Super Smash Quest² - Story - Chapter 69: The Casino Is Falling
Date: 7:24:47 PM, April 27th; 4:24:40 PM, April 30th, 2009.
Trivia: The events of this log would ultimately lead to Julian vanishing... forever!
Panzer tries to re-cross some wires, checking for labels.
Digifanatic: *At the top of the page, about 1/4 of the way from the right edge, has the name 'JULIAN' (some reason he's using capital letters) written on it. 1/3 of the way down has 'GARRICK' written much fainter, with 'ALEX' a bit off to the left, and a faint arrow pointing back to 'GARRICK'...* (continued next post)
Metal Man (GM): Tech check, Panzer. Maybe you'll want Kenku's help, as Julian plugs a random wire in and causes a useless BZZAAAP sparksplosion. Panzer sticks some wires in, creating more BZZAAAP sparksplosions.
Panzer sighs. "It had power, Julian, the wires were crossed wrong." She pulls the extra wire out.
Julian Sawyer: "...This ain't gettin' us anywhere. How'd you get the crane to work?"
Kenku examines stuff, and takes the wires and tries again.
Digifanatic: *Another 1/3 of the way down the page below 'GARRICK', written a bit darker is 'ANDREW'. At the bottom of the page, halfway across, is 'NATALIE'. At the bottom right hand corner is 'IAN'. The last three names are about as equally apart from each other as possible.*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku can use his MIT training to plug simple power cables into it properly. :p
Panzer: "I powered it myself."
Digifanatic: "I'm trying to figure out the proximities of parallel universes, actually..."
Metal Man (GM): *BZAP* The door opens an inch. It's heavy, but you might be able to force it open.
Julian Sawyer: *Enough for Julian to get his fingers under there?*
Metal Man (GM): Or just peer inside first. Yeah.
Deloth: "You'll go mad. Give it up."
Digifanatic: "The closer two names are, the similar the universes. Of course, a lot of it based on speculation..."
Julian Sawyer'll go ahead and lift it up.
Digifanatic: "Heh, probably."
Metal Man (GM): Julian SHOVES THE DOOR OPEN REALLY LOUDLY
Metal Man (GM): A bunch of repliforce robots see this and hurl grenades at him.
Digifanatic: "Of course, I'm only trying to compare Earths at this moment."
Metal Man (GM): Sure, Aribar. No EXP though--that was sort of a stub, and I was hoping you'd pick up on the other side... oh well. :p
Rinith: "Earth is a place I've heard of a few times, what is it?"
Digifanatic: "Of course, I'm only trying to compare Earths at this moment."
Julian Sawyer: *Thought it opened upwards... but whatever.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi is trying to compare Earths.
Digifanatic: "And that's probably only as far as I'll ever be able to get..." *There!*
Metal Man (GM): The door opens sideways, but the direction doesn't matter in this case. Three defense checks, Julian.
Julian Sawyer: *Fantastic.*
Metal Man (GM): 15, 15, then 15 more.
Digifanatic: "But let's see... how can I describe Earth? Really, a very diverse planet where humans basicallly rule everything... and some humans hate other humans!" *Smiles.*
Kenku hopes the door is broke, and races in shield first.
Panzer is standing back, waiting on shit to go down.
Julian Sawyer: *And Julian is blown up. what the fuck ever.*
Panzer tries to ping the coding into the drones to disable them.
Rinith: "A lot of people hate other people, though the human part probably means it's the prime realm of that race, though I've seen humans in the last three realms I've been in, all but my home one"
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Tech check... +1 bonus, they're distracted by Julian exploding.
Metal Man (GM): *BZONK.*
Julian Sawyer's sacrifice was not in vain.
Metal Man (GM): They stop as they were about to blow up Julian some more and salute.
Repliforce Drones: "We are here to serve."
Kenku blinks "Cool!"
Panzer: "Number of remaining drones this side of the base, Drones?"
Metal Man (GM): The room they're in is a large room full of parts and some ships similar to the one you flew here.
Digifanatic: "Really, Rinith, it's about all I can say without going into too much detail and maybe boggling some people..."
Repliforce Drones: "Inexact count, but we are 5 of the remaining 111 units in all sectors. There are 10 remaining units in this sector."
Panzer: "Alright. Do you want my ID, or anything? If you go nuts again I'll kill you."
Kenku looks to Julian while Panzer is talking and give him a little healing. (Minor x2)
Repliforce Drones: "You are Repliforce Unit Panzer. There is nothing more needed."
Panzer: "Well, at least your sensors are back online."
Repliforce Drones: "We await orders."
Julian Sawyer's back on his feet after the RNG conspired against him. "Ask 'em if there's any good salvage in the area."
Rinith: *Nods* "Well... what to do for now..."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, it was much shorter a run than I expected..."
Panzer: "Requisition parts. I will transmit further orders soon, once I recon more area. Stockpile in a secured location."
Kenku: "I would also ask them the condition of the sector, so we know of any other problems within."
Digifanatic: .oO(Maybe Del's right. I shouldn't be concerned about this...) *puts the paper in the bin and repockets the pencil.*
Repliforce Drones: "Yes madam." *They salute and get to work.*
Panzer: "Also, tell me of any particularly sensitive materials, to include weapons and armor in the area."
Repliforce Drones: "This area is a parts warehouse. Up ahead is the armory. The armory does not respond to our queries. Be careful."
Julian Sawyer: "...Yeah, that's what we came here for."
Metal Man (GM): They point to a door which is ahead. It, too, was locked, but you see one of them unlock it for you.
Panzer: "Very well. Stockpile usable materials as ordered. Carry on." *She returns the salute.*
Metal Man (GM): They begin preparing the materials left around to be taken, stockpiling and organizing the mess.
Kenku: "Heh... looks like you could make yourself a sizable army this way Panz."
Metal Man (GM): Surprising they didn't do it earlier. Whatever was controlling them must not be sane, if anything actually is in control.
Panzer walks to the door and puts an ear to it. "Well, I'm always up for a large force under my control, mush like that of my old unit."
Julian Sawyer: "Long as you don't turn it on us... any idea who's guardin' the armory?"
Metal Man (GM): The next room sounds... interesting.
???: "Someone has found us."
??2: "We must destroy them."
Digifanatic will just be hanging around anyways... unless someone wants to talk to him. Or radio him. <_<
???: "No. Mobilize the remaining materials to defend the core."
??2: "As you command."
Metal Man (GM): You would hear all kinds of movement. Even people who aren't listening to the door.
Julian Sawyer: "...That don't sound good."
Panzer: "Shh." *She backs away from the door.* "They know we're here... There is a command-type unit in there... Probably going to leave soon, we need to take a different approach. This door is guarded and I assure you there are weapons trained on it." *She motions a drone over.* "Is there a way in other than this door?"
Repliforce Drone: "The base is carefully segmented and all doors are the only way in, due to security concerns drawn by the imminent Maverick Hunter attacks. We cannot seem to contact those on the other side. They appear to have been possessed by an outside force."
Panzer: "Alright. I figured that, intel is important... Do you have any command units listed for this base, or are they outside forces?"
Julian Sawyer: *Waits while Panzer chats up the robot.*
Repliforce Drone: "Command unit Double was killed in outer space. Command unit Colonel died just outside the furthest sector of this building. Command Unit General exploded with the Final Weapon. No Command units remain."
Panzer: "No first-line leadership, or unit commanders such as myself, either?"
Repliforce Drone: "There is one on the other side of the door. Attempts to talk to him only caused a disconnect on his side. He does not appear to belong to any official list."
Panzer: "Alright. Was he one of us at all, or just a rogue that came in with whatever OPFOR (Opposing Force(s)) that moved in?"
Deloth heads to the bathroom and takes a few aspirin before lying on the couch.
Rinith: "Should you check up on how there doing on the radio?"
Repliforce Drone: "Rogue. No identification. Unusual operating protocol. Previous orders were to kill all who enter, leave room in a tattered mess."
Panzer: "Then it's not one of us at all. Curious, did you ever get a visual? Also, Kenku, radio HQ for more people, please. We're going to need help with this."
Kenku nods and cracks on the radio. "Kenku to Questers, Kenku to Questers."
Digifanatic: *Picks up* "Yes?"
Deloth: *R* "What?"
Kenku: "How does the Library run?"
Deloth: *R* "It didn't."
Digifanatic: "Uneventful... I presume you want us over?"
Kenku: "Well then, report to (X coordinates) cause we could use your help."
Panzer: "Tell them that I want someone to grab the Hawk for me. Just load it onto the ship."
Deloth groans. "Are you SURE?"
Kenku: *R* "Being that Panzer wants the Hawk aboard, yes."
Panzer: "If Deloth doesn't want to come and get his share, let him stay there and jerk off, I don't care about him."
Deloth: "I'll be coming just to spite you."
Digifanatic: .oO(Once again, it is on.)
Panzer: "Get in the way and get shot. I need competent people on this one."
Julian Sawyer: *R* "Get the fuck over here and stop bitchin'."
Repliforce Drone: "No visual, sorry."
Panzer: "Alright. We'll deal with it, then."
Kenku: "I'll go first then Panz."
Panzer: "Any other available intel you can give me? Don't enter that door yet."
Rinith: *is already getting to the ship and stuff.*
Deloth just turns his radio off and heads for the ship.
Repliforce Drone: "Central command still exists down the way. It appears to have become sentient and is also insane."
Julian Sawyer: "Wait for the others to get here."
Kenku nods "Whenever your ready."
Deloth: "Digi, is killing Panzer under 'justifiable homicide'?"
Digifanatic heads for the ship and loads the Hawk on as well at insert proper moment in the timeline...
Panzer: "How much info did you send them about us before you were fixed?"
Digifanatic: "She doesn't consider herself a Quester..."
Repliforce Drone: "That unknown hostiles were breaking in. That is all."
Digifanatic: "I'm not promoting it but I'm not prohibiting it either."
Deloth: *Tiredly* "Maybe if I keep blowing her up, she'll eventually leave."
Panzer: "Good. Since the only RF personnel seem to be your model and type, they shouldn't be too worried. I don't want their commanders to know who's here... Just hostiles."
Digifanatic: "Ah..." *Presumes N&R on auto follow, and the Hawk has been loaded on, so he HITS IT.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi flies on towards the Repliforce base. Geh--my hands are starting to wear on me. Oh well.
Panzer waits for the others. "Any idea what they might fortify this core with?"
Repliforce Drone: "All of the remaining weapons." *You hear some heavy moving equipment next door.*
Panzer: "This'll be loads and loads of fucking fun. Alright, that's all I'll need for now unless you have other information to give me."
Kenku resets his shield to make sure hes holding it properly.
Metal Man (GM): The other Questers arrive.
Deloth heads out of the ship. "What do you need?"
Julian Sawyer: *R* "We're gonna be fightin' a bunch of robots."
Digifanatic: *Follows out.*
Kenku: *R* "Were in the ship with the open doorway, don't touch the frame"
Deloth: .oO(Please, let it just be opening a door, I want to go home, take some more painkillers, and--shit. SHIT.) "How many?"
Julian Sawyer: *R* "Hell if I know"
Panzer: "Alright. Bad news. My coding only works with the drones, the others are unpredictable units, and I have no idea what's wrong with them or what they used to be. The good news is we should have drones to help us once I change them, but we have to be careful. They've set up all their artillery on this door..."
Metal Man (GM): You are there. Kenku was just trying to make it harder on you. :p
Deloth sighs and slips the mask on. Again. At least the aspirin's helping a bit.
Metal Man (GM): Aspirin? *contemplates while holding an old SSQ log...* The door ahead is open. Panzer is standing with the other Questers. Deloth has taken aspirin... who knows what may happen next?
Kenku: "I'll take first entry into the room once the first round of blasting is done."
Julian Sawyer: "Kenku's goin' in first."
Panzer: "Everyone good to go, load weapons and do what you need to to your armor, let me get the Hawk in here to take some of the brunt of the attack. When I burst in, fan out towards the room's corners behind me and open fire." *She leaves and comes back with the Hawk.*
Kenku: "I guess I'm not going first."
Metal Man (GM): The Hawk is brought in.
Panzer: "Kenku, do you really want to be mowed down? This is an RF armory... We keep lots of big, nasty guns in them."
Julian Sawyer doesn't even know what the fuck anymore.
Panzer: "Everyone ready?"
Kenku: "No, I didn't think about the Hawk. I basically can deflect the best, at least I think I can, without the Hawk aboard. I'm ready to go"
Julian Sawyer: "I guess."
Panzer pushes the door open with the hawk, then spams the cannon at the biggest thing in the room, pushing far enough forward to let the others fan out behind her.
Deloth: "As I'll ever be, Panz."
Metal Man (GM): -SHINK- -PSHEEEEW- A giant purple laser blasts through, knocking the Hawk back before it in turn explodes. A bunch of Repliforce Drones leap in through the gap, carrying grenades. What do you do?
Digifanatic: "That color..."
Deloth: "...I say we leave."
Panzer is tossed from the exploding Hawk, flying into a wall. "Fuck." She rolls away and kneels, starting to take aim and fire, using AV bullets. She broadcasts the wireless ping to turn the Drones, too.
Deloth fires three Electric Eles at the first drone.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku: Let me say what they are. Before I recruit you to become the miniboss.
Julian Sawyer: *Get behind the blasters, because he's had enough of being blown the fuck up today.*
Panzer: "Apparently they used to be in league with the Zero Virus, judging by that purple haze like beam."
Metal Man (GM): There's five of them. They get zapped... Panzer: roll for a shot. Julian: Is safe. *ZAP* One of them is turned. Roll for the tech check. Then... Kenku, Rinith, Del, Digi: What do you do? In this... 'turn-like moment of time'
Kenku charges in to smash a bot and the pulls back with his shield.
Repliforce Drone 2: "Wait a minute... ...I'm in the future! You've become traitors for Sigma, and you--" *Points at Panzer* "Have been AWOL forever! ...Long live Repliforce!" *He hurls a grenade at Panzer.*
Metal Man (GM): He hurls a grenade and it flies away and blows up a corner somewhere. Kenku then tackles a robot, blowing it up. The reprogrammed robot goes to smack the crazy one.
Digifanatic: *Goes to Fire Punch another one of functioning robots.*
Panzer: "The hell with you, defective Mfer. I'm not AWOL. Most of RF is gone, bastard."
Metal Man (GM): The crazy one dodges the smack... Digi sets the third one on fire... it explodes.
Deloth leaps at Droid #3 and goes for the dual sword route.
Panzer: "Damn. Now they know -I'm- here. Well, I'm going to die, hopefully they're not all paying attention."
Metal Man (GM): Droid #3 dies, leaving just the crazy one and the reprogrammed one. The Crazy one hurls a grenade at Digi.
Crazy Droid: "Commander will return! Dieeee!!!!"
Panzer calls the other drones, the good ones. "Can you reprogram that effing ship that just blew up my Goddamned Hawk?!"
Digifanatic: *Epic leap to the side!*
Repliforce Droid: "Yes, except..."
Metal Man (GM): *BZEEEEEEEER.*
Panzer: "Drone, you're out of order! Colonel is dead! I have to get him back!"
Metal Man (GM): A giant purple laser flies in, threatening all the Questers.
Metal Man (GM): Must roll a 2 or higher to dodge. If hit, 50 damage as it burns like nasty.
Metal Man (GM): The Crazy Droid is blown up as the reprogrammed one survives.
Kenku grimaces as he shields his ways out of the way.
Deloth cartwheels out of the way.
Reprog Droid: "...You cannot get in there. Stay away from the door. Shut the door in 5 seconds."
Rinith: *he's hit hard.* >.O
Julian Sawyer gets injured yet again as he's blown away from the door.
Reprog Droid: "If it hits the door the laser will backfire."
Rinith: *defends quickly.*
Kenku retreats to the other room, holding the door.
Panzer rolls to the side after the laser blast and manages to get by the door and gets ready to kick it shut.
Metal Man (GM): You hear a charging up noise...
Digifanatic: *Is with the others...*
Reprog Droid: "Now!"
Panzer slams the bitch shut.
Deloth pulls on the door and tries to yank it shut.
Metal Man (GM): *BZZZZZZ* *BLAMMMMMM.*
???: "...They reprogrammed one of the drones I sent! DAMN IT!" *You hear some footsteps running away.*
Panzer waits for the 'splosions to subside enough, then runs in the room again.
Julian Sawyer: *And Julian's back on his feet.* "...Get him!" *Julian rushes in after Panzer, Egg Smasher drawn.*
Metal Man (GM): You run in. All there is is 5 more droids with... machineguns.
Panzer: "Get back here! I order you back here this fucking instant!"
Digifanatic: *Follows... and here we go!*
Kenku charges in behind Panzer and chases the guy.
Metal Man (GM): They shoot en masse as you run in.
Deloth waits for a few seconds to make sure that Vile's not tricking them--yep.
Metal Man (GM): Roll defense checks!
Panzer dives to the side.
Metal Man (GM): Except Deloth. Deloth is smart. Schmot Deloth evades all the damage.
Deloth watches the others get shot up. I dodged 'cause I is smart.
Metal Man (GM): This requires a 3 or higher to evade the 15 damage. But most of you evade the damage. The bad part: Mr. ??? escaped! And these 5 guys are in the way.
Panzer tries to convert them all.
Metal Man (GM): Standing atop debris and preparing to attack again. Tech check, Panzer.
Panzer: "SEE THE LIGHT!"
Deloth NOW heads in and attacks.
Julian Sawyer just decides to stay down this time.
Repliforce Drone: "What is this... humans threatening the independence of Repliforce?"
Repliforce Drone 2: "We must fight for our independence!"
Panzer: "Drone, who is that Commander unit? Shut up, Drones!"
Repliforce Drone 3: "Kill the people!"
Digifanatic goes to jab in one of the Drone's wires with the golf club...
Panzer: "Cease and desist!"
Julian Sawyer: *Feign death.*
Non-Evil Repliforce Drone: "He has run ahead to the more secure area."
Kenku: "It's no good Panzer."
Deloth attacks the second drone with a couple more sword stabs.
Metal Man (GM): Digi KOs one of them with a bonk.
Kenku jumps up the the group and shimmies the rest.
Metal Man (GM): Then Deloth KOs another. And another. Roll again, Panzer, yes. Panzer failed. Kenku chops a robot in half. The remaining one which hasn't been chopped in half, blown up, or KO'd suddenly surrenders.
Panzer sighs, looks at the last one, staying back from him. "No suicide bomber tactics, you little fucker."
Kenku slides down the other side of the pile and looks around.
Possibly insane Drone: "Look, this is a Repliforce base! If you... ...just... help us take on the invaders who have threatened our freedom... other than you... That man who ran ahead is a traitor and is planning to activate the remaining mothership!"
Panzer: "Start talking, and accept this bit of coding from me."
Possibly insane Drone: "...I don't need any code. I see you are a survivor as I am." *Maybe a bit shifty... but maybe more useful without the code.* "Ahead... the door has been rigged to explode if you open it."
Panzer: "I'm not inclined to believe you. You've committed mutiny, and assault on a superior officer."
Kenku: "Anything valuable on the other side?"
Panzer: "I should kill you right now."
Possibly insane Drone: "This sector has been partially wrecked so as to prevent you from taking it." *He points at the crashed equipment.*
Panzer: "Drone, what is this crazy one's purpose in life?"
Possibly insane Drone: "You... vanished. I can't trust you for the same reason you can't trust me. Without Colonel to settle this we'd be--"
Normal Drone: "It would appear he has reverted to his pre-occupation coding and believes the Maverick Hunters are coming to take the independence from Repliforce."
Panzer: "I vanished because I got put on a mission. I came back and the Hunters had killed off 95% of RF... What was there to come back to, shithead? Apparently. The Hunters don't know this place exists, according to their books. They don't care about it."
PID: "The base was left wrecked... ...you must not know the main plan." *He points.* "But who am I to tell you?"
Deloth: "Shouldn't we be chasing that guy that ran off?"
Panzer: "You will recognized me by proper rank, respect, and authority, Drone. Deloth, if the door is rigged after all, do you want to be the one to open it?"
PID: "Then recogn--" *He just falls over.*
Metal Man (GM): Program freeze. Ah, the wonders of computronic brains.
Panzer: "Drone, is he a complete loss, or will he still open the door for me?"
Deloth: "...I have an idea. Take cover, everyone."
Digifanatic: *Follows Deloth's instructions.*
Panzer lifts a brow, moves aside.
Normal Drone: "The door is rigged to explode as he says... even if he hadn't knocked himself out accidentally." *Takes cover.*
Kenku stands away from the door, shield in front.
Digifanatic: *Crawls away from the door if he can.*
Deloth ducks behind the pile of rubble and tries casting Explode on the trapped door.
Panzer recodes the KO'd bots that are still usable for when they wake up.
Julian Sawyer stopped feigning death and took cover before the Explode.
Metal Man (GM): That brings you up to 8 working drones. *BLAMMMO* The door explodes.
???: *From a distance* "Oh, come on!"
Metal Man (GM): Gunfire spills in from the door.
Panzer leans around the corner just a smidge , rifle up, and tries to target the voice.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Search check. Panzer finds Deloth's Cubi ear tip.
Panzer: "... What the fuck is that?" *She tries again.*
Kenku tries to slide up to the side of the door, and shield charge in.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer detects a finger in the distance, in-between all the bullets. Deloth gets 1 EXP like the rest.
Panzer: "Fuck it." *She shoots it.*
Metal Man (GM): Since he joined up with the others. Roll it, no bonus due to... lack of extra aiming desc. :p Dice: *Duck Hunt dog laugh.* Kenku: One sec. Kenku runs at the door. A bullet flies over his shoulder. Then it flies in and nicks whoever that was.
???: "Gah! It's a sniper! Double the fire!"
Metal Man (GM): Kenku runs directly into the concentrated gunfire.
Julian Sawyer: *Stays hidden... needs to buy a gun.*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku: Dodge check, pray to the Dice Lord you won't be obliterated :p
Julian Sawyer: "Someone TAKE THOSE FUCKAS OUT so we can keep movin'! Can't do shit pinned down like this..." *Really? guns?*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku is blown back, but due to his luck takes only 15 damage. Julian: Yep. It's a bit heavy but it's a machinegun. Laser machinegun. Only... You need a power pack. Oh wait. Your claws have one. How handy.
Julian Sawyer: *Yoink, I can pick one up from X.*
Kenku slides back "Dammit!" he then tries to wait for the mini to reload.
Julian Sawyer: *Needs stats for those claws, BTW.*
Metal Man (GM): Yeah, lata.
Panzer tries to aim for a headshot or something, in the process, she forces that wireless program into the room to try and convert them while they're working on trying to kill the crazy sniper.
Digifanatic wonders... can he blast a Drone with his Chill gun?
Metal Man (GM): Tech check... ...and yes, Digi, you can fire into the room with a Chill gun shot. Panzer reprograms Julian to think he is E Li Three. Just kidding.
Kenku stands to the side of the door, and waits for a reload before reattempting to charge in.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer begins singing Daisy like Hal9000 for no reason. It's vaguely unnerving.
Digifanatic goes for the head of one of the Drones, hoping another one or two are nearby, aims and fires a Chill shot at the head...
Julian Sawyer: "...Panz? You okay?"
Metal Man (GM): Digi shoots a shotgun ice into the room. Some splattering is heard.
Julian Sawyer: *How easy are the power packs to transfer?*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, Panzer, you can try again. +1 bonus due to Digi. Julian: Plug it in, plug it out. Easier than normal batteries. These are batteries... from da future It smacked several drones. Drones inside the room turn sides. Before Panzer can do anything, gunfire erupts inside the room. *BAM BOOM* *BLAM.*
???: "This is as far as you go!"
Panzer lifts a brow. "Wonder who will win."
Metal Man (GM): *BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM* The door is blocked by something massive crashing on the other side.
Julian Sawyer: *Hmmm... any power packs still in the remaining guns?*
Metal Man (GM): Nope. They were being used by power-packin' Reploids.
Kenku tries to smashing into the door.
Metal Man (GM): Kenku smashes the smoldering metallic debris.
Panzer: "Drone, any chance of them living on in there to help us?"
Metal Man (GM): He embeds some into his shoulder for 10 damage. It doesn't budge.
Digifanatic: *Is it safe to get up now? Don't think so...*
Kenku gets up, and tries to hack it.
Drone: "Negative, even the crazy ones were crushed. Whoever that was crashed a ship into the door."
Metal Man (GM): Kenku hacks hopelessly at the massive pile of steel that crashed into the other side.
Julian Sawyer: "...So now what?"
Kenku: "Is that room closed off completely?"
Panzer: "I'm guessing the crazy commander type unit piloted that there. Any chance or taking it over?'"
Metal Man (GM): It's closed off completely, seemingly.
Panzer: "Fuck it. We're too close to Sector 3... We need to stop here and cut our losses."
Drone: "Negative, he is of an abnormal make."
Panzer: "We can come back another time."
Digifanatic: "I guess..."
Drone: "We possess a number of stolen weaponry and ships now."
Panzer: "Drones, load the supplies and working things into the two ships."
Kenku looks over "Oh ok..."
Metal Man (GM): They begin loading the best quality bits in, the way you have cleared being safe to move through. The drones put together some friends from replacement parts and you now have 10 of them.
Panzer: "Then, after you've stowed it, put together a list of things."
Julian Sawyer: "Hmmm... Panz, mind if we conscript these guys to clean the Stadium when you ain't usin' 'em?"
Metal Man (GM): They clear out the remaining dangerous wires and gut the remaining place for anything of use.
Panzer: "I can borrow them for a little bit, yes."
Kenku: "Hey... did anyone find an Amplifier?"
Metal Man (GM): In the mess, there are many kinds of energy amplifying devices.
Panzer: "Once I get a small force built, we can get back here again sometime and take over the rest of this base and finish gutting it."
Kenku goes dumpster diving for an amplifier and possibly energy crystals.
Metal Man (GM): You can't find it. Perhaps you could ask a Drone, since they're cataloging... everything.
Kenku: "Ah." *He walks over a drone whos recording information* "Excuse me, but is there a list of stuff found?"
Drone: "We are compiling one now. What do you seek?"
Julian Sawyer: "...Right."
Kenku: "I'm looking for an amplifier for this." *showing his sword* "Plus possibly an energy crystal, and a shield."
Julian Sawyer: *Looks over at Kenku* "Ask 'em if they found any power packs! Or new weaps!"
Kenku: "They probably have a whole slew of weapons. Why don't you ask yourself actually"
Drone: "... That sword is worthless."
Metal Man (GM): It suddenly takes out a white-bladed sword.
Drone: "This is one of Colonel's spares."
Kenku blinks "Whoa... may I see it?"
Panzer looks up. "Kenku, you better be careful with that. You'll lop of your arm if you fuck around with it."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer might be distracted upon hearing one of them mention Colonel's name, then randomly hand the saber to Kenku.
Panzer: "Drone, you wouldn't know the location of Colonel's remains would you?"
Drone: "It would appear Colonel's remains coincide with the heart of this unknown disturbance, as it sits just outside the most heavily guarded area."
Panzer: "Then I have a better reason to come back for more goodies."
Kenku steps far enough away not to hit anyone and tests it out a little.
Julian Sawyer: "'Cause you're the one over there-fuck it." *Julian walks over to the little Drone man* "Yo, you guys find any power packs or amps? And what all did y'all find in way of weapons an' armor?"
Digifanatic: *Stays quiet in the conversation.*
Drone: "..." *Hands Julian a spare power pack.* "We possess a handful of amplifiers. They will be crucial to using the acquired ship pieces."
Panzer: "What do you want with that Julian?"
Julian Sawyer: *Holds up the laser machinegun* "Gotta power this somehow"
Panzer: "I'lll get Zero to ship me some proper power packs soon. They need those for the ship, but if there is a leftover one, you can have it."
Metal Man (GM): Julian holds a leftover one, which I will give stats for later. The material is loaded onto the ships. A third ship, the only immediately flyable one in this mess, is also brought outside and loaded up.
Kenku passes the sword back to the Drone "Nice blade... I would ask how much your asking for it, but no coin to go by."
Julian Sawyer loads it into his new machinegun, and ends his holdout of the last person to not have a ranged attack.
Panzer: "Kenku, Drones don't take money, either."
Drone: "The saber is yours. Colonel would rather it be used."
Kenku has the sword returned "Cool!"
Julian Sawyer places the machinegun in his equipment bag along with his everything else "What else y'all find?"
Metal Man (GM): +1 EXP to Digi, yeah.
Kenku sheathes his new blade and then asks "Umm... were their any shields of value salvaged?"
Drone: "Tons of ship components, alongside some miscellaneous gun parts, Hawk mech parts, computer chips, and replacement reploid pieces. Unfortunately only one ship remained in flightworthy condition. Shields of what type? There is one functional small-size force field generator and three sets of incomplete parts."
Panzer: "How bad is the damage? If it is field expedial, fix it however possible, if not, leave it. We can always come back later."
Julian Sawyer: "How functional is it?"
Drone: "The remaining flightworthy ship, combined with several spare parts, is equal to your 100% usable ship." *He points to the blue ship out front.* "The shield generator is in medium damaged condition. The parts are mostly of use if you wish to go into manufacturing more shield generators."
Kenku shows his beaten up but still useful shield to the Drone "Something like this. Are their enough parts among the 3 sets to make 1? Oh, Ok."
Julian Sawyer: "Do you gotta actively use it, or you jus' flip a switch an' BAM, force field?"
Kenku: "One last thing I guess. Any bikes salvaged?"
Panzer pulls a drone aside and asks him the loading status, and what's where.
Drone: "There are no bikes in this base, except perhaps some fragments deep inside."
Drone: "It's... a ship-mountable force field."
Julian Sawyer: "...Huh."
Drone: "Once powered by a power source it protects a ship."
Kenku heads back towards the ship.
Metal Man (GM): Mission pretty much over.
Julian Sawyer: "A'ight then. Thought you meant 'personal' by 'small-size'." *Back to the ship!*
Metal Man (GM): +1 EXP to all who were on the Maverick side, plus those misc goodies I'll spend forever talking about.
Digifanatic: *Back to the ship as well.*
Metal Man (GM): You head back to the ship.
Digifanatic: *Takes it off back towards HQ* "Now that we have some free, just like to heads-up about something that we did before we came over. I'm not guaranteeing we'll be able to do this, but in a couple of days, the new library on Angel Island is hosting like a memorial exhibit to the whole Borne deal and how we were able to defeat the wacko..."
Panzer gets in her ship with the drones and material, letting a good drone pilot the other ship with the rest of the materials and leaves with them, leading the drone-driven ship on it's way with her.
Digifanatic: "What happened was they claimed Borne's defeat as some sort of supernatural occurrence but we were to successfully persuade the head librarian that we helped take down Borne. I'm not sure how interesting that ranks in your heads, but I'd rather give the heads-up now and give some time to consider it..."
Kenku: "How many days exactly from now?"
Digifanatic: "Now, as for you, I don't think you were there with us, but we told the librarian that was the same deal with Natalie and Rinith, so even if you can't answer the Borne questions, if they're just generally interested, you could still take those. As in, you weren't a Quester yet when we killed Borne."
Metal Man (GM): Long story short, you guys get to HQ and I'm gonna take a break from this point in, since I'm tapped out. Good session once all the multi-scening was finished.
Digifanatic: *Muttering to Kenku* "Basically, it was my idea because I thought I'd feel a bit guilty if we didn't bring it up to the librarian."
Metal Man (GM): Later... the Questers had alternately checked out the old Echidna island, only to find out they couldn't borrow magic books from there without special permission. Meanwhile, another group of Questers and Panzer retrieved a number of parts, machines, and small ships from a former Repliforce base. The group is now back at HQ, where they could see that a number of people have begun setting up camp in the ruined mess that is the rest of Westopolis.
Deloth: "...I wonder what we're going to do now."
Digifanatic: "Well, if we dig through the mail we might find something."
Metal Man (GM): Schatze is standing around, looking at the sky.
Julian stands looking out a large window at the tent city that was once Westopolis.* "Jus' wait. Once get exposure through the Brawl all kinds'a money'll be flowin' through here... Speakin' of which." *Julian looks towards the thug's casino to check if it is done. He's got peeps coming in soon.*
Metal Man (GM): It's not done.
Digifanatic: "And perhaps we could scout out the possible representatives for Glitzville and Megaton."
Julian Sawyer: *Checks how close is it to being done.*
Metal Man (GM): About a month or two. It has some skeletal bits atop it and it's being painted in places.
Aribar looks out of one of the library's windows. The mage wonders what the event will be like; it has been quite a while since he's last seen a civilized battle in an arena and not a fight to the death.
Digifanatic: "So we have an idea as to who'll be fighting and what we'll be seeing... knowing the bit of exposure we've been getting, I wouldn't be surprised if they're trying to figure out who we'd be using."
Julian'll be paying them a visit.
Deloth: "I vote being one of the announcers. I don't feel like getting my neck broken again."
Metal Man (GM): Julian walks up to the construction site, and is stopped by a thug wearing a construction helmet.
???: "Whatcha want, Mr. Quester person?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I've been wanting to do that as well... been a while since I've been in a booth."
Julian Sawyer: "Who's in charge-a this project?" *Gestures towards the husk of the future Thugsino.*
Digifanatic: "In fact, the last time it happened, I think Ganondorf and a Lakitu created a frenzy."
???: "I'm one of them. What's it to you?"
Deloth: "...I'll have to figure out what voice to use, though."
Digifanatic: "Hehe, ah yes... yeah, whatever you do, just stick to it."
Deloth: "By the way, if we happen to do some travelling today, I need to see if I can fence these masks off to someone..."
Julian Sawyer: "Seein' as how y'all gonna be gettin' most'a yo' business from the Stadium, I'd like to know how much longer our business partner is gonna take to get up an' runnin'. Plus I got somethin' y'all might like'ta buy."
Digifanatic: "Masks..." *looks over, not realizing Natalie let him borrow the Justice mask.* "Oh, I see."
Panzer checks the mail.
???: "A month or two, tops."
Deloth: "So who do you think will buy either a cursed miner mask or a mask of 'justice is blind'?"
Metal Man (GM): The mail is relatively plain, sans a thank-you letter from the Mask Salesman, and a letter advertising Silph Co's sale of high-tech gear in Kanto.
Digifanatic: "I'd still love to give Wario the miner mask... He puts his money where his eyes are, and then he's gonna go insane looking for all that gold."
Deloth: "Insane Wario. Yeah. Good idea, Digi."
Panzer tears it all up and walks away from the pile, back into the garage.
Aribar leaves the library and heads to the common room. Maybe they'll be doing something exciting today?*
Metal Man (GM): The garbage is filled with shiny shreds which advertise 'high tech deals in Silph cthank you for selling matwo days only!!!'
Panzer checks her computer for e-mails and things of that archaic nature.
Deloth: "I still think the king of Angel Island'd go for the justice mask."
Digifanatic: "Of course."
Metal Man (GM): Spam, spam, spammity spam. Oh. And something else right in front of HQ.
Panzer kills all the spam.
Metal Man (GM): Why look at that. It's a man in a shiny uniform. He appears to be looking at his watch.
Panzer: "It's going to get boring real fast today."
Metal Man (GM): His uniform is mostly black. He must be melting. It's a rather warm day.
Deloth looks over and walks up to the guy. "...Can we help you?"
Metal Man (GM): He stares at Deloth coldly.
???: "If you could bring your so-called heroes to face me, perhaps."
Julian Sawyer: "Tops... I'll keep y'all to that. Now, what else I'm offerin'..." *Julian reaches into his vest, and pulls out... the Gambler mask! Whoa.* "Now, I'm sure yo' wanderin' what the hell this is. 'Side from a funny-lookin' mask. Now you may not believe this, but this mask, right here, 'll give y'all magical gamblin' powers. Give it to a blackjack dealer an' have him win every time."
Panzer pokes her head outside and looks at the man, seeing if she recognizes the uniform.
Deloth: "I take it you're one of the associates we called for."
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Yes and no. It looks like those guys you keep seeing whenever you are near Central City. Only the logo is different and more militaristic.
Deloth: .oO(Or just an asshole. Either or.)
Metal Man (GM): It's a G in front of a fist instead of just a G.
Panzer: "Aww. It's cute. He thinks he's a secret agent."
???: "A magic mask, eh? Well. Let's see how it stands up." He takes out some cards and goes to deal a game of Blackjack. "Put that ugly thing on and we'll see what happens."
Panzer holds up her hand and repeatedly squishes his head from the distance with her fingers. "Squish. Squish."
Deloth: "Also, might I see some ID so that I can be sure that you're not just another nutcase gunning for us, please?"
Metal Man (GM): The man narrows his eyes at Deloth.
Aribar doesn't find anyone in the common room so he goes to wander the stadium. He sees Deloth outside of the stadium and goes to stand near him.* "Is something wrong here?"
Digifanatic stays inside, not going to butt in when he feels he shouldn't yet do so.
Deloth calmly looks back at the guy, scanning his thoughts.
Sergeant Levis: "I am Sergeant Levis of the fourth division of the Mechanized Warfare division of GUN. Show me YOUR ID so I know YOU aren't just some nutcase gunning for ME."
Julian Sawyer: .oO(...shoulda tested this first.) "A'ight." *Julian slips on the Gambler mask.*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth: It would appear to be burning rage to the extent his thoughts are hardly decipherable.
Panzer: "GUN? Been wanting to meet those things." She walks out to the two and just stands about 7 ft away, arms crossed and silent.
Deloth: "Might I ask why you also seem to be one step away from your head exploding from rage?"
Aribar: "We're the Questers; friends of Marley. You should know who we are."
Sergeant Levis: "You let that nutcase destroy this city, then you built a stadium and gave the rest to thugs. The city... where I was born. The city... I was supposed to protect."
Panzer: "Aww. I was right! It does think it's a secret agent!"
Aribar: .oO(Now I see what his problem is; he's angry that 'we' couldn't protect and better Westopolis.)
Deloth: *calmly.* "Sir, we didn't 'let' anybody destroy anything. We tried our best to contain the damage and defeat him as quickly as possible."
Sergeant Levis: "I cannot help but quake with rage every time I see posters advertising how my hometown has become a resort for lawlessness of all kinds."
Panzer: "Then what are you doing here? Go fix your shithole of a town. Sounds awful to me."
Sergeant Levis: "THIS PLACE WAS MY TOWN." He points at the Stadium. "And if there is no compensation that thing will be bulldozed to the ground!!!"
???: "Let's see how this goes." He deals and waits for Julian to decide his hand.
Metal Man (GM): The mask doesn't appear to do anything. But Julian instantly knows he has 21 for some reason.
Aribar: "I can sympathize with you, Sergeant; I've fought against thieves, crooks, and looters to defend my own country, as well as greater threats, for over a decade."
Panzer: "Don't worry, you short, angry little creature. Maybe one day, if you try hard, when you grow up to be big and strong, you can be a secretary for a secret agent."
Deloth: "This place is also our home. I assure you, we will do everything in our power to defend it if it is attacked. Now, if you have a suggestion for how we can help rebuild, instead of just screaming threats..."
Aribar: "However, before Borne was here, and right now, the only thing here was and is thugs."
Sergeant Levis: "Well. I guess I can't argue." He shrugs. "Too bad your tournament won't be able to happen now." He goes to walk off. Whaaat?
Julian Sawyer looks at his top card and his hidden card... ace and a king?*
Metal Man (GM): Yup.
Panzer looks at the group. "Want me to blow his head off?"
Deloth: "And just what do you mean by that?"
???: "Looks like it all right." The dealer picks up his cards. They both suck.
Sergeant Levis: "Take a wild guess."
Deloth: "...Not yet, Panz."
Panzer: "Right." She unslings her rifle and levels it at his head, drawing a perfect bead. "Now?"
Julian Sawyer: "See what I mean?" *Julian tips the mask up off his face.* "You could make a gimmick outta this. Beat the Masked Dealer, win the house. BIG money."
Metal Man (GM): He hears the movement and whips around, aiming a gun at Panzer's head.
Aribar: "That would only make things worse, Panzer. And you, Sergeant Levis, are not being very civil. How do you expect us and your home town to get better if you mutter cryptic and idle threats before walking off?"
Digifanatic: *walks outside, open paying attention to the gestures beforehand.* "What was his problem?"
Panzer lifts a brow. "Oooh. Kinky."
Deloth makes an ambivalent gesture towards Panz that she may interpret as she wishes.
Panzer: "If that's a normal gun, it'll ping off."
Sergeant Levis: "Good thing the Mechanized division doesn't own normal guns."
Panzer: "Does it own tanks?"
Sergeant Levis: "I'll tell you if you take that gun off of my head."
Panzer: "Ladies first."
Sergeant Levis: "Whatever you say." He lowers his gun, bending his elbow as he does so.
???: "Hmmm... how much for the mask?"
Panzer knows that particular training. She takes a different approach, arms locked up at the elbows to be able to quickly raise to a perfect stance again, barrel lowered slowly to the ground at his feet. "Sprechen."
Deloth just crosses his arms and watches the tension.
Julian Sawyer remains blissfully unaware of what's going on back at the ranch. "Normally, the askin' price for this magical mask things'll be in the 150 coin range. I got this from the distributor fo' 100 myself. But, seein' as how we're gonna be partner's an' all, I think I oughta cut y'all a deal." *Julian takes the mask off completely.* "75 coins."
Sergeant Levis: "There is a reason I have no need to use diplomacy." He gestures. "Your building is built to repel air attacks. It is, however, built with sadly obsolete construction methods." He then flashes his badge. "I tried to stop Borne's madness during the war and couldn't. But now I can stop this madness. Tanks are only the beginning in this division. If you do not agree to some sort of compensation... more vehicles than you have ever seen before will render this place uninhabitable for anything, even machines."
Deloth: "All because of something we didn't even do?"
Aribar: "Compensation for what?! The only thing we've done here is build a stadium and bolster the publicity and economy of Westopolis!"
Panzer: "Do I care? I just wanted to know if you had tanks. I love tanks. I'd like to see them."
Sergeant Levis: "Bolstering shady gambling and mercenary works, cockfighting between soldiers and warriors... you call that bolstering?"
Panzer: "Now then, I'd say you're not Sgt. You use a particular sort of draw, the way you move. It's taught to officers by my forces."
Sergeant Levis: "You're just the black market criminal element. The only reason you're still here is you've been only fighting other conmen. Against a true army, and not one managed by an idiotic madman, you have no chances."
Panzer: "Thank you." She sighs. She could get along with this guy. She looks at Deloth. "Told you."
Sergeant Levis: "?" He looks at Panzer, then shrugs. "All that I ask is that money is paid to relocate the homeless residents to a less shady location. But if you choose to remain blameless I can just as well order this area wiped off the planet."
Deloth: *rubbing his eyes tiredly.* "How much money?"
Julian Sawyer: *Waiting for an answer...*
Aribar: "The thugs are the only people in Westopolis; we either work with them, or no one. Your hometown has to begins its reconstruction somewhere. Our 'mercenary work' has also saved Mobius, other lands, and this entire planet on numerous occasions! And let me ask you; if this 'cockfighting' is illegal, then I take it boxing is also a felony in this land?"
Panzer: "Oh. Sorry. I'm RepliForce. Not a Quester. These guys are like lost dogs really. They need real leadership."
Deloth: "Panzer, be quiet."
Sergeant Levis: "Of course." He waves a hand. "Your weapons are illegal anywhere in GUN territory too, unless you're a soldier for GUN. That softy pencil-pusher Marley let you all off on some pretty steep sentences, but now I have the clearance to declare a war against all of you if you should choose to look sideways in the face of your own misdeeds."
Aribar: "And who gave you that clearance?"
???: "Hm, sounds fair." He takes out 75 coins.
Sergeant Levis: "Quite simple." He points to himself. "Westopolis was destroyed. It no longer is considered part of GUN. Yet a large number of our men and machinery relocated to Capital City due to Borne, so we survived. We stayed out while we had to deal with some red tape. But mark my words... we will fight to the death to secure our homeland from you if you give us no alternative."
Panzer: "Deloth, suck my robots."
Deloth: "And do your superiors agree with this course of action?"
Aribar: "What makes you think that we wish to have our own nation?"
Sergeant Levis: "My old supervisor, Borne, would have ordered insane retaliation. I consider myself a moderate by comparison."
Julian Sawyer: "A'ight, this is goin' places." *Exchanges the mask for the 75 coins.* "Now I want this place in shape when we get goin' fo' real. We can make a lotta money off this." *extends hand to shake as he stands up.*
Panzer: "You say you're a Sergeant. You don't have that authority."
???: "Merely a manner of building construction, my man." He takes the mask. "If you wanna help we might be able to move faster."
Aribar: "We are at worst a private military company with a stadium built for heroes to fight in for sport."
Panzer: "I don't have that authority and I'm a Captain."
Sergeant Levis: "GUN does not work like your military organizations, I am afraid." He shakes his head at Panzer.
Panzer: "If a Sergeant can run things then it must not be a very good Military."
Sergeant Levis: "When that's all that is left... there is little point in appointing myself Commander of nothing."
Panzer: "Valid point. I still want to see those tanks."
Julian Sawyer: "Me an' my crew are kinda out alot savin' the world an' shit, but if you want some help when I got a spare moment I think we can work somethin' out. Take care now, I gotta get back to base." *Julian presumably accomplishes the handshake and heads back to the Stadium, 1 mask lighter.*
Deloth sighs and radios Julian. "We've got a problem at the front and Panzer's egging the guy on. Can we get you over here just in case?"
Julian Sawyer: *Picks up the signal as he's walking back.* "What's the scenario?"
Panzer: "I am not egging him on. I want to see the tanks, what is so wrong with that?"
Kenku walks out of his room and into the arena.
Sergeant Levis: "Now... enough talk. You will give half of your earnings to us or we will destroy your stadium on the day your little match is going down for." He brandishes a hand. "Perhaps if you show more compassion there will be no need for war. I am not an idiot like Borne. I work based upon reality." He points at the overall area. "My forces would wreck your area but most likely damage rebuilding efforts for our own organization."
Deloth: "A GUN commander says that he's going to destroy the stadium on the day of our tourney."
Kenku: "Hey Julian... what going on?"
Digifanatic: *just walks out for now, saying nothing.*
Panzer: "Ok. I will go see the tanks myself, then."
Aribar ignores Levis. He takes out his radio and attempts to call Marley.*
Panzer heads back for the garage.
Julian Sawyer: *r* "...Oh you are fuckin' kidding me." *Julian breaks into a run upon hearing that news.*
Metal Man (GM): Julian runs up.
Deloth keeps his radio's transmit button pressed down, letting Julian listen in on any more of Levis's conversation. *...Or not.*
Kenku: *r* "What the crap! He's nuts! In more ways than one!"
Aribar: "Marley, are you there?"
Julian Sawyer: "The fuck is this I hear about us gettin' blown up?" *Julian says as he arrives on the scene.*
Panzer rides up on a bike, governor kicked off. "Where are your tanks housed, Sergeant?"
Sergeant Levis: "You." He points at Julian. "You built this Stadium atop Westopolis, the land I grew up in, the land my unit is sworn to protect. Either pay us for the artificial hardship you have forced on my people or you shall have no Stadium. My tanks are a confidential item. I cannot let the enemy, or the potential enemy, know where they are. Surely you would know that."
Aribar looks to Julian.* "He's having a hissy fit because we built here. I don't even think he has a case." *Checks if he can get into contact with Marley.*
Digifanatic: "Okay, Sir, if you're so upset about us building out base and our Stadium here, why didn't you warn us before we started building it?"
Panzer: "I would, I just want to see them. I dearly miss my own tank. Tiger 1, you know. Beautiful machine. I'll be willing to go under escort and follow due process, but I'm going regardless. Tanks are hard to hide."
Deloth: "Indeed. Or send us a letter, or say ANYTHING during its construction?"
Julian Sawyer: "...the fu-WHAT artificial hardship? We're here tryin' to rebuild the place, after it got blown the fuck up, once we get some money flowin' in from the fights. Wasn't nothin' here 'fore we showed up an' started tryin' to rescue it from 'shithole' status. Any why the fuck you pullin' this on us NOW? When we been here fo' MONTHS?!"
Sergeant Levis: "..." He shakes his head. "Why talk to you? You're an idiot." He walks off.
Aribar: "Marley? Are you there? At all?"
Marley: "...What is it?"
Panzer: "He walks? Pathetic. He can't even have a competent soldier drive him around."
Deloth: *leaning over to Ari's radio.* "Do you have a Seargent Levis on your staff?"
Aribar: "One of your Sergeants just came by the stadium and told us that he's going to send an army after us if we don't pay him for the 'hardships' we've pushed upon Westopolis."
Marley: "No. He's of the destroyed Westopolis platoon."
Julian Sawyer: "Oh NOW you jus' fuckin' with me." *Julian walks after him.* "Tell me, Mr. 'I'm too good fo' this shit', what the fuck you ever done fo' this place 'sides be brought up here? We're jus' tryin' to do some good fo' this place, y'know, make it habitable, an' now you come up in here all bad tryin' to stop us. Why?"
Marley: "One of Borne's sub commanders."
Digifanatic: *r to Marley.* "Sounds like you hate his guts as much as we do."
Deloth: "He says he's going to destroy our Stadium if we don't pay him half of our salary, Marley."
Metal Man (GM): Levis keeps walking towards some trees.
Marley: "He's supposedly dead. All traces to him ended with Borne."
Panzer watches Levis, brows lifted. She scans the treeline.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer would begin to detect something... very bad out there.
Deloth: "That would explain why he didn't show me any ID."
Metal Man (GM): A lot of electrical stuff... heat energy... It keeps going on around and around...
Aribar: "Guys, we should probably go after him."
Panzer: "Guys, Get your weapons and evacuate the base. Now." *whistles for all her robots and the drones she had.*
Deloth: "...Right, Ari."
Julian Sawyer: *Keeps following him, berating him and gesturing back towards the city while making a point.* "Try an' help us rebuild, genius, instead'a tryin' to tear down everythin' we already done. 'Else you jus' as bad as Borne."
Metal Man (GM): Julian follows Levis... and right into an area where a whole bunch of men with guns are. And...
Aribar starts after Julian. He idly thinks about going back to the stadium to get his spellbooks, but he'd rather stop another Borne than save some books.*
Metal Man (GM): ...An armored bulldozer. The men all point their guns at Julian.
Digifanatic makes sure he gets his Chill gun strapped on his shoulders before heading out...
Sergeant Levis: "Move an inch and you can kiss that dumb mouth goodbye, mother f#$%er."
Panzer: "Go evacuate the Goddamned base and get your weapons!"
Deloth: "...Ari. What if we got the ship for an aerial strike?"
Panzer scans for snipers.
Sergeant Levis: "I've had enough of self-righteous idiots. You'll be a lot less noisy underneath our treads."
Metal Man (GM): He leaps aboard the armored bulldozer, as the sound of bulldozers starting up echoes all over the place.
Kenku radios "Er, roger" and grabs his stuff and a bike as races out from the base.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer sees that there are snipers. They ARE apparently a bit low on units other than... armored bulldozers, APCs... and a few tanks!
Julian Sawyer: *stops in his tracks when the guns come out.* "...So you ain't heard a goddamn thing I said."
Deloth makes a run to get into the ship. Driver's seat.
Sergeant Levis: "As far as I'm concerned, you don't exist anymore. Drop your weapons or you lose your head."
Panzer sighs, drives back, has the bots load up all her garage stuff, drones help, onto her ship, then loads up herself. "Alright guys, ready?"
Aribar just nods to Deloth and catches up to Julian... And the guns pointed at them.
Kenku: *r* "Guys, do you want to to try to call for help? Or do you think we can stop this peacefully?
Sergeant Levis: "Oh look, another prisoner." He then looks. "No wait. That's the one with the magic."
Julian Sawyer angrily sighs and shakes his head as he, well, holds up his hands. His equipment bag is back at base.* "So what? You jealous or somethin' that we got here first?"
Sergeant Levis: "Just one moment."
Digifanatic: *r* "I highly doubt that will work at this stage, Kenku..."
Deloth: *tries to take off, once he gets into the ship.*
Metal Man (GM): He spins the tank gun and points it at Aribar.
Deloth: "Oh, geez, why did I never learn to drive..."
Sergeant Levis: "You ain't gonna throw no helicopters at me, #$%$%."
Digifanatic: *gets in the main ship with his gun...*
Panzer: "Well, no one listened to me. Oh fucking well." She gives some encrypted coordinates to her pilot and sends him off... After kicking Digi out.
Aribar: *... Watches a tank shell fly at him.*
Kenku Radios. "Ok... I'm going to drop BLU a line then."
Panzer: "Digi, tell them to fucking listen to me for a change. I've called in an air strike."
Digifanatic: "Yes, yes..."
Metal Man (GM): The tanks begin to advance on HQ.
Kenku radio "Air Strike? From who?"
Aribar quickly thrusts his hand forward and sends out a desperate wave of kinetic energy to deflect the shell harmlessly to the side.*
Digifanatic: *FF Digi to the the big ship.* "Okay, Panzer said air strike..."
Metal Man (GM): There is a motley array of things from GUN, with the Westopolis standard on it.
Panzer kicks the bike off and flies for the woodline, away from where the army is.
Metal Man (GM): Aribar deflects it partially. He is knocked aside . Panzer flies off, unnoticed.
Deloth: "Then let's add some missiles to that, Digi." *switches to the co-pilot's seat.*
Kenku slows the bike and looks at the oncoming group.
Metal Man (GM): The tanks and bulldozers open fire on HQ. *BLAM BLAM BLAM BBBBB BBBB BBBBB.*
Digifanatic: *flies the ship off wherever's necessary... likely towards where the tanks are advancing from.*
Metal Man (GM): Windows break. Stuff explodes.
Deloth winces at the explosions. "NOW, Ian."
Metal Man (GM): Julian is being held at gunpoint on Levis' armored bulldozer.
Deloth: *grabs the missile controls and waits to get in range before unloading.*
Kenku pulls out his phone and dials up BLU.
Metal Man (GM): Levis goes to run Aribar over with his tank.
Panzer scales a tree and uses Camouflage, looks through her scope for Levis, at a very, very great distance away.
Digifanatic just keeps flying in towards a suitable range for Deloth to use the missiles...
Deloth: "I REALLY hope these things home in."
Metal Man (GM): The tanks have now advanced upon the Stadium... very close to it.
Julian Sawyer was somehow teleported to the killdozer.* "I still don't undastand why you gotta do this other than you mad 'cause you didn't get here first."
Metal Man (GM): With nothing to obstruct their path, the bulldozers smash into the side of the Stadium.
Deloth opens up a good 50% of the missiles on the dozers.
Aribar tries to cast Rejoin; the half-elf doesn't particularly care where it puts him as long as its away from a tank.*
Metal Man (GM): Aribar appears aboard the ship with Deloth. Well... Deloth fires the missiles. A huge ton of them, all at once.
Kenku puts the phone away for now, and tries to knock a bulldozer over with a thrusting strike.
Metal Man (GM): Five tanks vanish... as does a big chunk of the Stadium.
Aribar would then quickly cast Cure to help the burn wounds he just got.*
Julian Sawyer: "..."
Digifanatic: "Well, BLU's good enough at repairing..."
Sergeant Levis: "...I guess I didn't need to attack it, with pilots like that behind the wheel."
Deloth: "...fuck, I don't even care anymore, I just want to kill this guy."
Metal Man (GM): About 25.
Julian Sawyer: *facepalm.*
Metal Man (GM): Panzer... finds one bulldozer in the bushes still. Nope. It has Julian on it...
Aribar: "... Deloth, I'd like to play a little game."
Metal Man (GM): ...And a suspicious figure inside it. Yeah. The bulldozers begin smashing up the Stadium's remains.
Deloth: "Ari, if this is going to be a sarcastic comment, please shut up now."
Metal Man (GM): Oddly, they have left the thugs alone.
Kenku attempts to call BLU again.
Digifanatic: "Go ahead, Ari. I'll help if it's possible."
Metal Man (GM): Kenku calls BLU.
Deloth grabs the guns and fires at the tanks.
Aribar: "No, it's a planning comment! If you can do it safely, dive down alongside the tank division. I'm going bowling for tanks."
Metal Man (GM): They're basically inside the Stadium now.
Digifanatic: *looks out the window and sees the casino mostly unscathed...*
Metal Man (GM): Deloth takes out one Tank, also shooting up part of the Stadium. It's basically half-destroyed now.
Panzer takes careful aim at this suspicious figure. She lays the rifle over her crooked arm for the best possible aiming capabilities, drawing on all her knowledge to make this shot, changing up the windage to make it fall right through Levis' brainpan and make a nice splatter.
Digifanatic: *muttering.* "What the heck..." *normal volume.* "I might be able to help with that..."
Julian Sawyer: "...why the fuck they leavin' the casino alone?"
Aribar would go over to the ship's door. He would ensure that his feet are firmly planted on the floor, and opens the door up.*
Kenku: "Engie... this is the Questers... we need some help... we being over whelmed by a maniac and his tank buddies."
Metal Man (GM): The figure's behind some kind of armoring, this will be difficult for Panzer to hit.
Kenku: "And he's tearing up the stadium."
Metal Man (GM): His only weakness is he has a door open and a gun at Julian's head.
Digifanatic follows Ari's idea, dropping the altitude of the ship low enough such that it flies parallel to the tank division...
Metal Man (GM): Panzer hits Levis in the shoulder. He drops Julian. Looking around, he slams the door and his bulldozer takes off.
Digifanatic: "Go for it, Ari."
Sergeant Levis: "Goddamn it, one of them is a sniper!"
Metal Man (GM): He was apparently too distracted to realize Panzer was one earlier. Go him.
Julian Sawyer: *And Julian promptly falls off as the dozer takes off, semi-stunned from the shockwave of the bullet and the contact with the hard ground.*
Panzer is silent and still, watching him by barely moving her eyes. She then starts to move her rifle in a slow, gradual way while camoflauged. She keeps his head in her sights.
Engineer: "Uh, that'll be a while, you're a bit away from where I am."
Metal Man (GM): The Stadium is now 3/4 destroyed, the remaining tanks overkilling the remnants. Levis' tank, which is larger, heavily armored, smokes on out towards the Stadium.
Deloth: "...Ian, do you get the feeling that this may be something of a Pyrrhic victory?"
Metal Man (GM): He turns on some sort of PA system.
Kenku says on the phone "Well... if you can get here, that's cool... else we are going to need your help rebuilding... and fast..."
Sergeant Levis: *PA* "You idiots didn't know who you were messing with. But now you know. Leave this area if you wish to live." *PA* "We also offer free amnesty for any thugs who would aid us against these unlawful, un-Westopolis invaders who built this atrocity."
Panzer whispers. "Should have let me check out the tanks, jerkoff."
Metal Man (GM): The thugs consider their position as the Stadium is completely smashed to bits by tank fire and bulldozers.
Digifanatic: "You may be right... but we would have been screwed anyway!"
Panzer: *W* "Oooh. He's already asking for help when the battle is his? His inexperience shows."
Metal Man (GM): The ship is overhead, the tanks. Panzer: Unfortunately, there's no real direct way to hit Levis inside that thing.
Aribar: *The mage leans out of the airship (somehow) and unleashes a wave of kinetic energy upon all of the tanks! He tries to get a huge portion of them to roll over! Kinesis x 5!*
Metal Man (GM): It is possible to fire a missile at the tank, but it's heavily re-enforced, made for driving directly into enemy fire. The tanks are heavy like Panzer.
Deloth: "Alright... the Stadium's just... lost. Secondary mission, blast that bastard Levis to bits."
Metal Man (GM): They do not move much.
Kenku is gonna either way for another response, or hang up and tries to get onto of a tank.
Panzer takes aim to see if any of his tank commanders are silly enough to stand half-way outside the copula.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I dare say..."
Metal Man (GM): They then turn around at the ship and begin firing at it continuously with machinegun fire.
Aribar: *And then the Half-elf casts a Plane spell to the plane of magma and fire over the middle of the tank field.*
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: Nope. There's some silly guys aiming the guns outside their tanks.
Digifanatic decides to yank this ship up and hope the missiles pass behind it without hitting...
Metal Man (GM): A portal to a plane of magma inexplicably eats one of the 20ish remaining tanks. Then closes. Digi moves the ship away as the shield begins to lose energy and is now at 80%.
Engineer: "We'll be there in 30 more minutes... have to go. See ya."
Digifanatic decides to launch a missile at Levis' tank...
Panzer tries to pick one of them off, to bust his brain open. She's switched to the full caliber round her weapon can take, the .50, should kill him if it hits anywhere above the beltline.
Aribar: "Remember that I can restore power to the ship!" *The half-elf goes to close the door to the ship as they fly away.*
Kenku says "Alright seeya" he says, and then sets the bike aside and tries to get on top of a tank.
Metal Man (GM): The ping of Panzer's missed shot causes the man to hide in the tank. One less anti-air gun attacking. Levis' tank is hit dead-on by a missile. It shakes, smokes... then turns to face the ship.
Panzer hmms, lifting a brow. She looks for other targets.
Sergeant Levis: "You want a vehicle battle? You're on!"
Metal Man (GM): ... Levis' tank fires a missile back at the Questers! Kenku rides atop a tank.
Digifanatic: *Does a barrel roll!*
Metal Man (GM): Then... *BLAM.* The shields are down to 60% and the GUN missile rains napalm all over the shields. The shields are now burning.
Kenku tires to pop the cockpit seal off using his sword like a can opener.
Panzer: "Napalm sticks to kids and shields."
Metal Man (GM): Heat warnings pop up all over the ship.
Digifanatic: "Listen, I could care less that you hit us right now. You took down our headquarters."
Sergeant Levis: "I'll kill you, that'll shut you up!"
Deloth: "Ari, get that Panel spell prepped. Digi, do a quick spin, that should knock the napalm off."
Panzer looks around for that airstrike.
Digifanatic: "Sure." *goes for the spin, or another roll, I guess.*
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: It's on the edge of the horizon, coming in fast.
Deloth: *Checks if he can unload more missiles at Levis's tank.*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku fails at the tanks open fire at the Quester ship. Yes, Del can do that. He's down to 14 missiles.
Kenku tries again.
Metal Man (GM): The shields continue to burn... that stuff's sticky.
Panzer grins and waits, rifle still in hand as she watches it. She radios the Questers. "Move away from the tanks in about five seconds please."
Aribar would stand at the ready. If they were to get hit again, or if the heat warnings continue, he would cast Panel.*
Digifanatic does a steep bank to the right, maybe the centripetal force will pull the napalm away from the ship...
Metal Man (GM): The missile hits, dealing no damage due to incredible armor. Kenku pops open a tank. Then gets a facefull o' bullets.
Julian Sawyer recovers from the shock of his plans falling down around his ears, gets back to his feet, and... watches the carnage.* "...Every single time." *Julian gets the radio message and begins walking further into the forestline, away from the tanks and the incoming airstrike.*
Metal Man (GM): Kenku is shot damage and knocked off the tank.
Digifanatic also follows Panzer's lead and flies away from the tanks to let the air strike do its business.
Deloth: "DAMN it!"
Kenku dusts himself off and gets up to get back on the tank.
Sergeant Levis: "Hah! Run away! We don't need to fight you fools anymore!"
Digifanatic: "Why couldn't he warn us a few months ago?! Good, cause there are others who'd LOVE to fight you!"
Metal Man (GM): The ship indeed shows more heat warnings. That napalm's a nasty weakness for the shielding.
Digifanatic: "Ari, you think any ice spells would work?"
Aribar: "He isn't with GUN! He's just another lunatic like Borne."
Metal Man (GM): A new radio contact appears.
Panzer: "Digi, you might want to get out of that ship or you'll bake."
???: *Radio.* "Do not fear. I will dispose of this target."
Panzer: "Bout time."
Metal Man (GM): There is ships with the Sigma symbol on them fly past, three of them.
Deloth: "What the..."
Digifanatic: "Alright..." *looks for a distant place to land the ship and hops off after he lands it.*
Aribar would try to channel five icy Ele spells to the outside of the ship to cool off the Napalm.*
Metal Man (GM): The shield freezes over, and the ship begins to lose altitude.
Panzer: "Hope no one's near the tanks right now."
Julian somehow picks up the radio message in the forest.* *r* "...Who the fuck is this?"
Panzer: "That's the airstrike I called in."
Metal Man (GM): Kenku goes to get back up on the tank.
Deloth slaps ONE Fire Ele onto the frozen shields.
Metal Man (GM): The shields defrost, now at 30%.
Julian Sawyer: *r* "...is Kenku still over there?"
Metal Man (GM): He sees three ships firing some large laser weapon...
Deloth: "Ari, Panel! NOW!"
Digifanatic did say he was going to LAND the ship...
Metal Man (GM): *PSHEEEEEEEEEOWWWWWWWM.*
Kenku radios "Getting off... shit!" and leaps off running for the bike.
Metal Man (GM): The area is enveloped in white light.
Julian Sawyer: *R* "They're fuckin' tanks, the fuck you doin' fi-" *PSHEEEEEEEEEEEOWWWWWWWWWWWM.*
Metal Man (GM): The white light vanishes... and half of the tanks are clear on melted into the ground. Indeed. -1 life to Kenku due to... lethal bombardment. The remaining ones barely function.
Panzer climbs down the tree to look for her present.
Sergeant Levis: "Gah! You... you... I'll find some ships and get you!"
Panzer: "Digi, got any missiles left to spam?"
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I think so..."
Storm Eagle: "The name is Storm Eagle. And you won't do much when I'm done with you."
Deloth: *Checks for missiles.*
Panzer: "Start fucking spamming!"
Metal Man (GM): He fires several shots at the retreating tanks.
Panzer: "Get them Eagle!"
Julian Sawyer: *r* "KILL HIS ASS!"
Digifanatic goes to fire a load of them towards the disabled tanks and Levis' tank himself.
Metal Man (GM): Most of the remaining tanks are blown to bits, but Sergeant Levis' tank is something special--*BAAAAM.* Digi knocks a chunk out of Sergeant Levis' bulldozer as it goes near the casino.
Julian starts walking back towards the stadium as the airstrike fades and the missles blow up the rest.*
Metal Man (GM): The casino half-collapses as Sergeant Levis' tank vanishes in the smoke. Panzer would find three tubes of 5 Repliforce grenades each near her position.
Deloth: "...Might want to keep firing, Digi."
Digifanatic fires a few more into the smoke...
Panzer collects them up and slings her rifle, driving out and onto the field, looking for any not completely obliterated tanks.
Storm Eagle: "Sorry I can't stay and chat, but I have to go now that they are gone. Don't hesitate to call again." He and his ships fly off as... Digi blows apart the casino.
Panzer waves to SE briefly.
Julian Sawyer is fucking LIVID as he angrily stalks towards what remained of his dream, his grand plan to finally retire... destroyed by-WHAT THE FUCK* *R* "THE FUCK YOU DO THAT FOR?!"
Digifanatic: *R* "HE ALREADY BLEW UP THE STADIUM!"
Metal Man (GM): It would appear that most of the rogue tank division was destroyed, Sergeant Levis notwithstanding.
Julian Sawyer: *R* "YOU BLEW UP THE FUCKIN' CASINO! SHIT STILL COULDA GONE ON THERE!"
Metal Man (GM): His tank may have escaped. You'll have to chase him later. More importantly, Panzer would find...
Julian Sawyer: *R* "AN' NOW THE THUGS ARE GONNA BE PISSED OFF AT US!"
Metal Man (GM): Enough tank parts to put together a tank. Melted. Messy.
Digifanatic: *R* "It seemed like they were already against us to begin with!"
Metal Man (GM): But enough if you spent some time.
Aribar: "Can't we chase after Levis?!"
Julian Sawyer: *R* "'CAUSE YOU BLEW THEM THE FUCK UP! THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!"
Metal Man (GM): The Stadium is a total loss, complete with a melted center which looks like magma filled it.
Panzer grins. She calls back her robots with the ship full of her stuff.
Digifanatic: *R* "Nothing. Levis is a nutcase!"
Panzer scans for Levis' signature, if he's alive.
Deloth just sighs and slumps in his seat.
Metal Man (GM): Panzer: It's nowhere nearby, all you detect is a large portion of his tank that was blown off by Digi's missile insanity.
Digifanatic just wants to land the ship somewhere SAFE. Like, NOW.
Julian Sawyer: *R* "Land the fuckin' ship." *Julian hustles over to the remains of the casino, grabbing his equipment bag out of the wreckage of the Stadium as he passes by its remains. Julian yells as he reaches the casino remains* "ANYONE ALIVE IN THERE?!"
Panzer goes and examines it's armor thickness.
Metal Man (GM): It had armor roughly 7 feet thick. It was almost more armor than tank. This chunk was blown off, apparently saving what was underneath it in the process.
Deloth: "...Digi, where did we screw up? Where? That's all I want to know."
Panzer lifts a brow. "Amazing, but too much, toooooooooo much indeed. I will make a hybrid of this." She tugs on it a little to see if she can drag it.
Metal Man (GM): Julian looks through. The beleaguered thug population was low already, but the missile attack has it reduced to basically none.
Digifanatic: *Away from the radio* "Apparently when we were firing at the casino..."
Metal Man (GM): The thugs of Westopolis are dead, as are a number of the soldiers of it who had come to fight for possession of it.
Digifanatic: "But it seems like the thugs were hating us to begin with..."