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Old 09-18-2017, 01:43 AM   #308
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Originally Posted by Patches View Post
War of the Roses

Team Roserade

Drew – You couldn’t help but express how adorable you found that Timburr to be despite Rotom’s slight annoyance with it. Eventually, after the next series of announcements that explained the games as well as a bonus explanation about how all of the obstacles had been set up on purpose, you aren’t really sure what to think. But, right now you have some games to play so that’s something to worry about another time. First on your list is of course the Haunted House, which Rotom seems to be the most excited about since he was basically born for it. After arriving at the house, Rotom floats on inside and completely takes over all of the electrical things found within, from the lights, the speakers, and even the electrical animatronics. Rotom even added their own effects in order to Astonish the guests within. In the end, many screams were heard and several guests ran out of the house with pure terror on their faces. Rotom seemed to have a fun time for a while in there before finally coming back out and after their exit, the ticket dispenser rewarded you both with 40 tickets for a job well done.

Now that the most exciting game is finished, it’s time to move onto the Charge-up Game. As you approach, you realize this ‘game’ really just looks like a few generators that are turned off with lights that are decorating the stage plugged into them. You notice that two generators already have some charge but there is a third that is currently at 0% so you and Rotom decide that’s probably the best option. Rotom hits the generator with a Discharge and the charge is practically instantaneous, it goes from 0% all the way up to 100% in a flash, you couldn’t even tell if it hit any numbers in between. The nearby ticket dispenser began to spit out a bunch of tickets, once you count them it looks like you’ve received another 40! Moving onto the final challenge, you and Rotom now have many glass cups set up in front of you, it looks like no one has broken any yet so they are all still there just waiting to be shattered and Rotom begins to do just that by causing an Uproar. The Sound coming from the uproar is something that makes everyone nearby want to cover their ears and the ground begins to vibrate along with it which begins to shake all of the cups and before long, the majority of them just begin to shatter simultaneously. In the end, only a few cups remain intact and after the tickets are done rolling out of the dispenser, you have received 38 more!

Stay tuned for more details...
Originally Posted by Sandaa View Post
War of the Roses

The sun had begun to set over the Cloud Garden as the sky above the Rose Garden turned a pastel shade of orange. It was a nice complement to all of the pinks, reds, and blues that decorated the flowerbeds across the area. As the contestants finished up their carnival games and collected their tickets, they gathered back in the center where they found the gazebo had been transformed to accommodate a stage. The generators from the Charge-Up Game were ready to go and with a flip of a switch, a myriad of lights shown down from the gazebo’s rafters. While most of the contestants pooled their tickets together and handed them in to their team representatives, there was a growing line for the bathroom which had caused some of the contestants to miss their turn in the final round of games as Elka had yet to come back out.

Once everyone had settled down, the four gardeners took the stage once again, where Persimmon walked back up to the mic. Before he could even begin speaking, volunteers made their way through the crowd to collect any trash or recycling. Persimmon cleared his throat and fumbled through some notes he pulled out of his pocket. Squinting at the crumpled piece of paper, he addressed the audience, “Thank you all for participating in the fun and games portion of our event. Your tickets have been tallied, and now it’s time to announce the winner of the carnival games and to prepare everyone for the final portion of our event. The winner of the carnival games was decided by whoever brought in the most tickets for each team. Now, without further ado, let’s announce the winners! Please step forward as your name is called.”

“In fourth place, representing Team Bellossom, we have Jess and Lilac with 108 points! In third place, we have Alice and Farren for Team Tsareena with 114 points! In second place, we have Rorik and Staryu—” Persimmon was abruptly cut off as Petunia whispered something into his ear, “Excuse me, Rorik and Stahl representing Team Lilligant with 116 points! And last but not least, our winner from Team Roserade is Drew and Rotom, with 118 points! Let’s give our finalists a round of applause!”

As the audience applauded the contestants, the leaderboard was updated to show the standing scores of the event.

For all of their efforts during the Scavenger Hunts and the Carnival Games, the following Pokemon are awarded levels:
6 levels: Lilac the Petilil, Stahl the Starmie
5 levels: Drew’s Rotom, Vine the Snivy, Horologie the Girafarig, Pridwen the Ferroseed
4 levels: Because Farren the Pineco is lv.100, Alice is awarded 4 Rare Candies
3 levels: Aiolia the Litleo
2 levels: Jotaro the Lombre, Berue the Tangrowth
1 level: Jill the Noibat
Here are the current standings of the event:
First Place: Team Lilligant with 7 Team Points and 8 Individual Performance Points
Second Place: Team Roserade with 6 Team Points and 5 Individual Performance Points
Third Place: Team Bellossom with 3 Team Points and 5 Individual Performance Points
Fourth Place: Team Tsareena with 5 Team Points and 2 Individual Performance Points

“Do not fret as there will be another chance to earn your team some big points!” Persimmon called out as volunteer gardeners stepped forward holding duffel bags filled with items. “It’s time for the final round of the event! I will hand the mic over to Peony in a moment to explain the details, and as she goes over them with you, we will be handing out the fruits of your labor during the Scavenger Hunt exercise! The quality of the item depends on whether your riddles took you in the right direction or not. Your items will be shared amongst your teammates, so I wish you the best of luck in the final round!”

The following teams are handed the corresponding items:

Team Roserade Receives:
Seiko: Black Wings, Rigid Shield, Toy Cutlass, Tambourine, Ladle
Sypher: Horn Helmet, Red Barrette, Headband, Big Bag, Tie
Drew: Electric Guitar, Shuriken, Trident, Wig, Pirate Hat
Originally Posted by morningstar View Post
War of the Roses

As the games wrap up, a crowd is beginning to form in front of the stage in the center of the garden. Throughout the day, guests to the garden had become drawn to different teams. Makeshift signs floated throughout the audience, pledging their loyalty to their favorite Queen. The throng of people talked in excited, hushed voices.

Persimmon finishes addressing the crowd, and gives a short wave. There are scattered cheers throughout the audience, and the scientist looks uncomfortable. “Um… I’m gonna hand it over to Peony now…” He shuffles away and hands the mic to his much more socially confident co-gardener.

“Hiii!” As the pink haired girl takes center stage, a spotlight focuses on her. Smaller, colored lights dance around the stage. “Ooh! Thanks for charging up all these lights for us. Anyway, it’s time for THE most exciting part of our program today! A BEAUTY PAGEANT!” The steady beat of dance music starts up and the spotlight moves to the edge of the stage where a cluster of grass Pokemon are standing. They look startled, but file onto stage in groups based on their garden alignments. Signs light up above the four sections of the stage, “COOL” “CUTE” “UNIQUE” and “ELEGANT” in different corresponding fonts.

“We calculated your points from the scavenger hunt, and rewarded you with different items to use during this part of the competition,” Peony explains. “Here are the representatives from Roserade’s domain, Team Cool!” She gestures to the first section of the stage, and the members of Team Cool are suddenly pulled up staircase and on to the brightly lit stage. Three well-groomed Roselia strike stylish poses to the beat in front of the group, and blue lights circle around them. The Thorn Pokemon point to three wicker baskets holding several items. Each basket has a metal nameplate attached to the front.
In the basket labelled “Seiko”, there is a set of Black Wings, a blue and gold Rigid Shield, a plastic Toy Cutlass, a jingling Tambourine, and a metal Ladle.
The basket with Sypher’s name on it contains a sturdy looking Horn Helmet, a bright Red Barette, a blue Headband with a white bow, a securely tied white Big Bag, and a thin Tie.
The final basket says “Drew”, and has a red Electric Guitar, a sharp Shuriken, a black Trident, a poofy orange Wig, and a Pirate Hat with crossing swords on it.
- - -

The crowd whoops and cheers with the introduction of each team, and some trainers even hear their names called out. Peony giggles into the mic and flips her hair, she’s obviously enjoying that the spotlight has returned to her.

“Ok folks, the teams are going to take some time to get ready. Make sure to cheer really loudly for your favorites!” The lights dance around the stage once more, then stop and fade off. The crowd cheers and yells out the names of different teams and their Queens. Each group is escorted behind the stage to a section dubbed the “Greenery Room”. In reality, it was still outdoors, and tables were set up with each team’s different items, as well as some full-length mirrors with vanity lights.

“Mmkay everyone,” Peony addresses the teams, sitting on a stool in the front of the Greenery Room. “I’m gonna like, explain the rules for this part ok? All of those lovely items you were given are for you to dress your Pokemon up with. You can use up to five, ‘kay? You can totally share the stuff you have too, within your own team of course. Take the time you need to get ready, but not like, too long, duh.” She hops off the stool and gives you all a peace sign.

Choose one Pokemon that you will dress up for this portion of the pageant.
Choose up to five (5) items to dress up your Pokemon with.
You can use any item allocated to your Team, multiple trainers can use the same item.
Keep in mind that you will be judged on several different criteria, be creative and have fun picking out different items for your Pokemon to wear!

Please post your replies by September 17
Voice hoarse from cheering, Drew couldn't have been prouder, because Rotom. Absolutely. Killed it! (Figuratively speaking. Although, if he made sure not to pay too much attention to the comings and goings of the haunted house, well, plausible deniability is a wondrous concept.) The closest to a clean sweep of the games and taking first for the event overall, if Drew had done the math right, Rotom himself didn't seem any disappointed with the results. Though, if Drew were being honest, everything else was just icing on the cake for the Plasma Pokémon after Rotom floated back from the first game looking every bit like the cat who not only caught the canary but managed a five-star meal from it.

"I take back every negative thing I've said about this scavenger hunt," he had said in the short time between games, letting his smug grin say everything else.

Soon enough it was time for the final round, after all the scores had been tallied and tickets redeemed. Gathering at the main stage, now decked in spotlights from the charge-up 'game', the absent-minded scientist retook the mic, giving the results. Though Rotom pushed the score close (and took one heck of an exaggerated bow at the applause break) even he wasn't quite enough to break ahead of Team Lilligant.

Oh, well. There was one more round to take the lead.

...And of all the rounds, it had to be a dress-up contest.

Even if he wasn't the most enthused about the choice of finale, Drew couldn't deny that the available items hadn't given him one heck of an idea.

Once secluded in the Greenery Room, Drew went to work, first making sure his team was cool with his plan. Activating two Poke balls with twin flashes of light, Drew and Rotom were soon joined by a small bird and a smaller grub: one cheerful, if surprised, to be brought back out, while the other gave a lazy grin at his trainer.

"Ok, team," Drew began as they huddled up. "Last round and it’s a dress-up contest. Now, as much as I'd like to use any of you, I have an awful, horrible, amazing idea that if it works should pay off great. But it's not just me; we're a team here." Locking eyes with Donnie, his Grubbin, he continued on, "Don, my main grub, I feel especially bad since you haven't had the chance to do anything so far. If you really want to do this I won't stop you."

Donnie hm'd, looking over at the assembled accessories. "Meh, I think I'm cool. If there were chef tools or even just a chef hat I'd be down, but with this stuff I don't think I'd be all that great."

Drew nodded his acceptance and turned on to Ace. "Same goes for you, Ace, since I know you weren't happy with the water war form earlier."

Flapping up onto her trainer's shoulder, the Pidgey looked around at both the items and the competition. "I don't see that Fletchling anywhere. Is she competing in this part?"

It took him a second to remember which competitor had the Fletchling that Ace had become mildly obsessed with, but once he did he looked over to the Bellossom corner. "Um, no I don't think so. I think... Melissa, I think? is using her Skiddo for this."

A huff of air brushed by his ear, as Ace pouted. "Then I'm out. Give me explosions or give me fighting and I'm your gal. Costume stuff though? Bleh."

Reaching up to give the dismayed bird a neck scritch, Drew nodded to her as well. "'Kay, then. So for better or worse we go with my plan-"

"Hey, don't I get a choice?" Rotom interrupted, offended.

"Rotom, you are living plasma. You don't have arms to hold anything, and anything placed on you would either go all crispy or fall right through you."

Rotom blinked, but eventually gave a little bob of acknowledgment. "Yeah, fair."

Drew could only roll his eyes. "Ok, so, yeah. My plan." Setting out the necessary accessories in the middle of their impromptu huddle, Drew began laying out his idea.

Silence reigned once he finished.

Face blank, Rotom eventually broke the quiet. "So, as the only one here both without fleshy bits and who can go intangible when this inevitably goes wrong, I feel obliged to point out that traditionally giving the psychopath weapons is a bad idea."

"I don't know what a psychopath is, but I second that giving her sharp things is a recipe for disaster," Donnie agreed.

"Yeah, her reaction can't be anything but exothermic," Ace added, because of course she had try and one-up the accidental pun.

"Guys, guys, chill with the psychopath digs," Drew cut in before they got out of hand. "That's not cool. Look, I know you all don't think much of her, but I feel like there was some progress with her the other day. Enough, at least, for her to not snap and skewer us. We should give her a chance."

Rotom pursed his lips, but soon enough let out a groan. "Fine, whatever, it's your funeral. Like I said, I'm the best off when this goes wrong."

"As always I'm ecstatic by your support," Drew deadpanned. Gathering the younger two Pokémon behind him - because, yes, he was hopeful, not naive - Drew reached for his belt and pulled off a dark purple Poke ball. To the naked eye it looked unexceptional, color notwithstanding, but were one gifted with the Sight, one might see the ominous aura that surrounded the ball, rolling down from Drew's hand like smoke.

Releasing the contents into the Greenery Room, Drew took a knee to bring himself closer to eye-level with the tiny creature that emerged. Very familiar in shape to any who were regular at the garden, that was where any similarities between this Roselia and those of the Rose Garden ended. Instead of the usual garden green, this Roselia seemed to embrace a purple color scheme: her body a light lavender, while her leaf "dress" and thorns were a deep, rich purple. A shadow-like grey streak ran down her front as opposed to the normal yellow, and on each "hand" lay a pitch-black rose.

Turning to face Drew, the Roselia's body language spoke of indifference and perhaps a touch of annoyance - at being bothered, at having been confined, either was a possibility. Squinting up at her 'trainer's' face, Zylia the Roselia made it clear this better have been important, or there'd be hell to pay, all without saying a word.

Faced with this, Drew got right to business. "Hi, Zylia. I know we've never really been on easy terms, but I'd like to make a deal with you. Right now we're in a competition, in its final round. It's a costume contest, basically, and I know that's not something you'd probably be interested in, but I have a great idea for a costume for you. If you help me win, I'll owe you a favor, for the future. No strings attached, as long as no one dies." Seeing no reaction, he played his trump card. "Also, you'd get to use weapons as part of this."

Slowly, a sharp toothed smile not unlike a shark's unfurled on the Roselia's face. "Now you're speaking my language."


By the time the constant negotiating that was getting Zylia dressed finished, Drew could honestly say he'd lost all sense of time, it had been such an ordeal. A battle, more like, with scars to boot, he mused as he nursed one of his multiple thorn-induced wounds.

It was worth it though - he was right in that the whole look pulled itself together. Pirate hat perched atop her head, Zylia allowed the amazingly perfectly colored purple-striped tie to be wrapped around her waist as a sash, through which the toy cutlass hung snuggly against the left side of her body. Completing her ensemble, Zylia held a weapon in each of her rose hands: the trident gripped tight in her left and the shuriken twirled about in her right. By the time his turn was up, he'd be proud to introduce the Demon of the Wind, the Master of Smoke and Flame, rival to the great ninja Hattori Hanzō, the Ninja-Pirate, Fūma Kotarō!

Rule of Cool eat your heart out.

Christ, he hoped Zylia didn't have a change of heart mid-show...
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