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NONSENSE! WITHOUT WAR AND STRIFE, THERE CAN BE NO LESSONS AND NO ADVANCEMENT! AND NO SALVATION CAN BE GAINED FROM A FUTURE HELMED BY THE WHIMS OF A SINGLE RULER! CHILD, THOUGH I SUSPECT THAT YOU HIDE A MOST MONSTROUS FACE BENEATH YOUR INNOCENT GUISE, PREPARE YOURSELF THOROUGHLY! FOR YOUR EVIL ILLUSIONS WILL BE TORN ASUNDER BY THE MIGHT OF MY HAMMER! FALSE SHEPHERD OF OBLIVION! I GIVE TO YOU... AN ASS BEATING
The arrows do get him but Thor is so angry that he just let himself become a pincushion man, only to flex them out of his body. They do hurt, but they seem to have pierced only certain spots, with his skin withstanding the others fine.
AH, A MOST MARVELOUS TRANSFORMATION! AND AN OUTLOOK I AGREE ON! After beholding Dante's transformation, Thor flies towards the child ad try to whack her away with a mighty hammer swing.
Edited by Bolded1 on Nov 20th 2020 at 1:59:07 PM
Kyoko looks like she's going to blow a fuse.
"... Madoka, you've somehow fallen for the sultry lies of the Ruinous Powers. The Emperor would not forgive this... But I just might, if we can bring you down without you falling to pieces. Ya fucken wacko."
The wave of arrows punches through her body and knock her to the ground, but Kyoko's meguca abilities quickly heal her up. ... For the first time since her contract, her Soul Gem starts to darken.
Her spear disjoints, the tip lashing out towards Kriemhild. In the back of her mind, she notes Dante's transformation with distaste.
Ceph tanks the arrows, not nearly quick enough to avoid them. He grumbles in pissed-offness as his armor is rendered nearly non-functional. His sniper cannon switches out for the Plasma Gun and he starts spraying wildly.
Edited by Rbade on Nov 20th 2020 at 5:14:12 AM
Madeline looked at the barrage above her. it was huge, a threat she had never dealt with before. she didnt know if she was strong enough to change an entire storm. sure she had never felt tired from warping, but still
All of the sudden, any arrows in the sky would fucking explode and the storm itself would change into a much more managable rainstorm. no lightning
"There, now we have water."
Iraaxos shielded himself with a ridiculously amped-up Shield spell... but Zophiel was not nearly so lucky. See brought up her psychic defenses just a moment too late, and received a burst of arrows through each of her limbs. It was a testament to her willpower that she remained standing and conscious.
"Nhhh.... Hurts... hurts a lot..."
She reached out with her psychic power, and tried to focus her pain into a single point in space in front of her. This oscillated and thrummed in an unstable way, before she then launched it forward, towards Madoka — or Kriemhild Gretchen, or whatever it was that she happened to be called here.
Rafisol took the hits, looking still pretty banged up, but absolutely still in the fight.
"What are you even talking about?" she asked, coldly, yet confusedly.
"[Domination]. [Hide]. [Takeover]. [Hide]. [Snatch]. [Disorder]. [Hide]."
She chained her spells together rapidly, and seemingly at an accelerating pace as well. Domination boosted her power, though not beyond where the previous domination buff placed her. Hide's bullets shot forth, though Rafisol had placed the Takeover Vortex relatively closer to herself than to Madoka... a point which made more sense once she used Snatch and attempted to drag her foe towards herself. Disorder, meanwhile... well, "big boom" was the best description.
Iraaxos watched as his creation, his daughter, became so easily injured before his very eyes. This was his own fault for bringing her here, to this place where she would not have been prepared for some time yet...
But this was also squarely the fault of that damn reality-altering magus, and he would make her pay for this.
"You speak of Peace? Of freedom from suffering?"
In a flash of earth-scorching light, Iraaxos assumed his true, Draconic form.
"Insolent child, you know not of such things! Burn away and be reduced to ashes! [CALCINATION FLAME]!"
He reared back as a strange, nearly-incomprehensible symbol formed behind him, and he unleashed a torrent of amplified, orange-red flames that seemed to stick to everything they touched — and considering her was focused on Madoka, that probably would be a seriously painful experience. These flames were not simply hot — they seemed to be supernatural in their very nature, trying to break down the very essence of the things they were burning.
Megan tilted her head.
"Y'know... Yes, actually. There's just... can I show you something? Both of you, actually — I feel this may be of interest."
She had her journal in hand, the one which Reyna had no doubt seen countless times — the one that contained hundreds upon hundreds of Megan's thoughts and observations, and Megan had her thumb marking out one page in particular.
Edited by OmegaShadowcry on Nov 20th 2020 at 5:50:38 AM
"So you learned some new tricks!", Colored Pencils says.
"Be careful with those flames, you'll set off our new materials.", Rubber Band says, seemingly eyeing Wick despite having no visible face.
"Forget the materials, the only one setting this dance floor on fire is me, man!", Hole Punch says.
"Yuh idiot, nobody cares about your dancin'!", Tape says.
Hole Punch then does a few funky dance moves.
"Ooh~ aah~ those people back there do, at least now~"
"Enough with the monologuing.", that first voice now rings again, and from the sky descends a big pair of scissors.
"Just because our victory is assured doesn't mean you lot can turn your backs on him."
"Look who's talking. We all lost to-"
Scissors suddenly opens its blades and snaps them shut again in a mere moment's notice. Yet it still makes for a forceful and brutal sound, and it shuts up Rubber Band immediately.
"Now then, not-so-paper Mario..."
It snaps a few times while standing in place.
"Time for you both to die!"
"BARK BARK! BARK BARK!"
A giant, barking stapler◊ rushes into the fray, hopping mad.
The Missile Maestro - Colored Pencils
The Elastic Entertainer - Rubber Band
The Disco Devil - Hole Punch
The Shifty Sticker - Tape
The Dual-Bladed Duelist - Scissors
The Fanged Fastener - Stapler
"The name i s J ean - Pierre Colored Pencils the 12th! Yo u better not have forgotten , you artless charlatan!", Colored Pencils says, readying its pencils.
"Get ready! This shall be you final performance!", Rubber Band says, grabbing hold of some of its bands.
"I guess we're gonna have to... FACE OFF!", Hole Punch says, jumping up in the air and preparing to snap at Mario and Wick.
Ya want a piece of me? Well, you're gonna get it!", Tape says, raising its front up a bit as if it's planning to bash Mario down to the ground.
Scissors, meanwhile, puts on a protective sheath over its blades.
"I WILL annihilate you, Mario! But I still have to prove that our last encounter was nothing but a fluke! So I will still grant you this slight advantage. My blades have been sheathed, we are on equal footing yet again. However! Should you damage this cover during our battle, I shall interpret such boldness as a direct challenge... and I won't hold anything back!"
"BARK! BARK! BARK!", Stapler barks, opening its jaw up in order to let a batch of staples enter it. After this, it immediately closes its jaw again.
Having heard the noise from some distance away, Indigo◊ pushes aside a faceless NPC man in order to get closer to the sounds. He peeks from behind a corner, spotting the Legion of Stationery.
"(What the heck? Are those... living office supplies? And here I thought this place couldn't get any weirder.)"
He then notices the other two people on the battlefield.
"(Huh? ... Hey, isn't that my little Bub-Omb? ... and that's...)"
He pauses in shock and disbelief.
"I don't know if that's such a good idea. I'd drink you under the table.", Linda says, laughing.
"Uh, he's a god.", Claus notes.
"I know what I said, kid."
She then sighs.
"Unfortunately, alcohol during work hours ain't allowed. And mining hours are work hours. So I have little to no free time. Maybe you can repay me by buying me a gift?", she asks with a teasing smile.
Lucas and Claus, meanwhile, look a little concerned as they now look at Pietro.
The wolf refuses, though is surprisingly gentle with its refusal, just shaking its head without growling.
"If you don't want it, give it to young Master Ren.", one of the wolves says and Ren looks outright shocked.
"Pizza is not dangerous food. It's fine.", another one says.
Ren then eyes the slice of pizza, looking hungry.
"I know it's not dangerous, but... it's not mine..."
"Little miss, can young Master Ren have the piece you offered me?", the wolf just asks, clearly not up to deal with this.
Varik, on the other hand, is just staring at Reyna and Megan after the former's intense accent with a humorously perplexed expression..
"... I can't even tell what you said."
He then raises an eyebrow.
"Wait, you're asking me to help with an official job?"
"Well, I'm in need of some cash, so if it really does pay well, count me in."
Then he turns to Megan, curious by her question.
"Uh... sure, yeah.", he says, after which he reads through the page, furrowing his brow.
"... Sorry, I... can't make heads or tails of this."
Edited by DevilPsyco on Nov 20th 2020 at 3:55:01 PM
"Oh, I would choose my words very carefully if I were you, Linda. I might just take you up that challenge."
Thor smiles back at Linda.
"Regardless, what sort of gift did you have in mind?"
"I haven't seen or even heard from my friend, Rin, in... a long time now," Pietro says to Claus and Lucas. "At this point, I'm starting to wonder if something bad might've happened to her..."
"She's a blonde girl with a pink streak in her hair, and she carries a guitar around," Wanda adds.
Wick starts ticking, and Mario... seemingly abides by the request, dispersing the flames with a swipe of his hands and twirling Cappy on his finger instead.
"... Don't. Don't."
"Hmhmhm..." Mario puts his hat back on and prepares for a battle.
Boombastic Blitzkrieg - Wick
Mr. Video Game Himself - Mario (Ground Theme/Underground Theme)
Mario drops a red Koopa Shell and promptly jumps against its side. He compresses down, then springs off of it, launching it at Hole Punch at high speed!
"... I got a score to settle." Wick stamps his foot and places down a cannon, which launches a cannonball at Scissors.
Reyna looks at the book, then cocks her head. She scratches her head a bunch.
"Not sure I get that. Maybe you'll find some answers fighting Alatreon. And fuck yeah, it pays well - Alatreon is a Black Dragon. It makes that Nargacuga you took out look like a cute kitten."
Erma gives the wolf a quizzical tilt before handing the slice to Ren. Here you go!
Charlotte giggles a little.
Hole Punch gets struck by the Red Shell.
"OW! Not cool man! How's about I give you a taste of your own medicine?"
Hole Punch stops dancing for a moment, then suddenly jumps up, attempting to land on Mario in such a way that he'll be in between its punchers. If this is successful, Hole Punch will do a little snap...
And literally punch a hole in Mario's body, which will drop his overall maximum health by half.
Regardless of success, Hole Punch then jumps back and resumes breakdancing.
A few colored target symbols appear near Wick's and Mario's general locations, after which Colored Pencils suddenly launches its pencils up in the air, having them aim for the two (but they won't outright track). If they hit anything, whether it be them, the ground or a counterattack, they'll explode.
Missile pencils... at least now Mario knows who attacked him. And if Hole Punch's attack was successful, he'll also know how those people lost their faces.
Rubber Band takes aim and tries to launch rubber bands from its body at Mario while he's still in the air, and thus less likely to be able to dodge. The bands, if they hit, will land on the battlefield, and Mario may be stunned enough to get hit by the missile pencils afterwards.
Tape doesn't seem to attack quite yet, spinning around to spread tape over the battlefield. ... But why?
Scissors' sleeve gets struck by the cannonball and cracks.
"... well, well. Revenge before reason I see. You've damaged the safety cover! I did warn you..."
Scissors floats into the air a little, the sheath flying off as if levitating by magic, mimicking the visual of an actual blade being unsheathed.
"My blade has been unsheathed... now it will taste not ink and paper, but flesh and blood!"
Scissors does not attack this turn.
Stapler launches staples at Wick, attempting to pin him down.
Indigo, observing from his hiding place, looks the situation over. In the span of only a few seconds, he has already hatched a plan.
A plan to play all sides, Mario and Bowser alike.
Linda shows the kind of grin that says 'got you now'.
"Perhaps a fine amethyst necklace, in the style of exactly one century ago, to match my hair and eyes in this outfit~"
Norm then peeks in from behind the corner, showing an apologetic but highly amused smile.
"I should've warned you beforehand, never owe Linda anything. She's not easy to please. So it'll either be something very rare and expensive, or she'll show up at your doorstep one day telling you she needs a 'favor'.", he chuckles. "... I'm also 70% sure she can outdrink you."
"This guy here's had all three situations happen to him before.", Linda laughs. "Had to get me a gift, had to do me a favor, and got so wasted trying to beat me that he couldn't work for a week. And I wasn't even tipsy yet."
Lucas and Claus look concerned.
"That doesn't sound good."
"We haven't seen anyone like that around here, but we'll tell the Pigmasks and G.E.M. to keep an eye out for anyone who looks like her.", Lucas says.
Ren happily takes the slice.
"Thank you!", he says before taking a bite. The wolves seem pretty pleased to see Ren happy.
One of the lights in the room flickers for a moment, but neither the wolves nor Ren seem to really care or notice.
Mario gets a hole punched in him and tossed around like he's in a wind tunnel...
until one of Colored Pencils' missiles comes flying at him. He throws Cappy and takes control of the missile, guiding it at ramming speed back into its sender!
The staples plink off of Wick's body uselessly. "Stand aside, dog! This is between me and the snippy guy."
He dashes from side to side, waiting for Scissors to make a move.
Charlie takes a bite, but keeps one eye open as she notices the flickering light. She swallows and stands up. "Excuse me a moment."
Goemon smirks. "If you insist."
He raises his sword and brings it down upon Draedon with a fierce yell, leaving a surprisingly noticeable cut for such a basic swing if his attack lands.
Thor's gaze flickers to the newly-arrived Norm.
"I doubt she's ever faced an Asgardian in a drinking contest, Norman. My people can down mead that's been aged for a thousand years. Mead that is most assuredly not meant for mortals."
He turns back to Linda and raises an eyebrow at her suggestion.
"That... is quite a specific request, to say the least."
Then he returns her grin.
"But consider your challenge accepted all the same, Lady Linda. Surely, at least one jewelry shop on Midgard possesses such a necklace."
Pietro nods to Claus and Lucas.
"Thanks, man. I have no idea what could've happened to her, but I hope she's alright..."
"She's strong, Pietro. I doubt you'll need to worry about her for very long," Wanda assures.
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Nov 20th 2020 at 6:53:31 AM
Megan nodded, and added, "Aye, it's baffling to me as well. Hopefully it's nothing... too extreme that I need to handle with whatever this means. As for that black dragon... if I remember your guild's terminology, that will mean that this beast is going to be truly something to behold. Think I should grab the Wyvern Esper?"
Versus Gretchen Core
Gretchen looks at the incoming attackers, launching a barrage of arrows at the combatants coming from her front, as her form begins to fade, taking some damage from the massive barage before reforming elsewhere, as it draws back its string again...
An aura of dispair begins to fill the area as gretchen's form flickers, as the sky becomes a starry night.... a voice rings out... "Why do you keep on Fighting? Suffering? Every moment you reject salvation, your life draws closer to the inevitable. All things come to an end." The stars in the sky go supernova, one by one... "But, every last wound you've felt, every last heartbreak you've had... every love you've lost, and tear you dropped... you don't have to continue. And with me, I can offer paradise, a new beginning, as you end this. My dispair can fuel your salvation."
The starry void begins to split, as something massive moves around in the sky... the sky was an eyelid... and the eye has opened. This entire realm is Kreimhild Gretchen's barrier, after all.
EFFECT: Kreimhild attacks the minds of the combatants facing them, bringing images of their own anguish to them... trying to fuel their desire for an end. This attack, for the most part, is meant to make foes vulnerable, doubt themselves, whittle down morale and hope, and ones will to fight, to open up for a kill.
For Shinji, however...
Shinji, on his end, is hit by flashes of... Almost his entire life. His mother going missing, his father abandoning him, his foster parents neglecting him... his strugles in school, with other students, his own worthlessness... progressing to his first days with NERV, His first fight, His fathers continued neglect, his continued struggles in school... He sees all that he failed to do, he relives every wound he felt... every drop of his allies blood he's seen spilled...
Shinji picks up the handgun from the ground, bringing it to his head, as images of what would be his future also flash to him... his incident in the hospital, Misato's death, his failure... everything which haunts him... He pulls the trigger...
The firearm's safety is active, as shinji looks down at it. that moment was enough to gain some level of clarity... as he remembers his time with domon, his victories, his friendships... and what he's lost... He stands up, as he says "I... I may be weak, but I mustn't run away. Not after all that happened. Not after everything I went through... I can't just end it like this..." Shinji is still frozen though, trembling, gun held in front of him.
Edited by ReynTheLord on Nov 20th 2020 at 7:21:08 AM
Not expecting this counterattack, Colored Pencils gets struck and slides back a bit, the metal underside of its body making that annoying screeching sound of scratching metal with something sharp.
Making an angered grunt, Colored Pencils gains a sudden, spiking aura, and the pencils inside it form a circle and start spinning around. Is it preparing a super attack?
Scissors just laughs at Wick before gaining a similar aura as Colored Pencils.
"I'll try my best to keep your face intact. I could use it for a new abomination. You are one of Bowser's minions after all!"
Snapping wildly, it rises up a bit before getting ready to strike. Before he does so though, pieces of tape, courtesy of Tape, are suddenly flung at Wick. If they hit, they'll temporarily trap him in place.
Which would mean his end at Scissors' blades.
"Let's up the chances, huh?", Rubber Band says, attempting to fire rubber bands at Wick to try to stun him.
However, said bands, after they're fired, are suddenly caught by a long tongue and thrown aside.
"Who dares interrupt!?", Rubber Band yells, only to get egged in the non-face, stumbling back while losing some of its bands.
"Yoshi, Yoshi!", Indigo says in a way that Wick knows is a bit too cheerful to be normal. Mario, on the other hand, should see a Yoshi ally coming to their aid.
Stapler now focuses its gaze on Indigo, hopping around and preparing to attack.
"Oh? Maybe I'll finally meet my match.", Linda chuckles. She then looks pleasantly surprised at Thor accepting her challenge.
"And maybe you'll also be the second person who's ever been able to get a gift I've requested."
"First one right here.", Norm proudly says. "Took me a week, but I did it."
"We hope so too.", Claus says.
"Maybe we can help look as well, at least around this area, once I'm back up to snuff.", Lucas says. "That way you won't have to spend time searching in this general area."
"Now that sounds like an idea.", Claus says. "We'll let the Pigmasks deal with the island, and the two of us will search the neighboring areas."
Ren looks at Charlotte as she gets up.
"Where are you going?", he asks, getting up as well with half a pizza slice still in his hands.
"Well, this sounds serious. Should I also make any sort of preparations, or...?", Varik asks.
Wick launches himself sky-high with a firework explosion, avoiding literally everything thrown his way as he comes down at Scissors with a spinning divekick!
He casts a sideways glance at Indigo. Oh great, I'm living out my worst nightmare now.
Mario tosses an Ice Flower into the air and crunches it, turning into Ice Mario and throwing a volley of frost balls at Colored Pencils.
Dante snarls and clutches his head. "Get out of my head... you... arrogant... BRAT!"
He unleashes a barrage of Mirage Blades sweeping every which way, too disoriented to distinguish between friend and foe!
Afterwards, he stands limp, steaming with fury.
"I just... no, never mind." Charlotte sits back down and returns to her pizza.
Erma gives her a concerned look.
"Nah, we just need a fourth team member. Then we'll hit up the canteen for some pre-hunt eating."
Reyna rubs her chin, recalling that scuba-loonie she crossed paths with on Zorah Magdaros. Dear Gog, that feels like it was so long ago...
"I know just the guy."
Edited by KiriK on Nov 20th 2020 at 9:15:24 AM
she looked at the spectacle of the supernovas and then the eye. as someone with no anguish or pain she was entirley unaffected by the mental tricks at play
she quickly moved out of the way of dantes attack and yelled
"Hey whats wrong? why did you attack me?"
she sounded more concerned than annoyed or angry
"Oh, if I can vanquish the threats that I've faced thus far, obtaining this gift shouldn't prove too difficult for me," Thor assures Linda. "Should I fail, however, I trust that you won't hold it against me?"
He looks at Norm.
"Out of curiosity, what sort of gift did she request from you?"
"Yeah... yeah, that could work. If you guys find her when I'm not around, just give me a call," Pietro says, smiling slightly at Lucas and Claus. "Trust me, I'll be there as quickly as possible."
"If it helps, Pietro told me that she also has a rather sassy attitude," Wanda adds. "She's a good person, though. Otherwise, he wouldn't be so worried about her."
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Nov 20th 2020 at 7:21:49 AM
Combat-ready this time, Kyoko is able to deflect the arrows aimed at her with a spinning maneuver. Ceph, his shields being near-downed, takes the brunt of the attack and wails in frustration at being punctured multiple times.
Kyoko staggers, the full weight of her wretched home setting crashing into her awareness for what may be the first time... only to barrel through with the same mantra as everyone like her.
"The Emperor Protects! The Emperor Redeems! FOR THE EMPEROR!"
She's lashed by Dante's attack, and bursting with Imperial Righteousness as she is, Kyoko takes this as an excuse to attack him back.
Ceph commits not-having-an-amygdala and outright No-Sells the emotional attack. A tentacle slips out of his armor, wraps around the sniper, and fires at Kriemhild.
Edited by Rbade on Nov 20th 2020 at 7:24:58 AM
As Wick heads down, Scissors suddenly charges upwards, blades at the ready.
"Guarding, defending, even spinning, it's all useless! This is the end for you, you rotund fiend! FAREWELL!"
Scissors is about to strike at Wick, ready to snap its blades shut and cut the Bob-omb in half yet again.
Then, however, Indigo, having a good enough eagle's eye to realize what's about to happen, suddenly pulls Wick out of harm's way with his tongue. If successful, he'll put him down on the ground while Scissors seems to be having a minor tantrum up in the air.
"HEY! Th-that's not fair! You can't sling OUT OF THE WAY of it! Ooh, you CHEATER! Stay right there! Let me go again..."
An aura sparks around Scissors yet again.
"(Are you crazy? You set it free and then you jump into its blades? Do you want to die!?)", Indigo asks with a harsh whisper, making sure Mario can't hear him.
"(Now listen. I know you'll despise the idea, but hear me out! We have to work together with Mar-WHOA!)"
Cue Indigo suddenly getting stapled to the ground by Stapler, who then stands up on its end and opens up its jaw, launching at least 12 staples all at once at the whole group, not to try to pin anyone, but to simply do a lot of damage.
The Frost Balls hit Colored Pencils, but they don't seem to have what it takes to stop the attack.
A target appears on Mario, after which all twelve missile pencils are shot at him in rapid succession, trying to rack up the damage quickly.
Hole Punch gains an aura.
Tape gains an aura.
Rubber Band gains an aura.
... This is not good.
"I won't. I'll just send you back out to try again.", Linda jokes.
Norm then smiles, rubbing the back of his head.
"The jacket she's wearing right now."
"It's my favorite. Shows off my midriff~", she laughs.
"Will do. The moment I've recovered we'll go out to look for her."
He then looks guilty.
"But now I feel even worse about my dumb idea. If I hadn't done that, we would've been able to start searching already."
"What's done is done. Let's just focus on your recovery so that we can go out there as quickly as possible."
Lucas nods. He then seems to want to touch his medical eyepatch, but Claus, looking unamused, slaps his hand away.
"For the fifth time, no scratching."
"But it's itchy!"
Ren looks concerned as well.
"Are you scared of the flickering light? Um... maybe we can try to see if it can be fix-"
It suddenly stops flickering and Ren looks up.
"Oh... uh... hey, it's back to normal again.", he says.
Edited by DevilPsyco on Nov 20th 2020 at 4:41:51 PM
"I see. Well, you certainly have a keen eye for fashionable clothing, my friend."
Thor shifts his gaze back to Linda, and he offers her a slight smile.
"Because if you don't mind me saying, Lady Linda, you wear that jacket very well."
Chuckling, Wanda puts her hand just above Lucas' covered eye and begins casting a healing spell.
"There we go. Does that feel better, Lucas?"
Pietro laughs along with his sister before turning to Claus.
"Anyway, thanks again. I seriously owe you boys one for this."
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Nov 21st 2020 at 1:38:07 AM
Thor, like the weird reality bendy lady, blinks before he raise his hand and break through the illusion. FOOL! IN ALL MY GLORIOUS LIFE THERE IS NOTHING I REGRET! He boast. He leaps high into the air, avoiding Dante's blades almost by accident, and then attempts to smack hard into Madoka, perhaps sending her miles deep into the ground with his whacking!
Edited by Bolded1 on Nov 21st 2020 at 5:59:43 PM
"Well you tell me how I'm gonna fight this thing, genius," snarks Wick. As he slides and dashes to avoid the staples, he calmly mutters, "Yeah, I get it. But this is just an alliance of convenience."
He launches a couple Bullet Bills at Scissors, and the cannon he placed fires another shot before disappearing.
Mario skillfully jumps and flips to avoid the Rainbow Roll. Realizing how screwed he might be, though, he throws Cappy at Hole Punch, hoping to regain his missing piece - or Capture Hole Punch and turn its power on its allies, whichever works.
"... I suppose it was nothing." Charlotte sighs.
Edited by KiriK on Nov 21st 2020 at 12:58:36 PM
Vs. Kriemhild Gretchen
Zophiel hesitated a bit. Should she mention to her maker and father that Tiamat had finally decided to claim her due? Would it be right for her to interfere? The question ate at her like a swarm of vile maggots, and caused her to withdraw into a defensive barrier of psychic force.
"Go away...! GET AWAY FROM ME!"
Rafisol absent-mindedly tossed out another "[Disorder]." blast, but her momentum was lost as she herself was lost in the memory of her fading away. It felt... odd. No, she realized a moment later. It wasn't the memory of her fading away — it was her reasoning at the time as to why.
Iraaxos... Iraaxos felt that one. Every single thing that he had ever screwed up or done wrong or found worthy of mentally and physically flagellating himself for came rushing forward — stretching from his most distant memory to this most recent of mistakes of his. However, instead of fueling his desire for an ending, it gave him something else — resolve.
"I. Will not. Be a puppet."
Two swirling vortices of hellishly-empowered frost and ice formed themselves around Iraaxos's front claws, as well as at the tip of his bladed tail.
"And neither will I allow my suffering to be in vain! By forcing the world to obey your whims, you spit on everything I've strived for, you defile everyone and everything that I have lost! THERE IS NO HELL GREAT ENOUGH FOR YOUR KIN, WITCH-CHILD!"
The elder tyrant dragon charged forward, slashing twice with his claws, and making and enormous, leaping, downward slam with his tail to unleash the elemental energies on Kriemhild Gretchen's 'avatar', as it were. If his assault should shatter some aspect of this barrier-realm as well, so be it — but he was not specifically aiming for that.
Edited by OmegaShadowcry on Nov 21st 2020 at 12:22:54 PM
Scissors gets hit by the Bullet Bills, the force of impact making it spin in place. It's not enough to knock it out of charging up its attack, but it does stall for a bit, making it unable to attack right away.
Indigo, quickly prying himself loose (though not without suffering some damage from the other staples) looks at Wick.
"(Well, maybe by not jumping straight in its blades! Anyway, good, you get what I was going to say. But listen up, it's not just for this battle. We should keep up the act after this battle is over, at least until we split up from Mario. I've got an id-)"
"Here I come, punk!"
Indigo looks up, then sees Tape about to slam onto him from above. He immediately jumps to the side, dodging Tape's Dispenser Slam attack just in time and landing, thanks to his Flutter Jump, right next to Wick again.
"Ack, should'a kept my mouth shut.", he grumbles. As Indigo gets back up, wondering how Tape apparently has a mouth, he suddenly smacks Tape back a good bit with powerful tail whip, damaging its case.
He then looks back at Wick.
"(We both know Mario, of all people, isn't gonna lose to these overgrown office supplies. So if we help him and then earn his trust, we can find out useful information about him. All of his strengths and weaknesses. Imagine how pleased Bowser would be if you were able to give him that information. Information that could make him win! You'll be going up from... whatever your rank is now to maybe some prime commander of his whole army. Think about it...)"
Cappy will find his path to Hole Punch interrupted by Stapler, who launches another pletora of staples in his path. He won't be able to maneuver around them safely, he'll have to retreat to Mario unless he wants to get hit.
Stapler is out of staples after this attack though, whining a little.
"Oho, I'm sorry, Mario, but I'm not up for a cap. It'll just fall off anyway when I do these sweet moves!", Hole Punch says, clearly not aware of what would've happened if he'd gotten hit.
"It's time to bust out my super-secret special dance move! Let's hear it! Make some noooise!"
THE WHOLE PUNCH
Suddenly, with a burst of speed, Hole Punch speeds towards Mario to bash him. If the bash succeeds, it'll immediately follow up with another hole punch in Mario's body, which will cut his maximum health down by half again.
Regardless of if the second part of his attack worked or not, afterwards it shoots some strange circles at him. If Mario dodges them, stomps on them as they fly underneath him, or blocks them, they'll land on the floor around him, and a quick look at them will show that amongst them, one (if the second part of the attack failed) or two (if the second part of the attack succeeded) of the circles have his own missing parts on them. Touching it/them will restore Mario's maximum health back to its usual, but it will not heal the actual damage he's already taken.
Hole Punch resumes its dancing afterwards.
Colored Pencils, furious, launches a regular batch of missile pencils, this time at Wick.
Rubber Band now shoots a plethora of bands onto the ground all around Indigo, Wick and Mario. If they touch any of them, they'll get pushed away by the snapback and left vulnerable for a moment, and thus easily left open to other attacks, since they won't be able to defend or dodge in that moment.
Tape, Rubber Band and Scissors still have their aura.
"You say that as if I wasn't given very precise instructions for the kind of jacket she wanted.", Norm sheepishly says.
"Aren't you a charmer?", she asks, looking pleased. She then sighs.
"I wouldn't mind getting some more compliments out of you, but I'm on guard duty so I'll have to get back to work."
"Ah, yeah, that's actually why I-"
"I figured. Well, see you later, god boy~", she says to Thor with another smirk before leaving the room.
Lucas does wince for a moment, but then he looks more relaxed.
"A little. Thanks, Wanda.", he happily says.
Claus smiles back at Pietro.
"After everything you guys have done for us, I don't think you owe us anything."
"Yeah, maybe it was just-"
And then the light suddenly breaks, casting the room in darkness. Ren, while not afraid of the dark, does get startled by the sound of the shattering glass, letting out a yelp. The wolves immediately get up, looking around and growling, their red eyes glowing in the dark.
Edited by DevilPsyco on Nov 21st 2020 at 9:46:25 PM
"You may have a point... but Bowser's just a means to an end for me. Besides, he's friendly enough with Mario when off-duty that I question how deep their rivalry actually runs."
Wick then tries to dodge the pencil missiles but gets flung into them by a rubber band and blasted around, landing on his feet with a fierce glare. "Fine, then, I'll play along."
He starts marching towards Colored Pencils. "Alright, Jean Pierre Colored Pencils the 12th. It's time to pay you back for earlier!" He starts ticking...
"Wup!" Cappy hastily retreats to Mario. "'Frankenstein's Monster Hat' is so not a look for me."
Mario avoids the Whole Punch, but ends up dodging onto a rubber band, launching him... onto some tape that Tape had placed.
In anticipation of his foes capitalizing on this, he takes off Cappy and puts on a metal cap, causing his whole body to turn into invulnerable metal.
Metal Battle - Super Smash Bros. Melee
Erma is startled by the lightbulb shattering, but Charlie isn't. Oh boy...
She walks under the light, then glances around the room. "Real funny, Jeremy."
She waits, anticipating to hear March of the Toreadors at any moment.
Edited by KiriK on Nov 21st 2020 at 2:58:20 PM
Smirking back, Thor bids farewell to the departing Linda before turning his attention to Norm.
"I must say, your friend is quite the charmer herself."
Smiling, Wanda tousles Lucas' hair.
"Of course. Now get some rest, alright? You'll need your full strength if you want to find Rin."
"Heh, if you say so," Pietro says, rising from the chair. "Anyway, what do you think might've happened to Rin?"
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Nov 21st 2020 at 1:03:27 AM
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