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Old 12-29-2017, 03:22 PM   #166
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Originally Posted by Sandaa View Post
The Abominable Snowdown
A Cloud Garden Winter Campaign

Town: Ironthunder, Raves, Patches, morningstar, lilbluecorsola, OkikuMew, Median Dia, CyberBlastoise, Schala, biggggg5, PikaGod, Rotom310

Beartic continued its march forward with no intention of slowing down. It bellowed a fierce roar as trainers and townsfolk lined up with their Pokemon to try and stop it, hell-bent on making it to Galea Town where it would certainly cause mass destruction. If there ever was a time to put a stop to the rampaging beast, the time was now. Hail continued to pelt the earth from above which only seemed to fuel the polar bear further, giving it some pep in its step.

With the sun beginning to set over the mountain’s horizon, the Beartic was now surrounded. Before it stood the townsfolk with a few of the trainers who had quelled the Smoochum’s revolt while to its back were the trainers who battled it by the carriage. Despite all of this, Beartic hardly felt threatened or trapped and proceeded forward. Occupying the mob of Cubchoo that followed was a group of villagers’ Pokemon, leaving only the Beartic to be dealt with.

Looking to launch the attack to hold off the Beartic, Jet ordered for his Staraptor to strike it fast. The bird of prey chirped and darted forward, hitting it with a Quick Attack, but the Beartic seemed to brush it away like a fly. Seeking revenge from earlier, Aya the Furret quickly caught up to the bear using her Agility once again and blasted it with an electrifying Shock Wave. Beartic groaned and Slashed at her for good damage. As Aya succumbed to her wounds, she belted out a screeching Hyper Voice before fainting in the snow.

With Beartic stunned by the loud attack, reaching up to hold its ringing ears, Éclair the Mawile hurried up to it and began to Tickle its sides before Playing Roughly and kicking and scrapping at its belly. Beartic was no amused to say the least and blew a chilling Icy Wind right in her face. After taking the hit, Éclair absorbed the damage into a small ball of energy and hurled the Metal Burst right back at Beartic for moderate damage. Nyx the newly evolved Liepard darted up next, hoping to Charm the beast into lowing its guard before pawing a Sand Attack in its face. Unfortunately, all she was able to kick up was a paw full of snow, which had little effect on the polar bear. Not to be deterred, Nyx spun around and whacked the Beartic hard with her Iron Tail. Beartic groaned and Punched Nyx with a fist full of Ice.

Soleil the Eevee made her reappearance next as the Pokemon from town finally caught up and joined the fray. Soleil quickly Whipped Beartic with her Tail before releasing a flurry of Swift stars from point-blank. Annoyed, Beartic was about to destroy the small Eevee with a devastating attack when it was blasted backward by a boosted Flash Cannon from Geddy the Tynamo. Swift the Finneon joined in with a Water Gun, further holding the Beartic back. It was furious now, roaring angrily as another Swift from Soleil bounced off of its fur. As another Water Gun from Swift and a Flash Cannon from Geddy pushed it back once more, Beartic began swirling with blue energy as it had before. Beartic released an Avalanche of snow and ice, crushing Soleil, Swift, and Geddy in the process. All three of the Pokemon hung on, but they were quite battered from the strike.

Looking to put the Beartic down for good, Isaac the Alolan Marowak made his return to power up his finishing move. The Marowak began by Focusing his Energy as he stood in the Beartic’s path. Beartic had no intention of stopping or diverting its path, so it proceeded forward in preparation to go right through the bone-wielding Pokemon. Isaac stood firm and stared the beast in the eyes. He began to pound on his Belly like a Drum; while hurting himself in the process, the mental fortitude psyched himself up to astronomical levels. With his health now lowered much more than it was before, the question would be whether Isaac would even be able to launch his next attack. Hoping to buy the Marowak some time, Jet’s Staraptor slammed into Beartic with a powerful Close Combat. Beartic bellowed in pain and grabbed the bird out of the air, pinning it to the ground and knocking it out cold with an Ice Punch.

Turning its attention back to Isaac, Beartic looked ready to strike once again. Swift though about using his wiles to try and Attract the bear, but a quick scan from Bill’s Pokedex showed that it was in fact male and did not like fishsticks. The Beartic’s rear suddenly felt hot and it turned around to see a small Caterpie named Calem somehow breathing a Flamethrower in its direction. As Calem launched a second stream of fire, Beartic growled and Slashed its claws right through the Flamethrower and knocked the Caterpie back. By now, Isaac had finished his preparations, looking primed and ready to attack. Beartic shot out a Brine of salt water, but was off target as a String Shot from Calem yanked its head down.

Joining his Pokemon in combat, Alex stood behind Isaac with his Z-Ring shining. Alex pumped his fists in the air before pivoting onto one knee and flexed from the side. A surge of energy from the rocks from the earth all around them flowed into Isaac. As Isaac jumped high into the air, a number of rocks flew up towards him, collecting to form a massive boulder the size of a house. Like a meteor, Isaac collected the massive boulder in his hands and hurled it down at the Beartic. The massive Continental Crush collided with the earth with an incredible explosive force. Snow and ice went flying everywhere, and the force of the attack created a wind that sent many Pokemon flying.

Everyone stood by on baited breath as the snow and wind slowly cleared the sky and the hail quieted down until is ceased entirely. As the boulder crumbled away, leaving a large pile of rubble in its wake, the arm of Beartic emerged from the rocks to give the crowd a pause before slumping over, limp. The Beartic was down for the count, which lead to a roar of cheers. “We did it!” Jet cried out, “Great work everyone, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of you!”


Meanwhile, a couple of trainers held back in the Rose Garden to make sure things were taken care of over there and the inhabitants of the garden were safe. The four garden queens had chased out most of the Swinub and Vulpix, but a few stragglers remained. Miapladicus the Staryu stared down the Vulpix it had been fighting from before and fired off a Psywave that knocked it back. Vulpix countered with an Ice Shard to little effect, and after another Water Gun from the Staryu, Vulpix began to stagger. Chroma pulled out a Pokeball and hurled it at the fox, pulling it inside as it began to shake. Once… twice… three times… before coming to a halt with a successful “Ding!” Congratulations, Chroma has captured a lv.10 male Alolan Vulpix!

Hurrying back to the garden to make sure her friends were okay, Jess was caught off guard by the weakened mewing of a Vulpix that had fallen to Epona’s attack from before. The sight of the pitiful creature tugged on her heart strings, and Jess instinctively moved to tend to it. She quickly reached into her bag and pulled out a Casteliacone (it’s a mystery how those things don’t ever make a mess in one’s bag) before offering it to the Vulpix to eat and regain its strength. The Vulpix refused the treat initially, but it was hard for the ice type to resist the frosty treat for long and happily accepted the food. Looking to adopt the wounded creature that had been separated from its group, Jess offered for it to join her team by holding out an all-white Snow Ball. The Vulpix pressed its paw to the ball, and it clicked open and pulled it inside. The ball shook three times before coming to a halt with a successful “Ding!” Congratulations, Jess has captured a lv.10 female Alolan Vulpix!


With the threat of the Beartic now gone and the waves of enemy Pokemon dispersed, the imminent danger facing the town was finally over. There was still plenty of work to be done however, and the townsfolk had to move quickly. They slowly cleared out the rubble to reveal the unconscious form of the massive Beartic. A few rangers had arrived, finally done with rescuing stranded hikers and trainers on the mountain, and helped load the Beartic onto a large sled. After making sure it was tied down and tranquilized, they set off with a Mudsdale to tow the creature to a safer section of the wilderness away from civilization.

Jet gathered up the remaining trainers, including the ones who were at the garden and orchard into the other Mudsdale-drawn carriage. Also tagging along was Samuel, who had arrived from the Orchard. “Since things are finally calm here, let’s head over to the waterfall and help out where we can.” There was little time to spare as it was beginning to get quite dark outside, so the carriage set off westward towards the Starline Waterfall.
Originally Posted by Sandaa View Post
The town had been saved and the waterfall had been reclaimed, but the danger surrounding the Cloud Garden was far from over. “Great work so far everyone, I’m proud of all of you and thankful for your bravery,” Athena addressed the trainers. It was getting quite dark out now, and waterfall remained encased in a pillar of ice. “I think it would be a good idea to set up camp and regroup in the morning,” Athena added. A pair of Lycanrocs suddenly descended the mountain trail from the east; the midday one looking a bit worn-out while the midnight one looking raring to go. “You guys are welcome to stay at the Stone Shrine,” a voice called out from behind them, revealing Madoka the shrine maiden. “We finally managed to chase the invaders out.”

Beside Madoka was Marina and her Poliwrath, looking pretty exhausted as well. Samuel the woodsman spoke up next, “You lot did a fine job to get us this far. Now it’s the Cloud Garden’s trial captains’ time to shine!” Athena, Jet, Marina, Madoka, and Samuel all stepped forward and nodded at each other. They each sent forth a Pokemon, revealing Athena’s Mawile, Jet’s Drifblim, Marina’s Poliwrath, Madoka’s midnight-form Lycanroc, and Samuel’s Kabutops. The five Pokemon moved forward to the giant frozen pillar of ice and readied themselves.

Jet’s Drifblim floated up into the air and casted a Hex upon the pillar of ice. Madoka’s Lycanroc cracked the ice’s foundation to the frozen river underfoot with a Stone Edge. Athena’s Mawile shook the pillar with a cracking Iron Head while Samuel’s Kabutops chipped away at the weak spots with a Night Slash. Lastly, Marina’s Poliwrath gathered all of his remaining energy and poured it into his fist. Poliwrath cocked his fist back and hammered the ice with a devastating Dynamic Punch that shattered the entire pillar. Shards of ice accompanied by a torrent of water cascaded down from the sky as the waterfall began flowing like it normally was supposed to. The captains cheered and quickly recalled their Pokemon to avoid getting hit. They all quickly hurried off the icy river as the pressure of water slowly began to crack and break up the ice underneath the falls.

“Alright, let’s go get some rest,” Athena called out with a yawn as she and Madoka escorted the group of trainers up the short mountain trail that led to the Stone Shrine. The shrine itself was an open plateau that was up against the steep cliff side that accompanied the waterfall. There were a few scattered trees and rock formations to the sides, but the central part was neatly decorated with rows of stone lanterns and a giant red Torii gate at the main southern entrance. Toward the mountainside was a magnificent and old shrine building with a building to either side of it; to the left being a cabin for travelers to stay and to the right an administrative building for the shrine’s daily operations. “Since there’s a lot of people, I hope you all don’t mind staying in sleeping bags in the central room,” Madoka explained.

With everyone physically and mentally exhausted from the day’s action, the trainers quietly mingled amongst themselves while the trial captains served them a warm soup for dinner. Soon after, everyone eventually went to bed where the captains took turns on lookout with little to report.


Morning seemed to come almost too fast as beams of sunlight flared through the windows into the cabin. Being a natural early riser, Madoka was already up and stepped outside to sweep when she exclaimed, “Oh my gosh! Everyone come quickly!” There was a rush to the door as trainers hurried outside in anticipation of another attack. However, what lay before them were stacks of neatly wrapped gifts. They were all unmarked boxes but featured a small ribbon that held them together with a neatly-tied bow. After counting each of them, there appeared to be the same number of gifts as there were trainers present. “How peculiar…” Athena mused, picking one up. It wasn’t too heavy.

After pulling on the string, Athena’s box opened up, releasing a soft flash of bright energy that flowed through her body. She gasped but then moments later let out a giggle. “Wow, I feel great! It’s like I’m re-energized!” Holding up her Pokeballs, her Altaria and Clefable reappeared, just as energetic and at full health. “Open yours too, everyone!” The gifts were distributed one by one until everyone was handed a gift. As they were opened up, a similar effect went off to what Athena experienced. At the bottom of the boxes were a small card that read “Merry Christmas!” and a Revive and an Aspear Berry as well.

Everyone has received the following:
1x Revive
1x Aspear Berry
The following Pokemon are fully healed and receive the following levels (if a Pokemon is lv.100, you shall receive an equivalent number of rare candies to levels received):
Alex: Nuhuko the Lunatone (1), Isaac the Alolan Marowak (4), Attila the Larvitar (2)
Alice: Millie the Miltank (3), Maasa the Swinub (3)
Athena: Choux the Snubbull (1), Monte the Scraggy (2), Palmier the Litwick (2), Éclair the Mawile (1)
Austin: Nick the Ninetales (2), Marie the Gengar (1)
Big: Hotstuff the Charmander (5), Geddy the Tynamo (3)
Bill: Silver the Squirtle (4), Megas the Golett (1), Swift the Finneon (1)
Chroma: Louise the Mawile (3), Miapladicus the Staryu (2)
Drew: Rotom (2)
Eskil: Belial the Houndoom (3), Khione the Sneasel (3), Nyx the Liepard (1)
Gary: Akame the Pawniard (3), Raphael the Blastoise (3)
Hyrem: Happy the Flareon (3), Silas the Houndoom (2), Kilogram the Steelix (1)
Isaac: Morgana the Incineroar (2)
Jayson: Balerion the Charizard (2), Spartacus the Scizor (3), Odysseus the Magneton (2)
Jess: Leo the Spheal (1), Epona the Ponyta (2), Sheik the Houndour (1), Link the Poochyena (2)
Keith: Aster the Toxapex (2), Kyle the Heatmor (2), Meowth (3)
Liawe: Caeda the Skarmory (3), Hope the Shuppet (2), Calem the Caterpie (2)
Lucas: Kong the Slaking (2), Amabel the Eelektross (2), Snowball the Mamoswine (1)
Mélina: Lune the Eevee (2), Soleil the Eevee (3)
Melissa: Wildfire the Cyndaquil (4), Mar the Aron (2)
Melody: Princess the Stufful (4)
Patches: Rika the Espeon (2), Aya the Furret (4)
Rorik: Stahl the Starmie (2), Volg the Charmeleon (3), Guntz the Snorlax (3)
Tate: Pahalo the Mandibuzz (3)
With the gifts given out, everyone refreshed and restored, and breakfast served, it was time to head out and make their way up the waterfall. The trainers followed the captains back down the mountain trail towards the waterfall, where they found a large makeshift raft awaiting them. Samuel had apparently worked through the night building it from a couple of fallen trees and appeared quite exhausted. “It might not look like much, but it’ll hold. I bet my entire craft on it,” he smiled, flexing his bicep. The logs had been neatly cut and tied together with a few ropes being held up by none other than Jet’s Drifblim.

“All aboard!” Jet called out, helping the trainers onto it. There was about just enough space for everyone, as long as most of the Pokemon remained in their Pokeballs. With one hard tug, Drifblim slowly began to pull the raft off the ground. It was assisted by the strength of Marina’s Poliwrath, who pushed it from underneath toward the waterfall. Not to be outdone, Marina’s Gyarados came out as well to help drive the raft up the waterfall from underneath. Samuel and Madoka waved goodbye from the ground, wishing everyone good luck as they ascended the falls. “If you aren’t good with heights, please stay in the middle of the raft,” Athena called out as the raft swayed ever so slightly. It was a slightly-unnerving few minutes, but eventually the raft made it to the top of the cliff where Gyarados pushed it onto the riverbank.

At this point, Drifblim, Gyarados, and Poliwrath were simply too tired to continue, so Marina and Jet decided it would be best to secure a base camp here while the rest moved ahead. A chilling winter gale blew across the mountainside. “The air is a lot thinner up here, so bundle up and preserve your energy,” Athena called out, wrapping a scarf around her neck. It was certainly colder up here than it was down on the plains.


The group proceeded up the trail to the northeast, where Athena had detected some unusual activity on the mountain before all of this started. They passed by another enshrined area known as the Cloud Shrine; Jet’s usual base of operations when the mountain isn’t being taken over by ice types. They then crossed a small and frozen section of the Starline River, which weaved its way around the mountain and flowed down into the waterfalls. Up here, the river acted as a natural boundary for the Burnt Forest; a section of woods that typically smolders all year long.

Once across the river, all that lay before the trainers lay a stretch of endless plains completely covered in snow. On the horizon stretched a steep slope of mountain going straight up while a rather low ceiling of clouds orbited around the mountain’s peak like a halo. As they approached the mountain slope, a rather large cave stood before them. “There didn’t used to be a cave here…” Athena murmured, a bit perplexed. However, loose snow and rocks all around the area were clear signs of a recent rockslide or avalanche causing this cave to become unearthed. “Something must have pushed its way out, from the looks of it…” Athena slowly approached the cave before looking around.

A small white orb floated down beside Athena, almost appearing like a snowflake. She slowly stared at it for a moment as a couple other orbs floated their way down. The first orb suddenly burst with a pop, scattering some rocks by her feet. “Oh no… Everyone get back!” she called out, turning to run. The other orbs exploded as well, to much greater effect as their booms echoed across the cave entrance. Just as the dust and rocks began to settle, the ground began to shake causing a number of icicles to crash down from the cave’s ceiling. A loud bellowing moan erupted from the interior of the cave and a harsh Blizzard of icy wind followed. “That can’t be good,” Athena whispered as she stood in front of the group to try and protect them. While she was but a teenage girl, she felt responsible for bringing all of these people to this perilous situation.

The earth continued to shake as a massive shadow appeared from deep within the cave. THUD. The creature inside smacked aside a stalagmite that was in its way. A chunk of rock went flying out of the cave and crashed into the snow not too far from where the trainers stood. As the creature drew nearer its frosty breath could be heard echoing through the cave while the temperature dropped drastically with each passing moment. Glaring red eyes could be spotted coming from the darkness. As the trainers slowly back away from the cave’s entrance, a few more energy bombs floated down from above. “Guys, let’s fall back!” Athena cried out, “Head back in the direction we came from, towards the river!”

She didn’t need to tell anyone twice to get out of there as the group of trainers turned tail to retreat. Looking back as they ran, a massive, giant beast erupted from the cave coated in white and green fur while imposing spikes covered its back. It resembled a creature known as Abomasnow, but it was nothing like the ones native to the frosty region of Sinnoh’s Mt. Coronet. It was rounder and bigger- much bigger in what some might identify as a Mega Evolution of Abomasnow. On top of that, this beast appeared twice as large as any Pokedex would indicate, maybe even larger than that. The Abomasnow let out another bellowing roar, breathing a powerful Blizzard at the fleeing trainers’ heels. Fortunately for them, it did not leave the cave’s immediate entrance to pursue the group.


Back at the river crossing that they had passed over earlier, Athena slowly caught her breath. “This is awful… Who knew such a beast was sleeping inside the mountain all along?” She bit her lip, trying to think of a plan. “There’s no doubt that it’s the cause of all of this. We’re going to need to take it down somehow. The only problem are those pesky bombers up above the cliff side. I’ve got an idea though. We’ll need some trainers to hold off the Abomasnow and distract it while I lead a group up an old mountain path I know of and take care of the pests. There’s an old section of the Cloud Garden called Delibird Ridge, and I can guarantee you those are the culprits behind those bombs! I can’t imagine they’re all bad though, or who else would have left us those presents at the Stone Shrine this morning?”

Athena looked up to the sky as pellets of Hail trickled down from above. She paused for a minute to let the trainers decide what they were going to do. Would they be brave enough to take on the beastly Abomasnow or would they follow her up the mountain path to Delibird Ridge? The battles from here on out were only going to get more intense than ever before, but with everyone’s help they might just be able to take down the leader of all the ice Pokemon. What would they choose?

It’s finally time for the climactic battle of the Abominable Snowdown! In your reply please indicate which path you wish to choose. You will be able to change actions each round, so do not feel like you will be locked into a specific group this time! Regardless of which path you choose, it is recommended that you have a Pokemon ready to fight with up to three attacks in mind! Remember, teamwork is the key to victory!
Relief. They had won. The combined power of the Pokemon (thanks in large part to one's use of a Z-move) finally fells the beast. Nyx limps back to Eskil, shaking off the Ice Punch she had taken during the fight.

Eskil crouches down to meet her, torn between marveling over her new form and fussing over her injuries. She huffs and waves him off.

"I'm fine." She grumbles as he presses a shaking hand to her fur. Just to make sure she is really there.

There isn't much time to stand around and celebrate, however. As the townspeople deal with the unconscious Beartic, Jet gathers all of the trainers and they head to help the Waterfall group.

By the time they arrive, the other group had succeeded as well. Eskil can't help being happy about that. Running around the Cloud Garden fighting all day is exhausting, and the thought of another fight before he and his team had some rest had been worrisome.

After the trial captains get the waterfall flowing again, the group of trainers make their way to the shrine, where they are provided soup and a sleeping bag. Eskil is too exhausted to spend time chatting with any of the unfamiliar trainers. He drains his soup and curls up with Nyx. It takes a bit of shifting around to find a way to accommodate Nyx's new form, but soon the pair is comfortable, and Eskil is out like a light.

The morning dawns bright, and Eskil is roused by Madoka's cry. As Eskil joins several other trainers in rushing outside, he is surprised that instead of an attack, they find presents. He glances down at the one passed to him, a bit wary, but all of the ones opened so far seem to be fine, and so he pulls the bow.

The light that flashes over him feels nice, and judging by the responses from others around him, has healed all of his Pokemon. Nyx certainly looks more perky after the light, so it has hopefully done the same for the rest of his Pokemon. He fishes the items and card from the box. They look like they might be useful.

After breakfast, the group returnes to the waterfall. After a harrowing ride up the waterfall (Eskil would have felt better about the swinging raft if not for the fact that he had to return Nyx so everyone could fit), they arrive. As base camp is prepared, Eskil sorely regrets his lack of scarf. Its even colder up here.

"Definitely need to get you a real scarf," Nyx, immediately released once they were on solid ground once again, comments as he shivers.

The group heads further up the mountain, where they find a cave that isn't supposed to be there. They are suddenly attacked by a flock of Delibird and a giant Mega Abomasnow.

Retreating in the face of their overwhelming opponents, the trainers regroup further down the mountain. A plan is hatched. A group of trainers will go deal with the Delibirds, while the rest will face the Abomasnow.

It isn't a terribly difficult decision for Eskil. Given how they fared against the Beartic, Eskil can't imagine that his team stands a chance against the Giant Mega Abomasnow. They'll be more useful clearing out the Delibirds than throwing themselves ineffectively at that monster. Best to leave that to the stronger teams.

He releases Khione and Belial. The Sneasel glares a bit, and he remembers her ill fated charge against the Beartic with a wince.

"Sorry, Khione. You were a big help." He apologizes.

She hisses. "Next time you have a suicide mission, give it to the mutt, would you?"

Said 'mutt' just looks a bit confused. "Last I remember, I was fighting a weird Vulpix. What happened, where are we, and when did you get bigger?" He fires questions at Nyx.

"Long story. We cleared out the first wave, and so did the Waterfall group. Now we've got bigger problems. We're going support. Have to knock some birds out of the sky so the rest of the group can focus on the big bad." Nyx recaps quickly. "And I evolved. Idiot."

"Huh. Seems I missed some things." Belial remarks. Another trainer calls out to the gathering group about to set out to face the Delibirds, and suggests focusing on driving them back around the side of the mountain so that they can be defeated without causing problems for the other team.

"Sounds like a plan," Belial remarks. "So, who's taking point?"

"You, I guess. Get ready with a Nasty Plot and then throw an Ember at anything that comes after us. Then an Inferno. Try to drive them back."

"Got it." Belial walks in front of them, ready for a fight. Khione climbs to Eskil's shoulder to get a better vantage point, and Nyx keeps pace beside him. As ready as he'd ever be, Eskil follows the Athena up the path.

(Member Post)

Claiming 1x Revive
1x Aspear Berry

Belial grew from Lv. 26 to Lv. 29
Khione grew from Lv. 14 to Lv. 17
Nyx grew from Lv. 20 to Lv. 21
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