Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 6: Mushroom Diplomacy
Date: August 29th & September 6th, 2008.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers have traveled to a far away land, the one which Mario and co. apparently live in.
Aribar has probably been seasick the entire time too!
Metal Man (GM): Now embroiled in a political intrigue, they are on their way to talk to Princess Daisy, who apparently holds the key to whether or not Bowser's words are true as far as a very strange matter involving her wanting to marry him, and then some dubious line of political laws therefore giving him the right to unify his kingdom with the Mushroom Kingdom. ...So they are now just up the beach, at yet another castle. About to enter another castle. Bowser arrived first... the beach is peaceful. It's late afternoon here. The castle's door is unlocked, the group walking towards it...
Aribar shuffles forward, hand clenched against his stomach.*
Deloth: "Still queasy, huh, Ari?"
Dragoshi: *Casually follows behind. A-yep.*
Aribar: "Aye... Sea travel just isn't for me."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers reach the door... it's a normal handle-door.
Keikyoku: "I hate the water." *opens the door.*
Dragoshi: .oO(...Does anyone knock anymore?)
Keikyoku: "YO, ANYBODY HERE!"
Metal Man (GM): Inside the improbably small castle is Princess Daisy... some Shyguys... and Bowser.
Bowser: "Yargh! Do you have to yell? I can hear you..."
Daisy: "Oh... hello."
Metal Man (GM): Daisy is a bit quiet.
Bowser: "See... Daisy's in favor of my plan, 100%. Ask her anything!"
Aribar: "Greetings, your highnesses..."
Daisy: "Yes... I guess it is for the best."
Keikyoku: "What color are Bowser's underwear?"
Deloth makes a mental note to take the hedgehog out for a drowning later.
Bowser: "The color of my fist upside your face, punk!"
Lance just facepalms.
Metal Man (GM): He punches at Keikyoku.
Daisy: "...I think it's quite obvious Bowser doesn't wear clothes." She turns to the other Questers while this goes on. "...So... your questions?"
Lance: "Daisy, look me in the eyes. Do you honestly and truly love Bowser?"
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku is knocked backwards by the door. Bowser stands back to his original position.
Deloth: "Thank you for that."
Bowser: "Not a problem. You're nowhere near as annoying..."
Metal Man (GM): Daisy looks Lance in the eyes.
Daisy: "...It's not so much that I love him, but that I need his kingdom's support to save mine, and vice versa. A political marriage."
Keikyoku: "Ow. That was a minor annoyance... Not to say that your fist is weak, your majesty."
Daisy: "...And I am in favor of it, considering current conditions..."
Bowser: "Yes, in my kingly manner I saved you from my punk-basher 10,000 attack. Don't make me use it!!!"
Lance: "Hmm, I thought as much."
Aribar: "If I may ask, who endangers both of your kingdoms so much that an alliance is required? Mario and Peach?"
Daisy: "..." She stands up. Bowser goes to speak, but she puts her hand in the way of his mouth. "The problem comes from Wario and Waluigi. Bowser is still an aggressor at times, however he has learned from his many defeats... he. Cannot. Win. Wario and Waluigi are new to the bad guy business. They've found some strange allies."
Daisy: "Wario and Waluigi." She takes out an image of a fat man in yellow and purple, and a skinny man in purple and black.
Deloth: "...Oh, joy."
Dragoshi: .oO(I wonder if Waluigi can still shoot people with eye beams this time 'round...)
Keikyoku: "HAH! they look hilarious."
Daisy: "They look at first glance like Mario. Italians in suits. However they obviously have done something strange. They command forces we have never seen before... and my entire kingdom is missing as a result."
Aribar thinks back to their past dealings with Wario and Waluigi... In the past they've just been annoyances... It appears as if they are much more in this new world.
Bowser: "Har har har! Yes... they are quite funny little men. It's too bad I can't squash those punks!"
Lance: "What are they doing that is so powerful?"
Daisy: "..." She points out the window.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see the ocean. One island with a castle in the distance. And a mysterious black emptiness to the left of it.
Daisy: "My country vanished one day. I escaped because I was playing tennis in Bowser Land at the time."
Deloth: "...You have got to be kidding me."
Dragoshi: *Stares at the emptiness. Because what.* "..."
Daisy: "Waluigi and Wario's forces have been moving in all directions. Weird men in weird uniforms sometimes break through and attack his castle."
Aribar (belatedly) looks out the window and looks at the nothing...
Daisy: "I have also seen space ships moving around. They do not attack the castle."
Bowser: "Of course... my head magician tells me it is simple barrier magic. The problem is, those punks hid it in their castle!"
Lance: "I thought you were a mage Bowser?"
Bowser: "I know some tricks, but I am the King first and foremost."
Daisy: "So... if you endorse our marriage, then Mario can go to the castle on our behalf. We can unite, temporarily..."
Bowser: "Tempo-what? No, it's..."
Metal Man (GM): She stomps on his foot.
Keikyoku: "Welllllll, I would help, but islands are surrounded in water..."
Bowser: "Ow ow ow ow!"
Daisy: "Temporarily, until we settle them. You are diplomats, so your job would be to prove that this is legitimate. For otherwise... they do not trust Bowser, and my land remains the enemy of their people. They wrongly assumed Sarasaland was hostile after Mario found only a hostile alien in charge... in his drug-fueled rampage he thankfully defeated him... although it was disturbing when he thought I was Princess Peach."
Bowser: "But you DO look like--"
Metal Man (GM): *STOMP.*
Bowser: "Ow ow ow ow!"
Lance: .oO(You know... ^^; I think they are perfect for each other.)
Aribar wishes that they could help Daisy avoid this marriage, but it doesn't seem as if that would be possible at the current time.* "So, once his alliance has been made what exactly will be done to reclaim your kingdom?"
Keikyoku: "If I don't have to go to the island, I'll help."
Daisy: "Mario will go and take down Wario and Waluigi. Once they are defeated my land can be freed from their... barrier. Then I can return to there. Bowser will get some minor benefits from it, such as being able to drive in the Mario Kart GP without being shot at by assassins."
Bowser: "Hey! They just were jealous of my driving skills!"
Metal Man (GM): Daisy rolls her eyes.
Aribar: "Would you be opposed to our group heading with Mario when he goes to face Wario and Waluigi? One versus two isn't exactly fair odds after all."
Deloth: "Couldn't we just take a few photos of this void and show them those as proof?"
Daisy: "No, they would blame it on Bowser, and claim I am, somehow, not in my right senses. This coming from..."
Bowser: "...that guy who still is afraid of cubist paintings!"
Deloth: "A crackhead. Right."
Lance: "Just to check one last thing that bugs my inner-lore-person. You have checked for legends of your families marrying? We don't want to unleash any unsealed evil in a can..." .oO(Well, unless it eats mushroomhead Mario...)
Daisy: "My people and their culture have always been very separate from the mainlanders. Hence there is no pre-existing warning against marriage or meetings or even combining our culture's knowledge of various magic spells. About the worst that might happen is Mario becoming addicted to carrots. Again. He ate all of the carrots on my island that one time. Something about 'flying after Wario', even though Wario had moved very far away."
Lance: "Hmm. Were you kidnapped by anything before that would want revenge?"
Bowser: "So. You still don't believe me? Or do you? I can go either way, because there's always more people randomly landing off the sea."
Deloth: *shrug.* "Sure, why not."
Aribar: "This appears legit... I believe that I could endorse such a marriage." *The half-elf doesn't seem particularly cheery when admitting this, however.*
Bowser: "Good. Then we are to go to the Mushroom Kings and get this done."
Metal Man (GM): He opens the back door and walks outside. Daisy follows.
Dragoshi: "Sounds simple enough." *Follows behind the two.*
Metal Man (GM): It's... an airship. A massive, wooden vehicle studded with fire jets and propellers.
Aribar follows the others... And feels his stomach churn as he sees the ship. The elf hopes that it is a smoother ride than a sailboat.
Metal Man (GM): Bowser and Daisy walk right on in and towards the bridge on a ramp.
Keikyoku walks behind the group, anxious to be in the air.
Dragoshi: *Moseys on along.*
Metal Man (GM): The Questers are on the bridge. It has many different controls.
Deloth heads on up the ramp.
Metal Man (GM): There's several seats. Bowser and Daisy sit down, with Bowser manning the ship. It's got a sailing ship wheel... and a big lever.
Bowser: "Away we go." He knocks the switch down and the ramp slowly closes, then the door. The ship smoothly floats into the air.
Metal Man (GM): Hm. This is the first time since most of the Questers literally fell into this world that they've been airborne.
Lance: "It's better than falling."
Metal Man (GM): And the view from above is quite interesting. It's cloudy around the fringes of the Mario land, but there are some other things behind. Generally, the Sega region and Angel Island.
Keikyoku tries to find the deck of the ship.
Deloth: "Nice to be up in the air again. These wings look nice, but they're worthless for actual use."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku sees it up some wooden stairs. They replaced the pipe after some... unfortunate accidents.
Keikyoku walks up the stairs and looks over the edge of the ship.
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku sees a very long ways down. It's a bit windy. The ship is headed towards the Northernmost island of the Mario area. http://ssq.metalman88.com/marioregionmap.png
Keikyoku climbs up to the very top of the ship.
Metal Man (GM): It's a long pole that goes straight up, like a sailing ship. Keikyoku goes to climb, but slips down the pole. It's a bit hard to climb. Meanwhile, in the bridge, the group is on their way to the center of the North island... Keikyoku takes damage from falling off the pole and hurting himself on the deck.
Keikyoku walks angrily over to the handrail and leans against it.
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku sees from up here (both bridge and top deck)... the Mushroom Kingdom. It's a green area with many castles. Unlike Bowser Land, they're better taken care of and have sparkling bridges and passageways.
Deloth: "Nice scenery."
Bowser: "Yeah... they like to use lots of money on their plants. A little too much... punks."
Metal Man (GM): He spins the wheel, and the Questers soon land... in front of a large castle.
Keikyoku goes back down to the bridge.
Bowser: "The mushroom kings, all 7 of them, live here. They're a bunch of weirdos."
Daisy: "Let us go and tell them... then you... and... er... Mario can go to the island."
Dragoshi: .oO(Eh. I've prolly' seen weirder.)
Metal Man (GM): They open the ramp and walk into the castle. Pretty boring and simple, eh?
Deloth walks into the castle and sees for himself.
Lance follows putting away the pink glasses.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers see an elaborate castle with wallpaper derived of mushrooms, flowers, and castles. It's fairly pastel.
Keikyoku skates over to the castle.
Aribar trudges into the fortress and glances about for elfself.
Metal Man (GM): Inside, seven old men who look nearly identical and have mushroom cap hats sit on judge podiums. The tallest podium has the oldest one, who bangs a gavel.
King 1: "Who comes before us? The King Bowser?" *BANG BANG* "With weird people?" *BANG* "What do you want? I thought I told you no!"
Keikyoku: "We approve of this marriage, your highness" *bows.*
Bowser: "Yeah, they come from Mohawkopolis! Land of the punk rockers!"
Keikyoku glares at bowser.
Deloth: "...No. Wrong."
King 1: "I see. The people of Mowerhopolis approve of your marriage."
Aribar: "Aye. We are... Ambassadors from foreign lands. We landed in Bowser's domain where he told us of the troubles miss Daisy and Bowser have."
King 2: "Wait! That's not supposed to be true! Nobody, not even people from Autopia can do that!"
Dragoshi: .oO(I'm not even going to bother correcting this. It's funnier this way.)
King 1: "I made my deal. And these are clearly not from here."
King 3: "Whaaaaat? People from... Mouser Eatoutopolis???"
King 1: "No! Mowerhopolis!"
Bowser: *Turns to group.* "They're always like this."
Dragoshi: "I see."
Aribar: "... My condolences for your sanity."
Dragoshi: .oO(Kinda hilarious, in all honesty.)
Keikyoku: *whispers to bowser.* "I think they're deaf."
Dragoshi: .oO(Yet, in another way, it's also kinda sad, buuuut... Best not to reflect on that one a little too much)
Bowser: "Last week, they debated if it was 'Mario' or 'Mauricio' or 'John Leguizamo.' I don't even know where they got the third one from, but they hit me with a gavel when I questioned them."
Metal Man (GM): The judges argue for a moment.
Dragoshi: "...that had to hurt." >_>;;
Metal Man (GM): More banging ensues.
King 1: "Fine... fine. It is approved! Now for the marriage ceremony!"
Keikyoku: "That last one was funny."
Metal Man (GM): King 1 hurls a piece of paper at Daisy, one thick enough that she falls over trying to hold it.
King 1: "Done! Done!" *BANG BANG BANG.*
Dragoshi: "..." *blinks.*
Keikyoku helps her hold the papers.
Daisy: "...Did you have to write down the treaty on 5-inch thick paper?"
King 1: "No, but we thought you meant five inch paper."
Daisy: "I said non-acidic paper."
King 1: "Oh well!" *BANG BANG* "You're good and married now."
Bowser: *whispering.* "We should get out of here before they ask me for your names..."
Keikyoku: "Now kiss the bride!"
Deloth just leaves the insanity...
Lance: .oO(Now, just walk out of the room...)
Bowser: "..." Bowser does kiss Daisy. On the hand. Daisy appears to take this more of some political subtext, as they then leave. The judges never stop arguing.
Dragoshi: *Exit area. And stuff.*
Lance follows Deloth out.
King 1: "Now! We need to fine John Leguizamo for that incident where he destroyed a priceless painting!"
King 2: "Wasn't he MADE INTO that painting?"
King 1: "No! You're a painting!"
Keikyoku skates in front of Daisy, helping with the paper.
Metal Man (GM): *BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG.* The Questers get out of there. Bowser eventually picks up the paper for Daisy and Keikyoku.
Lance: "Bowser, if you ever find a way to replace his hammer for a noiseless one, go for it."
Keikyoku wants to return with some popcorn and listen to the hilarity.
Bowser: "Now you know how those wars happened... they arbitrarily decided them based upon badly spoken and unheard words. Punks."
Keikyoku: "They need hearing aids."
Lance: "A hearing aid has not been invented I assume?"
Dragoshi: "That... suddenly throws a lot of things into a perspective. ...One that makes sense."
Bowser: "Of course, Mario DID invade... but according to them, it occurred in several nonconsecutive years, and occasionally they believed Luigi did it instead. Until they decided Luigi was not a person and therefore, unable to be credited for anything. Even the things he did do."
Daisy: "Hearing aid? They did get some ear trumpets..."
Metal Man (GM): She looks down.
Daisy: "The ear trumpet massacre is not mentioned among our people ever since."
Keikyoku: "Well they should use said trumpets."
Lance: "... ... ... Urge to go chaotic insane rising."
Bowser: "Er, anyway. I sent for Mario via courier."
Dragoshi: *Opens his mouth... But closes it.* .oO(Seriously, what the hell.)
Bowser: "He should be here any mome---"
Metal Man (GM): A pipe opens up directly next to Bowser, knocking him over. Mario leaps out, landing atop his face.
Mario: "It's-a me, Mario! Woo-hoo!"
Dragoshi: "...Well, that was eerily well-timed."
Metal Man (GM): He leaps up into the air and does several backflips, before landing before the Questers.
Keikyoku: "You should give him meth when he goes to the island, then he can take both of the two people."
Metal Man (GM): Peach gets out of the pipe too... in a more stately manner.
Daisy: "I'm afraid I don't know what that is... and don't suggest giving Mario anything."
Lance keeps an eye out for princess rivalry.
Mario: "What? You-a believe-a that nonsense? I'm-a Mario! Winners don't-a-do drugs!"
Aribar: "Greetings, Mario and Peach."
Keikyoku wonders why she couldn't have jumped high in the air, above the group, wearing a dress.
Mario: "They eat-a mushrooms!"
Dragoshi: "...Technical-Oh, never mind."
Metal Man (GM): Daisy facepalms as Bowser gets up, wiping the footprint off his face.
Peach: "So. You are married. What a... strange couple."
Keikyoku: "Well, mushrooms are drugs."
Mario: "Yeah. What-a is with that? I-a thought you hated one-a nother!"
Bowser: "Wario and Waluigi."
Mario: "Ohhh... yeess." His head bobs up and down. "I-a guess I have to beat them now that we're related-a!"
Dragoshi: *Mumbles to himself.* "I'm not even going to bother. At this point, with half the ridiculous stuff that's happened today, I really don't feel like questioning stuff." *Sighs.*
Peach: "I guess I'll have to let Mario go... ...Luigi refused to go. He said something about Waluigi being worse than ghosts."
Mario: "Yeah. He-a run into corner when I-a mention Waluigi has evil-a dance-a moves!"
Dragoshi: .oO(...I don't blame the guy, in all honesty.)
Mario: "So-a. I'm-a go alone? As I-a don't work with Bowser!"
Lance: "They why don't you come battle Princess Peach? I've heard that you have faced armies before."
Aribar: "If you would have our help, we would give it."
Bowser: "Oh... how bad. I won't have to fight a madman who eats people." Bowser rolls his eyes.
Aribar: "Wario and Waluigi will surely not go down without a fight..."
Peach: "Yes... but then who would protect the kingdom from the insane rulings of the Mushroom Kings?"
Metal Man (GM): Just as she says that, a gavel flies through a window and into the bushes.
Peach: "Sigh... somebody probably brought up the difference between peaches and peach cobbler again... They're way too old to actually be of any use, but we can't just depose them... there'd be chaos!"
Mario: "You-a want to help? Perfecto!"
Dragoshi: "..." *Walks over to the bushes and tries to get the gavel.* >_>
Mario: "I will-a call this: Super Mario-a And Friends-a!"
Keikyoku: "Dispose of them and say they died in a fight over the difference between peaches and peach cobbler."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi finds the gavel.
Lance: "Hmm, Peach, have you ever thought of putting some of the brave toads in charge? Slowly replace the kings one at a time?"
Peach: "Hm... that's actually a good idea... I can put them on a remote desert island and give them all the food and things to fight over they want, and they'll probably not realize they've been moved..."
Dragoshi: *Pockets it because why not.*
Peach: "The rule is they can't be replaced until they're dead."
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi has gained: Gavel of Senile Justice!
Lance: "What about 'Sub-Kings'? Combine the desert with the replacement."
Peach: "Well, yes. I think I'll do that while you and Mario take out the other problems in our world."
Keikyoku: "Why not make a house of representatives that make all the decisions and the kings just become a figure head, you know, just, there."
Mario: "So-a... you guys-a want to beat up some fakes?"
Dragoshi: "...Don't see why not." :/
Keikyoku: "As long as I don't have to go near water."
Peach: "Perhaps..." Peach has never heard of these things before, so... yeah.
Dragoshi: .oO(Especially since it'll keep my mind off this wackiness.)
Mario: "Okey dokey. You come-a with me!"
Keikyoku: "Well the house of representative would be a bunch of people who vote on matters..."
Metal Man (GM): He causes a pipe to appear out of the ground out of nowhere and leaps in.
Aribar has a bad feeling about following Mario, but they appear to have no other option now. He crawls into the pipe.
Daisy: "Hm. We should probably go back, Bowser. No telling what might happen."
Bowser: "Yeah, I don't know about staying here too long. The judges might hear us!" They walk into the ship and it takes off.
Keikyoku jumps in feet first and turns his boots on full blast to try and slow the fall.
Dragoshi: "And I should prolly' follow Mario now. Later." *Quickly moseys on over to the pipe and jumps down it.* .oO(And run before those guys notice that I just committed Grand Theft Gavel.)
Lance: "Remember Peach, you have the power of the pure heart and voice, use it to your advantage!"
Peach: "Yes, I will." She walks into the judge house.
Lance grabs anyone left in their party and jumps down with them.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers arrive in a long passageway. Mario is running down it.
Mario: "I-a know all the secret-a ways... you-a follow me, or you get-a lost forever!"
Keikyoku flies out of the other end of the pipe, does a triple frontflip, and lands an inch above the ground.
Aribar follows Mario and tries to keep up.*
Metal Man (GM): His leisurely run takes him directly south.
Lance follows Mario.
Metal Man (GM): He then abruptly stops at a pile of rubble.
Keikyoku skates after Mario.
Mario: "Oh-a-no! Rubble! I-a don't have a power up to fix-a this! Maybe I-a missed a cue back at the-a castle?"
Dragoshi: *Follows Mario... Then stops at the rubble.*
Metal Man (GM): He starts looking up at the air randomly, as if expecting an answer there.
Dragoshi: *Walks over to the rubble pile. Checks out how large it is.*
Lance takes out his energy bow and fires 2 elemental shots at it.
Metal Man (GM): The rubble isn't all that big.
Keikyoku starts leisurely spinning behind Mario.
Metal Man (GM): Lance blows it up.
Mario: "Oh... you-a are all power ups! Excellente`!"
Metal Man (GM): Lance zaps himself once for some damage, then blows up the rubble's rubble.
Dragoshi: "...That works."
Metal Man (GM): The path ahead is revealed. Mario begins walking carefully into it.
Dragoshi: *Follows on along.*
Lance: "Do-de-do do-do-de-do do-do-do do-do do-de-do."
Keikyoku skates behind the group, not using any energy at all.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers then reach a bizarre door. It has writing on it.
Keikyoku reads the writing.
Aribar looks at the writing on the door.
Writing: 'The one who touches the center and submits to the weight of their assignment will pass.'
Mario: "An ancient-a prophecy?" He kicks the door. "Open-a-up!"
Dragoshi: *Walks up to the door... AND EATS IT! No, seriously though. He tries to push it open.* >_>
Lance puts his feet on the door. "Our weight of our assignment is to save part of a world from evil--" .oO(though nothing would surprise me now) "--people."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers' hands and feet push it. It moves a little bit, but not much. Lance's feet push it a bit more, but they're towards the bottom. It seems to slope a bit towards the center of the door.
Keikyoku reverse roundhouse kicks the door.
Metal Man (GM): The kick does nothing. Lance's foot touches the center and it opens.
Aribar: "Congrats, Lance."
Darkdata: "Don't mind me." *Lance gets up and follows Mario onwards.*
Dragoshi: *Keeps on following and stuff. Whee.*
Keikyoku skates after the 2.
Metal Man (GM): The opened passageway is much older. Indeed! There are enemies here. Goombas and more. Now the group is facing some new enemies; well, they're about to. The new room they unveiled is simple; a tube-shaped area laced with pipes, and guarded by buzzing... gigantic flies... and weird looking koopas. The guards aren't moving to attack yet, but they don't seem like they'll say anything OR budge from the pipe ahead. With that, the group stands with Mario, about to confront them.
Mario: "Whoa. Wario's got-a lot-a soldiers! Should we-a blast them?"
Deloth: "I don't really see another option..."
Metal Man (GM): Mario looks to the Questers for what they're going to do next.
Keikyoku runs up to a guard, "Hey who're you, this isn't my castle, I musta taken a wrong turn, can you show me the way out of here?"
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku runs up to the guard. The guards, being monsters, do not speak, hence prompting... a battle.
Deloth rolls his eyes. "Dammit, you, we HAD enough time to think of a plan... I swear, recruits get dumber every year..."
Metal Man (GM): There are 2 bugs and 1 Shellcreeper currently, however there are lots of pipes too, and the ones that are here came from them... Mario leaps up and goes to stomp the two bugs. Hit, hit. The two bugs are squashed! Two bugs appear! The Bugs can't do anything, since they just appeared... So there's still two bugs and a shell creeper now.
Keikyoku uppercuts the shell creeper.
Metal Man (GM): Hit.
Dragoshi: *Just blinks, and decides to, uhhh... Smack both newly-spawned bugs and the shellcreeper at once with his scythe.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss hit hit. Dragoshi kills a bug and injures the shellcreeper.
Deloth glances at the pipes that the bugs came from. He checks if those could possibly be bent.
Metal Man (GM): They seem mostly indestructible. However, the Shellcreeper is the only one actually blocking the way. The bugs just came in from the side after the ones in the way got smashed.
Deloth uses his turn to take two swings at the Shellcreeper with his laser sword, then.
Metal Man (GM): Hit, miss. The Shellcreeper dies... leaving only its shell. Two more appear from the left...
Mario: "Should-a we go forward, or-a kill more monsters?"
Dragoshi: "Let's move on."
Deloth: "Sounds good."
Metal Man (GM): Mario grabs the shell and runs into the pipe... since, obviously, not following him would be silly right now, the group continues with him. *Warp noise.* The Questers appear in another room. In fact, it's a really old room. Apparently a basement to an old place not here anymore.
Mario: "Hm... I've-a been here-a before!"
Dragoshi: "You have?"
Metal Man (GM): He points to pictures on the wall, and a generally old, dust-covered 'vampire' motif. The area was once some sort of obstacle course. Only now it's all broken and old, and forgotten. The skull monsters are lifeless and the ceiling spikes mostly broken.
Deloth: "...Have we landed in Dracula's castle or something?"
Mario: "No. It's-a fake cemetery. I-a had it built when this was the-a original Mario Land."
Mario: "I-a forget. Perhaps I-a had one-a too many mushrooms-a. So-a very delicious-a, the mushrooms-a."
Metal Man (GM): Mario raises a hand to make another point, but the Questers hear another warp pipe noise from above! ...And a blue blob falls out of it and lands on Mario.
Dragoshi: "... what."
Deloth: "... GIBBY!"
Deloth grabs Gibby in a bearhug.
Gibby: "Wow... what a rush."
Metal Man (GM): Mario gets up.
Mario: "You-a know this-a pillow? And I-a thought the mushrooms-a burned my-a brain!" He scratches his head.
Gibby: "Hey! I am not a pillow! I am a knight!"
Metal Man (GM): There's stairs at the end of the room, which go up.
Mario: "Knight that is-a pillow? You-a weird!"
Deloth: "Dang, man, where have you been?"
Metal Man (GM): Gibby would notice this Mario... he behaves much differently from the Mario of the past.
Deloth sets the Kirby back down on his feet.
Gibby: "Oh you know, here and there... So what's going on here? Why are we with Mario?"
Deloth: "Long story short, we're finding Wario and kicking his fat butt around. Again."
Mario: "Daisy married-a Bowser so as-a to make me do-a this. She-a crazy! These-a weird people, they-a help-a me with their other worldy-a powers. You-a must-a be one of them..."
Metal Man (GM): Mario points ahead.
Mario: "We-a almost onto the island-a. Time to-a beat up Wario!"
Gibby: "Yes, yes I am. I suppose I'll have to help out then."
Metal Man (GM): He walks through the dusty and drab ruins to the stairs...
Dragoshi: *Follows behind, making sure to be wary of traps. Or tarps.*
Gibby adjusts his feathered hat and follows Mario.
Deloth follows as well, sword out and ready.
Metal Man (GM): The one trap that is hit is so old it disintegrates rather than spike someone. The Questers have no problem following Mario. Walking up and out, they see the topside of the island... at last. Wario Land. http://ssq.metalman88.com/marioregionmap.png (For an idea of relative location)
Gibby takes in the fresh air.
Metal Man (GM): There is a large land around everyone. It's fairly large, and has many plants around it. Contrary to what it'd seem, the island isn't very well guarded, except for a towering castle in the middle. One can faintly hear strange dance music being played from within. Also, just to the left of the castle is a weird ship which has touched down. And for those with short attention spans, there's a rotting, sagging, destroyed gigantic mechanical Mario to the right.
Mario: "I-a will be going to the castle-a. You coming with-a me? You can also-a split off. This is-a large place!"
Keikyoku takes a quick look at the Metal Mario for any sharp implements, valubles, etc.
Gibby: "Based on what I've learned from Saturday morning shows, splitting up is never a good idea."
Deloth: "Someone drag the hedgehog along, please."
Gibby: "Hedgehog? Is Sonic with us?" *looks around.*
Deloth points a thumb over his shoulder at Keikyoku.
Mario: "The-a weird spike-thing... it's-a with us, I-a guess."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku finds nothing.
Keikyoku walks over to the machine and looks again.
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku finds a sharp implement by falling on it and it stabbing him in the arm. But it is sharp! And rusty... and metallic...
Keikyoku picks it up.
Gibby: "He sure... seems... helpful..." -_-;
Mario: "He-a is like-a Luigi!"
Metal Man (GM): ...So, the group heads to the castle.
Deloth: "I think he needs to spend these sessions out tied up, gagged, and towed along in a wheelbarrow... Heck, gimme ten coins, I'll get the rope myself next chance we get."
Gibby: .oO(A wheelbarrow ride sounds fun...)
Keikyoku: "You know, I have a sharp implement, I can cut the ropes."
Gibby smiles to himself.
Deloth: "You obviously don't need to be carrying anything sharp. Now, I might let you have, say, a teddy bear. Not much chance for an accident there."
Keikyoku: *glares at Deloth.* "Unless it's the new super death bear."
Dragoshi: "Or the bear with giant knives instead of arms." :x
Deloth: "I'll make sure it isn't."
Gibby: "Yipe... Bears should not come with knives..."
Keikyoku: "And I have sharp implements attached to my hands anyway."
Gibby: "So why did you need to pick up a sharp thing?"
Deloth: "I suspect you'll gouge out one of your own eyes very soon, then."
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk up to the castle. It's about 5 stories tall and quite elaborate. Currently... hm. What the heck? There's white echidna-people walking in and out of it.
Dragoshi: "...The cultists."
Metal Man (GM): They appear to be exchanging strange technology for... various Mario Land specialties.
Gibby: "What's this all about?"
Deloth: "Oh, great, these nutcases again."
Mario: "I-a knew it! Aliens are working with-a Wario!"
Deloth: "See this sword, Gibby? I got it off of one of those nuts after we stoved their heads in."
Mario: "You-a know how-a tough they-a are?"
Deloth: "Not very. We pounded two into the dirt a while back without breaking a sweat."
Keikyoku walks up to the echidnas "Hi."
Gibby: "Oooo... shiny."
Deloth: "..." *facepalms and starts spewing obscenities.* "Guys, let me kill him. PLEASE, let me kill the hedgehog."
Metal Man (GM): The echidnas see Keikyoku and, there being many of them, they raise all their weapons at him.
Cultist: "Who are you, and how did you get here? And don't think about resisting, there are over twenty of us."
Deloth starts backpedaling and motions for the others to do the same.
Metal Man (GM): They haven't noticed the other Questers. Mario follows Deloth.
Dragoshi: *Backpedaling and stuff.*
Gibby raises his fins up high and follows Del.
Keikyoku: "I'm Keikyoku, I wandered into a pipe and ended up here, and I just wanted to talk, I don't see many people like me."
Cultist: *Raises eyebrow.* "Well, you have picked the most strange place to do it. No one should this place, at least, from the place where we both come from." He crosses his arms. "Are you here to join us then?"
Deloth: *muttering.* "C'mon, vaporize him, cultists. I dare you..."
Mario: *Whispering.* "We can-a get in when he's-a done confusing them."
Gibby: "Sounds good to me."
Keikyoku: "Well possibly, I more wanted to talk and see what you're trading, if anything."
Cultist: "That's official cult business. None of yours. The fact you used a pipe to get here is odd... but we can't just question you out here. Go to the airship." *He points at it.* *Points a sword at Kei and motions for him to go there.*
Gibby: "Are we... going to let them take him?"
Deloth: "Sure. And by sure, I mean hell yes, get in that airship RIGHT NOW."
Dragoshi: .oO(Maybe he'll manage to accidentally destroy an important part of the damned thing.) >_>
Deloth: "Before he slips and decapitates one of us with that piece of metal."
Keikyoku: "O.k... well I have no problem going with you, I mean you guys can't be bad people, being echidnas and all." *skates to airship.*
Gibby: "That's not how we treat fellow Questers, Del. We should help him."
Metal Man (GM): Keikyoku is being taken to the airship, so we turn to focus on the Questers. The Echidnas remain confused by this event. They don't seem to deem him a threat, but more a curiosity.
Gibby: "Hmm... well, as long as they don't hurt him, I suppose we could finish the mission first."
Metal Man (GM): Indeed. They aren't quite sure what to think of him as he isn't too different.
Deloth: "As for your line, Gibby... fine. Since Metal isn't around, I assume power over who is and isn't a Quester. He isn't."
Gibby decides to sneak forward.
Metal Man (GM): Gibby walks brazenly at the echidnas. The Echidnas are too confused to notice him. He walks in as they're staring at Keikyoku.
Deloth: "Let's see... what was Snake talking about when he was back at our place... Mostly about box love, I guess, but there was something about crawling. ...Bah."
Metal Man (GM): Mario sneaks in slowly.
Deloth just tries to slip through. Watch the upcoming failure, kids.
Metal Man (GM): He does so with the practice of his many different games... Deloth gets through. The guards are more alert but still miss him. Inside the castle is a foyer, with stairs upwards and hallways going left and right. The echidnas are all going to the right, so that direction is probably a bad place to go. The others are empty.
Deloth heads up the stairs.
Gibby follows Del.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk up the stairs. Horrifically played dance music can be heard up here. There's many doors, but one of them is half-ajar. The music is coming from within.
Gibby: "Should we go in there?"
Deloth winces and covers his ears as he tiptoes towards the opened door.
Gibby slowly creeps towards the door.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk in on... Waluigi doing a weird dance to a horrific disco tune.
Gibby: "Good God! It burns!"
Waluigi: "I'm Waluigi, the greatest person alive, I'm crushing the world with my insane plans!!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He hears Gibby and spins around.
Gibby covers his eyes.
Waluigi: "What? Who are you people? What are you doing here? ...Mario?!?!?!"
Metal Man (GM): He turns off the music.
Waluigi: "What do you want? I assume you have some problem with our perfectly evil plans..."
Mario: "You-a destroyed-a Sarasaland... or-a something?"
Waluigi: "What?" He looks to the group. "Is what he's saying what you're after?"
Deloth: "And we're here to fling you through some walls and get it back. Shall we begin?"
Waluigi: "Wait a moment here." He takes out a tennis racket. "You don't know what we've done."
Dragoshi: "...okay. What have you done?"
Gibby: "We're here to stop you... right?"
Waluigi: "It's very simple. We made a force field around it and stole everything from everything inside the country, to make ourselves rich, and then we sold off what we couldn't use and bought alien technology from people in space ships. So you shouldn't attack me at all, if you like to live. Heee heee hee haaa haa haaa!"
Deloth: "...Let's kill him."
Mario: "What-a? You freak-a!"
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi presses a button, and glows oddly. It's the same color as that weird ancient technology Jack used back at the echidna temple. He is encased in black armor. He then holds the racket. The strings in it catch on fire and burn, being replaced by... laser strings.
Waluigi: "You still want to fight me?"
Metal Man (GM): He turns on the horrible disco music.
Deloth casually watches all of this. "Pretty much."
Metal Man (GM): And begins dancing.
Dragoshi: "Not really. I'm more curious about where you got the armor."
Waluigi: "Of course, I bought it from those weird aliens."
Dragoshi: "...I see."
Waluigi: "They have some nice equipment. Too bad you want to kill yourselves trying to kill me!"
Dragoshi: "I don't."
Metal Man (GM): Mario is too confused to act.
Waluigi: "Well, if you don't, then you can just go out of this room, leave this castle, and tell Daisy that she can have her land back for free! You just were confused by some idiots. We just wanted money. Now we have money." He points to an ultra-giga-super wide screen TV on the wall.
Deloth: "And how do we know that you won't just pull a double-cross?"
Waluigi: "We're rich now. No need to harm anyone. At least, not here. No one here has any more money for us. Though I hear of these people named after a type of weapon. Maybe we should fight with them instead."
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi taps his foot, staring at the Questers as they make no noise whatsoever.
Deloth hesitates. He is a fan of kicking Dumb and Dumber around like soccer balls, but he has a point...
Dragoshi: "...What're they called?" >_>
Waluigi: "Aliens! I don't know. I never asked. Unless you mean the weird weapon people. Which I still don't know... They're named after a weapon. The aliens say they are bad."
Gibby: "Ech... echi... etch-a-sketch..." *scratches his head.*
Deloth: "Gibby, what are you going?"
Gibby: "I'm thinking of that name..."
Gibby: "THAT'S it!"
Waluigi: "Ah... that is their name? Hm."
Dragoshi: "Yea. That's the name of the aliens."
Mario: "I-a don't trust Waluigi, but it is-a first step. Hand over the land-a then?"
Waluigi: "I will give you your land. The problem is that the aliens and Wario, er, echidnas and Wario, have been busy talking a lot... and I don't know what about. I just wanted a big screen TV... they, on the other hand, appear to want more. In the airship, they are..."
Gibby: "So we should go find Wario and find out what's really going on."
Waluigi: "Yes. Lets go... then, if you're willing to follow. Even you, Mario." Of course, Waluigi has never had that bad of a relationship with Mario. Outside that one DDR game.
Dragoshi: "Don't see why not."
Metal Man (GM): Waluigi walks out. Ay ay ay... so much walking.
Metal Man (GM): Mario turns the music off and follows, looking confused.
Gibby: "At least it's good exercise." *follows.*
Deloth follows as well.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk over... ...we turn to Keikyoku for the moment. Keikyoku is lead to the ship by the echidna, who appear to be stockpiling equipment from Mario Land. Once there, the Echidna points to him.
Cultist: "So... are you with us, or are you against us?"
Keikyoku: "I'm with you, I see no point in trying to hurt you people."
Cultist: "Okay... here is the deal. We've just obtained a large amount of equipment. Our war against 'GUN' is about to change drastically, or so Wario has said. Our ships can reach a place called Star Road. If we take it over, then we have the power to destroy them. Unfortunately, Star Road is guarded heavily. Sowe need you to help us." *He steps aboard the ship.* "You will be coming with me. I have to show you the barracks."
Keikyoku: "Who's GUN?"
Cultist: "A group of evil men who wish to destroy our island and people." He nods. "You seem to only have a dull piece of metal with you..." He points on to the ship and climbs further into the ship. "Let's get you a better weapon."
Keikyoku: "Well if they're trying to kill us... I'll help."
Metal Man (GM): He takes Keikyoku to the barracks, since he seems interested. There are many weapons here.
Cultist: "So... what kind of weapon do you use normally?"
Keikyoku: "I usually use the metal studs attached to my hand."
Cultist: "Hmm..." He picks up some metal gloves. "So, you could use spiked gloves?"
Keikyoku: "Yeah they sound like my kinda weapon."
Cultist: "Well, here you go, then." He hands Keikyoku some metal gloves. They look shiny, and have the logo of the Cultists on it: It's of the large, green Master Emerald.
Metal Man (GM): He then goes to go on a spiel about the Cult and their mantra, but something else happens. An alarm goes off.
Cultist: "Gah! Waluigi and some strange people are coming. Clearly, we must be ready to meet them... although it seems peaceful."
Metal Man (GM): The Cultist walks outside, so as to meet the Questers, Waluigi, and Mario, who are all walking to the front of the ship, and can be seen outside the windows.
Keikyoku: *Goes to the outside step and watches.*
Metal Man (GM): So we have the Questers walking up on the ship, and Keikyoku watching from behind. Some Cultists also walk up... aaaand PAUSE!