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"Good luck, matey. Hope the flyin' doesn't tire you out."
I grabbed Dana and slung her onto my back. ”We’ve got this, guys!” I called as I took her to safety.
Marsha and I summarily grab Niles and we carefully bring him to our side of the fight. We look on to see who these guys are.
Niles might feel himself getting picked up and carried for a short distance before being carefully put down close to wherever Dana is.
Edited by Team42Larson on Jul 11th 2018 at 10:44:45 AM
The Armaldo encapsulates Montresor in a ball of silk and uses the long thread still running from his mouth, raises it up like a flail and swings it at the other two of L'Arachel's men.
Notte looked like he was prepared to cut straight through, but he suddenly found himself unable to move as a Stun Spore surrounded him.
"You're not getting away", said the Dustox that snuck up behind him in a bit of a raspy voice, before the silk ball smashed right in to Notte and carried him off.
Zelgius was blown back from the Water Gun, but still managed to hold on. He saw the attack from the Armaldo coming and tried to fly out of range, but his ascent was interrupted by a Whirlipede ramming straight in to him and knocking him right in to the ball.
"Not so fast, pal!", she said with a fiery tone, "Soten, they're all in!"
The Armaldo grunted in acknowledgement and began slamming the silk sphere on the ground before detaching it from the thread and letting it spin forward. He grinned as he prepared his pincers, the greenish aura still surrounding him.
"Savage...", Soten yelled as he rushed forward and slashes straight through the cocoon with both pincers, "Spinout!"
The cocoon burst open from the cut, and all three Pokemon caught got severely injured.
"We have to retreat... Now!", Notte yelled at Montresor, "We've sustained too many injuries and there are too many opponents, it's best to go back and regroup."
"Damnation... Very well", Montresor agreed, looking up to notice a swarm of Combee approaching, "Ah, just in the nick of time..."
"Wot in the...?", Soten stuttered, confused.
"Hey, you're not getting away!", yelled the Whirlipede rushing at them only to be blocked by a wall of Combee.
The rest of the swarm clouded around the three of L'Arachel's servants for a second, and as they dispersed, they were no longer there.
Noriaki solemnly looked ahead.
"Montresor...", he though out loud, "You lost soul... If only you knew..."
The Dartrix then turned to the other bug types that showed up and said, "Thank you for your assistance, but... Who may you all be?"
Edited by Konkfan7 on Jul 11th 2018 at 2:14:11 PM
Uh, yeah...who are you guys?
After seemingly being entranced by a Zangoose she snaps out of it to look back east.
I will be right back. I know where his mother lives, and will bring her here.
She heads into the woods.
Yeah...I’ll be right back...I love you, sis...you too, Tiago.
She brings her siblings into a hug before heading off.
(As soon as they were repelled by three bug Pokemon, I collapsed. I was almost motionless. I breathed in and out, preparing to use Synthesis to patch myself up. I looked over to Eliza, seeing her stand up, still alive. She's not dead...)
(Within the outskirts of Narcia, Eliza walked back to Holstown, with minor injuries, but her attention was turned to a voice behind her.) The hell are you thinking, coming here and just messing around? (Arsene glared at her with his old eyes. Eliza glared back.) I'm doing what's right! What are you doing here? (Arsene replied curtly.) Bringing you back home. Get ready to move.
I'm not going anywhere.
...Do you really care about your sisters? (He didn't want to bring that up, but he had to. As a result, Eliza responded, angered at his comment.) Don't you dare drag them into this! (Arsene was quiet for a moment, his eyes expressed a sense of resignment, but his voice was still stern.) Look, I'm trying to make this easy on us. I'm trying to make sure that you don't do anything stupid, and right now, you're about to. Whatever you're staying here for is not worth it.
(They were focused on their argument that they did not notice anyone around them listening. I was too wounded to intervene, but I started to heal.)
Edited by Ore-O on Jul 11th 2018 at 4:26:05 AM
"I'm Soten, pleased to meetcha", said the Armaldo in a gruff voice with a heavy-accent.
"Call me Nephenee", said the Whirlipede.
"Minato. Charmed.", said the old-sounding Dustox.
"We're local mercenaries, see... A friend of ours back at Holstown told us a buncha mons were coming 'ere to look in to those incidents of folks gone missing. I had a bad feeling in my gut that ya might run in to some trouble, but this is entirely different. Those guys seemed more dangerous than anyone I've seen in my days, and they didn't seem like any of Dorian's goons either. I 'ave a few questions myself, and I imagine so do the lot of ya, but right now I think we should head back to Holstown. This battle sure as 'ell caused a ruckus."
A decent amount of local Pokemon indeed were gathered around, watching. Now that the fight ended many left, but some stayed. Some watching with nervous eyes, others clapping as if they had just witnessed a performance.
"Plus", Nephenee added, "That Lickitung bastard is probably gonna be mad as hell when he sees the damages to the pavement and just the general disruption that's been caused."
"And you have quite a few injured among you now", said Minato, "I agree with Soten, we will talk more when we get back to Holstown."
Noriaki nodded, "Pleased to make all your acquaintances. And yes, we should head back posthaste."
Noriaki began walking in the direction that they came from and called to his comrades, "Come now, help out the heavily wounded that cannot walk"
The mercenaries also offer assistance for the injured.
[Right outside the entrance of Holstown]
Noriaki was especially fatigued after this trip, short as it may have been. He wasn't exactly lacking injuries himself.
Holstown looks to be in the same state it was previously left in, although the damages apparently left by Hector seem to be better in progress of being repaired.
Noriaki then notices the scene unfolding with Eliza and a Dragalge he hasn't seen. He takes a moment to approach and speaks up, "Excuse me... Is there an problem, sir?"
Edited by Konkfan7 on Jul 11th 2018 at 4:01:32 AM
( Trying to be useful, I split off from the group briefly to attempt to ask a passing Zangoose for any further leads, but that went nowhere. I return to Kevin and the others just in time to see the Sunflora leave to find...the missing Teddiursa's mother, if I heard correctly?)
Oh dear...she's probably frantic with worry... ( I say.)
(Mia hugs Tiff tight and, after letting go, turns to Tiago.) Well, let's let the Ditto and their pals know, I guess. Let's see if they're still at Pappa's. (She tells him, turning to go.)
Please be careful out here, Goobert. (Delilah tells me as she kneels down to let Liesl climb on her back.)
I'll definitely try, Del! (I say.)
...Don't just try, Goobert... (Delilah says.)
Well, lass, he's still got Salty and th' rest of us! (Rich chuckles.) We'll look out fer each other.
Yes! Bzz! (Maran agrees.)
Dunno what I can do like this, but I'll do what I can... (Cortez shrugs.)
(Marjorie increases her size slightly to accommodate both June and Lucy as the two clamber on.)
So just hold on to my mane as tight as you can, 'kay, kiddo? (June tells Lucy.)
Uh huh... (Lucy nods at June. She climbs into June's mane and hangs on tight. She waves good-bye to us.) Bye, guys! Bye, Lilly! I'm gonna miss you...! (She bids Lilly and Tilly farewell assuming that they are still there and Sary doesn't establish that they left before the party went to Pappa's, holding on to the Max Revive locket Lilly gave her as she does so.)
Jack rolls off the balcony in his sleep, falling to the ground with a thud. Startled awake by the impact, he shouts and fires an Aura Sphere in a random direction, which sails over the rooftops. A moment later the distant sounds of someone shouting MY LEG! can be heard.
(Arsene responded to the Dartrix.) Nothing that concerns you. Just needed to pick someone up from their break. (Eliza replied back.) Don't mind him. Just because he's been around for a long time, doesn't mean he gets to talk to people how he wants.
It's not that, I'm just stopping you from bailing out or getting yourself killed.
Shows how much you care, huh?
(I began to stir and look at Eliza, talking with some sea horse. I replied hoarsely, my anger resurfacing, but not to the point of the fight back then.) Leave her alone... (Arsene glared at me and responded.) Don't get involved, lover bird. This is strictly a matter of business. (The news shocked me to the core. How did he know? Was it because of that injury? Was it because of what I screamed at the Bisharp?)
(Eliza sighed as she placed her hand on my shoulder. I looked at the cut at her cheek and then into her eyes. She spoke calmly, as if to soothe my nerves.) I appreciate what you did for me, but it's just a cut. Nothing time and a few berries won't heal. (I really did overreact to something that minor... Maybe I really should stay back... I couldn't talk any further than I needed to.)
Taking note of both situation and what Grigori had previously spoke to him about, Noriaki continues, "With all due respect, sir, this lady is assisting us in investigating something that seems connected to a rather dubious individual whose presence and actions here is, as over-the-top as it may sound, a threat to the well-being of the entirety of Harnicaria and potentially everything outside of it. It may be wise to not reduce our numbers even further than the injuries of today's scuffle will temporarily do."
Noriaki adjusted his fringe and continued, "Furthermore, you are clearly making her very uncomfortable and she is not agreeing to going with you. I do not of your affiliation, but this is beginning to resemble harassment."
He speaks in such a way that does not come across as accusatory, but stating something he sees.
The mercenaries are becoming wary of the Dragalge.
With Niles in tow I call out for someone, anyone.
Hello?! We have injured here!
Uh...any of you guys hear that?
Tiff spills back out onto the beach and trudges her way back to Pappa's, hoping she didn't miss the Ditto..
"Huh, lead the way, then."
Zeb follows the Sunflora.
Tiago returns the hug and follows his siblings.
Salty waves farewell to the group flying over.
Lane quickly heads off in the direction he heard that from, and I guess sees the group there when he reaches where they are...
I...what even happened!? What do I do? I don't know what to do, I can go get someone maybe, who do I go get, who would know what to do, where would I...
He trails off, sort of looking around everywhere, as if for something that might do something.
( Confused, I look around for whatever noise it was that Kevin is talking about.) What was what?
So you all soon! (Marjorie says.)
Bye bye, guys! (June waves.) I'll write to ya, Gooby!
Good-bye, Goobert. I love you... (Delilah says to me, giving me a quick kiss before lifting off.)
See ya, Del. Love you, too! (I call.)
(Marjorie and Del fly away with their passengers. I (and the others) watch them for a bit as they fly out over the trees toward Gleamscape.)
...Well, they're gone. (Cortez says.) Now what?
I suppose we head to ze inn as Noémia and her sister and brother suggested? (Sunny says.)
I guess... (I say.)
(I turn to go when I see Mia and her siblings approaching us.) Hey, there they are!
(Upon closer inspection, though, I see that the three of them look very depressed.) ...Are they okay?
(As much as he wanted to do this quickly, his options that didn't lead into another confrontation, especially ones that didn't lead into a total curb-stomp, were running out. Arsene sighed as he finally spoke up to the whole group.) Fine. I'm willing to compromise. I'll let you go along with this whole "missing Pokemon" business, but on two conditions. One, I'm coming along. Don't worry, I'm not planning on betraying anyone here, nor am I gonna pester her or any of you too much. Two, we leave here as soon as this is over. I don't like working with him as much as she does, but we mustn't keep him waiting for too long. Do we have a deal?
(Eliza thought about this for a moment and then nodded her head.) Deal. (The two waited for anyone else to throw in their two cents. I nodded my head for the fact that I could spend some time with her.)
Achilles spotted the group with injuries.
"Damn, looks like something did go down, huh?"
Soten approached and answered, "Yeah, but it wasn't any of Dorian's goons either. We couldn't talk on it much since it was a pretty huge battle that caused a bit of a stir."
"The weird Pokemon that attacked them also got away", Nephenee added.
"Well... We'll have plenty of time to discuss once we get them in to the inn and get some medical attention", said Achilles, walking further in to town, "Come along, then."
Those following Achilles would find themselves in a rather roomy-looking cabin-esque inn, where a Scyther wearing a feathered hat was sitting behind a desk. He seemed surprised by the injuries on the group, but Achilles spoke to him, "Listen Inigo, these are the mons that said they were gonna help us out. They need some space to be able to rest both for tonight and right now so we can give them some medical attention."
"Alright, good thing this place doubles as a clinic. Well, sort of", said the Scyther as he nodded and called out to someone further in the clinic, "Hey, Ana! We got a bunch of patients that need attention!"
Inigo then turned to the group and their injured comrades, saying, "Go to the left, there's a hall full of rooms you can use. No one is currently staying here currently, so you're in luck."
Noriaki and Minato had stayed for now.
"That should do nicely", said Noriaki, only recently realizing he could have just been using Synthesis this entire time and was currently doing so, "Welcome aboard then, Mister...?"
I followed, still carrying Dana.
Salty tries addressing the siblings.
"Uh, something wrong?"
Arsene Nichols. And sorry about the argument. We both had... obligations with someone. (He didn't want to divulge too much information about his boss, but he wanted to set the record straight.)
(Eliza and I followed the old Pinsir into the inn. I was about say something until Eliza spoke up.) This Decidueye got himself into a rough fight. You probably know the rest. (Then, she spoke to me.) I'll wait for you outside, okay? (I nodded as I made my over to the clinic.)
Little time to explain now, I’ll expalin what happened once we get inside.
I tell Lane before making my way in.
We have these two who need help, too.
I point out both Niles and Dana to the Pinsir, starting to move with them to the rooms.
Want us to lay them down anywhere?
Hey...those are your friends, aren't they? They got back here fast...
(Or did something else happen? I wonder what we should do next..wait for the woman to come back?)
Tiff tries to hide her grief.
We need more time to work on your boat.
Edited by Team42Larson on Jul 11th 2018 at 8:28:58 AM
"Understood", said Minato, "We just wanted to make sure we were sure who is on whose side.".
"Well met then, Mister Arsene", said Noriaki with a bow, but then his eyes opened and lit up as he realized, "Arsene? Th-that was the name of the protagonist of one of my favorite series of novels! He was a thief as far as society at large was concerned, but he had a code of conduct and still composed himself like a gentleman and dressedinfancysuits andatophatand stolefromoppressivefiguresasaphantom thatcarriedouthisownsenseofjustice thathewasbrandedacriminalfor in that he was the... Trickster of..."
Noriaki's face was red with embarrassment as he cleared his throat.
"... Apologies, I just become excited over hobbies I have deep interest in", the Dartrix explained before beginning to walk in to town, "Come now, we are regrouping in the inn."
"Alright", said Achilles, "Let's take them in to one of those rooms. HOI, ANA!"
"Yeah, yeah, I'm coming", a feminine voice from elsewhere in the inn said.
Marlon's advance would find him a small room with two beds. Each room is arranged as such
Edited by Konkfan7 on Jul 11th 2018 at 8:27:16 AM
( I finally see everyone...and Niles and Dana are being carried by everyone ohnoohnoohno, something happened to everyone and they all got hurt! No...if what we are up against could do that, I...)
( I stand there holding my tail in my claws wondering if I should stay here or move towards the inn to see what actually happened.)
Huh? What happened? Why can't you? We have places to go! (Cortez asks, rather annoyed.)
...we...we just found out that our sister Izzy is...she's dead... (Mia explains.)
(I feel a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I look around to see the cursed mons in various states of shock upon hearing this (especially Cortez, who looks a bit frustrated with himself for being so rude). The same sibling Mia said was out-of-town? I can't help but wonder about the circumstances, but I avoid mentioning that.)
Oh...oh my gosh, I'm so sorry... (I say.)
Yeah...sorry to hear... (Cortez says, refusing to look at them.)
Yeah, bzz. That's awful! (Maran agrees.)
Well...in that case, take all th' time ye need, mateys... (Rich says quietly.) Th' place we're goin' ain't goin' anywhere anyway. Take time t' grieve. We'll wait...
(Rich looks down to Salty.) Yer okay with that, aren't ye?
(And here I am, not knowing what to do again...)
Lane just stands outside the inn as the others enter, then eventually follows them inside.
Assuming Castaway is following me, I motion to him.
Okay, Cas, lay Dana down on one of these beds, I’ll lay Niles on the other.
And as such, I lay Niles down on one of the beds.
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