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Old 07-03-2017, 01:52 AM   #15
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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. If the mood strikes you, of course, you could always turn around and go back OUTSIDE.

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?
Months. Months of waiting and watching. Almost a year of waiting and watching and then her entire Coin stash disappears, funneled away somewhere that he couldn't see, digitally or otherwise? Not. Happening. Not on his watch. He'd checked other long-standing accounts to see if her Coins had only disappeared because he'd been found out, but they'd also been either erased or had their balances wiped for whatever reason, so something else had to be going on here. The new administration wasn't the type to just make their members' Coins disappear without an announcement, from what little he'd noticed over the past three months, so it couldn't be them. But that didn't really leave any other possibilities that he knew of.

"Still no luck?"

"No." Aiden leaned back and stretched before rolling his head to look at where his brother was making lunch in the kitchen. "There's no more Coins anywhere that I can find, which means I can't get my hands on a Pokémon to start adventuring with!"

"Well, there's always our parents, if you really have to do this," Mike said, stirring something in a pot.

"Do you really think they'll be fine with this when they wouldn't even let us go at the usual age?"

Mike shrugged. "It doesn't hurt to ask, does it?"

Aiden turned his gaze back up to the ceiling. "I s'pose not, but I wanted to do this myself, y'know? Independence and all that shit." Mike hummed in acknowledgement.

After a beat, Aiden sighed. "Wasn't meant to be, I guess."

He let himself wallow for a bit, just to get it out of his system, so he wouldn't be distracted deciding whether and how he would try again. An entire year, wasted. All because he didn't want to risk making his move. He'd waited too long, the administration changed, Coins were suspended, and then the Coins for Prizes was closed down. He should've known then that he was out of luck, but he'd hoped...

There was a sudden beep from his laptop and Aiden looked down at the screen, clicking curiously on the email his program had intercepted. A picture of a Phantump in some costumed getup floated next to some ransom-note-type font that read: The Phantump Thieves cordially invite you to Jirachi's Casino to retrieve what has been taken from you. The information gathering phase will begin tomorrow. You can only bring ONE partner Pokémon. Good luck!

Aiden tilted his head to one side, considering the email. It definitely looked like some kind of spam, was also kind of suspicious. What did the old casino have to do with the missing Coins? Were they the ones who'd cleaned out all of the accounts he'd checked in on, including the one he'd been planning on using to get his starter? It wasn't that farfetched of an idea and they mentioned retrieving what'd been taken from them...

Well, it wasn't like Melissa would notice her missing balance anytime soon, so it wouldn't hurt to check out the casino, right?

"Hey, do you want some lunch or what?"

Aiden put his laptop on the coffee table and went to see what Mike had made.


Aiden frowned as he made his way towards the glittering Jirachi's Casino, tilting his head back to look up at the building. He'd never actually visited the place, seeing as he was originally here to make money, not lose it gambling, but it definitely looked fancier than the last time he'd really looked at it.

Through the steel double doors--thick and hard to break through by the looks of it; maybe go for the walls around it, instead, provided there wasn't another way in?--stood an Aegislash and a Metagross, each with a little guard hat perched on top of...what passed for their heads. (Steel-types, one Ghost and one Psychic.) Aiden tried not to think too hard as he passed them.

He only glanced over the left side of the lobby, making particular note of the Arcanine (Fire-type and canine. Of course. Arcanine are supposed to be good guards, right?) sitting next to the help desk and the Machamp patrolling the space (Well, that makes things...interesting, if a frontal assault is what ends up happening. Hopefully, I'm not the only one planning on robbing this place.), before heading towards the stairs on the right. He ducked his head as he got closer, tilting the brim of his borrowed hat down and hoping it covered his face without looking too suspicious, before he started down the stairs. A quick look around downstairs to see if he could figure out where they might be keeping the Pokémon or storing the items and then he'd see if he could find a way in from the outside.
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