Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 62: Maverick Machinations
Date: 5:49:45 PM, April 13th; 4:21:03 PM, April 16th, 2009.
Panzer: "You're not a trained raid team, there will be zero chance of neutralizing the threat."
Metal Man (GM): Ah, right. This always happens. The ship is now flying... towards the Maverick Continent slowly.
Panzer: "We're there to shove it back, deliver the Trojan, and turn the battle in our favor."
Kenku: "I see. Sounds like Digi might be heading this then."
Metal Man (GM): As you fly over, an encrypted communication appears.
Digifanatic: "Ahh ye... uh oh."
Metal Man (GM): Do you accept it?
Panzer accepts it.
Metal Man (GM): A small map appears, giving you an idea of what is going on.
Panzer looks it over.
Metal Man (GM): The inside of HQ is fine, but it's surrounded by Mavericks on the outside. Specifically, a small army of Wily-like guys with maces trying to bash their way in. There's a note saying that there's so many of them that attempts to kill them all have failed. However, there is a choke point by the front door. A major icon appears there to indicate a more Sigma-style Maverick--and that this Maverick is blocking the door out and attempting to spread the virus. It also indicates this Maverick is receiving radio transmissions from an unknown source, and suggests this source is the real issue behind this.
Aribar: "So, Panzer, you have some sort of antivirus for the Zero Virus?"
Panzer: "I have been infected with a Trojan by Light that is virus resistant."
Metal Man (GM): And a final note, which says 'Ever wonder why X was the only one doing anything? I was busy actually TRYING TO SOLVE this problem... ...sorry.'
Panzer radios Schatze. "You listening?"
Schatze: *Standing in the corner* "Yes, I'm here."
Aribar: "I am just wondering if you, and all of us, could combat the virus more effectively in the digital plane. It would have a home-field advantage, to be sure, but..."
Panzer: "Find the source of that signal and knock it out if you can. I'm sure it's from the factory."
Digifanatic: "It'd be easier to send the Trojan, right?"
Panzer: "Not per se, no."
Digifanatic: "What else do we do? Hack into the computer system?"
Panzer: "I'll tell you."
Julian Sawyer: "Well, I'm waitin'."
Metal Man (GM): You're about there. You see the structure in question, and the small army attacking it from the outside.
Panzer looks around the back and sides of the building for a possible entry point.
Deloth: "Can we strafe 'em from the ship?"
Kenku: "Was just about to ask for one."
Metal Man (GM): There's few entry points, they're barred up tight. Of course, for some reason, the very top of the building looks unnoticed by either side and has ventilation ducts on it.
Kenku: "Although its only going to slow them."
Panzer sends a call to Zero under encryption. "You all alive?"
Zero: "Barely. X nearly got himself killed trying to get out front just now. It seems like the Zero Virus has figured out a major supply of old Reploid pieces. I keep seeing familiar enemies."
Panzer: "Digi, put it down a few feet off the roof, everyone will evac the ship and move into the building VIA vents, do try not to be conspicuous."
Panzer: "Zero, we'll be entering the building to give you the Trojan in a minute, through the roof so don't shoot us. I hate friendly fire."
Kenku blinks for a sec "Wait... X is dead?"
Zero: "Watch out, the Maverick is a smart one."
Digifanatic: *Steers it towards the side of the building, near one of the vents.*
Zero: "I'm not sure if you could sneak in."
Metal Man (GM): Digi steers it near the building. *WHOOSH THUNK* .... There's somebody atop the ship. *SMASH* *BASH* *CRASH* *KICK.*
Julian Sawyer unstraps his seatbelt and stands up, grabbing his bag as they near the v- "...the fuck was th-" *OH NO.*
Metal Man (GM): The ceiling begins to become dented and cracked.
Panzer opens the top hatch a smidge to see who it is.
Kenku looks up, and starts to mutter obscenities as he draws his sword.
Aribar takes out Sunlight. "Digi, why do all of the bad airship things happen when you're at the wheel?"
Panzer: "Zero, do you have a decent force in here? Rig up something to spread the antivirus to the outside, too. Make something fucking work or your'e all toast."
Kenku yells "Digi, try to get this thing set down!"
Metal Man (GM): Good God. Some maniac has rebuilt Magma Dragoon and given him parts from a mech!
Digifanatic looks for a place to land...
Metal Man (GM): *SMASH* He rips a giant hole in the roof like it's a tin can and leaps in, then makes a massive, flaming laser punch at Aribar!
Deloth: "...Oh, great. Mecha-old-me is here."
Zero: "Send the antivirus then! I'll distribute it!"
Julian Sawyer: "Oh you are fuckin' kiddin' me DIGI PUT THIS THING DOWN SOMEWHERE!"
Aribar tries to dive out of his seat to avoid the punch, but the half-elf doesn't exactly have much of a chance.
Metal Man (GM): You see... ...some flat land just outside the base.
Digifanatic: *Lands it immediately and hops off.*
Metal Man (GM): As Aribar is set on fire and thrown into the wall buy what seems to be almost a Street Fighter like flame attack.
Panzer: "Dragoon. Fucking piss ant." *She crawls back down and locks the hatch.* "This will be fun." *She jumps out of the hatch on the side onto the roof when the ship is above the building.*
Magma Dragoon: "Shoryuken!" *He shoots a fireball at Digi.*
Julian Sawyer draws his Egg Smasher and... where is the Airlock?
Aribar: "Gah! Panzer, I can assure you, he is a little stronger than an ant!"
Julian Sawyer: *And would opening it suck everyone out?*
Metal Man (GM): No, because you have landed.
Kenku tries to leap up and smash Dragoon with his sword.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer is atop the building. Panzer is safe. Ironically.
Deloth tries to give Dragoon a good chop to the neck with his swords.
Panzer ducks into a vent and rolls odwn, probably breaking it and falling onto the floor.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, Magma Dragoon sets Digi on fire and he flies backwards for 35 damage. (((((( BATTLE (For everyone but Panzer) ))))))
Julian Sawyer: *Airlock?*
Metal Man (GM): The airlock was handily ripped open. The ship has landed.
Julian Sawyer: *Fuck it, Julian scrambles for the ha-whatever.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth hits with his pre-emptive sword attacks. Panzer falls through the vent after a moment.
Kenku tries to leap up to the room and get a slice on Dragoon.
Panzer runs to locate Zero.
Zero: "Good move there. I feel sorry for your friends, though." *He's standing right nearby, by a computer.*
Metal Man (GM): Yeah, even though there is no real purpose to that.
Kenku slashes twice at Dragoon.
Panzer plugs herself into the computer and downloads the trojan's copy to be distributed. "There. Hurry up. Magma Dragoon is ripping up our ship."
Zero: "I will." *He types into the computer.* "We'll need someone to accept the download, then hit Dragoon a couple times with it."
Metal Man (GM): Kenku hits once, then gets shoryuken'd back for 20 damage. Ow!
Panzer: "Can you make it into a few bullets?"
Zero: "Hm. Hand me some bullets."
Panzer hands him one of her mags.
Kenku just grins and takes the damage.
Metal Man (GM): Zero carefully modifies them with some sort of programming device. Apparently giving them an electrical field by which viruses or antiviruses can be transferred by hit.
Zero: "Hit him by the head. Making his left pinky non-Maverick won't save anyone."
Metal Man (GM): I'll have Panzer's sniping action occur at the end of the turn order. She can set up the shot and... find somewhere to aim from though.
Aribar: "You like dropping in and punching mages when they're down? Fine, then kill me, but not before I've gotten my icy-cold revenge!" *The mage points Sunlight at Magma Dragoon and five freezing orbs of magic form around the tip, each one shooting off in quick succession and slamming into various parts of the reploid's body.*
Metal Man (GM): The ice melts, dealing no damage.
Magma Dragoon: "You think a little ice will effect me? Hah!"
Panzer: "Alright. Get everyone vaccinated." *She takes the antimag?! and runs back to the roof. Then jumps on the landed ship and stands in the doorway, spotting Dragoon, and taking as prcise aim as possible, using the butterfly aiming method.*
Aribar: "You're a cold-blooded reptile! Your gears should freeze!"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: One problem. The landed ship is far away. They landed it in a field across from the barrier line of enemy green mace guys. You'd either have to jump better than you can, or kill a hole in the enemy lines to get to them.
Deloth: "Uh, Ari, just try lopping his head off next time."
Metal Man (GM): I'd say about 100-130 feet. And... even worse... Magma Dragoon is inside the ship. There's a hole in the top. It's at the wrong angle to hit inside. There's some windows, but a shot or two is required to get through them. Maybe Dragoon will rip some new holes on his turn, though.
Kenku yells "Hey FART BREATH, why don't you come out and face us on solid ground!"
Deloth: "Classy, Kenku. Real classy."
Magma Dragoon: "You wish to be immolated by my fire breath? Be my guest."
Metal Man (GM): Pretty much, Julian.
Kenku: "What?! The ship is damaged enough as is!"
Magma Dragoon: "Not my problem!"
Panzer aims for the holes, keeping them in general view from the rooftop.
Metal Man (GM): It'll be a tricky shot... but first, we wait on Julian.
Julian Sawyer: "Fart Breath? C'mon, man." *Julian sizes up their opponent... then drops the Egg hammer and tries to catch the reploid by surprise, slipping behind him and locking his arms behind him with a full nelson. Grapple? You bet!*
Metal Man (GM): He holds up a claw to block this. You grab onto his claw.
Julian Sawyer: *So... it hit, right?*
Metal Man (GM): Yes.
Julian Sawyer STILL manages to slip behind the reploid and lock both of his arms up AND keep him in place.
Metal Man (GM): Nope. You just grab his arm. Still, it's usable for grapping. Gonna do anything with it? That is possible here too... with an opposed Athletics check. Of course, you'd be holding onto his arm, which would then become insta-hittable. Assuming you out-strengthed him. Because that's all you grabbed. He didn't fly so much as jump... Now hurry up, it's effectively the same as what you expect but I'm writing towards what makes sense as opposed to robotic 'every time must be the same' logic.
Panzer looks around for Colonel for the moment while Dragoon is out of her sights.
Metal Man (GM): Colonel isn't anywhere to be seen. Heh.
Julian Sawyer ... Holds him in place. That was the idea. "Get this sucka!"
Digifanatic decides to use Elemental Will such that Fire Punch --> Water Punch. He goes for that once and then tries to jump out of the ship... hopefully, if Magma follows, he'll be out in the open... and not able to outsmart Trojan bullet.
Metal Man (GM): Julian holds Dragoon's hand. Then is in disbelief he is holding his hand. So long that Dragoon slowly moves his hand free. Then Digi attacks him... I will give +1 to Digi's attack based on the circumstances. The Water doesn't phase him. But it's a punch, so it deals damage as normal. You jump on through the hole. That is something of note... he can't directly attack people up there. Or can he? Anything else, Digi?
Digifanatic: *Can we presume he stands in the field?*
Metal Man (GM): No, Dragoon is standing in the middle of the ship.
Panzer takes aim again, if Dragoon gets in sights, settling into a supported pron position which would be the steadiest of them all, calculating distance and trajectories based on the distance of the ship.
Metal Man (GM): Oh. Well yes. You can move into the field, Digi. That all, Digi?
Magma Dragoon: "Hmph. What do you take me for?" *He idly goes to backhand Julian with his massive claw.*
Metal Man (GM): Also: Kenku... you're atop the ship, right? Julian gets backhanded and thrown into the seats for 40 damage.
Magma Dragoon: "You can't escape me! SHORYUKEN!" *He goes flying up and at Kenku, and out of the ship with a flaming punch.*
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: You should be able to hit him by the end of the around. Or try for it, at least. He's atop the ship now.
Panzer starts dialing in her scope and sights ahead of time to get ready.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku is knocked upwards, on fire, then hits the ground. But only for 20 damage, since the move spent a bunch of time just propelling him upwards.
Kenku grins "Is that all you g--"
Metal Man (GM): Then Dragoon does some flaming spin kick at Kenku while he's on the ground and on fire, aiming to throw Kenku off the ship and onto the ground. Kenku grins, says, "Is that all you g--", then several of his teeth are knocked out and he's thrown off the ship into the ground, on fire, for 50 damage.
Magma Dragoon: "Yes."
Kenku grimace "Ok... that hurt..."
Metal Man (GM): He then turns to Digi and tosses a fireball at him. "HADOKEN!" 20 damage as Digi gets smacked. Magma Dragoon begins inhaling for something massive... He's taken a notch out of his energy, but still seems strong. Abnormally strong. Indeed, some weird energy is pulsing through him.
Metal Man (GM): You can try.
Deloth: *...Ah, what the hell. One Explode aimed at Dragoon's insides, two Water Eles directly into his face while he's inhaling.*
Metal Man (GM): All I'm gonna say is it is very possible to make an explosion. The water eles evaporate uselessly. However, the attack he's charging is prematurely set off, and from inside him too. FWOOOOSH
Julian Sawyer: *Oh fuck.*
Metal Man (GM): Magma-like energy blasts out of him and his vents, overloading and engulfing the inside of the ship, the outside of the ship, and generally all over the place with fire.
Dragoshi: *What the christ.*
Kenku sees the massive explosion "Shit..."
Aribar: *Plane: Anywhere but here.*
Metal Man (GM): Roll defence checks. Must get a 3 or higher to dodge. Aribar: Will check instead. And it will warp you. Aribar warps... somewhere. Those hit by the flames would take 25 damage. It's no lethal deathsplosion. But it's fiery. He coughs a bit as fire leaks everywhere, then resumes charging, having taken 75 damage from that internalsplosion.
Deloth: *Mmm, the sweet aroma of scorched fur.*
Julian Sawyer manages to be thrown into the seats far enough to be shielded from the flames!
Deloth: *Cough* "That... was awesome."
Dragoshi: *Is still alive, but crispy.*
Metal Man (GM): That was pretty much all your spells. Panzer: Flames notwithstanding, Dragoon is standing pretty much still. You come next. Assuming Dragoshi doesn't pick Dragoon up and move him on purpose it should be fine. Dragoshi: Your choice, Dragoon's standing atop the ship.
Dragoshi: *Is just gonna gonna... not do anything but wait. Yeah.*
Deloth: "Well, you gotta admit, that was pretty cool as explosions go."
Metal Man (GM): So... You have a clear shot. +2 bonus for him standing perfectly still.
Panzer aims perfectly, all that blah blah blah shit. ...BLAH. She fires <3
Metal Man (GM): You shoot him in the head. A CLUNK is heard by those nearby him on the ship.
Kenku looks up "eh?"
Magma Dragoon: "?!?! What... what is this? Gahhhhh!!!!" *He holds his head.*
Digifanatic: *notices the shot* .oO(And thank you.)
Magma Dragoon: "I'll... rip you... to shreds!" *He continues charging... ...but he's starting to lose power.*
Metal Man (GM): It's not quite over yet, but if one can survive just a little bit longer... ...he probably won't last much.
Schatze: *Idly helps Julian up.*
Kenku charges in to for two strikes.
Panzer: "Boom, bitch." *Delayed reaction. She goes back to looking for other people she knows, seeing if any other RF people are in the crowd, if so, she starts to set up aim for them.*
Metal Man (GM): No, no turn moving like that... maybe if you had warned me back there. He dodges both strikes. Then something flies off of his circuits. Panzer: Search check.
Julian Sawyer: "I..." *Julian pulls himself out of the mess of seats with Schatze's help, getting back on his feet* "Am gettin' tired of all this."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: You find nothing.
Zero: "I'm getting feedback from the program. The control center is in... the junkyard. I am going to jam it out now that you've damaged the receiver."
Panzer: "Good. I finally got a shot on Dragoon right in the head." *She said, over the radio.* "Morph Moth is behind this? Or did the Virus take him over?"
Zero: "I doubt he's in control. Moreover, it explains where the parts came from. The Zero Virus must have seen memories of the junkyard and gone to resurrect itself some quick and dirty allies."
Panzer: "Scan for other Prior Hunters or RF people in the crowd for me, they will make good allies."
Zero: "I figure this is merely a test of what it can do. I don't see any other Mavericks here. The scanners are fully red with them in that junkyard though. Don't worry... now that we have the antivirus we shouldn't be attacked like this again."
Metal Man (GM): Payback time for Aribar, perhaps?
Panzer: "Better not be. Getting tired of saving your fucking ass. You -did- kill my Commander."
Aribar: *Not really, since Aribar has a fire/possibly holy aligned sword, and Eles do nothing. In any case, where is the plane-warping elf?*
Zero: "I was researching this virus. Not my fault X can't defend a base for 5 minutes without considering it another war."
Metal Man (GM): Aribar has warped to the plane of inverted colors. Although it burns his eyes, it looks the same, sans there being no people here.
Panzer: "That's what he fucking does. You should let him die next time."
Zero: "I've contemplated doing it, but I can't let him die... that would be allowing my creator to get his way. And he was apparently a maniac."
Panzer: "And? You don't let him die, I'll just kill him."
Aribar moves around to the opposite side of Magma Dragoon before casting Plane to warp back into 'existence' and firing four weak blasts of electricity at the Maverick. "Die!"
Metal Man (GM): The electricity actually does normal damage.
Magma Dragoon: "Ow!"
Schatze: "Hit him with a hard attack. He appears unstable."
Aribar: "You can't melt electricity, can you?"
Magma Dragoon: "No... I'll just have to go with melting your fl*BNZ* GAH!"
Julian Sawyer: "And I have had-" *Julian runs, positions himself underneath the hole in the roof Dragoon ripped open, and activates the rocket boots to launch himself into the air and out of the ship!* "ENOUGH OF YOU!" *Julian cuts the propellent as he gets above Dragoon, then extends his leg and flips forward as he drops down onto MD's head with a Flying Heel Drop!*
Metal Man (GM): *CRUNCH* Normal damage, then I'll add on to it... Maybe... maybe not... I just need the normal damage before I add to it, so I can remember the right magnitude of damage. The hit deals 41 damage and sends him falling to the ground, smoking. Erm, oops. If Julian has another attack free he can use that too.
Julian Sawyer actually has a rate left, but he spends it taunting the fallen Dragoon. "YEAH!" *Julian rebounds off the hit and lands on his feet, posturing on the roof of the ship* "WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?!"
Panzer: "Well. Good job fucking retard. Go take you some more fucking steroids and fuck some more damned cows, or whatever it is you get off on."
Julian Sawyer: *Can't hear comments made over 200 feet away.*
Deloth: *Low whistle* "Blew him AWAY. Nice shot."
Panzer shakes her head, goes back into the building. "So much for getting a strong motherfucking ally, you just go right on and Goddamned kill him, stupid fucking bastard. I swear to fucking God --" She's cut off by dropping into the vent.
Digifanatic cautiously takes a few steps back in case something malfunctions and asplodes if Magma gets killed.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer falls in. Zero shakes his head and laughs.
Zero: "Like Dragoon would be that easy to kill. My arm was on the verge of falling off the first time I had to kill him."
Panzer: "Like I give a mother fuck? If he's going to help us he needs to be in decent fucking shape."
Zero: "They made those Repliforce guys out of something insane."
Metal Man (GM): He stands up.
Panzer: "They make us out of fucking hate, shut up and do your damn job."
Deloth: "Oh, hey, ready for more?"
Magma Dragoon: "Yes." *He turns red with pure fire.*
Metal Man (GM): Then he goes to Grab Deloth.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth is set on fire for 35 damage. Then he goes to Spinkick Deloth. Deloth takes 20 damage. Then he flies at Julian like a missile. Also threatening Julian for 5. Roll dodge, Julian.
Deloth: *Bounces back to his feet.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian is sent flying into the ship and through some chairs for 70 damage. Deloth also takes 10 more damage.
Deloth: .oO(Damn good thing I just learned that healing spell. Thanks for the nagging, Mom.)
Metal Man (GM): Dragoon fistpumps into the air.
Metal Man (GM): Then collapses.
Julian Sawyer: *LIVES.*
Deloth ...gets up again.
Metal Man (GM): Whatever he was shot with, combined with a thorough beating, has knocked sense into him.
Zero: "Well, he's down." *CLICK.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, that would be the limit on how many times you can cast a spell per mission.
Deloth: "Well, that was fun."
Julian Sawyer is somehow knocked back into the ship despite being ontop of it. For MAXIMUM DAMAGE.
Metal Man (GM): Of course, note that healing will heal you, but also encourage me to make longer missions with enemies, so, caveat emptor.
Deloth starts patching himself up. Minor Heal5=75 HP worth of goodness.
Kenku places a hand to his chest and starts chanting as he mends wounds (Minor Heal x4)
Zero: "The transmitter is being jammed."
Kenku: "I don't got much left... anyone want a little healing?"
Julian Sawyer: *Has 5 HP left as he pulls himself out of the chair pile again.*
Deloth: "I think Julian does."
Zero: "Now... do you want to take care of the source or shall I? I can deal with it. Unlike X."
Metal Man (GM): X walks into the room where Panzer is, with a mace stuck in his shoulder.
X: "You could have told me you were going to shut down the robots remotely."
Zero: "I did. Three times."
Panzer ignores Zero, wanting to shove the mace in further.
Digifanatic: "Julian, huh... I can take care of that." *Gives Julian a Mushroom. +66 HP.*
Panzer: "We'll go together, just in case."
X: "But the battle never ends. And just what does Dr. Light plan for me?"
Kenku: "You ok Ari?"
Zero: "I don't know. Dr. Light has apparently decided to act through someone else for once."
Panzer: "X, you're being a whiny bitch again. Go see Life Saver for your binky."
Zero: "Let's get out of here then."
Panzer leaves with Zero.
Metal Man (GM): He opens the door and slashes apart a robot and then goes to see the others.
X: "I'll show you whiny!" *He charges up.* "...Out of subtanks. Crud." *He walks off.*
Dragoshi: "... Right."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer and Zero walk over to the others.
Panzer ignores X. Whiny. XD
Metal Man (GM): The new sunroof Magma Dragoon made for the ship can be seen.
Aribar: "I'll live; he got me with a cheap shot in the beginning, but besides that I'm fine."
Deloth: *Looking a bit scorched, but otherwise fine.*
Kenku: "Hey Zero, nice shot Panzer."
Metal Man (GM): Also, Magma Dragoon is in a heap on the ground, sparking.
Deloth: "So what're you going to do with lizard-boy here?"
Julian Sawyer accepts the Mushroom and again leaves the near-death area "Gon' have to get the ship repaired again..."
Zero: "I'm afraid it'll be a while before this reploid operates again."
Digifanatic: "I am not thrilled with having to have done this fight..."
Zero: "He was hardly in one piece to begin with."
Kenku: "Sadly yes we will..."
Aribar: "The Zero Virus has been dealt with?"
Zero: *Kicks Magma Dragoon's body* "No, it appears to be operating out of a junkyard."
Digifanatic: "But hopefully this will be the last time... In. A. While."
Panzer walks up to Dragoon. "You're a disgrace. Fucking Leader of the 14th Hunter Unit indeed. The title fits, Mr. 'I trashed Sky Lagoon.'"
Kenku: "I guess it's time we deal with the signal... Umm... let's walk, the ship has taken enough beating already."
Panzer steps on Dragoon's head a few times. Walks off.
Digifanatic walks back with the others...
Zero: "I thought you wanted him in one piece." *He shakes his head and chuckles, radioing X.*
Metal Man (GM): X walks out to drag the body away.
Aribar: "We're going after the virus now?"
Digifanatic: "Doesn't mean she can't step on his face."
X: "Why do I have to do all the hard work?"
Deloth: "Shut up, whiner."
X: "I hate doing this. It is wrong. We should all be..." *Fades out as he walks away.*
Kenku: "Better to than let them charge up another squad."
Deloth: "Man, Panz was right, he IS a wuss."
Metal Man (GM): Zero walks into the ship.
Panzer: "Because you're the bitch. You do the bitch work."
Zero: "Let's get to the junkyard."
Panzer follows Zero.
Julian Sawyer: "You suckas owe us a new ship." *To the junkyard.*
Kenku nods and gets into the copilot seat.
Zero: "I warned you. It's your fault you flew too close to the Maverick."
Deloth gets into a non-carbonized seat.
Metal Man (GM): The ship takes off. It's a bit windy inside, but you'll make it. Schatze randomly repairs the chairs out of boredom.
Schatze: "What is it with enemies and attacking chairs?"
Julian Sawyer: "Hazard pay, motherfucker, if it weren't for us you'd still be cowerin' in the base."
Panzer rides in the sunroof, sticking out. She gets some bugs in her mouth. Eats them.
Zero: "What're you going to do, curse at me?" *He slashes the top of a chair off.*
Kenku: "It's collateral in the end. Not much place to move. Hey... Hey... SETTLE DOWN!"
Deloth just watches all of the arguing with detached interest.
Metal Man (GM): The ship slowly approaches the junkyard.
Panzer pokes her head down. "Zero, just kill Julian. He's annoying."
Zero: "Now if you want to land without dying, land here." *He points to a flat spot inside the junkyard.* "Or you can disregard me and land in the middle, where my sensors indicate more anti-air turrets than there are stars in the universe. I won't pay for your ship if you do that either."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, alright... I'll take it to the flat spot..."
Panzer wriggles out of the sun roof and stands on the ship to get an over veiw of things.
Metal Man (GM): It's a giant mountain of junk. It's radically different now.
Deloth: "...Why would ANYBODY set up base here?"
Metal Man (GM): You can see it now: Parts of the Counter-Maverick Hunters, Repliforce debris, Doppler debris, even original Sigma pieces.
Kenku: "Easy, lots of resources."
Digifanatic takes the ship off and pilots it over to the flat spot.
Metal Man (GM): There's a nice building in the center, defended by a hodge-podge of reconstructed defense weapons.
Panzer: "Hmm. Maybe Colonel is here?" *She scans for him/his parts.*
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Like a needle in a haystack, although you surmise an important figure like him wouldn't be left around for just anyone to revive.
Julian Sawyer: "Fine, push yo' goddamn luck. See if we ever help yo' ass again." *Julian is reminded why he disliked robots so back in the early seasons...* "Let''s get this shit over with..."
Metal Man (GM): The ship lands. A path through the rubble is readily apparent.
Panzer looks down through the hole. She is contemplating shooting Julian.
Zero: "Don't be surprised if everything that is a blaster levitates up and shoots at us. This virus has taken the place by storm."
Kenku steps out and does a first look around "Noted."
Metal Man (GM): There's junk parts of every color, shape, and size as far as the eye can see.
Julian Sawyer: "So what're we lookin' for?"
Metal Man (GM): Normally you'd be overjoyed, for you could probably outfit your weapons with new parts for free. However all the junk is buzzing. Beeping. Almost alive.
Panzer: "Alright. I'll take the high ground, you guys, do what you fucking want. You can't climb walls anyway."
Kenku keeps his shield forward and his sword at the ready.
Aribar follows the others. He isn't feeling very optimistic about their mission.
Metal Man (GM): Zero points at a not-so-hidden tower thing in the middle.
Deloth rolls his eyes and steps out, swords ready.
Julian Sawyer draws out the Egg Smasher and heads out of the ship.
Panzer: "You want me to follow or set up a good sniper spot?"
Zero: "That's a part of Doppler's old tower. Some Maverick has made it broadcast the Zero Virus all over."
Digifanatic: "Ohhh okay..."
Julian Sawyer: "Do whatever the fuck you want Panz, ain't like you ever listen."
Zero: "Sniping is nigh-impossible when all the ground off the path may be evil or alive." *He slashes the debris to the left and right of the path. It sparks and explodes. And growls.*
Metal Man (GM): The others move through with Zero in tow. They would encounter a locked warehouse on their path.
Dragoshi: *Draws out his laser sword, then proceeds to exit ze ship.*
Metal Man (GM): There's a bit ol' door in the way.
Julian Sawyer: *Visible padlock?*
Deloth tries a Lockpick spell on the door.
Metal Man (GM): The lock breaks off.
Digifanatic remains very prudent and tries not to touch any random debris he shouldn't touch, but alas, a door!
Julian Sawyer: *Whatever.*
Zero: "Hmmm..." *Begins to sidestep.*
Panzer takes the high ground, as she's said, to keep watch for them as she moves along the tops of the piles... She'll be eaten soon I'm sure.
Kenku steps into the door, shield first.
Julian Sawyer: *Follows Zero's lead.*
Metal Man (GM): The ground rumbles and shakes under Panzer, her heavy weight setting off any number of god knows what in the junk piles. Nothing yet though.
Digifanatic: *Takes a sidestep as well.*
Metal Man (GM): The door is not open yet.
Zero: "So... ...who's going to open it?"
Panzer keeps going, more or less just pissed right now.
Digifanatic: "Fine..." *Opens it.*
Deloth: "I elect you."
Metal Man (GM): *Open. Several Reploid eyes glow in the darkness. PEW PEW PEW BAM BAM BAM BZZZT.*
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Deloth: "...Oh shit, close it again..."
Panzer watches this from ontop of the pile. Laughs.
Metal Man (GM): Threatens all.
Metal Man (GM): 15 damage if hit.
Panzer sits down on the pile to watch, tapping her foot and snickering.
Zero: "Okay... ...we're going above this warehouse."
Panzer: "C'mon Zero."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: A zombie hand grabs your foot.
Aribar actually manages to flinch away and DODGE a blast!
Panzer: "Dammit." *She jerks her foot up.*
Metal Man (GM): Zero begins leaping up the side of the building in a way no human could do.
Digifanatic pops one of his Mushrooms for himself...
Deloth: "...I really wish I had relearned how to fly."
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Kenku: "How the crap are we getting up?"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: You pull up the upper torso and arm of a robot.
Panzer: "Zero, you'll have to carry them. They can't wall climb."
Zero: "How high can you jump? ...Really? How do you people manage?"
Deloth tries to start climbing up any handholds on the wall.
Julian Sawyer: "Yo, wait up." *Julian backs up a few feet, runs forward, and activates his Rocket Boots again, taking to the skies after Zero!*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth: Few handholds, but roll a climb check.
Dragoshi: "We usually aren't in those kinds of situations."
Panzer puts the barrel to Zombie's head. Pulls the trigger. "Stench."
Metal Man (GM): Julian flies up to meet Zero.
Dragoshi: "That's how."
Metal Man (GM): The zombie thing disintegrates while Deloth can't find a handhold.
Deloth tries getting up in one big jump, then.
Panzer walks down to the others, waits a moment. "Well, grab on, retards. I've had to do this before."
Zero: "Well... ...let's find some way to get them up here."
Digifanatic tries climbing himself... not his strong point, but oh well. 64% chance of at least getting 1 success...
Metal Man (GM): Zero looks around the roof. There's a lot of air conditioning units.
Panzer: "Usually they just grab onto me and I climb up."
Metal Man (GM): Then Deloth leaps up to the roof and scrabbles up, as Digi climbs aside it.
Julian Sawyer lands on the roof next to Zero "What next?"
Deloth: "Wow. I made it."
Panzer: "Apparently they're trying too hard." *She goes back to following them to the side, climbing over the piles.*
Zero: "That." *He points to the path ahead, where some magnets and weird traffic lights guard the path.*
Dragoshi: *Also tries to climb up...*
Julian Sawyer: "...Ain't trustin' that."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Search check...
Kenku: *Sees Digi climbing, and places his shield on his back, and begins attempting to climb the path.*
Metal Man (GM): Dragoshi falls off the building, but his fall is broken by a can of sprite. Meanwhile, Panzer avoids several pitfall traps and makes her way around the building, and Kenku climbs up to the top of the warehouse. You win dodging all the traps.
Panzer is awesome like that. Will fail miserably next set of rolls.
Deloth: "So. Where to now?"
Metal Man (GM): The people who cannot get up are sucked up to the top of the warehouse by an invisible force anyway.
Dragoshi: *Tries to climb again...*
Metal Man (GM): But they take 10 damage. Must be that thing called a screen border.
Julian Sawyer: "There." *Points towards the magents and traffic lights.* "But I don't trust it."
Metal Man (GM): Weird.
Dragoshi: *...wanted to climb up again but I guess that works.* :/
Panzer is collecting mountable weaponry and storing it in panels in her armor for later.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Search check. Zero, Julian, and the others walk down a ramp and are now just before magnet traffic light alley.
Deloth: "...Why in the world are there traffic signals here?"
Digifanatic: "Cause it's all more debris from wherever."
Metal Man (GM): As Panzer discovers a nice mountable shoulder cannon with a zombie hand reaching for her attached to it.
Kenku: "Probably a laser trap."
Panzer steps on the hand. Takes cannon.
Zero: "Meh." *He walks right at it.*
Julian Sawyer: *Waits for Zero to head in first.*
Deloth waits and watches.
Metal Man (GM): A zombie robot floats from the ground to block his path! *SLASH* It dies.
Panzer straps it to her back if it won't fit in her boot.
Metal Man (GM): He walks right on through.
Deloth NOW follows.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: It fits, but you notice it's a bit junky.
Julian Sawyer: *And following.*
Kenku follows Zero.
Metal Man (GM): Another zombie robot appears before the Questers!
Panzer takes it anyway. Could be good for parts. Looks for more.
Metal Man (GM): Deloth takes out his sword and hands it to the zombie robot. Then he slashes it in half with his other sword.
Digifanatic: *Golf Club to that robot.*
Metal Man (GM): And picks up his dropped sword. Then Digi runs over to the body of the robot.
Deloth: "Yeah, see, I can hand over one of my weapons and still win." *He keeps walking.*
Metal Man (GM): And violently bashes it to pieces.
Digifanatic: "There. Get your sword back, we can fix it at HQ."
Zero: "Yeah. Them zombies aren't very dangerous to real fighters."
Metal Man (GM): Digi realizes Deloth got his sword back before it was potentially smashed to bits. You reach your next obstacle. It's a scene from the Mad Max movie! ...No, it's a robot biker.
Deloth flings a Fire ele at it.
Metal Man (GM): He flies at you, deciding traffic rules are for chumps. Then he catches on fire.
Kenku tries to clothesline the biker as he comes into range.
Metal Man (GM): Then Zero slashes his head off. Then Kenku clotheslines the burning, headless biker off the bike.
Panzer continues along side from a distance.
Julian Sawyer: *And Julian just walks on by.*
Metal Man (GM): The bike falls over sideways as everyone continues.
Digifanatic: *Nothing to see here, folks.*
Kenku goes to check the condition of the bike.
Dragoshi: *Moves on.*
Metal Man (GM): It's in pretty good shape. Since the rider was the only person killed.
Deloth: "...Nice bike." *Makes a mental note to pick it up later as he continues onward* "Dibs."
Kenku picks it up and tries to get it to start.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku and Deloth both grab the bike. Now for the real challenge of the mission. Kenku and Deloth fighting over a hoverbike. Oh, right.
Panzer wants a hoverbike. ;-;
Metal Man (GM): Deloth makes a note to pick it up later. As Kenku picks it up now.
Panzer looks for another one on her way over the piles.
Metal Man (GM): Why yes. There are more. Why?
Kenku tries to start it.
Metal Man (GM): Three more hover-bikers decide to try to run you over. Threatens all.
Aribar tries to dodge...
Panzer isn't near the others. o.o; She's on the piles away from them, paralleling them.
Deloth gets Excitebike'd.
Digifanatic decides to Fire Punch the head off the one that failed.
Metal Man (GM): Yes. 10 damage per hit, if hit. Zero leaps over the bikers in general.
Deloth: *BEEP BEEP.*
Metal Man (GM): Gonna counter-attack? As I get a drink, because it's sweltering in my room?
Julian Sawyer attempts to take one of the biker's heads off with a hammer swing.
Kenku drops the bike for the moment, and tries to clothesline a rider.
Dragoshi: *Gets hit once, then proceeds to attempt to decapitate one of the bikers with his sword!*
Deloth just uses a Minor Heal charge to fix himself up some.
Metal Man (GM): Biker 2 and 3 get hit. Decapitated, even. Biker 1 dodges and goes to attack Zero. Zero goes to attack him as well. He and his bike explode as they're both slashed in half.
Kenku goes back to trying to start the bike from before again.
Metal Man (GM): It starts up. In fact, it has been up for a while.
Kenku smirks and gets on, putting his sword out like a lance.
Metal Man (GM): The next part in your arbitrary path is simple. A ladder up the side of a defunct building. Zero climbs on up.
Dragoshi: *Goes to push the biker corpse offa one of the bikes, then get on it himself.* :x
Metal Man (GM): As Panzer's ankle would be grabbed by yet another zombie hand. Which tries to hold her down. Athletics check!
Kenku sighs as he sees a ladder. He shuts it off and goes up the ladder.
Julian Sawyer: *Up the ladder!*
Metal Man (GM): Panzer rips her ankle free from it, sending the arm aside.
Panzer: "Stop playing grab-ass." *She eats the hand.*
Digifanatic: *Climbs the ladder.*
Dragoshi: *Up the ladder I guess.*
Metal Man (GM): The group climbs up the ladder, now off of the ground.
Kenku sees Digi's condition as he reaches the top. "Hey... hold still a sec." He says and lays a hand on his shoulder, releasing a little light (Minor Heal x2)
Metal Man (GM): The only dilemma is people with hoverbikes can't... easily carry them up a ladder. And Panzer will need to think of some side-path to get around it, as there's only one ladder up to the huge platform. Ah.
Panzer looks around for some other path that might lead her to the same goal.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Search check.
Dragoshi: *Decides to do the same as Kenku. On the turn off his bike thing and head up.*
Deloth just climbs up the ladder, having never picked up a bike.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer finds a path. Also she will probably get nothing but 1s on her sniper rolls. I mean. There's a roundabout path, just through yet more zombie piles.
Deloth: "I call dibs on one of those bikes."
Digifanatic: "I don't need it."
Zero: "You get the slashed one."
Julian Sawyer: "Whatever."
Metal Man (GM): You're atop the platform. It's like a chunk of airstrip. Why, here comes a square airship just now.
Panzer grumbles. Walks over to the ladders, kicks the bikes if they're left down there a few times, then goes up the ladder.
Julian Sawyer: "..." *Any cover?*
Metal Man (GM): What's that? It's aiming its cannons at you? Oh dear! None besides climbing down the ladder.
Deloth: "Fine, whatever, Zero. I'll work on fixing it up after all this..."
Kenku yells "crap" and runs for the ladder.
Deloth jumps back down the ladder.
Julian Sawyer: *Back to the ladder!*
Metal Man (GM): It fires at the people who stay up topside. Threatens all who haven't gone down the ladder yet.
Metal Man (GM): Zero of course just leaps off to fall back down.
Panzer looks up to see people climbing down. She blinks, just hops back off to the gound and takes cover.
Metal Man (GM): 20 damage to those hit by the ship.
Digifanatic hasn't dodged crap today...
Panzer looks at Zero. "Still like working with fleshbags? They can't even jump down without hurting themselves."
Deloth: "Go to hell, Panz."
Panzer: "I'm already there, I'm stuck with you morons."
Zero: "What can I say? They chose this work, not me."
Julian Sawyer: "Then why the hell you keep hangin' around?" *Peeks back up over the edge to see if the ship's still there?*
Metal Man (GM): The ship has landed. Someone gets out and walks into the base. The ship is still scanning the area you climbed up with its guns.
Panzer backs off to see what the Ship's insignia is, suspecting Spiral Pegasus.
Metal Man (GM): It nearly notices Julian's head there.
Digifanatic: *Is down with the rest of them.*
Julian Sawyer ducks back down.
Kenku stands near the bottom of the ladder.
Metal Man (GM): The insignia is a Maverick one.
Deloth: "Great. Ideas, anyone?"
Metal Man (GM): ...Hastily plastered over a Repliforce one.
Julian Sawyer: "We got any anti-ship weaponry?"
Panzer growls. "Zero, who just went inside?"
Schatze: *Radio* "Did I hear 'anti-ship weaponry' perchance?"
Zero: "That's... ...that new guy... .with the claw."
Kenku: "If you got something to blow the flying fortress be our guest."
Zero: "I hate him. It's like some bored person made him out of junk."
Panzer: "Be more discriptive."
Zero: "The person who grabs things and throws them with a giant claw."
Kenku: "Ohhh... Claw..." *Kenku starts to grumble from the last fight.*
Zero: "A new model made recently."
Panzer: "Crescent Grizzly?"
Julian Sawyer: *Radio* "We gotta airship in the way. You know any way we can take it out?"
Zero: "Now that I see him here, I think I have an idea of what he's made of." *He clutches a zombie hand and stares at it angrily.*
Schatze: "Let's see what I can do."
Metal Man (GM): The Quester ship flies overhead.
Metal Man (GM): *BAM BAM BAMBAMBAMBAMBAMBAM.*
Metal Man (GM): Zero peeks over the edge.
Panzer: "But it is Crecent Grizzly, yes?"
Julian Sawyer: "'Sit safe?"
Zero: "Whoever you have flying that ship just blew up that other ship. No, not Grizzly. That's an insult to Grizzly. Some weird new thing named Claw. Just... Claw."
Deloth climbs up the ladder and heads over to the other side, then.
Julian Sawyer: "An' we're good. Everyone back over!" *Into the breach.*
Zero: "Hardly a reploid."
Kenku starts to climb out from the ladder.
Aribar just follows the others... Like he's been doing... Yeah...
Panzer: "Claw? Dunno that one, but the ship used to be RepliForce." *She scans for RF signatures.*
Dragoshi: *Moving on!*
Zero: "The ship's unrelated to him. He probably doesn't even know what Repliforce is."
Panzer: "Obviously. But he looks too... Incapable of piloting it."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Sans Schatze and the ship (which fly away quickly, fleeing from anti-air fire), there's nothing elsein the vicinity. You can (Cautiously) climb up and walk around the busted ship.
Zero: "Hm... you have a point..."
Kenku walks up sword at the ready.
Zero: "We should be careful. Whoever flew this thing might still be in it."
Julian Sawyer: *And we're walking.*
Metal Man (GM): He taps on the ruined blue ship.
Deloth: *Heading around the ship and to the other side, swords out.*
Digifanatic: *Stays a few feet back.*
Kenku: "He probably is, and I want a nice whack at him!"
Panzer shoulders her sniper rifle and dusts herself off a little, the old RF symbol still on one shoulder the Sigma symbol on the other. She climbs up the ladder non-chalantly, walking towards the ship, slightly on edge.
Metal Man (GM): You walk towards it... Anyone sneaking, or just walking?
Deloth can't sneak worth shit. Walking.
Julian Sawyer: *Sneak 'dat shit, son.*
Metal Man (GM): INT checks to sneak. Panzer: It isn't too too late.
Kenku is walking. No reason to try a sneak attack... unless hes asleep which would be outrageously funny.
Metal Man (GM): Nobody has even seen the pilot.
Deloth: *...DEFINITELY just walking, then.*
Metal Man (GM): Some might just walk right by. Some may sneak by entirely.
Digifanatic: *Walks by.*
Metal Man (GM): Zero stays behind. Some others walk by, no reaction from the ship next.
Julian Sawyer: *Eh, walk.*
Panzer walks up to the ship's side and knocks on the door a few times.
Kenku turns back to the ship, waiting for something to pop out.
Metal Man (GM): *SLAM* The door opens so abruptly as to almost deck Panzer.
Deloth: *Are the walkers safe?*
Metal Man (GM): A resurrected Eagle reploid would stare at her, cracked and looking like some parts of him had been replaced with generic stuff. Yeah, they walked away from that whole mess.
Panzer wasn't standing too close to it, anyway. "Eagle? You're the one flyiing this shitcan?"
Kenku looks back "What the?"
Storm Eagle: "What is the meaning of this... you'll get killed out there! Enemies possessing Dr. Light's antivirus are among us!"
Panzer looks surprised. "So it wasn't a rumor? What's the status? I got here on my own, no trouble."
Storm Eagle: "That idiot walked right out like nothing is happening... .look! There they are!" *He points at the people walking by.* "Either come in or go away. I aim to get somewhere safe before it's too late. Can't have Sigma's return be wasted by a little antivirus."
Metal Man (GM): They're a distance ahead of the ship now.
Panzer: "Then move, I'll hop on with you." *She goes to get in.*
Metal Man (GM): Walkers: You encounter a nice, glowing, purple door. It blocks the way into the tall base.
Panzer: "I don't want any of that fucking mess."
Kenku: "This looks familiar..."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer walks in and the door shuts behind. Zero ducks behind, listening but unseen to Storm Eagle.
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Kenku searches for a backdoor.
Storm Eagle: "Then you should stay here. The... current leader has lost his mind. He rebuilt me, then said I would aid him, the 'self-styled God of destruction.' I told him I'd fly this ship and nothing else. Bah!"
Metal Man (GM): He slams the busted controls.
Aribar: "It looks a bit like the purple haze from before." *He would look for a piece of scrap or something to toss in to test it.*
Storm Eagle: "Now this is busted and intruders are moments away from attacking me. I have to get out of here."
Julian Sawyer: "Sometimes I wonder why I fuckin' bother."
Metal Man (GM): *ZOT* The scrap disintegrates. There's no other readily apparent way into the base.
Kenku: "So now what?"
Panzer: "Sounds like a decent idea to me. I wouldn't want to be stuck around a crackpot, that's why I left on my own. I used to know Morph Moth, wanted to try and find him. Everyone seems to be popping up again."
Storm Eagle: "There's a transport in this mess. You coming with me, or do you want to die like those crazy people who think Vile is actually Sigma?"
Metal Man (GM): Zero sneaks around and over to the Questers.
Panzer: "I'll come with you, forget this shit."
Julian Sawyer: "I got no fuckin' idea... Zero! The fuck do we do with this?" *Gestures at the purpleness.*
Kenku: "Hey Zero, got a way through?"
Metal Man (GM): He stands to the side, out of sight from the ship's crashed cockpit.
Zero: "If we can get part of that ship online, we can blow it to bits."
Panzer silently patches Zero into key parts of the conversation for intel. "Who is the current leader. I heard that Doppler was brought back or something crazy. I can't make sense of any of this."
Digifanatic: "Sounds like that's about it?"
Storm Eagle: "Fine. Don't dally. We can maybe find Moth's parts and put him together--oh. The leader IS this Vile impostor, but he's seeming very fake to me. Put us together and told us he was the Zero Virus. Pah. Zero would have killed us all. We have a better leader, but I can't just tell you his name. The crazy guy might kill him if we do."
Zero: "Sounds like Panzer is going to get our annoyance out of the ship for us, so we can mess with it in a moment."
Storm Eagle: "Perhaps once we get out of radio distance of this soon to be destroyed mess."
Panzer looked surprised again, but, they -could- use SE... Hmm. "Works for me, I'm just a sniper, not my job to know politics. I just wanted to see if that BS I'd heard was true, c'mon, let's see if we can get by those guys."
Storm Eagle: "The antimatter field... bah! It can't take too much before exploding. What use is that?"
Panzer: "Hell if I know. I just want out of here in one fucking piece, know what I mean?"
Metal Man (GM): Storm Eagle flips open the side and begins making a move for the side path.
Storm Eagle: "This way, if you want to get out of here in one piece."
Metal Man (GM): He's headed towards something... buried.
Panzer follows SE. "Alright, let's go."
Metal Man (GM): They vacate. Zero walks over to the Questers and points at the door. Then Digi decides he will follow Storm Eagle.
Panzer is cautious, scanning silently for traps and shit of that nature, trying to notice all the little things.
Metal Man (GM): Just kidding. Unless he really DOES want to follow Storm Eagle.
Kenku heads for the door.
Zero: "Okay, someone hit that ship."
Metal Man (GM): He points at the crashed airship.
Julian Sawyer: *Has no idea what the fuck anymore* "Digi!"
Zero: "Get a laser online so we can blast our way in."
Digifanatic: "Sorry..." *Backs off.*
Kenku nods and goes into the cockpit area and looks for laser controls.
Storm Eagle: "Whew. For a minute there, I thought that person had noticed us." *He leaps over a gap and begins digging through rubble, far off to the side.*
Zero: "...The rest of us should walk away from the door..." *He backs away from the purple door.*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku: Tech check.
Panzer stands near him, nodding. "What the hell are you digging for?"
Julian Sawyer: *Away! Away from the door!*
Digifanatic: "Just got a bit wondrous..." *Backs away from the door.*
Dragoshi: *Away from ze door!*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku turns on the windshield wipers. They're LASER windshield wipers.
Storm Eagle: "I buried it so no one would get suspicious. Or blow it up. Like they did to my other ship."
Metal Man (GM): Kenku discovers the LASER cigarette lighter.
Kenku tires one more time.
Panzer: "I see. Smart move, quick thinking." *She looks around, pretending to watch for shit that might attack her or something.*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku discovers the LASER... .nothing, I'm out of bad ones. Digi, shall you be my guest and try at it?
Julian Sawyer: "..." *He gets impatient, storms the cockpit, and tries to find the damn thing himself.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian becomes mad and finds a button which is also red and angry looking. Then he smacks it.
Julian Sawyer: *PUSH BUTTAN.*
Metal Man (GM): *BZZZAM BOOOOM* The door is no more.
Kenku just blinks and walks off.
Dragoshi: "...Well, then. Good job, Julian."
Julian Sawyer: "Takin' forever in here..." *Exit ship, enter door.*
Deloth: "...yep, that'll work."
Digifanatic: *Let's-a go.*
Dragoshi: *To the door!*
Deloth heads inside.
Metal Man (GM): Meanwhile, the transport for Storm Eagle is unveiled. Storm Eagle winces as the door explodes.
Kenku heads for the door.
Storm Eagle: "Now I really have to leave. Those maniacs blew open the door with MY ship."
Panzer: "Chill man, looks like they're distracted."
Metal Man (GM): He opens the transport and gets in, then waits for Panzer.
Panzer hops in with him.
Metal Man (GM): The Questers walk inside the building as Storm Eagle turns on the transport. Storm Eagle begins turning on the transport. He's about ready to lift off now.
Storm Eagle: "Yes... I can't believe it. Neither X nor Zero has killed me yet. Maybe I'll be able to give the Mavericks a fighting chance for once. No more crazy leaders."
Panzer sends a quick text message to Zero. "Want me to fly off with him or disinfect him now?" She nods. "Me too, hopefully I'll be able to help them out too."
Zero: *Comms* "...He has another ship? ...Shoot him once he's out of range of the anti-air guns. We need a ship for our side." *Comms* "Unlikely you could make it take off by yourself."
Panzer sends Zero an "OK. Lift off before they see us!"
Metal Man (GM): Inside this building is a sort of futuristic citadel, in which junk has been carved into bizarre sculptures.
Storm Eagle: "Yes." *He does so.*
Metal Man (GM): A voice echoes inside the building.
Deloth: "Who the hell makes art out of trash piles?"
???: "What do you think you are going to accomplish here?"
Digifanatic: *Muttering* "You'd be surprised, Del..."
???: "I mean, really. I've thrashed you... how many times?"
Deloth: "Eh, who's counting."
Metal Man (GM): The largest statue, one of Dr. Wily, is picked up and put aside by... ...Claw.
Julian Sawyer: *Shakes head* "People always gotta be askin' these questions. The fuck you wanna here for an answer, 'nothin'?"
Claw: "I'll rip you to shreds and make statues out of your non-organic parts if you so much as step a foot further."
Kenku Smirks "I'm not going down so easily this time!" he says and charges.
Zero: "Oh look. It's someone with an easily severed appendage."
Deloth just watches Kenku charge.
Claw: "...ZERO??? ...You're supposed to be dead!"
Julian Sawyer: "Well, he ain't."
Zero: "Yeah. You're... ...not very good at knowing the present, are you."
Claw: "Well, fine. I'll crush you too, 'legendary' Maverick Hunter!"
Metal Man (GM): Another Battle! Yo yo. Wow... ray of... ...and somebody else said it for me.
Kenku races up and makes two quick slashes.
Metal Man (GM): He is hit by both.
Kenku grins with success (EOT)
Zero: "So, Mr. Claw. Meet Mr. Saber."
Claw: "No." *Block.*
Zero: "I said... meet Mr. Saber."
Claw: "NO!" *Block.*
Claw: "So Mr. Saber... meet Mr. Claw!" (/StealingfromWolf)
Claw: "..." *He goes to grab Digi with it instead.*
Digifanatic: *Takes a sidestep.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss. As it rains failure... Save us! Save us from the endless dodging! *mock sobs.*
Digifanatic goes right back at Claw, running in and then trying to bash his head in with the golf club. Anything to maybe make the guy a bit woozy.
Metal Man (GM): Claw, too busy trying to figure out a new taunt, gets smacked. SSQ? Make sense? Storm Eagle clears the junkyard, flying off in the ship.
Storm Eagle: "So... how'd you get revived?"
Panzer: "It's a really long story, really."
Storm Eagle: "You never were seen fighting directly. In fact... I recall some sort of warning about you... I mean... the impostor leader said something that not all Repliforce units were actually... Maverick. Not that I care."
Metal Man (GM): He's flying outwards towards the arctic area. The ship's over an area covered in snow.
Panzer: "Pfft. A warning? No one knows about me but Colonel, he was my commander before they fucking killed us all."
Storm Eagle: "They say no one has found his body..."
Panzer: "I'll find it one day. Where the hell are we?"
Storm Eagle: "Not even the person who stands to take control when this maniac dies. We're heading towards the old Counter-Maverick Hunter base. Nobody bothered to clean it out, thinking it had sunk into the ocean."
Panzer: "Doesn't matter. Like I said. I'll find him. Hmm. Really? They didn't notice? Wow."
Storm Eagle: "Well. It was flooded. And most of it is broken."
Panzer: "It's still a usable base."
Storm Eagle: "It doesn't stop us from using the couple remaining rooms as the perfect hideout."
Panzer: "Anyone else here?"
Storm Eagle: "The leader I'm talking about. And another co-conspirator should be here too. I've alerted him, since it is imminent that the other base will be destroyed."
Panzer: "I see. This should be interesting."
Deloth: *Oh, hey, look, slicing time.*
Metal Man (GM): He blocks one, then takes another. Darn, the mist misses. That would make this faster. Or wait... perhaps this can be made faster... in a turn or two.
Claw: "That all you can do? I can do this all day then. Why, by then my leader should have made an antidote for that antivirus."
Aribar: "...An antiantivirus?" *He just shakes his head before he thinks of it any more and charges up Sunlight with magic before slicing Claw twice.*
Claw: "We call it a virus to prevent people's processors from overloading."
Metal Man (GM): The bane has been banned! I mean, failure.
Julian Sawyer ... fuck it, Flying Heel Drop on the Claw's... CLAW!
Metal Man (GM): Yes. We may pause in fact... and call this one part of two. Since you wanted long mission... I give you long mission!
Julian Sawyer: *Try AGAIN.*
Metal Man (GM): Good gravy! He blocks with the power of a thousand meat-laden spoons! He defeats Aribar's Cure roll too! Kenku We'll pause in 19 minutes or so.
Kenku comes up for two more quickies. He is paused.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku fails. Then a glitch occurred! He punches a statue over. Nothing else happens.
Zero: "I SAID..."
Metal Man (GM): Zero slashes three times in succession and fails. Out of sheer anger he leaps onto The Claw and stabs him in the face.
Metal Man (GM): Claw's defense is now nerfed. FOREVER. And he takes 45 damage.
Digifanatic goes ahead and goes straight for the torso with a Fire Punch, quickly spinning after and then going for a Light Ray to the head.
Metal Man (GM): The ship with Storm Eagle and Panzer on it lands in a snowfield. Storm Eagle walks out into the snow.
Claw: "Where are you? Where are--ow!"
Panzer walks out, looking around at the bleak landscape, blinking.
Storm Eagle: "Of course... here we are."
Metal Man (GM): He begins digging in the snow.
Deloth aims another two stabs at Claw. Stab, swords, stab!
Panzer walks up to SE and waits. "Well. We going in or what?"
Metal Man (GM): Magic stabbing proceeds.
Storm Eagle: "The snow has covered the hatch. I must find it." *He kicks around.* *CLONG* "Here it is. Of course..." *He takes out a small blaster and sets it aside.*
Deloth: *Another 43.*
Metal Man (GM): Waaay too late, Dragoshi.
Storm Eagle: "We can't enter with our weapons. They will enter separately. They have to be scanned... sorry. The real leader is... paranoid. Anyone could try to kill him. Or infect him. Or blow him up. It's a harsh world."
Panzer: "Greenbird isn't intelligent." *She mutters and shakes her head.* "Fine, fine. Can I at least keep my bullets with me? I mean, what can I do with them, with no gun? They're hard to find, I don't want them wasted."
Storm Eagle: "Well..." *He puts a hand to his chin.* "I'll have to ask the leader that. I don't decide. This thing lets only one person in at a time, due to the scanning... ...see you in a moment."
Metal Man (GM): He opens the hatch and closes it behind him. It's not locked, but rather says 'BUSY... WAIT ONE MOMENT'
Panzer rolls her eyes and pockets some of the special ammo anyways, putting it in her boot casing.
Julian Sawyer: *FLYING HEEL DROPPERU on the CLAW.*
Metal Man (GM): No bonus in this case, buut... *SMACK* It's good enough for normal damage.
Julian Sawyer backflip rebounds off the successful first drop, then quickly takes to the sky again and attempts to land another on Claw's HEAD. Because FUCK THIS GUY.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: The hatch opens for you. Guess it's time to find out just how exacting this scanner is. Also...
Panzer hopes for the best and walks in, hoping it's not too sensitive.
Metal Man (GM): The scanner is old stuff. Old old stuff. It scans Panzer, detecting stuff, but the screen which would show her what it detected is busted. It stops, beeping once.
Kenku Races up and makes a Seigfried like slash "FALLL!" He brings his sword around for a thust after the slam.
Metal Man (GM): A voice is heard.
Panzer lifts a bow. Well, time to get obliterated.
???: "Why, isn't this a surprise. I didn't expect one of my friends to bring in another reploid."
Metal Man (GM): Then, Kenku hits with the second attack.
Panzer: "Identify yourself."
???: "Sure. Identify what those bullets in your shoes do first. I do not fear them so much as wonder."
Panzer: "They're DU bullets. You should see what they do to humans." *She smirks.*
Metal Man (GM): We pause the battle. I'll finish up this last Panzer scene. +1 EXP to all
???: "Hmmm... perhaps... perhaps..." *He coughs.* "But I'm sure you're after the same thing I am if you are here."
Panzer: "You all right? Sounds like you have a cold."
Metal Man (GM): Deloth: No, you re paused mid-mission.
Panzer: "Something like that, yes. I also have alterior motives, but that's my business and concerns no one but me."
Metal Man (GM): A single red eye appears behind some locked glass.
Panzer doesn't look too startled, she's just standing there with her arms crossed.
Serges: "I am Serges. I will not make the mistake Sigma did... I am much smarter, after all." *His weird, Wily-like face stares.*
Panzer: "Aah. I've heard of you. Former X-Hunter, are you not?"
Panzer: "Uh-huh. I'm sure from both the scan and my insignias you know who I am."
Metal Man (GM): http://www.themmnetwork.com/wiki/index.php?title=Image:X2_serges.jpg
Serges: "Yes. You are of a like mind to me. You prefer intelligence over conspiracy theories... heh heh heh heh... And you aren't actually Maverick. I don't care. Being Maverick is a choice for the intelligent reploids."
Panzer: "I'm RepliForce, in every since of the word. Some people think what's left of us are, but that's not important."
Serges: "Ever since Agile died I have had no contacts with military knowledge. Aid me in rebuilding a credible force to resurrect Nightmare Zero and destroy the humans and we can rule the world together. Or you can leave. I don't really care. There is nothing to remove in me, I am set on my goals, and I do not need to hide. The buffoon will cover my tracks by crowing about a dead man's madness."
Panzer: "I know you don't care, but if you don't care, why so paranoid, why go to all the trouble if you know who I am? You're cut off, so you don't even know my reputation."
Serges: "Heh heh heh..." *His eye flickers.* "More than one Maverick Hunter has tried to kill me with their guns. So... what'll it be... I must return to my work if you are only here for... chit chat."
Panzer: "Greenbird is outside, and my claws are short range. If I'm not mistaken, at least one other person has a bead on me, and you have a weapon close at hand. I'll help you, for now. Be wise and try not to screw me over."
Serges: "Simple enough. What do you want?"
Panzer: "I want to find Colonel."
Serges: "...For any real work must be a partnership. I know no lackey who stays loyal."
Panzer: "And my tank."
Serges: "Very well... I will find this... Colonel... and I can make you a... tank... ...for the required aid..."
Metal Man (GM): Recap: The Questers thought to go to the observatory, but the Zero Virus made good on his promises and tried to take over the Maverick Continent. The Questers came to the rescue for the billionth time, and are now breaking into a junk fortress. They're fight Claw, the main thug below the Zero Virus itself. Meanwhile, Panzer has managed to stumble upon some conspiracy involving Serges and Storm Eagle. Panzer, you here still? Okay then, we start out in the underground counter-Maverick base. Serges previously had Panzer trapped in some sort of chamber so as to interrogate her. Having heard enough of what he wanted, however, the door through which he was speaking unseals and opens, allowing Panzer to enter a stark, ruined techno-lab. Serges has apparently been experimenting for the longest time on his dream of a new Nightmare Zero. All of the experiments, however, are failures.
Serges: "So... if you can do a few things for me... I can first obtain you the tank... then perhaps this Colonel later, when I have more equipment to search for his body with."
Panzer walks forward in silence, looking about and noticing things, starting to create a sort of internal map of sorts, pausing to look at the creepy old guy. "Very well. What is it that you want me to do for you?"
Serges: *He brushes an entire table full of debris off, then slams it with his fist. A primitive screen appears IN the table.* "Well... you are former Repliforce, right?"
Metal Man (GM): The Repliforce logo appears on the table. It's showing maps to former Repliforce facilities.
Serges: "The acquisition of all their remaining parts would allow for a tank for you... and an army to protect me from the Maverick Hunters and the pathetic Zero Virus slaves."
Panzer nods a little, walking to the table and looking at it. She recognizes a few of them. "Alright. I'm assuming I might get a helper for this, if I can find some, yes?"
Serges: "Depends on your definition of helper. I am only limited to what parts I gain." *He holds a hand to his chin, his eye glowing.* "Additionally, if you know anything of those people who are thoughtfully destroying the inferior Zero Virus fools, I would like to know."
Metal Man (GM): He presses a button, showing the ruined Doppler-lab like structure that has been hastily converted to a base and is sitting atop Morph Moth's junkyard.
Serges: "I would prefer it if we could avoid their ire. They aren't as predictable as the Maverick Hunters."
Panzer had the advantages of being a double agent at the time, perhaps even a triple but who knows? She gets into a lot of shit as it is anyway. "I have a small enterage of 10 Wily-era robots I've built into some multi taskers, they could help me, but they're back in the junkyard. "As for those people, I'm roughly affiliated with them in some strange ways. They're not as efficient at Maverick Hunting as the Hunters are, as in they don't have it honed to an art... They won't be an issue, well, not for me. For the Mavericks, yes. But, not for me. I can move around and through them without an issue. They're gullible, at that. But, I can assure you, if they see something interesting along the way, they'll stop to mess with it. Zero is leading them at the moment so he's the only one that is getting them where they need to go, really. In a sort of accidental way, even. They have no idea that this is a more planned things as is."
Serges: "Hm. Wily era." *He calculates something.* "See... that is why the Zero Virus... ironically... is much weaker than it could be. It became much stronger when run on Reploid hardware. The pure virus is simply like any mindless robot. Readily destroyed by a couple of fights. I can upgrade these machines if you can bring them to me." *He then looks around.* "I will take care of the re-creation of Nightmare Zero."
Panzer: "Well, if you want the real thing, the key is to infect Zero with it, but that's close to impossible. Not even I know what sort of cracked out virus protection they have. Zero and I don't get along often."
Metal Man (GM): He opens a wall which shows a number of parts... They're fragments of the old Nightmare Zero, but even connected they appear to be dead.
Panzer: "Alright. I'll bring them to you, also, you can have this. I was going to fix it but you might could use it." *She unstraps the cannon from her back and lays it down for him.*