Adrian had challenged the rock-type leader of the West New Guinea gym, and was so far holding his own against the leader's prehistoric onslaught. Two of the leader's four had fallen, while Adrian was still on his first. Things were looking good for him so far, but what new challenges lie in store for our hero?
Aurorus had fallen, brought low by poison damage without ever doing a thing to Adrian's Weezing, and in its place was an even larger fossil. Crimson, with a strong jaw, massive tail, and regal frill of white around its collar (and also poisoned, how about that?) Tyrantum took to the stage in a fighting stance
Again, another worthless poisoned dinosaur, just standing around doing nothing while slowly dying to death. Of course, Weezing's attack would hit, while its own did absolutely nothing. This almost seemed to be a repeat performance of the Gilbert Islands gym, were one inclined to be so cynical.
Tyrantum charged, but after the total failure of its predecessor, this narrator expects very little of the crimson saurian.
You don't even need to say a damn thing. Seriously. Just put your jellyfish on the field and dinosaurs go extinct like it's sixty-five millions years ago. Kirika would be very upset if she were to see this.
Down to the last one now, make it count. Let's see, Aerodactyl? Does that count? No? Well how about MEGA AERODACTYL?
The aerial predator burst forth in a flash of light, as stone spines erupted from underneath its rock-hard flesh to create an even more menacing appearance. This beast ruled the skies at one point, and hopefully it would rule the battlefield.
"Aerodactyl, use Earthquake!"
The flying beast didn't even need to touch the ground to make it shake uncontrollably, as the gym floor splintered from just the creature's ear-shattering screech.
>>24381192 I DO have a Fake Out mon too, if you'd like...
Adrian's next pokemon was going to be one hell of a gamble, especially with that Hone Claws, but if his luck held... Well, it ought to do it. After all, with three levels of Toxic AND a second Curse, just this single move ought to do it. He recalled the fainted Gengar to send out his next pokemon.
"Go Muk! Shadow Punch!"
And, with another pokemon darting in from the shadows, Muk struck with a sucker punch!
[[No miss, though obviously not ACTUALLY Sucker Punch.]]
"There's three you could theoretically hit next. One's just a bit northwest , in the Philippines; the next one's a bit more west than north, that one's over in Indonesia; and the third's up over in Micronesia, northeast by a pretty decent way. Indonesia's the closest, but you might not have the best luck there. It's up to you, though, how you want to approach it."
Indonesia... I've got nothing. It's not a rich, flavorful dinosaur island, nor is it the terrifying maze of horrors that Guadalcanal was. It's just sort of... There. You probably don't care at all though, do you? You're just after that badge. Understandable, respectable, though just a little bit boring. Sort of like Indonesia, actually.
Anyway, here's a totally boring island. Hope you enjoy it!
Last time, DICKS and Dennis defeated a pack of (apparently owned) Rampardos after they wrecked the DICKSmobile. Now they were following the champion's sister to the west side of the island so DICKS can get compensated for the loss of his sweet ride.
"Isn't it a little embarrassing you got outsmarted by a bunch of Pokemon that used to be extinct?"
"Not really" Kiki replied, struggling to keep her herd ahead of the other humans, while also trying to keep them from wandering off again. "Rampardos have large brains, compared to other dinosaur pokemon, and from studying this pack we've been able to determine that they have the capacity to learn and formulate plans just as well as any human. The only reason they went extinct was because of environmental pressures beyond their control."
Boring is perhaps less adequate a word than this narrator first thought. "Uniform" seems to be more accurate. Everything is completely uniform, and through that uniformity comes boredom. This uniformity is perhaps Adrian's only clue to the question no doubt nagging his thoughts- What type is the gym here? Had Adrian ever been to Paris, he might find the answer more obvious than he realized.
In case you've never been to Paris, I'll make things simple for you- Everything in Paris is planned in a roughly circular shape that culminates into a focus around a single point of architecture. Here, that single point is the gym, the architectural style of which matches perfectly with every other building in the city.
The perfect, picturesque model of modernity and industry. So why does everything look so... Boring? So devoid of character?
"Sis tried her best to cultivate a league that brought challengers to their peak form. If that means that things have to get dangerous sometimes, so be it. Besides, you'll never know how strong you really are if things are sanitary and safe all the time. You've got to have a little risk once in awhile."
"Though, I'll admit, sometimes she pushes that angle a bit harder than maybe she should."
You want imagination? Go back to New Guinea and spend time with the dinosaurs. Here, everything is sanitary and spotless. You had your chance to run, and now you must pay the price by suffering through the most boring place in the league.
Hell, even the Gilbert Islands gym had more character than this place.
>>24381568 "I ain't calm, but she's the wrong person to chew out about it. And I want my money first. Besides..." DICKS gives Dennis a thumbs up and flashes a smile. "The best way to shape things up around here is to become the next champion. You seem decent, so if ya need any help just let me know. Here, we can register each other." He takes out his phone.
After walking for, god, no more than 20 minutes or so, the posse found themselves in an open clearing beside a fence. "Let me get these guys squared away with security, and I'll be right back. Sis will be along in a bit to pay you for your car, so if you've got problems with her league, you can take it up with her."
With a click of her tongue and a wave of her hand, Kiki lead the pack of Rampardos away from DICKS and Dennis, back towards whatever enclosure they had previously escaped from.
As the tides rolled across the sands of Holon island, so did a wooden raft seemingly made from logs of random sizes and species of tree, all tied together with marlin rope. Atop the raft sat a grizzled man who had disappeared quite some time ago with less than a goodbye. Dimitri planted his foot into the sand to keep the raft from receding with the tide.
"Well, it seems this as good a pit stop as any, A bit warm for my tastes, but you can't exactly choose vacation destinations while drifting in the ocean" He said to himself.
He began to drag the raft further up the beach along with his wily Pangoro which he acquired during a 'trip' to hong kong that would have been better if the entire city hadn't started a manhunt for him by the time he left.
So, you've found yourself stopped in Holon for a rest, have you? Well, friend, you've stopped at the right time, because the Pacific Islands League Challenge is currently in season! Are you here as a challenger or just a vacationer? Both? Neither? Not sure? Stick around and get more information why don't you?
Dimitri had finished dealing with the jumbled mess that was his raft and began exploring the more urban areas of the island eventually catching site of a flyer mentioning something of a challenge. He read it over revealing it to be for the island chain's league challenge. He pondered for a moment before deciding it would be a good way to unwind. He continued reading the flyer to see if there was some kind of registration process and if not where would he start?
And lo, did Sanae appear, some twnety minutes after Kiki had vanished with her pack of Rampardos (not appearing this issue: her lesbian monkey, who has taken off to use the little ladies room). Even dressed in her casual attire, she still managed to exude an aura of confidence and power. "My sister informs me that you've had some problems with the local wildlife" she said, casually sauntering up to DICKS. "If there's anything I can do to soothe things over, let me know."
No registration required. You want to tackle a gym, feel free to go right ahead. Someone will be monitoring your progress the moment you enter any of the twelve eleven gyms in the league, and they'll handle the issue of registration and compliance. And believe me, when I say compliance, I mean it. Because delta species run wild in this region, there will of course be the temptation to catch a few. Don't worry, that's fine, as long as you keep your catching within reason, and you will know when the league thinks you've gone beyond what's reasonable.
If you're interested, talk to the lady at the local pokemon center to get your complimentary map, compass, and HM03. You will need them all.
>>24381686 "Yeah, your Rampardos new guinea pigs-" DICKS smirks at his own pun, "- escaped and trashed my car. Thankfully I was able to contain the situation before some poor, unsuspecting, LESSER trainer was seriously hurt."
"I'd be more than happy to repay you for the cost of your car" said Sanae "But I have to wonder, what were you doing driving a car through the jungle? And for that matter, how did you even get a car onto the island in the first place?"
She paused, eyeing DICKS with suspicion. "I remember you" she said at last. "You were the trainer who gave me an attitude at the opening ceremony. Tell me, have you managed to get some badges yet? If you're on New Guinea, I'm guessing you've gotten four, is that right? Are you enjoying yourself so far?"
>>24381752 "That's good, because it was a very special custom job. Multiterrain vehicle, can even go through water, computer controlled, Porygon compatible. My friends back home in Lilycove put it together for me before I left," DICKS brags in detail about his car.
"I've gotten two so far. I got lost and wound up at the strongest gym first, then the one after that was closed and the island was full of landmines. Then I come here and there are vicious dinosaurs escaping without any warning signs or anything that it's a nature reserve. This place seems like kind of a mess."
"Look, in regards to Guadalcanal, I told the leader there to get rid of them several times, but he kept defying my orders, so I had him removed. I'll have a minesweeping team out that way by the end of the week. And the Rampardos, my sister tells me, are getting smarter. There's nothing we can do to stop them from getting smarter, I'm afraid to say. I'll have new fences installed as soon as possible, but I may need to make this half of the island off-limits until that's done."
"I try to run a challenging league, but I don't mean for anything here to actually be life-threatening. What's happened to you have been a series of unfortunate mistakes that I'm doing my best to correct. I just can't be everywhere at once, you understand."
"Now, what was the insurance value of your vehicle?"
From the back pocket of her pants, Sanae produced a checkbook and a pen- Things any smart traveler should have. Quickly, she scribbled an amount onto the leaf, handing it to DICKS. "Sixteen million should suffice, I believe?" she asked.
Yes, it's real, so don't even think about asking that.
>>24381896 "Yeah, thanks," DICKS takes the leaf of paper and looks it over. "Guess I'll get back to hitting the gyms, then." Vexed by the champions cooperativeness and unjustified in throwing more of a tantrum, DICKS goes to look for the gym on this side of the island.
>>24381850 "Smell ya later, Dennis. Don't get eaten by a dinosaur."
>implying I'm going to take the time to post for a walking scene
While the preserve itself was designed to mimic a prehistoric habitat as much as possible, the facility where the magic happened was the very image of technological progress. My powers of description fail in the presence of such unfettered mechanical perfection.
Fortunately, I don't need to describe the entire interior compound; I only need to describe a single room- The revival chamber. Three computer stations are arranged in a half-moon configuration around a large glass tube, at the top of which protrude a mass of wires, pipes, and tubes. A man sits at one of the stations, tapping away on his keyboard.
This man, Kiki approaches, knocking on his monitor. They converse for a few minutes, in a language Dennis does not understand. French, maybe? When they have finished, Kiki returns to her tag-along, saying "Klause says he'll need a couple of hours before everything's done. Just leave it on that table over there-" she points to a steel table off in the corner, cluttered with empty boxes that had once been filled with donuts "-And he'll have everything sorted out by the time you get back."
"Anyway, I've got to be off. Sis is probably waiting for me, and I told her I'd be back a half-hour ago."
Steelix took the flames as best as an iron snake could, which was pretty good, all things considered. But the beast held fast, through white-hot smoking metal.
"Right, let's get our advantage up then. Stealth Rocks, away!"
Against a spitfire special attacker, both master and servant knew that Steelix was as good as a sacrifice bunt, so it would serve to set the stage for the ones that came after. Slamming its tail against the floor, it send a flurry of stones against Adrian's field.
Now, I won't lie, the mart back at Holon is far larger than this one, but as far as marts go, this one's not bad at all. Not counting the one at Holon, it's the largest in the entire league, so you reasonably could spend several hours shopping here. There's just no end in sight for all these wonderful items!
Just as predicted, Steelix couldn't take it, falling to the ground with a sigh, only to be replaced in a flash by the large mechanical quadruped Metagross. Adrian must be waiting on baited breath right now. 'Is this it? Is this the mega for this gym?'
"Right, Metagross, hit it with a Zen Headbutt."
And hopefully, Metagross' strike would do just that, striking hard and true against the obnoxious levitating foe.
Technical machines are located on the third floor, next to the counter selling battle strategy guides like the Nintendo Power Guide both specific to the league, and in regards to general strategy and battle form.
The space marked "Hone Claws" was, sadly, picked bone dry. But Rain Dance, surprisingly, was quite plentiful, as was Sunny Day, Hail, Reflect and Light Screen (which were bundled together in a two-pack), and even Roar.
More fire is always a good thing when dealing with an industrious steel team. Maybe if the Russians had learned this sooner rather than later, they could have halted the German advance far earlier than they did. Instead, they stupidly decided to use ice-types... But I'm getting off track. The point if, fire melts steel-types, and Metagross was no exception. Metal plates glowing white-hot, it had one chance to score a hit that would knock Weezing out of the game. Once that was done, the rest were easy pickings.
"Metagross, this is it. Bring it down. Zen Headbutt again."
And so, all around the world, steel-types lent their prayers to Metagross, in the hopes that it would vanquish this one, most annoying of foes. And with their prayers, Metagross charged.
>Zen Headbutt >2 also flinches >22 turns remaining
That brings the leader down by two, putting Adrian up by one overall. You've got the advantage for now, but with Weezing gone, this match just got a whole lot easier. But that Gengar could potentially be just as much of a problem if not dealt with the right way. I wonder, what would happen if a Curse were to hit *that*?
Let's give it a shot. Let's break out the wall and see how it handles a Curse.
Metagross fell to the ghost's black magic, to be replaced by a massive iron behemoth. Reacting to the leader's power, Aggron underwent that shining and forceful transformation to Mega, and its vaunted girth was lain bare before Adrian and his ghost.
"Right then, Aggron, let's start things off with a good old-fashioned substitute, shall we?"
In a show of industry that would make Henry Ford proud, Aggron carved the metal of the gym floor into a massive, impassable barrier. Let's see the ghost get through this.
>>24387696 Adrian sighed. So that was how it was going to be, huh?
"Well then, I'm not sure what to do here. Here's hoping you can wake up in time to survive curse. Substitute. You missed your chance to stop this, by the way. This Muk isn't going to get fainted now. Ever."
Muk ducked under a Sub of its own as his trainer grinned.
Shit, do they still even make Dire Hits? I think the last time we had those in stock was the summer of '98... Well, spank my ass and call me Charlie, there's some in the back. How many you want? We've got... A full case of six, left over from '98. Might be past the expiration date, but if you want 'em you can have 'em for half-off. X-Accuracy, though, we've got plenty of. Help yourself.
We've got a (somewhat limited) selection of hold items, but nothing that "the pros" would think of as worthwhile. Now, if you're interested in trying out gimmick sets, there's a gag shop on the second floor that has an ample supply of Air Balloons and Eject Buttons. If you're ballsy enough to give a gimmick set a whirl, you might consider checking them out.
"Where have you been?" asked Kiki, upon Dennis' return. "You missed the best part. Look."
She pointed to the glass chamber at the center of the room. Nestled in a bed of straw, was not a fossil, but a tiny baby Tyrunt. "Be very quiet, it's sleeping."
Ducking away from the tube, Kiki turned to Klause, whispering in that same foreign language. "Klause says that Sue's begun to lay eggs, so if we let this one into the herd it would throw everything off balance. Since you found it, you're free to keep it if you want."
Oh, this is a tough one. You're still up by one, and if you're planning what I think you're planning, then this next move is perhaps the most critical of the match.
"It's a crying shame that I have to risk it, but I have to risk it" said the leader, doing the unthinkable and recalling his massive iron titan, replacing it with a small, barbed ball of iron spikes and hatred. A Ferrothorn. "I hope this is the right move."
>Ferrothorn has Iron Barbs >Ferrothorn is wearing the Rocky Helmet >Screwed up the round count, 16 rounds remaining
The torrent of water against Ferrothorn's plated hide was like soft droplets of dew against the grass at morning. Which it was, in a sense. "Right then, Ferrothorn, give it the old weed-whack."
Now, there have been balls of iron-barbed hatred in this thread before, and sure, Tentantel was by far the most hate-filled, but this Ferrothorn was by no means a jolly old flower. It had plenty of good, hard, thwacks to give. And good, hard thwacks it would give, once it got those barbed tendrils a-swingin'.
"Have at it then" said Kiki, turning to leave. "I've stuck around way too long. Sis is probably getting worried by now. I'll catch ya around, kid."
And just like that, she was gone, off to rejoin her sister and her sister's pink Aipom girlfriend. Dennis was now free to have his very own dinosaur. Just wait until DICKS sees this. Boy, is he going to be jealous.
And again, Tentacruel's blasts of water were like drops of rain against the grass. Ferrothorn was enjoying the water, really. But, enjoying it or not, Ferrothorn is still an iron-barbed ball of hatred, so as much as it wanted to take a moment to enjoy the water, it had thwackings to administer.
Despite its best efforts to the contrary, Ferrothorn could thwack no more, as Gliscor's aerial strike brought the iron plant low. Adrian was down by three, as was the leader. "Tough decisions, tough decisions..."
On the one hand, Aggron could probably finish Gliscor off with a solid Dragon Tail. On the other hand, that would leave it wide open for a retaliatory strike the next turn. Decisions, decisions...
"Right then, let's go with one you're probably familiar with by now! Go, Skarmory!"
It's a repeat of the sky battle all over again as the leader's iron bird takes to the sky against the electric Gliscor! Tensions rise as the two fliers face off! "Skarmory, you've got this one in the bag! Hit it with Brave Bird!"
And that, Skarmory would do, soaring upwards to the ceiling, before corkscrewing downwards after its foe.
Assuming you're still in the revival chamber, Klause, who speaks not one word of a language you would understand, hastily scribbles something down a a piece of paper, tossing it to you.
"If you need it there is day care here at facility" his note read. On the back was a crudely drawn map of the facility, with the location of the daycare marked in red. Seems he writes in your language better than he speaks it.
And with that strike, Skarmory was down, leaving only the monstrous tank Aggron to hold the line. And what a line it had to hold. Adrian was up by one and had an overall better position, but with some luck, there was still a chance to turn this around. Spat out of its capsule, the iron behemoth sprang awake, cured of its curse but still worse for the wear. It would need some good luck more than ever at this stage.
"Aggron, we've got to make another calculated risk, I'm afraid. Hit it with a Dragon Tail."
And there it goes, swinging that tail like a maniac on bath salts. Can it connect the hit?
Aside from being specialized in the care of fossil pokmeon, this day-care was altogether like any other you'd expect to find. Drop that dino off and get out there, and when you come back he'll be big and strong!
The risk I took was a calculated one, and it appears that, after due consideration, I calculated incorrectly. "Let's try this the old-fashioned way then, since it appears we guessed wrong. Aggron, take a Rest. We'll try again later."
And Aggron did. There it is, napping away in the heat of battle.
The wall of iron that the sleeping Aggron had somehow erected was shattered by Gliscor's attack, leaving it wide open to attack for one more turn. But until then, let's keep snoring and see what else happens.
You want seismic so badly? ... Shit, I can't actually make a Seismic Games joke. Anyway, Aggron's dead, good job. Your badge is this gear-looking thing, really not that cool compared to some of the others (or just the most recent one). "I made several calculated errors, but I suppose, whoever wants the victory more achieves it. This badge is yours.
You face a man who looks like he's seen better days. Imagine a cross between a wrestler and a scientist, but exemplifying the worst of both and the good of neither. Actually, he's just really run-down, having to deal with the stress of keeping a gang of rowdy Rampardos from escaping constantly. And let me tall you, that's not an easy job to do.
Still, he tried to keep a chipper attitude despite all this. "Greetings" he said to DICKS. "Here for my badge?"
The island was rich in avian life. All manner of birds, just waiting to be found. They're yours for the taking if you can find them. Look up! Look down! Look all around! And try not to get eaten by an Archeops while you're on the hunt.
You don't seem to have the same way with pokemon that you once did, so if you expect another delta to come to you you've got another thing coming. But here's a Fearow to consider. Nothing special, not a delta, just a good, solid, hard-hitting Fearow.
"Ooh, that's not going to be good" said the leader. "Let's give this a try. Auroras! Go!"
Up against the cannon-wielding terrapin was the frosty long-neck Auroras. Considered unremarkable by this narrator after it's humiliating defeat at the hands of Adrian, this narrator expects very little from the chilly dinosaur. But let's see where things head.
"Auroras, hit it with a Thunderbolt!"
Arcs of lightning traced themselves along the dinosaur's frilled neck, releasing their fury against the shelled foe.
>>24411396 Quivering as the electricity runs through its body, Blastoise levels its left cannon at the long-neck. There is a flash within the barrel and a ray of concentrated blue aura energy shoots out.
>Focus Blast, 2 and 8 miss (Wide Lens), 0 lowers Sp. Def
And it appears that this narrator was absolutely right in predicting that Auroras would be completely useless. In fact, I daresay that you'll one-shot everyone on this leader's team.
But let's keep going and see what happens.
Up next, in the hope that its appearance would turn the tide of battle back to a favorable position, was Aerodactyl. In a flash of light it erupted into its mega form, stone spikes jutting out of every possible surface.
"Aerodactyl, hit it with a Stone Edge!"
The winged reptile launched its body at Blastoise, stone body primed for a punishing blow.
I might have to reward your dubs determination with something a bit nicer than the average bird. There are two choices that present themselves before you: The dark/flying Xatu, or the psychic/flying Honchkrow. They have gathered in a pair, and they will both attempt to flee should you engage them. You'll have only one chance to subdue only one of these two birds, so which will it be?
>>24411505 Leaping aside, Blastoise performs a surprisingly agile cartwheel and lands behind the Tyrant beast. Another glare of aura energy flashes inside of the left cannon barrel and the lens attached to its eye predicts the target's movements.
Damn son, you need to slow your roll. You're going to get cocky, and that's going to get you destroyed in gyms to come. But for now, you're running roughshod over this gym and its pokemon. Not hard to do when you're hitting for SE on everything in sight, but still, damn son.
Tyrantum was down, leaving only one dinosaur left to hold the line. Bastiodon didn't have much of a chance, so the leader simply decided to recall it. "I give" he said. "I can see that you've already beaten me.
>>24293826 "I was exploring Reversal Mountain in Unova when this happened. It's not always in control, but he always looks like he's in pain and sometimes he scratches himself until it bleeds. Could it be some kind of volcano spirit?"
Slowbro had indeed decided to follow the Rockman, and it seemed to know the local waters better than its first impressions would have let on. Following its lead, you find yourself going due north, which would lead you to a tiny, rocky island ostensibly attached to the Gilbert Islands chain. The first of twelve gyms is here, and, unfortunately, there is no food unless you like moss-laden rocks. Even getting to this island is a challenge- The waters are rough, and what little coastline there is to be found is rocky, filled with shallow tide pools at the base of a tall rocky cliff. Making the climb to the top will take you to the gym, but that's all there is to see on this island.
But hey, if you're really a rock man, maybe you'll enjoy this place. Slowbro seems to enjoy it, for what it's worth.
That was not a very good move. Had you simply blasted one of the birds, it likely would not have been able to evacuate itself, but by bringing the rain you've revealed your hand. These two birds were far smarter than the Fearow you just captured, and your unforeseen weather change prompted them to high-tail it out of your vicinity.
"There's three that are in the area" replied the leader. "There's the gym in the Philippines, a bit northwest of here; there's Indonesia, which is a bit more west than north; then there's Micronesia, which is up northeast a ways."
>>24411560 "Reversal Mountain?" The girl had heard legends about the place, how it never seemed to fit it's description, how the landscape around it was blasted... and worse of the fate that were told about the ones who once lived there. "It is possible..."
'If only I had more experience with elementals.' The girl looked at the pokemon again. "We may be able to force it out and confront it... but it will be very strong..."
>>24411693 "Yeah. I have my other Pokemon here, they can help us fight it," Cody answers with a resolved tone to his voice. He walks out into the hallway where there is more room and lets loose his Hydreigon. The dragon senses imminent conflict and tenses up with eagerness.
>>24411718 "Hydreigon... good it will be needed... Dusclops!" The girl tossed the pokemon out. "This will be a battle of endurance, if I am to seal it we must keep it weak... think of it as if you were capturing a pokemon..."
The girl waited a second before drawing a series of seals from inside her robes, laying them out in a triangle formation around the possessed pokemon before placing another in the center. "Let us begin!"
The gym leader, sitting idly by a tide pool with his Omastar, looked up to see the entering Rockman."Have you come for a badge?" he asked. He, like the gym, looked and sounded as though he had seen better days.
>>24411797 The seals glow, and waves of heat fill the room. The air shimmers like a desert mirage and the Furret writhes against his physical bindings. From the body explodes a massive pillar of fire, crashing against the ceiling of the room and spreading across it. But the strange hotel holds against the flames and nothing in the room catches fire except the Furret's bonds.
Then the fire is all drawn into a humanoid shape floating above the Furret's scorched, barely living body. As the flames fade a naked man floats in the air, then descends onto the floor next to his former host. The man from the fire has tan skin and a long black beard. Despite a badly receding hairline his hair is long, and hangs in scraggly coils from his head like a crown of black worms.
Holding out a hand, the man lifts the Furret into the air without touching it, and the Pokemon is wreathed in white flames. When the fire flickers out the worse of the Pokemon's wounds are gone.
>White Flame, restores 50% health as Heal Pulse
"Woman. You have my thanks." From the Channeler his gaze shifts to 'Cody'. "Trickster. Why are we here?" He looks around at the building. "This is Tony's realm. And is that Paul's essence within her? The three of you, your meddling never ends." Again his eyes rest on the Channeler. She can tell that this man is not speaking any language she knows, but she understands him anyways.
Grabbing the sheets from the bed, the mystery man drapes them around himself to cover his naked body.
>>24411907 >>24411797 Cody is smiling a wry grin when the trapped spirit erupts from his prison. He claps his hands at the demonstration of healing. "Bravo! You always were among the strongest of us William. That's why I need your help to unlock the seal!"
>>24411907 The girl's eyes only blinked as the surge of fire spread across the room... he hand not wavering even as the man appeared in front of her. Understand it not the girl could sense that this was a power she hadn't encountered before. "William... that is your name?" She looked at him for a second and then nodded... "Yes I have Paul... he is my prisoner... until he learns manners..."
>>24411923 As for Cody "Trickster." The girl's hand motions were almost blindingly fast, the hand not devoted to the charm suddenly pointed at Cody, the Dusclops grabbing him. "What... Seal..."
Metally preparing sounds pretty badass, sounds like you're getting ready to take up blacksmithing. But making swords won't help you at all in an aerial battle, so I hope you've mentally prepared as well.
You enter the gym, finding the two leaders deeply engrossed in their ballet practice. They hardly notice your entrance, so deep is their concentration.
Your voice breaks the silence of their concentration, and they turn to face you. The one in black says nothing, but the look on her face is one of anger. The one in white smiles, clearly more understanding of your interruption than her ebony-clad companion.
"Have you been successful in your quest for flying-types?" she asks. "We are ready to accept your challenge if you are."
The two attacks strike the fliers. They've got only a moment to counterattack or they'd love their stride completely. Down below, their masters dance in tandem, signalling their orders. Skarmory lays down a defensive barrier of sharp rocks, at Togekiss fires off a wave of paralyzing energy at the Fearow.
>Skarmory used Stealth Rock >Togekiss used Thunder Wave on Fearow >1, 5, 9 miss
The powerful attacks struck home, and the two were down. Time for the next two to take the stage. Honchkrow and Altaria replaced Skarmory and Togekiss, immediately launching into attacks of their own against the enemy birds.
>Honchkrow used Night Slash on Honchkrow >1, 5, 9 miss >2 also crits >Honchkrow has Super Luck >4 also crits >Honchkrow is wearing the Scope Lens >6 also crits >Altaria used Ice Beam on Fearow >3, 6, 9 miss >2 also freezes
And it was down to Honchkrow to hold the line, a task that would likely be impossible to accomplish at this point. But, Altaria had given the task its all last match, so it was only fair that this bird give its all now.
It dove at Pidgeot, figuring it the better of the two options to target.
>Night Slash on Pidgeot >1, 5, 9 miss >2, 4, 6 also crit
For once, DICKS is the first to reach a new island (assuming he is in fact racing with Adrian). Up above, Fearow spots the Filipino coast. It looks sick, and not in the good way. Rotted wood clutters the shore, and what flora remains alive has taken on a sickly shade that does nothing to inspire confidence. Even the nearby water appears sickly, having taken on the same, pallid green colour of the treeline.
"Yeah, I bet it's a Poison gym." The two of them decide to avoid traveling in the disgusting land and look for the gym from a bird's eye view. Meanwhile, DICKS takes out his mobile and alters his team in preparation to deal with Poison types.
You'd only be partly right. There are poison-types, but not in the capacity you anticipate. But flying overhead, you're unlikely to encounter anything suspicious. However, at the height you'd need to fly to avoid the foul stench in the air, you're unlikely to see anything at all.
There is, obviously, the gym on this half of the island, but if you go in birds a-blazin', you'll be in for a nasty shock. However, it is the closest gym in the area, so maybe it's worth a shot anyway.
>>24417481 "Orre.. I know of the region but not of a seal there..."
>>24417506 As for him. "Yes... I am aware of that... he still has much to learn..." She was a patient one if she had to be. "I figured... as much... but..." The Dusclops continued it's grip but loosened slightly. "I want honesty..."
Fearow dives below the clouds and the stench, kept from fainting thanks only to the scented incense. The interior of the island looks just as foul as the coastline. Few houses can be seen, and those that remain appear run-down or completely abandoned to nature's grasp. The overgrowth is thick, indicating that the grass has not been tended in many years. There appears to be no wildlife, either- Seems everyone just up and left years ago, and haven't been back since. I wonder what could have happened that would have caused this?
"That's not a very nice thing to say" the leader says in response to DICKS' insult. "You'll hurt their feelings."
The light in the gym is dim, with a row of candles giving off just enough light to make the leader somewhat visible int he darkness. She (of course it's a she) appeared to have long-ish hair or no hair at all. The dark shadows made it hard to discern what was part of her body and what was shadow. Her eyes, glowing like cinders in the dim light, were the brightest things about her in the otherwise darkened gym.
"They can hear you, you know. And they don't like it when you say things like that."
Surfing up to the coast, the first thing Adrian would notice was the smell. It stank of death and decay, and the closer to shore Tentacruel surfed, the stronger the scent became, and the murkier the water became, changing from a clear blue to a pallid green. Up ahead, if he were to squint, he might make out the edge of the shore, which, with its copious amounts of dead or decaying trees, appeared to be in no better shape than the water.
"Then let us battle" she said, drawing the first of her two from under the shadows of her body.
>Gym Leader Belle wants to battle!
First out were a flaming lamp and a spooky tree. Chandelure and Trevanent took to the stage with fury and passion, and in their presence the dim glow was replaced by blinding lights! The candles, wicks almost to their limit when DICKS had arrived, now flared with an intense brightness.
>>24417644 >>24417713 The sight of the of a cloaked figure landing softly on the decayed shoreline would get little notice out of any living being that still remained in these tainted grounds.
To the un-living though the presence of the Ghost Master as he took a look around the decayed shoreline would be hard to ignore.
Dusan made no acknowledgment, the land itself proving his suspicions true, the idea of there being a ghost leader in Holon had at first amused him, but as he sensed the aura of death aura of death and the presence of spirits here, he was no longer amused.
"I suppose the only thing to do is to visit this gym myself."
With that strike, Bastiodon was fallen. "Tough spot you've put me in" the leader said. "Let's see if I can't even the odds a bit."
Up next was Aerodactyl! Shining brightly for all to see, just like a star about to die it erupted in a ball of light, as stones burst through its skin and it took on the fearsome visage of its mega form.
"Aerodactyl, let's give that bug a taste of its own medicine! Aerial Ace!"
With a screech that shattered stone, Aerodactyl charged the enemy bug full-force.
>>24418008 The balls burst and release their contents onto the battlefield, revealing a Blastoise and... his Fearow hops forward to butt in the way of the Magmortar about to take the field.
"Well, alright. I guess you can fight in this one. "CAW"
>Blastoise and Fearow take the field!
"Blastoise, hit them both! Fearow, go for the tree!"
Leaping into the air and retracting into its shell, Blastoise spins and pounds into the ground like a drill, then leaps around the battlefield sending shockwaves everywhere. Fearow takes wing and simply assaults Trevenant with CAWs and CLAWs.
>Blastoise uses Earthquake, 2 and 8 miss Trevenant, 4 and 6 miss Chandelure (Wide Lens) >Fearow uses Aerial Ace on Trevenant (If crit, has Sniper)
Seriously? The fact that the island is basically dying doesn't unnerve you in the slightest? Man, you're weird. Does the stink bother you, or are you immune to that as well? You're a chef, so your sense of smell must be keener than most; there's no way you could ignore such a pungent odor of death and decay, not when you're essentially sticking your face right in the thick of it.
Assuming you reach the shore without vomiting, the first thing you would notice is that everything appears to be dead. What little remains alive is the same sickly, pallid green of the water. The ground is a thick mud, and from what you can see through the thick of dead trees, it appears that this island is a giant bog. You see footprints in the mud. It appears to be several years old, and just barely visible. They lead north.
The leader quickly withdrew both of her ghosts, replacing them with two far more satisfying contenders. Cofagrigus was placed in the way of the attacking Fearow, while Gengar was brought in to counter Blastoise.
"Let's see how you deal with this, then" she said, eyes now glazed over as though under some kind of spell.
Informed only of the man's arrival, but of neither his place of origin nor his mission, Sanae had sent her trusted secretary and representative to greet the mysterious man at this place. Her pristine white suit made her stand out against the dark and decaying landscape of the island, and judging by the look on her face, the small-statured woman was none too pleased to be here.
"Greetings" she said, giving a polite bow to the man. "Lady Sanae has sent me to welcome you to the region. May I inquire as to the nature of your business, so as to better facilitate a speedy resolution to your problems?"
Though she did not voice her numerous complaints (who the hell is this guy? Why is he here? Why won't he tell us anything specific? Why does he want us to meet here, specifically? Etc...), the tone of her voice made it all too clear that there were other, better things she could be doing. Besides, the bog was going to destroy her shoes.
Probably, but not in the capacity I assume you're hoping for. There are, however, other goodies to be found, if you want to browse the swamp for awhile instead of hitting the gym straightaways. If not, then follow the footprints, where you can. Some have faded over time, and the ones that haven't often lead to the edges of boggy waters, only to turn around. It'll be easy to get lost in this place, that's for sure.
>>24418314 To have the actual representative meet here had been a surprise even for Dusan, the other person silently scoffing at the question. "I had hoped to simply relay a message to have a proper meeting in a more..." The ghost master glanced at the ground, caring little for the state of his cloak for some reason. "habitable place."
"For why I am here." Dusan went on, deciding to help get her out of here as fast as possible, "Two purposes, one is simple personal observation on behalf of our league, I am planning to extend the offer to yourselves at the conclusion of it."
"The second is that our league suspects that a dangerous criminal is going to be in the area or will be in the region shortly, he is known to go after any new league challenges whenever they appear, we filed him on Interpol last year after an investigation."
"The last reason why I come here of all places is of course the same thing that leads this island to look this... horrific, I am trained in handling manners concerning the dead and this island is the worst I have ever seen in ages."
"So the last reason is that I am here for personal reasons."
A blinding flash of light came from the adoscalent dionsour, and Tyrantrum felt something push it away, before coming eye to eye with another Tyrantrum. Tyrannoroar, and stomped down on the ground, causing the earth to heave upwards and split open beneath its fury.
Gengar is probably dead by now, or, deader than it was. Now's the time to bring Sableye in, throw up that signature red carbuncle shield, and shift into mega. Now it's time to bring the pain with a surprise, knock-knock. And Cofagrigus is going to sit back, again, and do what it does best, which is to Disable everything you hold dear.
>Cofagrigus used Disable on Aerial Ace >1, 5, 9 miss >Sableye used Knock Off on Blastoise >3, 6, 9 miss
You follow the footprints to the edge of a swampy pond. This time, they do not appear to turn around, but lead straight into the murky depths. There's a light, shining dimly at what appears to be the bottom of the pond, and a foul stench emanates from the water when the surface is broken by a slender tendril.
Dare you brave the murky depths to explore this mystery?
>>24418408 Blastoise is harried by poison and its eyepiece is knocked aside onto the floor. Grunting, it points its cannons at the opposing team and a chill fills the air. A torrent of ice blasts the entire opposing team.
Meanwhile, Fearow CAWS at Cofagrigus.
>Blastoise uses Blizzard on enemy team, 2, 6, and 8 miss Cofagrigus, 3, 6, and 7 miss Sableye; 4 freezes Cofagrigus, 0 freezes Sableye >Fearow uses Mirror Move >Fearow used Disable on Disable! 2, 5, and 8 miss
"The conditions of this island are temporary, I assure you" Rei replied. "Lady Sanae had every intention of revitalizing this island, but the women who volunteered for the gym leader position felt it necessary to stymie her efforts, claiming that, and I quote 'they liked it better this way'. I, as well as Lady Nina and Lord Akira, have lobbied her to remove the residing leader and continue with her plans to restore the island, but there are many other issues to be dealt with that she has deigned more important to deal with."
"As for your other news, if you would direct me to the Interpol data you filed, I can relay that information to Lord Isamaru, and he and Lord Clark can assist you in tracking this person down, if you so desire."
"Well, that's something you don't see every day" the leader said, as the new Tyrantum's earth-shaking strike smashed into the old one. The old Tyrantum still stood proud, but another attack like that and it would be done for for sure.
Locked into its previous attack, Tyrantum struck back at Tyrantum with its powerful tail.
Seriously man? Seriously? You're seriously going to use Disable on Disable? Seriously? Man, you suck. Looks like Cofagrigus is going to have to actually start attacking now. For example, it could lay a spell on the poisoned Blastoise, while Sableye could hit Fearow with an icy punch... Wait, no it can't. That last attack left Sableye frozen. Fuck. If only Magic Bounce protected against statuses.
Muk, unsuspecting, closed in on his target, when suddenly, an unseen enemy had wrapped its tendrils around Muk's body! Having gained the upper hand, for the moment, the unseen foe struck at the toxic intruder with a powerful strike!
You're just hating on Sableye, you know that? What did it ever do to you? It's frozen in place, still holding its shield, but your attacks have shattered its shield, leaving it now both frozen and exposed, with only a sliver of health left to go. I can only assume you're going to try offing it next turn, so let's let everything go to hell in a handbasket.
Cofagrigus, sensing that it had limited options for defeating the enemy magnet, and unable to Disable its attacks for the time being, decided to lay a curse on it instead, and hope for the best.
>Cofagrigus used Curse on Magnezone >On 2, 4, Sableye unthaws
>>24418480 The priest kept a wary gaze at the surroundings as the other explained their plans for the island "I see." Dusan eventually turned back to face her again. "You will find more interference than just the gym leader." This place was full of spirits and spirits if unappeased could do some very... horrible things. "The 'they' she speak of are very real and if not taken care of would sabotage your efforts."
"Perhaps even fatally."
Cryptic warning aside the man stood up with a flourish. "However I am a former excorist so perhaps I could lend a hand with this situation."
The other man nodded and ran off a string of numbers, "That's the file name, if it suits you perhaps you can go over it and we can meet up when my business on this island is done?
Against all odds, the new tyrant had been crowned atop the fallen body of the old. But there was still one more fighter left to fight. Auroras, who has since been unable to inspire confidence in this narrator, was the last to hold the line. "Auroras, give it a Hyper Beam!"
Calling forth the frozen air to its dorsal fins, the frosty long-neck fired its most powerful beam weapon against the enemy.
The one time Auroras doesn't miss... Well, damn. "You did good son" the leader replied, as he recalled his frosty long-neck. "If you think you still need some practice, I hear the Guadalcanal gym is getting a new leader in a couple of days. Maybe you want to head back that way and try the gym over there out?"
"With all due respect, sir, I've never been one to place stock in the realm of ghost and goblins," Rei replied, writing down the string of numbers that the man rattled off "but any help you care to offer, Lady Sanae will graciously accept. This island is a stinking mess that will only discourage trainers from coming to our region, and the sooner that gets rectified, the better."
"I will see that Lord Isamaru takes a look at this file. When he has finished analyzing its contents, either he or Lady Sanae will get in touch with you to arrange another meeting."
The short woman glanced around, clearly reaching the limits of her patience for this place. "Is there anything else you wished to discuss, sir?"
>>24418675 "Believe what you wish, even if it is merely a large gathering of ghost pokemon it will need to be dealt with eventually." The priest answered before adding an assuring, "but I will do what I can."
Dusan started to walk off before pausing again, "I have no other requests other than that you keep any public knowledge of my rank hidden, if the target realizes I am here he could panic."
With that said the figure would turn away again. "But that is all, I will not tally to keep you here any longer, it may not be safe for you."
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