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Old 07-01-2017, 06:36 PM   #4
Missingno. Master
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Originally Posted by Marion Ette View Post

This is the main entrance to the Casino – as such, it is substantially guarded and monitored. Entering requires passing through two thick steel double doors, the first of which bears scars of previous attempts by law enforcement groups at breaking and entering. The amount of force required to break through them is probably beyond the capabilities of one Pokemon, or even a team of six. Since everyone in the daylight hours is posing as a trainer in search of a good time and quick riches, however, the doors will open for you... for now.

Once inside, entrants are greeted by a pair of guards on either side of the entryway - an Aegislash on the left, and a Metagross on the right. They wear little guard hats atop their heads with a Jirachi on them to indicate their positions. The Metagross in particular regards everyone with suspicion, but merely keeps an eye on the crowd.

Behind Aegislash are some more practical features of the lobby, such as a check-in counter/help desk, restrooms and a small souvenir shop. There is also an ELEVATOR near the restrooms. Behind Metagross are some plush couches for patrons to sit and relax, as well as the STAIRWAYS leading UPSTAIRS and DOWNSTAIRS. Two more guard Pokemon – an Arcanine sitting calmly by the help desk, and a Machamp in a Jirachi's Casino leather jacket (with four arm holes, of course) wandering about – make four in total.

In the center of the lobby is a massive fountain, lit by natural light from a star-shaped window above. The fountain depicts Jirachi, water spewing forth from his third eye, as statues of various Pokemon swim and play happily in the pool of water below. Behind this statue, one can continue STRAIGHT AHEAD to explore the rest of this floor.

There are seven visible security cameras around the room – two point at the front door, one points at the check-out counter, one points at the fountain's back side, one points at the stairwell and one points at the entrance to the elevator.

Where will you explore first?
Keith felt cheated and lied to. And why wouldn't he? After all, the entire purpose of the Coin Exchange was to provide a safe place to store one's coins, so one's Coin Case wasn't constantly unbelievably heavy. Over the years, Keith had come to depend on the Coin Exchange to keep his coins safe, even- no, especially- during periods of uncertainty and unrest. So one could very easily imagine how cheated he felt when he called the Coin Exchange one morning. It had been merely to inquire as to when the Coins for Prizes store might reopen, and ended up with Keith arguing with a Coin Exchange employee, insisting he had almost seventy thousand coins in his account, while said employee insisted he currently had zip, zero, zilch.

Now, Keith was usually one to stay on the right side of the law. He was a good, upstanding Trainer with good morals, but on the other hand, it wasn't as though he couldn't see when taking matters into one's own hands was the preferable option. He'd raised two Banette, both of whom he'd encouraged to pursue and deal with the sources of their respective grudges. He absolutely never ratted out anyone he cared about to the police, provided they had a good reason for doing whatever they might have done. And right here and now, Keith saw this opportunity before him, not as a heist in the making, but as an opportunity, an opportunity to seek the compensation the Coin Exchange bastards refused to provide.

Keith gave a low, impressed whistle as he entered Jirachi's Casino. He'd frequented the place many times, making a Beedrilline for the Roulette tables each and every time, and chuckling and shaking his head at the poor fools trying their luck (and wasting their coins) at the Starter Slots- years ago it became common knowledge that the Roulette had better odds, and it was through that very Roulette Keith had managed to amass his small coin fortune. The small coin fortune that no longer existed. But yes- as many times as he'd frequented the Casino in the past, it looked grander and more impressive now than it had ever looked. Keith exchanged looks with the Pokémon accompanying him, awaiting said companion's opinion.

"Pawn, Pawniard," Ginny nodded in response, likewise admiring her surroundings, though by no means letting her guard down. Meowth, upon learning of this plan, immediately declared his wanting nothing to do with it. Ginny, on the other hand, openly volunteered to accompany her Trainer. The Pawniard quite frequently operated outside the law herself, often resorting to sneaky and underhanded tactics, both in battle and in her perpetual campaign to keep Keith safe from all manner of horrors, both real and imagined. That she could not protect Keith's coin balance from whatever unknown culprit was at work here irked her, and so she readily volunteered to help him seek his compensation.

Keith nodded back. "Yeah, they've really cleaned this place up," he remarked. He had to be careful, had to watch what he said. Had to keep looking natural. Didn't want to arouse suspicion in the guard Pokémon or the casino employees. As far as they were to be aware, this was just a Pokémon Trainer and his Pawniard, here in hopes of winning big, and so that's just what they acted like, nodding hello to the guard Pokémon, looking relaxed, happy, and ready to gamble. And so they were ready to gamble, just not in a way this casino was likely to endorse. "So, Ginny... lots to do around here, yeah?" he said, once more choosing his words carefully. "I don't know what to do first, what do you suggest?"

The true meaning of the question was not lost on Ginny. The Pawniard glanced warily around, eyeing up the guard Pokémon, shooting quick, furtive glances at the security cameras, getting a feel for her surroundings. And mentally taking notes, for that matter- if she could defend Keith's Secret Base half as well as this place was defended! Her first thought was going downstairs, but she could see someone else with their Ninetales already heading that way- Ginny knew that she and Keith were not alone in this endeavor, that many Trainers demanded compensation for their lost coinage. And she also knew that if too many people started congregating in the same place, they'd start to arouse suspicion. Exactly what they neither wanted nor needed. And so, as casually as she could, the Pawniard started leading the way upstairs, with Keith, acting just as casually, following her.

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