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Old 06-09-2017, 08:04 AM   #47
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You looked over the stones in scientific frustration, unable to locate anything to give you even a slight hypothesis about for whom the Stone Shrine was made. Though there were many offerings at the shrine, in the form coins dropped in to the saisen and ema placed on a nearby rack, none of them indicated thanks to a particular deity. You had even observed two stone pedestals as you walked up the stairs to the shrine, absent of statues that may have served as protectors of the area. The large, sliding door of the shrine was cracked open slightly, and although it was dark, you could see what looked like materials for ritual. Perhaps a closer look would give your inquiring mind some satisfaction.

A weak breeze blew by, making the wind-chimes hung on the shrine and the tails of your lab coat sway slightly. You observed your Water-type partner, silent as always. It seemed to be facing the direction of the Starline Falls in the distance, perhaps wishing it was there, rather than in the dry climate of the Stone Shrine. Of course, it was hard to know if your new Pokemon had any desires at all. Suddenly, the ruby-red gem on Staryu lit up, and somehow the star-shaped creature looked alert. You followed its line of sight (and wondered if it actually had a mechanism allowing such a thing) to a group of tall stones surrounding the shrine. There, a large dust cloud was forming. As you looked back at your Staryu, the light of its gem fades. It was hard to tell, but you think it was pleased you noticed the commotion in the dirt.

Will you continue your research of the shrine? Or move on to new pursuits?

((Thanks for picking me up! ^^))

The Shrine was elaborate, no question about that. The tribe who’d built it clearly had done so either with loving care, or commanding fear – as was always the case when deities were involved. Whether the gods they worshipped were benevolent or wicked, he could not tell, nor could he ascertain whether the offerings were demanded or provided willingly by the populace.

Breaking up the monotony, a gust of wind kicked up, strong enough to lift the tails of his lab coat and trigger the wind chimes scattered along the pillars. Suddenly, the out-of-sync melody of the bells gave the place an eerie atmosphere, and what followed was even more unsettling. Worse still: unscientific.

The gale, unassuming at first, adopted a strange behaviour, kicking up dirt and spinning in place, forming a vortex of particles around the shrine, as if manipulated by some strange force. “Dust devils”, transient phenomena of a similar presentation, occurred naturally from time to time, but this was different – this one wasn’t letting up, nor was it moving about randomly, but rather spinning continuously in the same place, creating a dust cloud that grew over the stones.

So that’s why its gem began to glow. Did you anticipate it?...

Staryu had indeed been the first to react, as if sensing the oncoming ominous wind. Its gem, polished and perfectly round – what a miracle of nature to produce such a perfectly shaped jewel without humans tampering – glimmered red, the only sign of vital activity from the mysterious creature, but Rorik had dismissed any meaning behind it at first. Now faced with this strange vortex, perhaps there was more to Staryu’s foresight than met the eye.

Historically, places of worship such as this have been recorded as sites of events that science cannot explain. Could this be one such case? If so there is no way I can turn a blind eye. I must delve deeper into this mystery!

Taking a deep breath, the Professor took a step forward, but hesitated afterwards, freezing in fear. It wasn’t until his partner, static up until theat point, suddenly began moving as well, that Rorik found the courage to keep going. Ad so, side by side, human and Pokémon approached the mysterious cloud of dust.
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