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-Ian and Evelyn get a look at the scene of the Rabbid getting folded and clamped by the eerie set of jaws, and almost panic.-
Me: ~Olivia's right, Evelyn... We should hide!~
Evelyn: ~I'm in agreement! I mean, what was that?!~
-Gale had returned with the food by the time that last line was spoken (telepathied?)-
We have enough that we can scuttle the ship, but that's not going to happen if the rest of the fleet tears us apart first...
Kitbash: Bam, paydirt. Let's get this downloaded and bounce!
-He fired a few shots blindly with his petrifier rifle at the charging grunts as he started hooking up storage mediums to hold all this data-
-The two staffers looked a little confused before one of them got out one of those civilian-grade security walkie-talkies-
A Normal Mouse Cashier: Hey can someone go check on Meat Factory and make sure he's on script? I've got some visitors who are acting really strongly over it.
-From inside the soda corridor Gale rolled her eyes and gestured a little for the others to follow-
Ah well, looks like we're going straight into the fun part. Shall we try the old 'look like you're supposed to be there' play?
-The fancy woman drifted towards a staff door-
What's the staff looking like? Can we fabricate ID?
-The Templar is sent sprawling at the failure to leap-stab his quarry and looks actually pretty concerned at how badly things are turning out-
Templar: ... Ferrite?
-The wind rushes around the Templar-
The wind: One... Nice. Need to go now, sorry.
-There's a faint glow of spectral power from the wind as it... And the Templar... phase through the boards of the boardwalk. The Templar takes off at a run once they touch ground again-
-Without another word, Gale melded into the shadows of this thankfully pretty shadowy dungeon-
Channah: How the turns have tabled.
Jack: <You can't be the real one!>
Channah: -stops Jack from throwing another snowball-
Kamon: -looks at smooth dungeon walls- ...Hide where?
Big Savings: < and timmy fucking died >
(The group promptly turns towards the noises.)
Ringo: <Huh? W-wo's tha'?>
Elton: <Are they okay?>
(And then they see the Rabbid getting mangled, and everybody, including Walter, all react with shock.)
Elton: <Oh... oh dear...>
John: <BLOODY HELL?! WHAT IS THAT?!>
George: <Dear Arceus...>
Ringo: <Oh dear ''Arceus'' no, I am ''not'' ge'ing involved with this! I'm brave, sure, but not ''reckless''!>
(He immediately returns himself, and soon enough, every other Pokemon on Kim's team follows suit. Braker's team, meanwhile...)
Cuddles: (in tears) <Oh no... oh no... I— I can't watch this...>
(He returns himself, and Walter soon follows suit. Kim and Braker, meanwhile, turn to face each other.)
Kim: "Should we hide?"
Braker: "We should hide."
(They promptly run away to a hiding place.)
(Axis, Tekkan, Puxiki, Letina, and Axollo are still waiting for somebody to come and pick them up.)
Axis: "Hm. Is there an airport anywhere around here?"
Tekkan: <Excellent question! Let me check!>
(He promptly grabs Axis' cell phone and starts typing something in it. Eventually, after a bit of scrolling, he shakes his head and quickly returns the phone.)
Tekkan: <Nope! No airports near Galar, only Flying Taxis!>
Puxiki: <Oh, that's right! They have Flying Taxis here~! Maybe we can get to Hoenn that way!>
Axollo: <Yeah~! That sounds like a great idea! Let's go on a Flying Taxi!>
Letina: <Yes... unfortunately, I don't think that's the case.>
Axis: "Letina's right, Axollo. I don't think Flying Taxis are allowed to fly outside of the Galar region."
Axollo: <Oh... Well, then how are we going to get to Hoenn now...?>
(He sighs, and slumps down onto the floor. Letina notices, then pauses for a few moments.)
Letina: <Perhaps we could build a flying machine. Then again, though, that would be a very lofty endeavor, and will almost certainly take a few days.>
Axis: "So that probably wouldn't be the best idea, either..."
(The group sighs— and then all of a sudden they hear a voice from behind them.)
???: <I could give you a ride.>
Tekkan: <Excuse me?>
(The group promptly turns in confusion to the source of the voice— and see a Shiny Lapras standing there in front of them. Immediately, Puxiki and Axollo brighten.)
Puxiki: <Yaaay~! A Lapras!>
Axollo: <We'd love a ride from you!>
Tekkan: <Of course! A Lapras! If you can't afford a plane, ladies and gents, you can certainly afford a Lapras— it's a Pokemon that gives you a boat ride for absolutely free!>
Letina: <...Why did I not think of that.>
Axis: "Oh. Hello there, Shiny Lapras."
Shiny Lapras: (smiles) <Greetings. My name is Neziey. You said you wanted to go to the Hoenn region, yes?>
Tekkan: <Yes, indeed!>
Letina: (nods) <We are currently planning to head off to the Hoenn region so that we can take on the league. I am assuming that Axis is going to be using Axollo in his first battle against Roxanne.>
Neziey: (tilts her head in confusion) <Axollo? Who's that?>
Axollo: (suddenly breaks in) <Meee~! Hi there, Neziey! Wow, you're a purple shiny just like me! That's really cool! Maybe we could be friends?>
Neziey: <Actually, I'd say you look more akin to pink to me.>
Neziey: <Regardless, I do enjoy you.> (She crawls out onto the land.) <And I am fully willing to give you all a ride to the Hoenn region. I'm assuming if you want to challenge the League, your desired first stop would be Rustboro?>
Neziey: <Very well then.> (She turns around.) <Feel free to climb onto my back.>
(Axollo immediately jumps onto Neziey's back, followed immediately afterwards by Puxiki, then Letina, then Axis, and then finally Tekkan. Neziey, meanwhile, promptly heads back to the ocean, before eventually turning to face the group.)
Neziey: <Alright, then. Here goes nothing.>
(And with that, she sets off for the Hoenn region. Tekkan, meanwhile, flies forward.)
Tekkan: <I can serve as a tour guide if you'd like me to...!>
Elton: <Ooh! They're switching battle partners? This should be fun!>
(Braker promptly focuses his phone camera on Blossom, eager to see her battle style.)
-A bunch of origami mons shuffle out of the door, pasdt the hidden group-
Origami Yamask: <Now just for those J-Teamers...>
-The origami mons exit-
Olivia: <OK mabye I have time to explain one little thing. Those stiff-looking guys are called Folded Soldiers. I don't want to alarm you, but they're unbelievably dangerous. I think we should try to avoid them.>
<What do you think they meant by "that was the last of them" anyway? Last of what?>
-The door the Folded Soldiers exited from is now unlocked-
Edited by Umbramatic on Sep 8th 2021 at 4:14:01 AM
Janitor: -reloading- Damn dog...
-when faced with an amorphous mass of attacks, a smaller mass of enemies can't help but retreat an ambiguous amount of space-
-Hiro's belt is fumbled, unintentionally, from Molybdenum's grasp—and Hiro finger-guns the only intact Pokéball left-
Curry: <Wow, you all suck!> =:D
-Molybdenum yanks on another switch, the klaxons intensifying to migraine-inducing levels—and her Blipbug is struck by a stray attack, knocking her out instantly-
-Antimony howls as her Darmanitan interposes itself between her fallen Classmate and the barrage, battered severely-
-but goes very abruptly still-
-the Psychic fire winks out-
-and a tremendous pressure builds behind everyone's ears, Antimony's expression falling to stony cal—-
Dark!Curry: <Nope!> >:D
-Hiro shouts something that might've been "run", and calls an arc-welder-bright blaze into the palm of his hand-
-Logan pauses a beat, as if weighing how much to disclose-
-they glance left, glance right, peek ventward for some reason-
Logan: -...leaning in, conspiratorially- You would not believe how much coffee I'm on right now.
-and they lean back, hands in their pockets- It's no Gatrade, but it works.
Addie: -dry, waving- <And I make sure we pass out someplace halfway reasonable when we crash.>
Logan: -pondering- ...the Stormchaser's been kind here, too. There's a few times I've found a cleaning supplies closet or something to doze off in, and I wake up on an air mattress with a nice little blanket.
Addie: -raising a claw- <...mostly we aim for couches. Been finding a lot more of those, too, honestly.>
Logan: -shrug- Or occasionally we drop by a friend's place.
-they wink, as they are wont-
-...and at Percy's last inquiry, their sparkle actually seems to intensify-
Addie: -to Aware, cheeky in that way only her evolutionary (not Evolutionary) family can manage- <Hello~> ^w^
<Keeping watch?> :3
Logan: -✨, palms pressed together- Understandable! She is profoundly worrying. c=
Fortunately, we do most of our best work terrified into our wits. ^_^ And declawing this particular Purrugly seems both important for the world at large and exciting with the right backup at your disposal.
Addie: -mouthing, in Galaran somehow- (<Please do not mind them we are slightly insane>)
Ever: Yep. All good.
Anyway you'll be safe here. We've got another Kai who's sometimes on board but they're cool. The ship won't let on the evil one, sort of like how it doesn't let me on after I go out drinking with Amanita. If you need a place to crash just open an unmarked door and you'll have a room. Kitchen's on the right, always, no matter where you happen to be. Don't go in the vents, my cousin lives there and she's hostile to life. Leave the engine room alone or I'll have to inform your parents and that's gonna be a whole thing....
-they pinch the bridge of their nose-
Welcome to the J-team, I guess. Enjoy your stay!
...Thanks, I guess. I don't know what's so exciting about her, but you should just leave her alone. I've already nearly lost three friends to her the last couple months.
Aware: <Keeping very watch.>
-big electric grin-
<This ship is full of very interesting characters.>
What was worse than a lot of noise in the cargo hold? The sudden lack of said noise. Rikard and his machop run toward the cargo bay when they heard the news, hoping in vain that they might not be too late.
The looked in abject horror at the empty slot in the cargo hold. He reached for his walkie talkie. Not long after the other sailors begin a more frantic search for the thief that stole the mirror. The higher ups are not going to like this. And neither is the inspection team.
Tiffany: Captain Ditkovic; I've seen the ruckus from the shore. Is everything alright? Over.
Captain Ditkovic: Negative, ma'am. We've lost the package. Over.
Tiffany: Just... one package? Over.
Captain Ditkovic: Yes. That package. Over.
Tiffany was mortified, as was Tenembaum. The former fretted over the how this was going to go over to the people back at HQ. Tenembaum tried to wrap his head around how much this is going to cost.
Edited by MasterJayAM on Sep 8th 2021 at 8:11:55 PM
Ein: <Oh NOW we run?!>
Owen: "Wait, run? Guys, skedaddle! Come on, Hiro!"
-Jade just kind of stares at ever for a second-
[Jade: "Uh, thanks! Thanks a lot! I will! Hopefully!"
-Another birb head tilt from Ace-
-Victor, Maurice, and Maurice's Clauncher are looking at the freshly purloined, locked box containing the mirror-
Maurice: "It's a nice box..."
Victor: "Yes! But what's nicer is what's inside."
Clauncher: <Well? open it!>
Maurice: Easy, Bubba Gump, I was able to teleport it out, we don't know how to open-
-It is then Victor sends out an Orbeetle-
Victor: "Vulcan? Pick that lock won't you?"
Vulcan: <Such menial labor... But if you insist.>
-The lock glows and whirrs and quickly unlatches-
Maurice: "Damn, wish I could do that."
-And it opens, reveling a strange mirror strapped to and secured to the inside. Victor recalls Vulcan-
Victor: "There! The gateway to our next genetic acquisition!"
Maurice: "I still fail to see how we get DNA from a mi-"
-Victor promptly walks inside the mirror-
"...Oh. Hey wait!"
Bubba Gump: <Friggin' isekai time...>
-To Galarian Articuno-
So, since we appear to have passed your test, are you gonna join the Council?
Galarian Articuno: -Eyes glowing as they float high- <You know knoI think I'll just turn you all into my new statues intead!>
<Whatever, fine, just get out of here.>
-The area gets misty and we're returned to the tundra, Articuno nowhere to be found-
All's well that ends well, I guess?
Channah: ...Well then. That was much less painful than I expected.
Big Savings: < the last of the mohicans >
Kamon: -unfreezes once the danger is past- Oh hey we can get out of here. This room, anyway...
not!Daydre's shadow makes a noise somewhere between a chirp and a purr.
"Oh, you're done already? That was... fast."
"Yeah that's... suspicious. I'd offer to do the thing and check if there's people hiding there but I'm not good enough to cover that wide a range yet. Did I bring anyone who can...? Oh, wait."
not!Daydre sends out Flipnote, who looks around with disinterest.
"Hey is there anyone nearby that makes you want to commit violence?"
Flipnote: <What the fuck kind of question is that>
... Is there anyone around?
-Gordie's Shuckle follows the glittering arc of Simon's pendulum as it swings back and forth.-
Simon: <That's right, Shuckle. Your eyelids are growing heavy... You feel very calm and veeeeeryyyy sleeeeepyyyy...>
Gordie's Shuckle: <S-So sleepy...>
-Gordie's Shuckle begins to nod off as the pendulum continues to swing.-
Melony: Now, Mr. Rime! Use Psychic on Shuckle!
-The pattern on Melony's Mr. Rime's stomach glows a bright yellow as he surrounds Gordie's Shuckle in a glow of psychic energy, lifting him into the air as he slowly succumbs to Simon's scintillating sway.-
Melony: How do you like this maneuver?
Gordie: She picked that one up from you during your battle against Kabu!
Melony: That trick you pulled on Kabu's Torkoal using Simon's Hypnosis and Mothra's Psychic was most impressive!
Me: HOW DID YOU KNOW?!
Evelyn: How did you figure out that it was Mothra's Psychic?!
Evelyn: On script?
Me: What do you mean by "on script"?
Evelyn: -to Ian- More importantly... Harem pants and SNEAKERS?!
Me: -shocked- Well, if it's any consolation, that's what I thought about the outfit, too!
-Ian and Evelyn follow close behind Gale.-
Salem: Marion, channel your hatred and unleash it on your foe! Use Frustration! Helga, use Dark Pulse! Kuro... Sic 'em!
-Marion surrounds herself in an aura, crimson as blood, representative of anger and hatred and throws herself at one of Lightwave's grunts, lashing out with a flurry of full-power punches and kicks. Helga lets out a howl and fires a blast of dark energy rings at another of Lightwave's goons. As for Kuro, he flat out charges at one of the goons to flat out bite them.-
-Emilie eyes the design for her new outfit up and down. The tutu is definitely frillier than her old one, and the cloth looks light and breathable. She nods as she gives her silent approval of it and moves to try it on.-
Me: Folded Soldiers?
Evelyn: As for hiding? I know!
-Evelyn lifts Ian into the air with her mind and pins him to the ceiling.-
Me: I see where you're going with this. Lemme help you.
-Ian uses his psychic powers to lift Evelyn into the air and to the ceiling.-
Kendall looked through the unlocked door, namely by stepping through the shadows it was in and remaining jet black to remain camouflaged.
Evelyn: Sounds to me like the coast is clear.
-Ian and Evelyn slowly lower each other to the ground and follow Kendall into the shadows. And by shadows, I mean they smack face-first into a wall because they can't Shadowport.-
Piku-chan: <I'd ask you what you were thinking would happen, but that's obvious enough...>
Hatty: <Um... Evelyn? The door's that way?>
Evelyn: Oh. Right. Let's go, Ian.
Me: I'm right behind you, Evelyn!
-Ian and Evelyn leave the cell and head over to the unlocked door.-
Me: -whispers to Kendall- So what do you see in there?
-Visible inside the room for those who look in is... Something squirming on what appears to be a string and a clothespin-
-It's not fully evident what it is yet; you'd all have to get inside the room and get closer-
-Walt is on a [Playstation] 5-
-Playing Empire Souls-
-When Victor, Maurice, and Bubba Gump enter-
Victor: "Walt! I have a proposal for you!"
Maurice: -Winces from the immense Obscura energy Walt gives off-
Bubba Gump: <...Holy shit he really is a Darkrai.>
Walt: ~Who are you? What is your proposal?~
Victor: "You like Empire Souls right? Want to add to your collection?"
Walt: ~Well yes I would... But I already have all the games! Even that new rhythm game that came out recently.~
Victor: "Well do you have this?"
-Pulls an action figure out of a bag he's carrying. Walt gasps-
Walt: ~A deluxe edition Xion [Figma]! They only made a few of those! What do you want for it?~
Victor: -pulls out a needle- "Just a teensy blood sample! We're part of the Legendaru blood donation drive."
Walt: ~...Odd request. You drive a hard bargain... But I accept.~
-Victor carefully sticks the needle into Walt's arm and schloops up some writhing Obscura-infused blood -
Maurice: "I can't believe that worked."
Bubba Gump: <Me neither.>
Victor: "Thank you for your donation! We'll be off now!"
-He and his crew exit-
Walt: ~...They were weird. And creepy. But at least I have this Xion. She's my favorite!~
Ann: -Spotting the figure- What is that?
-Is looking at the Stormchaser pantry-
Pickings seem a little slim...
A bit of trepidation regarding the other entities in the dungeon still clouding his judgment somewhat, Kendall turned to someone else.
-Victor, Maurice, and Bubba Gump exit the Mirror-
Maurice: -gestures to it- "What do we do with it now?"
Victor: "Drop it off a little ways off from where we found it. Covers our tracks!"
Maurice: "Riiiiiiiiiight... So what DNA do we have left?"
-Victor checks his phone checklist-
Victor: "Just Ho-Oh!"
Bubba Gump: <The big [turkey] himself...>
Maurice: "How are we going to get THAT?"
Victor: "I think I might have a lead... But if it's what I think it is we'll need significantly more prep. It might take a while. But don't you worry..."
-he rubs his hands together and grins-
"We're getting to the fun part."
Bubba Gump: <Sometimes Vicky I question your definition of fun.>
Edited by Umbramatic on Sep 10th 2021 at 1:39:27 PM
-Kai is sent toppling off of Spectrum's back and onto the ground, in a very familiar stranglehold.-
-A number of dialogue options run through her mind as she fights Livius's drain as much as possible.-
A. "No wonder you didn't kill her first, you even drink slower!" B. "Last time I do a favor for a Cain, then." C. "Huh. Guess I have two nickels now." D. "It was hotter when Carmilla did this, you know."
-In the end, she settles on a simple, succinct:-
Kai: (sputtering) Son of a bitch.
-She attempts to kick Livius away, but it's mostly just something to help the effort to resist until her backup arrives in a column of flame.-
Nix: <—kick his butt, lemme at him!!>
-Spectrum, meanwhile, is smashed with a massive fist full of ice, and fumbles in the air.-
Spectrum: <Ow! Coldcoldcold!>
-She lands on the ground briefly, before smacking the ground where Nix just gave her dramatic fiery entrance and sending up a spray of still-hot rock and dust at her attacker.-
-Avada, meanwhile, is clamped around by a very familiar Cofagrigus.-
-It hurts a lot.-
-Naturally, Avada's primary instinct is to get out as quickly and easily as possible, which is thankfully a simple decision for an Alakazam, even if it means not getting a chance to retaliate.-
-He reappears on top of one of the buildings, a fair distance away from Mephisto.-
-Meanwhile, Ramphyros's descent toward Livius is interrupted by another Air Slash, from the Crobat circling around Rogue.-
Rogue: We're still here, you know.
-They wink at Brie, and snap their fingers. A plume of very suddenly burning thermite flames flares up directly beneath Ramphyros.-
A Normal Mouse Staffer: It's all part of the kayfabe yaknow? The storyline. He's just supposed to read his lines and let you marvel at the view.
-Meanwhile, in the soda hallway... Gale has stepped over to the popped-open staff door-
So... Yeah I've kind of confirmed my worst assumption, these guys are playing with fire here...
-Gale emerges from the shadows again-
Well if noone else is going to I might as well.
-Mentally, to herself mostly;-
At least I know what's in there...
-With a moment for an anticipatory deep breath, she confidently strides into the room-
Mornin' Gudrunn, need an assist?
-Ian and Evelyn look upon Gudrunn and... try to keep from laughing.-
Me: Sorry, Gudrunn! It's just... Dare I ask how this happened?
-Nix's Sacred Fire forces Livius to release his grasp on Kai, stumbling back as part of the front of his suit burns away - but if there's any hint of pain there, it's buried beneath a contorted snarl of hatred.-
Livius: Grngh... nothing to say, huh? No witty rejoinder, no attempt at memorable last words? That's fine. Unsatisfying, but fine. The only thing I really want to hear out of you is you squealing, begging for mercy before I sink my claws deep into your belly and-
-He's suddenly cut off by a grunt of pain as a Force Palm-enhanced blow slams into his side.-
Kahlia: You're not laying another finger on them! Not while I'm here!
-Livius coughs, straightens up, and grins.-
Livius: Really now? And you're about to stop me, are you? You know exactly what I can do to you. You're my bitch. If I'd shown up on your doorstep, asked you to put on the Rogue costume, and fuck up their reputation for me? You'd have done it. Only problem is, you've already failed me one too many times, and I'm not in the business of giving second chances.
Kahlia: ...I'm not afraid of you any more.
Livius: Oh, you still are. You've just gotten better at hiding it. Which in turn just means you'll make for a prettier corpse.
-He slams his palms into one another, and razor-sharp blades of Obscura erupt from the shadows in all directions, flying towards Kahlia, Kai, and anyone else in the vicinity.-
-Meanwhile, the Nidoking reels upon being hit by Spectrum's dust storm, though his massive bulk seems to let him tank it easily.-
Nidoking: <...Nrgh. Such a pain. Want to->
-He's sent reeling again by a Psychic from the Exeggcutor sent out by the now-upright Alice.-
Belladonna: ~Once again, Alice, you appear to have sustained injuries that would normally preclude physical combat. I would strongly advise that you hold back and-~
Alice: I've fought through broken ribs before, Bella. I'm not about to break tradition now when lives are on the line.
Nidoking: <Grrr... Master strong. Master powerful. Hurt them for Master!>
-The Nidoking slams his frost-encrusted fist against an air-conditioning fan on one of the alley walls, creating a wind of razor-sharp ice shards that go flying towards his opponents.-
-At the other end of the alley, the Cofagrigus's gaze tracks Avada with its Mean Look.-
Mephisto: <Uhehehehe! Ducking out of a binding appointment, are you? That takes guts~! Hardly cause for concern, though~! We'll have those guts spread across the concrete before the evening's out~ >
-The necrotic energy accumlating within him is released as one concentrated blast that seems to home in on Avada's position.-
-The speed and the sudden ferocity of Ian's attack seems to catch Ferrum by surprise, since it catches him squarely in the ribs with a vicious-sounding crack, and he collapses to the ground with a shout of pain.-
Ferrum: Argk! Y-you... you'll pay for that, you little runt!
-He makes a motion with his hand before clutching his ribs, and his Metagross mimics it by swinging a steel fist squarely in Ian's direction.-
-Rosalinde collects her winnings with a dry chuckle.-
Rosalinde: I have a few colleagues who try to advise me against gambling when the odds of winning are so slim. That luck is not a factor one can rely upon. But if we do not take chances, how are we supposed to make progress?
-She waves away the dealer, instead focusing on Dr. White with her one good eye.-
Rosalinde: The future requires - demands, even - people such as ourselves who are willing to take such chances. History does not remember those who bet on safe odds. That is why I have joined this little expedition, to connect with suppliers and sponsors who are less... risk-averse, shall we say.
Edited by Herbert40k on Sep 14th 2021 at 3:40:13 PM
-Gale is, in fact, correct-
-Upon closer inspection, it is in fact Gudrunn-
-But she's been somehow folded into a paper square, with only her face really visible-
Gudrunn: J-Teamers? You guys are here too? These weird Pokemon who can manipulate reality like paper showed up and - actually before I explain get me down from here! Don't those creeps know I'm basically royalty?
Olivia: <Royalty? Ooh, nice to meet you! Is everyone in your kingdom also a face?>
Gudrunn: I've got a body too! Those folded jerks just... Bent it in ways I won't describe in detail right now. It's seen worse, believe me. Anyway just free and unfold me!
Kim: "...oh dear. I remember seeing that move... and I think I know what they're planning."
Elton: 'Ang on, she's not a psychic too, is she?>
Braker: "I doubt it."
(Kim and Braker promptly turn to face Ian.)
Braker: "Who's Gudrunn?"
(Howie, Tommy, and Pepper enter the Rebel Island Dressing room with their costumes under their arms. Upon seeing Belladonna, the three of them break out into grins.)
Howie: "Belladonna! Hello there!"
Tommy: "We were really worried about you earlier... are you okay?"
Pepper: "Oi~! Nice costume! We just got our own costumes, too. And we picked out our 'ero names! Wan' ta 'ear 'em?"
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