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When White Wolf asked about Dante's skills, he mentioned he was good at martial arts. "That's perfect then!" Then Dante continued to talk about how his father, uncle and cousin all were skilled martial artists as well, with Wormmon even bringing up the fact that Dante threw food in his uncle's face. The idol sweatdropped. "Oooookay, maybe not martial arts then."
When White Wolf compared Cassius to the Joker, she expected him to at least try arguing back or something of the sort. Cassius was completely silent, turning around to not even face White Wolf. Dante said that Cassius had scars that were similar to the Joker's. "Wait, really?"
"Well that sets off some red flags, don't it?"
White Wolf and the twins followed the others down the path, until they reach a wooden wall. The Digimon had let them in, revealing a small town behind that wall. "The bandits cannot possibly be this much of a problem, right?"
"Yeah, the ones we handled were a buncha chumps!"
"Granted we did DNA Digivolve to Champion. But my point still stands."
Before long a really bruised up Terriermon wearing a brown cloak walked up. He had many injuries on himself, including his ears. White Wolf just gasped upon seeing the poor thing. "Oh my gosh, what happened? Are you okay?!"
Bandits really ARE this bad, it seems... Gabumon thought with a gulp as he and the others headed to the dining table.
When it came to Dante's family, there was a lot of competition going on there across multiple lines of work. Dante's father and uncle have been frenemies for over a decade, and not only does Dante have to compete with his air head sister, but his built ford tough women's martial arts champion cousin. "That's the problem. It doesn't matter how good you are at something, or how hard you practice, there's always someone better." "Negative Dante feeling sorry for himself again."
The explanation of Cassius' scars only added to his creepiness factor. Dante isn't sure if White Wolf would touch Cassius with a ten foot pole had they not been working together. When Gabumon saw the wall around the village, he remarks how the bandits couldn't be that tough. He mentions how they walloped the trio that attacked before. The wounds on Terriermon told the story. This was a Digimon who wasn't the best fighter, forced to defend his homeland against the forces of greed.
Upon seeing the wounded Digimon, White Wolf was noticeably upset upon seeing a Digimon in such condition. Terriermon looks puzzled at first, but closes his eyes and nods his head. "Oh this? Ya, it's been pretty harsh. I'm not complaining, though. I could have lost my skin years ago to those damn brutes!" Dante gives Terriermon a reassuring pat on the back. "You have my sympathy and my respect for what you are doing here. I was under the impression that the bandit attacks had subsided. What brought all this on?"
Terriermon remains silent for a moment. He stares off into the distance, recalling the many raids on innocent Digimon here in the forest. "We fought them back, we took down their leader. Somehow, they have built up their forces like never before. Do not worry yourselves about that right now. You are here as our saviors, but also our welcomed guests."
A Gomamon in a chef's hat comes strolling out of the kitchen, towing a big pot of carrot and bean soup. The chef waves a hearty hello to the group. "Hey there, pals. Hope you are hungry!" Wormmon's eyes get all wide upon seeing the food. "Now we are talking. Let's mac on some grub!" They start dishing up and sit down to eat. "Help yourselves! There's salad, and fresh fish over there."
Cassius loads up a big plate and sits down at the far end of the table by himself. Dante watches him closely, trying to get a read on the smooth criminal. "Reformed, eh? You of all people? Don't expect me to not have my doubts, fish boy." Before Cassius takes a bite to eat, he presses a button on his mask. The black and white face cover opens up in front of his mouth to allow him to eat, while still covering both of his cheeks. Cassius catches Dante watching him out of the corner of his eye, and Dante quickly looks away. Cassius sneers and goes back to eating.
Dante enjoys Gomamon's meal. "This is so good. I can't remember the last time I had food this good in the Server Woods before." Dante turns to White Wolf. "Have you ever been here before? You must have if you come here to sing. It's one of my more preferred places to visit in the Digital World. It's nice to be out in nature." Dante notices Wormmon making a mess while he eats and scoots his plate away from the little piggie to avoid the crumbs flying everywhere.
"Just because there's someone who's better, is that a reason to give up? Like hell it is! Having someone be better than you is the perfect motivator to BE better! I'm not even the top idol in Japan, LOADS of them are better than me! But did I take one look at them and just give up?! No, of course not! That should be a motivator, not a disincentive."
"PREACH!" Agumon suddenly blurted out.
In the village, Terriermon explained to the group their story. They had fought back these bandits and took down their leader once, but they seem to have built up forces and became much stronger than ever before. "I believe barbarians would be a better term to describe these Digimon than bandits."
"Or just bullies, that works too."
The group had entered the kitchen before a little Gomamon wearing a chef's hat came out with a big pot of carrot and bean soup, inviting them to dig right in. When the smell of the soup hit his nostrils, Agumon's stomach let out a loud growl. He blushed and covered his stomach. "Ah geez, sounds like my belly's getting a bit excited..."
"Then what are you waiting for? Dig in, you two!"
White Wolf, Agumon and Gabumon would each fill up their plates, with Agumon and Gabumon's plates having far more food on it than their Tamer's. The three of them would sit next to Dante and Wormmon, but would scoot away from Wormmon when he began eating like a pig. Granted Agumon wasn't that much different when eating, but White Wolf and Gabumon both at least tried to eat decently.
Dante comments about how good the food is, and White Wolf definitely agreed. "I know, right? Digimon really know how to cook!" Dante asked the idol if she had ever been to the Server Woods before. "I come here all the time. The spot we met in was the same spot I met Agumon and Gabumon in. The two were starving, so I helped them find something to eat. They're the first friends I had made in a really long time... don't really know what I'd do without them, if I'm being honest."
When Dante made excuses about people being better fighters and singers than him, White Wolf unloaded on the slacker. She says he should be motivated to improve. Dante looked 2 feet tall next to the raging pop idol. After her rant, Dante sheepishly responds. "Uh, ya, well, when you put it that way. I will consider it, White Wolf." "Haha! Dante has no back bone when he's talking to women!" There was no doubt that Rebecca couldn't be White Wolf. *Facepalms*
When Terriermon gave his sob story, the Digimon agreed that these bandits were wicked. "Bullies with battering rams. I guess Barbarians is a more accurate name at this point." Wormmon wasn't the only one to be excited to eat. Agumon is hungry, and his stomach lets them know it. "You need 4 bowls of soup and two dozen fish, pronto!" No, Wormmon, you are not a doctor or nutritionist, and if there's a goddess, you never will be.
Wormmon was unaware that his "table manners" were driving the others to scoot away. Cassius just looks at the worm and scoffs. He rolls his eyes and shakes his head. "You've been awfully quiet, there, big guy. Tell me that you are not going soft." Cassius ignores Dante and flips him off while taking another bite. Even Wormmon was picking up that Cassius is uncomfortable.
Finally, something they could all agree on. The food is delicious. White Wolf agrees with Dante and mentions Digimon know how to cook. "Indeed. We've been lucky enough to meet several great chefs on our journeys." White Wolf tells Dante that the spot they met in the forest is the same spot she first encountered Agumon and Gabumon. Dante smiles delightfully. "Really? That's so cool! Good thing you were there to get them something to eat." White Wolf mentions how the twins were the first friends she made in a good while. Maybe the masked singer had more in common with Rebecca than it seemed.
Dante relaxes in his chair and breathes out slowly. "That was delicious! Thank you, Gomamon." The chef smiles and bows politely. "It's my specialty! Extra daikons." "What's a dye khan?" "It's basically a giant white carrot. I'll show you a picture." Dante takes out his phone and goes to look up daikons, but Cassius beats him to the punch and tosses his phone down on the table before Dante could finish loading the page.
"Damn, Cassius got some mad skills." The cold thief manages to crack a grin. "There you go, Cassius. Warm up a little, be social. What happened to that smooth talking ladies man?" Wormmon looks at the picture and laughs. "It looks like a giant di-." The last word is unintelligible because his mouth was full.
When they are finished eating, Terriermon returns with their first task. "Did you enjoy the meal? Chef Gomamon is known throughout Eastern Timberlands for his seafood. Are you ready for your first assignment?" "Throw it at me, coach. Let's get in the game!" "Well, I'm not really your coach. I'm the leader of the resistance, so I guess I'm your boss. Oh, not that I think I'm the boss of you or anything!" "It's all good. You have been a terrific leader and host so far."
Terriermon smiles at Dante. "We are glad to have you here. The first thing we need to take care of is repairing the east wall. There was another attack the other night and they busted right through. Well we've got some bricks down by the lumber yard. I need you guys to load up the wheelbarrows with bricks and take them to the damaged wall. The yard is just down to the left." "Alright, let's get started. A little exercise can't hurt." "Oh, I forgot to mention. Dante, I need you to come with me so we can discuss further plans." "Oh, okay. I'll catch up with you guys later."
After cleaning up, Dante follow Terriermon over to a small tower. Cassius starts walking towards the lumber yard with his hands relaxed behind his head. "Uh, guys? How am I going to push a wheel barrow? Dante? Dante! I need to Digivolve." "You'll figure out something, Worm King." "Where's that big sea monster thing of yours?" "I don't just whip it out whenever someone asks."
"My brother, Tamer and I have taken down cruel and nasty Digimon bullies before, so we'd be happy to help you in any way we can," Gabumon said to the Terriermon. "And that was before we had the power of Digivolution at our side."
During dinner Wormmon told Agumon that he needed an absurd amount of food, even possibly by Digimon standards. Agumon sweatdropped. "Uh, I don't think I could even hold that much food in my gut."
The topic of chefs came up while White Wolf and Dante were talking. "One time the twins and I met this really nice Impmon X who is possibly the BEST chef I had ever met in the Digital World. He made this really tasty beef curry that I still can't make the way he did, he's that skilled."
After the group had finished dinner, Terriermon gave them all their first assignment. They had to load up some wheelbarrows with bricks and take them to a damaged wall in the east. Sounded easy enough. Terriermon took Dante separately though, so it was just Wormmon and Cassius joining White Wolf and the twins. Wormmon starts asking how he would be able to push a wheelbarrow. "Gunther or Arcan can Digivolve to push the wheelbarrow, if you two can't."
Wormmon brings up Cassius' "giant sea monster," which Cassius claims to "not whip it out" when someone asks. White Wolf gave Cassius a glare. "Are you talking about your Digimon? You just keep them in the V-Pet all day?! That's beyond cruel, Digimon aren't just tools for you to use."
It seems Dante isn't the only one who's encountered a good cook on their adventures. White Wolf speaks of an Impmon X chef they met that is a great cook. "Good thing we run into someone who can cook, because Dante sure can't, ah haha!"
When they had finished eating, Dante goes with Terriermon while the rest go to fix the wall. Dante didn't feel comfortable about leaving the group, leaving Wormmon unattended. Even worse, he couldn't keep an eye on the master thief, and that creepy bath turd is acting crazier than usual. "I feel sorry for White Wolf and the twins, going with the Worm King and that froggy jerk. Hang in there, Arcan and Gunther."
Wormmon asks why Seadramon isn't around, and WW concludes that Cassius keeps his Digimon locked up in a V-Pet all day. Wormmon makes a puzzled look, and Cassius raises an eyebrow. "He likes it." "White Wolf is our friend, so if she asks you to take it out, reach down into your pants and take your giant sea monster out!" Cassius glares down at Wormy. "So this is how Dante must feel. I could not be more disgusted right now."
The group reaches the lumber yard and sees a few wheelbarrows next to a large stack of fairly large bricks. "Alright, as the leader here, you two Digivolve and start filling up wheelbarrows." "No one made you the leader, Wormmon. And I certainly don't care enough. Just do your job." Wormmon crawls over to the stack of bricks and climbs up to the top. He tries to pick up a brick, but he is struggling.
"Alright, look out below!" Wormmon starts throwing bricks down from the top. Cassius jumps out of the way, showing no concern for White Wolf. "Wormmon, you stupid idiot!" "Come on, just wheel them over and load 'em up!" Wormmon continues chucking bricks down, trying to get them to land in the wheelbarrows. Cassius dodges another brick. "Damn it, why did Dante get to leave?!"
"It's not right to make fun of someone who does not possess a certain skill..." Arcan told Wormmon while glaring right at him. Seriously, who treats their partner that poorly?
White Wolf was not happy with the fact that Cassius keeps his Digimon inside the V-Pet all the time. Cassius simply replied that the Seadramon "liked it". "That doesn't mean you're allowed to only release them when you need someone to fight for you. Digimon are our friends, not just objects for personal gain."
When Wormmon started to speak up, it sounded like he was going to side with White Wolf at first. Then it quickly turned into an excuse to make an inappropriate joke. "Good grief, why was Dante the one that Terriermon took away...?"
The group have now reached the lumber yard, and Wormmon immediately climbs up the pile of bricks and starts to throw them into the wheel barrows below. Of course his aim was inaccurate so White Wolf, Gunther, Arcan and Cassius would all have to avoid falling bricks. White Wolf would then take out her Digivice, only to get Wormmon to stop throwing bricks. "Agumon! Gabumon! Digivolve!"
"Agumon, Digivolve to... GeoGreymon!"
"Gabumon, Digivolve to... KendoGarurumon!"
Now that they were Digivolved, Gunther the GeoGreymon would start putting bricks into the wheelbarrows PROPERLY while KendoGarurumon was on damage control, making sure none of the flying bricks Wormmon was throwing hit anyone.
Arcan lectures Wormmon about not making fun of someone for lacking a skill. With Dante not around, someone had to attempt at keeping Wormmon in line. It was clear to Cassius that White Wolf objects to Cassius leaving his partner in his V-pet. The 'reformed' thief decides it's not worth it and gives in. "Fiiine. I'll let him out later." Wormmon was getting on White Wolf's nerves. You couldn't really say that they had a good group dynamic before, but without Dante the clashing personalities were creating tension, friction like tectonic plates.
After they reach the lumber yard, Wormmon starts hucking bricks at the meat puppets helping load the bricks in his own mind. Once the Worm King sees Gabumon and Agumon Digivolve, he stops tossing the bricks down. "Whoah, cool! Hey, you guys." "Save some of those for the bandits, you crazy little bastard." "What? It's not my fault you couldn't move the wheelbarrows around fast enough."
Cassius was seriously regretting agreeing to help Dante against the bandits. "I am seriously regretting agreeing to help Dante against the bandits." "Why don't you shut up and load some bricks?" The ice cold thriller sighs. He nonchalantly takes out his Digivice and raises it up, tossing his head back to get his hair out of his eyes. He speaks in a dry, sarcastic manner. "Oh, great Betamon, I summon thee."
A glowing teal light flashes from the Digivice, and a small amphibian Digimon appears. The Betamon yawns and looks around casually until he sees Wormmon on the stack of bricks. "What's up, Betamon?" "Sup." Well that was a warm reunion. "Sorry to disturb you, Betamon, but this lady in the mask thinks it is cruel that I don't bring you out more often." "I like it in there." "I told her, but she still wouldn't listen."
If Wormmon throwing bricks wasn't bad enough, Cassy's bad attitude was hurting things. "We're like, putting bricks in wheelbarrows and going to build a wall. You down?" "Ya, whatever." Cassy's Digivice starts flashing again. Betamon blows a big bubble around himself and it starts to glow dark green. The Mighty Seadramon bursts out, his ear-piercing screech held all over the camp. The sea monster moves his head side to side, taking a better look at White Wolf.
"Y-AAah-Aaw, who is-s s-s-she, anyways-s-s?" "Some chick Dante just met. Feel free to eat her later." "Cassius, that's not funny!" The sea serpent grins, licking his fangs before turning his attention to the bricks. Seadramon grabs a wheelbarrow in his mouth and moves it near the stack of bricks. Seadramon uses his ice blast to create a small ramp. Wormmon tosses the brick onto the ice and it slides into the wheelbarrow.
With three champion Digimon, the task was easy enough. For some, anyways. Cassius stands off to the side, biding his time. "Hey! Aren't cha gonna help, fool?!" "Ugh! Fine." Cassius slowly walks forward, his head and shoulders hanging low. He picks up a brick and sets it in a wheelbarrow, before slowly grabbing another. It's clear to all that he is putting in the least amount of effort.
Wormmon continues sending bricks down the ice ramp. "That one's full, why don't you take that one to the wall, Assius?" "Taking orders from a worm. I miss being evil." Cassius grabs the wheelbarrow and starts heading out, but goes over a bump in the path. The wheelbarrow spills over and Cassius lands next to the bricks. "Owww! My leg!" Wormmon laughs at the thief's misfortune. "You are pathetic. Hey White Wolfy, you wanna check on dumbass-ius over there?"
Cassius eventually gave in and said he'd let his partner out later. His attitude really didn't have the vibe of a "reformed criminal". It sounded more like a criminal who was forced to do good for some unexplained reason. White Wolf was seriously going to question Terriermon on why he took Dante away if she meets up with him again.
"Is it just me, or does the atmosphere feel REALLY tense lately?" Agumon whispered to Gabumon, privately.
"Well, look at our company. Wormmon is just as annoying as before, and I just completely dislike Cassius. Let's play along for now, for the sake of the Digimon suffering from the bandits."
"Fiiiiiiine... but I hope I get to pummel Wormmon at some point!"
"Don't we all?" Gabumon replied with a chuckle.
After the twins digivolved to their champion forms, Wormmon tried justifying his chucking of bricks at everyone below. GeoGreymon gave the bug a very scary look. "Dante ain't here, remember... there's nothing protecting you right now."
"Gunther, stop, you don't make threats if you aren't gonna follow through on them."
"Who says I wasn't gonna?"
"You never follow through on threats."
Cassius eventually summoned his Digimon partner out to help, a little Betamon. White Wolf would've thought it was cute, if it wasn't partnered with Cassius of all people. Plus he even had an attitude to match Cassius'. Cassius then digivolved his partner into Seadramon, who finally notices White Wolf, asking who she is. GeoGreymon and KendoGarurumon both looked offended when Cassius told Seadramon was free to eat her. However, White Wolf did not. "I knew Digimon had big appetites, but doesn't a nice piece of DigiMeat sound better to you than a dirty old human?"
At least Seadramon was a decent help. He used his ice blast attack to make an ice ramp which presumably eliminated the falling bricks from the sky, leaving KendoGarurumon able to help fill the wheelbarrows as well. After finishing up Cassius began to take the wheelbarrow, but it hits a bump in the road as the wheelbarrow falls over and Cassius falls right into the bricks. And of course, Wormmon starts laughing at his misfortune and orders White Wolf to go help him.
White Wolf simply gave Wormmon a glare as she went over to Cassius' side, while GeoGreymon and KendoGarurumon worked to clean up the mess and pull the wheelbarrow over to where Cassius was going to go. "Well, your leg has no serious injuries so you should be fine enough to walk. Just be more careful."
You could cut the tension in this group with a scalpel. The only question is whether Wormmon or Cassius is the bigger mole. Gabumon and Agumon whisper amongst themselves, irritated at Wormmon. As if anyone is ever not irritated at the Worm King, that would be a miracle.
After Digivolving to GeoGreymon and KendoGarurumon, the former reminds Wormmon that Dante isn't here, threatening Wormy. White Wolf doesn't appreciate her partner talking like that. Her and Garu say that he doesn't follow through on his threats. Wormmon brushes off the attempts at intimidation like a pro. "Whatever, bro! You wanna tango, just say so." Cassius facepalms. "The last thing we need is to start fighting each other." Cassius the voice of reason? That's almost as bad as Wormmon.
Cassius suggesting Seadramon could eat White Wolf obviously did not sit well with the others. The twins look offended, while White Wolf suggests some DigiMeat instead. "AAAAHarrgh! I like my meals fresssh, and fleeing in terror." Cassius scoffs at the twins for getting upset, and why wouldn't they be? "It was a joke. Guess not all Digimon have a sense of humor." "You're not a good joker, Cassius." The reformed thief gives Wormmon the stink eye. "What? Did I say the J word? Boo hoo, Cassius had his feelings hurt!"
With the Champions helping, they load up the wheelbarrows and get ready to roll out, but Cassius tumbles over, claiming to have injured his leg. White Wolf goes over to Cassius and proclaims that he should be fine to walk. Cassius struggles to rise up, pressing his palms against the ground. He slowly lowers his injured leg, but quickly flinches when he puts pressure on it. "I sprained my ankle, I can hardly put any weight on it."
Seadramon didn't even show sympathy for his own Tamer, picking up a full wheelbarrow in his mouth and slithering off. Wormmon hops down and crawls over to White Wolf and Cassius. "Why don't you ride in the wheelbarrow, and White Wolf can push you?" "As if! I'm not going to let some girl push me around in a wheelbarrow! And I doubt that she likes that idea either."
Cassius uses the wheelbarrow to stabilize himself and climbs inside. "Why don't you finish up here? I'll just kick it in the wheelbarrow for now." "Oh my goddess! You are even lazier than Dante. Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, never thought I would miss Dante this much." While the larger Digimon are heading to the hole in the wall, Wormmon and White Wolf are left with an injured psychopath in a wheelbarrow. Wormmon tugs on White Wolf's pants above her foot to get her attention. "Can you please push this idiot? I wanna do a good job, and Cassius has been no help at all!"
When the Digimon arrive at the work sight, they are greeted by a Shurimon who is mixing some cement for the wall. "Konichiwa! So you are the ones Terriermon told me about." The ninja Digimon brings his hands together and bows. "Thank you for helping defend our home. So this operation is basic enough. Just start setting the bricks down so that half of the brick is resting on one below it. I've got enough cement here. The wall that was here was made of wood, but the bandit raiders busted through with a ram, so Terriermon decided to go with something tougher."
GeoGreymon rolled his eyes at Wormmon still attempting to pick a fight. He simply picked the little bug Digimon up and held him in the air. "I could easily throw you right out of the woods, Wormmon. Don't push me."
"That's enough, brother! Let him go!"
"Poor choice of words," GeoGreymon said as he did let Wormmon go... while he was still in the air. Thankfully the fall wasn't big so it wouldn't hurt Wormmon much. "What? It's not like I let him go off of a cliff, that'd delete him."
Seadramon didn't seem to like the suggestion of eating DigiMeat, claiming that he liked his meals alive and screaming in terror. "Then I guess the dinner we had before we got here wouldn't have been up your alley, I suppose. Or did Cassius not even tell you about it?"
After Cassius had fallen, White Wolf was absolutely positive that Cassius was fine and would be able to walk. She would seemingly be proven wrong as he flinched from barely putting any pressure on it, with Cassius claiming his ankle was twisted. Wormmon suggested him riding in the wheelbarrow and White Wolf pushing it, and the ex-thief rejects being "pushed around by a girl". The way the idol looked at Cassius gave off VERY sinister vibes. "You know, your ankle won't be the only part of you that hurts. I can twist something else; your arm... your finger... your 'special place'... just pick your poison!"
KendoGarurumon sighs and leans down towards Cassius. "You can ride on my back if you so desire."
The group would then journey to the wall, with GeoGreymon pulling the wheelbarrow with his tail. There they would meet a Digimon that White Wolf was not familiar with, they looked a lot like a ninja. They thanked the group for defending their home. "Uh, it was no problem at all," White Wolf lied. They instructed the group to place down the bricks like one usually would. As they were doing so, the ninja-esque Digimon explained that the wall was originally made of wood. "Bricks do tend to be stronger than wood! Hopefully these'll do the trick... er, and don't mind those three over there please, whatever they decide to do."
They weren't done butting heads yet, as GeoGreymon picks up the Worm King and makes more threats. Wormmon squirms around, angry at the much larger Digimon. After being let go, Wormmon stands with his front legs on his hips. "You act tough when you are a level up on me right now. I'll remember this, peasant!"
Things just kept going from bad to worse. It's amazing they got any work done while bickering with each other. White Wolf mentions the meal they had before, and how Seadramon did not get any food. Everyone looks at Cassius, presumably in disgust. "What?! He ate a girl scout on the way over." "So much for being a good guy." Seadramon just shrugs, or at least it looked like shrugging. The sea monster doesn't have any shoulders.
When it came to Cassius' injury, White Wolf was even more unhappy about what Cassius said than he was about the notion of being pushed around by a girl. She mentions that she can twist something else of his, even his special place? "I might like that. At least, if it was a different girl." "I think she's coming on to you, Cassy." "Once again, you have proven how unaware you are at reading people in social situations."
KendoGarurumon offers Cassius a ride on his back, but the thief declines. "I don't want your help. Just leave me here and I'll catch up later." "Ya right! We are not gonna let you out of our sight. Go ahead and tow the wheelbarrow, if you must. Goddess damn Cassius, causing problems. Why is everyone tapdancing on my nerves today?!"
Finally, they all reach the wall and can start stacking bricks. Wormmon does his best, but isn't much help at that size. Cassius just chills in the wheelbarrow, leaving White Wolf and the Champions to do the heavy lifting.
Again, GeoGreymon rolled his eyes. "Please, I'd be picking a fight with you even if I was the rookie and you were the champion. You aren't as high and mighty as you wanna believe, you're just being a grade A jerkhole, just like you were back in Shibuya!"
White Wolf, GeoGreymon and KendoGarurumon would all silently tense up from what GeoGreymon let slip. Maybe Wormmon's lack of a brain will triumph, and he won't put two and two together? Let's hope...
White Wolf simply chose to ignore Cassius' comment about Seadramon eating a girl scout. When she threatened the thief, he brought up that he'd like the feeling of being twisted in the groin area. The girl simply picked up a nearby stick, twirled it a bit, then slammed the blunt end down right into his gut. It would definitely hurt like hell. "If you'd like, I could do the exact same thing to your privates," she said with the most innocent smile ever.
Dante, please come back soon... KendoGarurumon thought to himself.
As the group worked, White Wolf decided to have a chat with Wormmon. "Why do you act the way you do, may I ask? Doesn't it get tiring being like you, annoying everyone? Contrary to everything else so far, I believe you could be a good Digimon, one that people like. Wouldn't you like that, too?"
Neither Digimon was backing down from this battle of egos. GeoGreymon continues talking trash to the little green asshole, but slips up and mentions "back in Shibuya." Wormmon's antennae shoot up at this comment, his rage subsiding plenty and replaced by confusion. "But, I thought we just met in the forest. Do I know you from somewhere?" Was the jig up for Wolfbecca?
If it wasn't bad enough that Wormmon and GeoGreymon were close to starting a battle, White Wolf picks up a stick and slams it into Cassius' gut. The thief groans in pain and clutches his chest, the wheelbarrow following over in the process. Cassius lays there on the ground, moaning in pain. "You crazy bitch!" That's it, fan the flames. Who ever said Cassius was smart? For a man with his mouth covered, he sure didn't know when to shut up.
Eventually, they all make it to the wall. While most of them work, White Wolf asks why Wormmon is an obnoxious jerk, only worded nicer. The Worm King looks puzzled. "What are you talking about? I'm an awesome Digimon! Some people just don't like Alpha mons. Why don't you keep that big mean ugly lizard of yours on a leash?!" When questioning Wormmon about his behavior, one has to keep in mind that he doesn't understand the unwritten rules of society.
While everyone else works, Cassius just sits there in the wheelbarrow, rubbing his belly. He lets out a long sigh of boredom. "Who would have thought helping some critters in the woods could be so difficult?" "Says the one not doing anything! Can we please have Dante back now?" Dante doesn't know about the warm welcome he will receive when he comes back, and hopefully dumps Cassius out of the wheelbarrow and off a cliff.
The gang is making good progress with the wall. "Just a few more rows, and it should be good. I'd like to see their faces when the bandits return. They don't know how hard we will fight to survive." "Hey, uh, ninja person?" "Oh, beg your pardon. I didn't properly introduce myself. I am a Shurimon. I have lived and trained in this forest for many years." "You must have some sweet ninja moves! What's the deal with these bandits anyways? I thought bandits could be taken care of easily." Shurimon pauses for a moment, reflecting back on the recent weeks. "I don't have an easy answer for that. They started out as bandits, raiding for goods. Now, it's like a full on army is invading. The more we increase our defenses, the stronger their forces get. I just hope this wall will work against their rams."
"No no, I just... thought you were someone else for a second. They act a lot like you." Hopefully that would convince Wormmon to not give what GeoGreymon had just said another thought.
White Wolf had had enough of Cassius' attitude, so to teach him a lesson she jabbed him in the gut with a long stick. Admittedly the wheelbarrow would fall over again in the process, but that wasn't anything GeoGreymon couldn't clean up. Cassius called White Wolf a crazy bitch. "Just a casual reminder that girls aren't defenseless. Please don't speak to me or my Digimon for the rest of the mission, unless they're words of encouragement, and I won't speak to you or Seadramon so we'll get along smoothly. That sound good to you?"
White Wolf had asked Wormmon why he acted the way he did, and the bug Digimon just kept up his usual over-bearing ego shtick, claiming he was an awesome Digimon and referred to himself as an Alpha mon. "No one is superior to another person or Digimon, even if one is a higher level. And that attitude is why no one really likes you, Wormmon. You're lucky I'm even trying to talk to you right now." Wormmon commented on how White Wolf should keep her "mean ugly lizard" on a leash.
"I heard that!" GeoGreymon called out.
"Come on Wormmon, he's a sweetheart when he's not having his buttons pushed. Both him and his brother are, in their own unique way. And... well, when you're not being mean you're quite the unique Digimon yourself. Possibly even kinda cute. You just... need a better understanding of how to interact with others. Can you at least try? For me? Or at least for Dante? He'd appreciate it the most."
The ninja Digimon would introduce himself as Shurimon as the group worked. "I'm White Wolf. It's great to meet you, Shurimon. And don't worry, we'll help protect your village from the bandits. Or at least my partners and I will."