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Me: <I'll follow you, Aspen!>
Evelyn: <I'll be with you, too!>
Piku-chan and Hatty: <As will we!>
"Maybe the people who ran this city got their hands on it for study or something..." Stylus commented furrowing his brow, "Still... we got a city to explore."
Ribbon nodded, "We need to stick together for certain though, if we spotted at least 3 mutants, there are likely more mutants out there, and probably not all flygons."
Stylus was deep in thought, "We need to try and find civilization, it can't just all be ruins out here, there has to be settlements, human or mon."
Ribbon stood up and shook some snow off herself, "/Duck/ if you could please, exposit what you know about this universe, why humans become pokemon, and why there are mutants out there."
Stylus stood up and motioned for everyone to follow him.
Aspen, to /Duck/ and Silas as she's following Silas: <Hey, so are we going to explore as 2 separate groups or as one large group?>
Edited by AspenKarch on Feb 17th 2020 at 9:03:23 AM
"One large group. I get the feeling those mutants aren't gonna be easy to face one on one," Stylus commented.
Aspen, to Styus: <Yeah, good idea, those mutants look very strong.> -She continued to walk along the snowy area-
Edited by AspenKarch on Feb 17th 2020 at 9:09:27 AM
Evelyn: <And scary...>
Me: <Evelyn, you ain't just whistlin' [Dixie] there.>
/Duck/: <Loading relevant information dumps. Please stand by.>
-The hard drive makes a series of clicking noises-
/Duck/: "Context, AU: An alternate universe created by the actions of Cyrus, former leader of Team Galactic currently under legendary-induced timeloop punishment in the temporal realm. The AU differs from the main universe due to an undetermined split in events more than ten years ago with additional variations occurring as much far back as the Ranseian era. The J-Team engaged with the AU when it was created and supplanted regular reality approximately nine years ago. After defeating Cyrus, it was determined that the unstable AU timeline should be stabilized and preserved. Context, The Dragon War slash The Dragon Break: At an unknown time circa five or so years ago, a council of dragon clan leaders in the AU timeline decided to wage war on humanity. To accomplish this they engineered weaponry capable of pokemonification on a large and permanent scale and deployed it during the war. It is unknown what choice was made that split the course of the war but as far as we know time branched off sideways, leading to the AU having a war that ends with recoverable state for humanity and another universe where the war ended with all but a small portion of humanity being forcibly converted. The dragons do not win the war in either universe. Context, PMD-B: Named for the mechanical resemblance to the otherwise-unrelated Pokemon Mystery Dungeon universe, this universe is the Bad Ending of the dragon war and appears to also exist 400 years ahead of current temporal perception frame. Like the PMD-A universe, this timeline enforces Pokemon form on visitors as a universal template however it is to be noted that humans do exist within this timeline, usually within specialized shelters called Vaults. Pokemon societies dominate the surface world, forming into shapes familiar with assorted stored Situations."
-The hard drive buzzes-
/Duck/: <I believe if one of my Situations is correct, we should find the closest underground railway station.>
-Walking out onto the pitch-
This feels more like the Gold Conference than any normal Gym battle. Can't believe that was almost nine years ago.
Milo: -Walking up to me- I've been itching to battle another J-Team challenger, including the guy they call leader. I've heard about how tough you are, this is gonna be a doozy of a battle!
-Going to his side of the field-
I'll have to Dynamax my Pokémon if I want to win! Go, Gossifleur!
-Looking at my Poké Ball in hand-
Those Gym Trainers were good training though...
Anthracite: -Appears, having evolved into a Carkol- <Let's do this!>
Edited by rmctagg09 on Feb 17th 2020 at 10:51:07 AM
"Thank you /Duck/," Ribbon responded, "That explains a lot."
Stylus nodded as they stepped through the dead city, "We could theoretically find people underground, the metro tunnels would also provide shelter from the-"
Stylus was interrupted by a howl, over the ridge appeared what looked to be a Manectric, followed by more, an entire pack.
"Oh no," Ribbon said.
The Pack had taken notice of the explorers, and one leaped forward, only to get a force palm to the face from Stylus, "Looks like we're fighting sooner than expected, Everyone get ready to defend yourself!"
Ribbon set up a light screen, "We may need to run and fight as well!"
Stylus wasn't going to argue with that, he took a deep breath and assumed a pose, as the Manectric Mutant horde jumped forward.
Anthracite, use Flame Charge!
Anthracite: -Wreathes himself in flames and rams the Gossifleur-
Gossifleur: -Losing about half of his health- <Ack!>
Milo: Use Magical Leaf!
Gossifleur: -Sends out glowing leaves at Anthracite-
Anthracite: -Dodges most of the leaves with his increased speed from Flame Charge, doing what can be best described as drifting, but looses some of his health from a few of the leaves that manage to hit him anyway-
Anthracite: -Spinning into the Gossifleur while wreathed in flames- <This cart has no brakes!>
Milo: Go Lombre!
Milo: Use Water Gun!
Lombre: -Fires a jet of water at Anthracite-
Anthracite: -Is brought down to under half health- <Ack!>
Must've decided that after Channah beat him, guess I'm gonna have to take things a little more seriously as well.
Anthracite: -Belches out black smokes that obscures his form as the next Water Gun misses him-
Anthracite: -Rams Lombre, making him lose half of his health as he's stuck to the Carkol-
Milo: Water Gun!
Lombre: -Shoots them-
Anthracite: -Is hit and spins before crashing into a stadium wall- @_@
Doppler: -Appears- <According to my research, Lombre aren't much in terms of physical defense, but I'm a bit lacking where that's concerned.>
Dopper: -Vibrates before unleashing a burst of energy-
Lombre: -Is brought down to the red- <Ack!>
Milo: Knock Off!
Lombre: -Smacks Doppler-
Doppler: -Loses about a quarter of his health- <Ack!>
-And responds with another Struggle Bug-
Edited by rmctagg09 on Feb 17th 2020 at 11:59:56 AM
Jessica: "Tagg Tagg, he's our man, if he can't do it, someone else probably can because it's unreasonable to put him on a pedestal and treat him as a messiah!"
"I think it's going well. Good talks and whatnot."
"I was told to come here to register?"
"After the opening ceremony?"
"I... I mean..."
"Whatever - a gym challenger's a gym challenger. Just fill out this form here, including a signature from your sponsor, and you'll be in."
She put the shirt on over her kanji-emblazoned shirt, feeling the "312" on her back.
"Look, if it's all the same, I appreciate that you all want in. But... I mean, I don't want to show all my cards right away. So, sorry Cassandra and Magnavox, you're going to have to stay out of this for a little bit."
<I figured,> Cassandra said, speaking for herself and the Metagross alike.
Beat's dropping, I know what that means...
Milo: Woohoo! We’re not going to be done in that easy! We’re tough as weeds! Go Eldegoss!
Milo: Come on, then! It's Dynamax time! You're about to be uprooted!
-Recalls Eldegoss as Galar particles make its Poké Ball roughly beach ball sized, before throwing it behind him-
Eldegoss: -Comes out gigantic- <ALRIGHT THEN.>
Milo: Max Strike!
Eldegoss: -Sends out a wave of energy towards Doppler-
Doppler: -Forms a barrier, but the Max Strike breaks it and he's brought down to under half-health as he fires off a Struggle Bug- <Ow...>
...This feels like when I battled Hala, Max Moves really are a bit similar to Z-Moves where that's concerned. Should probably switch out now.
Corvus: -Appears, but as a Corvisquire- <You could've sent me out sooner, you know.>
Live and learn, now, let's Dynamax!
-Does the same as Milo as Corvus becomes gigantic-
Corvus: <LET'S DO THIS, PUFFBALL!>
Corvus: -Sends out a gust of wind towards Eldegoss-
Eldegoss: -Is brought down to the red- <URK!>
Eldegoss: -Sends out energy-
Not this time.
Corvus: -Creates a barrier, this one actually working to guard against the attack-
Works better than Z-Protect at guarding against stuff like this.
Let's finish this, Max Airstream, center of the projection!
Corvus: -Blasts Eldegoss again-
Elegoss: <I'M SPENT...> @_@
-Violently explodes before before recalled, as Corvus returns to regular size-
Milo: -Tugging his scarf- The power of Grass has wilted... What an incredible Gym Challenger, you really are as good as they say!
-Coming out of the stadium holding the Grass Badge-
Forgot how much I missed doing these things.
-Pent nods and checks the menu again-
Might ear-scritch later, I'd prefer to get some food first.
-The hard drive shudders-
/Duck/: <Well good luck with that fight friends. Let me know if you need anything researched?>
-It emits a soft whine-
/Duck/: <My the network is morose today...>
-Challenge day, Gale walked in there with all the confidence she could muster. Taking a glance at the battles playing out currently on the main arena floor she felt a pang rush through her that she pushed down and away while stepping up to the counter-
Nightingale here for her gym challenge.
Turffield Gym Staffer: Alright. Are you okay to wait a little? We're well-booked today and need some time to reset the challenge and refresh the leader's team.
Oh, sure. If it isn't long I can just hang out in the changing room.
Turffield Gym Staffer: That is fine, just head on through and prepare for your challenge.
-With that pang of dread gone, Gale stepped deeper into the gym to prepare for her first Gym Challenge-
"Hear, hear," she allowed, closing up the menu, having decided.
"Wait, scritches? Aw yiss."
Edited by AbsentCoder on Feb 18th 2020 at 4:05:40 AM
Me: <WAGH! Manectric?>
Evelyn: <Those are nothing like the Flygon mutants we saw earlier!>
Me: <You're right! They're Electric types, meaning they can hurt us!>
Evelyn: <But we're Psychic types... Meaning we can hurt them! CONFUSION!!!>
-Evelyn's eyes start to shimmer from behind her blue hair as she unleashes a psychic force, weak though it is, at one of the Manectric Mutants.-
Me: <I like where this is going! CONFUSION!!!>
-Ian's eyes glow a bright blue from behind his green hair as he unleashes a psychic force at one of the Manectric Mutants.-
-she starts burying tear-blobs, out of instinct-
(-ah, the mortifying ordeal of being known...ish-)
Logan: -shaking their head, smiling- Hey, who knows? Maybe after you've got a leg up in it, it'll be a positive experience.
Pippy: -crest-brow raise- <You've never been a Trainer, though?>
Logan: -grinshrug- I've been in Trainers' company for a full year, I'd like to think I picked something up.
Vee: -grin, conspiratorially- <What, like an appreciation for the martial arts~?>
Logan: -prim- Indubitably. Anything that lets peoplemon beat each other up in, a constructive manner, I support wholeheartedly.
-they, demonstrating, make a heart shape with their hands over their actual heart, pouting with the force of their emotion-
Megan: -stifles a giggle-
Logan: -raising a finger- In fact, I just so happen to have a sponsorship slot open!
Megan: -blink blink- ...wait, really?
Addie: -waving the paper- <Yup! Got all the paperwork filled out and everything!>
Logan: And we'd like you to fill it! ^u^
Megan: ...wait what :D
Happy Valentine's day! I hope that this day is good, and that company is had! Or not, whichever you prefer.
But also, today I actually have a present! ^^; So as a possibly ambiguous amalgamation of occasion, here is a thing!
-what comes out of the...disposable hyperspace pocket? (do they make those?)-
-is what might be a bracelet◊, if bracelets were wrought from angular, shadowy metal, pulsing silently in currents deep within of an umbral...something-
It's made of (wow her handwriting's...bad) and (excitedly illegible Torchic-scratch), but mostly something I've sorta been calling galvorn, or maybe stygium? I think Pawniard make a bit of it, which might be part of why attacking one's sorta kind of an aggressively bad time.
What it does mostly is make things hit someone else nearby instead of you! But whenever it activates it burns like a bunch of calories, or maybe Aura, but also I think that may be better than getting like stabbed.
[blue heart emoji], Megan
-the darkshine seems to be concentrated in a central gem, to the sides of which are four mysterious teardrop-shaped indentations, enigmatic in their funct oh wait there's more-
so I got some placeholders, if you wanna like spruce it up! \o/
-the pocket jingles with an ambiguous number of cut Spheres, of an assortment of (possibly slightly gaudy) design and types of rock-
-one may get the impression that she has entirely too much free time, and far too many rocks-
-but there's another, smaller heart emoji enscribed on the opposite surface, along with a couple stars, and that is something-
-Megan was here in...more or less the "vanilla" uniform, still looking a little dazed-
Megan: That is...a lot of people.
Abilene: -wearing much the same and mad about it- No more than before.
-she's at least accentuated with a sort of leaf-capelet, grown somewhere between the entrance and the stands (suitably dark green, for the lighting), and the jacket of her customary suit-
Hiro: -wearing similar and fine with it- It is different, though, being the one in front. Despite everything, I wonder how Logan managed it with as much grace as they...
...you seriously picked 420?
Abilene: -sniff- It's an adequate reference to my sponsor. Any particular significance to "77"?
Hiro: Honestly? Not especially.
-they eye Nessa, Milo, and Kabu with interest, respectively-
-well, Hiro eyes, Abilene sighs, and Megan just keeps scanning the ranks of challengers for more people she knows-
-the tally's somehow both more and less than she expected, and-
Megan: -blink, and then squinting, at a distant, distinctly petaly figure- ...is...is that Gaia...?
-squinting harder- ...I'm probably just—
Megan: -yelp- No one!!
Hiro: -tsk, tsk-
-and the ceremony ends, with a flourish and a pose-
Megan: ...he's stylish.
"Uhh... Mixed or gender-away sounds good."
Kazma: <Should we stop her? Not that there's anything wrong with magic gender affirming potions or whatever the fuck is goin on here, but from some random dude?>
Rowan: -Fox shrug- <I don't smell anything poisonous on him, and out of all the questionable decisions she's ever made I can't say this is the highest on the list. Should be fine.>
As she reads through the letter Daydre's expression goes from :|? to :O to ;o;. ... Is she crying? Oh, yeah she's crying.
Whilst still a little teary, she breaks out her phone and types out a quick text to Megan.
.. Not exactly the most eloquent, but it gets the point across.
... WAIT.. I need to get her a gift back!
Edited by Daydre on Feb 22nd 2020 at 12:47:06 PM
-Zeal and Gui are hanging around lying on a hill somewhere. Zeal's got glasses now that he wasn't wearing at the opening ceremony, but otherwise the two of them haven't changed much. (I mean, Gui's in disguise anyway but she has changed her hair up in the past before and so on.)-
Me: <Same here! Tackle!>
-She slamed her body into one of the Manectric mutants-
Merlin: Okay! If you prefer it I have an amulet.
-Nearby Zeal and Gui a young teenager in formal clothes and an adult woman in robes are arguing-
Bolthund: -perks his head up-
Dr. Multimom: My my. That's a cute Jigglypuff.
Edited by Umbramatic on Feb 18th 2020 at 1:43:57 PM
-Zeal and Gui are looking over.-
Gui: I'm going to see what's up.
Zeal: That seems like a bad idea.
Gui: Don't act like you're not curious.
-She jumps up and heads over to the pair.-
Gui: Heyyy, what's the problem? Can I help?
Me: <Wow! Aspen's got horse power there.>
-Evelyn covers her mouth, to keep from laughing too hard.-
Me: "Ha ha, very funny. Let's defeat those guys!"
Edited by AspenKarch on Feb 18th 2020 at 12:46:18 PM
Mithos: Listen, I still don't see why we have to go on a straight path.
Perspherone: I don't want you getting lost.
Mithos: Just because I've never been here in my life doesn't mean I'll get lo-
-Suddenly Zeal and Gui-
Mithos: ...Uh, hi.
Persephone: Hello there.
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