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Count Abarata: We look forward to it.
He does what was recognizably a salute, then vanishes.
Jane: The pleasure is ours. We'll keep in touch.
Tommy: Take care!
(Kim continues playing the pipe organ, while Dio and Kaylan continue playing their respective instruments.)
Kim: "I had a feeling they'd come back from that." (then, to herself) "Of course, this means that Gardevoir is next... wonder how they're going to handle that..."
(And then the Consultant arrives, ready for her first day on the job.)
The Consultant: "Indeed. I... would like to sincerely apologize for the initial lack of opsec."
PI: You can?
ZL: That'ss really cool! What Pokemon iss it?
ZL: What do you mean? It'ss me! Juless!
RM: NO—NOT—YOU! I—mEAN—THAT—"PK"—PErSON!
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on May 20th 2021 at 4:47:51 AM
Temporarily borrowing OPALGARNET 16's Pokémon characters for this post with her permission.
-Raru continues to play his keytar as the key changes for the first time. Evelyn approaches Ian slowly...-
Evelyn: ♪Those who have seen your face...♪
-...then quickly jumps back.-
Evelyn: ♪...draw back in fear...♫
-Evelyn then turns herself around and falls into Ian's arms. Ian quickly catches her.-
Evelyn: ♫I am the mask you wear...♪
Me: -in a voice sounding like a fusion of Ian and his Persona, Cu Chulainn- ♫It's me they hear.♪
Note: Evelyn's lines are in blue, Ian's are in pink, and combined are purple.
Evelyn and I: ♫My/Your spirit and your/my voice, in one combined...♫ ♪The Phaaaaaantom of Opera is here/there...♫ ♫Inside my/your mind...♪
-In that moment, an eerie choir rings out from the shadows. The choir consists of a group of Pokémon-turned-human and Pokémon singing in a resonant harmony of Monese and English.-
Choir: <♪He's there... The Phantom of the Opera...♫ ♫Beware... The Phantom of the Opera...♪>
-The key changes, as Ian and Evelyn prepare to close out the performance.-
Me: ♪In all your fantasies, you always knew...♫ ♫That man and mystery...♪
Evelyn: ♫...were both in you.♪
Evelyn and I: ♫And in this labyrinth, where night is blind...♫ ♪The Phaaaaaantom of Opera is here/there...♫ ♫Inside my/your mind...♪
-The chorus rings out again in its harmony.-
Choir: <♪He's there... The Phantom of the Opera...♫
Evelyn: ♫He's there... the Phantom of the Opera...♫
-Evelyn begins to vocalize beautifully, glowing faintly with a mystical purple light.-
Me: Sing, my angel of music~♪
-Evelyn continues to vocalize while the purple light shines brighter.-
Me: Sing for me!
-The note Evelyn sings becomes higher and the mystical light more pronounced as Evelyn sings. A force lifts Ian slightly into the air with each note.-
Me: Sing, my angel!
-Evelyn sings a higher note and the glow surrounding her gets brighter, lifting herself into the air as well.-
Me: SING FOR ME!!
-Evelyn hits the highest note in the song, releasing a psychic energy wave centered on her. The wave launches Ian off the stage.-
If anyone at the Banquet wants to roll for their Reflex Save, now would be a good time.
-The purple psychic glow diminishes as Evelyn drifts slowly to the stage.-
-Evelyn bows to the audience. Ian picks himself up and staggers dizzily back onto the stage and next to Evelyn where he takes his bow, and smashes facefirst into the stage.-
Me: -muffled by stage- I'm okay.
Evelyn: Axon. You did really well. You deserve a good rest.
Axon: <Thank you kindly, Evelyn.>
Me: You did really well too, Yuki-sama. You've earned this rest.
-Ian and Evelyn call Yuki and Axon back to their Poké Balls.-
Bede: Looks like you've been doing a lot of training for this battle.
Me: Indeed we have.
Bede: Now, let's see how you fare against this Pokémon!
-Bede throws a Poké Ball out to the field and when it opens, a pink and white foxlike Pokémon with ribbon-like feelers appears from the flash of light.-
Evelyn: It's a Sylveon!
Me: Sylveon? Omoshiroi...* Interesting...
-Ian and Evelyn take out their Pokédexes and check what information they have on Sylveon. Evelyn lifts hers telekinetically.-
Ian and Evelyn's Pokédexes: Sylveon, the Intertwining Pokémon and an evolved form of Eevee. A Fairy type. Sylveon affectionately wraps its ribbon-like feelers around its Trainer's arm as they walk together. This touch enables it to read its Trainer's feelings. There's a Galarian fairy tale that describes a beautiful Sylveon vanquishing a dreadful dragon Pokémon.
Me: Honestly, I never saw you battle with Sylveon before.
Bede: Well, since this is a Double battle, I needed one more Pokémon for it. And here, I have her battle partner...
-Bede takes a Poké Ball of his belt and readies it.-
Bede: Maiden of white with eyes of red, I call to you! Whisper your madness and twist the air once more!
-Bede throws the Poké Ball into the air and in a flash of light, Gardevoir slowly drifts to the battlefield.-
Evelyn: The one who defeated Hoops...
Bede: The very same. Rapidash and Mawile did a great job of wearing Hoops' Pokémon down that all Gardevoir needed to do was appear and use Moonblast to finish the job.
-Bede's Gardevoir stares Ian and Evelyn down, scanning them psychically.-
Gardevoir: <I have underestimated your friend with the Kingler. I shan't make that mistake twice.>
Me: Ready, Evelyn?
Evelyn and I: I CHOOSE YOU!
-Ian and Evelyn throw their Poké Balls into the air and from them come Raru and Kako.-
Raru: <I'm ready to help you in battle!>
Kako: -crackling with an elecrtical energy- <Ready when you are...>
Bede: Gardevoir, hang back.
Gardevoir: <Very well. I shall support Sylveon until she is defeated.>
Sylveon: <Ready when you are, Bede!>
Joybringer: I too apologize for my lack of opsec.
Joybringer: What's opsec?
-Evelyn finds the page in her book where she wrote down a spell that can do what Kim needs.-
Evelyn: Aha! I found it!
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on May 3rd 2021 at 5:21:04 AM
"Operational Security," Jackal explained, "Basically how good are you at not leaking info you're not supposed to leak on a need to know basis."
After Ian would have slammed into the ground, when he looked up he would see that Hoops has come over and is standing over him, offering a hand to help him up.
Hoops: So, Phantom? Like when we met. I was always more into Sondheim, personally. You okay?
Me: Yeah, I'm fine. I've been thrown about like a ragdoll before.
-Ian takes Hoops' hand and is helped back to his feet.-
Me: So what brings you here?
Hoops: Food, mostly. And I wanted to apologise for not showing up for your battle against Daisuke. I assume you won since Evelyn is here.
Piku-chan: <If Ian didn't win, we wouldn't be having this conversation either.>
Hoops: Well, I'm glad.
They put their hands in their pockets and stand awkwardly, not knowing what to say.
Hoops: So... I got my sixth badge the other day. Beat Gordie in Circhester. I was going to head to Spikemuth after this. How's it going for you guys?
Me: It's going great for us. We'll be heading to Circhester after this. Maybe we'll meet you back here for the final leg of the Gym Challenge.
Hoops: Yeah, maybe. Hey, um, so, do you know if Kec and the others are doing okay? Like, is Kim taking care of them and stuff?
Me: They're doing well.
(Kim eventually stops playing the pipe organ and gets down. Braker and Walter both applaud, but Cuddles is on the floor, slightly rattled by the shock.)
Cuddles: (weakly) <Ow... that was a great performance... yaaaay...>
Kim: (somewhat jokingly, knowing it's not actually her) "Strider, is that you?"
Kim: "Great. Now..." (she smirks) "Let's get this game started, shall we?"
RM: OH. NEAT. mY—NAmE'S—rOmEA; I—JUST—GOT—CAUGHT—BY—THIS—DWEEB, AND—I'm—GOING—TO— rIP—APArT—ANYBODY—WHO—STANDS—IN—mY—WAY!
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on May 20th 2021 at 4:51:21 AM
Clobbopus: <Fight me!>
-Her tentacle fists merely bounce off Yew's wool and she rolls to the shoreline, before coming back to do it again-
Cam: <You sure you're fine with that?>
Yew: <Yeah, this is hilarious!>
-As we presumably start moving towards the Translucent Path-
We're in Mementos, there are no Palaces in Mementos, apart from this place being the Palace of all hearts.
We probably ought to figure out a codename for you.
Pink: <I can try having Galen scan for presences not our own or one of the Shadows. Since that lady said she was seeing him in her mind's eye, maybe we should try seeing if we can find her Shadow.>
Edited by rmctagg09 on May 3rd 2021 at 11:39:10 AM
Well, as long as it prevents an assassination I'm not super fussed about whether the stew survives. That said, if we can defuse that device now we can do the chase with Arthur.
-Luperian does a bit of cheering as the song wraps up-
Luperian: Damn that was pretty good.
Takcorian: Sir Webber does good work occasionally.
Luperian: At least, when he's sticking to the stage.
Takcorian: Oof, yeah.
Yeah, it just doesn't feel like the right time to be taking on a heavyweight like Edward. I think the rules are a bit different now and if this dude is a Persona user he's probably just on our level.
-Rakash shrugs and boots up mapping as the group starts moving-
You scan for the targets, I'll keep a map and point out any hostiles. Sounds good.
"Oh wow, more rainy than usual? That must've been quite an experience." She laughs. "I have to wonder what my family on my mom's side was like. Never met them, it was just me and mom for my whole life."
"Hmm..." A though crossing Rage and Love's mind he removed his blindfold and fixed his hair, looking up at Camazotz. The Noivern and human locked eyes with each other before the former ascended to the skies, echolocating for as far as he could, but remaining as hidden as he could thanks to Infiltrator.
-Star gives a wave to the others as they walk away. She then turns to Agnes-
Star: Sorry about bringing work to a party...or work coming to a party, I guess.
Agnes: -shrugs- It's 'k. But getting to write about the J-team sounds kinda awesome!
Star: Ahahaha....I guess you could say that.
Agnes: I've seen a bit of the show, but I bet the real people are super different. They've probably gotten to see so much too...
Star: Yeah... but it's been a pretty tough road to take...
Agnes: Huh? You mean for them, right?
Star: What- Oh, right, yeah, for them. Of course.
Agnes: -nods- I'd really like to meet people from the J-team one day. Not to get autographs or anything but to ask about adventures and stuff.
Star: -looks away- Maybe one day.... -she notices there's people at the karaoke stage now- ...Wanna do some Karaoke?
-The two walk over to the stage-
Star:Huh...Alright. -She tugs on her sweatshirt a bit, then sighs, thinking,- (No use in trying to rush it, just do what you can.)
Star: -scratches face- Uh, yeah, that'd be helpful. I tried to come up with one on my own based on the loaner persona I got from the velvet room that wasn't uh....dumb or going too hard on the 'guard dog of the afterlife' theme. Almost typed 'Spotty' in the name box on the group chat...
Edited by stargirl93 on May 4th 2021 at 2:56:42 PM
Me: Raru, use Shadow Sneak!
Bede: Gardevoir, use Reflect!
-Raru surrounds himself in a shadowy aura and punches the ground. Bede's Gardevoir chants something under her breath and performs magical gestures. When Gardevoir raises her hand to the sky, her eyes flash and a barrier of light surrounds her and Sylveon.-
Evelyn: Of course! That's why Bede asked Gardevoir to hang back and let Sylveon fight.
Me: Gardevoir summoned a reflect barrier to weaken physical attacks.
Evelyn: As for special attacks, they glide right through like a hot knife through butter. Kako! Use that new move you learned! USE SHOCK WAVE!
-Kako nods to Evelyn and the crackling electrical energy that surrounds him gathers in the palms of his hands, shimmering a bright blue, which he fires from his palms as a beam at Bede's Sylveon. The beam of energy phases right through the Reflect barrier and hits Sylveon directly.-
Me: Shock Wave? When did Kako learn that move?
Evelyn: It must've been during our rush to study for Bede's quiz...
-Kako appears from his Poké Ball and sees her trainer and Ian studying who-knows-what when he notices a gold-colored disk in Ian's backpack.-
Kako: -to Ian- <Ian, what is that disk?>
Me: -shows Kako the disk.- Oh, this? It's a TM I won back in Vermilion City. It contains Shock Wave.
Kako: <May I study it? Considering that you're studying something too.>
Me: Sure, why not?
-Ian hands Kako the TM. Kako sits down and examines the golden disk. He traces his fingertips along the face of the TM as he scans it psychically. In that moment, the TM activates and Kako is surrounded in a crackling field of electrical energy and falls backwards.-
Kako: <What's happening? I feel strange...>
-A mysterious power awakens in Kako.-
Me: Now it makes sense!
Bede: Sylveon, use Shadow Ball!
-Sylveon channels the shadows around her and creates an orb of energy that she lobs at Kako.-
Evelyn: Kako, use Magical Leaf!
-Kako summons a flurry of rainbow-colored leaves and launches them at the Shadow Ball, cutting it into ribbons. It still explodes, however.-
-Evelyn recites the spell from the book, her body surrounded in a mystical purple aura.-
Ōkoe deki pirinapika lalari Haidewa sashai decchau tae Pama pama, seisen gagamimi osanji Usāiru kate nanne zan ga kafundai note In real life, the words used for the spell are relatively meaningless. It's merely an anagram. The original line was part of the chorus of Ojamajo Doremi's first opening theme.
-Evelyn raises her hand to the air and snaps her fingers, sending a wave of psychic energy throughout the part of the Wild Area they're in.-
Joybringer: -with assurance to Star- I'm sure you'll come up with something.
-to Rakash- Please excuse me for asking, but who's Edward?
Krasnaya puffed out her chest slightly with pride.
Krasnaya: <I'm from Hoenn~!>
She said, grinning under her helmet.
Alyesha meanwhile walked over fter shortly righting her backpack.
Alyesha: "Well in that case, care to scale the mountain together~? A partner is always appreciated-"
Edited by Sergey_Smirnov on May 4th 2021 at 9:18:28 PM
Kim: (intrigued) "Shock Wave...? When in the world did he learn how to do that?"
Kim: "Alright, then. That should do it. And now... let's play."
(She recalls the nine mons that were in the original game of BOB. On cue, the first Pokemon speaks.)
RM: OH, BELIEVE—mE... I'LL—HAVE—LOADS—OF—FUN!
PI: Well, then. I suppose that should do it for my time in the Wild Area... but I am very confused as to where to go next. Or, for that matter, what to do next.
FS: maybe they have some ideas~?
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on May 20th 2021 at 4:52:47 AM
-Rogue snickers at Gaia-
Rogue: Oh, rest assured, there'll be no shortage of eyes watching me moving forward. You're always welcome to join me in the spotlight, of course, long as you're not afraid of defeat.
-Mason, meanwhile, just sorta stares at Blair.-
Mason: ...In the spirit of not taking things the wrong way, maybe you go uhhh over there and I go over here and stay out of your vibe check radius as much as I can? Because my problems are really not suited to complete strangers helping.
Just your mom? That's a lot of people I know, if it's not just their dad, or they're missing both parents. I guess I'm a bit of an oddity in that I have two living parents that I'm not estranged with.
Pink: -Starts having Galen scan the Secret Bases-
You could do something generic, I went by "Footpad" before I got my Persona and Kingfish became more fitting.
-Azumi-no-isora briefly manifests as my helmet disappears-
Maybe something related to your mon form? Our Personas always do reflect them after all since our mon forms are yet another expression of our "true selves."
-Putting some Max Shrooms into a sack-
Ugh, seems like getting more of these is taking forever.
Clobbopus: -Continues punching Yew's wool, much to her amusement-
Doc: <If they're gonna hang around us for this long, why don't you just catch them?>
I'll think about it, getting another team member wasn't exactly in the cards originally.
Edited by rmctagg09 on May 4th 2021 at 12:32:08 PM
Me: Raru, use Magical Leaf!
Bede: Sylveon, use Psyshock! Gardevoir, use Light Screen!
Evelyn: Kako, use Shadow Ball!
-Raru summons a flurry of leaves wreathed in a rainbow-colored magical energy and launches them at Sylveon. Bede's Gardevoir chants something under her breath and performs magical gestures. When Gardevoir raises her hand to the sky, her eyes flash and a psychic energy barrier surrounds her and Sylveon.-
Evelyn: So that's how Gardevoir said she would support Sylveon... She's creating protective barriers to weaken the damage our attacks do to Sylveon.
Me: We could have Raru and Kako attack Gardevoir, but those same barriers apply to her, too.
Evelyn: I have an idea.
Me: Let's hear it.
Evelyn: -telepathically to Ian- ~Okay, so you know how I have two Kirlias?~
Me: -telepathically to Evelyn- ~Yeah. Kako and Mirai. Why do you ask?~
Evelyn: -telepathically to Ian- ~I ask because if I switch between Kako and Mirai, I'll be able to attack and provide support whenever necessary.~
Me: -telepathically to Evelyn- ~Ah... Brilliant idea! Leave it to you to come up with these ideas.~
Evelyn: -telepathically to Ian- ~Of course. As for Raru, he'll stay for this battle, I believe.~
Me: -telepathically to Evelyn- ~You're right about that. Now, let's do this!~
Bede: -chuckles- I've heard about this from Bea and Allister... This is that thing where you use your telepathy to cook up a strategy. And you assume that I, the Gym Leader, won't know about it until it's too late. Well, if you recall the third question I asked you during your quiz, you should know that I am familiar with the psychic mind, and my Gardevoir is, too. Sylveon! Use Shadow Ball!
Evelyn: Kako, tag out! Mirai, I choose you!
-Evelyn calls Kako back to his Poké Ball and sends out Mirai. Sylveon launches a Shadow Ball at Raru, who catches it and incorporates it in the shadowy aura that surrounds him as he punches the ground. A shadowy copy of Raru rises from the ground and punches Sylveon in the back through the Reflect barrier and explodes.-
Gardevoir: <Be that the best ye can do?>
Raru: <We'll show you the best we can do, Gardevoir!>
Me: That's the spirit! Raru, use Hypnosis!
Evelyn: Mirai, use Psychic!
Bede: Gardevoir, use Safeguard! Sylveon, use Psyshock!
-Raru's eyes glow pink as he releases soothing waves of psychic energy in Sylveon's direction. Bede's Sylveon summons blobs of psychic energy to throw at Raru and Mirai, but then gazes into Raru's eyes and starts to feel sleepy... Bede's Gardevoir chants something under her breath and performs magical gestures. When Gardevoir raises her hand to the sky, her eyes flash and a mystical energy barrier surrounds her and Sylveon.-
???: -voice distorted- Hiya, Kim! How's it going? Meeting you last year was a lot of fun! Turffield was really fun too! I love rolling Wooloos around! I have also loved adventuring with you and I hope we can get to know each other better. So, who am I?
Kim: "Well. This should be fun, considering that Gardevoir can read minds."
Kim: "Easy. You're Dalt- your excitement and slightly robotic speech pattern immediately gave it away."
PI: Yes. I am. I've already collected all the Galar badges, but I want to rest a bit before catching another Pokemon.
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