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Ann: -To ???- We can try.
Hendrix: -Gasps as Spectrier's hold is taken off of him-
Shadow Rider!Calyrex: -Parting the flames with a wave of their arms after channeling their power through the reins- <Not mine in particular, but yes, I have. Do you understand now that we are much stronger together than apart?>
Akiko: <Did they just suddenly grow a cape?>
Pugh: -Jumps off-
I knew Spectrier hated humanity, that their pride meant they couldn't resist a crack at a willing human opponent, which is how we got them. I could've called upon Victini's power to grease the wheels, increase our luck, but I wanted the victory to be uncontestable.
I said power comes in many forms, this is one of them. Do you yield or otherwise take into consideration my way of thinking, Spectrier?
Muddy: -Reverting- <I'm kinda tired, and not just because a primordial death spirit was supping on our Aura the whole time.>
-Tyl and Ginny are still looking on in shock-
Jade: That store was... Very colorful.
Okay so Rainbow Rocket. At some point, somewhere in the multiverse, an incarnation of Team Rocket started absorbing other incarnations of Team Rocket from around the multiverse - that's how I got roped in. Then they started absorbing other evil teams. Now they have a whole army lead by Giovanni's handpicked versions of the other evil team leaders.
Spectrier: <...Well played, Tagg.>
-they settle in-
<I asked to see you demonstrate your ideal. I suppose I got what I asked for.>
-with a snort, the foliage Hitodama grew wilts and dies, taken over by moss and fungus, and the graveyard is plunged back into darkness and mist-
<I'll give your council a try. I don't imagine you'll see me there very often, but we'll talk again someday. Don't worry.>
<Calyrex, old...friend. Did you come to me before Glastrier? Should I be flattered?>
-they scribble this down-
I'm sure this is Multiman's fault somehow. I'm glad he got a happy ending out of all of this. So do you suppose this Rainbow Rocket will be poking around for our evil teams?
-they idly begin sketching a drawing of themself in a Rocket uniform-
Me: Alright, I can assume that our telepathic strategy time won't work against you... After all, Bede did warn you about it, did he not?
Melony: Indeed, he did tell us that you and Evelyn have a psychic link which you use to formulate a battle plan.
Evelyn: And he picked up on it through Gardevoir, and a warning from Bea and Allister...
Gordie: Who, in turn, learned it from Kabu...
Me: Who then heard it from Nessa...
Evelyn and Melony: Who had heard about it from Milo.
Me: Right. So, instead of that, how about we trade battle partners, Ev?
Evelyn: As in, Simon battles Shuckle...
Me: ...while Blossom battles Mr. Rime.
Evelyn: I like the way you think!
Me: Now, Blossom, use Ancient Power on Mr. Rime!
Evelyn: Simon, use Hypnosis on Shuckle!
Melony: Mr. Rime, use Freeze-Dry!
Gordie: Shuckle, use Stone Edge!
-Blossom gathers the power of the ancients lost to time and fires it as an orb at Mr. Rime, who lets loose with a breath of dry frost at the energy orb, causing an explosion between the two Pokémon. Simon raises his arm, focusing on Gordie's Shuckle, who summons a ring of sharp pointed rocks that surround his body like the rings of Saturn. Simon shifts his wrist slightly, causing the pendulum he carries to swing back and forth, back and forth in front of the Mold Pokémon.-
Simon: <That's right, Shuckle... I want you to relax... Just relax and take a deep breath...>
-The Shuckle takes a deep breath as the ring of stones continues to spin around him.-
Me: Do you mean to tell us...
Evelyn: ...that that was the inside of Mr. Lee's mind?!
-Ian and Evelyn's ears perk up as they hear the voice from between dimensions.-
Me: Don't worry! We'll help however we can!
Evelyn: -to Kendall- Would you mind at all if I made a sketch of the sigil?
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Sep 5th 2021 at 3:16:39 PM
Hiro: -to Ein- I appreciate and acknowledge the advice but I'm a bit busy getting my Pokémon stolen and ass handed to me by two actual children!
Freshman!Molybdenum: -smashing a fourth Pokéball release button- Nice that you admit that.
Hiro: I pride myself on being forthright!
-an Abra Teleports in—and promptly burns its hands on Hiro's Pokéball belt, preventing it from fleeing with his team in tow-
-Hiro reaches out and catches a Flame Burst before it can make its way to Owen-
-and flicks it to explode at the Abra...somehow failing to force free any undamaged Pokéballs-
-...the fight takes a moment to breathe-
Hiro: -staring at Molybdenum- You're precognitive.
Hiro: -driven back- That escape route this whole time, and you started fucking with my Pokéballs knowing that I wouldn't let it work.
Hiro: -stabbing his sword into the train floor, letting the force from Antimony's Darmanitan's punch dissipate itself in the metal- And called it in anyway to distract me from something more severe.
-locking eyes- ...did you manage to determine that we were coming?
Freshman!Molybdenum: ...so you know you can't outthink me.
Hiro: Oh, that hypothesis could use testing.
Ein, give me a little—?
-Molybdenum yanks on a lever, and the train car erupts with shrieking klaxons-
The Infestation: -continues trying to dismantle Owen from within-
Janitor: -turns up the volume on his music player-
-there's a knock on Percy's door-
Calyrex: -To Spectrier- <I figured it prudent that we get you back first, yes.>
Well that's one down and...
-Looking at a list-
A bunch more to go, but I think we've earned a bit of rest before we try taking on another.
-there's a moment before a response comes-
-an eye observes, from a nearby camera-
-the door does not open-
Percy: Who's there?
-Kai scowls. The Rogue impersonator stops running and turns around, watching the scene unfold-
Kai: It wasn't enough of a warning that I killed your sugar mommy, huh? Unless you're just that desperate to join her in hell.
-They glance at Alice as she crumples, and grits her teeth. They're very familiar with that particular ability.
Kai: That's something you won't be doing anymore. Avada!
-A Poke Ball tumbles out of her sleeve, and an Alakazam pops out.-
Avada: ~Here we go again, huh?~
Kai: Spectrum, we'll take back Whiptail.
Spectrum: <Got it!>
-She zooms past to knock Whiptail out of Livius's clutches. Kai, atop her back, takes Nix's Rainbow Wing and starts focusing.-
-The masked man chuckles malevolently, flicking up the visor on his helmet - and yeah, it's totally Livius Cain, no sense in being coy about it.-
Masked Man Livius: Oh, you've got spunk now, have you? I like it. Quite a departure from the scared little pussywipe I remember cowering at Carmilla's heels. Then again, I never thought you'd have the balls to try something as stupid as killing her.
-Avada's Disable seems to break his obscuric hold over Alice's body, and she slowly starts to get to her feet, gritting her teeth. Livius doesn't seem to care - instead he simply watches Kai fly towards him on Spectrum, a small smirk on his face.-
-Several things happen at once. Just as Spectrum is about to make impact, Livius releases Kahlia, letting her fall to the ground coughing and gasping for breath. In the same moment, he darts forward and upwards with unnatural speed, body-tackling Kai and knocking her off of Spectrum. The two land on the ground, Livius's hand now clasped around Kai's throat.-
Livius: You wanna know something funny? I'm not even mad that you killed the bitch. I'm mad that you beat me to it. Because after six centuries under her thumb, that was my right. And you took that away from me when you took her away from me. You're a cockroach that thinks you can dare to challenge your betters. Well, there's only one way I can respond to an insult like that.
-He squeezes tight, and Kai will suddenly start to feel the life draining from her.-
-At the same time, as Spectrum keeps flying, another shape emerges from the shadows - this one huge, hulking, and swinging a frost-encrusted fist in her direction.-
Nidoking: <Puny bug.>
-From behind Avada, there is a sinister, echoing chuckle, and what sounds like the noise of stone knocking against stone.-
???: <Uhehehehehe... it's been too long! Far too long!>
-Suddenly, he's seized from behind as the maw of a Cofagrigus slams shut around him, its interior space flooding with necrotic energy.-
??? Mephisto: <I've just been dying for a chance to catch up~>
Edited by Herbert40k on Sep 14th 2021 at 3:45:30 PM
-Ian trembles as he clenches his fist. He was brought to Giant's Cap with a simple mission: To protect Hoops. He had failed that mission, and now he knows that Ferrum was involved in the murder of his friend. This was something he simply could not forgive. If he let Vana, Nitrogen and Ferrum get away with it, he'd never be able to forgive himself, either. Radiant pink sparks jump off of his body.-
Me: -rage intensifies- You made Evelyn cry...
-He tightens his fist.-
Me: You killed my friend...
-A pink aura surrounds him as he reaches his anger point. His eyes go blank as it becomes apparent what this other emotion is: rage. The music intensifies at the exact point Ian looks to the sky and gives a mighty roar. His aura flares to life. He then stares down his enemies.-
Me: I'LL CRUSH YOU!
-Ian lunges suddenly at Ferrum to punch him in the gut.-
Piku-chan: <Ian, what are you doing?!>
Ein: <Grrrr... If you fucking say so.>
-He tosses Owen off his back and lunges at the Orbeetle with a Crunch, hoping to stop the Infestation-
Jade: Yeah, they're recruiting all the time. Also one of Giovanni's higher ups was. Interested in this universe for some reason.
Swift: <Weird one, that girl.>
-As more people move twoard the sigil, it suddenly starts to glow orange-
???: <What was that? Did something light up at your feet? Is it a Magic Circle? That's good, I think, I'm not really sure what you're supposed to do with it... Can you try to use it somehow?>
Kendall silently stepped back so Eve could get a better look, and possibly somehow activate it.
"Go to town."
Evelyn: Thank you.
-Evelyn whips out her spell book and a pen. She flips to an empty page of the book, looks at the sigil, which the mysterious voice called a "Magic Circle"* Evelyn: Called it. and draws a sketch of the magic circle in her book.-
Evelyn: Quite an interesting pattern... Yes... Ooh, can't forget that detail... And, done!
-Evelyn caps her pen and puts it away, having completed her sketch of the Magic Circle.-
Me: Magic circle, huh? Sounds interesting.
Evelyn: It sure is. But the question remains... How do we activate it?
Not!Ace: "...and so I ran. No, I hobbled away. Broke my wing in the fight, so I had to walk. With nothing but their Poké Balls on me."
-He laughs mirthlessly, gazing into Shaun's eyes.-
Not!Ace: "I didn't know they would still work. So I buried them, and I grieved. And all I did was watch the waves. Until I realized where he had run. Orpheus, they called him."
-Not!Ace plucks the Empoleon feather from his hair, tracing the sharp edge with his finger.-
Not!Ace: "Orpheus and Eurydice...it's a tragic story of love. He loved his wife so much, and fearing he had been tricked, looked back right before crossing the theshold between life and death. The shade was not upset - who would be, for their love to be so eager, so desperate to reunite with them?"
-The feather's bloodstain catches the light.-
Not!Ace: "But it is just a myth. He is no Orpheus, she no Eurydice. But he will be sent to Hades all the same. He is Orpheus, and I...am Thanatos."
-Shaun's shifted into a more comfortable position, but is quite alert.-
Shaun: "So you seek revenge."
Thanatos: "Not revenge, justice. I may fight with them, but not for them."
Thanatos: "Don't worry about it."
-The door opens, and a Froslass enters only to have a naginata, hidden blade, and psy-bow leveled at her.-
Midna: <Easy! It's the Toxicroak, I got her!>
-She produces a Luxury Ball and tosses it to Thanatos.-
Midna: <She's healthy, but let her rest. She's not in fighting shape.>
-Thanatos runs a finger over the ball's clasp.-
Thanatos: "I do wish we could stay longer, but we need to move. We're all criminals, evidently."
-Shaun quietly stares at his phone, looking at the message from Silas.-
I'm not getting anyone else involved. You all have bigger problems to worry about.
-He doesn't respond to any of the dozens of missed calls and text messages from the others - Kaiiseii, Isbrand, his parents and Marshall.-
-Jessica's been calling him every five minutes.-
-Shaun just opens up the phone, ejects the SIM card, and slides it into a hidden compartment in his Pokétch.-
Shaun: "Don't worry. He's not running this time."
-Beowulf slides the window open, and everyone disappears into an alley.-
Channah: ...Yeah I'd say so.
Kamon: -fidgets- Hmmm. Maybe say something dramatic in a dead language? Speak friend and enter kind of thing? I have no idea.
Big Savings: < the password is swordfish >
Captain, over the radio: This is the Captain of the Hammerspace. That was your last warning. Prepare to eat lead.
First Mate, also over the radio: Captain, that's only when they fire back.
Captain: Oh, my mistake, then. Unleash the Gyarados!
Sailors, in unison: Aye!
The mariners unleash several gyarados into the sea.
Captain: Gyaradoses, dragon rage at that boat.
And they responded.
Edited by MasterJayAM on Sep 5th 2021 at 6:56:01 PM
Okay I think we've rested enough after our little scuffle with Spectrier, we still have other legendaries to deal with.
Muddy: <Do we want to go after Glastrier next?>
No, I think it might be better to save them for one of the last, we can try the birds instead.
Doppler: <So we'll go for Articuno then, they're the closest, since the other two left the Tundra. Why do they call this place a tundra when there's plenty of trees?>
-Heading for the door-
Alright guys, we're going.
Ginny: -Is hanging back with Tyl-
Channah: -follows Tagg out- Maybe I can help out this time if it's needed. After all this battling I've been doing lately, I'm starting to not like sitting on the sidelines so much anymore. -shakes head- Going crazy. Well, wonder what this one'll be like... -looks back at Ginny and Tyl, tilting her head-
???: <I hear multiple voices... Maybe one of you step inside it?>
-The boat is very close now-
-Chunks of it above water are stripped away by the Dragon Rages, revealing two things:-
-1. There is no one steering it-
-A. It is filled with Minor-
Evelyn: -to Kendall and the mysterious voice- May I have the honor?
The gyarados stare at the destruction they wrought and kind of just... stared in pity at the minior in the sinking boat.
Sailor, using binoculars: Captain, the ship is filled with minior.
First Mate: Bloody smugglers.
Captain: Get the gyarados to collect the minior. The sea is no place for them to die.
The gyarados comply with the order. After all, what threat would a bunch of drowning minior pose?
Midshipman: Captain, you do know that minior can learn explode, right?
First Mate: Bugger all.
Captain: Gyarados, drop them!
-It's too late-
-The Minor all glow and- -
-Amidst the boom a blip noise can be heard from inside the boat-
Once the splash clears from the explosion, the crew can see the unconscious bodies of gyarados floating belly up in the sea. Their tough constitutions mean that they survived the blast, but they're not in fighting form. The sailors called the stunned serpentine predators back.
The ship was no worse for wear, due in no small part to being armor plated. The retrofitted research vessel needed to be tough. It carried in its cargo a very valuable mirror, one that must be sent to the secure facility in the outskirts of Gateon as soon as can be.
On the top deck, the PEFE sailors are dumbstruck.
First Mate: The bloomin' hell just happened?
Captain: It appears our little intruder had attempted to bomb the ship or cause a distraction. Do a search on the lower decks; we might have stowaway up to no good.
First Mate: Aye aye. Lower deck personnel, you are ordered to conduct an extensive search on the lower decks. Bring out the houndooms and any combat-grade pokémon you have.
The crew complied.
Meanwhile, the mirror itself was guarded by a sailor and his machop.
Sailor Rikard: Stay alert Jen, we don't who or what we're dealing.
The machop, dressed in a matching sailor outfit, salutes.
Sailor Rikard: Attagirl!
-As the guards enter the lower decks, there is another blip, from one particular storage bay-
Sailor Rikard: Who goes there?! Jen, get ready.
Jen responds by doing that pounding gesture with her fists. The time for clobbering is nigh.
He turns around and runs toward the package. Who could be in here?
The sounds of the houndooms approach.
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