Super Smash Quest: Infinity - Story - Chapter 24: Leaderless Lurching
Date: 5:44:41 PM, February 3rd; 3:20:59 PM, February 7th; 4:46:34 PM, February 10th, 2011.
Digifanatic: *Gives it an Icy Kick afterward, defending for 1 TP to finish his turn.*
Metal Man (GM): *BAM.*
Metal Man (GM): You blow it into tiny, honking pieces. 2 left. Both in-range.
Jet unleases a barrage of small fireballs. (barrage 2 shots to each)
Metal Man (GM): Omega failure!
Jet: *shot 1 on second.*
Metal Man (GM): Hm... you roll once to threaten both, Kenku. So they both failed. Sorry. Anything else? No. Oh, you're... firing four fireballs. Ok. I thought you fired two and each threatened two targets. Hit with the first fireball thrown at the second one. Hit. Two.
King Demon: *Fireballs the weakest one first.*
Metal Man (GM): Miss.
King Demon: *Tries that again.*
Metal Man (GM): Hit. The third one blows up. Yes... it's dead now, though. One crane remains.
Valentine: "Annoying pests." *The girl would suddenly poof as a plush version of herself is replaced. EoT.*
Metal Man (GM): Cranes' turn. Val goes poof. The Crane that remains divebombs Digi! 25 damage if... well, I guess that misses.
Digifanatic: *NOW HOLD THAT THOUGHT* "Oh, for teasing me like that, you are so gone." *Snickers and fires a Light Ray at the last crane And one more Fire Punch. No charge on that.*
Metal Man (GM): The Crane blows up.
Digifanatic: "Okay, minor technically difficulties, back to our show in progress."
Metal Man (GM): You're now safe from cranes. You can now walk into the main courtyard--a paved street which runs by two containment pools filled with foul water. Kraela would warp in to assist you, also with the nuclear-shielf field like the rest of you have.
Digifanatic: "Hi, Kraela." *Heads down the street.*
Jet walks toward the street and looks it over to see how dangerous the walk is.
Kraela: "Hey. Sorry I'm late."
Metal Man (GM): Nuclear waste barrels are scattered about.
Valentine: "The creatures here might be data sensitive. Proceed with caution. Ian, push my platform."
Metal Man (GM): The area near the green pools appears to be eating the nearby ground.
Digifanatic: "Sure." *Backtracks to pick Valentine up and push her forward.*
Metal Man (GM): Concrete barriers are busted to pieces nearby, as if inhuman monsters destroyed them.
King Demon: "Hi, Krae." *Heads into the courtyard.*
Metal Man (GM): The front door is open for you to enter. It's almost like no security at all has been put here. Of course, the radiation meters keep clicking louder and louder.
Kraela follows Demon, unsure about the situation herself.
Metal Man (GM): You also hear groaning inside the building. It's nearly pitch dark inside there, and the door is only open barely enough for you to get in.
Digifanatic: *Pauses when he hears the groan.*
Metal Man (GM): You hear... moving of machinery inside.
Jet creates a small flame in his hands as he comes up to the door.
Metal Man (GM): The groaning is in tune with it. Jet would glance inside and see huge half-man, half-forklift people moving barrels of radioactive waste around.
King Demon: "This place is still active?"
Jet pulls back "Looks like someone is using this place."
Metal Man (GM): The waste is being... intentionally concentrated and released into pipes that lead into the pools out front. Each time they pop open a barrel, the clicking increases a little.
Valentine: "Hush. You'll bring attention to yourselves."
Digifanatic: *Winces at the relation between the barrels and the meters.*
King Demon: *Looks at the stuff, wondering if it's flammable...*
Valentine: "Try to avoid them."
Metal Man (GM): Potentially, but burning radioactive materials would probably not be good for your fields.
Jet: "That might be challenging, its pretty dark in there."
Digifanatic: *Nods to Val, looking to see if he can find a clear route that bypasses the crowd inside.*
Metal Man (GM): Avoiding them would be difficult, they are walking around in the only open spot you can see from here inside.
King Demon: *M* "Remind me when we're done to light this place up, Ian."
Metal Man (GM): Well... at the bottom of one of the murky pools is a pipe. But you'd have to survive radioactive water...
Valentine: *How big is the pipe?*
Metal Man (GM): Person sized. It's under 20 feet of pure green water.
Valentine: *Those the only routes?*
Metal Man (GM): The only ones, seemingly, the entire place is half-covered by some strange sort of containment device. Made up of immense plates of steel and concrete.
King Demon: *Looks around for anything that might help open up a new path.*
Jet looks around as well. "Looks like those are the only direct ways... I'd say pipe except I don't know how much of the radiation I could stand. What do you guys think?"
Metal Man (GM): Nope. Thick walls block most ways. The way above has the big giants, who mindlessly move back and forth slowly at their task. The bottom is filled with radioactive water.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, I have no clue how long that pipeline would be either."
King Demon: "And who says the machines will be hostile if we approach them? I mean, as long as we don't attack them..."
Digifanatic: "Although, Demon's right. If you don't disturb the barrels or the people working with them, we could be okay."
Jet: "Sounds like the best idea I guess." *Jet says and walks back towards the door.*
Kraela: "It's better than the alternatives even if we have to book it."
Valentine: "Demon with be our test subject then."
King Demon: "Great, figures..." *Sighs and makes for the doorway, trying not to get too close to the machines or the barrels if he doesn't have to.*
Metal Man (GM): Demon would walk inside. The machinery endlessly moves the barrels... ignoring Demon's presence. He can walk right across the area they're walking by, if he wants.
Jet follows Demon doing his best to keep quiet.
King Demon: *Does so, heading deeper into the plant.*
Kraela follows after the two.
Metal Man (GM): You head on in, discovering that while the giants could smush you... they don't appear to notice you at all. Deeper inside is a more nasty area.
Digifanatic: *Next in line, pushing Valentine with him.*
Metal Man (GM): A field of green glowing goo covered in computers covers the floor for a good 30 feet ahead. Inside it is also a bunch of smashed in wreckage. A barrier made out of stuff too radioactive to touch.
King Demon: "Well, this is going to be fun..."
Metal Man (GM): The barrier reaches about 10 feet up, and is made of a haphazard mess of debris.
King Demon: *Looking for a way around the barrier without getting radioactive.*
Metal Man (GM): You could climb the walls, only they look incredibly slippery, with no handholds. The ceiling is 30 feet up, too.
Jet: "I could try to blast a hole through."
Kraela: "It would take a while, but I might be able to get some stuff out of the way with my weapon. Could give it a little extra zing, too."
King Demon: "If you insist..." *Steps back, he doesn't want to get hit with flying radioactive debris.*
Digifanatic: "Might work... dunno, though." *Keeps him and Val a safe distance away.*
Valentine: "Just so you know it might attract unwanted attention."
Kraela: "Or we could blow it up," *she adds, as though it were a perfectly acceptable alternative.*
King Demon: "That's more my style, but it would also be MORE likely to attract attention." *Looks at Val* "Hey, you have a hovercraft, you can float over the barrier!"
Digifanatic: "Heh, she can get away with that... and wouldn't you be able to fly over it yourself?"
King Demon: "Good point." *Smirks.*
Valentine: "I can hover over it. Yes."
Jet looks at the others as he begins to focus just in case. "So we gonna fly over, do you still want me to try?"
Digifanatic: "Well, in that case, perhaps all we have to do is be able to be carried by one or both of you two, and that should settle it. I'd hold off for now, Jet."
King Demon: "Well then..."
Valentine: "Just pick me up and hop on. This thing was carrying over 100 books, you know."
Jet relaxes. "Alrighty."
Digifanatic: "Thanks." *Picks up Plush!Val and walks onto her board.*
King Demon: "No offense, but I'd rather take my chances flying myself over. You can take Jet, Krae, and Ian, if they wish to hitch a ride with you, though."
Kraela: "Room for two?"
Metal Man (GM): There is enough for two... well... three people at once, but it seems to sink with each person.
Valentine: "Do anything funny Ian will push you off."
Kraela: "Fair enough. I'm light, so there shouldn't be much of a problem." *She steps onto the board.*
Digifanatic: *Chuckles a bit.*
Jet looks at the lowering hover level. "Umm... any chance of a return trip?"
Digifanatic: "Oh, sure."
Valentine: "I'll think about it."
Digifanatic: "So, Valentine, do I control this myself or is this wired into your brain or something?"
Jet: "Umm... well... Ill wait and let you guys get over first then."
Valentine: *Putt putt putt. it would start hovering over. Leaving Jet behind.*
King Demon: "Need a lift, Jet?"
Metal Man (GM): It'd begin hovering over... radiation would increase, especially due to the heavy load, dealing 10 damage to Ian, Krae, and Val. They get across, though.
Valentine: *The doll glows.*
Kraela: "What are we doing here again?"
Jet: "If it isn't a problem Demon, else I would be fine with waiting on the hovercraft."
Metal Man (GM): Your resistance does reduce damage from radiation.
Digifanatic: "We need to run into a radioactive area, pick up a weapon, and haul out of here as soon as we get it."
King Demon: *Picks up Jet and flies him over the barrier.*
Metal Man (GM): Demon and Jet get across without trouble. There's now just one open doorway... it leads into a room which your field projectors determine will cause damage to you over time once you enter.
Digifanatic: "Yeah, Kraela, we're picking up the Nullus today."
Kraela: "That is a pretty good excuse for hanging around this pit..."
King Demon: "It works. So... looks like here's the point where we need to haul ass, huh?"
Digifanatic: "Starting to look that way."
Kraela: "Definitely my style."
Jet: "Looks like it" *Jet says.* "Question is how much?"
Metal Man (GM): It is bright blue inside the area where the radiation is.
Kraela looks into the room from her safe vantage point.
Digifanatic: "Not sure."
Kraela: *Trying to find an exit or something similar.*
Digifanatic: *Hops off the platform and stands off to the side, setting Plush!Val back down on the platform.*
Metal Man (GM): There, inside, is... a sphere in the center, surrounded by a pool of pure radioactive material. There is no exit except the entrance you're at.
Kraela: "Actually, looks like this is an in and out. Any volunteers?"
Digifanatic: "I'll go for it."
Valentine: "Demon was decided earlier."
Kraela: "And he can fly over that goop..."
Valentine: "Thinking for once. Good."
Metal Man (GM): There is solid ground, next to the goop.
Valentine: "Now then. Demon. You're on point."
Metal Man (GM): The sphere itself seems... almost magical. It floats there, of its own power.
Jet watches precariously from the door.
Valentine would be scanning around in the meantime. Seeing if there was anything in sight.
King Demon: "Great... If this really IS just an in and out grab..."
Metal Man (GM): The sphere would have magical energy instead of radiation coming from it. It is, however, very large, about the size of a golf cart.
King Demon: "Hey, does anyone have a semi long range weapon? Maybe we can fish it out."
Kraela: *Krae sets her halberd aside.* "Get it past that pool, and I'll help you get it out the rest of the way."
Metal Man (GM): It's floating above the pool; the pool extends about 20 feet in diameter. The room itself has solid ground around the pool.
King Demon: *Is wondering if... wait' it's OVER the pool? Looking to see if he can fly in and grab it quickly...*
Metal Man (GM): You could... possibly... You're not quite sure why it floats. It floats in thin air, yes, but whether it does that all the time, or only over pools of dangerous blue liquid.
Valentine: "You're taking too long."
King Demon: *Sighs* "All right, hopefully, I can get it and get back quickly..."
Kraela: "Good luck."
King Demon: *Takes off, flying straight for the item, trying to aim it so he can catch the item on the fly, if possible, and bring it straight back without slowing down.*
Metal Man (GM): You move to hit the item, only to hit an energy field. The liquid beneath it begins to boil. And then... a person begins to surface.
King Demon: *Bounces off the field, probably hitting the ground* "Ugh..." *Gets back up, looking at the person.*
Metal Man (GM): It is a Russian general. Who has a death ray for a right arm... Cybernetic eyes... And an all-metal Soviet cap. His badge, which looks like it was rusted from seawater, says "Ourumov."
Kraela takes hold of her halberd again. She has a feeling she's going to need it.
Valentine: "Demon is an excellent test subject."
Metal Man (GM): He stands up, as his soviet badges on his chest glow with cybernetic enhancements.
Digifanatic: *glances inside* .oO(Ohhh man. Bad superhero villain time.)
Metal Man (GM): He radioactive liquid literally dripping off of him, he looks at you.
King Demon: *Backing up a bit... yeah, this ain't good.*
Cyber Ourumov: "This power is nyet yours, comrade. Porky's Collective will not let you have it."
Valentine: "And you are?"
Cyber Ourumov: "This vessel would have you destroyed, but he is no longer human. There is only protecting the source of Nothingness. I am Cyber Ourumov, replacement to the failure Masked Man, Comrade."
Metal Man (GM): He raises the deathray at you.
Cyber Ourumov: "I am to do what is efficient. Not kill you. Only tell you to leave. Killing is for those who do not listen only. This vessel did not understand efficiency when he drowned in the ocean and washed up on these shores."
King Demon: "Much as we'd like to leave, we kinda need that item you have."
Cyber Ourumov: "He knows now that the way to cause misery is through bureaucratic enforcement of rules. You cannot have it. Challenge me and be deleted."
Metal Man (GM): He stands in the way... ...inside the room.
Valentine: "You're just a test subject, Demon. Let me talk."
Metal Man (GM): You can only hit him with ranged attacks while he's in there, without braving the radiation.
King Demon: "Have at it, girl."
Cyber Ourumov: "This vessel will hear whatever nonsensically stupid proposals other beings may have. All of them will inevitably be incorrect, unless they serve Master Porky's greatest interests."
Valentine: "And what if they do?"
Cyber Ourumov: "I am allowed to do whatever pleases Master Porky. If your proposal does that, then it will be allowed."
King Demon: "And who or where is Master Porky?"
Cyber Ourumov: "It was inefficient to send the Masked Man to kill all who entered. That isolated us further from causing much greater sadness and suffering on this planet."
Cyber Ourumov: "Master Porky is this." *He puts a hand to his head.*
Metal Man (GM): All organic beings would have an image of a fat manchild inside a weird capsule, buried elsewhere in the plant.
Cyber Ourumov: "He has seen time itself and wants nothing but to see eternal suffering."
Valentine: "And something wishes to destroy him."
King Demon: "Isn't that what living is anyway?"
Valentine: "And with you, Demon."
Cyber Ourumov: "That is why he wishes for all to live eternally, artificially enhanced to suffer forever. Until he can again figure out another chance to erase existence itself and make it into one of eternal sorrow."
Valentine: "And the item is link to it, isn't it?"
Metal Man (GM): He stands there, covered in boils and other damage from being irradiated, yet kept alive. Clearly his very existence is tortured.
Cyber Ourumov: "Yes. Nullus gives us one part of two needed to disrupt all happiness. It can destroy happiness. But we do not have the right tool to then seed the world with unhappiness. Therefore if you wish to barter with us for a better tool that could do one or both, we are listening."
Valentine: "Have him go date. I bet that would be more torture on him."
King Demon: "Have you seen the outside world? I'm pretty sure it's already quite miserable and unhappy."
Cyber Ourumov: "That is not enough. Some derive delight from how this outside world is. Even they must despair."
King Demon: "One person's misery is another man's paradise."
Valentine: "But, I have another solution that's much easier. How does a manic mad man that makes anything within ten feet of him terrible?"
Cyber Ourumov: "Unknown language, please rephrase that last sentence and try again."
Valentine: "--being more horrifying than your item."
King Demon: "..."
Valentine: "So insane that your mind twists just from the pure sight of him."
Cyber Ourumov: "What is this being?"
Valentine: "Metal Man. But even I think you are not ready for an encounter with it."
Cyber Ourumov: "Believe it or not, but we are acquainted with this being. He was the one who helped bring us here by reactivating the chaos on this planet with his temporary insanity. Unfortunately, while he does cause great despair, he also derives happiness from causing it."
King Demon: "That'd be him."
Cyber Ourumov: "Prospects of enslaving him are low, as he appears to have already broken free of multiple forms of mind control."
King Demon: "He values his independence. Take it from him and he'll be just as miserable as everyone else."
Valentine: "Not if you pay him greatly."
Cyber Ourumov: "He also has been seen, drinking the radioactive liquid from the ponds out front and calling it 'Metal Cola.' We do not want a mercenary. We want a tool of pure suffering."
King Demon: "Yep, that's him, all right."
Cyber Ourumov: "This and we do not possess the strength to overcome him. Perhaps if he was dead we could make his corpse into a truly terrible tool of suffering. But he cheats death like nothing else, so you would have to kill him for us."
King Demon: "Normally, I'd say no problem, but is it even POSSIBLE?"
Valentine: "With the item we could. We have no interest in suffering, however we're seeking to destroy something with what you guard. Many things."
Cyber Ourumov: "Your destruction may bring glee to those who behold it. That would be... unacceptable."
Valentine: "You look at it from a happy stand point. That too is unacceptable. If you were truly a being of misery, then you will see destroying something leads to more chaos and sadness."
Cyber Ourumov: "I am what I am told to be, and that is, a being of mindless servitude. Therefore I do not plan to waste time figuring that out on my own. Do you have a deal for me or shall I shut this door, Comrade?"
Valentine: "Demon. Show this being true suffering. If I wanted to talk to mindless beings I'd hang out with the Questers."
King Demon: "Uh, you DO hang out with us, Val!"
Cyber Ourumov: "My master is most pleased to see the rifts I open up in your group by being persistent."
Valentine: "And everyday makes me regret more and more of it, Demon."
King Demon: "You're welcome." *Smirks.*
Jet looks to the others in a half mumble. "Can I shoot him already? This is getting no where?"
Digifanatic: *Mutters to Jet* "I dunno, this is pretty dicey."
Valentine: "I ordered the attack. We'll just challenge it to more suffering."
King Demon: "Wait, you want to give it MORE suffering?"
Valentine: "Give it want it wants."
King Demon: "... That may be the first intelligent thing you've said all day."
Valentine: "Demon. Stop talking and attack."
Jet: *M* "Not like we have much other choice." *he says and starts firing from the doorway.*
Cyber Ourumov: "You wish to fight me? Come on in." *He backs into the room.*
Metal Man (GM): Jet's attack barely misses him as he backs on in. And... init.
King Demon: *Pulls out his beam sword.*
Valentine: "How useless. When I don't want you to attack, you do. When I want you to, you don't. Just don't screw this up."
King Demon: "Ah shuddup and kick his ass."
Kraela: "Making your partners want to cut you isn't very bright, you know."
Jet: "It wasn't like your discussion was going anywhere anyway! It was either hit him, or run away and have wasted the entire day."
Metal Man (GM): Now, I'll take a short moment to get some food, and continue.
Valentine: "Ugh. You're more than free to sneak around when I'm talking to others. Not like I've stopped you from being idiots."
King Demon: "Hey, Ourumov, want to take her instead?"
Digifanatic: "Demon, Val, snap out."
Metal Man (GM): Order: Demon, Ourumov, Val, Digi, Jet, Kraela. Ourumov is in out-range. Inside the room, visiting it will cause you to take 10 damage/round. Yes. Ranged attacks can easily hit him in there.
King Demon: *Launches a pair of fireballs at the Cyber Dem- err, Ourumov.*
Metal Man (GM): Ourumov goes to do a tactical roll, Goldeneye style. He dodges them both. Action roll! Action roll!
King Demon: "..."
Cyber Ourumov: "I am tempted to not attack and let you slowly die from missing me."
King Demon: "I have GOT to work on my accuracy..."
Cyber Ourumov: "Come. Attack me. Let me feel the suffering."
Metal Man (GM): He... stands there. He is glowing strangely.
Digifanatic: "See, Demon? You call out Valentine for him, you attack him and you get squat!"
King Demon: "I don't see you doing any damage either yet, Ian."
Digifanatic: "Cause I haven't tried."
Valentine: "Excellent. Now we're trying something different. I believe in all of you. Use your eyes and hearts." *And with that Everyone gets +2 to Accuracy. EoT.*
Cyber Ourumov: "Use them so that I may ruin them all."
Metal Man (GM): We await Digi's master plan.
Digifanatic: "Right..." *Fires a pair of Light Rays from his position outside the room towards CO.*
Metal Man (GM): He stands there, and, is hit by them both.
Valentine: "You can not hurt Metal Man. You are no match for us."
Cyber Ourumov: "Of course I am not."
Metal Man (GM): He is now glowing sort of like the beams of light did.
Valentine: "Just surrender the item and we'll let you mope in peace. We'll even throw in Demon."
Metal Man (GM): Remember, again, hitting him in melee will cause you to take 10 damage, due to radiation.
Cyber Ourumov: "I must suffer more first."
King Demon: "Gee thanks, actually, I think I'd enjoy it here."
Jet fires a aiming shot before going big.
Valentine: "Then stand still. Both of you."
Metal Man (GM): He is standing still, in fact. He is hit by that shot. And that one too!
Valentine: "Everyone is clear? He will stand still and we will continue to hurt him. In exchange, he will give us the item."
Metal Man (GM): Jet flies into the room, taking 10 damage. He's now in-range, much to his dismay, as the inside of the room is glowing with radioactivity. His aura continues to become more complex, incorporating the damage he just took. Down.
Kraela runs into melee range, taking the damage, and disappears from view once she reaches her target.
Metal Man (GM): You hit; he isn't even dodging. Only those in the room can hear it. If you are in out-range, you can't hear it.
Kraela: *Then she swings her halberd down for an executioner.*
Metal Man (GM): You hit him again.
King Demon: "Hey, Ian, I have an idea!"
Cyber Ourumov: "The suffering I feel... you are truly terrible beings."
Editor's Note: Now that is a truly epic burn if I have ever seen one.
Digifanatic: "Well, what you do think?"
King Demon: *Fires off a couple more fireballs* "He wants to suffer... try HEALING him!"
Valentine: "They are good at being terrible. Had enough yet?"
Digifanatic: *Chuckles a bit.*
Metal Man (GM): Demon hits himself on the wall, taking 10 damage, then the second attack hits him.
Cyber Ourumov: "Heal me? No... that would be too nice."
Metal Man (GM): He stands there, holding his head. All the attacks which hit him can be seen, replaying how they hit him over and over again.
Valentine: "Hmm. Too predictable. But my data is complete for this mission. lets end this already."
Metal Man (GM): Then suddenly the aura around him changes color to blood red... And explodes outwards, threatening all of you! He hits everyone! Oh no, you are dead! ...You each take 36 damage. I'd let you use that, only... reroll rule means the first roll stands anyway. *Shrug* After feeling the reflected attacks, you'd see him stand up again, moaning.
Cyber Ourumov: "Uuuuuuugh... the horrible pain drives me to take... more damage..."
Metal Man (GM): He glows, yet again.
Valentine: "Demon. Steal the item. The rest of us will continue." *She would then clear her throat.* "Keep your eyes open! Disbelieve the man in front of you." *+2 Agility for everything this turn.*
Cyber Ourumov: "You cannot steal it... only we know how to control it... give up... everything is hopeless..."
Valentine: "Hush and be a good Russian. Accept your pain."
Cyber Ourumov: "You are foolish to believe this vessel is the one speaking to you? Your fate is already sealed. Ha ha ha ha ha."
Metal Man (GM): He laughs with an otherworldly voice that is not his own.
Valentine: "You are talking to a plush doll."
Cyber Ourumov: "Anything with a mind can be made to suffer..."
Valentine: "The doll isn't me. Pain means nothing."
Digifanatic does take Demon's idea to mind... "So what's the best way to prolong your suffering?" fires a Minor Heal at CO.
Cyber Ourumov: "Pain can be made real... with the right power..."
Metal Man (GM): He is hit by the healing. It burns him terribly.
Cyber Ourumov: "No! you... would not heal me... that would be... too nice..."
Digifanatic: "Also, you want to know what's really annoying? When you want to be hurt but you're not quite in the right place..." *Aims a Light Ray towards him, but intentionally misses by about 6-12 inches to tease him.*
Valentine: "What took you so long, Ian?"
Digifanatic: "Not much, I was waiting to see what you guys had up your sleeves!" *EOT.*
Cyber Ourumov: "Failing to hit me fails to accomplish anything."
Jet will take the burn to attempt to plink him to bullseye him.
Digifanatic: "Really? Says the person whose goal is to want to get hurt... only to not get hurt because the guy in charge of hurting you can't hit the broad side of a barn? Doesn't that only prolong and frustrate your lust for pain?"
Metal Man (GM): Digi's progress is then erased by Jet.
Jet then attempts to steal some of his Aura.
Cyber Ourumov: "Your attempt was just removed... I do not consider it anything more than an anomaly."
Metal Man (GM): How do you propose to 'steal' his aura?
Digifanatic: "We'll see."
Metal Man (GM): What are you using to do that? A spell? You can't just... magically drain his Will without a proper tool. Ah. Well, an intriguing thing would happen. You would succeed... only to determine this body already has no will of its own. It is being controlled by another being... whom is not effected by status effects on this thing. However, your attack becomes a part of its aura.
Cyber Ourumov: "You... would... weaken me? I am already... nothing."
Jet "Meh... figured Id try to see if I could tap into what you were building." groans as the area eats into him and he tries to set defensively (last TP to reflex)
Cyber Ourumov: "Your lack of teamwork... and lack of coordination... makes silly healing tricks... pointless."
Valentine: "I was hoping they would get the point, but without a leader they are like that."
Kraela: "Thanks for the exercise, but attacking a guy that wants the hits isn't really my thing. Seeya, sweetie." *She walks past him and towards the door.*
Valentine: "Ian. You're the team leader. Start shoutings organized orders."
Metal Man (GM): The door into the room with him, or leaving the power plant?
Kraela: *The door that they came into the room from, to start.*
Metal Man (GM): So, out of the power plant. Oh, wait. Right, you entered the room. You walk out of that room and into the out-range area. Moving any further, or just staying there?
Digifanatic: "Kraela, whatever you do, I at least hope you're gonna stay here."
Kraela: *Staying there for now. 2 TP to defend.*
Cyber Ourumov: "Slowly, I will wear you all into dust."
Kraela: "Don't worry, it's too much fun hearing him scream when you heal him like that to leave."
King Demon: *Stands by and just defends for max TP*
Cyber Ourumov: "There is little power in this row, but you may find your brains... lacking."
Valentine: "I could have sworn. Right. The not listening part."
Metal Man (GM): He fires off another hit-all... this time, only the stupefy/weakening attack is split! Threatens all. Stupefy status effect to all who are hit.
Digifanatic: *Or that.*
Metal Man (GM): He then backs off, and grabs onto the Nullus sphere.
Cyber Ourumov: "You will not hit me enough to kill yourselves, yet you are too slow to figure out how to destroy me. I will take this to safety now."
Metal Man (GM): He grabs onto it and begins sinking into the water with it... Now to wonder what Val does.
Valentine: "If none of you fools can figure out all we need to do is grab the item and retreat then I'll do it myself!" *She poofs back into her normal self and quickly would hover over the water in an attempt to take the Sphere from Ourumov, hopefully before its too late.*
Metal Man (GM): 10 damage for entering the room, and... Melee check to try and wrench it away. You are equally matched. It goes neither up nor sideways.
Cyber Ourumov: "Your attempt is inevitably doomed."
Valentine: "Unlike the Questers I never fail in a mission!"
Digifanatic runs up to try to help Val with seizing it from CO. *10 damage, and...*
Cyber Ourumov: "You cannot overpower me."
Metal Man (GM): He holds Digi's pull off. It's still stuck, of course. That was defensive, mostly.
Digifanatic: *EOT since it took him 4 TP to move up anyway; if that didn't use up his other 4 he defends for whatever's left.*
Metal Man (GM): That used up your other 4.
Digifanatic: *Sorry, 3 to move up. So he defends 1.*
Valentine: "Heal him, idiots! I can hold my own! Do nice things. Buff him, give him a sandwich and anything!"
Cyber Ourumov: "Yes... call them names... it will help you become like me."
King Demon: "I don't think you want him having a Zap cola when he's in range of you."
Digifanatic: "I'd agree with that..."
Jet looks at the situation, and begins to step back with a bow. "A good fight" and steps out. (Move back to the door, and then TP to defend)
Metal Man (GM): 'k.
Kraela: "Sorry, but I don't do healing." *She jumps in- without her weapon?- to try to wrench the item away herself.*
Metal Man (GM): The item is wrenched away. He sinks into the pool.
Cyber Ourumov: "Just... try and take it away."
Metal Man (GM): He sits there, silently. You can... go and try to take it away. Hm... easy?
King Demon: "Go guys, get out of here!"
Kraela: *She only has 1 TP left, I think. Used to defend, EoT.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, I believe. However, no need to worry about turns now. Ourumov is just sitting there. You can now go to try and push the still-floating orb out of here.
Jet will wait at the door for the moment.
Valentine: *The girl huffs a bit.* "We can't warp until outside. Its either a trap or we're going to get attacked. Or it can't leave until he is defeated or allows it."
Kraela: *She looks at him and uses her Flash Slice, without the slice, propelling the orb in front of her as she leaves the room.*
Metal Man (GM): You propel the orb forward. And then... two half-man, half-forklift beings... stand in your way.
Digifanatic: "Oh, NOW they interfere..."
Cyber Ourumov: "We are a collective. When you try to take what is ours... they will take what is yours."
Metal Man (GM): But a weird thing happens.
Kraela: "Mind grabbing my halberd, Jet?"
Metal Man (GM): The orb glows, calling to Kraela. It tells her... to use it.
Valentine: "Unless you allow us to take it, right?"
Cyber Ourumov: "Correct."
Kraela: "Or unless I just remove the problem entirely."
Valentine: "We have many problems."
King Demon: *Runs in toward the others.*
Jet back up and grabs the halberd, before trying to step back, keeping an eye on the weird things.
Metal Man (GM): They stare at the orb, blocking the way. The orb glows, however, and seems to want Kraela to touch it.
Jet sees Krae trying to touch the orb as he returned with the Halberd. "Uh guys... what does this do exactly?"
Cyber Ourumov: "...You will suffer a fate worse than what we could do if you activate that. The power of Nullus... destroys utterly."
Valentine: "Oh. Then let's use it."
Metal Man (GM): Krae: Touch the orb, or no touch the orb?
Kraela: "You could just let us leave. We're paid to risk our lives. I don't give a damn about mine."
Valentine: "Enough." *Val goes up to the orb .*
Cyber Ourumov: "No. We will keep the orb. Or you will use it and condemn yourself to destruction."
Kraela: *She touches the orb, with an almost casual gesture.*
Metal Man (GM): The orb glows violently... Will check, Kraela. Kraela would suddenly be superimposed with the image of a man wearing sorcerer's robes. He would move her hands, and look through her eyes.
Sorceror: "I smell worthless beings containing my great energy in this useless place!"
Cyber Ourumov: "You have summoned the one who created it! Fools..."
Metal Man (GM): He sinks beneath the radioactive liquid, apparently running away.
Sorceror: "Ignore him. He and these ignorant children do not know my true power."
Metal Man (GM): Nope... currently controlled utterly by this, given that low roll.
Valentine: "...I'm really thinking of joining Anthon Tark now."
Sorceror: "Now... I will be free! And you... will be rewarded."
Metal Man (GM): He destroys the monolithic forklift-men just by touching them. Then walks directly through a wall, rendering everything he touches, even footprints in the ground, into dust. Do you follow possessed Kraela outside?
Jet looks at what's going on in shock, and chases after Krae.
King Demon: *Follows, just cuz.*
Valentine: *Of course.*
Digifanatic runs after Kraela and the sorcerer.
Metal Man (GM): You walk outside. He melts his path through the snow, then stands atop the hill around the tracks. There, he stares down at you, orb behind him.
Sorceror: "I am Thryne, brother twice removed from Dyne! He banished me for daring to destroy him forever."
Valentine: *In a tight spot* "And you made the orb."
Thryne: "But I can tell... you killed him... and you released me. What do you want destroyed?"
Digifanatic: "We seek the destruction of one Evil Wolfman."
Thryne: "In time, I will find a body as well. This one is a woman." *He says that with disgust.* "Evil Wolfman?"
Metal Man (GM): He casts multiple high level Alsa spells.
Thryne: "A worthy foe to my powers. But I alone cannot destroy him, as much as I value my destructive power! None of you are skilled enough to fully work in concert with me. Bring me a body which has no other soul in it, and I will help you find it. Otherwise..."
Metal Man (GM): He breathes in the air.
Thryne: "All I ever wanted to do was destroy something huge one last time."
Metal Man (GM): He points both his hands at the Power Plant behind you. It begins to be smashed flat, as if a giant monster had stomped on it. The entire area rumbles violently as it is eventually compacted flat.
Thryne: "Ha... ha ha ha ha... ha ha ha ha haaaa!"
Digifanatic: *Turns back, widens his eyes, and returns to face Thryne with a normal expression* "Understood, sir."
Thryne: "They dared to make a capsule I could not destroy! So I smashed it 200 feet into the crust of this planet!"
Valentine: "...Well, this is a new turn. So you'll come with us then to find a new body."
Thryne: "My appetite for destruction is whetted. Grant me a proper body, or leave my soul dormant forever. Or find a proper successor to control this orb's power. Do what you wish. You have given me what I wanted. Then I will gladly destroy this Evil Wolfman!!!"
Metal Man (GM): He vanishes from Kraela's body. The orb lands on the ground, and shrinks to become baseball-sized.
Digifanatic: *Slowly nods.*
King Demon: *Runs up to Krae* "You all right?"
Metal Man (GM): Krae would taste a distinct flavor of horrible, horrible chewing tobacco in her mouth.
Digifanatic: *Sighs, following Demon over* "I hope she is, Demon."
Valentine: "..." *Takes off her jacket and uses it to fetch the orb.*
Kraela: "I need a drink. Badly."
Jet looks rather shocked at what just happened. "Holy smokes..." after letting off the shock, he walks over to Krae and returns her Halberd.
Kraela: *She accepts it and uses it as a prop.*
Metal Man (GM): You appear to have the Nullus. But as one would look at it... one wonders if it didn't acquire YOU as well.
Valentine: "We got what we came for. Let's leave."
King Demon: *Gets on the radio* "We're ready to go."
Digifanatic: *Nods* "Yeah, let's go."
Mewtwo: *R* "Warping you back."
Metal Man (GM): *WARP* You're back at HQ, with Nullus. Mewtwo would glance at it, oddly.
Mewtwo: "...It... actively helped you in obtaining it?"
Valentine: "In a way."
Mewtwo: "...This is dangerous... dangerous magic. We must be careful."
Kraela: "Helped isn't a word I'd used, but sure."
Valentine: "You're a bit late on that call, Mewtwo."
Mewtwo: "We must ensure it does not control anyone else. I will seal it away. Until we need it for whatever you are planning."
Metal Man (GM): He holds his hand out to take it.
Mewtwo: "Yes... I will not touch it. Even though I could probably wield it... it is too tempting."
Jet: "Actually that does leave a question... what do you think it meant by a creature with no soul?"
Kaine: *Hands Krae a bottle of water.*
Mewtwo: "Some sort of dead person? I don't know."
Digifanatic: "Perhaps... although I do recall something from Alsa."
Valentine: "Even you can't answer that, Mewtwo? Even you should know the answer."
Digifanatic: "Demon, do you remember when we revived Link?"
King Demon: "Yeah, the revival wasn't quite complete or something."
Digifanatic: "Yup, that's what I was thinking about."
Kraela: "Thanks." *She drains the bottle offered quickly.*
Valentine: "What happens when a living being loses his soul?"
Mewtwo: "If I always knew the answer, I wouldn't need Brawlers to research these things in missions."
Digifanatic: "If there's some low-level no-name that got killed and we can use that machine to revive them, that could be the perfect medium for the Nullus."
Mewtwo: "These are strange things. I don't even believe in souls, after what I was born and raised through... there must be some magical explanation. I can't help but think of Borne's nanites, but that would be a terrible idea."
King Demon: "Would a machine work too? Like, say one of Red's robots?"
Digifanatic: "That's a tougher call."
Mewtwo: "I can't tell, we'd have to experiment. But first... please hand me the Nullus, before it possesses more people."
King Demon: *Takes Nullus from Val and hands it to Mewtwo.*
Valentine: "...Only if I can study it- Hey!"
Mewtwo: "Of course."
Metal Man (GM): He sticks it in a container that keeps it sustained in zero-G floating.
Mewtwo: "Just with a proper field to prevent anyone from touching it. It will be housed in professor Oak's lab, with the containment field around it."
Jet: "Borne's Nanites would actually not be a bad idea. I do not know how we would input it into the computer although, since I think thats how the creation bit works."
Mewtwo: "Well, the current existence of Borne causes them to disintegrate, but we could touch the orb to the nanites and see what happens."
Valentine: "Meanwhile, I will look into more folklore ideas."
Mewtwo: "...After Professor Oak makes sure that will not create some unholy Thryne-Borne hybrid which both wants to kill us all and can melt walls by touching them. As much as that might be an amusing new foe to fight, we already have Evil Wolfman. Although technically a Thryne-Borne hybrid might take Evil Wolfman as a challenge to kill..."
Valentine: "Let's just stick to simple things, Mewtwo."
Mewtwo: "But then we'd be stuck with one of them after they fought."
Digifanatic: "Eh. Not sitting pretty in that case."
Valentine: "There is an idea from my world that could help us."
Mewtwo: "Good... work, I guess, Brawlers and Questers. We'll have to investigate why this device chose us when you were otherwise... very stuck."
Digifanatic: "What did you have in mind, Val?"
Metal Man (GM): +2 EXP to Jet and Kraela, +1 EXP to Demon, Digi, Val.
Kraela: "I think he just really hated the guys there."
Valentine: "I need time to research."
Jet: "The way he sounded, he just got tired to being cooped up in that stupid place. I do wonder what will become of the plant although."
Valentine: "And Ian..."
Jet: "Well the plant's former place."
Digifanatic: *Smirks and nods* "I know, I gotta pay you..."
Valentine: "You better pick up your leadership role as well."
Valentine: "Don't 'oh' me."
King Demon: "Geez, who died and made YOU leader, Ian."
Digifanatic: "I... don't know."
Kraela: "Oh, right, didn't I give you some coin so you could actually buy yourself a weapon, Didge?"
Mewtwo: "With Deloth gone, it is down to Digi and Demon to count in as the senior leadership. Though it doesn't mean much, since actual field leaders were banished."
King Demon: *Smirks.*
Metal Man (GM): He gets a distasteful look on his face, as he picks up a picture of Yurie.
Mewtwo: "This meddling woman nearly got us all killed by disrupting my orders. Going to Saga was a waste of time. The Quester Hunters, had they been killed first, wouldn't have become a rich place for The Void to grow off of. And that Metal person should have..." *He floats off, ranting.*
King Demon: "Ugh, isn't she the one who ran that damn MTA I tried to use once?"
Valentine: "That means you have to pick up the slack, Ian. You need to have everyone organized or your luck is going to run out."
Mewtwo: "--And that Nodal perso--yes, Demon."
King Demon: "If she wasn't already gone, I'd love to kill her..."
Editor's Note: Geez. I didn't care for Yurie but this is a bit much. Couldn't they have bothered to see that at the time, her wild goose chase resembled the same goose chases they're doing now?
Digifanatic: "And yeah, even though we do get guys like Trigger and Dragoshi once in a while, it does often seem to boil down to Demon and myself."
King Demon: "Yeah, we're the lifers, aren't we?'"
Valentine: "So starting today I will follow you around and teach you the role you need to take, Ian. And until you can your act together you will not be left alone."
Kraela: "Frankly, Ian's a better leader than you are. It's called charisma."
Digifanatic: "You really think I am, Kraela?"
King Demon: "That COULD be because other than here, I generally work alone."
Kraela: "You're not an ass that I want to kick in the head. That's a fine start."
Digifanatic: "Heh..." *M to Kraela* "And at least I didn't have pain magnets sticking out of me this time."
King Demon: "Aww, you now you like me." *Smirks.*
Kaine: "No, not really."
Jet: "Hey Kaine."
Digifanatic: "Hi, Kaine."
Kaine: "Yeah, Jet?" *Waves* "You guys just now noticed I'm here?"
Valentine: "First thing is you got to make the lazy Questers start showing up on time."
Digifanatic: "Eh, you didn't say much before we left."
Kraela: "I still got my job done. And did what you couldn't."
Kaine: "... Right, whatever." *Waves and heads to the medibay to check on the Princess.*
Valentine: "It was a mess today. But no one bothered to work with each other. Even when I suggested ideas and plans. I have yet to fail a mission and I plan to keep it like that. So from now on we are to listen closely to Ian's instructions."
Kraela: "Fair enough. Ian, want to suggest that she leave?"
Digifanatic: "Well, when you told me to argue, I did trash talk Demon a bit..." *Smirks.*
Jet: "Right. Sorry bout the screw up. When Demon hit the shield, I thought we couldn't get through"
Digifanatic: "Same here."
Valentine: "Well, the rebel girl might be an issue, Ian, but I think you'll mange the rest just fine."
Digifanatic: "...nah, I don't mind the spunk."
King Demon: *Shrugs and sits down.*
Valentine: "Ian. I'm going to start taking more if you don't take your role seriously. Now then, I shall draw out your schedule until the next mission time."
Digifanatic: "I am, but to me, Kraela is not an issue."
Valentine: "You best be right. Or you can throw away all this planning against the Evil Wolfman."
Digifanatic: *Nods* "She's fine, Val."
Valentine: "You're the leader. I'm just here to give suggestions Now... About my payment."
Kraela: "Why does she keep trying to take my money?" *she asks Ian.*
Valentine: "Since my role has changed I will not be accepting payments until Evil wolfman is taken care of. I'll just be adding it to your tab. Including expenses."
Digifanatic: "Yes, Val."
Valentine: "And every time I tell you to give an order, I'll charge that. Every time things get out of hand, I'll charge you. And if I don't go with you and you fail a mission, that's a double charge."
Digifanatic: *Nods* .oO(I am Val's SLAVE for crying out loud...)
Kraela: "If you make him like you, I'm finding other employment. Now if you'll excuse me, I still need a drink." *She leaves the area.*
Digifanatic: "Okay, Kraela..."
Jet raises a brow "Other employment?"
Valentine: "Ignore the comment. All thing will be professional. Now let's go, Ian."
Digifanatic: "Sure." *Walks over to Valentine, expecting her to lead him somewhere.*
Jet shrugs "Alrighty. Not like I have such a choice myself. Later folks." he says and heads out to his quarters.
Valentine: *And she poofs into her plush self.* "Alright. Take me and lets go where ever you go. I wasn't lying when I said I am not leaving your side."
King Demon: *Snickers* "If you think I'm listening to HER, you're more insane than Metal Man!"
Digifanatic: *Turns to Demon and sighs* "Demon, I'm sorry to tell you this, but she is helpful..."
King Demon: "And arrogant, and bitchy. Hell, she's damn near the human version of Panzer!"
Valentine: "I show results, Demon. And when a very weak girl has to do your job that saids something."
King Demon: "Results? You've been on five missions, you're charging Ian a HELL of a lot more than he's making, and you do nothing but boss everyone around! I'D TAKE METAL MAN AS LEADER OVER YOU!"
Editor's Note: He actually did take Metal Man (Xavier) as leader over her. It actually worked out way better than this.
Valentine: "Then go to him. We don't need flaws in Ian's team."
King Demon: "This isn't Ian's team, and you can kiss my ass."
Valentine: "Unless you can give me a good argument on what makes you a better leader than Ian I will call it that."
King Demon: "I'm not saying I SHOULD lead, I'm just saying there's no way in HELL I'm following YOU!"
Valentine: "You are not to following me. That's why I'm not leading."
King Demon: "You're telling Ian what he should do and he's telling us what we should do. Sounds a lot like you're leading to me!"
Valentine: "Then I have a challenge for all of you if you see an issue with that."
King Demon: "And I'm DAMN sure not PAYING you."
Valentine: "Prove to me that you don't need a tactician. That you can work together without my assistance."
King Demon: "Tactician? THAT'S what they're calling someone who does nothing but run their mouth now?"
Digifanatic: "Huh. Can you watch us from here for one day and promise not to bail us out?"
Valentine: "You have to pay me. I'm not leaving until then."
King Demon: "To be perfectly honest, anyone who's loyalty and assistance needs to be BOUGHT really isn't worth the time anyway. And isn't someone I want on my team!"
Valentine: "Are you quite done with your childish rant?"
King Demon: "Ya know, there really are times I see why people like Del left this place. I see someone like you and I really don't blame him for leaving. Thankfully you're only one among a dozen or so."
Digifanatic: "Valentine, may I speak to Demon alone for a minute?"
Valentine: "Very well. My ears hurt anyways." *She poof back.* "Make sure he understands, for your sake." *And she hovers away.*
Digifanatic: *Nods Walks over to Demon* "Listen, when we were younger, we got paid well because the Stadium was actually taking in money."
Kraela turns up again with a bottle in her hand, but just hovers outside of the action.
Digifanatic: "It's not like the management had to take it out of their own pockets. Now, the idea of having Brawlers fight might not have been very successful, but I imagine there have got to be those that wonder how you and I would do against each other."
King Demon: "Ian, NONE of us are getting paid, why should she? Besides, paying someone for their loyalty is just begging to be betrayed."
King Demon: "I can't, and I WON'T trust her."
Digifanatic: "The way I saw it, if she wants to get paid, why shouldn't we?"
King Demon: "And I'll be DAMNED if I'll obey her. Fine, pay her, I really don't give a shit. Just don't ask for my support."
Digifanatic: *M* "Well, what if I'm not the one paying her? If this place actually makes a substantial profit and she gets a cut from it that doesn't compromise against the rest of us, I'm not concerned."
King Demon: "If we all were to get paid, that would be one thing, but paying one because they are requiring it for their services, that's bullshit, and I won't be a part of it."
Digifanatic: "Right. I want to be able to find something that allows all of us to get paid."
King Demon: "If the stadium would have brawls again, we COULD get paid!"
Digifanatic: "And I'd love to take part!"
Kraela: "Damn right."
King Demon: "So would I, and Kaine said he would too."
Digifanatic: "Thank you, Kraela." *Smiles.*
King Demon: "But would people pay attention to us? Most of them don't KNOW us, and many of those that do don't LIKE us!"
Digifanatic: "I hope so. Listen, it's either that or hope for some treasure hunt somewhere, and I know those aren't a dime a dozen."
King Demon: *Sighs and grumbles* "Things were so much simpler when all we did was protect the stadium... hell, if we aren't having fights here, why are we even DEFENDING it anymore?"
Digifanatic: "Personally, I still enjoy the job. Even when I get beat and burned and zapped to a pulp, I've never felt anything wrong with helping this planet out..."
Kraela: "I was promised payment. I just stick around now because I'd prefer the world not be destroyed."
Digifanatic: *Nods* "I'd love to help bring this place back to the glory it used to hold."
King Demon: "So would I. I just take issue with those who care only about getting paid."
Digifanatic: *Leans in to Demon And then he leans back away* "Hey, Kraela?"
Digifanatic: "You still have a grudge with Princess Starr, right?"
Kraela: "I wouldn't say that. I just have a soft spot when it comes to royalty. Why?"
Digifanatic: "Oh, I was wondering if you'd think about sparring with her."
King Demon: "A soft spot?"
Kraela: "I just don't like the idea of someone being born better. That's all. And yeah, I'd spar her, no problem."
Valentine: "Ian! You're wasting your training time!" *A call out from the hallways.*
Digifanatic: *Hand to his forehead for a few seconds M to Kraela and Demon* "Listen, I'll put up with this tonight, but after this, we'll try to work out alternate solutions."
Kraela: "Thank you."
Metal Man (GM): Mewtwo would glance over his shoulder from calculating Nullus and snort. "Another Alys wannabe... going to get themselves killed soon enough." He shuts his door, and continues on his work, as if this is merely deja vu to him...
Digifanatic: *Nods. He heads back to meet with Valentine...*
King Demon: "Alys, huh?" *Snickers, trying not to burst out laughing.*
Kraela: "You'll need to fill in the newbie, Demon."
King Demon: "Hmm? Oh, on Alys?"
Kraela: "That's the one."
King Demon: "Ok... it's been a while so forgive me if I'm not 100% accurate. She was a Quester way back around the time Metal originally took over from Wolf. She... had problems with a dark mage named Zio, and if I remember correctly, she pretty much tried to make herself be all important and godlike. I believe she ended up sacrificing herself to try to stop Zio... don't think she was quite successful though..."
Metal Man (GM): Fight-o-matic Machine Stadium Thing Etc Title That Is Long. The group is at the Stadium... well, the arena. Lakitu is in the announcer's booth. And busy dusting off equipment.
Lakitu: *Cough* "And today, at the Super Smash Quest *Cough* stadium, we have a *Cough hack cough* great battle for you! In the red corner, we have... KING DEMON! Lord of demons, and one of the first Questers! And in the blue corner, we have... IAN 'Digifanatic'HOFFMAN! Long time Quester as well, who is one of the few remaining tech specialists!"
Digifanatic: .oO(About time, too.)
Lakitu: "First up is an old arena... Sector Z!"
Metal Man (GM): A gigantic Z shows up, and an arena that looks far better than my little scribbles here pops up: It's the old Great Fox, polygons and all. King Demon will appear on the C area, and Digi at the F one. They will be facing one another. But this is also old school, so... write your entrances, gentlemen!
King Demon: *A pillar of fire appears over C, with Demon appearing within it, absorbing the fire into himself, drawing his beam sword, and getting into a fighting stance.*
Digifanatic: *From the proper segment of the ship, a glowing rectangle of energy appears. Digi steps out of the portal and presses a button on his Digivice to shut the portal off, attaching it to his new weapon which you can read about on his sheet.*
Metal Man (GM): The old school-but-maybe-not countdown timer appears, and one can hear Master Hand himself counting.
Master Hand: "Three... two... one... GO!"
Digifanatic: *http://ssq.metalman88.com/characters.php?mode=ssqI&page=Ian_Hoffman_AKA_Digifanatic <-- under "Digital Energy Sword" *
Metal Man (GM): Roll init.
King Demon: *Starts off by lobbing a fireball at Ian.*
Metal Man (GM): You're both out-range of eachother, naturally, due to your separate locations. No Arwings yet, either.
Lakitu: "And Demon takes the Mario route, chucking a fireball at Digi the minute he gets the chance!"
Digifanatic: *Immediately scoots underneath it.*
Lakitu: "But it's a miss, as Digi rolls away from it!"
King Demon: "Grrr..." *Fireballs again, cuz it's the only move he CAN do at the moment...*
Digifanatic: *Will take that hit.*
Lakitu: "And Digi gets a fireball into the face!"
Digifanatic: *Smirks* "Alright, not a bad start, let's see if I can keep up." *Uses one Movement to get to E (3 TP), before firing a Light Ray at Demon.*
Lakitu: "Digi moves closer and beams Demon back!"
Digifanatic: *1 TP defense, EOT.*
Metal Man (GM): Ok then. One more new thing... now I want you both to say your current HP and current location, when I say. It will be between each round. And will also be used to announce incoming hazards, for most courses. Some, like Big Blue, will cheat, but I'm not biting that off right now. And Demon's max HP is 175, ok. An Arwing flies in at K. And yes. Hiding on L is possible, if you don't mind potentially being blown to bits. :p
King Demon: "OK, Ian, you want to play with your new toy, you'll have to come to me to do so!" *Smirks and pelts Ian with a couple more fireballs* (I would use my other ranged attack, but it's better served on multiple opponents)
Lakitu: "Yet more fireballs fly at Digi!"
Digifanatic: *1 SP on the first to spite him*!
Lakitu: "But it seems only one of them... nope, none of them hit!"
King Demon: "... Come get me, then." *Defendage.*
Digifanatic gladly gets into Melee range, moving to D, pressing a few buttons on the energy sword. It glows red and floats parallel to the ground. He grabs it, retracting it like he's about to unleash a haymaker to Demon...1 TP charge... and thrusts it to Demon (Fire Punch).
Lakitu: "And so it looks like... Demon just dodged an energy sword attack... or haymaker... whatever it was."
Digifanatic: "Boy, this is gonna go nowhere if we keep fighting fire with fire..." *Smirks 1 TP defense, EOT.*
Metal Man (GM): The Arwing shoots up the area around K and J. It then rises to be right next to I. Also, do notify me if you are knocked under 50% of your health, naturally.
King Demon: *Smirks and swings a fist at Ian.*
Digifanatic: *Hit, 1 RES point.*
King Demon: *Follows it up with... eh, another.*
Lakitu: "Digi blocks some of the damage from that punch with his shield! Then he dodges the other one!"
Digifanatic: *Twirls around the second one If Didge moves to tile C, does that count as flanking?*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, you'd be moving from in-range to flanking him. Of course, unlike normal battles, that is lost after the first attack against them. Basically a bonus for bum-rushing them. Since they're liable to be facing you post-dodge.
Digifanatic: *Let's kill two birds with one stone! The sword returns to its "Normal" state, a dark maroonish glow. He grabs it, holding it close to his body before running up to Demon and leaping at him, trying to knock him to the ground with the combined mass.* (Aerial Takedown, which does use Movement.)
Lakitu: "And Demon gets taken down!"
Metal Man (GM): Of course, you can still apply resistance points or similar in this setting... Stunned â€ -1 to target's agility. Lasts until the start of his next turn.
Digifanatic: *Gets back up flanking Demon, the recoil not bothering him in the least* "Now we're going somewhere!" *Tries another Fire Punch on Demon, again with the 1 TP charge.*
Lakitu: "The pain continues to come to Demon, as his younger Quester peer beats him up with his own element!"
King Demon: *Smirks, taking the damage* "Not bad."
Metal Man (GM): The Arwing is lowering itself. It is hovering over H. You are both facing one another, since post-hit Demon is no longer being flanked.
King Demon: *Impales Ian... or at least tries to.*
Metal Man (GM): Only if the Weapon gives +1 to accuracy, Demon.
Digifanatic: *He still skirts around it!*
Lakitu: "Lady luck steps on Demon again!"
King Demon: *Defends for 3 TP.*
Digifanatic: "Oh, trying to hide, huh?" *Quickly punches in a few buttons on his Digivice as the sword changes to a bright blue--he puts both hands back on the handle and attempts two low strikes to Demon... yeah, just like when Icy Kicks someone.*
Lakitu: "Ian's up to something now... he's using his ice powers... but will it hit?"
King Demon: *1 sp on the second.*
Lakitu: "Demon trips, but catches himself... he's hit anyway."
Digifanatic: *And he defends for 2 TP. EOT.*
Metal Man (GM): The two of you are greeted by the sound of the Arwing flying into range, well not close-range. It moves to F... then shoots at both of you! Threatens both of you. 35 damage if hit.
Lakitu: "Demon dodges the space lasers!"
Digifanatic: *2nd RES.*
Lakitu: "But Digi isn't as lucky..."
King Demon: *Attempts to impale Ian once again.*
Digifanatic: *Juuuuust shields in time to avoid the last set of lasers.*
King Demon: *Defends for 3 TP again.*
Digifanatic: "Oh man, that is IT."
Lakitu: "Digi gets nailed by an impaling attack."
Digifanatic: "Well, let's see what happens here..." *Turns the sword into Fire Punch mode again, but uh oh, he's thinking deep and the sword glows dark blue instead! It's Elemental Will time! And it's still charged 1 TP. Element to Water.*
Lakitu: "It's a watery punch! Has Ian decided to embrace his soggy side?"
Digifanatic: *Yeah, he's not wasting his last 3 SP on that.*
Lakitu: "Demon resists the watery doom!"
Digifanatic: *Okay, Icy Kick, just to try to hit him. And 1 TP defense afterward.*
Lakitu: "But then, the forces of ice strike!"
Metal Man (GM): That'd take 5 TP or 2 resistance points to block...
King Demon: *2 resist.*
Lakitu: "Too bad they just bounced off of Demon's shield!"
Digifanatic: "Oooh, good shielding... but did you use it too early?" *EOT.*
King Demon: "Depends on how much I can hurt you next round." *Smirks.*
Metal Man (GM): The Arwing is moving on over to D.
Lakitu: "The battle nears its end, folks. Who will triumph, and who will fall to their defeat?"
King Demon: *Goes for another impalement on Ian* (who should also take 10 damage from bleeding)
Metal Man (GM): No. Being knocked over the threshold doesn't throw you, neither does bleeding damage--but the next hit will.
Digifanatic: *In this case, does 2 RES points still cancel the whole move, or half damage plus Bleeding?*
Lakitu: "Ian is looking bloody from his encounters with pointy objects!"
Metal Man (GM): Half damage plus bleeding only.
King Demon: *Then defends once again.*
Metal Man (GM): It'd take 3 to totally cancel out a status effect move.
Digifanatic: *Yeah, let's use 2 RES And he's below half damage.*
Lakitu: "He keeps trying to block it, however... it isn't going to prevent him from being thrown around now!"
Digifanatic: *Sighs* "I need a breather..." *Moves two spaces over, back to E, defending 2 TP. EOT.*
Metal Man (GM): The Arwing moves over to C, hovering up in the air and powering up its engines.
King Demon: *Simply lobs a few fireballs at the retreating Ian, not bothering to chase him for now.*
Digifanatic: *...1 SP on the first.*
Lakitu: "And we are re-introduced to the fireballs from earlier. None hit this time."
Digifanatic: *Light Ray from position E.*
Lakitu: "Digi shines his flashlight at Demon!"
Metal Man (GM): Demon is knocked back to B by it.
King Demon: "Grrrr!"
Digifanatic: *Holds his position, using all 4 TP of defense this turn.*
Metal Man (GM): The Arwing flies away at top speed, leaving the arena.
King Demon: *Tries to pelt Ian again with fire.*
Lakitu: "Yet more fire comes from Demon! The crowd boos the continual use of the move! It's in vain--it misses yet again!"
King Demon: *Moves to position C, then defends for 2 TP again.*
Digifanatic: *Alright, so if I use Movement to get to D, and then Aerial Takedown to get to C, do I roll that with a +1 flanking bonus?*
Metal Man (GM): Hm, nope. You arrive in flanking after the move is done. Otherwise it'd be sort of like you'd already been in flanking before you even used the move.
Digifanatic: *Movement to D, Icy Kick, 2 TP defense.*
Lakitu: "Will the second icy kick hit? Nope!"
Digifanatic: *Sigh. EOT.*
Metal Man (GM): A Wulfen pops into view from the left, hovering over A.
Lakitu: "Both combatants are holding steady..."
King Demon: *Impales Ian once more.*
Lakitu: "The uber stab hits Ian good! I think he miscalculated by moving over to Demon!"
Metal Man (GM): No, Digi, I will make the ruling. Given that he didn't add the mod or the TP for it... Further uses of the move will be a q4 for the rest of this battle. Same damage, etc, just nerfed to reflect what great use he got out of it earlier. We can fix the actual problem later. Right now I am more interested in finishing the battle. So, the damage and all goes through, unless resisted. That roll was also reduced down to 6, buut... He got a good roll, either way. And then Digi got a bad one. So, Digi his knocked back to D. *is.*
Lakitu: "It hurts a lot, but I think Demon may have worn out his arm swinging it that much!"
Metal Man (GM): Then you're knocked back to E, Digi.
King Demon: *Shaking his fist a bit* "Geez..."
Digifanatic: *Back to Light Raying this guy, from E!*
Metal Man (GM): An additional note, each mistake with your moves of that magnitude will decrease your winnings by 25 coins. To be fair. :p
King Demon: *2 Res.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes, if the mistake harms you, then it doesn't terribly matter. :p
Digifanatic: *Does he try it again? No, he saves his 4 TP to defend the full allotment and waits.*
Metal Man (GM): You can even intentionally roll lower than you're supposed to, if you want to mindgame people. It does nothing but make you less accurate though.
Lakitu: "Demon blocks the light ray! But will his shield hold out much longer?"
Metal Man (GM): The Wulfen flies to C. I expected some bug somewhere, really. Without constant sparring, things like this don't pop up.
King Demon: *Tries a different move this time, powering up and sending a blast of fiery energy at Ian.*
Metal Man (GM): My enemies just grow HP or shrink it sometimes to balance out whatever they're hit with.
King Demon: *Then defends for 2 TP.*
Lakitu: "That fire energy thing misses by a mile!"
Digifanatic: *Movement back to D, Icy Kick, 2 TP defense again.*
Lakitu: "A fierce kick from Digi slams into Demon!"
Metal Man (GM): Demon is knocked back to B.
King Demon: *Knocked back again.*
Metal Man (GM): The Wulfen flies to B, and shoots at F and G. Demon's head is endangered by this, but indirectly. 35 damage if hit. Yes. Indirect just means it's a less accurate attack.
Lakitu: "Demon avoids being blown up by one of Star Wolf's cronies!"
King Demon: *Grumbles angrily and launches a couple more fireballs at Ian, this needs to end NOW!*
Lakitu: "The crowd boos again at the endless fireballs!"
Digifanatic: *1 SP just to spite him!*
Lakitu: "Digi dodges one, but is hit by another!"
Metal Man (GM): Digi is knocked to F! Oh, right. Just now under 10%, so still F. Anything else?
King Demon: *2 tp defend.*
Digifanatic: *Light Ray to start... Nope, last SP here.*
King Demon: *Hit, down to under 10%, and... A?*
Digifanatic: *Moves to E, trying to stay out of the Wolfen's range. 1 TP defense. EOT.*
Metal Man (GM): So Demon is knocked off the ship, and will have to spend one movement getting back on it out of his next turn's TP. The Wulfen moves to D, not shooting. Of course, gotta move one space. You can go to A or to L, Demon.
King Demon: *Jumps back on the edge of the ship (A), then tries to Rage at Ian.*
Metal Man (GM): Note that being shoved two spaces off the ship is death in this case.
Lakitu: "And that last attack hits! Digi goes off the stage! The crowd boos! This game's winner is... King Demon!"
Digifanatic: *Yup, he's gone by 6 HP.*
Metal Man (GM): *Crowd boos.*
King Demon: *Sighs* "I really need to work on my attacks..."
Digifanatic: *Revive* "Not bad, I should expected that last one."
Metal Man (GM): Demon gains 50 coins! -25 for the move error, then another -25 for repetitive fireballs!
King Demon: *Sighs.*
Digifanatic: "I didn't want the Wolfen to blow me up while I was waiting for you!" *;^_^*
Metal Man (GM): The people begin to file out of the stands.
King Demon: "Well, good match, Ian."
Digifanatic: "Indeed. I wish we could have these more often." *Shakes hands.*
Lakitu: "And that's all for today, folks!"
Metal Man (GM): They file out, while Mewtwo files in to the arena. Others can also join in, if they're in the area... although Digi would quickly walk off, not angrily, but rather he apparently has another engagement to do.
King Demon: *Shakes Ian's hand* "Good job."
Mewtwo: "Well, it wasn't the most non-controversial match, but it made us some money and helped remind people that there is, in fact, a Stadium here. Perhaps we shall have more matches in the future. This one alone ensured we no longer have to beg for money from the Hands. That was getting to be a bit irksome... especially for me. You should really work on your stadium records, too, Demon. Professor Oak found a lot of discrepancies with the data in the computer and what you can actually do... You will have to rematch Digi again, with a 1-SP handicap, to prove you actually beat him." *He chuckles.* "And of course, the winner will get the 50 coins... so don't lose them, unless you choose to let it stand as it is." *He smirks.* "But I'm sure you won't."
King Demon: *Nods* "Thanks, Mewtwo."
Mewtwo: "It's only fair. Luckily, unlike the Super Smash Stadium, we do not turn a single Heart Container into a controversy that spans years. I'm still researching your next mission, so, you're free to rest for now." *He floats off to his office.*
King Demon: "All right, see ya."
Metal Man (GM): And... unless others have more stuff, we can go back to OOC for now. More IC stuff may be in the cards, but I'll wait for interest, if any, first. And also give my brain some time to cool from spontaneously generating a new, functional Melee Match mechanic out of thin air. Oh yeah. +1 EXP to Demon and Digi. Recapitulation Last session, the Questers Digi and Demon brawled one another. And in the end, Demon won, however the victory was somewhat controversial--in time, they will rematch, though with a 1 SP penalty, to see if Demon TRULY can beat Digi, or whether it was a fluke. Either way, they seemed rather evenly matched. Before that, several Questers/Brawlers conspired to destroy, er, I mean, fire Val. And then before that, the reason why they thought of it--Val's performance in helping them, er, sort of, get the Nullus. In the end, the Nullus kind of found itself and saved the Brawlers, but in any case, the session was a success. Except Thryne, the spirit of the Nullus, wishes for a soulless husk to make his own body before he can destroy Evil Wolfman, leaving the Questers with a new thing to solve. The Questers/Brawlers would be in the assembly room again. I might suggest holding off on choosing which you bring, Demon/Digi, until you hear the mission, lest it become another 'Whoops, shoulda brought a Quester' moment. :p Continuation.
Mewtwo: "Progress has been made in researching our current enemy. Money has also been made, courtesy of a melee match between Digi and Demon."
King Demon: *Is standing around, listening.*
Valentine: "A success. You should be proud, Ian."
Digifanatic: *Chuckles* "Yeah, I suppose I should."
King Demon: *Glares a bit at Val.*
AnonyMan: "Hm, perhaps I should square off against my comrades more often." He smirks.
Valentine: "Mewtwo. Any luck on finding an area that still has souless beings?"
Mewtwo: "We've been reverse-engineering the implants in Razor's body. It appears Evil Wolfman has access to robotization technology. Tails, over on Alsa, confirmed it. Evil Wolfman must have encountered this in his past somewhere, because only on Alsa did a Robotnik exist who robotized people. Unless he found one in his home dimension... in any case, it will be a long while before Razor is well again. He was conscious enough to tell us to not awaken him again until we finished the work."
AnonyMan: "A scary thought..."
King Demon: "So, what exactly does that mean then?"
Jason: "I agree, Anony..."
Kenku arrives in the assembly room and listens in on what's going on.
Mewtwo: "Evil Wolfman's implants caused serious damage to him, which means that Evil Wolfman could well enslave others, including Captain N. We still don't know the extent of Captain N's imprisonment."
King Demon: "Do we even know WHERE he's imprisoned?"
Valentine: "Or if he still is."
Mewtwo: "Inside a dark, evil tower, at the heart of Oddworld. It is guarded by a black hole field, and Death himself, riding a flying cart pulled by five Ghost Metroids. ...Unless you suddenly start taking steroids, we'll probably need to use Thryne just to get at it."
Digifanatic: *Rolls his eyes.*
Jason: "Ooh, that's a tall task."
Valentine: "So we're limited on our options again."
King Demon: *Shudders* "That was NOT a pleasant sight."
Mewtwo: "Captain N made it clear that the Robotization was just a test on Razor; apparently, Evil Wolfman hadn't perfected the technology yet."
AnonyMan: "...perhaps that task should be put on the backburner until we have weaponry on the level of mini-nukes."
Mewtwo: "Nullus is of that quality, but we require a soulless husk to give to it, so it has a body."
Valentine: "So we have time. We better use out borrowed time before it uses us."
Mewtwo: "We have on hand Borne's soulless remains, but I fear that may become an issue... it's the easiest choice, but also the most liable to go wrong."
AnonyMan: "Safety first."
Kenku nods as he listens along. "How so?"
Jason: "Wouldn't be surprised there."
Digifanatic: "Me neither... that's why I brought up someone who could be revived in that underwater area."
Mewtwo: "Holograms... unfortunately don't work. Dr. Light disabled and destroyed all traces of the hologram creation machines that could do that. Mostly out of fear of it becoming the next Void. Well, imagine a Mad Man's nano-machine body, in control of a super-wizard who can destroy anything he touches."
Mewtwo: "With the added potential threat of Borne breaking through and becoming the master of those powers instead."
Valentine: "It'll be a last ditched effort, Mewtwo."
King Demon: "Could Thryne himself be on that list?"
Digifanatic: "Not sure, though I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't."
Kenku: "You have a point there, although I think my connections were off. Digi does speak of a underwater regeneration place. We revived Link as I remember, although I don't know if he is different from that of Nintendus. Or even of the original if from Alsa."
Mewtwo: "Reviving him there would merely be the same problem, only without a body we could attempt to deactivate... and no Borne. The original place was destroyed."
Kenku: "Ah I see."
Mewtwo: "The only one remaining was one meant only to revive Borne. It is in very poor shape and may be lost forever in time. Of course, Anthon Tark has the data on the technology itself, but... He considers us the enemy after that botched kidnapping attempt."
Valentine: "And the same trick isn't going to work."