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Old 01-16-2018, 08:58 PM   #15
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Cortoza Updates - Set Eighteen

Missingno. Master: With the decision to help the villagers evacuate already made, you and Meowth exit the house to find people making their way to the village center in various states of irritability, sleepiness, and/or worry. Surprisingly—or maybe not?—there’s not as much alarm as you would expect from them. In fact, there’s an air of exasperation around them as some particular individuals grumpily complain about having to gather all their belongings once again and could the ocean stop trying to drown them already?

Chief Kupa’alani raises his voice over the muttering crowd as you enter the village center behind several other villagers, directing people to collect their belongings as quickly as possible and head for higher ground. The gathering point is the same as it has been, but everyone should still move as quickly as possible so as to prevent anyone from being left behind, forgotten, or killed when the wave hits. The crowd doesn’t seem to really need the instruction as you watch them disperse, heading off to do whatever they need to to evacuate safely, but it does leave you feeling a bit…unnecessary.

Until someone grips your arm tightly and turns you around. An old lady wearing the same necklace as Keahilani scrutinizes you as a worried-looking Delphox shifts uneasily behind her. From the corner of your eye, you see Keahilani make a face and start hurrying over to you.

The old lady says that her Delphox tells her that Pele is furious. That this won’t just be any old earthquake and tsunami. And, judging by the fact she sent you, she must not have been inclined to be pacified. The younger kids don’t want to believe that Pele could be so cruel, but she’s old; she’s seen what happens when Pele’s angry and she’s furious now. The old lady doesn’t imagine things will turn out very well for them, but she supposes it serves them right for angering their goddess. Here. She takes off her necklace and hands it to you. You’ll need it when you climb the mountain.

Keahilani arrives before you get a chance to ask the old lady anything, apologizing for her and chivvying the elder after the rest of the evacuating villagers. The Delphox glances after them and turns back to you with a frown. It tells you that the old lady wanted to tell you that Pele makes her home at the top of the mountain and that, while she doesn’t think you would be able to do much, you’re welcome to try convincing her to change her mind about punishing the villagers. The Delphox wavers for a minute and then wishes you luck before trotting after Keahilani and the old woman.

Hm. Well, if you plan to follow the tip from the Delphox and the old lady, you’re gonna need a ride and a guide. Or you could help out with the evacuation. Or maybe you’ve thought of something else that could help. What will you do?

(Declared: Tentacruel, Meowth)


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Ex-Admiral Insane: The woman’s expression goes stubborn at your implication, but that’s her only reaction to the possibility. Otherwise, she nods at your suggestion to be careful and stick together for now.

She blinks at your question, caught off guard for some reason. “Oh, uh, yeah. Abby?”

Her Kirlia illuminates the cave with a Flash of light, revealing a bare cavern with only one exit. You, Rags, the woman, and her Kirlia all head towards the exit to see what kind of place and situation you all ended up in.

It’s night outside with a full moon shining bright in the sky. Stars glitter and twinkle as you glance around to try to figure out where you are, but it wasn’t like you’d paid that much attention to the scenery on your way up the mountain. You glance over at the woman to see if she has any idea where you are or what’s going on, but she’s gaping up at the moon.

“Did we just lose an entire month?” she asked incredulously, her voice pitching up at the end. That’s right. Didn’t one of the natives you overheard say that the full moon was three nights ago? But it’s the full moon again, so…

The woman shakes her head and clearly tries to refocus on something she can actually do something about. “Okay, Abby. Which way to Keith and Afterburn?”

Her Kirlia tilts her head this way and that, looking towards the right and then the left. It’s pretty flat to either side, but you’re pretty sure you’re still around the same elevation as you were before you went through the wall. She glances up at the peak and then to the left and right again before pointing to the right.

“She says our friend feels like he’s at the peak of this place and that the path to the peak is to the right,” the woman relays.

…huh. On second thought, this area looks kind of familiar. Like the path between the trail to the top of the mountain and the altar. And, if that’s the case, then the path to the peak would be on your left.

Will you trust the lady’s Kirlia or your memory of this place?

(Declared: Gallade, Wailord, Gible, Axew, Bagon)
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