View Single Post
Old 06-06-2018, 02:35 PM   #518
Thunder Badge
Meetan's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: England
Posts: 603
Originally Posted by Maskerade View Post

You call upon the help of your very-pink Abra to join the efforts of the rest of the team. You stay behind issuing instructions, until you join the search yourself, but not seeming to settle for any particular point of interest.

Zoey uses her ultrasound to scan for any hidden compartments, but seems to find nothing of interest, and her blindness doesn’t help in the actual search; as such, she stands by for any trace of incoming people that might surprise you during the raid.

Axel, floating slightly above the ground, keeps his eyes closed to heighten his still-budding Psychic sensibility. He knows he’s supposed to look for some code, but it turns out mental powers are a lot more useful in reading minds and lifting stuff up than tracking down unknown bits of text hidden inside inanimate objects. In that regard, Axel ends up having as much luck as Zoey…

Hermes, however, takes a different approach, yielding very different results: he knows he cannot drag objects along as he phases through solid surfaces, but he can follow your instructions to the letter here: he vanishes inside the iron chest, then rematerializes inside and forcefully priest the lock open; the noise of metal parts cracking and breaking under Hermes’s blade, followed by the loud thud of the entire lock falling off, is far from inconspicuous, but the deed is done!

*Hermes has gained 2 Levels!*

You walk over to the chest, hoping to find either the key to your tiny box Tim or the code that will give you access to that hidden room Sven Larson mentioned. What you do find, however, is a 1x Family Photograph of the Salamence rider you met before – Marquis Rigel von Argentus, of course – next to a small girl no older than ten, both in civilian clothes and smiling, with a sunny countryside background. You briefly hope to find some sort of text scribbled on the back of the picture, but there’s nothing; still, if it was kept so tightly locked away, this photo must be precious to Rigel – is sentimental value all there is to it?

You are almost ready to shift your attention elsewhere when something glimmers inside the chest, tucked away to the side. It’s a small glass vial, filled up to the middle with a strange golden liquid. There’s a small paper tag strapped to the vial’s neck, and it reads “don’t forget: long-time dedication award for Quartermaster Williams”. It seems this 1x Shiny Potion, which is now yours, was meant for someone else - and that the quartermaster might have the wrong impression of Rigel’s opinion of him…

Suddenly, Zoey lets out a small cry of alarm. Busting in through the door, the two guards you met earlier look alarmed, no doubt alerted by the noise of the iron chest being forcefully opened.

“The hell was that ruckus?”

“How long does it take to drop off a crate? H-Hey, what do you think you’re d—“

The man is cut off as he is cut down. Hermes, wasting no time and relishing the opportunity, False Swipes the two men across the torso, only failing to kill them because you explicitly ordered a reverse-blade strike – Himura Kenshin would be proud.

Zoey follows up with a Quick Attack, darting across the air and slamming into the guard on the left, who loses his footing and falls on his back; he does not get back up. She then tries to Hypnotize the other guard with a mystifying dance (lacking the more obvious alternatives of eyes or limbs), but it turns out that is extremely difficult to do on a man who has just been slashed to near-death and is in unbearable pain.

“Y-you… bitch… I’ll e-end you!!”

In a flash of light, a Houndour emerges from a PokeBall haphazardly dropped by the bleeding man. It growls ominously, embers escaping its open jaws.

You’ve been busted! What now?!
Alice was disappointed that Zoey and Axel were having as much as luck as she was, but perhaps she should have expected that. Lesson learned. The lock was noisy, and Alice visibly froze and cringed, the expression she pulled as dramatic as any idol reaction queen could be. "Oh, Hermes, you beauty." She whispered, scampering over to begin delving through the broken bounty. The family picture was a bust, too, but it was intriguing to see how the marquis had once been. Was that his kid? Alice wondered what was going on there.

She put the photo into her pocket anyway, just incase, blue eyes attracted to something shimmering in the void. It was an item she recognised as having an extortionate price tag - a Shiny Potion seemingly meant for the Quartermaster. "Thank you. I have worked hard." She drawled sarcastically, willing to swipe the treasure as means for payback of her treatment before. Zoey began screeching from her perch and Alice jerked up to her feet in time to see the door open. Well, fuck.

Hermes did his job like a champ. One of the guards dropped like a fly, but the other was still up and ready for a brawl. Fine. "Hermes, keep searching the room." She ordered of the sword. Her next order was in her mind, conveyed to Axel who expected as such and was already taking note. "Take over Zoey's job. You might need to teleport us out of here. If this guard tries to contact anyone, smash the device and smash him, too. And close that door behind him and lock it. We don't need the interruption.

"Zoey, come back for now." Alice added. Time to take out this Houndour. "Blaze, come on out here. Use focus energy and double team, then strike with bounce!" She released from a Love Ball an also very-pink Torchic, the bird small but clearly battle ready. She didn't want this Houndour sticking around long given that Blaze was her barely-exception to the whole fire-struggle issue of hers, and also because the longer this dragged out, the more dangerous it was. "Axel, I have an idea! Probe that other guard's mind for information. See if there's anything we can use! When you're done, switch target."

Well, she'd already kinda killed one dude doing it, so...

((Using this post as confirmation that the shiny potion is to be used on my Furfrou, Dutchess, heh.))
Meetan is offline   Reply With Quote