Posted by: masterwarlord | December 11, 2009

MYM Survivor — Day 1

SURVIVOR

Zant is seen sitting in his palace, bored as can be. He’s watching a pair of Shadow Beasts fight each other ferally. One Shadow Beast does a lunge at the other, but it dodges and does a headbutt on it in retaliation. However; the Shadow Beast that lunged manages to get out of the way in time and tackle the other Shadow Beast, feeding on it’s vitals. This catches Zant’s attention as he looks up from his bored position, but it’s all over quickly as the beast finishes the other off. Zant sighs and summons another Shadow Beast, having it roar to bring the defeated Shadow Beast back to life. Zant watches with renewed interest as the Shadow Beasts have at it again. . .The screen fades through time to show the beasts fighting each other for a considerable time and Zant reviving them over and over again, but he eventually looks more and more bored, eventually taking off his helmet as his eye twitches from watching the Shadow Beasts kill each other again and again. Eventually, he can’t take it anymore.

“Every time it’s the same. . .The things never learn from their mistakes. While they’re mindless, intelligence wouldn’t help them anyway. History always repeats itself. . .Mankind shall always destroy itself each generation. It’s all so. . .Predictable.”. Zant drums his fingers. “Still, intelligent beings are certainly more fun to watch. . .”. He chuckles. “Yes. . .I’ll force them to work together, but what are the odds they’ll actually do something like that? They’ll all kill each other.”. Zant gets up from his throne and paces back and forth, chuckling madly. “But who shall I watch fight before me? Who?”. Zant frowns and stops chuckling. . .Ever so briefly before he’s back at it again. “Does it matter? I’ll just pick them at random! Wouldn’t want things to be even more predictable then they already are, now do we?”. Zant puts his helmet back on and takes a more serious tone. “Now then, let’s begin. . .”. He summons 16 portals all at once for them to swirl around and pulsate before 16 characters pop out of them. . .

1: Ryuk (MasterWarlord, MYM 5)
2: Super Macho Man (Hyper_Ridley, MYM 7)
3: Raven (Half Silver, MYM 6)
4: Silver (MarthTrinity, MYM 7)
5: Roy Mustang (Chris Lionheart, MYM 5)
6: Negative Man (MarthTrinity, MYM 6)
7: Jafar (KingK.Rool, MYM 4)
8: Soda Popinski (TheSundanceKid, MYM 9001)
9: Hades (BKupa666, MYM 6)
10: Vaati (SkylerOcon, MYM 6)
11: Bowser Remix (Darth Meanie/BKupa666, MYM 7)
12: Anne (Junahu, MYM 6)
13: Lemmy (Hyper_Ridley, MYM 5)
14: Dingodile (MasterWarlord, MYM 6)
15: Richard (SirKibble, MYM 5)
16: Morton (MasterWarlord, MYM 7)

Zant spreads his arms wide for his newfound visitors. “Greetings! You have all been gathered here to participate in a game. . .Survival of the fittest, a classic if there ever was one. You will all be forced to survive together in a desolate twilight realm for 3 day-“. Bowser interrupts Zant. “I dunno what the hell is going on or who you are, but I’m not gonna waste my time with you. C’mon, Morton, Lemmy. Let’s get outta-“ Zant interrupts Bowser back by zapping him with a dark bolt of lightning, bringing him close to unconsciousness. “Any other objections?”. Bowser still struggles to get over to Zant, flailing towards him, but Morton and Lemmy hold him back. “Lemme at that guy! I can take him, dammit!”. Lemmy tries to talk his dad out of it. “Didn’t you see what he just did, dad? He nearly took you out without even trying!” Morton supports his brother. “At least listen to what the guy has to say, dad. . .”.

Bowser scowls and growls lowly, folding his arms as he gets up. Zant looks over at the other characters and takes particular notice of Vaati. “You there. You can tell them of their power. You once served Ganon, did you not? He has long abandoned you to rot in your little desolate realm in favor of me. I have all of his power backing me. Nothing can kill me, and there is little else I can’t do.”. Vaati glares back at Zant. “Hardly an accomplishment. He’ll just throw you away like he did me all that time ago.”.

Hades vanishes in a poof of smoke and reappears in Zant’s throne. “Poor taste you got here. Yeah, it’s dark, but it’s too dull. Not threatening enough.”. Zant turns back to him angrily. “And just who are you to critique my palace design, hmm?”. Hades gets up from the throne and throws an arm around Zant. “Name is Hades, lord of the dead. Here’s my card.”. Hades summons a business card in a puff of smoke and hands it to Zant for Zant to angrily shrug off his arm. Zant attempts to speak, but he’s lit on fire by Mustang, who takes his chance seeing Zant’s back is turned. Richard claps and gets as giddy as a school girl. “Oh! How I do love mindless violence!”. Richard sends a fireball at Zant and this encourages most of the cast to join in attacking him, seeing the others broke the silence. Various projectiles are thrown at Zant, but he just reflects them all. Popinski and Macho Man come up to smack at him from both sides, but Zant just teleports out of the middle so they hit each other. Enraged, Zant takes out his dual swords and starts slashing wildly like the maniac he is. “I’ll show you the King of Evil’s power!”.

***

Brawl
Zant Vs. Super Macho Man, Soda Popinski, Raven, Silver, Roy Mustang, Jafar, Hades, Anne, Richard, Dingodile

Joy of joys, a 10 vs. 1 Brawl! Thankfully you have infinite stock due to this being the first fight in the game and they only come one at a time. Ryuk, Bowser, Morton, Lemmy, Vaati, and Negative Man are seen in the background, simply spectating the battle rather then fighting.

***

The 10 characters who fought against Zant are seen all as weakened as Bowser, if not significantly worse. Negative Man shakes his head and cries from his hunched over position. “It’s useless..You’ll never win…”. Vaati nods in agreement. “He has Ganon’s power. No matter how pathetic he is, only the Master Sword can be his undoing.”. Zant chuckles as he takes a seat back on his throne. “Glad you see things my way. Now then. . .Where was I before you so rudely interrupted?”. Zant glares at Bowser before continuing. “You’ll be split up into two equal groups and be required to survive for 3 days in areas engulfed in twilight. At the end of the 3 days, both of your teams shall be pit in a challenge against each other. The losing team will have to vote off one of their members, and the process will repeat endlessly until there’s only one man left standing, who will be allowed to go back to their miserable little lives. Should you try to kill each other to speed things up all the more, I’ll just kill you early. Any questions, class?”.

A long silence goes on before Ryuk breaks it with his laughter, annoying Zant. “What’s so funny?”. Ryuk slowly stops his chuckling. “Nothing, nothing. Just that I like your taste. . .Humans are so very interesting. Definitely a welcome change from the boredom of the Shinigami Realm.”. Zant looks at Ryuk in disgust. “I’ll be sure to wipe that smile off your face by the time I’m done with you. Now then, begone!”. Zant summons two portals that each suck eight of the characters into them at random. After the portals vanish, Zant puts his hands behind his head and gets into a reclining position as he summons two portals to view the two groups. . .

DAWN OF THE FIRST DAY – GROUP 1

Group 1:
Bowser
Lemmy
Morton
Soda Popinski
Vaati
Silver
Anne
Jafar

The characters are thrown out of the portal into a dark snowy domain, they come out in a sort of awkward dogpile, and of course the lightest characters end up on the bottom while Bowser and Popinski end up on top. Morton rolls out from the middle to cause a sort of avalanche of their bodies, ending up in Popinski landing on Anne in a sexual position. Popinski gets up hastily and looks about warily for Anne to glare at him and stab him in the crotch with the stand of her camera. Popinski holds his crotch in pain as he bawls over, letting out a horrified cry. Anne turns to the others glaring at her. “You got a problem?”. Bowser chuckles subtly. “My kinda woman. . .”. Anne turns her head instantly towards Bowser. “What was that?”. “Uhhh. . .Nothing.”. “Are you quite certain?”. “I just told you. . .”. “I could’ve sworn you said something about how I’ll beat you to a pulp if you say something like that again”. Bowser just chuckles nervously at this, but continues to look after her lustfully once her back is turned. . .

Jafar has no intention of sticking around in this area, trying to cast some sort of spell. He seems rather perplexed as he does it again and again for no effect. . .Vaati notices this and comes over. “What are you trying to do, exactly?”. “I’m trying to open up a portal to get out of this snowy wasteland, but it doesn’t seem to be working. . .”. “Perhaps your powers aren’t great enough. . .Allow me.”. “A mere child like you greater then I? Surely you jest.”. Vaati glares at Jafar briefly before doing a similar motion to Jafar’s spell for no effect. “Zant must’ve predicted we’d try something like this. He wouldn’t want us to get out of this too easily, now would he?”. Silver comes over to the two mages curiously. “You seemed to know something about the Ganon guy he was talking about. . .So. . .Do you know where we are?”. Vaati looks around the area briefly before nodding. “I believe we’re somewhere in Snowpeak, but it’s obviously been corrupted by Zant’s twilight. . .”.

Jafar strokes his beard in thought. “Seeing we can’t leave this place, I suppose we’ll just have to kill that king of Twilight when he reveals himself again.”. Vaati hastily retorts to the warlock. “Didn’t you see how things end up last time or listen to anything I said? You can’t beat him.”. Anne glares at Vaati in contempt. “What other choice do we have?”. Vaati sighs. “As much as it pains me, we’ve little alternative but to play his little game.”. Bowser gets up and shrugs. “While I could totally beat that guy if he didn’t take a cheap shot at me from the start, it’s not like it matters. I’ll be the final one standing, thanks.”. Silver laughs in a cocky fashion. “As if! A big lug like you? You’ll be the first one to croak off!”. Bowser interrupts Silver’s laughter with a swift smack to the face. Silver levitates up some rocks and gets ready to hurl them at Bowser, but Vaati intervenes. “Don’t you remember what Zant said? He’ll just kill us if we try to kill each other.”. Lemmy pops up out of the snow, barely sticking out from it due to how short he is, trying to get his father’s attention. “Besides, what about us? You just planning on letting us die?”. Bowser looks rather dumbfounded. “Well. . .Uhhh. . .I sorta was, but. . .”. Morton just folds his arms and glares at Bowser. “Okay, okay. Whatever. We’ll try to kill that Zant guy when he shows up again. No reason to wait that long to play this stupid game anyway. . .”. Vaati just shakes his head and mumbles a casual “idiots” under his breath.

Lemmy hops up out of the snow again. “So whadda we do until then, dad? Whadda we do?!?”. Bowser shrugs. “Gather materials to build some sort of shelter. You and Morton can gather wood.”. Bowser turns to Jafar, Vaati, and Silver. “You three go find some food.”. Bowser turns to Anne, who gives him a menacing glare. “You. . .do whatever you damn please.”. Jafar facepalms. “Why are we taking orders from this oversized brute again?”. Bowser chuckles. “This is why.”. Bowser breathes some fire on some twigs to make a decent sized fire. “Without me, you lot will all freeze to death out here.”. Morton timidly speaks up with “Well. . .Lemmy and I can breathe fire-“, but Bowser hastily interrupts him. “So? You two are loyal to me anyway.”. Silver sighs. “The guy’s got a point.”. Bowser chuckles heartily. “Glad you see things my way. . .So. . .Speaking of freezing to death. . .Where’s that muscle man in the speedo?”.

The group looks about to see Popinski fighting a White Wolfos with his bare hands in the distance. He has a good grip around the wolf’s neck to prevent it from biting him, holding it up in the air while he beats the thing to death. He tosses the wolf away carelessly after killing it, putting his hands on his hips and laughing heartily. Unfortunately, he carelessly tossed it off a cliff. . .Silver’s in a state of shock upon seeing this. “You idiot! We could’ve eaten that!”. Popinski scoffs as he puffs out his chest proudly. “Only one of many, little hedgehog man. I’m simply getting warmed up.”. Jafar eyes the practically naked Popinski and cringes slightly. “. . .Don’t you think your attire is a bit impractical for the climate?”. Popinski rolls his eyes. “Since we all know we were going to be brought here beforehand, yes?”. Jafar shrugs. “True, true, but I’m amazed by the fact that you haven’t already frozen to death.”. Popinski laughs even more heartily. “In Soviet Russia, death freezes to you!”. “. . .Whatever that means.”.

Bowser looks over the cliff and notices a decent few White Wolfos. “Why don’t you lot go down there for the food? There seems to be plenty more of the things down there.”. Jafar rolls his eyes. “Will you at least lend us one of your acolytes to warm us along the way?”. Bowser shrugs. “Whatever, Lemmy, you go with ‘em. Muscle Man, you go with Morton to get more firewood and something to build up a shelter.”. Popinski folds his arms. “Why am I taking orders from a puny turtle man like you?”. Vaati sighs. “The turtles are the only ones capable of keeping us alive in this climate with their flames. We don’t have a choice…And more importantly, going along with him so easily will probably make his little group not vote for me.”. Popinski reluctantly nods, then goes off with Morton towards some woods. Lemmy, Jafar, Vaati, and Silver head to go down into the gorge. Before they go on too far, though, Silver turns back and asks “What about you?!? What do you do?”. Bowser looks about warily. “I’ll, uhhh, go off and find some wood on my own or something. Don’t need anybody bogging me down.”. Silver shakes his head and continues on. “As if. . .” You get to choose between the two groups to play one of two levels, though you’ll play the other after you finish the first.

***

Level A
Play as: Lemmy, Jafar, Vaati, Silver

The first half of the level is a constant icy descent down icy terrain that’s trying to push you forwards too quickly and off cliffs. Fun platforming indeed. Silver is the easiest to clear the level with due to there being lots of icy platforms randomly scattered about he can use to make bridges, though Lemmy’s simplified platform manipulation can also work.

The second half of the level has you down in the gorge hunting the white wolfos, you having to kill 15/20 of them scattered about the level. Jafar and Lemmy are generally good for killing random enemies with their traps thanks to the predictable nature of the enemies, though 5 of them are only accessible to Silver/Vaati by using platforms to get high enough to an area/blowing the Wolfos down out of an inaccessible area.

***

Level B
Play as: Soda Popinski, Morton

The goal here is to cut down trees. While Morton can shred through them with fireballs, this will cause a giant snowball to fall out of the tree as it disingrates and to clog up his mouth, preventing you from doing so on further trees. The only way to remove the snowball is to have an enemy attack it. Popinski can speedrun through the level much faster as his only requirement to be able to cut down trees is to drink all his soda to get strong enough, but if you fail you’ll have to deal with the Russian Drink’s terrible hangover and have to wait a considerable time before you’re ready to try again, which won’t be easy with the respawning enemies. . .

***

Bowser is left alone with Anne. . .He gets a massive grimace on his face. “Hey, baby. . .I don’t need any fire to warm me. You’re way over hot enough to warm my heart.”. Anne just stares blankly in disbelief at Bowser, amazed that he’d try something so blatant. “What did I tell you. . .”. She takes her camera and goes to stab the stand into Bowser’s crotch area, but it does little but make him flinch due to his shell armoring his crotch. Bowser grins. “You ain’t the one callin’ the shots here, babe.”. He attempts to grab her for the inevitable classic dthrow, but Anne slips through his fingers and grabs him. She proceeds to bash his head in with her camera stand to cleanly knock him out and spits on him, then goes on her way. “Men. . .”. She takes her trusty camera with her and goes off into the distance. ”The others are all getting the food and wood anyway, and I doubt this’ll last long. . .Probably be back to the city before I know it. May as well take the chance while it’s open.”. Anne takes a snapshot of an Ice Keese and the camera shows the picture as the level starts.

***

Level 3
Play as: Anne

Your goal in this level is to take pictures of the various enemies. It’s not just a single snap of each enemy type, though, considering there aren’t that many of them, as you have to capture the enemies doing all of their various attacks on film, as well as a unique idle animation by sneaking up on them. The level is fairly straightforward, but considering the enemies don’t respawn you’ll have to take a lot of hits from them as you snap pictures.

***

Silver, Jafar, and Vaati are seen in the gorge together with a few White Wolfos corpses gathered. Jafar uncaringly asks “What happened to the brat?” for another corpse to seemingly be trudging through the snow. Jafar raises an eyebrow, but Silver rolls his eyes and levitates the corpse up to reveal Lemmy, then throws the corpse onto the pile with the others for Lemmy to hastily come over. “See? I got one! Told you I would. All by myself, too.”. Vaati decides to humor Lemmy. “How did you kill it?”. “With my bare claws, of course!”. Jafar walks over in the direction Lemmy came from to see a large wolf shaped hole, then looks up to see the cliffside where Popinski threw the wolf down into the gorge. “Quite an impressive feat.”, he chuckles in a mocking tone. “Though I can’t say I expected much more of you, what with your equally impressive stature.”. This infuriates Lemmy as he jumps up out of the snow at Jafar’s heels rapidly. “I’M NOT SHORT! Sorry not everybody in the world is freakishly tall, old geezer.”. Jafar just laughs at this for Lemmy to clench his fists and turn his back. Vaati is seen holding back some laughter of his own, not wanting to make enemies with the Koopas. . .

Silver glares at Jafar’s laughing in a no nonsense sort of way. “Are you quite finished?”. Jafar straightens his cloak and slowly stops. “Good. . .So then. We have all the food, right?”. Lemmy turns back to Silver. “Yeah.”. “And it’s gonna be hell to climb back up to where the others are, right?”. Jafar turns to look at the steep slippery cliffside and cringe slightly. “Indeed.”. “So let’s just set up camp and stay here and have all the food to ourselves. You can make fire, right, little guy?”. Lemmy gets hyperactive at the chance to prove himself. “Yeah! Wanna see?”. Jafar rolls his eyes. “Would he of asked otherwise?”. Lemmy glares at Jafar before breathing a single cute little ember out of his mouth that’s quickly dissolved into nothing by the icy weather. He tries again and again, but nothing seems to come out and eventually give a nervous chuckle to the others. Jafar facepalms. “So much for that brilliant plan.”. Silver hastily retorts to Jafar. “It sounded like a good idea at the time. You got a better idea?”. Jafar starts contemplating what to do for Vaati to sigh. “While you two are busy contemplating how to betray the others and freezing to death, I’m going to start heading back up before nightfall and we’re climbing back up steep icy terrain we can’t see. Like it or not, we need that monstrous turtle to survive out here.”. Vaati heads off towards the cliffside for Lemmy to hastily follow after him, eager to be supportive of his father. Jafar sighs and follows while Silver is left as the last one standing, left with all the wolf corpses. He grumbles something incomprehensible as he levitates them all up in a giant wad and heads after the others. The screen stays in the area a couple seconds until we can see a massive winged twilight beast flying through the air, whizzing right past the camera with a thunderous cry. . .

***

Level 4
Play as: Lemmy, Jafar, Vaati, Silver

You now play only the first half of the last level you played on with this group, but the fact that it’s upwards makes it significantly more difficult. Twilight enemies are introduced here and are far more deadly then the casual standard Zelda ice fare you’ve been dealing with so far, and there are some of them hurling snowballs down at you as you try to climb up the cliffside. Far from a walk in the park.

***

Popinski and Morton can be seen carrying some wood together. Morton’s managing to carry just as much as Popinski himself, which somewhat impresses the Russian drunkard. “You’re quite strong for just a little turtle man.”. Morton lacks much of an expression. “I dunno whether that’s a compliment or an insult. . .”. Popinski chuckles. “Take it as whatever you want, but you’re a big step above that puny brother of yours and you actually work unlike your lazy father.”. Morton shrugs slightly. “You’re pretty buff yourself, and I’m still trying to figure out how you manage to take the cold. . .”. Popinski beats his chest slightly. “This is nothing compared to the cold of Mother Russia. Ah Mother Russia. . .”. Popinski bursts out in song. “Great Russia has welded forever to stand, created in struggle in will of the people, united and mighty our Sovieeet Laaaaand!”. Morton twitches considerably at listening to Popinski sing the Soviet National anthem. “That song’s terrible. . .”. Popinski stops his singing and glares at Morton. “In Soviet Russia, YOU are terrible!”. Popinski turns around and snuffs his nose high into the air as he continues on and keeps singing the anthem for Morton to look ready to puke.

They arrive back where Bowser is where they were dropped into Snowpeak for Morton to drop his wood and look exhausted while Popinski looks as if it didn’t take him any effort at all. “Tired already, little turtle man?”. Morton stops panting and fakes it as if he were still ready to go on, not wanting to appear weak in front of his father. “No, no, I’m fine. . .”. Bowser gets up and rubs his head in pain. “Guh. . .Freaking bitch. . .”. He looks around to see his son and Popinski, then gives a nod of satisfaction. “Good to see you guys got the wood.”. Popinski glares at Bowser. “What did you do to the woman?”. “I didn’t do anything! She just freaking knocked me out!”. Popinski gets a flashback of Anne kicking him in the crotch, then chuckles. “You hitting on her too?”. “No. . .”. Morton glares at his father. “Dad. . .”. “Okay, okay, fine. I was. I vaguely recall her going off by herself after she knocked me out. . .”. Bowser points off in the direction Anne went. “You guys should probably go fetch her before some monsters eat her or something.”. Popinski flexes his muscles and says “Soda Popinski is glad to help any woman in need!”, then runs off in her direction. Morton looks at Bowser pleadingly, but Bowser just gives him a menacing glare and sends him off on his way.

A period of silence arrives as Bowser takes a log or two and makes a nice beefy fire, kicking back in a classic relaxation pose as he waits. He doesn’t go undisturbed for long, though, before Lemmy, Silver, Vaati, and Jafar arrive. Silver drops the White Wolfos corpses next to the fire as they all come up and warm themselves next to it hastily. Bowser sees how much they appreciate the warmth and chuckles to himself. “So how are you guys liking the nice fire from the wood –I- collected?”. Silver rolls his eyes. “As if. What about those other guys you sent to gather the wood?”. “Haven’t come back yet.”. Lemmy looks rather worried at this. “Morton was one of the guys you sent out to do that, wasn’t he? Wasn’t he?!? We have to go find them!”. Bowser smirks and nods in agreement. “Yeah. I was gonna go myself, but I have to keep the fire going, so. . .Yeah.”. Jafar rolls his eyes as he inches ever closer to the fire. “I’m not going anywhere, thank you very much.”. Vaati sighs. “I’ll go with the little one. You better remember this, you lazy bastard. . .”. Bowser nods eagerly. “Then it’s settled! Go on now. . .”. Vaati sighs again and goes off into the distance, then motions Lemmy to come along with him.

Bowser looks off after them, then chuckles once they’re out of sight. “All the food for the three of us, heh heh. . .”. Jafar gets a wicked smile. “I like your thinking, turtle.”. Silver looks very hesitant. “What about the others. . .? They’ll all just try and kill us after we do it. . .And I sure as hell don’t wanna be associated with these two after this. . .”. Jafar strokes his beard. “The hedgehog makes a decent enough point. . .Though I doubt we’ll get another chance like this. Do you have any plans to cover it up, turtle?”. Bowser growls lowly. “Stop calling me turtle, will ya? The name’s Bowser. Bowser Koopa. Anyway. . .Uhhh. . .I say we blame it all on the hedgehog guy when they come back!”. “A fine idea if I do say so myself.”. Silver glares at them. “What makes you think they’ll believe two assholes like you?”. Jafar grins. “Well, that’s the thing. There’s two of us, but only one of you. We’re twice as credible, are we not?”. Bowser chuckles and takes a bite out of a roasted Wolfos. “Try some, it’s good! After all, you’re gonna suffer all the consequences, may as well get the benefits.”. Bowser extends out his hand to give a hunk of meat to Silver, but Silver just smacks it away and glares at him. “I’m not gonna let you get away with this.”. Jafar chuckles. “Oh? And just how do you intend to do that?”. Silver picks up the corpses with his levitation, causing Bowser to bite into thin air and topple over, then flings them over the edge of the cliffside. Bowser’s jaw drops and both of Jafar’s eyes twitch violentely. Bowser hastily comes up and grabs Silver by the neck. “WHY THE HELL DID YOU DO THAT?!?”. Silver just chuckles as he levitates out of Bowser’s grasp “We can go down and get the meat back tomorrow. The wolf that boxer threw down there earlier was still there when we got down there, remember, old geezer? This way everybody gets something to eat.”. Jafar chuckles. “Well, there’s only one flaw in your plan. . .In your quest to rid yourself of the blame, you’ve now made yourself the actual cause of it. We don’t need to pin it on you anymore – it’s actually your fault!”. Jafar bursts out into laughter for Bowser to hastily join him. Silver looks rather lost as to what to do. . .

***

Vaati and Lemmy manage to catch up to Popinski and Morton. Lemmy hastily goes up and gives his bigger younger (That makes sense. . .) brother a hug for Vaati to look away in disgust, ready to vomit. Morton reluctantly hugs him back, somewhat embarrassed. Lemmy notices this and backs off. “Sorry, sorry. . .Was just afraid something might’ve happened to you.”. Vaati rolls his eyes. “Alright, we found them. Can we go back now? I really want some of that meat. . .”. Popinski turns back to the others and shakes his head, still marching on. “No can do. We came out here in the first place to find the missing woman.”. Vaati looks as if thinking for a moment before he finally realizes who Popinski’s talking about. “The woman? Oh, yes, the woman. . .What was she supposed to be doing?”. “The puny turtle man didn’t give her any orders, so I dunno. She apparantely went out though and hasn’t come back, so. . .”. Lemmy hastily retorts to Popinski. “King dad’s not some puny turtle man!”. Popinski laughs at Lemmy. “You’re one to talk! You’re the puniest of the puny turtle men!”. Lemmy lets out a pathetic growl and latches onto Popinski’s leg and slashes at him for Popinski to casually shake him off and laugh some more. “Stop tickling me, will you? Just give it some time. You’ll grow.”.

Vaati sighs. “Anyway. . .Where was I? Oh yes. So. . .She hasn’t done any work and has managed to get lost and make us come out to find her. . .Why are helping out a useless wench like her? Leave her.”. Popinski glares at Vaati. “She’s a woman, and it’s a manly man’s duty to protect the women! I suppose none of you would understand seeing you’re just puny children. . .”. Popinski laughs to anger all three of the others for him to nervously stop laughing. “I’ve lived far longer then you ever will trapped in that damned little realm by Link.”. Morton smirks. “If that’s the case, then why don’t you wanna help out the chick? Chicken or something?”. Vaati roll his eyes. “Let’s just go. . .”.

***

Level 5 (Part 1)
Play as: Soda Popinski, Morton, Vaati, Lemmy
This level is fairly straightforward, but it’s starting to get close to night during this level. After a couple minutes the screen will start fading out for there to just be a single circle of light around your character that grows smaller and smaller until it doesn’t let you see much of anything but your character itself. Popinski’s ability to speed run through the level can prove useful in that you can get through a good portion of the level while it’s still light out, meaning he’s a good first choice. Morton is best saved for last when things get particularly dark, as his fireballs generate a small bit of light much like NSMB Wii. At the end of the level there’s a large battle against a considerable amount of enemies and Morton also proves rather useful here due to being able to block a lot of enemies from getting to him with his Doom Pillars, bottlenecking the enemy and taking them out at his own pace rather then letting them mob him.

***

The group is seen continuing the battle from the end of the level as more and more twilight enemies arrive. Lemmy keeps getting hit by accident a lot in the darkness. “Will you idiots look where you’re attacking?!? You’re hitting me!”. Vaati retorts with “We’d look where we’re attacking if we could freaking see anything, dammit!” as he blows a White Wolfos into a Shadow Beast with his winds. Popinski laughs, not that frantic despite having a tough time due to the sheer numbers of enemies. “It’s not like we can see you normally anyway. You’re too short for me to see unless I squint real hard.”. Lemmy goes over and latches onto Popinski’s leg again, causing him to trip and the twilight enemies to swarm him. Morton hastily calls out to Lemmy. “Get over it! We don’t have time to deal with-“, but gets interrupted as a Shadow Beast tackles him from behind. Seeing the others are all down, Vaati simply goes to run, abandoning the others with little thought. Suddenly a few flashes occur and the camera pans over to show Anne’s camera making flashes of light. . .

***

Level 5 (Part 2)
Play as: Anne

This counts as a segment of the previous level, only now you have Anne against an exceptionally large number of enemies. The darkness is pretty severe here, though whenever you flash Anne’s camera the whole screen lights up entirely, taking a good three seconds to fade back to what it was before. So long as you keep the area properly lit, it shouldn’t be that challenging.

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Vaati hastily runs back upon hearing that they’re putting up more of a resistance, not wanting to look like a coward. Anne just folds her arms and waits for Popinski and the Koopas to get up. “What are you idiots doing here. . .”. Popinski flexes his muscles. “Why, we came here to rescue you, of course!”. Anne rolls her eyes and shows a picture of a Shadow Beast feeding on Popinski for his smile to be whipped off his face rather promptly. Morton glares over at Vaati. “Where were you, huh? We were gonna die back there!”. Vaati looks rather hesistant. “Well. . .Uhhh. . .I was still fighting. . .You just couldn’t tell because you were being attacked by those beasts.”. Anne casually shows a picture of Vaati running like a pansy for the Koopas to laugh at it. Vaati fumes and grumbles something to himself. “Why did we come out here for her again?!?”. Popinski hastily turns to Vaati. “She’s a woman! We can’t simply leave her alone out here in the wilderness!”. Lemmy jumps up from the snow to make himself visible. “She saved us back there if you didn’t notice, muscle man. . .”. Anne glares at Popinski for him to smile nervously. Vaati taps his foot and folds his arms. “In any case, can we go back to the fire and food yet? For the love of god. . .”. Anne’s attention is grabbed by this and she hastily starts heading back to the camp. “Good to see you lot are good for –something-“. “Pssh. What were you doing all that time?”. “That’s none of your business, thanks.”. “Such a bitch. . .”.

***

Lemmy, Morton, Anne, Popinski, and Vaati arrive back at the camp. Vaati and the Koopas hastily go up to warm themselves by the fire while Anne and Popinski take their time. . .After a few moments of appreciating the fire, Vaati looks around every which way. “. . .What happened to the food?”. Silver gets a look of dread on his face. “Well, uh, you see, it’s a long story. . .You see-“. Jafar hastily interrupts Silver. “The idiot threw all the food over the cliff with his imperfect telekinesis powers.”. Anne rolls her eyes. “Why would he do something like that?”. Jafar chuckles. “Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourselves.”. Jafar points down into the gorge with his staff where the heap of wolf corpses can be vaguely made out. Silver chuckles nervously. “These guys were gonna eat ‘em all! We can go down and get them tomorrow. . .”. This causes groans from Anne and Vaati while Morton and Lemmy go over to their father. Morton asks “Were you really not gonna leave anything for us, dad?” for him to reply “Of course not! There’s no way I wouldn’t leave somethin’ for my favorite Koopalings!”. Morton and Lemmy smile at this while their father puts his arms around them and laughs happily.

Vaati looks at this happy family scene with disgust. “That seems real enough, I suppose. . .I guess that hedgehog is just that big of an idiot. After all, he did plan on betraying the rest of the group earlier down in the gorge. . .Nothing but trouble. We’ll have to get rid of him.”. Vaati turns to Anne. “She’s a real bitch to deal with too, but taking her down will prove much more troublesome while I imagine it’ll be easy to eliminate the hedgehog, what with that old man and the turtles on my side. Already a majority right there. The girl will fall soon enough once her feminine charm wears off on the elder turtle and the mindless mass of muscle. . .”. As Vaati continues to scheme what to do, a twilight portal suddenly appears and sucks up everybody in the group. . .

***

DAWN OF THE FIRST DAY – GROUP 2

Group 2:
Super Macho Man
Raven
Hades
Ryuk
Richard
Dingodile
Roy Mustang
Negative Man

The other group of characters gets spat out of the portal, thankfully more scattered then the first group so they don’t fall on top of each other. Hades gets up first and takes a decent look around as he straightens his cloak and smoothes his hair from the fall, then attempts to open a portal much like Jafar. Ryuk gets up and cackles. “Do you really think he’d make escaping this place so easy, “lord of the dead”? Of course you’re not going to get out with a casual portal.”. Hades sighs and folds his arms in annoyance. “And you know this, how?”. “Oh, trust me. I’ve done similar things to our wonderful host before. Watching puppets dance is most interesting. I’m only a death god, after all.”. Mustang lights a fire in the middle of the snow casually, not needing any form of wood. “A death god, huh? If you’re a so called “death god”, why didn’t you fight the Twilight King? Surely a “god” could take him out.”. Ryuk rolls his eyes. “My superiors don’t allow me to kill without this book, and there’s nothing they don’t see.”. Ryuk holds up and waves his death note around for all to see. “And I can only use this to kill him if I can see his face. If he weren’t wearing that helmet I would’ve just killed him on the spot.”. Dingodile chuckles and readies his bazooka. “Then when he brings us back to play his little game, I’ll just blow his helmet off and you use your cute lil’ book to fry him. Sound good, mate?”.

Ryuk laughs. “Oh come on. Now why would I do that? If I kill him, you lot will go back to your usual happy lives and I’ll go back to my boring one in the Shinigami Realm. I’d much rather let him live so I can watch you all die slowly and painfully.”. He cackles. Negative Man is in his hunched over position, listening intently to the conversation. “Of course. . .The only person who can stop him isn’t willing to. . .It’s hopeless. . .A cruel act of fate. . .”. Macho Man comes up and grabs Ryuk by his shirt, hefting him up off the ground. “Do I look like I care if you want to, punk? You’re gonna kill him when he shows up, or we’re gonna kill –you-.” Mustang nods. “I already have enough on my plate already. I’m not gonna waste my time here.”. Ryuk laughs. “Didn’t you hear what the king of twilight said? If we kill each other, he’ll just kill the survivors. He wants a nice long drawn out game.”. Macho Man grins. “Then beating on you is just what we need to bring him out early!”. Richard laughs eagerly. “Will you allow me to do the honors? I brought along my fork of truth!” he says as he takes out the blatantly obvious prop. Ryuk just continues to laugh. “So. . .You’re going to lure out the guy you want to kill by killing the only guy who can kill him. You guys really are idiots.”.

This causes Macho Man to hesitate and put Ryuk down, sighing. Richard is the only one still supportive of the idea. “So who do we kill then? Who do we kill to lure out the Twilight King?!?” he says as he waves about his fork of truth. Negative Man comes forth, crawling over weakly. “Kill me. . .I’m useless. . .I don’t have anything to go back to. . .”. “Gladly!”. Richard stabs his fork of truth into Negative Man for the fork to split in two. Richard looks at the fork in annoyance. “Damn counterfeits.”. Raven sighs as she decides to intervene and make her presence known. “If he really is pathetic enough to just do this for his entertainment to watch, you do realize you’ve all just told him your plan? There’s no way he’ll let that guy see his face, and it’s doubtful we’ll be able to make that bastard kill him anyway.”. Ryuk smiles smugly. “Girl knows what she’s talking about. She’s probably the best hope for survival you idiots have got.”. Dingodile glares at Ryuk. “You do realize that you’ve gotta survive in this barren wilderness too, right?”. “Psssh. As if mindless beasts could threaten a death god. I don’t need to eat and I can make my own fire, so I don’t need the help of you lot, thank you very much. I’ll check back on you in a couple hours and see how many of you are still alive”. Ryuk laughs yet again as he flies off into the distance. . .

After a period of awkward silence, Dingodile decides to break it. “So. . .What? We just play his stupid little game? Are you serious?”. Raven nods. “You have a better idea? We’re all going to die one way or another. May as well one person gets out of this alive.”. “I can see you’re a optimistic one, missy. . .You can’t give in to the pressure. We have to at least try to get out that bastard.”. “You do that. I’ll watch while you get beaten up again.”. Negative Man nods. “She’s right, you know. . .”. Dingodile sighs and looks around. “So. . .Whadda we do then while we wait for that guy to show up? Besides be all doom and gloom.”.

Macho Man grins slightly and comes out in front of the others. “I’ll tell you what to do, seeing I’m the strongest.”. Macho Man turns to Richard and Dingodile. “You’ll kill the animals to gather our food.”. Richard gets his usual giddy expression. “Killing? Oh how I love killing! Where do I sign up?”. Richard runs off into the distance while Dingodile sighs and goes after him. Macho Man turns to Raven and Mustang. “You two come with me and explore the area.”. Mustang and Raven both give Macho Man cold stares, and Raven doesn’t even bother to respond. “I’ll go with you, but don’t expect me to take any orders, thanks. You’re not in charge here, so don’t pretend to be.”. Macho Man folds his arms in annoyance. “So. . .Where’d that other guy go? Lord of the dead or whatever?”. Negative Man points off into the distance. “I think I saw him going off in that direction. . .He was mumbling something about how he was gonna find a way out of this frozen wasteland. . .He’ll just get himself lost. . .He’s as good as dead.”. Raven rolls her eyes. “If he’s really a lord of the dead, I doubt he’ll have many problems. He can make fire, he doesn’t need to eat, he can defend himself. . .Let him go.”. Mustang nods. “She has a point. Well, shall we go have a look around, muscle man?”. Macho Man is tapping his foot impatiently. “I was ready to go a good couple minutes ago, thanks.”.

Mustang gives Macho Man another cold stare and goes off with him into the distance, leaving only Raven and Negative Man. “Everything will happen just as the Death God said it would. . .We’ll all die from the cold in a couple hours. . .Or else beasts will kill us. . .Or that king of twilight will come back and do us in. . .”. “. . .I don’t really care either way, honestly.”. “So you see the true hopelessness in life as well. . .?”. “. . .I’ve known I’m going to die for a considerable while now. It’s something I don’t have any control over, so something like this honestly doesn’t change things up much for me.”. “Yes. . .You’re right. Death is inevitable. . .”. Raven just sighs and starts meditating as the camera zooms out considerably. Here you can pick from Ryuk flying up in the air, Macho Man and Mustang heading off together, as well as Richard and Dingodile for three separate levels in any order.

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Level C
Play as: Ryuk

This level has Ryuk’s wings are constantly out and there’s not a single spot of ground to land on, meaning you’re always in the air. Thankfully you have infinite jumps the death gods don’t care if you kill mindless beasts with something other then the Death Note, so don’t feel as if you have any forced limitations. Ryuk is watching the others from up here and you can vaguely make out the characters from the other group in the background in some parts of the level.

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Level D
Play as: Richard, Dingodile

The first half of the level has a considerable amount of minature avalanche traps just waiting to happen. To avoid them you’ll either have to damage yourself and abuse Dingodile’s recovery or use Richard’s run of the mill portal recovery to teleport back to where you were once you trigger the avalanches. The second half of the level is a lengthy fight against a pack of White Wolfos. If you’re Dingodile you only have to kill 20 of them before you win the level, and the wolves won’t be able to jump to your crystals to get to you and you can just camp them to death. Ice Keese will still attack you from overhead, though, so don’t think it’s too easy. Richard has things much harder as you’ll have to kill them more quickly then they spawn as you won’t win until there aren’t any of them on screen (And you still have to kill 20 minimum) due to Richard’s psychotic nature. If you aren’t fast enough, you can just weaken them all and kill them at once.

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Level E
Play as: Super Macho Man, Roy Mustang

This level has you playing over a frozen lake. Macho Man’s dashing attack causes him to skid a very impressive distance here and his priority is buffed due to it. There are a lot of cracks in the ice here, and if too much weight goes on them they’ll crack and open up the icy water which functions as a standard pit. All of Mustang’s fire attacks (Read: nearly all of them) cause the ice to open up regardless of whether or not it’s cracked, but this can actually be useful in making traps for enemies to fall into with their predictable AI. Just be careful you don’t leave yourself with no land to stand on or use any attacks which make fire right under you. . .

***

Hades is seen reaching the edge of the Snowpeak plain and sees a crevice in a cliffside. He looks through it to see that it’s actually lush and green on the other side, Zora’s Domain. He rubs his hands together eagerly. “Finally found the way out of this god forsaken place. . .”. He goes to run up to it but smacks against an invisible twilight wall that reveals itself, falling over back into the snow. This infuriates Hades as his flame hair gets larger and he launches several attacks at the wall for no effect. Hades looks up the cliffside and sighs. “If I can’t go through it, I’ll just go over it.” he thinks to himself with a chuckle, then grabs into the cliffside and goes to make his way up it.

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Level 9
Play as: Hades

This level is an upward climb. A lot of one time rock slides occur from above as you make your way up to new heights, though their locations are always random. They do pretty hefty damage and knockback, though, so you’ll best want to summon Pain/Panic and use them as meat shields, sacrificing them to clear the way. Sadism is always the best solution, yes? In any case, though, you’ll have to take a lot of damage on the way up even with your minions by using your self damaging Up Special to get up a significant ways and use of Pain/Panic will most probably increase Hades’ boredom in the battle. There’s a rather tough Poe at the top, so you’ll have your work cut out for you once you finally get there.

***

Hades grabs the Poe from the end of the level around the neck area and attempts to throw him down the cliffside, but the Poe just ghosts through his grasp. Hades tries to summon a portal to suck the Poe into, but he forgets that he’s unable to use portals in the twilight realm and just takes a hit, getting dangerously close to the cliffside. The Poe goes on to go in for the finishing blow, but is zapped out of existence by Ryuk, who comes flying by. “Some lord of the dead you are” he chuckles. Hades scowls. “I was doing fine, thank you. I easily could’ve finished him off.”. “Whatever you say, pal.”. Hades, now at the top of the cliffside, attempts to go over to cross into Zora’s domain but just hits the same invisible Twilight wall.

Ryuk chuckles. “You came all this way trying to escape, I imagine?”. “What do you think? I’m not gonna be a pawn in somebody else’s game. I’m supposed to be the one moving the pieces!”. “He’s more powerful then he looks. Smarter too. He anticipated that at least –somebody- would try to get out. You’d be better off thinking about your survival then resisting him. Get some food or something.”. Hades roll his eyes. “Lord of the dead, remember? I don’t have to eat.”. “Neither do I. That’s not the point. The point is that if you wanna survive you’re gonna have to make the others like you, or at least make them think you’re useful.”. Hades chuckles. “You’re one to talk. We haven’t even been here a day yet and everybody wants you dead.”. Ryuk cackles. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t have to waste my time with such trivialities. I’m the only one that can kill Zant, remember?”. “Well, yeah, but you refuse. . .”. “That’s true, but I can play along with their little game if things start looking bad. They’ll never get his helmet off anyway, so I won’t ever have to act.”. Hades smirks. “Looks like you’ve got things figured out pretty well.”. “Indeed. Now all I’ve got to do is watch as the others all slowly die off.”. Hades looks as if thinking briefly. “Sooooo. . .Why’d you tell me all this? Seems pretty stupid giving your plan away to one of the people you intend to fool.”. “What fun would it be spectating this all alone? Considering you’re apparantely a lord of the dead, I thought you’d make the most welcome company. Besides, an alliance is always good in case things get ugly.”. Hades chuckles. “Oh stop it. You’re flattering me!”. Ryuk laughs along with Hades a bit, then motions off into the distance. “Let’s go see how the others are doing, shall we?”.

***

Dingodile is seen inside a crystal formation firing away at the White Wolfos while Richard is seen slicing and dicing, full of happiness and glee. Eventually the last wolf dies off and Dingodile comes out from his crystal formation. He goes to pick up a wolf corpse, but Ryuk incinerates all the wolf corpses one by one, leaving them as nothing but bone. He chuckles like a school girl giddily for Dingodile to twitch. “You do realize you just killed the point of why we came out here, right mate?”. “The point was to kill as many of the beasts as possible! I haven’t the faintest idea of what you’re talking about. . .”. “They were supposed to be our food. . .”. “Food? What food? I don’t eat food.”. “Ever think about the rest of us?”. “What about you?”. Dingodile just sighs and rolls his eyes. “Let’s go back. . .”.

Dingodile starts heading back for Richard to run up alongside him eagerly. “Sooooo. . .I’ve been wondering. What exactly –are- you?”. Dingodile doesn’t turn to look at Richard at all, thoroughly frustrated with him. “I’m a cross between a dingo and a croc. Name’s Dingodile.”. “My my, what a creative name you posses. . .”. Dingodile’s eye twitches and he angrily turns to look back at Richard. “What’s your name then, huh mate? Yours so much better?”. Richard cackles and brings up his arms into the air, striking a dramatic pose. “I am Richard, Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the bones, Emperor of the Black, lord of the Undea-“. Dingodile chuckles and interrupts him. “And last but not least, possessor of too many titles and an ego the size of Australia.”. Richard’s arms flop down as his serious look turns into a rather pathetic one. “You just HAD to ruin my moment, didn’t you?”. “Whatever. You’re nothing special here, mate. Lord of the undead? We’ve already got one of those. Hell, we’ve got a goddamn GOD of death, for pete’s sake.”. Richard chuckles. “We’ll see, my male of indeterminable race, we’ll see. . .”. Dingodile attempts to correct Richard with “I told you I’m a-“, but is just interrupted by him. “Male of indeterminable race.”. Dingodile stares blankly at Richard before rolling his eyes and treading on. . .

***

Super Macho Man is seen casually “skating” (more like land surfing) across the frozen lake, making it across to the other side in a snap. He turns back and chuckles as he sees Mustang taking a considerably long time as he’s very cautious, primairily due to being unable to use his alchemy without sinking into the ice. Macho Man flexes and yells out over to Mustang, laughing. “What was that about me not being the best? You’re a freakin’ coward! SUPER! MACHO! MAN!”. Macho does a series of poses as he says the last three words, but this causes an avalanche to occur nearby from the sheer volume of Macho Man’s voice. Macho Man doesn’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late to move and simply displays an “Oh crap” expression as he gets devoured by the snow. Mustang just facepalms at this, being out of the range of the avalanche. “Goddamn show-off. . .Got what he deserved, but I should probably help him out of that mess. . .”. Mustang sighs, then starts burning away the snow to make his way to Macho Man. . .

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Level 10
Play as: Roy Mustang

You have a massive amount of snow to clear in this level to try to find Macho Man buried underneath it. It’s a rather enclosed level and your attacks clear the snow pretty fast, but enemies that randomly spawn can cause noise to cause more avalanches to increase the amount of snow you have to incinerate. Furthermore, you can get caught in the snow and have to button mash out, taking damage as you do. Some enemies only screech once attacked while others screech within a few seconds, so it’s rather confusing. Assuming you keep burning away at the snow, though, you can burn it faster then it comes down, assuming you don’t entirely ignore the enemies.

***

Mustang burns the snow off of Macho Man, but goes a bit too deep and hits Macho Man himself, causing him to be lit aflame. “Dude!”. Macho Man panics and runs around like a maniac briefly before diving into the snow to douse the flame, which instead causes him to shiver from the cold. Mustang chuckles at Macho Man’s display of “manliness”. “I think you’ve learned your lesson. You gonna show off like that again?”. Macho Man hastily stops shivering and poses. “I guess not. Not like I have to anyway, since everybody already knows how great I am!”. Mustang rolls his eyes as Macho Man starts shivering again. “What made you think the speedo was such a great idea?”. “Look. This is meant for the beaches, the ring, the ladies, and to showcase the macho. Not freezing cold wastelands.”. Mustang chuckles. “Showcasing the “macho”, eh? It’s just making your crotch a gigantic target, and in this weather it looks like your balls are about to drop off. There goes your source of power.”. Macho Man twitches slightly but shakes his head and grumbles, unable to think of a come-back. “C’mon. Let’s keep going.”.

Mustang nods and the duo proceed on to see a small hill with a massive Yeti (Yeto) on top of it. On top of the hill is a slope that leads down to a massive mansion, the Snowpeak Ruins. Macho Man looks at the mansion and rubs his hands together eagerly. “Heh heh, looks like we found where we’ll be staying to survive this.”. Mustang ever so casually points to Yeto. “Have fun getting past that –thing- to get there.“. Macho Man smirks. “C’mon, you’re not telling me you’re scared of that guy, are ya? When he gets a taste of my fists he’ll be kissing the snow.”. “You keep thinking that. . .It’d be best if we played it safe and went back to get the others. Besides, even if we do beat it, we’ll still have to go back to get them.”. “What’s your point? We’ll be in that nice cozy mansion and have any food there all to ourselves.”. Mustang sighs and just goes to head back. “Have fun getting that “macho” ass of yours handed to you.”. Macho Man puts his hands on his hips and looks at Mustang as he goes off. “Coward. . .”. He turns back to Yeto and smacks his fists together, then goes to run up after him. He goes to do a diving punch at Yeto, but Yeto just casually catches him and hurls him down the slope. Macho Man thankfully lands on his feet and goes into the surfing pose from his dashing attack. . .

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Level 11
Play as: Super Macho Man

This level has you constantly in the stance from your dashing attack, consistently picking up speed as you go down the slope. You can use your ground attacks as you’re sliding down, continuing to slide, though you can’t control your momentum while moving or jump, which makes you easy fodder to fall into pits. In particular, enemies are placed as such to encourage you to attack them so that you won’t be able to avoid falling into a pit. It’s rather nasty and you only have one stock, but it’s a fast level despite the actual content not being that small simply due to how fast you move.

***

Macho Man comes up to a big jump for him to look rather intimidated, but he clears it and does a triumphant pose as he continues to slide on. . .And smack right into the Snowpeak Ruins. “Bogus. . .”. Some snow is knocked down off the roof of the mansion from him smacking into it and covers him, then a twilight portal appears and sucks him up.

***

Raven is seen still meditating where Zant dropped them off in Snowpeak while Negative Man is busy. . .Well. . .Being Negative Man, crying for no apparent reason. Raven gets somewhat annoyed at his constant crying as it starts to break her concentration. . .“. . .Stop crying. Now.”. “Why? It’s hopeless. . .We’re all going to die. . .”. “Does that warrant crying?”. “Well. . .No. . .”. “Then stop. It’s keeping me from meditating.”. “Why are you meditating so much anyway?”. Raven sighs. “. . .It. . .Puts my mind at ease and helps me to not think about. . .What’s going to happen to me. . .”. “Does it have to do with your inevitable demise?”. “. . .You could say that. . .”. “Ah. . .I understand completely. . .”. With a bit of sniffling, Negative Man forces himself to stop crying while Raven continues to meditate. . .

Ryuk and Hades are the first to arrive back at the camp, though they don’t make their presence known, watching the girl and the depressed block of cheese from the distance. Ryuk watches patiently while Hades looks rather bored. “. . .This is what you’re so eager to see? They’re doing. . .Absolutely nothing. I want my money back!”. Ryuk sighs. “These things take time, Hades. You can’t expect something to happen in a few minutes.”. “Well yeah, but can’t we go watch some of the others? Maybe they’re doing something more interesting.”. “No need. Some of them are coming back now.”.

Hades turns back to the camp to see Mustang, Dingodile, and Richard coming back. Raven stops her meditation and looks over at Dingodile and Richard, annoyed. “Weren’t you two supposed to get the food?”. Dingodile attempts to tell them what happened, but is near instantly interrupted by Richard. “Well, you see, we got a pack of wolves, but this gluttonous male of indeterminable race ate all of it.”. “What are you talkin’ about, mate? You incinerated all the corpses after we killed ‘em!”. The camera cuts to Hades and Ryuk briefly, the former uttering “Ooohhh, conflict. I like it.”. Back to the others, Richard retorts Dingodile. “Why would I do that? It’s no fun killing things that are already dead. . .And it’s not like I could eat them. I’m dead myself. It’s physically impossible for me to perform such a selfless act of gluttony.”. Dingodile twitches as he turns to the others. “You really gonna believe this bag o’ bones over me?”. His reception is dead silent and pretty bleak, Mustang breaking it. “He has a considerably better case then you, to say the least, and you definitely look like you belong in some sort of hot dog eating contest. . .”. Negative Man agrees. “Stop denying it. . .All the evidence is stacked against you. . .Your fate is doomed. . .”. Dingodile glares at Richard angrily. “Don’t think I’ll forget this. . .”. Richard just laughs.

Raven grumbles slightly before just sighing. “Whichever one of you did it, I’ll be going hunting tomorrow, considering your outstanding success.”. Mustang informs the others of his efforts. “That won’t be necessary. I found a large mansion a little ways from here across a frozen lake. Granted, there’s a giant yeti blocking the way, but I doubt we won’t be able to take him out all together. We can make our way there tomorrow. The chimney was brewing smoke – there’s probably food there.”. Raven shrugs. “Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t. In any case, I don’t wanna risk going hungry again, so I’ll go get some food before I join up with you.”. “Fair enough, I suppose.”. Negative Man seems to be the only one to care about Macho Man. “What happened to that really muscly guy? Die he die. . .? We’ll all be soon to follow after him. . .”. “He went off to fight the yeti single handedly. I told him not to and to wait to go after him, but he was convinced he could take it out himself. We can free him when we go over to the yeti. . .If he’s lucky enough to survive”. Mustang chuckles while Richard frowns. “It’d be a horrible shame if that man died. . .I knew him well. . .He was a dear friend. . .And most importantly, I wouldn’t be able to kill him!”. The others stare at Richard blankly for him to just turn his back and fold his arms. “Party poopers.”. Suddenly, a twilight portal appears and sucks up the characters at the camp, and the range is far enough to reach Ryuk and Hades in the distance. Hades tries to resist while Ryuk casually lets the portal take him. “What did I say, Hades? Stop resisting.”. Hades grumbles something as he lets go of the tree he’s holding onto and lets himself get sucked into the portal. . .

***

REWARD CHALLENGE

Both groups get spit out of their portals back at Zant’s palace of Twilight. Vaati angrily gets up first. “What was that for, hmmm? You said you’d just bring us here every 3 days to kill one of us off, but it’s only been one day.”. “Calm down, young wind mage, calm down. I’m not going to kill any of you. . .Yet.”. He chuckles. “In fact, you should be happy to be here. The winner of this challenge will be allowed to sleep indoors tonight, safe from my beasts of twilight. More importantly, I’m sure many of you will be eager to join the actual challenge. . .”. Zant summons a massive buffet table before the two groups. Bowser goes to run at it right away, but Zant levitates him up and rotates him about so that he lands upside down, struggling to get up until his children help him. “Waits until I tell you the rules of our game, shall we? Only two of you will get to eat the food. . .One from each team. Whichever one of you eats more will win the challenge. I’ll leave it up to you to decide who the lucky gluttons get to be. . .”.

Bowser turns back to his group and flexes. “Didn’t you see how quickly I went at that food?!? I doubt any of you could even finish all of that.”. Silver retorts Bowser in annoyance. “Do I look like I give a crap about how much you can eat?!? I’m eating that, dammit!”. Jafar rolls his eyes and shakes his head at Silver. “We all want the food, you buffoon, but the Koopa King is the best qualified to actually win the challenge and get us the beds.”. Silver sighs and folds his arms. “Whatever. . .”. Bowser smirks and steps forward before Zant once more. “I’ll be the one to do the eating on my team, heh heh!”.

Dingodile chuckles as he beats his belly and turns to his team. “Remember about what a glutton I am? I can so eat that faster then any of you chumps.”. Raven twitches her eye slightly. “The rest of us are all still starving. You don’t get to do this.”. Dingodile glares at Richard, obviously still as hungry as anyone else. Richard just laughs. Richard looks over the other members of his team briefly before stopping his gaze on Macho Man. “You look like the biggest fat ass after the male of undeterminable race. You do it.”. “No way, dude! That’ll ruin my perfect diet! And it’s not fat. It’s macho.”. Mustang rolls his eyes. “You’re not gonna go back to your diet for a good while, so you may as well give it up.”. “Fine, whatever.”. Macho Man goes before Zant and poses before Zant nods. “Yes. Very good. Let the contest of gluttony begin!”.

***

Brawl
Bowser vs. Super Macho Man

While this may be a Brawl, KOing your enemy causes him to just vanish for 10 seconds before he respawns. The goal is to eat more of the food that spawns then the enemy, which functions the same as Brawl food. Bowser’s suction breath proves incredibly useful here as it causes all the food in range of it to be sucked into Bowser’s gullet, but it makes you horrifically open to Macho Man’s shield breaking techniques. Even with all you’re eating to keep your percentage low, if he breaks your shield he’ll just fully charge a smash to KO you, which will probably give him enough time to win the match.

***

Bowser beats his chest and roars as his children come over to him and give him high fives, easily able to down all the food while Macho Man looks ready to puke. Zant gives mocking applause to Bowser. “Good, good. You won your first challenge. . .Go on. Have your reward.”. Zant opens a portal and gives a dismissive motion to Bowser’s group, motioning them to go through it. They do so, though Jafar is a bit hesitant as he considers attacking Zant again. Ultimately his good judgment gets the better of him, though. Zant chuckles and turns to look at the other group. “As for the rest of you. . .” Zant laughs. “I doubt you’ll survive the night. Get out of my sight.”. He summons another portal that sucks up the other characters. . .Seemingly. Zant looks around warily. “Did I miss one of them. . .?”. Suddenly Richard stabs at Zant’s head from behind his throne with a new fork of truth, but it just shatters as it clanks against Zant’s helmet. Zant glares at Richard who shrugs innocently. “Don’t mind me. It’s nothing personal. I just have a fascination with killing, is all, really.”. Zant casually zaps Richard with a twilight blast, then opens another portal and tosses him in carelessly. “Idiot.”.

***

Bowser’s group is dropped out in a nice expensive bedroom with 8 beds. Vaati, Morton, and Lemmy go off to sleep without a care while Jafar tries the door to see if it’s get out to find it locked. He attempts to bust down the door with a flame spell, but one of Zant’s twilight walls just flashes. “Go figure.” he mutters as he goes to slumber. Anne goes over to sleep, then glares over at Bowser and Popinski. “Don’t get any bright ideas. . .”.

The others also go into their beds and the camera fades in and out for most of them to be asleep, save Bowser, who’s waited for Anne to fall asleep. . .He goes over to her for Popinski to spring out of bed nearly instantly, towering over him and blocking Bowser’s path. “You plan on doing something to the woman, little turtle man?”. Bowser growls lowly. “Dammit. Made me waste all that time I could’ve been sleeping for nothing. . .”. Bowser goes back to his bed for Silver to whisper over from his. “Heh heh, y’know I saw that. Y’know I’m gonna tell on you, dontcha?”. Bowser chuckles subtly. “Just like they believed your story over mine last time, right?”. Silver looks rather disheartened at this. . .Bowser chuckles. “That stupid plan of yours failed to boot. I still had my fill, and there’s no way the others will vote me off after I won the challenge. Sweet dreams, pal. See you in hell.”. Silver looks exceptionally worried as Bowser goes back to sleep. . .

***

The second group gets booted out of the portal back at where they started in the middle of the night. Shadow Beasts near instantly lurch out at them in pretty large quantities. They make quick work of them, though Raven still looks rather frustrated, glaring at Macho Man. “So you go off and nearly get yourself killed, get to eat all you want, then you lose the challenge and force us to rot out here all night. Are you proud of yourself?”. Macho Man hastily puts up his gloves. “Calm down, will ya? You were the one who wanted me to eat anyway. . .”. Raven shakes off Hades’ arm in annoyance. “Whatever. . .But we probably aren’t gonna get any sleep tonight thanks to your tremendous success.”. Hades come over to Raven and throws an arm around her. “Relax, babe. We undead don’t need any sleep. We’ll protect you while you snooze.”. Richard nods eagerly in agreement. “Yes, yes! We’ll kill the beasts of twilight all night long!”. Negative Man inches over towards the fire to make himself more visible. “It doesn’t matter. . .They’ll kill us all anyway. . .”.

***

Level 12
Play as: Ryuk, Hades, Richard, Raven, Dingodile, Roy Mustang, Super Macho Man, Negative Man

An exceptionally difficult level, as one would expect from you being given all eight of your stocks. You have to survive a good 10 minutes, and the darkness mechanic from the final level of the first group returns, there just being a small circle of light around your character. Thankfully there’s a large fire in the center of the stage that gives 10X Kirby’s size worth of light and it also deals 10% and average knockback to anyone that touches it. The fire moves of Dingodile, Ryuk, Richard and Mustang also help light things up like Morton’s fireballs, and with 90% of Mustang’s moveset being fired based the darkness is hardly a problem for him. What’s more of an issue is that every 8-12 seconds you’ll randomly fall asleep as if hit by sing if you’re not playing an undead character. Stay away from the boundaries, you never know when you’ll become vulnerable to a hit. This also keeps you nice and close to the fire where it’s easy to see.

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  1. *finished reading, exhausted*

    THAT

    WAS

    EPIC!

    Oh my God, I knew you had always expressed interest in a full-fledged story built around my Collisem chapter in Playing God, but I didn’t expect it to be this massive or this epic! Like, at times it almost felt more like a fan fiction with random gameplay scenes than a game, but whatever, the story was written well enough to keep me interested.

    The character choices helped tremendously in this. The limited roster means we got more screen time for the characters, and they were all portrayed extremley well. Many lulz at Popinski maving Russia Jokes, and Richard was just as comedic as his LFG role. The actual teams also were chosen wisely, such as the 3 death-lords together.

    While the cut-scenes did drag on occasionally like a Metal Gear Solid game, the gameplay parts were still enjoyable. They were nice twists on Brawl gameplays without feeling forced, and the eating onctest at the end was lulzy. And yeah, I did figure out who the boss will most likely be. Hopefully there will be more than Zelda bosses though…

    So overall, pure awesomesauce. You actually distraced me from my secret set, which considering how I’m actually loving workong on it, is quite an accomplishment.

    I voted for nobody since there’s option to vote-off Zant (smirk2)

  2. What about Lucario? (CRY2#)

    That was really cool though 😀

  3. Why isn’t this in a blog again? It’s a story mode…

    Otherwise, good job. I hope it gets finished.

  4. Oh man, I couldn’t make it through all that in one sitting. What I saw, I liked, although some of the dialogue is a bit iffy at times.

    That said, characters are as spot on as they typically are from you and the levels are quite creative. Glad to see SMs making a brief resurgence, although I agree that you should probably just stick it in a blog.

  5. *finished reading, exhausted*

    THAT

    WAS

    EPIC!

    Oh my God, I knew you had always expressed interest in a full-fledged story built around my Collisem chapter in Playing God, but I didn’t expect it to be this massive or this epic! Like, at times it almost felt more like a fan fiction with random gameplay scenes than a game, but whatever, the story was written well enough to keep me interested.

    I was surprised this managed to became so lengthy considering how quickly I managed to pump it out. Same time frame as Bear Hugger. This could pretty easily be a fan fiction, though considering some of the writing style/dialogue problems it’d probably get torn apart pretty fast, much less for anybody who didn’t understand the character choices.

    The character choices helped tremendously in this. The limited roster means we got more screen time for the characters, and they were all portrayed extremley well. Many lulz at Popinski maving Russia Jokes, and Richard was just as comedic as his LFG role. The actual teams also were chosen wisely, such as the 3 death-lords together.

    The character choices are the primary thing making this so possible. I had to pick them very carefully – Wouldn’t want to have to write around some of the characters for an entire SM, now would I? Richard and Popinski also became some of my favorites, along with Ryuk, Vaati, and Bowser.

    While the cut-scenes did drag on occasionally like a Metal Gear Solid game, the gameplay parts were still enjoyable. They were nice twists on Brawl gameplays without feeling forced, and the eating onctest at the end was lulzy. And yeah, I did figure out who the boss will most likely be. Hopefully there will be more than Zelda bosses though…

    That’s what you’ve gotta do to accurately represent all the characters, or else you end up with something awkward and botched like the intro. Hence why I split the characters up so much. As I told you in the chat, the areas will change every 3 days, and they won’t all be Zelda.

    So overall, pure awesomesauce. You actually distraced me from my secret set, which considering how I’m actually loving workong on it, is quite an accomplishment.

    (Y)

    I voted for nobody since there’s option to vote-off Zant (smirk2)

    I vote Morton for now until I can do something better with him. He just has so little personality and he probably gets the least screen time of anyone because of it. I’ll have to work on improving him in the next day. Aside from him. . .I don’t really wanna lose anybody. Also hoping on improving Lemmy considering Bowser also ate up most of his screen time, as well as making Dingodile show some more legitimate personality. . .Why are 2/3 my characters the ones I need to work on again?

    What about Lucario? (CRY2#)

    That was really cool though 😀

    I could’ve managed to get Lucario in quite pretty easy, but Silver insisted he was generic. . .Blame him. He ate all the White Wolfos.

    Why isn’t this in a blog again? It’s a story mode…

    Otherwise, good job. I hope it gets finished.

    Glad ya like it. 16 X 3 means 48 days, but considering how much more I enjoyed writing this then a traditional SM and how quickly I got it out I have high hopes for this.

    As for why it’s not on a blog. . .I managed to get Rool to comment on it. KingK.Rool. How else do you accomplish something like that? The Stadium is the best place for this to get noticed, and I’d rather not have this get torn to shreds by outsiders on user blogs. If you want me to make my own blog. . .Well. . .Remember Sins of Alchemy? If Rool wants I can just keep this all on one page so the numerous chapters/days don’t push too much stuff out.

    Oh man, I couldn’t make it through all that in one sitting. What I saw, I liked, although some of the dialogue is a bit iffy at times.

    Again, surprised how long it got, but this really writes itself for me, so. . .*Shrug*. I’d be curious to compare it to one of my traditional SM chapters to compare. Dialogue can indeed be somewhat awkward and is far from perfect, but I’m relatively satisfied with it outside how little sense Zant’s motives make (Though there’s little other choice for a SM like this).

    That said, characters are as spot on as they typically are from you and the levels are quite creative. Glad to see SMs making a brief resurgence, although I agree that you should probably just stick it in a blog.

    (Y)

  6. Nice work on this. I can’t say that it was perfect, as the cutscenes dragged out a lot at times and weren’t always interesting, but I actually still managed to enjoy the story work here, especially considering plot and boss fights tend to be the most interesting part of these things for me anyway. The levels were creative, and you took advantage of each characters unique traits here. In particular, the concepts of sliding with Macho Man’s dash attack and taking pictures of the enemy attacks with Anne seemed awesome to me.

    That said, I have a few nitpicks. First of all, while I like how the characters are being developed here, Zant himself, as has been pointed out, is incredibly shallow as a villain. Is he really doing this all for his own amusement. I mean, insane villains are cool in all, but… if he was meant to be a crazy villain he didn’t sound all that insane. Also, as I’ve stated my other main reason for reading these things is… boss fights. And there were none here. That didn’t kill it for me, but a large encounter for once would be awesome.

    All in all, awesome stuff Warlord. Just don’t abandon this like you last 3 Story Modes.

  7. Nice work on this. I can’t say that it was perfect, as the cutscenes dragged out a lot at times and weren’t always interesting, but I actually still managed to enjoy the story work here, especially considering plot and boss fights tend to be the most interesting part of these things for me anyway. The levels were creative, and you took advantage of each characters unique traits here. In particular, the concepts of sliding with Macho Man’s dash attack and taking pictures of the enemy attacks with Anne seemed awesome to me.

    Creative levels are a definite must for me, or else it feels something’s missing. I just hope I don’t have to rely on too many tacked on mechanics like the level where you get wood with Morton and Popinski to make it work, and I’m also worried about running out of mechanics to exploit on the characters seeing I’m using the same 16 for the whole thing. We’ll see how it goes.

    There’ll be bosses in the next day, don’t worry. Just don’t expect me to pile them on in ridiculous quantities. They should be present in decent quantities, but there’ll probably be a few without them seeing how I write this up on the spot. As for cutscenes dragging out. . .I can’t promise there’ll be less of that, though that’s somewhat the fault of some of the characters being less interesting then others.

    That said, I have a few nitpicks. First of all, while I like how the characters are being developed here, Zant himself, as has been pointed out, is incredibly shallow as a villain. Is he really doing this all for his own amusement. I mean, insane villains are cool in all, but… if he was meant to be a crazy villain he didn’t sound all that insane. Also, as I’ve stated my other main reason for reading these things is… boss fights. And there were none here. That didn’t kill it for me, but a large encounter for once would be awesome.

    Absolutely agree with you on Zant. I knew that the main villian wouldn’t have much motive to force them to do something like this, though considering how much he’s off camera I don’t really care. He’s not the focus. It’s more about the conflict between the characters then them teaming up against Zant. Consider Zant somewhat of a self insert for the viewer.

    All in all, awesome stuff Warlord. Just don’t abandon this like you last 3 Story Modes.

    Glad ya liked it! Hopefully this one won’t get dropped if only for how much easier and more fun it is to write for this then my other SMs. Forcing myself to work on those felt like a chore whille I can’t wait to get back to writing on this one.

  8. That was very, very enjoyable. I lavished over all the character interactions and the story is interesting. Hades’ “ooh, conflict” line of dialogue was particularly memorable, as was pretty much everything Richard said. And even then, pretty much every other character is intriguing and unique.

    Certainly, though, there are some problems. Anne and the Koopa kids are kinda pointless – Anne’s just a typical ‘broad’ archetype. Mustang seems to just be there because you like FMA. I also don’t envy you for keeping up with who knows who’s name, but you did keep it up well in this chapter.

    I greatly look forward to more.

  9. Is this the reason why the thread’s dead? Though I’ve read it and I really like it a lot. There’s a lot of character interaction and the levels are purely designed for specific characters.

    Every competitor is in character (That’s the most important thing, isn’t it?), and even some of those whom I’d consider without personality are fun. Anne has a interesting personality to mix in with the others, and it even matches her face expression of the character image.

    The story is a gem for it’s interactions, though I slightly question wether it is in character for Raven to use the word “bastard”. I know that you’re allowed to use swear words in this SM, and it makes it so much better, but Raven doesn’t really have a foul mouth in Teen Titans compared to the other characters in the show. But it’s just a tiny nitpick. Raven does seem only the slightset in OOC when she has that bit of emotion in her voice, as she doesn’t really have any. Dingodile using his crystals in a cutscene seems a bit weird, but I don’t think I really need to give a crap about it. Doesn’t really matter.

    I must say that the eating contest at the end of the first day was a stroke of genius, and it kept to the theme shown in the first day. I await the other interactions that the characters may have other than eating that would occur in the normal life of a human being.

    There’s a few spelling mistakes, but nobody cares about those unless it makes the lines hard to understand. The idea of posting the SM on the workshop means that more MYMers are aware of it’s existence. Seems kind of a letdown that since you’ve made you’re character choices, you can’t add any more characters into the SM later on by what it seems, but when other characters die, perhaps other characters will have deeper interactions to make up for it. Overall, the story was handled extremely well, a job well done for the First Day. Epic piece of work.

  10. … Why did Chief Mendez comment?

  11. S’not Mendez. Not sure who it is – might be our ghost MYMer, or just Khold causing trouble again.

  12. Holy fuck, man. Warlord’s doing a Survivor SM? (clap). I enjoyed the chapter immensely, and hope that it won’t get tossed aside like the previous three. The low quantity of characters should ensure that we see this one finished. Can’t wait for more, rooting for Bowser and Hades, of course (h). BTW, have you watched any of Survivor or just know the basic rules?

  13. In a certain area of a city somewhere in Western Philadelphia is an area of flat concrete, the kind of place used as a basketball court or similar, near to a school building. If you wait in this area on the 10th September, you will eventually be approached by two youths with an aggressive demeanor about them. The youths will challenge you to a fight, which you must accept. Following the brawl, return to your home. It is important that you tell your mother of this incident. She will become perturbed by your tale, and order you to leave for an area of Los Angeles. You will be compelled to obey her. At the nearest taxi rank, whistle for a cab and one will approach. You may see that its license plate reads “FRESH”, and there will be novelty dice dangling from the rear-view mirror. Do not be disturbed by the odor of the cab’s interior, and speak only the words “Yo home, to Bel Air” to the driver. When you arrive in Los Angeles, which should be around the hours of over 9000:00 or 8:00 PM, you must speak again to the driver, this time saying “Yo home, smell ya’ later”. DO NOT LOOK BACK AS THE TAXI LEAVES. You will be dropped off at the entrance to a large mansion. Approach the door and knock three times. If you follow these instructions exactly, you will be allowed to claim your place as the Prince of this area of Los Angeles, known only as “Bel-Air”. You will be led to a room with an enormous throne, encrusted with the largest diamonds and fashioned from the purest of gold. This throne is object 539 of 538. Sit on it, and ponder what to do next.

  14. (CLAP) #applausesmall


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