>Last time, on Digimang Quest.
The gang decided to head out from Coded Village, heading towards Tube City, after a final night’s rest.
Elecmon and dash agreed that Dash should do his best to stay out of harm’s way, Dash once again tried to Descartes a witch, before turning down an offer after receiving a special fruit.
That done, Dash bonded with some of the younger digimon in his group, learning about Demidevimon and Gotsumon’s past, before trying to digivolve past Champion level.
It didn’t go well.
Leomon’s attempt to digivolve went haywire, transforming him into an enormous, mad beast, attempting to kill Dash, only stopped by some smart thinking and deftness of hand. In drastic condition after such a transformation, Dash nursed his partner back to health, to the best of his ability, apologising with guilt for pushing Leomon so far, only for his partner to hold no ill will.
Finally leaving, the group travelled for hours through the desert, only to be accosted, the moment they pull over by a riverside, ambushed, Dash and Eva had to deal with a giant squid, before Eva was swallowed whole!
Now, on with the adventure!
The squid straightens, gulping dramatically, smacking its lips and letting out a laugh. “Tastes like chicken!” He slurs, his new lips disturbingly human looking, fangs jutting out from over it.
Devimon shrieks, pulling up short of the squid monster, her arms flashing red, as twin trails of energy flash towards the squid, met with returning fire of high pressure ink, exploding in the air.
You can feel anger burning in your gut, combined with panic. Eva’s in it’s gut, and odds are, she’s not gonna last long in there. Floating in the river where he dropped you, just by it’s mouth, you have a few choices, you could dive, try and use your fire hands to work it’s stomach and make it throw up… you could go for the surface, and meet up with the others, or you could grab onto one of it’s tentacles, before it takes a swing at Devimon.
>Go for the stomach, see if you can get her out
>Go for the shore
>Go for the tentacle, try and slow it down
Oh no he doesn’t. You pull your goggles down over your eyes, take a deep breath and dive, slipping down below the beast, you focus the last few dregs of your mana into your palms knuckles, just as you rear back for a strike.
Flames spring up, just as you connect the blow, your hit slowed by the movement of the water. Still, it seems to have at least registered the blow, shifting itself upstream, as the river’s current pulls you along with it.
You resurface in time, to see Devimon land her Evil Hand attack, just before she gets hit with a nasty combo, the gunky ink slamming into her, knocking her up into the air, before one of it’s evil mouth hands whips down on top of her, slamming her into the sandy riverbank. That looks like it hurt.
“You… son of a bitch!” Devimon growls, pushing herself back to her feet, just as Jeff and Gotsumon pull up beside you, having run at a dead sprint.
“What happened? Where’s sis?” He gasps, as you point to the squid.
“He ate her, swallowed her whole, she might still have a minute or two before the stomach acid starts working on her.” You tell him, shaking the water out of your hair.
Jeff’s face falls. “He… he ate…”
>Check your digivice man, we need heavy hitters.
>You can do ice magic right? Try freezing the river
>Get him Gotsumon!
Devimon flaps back to the air, only to be resolutely slapped down again, shrinking in a burst of gold light, down to a small grey blob creature.
“Jeff! Check your digivice! Come on man, we need some heavy hitters!” You round on him.
He’s got tears streaming down his face, staring at the squid monster with open hatred. “Give me back MY SISTER!” He screams, a light bursting out of his pocket again, pouring into Gotsumon.
The rockman shifts in colour again, greenish white, as Jeff starts to run forwards again, a sharp shard of ice forming in his hand, he heads for a rock that jets out over the river, hurling his heavy frame off of it, he stabs the ice tip into the squid, managing to jam it through the squids blubbery skin and biting into the flesh, a feral snarl bursting from his lips as he hands over it’s eyes.
Jesus, “Jeff?” Icemon whimpers a little, before shaking his head, “No time, we gotta get Eva out.” He rushes forwards as well, “Ice Bomb!”
A chunk of ice forms in the air, launching forwards and slamming into the squid’s limb, just as it’s about to whip into Jeff. In turn, the boy, uses his free hand to punch the beast, striking it in the eye.
It’s writhing in pain now, half blinded, and thrashing about furiously. Starting to sink back down under the river, Jeff still clings to it, as you nudge something with your foot, an old crowbar, lying in the sand. God knows what it’s doing here, but still. Casey and Guardromon are hurrying forwards, but the robot Digimon is too slow, the distance to far...
>Get DemiDevimon out of there, Jeff can handle it
>Grab the crowbar and jump on it too!
>Grab the crowbar and jump on it too!
Alright fuck it. Can we heat the crowbar up with hot hands? Make it molten?
Well it makes sense if we're the villain we get a lot of lady devimons. It's sort of a rule.
You snatch the crowbar, following after Jeff, you jet off the rock face, just in time to… catch a blast from Icemon, right between the shoulders.
It slams you forwards, hurting like all hell, but you manage to keep a grip on the crowbar, as Jeff pulls his ice shard out and stabs again, and again, before you come slamming down with the crowbar, smashing the squids teeth in.
It let’s out a hideous wail of pain coughing up more ink, it pools around your ankles, soaking through your shoes, before a loud rumble shakes it’s body.
A huge geyser of pressurised ink comes blasting upwards through it’s teeth, Eva surging up on it, stinking to all hell, before she slams into your gut head first, lifting the two of you high into the air, stained dark black from the mess as you reach the height of the arc, the ink giving out.
You hang there for the briefest moment, before Gesomon bursts into golden light, shrinking down to a giant oyster, he slips below the surface and starts making a hurried getaway, Jeff splashing into the water properly.
Then gravity does it’s thing, hurriedly tugging you back down again.
You slam into the water, feeling like you’re back’s almost broken gasping and floundering about, you feel water rush into your lungs… Everything’s starting to go black…
Something hard is pressing against your chest, again and again, again and again. Next thing you know, something soft is pressing against your lips.
You open your eyes to a mop of brown hair resting on your goggles, pushing air into your lungs, the frames of some glasses pressing uncomfortably into your cheek-
You jerk upright, spewing up the river water in a mess, as Eva and Casey both step back, you take a ragged gasp of air, sucking precious oxygen back into your lungs, everyone else crowded behind them.
>Ms Kelli, you want to try that healing magic now?
>Jeff, good job man.
>You alright Eva?
You take a few more racking breaths, before you regain your composure, catching Casey’s fading blush, wiping her mouth on her sleeve. “Jeff, good job man.” You croak out, holding a fist out, which he awkwardly bends down to bump.
“Easy, you were under the water for a while before Casey and Guardromon fished you out.” Ms Kelli warns, kneeling down and feeling your your forehead with her palm. “Oh, hopefully you didn’t catch anything while you were under. You’re feeling a bit warm...”
You pull your goggles off your head, a wash of water spilling out from under them, “Mind giving that healing magic a shot?” You ask.
Ms Kelli nods, “I will… just as soon as I get my energy back.” She frowns apologetically. “I used up a lot trying to soften your fall into the river. But you were so far away, I don’t think it did much.”
She can say that again. Either way, you nod in appreciation, groaning and creaking as you force your way to your feet, “Eva? What about you, you alright?”
She just shrugs, “Better than you.” She says simply, showing off a few burns on her legs, “Got splashed with his… urch, stomach acid, but the river washed it away before it did anything too bad.” There are a few slightly discoloured spots lining her calves, but she seems otherwise fine.
Tsunomon bounces by your ankle, “I think it’s your turn to get some sleep, you’re not looking to good.”
Glancing skywards, it does seem a lot later in the day, the sun’s almost setting. God damn, how long were you out? Ms Kelli hurries off, preparing blankets, insisting you take the back seat of the jeep for yourself, while Casey just kind of hovers by her side. Eva takes the harried looking smaller form of Demi, apparently called Pagumon, down to the river, to soak her feet.
Jeff stands around a little, patting Gotsumon on the head a few moments, “Uh, you want some dinner?” He offers, jerking a thumb at the truck.
>A soak sounds good for me right about now.
>Nah, I’m gonna get some rest.
>A soak sounds good for me right about now.
Mission accomplished boyos.
>A soak sounds good
How is our medical knowledge?
At any rate we need to make wrap the acid burns. And we need to make sure she isn't soaking her legs in contaminated water.
We don't need her getting sick with digital bacteria or anything.
Also, make sure the water she's rinsing her burn with is cool. It'll lower the skin temperature and help it feel better.
Do we have anything like a chest of ice or a digimon with ice attacks?
And remind her not to break blisters.
>Stuck in negotiations with microscopic digimon leg hijackers
How much is a leg worth in digital credits?
Was it all a lie Mom?
“Sounds good, wanna get a fire going first?” He nods, “Cool, meantime, I think I gotta go soak my bones a few minutes, back’s killing me.”
One of his eyebrow’s flickers up for a half second, before he shrugs, “Sure.”
You make your way down to the river, tossing your shoes and shirt aside, you wade into the shallows, just past Eva and collapse downwards, the soothingly cool water running over you, doing a little to ease the pain.
“You’re sure you’re fine?” You ask her.
“Yes, god, shut up.” Eva sighs, her legs dangling in the shallows. “I’m more worried about Pagumon.” She tickles the digimon between the ears. “That freak gave her a real pounding.”
“He wasn’t gentle, no.” You nod. “She did try her best to save you though.”
Pagumon nods wearily, and Eva leans forward punching you unexpectedly in the shoulder. Hard. “That’s for making us worry about you. We thought you were dead.”
Just as you’re about to answer, your phone buzzes in your pocket, the device wondrously waterproof, ever since you got here. A little arrow is pointing out over the river, and when you lift the screen, the camera opens like a viewfinder.
A glowing red X is hanging over the river, invisible to the naked eye, a flashing message comes up under the X, reading ‘compatible’. Well, that’s something.
>Swim out closer to it
>Eva, can you see that?
>Yeah, making ‘us’ worry. Riiiight.
"You thought I was dead? I thought you were squid chow!"
>Swim out closer to it.
"Hey Eva, can you swim out with your leg like it is? My phone says something weird is out there."
“Eva, can you see that?” You ask, pointing out at the river.
She stares blankly for a moment, before shaking her head, “Shut up, I’m trying to relax.” You doublecheck, showing her your phone screen, and her head tilts. “What the…” She pulls her own phone out, but it doesn’t get anything, staying at the usual screen.
“Weird.” You make your way out across the river, feeling bones clicking as you move for a few moments, as you come up close to it. Looking at it through your phone again, it suddenly jerks, turning to a streak of red, it flies directly into your camera.
Your phone vibrates a few moments, before settling down. Nothing seems out of place… hang on. There’s a little red button, attached to the side of the main digivolve button, both of which are greyed out.
Weird. Will have to see what that does some other time. For now, you make your way back to the river bank, stomach gurgling. “So, what was that about?” Eva asks, splashing some of the water further up her legs.
You show her the screen, pointing out the new button. “That means he’s capable of X-digivolving.” Pagumon tells you. “It’s like giving a boost to a Digimon. It puts you halfway between your current stage and the next one. Though I think he can only use it as Leomon. With that, he’d be stronger than most any other champion Digimon we’d run into.”
“Cool.” You mutter, “Oh, and I didn’t say it earlier, but good job earlier Pagumon, you really softened that bastard up for us.”
She flicks her ears for a moment, smiling appreciatively. “Thanks Dash.” She murmurs.
Jeff calls out, the fire lit, something cooking over the flames, while Eva pulls a roll of banages from her pocket, unwinding them slowly as she pulls her legs from the water. Your stomach grumbles, complaining at how empty it is.
>Want a hand with that?
>Sweet, food time!
>Want a hand with that?
If she complains that we're babying her or what not tell her that no one should have to do their own bandages alone, and that her well-being currently concerns more than her own pride. If we're going to survive we're going to need her, and shes going to need us.
yes? we did, how bad are you at reading comprehension
>You make your way out across the river, feeling bones clicking as you move for a few moments, as you come up close to it.
its in the middle of the river, no other way to reach it, then swimming
“You want a hand with that?” You ask her, gesturing at her legs.
“I can handle it myself.” she informs you dryly, “Besides, they run up under my skirt, and that’s not a job for you ye-.” She cuts herself off, going red in the face.
“What was that?” You grin, cupping a hand behind your ear. “I missed the last word.”
You can practically hear her teeth grinding, as the sun teases the horizon. “Shut up.” The words come out pained and slow. “You’ve got three seconds to get away from me, before I kick your ass.”
You chuckle, “Eva, come on-”
“One!” She exclaims loudly, her tone warning.
>Fine, then, more food for you.
>Kiss and run!
>I can just stick to your calves, you can do the rest
Seconding this. We should swim out a little ways to put distance between us. And then splash her a little. We need to show her that we're teasing her, not mocking her.
If we're lucky we could be swimming with her, or teaching her how to swim if she doesn't know how.
I think we would have to be bros with Jeff before we can bro hang.
We do need to have some man to man time with him though.
Jeff is the only other male character, it was inevitable.
>Kiss and run, we're doing this.
You shrug, sticking your tongue out as you hastily back away.
“What’s she yelling about then?” Jeff asks as you take a seat.
“The usual.” You shrug, taking a seat.
“So, everything?” He smirks, “Or something in particular this time?”
You share a little laugh over that, as Jeff pulls a toasting sandwich out of the coals, “Tuna and cheese cool?” He asks.
Your stomach rumbles loudly. “Hell, I’ll eat anything right about now.” You nod, taking it and biting in, the gooey cheese coming away in strings. Man that’s some good shit.
“Hey, so, uh…” He trails off, “Sorry if I did anything weird earlier in the fight. I kinda… snapped.”
Thinking back, he did kind of go feral with that ice shard of him, still. “You only went nuts on the squid guy, if that’s what you mean.” You tell him between mouthfuls.
“I was a bit worried.” Gotsumon admits. “I thought you were going to get hurt charging in like that.”
Jeff nods, a serious look falling over his face. “Sorry.” He tries to call himself into a ball. “I get a little… weird sometimes. I don’t usually spend much time around other people.” He mumbles, taking his own food off the fire, biting in glumly.
>Hey, cheer up, you saved your sister
>Well, Gotsumon digivolved again, you must be doing something right
>Take his mind off the subject, talk about home.
>Hey cheer up, you saved your sister
Then talk about home-talk about anything really, just to get us talking about something familiar and pleasant. We need to get into the human, normal parts of Jeff.
Ask him about video games. That seems like a topic easy to transition into and out of sense we are virtually in a video game. Does he play them? Does he like them? Is he a console peasant or glorious PC master race?
We might as well get on with it. We'll have to deal with homesickness sooner or later, and the sooner we know about each other's personal real life hangups the sooner we can
resolve them and power up our digimon by growing as a person
I mean come on anon, don't you remember the show? Resolving family issues through proxy experiences in the digital world is like the Digimon version of leveling up.
>Fuel his digimon by raging
>Might be slightly autistic
Speaking of which, all the more reason to start getting to know him better and really befriend him.
We could end up with a pic related style situation if we just rely on Jeff to Red Lantern his problems away.
Mfw when we just have Jeff rage like a tard all the time.
You scoot around the fire to sit next to him, giving him a solid pat on the back, “Hey, cheer up, you saved your sister after all. Getting mad over your sister getting eaten isn’t weird, it’s completely normal.”
He smiles a little, “Yeah… I guess.”
“And besides,” You continue, pointing to his Digimon. “Whatever it was, it made Gotsumon digivolve, so you most be doing something right, yeah?”
He nods at that, “Yeah.” A little confidence fills into his voice. “I guess I did.” He clears his throat, “Just, uh, don’t ask me to deal with any crowds myself.” He nods, “I… uh get all clammy, and seize up. I asked my mum if I could get tested for anxiety or something… we just… never actually got around to it. She was pretty busy, she’s a manager for a bunch of actors, including...” He pops his lips, pointing over at the riverbank. "Little miss drama pants."
You’ve finished your sandwich, dusting your hands off.
>Deal, I handle crowds, you stab things with ice
>Thanks for dinner man, I’m gonna hit the hay.
>We gotta see if you can digivolve Gotsumon normally some time.
>Wow, sounds like your mother never spent much time with you. Guess she decided you sister had more potential, huh? What a bitch, especially when she could have easily helped you deal with that, given her job.
>Doesn't make you feel a bit... jealous of your sister?
You extend a hand, and he half flinches away from it on instinct. “Deal, I handle the crowds, you stab things with ice. Sound fair?”
He laughs at that one, a genuine chortle breaking out from his lips. “Alright Dash, you got a deal.”
You see a warmth in his smile that he hasn’t had before, as he rocks back, preparing to finish off his sandwich. “Huh?” He pauses, tugging his phone from his pocket, the thing’s buzzing like crazy. More importantly, the digivolve button is lit up properly. “Holy crap! Gotsumon! You can do it now?”
He leans down, hugging an arm around the embarrassed rock man, for a moment, squeezing him tight.
You nod, “Good for you man, now if you don’t mind, I’m gonna hit the hay. Thanks for dinner.” You throw up a peace sign as you stagger back towards the car, Casey hurrying forwards and holding the door open as you approach.
Witchmon didn’t have any spare pillows, so in their place, they’ve stacked a pile of blankets at one end of the seat, “You’ll feel better in the morning.” Casey nods, talking more to herself than you as you stand outside the door.
>I never thanked you for getting me out of the water
>Any time you feel like resuscitating me, feel free
>I don’t need the whole back seat, wanna share?
You pat her on the head gently, “I never thanked you for getting me out of the river, did I?”
She shakes her head expectantly. “Nope.”
You give her a grin, “Well, thanks. And feel free to resuscitate me any time you feel like it.”
She pushes her glasses up her nose, hiding behind the lenses as they start to fog up a little. “Oh- okay.” She nods to herself, before holding the door open a little wider, “S-sssleep well.”
You throw yourself onto the backseat, nuzzling down into the blankets, and bunker down, willing the aches and pains in your body to settle down enough to sleep, and sure enough you drift away.
A soft buzz awakens you comfortably, you feel well rested, late morning sun peering in through the windows, as you fumble for your phone. The rest of the jeep is empty, as you bring the screen to your face, the spider icon flashing every few moments. Seems Aru wants to talk.
>Answer it now
>Call her back later, get everyone moving you’re burning daylight
You tap the button, and Aru’s face fills the screen, watching her as she hurriedly sorts her hair in a pocket mirro, before glancing up at you, her ever present smirk on her face. “Morning Dash.” She purrs, “I was beginning to think you’d never pick up. This is the third time I’ve called you after all.”
It is? “Sorry about that, you’re catching me after another round of beatings. I was sleeping them off is all.”
She clucks her tongue, crooning in worry. “Poor little human boy, someone should come along and kiss those better for you.”
“I’m not going to disagree.” You smirk back, sitting upright across the seat. “But if you’ve been calling me this much, I assume it’s something important.”
She shrugs, “Well… not particularly. I’m simply on my way to the Batch Isles, as part of a business trip, I thought perhaps if you were nearby, you might like the pleasure of my company. It’s been a week after all, I’m sure you’re starved for my presence.”
“Well, we’re on our way towards Tube City.” You tell her, scratching at an itch absently. “We figured there might be more humans there, plus there’s a Dokugumon nearby, according to your chart.”
Her silver eyebrows flicker up and down, “What a coincidence, that’s where I was headed myself. An owner of an ‘entirely reputable hotel’ wished to purchase some silk off of me.” She leans forward, “Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to swap boats to head up the river. You can find me at the charmingly named Come Innside.” Her lips pucker in their familiar way. “Kisses.”
>Aru, are you inviting me to a brothel?
>See you there.
>We might be busy, but I’ll try
“Aru, are you inviting me to a brothel?” You ask her.
She clucks her tongue playfully, “Now you’re putting words in my mouth dear boy.” She grins mischievously. “It’s much better suited for other purposes… like this fine drink I’ve got here.” A bottle raises to her lips and she takes a steady drink. “My compliments to the gentleman that invented sake.” She tips it to the air, a flush in her cheeks.
“Well, I’ll make sure to see you there.” You nod, grinning at her coy attitude.
“I’ll see you there, with bells on.” She muses, “Tata.”
The video feed cuts, your phone going quiet. She’s always fun to talk too. Even if it does leave you with an issue. You tuck it into your waistband, a trick you’ve been having to deploy more and more often as the days have gone by. “Hopefully soon, my friend.” You murmur to yourself.
The door beside you whips open, Eva shoving a plate into your hands. “Eat.” She orders, before strutting around the car, climbing in the drivers seat, her brother taking the passenger.
“Good morning to both of you too.” You comment, helping yourself to the pancakes you’ve been given, before stowing the plate in the back of the car.
Ms Kelli and Casey have crammed themselves into the backseat by now, Casey taking the tiny middle seat, her knee resting against yours as the car starts up again, rolling back down the riverside once more.
She pulls the map up on her phone, pointing westwards, away from the river, the one that flows through Tube City. “If we go west now, we’d find the woods that Dokugumon would be in, about two hours out of our way. Or should we keep going? Only another hour or so too the city.”
>Dokugumon first, surprise Aru
>Come back later, Aru can help out
“I reckon we should go get the Dokugumon first. Arukenimon is on her own way to Tube City, might be nice to bring a friend of hers with us.” You suggest.
Eva makes a disgusted noise, “Whatever.” She sighs, whipping the car to the left, heading westwards.
“Um- I think that we should-” Ms Kelli starts.
“I vote spider.” Eva interrupts, to a chorus of agreements from Casey and Jeff.
“Sorry Ms Kelli.” You smile at her apologetically, as she shrinks back in her seat.
The car rockets across the desert, once more, the trees suddenly poking out of the horizon and approaching at tremendous speed as Eva pulls the car to a stop, staring around at the treeline. “Well, where do we start?” She asks, shading her eyes, as Demi flaps to her shoulder, having slept off her wounds.
“I’ll take a look around.” The digimon offers taking to the air. After a few moments, she drops back down. “There’s a few places that stick out. An abandoned fort by the looks of it, an old convenience store, and this big hole in the ground, with a mineshaft heading downwards.
“All of those sound like a place a spider would love to nest up.” Ms Kelli mutters.
“Well, they’re not too far apart.” Demi mutters. “A few minutes walk at most, I think it used to be a proper town. I’ve never heard of this forest, so maybe it grew in and replaced the old place recently?”
Casey clears her throat, “If they’re within earshot of each other, maybe this would be a good time to split up and look around?”
The others seem to like the idea. Jeff and Gotsumon want to take the mineshaft, Eva and Demi want to poke the fort, while Casey wants to look at the store.
Looking at Tsunomon, he’s still not in much of a state to defend himself. Nor are you, really.
Ms Kelli seems nervous, “I- don’t want to go below the ground, so… oh you pick a group Dash.”
>I’ll go with...
>Can we stick together, please?
This. Splitting up is a terrible idea. One stealthy champion level and we're picked off one by one. Stick together and investigate the convenience store first. We can possibly buy/loot some supplies for later.
“I’ll go with Casey.” You announce, earning a smile from the bespectacled girl.
“Alright, you’re with me then, teach.” Eva sighs, spinning on the spot and hurrying her way off through the trees.
You follow her lead, picking your way through the wreckage of a small town, most of the buildings entirely smashed apart by the growing trees, as if the plants were actively out to destroy the town. Hell, it might be possible around these parts.
The others split off, as you follow Casey into the convenience store. It’s a big place, and most of the shelves are bare and empty.
“Maybe this was a bust.” Casey sighs, looking apologetic. “Maybe we should-”
A series of noises cuts her off, coming from the back of the store, a short scream for help, quickly cut off, followed by the slamming of a door.
Whipping towards the front door, you contemplate running for the others, just in time for the glass entrance to melt into a brick wall, the exit removed.
Well. That’s not good.
>End of Digimang Quest 9
say goodbye to his eye and hand then, I guess