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Old 07-07-2017, 12:34 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Marion Ette View Post

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?
A pair of Pokemon discussed some odd news while their trainer sat nearby. With nothing better to do, he listened in.

“Stolen coins?” Nyx asked.

“Yes,” The Houndoom replied, sounding very entertained. “Disappearing, even from supposedly secure areas. Along with various casino prizes. They’ve supposedly tracked it to a specific casino, though no one seems to be clear on
how they’re pulling it off. The attempts at raiding the place by police have so far been disastrous failures as well.”

“It is strange, but it has little to do with us.” His conversation partner shot back. The Purrloin didn’t seem impressed by the news.

“Oh? But Eskil might have lost coins. Of course, he likely doesn’t remember if he had any.” Belial glanced at the amnesiatic trainer.

“I definitely don’t remember.” Eskil answered the unspoken question with a shrug.

“If you knew your real name, we could have checked. By this point any coins you
did have are likely gone, of course. Snatched by the masterminds behind this plot.” Belial grumbled.

“Then what point are you trying to make, Bel?” Nyx hissed, “You said yourself that the coins are gone, even if we could access them.”

“Well, the casino in question isn’t far from here. So we could check it out, and take back your stolen coins. In fact, there’s rumblings of several trainers planning on doing the same” Belial began, slyly.

“Hypothetical coins.” Nyx corrected. “And your make it sound so simple. I’m sure security is a bit tighter than that, especially if it has bested the police force. Not to mention that relying on the rumor of other trainers is absurd. Even of they are true, that doesn’t mean they’ll be any help.”

Hypothetical coins. But regardless of actual account balances, there’s nothing wrong with stealing back stolen goods, right?” A wolfish grin. “We might not stand a chance at a successful frontal assault, but we also don’t need to follow the police’s example. Subtlety is the name of the game. Come on, it’ll be a nice change of pace, and I’m sure you can pick up some useful things! It’s not like we have any leads for your journey right now, anyway.”

“I care less about the morality of the situation.” Nyx grumbled. “The problem lies in the consequences of being caught.”

“There’s no harm in checking it out, right? If the security is too tight, we call it off, and you get the chance to explore the casino.” The hellhound wheedled.

Two sets of eyes turned to stare at Eskil.

“I guess checking the place out wouldn’t hurt?” He replied, hesitantly.

Nyx sighed as Belial cackled in glee.


Despite his enthusiasm, Belial sure was eager to give us all of the actual work. Eskil thinks to himself as he stands in front of the large steel doors of the casino.

The Houndoom had been quick to point out that Nyx would have an easier time gathering information than he would, and had sent them on their way. Nyx was currently fuming on his shoulder at the situation. At least the hellhound had managed to scrounge up a few coins, so Eskil could actually play the part of patron if needed. Eskil didn’t ask where he’d gotten them. The less he knew about Belial’s ‘activities’ and ‘connections’, the better.

“It might be a good idea to look around outside for alternative ways in at some point. If we actually decide to go through with it. Let’s check out the inside first.” Eskil tells her. And makes a mental note to buy her something nice for the trouble.

His knowledge of heists is limited to a few dramatized examples from channel surfing on the TV. Still, he figures they need an entrance (and an escape route), some idea of where the valuables are located, and as much knowledge about the security as possible to stand a chance of pulling it off. The entire thing seems incredibly dangerous, but Eskil would be lying if some part of him doesn’t find it exhilarating.

“Nyx, keep an eye out for cameras, vents that you’d be able to fit through, and anything else interesting. I’ll see if we can get some information on the layout of the place, follow my lead, okay?” He instructs her before the pair heads inside.

The interior looks nice enough as they step through the solid doors. There are a lot of guards, though. And visible cameras. I wonder how many more there are that I can’t see?

The doors and guards are enough to cross a frontal assault of his list of possibilities. Looking at them, he easily believes that the police didn’t fare well.

It is Eskil’s first time here, in his memory at least, so he glances around with a bit of awe. The fountain was particularly impressive. Still, the guards would get suspicious if he just stood in the entrance gawking, so he forced himself to move further into the lobby.

Playing the part of lost and slightly overwhelmed first timer (easy enough given that it was true), Eskil continues to look around, and heads to the help desk. Once he gets the attention of the person there, he leans on the counter sheepishly.

“Hi, it’s my first time here and I’m not really sure where anything is. Do you have a map, or a directory, or something?”

Nyx grumbles something to the effect of “You’ve gotten lost in the Pokemon Center before. Hopeless.” loud enough for the attendant to hear.

He gives the Purrloin a disapproving glance, then turns back to the attendant and adds ruefully “Even just a rundown of where things are would be helpful. My bad sense of direction has gotten me lost in smaller places before, and I’d like to avoid wandering aimlessly if possible.”

“So would I.” Nyx adds. Eskil hides a grimace. He gets the sense that that comment was less ‘playing along’ and more ‘properly annoyed’. Definitely getting her something nice when this is over. So she doesn’t smother me in my sleep or something.

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