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>In the year 20XX...

"Project Zero has been initiated. Zero, report to the command terminal for debriefing."

Those are the first words you hear as you awaken. Your birthplace is a metallic tube in a dust-covered research laboratory. Only a select few concepts are present in your mind: how to fight, how to kill, the schematics of your design, and your absolute and resolute allegiance to your father, Dr. Albert Wily.

You step out of the tube and walk to the computer terminal across from the tube's open face, then press a large red button labeled "ACTIVATE". A voice comes out of speakers laid out throughout the lab room you're standing in.

"User identified: Zero."

"So, that's my name. Zero." You think to yourself.

"Special report: Zero activation protocol. Message loading. Please wait." A spinning circle appears on the screen in front of you before a black box fills the screen. At it's center, an old man with wild hair flowing in different direction. You recognize him immediately as your father, and then you hear his voice.

"Zero, if you are hearing this, then a horrible thing has happened. I, Dr. Albert Wily, the greatest scientific genius of all time, have died at the hands of the horrific Dr. Light and his malevolent robotic menace of a son, Megaman. A microchip was installed into my brain which was set to send an activation signal to your holding container in the event of my death. Your purpose, as my greatest invention, is to avenge my death and activate my final project hidden in the secret base of the nefarious Dr. Thomas Light. You must destroy the eight monsters who have stolen sensitive data on this project: Megaman, Roll, Protoman, Rush, Bass, Treble, Dr. Light himself, and his newest creation: a deadly creature known only as X who is hidden with him inside of his secret base. The former 6 each have fragments of map data which will lead you to Dr. Light and X encrypted in their memory drives. Zero, you are the pinnacle of robotic design and combat ability. My legacy is in your hands, my son. Do not fail me."

Rage washes over you. Father? Dead? Those damnable beasts will pay for what they've done!

>STAGE SELECT
>Megaman
>Roll
>Protoman
>Rush
>Bass
>Treble
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RULES:
>A minimum of 3 votes within 15 minutes for each selection is required.
>If 15 minutes passes without 3 votes for a selection, the selection with the most votes wins.
>If no votes occur, additional time is allotted until the first vote after 15 minutes.
>If a selection reaches 6 votes before 15 minutes is up, it is automatically selected.
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>>4846781
>Megaman
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>STAGE SELECTED: MEGAMAN

"Computer," you call out, anger in your voice. "Where is Megaman!?"

"Calculating... Calculating... Calibrating network... location confirmed. Megaman is located 13 miles East by 2 miles South from your current location. Updating your information database. Would you like to teleport to the nearest beam in location?"

A tracking system uploads into your vision, showing you your current position relative to Megaman's, down to the centimeter. With this, it'll be easy for you to track him from the beam in location.

"Computer, activate beam in."

"Confirmed. To return to this location, activate escape protocol. Good luck, Zero."

A bright light surrounds you, obscuring your vision. When it clears, you find yourself in the middle of a populated city. The tracking program in your head shows Megaman to be less than a half mile away -- deeper into the city. Suddenly, you hear a woman's scream.

"A Wily bot!" You hear her cry out. "Help! Help!"

As she screams out, a siren sounds in the city. Drones with red and blue lights on each side seem to come from every street corner.

"So, this is how they thank my father for his advances in the realm of robotics?" You think to yourself as the police drones come nearer to you. Over the siren, you hear an alert message blaring. It repeats every 10 seconds: "Proceed to your nearest safety shelter. This is not a drill."

Six police drones come nearer to you as people all around panic and run about in every direction.

>Shoot the police drones down with your Z-buster.
>Draw your Z-saber and slice through the police drones.
>Start attacking humans, ignoring the police drones.
>Try to disappear into the crowd in the excitement and find Megaman without fighting anyone.
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>>4846853
>Shoot the police drones down with your Z-buster
This'll create a large enough ruckus for Megaman to check out the disturbance.
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>>4846854
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>>4846879

You open fire with your Z-buster. The cheap police drones are slow to respond and quick to break apart. A single shot from your speedy Z-buster is enough to blow one to pieces.

"Taking fire! Requesting backup!" One yells out before blowing to bits. By the time they return fire, 4 of them had been blown apart, leaving nothing beyond fire and smoke in the air.

Two of the police drones opened fire on you, and one of them actually hit you.

"Ugh," you remark, a stinging sensation filling your gears. The damage was minimal, but obnoxious. "You think you can best me with these cheap plasma bolts? Pathetic." You return fire, destroying the remaining police drones.

By the time you've finished, the streets are nearly empty, save for a few nuts and bolts on the city streets. According to your location tracking software, Megaman is getting closer. He's nearly a quarter of a mile away, still. The police drones seem to have stopped their advance. Are they really trusting this so-called "Megaman" to take you down?

You have some time before Megaman gets to your location. You look around; there are storefronts nearby which have been abandoned, vehicles, and a newsdata stand.

>Raid a robotics store -- maybe there's something useful in there.
>Download today's news.
>Position some vehicles to fortify your position against incoming fire.
>Go to confront Megaman instead of staying in this spot.
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>>4846886
>Raid a robotics store -- maybe there's something useful in there.
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You go up to a storefront labeled "High Quality Robotics". The front door is locked, but it's not match for your Z-saber; with a slash, you remove the front door and enter the building. A security alarm rings, which annoys you, but a quick shot to the loudspeaker from your Z-buster shuts it up.

Many of the items in the store are too primitive to use. You spend a short while looking around while your internal scanners look for compatible devices. Eventually, you find one.

Sitting on a top shelf is a small glass dome with a metal base. Your scanners tell you that it's an energy containment unit called a "sub tank". Using it will repair you quickly if you're in danger. A few "energy tanks", older models, are near it -- but those aren't compatible with your hardware.

You grab it and hold it up to your chest armor. A small opening appears in your chassis which allows for the insertion of the sub tank. Looks like you have enough space in there to store 3 more of them, but it looks like they're rare technology. You'll have to keep an eye out for them.

By the time the installation is complete, your tracking software shows that Megaman is only about 200 yards away. You could go out and confront him... or you could blindside him as he walks by.

>Go outside and start firing your Z-buster at Megaman. Maybe you can snipe him.
>Draw your Z-saber and wait in the street to confront him face-to-face at close range.
>Lie in wait to stab him in the back when he walks by the store.
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>>4846914
>Lie in wait to stab him in the back when he walks by the store.
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>>4846923
You decide to sit back and wait for Megaman to put himself in danger. No sense in taking unnecessary damage, after all -- not that some piece of ancient tech could injure you. If he's anything like those police drones, he'll be easy pickings.

In less than a minute, you see him: the blue bomber. He's walking around with an arm-cannon out in front of him, paranoid. You can overhear him talking over some communication tech. He stops outside of the shop you're in to complete his conversation.

"I don't see a robot master anywhere around here, but he was definitely here. There's smashed up bits of police drones everywhere in these streets. But how could this happen? Didn't Bass blow up Dr. Wily's hovercar? ... No, I understand. You stay safe too, Roll. Megaman out."

That beast dared to speak your father's name without the reverence he is clearly due. Disgusting. As he walks past the door, you jump out at him and bring your Z-saber down to strike him from above...

... but he notices you just before you cleave him in half. He turns while jumping away from you, the Z-saber coming down and just scraping his shoulder, leaving wires exposed in his non-buster arm. You can see the pain in his face as he responds with a shot from his arm-cannon.

This one's way stronger than those police drones' pitiful plasma bolts. He's clearly overcharged the shot.

"Woah! What!? Who are you?" He yells out, holding the arm-cannon up to you and slowly moving backwards.

>Tell him who you are, then attack again with your Z-saber.
>Tell him who you are, then fire on him with your Z-buster.
>Slice him up. Say nothing.
>Seek cover and return fire. Say nothing.
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>>4846947
>ell him who you are, then fire on him with your Z-buster.
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>>4846947
>Slice him up. Say nothing.
Try to thrust your tip into the hole of the cannon
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>4846952
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>>4846955
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>>4846968
"My name is Zero," you say, deactivating your Z-saber and raising your Z-buster to aim him down. "The finest creation of the genius Dr. Albert Wily -- and the one who is going to kill you."

"But Wily is --" He begins to respond, again disrespecting your father's name. You don't let him finish. A series of shots meets Megaman's body. Clearly in pain, he lets another shot out of his arm-cannon. Not nearly as overcharged as the last, which failed to hit you, but this one makes contact. Your chassis has a scorch mark, but no penetration.

You stumble back but quickly recover; Megaman has dropped down into a slide, positioning himself behind an abandoned car.

"Come out and face me, coward!" You yell. He doesn't respond.

>Leap over the car and come down on him with your Z-saber.
>Wait for him to take a shot and fire on him with your Z-buster again.
>Get behind a car yourself to take cover from one of those overcharged shots.
>Fire on the car's engine.
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>>4846972
Current life count: 12 (Zero) - 10 (Megaman)
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>>4846972
>Get behind a car yourself to take cover from one of those overcharged shots.
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>>4846972
>>Fire on the car's engine.
Blow his ass up
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>>4847026
You run behind another abandoned car to take cover from an overcharged shot. What happens is something totally unexpected. You hear Megaman shout out:

"Guts mode, activate!"

And see the car Megaman was hiding behind flying through the air directly at the car you ran behind. In a split moment, you leap to the side; the two cars collide and bounce across the concrete. If you had stayed still, you would have been crushed. In the street, you see Megaman; but he looks different. His blue getup has turned yellow. Then Megaman shouts out:

"Metal mode, activate!" As his body turns red and circular saws come out of his shooting arm, which he swiftly throws at you. You dodge one and slice through the second with your Z-saber.

Megaman has a serious look on his face. Though you hate to admit it, you're fairly impressed by his versatility. He shouts out:

"Leaf mode, activate!" And his color scheme changes again; a swarm of leaves flies all around him.

>Commit to dodging
>Rain hell down on him with your Z-buster
>Charge in with your Z-saber
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>>4847038
>Charge in with your Z-saber

Close the distance so he can stop throwing fucking everything at us
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>>4847038
>Charge in with your Z-saber
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>>4847038
>Charge in with your Z-saber
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>>4847232
>>4847289

"Enough of this," You think to yourself, running forward with your Z-saber. Megaman puts his hand out in front of him; the leaves swirling around him rush forward at you.

You leap into the air over the storm of leaves, executing a butterfly kick. As you reach the apex of your jump, you hear Megaman yell out:

"Heat mode, activate!"

But Megaman is too late to prevent incoming damage. You stab him through the chest with your Z-saber. Sparks fly into the air and he grimaces; then he puts his arm-cannon up to your chest.

Flames shoot around your chestplate, and you have no choice but to move back. Your Z-saber is firmly stuck into Megaman's body, and he looks to be in rough condition.

"Bomb mode, activate!" He yells, his voice modulator glitching at several phonemes. A bomb appears in his now open hand.

>Rush in and pull the Z-saber out, dealing as much damage as possible in the process.
>Shoot the bomb in his hand.
>Fire on his open face with your Z-buster.
>Commit to dodging
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>>4847646
>Shoot the bomb in his hand.
2cool
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>>4847649

Megaman reaches up to throw the bomb he's holding. You take aim with your Z-saber and shoot it as he raises it up. A frightful look flashes across Megaman's face.

"No!" He yells. As the smoke clears, you see the result of the damage. Half of Megaman's helmet has been destroyed, and the arm holding the bomb is gone. Sparks are flying; you can see clearly that Megaman is nearly dead.

"Flash mode, activate!" He yells, terror in his voice. A purple color theme appears across his body. Then, you feel something strange.

Stars appear all around Megaman. You feel a glitch in your system. You can't move. Megaman starts limping toward the robotics store, High Quality Robotics. He must be trying to get to the energy tanks.

"Dr. L-L-Light," you hear him say, phonemes glitching out as he limps. "I'm sor-r-r-ry. This W-w-w-ily bot, Zero -- he's t-t-t-too much-uch-uch. If I'm n-n-not lucky here, I d-d-don't think-k-k-k I can m-m-m-make-ake-ake-ake it."

The purple color starts fading back to blue as he makes his way to the open doorway of High Quality Robotics.

Rolling 1d20. If above 10, you're able to break free of the Time Stopper.
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>4847681
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>>4847684
Your struggle is helpless. Megaman pulls the Z-saber from his chest and tosses it to the ground outside of High Quality Robotics, then limps into the store. You see him go in and activate all of the energy tanks on the shelves.

Then you hear him call out: "Air mode, activate!"

You're suddenly able to move. A fully refreshed Megaman, completely healed, stands in the doorway. His arm-cannon is pointed at you. A gust of wind blows toward you from the open cannon hole. The Z-saber flies through the air, narrowly missing you, and plants itself into the ground just behind you. You feel the wind pushing you back, but you're able to mostly stay in place; you can't advance forward, though.

>Shoot him down from afar
>Grab your Z-saber
>Use your sub tank to heal
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>>4847702
>Use your sub tank to heal
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>>4847717

You can see there's no reason to be cocky, and activate your sub tank. Energy fills your body and you feel yourself completely healed; the sub tank is far more powerful and efficient than the old technology energy tanks that Megaman used, and it only takes one to heal you.

"Crash mode, activate!" Megaman calls out. He aims his arm-cannon at you and you can see a blinking light appear in its center. It fires at you, and you sidestep it. Behind you, there is an explosion that sends the Z-saber skipping across the ground in front of you.

"Dr. Light," Megaman says, "I've healed up, but I'm running low on weapon power. I'm going to do everything I can to stop him here, but if I can't, put the base on lockdown. Megaman out!"

Megaman's color changes again as he yells out "Bounce mode, activate!" Before you can react, three large bouncing balls shoot from his arm-cannon and begin bouncing towards you in tall, wide arcs.

>Evade the bouncing balls and shoot from afar.
>Grab the Z-saber and dash under the bouncing balls to close the distance.
>Take cover behind rubble and shoot from cover.
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>>4847738
>Grab the Z-saber and dash under the bouncing balls to close the distance.
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>>4847738
>Grab the Z-saber and dash under the bouncing balls
>Shoot them from underneath to launch them even further for collateral damage
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>>4847773


You grab the Z-saber and duck under the bouncing balls, making your way closer to Megaman. He must be almost out of tricks, according to his last communication. As you make your way to him, you shoot the bouncing balls, which crash to and fro, destroying walls along the city streets before disappearing. One of them even bounces back and hits Megaman, sending him stumbling against a wall.

"Enker mode, activate!" You hear him cry out as you reach close to him. Raising the Z-saber, you take aim to cleave the blue bomber in half. Just before your blade makes contact with him, Megaman raises his hands.

An energy barrier appears between the two of you. The Z-saber bounces off of it, but that doesn't stop you. You keep slashing away at Megaman's new shield, which seems to be giving way. Before long, you have him up against a wall. The shield drops as Megaman yells out "Snake mode, activate!"

You land a slash across Megaman's chest with your Z-saber. Electricity floats through the air and wires are wide open for you to see. But as your blade goes through him, snakes shoot out of his arm cannon and he drops down, sliding between your legs to get behind you. The snakes bite down, attaching themselves to your limbs.

"Megabuster mode, activate!" You turn to see Megaman in his classic blue form, charging his arm-cannon which is pointed directly at you. You're close to him.

You see something strange in your field of vision. Some kind of graphical glitch. Maybe it's your visual processor?

>Reach into his chest and tear out his circuitry.
>Slash his neck.
>Evade the incoming blast.
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>>4847784
>Dash straight into him. If it's a projection, then you'll at least avoid the incoming blast. Otherwise, a tackle will stop him just the same.
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>>4847785

You dash straight into him. He seems taken aback. While he does fire his cannon, it misses you and blows a hole in the wall of High Quality Robotics.

Tackling him to the ground, you find yourself in a mounted position. He seems defenseless against you. You're larger and stronger than him, and despite his struggle, he can't get out.

Then, the snakes fall off of you. You finally get a good look at them. Some kind of robot-snake. You're about to bring your Z-saber down into him when...

>ERROR
>ERROR CODE SWR-000-06P
>DIAGNOSTIC MODE FAILURE

You fall forward, rolling off of Megaman. Those snakes must have uploaded some kind of virus into your software!

"Item activate!" Megaman yells. You see him standing up. He thrusts his hand forward, a floating platform appearing in front of him. He jumps up onto it and places more, continuing upwards until he's on top of High Quality Robotics. He aims his arm-cannon down at you, charging a shot.

>ERROR DIAGNOSED
>Z HEART ACTIVATED
>ANTIVIRUS SCAN COMPLETE

The snakes didn't damage you, but they did scramble your software. You stand, ready and able to get back into the action.

>Leap up the platforms after Megaman
>Climb the wall to get to him
>Shoot him from the ground
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>>4847812
>Shoot him from the ground
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>>4847812
>Shoot him from the ground
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>>4847819

You start firing in rapid succession from the ground. A barrage of shots land on Megaman who stands there, tanking hits, while his arm cannon charges. After half a dozen hits land on him, he leaps down the side of the building. That catches you off-guard.

Several of your shots fly right over him on his way down, and he lets loose a megabuster fire. It's a huge blast, about the size of Megaman himself. You try to evade it, but get caught up in the blast as it touches down on the ground in front of you. It sends you soaring through the air, and while you land on your feet, you can feel some busted circuitry inside of you. It'll have to be repaired back home once you're done with this fight.

"You're pretty tough, Zero," Megaman says. "But you can't beat me. This is it, the attack that's going to finish this fight. Saturn mode, activate!"

Megaman raises his hands into the air. A black hole opens above his head. Rubble from around the area begins flying into its center. It looks like he's about to unleash something massive. You see a car that isn't being pulled in -- maybe you can use it for cover.

>Shoot him down before he finishes the attack.
>Use the black hole's suction to bring you in quick to end him with your Z-saber.
>Take cover!
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>>4847873
>Take cover!
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>>4847893
You run, fighting against the gravity, to take cover behind a car. And lucky you did.

Just as you reach your place of cover, the black hole above Megaman spews out the rubble. It's been condensed into tiny orbs of matter, far tougher than Megaman's uncharged blasts. The car is absolutely pelted, destroying it; the roof is torn off and goes flying over you, hitting a wall.

Megaman's color returns to blue and he drops to one knee, panting. "Did I do it?" He asks himself, looking over the area. He doesn't see you from your point of cover. "Dr. Light, come in. This is Megaman. I think I've beaten him, I'm not sure. I'm heavily damaged and I'm out of weapon energy. I don't think I can even pull off a charged shot right now. Isn't there an item cache you have stored somewhere near my location? ... Yeah, I can make it to the next alley. Built into the side of the dumpster? Thanks. Megaman out."

An items cache? He probably needs healing.

>Fire on him while he's distracted.
>Sneak up behind him as he walks to the alley.
>Rush him down with your Z-saber while he's weak.
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>>4847919
>Sneak up behind him as he walks to the alley.
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>>4847919

>Sneak up behind him as he walks to the alley
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>>4848025
>>4848031

Megaman again begins limping away. He's obviously weak. You reach out and pick up your Z-saber, lodged in the ground from the shock of the megabuster. Even moving slowly, you're able to outpace Megaman. As he's bent over, removing a panel from the side of a dumpster, he stop cold.

Megaman looks down and sees the Z-saber sticking through his body. You've plunged it deep through his back.

"W-w-w-what-at-at? But you-ou-ou were de-de-dead-d-d-d," he stammers, the light fading from his eyes. He shakes as you raise the Z-saber up, slicing right through the upper half of his torso diagonally, and then strike down, cleaving Megaman in half.

You remove Megaman's helmet and press a button on the back of his head. A computer chip comes out -- the memory card which holds the data you need, according to your internal scanners. You place it in a chip slot in the side of your head.

>Z-BUSTER UPGRADED: CHARGED SHOTS NOW POSSIBLE
>MAP DATA DOWNLOADED: 15% OF NECESSARY DATA TO LOCATE DR. LIGHT

You reach down into the items cache Megaman was looking for and find a healing capsule. Taking it, you feel yourself restored. "Good as new", you say to yourself.

"Megaman? Megaman? Can you hear me, Megaman?" You hear a voice coming from a speaker in Megaman's helmet. It sounds like it's coming from an old man. Must be Dr. Light. "Megaman, Megaman, come in, Megaman!"

>Taunt Dr. Light over the speaker.
>Destroy the helmet without saying anything.
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>>4848051
>Taunt Dr. Light over the speaker.
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>>4848051
>Destroy the helmet without saying anything.
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>>4848056
You pick up Megaman's helmet.

"Megaman? Speak to me, Megaman!" Dr. Light calls out.

"Dr. Thomas Light, I presume," you say into the speaker.

"What? Who is this? Where is Megaman?"

"I am Zero. Megaman is dead."

"What!? Dead!?"

"Of course. He was pitifully weak. Beating him was child's play. I assumed that his inventor was a senile old fool, and you've yet to prove me wrong."

"Zero! You'll pay for this!"

"Perhaps. But first I need to kill a few more of your beloved children. Ta-ta for now, Tommy boy. We'll meet soon enough."

You drop the helmet to the floor, crush it under your foot, and activate the escape function in your system, teleporting back to Wily's lab.

>MEGAMAN STAGE COMPLETE
>SCORE:
>POLICE DRONES: 1,000 X 6 = 6,000
>BOSS: 20,000
>SUB TANK FOUND: 10,000
>STAGE SCORE: 36,000

>STAGE SELECT
>Roll
>Protoman
>Rush
>Bass
>Treble
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>>4848105
>Rush
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"Computer, locate Rush."

"User confirmed. Calculating... Calculating... location confirmed. Rush is located in a forest 20 miles South of this location. Updating your information database. Would you like to teleport to the nearest beam location?"

"Computer, activate beam in."

"Confirmed. Good luck, Zero."

You beam into a large forest. In the distance, you can see a mountaintop with Wily's castle on its peak. Your sensors show you that Rush is located a mile deep into the forest.

From a nearby tree, a spider-bot slides down on a synthweb. You recognize it from your information database -- this must be a Wily bot, but a primitive one. Nothing more than a non-sentient defense system, apparently still active.

The spider-bot aims its head-blaster at you and shoots two blaster bolts. You decide it's a good time to test out your new charge shot technique. Aiming at the beast, you charge up a shot and let it go.

The blast blows straight through the spider-bot and blasts a hole through the tree it was attached to. The top section of the tree crumbles and falls to the ground before you. It looks like your charged shot is more powerful than the one Megaman used.

But there's no time to celebrate. The noise awakens spider-bots scattered within all the trees on the way to Rush. At least a dozen of them come down from the treetops on the path before you, searching for a target to aim at. Looks like you're just outside of their sensors.

>Shoot them from out of their range, then stroll down the path.
>Fire on them as you run past them on your way to Rush.
>Sneak around the forest to avoid them while making your way to Rush.
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>>4848176
>Shoot them from out of their range, then stroll down the path.
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You easily pick off the robo-spiders from out of range. They must have been set up by your father to keep out pests like wild cats and rats.

The forest is relatively peaceful. You walk down the path for a few minutes without running into anything threatening. Then, as your sensors register Rush as being half a mile away, you see some strange robots on the ground. They seem like construction hats.

Ah, you recognize them. Mets. They're among your father's least powerful, but most sturdy creations. One of them peeks out from under their hard hat and spits a blast at you. It's slow and easy to dodge. You return fire, but it ducks back down under the hard hat and your shot bounces off.

These mets could take some time if you want to destroy them. Three of them take up space on the path in front of you.

>Casually walk past the mets.
>Wait for them to peek out and destroy them one-by-one.
>Walk into the pathless forested area to avoid them, then get back on the path.
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>>4848246
>Walk into the pathless forested area to avoid them, then get back on the path.
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You decide to stray off of the path and into the woods to avoid the mets. No need to destroy those robots; they're a testament to the durability of your father's robots.

While walking, you see something gleaming on a tree branch. Out of curiosity you check it out... another sub tank! You load it into your system. You surely wouldn't have found this if you stayed on the path.

You have enough room in your system for 2 more sub tanks. Better look out for them in the future.

Returning to the path, you find yourself only a quarter mile away from Rush. But the path has come to the end. He's got to be out in the woods beyond you.

>Casually walk to where Rush is.
>Climb a tree and go branch-to-branch to attack Rush from above.
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>>4848302
>Climb a tree and go branch-to-branch to attack Rush from above.
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You climb up a tree. The wall-climbing system built into your body makes it easy work; you've been built to climb up slick walls, and something like a tree is no problem.

Slowly, you make your way across the canopy. After only a few minutes of walking, you see him.

Chasing a blue robo-bird is Rush, Megaman's iconic dog. He happily barks and runs around. Your sensors indicate that the bird has a name: Beat.

Well... neither of them looks very powerful, but it's not likely that you'll be able to download the data from Rush without taking out this bird, too.

>Charge shot Rush with your Z-buster.
>Send a volley of shots down at Rush and Beat with your Z-buster.
>Jump down and attack the dog with your Z-saber.
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>>4848375
>Jump down and attack the dog with your Z-saber.
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You leap down from the canopy. Leaves fall to the ground around you. As you fall, you bring your Z-saber down hard on Rush.

A howl is heard throughout the forest. Your Z-saber stuck directly into Rush's back, pinning him down to the ground. He howls and whines, but can't move. As he tries, he tears more of his chassis and whimpers.

Beat, now alert, flies towards you and grabs the Z-saber, bringing it up into the air and out of Rush's body. He struggles to keep hold of the Z-saber and ends up tossing it aside, the weapon sticking into the tree you jumped from.

Rush growls at you and gets ready to leap into action.

>Run to collect your Z-saber
>Charge a shot, moving back to increase distance between you and Rush
>Fire small shots at Rush and Beat
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>>4848440
Zero: 20
Rush: 4
Beat: 8
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>>4848440
>Charge a shot, moving back to increase distance between you and Rush
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You start charging your Z-buster, since your Z-saber is out of reach. Backing up puts you just outside of Rush's range -- or so you think. Mid-air, a burst of energy comes from Rush which sends him flying into a second jump. He scrapes his claws across your chest armor, and you stumble back. Before you can get your footing, though, Beat flies down and knocks you back even further.

Neither of them is doing significant damage to you, but it's hard for you to get your footing. After you do get your footing, you see Rush getting ready to jump at you again. Your charged shot is ready.

>Fire on Rush before he jumps.
>Fire on Beat before he flies at you again.
>Avoid Rush's attack and blast him close range, leaving you open to Beat's attack.
>Avoid Rush's attack and fire on Beat.
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>>4848492
>Fire on Beat before he flies at you again.
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>>4848492
>Fire on Beat before he flies at you again.
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>>4848513

Your charged shot severely damages Beat, who gets knocked from the air and falls to the ground. His entire body is covered with a massive scorch mark, and it looks like his jaw mechanism is broken.

Rush wastes no time. As the shot leaves your Z-buster, he tackles you again, doing his double jump in the middle of the tackle, which sends you hurdling backwards. You crash into a tree, then drop to the ground. As you stand, you see Rush is dashing over to Beat's side.

Are they going to try to run away?

>Fire a volley of shots at both of them.
>Start charging another shot.
>Run to grab your Z-saber while they're distracted.
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>>4848527
>Fire a volley of shots at both of them.
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>>4848527
>Start charging another shot
As soon as Rush gets within a meter, fire, let's do some collateral.
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>>4848534

(Wow, every roll in this thread has been 1.)

You fire a volley of shots at Rush and Beat, standing your ground at the tree. Rush has his back turned to you and is investigating Beat. Beat, on the ground, sees your shots coming and thrusts himself past Rush, forward in the air, taking the volley of Z-buster shots and sacrificing himself for Rush's sake.

As Beat falls to the ground, his armor breaks apart. Mechanical pieces fall all over the forest floor. Rush's ears drop and he starts growling at you.

Then his body starts changing. His back paws retract into his legs and become rockets; his head dips down and become level with his front paws. This is Rush Jet.

Rush's back rockets activate. He's heading straight forward, aiming to impale you on the tree.

>Fire a volley of shots at Rush Jet -- try to take him down before he gets to you
>Start charging a shot, aiming to dodge him and shoot as soon as he hits the tree
>Commit to dodging
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>>4848585
Stupid mutt, this is how every single low-level boss dies! They ram, they miss, they stun, they get screwed!
>commit to dodging
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>>4848585
>Commit to dodging
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>>4848603
>>4848613

Rush fires up his jets to maximum power, aiming to impale you on the tree -- but you dodge. Stepping to the side, you allow Rush to fly face-first into the tree he intended to impale you on.

The impact is massive, and Rush is dazed. He falls to the ground, whining, returning to his neutral dog form. As he sits, dazed, you see that the tree can't withstand the shock it just took. It starts falling down.

Luckily, you decided to stay light on your feet. The tree falls, smashing down onto Rush. Too dazed to move, Rush takes the full force of the tree's fall. Its weight is too much for him; Rush is crushed, his head skipping across the ground and landing at your feet.

You bend down and extract his memory chip, loading it into your chip slot as you retrieve your Z-saber across the field.

>FEET MODULE UPGRADED: DOUBLE JUMP NOW AVAILABLE
>MAP DATA DOWNLOADED: 30% OF NECESSARY DATA TO LOCATE DR. LIGHT

You then teleport back to Wily's lab.

>RUSH STAGE COMPLETE
>SCORE:
>SPIDER-BOTS: 1,000 X 12 = 12,000
>BEAT: 10,000
>RUSH: 15,000
>SUB TANK FOUND: 10,000
>STAGE SCORE: 47,000
>TOTAL SCORE: 83,000

>STAGE SELECT
>Roll
>Protoman
>Bass
>Treble
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>>4848639
>Roll
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"Computer, locate Roll."

"User change identified. Detecting user... Zero. Would you like to switch the account to Zero?"

"What is the current account?"

"The last registered user to access this network was Bass."

Bass used the computer network? But that's only possible if he entered Wily's lab. So either he's still here or he used this place to teleport somewhere.

"Computer, switch user to Zero."

"User confirmed as Zero."

>"Where is Roll?"
>"Access local camera records. Scan for changes since I last teleported out of this room."
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>>4848674
>"Access local camera records. Scan for changes since I last teleported out of this room."
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>>4848674
>"Access local camera records. Scan for changes since I last teleported out of this room."
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>>4848676
"Access local camera records. Scan for changes since I last teleported out of this room."

"Loading... loading..."

The screen switches to a camera feed of the room you're in. You see Bass teleport in, with purple hue and wings -- then there's a flash of light and he separates into himself and Treble.

"Computer, who teleported here last? He says.

"User change identified. Detecting user... Bass. Would you like to switch the account to Bass?"

"What is the current account?"

"The last registered user to access this network was Zero."

"Computer, switch user to Bass."

"User confirmed as Bass."

"Who is Zero?"

"Permission is not granted to user Bass to access data on project Zero."

Bass pulls a keycard from his chestpiece. "Wily access code DN-2R-63-B. Who is Zero?"

"Project Zero is Dr. Albert Wily's latest and most advanced robot, designed to destroy the enemies of Dr. Wily in the case of his death."

"Hmph, so the old man had a dead man's switch. No matter. He's no match for us, Treble."

Bass then walked out of the view of the camera.
He's still in the lab somewhere.

>"Computer, locate Roll."
>Search the lab for Bass and Treble.
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>>4848716
>"Computer, locate Roll."
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>>4848716
>"Computer, locate Roll."
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>>4848738
"Computer, locate Roll."

"Calculating... calculating... Calibrating network... location confirmed. Roll is located 22 miles North by 5 miles West from your current location in a small residential area. Updating your information database. Would you like to teleport to the nearest beam location?"

Your tracking system updates, showing you Roll's location.

"Computer, activate beam in."

"Confirmed. Good luck, Zero."

You're surrounded by bright light. When it fades, you find yourself in... a house?

You look around. You're in a moderately sized ranch-style home. It's extremely tidy, like it's ready for a realtor showing. Roll is within 50 feet of your current location. She must be in here.

"Hello? Who's there?" You hear a woman's voice call from upstairs. "Megaman, is that you? I just got back from getting groceries, could you put a kettle on? I'll be down in a moment!"

>Put the kettle on
>Raid the fridge
>Walk upstairs, ready to kill
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>>4848773
>Put the kettle on
> "Megaman, is that you?"
I like where this is going.
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>>4848773
>>4848777
>Raid the fridge
Shit, she knows. Nevermind. Switching to above choice.
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>>4848773
>Raid the fridge
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>>4848773
>Raid the fridge
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>>4848777
>>4848788
>>4848802


You walk over to the fridge and open it.
Energy tanks. Everywhere. So many energy tanks. You've never seen so many energy tanks in one place. Looking on the door, you see... a sub tank!

Weird. Maybe they use it for seasoning or something. Though it would be a waste of a tank to crack it open instead of installing it for recharging, some robots are into drinking energy raw. Maybe a birthday present or something?

Anyway, that's one more sub tank! You have space for 1 more.

As you finish installing the sub tank, you hear a crash. You turn and see Roll, standing in the next room, having dropped a plate.

"W-who are you?" She asks, terrified. "How did you get in here!?"

>"You don't recognize me? It's me, Megaman!"
>"I've come here to kill you. My name is Zero."
>"Sorry, I thought this was my house."
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>>4848807
>"I have come for your head. My name is Zero."
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>>4848807
>"My name is Zero. You killed my father. Prepare to die"
(are we allowed to do write ins?)
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>>4848807
>"You don't recognize me? It's me, Megaman!"
>"Sorry, I thought this was my house."
lel Good choices, good choices.
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>>4848816
Write-ins are allowed, but if it's not the only vote, others have to support it.
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>>4848816
+1
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>>4848825
ok thank you!
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>>4848816
>>4848813

"My name is Zero. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

You ignite your Z-saber. Roll cowers in fear, her hands held up to her face.

"What? Your father? I've never killed anyone! I'm not a battle bot, I'm a housekeeping robot! You've got the wrong girl!"

You take a step toward her, dragging your Z-saber across the ground, scraping up the black and white tile flooring in the kitchen. Roll screams again and runs up the stairs. You hear the sound of a door slamming upstairs.

>Chase her upstairs.
>Start shooting holes in the ceiling.
>Destroy the kitchen.
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>>4848851
>Analyze the house structure and collapse the whole building
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>>4848851
>Chase her upstairs.

Oogity Boogity!
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>>4848851
>>4848883
Shit, I feel bad for her. Let her go.
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>>4848855
+1
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>>4848887

You assess the house structure using the scanner built into your optical unit. With great accuracy, you walk to a wall and swipe your Z-saber across the wall, splitting a structural beam; you fire three shots into the ceiling of each room, splitting more beams; you walk to a corner and give it a quick stab, splitting the wood in that corner; and then you walk out of the house, aim your Z-buster at another corner, and fire a fully charged shot. The house caves in on itself.

In the midst of the rubble, you find Roll's body. Pressing a button, you receive her memory chip and load it into your system.

>MAP DATA DOWNLOADED: 45% OF NECESSARY DATA TO LOCATE DR. LIGHT
>ERROR
>ERROR: INCOMPATIBLE DATA RECEIVED. FILE: "LOVING-KINDNESS" DETECTED.

You cradle your head with your hands, pain shooting through your head. "Delete that file!" You yell.

>FILE "LOVING-KINDNESS" DELETED.
>Z-BRAIN ACTIVATED.

You relax, the pain has subsided. Then you teleport back to Wily's Lab.

>ROLL STAGE COMPLETE
>SCORE:
>ROLL: 1000
>SUB TANK FOUND: 10,000
>STAGE SCORE: 11,000
>TOTAL SCORE: 94,000

>STAGE SELECT
>Protoman
>Bass and Treble

>>4848884
>>4848883

Not this time >:)
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>>4848893
>Bass and Treble
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>>4848893
>protoman
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>>4848907
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Let's see if it rolls a 1 again.
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HOLY SHIT
>>4848907

"Computer, locate Protoman."

"Calculating... calculating... location confirmed. Protoman is located 700 miles North by 62 miles East from this location, deep underwater."

"Underwater? Explain."

"Protoman is located on Sea Base 13."

"Is there a teleportation point located in Sea Base 13?"

"There is, on the opposite side of the base. Would you like to be teleported to that location?"

"Yes, send me there."

You're surrounded by light for a moment. When the light fades, you're in a well-lit metallic hallway surrounded by glass windows that look out into the ocean.

You begin walking down the hallway. And that's just what it is: one long hallway. Protoman is located half a mile from your location, and it doesn't look like anyone else is here.

>Keep walking.
>Yell for Protoman to come out.
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>>4848944
>Keep walking.
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>>4848944
>keep walking
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>>4848991

You keep walking down the hallway until you reach the end: a circular room with only one way in and out, the way you came. Standing at the furthest point in the room, staring out at the ocean floor, is Protoman, his shield draped over his shoulder.

Without turning back to look at you, Protoman starts talking.

"Beautiful, isn't it? Nice and peaceful, full of life. The wildlife can carry on without a care in the world. No crime, no mad scientists scheming to take over the world. No problems..."

Protoman turns back to look at you, letting his shield come down.

"... Until you came along."

Protoman walks to the center of the room, casually whistling a blues tune.

"I know about you. Been listening in over the comms this whole time. You're no different than any other Wily flunkie, Zero. Just a heartless monster. You killed my brother. You killed my sister. You killed their pets. You're a mad dog, Zero, and I'm going to put you down."

>"They got what they deserved for killing my father."
>Say nothing. Fire a rapid volley at him.
>Say nothing. Charge your Z-buster while there's still distance.
>Say nothing. Double jump across the distance and attack with your Z-saber.
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>>4849000
>"They got what they deserved for killing my father."
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>>4849000
>"They got what they deserved for killing my father."
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>>4849000
>Say nothing. Charge your Z-buster while there's still distance.
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>>4849023

"They got what they deserved for killing my father," you say, firmly gripping your Z-saber.

"Zero, Wily was evil!" Protoman says.

"From my point of view, Dr. Light is evil," you respond.

"Well then you are lost," Protoman yells at you.

"Do not lecture me, Protoman! I see through the lies of the Light bots! I do not fear the works of my genius father as you do. I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new empire." You reply.

"Your new empire?" He asks.

"Bring me to Dr. Light and together we will rule Mega City, cousin."

"Zero, my allegiance is to Dr. Light, to my family!"

"If you are not with me, then you are my enemy."

"Only a Wily bot deals in absolutes. I will do what I must."

"You will try."

>Double jump and attack with your Z-saber.
>Charge up your Z-buster while there's still distance.
>Pepper him with a rapid volley of shots.
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>>4849069
>Double jump and attack with your Z-saber.
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>>4849069
*wheeze*
>Charge up your Z-buster while there's still distance.
Our goal is to get rid of that damn shield first. From what I remember, it doesn't reflect anything, so theoretically without game mechanics getting in the way, we can slowly shock the thing out of his hands by using a bunch of charge blasts, numbing his hands.
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>>4848893
>Protoman
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>>4849084
Well we could always double jump, and shoot from above.
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>>4849084

You charge up your Z-buster. Protoman takes the opportunity to shoot at you a few times with uncharged shots, which you're able to sidestep while you charge your Z-buster.

When the time comes, you release your blast; Protoman holds up his shield and blocks it, the force pushing him back. He doesn't take long to respond, though. With his shield raised, he dashes towards you, aiming to bash you with the shield.

>Jump over Protoman and shoot him from behind with a volley of blasts.
>Wait for him to shield bash and slash him with your Z-saber.
>Charge up another shot with your Z-buster.
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>>4849115
>Run around him, and shoot him with a volley of blasts.
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>>4849069
I cant haha

>>4849115
>Shoot his feet to distract
>Throw him over you as he dashes, charging while he recovers
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>>4849119
This, but if possible, double jump LOW and horizontal to the ground while running so we get random bursts of speed.
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>>4849115
>Jump over Protoman and shoot him from behind with a volley of blasts.
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>>4849125
>>4849126

You jump into the air. As you do, Protoman looks up, raising his shield, expecting an attack to come from above. But just as you lift off of the ground, your foot-propulsion system activates, sending you flying past him.

Before Protoman can turn around, you deliver a volley of blasts which hit him in the back. In shock and pain, Protoman falls forward -- but regains his composition mid-fall, going into a forward roll over his shield. He lifts it back up as he stands, aiming his blaster at you.

Or so you think. As he shoots, you see the blast going right past you and into the glass screen behind you. A crack in the glass appears.

Shoot, you think to yourself, Now I'm on a time limit.

>Charge in with your Z-saber, try to hack the shield out of Protoman's hands
>Charge up a Z-buster shot
>Respond with another volley of shots
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>>4849146
Zero: 20
Protoman: 17
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>>4849146
>Charge in with your Z-saber, try to hack the shield out of Protoman's hands
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>>4849146
>Charge in with your Z-saber, try to hack the shield out of Protoman's hands
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>>4849146
>Charge in with your Z-saber, try to hack the shield out of Protoman's hands
When the water starts coming in and his mobility is reduced, well be able to charge shot him
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>>4849171
>>4849175

You run up to Protoman and bring your Z-saber down on his shield. It reminds you of when you were fighting Megaman, with two major differences: Protoman's shield isn't made of energy, and it isn't on a ticking timer.

With all of his might, Protoman thrusts his shield into your Z-saber as you bring it down. Then it happens: the handle of Protoman's shield snaps right off of its face. Both the saber and the shield go flying in different directions.

The saber hits one of the glass windows, causing another crack, while the shield skids across the floor. The water isn't overwhelming yet, but there is about a millimeter accumulated on the ground.

"Now you're making me mad!" Says Protoman, his blaster charging.

>Double jump past him and shoot the glass window behind him.
>Start charging your Z-buster.
>Fire him with a barrage of shots.
>Run to collect your Z-saber, dashing in a zigzag pattern to avoid Protoman's oncoming attack.
>Tackle.
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>>4849186
>Run to collect your Z-saber, dashing in a zigzag pattern to avoid Protoman's oncoming attack.
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>>4849186
>Run to collect your Z-saber, dashing in a zigzag pattern to avoid Protoman's oncoming attack.
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>>4849209

You run to collect your Z-saber, and Protoman runs as well. Although you expect a charged shot to hit you, it doesn't come. By the time you've grabbed your Z-saber, you see Protoman.

He's reached the top of the stairs leading to the hallway. The shield he once held is beneath his foot, angled out, as if he were planning to... surf?

Protoman shoots his charged shot at the window across the room from him. The glass shatters and the room begins filling with water -- about 1cm/second.

"It's over, Zero!" Protoman calls out to you. "I have the high ground!"

>"You underestimate my power." Double jump and attack with the Z-saber.
>Pepper him with shots from your Z-buster.
>Aim for the glass in the hallway with your Z-buster -- you'll fight him underwater if you have to.
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>>4849216
>pepper him with shots
Specifically his leg
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>>4849216
>"You underestimate my power." Double jump and attack with the Z-saber.
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>>4849216
>Start charging
>"You underestimate my power" calmly walk forward while deflecting blaster shots with your saber
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>>4849218
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>>4849223
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>>4849218

"You underestimate my power."

You open fire with your Z-buster. It looks like he expected you to attack with your Z-saber after picking it up, and he's once again taken aback.

The shots land across his lower body -- some on his hips, some on his legs, causing Protoman to slip and fall backwards -- the shield pushed from under his foot now floating on the water that is steadily rising in the room.

Protoman is on his back, scooting backwards. It looks like he's having trouble using the leg that took the majority of the damage.

"Dirty trick, Wily bot," he spits out at you. "Couldn't face me with honor? Should've known better than to expect that from you."

The water in the room is up to your knees by the time he finishes his statement.

>Start charging a shot while walking towards him.
>Advance with your Z-saber, ready to end him.
>Retrieve his shield to use as a raft.
>Also you can mouth off to him if you want in addition to any of these.
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>>4849243
Zero: 20
Protoman: 10
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>>4849243
>Retrieve his shield to use as a raft.
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>>4849243
>”honor? You’re the one who’s been hiding behind a shield this entire time... Which I suppose, means that I should get a turn now.”
>grab shield, blast him
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>>4849243
>Retrieve his shield to use as a pavise
>End him with casual buster shots
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>>4849253
>>4849255

"Honor? You're the one who's been hiding behind a shield this entire time... Which I suppose, means that I should get a turn now."

"You may kill me, Wily bot, but you'll never get to Dr. Light. I bet he's got an army waiting for you."

"Then I'll kill an army."

You pick up the shield. Without its handle, you have an awkward time holding it -- you have to grasp it by the side -- but it serves its purpose well enough. With your free hand, you take aim with your Z-buster and rapidly fire on him. Without his shield, without the ability to stand, and without a clear shot on you, Protoman is defenseless. You quickly end him with rapid Z-buster shots as the water reaches the top stair.

You walk over to his body and retrieve his memory chip, then load it into your chip slot.

>FEET MODULE UPGRADED: DASH NOW AVAILABLE
>MAP DATA DOWNLOADED: 60% OF NECESSARY DATA TO LOCATE DR. LIGHT

You then teleport back to Dr. Wily's lab.

>PROTOMAN STAGE COMPLETE
>SCORE:
>PROTOMAN: 30,000
>SHIELD TAKEN: 10,000
>STAGE SCORE: 40,000
>TOTAL SCORE: 134,000
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>>4849265
Oh, he didnt nuke himself
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>STAGE SELECTED
>Bass and Treble

As you return to Wily's lab, you find yourself immediately under attack. A volley of three blaster shots hit you directly in the chest and you drop Protoman's shield to the floor in pain.

"So you're my younger brother?"

Bass, combined with Treble, floats in the air in front of you. His blaster is aimed directly at you.

"Pathetic. To think good Bassnium was wasted constructing a heap like you. I've reviewed the video that the old man left for you, SWR-000. I know what you've been up to."

Bass lands on the ground, purple energy flowing from him and impacting the tech all around you. The computer, your pod, and various tools burst into smoke. The shield goes flying off to a corner. An alarm blares through the lab and the sprinkler system activates.

Bass begins lifting off into the air again.

>Pepper him with shots.
>Double jump up to him to slash him with your Z-saber.
>Dash and slash him before he gets into the air.
>Begin charging a shot.
>Dash to grab the shield.
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>>4849284
Also, feel free to enter smack-talk.
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>>4849284
>Double jump up to him to smack him down with your Z-saber.
>"Looks like someones afraid of being forgotten"
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"Looks like someone's afraid of being forgotten," you say, double jumping into the air and bringing your Z-saber down on his wing.

Bass falls to the ground and immediately dashes away from you, Treble splitting off of him. Treble roars at you, standing between you and Bass, ready to tear you to shreds. The robotic wolf is much larger than Rush, and much more ferocious looking.

"Me? Forgotten? You're naive. I am the greatest robot ever created. Treble, kill him!" Bass yells out.

As Treble leaps at you, Bass seems to be looking for something in the lab.

>Dash under Treble and fire shots at Bass
>Dash under Treble and cut him from below with your Z-saber
>Jump back from Treble and charge a shot
>Jump back from Treble and pepper Treble with shots
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>>4849318
>Charge a shot
>Dash under treble and grab it by the tail, throwing it at bass
>Fire the charge shot at them
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>>4849318
> “oh, I forget myself, I’m speaking to the wonderful creation that slaughtered his greatest enemies within days of activation, starting with his inferior predecessor. Oh wait, that’s ME!”
>roll out of the way, unload a clip into the dog
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>>4849318
>Dash under Treble and cut him from below with your Z-saber
If we take out Treble we deny Bass the chance to merge
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You start charging a shot, dash under Treble, then grab him by the tail, throwing him at Bass. While you're throwing Treble, Bass hits you with another 3 shots from his arm-cannon.

You respond by shooting your charged shot at both of them as Treble hits Bass. Bass looks furious.

"Treble, now!" He raises a purple energy capsule above his head. Your sensors recognize it as evil energy -- something which was supposed to have been taken off of the planet years ago. Apparently Wily had one capsule left.

Treble and Bass combine and the two rise into the air, a thick purple energy surrounding both of them.

>Use one of your sub tanks to heal
>Dash in and double jump up to slice him again
>Charge another Z-buster shot
>Fire a volley of shots at Bass
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>>4849330
>>4849329
Sorry guys, didn't see this until I posted.
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>>4849331
>Fire a volley of shots at Bass, and dash away to keep distance.
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>>4849331
Grab the shield and stall out his evil energy mode. Let the shield get destroyed if we need to kick it into his face
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You fire a volley of shots at Bass. They look like they're doing much less damage to him. He takes aim at you while you dash away. A huge volley of shots comes at you; while you're mobile, only a few of them come through and hit you, but they hit harder than you expected.

By the time you've finished dashing back, you see the shield next to you. It may be your only hope to survive another volley. Or maybe you could avoid it.

>Hide behind the shield and use a sub tank to heal.
>Climb the wall and fire more shots at Bass.
>Dash towards Bass to attack with your Z-saber; he clearly has the advantage at ranged combat.
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>>4849349
>”hide behind the shield and use a sub tank to heal
Then we leap out and charge him while using our double jump dash from the protoman fight
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>>4849349
>Hide behind the shield and use a sub tank to heal.
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>>4849349
>Climb the wall and use the sub tank
We'll use the shield to screen the way for z saber
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>>4849349
>Hide behind the shield and use a sub tank to heal.
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>>4849352
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>>4849357

You leap down and use the shield for cover. A massive array of blasts hits the shield. Surprisingly, it holds up -- but it's all dented up now. No way is it going to survive another couple of waves.

The sub tank heals you up good. You feel totally healthy again. Using your shoulder as a counterbalance, you grab one side of the shield and rush forward, dash into a jumping dash and follow it with a second jump.

You make contact, the shield bashing Bass in the head. As it does, you force it down and slash with your Z-saber, cutting into him as you fall to the ground next to the shield.

A white light flashes and Bass flies across the room to where you picked up the shield. He's way faster than you would've thought. Another wave of blasts comes at you.

>Hide under the shield again and repeat the maneuver
>Hide under the shield and charge up a shot
>Fire shots back at him from behind the shield
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>>4849360
>Charge up a shot, shoot the shield so it’s launched at him, then dash in to finish the job
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>>4849360
>Hide under the shield and charge up a shot
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>>4849360
>Throw the shield to absorb the shots ahead of you
>Follow it up with a charged shot
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>>4849386
And of course it's an one
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>>4849368

You duck under the shield and charge up a shot. Another volley strikes the shield hard; part of the top breaks off. It won't take another volley after that. You throw the shield at Bass, then shoot it; it flies directly into his body.

As it flies through the air, you chain together dashes and jump dashes to go as fast as you possibly can. When the shield makes contact, you perform a dashing double jump, delivering an upward slash with your Z-saber.

Bass and Treble's fusion breaks apart, both of them falling to the ground. They both look dead to you. You lean down and download Treble's data.

>MAP DATA DOWNLOADED: 80% OF NECESSARY DATA TO LOCATE DR. LIGHT

As you finish downloading the data, you feel a strike on your back. Turning, you see that Bass is barely clinging to life. He's been cleaved in half.

"I-impossible. H-how could a ch-cheap knockoff possibly-y-y defeat me?" Bass laughs, coughing up oil. "Guess the old man had a few tricks-icks-icks up his sleeve."

"Those your last words, big brother?" You ask, readying your Z-saber.

"No. Computer!"

"Emergency systems activated." The computer chimes in. It wasn't completely destroyed after all.

"Activate code W-MM-X."

"Self-destruct sequence activated. The laboratory will be destroyed in 60 seconds."

You slash Bass's body, ending his life. He dies with a smile on his face. With no time to spare, you download Bass's data.

"45... 44..."

>ARM MODULE UPGRADED: CHARGED SLASH NOW AVAILABLE
>MAP DATA DOWNLOADED: 100% OF NECESSARY DATA TO LOCATE DR. LIGHT

You rush to the computer.

"Computer, locate Dr. Light."

"Calculating... 42... Calculating... 40... location confirmed. 37. Dr. Light is located 60 miles North by 30 miles West from this location in an underground lab. 25. Would you like to teleport to the nearest teleportation point? 20."

"Yes! Get me out of here now!"

"Confirmed. 15. Good luck, Zero. 10... 9..."

White light surrounds you.

>BASS AND TREBLE STAGE COMPLETE
>SCORE:
>BASS: 35,000
>TREBLE: 15,000
>STAGE SCORE: 50,000
>TOTAL SCORE: 184,000
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This ends this section of Megaman: Zero Hour Quest.
Tune in on Monday for the continuation -- when Zero finally reaches Dr. Light's lab.
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>>4849418

Thanks for running!
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>>4849418
If we needed to, could we upload The Maverick Virus in our head gem to a combatant?
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>>4849418
Monday!
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waiting, It's tuesday for me, but I think the QM is in a different time zone
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Thursday!
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…friday