A piercing black light slammed into the ground, the resultant particles quickly reforming into a fluid, black form. Instantly, two luminescent globes — one pink, and one blue — slammed into the black form, generating an explosion of white light.
"Wh....Whoa," muttered Rass, taking a close look at his body. Though it was improbable that the subsystems carried any physical weight when they were moving through the protoplasm, Rass couldn't help but feel somewhat lighter as he jumped up and down experimentally. So far, so good, I guess, he thought as he stretched out his arms, It doesn't feel like my body is deteriorating, anyways... but then, it might just feel lighter because half of my upgrades and functions were just ripped out of me. I wonder what I can still do...?
Hmph, once again, you're lucky to have me around, said Tem, interrupting Rass' internal monologue and appearing in a patch of blue on his chest, I just finished procuring the body data, and it seems like we're still in decent shape. Our core stability is around 70%, and we've got control over the Rassboard module as well as the elastic properties of the protoplasm. In fact, the only thing that we're unable to do that we could do before is...
"Hmm... g-guess we can't heal then?" interrupted Rass, having called up the body data on a luminous display board in front of him and traced his finger down to the relevant query.
Yes, that's correct, said Tem, sounding somewhat irate for being interrupted, It should not be a problem since we have been allocated additional processing speed to compensate, and our evasive capacities are greater than Argo's. In fact, Suien did a remarkable job allocating the appropriate battlechips to best compensate for our lack of healing., so we should be fine for the most part. Nevertheless, we still need to exercise caution given that any damage sustained won't be negated easily.
"Hmm... glad you approve of the selections, Tem," said Suien, popping up on a video display near Rass' head, Oh, there's one more thing you two might have overlooked. You might be wondering about the upgrades I purchased back at Suitachi's before we left on this mission. I realized that reliance on battlechips for damage output makes us a little bit one-dimensional in terms of busting ability, so I made a few modifications to your fusion core. Since it's wired directly into your buster module, you should be able to see a drastic increase in its effectiveness. If you find yourself backed into a corner and you're not sure how to compensate, go ahead and give it a try." The fusionist duo could hear the sound of clicking keys in the background as Suien performed a final status check. "Hmm... okay, everything checks out on my end. How do you feel, Rass?"
Rass nodded. "I'm okay S-Suien. I'm ready to b-begin the operation whenever you give the go-ahead," he said, giving a quick salute to emphasize the point.
"Good to hear it. It doesn't look like you have any issues with operating, despite the decreased performance index and reduced battle ability. I'm glad that the split hasn't affected you all that much" said Suien, giving a nod of affirmation as he glanced off to his side, "Um... excuse me, I think I need to stop Argo from ripping his arm off."
A piercing black light slammed into the ground, the resultant particles quickly reforming into a fluid, black form. Instantly, two luminescent globes — one green, and one red — slammed into the black form, generating an explosion of white light.
"Ishamel! What the HELL!" shouted Argo, grabbing the barrel of the buster cannon and trying to pry it off his arm, "I didn't order a buster cannon! Get your stupid thing off my punching arm! I'll call you out if I need a gun!
CEASE YOUR FRUITLESS TUGGING, CORE SYSTEM ARGO! shouted Ishamel, IT IS NOT MY PREFERENCE TO BE ATTACHED TO YOUR ARM. HOWEVER, I DO NOT POSSESS THE SAME DEGREE OF INTERNAL MOBILITY IN THIS CONFIGURATION AS I DO WITHIN THE FUSIONIST PROTOPLASM! IF REMOVAL OF SUPPORT SYSTEM ISHAMEL IS DESIRED, I SUGGEST ACCESSING YOUR BODY DATA AND INITIALIZING APPROPRIATE CONFIGURATION CHANGES!
What?! Argh, alright, let me get that stupid data so I can figure out...! growled Argo, patting his massive frame in search of some sort of data readout, Let's see... body data... body data... wait, how the f*ck do I access my body data?!
PLEASE CEASE YOUR HUMOR ROUTINES, CORE SYSTEM! THE BODY DATA CAN BE ACCESSED IN A SIMILAR MANNER TO THAT OF CORE SYSTEM RASS. shouted Ishamel, QUERY: YOU DO UNDERSTAND THE BASIC FUNCTIONALITY OF CHECKING YOUR OWN CORE DATA, CORRECT?!
S...Shut up! It's not MY job to check the body data! Tem always does that for me! protested Argo, frantically searching his body for some sort of clue. His sleek, shiny, "badass" armor yielded no results as the imposing navi grew more and more concerned. "For binary's sake Ishy, of all the places you COULD have mounted yourself, you HAD to have chosen my good hand! How the hell am I supposed to kill things with a giant gun on my arm anyways?!"
...QUERY: DO YOU LISTEN TO YOURSELF TALK? retorted an incredulous Ishamel, SUPPORT SYSTEM ISHAMEL PERFORMED CALCULATIONS AND DEDUCED THAT THE RIGHT ARM IS THE MOST LIKELY DOMINANT ARM OF MOST NETNAVIS. THEREFORE, I HAVE MAXIMIZED EFFICIENCY BY ATTACHING MYSELF TO YOUR LEFT ARM!
Oh, great job, idiot, but you forgot that I'm left-handed! shouted Argo, having given up on finding his body data and resuming his original strategy of tugging on the massive buster, I swear, I'm going to tear this stupid thing off and just...
"No, Argo, you're not going to do that." interrupted Suien, appearing on a pop-up screen in front of the large, green pugilist, "I've taken a point scan of your body data, and I'm afraid that Ishamel's going to be stuck there until we get you guys reassembled... *if* we get you guys reassembled. If that's not enough to dissuade you from ripping your arm off, your vitals display a core stability of about 30%. I don't think your body would survive a shock like that."
Argo looked up at Suien in disbelief. 30%? You only allocated us 30% of the system resources? Why the hell would you do that? he protested, Rass and Tem are BOTH better at dodging than me! Why don't they have 30% are you TRYING to get us deleted?
Suien adjusted his glasses and shook his head. "The reason why your initial allocation is so low is because I transferred the Fusion Restorer function to you and Ishamel... so unlike Rass and Tem, you'll be able to recover the damage to your systems. Make sure you use it as soon as you encounter a threat, or else you'll be vulnerable to attack," he said, Honestly, you should check your body data files. If you would, you'd probably be more aware of what's going on. It's all in there, after all. The dark-haired netOp glanced away as he keyed in a few commands, speaking as he typed. "Oh, and be careful out there. If you get in trouble, make sure you work together with Ishamel. You two are like brothers, after all, so complimenting your own style with his will likely be a successful strategy, he chided.
AGREED, CORE SYSTEM ARGO! said Ishamel, the blaster cannon humming to life as he spoke, MOREOVER, ACHIEVING THE OPTIMAL RATE OF SYNCHRONIZATION WILL BE BEST SERVED BY WORKING TOGETHER TOWARD THIS COMMON GOAL. IT WILL BE MOST EFFICIENT TO BEHAVE AS QUOTE POP CULTURE REFERENCE: BROS ENDQUOTE FOR THE DURATION OF THIS MISSION!
Argo growled as turned away from the video popup, dusting the barrel of his new Ishamel-buster contemptuously as he trudged off into the network. "Bros shmose — laserbrains didn't even remember which was my good hand" he scowled, "I suppose I should be thankful he didn't try to "help" me by taking over both hands... guess this way I can get some practice in with my right, at least." With an experimental tightening of his green, gauntleted fingers, Argo nodded and grinned mirthlessly. "Alright, 'bro,' let's get this show on the road," he said, glancing around for any signs of malady within the experimental server, "Just remember the first rule of being a 'bro' — don't hold me back, or you'll regret it!"
< NetNavigator: Rass.EXE>
Output Quantity: 2 (A, B)
Current Combat Index: 18
OutputA: [Rass.EXE, Tem.EXE]
OutputB: [Argo.EXE (PRIMARY), Ishamel.EXE]
; (Current HP to give to each split. Max HP is retained at 100 for both.)
Energy Acceleration Subroutines:
OutputA: [two upgrades (5 Actions)]
OutputB: [one upgrade (4 Actions)]
; (How many Speed Upgrades for each split)
Integrated Attack Systems:
OutputA: [Fusionist Physics, RassBoard]
OutputB: [Fusion Restorer]
; (Which Sig Attacks to each split)
Battlechip Input Processes:
OutputA: [RockCube, Airshot, Widesword, Shotgun, ElecReel1, Sensor1, Discord, Wind, Guard1, DblBeam2, MachineSword, MiniBomb, HiCannon, SeaZone, Thunder]
OutputB: [Boomerang1, Vulcan2, MarkCannon1, Sword, Areagrab, Guard2, Wind, AuraHead1, ElecSword, CornShot1, Cactiball2, Bubbler, SideBamboo, FireHit1x2]
; (Which Chips to allocate to each split)
Combat Data Allocation:
; (Which Crosses to give to each split)
[[color=green]Confirm Process[/color]] [Abort Process] [Exit Program]
((Rass.EXE ready, Battle 1))
((Argo.EXE ready, Battle 1))