Super Smash Quest: Infinity - Story - Chapter 30: Anthon's Alsa
Date: 5:42:07 PM, March 11th; 4:47:33 PM, March 14th, 2011.
Mario: "No! I'm-a your only hope!"
Bowser: "Shaddup, Mario!"
Mario: "No! I'm-a the star!"
Metal Man (GM): He sighs and hands you a cell phone auto-dialed to Daisy's number. Daisy picks up.
Kraela: "Go back, then, Mario. See how long you last."
Daisy: *P* "Bowser, what is it now?"
Mario: "...I'm-a wait first, then, Peach."
Metal Man (GM): Kit.
KitOrbel: "... Daisy? This is Kit, of the Questers. We're here near the border with your husband trying to figure out how to solve this problem and we need your help... As you happen to be their biggest concern."
King Demon: *Shrugs* "Maybe we'll get lucky and Marley will solve a problem for us instead of causing one."
Daisy: "I'm stalling for time before I move against them. I won't tell you the specifics. I know you're on our side, but I have to be prepared for anything."
Jason: "That'd be nice."
Daisy: "It may not be much, but if I can cause enough stalling, the petition to the council might get through and get us aid from Red Text. I don't know why he's hesitating so much..."
Jason: "He likes to be neutral, according to Kenku."
KitOrbel: "... He prefers to be neutral, according to inside sources."
Metal Man (GM): Only barely.
Kraela: "But the enemy thinks he's on their side."
Daisy: "Well, dang. I need whatever help I can get here, Anthon has this military which took out the Time Cops of all things... We can't possibly win as it stands, we were already weakened by Eggman's invasion a while ago... The Repliforce seems almost like they're in on it, they won't return my calls... Jack just has offered asylum. That's not helpful. And the Galactic Federation has spoken of their 'Policy of Non-interference', which is just a load of Wilt Shrooms."
Daisy: "We have a military which could barely match the old GUN. The new GUN is something else entirely. Have you seen them? Vast airships... death rays... ...Some device literally caused one of our air bases to be erased from existence..."
King Demon: "Yeah, they got upgraded..."
Daisy: "And sometimes, ships would just warp in out of thin air. The Seven Stars can't help us, either. They cut us off, warping in and blowing up the Star Road."
Kraela: "Maybe it's better to give up and fight another day," *Krae says, a true fighting coward to her bones.*
Daisy: "There's only one gambit I have left. Sarasaland. The Echidna King and Wario and Waluigi figured out how to make it vanish entirely..."
KitOrbel: "..." *She frowns and tries to think, the more information she gets, the more it troubles her.* "We're doing what we can to help Daisy."
Daisy: "...But I'll need to know what you can or are willing to do before I use other resources I'm not going to tell you about. I've repulsed Eggman's invasion before, but only after he was dead. And Borne, before he acquired this... this... this technology! Borne... why did he have to die... he was the only GUN person who believed we should be left alone..."
KitOrbel: *She frowns,* "We need time to make a plan. Is there anywhere we can meet with you? Perhaps we can work something out together."
Daisy: "On my island, in my castle. I can't go on the mainland. Anthon would attack... instantly. He knows these things."
KitOrbel: "We'll be there as soon as we can."
Daisy: "He captured the ambassador we sent to him and made us turn over a small town to ensure he wasn't killed. Hurry, because Anthon seems to be gauging the value of Toad Town right now. If he doesn't value it, he'll run right over it and take over everything else on the mainland."
KitOrbel: "We're on our way. Bye Daisy."
King Demon: "We're on our way? With WHAT?"
KitOrbel: "It's a planning session." *She turns to Bowser,* "And you! How can you be more worried about your crapsack army than your wife! She is freaking out right now and you're here trying to talk to your traitorous troops."
Metal Man (GM): She hangs up, and Bowser takes the phone.
Bowser: "I... er... it was a political marriage! We don't even... er... you know. I have to make sure my remaining troops don't defect, or Anthon will own this place without firing a shot or saying a word."
King Demon: "I meant how are we going to get there, cuz unless Bowser has an airship..."
Bowser: "Those punks over there have a lot of money and technology on their side. Well, here."
Metal Man (GM): An airship flies over.
Bowser: "Take that over there."
Kraela: "Convenient. Thanks."
Jason: *Nods to Bowser.*
Metal Man (GM): The ramp opens up, and you can board the airship.
KitOrbel: "Marley thinks he needs Daisy to control this place. She doesn't think she could win this fight."
Jason: *Jogs up the ramp.*
Kraela follows him.
KitOrbel: "One of them is sorely overestimating the other... And I don't think it's Daisy." *She frowns, looking... Angry. Alsa was a place she protected, to see this...*
Metal Man (GM): The ship would wait for you to board, then take off, headed towards Sarasaland. You see another airship following you... it isn't Bowser's...
Koopatrol: "...We're being followed by a GUN ship."
KitOrbel: "I figured we'd get this interference..." =.=;;
Jason: "Yeah, you need any help with this?"
Koopatrol: "It isn't firing on us. Only hailing us. Repeatedly. Should I answer?"
Metal Man (GM): *Click.*
Anthon Tark: *R* "Got yourselves a ship, eh? And going to Daisy's place, huh? Well, that's rather smart of you. But why don't I give you a reason not to bother?"
Kraela: "You've got our attention, Tark. Just talk."
Anthon Tark: *R* "The Mushroom Kingdom, er, Republic, was set up by the Questers. You know which ones. Keikyoku. Garrick. Julian. Aribar. Deloth. Guess how many of them are you guys now? None of you, but I guess I had to figure that out for you. Hmph."
Jason: "Yeah, they're not there right now. We get it."
KitOrbel: "I'm Deloth's daughter."
Kraela: "I'm not good with history."
Kenku: "There are still people who care for this place, even if the originals have left."
KitOrbel: "Adopted though..."
Anthon Tark: *R* "You're right. I care for this place. It's run by a woman who tolerates a rampant drug abuser abusing his own citizens, and a hawk-like war-woman and her subdued so-called 'husband.'"
Kenku: "And why do you think running war machines through this place is any better of an idea?"
Anthon Tark: *R* "I could have blown Toad Town to smithereens, but I didn't. I want it to stay intact. To show my goodwill for these people. Just as I took most of Bowser's kingdom--a bloodless coup. Some towns had to be taken by force, but besides GUN advisers assisting, it was their own people. The people here don't want these people as their leaders."
KitOrbel: "To be fair, just talking to him? That doesn't strike me as difficult to do..."
Anthon Tark: *R* "The Republic was a sham put up to appease the Questers. Daisy still controls pretty much everything. Just like that council put up by Borne and the Questers was a sham. If I were in control, I would appoint local commanders who actually care. I know Bowser might be up for it, or maybe one of you. I just won't have any more shams in this world."
KitOrbel: "Now that's not fair! I fought and SERVED alongside Deloth and Aribar. There was nothing FAKE about what we did. We tried to do what was right for the world, despite... Admittedly bad management."
Anthon Tark: *R* "So, what'll it be. Will you force the destruction of the remnants of the Mushroom Republic by signing on with Daisy's scorched-earth tactics? Or will you go with a better solution? You did the real thing. Then the minute you left, Daisy invalidated it."
Kenku: "Scorched-earth tactics?"
Anthon Tark: *R* "Some of us have had to live with the results. I've been watching carefully--Daisy's control over the military is above everything else. She's poised to burn everything to the ground just to deny us from having it."
KitOrbel: *W* "He makes her sound like Starr..."
Anthon Tark: *R* "Even if all we wish to do is allow those who have overthrown their master and his underpaying inequity their chance to live free. I am one man. I do not plan on ruling this place. Merely liberating it."
KitOrbel: "Who is to say Daisy won't take it back after liberating it?"
Kraela: "Who says she'll be able to? Defense is easier than attack."
Anthon Tark: *R* "Her pitiful, backwards technology would be no match for the newly empowered Free Mushroom Alliance."
KitOrbel: "If she's really as ruthless as you say..."
Anthon Tark: *R* "Defending gives her the advantage. If she chooses burnt earth tactics, nothing will remain but charred ruins. I'm trying to prevent that. Once the FMA is established... it will be able to oppose her royal highness' tactics. I'm just trying to make this world a less chaotic, illogical place. Like you. If you still choose to oppose me, very well. But I have given you what you need to know first."
Anthon Tark: *R* "It is not dishonorable to fall in battle, but I would rather not have it that way."
KitOrbel: "If you want our help, you need to help us in return."
Anthon Tark: *R* "Of course. Evil Wolfman, I suspect? He is another tyrant who must be destroyed."
Kenku: "Yes, a Tyrant who supposedly has given us a doomsday time."
Jason: *Looks out the window to see if they're holding over Sarasaland right now.*
Metal Man (GM): You're pretty much there, just hovering outside it.
KitOrbel: "A short one too. We're rushing to find a way to overpower him before it's too late..."
Anthon Tark: *R* "Ally with me. I will deal with him. All I require is to liberate the Mushroom Kingdom."
Kenku: "In what sort of function in Allying?"
Anthon Tark: *R* "My forces specialized in dealing with Time Cops will use our top secret superweapon against him. Borne was planning to do similar, until you killed him. The plans sit before me. I just needed a good reason."
KitOrbel: *Self... Preservation instincts... Kicking in....*
Kenku: "Again Tark, allying in what sort of way?"
Anthon Tark: *R* "Against Evil Wolfman. I will send my superweapon and armies to defeat him. I just need to have the Mushroom Kingdom freed first. Their personnel will be useful. If you can get them to surrender, I will even give some of them amnesty, so that they can aid in our more important struggle."
Kraela: "Will we be able to contact you later?"
Anthon Tark: *R* "I possess interdimensional commlinks. Contact me whenever."
Kraela: "Thanks. We'll call you after we've talked to her."
Anthon Tark: *R* "Choose wisely." *Click.*
Koopatrol: "I'm going to pull in for the landing, now."
Kenku: "I can see what Daisy was talking about now."
Kraela: "Can we really afford to not trust him?"
KitOrbel: "..." *She's tapping her foot.* "I don't like this." =.=
Kenku: "Anthon can basically hack any phone conversation he wants."
Jason: "Hey, if we've got the power to screw Anthon and get away with it after Wolfman's gone, I can go with that!"
Metal Man (GM): The ship lands; you can walk into the castle now.
Kenku: "I don't know if that's even Viable since the actions now are the actions will probably be pretty set in stone when it comes to how this place is later." *He heads into the castle.*
Metal Man (GM): You head inside. Daisy walks over, wearing battle... armor... battle dress armor...
Daisy: "Took you long enough. So... got any suggestions? I'm kind of stuck here..."
Kenku: "I have to ask a quick question. What were your plans if stuff got any more sour?"
KitOrbel: "... You... Remind me of a Princess like you from another universe in that." O_o
Daisy: "Why thank you. My plan was to hide this entire island like Waluigi and Wario did, using Echidna magic."
Jason: "Wouldn't others still have a general idea of where you are if they contact those who are familiar with this place?"
KitOrbel: *under her breath* "Her name is Starr and she apparently has a black Yoshi army that carry bullet bill cannons and destroy everything that opposes them..." ._.;; .oO(That wasn't a complement.)
Jason: "Seems like just a cloak to me."
Daisy: "Only the Questers figured it out."
Daisy: "And since I'm not stupid like the Echidna King was... I can probably make it appear like the entire island exploded. I tricked him into thinking I was a brutal warrior who would destroy my own people. ...That way there's been more time to evacuate the ones I could who weren't soldiers..."
Kraela: "So you'll hide and hope nobody figures it out?"
Daisy: "Well, yes. I don't have much choice. I can't contact the Echidna King for help because Anthon pre-emptively blockaded the whole island. Even if you spoke with him, he'd just keep them from helping us. Without some artifact of great power we are doomed."
KitOrbel: "... Tricking him is what makes him think he needs to liberate your people in the first place."
Daisy: "I'm just trying my best. We survived the Echidna invasion..."
Jason: "We're trying to get one Anthon has right now. Nothing else, it was an option Nintendus Mewtwo suggested to us."
Daisy: "It doesn't matter what he thinks. When he thought I was 'just a princess', he came anyway, believing me to be an 'obsolete Monarchical being.' He wants what he wants. He won't stop until he has it. The archives show that he was only stopped by Eggman last time. And Eggman... is dead. Sloan's gone too, he could have helped, or so some of my spies say. Jack's a jerk of the highest degree. I think I'd be better off hiding now. Than contacting him, that is."
Jason: "Sloan's hiding elsewhere, we can tell ya that."
Kenku: "Believe me in the end, its better Eggman and Sloan are not around."
King Demon: "Sloan's gone, not dead."
Daisy: "He's the only person who could help us. I don't care if he's a lunatic, he's one with swayable loyalties. You... you could find him, and then we could save the Mushroom Kingdom with his help."
Kenku: "Believe me Daisy, unless there are a really big reason, hes not coming back to this realm. If you speak of Sloan."
Jason: "If Wolfman threatens Sloan's realm..."
King Demon: "And honestly, his mindset is similar to Anthon's, if he comes, it's to conquer, not save."
Daisy: "I could probably pay Sloan..." *She sighs.* "Maybe you're right, but then what am I to do?"
King Demon: "Do you know of any way we could get Anthon and Evil Wolf to go after each other?"
Jason: *Smirks* "I'd like that. Swoop in like vultures when the picking is ripe!"
King Demon: "It'd be the safest way, but also the most precarious, it could just as easily backfire and get them both after us instead."
Kenku looks at this.
King Demon: "Though, since EW wants to destroy us already, maybe we should take our chances?"
Jason: "Depends if there's a place where we can watch without being watched."
Daisy: "I don't know much about Evil Wolfman. Anthon wishes to control here as far as I know. All I know is Evil Wolfman was sealed away from here by Red Text..."
Jason: "Alright, we got another variable to throw in here."
Kenku: "Wait... when you say here, do you mean the island?"
Jason: "I mean the situation at hand. There's that hologram of Garrick that's on our ship... I'd imagine there's a chance he'd have quite the idea at what his alternate is capable of."
KitOrbel: *She's sitting on the ground, writing out her notes.* "... If you make it look like the island was destroyed...Then he'd have no reason not to help us as long as you, go down with your ship, so to speak."
King Demon: "Let's ask him."
Daisy: "Yes, but the mainland--what of Toad Town? He'd put them under his iron fist."
Metal Man (GM): Of course... your ship isn't here. It's back at Nintendus, at your HQ.
Jason: "Alright, any chance you could extend the Echidna spells outside of this island?"
Daisy: "Not without a great power source... And it'd be really hard to pull off. He might not buy it."
Kenku: "Well... we could try to levy the Quester Treaty over him and say we are governing it."
Daisy: "No... don't do that... He hates anything tied to those Questers..."
King Demon: "Besides, if he calls us on it, how are we going to enforce it?"
Daisy: "I tried to mention it. He told me they were a pack of children with shotguns roaming around randomly maiming people. And that if he ever saw those Questers, he would arrest them all. For their 'occupation' of Westopolis... Anthon's hometown. He even said he knew one of them fled to another dimension, and seems to be willing to chase after this 'Julian' too... But of course, he's too busy dealing with us. He said this would be much later... after acquiring my lands and 'liberating' them... apparently..."
Kenku: "We could always find a way. There are more Questers and brawlers than what's needed on a quest at a time. I see what you mean although, there is no way we could really play a "true neutral party" in this... least in Anthon's mind."
King Demon: "Ah, yes, Julian..."
Daisy: "He told me he would personally punch Julian out in a fight for what he did. It was... strange conduct for a leader... Can't say I entirely blamed him, but Julian isn't really our problem right now..."
Jason: "I don't even know the guy."
Daisy: "Strangely, he also said he would build a statue in Digi's honor. Something about destroying an 'Evil Casino.'"
Kraela: "Ian? Cool."
Daisy: "Maybe Digi should talk to him."
Jason: "What th--" *Rolls his eyes.*
King Demon: "I barely remember him... and unless I'm getting my past idiots mixed up, he pretty much rigged up a casino in Westopolis that Ian ended up destroying, but not before he made a shitload of money off the deal."
Daisy: "I lost track after that, he began rambling incoherently after that. He never stops talking."
Jason: "Huh... So you think Ian would be able to mediate something between us and Anthon?!"
Daisy: "So... if you're going to distract him from me, then... I guess I have to evacuate what I can to here, since Toad Town can't be saved? ...Yes, he seems to be the best choice. Have this Digi get him talking about that subject again, I'll move my people while he... er... rambles at you. ...We can take it back after you've got him embroiled in war with 'Evil Wolfman.'"
Jason: "Heh, sounds like an amusing distraction."
Daisy: "My only warning is he may try to take over your world instead. His want to control is extreme, and sometimes it seems he can bend reality. A dangerous quality. Like Mario, only he's not insane. ...Well... not Mario style insane."
Jason: *Twitch* "Yikes."
Daisy: "He's still insane, for wanting so much land, so much control."
Kenku: "That might work... although we are going to probably need some good theatrics when it comes to the Island with how hell bent he seems to be."
Kraela: "He's a conqueror. Taking power's what he does."
Daisy: "The records indicate he eventually defeated himself by trying to take on Eggman AND The Sonic Heroes and the Echidna at the same time... I don't know the circumstances, sadly... I'll supply the explosions... you just have Digi talk to him."
Metal Man (GM): She picks up her dress so as to begin walking up the stairs.
Daisy: "I have to get the Bob-omb Brigade ready."
Metal Man (GM): You can now leave for the ship. Or even faster, call in a warp. Or I can pause, if you guys are worn out. :p
Kraela: "I hate diplomacy, I really do. Who wants to ask the boss for an out?"
Jason: "Sounds like we have a plan."
Metal Man (GM): You can radio for a warp if you wish.
Jason: "Warp's our best situation right now." *Rings Mewtwo up.*
Mewtwo: *R* "What's your status?"
Jason: *R* "Stable and with an idea!"
Mewtwo: *R* "What do you have in mind?"
Jason: *R* "Use Ian to distract Anthon..."
Mewtwo: *R* "Okay, how exactly?"
Jason: "Well, according to Princess Daisy, Anthon actually likes the guy cause of this casino he blew up..."
Mewtwo: *R* "So... do they need to talk or something?"
King Demon: *Sighs, standing there, almost a bit bored.*
Jason: "I dunno, depends on whether you think we should wait a day or not."
Mewtwo: *R* "The situation is volatile. In one day there might not be a Mushroom Kingdom. I can have Digi contact Anthon right now. If that is okay with you."
Jason: *R* "Huh... well, a nice speedy operation, this could be worthwhile."
Mewtwo: *R* "So, shall I tell him?"
Jason: *R* "Yeah, go ahead, let's hear what Ian thins."
Mewtwo: *R* "Okay..." *Tells Ian the stuff, then puts him on the radio* "Your choice what to do, Digi. You can talk to Jason. And then Anthon, if you accept."
Digifanatic: "Okay, Mewtwo..."
Jason: *R* "What do you think, Ian? Up for some R&R with the enemy?"
Digifanatic: "Jason, straighten up a bit..."
Jason: *R* "Hey, we gotta make this quick. If you can warp over here or at least establish some contact with Anthon, that'll get us our opening!" *To the others* "Should we have him talk in person? I think so."
Kenku: "Believe so. If its fine, I will stay here and help Daisy create the illusion."
King Demon: "Wouldn't hurt."
Jason: *R* "General consensus says come on over, Ian!"
Digifanatic: *R* "Right." *To Mewtwo* "Mewtwo, may I have a warp?"
Mewtwo: "Yes. Here you go."
Metal Man (GM): Digi warps over to the castle with the others. A Koopatrol walks in.
Koopatrol: "The... Anthon ship is hovering outside, if you wish to talk to him."
Jason: *R* "We got him. Thanks."
Mewtwo: *R* "I'd hope so... I'd hate to accidentally warp someone into another place other than intended... Mewtwo out." *Click.*
Digifanatic: *Nods to the Koopatrol* "I'll go see what I can do with him."
Koopatrol: "This way, then."
Daisy: *Walking over to the others* "You should probably fly back to Toad Town, so that this is a 'mystery' to you. While Digi distracts him."
Jason: *Clicks his radio as well* "Sounds fine, Princess."
Kenku: "If you think that's the best Daisy. You sure you don't want my help?"
King Demon: *Shrugs* "Whatever works."
Digifanatic: *Didge follows the Koop over.*
Daisy: *R* "I'll be fine. Don't want Anthon to think you're in on this..."
Metal Man (GM): Er... non-*R* We'll switch now to Digi's perspective. As he walks out to the ship, which has its ramp open. Digi can walk right aboard.
Digifanatic: *Walks up and into the ship.*
Metal Man (GM): Anthon is there, in the pilot's chair, although probably force fielded.
Anthon Tark: "Come in, Digi. I'm surprised you came here. Thought those new people would send their own." *The ramp would close.* "So... what'll it be?"
Digifanatic: "I'm still a bit surprised myself."
Anthon Tark: "I'm sure you are. Just as you were to discover that you had saved the world from an evil confederation of thugs, by blowing up that Casino."
Digifanatic: *Laughs* "Sir, I never thought there'd be that much coming out of that little situation, but hey, I'll take what I can get!"
Anthon Tark: "You were the only sane one in that batch, you know. Kenku is just a slave to Red Text. Rinith isn't really of this world. Deloth never wanted to be a hero, Aribar was driven mad by his magical powers... Demon was just a generic Quester who hardly got a word in edgewise... I've read the files. I've seen what Julian did. I will find that motherf#$%er and punch his face in."
Digifanatic: *Rears his head back a bit.*
Metal Man (GM): He shakes a fist.
Digifanatic: "Eh, not everyone can be agreeable."
Anthon Tark: "No... one... claims my hometown as their home base... Westopolis will be safe now. Thanks to people like you. So, I was thinking... you could come to Westopolis and we could have a ceremony to honor the work you did. The others, they don't understand. You're the only one who had your head on straight AND the ability to do something with it."
Anthon Tark: "I know what it's like to be surrounded by Mad Men. I was surrounded by THE Mad Men. That lunatic Marley made them happen, just because little old Eggman was getting too close... if I hadn't been so in favor of listening to the people when they elected him, maybe Eggman would have lost without us dabbling in idiotic witchcraft."
Metal Man (GM): As he talks, the ship has apparently taken off and is hovering in more neutral territory. Meanwhile, ships flee from Toad Town.
Digifanatic: "I see what you mean. It's quite a hard balance, it would be nice to go back to a set of old grounds in peace, but I'm also a humble man myself, Anthon..."
Metal Man (GM): Anthon's communicator beeps, but he turns it off, choosing instead to sip some whiskey from a flask. His face is covered in scars and he looks very war-torn.
Digifanatic: "I'd need to think about this ceremony for a day or two."
Anthon Tark: "Well, good. Those who are not humble will be killed by their hubris. Think about it... think about more than it, Digi. What good has being a Quester done you?"
Digifanatic: "Well, it's given me a chance to explore things about other people and other places otherwise impossible to access from my original home, for one."
Metal Man (GM): He nods, putting a hand to his chin.
Anthon Tark: "Yes, I can see that... But what if you had a chance to do that... without the crazies?"
Digifanatic: "Crazy? Eh, sometimes you just have to deal with it. To expect everyone to be all clean-cut and tidy in our environment? Got to be joking."
Anthon Tark: "The world needs to be protected. Multiple worlds. I require experienced men, humble ones too. We can't have more Sloans. But there is a way to deal with the crazies."
Metal Man (GM): He looks you dead in the eyes, smirking.
Anthon Tark: "Kill them.."
Metal Man (GM): He leans back into his chair.
Anthon Tark: "You don't have to put up with them anymore, Ian. No one will tell you you're just an idiot for having killed an entire army of criminals."
Digifanatic: *Laughs a bit* "Really? KILLING them? I'm sure there are less drastic methods."
Metal Man (GM): He holds up a damaged Smash Dex and smiles.
Anthon Tark: "How well did that work for this... Locos Docos, Digi? Your original leader let him live. ...Thousands of innocents died."
Digifanatic: "Locos... ah, yes, Charles... Well, he and Metal are on the extreme end of the spectrum, in my opinion."
Anthon Tark: "Then would you not agree that those crazies... should be killed? The rest, they can be imprisoned. Perhaps rehabilitated. Or killed, if they choose to just continue their evil insanity. I'm offering you a chance to return to the world of sanity you left. The one you haven't seen in years."
Anthon Tark: "I can even find your planet Earth, so you can visit it again."
Digifanatic: "Which one, somewhere like, I dunno, Turion?"
Anthon Tark: "The one you left. The world where those like you apparently wielded sentient PDAs." *He shrugs.* "I don't know much about it. My point is, you don't have to sit and watch fools make a mess, or crazy people harm innocents. If you're fine with that, well... you do mean well anyway, so I won't judge you, but... You could be doing something about it."
Metal Man (GM): Most of the ships have evacuated. Man, does he EVER shut up?
Digifanatic: "Ah yes... to be honest, as much as I've longed for my home, I've also gotten quite used to the atmosphere of Nintendus and Alsa."
Anthon Tark: "So you can have all three." *He looks at his watch.* "Hm... I'm afraid I trailed off there. It's just that I hate to see a sane man wasted like you are."
Digifanatic: "Eh. It happens."
Anthon Tark: "It doesn't have to."
Digifanatic: "You want something to eat or drink, sir?"
Anthon Tark: "...I have what I need right here." *He sighs and drinks from his flask, looking weary.* "...Just come to the ceremony, I have hardly anything that seems to cheer me up anymore... I guess I should have just left you as an idea, and not let the reality pollute it..."
Digifanatic: *Nods* "We'll see. Can you show me around the ship?"
Anthon Tark: "...Where do you want to be dropped off... I have a country to take over... hm? ...I guess..."
Metal Man (GM): He gets up.
Anthon Tark: "It won't do your friends any good, even if you told them all about it, but... perhaps I can explain why being sane is... the better option."
Metal Man (GM): He leans heavily, supported by his mechanical suit. He's been in a number of battles. He walks around the way. In fact, Garrick was correct. That's a Dauntless-style control panel! A man in air force helmet with the whole air force style fighter pilot gear pilots it. The triangular control center is small but effective for this personal transport.
Digifanatic: *Glances around* "Very nice ship, I'd say..."
Anthon Tark: "This is the... bridge... it's hard to know what to call it, this isn't entirely our technology. We had to retrofit everything, because nobody knows how to make a god-damned ship that human beings can walk on but us."
Metal Man (GM): He leans on a wall.
Digifanatic: "I see."
Anthon Tark: "This is... Time Cop... ...Quester... Borne technology welded together with Eggman scraps. It has a top speed beyond most ships you'll see, because it's my ship."
Digifanatic: "I'm surprised all those different sources could actually mesh with each other..." *Rolls his eyes.*
Metal Man (GM): He walks towards the wings, and opens a panel, showing lines of computers.
Anthon Tark: "Garrick helped make it work. But that maniac Borne had to torture him. Too bad I never got a chance to shoot Borne... ...I could have used Garrick, and he could have simply been allowed to do as he pleased... which would be, to help me kill Julian."
Metal Man (GM): He walks down, reaching the rear portion of the ship. Many, many glowing panels here, and a few windows.
Anthon Tark: "This is all a single-room design, since it's too small to be a full Dauntless. And out these windows is..."
Metal Man (GM): He looks out one.
Anthon Tark: "...Daisy's ships escaping."
Metal Man (GM): He wheels around.
Digifanatic: "Whoa, whoa, whoa... settle down."
Anthon Tark: *Pulls out a radio* "General alert! Daisy is escaping to her island!"
Metal Man (GM): He puts it down.
Anthon Tark: "Don't tell ME... to settle down... I must... ensure the success of this mission."
Metal Man (GM): He straightens up slowly.
Anthon Tark: "This isn't your fault but... I have to deal with Daisy now. She's up to no good."
Digifanatic: "You're getting mad, Anthon... the exact opposite of what you wanted me to do." *Smirk.*
Anthon Tark: "If she doesn't murder her own people, she'll..." *He stops and thinks on what you said.* "There is a difference between the two, Digi. You can be insane... or you can be mad that your plan is not succeeding."
Digifanatic: "Still, you should be more careful with your advice."
Anthon Tark: "She's planning something on that island. I'm going to take her before she blows everything up. You're free to warp out if this thought distresses you."
Digifanatic: .oO(You're still going insane over the success...) "Oh, not yet, sir."
Anthon Tark: "I will still want to see you at Westopolis."
Metal Man (GM): He walks to the pilot.
Anthon Tark: "Alpha Wing to Island, now!"
Digifanatic: "We'll see." *Walks over to a computer and tries to turn it on.*
Pilot: "Yes sir."
Metal Man (GM): There is a small computer on the side. You get its attention... what do you do?
Digifanatic: *Browses through the information.*
Metal Man (GM): No wonder he didn't lock it down... It's full of information from your own smash dexes back when. And information on this ship, too, which he just told you.
Metal Man (GM): The data indicates Borne stole it a long time ago.
Digifanatic tries to find a way to send all this stuff back to the Stadium... can he do a bit of hacking/Technology checking to do it?
Anthon Tark: "That's her fleet over there, isn't it?"
Metal Man (GM): Tech check, yes. It makes an alarm. Anthon Tark turns around.
Anthon Tark: "Oh... HELL no..."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a magnum the size of a shoebox.
Anthon Tark: "I don't care that this is a plane and it'll crash. You're going down for that one!"
Metal Man (GM): He fires at Digi. It blows up the computer.
Digifanatic: *Dodges the shot easily.*
Anthon Tark: "I'm just getting started!" *He goes to fight you.*
Metal Man (GM): Going to fight him, or warp out? Roll init if you wish to fight him.
Digifanatic: *R* "Mewtwo, warp please."
Anthon Tark: "You're not getting away from me!"
Metal Man (GM): He lunges at you.
Digifanatic: *2 SP!*
Metal Man (GM): You leap out of the way.
Mewtwo: "I can't get a lock on you... you just moved!"
Digifanatic: *R* "He's stubborn!"
Anthon Tark: "You won't be getting out of here so quickly!" *He aims at the radio.*
Metal Man (GM): *BLAM.*
Mewtwo: "Almost have I--" *BOOM.*
Anthon Tark: "You're mine now!"
Metal Man (GM): Roll init ..Well, he was supposed to flub that one, but apparently I don't know. Order: Anthon, Digi
Anthon Tark: "You've just made the worst decision of your life."
Metal Man (GM): He swings his magnum at Digi's jaw. He's... strong. Too strong. Some sort of cybernetic suit? *SMASH* 35 damage, bleeding. Digi's jaw is cracked.
Metal Man (GM): He then goes to kick Digi in the groin.
Anthon Tark: "I wasn't kidding when I said I was going to f#$% Julian up. But I can always start with you!"
Metal Man (GM): *CRACK* Stunned, Vulnerable, 35 damage.
Pilot: "Sir... Sarasaland is exploding."
Anthon Tark: "Forget that mess! I'm going to defeat a Quester with my bare hands!"
Pilot: "You're wearing an exo-suit."
Anthon Tark: "Thanks, I have eyes."
Digifanatic: .oO(One Quester. What an accomplishment.) *Charges a Fire Punch for 1 TP and slugs it on Anthon.*
Metal Man (GM): You hit him. He stands there and takes it without flinching.
Anthon Tark: "I've survived a rocket to the face."
Metal Man (GM): It does leave a mark, though. He's just a blowhard. Anything else?
Digifanatic: "I've survived a world collapsing in front of my face." *Full defense as allowable, in this case 2 TP.*
Anthon Tark: "Good. I've always wanted a challenge."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a strange device with his left hand.
Anthon Tark: "You're powered by Smash Energy. I have a device which absorbs Smash Energy. Let's find out what happens when I push this button."
Metal Man (GM): It hits you for 30 damage. And he steals one of your SP!
Anthon Tark: "Yes... I can feel the power you have... it's mine now, fool!"
Metal Man (GM): Naturally, you may want to fight Anthon, but there is also a plane around you.
Digifanatic: *Glances towards the plane.*
Metal Man (GM): Control panels and such, and the pilot, and the computers on board it. Generally they aren't designed for onboard fights. This one... maybe a little bit, but not with Questers!
Digifanatic: *Runs back up and looks at the controls.*
Metal Man (GM): Of course, Anthon seems to be calling out your honor with this one. There's a pilot in the way!
Anthon Tark: "Too afraid to fight an old man? You touch those and we'll both crash!"
Digifanatic: "No, I haven't finished my tour of the ship yet!"
Pilot: "Look, this is my job. I didn't ask to be put in this situation. If you want to kill one another, you can do it on the ground."
Digifanatic: *To the pilot* "You're not the one with the grudge either."
Anthon Tark: "...I still want to kill him here..." *He wields the magnum.* "...But he has a point. I don't want to become mad like those Questers."
Digifanatic: *Tries to go past the pilot to check out the helm.*
Metal Man (GM): The 'helm' is the control panel right in front of the pilot... who is strapped in facing it. He's blocking the way.
Pilot: "Look, I got him to stop shooting you, now let me land this plane. This isn't the first time he's done this. In fact, I had bullet proof plates installed over some of the machinery after he shot some particularly annoying criminals for trying to punch him. All I know is if this plane crashes I'm out of a job, or dead. Or both."
Digifanatic: *M to the pilot* "You calmed him down, if you'd like him and I to fight on the ground, you can keep this afloat as long as possible..."
Pilot: "If you do that to me now that I've stopped him, you're just as bad as... ...er... ...uhh... he's a good guy! Yes. I'm going to land now."
Metal Man (GM): He lands near Toad Town, which is eerily deserted.
Digifanatic: *M* "No, I suggested you not to."
Pilot: "Now, Anthon. Are you going to kill him here?"
Anthon Tark: "Well, yes, becau--"
Metal Man (GM): The other Questers are nearby.
Anthon Tark: "...F#$% this."
Metal Man (GM): He shoves Digi off and closes the hatch behind him. The ship would abruptly fly off.
Digifanatic: "Thanks for the chat!"
Metal Man (GM): The pilot would wave to Digi. Anthon would then shake his fist at him. The others would see this as well.
Digifanatic: *Walks off and rejoins the party.*
Metal Man (GM): Digi did succeed, although he's still bleeding from the jaw.
Kenku looks at Digi with a raised brow. "I'm guessing stuff didn't go as well as hoped."
Digifanatic: "Oh no, I ticked him off, and he never got to kill me, so I'm fine."
KitOrbel: *She clings to him,* "UNCLE IAN! Oh my goodness are you okay?!"
Metal Man (GM): Digi says this while still walking around a bit awkwardly from being kicked in the groin, and blood comes from his jaw. He also looks a bit paler for some reason. Bowser would be there, though...
Digifanatic: "I've had much worse, Kit, you know that..." *Wobbles a bit while hugging Kit.*
King Demon: *Runs toward Digi, his sword out.*
Bowser: "Well, I don't know WHAT you did, but... everyone escaped, and no one managed to stop them from escaping..."
Digifanatic: "Oh don't worry, Demon, I didn't defect."
Bowser: "Marley was shooting at them but Anthon ignored his call."
Kenku: "Is Marley still on the approach to Toad Town?"
King Demon: "This isn't for you..." *Puts it away, Anthon's gone.*
Bowser: "Yes. In fact, we must escape from here, before his forces overrun us."
Metal Man (GM): You hear Marley's forces coming straight towards you, while Bowser runs for the remaining transport.
Kraela: "For the record, I think that this one was not my fault."
Bowser: "Warp out, Quester... Brawler... whatever!"
Jason: "No, it's not, Kraela."
Metal Man (GM): You see Marley coming at you with a laser sword, followed by a brigade of men with laser guns, Koopas with machineguns, and Toads with shotguns and rifles.
Digifanatic: .oO(Freaking computer security...)
Kenku whips out a radio and calls for warp out.
Marley: "Onward! Capture Toad Town and defeat everyone in our way!"
Metal Man (GM): You'd do so... Digi would warp out moments before Marley's laser sword could have hit him.
King Demon: "Where the hell is a big-ass bomb when you need one?"
Metal Man (GM): You hear him as you warp out.
Marley: "You're mine, Ian! You and everyone who betrayed m--" *WARP.*
Metal Man (GM): You'd be at HQ, with Mewtwo thinking.
Mewtwo: "...Well... we don't have the Energia, but... they are safe."
Digifanatic: "Yeah... turns out, Anthon hijacked all our Smash Dex data."
Mewtwo: "...Anthon now has control over the Mushroom Kingdom, and Marley is most likely its leader now... It was well known Borne had our data... ...Before I even got it, even. We're going to need to think of an energy source not guarded by a maniac. You could have been killed, Digi, or worse."
Metal Man (GM): He looks at Digi.
Mewtwo: "He stole some of your energy... very bad..."
Digifanatic: *Sighs* "Not too much, though..."
Mewtwo: "...He could possibly use it to make himself invincible."
KitOrbel: "This makes me so angry!" *She stamps her feet,* "I should have- No... This has nothing to do with that..." *She clings to Digi.* "What does that mean?"
Kenku: "I'm fine with Marley running the place in truth. He is a good ruler, even as much he now hates us." *he says with a sigh.*
Mewtwo: "Bad as it is now, if you are smart, you can blow up Anthon. But not if he becomes capable of regenerating Smash energy."
Digifanatic: "I just need to recover it back a bit longer, Kit..."
Kenku: "Blow up Anthon?"
Mewtwo: "I'm going to think on this... perhaps we should ask Garrick's hologram for help with this, next time... Anthon is... rather hostile to our interests now. Digi... didn't really help things."
Jason: "I brought that option up, everyone shrugged it off..."
Mewtwo: "Digi went to hack his computer after turning down his overtures. Anthon's dull, but not stupid..."
Digifanatic: "I don't really know how much he would have fell for me bartering Energia anyway."
Mewtwo: "It wasn't really a trick. It was meant to be an actual deal. Now we won't be able to so much as look at it. You were the one he trusted... now he trusts none of the Questers. But..." *Shrug* "I'm not going to complain about it, you saved as many of the Mushroom Kingdom people as you could, so it wasn't a total waste."
Kenku: "Actually by that... he's coming after us..."
Mewtwo: "Yes... that may be a problem too... I hope you or Garrick can think a way out of this, Digi, or we may not have to worry about Evil Wolfman's deadline."
Metal Man (GM): He shrugs and floats off.
Kenku: "Dammit... I wish I had spoken up louder. Why didn't anyone attempt to look like Daisy was "giving us the finger" when she was blowing the isle?"
Metal Man (GM): Oops. +3 EXP to Jason, Kraela, Starr; +2 EXP to Digi, Kit, Demon, Kenku
Digifanatic: *Growls a bit to himself* "See? Blowing up the casino is not as amazing as Anthon wants to make it out to be!"
Kaine: "Hey, Princess?"
Kraela: "Jase? Do you think we could have gotten anything out of today's mission?"
Jason: "I really dunno, Kraela."
Kraela: "The whole thing seemed pointless, honestly."
Kaine: "Starr?" *He looks at her* "You awake?"
Kenku: "It ended up that way due to how it played out unfortunately."
Digifanatic: *Slams his fist into his palm* "This is why I don't like talking too much..."
King Demon: "Well, it coulda been worse..."
Kenku: "Well your talking was good my friend, it was the secondary action that muddled things."
Digifanatic: "I keep opening my mouth, trying to occupy myself, and then I just do something that slips it up during the middle of the fight..."
Starr: "Sorry... I was working on something." *She.*
KitChan: *'s designing... Oh dear god what is that thing she's making... It looks like a giant Yoshi Mech....*
Digifanatic: *Nods to Kenku* "You have a point, but still... the fact I was trying to hack something to send to the Stadium that, in all honesty... is old news..."
Kaine: "You're obsessed with them, aren't you?" *Smiles and nudges her playfully* "You want to go get a drink?"
Kenku: *Shrugs* "I wouldn't worry about it in the end. Your body isn't in Anthon's hands, and we saved a lot of lives. It wasn't pretty but it did the job. Anyway, I think it's time for me to go crash, I'll see you folks around."
Starr: "..." *She pouts softly,* "I am not obsessed..."
Jason: "Still wish we got that book."
Digifanatic: "I know."
Kenku calls RT and dials out.
Kaine: *Wraps an arm around her and nudges her* "Come on."
Digifanatic: *Walks over to Demon* "Demon... I know you said it could have been worse, but are you upset at me?"
King Demon: "Nah, I woulda joined you in kickin' his ass."
Jason: "Well, if nobody else is thinking about it, I'll go see what's up with this hologram..."
Digifanatic: "Better you than me. He's probably giving me an evil eye right now as it is."
King Demon: "I'm comin' with ya, Jason, he actually recognizes me!"
KitOrbel: "I wanna go!"
Starr: "But Kaine... I'm planning..."
Jason: "Okay, Demon."
Digifanatic: "Yup, still staying out of this..." *Didge walks away from the briefing room, smirking a bit.*
Kaine: "Princess, you know it can wait till tomorrow... why are you making that, anyway?"
Starr: "... To burn my cousins' castles to the ground?" ^^;;
Kaine: "I don't think you're going to need to worry about that for long... well, not Peach's anyway."
Jason: "Guess we just need to find the power..." *Turns Holo-Garrick on.*
King Demon: *Starts messing with the computer, trying to turn on Garrick* (aaaaaaaand that came out SO wrong...)
Garrick Fy`aar (GM): There's a hum of energies as the holo emitters warm up, then buzz on. Appearing from feet to head is the usual form of Garrick Fy'aar as you knew him at his best. No grey hair, no worn posture. His normal looking self.
Starr: *She sighs and puts it down,* "You're right..."
Jason: "Evening, sir."
Holo-Garrick: "...it's about time. Damn, you guys have the knowledge of the ages right at your fingertips and you just let it sit, collecting dust."
King Demon: "At his best? You mean he's torn to shreds and lying in a pool of his own blood?"
Holo-Garrick: "If I wasn't made of photons and light, I'd start slugging people."
Jason: .oO(Ah, just as Scotty said about you.)
Holo-Garrick: "...hrm. Demon. You're still alive?"
King Demon: "Right... ANYWAYZ... how you doin?"
Holo-Garrick: "...and the little girl I yelled at."
King Demon: "Yes I am, I'm more stubborn than a cockroach."
Holo-Garrick: "...and you're that piano guy."
Holo-Garrick: "...and I dunno who the hell you are."
Kaine: "It's okay, I'm forgettable."
Holo-Garrick: "Obviously. If the real Garrick didn't program you in, then there was probably no reason for you to be there in the first place. Meh. I'm sure I'll figure out names soon enough."
Kaine: "Yeah, it's called 'I never met the real one.'"
Jason: "Yes, I am."
Holo-Garrick: "Hey, we got that in common. I never met him either."
Holo-Garrick: "So, what's the deal?"
King Demon: "Well... uh... you up to date on current events in there?"
Holo-Garrick: "I've been pretty much off this entire time..."
Jason: "Heh. Anyways, sir, we'd like a bit of guidance about a couple of enemies we're trying to get rid of. One's got a one-week deadline stamped on us before he takes this realm as his own. An evil version of possibly one of your old bosses, Wolfman."
Holo-Garrick: "An EVIL Wolf? Seriously? Are you sure it's not the regular Wolf with that robo-virus that his kind gets?"
Jason: "Pretty sure... alternate dimensions going on here."
King Demon: "He has a Dex that was built by his world's version of you."
Holo-Garrick: "Ah. Standard affair, then. ...pfffft, really?"
King Demon: "Yeah, damn thing's even more of a smart-ass than you are."
Jason: "Yeah. Garrickdex, loud and proud." *Rolls his eyes.*
Holo-Garrick: "I'll take that as a compliment. Wonderful. So, this Evil Wolfman says that in seven days, he's going to take over this realm... how?"
Jason: "Sheer power and destruction."
King Demon: "Even the Time Cops have had their hands full fighting him. At least the one time we saw them fight."
Holo-Garrick glances up at the mention of the Time Cops and whistles a bit. "Always someone bigger... always."
King Demon: "Oh, and it seems Panzy's working WITH the Time Cops now."
Holo-Garrick: "Oh, fantastic. Never liked her. Respected her, but never liked her."
King Demon: "What else... Gun's trying to take over Alsa wholesale."
Holo-Garrick: "GUN, huh? Alright... anything else?"
KitOrbel: "Autumnus, Senior Time Cop Coordinator has the sword of light."
King Demon: "Anthon, GUN's leader is running roughshod over the Mushroom Kingdom... Marley is working with him, because he's seeking revenge for us betraying him."
Holo-Garrick stares at Kit at that.
KitOrbel: *She's leaning boredly against the wall.* "On the positive side. He's not using it on us!"
Holo-Garrick: "The Sword of Light? Really?"
KitOrbel: "He intends to bind the Evil Wolfman with it."
Holo-Garrick: "And I doubt he'll get very far. Alright... anything ELSE?"
KitOrbel: "Yeah, considering the last time we tried to attack the Evil Wolfman with everything we had... All we did was break his sunglasses a crack." *She pulls out her notebook and starts listing off everything she's learned working for the Questers, and working for the Time Cops... Apparently she keeps her notes in triplicate.*
Holo-Garrick: "Alright, alright, jeez, that'll be enough..."
KitOrbel: "Sorry, I'm the planner and diplomat. Oh! And Valentine is a bi- Jerk."
Jason: "Another thing Wolfman's got is Negative Smash Energy, basically trying to suck out all the lifeforce we got that keeps us up here..."
Holo-Garrick: "You can say bitch, it's not going to wound my virgin ears. ...Negative Smash Energy. Now THAT is interesting..."
King Demon: "She's a bitch too, but yeah."
Holo-Garrick parses some more, scratching his chin.
Jason: "There's a book out there Anthon had called Energia, which is basically the good form of it. And unless it magically warps out, we're screwed cause he hates just about all of us, and he'll probably stop us before we can get a chance to steal it."
Holo-Garrick: "Energia... yeah, I know about Energia. Sloan had Energia for a while. Until someone stole it, if I remember rightly."
King Demon: "Doesn't help that we know it's in his possession, but not the actual location of it"
Holo-Garrick: "Alright, alright. I think I've got enough for now. Well, let me fill you guys in on me really quick, so you know the whole story and know what I can do for you."
Holo-Garrick: "Basically, Garrick kept a log of all of his notes, data, logs, scans, the whole deal. When he got sick, he decided to create a failsafe in case someone he didn't like tried to get a hold of it. Namely, that failsafe is me."
Holo-Garrick: "I basically have three rules incorporated into my systems. One, my priority mission is to make sure I stay alive. I will do whatever I can to make sure that my files stay intact and working. Two, I cannot and will not help anyone with the title 'Quester' unless it interferes with the first rule OR one of the five names on my list ask me to help."
Jason: "Huh, those five are?"
King Demon: "Well, guess I'm out then." *Smirks.*
Holo-Garrick: "That'd be the original Garrick, Julian Sawyer, Mewtwo, Digifanatic, or Scott Gibson. Those are really the five people that Garrick didn't hate with a passion."
Editor's Note: Heh. Scott Gibson. Like he'd be back, ever. I mean obviously Julian wouldn't likely be back either... but Scott is even more extremely unlikely.
Jason: "Ahhhh, alright."
Holo-Garrick: "Finally, the third, I myself am not allowed to do any fighting. I don't want people to get the wrong idea and think Garrick is back without him REALLY being back."
Jason: "Fair enough, sir."
Holo-Garrick: "Now, what I CAN do is use my knowledge to give you advice from Garrick's perspective as to what you can do. I also have all of Garrick's know-how for creation of equipment. I can pretty much make whatever your heart desires, and if I don't know the technology, you can show it to me and I can learn it fast enough."
Holo-Garrick: "I can't do Magitek, sorry to say. I don't have the ability to create the bonds that Garrick can. However, I've got plenty of knowledge about laser, plasma, phazon, radioactivity, fusion, all sorts of stuff. Garrick did come up with a few more things in route to God knows where, and I have info on that too. He had a narrow band transmission directed at my servers, so he was able to stay in contact with me before... well, I lost him. Which is really strange, cause it was cross-dimensional. So, where ever he is, it's further away than any of you or the Questers have ever been. I MIGHT be able to get a signal to him, with enough work, but it'd take a shit ton of time or cash, either way. But even then, you'd be dealing with Alex Fender, not Garrick."
Jason: *tilts an eyebrow* .oO(Well, might have been a different Alex...)
Holo-Garrick: "So, as to your current situation..."
King Demon: "Yep, I'm out. Nice knowing you... wait, Garrick hates me? What the fuck did I ever do to him?"
Holo-Garrick turns to Demon. "You were a Quester."
King Demon: "... SO WAS HE!"
Jason: "Demon, not now. Please, I want to learn a little bit."
Metal Man (GM): Amended EXP: +3 EXP to Kit, no EXP to Starr
Holo-Garrick: "Ah, no. Garrick gave up his Questerhood and connection to Smash Energy before the sickness hit."
Holo-Garrick: "Normally, a Quester just CANNOT give up being a Quester unless his connection to Smash Energy is severed. This was normally done with that remote, but Garrick found a way. He just didn't know about the sickness. Ah... you guys know who Garrick really is, right?"
Jason: "I have heard."
Holo-Garrick looks a little sad suddenly, putting his hand at the back of his head and scratching awkwardly... (Insert MGS4 the Best is Yet to Come music here) "Garrick's real name is Kyle Adam Hayter, the son of David Hayter. Also known as Solid Snake."
KitOrbel: "..." *She listens carefully.*
Holo-Garrick: "Most of his technical knowledge comes from his time growing up with his father and Otacon, after the PMCs started taking over the Earth at the time. Garrick was alive during the formation of the Three Powers, three separate nations that eventually went to war with each other, and then, eventually, the Solarians. Solid Snake had a sickness, of a sort. He was only meant to live a certain number of years before he died, and he would turn into a walking biochemical bomb. Garrick was made from Solid Snake's DNA. The Les Enfants Terribles project started up again and created him. The same failsafe was put into Garrick, but his connection to Smash Energy is what held back the sickness. When Garrick severed himself from the Smash Energy, the sickness came in full force and mutated. Garrick's irritability, mood swings, visions... ...that all came from the sickness."
Editor's Note: I'm amazed he held on to that non-canon Season 4 plot, but here I am to remind you anything to do with the Three Powers -> Solarians plot is non-canon.
Holo-Garrick: "Garrick was able to hold it back with a chemical he developed when he was being held by Borne. But he needed larger and larger doses to hold back the symptoms. Pretty much, Garrick blamed the entirety of his disease, the way it effected him, and the way things had turned out on Metal Man. He believed Metal Man and the Questers to be at blame for the way the world had turned out and the way his life had turned out. In any event... Garrick's last sane thought, when he finished that fight with that Aribar clone, was that he needed to leave. He let Alex Fender take over control of his mind, letting Garrick slip into the back of his mind. There, he was planning on finding a full cure to the sickness. The last report I got from the Dauntless was something about a rip in space, a large, crackling purple hole. Alex thought it looked 'totally bitchin'', so he piloted into that hole and... that's the last I heard from them. ...well, enough of me filling you guys in. You want answers to your problems. Seeing as the idea of Evil Wolfman kinda violates rule one, I can help you. I don't see why you guys are bothering with Alsa if Evil Wolfman is coming HERE... ...but if you want to save Alsa AND Nintendus, you're going to have to buckle down."
Jason: "Alsa's kinda meh to me as well..."
Holo-Garrick: "GUN is going to be a big issue. I don't see them doing much of anything to aid you, even if you try and befriend them in some way. You're most likely going to have to face GUN and this... Anthon Tark fellow before the deed is done. You have the Mushroom Kingdom and you have GUN."
King Demon: "I could care less about Alsa, but I know that the Princess over there is FROM that world, so she may give a damn."
Holo-Garrick: "GUN is a bit hazy with me, but I would choose the evil I know over the evil I don't."
KitOrbel: "We went to Alsa to get energia from Tark."
Holo-Garrick: "Ahhh... well, Tark is not going to be giving it up without a fight. So you pretty much have to side with the Mushroom Kingdom."
Starr: "... My kingdom isn't on his radar. We're not part of the Republic."
Holo-Garrick: "...who the hell is that?"
Jason: *Nods* "The rightful rulers of the Mushroom Kingdom, sure..."
Starr: "My name is Princess Starr, I'm a cousin of Peach and Daisy."
Kaine: *Is sitting with her, his arm around her Is actually paying a bit more attention to what she'd been working on earlier than he is Garrick, at the moment, though.*
Holo-Garrick: "I see... Well. A pleasure, your highness. So, let me see if I get this straight. You want to get your hands on Energia so you can use it on Evil Wolfman when he comes calling. But you can't get Energia without going toe to toe with GUN and Anthon Tark."
Jason: "Yeah, it's supposed to help unlock some power the Questers did have."
Holo-Garrick: "Some power?"
Jason: "Yeah, like unleashing supercharged attacks, things like that."
Holo-Garrick: "...oh, you've got to be--son of a BITCH. The original power! God, if Garrick only knew..." *He laughs loudly, rubbing his neck with one hand.*
King Demon: "What is it?"
KitOrbel: "Mewtwo's holding out on us~..." *She looks at Ian.*
Digifanatic: *Didge has left the building.*
King Demon: *Looks at Kit* "You expected him not to be?"
KitOrbel: "Fair point... I wonder if telling him we know means he'll let me put purple ribbons on his tail."
Holo-Garrick: "Alright, a long while ago, before Alsa had been created, Nintendus was a very different place."
King Demon: "More likely he'll try to erase your memory."
Holo-Garrick: "Wartorn by constant attacks from various enemies."
KitOrbel: "Notes. In. Triplicate."
Holo-Garrick: "Smithy, Robotniks of various first names, Kuja... and The Void. The Questers had to go through tons of bad guys. One after the other. The world reshapes itself a good few times."
King Demon: "Yeah, most of that was a lot of fun." *Yeah, he's totally being sarcastic.*
Holo-Garrick: "But when the hammer came down, the big showdown when everything was ending was against The Void and his chief lieutenant, Zio. By that time, the Questers were akin to gods in levels of power."
Holo-Garrick: "The Smash Energy made itself known in its purest form: The Smash Emblems. The Questers used them to beat The Void and Zio down. Garrick used one and actually ripped The Void's power from him and rewrote existence for just himself."
KitOrbel: "Holy crap... I wanna charge my marbles with this stuff."
Holo-Garrick seems to be at a loss for words as he tries to describe it... "...imagine being at your very best. Your complete, total best. You are, essentially, perfect. Then multiply that by at least one hundred. THAT was the power of the Smash Emblems."
Jason: "Ohhohoho..." *Whiiiiistle* "That sounds GOOOOOD."
Holo-Garrick: "For about five minutes, a few Questers had that power. Garrick, Julian, Dragoshi... It was incredible. Then, when Alsa was created and the Questers were thrown there, they lost everything that they had made themselves to be. Smash Energy was rewritten. The Questers were downgraded incredibly. Now, with Energia... you're probably not going to get close to that level of power. You'd need quite a few more items of power to be able to bring the Smash Emblems out again. I don't know where they all are... but I can probably help track down leads as to where they might be."
King Demon: "It'd be helpful... what is it that's needed?"
Jason: "It's a lead, though! I like that!"
Holo-Garrick: "That's the tough part... I'm not entirely sure. I mean, I can make suggestions and help you find things... but that's about it."
King Demon: "We got the null... uh... what was it, Nullus?"
Holo-Garrick: "...the what?"
Jason: "Nullus, another high-tier spell, I believe."
Holo-Garrick: "Hrm... yeah, that might work too." *He looks off into space for a bit, then nods.* "Yeah, okay. Nullus... and you have Pseudocubes, that'll work... I also see SIMBER's data on here. Good. You're going to need a good few more things, to be sure."
King Demon: "What else have we acquired?"
Holo-Garrick: "...ahh, and the Item Combiners. Yes, that'll come in very handy. Energia is going to be an important one. You should get your hands on that as soon as you can. Also, you're going to have to get a few more things from Nintendus."
Jason: *Nods* "Alright."
King Demon: "Like what?"
Holo-Garrick: "One thing I can suggest is the Chaos Breaker."
Kaine: "That's actually pretty good, Princess."
Holo-Garrick: "The ultimate sword from the four swords of Nintendus."
Jason: "Hmmm... anything specific we should know about it?"
Starr: "You mean the Yoshimech?"
Jason: "Oh, I see... sounds pretty good. No, I was talking to him." *Motions towards HG.*
Kaine: "Yeah." *He squeezes her a bit, as he was still holding onto her.*
Holo-Garrick: "The Chaos Breaker was used a long while ago. It was created when the four swords aligned at the right time and combined. You couldn't make it normally, since the Sword of Darkness was destroyed a long while ago, but you might be able to coax the sword out with the proper use of Energia and that Nullus spell."
Holo-Garrick: "But for right now, I'd suggest getting a hold of Energia. That's going to be the game breaker."
Jason: "Well, I'm up for a little bit of fun in that case."
King Demon: "Oh, good, another round with Anthon."
Holo-Garrick: "I can do some digging on the subject of items, see what I can find. When it comes to Anthon... if he's really that tough, I can try and help you equipment or tactics wise. Your weapons are moderate right now, I can see. But I can make them better. I can also suit you up in some armor."
Jason: *Nods again* "Sounds cool."
Holo-Garrick: "Come to me if you have any requests. I highly recommend you do so before you take on Anthon Tark. I'll look over the data on Anthon Tark, see if I can't find a weakness or a flaw."
King Demon: "I could use some armor, that I know for sure."
Holo-Garrick: "I can try and create some for you. If you have the money for the materials, I have the knowledge and the time."
Jason: "Yeah, that's great! I like it."
Holo-Garrick: "Just tell me what you want and when and I'll get to work."
King Demon: *Nods* "I'll have to check my bank account and get back to you."
Jason: "Yeah, the Stadium can't throw money around the way it supposedly used to... wish we could fix that. We've been trying to sanction a few fights to help bring some money in, but even still, we'd like to have a more consistent base for generating some cash here."
King Demon: "Doesn't help that Ian and I seem to be the only ones WILLING to fight."
Holo-Garrick: "Hrm... Garrick might still have a few stockpiles here and there. I can also see if I can use my knowledge to bring in some cash. I'll see what I can dig up."
King Demon: *Nods* "It'd be appreciated, not just by us, but by Mewtwo as well."
Jason: "Thanks, sir. Unless you do prefer Garrick. That case, no prob calling you that."
King Demon: "I'd still like to know why he hates me, I mean, sure, I'm a Quester, but even so... At least I contribute, unlike 3/4 of those who called themselves Questers."
Holo-Garrick: "Garrick will do. Or HG. That makes sense. In any event, come activate me if you need me. I'm going to do some digging and planning."
Holo-Garrick folds his arms over his chest and vanishes in a buzzing of light.
Jason: *Looks to Demon* "We got ourselves some direction. That's good."
King Demon: "Yeah, and it didn't come from the cat... or anyone else we usually look to for help, go figure."
Jason: "Whew... I think I'm done for the night, it's been pretty wild."
King Demon: "Take care. Tomorrow's another day in paradise."
Jason: *Smirks* "Pretty much."
King Demon: "Yep... This isn't paradise, sadly." *Shrugs.*
Jason: "We'll figure it out."
King Demon: "Yep."
Metal Man (GM): The QBs... yes... I am calling them the QBs now... my fingers thank me forever for making up that abbreviation... The QBs went to check what was going on in Alsa. They discovered that Alsa was being taken over by Anthon. Or perhaps that Anthon was 'liberating' the Mushroom Kingdom. Whatever it was, they had only a few hours to save the Mushroom Kingdom denizens from being blown up by an escaped Patton wannabe. So they did.
Metal Man (GM): Unfortunately, Digi botched his diplomacy check, er, ability to negotiate with heads of state, and earned a broken jaw and a kick to the crotch for trying to steal information the QBs already had, anyway. Clarification: Digi botched a technology check, but I was alluding to the fact he shouldn't have even been making that check in the first place, if he wanted to properly get the Energia in the hands of the QBs. Hint hint, remember this for if/when more situations like this come up, hint hint.
Metal Man (GM): Anyway, it was a 50-50 mission. They saved the Mushroom Kingdom, but got no closer to Energia. And now the mainland is the Free Mushroom Alliance. Which is not exactly what the Questers wanted. The QBs are in the AR... I mean Assembly Room. Mewtwo is there, along with a new map of Alsa. No, I have not bothered to edit the pre-existing one because I am lazy.
Metal Man (GM): Demon is playing Portal 2. It involves two portals and a cake, and making sure the cake does not fly past a portal and hit a wall instead. Like a reverse version of Pong where one person plays as the ball.
King Demon: *Is... Duh, Winning!*
Metal Man (GM): Yes. The score even says "Duh." It was programmed by Klungo, apparently, which is why the graphics look like a ZX Spectrum 8-bit's poor brother.
Jason: *Well, Jason is in plain view of everyone, hanging out towards the center of the room...*
Digifanatic: *Didge is retreated towards one of the corners of the room, a bit bitter to himself but optimistic anyway.*
Metal Man (GM): Quota of random pop culture references completed. Proceeding with main mission GMing.
King Demon: "This is NOT what I had in mind..." *Still plays it anyway.*
Kaine: "So... we lost the Mushroom Kingdom... well, part of it, to Anthon... where'd the refugees go?"
Mewtwo: "To the now-hidden Sarasaland. And we can't even reach it, because they have radio silence."
Metal Man (GM): He shows the new Mushroom Kingdom flag: FRA in a circle, inside a red-and-blue mushroom.
Kaine: "Can't blame them, really."
Jason: "Good move on Daisy's part."
Mewtwo: "Anthon has more or less taken complete control over them. As a result, GUN now has two seats on the diplomatic table."
Kaine: "They could use a better flag, though."
Digifanatic: *Sighs and lets the others continue their talks.*
Mewtwo: "A diplomatic crisis is beginning to occur, as with just one more seat, Anthon could vote to block us from Alsa altogether."
King Demon: *Finishes his game and turns to Mewtwo* "Any idea where he'll go next?"
Mewtwo: "They say he's eying the Galactic Federation's land next. The GF has a great deal of manpower, but most of it is elsewhere. Their technology is superior, but all they have is a token outpost. It has taken supreme lobbying by Red Text and Colonel to even have them maintain that. They are busy in a horrible war with the Space Pirates."
King Demon: "They don't really care about Alsa, and despite their power, would be fairly easily conquered."
Mewtwo: "Yes. Some sources claim they might just flee."
Digifanatic: *Folds his head into his hands, groaning.*
Jason: "Well, something to keep in mind."
Mewtwo: "Jack doesn't seem to care either. For you, or for Anthon. His abstain votes are what makes this especially dangerous and possible."
Kraela walks in, but keeps to the wall.
Mewtwo: "Colonel is eying invading Anthon, but has no way to overcome the massive gap in forces, as far as we know. He doesn't trust us either, or Red Text."
Kaine: "We need to reshift the balance of power then? Hey, Krae."
Mewtwo: "...We have only five days until Evil Wolfman's threat is in effect. We need Energia, not Alsa's safety. Otherwise, we'll have no Nintendus and not even be able to go on Alsa if we must flee."
Jason: *Flexes his hands* "We talked to that hologram Garrick last night... he said he'd check his namesake's notes..."
King Demon: "Ok, so we need to get Energia from Anthon, which PROBABLY means we're going to need to dispose of him..."
Mewtwo: "Unfortunately, any help from Anthon will now be tempered by his want to have power on this planet as well... And to kill Anthon seems increasingly remote, as he fought Digi hand-to-hand and damaged him enough to indicate he has been tampering with his body using GUN science."
King Demon: "What do you think the odds are we can trick Anthon and Evil Wolf into destroying each other?"
Mewtwo: "...And he captured some Smash Power... High, but only if we helped Anthon instead of hindering him. Otherwise he is likely to wait until it is over and pick off whichever weakened side still persists on Nintendus."
Kaine: "Good luck in that."
Jason: "Now, does Sloan have Energia as well?"
Mewtwo: "He has our smash dex information. He knows already about this situation here, most likely. No."
Jason: "I think that was part of the--ahhh, alright."
Mewtwo: "The Questers helped take it from him. And I can't find Sloan anywhere. He had Pure Element."
King Demon: "He's not in the Stargate world anymore?"
Jason: "Hmm... any different in how good Pure would be compared to Energia?"
Mewtwo: "No. All his forces vanished."
King Demon: "Odd... Wonder where he ran off to."
Mewtwo: "Pure Element would be useful, pretty much equally useful to Energia."
Digifanatic: *Exhales* "We're stuck, it seems..."
Mewtwo: "We could... no, we can't ask Merlon. He's gone now."
Jason: "Now, Garrick something about Pseudocubes?"
Mewtwo: "Anthon took over Toad Town and Merlon probably is hidden in Sarasaland. Just going there would be asking for Anthon to find it."
Jason: "I don't know a thing about those!"
Mewtwo: "Professor Oak is making them, but they are only a component in our Anti-Evil-Wolfman device."
King Demon: "Pseudocubes? They were used once by Questers long ago... and that..."
Mewtwo: "The AEW as we shall call it, will be the amalgamation of Stadium technology to defeat Evil Wolfman. It won't work alone, though..."
Jason: "Sounds cool."
Mewtwo: "The Pure Element... It is a device of much magic. Red Text should be able to tell us if he can find it."
Metal Man (GM): He calls up Red Text.
Red Text: "So odd to hear a call from you. I thought you'd forgotten all about me."
Mewtwo: "We require knowledge of the Pure Element."
King Demon: "Hey, Red."
Red Text: "It was an ancient mage's weapon an--"
Mewtwo: "Where it is."
Red Text: "..."
Metal Man (GM): You hear typing.
Red Text: "Normally I would charge, but it's useless to you now."
Kaine: *M to Jason* "Didn't Sloan get his ass handed to him by EW in that confrontation a few weeks ago?"
Mewtwo: "Why is that, Red Text?"
Red Text: "It's in Evil Wolfman's tower."
King Demon: "In Evil Wol..." *Sighs.*
Jason: *M* "I think Molly was involved... Sloan, though, hmm."
Mewtwo: "We'd have to raid Evil Wolfman's tower again, and I don't think he'd let us take it like Razor."
Jason: "You got a point, Kaine."
Mewtwo: "And it could mean Sloan is there. However last I checked, he... broke off from the Time Cop side. He could even be on Evil Wolfman's side. ...And you, historically, have never beaten him. So you could fight both Evil Wolfman and Sloan at the same time. And Sloan would have the Pure Element on hand. I think that is the definition of a suicide mission..."
Digifanatic: "Jason brought up the holo Garrick... I think we should have him running to at least see if he has an update for us, and if nothing else, let him do a bit of searching while we're on the field."
King Demon: "Just a bit... I'd rather take on Anthon."
Mewtwo: "You can ask him, but I don't trust AI. The last one, SIMBER, subtly lied to us until we were destroyed. Even though he had a change of heart in the dream-world version you encountered earlier... that doesn't mean the danger isn't there."
King Demon: "What'd you get from that disk of his, anyway?"
Mewtwo: "But if you have any solid ideas, I'm listening."
Digifanatic: "He's not SIMBER, though."
Mewtwo: "Some sort of alter-dimensional power transfer device. It will be a main component of the AEW. Probably in order to use the Pseudo-cube's tremendous energy for something other than weak, unfocused explosions."
King Demon: "Ah..."
Mewtwo: "By the way, I highly doubt it cost a trillion coins to make them. I read Oak's mind. It's more likely he lost the rest gambling on pokemon battles."
Digifanatic: *Nods* "Alright..." *Chuckles* "Didn't think the guy would do that..."
Mewtwo: "I told him not to try anything like that again. He claims The Void made him do that."
King Demon: "Sounds like something Oak would do... he has GOT to quit thinking Magicarp has skills."
Mewtwo: "But The Void didn't exist back when he did that. Maybe it was Mega Mack, he had that right in his office until recently. After reviewing the destruction Locos did under its influences, I... made him destroy all of it, when you came back instead of the Questers I once knew. Er, and the Brawlers that I summoned, of course. Unfortunately, the artifacts of that time aren't of any use to us, outside of Pseudo-cubes. Which are just focused energy sources, with a side of superconductivity. So, we have suicide mission A and suicide mission B. Any other ideas? The Holo Garrick could give you some, if you want to ask him. Otherwise, either you're attacking Anthon or his forces, or attacking Sloan and/or Evil Wolfman at the same time."
King Demon: "I'd ask him, but we'll probably take one of the suicide missions."
Kaine: "Ever get anything new on that Sword of Light?"
Mewtwo: "Kit said it was in the Time Cops' hands. Wresting it from them would be another form of suicide, if you have that in mind."
King Demon: "Yeah... I don't trust them any more than Anthon trusts us."
Jason: "Not doing that now."
King Demon: *Fires up HG, cuz... eh, why not?*
Metal Man (GM): Today, on abbreviation week: HG, everybody!
Digifanatic: *Nods a bit, walking out of the corner to join in the scene.*
Garrick Fy'aar (GM): *Bzzzzzzzzt.*
Mewtwo: "So... HG... have any idea on how to help the QBs make the AEW more powerful? ...Sorry, I just always wanted to say that."
King Demon: "Wake up, sleepy." *Smirks.*
Holo-Garrick appears once more, appearing as a series of lines of light before coming together into the form you all know and love. "...ah. Mewtwo. Been a while."
King Demon: "Love may be a stretch... )."
Holo-Garrick: "Any idea how to help the who's make the what's more powerful?"
Mewtwo: "Yes. We need enough power to destroy the whatzit field around the Evil-thingummywhat. Reversing polarity will not do well enough."
Holo-Garrick: "...well, it never does."
Mewtwo: "Since it usually causing the wielder to violently explode."
King Demon: *M to whoever's near him* "Can someone translate?"
Holo-Garrick: "Reversing the polarity is like saying 'flush the router cache'. It sounds really nifty, but it's just a bunch of smart talk. Okay, see, here's the thing... I can't HELP if I don't know what it IS. I need more information than 'whatzit'."
Mewtwo: "The QBs can explain that. ...I mean Questers and Brawlers."
Jason: "The Anti-Evil-Wolfman device."
Holo-Garrick: "Ohhhh. Of course."
Mewtwo: "All we have are suicide missions so far."
Holo-Garrick gives Mewtwo a bit of a look out of the corner of his eye and paces for a moment. "It's kinda weird thinking about how you can't read my mind... anyway."
Mewtwo: "Oh. I just remembered. Nullus is still out there somewhere. He might help us, we still have him on our side. But all he does is destroy everything he touches..."
Holo-Garrick: "Nullus... that's that incredibly powerful spell, right?"
Mewtwo: "I could attempt it if I really had to." *He reaches behind his right ear and rubs the metal plate back there, reminding would-be-watchers he is actually still part-reploid.* "Yes, but Nullus is negative polarity, so it doesn't fit very well with our normal energy sources."
Holo-Garrick gives him a bit of a grin before shaking his head. "Well, then the best option would be to try and find something that cancels it out without getting rid of a the raw energy."
Mewtwo: "An inverter. Unfortunately an inverter of that scale is... unheard of."
Holo-Garrick: "Not really. There is something that comes to mind. Or... comes to... process... ...whatever. Nullus is extreme destruction, right?"
Holo-Garrick: "Vast amounts of destructive power. Well, the opposite of destructive power is something that creates."
Mewtwo: "It destroys on a level almost as bad as Evil Wolfman's native power. The only difference is it isn't bent on destroying the entire universe..."
Holo-Garrick: "You have the Item Combiner. Why not find something that creates on the level of Nullus' destruction and combine the two."
Mewtwo: "Unfortunately, Nullus is a person, who might object to being... combined..."
Holo-Garrick: "...see, I thought Nullus was a THING. Not a person. Information, people. I only know what I'm told."
Mewtwo: "It was a thing. A thing with the soul of an omnipotent being who destroyed things."
Jason: "Nooo. Pretty much an embodied spell."
Mewtwo: "Which required a body to work, and now, unfortunately, is probably walking around eating bagels while waiting for the next order to destroy people..."
Mewtwo: "...I really should tell the people of Toad Town that an avatar of destruction is walking among them..."
Holo-Garrick paces for a moment, a hand on his chin as he thinks. "...it might be possible to have him use his magic in a way to turn it into an actual item. Then combine that item with something of immense creation to create something... well, insanely powerful. Crystallize the magic, in a way. Though it'd be risky..."
King Demon: *M to... whoever's near him* "Why didn't we ask Nullus to help us with Anthon?"
Mewtwo: "I'm uncertain. The Item Combiner needs three items, so there would have to be some balance. Otherwise we might just cause an immense explosion that creates unprecedented new beings and material in place of what it destroyed..."
Holo-Garrick: "Right, a third item... Something to put the mixtures inside would work well, I think."
Digifanatic: "An item of order just to at least balance out the chaos? Don't compensate the power, but at least keep it stable and in our grasp."
Holo-Garrick: "Well, see, what I have in mind would be a stable balance. We just need something to STORE it, you see."
Mewtwo: "If we had some sort of item to mediate that kind of extreme power... hmmm... but what could do that? We can't take the Master Emerald..."
Holo-Garrick: "...could the Sword of Order do it? I don't have much knowledge about the swords, so..."
King Demon: "Sword of Order?"
Kaine: "That anything like the Sword of Light?"
King Demon: *Shrugs.*
Mewtwo: "There were once four or so swords, including the Chaoverge. It was planned that they would be combined to defeat The Void."
Holo-Garrick: "Right. The Sword of Light, Darkness, Order, and Chaos."
Mewtwo: "But when the future Questers warped in, most of those devices vanished. It turned out The Void made most of them, except for the Sword of Light... And the Sword of Darkness was killed by the backlash from The Void dying."
Holo-Garrick: "Hrm... so the Sword of Order is out..."
Mewtwo: "Now, there is something here. We can forge a new one, if we had to, but we'd need someone good enough to create it."
Kaine: "Like who?"
Holo-Garrick: "That would be some serious magic... The blade itself, I could probably create, but the essence of it is beyond me."
Digifanatic: "Let's see... in terms of enchantments... Aribar's retired, so we can't use him..."
Mewtwo: "Aribar could probably create something. But could we find him?"
Holo-Garrick: "Would he do it?"
Digifanatic: "He's probably roaming Whaller again with the intent to stay away from us." *Smirk.*
Mewtwo: "...I'm not sure. He probably has tired of saving the world, since his last adventure involved him nearly blowing it up."
Holo-Garrick: "...there is someone else. What about that old fellow? Is he dead?"
King Demon: "Old fellow?"
Holo-Garrick: "Let's see, what was it... Fizban?"
Digifanatic: "...wow, that's a blast from the past."
Holo-Garrick: "He might still be around. It'd be a trick finding him, but he might still be around."
Mewtwo: "Not sure if he is good enough to do the job. This would have to equal... wait, we'd need two items now. A powerful creating device and a powerful balancing one."
Digifanatic: "He just might work, Garrick!"
Mewtwo: "Ideally, we would have both Fizban and Aribar."
King Demon: "Fizban... Fizban... should I know him?"
Holo-Garrick: "The second item, the item of creating? The book that Kuja used to create Alsa."
Mewtwo: "Fizban was around back in the other dimension, where The Void held sway. Unlike most Questers of the time, he was not crazy. Unfortunately he vanished. Ah... I shall update you on that book."
Digifanatic: "Yeah, a mage from a while back."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out a dex entry.
Mewtwo: "The book possessed Metal Man, and the possessed Metal Man tried to destroy Alsa. Then the book was destroyed, freeing Metal Man. ...Further data shows the last remnants of it becoming Ivan Robotnik yet again, and again trying to destroy Alsa, only to be annihilated. I can only guess the Book's power was forever tainted by The Void, and that blanking it wasn't good enough to remove the taint... Even if we summoned it, it might just do that again."
Holo-Garrick: "Hrm... what of pen? Didn't he use a special pen? That must have some sort of special power to it..."
Mewtwo: "The Fighter Remote was determined to be a way to kill Evil Wolfman, but also so powerful it damaged dimensional boundaries, and is partially why supervillains kept coming directly to Nintendus. It was destroyed for that reason by VG himself. We had a plan though... to recreate it and trick Evil Wolfman into going to another dimension. Then destroy him there, as the pen itself wasn't evil... just world-damagingly powerful."
Digifanatic: "That's an interesting plan."
Holo-Garrick: "Damn... Well, there went that idea..."
King Demon: *Shrugs.*
Mewtwo: "Feel free to ask some more about objects. The more you know of that past, the more you can probably figure out how to deal with our present situation."