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Old 10-03-2015, 05:53 PM   #400
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Originally Posted by Missingno. Master View Post
As Alex and his Pokémon stood waiting in the Cable Club, the doors swung open as another Trainer came in, also accompanied by a few of his Pokémon. One was a Timburr, a log slung over her shoulder- she had come because the trade in which Keith was about to partake in involved a Gurdurr, which would subsequently evolve into its final stage. Dead set as she was against evolving herself, Millicent still wanted to see a Conkeldurr in person, if only out of sheer curiosity. Another one was a species that had only recently become readily available in the Fizzytopia region, walking on the floor by using his fins as makeshift legs- a Dragalge. Neville had offered to accompany Keith to the Cable Club since the Poison-type Trainer's trade partner was to be none other than Alex, who happened to be the Poison/Dragon-type's original Trainer, and he wanted to let Alex see how much he'd grown since being traded to Keith. The third was, to the surprise of absolutely nobody who knew anything about Keith Masters, a Meowth on the Trainer's shoulder. The two were practically inseparable. And the fourth and final one was a Dusclops, an ominous scrap of dark purple fabric clutched in one of his hands, currently waving around wildly as the Dusclops was making hand gestures to go along with his speech, for he was currently in conversation with his Trainer.

"...and that's just stupid," the Dusclops was saying. "Just because the Reaper Cloth was first discovered in Sinnoh, and none of its local move tutors or locally produced TMs teach Dynamic Punch, that's no excuse for the TM to only work on me in this stage!"

"I hear you, believe me," Keith nodded. "If a Dusclops can learn Dynamic Punch, I personally see no reason why a Dusknoir couldn't learn the same move. Hell, if anything, I'd actually argue that Dusknoir looks more capable of pulling off Dynamic Punch. But the fact remains that Fizzytopian law says otherwise, so either we do this now, or not at all." As he spoke, he dug a brown disc out of his backpack. The Dusclops sighed, but nodded, knowing Keith was absolutely right. In response, Keith pressed the TM Dynamic Punch (#1 of 2) to his Dusclops's forehead, instantly teaching the powerful Fighting move to the Beckon Pokémon.

"Alright, yeah, it's in there," the Dusclops nodded. "Heh, it's been a while- I actually knew this move when I was alive, though I don't think I made a lot of use of it... my Ability back then was Guts, not No Guard, so yeah."

"Well, maybe you'll get some use out of it once we're done here," Keith grinned. "Thanks for this, Alex," he added as the small group finally approached the trade machine where Alex Blackhall was waiting. Neville waved a ragged fin in greeting, while Millicent looked at the Gurdurr that was about to be traded to Keith. Keith's eyes also fell on the evolved Fighting-type, and so he held out his Pokédex.

"Gurdurr, the Muscular Pokémon, and the evolved form of Timburr," said Keith's Pokémon. "Gurdurr's build is so muscular and strong that a group of wrestlers have no hope of making it move. It carries a steel beam to strengthen its body, and skillfully wields it in order to defeat enemies and even destroy buildings.

Once the Pokédex was back in Keith's pocket, Keith held up a Poké Ball and withdrew his Dusclops, complete with Reaper Cloth, after which he placed the sphere onto his end of the trade machine. And once Alex had done the same with his Gurdurr's Poké Ball, Keith threw the switch. The machine roared to life, electricity crackling, the machinery humming, as the exchange was made. Finally, the Poké Balls emerged, each on the opposite side as where they had started. Keith took Tantalia's Poké Ball in his hand, taking a moment to register the fact that this was gonna be as close as he came to owning a Gurdurr or Conkeldurr. Not that he had any issue with Millicent not wanting to evolve- on the contrary, he was always supportive of any of his Pokémon that refused to evolve, and his Timburr was no exception. A moment later, Keith threw the ball into the air, calling out the Gurdurr that was, for the moment, his, at the same time that Alex called out Peeves.

And the effect was instantaneous. Both Pokémon simultaneously took on a brilliant blue glow. Keith watched as Tantalia grew, the arms developed even more muscle. The iron beam seemed to disappear, and at the same time, two pillars of concrete seemed to rise up out of the floor and into the waiting hands of the brand new . Keith took out his Pokédex once more and aimed it at Tantalia.

"Conkeldurr, the Muscular Pokémon, the evolved form of Gurdurr, and the final evolved form of Timburr," said the Pokédex. "Conkeldurr uses a pair of concrete pillars as walking canes, but is also able to swing them freely in battle, and can even master techniques allowing them to take advantage of the centrifugal force of spinning concrete. It is theorized that Conkeldurr taught humans how to make concrete over 2,000 years ago."

Peeves, meanwhile, was undergoing just as much change as Tantalia was. His hands grew further away from his body, revealing thick, powerful-looking arms. His much-hated legs vanished completely, replaced by a wispy tail, and he was finally airborne once more. And an odd-looking antenna sprouted from the top of his head. At the same time Tantalia's evolution stopped, so too did the Ghost-type stop glowing to reveal the mighty that he had become. Grinning widely now, Keith aimed his Pokédex at Peeves.

"Dusknoir, the Gripper Pokémon, and the evolved form of Dusclops," said Keith's Pokédex. "Dusknoir uses the antenna on its head to send and receive radio waves to and from the spirit world, which it also uses to communicate with other spirits, no matter the distance between them. It is said to be able to freely travel between this world and the spirit world."

"Wow," Meowth remarked, looking at Peeves. "Dat's quite a difference."

"Oh, yeah, this is better!" Peeves declared, the Dusknoir flying in circles around Alex and his Pokémon a little bit, already displaying a distinct improvement over his walking speed as a Dusclops. "This is better! I owe you one, Alex," he said to his temporary Trainer.

Millicent, meanwhile, was looking up at the Conkeldurr curiously. She knew that Tantalia outclassed her in terms of power thoroughly, but still... she wasn't entirely sure she could pull off the look of a Conkeldurr that well. And even if she was sure of that... she glanced at the log slung over her shoulder, almost as though listening to it speak. After a few moments, she smiled and nodded. "Burr Timburr," she said before giving the log a big hug.

"Alright, Tantalia, return," Keith finally said, holding out the ball and withdrawing the Conkeldurr. He placed Tantalia's Poké Ball back on the trade machine, and now all there was left was to wait for Alex to do the same with Peeves.

OOC: Trading my level 41 male Dusclops holding a Reaper Cloth to Raves for his level 25 female Gurdurr.

*Trade Closed*

What? Gurdurr is evolving!




Congratulations!  Your Gurdurr evolved into Conkeldurr!
What? Dusclops is evolving!




Congratulations!  Your Dusclops evolved into Dusknoir!
And finally, trading "my" level 25 female Conkeldurr back to Raves for "his" level 41 male Dusknoir. Thanks for doing this!

*Trade Commenced*
The arrival of Keith and his own entourage was expected, at least in terms of the Dusclops and Meowth, the latter of which was Keith's inseperable buddy, but the other two were surprising for Alex. One of the pokemon was one he himself knew, being the original trainer, and he nodded in approval at Neville's new form. He'd have to ask Keith on the story behind the evolution someday. The other figure with him was a Timburr, much like what Tantalia previously was, and at a glance nothing unusual.

Lapis, on the other hand, looked at the log that Millicent held with some curiosity. It had been a while since she had seen a spirit within an inanimate object, and for it to be the log of a Timburr, she turned to Tantalia who felt somewhat somber at the sight as she looked at her beam with some melancholy: Timburr had a very strong connection to their log, and when they found her and Isaac they too found her beam, shattered beyond repair. It would have been akin to the loss of a limb to the Muscular pokemon.

Nevertheless, the girder in her hands remained so as she turned to Alex and nodded, acknowledging that this was for the best. With a nod, he returned the fighter to the ball and placed it onto the plate of the trade machine, before Keith threw the switch, initiating the trade. With a crackle of electricity, the orbs switched positions as Alex wondered how trades worked before the advent of these machines, before lifting the ball of the Dusclops off the plate and releasing him.

As Peeves emerged along with Tantalia, the familiar glow of energy enveloped the pair of them. On his own side, the Dusclops' legs receded into the body as his arms thickened, a wispy tail emerging where the legs once stood and the eye shifting from directly on the face to a darkened recess, capped by an antenna. Meanwhile, Tantalia's beam seemed to melt into the ground in equal measures, rising up as a pair of stone pillars as her body mass expanded outwards, arms growing even further than Peeves and as the glow faded the pair were no longer Dusclops and Gurdurr, but Dusknoir and Conkeldurr.

As the newly evolved spectre flew around Alex and Lapis, the Duskull gazed up at him in scrutiny as he gave his thanks, looking much better than before. She knew that this would eventually be her, but on the realisation that she would be grounded for some time, felt the urge to sigh dejectedly as she spoke to the larger figure.

'...the inability to float freely upon evolution is truly worth suffering to achieve what you have. I know one day I shall take this path...though the whole legs bit will experience, to say the least...nevertheless, you have our gratitude for this, and for helping us in our own endeavours. I do fear my master's plans for the near future may be reckless, but all the power is required for what I believe may be an assault on one of the most dangerous groups in the region. Still, congratulations.'

With this conversation, Alex looked at Tantalia, who was rubbing her chin in minor annoyance as he stifled a small laugh. The Conkeldurr knew that males would have a beard, but the females too!?

"Don't be too concerned, Tantalia. I'm sure we could visit the boutique and have that shaved off if you really don't like it."

Looking at her trainer, the Conkeldurr shrugged in acceptance before looking down at Keith's Timburr, who had watched her curiously and was in the midst of hugging her log. Tantalia could only stare back, before she lay her pillars gently onto the floor, knelt down to Millicent's level and gently placed her hand onto her shoulder.

"[i]I know how much you...cherish your beam. I, too, felt like mine was part of me I couldn't live without, and though I...shudder to recall when I evolved...keep what you cherish close to you and protect what you cherish. I found this out the hard way, and though I may be bigger, the pain I felt inside when that...Weavile, I think it was...when it smashed my own beam, it felt like part of me died with it. Whether you call your beam friend or not, they are still part of you, and should be cherished. Perhaps someday, we may meet and share our own tales of our close friends, and you could...introduce me to your friend within your beam."

With that said, Tantalia picked up her pillars once more as Keith recalled her, Alex doing the same with Peeves before placing the ball into the machine once more, pulling the switch on his side this time. A moment later, both trainers had their pokemon returned to them, with Alex releasing Tantalia immediately.

"You do look much more imposing, Tantalia. I'm sure you might need time to grow used to your frame, and we'll have plenty of time to do so," he remarked as the fighting pokemon looked towards Keith and his Dusknoir, before holding her hand out to the ghost, a handshake to thank him for his assistance. "You've my thanks too, Keith. Me and the team have some work ahead of us, so we'll be off soon. Even though I'm out here in public, I'm trying to keep under the radar so to speak, as I've made some enemies who have the power to hit me where it hurts. Lemme know if you need a hand with anything else, and if you hear anything to do with people by the name of Spovelli, lemme know."

With this, Alex headed off in the direction of the shopping centre of the city, as there was business to attend to, Lapis and Tantalia in tow.

OOC: Trading this level 41 Male Dusknoir to MM for that level 25 Female Conkeldurr. You've my thanks as well.

*Trade confirmed and closed.*
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