Navi Net-Shop

DragonierMan paid the man and stored the upgrades in a sack he brought with him. The four browsed a little more and then headed out.
((From Wrangler's Booth.))
Mach and Shrike materialized a good distance away from the Navi Shop, but only a dozen or so feet from the ground. Since landing was a bit precarious now, he decided to touch down in the relatively open link transfer area. However, he soon realized it might not be as "safe" as he expected. His "view" rapidly became filled with a latticework of icons so overlapped they were near impossible to decipher; each program that lay ahead within his detection range popped up on his "scope." The movement of dozens of programs made their names blur into illegible messes of text as they passed "through" one another.

Mach froze as his ruined eye blinked multiple times in a vain, muscle memory-induced attempt focus itself and try to make sense of the blurred mess ahead. Though blind, he was getting sensor overload from his replacement "eyes." Mach groaned aloud, dazzled and getting increasingly frustrated. While he could just turn the thing off, wandering around completely blind wasn't a good option, and Shrike wasn't designed to be a seeing-eye SP. He needed another option.

A thought flashed in his mind: his vision essentially became a radar scope. Normally, it's displayed from a top-down perspective, not from the user's first-person point of view. His engines didn't get the chance to fully spool back down before he kicked his throttles back up to get airborne once again. As soon as he got enough lift, he threw the SP and himself into a rapid climb. It seemed to work; the amorphous mess of signal returns started to fragment and spread out. As he climbed, he could finally get a sense of depth and the names above each "hit" became distinct enough to be legible. He leveled off and hanged in the air for a while so his mind could get a brief rest from the sensory overload. It was certainly a relief...

About a minute later, he picked up speed to head towards the Navi Shop. As he did, he spoke up to Mazer. "Found an issue." Mazer, who was quietly watching with a look of concentration on his face, responded. "From that rapid climb... wait, you didn't have depth perception; that's the issue, right?" Mach was spared the need to explain, which was a small relief. "Exactly. I need to be able to adjust my detection range, or filter out extraneous data," the Navi exclaimed as the NaviShop became ever closer. "Okay, I'll see what I can do. Another option would be to add another sensor to give you binocular vision, or something else to at least replicate depth perception," Mazer suggested just prior to Mach's descent towards the shop below.

Thankfully the walls of the shop would act as a buffer between him and the other returns from outside, but it was still a bit difficult to navigate due to the excess clutter. After finding his footing, he made his way to the first program that had the name "TempoMan" that appeared to be behind a counter and not near another program. He moved slowly and deliberately, not wanting to accidentally run into a display and/or other programs on the way.

Upon reaching the counter and who he assumed was one of the TempoMen that ran the shop, he produced a zenny datapacket. "I'd like two NC expansions with a Megafolder +2 program, and one Process Upgrade please," Mach requested in a conversational and polite, yet cold tone.

((Upgrades owned: PU 49, NC 17, HP 7 (combined 24)))

NC 18, 19: 14250z
Megafolder +2: 7000z
PU 50: 5000z
Total: 26250z
Watching the less-than-whole MachMan struggle to get to the counter, TempoMan seemed to think of assisting the Navi, but he reached the counter before the attendant Navi could. With the order received, TempoMan bowed politely. "Understood. Please wait a moment," he said, receiving the zenny packet. The packet shimmered in his hands as he verified the contents, and then disappeared in place of a holographic screen. A few short taps on it later, and a glowing data sphere appeared in front of MachMan.

"Thank you for your patronage. If there's anything we can help you with, please don't hesitate to ask," said TempoMan, bowing once more.

MachMan GET: NaviCust Upgrade x2, Process Upgrade x1, [MegaFolder+2] NCP
MachMan LOSE: 26250z (26295 -> 45)
Mach stood quietly while TempoMan processed the transaction, standing unnervingly still by virtue of his replacement limbs and his fully armored torso. He only started to move again after TempoMan announced the completion of the transaction, and a new data packet was detected on the counter.
"Understood," he rumbled back before his thin metallic fingers of his right hand wrapped around the data sphere. He lifted the sphere then seemed to mechanically tighten his grip slightly, causing the data sphere to "evaporate" as its contents were downloaded to the PET. The sphere completely disappeared in just a few moments, and Mach's hand swung back down to his side. "Have a good one," he said to TempoMan, then disappeared in a pulse of cyan light.

((Logged Out))
Current Zenny: 34560z.

Suzume walked into the Net-Shop. She was reading a data-slate as she walked to the front counter. "Hello there. I'd like, um, these following items."

PowerUP v6: 6000z
PowerUP v7: 7000z
PowerUP v8: 8000z
Process Upgrade v49: 4900z
Process Upgrade v50: 5000z

Total: 30900z

Total Zenny After: 34560z --> 3660z.
Suzume received a small nod as she moved towards a counter and Tempoman stepped across to her after serving another navi. He accepted the list and glanced down it, then looked back to her with a friendly smile and another quick affirmative nod.

"No problems here. Just one moment." Barely a moment did, indeed, pass, before a small coalescence of light formed between his hands and resolved into a bundle of packages, all neatly marked. He moved them across to Suzume after taking her payment.

"All done and confirmed. Enjoy your order! If there's anything else, just let one of us know. Have a good day!"

DragonierMan GET: PowerUp v6-8, Process Upgrades 49 and 50
DragonierMan LOSE: 30900z
Suzume collected the items and gave a little bow, followed by a wave, as she walked out of the Net-Shop. "Thank you. See you next time."
Nighty busts in, rushes to the counter and slaps 4750z on the table.

"Gimme two HPmem naow!" He squealed. "I gotta get stronger to help Dad! Also give me three process upgrades! I'll need those.

HP Memory v3: 1500z
HP Memory v4: 1750z
Process Upgrade v4: 400z
Process Upgrade v5: 500z
Process Upgrade v6: 600z

Total: 1500+1750+400+500+600 = 4750z
Tempoman popped up behind the counter, startled by the overly excited navi. "S-Sure, one moment." He ducked down for a minute and then came back up with a bag of upgrades. He counted out the money and deposited the bag on the counter. "All done and confirmed. Enjoy your order! If there's anything else, just let one of us know. Have a good day!"

Nightshade GET: HP Memory v3 and v4, Process Upgrades v4-6.
Nightshade LOSE: 4750z
Walking up to the counter, Jazz would simply slap down 7500z onto it. Excuse me Tempoman, could I get Buster Upgrades 2 and 3 as well as a floatshoes Navi Customization Part? Jazz asked simply.

(Buying: Buster Up 2 and 3 and a Floatshoes NCP)
82z left over
As Jazz approached, Tempoman was alredy zipping across to his position from serving another navi, but gave a polite smile and wave all the same.

"Good morning, what can I get for you... Buster upgrades? No problem. Just a moment." He ducked behind the counter and popped up again in precisely one moment, now sliding the requested software across to Jazz. "Here you are, two buster upgrades, and your shoe program. That'll be 7500." Once the transaction was processed, he stepped back from the counter and inclined his head.

"Thank you. Enjoy your purchases, have a good day, and do come again!" a moment later the approach of a different navi drew his attention and he darted away quickly to continue his work.

Jazz Lose: 7500z
Jazz Get: BusterUp v2 and 3, Floatshoes NCP.
Jazz nodded at Tempoman as he gathered up his buster upgrades, slipping his Floatshoes on almost immediately afterwards. Slowly floating away, Jazz gave a hearty goodbye before disappearing from Tempoman's shop
[>> Assistant to the Regional Manager - Bounty Shop.]

Wandering into the commercial area complex through one of the many entrances, Terra paused to look about at all of the different holo-displays that advertised various upgrade products. Most of them only caught a glance from her, but she stopped at one in particular, and looked down at her gloved hands, clenching and unclenching it. She then nodded to herself, and hailed down one of the shop's attendants. "Excuse me, I'd like to buy four of those upgrades," she said, pointing to the holo-display that she had been looking at.

- PowerUP (Charge) x4 (v5, v6, v7, v8) (5000 + 6000 + 7000 + 8000 = 26000z)
Zenny Change: 26675 - 26000 = 675z
As Terra flagged down a shop assistant, it turned out to be Tempoman himself who came to her rescue. He took her back to the counter quickly with a nod and a smile.

"More buster upgrades, hmm? We've been getting a lot of requests for those just recently. Some big firmware update, I imagine. well, let's have a look at you..." A brief scan light traced over Terra, before the navi gave her a nod. "Right, and it was four, was it? I'll have the right ones for you in just a moment."

In a gesture that took precisely one moment, tempoman turned around in place, and by the time her was facing Terra again ,he was setting a small data container down on the counter in front of her, with partitions for each upgrade.

"For you, that'll be a flat twenty-six grand zenny." He nodded and smiled to her again as the transaction was completed. "Excellent. Do enjoy your upgrades, and come again soon!"

Terra Lose: 26000z
Terra Get: BusterUp v5, 6, 7 and 8
Terra nodded curtly as the data container was placed down, and she inspected the package for a moment. As she was motioning to leave, she saw another holoscreen nearby that caught her eye, and her eyes narrowed as the advertised upgrade displayed its effects. Hesitating for a moment, she added, "Excuse me, I'd like to add something else," before indicating in the holoscreen's direction.

- Element Shot (500z)
Zenny Change: 675 - 500 = 175z
Turning back around towards Terra at her next inquerry for purchases, Tempoman took the woman's money and slid her an element shot. "Come again!"

Terra get: Element Shot
Terra Lose: 500z
Nodding in affirmation, Terra retrieved the upgrades that she had purchased, and began her jackout sequence, returning to her PET immediately.

[>> Second Home - Yoka.]
Exorcist wasn't sure how she felt to be going on another mission for the NetMafia, but she knew that they ought to be powered up going into it. Signing up for the Creel family, mostly in charge of public relations and recruitment for the mafia, hadn't changed the fact that the danger had been on par with what one would expect from Mafia business. Stunt had made not just her, but also her SPs, feeled humbled and powerless... going into her first official mission under the Mafia a bit better armed just made sense.

Of course, there was no need for TempoMan to worry about that. In a sense, she also felt refreshed, that she was able to do her shopping in person this time rather than relying on Burt for it, given that Suitachi always seemed ready to throw Burt out of the shop before he finished. She took a moment browsing, selected the upgrades she liked best, then tracked down TempoMan. "I think these will be good," she suggested, pointing at the ones she had in mind, then presenting her zenny in a data packet.

((Purchase: 1 PowerUP for attack stat, fourth PowerUP total (4,000z), 1 slashing upgrade (1,000z), HP +100 navicustomizer part (10,000z)

Total: 15,000z))
Nighty slammed the door open and zipped to the counter, shoving a large quantity of zenny into the shopkeeper face.

"Alright I need to make this quick. I need 3 Navicust expansions, four sig expansions and a new pair of floatshoes and they better be comfy to wear cause I need to fight alot and impress my dad!"

(2000+2250+2500+700+800+900+1000+2500=12650 which means I am left with 245z)
The shop was bust and both Exorcist and Nightshade found themselves met at different service desks by TempoMan. It was unclear which one was the real TempoMan and which was a stand in. Maybe they bother were?

"Bulking up there I see, ma'am, let me just check that for you..." His eye passed over Exorcist with a quick appraisal, then the upgrades she had selected, before he nodded. "Excellent." With a short gesture, exchanged the upgrades for her large investment of funds. "Hope they serve you well, and do come again!"

A short way down the service desk, the same TempoMan stepped to the counter to meet Nightshade as he zipped up, nodding a few times as the excitable navi listed his order.

"Not a problem young, sir. I'll have those for you in a jiffy." He cast a similarly appraising eye over the young navi and nodded to himself. "Right, I know what versions you need. One moment." With a brief turn, Tempoman faced Nighshade again, precisely one moment later, though he was now holding a moderately stacked bundle of upgrades in separate data packets. After he made the exchange, the shop navi winked at him with a grin.

"There you go. Enjoy, and good luck impressing people out there. Come back when you need more!"

Exorcist Get: PowerUP (v4), Slashing Upgrade, HP +100
Exorcist Lose: 15000z

Nightshade Get: FloatShoes, 3x NaviCust Expansions (NC number 1, 2 and 3, cumulative version count V5, 6 and 7), 4x Process Upgrades (V7, 8, 9 and 10)
Nightshade Lose: 12650 z