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Gui: Hi! I'm, um, not exactly sure what I was planning to ask, actually. This is awkward.
I'm Gui, nice to meet you!
-The expression on Zeal's face is one of simultaneous amusement and bemusement.-
The Manectrics take damage and are knocked off, some howling, there's something wrong with them.
"Should they even be feral?" Stylus asks as he decks another one away with his metal fist, "Mutations exist back home but none act like these do!"
"Maybe they're shadowed?" Ribbon asks before moonblasting another few away.
"That just makes me feel worse," Stylus admitted as he attempted to dodge another, failing as one bit down on his metal arm, and proceeded to initiate a electrical discharge.
Stylus stared as his bionic limb went limp, "...Nevermind, I don't feel bad anymore..."
He gave it a shake and the arm rebooted, he clasped his paws together, "Kaaaaaaaaaaaa-"
Ribbon let out a laugh, "Oh boy here we go."
Several manectric mutants stopped, staring in confusion at what this Lucario was doing.
"Haaaaaaaaaa-meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..." He continued, a few outright backing up.
"HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!" Stylus responded thrusting his paws forward, as a brilliant blue beam of aura flung forward, tossing several Manectric out of the way, Stylus tilting a bit and blowing even more away.
When it all ended, Stylus gasped for air, "Not as easy, to do, in the cold air..."
Ribbon looked about, the horde had backed up a bit, "Wow, how come you don't do that more?"
Stylus rolled his shoulders, "It's tiring for one."
It seemed everything was working out, the Horde was still there but hadn't attacked yet.
Edited by EchoingSilence on Feb 18th 2020 at 1:04:48 PM
Aspen, to Stylus: <Oh my gosh that was awesome! How did you do that!?>
"Aura Storm. A Training Machine move I got from PEFE, it's basically a concentrated beam of aura, like a aura sphere on steroids," Stylus explained.
Evelyn: <That looked so cool.>
Me: <Yeah... sure did.>
Puri rolls off of Will's shoulder and into his arms.
Will: Th-thank you. Not many folks in Galar know what a Jigglypuff even is.
Fuka: Jigglypuff are nice and all, but if you really want to see cute.
Fuka unclips a poke ball from her belt and holds it up. Without a word, Will puts one of his hands over hers and pushes the ball back down.
Fuka (rolls her eyes): Oh, all right. Have your moment.
Edited by sgamer82 on Feb 18th 2020 at 2:42:14 AM
Aspen, to Stylus: "PEFE? I never heard of that place before. What is it?"
Lucius: Oh man, that's a mood.
-He lights up as Ever holds up Oracle.-
Lucius: Yup, can confirm, he's adorable. Aren't you an adorable lil' Sobble-wobble~?
-He starts scritching Oracle behind the fin while still talking to Ever.-
Lucius: Y'know, I have an Oracle too, but she's a Fennekin. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I got my team back! I also ended up with an Espurr who thinks he's a Blazing Sigil character but that's neither here nor there.
Edited by Herbert40k on Feb 18th 2020 at 8:46:38 PM
Mithos: Hi! I'm Mithos!
Persephone: I'm Persephone. Pleasure to meet you.
Dr. Multimom: Don't worry, kids, I know what a Jigglypuff is. I've been all over the world.
-The Bolthund sniffs the Jigglypuff-
-Something strikes a chord in Carna's heart.-
-(It's the guitar. The guitar strikes a chord. Haha.)-
-The tension fades from her body, aside from a faint tremble with every slow breath she takes. She drops to all fours, staggering as the fatigue from her frenzy sets in.-
-The calming tones of the song Logan plays, as well as the onset of exhaustion, eventually give way to drifting off to sleep.-
-As the soul cloud is bombarded with attacks, Robinson's screams of pain become less layered, and slowly, less agonizing.-
╓───────────────────────────────────────╢ DOCTOR VALENTINA ROBINSON ╟────────────────────────────────────────╖ ╠╡ SOULS ╞═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████║ ╚═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╡ 4/108 ╞╝
Dr. Robinson: ...you will... not... take me today...
Echo: I'm afraid there's no win condition for you, doctor. You're terribly frail, and terribly outclassed.
-Robinson slowly, painfully rises to her feet, staggering.-
Dr. Robinson: ...I didn't... say that. I said... you will not take me! Destroy the jammer, Barty!
-Echo's eyes widen, and she reaches to protect the device on her belt. However, in an instant, a hand darts out of the shadows, pries her own hand away, and crushes the Aura jammer.-
-As the interference clears, the remaining ghosts quickly race back into Dr. Robinson's body, except for one. A Rotom, which jumps into the nearest Union Room telepad and fires it up.-
-He quickly creates an Ice Shard to destroy the device, but not before Robinson manages to successfully dive in and disappear.-
-The New Moon's Beast is struck, again and again, and suddenly, the aggression is gone. It staggers back and sinks into the shadows, disappearing.-
Shadow Robinson: NO! I WILL NOT HAVE EVERYTHING TAKEN FROM ME!
-Despite this, there's a visible sense of fear in the air as the rest of the attacks in the area target her, battering her increasingly hard.-
╓────────────────────────────────────╢ DOCTOR VALENTINA PLUTUS ROBINSON ╟────────────────────────────────────╖ ╠╡ HP ╞══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████║ ╚════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
Paula: Face it, doc, you've lost. Something's happening to all your little pets, and it seems an awful lot like something's happening to you, too. Doesn't look like the odds are stacked in your favor, does it?
-Robinson's response is not to retort with dignity, but rather to scream in fury. The hands drag Runaway down to the floor, wrapping around her neck to suffocate her.-
Just let it happen. If any time's good to do away with us, it'd be right now. Robinson loses, Paula has the rug ripped out from under her with victory just beyond her reach, and nobody else has to waste their misplaced kindness on us.
And break every promise I've made in the last 24 hours? Fat chance.
-Bluetongue rips away the hands from her. Paula swears under her breath, and directs Maui to do the same, Crunching the shadows.-
Silas saw the opportunity, and raised Knight into the air.
Knight began to laugh, a loud rumbling laugh, it echoed in Silas's head, "Oh my this is almost all over. EVERYONE! WITH ME!
Knight dived right at Dr. Robinson, coated in a firey aura as if burning up in atmosphere, sword aimed right at her.
Gimbal comes to and floats out of Tommy's phone. She finds herself lying in a small bed. Sleeping next to her was Tommy. He had opted to wait until she became conscious again and dozed off.
He woke up not long after, despite Gimbal's best efforts to not disturb him. She floated back in her phone.
Tommy: It's okay. I don't mind talking to you in Pokémon.
Gimbal, on the phone: No. It's no trouble at all. I'm fine. This is more natural.
Tommy: Well, if you insist. But I've talked to Tobi and the others on my team fine without it. Felicia's part-psychic; she doesn't count.
Gimbal: That's... good to know then. I tend to forget that you and Gavin took that same Monese program.
Tommy: ~I don't mean to startle you but— I figured it out.~
Gimbal, mentally: ~I had a feeling you did. Wow.~
Tommy: ~When you think out loud, you think out loud.~
Gimbal: ~Hey, is that any way to think about your mother?~
Edited by MasterJayAM on Feb 18th 2020 at 9:29:25 PM
<GOD FUCKIN' DAMN IT!> Sylveon swore at where the pile of ghosts once stood.
Camazotz dove in for the kill, screeching a Boomburst before he vanished with Rage and Love replacing his blindfold.
-As Robinson teleports away-
I hope the others are able to beat her Shadow in time...
-Without a word, a certain duo manages to finally make it to the battlefield and wastes no time at attacking while Shadow Robinson is presumably distracted-
Ariadne: <Shadow Claw!>
Arachne: -Brings down her Obscura-laced loom on Shadow Robinson-
Pink: -Has Galen fire a Shadow Ball-
Yew: -Rolling around- <When are we leaving this place?>
-Gui counts it out on her fingers.-
Gui: -sigh- Both even names...
Uh, anyway, what's the problem here?
Channah: Nice. You did a lot better than I did.
Oracle: <Um. Sorry.>
Ever: (slight grin) And there it is.
You should, you know.
It'd be good for you.
Brie: Don't pressure her!
(to Ever) <Why don't you do this?>
Ever: I wasn't aware you liked it.
Oracle: <Well, I do.>
-he clings to Lucius happily-
Ever: Well, uh.
Ever: Oh, congratulations! And also that really seems to be going around lately. You know, I met a friend of a friend and they turned out to be yet another cosplayer? I would've thought they'd have gone back where they came from once the universe sorted itself out.
PEFE!Every: ...Well, okay then.
-she makes no move to lower the wire barrier-
PEFE!Every: Now what? She's a captured mon, I think, we can't just leave her.
-Lucius somehow manages to make cooing noises whilst fawning over Oracle at the same time as he carries on his conversation with Ever.-
Lucius: Yeah no I'm really not sure what's going on there? Like, I decided to do a cosplay of Edelgard a while back, and for some reason this Byleth got super mad at me? I know alternate realities are a thing and everything, but I kinda figured they were limited to stuff that was, y'know, real. And then suddenly I run into this obsessively in-character Espurr while I was away trying to get everything sorted with my team...
-He starts recounting the events in a way that somehow creates a perfect mental image of the scene in the minds of those listening.-
Lucius: ...or draw 25? The hell kind of deck is this?
Falchion: <It's that or stop thirsting over Raihan.>
-He lets out a long sigh and picks up his cards, before taking a moment to survey the forest beyond the group of Pokemon sat around him.-
Lucius: ...You know, now that I've been staying here for a while, I can see why you guys like this place. It's very... serene.
Kirk: <"Boring" would be the word I'd use.>
Bishop: <It is rather peaceful here. And the very nature of this place made it something of a natural destination for us. A place for Pokemon that have been neglected, rejected, or simply want nothing to do with trainers and their world... a place where I and the others who left your team could find a place to belong.>
-Lucius hesitates, then bows his head.-
Lucius: I... I know. I can apologise all I want, but at the end of the day, you guys were right to leave me. I... I fucked up real bad by joining Iron. I can try to claim that I wasn't in my right mind, or that there were good people there too, but that doesn't change anything. Good people fighting for evil causes isn't any less of an evil act. You... I don't expect any of you to forgive me for that.
Bishop: <...That is not what I wished to imply. I have not forgotten that you purified me, and saved me from the nightmare of Shadowfication. I am willing to forgive you a great deal. Furthermore, staying here has put our own experience in perspective. Speaking to other Pokemon who have endured so much... it becomes clear in hindsight that you were not a bad trainer, or at least, not one out of malice. But we were still denied our agency. You made such radical decisions without taking us into account, expected us to become tools for a cause we abhorred. That is why we left.>
Lucius: I... I think I understand.
-He looks up at Bishop with tears in his eyes.-
Lucius: That's why I came here, you know. Sought you out like this. Not to beg you guys to come back or anything... it was to listen, and try to understand. I don't know if it goes any way towards making amends, but... I'm glad I could do it, and see you all again.
Bishop: <As am I. And... I have something to say myself. I know I cannot speak for everyone here, but we have had many discussions about the matter amongst ourselves during our time away, and I believe we are all willing to rejoin your team.>
-There is a moment of silence as Lucius simply stares at Bishop, stunned.-
Bishop: <This is conditional, of course - we are expecting you not to repeat the mistakes of the past, and there are those of us who may at some point choose to return here, or perhaps to Challenger's Cave. Nevertheless, we are->
-He is interrupted by Lucius pulling him into a tight hug, tears streaming down his face.-
Lucius: I... I d-don't know what to say... I don't know what to do to t-thank you...
-Bishop pauses for a second, unsure how to react, before returning the hug and patting his trainer on the back.-
Bishop: <...Strive to do better. Each day, better than the last. And if you feel yourself stumble, or fall behind, do not push us away. We may not be perfect ourselves, but we want to help you, as long as you keep trying.>
Lucius: I... t-thank you, Bishop. I'm... it's s-so good to have you back. All of you.
-He sniffs, before giving a faint chuckle and pulling away, wiping the tears from his eyes.-
Lucius: Alright. So... I plan on staying here with you guys for a while, let you say your goodbyes, but after that we need to figure out where we're going next. Any ideas?
Bishop: <I was going to let you lead the way. You are our trainer, after all.>
Maul: ~I hear Galar is lovely this time of year.~
Lucius: Oh? And you can get us there?
Maul: ~Maybe. After I'm done poking this weird Espurr.~
-Lucius looks around to see that Maul is indeed telekinetically poking a sleeping Espurr with one of his forks.-
Lucius: Hey! Stop that, Maul, it's just rude.
Maul: ~If you insist.~
Weird Espurr: <Mmmrrrmm... is this quite necessary? I had made myself rather comfortable here.>
-It opens one eye to look up at Lucius, then the other. Its eyes have a tinge of blue to them amongst the usual purple.-
Weird Espurr: <Oh? You look human. How strange... I had assumed everyone was like this around here.>
Lucius: Huh? What are you talking about?
Weird Espurr: <Look around. The strange creatures that surround us... I don't have the energy to describe all of them.>
-It yawns, and slowly begins to close its eyes again.-
Weird Espurr: <I thought perhaps some magical force transformed everyone who came to this world. But seeing you, I suppose I was wrong. I need to work on another theory... in the morning, maybe...>
Lucius: What? Look, buddy, I know there are worlds that do transform people, but you? You're a Pokemon. This is a village for Pokemon. I'm just visiting. What's your deal?
Weird Espurr: <My deal...? My deal is that I was enjoying a good nap before you so rudely interrupted me. Though I can introduce myself, if that is what you want. I am Linhardt von Hevring, of the Adrestian Empire, and I would very much like to get back to sleep.>
Lucius: I'm sorry, Linhardt? Like from the Blazing Sigil game?
Weird Espurr Linhardt: <The what?>
-The two stare at each other in mutual confusion for a moment, before Lucius snaps his fingers.-
Lucius: Oh! Is this like when I nearly got stabbed by that Byleth cosplayer 'cause I was dressed as Edelgard and she got really weird about it?
Linhardt: <...I'm not quite sure what you mean by any of that. But you do know Edelgard? And the professor?>
Lucius: I know of them, sure.
Linhardt: <I suppose that'll have to be enough. May I accompany you for a time? I can promise that my presence will be largely unobtrusive.>
Lucius: Fine by me. I'll have to catch you and keep you in a Poke Ball, though.
Linhardt: <As long as I can get some sleep in there, I have no complaints.>
Lucius: You sure can! Not that I've ever been in one myself, of course, but all the Pokemon I've ever spoken to have said you're able to. Though I guess it could just put you in a state of suspended animation that resembles sleep, and they wouldn't really know the difference. Either way, it's a miracle of technology, wouldn't you agree?
Linhardt: <...You know, you remind me of a friend of mine. He was also exceptionally persuasive.>
Linhardt: <Yes. He too said so many things that didn't make sense that you ended up agreeing with him out of sheer exhaustion.>
Lucius: Hey, screw you, I'm nothing like Caspar! Way taller, too! Besides, if you really do come from a world where Caspar is actually real, how did you end up in this one?
Linhardt: <I'm not sure... one moment I was on the battlefield leading my troops against Faerghus's forces, and the next I found myself here. Perhaps more will come back to me the longer I stay here.>
Lucius: Here's hoping you come to your senses eventually, I guess. Ready?
-Linhardt nods. Lucius takes out a Dream Ball and casually tosses it at him, and after a couple of wobbles, Linhardt is caught with a click.-
Lucius: ...Man, I just realised that having a Linhardt on the team totally fucks with the naming scheme I had going.
Lucius: ...so yeah, I guess I have an Espurr now. To be fair, though, he's pretty chill. All he does is sleep and read books on my tablet. E-books were a real eye-opener for him.
-He pauses for a second.
Lucius: ...not that Espurr ever really close their eyes, but you know what I mean.
Edited by Herbert40k on Feb 18th 2020 at 1:48:03 PM
Looks like we're just about done. Anyone who wants heals just gimmie a shout I brought Potions too.
Anthem: <Another villain falls to our impeccable style.>
Knew you'd like that.
/Duck/: <Woo. Go team!>
Gym Mission: Herd the Wooloo!
-Nightingale rolled her shoulders as she looked out over the milling herd in the grassy pens. The idea that she'd have to run around herding sheep was already tiring her, thankfully she had a bit of an idea while watching over challengers-
-With a flick of the wrist she sent out a Pokemon... But not one of her combatants-
Millie the Wooloo: <Hm? What's up?>
Heya. I need you to do something for me. It's not gonna involve a fight hopefully.
Millie: <Ooh? What is it?>
I need you to infiltrate the herd over there and like... Convince them to do the challenge without me pushing them around. Like just rile them up and direct them to move onwards.
Millie: <Huh... Okay? I'll try!>
-The sheep orb rolled on to integrate into the herd-
Wooloo 7: <Indoors grass is always a little chewier I find.>
Wooloo 3: <Do ya think they grow it in here or just... Maybe it's on plates they move in and out when needed?>
Millie: <I'm Millie and I think Yamper should vote!>
-The whole herd stops and stares at the new arrival-
Wooloo 5: <Vote? Why would anyone be voting?>
Wooloo 1: <And why would we let those mean dogs vote on things anyways?>
Millie: <Uh... Seize the means of production?>
Wooloo 3: <Of grass? We can't grab the sun.>
Millie: <W-we have nothing to lose but our chains!>
Wooloo 2: <What chains?>
Millie: <Vive le revolution!>
-She starts rolling towards the hay wall-
Wooloo 4: <We really should follow and make sure she doesn't hurt herself>
-The herd makes some vague noises of agreement and roll after Millie-
Me: 'Oh! I leveled up! Nice! No new moves though...'
"Again, fastest way to my heart."
Two trainers, each with primarily gray aesthetics, stood in front of the stadium. The more visibly nervous of the two stepped forward, her new backpack holding the essentials and her team.
"You sure?" She asked, to which the other trainer nodded. Sighing to calm her nerves, she opened the door and stepped in, hearing her partner follow her and sit down somewhere. He flashed a thumbs-up and she walked forward, ready to take on her first gym.
She looked at the Heal Ball and Dusk Ball in her hand, slight trepidation when she looked at the former.
"Stop fanning out and get on the platform! Dang it, stop wanderin' off, I got stuff to do! No one's benefitting from this wait!"
<You can just ask nicely, y'know!>
"Right, I'm sorry..."
From across the stadium, she and Milo looked at each other before they approached their perches.
"This is your first league, right? Despite your ties to the team?"
She nodded. "This isn't even my team. Kinda just bummed a few Pokemon until I can get a team of my own."
"Well, best of luck throughout the League. Let's introduce you right!"
Milo sent out Gossifleur!
Not A Fox Ammy sent out Ellie!
Edited by AbsentCoder on Feb 18th 2020 at 6:23:08 AM
Me: <Awesome! Hey, Evelyn! Hear that? We leveled up!>
Evelyn: <Yatta! Even in the darkest nights, there's always the next sunrise to look forward to!>
Me: <I couldn't have said it better myself.>
Thanks, I needed to shake some of the rust off since the last Gym battle I had was five years ago during my Hoenn anniversary tour.
-Let's address the Copperajah in the room, shall we?-
-Echo's Aura Jammer is broken, and thus her Aura is exposed.-
-From an auditory Aura Sense, one might compare it to a faint ringing of windchimes, perhaps sprinkled with a faint crinkling of rain or snow falling on leaves.-
-For those whose Aura Sense manifest as taste or smell, it's somewhat minty, with the faintest menthol-esque chill to it
-Similarly, tactile Aura Senses might question whether the window's been left open on a chilly winter morning, because the same crisp chill finds its way into the air.-
-What's somewhat peculiar is that visual Aura Senses wouldn't register the expected light blue one might assume it would have based on her aesthetic and the cold theme every other sense provides. One might possibly anticipate a faint wintergreen color to it, alternatively, but that isn't what it turns out to be, either.-
-It's an incredibly bright, rosy pink. Not even the pale pink Mew is frequently depicted with; it's vibrant and saturated, slightly more magenta than red. It radiates off of her like the sun, and if it were a normal visual sense, it would be almost blinding — continuing the sun analogy, it's comparable to stepping outside on a clear day, without a cloud in the sky, after spending far too long cooped up in a dark room. Which, in a way, it has been.-
-Despite the pink, there's no trace of Psychic potential. Nor anything on the Auric spectrum at all — the resemblance to her brother is undeniable, but she got none of the Obscuric ability that Kai Leng (not to be confused with Kai Amarin, for the unfamiliar) demonstrated to great effect when he attempted to kill Tagg some years ago.-
-(Luckily, the lack of Auric potential means that the Pink Diadem in her possession is still not in dangerous hands even though it is no longer masked by the Aura Jammer.)-
-Even to those who can use their Aura sense to perceive threats and ill will, none such appears within her. She pings as a friend, nothing less and nothing more. No hidden ulterior motives, no secret belief that anyone intends to turn on her. Supervillainous dramatics aside, she's entirely the J-Team's ally.-
-The one truly noteworthy thing, for those with the necessary familiarity, is that her Aura has the same signature that is shared with all Minds of Crystal. Other than that, though, her Aura is fairly plain. Slightly unusual, slightly intense, but mostly just... normal.-
-And she is absolutely terrified and mortified that it is no longer masked.-
-Without so much as a word to Tagg or anyone else in proximity, she flees the Union Room.-
-With the final wave of attacks, the facade Dr. Robinson's shadow has put up, quite literally crumbles.-
-The shadow hands seem to wilt away, and the cluster that makes up her body falls apart, leaving her humanoid form worn and torn and hopelessly defeated. She staggers against the glass behind her, breathing heavily.-
Shadow Robinson: N-no... I was so close to getting everything I needed! I would have been doing you bastards a favor, too, leaving Mobius weak and easy to terminate!
Paula: Doc, cut it out. You've got nothing left to throw at us.
-Shadow Robinson glares at Paula, but the fear in her eyes cannot be mistaken.-
-As it turns out, her current fear response is fight rather than flight, so she staggers toward Paula in an attempt to do... something to her.-
-The something is never fully realized, because Paula just holds her at arms length, and sighs.-
Shadow Robinson: ...
Paula: ...Listen. You know how this Palace came about, right?
Shadow Robinson: ...You were... a kid. An annoying, egocentric, insufferable kid. And yet, you kept pouncing on every single opportunity you could find to get power, and climbed your way through Cipher's ranks the fastest I've ever heard.
Paula: Mhm. And what happened to me, in the end?
Shadow Robinson: ...You vanished. The J-Team got ahold of the Heatran you Shadowed, and you were nowhere to be found.
Paula: Yep. I had everything ripped away from me, and I was left to die. And then I didn't! And I came back, kinda off my rocker, and things just kept getting worse and worse for me, until I was finally just... yanked out of my own mind. My path's not a nice one to go down, is it?
Shadow Robinson: But I can... I can do so much more! You did all that as a kid, so imagine how much I can do with my experience!
Paula: Kid, adult, old geezer, doesn't matter, turns out something always comes around to tear everything down. I'm trying to get you out of this, understand me?
Paula: C'mon. Let's get you out of here. I'm sure you can figure out what to do. You're smart like that. There's a whole list of people like us who could use the push, trust me.
-She turns Shadow Robinson toward the door, and gives her a gentle, quite literal push. Robinson stumbles a bit, before trudging out the door, expression somewhat lost. Her form seems to dissipate into light as she goes.-
Paula: ...There we go.
-Paula turns toward the rest of the party.-
Paula: All right, y'all, good work, mission accomplished. Now scram, I've got a Palace to get used to again. Go on, shoo.
Rose: Fucking hell. No.
Edited by BittersweetNSour on Feb 18th 2020 at 9:26:25 AM
Mithos: -rolls his eyes and thumbs at Persephone- SHE thinks she's the one who determines where we get to go.
Persephone: Because I am.
Mithos: So now we're stuck here. You two know anything to do in this town?
Alex: -doesn't have Aura senses installed yet- Uh. What the fuck just happened? Echo seemed awful spooked...
Royal: -gets that look in his eyes- If you have the gall to try and commandeer Rose you are solely mistaken.
Edited by Umbramatic on Feb 18th 2020 at 9:12:40 AM
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