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Old 08-12-2017, 03:29 PM   #200
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War of the Roses

The stage was set for the final round of the water balloon war. Only two Pokemon remained as the rest had been gradually knocked out one by one. Representing Team Tsareena was Chroma’s Inkay, Elenchos, while Alex’s Aipom, Harpe, represented Team Lilligant. As the contestants prepared for sudden death, the individuals gathered in their respective domains near the border of Tsareena’s and Lilligant’s territories.

Hidden by the maze-like walls of hedges in Lilligant’s territory, Alex instructed Harpe to venture into Tsareena’s territory, using the treetops as cover while goading Elenchos into attacking her while playing hard-to-get with guerilla tactics. Meanwhile, Chroma and Elenchos gathered behind a cluster of fruit trees in Tsareena’s orchard as the Inkay was given instruction to disorient his opponent with a light display and wait for the right moment to strike.

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As the two Pokemon were ready with their commands and their water balloons, the sudden death was ready to begin. Elenchos lay in wait in the fruit orchard as Harpe entered from the north. The agile monkey leapt from branch to branch, using the cover of leave to conceal her appearance. Elenchos was ready, however, as the sound of rustling leaves alerted him to Harpe’s entrance. The psychic squid’s body began to glow softly, a sort of bioluminescence kicking in as his pigmentation began to distort and pulse.

Harpe was mesmerized by the display of lights, but didn’t allow herself to come out of hiding just yet. She began spouting an array of insults at the floating squid, Taunting him in a Pokemon language that was best left untranslated (although it was something along the lines of calling Elenchos a dork). Offended by Harpe’s insults, Elenchos aborted his defensive strategy and went on the assault. Not wanting to relinquish his ammo just yet, Elenchos used his Psywave to fire a couple of psychic rings at a nearby fruit tree and dislodge some apples and telekinetically fling them in Harpe’s direction.

As the apples collided with the branch she sat on, Harpe leapt out of the tree and onto the ground before Elenchos, her cover finally blown. Harpe used this opportunity to change her own tactics, turning from a cold and condescending tone to a gentler approach to appeal to Elenchos in an Attractive manner. Blushing and batting her eyelashes, Harpe played the ultimate tsundere as she said in Pokemon language something along the lines of, “I only called you a dork because my trainer told me to, idiot!”

Elenchos wasn’t sure what to think at this point, unsure if he should be angry or bashful by Harpe’s confusing hot-and-cold approach. With little else to consider, his answer was simple; the Inkay raised up his tentacle-like arm and flung his water balloon at the Aipom. Unfortunately for Elenchos, Harpe was ready for this. She quickly pulled up an energy barrier, Protecting herself from the splash, and as the shield faded, she flung her own balloon back at Elenchos, splashing the squid in the process.

The audience roared as the old gardener Poppy stepped forward with a microphone in hand. “There you have it, folks! Elenchos is out! Only Team Lilligant remains! Let’s hear it for Alex and Harpe!” The audience cheered once more as Harpe was handed another water balloon. Begrudgingly, Tsareena stepped forward as well, her head held high as to not disgrace herself with poor sportsmanship. “Now that only one team is left, it’s up to Harpe to do the honor of knocking Tsareena out officially!” With a big grin on her face, Harpe held the balloon in her tail-hand and cocked it back, taking aim at the flower queen. With a strong toss, she threw the balloon at Tsareena, hitting her square in the face as it popped her with a burst of water. Taking her medicine like a champ, Tsareena wiped her face and nodded, conceding victory to Lilligant.

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“With that, Tsareena is out! That concludes the first round of the contest! Let’s hear it for Alex and Harpe as well as Chroma and Elenchos, who fought valiantly! Let us now take a short intermission and reconvene at the gazebo in the center of the garden,” Poppy announced as all of the contestants made their way back to the middle of the Rose Garden. As the individual and team points were tallied, they were shortly posted on a board for all to see.

Team Lilligant: Jerichi, Maskerade, Raves
Team Points: 9
Individual Points:
Alex: 7
Rorik: 1
Lucas: 1
Team Roserade: Kyuu-Tales, Brave Saix, Rotom310
Team Points: 7
Individual Points:
Seiko: 3
Sypher: 2
Drew: 2
Team Bellossom: lilbluecorsola, deoxys, myahoo
Team Points: 6
Individual Points:
Hiero: 4
Melissa: 1
Jess: 1
Team Tsareena: Naruxami, Median Dia, Meetan
Team Points: 3
Individual Points:
Chroma: 2
Alice: 1
Elka: 0
As the trainers wait for the next game of this contest, refreshments were passed out to all people and Pokemon in the area. A small troupe of Floettes performed a dance number on the gazebo stage as entertainment while a chorus of Flabébé accompanied them with a song. As the song and dance finished, the audience let out a cheer. Stepping up to the microphone, Petunia addressed the crowd, “Thank you all for your patience. The next event will be starting momentarily! As we speak, our volunteers are currently setting it up so it will be a few more minutes!” She smiled and bowed as a Nuzleaf and an Exeggcute took the stage, where the Nuzleaf promptly began to juggle all of the Exeggcute heads.

For all of their hard work in the first round, the following Pokemon appear to have become a little stronger:
Gaining 1 Level: Horologie the Girafarig and Eridian the Bagon
Gaining 2 Levels: Rorik’s Munchlax, Julian the Passimian, Ace the Pidgey, Melissa’s Fletchling, and Hoshiko the Chikorita
Gaining 3 Levels: Seiza the Bronzor and Noppera the Mimikyu
Gaining 4 Levels: Elenchos the Inkay
Gaining 5 Levels: Harpe the Aipom
Please wait patiently as the next phase of the event is being written up and will be posted soon!
OoC - Raising Chikorita from Lv. 16 17 to Lv. 19.

While their plan for an overhead assault had worked, Hoshiko had unfortunately taken a hit in the process, leaving her out for the remainder of the game. Still, Jess smiled at their success and reached down to pat her leaf.

"Good work, Hoshi."

Together they sat patiently on the bench as they watched the rest of the round unfold. Although their team ended up in third place, she cheered and congratulated her comrades on a great play. As they waited for the next phase of the contest to commence, refreshments were passed all around, and a song and dance performance took the stage. Jess beamed as she recognized the chorus of Flabébé from before, as Hoshi happily joined them on her ocarina, while Lilac and Iris walted together in time to the music. Lance looked on admiringly at the dancers onstage as well, approving of their graceful, measured movements. Upon conclusion she clapped loudly along with the rest of the audience in appreciation, as the troupe bowed and exited to give one of the gardeners the floor to announce the next event would be starting soon. Their act was then followed a Nuzleaf juggling Exeggcute heads, and Jess grinned as she continued to enjoy the entertainment immensely, remaining captivated as other trainers idly mingled a bit more, until it came time for the subsequent segment to begin...


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War of the Roses

Team Bellossom

Peony approaches Team Cute and gives you all a little curtsy then reaches into her designer coach purse pulling out three pink envelopes with a pretty ribbon wrapped around them to hold them together. As she undoes the ribbon she looks up at the three of you with a cute smile. “You all did great out there! I can’t wait to see how you all do this round!” After separating them she hands each of you your own individual envelope, now that they are in your hands you can smell the scent of strawberries emanating from them. “Alright, so this is round two and I’m supposed to explain what it is you’re supposed to be doing! This round is a scavenger hunt where all of you cuties are going to be exploring Queen Bellossom’s domain in order to find… Well, you’ll find out! I skipped movie night with my friends in order to set this up last night but I think it’s going to be worth it when I get to watch all of you enjoy yourselves! Just remember, have fun above everything else! Those envelopes have your first clues inside of them so you can all go ahead and open them whenever you want and head on in! You can each bring one Pokemon along with you too. Good luck!” She gives you all a wink and flips her hair as she turns around and walks away.

Left with nothing but each other’s company and the strawberry scented pink envelopes in your hands you each decide to go ahead and open up your individual clues.

Jessica – Ever changing though the eye can’t measure, concealed within are many treasures. Some find safety beneath its gate, while some may die beneath its weight.
Hiero – I’m yellow but I’m not a banana, I can be over ten feet tall but I’m not a giraffe. What am I?
Melissa – What falls on the water and never gets wet?

Each of you read over your own riddles which have been printed on heart stationary and attempt to solve them as you make your way over to Queen Bellossom’s domain…

Queen Bellossom’s area immediately stands out because of the brightly colored yellow sunflowers that carve out most of the walkways that make up her domain. The sunflowers part at the entrance where there is a cobblestone path that leads straight to a clearing with a couple of benches with small flowering trees that are on either side of them. The benches are on opposites sides from each other facing a very large flowerbed in the center that is filled with various popular flowers of all colors such as tulips, carnations, daisies, etc. It’s a nice place to sit and take a break for those that need rest. Surrounding this area are different walkways that are neatly lined with the sunflowers on either side and all of the paths have the cobblestone to walk on. They all look similar but there is a sign post in front of the central path with arrows pointing toward each of the paths.

Queen Bellossom’s Throne Room Ahead
Rock Garden —>
<— Waterlily Display

As guests make their way down the path to the right toward the rock garden, about half way down there is another clearing only much smaller than the entrance to the domain. This area has a single bench in the center with a small display of flowers along the back of it. The sunflowers that are lining the path are spaced apart a bit more here than they were on other parts of the path. Passing this area, after following the path the rest of the way is the rock garden. The first thing that stands out in this large space is the three-tier rock waterfall fountain that is decorated with purple ice plant blossoms and various shrubbery. To the right of the rock waterfall there is a small area of water surrounded by river rocks with a small bamboo fountain that has a calm and steady stream of water flowing through it, there is also a small Oddish statue next to the bamboo.

From the entrance, if the path to the left is taken it leads straight to the waterlily display. There are clusters of flowerbeds on display as visitors make their way down the path. The area with the display is quite open with several pools of water in the ground that have lily pads, lotus flowers, and prickly waterlilies decorating the water. Occasionally, there will be Pokemon relaxing and floating on top of the lily pads. There are several vases of flowers that are placed on the ground randomly throughout the display in order to add more pops of color. In the back, there is a small gazebo where guests can get out of the sun and sit in the shade while enjoying the relaxing atmosphere.

If visitors follow the path straight from the entrance it will lead to Queen Bellossom’s throne room. This space is larger than the others and in the center, is a very large sunflower with a short stem. This sunflower is twice the size of all the other sunflowers in the garden and it is the throne in which Queen Bellossom sits upon. Circling the border of the room are multicolored hydrangea bushes and for every two bushes there is one Gloom standing tall and proud facing the center where their queen resides. The rest of the room surrounding the throne is filled with various flowers everywhere, making this the most colorful place in Queen Bellossom’s entire domain. The only areas that don’t have flowers in this room are the small grassy paths that have been created for guests to walk on and not disturb the flowers.

Please post your reply by August 12th. Please choose one Pokemon to bring with you for this event. After coming up with an answer to the riddle, state the answer in your response and which area you plan to explore.
Peony pranced up to her party with a twirling curtsy, pulling three pretty pink envelopes out of her cute designer pouch. As she untied the ribbon she excitedly commended the group with a saccharine smile, before peppily handing each of them a paper. As Jess unfolded hers, she sniffed the slip, sensing a powerful whiff of fruit fragrance emanating from it, almost overwhelming her nostrils.

Scanning the strongly scented contents, it seemed they were being sent on a scavenger hunt of some sort. For what though, was anyone's guess. For their only clue was presented as a cryptic conundrum:

"Ever changing though the eye can’t measure, concealed within are many treasures. Some find safety beneath its gate, while some may die beneath its weight."

Jess mulled over the memo for several minutes, feeling sufficiently stumped by the strawberry-perfumed puzzler. At first glance it reminded her of that Gollum riddle she read when she was a kid, but where would she find an egg around here? Plus she didn't think the weight of an egg was enough to kill anybody...

As she cast around at her options, she saw a path leading left towards a waterlily display. As she stared at the pools of water, a memory trickled in the back of her mind, of a flood pouring in, filling all available space and eventually her lungs, crushing under its pressure...

She shuddered, pushing the thought aside. Still, perhaps she was on the right track. Water was ever ebbing and flowing after all, and sometimes there was buried treasure in its depths, not to mention the number of creatures that lived under the surface...

Speaking of which, she hadn't yet decided whom she should bring with her on the quest. Looking at the lotuses bobbing on the pond, she thought of Lilac's own stage name (and tangentially a character who shared the same title from a similar puzzle game she'd played). Turning to the Petilil, she proposed:

"How about it, Lila? Do you have any ideas?"

The plant Pokémon cocked her head, then, surprisingly rustled towards the right, at a garden that was gray rather than green, with a waterfall and bamboo fountain to boot. Through a combination of writing/pictographs on the ground and interpretive dance, Lilac explained that the rhyme was reminiscent to her; she felt she had heard someone singing those words as part of a longer stanza whilst incubating inside her Egg - the one she believed to be her mother's voice. Based on the rest of the refrain she could recall, she determined it was likely referring to a "rock" or "stone".

Jess briefly pondered the suggestion, coming to the conclusion that it could be applicable as well. The earth, she reasoned, was ever-changing too after all - as evidenced by seemingly everywhere she went these days, seeing unfamiliar formations spring up in place of places she once knew - even if such transformation's progress was invisible to the naked eye. (How ironic she had just been rewatching a show recently that revolved around humanike "Gems", who claimed that to "grow" and "change" was not natural for them, and yet they slowly but surely did, bit by bit.)

To that end, she glimpsed curiously at her companion, wondering how exactly she felt about her "mother" nowadays, and the possibility of finding out more about her family and where she came from. While she deemed herself descended from gypsies (and refused most outside help in training as a result, although recently relented to accepting such gifts for her presumed "Birthday" at least), her pride still denied the prospect of actively seeking them out. Yet her leaves seemed to twitch slightly in wistful thought at the remembrance, and Iris laid a comforting paw on her partner, who brightened and nuzzled lovingly back.

Jess shook her head, shrugging. It was not her place to pry, and if Lilac was content not knowing, then so was she. Regardless of her origins, she was a friend and important member of the squad - her "family". And so Jess trusted in her judgment.

Thus, the two set off in the direction of the Rock Garden in search of a special stone or rock that fit the description. (And hey, if that plan failed, at least there were bodies of water there as well to serve as a backup.) Observing Lilac's back however as she boldly conducted the way, Jess couldn't help but speculate how the one who left her at the Egg House that day must have felt. Whatever their reasons, Jess was certain her initial hunch had been correct: Truly, an Egg contained the greatest treasure of all, even more precious than any jewel. As her adopted handle proclaimed: "A beauty that rises from the muck"; or perhaps, one might indeed say, just like a pearl built from sand and grit, or hidden crystal contained within an unassuming pebble.


OoC - Roundabout way to say I cheated but "water" was my first guess. *shot*

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