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Professor Sonia: ...
Megan: ... :|
Addie: <Kinda rude, isn't she?>
Logan: -shrug- Singleminded. I know the type.
We might as well get going too, yeah?
Megan: Uh, yeah!
I guess we're going camping again?
Logan: Later, later. There's some business I want to to take care of in Motostoke, first. Wanna come with?
Megan: Uh, sure!
-to Sonia- Bye, Professor!
Professor Sonia: Good luck out there!
-and everyone says farewells, Megan clutching her new Pokéball, and depart for the train station-
-PEFE!Every cries out as she's sent flying back-
-she hits the ground, and doesn't get up-
Atlantis: <Well, that's not good.>
-the Serpent advances on her, and Atlantis dives down to intercept it-
Serpent: -multiheaded hiss-
Atlantis: <I'm doing my best not to hurt you, but there's only so much I can really promise! Every, any advice?>
-there's no response-
<Well, that's not good.>
-as the Serpent slowly drives her back, costing her leverage as it maneuvers her closer to the ground, lifting itself into the air by its many wings-
<...And that may be worse.>
-Brie and Revy continue their duel-
-it's not going well for Brie, but she's holding her own-
Revy: How long do you really think you can keep this up?
Brie: Oh, you have no idea.
Revy: Well, that's literally true, yes—
Brie: Gods damn you you vile old man!
Revy: How long do you think you can keep this up? We both know you're not really a battler.
Amanita: I'm clearly enough of one to keep you down.
Elysium: <Well, let's not be hasty.>
-and Box slides to the ground, unconscious-
-and Elysium and Hygieia swap places, leaving Musket stuck between the two as Elysium charges her from behind-
Musket: <Okay I dislike thi—>
-and she's gone-
Revy: Give up.
Amanita: I really don't do that.
Revy: Then send out another Pokemon!
Ares? Dinacia? Phobos?
Ever: Oh, good, you're still alive.
Revy: You're still alive.
Ever: Don't worry, I left your awful Togekiss on the beach.
Amanita: So, you were saying, Revy?
Ever: Ooh, were you stalling for me?
Amanita: I'd call it pretty nonspecific stalling. Thanks for making it back.
Ever: It's admittedly my core competency. (to Revy) Seriously, you thought you could win the attrition fight with Amanita?
-Amanita smiles, just a little-
Ever: Seriously though thank you for covering but can you go make sure Pef's not dead please I can take things from here
-she sprints away in the direction PEFE!Every and Atlantis went-
Elysium: <Not so—>
Pleth: <You were going to say "fast", weren't you?>
Elysium: <That isn't impressive! There's no other way that saying goes!>
Hygieia: <The doctor is—>
Elysium: <You're doing this on purpose.>
Ever: Annoying the opposition is a vital part of our tactics.
Revy: You'll be delighted to know it's working.
Ever: I am.
-Walking towards the mine entrance-
Nine years since I've been doing this, and next year will mark a decade since we killed Missingno and 'M. World's changed a lot over the years, and it's gonna change more as things move forward.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Feb 7th 2020 at 11:21:01 AM
Atlantis: <Hey, Every? You want to get up?>
PEFE!Every: Few broken ribs...
Atlantis: <That's no excuse!>
PEFE!Every: It isn't?
Dunsparce Serpent: (in one multitudinous voice) <Get out of our way, Dragonite.>
Atlantis: <It's Atlantis! Why don't you— oh, nevermind.>
-she swipes with a Dragon Claw, doing very little damage-
PEFE!Every: Don't— don't hurt them...
Atlantis: <That's not foremost among my concerns!>
-and the Serpent lashes around with its tail, bludgeoning Atlantis out of the way-
Dunsparce Serpent: <Alright. This is over.>
???: <Really? Without even a star appearance?>
Dunsparce Serpent: -wincing, though not seeming very hurt- <....Really.>
Oxy: <Darling, it's show business. Who's to say what's real?>
Dunsparce Serpent: <...Yeah, this is not pun terrain we're comfortable in. We think we'll just end you.>
Ares: <I wouldn't be too sure!>
-and Air Slashes pummel the Serpent, driving it back-
Amanita: Every! Are you alright?
PEFE!Every: (gasping) Had better days.
Atlantis: <If I'm listening correctly, she's got a few broken ribs, and possibly—>
Amanita: I'll worry about her. Go help Brie.
Atlantis: <Yes of course!>
-good thing, too, as it's not going well-
-Brie falls a few feet to the ground. Despite the short distance, it's a hard landing, and she doesn't get up before vines sprout up, holding her in place-
Revy: Well, this has been fun. Sincerely.
-vines sprout from his arm, coalescing into the rough shape of a Dunsparce-
-complete with drill-
Revy: ...I miss Giuseppe. And Guinevere.
-and plunges the drill towards Br-
-the Dragonite headbutts him, hard enough that there's a brief crack as one or both of them passes the sound barrier. Revy's sent flying, crashing into some jagged rocks and leaving a smear of-
Brie: Why's he bleeding green?
Atlantis: <Why haven't you sent out Skyfire?>
-she begins tearing away the vines-
Brie: She's hurt. It's not safe—
Atlantis: <She's Fire-type. And I think she'd be pissed to be left out.>
Ever: So. Everyone's in place, hmm?
Revy: Seems so.
-Ever smiles thinly-
Ever: What say we do this properly?
Megan: -sitting down, bouncing legs- I've never been on a train before!
Y'know, me neither?
Pippy: -star-eyes- <Why is this so incredible? We've been to space!>
Vee: -solemn- <Maybe, but we've still never been on a train.>
Pippy: -grave- <True, true.>
Megan: I hate this actually
Logan: -pats, tentatively-
-she has her hands pressed up against her mouth, staring in wonder at the scenery-
-the fields are vast and lush, great lakes rippling under what winds drift over their surfaces-
-Pokémon, Pokémon everywhere—Vanillite dance to and fro, reminiscent of small snowy clouds floating in the grass-
-Bunnelby hop by, casting curious glances their way-
-there's even a whole entire Onix just resting by the wayside-
Logan: Hello, there! We're passing through, and whoa whoa whOA—
-they rapidly backpedal as the Onix roars <HELLO THERE> and lunges-
Pippy: -yelp, likewise backpedaling- <HI>
Vee: -popping neck- <C'mon, fella.>
-grin- <Dance with me.>
-and she's immediately squished under a fifth of a ton of rock-
-Vee picks bits of rock out of her teeth, and something burrows away in the background-
Pippy: -seizing her face between his wings, tilting it side to side- <C'mon, lemme get a look at you...>
Vee: -widdle cheeks, pout- <'m fiiiine.>
<...'m jus' worried about our friend over there.>
Pippy: -shrug???- <Them's the rules!!>
<If you don't wanna get eat, stay outta the heat!>
Logan: -who had politely averted their eyes- Not to detract from your point, but what heat? It's freezing out here!
Megan: -stares out over the snowy hills, roughly ten feet to where the sun's shining down- ...
Vee: -sniffs at the air, smelling...strangeness, wild strangeness- <...>
Addie: -staring at the oddly familiar beams of light dotting the horizon- <...>
Everyone: -likewise- ONWARDS!>
-and they go onwards-
-and they are Here-
Edited by Asterisk395 on Feb 7th 2020 at 5:14:42 AM
Revy: How are you picturing this going? How many Pokemon do you have left?
Ever: Seeing as you sort of caught me between regions, quite a few, actually. Meanwhile, you've got...two.
Revy: I should probably remind you that one of my team has historically been more than enough for any of you.
Ever: Tell that to Baccarat.
-meanwhile, their mons are having different discussions-
Hygieia: <Do you think they're going to get around to fighting any time soon?>
Elysium: <I'd be honestly shocked.>
Pleth: <Hey, Marmalade, have we ever fought together?>
Marmalade: <Yeah. Muninn.>
Pleth: <Besides that, though.>
Marmalade: <Oh, uh...don't think so. Why?>
Pleth: <Just wondering.>
Pleth: <Are you ready?>
Marmalade: <I've been ready for a while. Everyone's just talking.>
Pleth: <We could just ignore them and go for it.>
Marmalade: <Thought you'd never ask. Cover me.>
-and she plunges into the ground, wings whirring so fast that the hole she creates simply fills itself-
Ever: Oops, that's our cue.
Revy: Get ready, both of you!
Ever: Pleth, Night Slash!
Pleth: <Already on it!>
-she dashes at Elysium, swiping obscura-laced claws at him, which he only barely parries with a Horn Leech-
Revy: Sceptile's not much of a physical attacker.
-Hygieia dashes in, leaping up onto Elysium's back and spiking an egg down at Pleth. She skids back out of the way, but the blast raises a cloud of dust, and Elysium charges through it, plowing into her-
-she holds fast, gripping his antlers and digging her claws into the ground for support-
Hygieia: <Silly of you, to be so easily trapped.>
-she hops down behind Pleth, raising a scalpel-
-and then slides away, as Marmalade erupts from the ground where she was a moment ago-
Hygieia: <Clever! Though not that clever!>
Ever: Well, that's why trainers come in useful. Pleth, Rock Tomb.
-Pleth's foot glows, where she's dug her claws in-
-a fissure shoots backwards-
-and the ground under Hygieia, where Marmalade destabilized the ground, folds up around the Blissey-
Hygieia: <Hey! Let me out!>
Marmalade: <There we go.>
-rock gives way under Pleth as well, and she's driven back, towards the Rock Tomb-
Marmalade: <Pleth! Get out of there!>
Pleth: <I've got them right where we want them! Finish this up!>
Elysium: <Yes, by all means, go ahead.>
-Ever recalls Pleth-
-Elysium, unimpeded, crashes headlong into Hygieia's rock prison, and stumbles away, stunned-
Revy: ...That's cheating.
Ever: (grins) Yeah. Marmalade, you were finishing this?
Marmalade: <So much for outclassed.>
-and she dives to the ground, kicking off a massive shockwave in all directions-
Ever: We've all gotten better since last time. And to be fair, I'm very motivated. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go keep Brie from dying.
Revy: You're not going anywhere.
Ever: And how are you intending to stop me?
Revy: I've got one more mon.
Ever: ...Oh, don't tell me—
Zaphkiel the Dunsparce: <Uh, hi. Have we met?>
Doppler, how long is this mine?
Doppler: -Having evolved into Dottler offscreen- <Not very, at least not for the public portion, the whole mine itself is a lot deeper.>
You'd think they'd be a bit past coal.
-To some passing Rolycoly-
Er, no offense.
Getting hungry, let's take a food break.
Ever: (sadly) You really never understood the naming theme, did you?
Ever: I mean, I get it. With Baccarat, and Elysium, and Hygieia. You thought you were copying the Dunsparce naming scheme.
Revy: I am!
Ever: You're not, though. That's just not it.
-they shrug. Revy looks like she's on the verge of a coronary-
Ever: Ah well. Anyone else, Revy?
Revy: Nah. Just an ordinary battle. Send out whoever you like. No tricks.
-she narrows her eyes-
Well. One trick. Well. Two.
-she closes her eyes, and when she opens them, they're a Dunsparce's reptilian eyes-
-and when Zaphkiel opens his, they're Revy's eyes-
Ever: ...Oh, for Arceus's sa—
-he grows, stretching out to three times his initial length, and his wings expand into full-blown angel wings-
Revy: Actually, my mistake. Two tricks.
-and Zaphkiel keeps growing-
Ever: ...So. What's the weather like up there?
Zaphkiel: <CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF DEVASTATION.>
Ever: ...I'll freely admit I walked into that.
Revy: Want to know how I did it?
Ever: I don't even know what you did.
Revy: Little— so to speak— technique out of Galar. Normally, you need specially prepared areas of great concentrated power, but...
Ever: It's not too late to turn that power in the right direction, you know.
Revy: Can't help but notice you weren't giving that speech when you were winning.
Ever: Oh, don't get ahead of yourself, Rev. I'm still winning.
-they send out Pleth-
Marmalade: <Yeah. Me too.>
Pleth: <...We've got this, right?>
Marmalade: <Let's pretend the answer's yes.>
Pleth: <Hey, we survived last time, didn't we?>
Ever: That's the spirit.
-they tap their hand to...well, their other hand-
Pleth: <So. This is going to be fucking awesome.>
Zaphkiel: <SAY IT AGAIN FOR THOSE OF US UP HERE?>
Cam: -To Hitodama while eating- <So what does a soul taste like?>
Hitodama: <The last soul I ate was Odin's Which obviously didn't completely take since he came back. and it was... kinda like a salty pickle, that's how I evolved the first time, normally I just feed off of everyone's life energy at once.>
Hitodama: -Brightly- <You don't need to worry, you can't even feel it.>
Yew: <Most Chandelure are purple, but you're green, why's that?>
Doppler: <And you do that plant thing, but you're not like a Grass-type or anything like that.>
Hitodama: <Oh, that has to do with my dad, not Tagg, my bio dad. He wasn't a Chandelure, my mom's trainer is Tagg's other girlfriend Sol.>
-A Rolycoly rolls into the camp-
Amanita: Why are there two giant Dunsparce? So what's the plan here?
PEFE!Every: (weakly, spitting out a mouthful of what Amanita is relieved to see is at least dried blood) I don't know.
-Ares parries a tail smash from the Serpent with a Protect shield, while Oxy races in, spitting Toxic blasts at random Dunsparce-
Amanita: I find that hard to believe.
PEFE!Every: They're under some kind of compulsion! I don't know how to break it— well, overwhelming psychic force might do it, but that'd risk hurting them!
Amanita: I don't suppose you've tried the whole "I know you're in there somewhere" thing?
PEFE!Every: That's how I ended up here. It's like their individual consciousnesses have been entirely subsumed. I don't know how to appeal to them.
-as the Dunsparce Serpent wheels around to try another attack, Ares spews out a Haze, while Oxy surrounds herself in a corona of flames, forming a spotlight amidst the smog-
Oxy: <Is that really all you can do? Come on, show me your repertoire!>
Kin #54: <Ignore her!>
Nadia: <She's got a point.>
Kin #56: <Only if you think originality is more important than actually doing our job!>
-the Serpent wriggles slightly, as some of them attempt to complete their Drill Run, and some of them try to use Ancient Power-
Amanita: Seems to me like they're having some trouble.
Earlier. They took a moment to banter with each other, but now they're speaking as one. And then, when Oxy used Torment, they started fighting again...
PEFE!Every: Help me up.
Amanita: Wait, hang on, are you going to do something that gets you killed?
PEFE!Every: In all probability. Help me up.
-she's already struggling to her feet, one of her arms not quite doing the work of propping her up-
Amanita: ...Well, your odds can't be worse than any of ours' right now.
PEFE!Every: My thoughts...exactly.
-Amanita helps her up, and PEFE!Every sprints towards the Serpent-
Amanita: ...Ugh. She better not die.
Megan: Oooh, Ranger business here?
Logan: -smile- Of a sort. Hold on.
Addie: -riding along- <Look for a bench? We might be awhile.>
Megan: You don't gotta tell me twice.
-she glances around, and so doesn't look where she's going and bumps into someone taller, bluer, and buffer-
-there's a whap-
-whap, coming from somewhere in the room-
Megan: -flipping over- ...mrgl?
-a Cubone's eyes glow red in the dark-
Megan: -still pointing, frantic- And then you made me take you to the clothes store!!
Byleth: Yes. • _•
Megan: -pointing- ... D:<
-search "rebuttal"- ... 0:(
-...- ... i¦
-...lower- ...anyways, it's
-embarrassed- cool to see you around? .\\\\.
Vee: -wandering over, cheerful- <Hey, asshole! What's up?>
Byleth: -tilt- Not much.
Eiddwen the Charmeleon: <It's a great day to learn!>
Pippy: -already sitting- <Uhh...>
Edited by Asterisk395 on Feb 7th 2020 at 5:57:54 AM
-the Serpent sees PEFE!Every approaching, and all conflict forgotten, raises its tail-
Oxy: <Oh, dear, no, you haven't forgotten the star here, have you?>
-sprinting on all fours, she leaps up over the Serpent, skidding to a halt between the tail and PEFE!Every, and blasts it with a Dragon Pulse-
-followed by Ares raking it with a series of Air Cutters-
-she breaks off with a wheezing cough, borne of severe injury and not enough cardio-
-then she inhales again-
Kin #55: <Head down.>
Nadia: <No, she was talking to m—>
Kin #56: <There is no "me"— uh, there is no "you". There's just us. She can't be talking to you.>
Kin #56: <Just finish her off. Her shouting is getting annoying.>
-elsewhere in the Serpent-
Erasmus: <Hold on, how come Nadia's suddenly so precious to her? What about us?>
Kin #22: <Us?>
Erasmus: <Yeah, Diego and Felicity and me. Are we suddenly second banana?>
Kin #24: <Uh, not to put too fine a point on it, but who are any of those people? Names are not of dramatic importance right now.>
-the Serpent writhes, slamming PEFE!Every into the ground-
-and as it rises, she's still clinging to its side, missing her hat, looking distinctly worse for wear-
PEFE!Every: I'm fine.
-she giggles nervously-
-she cuts off, hacking badly, only barely holding on to a Dunsparce on the outside of the Serpent, seeming to begin physically peeling it free-
Kin #99: <Hey! What are you—>
PEFE!Every: Rafael, I know that's you!
Kin #99: <Wh— I'm not—>
-he twitches, eyes opening briefly-
Kin #99, not Rafael, stop calling me that: <Stop talking!>
-PEFE!Every drops about ten feet, crashing to the ground in a heap-
Kin #76: <And what was that?>
Kin #99: <Nothing, Saski—>
Kin #76: <What?>
PEFE!Every: Saskia...Saskia, call for Felicity. I can't see her from here.
Kin #76: <My name's not—>
Kin #32: <There's no you!>
-the Dunsparce Serpent swings its tail for PEFE!Every again-
Ares: <No you don't!>
-and has it deflected by a Giga Impact-
Oxy: <Oh, don't even think you'll upstage me here!>
-and she follows up with a Sludge Bomb-
-she crawls forward, towards the Serpent, twitching her way through the paralysis, before reaching out, almost blindly, and grabbing onto one of the Dunsparce-
PEFE!Every: Beatrice. Come on.
Kin #99: <Where's...where's Beatrice—>
Nadia: <Where's Felicity—>
Diego: <Where's Erasmus—>
Kin #86: <ENOUGH! We have to finish h—>
Kin #1: <No.>
Kin #1Beatrice, Praetor of the Dunsparce Legion: <No, no we don't.>
-and with that moment of identity-
-the Dunsparce Serpent collapses, split-
Beatrice: <End them.>
Nadia: <Orlando! Percival! Quibilah! Rafael! Thunder Waves!>
Felicity: <Katrina! Lysander! Melinda! Saskia! You're Erasmus's right now!>
Diego: <Genevieve! Hawthorne! Theodore! Ursula! You as well!>
Erasmus: <Frontal legion, backline legion, basic legion, hit 'em with whatever you've got!>
Beatrice: <Special legion, adapt as needed!>
-maybe a quarter of them turn on the others, and outmatch them with ease-
-leaving PEFE!Every, barely conscious, amidst a frenzied swarm of warring Dunsparce-
PEFE!Every: Help the others.
Amanita: Yep, saw that coming.
-she sprints back towards the direction of the main battle, as the Legion fights its way through-
Edited by memyselfandI2 on Feb 7th 2020 at 2:57:33 AM
-Let's start on this side for this round, shall we?-
-The Shadow Ball aimed at Robinson hits no mark, because she is no longer there; a brief flicker of the lights signals that she is very quickly fleeing through the halls.-
Bartemaeus: <There's nothing glitch about it, but she's the type of person that we ghosts love to feed off of, so you could say she's probably about 108 of them in a trench coat, yeah!>
Grit: <But until your little stunt with the calling card, and then with those ofuda, she was able to keep herself under control well enough to not let them form a Spiritomb!>
-It doesn't matter that Blacephalon don't have mouths to smile with, because Jevil is beaming.-
Jevil: <Fantastic, fantastic!>
-Jevil takes both of his hands to shake Logan's own, so hard that one might worry that he'd rip their arm clean off. The circle of fire around them dissipates, leaving scorch marks everywhere.-
Jevil: <I am eager, eager, to see where this takes us, ringmaster! A beauty is joying in my heart, joying to see me finally free, free! But what, what shall I do with the one who brought me here?>
-He grins brightly, intensely, as he sees a shadow rush past.-
-Pride is struck by the Night Slash. It's not exactly certain how his form physically reacts, but the sound of a discordant screech indicates that maybe it's not great.-
Pride: <You won't destroy me that easily!>
-He leaps onto Φ, rolling aggressively to slam her into the ground.-
-Carna nearly barrels past the room, but skids to a halt and turns. She glances around, trying to focus enough on the contents of the new room.-
-And leaps at a target. Not necessarily a living one, but not necessarily not at one, either. She just leaps, claws bared, intent to kill.-
-Robinson emerges from the shadows in the Union Room.-
-It's not a graceful entry. She essentially topples out of the wall, Obscura flickering around her. She makes an attempt to contain it, but her body struggles not to physically warp from the stress.-
-But she pulls herself to her feet, staggering. Through willpower, she manages to keep her form human, if unstable.-
-It certainly doesn't help that she caught a glimpse of Jevil's encounter.-
Dr. Robinson: Rrgh... that traaiittoorous CCLLOOWWN, after I gave him the frreeeeddom he begged for!
-She looks around at the room, but has little chance to take stock of what she might be able to sabotage when she notices a figure in the room.-
-The Dead Hands clutching at Shift are, quite literally, eaten away by Mimic as he awakens.-
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-It's painful, but it's not Shadow Robinson who reacts the worst.-
-It's Rose and Paula. The former of whom we've established does not take well to body horror.-
-Their Personas both falter as they attempt to curb the urge to vomit at the sight.-
Paula: Fuck, man...
Shadow Robinson: ...Fancy play. But this does not make you any less capable of dying.
-The Dead Hands rake at the sides of Mimic as if like teeth.-
-Meanwhile, Tom Fool is smacked by the Petal Dance, as well as the redirected Crunch.-
-He seems, more or less, totally fine as he frees himself from them, laughing.-
-But then, suddenly, and without prompt, he stops.-
Tom Fool: <...Oh, my. It seems I must take my leave! That's all, folks!>
-He waves dramatically, and dissolves.-
Shadow Robinson: NO! Rrgh... that traitorous CLOWN!
-She almost has more to say, but is struck by the Flash Cannon and the Moonblast.-
Maui!Changeling: <What— what happened to him?>
Shadow Robinson: JUST KEEP KILLING THEM!
-Changeling flails, and attempts to hook Knight with a Crabhammer. New Moon's Beast snarls, and sends a Sludge Wave pooling across the battlefield.-
Edited by BittersweetNSour on Feb 7th 2020 at 9:13:29 AM
Atlantis: <We need Skyfire!>
-she fires an Ice Beam at Revy, who catches it on a vine. Another vine spears towards Atlantis, but Ramphyros snatches it mid-strike, carrying it out of the way and blasting it with a Dragon Pulse all the while-
Brie: We're doing fine!
Revy: You're really not.
-another vine is launched at Brie, stopped by a Hurricane that almost instantly peters out-
Brie: You can't hold out forever.
Revy: Perhaps not, but I can certainly hold out longer than you.
Atlantis: <Brie, he's Grass-type! And possibly also Fairy-type, because these vines hurt way too much! We need Skyfire, not dragons! Er, you know what I mean.>
Brie: She's hurt!
Atlantis: <So are you! So am I!>
Brie: She's hurt worse!
Atlantis: <Then she'll recall herself!>
-more and more vines tear up from the ground-
-Brie charges in, but her way is blocked, as as she turns, her way out is blocked too-
-and then the last vine erupts from under her, carrying her skywards-
-but Atlantis is caught too, and the vine Ramphyros was wrestling is winning-
Revy: And scene.
-and the vine carrying Brie plummets back to earth, smashing her into the ground-
- Revy strides forward-
-she totters to her feet, despite the fact that one side of her face is soaked in blood, and pretty much all of her is soaked in tree sap-
Revy: Eh, it's all over but the crying, isn't it?
-Brie throws a kick at him. He dodges without much issue, feints with the Dunsparce vine around his wrist, and as Brie ducks, he brings his knee up into her face, sending her sprawling-
Revy: Not that it seems anyone will be crying for you.
-a thorned vine sprouts, and plunges towards Brie-
-only to be intercepted by-
Amanita: How many times do we need to teach you this lesson, old man?
-the vine strikes her, head on-
-and withers and rots, as it encounters the Poison Barb she's holding-
Revy: ...I feel as though you're referencing something, because that really made only tenuous sense in context.
Amanita: Eh. I'm out of practice with the banter.
Ever: Marmalade! Dragonbreath! If we have any advantage, it'll be speed! Pleth, Energy Ball!
Pleth: <You know, it has truly been forever since I last used that.>
Marmalade: <It's a day for new experiences, apparently.>
-Marmalade takes flight, not really bothering to aim or lead or sight or anything, because, uh...it's really more of a challenge not hitting Zaphkiel-
-from the ground, Pleth does the same-
Zaphkiel: <NOT BAD. ALMOST FELT IT, EVEN.>
<MY TURN NOW.>
-the clouds above him crackle-
-and dozens of beams of light, almost like Judgement, rain down-
-really rain down this time, even-
-Marmalade whizzes from side to side, but the blasts arc in the air, even the ones that did miss curving fully around to hunt her down, and-
-and the shockwave ripples out, driving both Marmalade and Pleth into the ground-
-it's a longer journey for Marmalade-
Pleth: <Darkrai's claws...>
-she darts in front of Marmalade-
Marmalade: <Don't patronize me, scales...>
-she hovers into the air again-
Ever: We need more time. Marmalade, Fly. Pleth, Detect.
Revy: Yeah, that really won't save you. Again, Zaph.
-as Marmalade rockets skywards, more bolts of light rain down. As she ascends above the clouds, she escapes even their reach, but groundbound, Pleth isn't so lucky-
Pleth: <Eh. I've seen better coverage.>
-she leaps onto Zaphkiel's side, sprinting up him as the blasts swirl towards her-
-she easily dodges one-
-and as she's halfway up, one clips her. She loses her grip, slides free-
-and every beam not yet buried in something curves to slap her from the air-
Pleth: <...I have regre—>
-she hits the ground with a thump-
Revy: Impressed yet?
Ever: Confused, primarily. But I've got ideas. Marmalade, now, use—
-Revy hits them across the face with a surprisingly competent right cross, and they drop like a sack of bricks-
Revy: Well? You were going to say something?
-Revy kicks them in the side, sending them rolling several feet before they come to a stop-
Revy: I think I'm done hearing you talk.
Revy: You know, I knew your ancestor. Everyone keeps getting on my case about just saying "mom".
-Revy makes a few experimental jabs at Amanita, but she slashes at him and his summoned vines with her Poison Barbs, and where she touches, the vines practically melt away-
-when he summons larger vines, in an attempt to overwhelm her, Ares and Oxy take them apart with Cross Poisons and Sludge Bombs-
-on the other hand, they're all playing pretty defensively, and for every actual offensive move they make, Revy's putting out four or five-
-and while most of them are missing, not all of them are-
-Amanita is, excruciatingly slowly, being pressed back towards where Brie is still struggling to stand-
Revy: There's not much to say here. Brie's ancestor was cool. The ones who all look like me, their ancestor was interesting. Yours? Just sort of there. Charming, I'm sure, but literally one of the last people I spoke to before I died, and for the life of me I couldn't tell you her name.
To be honest, I don't get much different an impression off of you. You're just filling in for everyone.
Amanita: We beat your snake.
Revy: And I am just astoundingly proud of you. 'Course, I will have to eviscerate you for harming my Dunsparce, but.
-they trade another few blows-
Just admit it. You're a warm-up act for a universe that's far more worthwhile than you are.
Revy: So give up. Because I've worked out your fighting style.
-he jabs at Amanita's face. She raises one barb to stop the attack, contorting herself to one side at the same time to dodge the real strike, which comes lower-
Revy: Told you, I've worked it out.
-and the Dunsparce vines extends, stretching out towards a prone Brie-
-Ares and Oxy are busy-
-Brie's mons are unconscious-
Amanita: Not all of it.
-she completes her twist, and hurls herself into the path of the vine-
-which goes straight through her midsection-
Revy: ...Eh. That works too.
Edited by memyselfandI2 on Mar 25th 2020 at 7:44:09 AM
Not quite yet, generally the ritual to make or become a Spiritomb ends with a human sacrifice to bind all the souls to the Keystone. That means-
-To Grit and Barty-
We'll stop her just the same.
-While using the Rolycoly's coal to start a new fire-
Corvus, you gonna be the Rookidee in the coal mine?
Corvus: <Very funny.>
Edited by rmctagg09 on Feb 7th 2020 at 12:18:55 PM
-strictly speaking, a Dunsparce's drill isn't really a drill-
-that would obviously be completely implausible on a living organism. Nothing can make a full 360-degree circuit, because that would imply complete physical disconnection between parts of the body-
-it's pretty close, though. Multiple bands of muscle, cloaked in heavy rasped scales, rotate in antiparallel to create an effect remarkably similar to what a drill does-
-when the not-quite-a-drill in question is embedded in your stomach, the distinction is pretty much academic-
Revy: Heh. Kinda ironic.
-like she's hearing his voice from somewhere very far away...-
-because suddenly, she is-
-she's in a swamp, somewhere, at the bottom of a steep hill-
-above her, she can see green forest and blue sky, but it's a thorny path up, and it's so far out of rea-
Amanita: Fucking hell I don't have time for some sort of weird vision quest, my friends are dyin—
Revy: You are remarkably resilient.
Amanita: It's a...
-she coughs, and it's mostly blood-
It's a family thing.
-she stabs the Poison Barb into the vine impaling her, and it withers away, leaving behind only the tip of the appendage now holding most of her in-
Amanita: You're probably right, that I'm not the most interesting.
-she flails, fending off another vine, and then hunches over, dropping one of her weapons, clutching the wound at her stomach-
That I don't have so much going for me. It's the people around me, who are the interesting ones. I'm just a woman doing my best to live life.
So what on earth makes you think I'm not going to do every damn thing I can to protect them?
Revy: ...Ugh. How could people with my blood in them be so annoyingly noble?
Amanita: Redeeming influence of seven generations of separation.
It had been a while. The Floatzel had been attacking me directly for a few minutes and it was getting annoying.
"Okay, y'know what?"
I pulled out a Pokeball, putting it on the ground, and then quickly shoving my armband on. "We should probably end this..."
Caddicarus, now in Chespin form, would have gotten the Floatzel down to the ground.
Caddicarus: <So, are you gonna give up?>
The Floatzel nodded, looking over at him as a Pokeball flew into her direction.
FLOATZEL WAS NICKNAMED "RIPTIDE"
Edited by Routeferret on Feb 7th 2020 at 12:04:31 PM
Marmalade: <Come on, you oversized tunnel-digger, fall DOWN!>
-she slams into Zaphkiel's head-
-and is promptly batted down by a Max Strike-
Pleth: <You are going to pay for that.>
Zaphkiel: <BY ALL MEANS, SEND Me the bill.>
Ever: (significantly) Hm—
-Revy hauls them off the ground by the collar, holding them up to her-
Revy: What did I just say about talking?
Ever: Unfortunately, there is no longer any power on the planet that will ever make that happ—
-Revy flings them back to the ground-
Ever: You know, the irony here is palpable—
-Revy kicks them in the chest. Their back practically bounces off the ground, but they keep going-
Ever: —as in, I'm currently palping it.
Zaphkiel: <You know, even without Dynamax, I think I can probably take you?>
Pleth: <Let's all be honest with ourselves, here. You're a Dunsparce, I'm a Sceptile. There's only one way this ends.>
Zaphkiel: <I've always felt like overconfidence was the first step to self-destruction, personally...>
Pleth: <It'll be the path to someone's destruction, that's for damn sure. I liked that Flygon.>
Zaphkiel: <...I'm not that good at the banter part, sorry. Can we just get to the fighti—>
-Pleth lunges at him, vines sprouting in her wake-
-he parries her Leaf Blade with a Drill Run in two quick motions, and takes off into the air, raining Ancient Powers down on Pleth from above as she weaves around them-
Pleth: <Two can play at that game!>
-she retaliates with staccato bursts of Energy Ball and Dragon Pulse, which Zaphkiel only narrowly evades-
Ever: I just think it's funny—
-they scramble out of the way of another kick, barely making it to their feet before Revy catches them, doubling them over with a knee to the stomach-
Ever: how you're utterly enraged having to listen to the one person who's actually happy to talk to you
-Revy slams both fists down on their back, dropping them to their hands and knees-
Ever: how you're okay with letting everyone who might have tried opening up to you die
-Revy kicks them in the side, and they roll onto their back, holding up an arm to defend their face-
-specifically, their left-
Ever: and how the person you're helping wants nothing whatsoever to do with y—
-Revy grabs their Mega Arm, plants a foot on their chest, and tears it free-
Pleth: <Wait, wh—>
Zaphkiel: <O-oh. That's convenient.>
-they dive, tail-first, rotating faster and faster until they're nothing but a blur, and-
Revy: There. You're done. Will you stop talking n—
-Ever coils up, catching the arm with their remaining hand and both legs, yoinks it away from Revy, and flings it towards Brie-
Ever: Now I'm done, actually.
Ever: Well, don't beat yourself up about i—
-she kicks them in the face, and they finally stop talking-
-Songstress bursts out in laughter.-
Songstress: <Oh, of course! What a wonderful move in the game, Robinson. Those aren't Demons - they're Shadows! That Fool was Jevil, wasn't it? Oh, brilliant!>
Because now I know our plan is working.
Songstress: <Now! Full Moon!>
-Amphirite and Puck combine their Moonblasts into one huge beam, aided by a Helping Hand from Demeter.-
-Sorceress plants her staff on the ground and watches.-
Jenna: All right, I want answers.
Clerk: That's what I'm here for.
-Jenna holds up a Heat Wave TR-
Jenna: What is this, and why do you allow it to exist?
Clerk: It's a Technical Record! It's vintage! One use only, like the TMs of old!
Jenna: And why did you think this was a good idea?
Clerk: We use them for stronger moves, ones that might be dangerous if you gave it to every Pokémon you own.
Jenna: No you don't.
Clerk: Yes we do.
Jenna: No you don't, because I do, and I am not going to have my pride as a move tutor demeaned because you thought it was okay to replace me with a damn piece of vinyl!
-Jenna throws the TR against the wall, and it snaps in half-
Clerk: No refunds.
Edited by Mezzopiano on Feb 7th 2020 at 6:21:31 AM
Zaphkiel: <So, uh, now what?>
Revy: We help Revy, obviously. Though it doesn't really seem that he needs it...
-Revy slashes his remaining Dunsparce whip at Amanita, who desperately fends off the attack-
Amanita: Brie! How are you—
-she groans, and the sentence cuts off, because even with Memito Brand Resilience, a drill stuck in you is unpleasant, and there are better things to spend one's suddenly-sharply-limited spoons on-
Revy: Lie down and die.
Amanita: In a minute.
-Brie, meanwhile, squints through the blood and sap clouding her vision, to see Ever's arm resting on the ground in front of her-
-and Ever, unconscious or at least unmoving, Revy and a weird Dunsparce standing over them-
-Brie looks over, to see the Dragonite peeking out of a tomb of vines-
Atlantis: <We need her. We literally explicitly need her.>
Brie: She's hurt. I can't.
Zaphkiel: <Yeah, he seems to have that well in hand.>
Revy: ...Arm pun?
Zaphkiel: <Did it work?>
Revy: -shakes her head-
Zaphkiel: <Oh. Hm. So are we helping or no?>
-she looks down at Ever, grinning despite the blood and the unconsciousness-
-over to Amanita, still barely holding Revy off-
-to Brie, still trying to stand-
-over the other way, to PEFE!Every, surrounded by her Legion-
Revy: Hey, kid! Going to help me or no?
-to Revy, laughing maniacally as he steadily beats Amanita into the ground-
Atlantis: <You're hurt! I'm hurt! Everyone's hurt! You keep saying that and it keeps mattering less and less!>
Brie: But...but she's...
Atlantis: <It's not going to matter soon!>
-in front of her, Amanita finally crumples, a vine shoving her out of Revy's way-
Atlantis: <And I know she wouldn't want this! She'd want to fight! Same as all of us!>
Revy: Any last words, Brie? I'll pass them on if you like.
-she reaches out, and grabs Ever's arm-
-her eyes open, and they're glowing red-
Brie: But I think I'd prefer to pass them on myself.
-and she sends out Skyfire-
-she flexes her wing, which looks...okay?-
Skyfire: <Why didn't you tell me sooner, hmm?>
-and it's midsummer, as Skyfire ascends-
Revy: Really? Do you have any idea how many warlords I killed mid-transformation sequence?
-he raises his hands, like a conductor, and dozens of vines tear through the earth, spearing towards Brie and Skyfire-
-and every one is destroyed-
Revy: Oh, what now.
Revy: Say my name.
Revy: Say my name. Say it, and I'll finish her off for you. Promise.
Revy: ...You're not Pef, are you?
-the corona of flames around Skyfire recedes, as she hovers over the battle, glaring down at Revy imperiously-
-Brie steps up below her, a renewed light in her eyes-
Revy: Sorry I, uh...that.
Brie: We'll talk about it later.
Mimic: <You are hungry like me. But my teeth are sharper and my hide is stronger.>
-While Mimic is definitely taking real damage, it doesn't really seem to be acting like it is as it continues trying to devour the Shadow-
Anthem: <Arceus that's weird>
-Eris nods and flings out her apple at the Changeling. Pent has been quiet for a bit but now dismisses Orpheus for a moment to scan Shift's Persona and read the entry privately-
Φ: <Fack! Little help here guys!>
-She continues trying to Night Slash away at the ghost on top of her, though it's clear this fight has been sapping the strength of basically everyone Pent's team... At least the ones that have shown up. A Braixen takes a moment to halt her barrage of fire moves to snark-
Shiny Braixen: <Yaknow would of been nice if a certain nuclear fireball could just wipe this sucker out yeah?>
Monos: <I fear the goddess is fearful. Whether of her foe or herself.>
-Lydia, the faithful little rockpuppy manages to retrieve some pokeballs but then realizes something-
Lydia: <Can't catch a caught one...>
-She lets out a soft sad sound and flops down, feeling utterly useless as the bag disgorges a bundle of cloth wrapped around something-
-She noses the cloth and lets it fall away, revealing a boxy contraption with a round slot like a singular piece of a healing machine. While a half-hearted attempt has been made to scratch it away, the word "snag" has been painted in yellow paint onto the dark orange casing-
Revol: <... He told me didn't->
Oakley: <It might be our only option.>
-we could show you the fight-
-but really, what's to show? We know what happens now-
-rest assured, it was pretty cool-
-and of course, it ends with Revy in a heap, amidst the ashes of his vines-
-Zaphkiel's augmentations fade away, returning him to a normal Dunsparce, and Skyfire descends to the ground, her own evolution fading into flames-
Brie: Your...your wing.
Skyfire: <It's fine. I'm okay. Really.>
Brie: -welling up- I....
-she slides sideways, and Skyfire catches her-
Skyfire: <Of course.>
Brie: It's fine. Just a little tired.
Amanita: I'm not fine.
Ever: Don't be such a baby.
Amanita: Oh, shut up.
Revy: So...what now?
Revy: What now is you slap me on the wrist and let me go, I imagine.
Brie: And why would we do that?
Revy: I've got your measures. You may be dangerous, but you're all soft in the end. When it comes down to it, none of you actually have what it takes to end someone's life in cold—
-PEFE!Every sticks a syringe into his neck from behind-
Revy: Ow! Hey, what the f—
-and depresses the plunger-
PEFE!Every: Interesting. You can actually see the point at which his vascular system transitions between plant and animal-based. Check it out.
Ever: I would prefer not to.
PEFE!Every: (peering closer) Your loss.
Brie: What...what was that?
PEFE!Every: Just some stuff I mixed up on a lazy Sunday.
Amanita: And what does it...do?
PEFE!Every: Oh, plenty of things. For one, I mixed in some of the toxins from a Poison/Fairy-type native to Galar—
-Ever and Amanita exchange glances-
PEFE!Every: —in order to annul any compulsions remaining on his soul. He should stop appearing in our dreams now.
Revy: Is she usually this terrifying?
Ever: It's not uncommon.
Camazotz fires a Dragon Pulse with everything he has after Rage and Love gestures.
<Yeah, probably not the best idea,> Lucario observed. <Three voices is bad enough, I can't imagine 108.>
Given she finished her sandwich, Ammy starts digging into a chocolate chip cookie.
Edited by AbsentCoder on Feb 7th 2020 at 5:21:23 AM
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