... it has a piece of building foundation in the bottom.
Julian: *Looks at Garrick.* "I ain't salutin' yo' ass." *Starts walking over towards 'botnik.* "Eggman! 'Sup?"
Kenku walks over to greet Eggman.
Dr. Robotnik: *Walks over.* "Well, I heard supposedly you were building with... someone else." *He looks at the now 1-story stadium.* "Then I heard he might want to trade technology with me."
Digifanatic: *heads over to Robotnik.*
Dr. Robotnik: "I also heard about this." *He points at the wrecked ship.
Julian: "Yeah, that got wrecked."
Rinith: *checks on the building.*
Panzer goes to look around the wrecked ship.
Aribar: "Did you hear random screaming?"
Digifanatic: "Not our fault, though..."
Deloth: "Don't forget the death threat on the radio."
Dr. Robotnik: "So, you're the businessman." He points to Julian. "What of my services do you need now? ...No, I heard no screaming."
Kenku: "That's my bad... but it was needed to help stop Giovanni."
Panzer: "How did you guys wreck like this? I didn't share my driving abilities with anyone!"
Julian: "You ever build a casino?"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer would remember Giovanni's mecha wrecking it.
Julian: "Y'know, somethin' that ain't covered with guns? "
Panzer just remembers the crater incident.
Dr. Robotnik: "Ah, casinos." He chuckles. "Yes, I even built one in another dimension. I did it... because I could."
Julian: "What else can ya build?"
Panzer: "Awesome. I think this wasn't driven into the ground. You did this, didn't you, RT." *She is talking to herself again.*
Red Text: 'I wish, then I wouldn't be stuck in this satellite all alone.'
Panzer: "You can stay there. I still hate you."
Aribar: "... Red Text, you're a Quester. Why do you fear death?"
Panzer: "I hope you suffocate."
Red Text: 'It is a pragmatic fear, for time spent being dead is time not spent working on my plans.'
Dr. Robotnik: "I can build ships, and weapons, and... mostly robots. But of course, a Casino..."
Metal Man (GM): A thug walks over.
Panzer: "You have no plans. And how did you convince these idiots you're an ally... Oh. Wait. That's not very hard. They still think I'm one of them."
Thug: "Hey! Eggman doesn't need to build our casino. We'll build it, thank you very much."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm?"
Red Text: 'Now you understand, don't you, Panzer?'
Panzer: "Yeah. Can I come be on your side now?"
Red Text: 'Well, okay. Find me a space shuttle and I'll see how much money I can pay you.'
Julian: "He can help. Probably knows more 'bout architecture than you guys."
Panzer: "I don't use money."
Red Text: '...I could think of something.'
Thug: "Yeah, but Eggman will want a share of the take. And then you know the rest. He's the Eggman."
Panzer: "Come on now. You're supposed to be ten steps ahead. You sound like you're stalling for something."
Dr. Robotnik: "Mwoohoohoo. He is quite right. Unless you pay me some substantial sum now, I will require a good portion of the take. My anti-theft systems are legendary!"
Rinith: "I never heard of them." =?
Red Text: 'Well, I thought you were dead, so I planned accordingly. Now that you are alive... well, that is a bonus, for whether or not you like it, you seem to excel in furthering my plans.'
Deloth: "Hey, Engineer, when can I get my wrench?"
Metal Man (GM): The Engineer turns around.
Engineer: "Once I'm done building... this huge building."
Panzer: "Another chalk mark on the wall of hatred. Why did you think I was dead? I'm immortal."
Panzer: "That reminds me. I need to get a new set of rods."
Engineer: "Who's that fella?" *Points at Eggman.*
Deloth: "...Of whats?"
Dr. Robotnik: "I am the Eggman, GENIUS of the world."
Engineer: "How many PHDs do you have?"
Dr. Robotnik: "1."
Engineer: "I have 11."
Dr. Robotnik: "..." O_o
Kenku: "What's your PHD in by the way Robotnik?"
Panzer rummages around more in the wrecked ship to see if it's fixable.
Dr. Robotnik: "Electronic Engineering... Robotics specialty."
Aribar: "... I think he has you beat, Robotnik."
Dr. Robotnik: "No no... I am... more intelligent than him!"
Engineer: "Okay. How do I build my buildings out of thin air?"
Dr. Robotnik: "...Nevermind."
Kenku looks over at Panzer "The ship is probably down until the Engie is done buildings."
Metal Man (GM): The wrecked ship is not only fixable, but... Both Dr. Robotnik and the Engineer are around. And both of them could fix it.
Panzer: "Mua hahaha. I'm a genius!"
Dr. Robotnik: "My specialty grants me far superior understanding of the subject it is in. One with 11 PHDs has to be limited in depth."
Engineer: "Whatever makes ya happy, Egghead."
Panzer: "I will fix this ship, I will go find RT, pick him up, and then blow the ship apart! It's fool-proof." She's off her rocker.
Deloth: "So, Engineer, you need any help with construction?"
Aribar: "... And I'm a genius too! Who here knows more about magic than I?"
Engineer: "Now to continue this work." He continues banging away at HQ.
Red Text: 'That ship can't fly into space.'
Kenku blinks "Uh... Panzer... what the crap!"
Red Text: 'Trust me, I've been spying on you enough. Eggman is the only one with a spaceship.'
Panzer: "Stop eavesdropping."
Red Text: 'Okay, but you'll have to turn yourself off. I can see everything you see. Never download questionable software, I say.'
Panzer: "That's... Gross. I'm going to have to stare at a rock next time I bathe. Anyway. What software?"
Deloth: "...So, uh, still, do you need help with construction? I can maybe help."
Metal Man (GM): On Panzer's screen, a notice pops up. Red Text space station management software, v. 1.99b.
Engineer: "Nope, I already have it at full speed. It can't be accelerated except with another engineer."
Dr. Robotnik: "..." *Picks at his mustache.*
Rinith: "Well, Eggman, your good with ships, why not work on this one?"
Julian: *Assume Julian's been following along all this time.* "How much of a cut are we talkin'? Havin' zero loss through theft might offset the cost."
Panzer: "Lessee... I haven't downloaded anything but ... Wait. I know this one..." *pop-up.* "GODDAMMIT." She tries to delete it. She looks out a Eggman, poking her head through a hole. "YOU DID THIS! YOU PUT THIS PSYCHO IN MY BRAIN."
Deloth wonders idly if tranquilizers work on Reploids.
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I want... 25%."
Deloth walks over to Panzer and taps her on the shoulder. "Can you calm down, please?"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer is unable to delete the program.
Kenku looks to Garrick and whispers "That sounds a little steep... and do we really want him working on the casino?"
Panzer is in the wrecked ship, sticking her head out a hole somewhere.
Julian: "10. That's as much as the mob gets off the top."
Panzer: "GTF out of my system."
Garrick nods softly at Julian, letting him take over.
Panzer: "I mean it..."
Red Text: 'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.'
Metal Man (GM): *Screen fills with Red As on Panzer's screen.*
Panzer: "I will sic the virus on you."
Red Text: 'Oh. Well. I would love to add it to my collection of viruses to use in self defense. Send it here.'
Panzer: "GET OFF MY FUCKING SCREEN! I CAN'T SEE WITH ALL THOSE A'S!" She almost falls out of the hole. "No. It's mine. Fuck off. Eggman!"
Thug: "You'll have to convince me the Eggman won't... be... the Eggman before I have him build it."
Panzer: "RT, when did I download you?"
Red Text: 'When you reactivated parts of Eggman's space station when you first came to the space station.'
Thug: "I know him, he's a trickster."
Panzer: "So you're his aberrant program?"
Deloth just sits down and watches the show. Tails DO make comfy cushions.
Thug: "He has a brain three sizes too big and a nonexistent heart."
Dr. Robotnik: "Mwoohoohoohoohoo! Perhaps I could aid with the main building instead. Your engineer says only another Engineer can aid him."
Julian: "What's there to get? He builds it, you get the keys, you jus' pay him protection. You want some kinda oversight when he builds it?"
Panzer climbs down from the ship and goes over to Robotnik. "You. Fix this stupid program I got from fixing your space station. NOW."
Kenku: "Uh... nah, I think the Engie is fine by himself. I think he was talking about another BLU engie."
Thug: "Yes, but... I am not convinced... you're going to tell me the Eggman can be trusted... when all he does is backstab? We can build our own."
Deloth: *muttering.* "Astute."
Metal Man (GM): Eggman is, meanwhile, watching the Engineer. Very closely. And taking notes.
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm... what if... I had my own wrench like that..."
Julian: "He hasn't backstabbed us so far... a'ight, don't believe me. Jus' don't come cryin' to me when yo' loss prevention goes through the goddamn roof."
Deloth: "HEY, EGGMAN, WHATCHA DOING?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Watching."
Panzer: "Goddammit. I feel violated." ;-;
Panzer: "RT, can anyone else see or hear you, or do I just look stupid talking to myself?"
Red Text: 'You look like... *Image of Ruvyn.* ...Why is this in your hard drive?'
Panzer: "That's not in my hard drive. Get out of that! I have lots of stuff there dammit."
Rinith: "... "What are you talking about... umm, crap never got your name... hey, Deloth, who's this?" *absentmindedly points out Panzer.
Red Text: 'I'll get out of your systems if you bring me... Vile's head.'
Panzer: "What the hell do you want with Vava?"
Deloth: "That's the crazy cat lady Panzer. Treat her as you would unstable explosives."
Panzer: "I AM NOT UNSTABLE!"
Red Text: 'It is impractical to be on the surface. But if I can use his head to build my own remote-control body, then I can be with you all the time.'
Garrick walks back over to the others, having sat off wondering about something before moving to Julian and Robotnik.
Panzer: "Be with me? You're like a forced imaginary friend that bugs you all the fucking time."
Garrick: "Alright, what's the situation?"
Red Text: 'Thus the loss of being able to see from your eyes and access your files is accounted for. And... if these files are right, you don't like Vile.'
Julian walks away from the Thug and back over to Eggy and Engie, shaking his head. "Don't goddamn listen... Thugs ain't bitin', Bot. You got any other kinda buildin's you can make? Like say, a hotel or somethin'? We gonna need someplace for peeps to stay."
Digifanatic: "Red Text implanted his program into Panzer and she's freaking out."
Dr. Robotnik: "I can work with this man." He points to the Engineer.
Panzer: "We have our differences. Vava is an asshole, I'll give you that."
Garrick: "Yeah, that was the plan I had when I called him in, Julian."
Panzer looks at Garrick. "You made him start bugging me again?"
Garrick: "With Robotnik's ideas and the Engineer's building capacity, we can come up with some really nice stuff."
Garrick is totally no where near Panzer.
Red Text: 'You're looking like... what's a Charles Magellean?'
Panzer: "Great. Now I'm talking to people that aren't there at all."
Julian: "We're gonna need roads, too. Airports, hotels, convention centers... an' eventually stuff to make this place a real city an' not just a destination place."
Red Text: 'Is it a kind of donut? Or a lawyer?'
Panzer: "I have no idea what it is. Maybe it's a hair style."
Rinith: "How long would all of that take...?"
Red Text: 'Hair style... I guess so.'
Panzer: "We'll go with that. I hate you. I have to wear my armor all the fucking time now."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh... so are you suggesting..." He moves his arms out wide. "This be a part of the Eggman empire?"
Panzer: "Go infect something else."
Garrick: "...alright, let me get something straight here."
Red Text: 'I am a gentleman, I would never ever dare use the link for such purposes.'
Garrick moves up to Robotnik, looking him square in the eye.
Red Text: 'Especially since you're a reploid. Ick. What do I care about nuts and bolts?'
Panzer: "I didn't mean that. I meant you might see the special way I clean my armor and keep it up. Jebus. Gross."
Garrick: "I have a lot of respect for you, but this is our territory. We're going to make this stadium a forerunner in this world. Both for entertaining and protection."
Julian: "NO. We're jus' usin' you as a contractor. This gonna be our house."
Red Text: 'I have better things to do than see that.'
Garrick: "Yeah. What he said."
Deloth: "...I feel like I really shouldn't be watching this..."
Panzer: "Then do them and stop looking at what I see... Do you know where my tank is?"
Garrick: "That being, you and the Engineer working together can do some incredible things."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... if I build an entire city... I had better get some massive compensation. For my GENIUS at city planning is unmatched."
Red Text: 'I'll find you one if you find me Vile's head.'
Panzer: "I don't even know where Vava -is.-"
Garrick: "We don't NEED you to build an entire city. The people of this city want to do it themselves."
Julian: "You're jus' an OPTION."
Garrick: "And I don't plan on helping them unless they ask for it. It's a pride thing." *He nods at Julian, looking back to Robotnik.*
Metal Man (GM): The others might notice Panzer yelling at red lines inside her eyes.
Garrick: "So, I'll make it clear. We want your help in building the Stadium. The city is separate. Forget the city."
Julian: "Maybe a hotel or somethin' too. But that's it."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, if I get a 10% portion of the take related to the Stadium... I can help your Engineer build it twice as fast. Oh, and... perhaps allow me to copy his wrench."
Panzer: "Where is Vava now. If it's near by I might go try to talk him into giving me his head."
Kenku: "I think that is a little much to be asking for... especially from someone were hiring."
Red Text: 'With talk like that, it confuses me why you worry about what I would see.'
Julian: "20 percent, no wrench. Don't want you gettin' TOO far ahead, knowin' you."
Red Text: '...On the Maverick Continent, he runs things there... the Maverick things...'
Panzer: "I'm a Maverick."
Red Text: 'Goodie, then you can fool them all the way into their base.'
Panzer: "But he still hates me. I destroyed his favorite oil can."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... even if you don't give me it, I already have a good idea of how to replicate it."
Panzer: "It was made out of silver and everything."
Garrick: "It's not OURS to give. The wrench belongs to the Engineer."
Red Text: 'Well, you can make up with him, so that he stands still long enough to be decapitated.'
Engineer: *Walks over.* "Yeah." *He looks at Dr. Robotnik.* "You look awfully red... I don't think I could trust you with it."
Panzer: "So. You want to be mobile... Why? Why can't you design yourself a body or are you really just a program?"
Red Text: 'Yes, I am really a program.'
Panzer: "Then stay that way."
Red Text: 'I could use your body instead.'
Panzer: "Fuck you. I like me using my body."
Garrick: "Offer is on the table, Robotnik. 20 percent, no wrench. Take it or leave it."
Panzer: "I can't decapitate people without a sword or saber. I have neither."
Rinith: "Need a sword... Panzer was it?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Well... I'll find out about this wrench, but... that is adequate payment."
Red Text: 'Steal Zero's.'
Panzer isn't paying attention.
Garrick: "Right then... as new leader, I endorse this." *He offers his hand to shake.*
Panzer: "I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS EITHER. Damn. If I knew where he was, why would I be taking to you?"
Red Text: 'On the Maverick Continent, in Maverick Hunter HQ. He'll let you in because you are a 'Quester.''
Digifanatic: *mostly been listening to the business negotiations.*
Panzer: "The hell I am."
Red Text: 'You can even return it to him when you're done. He doesn't know that.'
Panzer: "But, I am a Hunter too... I'm awesome."
Dr. Robotnik: "Then I shall continue my work. Oh... I assume you need your ship fixed?"
Garrick: "Yeah..." *is he going to shake my hand to seal the deal or not?*
Panzer: "Ok. So. When you get Vava's head, you'll leave me alone forever right, until you, like everyone else out there, comes to kill us right?"
Julian: "You could say that."
Dr. Robotnik: "...Okay." *Shakes Garrick's hand.*
Red Text: 'Yes. Definitely.'
Garrick nods, then looks to the Engineer.
Panzer: "Are you lying?"
Red Text: 'Now you'll need to get there... get the others to take you there. I don't like lying... Why do so when I hold the cards?'
Garrick: "Now... I know we've put a lot upon you, but I have to ask you a minor favor."
Panzer: "If I'm going to do it, you can't talk that way like you're trying to brainwash me."
Dr. Robotnik: "Hm?"
Rinith: "Damn, with all this tech, what can I do to help?"
Red Text: 'Okay, I'll speak like it is your choice... that would be a lie.'
Panzer: "I mean, it's awesome to be part of my own death and stuff but at least let me pretend I'm important dammit."
Panzer: "It is my choice!"
Garrick: "I'd like you to get all the members of BLU together. All of them."
Deloth: "Sit and watch, Rinith. Juuuust like I'm doing."
Engineer: "Okay... what for?" He seems curious.
Julian: "Where you goin' with this, Garrick?"
Red Text: 'Okay then. It is your choice. It is your choice to go over and suggest the others go to the Maverick Continent sometime.'
Garrick: "I'm going to make you all an offer. A big one. Trust me, it's a good thing."
Panzer: "See. You lied... Wait... No?... My head hurts."
Garrick looks at Julian and grins a bit. "You'll see. Trust me, it'll be solid."
Panzer heads towards the Engineer and prods him.
Rinith: *leans on a tree "Well then..."
Engineer: "I'll get them over here." He is then prodded by Panzer. "What is it?"
Digifanatic: .oO(Panzer's losing it...)
Panzer: "I need six small Uranium 232 fuel rods please?"
Garrick has completely not been paying attention to Panzer. He's too busy figuring things out with Robotnik, the Engineer, and the rest.
Garrick stops at that, though, looking to Panzer... "...you want... radioactive material... for what?"
Panzer: "My core material is becoming faulty. I need a new fuel source or I shut down."
Engineer: "That's a lot of radioactive material. And all we have is radioactive soda cans."
Garrick: "We can probably come up with something a little less... dangerous, Panzer."
Panzer: "That's it?"
Deloth: "...Soda cans?"
Engineer: "The good stuff got lost at home."
Panzer: "No, that's all I can have. I need twelve in actuality, but I can function on six."
Engineer: "Anyway..." He walks over the corner and then returns with his whole team.
Panzer: "But not for long."
Rinith: O.o *has no idea what's being said right now.*
Metal Man (GM): The Demo-man, Scout, Spy, etc.
Garrick: "Alright then."
Panzer grumbles. "Hunter HQ might have some. I should go there." She nods. Then she's talking to herself again. "Where can I get 12 U232 rods?"
Garrick opens his arms a little wide, talking to the mass of them at once.
Engineer: "Wait a minute... you're low on fuel?"
Metal Man (GM): He chuckles.
Engineer: "Any machine can be fixed this way."
Metal Man (GM): He smacks Panzer with the wrench.
Panzer: "I've been running on old rods for a century." -.- "... OWW!" She falls over.
Metal Man (GM): The wrench somehow transmogrifies the metal in his wrench to uranium. All the reactors now have brand new rods in them.
Garrick: "I know that we've asked you guys a lot. We've helped you, you've helped us. You've helped us a LOT more than we imagined you would. So, I'm going to lay a few things on the table for you guys."
Engineer: "For a moment there I thought you were a stationary reactor. That'd be beyond my wrench."
Julian stands behind Garrick looking menacing and such, having already guessed what he's going to lay down.*
Panzer: "What in the hell was that for! I think you knocked something loose..." She gets an internal alert that her fuel is replenished. "Oh. Awesome. Next time, warn me before you hit me."
Engineer: "Sure thing."
Garrick: "First, we can attempt to send you guys back to your own dimension. I heard that Ari mention that he can attempt to send you back via magic. Personally, I don't like the idea, cause warping has kinda been a bust so far. But we can try. You have that promise."
Panzer gets up and resets her jaw and rubs it. "Oww..That thing hurts." She goes back to the airship and tries to fix it, looking up the distance to the Maverick Continent.
Engineer: "Well, that part's all good."
Metal Man (GM): The airship is hopelessly damaged for Panzer to fix. However, that wrench repaired Panzer in one hit, and... Eggman is skulking about too.
Garrick: "Second, you can go on your own. Once the stadium is done, it's a done deal. You don't bother us, we don't bother you. If we need eachother's help, calls will be made and such. You can enlist Quester help like anyone."
Panzer pokes Eggy. "Hey~"
Garrick: "Third... and this is my main offer..."
Engineer: "Nothing new or surprising so far... hmmm?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Ah, it is you. Are you as much a third wheel as I feel?"
Panzer: "Something like that. I'm going to go play spy. Tell me something, did you create the Red Text program?"
Garrick: "You can all become members of the Stadium. Your scientists would have labs where they can explore and experiment on whatever they wish. We would prefer it be for Quester related tech to help us in the field, but that's not required. Your announcer woman we be great as a commentator for the fights we're gonna have."
Andrew: "Ah, that was the best port-a-potty/shower ever. They really have high quality building systems."
Garrick: "As for you nine... you would all be extended offers to become Stadium Smashers. With all the rights and perks of the title."
Julian: "An' it's a cushy fuckin' job too. All the perks, none'a the work."
Dr. Robotnik: "No, Red Text is my nemesis. You wouldn't happen to have seen him up to no good again?"
Panzer: "He said I accidentally downloaded him while fixing your station, and he asks for some weird stuff."
Garrick: "You can fight in tournaments for money individually or as a team, work with us in the field should you so choose, and basically become superstars."
Engineer: "Hmm... well, that's nice, but we like our independence. You're Questers, we're BLU."
Garrick: "Ah, but that's the ticket."
Engineer: "It'd be like a merger, and the guys don't want to have to change their uniforms or anything..."
Julian: "It's more of a club than a company."
Dr. Robotnik: "So he is in your system..." He smirks. "Allow me to remove him from your systems then."
Garrick: "You can come and go as you pleased. All of you."
Panzer: "What're you smirking for? I think you're in cahoots with him!"
Andrew: "Erm, Dr. Roboto~ I don't think you should be near Panzer's OS."
Dr. Robotnik: "No, he threw me out of my own space station."
Deloth continues watching the utter lunacy unfold.
Garrick: "You would have the rights to do so, as Smashers. That goes for you announcer and scientists as well."
Panzer: "So that's where he is now?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Yes."
Andrew: *Coughs.* "10,000 ring per week operating cost." *coughs.*
Panzer: "Awesome. I'll help you kill him."
Engineer: "And what is... exactly... a smasher?"
Andrew: "Excuse me~"
Panzer: "I hate him. He looks through all my files and asks questions."
Dr. Robotnik: "Okay. Step one... allow me to use my machine to delete the virus."
Julian: "Jus' some dude who fights in the stadium but don't adventure with us. Y'know, you guys."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a small tablet.
Panzer: "All right."
Garrick: "You can fight in the Stadium. Make money doing so."
Julian: "Like I said, all'a the perks, none'a the work."
Kenku: "Excuse me a minute." *He says to Robotnik and grabs Panzer.*
Panzer is held onto but not moved? She weighs two and a half tons.
Engineer: "So it would be a club rather than some business. Well... we could go for that."
Metal Man (GM): Indeed, Panzer is not movable that easily...
Panzer: "No more random chatter, I win RT."
Garrick: "Right. Think of it like being freelance sports stars."
Red Text: 'Dr. Eggman is even worse than I at installing backdoors.'
Andrew: "Panzer, may I have a go?"
Kenku whispers to Panzer. "Umm... can I speak to you for a minute."
Panzer: "Shut up. We're not talking to you right now!"
Andrew: "I might be able to turn it off~."
Julian: "So y'all want in?"
Dr. Robotnik: "So, simply plug this into you... wherever it goes... and you shall be free."
Panzer blinks. "When did all you people get here. You let go of me."
Garrick: "You nine would be the first. Well, the first nine."
Dr. Robotnik: "And get away, distracting interlopers!"
Andrew: "I can turn it off without you having to install Eggman adware!"
Kenku lets go. "Since you started talking to Robotnik."
Panzer: "What're you downloading?" She starts to set up many, many special security blocks.
Engineer: "Well, I guess it'd be fine. Right guys?" They cheer. "Just print us up some fancy I-D cards with your future technology and we'll be set... as I finish the stadium."
Panzer: "Why can't I talk to him? He's going to help me."
Julian: "Solid. You guys could even get yo' own stage so you get some kinda home-field advantage, instead'a like... mushrooms an' shit."
Panzer looks at Andrew. "Who are you?"
Garrick: "Right... now, for the last piece of business." *He turns to Julian.*
Engineer: "I'll be able to build a model from scratch. Of course... it might be difficult to wheel arenas in and out... I'll think of some way."
Garrick: "You want second in command?"
Dr. Robotnik: *Hands Panzer an Eggman-brand computer.* "Just plug it in... no more Red Text."
Garrick bumps fists with him before nodding to the BLU team.
Dr. Robotnik: "...And of course, unless you wish to be a part of my computer systems, unplug it and hand it back."
Andrew: "Newbie computer geek." *Points to power glove."
Panzer: "Very well, cross me and I kill you." She hands it back and a port opens on her back for him to use. It's just under her neckline.
Kenku: "It's no problem with talking to him." *He says to Panzer before saying more softly...* "He's just not the best person to trust... and I still think you have your idea of what is Red Text wrong!"
Dr. Robotnik: "...How many PHDs do you have, then?"
Metal Man (GM): He plugs it in.
Garrick: "Welp, guys, welcome to the group. Now, if you'll excuse me... I'm going to go see what the hell is going on over here."
Andrew: "Spyware alert~"
Red Text: 'You will come crawling back to me when he's done with y---'
Metal Man (GM): *BEEP* The program is uninstalled.
Panzer: "Yes. No more than RT. Finally."
Metal Man (GM): Eggman takes the computer back.
Rinith: o.- "Huh."
Garrick frowns as he moves to Panzer and the others. "Everyone okay over here...?"
Julian: *Terrorist fist jab!* "This shit's all virtual... well, 'least it was. Dunno what you're gonna do for the stage itself, but that's yo' problem. Welcome to the team." *And with that Julian heads over to where everyone else is.* "The fuck is goin' on over here?"
Andrew sends an email to Red Text, "What was the program again?"
Kenku blinks. "Kinda confused..."
Panzer pulls the plug out and closes the panel, brushing her fur back down on it. "So much better. Thanks." She runs a system diagnostic.
Dr. Robotnik: "Now... if you care what I think, you can help me. Otherwise..." *He shrugs.* "I just hate Red Text. Annoying him will be considered payment enough."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer gets a clear diagnostic. In fact, systems are far less messed up than before, between Eggman and the Engineer.
Engineer: "Virtual... hm."
Panzer nods. "All green. I'll help you now. Thanks."
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh nothing, I just cleaned up a problem with Red Text. You were too busy talking to the hard-hat to notice. And did I hear virtual? I doubt this person can do virtual reality. Unlike... me! So I assume you want... some of my virtual reality generators in the stadium?"
Engineer: "Hm. Yeah, I can't do whatever virtual thingy-ma-jig you talk of. It... sounds fishy to me."
Panzer: "Are you talking about a holoroom? Those are great for training."
Dr. Robotnik: "I told you... 11 PHDs doesn't mean you can do them all perfectly."
Julian: "Yeah, that's how we did stages at the old Stadium, figure it'd be the best to use over here..."
Digifanatic: "Pretty much."
Panzer: "Awesome. I'm free. I should celebrate."
Red Text: ->Email 'That was just my trojan used to protect my space station. Not my fault she downloaded it while breaking into my security long ago.'
Digifanatic: .oO(Celebrate by staying sane for once, Panz.)
Panzer looks around at the crowd. "None of you drink though."
Demoman: "Oh really now?"
Metal Man (GM): He drinks down his entire bottle of XXX whiskey.
Julian: "Cyclops do."
Panzer: "Other than you, Demo."
Demoman: "I drink so much it requires TWO dispensers just to keep this full!"
Rinith: "Great, a term everyone knows but me, what's virtual Deloth?"
Panzer: "I'm going to go get drunk, wanna come along?"
Demoman: "Yes... standing still reminds me of the homeland..."
Digifanatic: "Artificial. Computer-generated."
Deloth: "YES. Thank you, Digi."
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, I shall begin work on it then."
Engineer: "I'll need to compensate some, but... okay."
Panzer: "Let's go." She walks out of the area, finds a rock and sits. She takes out some schnapps and starts drinking. "Finally. No more... RT."
Metal Man (GM): Dr. Robotnik and Engineer get to work.
Andrew: Email -> 'RT Wanna VPN of Text-To-Speech System?'
Julian: "A'ight then."
Metal Man (GM): Demoman walks off with Panzer, drinking.
Garrick: "This is going to be harder than I thought..."
Deloth: "When is it NOT, Garrick?"
Thug: "We shall begin our work as well."
Metal Man (GM): The Thug walks off.
Digifanatic: "Well, virtual is essentially a word I've had in my mind for about 20 years, like it or not."
Deloth: "Seriously, name one single time it was just as easy as we thought."
Panzer: "No more talking to myself, no more people bugging me in the middle of the night. Sweet freedom." She drinks more.
Garrick: "I meant LEADING this group."
Digifanatic: *muttering.* "Eh, little less, but close enough..."
Garrick: "Do you think Panzer is going to listen to me? At all?"
Demoman: "Ach, just like when I left the old country. No more papa demanding I dig up the potatoes!" *Hic.*
Digifanatic: "Probably not."
Deloth: "Nope. Panzer is a loose cannon filled with gunpowder and bristling rage."
Panzer: "Yeah. Freedom is great, isn't it?"
Dr. Robotnik: *While building stuff.* "Well, she listens to me!"
Deloth: "And giant rusty nails."
Dr. Robotnik: "Because I earned her respect."
Digifanatic: *grins at Deloth's comments.*
Dr. Robotnik: "You don't earn her respect. So of course she doesn't care. I wouldn't care either, but you pay me. Mwoo hoo hoo hoo!"
Engineer: "Awfully strange thing you call a 'team'... I never have those problems."
Deloth: "Stop laughing, please. I'm getting a headache."
Metal Man (GM): The other team members are wandering about and acting as sentries. Not much else goin' on here. The ship remains busted for the moment, though.
Panzer: "Hey, give me some of that whiskey, would you?"
Garrick: "Meh. If Panzer wants to go and do what she wants then I'll let her. She'll be kinda sore when she doesn't get paid for missions, though..."
Demoman: "Sure!" *Hic.* *Hands Panzer the bottle... then produces another one for himself.*
Deloth: "Mmm. Any of you guys got any aspirin?"
Panzer starts swillin' it down.
Digifanatic: "I wish."
Metal Man (GM): It tastes both like whiskey and something pretty fiery, as usual for the Demoman's swill.
Panzer: "This stuff is awesome. Wouldn't mind a few smokes to eat with it."
Garrick: "Go talk to the Medic. He might have something."
Demoman: "The spy, he says he will have to cut back on giving you those until he finds a new store to rob!"
Deloth: "I thought he said that his stuff didn't work on us?"
Metal Man (GM): The Medic is staring at a wall.
Kenku: "Hey Garrick." *He says.* "I know the ship is down, but I was wondering if it was ok about checking out the rest of the island, I mean, we wouldn't want something coming out of the woodwork cause we didn't get something dealt with them or something?"
Garrick: "Well, that cabinet of theirs worked."
Panzer: "No. Garrick takes all his smokes. I usually find my own."
Medic: "Some time I'll have something to do... some time..."
Garrick looks over to Kenku.
Deloth: "...Guess it's worth a try. MEDIC!"
Garrick: "There's not much to this island but what we've seen, but it's a good enough idea. We can explore a bit once we have this place more locked down in defense."
Panzer: "So. How long you been blowing stuff up for?"
Garrick: "We've gotta work on planning roads and bridges. Or some form of transportation."
Julian: "Whole island's either civilization or jungle... or wasteland. Ain't much left to scout."
Medic: *Walks over to Deloth.* "What is it?"
Deloth: "You got any painkillers? My head hurts."
Julian: "I don't think we got any gapin' chasms or rivers between here an' Capital/Central City. Roads' all we need."
Demoman: "Since I was a leetle baby, I blew things up with my tiny little fingers. Hahahahaha, so many exploded bullies!"
Garrick: "Yeah, but what about stuff OUTSIDE the island?"
Medic: "Go to the med cabinet, then." He points at a medical cabinet.
Panzer laughs. "Awesome. I have been killing since the day I was activated."
Deloth walks over there and pops it open.
Julian: "Boats? 'Swhy I suggested the airport."
Kenku: "Thats going to require the ship up... we could ask Robotnik about that although."
Metal Man (GM): (This is on the wall, where people can then look at it)
Garrick: "Eh, fair enough."
Demoman: "Ach... besides alcohol, the sound of explosions helps me get through the day."
Julian: "Can't haul everybody around in the compact."
Panzer nods. "I hear you on that. Where is that sniper anyway?"
Dr. Robotnik: "Oh yes... you could use the airport." He chuckles, as if that's a hilarious idea.
Deloth: "Let's see, what's in this cabinet..."
Demoman: "Ach, he's probably sitting around, fiddling with his gun and staring at things."
Metal Man (GM): The cabinet opens automatically. Without any explanation, Deloth's headache is gone.
Digifanatic: *with the map guys.* "What's so strange about that, Robotnik?"
Deloth: "...Wow. Now THAT'S service."
Panzer picks up her rifle and looks through the scope, scanning around for him.
Deloth heads back to the group and sits back down.
Dr. Robotnik: "The airport... is a mess. They'd want to inspect all your weapons."
Kenku: "Oh right."
Julian: "Nah, airport for FANS. From like, New Chicago an' shit. Central's gonna be our main fanbase to start, but we're gonna want to go global."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer finds Giovanni's left shoe.
Panzer: o.o; "A shoe." She looks again.
Metal Man (GM): She finds a domino's pizza box.
Panzer: "Eww." *drinks more.* "Stupid RT. Can't talk to -me- anymore. Hahaha!"
Digifanatic: "It'll be a long process but once we get these transportations more settled, things will flow much more smoothly."
Demoman: "Makes me wonder when those RED blokes will revive. Gonna have to kill them again... soon."
Panzer: "Then go kill them. Preemptive strike?"
Deloth: "Mind if I have a sip of your rotgut, Panz?"
Demoman: "Already done. Those guys over there helped us."
Garrick: "Hey Engineer. You might wanna get this ship up and running. We might need it again soon."
Engineer: "Oh, right."
Panzer hands the bottle to Deloth.
Metal Man (GM): He walks over and beats on the ship repeatedly. It slowly regains its previous shape.
Panzer: "Careful, that might burn your throat. It burns mine and mine's metallic."
Julian: "You ever thought'a 'bout jus' destroyin' their base?"
Dr. Robotnik: "...I can and will make my own variant of that... eventually. My GENIUS will figure it out."
Deloth grabs the bottle and takes a drink. "..." *coughs violently.*
Panzer takes the bottle back and drinks s'more. "Mmm. Good ain't it."
Deloth: "What's IN that stuff?!"
Digifanatic: "You know, I just thought about something..."
Demoman: "Ach! People teleporting! I musta put too much of the clear in it." He looks at Julian. "We tried, but it's like the stuff our Engie makes--practically indestructible."
Digifanatic: "I'll be right back." *looks for the Medic as well.*
Demoman: "We move bombs into it and explode them though, that works."
Medic: *Standing around.* "Zzzzzzz..."
Digifanatic: *lightly taps the Medic on the shoulder.* "Hello?"
Panzer: "ANYWAY. I must go find Vava's head. I have realized that not having a nemesis is boring." She walks back to Robotnik.
Kenku: "Who's Vava by the way?"
Garrick: "Alright, good. The ship is up and working. Thanks, Engineer. Appreciate it."
Panzer: "Vava is Vile and his mech."
Julian: *o/* "Well, we could take 'em out while we're waitin' for the Stadium to get finished."
Kenku: "Oh..." Kenku says, his ears droop, remembering the last time he met Vile...
Julian: "Vava or whoever."
Garrick: "I was actually thinking about getting some more Smashers. Mario, Sonic, maybe X and Zero. Samus..."
Garrick: "Joanna, yeah."
Julian: "We can go talk to X & Zero while we're killin' Vile."
Garrick: "Joanna Dark. That spy woman. That was my idea as well."
Digifanatic: *taps Medic's shoulder again.*
Julian: "Left that bit'a business unfinished."
Engineer: "No problem." *Goes back to work.*
Digifanatic: "Hi. I figured that since you're good with physical conditions and things like that, I'd like to ask you a question regarding one of our colleagues."
Panzer pokes Robotnik.
Digifanatic: "I believe he was the guy looking for your aspirin."
Kenku: "That sounds like a good idea actually... would definitely like to return Vile the favor from last time..."
Dr. Robotnik: "What is it now? Want to know what I have planned?"
Medic: "Yes, what can I do for him... or you?"
Panzer: "Sure. I was also wondering if you could do me another favor and send me to the Maverick continent?"
Digifanatic: "But anyways, ever since we arrived in this dimension, he's had to put up with this inexplicable transformation, and none of us have any idea why that happened or what he's transformed into... perhaps you have a background in biology well enough to know what he is? I figure you being a doctor and all you've probably had a good history in studying biology, right?"
Medic: "Well." He takes out a bone saw. "I would suspect he is an alien. Aliens morph a lot. ...But most of you are also aliens. Like... him." He points to Dragoshi.
Julian is noticeably NOT an alien.
Dr. Robotnik: "Well, your ship can do that, since Mr. Wrench fixed it."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... huh. But you have no definite idea what species he is?"
Panzer: "That will work. What is your plan. RT wants Vile's head for some reason..."
Deloth yawns. "I'm thinking about maybe catching a quick nap in the ship. For some reason, I'm starting to feel not-so-good."
Dr. Robotnik: "My plan is to build this machine, then... further build my empire. I need help... if you helped me, I would pay you."
Panzer: "I don't take money. I like weapons, power and upgrades though. I will help you, because you helped me."
Deloth walks back to the ship, stretches out on one of the seats, and falls asleep.
Kenku looks to see if the ship is ready to go.
Dr. Robotnik: "I can power you up then... just contact me later, I must do this work."
Digifanatic: "Oh, okay. Thanks anyway."
Metal Man (GM): The ship is ready to go...
Digifanatic: .oO(There's got to be someone, right?)
Panzer: "Very well." She writes down her c/l frequency and gives it to Robotnik, walking to the other ship.
Kenku looks to Garrick "Ship's up. Any idea where to go?"
Julian: "Thought we agreed on Maverick Island."
Garrick: "First thing we're going to do is get in touch with Mario, since he's closest, then head to Maverick Island to look into this Vile character."
Rinith: *gets up and such.* "Well, count me in whatever it is?" =?
Kenku nods and heads for the ship.
Garrick heads for the ship as well.
Dragoshi: *Casually follows behind Garrick, and enters ze ship.*
Julian: *Into the ship!*
Digifanatic: *Heads on.*
Rinith gets in the ship!
Deloth: *Someone's going to have to throw the kitty cat onto the floor.*
Garrick slips into the pilot seat, flipping a few switches to get things up and running. "...where's Panzer?"
Julian: "Do it matter?"
Panzer is in the Quester airship somewhere.
Garrick: "Well, she wanted to go find Vile..."
Digifanatic: *guess he's helped haul Deloth on.*
Panzer walks up to the control room/bridge. "Vile? Where?"
Garrick: "Strap in, Panzer. We're going to go offer Zero and X Smashership. We can look for Vile while we're there."
Panzer: "I'll have to go alone to see Vile."
Garrick: "...yeah, and you'll get killed." *He starts up the takeoff sequence, locking in on the Mushroom Kingdom and flying in that direction, pressing the engines up slowly so not to fry them when they're newly fixed.*
Panzer: "No. I'm a Maverick. They won't bother me. But if you guys come, they'll associate me with you and I'll die."
Garrick: "And if you go to kill Vile on your own, you'll die anyway."
Panzer: "Who said I was going to kill him?"
Julian: "That's what you do."
Kenku: "You did I thought."
Garrick flips the ship onto auto-pilot, turning to regard them.
Rinith: "If I'm not a Quester can I join you? Or is it just the whole not a... reploid? thing...?"
Garrick: "Ah. Right." *He reaches into his pocket for a spare badge, tossing it to Rinith.* "Consider yourself a full Quester."
Rinith: *catchs it.* o.O
Metal Man (GM): The ship begins flying to the mushroom kingdom.
Julian: "Hey, you got the dead guy's one."
Panzer: "You guys going to drop me off where I need to be at? Could be a bonus to get the Hunters to join us."
Garrick: "No, we're going to do this first, then we'll head to the Maverick area. Shouldn't take long."
Metal Man (GM): The ship goes to Peach's castle and lands.
Panzer: "What're you going to go do?"
Garrick: "Offer Mario a position as a Smasher."
Julian: "Gotta boost the roster some how."
Panzer: "He's already a smasher. Hell. I should be a smasher, oh self-appointed-leader." -.-
Deloth: *tiredly.* "Could you keep it down, please?"
Julian: "No bodies gonna pay to see a bunch'a nobodies like us an' the BLU team go at it."
Garrick: "No, he's not. Not in this world. And I'm not self-appointed."
Garrick: "And you're not a Smasher, you're a Quester."
Panzer: "I'm not a Quester."
Garrick: "Oh, is that so?"
Garrick: "Then why the hell are you here with us?"
Panzer: "I've been here since it all began. Might as well stick around."
Julian: "So you're a Quester."
Panzer: "You need someone willing to shut some people up. Once again, I am not a Quester."
Rinith finds a pocket for the badge, he got the dead guy's one... finding that oddly fitting, "Terms are terms, a rose by any other name smells just as good."
Garrick: "WE shut people up when they need shutting up."
Panzer: "I'm just here. I'm already in a faction. I am in RepliForce."
Garrick: "Ah. Well, if that's the case, then I'll drop you off in Maverick country and let you do what you want."
Panzer: "Sounds good to me. Do learn to respect your elders one day."
Garrick: "Uh huh. I give respect when respect is earned."
Panzer: "I don't have to earn shit from you kid. You're not going to help me, what does it matter?" She goes and sits down, laughing.
Garrick leans back in his chair, looking her over for a second.
Panzer just sits, looking at the wall, analyzing something or other.
Dragoshi: *Just... stays silent.* :V
Garrick sighs softly, turning around.
Deloth: *mumbling.* "Are you two finished?"
Panzer: "Something like that."
Garrick: "You're not a Quester, so I can't tell you what to do. Even if you were, I'd imagine you wouldn't listen to me anyway. So, once we hit Maverick area, I'll drop you off and let you do what you wish. But I will tell you this. If you fuck up, we will come after you. Plain and simple."
Digifanatic: .oO(Now that is the Garrick I voted for.)
Panzer: "Define fuck up? Do you mean betray you?"
Garrick: "Do something that involves hurting someone that doesn't need to be hurt. Or blowing something up that doesn't need to be blown up."
Panzer: "I do that all the time."
Garrick lands outside of Peach's castle, settling down nice and easy.
Metal Man (GM): The ship lands relatively smoothly. It's the Peach's castle everyone knows.
Kenku steps out behind Garrick, taking in the environment.
Panzer: "Well, you won't know if I do so I guess it doesn't matter eh?"
Julian: *And Julian is out of the ship.*
Garrick steps outside the ship, walking along. "We'll know."
Panzer just chuckles.
Julian: "Mass destruction's got'a way of makin' itself known."
Digifanatic: *heads out.*
Panzer wanders in herself, way behind the group.
Kenku follows Garrick on his way.
Garrick walks as much as he can before he's stopped or something.
Digifanatic: *knocks on the door or does some other way of attracting attention to the entrance without barging in.*
Panzer sits on the side of bridge and waits.
Metal Man (GM): The door is opened by a Toad.
Toad: "Hello? Oh. You. Come in." He opens the door.
Garrick: "We'd like to see Her Highness and Mario, if we could."
Kenku follows Garrick in, still taking in the sights.
Rinith is on auto follow for a moment.
Digifanatic: *heads in when necessary.*
Garrick keeps on walking unless he's stopped, then... straight on into the throne room..
Metal Man (GM): Inside the castle is Peach.
Garrick bows gently. "Your Highness, we we're wanting to speak to you and Mario. Is he available?"
Julian: *bows as well.* "We got an offer for the both'a ya."
Panzer falls asleep on the bridge, waiting.
Kenku bows gently to Peach.
Peach: "One moment."
Metal Man (GM): She rings a bell. Mario pops out of a pipe.
Mario: "What's-a up now?"
Garrick smiles softly at the sight of the plumber. "Alright... Princess Peach. Mario. You probably know by now who we are. We're here to make you an offer."
Peach: "Yes, I couldn't forget after that political change..."
Garrick: "We're currently under construction of the Smash Stadium. A place where we plan on holding fights of all kinds between heroes throughout the world. We're hoping that these fights would help inspire hope and entertain the people of the world. Both of you are notable figures. As such, we'd like to offer the two of you membership to the Stadium as Smashers, with all the rights thereof."
Julian: "All the perks, none'a the work. Sides, if we get you two in on this we get some much-needed credibility."
Mario: "Well, I like-a fighting. But isn't it far away?"
Digifanatic: "Not if you use warp pipes. Like how I see you entered the castle."
Julian: "You got ways to get there."
Garrick: "We're designing a travel system to allow people to move from continent to continent without trouble. Also, as you are both Smashers, you'd have lodging at the Stadium if you wish."
Julian: "How hard is it to hook up a pipe?"
Peach: "When I was young, the pipes once led everywhere. But there's a great, monstrous place underground... we can't go anywhere beyond the continent now."
Mario: "I-a fought the monsters. They-a too tough!"
Garrick glances to Julian. "Something we should look into."
Julian: "Maybe we could do somethin' about that."
Digifanatic: "Any idea what you encountered there?"
Panzer snores. XD
Mario: "Piranha plants... Hammer Brothers... it's a maze of evil!"
Digifanatic: "Ohhh, I was almost suspecting creatures not associated with the Mushroom Kingdom."
Garrick: "If we offer to look into this... would you accept our offer?"
Peach: "Of course!"
Digifanatic: *to Garrick.* "May we extend this to Luigi, as well?"
Garrick smiles at Peach before looking to Mario. "Indeed, your brother would be invited as well."
Julian: "The more the better."
Mario: "I'll tell him, then. You just... clean up those-a monsters!"
Digifanatic: "Will try."
Garrick: "Alright then. We have business on a continent to the south, but once that is taken care of, we'll look into your problem. With that, we bid you good day."
Mario: "See ya later!"
Kenku bows goodbye to them and walks out.
Garrick bows as well, moving out. He walks straight by Panzer on the way out, heading for the ship.
Julian: "Peace." *Julian exits with the rest.*
Digifanatic: "No problem." *leaves.*
Panzer opens her eyes, motion sensor being tripped. She sits up and rubs her eyes. "Nice nap." She watches the gaggle wander by and walks back to the ship herself.
Kenku enters the ship and straps in.
Deloth: *continues sleeping, mumbling to himself. A lot.*
Garrick straps into the pilot seat, flipping the engine on and taking off without any problems, launching toward Maverick country.
Metal Man (GM): The ship takes off. It has no real problem going there... it'll take a few moments though.
Kenku sees Deloth sleeping. "Wow... Something must of really tired him out."
Garrick: "It might be something to do with the medicine cabinet. Then again, it might be just something tiring about everything.
Digifanatic: "I know, that's weird... maybe something's happening with his body chem again... Perhaps his body's trying to relapse into his past form or something. Haven't seen him this tired since he first mentioned he doesn't need to sleep."
Julian: "Maybe that's why he's tired. 'Cause he don't sleep. I'd be tired too if I never got a chance to unwind."
Kenku: "He said he got his energy another way, so I wouldn't see the need to all of the sudden crash."
Metal Man (GM): The ship flies to the Maverick Hunter HQ out easily and lands there.
Kenku: "Maybe Garrick is right although, and it was due to something from the medicine cabinet."
Metal Man (GM): The way in is open, things like normal there.
Rinith: "Perhaps the source of energy is leaving him after Ivan did."
Digifanatic: "I dunno, let him rest."
Garrick: "Alright, we're down." *He turns to Panzer.* "This is your stop. Go do whatever you want."
Kenku: "Yea... probably the best to let him... We've got to go deal with someone... or I should say someones... blasted Claw..."
Panzer walks out. "See you then." She scans the area and starts out for the Maverick HQ.
Garrick indeed also unstraps and heads to Maverick Hunter HQ.
Kenku follows Garrick out.
Julian unbuckles and heads for MHHQ.
Digifanatic: *heads out.*
Metal Man (GM): X is at the front desk.
Garrick: "Hey X. I'm glad you're here. Is Zero around? We'd like to talk to the both of you."
Rinith: *follows, trying to take in all the tech around him with little knowledge on it.*
Julian: "How'd you like to beat up people for money?"
X: "I only use my weapons against those who are evil."
Panzer goes looking for Zero.
X: "I am no mercenary... unless you suggest something else."
Metal Man (GM): Zero is busy typing on a computer nearby.
Julian: "Ain't a mercenary job... more like a sport."
Garrick: "Aye. We're offering the two of you places as Stadium Smashers. You'd have all the rights of it."
X: "So, it would be fighting for a competition?"
Julian: "Controlled environments, virtually nothin' can go wrong. Everyone walks away at the end of the day."
Garrick: "Pretty much, yeah."
X: "Well, I would be fine with that. Now do you know why we suddenly can't teleport anywhere?"
Garrick: "Hm... no..."
Panzer pokes Zero. "I need a saber."
Julian: "Couldn't tell ya."
Zero: "We could have one made for..." He looks at you. "Oh. You're the one who keeps popping in and out of our data logs. Well, I'd like to ask you why you keep setting off the Maverick alarm. We know your platoon went Maverick quite a while ago. What's strange is you have the virus but don't possess the symptoms."
Julian: "HEY! ZERO! YOU WANT IN ON THIS SHIT?"
Panzer: "My system is Heuristic so I have adapted the virus to my strengths. Want a read-out?"
Zero: *Holds a hand out at Julian.* "I have no problem beating up others for money--they can't possibly beat me." *He looks at Panzer.* "Well, that would make sense, except... most reploids ARE heuristic. Hence... feelings... thoughts, you know? Without it, they're as mindless as the original Megaman was."
Julian: *Looks at Garrick.* "A'ight, we got two more to mark down."
Zero: "The virus is also heuristic, since it keeps adapting."
Panzer: "Then I have no idea. Sorry? I can give you the virus if you want it. It doesn't bug me."
Zero: "Our scanners show it is an old version..."
Panzer: "It tickles a little. Sometimes it pisses me off but not too often."
Zero: "And you likely were patched up to spec with the rest of your team. So no, we don't need it. However, if you want to remain a non-hostile on our list, you're going to have to remove it."
Panzer: "I dunno. Where is my team? I need to re-join them. Colonel isn't mad at me for being AWOL is he?"
Zero: "He's about as dead as robots get, having gone Maverick."
Panzer: "Sorry. No can do. I need it to infiltrate their base and kill Vava."
Zero: "You just vanished at the right time to miss out on the virus which killed him."
Panzer: "Colonel... Dead..." *She backs away and falls to her knees.*
Zero: "..." He thinks. "Okay... then we remove it AFTER you do that, since that would destroy the remnants of the Mavericks."
Panzer: "Who... Who killed Colonel? Was it you?"
Garrick nods once. "Well, if that's that, then we'll head out of here."
Kenku looks at Garrick "We're not helping with dealing with Vile?"
Julian: "So we're gonna be clearin' out the Mushroom Kingdom's pipes, right?"
Garrick glances to Panzer, frowning, then looks back.
Julian: "Hey, Panz said she wanted to do it herself."
Panzer is having a breakdown or something.
Zero: "Both me and X killed him. We had to, he was going to be another Sigma. I didn't want to. But he was beyond redemption."
Metal Man (GM): He points at Panzer.
Panzer's CPU adds Zero and X to her list of primary targets.
Zero: "Something which could happen to you, if you don't have that virus removed."
Panzer: "I need to go. Before I kill the both of you."
Garrick narrows his eyes slowly at that.
Digifanatic: .oO(This is nothing new.)
Kenku: "Ah, ok. Off to..." he stops short as he hears the ongoing conversation.
Garrick: "...let's get moving. Zero and X can handle this."
Zero: "The urges to kill... are one of many Maverick Virus side-effects."
Julian: "I'm outta here." *Back to the ship.*
Kenku: "Ok." Kenku says and walks back toward the ship.
Panzer stands shakily and walks out, kinda funny. She turns her head and glares at Zero, eyes flashing purple a second.
Garrick turns on his heel, moving back out of the place to the ship.
Dragoshi: "...nah, that's normal for her." *Heads back to the ship.*
Rinith: *gets back to the ship as well.*
X: *Looks over.* "Oh, not again." He presses a button.
Zero: "We have developed systems to counteract the Maverick Virus."
Panzer: "I saved you from a junkyard and you repay me by killing my Commander and my friend, and my fucking unit. Your time will come, just as it will for the rest of the Hunters." She then just walked out, down the hall towards the front gate.
Zero: "I will find you, and I will remove that virus. You can't run away from your problems. You saved me long after I had done the deed."
Digifanatic: *goes for the ship.*
Panzer: "I've been running for two centuries. My problems will be solved by killing you. And X. Then everyone else. Don't worry, I shall have my virus upgraded and continue from there."
Kenku says once back aboard. "I hope Panzer can deal with her problem without making things worse..."
Garrick pauses... he glances to Julian.
Zero: "If it is upgraded..." He shakes his head. "Then you won't be able to make any decisions for yourself anymore."
Julian: "Wouldn't count on it."
Zero: "It's a dead end. You've been stuck in a deadlock for hundreds of years. The time has come for it to end."
Garrick: "Right... let's go."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out his saber.
Garrick flips a few switches, starting up the ship again and making to launch, heading back to the Mushroom Kingdom.
Zero: "If you want us in your battle thing, then you aren't going to aid a... ..." *Stares at the Questers as they are about to take off.*
Panzer unslings her rifle, locking the bolt back and loading it, forwarding the bolt and flipping the safety off. "I'll adapt to it like the last one. Put it away. I'll not hurt you now. I just wanted a saber to kill Vava." *She'd look at the Questers.* "They're not with me. I didn't feel like walking. And what do you mean deadlock? I'm a prototype. I was never supposed to be activated."
Zero: "You can't adapt to it. The scan shows you were infected with an old version right after it was patched against. Then you went to another dimension."
Garrick: "She's not affiliated with us, Zero. However, we are Questers. The job offers are open. You want us to do something, ask. And we'll do it."
Julian: "If she wants to do it too? So much the better."
Zero: "Well, I ask you stay, since..." He approaches Panzer. "Someone will have to take her back when she's been cured of that virus... if it hasn't infected her to the core. I don't want to do this either, but unlike those weak humans, I don't fear you. You're another reploid to me, I've killed them by the dozens. I can kill you too. I don't want to, I would much rather remove your infection. But if it has locked you up for good then I have no choice."
Panzer: "I will adapt. Just what makes you think I'm going to go crazy?"
Zero: "You're crazy right now."
Garrick: "Pretty much, yeah..."
Panzer chuckles. "If someone killed X, you'd be a little pissed too. You killed the only group to accept me."
Rinith: "She's sane in her own way?" =?
Panzer shakes her head. "I'm not crazy yet."
Garrick: *BANG.* *He fires his gun directly at the spot to the left of Panzer's foot.*
Zero: "They were killed by the virus before anything else did them in."
Garrick: "You shut your fucking mouth."
Panzer looks at the small pockmark. "What're you shooting at me for? I'm not bothering you. I'm chatting with Zero you little fuck."
Zero: *He waves his hand at Garrick.* "You might want to be careful there. You're made out of flesh."
Garrick: "I'm made out of harder stuff than just flesh, so don't worry. The fact is, however, you're a damn liar, Panzer. I've read the logs and the reports. I've seen what the Questers did for you, time and time again."
Zero: "Now. All I ask is you use this to remove the virus. If you want to fool Vile, so be it, but it can be done without potentially becoming his servant."
Panzer: "Radiation doesn't have a preference. Vile couldn't corrupt me."
Metal Man (GM): He hurls a small program thing at Panzer's foot.
Zero: "Make your choice. Smash that and you will be labeled a Maverick. Forever."
Panzer looks down at it. "You never helped me when I needed it."
Zero: "And your friends... well... I won't harm them, but I can't join in anything they do if they shelter a Maverick. It's hard to help when we've been apart by dimensions, time and space. This has been the first true continuation since you last vanished."
Garrick: "Make no mistake, Zero. We're not going to shelter her anymore if she won't listen to reason. I won't have it."
Kenku: "Panzer, don't be stupid! Take his help!" Kenku yells from the ship.
Julian: "She don't want any part'a us, anyway."
Panzer: "You're lucky I'm an honorable person or I would have blown off your head by now. I've been Maverick for years, so you say." She brushes a hand over the RepliForce insignia, a very age-worn and battered one on her shoulders.
Zero: "That insignia was corrupted to Sigma's ends. It means nothing anymore. Even if they survived, the military arm of our group has been reorganized."
Panzer picks up the program. "I'll consider using this when I have to." She glares at him. "It means everything. How -dare- you..."
Zero: "If you decide to take your time... just know that we will also consider you a Maverick in a week. Since I know it may take you a while. You are an old model--which means you shouldn't trust your judgment so quickly, when everyone else thinks otherwise."
Panzer: .oO(CPU: Assign target values, method, headshot? Y/N.)
Zero: "I am the prototype of the reploids. I know better than you how it is to be weak with morals and will. It was only by a random chance I became free from the virus. That virus was originally all mine. Do you not think I sometimes wish it was as easy as killing everyone who disagreed with me?"
Panzer watches him a long moment, he'd know what she was doing. She was having an internal conflict right now. She selected N.
Zero: "I have hated X when he has waffled. I have disliked the Maverick Hunters for tolerating creeps I'd just slash in two. But some of them aren't bad, and if they followed me alone, they would have died, just like I have, several times."
Panzer: "I do not care what you think. You were made for a purpose. I was not. I am not famous, I've carved my own niche. I only trust my own judgment. Maybe you should trust yours. Put the saber up."
Zero: "Hm?" He spins the saber. "I would never put it down with a suspected Maverick near me. Would you?"
Panzer: "You're a fool sacrificing yourself for others. Be lucky you're who you are. Were I to die, I'd just be dead." She smirks. "Do I have my weapon out? No. I have no intention of attacking you at the moment. Now. If you will excuse me. I have to go and do something."
Zero: "You have one week. Do not return early, either--as I cannot trust your judgment or actions until I know you are patched." He walks inside, his metaphorical gauntlet thrown down.
Panzer just laughs, then walks out, towards the Maverick HQ. "Don't worry Zero. You'll be dead before my week is up." Muahahaha?
Garrick glances to Zero.
Metal Man (GM): Zero stops when he sees Garrick's glance.
Zero: "Have you something to say before I leave?"
Garrick: "She's a handful. That much is easy to see. But I'll tell you this. Watch her, and if you need help, you have that right to call on us as a Smasher."
Zero: "Yes. I thank you in part for bringing her here. You see... free from her past, she has lived a luxury of being able to have it her way, since you are just humans."
Garrick: "We're not 'just humans'. We're Questers."
Zero: "She has, I am afraid, never quite progressed from the behavior exhibited from that time in Reploid history. It is why she has been so childish towards you."
Garrick nods. "Well... you have our number."
Zero: "Well then, I will call you Questers if you ask. Although I make myself clear that the gulf between Reploids and humans remains wide."
Dragoshi: .oO(And I'm not human, thank you very much.) :/
Zero: "And I will always be available to help you if she should choose to become Maverick fully and... then terrorize you instead."
Rinith: "I'm Lapovanic myself." =/
Garrick: "Mm." *He grunts and heads to the ship, then.*
Zero: "Fare thee well." He walks inside and the door shuts.