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Old 11-12-2017, 07:27 PM   #376
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Maskerade- Your voice echoed through the small cave, making it sound much louder than you intended. The scraping noise stopped for a moment, seeming to notice your presence before it continued. You quickly caught up with Munchlax, who looked anxious to continue through the cave. At your instruction Staryu readied itself to provide defense for your team. Munchlax took a moment to forget his worries and boost his defense against any special attacks he might encounter.

With your team prepared, you continued your way down the low-ceiling hallway. There were more drawings on the wall, and although you wanted to be careful, you couldn’t help but take a look. A group of archers and Pokemon like Lycanroc and Carbink were depicted fighting against the dark figures that you had seen surrounding the town. However, they didn’t look to be winning. The next scene showed fallen trainers and Pokemon, with Priestesses at their side attempting to heal them. The dark shadows loomed in a swirling cloud above.

“Munch!” Your Pokemon warned. The three of you stopped suddenly and looked to what Munchlax had noticed. In the distance, where Staryu’s light could not quite reach, was a glowing, red, flashing shape. It was rather complex, made up of two semi circles and a lower complete circle. The scraping sound echoed all around you. Staryu immediately put up its Barrier, right before a purple light surged toward your group. The light bounced off of Staryu’s shield, bouncing back at the direction it came. It lit up the hallway momentarily, just long enough for you to see a shadowy, spinning figure.
“What are we getting ourselves into?...”

Rorik’s overwhelming curiosity was slowly being replaced by a crippling sense of dread. The excitement he’d felt after solving the torch riddle now felt like a distant past, and the only thing pushing him forward was the scientist’s lingering, almost pathological need for truth. Because the further in they went, the more disheartening the drawings on the walls became, the louder the scraping sounds got, and the worse they felt about all of that.

There’s been a war. People and Pokemon united against a force that overwhelmed them still. Are these paintings a warning of what awaits us, or a cry for help to keep us going?

He wondered how others would act in his shoes. Erik, his brother, would likely use his Electric Pokemon to light the way and push forward with his unbreakable high spirits. Sai Hajimoto, the monk from Saigo to whom he owed his life, had an aura about him that felt like it could dispel any darkness, and a righteous spirit that would absolutely carry him to the end. Ulrik Holstadt, his damned father, would probably blast his way through everything unopposed with the sheer might of his dragons, and dispel the lingering evil without breaking a sweat like he always accomplished everything else.

And that’s why I also have to see this through to the end. I may not be as cheerful as Erik, or as immaculate as Sai, and certainly not as skilled as Ulrik… but I’m an accomplished Professor from a region of warriors! It may not mean much to anyone else, but… But I haven’t come this far to back away now!

The path led them to what could well be another puzzle, a strange contraption emitting a red light. Rorik approached the device to take a closer look, but as he did, something attacked from the darkness, just as he’d feared! Fortunately, his preparations paid off, as the blast intended for them bounced off of Staryu’s shield…

“What creature is that?” The Professor barely caught a glimpse, but regardless of what it was, it had to be dealt with, otherwise progress would be impossible. Rorik strongly disliked fighting, but this wasn’t he first time he was dragged into battle and, perhaps due to his Heimlan blood, he was adjusting rather quickly.

Whatever that thing is, it thrives on darkness. Let’s see how it likes a bit of light!

“We must stand our ground! Munchlax, you saw it too, yes?” When the bear nodded, Rorik felt reassured. “Very well then, let loose a Flamethrower in that direction! Staryu, if the flames’ light reveal the enemy, strike it with a flash of Power Gem!”

Hoping his light-emitting attacks would at least scare their foe away, Rorik turned his attention back to the complex device, trying to figure out what it was and if it could be used for anything.

Otherwise, we’re all stuck here…
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:46 PM   #377
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Raves- You knew your Pokemon were perfectly capable of handling themselves. Glasspine had the group of Paras under control, still screeching and squirming to free themselves of the Tomb the Sandshrew had created. Herex, finished recovering from her confusion of being surrounded by the strange light, joined your side. She looked worried at the glittering presence floating around your hand. Herex clicked her jaw at you in caution, but understood that you had a plan.

You meant no harm here, the glowing orbs of light seemed to understand that. After all, you were the only intruder that hadn’t attacked. It followed you as you moved your hand to your bag, and you felt some pressure against your hand urging you to pull the bottle out faster. The pressure persisted until the light surrounded the bottle, then danced back up your arm. You took a few steps toward Parasect, but then found yourself unable to move your legs. The light was surrounding it, and it felt as if someone was physically pulling your legs toward the ground. In order to calm it, you whispered your intentions. The small orbs floated near your mouth, moving with the shape of your lips. As soon as you finished your explanation and directed your Pokemon to back off, the orbs surrounded your hand again and you were pulled right up to the Parasect. The Bug-type’s blank eyes rose to look at you. Its whole body twitched, but it looked unable to do much because of its injuries. The orbs of light had left you, instead forming themselves in a barrier separating you from your Pokemon. The Parasect looked back down at the ground, too tired to resist anymore.

Your team watched you delicately approach the Parasect. Glasspine reduced the intensity of his Sand Tomb, and the Paras struggled to get back to their feet. Suddenly, the Paras all cried out triumphantly. Herex felt something drop on her head, and she looked up to see the soil above her moving, chunks of it raining from the ceiling. Small claws burst through the dirt, and more Paras were coming to assist their compromised comrades. You had gained full access to Parasect, but time was running out.
The light was unusual indeed, as the pressure it exerted on his hand seemed to be pushing him to withdraw the bottle faster, until it was out of the bag and surrounded by the light. The experience was strange, even as he approached the fallen bug, when the light pulled at his legs as though dragging him down, it seemed the light was actively trying to hurry the process along. Herex clacked her jaws, but did as was told and held back, while Pridwen sat there, looking at the light as it formed a barrier between human and pokemon.

As he whispered to the light as it were, the orbs followed his lips, a sensation that was definitely making him a little uncomfortable, but he persevered. A bit of discomfort was worth saving pokemon lives for, and when he finished he was brought up to the Parasect. He had no idea what possessed it to do what it did, and he reacted only in defence of his own pokemon, yet the injured bug couldn't do much but twitch, exhausted from dragging itself to safety and the prior battle. Before he could do anything, and without his knowledge due to the light barrier, things were about to get heated outside.

The Drapion looked up at the sensation of something landing on her, as the Paras, not as trapped anymore, gave a cry of triumph. Reinforcements. Looking around in concern, the three pokemon realised that for the time being they were on their own, and the hordes would be upon them. For Pridwen, this wasn't a concern: his iron barbs and boosted physical defence would mean the Paras would do more harm to themselves, though if they did swarm him a good gyro ball would surely knock them off, and a pin missile squall would deter them further, though not at the light. Herex meanwhile figured that a good defence was ideal, preparing to scatter a ring of toxic spikes around her and Glasspine, which could be cleaned up by the poison pokemon in need of escape, while the ones coming from above would be thrown aside and out of the way with her natural strength and false swipe combo.

Glasspine stood there, concerned. The sand tomb was petering out, though it still held the Paras, but the newcomers were making their way from above, and possibly behind. The Sandshrew had little other options but to bide his time, and to safeguard himself and the Drapion from any statuses, but was ready to defend himself with fury swipes if needed.

Within the light, Alex looked the Parasect in its eyes, and sighed. Getting access wasn't too hard, but how was he going to get it to give him the saliva? A brief moment, and he almost hit himself for not thinking of it in the first place. Bag still on him, he dug around in a compartment before pulling out a round blue object, the oran berry still as fresh as it was, bless the endurance of berries. He had a simple plan: show the bug the berry to get it drooling, collect the drool in the bottle, then when he had enough and sealed the bottle and stowed it safely in bag, to plop the berry just within reach of the Parasect, and to make a retreat, though his curiosity was getting the better of him.

"Okay, lemme make it clear here," he began, a slight air of authority around him, "what you did to those Roselia and my Nidorina isn't right, and they're in trouble, but you must have had your reasons for doing so. So here's what's gonna happen. I need your saliva to make a remedy for them, and you can have this berry to help you recuperate, but you have to make sure you don't cause trouble and poison other pokemon in the garden again."

Readying himself, he wondered how the light would perceive these actions...
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Missingno. Master – This entire thing is getting out of hand. Every single time you begin to get through to the Pokemon something else happens that instantly breaks that trust. Now that you know exactly who has been setting you up, you have no problem with taking them out. In fact, you also very clearly encourage the other Pokemon to also take out their frustrations on the Aipom. The Kricketune is now just plain confused. It is only half listening to Miror at this point since it doesn’t know what it should believe anymore and is also getting pretty fed up with all the back and forth when all it wants is that berry that you’re holding. It ignores your explanation about the Aipom and begins to eye up that berry as if it’s planning something. The Rattata on the other hand doesn’t care about you but knows that the Pokemon in the tree seems to be pretty confident about finding more Nanab Berries so it decides that will be its target and charges at the tree and begins to climb up.

Of course, the Rattata probably wouldn’t be climbing the tree had Dudley done what he was asked sooner. By the time the wild Pokemon reaches the top and is ready to pounce on the monkey, Dudley has finally processed everything and uses his Telekinesis to pull the Aipom out of the tree, leaving the Rattata up there by itself. Now on the ground, the Aipom is still grinning despite its clear disadvantage. Dudley keeps the Aipom still but doesn’t attack just yet since you had told him to wait for everyone else to have their turn. Of course, no one seems to be doing much of anything at the moment. “You know…” Suddenly there is a female voice coming from behind you so you turn around. “It’s not like battling is forbidden here or anything but I really think that encouraging wild Pokemon to attack each other is totally inappropriate. And like, to have your own Pokemon force a wild Pokemon to be bait for the others… Like, seriously?” The girl you are looking at is the same girl you had seen chasing a Rattata around earlier. You can tell she is a teenager by not only her physical appearance but also the way she talks. Standing next to her is a Herdier who appears to be relatively content at the moment and barely paying you any mind. “I mean, we obviously have enough fighting between wild Pokemon going on already so could you like, not encourage it please?” It’s clear that the girl had only overheard the end of your conversation with the Pokemon and had not seen anything that led up to that point. No surprise though, yet another misunderstanding to add to the long list you’ve been building all day thanks to that Aipom.

The Aipom chuckles as it watches your interaction with the girl. It seems to really enjoy watching you get into trouble. That chuckle drew the girls attention back to it and now that she’s getting a better look she can see just how cute it is. “Ohhh how adorable is that!?” She begins to walk up to it in order to look even closer and at that moment, Dudley figures that maybe everyone had already had their turn while he was thinking about other things so he decides now is probably a good time to shoot off his Zap Cannon. The girl freezes as the attack is headed straight to her location since at this point she is right beside the Aipom. The Herdier can immediately tell that the girl is in trouble and runs in, Tackling the girl out of the way and taking part of the hit from the Zap Cannon while the Aipom takes the other part. “Oh my god!! Thank you, Lady! I’m so sorry, that was careless of me…” The Herdier who she called Lady was injured a little but seems to be mostly fine and doesn’t seem to be upset by what happened. The girl stands up, holding her stomach where she had been tackled. The Aipom, who must have been hurt by the hit almost seems like it wasn’t hurt at all because it is still smiling just like always.

“Rattata!” Suddenly, the Rattata that was in the tree leaps out and directly into your arms, tearing the berry out of your hands and attempts to take off with it. The Kricketune Growls at the Rattata and leaps at it with Fury Cutter causing you to get knocked over since this fight is starting to break out while the Rattata was still practically on top of you. The Aipom uses this distraction as an opportunity and Flings another Nanab Berry, this time at Dudley. It bounces off of the Shiny Slowbro’s stomach and lands on the ground in front of him since he had no reflexes to catch it at all. It’s only a matter of time before the two wild Pokemon notice the new berry. Then, the Aipom runs over to Miror and screams in his face with the most annoying sounds imaginable in an attempt to Astonish him and it worked, Miror had flinched from the sudden attack and failed to use his Spiky Shield at all since he was not expecting the monkey to come anywhere near him. “God this is so confusing!!! I just want this place to be back to normal already!” The teenager, who has been watching this whole time, huffs and expresses her feelings about this entire situation while glaring at you.


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Meetan – The Gastly was still hesitating, it was trying to decide if putting Mimi to sleep really would be a good idea. Mimi knows that there is no time to waste and uses the Gastly’s downtime to her advantage and uses a Confusion on him, throwing him around a bit. He is now completely offended that the love of his life is attacking him and also that the attack hurt so badly. Low on energy, the Gastly decides to go through with his Hypnosis and begins to let off some sleepy waves in Mimi’s direction. Her eyes are closed but she also wants to use her next attack and needs to see in order to aim it. She decides to take a chance and releases her Thunderbolt while opening only one eye slightly in order to aim. The Thunderbolt hits her target but so does the Hypnosis. The Gastly is knocked out and Mimi falls over sound asleep. (Mimi gains 3 levels) Axel wasn’t needed after all.

Still laughing, Greg returns his Gastly and says one final thing before attempting to run off. “Go ahead! It’s too late anyway! Not even I was expecting an explosion!” Greg begins to run away but Ivan reacts by immediately throwing a pokeball and releasing a large Ursaring. “Billie, grab him!” The large Ursaring has no problem snatching up Greg into a literal bear hug. “W-what the hell are you – mrph!!!” Greg’s face is now smushed into the Ursaring’s chest. Billie pays Greg no mind and just calmly stares at Ivan waiting for him to tell him what’s next. “Thank you, Billie. Now can you follow us? I want to make sure this guy doesn’t get away.” As soon as Billie nods, you are suddenly forced off your feet and are speeding away on a Pokemon’s back, which immediately reminds you of what had happened before. After you get your bearings, you realize that you are once again on the back of the Skiddo. “H-hey!! Can you at least take me along too!?” Axel has joined you for the ride but you look back and see Ivan trying to keep up and failing, he is also carrying the sleeping Mimi in his arms. The Skiddo hears him and loops around so he can hop on, he hands you Mimi and as soon as he’s up on its back the Skiddo takes off again. “Billie!! Meet us there ok!?” The Ursaring shoves Greg under an armpit and gives you guys a thumbs up with his free hand and before you know it he’s out of sight. “I’m just constantly getting separated from my Pokemon today…”

It’s not long before the Skiddo comes to a screeching halt, and just like last time you are thrown off your ride only this time Ivan’s back breaks your fall. After you roll off of him, he gets up quickly and offers you a hand. Once you’re both on your feet he looks at you with a very worried expression. “I hope you’re alright–” He doesn’t get to finish speaking before you both hear a voice. “You idiot!! What the hell were you thinking!?” Once again, the Skiddo has stopped just behind a hill so you both quietly crawl up to peer over it. No surprise there are splotches of sludge here and there. Besides that, you see a medium sized crater in the ground and an Electrode completely passed out in the center. To the right of the crater are two men you haven’t seen before and a large truck with a big trailer attached to it is in the grass not too far from them. On the opposite side of the crater you can see Joe sitting in the grass clenching his teeth and clutching his leg. Near him are two knocked out Pokemon, a Torracat and a Pancham. “He was getting in the way so I took care of it.” One of the two men speaks as he returns his Electrode to its ball. “There are other ways to take care of shit! Do you see this hole!? The boss is going to be so pissed off! Plus, there is no way that explosion isn’t going to draw attention!” The other man seems to be angry at the Electrode owner. “The boss is nothing. The one I don’t want to piss off is his wife which means we need to get out of here.” The two men begin to run to their truck. “Stop!!!” Joe yells at the top of his lungs but there is nothing he can do, there is clearly something wrong with his leg because he isn’t moving. Suddenly there is loud banging coming from inside the trailer of the truck and between bangs you can both clearly hear the cries of a frustrated Pokemon. “Tortle!!! Wartortle!!” Ivan immediately gasps. “They have Franklin!”


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myahoo – As soon as your Pokemon are in position, the trial immediately starts since Samuel’s Pokemon had been anxiously waiting. Ore gets to work right away and uses his Fury Swipes to claw at the log. After the first hit on the log, Reaper the Scyther who was handling offense immediately kicked off the ground in an attempt to Quickly Attack Ore before he could get anymore hits in. Ore manages to get in a second Swipe and as he lifts his arm for the third, Reaper comes at him with Quick Attack and flies right through him, leaving him unfazed as he comes down with his third and final strike. Only a split second before Reaper flew through the Sableye, Signal had managed to hit him with a Thunder Wave, so now he was dealing with paralysis and is unable to move again. With Reaper’s attack prevented, Ore has no problem landing his second attack on the log, with a dark aura surrounding his claws he uses his Shadow Claw to chip away at more of the bark. Signal attempted to use Reaper’s paralysis to his advantage and shot off a Confuse Ray while he was having trouble moving. Reaper had expected this however and managed to cover his ears and shut his eyes just in time, causing the ray to not affect him this time.

Meanwhile, there was another battle going on at the same time on the other end of the log. Odachi the Lurantis was fast, her role of log cutting began similarly to Ore’s, with Fury Swipes. She was so quick that she managed to get three hits off before Cirrus managed to swoop in with Aerial Ace and knock her out of the attack. Gladius the Kabutops was a bit frustrated that the Swablu had managed to get past him and wasn’t about to allow that to happen a second time. Before Cirrus has a chance to land their next hit, Gladius Hardens his body and leaps in front of the Cutting Air that was headed for Odachi and takes the hit himself. During this time, Odachi uses her X-Scissor attack with perfect precision and slices at the log. Before Cirrus has a chance to fly away, Gladius uses his Mega Drain on him and takes some health away from Cirrus in order to heal himself. Fortunately, the attack wasn’t too effective against the bird.

At this point both sides are even, it's clear that this is still anyones match. Samuel hasn’t stopped grinning this entire time, it’s clear that he is really enjoying this. “I can see you’re a very worthy opponent! Those are some fine Pokemon you have in there!” He is still watching the match as he speaks to you. Once the first round finishes he immediately begins to call out the next strategy to his Pokemon. “Alright you guys, we’re going to change things around a bit! Reaper, I’m going to have you pull back and take over as cutter! You’re going to use your Night Slash followed by an Air Slash on that log! And don’t hold back on that Air Slash! I made sure this log would be extra secure because we don’t want a repeat of what happened last time!” He nervously chuckles and rubs the back of his head with his hand as he thinks about some embarrassing memory. “Alright Odachi that means you’re switching to defense! Immediately use your Sweet Scent to make sure the opponent won’t be able to avoid you and then prevent them from getting to Reaper with your Leaf Blade like a true warrior! Gladius, you’re going on the offensive! Get in there with an Aqua Jet and then use your Night Slash!”

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Missingno. Master – This entire thing is getting out of hand. Every single time you begin to get through to the Pokemon something else happens that instantly breaks that trust. Now that you know exactly who has been setting you up, you have no problem with taking them out. In fact, you also very clearly encourage the other Pokemon to also take out their frustrations on the Aipom. The Kricketune is now just plain confused. It is only half listening to Miror at this point since it doesn’t know what it should believe anymore and is also getting pretty fed up with all the back and forth when all it wants is that berry that you’re holding. It ignores your explanation about the Aipom and begins to eye up that berry as if it’s planning something. The Rattata on the other hand doesn’t care about you but knows that the Pokemon in the tree seems to be pretty confident about finding more Nanab Berries so it decides that will be its target and charges at the tree and begins to climb up.

Of course, the Rattata probably wouldn’t be climbing the tree had Dudley done what he was asked sooner. By the time the wild Pokemon reaches the top and is ready to pounce on the monkey, Dudley has finally processed everything and uses his Telekinesis to pull the Aipom out of the tree, leaving the Rattata up there by itself. Now on the ground, the Aipom is still grinning despite its clear disadvantage. Dudley keeps the Aipom still but doesn’t attack just yet since you had told him to wait for everyone else to have their turn. Of course, no one seems to be doing much of anything at the moment. “You know…” Suddenly there is a female voice coming from behind you so you turn around. “It’s not like battling is forbidden here or anything but I really think that encouraging wild Pokemon to attack each other is totally inappropriate. And like, to have your own Pokemon force a wild Pokemon to be bait for the others… Like, seriously?” The girl you are looking at is the same girl you had seen chasing a Rattata around earlier. You can tell she is a teenager by not only her physical appearance but also the way she talks. Standing next to her is a Herdier who appears to be relatively content at the moment and barely paying you any mind. “I mean, we obviously have enough fighting between wild Pokemon going on already so could you like, not encourage it please?” It’s clear that the girl had only overheard the end of your conversation with the Pokemon and had not seen anything that led up to that point. No surprise though, yet another misunderstanding to add to the long list you’ve been building all day thanks to that Aipom.

The Aipom chuckles as it watches your interaction with the girl. It seems to really enjoy watching you get into trouble. That chuckle drew the girls attention back to it and now that she’s getting a better look she can see just how cute it is. “Ohhh how adorable is that!?” She begins to walk up to it in order to look even closer and at that moment, Dudley figures that maybe everyone had already had their turn while he was thinking about other things so he decides now is probably a good time to shoot off his Zap Cannon. The girl freezes as the attack is headed straight to her location since at this point she is right beside the Aipom. The Herdier can immediately tell that the girl is in trouble and runs in, Tackling the girl out of the way and taking part of the hit from the Zap Cannon while the Aipom takes the other part. “Oh my god!! Thank you, Lady! I’m so sorry, that was careless of me…” The Herdier who she called Lady was injured a little but seems to be mostly fine and doesn’t seem to be upset by what happened. The girl stands up, holding her stomach where she had been tackled. The Aipom, who must have been hurt by the hit almost seems like it wasn’t hurt at all because it is still smiling just like always.

“Rattata!” Suddenly, the Rattata that was in the tree leaps out and directly into your arms, tearing the berry out of your hands and attempts to take off with it. The Kricketune Growls at the Rattata and leaps at it with Fury Cutter causing you to get knocked over since this fight is starting to break out while the Rattata was still practically on top of you. The Aipom uses this distraction as an opportunity and Flings another Nanab Berry, this time at Dudley. It bounces off of the Shiny Slowbro’s stomach and lands on the ground in front of him since he had no reflexes to catch it at all. It’s only a matter of time before the two wild Pokemon notice the new berry. Then, the Aipom runs over to Miror and screams in his face with the most annoying sounds imaginable in an attempt to Astonish him and it worked, Miror had flinched from the sudden attack and failed to use his Spiky Shield at all since he was not expecting the monkey to come anywhere near him. “God this is so confusing!!! I just want this place to be back to normal already!” The teenager, who has been watching this whole time, huffs and expresses her feelings about this entire situation while glaring at you.
Rattata didn't seem to care about the situation- only about getting more Nanab Berries. And considering how confident Aipom seemed to be about finding more Nanab Berries in that tree, it seemed to figure that that would be the logical place to go. Meanwhile, Dudley finally lifted Aipom out of the tree with Telekinesis, but once the Normal-type was forcibly lowered to the ground for the benefit of anyone who might want to attack it... Rattata was already occupied with the tree, and Kricketune was too confused by the whole situation to realize that it really should be taking the opportunity Dudley was giving it. Gavin facepalmed, and felt like doing so immediately afterwards- the teenage girl from earlier showed up, admonishing Gavin for apparently encouraging the wild Pokémon to fight each other. Gavin sighed. "Alright, clearly you didn't see everything what just happened, or you wouldn't be defending this Aipom," he stated. "For one thing, it- you gotta be kidding me," grumbled Gavin, facepalming once more as the girl was taken in by the Aipom's cuteness. And then he noticed a rather alarming development- the girl was approaching Aipom, just as Dudley was finally readying his Zap Cannon, which was to be aimed RIGHT AT THE AIPOM! "Hey, whoa, don't do that, my Slowbro's about to-" began Gavin.

"BRO!!!" Dudley exclaimed, unleashing the Zap Cannon, oblivious to the rather undesirable nature of the situation, oblivious to Kenny frantically muffling and wobbling, trying to stop Dudley. Fortunately, the girl's Herdier was able to knock her away, though at the cost of taking part of the Zap Cannon itself, while Aipom took the other part of the move.

"...Do exactly that," Gavin finished feebly. "Dudley, you gotta be more careful," Gavin said patiently to his Shiny Slowbro. "I said to use Zap Cannon on the Aipom and only the Aipom."

"Sloooow... Bro," Dudley said, expression vacant as ever as he addressed the girl, though with something of an apologetic tone to his voice.

And then, the Rattata suddenly became a problem. It jumped out of the tree, grabbing the Nanab Berry from Gavin! "Motherf-" Gavin exclaimed out of sheer shock, as Kricketune started to fight Rattata for the Nanab Berry. Meanwhile, Aipom hurled another Nanab Berry at Dudley. It simply bounced off his stomach, of course- some people and Pokémon have Meowth-like reflexes. Dudley had dead Meowth-like reflexes. And then, Aipom ran up and surprised Miror with an Astonish- the Maractus, not expecting the Aipom to be attacking him, was unable to react with the ordered Spiky Shield, and to top it all off, the girl was glaring at Gavin, expressing her desire for things to be back to normal. "Hey, don't glare at me like that," said Gavin. "Believe it or not, you and I are in agreement on that. I've been trying to calm things down around here! You know why I was attacking that Aipom and getting Rattata and Kricketune in on it? Because that little purple troublemaker's been screwing with all of us from the start. I almost got things calmed down, and it got those two all riled up all over again," he said, pointing at Kricketune and Rattata. "Now then, maybe this time we'll have some actual success," he added, picking up the Nanab Berry that had been thrown at Dudley. "Hey!" he called to Kricketune and Rattata. "You don't want to believe the things I told you? Fine. Here- one of you keeps that Nanab Berry, the other takes this one, and now you each got one, so you can stop friggin' fighting over them. I'd prefer you just believe me, but if it's a lesson you gotta learn for yourselves, then so be it." And he put the Nanab Berry down before the duo, hoping to demonstrate that he wasn't trying to screw with them. "And you," he added, turning on the Aipom. "What, you think you're just gonna attack my Maractus and we ain't gonna fight back? Miror, ready?"

"Rrrractus!" responded Miror, hopping in front of Gavin.

"Damn right you are," smirked Gavin. "Start with Peck, go for Absorb, follow up with Secret Power! And Dudley," he added. "Use Heal Pulse." He pointed to the girl and her Herdier as he said this. "There's no reason either of them had to get hurt."

"Slow bro," Dudley responded. Kenny muffled in agreement, nodding as best as a spiral Shellder could be expected to.
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Old 11-21-2017, 05:31 AM   #380
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Meetan – The Gastly was still hesitating, it was trying to decide if putting Mimi to sleep really would be a good idea. Mimi knows that there is no time to waste and uses the Gastly’s downtime to her advantage and uses a Confusion on him, throwing him around a bit. He is now completely offended that the love of his life is attacking him and also that the attack hurt so badly. Low on energy, the Gastly decides to go through with his Hypnosis and begins to let off some sleepy waves in Mimi’s direction. Her eyes are closed but she also wants to use her next attack and needs to see in order to aim it. She decides to take a chance and releases her Thunderbolt while opening only one eye slightly in order to aim. The Thunderbolt hits her target but so does the Hypnosis. The Gastly is knocked out and Mimi falls over sound asleep. (Mimi gains 3 levels) Axel wasn’t needed after all.

Still laughing, Greg returns his Gastly and says one final thing before attempting to run off. “Go ahead! It’s too late anyway! Not even I was expecting an explosion!” Greg begins to run away but Ivan reacts by immediately throwing a pokeball and releasing a large Ursaring. “Billie, grab him!” The large Ursaring has no problem snatching up Greg into a literal bear hug. “W-what the hell are you – mrph!!!” Greg’s face is now smushed into the Ursaring’s chest. Billie pays Greg no mind and just calmly stares at Ivan waiting for him to tell him what’s next. “Thank you, Billie. Now can you follow us? I want to make sure this guy doesn’t get away.” As soon as Billie nods, you are suddenly forced off your feet and are speeding away on a Pokemon’s back, which immediately reminds you of what had happened before. After you get your bearings, you realize that you are once again on the back of the Skiddo. “H-hey!! Can you at least take me along too!?” Axel has joined you for the ride but you look back and see Ivan trying to keep up and failing, he is also carrying the sleeping Mimi in his arms. The Skiddo hears him and loops around so he can hop on, he hands you Mimi and as soon as he’s up on its back the Skiddo takes off again. “Billie!! Meet us there ok!?” The Ursaring shoves Greg under an armpit and gives you guys a thumbs up with his free hand and before you know it he’s out of sight. “I’m just constantly getting separated from my Pokemon today…”

It’s not long before the Skiddo comes to a screeching halt, and just like last time you are thrown off your ride only this time Ivan’s back breaks your fall. After you roll off of him, he gets up quickly and offers you a hand. Once you’re both on your feet he looks at you with a very worried expression. “I hope you’re alright–” He doesn’t get to finish speaking before you both hear a voice. “You idiot!! What the hell were you thinking!?” Once again, the Skiddo has stopped just behind a hill so you both quietly crawl up to peer over it. No surprise there are splotches of sludge here and there. Besides that, you see a medium sized crater in the ground and an Electrode completely passed out in the center. To the right of the crater are two men you haven’t seen before and a large truck with a big trailer attached to it is in the grass not too far from them. On the opposite side of the crater you can see Joe sitting in the grass clenching his teeth and clutching his leg. Near him are two knocked out Pokemon, a Torracat and a Pancham. “He was getting in the way so I took care of it.” One of the two men speaks as he returns his Electrode to its ball. “There are other ways to take care of shit! Do you see this hole!? The boss is going to be so pissed off! Plus, there is no way that explosion isn’t going to draw attention!” The other man seems to be angry at the Electrode owner. “The boss is nothing. The one I don’t want to piss off is his wife which means we need to get out of here.” The two men begin to run to their truck. “Stop!!!” Joe yells at the top of his lungs but there is nothing he can do, there is clearly something wrong with his leg because he isn’t moving. Suddenly there is loud banging coming from inside the trailer of the truck and between bangs you can both clearly hear the cries of a frustrated Pokemon. “Tortle!!! Wartortle!!” Ivan immediately gasps. “They have Franklin!”
It had been a close call, but Mimi had narrowly taken out the Gastly. Alice was very impressed given how fresh the baby was to battling, and against a Pokemon with a partial advantage no less. She flopped over, sound asleep (to be fair, she probably needed it), but before she could go and collect Mimi, Greg had to try and get a last word in. What a prick.

"Hey, don't you fucking dar--" Before the blonde could finish, ready to order Axel to retrieve the runaway, Ivan had done it before her. Awed blue eyes admired the mighty bear, having never seen an Ursaring in the flesh and fur before. When she was younger, Alice had liked the Teddiursa line a lot. She broke out into a grin as the normal-type squashed their foe, giggling, but the noise was cut out by a sudden shriek. Skiddo had returned, a rude reminder about earlier, and Alice knew she was really going to hurt after all of this.

Axel and Ivan (thankfully with Mimi) had joined the ride, and Alice clutched onto the collar of leaves for some balance as they raced to their next stop. "It's alright, they'll catch up. Cool Pokemon, too. Wartortle and Ursaring are some faves of mine, or Teddiursa at least." She added, gaze once again on the hills in front of them. The landing this time was just as inelegant, but at least Alice had the foresight to take her glasses off and shield her face before she ended up blinded from a bad drop. Ivan helped the young woman up, and Alice secretly enjoyed the brief holding of hands, but it was time to get to business.

"I'm guessing they're poachers, but at least they're bad at their jobs." Alice murmured. Axel had showed up at her side, and she briefly pet him, partially to make herself feel better as much as it was in subtle praise for her partner. She hadn't been sure what to do until hearing Franklin, and that was when the trainer knew that they couldn't wait. "Okay, Axel. I want you to get inside that thing with teleport and help the other Pokemon break free. If it starts to move, you get straight out, you understand? No risking yourself, we can't afford to lose you, too." She reached then for another ball, releasing a small fox of snowy white fur.

"Nina, use your agility to take these guys by surprise, and use your freeze dry on them. We can't afford to let them get away." Alice said. Her Pokemon nodded, cool and calm as she moved to execute her orders. "Come on, Ivan. Keep an eye out for Billie, too, we'll get through this."
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