Archive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Tuffle%20Quest>You are Son Peppa, Son Gohan, and Izumi Mahogany, children of Earth’s heroes, Maple, Goku, Acer, and Chi-chi>“Canon” has taken a radical shift from the series’ norm, you’re just one part of it, and things could go even further off the rails from here>Mechanics and character details in the pastebins here:Peppa: https://pastebin.com/UM7pc7zRGohan: https://pastebin.com/cFxyBzpgIzumi: https://pastebin.com/F1gSXzbz>Let’s all try to have some fun, ok?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj5PGIqnaFsLast time, on Dragon Ball Tuffle Quest Kai! Peppa and Keli began training together for the upcoming Mifan Tournament, getting some fashion help from Cocoa to design a team uniform. Meanwhile, Izzy and her group went to the Furnace of Eight Divisions to help out Annin and learn more about how the Hakkero works. Finally, Gohan got started on his guitar lessons with Grand Kai and took a trip to Hell to check up on Bardock’s group, learning about someone taking a crystal the Sprites of Hell. What’s in store next for the trio? Good luck, Gohan! Good luck, Izzy! Good luck, Peppa!
>>4566272“That is quite unusual.” King Yemma tells you through what looks like a rickety old TV monitor. “Very well. Gohan, if you are willing to undertake this, I shall both approve and order the ogres down there to give you their full support.”“Thank you, sir.” you respond with a nod. “And thanks for contacting him, Montgomery, sir.”“Sure sure, just make sure you get that crystal back!” the tiny bugman requests, shutting off the monitor.“Mystery!” Buu cheers again, the tiny Majin pumping his arms into the air and dancing.Well, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Where to begin?>A. Check around with the ogres, see if there have been any suspicious persons around>B. Maybe Buu could replicate the crystal…? Would be nice to have something to go off of without risking breaking the remaining ones>C. Try sensing out for any unusual Ki signatures in the area, maybe there’s something that sticks out here>D. Something else?
>>4566273>D. First things first, we need a detective hat.>A. while we >C.
>>4566273>>4566297Holmes or Phelps?
>>4566328....hm. Could Gohan carry off Film Noir?
>>4566346Let's do the full outfit! Son Gohan, Private Eye, and his partner mini-Buu.
There's also the Sam Rye police.
>>4566273>B. Maybe Buu could replicate the crystal…? Would be nice to have something to go off of without risking breaking the remaining onesC. Try sensing out for any unusual Ki signatures in the area, maybe there’s something that sticks out here.C. Try sensing out for any unusual Ki signatures in the area, maybe there’s something that sticks out here
>>4566273Okay, first thing’s first! You need the outfit to look the part. Which… hrmn. “Hey Buu, real quick, we should get some detective outfits! Hat and trench coat and everything! Let’s look the part while solving this mystery!” You then send a mental image of the outfits for you both. Heh. You would look cool in that.The Majin smiles even wider than before. “MYSTERY!” he cheers again, flinging the antenna on his head forward and turning some rocks on the ground into matching coats and hats. His has a little opening for his antenna. Okay, you definitely look the part now! Sensing out, you and Buu start heading away from the forested area and towards some of the ogres. You are… getting a sense of a few spirits that seem a bit out of the norm, but nothing tat immediately stands out to you.Approaching one of the ogres, a large blue one, you give a wave to him then tilt your hat down a bit, hands in the coat’s pockets. “Son Gohan, Temporary Spirit Detective. Looking for a missing Spirit Crystal. Might you know anything about that?”The ogre blinks in confusion for a bit, before another approaches and whispers something in his ear. “Ohhhh, King Yemma’s having you look for it, huh? Well, can’t quite say I’ve seen any spirits wandering towards the Sprites’ tree as of late.”“I have, though they were part of a tour.” the second ogre, redder but smaller, mentions. “One of the buses passed through about an hour and a half ago.”Aha, a potential lead! “And on that bus, did you notice any unusual individuals? Any that had bodies still, for example?”He rubs his chin. “Hmm… now that you mention it, there were a pair of Kashvar-looking folks with them. They were cuffed though, and not particularly strong.”Kashvar…? Wait, HOI! …But a pair of them? Suspicious.>A. Where did the bus head to next?>B. Do you recall the path the tour took?>C. What exactly did they look like? Anything stand out about them?>D. Something else?Also, roll me 1d20, best of three! DC is 13.
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>4566414>A, B, C.
Rolled 17 (1d20)>>4566414>A.>B.>C.>D. Might be a good idea to come up with a list of potential suspects from defeated foes in the past. Including the ones, mom and dad took out in the past.
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>4566414>A.>B.>C.>D. What were you doing at the time?>E. How often do these tours pass by?>F. Who arranges these tours?>G. Who do you know that could use these crystals?>H. GRILL EM, DANNO.
>>4566436Sure, support bad cop routine if Buu plays good cop.
>>4566440https://youtu.be/SZQmvndFpTEPlay both, Buu can have donuts.
I wonder if Buu can go inside Gohan's stomach to eat all the sweets so Gohan won't get fat, like a fat pink tapeworm?
>>4566414Okay, time to grill ‘em. “Buu, donut break for ya. I got some more questions.”“DONUTS!” he cheers, hobbling away and creating a little picnic for himself, to the growing confusion, and slight intimidation, of the ogres.https://youtu.be/i7qxaCpfJa4You cross your arms and look towards the second ogre. “You wouldn’t mind if I ask a few more things while I’m at it, would you?”“Wouldn’t hurt. King Yemma said to help you.” he responds with a nod.Good, good. “First off, where did the bus head to next?”“If I recall correctly, they were heading back around to the Bloody Pond.”Bloody Pond, check there next maybe. “And what do you recall of the path the tour took?”“Was pretty standard.” he replies, leaning on his club. “Souls guided around a set path that takes them by that big ol’ tree out there. Sprites are usually buzzing at them if they leave the group.”Hmm. So might have more witnesses, or might be dealing with someone who’s exceptionally stealthy. Hoi WAS a ninja, you think… “What exactly did they look like? How were they dressed? Anything stand out about them?”“Looked pretty ragged, almost. Very loose clothing, with hoods.”Ninja outfits. “And what were you doing at the time?”He pats his club. “Keepin’ a few rabble-rousers in line. Some goons from the old PTO. Spotted them while they were passing along. If ya wanna check you can look into ‘em yourself. Names were Cranberry and Raspberry.”Weird names, but okay. “How often do the tours pass by? And who arranges them?”“Once every…” He thinks for a moment. “50 hours I believe? And the Central Tour Agency is what gets them going.”You’ve got another potential place to head to. “Who do you know that could use these crystals?”“Now that, I got no clue. They can help those who don’t have proper access to it channel Ki, but beyond that, ya got me.”Hmm, channeling Ki. What would Hoi need with that? Hrmn. >A. Okay, you’ve got enough info on this. Thank the ogre and head on your way>B. Buu! Got any questions for ‘em?>C. Grill ‘em some more, you’re not sure you’ve got all you can get outta him>D. Something else?
>>4566579>A. "What's your name sir? I'll put a good word in for ya to King Yemma if you'd like.">D. Check out Cranberry and Raspberry.
>>4566579>>4566599>E. "If you hear anything else, I better hear about it."
>>4566623Sure, this too.
>>4566623We need business cards...
>>4566579Seems you’re pretty set now. “What’s your name, sir? I’d like to put in a good word with King Yemma for your help today.”He smiles brightly. “Why thank you! I am Kor.”“Gotcha, Kor. Thanks for your help. And if you hear anything else, I better hear about it.” You place your hands back in your pockets and head along your way. “You good, Buu? Ready to get to the bottom of this mystery?”“Okay! Buu gonna solve aaaaaall the mystery!” He packs up the picnic he made for himself and… turns it into one last donut before eating it as well and walking up beside you. Well, efficient. Really should get him some games whenever you end up alive again. You decide to look for this Cranberry and Raspberry pair first, and find their spirits in a little… flower garden. Huh.“Excuse me, sirs!” you call out to the pair. “You two would happen to be Cranberry and Raspberry, correct?”The closer spirit turns and looks at you. “Y-yes? Who are- …wait a second, you’re that kid! The one who helped fight off Janemba!”“That I am.” you confirm.“Buu here too!” the Majin declares, jumping up to clear the fence.“What are you doing here, exactly?”The two seem to slump slightly. “Tried seeing if getting those fruits might give us some new bodies. Kor walloped us away and now we’re set watching this garden.”“I see, I see…” That checks out with Kor’s story. “Did you two notice anything suspicious while attempting this crime? Unrelated to your own misdead.”“Jeeze, a goody-goody… say we did, why do you want to know?” the other grumbles at you.“Well, I could tell Kor that you two are being uncooperative.” you mention off-hand. “But I could also put in a good word to try and do something to help. Maybe get you off…” You look down at the garden. “Flower-smelling duty.”“...I am pretty tired of flowers.” the first comments quietly.“Cranberry! Come on!” the second yells. “You going to be won over with something like that?!”“I’d prefer if you two don’t waste my time here.” You lean on the fence around the garden. “Did you notice anyone suspicious headed towards the Sprites’ tree? If not, I’ll leave you two to your work.”The pair float closer together, mumbling to each other. After a beat, the first comes back. “We saw this green girl and some aliens in red jumpsuits.”Ah, Izzy’s group. “I see, I see… anyone else? Particularly in relation to a tour that passed by?”“Uh… well, there were these two in ragged-looking loose clothes and with hoods, they seemed to be angry about something last I saw? They had bodies. Lucky sons of-”(cont.)
>>4566720“When you see them?” Buu finally asks.Cranberry’s surprised by the Majin speaking up, but answers. “Like… right after Kor got us. They were being herded into the tour bus that came by. They looked pretty upset over something.”Hmm. Interesting. “Anything else?”“Maybe there was. Will you make it worth our while?” the second questions in a smugger tone.>A. I can get you off flower duty. Maybe. Like I said>B. Nope! Later!>C. I don’t think you’re in the position to really make bargains. Tell me what you know>D. Something else?
>>4566723>D. "I can convince the Champion of the Heavens to put in a good word for you. I've got a direct line."
>>4566723>D. "You guys want a better after-life, I get that. How about we play a little game? It's call Chinchirorin. Have you heard of it? Best out of three. If you win, I'll put in a good word for you free of charge. If I win, you tell me what I want to know and I'll still put in a good word for you. Either way, you win.">A player rolls all three dice simultaneously into the bowl. If a die falls out of the bowl, it is called a 'piss' and results in an automatic loss,>The aim of the game is to get two dice to land on the same number. The remaining number will be that player's 'score'. This score is compared to the score of the other player and the highest scoring individual wins.>If both players end up with the same score, or fail to make any score at all, it's called a draw and neither one of them wins. The money has to be wagered anew for another game.>If a player gets three of the same number (4, 5 or 6 those are called lucky), they will automatically win the game and will win thrice the amount of Potch originally wagered. However, if a player gets three of the same number (1, 2 or 3 those are unlucky), they will automatically lose and must pay triple the amount of Potch wagered to their opponent. These two special arrangements are both called Storm.>Moreover, rolling 4-5-6 will automatically win, granting double the amount wagered. On the contrary, rolling a 1-2-3 is an automatic loss, and the roller must pay double the wager to their opponent.
>>4566774I was given permission by 13arabba to say he supports this. He got himself banned.
Okay! Roll me 3d6, best of three!
>>4566723>A.>D. But also, I make a suggestion for something else you could be doing, if you have any ideas.
Rolled 4, 4, 5 = 13 (3d6)>>4566825
Rolled 5, 5, 4 = 14 (3d6)>>4566825
Rolled 3, 1, 4 = 8 (3d6)>>4566825
>>4566723You shake your head. “You know, I get it. You guys want a better li- …afterlife down here. How about we play a little game? It’s call Chinchirorin. Have you heard of it? Best out of three. If you win, I'll put in a good word for you free of charge. If I win, you tell me what I want to know and I’ll still put in a good word for you. Either way, you win. What do you two think?”The spirits look at one another with confusion, initially, then they give a sort of shrugging motion. “Tch. Okay. What do we have to lose?”“Buu play too, Gohan?”“How about I teach you how to first, then we can play it a few times after we’ve solved this mystery. Sound good? …Actually we’ll need some dice and a bowl.”“Okay!” he cheers, creating some for you all.Oh Suikoden you could kiss that game’s case if you were back home. All right! You get to explaining the rules of the game and how the dice rolls work. Three dice, highest rolls win, and a straight of three is an automatic win, as is 4, 5, 6, though a 1, 2, 3 streak is also a loss. The two spirits agree to it, and you all get it started. You even let the pair go first, and to their surprise, they roll decently high to start off, getting 3’s and 4’s and even a 5. But when you get to roll… “5, 5, 4. There we go, guys. Looks like I win.”(cont.)
>>4567010“Ah dang it…” Cranberry grumbles.Raspberry floats closer. “Tch. How do we know you didn’t rig it, kid?”“You doubting Buu’s honesty?” you question, narrowing your eyes.“Buu no cheat! You a meanie!”The spirit floats backward. “O-okay, okay, jeeze! Look, there was something that did seem unusual with them. I couldn’t catch what they’re saying, but I could tell body language well enough. They were frustrated, like they were disappointed in something. Or worried about disappointing someone.”“...So you’re saying, then, that there might be another party working with them?” you ask.“Kid we worked for Lord Freeza back in the day… back when that mattered for something, I guess. We know all too well the kind of trepidation of disappointing someone way, way above your league.” Raspberry explains. “If that wasn’t what was going on, then they’re a couple of nutjobs.”You nod. “I see, I see. Thank you. I’ll try and put in a good word with King Yemma then, maybe make it a bit more spiced with the Champion of the Heavens putting in the good word for you.” You put your hands in your coat’s pockets again. “Plus, hey, now you both have something to pass the time.”“Yeah, yeah… well, good luck with whatever you’re doing, kid.”“Thanks again for your cooperation.” You walk off and Buu follows. So, that’s something new. They could be working for someone. Someone who they’re uneasy working for. This might be something bigger than you first thought.>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~4:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.
>>4567013>This might be something bigger than you first thought.Huh. Yeah. Y'all think this could be an allusion to your mom last night?We're on the case! https://youtu.be/xQPfz7oJV3o
>>4567013Spirit Detective Gohan is fun, thanks for running!
>>4567010>Oh Suikoden you could kiss that game’s case if you were back home.But not the American case. That one is terrible.
>>4567017I see.>>4567032Glad to hear, thanks for playing!>>4567311Hahahaha.>>4567013As you and Buu head off to where the bus tour went, you pick up on something. An odd Ki signature… one that doesn’t quite feel like a spirit. It’s very, very faint though, almost like it’s trying to hide. It also feels… weird. Can’t quite place why, but it just feels “off” somehow.That said, you can also see the buses up ahead. Might get a better lead from them. Though… maybe you could split up? Buu could handle one, you could handle the other. You look down towards the little Majin. Hmm…>A. Check out that Ki signature>B. See what’s up with the buses>C. Splitting up might be the best option at this moment, Buu can handle himself>D. Something else?
>>4568401>A.Did we ever keep taps on the boombox green demon fusion lady or is she still roaming around?
>>4568408keep tabs*Also curious about what in the world she looks like now after f
>>4568401>A.>D. Teach Buu the art of detection.
>>4568408Good question! Maybe you'll see soon enough.>>4568401“Hey Buu, you sense anything off in the area?” you ask.“Hmm? Buu… dunno!”“Try focusing on feeling out any Ki signatures, and follow along with me.” you ask, heading in the direction of the unusual energy. Along the way you explain the idea to Buu better, and after giving an example to follow, forming a sphere of Ki and tossing it forward, the Majin is able to sense it. You pass along some craggy, rocky areas and end up close to a mountain range. And… the Ki signature is in the area, but it’s pretty well hidden. “Sense it, Buu?” you ask quietly, motioning for Buu to keep his voice down too.“Mmmm kinda! Buu think it pretty weak, not gonna be a big challenge.” He walks forward, humming softly to himself.Very unusual. Though they’re not hiding it completely… maybe they’re trying to get your attention?>A. Try calling out to whoever is there>B. Focus intensely, see if you can sense them and then get to them>C. Lower your Ki and see if that causes a response>D. Let’s split up and look for clues, Buu!>E. Something else?
>>4568520>B.>C.>E. Telepathically to Buu: "Let's try not to draw attention to ourselves. They may be weak in ki but they could be tough in other ways."
>>4568520 I think I know who took it...
Rolled 17, 12, 14 = 43 (3d20)Okay! Roll me 2d20, best of three! DC is 12 for both!
Rolled 11, 13 = 24 (2d20)>>4568567
Rolled 2, 2 = 4 (2d20)>>4568567
Rolled 10, 7 = 17 (2d20)>>4568567
Then again it could be...nah they'd never work together...
>>4568569>>4568570>>4568571Passed one! Writing...
‘Buu, let’s not draw attention to ourselves. Try to match lowering your Ki with mine, okay?’ you ask the little Majin telepathically. He nods, and tries to follow you as you lower your Ki. And… yeah, that does get a reaction. The person around, whoever they are, seems to raise their Ki just a bit. You and Buu maneuver around, and right as you get to where you sense this person… you see nothing.Yet there’s definitely a Ki signature there. Are they invisible? Wait, they’re on the move! You can see and hear footsteps! Okay, closing in and… and… is that a camera? A bright flash illuminates the area, causing you to shield your eyes. Agh, why, why would you use a flash that bright? It’s like getting hit by a Solar Flare! When your vision returns, you sense them on the move again, the camera no longer visible. In fact they’re… moving absurdly fast for someone with a Ki signature as low as this.“Gohan! Gohan! Buu think they’re on the run!” the little pink guy tells you.>A. After ‘em!>B. Buu, sunglasses for us, that flash is too bright!>C. Call out! Stop where you are!>D. Take ‘em down!>E. Split off and try to corner ‘em!>F. Something else?
>>4568638>A. After ‘em!>B. Buu, sunglasses for us, that flash is too bright!
>>4568638>A & B.
>>4568638>I'm positive about A and BThat Pepparazzi again, of all places!
>>4568638>B. Buu, sunglasses for us, that flash is too bright!E. Split off and try to corner ‘em!Sounds like we might be dealing with a cyborg or a Machine Mutant with a few organic parts
>>4568682Good point, support and make sure Buu knows
Rolled 7, 12, 6 = 25 (3d20)Okay! Roll me 2d20 again, best of three! DC is 13 for both this time!
Rolled 5, 17 = 22 (2d20)>>4568698
Rolled 11, 12 = 23 (2d20)>>4568698
Rolled 17, 12 = 29 (2d20)>>4568698
>>4568700>>4568701>>4568762Passed both! Nice job! Writing...
>>4568638https://youtu.be/a2GEc_tN2yE‘Buu, sunglasses! We can’t risk that happening again! Let’s split up and try to corner ‘em! In fact… let’s make it a game, first one to catch ‘em gets a toffee.’‘Oooh! Okay! Buu gonna catch ‘em!’ After getting you and himself some sunglasses, he holds his arms out and starts to run in place to pick up speed, then dashes off.You pick up the pace yourself, dashing around some of the craggy rocks and taking a more out of the way path as you close in on ‘em. Whoever this guy is, he is FAST. But you’re pretty quick yourself, and you’re right on his trail. He manages to swerve and avoid Buu using some… very ninja-esque moves, to your surprise. Who is this guy?Right as he gives Buu the slip, though, you manage to get close enough to take ‘em down. But, he’s noticed you. “Wow, you’re almost as good as I’ve heard!” he declares, his voice… kinda excited and boyish, strangely enough. “Stand still for a sec!” He seems to turn around, and you see that camera pop out again.But, using the Raio-ken, you leave only a sparking blur behind as the camera takes a picture, the bright flash illuminating the area, but thanks to Buu’s sunglasses your eyes are fine. You grab hold of the camera, and his arm with it. “In for some sightseeing, pal?”“Yes, actually!” he declares enthusiastically. The cloaking ability he was using deactivates, and you see… a rather tall young man with purple skin and white hair done up in a ponytail, a tight black shirt and bright yellow pants, with matching yellow boots, black fingerless gloves, and a sword on his waist. He grins cheerfully and gives a wave with his free hand. “Hi there, Son Gohan! I’m Fu!”…Eh, what?>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.
>>4568811Fuuuuuuuu!>Give him a swirly in the bloody pondHad fun Kato! Thanks for running!
>>4568811I knew it, I knew it, I FUCKING KNEW IT
>>4568813>>4568814Hahahaha.And glad to hear, thanks for playing!>>4569681But how much do you really know?Anyway, we are back!>>4568811https://youtu.be/1XMRVa_SH6I“...Fu?” you repeat finally, looking at this strange, kinda dorky guy. You can kinda sense his Ki better, it’s familiar, but very vaguely.He nods. “Yep! Nice to finally meet you! Cool outfit too! Can I get another picture of it? Please please please!”“Why are you taking pictures in the first place? Who even are you?” You move his hand away as he tries to snap another picture.“I’m a researcher! And I’m taking pictures for research! Got some really fun experiments I was allowed to do, since it’s pretty calm down here again.” He declares. “Lucky me that I showed up while you were visiting! Oh, I saw that Bardock and his group had new bodies! Was that your doing? And I thought I sensed-”“Gohan!” Buu yells out, speeding towards you both. “You caught the bad guy!”“Eeeeeeee!” Fu lets out a fanboyish squeal of excitement. “IT IS!” With you still holding onto his wrist, he dashes towards Buu excitedly and the two skirt to a stop, the Majin confused and you dragged along for the ride. “The real Majin Buu! But he seems so tiny, and I’m not sensing much chaotic energy in him. Feels like there’s only positive Ki inside him. How fascinating!” Fu then snaps a picture.>A. OKAY, OKAY, STOP. STOP. STOOOOP. You’re going to start explaining who exactly you are, buddy>B. Buu. Cuff ‘em. This suspicious person is probably our culprit>C. Can you calm down for like five minutes and just tell me if you’re involved in the theft of the Spirit Crystal or not?>D. Confiscate that stupid camera>E. Something else?
>>4570034>E. Can you show me what all photos you've taken?>Swipe through his gallery as soon as we can. Like a butthead would.
>>4570034>>4570038This is actually kind of genius. Match stochastic nerd energy with aggressive detective mixed with nosy co-worker.
>>4570034>A.>C.>E."I see your a swordsman too. Does your sword have a name too?"
Okay! Roll me 1d20, best of three! DC is 14!
Rolled 7 (1d20)>>4570067
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>4570067
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4570067
>>4570034https://youtu.be/zj5JC8jxlrE“Fu. Can you show me all the photos you’ve taken?” you ask, placing your hand on the camera.“Awwww, but I’m not done with them yeeeet!” he grumbles.“Fu. Please cooperate.” you ask, giving a bit of a tug on the camera. He lets go, pouting slightly. Jeeze, he’s like, as tall as Sharpner, but acts as young as Daikon. But now that you have it in your hands… okay! You start going through it and-…He’s taken 93,751 pictures.…In the last two days.…You exhale in exasperation and start going through them as quickly as you can. Lots of different locations from Hell, there’s a big tree with lots of dancing fairies and teddy bears and toys, there’s the Bloody Pond, there’s… one IN the Bloody Pond, a strangely photogenic one of him with an old lady by some large machine, some of Bardock’s group, and-WAIT.HE’S GOT A PICTURE OF THE SPIRIT CRYSTALS!…But only a picture. A lot of these are very… tourist-y. “What research are you conducting?” Hrmn. Another picture of the crystals.“Oh it’s really cool! Ever since Hell was restored back to normal here, I’ve been allowed a chance to observe some of the denizens up close!” he tells you with infectiously upbeat energy. “Some are helping me with it right now! A few of those with bodies still. Ooooh but with you here, ans ESPECIALLY with Majin Buu, this could be a really unique chance!” He’s dancing in place now, and Buu’s mimicking him. He turns to the tiny Majin. “Buu, Buu Buu Buu, are you still able to use most of your Magic? Like, can you create objects at will, and turn things into food?”“Uh-huh! Buu make lot of good food! Buu just had donuts!”People helping him, huh? You scroll through some more, let’s see… there’s one with him taking a selfie with a bewildered younger ogre that… you think you recognize, one with some… strange winged creature you haven’t seen before from the distance, and… oh, there’s a closer one, seems vaguely feminine, hrmn… WAIT! You stop at one and your eyes widen. HOI!>A. Fu. You care to explain this?>B. Book ‘em, Buu, we’ve caught our crook!>C. What is that winged creature? It doesn’t have a halo, oddly enough…>D. Who actually ARE you? How did you even get here?>E. Something else?
>>4570128>D.>E. "You say you're a researcher? What are you researching? What sort of experiments are you doing?">F. "How do you know who I and Buu are exactly? You said it was 'nice to finally meet me.' Who did you learn learn about me from?">Gohan's inner thoughts: 'Don't say Towa, don't say Towa. For the love of the Kais don't say Towa.'
>>4570128>A.>C.>D.>E. "What do you know about spirit crystals?">F. "How many times have you been allowed to observe Hell?">G. "Who makes these allowances?">H. "Do you have any snacks for my partner?"
>>4570128>A. Fu. You care to explain this?>C. What is that winged creature? It doesn’t have a halo, oddly enough…>D. Who actually ARE you? How did you even get here?
>>4570128https://youtu.be/HWtKLHFri1E“Fu.” You slowly turn to look at him, the purple young man sitting in midair with his legs crossed. “Would you mind explaining this?” You show him the picture of Hoi.To your surprise, he nods. “Yeah yeah! I found those guys looking for a few things, trying to use the properties of these really cool crystals for something. They were paling around with this unusual demon thing…”“Wait, is that what this is? It didn’t have a halo, which was more than a little surprising…” You move back to the winged creature. “What do you know about it, how’d you know it’s a demon?”“Well I figure it’s more an amalgamation of things.” He places his hands behind his neck. “It did seem partly human, on some level, though heavily altered. I figure this is the closest they’ll let me get to something like Janemba directly, sooooo I decided to help ‘em along just a bit!”Buu looks up at Fu. “…You did bad guy thing?”“Come on, it wasn’t that bad! I’m just trying to further my research.” he responds. “Besides, it’s not like they could really cause that much trouble with such a thing.” He then taps his chin. “Unless something could work alongside the crystal’s energy-channeling structure, but hrmn, they shouldn’t have access to anything like that…”“So you know about the Spirit Crystals? What exactly ARE you researching here?” There is so much incriminating stuff he’s said so far, yet he just seems willing to spill the beans on everything.“Oh I’ve studied samples before. From my understanding they help individuals better channel their energy. Mostly a teaching tool, to be honest. Buuuut if you can somehow get certain other energies through it, you might get some really interesting results!” He adjusts his glasses. “Oooh, I wonder how they react to high levels of Blutz Waves…”“Ey, ey, focus!” you call out, waving the camera at him, internalizing that bit of worrying info. “I’m the one asking the questions here right now. What other experiments have you been running in Hell? How have you even been allowed here, and how often have you been here?”“Well mostly I’ve been looking into some of the more unique attributes of Hell. Stuff like the Bloody Pond and the Terrible Torture Tour. That Enma lady is surprisingly nice! It’s the first chance I’ve been allowed since things calmed down here.” Fu stands up again, getting closer to you. “But this is even better! I’ve got the chance to meet not only you, Son Gohan, but the one and only Majin Buu!”(cont.)
>>4570212Buu tilts his head at the strange, strange young man. “But how you come here?”“Oh just a few passes and stuff. Let’s see…” He pulls out a wallet and starts going through it. “Time Passport key, Talisman copies, oh, there we go!” Showing you a piece of paper that is… signed by King Yemma, he then quickly puts it away. “Got access to that so I could start some experiments in a quieter part of this timeline. This is about the… second week I’ve been here now.”…Timeline. Of course. “And who exactly did you get that from? In fact, how do you know about Buu and I, and why do you show this… familiarity with us? You did say it was ‘nice to finally meet’ us.”“Ah come on Gohan, you’re a smart kid, you can probably figure THAT out.” He places his hands on his hips and… raises his Ki a bit more. That power, it’s……It’s like Mira’s. And Towa’s. And… even Dabura’s to a smaller degree. There are hints of other things in there, but most similar to Mira and Towa. Like he’s their… oh. You immediately get a little more on edge. “Why did they send you here?”Fu… laughs. “Pffaahahaha, send me here? I asked to come here, Gohan! My experiments are my own.” he waves his hand dismissively as he lowers his Ki back down. Noticing you still on-guard, his shoulders slouch. “Heeeey, come on, I’m not here for any of that! Honest!”Your eyes narrow, but you relax just a bit. “Then I have one more, much more important question for you: do you have any snacks for my partner here?”Buu smiles wide. “You brought snacks?!”>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.
>>4570214Fun had! Thanks for running!
>>4570214Fun is yes. Fu is yikes.Be safe, Kato.
>>4570214Hey Fu. You wanna see something cool?Wanna know what happened to Janemba?I PUT HIM IN MY SWORD!
>>4570410Do not let him see that thing. Nothing good can come of it.
>>4570128>He’s taken 93,751 pictures.How many did we get through?
>>4570232>>4570243Glad you had fun!>>4570410>>4570605>>4571093That... might not be the best idea.>>457114212.And okay, sorry for the delay, we are back!>>4570214“Actually I did!” Fu produces a little baggie of… odd, tiny, strangely ominous candies. He takes one out and you can feel an almost menacing presence emanating from it. They even have little designs on them. And… Fu flicks one into his mouth with his thumb, a loud crunching sound heard, like it’s grinding concrete.“Oooooh! Can Buu have?” the Majin asks, undeterred by the frightening candies.“Sure sure! Oh, did you want one, Gohan?” Fu hands the baggie toward you.>A. …Nnnnno thank you.>B. Buu do NOT eat those candies!>C. It… couldn’t hurt?>D. Wait what are you doing?! Focus, focus! You need more details on this!>E. Something else?
>>4570128>Jeeze, he’s like, as tall as Sharpner, but acts as young as Daikon.The opposite of you! It's like a match made in HFIL!
>>4571160>C. It… couldn’t hurt?>E. You have to look out for Buu, he might get a stomach ache, and when Mr. Buu gets a stomachache, people DIE!
>>4571160>A & D.
>>4571160Is that like a candy form of Aquma?>E.Take a piece but don't eat it. Keep it as evidence to analyze later.>B. "I'm sorry Buu, thought he would have something normal. Not menacing confectionary. I'll get you something good for you soon.">D. "So. Your Towa's and Mira's kid. You from the same timeline as your cousin Basilea or from a different one altogether?"
>>4571191I will support these.
>>4571191A bit of an unequal exchange. What are we giving in return for our demands?
>>4571198We can help him with his research in return, as long as it doesn't interfere with the investigation.
>>4571160Quick Question, does Buu have the ability to shapeshift other people?Follow-up Question, can he change someone from boy to girl?
>>4571247It'd be the flea's knees.
>>4571245Why do you want to know?>>4571160You cross your arms. “…Nnnno thank you. In fact, Buu, don’t eat those!” you call out.“Awww why not?” he complains.“Yeaaah, why not?” Fu asks, in more confusion than anything else.“Look, I can get you something better later, not something radiating malice and despair.” you respond. “Er, no offense, but I can literally feel it. What even are they made of, Aquma?”Fu nods. “Yeah! How’d you know?”You pinch the ridge of your nose. “Still a mortal. I may be dead, but I’d rather not put this body through the wringer over demon realm candy. And Buu’s watching his intake.”“Aww, not gonna experiment a bit yourself?” he questions.“No. No. We’re not. Where or… when are you from anyway? You know about me, so are you from the timeline Basilea’s from or…?”Fu adjusts his glasses. “Oh yeah sure! She’s my cousin!”Great. Greeeaaaat. You’ve gained a very, very minuscule amount of sympathy for her. Wait wait wait, hold on, focus, FOCUS! “Ugh. Fu, look, I’ll take one for analysis or something, but I’m not eating it, and I still have questions for you.”“Fine, fine, but I gotta get going pretty soon. Can I have my camera back now?”>A. How long will you stick around here?>B. Do you have an idea on what they might be capable of, or are you winging it?>C. Fine, here’s your camera>D. No, I think I’m turning it over to King Yemma for the time being. You can show him your documents and get it back that way>E. Something else?
>>4571289>Why do you want to know?Sword was asking who Fu should get with, and if he could swing that way for Gohan.
>>4571289>C. But maybe nicer about it.>B.>A.>E. I'm sure several of us will regret this, but, "Have you seen anything else particularly weird or suspicious on this research trip?"
>>4571289>C. Fine, here’s your camera>E. Bye Fu, enjoy you're fu ture.
>>4571289>C. Less sass though."Here you go. Thanks for your help." >B.>A."Maybe we can spar sometimes, or I can help out with your experiments.">E. "You mentioned Janemba before. If you did get to meet him, what did you intend to do with him?"
>>4571289>C. Fine, here’s your camera>B. Do you have an idea on what they might be capable of, or are you winging it?>A. How long will you stick around here?
>>4571289You look down at the camera. Well… fine. He hasn’t actually hurt anyone yet. “Thank you for your cooperation.” you say as you hand it back.“Ah! Excellent! Thaaaank you!” He yoinks it right out of your hand, tossing you the bag of candies. You ask Buu for a container to put one in, then toss the bag back. “It’s been really really informative talking with you, Gohan!”You coolly adjust your had and put your hands in your coat. “Still got a couple more questions. First, do you have any idea what they might be capable of, or are you just winging it at this point?”“Weeeeell, I have a few ideas. Given who made the request, I suspect she’s hoping to use the crystals to better maintain her form’s stability. Lotta different energies just kinda… shoved together, two that were meant to fit together, like building blocks, but another smooshed all over it like modeling clay.”“You mentioned studying her is the closest you’ll get to studying Janemba. What exactly did you hope to gain from observing him? And her, for that matter?” you ask.“Mostly I hoped to see how his body functions, what with all that built up negative energy condensed into a physical form. I had a theory that similar negative energies fill up the Dragon Balls with they make wishes with positive energy, especially given the end result of that buildup. The massive influence across the cosmos was pretty cool too! But don’t think she’s capable of anything like that.” He starts to walk in place. “Maybe it’s more because of the instability in Janemba’s body that caused that… hmm, so if she were to use the crystal to stabilize… oooh I gotta see how that turns out.”“Have you seen anything else particularly weird or suspicious during these experiments?” You know you’re going to regret asking this, but you gotta.“Weeeeell, I was really, really curious about where you put Broly.” he replies, giving a slight smirk. “I heard he was in Hell somewhere, but haven’t been able to find where. None of the souls here have his Ki, and I heard he hasn’t actually been killed. Might be another party looking for him too, buuuuut if I can’t find ‘em then I’m sure it’s nothing you can worry about.”You shake your head and put that in the back of your mind. “Not going to tell me who?”“It’s no biiiig, really!”(cont.)
>>4571416Exhaling deeply, you look up at him. “Well Fu, maybe if you keep up this good behavior down here, I could offer to help you with some experiments. Perhaps a friendly spar if you want.” His face lights up. “BUT, only if you don’t cause anyone any trouble. Got it?”“Got it! Ooooh this could be a lot more fun!”“Fu!” Buu calls out, catching his attention. “Why you have that?” The tiny Majin points to… oh yeah, that sword of his.“Oh! This is the TIME CUTTER!” he introduces and… draws it, doing a few practice slashes before striking a pose with it. Reverse grip. Of course. Dork. “And I have many uses for it. Like this!” He slashes at the air above him and… cuts something. To your shock, a rift opens up above him. “Later Gohan! Later Buu!”Fuu jumps up and the portal closes behind him. That. Does not bode well for you. But little time to dwell on it now, you have a few criminals to apprehend!>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.
>>4571419Fun had. Fu is a massive dork. Staying safe. Thanks for running!
>>4571419So we could possibly use the spirit crystal to stabilize Muramasa?
>>4571436Thanks for playing!>>4571999A very good question!And very sorry for the delay, but we are back!>>4571419You and Buu take to the air and start to fly off. Hoi and that other guy are with the probably trying to get that crystal to the demon lady. Hrmn… might be able to flush them out and stop this before it gets out of hand, but might also be better to have King Yemma know about this and get someone ready to deal with all of it just in case. Then again, you could also inform them and let them deal with it… but, eh, you’re not sure that’s the best idea, especially since you’ve gotten fairly involved already.So, what to do…?>A. You can handle this, wrap it up, and send ‘em to King Yemma to deal with>B. Let King Yemma know first, coordinate an arrest for them>C. This is probably more their problem, you’ve done enough for now>D. Something else?
>>4572661>B. >D. Request for back-up on standby. We need a signal of some sort...
>>4572661I'll back >>4572671
>>4572671Oh and don't forget to put in a good word for Kor. And for Cramberry and Raspberry.
>>4572738Cranberry*...Though Cramberry is a fun nickname.
>>4572738>>4572742Support as well.
>>4572661Well… you probably should get King Yemma on the line for this. You travel in the direction of two of the head ogres, Goz and Mez, and explain the situation. From there they get you in contact with King Yemma, heading into a little shack with a small, old-looking TV set. He is… less than thrilled hearing about Fu’s time in Hell. “I hadn’t issued such a thing! But… ugh. We have more pressing matters at hand. If they’re trying to stabilize this demon with a Spirit Crystal, that could cause a lot of trouble.”“Think it would be good to have some people at the ready while Buu and I solve this?” you question. “Just in case anything else comes up, and to have a way to properly apprehend them.”“Indeed, indeed. We’ll be able to process them. Hrmn… I should probably have Bardock’s Marshals as your proper support.” He leans back in his chair and thinks for a moment. “Yes, yes. Okay. Best chance would be to have the you find this demonic creature. You will be tasked with taking her down, but only once Hoi and Opan reveal the stolen Spirit Crystal. Once you have her occupied, Bardock’s group can retrieve the crystal. That sound good?”“Yes sir! Also, I’d like to put in a few good words for some cooperative souls, Cranberry and Raspberry, and one of your ogres, Kor. The former two were involved in some shady stuff, but they cooperated with my investigation, while the latter both apprehended them and gave me a good place to start on.”King Yemma nods. “Very well. I’ll write those down. Now, are you ready?”>A. I am. I’ll sense her out and keep a low profile>B. Should we do anything to help Bardock’s group prepare, just in case?>C. Maybe it would be better with some other backup, in case they’re needed for anything else>D. Do you want me to do anything about Fu?>E. Something else?
>>4572885>A.>D.>E. I appreciate your faith and trust, sir.
>>4572885>A. I am. I’ll sense her out and keep a low profileD. Do you want me to do anything about Fu?
Rolled 12, 18, 1 = 31 (3d20)Okay, real quick, roll me 1d20, best of three! DC is 11!
Rolled 16 (1d20)>>4572916
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>4572916
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>4572916
>>4572885“I am. I’ll sense her out and keep a low profile. I appreciate all the trust you’re putting in me, sir.” you tell King Yemma with a salute.“Hah! You’ve proven yourself quite capable, my boy! Winning the Tournament, helping stop Janemba, clearing up my paperwork requests, and doing your best to help who you can along the way, I’d say you’ve more than earned this degree of trust.”Heh, that is pretty pleasing to hear. “Last question before we get started: do you want me to do anything about Fu?”He rubs his chin. “Hmm… while I never gave him any sort of permission to be here, I doubt he will go along quietly if we try to apprehend him and send him back to the Demon Realm. Still, you are among the few capable of preventing him from causing any real trouble, so I will need you on standby if he does start something.”“All right. You ready to take these guys down, Buu?” you ask the little Majin.“Buu gonna catch the bad guys!” he cheers. Ah, that’s the spirit!You both head out as Bardock’s group are called in, with you being careful to sense for anything unusual in the surrounding area, picking up on… something. Seems to be another odd Ki signature in a more… meadow-y part of Hell. Weird that there even is one. Still, you keep a low profile, watching as the area darkens a little as you move in the direction of the Ki signature you’re sensing. Being extra cautious, you make sure to also watch out for Hoi and that Opan guy. It takes almost an hour to get there, with as slowly as you’re moving, but eventually you spit a figure in the distance. Kinda hunched over, making strange noises. Almost like… it’s talking to itself?(cont.)
>>4573027As you get closer, you see it’s feminine… yeah, that’s the thing you saw on Fu’s camera. Demonic, with vague buglike features, with long hair and eyes filled with hate. She stops talking for a moment and lets out a screeching roar. “HRRAAAAGGGHHH! WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG?!” her echoing and distorted voice rages. Her Ki spikes up a bit. She’s nothing you can’t handle, but… she does feel a little similar to Janemba. That’s not good. She dashes out at a tree and starts to slash and tear into it, even biting the bark like a dog with a new chew toy.And then you hear a crunching noise. You turn your head over to Buu. He has a bag of chips. You blink. “Buu got hungry.”“Buu! Not now!”“HHHRRAAAAGGHH!” the demon creature yells out, turning back as you and Buu duck down. “WHERE… WHERE ARE YOU TWO IDIOTS?!”“C-coming! Coming!” you hear two voices exclaim. Aha, there they are! Hoi, and another who looks like him, with a darker outfit. There we go!>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.
>>4573028Spooky. Fun had! Looking forward to this fight! Thanks for running!
>>4573035Thanks for playing!Very, very sorry for the delays, things were pretty annoying today, but should be okay now. Might be a bit shorter tonight, but we are back!>>4573028“W-we’re sorry it took so long! We had to make sure we weren’t followed.” the other Kashvar said in a panicked tone.“HRRGGHH… YOU… DID YOU BRING IT?!” she growls out, then lets out a pained roar. “HGGGRRAAAHHHGH!” She clutches her sides and doubles over in pain, Ki flaring up around her, the air… shimmering.“Y-yes, yes, we did…” Hoi rummages around for the Spirit Crystal.“But… if this does stabilize you, are you sure you will be able to find Hirudegarn?” Opan questions. Wait… is that what they’re after?“I WILL... BE ABLE TO RESTORE… AAAGGGHHH!” She bolts back up and lets out blast of energy from her body, the two Kashvar backing away quickly. “RRGGHH… RESTORE… IT… JUST UPHOLD… YOUR PART.”Hoi gulps and nods, showing the Spirit Crystal.>A. All right! There it is, get the demon away from them!>B. Buu, try to grab hold of the crystal!>C. Signal for Bardock’s group!>D. Something else?
>>4573924>A!>B!>C! Arrest these men!>D. Begin demeaning trash talk to gain more info!
>>4573028Part of me wants to see this thing stabilize. Then my rational side goes 'No you idiot, that is not a good thing to let happen!' >A.>B.>C.>D. Exorcism while the thing is still unstable!>
>>4573950Definitely support exorcism.
Rolled 3, 15, 8 = 26 (3d20)Okay! Roll me 2d20, best of three! DC is 13 for both!
Rolled 1, 13 = 14 (2d20)>>4573983
Rolled 4, 4 = 8 (2d20)>>4573983
Rolled 4, 8 = 12 (2d20)>>4573983
Rolled 12, 20, 7 = 39 (3d20)>>4573989>>4573990>>4573994Paaaaased one of them! Writing...
Aaaaand there's the fun
>>4573924https://youtu.be/PvN1-jcLF_oYou power up and toss out the signal for Bardock’s group. ‘Buu, get the crystal!’ you command telepathically, then leap up into the air. “HALT, CRIMINALS! You’re all under arrest!”Hoi and Opan leap back in surprise, the demon’s head turning to face you, a hate-filled glare appearing on it. “SON… GOHAN! HRREAAAAAGGHH!” She leaps towards you, hands outstretched and claws and fangs bared.“Won’t work!” You move quicker than she can react and deliver a palm strike to her gut, sending her rocketing back down… right at Hoi and Opan. And the Spirit Crystal. Which ends up lodged into her chest, energy coursing through it and kinda coalescing. Crrraaaap crap crap crap!“GOT IT!” Buu declares, stretching his arm out and grabbing onto the crystal. “Buu got the crystal!” he declares proudly, and tries to tug it away… only for that to fail. “Huh? Hmmmh! Hey! You let go of crystal!” Buu tugs again, harder this time.“OFF OF ME!” she yells, swiping at Buu’s arm.“OW! YOU BAD LADY!” He then bonks her on the head for that… and in return she bites his arm. They keep at it for a couple seconds, until you step in again and deliver a spinning kick to her gut. That gets her off the ground, but tugging Buu away with her. Ah damn it!At the very least, Hoi and Opan are barreled over by six Saiyans, Bardock’s squad is here! The larger two Saiyans pin them down, while Toma and Leek list off their charges and bring out the cuffs. Selipa looks up towards you and Buu, then signals to Bardock. Your grandfather powers up into Super Saiyan, but waits on standby. “Gohan! You need any backup?”“Not yet!” You hold your hands out and try to focus on the Ki signatures inside her. They’re less chaotic than before, so you might have a little easier a time pulling them apart, but there’s three different ones in there, and you really can only get one at a time out…>A. Pull out the demonic energy!>B. Pull out the Artificial Human!>C. Pull out the insectoid thing!>D. Something else?
>>4574057>B. Seems like the easiest to control for.>D. Have grandpa ready to occupy/arrest whoever you pull out.
>>4574057>>4574067Agreed on B. Let's save the bit that's the most like a person, and just destroy the demon insect that gets left over.
>>4574057>B.>D. Use a piece of Fu's aquma candy as bait to distract it. If we can sense this stuff, this thing will no doubt be attracted to it like a bug to sugar.
>>4574057All good ideas>>4574067>>4574075>>4574083
>Fu is probably observing from the shadows, right now.
Rolled 1, 3, 17 = 21 (3d20)Okay! Roll me 2d20 again, best of three! This time, DC is 15 for both!
>>4574104Stop reading my notes.
Rolled 18, 18 = 36 (2d20)>>4574105
Rolled 15, 8 = 23 (2d20)>>4574105
Rolled 2, 7 = 9 (2d20)>>4574105
Rolled 6, 10, 8 = 24 (3d20)>>4574109>>4574110>>4574112Passed both! Writing...
>>4574057“Grandpa Bardock, get ready to arrest something!” You’ve really only got one shot at this, you better make it count. Sensing out what feels like the Artificial Human, lacking natural Ki but having a body still, you take hold and pull her from the amalgamation of the three, exorcising her from the demon! The pink-haired lady is flung out of the being, which suddenly starts to destabilize.“NOOO! NOOOOOO!” the remainder screams out, letting out a chaotic blast of energy from its body. Bardock is pushed back before he can grab on to the pink-haired lady, as is Buu, though the sheer force of the attack, and Buu’s refusal to let go, is enough to dislodge the Spirit Crystal from its body! Its form grows more and more unstable, body becoming a writhing, chaotic mass of vague demonic and insect-like traits. “I MUST BE… I MUST BE COMPLETE…!”Well, you got them separated, now what? You take a defensive stance… but then realize something. You still have that Aquma candy. You’ve got an idea! “Hey ugly! I’ve got a treat for ya!” You toss the candy as hard as you can, and like a cockroach to sugar water it gives chase, stumbling over itself as its body tries, and fails, to hold itself together. You then make gun-shapes with your hands, charging Ki at the tips of your fingers. “Take this! DOUBLE GEIST MAGNUM!” You blast into it, tearing the monstrosity apart.https://youtu.be/Tb_Hj_uNoIgMission complete!>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.
>>4574196Solid plan, Sword.Fun had! Thanks for running and see you tomorrow!
>>4574196How happy is Fu right now?Fun had, thanks for running!
>>4574196>“I MUST BE… I MUST BE COMPLETE…!”https://youtu.be/5KIW8kZnFAg?t=156
>>4574196Considering the coconut larvae was already dead and the boombox demon was a being made of negative energy...does this thing even go to Yemma or...?
>>4574382It's a wash!
>>4574201Glad to hear!>>4574210Exceptionally. Thanks for playing!>>4574379Usetheboosttogetthrough.>>4574382Good question! You might find out soon.And okay, we are back!>>4574196With the monster vanquished, you look back over to Buu and Bardock. Buu’s managed to stop himself, and holds up the crystal proudly, while Bardock heads after Sugil. Turning back around, you see that piece of candy on the ground… still radiating the menacing energy from before. Floating over to it, you carefully place it back in the container… and hear clapping.“Bravo! Bravo! Brilliant, Gohan! You’re putting those smarts to good use! Even I wasn’t sure how such a thing would react to that candy, but you had a hypothesis and tested it like a pro!” Fu exclaims. “Oh there’s just so much I can start to theorize on now. Maybe Janemba would have had a similar reaction, given the more childlike description of the creature and its concentration of negative energy… oh, oh! The crystal still was able to temporarily stabilize the creature, until it was pulled out…” He starts to talk in place around you, talking up a storm.>A. You satisfied with how this went down, Fu? Going to leave the rest of the folks here in peace?>B. Did… did you plan that out specifically?>C. I’m gonna go now, got other things to do>D. Hey, Fu, I’ve still got some questions for you, if you don’t mind>E. Something else?
>>4575179>E. Weather his technobabble, you have experience with Pantea.
>>4575179>B.>A.>E. Maybe bask a little in taking credit.
>>4575179>E. Go along with his theorizing. "The creature wanted to be complete, but would it have truly been complete even with the crystal? I believe that the Kashvar intended to combine her with Hirudegarn much like your mother intended to do." LETS GO DOWN THIS RABBIT HOLE!
>>4575179>>4575183>>4575192Let's channel our nerdy friends energy and try to impress Fu at least a little. The best way to make him less of a hassle is to *respect* us. Then maybe he'll at least inform us of his bullshit ahead of time once in a while.
>>4575199Hell yeah. We can even dismiss the Yemma slip he has. Probably just from a Yemma from another timeline.
>>4575179>D."Could Hoi and Opan have restored Hirudegarn with her? Where is it anyway?"And supporting these>>4575183>>4575189>>4575192>>4575199
>>4575212support the D!
>>4575212Backing this D!
>>4575179“So. Did you plan that all out, Fu? Handing me the candy and hoping I would use it?” you question.“NOPE!” he… proudly declares to you. “That was all your doing, and it was amazing! Though I’ll admit the idea did cross my mind too, buuuut might mess with my experiments if I did it. Still, that was expertly executed!”You cross your arms as you look towards him… though you can’t help but feel a little proud to hear that kind of praise. “So, Fu, are you going to leave the people here to do their jobs in peace? Satisfied with the results so far?”“Oh I won’t bother anyone, for sure, buuuut I still have so many questions!” He starts to walk around again, going off on technobabble as he goes into detail on what he’s speculating over. You’ve… kinda been through this situation before with Pantea, so you know how to pick up the important bits and kinda weather through it. “If the Aquma comprises only a 1% coating of the candy, then I wonder how the Black Water Mist would affect such a creature… ooh but maybe, hrmn…”You know? You can kinda theorize too. Might put you on better terms with him. “That creature wanted to be ‘complete’, yet would that crystal really have stabilized her?” you ask.“Well, given my own research into the subject, I believe it would have at the very least temporarily brought the three different energies in unison, buuuuut it lasting long-term might be tricky. The amount of chaotic power coursing through her body could have caused the crystal to crack under extreme usage.” Fu responds, smiling wider.“Then there’s the Kashvar pair, might they have had an ulterior motive with her? I think they probably wanted to use her to more than just find Hirudegarn, but infuse her into it somehow. Could it actually have been possible? I believe Towa had a slightly similar goal, given how she had Mira try to run off with it before Izzy slew it for good.” Actually… that makes you wonder… “Where is Hirudegarn, anyway?”Fu chuckles happily. “Oh you’ve got a great head on those shoulders! Well to answer the first two, they probably had an eventual double-cross planned, buuuut I’m going to have to say that even with her stabilized, they wouldn’t have been able to bring back Hirudegarn, nor have her absorbed into it.” He smirks and adjusts his glasses. “And for good reason. I doubt that form of Hirudegarn, born of the statue and infused with Demonic energy, can ever be brought back again.”https://youtu.be/UQ8migZ1Ras…Curious. “Why do you say that?”“Oh, one simple reason: during the incident with Janemba, riiiight near the end, the soul that made up that instance of Hirudegarn has been completely Destroyed.”>A. Wait what? How?>B. Huh. That’s actually really encouraging! Thanks for sharing that, Fu!>C. Check up on Buu and Bardock, just in case they need help>D. Something else?
>>4575297>A.>D. "Have you seen this happen before?"
>>4575297>A. >D. "You have any interest in Hatchiyack or Baby?"
>>4575297>A.> What could even do that? I thought even gods couldn't destroy souls.
>>4575297All of these>>4575308>>4575312>>4575316
So uuuh....does that mean Fu knows Mugen?
>>4575297>A. Wait what? How?>B. Huh. That’s actually really encouraging! Thanks for sharing that, Fu!>C. Check up on Buu and Bardock, just in case they need help
>>4575342Good question. You'll have to find out later, though.>>4575297“Wait, wait what? How? How was it destroyed? WHAT could even destroy it? Can the gods do something like that, or…?” You feel a slight tinge of unease course through your body. “…Have you seen this happen before?”“I have actually! Let’s just say a certain would-be universal conqueror ended up not only defeated by a god, but Destroyed by another for… well, kinda being a sore loser.” Fu gives you a… very curious look, then laughs softly. “Heh heh… anyway, as for how, it’s actually very interesting! Even souls can be completely Destroyed under certain conditions. One could say that if you ‘die’ while already being dead, truly ‘die’ and not just lose your body, you’re dead for good. Certain other, more godly abilities have the power to truly Destroy things.”That’s… discomforting. “Huh… then, what destroyed Hirudegarn, exactly?”“Oh that would be your cousin’s doing, Izumi! Oooh it was astounding to see how much she as a Mahou has become even more powerful, and use all sorts of fun new trinkets to make herself stronger. Even my mom’s a little impressed, though I don’t think she’d admit it. Even her counterpart here is probably keeping a distant but attentive eye on her.”And you feel like you were bombarded with a lot of information all at once. IZZY managed to destroy Hirudegarn completely? …Hah, bet she did it in part for Tapion. Will have to keep that little nugget tucked away to tease her with. Still though, sounds like she’s been accomplishing a lot. Plus… Fu sounds fascinated by her as well. You raise an eyebrow. “So you’re keeping an eye on her as well, I take it?”“Well yeah! She’s one of the first Mahous on Earth in such a long time, accomplishing something even your own mother hasn’t managed yet.” Fu explains. “I myself have been trying to delve deeper into more advanced Magics where I can, so I’d wanna see how a mortal handles that kind of power.”“I see… then, that’ll be your focus going forward? Or do you have any other interests like, say, Hatchiyak or-” You realize something suddenly. “…You were talking about your timeline’s Baby weren’t you? You saw him ‘Destroyed’ like Hirudegarn was, right?”He snaps his fingers and grins. “Ayyyy there’s that Tuffle smarts at work! Anyway, I’ll be off again, Gohan!” Fu draws his sword and slashes to the side of him, opening a portal. “See you later~!”(cont.)
>>4575392With Fu leaving, you see Buu approach, crystal in hands still. “Gohan! That Fu guy bothering you?”“Nah, we were just having a chat.” you respond, putting your hands in your coat pockets again. You start to walk off with him, seeing Bardock having finally apprehended Sugil, who gives you a hesitant glance, something in her eyes looking… thankful, almost, though she turns her head away quickly. “Think we’re done here, Buu. Spirit Detective Gohan, and my good buddy Majin Buu, have solved this case. Wanna get some snacks now?” You raise your fist up.“Snacks! Buu do want snacks!” He jumps up and bumps his smaller fist against your own.>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~2:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.Also, ready to switch to Peppa or Izzy?
>>4575393izzy works since we're talking bout her
>>4575393Fun achieved!Izzy is a natural transition from here, yes.You stay safe too, Kato.
>>4575393>>4575395Yeah, Izzy time!
>>4575393Fun had! Up for Izzy time!
>>4575395>>4575398>>4575399>>4575410All right, we'll continue with Izzy, but it'll have to be tomorrow. Sorry everyone, stuff came up at the last minute today.Hope y'all are staying safe, and we'll be back tomorrow around 3:30 pm PST.
>>4576153S'all good boss. Stay safe.
>>4576155Thanks, Sword.Things have cleared up now, so once again, sorry we had to delay to today, but we are back!>>4575393All right, just a few more finishing touches, aaaaand… there! You lean in closer and look over the finished product. The miniaturized Hakkero. You put a bit of energy through it… and it works perfectly! Checking over Furnace really helped you finally get it just right. Hmm… maybe you could do something to better store it when in use. Like, have it on your Mahou armor, or maybe on a belt…?“Izzy?” dad’s voice calls to you from the other side of the door. “Hey, there’s someone here to see you. Couple people actually.”“I’ll be out in a bit!” You swivel around in your chair and leap to your feet. As you head out, you decide to check up on Cheelai and the Para bros. ‘Hey, how’s this job working out?’‘I’ll be honest, boss. A lot easier than the one last week.’ Cheelai replies. ‘Think we’re almost done though. The boys have finished unpacking everything, and I’ve got the paperwork done.’‘Good good. Snacks back at the castle when you’re all finished.’ That was a good idea. Supply delivery, simple but effective task for them. Finally you get close to the courtyard when- …wait. You sense someone. Is that…?…You go from a walk to a sprint as you run towards the door, pushing it open and looking at the pair talking with your mom. “Tapion!” you exclaim.He turns and smiles. “Hello again, Izumi. It has been a while.”“Hey Izzy!” Minotia calls out, a wide, friendly grin across his face.“Haha! Hey, Minotia. What’re you two doing here?” You hurry up to them.“Supreme Kai has allowed us some time to ourselves, after all we’ve done with our training. We decided to make Earth our first stop back before taking another trip to Konats.” He rubs the back of his neck. “My apologies for not announcing this sooner.”“Oh it’s quite fine.” Chi-chi tells him. “How long will you be here?”“Eh, about a day.” Minotia answers.>A. That’s great! We’ve got a lot to catch up on!>B. Did you have to face off with some of the undead too, a while back?>C. Oh oh oh, I bet Pantea would like to know you’re back too!>D. Something else?
>>4577362>A."I re-killed Hirudegarn!">B.>C.>D. "How's Gohan doing?"
>>4577362All of this >>4577375
>Go to Konats>It looks very familiar
>>4577362Your smile is almost beaming as you move closer. “That’s great! Oh we have so, so much to catch up on! Like… oh! Did you have to face off with some of the undead a while back too?”Tapion lets out a nervous laugh. “W-well, not exactly. Minotia and I had to prevent Majin Buu from being brought back while Babidi was still active.”“Ahhh, they still had that… egg thing I heard about, huh? Well, nice though!” Hoo boy is there ever so much to catch up on. All of you head inside, you going over what happened on Z’S and your encounter with Nazar… aaaaand how you had to help close the portal to Hell, with a final encounter that you get right to the point with. “I faced Hirudegarn again, and re-killed ‘em.”Tapion and Minotia look to you with mouths agape. “On your own? That’s amazing!”You can’t help but feel just a little proud, aaaand a little bashful. “Ehehehehe. Still, sounds like we’ve all been through quite a bit. After that, though, there was another thing that happened…”“Yo boss!” Don Para calls to you. “Mission complete!” Ah, they’re all back.“Good job! Snacks are down in the kitchen.” you respond, giving a wave. Cheelai waves back, then does a double take when she sees the new pair. The green girl shrugs and walks off with the boys.Minotia looks over to them with surprise. “…Boss?”“Weeeell, you know how I mentioned the wannabe treasure hunters? And how Peppa and I arrested them?” You sit back a bit. “Decided they needed a second chance. So they’re basically doing community service, under my watch. Galactic Patrol gave me the okay.” While surprised by this, Tapion seems rather pleased to hear it.(cont.)
>>4577550“Wannabe, huh?” Cheelai asks in a faked complaining tone, heading back to you all with a few crackers, cheese, and fruits in a small bowl.“I mean, you did get caught.” you remind her.She waves her hand dismissively. “Yeah yeah, sure.” She casually nods at the pair of brothers. “Ey. Guessing you’re two more folks boss, goody-goody that she is, decided to help.” The brothers both laugh, then Cheelai leans in a bit closer to you. “…Or is the tall redhead a liiiiittle something more than that to ya?” she asks in a quiet, teasing tone.“And why might you be asking that?” you question, raising your eyebrow. She just cackles quietly and walks away, even mom letting out a quiet giggle. “Oi. Oi.”“W-well…” Tapion thankfully shifts the topic away from that. “As I had said before, we had prevented Babidi from achieving his goal. But there proved to be a bit of… difficulty when we brought back the sword Janemba was sealed into. The power radiating from it finally gave Buu the push over the edge… but to our surprise the Majin didn’t go on a rampage. It was… well, sleeping still.”“But Gohan managed to handle the situation!” Minotia adds in. “Not only did we find the two Kais that were still inside Buu, but he allowed what little good existed inside it something to latch on to! So when the Kais were exorcised and the chaotic, evil form of Buu still remained, there was still a bit of ‘em left. Now the Majin’s been defeated AND the Kais have been freed. All of this right after winning Grand Kai’s tournament and becoming the Champion of the Heavens.”“Hah, dang. All that? Cous sounds like he’s been doing exceptionally well in the afterlife.”Dad nods. “Heh, he’s not letting that halo above his head keep him down, that’s for sure. Sis is gonna be so proud of ‘em.”“Oh, oh, oh! I think Pantea would like to see you two again too! Think we can squeeze in a visit to her?”The pair look to one another, then smile and nod. “That would be nice.”>A. All right come on, let’s go!>B. Nice! But let’s wait a bit first, wanna show you guys my latest little project>C. Cheelai, Para bros, you’re coming too!>D. Something else?
>>4577551>B.>C.>D. Contact Pantea ahead of time, see if she or Bulma have a use for our minion squad anytime soon. Don't want them getting lazy, now.
>>4577559Sure.Support >>4577362>D. "Do you guys know if Konats had a Hakkero?"
>>4577551>>4577559>>4577568These, but ask permission to bring the squad first. Cancel C if its a problem for some reason.
>>4577596Sure ask'em if they'd like to go.
>>4577601I meant asking Pantea
>>4577551“Nice nice! Buuuut let’s wait a bit before heading there, might be good to check in with them first. Aaaaaaalso, I’ve got something I wanna show you guys.” You stand up and motion for them to follow, leading the pair to the room you were working in. You take up the mini Hakkero you were working on and present it to them. “Ta-daaaa!~ Take a look at this!”The brothers lean in closer, Tapion surprised and… Minotia trying to act surprised. “Hmm… yes, I see…” He then quietly asks his brother, “Tapion, what is that?”“It’s a reactor of sorts based on the Hakkero, remember what I was telling you about the ones on Z’S? This is attuned to the one down on Earth.” you explain. “Using this will allow me to better utilize some of the Magics I’ve developed. Hopefully I’ll be able to better utilize my skills going forward with it… without repeating some of the mistakes that come with their misuse. Heh, come to think of it, I bet Pantea will get quite a kick out of this when I visit. Oh, on that note…” You head out of the room and get in contact with her, moving towards your group as you do. “Hey Pantea! Capsule Corp. busy at this time? I’ve got a couple people I think you’d like to meet again.”“Well I was just now helping mom develop a few more Ki containers, but we might be free. What’s up?”Ooh, Ki containers! “Just a sec.” Poking your head into the kitchen you check on the four, seeing… Cheelai leaning against a counter watching Don and Bon Para juggle their snacks… wait, no, not just juggle. Are they making them dance? …Yep. They’re making them dance. “Hey guys! Gonna be heading to Capsule Corp. soon, and I think I’ve got another thing for you all to work on.”Cheelai gives you an annoyed expression. “…We just finished one, boss, come oooon.”“It’s nothing big, really! Plus it’s some new sights.” You turn back to your phone. “Pantea, mind having them help with the Ki containers a bit? That’ll give you some time to catch up with these two…” You motion for two brothers to speak up.“Hello again, Pantea.”“Heeeey! What’s up?”That changes her tune pretty quick. “Tapion! Minotia! Sure, sure! That’ll be fine. Come on down.”Cheelai groans. “Boooooss. Come ooooonnnn.”“You get through with it and I’ll make sure to get you guys something nice afterward. It’s not like I’m asking you all to head into Hell again.”“...Again?” Tapion repeats.“Eheh, well, while checking out Earth’s Hakkero…”(cont.)
>>4577670You catch them up on the last adventure your group was through along the way to Capsule Corp, and once there you notice that aunt Maple’s also there. Cool. With all of you heading in, Pantea gives the four a pretty simple task: moving materials around the main lab so more Ki containers can be developed. They’re still working on ways to streamline the process and set it for Mass Production, and apparently aunt Maple is using some of this to help with a book she’s been working on.But anyway, you, Tapion, Minotia, and Pantea head into the building’s atrium to catch up, finding… ah hey! “Giru, 19, hey! Look, we’ve got some old friends back here again for the day.”“Giru, Giru! Hello Tapion! Hello Minotia!” the tiny robot greets, still sporting his cool new blue color scheme. 19 just gives a nod. The brothers catch the three up on what they told you, adding that, Gohan apparently worked a deal out with King Yemma to prevent future incidents like that from happening… and to help out his grandparents, apparently. You notice Pantea with a very pleased smile on her face as she hears what Gohan’s been up to. Might have to tease her later.>A. So what else have you been up to, Pantea?>B. Still liking the paint job, Giru, though you have to get it reapplied or can you switch colors how you want?>C. 19! How’ve you been? Still spending time with 16 and whatnot?>D. Something else?
>>4577671>Might have to tease her later.>D. I'm teasing her now!
>>4577671>B.>C.>D. It wouldn't hurt to tease her a liiiittle bit right now.
>>4577671>A & C.
>>4577671>B. Still liking the paint job, Giru, though you have to get it reapplied or can you switch colors how you want?We can invite him over to get his nails painted, along with his bolts and weldings
>>4577671>A, B, C.And some light teasing is ok
>>4577671>Still liking the paint job, Giru, though you have to get it reapplied or can you switch colors how you want?>C. 19! How’ve you been? Still spending time with 16 and whatnot?>D . Have Pantea check out the Hakkero, maybe she can make magic containers as well or at least come up with some more improvements?
Okay folks, gonna have to call it a night here. We'll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. Stay safe out there, and hope to see y'all then!
>>4577712Have a good night! Do you have backups for the pastebins?
>>4577712Thanks for running! Staying as safe as I can!
So how powerful would the completed fusion be anyway Kato?
>>4578449Male plus Female means an invincible groin!
>>4577716I'll try to get to that when I can.>>4577720Thanks anon.>>4578449While Gohan might be able to take it on with relative ease, it would cause some problems for Hell again.And I'm so, so very sorry for the delay again, folks. Something fairly major came up at work. It's been handled but that took up quite a bit of time. I'll be able to run still, but it's going to be pretty short.So, we are back, even if tonight's going to be pretty short.>>4577671“Still liking that paint job, Giru. Do you have to get it reapplied or can you like, change it at will?” you ask, Tapion and Minotia talking with Pantea a bit.“Giru, Giru, it can be changed at will!” He spins around and turns from blue to red, striking a pose, and then spins again, going back to his original silver-white color. Neat.“So what else can you do with that?”“Giru, Giru, Nanomachine upgrades allow new defensive and offensive functions, alongside improved printing functions.” He then beeps softly and makes himself… a tiny hat. Aww. It’s adorable. He then makes a little shield… aaand some extra rocket launchers. Ooh, that’s cool.“And how about you, 19? It’s been a while since we last talked. Been hanging out with 16 still? Oooor a certain little guy on the more pale side?” You grin just a little.“Chiaotzu and I have been working together for some time, yes, and I have been assisting 16 in locating any other signs of Number 21 on Earth.” she explains calmly. “There so far has been little luck aside from signs that she has made trips to the planet. Small labs and observation stations.” 19 crosses her arms. “…Perhaps Fortuneteller Baba might have a lead on her.”“Hrmn. Might you have an idea what her and Gero are up to, at least?”“Number 21 is clearly still focused on perfecting clones of certain fighters. To what end is unknown currently, though I have some guesses. It may have something to do with the Cell Sentai project, or perhaps an attempt to sow confusion and chaos during another crisis. Recall what happened during the last attack on Earth, with incidents such as the copy of Goku.”(cont.)
>>4578722Ah. That. Yeah. You heard plenty about what happened when you got back home, and while some of it went over your head you could get that it was pretty hectic. Pantea picks up on the awkward air around the conversation that’s started to build, and quickly changes the subject. “So, have you thought any about the Mifan Tag Tournament? A few people might be good matches with you.”“I have not yet.” she responds. “But I may have a list of potential partners I could work with.”“Ahhh, is that what else you’ve been planning for, Pantea?” you ask, smirking slightly. “A little disappointed you won’t be able to team up with Gohan for it?”She tilts her head in confusion. “Well he won’t be back until-” And then she gets it. “H-hey! Izzy! Jeeze!” Tapion softly chuckles while Minotia grins smugly. She recollects herself and clears her throat. “Ahem. Though I could do well with him, my optimal tag partner is probably still Videl, but… hrmn, might be good to expand my horizons a bit.”“That’s true. One reason I’ve been working on this baby.” You show off the mini Hakkero. “Actually, maybe you could take a look at it, Pantea. It’s probably got a few things you’d be fascinated with-” It is already in her hands and she is looking it over with intense interest. Well. Looks like you were right.“Izumi, how about you? Do you plan on participating in the Mifan Tournament? If so, do you have a partner in mind?” 19 asks.>A. I was hoping Sachie might be up for it, actually>B. Well, since you’re asking, you wanna team up, 19?>C. Hey, uh, Tapion, might you be interested in being my tag partner?>D. In truth, I kinda wanted to ask aunt Maple if we could make a team>E. Say, Pantea, how about it? It’ll expand both our horizons!>F. Hoooonestly? Not really planning to participate, for other things on my plate>G. Something else?
>>4578722>So, we are back, even if tonight's going to be pretty short.It is Tuffle Quest, after all.
>>4578724>E!>G. Honestly, we could get to work on some really advanced strats today!
>>4578724>G. My mom's cousin Chachi from Mt. Tortilla>E. Failing that, how about you?
>>4578724>E."Well I was gonna ask Vegeta-hahaha hahaha, oooh...how about you and I work together Pantea?"But try and reach Videl to see if she's cool with it. She might be expecting Pantea to partner up with her. Gives her a chance to find her own partner too.
>>4578724All these are good>>4578730>>4578733>>4578744
>>4578724“Well, failing that I can’t get my mom’s cousin Chachi from Mr. Tortilla to agree to it…” you start off, confusing the Artificial Human for a moment.“Such an individual does not exist.”Pantea laughs. “No, no they do not.”“I was thinking on asking Vegeta to teaahahahahaha! Hahahaha! Hoooooh. Haaa, hah.” Might be easier getting Towa to agree to it. Hah. “Okay but for real, I think I know someone here who might be a good match.” You glance towards the purple-haired girl. “How about it, Pantea? You wanna team up for it? It’ll expand both out horizons.”Her eyes widen in surprise. “W-wait really? Well… huh.”“I mean, if Videl doesn’t have any objections to it herself. Don’t wanna push you two apart if you’ve already got a thing going.” …Did you phrase that right? You phrased that right. Not in a way that could be misconstrued as awkward at all.“I… think she’ll be fine with it. I’ll call her later.”“Okay cool cool.” You place your hands behind your head and grin. “Feel up to practicing now? Bet there’s plenty we could work on.”“Not quite yet. But this has definitely caught my attention.” She looks over the mini Hakkero in her hands.“Try putting a bit of Magic through it.” you say with a wide grin on your face.She does, attempting to put some Light Magic through it, and is surprised by how it’s a good deal more intense than she was expecting. “Oh wow! That’s quite impressive.” She turns it over some more. “You mind if I open it up?”>A. Go ahead! It’ll probably prove pretty useful to you>B. Eeeeeh, better wait on it, I only just got it working>C. Actually, 19, how about you give it a try? You have been attempting to work with Magic, right?>D. Speaking of the tournament, Tapion, Minotia, you two think you’ll be able to come watch next year?>E. Something else?
>>4578900>C.>D. Maybe join?
>>4578900>A. Go ahead! It’ll probably prove pretty useful to you
>>4578900>C. Actually, 19, how about you give it a try? You have been attempting to work with Magic, right?
>>4578900“Actually, first, 19, would you like to give it a try?” you ask, looking to the android girl. “You’ve been trying to figure out Magic yourself, yeah? So this might be useful for you.”While her expression doesn’t change much, there is a look she gives that seems intrigued. “Very well.” Taking it from Pantea, she attempts a bit of Magic, Lightning Magic this time, and a sparks fly out from the mini Hakkero. “Curious.” She tries again, the sparking intensifying. “Current estimation is that it is giving a 45-55% increase in power. However, there seems to be more to it than that.”You nod, proud of your creation. “There does indeed. I figure the more I work with Magic, the more I can make use of it. Pluuuus my normal Ki-based abilities should see a bit of an increase too, with it around. May have to be careful with it though, given what I’ve seen on Z’S and even with the Furnace of Eight Divisions.”“Did hear the reactors of the planet had something to do with its intense gravity. What exactly happened with them?” Pantea asks.“They fell into disrepair and poooossibly had some kind of weird feedback loop with Shadow Magic or something. Plus with Hell breaking open and whatever they served as a pretty open place for souls to cross over to the realm of the living. Nazar and I worked to repair them and keep bigger threats from passing through while we could.” With a little bit of prideful bragging, you add, “Including Hirudegarn, who I managed to take out on my own.”Tapion softly chuckles as that catches the others off-guard. Pantea especially. “Wait that really was you?”You blink. “Eh?”“I thought I sensed someone facing off with Hirudegarn in the distance while we were fighting Janemba. Hah, wow, it seemed like you but I guess I hadn’t felt that kind of power from you before.” She grins. “Okay, we really could make this team-up work. You just might be able to keep up with me.”Oh that sounds like a challenge. “Lotta confidence there. Got some secret technique you’ve been working on?”“Haven’t really shown it off to too many people yet, but you could say that.” she replies with a grin. Well well well. This just got a good deal more interesting.>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.Also my apologies for dozing off for a bit there, eheh.
>>4579006always have fun.and its ok Kato, it was late and you had a long shift. Its understandable you'd doze off.Hm. Think Melchior and Konpei would be interested in the mini-hakkero? What about Trip?
>>4579125Thanks Sword, glad you had fun.They might be interested in it.And okay, we are back!>>4579006Pantea stands up and hands you back the mini Hakkero, stretching her limbs for a bit. “You wanna have a quick spar, Izzy?”“Right now? You were pretty interested in this, you sure you don’t want to poke around in it?” you respond, waving the Hakkero a bit.“Well sure, but you’ve got me curious now. I’d like to see a bit on what you’re capable of myself.” she replies with a confident grin.19 looks to you. “I must admit that my curiosity has been piqued as well.”Pantea crosses her arms. “Come on, quick five minutes in the gravity chamber. You up for it?”>A. All right, you’re on!>B. Better put a raincheck in that first, should check on my group to see if they’re handling things okay>C. Could we watch some stuff afterward? I think we were fairly close to finishing that series>D. Don’t think the gravity chamber would work, might be a little too small for what I’ve got>E. Something else?
>>4579847>A. >D.>E. Ki sense Pantea first. Let's see what shes hiding.
>>4579847>A.>D.>E. Got anything more open?
>>4579847“All right, you’re on!” You leap to your feet and point towards her. “But the Gravity Chamber might be a bit too small for what I’ve got planned. Got a place we can do this?”She nods, but notes, “If it’s going to need that much space, might prove to be a problem in the Tournament, just so you know.”“Well, practice makes perfect then! Where to?” Getting a little excited now.Pantea takes you out back, Tapion, Minotia, 19, and Giru all following. Once ready you sense out for Pantea’s Ki, observing carefully if there are any surprises she has in store for you. She takes in a deep breath and exhales softly, then getting herself pumped up. Then… you start to feel her energy rise, and rise a lot, very quickly. From what you thought was her norm you feel her easily double… no, triple her power, and… woah, she keeps raising her energy. She stops at what seems like the equivalent to the Raio-Ten, yet there’s no change to her aura, no sudden burst of power, just revealing more of it. If anything she still seems to be in base. 19 is surprised, though Tapion and Minotia look like they recognize what she’s doing.What the heck is this?She takes her stance and motions for you to come at her. “ This should be a good starting point. Come on, Izzy. Let’s see what you can do.”>A. All right, you’ll start off with your Mahou power!>B. Better get right to the point, show off the power of the Mahou Knight!>C. Hold back for now, try to see how she’s going to use this>D. Something else?
>>4579990Let's start off with the basics then.>D. Raio-Ten! >E. Rock-Paper-Scissors Punch!Ice rock, wind paper, and fire scissors.
>>4579990>A. All right, you’ll start off with your Mahou power!We're just showing off our new power at the moment anyway, might as well do each step.And.this is probably an update too early, but Pantea had a good point about the size. Considering how to make a more condensed mahou knight might be a good idea.
>>4579990Supporting on both points >>4580004
Okay! Roll me 2d20, best of three! DC is 13 for both!
Rolled 6, 15 = 21 (2d20)>>4580018
Rolled 15, 18 = 33 (2d20)>>4580018
Rolled 11, 4 = 15 (2d20)>>4580018
>>4580020>>4580022>>4580026Passed both! Writing...
>>4579990https://youtu.be/dUf26N_hCaY“Henshin! Yuushaaaa!” In an emerald flash you transform, pointing towards her. “All right, let’s start off with this.”She gets a very happy, almost fangirlish gleam in her eyes, but she refocuses and adjusts her glasses. “First time I’ll be seeing it up close, all right, here goes!” She dashes towards you, moving quickly to try and trip you up. So you don’t even let her get that chance, forming a Hero’s Barrier mixed in with Water Magic as she tries to feint you, blocking the attack and sending her back. Pantea sticks the landing, then grins. “Not bad.” She raises her fist, flames forming around both it and a circle of energy forming on her back. “Bet you I can get through that though!”She probably can, so you’ll need to think smart. She’s turned up the heat… but… “Hey, taking it a bit too intense right now, how about ya CHILL for a bit?” That was a great pun no one can tell you otherwise. “GLACIER SURGE!” Letting out a torrent of freezing water, boosted with your Mahou power, you stop Pantea right as she launches herself forward. You then take it a step further, focusing the pressure of the water to push her back the moment she tries to overcome the freezing fluid.“Hrah!” Pantea lets out a burst of power that sends the water away and leaps up. You stop your attack, leaving a slippery slick across the ground in front of you. “Heh, okay, not bad at all.” You feel her power increase again… and it’s still odd to you. Well, odd in how “normal” it feels, it’s like her regular Ki, just way, way higher than normal. Did her base strength increase that much? “That should be enough.” she comments after going about… four times what she was before. You do notice another something a little odd, her normal aura’s usually has more of a light blue tint to it, but as you see it flow around her ever so slightly, it’s a bright and calm white.>A. Try to match her pace, use your skills with Magic first and foremost!>B. Better show her you’re not playing around! Show off the Mahou Knight!>C. Try something a little risky to change it up! See how the Hakkero works with your boosted Magic!>D. Something else?
>>4580132>A.>D. Combo elemental spirit bits too
>>4580132This is good >>4580139
>>4580132>>4580139Support.But also then.>E. Suggest that Pantea's new trick up her sleeve might just be better than all of ours, even if we could get stronger. Then:>B.Basically I'm saying we should test her strength and then transform again at the end to really rest it.
Okay, real quick! Another 2d20, best of three! DC is 15 for both!
Rolled 12, 12 = 24 (2d20)>>4580169
Rolled 2, 18 = 20 (2d20)>>4580169
Rolled 1, 12 = 13 (2d20)>>4580169
>>4580170>>4580173>>4580177Passed one of them! Buuuut first, not so much.That said I'm gonna call it a night here, thanks for playing, everyone! We'll be back tomorrow ~5:30 pm PST. Hope to see y'all there, and stay safe!
>>4580179Was fun, thanks for running!
>>4580183Glad to hear, thanks for playing!And okay, we are back!>>4580169You try to match the pace with her and get ready to defend yourself and counter… only for Pantea to easily outspeed you and get behind you, landing a palm strike in your back that sends you flying. She follows after, and while you try to block, she’s just too quick. Okay, focus on your Magic! Focus! Focuuusss! Okay, an opening! You pull your leg back and let Wind Magic flow through it, then try to kick at Pantea… and just barely miss her. And your leg keeps moving from the momentum, causing you to spin in midair and flop down into the pond in the back of Capsule Corp.Well. That could have gone better.“Hah! You still holding up okay there, Izzy?” Pantea questions with a slightly smug and confident tone in her voice.Oh you’ll show her “okay.” You ready your Spirit Bits and charge a bit of Magic into each of them, then burst out of the water! First off! She’s too quick, so you need to tie her down! Shadow Spirit Bit! You fire off, and while she defends herself, her aura dampens slightly. Second! Lightning! She sees it coming, but slowed a bit from the Shadow Magic-boosted attack, you manage to stun her! Pantea then tries to fly back, knowing that even if she can’t move, she can still use her Ki to float. Not gonna let her! Third, Fire! You target the ground behind her and she stops herself, not risking hitting the flames. Fourth! Wind! You both target her back AND blow the flames towards her, knocking her forward! Fifth! Ice! The next volley freezes her legs to the ground as she tries to recollect herself. Sixth! Light! She blocks the attack, but it’s blindingly bright, causing her trouble seeing what’s coming next!“Now for the grand finale!” Your final Spirit Bit is still in the pond. Lastly! Water! Having it draw up the liquid from the pond, its power is amplified a bit, pressure intensified, and instead of a blast, a stream fires out from the Spirit Bit and hits Pantea square in the gut!She’s knocked over and bounces across the ground, though quickly regains her footing, sticking the landing. She’s got a wide grin on her face now. “Now THAT is what I’m talking about! Great job, Izzy!”>A. Okay, you’ve done well so far, but you need to show her your full power! Mahou Knight!>B. I think we can call it here, before we… uh, do any more damage to the yard>C. Pantea, I’m getting the impression that this trick you’re pulling is even more potent than you’ve shown, so how about you cut to the chase and show me its full power?>D. Something else?
>>4580928>A.>C.>D. Use the hakkero for this
>>4580928>A & C.>>4580934Disagreeing with this D, gotta take it step by step.
Okay! Roll me 2d20 once more, best of three! DC is 14 for both!
Rolled 17, 11 = 28 (2d20)>>4580974would the dc have been lower if we used the hakkero?
Rolled 8, 11 = 19 (2d20)>>4580974
Rolled 15, 1 = 16 (2d20)>>4580974>>4580978I don't think the Hakkero will be allowed in the tourney.
>>4580978>>4580980>>4580984Paaaassed the first, not so much the second. And while it may be allowed just like Izzy's other equipment, sans sword, it might not have lowered the DC. Anyway, writing...
>>4580928“Pantea, hold up.” You hold your hand out to get her to stop. “Listen, I’m getting the impression that there is a whole lot more to whatever you’ve been doing is a lot more potent than you’ve been letting on, so let’s cut to the chase. You show me what your real full power is like, and I’ll show you what I’ve got in store.” Your other hand brings out the crystal. “Deal?”She smirks. “Deal.”“Okay!” You hold the crystal up high and float upward. “MAHOU KNIGHT!” An emerald flash fills the area as your mech forms around you, landing with a loud, weighty THUD and CRUNCH as you crack the ice still on the ground. You see Pantea merely power up more… and more, and more, and more… until she finally stops, and you get a sense of just how strong she really is. She… could easily go toe to toe with Peppa or Goku or Raditz with that kind of crazy power.This just got a whole lot more interesting!Pantea has an almost fangirlish look in her eyes again, but she regains a cool composure quickly. The two of you fly forward and clash, your now much more massive frame proving to be more than Pantea was expecting to handle as you’re able to push her back and follow up with a powerful blast of energy, fueled with Wind Magic to knock her away. Spirit Bits still out, bring them back and have them form an Amplify gate. “REVENANT DRIVER!” Your mech’s hands clasp together and form a ringed sphere of energy between them, brimming with swirling Winds, then launch it through the gate to create what almost looks like a tiny Saturn, but whirling everything up around it.(cont.)
>>4581085https://youtu.be/b6-mMQAbKw4Pantea stops herself and watches as the attack comes right towards her. Hah, got ‘er! …Or, do you? It flies past where she was and detonates in a massive whirlwind. And… Pantea’s nowhere to be seen. You look around, you can sense her still there but she’s moving quicker than you can really lock on to. You get glimpses of a sparking trail as she dashes around the area, ground starting to tear up. Where is she…? ABOVE YOU! Barrier barrier barrier!“SHIIIIIINESPAAAAARK…” Pantea yells out. “V! MAAAAAAAX!” She rockets at you with with unbelievable speed and power, her aura condensed around her, though giving off trails from her back that almost look wing-like. She crashes into your barrier… and hits with enough force to punch through it, slamming into you and knocking your mech down.“Wheeeeww…” She exhales, flipping back. “Ring-out.”You blink as you try to get your mech back up. “…Um, what?” As you look towards her, you notice the ground she was tearing up had a purpose. She made a circle around you… and you’re now outside it. Oh. Ohhh… “Eheh… proving a point there, huh?”“I can see what you mean by it being a bit much for the Gravity Chamber.” she tells you, moving to you quickly. “This mech is amazing though…” Her hand brushes some of the dirt off its leg. “The material’s interesting, doesn’t look completely metallic…”“I think that’s gonna be enough training for today.” Bulma’s voice addresses, catching the attention of all of you.“Though that was quite impressive.” Maple adds, standing beside her, still in a matching lab coat. You also notice… ah. Dang it. Cheelai and the boys are there too. And they just saw you get bowled over like that.>A. Okay, okay, power down, that’s good enough>B. Want to take some time observing this, Pantea? While I, uh… clean up the area a bit in attempt at apology? Heh heh…>C. Aunt Maple! Hey! How long were you watching this? Do you have any thoughts on this kind of power?>D. Something else?
>>4581087>A. Okay, okay, power down, that’s good enough>C. Aunt Maple! Hey! How long were you watching this? Do you have any thoughts on this kind of power?B. Want to take some time observing this, Pantea? While I, uh… clean up the area a bit in attempt at apology? Heh heh…
>>4581087>D. "Hey minions, aren't any of you going to fight her and avenge my honor?">B.>C.
>>4581087>A.>B.>C.>D."Ok, you gotta tell me what you did to get this crazy amount of power."
>>4581087>A & C.
>>4581087>A, B, C.
>>4581087>D. Show your royal decorum by storming off in a huff. Uuuu!!!
>>4581087Okay, okay, you’ve had your fun… but before you power down, you look to Pantea. “If you’d like you can take some time to observe it while I…” You look around the torn up ground. “Uh, help clean up this area. Eheh. Heh.”Bulma chuckles softly. “Well, thank you, Izzy.”You get to work tidying things up, flattening the ground and getting rid of the ice… along with refilling the pond and clearing some stuff out of it. As you work, Pantea examines the armor of the mech, even getting a Scouter out to better analyze things. “Hmm… it’s an unusual mixture of materials, metallic but the texture feels almost like ceramic… oh, wait. It’s…” She leans closer. “Huh. There seems to be a crystalline structure underneath… or maybe more of a circuit?” She flies up to observe the joints. “Huh… they’re using your Magic to keep themselves moving, even… well, lubricated isn’t the right word, but it’s flowing through it in a way to keep them from grinding against one another.” She looks up towards you. “And you’re situated in the center of it… how much energy are you using to keep this functioning like it is?”“Not as much as I was during our spar, but I know it does still take some to maintain.” you reply.“Hmm… so might be a bit draining in addition to being a bigger target…” she mumbles quietly. “Yet… this is still so cool! Even when I hit you with full force, there’s hardly a scratch on your armor. Its defensive capabilities are definitely next level, and I’ll admit, it looks like it can pack a wallop.”(cont.)
>>4581224“Oh I can attest to that.” You finish packing some dirt. There, good as new! You then turn toward Maple and Bulma, finally powering down. “Aunt Maple! Hey! How long have you been watching? …Do you, uh, have any pointers or thoughts on what went down?”She leaps down and walks forward, hands in her coat’s pockets. “I’d say it’s showing a lot of promise. Your sparring match with Peppa previously and from what brobro told me about Z’S, I do think you’re really getting the hang of it. But I also think it’s something you’ll need a good deal more practice with this, going forward. Energy regulation and keeping in mind your increased size during battle will be hard to pull off, though it’s not something you should take too harshly. Heh, honestly, even Goku struggled with it before. I do think you should really take some time developing your Magic while within that thing…” She glances at Pantea. “Especially if the two of you want to be effective tag team partners.”“Anything in particular you suggest?”She grins. “Support moves. Take a look into how the two of you might be able to back one another up. Power consumption might be an issue for Izzy, but I’ve seen how you have power to spare, Pantea. Keep note of that.”19 finally approaches. “I will admit that this has been an enlightening battle, but I must say I find it odd that you’re giving them this much to work with. They will potentially be your opponents during the Mifan Tournament, will they not?”“Of course. Buuut a few things: one, I was kinda watching that from the moment I sensed Izzy transform, so I owe them a little. Two, if they can come up with better strategies during the tournament, that’ll make the matches all the more exciting. And three, they’re still good allies, friends, and family once it’s all said and done, who help keep the Earth safe alongside improving themselves.” She crosses her arms and declares, “I’m proud of you both. You two have come very far.”You rub the back of your neck bashfully. “Thanks, auntie Maple.” All of you start to head inside… but there’s still one thing you’re wondering on. “…So be honest. Where DID you get that power from?”Pantea’s eyes briefly glance at Tapion and Minotia. “Well… it’s a bit of a story we’ll talk about another time. But I will tell ya, promise… partner.”>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38… Paused.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for tonight. We’ll continue tomorrow starting ~5:30 pm PST. I’ll be around for a bit for questions and stuff. Did y’all have fun? Hope everyone’s staying safe out there.Sorry again for passing out for a bit, gonna sleep now.
>>4581227Fun definitely had, you dozy madwoman.Obviously our tag practice time needs to include developing over-the-top mecha moves. And we need at least one tag maneuver where Izzy fires a rocketto paunch and when it detonates on impact, Pantea comes out of it, punching even harder.
>>4581227It's all good Kato. Thanks for running! Also since swords aren't allowed in the Tournament, might it be good for Izzy to learn to make Ki swords?
>>4581862Actually, we should avoid blades in general when fighting people we don't want to separate from themselves. Let's make ki-clubs or something.
>>4581907Some sort of...reverse-blade style
>>4581397Glad you had fun!And definitely things I can work with, hahaha.>>4581862>>4581907>>4581908Thanks for playing! And those could definitely be things to work on.Okay! Sorry the this delay again, but we've got one more night for this! We are back!>>4581227Now back inside, Bulma goes over how your group helped her and Maple out, moving supplies and even helping piece a few things together. Thanks to their help, one extra portable Ki container were made on top of the two that they’d done previously, bringing the total up to four.“That should be it for a time. Later on we can start to gather up more materials to keep them stable, but that might not be for another month.” Maple says.“Still need a way to be able to actually mass produce them.” Bulma mumbles quietly. “Oh, and yeah, these four did a fine job. A little… overly enthusiastic at the start, but nothing broken!”The three boys give you a proud thumb’s up, while Cheelai gives a lazy one. “We done here, boss?”>A. Actually… Bulma, you got anything for them that they might like? You know, a little reward for a job well done>B. Say, Pantea, still up for a couple episodes or something? Or maybe any other series like that, since we’ve got some here who are… less familiar with that show>C. Tapion, Minotia, any things you guys wanna do before heading out again?>D. Something else?
>>4581919Could we summon a piece of our armor for Giru to study/absorb? I have idea on how to improve our suit...>A.>C.
>>4581919>D. "Hmm, too bad you couldn't industrialize magic materialization.">A. >C.>>4581922That sounds fun, and leads into us experimenting with our transformations.
>>4581928By the way, this is said with full expectations of what happens when telling Bulma what she can't do.
>>4581919You tap your chin, thinking for a moment. “Say, Mrs. Bulma, since they’ve done a good job today, you think you might have anything for them that they’d like? You know, as a little reward.”She looks back as the four are surprised by your question. She then places her hands in her pockets and grins. “Cheelai, was it?”“Y-yes?” the green girl responds.“I’ll show you to the garage in a bit. And you guys, Para Para bros?”“Y-yes ma’am?” Bon Para replies.“You folks are into music, yeah?”Their faces light up and the three of them cheer out, “Yeah!”“Great! I’ve got something for all of you too.”Cheelai gives you a side-eye. “…So is this bribery?”“Nah, I’d have to know what she’s giving you ahead of time.” you respond cheekily. You know that’s not how bribery works but hey, you’re having some fun. “This is a reward, for doing a good job.” Placing your arms behind your head, you then mention, “Shame you don’t have like, an industrialized Magic Materialization thing to work with.”Maple laughs. “Believe me, I’ve thought on that. Working out the logistics and actually coming up with the schematics will take a bit more time than I’m really capable of at this point. Even materializing what I could on my own was a pain.”“I see, I see…” Hm. Wait. You turn to Giru. “Heeey. You’ve got some upgrades, yeah? Maybe you could help them a bit.”“Giru, Giru, I have! Replicating what materials are required. Some are still beyond current abilities to reproduce.”You get an idea. “Hmm… maybe then you could try analyzing some of my armor, to see if there’s any way you can better understand how it works.” You focus hard and form a very tiny chunk that takes… a bit more to produce than you kinda expected it too. You then hand it to Giru. “Here ya go, little guy.”“Giru, Giru! Will begin analysis promptly!”(cont.)
>>4582026Okay, think that’s about everything wrapped up… unless… “Tapion, Minotia, how about the two of you? Anything you’d like to do before heading out again?”The brothers look at one another, and then at Pantea. Minotia grins wide. “Weeeelllll…”…And about an hour later, he’s gotten some gaming out of his system, him and Pantea talk about some handheld systems. She gets the brothers each a DS and a few games to go with. “There we go!~ These are some really good ones, and I believe I’ve gotten a workaround for the writing barrier. Could give some updates if you two have any script examples for me to work with.”“Actually yeah! Here, I’ve got a few things that could work with that…” Minotia tells her, handing a small device over.>A. You could suggest some games too!>B. Hey, if you two are going to visit Gohan again, maybe you could bring him his own system next time you meet, I’m sure he’d like that>C. Okay, they’re good here, check up on what Bulma’s giving your group>D. Say, 19, anything you wanna do? Still been a while since we last hung out>E. Something else?
>>4582027>A.>See if there's some genres (or subgenres) of games they might like but haven't tried out yet.>D.
>>4582027Let's seeeee, 2009 games...>A. Saints Row 2, Assassin's Creed 2, Modern Warfare 2, Killzone 2, Uncharted 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War 2 (if they have a PC), and God of War Collection, which includes God War and God of War 2.
>>4582027>A.Now if we're stuck with just DS Games, I don't have much. Now if we include others...DRAGON AGE ORIGINS. >D. Do you have any hobbies 19?
>>4582027>A.AAAAAh shit, can't forget Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero, and Band Hero.
>>4582027>A & D.
>>4582027“You know, there are a few games I think they’d like…” You list off a few to Pantea, but realize quite quickly that while most might be entertaining to the brothers, in particular a few RPGs and the like, some might be a bit harder to get to them, as they’d require some new consoles too. “Hrmn, well maybe something like… hrmn, there are those Guitar Hero games and…”“Wait! Aha!” Pantea snaps her fingers. “I’ve got a game that’ll go well with them!” She dashes to collect… huh. A DS Guitar Hero game? …They make those? “It can be a little awkward to use at first, but it’s really fun.”Minotia grins. “Oooh, this one’s cool. Kinda reminds me what Gohan’s up to, though.”Pantea tilts her head. “What do you mean?”“Oh, yeah, well, Grand Kai offered him a prize, anything in his power to grant.” The boy stretches his arms and places them behind his head. “Gohan chose guitar lessons.”You hear Maple let out a short, but approving laugh. “That’s my boy!”“Last I heard, he’s actually taken to them quite well.” Tapion mentions. “And I believe that Grand Kai has also appreciated having someone to share such an interest with.”Your aunt looks rather pleased to hear that as well, and honestly, that sounds cool. Good on ya, cous. And lastly, you have one more thing to ask. “So! 19! You been up to anything? It’s been quite a while since we last hung out. You have any hobbies you’ve been trying to pick up?”“Aside from trying to uncover what Gero and 21’s goals are currently, I have given some more thought into exploring what I may or may not.. ‘like’, so to speak. I would guess I have started to dabble into fashion somewhat-”“YOU HAVE?!” you ask excitedly. “Ooooh tell me more!”19 backs up slightly as you get closer. “What I mean to say I have come to at the very least attempt more casual dress than my norm. I… will admit that I may need some help with looking more casual.” She looks down in slight shame. “…At the very least so my next attempt does not cause young children to cry over the ‘creepy clown lady’ who was ‘haunting the malls.’”“Wait that was you?” Pantea asks in surprise. She then flinches as she sees how that delivers a bit of a blow to the robot girl’s… ego? She has one of those, right? “S-sorry…”(cont.)
>>4582112“Well that sounds like something we can work on! Set a date and I’ll be there.” You stand up. “Gonna check on my crew real quick.” Heading out, you hear music start to play, and sense the Para Para bros, rocking to a new custom Capsule stereo, apparently with a wireless headset feature. Neat. Then you hear a low rumble further out, and head into the garage.And almost have to leap back as you see Cheelai driving around a new morotcycle. “HOLY CRAP THIS HANDLES LIKE A DREAM!” she shouts to Bulma excitedly.“It’s got a hoverbike function too!” she shouts back.“AWESOME!” Cheelai has it float up slightly, then do a donut in midair. She finally lands and turns the bike off, then hits a button to turn it into a Capsule. She looks over to you with a genuinely pleased expression. “Okay boss. Maybe I was a little overly grumpy before. This is definitely worth it.”“Glad to hear. Just make sure to be careful with it, else you’ll have to pay for repairs yourself.”“Yeah yeah, I know. Still, really, thanks. Think I’m starting to figure this place out a bit better finally.” She gives you an OK sign and winks. Heh, that’s good. They really are on the track to reforming.https://youtu.be/-MMbAz-U7o8>GOHAN AND MAJIN BUU SOCIAL LINK 2: COMPLETE!>DRAGON BALL TUFFLE QUEST KAI #38 END.>Twitter account is @KatoQm, will have status updates there>Got some questions for the QM? Suggestions? Throw them at ask.fm/QMKato and I’ll try to answer them as best I canAll right folks, that's all for this thread. Thank you all so, so much for playing and sticking around for so long! This will probably mark the end of the last thread of the year, and so I have a couple things to ask. First off, the general… slow burn apocalypse that this year has been aside, how have y’all liked the Quests? Anything that stands out that I should work on, things you liked, disliked, any feedback at all would be good. Second, would y’all prefer more Secret Princess Zelda when my schedule finally calms down, or get through some stuff I have planned for Tuffle Quest quicker? And third, and most importantly, have y’all had fun?Merry Christmas, and stay safe out there.
>>4582112>some might be a bit harder to get to them, as they’d require some new consoles too.That's an issue for the heir to a tech giant and an actual princess? Buying consoles for friends?
>>4582115This and Secret Princess both made this year just a little more bearable. Thank you Kato, for running and for being awesome through the whole year. Merry Christmas! And here's to a better new year!
>>4582115Loving the quests. Tuffle Quest is a series I absolutely adore and pretty much has kept me from burning out on Dragon Ball. It's also something I gush about to anyone who'll listen. I enjoy talking about it in the Discord with the others, oftentimes just going off on a series of tangents about it. I love the way you incorporate all of the Toriyama lore, not just the anime and manga. I also enjoy the /tg/, /m/, /v/. based tropes you use, even if I don't understand a lot of them until I do research. Your receptive to our suggestions and feedback which really makes this feel like we're involved rather than just being railroaded to one event after the other. Can't say there's been much I dislike. Well. Besides losing RAINBOW, but that was more due to Liam being a fickle goat and we're working on restoring it. Hum. No nothing that really comes to mind right now. Even if other posters make decisions I disagree with it tends to work out for the better. As for Secret Princess Quest? That's up to you, boss. I just like to help out when I can.Thirdly? Fuck yeah, I'm having fun. I look forward to Tuffle Quest every time it runs. I feel bad when I can't make it or have to sleep early. Which...if you need to close up early because your tired Kato, I completely understand. Anyway. Here to hoping for five more years of Tuffle Quest. Hell ten more years or even more! I don't ever want this series to end. Though I know you'd have the perfect ending ready to go. Like Dragon Ball, I hope to continue on the adventure for a long, long time. Keep being an inspiration, Kato.
>>4582115The quests are fantastic, even if no one will join my gestalt octodragon cult. I like the focus on character interaction and the steady broadening of the cast without overwhelming. If I had a solid thing you need to work on, I'd say it's getting to bed on time, dork.Secret Princess is a lot of fun, and the party control is an interesting change of pace from tuffles. I am also a lot more familiar with the source, and that helps.And of course I've had fun! I've had fun in your threads all year. Can't wait to do it again!
A TUFFLE QUEST CHRISTMAS CAROL!https://youtu.be/r5Hi21KLxY4?t=25 >Near Mt. Paozu, once upon a Yuletide Night,>Appeared three figures dressed in white.>What looked like bedroom sheets they all did wear>Alerting any onlookers to beware! >Speaking of bedrooms, in one of which did lay>Our former protagonist, Maple Son-Mahogannnay.>Tossing and turning, snoring as if cutting logs,>It was as if she had swallowed a bunch of frogs. >In truth, smoking had caught up with her,and she really needed to cut back.>This all left her unaware of the three specterswho had all bumped into the hallway coat-rack. >A racket was made and the ghosts thrashed about irate!>But after getting over their stubbed spectral toes,>All three of them remembered they could levitate.>The ghosts all floated over to Tonight's special foe. >"A good girl she's been, but that's not all there is to it.">"She is clearly waning in her amount of Christmas Spirit.">"Maple Mahogany has lost sight of what matters this season.">"""Surely some visions will make her see reason.""" >To wake the small alien up, Past started smacking her.>Present went in for a People's Elbow, while Future dumped a bucket of water.>Shocked awake, Maple quickly looked about at all her assailants.>Pleased they succeeded, the ghosts sprang to provide their... "assistance." >Past stepped forward, unveiling himself to be...>None other than a doppelganger of Dr. Raichi!>"I am the Ghost of Christmas Pa-" "Geist Magnum.">...A smoking hole in his forehead made him feel numb. https://youtu.be/Zz1bfhtKsHM>Past pressed a hand to his head, it came back wet.">...Wha-" Past fell to the floor, still as a statuette.>Seeing their colleague's ectoplasm come out in a gush,>The remaining two ghosts' thoughts were all in a rush. >Present, always one to live in the moment, stepped forward.>Waggling his finger, "Now now, that's very untoward.>"We are here to help you heal whimsy that's well overdone.>"Now be a good girl and we'll help yo-" "Phantom Shotgun.">Present was now very similar to his senpai and swiss cheese.>"Muh boojuice!" moaned the ghost as the pain only increased.>Future, always one to think of tomorrow, was already gone.>He would not fall at the hands of that weird leprechaun!https://youtu.be/ANEsXjSiYxI >Now free of pests, Maple got up, and moved to a comfier spot.>Having her feet covered by covers had made them too hot.>Moving under the sheets, she adjusted her nightcap,>Stuck out her feets, and nuzzled into Goku's lap. >Future cackled, for he was the sole survivor - in a sense,>Since he was a ghost, as well as far from innocent.>"Sorry Past and Present, I had seen that coming. I lied.">Like, comment, upvote and subscribe if you cried.
A TUFFLE QUEST CHRISTMAS CAROLING!https://youtu.be/AMwv8MwYimM Despite that weird dream the other night, Maple Son-Mothertruckin'-Mahogany was of good cheer, for she had just gone on the mother of all shopping sprees, buying tons of gifts for her friends and senpai. But, she had to be frugal, for it had been a while since either her or Goku had won any tourneys, which is why she was using any coupon she could get her glovey fingers on. Her friend Bulma had even gotten her a Black Card, which had a great threshold and annual fee all paid for by Capsule Corp. Next to Rainbow, it was her most prized possession. Of course, Maple would pay Bulma back by doing jobs that required someone of her expertise, like test driving new models of flying cars, complicated construction of complex machines, and holding a table steady with her short stoutness... Anyway, a gofer she may be, but a self-sufficient one! After successfully hiding away the capsule bearing her family's presents next to a proximity mine, Maple remembered that she needed to pick up some groceries. Using Instant Transmission, she went and gathered enough food for a popular restaurant's busy hours, and then some. She had a Christmas Feast to put together, after all! It was a normally outrageous yet outrageously normal sight for the shoppers and employees of this store: a tiny lady pushing a creaking cart with a tower of food and ingredients that looked like it might fall over at any moment, but it never did. Maple wheeled the wonder of the world over to self-checkout, and went through the items with a speed and efficiency that was extraordinary yet all the same mundane to this store. She swiped her card and went to put her items in the cart, but...https://youtu.be/_pS5soRsrKQ"Huh, that's weird." Her card was declined. She pressed the "Call Attendant" button and discussed the matter, to no avail, the machine seemed to be working fine, could scan other cards easily. But this was impossible, she couldn't conceive of her card running out of money. Capsule Corp certainly wasn't running out of money. A vague sense of unease entered Maple's head. "Um... Could you maybe hold these items in the front for me until I get back?""Ma'am, a lot of these items are perishable, and you have a literal lot of items, and we can't afford to lose that much if you can't pay." Maple was reminded of that Dream Land employee who would never let her on the cool rides. "...I'll go put 'em back." Maple ground out, defeated.
After I.T.'ing back to her house, Maple looked through her purchase history on her online sites, there was nothing that surprised her, just the gifts she had ordered. She thenchecked her Card's history, but to her surprise, the purchases she made weren't on there. "How did I pay for all of it then?" https://youtu.be/sMHPobWWpC4An impossible thought emanated in her brain. "No..." She went and made as if to purchase something, and this time looked at the boxes for credit card information. "No." It was the info on Goku's red card. On that card he got on an allowance from her to go buy protein supplements and snacks, or even cool exercise equipment from infomercials that didn't quite work the way they were advertised. Some of his gifts for her were useful, like the Salad Tosser, and some, like the Knork, she still had nasty looking scars from. And that card had been used in the auto-fill for all of her yuletide purchases. She had shipped stuff to the Ginyus with it. "..." Checking her credit score, of course having a spouse's credit score tank on their shared bank account made her ineligible for the Black Card. Maple got up from her chair, and let out an amused sigh. Then she threw her head back, and let out a cry of anguish so high-pitched and devoid of breath that no one could hear it.~ ~ ~Inside Maple, two forces are locked in a neverending battle!https://youtu.be/lXJRIAvaEY0 In a classroom, reclining with one foot on the desk and smoking a cigarette, sat a delinquent with red, wavy hair, wearing a headband that says "Instinct" on it. Her banchou jacket says "Love My Kids." Standing over her is a redheaded schoolteacher with a poofy ponytail in a professional outfit. The nameplate on her desk says "Reason" on it. The ruler she's holding has a weird marking at the "9.001 inches" place. "Now, Miss Instinct, do you know why you are ALWAYS in Detention?" Instinct puts up a finger, but Reason isn't done. She points to Instinct's bared midriff with the ruler, "It's because you never think! You only act on your gut." Instinct picks her nose absentmindedly, "What's wrong with my gut?" Reason smacks away her offending hand with the ruler, "Nothing! The problem is you need to think with your brain!" Instinct frowns, but then grins up at Reason, jeering, "Yo teach, why you mad? Is it because I'm gonna be god-tier in a few arcs?" Reason shakes her head, saying with a smile, "No, I'm not mad about that. You'll go on to do great things, Instinct." Instinct, surprised, has to catch the cigarette that falls out of her dropped jaw, fumbles a bit, and replies, "Bu, buh, wha?" "Of course," says Reason as her eyes get a savage glint in them as she swings her ruler, "That will only happen when you GET. LESS. DUMB!" she roars in tandem with her strikes, breaking the ruler on Instinct's thick skull. "OW, FUCK!" Instinct cried out. Did that draw blood? Her teach was a fucking psycho!
"Agh, shit!" Reason held a hand to her head in a similar spot where she had hit Instinct. The Pain of one carried over to the other. Both felt the burn of bad decisions. But, some lessons needed to be taught. "What the fuck didja do that for? That hit you too, bitch!""BECAUSE, ahem, because, through my reasoning, babies learn what hot is through touching hot things, so I believe violence will strike a chord with you, so to speak, to invoke a Pavlovian response that will assume the appropriate reacti-""Ugh, you are the Fucking Boring."Reason snaps, "GrrrrAH! You have to reason out what the best response is in a given situation! You can't just pick what sounds cool and hope it works out!""But I can, and I do, and if we stopped to discuss and 'reason' out everything we do when the clock's ticking, the only place we'd reach in time is an opponent's fist in our face.""While that may be true, if you don't learn tactics, all you'll do when you're 'Ultra' is flail around like a drunk hooligan.""I can hold our liquor just fine!"Reason pinches the bridge of her nose. "Look, I just have such high hopes for you, and I don't want you to end up like Luck."Instinct winces, and from across the room, playing games of chance in a gambling ring, a Maple in a Vault 21 suit shouts, "Hi guys, whassup?"""Hi Luck.""Luck, now in rags, says, "Huh, I just failed. Oh well, better Me next time!"Reason whispers to her student, "See, she doesn't contribute anything besides rolling. That's the thrill for her. Do you wanna be like that?" Reason then points to a Luck that's now in full-on bling and a pimp outfit.Instinct shrugs. "Well, she's not a mess ALL the time, she did just roll all successes.""Woops, critfailed! Lost a kidney."Both Reason and Instinct pause, and feel around their backs. They grimace.Reason pulls Instinct up by the collar. "See? Luck doesn't care what kind of stupid bets she takes on, WE both have to or else we're SCREWED.""Hahahaha, stop nibbling on me, Mr. Goat! It tickles!"Instinct inhales on her cigarette and averts her eyes from Reason's gaze. "I suppose you have a point."Reason lets go of Instinct's collar, "I'm Reason. I always have a point. Now put out that cigarette, smoking's bad for you."Instinct, with the rebellious fire once again lit up in her part of the soul, grins at her teacher. "Oh, you mean this cigarette? The one I'm smoking right now? This lil' thing? You want me to put it out?"Reason, confused, says "Yeeeeesss?""Okay, just making sure!" Instinct replies, before taking her cigarette out of her mouth, and then fucking puts it back in her mouth the wrong way.Reason shrieks like a banshee and covers her mouth in shock, tears of pain cloying her vision, as she feels she has eaten the spiciest pepper in the wor- nah, she feels like some bitch just put out a cigarette on her tongue. Yeah, that's more fitting. She falls to the ground, unable to stand.Instinct chuckles, "Hahahahaha, ow."
https://youtu.be/4u6V6UisBz8Suddenly, a klaxon goes off. Then, a great rumbling and shifting in gravity knocks all the desks and their occupants over to one wall of the classroom."Awww, my roll got messed up!""Whah blh fuhh wuh thah!?" Instinct shouts as she picks up Reason off the ground."How shoull I know, bihsh?" Reason snaps as she rubs the tears out of her eyes.The two of them start to run off to the Control Bridge, but before they can, "Yo!"The two of them stop in their tracks, and turn towards Luck, who is now in a regular Maple outfit."If you have any need of me, just give me a call, okay?"""Yeth Ma'am.""Luck sticks her tongue out at them, which was balancing a natural 20, and winks.The pain in their mouths subsides as the burns heal. The two of them blush like they were being doted on by an elder sibling, for they were, as Luck was the eldest force of them all. This had all started as a game of chance, the two of them simply came about from the investments people made in it. The two run out of the room as Luck goes back to playing her games.Reason and Instinct quickly reach the Control Bridge, where they regularly decided what options were best to pick and also where the rolling happened. Reason starts a systemsanalysis, and Instinct starts pushing random buttons to see what works and what doesn't. Soon, a conclusion is reached:""I think we just had a shut down from overwhelming stress.""~ ~ ~Goku comes into the Son family's bedroom, holding a portable phone and his card. "Hon, I saw a cool thing on the TV but when I tried to buy it they said my card was declined, and it's a really cool thing, the Flex Weight gets more heavy the more you flex, it should be the ultimate in- MAPLE!"Goku rushes over to his wife, who was lying on the ground next to the PC, looking very pale. Had some of her hairs gone grey? A look of intense despair was forever stuck on her face, as her soul floated up out of her mouth, cheering "Yay, now I can go to King Kai's~!" Goku catches the ghost, and shoves it back into his wife'smouth. "Noooooooo~!"What was it they said to do in this situation? Mouth-to-mouth? Whatever, worth a shot. Goku lifts his wife up off the ground and puts her on their bed, and then gives her a kisswith as much of his energy as her body can take. Maple's hair goes back to its healthy red, and she definitely looks more alive, but she starts shuddering uncontrollably."Mm..." she stammers, waking up. She opens her eyes and looks up at her hero. "Goku?"Goku gives her a look of reassurance, but is deeply concerned. "Hey Maple, what's wrong? Why'd you faint like that for?"Maple blinks a few times, and gives Goku a strained smile. "Well, I... uh.. We're in big trouble."
Gohan and Peppa sat on the couch for an impromptu family meeting. They were both wondering if this had something to do with why Dinner was late. 'Yes, it does,' their Mom said to them with telepathy. Maple walked into the living room while on the phone. "Please, Bulma, you gotta help me out here! All of the Capsule Corp owned banks are closed for some reason, isn't there at least one I could use to sort this out?" Bulma sounded as though she had a cold, and was really, really tired. "Sorry Maple, I let every one of my employees have the holidays off. Had this weird dream the other night. One of these ghosts looked like my grandpa..." In truth, all her holes had been filled with ectoplasm which fed off her negative energy. "Anyway, if I try to rescind that decision now, they'll definitely storm my house and cut my head off." "But my family's gonna starve!" Maple cried. Pathos rarely worked with Bulma, but it was her last shot."And I'll definitely help you," Bulma said. Maple's face lit up in hope, "After the holidays are over." Maple's cellphone crumbled like a cookie in her grip as a look of rage swept over her face. When she realized her mistake, she looked down at the remains of her phone with disappointment. She pulled her hair and grumbled, "Just when today couldn't get worse..." Peppa raised her hand, and asked, "Mom, what's wrong, what'd you call us in here for?"https://youtu.be/093VR-LJ6H8Maple stepped up on top of the kotatsu, and gathered her words. Finally, she said, "We have no food." "Um... then go buy some? what's the problem?" Gohan asked. Maple nodded, "Okay, let me clarify, we have no food, and we can't get anymore food right now."What? Why!?" Peppa yelled. "I made a mistake in budgeting our christmas shopping, and now our credit cards don't work. Those purchases are no longer in the Black, they left us in the Red."Hearing this, Gohan started puzzling out a solution. "Can't we just go get some Tuna real quick?" "No, the Tuna are at their wintering and breeding grounds, if disturbed there won't be any more next year. The same goes for any dinosaurs hibernating." "Well, they can't all be hibernating and wintering, let's go check another hemisphere!" suggested Peppa. Maple shook her head, "Sweetie, using IT, have you noticed how when it's daytime in West City, it's still daytime in East City? Despite the two being in different hemispheres." She flips on the world news, showing every bit of Earth experiencing the Winter season. "Good suggestion, though!" Maple reassures her grimacing daughter.Gohan scratched his head, "Well, we could go to Namek and get some of their crabs?""The Namekians regard their planet as a game reserve, which might be in part to their consumption of only water... and cabbage? Anyway, they wouldn't like it if we took some of their crabs away," Maple explained, having thought over many of their questions herself.
Peppa raised a finger, "What about Dad's vegetable garden?"Maple held up some bags of seeds, "Already harvested, remember Thanksgiving Dinner? And with the Food Bank donations, all our crops are depleted. Just have seeds left."""Wait!"" both teens shouted, "What about Uncle Acer? He'll help us out!"Maple could hear her brother's grating laugh as he billed her for her family's food even now. "Uncle Acer's a butt." "Uncle Acer's a what?" Peppa asked.Gohan looked around. "Say, where is Dad?""He's over at Korin's, getting some Senzus."Peppa's brow furrowed. "But don't we need those for planet-destroying threats?"Maple considered her two children, and pictured them hungry. She averted her gaze. "Your father will be back soon."""What's with that reaction?!""~ ~ ~In her captain's chair, Reason nodded to herself. "Alright, good, if we can steer things until Bulma can get off of her philanthropist hands, we should make it out of this."At the wheel, Instinct shook her head. "I dunno about that, the waters ahead could surprise us, especially with our kids. By the way, I think we may have just pissed them off?"~ ~ ~https://youtu.be/MIY3xakExXA"C'mon, Mom, we'll be fine!""We can be hungry for a few days."""How hard could it be?""~ ~ ~Reason shuddered, "Oh dear, they're powergaming."Instinct chuckled, "Like you're one to talk, Mrs. Meta."Reason glared at her student, "What was that?!"Instinct pointed over at the Crystal Blue file cabinet. Inside was what Maple might see or discover in the future."Foresight isn't Metagaming!" Reason futilely reasoned. Both knew this to be a lie, but Foresight was a helpful trick, and Reason would shamelessly use every trick in the book to get ahead.~ ~ ~ Under much of her kids' urging and promises, Maple recalled Goku back to the house without the Senzu Beans. And so, the Son Family's hunger strike begins! ~ ~ ~THE NEXT DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE...Over at the Amaguri residence, in Cocoa's bedroom, Cocoa ison her bed watching her dear friend Peppa play video games! Games such as Cooking Mama, Diner Dash, Gourmet Race, Hardcore New Vegas, and Smash with Food Items Only, Item Frequency High, Final Destination.https://youtu.be/ojEyUU2M6z4Cocoa watches her friend stare up at the TV, braindead to anything else. "She just plays games about food all day.""Girls!~" Cocoa's mom sings, bringing in a plate of Christmas Tree Cakes. Both of the girls spring for it.Peppa and Cocoa each hold up a cake, marveling at the Peppermint-flavored glaze coating, the "tinsel" of red frosting with green sugar sprinkling and green frosting with red sugar sprinkling, before taking a bite into the double layers of moist, golden cake and sweet creme filling.""MMMM..."" both the girls moan.Mrs. Amaguri giggles, and raises a questioning eyebrow, "That's what I like to hear, as well as...?"""Fank you Mum/Miffus Cocoa!""
Mrs. Amaguri laughs, and leaves Cocoa and her friend to their snacks and games. Cocoa and Peppa split the dozen cakes among themselves, Peppa having nine and Cocoa, concerned with her body image, has a conservative four.After finishing her cakes off, Peppa looks at Cocoa seriously, "I think I'm in love with your mom."Cocoa flicks Peppa on the nose, "You're just saying that cuz she brought you food.""Maybe, maybe! It's sure the quickest way to win my love," Peppa laughs. Mrs. Amaguri was impressive, studying famous confectioneries and putting her own twists on them so her daughter would be able to enjoy them with the demands of an actress' lifestyle. High fructose corn syrup was the devil so far as the Amaguris were concerned. Peppa thought her cooking made the treats better, and had a homemade taste to them. She notices Cocoa staring at her, thinking about something. "What's wrong?" asks Peppa, "If you don't eat it, your Christmas Cake will go bad." Cocoa blushes and asks in shock, "What, I'm not a, and I'm only fff..." beforelooking at what Peppa's pointing to, "OH, right, my cakes. Nevermind."As Peppa laughed whatever it was off (and then looked really sad once she realized she had no more cakes to eat), Cocoa was deep in thought. "So, food is the quickest way... but I'm in Theater, not Home Ec! and it's gonna stay that way so far as I'm concerned. When I'm big on the scene I'll have my own personal chef to make me and her food. But what can -I- do?" Cocoa considers her options, and remembers that one costume Theater gave her to get comfortable walking around in in her closet. Cocoa sees Peppa back to gaming, and sneaks over to get changed.Peppa was once again in the zone, no one else was going to eat as much as her! If she could keep up this combo, she'd never go hungry! Her stomach voiced its thoughts about that. She punched it quiet."Peppa." Huh, she wasn't aware this game had voicechat."Oh, Peppa~" She also didn't remember any list of recorded names in this game."Hey, Peppa! C'mon!" She noticed two fingers snapping in front of her face.Peppa looked up at where Cocoa should have been, and her eyes widened. She saw a big, chocolate-dipped chocolate ice cream cone.https://youtu.be/epw0NYK2Zp0The cone put her hands on her hips. "When I invited you over to play games and chill, I was hoping we could get around to chilling, y'know?~"Peppa licked her lips nervously.The ice cream cone ran a hand over the chocolate dip, "I mean, if this isn't enough for you, I brought this," said the ice cream as it held up a bottle of chocolate syrup. "If you want, you can... lick it off~?"Peppa started panting, and drool went down her lip."Whoa there, you look a little hot, Peppa. Let me cool you off a bit," said the cone, and, leaning down to Peppa's ear, blew a cool breath. "Phoooo~"Peppa grit her teeth and reached a hand down to her tummy, trying to calm it.The dessert stood back up, and held its arms out wide.
"Devour me, Peppa."Peppa sped out of the room, and then out of the house, shouting, "SORRY, GOTTA GO, SEE YA LATER, BYE!!!"What in the world was she imagining her friends into? These hunger pangs were something else! She needed to go home and deal with this, right now!Cocoa stood there, still in her room, arms still held wide. In a bunnysuit with pantyhose leggings and high-heels that all served to show off what curves she had. She went and hit her head against the wall, her bunny ears flopping, and then slumped down against it."I guess she wasn't ready to go that far." Cocoa got up, went and put the chocolate syrup back in the fridge, and then went back and fell onto her bed, and rolled around, looking up at the ceiling. She took her bunny ears off, and threw them at the wall.After sniffing a bit and wiping away tears, she took a deep breath, and did that meditating thing Peppa showed her. It wasn't the end of the world, it wasn't even the end of the relationship. Peppa did say she would see her later, and that she was sorry. And she was interested, she was drooling! Cocoa supposed she would just have to be a bit more patient with Peppa. And so, she started planning for an even bigger attack!Good luck, Cocoa! "WHAT!? Who said that!?"What? Cocoa turns to look at the viewer, her temples flaring in rage!"Have you been watching me? I'LL KILL YOU!" Cocoa starts throwing random objects at the view- ow, ow, ow! "Listen here, you VOYEURS, THIS, ISN'T, CANON!"Okay, fine, jeez! Just stop throwing things!"Now get the hell out of my room," growled Cocoa as she backed herself up against the wall, lifted a shapely pantyhosed leg, exposing her cute buns as she reared her shin back, and let loose a high-heeled kick right at FFFUCK!The, ow, next scene and thereafter will take place outside of the Amaguri residence. Girl has one hell of a kick.~ ~ ~Maple waves goodbye to Groucho, who has packed his bags and departed from the Son Family Home at her suggestion. She goes back inside and collapses into her kid-sized reclining chair.Peppa enters the living room with a butcher knife, and stares at her brother who is currently drooling over the magazines "Meganekko Mania" which has voluptuous articles and the swimsuit edition of "Mermaiden Heaven." To be more precise, he is drooling over the food catalogs he has hidden within them.Gohan looks up at Peppa and the knife. "Oh hi Peppa.""Gohan, I'm hungry, so lemme eat your butt. Hold still, this'll only hurt a bit."Gohan puts down his magazines, stands up resolutely, and with great defiance he stares down his sister. "What? No, go eat your own butt.""That's not how eating works! If I eat my own butt, it's just gonna go back on my butt, and I'll still. Be. HUNGRY!" Peppa roars as she begins to power up.Gohan's anger SNAPS like a bird. He powers up as well, "THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE!"Super Saiyan Peppa now, "IT MAKES ALL THE SENSE!!!"""UUUUUWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!""
The two super saiyans begin to shake the portraits off the walls with their ki as they get into fighting stances. Maple gets up from her chair with a sigh. She had just gotten thevibrating and heating going, too.~ ~ ~MEANWHILE, IN MAPLE'S PSYCHE CONTROL BRIDGE..."So, this is bad." Instinct looks to her teacher for advice.Reason nods, "Yes, they can't handle being hungry. They have never been hungry under our vigilance."Instinct looks at the intercom. "We might have to bring her in?"Reason weighs the pros and cons of that. "...Yup."https://youtu.be/74fxNHPBnv8Reason hails Luck through the intercom to come to the bridge. Luck quickly lands in between the two of them, rubbing her hands together while looking at visuals. "So, what do we got here, how many avenues, what type of dice, d20?"Reason nods, "Still d20, best of three."Instinct infers, "Seems to be 2 avenues since we have to block 2 punches."""DC is 17."""Okay, let's do it to it! YOLO!!!" roars Luck as she initiates the roll sequence. Reason and Instinct both put their plans into motion, working as hard as they can to ensure a good outcome for their self. Luck just provides the fuel for that, cuz she's, you know, the star."First roll!" Luck inserts two d20s into a loading mechanism. Once closed and primed, she slams her hand down on the POST button.On one of the monitors, the results display: "17, 9; HIT, MISS."~ ~ ~Maple gets in between her kids in time, and blocks Gohan's uppercut in the making with a palm.~ ~ ~Instinct fistpumps in joy, but quickly gets back to the controls after a glare from Reason. Luck prepares two more dice and fires."3, 18; MISS, HIT."~ ~ ~Maple catches her daughter's high kick in her other hand. She stands between them, the very picture of mediation. Now her children won't be able to do something they'll regret by lashing out at each other. Mission Accomplished!~ ~ ~"YAHOO!" Instinct leaps up and down in joy, "We did it!"Reason slumps down into her captain's chair, letting out a happy sigh.Luck prepares two more dice. Instinct looks at Luck, confused. Reason looks at Luck, not understanding. Soon, comprehension dawns on both of them.Luck smiles at them, having finished loading dice into the tubes. "Best of three."Sweat drips down from Instinct's headband. "I have a bad feeling about this."Reason unbuttons her top buttons to get some air and fans herself. "Well, we already won, what's the worst that could happen?" she laughs.Luck smashes that Fire button, and the roll goes off.On the results monitor, the dice tumble around, and begin to shine golden.The three personifications stared up at the screen in awe and hope.The hue of the dice abruptly changes from a golden brilliance to a deep crimson.The results display: "1, 1; OH, SHIT."On Instinct's face, there is a despairing anticipation. On Reason's face, there is a disgusted resignation. On Luck's face, a beaming smile.The Control Bridge explodes.
https://youtu.be/Nb-ABuRa9Qw?t=133Despite her interference, Maple is unable to stop either of the twins, merely divert them. Peppa goes high, Gohan goes low, and Maple goes spinning up into the air. Gohan goes speeding towards the sofa, Peppa is sent skyrocketing for the window, and Maple is finally coming down from her rotations. Or up? She can't really tell which is which.A loud crunching sounds throughout the house, and Goku enters the living room quick as lightning, quie- "DID SOMEONE FIND FOOD!?"Goku takes stock of the situation, looking for where the crunching sound same from, and finds three sources. His son, buried under the wrecked sofa. His daughter, hanging over a shattered window frame. And finally his tiny wife, doing an unconscious headstand in the middle of the floor."Uh..."~ ~ ~https://youtu.be/j72ca3NfUkMMaple can hear crying, it reminds her of her children. In fact, it sounds like her children. She opens her eyes, it's her children bawling over her. Gohan has bits of stuffing on him, Peppa has shards of glass in her hair. And the world's still spinning."Mama, please don't die!" Peppa wailed. "Gathering the dragon balls is gonna be a pain!""Mom, don't go, I'm sorry!" Gohan sobbed. "I'm still King Kai's best pupil!"Goku pulled them off of her by their shirt collars, "Hey, look alive you guys, she's coming to."Maple's body felt numb, and then she blinked, and then she had a splitting headache. "aaaaaaaugh."She was in her reclining chair, surrounded by her family. She reached up and felt some bandages on her head, and then her children invaded her ears with more noise."I swear, on my mother's life, I'll never lose my temper like that again!" said Gohan, who was on the fast track to becoming a scholar and family man."I'm going to learn from Piccolo and Dende and Trip on how to heal people!" said Peppa, who would prove to be extremely useful for Goku's adventures."No..." Maple slurred out, "Nnno..te, cro... no, you two don't need to keep calm, or learn how to heal... you need to be fast as a blizzard, turn ki into needles, and show everyone what strong, independent women you are.""Needles?" Peppa asked, shuddering."Women?" Gohan asked, muttering."...Something wrong with that, Bro?" Peppa glared at her brother."I dunno, why don't you tell me, tomboy?" Gohan sneered at his sister."Shut up, if it weren't for you fighting me, Mom would be fine!""No, if your dumbass hadn't tried to eat me, Mom would be okay!"""YOU WANNA GO???"" shouted her two children, doing Maple's head no favors in righting itself, just pain. Luckily, Goku quickly bonked both of them unconscious before they could disturb her some more.What the hell was she going to do about this? She looked up at her Goku, her rock, her pillar she could count on when all else failed.He was frowning. He was watching the cooking program on the TV while holding their two KO'd hellions and frowning.The sight of it was making her heart break.
>>4582115I have no real complaints, you do a damn fine job writing these stories, and hitting good narrative beats no matter how the dice may roll.On that point, part of me wants to suggest some sort of mulligan mechanic to tweak results when we really want to, but unless there's some sort of built in narrative cost to using it its probably a bad idea. Still, if you think of a good way to you to give us an additional knob to turn to turn I trust it'll be fun.
In the smoking ruins of Maple's Control Bridge, Luck unclicks her harness' buckle, and gets up out of her roller coaster seat. She goes over to her juniors, currently buried under some wreckage and debris, and pulls them up by the legs, and sets them down in some seats that luckily survived the misfire."Uuugh..." Reason moans. "You would think they would have sense enough to do that outside.""We still spinning?" Instinct groans out as she picks rubble out of her hair."Nope, and we're not rolling neither!" declares Luck with hands on her hips...."Seeya!" she says, withdrawing to her casino.Reason looks around the bridge, and growls. "My FILES! They're everywhere!""Should I get a dustpan?" Instinct asks. Several of the documents were covered in dust, former plans that didn’t pan out, notes on NPCs they saw once but were identical in appearance to others that showed up years later with different names, and stuff that they didn’t even need recorded about their friends and family that Instinct knew off the top of her head.Even still, her teacher insisted, "No, they're all still in the folders, just get down here and help me pick them up real quick."So, Instinct got on her hands and knees and started gathering folders. "Hey, will this help me learn Style of the Doggy, teach?" Instinct asks with a coy grin that immediately getssmacked with a folder. Instinct picks up the folder and examines it. "Huh, this one's a different color." Reason looks over, and recognizes the color. "That one's a Noxious Purple." "Oh yeah, that stuff Ghost Dad gave us to make us space racist. Lots of Tuffle History here, you ever think that Ghost Dad may have been biased?" Instinct flips through the pages not really paying attention. Reason shrugs. "Eh, our dead civilization may have had some flaws in our dealings with other races, but the Saiyans ate people, squished them underpaw, and stole our planet, so fuck 'em." "Whoa," Instinct says while peering closely at an article. To be more precise, the picture of an Oozaru rampaging with a caption under it."What? I know I'm the reasonable one, but I'm allowed to swear..." Reason looks over at Instinct and her jaw drops. Instinct normally didn't read unless she was picking what to vote."Huh, weird," Instinct says as she tosses the file over her shoulder. That was more like it. The folder hits a warped console, and after a ZAP, a monitor turns on."Hey, we have signal!" Reason stopped her cleaning and sorting, and ran up to press her face against the screen. "Sweet! Hey, scoot over," Instinct says as she muscles her face up on the glass. "Why's it all staticky?" "Just give it a moment," says Reason as she does percussive maintenance on the side of the screen. The screen's picture gets blurry, has weird colors, and then doubles. Finally, it normalizes.https://youtu.be/sMHPobWWpC4Reason and Instinct see Goku frowning, and as a result, wail in despair.
"This is bad, this is bad, this is bad!" Instinct started running around the room in a panic, pulling her hair.Reason calmly walked to the center of the bridge, and went into a fetal position. "This is bad, this is bad, this is bad..."The Autonomic Nervous System sounds out an alert: "WARNING, HUSBAND: SAD. CHILDREN: MAD. SELF: HUNGRY, WITH A CONCUSSION AND HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS. HOUSEHOLD: TEARING ITSELF APART. HEART: SAME.""Yeah, yeah, shut it," Reason grumbles. She looks over at the folder Instinct had discarded earlier, and picks it up. Reading calmed her down, or gave her new ideas, both of which she could do with right now. As she reads more and more, her eyes widen. "Whoa.""Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck- Oh," Instinct brakes hard. She laughs, since there's not a whole lot else left to do now that everything's tumbling down. "Yeah, that thing? Just something weird I found, pretty dumb, huh?"Reason considers the file some more. "Correct… but it might be exactly what we need."https://youtu.be/dORf0tLaSn8Instinct slips on a folder, and tumbles over next to Reason. She cleans out her ears with her pinkies, and asks her teacher, "Could you repeat that? I don't think I heard you right.""Instinct," Reason says, looking up from the file, serious as the grave, "This might get us out of this hole we're in.""Okay, so I did hear you right," Instinct let out a sigh of relief, then took a deep breath, "What the FUCK? We can't do that! That's too damn irresponsible! Why would you even consider that? It's the dumbest thing I've ever heard!""I know this," Reason says, loading the file into the write-in tray, "And it's our only option. Y'know, besides failing our family, and I don't know about you, but that's never an option.""OH YOU BI-" Instinct caught herself, she couldn't just lash out in anger, she needed to reason with, blech, with her teacher. "Look, this isn't an option either! It's way too desperate. Please, please, pleeease cool your tits!"Reason smiled at her student. While the attempt was a genuine travesty, she was trying to to use reason to dissuade her. She looked up at Sad Goku again, looked at the file, and shook her head. She put a hand on Instinct's shoulder. "Instinct, I have always counseled reason with you. It warms me to see you using it now, for reason is the one thing that will show us the way when we’re lost."Instinct smiles, she's really getting through to her teacher!Reason finishes loading, and presses the EXECUTE button. Her plan is going into motion. Instinct is too shocked to speak.Reason picks Instinct's pack of cigarettes out of her pocket, and lights one with an electrical fire.Instinct looks up at her teacher, lost. "What happened to reason?"Reason takes a puff, "You just saw the last of it." She walks out of the room."Wait, where are you going?" Instinct shouts."On my break, going for a smoke," she says listlessly, still walking down a dark corridor.Instinct chases after her.
Goku, Gohan, and Peppa were all following Maple through the winter air. She didn't tell them much, just to get in their winter best and follow her. Eventually, they arrived at a neighborhood.After one last bit of internal debate, she finally said, "You remember when we used to go trick-or-treating?" Peppa and Gohan weren't too big for trick-or-treating, but their friends were.All three space monkeys smiled wide at "trick-or-treating.""Does this mean they're going to give us food?" Goku wagged his tail."Hopefully," Maple responded."I wonder what kinds of candy they have this time of year?" Gohan licked his lips."No, we're here for food, so just ask for Figgy... y'know what? Just ask for what you like.""Wait, they're seriously going to just give it to us?" Peppa asked, despite drooling at the prospect."Well, you have to sing a bit. Or 'carol.' What we're doing tonight is called Caroling." "Oh.""Okay.""Right."..."...A good song to sing is 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas.'""Ah!""Cool!""Thanks!"..."...It goes like this:~ ~ ~An hour later, the family returned to Maple, who had spent her time making several snow angels in the park, as well as writing "we wuz angels" in big letters."Mom, I don't think this is working," Peppa whined."Yeah, people just got annoyed at us," Gohan complained."We even firmly insisted on them feeding us like you said to," Goku said, confused as to what this tradition was."So they refused you?" Maple asked, smiling a smile devoid of cheer.They all nodded in response. Maple lit a cigarette, and took a long drag. "Then... go beat the shit out of them." That took all of them for a loop. """WHAT?""""Sorry, 'tar out of them.' Go beat them up until they give you food. Or know to never refuse you food. Deterrence, you know?" she chuckled, watching the smoke interact with the snowflakes. "Or just take it if you're quick enough."Gohan backed away. "Mom, that sounds like thuggery."Peppa shrugged in exasperation. "Yeah, what even is Caroling?"Goku warily regarded his wife, waiting for her to explain."Don't worry, don't worry, it's not as bad as it sounds," it was exactly that bad, "It's a popular Plant tradition!" it was a Saiyan tradition, "Happened every year, the Tuffles loved it!" they HATED it. In fact, it was probably one of the stones hurled that helped start the War. "Just keep in mind that, if someone refuses to give you food at Christmas time, they're a bad person."The three saiyans all looked at each other. Well, Mom/Maple had never steered them wrong before. What's the worst that could happen?~ ~ ~https://youtu.be/5zdEPdc3vuc"Man, this is the Best!" Peppa said as she bit into an entire glazed ham. "So good..." she moaned."I know right?" Gohan said as he chewed up some Peppermint Bark. "Sweet, it's all up in my teef!" he laughed."Mrrph rmph rmmph mrrphh!" shouted Goku with a whole Smorgasbord in his mouth. He gave Maple a thumbs up.
Maple smiled at her family. She smiled down at the pillaged neighborhood. People were throwing snowballs, tools, and garbage up at them, like they thought they could throw high enough. She threw back her head and cackled. She was now 100% mad. Her family laughed along with her.The laughter was interrupted by their stomachs growling. It was not unlike an Oozaru's howl.Now done with the ham, Peppa said, "This is good, buuuuut, I could still go for some more."Gohan licked the candy off his teeth, "Could go for something more filling."Goku finished inhaling his stockpile, "Ooh, Bulma's rich, she probably has a lot of food!" He sped off towards West City."I don't know where Monty's family lives... But I do know where Pilaf lives! He's an emperor!" said Peppa, who sped off towards Mifan."Uncle Acer lives in a castle, right? And castles have meateries!" Gohan pumped his fist, and sped off towards Mt. Frypan.Maple watched the three most important people in her life disappear over a snowy horizon. "Well, at least I can go get the presents set up."As she flew back towards home (not like she could I.T. with everyone gone), she thought about warning her friends about the terrors coming their way. "Oh right," she laughed, "Idon't have a phone!"Any tears of regret she had had long since frozen over.~ ~ ~Bulma Briefs sat at the middle of a table at the focal point of a huge company dinner. For some strange reason, she was willed towards making such a generous gesture for all heremployees. The thought of it made her sick, but what made her feel even more sick was the thought of not doing so. She blamed it on the holiday cheer her corporation helped spread blatantly and subliminally to sell things.Lackeys, toadies, and yuppies talked and talked about things she already knew, making the noise almost a form of silence in itself. Her daughter sat next to her in her best dress, turningprospective matchmaker heads with her young beauty, the pinnacle of wealthy upbringing, and also playing with her appetizer. Pantea looked as though she'd rather be anywhere but this boring dinner, a sentiment she had told Bulma constantly beforehand. Yamcha wasn't much different, using his utensils to launch brussel sprouts into brown-nosers andgossipers' mouths from many feet away with the stealth of a pickpocket. He was still very much a wild man when it came down to it. Bulma sighed, she didn't think this party was a good idea either, but she also thought it was the best idea for some reason. She wiped the drivel that came down from her nose with a napkin that cost as much as a washing machine, and examined her mucus. White and gooey, and unnatural. She discarded it, and had some more appetizer soup. How did a multi-trillionaire get a cold anyway? She could hire people to have colds!
Robo came by the front table with a clipboard with her agenda, and pointed to "Speech." Bulma groused under her breath, still smiling the perfect photo-friendly smile, and got up.Once everyone had quieted down from her glass-spooning, she read off the cards Gato held up for her.https://youtu.be/kcTxd5qQChw"Good evening, beloved employees of Capsule Corp, I thank you for coming here and wasting my time and mon- COUGH COUGH, spending time in our care. It warms me to see you all loafing abouAHCHOO, taking the holiday season off to relax and spend time with your distant families who've probably already grown accustomed to your absen...HURK, who've probably been wishing all year for you to come home." This was bad, not that she was going off the script that Gato was waving around and Robo was frantically pointing to, but her symptoms were getting worse! Ugh, not even Capsule Corp had invented a cure for the common cold yet!She shook her head, sending bits of phlegm onto her company's top men, and gestured to some curtains. "And now, time for the Main Course!"As soon as the curtains unveiled the biggest boar anyone had ever seen, that was for some reason dressed in a button-up shirt and suspended jeans (Bulma would say when pressed on the issue, "It's cathartic, ugh, I mean, an homage to a friend of mine!"), a small meteor crashed through the ceiling!The small meteor stopped, sniffing around a bit, and spotted the main course. In the split second he had stopped, Bulma could see the UFO was Goku. What he was doing here, she had no idea, he didn't work for Capsule Corp.Goku started loudly humming "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as he sped over to the Course, carved up the boar into manageable chunks, and went to town on it. Before any of her security could reach him, he had finished, and piled up some sides onto his plates, and left the same way he came in."Thanksforthefood,Bulma!MerryChristmas,bye!!!"Hunting, killing, and preparing that gargantuan boar for the feast had some at a great expense to her company. Bulma's temple twitched. Fires lit in her eyes. Steam started shooting out of her nostrils, ears, and mouth!"GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" she shrieked to the heavens, and any hells that were listening. Yamcha, Pantea, and all of Capsule Corp cringed at their matriarch's fury.Suddenly, Bulma smiled in surprise. "Hey, my cold's gone!" Whatever had been in her had gone out with the steam! That was playing fast and loose with scientific reasoning, but she'd take it! Now to make Goku pay...
https://youtu.be/l7hibfkCu34?list=PL58nZRKQ6X9tYfKN6M2YX7vB1Ydl-ggu1Pilaf's dinner wasn't much different from Bulma's, just in an extravagant oriental palace instead of a Capsule Corp-owned hotel's convention floor. However, people were enjoying themselves, especially Pilaf! except Chiaotzu."Ha, it's good to be Emperor!" Pilaf chuckled."spendin' chinkmas alone, no realdoll, no midget gf," Chiaotzu muttered. As Chiaotzu drowned his sorrows in piping hot rice wine that Shu and Mai kept having to go get more of, Pilaf turned towards Tienshinhan."So, I know we're celebrating Chinese Christmas, but I have to ask: What's a China?" It had been on his mind for some odd years now.Tien simply smirked back at him. "What's a Christmas?"Pilaf laughed loudly, "You've got me there!"A lot of the Crane School were enjoying themselves merrily, it was a good time after such a worrying year with all that ninja business. However, for some reason the Crown Prince Baozi was nowhere to be seen, and when asked, Shao would hesitantly say, "He wanted to spend Chinese Christmas with his father this year." The subject was quickly dropped..Launch snuggled up to Tien, and sweetly smiled up at him, saying "Hey, this is pretty great, but I can think of a way this night could get even better?" She held up a mistletoe, and instead of raising it, she lowered it to just under her stomach. Her eyebrows waggled.Tien coughed on his drink, and blushed, grinning despite himself. His wife could be way too forward sometimes, which clashed with when she was perfectly demure and sweet. He loved that about her. Chiaotzu watched them with envy smeared all over his drunk face. He then called for more rice wine. Shu and Mai gave each other a look, and knelt before their drunken guest."Uh, sir, I think you've had enou-" Chiaotzu waved a hand at Shu, and the dogman corrected himself, "You'll tell me when you've had enough!"As Shu scurried away to carry out his orders, Mai glared at Chiaotzu. "Hey! You can't just... of course you can rest your head on my lap!"Chiaotzu smiled up at Mai's breasts as she stroked his balding head.Keli looked over at Chiaotzu and Mai with some disgust. "Guess we know who's on lap duty this year." It was gross, but at least it never went any farther than that. Chiaotzu acted like a spoiled kid sometimes, but only a kid.Melee laughed, and gestured towards her own lap. "Free spot just opened up, if you're interested?"Keli blushed, and after looking around to see if anyone was staring, quickly put her head down on her girlfriend's lap.Melee's thighs were toned and muscled, which meant they were soft as a plushie when resting. Keli rubbed her face against her girlfriend's tights, only to be interrupted. "Hey Keli, I got something for you actually," Melee whispered sensually, licking her fingers to get them wet."W-what is it?" Keli stammered.Melee stuck her wet finger into Keli's ear.
"AAACK! You BITCH! I'm gonna get you!" shouted Keli as she chased the now fleeing Melee around the dining hall."Just a prank, just a prank~!" Melee jeered with a playfully demonic grin on her face.The two stopped in their tracks when they saw a new arrival to the feast. Other people caught wind of this, and soon the music stopped, the jugglers stopped juggling, the fire-eater coughed up smoke. Standing at the entrance to the dining hall was none other than Son Peppa.Lao and Bisa both broke out into a sweat, they had been dreading fighting Peppa for some time during the whole Ninja Nonsense, so the sight of her was somewhat of an unwelcome one."Calm down, you two, I don't think she's here to beat you up," Tien assured them as he walked over to Peppa. When he got a bit closer to her however, he paused. He stared at her face with his enhanced vision, and did not like what he saw.https://youtu.be/4A9Sr3TyRRwShe smiled up at him with blaring red eyes and bared teeth, and started singing some western butchering of one of their classic Chinese Christmas carols."Protect our master!" shouted Keli as she lunged at Peppa. By the time the others had gotten close, Keli was already through a pillar. Melee went over and poked her girlfriend a few times, and once she affirmed her health, exited the premises with her in tow.Tien was kicked into Pilaf's throne by Peppa, several of the priceless jade and golden dragons breaking off. Launch got out the fuzzy handcuffs she was fixing to use on Tien, and shouted, "Crime's illegal, fuck-" Peppa uppercut her in the chin, sending her brain swirling as her hair switched colors rapidly.Tien got up from the ruins of the throne, and began powering up, still floating over a cowering Pilaf. He wasn't sure why Peppa was doing this, but he'd put her down before she could do any more damage. He activated Four Witches, transformed using Raio-Ten, and sped towards the intruder. "Chiaotzu!" he called to his oldest friend, "Hold her still with your telekinesis!"Chiaotzu quickly stood up from Mai's lap, and shouted "Okay!"He put his hands out, and channeled psychokinetic energy through them.Peppa quickly retrieved as much food as she could carry from everyone's plates while Tien was frozen in the air. By the time she had left, drunk Chiaotzu came to a realization. "Damn, I missed!" He wobbled over and passed out, dropping a disappointed Tien onto the floor.Shu ran back into the dining hall with a barrel. "More wine?"Everyone groaned in response, and pain. Mostly the latter.
https://youtu.be/F9vtMAB09FAIn Castle Frypan, Acer and Chi-Chi were having a Christmas feast with several of their daughter Izumi's friends. There were the ghouls (who all had great manners from their cotillion classes) and their parents, 19 (who didn't eat but complemented the food while uploading pictures of it to the net), and Sachie Momochi (who was just happy to be eating something that wasn't ramen). The Ox King was off having dinner at Master Roshi's (along with several other characters who I couldn't find room for. Hell, Piccolo's there too, why not?).While Izzy was having fun with her friends, Acer and the other dads were getting along famously."So you really think I should grow a moustache?" Acer asked Sibella's dad. "Oh yes, my popularity soared like a bat over a roasting pyre after I got one, I would even heartily recommend it provided mine still beat.""Oh yeah, our Count's a real ladykiller!" moaned Phantasma's dad sarcastically. "I should know, I've met several of his wives.""Several wives?" Chi-Chi asked the Count, her eyes and the silver knife in her hand saying to watch his next words carefully.Vlad put up a hand placatingly, "Please, I'm a monogamist. Just long-lived." Chi-Chi put the knife down.Elsa's dad asked, "So, since you're so well traveled, what would you say your type is? Blondes, Brunettes, Redheads? Big or Lean?" Monster von Frankenstein was considering getting his friend hitched with an ideal woman. Where that woman came from was a secret."Well," Dracula considered the question, "I would say the most appealing part of a woman to me..." At one point he had gone out with a blonde, brunette, and redhead all at the same time. Hewasn't bringing that up in front of this crowd, and that was during his revolutionary years and they were all vampires anyway, til death they did part, in a sense. What interested him in them, the zing, had just gone out with their souls. Oh wait, that's it! "...is the soul."All the ladies' hearts swooned at his words, and all the guys just stared at him, stone-faced. Sibella giggled, her dad could be so corny sometimes.Someone dropped their wineglass. All were looking at Dracula, so it couldn't be him. In fact, it sounded like it came from Acer, who was no longer holding his wineglass, and looked very troubled."I've just had a premonition," he announced as he got up from his chair, and floated up to whisper into his wife's ear."Uh huh..." Chi-chi said, confused. "Gohan, right... Wait, you mean?" Chi-Chi suddenly went very pale, and quickly looked over the feast they were enjoying, and nervously laughed, "Oh. Oh no.""What? What's going on?" Izumi asked. Her father put a hand on her ever-present forehead, and a second later she said, "I'll go prepare the battlements."As their hosts' daughter ran out of the hall, everyone looked on in confusion. Acer and Chi-Chi considered their guests, and finally Acer said, "A Saiyan's coming over."Well, that's not so bad.
"And he's hungry," said Chi-Chi.https://youtu.be/Z5NI2eMxjXIThe kitchen and cleaning staff fled out of the castle. Acer and Chi-Chi sighed, they would have to hire new staff was in that thin line between "fit for a king" and "dealt with Saiyans before."Winnie and her father started desperately gnawing on their meat. Tanis had already seen this future and had evacuated with her father to their panic sarcophagi. Elsa blushed and said "Gohan's coming?" which led to her father dragging her away by the scruff of her necks. Phanty and her dad's taste buds were part of the only things that weren't dead about them, so their spirits were down from the feast being interrupted."Isn't there something we can do, father?" Sibella asked."Well, I know the perfect hiding place for this," said Dracula as he picked up a turkey platter."May I be of assistance?"/"You need help or what?" 19 and Sachie asked.Acer ran through his options and the possible futures of his house. They were going to need all the help they could get.~ ~ ~Gohan finally saw Mt. Frypan in the distance. His eyes lit up. Something else lit up in the distance. He adjusted his course slightly and just narrowly avoided a spear imbued with Light Energy.https://youtu.be/UAolrOr2tdwHe looked for the source of the attack, and saw his cousin Izzy standing on top of the castle wall, holding her hands up, flicking her fingers at him. Next to her were two towers shooting spears at him.The two locked eyes from miles apart, and Gohan grinned. He bellowed out the Carol as he dodged through and around more spears."You do know these are just warning shots, right?" Izzy's voice sounded in his head."Oh yeah? Seems like you're trying your hardest. Anyway, I'm here for your food, and singing? but mostly the food.""Oh, believe me cousin, you haven't seen my best, and you probably never will. Turn back now and I won't skewer you."Gohan laughed, not to belittle his cousin, but that his cousin thought she could belittle him. He would never turn back from a challenge like that!Izumi sighed, and focused on taking out her cousin, who had not slowed in his advance. If anything, he had gotten faster, even with her spears throwing him off.Gohan could see the spears come at him, and dodged around them easily, "It's useless, Izzy! I can see them comin-"Gohan hissed as he felt a stinging pain on his shoulder. One cut him. A grazing blow, but a spear had actually cut him! How? He was sure he had dodged every one of her spears! He turned back and counted the spears that she had just thrown at him. Their brightness was petering out, but in the snowy darkness he could still make them out. There were nine spears still glowing. "Wait... but isn't she flicking ten fingers? Where was the tenth one?"
A theory entered his mind, that he just had to test out if he wanted to get to his destination. Gohan resumes his advance towards Castle Frypan, but with his eyes closed. He knows the spears are coming without seeing them. They all have a ki signature with the energy imbued in them... Wait, that one!Gohan caught a spear black as night before it could injure him. "I've figured it out, Izzy!" he told her via telepathy. "You gave this one dark energy and hid it with the others, that's how I couldn't see it.""Well done, Gohan. However, you're forgetting one detail.""Oh?""It still has my energy in it," said Izzy as she snapped her fingers. The spear in Gohan's hand exploded in flame. While he dropped the spear and desperately tried to put out the fires on his coat and mittens, Izumi had already had ample time to reload. She again launched the spears, this time with a twist.Ten glowing spears all shot out of the towers, and honed in on the flaming Gohan. Gohan moved out of the way, and they changed direction and followed him. "Heat-seeking?""Yup." It had taken a bit of light and fire fiddling to bring about, but the results should be worth it."Oh, that's great!" Gohan said, confusing Izumi.Gohan swerved down and caught the spear he had discarded earlier, and wrapped his flaming clothes around it. It wasn't aerodynamic for shit now, but he would just have to make up the difference with his own power.Gohan chucked the bundled spear as hard as he could at one of the towers, the spears that had previously chased him going after it.Eleven spears all simultaneously demolished Izumi's Five-Finger tower, and she winced. That thing had taken a while and two allowances to set up. She looked up at Gohan, who was too close for comfort now. Oh well, looking at his shoulder wound, she could tell she had accomplished her objective. Time to pull back.She did wonder though, why on Earth was Gohan singing?~ ~ ~Capsule Corp's private security force, the second biggest military on Earth as well as the most advanced, surrounds a sheriff station on the outskirts of West City's metroplex. Police officers and deputies alerted them to Son Goku's presence, or more specifically of "Some crazy son of a gun with a tail going after our stockpiles of donuts and coffee!"A team of snipers try to get a bead on the renegade Saiyan in the station, hypervelocity tranquilizer darts strong enough to put down a Mammoth loaded into their rifles. Everytime one of them gets him in their sights, however, the Saiyan moves his head out of the way or deflects a dart with his tail as he goes to town on not only glazed donuts, but powdered donuts, blueberry cake donuts, and apple fritters as well, all with a generous helping of hot, flavored coffee on this cold night.
If the sniper team didn't work out, the next step was to call in some artillery and tanks. The deputies argue against this, as their sheriff is in there while the Security force gives the rebuttal that they're all freezing out here, meanwhile all the sniper team wants to know is, "Where's the Saiyan?"However, there is no need for calling in a heavy bombardment or tanks, for one of the snipers gets his spotter to shine a light in Goku's eyes, and shoots a dart through a window atthe Saiyan while his hand is raised, covering his vision! The dart's needle impacts against Goku's forehead, striking his thick skull and denting, sending the glass and metal of the dart shattering and warping against his forehead as well, giving him a cut. Goku starts bleeding from his forehead and feels a little tired. That just calls for more coffee! But first…Goku turns towards the tied-up Sheriff, "Excuse me sir, where do you keep the bandages?""In my drawer, you crazy son of a mon-" Sheriff Buta of East-West County begins, before remembering something, "N-not in my drawer, not in my drawer, do not look in my desk's drawer!"Goku looks in the Sheriff's desk drawer despite his protests and squealing, and finds some gauze bandages that are right next to a box of gourmet donuts. Goku hums that song Maple taught him as he devours each one of the donuts (while Sheriff Buta cries on the floor), and ties gauze around his head, putting pressure on the cut.Outside, Bulma Briefs stands on a raised platform, looking down on the sheriff station and Security force's perimeter. She had called Goku many names with a megaphone from there, such as butthead, numbskull, gluttonous goof, and smelly.Goku took offense to that last one, and threw a rock at her now destroyed megaphone.Bulma's backup plan descends next to her. "I see my brother has brought quite the hellstorm down on his head," remarks Raditz. He examines the sniper team, and laughs, “Tranquilizer darts? You know he doesn't care for needles." Bulma runs a hand through her teal-highlighted purple dreads with an exasperated sigh and asks, "Can you get him out?"Raditz laughs, "Dead or alive?"Bulma sports an evil grin, "Alive please, I'll take care of the rest.""Very well, but first?" Raditz holds out his hand. Bulma hands him a briefcase packed with Zeni. Raditz checks the inside, before closing it and chucking it over to Jingle Village. "Okay, I'm going in."Raditz steps into the sheriff station, and sees the tied up sheriff, the ransacked boxes of donuts lying around, and several Keurigs working double duty. Then he looks over at his brother, who is sticking donut holes into donuts to have a more complete experience. The body armor his brother is wearing to stave off tranq-darts as well as his bloody gauze headband gives Raditz pause.
"Kakarot, you've done wrong," Raditz finally says. Goku looks up at his brother, first surprised but then hurt. "I can't believe you would do something as low as this, going Caroling of all things..."Goku sets his 100% donut down, and looks down at his feet, unsure. Did he really do something wrong here?Raditz lays a hand on his brother's shoulder, his eyes lit up, "...without ME!?"Goku looks confused as Raditz lets out a hearty laugh."Caroling is the best part of this season, Goku! Come along with me! I know the best joints to hit up! Oh, we have to go grab Daikon first, I've always tried to go Caroling with him and Suno but she forBADE me, like a dog!"As Raditz goes into the fun times he had with their mother and father, and later on Vegeta and Nappa, Goku smiles and laughs as his brother's excitement proves infectious.Outside the station, Bulma taps her foot in impatience at not hearing any ruckus or beam struggles. She gets out a scouter, and hones in on Raditz' frequency. Bulma curses, not liking what she hears, and shouts, "Raditz has betrayed us!"She calls in the tanks and artillery, who wheel up and point their guns right at the sheriff station. With a new megaphone, Bulma shouts, "GOKU, YOU HAVE FIVE SECONDS TO GET YOUR BUTT OUT HERE SO I CAN SKIN IT!"In response, Goku and Raditz speed out of the sheriff station! The cannons of Bulma's men go off, their payloads soaring past the Hateful Brothers and completely obliterating the sheriff station, the Sheriff inching out by the skin of his chinny-chin-chin before the station gets its door blown to kingdom come. https://youtu.be/26wEWSUUsUcRaditz deflects missiles and shells back to their senders, causing massive explosions down the Security force's lines.Goku surfs a guided missile around while deflecting bullets with a spin of his Power Pole.Bulma grinds her perfect teeth and shouts up at the two space monkeys through her megaphone, "GOKU, YOU STINKING APE! RADITZ, YOU DOUBLE-CROSSING, NO GOOD, ROTTEN MOTHERFU-" Raditz takes offense to that last remark and flicks a bullet into the megaphone, breaking it.Bulma wrings her hair and stomps her foot as the two brothers fly off into the night past a chopper, the chopper jerking out of the way in fright, sending the lucky sniper from before falling to the ground. Luckily, he had a parachute! Luckily, several more of her men sail down with him, all of her mechanized infantrymen having ejector seats with parachutes that got them out of harm's way before their machines exploded. For Bulma, luck was a matter of preparation and timeliness. She didn't want to be responsible for any Commander Black situations. Bulma would have to thank Maple again for testing the mechanism for her... speaking of, she really did need to have a talk with Maple.
In the skies over Mifan, Son Peppa has a Chinese Buffet all to herself! Digging into several rice dishes, slurping up noodles, juggling meat buns into her mouth LIKE GASTON, and sampling all kinds of meat.Above her, Peppa feels a loathsome presence, and hears a loathsome laughter as well. She looks up to see King and Crown Prince Vegeta, Vegeta grinning down at her and Baozi waving at her. Both of them have food piled in their arms as well, Baozi catching the food he dropped from waving with his feet.https://youtu.be/PmFQWlJ_IZA"Well, well, well," Vegeta says, "Look who's not so below following Saiyan traditions."Peppa balances her buffet in her criss-crossed legs and crosses her arms. She thrusts her chin up, and says, "You mean a Plant tradition?"Vegeta laughs, "Hahaha! No, a Vegeta tradition to be more precise. I honestly think you didn't have it in you to go around looting food from your lessers, but I see you've proved me wrong.""What?" Peppa is confused. "But I thought this was a fun tradition where people give out food to the singing hungry during the Winter?""Oh yes," Vegeta agrees, "A very fun tradition for us Saiyans in which we show off our superior singing to the small-fries, and in return they give us the food that is rightfully ours."Peppa looks down at her food, lowering her half-eaten General Orange's chicken from her mouth, the flavor turning to ash. "You mean, this isn't a fun tradition for everyone involved?"Vegeta simply laughs at that question like it's the funniest thing. Baozi joins in too, not quite getting it but wanting to impress his father.Peppa drops her food to land in the streets of Mifan as she considers what she's done, and what Mom and Vegeta told her. Mom approved of this, saying it was a fun tradition for all involved. But Vegeta approved of this, saying it was a fun tradition for Saiyans. Her mind tries to right these two statements, and find a contradiction. She considers how those nice people from the neighborhood threw red hot fire pokers at her. And then how the Crane School tried to beat her up when she got into the role of Caroler.Her mind once again considered the two statements, trying to find the lie in them, and her Mom's statement broke apart, a clear lie. Peppa's mind then broke, her thoughts unclear. Vegeta's approval was the absolute worst thing he could have given her.Peppa puts her hands on her head, throws back her head and screams, "I WAS TRICKED!!!" She then falls down towards Mifan, too distraught to fly properly.Vegeta raises an eyebrow at this sight, and shakes his head. No need in trying to construe the thoughts of someone striving to be below their station. He waits for his son to fly back up, all of Peppa's discarded food heaping in his arms! "That's my boy," Vegeta laughs as he tousles his son's hair.Baozi beams up at his father!
At Castle Frypan, Gohan stands in the castle courtyard, trying to remember where the dining hall was. Last time he checked, it wasn't surrounded by a bunch of barriers that he couldn't walk past!A great dome barrier loomed over Castle Frypan's keep, and through it he could see another one, and faintly behind that he could see another! For now though, how was he going to get past this one! It was so stupid, he tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end... wait, it doesn't even matter!Gohan starts pounding on the barrier, making no dent in the thing, and gets mad. He transforms into Super Saiyan, and his punches cause the dome to start shaking, snow sliding off of it. He then screams, going Super Saiyan 2, and breaks through the Barrier with a sparking punch!https://youtu.be/N7XCRtGDEbUHe examines the other Barriers, all more concentrated and efficient with less area to cover, and smiles. He starts walking towards them.Inside the keep, Acer and Izumi stand at the sides of a glowing magic circle on the ground, Chi-Chi standing in the middle, holding her hands up. Acer and Izumi both feed their energy into the circle and use it to empower Chi-Chi's Barriers. A rune on the floor fizzles out."He got through the first one," Chi-Chi grunts out, eyes closed in concentration, "Very easily."Acer reluctantly groans, "That's my nephew.""It's only a matter of time before he breaks through the rest," Izumi mutters."Well..." Chi-Chi says, considering. Then she smiles, "What if we brought the rest to him?"Acer and Izumi look bewildered, but then gasp in recognition. They quickly carve some runes into the floor, smirking.Outside the dining hall, the Barrier that Gohan is hammering with the force of a Super Saiyan 2 is on its last legs. And then, as Gohan prepares to shatter it with one last blow, itstops flickering and looks stable. Gohan hurts his hand against the Barrier, and looks at it in confusion. He notices that there aren't any Barriers behind this one anymore, in fact he can barely see through it!He looks up and spots the problem. All the Barriers past this one have interwoven into one layer, right where he's standing. Well, simple enough to deal with, he'll just fly up to where they aren't layered with one another!But as he tries to fly up, he feels himself getting sucked back down. He looks down and sees Sachie Momochi grinning at him with one of those swirling balls of wind held in between her hands, sucking him towards her.He fires an energy blast at her to throw her off, but his blast is absorbed by Android 19! In his shock, 19 quickly gets a hold on Gohan and absorbs his energy. Not wanting to break her, Gohan tries to pry 19 off of him, only to meet an ever-strengthening robotic grip! Sachie throws the cyclone up at Gohan and 19, both of them getting caught inside and spinning around rapidly! 19 still doesn't let go, and Gohan starts getting pretty dizzy, and his halo almost flies off!
Gohan thinks about what he can do to get out of this, and gets an idea. A creative spin on a technique of his.He starts channeling electric energy into his uninjured arm. He accesses the coils of energy hidden deep within, and his hair grows longer and his brow gets more pronounced, if not his eyebrows. With lightning trailing from his fist, a coil of it forms around the spinning Gohan! He pries 19 off of him finally, and uses the quirk in momentum to adjust his posture!"SHIIIIIINNNNE," he roars, fist flying, "SPAAAAAARRRRRK!!!"His fist collides with the multitude of Barriers, and breaks through them in a single blow, the ki crumbling into nothing. Gohan's hair goes back to red, and he suddenly feels really tired.19 empowers Sachie with enough energy to form another Rasengan, and she hits Gohan with it, sending him spiraling towards the ground to the point that he drills through the courtyard floor.Sachie turns to 19, and sees that front of her clothes have singed off from lightning and torn from wind, revealing..."Heeey, why don't you have nipples?" asks Sachie as she looks up from the belly button she had drawn on her friend the summer before."Miscellaneous Tidbit: Canonized,” 19 responded robotically. “Why would I need them?" 19 asks, not understanding."Um, well," Sachie answers, unsure, "A girl just has them." She then gets a great idea into her head, getting out a magic marker. "We can draw them on!"19 considers her torso as Sachie considers how wide to make them, and asks the least stealthy ninja, "Like that mark on your buttock?"Sachie blushes and covers her butt, only to find it's already plenty covered by her winter wear. "How do you know about that!?"19 looks up at her with a smile, "X-Ray Vision, I was using it earlier to examine how that elixir affects your body."Sachie scoffs and smacks 19 with a paper fan, then whines "It's just a birthmark, I didn't draw it on therrre!"Acer, Chi-Chi, and Izzy all descend into the courtyard."Thanks a million, girls!" Izumi says, giving her friends both a thumbs up!"We couldn't have done it without you," Acer says, wiping some sweat off his brow in relief."Where's Gohan?" Chi-Chi asks, looking for her naughty nephew, before seeing the hole in the ground. https://youtu.be/Vsg6K3jrRUU"Wait a minute..." Chi-Chi examines the hole in the ground, and tries to recall where in the Castle it goes to.As she does this, Izumi gloats to her friends, "Yeah, I got him with the spear he didn't see, and now he's down for the count thanks to the tranquilizer I put on it!""I did notice he seemed to have less energy than usual," 19 says as Izumi beams her dress back to normal."Yeah, and after his hair got long, he quickly tired out kinda like I do when I use ki!" says Sachie, covering her covered self whenever she meets 19's gaze.Acer explains, "Yes, this was an endurance match, to see if we could make Gohan tire out before he reached-"
"OUR FOOD!" Chi-Chi shrieks, pulling down on her sidebangs! She runs over to the hole, and jumps into it. Confused, everyone follows her.They all reach a sleeping Gohan who has just gone through a good chunk of the Castle's foodstuffs in a basement cellar. Acer, Chi-Chi, and Izumi all facepalm, Sachie lets out a nervous laugh and apologizes, and 19 lets out a robotic, "hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha~"~ ~ ~With his nephew locked in the dungeon, snoozing off the rest of that tranquilizer with a full tummy, Acer's guests and his family had retired for the night. Acer, however, was still up, heading towards the kitchens for a midnight snack. Tuffles didn't eat nearly as much as Saiyans, but they did eat more frequently.https://youtu.be/r5Hi21KLxY4As he walks through the dining hall, he saw a figure in the corner of his vision. When he turns towards it, it was gone. He turns back towards the kitchens, and sees the figure standing directly in front of him."Hello there?" Who was this guy?The figure, what appeared to be just a cloaked man, simply looks at him, not saying anythi- "I am the Ghost of Christmas Future." Ah, so he could talk."What does that mean?" Acer wasn't sure where this was going."You could say I'm a prophet of sorts. I am to show you a vision of your future." The ghost exhaled and mist emanated from his robes, which quickly flooded the hall. The ghost then stepped aside and gestured to an object behind him. It was a gravestone. Acer gets out his reading glasses, kneels in front of it, and reads aloud: "HERE LIES ACER MAHOGANY October 31st, "742" - December 25th, 774 DIED AS HE LIVED: AN INSECT." ...Acer wasn't amused. The Ghost of Christmas Future swoops his scythe down where his object of vengeance knelt only to hit thin air, Acer having already somersaulted to the gravestone and kicked off of it to headbutt his attacker in the gut. To Acer's surprise, he’s struck thin air as well, passing directly through the ghost.He turns towards the ghost, smirking. "Now, now, you're starting to make me feel a bit underdressed here." Acer gestured to his monogrammed pajamas. "How about you go ahead and take that cloak off, 'Mr. Mystery'?"Magil throws off his cloak, the cloak dissipating into mist. He grins maliciously at Acer."So, how are you back?" Acer was curious."Community service, then my chain gang got massacred so I hopped the proverbial fence. Can you believe Otherworld has people haunted for trying to wisely spend and save money?""I can’t believe you thought it was a good idea for you to come here," responds Acer as he does a few stretches. "HFIL might have a warmer reception, so of all places, what are you here for?"
"Well, thanks to my position as Christmas Future, anything occurring in the holiday season is something I can foresee. I saw that I couldn't just storm your castle immediately due to your barriers and wards. So, I set a series of events into motion that would topple all of those like a stack of dominoes, with Monkeyboy Jr. doing the toppling. Now that I have access to your castle, I am now free to kill you at my pleasure."Acer finishes getting a crick out of his neck, and nods at Magil's words. "It's 'at my leisure.'""Hahaha, not for ME!"https://youtu.be/aJ-i5Xdz8DoMagil charges at Acer, swinging his scythe in an unpredictable manner. Acer gets in the range of his scythe, dodging it as it whizzes past. Magil smirks, and rotates the scythe, pulling it back to skewer and rend his rival's spine. However, before he pulls back, Acer grabs onto the shaft, and swings his legs up. Magil unknowingly pulls Acer into a dropkick aimed at Magil's face. Acer's feet phase through Magil's surprised face, and he lets go of the scythe, floating away from Magil."Alrighty, so I can't hit you even when you don't see it coming." Acer approaches this with the attitude of someone who had to quickly learn some aspect of math during the test it was on.Magil laughs, "No, you can't hit me. You can't kill what's already dead, I'm immortal!""I'll just have to try something else," Acer says, pointing his finger at Magil. "Geist Magnum!"Magil dodges out of the way of the ki blast.Acer grins. "Now, now, why would an immortal need to dodge?"Magil growls, and points his finger at Acer. "Geist Magnum!"Acer sees the beam coming, and puts his hand up in a peace sign. He catches it in between his fingers and spins them around, redirecting the laser! "Geist Magnum Return!""GAH!" The beam caught Magil in the arm, putting a smoking hole through it."Guess that move does have Spirit Ki in it," Acer speculates."Just a thought, how much Spirit Ki can you afford to spend down here with us mortals?"Magil sneers at Acer, and cackles. "Oh, you have no idea. I'll return the wounds you've given me a hundred-fold."Acer whistles. "Oh yeah, in your dreams probably. You have any dream powers I should be worried about?"Magil ignores Acer, and held up a fist. On his fist is a ring that has a red and green infinity symbol on it. "This here's a gizmo they gave me to send people through time with. With it, I can also do THIS."Magil channels energy into his ring, making it shine up like a Christmas Tree's Star, and sweeps his scythe through the air. He cut nothing, and nothing distorted into a tear in the fabric of space-time. Out of the hole appears another Magil! And another! and another!!!"What!?" Acer asks. What was going on?"All of these are ME, from other timelines, unified in our hatred of YOU."Acer examines each of the Magils, each of them similar to the Magil he knew with the slightest of differences.
One of them poses eccentrically and shouts, "Dojyaaa~n!" He then looks at them more closely, and smiles. "They're alive.""Yes, and?" Magil the Ghost asked, rolling his eyes in his see-through head. Whoa! Was that his brain?Acer carries out a Hallowed Rush on the especially flamboyant one, who goes flying into a wall with a hole in his stomach. Acer drops the chunk of flesh. "That means they're punchable."Magil frowns, and flashes his ring again. More Magils come out of the hole. "I will savor your dying screams, insect."A Magil with a mechanical arm steps forward, chuckling. "I owe you for this. A hand for a hand!" He then lets out a roar as he rushes Acer with a hidden blade. He strikes an after-image as Acer beheads him with a Psycho Thread.https://youtu.be/X69NaSUdzzAAs all the Magils surround him, Acer ties his signature black headband on, and gets into a fighting stance. “So my head then?”A Magil leaps at Acer, who gets kicked into another Magil. A Magil attacking Acer from behind gets his leg sweeped. Acer stomps that Magil in the ribs, breaking something. Another Magil tries to grab Acer, and gets an electrified palm to the face. The Magil that was kicked into another gets caught in the can of Izumi Combo just opened up. An opportunistic Magil leaps at Acer while he's distracted, only to receive a Phantom Shotgun for his troubles, sending him flying back.A Magil runs up at Acer preparing to do an Iaigiri with his katana, only for Acer to duck and charge his legs, tripping the Magil up. Acer picks up the Magil by the legs and starts hitting the others with him, occasionally taking a blow from the other Magils with his as a shield. Eventually, his makeshift weapon stops moving, and Acer tosses the Magil to the side like a piece of trash.As another group of Magil charge him, Acer kicks his tool's katana into the first one's face, and Hallowed Haymakers his head clean off. The second one he elbows in the side, and as that Magil recoils in pain, Acer uses him as a springboard to kick the third Magil in the face. With the third flying into a table, Acer shoots the second in the temple with a Geist Magnum. A fourth comes at him, and tries punching Acer in the head! Acer ducks and weaves, using his lack of height to his advantage as he strikes at the Magil's core. The fourth coughs up blood as he keels over, and a fifth one comes running up as well only to get his foot stomped flat,spraining his ankle and lowering his upper body enough for Acer to uppercut his jaw off. A sixth Magil dive-kicks Acer, only to get dodged and punched clean through.
Acer dodges a thrown knife by a hair and turns toward a Magil on top of a table. The Magil lifts several utensils with telekinesis, and flings them at Acer. Acer uses his own telekinesis to grab a silver platter, and rushes towards the Magil while deflecting all his attacks. Acer slaps the last knife away with the platter and dive-kicks the Magil in the torso, bicycle-kicking the Magil several times before he kicks him at Magil the Ghost.Magil the Ghost expects the trash mob to go through him, but that doesn't quite happen. The Magil goes into Magil the Ghost, and Magil the Ghost finds that he can control the body. It wouldn't be suitable for his purposes however, what with the punctured lungs and ruptured organs, so he drops the body to let it roll over and die.Magil the Ghost then looks at all the dead Magils so far. Acer had seven years to grow,and it showed. He runs a hand through his pale locks, and groans. His number was bigger, but Acer kept whittling it down. Magil then noticed the hole in his arm was gone. In fact, he felt stronger.https://youtu.be/4L6woE-eKrkAfter Acer runs a Magil through with his own katana, another Magil leaps up on the table, and activates the Four Witches. He unleashes a Machine-gun Punch on Acer, which Acer deflects with the silver platter. On top of being full of cutlery, the silver doesn't agree with Magil's skin. The Magil keeps punching Acer until he realizes he has no forearms on his four arms. Acer kicks the cripple off the table onto a spear another Magil is holding. The Magil uses his foot to pry his fallen comrade off the spear like dogshit, then pole vaults onto the table, unleashing a flurry of strikes at Acer. Acer catches the spear, pulls, and kicks the Magil he had run through with a katana to where the katana is pointing up at the Magil with the spear. THUNK. Acer finishes off the shishkebab'd Magils with a two-for-one Geist Magnum.Acer jumps down from the table, ducks a roundhouse kick from another Magil, and sweeps his leg. Yet another Magil comes in with an axe kick, which Acer gets dodges by getting closer to the Magil, and bears the impact of calf against shoulder.Using his body as leverage, Acer then hammer blows the Magil's knee to smithereens, his leg bending at an unnatural angle. The Magil that Acer had unbalanced before comes in with ANOTHER roundhouse kick, which Acer counters with a roundhouse kick of his own! Acer's leg is shorter, sure, but he gets closer, putting the full weight of his kick into the impact site of the Magil's femur, tearing the leg off with a jagged broken bone left sticking out.Still more Magils charge at Acer. Acer smiles at them.
After finishing the last Magil off with a two-handed flanged mace he "borrowed," Acer wipes a bead of sweat from his forehead, and looks over at Magil the Ghost. "Are you done? Cuz I can go all night."Magil grins back at him, "Oh, you're done all right."Acer notices a whole new batch of Magils surrounding him: one looks like a post-apocalypse warboss, mohawk and all, and another is dressed like a Gestapo officer. It didn't really matter, they were all walking corpses so far as he was concerned, though he did a double-take when he saw a clown.He motions for them to bring it, only to freeze, as one Magil wearing a device on his bald head holds Acer in place. The psychic Magil smirks at him condescendingly, "Foolish insect, the timelines are mine to command and conquer."Ghost Magil claps his hands, "A valiant effort, insect, but futile. No matter how many you can destroy, I can always get out more. Now, I'm a ghost, am I not? Then that means I can possess people." Magil then got low, and punched Acer in the chest. Acer screams. He doesn't feel any physical pain from the ghostly limb, of course, but his soul was screaming that something was WRONG."Your body is worthless to me. You're not nearly as good as a Saiyan or even a Namekian. But, given the pain and hassle you've caused me... Well, I'm going to have some fun with you." Magil then leaned down to whisper into Acer's ear, "When I'm taking you for a joyride, do you think they'll recognize you're not you before it's too late? Your sister? Your wife? Your daughter? I wonder what their faces will be like when they're being murdered by the one they trust the mos..."Ghost Magil felt something WRONG inside Acer. He pulls his hand out, and examines it. His hand was purple, and dissolving into gas particles. "No."Acer's aura flares as he glares up at Magil. His eyes were white. His face was contorted with pure rage. He gets up easily as the Psychic Magil's blood vessels start popping in spontaneous aneurysms, spraying blood everywhere.Ghost Magil backs away, but it doesn't change that fact that his arm is still dissolving! "No, not again! NEVER AGAIN!" He cuts off his ghastly arm with a karate chop before the gas could spread throughout the rest of his soul's form. Acer rapid-fires a bunch of Geist Magnums at the ghost, making him crumple in pain. The rest of the Magils except the now dead psychic and one other all charge at Acer.https://youtu.be/CvVH9WFu-1MA Magil with shoulder-mounted missile launchers fires off his payload at Acer, who responds by throwing the Nazi at the barrage. A stray missile makes its way past the cloud of Hamburger meat which Acer catches like a football. After changing the make up of the missile's payload with materialization, he throws it back at the Magil missile platform's ammo rack and sends a bunch of shrapnel flying everywhere. With a quick shield, Acer is unharmed, but the Magils feel the pain of that silver he put in that missile.
Acer floats up to where he can look his the rest of his victims in the eye, and floats towards them slowly, ripping the stonework floor apart with his flaring telekinesis and ki spikes. Four of the Magils go to tackle him, and he deflects their attacks with slaps and kicks. Several bones break, and an especially muscular Magil gets his elbow slapped harder than he thought someone could be slapped, sending his fist flying off his arm into another Magil's head. Acer stops floating, only to land on the head of Warboss Magil. The other Magils fire ki blasts at Acer, but he yanks the Magil up into the air with him by the mohawk, causing Warboss Magil's eyes to bulge out before getting blown to pieces. Acer then lands on another Magil, well, to be more accurate he crashes on the Magil, whose head explodes. Acer then scissor kicks a Magil who tries to grab him, removing his head with the first kick, then kicking that head at another Magil. The rage inside him has only increased! And there were still so many Magils left to take it out on. Acer laughs. ~ ~ ~ Before Ghost Magil lost too much of his form, he glided over to one of the dying Magils. He had to test something. He crawled inside the Magil, and took control. Then, he discarded his broken shell. He pushed himself up. His arm was back, but weak. His wounds had healed somewhat. A vision appeared to him: Magil, a cloud-like being holding the insect in his spectral grip with with a lance of death at the insect's throat. This was the future that could be. He looked over at his piles of corpses, and then at Acer making more."More," he demanded.~ ~ ~ In his berserk rampage, Acer was putting more strength into his attacks, which would put down many Magils in a single blow. However, his rage-induced tunnel vision left him open to attacks of oppotunity! He would punch a Magil through another Magil which would knock a third Magil into a fourth Magil's blade, but that Clown Magil would get a hit in with those landmine pies and Hindenburg animals. After a minute or so, after he Machine-gun punched a Magil's face into pulp, Acer got roundhouse clownshoe kicked into a wall, leaving an impact crater in it.The purple aura left him as he came to his senses. Acer felt his aching back and groaned, he sure would be feeling that tomorrow. A piece of turkey he found under some bricks made him feel a bit better. He got himself up off the ground, and looked at the mob of Magils cornering him. Most of them were wielding bladed weapons. "Those aren't swords," he declared, removing his earring. He popped the capsule open, "THIS is a sword!"One brave Magil with a scar across his nose charged Acer, preparing to squeeze the trigger on his gunblade at the moment of impact to make it stab more. Acer halfed him with nary a thought. All the Magils recognized Masamune, the sword that represented their failure and its wielder who was the bane of their existence. They all roared as one and charged.
Ghost Magil got out his scythe, and tore open several more holes in space-time. No longer bottlenecked, the amount of Magils coming in multiplied. Acer weaves in and out of his opponents' reach, strategically taking off limbs to where they couldn't harm him once he stepped outside. He cuts through the wave of his pointy-eared rivals like a knife through warm butter, eventually leaping over them while spinning his sword aroundin a blur to discourage any foolhardy jumping. Acer lands in the middle of the dining hall and scratches a circle in the floor with Masamune. His effective radius. He closes his eyes.One Magil would intrude on his circle, and die. Another one would intrude, and die. An intruder, would die. Intruder, dead. Intruder, dead. Intruder, dead. Intrudead, intrudead, intrudead. He carried on with his swordplay, just moving on instinct. When one Magil thought he could move quicker than his blade, Masamune would be waiting at their destination. When another Magil thought he could brute force his way in, Masamune would sever their tendons and rend flesh. When a Magil thought he could succeed where others had not, Masamune would put an end to that. The Magil who did not engage Acer when that psychic died walked over to Ghost Magil, who was currently sucking the souls out of the dead and wounded. "I know what you're doing. You're absorbing energy from the fallen. Just know that as we are now, this is a futile effort. We would however, be strong enough to defeat him with Fusion."Ghost Magil doubted that, and did not appreciate the gall this other Magil had. He had seen the future. Besides, two of these Magils fused together wouldn't amount to much against someone who could fight off a hundred and counting.The Fusion Magil rolled his eyes, "No, not the Dance, here, allow me to show you."Fusion Magil went and put his hand on the forehead of a Magil who just came through the portal. The "nascent" Magil screamed as everything he was was consumed into Fusion Magil.Fusion Magil's strength increased considerably, as much as it would with the regular methods."Can you do that again?" Ghost Magil asked with interest. Such a vessel could be worthy of his possession.Fusion Magil did it again. "Can you stall the insect while I gather food?"Ghost Magil considered his options. He did have something up his sleeve that could stall, perhaps kill, the insect. He was waiting for the insect to tire himself out some more before doing it, but with a perfectly strong body to sweeten the deal in case of failure he saw no reason why not. He left the portals open so this Fusion Magil could do his thing and turned towards Acer, gathering energy for one quick lunge.
Acer was no longer fighting in his circle. He was now fighting in an orb above his starting position since the walls of his circle became so high they could tip over onto him. He looked down on the bodies of his foe, dead and alive, and spat on them. This was getting boring, he was fixing to end it all. He tossed his sword up into the air, and held both his hands up. "Lumina-"He was tackled spiritually by Ghost Magil before his attack could go off.~ ~ ~Acer and Magil tumble around in a swirling abyss and eventually land on a metal surface. Acer thinks it's a bit familiar, but can't quite place it. The atmosphere looks like Earth's, but keeps alternating between blue, green, and gray. It's also terribly gusty, were they on the wing of an airplane about to crash?"Don't tell me you don't recognize it!" Magil cackles at him. "I know I've been on the business end of this thing plenty of times now."Acer looks at the metal again. It couldn't be... but it is! They were standing on Masamune!Acer massages his temple in confusion. "Why did you bring us here?""At this very moment, your sister is getting sent by Mira to another dimension, for reals." Acer looks up when the blade stills, and sees his sister get enveloped by that awful attack the same way she did 7 years ago. "No, not again...""Hahahahahaha, your face! That's a good look on you. Oh, you insect, we're in the past. What happens here already happened." Magil pointed at the blade's wielder, and sure enough, Acer saw himself."And since what happens here already happened," Magil continues, "The same would apply to your death.""Come again?" Acer asks, not liking where this was going. https://youtu.be/f0VCujqlxGc "In this time, the very blade you stand on was used to deal a mortal blow to me. Without it, you would have been destroyed, and I would be the victor.""Uh oh," Acer says, uneasy about this development."And so, I will destroy this sword you love so much, and you will die!" Magil declares."These references are getting too blatant, we need to cool it a bit!" Acer protests."Like you're one to talk, 'Mr. Bladerson!'"Acer looked at the green ground and blue sky again, "How does this even relate to 'Christmas Past'? Didn't the Destron War take place in the summer?"Magil averts his gaze while smiling, "It was Christmas season in another world parallel to this one.""That is BULLSHIT, that's what that is!" roars Acer as he shoots Magil in the head with his strongest Geist Magnum.The Geist Magnum goes clean through Magil's head! Magil has a surprised look on his face, but it changes into a grin. He laughs at a confused Acer turning his head to reveal no damage where a hole should have been. "I know it's bullshit, and I don't care. You know what else is bullshit? You can't hurt me in here."
"Why's that?" Acer asks as he attempts to cling onto the blade his past self is currently whipping around. To his surprise, his hands go through the metal, and he finds he can control his position in relation to the blade with thought alone.Magil holds up his ring for Acer to see. "I'm the master here, I control this time, and I've brought you along for the ride so I can see your face as you die twice." Acer notes that Magil has to keep setting himself back down on the sword to maintain a grip.Acer yells up at his past self, "Heeeeey, there's a tiny prick on your sword!"Magil laughs at him as he charges up a big red and green energy blast. "Muahahaha! Only I can affect stuff here. Just make peace with the fact that you're a ghost, and are going to be a ghost from now on." Magil throws the blast down at Masamune, forming a crack in it.Acer frantically looks around for a way out. There is no gateway back to his time, there's nothing he can do that will hit Magil, there's no one besides Magil who can see him. He tries to remember what exactly happened in his battle with the past Magil and Mira. Wait a minute...As Magil goes to town on Acer's sword, Acer gathers his energy for an attack that may or may not work. He comes to a grim conclusion as he unleashes it. "This is my only shot. If this doesn't work, I'm a goner."Magil prepares one orb of festive time destructive energy. But before he can fire, a bright light blinds him. It's coming from the sword!His essence burns away in white flame as he gets shunned off from the sword, willing the flames out as he examines what just happened. He shields his eyes as he sees the smaller insect flooding the blade with light energy. His face twists in anger. "WHAT? HOW DID YOU DAMAGE ME!?"Acer calmly looks up at Magil, and smirks. "You can see me. Meaning, your eyes can take in the light I reflect. If they can do that, that could, and apparently does, mean the same for the rest of your body."Magil seethes. "Well, you know what they say, I brought you into this world, and I can TAKE YOU OUT!" Magil prepares another timey wimey ball.Acer holds up a hand, "Hold up, don't you have a sword to catch?" He points at Magil's past self, getting ever closer to Masamune."NO!" Magil shrieks, quickly getting back to where he was on the blade, burning light be damned. If he could save himself, it wouldn't matter.However, the past Magil couldn't predict just how fast Acer would be, and the same held true now. The blade went towards way too fast for Magil's comfort, towards his past self'sDestron Gas filled form. Stricken with fear, Magil leaps off the blade before he can be consumed.Magil watches himself die, cleaved in two by Acer. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"Acer simply smiles. "Okay," Magil says, "YOu little SHIT, Your pLan didN't work. The DesTRON did NOT consume meeee, now IIII'm gonna kill YOU!" He could break the insect's sword anyway, then Mira would wreck him!
Acer shakes his head, saying, "Oh, I wasn't aiming for that.""WHATEVER YOU PLANNED IS USELESS! DIE!!!" Magil roars as he dumps his last blast onto the blade. However, a shadow looms over him. What could that b-SPLAT. Ghost Magil got squished by Mira's hands, which caught the Masamune right where he was standing, before his attack could go off.Acer laughed long and hard. After a good ten seconds, he then explained, "Yeah, you weren't here in the living world for that, but that happened. And I remembered more of this time than you did! I even took into account that you can physically interact with this place, all of this led to your defeat!" Time marches on as Ghost Magil, aggravated, reshapes his essence into a more cohesive form, and soon Masamune goes whirling by Mira's head, no longer a deciding factor in this fight. A hole opens up in space-time, which Acer speeds through. Magil had apparently been planning on using it once he was done here, and put it on an activation timer or something. Acer doesn't care, he still has demons to get out of his dining room!~ ~ ~Acer comes to still suspended up in the air, and looks around the dining hall. There are a lot less bodies than he remembered leaving. In fact, besides the damage to the furniture, walls, and floor, this place looks pristine."Well, that'll be a lot less traumatizing for the new staff."He hears a panicked honking over by the head table. He turns to see the Clown Magil honking a horn at a weird Magil while being dragged towards the weird Magil. The horn is shooting supersonic concussion waves, but his opponent doesn't seem to mind, catching the waves with his hand. In fact, that Magil's hand looks weird as well, with what appears to be a black hole in the middle of their palm. The Clown Magil loses his grip and goes flying into the hand with a pathetic wail.What struck Acer as weird about the Magil wasn't that the Magil was up there with some of the strongest people he had seen, nor that he was big enough to sit in the Ox King's chair comfortably, nor the weird dead zone thing in his hand.No, it was that the Magil was wearing a black version of what Acer normally wore."Did I start a trend in some timeline?" he asked, pointing to the Magil's clothes.The Magil caught his meaning, and said with a surprisingly sheepish expression, "Nah, this is... well, it came from the first time I absorbed someone. You get three guesses on who and the first two don't count."Acer pouted, "Geez, I feel so wanted. Got a plethora of timelines with their own stalkers out to get me. Do I need Time Patroller bodyguards?'"Yeah, couldn't hurt. Us Magils are crazy like that. I should know, I've got a whole legion in here," said the Magil as he held up his hand with the wind tunnel.To Acer's surprise, the void sealed up. "Not going to use that on me?"
"Nope, one Acer in here's enough," said Legion Magil as he got up from the Ox King's chair, and grabbed a knife that was too tiny for him to hold properly. With a bit of materialization, the knife grew into the longest katana Acer had ever seen, and comfortably fit into his grip. He gave it a few practice swings, the air pressure alone cutting tables to pieces on the other side of the hall. "Besides, I wanna test out this enhanced body! I bet my power level's like 500 Zillion or some shit.""Enhanced? So absorbing people makes you stronger? How many Magils did you eat to get that strength?""Oh, I couldn't keep count. Those portals ran out of Magils eventually... I have to wonder, was it because there are no more Magils, or did they get wise and turn the other way?" Legion Magil walked towards Acer with his Daikatana over his shoulder. "Anyway, let's do this."Acer willed his sword towards him, and unbeknownst to him it had gotten stuck in another Magil, killing him instantly, who then got absorbed by Legion Magil. The Masamune came out of Legion Magil's void hand and into Acer's own. Legion Magil gaped at Acer, allowing Acer an opportunity to strike!https://youtu.be/xzRYCz3CV2oBut it was not to be, as Acer caught a glimpse of his own death. He would strike an afterimage, and get skewered by his opponent. He turned and brought up his sword in time to block the thrust of Legion Magil, and a symphony of swishes and clangs rang out as steel clashed against steel. This Legion Magil proved to be no slouch when it came to swordplay, and his enhanced reflexes and reaction time from his new power were starting to blossom. Acer quickly got out of Legion Magil's range, no small feat, and rolled his shoulders.Legion Magil got into a defensive stance, sporting a playful smile."Kaio-ken!" Acer roared as his speed and power doubled, giving Legion Magil a run for his money this time. But, it still wasn't enou- "TIMES TEN!"Legion Magil's sword hand went flying. He then punched Acer into the wall with his void hand, and walked over to his hand, reattaching it and running ki through it. "Good as new." He then fired a Geist Magnum at the prone Acer with his regained hand.Acer looked up in time to see the Geist Magnum coming, and returned it towards Legion Magil with his secret Anti-Maple manuever. To his great shock, Legion Magil did the same thing back to him! Acer left an afterimage as he dodged, but the Geist Magnum curved towards him. He caught it and sent it back towards Legion Magil along with another Geist Magnum.Legion Magil smirked, wanting things to get more interesting. He caught the two blasts in his palms, sizzling them just a little bit. He then pointed all of his fingers at Acer and shot Geist Magnums out of them. "Bullet Curtain," he announced as the beams sped towards Acer irregularly, randomly going this way and that, masking each other with their brightness and throwing him off.
"Huh, I suggested something like that to Izzy..." Acer thought as he negated the attack with a Revenant Driver. The explosion that followed was still going towards him, but he had plenty of time to dodge out the way, especially without any beams chasing him.The difference in power between them was too great, and Legion Magil was getting used to his new power. "RAIO-TEN!" Acer shouts, his aura fwooshing into a flaming pink, sparks of wildfire coming off it."Raio-what?" Legion Magil asked before he was punched in the face. He went crashing into the one table that had managed to avoid getting damaged so far. "Aw man, Chi-Chi's gonna kill me!" Acer groans as he surveys the wreckage strewn about the dining hall."Huh, so it worked out between you and Chi-Chi, huh?" Legion Magil got up, dusted himself off, and willed some splinters out, which sprung out at the speed of a bullet. Acer caught one and used it as a toothpick, some of that turkey from earlier got in his teeth. "What is that Raio-Tien thing? Your power just skyrocketed."Acer whistled. "Wow, you've never seen this before? What HAS your Acer gotten up to?" Legion Magil frowned at Acer. "Don't answer that. It's basically an answer to Super Saiyan for all us born without tails."Legion Magil has a distant look on his face. "Hm. Well, I have a transformation you'll be familiar with then," he says as he once again grins confidently. "RAIO-KEN!"https://youtu.be/j4wcZuRFCYALegion Magil's aura flares with dark lightning. "My turn," he announces, already in front of Acer before he could react. A thousand punches land on Acer's body in the time it takes to blink, Acer's sword clattering on the ground and his body held aloft by Legion Magil's colossal hand, bruised and bloodied."Damnit, I'm gonna get offed in a non-canon special," Acer groused, coughing up blood. "There are worse things," Legion Magil said, giving Acer a sympathetic smile."Ohhh, yeeeessss!" someone else moaned.Acer and Legion Magil both looked up at the newly returned Ghost Magil, looking very unstable in both senses of the word."Yes, death is too [good] for him! Let's kill KILL the insect's [family] in FRONT OF HIM first! Make them [suffer], make HIM SUFFER!" Ghost Magil cheered.Acer's temper flared up again, his aura blazing. Legion Magil tossed him away before his hand could get too burnt."Well, well, well," Legion Magil bellowed up at Ghost Magil, "It seems the immortal master of time couldn't even destroy one little man!""What!?" Ghost Magil shouted. He decided that he didn't care for this Fusion Magil's attitude at all. "[no matter], I don't need your sASS, and I don't [need] YOU, just your body, fool! [fool] FOOL!"Ghost Magil laughs as he descends upon his new vessel, only to find Legion Magil's hand has clenched around his ghostly form. "I see now that death is too good for you, Magil," Legion Magil states."[how?] HOW? How!?" Ghost Magil chokes out.
He tries clawing at Legion Magil's arm, but his hands go right through! Worse, they were purple and disintegrating! "[WHYYY!]!!"Legion Magil chuckles, "I'll leave that for you to ponder in the Hell I'm sticking you in. But for now, what is that man's name?" he asks, lightening his grip on Ghost Magil some as he points at Acer, who is currently catching his breath."Heh, what [man], all I see is an INSEC-" Ghost Magil is cut off by a slap from Legion. "Wrong, let me ask another question: What is the name of the man who has always beaten you no matter what trick you pull?"Ghost Magil felt a sensation he had not felt in a very long time. Like a frog feels when looking into a serpent's eyes. However, those weren't a serpent's eyes. They weren't even his eyes. His mind reached an uncomfortable conclusion.Ghost Magil shook his head furiously.Legion Magil nodded smugly."AAAAAACCCEEERRRRRRRRR!!!" Ghost Magil screams as his soul is sucked into the void within Legion's hand. His Christmastime ring slides onto Legion's finger.Legion examines the ring absently as Acer steps up to him."So, you ready for Round Two?" Acer asks, wary of his strange opponent."Oh yes, sorry about the interruption, guy was pissing me off," says Legion as he gets into a stance, this time putting his void hand forward. The void opens. "If you don't mind, I'll be fighting seriously now."Acer narrowly dodges a vacuuming palm strike from Legion, and unleashes an electrified Izumi Combo on Legion's arm. He then runs up Legion's massive torso and kicks him again and again in the face rapidly. Legion slaps Acer away and channels electricity of his own down his arm to put it back in commission. He brushes some grime off his nose. "A little harder."Acer charges Legion again, getting a palm put on his forehead from Legion's longer arms, only to reveal it was an afterimage when Legion tries to consume Acer. Acer unleashes a Hallowed Rush into the back of Legion's head.Legion falls over onto the floor. Acer moves to follow through with an axe-kick, but gets a glimpse of foresight showing just how bad that would go for him.Legion crashes into where an afterimage of his had been, and gets on his hands and knees like a frog. His throat bulges out just like a frog's. Acer silently mouths out, "What the fuuuuuck?"Legion smirks, and with a croak, he shoots towards Acer.~ ~ ~The two go flying through Castle Frypan, finally coming to a violent stop in the castle treasury. Acer's rib cage is broken and his organs have ruptured. It's only through his will that he hasn't passed out from the pain. And his heart is still beating. He uses a broken chest for support to get up, and spies something useful inside. It's a treasure chest containing the Ox King's crown jewels. Acer pockets something and turns toward Legion, whose aura swirling with dark energy.
"You know, Acer, not even your sworn rival gives you enough credit," Legion says, "So I'm gonna do you a solid and finish you off with my strongest attack.""Gee, thanks," Acer responds sarcastically. He gets in a guarded stance, ready to dodge at the soonest opportunity.Legion's void arm crackles with black flames as he holds it steady with his other arm. His shirt tears apart from the effort. "Haaaaaaaaaa..." he growls as he readies to unleash it. There. He points the void tunnel at Acer. "DRAGON OF THE DARKNESS FLAME! COME FORTH!"https://youtu.be/L_hM3VRxNXsA Dragon made entirely of dark ki shoots out of Legion's palm, and launches itself towards Acer! Acer is already speeding back away from it with Raio-ken. But, the Dragon is catching up, fast.As he moves through the castle's many new holes in his flight, Acer thinks about Goku's Super Dragon Fist, and any strategies that would work against it. His mind comes up with nothing on that train of thought. He fires a Revenant Driver at it. The dragon eats it, and burps. So much for that.As soon as they're in the dining hall, Acer jukes around erratically, throwing off the Dragon. But, the Dragon catches on, and soon is turning and weaving around just as quickly.Acer prepares himself mentally for he would have to do next. If it didn't work, he would be one toasted tuffle! Acer gathers his power, unleashes it in an aura with a roar, and shoots towards the Dragon's neck.~ ~ ~A void appears in the dining hall, through which Legion floats lazily, and raises an eyebrow when he sees Acer scratching the Dragon of the Darkness Flame behind the ears."Who's a good boy? You're a big boy! Who likes scritches? You like scritches!" Acer coos as the Dragon taps its foot against the ground happily. Scales of pure night fall to the floor at Acer's feet and burn up as the Dragon lets out a rumbling purr.Legion asks, "How did you know this would work?" Had Acer come across the Dragon in this timeline?Acer responds while giving the legendary beast a belly rub, "I didn't, but I do know what dragons like. My daughter has one as a pet."Legion throws his head back and laughs, "Hahahaha! The most fearsome beast who lives in between Space and Hell, reduced to a child's pet! Oh, that's good, that's really good, Acer!" Legion wipes a tear of mirth away from his eye. Legion raises a palm and places it on the Dragon's head. "But, that's my Dragon, and it does as I command."The Dragon backs off from Acer with a reluctant snarl, and circles around the two of them."There we go, a ring for us. Just one warning though: Any ring-outs will definitely be fatal." The Dragon snaps its jaw and swipes at the air. Legion shrugs, "Well, fatal for you at any rate."Acer calls Masamune to him, and catches the sword like Freddie Mercury with a mic. Legion swipes his own Daikatana out of the air, and the shirtless albino stands with his katana over a spiky-haired hero with a sword too big for him.
https://youtu.be/N72U-NFu44kAcer lets out a shuddering breath from his bad lung, and Legion charges, crackling with lightning from the Raio-ken.Though to fast to see or pinpoint with ki sensing, Acer feels some of his hair tingling in a certain direction, and parries Legion's attack! In a spurt of power, Acer slams the blunt of Masamune down on Legion's blade and shatters it. Legion tries to kick Acer towards the Dragon, but Acer catches Legion's leg and pivots him into the ground, with a great THUD resounding through the hall.Legion is once again prone on the ground, but Acer lights that ground on fire with a Will'o'Wisp as Legion slams down on it. "HothothothotHOT!" he yelps as he rolls out of the fire."'Fool me once' and all that," Acer says as he struggles to keep his sword raised.Once he puts out the flames, "I know that move," Legion says. "It's one of my favorites." He lifts up some wrecked tables with his telekinesis, and lights them on fire with a snap of his fingers. The tables go flying towards Acer at mach speeds.Acer kinda sorta sinks into despair for a moment.Suddenly, a saying rings out in his mind: "With concentration, anything is possible. Clear your mind of all unnecessary thoughts. Focus!"Acer's eyes narrow, and he methodically and efficiently cleaves each table in twain with his sword, each half going flying past him. Legion flies at him at him from behind the third table, fist pulled back to strike him at the right moment, and Acer steps forward to land a nasty cut down Legion's forehead to his stomach.Legion flies past Acer, and into the Dragon. The Dragon turns on its master, and swirls around him, a whirlwind of claws and teeth searing Legion with heat as they rip and tear his flesh. As the Dragon chomps down on Legion's chest, Legion puts his void hand on the Dragon and consumes it. "That's enough of that."Acer gawks as Legion's energy goes back up to what it was before he had unleashed the Dragon. However, Legion's strength is not what it was. He wills his wounds away, but due to the heat of the Dragon some of his wounds already seared shut, healing improperly.Legion walks towards Acer, charging energy similar to the Dragon in his non-void fist. "The power of the Dragon is mine and mine alone now. In your last moments, bear witness to my power."Acer nods, "So, one last attack to take me out? I suppose I'll give you the same." Acer charges energy into his sword."You'll try. Can you slay this demon, Acer!?" shouts Legion as he runs towards Acer.https://youtu.be/BQ2fxrchQmI"Burning..." says Acer as the energy in his sword ignites. Acer swings his sword in Legion's direction. "STRASH!" A wave of burning ki cuts through the air at Legion.Legion dodges it easily, and sends another Strash back at Acer with just a chop of his void hand. The cutting wave strikes Acer's afterimage.
"Shining..." A Raio-ken'd Acer is on the other side of Legion, hitting the Strash back at Legion with another "STRASH!" The two energy wave cutters fuse into a cross shape and fly towards Legion, who jumps over it. Acer throws his sword after the Cross Strash in an arc, which nicks Legion's cheek as it flies through the air.Acer gets the Ox King's globus cruciger out of his pocket, and kicks it up at Legion. Legion catches the device. "What is this supposed to do, ward me off or something?""Or something," Acer says, holding up a pin with a cross dangling off of it.A pin? Legion turns his head towards the orb he's holding, eyes widening. The orb shines with light, burning his demonic flesh, before detonating, blowing his void arm clean off."NO MATTER," Legion shouts, "ONE ARM'S ALL I NEED!"Legion flies towards Acer with his fist crackling with dark flame, the Dragon's head forming from it and roaring. Acer, too weak to stand, points behind Legion. Humoring his opponent, Legion turns around to see the Masamune rapidly spinning, having combined its energy with the Cross Strash. To Legion's amazement, the sword splits in two, forming two smaller beings. Masa and Mune both unleash their own Burning and Shining Strashes, sending the combination towards Legion.The Strash takes the form of a brilliant firebird!Acer, Masa, and Mune clench their fists and shout, "PHOENIX OF THE BURNING LIGHT STRRAAASH!"Legion swings his fist at the attack and roars, "DRAGON OF THE DARKNESS FLAME RRRUUUUSH!"The two attacks collide!A strobing dance of light and darkness takes place between the Awakened Dragon and the Full-Fledged Phoenix.Both ki contructs eventually fly into the night sky, clawing at each other, before exploding into a firework of twilight.Legion turns towards Acer, smiling."Nice shot," is all he says as he dissolves into ashes.Acer lets out the breath he had been holding. Masamune clatters on the floor next to him.https://youtu.be/C683GA8gSYUThe ash clouds the air, and a face forms from it. Magil's face, he supposed. "ACER."Acer stares up at the cloud, feeling a wealth of spirit ki from it. All the Magils that died here contributed to it, he supposed.The cloud of Magil picks up Acer by the neck. "YOU WILL DIE."Acer supposed he would...Ultra Hyper Mega Ghost Magil prepared a lance of death to kill Acer. "ANY LAST WORDS, INSECT?"...but not today.https://youtu.be/IYFF1BLhun0Acer raised a finger in response, "Hydro Storm."A rainstorm of light pierced the cloud bit by bit. "NOOOOOO..."A torrent of light streamed through the cloud, melting it. "BUT I'M..."An absolute flood of light washed away the cloud, forming a mopey puddle. "THE FUTURRRREEBRBRBRBRBLBLBlblbl...bloop."The puddle that was Magil burned blue for a bit. Then, a frog hopped out of it. Then another, and another! All ghosts, all frogs. Soon enough, there were as many spectral frogs hopping around as there had been Magils.
Acer caught one from the air, and raised an eyebrow. Smiling, he announced, "The Evil is defeated!"~ ~ ~Meanwhile, at Towa's Lab...All of Towa's staff throw mushy tomatoes and fruit at a giant crystal ball which shows Acer holding the frog.Gero steps up to the crystal ball, and shouts, "FUUUCK YOUUU. FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU!"~ ~ ~While Acer's wondering what he's going to do about all these frogs and the destroyed dining hall, gasping out his last breaths to boot, another figure steps out of the puddle.https://youtu.be/lTKrmuU0C3sIt's a perfect copy of him, dressed in black clothes. The ghost Acer smiles at him."You defeated an opponent who had numbers, time, and strength on his side. Somehow, I'm not surprised. I did see this coming, after all," the copy says, holding up his ring. The figure then laughs and shakes his head, "Nah, it wasn't a vision of the future, all the visions I got from this thing were of your friends and family smiling tomorrow.""That's COUGH, nice..." the Acer barely among the living spit up some blood, he was fading, fast.The Acer well among the dead points his ring at Acer. "Well, I owe you big time, so it'd be rude to let you up and die like that." A green and red light shines on the dying Acer, restoring his body's health to as it was twenty minutes ago.With the pain of a completely worn out and wrecked body now gone, Acer gets up off the ground with an extremely contented yawn. He regards his savior with curiosity. "What do I call you? Ghost Acer... Dark Acer... Acer Black? Acer Black.""Only if I get to call you Acer Red, though I'm coming around to Acer PJs," Acer Black laughs, Acer laughing as well.The two shake hands, and Acer receives a vision.~ ~ ~https://youtu.be/n25nqibaIDgThe 23rd World Tournament, Son Goku has just turned Super Saiyan and defeated Garlic Jr. with the help of his friends. Just as he catches a tired Maple from the air, a wounded Magil appears out of a void! Laughing, he points his void hand at Goku, gloating how he'll become the strongest with the power of a Super Saiyan. Before Goku can react, Maple is sucked towards the void, forcing Goku to cling onto her with all his might while having to keep it in check enough to where he won't outright kill her. All of their friends fire up energy blasts at Magil, but the void consumes them all.Just as Goku and Maple near the dooming threshold of Magil's hand, Acer goes up and punches Magil in the face with the Kaio-ken. The direction of Magil's void tunnel changes, now absorbing Acer. With his sister and friend saved, Acer breathes out a sigh of relief despite his doom. Magil stresses over how he failed to absorb the Super Saiyan, who is now on his way over to deck him into space nose-first.
Two souls align in Magil's body. One is resolved, and one is conflicted. The conflicted one burns in the presence of the resolved one, and shrinks down to where it won't be noticed, hiding in shadow, giving the resolved soul room to move about and control its new vessel.Acer later wakes up on Mars, in an unfamiliar body. He feels powerful, and taller. And pain, some sort of super truck must have run into his face. He looks over at a family of Martians who had been having a picnic, but are now rushing over to see the strange offworlder. He raises his finger and laughs, preparing to kill the little one first to inflict the greatest amount of anguish.As easy as taking candy from a ba-What the hell did he just think?Acer speeds away from them and, using some fire magic, melts an ice deposit in the earth... mars? and looks at his reflection. He looks up and sees the Earth faintly in the distance. He feels the urge to make it disappear. Acer, now Magil, screams. ~ ~ ~https://youtu.be/gFFOXwniVKw"Demonic ki will do that to you, corrupting your thoughts until you become a demon in deed," Acer Black explains with a morose expression. But his expression lightens. "But now I'm free of that hell. And it's all thanks to you. You saved me, Acer Mahogany... Red."Acer scratches his head, bashful. "Oh, it was nothing, just the fight of my life." He looks around at the ghost frogs, still ribbiting. "What's up with these frogs though?""Oh, that? Well, when Gero and Towa were making their first artificial demon, they needed something organic to be there so they could fill the gaps in their sequence for the strongest demon. So, they went to the Haunted Forest, caught this unlucky fella," Acer Black says, holding up a frog. "And Boom! Demon DNA. This here is Magil's soul, free of their corruption." Acer whistles as he examines his own frog. "Small wonder he talked about insects all the time.""They're quite the delicacy once you get used to them," Acer Black explains as Acer Red gives him a flat look. "Slimy, yet satisfying. Crunchy ones are also good, but I prefer creamy.""You poor bastard," Acer Red wipes a fake tear from his eye.Acer Black laughs, "Ha! Indeed. Well, I gotta get going, Maple's probably been waiting for me to get back.""Wait, before you go..." Acer Red looks around the room, and says, "If I don't have this place cleaned up by the time Chi-Chi wakes up, it's my ass!" Acer would never admit he liked it when she did that one thing.Acer Black takes in the room, and looks at his frog with the stink-eye. "Look at what you did!" gesturing to the carnage while ignoring that he did most of the work in that regard.
>>4582115It's been good, Kato. Haven't made much noise in a while as things got crazy, but always been fun. I would be okay with more of either, but I will say I have a slight bias towards Tuffle Quest. The stuff on Z's was really exciting, and I like how you handled the Janemba plot. Happy New Year to you, hope it's better than the last.
Acer Black activates his Christmastime Ring, red and green light washing over the room as it turned back time, repairing the floor, fixing the tables, plates, and silverware, and mending the long Dragon-sized hole through the castle. The ghost frogs all fly up into the portals through space-time, all of them except the ones Acer Red and Black are holding."Well, this is goodbye, Acer Red. I can't thank you enough." A tiny black dragon comes to coil around its master's arm."Well, you could thank me by coming back for a rematch some time." A tiny red bird comes to nest in its master's hair."How does next Christmas sound?""Sounds like a jolly old time."Acer Black chuckles, then looks at Acer Red seriously. "Remember that, so long as you have the will, there's a way.""I'll never forget- wait, didn't this all happen a few Christmases ago?!"Acer Black's ring shines. "Rerun." He holds his arms open wide. "Awkward Time Clone Hug?" Acer Red reluctantly nods, and he and Acer Black have a damp, ectoplasmy, sweaty man hug. Simultaneously, ""PAT PAT.""""HA! GAAAAAAYYYY!!!"" shouts the Masamune, laughing at Acers Red and Black.Acer Black grimaces and averts his eyes, "Oh, they talk.""Yeah, I've been thinking of installing a mute button." Masamune's laughter stops.Acer Black steps through the portal. Acer waves at him, and Acer Black waves back, his ring shining. The portal closes.Acer stands in the middle of the dining hall, a ghost frog in his hands.Experimenting, he courses Destron and Life Energy through his hand, and waves it through the frog. The frog's form atomizes into purple particles, which glow golden and reform into a frog.Acer stands in the middle of the dining hall, a frog in his hands.https://youtu.be/5_E_y1AWAfcHis daughter Izumi walks into the dining hall, yawning. She was also hankering for a midnight snack. She notices her father, and the frog in his hands."Found another suitor for me?" she asks with a coy smile."What?" Acer asks, but then his eyes gleam in understanding."Oh, no, not this guy, he'll give you warts."Izumi tries to hold back her giggles with a fist. Fails. "Gross!" she laughs.Acer laughs, and looks up at his daughter. "Now remember..."Izzy spikes up her hair with telekinesis, and speaks in a stern baritone, "'Don't tell your mother I said that.'""That's my girl!" Acer cheers.Acer and Izzy both close their mouths, lock them shut, throw away the keys, and vaporize the keys midair with invisible energy blasts.Izumi examines her father. "Why are you so sweaty?""Oh, well," Acer begins... only to realize that there is no way anyone would believe what just happened here even if he took the time to explain. Goddamn it, he screwed himself over! Left with absolutely no evidence of tonight's events besides this frog. And this wasn't even the first time something extraordinary and unexplainable happened to him!
He reluctantly mutters, "...I just thought I would get in a little exercise with my snack.""Oh." Izumi kneels down and examines her father further. "Well, you could use it, you're looking a little doughy," she says while poking Acer in the belly."Hoo-Hoo!" he giggles, ticklish.~ ~ ~https://youtu.be/D4Ximn7nZdcIn a different time, a different place:Maple Mahogany's spaceship soars through space on auto-pilot. She is currently asleep in her bed. Well, snoring at decibels that could throw off the course of a lesser ship, but no one could hear her out here anyway. Standing over her is an apparition.That apparition's face has no eyes where it should, wearing several of them on the tips of its fingers, its tongue twisting out every which way, an elongated nose that looks like a beak, and an unnaturally wide grin. Acer Black chuckles to himself, the look on her face when she wakes up will be almost as good as his!Acer Black had been on the run from his sister for well over a decade. He didn't want anyone to see him in that damn frog's body, and she wanted revenge on the one who killed her brother. And so, she chased him from planet to planet, wanting to slay the demon who took her brother away, and he would always run away, looking for a way to get his body back.Dragon Balls hadn't worked with bringing him back because he didn't want to go back until he could fix things, but he told Shenron to keep that a secret. The Namekian Dragon Ballshadn't worked on releasing his body from the demon it was trapped in, since even without a soul telling it to, Magil's body was still leeching off of him, and it wasn't letting go.Worse still, Magil's demonic body was corrupting his mind, making him think horrible things, like forming a harem of mind-controlled slaves he could regularly abuse, blowing a random inhabited planet up for shits and giggles, and getting rid of his nuisance of a sister once and for all by snapping her neck. He couldn't live with himself like this where his loved ones could be caught in the blast radius.On some of their close calls when she caught up to him, Maple would desperately ask him to release her brother, which was the one thing he could never figure out how to do. He didn't have the heart to tell her that, nor give her false hope, so he kept running away every time they would clash swords.He didn't know if things would change once he died, his soul might have been forever tarnished and would simply stay the way he was in Magil's body. He was thankful to Acer Red for making the choice for him, along with purging the influence of that demon from the world for good. Acer Black would have to seriously look into that sword of his, they were really cool, talking and all!His attention went back on Maple as she stopped snoring, and let out a small moan. Acer Black got ready for his surprise as he waited for her to awaken. "...brobro..."Acer Black smacked his forehead, how could she tell it was him!?
"come back..."https://youtu.be/CTSMsWcPjNoAcer Black ran his hand down his face, setting it back to normal. He looked down at his sister, who was sobbing in her sleep. Her tears trickled down to her pillow, creating new stains among many old ones.There were no words for how Acer Black felt in that moment.He recalled that his sister had never once given up on him, and went on this adventure all by herself, alone, lonely.He lifted the covers on her twin-sized bed, and snuggled up next to her.He whispered to her, "Maple, I'm back, I'm here, your brother's here... I'm so sorry..." Damnit, now he was crying too.But Maple had stopped sobbing, feeling comfort where there used to be cold, complete where she was once empty.The next morning, Maple Mahogany let out a scream of joy that could be heard throughout all of creation. Acer Black groaned, his head ringing in pain from hearing his sister, a welcome pain he had nearly forgotten.Acer Black would stay with his sister for as long as the Christmas season lasted, going on many adventures. He would have to go away once that time was up, but he would always be back.~ ~ ~That last part of the story brought to you by Folger's Coffee!Folger's - Get Together, With Family, On Christmas.~ ~ ~The next morning, Maple Son-Mahogany wishes she had a cup of coffee as she gets out of her Goku-less bed, not having had a good night's sleep. The hunger doesn't help with that neither. She briefly considers her toothpaste.She cracks her bones, and trudges over to the Calendar, marking December 25th. Next to the Calendar, she marks the family's food chart, which has a scale of "Doin' Fine!" to "Time for Tuffle Steaks!" Her mark at "Doin' Fine!" looks shaky as hell.Maple beams a fuzzy bathrobe on top of her monogrammed kiddy pajamas that someone got for her and Acer as a joke, only for the joke to be on them as they were the most comfortable pajamas she had ever worn. She puts on her slippers and goes to get the morning's paper, the Westerly Word. Apparently there was some obstacle course right past her house on Mt. Paozu that paperboys liked to go to.She reads the headline, "SAIYAN GOKU GOES INSANE!" and sets it down. She then picks up the Mifan Decree, "PEPPA'S SPICY BUFFET!" and discards that one as well. Then she picks up a tabloid magazine, Alt+Tab'd Android, with the headline, "DR. GERO: TURNING OUR FROGS GAY?" She stares at the cover of that one for a while.She senses someone- no, a lot of people approaching! She looks up and sees Goku and Raditz hoisted by their tails by a peeved Suno riding on her Nimbus, with Daikon waving at her from between his mom's legs. Then, there's Peppa in handcuffs that she could easily break out of, but doesn't, in Launch's and the Crane School's custody (Chiaotzu looked really hung over). And then Acer and his family, some of Izzy's friends and Icarus carrying a drowsy Gohan hogtied up in a nice red bow. Bulma's and Pilaf's airships loom overhead.
>>4594712>the Westerly Word.(((Typo, should be "Journal of the West")))Acer, Chi-Chi, Tien, Launch, and Suno all cross their arms and look down at Maple, Raditz and Goku swinging about from Suno's motion. Izzy places her hands on her hips to be an individual, her friends following in her gesture, making her kinda mad.https://youtu.be/9uy6rfyZwnU"..." Maple tries to find a reasonable explanation as she reaches for a smoke.~ ~ ~After tracking her down and knocking her out, Instinct brings a groggy Reason back to the Control Bridge. Instinct fills her in on the situation, and snatches away a pack of smokes when Reason reaches for them in desperation.Reason sits in her chair and thinks, hair usually so neat all in a disarray. She looks at her folders for inspiration, but nothing comes to mind. Reason looks back up at visuals, and can't think of anything.She slams her head on a console.~ ~ ~With her smokes in her other pants' pocket and not on her person, Maple looks up at her friends and family. With a shrug she says, "They were hungry?""Don't blame this on them."Maple scratches her head, "I don't have money?""Any one of us could have helped you if you asked."Maple averts her gaze, "I didn't want to impose?""""""WHAT THE FUCK, THEN?"""""Maple cringes, "Yeahhh, I guess Caroling is Imposing.""Indeed," says an unexpected voice. Maple looks up to see Trip and Popo looking down on her from atop a flying carpet."Hi, Trip!" Maple walks towards Trip and tries to smile, but Trip doesn't smile back.The flying carpet lowers in front of Maple. Trip thwacks Maple on the head with her staff. "Maple Son-Mahogany, I had thought you had already learned your lesson about relying on others. Hand me your 8 Paths card."Maple dejectedly fishes it out of her pocket and hands it to Trip. Trip hole-punches one of the eight dots on it, resounding as loud as a gunshot to Maple.Trip hands the card back to Maple, physically lighter but mentally heavier. She then points her staff at the Son Family Home's chimney, "And now, a gift: Coal."Coal materializes above the chimney and falls into it.A loudspeaker buzzes from Bulma's airship: "As CEO of Capsule Corp, I would just like to take this moment to say that Capsule Corp is a clean and green company. But, just for you,some coal!Coal drops down from a hatch in the airship into the Son Family Home's chimney.A speaker buzzes from Pilaf's airship: "As Emperor of Mifan, I would like to present you with our number one export: Coal!"Coal pours down from a tube right into the Son Family home's chimney, pouring and pouring down in a steady stream and flooding the living room in Coal.As the coal builds up in her house, Maple remembers something. She remembers something! "OH SHIT, THE PROXIMITY MINE! THE PRESENTS!!!"She runs for the front door- KRAKA-BOOOOOOOM!!!
https://youtu.be/AT5gL7HsYVcBlown back, but not out, Maple once again runs for the burning ruin of her house, desperate to save her family's gifts. Goku, Gohan, and Peppa all hold her back. "No!" she cries as the inferno gets bigger.Acer, Chi-Chi, Izumi, Tien, Launch, Chiaotzu, Suno, Raditz and Trip all hold her back as well. "No..." she cries as her house melts around the flaming pile of coal.The two airships, in a panic from accidentally exploding someone's house, each bring out a device."COOLING RAY!" shouts Bulma, firing a cryogenic beam at the house."FIRE EXTINGUISHER!" shouts Pilaf, blowing out the fires with a giant fire extinguisher.The fires extinguish, the coal cools, but it's too late, the Son Family house is gone, a smoking black pile where it used to be.Maple's arms and legs go slack. With the house cooled, everyone else gets off of the dogpile, all except Goku, Gohan, and Peppa. Goku yells, "Maple, what were you thinking!?" Peppa cries, "Mom, why did you lie to me?" Gohan shouts, "Mom, why doesn't 19 have-" ~ ~ ~ Reason stares up at the screen, completely lost. Instinct places a hand on her shoulder. Reason stares at Instinct, who is looking up at the screen as well.https://youtu.be/0uqg8tSwS70"You know what to do. Trust your instincts. Speak from the heart, not the brain." Reason stares at Instinct, and nods. Her eyes get a fire in them, and she quickly types out a response for Maple's most important people. ~ ~ ~ Maple pushes herself off the ground and bows. "Gohan, no. Peppa, I lied to you all to make what you were doing palatable. Goku, I wanted our family to have a nice Christmas, even if it came at the cost of my wellbeing or that of other homes'." Her family gaped at her, disbelieving. "Wow, that's-" Goku began, "Really kinda-" Peppa continued, "Shitty, Mom." Gohan finished.Maple nodded, "I know. And with a house full of tar to show for it, I see now what being shitty brought me. I'm sorry." ... Goku scratches his head, "Well, it was fun going around and eating food." ("YOU OWE ME A PIG, GOKU!") Peppa fluffs her tail, "The singing was nice, and I got to go to a fancy party." ("YOU WEREN'T INVITED!") Gohan tugs at the bow that's stuck to him, "I got to fight seriously against Izzy and her friends." ("You're welcome!") All three saiyans, with full stomachs from the night's events, say, """I suppose we could do this again next year?""" Trip's staff thwacks against all their heads. "No beating people up or storming homes," she decrees. """"But then it's just singing and getting rejected!"""" all Saiyans present wail except for Daikon who plays with Icarus.Popo says, "Not so, pranking misers for being stingy with the needy is allowed." With the Sons mollified, they start considering pranks for next year...
https://youtu.be/z6LmMCuGjfATrip turns towards Maple with an ashamed look on her face, "The want of material possessions can never be satisfied, which makes the desires of such things much harder to endure," Trip hands Maple her 8 Paths card with the eighth dot taped back on, and claps her hands with a bow, "So I apologize for making yours explode...""I'm sorry for burning your house down, Maple! And I should have helped you when you asked before!" Bulma shouts, not feeling sick at all from it, as she runs out of her anchored airship, popping out a more impressive house than the Son Family's old one from a capsule."Uh," Pilaf says, wringing his imperial hat in his hands as he is hoisted unevenly on a palanquin by Shu and Mai, "Here's some money, please don't spread it around that I burned your house down. It'll look bad on me...fan, yeah, Mifan."Maple smiles at her card, new house, and sack of money. She looks up at her friends and family, "I'm sorry for unloading my problems onto you, everyone. Can, will you ever forgive me?"Acer shakes his head, "Unloading your problems isn't the problem, it's doing it too late for them to be solvable.""Yeah, tell us sooner so we can help you out!" Launch agrees, "Before you break all kinds of laws I have to look away from."Trip chimes in, "Bearing a burden too heavy when others can help is itself a form of vanity. Through humility you can reach out to others for help."Tien remarks, "Isn't that the lesson she taught all of us? That when we work together, we can deal with any problem?""You know what, I think she did," Chi-Chi agrees. "She sure helped me out, she helps all of us out."With zenny signs in her eyes and a calculator in her hand, Bulma explains, "The safety ratings on my company's flying cars have gone up tremendously ever since you volunteered to help test drive and design them."Raditz laughs, "If it weren't for her, I'd still be a space pirate working under that Royal Pain. Now I'm a space cop bringing home cash to one-OW! NOT THE TAILLL!!!"Suno wonders aloud, "She did introduce my trash hubby to Earth, though I'm not sure that's such a good thing?" She looks down at Daikon and smiles, "Eh, more pros than cons."Chiaotzu groans out while rubbing his temples, "Can everyone shut up for a minute or else I'll 'accidentally' transfer my hangover..."https://youtu.be/ldY0LriMc6U19 moves over to Chiaotzu, cracking her metallic knuckles, "Gero programmed me with brain massaging subroutines, if we remove your cranium I should be of some assistance?"As Chiaotzu books it away from the android chasing him, Izzy steps forward and offers the prostrating Maple a hand, "Aunty Maple, you're my role model, you know? You inspire me to be better and show my best, as well as many others. So if you can keep doing that and trust us to pick up the slack instead of pushing yourself to the limit, we should all be good?"Maple's eyes leak tears like it's a Ghibli movie. "Y-YESh..."
She wipes her tears and blows her nose on her bathrobe's sleeve, and takes Izzy's hand. Izzy pulls Maple onto herfeet, and Maple admires what a beautiful day out it is, snow covered peaks shining under the sun, feeling warm with her friends and family surrounding her. The tape on her 8 Paths card falls off, no longer necessary."So, that Carol wishes people a Merry Christmas, but also a Happy New Year. So, I have some resolutions to make:"I, Maple Son-Mahogany, won't say something I don't believe, "I will ask people for help with problems (though Acer could be less of a butt), ("What?") “and I will stop smoking."All her friends cheer Maple on, and Acer walks up to her."Hey Sis," Acer says as he sees his friends and family's smiling faces, "You remember that other Plant tradition? The Anti-Carol?"Maple does, and grins. She clasps hands with Acer, and then beckons Peppa over, and clasps hands with her. Peppa clasps hands with Goku, who does so with Gohan, who does so with Trip, who does so with Popo, and so on. Soon, a circle forms around the ruins of the former Son Family home, and Izumi and Acer relight the coals with a Father-Daughter Will'o'Wisp before joining hands.Everyone sings, https://youtu.be/q0gBeIuS_WE~ ~ ~Above the circle, Vegeta and Nappa snarl down at Earth's fighters and their families."Ugh, this song," Nappa groans.Vegeta grits his teeth, going Super Saiyan Primal at this slight. He felt his forefathers bellowing in rage. This song was the counter to Saiyan Caroling, the slap in the face to Saiyan Supremacy by those damned Tuffles. The Saiyans would make fools of them all and the Tuffles would start singing! They'd sing, and they'd sing. AND they'd SING! SING! SING! SING! He readies a ki blast in his hand, done with this planet, but spots his son Baozi in the circle, singing alongside his mother and uncle. He flings the blast up in the air, where it makes some pretty fireworks."Bah," Vegeta scoffs, demorphs his shirt back on, and flies away.Nappa follows, sighing. Another sign of his prince going soft. At least the Caroling was good.~ ~ ~Instinct and Reason sing the song themselves, and even Luck joins in for a little while! But, the song comes to an end, and Maple and her loved ones go about fixing the problems they caused last night.https://youtu.be/f8CZXpAM4e0Reason turns to Instinct, "I'm sorry I told you to quit without even knowing how tempting they were."Instinct laughs it off, "Hey, you didn't know, and you can't form a good reason if you don't know, right? Same with me, can't tell if something's good or bad until I experience it myself."Reason smiles at her studen- no, colleague. "I see there's nothing more I can teach you, Instinct."Instinct laughs harder, "Oh, there's plenty! And we both still have plenty to learn. For instance, did you know that smoking's bad for you?"Reason sighs, smiling. "Yes.""Well, now I know too!" says Instinct as she throws her cigarettes away.
Maple and her family did have a good Christmas this year, despite everything. Her friends and family had a feast in her new house, and there was plenty of food to go around, even for all the Saiyans, and for Maple who hadn't eaten in days. She tore into her food with the grace of a chainsaw.Bulma helps her friend with her financial situation as soon as the banks are open again, barring Goku's red card from being used for outrageously expensive purchases.The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, after a quick stay in the ICBoo, gave Gohan a lift back to Otherworld when the holidays were over, and to his annoyance, was spirited away moments before he could spend midnight on New Years Eve (or Day?) with Pantea.Magil lives out the rest of his life as a happy frog, ruling the pond of Castle Frypan's courtyard with a webbed iron fist.Raditz's abandoned post on Yulebukking as well as sneaking off to go Caroling earned him a frosty reception from Suno. However, this thawed out when she saw the cash he got from Bulma (which she couldn't legally rescind, as he DID get his brother out of that sheriff office for her to shoot at (Working for the PTO had given him experience with contract work)). It was enough to buy a replacement for the trashed goat and then some!And then some time on Boxing Day Morn, Beelz and Misa wake up atop their pile of coal with the head of the straw goat they had 100% torched laying in between them. Their screams can be heard throughout their demesne, and the subliminal images of goats around the castle make them feel as though an entity is haunting them.For her Christmas gift, Peppa receives a kiss from Cocoa! A Hershey's Kiss. Given mouth to mouth.Instinct and Reason would lurk the halls of Maple's brain like zombies looking for those damn cigarettes as Maple Son-Mahogany would crave them like nothing else, but with help from her friends and family she- https://youtu.be/CfBCD1IjRo0Acer Black frets over his ring's controls, going, "Ugh, forgot to reset her addiction." The Ring flashes, and Maple's status quo is restored to present day, but not the Present Day of a few years prior.Her psyche stops rummaging around for smokes."Oh yeah, we quit cigarettes a while ago!""Yeah, Vaping's much better anyway, this one's Us flavored."Luck chimes in, eager to try new things. "Pass it here!"Acer Black nods, and flourishes his black cape as he leaves the timeline. "My work here is done."Fact: Smoking is responsible for more deaths per year than Caroling.This Anti-Cigarette PSA has been sponsored by AngryAnon.~ ~ ~https://youtu.be/VTC_iTiW67cMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone!I really enjoy this quest, the highs where we're in intense fights, the lows where characters face mind-wracking dilemmas, and the in-betweens when we're deciding what to say to someone.This year, I resolve to play that Tag Tourney as hard as I can, and make it beg for mercy by the time we're done!Team Izzy or Team Peppa?