Solar-Powered Virus Busting!

Jack In

Juno's solar panels were spread open wide upon her back, the three of them trying to build up as much energy as they could before the eventual upcoming confrontation as she was ushered past all the buildings and their beautiful displays. Her arm already prepared as her standard buster as she was encouraged to walk through and find some viruses to bust. "A-are you... Sure?"

"Yes, I'm sure!" Luna said to her Navi, only encouraging the girl to shake her head as she held her arm at the ready. "Don't worry! I'll be sending you support along the way, just do what you do best, and everything will work out!"

"If you say so, I'm putting my faith in you."

Battle Ready
With wide eyes, Juno took in all she could on her tentative way forward, searching for that something, anything that would aid her on her quest. Her search amounted to...well, to a lot of flat land, really; she seemed to have landed in a rather quiet patch of the otherwise-blaring ElecTown Net. Nonetheless, a patch of land before her was glowing a soft, welcoming orange. Surely that warranted a look, and so on she went, with Luna watching and waiting eagerly for action.

The hazy glare receded the closer Juno got. The sounds of skittering could be heard from behind a monolithic RockCube - she was not alone. Before her, a lump sitting atop the glowing ground jumped suddenly, revealing two oversized feet poking out the end, and more to the point, a giant pickaxe brandished from nowhere. From afar, another bit of angry chittering alerted Juno to another presence. Metools, and they definitely weren't happy to see her.

-Viruses-
MagneakerMagneaker (Magneaker)

Magneaker viruses move and dodge slowly. Magneakers attack by launching MagBombs by default. When there is a stunned enemy on the field, however, they will instead charge at the stunned opponent with surprising speed. They are quick to react to the presence of stunned enemies, and execute this attack with very little delay. The DashAttack counts as a dodge against opponents attacking from any angle except dead-on or from directly behind the Magneaker. Magneakers do not charge at un-stunned enemies, unless there is a stunned target in-line with them. Magneakers have Omnishoes while executing a charge attack.

Area: Electown, Dentech, SciLab

HP: 70
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 15 Elec + Stun 1 + Blast 2
Primary Attack Accuracy: D
Primary Attack Description: Fires an EMP bomb that stuns the enemy.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Impact + Piercing + Stopped by Object
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: When an enemy on the field is stunned, this virus will spin around to face them, and immediately fly at them at high speed for an opportunistic body-slam attack.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): MagBomb1, Zenny
Special: Stopped by Object: Attack ceases execution when blocked by an Object. Attacks with this attribute also do not damage objects.
: 70Hp [Solar] [Behind RockCube]
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
A: 40Hp [Metal] [Far left field]
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
B: 40Hp [Solar][In front of RockCube]

-Navis-
Juno.EXE: 100Hp [Normal]

-Terrain-
50% Normal
  • No effects.
[Grid surrounding Juno]
30% Solar
  • Elec Elementals get +5 HP/action.
  • Wood attacks: +100% Source Damage, change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Stun1.
[Field adjacent to Juno]
20% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Outer regions]

-Objects-
RockCube: 200 HP [Center of Solar panels]

-ELIMINATION - DEFEAT ALL VIRUSES-
-Battle #1: START!-

"See! Told you we would find something interesting!" Luna would tell to Juno as she approached the strange, glowing patch of land. Of course, both of their experience with virus busting was usually only as a necessity, but the longer they explored, the more the operator began to grow excited at the concept.

"Yeah, I guess you- Wait a minute." She suddenly paused as the skittering sound immediately caught her attention, turning to face the RockCube before her. That sound definitely wasn't good, and the Metool that suddenly revealed itself from the ground in front of it was doubly not good. Paired with another sound of a third virus from a distance, Juno's worry suddenly picked up immensely.

"Three enemies. They have superior positioning. Luna, are you sure-"

"Yes! Don't worry, you can do this! I'm sending you a Shotgun chip to take care of that Metool up front!"

Juno's arm would quickly transform into the powerful Shotgun lining up her shot and carefully blasting the one-shot weapon as soon as she saw the eyes of the virus peeking up from his helmet. Right after the shotgun was fired, the Navi quickly shifted over to the side to try and dodge any attempt at a counter-attack.

"You know, that gives me an idea! Why didn't I ever think of this before?" If the viruses could use giant cubes as shields, why couldn't she use something herself? Juno would suddenly get an excited gleam in her own eye, spinning where she stood and urging the digital code to form her signature ship, The Atlas. It was a small, personal craft, barely able to fit herself.

"Wh- What are you doing!" Luna asked her Navi, definitely a bit confused about her sudden decision to break out the ship that could only hover just barely off the ground. It wasn't as if she could fly into the air and evade these Viruses.

"Don't worry! I got this!" Of course, Even Juno had to chuckle at the slight reversal of roles as her plan quickly formed into action. The ship would hopefully protect her from attacks, but nothing a little shielding couldn't help with. Placing her buster against the console, she quickly transferred over some of the energy stored within her pack, whirring the whole machine to life as a brief flash of orange light seemed to bend around the corners of the ship, hopefully enhancing how much it can take before it rips apart.

Immediately afterward, her eyes would glance over towards the Metool in the distance, grinning a tiny bit. Standing carefully in the open seat of the ship, Juno's solar panels themselves seemed to glow as energy was poured into her buster arm, pushing as much as she could before glancing over and blasting the charged shot directly at the virus that was bound to become a problem if forgotten about.

Summary
1. ShotgunDamage: 50 + Spread 1
Accuracy: A
Description: A gun whose shot penetrates an enemy to hit another one directly behind it.
Duration: Once
Element: Null
: 50 + Spread 1 (Acc: A) at Metool B
2. Dodge
3. Sig Attack: The Atlas (40 HP + Equippable Object)
Free Action. Subtype Ability: Masterwork (You may add 20 + 0 HP to an object's max HP as a free action. This can not be used on the same object more than once. (Once Per Turn)) The Atlas has 60 HP.
4. Buster Charge x1
5. Buster Charge x2
6. Charged Shot (5 + 1 * 5) * (1) x 4 Damage = 40 Damage at Metool A

The Atlas: 2TCD
Faced with her first battle, Juno decided to dive right in as it were, loading up a shotgun and taking a crack shot at the nearest metool before it could react further. A startled 'Meep!' was the only sound that followed the sound of her weapon firing. the shot pock-marked the cube behind, though didn't manage to pierce all the way through it.

The sound of fire let to another swift scuttling as the virus lurking behind the cube skittered out; it was green, and looked like a large bug, with a mortar vent where a horn might be. The moment it sighted Juno, it crouched low and launched a sparkling explosive from its head. Juno herself had just clambered into her spaceship, but didn't quite manage to move out of the way of the descending mortar; it exploded right by her and her ship rocked. The spreading blast was invasive enough to catch both the navi and her craft in its static wave, but the damage was minimal for now.

further off, the other metool took sight of their brief wobble and slammed its pick-axe into the ground, sending a rippling shock-wave fanning forward. By good fortune, and the little virus' poor aim, however, the attack thundered beneath them and to the side slightly, missing Juno and her vehicle.

The magneaker tried to land another static blast, but its aim was off this time, as the shell exploded mid air – perhaps it had presumed the ship was going to fly higher? Either way, Juno remained uninterrupted until she channelled as much raw solar power as she could into a shot that scorched the second virus from the network.

Speaking of solar power, Juno might notice, in the brief moment to take stock of things, that the magneaker had shifted slightly to settle on the glowing solar panels nearby, and seemed to be enjoying their warmth; her own affinity called faintly to the lightly glowing tiles as well, almost in response to the small singes and static burns she'd taken so far. Errant shocks and crackles from that blast were causing some degree of interference for the navi, for now, though it wouldn't take much to shake it off, probably.

-=Viruses=-
MagneakerMagneaker (Magneaker)

Magneaker viruses move and dodge slowly. Magneakers attack by launching MagBombs by default. When there is a stunned enemy on the field, however, they will instead charge at the stunned opponent with surprising speed. They are quick to react to the presence of stunned enemies, and execute this attack with very little delay. The DashAttack counts as a dodge against opponents attacking from any angle except dead-on or from directly behind the Magneaker. Magneakers do not charge at un-stunned enemies, unless there is a stunned target in-line with them. Magneakers have Omnishoes while executing a charge attack.

Area: Electown, Dentech, SciLab

HP: 70
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 15 Elec + Stun 1 + Blast 2
Primary Attack Accuracy: D
Primary Attack Description: Fires an EMP bomb that stuns the enemy.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Impact + Piercing + Stopped by Object
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: When an enemy on the field is stunned, this virus will spin around to face them, and immediately fly at them at high speed for an opportunistic body-slam attack.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): MagBomb1, Zenny
Special: Stopped by Object: Attack ceases execution when blocked by an Object. Attacks with this attribute also do not damage objects.
: 70Hp [Solar] [Beside RockCube]
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
A: DELETED
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
B: DELETED

-=Navis=-
Juno.EXE: 85Hp [Normal][Riding Atlas]

-=Terrain=-
50% Normal
  • No effects.
[Grid surrounding Juno]
30% Solar
  • Elec Elementals get +5 HP/action.
  • Wood attacks: +100% Source Damage, change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Stun1.
[Field adjacent to Juno]
20% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Outer regions]

-=Objects=-
RockCube: 150Hp [Center of Solar panels]

Atlas: 45Hp [Equipped to Juno]

-=Battle Mode=-
Extermination
Win Condition: Defeat all enemies
Additional Failure Condition: None

"Juno! Are you alright?" Luna quickly asked as soon as she realized that her Navi had taken damage. It might not look bad just yet, but the damage could definitely pile up if they weren't careful. Although, with only one enemy left it seemed like this specific confrontation might end rather soon.

"Yeah, I'm fine." The Navi replied, attempting to brush off the electricity that crackled against her skin. It stun a bit for sure, but if that was all the damage this virus could do to her, Juno was pretty confident. Shifting her weight in her personal craft, her eyes stared almost jealously at the Virus standing strong atop the solar panel tile beneath it. It wasn't even hurt! Why did they get such a warm solar glow!

"Time for a closer battle!" Slamming her buster arm against the ship itself, the solar-powered energy would quickly charge The Atlas up, moving close up towards the Magneaker and the RockCube, hoping to get some of the energy from the solar panel tiles for herself. As soon as it shot off, Juno quickly ducked down to try and attempt to dodge any attack the bug-like virus might make on her, leaving the ship to take the brunt of the blow.

"Good thinking! That mortar-like attack seems to be great at a distance! Hopefully, you can catch him off guard! Hold on, I got a chip for you!" As soon as the ship would come to a halt atop of the solar panels, the RageClaw1 chip was entered, transforming one of Juno's arms into the powerful bear claw.

It wasn't difficult for Juno to suddenly come up with a plan. She wasn't great at melee combat, but with this claw even she could slice through a virus with ease. However, the chip also had a second purpose. Her eyes drifting over towards the RockCube, it only took a second to come up with the idea. Leaping out of the craft and sliding down the side of her ship and onto the solar panel ground below, she quickly stabbed the bear claws directly into the rock cube itself, lifting it up into the air. "Yeah! Squish that bug!" Luna shouted in support as her Navi carefully took aim, eyeing up the target. As soon as she was confident, Juno tossed the massive stone directly at the Magneaker to hopefully squish it for good.

Not content to simply stand still just in case she missed her throw and the virus survived, Juno shifted into a more combat-worthy stance, moving in close only to quickly shift on her feet in another direction, feigning around them to slash as quickly as she could to hopefully destroy the virus for good.

"Yeah! Wreck him! Slice him, Dice him! Murderlize him!" Luna shouted out, incredibly proud of her own Navi.

Summary:
Free Action: Mobilize.
1. Dodge.
2. Take Aim
3. RageClaw1Damage: 40 + Slashing (Attack) OR 20 + Impacting (Throw)
Accuracy: B / B then B
Description: Creates an impressive bear claw. Can be used to slash or throw enemies or objects.
Duration: Until Overridden/Broken. Breaks automatically after 6 uses.
Element: Null
Special: Throw: The wielder must first grab the target to be thrown, then the target is thrown in the direction/area indicated. A second check is made if against another object/enemy. Throw deals damage to both thrown object/enemy and the second object/enemy. Damage occurs at point of collision with the ground/wall/ceiling/etc. or an object/enemy, not during initial grab attempt. Objects deal their max HP in damage (instead of the chip's damage) if they hit an object/enemy, then break. If they miss, the object just takes the chip's damage. This chip has a variety of uses.
: 40 + Slashing (Attack) OR 20 + Impacting (Throw) (Acc: B / B then B). Tossing the RockCube with 150 HP, atop Solar Panel tiles. 5 uses Remain.
4. Feint
5-6. RageClaw1Damage: 40 + Slashing (Attack) OR 20 + Impacting (Throw)
Accuracy: B / B then B
Description: Creates an impressive bear claw. Can be used to slash or throw enemies or objects.
Duration: Until Overridden/Broken. Breaks automatically after 6 uses.
Element: Null
Special: Throw: The wielder must first grab the target to be thrown, then the target is thrown in the direction/area indicated. A second check is made if against another object/enemy. Throw deals damage to both thrown object/enemy and the second object/enemy. Damage occurs at point of collision with the ground/wall/ceiling/etc. or an object/enemy, not during initial grab attempt. Objects deal their max HP in damage (instead of the chip's damage) if they hit an object/enemy, then break. If they miss, the object just takes the chip's damage. This chip has a variety of uses.
: 40 + Slashing (Attack) OR 20 + Impacting (Throw) (Acc: B / B then B). 3 Uses Remain.

The Atlas: 1TCD
Wishing to end the fight, Juno was quick to duck herself in case of attack, the Magneker was quick to retaliate for the Metools she had managed to delete, the bomb however soaring over her head and into the distance, crackling with electricity upon impact with the paneling far beyond what Juno and her ride were at. Taking aim towards the Magneker, she would make her movement onto the solar paneling and in a great show of strength, lifted up the dense rockcube, throwing it into the Magneaker, the virus letting out a squeal of pain as it was squashed beneath the mighty rock, leaving a pile of rubble where the virus once stood. Before long, Juno would begin to see bits and pieces of junk data across the field she had fought, one such piece...looking like one of the projectiles the Magneaker had lobbed at her, inert right now, but could turn into chip data for the stargazing explorer.

-=Viruses=-
MagneakerMagneaker (Magneaker)

Magneaker viruses move and dodge slowly. Magneakers attack by launching MagBombs by default. When there is a stunned enemy on the field, however, they will instead charge at the stunned opponent with surprising speed. They are quick to react to the presence of stunned enemies, and execute this attack with very little delay. The DashAttack counts as a dodge against opponents attacking from any angle except dead-on or from directly behind the Magneaker. Magneakers do not charge at un-stunned enemies, unless there is a stunned target in-line with them. Magneakers have Omnishoes while executing a charge attack.

Area: Electown, Dentech, SciLab

HP: 70
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 15 Elec + Stun 1 + Blast 2
Primary Attack Accuracy: D
Primary Attack Description: Fires an EMP bomb that stuns the enemy.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Impact + Piercing + Stopped by Object
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: When an enemy on the field is stunned, this virus will spin around to face them, and immediately fly at them at high speed for an opportunistic body-slam attack.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): MagBomb1, Zenny
Special: Stopped by Object: Attack ceases execution when blocked by an Object. Attacks with this attribute also do not damage objects.
: ROCK'D
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
A: DELETED
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
B: DELETED

-=Navis=-
Juno.EXE: 95Hp [Solar][Riding Atlas]

-=Terrain=-
50% Normal
  • No effects.
[Grid surrounding Juno]
30% Solar
  • Elec Elementals get +5 HP/action.
  • Wood attacks: +100% Source Damage, change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Stun1.
[Field adjacent to Juno]
20% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Outer regions]

-=Objects=-
RockCube: THROW'D

Atlas: 45Hp [Equipped to Juno]

-=Battle Mode=-
Extermination
Win Condition: Defeat all enemies
Additional Failure Condition: None

BATTLE 1 WIN!
Rewards: MagBomb1Damage: 30 + Blast 2 + Stun
Accuracy: C
Description: Magnetic bomb pins target
Duration: Once
Element: Elec
Trader Rank: D
+450z

"Look at you!" Luna shouted out with pride for her Navi, resting against the side of the ship as it faded away back into the digital code it once was. "You absolutely destroyed them! Squished them flat! Blasted them off the surface of the net! Woo!" She shouted excitedly, giggling softly to herself as Juno stood up straight and brushed off the few sparks that were tingling against her body.

"Yeah. Look at me." Juno responded, a soft, almost hesitant smile on her face as she looked around. Walking over, she quickly grabbed the inert projectile, carefully examining it in her hand before converting it into chip data to be used later. "You know? That... actually wasn't too bad. " She continued to glance around, enjoying the soft warmth of the solar panels beneath her feet as she started to slowly walk. "I mean, in the end I only took a few nicks and bumps, nothing I can't patch out."

"That's because we're a team! As long as I got your back, I'm positive you can beat like, well almost anything! Eventually, anyways." Juno smiled listening to Luna's words, unable to shake the surprising happy feeling away. Maybe virus busting more often would be a little bit of fun.

"I think I'm ready to find some more." She said, brushing off the final shocks along her skin. The solar panels on her own back folded in, confident she had enough energy to last her quite a bit of time.

"You sure?" Surprised, Luna spoke in an almost shocked tone before quickly recovering. "I mean, of course, you're sure! It was our first real battle! I'm sure we can handle an encore!"

"Yeah, why not? Let's just keep on fighting until I need to rest. Hopefully the viruses I find next might also prove to have some useful chip data for us as well." And with that, Juno quickly began to jog off at a decent pace further into the net. At the very least, if they were going to be busting viruses a lot in the future, the combat experience would certainly be worthwhile to have.

((Next Battle Start))
Flush with confidence from her first victory, and a relatively clean win at that, Juno was more than eager to search out some more viruses to take care of, and set off through the Electown net. Natural inclination saw her following a winding solar trail that wove back and forth between rises and valleys in the network terrain, many of which held small domes or pieces of complicated looking technology at their peaks and dips.

The pathway itself rose and fell in soft undulations as well, though it remained fairly stable through the uneven landscape. Ahead, between the hills, Juno caught sight, once or twice, of a broad, low building, with a tower structure rising high from its centre, and it looked like the pathway she was on might be leading towards it, but before she could draw any closer, a crash of metal and shattering glass erupted from a nearby hillside as shattered panels cracked outwards in all directions.

Several shapes emerged from the sudden hole, arraying themselves on the pathway ahead of Juno as they each looked around. The group seemed to have been led by a pair of long-bodied, drill-shaped viruses, with heads that still ground and rotated as they shook themselves off. Behind them, a helmeted virus with a long, electrified sword drifted out of the punctured hole in the hillside, waving its sword about to clear the smoke and dust.

It turned to face Juno and drew back for a moment, startled, then pointed its sword in her direction, shouting something in an unintelligible viral chatter. The two drixols turned to face her as well, and took up ready stances, their drill pieces beginning to rev up again.

“Meep!” A small voice from behind Juno called out in obvious frustration, and if the navi looked back, she'd catch sight of a single metool rushing up behind her. It seemed to be dragging a small sign behind it, with something written in large letters as it ran, and was visibly flustered and out of breath. Maybe it had missed an earlier appointment? Either way, as it approached from behind and saw the battle about to take place, he small helmet-wearing virus skidded to a halt and shook its head, rolling its eyes as it dropped the sign and pulled its pickaxe out of the air instead.

The other thing Juno had enough time to see was that, within the broken hole that this group of viruses had just torn in the nearby hill, a bright glint of green light flickered, just barely in sight.

-=Excavating Viruses=-
Swordy-ESwordy-E (Swordy-E)

Area: SciLab, Electown, NAXA

HP: 80
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 15 Elec + Long Range Attack + Slashing
Primary Attack Accuracy: B
Primary Attack Description: When this virus is 2 panels away from the target, or its enemies are 2-deep, it will attack with Elec Blade.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Wide Range Attack + Slashing
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: When this virus is standing directly adjacent to its target, or diagonally from it, it will attack with Elec Sword.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): ElecKnife, Zenny
Special: Swordy-E's are immune to Stun Status.
Special: Uses Area Grab to get into attack range.
: 80Hp [Metal] [Forward and left of Juno, a little behind the Drixols]
DrixolDrixol (Drixol)

Area: Electown, Kotobuki Town, Hades Isle

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Break + Piercing
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Flies at a line of enemies, drilling through all in its path.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: (Teleport) + (20 Null + Break + Piercing)
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: After the initial flying drill attack, this virus teleports through a hole in space, and makes a second pass at the chosen enemy target from a new direction.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DrillArm1, Zenny
Special: Omnishoes when attacking.
Special: This virus will never execute its secondary attack without using its primary attack first, and always in immediate succession. Any other actions it takes must occur outside of this sequence. If anything causes an interruption between its primary attack action and secondary attack action, they revert to starting their primary attack again.
A: 90Hp [Solar] [Directly ahead of Juno]
DrixolDrixol (Drixol)

Area: Electown, Kotobuki Town, Hades Isle

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Break + Piercing
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Flies at a line of enemies, drilling through all in its path.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: (Teleport) + (20 Null + Break + Piercing)
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: After the initial flying drill attack, this virus teleports through a hole in space, and makes a second pass at the chosen enemy target from a new direction.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DrillArm1, Zenny
Special: Omnishoes when attacking.
Special: This virus will never execute its secondary attack without using its primary attack first, and always in immediate succession. Any other actions it takes must occur outside of this sequence. If anything causes an interruption between its primary attack action and secondary attack action, they revert to starting their primary attack again.
B: 90Hp [Metal] [Forward and right of Juno]
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
: 40Hp [Solar] [A short way directly behind Juno]

-=Solar-Powered Navigator=-
Juno.exe: 95Hp [Solar]

-=Terraced Terrain=-
35% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Most of the area directly around the central solar path]
35% Normal
  • No effects.
[Further out from the path to either side]
30% Solar
  • Elec Elementals get +5 HP/action.
  • Wood attacks: +100% Source Damage, change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Stun1.
[Central winding path through the area]

-=Unburied Treasure?=-
GMD: 20Hp [Normal] [Just behind and left of the main virus group]

-=Battle Mode=-
Extermination:
Win Condition: Defeat all enemies
Additional Failure Condition: None

-=Battle 2, Start!=-

The path was certainly convenient, she had to admit. It's warm glow certainly felt nice, especially considering she was so used to using solar energy on her own anyways. It was a nice reprieve, with the tower in the distance certainly something to aim towards. However, before she could really think too much about what could be going on inside that tower in the distance, the panels up ahead shattered as viruses quickly began to flee from the hole, putting themselves directly in her path.

Two drill-like viruses, rotating rather dangerously about, as well as virus wielding an electric sword of all things, trying to clear the air. For a second, she was hoping they wouldn't notice her until she could prepare or maybe even check out whatever that green flickering light was, but it was too late. With the strange chatter, they all looked at her, and it was too late to attempt any sort of surprise.

"Behind you too!" Luna said as Juno's head quickly whipped around, just in time to see the Metool tossing down a sign to pull up his signature pickaxe after rolling his eyes. What... was he doing with that sign? What did it even say? Did viruses do things other than just cause problems for the net? Questions going through her mind with no immediate answer, she quickly shook her head. This was combat, not a research session! But...

The main worry was the three viruses up ahead, who certainly looked more dangerous than the one behind, but being flanked by them, it was a bad idea to stay put. Wasting no time, with her feet firmly planted on the solar panels beneath her feet, Juno quickly summoned her personal vessel once more, The Atlas forming around her, it's metal sheen already shining with the orange-glow from her buster immediately slamming down onto the console to enhance the ship's overall defense.

"I'm going to send you that new chip we just got! With some of those nasty viruses standing on metal, hopefully they get a real nasty shock!" And with that, suddenly the projectile from before formed within her palm. This time, the bomb seemed definitely active. Not super experienced with explosives, Juno felt almost unsure with the bomb simply resting in her hand. Taking careful aim, hoping that the ship itself would protect her from any virus attacks in the meantime, Juno suddenly tossed the bomb close enough to the trio of viruses, but hopefully not too close to the cave opening to destroy whatever was inside there.

"Backing up!" Not wanting to stay close to these assumable melee-ranged viruses any longer than she had to, Juno had the ship immediately back up at full speed, hopefully moving around the Metool that was almost definitely closer by, ducking down in the ship to hopefully prevent attempts at retaliation for their suddenly explosive attack.

It would be easy to whip out another chip and blast the Metool to data bits, or at least so Juno thought. Especially as Luna loaded up the Shotgun chip for her Navi, she even pointed the weapon directly at the little guy, only to suddenly frown and switch targets immediately and quickly blast in the direction of the hopefully stunned drill viruses, hoping to get at least some collateral damage from the blast. Maybe it was the wrong decision, but something about the way he rolled his eyes, how he even had a sign, her curiosity was just too much, getting the better of her. He was doing something, asides from just trying to hurt people, but what was it?

"Look!" She shouted out the Metool nearby. "You clearly don't look like you wanted to be here! So just... I don't know! Scurry off somewhere else!"

"Juno! What are you doing? You could have just destroyed him!" Her operator responded, immediately confused by Juno's actions.

"I'm not built for virus busting, you know! I see something weird and I investigate! I update old tech! I'm used to fixing things that are broken! Blame curiosity, I guess! The Metool is the least dangerous thing here anyways! Now quick! Give me something else to keep the distance!"

"Uh... Alright, yeah. Here! Zap them good!" Luna was clearly confused, but she wasn't going to argue too much. Quickly loading up the ZapRing1 chip, Juno's buster immediately bulked up with a more circular shape visible in the middle of it. Aiming at whatever virus was closest to her besides the Metool and blasting the ring-like shape of electricity, hopefully frying them to bits.

1: Summoned The Atlas. (40 HP)
Free: Masterwork. The Atlas (40+20HP)
2: Take Aim
3: MagBomb1Damage: 30 + Blast 2 + Stun
Accuracy: C
Description: Magnetic bomb pins target
Duration: Once
Element: Elec
: 30 + Blast 2 + Stun (Acc: C) at Swordy-E, Drixol A and Drixol B
Free: Mobilize, moved back as much as they could, behind the Metool.
4: Dodge
5. ShotgunDamage: 50 + Spread 1
Accuracy: A
Description: A gun whose shot penetrates an enemy to hit another one directly behind it.
Duration: Once
Element: Null
: 50 + Spread 1 (Acc: A) at Drixol A
6. ZapRing1Damage: 40 + Stun 1
Accuracy: A
Description: Shoots electricity in a ring shape to stun an enemy in their tracks.
Duration: Once
Element: Elec
: 40 + Stun 1 (Acc: A) at Drixol B

The Atlas: 2TCD
With obvious hostiles ahead and only dubiously hostile entities behind, Juno fixed her attention first on the cluster of viruses that had just emerged from the destroyed hill side. As she summoned her craft, however, both of the drill viruses darted forward in piercing lines, attempting to drill through her position. One barely missed her, just to one side, while the other crashed hard through the side of her little space craft, dealing it heavy damage.

The two drills were behind her now, their attack runs having crossed over her position, and the Swordy raised its blade. A moment later, it was gone, and Juno had to turn quickly to find that it, too, was now behind her, having warped to her back, ready to swing its blade.

The change in circumstance didn't change the solar-powered navi's overall plans, however, and she lobbed her explosive mag bomb into the space just behind the Swordy, catching both it, and the two drills in the blast wave, despite their swift movement. The metool, a short way further back, squeaked in shock and ducked down under its helmet.

Though sparks crackled across the two drill viruses, they each continued on for a short distance, before disappearing into small wormholes. They reappeared from different angles, more cleanly aimed at Juno and her craft an racing towards her from either side at full drilling speed. By some unlikely fluke, however, the two drills shot past her, missing both Juno and her craft by mere hairs.

The Atlas was badly damaged but it was still capable enough of repositioning its pilot out of the heat, and as she moved the ship around and called her suggestion to the metool, it peeked up at her from underneath its helmet with large eyes. This close, she could see the sign it had dropped more clearly. the front side of it read “Welcome to your first virus battle”, in large crayon script, with a trio of cartoonishly drawn metools underneath, with happy eyes and confetti streamers scattered about. Beneath that, a second line, in equally enthusiastic writing, read “Prepare for destruction! Hurray!” More streamers and party poppers were drawn about the border of the sign.

Odd as that might be, Juno still had some energy left, and quickly delivered a shotgun blast to the back end of one drill, then turned and launched her other attack at the second one. Both attacks caught the two viruses blindside, and the extra damage was enough to send them crashing in the panels where they began to break down.

The Swordy swivelled to face her, then lunged with its blade, the crackling length seeming almost to stretch out towards her, but Juno was able to juke her little craft well enough to avoid the lance of electricity. where the stunning static of her bomb had been coating the two drill viruses before their timely demise, the Swordy didn't seem to be affected by the stunning properties of the bomb as it readied its sword to keep attacking.

Behind her, Juno heard a quiet 'Meep!', and a backward glance would show her the little metool beginning to leg it away from the battle scene, dragging its sign board behind it now.

-=Excavating Viruses=-
Swordy-ESwordy-E (Swordy-E)

Area: SciLab, Electown, NAXA

HP: 80
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 15 Elec + Long Range Attack + Slashing
Primary Attack Accuracy: B
Primary Attack Description: When this virus is 2 panels away from the target, or its enemies are 2-deep, it will attack with Elec Blade.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Wide Range Attack + Slashing
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: When this virus is standing directly adjacent to its target, or diagonally from it, it will attack with Elec Sword.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): ElecKnife, Zenny
Special: Swordy-E's are immune to Stun Status.
Special: Uses Area Grab to get into attack range.
: 50Hp [Solar][Directly behind Juno]
DrixolDrixol (Drixol)

Area: Electown, Kotobuki Town, Hades Isle

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Break + Piercing
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Flies at a line of enemies, drilling through all in its path.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: (Teleport) + (20 Null + Break + Piercing)
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: After the initial flying drill attack, this virus teleports through a hole in space, and makes a second pass at the chosen enemy target from a new direction.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DrillArm1, Zenny
Special: Omnishoes when attacking.
Special: This virus will never execute its secondary attack without using its primary attack first, and always in immediate succession. Any other actions it takes must occur outside of this sequence. If anything causes an interruption between its primary attack action and secondary attack action, they revert to starting their primary attack again.
A: DELETED
DrixolDrixol (Drixol)

Area: Electown, Kotobuki Town, Hades Isle

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Break + Piercing
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Flies at a line of enemies, drilling through all in its path.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: (Teleport) + (20 Null + Break + Piercing)
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: After the initial flying drill attack, this virus teleports through a hole in space, and makes a second pass at the chosen enemy target from a new direction.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DrillArm1, Zenny
Special: Omnishoes when attacking.
Special: This virus will never execute its secondary attack without using its primary attack first, and always in immediate succession. Any other actions it takes must occur outside of this sequence. If anything causes an interruption between its primary attack action and secondary attack action, they revert to starting their primary attack again.
B: DELETED
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
: 40Hp [Solar][Further behind Juno, fleeing]

-=Solar-Powered Navigator=-
Juno.exe: 100Hp [Solar][Atlas Equipped: 20/60Hp]

-=Terraced Terrain=-
35% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Most of the area directly around the central solar path]
35% Normal
  • No effects.
[Further out from the path to either side]
30% Solar
  • Elec Elementals get +5 HP/action.
  • Wood attacks: +100% Source Damage, change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Stun1.
[Central winding path through the area]

-=Unburied Treasure?=-
GMD: 20Hp [Normal] [Just behind and left of the main virus group]

-=Battle Mode=-
Extermination:
Win Condition: Defeat all enemies
Additional Failure Condition: None

She had to admit, she definitely wasn't prepared for the drills that smacked against her ship when they came, fighting to keep her balance in The Atlas as it had moved back. However, the sign... She almost made an exaggerated aww sound almost immediately. It was, by and large, the single most cutest thing she had ever seen, even if it was attempting to be threatening. The Metool was supposed to be with the other two, but he was late! He wanted to be there for her first real virus busting session! Ignoring the fact that she had kind of busted the other two with ease, the third boy was now safely running off. She didn't know exactly what to think about how he had been planning to destroy her, but it was just... too cute to be threatening. It was no doubt going to be hard to hurt Metools in the future, especially if they kept doing stuff like this. Just... too cute. Even Luna sighed with an affectionate aww.

Regardless, there was still at least one aggressive virus still trying to attack them. This strange knight-looking virus with an electric sword had just narrowly missed her craft and she definitely didn't want to know what it would feel like when a sword built like that would strike anything metal, including her.

"Let's make short work of this guy, Juno! Cannon chip, incoming!" Hopefully, this made short work of the virus, especially considering they were so close. The cannon forming on her arm, Juno quickly leaned out of the craft and blasted the powerful weapon hopefully directly at the chest of the sword-wielding virus.

Just in case it didn't work, however, Juno would once again duck into her craft, letting her buster charge up to its max capabilities once more. The whole arm glowing with charged energy, she quickly popped back up and blasted the full strength of her lasers directly at them. On top of that, she'd fire a single extra laser at basic strength just for good measure.

Wiping her brow almost on instinct, Juno let out a quiet sigh, hoping it was all over. If she was being honest with herself, all she wanted to do was learn more about that adorable Metool, and maybe investigate the shiny green object in the cave they had revealed.

Summary:
1: CannonDamage: 60 + Knockback
Accuracy: A
Description: A decent sized cannon with a single shot.
Duration: Once
Element: Null
: 60 + Knockback (Acc: A) at Swordy-E
2: Dodge
3. Buster Charge x1
4. Buster Charge x2
5. Charged Shot. 40 Damage at Swordy-E
6. Buster Shot. 10 Damage at Swordy-E

The Atlas: 1TCD
Being momentarily distracted by the Metool's hijinks didn't stop Juno from dealing with the last of the still-hostile viruses, as Luna sent in some assistance to help deal with the Swordy. As the Cannon was leveled at the knight, the Swordy also got itself ready to deliver a strike to her. Her projectile fired just as the blade was swung, and she managed to duck back into her craft just in time to avoid it. Unfortunately, that also meant that the Cannon went off course, but that was remedied with a supplementary laser or two right after, destroying the errant knight. Behind them, the Metool seemed to be hauling away pretty quickly, so it seems like they were done for the moment. The Mystery Data crystal spun in place, though decrypting it would take time if Juno also wanted to catch up to the fleeing Metool.

-=Excavating Viruses=-
Swordy-ESwordy-E (Swordy-E)

Area: SciLab, Electown, NAXA

HP: 80
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 15 Elec + Long Range Attack + Slashing
Primary Attack Accuracy: B
Primary Attack Description: When this virus is 2 panels away from the target, or its enemies are 2-deep, it will attack with Elec Blade.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Wide Range Attack + Slashing
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: When this virus is standing directly adjacent to its target, or diagonally from it, it will attack with Elec Sword.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): ElecKnife, Zenny
Special: Swordy-E's are immune to Stun Status.
Special: Uses Area Grab to get into attack range.
: DELETED
DrixolDrixol (Drixol)

Area: Electown, Kotobuki Town, Hades Isle

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Break + Piercing
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Flies at a line of enemies, drilling through all in its path.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: (Teleport) + (20 Null + Break + Piercing)
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: After the initial flying drill attack, this virus teleports through a hole in space, and makes a second pass at the chosen enemy target from a new direction.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DrillArm1, Zenny
Special: Omnishoes when attacking.
Special: This virus will never execute its secondary attack without using its primary attack first, and always in immediate succession. Any other actions it takes must occur outside of this sequence. If anything causes an interruption between its primary attack action and secondary attack action, they revert to starting their primary attack again.
A: DELETED
DrixolDrixol (Drixol)

Area: Electown, Kotobuki Town, Hades Isle

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Break + Piercing
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Flies at a line of enemies, drilling through all in its path.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: (Teleport) + (20 Null + Break + Piercing)
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: After the initial flying drill attack, this virus teleports through a hole in space, and makes a second pass at the chosen enemy target from a new direction.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DrillArm1, Zenny
Special: Omnishoes when attacking.
Special: This virus will never execute its secondary attack without using its primary attack first, and always in immediate succession. Any other actions it takes must occur outside of this sequence. If anything causes an interruption between its primary attack action and secondary attack action, they revert to starting their primary attack again.
B: DELETED
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
: 40Hp [Solar][Further behind Juno, fleeing]

-=Solar-Powered Navigator=-
Juno.exe: 100Hp [Solar][Atlas Equipped: 20/60Hp]

-=Terraced Terrain=-
35% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Most of the area directly around the central solar path]
35% Normal
  • No effects.
[Further out from the path to either side]
30% Solar
  • Elec Elementals get +5 HP/action.
  • Wood attacks: +100% Source Damage, change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Stun1.
[Central winding path through the area]

-=Unburied Treasure?=-
GMD: 20Hp [Normal] [Just behind and left of the main virus group]

-=Battle Mode=-
Extermination:
Win Condition: Defeat all enemies
Additional Failure Condition: None

-=Battle 2, Victory!!=-
Rewards: DrillArm1Damage: 60 + Break + Knockback + Long Attack
Accuracy: B
Description: A long drill is created to bore through enemies. It can hit one enemy twice, and a second enemy once.
Duration: Once
Element: Null
Special: Knockback paired with Long Attack causes the drill to hit close ranged targets twice, instead of once. This is because it pushes the closest target through both hit zones. Knockback only triggers once.
Trader Rank: D
Battlechip, 800z

"Look at you! Getting better with every fight! You didn't even take a scratch that battle!" Luna spoke excitedly, grinning ear to ear in pride over her Navi's accomplishments. Perhaps they weren't the best of virus-busting pairs out there, but they were doing great so far, and that was enough for now.

"Actually... yeah! Come to think of it, yeah! Using my ship as a shield was perhaps the best thing I could have ever thought of!" At the mention of the Atlas, it faded away once more. "I mean, I can always bring back the ship even when it shatters, so I don't see why I shouldn't be doing it all the time, honestly!"

She paused suddenly, slowly looking around the field as her eyes quickly drifted between the shiny green mystery data in the distance, as well as the adorable Metool running off. "Uhh..." Her eyes drifted back and forth between them over and over again, unsure what to do for a brief moment. "H-hey! Wait up little guy!" Running over, she quickly grabbed the mystery data into her hands, dashing after the little guy. His tiny legs couldn't bring him too far away too fast, could it?

"H-hey! You! Buddy, wait!" She spoke, hopefully catching up with him and trying to get his attention. As soon as she did so, Juno would pause to catch her breath. "You... Look. I uh, I think I get it. You we're supposed to be there for my first fight, huh? You were running after me? That's..." She let out a quiet sigh, unable to stop from smiling a tiny bit. "Honestly, kind of endearing. In a strange sort of, aggressive intent to destroy me, sort of way." Even as she spoke, she motioned towards the sign he was carrying. "You... made that sign, didn't you? Goodness, you really are too cute, you know that? You put in so much effort, huh?" And with that, a quiet giggle escaped her lips. "You know... I uh, don't actually know if you can even understand me, now that I think about it. But do you uh... Maybe want to watch me bust some other viruses? Since you weren't there for my first battle? ...Wait, is that wrong? Somehow?"

Luna could only offer a shrug. It wasn't as if she knew any better.

"... Well uh, at the very least, don't run away! I mean, if you want, I can help lead you back to the homepage if you want!"

"What?" Luna exclaimed out almost immediately. "You're just, inviting viruses onto my computer?" She was kind of in shock, but all it took was that sweet pleading expression from Juno and another look at the sign to convince her, even if she wasn't entirely happy with it. "... Okay. Fine. But you better make sure he stays away from anything important."

"Yes!" The curious navi exclaimed, delighted to learn more about this adorable creature, despite the fact they were aggressive viruses, to begin with. Perhaps some research in the future might be good to figure out! "You hear that little guy?" She'd kneel down, attempting to gently pat the top of his signature helmet. "Let's take you home, huh?"

Hoping the virus agreed to the rather odd request in general, her eyes drifted up to the intriguing tower in the distance, only to wave her hand dismissively. She could always come back later, perhaps. However, her priorities were set. Escort this beautiful little guy through the net and back home, while making sure no one else hurt them... Oh, that might be the hard part.

"Oh, uh. One second." Juno finally put the mystery data down, eyeing it carefully. "Let me just decrypt this and we can get on our way, okay?" Her eyes would glance down at the virus, trying to get him to understand before working on it.

((Battle start! Decrypting the GMD, and hopefully leading the Metool out of the main net and back onto her homepage, likely avoiding any majorly populated areas for obvious reasons, and probably running into trouble along the way.))
Torn briefly between places to explore and friends to make, Juno came to a decision and scooped up her prizes before chasing after the fleeing metool. Getting the mystery data comfortable to travel was quite a hassle – the data stores weren't made to be easy to transport, but soon enough she was tracking down the little virus.

It seemed to be able to move much quicker than the space-navi anticipated, but she caught its trail before long and gradually caught up, calling out to it as she went. They had veered far of the winding solar pathway, and chased now between the uneven hills and oddly complex-looking structures and devices of the wilder section of the Electown network.

by the time Juno caught up to the running virus, they had ventured into an area that looked to have the hallmarks of a dilapidated and long-forgotten city district, covered in the remains of broken advertisement signs and crashed electronic devices.

As she caught up and began calling out, the metool seemed to have slowed down and gotten distracted by something amidst the ruins, prying open a damaged panel on a vehicle with its pickaxe curiously, before jumping, with a small start, to face Juno.

It tilted its head slightly as she spoke, first one way, then another, blinking large eyes at her with its pickaxe still partially wedged in the machine panel. After she finished her explanation and unusual offer, the little virus watched her for another moment, then let out a happy 'Meep!'. At least, it sounded happy? It was hard to tell. At the same time, it pulled its pickaxe free and the panel creaked pen, dropping to the ground with a heavy metal clang that echoed through the junked network space. The little virus squeaked again and hid under its helmet at the loud sound.

This gave Juno time at least to quickly unpack the data crystal she'd been lugging around. One quick decryption later and the crystal unfolded and opened out its facets to deposit a packet of chip data in her palm – had someone been using the data crystal as a freezer? Oh well. Juno didn't have too much time to think about it directly. The echoing sound of the disturbed panel had spread around the run down and forgotten net space and was being answered now by the sounds of shifting metal and disturbed detritus.

Looking around, she was able to see movement amidst the various wreckages. To piles of debris had shaken themselves off to reveal a pair of viral tanks beginning to trundle their way towards Juno from opposite angles, while directly ahead, a larger virus with oversized magnets for hands hovered out from behind a broken advertisement sign. A bolt of electricity arced down from the sky above and blasted away some more shards of metal and broken glass from a different junk heap, revealing a metallic scarecrows that crackled with electricity. Beside her, the little metool peeked up at Juno from under its helmet with over-large eyes, then huddled down again quickly.

((GMD: IceCubeHP: 100
Properties: Normal, AquaBody, Buoyant
Object Damage: 100 + Impact
Damage Method: Telekinesis, knockback, Throw
Accuracy: Special
Description: Summons a large ice cube.
Duration: Until destroyed.
Element: Aqua
Special: AquaBody: Immune to Aqua damage.
Special: Buoyant: Object floats on liquid terrain.
Special: Ice Property: This object is weak against Fire instead of Elec.
Special: Ice Type: This chip counts as Ice Type for the purposes of potentially freezing targets on Aqua Element Terrain or environments, as applicable.
Trader Rank: D
))

-=Disturbed Residents=-
ScarecrowScarecrow (Scarecrow)

Scarecrow attack every action, if able. Every time they attack, they recover HP equal to their attack power regardless of whether or not they hit anything. This virus type also has the rare ability to absorb Elec element damage as healing for the same amount. They are immune to any status effects associated with Elec element damage/attacks. Scarecrows are anchored to the ground, and thus enjoy the effects of SuperArmor. Scarecrow are never encountered underground or indoors.

Area: Electown, Dentech, NAXA

HP: 100
Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Elec + Piercing + Recover20
Attack Accuracy: A
Attack Description: Conducts thunder, healing itself.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DollThunder1, Zenny
Special: Immobile.
Special: SuperArmor: Immunity to Knockback, Microburst, Pull, Gravity, and similar effects.
Special: Lightning Rod: This virus absorbs Elec attacks as Healing.
: 100Hp [Metal][Behind Juno]
CatackCatack (Catack)

Catacks move at a slow rate and their dodges are generally bad. They can, however, attack in any direction while moving or attempting to dodge.

Area: SciLab, Electown, Dentech, Beach, Hades Isle

HP: 120
Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Panel Crack + Blast2
Attack Accuracy: B
Attack Description: Blasts enemy with TankCannon.
Element: None.
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): TankCannon1, Zenny
Special: May Move/Dodge while attacking.
Special: Slow
A: 120Hp [Normal][Forward and left of Juno]
CatackCatack (Catack)

Catacks move at a slow rate and their dodges are generally bad. They can, however, attack in any direction while moving or attempting to dodge.

Area: SciLab, Electown, Dentech, Beach, Hades Isle

HP: 120
Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Panel Crack + Blast2
Attack Accuracy: B
Attack Description: Blasts enemy with TankCannon.
Element: None.
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): TankCannon1, Zenny
Special: May Move/Dodge while attacking.
Special: Slow
B: 120Hp [Normal][Forward and right of Juno]
MagTectMagTect (MagTect)

MagTect move and dodge at slightly above average speed. In spite of the fact that they have wings, and hover above the ground, they are still subject to the effects of the terrain below. Regardless, they are very dangerous thanks to their ability to exert control over enemy movements with pincer attacks and magnetic pull effects. They know how to use these effects, too. MagTects avoid liquid terrain types if at all possible, as they do not function well at all if forcibly submerged.

Area: SciLab, Electown, Netfrica, NAXA

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Elec + Stun 1 + Magnetic Pull
Primary Attack Accuracy: B
Primary Attack Description: Pulls opponents towards them and hits with a magnet. Stuns.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Seeking + Pincer Attack x 2 Missiles
Secondary Attack Accuracy: C
Secondary Attack Description: Shoots two MagnetMissiles at a target: one from each side. The missiles move as if to pass the target, then suddenly turn towards each other in a pincer attack with the target between them.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): MagBolt1, MagnetMissile1 (Rare), Zenny
Special: Pincer Attack: Attacks a single chosen target from two opposing directions at the same time.
: 90Hp [Metal][Directly ahead of Juno]

-=Exploring Astronaut=-
Juno.Exe: 100Hp [Metal]

-=Over-Curious Cutie?=-
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
: 40Hp [Metal][Guarding]

-=Forgotten District=-
50% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Majority of the area]
30% Normal
  • No effects.
[Scattered sections on the left and right]
20% Cracked
  • Changes to Broken when stepped on, chance to fall in when triggered.
  • Burrow: Change terrain to Broken, Null 50 to burrower.
  • Panel Crack attacks, >100 Damage Break/Impact/Drop attacks: Change terrain hit to Broken.
  • PanelShot: Splash1.
[Area around the cruiser, just to Juno's right]

-=Broken Junk=-
CrashedCruiser: 80Hp [Cracked][Small structure, directly to Juno's right]
BrokenBillboard: 120Hp [Metal][Thin structure, ahead and left of Juno]
DerelictDirigible: 140Hp [Normal][Long structure, back and to Juno's left]

-=Battle Mode=-
Survival:
- Win Condition: Endure for 3 full turns
- Additional Failure Condition: None
- 3 additional viruses will join the battle at the end of each turn, up to a maximum of 7 at once.
- Combatants will be given an automatic but voluntary escape option after 3 turns, and will receive full rewards for their performance in battle.

-=Battle 3, Start!=-

"IceCube?" Juno spoke out loud to herself as she examined the chip data. What an odd place to find it, but it certainly was welcome. An Aqua chip not weak to electricity, especially in this area, was a decent find. Before she could comment more, however, she quickly began to notice just how loud the echoing sound from the little guy's antics was. As soon as she saw movement, her eyes narrowed immediately. This wasn't good. If this was how virus-infested the normal nets were, how bad were the less protected nets? She didn't think she wanted to know.

Before she knew it, two tank-like Viruses revealed themselves, as well as a hovering magnet-like one that she didn't know the name of either. A blast of electricity behind her revealed a scarecrow one, seemingly stuck in the ground, but no less threatening. Even the Metool was hiding, ducking down with his helmet to protect himself. This... wasn't going to be good. Immediately preparing herself for combat, Juno shouted out. "Lunaaaa?"

"I'm on it, I'm on it! Just get the two of you out of there safely!" She loaded up the ZapRing1 chip immediately for Juno. Her arm once again forming that electric ring inside her blaster. "Take out that magnet one! He looks like he'd be trouble!" After all, if those magnets worked, then she could be pinned down by them and be demolished by the tanks!

"On it!" Juno quickly and immediately blasted the ZapRing at the Magtect, hopeful that the metal ground beneath it would amplify the effects of its damage. With the hope that a single extra buster shot would put it down for good, Juno fired a solar-powered laser from her buster, only to immediately turn around.

"Come on little buddy, let's get out of here!" She'd shout to the metool guarding, determined to keep the viruses attention until he could flee with her as well. She couldn't exactly expect him to hurt other viruses, right? Kicking down onto the ground hard, she'd attempt to dash back as far as she could, keeping low to the ground to hopefully move around any returned fire from any of the viruses.

"Luna! Give me something to shred this Scarecrow!" Juno suddenly shouted as she approached them, hoping that she had enough time to dodge any attack from the seemingly stationary foe. With her operator loading the DrillArm1 chip, Juno's entire left arm transformed into the powerful drill. Leaning down and practically leaping forwards with the drill arm, Juno attempted to pierce right through it, hopefully deleting it in the process. Whether or not it was destroyed, the Navi would quickly attempt to leap away and roll behind the downed dirigible.

"Hey!" Juno shouted, peeking her head up over the makeshift cover to try and draw the attention of the tank-like viruses away from crushing her little friend. "I'm over here, come and get me!" Even as she spoke, she was quickly attempting to pour energy from her pack into her buster arm, charging it up just in case. She knew their amount of chips was pretty low, but hopefully they could survive and make it out of here if they couldn't put down all these uglies.

Summary:
1: ZapRing1Damage: 40 + Stun 1
Accuracy: A
Description: Shoots electricity in a ring shape to stun an enemy in their tracks.
Duration: Once
Element: Elec
: 40 + Stun 1 (Acc: A) @MagTect
2: Buster Shot = 10 dmg @MagTect
3: Feint
4: DrillArm1Damage: 60 + Break + Knockback + Long Attack
Accuracy: B
Description: A long drill is created to bore through enemies. It can hit one enemy twice, and a second enemy once.
Duration: Once
Element: Null
Special: Knockback paired with Long Attack causes the drill to hit close ranged targets twice, instead of once. This is because it pushes the closest target through both hit zones. Knockback only triggers once.
: 60 + Break + Knockback + Long Attack (Acc: B) @Scarecrow
5: Dodge
6: Buster Charge x1
Suddenly surrounded by hostile viruses, Juno identified one of the more problematic targets and struck first. the ring of crackling energy ensnared the hovering virus, creating a brief mesh of tethered electricity between it and the ground, before Juno's followup buster shot removed it from the network. One down.

The two tanks trundled in closer, each lobbing an arcing shell that angled towards Juno and her little friend. One seemed to be a misfire, and it exploded spectacularly in the air halfway towards them, but the other burst into a small range explosion that briefly engulfed both the astronaut and the little metool nearby. Only slightly singed herself, a brief glance showed Juno that the little guy's helmet had protected him easily enough from the blast.

Darting back towards the way they'd come, her next goal was to knock out the scarecrow. as she readied her drill, an enthusiastic 'Meep!' echoed behind her, and a flying pickaxe whipped past Juno's shoulder to clock the stationary virus in the head with a thunk. It didn't seem to do too much damage, but it was something. The metool tilted its head slightly, as though reaching up with an imaginary hand, and the weapon popped back into existence beside him. Seeing Juno taking off, however, the small virus hurriedly began to run after her.

The scarecrow retaliated just before Juno could reach it with her own attack; a bolt of lightning struck down from the open sky above, regenerating the small amount of damage it had taken, before blasting a line of electricity outwards up the centre of the field. Juno managed to dodge out of the way of the bolt of energy, but her little friend wasn't quite as nimble. The met let out a small squeal of shock as he got zapped, but fortunately for both of them, his erratic running had been taking him over one of the less metallic areas at that moment.

A second alter, Juno connected with her drill, punching a hole through the scarecrow's midsection. Fortune wasn't quite with her plans, however, as the virus was so securely anchored to the ground that the drill force couldn't push it back at all, and she wasn't able to capitalise on its repeat-drilling capabilities this time.

The tanks trundled in closer, forming up in the centre of the field as they tracked with Juno's movements, and fired again. The small met had skidded to a halt just beside the piece of wreckage that Juno was taking cover behind, and managed to duck under his helmet again just in time. Juno, meanwhile, threw herself behind the derelict structure ans the bombs exploded on the far side, making it rock.

For a brief moment, it seemed like she had a second to breath, and Juno charged energy to her buster in a hurry, but as she did, the sky cracked with another lightning bolt, and a lance of piercing electricity burst through the side of her shelter. It missed Juno herself; it seemed the scarecrow couldn't quite see her and was guessing. The bolt scorched over her metool friend, but once again the little guy's helmet did its safety-conscious job.

The sounds of hostile viruses didn't let up, and on top of the ones Juno could already hear, more sounds drew closer... from somewhere beyond her cover, she made out the sound of a high pitched buzzing, and several rapidly jumping footfalls.

-=Disturbed Residents=-
ScarecrowScarecrow (Scarecrow)

Scarecrow attack every action, if able. Every time they attack, they recover HP equal to their attack power regardless of whether or not they hit anything. This virus type also has the rare ability to absorb Elec element damage as healing for the same amount. They are immune to any status effects associated with Elec element damage/attacks. Scarecrows are anchored to the ground, and thus enjoy the effects of SuperArmor. Scarecrow are never encountered underground or indoors.

Area: Electown, Dentech, NAXA

HP: 100
Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Elec + Piercing + Recover20
Attack Accuracy: A
Attack Description: Conducts thunder, healing itself.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): DollThunder1, Zenny
Special: Immobile.
Special: SuperArmor: Immunity to Knockback, Microburst, Pull, Gravity, and similar effects.
Special: Lightning Rod: This virus absorbs Elec attacks as Healing.
: 60Hp [Metal][Opposite side of Derelict Dirigible to Juno]
CatackCatack (Catack)

Catacks move at a slow rate and their dodges are generally bad. They can, however, attack in any direction while moving or attempting to dodge.

Area: SciLab, Electown, Dentech, Beach, Hades Isle

HP: 120
Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Panel Crack + Blast2
Attack Accuracy: B
Attack Description: Blasts enemy with TankCannon.
Element: None.
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): TankCannon1, Zenny
Special: May Move/Dodge while attacking.
Special: Slow
A: 120Hp [Metal][Centre of area]
CatackCatack (Catack)

Catacks move at a slow rate and their dodges are generally bad. They can, however, attack in any direction while moving or attempting to dodge.

Area: SciLab, Electown, Dentech, Beach, Hades Isle

HP: 120
Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Null + Panel Crack + Blast2
Attack Accuracy: B
Attack Description: Blasts enemy with TankCannon.
Element: None.
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): TankCannon1, Zenny
Special: May Move/Dodge while attacking.
Special: Slow
B: 120Hp [Metal][Centre of area]
MagTectMagTect (MagTect)

MagTect move and dodge at slightly above average speed. In spite of the fact that they have wings, and hover above the ground, they are still subject to the effects of the terrain below. Regardless, they are very dangerous thanks to their ability to exert control over enemy movements with pincer attacks and magnetic pull effects. They know how to use these effects, too. MagTects avoid liquid terrain types if at all possible, as they do not function well at all if forcibly submerged.

Area: SciLab, Electown, Netfrica, NAXA

HP: 90
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Elec + Stun 1 + Magnetic Pull
Primary Attack Accuracy: B
Primary Attack Description: Pulls opponents towards them and hits with a magnet. Stuns.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Seeking + Pincer Attack x 2 Missiles
Secondary Attack Accuracy: C
Secondary Attack Description: Shoots two MagnetMissiles at a target: one from each side. The missiles move as if to pass the target, then suddenly turn towards each other in a pincer attack with the target between them.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): MagBolt1, MagnetMissile1 (Rare), Zenny
Special: Pincer Attack: Attacks a single chosen target from two opposing directions at the same time.
: DELETED

ElebeeElebee (Elebee)

Elebee viruses move and dodge at a high rate of speed, and they are fully flight capable. Elebee viruses attack by flying at their target at high speed, and delivering an electric sting. This type of virus may opt to stop short of the target, and veer sharply in a new direction to avoid an attack. This requires the expenditure of a second action, but occurs very rapidly regardless. Movement and attacking are one and the same with regards to this virus, thus physical contact with them causes damage. Elebees can see through Invis.

Area: Electown, NAXA

HP: 90
Attack Damage/Effect: 20 Elec + Seeking
Attack Accuracy: B
Attack Description: Charges toward enemy to electrocute
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Arrow1, Zenny
Special: Flying.
: 90Hp [Over Metal][Centre, behind Catacks]
BunnyBunny (Bunny)

Bunny viruses move by hopping. They are adept at jumping, and can reach higher terrain or hop onto objects with ease. They are also very good at dodging, and are treated as having Haste (+10%) for Evasion purposes only at all times. Omega Bunny has double Haste (+20%). These effects cannot be removed except by Glitch. They attack by launching a ZapRing from their ears.

Area: ACDC, SciLab, Electown, Dentech

HP: 50
Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Stun1
Attack Accuracy: A
Attack Description: Hops around randomly before lining up a shot and firing.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): ZapRing1, Zenny
Special: Slightly better dodges.
A: 50Hp [Normal][Coming out from behind the billboard]
BunnyBunny (Bunny)

Bunny viruses move by hopping. They are adept at jumping, and can reach higher terrain or hop onto objects with ease. They are also very good at dodging, and are treated as having Haste (+10%) for Evasion purposes only at all times. Omega Bunny has double Haste (+20%). These effects cannot be removed except by Glitch. They attack by launching a ZapRing from their ears.

Area: ACDC, SciLab, Electown, Dentech

HP: 50
Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Elec + Stun1
Attack Accuracy: A
Attack Description: Hops around randomly before lining up a shot and firing.
Element: Elec
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): ZapRing1, Zenny
Special: Slightly better dodges.
B: 50Hp [Metal][Coming out from behind the billboard]

-=Exploring Astronaut=-
Juno.Exe: 80Hp [Metal][Cover behind Derelict Dirigible]

-=Over-Curious Cutie?=-
MetoolMetool (Metool)

Metools not currently attacking will guard. Entering guard mode requires an action. Exiting guard mode does not require an action.

Area: ACDC, Electown, Okuden Valley, Kotobuki Town, Dentech, Beach

HP: 40
Primary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null + Piercing + Ground Attack
Primary Attack Accuracy: C
Primary Attack Description: Whacks ground with pickaxe, sending forth a shockwave.
Secondary Attack Damage/Effect: 10 Null
Secondary Attack Accuracy: B
Secondary Attack Description: Throws a mattock at an enemy.
Element: Null
Possible Rewards (Per Virus): Guard1, ShockWave, Zenny
Special: Can hide in its helmet to negate damage.
: 20Hp [Metal beside Juno][Guarding ]

-=Forgotten District=-
50% Metal
  • Cannot be Broken or Cracked except with Geddon/PanelShot, cannot be Burrowed into.
  • Elec attacks: +100% Source Damage.
  • 100 Damage Aqua attacks: Change terrain hit to Cracked.
  • 100 Damage Fire attacks: Change terrain hit to Furnace.
  • PanelShot: Imbue Elec + Break.
[Majority of the area]
30% Normal
  • No effects.
[Scattered sections on the left and right]
20% Cracked
  • Changes to Broken when stepped on, chance to fall in when triggered.
  • Burrow: Change terrain to Broken, Null 50 to burrower.
  • Panel Crack attacks, >100 Damage Break/Impact/Drop attacks: Change terrain hit to Broken.
  • PanelShot: Splash1.
[Area around the cruiser, just to Juno's right]

-=Broken Junk=-
CrashedCruiser: 80Hp [Cracked][Small structure, directly to Juno's right]
BrokenBillboard: 100Hp [Metal][Thin structure, ahead and left of Juno]
DerelictDirigible: 80Hp [Normal][Long structure, back and to Juno's left]

-=Battle Mode=-
Survival:
- Win Condition: Endure for 3 full turns
- Additional Failure Condition: None
- 3 additional viruses will join the battle at the end of each turn, up to a maximum of 7 at once.
- Combatants will be given an automatic but voluntary escape option after 3 turns, and will receive full rewards for their performance in battle.

-=Turn 2!=-