LOADING CHAPTER 6…
In the Coliseum cells, Bordakh walks up and kicks the bars.
Bordakh: This is ridiculous! You can’t keep us here forever!
Across the hall in another cell is a Toa of Water.
???: Actually, I think that’s his plan.
Bordakh: Shut up, Nokama! I’m not giving up!
The door to the prison opens loudly, and Dume walks in.
Dume: My, aren’t you making a ruckus.
Bordakh: Let me out of here you coward!
Dume: Nah, I don’t think so.
Nokama: Did you just come here to tell us that?
Dume: No, I just needed to clear out while the electrician installs some more lights in my office. Oh, and I heard someone’s been out foiling my plans, and I couldn’t help but think of that Vahki…the one who was arguing with me when I raided the city.
Bordakh: What, you mean Zadakh? He’s a pushover—there’s no way he’s actually trying to do anything.
Dume: Really? Cause that’s what they called him. Although they said he now looked more like a Toa than a Vahki…
Nokama: Wait…could it be? That sounds like the legends of the Chosen One!
Dume: …Chosen One…? Somehow that’s just vague enough to worry me.
Bordakh: Zadakh, of all people, is the Chosen One? That inspires so much confidence…
Dume: W-Well, um…they said he wasn’t working alone, and why would a Chosen One work with other people?
Nokama: The prophecy mentions that too.
Dume: Dang it.
Bordakh: He’s actually made friends? Now I know you’re not talking about Zadakh.
Dume: But I am! Let’s see, who were they? Something about a Slizer, and a Water Toa named Vhis-something or other?
Nokama’s eyes widen.
Dume: Ooh, yes, that’s it!
Nokama: You know what, to Karzahni with the prophecies. Good luck taking them out!
Dume: Oh…thanks! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go check the electrician’s progress.
Dume leaves. Bordakh stares at Nokama, who is shivering in fear.
Bordakh: And…why is it that you suddenly want Zadakh to get killed?
Nokama: I’d rather be trapped here than be rescued by Vhisola, especially if she’s a Toa now.
Bordakh: Is she that bad?
Nokama flashes through a montage of Vhisola stalking her.
Nokama: Yes, she’s that bad.
Bordakh: …Okay…well, if it is Zadakh, then maybe he’s changed. I bet he won’t rest on his journey!
Back in Slizer Country…
Zadakh: Side-quest complete! Huh, only took 3 hours out of our schedule. That’s not bad at all!
Vhisola: Remind me again why we’re wasting time with NPC requests rather than getting closer to freeing Nokama…
Zadakh: Time is weird in RPGs. No matter how much time we spend on side-quests, the actual plot events won’t advance until we want them to.
Millennia: Fascinating…I’ve been training with time for years, and even I wasn’t aware of that.
Zadakh: That’s because I’m not limited by the Fourth Wall.
Zadakh: Come on, Nokama and Bordakh are fine, and now we’ve all got some snazzy new armor! I bet we won’t have to buy any until late in the game. Not to mention the surplus of Widgets and EXP—we can breeze through the next couple dungeons.
Vhisola: Fine…are we done now?
Zadakh: Yeah, we should get going. On to RoboRider World!
Vhisola: Can I just say that name sounds like a department store?
Zadakh: I was thinking pizza shop.
Millennia: What’s pizza?
The party returns to their Toa Canister and sails to RoboRider World. Upon arrival, they locate a highway that leads to what appears to be a rest stop where several RoboRiders have gathered.
RoboRider 1: Hey y’all, welcome to RoboRider World! Y’all don’t look like y’all are from around here.
Zadakh: Uh…no, we’re not.
RoboRider 2: Hey, maybe they’re the people that big fella was looking for?
RoboRider 1: Oh, good thinking! Y’all wouldn’t mind telling us yer names, would ya?
Zadakh: Something tells me we shouldn’t—
Millennia: This is Zadakh, the Chosen One. We are his companions—I am Millennia, and this is Vhisola.
RoboRider 2: Shoot, that’s them! Go get the big fella!
RoboRider 3 goes indoors.
Zadakh: …Gee, I wonder who it is…
RoboRider 3 returns with Brutaka in tow.
Zadakh: See, Millennia, the next time someone asks for our names, let’s not give them our names.
Brutaka: Oh, it’s you…do you think you could come back later? I was enjoying a delicious pie while I waited for you, and I’d like to finish it.
Vhisola: If we leave, we’re not coming back.
Brutaka: So…I have to choose between pie and silencing you?! Oh no…how am I to decide?
RoboRider 1: Wait, if he’s the Chosen One, then that means y’all are the good guys, right?
RoboRider 2: And yer trying to silence them, big fella?
RoboRider 2: So…that means yer a bad fella. Bad fellas don’t get pie!
RoboRider 3 goes inside to throw away the pie.
Brutaka: NOO!! Curse you, Chosen One—you have cost me my pie!
Zadakh: How is this my fault? Your big mouth is what got you in trouble. Again.
Vhisola: Do we really have to fight this guy again?
Zadakh: Yeah, looks like. But chances are we’ll be able to damage him this time.
Vhisola: Oh, good…so, this is the last time we’ll have to fight him?
Zadakh: Somehow I doubt it. I’m getting a Gilgamesh vibe…
Brutaka: Enough expository banter!
Zadakh: Yep, that’s the Gilgamesh vibe.
Zadakh Lv 20
Vhisola Lv 19
Millennia Lv 19
>>Veil of Time
The party’s defense rose!
Brutaka: A healer? No, I don’t think so.
Brutaka Skill: Banish
Brutaka uses his Olmak to open a gate around Millennia, sending him away from the field.
Zadakh: Wha?! That’s not fair!
Brutaka: It’s in the script! I only sent him to the shore—he’ll be back by the time the battle is over.
Vhisola: Still, without Millennia this is going to be more difficult.
Suddenly, RoboRider 3 launches onto the field and knocks the Olmak off Brutaka’s face.
RoboRider 3: Need a hand?
Zadakh: Wait, RoboRider 3 can speak? And doesn’t have the same dialect as the others?
RoboRider 3: The name’s Lava, actually. I’m all for getting into a fight!
LAVA JOINED THE PARTY!
Lava is all about dealing out heavy damage. His strength is high, just like Zadakh’s, but his attacks are much more accurate and much more likely to deliver a critical hit. Aside from his axes, Lava can deal long-range physical damage with his Wheel skill, and as he levels up he will learn several fire-elemental skills. Repeat tutorial?
Zadakh: Cool! Welcome aboard, Lava.
Lava Lv 20
Critical hit—190 damage!
Brutaka attacks Vhisola! 90 damage!
130 damage! Armor break!
Critical hit—300 damage!
Brutaka: Ouch! U-Um…well, it’s not like I can beat you on an empty stomach! But I’ll be back!
Brutaka grabs his mask and warps away.
BOSS DEFEATED! GET 500 WIDGETS, 150 EXP!
Millennia rejoins the group.
Millennia: My apologies—I shall not be caught off-guard again!
Zadakh: Meh, don’t worry about it. Lava here stepped up as a new party member!
Zadakh: Wait what
Tutorial Box: You will make many friends on your journey, but you can’t have them all in your party. Maximum party size is three. When you have more than three potential party members, you must choose which three will be in your active party through the Party menu. You can change your party at any time. Repeat tutorial?
Zadakh: Darn…well, a healer is essential, and I’m the main character, so—
Vhisola: We don’t need two strength-focused fighters. The party would be much more balanced if we had Millennia for healing, me for magic damage, and then either you or Lava for physical damage.
Zadakh: …It seems I have taught you well. Okay then! Sorry, Lava, but as the main character there’s no way the player would—
Lava: Oh HECK yes! No way was I gonna take a back seat when there’s battles to fight! Okay, so what exactly are we doing?
Vhisola: We’re looking for a Citadel.
Lava: Oh, I know the way. Come on—we’ll fight our way through the legions of Dark Riders on the way there!
Lava drives off, Vhisola and Millennia following.
Zadakh: Um…I’m coming too! I’m the main character, remember…?
Several minutes later, the highway dead-ends in front of the Citadel. Inside is another glowing pillar, but this one has a computer terminal in front of it.
Vhisola: Will this give us instructions?
Vhisola presses a button on the computer. A laser shoots out of the screen, converts the party to data, and pulls them in.
Millennia: We’re…inside the computer?!
Lava: Um…yeah? We do this all the time, here. RoboRiders originated in cyberspace, y’know.
Zadakh: I am disappointed by the lack of Tron lines. I look exactly the same as before!
Lava: …Anyway, whatever’s controlling this Citadel must be in here. Let’s hunt it down and delete it.
Zadakh: I think you mean “de-rez.”
Zadakh: Also Millennia should use his Disk more often.
Vhisola: We get it, this is one big Tron joke for you. How many other people do you think actually saw that movie?
The party fights its way through several waves of enemies, ultimately reaching a sealed door.
Text Box: This door shall open to he who wields the Racer’s Title.
A racetrack is nearby. Zadakh slowly turns to face Vhisola.
Vhisola: Yes, I get it. Light Cycles. Except it’s a RoboRider racetrack, without the light ribbons or whatever.
Zadakh: Oh it’s not that—although that’s definitely a nice reference. No, I’m just infuriated that winning a mini-game is a requirement for progressing through the story. This is an RPG, not a racing game! Why do I have to be good at both genres to finish the game? It’s a terrible decision on the part of the developers.
Vhisola: …Okay…so, the racetrack?
Over at the track, several RoboRiders can be seen racing. A leaderboard can be found next to the door.
Millennia: I’m guessing we need to beat the time of whoever is currently in first?
Lava: That would be Ages, that blue RoboRider there. He’s the fastest thing in the program!
Ages: Gotta go fast.
Zadakh: Okay, I get it. So, how do we play this stupid mini-game?
Tutorial Box: You will be in control of Lava for this mini-game. Steer with the analog stick. Accelerate with Button 1. Brake with Button 2. Launch Fire Bolts with Button 3. Beat Ages to open the door! Repeat tutorial?
Zadakh: Okay, let’s get this over with.
One race later, the door opens.
Zadakh: Okay, now that we’re done with the obligatory mini-game, let’s—
Lava finds himself going another race.
Zadakh: …Oh no. The player has become addicted to the mini-game.
Lava goes racing again.
Vhisola: Is that a problem?
Zadakh: Sometimes the mini-games in RPGs really hook players, causing them to completely forget the main game. There’s no telling how long this could take.
Lava goes racing again.
Millennia: Oh no…
Vhisola: What a waste of time…
Zadakh: Well, reaching specific scores gives you special armor and weapons. Usually you can get some pretty good stuff off these mini-games. I guess it’s less frustrating when the mini-game is fun. Otherwise, you’re spending hours on some ridiculous task that makes you rip your hair out if you want to get some of the game’s best stuff.
Lava goes racing again.
Zadakh: If the player gets it right, we could end up with some super-awesome equipment before even taking on the second Citadel boss!
Four hours pass. Lava manages to win some decent equipment, but none of the top-ranking prizes.
Vhisola: Oh thank God, he’s finally giving up.
Lava: My wheels are killing me…
The party goes through the door and uses the Save Point inside. Down another staircase is a chamber with a massive, shadowy glob at the center.
Millennia: What is that thing? Its energy is so…
Lava: Is that…the Virus?
???: So…you remember me.
Two burning white eyes appear on the glob.
Virus: I am the Virus. I once ruled this land, until I was defeated by its greatest warriors. But Dume revived me, and now I am in control of the Citadel System!
Vhisola: So, this is a big deal, huh?
Lava: You have no idea…I get to fight the Virus!! Come on, battle start! Battle start!
Millennia Lv 24
>>Veil of Time
The party’s defense has been raised!
Vhisola Lv 24
Lava Lv 24
Virus Skill: Tendril Slash on Vhisola! 70 damage!
Zadakh: So…I guess I’ll just watch.
30 damage! Virus is frozen!
Vhisola regained 100 HP!
Ice broken! Critical hit—320 damage!
Virus Skill: Data Quake! Vhisola takes 109 damage! Millennia takes 87 damage! Lava takes 94 damage!
Zadakh: Oh, nice combo. I could’ve helped…
Critical hit—200 damage!
Virus Skill: Summon Tendrils
Four clawed tendrils pop out of the ground.
Zadakh: Oh, it’s one of those bosses. I would recommend—
Vhisola: Zadakh, we’ve got this! Just be quiet!
Tendril 1 takes 140 damage! Tendril 2 takes 140 damage! Tendril 3 takes 140 damage! Tendril 4 takes 140 damage! Virus takes 100 damage!
Critical hit—300 damage! Virus defeated!
Tendril 1 attacks Vhisola! 50 damage!
Tendril 2 attacks Millennia! 20 damage!
Tendril 3 attacks Lava! 40 damage!
Tendril 4 attacks Lava! 35 damage!
50 damage! Tendril 1 defeated!
Tendril 2 takes 120 damage! Tendril 2 defeated! Tendril 3 takes 119 damage! Tendril 3 defeated! Tendril 4 takes 124 damage! Tendril 4 defeated!
BOSS DEFEATED! GET 550 WIDGETS, 200 EXP!
ZADKAH LEVELLED UP!
VHISOLA LEVELLED UP!
MILLENNIA LEVELLED UP!
LAVA LEVELLED UP!
Zadakh: Good, I still get EXP when not in the active party. Looks like the developers did something right.
Virus: No…I have been defeated again…this…does not…compute!!
The Virus fades away, revealing a giant red button.
Millennia: Whew…the battle is over.
Zadakh: I think you mean…
Zadakh puts on glowing blue sunglasses.
Zadakh: End of line.
Vhisola: Nobody. Saw. Tron.
Zadakh: …Fine. But hey, that was an easy battle, right? The side-quests were worth it!
Vhisola: Save it. Go hit the button.
Grumbling, Zadakh walks over to the button and hits it. The party is teleported back outside the Citadel, which is no longer glowing.
Lava: So who are we going to destroy next?
Zadakh: The next Citadel is back in Bionicle Land. We’d better get go—
The party heads back into the Citadel computer, heading straight for the racetrack.
Zadakh: Oh come on! Haven’t you had enough?!