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Chiyo: -Creating a small circular barrier with a flame inside- So she's like me, huh?
Alright then, I guess when I see Hiro next I'll have to ask him about it.
You should come too.
Chiyo: Probably for the best, I need to make sure we weren't compromised.
Chiyo: -Hearing the knocking- Huh?
-Opening the door slightly so that they can see her purple eyes-
That's me, and you are?
Cof: <I need you to use your psionic watchayadoodits. Basically while I begin the process of preserving Hoops' body, their mind is liable to... slip out. You know, a memory here, a passion there, and then they come back only knowing half the words to Sweet Caroline. I've seen it, it's depressing.>
Their body begins to open, revealing a space within that cannot seem to exist. For a moment it looks like a void, but no that's just painted on the material. Then how is it moving, and swirling in ways that should be impossible for a picture? And why is it impossible to fix the eyes on any point?
Hoops is now lifted up and drawn towards this space. Kec tenses, but Sud grabs him by the shoulder and nods gently.
Vana: I have a plan on how to destroy the school, but I can't do it with Hummy as they are now. I need them in their final form, and I need you to help me get it there.
Edited by theoncominghoop on Sep 20th 2021 at 9:10:32 AM
...Well, good luck with that!
-He walks out of the room, humming-
Jade: Oh, uh, just, yeah, I have bad experiences with Team Rocket too.
-Firestorm sideeyes her-
What? I'm not lying.
PEFE!Every: It'll be an awfully long walk. Why don't I just teleport us there?
Chiyo in turn would be able to see someone with pink hair and a side pony, along with a Mienshao wearing rollerblading gear who seems to sort of marvel at Chiyo's aura.
Maggie: "Uh, hey, I'm Maggie. I work for the same research group Tagg does, just wanted to welcome you and stuff."
Sholto seems to note that she's hiding something.
Sholto: "Yeah, fair enough. Not gonna needle you about exactly what that is, long as you're not like a current member or something."
Edited by CorvusAtrox on Sep 21st 2021 at 8:25:32 AM
Tiffany was holding a conference call. Capt. Ditkovic and Tenembaum joined in to discuss the matter. On the other line was Priscilla, currently in Kalos.
Capt. Ditkovic: Anyway, my fellow sailors and I recovered the stolen artifact some distance from the waterfront. It was opened rather roughly, but thankfully the artifact was undamaged. We've secured it.
Tenembaum: That's certainly good news. If such a priceless occult object were damaged, the losses would be incalculable.
Tiffany: How are the higher-ups responding to the event?
Priscilla: Middle management is preparing an investigation on the identity of the thief, that much I do know. None of y'alls are allowed to speak to anyone about this, though. It's on a need-to-know basis and all. This means you, Francisco.
Tenembaum: You've made that very transparent, Ms. Kwan.
Tiffany: We did request triple the security from there on out, and we're currently planning to secure the Orre facility the same way.
Priscilla: Great, more expenses. Captain, do you have any idea who may have done it?
Capt. Ditkovic : All I know was that they're capable of teleporting.
Priscilla: You don't think this could be the... you know what, we'll fill you in when the higher ups give the signal. That detail is remarkably helpful. Thank you for your time, captain.
Capt Ditkovic: Much obliged, ma'am.
Tiffany: Don't worry about the main site. Since the renovation, that one actually has more thorough safeguards against anyone using teleporting pokémon.
Priscilla: Good to hear, Tiffany. When can we expect the Hammerspace in Galarian waters?
Tiffany: About a week.
Capt. Ditkovic: I can cut that time in half on the right route. And using less fuel.
Priscilla: Good to hear, captain. I've cleared the budget for the repairs at the dry dock in Wyndon. Enjoy your shore leave.
Tiffany: That includes me, right?
Priscilla: Yeah, HR said you had some vacation days unused so yeah, you can probably hop aboard and spend it in Galar if you really want to. Also, we recommend traveling with Capt. Ditkovic's crew. We've a lot of unused room and I'd rather we save our employees a couple of bucks rather than burning that.
Tiffany: Sweet! So, Cap. When do we shove off? Fair warning though, I get seasick easy.
Capt. Ditkovic: I'll have ginger pills delivered to your quarters.
Tommy had just heard that his grandfather was coming to Galar. They had earlier arranged a meeting in a specific chip shop somewhere near the [Thames].
Tommy: Mom, you're going to have to talk to him eventually. You can't—you shouldn't keep this from him. He's almost 80! Who knows how much time you've got left to make up for lost time.
Gimbal: I didn't even think he could make time for it. That old workaholic never changed.
Tommy: I thought you said you squared everything off before I was born? Was there something he and you weren't telling me? Anything unresolved that you two left hanging when you died? You named me after him.
Gimbal: We reconciled shortly before you were born. But that one thaw doesn't undo everything that went between us. Look, you said it yourself. He hardly spent time with you in the 21 years I was gone. My brothers spent more time with you than he did. That should've been obvious.
Tommy: I'm starting to see why you and Gavin get along so well.
Gimbal: I mean, it's not like he didn't try to be a good parent whenever he was there. He made sure the family was taken care of. He tried to be there for us whenever he could. I guess I just got burned out by all his overblown promises. He wasn't there when I graduated. He didn't walk me to the altar. The guy who gave your dad the perp sweating was your Uncle Damir.
Tommy: But he's the young one.
They pause for a moment.
Gimbal: How did you two get on?
Tommy: I always looked forward to his visits. Every time he did, he'd regale me with these places he visited that I could only read about. He'd tell me about what things were like in the old country. He'd spend the afternoons with the rest of my cousins and I, and because I was so small he'd always carry me—I mean, back when I was a little boy.
Gimbal: Baby of the bunch.
Tommy: Well, you kinda didn't follow through with any siblings.He told me a lot about you. Like, a lot. More than Aunt April and Uncle Ken ever did.
Gimbal: He did, did he? I'll quiz you on that later.
Tommy: He misses you so much. A few times, whenever I feel sad about it, I'd write an e-mail to him, and he'd tell me how we could miss you together. That usually took a couple of weeks, though since I'm never sure when he was ever near a place with Internet.
Tommy: Anyway, you really should meet him. It'll make him so happy.
Gimbal: It's not as easy as it sounds. How do you think he's going to react? Hearing "Hello Otac, I, your only daughter tragically murdered years ago, am back from the dead!"
Tommy: I responded rather well to that news when you started to remember.
Gimbal: You were young when I died. You barely had memories of me and me coming back was like a literal dream come true. And we've gotten to know each other for a full three years before any of that. And that's already assuming you're anything like your grandfather.
Cassander: Let's put that to the test, shall we. Step at the centre of the hall. You will be pitted you against my most powerful pokémon.
Cassander invites Alexis to take a seat at the table. The Great Hall was arranged the way it would be in a medieval castle, and at the table was a rather sumptuous 3 course meal featuring a peculiar type of sausage.
Cassander: I simply must recommend the hurka. The piloswine of these forests yield some of the most fantastically flavoured game in the region.
Edited by MasterJayAM on Oct 21st 2021 at 11:17:13 PM
Jade: Oh, I'm definitely not.
Firestorm: <She's not.> -huffs-
-The girl stops-
???: -without turning around- ...I was going to go to the train, but I guess teleportation is faster if you've got it, yeah.
Chiyo: -Opening the door fully enough that Maggie can perceive her completely, more warmly- Nice to meet you Maggie, I'm Chiyo, but I guess Tagg probably already told you that.
-She notices Connie looking at her but doesn't say anything yet-
(Kim, Braker, and their mons promptly feel the ground shake under them.)
Elton: <This is a bit intense...>
Braker: "I would have to agree."
Cuddles: (hanging on for dear life) <AAAAAHHHH-!>
Kim: "I wouldn't worry about it for too long, though. Given that this is the same strategy that Ian and Evelyn used in Hulbury... I have a feeling where this is going."
Liepard: (smirks) <Scarrrred, are you? Just like your prrrre-evolution. Well, then...>
(She promptly gets right up in front of Freddie, and then pulls a hand clapper toy out of hammerspace, which she puts in her mouth.)
Liepard: (with the toy in her mouth) <YOU'VE GIVEN ME THE PURRRRFECT OPERTUNITY!>
(And she immediately starts moving the toy back and forth, creating a "clapping" noise that- naturally- makes Freddie flinch back.)
Freddie: (startled) <E-eep!>
(Kim and Marnie just blankly stare.)
(Cuddles giggles, and Walter and Braker both just stare in the same way that Kim and Marnie are.)
Walter: <That is an... interesting way of using Fake Out.>
(The Liepard then notices that everyone is staring at her.)
Liepard: (putting down the toy) <What?>
Marnie: "...That's your Fake Out?"
Liepard: (furious) <IT WAS EASIER WHEN I WAS STILL A PURRRRRLOIN!> (She shakes her head, then glares over at Freddie with a smirk.) <Besides... I still got him to flinch.>
(Freddie stares in terror for a few moment, before shaking his head as he grows slightly more determined.)
Kim: "Don't let her words get to you, Freddie! Use Water Pulse!"
(He promptly jumps up into the air and shoots out a pulse of water from his grippers— which hits Liepard, promptly throwing her backwards.)
Freddie: (running over to Kim; to the Liepard) <ImsorryImsorryIhadtodoitpleasedonthurtme...>
(A cloud of dust goes up, and when it fades, the Liepard is still standing, looking over at Freddie with a smirk.)
Liepard: <Oh, don't worrrrry. I'm not going to hurt you.>
Liepard: (with a grin) <Yet.>
(Freddie's eyes grow wide with fear.)
Freddie: <Oh, no...>
(The Liepard's Slasher Smile permeates into Freddie's soul, and he suddenly realizes that she is planning something big.)
Freddie: (realizing it) <T-that's...>
Braker: "Oh dear."
Walter: <Nasty Plot.>
Cuddles: <T-this is bad... poor Freddie...>
(Kim's eyes promptly go wide as she realizes what Liepard is doing, and she promptly shakes her head.)
Kim: "No... We can't let her win that easily! Freddie! Use—"
Freddie: (shakes his head, already in tears) <Y-you don't have to... I-I can already do it...!>
(He promptly gazes up at the Liepard, tears streaming down his face.)
(For just a moment, the Liepard's expression softens as her guard is let down...)
(...but she eventually shakes her head, replacing that look with a glare of disdain.)
Liepard: <Oh... you seriously thought that I would fall for a pathetic deformed Drizzile crying his eyes out like a little Sobble?!> (She promptly takes a battle stance.) <Well, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW A LIEPARD REALLY FUNCTIONS!!>
(And she promptly lets out a Snarl that echoes throughout the stadium and sends Freddie flying.)
Freddie: (in tears) <W-WAAAHHHHH!!!>
(He promptly hits the wall, and a cloud of smoke goes up on his end. Liepard smirks.)
Liepard: (with triumph) <You're finished, crrrrripple.>
Cuddles: (worried) <F-FREDDIE! NO!>
Walter: (angry, though his face wouldn't really show it) <Cripple? You dare to stoop to that low of an insult?>
Braker: "Well, it is a Dark-type."
EL: WHO JUST CALLED FREDDIE A CRIPPLE?!?!
FM: ...Ach, Elton! You're start!ng ta sound l!ke me!
MP: (You dropped your typing quirk, too.)<
EL: Sorry abou+ +ha+, bu+ nobody +ells Freddie he's a cripple and ge+s away wi+h i+ on my wa+ch! I'm going ou+ +here!
ecstaticLagomorph (EL) left the conversation.
(In a flash, Elton suddenly emerges from his PokeBall and runs over to Freddie.)
Kim: (shocked) "E-Elton?!"
Elton: <F-Freddie?! Freddie, please tell me you're alright!>
(The dust promptly settles, revealing a Freddie who is sitting down on the floor with his head lowered. Elton, fearing the worst for once, shakes his head in disbelief.)
Elton: (stunned) <N-no... no... not Freddie...>
Kim: (saddened) "E-Elton..."
(Elton then notices Marnie's Liepard, and turns to face her with a look of uncharacteristic rage.)
Elton: <NOBODY calls Freddie a cripple!>
Marnie: "Och... yeah, even I'll have to agree that that was going a bit too far."
(Braker, Walter, and Cuddles are stunned silent.)
(Kim and Braker both stare over at Ian and Evelyn.)
Kim: "We've never seen that show and have no clue what you're reenacting."
(Howie, Pepper, and Tommy promptly undress themselves.)
(Kim, Peechee, Braker, Walter, and Cuddles look on in abject horror at what they are seeing.)
Kim: "You're kidding..."
Braker: "But where?!"
(Peechee then notices the portal.)
Peechee: <Smot! note Look! There's a portal right there!>
(Everyone notices Kendall's portal, and Kim frantically nods towards Peechee.)
Kim: "Great job, Peechee!"
(And with that, they enter the portal which will- hopefully- take them out of Parfum Palace.)
Maggie smiles, likewise becoming more open as Chiyo opens the door.
Maggie: "Yeah, he mentioned your name. And nice to meet you too, Chiyo. Glad to have you here whether it's just for a bit or a prolonged period."
Connie adjusts a bit awkwardly, stopping looking quite as hard.
Connie: <Uh, sorry for staring, your aura's just pretty and haven't seen one quite like it.>
Sholto: [singsongy] "Then all is good~ Hope you have fun here and with the J-Team!"
Owen: <Did you know - >
Channah: Huh. Okay then. -pats the fishie- This is Dr. Owen Harper, just Owen is fine. He only speaks in extremely specific music trivia. -beat- Not that it would mean anything to you.
-Kamon assists with the fight, sending out Gingivere to attack. Big Savings, uncharacteristically, just floats there in a sort of focused stupor during the battle-
-suddenly king olly-
Kamon: All this violence and family drama for dessert! Excellent.
Big Savings: < i hope this doesn't awaken anything in me >
Kamon: -gets grabbed by Gale- Ahah, hey now, gorgeous, not that I'm -
-Big Savings pulls Kamon away and drags him into the ship-
Big Savings: <No, with me...>
Chiyo: -To Maggie- If we're going to be working together I might as well get used to being in here, you know? It's certainly feeling more homey by the day, which is probably because the Stormchaser seems to have taken a liking to me from the start.
-The walls appear to be painted with stars and the Milky Way, with a rainbow over Chiyo's bed-
I guess amongst its many abilities is interior designer.
Dactyl: <This is one of the longer periods where we haven't been actively on the run from the School.>
Chiyo: -To Connie, glowing visibly for a moment- I get that a lot, I don't think I've met anyone with anything like it either. Kind of a pain when I've gotten mistaken for an Aura Vampire in the past for it though.
"What's in there, Kendall?" Kamui asked.
"You wouldn't believe me." With that said, he had Kamui return and stepped back in, climbing aboard Beep-O's craft.
Gail nodded, throwing forth a Pokeball.
Jamie the Swellow materialized, pausing to create a Tailwind for himself to prepare for what this strange Pokemon had in store.
Ananpi: (to Owen) <Hello~! What were you going to say, chuu~>
Ingrid: "Oh. Hello there. Believe me, I'd love to hear some of those musical references... if I was able to understand my Pokemon, that is."
(Another PokeBall suddenly opens up, and a Beheeyem emerges from it.)
Ingrid: "Oh! Bjorn! Hello!"
(Bjorn waves— and then lights up instantly the moment he sees the Barraskewda in front of him.)
Bjorn: (cheerfully) <Hello there! Bjorn name! Delighted to meet you! Barraskewda seems rather... odd, to say the least. Can still manage, though!>
Ingrid: "Looks like you're really excited to meet them, huh?"
(Bjorn turns back to his Trainer.)
Bjorn: <Incredibly excited! Can't wait to meet rest of their team!>
Ingrid: "...I think that's a yes."
Bjorn: (sheepishly) <...Forgot you couldn't speak Monese. Assumed you could. Apologies.>
Ingrid: "Bjorn? What's wrong?"
Bjorn: (shakes head) <N-never mind! Will tell you later, after Monese learnt.> (then, to Owen) <What should we talk about? Heard you spoke in music facts. Eager to learn more! Only know ABBA knowledge; even then, not much.>
-Jade backs away slowly-
-So does Firestorm-
-Fret bites again, but with OBSCURA this time-
Edited by Umbramatic on Sep 20th 2021 at 10:59:35 AM
Sholto and Lisa look at the pair backing away slowly, then at each other.
Lisa: <It seems an unfortunate number of conversations with you end this way.>
Sholto: "Ah well, it happens. Anyway, you were going to mention a restaurant or something you remembered liking?"
Lisa: <Indeed, granted, people might still recognize me but I'm off the map enough and all at this point, I'd hope.>
Maggie looks at the interior decoration.
Maggie: "Oh, dang, cool mural... Yeah, it's gotten pretty good at that. Really helps to make things homey."
Connie: <Ah, yeah, that makes sense. Kinda stayed clear of the Aura Vampires personally but... yeah, glad you're not one and all. That doesn't sound good.>
Maggie: "But, yeah, it's glad this is a good stretch where you don't have to run from the school and... well, to some extent it might stay that way but... I should probably give you a heads up before anything happens with it: are you aware that there's a J-Team TV Show?"
Edited by CorvusAtrox on Sep 20th 2021 at 11:00:32 AM
Caught off-guard by the Water-type's speed, Jamie reflexively doubled down, charging into the maw that had bitten on him with Brave Bird.
Gail winced a bit.
Daydre doesn't seem to have any mons out. At least until her shadow sneezes foxily and Daydre quietly hushes it.
"It seems like her property is big-in-a-general-way but not big-in-a-rich-person-way? If we're not careful we might look weird just walking up to the place but I think there's enough trees around to cover us for a little while."
"I don't like cops at the best of times but yeah that is like, extra weird."
As they continue walking their destination becomes visible on the right. It's big for a house but small for a mansion, in between the two to the point it's hard to call it either. A long front lawn (a couple hundred yards or so, give or take) separates the house from the street, with a gravel driveway devoid of cars stretching across it. The building itself is largely composed of red brick.
If Tagg is focusing on it he may be able to tell that there's apparently only two people at home, one in the house and one standing in the yard.
Daydre takes the paper.
"Yeah, gacha games are a lot aren't they... But, yeah. I'll be sure to call you. I gotta go now though so uh, see you later."
And she walks off.
The squeak and subsequent wet noises jerk Daydre's attention away from the cape.
She (carefully) puts the garment down and just kinda. Plunges her hands into the Floor Vee substance in an attempt to pull Megan back up.
MONARCH holds position, with an almost comical look of focus on his face. The mud seems to be doing something to him, but he otherwise still looks pretty energetic.
not!Daydre makes a painfully awkward face. They're briefly very tempted to actually go and kick Ironspine off the beam but they manage to reign themself in. They instead carefully pick her up and throw her at where they think the sensor is, as accurately as they can get.
Friendo braces themself against the beam as the slack starts to go.
-Looking ahead, eyes glowing as I scan the area-
Two people, one in front, one in the house. I'd imagine the person inside is our Macraul, I'm still getting the layout of the other guy's Aura. The clearness of the front makes breaking in through a front window unadvised, they'd see us coming and with Aislinn getting into a scrap with her henchfolks I'm sure Morata expects her to attempt breaking in, but not us.
Doc: -Listening out for other forms of security-
Chiyo: -To Maggie- Yeah, I've heard of it, never watched it though, I've heard it's a little questionable on its accuracy however-
-Face rapidly goes flat as certain implications start going through her mind-
Dactyl: -Looks from Chiyo, to Maggie, to back to Chiyo again- <You alright?>
Chiyo: -Starts taking deep breaths to center herself before speaking with more focus- Right, I forgot about that little detail when I shook hands with Tagg. So there's a high chance they'll take my likeness, without payment, and it'll most likely be flanderized.
Dactyl: <Well, at least it probably won't compromise the other escapees.>
I should probably warn Percy...
Chiyo: -Half-jokingly, but there's an edge that makes it not really feel like a joke- Maybe I really should do a face reveal for my modeling, but couple it with some of the most debauched poses so they'd never want to merchandise stuff for a kids show involving a "loose woman" like myself.
Of course then the School would probably really come after me then, or at least because I'm not doing it for them.
Dactyl: <Well, it's a bridge we'll cross when we get there, they don't know of us yet.>
Chiyo: True, true.
The closer they get, the more it becomes clear.
The person standing in the yard's aura is... odd.
Mostly in that it has all the hallmarks of one associated with the School.
The aura in the house is in fact a Macraul, though.
Doc will hear.. Not much. Perhaps unsurprisingly. The whir of hidden cameras is vaguely audible in certain areas, but so long as you stick to the trees it seems they're avoidable.
"Right, so... come from behind? Or see if they have a roof entrance?"
Or a side entrance, those all would be our best bets.
Doc: -Forwards the information-
Uh huh, stick to the trees, got it.
-Senses the person in front's Aura-
That Aura... they're a Schoolperson. How does Morata Macraul have one of them under her presumed employ, are they an escapee or a loaner?
Doc: <Seems unlikely that the School would hire out an experiment, maybe a Templar.>
True. If that's the person who injured Aislinn, we need more information on them. Like whatever weird powers they might have, for instance. If she's only got that one person plus the cameras guarding the premises, they're certainly formidable. Let's just hope they're indeed an escapee so we don't end up also having to deal with them also calling in Templars on us, though I'd really have to wonder what sort of interest the School would have in some old mask.
Doc: <Are we gonna try wresting them from Morata?>
We don't know if they're being coerced or if they're doing this of their own free will, having exchanged one wicked master for another. When you're that desperate and on the run, anyone can look good.
This becomes more complex by the second.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Sep 20th 2021 at 1:22:23 PM
The person in the yard seems to just be... pulling weeds from a flowerbed in front of the house. His black hair is pulled into a ponytail, and he wears yellow tinted glasses that make it hard to tell what his eye color is. He's got a slight tan and he's wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans.
He suddenly stands up and looks behind him. His gaze briefly passes over where Tagg and Daydre are, and he frowns. A tense second passes before he shrugs and gets back to work.
"Maybe there's some ancient skin flakes they'd want on it or something? My mom mentioned it's pretty old. I feel like that's a stretch though... Wait I'm getting on a tangent."
"I guess after this we need to ask Aislinn what exactly he did to her, that might give us some hints."
Approaching further, the two will see a figure standing behind one of the upper windows. Someone wearing a blank white mask that just looks like a human face. Judging by the wavy green hair and her aura, that's the Macraul.
She's just standing there, looking out over the grounds with her hands behind her back.
Definitely a Schoolkid, I don't think they'd have a Templar do the weeding, and I don't think they'd bother hiding their eyes if they were, the ones I've met all came off as a bit too proud to do that, even if they did happen to
be running away. Could be this is a particularly humble Templar, but I doubt it.
-As presumably Morata overlooks the scene-
Brr, I know she probably doesn't have a distortion, she's just a shitty person who fully knows how shitty she is and doesn't care, but she's definitely got the whole Shadow Self look down.
Kinda reminds me of your mask honestly.
Doc: -Huffs- <Don't compare me to her.>
Edited by rmctagg09 on Sep 20th 2021 at 2:30:32 PM
Oh good, nice to see you again Beeps.
-Gale does a little shadowy dash into the vehicle and proceeds to try and minimize how much space she takes up in the vehicle-
Be careful of those ribbons, we don't want to get knocked out of the sky!
Aaaaaaand I had some poor timing on that. Brace and strike!
-The Falinks break their Protect formation but with a little shout from their leader their bronze armaments shimmer with an Iron Defense before they chain that into a charging Close Combat-
Maggie: "...Yeah, probably a good thing I gave you a heads up about that. But, yeah, at least from like a security perspective I don't think the J-Team Show has actually compromised us or anyone's safety too much. Tagg'd probably Really run them into the ground if that happened."
Plus I guess it's not exactly something any of us wants from a story perspective so...
Maggie: "But, yeah, ultimately, your choice how you wanna handle that. I'd suggest like, making up a fan thing that questions your existence if you pop up, but I guess if the show covers you anyway, might just ignore or roll with that regardless..."
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