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Old 04-26-2017, 04:14 PM   #28
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The die has been cast. The path is set.

The Ribcage Mall.

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: As the footsteps approached, your calculative mind is utterly overrun by your imagination and fear, taking the approaching figure as a monster hungry for you, and you opt to go after the object of your affection, barreling through the rain and scrambling up the rubble like a crazed beast, ignoring the minor scrapes and bumps incurred through your terror. Kakahai follows you up casually, as though attempting to remind you that you have a faithful companion at your side capable of blasting water at pressure, but alas you're too caught up in panic to listen. Making your way across the ledge, you find it to be surprisingly wide enough to comfortably shimmy by, before you're above the doorway. On the wall, there is an open ventilation duct roughly three feet by three feet, big enough to crawl through without much cramp, but before you can even think of it, you freeze in place as your ears pick up a rattle of chains. Had the Limberman found you!?

Several tense seconds later, you hear a male voice muttering about strong winds, before the footsteps begin to fade. You wait a moment or two, heart beating like a hummingbird's wings (whatever those were, some mutant Oricorio?) until all was quiet, before breathing a slight sigh of relief. While you were starting to get wet as the rain began to intensify, you were at least away from the monster, your Vaporeon nosing around the opening, when a distant streak flashes before your eyes, followed by a dull peal of thunder.

Kakahai can only dart into the shaft as you yelp and dive into the opening, fear taking you as the intelligent bit of your brain reminds you that the Pidove went in here for shelter too, and you begin to shuffle through the metallic duct. As you make your way, you find that you seem to be going up at an angle, your damp clothing making traction tricky but not impossible, and after a couple of minutes you find yourself on a straight, with a split in the duct. Neither option appeared conspicuous in any way, but a faint echo of a coo emanates around you, as the Pidove must have went further in. The question, though, is what direction it went in. Left, or right?


Crystal Grove.

Missingno. Master
: Literally stuck between a rock and a hard place, your quick consultation of your dex gives you much of the information vital, and with Salazar not going anywhere fast it is up to Meowth to deal with the shadowy owl. Quick out of the gate, the feline leaps into action, taking a breath and tapping into his icy energy reserves to exhale a windy blast towards the Decidueye, taking advantage of his technician skills to amplify the moderately strong technique's offensive force. The owl, spotting the incoming wind, opens its wings and begins to flap them to generate a wind of its own, amplified by the boosted special offensive. The ominous nature and greater force pushes through the Meowth's attack and residual winds buffet the cat and you, as you shiver at the fell breeze. Not to be outdone, Meowth begins to close the distance as your dex pings at you with some information. Checking it, you soon discover to your ill surprise the reason behind the noneffective move.

Glancing at the Arrow Quill, a sheen confirms all you need to know: your foe has gleaned a boost to all its stats, becoming more nimble and robust, while enhancing its natural strength. Despite this, the Scratch Cat begins to run circles around the bird, much like an ace pilot before taking the opportunity to strike, leaping over its back and delivering an aerial slice down the front, the boosted super effective move causing the avian to hoot in pain. Landing before it, Meowth turns around to find a sweeping leg kick out at his gut, the Decidueye's leer making it quite clear it was both impressed and not taking chances. Thrusting forward, Meowth is sent tumbling at a low angle, taking an equally mighty super effective blow, but is quick to recover.

As Meowth hears your next command, he begins to channel most of his electrical stores between his paws, preparing to launch the energy like a cannon towards the avian, hoping to zap it into paralysis, before you begin to question why it is simply standing there, watching, as though waiting for an opportunity to open itself...until your brain reminds you of the dex entry concerning its speed and precision and realise with a startle the dark energy swirling in its wing. You call to Meowth to stop, but it's too late.

As the normal type begins to thrust forward to launch his zap cannon, the Decidueye takes two rapid steps forward, bringing one wing up to the leafy cord attached to the hood and bringing it up, while the darkened wing grabs it, before firing an arrow forward steeped in the energy as you realise Meowth's been taken for a sucker. The arrow strikes the orb just as Meowth releases it, punching straight through and detonating the cannoncall in Meowth's face as the dart bursts apart against his chest, the feline's wail of surprise and pain evident. What's more, given the nature of the attack you feel the Decidueye should take some of the electrical damage given the contact nature of sucker punch, yet as the sparks dance around him, you find Meowth's the one paralyzed. Scanning the bird, you discover that it has a rather long reach.

Gasping, Meowth struggles to his feet, having taken considerable damage from the boosted dark move and having his move blow up in his face, while the owl steps closer, fifteen feet from you and begins to hoot something, which Meowth translates for you.

'Surrender, black scarab.'

You're in a bit of a pickle, with Meowth still willing to fight despite his state, though Salazar nudges you to something down the street approaching, though who or what it is remains a mystery to you. Another hoot from your surprisingly talented foe, as though expecting a response, as you begin to realise there may be a case of mistaken identity here...
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