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Percy: ...I see.
-she untenses a little-
-she takes the napkin , wiping away some spilled Gatrtea-
Percy: ...Sorry. Generally people showing off unusual abilities in front of me is a prelude to trying to kill me.
Aware: Ooh! I want to try being human!
Percy: So you can just. Understand Pokemon? Perfectly?
Pleth: <Oh, that's horrid.>
Muninn: ~A new body, huh?~
~You make...a very tempting offer.~
Oh, you motherfucker.
-in Pleth's mind the dragon's claws lose purchase-
~You'd give me everything I wanted, wouldn't you? I'd be able to fly again. Talk to people who matter.~
I will actually kill you. Again.
-the ground crumbles away and the void yawns-
~But I told you that you're out of date.~
~That offer's transparent as a trap. If you would be willing and able to put yourself into the power of a Latios like that, you'd simply build yourself an army of them. You'd take the knowledge from my brain and erase the rest of me. It's what I would have done, when I was young like y—~
-the dragon falls away, and is torn into nothing-
-and as Ribot uses Skill Swap, Muninn lunges from one head to another-
-as inside the meticulously organized filesystem of Ever's mind, claws start to reach from the drawers-
~For someone so interested in the future, you're as confined to the past as any of us. But it's just a weapon for you, isn't it? You don't study. You don't learn.~
-all the drawers-
~At least, I can't see any other reason you would follow a ten-thousand-year-old ghost of a psychic into a purely mental plane.~
-the claws descend-
~Let me teach you something.~
-all the files are there for the sifting through-
-Skill Swap relies on telepathic conductive circuitry and on certain muscle memory patterns-
-Muninn borrows those as they access Ever's mind, and reaches back across with his own memories-
-branches sideways towards haptic memory and haptic feedback-
-it's fresh in his mind, so he supplies the sensory memory of being blinded by Pleth, feeding it through a piggybacked telepathic ping-
-at the same time, blanket masking access to memories of past pain, leaving no particular point of comparison from which to draw succor-
Muninn: (through Ever's mouth) Get him.
-while Pleth fires a Dragon Pulse at Ribot-
-Merle drops to the ground with a squawk-
Merle: Should I be flattered that a bird the size of your head is your first priority? Be careful, Molybdenum, or you won't be pulling your weight, and I hear they don't approve of that around here!
Merle: <And, uh, good luck there, fire guy.>
-from the distance, echoing through the trees and just barely audible over the crackling flames, shouted orders, and general mayhem-
-there's a sound like a metal violin-
PEFE!Every: Seriously? That's the most obvious murder ever. Are cops all idiots? What, he cut his own hand off with a hot sword and then dropped dead?
PEFE!Every: Which is apparently insensitive I guess. Where'd it happen?
Edited by memyselfandI2 on Sep 18th 2021 at 8:39:41 AM
-The Burst Heart sits at the center of a sigil, Fighting, Psychic, Ghost, and Dark Gems sitting in each cardinal direction around it-
Chiyo: So, the Gems?
The Fighting Gem, Body and Life Energy. Psychic, Mind. Ghost, Soul. Dark, Shadow. The pieces that according to the ancients make a being. We don't necessarily need the Gems, but since I'm doing this for the first time, I'd rather not make a mistake. The Stormchaser weighing fate in our favor while we're in here also helps.
Chiyo: -Looking over the set-up- I thought he was just a regular sort of scientist.
-Picking up on Chiyo's feelings-
I used to do odd jobs for the Delgados and they taught me some stuff in return, and then with all the Glitch business I kinda bulked up on it more.
Chiyo: So what do we need to complete it?
A slight donation of power.
-Hand glows blue with Aura-
You wanna join me? It'll probably work better with more than one.
Chiyo: Well this is definitely... unique.
This wasn't completely what I imagined when I said I'd get involved in J-Team business. Maybe I'd fight a Team or something, not do some ritual like this. Of course, it's also like Percy and I were talking about, that there's more to our powers than just being used as weapons or tools like the School would have it.
-Hand glows rainbow-
You know what, why not? I assume I should focus on the Psychic Gem and you Fighting?
-And so both Auric pour energy into the Gems and the whole sigil starts glowing-
Owen, you may want to step back.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Sep 18th 2021 at 11:50:16 AM
".. Yeah. Kinda funny this went from a mental heist to a possibly-physical one, huh?"
Daydre's expression turns contemplative as she moves to look at the chunk a little closer.
"... Hm. And I'm guessing you don't know where the runes are from or what they mean? If that's the case I don't think I can offer much aside from moral support."
As soon as the Stunfisk's off not!Daydre takes shelter behind MONARCH, off of whom the Sludge Bombs bounce harmlessly.
The whispers at the edge of MONARCH's mind make him wince, but true enough he is not quite inclined to start eating the competition. Instead, he folds the pain (and any effective attacks that come his way) into a shape he can use while still defending.
not!Daydre surreptitiously (or as surreptitiously as they can given the circumstances) sends out a Charjabug that is definitely not Friendo. They are also wearing a domino mask.
(To Ironspine, holding String Shot silk not!Friendo is currently extruding) "Hey uh.. have you ever been bungee jumping?"
Daydre is silent for a solid minute, her mouth very slightly agape as she draws the cape out to its full length. She nods along to Megan's explanation every so often to show she's still paying attention. Her eyes stay mostly on the cape, but every so often her eyes will drift towards Megan's face and then dart away again, flustered.
"It's- I'm, fine, with regifting,"
She, very slowly, sort of hugs the garment to her chest.
"I'm going to treasure this until I die, and maybe even after that"
Well, wouldn't be the first time I broke into a place.
Oh I'm hilarious. I'm also incredibly powerful.
-Gale gave a little spin, turning her stored power for safe landings into a pair of Gasters that hovered over her shoulders-
I really should re-theme these for the paper matter at hand but honestly I'm working off instinct right now.
-She just starts blasting at whatever Origami enemies she can spot-
"Agent": <Hm. What are you building up power for? Maybe it's swap time...>
-The Inteleon gives a glance at Gale who responds with a quick nod-
"Agent": <Yeah time to get a tankier chap in.>
-James winds up and charges in for a U-Turn. Gale watches to see how the move pans out and decide who can take the brunt of the attack due to happen-
"Where's Kendall?" Gail asked herself as she looked around the locker room, brushing her hair out of the way before standing up. She had been called to fight her next opponent, and given her last round she had been pretty confident in her team, especially her most recent addition.
Shaking her head dismissively, she stood up, adjusting her jersey's embroidered 283 to get comfortable for the match.
Kendall and Kamui alike drew their headphones, having reached into Shadow Smears summoned by Kendall for them to protect against the Hyper Voice as they both put on songs they were confident would last just long enough.
Dr. Cassander looked at Dr. Azala's companion.
Cassander: And I take it, Alexis, that this is Number 36. I've heard great things about his progress.
Igor: We've informed him of the findings. Astounding. They read like something out of a comic book.
Cassander: I'd advise you against that dismissal. We've known for years that humans can, with the right push, be every bit as powerful as they seem in fiction, perhaps even more so. Now, I've heard conjecture that this can be done epigenetically, but research on that has been... scant, to say the least.
Igor: Didn't help that one of the laboratories looking into it got shut down years ago. Like, the one that used spinarak as the model organism.
Cassander: Indeed. It's always been theoretically possible to build one with the right genetic profile. One that your work claims you've succeeded in building. Consider this your peer review, Alexis. I certainly look forward to seeing if the reality reflects the data for myself.
He guides the group to the interior of the castle.
Cassander: Provisions will be provided for 36, Alexis. You will join me in the Great Hall tonight. We'll hold the demonstration there. It will be recorded for posterity purposes. If you impress me, then word of this will get to the Principal.
Edited by MasterJayAM on Sep 20th 2021 at 1:30:50 AM
Owen: -steps back- This is real freaky...
-Jade is around-
Toxicrity: <It's where we're from.>
???: An alleyway near where I live, by the Gym. It's been a while though... The body has already been removed.
Merlin: They seem to be from somewhere in the Crown Tundra, but I haven't been able to pinpoint where. If you could get fresh eyes on it, somehow find a match...
Fou: -rolls his eyes- <Good luck.>
-The Origami Rabbid Whismur, while not dead, are now in a literal crumpled heap-
Shiny Origami Yamask?: <So you have defeated the first of my legion. Bravo. I assure you it is far from the deadliest creature in this realm. I suppose there is no point in maintaining this charade any longer...>
-He suddenly unfolds and refolds into an Origami Togekiss like Olivia, only clad in purple and with a crown-
-shakes her head-
<No... It can't be... I didn't want to believe it could be you...>
Square!Gudrunn: Now THAT is dysfunctional.
Olivia: <How many times did I have to tell you to stop! Please, you have to stop now!>
???: <Why couldn't the J-Team have simply left you in that wall where I put you? Sister, if you stand in the way of my ambition, I'm afraid you will not share in my glory as family. Oh and by the way...>
<I am no longer your brother Olly. I am KING OLLY!>
-He floats into the air-
<By the time I am done all those miserable humans will bow to me or be folded! Flimsy weak Pokemon will be reborn as Folded Soldiers, serving me! And I shall fold, crease, and bend the entire world to my whim... The birth of a new Origami Kingdom!>
-It is then he starts glowing-
-And there's a rumbling-
-Neon steps out into the pitch-
Where Jade is wandering, she might see a stout-purple shirted person with a Talonflame sitting somewhere nearby.
Purple Shirted Person: "Huh, definitely feels different compared to last time we were here."
Talonflame: <Still somewhat cramped but I suppose it feels a little more comfy. Definitely not used to seeing you like this.>
Purple Shirted Person: "Well, could have worn the hat and suit but if we're here on vacation, thought I might as well."
Edited by CorvusAtrox on Sep 19th 2021 at 2:31:03 PM
Jade: -to the stout person- Excuse me, are you a J-Teamer?
-A Charizard follows after her, eying the Talonflame and person oddly-
The person turns to look at Jade.
Person: "Oh, yeah, we're J-Teamers."
The Talonflame likewise turns to look at the two.
Talonflame: <I suppose we fits fine there, yes.>
Person: "Kinda been away for a while so might not be up to date on everything though, why do you ask?"
Ann: -As the ground rumbles- Don't tell me we've got another fight.
Yew: -Is hit as she Sword Dances once more-
Hitodama: <...You forgot about me Tagg.>
-Floats over to the Ghost Gem as energy from the Stormchaser transfers to the Dark Gem as the Burst Heart itself glows and the area is enveloped in light-
Recognizing the rumbling as something bad, Kamui returns. Kendall, in something of a panic, falls backwards into his shadow, tumbling out backwards somewhere safer.
Gail steps to the center of the field, meeting Neon's gaze and nodding. She reached for her first Pokeball, but doesn't throw it out yet.
"May the best team win," she offered.
Edited by AbsentCoder on Sep 19th 2021 at 1:46:04 AM
Jade: Oh, uh, well, I'm new here and wanted to get to know people?
Firestorm: <If we can trust you.>
Owen: I should have brought my sunglasseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeess
Neon: Er, sure?
-Sends out Fret-
Edited by Umbramatic on Sep 19th 2021 at 3:47:14 AM
After that the person's face seems to light up.
Person: "Oh! Yeah, I'd be happy to get to know you! My name's Sholto and this is Lisa."
Sholto says this while gesturing an arm fully at the Talonflame.
<As for trust, I think you can find us rather trustworthy. Or at least my other half would especially argue for that.>
Sholto seemed to nod and smile at that.
Lisa: <Unless there's something about you that makes you particularly untrustworthy, of course.>
Edited by CorvusAtrox on Sep 19th 2021 at 4:10:41 AM
-When the light clears, there's an Ariados sitting outside the now empty Burst Heart-
Chiyo: -To me- Looks like your occult ritual worked Tagg.
Yeah Glad it did, though I think we may need to figure out a more... practical way of doing this if we're gonna have to start doing this on the regular.
;Chiyo: -To the Ariados- You feeling okay?
Ariados: <You... You saved me. You actually saved me!>
Owen: Oh wow, that actually worked!
-a glint appears in his eye, and he puts a hand to his chin-
So if that's how you get them out, and it takes that much effort, how do you ever get them in there in the first place?
Firestorm: <Uh, yeah, we're fine.>
Jade: T-Totally fine.
Might be like an unrefined Apricorn, stuffing something inside is easy, getting it out's the hard part.
-Looking at the sigil-
I have an idea, but I might need some consultation from Professor Krane in Orre, the Purification Chamber works under similar principles for purifying Shadow Pokémon.
-Picking up the now empty Burst Heart-
Question's just what to do with this now. I've got no interest in placing one of my mons in these myself.
Chiyo: Me either.
Dactyl: <Maybe if the choice was between that and dying, maybe. Seems a bit hard to do a take back if you commit.>
Chiyo: -To the Ariados- Sorry I couldn't do anything for you sooner, there was just so much going on that night when I fought Hortensia, didn't even know things like Burst Hearts existed, let alone that you were seemingly aware the whole time.
But I bet you're glad you're free of the likes of her huh?
Edited by rmctagg09 on Sep 19th 2021 at 6:03:00 AM
Sholto looks at the two.
Sholto: "Oh, okay, you two already understand Pokemon, cool, that means I don't have to explain that part or anything."
Lisa: <Definitely makes it easier than one half of the people you're speaking to not understanding what's coming out of your mouth at least.>
Sholto: "Anyway, what are your names, what brought you here, and all that stuff, anything I should keep in mind and all?"
Edited by CorvusAtrox on Sep 19th 2021 at 5:17:17 AM
Gail hummed, reconsidering her first pick. With a bit of consideration, she threw forth a different Pokeball, a Corviknight materializing and staring down at the Dracovish.
"Body Press, Vatista!"
Cof: Well, hello there, young lady. Wipe away those tears and turn that frown upside down, because I'm going to save Hoops' life. Well, most of it. There are limits to even my power, after all. And I need to act quickly.
He reaches out with several dozen thin, shadowy hands that begin to grasp Hoops on the arms, legs, torso, etc.
Cof: You might want to take a step back.
Vana: I... did what I thought I had to do. I thought it was the only way I could have a future, but I see now. I know where my future has to end.
She looks at Sophie, with a strange new intensity that is made up of anger, but also fear.
Vana: I'm going to tear it all down until there's not a single one of them left.
A passenger ferry glides slowly into the port, bringing the end to a voyage from Galar that has taken several hours. On board, several security guards are clustered around a young man in a flat cap.
Guard 1: Now, we'll be giving your description to the police services in Galar, so they'll be on the lookout for you doing anything stupid.
??? What did I do that was so bad?
Guard 2: Let's see. You almost fell in the ocean twice, the first time because you did the arms out at the bow of the ship thing, and the second time because you were trying to attract a giant Sharpedo for the sole purpose of declaring that the boat wasn't big enough.
??? Well, no-one got hurt.
Guard 3: You then stormed into the captain's quarters and told him a frankly offensively bad accent that you were the captain now.
??? All this stuff is great for my social media, you know. I got a new brand deal from a sea sickness pill company for all this stuff.
Guard 1: Yes, well, you see how you put yourself and others in danger. Luckily for you we aren't pressing any charges, but -
A small announcement notes that the ship has pulled into port, and passengers will be able to leave the boat momentarily.
??? Oh, that's my cue.
He gets up and starts running to the edge of the ship.
Guard 1: What - Xaster, where are you going?
Xaster reaches the edge of the ship, with the edge of the stone dock several metres below him. He jumps upwards, placing one foot on the railing and pushing forwards.
Xaster: Galar, I've come to dazzle you!
Even before he lands, he pulls out four pokeballs covered in stickers, and throws them around him. Ri Ri the Azurill, Bu Bu the Budew, Chu Chu the Pichu, and To To the Togepi emerge from curtains of bubbles, petals, sparkles, and confetti respectively.
All five land together, rolling in a practiced way that prevents injury, before coming up and striking a pose. The bystanders watch in confusion. Some walk away, wanting no part in this. A few clap awkwardly. Xaster flashes them grins as their pokemon climb to ride on their shoulders, head, and bag, then the dash off, disappearing into the crowds of Galar.
Owen: You wanna stick with me for now? You want a nickname?
Owen: How about... Miles.
Ariados: <That works.>
-Owen taps a Net Ball on Miles' head. The ball sucks him in, then shakes a bit and clicks-
Owen: As for that Burst Heart... I think I'll take care of it. I want to find a less... Nefarious use for it.
Jade: Yeah I learned Pokemon language in school. Do... Do you not have that here?
Jade: I'm Jade. This may sound hard to believe but I'm... from... another... timeline?
-Fret is squished by the Body Press-
Fret: <To close for comfort, dude!>
Neon: Fishious Rend!
-Fret CHOMPS Vatista-
"I don't think I've ever done it outside of like, J-team stuff."
"Future me apparently has no qualms about it though."
"... Ohhh okay I get where this is going now."
"Well, I'm not about to say no (for multiple reasons). Do you want me to take this chunk thing with me or should I take a picture instead?"
The other Founders and I, we basically broke into the main Pokefutures HQ in Angela.
Works for me, I'll go talk to Krane then.
Hopefully he doesn't end up distorting his heart again.
Chiyo: -To Owen- Actually, before I forget, what can you say about the Schoolpeople themselves? Need to make sure I didn't get compromised.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Sep 19th 2021 at 9:31:00 AM
Lisa: <Well, it doesn't sound typical for human schools here at a minimum. Glad it sounds like yours had some sense.>
Sholto: "Nice to meet you, Jade and Firestorm. And from another timeline? Hmmm, Interesting... Like a... Faller, I think they were called?"
"Anyway, I feel like that might be on the periphery of typical stuff for the Team and might take some of the newer people by surprise but that's interesting. What kind of timeline or... well, it'd probably just be normal to you and finding out the things that are different here."
Edited by CorvusAtrox on Sep 19th 2021 at 8:45:05 AM
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