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"You've met Amy, Curtis and Cam - real names Amaterasu, Helmsman and Caliburn - from what I've observed. Don't exactly know who I can introduce in turn."
As soon as he finished saying it, a green flash appeared behind him, a Rockruff appearing from it and landing prone.
"... and this is Ellie," Amy eventually said while Colton was quietly cursing his Xatu loud enough for Ian and Kim to hear.
Kim: (beat) “What... are you doing exactly, Rever? With the Xatu, I mean.”
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on Nov 14th 2019 at 2:42:53 PM
"I didn't summon her," he explained as the Puppy Pokemon leaped onto his shoulder and nuzzled him. "My Xatu thinks he's funny sometimes, so he warped her here."
Kim: “...Well. This is strange.”
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on Nov 14th 2019 at 3:37:22 PM
"Strange how?" Amy asked. "If it's just because Xatu teleported Ellie in, you're not J-Team material."
"<Amaterasu Hikari-Rever!>" Colton and Ellie barked in unison.
Me: -to Kim- Yes, Kim. Amaterasu is her real first name, but she is not the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. Learned that the hard way.
Yuuno!Addie: -finishing her search- <It looks like she's got a lot in her repertoire.>
Fate!Logan: Oh? Do tell.
Yuuno!Addie: In a heavily calculation-focused system, she wields an Intelligent Device—
Wisp!Bardiche: -the hologram-scythe in their hand, in a [German] accent- Hiiiii~
Yuuno!Addie: <—to cast a wide assortment of named spells specific to her.>
Yuuno!Addie: -showing them the screen- <They're mostly attacks, scaling up to building-levelling force.>
Fate!Logan: ...less useful.
Yuuno!Addie: <Also some really fast flight, and one heal spell for some reason.>
Well, if she has personalized spells, and I have the math...
-they reach out their left hand, light blurring out into a two-dimensional manifold projection; filling the spaces between line and circle with runes-
Fate!Logan: -grin- Well, if you're wondering, and I'm wondering, how would you like to go and check?
-a magic circle, working the Eevee-summoning Sign◊ into the matrix-
-and the skulk may suddenly be capable of blinding speed, on par with Logan themself-
Fate!Logan: -hovering an inch off the ground, resting the giant plasma sword on their shoulder- It is a party, after all, and I'm not done mingling yet.
-by Lucian, a bunch of the weeds growing through cracks in the foundation suddenly start flowering, growing into a circle the approximate diameter of a head-
Poison Ivy!Abilene: -waving a hand- Then put this flower crown on, cousin, and we can write Cian Comfey the misunderstood mutant into a web serial or something. Work with me.
Korra!Megan: Uh, does this costume magic work like that? Atemporally?
Poison Ivy!Abilene: It will, or it can pay rent. Where's your antimagic?
Korra!Megan: -keyless, yelps- Never figured it out! Uh, salt and moving water...?
Poison Ivy!Abilene: Hrm.
Walnut!Castanea: -as Halis is freed, to Veritas, hmph- <Well, it'd be rude to let a guest not monologue.>
<So tell me. What is your Social Security number, home address, and willingness to grow plants? We can work on the last one.>
-by this point, the [pumpkin-Berry?] seeds on the ground have sprouted to full size-
-that is to say, the approximate size of several cars-
-it has a face-
Dragon!Sapinda: -roars, exhaling a cone of verdant green toward Veritas's barrier-
-and the whole space that the gas can reach fills with a frenzy of stabby pumpkin-vines-
-calling out- Break up the ground the circles are written on!
Dragon!Sapinda: -roar- <What?>
Poison Ivy!Abilene: Do it.
Dragon!Sapinda: <Oh well, if it's you...>
-and she tries to focus the barrage of vines to come up through the concrete and smash the circle-
-long after the meetup has come and gone, conversations had and bonds forged-
Clerk: -counting Poké- Oooh, big tippers, ehehee~
Shou: -groan, facedown-
Caterpie: -drops a half-eaten leaf on his head, supportively-
Shou: -without picking his face up off the counter, reaches up and takes it- Thank you.
-and he eats it-
Logan: -stretches, gathering themself- Well! That was pleasant to watch. I’m happy for him.
Addie: <How are you doing?>
Logan: Never better. This is such a nice café.
-eyeing the table sign- ...while I’m here, we might as well go for some local small talk. One of the Trainers passing by, hopefully. .
Addie: <Do you have another one in you?>
Logan: -flipping the table sign from "I would like to eat alone! :D" to "Yes! These chairs are open! :D"- Yeah. We're back and I need to get my ear to the ground again. Besides, I really need to recalibrate my normality gauge.
-and a Deoxys wearing jeans and a black shirt, accessorizing with a red-and-white jacket and forward-facing cap, hovers up, accompanied by an evidently well-cared-for Butterfree-
Squirmy the Butterfree: -greeting his cousins- O ,o,O
Caterpie: oT o
Dina: ~Is this seat taken?~ ^|^
Logan: -stare- ...
Dina: -...?- ^|^
-and finally Logan chuckles quietly, not unfriendlily-
Logan: -grinning- Not at all! Sit, sit.
You know, I think...it's been so long, that I've forgotten
Dina: '~Thank you!~
-and they drop into the chair across from Logan-
Addie: -taking point, adorable-squirrely- <So, what’s news? We’re dying for the deets.>
There isn't really a "normal", is there? Not one I could come home to.
Dina: ~Oh, let me tell you about this conversation I had recently!~
Logan: -leaning forward- A conversation about a conversation? Respectable.
But maybe it's something I can build.
Addie: -appreciatively- <It's very meta.>
Dina: -cheerfully- ~I don't know what that means!~ ^|^
-brightly- ~But anyways, my pen pal said to me there's, like, Berries, in other Regions that they don't have anywhere around here!~
-raising the latest refill to their lips- Cheers to you, J-Team. Here's to a life of adventure.
-sipping from a tiny paper cup- And all the little adventures, one and all.
Dina: -amazed, sun-eyesing- ~But they're like, "beans"! And they grow, like, on this big "bean-stalk", which is different from the Berry Trees everyone knows!
-and they settle into one more conversation, before seeing Dina off, paying the bill, drifting back to a room on the Stormchaser, and blearily staring at cartoons for several hours before the caffeine exhausts itself and they pass out-
-in the truck's passenger seat, a matching smirk spreads across Suiko's face-
Suiko: -sly- Two? We are one.
-a dark mass bubbles off of Suiko, pouring out the window of the truck and flying back to the motorcycles behind-
-holding up a mist-covered, glowing patch of space in the vague shape of a gun- Now let us demonstrate our worth.
-in pillion behind the Avenger, a humanoid shape springs off the road, forms and clings-
Suiko?: <Heyyy, rainbeau, how's it hangin'?>
-the vowels are quiet and distorted, but sure sound like they start with "v"-
-in pillion behind Coil, a humanoid shape springs off the road, forms and clings-
Suiko??: <́Th͜o͞u̴ ̛t͟h͡ri̡ce͡-intęr̢f̛e̵ri͢n̕g m̀i̵s̀cr̶ea͜nt,͡ t̵he̶ h͏ound͝ş of t͠he͜ d̨éèp N͜IP̕ ̕AT ̡Y͏OU҉R̴ ̷H͞EE̴LS>҉
-the vowels are-
<҉D͟R̴I̷VE͟,͜ ҉AND͘ ̛DO ̶N̢OT ̡L͢O͠O̡K̕ ̶B͞AC͏K͞>̧
To: Captain Grant
Good luck in space, Silas!
See you on return! ^_^ ^_^
Edited by Asterisk395 on Nov 14th 2019 at 4:56:13 AM
Me: Maybe those who have gained magical powers from their costumes can combine their powers to break Veritas' barrier...
I'll see if I can rally the others, Colton! I'll be right back!
-Ian the Witch hops onto his Broom with Piku-chan the cat on his shoulder-
Me: Raru, use Magical Leaf! Oshawittle, Use Razor Shell! Mothra, use Flamethrower!
-Raru summons a flurry of rainbow colored leaves and, with the flourish of a dancer, unleashes them on Veritas' barrier-
-Oshawittle drew the sword from his scalchop and slashes at Veritas' barrier with the grace of a swordsman-
-Mothra's horns flared up and she releases a stream of fire from her mouth at Veritas' barrier!-
Me: To think, Piku-chan! We're gonna be going into space once everyone who wants to go on this mission is on board!
Piku-chan: <I'm so excited!>
Paul: <Amaterasu Hikari-Reh-ver!> *laughs* <Neat name. Wonder why they’re saying it out loud, though. Kim doesn’t call me “Paul Bond”; that’d just be weird; I’m named for [McCartney]...>
Kim: (just as offended as Ellie and Colton are) “Not J-Team material?! Are you nuts, Hikari-Rever?” (beat) “Hikari-Rever? No, wait, that’s too much of a mouthful. Can I just call you Rever- oh wait, I call Rever Rever, nevermind. I’m sticking to Hikari, then. Regardless, Hikari, if you think I’m not J-Team material, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, what’s strange is simple, really.”
(Beat. She looks up longingly.)
Kim: “I have no idea what to do now.”
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on Nov 14th 2019 at 5:30:09 AM
-A lot of the attacks just don't do anything as they collide with the shimmering barrier above the chalk circles. Whatever ritual Pent managed to do was definitely rated well against damage from paranormal sources, but not so much against actually just breaking the physical continuity of the linework (which has just happened)-
-There is a deafening snapping sound as the barrier vanishes, motes of opalescent energy flickering off and fading as now there's nothing protecting Veritas. Or anyone else-
Veritas: Oh he put so much effort into those. Unfortunate. I guess I'm all exposed and vulnerable now ah well... Anyone wanna know what three questions he asked the demon he summoned?
-She looks... Bored? That's weird and unnerving-
-Meanwhile, with a bit of weary resignation Lucian walks over and puts on the flower crown-
Lucian Macraul: Alright, so uh... Do I need to do anything else to 'get in character' as it were?
-Pent hums a little bit as things went into motion-
I'm looking forward to getting up there. Never been to space before I think.
-She smirks and gets her phone out-
Susan: Get in and cause chaos? Sounds like my speciality.
<What's strange is - how does that even work?!> Ellie demanded.
"I think she's saying she has the ability to handle just about anything thrown at her," Amy observed. "not sure how we'd test that."
"If she got into some shenanigans and choked, we'd know. We can't manufacture anything; she'd know if it were manufactured." Colton considered.
As a few more team members threw what they could at the barrier - until the sound of it shattering caught everyone's attention - Helmsman looked around for Monopeko, wondering where the hell that stupid rat went. He caught sight of a shifting backpack, and approached it in curiosity.
Don't ask don't ask don't ask don't ask! Colton projected frantically to everyone but Veritas.
Edited by AbsentCoder on Nov 14th 2019 at 2:56:18 AM
Near, Logan, the technicolor umbreons are going fast. Absurdly fast.
Darwin: <Think we can fly if we spin our tails around like in that one cartoon with the Vulpix?>
Near the action meanwhile, Gaspard suddenly dropped by, as if he's been swinging around... and is followed by the umbreons not long after. He looks puzzlingly at the shifting backpack and suddenly had that look on his uncharacteristically dorky looking face. Ordinarily, that face would be described as punchable and smug, but not today.
Gaspard: Hey, she is right, cousin Lucian, but if you'd like to game the system a bit you could try to conflate your ringmaster outfit with say, Hugh Jackman and pretend you're like every Hugh Jackman character ever. I mean, all I did was dress up like that one guy in the Geo Soc website and he happens to have that same dress sense as Peter Parker from the recent movies—you know, the actually good ones without the whining emo moments and with a fella who could actually dance—and I'm pretty sure they're not the same person but now I have this arm gadget and I can go do all sorts of wacky web-slinging I think even the web show guy doesn't do and then there's this one redheaded guy dad doesn't like that's dressed up as some Misha Collins lookalike one minute and suddenly he's some John Constantine or Inspector Gadget ripoff. Hey, what's in the bag?
He fires a polymer at it, pulls it toward him, and then fires another one on the warehouse roof.
Gaspard laughing in an uncharacteristically good guy manner: Yoink!
Edited by MasterJayAM on Nov 14th 2019 at 7:17:40 PM
Me: What's a demon?
Gaspard: Malevolent supernatural being, usually associated with mythology. Ignorant minds accuse beings like Necrozma, the Ultra Beasts, or Giratina Themselves as such. Was that rhetorical? I could never tell.
Me: Honestly, Gaspard... that wasn't rhetorical...
Veritas: A demon is something powerful that you don't like!
Veritas: An Ultra Beast can be a demon, or something-from-Galar can be a demon. Ooh, Houndooms are very sometimes demons! Lily-Th-ane could be a demon, I could be a demon but I'm not. Green fire is sometimes a demon, ghosts can be demons if you squint a little, his daughter isn't a demon but she does contain a demon... Basically if something is powerful and you hate it, that's a demon!
-Ian the Witch tilts his head confusedly, his hat almost falling off-
Me: But what if it's something powerful that I do like?
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Nov 14th 2019 at 6:40:48 AM
Julius: ...Is there something special about 69 I should know about?
Archer: Lady you are making no sense. Just give Pent back already.
"A double standard," Colton's entire party said bluntly.
Edited by AbsentCoder on Nov 14th 2019 at 3:43:26 AM
Veritas: Then it's not a demon! Unless it's very much a demon. Sometimes demons are demons for reasons beyond power and hate, but that's not much applicable to natives from our world.
-She glances back at the unconscious Pent-
Veritas: I mean... He's right there, go grab him if you want him that much.
Kim: (shaking her head) "No, no, no..." (she sighs) "I came here with a goal. That goal was to understand my Pokemon, and I achieved it. Then I met Rever. And Ian. And now that my main goal has been accomplished..."
Kim: "All I'm thinking is... what now?"
(She stares up at the ceiling with longing. Paul notices, and for a few moments stares at her in sympathy. He looks around at all the other Pokemon- probably feeling lonely on his own team- before an idea suddenly comes to him.)
Paul: <...Hang on. Reh-ver, what was that long thing you said in Japanese about Ian? Because I only caught one word and it was 'Ian.'">
Halis: "...S-shut up, please."
Halis is getting irritated just from Veritas talking, and props themself upright, going over to Pent and kneeling down.
Halis: "Pent... you mind waking up? Like, right now?"
"Not a direct translation, but I basically said "why ask me to teach you Japanese when Ian's right there?""
Paul: <Oh—!> (He turns to Kim.) <Well, then you could just do that and have Ian teach you Japanese!> (then, to himself) <And me, too; I don't know any Japanese except, you know, for the times where they put foreign words in there...>
Kim: "You mean katakana."
Paul: <Is that what it's called? Well then. I learned something new today. Anyways, you could just take Reh-ver's advice and have Ian teach you Japanese one-on-one.
Kim: "Maybe later... for now I’ve got no ideas.”
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on Nov 14th 2019 at 8:57:58 AM
Sergey is also present there - obviously having been there before even though nobody noticed his presence before due to a certain author's work and general procrastination.
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