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Old 07-02-2017, 11:23 AM   #6
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This is the main entrance to the Casino – as such, it is substantially guarded and monitored. Entering requires passing through two thick steel double doors, the first of which bears scars of previous attempts by law enforcement groups at breaking and entering. The amount of force required to break through them is probably beyond the capabilities of one Pokemon, or even a team of six. Since everyone in the daylight hours is posing as a trainer in search of a good time and quick riches, however, the doors will open for you... for now.

Once inside, entrants are greeted by a pair of guards on either side of the entryway - an Aegislash on the left, and a Metagross on the right. They wear little guard hats atop their heads with a Jirachi on them to indicate their positions. The Metagross in particular regards everyone with suspicion, but merely keeps an eye on the crowd.

Behind Aegislash are some more practical features of the lobby, such as a check-in counter/help desk, restrooms and a small souvenir shop. There is also an ELEVATOR near the restrooms. Behind Metagross are some plush couches for patrons to sit and relax, as well as the STAIRWAYS leading UPSTAIRS and DOWNSTAIRS. Two more guard Pokemon – an Arcanine sitting calmly by the help desk, and a Machamp in a Jirachi's Casino leather jacket (with four arm holes, of course) wandering about – make four in total.

In the center of the lobby is a massive fountain, lit by natural light from a star-shaped window above. The fountain depicts Jirachi, water spewing forth from his third eye, as statues of various Pokemon swim and play happily in the pool of water below. Behind this statue, one can continue STRAIGHT AHEAD to explore the rest of this floor. If the mood strikes you, of course, you could always turn around and go back OUTSIDE.

There are seven visible security cameras around the room – two point at the front door, one points at the check-out counter, one points at the fountain's back side, one points at the stairwell and one points at the entrance to the elevator.

Where will you explore first?

It was happening, at last. A coordinated strike to uncover the truth behind the Jirachi Casino's Scandal - an operation bordering on illegal, but with intentions noble enough as to merit the attention of Sai Hajimoto, Tatakami Monk from the Region of Saigo.

I came to this land to grow stronger, but I cannot turn a blind eye to injustice. Unskilled as I am, I cannot allow myself not to contribute - the search for truth is one of the noblest acts a human can commit to. Even if other rules must be... temporarily forgotten.

He had offered to help, fully aware of his limitations, and conscious of his profound distaste for places of vice such as casinos. Maintaining composure, let alone feigning interest, went against every fiber of his being, and would be a test in of itself.

Money, fame, influence... Plagues, all of them. But... people were robbed. They had accrued their own wealth, regardless of how they'd done it, and they've been stolen. This, I cannot stand by.

He stood in front of the main gate, beyond which the wretched hall of gamble and addiction spread. One could have thought his spirit so restless, even his own shadow twisted and turned - when in reality, it was occupied by another, a second soul hiding in the dark side of the righteous man.

"Shiou," whispered Sai, "let's get started."

The response was an almost imperceptible chuckle by the Gastly, the restless one who'd finally found a home by the monk's side. Unbeknownst to Sai, Shiou had previously been owned and raised by Marion Ette of the Elite Three, which made him all the more special among his fellow Ghost-Type brethren. But this, Shiou felt, Sai did not need to know, at least not yet.

After a brief moment to steel his resolve, the monk finally passed through the front door, only to be greeted by two guards - an Aegislash and a Metagross - who eyed the curiously-dressed man with understandable doubt.

"I'm here to gamble," said Sai, with a tone of voice much calmer than he'd have expected himself capable of. "I've had enough of a life of poverty - I'm craving some of the finer things in life."

Ugh, why do I feel the need to justify myself to begin with?...

However, the explanation must have sounded humorous enough to the guards that they let him pass without further questions. Well, that was one issue out of the way - though it jhad to be said, he'd expected more of the assumed Psychic capabilities of Metagross in particular, who was said to be proficient in that area. It should have spotted the lie a mile away, but perhaps it was against Casino policy to read minds? Somehow, that felt... counterproductive.

The inside of the building was every bit as decadent and luxurious as he'd anticipated, with a thousand different venues to indulge in the addiction of coin. Played right, there were veritable fortunes to be made here, but Sai never abandoned one of his master's very first teachings.

Sage Samanosuke... father... He always told me to "abandon all worldly desires". And I often say the same to Jin as well; what kind of Tatakami monk would I be if I were to forsake that principle now? I had no fortune to lose in the first place. I came here selflessly; I must not stray from that path now.

He knew he hadn't come alone, though he was unacquainted with the other... thieves. Because that's what they were playing, regardless of how they painted it. They were advised to spread out, and already the observant Sai could spot plans going into motion - people trying to act casually, moving towards the elevator, upstairs and so on. He would do the same, then, though he was fated for another route.

Shiou prefers the dark. Very well...

He turned to the staircase and smiled. DOWNSTAIRS he would go, in the first phase of this investigation, hoping that his ghost's abilities to turn invisible and phase through walls would prove helpful.

They'll never see it coming.


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((OoC: Thanks for hosting this guys! I'd like to request, if possible, to remove me from any future reward rolls in this event (assuming it's RNG). Thanks! ))
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