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Ad Infistitum Pretense: Algorithm Machine vs the Universe is a prequel to Ad Infistitum created for the second Lapis Weekly Challenge, being finished months later. The game revolves around the origins of Exercendas Tranquilla, and the tale of the original gods.

Story

Chapter 13: The Beginning Ends, Ending the End of the Beginning and Beginning Again

Playable character: n/a

Upon dispatching the fellow members of Algorithm Machine, Lord Helix begins his coup of the pantheon, slowing down the Lawfuls and the Neutrals by going on a galactic killing spree, taking out important beings quickly and without mercy. With no one but his fellow Chaotic gods left to stop him, Helix charges into battle, warping as fast as he can to the center of the universe with the Harvester to finally fulfill his plan and become the sole god of the universe.

As he reaches the core of the known universe, Helix is stopped by a mysterious force - a force he recognizes as the unborn god of True Neutral, manifesting to prevent Helix's ascension. As he attempts to use the Energon Harvestor to repel the new god, a blinding light begins to rip apart the world around him, with the last sight of him being a horrified look into the light.

Chapter 1: Hit Single + 11 Other Songs

Playable character: Sentinel Prime

Lord Helix, god of Chaotic Good and loyal follower of his fellow gods, organizes a meeting for his indie band Algorithm Machine, at their usual meeting place - Space Starbucks. As the band arrives one by one, Lord Helix is quick to enthusiastically explain that he has very recently come up with a unique concept - a new single with several other songs on it. Marceline's quick to point out that this would technically be the band's first album, but Helix insists they're still just making singles, and that these singles just happen to have a lot of other songs.

While the rest of the band bickers about whether Helix's idea is good or not, Haruko notices that rival band Mechanoid Schmechanoid has arrived for their gig. As the band begins to play, the door of the store slams open, with Sentinel Prime arriving. Berating Bill Cipher for interacting with the mortals so much, Sentinel quickly eggs on Bill to challenge him, leading to a fight between the two Neutral gods. Helix takes the chance to kick Mechanoid Schmechanoid off stage and begins an impromptu beat-boxing session in order to make some quick cash. AsU the fight quells, Sentinel drags Bill back to the Pantheon's base as Helix considers Sentinel's prejudice against the mortals.

Chapter 2: The Harvester

Playable character: Haruko

Celebrating a small victory over Mechanoid Schmechanoid, Marceline buys the band a round of drinks, buying out Space Starbucks. While Helix worries about Sentinel, Marceline and the rest of the band sit around, catching up after months of not seeing each other. Suggesting that the band take advantage over Bill's 'godly time-out', Haruko is confronted by Bad Cop, who claims he's planning a breakout with the rest of Mechanoid Schmechanoid, before switching to Good Cop who explains there's an interesting artifact in the Pantheon's base too.

Haruko decides to interrogate Good Cop, who explains the facility holds the powerful Energon Harvester, an artifact belonging to Sentinel that can absorb and relaunch any type of energy. Bad Cop switches in, berating himself for giving away the intel before facing off with Haruko. The two have a scuffle that the rest of Algorithm Machine cheers on, with Haruko managing to turn Bad Cop's own handcuffs against him. Telling Schmechanoid to back off, Marceline sends the band through a portal to what she refers to as 'a little detour', before going to Helix to try and figure out what has him crazy. Helix lashes out against the band before returning to Pantheon base, leaving the three confused.

Gameplay

Algorithm Machine vs the Universe is a traditional 2D fighting game, focusing on combos and specials with each character possessing a unique set of skills and traits they can use to their advantage. One of the main additions to the traditional gameplay is the Chaotic Shift, a sort of super meter that builds through use of specials. Once filled, the character automatically gains new traits, which come in three types - Fade, Cresendo, and Tempo. Fade Shifts are over in a matter of moments but tend to have stronger effects, Cresendos last for a set amount of time with the power of the Shift increasing up until the end, and Tempo Shifts do not go away, but tend to only buff passive things such as movement speed.

Characters

Image Character Description Chaotic Shift Franchise
139 Lord Helix The first god of Chaotic Good and founder of Algorithm Machine, representing anarchy above all. Lord Helix is a powerful fighter who lacks mobility but makes up for it by having amazing combo potential - a long grab range and powerful melee attacks allow him to chain together moves on a level no other character can. His special attacks include using moves such as Hydro Pump and Rollout, and his Chaotic Shift boosts his best traits. True Strength

Tapping into his potential as the God of Anarchy, Lord Helix's Chaotic Shift lowers his defenses while increasing the strength and speed of his combos and specials, allowed him to chain together K.Oing hits with ease. His Shift is a Fade type.

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Sentinel Prime AMTU Sentinel Prime The Lawful Neutral god, and kind of a jerk. Sentinel Prime plays strictly by the books, and while he's vigilant and powerful, he's far from a hero. His fighting style revolves around heavy attacks using his shield and lance, although he can transform into his truck mode to crash into enemies if he needs to. His main unique skill, however, is his special attack Energon Vents - this allows him to control his ratio of speed to offensive power, meaning he can go for a mighty glacier approach or a weak but speedy fighter. Energony Goodness!

Sentinel sends his Energon vents into overdrive, increasing his damage output and speed at the same time while also making him much more floaty and locking up his transformation cogs, preventing him from transforming into his truck mode. His Shift is a Cresendo type.

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HarukoFOL6 Haruko Guitarist for Algorithm Machine and a devout follower of Helix's ways, Haruko is off the wall and spontaneous. Haruko is a part of the Galactic Space Patrol Brotherhood, on a personal search for the Pirate King Atomsk. She can attack using her Rickenbacker 4001, having a very wild and fast fighting style. Her special attacks revolve around using her Vespa motorcycle, summoning it to ride or to throw at enemies, along with using her guitar as a gun. This Is The Climax!

Haruko summons Canti to tap into the energy of Atomsk. Haruko becomes far more vulnerable to attacks, but gains the capability of flight and stronger attacks. Depending on how damaged she is when the Shift initiates, she becomes easier to damage. Her Shift is a Tempo type.

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Minecraft-steve 12 Steve? Steve? is the mysterious drummer of Algorithm Machine, devoted only to his pick, his sword, and his sick drum kit. He never speaks, remaining silent and single-minded in any task. His fighting style is based on using his set of tools such as a pickaxe, a sword, and a fishing rod to fight. His moves are all on 'durability', however - use them too much and his tools will fall apart, degrading into lower tiers until he's left with just his fists and wits. His Shift allows him to emphasize these traiits, trading his own health for that of his tools. Repair

Once activated, Steve?'s Chaotic Shift steadily drains his HP, while repairing his tools - signified by a blue glow. As Steve? moves around, the rate of his health's decline increased, letting him repair his tools faster. This also moves his tools back up to their maximum tiers. His Shift is a Fade type.

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Stages

Image Stage Description Franchise
Space Starbucks Space Starbucks Regular hangout spot of the rival bands Algorithm Machine and Mechanoid Schmechanoid, Space Starbucks is a massive warship from the ancient days converted into a gargantuan coffee shop. The stage is a large one, and players can jump onto the tables for the literal upper hand, though they will break if damaged too much. SSB Unavaliable

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