[It's Gordon, and he's looking more Frazzled than he normally is. Visibly tired, hair disheveled, tie missing. He even takes off his glasses for a moment to rub over his face before he speaks.]
We've got a new development in the moon... situation. A reliable source mentioned to me that the person that caused the instance in Termina was actually under control of a mask. I mean ANOTHER mask. They, uh, drew a picture:
[So suddenly a file with this image attached is broadcast to everyone:]
[Good luck sleeping tonight, guys.]
I haven't found any other images besides this one, but the other masks we gained from the monsters makes me believe that this one really is out there, and that someone has a hold of it. Or rather, that the mask has a hold of THEM.
If you're a student and you see it, let a security team member know; Do NOT confront them on your own. We don't really know what they're capable of, but considering the recent minor reconfiguration of the cosmos, I'd put money on "a lot."
We need to find this thing, and whoever it's wearing, and put a stop to them.
[Normally Gordon's little messages to the school at large are brief. Terse, is a better way to put it. A quick flick of the switch and a message that inkling ink may be non-toxic but that doesn't mean you should paint the lab specimens with it (For example.) and a quick flick of the switch off again.]
[Not so today. The feed comes on and he stares at the camera, raking a hand through his hair and starting to mouth three silent beginnings to three different sentences before he actually finds one with a voice. There's something he wants to say, but no permutation of words will make it easier to hear.]
I've, uh... Students, faculty. No doubt you've noticed that the moon hasn't gone out of full for the past week or so, and in fact looks even bigger now. I've been taking some readings. The shift in the center of gravity of the moon-planet binary and parallax measurements tell me that it's... not just an optical illusion.
The moon has, somehow, left its orbit.
I only mentioned this to the security chief before now, because I wanted to be absolutely certain of my suspicions and of where the moon was actually headed. I would like to say that it'll just harmlessly slingshot around us and into the sun. I really, really wish I could say that, in fact I spent several nights trying to make the numbers work so I COULD say that... but I can't. There's no other way to plot the trajectory, other than directly at us.
[He picks up some papers, eyeballing them on the camera, making sure he this part straight.] Now... Apparently this has happened before. A world by the name of Termina actually survived the event, but they had four guardian giants that awoke and... [A mistrustful squint at the paper.] physically shoved the moon back into orbit. [He puts the paper down.]
Obviously we're a little light on sleeping giants. As a matter of fact, I have no damn clue how to fix this, or even if we can. The four masks are involved--and there ARE four--but it's anyone's guess as to how they are. What I do know is, if we don't do something, the moon will strike the earth, and every single living creature on this planet down to the last microbe might be eradicated.
If anyone knows anything about this or has ideas, now's the time to step up. You might just save more than just the school. Also... in the event that we CAN'T stop it, I advise everyone to start making plans for quick evacuation back to your homeworlds. If you know someone who doesn't have a homeworld or can't reach it, then consider taking them with you. They may have to start all over but trust me, if that moon hits, then any place will be better than here.
[Private, to Skull Kid]
Kid... I know you were there. Your student file is hazy on the details, but I know you were there in Termina when this happened the last time. I didn't mention your name earlier and I don't intend to, because when people are panicked they can do some awful things when names are dropped. But, we still need to know everything you know if we're going to keep this planet in one piece.
So what exactly happened there?
[There's a robot on the camera with two rather grotesque looking... heads? Both of them isolated in thick, futuristic-looking glass tubes for study.]
[For those unaware, Zero will fill them in:] These were left behind after the monsters in the lake and underground bunker were defeated. Their function is... unknown.
The results have come back from Dr. Freeman's lab, and as far as he can tell, these masks are extremely old... most likely ancient. Their exact age is unclear, but their composition matches no known substance. They are
Whatever they are, these... 'masks' are definitely connected to the anomalies happening in this city. If anyone else has come across clues in their investigations, or have any relevant knowledge, contact me. ( Private to security team and friends )
Hey everybody! I've got a REALLY scary story I'm gonna tell! Are you ready? Okay, so here goes.
[Extremely over dramatic throat clearing]
This is the story of the day where there was ALL THIS BLOOD! A man was walking around and blood started coming out EVERYWHERE! There was so much blood that it filled up an ELEVATOR! He went to the store and there was just... BLOOD! Everywhere! All over the place! People were slipping in it and they were all grossed out! The man tried to go swimming and all the sharks went nuts and bit EVERYBODY! He got chased by EVERY. VAMPIRE. EVER. One time the blood got on a kid and a dog! At the end of the day everybody decided to send the man to space so he would stop getting blood everywhere.
But the scariest part?
The man was YOU!!!!! Or he was a lady if you are a lady. And you forgot that this happened!
[The video cuts off in the middle of Skull Kid giggling wildly]
[Gordon addresses the network, but there seems to be something wrong with the video feed. It sputters and fizzles, revealing the physics teacher's face in staccato flashes and tantalizing half-syllables. Then he strangles the frequency into something more cooperative with a scowl.]
[...are those calipers and test-tubes floating behind him? What's with the eerie echoey cackle? Gordon either doesn't notice these things or, more likely, is trying hard to PRETEND he doesn't notice them.]
I realize there are a couple of Pokemon trainers out there, and I'd like to ask some advice. My Rotom, Maxwell, is acting up again. It's probably the time of year, but he's also out-grown his COMP and I realize I ought to--
[AND SUDDENLY IT'S PICTOCHAT, as a big red squiggle appears over the video image of Gordon, giving him a bowtie and crazy mad scientist hair. He hits the DELETE button and it vanishes. Then a clown nose appears. More cackling.]
--properly train him before he gets out of control.
[He says, as above his head the little ghost pokemon draws a big red--]
TOOL of the trade is a pokeball, from what I understand, but beyond that I'm... somewhat clueless.
This computer is a lot slower than the one I have at home... It's like it's ancient! But at least it works!
Um, it's nice to meet you all..! I'm Rock Light, and I'll be staying here for a while! I'm here to learn about living with hu--uh, stuff! Math, and science, and history, and gym, and stuff...
[It would not do his pride well to let on just how out of touch he actually was in front of all these new people.]
I really hope you'll all make me feel welcome, and if you need any help with anything just let me know! Er, I mean, I hope I can come to you with questions!
While I'm at it, uh... I was wondering if anyone knew where to get E-tanks around here? It's not for me! It's for my dog, Rush! Rush is a robot. A robot dog. Say hello, Rush!
[He turned the camera to point it at the red robotic dog at his side. Rush proceeded to bark at the camera, agitated by something.]
[A moment later, Rush pounced at the camera, knocking it and the monitor off of the desk. The feed cut out there as a crash could be heard coming from the boys dorm...]
( Char received one (1) text message to his cellular device. )
[And then eventually, after dargon business went down, a series of other private network text posts were made from both of Bulba's and Vinnie's accounts. Wow. Gosh.]( Private to Nyx and Jolt, from Bulba: )
---( Private to Red Team, from Vinnie: )
---( Private to Voile and Max from Both of Them.. )
---( ALSO THERE IS A NOTE FOR SKULL KID, FROM VINNIE: )
---( ALSO THERE IS A NOTE FOR ZELDA AND KUMATORA FROM BULBA: )
[HELLO You can jump straight into action threads if you want to handwave setting things up. We can assume they planned to meet [SOMEWHERE!] at [SOMETIME!]. If you would also like to just text reply or handwave things, that is also super cool :>]
- Tags:!action post, bulba/venusaur (pokemon), jolt/jolteon (pokemon), kerosene/charizard (pokemon), kumatora (mother), marie/wartortle (pokemon), max (advance wars), nyx/gengar (pokemon), sasha/charizard (pokemon), skull kid (zelda), sonny moe/snorlax (pokemon), vinnie/venusaur (pokemon), voile/gardevoir (pokemon), zelda (zelda; ocarina of time)
[Mary's much peppier than she was last time she addressed the network. Perhaps TOO peppy.]
Hey! What's everybody going to be for Halloween? It's really soon, right? ...I remember getting to go trick-or-treating last year! I dressed up and got a lot of candy and everything! It was my first time and it was really fun, so I can't wait to do it again! Especially now that I know how to do it the right way, hee hee.
Umm, what else...? Pumpkins! I want to cut out spooky faces on those! And since the leaves are falling, someone should make a big pile so we can jump in them! That one we don't need to wait for Halloween for, as long as there's enough leaves, right? I really like all the colours...
But I'm even more excited for Halloween than leaf piles!! I heard someone say once time works weird here, so does that mean we can make it go faster too? Someone do it!
::A panicked looking man who needs to shave and who has more hair in dreadlocks than should be humanly possible appears on screen.::
WHY AM I IN ANOTHER SCHOOL? NAEGS, 'HINA, KIRI, TOGES, KAWA, DUDES, HELP. I DON'T WANT TO KILL ANYBODY. I DON'T UNDERSTAND. THERE WAS A GIANT HAND. IS THAT MONOHAND? I THOUGHT I WAS DONE WITH SCHOOL FOREVER, DUDE.
::The panic slightly subsides. He at least stops yelling things into the microphone, goodness.::
Help me. Somebody help me. I already went to high school twice. I'm twenty-two, dude. I don't need this in my life. DESPAIR IS MORE SCHOOL. At least I can breathe the air alright. And nobody's wearin' a Monokuma mask. Wwwwwwwhhhhhhhyyyyyyyy?
::He starts hiccuping. They're terror hiccups.::
. . . Hey.
[It's Gold! Looking as serious as Gold can look. His arms are folded, and his expression reads much less boyish-teenager-who-is-excited-by-everything than usual.]
I don't really know what to say, or if I should say anything about all the ... stuff that happened. I know a lot of people are still thinking about it, but I'm sure some people wish everyone would stop talking about it. So I guess I'll just say... I'm still freaked out. And if you're still freaked out, it's probably totally OK to be! ... Is that OK to say?
Buuuut, on a totally unrelated note... [He brightens up a little bit.] Halloween is coming up! I know it's like not until the end of the month, but still! Is anyone planning any super sick matching costumes!? Or parties!? Or anything cool?
Fall just makes me wish Bobby were here. I wanna carve pumpkins with her. And talk about stuff. She always knew what to say. Or it was easier to sort out my thoughts with her around. I guess that's what you can expect when your best friend is a god?
But, like, hey! We should all totally carve pumpkins together! ... And does anyone wanna do blind dates this year!? [He wiggles his eyebrows. Then shrugs.] That's all I got.
[A girl with a long purple ponytail, who seemed to be dressed like some kind of Arabian dancer, poked at her camera when it flicked on. Clearly she had never seen a computer before in her life, and she was none too enthused about it either.]
Great... what am I supposed to do with this thing? Hey, how'd my picture get on there?! [She delivers a few sharp whacks to her computer monitor, making the webcam shake. Suddenly she leans in really close, staring directly into the camera.] Is that like an eyeball for this thing? That better be able to close! What the heck did I press again...
[She starts pressing buttons. Then yanking at cords. Eventually she manages to unplug the computer and the feed cuts out.]
[Having gotten sick and tired of trying to figure out that computer monstrosity, Shantae decided to go do what she did best.
Talk to every NPC. Explore the campus and see who she met along the way. She definitely looked a might out of place, that's for sure. And she had no idea where anything was yet. So this was probably not the best idea she ever had.]
[Hoo boy, has Mary ever had a lot on her mind since the whole dramaballs thing. Being literally tossed aside by someone you thought you could trust really does put a spin on your perspective. Here she is now, gaze downcast, looking like she's thinking hard about what she wants to say. But also looking like she's hoping being on the extra cute and vulnerable side might help make this easier.]
Um... Hey, everyone...
I had to think a lot about this. For a really long time, too! But I think I finally know what I have to do. And that's apologize.
Seth did a lot of bad things, and that fat guy too, and people are mad at them... But I did bad things too and I think people got mad at me for them. Even when they said I should stop I kept doing it because Seth told me to, and friends listen to each other... I... thought he was my friend. He wasn't.
So I'm... sorry. I'm really, really sorry! To Ai and Vianca and Red a...and Garry. And everyone.
I don't want to be bad, so... I'm going to try to be good, and then nobody can even be mad at me. and we can all be friends. Real ones. Okay?
[Normally Samus would be inclined to secrecy and mystery through either text or audio-only messages to the school's network; bounty hunter habits were hard to break and usually for good reason. However, this time she deemed it important to showcase her normalcy for what she was about to request, dry and unamused in delivery as usual;]
If I could get a headcount of who has and hasn't been afflicted with the latest outbreak of whatever strange and wonderful circumstance has befallen the school this week, I would be appreciative. I know it's probably been rough for a lot of you so far... but things like this in the past have never been permanent.
[I dearly hope that remains the case.]
[Samus squirms a little in her chair, uncomfortable. Been rough was putting it lightly... She has purposefully angled the camera so she and
her cleavage the floor occupies the majority of the screen, though some of the background is viewable. Most of it is unassuming brick wall with scattered pieces of highly advanced, almost-alien looking technology along the periphery of the video. A sharp eye could determine she was not currently anywhere at the school.
...And that there was, very unknown to her, a golden feather lodged in her hair, easy to miss among her blonde strands.]
I'm-- [ASKING FOR HELP IS SO HARD] I need information on Pokecare. Of a Blaziken, specifically. And how Pokeballs work in the event of an emergency.
- Tags:captain falcon (f-zero), cress (pokemon), dachora (metroid), gold (pokemon), innes (fire emblem), kiyotaka ishimaru (dangan ronpa), mary (ib), naoki/demifiend (shin megami tensei), samus aran (metroid), skull kid (zelda), voile/gardevoir (pokemon)
( [narration] )
Sometime after all of that tl;dr, Skull Kid appears on your screen, eyes wide and staring directly into the camera. He's very obviously under the effects of a drug pop again.]
You have to run away. Run away or they'll get you. Run away before they get you! That's why everybody's leaving.
But the computer lady didn't run away. They got her.
What if he didn't run away.
What if they caught him first.
[He then continues to stare at the screen. Are you feeling uncomfortable yet, Smash Academy?]