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-There's a lot going on. Brie is exploding, Alice is overexerting to save her, Kahlia is bleeding out, and to top it off? There's gunshots.-
-One shot hits right on Spectrum's wing — regardless of what sort of lasting damage real bullets do to a Pokemon, it hurts, enough to disrupt the tone she's generating. She yelps in pain, toppling out of the air.-
-But the gun gets dropped.-
-Actually, let's focus on the others for a moment, shall we?-
-Spectrum hits the ground, barely able to land somewhat upright. Somewhat disoriented, she spits a gout of flame in the direction of Sloth.-
-Nix, meanwhile, watches Mephisto vanish.-
Nix: <...Yeah, you better run, creep!>
-As for Rogue, they land with little issue, having jumped off of Ramphyros as soon as their thermite bomb was set. Alice's Shadow Ball connects shortly after, and they stagger back, but keep themself upright. They glance at Livius.-
Rogue: Oh, really? But we just got to the good part—
Kai: N-no. You better listen to him.
-Rogue looks back at Kai, who has rushed to pick up the gun, and is pointing it at them.-
Kai: You—you—you better run. I've— never used one of these, and I don't— think you want to be my first time.
Rogue: ...You couldn't even if you wanted to. That's a bluff.
Kai: I-is it...?
-The inside of the barrel glimmers rainbow hues, as does the air around Kai as they take careful, Aura-guided aim — shaking hands and tear-blurred eyes be damned.-
Kai: ...N-Nix, please. Protect me.
-Nix hesitates, before landing next to Kai, and the chaotic rainbow flurries seem to organize into a lattice around the two of them.-
Nix: <I've got you, Kai.>
Rogue: ...Whatever. The damage is done already.
Edited by BittersweetNSour on Sep 26th 2021 at 9:58:11 AM
Ingrid: "Alright, Ananpi! Great work! Now's our chance! Use Electroweb!"
(Ananpi nods, proceeding to create another ball of electricity and hit it with his "tail"— only this time when it is hit it opens up into a massive electric web that comes down onto Jack.)
Channah: (withdrawing a fainted Jack) Kinda dropped the ball on that one, Jacko, with that little Bounce stunt. But it's okay. (winds up and tosses a new ball) Say goodbye to your ass. I mean. Arse. No. Shit. Fuck!
Hale is released.
Hale: <Whatacuriouscostume.WhyeverwouldyouemulateaninferiorPokemon.> (opens with a massive Rock Slide from the heavens)
PEFE!Every: Mhm. Just use a psychic to translate.
PEFE!Every: -hums some elevator music as she waits for Spark to return-
Spark: <...Why are you humming?>
PEFE!Every: Wh— when did you get back?
Spark: <It took me like five minutes! I told you, panorama.>
-she shows PEFE!Every the photos-
PEFE!Every: Huh. The marvels of modern technology.
Spark: <You're 25, you dingus.>
PEFE!Every: (to ???) Alright. We'll go analyze this. By the way, if you're hostile, this next teleport will probably kill you.
-but since she's not, it probably goes pretty smoothly-
I'm okay! Or I'm not going to die immediately, which is close enough!
Stop doing stupid things that will get you killed!
-she squirms away from Alice, focusing down on Livius and Rogue while the standoff occurs-
-yeah she's too out of it for a one-liner. She clicks her tongue twice sharply, pointing at Livius with her index finger-
-pinky finger pointing at Rogue-
-and rains down razor-sharp crystals on Rogue-
Ingrid: "You did it! Great work, Ananpi!"
Ananpi: (happily) <Alright~!>
(And then Hale is released.)
Ananpi: <Hiiiii~!> (beat) <Hey~! Pikachu are great! And they're really cute, too, chuu~>
(And then the Rock Slide hits.)
(Ananpi is thrown backwards and hits the floor. A cloud of dust goes up, and when it fades, Ananpi tries to push himself back up— but falls to the floor with swirls in his eyes.)
Ananpi: (weakly) <You got me, chuu~...! Nice job...>
Ingrid: (worried) "Ananpi!"
(She runs over to her Shiny Galvantula and picks him up.)
Ingrid: "You did great, Ananpi. You deserve a rest."
(Ananpi blinks his eyes open, very tired, before eventually walking over to the sidelines— he refuses to go in a PokeBall, after all. Ingrid, meanwhile, takes out another PokeBall.)
Ingrid: "A Gallade? Well, then. Let's try this one!" (She throws it.) "Benny, come on out!"
(The ball opens, and BENNY, Ingrid's Breloom, emerges.)
Benny: (saluting) <Reporting for duty, ma'am!>
(Beat. He stares up at Hale with a steely glare— or at least, as best of one that a Breloom can give.)
Benny: (to Hale) <So... you dare to KO one of my comrades? Well, then. You'll be the next one to go MIA.>
(And with that said, he opens his mouth and releases a bomb of poison directly at Hale in an attempt to poison him.)
Melony: Now, Eiscue, use Surf again!
Me: Ritchie! Ride the wave! Use Bubble Beam on Stonjourner!
Evelyn: Mirai! Surf's up! Use Draining Kiss on Eiscue!
Gordie: Stonjourner, keep your guard up!
-Melony's Eiscue summons another massive wave to try and wash away Mirai and Ritchie, but Ritchie, being a penguin, goes in for a swim. Mirai hops onto Ritchie's back and rides him like a surfboard. Stonjourner is still hunkering down in its safehouse of stone, which is slowly being eroded by the wave from the outside. Ritchie then turns around, letting Mirai dismount and when she lands next to Eiscue, gives them a little peck on the cheek. The Penguin Pok駑on blushes a bright red as a surge of energy emanates from her and is absorbed by Mirai. The blush becomes so warm that the ice cube on Eiscue's head melts off, revealing a very nervous, very adorable Noice Face Eiscue.-
Me: SQUEEEEEEEEE! SO CUUUUUUUTE!
Evelyn: And that was Eiscue's "Ice Face" ability. It protects it from a move making contact at the cost of the ice cube on its head.
-Ritchie then fires a barrage of bubbles at the stony bunker Gordie's Stonjourner has holed himself up in, wearing away at it a bit more.-
Evelyn: So Dio has got the Poison Heal ability! Interesting...
Me: GO GET 'EM, DIO!!!
-Piku-chan jumps onto Ian's head and then bends backwards in Dio's signature pose.-
-And then Earthquake happens. Piku-chan is almost knocked off of Ian's head, but caught by Ian and Evelyn using their telekinesis to leave themselves and each other off the ground.-
Me: Well, Evelyn... We've made it this far. Shall we?
Evelyn: Yes. But this time...
-Evelyn moves to hold Ian's hand.-
Evelyn: ...we do it together.
-Ian blushes faintly at Evelyn, then smiles as the two of them enter the castle together.-
Evelyn: Thanks, Hoops.
-Evelyn eats one of the hobnobs, then puts her arm around Hoops' shoulder.-
Evelyn: And don't you worry... We'll get you back on your feet soon enough. You won't miss a thing... Hey... maybe when you come back to us, we can throw you a birthday party. With a bouncy castle. How does that sound?
Evelyn: Well, given the influence that King Olly seems to have exerted on the world thusfar, I wouldn't be surprised if that was how it worked.
Me: But still, you can't deny the variety of colors that the confetti comes in. I mean, I just think it looks neat.
Dr. Azala: Uh, well... Yeah, I mean... Just Think of the Potential! applications for Krypton's DNA.
-Dr. Azala continues to watch the battle. Krypton runs at Igor and clenches his fist, preparing a punch of his own.-
-She is not-
???: Thanks. I'll. Hang around here I guess.
-She leaves for elsewhere on the ship-
Edited by Umbramatic on Sep 26th 2021 at 9:17:23 AM
Wordlessly, Kendall and Kamui get to work, the former working the pitch in the hole she was stuck in to blast her out while Kamui simply tugged.
Looking at the Donphan with similar annoyance, Sierra swung at the Rock-type with Steel Wing.
Hale quickly raises one arm with a Protect shield on it, deflecting the blow just before it hits and splattering sludge everywhere. Channah shakes off her sleeve frantically.
Channah: Okay, really now -
Hale: <IwouldbeamazedwerealowlyBreloomtoaccomplishthisfeat.> (shoots into the air, then dives to deliver an Aerial Ace) <ButIfearyouoverreach.Come.Firstblood.Tome.>
(And Benny, being a Breloom, immediately seizes this opportunity, stretching his arms out and wrapping them around Hale so as to prevent Aerial Ace from hitting him.)
Benny: <Overreach, indeed. Attempting to use Aerial Ace- a move that never misses and is four-times super effective- was a smart strategy on your part, but unfortunately, I have strategies of my own prepared. And do not call me lowly.>
(With that said, he proceeds to shake the mushroom on his head, releasing yellow spores that land on Hale.)
(He then lets Hale go.)
Benny: <Now try and hit me.>
Edited by OPALGARNET16 on Sep 26th 2021 at 11:22:21 AM
Chiyo: -To Channah- I apologize, I shouldn't have pried so deeply.
I'll take my leave then, but...
-Feeling a familiar presence as she starts speaking again-
As much as Tagg can't be your whole world, you can't be his, that's too much for one person, even ones who'll try to take the whole world on their back like he does. It could destroy you, or him, eventually.
Do you want to help Tagg, selflessly if not always politely, or are your motivations more selfish? I guess that's a question only you can answer, to yourself if not to me.
-Those words and the next seem to have a weight to them, as if the Stormchaser itself was pressing its whole weight on the area, a weight that seems unusual for the softness coming out of their speaker's mouth and the kindness by which they are said-
You don't have to like me, or take my advice, but if being friends or even friendly acquaintances is too much to ask for at the moment, I'd settle for avoiding hostility, for our shared friend's sake if nothing else. I hope you'll think about what I said, and if you want to talk about Tagg or something as simple as the newest strategy in Stellaris, well, the Stormchaser will show you where to find me. That's a request from... well, someone who'd prefer more allies than enemies Already got plenty of the latter., not a demand, Channah. Good evening.
-She then leaves, Dactyl floating behind her-
Alright then, guess we'll focus on the layout next.
Edited by rmctagg09 on Sep 26th 2021 at 11:57:13 AM
Hoops: Sounds a bit patronising actually. But it also sounds nice. I haven't really had a birthday party before.
They look around at their surroundings.
Hoops: So, this is like, my mind, right? What do you think happens if I walk off over there? Is it more woods? Something else? Can I control where I go, do you reckon?
Evelyn: Truth be told, I've never entered someone else's mind before, so this is new to me too.
-Evelyn looks around her surroundings.-
Evelyn: I think we might want to take a look around. What do you think?
Hoops: That seems like a terrible idea. I mean, have you ever picked up a psychology textbook? We could get attacked by my intrusive thoughts. Or what if we get lost amongst my greatest fears and insecurities? What if my id decides we're a threat to my psyche and starts chasing us.
They stand and walk over to the edge of the clearing. The trees part, making a doorway for them to walk through.
Hoops: But, it sounds crazy. And right now, there's nothing I want to do more than put off going to sleep. You coming?
Evelyn: Sign me up! But first...
-Evelyn relays a psychic message to Cof.-
Evelyn: -telepathically to Cof- ~Hoops is doing well... They want me to go with them to explore their mind. May I go with them?~
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Sep 27th 2021 at 4:11:12 AM
Cof: <Wow, psychic message. From a mind that's accessing a mind that's inside me. That's a new one. Well, almost new, there was this one time in Hisui when - actually, you know what, I'll get into that later. Okay, two rules you need to work with here. First one is to make sure neither of you get hurt in there, or that could have some freaky effects. Second, that isn't really Hoops that you're talking to there, but more of a mental guardian. It's going to try and reject the idea that it needs to sleep by distracting you with adventures and popular Galarian biscuits. You have an hour from your perspective to make them agree, or this could go badly wrong.>
Cof: <I really should have given you the full instruction manual before we started this.>
Hoops*: Come on, Evs!
They go to grab her by the hand and drag her through the door.
Channah waits not-so-patiently for her to leave throughout the speech, fighting not to roll her eyes.
Channah: ...Oh my god. Thought she was never going to shut up.
Aztec Camera: <This One Found Chiyo Pleasant And Conscientious, If Lightly Menacing Company.>
Channah: You weren't the one getting lectured on your personal philosophy by an Arceus-damned stranger. (sighs) She's okay, I guess. But sorta dull. C'mon, I'm dead tired. Also. What's Stellaris?
Aztec Camera: <Searching...>
Channah: (But he is my whole world.)
-To those gathered-
Well it seems the mask is in some secret basement vault and the only viable entrance that doesn't involve just blasting open the front door is in the back so...
-This continues for some time-
Chiyo: -Sipping her tea- ...And that's how it's been since I started hanging out there more regularly.
Nicky: -Listening intently- Sounds like things with Maggie went okay, but your meeting with Channah was... kind of a disaster.
Chiyo: -Putting the tea down- Yeah, I kinda decided I'd go sleep in the flat that night before bothering to come back inside the Stormchaser. I can only hope my words managed to reach her, but I'll be surprised if it did.
Kendra: She seems, like, well...
Chiyo: -Finishing the sentence- Kind of a jerk? Well, I wouldn't disagree that her social graces had the roughness of a Druddigon's hide, but I did perhaps pry deeper than I should've, and that made a tense situation worse. Kinda sad and afraid at the same time though, that's how I feel she is beneath the numbness and anger. And also repressed, really repressed.
I don't want to bother Tagg with it though, he'd probably consider what happened his fault or something because he wasn't around. But if we're gonna share space going forward I'd prefer that we get along, even if being friends is too much to ask for at the moment, or ever.
Nicky: -Chuckles- Sort of like someone else we'd know who thinks they alone can solve the world's troubles.
Chiyo: -Frowns with mock-offense- Hey!
But yeah, you got me there.
Kendra: -Changing subjects- So are the rumors true that it's like a floating Olympic Village or something?
Chiyo: -Poking at her food with a fork- Well if there was any of that going on, they don't do it in the public areas of the airship, that's for sure. And no one I've talked to would partake of it if it was the impression I got.
-Thinking out loud-
It was weird though, her mind, it felt very similar to mine...
Edited by rmctagg09 on Sep 27th 2021 at 8:54:52 AM
Hale twists gracefully out of the grip and is hit with the Stun Spore.
Hale: (with no discernable difference in his movement) <Adifferentmaneuver.Soyoudothink.>
Channah: Aight, Swords Dance as usual.
Hale: (doing a fencing salute) <ButIspeakasIwill.>
Kim: "Well. Seems like Ian reacts to Eiscue in the same way that I react to Galvantula."
(And then a realization hits her and her eyes widen.)
Kim: (thinking to herself) Oh dear... I-if I end up fighting Rever in the League... will I be able to control myself if he uses 9-Volt?
(Eventually, the Earthquake subsides, and Marnie's Toxicroak slowly stands back up, looking much worse for the wear. He glares over at Dio, who proceeds to glide back up in the air.)
Toxicroak: <...You filthy—! I'll make you pay for that!>
(The spike on his hand glows purple, and he proceeds to stab Dio with it.)
(Dio is thrown back a bit, but manages to survive the attack. Soon afterwards, his body glows purple, and he returns to having full HP.)
(The Toxicroak stands there with a look of disdain on his face, while Dio smirks.)
(Kim and Braker enter the room, before eventually, Kim goes up to the man standing at the entrance to the stadium.)
Man: "Ah! You must be Kimberly Bond, I would assume? Challenger #912?"
Kim: "I am indeed."
Man: "I've heard a lot about you- and much of the spectators have, too. I would assume you're here for the Gym Battle against Raihan?"
Kim: "Well, I am, but actually..."
(She turns to face Ian and Evelyn, motioning for them to explain.)
(Benny's face promptly becomes far more intense and focused as he notices the Swords Dance happening in front of him.)
Benny: (to himself) <Well. Seems like I'm in DEFCON-3. Might as well react appropriately.> (then, to Ingrid) <General! What is your suggested tactic?>
Ingrid: "Swords Dance... this is bad. I feel sure he's going to go for an Aerial Ace again after this... Which means there's only one option! Benny, use Leech Seed!"
Benny: (saluting her) <Thank you, ma'am!>
(With that said, he promptly shoots seeds out of his mouth, which land on the floor directly in front of Hale. Those seeds then grow vines out of them, which wrap around Hale and start to drain him of his energy.)
Channah: (as the plant begins to encircle Hale) Heh, that hasn't happened in a while.
Hale: (looking with professional interest at the vines) <SomemonlastusedLeechSeedagainstmeoverfifteenyearsago.Ihadforgottenthesensation.> (attempts to Swords Dance again, but stiffens up while doing so) <Rats.>
Ingrid: "Alright! Great work, Benny! Now, use Mega Drain!"
(Benny salutes his Trainer, before the mushroom on his head glows green. He then proceeds to drain even more energy out of Hale.)
(And then the vines on Hale glow green again, draining him of more energy.)
Hale: (gets drained, pulls off another Swords Dance) <Now?>
Channah: Ehhhhh not yet.
Ingrid: (growing more worried) "A-another one...?!"
Benny: (to himself) <DEFCON-2. The enemy's growing more powerful, even with all that I've done.> (he nods) <Which means it's time for my next strategy!>
Ingrid: (shakes her head with determination) "No... we're not going to give up just yet! Benny, try another Sludge Bomb again!"
(Benny nods, before releasing a bomb of poison out of his mouth and directly towards Hale.)
(And then Hale is drained again.)
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