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Date: 6:33:33 PM, August 28th; 5:01:42 PM, August 29th, 2012, 2:41:04 PM, September 1st, 2012.
Metal Man (GM): Continuation. The group was in the bottom of an ancient Ex-Repliforce city. At the bottom of a pit, looking for an artifact to transform a page to fit some sort of energy thing it needed to be to defeat Jack. There, the group encountered PEKTOS, the SPECTROGEIST THING. Some sort of ghastly bird-robot thing. It requested that it deal with the conversion as only it would be able to do it right, or so it claimed. The group went to huddle about it and Illian himself went to check something. If you did it. But if Pektos did it, it apparently would not. As he actually claims to know these things. We start with Dragoshi and Ragnar, as Illian comes back from discussing things.
Illian MacGregor: "Well. It's a long shot, but it should work... what do you guys think?" *He looks to Ragnar and Dragoshi.*
Metal Man (GM): Via the comms-hologram, of course. The new people will show up after I finish this bit, anyway.
Valron: "Mm... A bit on the convenient side of things, but if it's our best shot... Then I don't really mind too much."
Ragnar: "...Uh, I have a bad feeling about this, actually."
Metal Man (GM): Glitches don't count. Hm, yeah. Reroll. You can't get more than 3 successes on this reroll, but... That's three there.
Valron: "...Yeah?"
Ragnar: "Yeah. It's just a gut feeling, but this feels too convenient. Plus, how would Pektos have gotten past the ghosts up there? I think we should hold off."
Illian MacGregor: "Hmmm... we can do that. Shall I recall you to the ship then? Just tell your... 'friend' that you have to think about it more, I don't want him to suspect anything."
Ragnar: *He looks over at Pektos.* "Well, the energy thing isn't going anywhere... can we think about it for a bit? We're having trouble deciding."
Pektos: "I am in no hurry either. My precious life energy shall stay with me. Come back if you should be interested in completing the bargain."
Valron: "Noted."
Ragnar: "Okay. Thank you, Pektos!"
Pektos: "You are welcome..." *He would then fade to the side. The portal back onto the ship would appear.*
Valron would make his way back to the portal.
Ragnar hops in, followed by his manticore. A new nametag on it reads [Fuzzium].
Metal Man (GM): You'd march in. Aboard the ship, Illian would have two other people besides him. One resembles and angelic human. The other a grandma of some kind.
Illian MacGregor: "I found two more people to join the team while you were gone. Say hello to Grim and... Aliyna. If I have their names right..."
Valron: "So, who're- ...Oh. Thank you for answering before I even asked."
Metal Man (GM): Now you may describe your characters in depth here. And/or correct me if I fumbled.
Grim: "That's correct, Mr. MacGregor."
Aliyna's actually fairly human-like, if you ignore the green dragon scales that partially cover her cheeks. Besides that, she seems fairly young and has good bone structure at the very least. She has red hair, a slight smile, and is wearing armor over her white robes.
Illian MacGregor: "So then. On to the next objective... still finding Garrick. I have a hunch, but..."
Valron: "But?"
Metal Man (GM): The ship suddenly rocks violently.
Illian MacGregor: "No, that is not much caveat. What is going on?"
Metal Man (GM): Alarms start going off.
Valron: *Stumbles a little* "What the hell...?"
Marley: "You're going to want to see this, sir."
Metal Man (GM): He opens up a monitor. It shows a massive fleet of bronze and metal ships flying in. They're firing weird metal mines everywhere. The Eternal Dauntless is being hit by the edge of the mines.
Illian MacGregor: "...Now what the hell is going on?"
Marley: "Beats meh, but dey's sendin' out some sort of hail."
Valron: "That's a good question if I've ever heard of one."
Metal Man (GM): A comms screen opens up.
???: "ATTENTION ALSAN SPACE: YOU ARE NOW A PART OF THE DWEEZIL TIMESPACE. ALL ERRANT MACHINISTS WILL BE TERMINATED. SURRENDER OR BE EXPLODED BY OUR NANOBOMBS."
Valron: "...The hell is a Dweezil?"
Marley: "They're burnin' up our shields, sir! We can't be stayin' here for long!"
Ragnar: 'm' "We gotta get out of here!"
Illian MacGregor: "I'd like to find out what they are, though. Can you possibly turn up the shields?"
Marley: "Negative! Everythin's goin' red everywhere!"
Illian MacGregor: "...Get out of here, I'll ask Red Text what's going o--"
Valron: "Then I suggest we make our way out of this mess before things go even further downhill."
Red Text: "ATTENTION DWEEZIL INVADERS: EAT GIGANTIC DEATHRAY."
Metal Man (GM): A gigantic red beam fires from the Red Satellite, ripping through the field and burning several of the ships up.
???: "You DARE fire on a scouting party of the DWEEZIL EMPIRE? Kill that satellite! Kill them all! Kill everything that even resembles them!"
Red Text: *Comms to Illian* "You get out of here, I'm going to deal with them the best I can."
Grim: "May as well do something while people are busy."
Illian MacGregor: "Right, move to the edge of the universe and put full power to the comms while I figure out what's going on..."
Marley: "Aye aye, sir."
Metal Man (GM): The ship moves, aided by Grim's mending, before stopping a ways away.
Illian MacGregor: "Hm. A strong, powerful enemy comes in... Timespace... do you have any ideas, Marley?"
Marley: "I did a search on 'Time.' They're some sort of Time Cop wannabes!"
Illian MacGregor: "...That makes no sense... there were supposed to be Time Cops here..."
Valron: "Oh boy, more obnoxious temporal idiots! ...But yeah. That's... huh."
Illian MacGregor: "...Did we ever find out what the status of the Time Cops were?"
Valron: "...Didn't Avul say he was going to thrash them or something."
Ragnar: "I think so."
Illian MacGregor: "Hm... yes. We should visit them, then... find out what happened."
Valron: "For once, I do hope they're doing fine. Or at least somewhat fine."
Illian MacGregor: "I have a warp open. Any questions before you go?"
Valron: "Mm. I don't really have any questions, myself."
Ragnar: "Not really..."
Illian MacGregor: "Very well, off you go. And good luck. I'll supervise repairs after... that thing that just happened."
Metal Man (GM): The portal to the location appears (because derr I forgot to mention that) It's a strange erratic shade of orange.
Valron: "That... that can't be good at all."
Illian MacGregor: "Hmmm... indeed."
Valron: "Anyways. Into the portal, folks. I have a feeling we're going to be in for a loooong day."
Ragnar bounces in along with Fuzzium.
Grim: "Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained."
Valron follows the others on along.
Metal Man (GM): Yeah. So... going to say everyone went into the portal to save time. You appear in the lobby of Time Cop HQ. It all looks fairly normal, except the receptionist is missing. I'm doing 3 things at once too so I know what it's like. I'll just keep moving you along so when I need ya you'll be able to do stuff.
Valron: "...This is a bit fishy."
Aliyna: "Is it after hours?"
Ragnar: "Hold on, please."
Valron: "...Where's the Arbiter? Or Autumnus, for that matter."
Grim: "There is battle ahead."
Ragnar: *Detect Magic.*
Metal Man (GM): The lights flicker a bit for a moment, but otherwise, the doors in are locked and the receptionist window is empty... Do you do a roll for that one or is it just a spell? *Rusty* Pathfinder, so yes, Jaclyn. You detect... oh god the magic. The magic is so strong it could melt your eyes. Just behind that door too. The lights flicker some more.
Ragnar: "Wah! B-behind the door!"
Aliyna: *She casts it as well.* "We have to go in there, don't we?"
Metal Man (GM): There'd be a subtle vibration. More light flickering... still otherwise normal, if that is "normal" Aliyna would feel the same blinding energy.
Valron: "...Yes. And I'd rather not stick around in this room for too long." *He approaches the door, looking it over to see what kind of lock it has.*
Metal Man (GM): Yes. I need me characters. 20 point buy, armor must be below 100 GP, no shields, I make the weapons for you, and no traits. Can use Pathfinder Hero/modern thingies. The door has a cheapo internal lock thing. It's meant to keep peaceful people from accidentally opening the door, not holding an army at bay. Yes.
Valron will try and mess around with the internal lock in an attempt to disengage it and whatnot.
Metal Man (GM): You basically slip it open with a handy shake. It's flimsy. It opens into a hallway that is dark, except for what looks like an indoor lightning storm down at a room at the end of the hall.
Valron: "This... is not what I'd expect from Time Cop se... curity."
Metal Man (GM): Blue lightning flashes and the sound of something burning too.
Valron: "...This is gonna suck, isn't it?" *He lets out a soft sigh as he walks down the hall, being careful to not incur the fury of the BLUE LIGHTNING.*
Ragnar carefully steps down the hall, Fuzzium at his heel.
Metal Man (GM): You walk down the hall, and see for sure what happened. Somebody blew up Autumnus' big data crystal and showered the room with it. In fact you can't even walk INTO the room as the crystals killed everyone it touched. There's still-sizzing corpses of those low level mooks you may remember from a while ago.
Valron: "...Good lord."
Aliyna: "What in the world...?"
Valron: "Avul must've annihilated the data crystal..."
Ragnar: "What happened here?!"
Valron tries to see if he can see any other corpses aside from those of the mooks from his current spot.
Metal Man (GM): Something explodes and a bunch of debris falls from the ceiling. Part of the walkway ahead simply falls away into a bottomless pit. There's no other corpses in here, yet anyway... The fallen debris sits atop the flying crystal bits, offering a means to get closer to the crystal. There's some sort of control panel on it... or you can go to a room to the right... The left way is blocked off by that part of the room having just fallen inwards and down a pit. Nope. It's just a simply catwalk of sorts, made out of destroyed debris.
Valron would go to carefully walk across the debris catwalk, making sure not to lose his footing.
Metal Man (GM): You walk to it, coming up to the fork. Going to the panel, or off to the right?
Valron approaches the panel.
Ragnar goes to the right, not sure if he and the manticore could safely get to the crystal.
Metal Man (GM): The right side of it shakes a little... Will take an acrobatics check, or a climb one, to get across to the right side door. Valron: The panel is before you. It is totally electrified, and reading "ERRROR ERROR ERROR."
Aliyna stands back. With her armor, she'd do more harm than good right at the moment.
Valron: "...Well, crap. Don't know how I'd go about stabilizing this hot mess. Can't really do much with an electrified panel."
Ragnar moves Fuzzium back and tries to hold the right side down with Mage Hand.
Metal Man (GM): You hold it down. It looks more stable now.
Ragnar: *NOW he tries crossing it.*
Metal Man (GM): It would, actually. Ragnar reaches the other side. The door is open, and there is a trail of blood inside. It's waaay beyond your comprehension.
Ragnar: *Now he gets Fuzzium to cross the catwalk.*
Metal Man (GM): Still holding it down with Mage hand?
Valron: "Ghh..." *He sighs, before looking at the other path, waiting to see if it's still being held down and whatnot.*
Metal Man (GM): If it's being held down, you can pass, but if it isn't it'll take an acrobatics or climb check, it's rather flimsy. Ok. It's still held down, both can easily cross. They're all over by the half open door with blood stains leading inside.
Valron walks along the held path, still being careful.
Ragnar: "Come on, everyone. We need to stick together."
Metal Man (GM): That leaves Grim and Aliyna. Aliyna is, perhaps wisely, avoiding the electrified part, and Darkdata is away, so...
Valron: "Aye. Best not to have stragglers."
Metal Man (GM): You're as together as you can get for now.
Aliyna touches her other arm and tries walking across.
Metal Man (GM): You walk across--as long as you don't get too close to the main sphere you're safe. You're all together at this point, then.
Valron would go to peek through the half-opened door, first.
Metal Man (GM): You see someone in there, on the floor, bleeding. They aren't moving much. *Goes to put pizza in the oven.*
Valron opens the door, slowly approaching the bleeding fellow. Best not to be too hasty.
Metal Man (GM): The person looks at you and coughs. It is... Autumnus... though he looks like he was burned so hard parts of his flesh are ash.
Autumnus: "Oh... great. Questers. Just what I needed. You're here to mock me, aren't you. That I would think to simply disregard that strange proxy you told to come here, as merely another moron. And then not realize they had knowledge of all the systems, picked up my data crystal and ate it whole, and then began killing everyone in sight with highly toxic chrono spray. Well it's too late, anyway. He'll have found the only timeship I didn't scuttle and will soon be out to destroy your world too. That's the only good news that came out of this."
Aliyna: "Why would you destroy our world?"
Autumnus: "A new person. Well. I guess I'm not going anywhere."
Metal Man (GM): He'd lean up, revealing his haggardly old man hair and worn face.
Autumnus: "I'm the Time Officer of your world. Well. The one you came from just a few minutes ago."
Valron: "Tch. If I wanted to mock you, I'd have done it already. In any case, that... abomination wasn't something I'd had intended to bring about. In any case... Would you know anything about a group of beings referred to as the Dweezils? They just up and appeared in Alsan space and seem to be some variety of Time Cop wannabe."
Autumnus: "..." *He would groan.* "Those people have been after out territory for mega-cycles. At least eight Time Babies. At least."
Ragnar gives Autumnus a healing potion.
Valron: "...Eight Time Babies. Is that eaten or destroyed? Oh wait."
Metal Man (GM): You'd heal... a small portion of his body. He's taken insane levels of damage, but he'd thank you all the same.
Valron would also give Autumnus a potion. Every little bit helps!
Ragnar: "I'm sorry, I wish I could do more..."
Autumnus: "Time period it takes for that many Time Babies to go by... I know it isn't a normal system, so about... several thousand millenia."
Valron: "...Ah."
Autumnus: "I am... too dense to heal normally. I... am also not really killable. That is why I've been left here. But... I can't do much in this state either."
Valron: "Right. I've only heard that term used once so I'm not... exactly familiar with units of time. Indeed. Is there anyway we can, well. Properly restore you?"
Autumnus: "Oh, yes, but even I know that's not important at the moment. No no no. You need to ensure that the Dweezils die horribly for their treachery. ...But... it will involve trickery. Can you even do such a thing?"
Valron: "Questers wouldn't be capable of something requiring intelligence. Fortunately for you... None of us here are Questers."
Ragnar: "...?"
Ragnar: *Fuzzium snorts.*
Valron: *Glances at the two* "Old organization I used to work for. Full of crazy idiots. Which I'm sure has something to do with a lot of factors, two of them being Smash Energy and, well. Friggin' Ridgecrest."
Autumnus: "Point taken... you... you must cross that mess and take the remaining time ship, and attack them. Here. The time ship key. Take it."
Valron: *Nods, taking the key.* "Thank you."
Metal Man (GM): He hands you a weird looking glowing object you can't quite comprehend.
Autumnus: "...And if you see that abomination on the way out... don't bother fighting it... it's a class 5 anomaly."
Valron: "Now, where does the trickery come into this? The fact we're actually using a time ship or..."
Autumnus: "Luckily it's fairly stupid..."
Valron: "Also, I couldn't fight it if I wanted to."
Autumnus: "You must pretend to be me."
Valron: "Thing's two thirds of me. Well. Has two thirds of me in it. That's the reason it isn't as immensely horrid as it could be."
Ragnar: "How are we supposed to pretend to be you?"
Autumnus: "They've never seen me. All you need to do is fake understanding of protocol. They don't know what our protocol is either... so you can fake it. Make up gibberish. I'd magically implant the knowledge in your minds, but I'm currently missing 2/3 of my mass."
Valron: "...Oh. Well, then. That makes things a tad bit more simplistic. Fair enough."
Autumnus: "They think we have no ships in the area, that we are down and out. You must scare them. That will buy us time to figure out how to remove them. Us and... your leader, of course."
Valron: "Should I just make up that you have like several million more ships hidden by some sort of temporal distortion field or something. Or would millions be a bit overblown?"
Autumnus: "Yes. Definitely. No, not overblown."
Valron: "Excellent."
Autumnus: "Make it as insane as you can say with a straight face."
Valron: "Don't worry. After all I've been through, there's very little I can't say with a straight face."
Ragnar: "I'm not good at bluffing... Valron, you should take the lead."
Valron: "Right. I might need some pointers on the finer arts of BSing, but. ...Actually, the thing is. I can't bluff worth a damn, either. I mean I can come up with good words, but. We'd need someone who's actually good sounding like they can back them up." *Glances at Aliyna* "Hey, um. How good are you at bluffing? 'cause Ragnar and I can't really do it worth a damn, so..."
Aliyna: "I think I could do that. My friends always told me that I was a people person." *Plus, how can you say no to that smile?*
Autumnus: "Hm, yes, you are decidedly decent on the eyes. You can tell them strange lies then. Just buy us time. And hurry to the ship before that... THING... gets it. If that's all you need to know... I'm guessing you can get going, down to the other door you haven't been to yet. I'll help clear the way..."
Metal Man (GM): He makes a gesture and you hear another explosion in the room you left.
Autumnus: "...There."
Ragnar: "Let's go!"
Valron: *Nods in thanks to Autumnus.* "Alright, then. We'll be on our way. Thank you."
Autumnus: "I find it so strange to say, but... you're welcome, I guess."
Valron: *Nods, before looking back at Aliy* "Anyways, yeah. Millions of ships hidden by a temporal distortion field. That can be our first lie. What else can we hurl at 'em?"
Ragnar: "Autumnus is nearly healed?"
Valron will just make his way back to the previous room as they talk.
Metal Man (GM): Autumnus is still heavily wounded. Your potions only healed him a little. He's some sort of massive high HP being. And he has some pretty deep wounds. He's probably some sort of Pathfinder status effect for being prone or whatever, messed up to say the least. You make your way back, finding enough debris to get to the other room. Which, conveniently, is the docking bay.
Valron looks around, searching for the one time ship Autumnus mentioned.
Ragnar: "Oh! How about an artillery barrage centered on this area?"
Metal Man (GM): It's a wreck, this area.
Valron: "What kind of artillery barrage?"
Ragnar: "...Nuclear?"
Valron: "...They'd probably laugh off nukes. Let's go with antimatter."
Metal Man (GM): Completely destroyed, outside of a wrecked central portion. It's a single small ship, two-seater. And there's a dark figure bashing on the window and failing to get in.
Valron: "..." *Sighs a little as he has a feeling who exactly that dark figure is. He... slips Aliyna the key, before slowly trying to approach it, not wanting to draw attention on himself just yet.*
Avul: "Open, you stupid thing! I don't have all day!"
Metal Man (GM): He keeps hitting it, then stands there.
Valron looks around for a decent-sized chunk of debris to toss. Autumnus did say Avul was pretty stupid, so maybe...
Avul: "I have enough power to melt it into slag, which is precisely why I can't get in! Too hard and it explodes! Too soft and nothing happens!"
Metal Man (GM): You find a nice hunk of jagged metal sitting around.
Valron picks up the hunk of metal, before tossing it a good distance away from Avul and the ship, moving away from it afterwards. If he times this right, then perhaps...
Metal Man (GM): Hm. I'll say you should roll a Bluff check to see how convincingly you do it. Yes, you can. Aliyna can of course, try to do it.
Aliyna: "Mind if I try?"
Valron: *Nods, handing Ali the metal, before whispering to her.* "Once he's distracted, we make a break for the ship."
Aliyna's a bit stronger than she looks. She tries timing it.
Metal Man (GM): It flies to the side and ricochets...
Avul: "Hm! Someone has come here! I'll just use THEM!"
Metal Man (GM): He leaps down and goes after a person that doesn't even exist. Dumb, yeah. Perhaps because of his power, maybe?
Valron wastes no time making his way over to the ship, motioning for Ali to follow.
Ragnar: *Scamper scamper.*
Aliyna follows behind Valron, careful not to disturb anything, seeming a bit smug now.
Metal Man (GM): You reach the ship. Around the dents is an obvious place to use the thingymabob you got.
Valron: "Right, just put the key here and we should be set..."
Metal Man (GM): Do you put it there?
Valron would do so. Just have to make sure it's lined up right... ish.
Metal Man (GM): You line it up. It beeps.
Car: "Sphere accepted. Please enter, Ael."
Metal Man (GM): Avul turns around, hearing it.
Valron: *ENTER THE SHIP. NOW.*
Avul: "Whhaaaaaaaat?"
Metal Man (GM): He flies towards you at max speed, only to bounce off of a field.
Avul: "No, no, NO! You are not taking that car!"
Metal Man (GM): He punches the field, causing the entire platform to rumble. better get in quickly!
Valron: *Has already gotten in and is waiting for Ali to enter. Like now.*
Aliyna heads in.
Metal Man (GM): There is room for a third/fourth... if you cram in the back without a seatbelt...
Ragnar: *Coach it is! Growl.*
Valron will get the autopilot and all that good stuff ready to go once everyone's in. Oh, and make sure the fucking doort's closed
Metal Man (GM): You activate it. It starts reporting heavy attacks on its field, as Avul stares at you and morphs.
Ael: "You're making a mistake!"
Valron: "Oh, for crying out loud."
Ael: "Autumnus doesn't actually want you to succeed in anything! He's just sending you out to die, and take the last car with you so he can trap me here!"
Valron: "Look. I don't have time for this. We've got more important things to toy with."
Ael: "This is the entire reason I teamed up with those other two whackjobs in the first place!"
Valron: "Well, have fun with those two idiots."
Ael: "You can leave, but you'll just become more Julians for him to chuckle at!"
Valron: "You're mistaking me for a Quester. Don't do that."
Ael: "Damn it, you know what I mean! You're making a stupid decision! I learned from what you did before--Autumnus used us all as pawns! He'll just replace me with you if you do this!'"
Metal Man (GM): Yes.
Valron: "Is he lying about the Dweezils knowing jack shit about Time Cop protocol?"
Ael: "Do you really think the Dweezils would not know anything about us? Their sworn enemies they have been plotting to defeat for mega-decades?"
Valron: "...It did sound a bit convenient, yes. Eight or so Time Babies, correct?"
Ael: "Yes, maybe even longer!"
Valron: "Chilling."
Metal Man (GM): Aliyna would determine he is not lying. However, it is hard to tell whether he knows everything. He may be believing things which are not true, but that he has no knowledge of. So caveat emptor.
Valron glances at Ali, looking for her input on this matter. She seems to have a good head on her shoulders.
Aliyna: "He's telling the truth. At least, I think that he thinks that he is..."
Ael: "I'll be honest, I have no choice but to. My other two-thirds have spectacularly failed to get into that car, and they aren't about to figure it out any time soon! I wouldn't even be with them had it not been a vehicle to escape on."
Valron: "Yeah, I noticed. You really should find a way to separate from those idiots. Can't be good for your health."
Evil Wolfman: "Bahahahaha. Idiot! You are stuck with us. No one will help you. We'll force you to destroy the very thing you wanted to protect since you have failed to grant us escape YET AGAIN."
Ael: "URGH..." *He'd stumble* "You... you need to help me get out of here, that's the only way you'll actually defeat the Dweezils!"
Ragnar just stays close to his manticore.
Valron: "...Though, in all honesty, I'm tempted to spite Wulfgar. I really don't like him."
The Void: "Take us with him. We can destroy them all!"
Evil Wolfman: "It's your choice. No matter what you take, I win!"
Valron: "...Egh. Then you bring that up."
Evil Wolfman: "Either I kill this place and Autumnus, or I kill the Dweezils and their stuff! All will know that my new fuel--Time Energy--cannot be destroyed like Smash Power!"
Valron: "...Time Energy is your new fuel. That's... That's... ugh."
Ael: "Take the car out and get your boss to make a Transformer!"
Evil Wolfman: "No... NO! I forbid you from that nonsense!"
Valron: "...A Transformer. Really."
The Void: "Hahahahaha. Go ahead and do it, I looooove Transformers! And if you see Deloth, say hello to him for me!"
Ael: "It can separate us. Autumnus can easily kill the other two jokers on his own. But with my knowledge they are unstoppable!"
Evil Wolfman: "Of course we are. We'd be in that car if it weren't for the fact we are only capable of destroying it with our infinite power, not breaking into it."
The Void: "We'll find a way anyway! Just keep stalling Ael, I've almost figured out how to corrupt their shields!"
Ael: "Urgh... you have to leave now, they're not going to let me control this body much longer!"
Valron: "Almost only counts in hand grenades, buddy!" *Heads out... flying back to the Eternal Dauntless!*
Ragnar: "...I didn't understand any of that."
Metal Man (GM): You're at the Eternal Dauntless now, able to dock.
Valron: *Dock that sucker, and meet up with Illian so we can tell him about this whole ridiculous trainwreck.*
Metal Man (GM): You meet up with Illian, who crosses his arms...
Illian MacGregor: "You're back. What happened? It took you a while..."
Valron: "Alright, it's a bit of a story..."
Ragnar: "I don't know!" *fuzziums just wanders off to raid the kitchen.*
Aliyna: "It got a little strange."
Illian MacGregor: "You don't know? Damn, it's a Quester level event!"
Valron: "See, first off we were just looking around until we ran into Autumnus who was incredibly messed up. I mean like, he only had one third of his mass messed up."
Illian MacGregor: "That's never good."
Valron: "After a conversation about the Dweezils, he gave us the keys to Ael's ship so as to have us attempt to deceive the Dweezils, though once we actually got in the ship, we had this lengthy conversation with Ael, right? He talked about how Autumnus was just using us as pawns then The Void and Evil Wolfman started blathering and some stuff happened and apparently Ael could deal with the other two if he had a Transformer."
Valron: "...Also, Evil Wolfman uses Time Energy instead of Smash Energy now. Just a heads-up."
Illian MacGregor: "All right... first let me explain this to the others."
Metal Man (GM): He'd make a hologram.
Illian MacGregor: "Evil Wolfman is an evil energy being who corrupts fate. He feeds off of different types of energies. He can destroy anyone with red hot plasma beams. He wears hideous orange glasses and has a cape. And is not to be trusted. He plagued the Questers and their illegitimate brethren the Brawlers a while ago. Then his source of energy, smash energy, was destroyed. Clearly he now lives off of Time Energy, which means instead of altering fate he can control time. A bit of a downgrade... but still hideously dangerous."
Aliyna: "... why 'evil' Wolfman. I mean, yeah, he's evil, but..."
Illian MacGregor: "The Good Wolfman was the one who founded the Stadium the Questers fought in... He basically took on the form of an Evil one to troll the Questers. I'm sure if there was anything that ticked us off that much he'd have turned into a different form by now. Of course, there is also The Void. Who is a sentient hole in reality. When the reality was actually a book, he was called a 'plot hole', but there is no such thing in this world. He isn't as deadly as Evil Wolfman, but he is more insane."
Ragnar comes back with a spoon in his mouth, swallowing it.
Illian MacGregor: "He destroys things and corrupts everything he can touch if he can get at it."
Ragnar: "So how do we defeat them?"
Illian MacGregor: "The data you brought back suggests they are trapped in Time Cop HQ. If you can get Autumnus and Ael out of there, then they are as good as defeated. That place can hold them forever. It did so once before, according to my data."
Valron: "We know where Autumnus is, but Avul's still in the area."
Illian MacGregor: "That they went there is probably due to this news about Evil Wolfman craving Time Energy."
Aliyna: "If it held them before, how did they get out?"
Illian MacGregor: "They got out because the one known as Ael had sympathies for Evil Wolfman. Evil Wolfman gave him a way to be independent and do his own work."
Valron: "Also, as Ael said. He'll need a Transformer so he can separate from those two abominations."
Aliyna: "But his name has EVIL in it."
Valron: "His actual name's like. Wulfgar."
Illian MacGregor: "Ael is purely lawful. Good and evil don't mean anything to him."
Valron: "Yeah. Ael's just strictly anti-chaos."
Illian MacGregor: "A transformer... that means it's time for a mission on Nintendus. Find the parts... from Professor Oak's secret lab. ...Yes. You'll be raiding his lab. Because he is not on our side."
Aliyna: "Not trusting somebody with 'evil' in their name sounds like a good law."
Valron: "This really is a Quester-level event. I don't think he was exactly spoiled for choice, Aliyna."
Illian MacGregor: "You'd have to ask Ael why he trusted him."
Valron: "Considering where I found him."
Illian MacGregor: "Of course he trusted him enough to hitch a ride with him out of the dimension..."
Valron: "Yeah, I am so sorry about that."
Illian MacGregor: "So..." *He shrugs.* "Maybe he really is dumb."
Valron: "Just dumb in other ways."
Illian MacGregor: "I mean. HE went completely insane because he couldn't kill Xavier. I'd have simply shrugged and kept trying."
Editor's Note: Heh heh heh, we'll see about that one.
Valron: "Well... he's certainly holding up well if he's that broken."
Illian MacGregor: "Throwing a temper tantrum is how he lost in the first place. I'm sure being dead for years and years has changed him."
Ragnar looks incredibly lost.
Valron: "I'd imagine, yeah."
Illian MacGregor: "Er, anyway. None of this is going to make any sense, so, I'll just say it in simple terms. There is an insane old man with a lab full of deathrays. You must go through, defeat his defenses, and steal his blueprints. They look like this." *He shows an image of... a pez dispenser on blueprints.*
Ragnar: "...Candy?"
Valron: "Nintendus tech, I swear..."
Illian MacGregor: "It's a very silly item, but it allows you to switch souls with people. Changing your appearance in the process."
Valron: "Yeah. It also caused quite the mess if I remember right."
Illian MacGregor: "If you can extract Ael from there, then we can get his info and defeat the Dweezils for real."
Valron: "Speaking of. How is Red Text holding up?"
Illian MacGregor: "Or you can go and try fighting them with some other way. Hm."
Metal Man (GM): He turns on the radio.
Valron: "I am a little worried about him."
Red Text: *STATIC* *LOSING POWER* *STATIC* *CANTI OVERBOARD* *STATIC* *JACK SIGNED A CEASE FIRE WITH THEM* *STATIC that does not go away*
Illian MacGregor: "Not good."
Valron: "Jack what!? Ugh... Must've offered 'im something nice if he's not blowing them the fuck up."
Illian MacGregor: "Hmmm."
Metal Man (GM): He opens some sort of attachment.
Valron: .oO(Also, wow. Canti. That is a name I never keep expecting to hear pop up again. Jeeze.)
Metal Man (GM): It shows a vast zone of dead Dweezil ships in the airspace above Jack's area.
Illian MacGregor: "I'm guessing even they cannot displace him so easily."
Valron: "I'm not surprised. Jack is... well. Jack."
Illian MacGregor: "Though it looks like he only has control over his continent, not the space above it."
Valron: "The power that man wields is nightmarish."
Illian MacGregor: "Well, excepting that they are treating it very gingerly and the entire area above it is covered in debris. So." *He'd cross his arms.* "Ready to raid Oak's lab? Or do you have a different idea? Or more questions?"
Valron: "Mm."
Illian MacGregor: "None of this is gonna make any sense until you've been buried in it for a while, so don't worry. Even I didn't know what was going on originally."
Valron: "I have no qualms with raiding Oak's lab. I just want to get it done quickly so as not to risk not being able to bring back Autumnus."
Ragnar: "I... guess that sounds good?"
Valron: "He did only have a third of his mass last time I saw him. Yeah, uh. You're gonna be in for a bit of a ride, guys. I'll just say that up-front."
Ragnar: *Fuzziums tromps back with a bellyful of beef, a few spoons, and half of the fridge handle.*
Illian MacGregor: *Raises a finger, then lowers it* "...Good thing I have a magitek repair gun."
Valron: "The only reason I'm not confused out of my skull is because I've been a Quester for a long while before this gig. Let's just say Smash Energy messes you up something fierce. Heck, I wasn't even in the right form until recently. But, yes. Let's get this show on the road."
Ragnar: "Okay. C'mon, boy!" *Snrt.*
Illian MacGregor: "I'll open the portal, then. Good luck." *He opens the portal, aaaaaand... I think I'll pause it here.*
Metal Man (GM): SESSION START. The group is at the Eternal Dauntless. Illian stands there, facing Grem and Valron. The Time Cop ship is docked there.
Illian MacGregor: "So. The choice remains..."
Valron: "Infiltrate Oak's lab and get the blueprints for the Transformer, right?"
Illian MacGregor: "Yes."
Valron: "I'm all for it, honestly."
Illian MacGregor: "Are you up for it, Grim?"
Grim: "I got out of my chair."
Illian MacGregor: "I see. This mission will require breaking into a lab and stealing a sneaky old man's magic transforming box. I've read the files. I think you should be up to it. If you are... the portal is open. Or if you have any questions... the others beat you here, sorry that I did not notice you earlier. I would have waited to explain it..."
Grim: "It's fine. I'll walk on ahead. Meet you on the other side."
Valron nods, walking on into the portal.
Illian MacGregor: "All right. You see that, that's the cue to start. I'll be here, providing you comms support."
Valron: "Noted."
Metal Man (GM): NINTENDUS... Unspecified Green Field. You appear on a hill... a very tall hill. The wind blows. There is green grass everywhere. It could be Green Greens. It could be something else. Whatever it is... That hill is far too tall to be a normal hill.
Valron: "Ah, Nintendus... Definitely didn't expect to be back here so soon."
Illian MacGregor: (C) "This is... the fiendishly well hidden lab of Professor Oak. ...Feel free to go and find an entrance, we have no data on where that is..."
Grim: "Seems nice."
Metal Man (GM): As far as you can tell, it's a very tall hill and nothing more... sneaky, or perhaps normal.
Valron: "It's a pretty alright place when it's peaceful." *He nods as he looks around for the entrance, looking for anything out of place... odd patches of grass, something out of alignment... that sort 'o thing.*
Grim: "I think it might be best if we disguise ourselves first."
Metal Man (GM): Toad Town is in the distance. Also nearby is the old Stadium. You hide your appearance very well. Oak won't know what hit him, at least with you.
Grim: "Looks over to Valron."
Valron: "...I'm not very good at much of anything involving disguises. I can slip out of things pretty well, but... Hm."
Metal Man (GM): Valron is kind of a half dragony... guy... kinda easy to tell. Might need some work there. There IS a lot of tall grass nearby.
Grim: *C* "What can you tell me about creatures of this world?"
Illian MacGregor: (C) "This area is full of Goombas and some Pokemon. They are kind of small and weird looking. Here's a few examples."
Metal Man (GM): He shows images of Goombas, Pikachu, Zubat and Pidgeys.
Grim: *C* "Anything plant like?"
Metal Man (GM): An image of an Oddish pops up. Then a Vileplume, and also the in-between evolution whose name eludes me...
Grim: "Good enough, it looks like I'm going to 'discover' a 'Pokemon'."
Metal Man (GM): Also Bellsprout and Victreebell.
Illian MacGregor: (C) "Yes. Professor Oak is a Pokemon researcher. That would be a good distraction. Pokemon are so strange he would have to take a wihle to figure it out..."
Valron nods to Grim, going to hide in the tall grass.
Grim: "I think you have the wrong idea dear."
Valron: "...Grass coat?"
Grim: "Have you ever seen those old monster movies? You'll be the thing that came from the grass."
Metal Man (GM): Aye. (Sorry for afk, other room)
Valron: *W* "I told you I'm not good at this disguise thing..."
Metal Man (GM): It's like Valron, only with a tuft of grass stuck to his head.
Valron: *W* "Maybe you can teach me later?"
Metal Man (GM): You can assist him for a +2 bonus, IIRC. Or I guess, you can use some of those magical hero points to fix it, since we may as well break those out. I figure I might as well use them, for now. So you have them now. Yeah. So I'd guess... you assist Dragoshi AND he uses a Hero point.
Grim: "It's patchy, but it should not be too obvious, right?"
Valron: *Will just try and help as best he can as he tries to do better than that one tuft of grass, carefully making use of the surrounding grass to add on to the guise* (Will this count as a Hero Point use or)
Metal Man (GM): It's kinda weird, but it's ... something. I guess I shall. Thanks to the Hero point, it is good enough. Now, you just have to find the entrance...
Valron: "Sorry about this taking so long..." *He would then go about trying to find the entrance, looking for anything particularly out of place. Such as odd patches of dirt and grass or anything that'd scream 'fake'.* (Should I roll Perception?)
Metal Man (GM): Perception skill for that... So yes, Valron. So far, nothing much in the hill. So far, anyway. You find it... it's just hidden very well. Pull up a flap and you can enter the hill. But before you do... brb one sec.
Valron: "...Ah. See, I figured it out." *He points out where the flap is* "Just need to pull that up and we're golden."
Grim: "Wonderful work. Er, lead the way and keep an eye out for traps."
Valron: *Nods* "Will do."
Illian MacGregor: (C) "Oh... one more thing. I found you another ally, before you enter... if that isn't too problematic."
Grim: "I'm sure I can cover the ally with something."
Valron: "Ah, I don't mind at all."
Grim: "Well, I'm sure you have something to make yourself stand out a little less? I'm Grim, and this is Valron."
Valron: *Glances over at Fizban, actually stepping back a little, surprised to see another familiar face of sorts.* "Well, then. Today is certainly quite the day."
Fizban: "Excuse me?"
Illian MacGregor: (C) "Their plan is to sneak into the base. Professor Oak might recognize you."
Grim: "You look like you came out of a child's storybook. It's a cute look, but it's got to go."
Fizban: "Who? What? Who ARE you people??"
Grim: "I'm Grim, and this is Valron. I recommend olive oil to keep those ears clean, it's what I use."
Fizban: "...are you sassing me?"
Grim: "Stop hitting an old lady, it's not polite."
Fizban: "Well, then don't be sassing me. As for this gentleman that we need to get by... is he the only individual in there?"
Valron: *Refrains from chuckling* "Aye. Though he probably has quite a few traps at his disposal to deal with intruders, so we'll need to be a bit careful."
Illian MacGregor: (C) "Yes. Dr. Mario has left the building since a while ago. He most likely uses Pokémon to power his traps."
Grim: "Indeed, and I would like to hopefully use a disguise to throw him off balance."
Valron: "...I'm thankful neither of you will have to encounter that fellow."
Fizban: "Then it shall be no trouble. Let us go inside."
Grim: "Fine, you can be my husband for this adventure."
Fizban: "Of course, sweetheart."
Grim: "Now be polite dear, we don't get out often."
Valron pulls up the flaip, revealing the entrance, before heading on in.
Metal Man (GM): The door opens, as you use the secret pathway. It then flips open to reveal a fancy silver laboratory. Various shelves are covered with experiments. Professor Oak isn't in this room--you hear noises in the back room, though. There's a door to the back room, and also one that goes downstairs... and one that goes upstairs. This room is full of chairs, tables, and Voltorbs on tables. They are glaring at you.
Fizban: "What strange orbs..."
Grim: *C* "So, strange red and white balls are what?"
Valron: *Glances at Grim and Fizban, before speaking quietly* "I suggest not disturbing those fellows. If you do, they'll explode and cause a lot of noise."
Metal Man (GM): They are hooked up to various machines. You hear Oak in the back.
Valron: *W* "They're called Voltorbs."
Grim: *W* "Ah."
Professor Oak: "Thrice blasted Super-Pseudocube bazooka! Never working right no matter how many times I tweak it! It's been a decade and it still doesn't work!"
Grim: *W* "So we need to cause a distraction, get him out of that room, and sneak on to the back room?"
Metal Man (GM): Oak is leaning over a huge table filled with stuff. He's trying to wire a bunch of weird looking round cubes into square slots. He's wearing his black labcoat, and he looks... old. Like, older than the one in the games. Wrinkles are everywhere. His hair's patchy. You can see him, just around the edge of the doorframe. He is distracted.
Fizban: *W* "He is the one that we must sneak by?"
Metal Man (GM): His personal lab is behind him, further back.
Valron nods.
Fizban: *W* "Jolly good."
Grim: *W* "Right, we need to find that special object (that I forget the name of...)."
Professor Oak: "Who's there? Is that you, Dr. Mario? Oogh... I must have taken too much medication again..."
Metal Man (GM): He slumps into a nearby chair.
Grim: *W* "Oh, nice work."
Valron: *W* "Aye. That went very smoothly."
Metal Man (GM): Sitting on the table, undefended... is the Pseudo Cube Bazooka, Mark III.
Fizban: *W* "And there we are. Please don't do anything to awaken him, he is merely asleep."
Metal Man (GM): Behind him is a door with an opaque window, linked "PERSONAL LAB"... must be some shared lab. Who knows who else must work here. Nope. That thing has a bunch of weird looking cubes in it.
Grim: "Let's be careful what we touch, if anything explodes, he will wake right up."
Metal Man (GM): And it's a bazooka, that doesn't really seem to work. At least, it's in a million pieces and Oak's confused diagrams make you wonder if it will ever work. The Voltorbs stare, but are too dumb to put two and two together. On the other hand, a Raichu powering his lab seems to be staring at you.
Valron glances at the thing, looking it over. He's kinda tempted to take it, but, he'd rather not risk waking up Oak. In any case, he just proceeds to follow the pair, not wanting to bother the Voltorbs.
Raichu: "Rai? Rai?" *It would walk towards its fallen master.*
Metal Man (GM): Hm, true. Let me add one more thing. Perception checks first. Then I determine whether you see it or not. With the power of Perceptos, Valron sees it behind a table! He stops anyone from walking too close, so now consider the Raichu not seeing you. Yes. The Raichu.
Valron: *He points out the Raichu to Fizban.* *W* "Might want to deal with that as well."
Metal Man (GM): The Raichu IS still suspicious, though, so you still have to act fast. It doesn't see YOU, is all. It's still walking towards Oak, of course. Yes. Valron has pointed it out to you now. It was after, rather than before, unfortunately. They were a ways apart though. It nears its master, and begins lightly poking him. Aha! Hm. Which skill is best for searching in this one again? Perception again, Fizban, I guess. You find a pokeball. Not to be confused with a Voltorb. Good thing you didn't get a bad roll. However, can you throw it at the right angle?
Valron: *Could try and throw it instead if Fizban points it out to him.*
Metal Man (GM): The Raichu is getting more impatient, so time is running out...
Professor Oak: "Mmmph... don't do that, Mewtwo..."
Metal Man (GM): Ah, Mage Hand. It makes a confused noise before going into the ball. That's two things dodged. No more tricks in this room. While he may have traps elsewhere, somehow you doubt he'd put one in the room he's busy working in.
Grim: *W* "Shall we try to move to the Personal Lab now?"
Metal Man (GM): The Personal Lab, has a keypad on it. An expensive looking one. In fact, there are no numbers on it! Just buttons... with no numbers on them. Fingerprints cover all of the 9 buttons and the two bottom row ones. No, but you get a hunch Oak had to have used it somehow.
Valron: *Examines the keypad, trying to glean how it exactly works* (Knowledge (Tech) check, or?)
Metal Man (GM): Knowledge (Tech) it is. Good news: You know what it is! Bad news: You know what it is! This is a fancy card thing that will only turn on with the right ID... And then some sort of passcode... And it either uses all the buttons or has randomized button placement.
Valron: *W* "...First off, it needs the proper ID, secondly... it seems to use a passcode that either has random button placement or uses them all."
Fizban: *W* "...so only the good doctor can get past this door?"
Metal Man (GM): The pad is attached to some very tough mechanism, so the door itself won't easily be gotten rid of. It does have a glass upper half though.
Valron: *W* "We could get rid of the glass, though we'd have to be quiet about it..."
Fizban: *W* "I have a suggestion... though it involves waking the doctor back up."
Metal Man (GM): Good ol' Oak. Installing Questerproof locks and not so people-proof windows... though the window does have wires in it. It's opaque, so no. One of those blurred out windows.
Valron: *W* "May as well say what it is while I look at this..." *He examines the wires and glass, trying to glean if there's a way to get rid of them without disturbing them.*
Metal Man (GM): The wires run into the door itself, and the door itself is Quester HQ stock. So, not without some magic or sneaky trick. Oak himself has an ID badge just hanging on him as it is. It's clipped to his front pocket. Blends in well, but it's there... A bit close to his face though...
Grim: *W* "Might as well take the badge first, and if we wake him up, we use your plan?"
Metal Man (GM): Yeah. Or something else. I shoulda mentioned it earlier :p You have the badge.
Valron: *W* "I have a feeling that... that is going to never stop being useful."
Fizban: *W* "Thus is the power of the arcane, my good man. If you can take care of things from here, that would be splendid."
Grim: *W* "Do you see anything obvious on the card Valron?"
Metal Man (GM): The card has his name on it and his picture... and nothing else. Now Valron knows these are used to trigger the keypads, but the card in of itself has no data on what code to use.
Fizban: *W* "We should hurry..."
Valron: *W* "Nothing aside from what's already on it..."
Fizban: *W* "My spell only lasts a few minutes before he awakens."
Metal Man (GM): Oak continues moving around in his sleep.
Professor Oak: "Mmmph... no, Aribar, you are not the demons."
Valron: *W* "Should we just try and use it?"
Grim: "Well, it seems like we don't have a choice if we can't find the code. We could use ghost sound to trick him into opening the door?"
Valron: *Nods* "Sounds like a solid idea. Let's go for it."
Grim: *W* "So let's hide and do it."
Metal Man (GM): It'd clip there. As Fizban and Grim would both clip it there. So much. It is super duper clipped. Oak would stir a little.
Valron nods, going to find a nice place to slip into.
Grim: *W* "Stealing is wrong dear, return it before we leave."
Professor Oak: "No, Ruvyn, that's mine, not yourse... mmmmph..."
Fizban: *W* "We shall see..."
Metal Man (GM): I believe that is a stealth check? Grim basically all but vanishes into the aether. Fizban finds a skinny light to comedically half-hide behind. Now to see what Valron does. You're all hidden pretty well, even Valron, sorta, as good as it gets, anyway. Ah.
Fizban: *W* "If I may?"
Grim: *W* "All yours dear."
Valron: *Nods.*
Metal Man (GM): That roll would be the equivalent of a 15 on the check, I believe. 15 -11 is 4, he got an 8. That would be why I plan on modifying it so it works better... but later.
Fizban: *WheeeeeeeemSLAM.*
Metal Man (GM): This session is helping me figure out what that should be...
Fizban: *The sound of an electronic door closing with a slam sounds out from the area around the door.*
Metal Man (GM): Oak wakes up suddenly, staring.
Fizban: *Dr. Mario* "Ho ho ho!, I wonder-a what is in-a here!"
Professor Oak: "Wha... what was that... hmmm... how did I fall asleep?" *He would get up... and look around.*
Metal Man (GM): That would be the equivalent of at the very least a 16.
Grim: *W* "I get the idea." *Dr. Mario* "This is great for mixing my pills!" *Crash.*
Metal Man (GM): He looks around... and then it happens again. That's a 13. Success or failure? Hm. Matching DC, is that success or failure?
Professor Oak: "What is the meaning of this! Strange noises in my lab..."
Metal Man (GM): Roll it again, I believe? Does that work? Ah. You may use the Hero point to attempt another action that you normally wouldn't have in this case, so you could try quickly casting it again. Hm. I will go with that, then, in this case.
Professor Oak: "Strange, obviously Dr. Mario's doing! Your pills are not in there, Dr. Mario! Get out here!"
Metal Man (GM): He wanders into the door and begins typing in the numbers with his ID, and runs in. Now I'll use my magical powers to note the door is rapidly shutting behind him. You'll have to do something quick to move it. How much force can Mage hand take, if you use that? Like, you won't be able to reach it without something flying across the room or magic.
Valron: *Can indeed fly across if need be.*
Metal Man (GM): It's a hefty door designed to slam shut and he didn't swing it open. Hm. I mean fast, like a thrown object fast... Water, hmmmm. How does one aim one of those spells... does it just insta-hit? And yeah, we're holding, but I'm also asking so I can check that. Yes. But... you'll need to keep it in the door, naturally. Yeah. Or until you get to the door to open it. It won't break it, otherwise the door would have also snapped Oak in two. Ha ha. Pun. It does so moments before Grim would create the water.
Fizban: *W* "Quickly, now, before we miss how he passes his traps."
Metal Man (GM): Oak is in the other room, wondering what the noise is.
Valron nods quickly slipping through the door.
Professor Oak: "Dr. Mario! Where are you?"
Metal Man (GM): He's looking inside the room. It's cramped with books and old SSQ inventions. It's an office of sorts. Sort of small. On the back is a display case with not just a Transformer, but a Doubler and the others as well. It's kind of dark too. There's a desk between Oak and the stuff... and not much room to hide in. Oak himself is busy looking at the desk, finding no one in there.
Professor Oak: "I'm going to call that plumber and give him a piece of my mind..."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out his smash dex.
Valron: *Just waits to see what the magic man does...*
Professor Oak: *Presses button* "Dr. Mario! Why did you break into my lab, then teleport away? You know you aren't supposed to go in there!"
Dr. Mario: (C) "What? Who'sa saying I went in there? I didn't-a touch anything!"
Professor Oak: (C) "I--"
Metal Man (GM): 14. Dr. Mario's will save... 15.
Dr. Mario: "Mama-mia! You've-a come down with the flashing dust syndrome! I'm-a going to have to make a house call!"
Metal Man (GM): It's... inside the case. Can it reach through solid glass? That said... what are the effects of Glitterdust? I doubt Oak can really do much. You grab it, and it slams against the glass. The glass glows oddly. Ah.
Professor Oak: "What in the world???" *He tries to figure out what's going on.* "...Aribar has come back for revenge! I must be ready, he won't go down easy!"
Metal Man (GM): He goes to run for the Pseudo-cube bazooka. More Will Saves! 14.
Professor Oak: "Agh! It's a Quester of the past! They've all come to kill me!"
Metal Man (GM): He runs to his desk and begins grabbing for something.
Fizban: *W* "Get the item, hurry!"
Professor Oak: "I fought off Kuja... I'll defend myself against you!"
Metal Man (GM): The item is still in the thick, glass case. You have about 2 minutes to do something. Oak's digging for something, and Dr. Mario is probably on his way to administer $$$urgery. 14 is Oak's favorite number.
Professor Oak: "Your tricks will not fool me!"
Metal Man (GM): Also waiting a moment for Dragoshi--he's busy elsewhere. Valron: You get one action in as Oak is digging for an item. Make it count. (Also, waiting until you acknowledge this message so as to be fair.)
Valron thinks for a second before quickdrawing the magitek machinegun, going to unload a small two-shot burst at the case containing the transformer!
Metal Man (GM): Roll it, since it's a messy environment and may be hard to hit in there. Also Oak is near it... heh... You shoot up that case. It flies backwards against the wall and cracks, but is not broken entirely... ...except the DR ignoring causes it to further break apart. Oak ducks as you decimate the case behind him. Items fly everywhere. The Transformer is clearly visible though. You grab it... as you hear the door you entered by open.
Professor Oak: "Argh! My collection is everywhere! You... you burglars!"
Metal Man (GM): The door slams, sealing you in with him. You can open it, but whoever on the other side can't get in. Oh. Hmmm. Valron had to be inside to shoot the case. It was at too great of an angle. Aye, but you'd have to go through the wall. You'd have to lean inside. Sooo... You can pull the staff out, but first--going to exit, Valron?
Valron: *Of couse! Overstayed my welcome, that's for sure.*
Professor Oak: "You won't get away with... with this!"
Fizban: "Looks like Team Rocket is blasting off again!"
Metal Man (GM): He points the Pseudocube bazooka and haphazardly fires it as Valron leaves.
Valron: *Thank god for crazy AC mcgee because good lord.*
Metal Man (GM): Valron action hero jumps as the room explodes behind him. The door is obliterated.
Fizban: "We should depart."
Valron just bolts for the outside.
Metal Man (GM): Professor Oak would emerge from the debris, as you'd hear the outside door open. It's Dr. Mario! And he's in the way!
Fizban: *GLITTERDUST.*
Dr. Mario: "You! You-a can't take my stuff! Only I-a can!"
Metal Man (GM): *Psycho theme* Dr. Mario is in the way... 15; did Dr. Mario save?
Valron: *Just does the crazy thing and attempts to charge Dr. Mario, attempting to just send him flying out of the way.* (Is this possible? Would I need to make a CMB check or)
Metal Man (GM): Oak got 13.
Professor Oak: "Gah! Team Rocket blinded me!"
Metal Man (GM): In order. First, the water is still falling as Dr. Mario goes to stab Dragoshi with an electrified "healing" device. Fort save against Stun. He was on the outside, in this case. Additionally, 7 damage. Those things HURT! You get stunned for a round. However, right after that, the Voltorbs... ...explode.. ..Reflex saves for everybody! Yes. Reroll, then. In the massive explosion, a whopping 10 damage to everyone except Valron and Dr. Mario, who take only 5. Oak is basically KO'd by this, while Dr. Mario stands there as if this was his normal business. The lab is burnt out while Dr. Mario coughs some smoke... as would Valron.
Valron: *Well, due to that and the electrogorkery, he's a bit messed up. And coughs up some smoke.*
Dr. Mario: "...You-a shouldn't-a done that. All-a my money was in here! Now... now I UN-revive-you! It's time for my emergency anti-revival chainsaw!"
Fizban: "I do not believe that is a good idea."
Metal Man (GM): BOSS: Dr. Mario
Dr. Mario: "Good ideas... are-a for wimps!"
Valron: *Just kinda quickdraws his scythe. Hoo boy.*
Dr. Mario: "Great ideas are for Dr. Mario!"
Metal Man (GM): Roll init.
Grim: "Well, woops."
Metal Man (GM): Grim, Valron, Dr. Mario, Fizban.
Dr. Mario revs chainsaw.
Valron goes to bring his scythe down on Dr. Mario with a fierce swing!
Metal Man (GM): Sure. I just realized that Hero points are fun. And that hits! So it wasn't wasted! Mostly. Naturally I think I shall hand out some here or there, since you may end up using them plenty... at least until I finish my system work.
Dr. Mario: "WHOA!"
Metal Man (GM): You give him a nasty hole.
Dr. Mario: "...Nothing a mushroom won't-a heal!"
Metal Man (GM): He does look nicely injured from that though. Took a nice chunk outta him.
Dr. Mario: "You-a want to have a sword fight? You-a get one!"
Metal Man (GM): He goes to fight back, using his chainsaw... and a power attack of his own! Yes. He's hardcore. He also has Furious Focus. Dr. Mario is a very mean person. Now to double check something because I want to be sure I model the chainsaw properly. Dr. Mario swings well enough to give you a chainsaw to the face.
Dr. Mario: "I-a kill as good as I-a heal!"
Valron: *Is cut up pretty damned badly by that, but he's still holding on by the equivalent of a thread* "Eesh. Good arm you've got there..."
Metal Man (GM): Luckily for you, he does not have Cleave. Otherwise this could have been ugly. You do so... any AOOs in there? Yeah... right. No AOO. It looks like about a third of his health was destroyed in that hit. He's wounded, but he's also really mad looking. Hm. Wonder if he can go into a Barbarian rage. You probably don't want to find out. Also, Oak is KO'd on the ground, his bazooka next to him. Up to you. If he dies, it'll be considered to Nintendus rules anyway, so you can do so to get rid of him and save your bacon.
Dr. Mario: "Mama-mia, it's Kuja all over again!" *Zot* "... A lot-a less painful."
Grim: "You're looking a little limp dear."
Dr. Mario: "Nothing a thousand volts and duct tape cannot heal!"
Fizban: "I did not prepare for combat today. So I must use lesser means to fight."
Grim: "I'm Dr. Grim, and I can save lives without side effects."
Dr. Mario: "I'm going to take all your coins! After you explain why you did-a this, so I know who to sue for malpractice!"
Grim: *d8+3 to Valron.*
Dr. Mario: "You-a call that healing! I-a call that inferior medical practice! I'll-a kill you, then-a revive you and kill-a you again! Then-a revive you in the desert because Oak-a told me no permanent damage was allowed-a as long as I-a work with-a him! But then-a gain, does-a he even know what-a happened?"
Metal Man (GM): He gets a sinister grin on his face.
Valron just... kinda goes to try and bring his scythe crashing down on Doc Mario again because seriously.
Grim: "You blew up his lab."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out his stethoscope and blocks in Dr. McNinja style.
Dr. Mario: "Not-a today! Hmmmm... I-a could chop you in-a two... or... I could-a take all your coins!"
Metal Man (GM): He points at Valron.
Dr. Mario: "Give-a me all your coins!"
Metal Man (GM): You still have those zenny on you.
Dr. Mario: "I-a do not want dragon blood all-a over my nice burnt, destroyed floor unless you refuse-a to pay me!"
Valron: "...I know what I value more." *He... tosses Dr. Mario the 5000 Zenny.*
Metal Man (GM): He takes it and looks at it.
Dr. Mario: "Mama-mia! This will pay to fix the lab and make me slightly richer! Get-a out of here before Oak wakes up!"
Metal Man (GM): He greedily shoves it into his coat and runs out of the way.
Valron: "Right. Will do." *He makes his way out of the lab.*
Metal Man (GM): He motions to the other two.
Dr. Mario: "You-a too! ...Is that Oak's lab you blew open? Yes! I-a can steal his personal goodies!"
Grim: *W to Fizban* "Dear, his lab did explode, you should at least return his pet. It does love him since it tried to wake him up."
Dr. Mario: "He-a never let me in there. Now I can say you steal everything! And I-a can take everything!"
Metal Man (GM): He starts picking up the objects... including the Pseudo cube bazooka.
Dr. Mario: "What, you-a want to take his Pokémon? Take-a it! I can say you-a stole it! That-a old coot has been hiding my stuff!"
Metal Man (GM): Oak is slowly beginning to stir, after having been KO'd.
Professor Oak: "Whuh... who blew up the world..."
Grim: *W to Fizban* "It's up to you, but I don't think it'll obey you easily."
Dr. Mario: "Nobody-uh!"
Metal Man (GM): You could do it, Fizban, if you wanted. Heh.
Valron: *Is just waiting for the others considering he already left.*
Metal Man (GM): Oh... you can get one... just in a next mission. Oh. You still have the transformer too. Of course it's a bit of a mystery what's inside of it. The door is shut behind you. Dr. Mario is going to be very sure Oak doesn't leave. Yes. You can hear Dr. Mario...
Dr. Mario: "It was-a malfunction! Yes! Team-a Rocket stole everything! Not-a me! I was-a in your office? I-a was cleaning! Yes-a... I-a have the insurance money-a!"
Professor Oak: "Great Bill's Cottage! That really was Team Rocket!"
Valron enters the portal.
Metal Man (GM): You return. Slightly uneasy in the knowledge that Dr. Mario now has a Pseudo cube bazooka and a chainsaw, but otherwise successful. Side note: Yes man in SSS is so doomed. So very doomed. Oooh. Yes, you could have. Dr. Mario would have probably needed to heal himself instead of taking your Zenny. You're back on the ship, with the transformer.
Illian MacGregor: "Hm. That was... very interesting. ...Let us hope Dr. Mario doesn't cause terror and doom on Nintendus... ...mmmm... they didn't want my help, it's their problem."
Grim: *W* "a good deed deserves a reward."
Valron: "...Yeah, that was something I'd rather not talk about. So... yeah. We have a Transformer. Think there's anything already inside it?"
Illian MacGregor: "My systems say there is."
Metal Man (GM): It has a blue being in it.
Fizban: "An odd device."
Metal Man (GM): Very blue. It glows slightly. Detect magic works as it should, then.
Valron: "Extremely blue. Hmm."
Illian MacGregor: "I'm not sure what's in it. To use it, though... you'd have to trade places with whoever is in it."
Metal Man (GM): Magical... no. Completely non-magical. Also, hi Gibby.
Fizban: "Ah, trade places, you say? Well, let us see for ourselves, shall we?" *He press.*
Illian MacGregor: "I--"
Valron: "I don't th-"
Metal Man (GM): A blue person appears. In a blue tunic... you can see through them.
Grim: "What a pushy old ma--"
SIMBER: "Well. This is completely unpredicted by my original systems. Who are you people and where is the Stadium? I must kill Metal Man."
Illian MacGregor: "But..."
SIMBER: "You are not him. You differ by 25%."
Valron: "...Ah."
SIMBER: "You are not enough machine to be as intelligent as I. But also too much machine to be him. I would have destroyed all of you if I had the chance, but you are 3 generations ahead of me."
Valron: "What were you even doing in there, anyway?"
SIMBER: "I was trapped in there by Dr. Mario."
Valron: "Do I even want to know the whole story behind it because everything's just a huge mess and we kinda need that transformer and honestly I don't think we even exactly know where that Metal is." *Glances at Illian* "Unless I'm mistaken."
SIMBER: "I have read your systems. He is Xavier Ridgecrest. That is a stupid name. I will accompany you to destroying him, or until you are no longer set to destroy him."
Valron: "Fitting for him, then."
Metal Man (GM): He would idly look at the transformer.
SIMBER: "This person should not be trapped in here either. Stupid device."
Metal Man (GM): He would pick it up and short it out, causing Fizban to reappear.
Fizban: "Oh, dear, my hip..."
Metal Man (GM): SIMBER would vanish. Instead, the box would talk.
SIMBER: "Plug me into the computer so that I can download myself to a more suitable arrangement."
Valron: "...Well, that simplifies things. Now, I just need to be patched up, then we can use this thing to separate Ael from that mess and..."
Illian MacGregor: "I've scanned it. It's too weak to pose a threat."
Valron: "Mm. Are you sure?"
Illian MacGregor: "It's three generations behind. I press a button and it will turn off. It tried... it failed to break into our systems. I only let it read information to determine what its opinion was. Plug it into this."
Metal Man (GM): Illian takes out a box.
Illian MacGregor: "This can only make a harmless projection. Even if he calls you names, he cannot harm you, or do anything."
Valron nods, moving to do just that. Plug it into that thar box.
Metal Man (GM): It downloads. He is now projected, and the box is now empty.
SIMBER: "You still fear me enough to hide me from your weapons. Good. You are not as stupid as my previous owner. I will wait until I have the chance to avenge my defeat by my former master. Until then, I shall sit here. I have been planning something and you would only get in the way. I also do not plan to use any of your equipment, other than this box. If you wish to talk to me, you can... but I am not in the chatty mood."
Metal Man (GM): It would then go into standby mode unless you wanted to talk to it more.
Illian MacGregor: *Shrugs* "More old Nintendus tech."
Grim: "I think I'm going to knit it a covering for that box. It must be cold in there."
Valron: "In any case... I need to be patched up and then we can get work done with that Transformer, yes?"
SIMBER: "We machines do not feel cold, but your sentimental notion is more comforting than the endless abuse my previous master heaped upon me."
Grim: "Oh, right."
Illian MacGregor: "Yes. And quick--the Dweezils are rapidly taking over Alsa's sector."
Grim: *d8+3 Cure Valron d8+3 Cure Valron.*
Valron: "...That works just as well. Thank you."
Metal Man (GM): So, rewards. First I'll throw 1 Hero point to everybody as this is still early on, and that mission was pretty funny/interesting.
Grim: "It's no problem dear. I'll be a ear when you want to rant about your old master."
Metal Man (GM): Next, let me figure out what the heck to reward EXP-wise. We go with slow advancement. You all started with 7,500 EXP. I grant you three 600 EXP from that session.
Valron: *Out of how much also bluuuhhh slow advancement.*
Metal Man (GM): 7,500 is your current level's EXP, the next one is 14,000.
Grim: *3900 to go.*
Metal Man (GM): I shall also reward you 15 GP each for that session pay-wise, and will work on proper equipment, as well as vehicle stuff...
Metal Man (GM): Recapitude. Xavier had sent his people to go take care of a last remaining threat on his homeworld--the Erastian Remnants. Lead by Antonius, they fought valiantly against Demon and Xao, however in the end they were outmatched. But, not too outmatched. Xavier is in his ship with Ederick. It has been the third straight day of Demon and Xao fighting the same guards, over and over again. Xavier has fallen asleep at the controls as they continue fighting, seemingly in slow motion.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Zzzzz... bbbb... bumble bees in the tuna..."
Metal Man (GM): He had been holding back Ederick for some unspecified reason. But as Ederick would notice, the ship reserves of food were dwindling and nothing of value seemed to be going on here anymore--the fighting was not ending and neither side was losing fast enough! No problem.
Ederick Holmes had been following his captain's example, napping on the ship until something happens. At least until a protesting stomach wakes him up.
Metal Man (GM): You'd see the battle still not ending. The Erastians continue sending out men. Demon and Xao are awesome warriors too. Xavier seems to have been clutching some clipboard in one of his hands, he was writing something before he fell asleep. You can only see the top line. "Project I Am Bored And This Endless Fight Is Not Working: Let's--" *the rest is blocked by his arm.*
Ederick Holmes lowly grumbles about his equally grumbly belly as he moseys on over to the Metal Man. His curiosity piqued, Ed would reach over to pluck the clipboard from Xavier to read the rest.
Metal Man (GM): You'd pick it up. Metal's hand being made of Metal, he wouldn't really feel you take it. The clipboard is a rather long, rambling list of demands, including "Extra-gold-colored carrots" "Space Shopping carts with lasers" and "Kill ED with a rusty Spork." But near the bottom you recognize something. It's something to do with Alsa. "Crazy lunatics who don't recognize the Time Cops have invaded. Get on their side and steal all their stuff. Then steal Jack's gold because anyone having more gold than me ticks me off."
Metal Man (GM): It also notes his plan with the current battle--leave, and come back when "Inevitably, one side dies or wins. Pick up Demon's corpse and revive it if he is dead." He trailed off into mentioning his other OTHER plans, which were to go to Crash Bandicoot's planet and steal all the Crystals. Again. "This time I want to defeat N. Cortex with a radioactive clown wig."
Ederick Holmes looks over the list, nodding at the different points. "Lot on the to-do list. Some of it's not even suicidal."
Metal Man (GM): It has lists of coordinates on them, and you see the Time Cop device laying there on the bridge, probably irradiating you and him with all kinds of bizarre particles. And, attached to it, a primitive dialing system. Given the ship also just has one big red button for "LIFTOFF", you could fly to wherever you want yourself. Or wake Xavier up, if you wanted his two cents.
Ederick Holmes knocks on Xavier's helmet. "Hey boss, you bored and thinkin' this endless fight's not working?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Huh, what, the Tooth fairy is after my avocado cakes? Oh. Yeah, I do think this is a bit too long. I made a mistake. I didn't strap enough TNT to one of them. And like heck I'm going to go in there myself. Just looking at their base gives me bad memories. We can go pick them up after that... you've been reading my clipboard, huh?" *He scratches his chin, making a metallic noise.* "Yes. Yes! You are learning more from me every day. Never wait for anyone, just take their notes and read them first. That's the spirit!"
Ederick Holmes holds the clipboard out for Xavier. "One way to look at it! Figured maybe we could kill a few birds with one stone. Find ways to gain an advantage over these goons, maybe go get some food, cure our boredom. Stuff like that."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "So, you've seized the initiative of this pasta party. Which one do you wanna go to? I was just gonna slam the buttons and pray we didn't end up in Heaven, but you have a good idea, I'm sure. I can even note some other words... hm. Food. I am pretty hungry... for drywall, and bricks of stone. Maybe Dreamland. Nintendus is supposedly protected against us, but with no Time Cops around we can just waltz around and do whatever the heck we want. The hands won't cross me. I have this!"
Metal Man (GM): He shows off his upside-down, cracked, coffee-stained Quester badge.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Head of the Questers, baby! Of course, my numbers have decreased." *He turns on spotlights showing what is obviously a row of chairs stolen from the old Dauntless from Season 10 and cardboard cutouts of some old Questers.* "But that doesn't stop me! Or you! Or your three after-images! So we just pick a position and Quest the Heaven out of it. Seriously, at least Hell has power weapon refills and rocket launchers. It's Heaven that creeps me out."
Ederick Holmes: "Hey, if it's the Quester homeworld then you've surely got some clout. Could ride on your reputation, pick up some freebies for the ship, maybe even get some more hopefuls to throw at those Erastians."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. Yes! I don't even have to blow everything up. Yes. We're going there."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out an old Laserdisc and flings it over your head into a rusted up 1980's machine. It begins playing some distorted triumphant theme as he walks over to the Time Core and karate chops it.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Away! To victory!"
Metal Man (GM): The ship begins flying through time and space, occasionally shaking here or there, sparks flying off too, but it's mostly working. A shelf randomly falls to the ground.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm. I'm going to need to stock up on more duct tape."
Ederick Holmes straps himself into the nearest seat. "Think you'll need a few rolls to patch this place up."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes. We shall make going to the hardware store our second stop."
Metal Man (GM): He stands there, sliding around the deck as it jolts, as Nintendus comes into view.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Once again I am home... once again... we shall have copious amounts of delicious foam. Mocha madness will sweep the nation... and keep us completely full of rations!"
Metal Man (GM): The ship is now speeding towards Dreamland. It is not slowing down.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm... you know, I never did check the brakes on this thing..."
Metal Man (GM): Perception check. We use flat ol' d20. Because the q conversion... should be done automatically if I use it at all, rather than awkwardly slowing us down. Well! You see a nice blinking red monitor with a cable loose. It says "BRAKES DISCONNECTED!" Seems that must have fallen out during your trip. Xavier is, as usual, completely oblivious.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I wonder if I can cook a sandwich using the heat forming on the outside of the shields..."
Ederick Holmes unbuckles himself and heads over to that monitor to plug that cable in. "Ah, don't think there are any brakes right now, boss-man."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Ah."
Metal Man (GM): He looks. It says "BRAKING CONNECTION RESTORED. PLEASE REBOOT BRAKES TO CONTINUE."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well I'll be! I better do that."
Metal Man (GM): He takes out his pistol and looks around for something.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I can't find the master console... again! I guess I'll have to warp back in time moments before we all horribly die. It'll still damage the ship though. Blast it!"
Metal Man (GM): Of course, you may take a Perception check, or try something else. Of note, Xavier's helmet isn't even on straight. It's like he just let his suit fall apart. Makes you wonder. Is he crazy, or does he just not know how to keep his equipment from falling apart? He could probably use a competent scientist somewhere... even a kidnapped one.
Ederick Holmes: "I recomm--Uh. Can you see straight outta that thing?" *He begins looking around for something that might be that master console.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm? Oh. Yes. Definitely."
Metal Man (GM): He walks into a wall.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Curse you, phantom walls!"
Metal Man (GM): He doesn't seem to be aware of it. You can't find the thing he's looking for either--it's probably buried in there. The ship starts to warm up a bit. Xavier taps his sideways helmet.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "This thing always is showing the right way. I think. I dunno. They said something about it requiring 'outer-user maintenance.' I went into outer space with it but nothing changed. I'm sure it'll fix itself... now I have to try once more to find that thing before I waste a charge going back in time."
Metal Man (GM): He leans by you, his helmet in reach.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Sheesh, you're right, this thing is BURIED..." *his helmet is facing the wall currently.*
Ederick Holmes tries to discreetly turn it around until it's more or less facing the right way.
Metal Man (GM): You do so. It screeches horribly, the grooves being rusted. He pauses.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Whoa! I can suddenly see an entire universe of possibilities that weren't there before! You're a Wizard, Holmey Ederick!"
Metal Man (GM): He shakes his head and idly punches part of the control panel.
Ederick Holmes: "Figured if the console wasn't in this universe, maybe you needed to see another to keep the ship intact."
Metal Man (GM): 'BRAKES RECALIBRATED INVALID OPERATION EXPLANATION PLEASE DO NOT USE A MIDI GENERATOR TO DETERMINE THE CIPHER ERROR ERROR ERROR'
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah, now my brakes are cooking. Cooking with gasoline! Because I heard that makes them go faster!"
Metal Man (GM): Fire alarms go off as the ship begins slowing down.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Well, Erdy, you're at least ten times as good as ED, because unlike ED, you don't kill me with evil dark ninja magic. You... do the opposite somehow."
Metal Man (GM): The ship is now moving in for a landing. It clips a huge castle of some kind.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oops. Let's hope they still believe in aliens here, I'm NOT paying for that."
Metal Man (GM): Part of a large, Russian-esque dome is now stuck to the front windshield.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm. I never did install gothic-architecture removal wipers..."
Ederick Holmes: "No problem, boss. ED's kinda a jerk. Just here to help." *He holds onto something to keep his balance as the ship hits the castle and gives a silent sigh of relief knowing he probably isn't ED.*
Computer: "Landing in 3... 2... 0... 1... 8.56... E... 52... Banana... Li... 1."
Metal Man (GM): *SHOMP* It lands, throwing Xavier forward really fast. He flies into the windshield, which then breaks, and the dome flies off too, making a ramp down and out of the ship. He stands up, with part of a weather vane lodged in his shoulder.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All right! We're landed now. Come on out and let's go steal, er, valiantly acquire some food!"
Metal Man (GM): Outside is Dreamland, and a small village. The ship has landed just on the edge of it, moments away from destroying it. The inhabitants are busy hiding in their huts, as Xavier would begin stumbling towards some farms on the edge of the village. You can follow him... or not follow him. Up to you. He doesn't seem to be paying attention.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Wow... it's been at least a week since I could walk straight. That wizard really did fix my vision..."
Metal Man (GM): The village has a town hall down the road. And, you identify Kirby's house to the left.
Ederick Holmes follows his leader outside while trying to recall if the Questers of Alsa were ever this zany. "Hey, you think the ship will be safe all alone?"
Metal Man (GM): Xavier is, as usual, stumbling off to the right, not really noticing anything.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh... oh right."
Metal Man (GM): He'd stop for a moment.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I'll turn on the security!"
Metal Man (GM): He presses a button.
Ship: "SIMBER.EXE IS MISSING. CANNOT SECURE."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Fine, fine! ALTERNATE SECURITY!"
Ship: "THERE IS NO OTHER AI."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Dah! I knew never buying any backups to save money would get me some day! I'll... I'll guard the ship I guess!"
Metal Man (GM): He stumbles back and goes to get out a lawn chair with... a pivot to mount a huge gun to. A huge Deathmachine, to be exact, with a scope.
Ederick Holmes: "Hm?" *It takes Ed a moment to realize what Xavier said as he wonders why this place looks just like the Dreamland back home.* "O... Oh."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yeah. I'm gonna recline here and prevent evil happening to my hoard of gold. You get the food, and I'll pay you in the gold. That way, evil monsters like THOSE don't take my gold!"
Metal Man (GM): He points to a cute and adorable Waddle Dee.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Those things... they'd kill us all if we didn't have such lethal weapons! You watch out... this place is DANGEROUS... filled with adorable things with completely harmless attacks... that are actually slightly painful..."
Metal Man (GM): You can go to the mayor's house, left to Kirby's, right to the farm, or far right... to Dedede's castle. Which was what the ship clipped.
Ederick Holmes slowly nods, wondering exactly how much Ridgecrest was exaggerating. This is where the Questers came from. They could be super powerful harmless things.
Metal Man (GM): In fact you can see the burning hole in the shape of the Wing Fortress' lower left chassis in one of the domes. Assuming your knowledge is current, he probably DID tick off the one dangerous being here, so you may either want to hurry, or prepare for a battle. Maybe not the deadliest one, but the beings here do use... some weapons. Even if they aren't always actual weapons...
Ederick Holmes: "See you soon, boss!" *He'd head over to the farmer's house, hoping to wow a yokel with some names and maybe some fast-talk to get some food.*
Metal Man (GM): You walk on down. You see one of the many rounded Waddle Dee farmers here, this one has a pitchfork. He stares at you like you are a space alien. And technically you ARE one.
Farmer: "Hello there... you have any clue why that space ship came here? Is it my cows you want? I've seen that ship take cows before... could you at least pay for them this time? And my brother... why did you have to take his entire music collection? I thought aliens didn't have record players!"
Metal Man (GM): Obviously this well be a somewhat hard sell. Xavier is not good at ingratiating himself with locals.
Ederick Holmes: "Howdy, sir! No, we aren't after any bovines, and I assure you that we won't be long. And... Your brother? Huh. We're not those kinds of aliens. I think."
Metal Man (GM): Diplomacy or other check as you see appropriate, Bluff, intimidate etc. Note that I'm using the actual version in the system so...
Ederick Holmes: "Just here to make a simple request."
Metal Man (GM): If you use it, it'll only change their attitude, not magically fail or succeed your question/demand. This guy is clearly cautious at the moment, so.
Ederick Holmes: *d20+1 Diplomacy?*
Metal Man (GM): He seems a bit more relieved.
Farmer: "Oh. You're not the tin-plated alien. So you aren't the crazy one. I'm listening, what is this request you want?"
Metal Man (GM): Related: You see an outline of Xavier boarded up in one of the nearby huts. He's clearly come here many times before. And... walked through walls.
Ederick Holmes: "Food, my good, er, man. The ship's running a tad low and we'd be a bit indebted to you if you could fill our hold. I'm sure the leader of the Questers would appreciate it. And, y'know, I'd make sure he learns what a wall is, where to find an appropriate place to park his ship. Things like that."
Farmer: "You sure that... thing is a Quester? The Questers... they came here before, and this Wolfman feller made sure they only mildly annoyed us. This alien guy... he shoots at our fences and claims they're haunted. By ghosts. Hm... Gimme proof he's a Quester... and I MIGHT give it to you for free. Otherwise... I could use some of the gold I've heard him talk about."
Ederick Holmes: "His methods may be extreme, but have you been haunted by any ghosts afterwards?"
Farmer: "...No, no ghosts..."
Metal Man (GM): A diplomacy check here. No change this time.
Farmer: "Still want to see his badge... Then I can properly report him, or so Mewtwo told us after we complained."
Metal Man (GM): Up to you how you proceed from here.
Ederick Holmes: "I'll be but a moment. I can understand needing to see a badge." *He jogs back to Xavier, thinking that he can borrow that Quester badge and have this done in a jiffy.*
Farmer: "Right..."
Metal Man (GM): You walk to Xavier. He spies you through the scope.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Aha! You're back. But there's no food! What's the catch this time? I swear... vowing never to eat their houses when hungry was the hardest thing I ever did."
Ederick Holmes: "It's a simple catch! The guy just wants to see some Quester paraphernalia! Something about reporting a find to one of those rare Pokemon or... Something odd like that. Come to think of it, he didn't make much sense. Did Questers report to a Mewtwo back on this planet?"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They used to."
Metal Man (GM): He narrows his eyes.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "They've been trying to claim I did those things out there. The really bad things. That's why I never let them have any conclusive proof I'm the one who's here. Mewtwo is helpless to send anyone after me that way. ...Yes, even that one." *He points to the outline of himself.* "I just said it was Skyhigh instead. Without an ID, there's no way for them to dispute my claim! Hah hah hah."
Ederick Holmes: "Aaah. I see. Did you do the fence-ghost-bustin' and wall-through-walki--yup."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Oh, yes. There were ghosts of Charles Magellean out there!"
Metal Man (GM): He takes out... two IDs.
Ederick Holmes: "Well. That complicates matt... Wait a tick." *He searches his pack for something.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm? Right."
Metal Man (GM): He waits for you first. Then he also opens one of the Ids. It says Solid Snake.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Once upon a time, this poor fool led the Questers. Now I have his ID. Because I stole all his office supplies. They can go ahead and arrest him. Heh heh heh!"
Metal Man (GM): Ah, yes. I can check that. One moment. Ah, yes. Actually it was because Borne gave it to you, that it showed up in the anniversary thing that fell through. Nick_Caligo: Ederick: Something's ringing in your pocket. *Ederick_Holmes mutters some annoyance under his breath and reaches into his pocket, pulling out his phone... No, that wasn't it. It takes a moment for him to register just what it is. He puts a credit chip down on the bar and exits, taking it out.* Nick_Caligo: Ederick: it is a bit worn, but red. It reads "SkyHigh 4Ever," scratched into it as if by a pen or something. Nick did add that flavor text to it. I'm saying it's still there, and yes, it has that scratched into it. Very good catch! I'll have to award you a Hero Point when you actually need another one because you already have three at the moment.
Ederick Holmes fishes a Smash Dex out of his pocket and shows it off to Xavier. "Borne gave me this little number a long, long time ago, when he assigned me to that dead-end post in the middle of nowhere."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "..."
Metal Man (GM): He stares at it like you just pulled Excalibur out of your pocket.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's Joe. Joe. The talking Smash dex. the good one. Not the bad one like mine."
Metal's Smash Dex: "Error: Error: Error: Error."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Yes... yes... YES..." *He begins laughing evilly.* "Use that! Show him it. Then we can use the AI for it so I don't have to guard the ship anymore! The best part is, that Smash Dex never harmed anyone. Not even its two worthless previous owners! I think it actually does believe in the laws or robotics... Must have been a mistake. I never actually told them to make proper, intelligent Smash dexes... oh well."
Ederick Holmes begins to wonder if he's making a mistake. Xavier seemed a little too happy at this development. "I'll be back in a jiffy!"
Xavier Ridgecrest: "All right!"
Metal Man (GM): He gives you the thumbs up.
Ederick Holmes returns the thumbs up and heads back to the farmer to present that Smash Dex.
Metal Man (GM): You'd be on your way to the Farmer. He looks at it cross eyed, then exasperatedly drops his arms.
Farmer: "So... it IS Sky High... I can't believe it. How did I ever think it was Metal Man? I'm going to have--er, nothing. You can get your food, the help will take it to you."
Metal Man (GM): He whistles, and a series of Waddle Dees in straw hats begin to carry food towards the ship. And building supplies. The Farmer goes to go inside, apparently about to pick up some sort of phone.
Ederick Holmes: "Thank you kindly, sir. I'm glad I could get this straightened out; wouldn't want bad deeds to go unpunished and a good man's name tarnished!"
Farmer: "Yes. Yes. You can go run along now, I'll make sure you have plenty to eat..."
Ederick Holmes grins like a Cheshire cat at how well this went as he returns with the Dees to the ship.
Metal Man (GM): The group would walk towards the ship. You'd see Xavier freeze for a moment before realizing those weren't the enemy. Good thing, too--his Deathmachine's four barrels of dimensional nastiness could probably have reduced them to flaming ash. Hm. You wonder what might have happened had you not corrected his helmet. You walk back. The food starts piling up. Then the Smash dex rings... Sky's smash Dex.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm. Should we answer it, or not... I mean. If I picked it up they could legitimately claim I was him. We both wore suits of armor and all. Maybe you pick it up? Or maybe we pretend someone else picks it up. We could go warp far away and pick it up..."
Metal Man (GM): He thinks.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "We could cover it in chocolate cake and pick it up... Or do it under the sea and claim we're talking dolphins..."
Ederick Holmes: "I could pick it up, but then they'd be chasing after me for those things, and that's just as bad as you picking it up."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm. But if we don't pick it up, they can home in on us with the locator. And neither of us can remove that without breaking it... and I want Joe, dagnabbit!"
Ederick Holmes: "The chocolate cake idea has some merit. Let's cover it up so they can't see us, answer it, and see what they say."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm. Yes!"
Metal Man (GM): He picks up one of the cakes that have just been transported in by the Dees.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "You should have a slice while we're at it, I hate to waste it."
Metal Man (GM): He eats some of it himself before getting a wad of frosting off of it. Leaving you with the other (neatly sliced) 3 pieces for your inventory.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Gimme that dex. I need to distort my voice to really throw them off."
Ederick Holmes takes out his knife to cut some slices and packs them away for later and hands Xavier the Smash dex.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "While my mouth is full of chowkowate frosting."
Ederick Holmes: "The fool-proof plan!"
Metal Man (GM): He blocks the screen with frosting, then opens it up and turns it on, while having a mouth full of cake.
Mewtwo: "SkyHigh, you are hereby under arrest for disturbing the--"
Xavier Ridgecrest: *Bizarre high pitched accent full of noise from eating* "Oy! Yo hardy blowke. It's-a me! Sky-highier! I-a never gonna find you! I mean me! You nowt find me! I throww dis Dex intow da ocean."
Mewtwo: "Whoever that is, you are a really bad actor."
Ederick Holmes tries to keep from snickering as he listens to the exchange.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Wowt's da matter, doc? French Icing up the wawterworkz?"
Mewtwo: "Why am I detecting so many errors in your signal? No matter. If you don't report to us, Star Fox will deal with you."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Act... Ach! Now! My own strenght... I'm made ouwt of ship destroying wawheads! You won't win! Why dawn't you just gimme a coin so I kahn come in and dare to be the least breathing! Hold my breath liwk old times!"
Mewtwo: "Hm. You DO sound very stupid. I have to guess if you are not Skyhigh, you are equally stupid. Fine. Show up and I won't call Star Fox on you. I'll just deal with you... personally. You have one hour. Not like you'll escape anyway..."
Metal Man (GM): *Click.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Bahahahahaha! An entire hour! We can be back to Alsa or further in that time! Excellent work, Ederick. We can feast on... cakes, corn, gigantic freakish tomatoes and apple cider while Mewtwo wonders what in the world just happened. Now... to plug this into the ship..."
Metal Man (GM): He sorta sets the Dex atop the controls. Nothing happens.
Xavier Ridgecrest: "I hate when that happens. We need a science engineer navigator special McSmartipants!"
Ederick Holmes: "Well, if you know any good ones from Nintendus, we have an hour before we gotta leave."
Xavier Ridgecrest: "Hm. You're right. We need Professor Oak! He stopped working for the Stadium anyway. All I need to do is convince him we have another trillion coins at our hands. I'm not good at that though, so maybe you do it. He's seen too many of my bank accounts to take what I say with a straight face. Next stop... Warp Oak!" *He yanks the control stick. The ship slides backwards into a ditch. And then you remember, you don't have a windshield.* "...Maybe you should take cover in a room further back. It's gonna be windy in here. We'll need a replacement windshield before we go... or maybe not, but then only I can be in the bridge."
Ederick Holmes: "I can't hear you! It's too windy! I'll be back a room or two!" *He hurries off of the bridge.*
Xavier Ridgecrest: "That's the spirit! Whatever it was you just said!"
Metal Man (GM): He then takes off for Oak's lab... You hang out in a dingy but not-windy hallway for the few minutes it takes to get there.

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