InterestsGuns, swords, Gunblades, Warhammer 40k, Final Fantasy, Soul Calibur, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Star Wars, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Smash Bros, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Sabaton (the band), and Cobalt Blue because it's a really nice color.
Finally arriving at the port town, Shard snuck out of the cargo hold and stealthily got out of the town.
Using a vantage point and cross-referencing the area with a map it obtained, Shard began planning it's route to Mobotropolis. It wasn't too far from where it is now thankfully, but hopefully it can start uncovering it's purpose soon. This is getting annoying...
Josh and Chuck, Chuck's Lab, Knothole Village
"Woah! This place is awesome!" Exclaimed Josh as he and Chuck entered his secret lab.
"It ain't much but it's an honest workplace. Now, let's see if we can find what I came here for..." Replied a half-distracted Chuck. His old lab was about the size of a small warehouse, set up almost like one too scattered with all his old projects.
"What's this?" Josh picked up a light blue bangle and slid it on his arm. "What'cha think Uncle Chuck? Am I styling now?" Chuck turns and chuckles. (*chuckle*)
"Took you long enough to realize you looked drab! Hahaha! Try clenching your fist, Josh." Replied Chuck. As Josh closed his fist, a beam of light came out from the bottom of the wrist forming a blade of light extending a small ways from his fist.
"Hahahaha... I figured you might like it. Prototype weapon designed to increase mobility yet maintain effectiveness. It was originally intended for stealth but as you can see, the sound and light kinda give it away."
"Regardless, this thing would be 'handy' to have!"
Chuck simply gives him a blank stare, prompting Josh to deactivate it.
Chuck walks over to Josh and motions for him to sit down next to him. "So what do you know about your father?"
"Well... Aside from the fact that he traveled a lot when he was younger, mom always said that he was a navigator of a cargo ship for the Kingdom of Acorn."
"She always thought that he should've stayed home and not gotten involved with his old job again. Which reminds me, I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your mother wouldn't allow it." Chuck puts a metal cylinder in Josh's hands.
"What is it?"
Asked Josh as he picked it up and pressed the button on it. A light blue blade of light came out of the top, slightly less than a meter in length, it made a distinct sound upon activation and hummed quietly. "T-th-this...this thing... It is beautiful..."
"This is your father's 'Photon Saber'. It was the weapon of a brave man serving the Kingdom. Not as Clumsy or random as a gun. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized time."
-------------------- Elias, Casino Night Zone
Still trying to defend themselves, the fight continues on. Elias had cut through at least two dozen? No, more like four dozen bots already.
"Not good Vector! We've got more company!" As Elias steeled himself ahead, a small motobug rushed towards him.
"Oh, you're approaching me?" He confidently remarked. A blow from the back caught him off guard however, but Elias quickly recovered and turned to see a large robot in time for it to smack him off a distance away into the "Per Schin Rug Store". Thankfully it wasn't a hard landing, but Elias was concerned as he drew his eyes front was the large robot. He knew exactly who that was.
"Well frick. If they got him then… no… no way she'd let them take their son." Elias recognized it as Doug. Anger was building up in Elias. He had to defend himself but he didn't want to hurt his old friend. Left with no choice, he drew his sword and prepared to try and escape and outrun the machine.
Larry and Ian, Mobian Badlands
"D-d-defend myself? But...but… I can't fight! I don't… I can't… it's just…" Larry was distraught with what Ian said. He always hated violence but after the incident at the lake, maybe self defense wouldn't be a bad thing to know.
"I was really hoping things would go back to normal. Like when it was peaceful again. Mom and Dad would walk through the door and we would be happy again. I know Josh wants that too but he seems like he was actually prepared in a way for something like this to happen. Was he really just prepared to protect me? He's never scared, he's always brave, he's so strong. Maybe… maybe I want to be that strong someday too!"
Finding a bit of resolve, he grabs the sword. But uh… he has a hard time lifting it. He tries getting it up to rest it on his shoulder but it tips over every time he gets close. Poor guy hadn't lifted many things before so he never really built any arm strength.
"Jeez Mr. St. John, why'd you give me the heaviest branch off the tree?" He strained to say as he hefted the practice sword.
“Heh, my boy was swinging that sword since he was 6 years old!” Replied Ian.
“6?! What did you feed him growing up?!” Larry replied in disbelief.
“A balanced meal! And he wasn’t soft like some people!” Retorted Ian.
“What’s that supposed to mean?!” Questioned Larry as he turned to face Ian with the sword.
“Anyways, start by finding the balanced center-point of the hilt. Once you find that, take your other hand and support your lead hand just below it on the hilt. This should help you lift the blade. Now, how I trained and used it is purely one-handed. You’re not going to be able to do that yet so for now, build up your strength then work your way up from there. Eventually you will be strong enough to find your own style.” Ian instructed Larry.
“Okay Mr. St. John, I’ll try!” Confidently remarked Larry as he tried once more to lift the sword, this time with his guidance. He manages to lift the sword up and in a better position where he can keep it up.
“Hey I did it! Thanks Mr. St. John!”
“Very good, now you must find your resolve and call upon it to guide the blade if you intend to protect anything! Remember resolve is measured by results so do not neglect your training. Now keep at it Larry, I’ll be back shortly.” He leaves Larry with some words of wisdom before heading further inside.
Sally Acorn, Mobotropolis
"I still can't believe he wants me to leave… we prepared for this day to come but… something about this Robotnik has Daddy freaking out. He hides it well but I can tell." Sally thought to herself as she was being escorted out of the palace. "I know it's what we've planned but it just doesn't feel right..."
Josh and Uncle Chuck, Knothole Village -------------------- Arriving at the entrance to the village, Josh and Chuck were greeted by an elderly squirrel. "Well well, if it isn't Sir Charles. I haven't seen you in years." Said the old man. "Hey there Tom. How's things going on here?" "Slow and steady, just the way you hate it. Heheheh." They both let out a small chuckle. "What brings you back here, Chuck?" "Just some old mementos and things I left at my old house. It's still standing right?" "Hah, you'll have to chat with the residents about that!" As they started walking down the path, Josh had to ask Chuck about what he heard. "So, Sir Charles, what was that all about?" "Whaddya mean? And don't call me Sir, makes me feel old." "Well I was going to ask about that but I guess now I'll ask about the house still standing part?" "Heh, well let's just say while this is an old village, there's lots of 'new' houses." Chuck answered as they arrived to a modest looking home. Rather than knocking on the door, Chuck walked right by the house towards a large oak tree in the back of the house. "Uh Chuck? I think we missed the house." Pointed out Josh. "Nothing important is in there. You think I'd leave things somewhere random people can get to?" Chuck retorted as he opened a panel on the tree and entered in a code. "Have you seen a secret lair before?" "No...?" The tree then opens up to reveal an elevator leading down. "Would you like to?" -------------------- Elias Acorn, Casino Night Zone More robots had spotted Elias and his group and began approaching. If they didn't retreat, they would likely be overrun very quickly. "We need to get out of here! There's too many of them to fend off for long. I might know a place that has escape tunnels leading out of the city., but we need to fight our way right through them!" Elias said as he cut some robots to protect the injured and vulnerable. "Are we able to carry the injured?" -------------------- Larry and Ian, Mobian Badlands Hiking away from the Airstrip at Kearney, Ian had stuck up a conversation with Larry. "You know Larry, my son puts his everything into helping people with nothing feel like they belong somewhere. You found that yourself through Josh and now we are on this strange adventure. How exactly are are you coping with all this?" Asked Ian. "Well sir, I'll be honest and say I'm a little scared. I never thought I'd be doing anything like this! Your son and my brother both taught me that it's okay to be scared sometimes, but you have to put on a brave face so you can do what you need to do. Your son is an awesome friend to have, he's helped me through a lot even though I never... Never really said thank you..." A small tear rolls down from his eye. "But the thought of possibly finding out what happened to mom and dad is what's really driving me forward. What about you, Mr. Ian?" -------------------- Shard, still stuck in a crate on a boat to Mobotropolis... It's been at least a few days... Maybe? The rhythmic rocking doesn't help. Could try digging into the database again to see if anything can be defraged. Log ---8
Interesting, but there must be more. Try again...
Even more has been uncovered in this story... But when or where did this happen? More questions than answers again, but that'll have to wait as it sounds like the ship has finally arrived... --------------------
So I’ve gotten a bunch of games since I last shared on here.
Big news first is I finally got a 3DS! Sooooo many games I can finally play that I’ve never tried before! Including my very first Pokémon game: Omega Ruby! Loving it so far.
Other game acquisitions include Good Job! for the Switch, SCVI for PC, Beat Saber for my HTC Vive, and lots of other games for my 3DS so if anyone would like to linkup and play something, shoot me a pm.
Chapter 1: Just asking nicely ———————— Continuing through the bazaar, Elias made his way to a building called “Doug’s Digs”. He was recommended by a friend of his for gear and provisions made for journeys away from civilization. He took a quick glance at the hours of business before entering the store.
“Eyy, welcome ta Doug’s Digs! Yous must be dat Elias fella Cliff was talkin’ bout. Barked a large dog. He was the owner of the store, cleaning some gear when Elias walked in.
He came up and gave him a firm handshake. “Hello, you must be Doug. I see Clifford came by here before me. He tell you what he plans on doing?”
“Eh, I don’t think he’s da kind of guy ta reveal his ‘Masta Plan’ so soon. But, he’s always lookin’ for da real deal wheneva it comes ta Archeology. Yous musta found somethin’ valuable.”
Right as Elias was about to say what he had, three Mobians came through the door. There was a bear, a lizard, and a vulture, and all of them were wearing semi-formal clothes with a small insignia on the shoulder.
“Heyo, welcome ta Doug’s Digs! If ya guys wanna take a look around for a moment, I’ll be right with ya.” Greeted Doug as he gestured a wave towards them.
“Uh... yes. Of course.” Replied the vulture as they all split up looking at his wares.
“Now, as I was sayin’, whatcha got dat Cliff’d wanna go all da way t-”
Elias raised his hand up for a moment in a way that only Doug could see, then quickly made a hand motion pointing at one of the customers. Doug noticed that the bear is staying close by the door, while the lizard and vulture were both slightly eying Elias’ satchel. Doug nodded his head and closed his eyes for a moment, making an “ahhh gotcha” motion.
“Alrighty then, I’m sure I’ve got some of da good rope over in dis section. Follow me.” Doug motioned his hand over the rope section towards the back of the building and put his hand on Elias’ back guiding him over. As they we making their way, the customers turned and started to make their way over while trying to remain inconspicuous by looking at his items.
As the lizard neared Elias, Doug quickly spun around with a haymaker on the bear, instantly flooring him. Elias turned around in time to block a couple jabs from the lizard. He quickly retaliated with one-two combo and a kick to the gut, but the lizard got back up swiftly and assumed a fighting stance.
The vulture charged at Doug and leapt with a drill kick, hitting Doug in the chest and knocking him back into the wall. Some of the equipment was knocked down and fell on top of his head incapacitating him. It was now a two-on-one fight. The lizard attempted a roundhouse aimed at his ribs, but Elias caught it and spun him around into his comrade. They both tried to get up off of each other while Elias went to check on Doug. ”Hey! Doug get up!” He yelled trying to wake him with shaking and pushing, but Doug only moaned. He turned his head just in time to see a punt kick come to his gut. He fell to the ground and received another kick from the lizard. He tried to get up but he was still recovering from the kicks when they grabbed his satchel and dug around in it. They pulled out the chain and looked at each other for a moment before bolting towards the door.
When they got to the door however, they couldn’t open it no matter how hard they pulled or pushed. ”You think you can just beat up my husband and walk away?!” Elias and the two men turned to the back of the store to see what appeared to be Doug’s wife. A Labrador of small stature had pulled a lever then went towards the men. She opened up with spinning roundhouse right to the surprised vulture’s head. The lizard then attempted to land a blow with a flurry of jabs but she deftly blocked or evaded every one, then retaliated with leaping uppercut, incapacitating him.
The vulture got up and tried to do two leaping kicks at her, but she easily dodged both. He had one more trick up his sleeve though, he grabbed the chain and lashed at her with it, keeping her at bay. Elias however took opportunity of the moment while he was focused on her and grabbed one of the rope bundles. He quickly tied a lasso and threw it at the vulture, ensnaring him. The dog then unloads on the vulture with a viciously fast combo: a knee to the gut, a jab to the face, a roundhouse to the ribs, and a final roundhouse to the head while he was recoiled in pain, effectively downing the vulture.
With all of them down for the count, she turns her attention to the slowly waking Doug.
“Das some sick moves honey...” he loosely puts together a sentence while regaining his consciousness.
“sigh What kind of trouble came in the door this time, Doug?” She retorted.
“I dunno, neva seen ‘em before.” “Douglas, you know what happened last time you dealt with shady people. I told you that Clifford fellow was just going to bring trouble to the family.” “Hun, I told ya dis is da last time I’d do a job like dis. Then I’m done and be da family man.” The husband and wife going back and forth brought a small smile to Elias’ face.
“So this is your wife, Doug? She held her own in a fight better than you did!” he laughed. Doug quickly turned with a reply. “Now see here, I took one out with a single swing. Whaddya think a dat?”
“Now, now boys, save the fighting for later. I’m sure you both did what you could before I saved your butts.” Joked Doug’s wife. “Anyways, you boys do your business. Love you hun.” She gives Doug a kiss on the cheek before heading to the back room.
“Right, I wonder who hired them and what they knew about this?” Elias pondered while picking up the chain. “Dat’s what they was after? A golden chain?” “Yep, but this chain has a long history to it. That’s what Clifford hired me to recover for his dig site. Said something about it being the final piece of the puzzle.” ”Right then, let’s tie up these goons and see what they know.”