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-Rose returns to her room, thoroughly worn out from the roller coaster of emotions that spanned the day.-
-She remembers the second card in her pocket, and digs it out-
-It takes a few moments of hesitation before she finally looks at what it says.-
-The Calling Card in Rose's hands is written like any other, a declaration of intent by those that steal Hearts-
Though the memory is gone from your mind, your innermost self still remembers the depths of the dark you sank to while satiating your greed for power, influence and status. For your own sake and the sake of your friends, this greed has been made known to the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. When the Palace once more belongs to your Shadow, we will descend upon your Treasure as well. May our theft help you truly confront your past and awaken to the power held from you.
-There is no power in the card itself, it is mere cardboard. But the act and words, the idea of a Calling Card, is power in the story it weaves-
-Pent flashed a reassuring smile-
There are precious few relics of the Hyul civilization. I'm sure it's bringing up some deep emotions.
-That being said he does wander around to... Inspect the finds. Just professional curiosity and definitely not an attempt to find out what items might be both functional and cool to add to the arsenal-
Kim: "Alright, then."
Kaylan: <To the Wild Area!>
(And with that, Kim puts Kaylan and Geddy back into their PokeBalls, and leaves Postwick for the Wild Area.)
Kim: "I know. I gave him the Razor Fang last night while he was asleep. I don't want to surprise him yet, though... I'll wait for the rest of my Pokemon to get up first."
(And on cue, Elton is the first one to wake up, letting out a giant yawn.)
Elton: <Now that was what I call a good night's sleep! I feel ready to go out there and fight whatever Pokemon I want!>
(Geddy, Sinatra, and Freddie are next.)
Geddy: <You can say that again. Though, I'm not sure Freddie would agree with you.>
Freddie: (trembling) <That... was absolutely terrifying... nobody else heard the giant Thunderbolt? N-no one...?>
Sinatra: <I certainly didn't.>
(Paul and Kaylan are after that, and the latter is the first to notice Dio's new form. His jaw drops in shock at what he's looking at, and he taps Elton on the shoulder. Instantly, he, Geddy, Freddie, Paul, and Sinatra turn in confusion.)
Elton: <Oh, 'ello, Kayla-> (and then he notices) <-SWEET MOTHER OF ARCEUS DID I MISS SOMETHING?!>
(The rest of the Pokemon turn to Dio and look on in shock.)
Freddie: <GAH-! H-how did a Gliscor get in here?! W-where is Dio?!>
Sinatra: (stunned) <I- I think that is Dio.>
Geddy: (stunned) <He evolved?>
Kim: (goes up to her Pokemon, smiling) "He certainly did."
Elton: <'Ow in the world did that 'appen?!>
Paul: <Gligar can only evolve into Gliscor with a Razor Fang!>
(and then Kaylan remembers)
Kaylan: <Of course! Kim found a Razor Fang just after she caught me! She must have used it on Dio last night while he was sleeping!>
Elton: <And Dio 'as no idea! 'E's going to be so surprised~!>
Geddy: <I cannot wait to see the look on his face!>
(And all of a sudden, they hear a groan: Dio is getting up out of his sleeping bag.)
Kaylan: <Guys! He's waking up!>
-After a moment of staring at the card, Rose wipes away a tear, crushes the card in her hand, and collapses into bed for a fitful rest before the moment of truth.-
Leauge sponsorships, part 1 of 3
Aphrodite: So let me get this straight. You want a sponsorship from us. For the Galar Leauge.
Jared: Yeah! I'm gonna take it all on! It'll be great!
Aphrodite: And why should I give you a sponsorship, aside from the obvious of J-Team?
Jared: Well it'd be my first league attempt in a long time! And I don't want to let my man [NIC CAGE] down!
-Aphrodite's eyes widen-
Aphrodite: ...Did you say Nick Cage? I love his work. So much.
Jared: -sparkly-eyed- Another true believer...
-Quickly types up a note on her computer, which she prints and hands to him-
Go. Take on the Galar leauge. In the name of the Yggdrasil foundation and... Him...
Jared: Hell yeah! I'll do you proud!
-he runs out of the office as Aphrodite wipes a tear from her face-
Edited by Umbramatic on Jan 27th 2020 at 10:49:26 AM
Hey Kiddo. Heard you were looking into a professional league run in Galar, Silas has said good things about you and stated you're kind of one of our biggest fans right now, been reading books I hear. He's not one for the professional circuit and the rest of us are kind of busy and or too old for the league run, but getting people invested in our spacefuture idea is hard.
So Silas suggested I contact you about a official sponsorship for the league. Enclosed with this is a PDF with a contract and my written signature, take it to the nearest Asimov Office you can find, we have a few in Galar right now. Say what you will but they got a good history with computing which we need, hit us up there and we'll get you set up with some official Asimov Merch and a jersey and all.
If you're not interested feel free to just take the second pdf and then delete this email, enclosed in the second pdf is a coupon that will get you some free toys like one of our pDroids and all.
- CONTRACT.PDF - COUPON.PDF
Seigbert: Ooh! I also have a Xat-
Woman: <...Would you believe... I wasn't always one of you humans?>
-Julius checks the email-
-His eyes get sparkly-
-Like real sparkly-
-He runs off to tell the others-
-Pent has opted to actually just camp out here at the Operations HQ to await the raid. Susan has gone to the closest town to find a place and Shift spends the night exploring the ruins-
Given how you talk and your friends, I'm guessing you were a Fighting 'mon that hit some kind of magic and turned human.
-Aspen released Carbuncle-
"Please teleport me to the Wild Area."
<On it Aspen!>
Carbuncle used Teleport!
-A bright light appeared around Aspen and Carbuncle and they where teleported-
Wild Area, Meeting Area
-They stepped out of the light-
"Wow! This place is huge!"
<Wonder where we should go first?>
- DS and the others are here now -
DS: (examining Pok駑on dens) I wonder if I can find a Milcery in one of these...?
Me: Alright, Piku-chan. Prepare to be supportive.
-The Sandslash manages to move out of the way of the pointy bit of the spear, but runs along the side and is sent wildly off course, barreling into the Alolan Sandslash, K Oing it.-
BB: ~Okay, time for a hasty retreat methinks. Or at least take this somewhere else.~
YB: ~But we can still-~
BB: Just send out your damn Alakazam.
-YB sends out an Alakazam. Copper wakes up, somewhat disoriented. Someone else has been running over the wild area after hearing the noise.-
Violet: Copper! Are you okay?!
-The Chimecho tries to float over to her.-
BB: Malamar, Psychic!
-Copper is grabbed by the telekinetic force and slammed into a tree behind them.-
Violet: Oh, so that's what's going on. Go, Antimony!
-She sends out a Metagross.-
YB: Well, looks like we've got someone to target. Sandslash, dig!
-The sandslash goes underground.-
(Dio slowly rises from his sleeping bag, blinks, and looks around— only to find Kim looking directly at him.)
Dio: <Kim...? What are you...?>
(His voice is unchanged. Elton, meanwhile, happily jumps in front of the newly-evolved Gliscor.)
Elton: <Dio~! We 'ave a surprise for you!>
Dio: (excitedly) <A surprise? What is it?!>
Kaylan: <It's you, Dio!>
Dio: (surprised) <...Me?>
Me: Kim? Do you have a mirror?
Woman: <No... They taught me the language...>
Falinks Leader: <Sarge needed it!>
Woman: <I was once a creature that doesn't seem to exist in this world. We were called orcs.>
-Julius runs up to Jared and Neon-
Julius: Guys, guys! I got my sponsorship!
Jared: Dope! So did I!
Neon: Sponsorship for what?
Julius: The Galar league!
Jared: Yeah! This league is like super-exclusive so you need one to get in!
Neon: Wait, WHAT?! That's not fair! I... I gotta get a sponsorship!
Jared: Well then you gotta find someone with ~influence~!
Neon: Influence... Influence... Right, I'm getting a few ideas! I'll be back! With that sponsorship!
-he runs off-
Julius: ...You could have been more specific?
Jared: Eh, he's a kid with Psychic-type powers that was grown in a vat and wears power armor everywhere. He'll get SOME bigwig's attention.
Ivan: "I dunno who you are, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Apollo, Artemis, both of you use Earthq- ow!"
-Ivan's been pelted with a sizeable rock.-
Tanten: "I found you, asshole! I'm gonna kick your ass for what happened at the bar!
-Ivan turns his attention to Tanten, who's standing on top of a tree, perfectly balanced.-
Ivan: "Dude, I'm kind of in the middle of- Stop!"
-Tanten's throwing more rocks, now. Seems he won't stop until Ivan stops what he's doing to fight him.-
Kim: "A mirror...?" (she checks her bag)
Dio: <Why does he need a mirror, Kim?>
Kim: (smirking) "Well... I may have snuck that Razor Fang I found back in Sandgem into your sleeping bag while you were asleep last night."
(Dio pauses- and then the realization suddenly hits him.)
Dio: <Wait... y-you mean...?!>
Elton: <That's right~!>
Sinatra: <You're a Gliscor now! Take a look at yourself!>
(Dio blinks and slowly lifts his arm— which is now thin, red, striated, and has a large purple pincer on the end of it. It is also completely detached from his wing— which is the first thing he notices.)
Dio: (thinking) My... my arm... i-it's not attached to my wing anymore!
(He blanches, then looks at his other arm only to find the same thing— then checks his tail. Meanwhile, Kim finds a mirror in her purse and hands it to Ian.)
Kim: "Ah. Here you are, Ian."
-The twins do a double take.-
BB: ~Hmm, what wonderful luck. Since there's a few of us we'll have to go in groups.~
-BB pulls out a smoke ball. Violet is still very much on board with attacking the twins.-
BB: ~Okay, bring 'em in. Let's get out of here.~
-The Malamar uses psychic to fling Copper close to blue bandit and the Alakazam.-
Violet: Okay. Antimony, use signal beam on the Malamar!
-Before Antimony can properly aim, BB throws down the smoke ball, obscuring them from view and creating a small puff of smoke.-
Me: Thank you.
-Ian takes the mirror and raises it to the level of Dio's face.-
-Coming up the stairs-
So this is Motostoke, huh? Very... industrial.
Cam: <We gotta find that Stadium right?>
Not like it's hard, just gotta go forward from here.
Hitodama: -Looking around- <Those are some weird TMs those guys are selling, they look more like vinyl records.>
That's because they're not TMs, they're TRs, or Technical Records. They're like the TMs they had back when I was a kid, one use only. Galar just has a massive surplus for whatever reason, I think it's cheaper or something like that. I know there's some TRs for moves I'd have to tutor for normally, like Foul Play and Hurricane.
Hitodama: <Sounds more like a racket to me...>
(Upon seeing his face in the mirror, Dio blinks for a few moments.)
Dio: <I... I evolved...> (he breaks into a grin) <I evolved~!>
(In delight, he runs up to Kim and gives her a giant hug.)
Dio: <Thank you! Thank you so much...!>
Kim: (smiles) "You're welcome, Dio."
(He looks up at his Trainer, and tears of joy spring to his eyes. The rest of Kim's Pokemon run up to the newly-evolved Gliscor and hug him, and eventually, Dio breaks away from the group, looks up in determination, and lets out a triumphant:)
Me: I'm happy for you, Dio!
Evelyn: Me too!
Des is out with Miz, looking through grass.
"Hello? Any new friends out here?"
Lita is chilling at her camp. C is with her, getting frustrated by a game on his Switch.
C: "Damn Mantis Lords got me again!"
Geddy: <We all are.>
(Dio wipes the tears from his eyes and smiles over at the rest of Kim's Pokemon.)
Dio: <Thanks, guys...>
(And then another realization hits him.)
Dio: <Hey, wait a second... where's that Corphish from yesterday?>
(The rest of Kim's Pokemon suddenly notice it, too, and look around for him.)
Kaylan: <Come to think of it, he should be in here...>
Freddie: (terrified) <W-was he eaten?! He... he wasn't eaten, was he...?>
Sinatra: <I doubt that.>
An... Orc. Okay that's a new one.
-Gale is silent for a moment-
So like, what are orcs like? Just so I know what kinda folks I'm working with.
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