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Me: -covering my eyes- Drat! I forgot Malacostra's armor was insulated... Yuki, use Blizzard!
Yuki: -covering her eyes- <Hai!>
-Yuki sang a haunting melody, summoning a rush of howling wind and swirling snow and directing it towards the area of greatest heat.-
-Mirai summons rainbow orbs of energy that surrounds her hands. She then dances around, waving the energy pompoms around. She does a cutesy cheer before touching an energy pompom to Kako, empowering him as he summoned an orb of shadowy energy and launches it at the blade-wielding, brainwashed Malacostra.-
Evelyn: Hatty! Use Brutal Swing!
-Hatty, covering her eyes with her hands, jumps off of Evelyn's head and surrounds her braids in a dark aura of violence, which she swings at Kuro and Helga.-
The lantern began to crack under the sudden shift in temperature. The heat had already taken its toll on the PSI-stone’s amplified effects. The bright magenta glow, already lessened through Colton’s repeated actions, was starting to weaken. Some of the grunts are coming to, though fortunately after the guard and Dr. Clavis had finished tying them up.
One telling aspect of this is that Malacostra’s two pokémon have remained rather inactive, only making moves to dodge stray attacks. The kingler, Eugene, was already fixated on certain treasures. the Ghost Lord’s golden zebstrika-hair toothbrush, the Ghost Lord's personal signed copy of The Tale of Genji that scholars have yet to rule as authentic, an elegantly painted scroll of Arceus with a poem telling the reader to let go of what does not give joy, and a self-help tome whose title translates to Everlasting Immortal Rule Over All Ransei for Buffoons. Left unchallenged, these critters may actually succeed in stealing something valuable.
╓────────────────────────────────────────────╢ SUZAKU KATSURAGI ╟────────────────────────────────────────────╖ ╠╡ HP ╞══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║███████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████║ ╚═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╡ ##/## ╞╝
But with fewer thralls under his diminishing control, Katsuragi simply has more power to squander on himself and his remaining mind slaves. All the while, he attempts to shadow ball Shelly, which of course would come to nothing. This isn't a good sign for him.
The runerigus himself attempts a zen headbutt where he spots Colton, while he orders Malacostra to abandon her duel with Gale and face Ian.
Edited by MasterJayAM on May 17th 2021 at 4:49:06 PM
-Shelly trips over out of the way of the shadow ball.-
Cady: Yes! It seems to be working! Let's keep hitting the lantern!
-Coda uses Dragon Pulse at the lantern, while Tempo fires off more energy balls.-
Recognizing the Zen Headbutt, Colton smirked and let every single Obscuric thing he had worked on fade away, all the dark power concentrated on his temple. He stood, waiting for the Runerigus to strike him, only to intercept the Zen Headbutt with such a powerful headbutt of his own courtesy of a Legendary Facepalm on the back of his head opposed to the front that it would probably cause some sort of magenta-black cascade of energy.
Hm, you figured out a new siphon move? Or is the technique something that burns through your Aura?
-Gale flinches just slightly and hums-
-Gale just rolls her eyes (of course her helmet is on so it translates to the helmet eyes cycling through a spectrum of colors quickly)-
I'm good at tactics analysis. Regardless, I'm intrigued whether there's some ways we can exploit this universe's preference towards broadside combat rather than fighters. I know we're not a carrier and we don't have any agile fighter units but...
-She just kinda summons a miniature flaming sword for a moment-
I can do a decent impression of one.
-With the duel being distracted by her opponent going elsewhere, Gale definitely saw the need to stop those thieves. Yes, she was not super into this whole 'take over the world' thing but these were her great-gramp's relics (theoretically) so she might as well defend them. She didn't really have much to say, blades still out as she rushed towards the looters-
Katsuragi reels from Colton's counterattack. Shelly and Kamui have their opening...
...and after sustaining heat and cold, the lantern finally cracks. It's only a matter of time before Katsuragi loses control of its power altogether, but he's too busy to notice anything.
Dr. Clavis runs toward the [Meiji] exhibits with one of the guards. He points to one exhibit under glass; a vintage pokéball from the 19th Century.
Dr. Clavis: This is said to be the most powerful vintage ball in our collection. I just hope we're getting to them on time.
Guard: You could lose your chance to repatriate these artifacts if you damage them.
Dr. Clavis: If we don't do our part, the potential damage can only grow!
They remove the ball from its case and hurry back to the hall.
╓────────────────────────────────────────────╢ SUZAKU KATSURAGI ╟────────────────────────────────────────────╖ ╠╡ HP ╞══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║█████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████║ ╚═══════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╡ ##/## ╞╝
Sebastian, the Crabominable, parry's Gale's swords mid-swing. Things will get a bit more heated, but he's cool under pressure.
Edited by MasterJayAM on Apr 17th 2021 at 6:56:46 PM
-Kai shakes her head-
Kai: Not quite burns through, per se. Or, well, it could potentially overexert me if I get too carried away. But, well...
-She leans back.-
Kai: Okay, so, ever since I became a vampire, I'm not really able to use Aura Jammers to mask my identity anymore. Physically, I think I can survive being in them, but the aura-jamming frequency pretty much wrecks me. So, I've been... exploring, other possible options. I used to have this mask from Insula Nui, but it was kind of an experimental thing that I screwed up the magic of to achieve the effect I wanted, and it's since totally degraded. But when it did work, it basically turned my Aura signature into a completely indiscernible void. Which gave me an idea.
-She seems to focus for a moment, and mirage-like heat shimmer seems to radiate off of them for a few seconds before fading. The candle on the table flickers slightly.-
Kai: ...Mmm, yeah, no, the thing is, what I've been experimenting with is trying to diffuse my own Aura enough to blend in with the ambient Aura throughout the world. But it only seems to work when I'm running low, because otherwise I just end up being this big beacon of vaguely fuzzy soul juice. And it sorta makes things around me really hot for a moment as a side effect? Don't know what's up with that.
-With the mesmerizing light of the PSI-Stone Lantern weakened, Ian uncovered his eyes to see a hypnotized crab lady charging at her like a raging Tauros... if a raging Tauros had Scyther arms and the hide of a Rhydon.-
Me: Hello there.
-Ian jumps over the armed and dangerous Pokémon Huntress. He thinks to himself...-
Me: -thinking- Malacostra's armor can insulate against electric attacks, almost like a Ground-type Pokémon... But what about psychic energy?
-As Ian lands he turns to face Malacostra and takes a deep breath, readying himself to attack.-
Me: Here I go... PK...
-A twinkling sound echoes through the room as Ian focuses his mind, concentrating his energy into a pink, blue and gray orb of energy.-
-Ian then fires the psychic energy orb at Malacostra, seeing if her armor is affected at all.-
Evelyn: Kako! Mirai! Use Magical Leaf! Hatty, use Psybeam!
Me: Raru, use Shadow Sneak! Piku-chan, use Iron Tail!
-Kako and Mirai surround themselves in a flurry of rainbow-colored leaves, which swirl around them as they dance together. The twins then launch the flurry of leaves at Katsuragi-sama. Hatty fires a rainbow beam of psychic energy from the top of her hair-hat at the crustacean 'mons attempting to steal the Ghost Lord's artifacts. Raru cloaks himself in a shadowy aura and punches the ground, causing a shadowy copy of himself to appear behind Katsuragi-sama and punch him in the back. Piku-chan makes his tail glow with a metallic sheen and strikes Kuro and Helga with it.-
Salem: -still under- Kuro, use Dark Pulse! Helga, use Hyper Beam!
-Kuro and Helga gather energy in their maws and let out a howl, unleashing a blast of dark energy and an orange-colored destruction laser at their foes.-
Me: Yuki, use Icy Wind!
-Yuki nods and then breathes out a chilling gust of wind at Salem, slowing him down.-
???: -distorted voice- Hey, Kim. So... How's it going? Ever since I met you, things have definitely been interesting. Thanks again for helping calm tensions when we met. I really appreciate it. So, Who am I? What was the fight started over? And why do I love my favorite food so much?
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Apr 3rd 2021 at 12:10:30 PM
-Megan keeps looking at Daydre, unconcerned and definitely quite oblivious-
Megan: -unaware- -warm...
i think there's something i'm supposed to do right now
-ah, Ironspine's one weakness-
Dr. Ironspine: <Augh!!>
-getting kicked in the face-
-she levels what's ready of her gun to smite Kazma for his troubles-
- —and gets kicked again-
(-Logan looks down over Stein trying—in vain—to resume any sort of offensive-
-the glow around them keeps trying to take the shape of a shield—it keeps wavering, shattering, shuddering-
Logan: -through the link, faintly- If everyone's set on the ground...)
-there's an inquisitive, gentle tug at what power each accepting party has to offer-
-in the split-second opening Kazma forces, Logan circles Ironspine thrice:-
Temporarily Telepathically Shared Scientific Madscape
-the mindscape is wracked with struggle-
Stein: -surety, momentarily, faltering- ...was I as beautiful as you envisioned, Doctor?
Dr. Ironspine: -waving a flickering paw- Oh, don't be so melodramatic. This happens all the time.
-their thoughtform expression rather imperiously, if silently, asks "does it?"-
Dr. Ironspine: -snort- You're new around here—self-evidently. There's a rhythm to these things.
-Aspects agglomerating- I Show Them All, they keep the audience alive and conscious, we go out for tea and cookies. Simple.
Stein: ...you're reaching for your gun.
-is she? that can't be right; if she pulls this last trigger-
-if she pulls this last trigger, she can't show—that presence—all the lovely new ways she's foiled them this time, as they've foiled her, in those elegant, ingenious specificities they hate to love sburning gold text spirals from the clouds, spelling intent and aim in emblems true and firm—clearer than any classroom-
???!Ironspine: -taking hold- What're you waiting for?? Us to be any more bolted tactically?? Let's scrap this experiment and move on to the next iteration.
Stein: -fizzing out- Yes, Doctor.
-the armor's Wishing Stars go critical-
Logan: No no no no no—
-their gaze flicks out to their allies still standing down, to the crowded cityscape stretching in every direction, to the hell about to rain down—-
-they fling the threads of their intent into a net cast wide, pulling their party's focus into what's about to fall if they can't prevent—-
-and draw a single Sign-
Sorbus: -Torterra- <...little high.>
Sapinda: -Tailwind, boosting the party- <Little low.>
-a very large Torterra bearing a very strange tree plummets from the air, right atop Stein-
-every Berry in her boughs yielding its bounty in a massive, prismatic sphere of chaotic doom-
-crashing down on Stein in full-
-...too late to prevent their last gasp-
-the explosion catches Logan and their summoned Pokémon in its blaze-
-the party, staring up, sees five Wishing stones resplendent with Eternatus' shadow expand, flickering Dragon's distinctive indigo-maroon, crashing down toward the cityscape and its buildings all around them—threatening collateral damage and severe bodily harm-
-empathic power flows into their cores-
Noticing that Katsuragi was recoiling from the attack, the Unovan let an evil smirk cross his face as he rushed towards the Runerigus with blinding speed, only to detonate into black mist around the Ghost-type.
The real Unovan stood behind him, a Dark Slash buzzsaw between his hands formed from his double's detonation into darkness that he used to lay a finisher.
Edited by AbsentCoder on Apr 3rd 2021 at 9:12:58 AM
Kim: "1- Kaylan, 2- you were distracted by a dream you had about marshmallows and thought Hanuman's tail was one, so you bit it and it burned your mouth, and 3- because they remind you of fluffy clouds that you can sleep on."
Kaylan: <Y-yep... you got it. Now I'm hungry... see you! After this, can we have marshmal->
(Static. Kaylan's voice cuts off.)
Kat: Yes! Wait... What are those stones?!
Cady: No idea, but we should probably try and stop them from hitting stuff.
-Cecelia fires some moonblasts at the meteors.-
Kat: Come on Shelly, let's do this! Assurance!
-Shelly attacks again.-
Cady: Let's keep up this momentum!
-Tempo and Coda continue to fire attacks at the lantern.-
Edited by QuantumMelody29 on Apr 4th 2021 at 2:03:31 PM
"Honestly I do wish I had my Delta Wing fighter from the Foxverse," Silas commented, "Things would be a lot easier here if I could get my hands on my Cobalt Stars supplies."
"Well we're here, we need to sort out what to do next," Arthur said plainly.
Bishop floated out of the walls, "Good news Captain, the security systems weren't prepped for Pory Intrusion. Seems we are unaccounted for here among the stars."
Silas smirked, "And?"
"Federation Records are on Deck 31 of the station, I am spoofing access for Shutter and Upton and will be joining them for their little exposé on the Rebellion Records," Bishop said.
"Excellent, I'll be working with Snakeye to direct repairs and upgrades, but we'll still need some extra scrap to cover all expenses," Silas said.
Arthur smirked and held up a tablet, "High paying job just appeared, apparently a VIP is looking for a bodyguard and a personal chef to serve them at a high rise party near the spire of the station," he looked to Gale, "Care to join?"
What Ian should already know was that Malacostra was already under a psychic spell. All his attack did was... cancel it out. But it was enough. Malacostra stoppped in her tracks, trying to parse the situation, and saw just how south the situation came. She was still wearing her armor, but her mooks were wearing kimonos and were in various states of capture and a freaky Runerigus was making a mess of things.
Random, tied up grunt: Madam, we're all washed up here. Save yourself.
She nods. It was the hazard of the job that the grunts were always the first picked off by whatever entity came to stop her. The Flaresies were nobody's friends, but these guys were hers.
Malacostra: Oh, you again? Ugh, this just isn't my day.
There was only one thing to do.
She rushed toward the still-hypnotized Salem and tries to jolt him from his trance.
Malacostra: Salem, snap out of it. We're busting this joint. Boys, stop fencing with the princess and help me get them out of here. Forget the treasure.
That last barrage of attacks has done a number on Suzaku. He has lost his grip on most of the remaining (incapacitated) minions bar one.
And lo and behold, the lantern finally cracked apart. The now-damaged runes can no longer be used to channel energy. Salem's design came with a failsafe. Once if fell apart, the metal itself could be used to contain the energy. The pink glow dissipates as the lantern's crushed body falls into it.
Suddenly, Dr. Clavis comes back with a steampunkish pokéball.
Dr. Clavis: I certainly hope I didn't come too late.
Stephen: No, doctor. You're right on time.
Dr. Clavis: Who's the closest to our target?
Stephen: That young woman over there. Ms. Knight is still tangling with the crabs and the man over there is too close to the runerigus.
Dr. Clavis: Think you can toss it as far as her?
Stephen: Well, I watched a shotput video once. I think I can manage.
He takes the ball from Dr. Clavis' hands and prepares to toss it to Kamui's direction.
Edited by MasterJayAM on May 17th 2021 at 4:51:51 PM
"Heads up, Kamui!" Colton barked, agitating his minor headache but still keeping one hand outstretched, only to pull away once he was certain the lantern no longer held influence.
The fox turned to look at the flying Ball, reverting to humanity to catch it in an open palm. With an underhanded gesture like she was throwing out a Hypnosis flare, the ball arced towards Katsuragi with a spin, primed for capture. "YEET!"
Ian the Pikipek: Oh, that can't be good...
-Ian the Pikipek glides onto a nearby rooftop and pulls a round pink device out from his pocket.-
Ian the Pikipek: As Ian the Pikipek alone, I won't be able to assist in stopping the meteors...
Piku-chan: <You mean... you're going to transform again?>
Ian the Pikipek: Of course.
Piku-chan: <Well... I'm not gonna stop you... So, go for it...>
-Ian the Pikipek nods to Piku-chan and taps the heart-shaped button in the center of the device. The button starts to glow in a rainbow of colors-
Ian the Pikipek: Here I go...
-With all my heart, I yell...-
Loving Melody Charge!
-The glow intensifies as a storm of flower petals surrounds Ian the Pikipek.-
-Evelyn's heart skips a beat as she feels something.-
-Evelyn looks to the southeast while still holding on to a tree branch.-
-The song that plays in-universe this time is different. Instead of his usual transformation theme...-
-...begins to play. Ian the Pikipek begins to spin around as his body glows in a rainbow light. His cape detaches from the costume and he ties it around his waist in place of his sash, his helmet disappears into light as the golden visor converts into a pair of shades which he puts on. His mofumofu hat appears like normal as the remains of his uniform alter themselves and become his shirt, shorts and sneakers. His hair and eyes change to a bright pink. He spins his magical wand around in his right hand while wearing a silly smile before throwing the wand into the air and catching it with both hands.-
-He strikes a cute pose as the flower petals dissipate.-
Me: Whoa... This is new...
Piku-chan: <You knew you had to do it, and are mystified by the results. I don't blame ya.>
Me: Thanks, Piku-chan. Now... Let's deal with those Draco Meteors.
-Ian then thinks to himself "This is so cool! My birdstyle and my Magical Boy uniform fused! I guess I can call this my "Fusion Suit". If only Pirika could see me now..." as he and Piku-chan jump from the rooftop and prepare to attack the Draco Meteors.-
Me: Piku-chan! Use Iron Tail!
-Piku-chan makes his tail glow with a metallic sheen and swings it at one of the Draco Meteor projectiles. Ian pulls back his arm, with the fist cloaked in magical energy, and lets loose on a meteor with a powerful punch.-
Me: Super Star Hopeful Punch!!!
-Salem snaps out of his trance the moment Malacostra shakes him.-
Salem: Huh? What happened? A-Are we winning? Why are our enemies dressed in kimono? Where's Croaku?!
-Croaku continues to mop the floors of the museum.-
Salem: Anyways, whatever happened... You're right. I think it'd be safer if we got out of here ASAP.
-Salem then thinks to himself "I hope no one was filming this..."
Salem: Kuro. Helga. Return.
-Salem calls Kuro and Helga back to their Poké Balls as he makes his getaway.
Yuki: <Arienai...>note I don't believe it...
Me: Kamui's gonna catch that Runerigus?
Evelyn: This is definitely gonna be interesting.
Ian and Evelyn's 'Mons: <Agreed.>
???: -distorted voice- <Good day, Kimberly Bond. How have you been? I must say it has been interesting since we first met. I believe it was around the same day you met that Wooloo. Regardless, it has been a real trip and I wish to express my gratitude to you for becoming my trainer. Without further ado, Who am I? What is my battle style? And during our time in Ikoria, what Pokémon did I battle when I evolved?>
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Jun 4th 2021 at 2:20:00 PM
Kim: "1- Ozzy. 2- Your battle style is very strategic in nature and you usually take all of the opponent's moves into account; your main strategy involves you using Hone Claws followed by Power Trip. 3- If I recall correctly, you told me that the Pokemon you fought was a giant mutated Dugtrio."
Ozzy: <Indeed it was. Well done, Kimberly; you certainly have remembered a lot. Farewell.>
(Static. Ozzy's voice fades out.)
(Kim and Elton, both of whom are still up in the top of the tree, turn to face Evelyn.)
Kim: "What is it, Evelyn?"
Elton: <Did something 'appen?>
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on Apr 4th 2021 at 7:06:43 AM
-Corrin yelps, and brings up a Protect barrier instinctively, because there's not much she can do on a large city-protecting scale.-
-He holds his breath, and a dark, very thick fog swirls into existence all around the battlefield — smoky dark grays and blues and purples, unstable and formless, tangibly thick, almost hard to breathe.-
-And as the cataclysmic meteors fall, they're slowed by the fog — not stopped completely, but it does seem to provide somewhat of a last-ditch barrier to cushion the impact.-
-Mason keeps holding his breath until the meteor storm finishes.-
-Gale's helmet eyes lit up at the mention of being a chef at a party-
A chance to do some cooking with anything other than ration? Yes please. Though we might need a cover story for my yaknow, humanness. Probably gonna stick with being a walking reference to a specific spacesuit waif but I'm willing to take feedback and improve things.
-She glances around and takes a breath-
Before anyone suggests I just use a scarf; I am by no means adept at cooking with paws so no.
Oh! So a kind of active camouflage except using Aura. I feel like it only works when you're low because you're basically diffusing your Aura into the local area and thus when you've got too much it's just... Too high a gradient to be stealthy. Though I'm not an expert in the mechanics of Aura; I barely get how Obscura functions but I'm starting to think it's just 'however I want it to function'.
-Gale does a small laugh-
Maybe you need like... A capacitor, somewhere you can store Aura and retrieve it later. I'd suggest soul gems but I'm not sure how to charge them without the Soul Cairn or outright killing things with a specific enchant on your weapon...
-Gale took in a deep breath as it felt like the fight was starting to break. Amid the combat she pondered the sword of her ancestry in her hands; it was... Nice. Not a weapon she was used to using but it was certainly well-made to the specifics of the time. Though what she knew of history, this was probably not particularly good quality steel and carried mostly by the forging techniques... It was an old blade that technically belonged to her and she felt a little bit bad critiquing it so harshly-
-Oh also like, fighting was about to end but Gale was willing to continue sword dueling until her family artifacts were not under threat anymore-
Evelyn: I just felt a sudden surge of magical energy around the area to the southeast of here...
???: -voice distorted- <Hello there, Kim. Has it really been a year since we met? Holy cow. I mean, it really has been something, hasn't it? Also, it has been great getting to know you and your friends. Really has. So, let's get down to brass tacks. Who am I? When did I first evolve? And what is my favorite song that is not by [Rush] or [Dream Theater]?>
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Apr 4th 2021 at 7:39:59 AM
Kim: "Ah. Should we go investigate?"
Kim: "1- Geddy, of course. 2- during my Motostoke Gym Battle; you evolved alongside Freddie. 3- "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace."
Geddy: <You got all three. It's a... pretty ironic song choice, but it's very catchy. Alright, Kim. Bye.>
(Static. Geddy's voice fades out.)
Kai: Heh. If it worked however I wanted it to, I'd have a lot less of a problem.
-She chuckles, wiping a bit of sweat off her forehead from the fading temperature spike.-
Kai: But yeah, that's why I can't really practice it much. Either I'm Aura-starved, or suddenly it feels like I'm in a sauna. Or right up by a fire.
With the PSI-stone's energy contained, there was no control over anyone else. The runerigus would've said something, but it turns out they were kind of dazed and confused, as though hungover from their brief power trip.
Katsuragi: <uh, what?>
And just like that, he was instantly summoned into a pokéball tossed by the fox-turned-girl. The strong wooden ball plonked into the floor and rolled a bit where the PSI-stone's lantern was.
It gave a satisfying puff of steam.
Malacostra, meanwhile, summoned back her Crabominable and Kingler and made a dash alongside Salem to the back exit, where they encounter Croaku.
Malacostra: That's enough! Leave it to the janitors, Croaku. It's time to blow this joint.
"Well." Colton and Kamui sighed in unison. "That was... something."
"I wonder..." she picked up the "Rustic Ball", as she was calling it mentally, and pocketed it.
"Hm, those crooks, wonder how we can get the authorities on them."
???: -distorted voice- <Heya, Kim! How's it going? Boy, life sure has been interesting since I met you! It definitely was for the best. But it's just been so great adventuring with you! I hope we can do more cool stuff together! As for that, Who am I? What is my favorite genre of music? And What is my favorite TV show?>
Evelyn: If you want to... It just... something about this sudden surge in magical energy feels familiar...
-Croaku keeps mopping the floor.-
Salem: Croaku, return!
-Salem calls Croaku back to his Poké Ball as he and Malacostra make their escape from the museum.-
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