Hello, again dear readers! Epifanio Therion here, and I am back with another chapter and the final part of the prologue of Helping Hand!

In this chapter, I will be introducing some of the residents of the Mansion that Therion will encounter, and those who will give him a tour while explaining each feature of the room in the Mansion and the rest I will keep as a surprise! And there is something additional! If I ever get reviews, I will respond to them! Again, I will be leaving you guys once again with the disclaimer.

Disclaimer: I own nothing except this story and anything else that I and I alone came up with. Should I use anything that isn't mine and is seen by others, all the original ideas go to their respective creators. I am merely borrowing /using them in passing. Also, I don't own Super Smash Bros. or the following series.


Chapter 2: Prologue, Part 2

When I carefully pushed the door, I slowly walked in, I saw four people standing still with their backs away from me, they seemed to not realize my presence and they seemed to be whispering something "Why do you think Master Hand asked us to give a tour to the new fighter? I still get lost pretty easily, but nonetheless, I am excited to meet him" spoke a platinum blonde-haired girl, but I looked carefully at her and saw that she had red eyes and sharp teeth... interesting...

"I... suppose that Master Hand chose us since the others are kind of busy, though I don't know why he chose four people on giving a simple tour on the Mansion since one is enough" stated a black-haired man, who seems to be little in the height category, though I believe I should keep that to myself and he seems to be wearing... boxing gloves?

"I am very happy about meeting someone new! I hope they will have a great time with us" a... a talking dog? in a green vest and blue skirt... huh? that is not the weirdest thing I ever saw... aww, she is kind of adorable, really...

While the three were whispering to each other, the fourth man, who I seem to notice... he is very buff, huh? I wonder what his training regime is, but the most noticeable about him is his blue hair, his bandana, and cape, and he seems to be way taller than me, hell... he is the tallest than everyone in this room, "..." but he seems to be quiet and has a stoic expression.

Wait... I now know who they are, Corrin, Little Mac, Isabelle, and Ike... that's actually pretty cool, I like to consider myself as a fan of these guys, especially Ike, though I am not going to show it off since it will make me feel very embarrassed as hell.

I stood still and began to ponder about what I should do... Can I just simply call their attention or can I just leave them like this until they realize that I am standing here, decision, decision... well, let's go with waiting then, what? It's for my amusement and I like to see how long they take to realize I am here.

I stood there still, one second passed then one minute and then two minutes with the three of them still whispering each other until Ike glanced in my direction and as when it seemed he was going to speak, I subtly motion him to stay quiet by putting one finger in the middle of my mouth while I was smirking and he soon realized what I was doing and nodded.

I stood there waiting and waiting until the amusement went away, I rolled my eyes and just coughed multiple times to call their attention minus Ike, who was subtly smirking at the trio, who suddenly stood still and the whispers ceased and they turned around and stared at me.

They were still staring at me in silence and I stared back with a blank look, I just decided to break the silence with a cough "okay, I know I am handsome, and everything, but is it truly that shocking?" I told them smugly and the trio quickly shook their heads and started to jump excitedly while Ike looked stoic with his arms crossed.

The first one to speak was Corrin, who seemed to be very excited to meet me "Oh! It's a delight in meeting you, Joker! my name is Corrin" Corrin exclaimed excitedly at me.

Suddenly Isabelle jumps in with a smile, who also looks excited about meeting me "I am also pleased in meeting you, Joker! My name is Isabelle!" Isabelle said while smiling and waving at me.

Little Mac calmly walks toward me while inspecting me "Hmm... I don't know why, but you are not what I was not expecting... I was expecting someone more... suave" He said in such a way, it felt a bit insulting, but really? I am not suave, so I can't say anything about that.

I raised my brows and gave him a smirk "Oh? What makes you say that? Is it because of my handsome look? my beautiful voice?" I am trying to act more or less like Joker, but sadly I never played Persona 5 since I lack a Playstation, but I saw a couple of videos with him on it, so I am trying to sound confident like him.

"Yeah... no, it's because your hairstyle is different, Joker is not supposed to have stubble, you are not wearing the clothing that Joker mainly use, like the photo and your voice is different than Joker" Little Mac responded

I just stood stunned and stared at Mac while blinking in surprise while Corrin and Isabelle looked at him in wonder and Ike gaped in surprise. Mac was getting a bit tired "Just because I train most of the time, it doesn't mean I am dumb or something" ending with a grumble

I shook off the surprise and sigh "Welp... you got me there... Joker is supposed to come later on, like in a week, I think... but yeah I ain't Joker as you mention" I simply explained what is supposed to happen, but I am not exactly sure...

Ike quickly recovered himself and then he suddenly spoke, which caused me to look at him immediately "I see... who are you then? why are we not warned about this?" Ike asked me in a curious manner

"Well... it was pretty sudden actually... I was mistakenly given a letter for Joker, which was in my mailbox, due to Master Hand's brother, I think it was his brother... Crazy Hand, even though Joker lives in Tokyo, not in the Caribbean"

Ike, Little Mac, and Corrin groaned while Isabelle simply tilted her head with a confused expression "Ugh... of course, it would be Crazy Hand, he is one of the reasons why the mansion has a lot of problems" retorted Little Mac, who looked tired all of the sudden.

"Ok then...? but either way, I should introduce myself, my name is Therion Suárez" I introduced myself

Corrin steps forward and quickly grabs my hand and begins shaking it "Oh, it's great meeting you Therion" Corrin gives a wide smile that shows off her sharp tooth... shoot, she is too cute! a good thing I can control my emotions and take hold of myself of not overreacting.

"Nice to meet you Therion, but I have a question for you," Little Mac asked, "why are you in the Smash Mansion, and why are we giving you a tour?"

I stood there while scratching the back of my head "Well... I was... hired as Master Hand's Assistant and Helper, so he decided to give me a room to stay, but he told me he will show my room when the tour was over"

Ike closed his eyes and looked like he was in though "I see, so starting now, you are the new official resident of the Mansion"

"Yep, that's right, and-" I was suddenly stopped by Little Mac, who was shocked at what he heard "Wait! you were hired as Master Hand's Assistant?! Why?! Mario is the one who is supposed to be Master Hand's assistant" Little Mac shouted, which was valid since... who hires an assistant, and especially for Master Hand, and the thing is... he doesn't need one at all!

I put my hands up to calm Mac down before I can explain my reasoning "Okay... First, Master Hand wanted me to take Mario's spot since he tends to be too busy with everything that he has to do, and so he has decided to give me the role of his assistant, and he told me that each day he will assign me tasks to complete and since I am not a fighter like you guys, I will get paid with those jobs, but of course, Mario will still help Master Hand, just lower amount of responsibility and task and second, I may be young, but I am good organizing things, and able to maintain a cool mind when confronting certain situations that may surprise people or make them panic, even if that doesn't make sense at all since Ithrewaknifeathimandgotshockedathissuddenappearance" the more I spoke, the faster I got, which got me weird looks from the four standing in front of me

"Um? Are you okay? since I can't hardly understand you at the end there" Little Mac asked with a weirded look, so I just simply cleared my throat and calm myself "My apology, I might still be shocked from the meeting since it is still recent for me" Yeah... shocked might not be the word, but that is the one I will use.

Isabelle smiled at me "Okay! Maybe in the middle of the tour, I can get tea for you, so you can relax your nerves" Isabelle said, being the usual nice person...

I smiled at her "Oh... thanks so much for the offer, I will gladly accept it when we have time for it" I said to Isabelle, and the rest stopped giving weirded look of my outburst, so I turn to them and ask an important question "Anyway, we have introduced ourselves and everything, should we start with the tour of the Mansion? I am very excited about it" I told my tour guides.

They just stared at each other and nodded, and the one who took the lead was Corrin "Very well! Let's begin!" As Corrin was about to pull Therion by the arm and show him around the Mansion, Little Mac quickly stop her "Woah Woah Woah, stop right there Corrin, you don't even know where we need to take him at all, and you have a habit of getting lost around the mansion, maybe Isabelle and I should take the lead for the tour while you stay behind with Therion and Ike"

I simply grunted. I don't know why they are going through so much effort for a simple tour, but hey, I can't exactly blame them too... they have to give a tour, which isn't something they usually do, maybe for Isabelle, but they aren't... and the fact that one gets lost easily isn't exactly reassuring too, and imagine the consequence for losing their new resident and bring the wrath of Master Hand on them... yeah, I hope we can finish this...

"Okay now, and remember, you don't need to show me all the rooms, just show me what you believe would be important for me to know, and we are good to go" Therion told the duo of Little Mac and Isabelle.

And soon the grand tour of the Mansion began, and Therion will admit that it felt weird at first since some of the rooms that he saw weren't important at all, like the Aquarium... he doesn't know why there is one in here, but he will stay quiet and there is a Recording Studio, and Candy Shop... weird, but they at least started focusing on the ones that are considered important, like the auditorium, where all the fighters meet up when there is an important reunion, meeting, or even a play.

There is the infirmary, where he was told that Dr. Mario tends to mostly work, but he was confused and asked about the difference between the two Marios, but they explained to him that they are two separate beings, while Dr. Mario is on the roster, he doesn't usually fight due to his duty as a doctor, so he is usually the one found here.

Laundry Room, which is self-explanatory for him, but he will admit that the size of the room is humongous, there are many washing machines on one side and the other side is the dryers, and there seems to be an area where people can personally clean it without the machines due to the fabric their articles of clothing tends to be.

Then he followed them to the cafeteria, and he was impressed with the size of the room, which makes sense due to the large roster, and they even took a peek inside the kitchen and it looks to be quite modern and updated, but he is curious why it is empty?

Isabelle decided to explain to him why "Oh, well... Master Hand thought it would be a good idea to take everyone on a friendly tourney as a way to give us the chance to properly give the tour without interruption and getting into destruction as per usual" Therion hums and nods at Isabelle's words.

They have gone all over the Mansion and seen some interesting spots that he can go to once he has the chance to do so, but now... "Well, the tour is over, so we need to let Master Hand know about it, so he can give you the chance to explain how your place work, even we don't know about it" Little Mac, who looks like he would be somewhere else, explained about the situation to Therion, who simple nods.

"I see now... So what now? I just wait here, and you all go toward the tourney?" I simply asked in an unsure manner... like this is a situation I am not used to like how I mentioned numerous times...

Little Mac spoke "Well, pretty much at this point... sorry if we have to leave you for a bit, but it is mandatory of us, see you later and have a fun time in this mansion" Little Mac was the first to leave, and Ike simply nods at Therion then proceed to leave as well...

Which leaves Isabelle and Corrin and me in the hallway, so I turned to them with a curious glance "Hmm? Why aren't you going with Little Mac and Ike?" I asked both of them since they were standing there.

Isabella spoke "Oh! We thought it would be rude of us to leave you alone, I know Master Hand is gonna come soon, but I wanted to make sure you are comfortable in a new environment..." Corrin smiled in agreement with what Isabelle told Therion "What she said is right, no one is usually used to new surroundings so easily, it even happens to everyone in the smash when they first came here, well... that is what I told really... but I believe you must be excited to experience new places, right?" Corrin smiled at Therion, but he wasn't sure why, but he felt suddenly nervous at the smile aimed at him...

I simply cough into my hand while looking slightly unsure how to feel... I am not sure how to feel... I am usually alone and all that since that is how my lifestyle is... people like leaving me alone and everything... So having to stay with me, so I can feel comfortable is a weird experience, but I guess it isn't the end of the world because of it "I... I guess that is quite reasonable, but I will be warning you, it will get quite boring staying with me." I don't know why I am saying all this… I ain't exactly social at all…

We stood there without saying anything, but I felt uncomfortable, but Corrin and Isabelle looked like they were quite used to it.


5 Minutes Later…

We were still standing there… but nothing happened… Just where is Master Hand…?


30 Minutes Later…

Okay… I am getting exhausted from standing for a long time without walking… Corrin and Isabelle look a bit worried…


1 Hours Later…

I just lied on the ground… my feet hurt, my body just lacks the energy to keep standing for no reason at all… What the heck is taking Master Hand so long… I am standing here for too long! I can hear Corrin and Isabelle whispering to each other in a hush manner… Hmm… let me just focus my hearing on them…

"What do you think is why Master Hand is taking a lot of time getting here?" Corrin asked Isabelle in a worried manner, unsure what was going on with Master Hand being late… Isabelle looks at Corrin with a unsure look on her face "Well… It depends… Occasionally there are some issues with the fighters, something happens in the city, he is dealing with his brother, Crazy Hand, and more… Despite being powerful, he tends to get easily distracted with everyone within the world." Isabelle explained to Corrin, but her unsure look and worried tone didn't change at all…

I just laid on the ground, looking at the ceiling… well… this is sure the amazing experience I was expecting when getting to a… new… world… sighs… I missed my friends… just being in here just feels unreal and I wish to be back home… I know what I said… it just… I don't know… Maybe I am regretting my choice as I haven't thought it over properly… I just said yes to the offer without thinking due to my… expectation of reality was shattered… What am I doing here? Am I just dreaming…? I should just… accept it… yeah…

But suddenly, there was loud laughter, which sounded quite familiar to someone he just spoke to… a giant white glove hand appears out of thin air, but the only one who reacted to his appearance was me since I am not used to it at all, Corrin and Isabelle seems to be used to his habit of appearing out of nowhere…

"My apology for that, Therion! The tourney took some time to organize due to some of the fighters making a mess… I even had to punish Captain Falcon and Wario for the damage they caused to the mansion" Master Hand apologized for taking too long to get here "I even had to deal with Crazy Hand and his problematic behavior…" Master Hand sigh in a tired manner… Therion isn't sure how since… it doesn't have any vocal chord or even a face

Master Hand then turned to Corrin and Isabelle "Despite you two have ignored my order to return to the tourney, I am still nonetheless grateful for you two for staying with Therion, who knows what would have happened if you didn't…" I just raised my brow at the way he has phrased that, what the heck would have happened if they didn't stay with me? You know what? Forget about it…

I just slowly stood up while taking off my glasses and soon pulling out a microfiber cloth and wiping my glasses as I blew my breath on the lenses while Master Hand spoke with Corrin and Isabelle… and soon I watched as Corrin and Isabelle waved at Master Hand and me goodbye since they were going to return to the tourney as Master Hand left Mario in charge… which is going to be difficult for him, so Isabelle is necessary to be there.

I just patiently stood there as we watched them leave the area and I slowly turned to Master Hand with an unamused look… I was tired and I would like to take a rest so I can think over my behavior that I felt was… erratic and then think over my decisions that I have taken until now, which I am sure there were a lot of mistakes.

Master Hand then spoke to me "Apology about that, but nonetheless, let us begin the tour of your room… and let me mention that since you are my new assistant, you have certain benefits unlike the fighters who has something else, so your benefits are considered special unlike the others" Master Hand calmly explained to me, but I didn't react in shock or anything like that, I just nod at his words and made sure I was paying attention to his words.

"That is reasonable" That is what I just said, nothing more, nothing less… I am not exactly sure about this. "Shall we move on and begin checking out the room you gave me?" I am not that excited about it, but hey, I should keep the image that I am… after all that effort, even if… the consequences of my actions are just falling all over me now.

Master Hand clears his throat despite having lacking one, once again, Therion isn't sure how that works, but he can theorize it must be the rules of this world or… the amount of power he has, the aspect of logic distorts around Master Hand's very existence, but he should just ignore it since he is stuck in a world where logic doesn't exist… Well, it does, but with how many characters from many different franchises are living in a single world, it makes sense that things would be… different than usual for him…

"Yes, you are quite right, Therion! Let us begin!" Master Hand spoke in a cheerful matter, not looking like if he noticed Therion's emotional state or not… and he soon opens the door that Therion was standing at, and then warped inside…

Therion just blinks in confusion at Master Hand's disappearance… How did he open the door he was in front of and where did he go? "Therion! I am inside of the room, come in!" Master Hand shouted inside the room… Well, that answers it...

I opened the door of the room I am staying in, but… I stood there surprised at what I was seeing, and I was wondering if I was simply imagining things… I rubbed my eyes to make sure I wasn't having illusions of some form or something, but… yeah, it is legit… "What… is this…?"

The reason why I am shocked? Well… it seems I am standing in front of a modern living room… in the form of a penthouse suite… Yes, you heard me right… The floor tiles are made of dark green wood, but more specifically… bamboo, and from the look of it, it is hand scraped, which from what I know, it is quite expensive, one of my best friends, who is studying as an architect, told me about it.

But that doesn't stop at all since there is more! Wait… Why did I sound so excited about it? Whatever! That isn't the point, what I am talking about is the walls, it looks like steel, but if you pay attention to it, it is actually paint, and there is a pillar in the middle of the room. And lastly, there is a glass wall, which shows the view of the ocean with a glass door leading outside… wait… what?

Master Hand was floating near the glass wall of the living room and soon noticed the expression Therion had on his face and soon spoke "Hahaha! Surprised my dear assistant? Like I told you, you have different benefits than the fighters, who have a bedroom and their own necessary area, like the bathroom and closet! But for you? I have given you a living room, and… a kitchen!" Master Hand pointed toward what I guess is the kitchen, and… yeah, it is legit, and quite impressive as well, I don't usually care about luxury, but damn, I am just feeling spoiled with just these two rooms…

Master Hand kept saying "And knowing about your hobbies and passion in making games, I decided to make your room in the theme of video games, pretty nice of me, right?" Now that Master Hand pointed it out… there was a black with red trims media console with the upper area, there was numerous game consoles and in the bottom, and when got close to the drawer, he blinks in surprised at the many available games and noticed that it was connected to the tv that was hanging from the wall, then there was the coffee table in the same color as the media console, and there is two bean bags next to the coffee table, and there is even acrylic wall cubbies with many different type of gaming controllers and figures, which I believe the cubbies must be for storage.

Pretty much the entire room is specifically made for me, like the black, gray and red color scheme and the focus on gaming… but I feel… a bit uncomfortable since I am more used to living in a smaller room, but I… I can get used to it, I think… not exactly sure, but hey, I need to try it first before I can go complaining about the gift...

"But that isn't it all!" Master Hand kept going and I had to twirl around in shock at what I heard, there is more?! Dear god… what else is there… isn't this already kind of overkill…? But okay...

Therion follows Master Hand toward the left side of the living room and soon spotted a… staircase…? "Uh… I apologize for asking, and it may be obvious in hindsight, but I want to be sure about this… why is there a staircase in here?" Therion has an idea, but he doesn't wish to believe it, like why is Master Hand going this far… he isn't important in the grand scheme of things…

"Why does it lead to your master bedroom and six other guest bedrooms with their own bathrooms!" Master Hand answered my question, and… well… if you must know, my jaw almost fell due to shock at what I heard, and I couldn't understand the purpose of this!

"Uh… I can understand the master bedroom since this is my room and all that, but… Can I ask about the purpose of the six additional bedrooms…?" I asked Master Hand in an unsure manner about the purpose of those bedrooms.

"Oh! I forgot to mention this detail of your job, didn't I?" It sounded like Master Hand forgot to mention something to me… I don't like that he forgot, but I can't do anything about it… "Oh? What is it?" I asked once again, and waited for Master Hand to clarify what he meant by that.

"Nothing too serious, but the work I have prepared can be quite tasking and can take a while, so while you are my helper, I thought you can recruit others to help you in your job… but it can only be those who live in this world…" Welp… there goes my excitement of bringing my best friends to this side… I was quite happy for a brief moment until he demolished it without hesitation and thinking.

"I… I see now, that sounds simple enough I guess…" Therion wasn't exactly comfortable with that type of idea since he isn't social and would rather be alone… but Master Hand makes sense, but for now, he doesn't do anything about it since he would rather get used to everything at his own pace…

"And now, we are left with the most important aspect with the job you will be dealing with within the mansion! Follow me once again" Master Hand floated downstairs while I stood there with a unsure look… I took a glance at the doors, one had a pixelated face of my face on the front of my room while others are blanks… this… this is going to be interesting…

I slowly walked downstairs while searching for Master Hand until I spotted him near the entrance of the room, and while I was going to speak, I noticed something beside him that I just noticed just now. What is that? Is… Is that a board? I… I just walked toward him with a confused look.

Master Hand spotted him and spoke in a cheerful manner… Jeez, how does he keep getting all this energy? He thought it was a bit weird… well, weird for him really, or it might be his hermit/antisocial lifestyle making him say that. "Oh good! You are here, let me explain to you the Request System!" I just blinked… that name sounds quite… self-explanatory, he was expecting a ridiculous name or something, but hey… whatever…

"Well… that is good?" I just sounded unsure, but I didn't care about that aspect, I am simply confused about what is the purpose of this for my job. "Oh! You aren't sure the exact purpose of this system, right?" Well… more or less… the name kind of implies it, but… there must be other conditions/hidden information that isn't usually found by the name alone.

"Like the name implies! You will receive many requests from within the mansions or rarely from the city!" Master Hand tapped on the board, and suddenly many holographic things came flying out of nowhere! Jeez… that surprised him. "You see how I just tap it, right? It is that easy to activate it, but nonetheless! There are many requests you can fulfill, each has its own time limit or even lack of one. Here is an example of the format!" Master Hand somehow threw the holographic request in front of me, and as I was about to cover, it stopped… oh… let us see here…

Requester's Name: ?

Type of Request: ?

Time Limit: ?

What is the request about?: ?

Request's Goal:

Reward: ?

As I read the request format, Master Hand spoke "As you can see, it is quite simple, the requester must need to present a name, the type of request, which can be many things like escort, gathering, delivery, etc. the time you are presented in completing the request, and let me tell you, there is no real consequences in completing it… unless it is one that says urgent and has a stamp on it, that means it is a important one. Then they must explain the purpose of their request and why they have the need to request you, and then they show you the goal you must accomplish, so you can determine if it is a job well done or not. And lastly of them all, it is the reward! It can come in many forms, like currency of this world or theirs, an item, clothes, or even a weapon! It can be basically anything! Unless it is something that is illegal obviously!" I just nod as Master Hand explained to me… that is… a lot of information, but that is nonetheless helpful.

"So that is all, my dear helper! The tour is simple, but I believe you must be tired due to numerous reasons!" Oh… Now that Master Hand says that… I am a bit tired… "Tomorrow, I would introduce you to the fighters since you will be meeting for some time! So it is a good thing to learn more about them"

I tilt my head at that, I… I feel a bit uncomfortable at the thought of meeting the other fighters, like I already met Corrin, Isabelle, Ike, and Little Mac, but… meeting the others? Especially a big number is a bit frightening for me. "I… I got it, and you are right, I am a bit tired, so I believe I will be taking a rest. Thanks for the tour and opportunity, Master Hand" I thanked Master Hand, but he simply waved it off "Don't worry about it Therion, I have high expectations of you, I know you won't fail! But either way! I will be taking my leave! I hope you rest well!" Master Hand suddenly disappeared out of nowhere, which caused me to be surprised again… I… I am not used to that…

I just stood there, unsure what to do… I looked at the board with a tired look, and then all over the room… there is the living room, kitchen, dining room, and several other stuff… I then yawned for a long time… damn, I am tired… I walked toward the staircase and went upstairs and then walked toward my bedroom. I just opened the door, quickly took off my jacket, shirt, and shoes and just threw myself to the bed without checking the room carefully… I am just that tired… It has been a long day for me, and I am already worried about my friends despite the time difference…

And soon… I fell asleep… anxious for the events of tomorrow and how everything would begin for me…


Hey guys! I hope you enjoy the last part of the prologue. I know It wasn't that impactful, but I hope you enjoyed the small interactions with several of the roster like Corrin, Isabelle, Ike, and Little Mac! A small tour within the mansion, there is a reason why I didn't go deep into the description of each room...

I also managed to explain how Therion's room looks like and I was a bit excited to share it, and lastly, we were confronted the main form of work for Therion! Because of this, if you ever feel like suggesting a small request within the universe of Smash Bros with an existing character, you can PM me and share it, who knows! It might appear within the story, but please, nothing extremely complex… unless you manage to call my attention, but that would be hard.

But other than that! I hope you enjoy the chapter, and remember to review, favorite and follow! And if you have any idea, like I said before, you can PM me with the idea/suggestion, and I would take it into consideration. I hope you have a nice time, and see you later until the next chapter of Helping Hand! If you read this one, you will know what the next one will entail!