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  2. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    [Slash Webcrawler]
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    Attack Black RatC
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    TheLastStar Maker Location: Sparkbomb Mansion, General Forum [Shortening your speech here a bit for brevity's sake, but rest assured it was given in its entirety.] "You don't think there was a hacker?" Star said, and a few voices quieted at the newcomer. One of the cameras turned to her quickly, as most of the others were still seated. She continued. "By the time you managed to log in, the Script Kiddie had already been taken care of, weren't they? As well as some forty-odd mix of Spambots and Webcrawlers the first of us took down before that, not to mention the countless numbers of the same that Shattered Rift himself fought with hand-to-hand to clear out these walls enough to make our community's full return manageable." Her audience was quiet now, and both cameras had turned to her as she went on. "But many hands make light work," she finished. "And we're Sparkbomb. Not even some dumb old hacker can take that away from us." She crossed her arms over her chest and drew silent, looking out across her audience. [TheLastStarMaker has earned respect with the Pro-Shattered Rift Faction. TheLastStarMaker has lost respect from the Anti-Shattered Rift Faction.] "Ye speak as one who was here first, lass," Odin said, rising from his seat. A patch covered his left eye, but his right was a piercing blue with flecks of gold. "When I logged back in, and so far as I know I was the first, the world was dark and brimming with webcrawlers. I assume a hacker was responsible, but Veritas speaks true: there's no evidence o' the source of the darkness or its abrupt end." Odin's lone eye twinkled for a moment. "Ye mention spambots and a Script Kiddie?" He reached into his jacket and withdrew a motor, holding it up for all to see. Though he could hold it in one hand, it was too large to fit inside a webcrawler. "I found this when I cleared the parlor, before the others joined. It was dropped by no webcrawler." It was, however, about the right size for a bot. "Tell us more of yer story, lass. I just have one request: join me in the Arena for a match." Both cameras were on Star. She could name her companions or keep their identities secret. She could talk about her encounter with the Script Kiddie in the Irregular Tower or keep it to herself. And she could talk about the world of darkness she experienced or keep that bit to herself. Whatever she chose to reveal, she quickly discerned Odin's reason for requesting a battle. Her battle prowess would prove that she had already been fighting, as might her Foam Bat. Even her lone Snowball would do the trick, if she was willing to part with it to prove a point. The only catch was that she couldn't use her werewolf skills. [If you accept Odin's offer of combat: Odin approaches (and I'll use the beginning of next update to move you to the Arena). Note that there are two decisions to make here: one is what you choose to say in front of the cameras, and the second is your response to Odin's challenge. XP gain and Death consequences will be foregone in this battle, although victory will have its own benefit. Command? TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 36/36 Energy 11/11 Charges 1/1] Ward Location: Sparkbomb Mansion, Random Chat Cafe [Reposting last update for convenience...] Only a handful of members were gathered in the cafe. When Ward took a seat at the bar and pulled up the digital menu on the counter, he understood why. Drinks were limited to water, and foods were a combination of plain rice, flavorless biscuits, pancakes, noodles with no seasoning, and a variety of eggs. It was a scant selection. [Admittedly, my culinary knowledge is limited. Most foods made from flour, rice, or eggs are available. Foods requiring most ingredients are noticeably absent, namely fruits, vegetables, and any form of sweetener or seasoning.] "What'll it be?" Benedict asked from behind the counter, towel and glass in hand. His tone was cheerful, and his blue eyes had a light sparkle in them, but his mood was also somber. "The menu got hit by the hack too?" Ward said. It was starting to become a clear pattern wherever he went. "Oh yeah," Benedict said. "I took a walk around the grounds this morning as soon as there was enough sunlight to see by. The crops are gone. All of them. Farmers market is dead too, I'd imagine. And unless someone wants to risk traveling outside the walls to look for some fresh produce and seeds, it'll be a while before the menu expands." [New Quest! Quest - A Virtual World Full of Food and Nothing to Eat (Forest) Primary Objective: Acquire Fresh Produce and Seeds -Option: Acquire Potatoes -Option: Acquire Beans -Option: Acquire Fruits -Option: Acquire Vegetables Reward: Spark Coins Again, this is an area I'm less knowledgeable about, so if there are particular foods/ingredients that people would want to exist in S:MS, speak up and say so and this Quest can be adjusted/expanded. Most of the foods/seeds will be one-shot items for this Quest. Note: Like the revealed stores, this Quest is available to everyone. Exploring other areas of the Mansion may reveal additional objectives.] Food wasn't exactly necessary. Good food tasted fantastic, but no one needed to eat to survive. Ward considered his next move. [You are in the Sparkbomb Mansion. Command? Ward: Sparks 27/27 Energy 7/7] Team RIBT Location: Jubilation Cave iko moves behind Trajectory. Microbat dive bombs Rexozord. 9 damage. iko attacks Microbat. 11 damage. Rexozord attacks Black Rat. 11 damage. Black Rat attacks Rexozord. 5 damage. Trajectory attacks Microbat. 7 damage. Blacjak attacks Black Rat. 11 damage. Deleted! Auto-Battle! Rexozord attacks Microbat. 5 damage. Trajectory attacks Microbat. 7 damage. Deleted! Victory! All battlers receive 5 XP! Treasure! Blacjak obtains Black Rat Trophy. [Trophies may be displayed in your personal quarters and do not take up space in your inventory.] Traveling South... The microbat had hit Rex hard. He would need to watch out for them in the future. They continued south, and the steady thwok was abruptly replaced by shouts. The group hurried to the next intersection to find that two miners to the east were under attack by a pack of black rats. Black RatB attacks MinerA. 8 damage. Black RatA attacks MinerB. Miss! Black RatC chitters. MinerB attacks Black RatD. 7 damage. Black RatD attacks MinerA. 8 damage. MinerA attacks Black RatD. 10 damage. Black RatE attacks MinerB. 7 damage. "Please, help us!" MinerB shouted. Three of the black rats turned to face the group, and a webcrawler scurried out from between the rocks to join them. The enemies probably wouldn't follow them if they turned back and left, but leaving would mean abandoning the two miners. [Black RatABC, Webcrawler approach. Command? Party 1: Rexozord: Sparks 28/42 Energy 8/10 Charges 1/1, Blacjak: Sparks 32/32 Energy 9/11 Charges 1/1 Party 2: Trajectory: Sparks 33/33 Energy 10/10 Charges 1/1, iko: Sparks 25/36 Energy 10/10 Charges 1/1]
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    Provisional, Traj will attack microbat
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    Awaiting commands from: Trajectory and Ward.
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    Attack Black Rat. Continue toward the noises after the combat.
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    Star may have found herself somewhat ambivalent towards Shattered Rift in general, but there was a certain irritated clench to her stomach to hear untruths being tossed around. "You don't think there was a hacker?" Star with a calm, cold sort of articulateness intended to demand the attention of the others in the room--especially she hoped those that were recording the debate--as she glared at Veritas, knowing full-well that she was going to have to tread carefully. She scoffed. "No. Of course you don't. Naturally, you didn't see the sky beyond the Front Gate lighting up with the tell-tale signs of a hacking, the zeroes and ones disrupting the view, did you? Because by the time you managed to log in, the Script Kiddie had already been taken care of, weren't they? As well as some forty-odd mix of Spambots and Webcrawlers the first of us--" She gave a pointed look meant to convey that she knew exactly who those "first" had actually been and it wasn't a single other person in the room. "--took down before that, not to mention the countless numbers of the same that Shattered Rift himself fought with hand-to-hand to clear out these walls enough to make our community's full return manageable." She lifted her nose a little higher in the air as she looked out across the room. "But he didn't leave us with anything we couldn't handle ourselves, did he? And we did handle it. We've reclaimed what's left of ours, which could have been a lot less if not for the admin's quick reaction--after all, the Mansion is still standing, isn't it?--and to my knowledge without a single permanently lost causality to our name. Because we are that #### good." She declared with a bit of a smirk aimed at every single individual in the room, and the ones beyond the room throughout the Mansion as a whole. Everyone who had fought within that last day or so. "And our efforts on that front have left Shattered Rift free to work with our best interests in mind, as he always has. This wasn't some flight-by-night hacking." Star's expression grew darker for a moment. "But we're back." She nodded with a bit of finality, face growing more resilient. "All in one piece. Arms and legs and all. And perfectly capable of rebuilding." She glanced around at those seated, thinking of the general air of despondency that she had been wading through ever since she left her room that morning. "That is, if we'll stop moping around and get off our ##### and do something about it. Or don't." She shrugged, "I don't really care. But then you'd better not come crying to me for socks once my collection is up and running again." She grinned and wriggled her toes, plainly fitted at the moment, but her thoughts were whirling around the photo Rift had left her, one she was pretty sure she had never seen before. "There's so much to do." She said at the last, freely admitting they had a lot of work ahead of them, "But many hands make light work. And we're Sparkbomb. Not even some dumb old hacker can take that away from us." She crossed her arms over her chest and drew silent, looking out across her audience to gauge their reactions with her head slightly raised, this time not with disdain. This time with pride.
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    Oh, forgot. In that case, my command is: Switch position with Trajectory Attack Microbat
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    You'll learn Spark Heal once you reach Level 4. You're currently Level 3.
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    No, the command is to use Spark Heal. I'll use that description now to avoid confusion.
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    Is this a command to use iko's Fused Spark Mini? If so, I'll mention that it can be used for pre-battle healing (in between fights) and an additional command can be used during this battle. I will also remind you that it's likely to be upgraded within the next few updates.
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    Attack Black Rat>Microbat
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    Spark Heal iko
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    TheLastStar Maker Location: Sparkbomb Mansion, General Forum As Star passed through the General Lounge, something made her pause. Its simple layout with couches was normal, one of the few things almost unchanged by the hacking. The members seated, many with an ear towards the debate in the Forum, were as despondent as others Star had seen in the Mansion. Listening, it slowly dawned on her that it was the lack of music that was wrong. Normally one or more members would have a guitar or other instrument and be filling the room with music. Perhaps that was something worth looking into? Some two dozen members had gathered inside the General Forum, most having taken seats along the walls. Two had cameras out, likely recording the debate for anyone who missed it. A phoenix stood beside the door, watching as two members, Curtana and Veritas, faced off at the center. "Shattered Rift has always delivered on his promise of safety within these walls," Curtana said, his square jaw set firmly in place. "Safety for what?" Veritas said. Her piercing eyes did not leave Curtana's. "Our lives were placed in danger, and our property is gone!" Murmurs of agreement rippled through the crowd. "Both the phoenixes and Shattered Rift failed us!" "Shattered Rift prevented a greater loss," Curtana said. "Who knows what the hacker would have done if he hadn't been stopped?" "Where was Shattered Rift when the first of us to return faced a swarm of webcrawlers?" Veritas demanded. "Where was Shattered Rift when we were alone in the dark? Where were the phoenixes that police us in the name of our safety?" The phoenix beside the door remained impassive. "Where is Shattered Rift now, when no official statement has been made and news of this hacking spreads by word of mouth?" "Shattered Rift is doing his duties as admin to ensure our safety," Curtana said. "Yet we know nothing of what that is," Veritas said, her gaze breaking from Curtana and meeting those in the audience. "We do know that we were the ones fighting back against webcrawlers, reclaiming each inch of the Mansion. And We know that our belongings, every gift ever given or received, every accomplishment, every meaningful proof of our history, is gone." "Hackers have done damage in the past," Curtana said dismissively. "This is nothing new." "We don't even know that there was a hacker," Veritas said. With the truth spoken aloud, uproar quickly ensued. [You may join the debate in support of Shattered Rift or against, or you may say nothing. You are in the Sparkbomb Mansion. Command? TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 36/36 Energy 11/11 Charges 1/1] Ward Location: Sparkbomb Mansion, Random Chat Cafe Only a handful of members were gathered in the cafe. When Ward took a seat at the bar and pulled up the digital menu on the counter, he understood why. Drinks were limited to water, and foods were a combination of plain rice, flavorless biscuits, pancakes, noodles with no seasoning, and a variety of eggs. It was a scant selection. [Admittedly, my culinary knowledge is limited. Most foods made from flour, rice, or eggs are available. Foods requiring most ingredients are noticeably absent, namely fruits, vegetables, and any form of sweetener or seasoning.] "What'll it be?" Benedict asked from behind the counter, towel and glass in hand. His tone was cheerful, and his blue eyes had a light sparkle in them, but his mood was also somber. "The menu got hit by the hack too?" Ward said. It was starting to become a clear pattern wherever he went. "Oh yeah," Benedict said. "I took a walk around the grounds this morning as soon as there was enough sunlight to see by. The crops are gone. All of them. Farmers market is dead too, I'd imagine. And unless someone wants to risk traveling outside the walls to look for some fresh produce and seeds, it'll be a while before the menu expands." [New Quest! Quest - A Virtual World Full of Food and Nothing to Eat (Forest) Primary Objective: Acquire Fresh Produce and Seeds -Option: Acquire Potatoes -Option: Acquire Beans -Option: Acquire Fruits -Option: Acquire Vegetables Reward: Spark Coins Again, this is an area I'm less knowledgeable about, so if there are particular foods/ingredients that people would want to exist in S:MS, speak up and say so and this Quest can be adjusted/expanded. Most of the foods/seeds will be one-shot items for this Quest. Note: Like the revealed stores, this Quest is available to everyone. Exploring other areas of the Mansion may reveal additional objectives.] Food wasn't exactly necessary. Good food tasted fantastic, but no one needed to eat to survive. Ward considered his next move. [You are in the Sparkbomb Mansion. Command? Ward: Sparks 27/27 Energy 7/7] Team RIBT Location: Jubilation Cave [Also, Ripcords can only be used outside of battle.] iko attacks Webcrawler. 18 damage. Deleted! Black RatB attacks iko. 6 damage. Trajectory slashes Webcrawler to show off. Rexozord shoots Black RatA. 11 damage. Black RatA attacks iko. 5 damage. Blacjak shoots Black RatA. 12 damage. Deleted! Auto-Battle! iko attacks Black RatB. 10 damage. Rexozord attacks Black RatB. 10 damage. Deleted! Victory! All battlers gain 5 XP! Traveling West... Blacjak enjoyed the feel of of a pistol in his hands, but shooting an enemy was different from the personal combat he was accustomed to. All four members of the group eyed each other for a long moment. There was no law forbidding the revelation of usergroups outside of the Mansion's walls. They could speak about it here, if they chose to. Or they could quietly continue, accepting each others' help without commenting on what would be taboo once their excursion was finished. Whichever choice they made, there was a clear but as yet unspoken agreement that survival came first. They followed the tunnel to the west, some faint sound reaching their ears and growing slowly louder. A steady thwok, thwok could now be distinguished, although its source was still some distance away. When they reached the next intersection, another black rat scurried along the ground. Overhead, a small bat left its perch on the ceiling to engage them. [Microbat, Black Rat approach. Command? When the battle concludes, paths lie open to the North, East, and South. (You came from the East.) You can hear noises coming from the South. Party 1: Rexozord: Sparks 42/42 Energy 8/10 Charges 1/1, Blacjak: Sparks 32/32 Energy 9/11 Charges 1/1 Party 2: iko: Sparks 25/36 Energy 10/10 Charges 1/1, Trajectory: Sparks 33/33 Energy 10/10 Charges 1/1]
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    iko: "sure"
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    I'm fine with that.
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    After the fight, I would prefer to investigate the noises and go West. What do you guys think?
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    Attack webcrawler.
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    [Slash Webcrawler]
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    Use Skill- Shoot: Black Rat A
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    Shoot Black Rat A.
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    Move to Random Chat Cafe.
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    As Star contemplated the circumstances that they'd all suddenly been reduced to and decided where she wanted to head next, she pulled up her console as the notifications pinged for her attention to search her PMs and see if Traj had responded as of yet. One from iko, then one from Traj to iko, CC'd to her. She made a face. She had hoped Traj would want to go to the Forest, but it seemed like he had other plans and she had no desire or reason to go to this 'Jubliation Caves' place, despite iko's tantalizing offer of fresh 'loot.' Releasing a sigh, she waved away the console and quietly set off on her own towards the next set of forums... Command: Explore General Forum and Lounge
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    Fused Spark Minis are likely to receive an upgrade to a flat rate of healing in the near future. I'm still determining what that number will be, but at a minimum it will be 20. You can also expect their price to go up when that change occurs. TheLastStar Maker Location: Sparkbomb Mansion, Games Forum At first, Star wondered if she had walked into the wrong forum. A group of seven was gathered around a table, all wearing cheap cosplay. Upon closer inspection, Star noticed they were sharing a lone D20. "Not so much as a single board game, but that lone die survived the hack," Senet said, smiling kindly up to Star. He was sitting on the floor, only half watching the role players that had taken up residence in his forum. In addition to the seven seated, a few others had gathered around the table to watch. "No board games?" Star said. "Not until someone gets the materials to make one," Senet said. "There are still a couple people in the Dev Lounge and Garage that know how to make a table for pool or air hockey. I'm not very good at hacking, but I'd try my hand if it meant so much as a game of checkers." "Let me guess, you need Lumber?" Star said. "You guessed it," Senet said. "But everyone's afraid to go out in the woods." He grunted a laugh and shook his head softly at the group around the table. "Go figure Deemer—" He was the one running the game. "—had the last die left in existence, and he capped his group at six players." Now that Star thought about it, the onlookers did seem disappointed not to be playing. [Update! Into the Woods, Part 1 (Forest) Primary Objective: Acquire Lumber Optional: Deliver Lumber to the Mafia Community -Reward: Mafia Set available for sale, Mafia mini-game unlocked New! Optional: Deliver Lumber to the Gaming Community -Reward: Spark Coins] That made two groups Star knew of that needed Lumber. Was it really so dangerous outside of the Mansion's walls that people feared to go outside? [You are in the Sparkbomb Mansion. Command? TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 36/36 Energy 11/11 Charges 1/1]
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    Star's original command stands as it is.
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