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Kai: I appreciate it. And, y'know, if you ever need a hand with something, I've got your back as well, just say the word.
Hoops rolls their eyes.
Hoops: Seriously? The fates? Look, Evs, I believe in a higher power and all that. I mean, I literally met Arceus the day we met.
Kec: <That whole day was weird.>
Hoops: Even so, I don't think there's anything that decides our fate for us. Everything that's going to happen to me in the future will happen because of the choices that I and other people make, not because the fates decided it should happen. The idea of tempting fate is a load of crap, frankly.
Evelyn: Well... I leave that to you, Hoops.
Hatty: <Every time someone asks the question Hoops just asked...>
Evelyn: Things go wrong...
(Kim smiles, and Elton is nearly in tears of joy.)
Elton: <Oh, look at 'em! They're growing up...!>
Kim: "And I accept as well."
Paul: (blinks, then turns to the rest of the group) <Alright, which one of ya is dropping 'ya know''s like commas?>
(beat, Sinatra raises his paw)
Paul: (turning to face Evelyn) <Sinatra and I switched.> (beat) <That explains the sudden Brooklyn accent then. Should've known.>
Evelyn: -still in schoolteacher mode- Okay... So it's Paul and Sinatra... and who else?
-At that point, Evelyn gets an idea.-
Evelyn: Everyone. Pair up with the Pokémon you switched bodies with. We're doing a group project.
(The Pokemon excitedly look at each other, and soon get into their respective pairings: Paul and Sinatra, Dio and Geddy, Elton and Freddie, Orwell and Peechee, Gallag and Strummer, Joel and Dave, Ozzy and Dalt, Gilmour and Jagger, and Boseman and Grohl. Freddie happily jumps around in delight.)
Freddie: <Ooh! A group project? This is going to be so exciting~!>
-It was taking every single ounce of restraint in the Gale not to immediately introduce herself using something along the lines of "I'm Taali, youknow, from TV?". Instead she simply nodded and cycled her eyes through to a calm blue-
Thank you. I hope that my meals will impress, yes.
I'll keep that in mind, yes.
-Gale flashes a smile-
Very well. Welcome to the team. I suppose I shall recap what I know now that you're in.
-He takes a deep breath. Also, a lot of the accent has faded back into a more neutral one-
Underneath conventional reality is a realm of ideas and stories created from the collective mental power of man and mon known as the Metaverse. This realm is influenced by what I'm just going to outright call it as I see it, how much... Bad vibes people have? If someone's a bit bad then you're likely to find them somewhere in the place you went which is called Mementos. If someone is particularly emitting bad vibes then they get their own little independent pocket called a Palace. The Phantom Thieves, through various reasons, have ended up kinda becoming the only peoplemons on the planet capable of using the Metaverse to bring the injustices caused by people with those bad vibes to light and also utilize it to correct those vibes because not everyone with bad vibes is a bad person I guess. Anyways, to do that we fight using our Persona because regular moves and techniques are both underpowered and incredibly taxing there. Aaaaaaand... I think that's it? Hm.
Anyway I'll add you two to the group chat so when we start up a fresh mission you guys can join in officially if you want. Oh! Also, you'd do well to come up with codenames. The costume of a Persona-user does a lot to hide their identity but it's by no means foolproof especially if you use your regular names.
-Kai returns the look with her own soft, slightly tired smile.-
-She hesitates for a moment, before realizing she should actually, like, get up to leave.-
Kai: ...See you around, Gale.
Me: That... actually makes a lot of sense. As for the codename thing, Kim and I got that covered. Call me "Joybringer".
-Evelyn mentally takes note of who switched with whom as she comes up with her lesson plan.-
Kim: "And me the Consultant."
Hoops holds out their hand.
Hoops: Please, let me do this. To prove to myself that I can, as much as anyone else.
(Kim smiles, reaches into her pocket, pulls out a choker, and hands it to them— all the while still grabbing on to the tree branch.)
Silas leaned back and enjoyed his cone, this was the best ice cream place on the planet, and he wasn't taking arguments. Roxy smiled, "Love this place?"
"Grandpa Sean used to take me here after science fairs, I have good memories of this place."
"Even though you went here after losing an arm?"
Silas flexed his metal limb, the servos whirring, "Gotta pick up the mood somehow."
Silas had a mess of a chocolate fudge cone, Roxy was trying out a new flavor called "Fae-Dust" which she was certain would anger some fae somewhere. Hacks had buried his head in a chocolate monstrosity.
"You know you're gonna hate yourself tomorrow for that," Silas commented.
~Worth it!~ came Hacks's response.
Silas shook his head and let out a amused scoff, "So... what about you? Enjoying yourself?"
Roxy nodded, "Lotta these flavors I couldn't eat back when I was, well you-know. Would probably kill myself doing so, like this however. So much to try."
Silas smirked a bit, then he felt a cold kiss against his cheek, and the smirk became a small smile, he wiped some of the ice cream off. He looked up, the door bell had chimed, someone else had stepped in.
-The shadows shudder as Gale departs-
Alright, cool. Well I really should get going to set you guys up on group chat. Glad to have you on the team rather than trying to tackle these things solo. Anyways, ciao!
-The shadows shudder as Rakash departs-
Reaver: Urgh. Gordie's running the gym again today. Why can't they both just be Ice-type?
-Reaver stares through the glass doors of the Circhester Stadium, frowning. He briefly watches Scarlette approach the front desk to begin her challenge, before turning and leaving.-
-He wanders away, finding a good open spot to let out a couple of his Pokemon.-
Igneous: <...Hey, pal, what's the big idea? The gym's over that way!>
Sworss the now-a-Cinderace: <Yeah, not gonna lie, gettin' tired of hanging around waiting.>
Reaver: Listen, if this gym's gonna keep being run by a Rock specialist, we're gonna have to do a lot more work to make up for it. In particular, finally getting you to evolve.
-He points toward Igneous, who gives a "not again" roll of his eyes.-
Igneous: <I'd love to. I've tried. I did it once and it got undone.>
-Unfortunately, Reaver still doesn't understand Monese.-
Reaver: We were going to battle anyway, now it's for a different reason.
Sworss: <...Are we sure you don't just evolve by Fire Stone or something?>
Igneous: <It should be the same way as any other Pupitar!>
Reaver: Hey, hey, hey, literally, cool your jets! We're not gonna go overboard, this is just—
XD: APEX: Just a couple of hot headed fools.
-Reaver, Igneous, and Sworss all nearly jump out of their skins at the sudden sound of the poorly-recorded voice of Chris Hemsworth, and turn to stare at the rust-covered metal bug that just appeared.-
Reaver: What the hell—?!
XD: APEX: Multiple [FIRE]-type creatures detected.
-The Genesect turns its gaze toward Igneous, tilting its head to an odd angle.-
Igneous: <...What're you lookin' at?>
XD: APEX: Anomaly detected.
-It walks toward Igneous, inspecting closely.-
Igneous: <I'll tell you what's an anomaly here, it's your ugly bug mug right up in my face!>
XD: APEX: (Pokédex voice) Pupitar (Japanese: サナギラス Sanagiras). The Hard Shell Pokémon. Pupitar creates a gas inside its body that it compresses and forcefully ejects to propel itself like a jet. <Pupitar is, under normal circumstances, of the Rock/Ground types. This is different. Further investigation required.>
Reaver: ...Can we help you, weirdo?
-Apex rotates mechanically to stare at Reaver.-
XD: APEX: d e l t a--
-Apex grabs Igneous with its claws, and Igneous yelps and fires up his jets.-
Edited by BittersweetNSour on Apr 7th 2021 at 12:50:01 PM
-Megan has No Thoughts, Head Empty-
-blissfully free of panic, her higher processing burned away by the steam and proximity-
-Megan defaults to the rhythm of all that fic she hoards:-
-she faceplants, onto Daydre's face-
-she lets lips sink ships—or float them, as the case may be-
-she seals the letter in a traditional way, on this traditional day-
-she kisses the girl, is what I'm saying-
-let's take it from the top-
-the Moonblasts sear through the nimbus of Dragon energy coruscating about the falling stars—the...magical boy beam(??), doing much the same—-
-cracking them wide open, for Piku-chan, Kazma, and Mr. Bitey to dive onto them, shattering one, two, three from building-toppling boulders to person-squishing chunks-
-the team-wide Capture Link tells them all to get out of the way of Azure's Sparkling Aria, dragged skyward unnaturally swiftly to absorb the new clouds of Wishing Pieces—detonating with all their explosive energy harmlessly high above the city-
Dr. Ironspine: <No, no—>
-a bit of an open secret among the Rangers-
-Dark energy, in a generic Poké Assist, erases matter-
(-Sapinda catches herself from free fall, Sorbus's summoning dismissed—Logan throws up a hand and Mason's miasma is lit from within by crackling, Aura-bearing lightning-)
-not uniformly, not living matter—more easily the more recently that matter was generated—-
-the chunks too big for the Aria to carry them free vanish into the fog and never emerge-
Dr. Ironspine: <augh!>
(-Stein's unconscious form hits pavement with a metal-shattering thump-)
-...and the last two meteors, grooves carved through, battered street-centerward by the Aria plummet free trailing Obscuric fog and primal fire-
Addie: <No, no—>
-that fire vanishes, spiraling to a new point-
-absent the continuous flow of Galar radiation, the mountain of stone spearing from the pavement has begun to collapse back to its original size—WYNN takes it and warps it into a shield between sky and earth-
-the sheer kinetic energy of its formation begins grinding the Meteors to dust well before they crash and stick, long before they crack and—-
- —explode, because when does Dynamaxed anything not-
-the shockwave is arrested before it can even begin-
-in tandem with Wynn's gigantic defense, through the Assist and her experience and her allies around her, Corrin's Protect strengthens to protect the party from one final blow-
-minimized by party effort, managed by judicious Dynamax, its remainder now nullified as it will ever be-
-and the street-
(-save for the crackle of reverting stone, the clattering of rubble falling free, the distant hubbub of people displaced-)
-the Stardust blows all throughout the surroundings, tingeing the sunlight red (the more than probable vaguely dreary overcast red)-
-city streetlights—those still intact—whirr back to life, the power grid reasserting itself-
-Wishing Pieces rain down—Max Raid loot! But nothing larger, nothing more dangerous-
Edited by Asterisk395 on Apr 8th 2021 at 10:11:16 AM
-Cady and Kat gather up some more wishing stars.-
Kat: We should probably get to a Pokémon center tout suite. Anyone know where the nearest one is?
Hoops takes the choker and slowly fastens it around their neck. Aside from everything else going on, it mixes with their hair to give them a decent punk aesthetic. They crouch down low to the ground and allow Kec to climb down their arm onto the forest floor. Kec looks up at his trainer with concern, but says nothing.
Hoops: (internally) The panic that this transformation gave me last time was overpowering. But I think that I've grown stronger thanks to Ian, Evs, and Kim. This time will be different, I'm sure of it.
They take a deep breath and tap the button on the choker. There is a small flash of light, and Hoops' form has been replaced by that of a Magikarp that flops weakly on the ground.
Then the panic sets it. As they find that they can't breathe, and their movement is limited, they begin to thrash desperately, as though doing that might allow them to breathe.
Kec moves forwards to try and help his trainer.
Hoops: <No! Let me try!>
He concedes to his trainer's request and hangs back.
Hoops continues to thrash in panic.
Hoops: (internally) Have to calm down! Have to calm down! But I can't breathe! I need to breathe! Hang on. Water pokemon like Magikarp are used outside of the water by trainers all the time, which means they must be able to handle it. That means either they have a different way of breathing, or they go without oxygen for a while...
The thrashing begins to slow as Hoops stops focusing on their panic. They slow to weak flops on the ground that seem more like muscle spasms than anything else.
Hoops: (internally) Come on, think. Think of everything you know about Magikarp.
They close their eyes and focus. This has the additional effect of making them seem dead, which causes Kec to panic. He begins to run forwards to help, but the eyes snap open again.
Hoops: <That's it! Magikarp can live in water of any quality, which means that they can probably go without breathing for a while!>
Kec: <How does that help?>
Hoops: <It means that while I hold my breath, I can learn to do this!>
The whiskers on the face wiggle. Then they curl and uncurl, and stretch, and begin moving like tiny, weak, helpless arms. One comes around and taps the choker several times.
There is a flash of light, and Hoops is kneeling on the ground and gasping for breath. They look the same, except for the fact that behind one ear there is a small tuft of yellow hair that looks like the fins on Magikarp's back.
Hoops: I did it, Kec. I did it, guys.
And then they faint from exhaustion.
Edited by theoncominghoop on Apr 8th 2021 at 3:47:36 PM
Down Ian's path there was another fork, one left, one right, two knights stood before Ian. One said, Path Right's knight said, "Go Left." Path Left's Knight said, "Go right."
Down Evelyn's path, there was two paths, one that appeared to be a pit with the label "Correct", the other appeared to be a short bridge to a door with the label "Wrong".
Which way would they go?
-The Flare Blitz knocks Apex off balance, and its red eyes suddenly start glowing at max brightness.-
-The moment it regains its bearings, its gaze rapidly glances between Igneous and Sworss.-
-Its focus locks onto Sworss, and at an incredible speed, it launches at him in a jet-powered piledriver.-
Reaver: Rrgh, this bug's gotta have a real bad fire weakness, right?
Sworss: <Yeah, yeah, I'm already dealing with that!>
-Sworss jabs a foot up at the cyborg bug driving him into the ground, with a burst of flame exploding from the kick, to get it off of him.-
-Apex staggers back, instinctively taking bipedal form again to keep its balance.-
Reaver: All right, Igneous, just start using Flame Charge, keep moving and building up speed.
Igneous: <You wanna see a real jet slam?>
-Igneous's jets fire up, and he crashes into Apex, almost knocking it off balance again. Apex hisses, and its cannon charges.-
XD: APEX: Activating Shadow Cannon.
-It takes the shot, and a bolt of electricity flashes, almost seeming to leave a black afterimage in its wake. The bolt strikes true, and Sworss goes flying back, unconscious before he hits the ground.-
Axon: -telepathically to Evelyn- ~Okay. Stop right here.~
-Evelyn stops at the fork in the road with the pit and the short bridge.-
Evelyn: -telepathically to Axon- ~Alright... What's here, Axon?~
Axon: -telepathically to Evelyn- ~From where I can see, there's a pit down one path and a short bridge with a door down the other. The Pit has a sign that says "Correct" and the bridge with a door has a sign that says "Wrong".~
Evelyn: -telepathically to Axon- ~Hmm... That sounds like quite the puzzle. I'll leave the decision to you, Axon.~
Axon: -telepathically to Evelyn- ~Thank you kindly, Evelyn. Now, I predict a 50/50 chance that the signs for both paths are correct. Meaning that the best course of action, in my case, would be to trust you to take that chance. And I do trust you, Evelyn.~
Evelyn: -telepathically to Axon- ~Thank you, Axon... and I've made my decision. I trust you to make the call.~
Axon: -telepathically to Evelyn- ~Very well. Take the path with the pit.~
-Evelyn nods and stumbles down the path to the edge of the pit.-
Me: -telepathically to Raru- ~Alright, Raru. Whatcha got?~
Raru: -telepathically to Ian- ~From where I am, I see two knights. One of them telling you to go left and the other telling you to go right.~
Me: -telepathically to Raru- ~Oh, this is gonna be fun.~
Raru: -telepathically to Ian- ~I just hope it's not THAT puzzle where one of them only tells the truth and the other only lies.~
Me: -telepathically to Raru- ~Yeah... Then that one might be all like "That was ONE TIME, Kyle! I said I was sorry!" and then they'd start to argue and we'd never get anywhere.~
Raru: Hahaha... -telepathically to Ian- ~I agree with you, Ian. Anyways, what are we gonna do about 'em?~
-Ian tries to think about what he should do...-
-Reaver's eyes widen as he recalls Sworss.-
Reaver: What the hell is this thing?
-He tosses out his next Poke Ball, releasing his Typhlosion starter.-
Buddy: <Huh? What's going on?>
Reaver: Buddy, we need to take this out ASAP! Don't let it get out any more shots, just Erupt as soon as you can!
-Buddy's back flares up, and he releases a gout of flame that washes over the battlefield at Apex. The heat makes it stagger slightly, but for a metal bug, it turns out to be awfully resilient, and it slows down to refocus.-
XD: APEX: (GPS voice) Recalculating.
XD: APEX: <Trainer appears to use [FIRE]-type exclusively. Account for the weakness.>
-Even as it's surrounded by flames, it takes the time to pull out the yellow disc loaded in its cannon, and replace it with a blue one.-
Igneous: <Hey! What's that about, ya big rustbucket?>
-Igneous crashes into Apex again, at higher speed this time, but Apex seems to be adapting to the tactics used against it, and catches its balance with little trouble.-
XD: APEX: (same exact tone) Recalculating.
Reaver: Yeah, yeah, recalculate, whatever— Buddy, keep the fire burning!
-Buddy nods, and another gout of flame bursts from his back. Smoke rises from the seams in Apex's metal plating, and one of its eyes goes out again, but its focus is uninterrupted.-
XD: APEX: --which is why I will focus all of my power to snuff it out.
-The Shadow Cannon charges again, and a pressurized blast of sickening gray fluid spews at Buddy like a fire hose.-
Igneous: <Uhh, okay, this is getting really bad, looks like! Gotta take you down before you do anything else!>
-He cloaks himself for another Flare Blitz, crashing into Apex at full force.-
-Apex takes three sideways steps upon impact, stabilizes, and jabs a claw down at Igneous.-
XD: APEX: <Further investigation required.>
-Another gout of dark fluid.-
-Apex lifts up the unconscious Delta Pupitar, and looks at Reaver.-
XD: APEX: <Do you know anything about this type anomaly?>
-Reaver's hands go from preparing to send out his next Poke Ball, to slowly and shakily held up in a display of surrender. Apex tilts their head.-
XD: APEX: <Inconclusive response. Interpret as "no".> No, no, no, no, no, no, NO!
-Apex takes Igneous, and jets off, leaving Reaver speechless and stunned.-
(Kim and Elton look at each other in concern, before staring down at Hoops.)
Kim: "Should we forfeit? I know how excited you are about winning games..."
Elton: (cheerfully) <This was never about winning, Kim! I 'ad plen'y of fun with this game... but I'm willing ta lose if it means 'elping someone! Come on, Kim! We need to get 'em back up!>
(Kim nods, and she and Elton get off of the tree and run towards Hoops.)
Elton: <'Oops! A-are you okay?>
(Back in Postwick, another Cockney-accented Pokemon is having a good time: the Shiny 2-inch Joltik. Specifically, he is happily jumping around in the cavern where he and his fellow Galvantula and Joltik live, and likely heading off to... somewhere. He is humming "Little People" from [Les Miserables] to himself. Eventually, however, he comes to a hole in the ground that is covered with leaves. Delighted, he grabs the leaves and takes them off... only to find nothing inside. His eyes widen in shock.)
Shiny Joltik: (stunned) <W-WOT THE—?! W-where in the world did my ba'ries go?! I 'ad 'em right 'ere, and now they're gone...!>
(He looks around in a state of panic, and then hears laughter coming from near him. His eyes suddenly flash with determination and anger, and he turns to face the source of the laughter— the rest of the Joltik and Galvantula.)
Shiny Joltik: (accusingly) <YOU!>
(He points a leg at them, and the rest of the Joltik and Galvantula go silent.)
Shiny Joltik: <You blokes stole my ba'ries, didn't ya?! You don't wan' me ta get any stronger, do ya?!>
Galvantula #1: <Oi, wos the big deal wit' that?! You don't need 'em anyway!>
Shiny Joltik: <Don't need 'em?! 'Course I need 'em! I'm not gon' get any stronger if I don't drain ba'ries every single day!>
Galvantula #2: <Oh, come off it! Yer so short the ba'ries energy will just pass right frough ya!>
Shiny Joltik: (glowering) <Ya think I'm mad, do ya?!>
Galvantula #3: <Always 'ave, ya bloody fool!>
Shiny Joltik: <OI! YOU'RE THE FOOLS! FINKING I CAN'T GET STRONGER 'CAUSE I'M ONLY TWO INCHES TALL!>
Galvantula #2: <Well, ya see, 's not that ya can't.> (then, with a smirk) <I's that ya won't.>
Shiny Joltik: (his eyes widen in shock) <W-WOT?!>
Galvantula #1: <GET 'IM!>
(And with that said, the Galvantula and Joltik start running directly towards their two-inch counterpart, launching Electroweb after Electroweb at him in an attempt to capture him. The Shiny Joltik starts jumping around the cavern, managing to evade the Electroweb moves due to his small size. Eventually, though, he hears one of the Galvantula approaching him.)
Galvantula #3: <I'm gon' get ya, shor'ie...!>
Shiny Joltik: <NO! NONONONONONONONO—!>
(He tries to get away, but the Galvantula raises his leg— and sends it down directly on the Shiny Joltik, nearly crushing him. The Shiny Joltik starts squirming in an attempt to get away, but finds he cannot escape.)
Shiny Joltik: <WOT ARE YA DOIN'! YER GON' KILL ME!>
Galvantula #3: <Exac'ly.>
(He rams his foot in harder. The other Galvantula smirk, and then load up a Giga Drain move. Seeing this, the Shiny Joltik's eyes snap wide open— and his eyes suddenly light up as he points ahead with a leg, albiet shakingly.)
Shiny Joltik: <Look! O'er there! More ba'ries!>
(And the second that they hear that there are batteries, the Galvantula and Joltik look up and turn their heads.)
Galvantula #3: <More ba'ries?! F-fer us ta drain?!>
Joltik: <SWEET! FOOD!>
Galvantula #4: <Let's go!>
(And with that said, all the Galvantula and Joltik run out of the cave for batteries— save for one of them, who turns back to face the Shiny Joltik, glowering.)
Galvantula: <Don't fink this doesn't mean we won't be back for ya, pipsqueak. We'll see to it that you ne'er get stronger than you are now. Read: a pi'iful weakling. An' don't fo'get it.>
(He leaves. The Shiny Joltik, both metaphorically and almost physically crushed, stands up and stares out the cave entrance.)
Shiny Joltik: (sadly) <M-maybe they're right. I mean, look a' me. Two inches tall... can't e'en make an Electroweb for the life o' me...>
(He once again attempts to spit out a web. Nothing happens except for a small strand of electricity. His stomach rumbles.)
Shiny Joltik: <I'm starving... I need ba'ries...>
(He sighs— and then suddenly gains a look of determination.)
Shiny Joltik: <No. Wot in the world am I saying?! They fink I can't get stronger, that I can never find a Trainer, that I won' evolve... I'll show 'em! I'll show 'em all! But first...>
(He looks around— and then runs out of the cavern, in a rush to get away from all of the bullying as much as possible. The rest of the Joltik and Galvantula notice and turn to face him.)
Joltik: <OI! Where're ya going?>
Shiny Joltik: <I'm going to find myself a Trainer and prove all of you blokes wrong!>
(The Galvantula and Joltik look at each other— and start laughing.)
Galvantula: <A TRAINER?! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR BLOODY MIND?!>
Galvantula #2: <Yer gon' get killed before ya ever get a Trainer! Nobody would ever want such a weakling!>
Joltik: <Yeah! 'S why they don't catch a Magikarp!>
Shiny Joltik: <Well now they do, 'cause now it can learn 'Idro Pump! An' if a li'le Magikarp can do that, then there's no'ing that'll stop me from getting myself a Trainer and getting as strong as I can be!>
Galvantula #3: <I DOUBT THAT!>
(The Joltik and Galvantula start laughing again— but the Shiny Joltik is refusing to listen anymore. He leaves the Postwick cavern and heads out onto the streets.)
Kim: "Farewell, Rakash." (she turns to face Ian, and, in a whisper) "I'm almost 100% confident that that was Fivesides."
Oliver: Ouch. Yeah, human hands are pretty brittle compared to those.
Ivy: Maybe the fact your flippers are so sturdy has more to do with the fact you're a steel type and less to do with the fact that they're flippers...
Daydre blanks out for a second.
Sure her lips hurt a little from the impact, but given what's going on Daydre finds that very easy to ignore. After a few seconds more of brain blank she leans in herself.
Daydre whoops, the confusion finally starting to wear off. A wishing piece lands on the ground near her and she grabs it.
"... This is probably useful, right?"
EMPEROR puts his hand on his... well, it's where his chin would be if he had one. Man that'd be pretty weird too wouldn't it?
Edited by Daydre on Apr 8th 2021 at 7:12:20 AM
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