You remember the first time we went on a
dig Megaman? I wasn't used to being a spotter, and you ended up getting
lost underground for three days... Remember? We were lucky Gramps came to
help. I don't know what we would have done if he hadn't been there.
"You kids take care while I'm away," said the old man to the two youngsters.
"Don't leave the ship, keep out of trouble, and I should be back by tonight."
With that, Gramps, as the children called him, stepped out the door. To
the majority of the world he was known as Professor Barrel Casket, a once
famous digger with which old age was catching up. The two children watched
and waved out the window as he walked away down the island's dock and boarded
another air ship. They then turned toward each other with innocently evil
"Gramps is off to see Mr. Bleucher!" said the young girl dressed in red,
approximately 8 years of age.
"That means we can do whatever we want, and he won't be back until night
time!" replied the boy in blue, roughly the same age as she.
Roll and Megaman were their names. Together they had grown up under Barrel's
guidance, and they loved him dearly. However, the opportunity for fun was
greater than the sadness of his absense in this case. Barrel was a digger,
Roll's missing parents were also a digger and spotter couple, and likewise,
Megaman and Roll were growing up to follow in the Casket family footsteps.
On this day, knowing that Gramps would be leaving, the two of them had planned
to venture out on their first dig ever.
Sneaky though it was, their intentions were not entirely mischievous. Barrel's
full, white beard symbolized how much time had passed since his glory days.
He had slowed down considerably, and in ruins filled with deadly reaverbots,
being too slow could cost one's life. Still, being the only capable digger
in the family, Barrel had no choice but to continue earning their livlihood
in the same manner he had always done. To aid in the situation, it was decided
by Megaman and Roll that the two of them would prove themselves capable
despite their age, by bringing home a refractor.
"Okay Megaman, Gramps' ship is out of sight, let's get going!" she exclaimed
with obvious excitement in her voice. Roll stepped up on a crate and took
the wheel while Megaman fired up the ship. Already at 8, she was a skilled
pilot. Gramps often called upon her to take command of their flying home,
the Flutter. It was a relatively small ship, but plenty big for just the
four of them. The jolt of the ship's sudden movement caused the fourth member
of the crew to appear.
"Hey, Megaman, what's going on? Why are we moving?" the mechanical little
monkey asked in its high voice.
"Me and Roll are gonna go on a dig," Megaman explained, acting as if it
were no big deal.
"Eeeek!" the monkey shreaked, "You shouldn't be doing that, especially without
Barrel here to help!"
"Don't worry Data, we're gonna get a refractor and be back before Gramps
knows we were gone."
The 8-year-olds' logic told them that the best choice of ruins would be
the closest, to save on travel time. Mishini Island sat a mere 20 minutes
away. Unknown to them at the time, the island was home to one of the most
expansive and hard to navigate ruins that diggers had ever explored. To
make matters worse, the ruins on Mishini were some of the world's most picked
over. Nearly every digger, amatuer and professional, had tried their luck
there at some point. As a result, the ruins contained hardly any remaining
reaverbots, and even less treasure. Nevertheless, this was the island chosen
by the two brave youngsters, into which they would explore for their first
time working together as a digger and spotter combo.
DAY 1 >>>
Megaman stepped cautiously into the entranceway of the ruins. Safe aboard
the Flutter, Roll sat tinkering with the equipment which she would use to
aid Megaman above ground.
"Megaman, are you ready?"
"Yep, let's go."
Things went well for the first half hour or so. With some difficulty, Roll
kept track of Megaman's position and informed him on the rare occasion when
a reaverbot was near.
"On your right Megaman, do you see a door?" Roll asked, receiving no response.
"Megaman? Megaman, can you hear me?"
"Oh, sorry Roll. Yes I can hear you," he said disinterestedly.
"What happened Megaman? It looks like you're moving away from the door."
"I saw something shiny down the hall. I think it's some treasure hidden
in a hole in the wall."
"Be careful Megaman," Roll finished up with concern.
Megaman approached the hole cautiously. As he neared it, a glowing red orb
suddenly lit up within the dark space. "Reaverbot!" he shouted, quite surprised.
He fell back on his butt and had to laugh when he saw a little Mirumijee
come worming its way from the hole. Megaman quickly stood up and fired his
shrimpy buster at the tiny snake-like reaverbot. The Mirumijee blew up after
a few shots, and Megaman playingly blew smoke from the tip of his buster.
Then he realized that his first defeated reaverbot had left him with a prize
of sixty zenny!
Two hours later, Roll screamed desperately for Data's help. When the monkey
hopped into the room, Roll's eyes were about to overflow with tears. Somehow
her equipment had gone dead, and she had lost contact with Megaman, as well
as the ability to track him. Meanwhile down below, Megaman was beginning
to feel the pinch of the ruins. Without Roll's voice for company, he felt
alone and helpless. All at once he understood the terror of the underground.
A metal clanking sound suddenly began to echo down the corridor in which
Megaman stood. Without a second thought, he took off running in the opposite
direction. He ran and ran, until he reached a large cavernous area filled
with Foo-roo. Even with his lack of knowledge, Megaman knew that Foo-roo
could be taken down with a single shot. Yet there were too many, and he
panicked. Ducking, rolling, and sliding his way through, Megaman barely
avoided the floating reaverbots. He felt the heat against his back as one
after another they exploded behind him. Finally one of the Foo-roo made
direct contact with him, exploding itself and sending the young boy flying
a short distance through the air. Upon landing, the ground under Megaman
shifted and gave way. With a childish yelp he fell through the floor and
landed on the next level down with a terrible thud.
Moments later, Roll's voice returned, and brought with it a bit of peace
to the shaken lad.
"I'm so glad you're okay," she said as she breathed a sigh of relief,"I'm
really sorry about that."
"No problem Roll," he replied with a smile, "What went wrong?"
"Oh, well..." she explained hesitantly, "...my knee bumped into the off
switch on the side of the console. Megaman could not help but laugh. Roll
shrugged off her blunder and joined in.
After a couple more hours of wandering, Megaman felt quite worn out.
"Roll, are you sure this is the way out?" he inquired, "We're running out
"Well I, uh, think so," she began, "I'm not used to this but I think...
Oh wait Megaman, there's a call coming in."
Megaman dropped to the ground and leaned his back against the cold stone
of the ruin wall. Several minutes passed as he waited for Roll to return.
"Oh Megaman, I've got good news and bad news," she informed him playfully.
"Give me some good news," he told her with a tired voice.
"Well, Gramps says he's been delayed. Mr. Bleucher is building a big ship
and wants to have Gramps there to help for another day. That means we have
more time, and might be able to get a refractor and get you out before he
"What's the bad news?"
"The bad news?" she hesitated, "Well, I think you're officially lost..."
DAY 2 >>>
All concept of day and night was lost to Megaman while in the dark underground
realm. He only knew that he had been tired and had to find an out of the
way dead end in which he could rest without fear of reaverbots discovering
him as he slept. Curled up in a corner, Megaman slept with the assurance
from Roll that she would stay awake the whole time and watch her monitor.
In truth, Roll snoozed in her chair, in a far deeper sleep than Megaman.
Meanwhile Data kept a vigilant eye on the equipment.
Upon waking, Megaman felt as refreshed as if he had just glugged down a
can of soda. Both he and Roll were ready to continue the journey through
this twisted maze. The day seemed to take forever as Roll guided Megaman
in paths that seemed to lead in circles. Reaverbots were battled, zenny
collected, and rests taken. Megaman was quite grateful to bump into a sparkling
pool of clean, fresh water. He drank up with delight, and restored his energy
a great deal.
The young digging duo happened upon their first really lucky break around
noon of the second say, roughly 24 hours since Barrel had left them.
"Megaman, you should be seeing a very large door in front of you," Roll's
voice told him over his communicator.
"Yep, I see it Roll, do I go through it?"
"I'm seeing a large blip in the room beyond it, but it's too big to be a
reaverbot, I think..." she said, rather uncertain as to how they should
"Maybe it's a refractor!" Megaman shouted, rather excited at the thought
that had suddenly popped into his mind.
Megaman entered the room, only to be greeted by two Hanmuru Dolls, towing
over him as if he were a bug between two shoes. The door slammed shut behind
him and the color drained from his face as one of the Hanmuru Dolls raised
a mighty arm and prepared to swing. A split second later and Megaman would
have been no more, but amazingly he leaped forward and dived right between
the two gigantic metal monsters just in the nick of time. The massive arm
swung around with such tremendous force that it collided with the second
Hanmuru Doll and knocked its head clean off. The huge, headless bulk instantly
shut down and slumped over as sparks flew from its open neck area.
Megaman pumped his fist in the air and almost began laughing, but the still
active reaverbot had already turned and tracked onto his presence. Megaman
fired a few shots, but the small amount of energy his buster contained seemed
to have absolutely no effect on the Hanmuru whatsoever. He turned to run
but tripped on a bone. Apparently if Megaman were to die here, he could
not claim to be the first. The skeleton was pretty well smashed from having
sat in a room in which two Hanmurus lived.
Later on, Megaman would realize how fortunate it was that he fell, for it
was at that point that he noticed the hole on the wall. Just beside the
skeletion was a place where one of the blocks that make up the standard
ruin construction was missing. This hole in the wall was certainly too small
for an adult to take advantage of, but for Megaman is was the perfect size
to save his life. He climbed in and curled up as far into the back as possible.
The Hanmuru lashed out with both arms swinging furiously at the hole. Shards
of stone shattered from the edges of the brick blocks, but Megaman sat safe.
Even when the Hanmuru Doll tried to stab its spike fist into the hole, Megaman
could not be reached, and so he took out his buster and fired repeatedly
at the huge reaverbot from within his little sanctuary. It took some time,
but finally the robot was destroyed, and Megaman stepped out to look around
at the two felled giants.
"Megaman, you did it!" Roll exclaimed, "Now you should see another door,
and I think there's a refractor in there." Sure enough, Megaman stepped
into the next room and was met by a pleasant orange glow, radiating from
a medium-sized refractor spinning on a pedestal. After all his hard work
and misery down here, the trip was finally about to pay off.
"Hold it right there!" a mysterious, whiny voice called out just as Megaman
went to reach for the refractor, "This is mine!" Megaman turned to find
a young, short, and fat man standing in the doorway. He was dressed in brown,
cheap looking digger's armor. The young boy was unsure about what he should
do now. He'd heard about air pirtates on several occasions, but was this
guy a pirate or just a digger? Megaman thought it over for a minute as they
stared at each other. He had been the one to defeat the Hanmuru Dolls, and
he had entered the room first.
"...First come, first serve!" Megaman shouted as he grabbed the refractor
from its place and held it tightly against his chest. Now if the fatso wanted
it, he'd have to actually take it, and that would mean he is a pirate. The
little fat man gave a sneer and a chuckle. Megaman realized that he intended
just to stand there and block the doorway.
Suddenly the ground began to tremble and dust fell from the ceiling. A huge
reaverbot dropped down out of nowhere, making such a bang that Megaman failed
to even hear Roll telling him to look out. To prevent escape, the door slid
down as was so often the case, but this time there was something in the
way. The door came down on the fat man's helmet instantly knocking him out.
His body fell to the ground, making the door unable to close all the way
as it pressed down on the chest section of his armor.
For Megaman, misfortune had turned to fortune. The fat man's bulky body
provided enough of a gap for Megaman to slip through and back into the Hanmuru
room, pushing the refractor through ahead of him. He executed another fist
pump, which would in time become one of his signature moves. Being the kind-hearted
soul that he is, Megaman grabbed hold of the bloated digger and pulled with
all his might until he was free. The door instantly slammed shut the rest
of the way.
Now they had completed step one of their objective. A refractor had been
attained, and all that was left was to lead Megaman to the exit. Roll removed
her hat and scratched her head.
"Okay Megaman, head back the way you came until you come to a three-way
split..." she guided. Thus began the next session of getting lost in the
tangled ruins. Roll had watched other spotters at work, and for the most
part she understood how things worked and what to watch for on her radar,
but this was a particularly strange set of ruins, and she was not familiar
with the navigational difficulties involved in finding paths through a multi-level
As the sun was about to set, Roll received the dreaded call.
"Hi Gramps," she said nervously.
"Roll, where in the world are you? I've returned, but the Flutter isn't
here!" the old man said with more worry than anger in his voice. "Yeah,
um, well you see..."
Megaman had to sit and wait as Roll explained the situation to Barrel...
DAY 3 >>>
After a quick crash course in spotting, Barrel had left the Flutter and
entered the ruins to search for Megaman. Now she was busy guiding two people
at the same time, trying to get them to somehow reach each other. The process
took several hours more, but at last with Barrel's helpful tips she was
able to pull it off.
Upon meeting, Megaman and Barrel held each other in a tight embrace. Megaman
was so thrilled to see him again, despite all the difficulty, and the punishment
which Megaman was sure would ensue once they returned to the Flutter.
Megaman picked up a lot of useful digging knowledge on the return trip.
Barrel was a master, even if he was slowing down. Likewise, Barrel learned
a great deal watching Megaman...
Once the two of them were in the clear and riding the elevator back to the
surface, Roll dropped her work and went running out to greet them.
"Megaman!" she shouted joyfully, throwing her arms around him,"I'm so glad
you're okay! I'm so sorry, if I was a better spotter, everything would've
been so much easier."
"It's okay Roll, you got us through in the end," Megaman kindly insisted.
"Someday you'll look back and laugh about it, but right now I've got some
things to say to you back in the Flutter," Barrel said sternly, ruining
the tender moment.
"I should be furious," Barrel started, towering over the two children, "but
I'm just so happy to see you after being away, and so glad you're safe.
I don't know how I can possibly stay mad at you two."
Megaman and Roll lifted their hanging heads in surprise. Barrel's warm smile
told them that it was all right, and he hugged them both, each under one
"I never realized how much you've both grown up. You can't imagine my shock
when I found out that you had not only flown to Mishini by yourselves, but
gone on a digout, survived so long underground, and even managed to get
a refractor!" Barrel commented, "That officially makes you two a digger
and a spotter. From now on, you'll accompany me on digs Megaman. I'll teach
you everything you need to know, and Roll will spot for us!"
A celebration feast followed up the trying ordeal, and all three of them
slept peacefully that night, each exhausted in their own way. As the Flutter
set sail for new horizons the next morning, Megaman looked out the window
just as they were leaving Mishini Island. The short, fat man had just gotten
out of the ruins. Apparently he spotted Megaman's face in the Flutter window,
for he shook his fist in the air in protest. Megaman laughed and went to
join Roll who was piloting. They exchanged smiles, and Roll reached for
the lever to activate the boosters. Data hopped onto Megaman's shoulder.
"Here we go!"