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Old 06-09-2017, 12:25 AM   #49
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Originally Posted by Altocharizard55 View Post
Withering Woods


Your team seems to get in a surprisingly competent defensive formation for being relatively inexperienced at working together, Thorn taking point and preparing to defend his compatriots to the best of his abilities. Certainly, the chocolate would be worth the trouble in the end, and he simply couldn't do without it. A Spike trap is laid at the edge of the brush to dissuade potential attackers from getting the jump on them. The three wait for a few tense moments, with nothing much seeming to happen, the faint rumbling in the distance seeming to die down entirely. The downwind breeze quiets and the air becomes still. The shadowed woods were, for that single, transient moment, completely and utterly silent.

Then the first embers were lit.

Instantly, the trees to either side of the group goes up in an billowing, orange blaze, the roar of the now raging fire almost managing to drown out the panicked cry of the injured Eevee that was found just moments earlier. Clouds of ash quickly fill the immediate area, reducing the already low visibility further yet. A piercing chorus of howls is clearly audible to the ragtag trio over the crackling inferno, seeming to come from every direction. It would be nigh impossible to locate the origin or origins of the sound, but it certainly sounds very close.

At the sound of the approaching pack, the small brown fox yips in terror, and begins trying to crawl towards one of the few openings that are still not ablaze. It doesn't seem to be getting very far on its own, though; without help, it will certainly burn alive in the forest, or perhaps worse.

What will you do?
While the battered Eevee sat there quivering, the forest grew eerily quiet. The noise Lynxa had heard before ceased and the breeze blowing through the clearing died down. It was almost as if the group of Pokemon were frozen in time. “Well that can’t be good,” Thorn scoffed, trying to make light of the situation. “Now we’ve just got to wait for whatever’s lurking in the forest to come out and say hi, right? What’s the worst that can happen?”

Right on cue, the trees on either side of them suddenly lit up, a small ember that quickly grew into a full blaze. As the clearing began to fill with smoke and ash, Lynxa rolled her eyes. “Well, that could happen.” Buru nervously bit her lip, trying her best to protect the shaking Eevee. “We’re surrounded,” she whispered, pointing out the obvious.

Thorn sighed, recognizing that this situation wasn’t something he could laugh off anymore. “Between a rock and a hard place, huh? I guess I’ll just have to make this ‘hard place’ our line of defense!” The Cacturne prepared himself to lay down another layer of Spikes to trap whoever might ambush them. He then planned to Grow a bit in order to power himself up and then hit whoever comes out of the shadows with a Leech Seed. If they went after the younger Pokemon, he would protect them with a Spiky Shield instead.

Lynxa knew that she wasn’t quite as experienced in battle as her newfound partners, but she put up a brave front regardless. She wasn’t planning on backing down here, and she didn’t want to be a hindrance either. “Why don’t you come out and show yourselves, ya damn cowards!” she Taunted. The Sneasel watched as Thorn prepared for the incoming attack, hoping to possibly Leer at whatever came out and catch it off guard.

Buru was the most nervous of the three, trying to act brave in front of the Eevee to reassure it, but she was struggling. She then thought back to her training with Gary, as he often told her that her mind was her greatest weapon. This seemed to put her at ease a little bit, and the Smeargle began to Calm her Mind in preparation. She then decided that she would put up a Reflective barrier to protect the group and Teleport out of the way if she were targeted.
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