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Atta boy, Marly! (Marsha says. She turns her attention back to the others...just in time to hear Bailey mention that they're from another world. " Here we go again with this song and dance...")
He means town when he says that, by the way. (Marsha cuts in.) We're from all sorts of different towns. He, Rex, and Steph there just came from the furthest aways.
(Marsha then asides to Bailey.) Play along with what I just said, okay, Bails? We'll explain' why latah.
Thank yeh for offerin' t' help out, y' two. (She tells Bailey and Rex, admittedly a bit confused by what Bailey and Marsha just said.)
Ah, yes, some of the leaders here had heard of the exploits I have been in since I escaped Slak Rock, as well as those of my mentor and associate Tenn over there, and asked for our help. (He motions toward the Scizor.) Shelley sitting with Tenn there has also been traveling with us along with her friend James who...regrettably was captured by the Gorebyss.
(Speaking of whom, Shelley slowly turns toward Daniel.) J-...James... (She says, almost inaudibly. It's obvious that she's still in too much shock over the loss of her best friend to be able to clearly articulate anything at this point in time. Tenn puts a claw on Shelley's shoulder and shakes her head at Daniel.)
(More awake and starting to get a little antsy and bored, Lucy slips away from Benji and Dinah and begins moving toward the lounge. Dinah notices in a hurry and quickly follows her into the room.)
(Lucy soon spots the lone Smeargle painting by himself in front of the fireplace. "Hey! He's just like Eliot!" she thinks to herself as she walks over.)
(The Smeargle looks up as Lucy walks over. He tenses up a little and looks up toward the Slowking.) Hi! Whatcha doin'? (Lucy asks.)
Um, paintin'... (The Smeargle says, anxiously looking back up at the Slowking, who takes notice of Lucy.)
Oh, hello there, dear, are you with someone? (She asks.)
Uh huh! I'm with my mama and papa! (Lucy says, motioning to Dinah walking up and Benji still by the party. His form looks quite unstable as he tries to hold his normal Swampert form around the many new faces he sees both immediately around the party and in the lounge.)
(The group of cursed mons (and non-cursed Pokémon) approaching the inn soon get close enough to where the light is more clearly visible coming from the inn, and can also see Mila idly practicing her moves outside.)
Bzz, that looks like one of the other Pokémon I've seen with Goobert and Dieter's group whenever we've bumped into them. (Maran remarks.) That must mean Delilah and the others are around here somewhere.
(Rich calls out to Mila.) 'Hoy there, lass! 'Hoy!
(Should Mila look, she'll see the group of mostly unfamiliar faces (which currently includes June, still disguised as a Machoke as she pushes Renata and Bruce), but may at least recognize Maran, Sunny, Cortez, Renata, and Salty(?) from other places the party has been.)
Edited by kablammin45 on Aug 30th 2019 at 6:04:24 AM
The Houndoom trots around to get a good look at those who have assembled around the inn before heading back off to have a brief word with Clayton, before Clayton decides to take his turn talking with the party.
We don't really know who you guys are from simple eye tests, but...we are one in the same in what we want: we want that Gorebyss out of our town, put away where she belongs, and all of her victims safely returned. Now, we were going to plot out a potential course of action to figure out the best way to stop her. Any of you have any idea?
He scans the room to see if anyone would have some form of idea. I start to rack my brain while attempting to concoct a possible idea. One does form, but I'll save it for now.
Stellan, without much to say up until now, finally says something.
Who is—wait, those other mons you mentioned, they could be here right now?
Edited by Team42Larson on Aug 30th 2019 at 6:46:01 AM
"Sorry, Marsha," Bailey whispers.
"Well, uh..." he says to Clayton. "Where I came from, it was just me and a small community of other Ghost types, mostly other Drifloons... All these species are completely new to me, including Gorebysses. What is their type, and their weaknesses? We could gather Pokemon who are strong against a Gorebyss' type..."
(More victims. What exactly is her plan? What plan would require reducing islands to rubble and turning people into Clamperls? I'm doubtful she would follow L'Arachel down to world domination, but it's likely she doesn't know that she's dead. When the notion of plans come to me, I responded.) As many of you know, we're most likely dealing with an entire army consisting of Clamperl, so anything that can resist or damage Water-types would work. Even then, she's likely got something to account for that. What we've got to figure out is where she's at or where she's going. If we don't know, she's likely going to leave more craters.
(I continued onward as I looked at the group as a whole.) I would suggest sending a scouting party, but that could potentially leave us exposed and likely converted in the event of an ambush.
(Not to mention plenty of us have reservations about splitting up, but I kept that detail to myself.) We could look around the town and maybe further to find a clue, but who knows what's left of this place.
"Though I can sympathize with the loss," I add whilst wondering if should give the 'mon a hug, "I'll get your friend back, I promise."
I... Yield to thee..." The Aegislash sounded pained to admit it.
"Good, then begone from my sight." The Trespassers left the grove.
Steph glances at the inn, "Wow, do we get to stay here?" she asks casually
In that case, who we'd really need are some Grass, Electric, and other Water-type Pokeémon. (I say, scanning the room.)
Shelley is the most Water resistant out of the three of us! (The Flygon remarks, looking in the Golisopod's direction.) I am just uncertain that she would interested in going at the moment...
And maybe looking around for clues could help... (I agree that looking for clues could help. Maybe we can see if Mother and everyone else made it while we're at it.) I don't really mind looking around in the rain.
Aye, 'nless you fancy stayin' in somewhere that's got more wa'er damage. (Polly tells Steph with a light chuckle.)
Yeah! (Judy agrees.) And given the circumstances...sigh...you get to stay here free of charge!
(Judy then turns to Grigori.) Hey, um, about scouting...what if you just sent Pokes who could fly to get a look at wherever they are? Without landing anywhere?
Still could be risky. (Polly says to Judy.) Who knows wha' Phoebe 'as up 'er sleeves by now.
Thank you... (Shelley tells Daniel.) But if you all are going out there after her, then I am, too. I just can't stand sitting here without doing anything to save my best friend myself...
(Lucy looks on as the Smeargle paints.) What's your name? (She asks him.)
Patches, but everyone just calls me Patch. (The Smeargle says.)
That's a funny name... (Lucy giggles.)
(It becomes increasingly obvious that Patch is painting a picture of a bunch of Smeargles on his sketch pad.) Is that your Mama and Papa? (She asks him.)
Uh huh. And my sister Vivian. (Patch says, briefly rubbing one eye.)
(Dinah suddenly becomes very worried, and given the sad expression on the Slowking's face after the two young Pokémon finish talking, Dinah feels her fears are confirmed.) Ma'am, was his family...?
(The Slowking nods sadly.) They were...after the Gorebyss and her clan moved out and we were looking for anyone who might have escaped being captured and converted by her, I found him hiding in a closet at the cafe all alone. The poor child...it took hours to calm him back down once he learned what happened.
(Dinah looks back at Patch as he continues to paint.) Oh, how horrible...
Edited by kablammin45 on Aug 31st 2019 at 9:17:54 AM
I finally put together my idea, and try to bring it forth.
Have you got a map of the island and its access points? We could try to consolidate our ranks into one set area where it would seem most likely for them to be. We seperate them from the Clamperls, then we can fight with a much bigger number compared to them.
We...do, yes, but the thing is we only know that she wants to get to the spring. For what reasons she wants access we simply cannot say. Unless we get another idea of short-term plans we will set out into the rain to find any clues she may have left behind. After that, we can explore how to storm the island and stop whatever she's up to there.
Anyone have any otha' ideas 'ere? I won't accompany ye out there—
But I will.
As such I simply nod along in agreement and turn sound to look back outside the inn, then back at the others. At least if there's one silver lining to having to step out into the rain is that I can get washed off (not like rainwater really helps; but fuck, what can I do). And not only this, I guess if I was gonna ever wind up in a situation like this—as another body altogether—at least my lover happens to basically be someone who is the very embodiment of water itself.
Okay, if we're gonna head out and look for these clues we've gotta be aware of our surroundings at all times. Who's coming with? I'll assume everyone.
Edited by Team42Larson on Aug 31st 2019 at 9:42:50 AM
"No, not really..." says Bailey. "I'm not one for coming up with plans. But I'll go with you guys all the way, and fight whoever we need to fight."
"Yeah, I'm coming too!" says Rex.
"You're welcome." I say to Shelly.
"I'll go to." I respond to whoever said that, "A fiend like her cannot be allowed to roam freely."
(They really do consider splitting up as an option. Taking in the Tyrantrum's point, I discussed said option.) If we do decide to look around town, we shouldn't go too far. Flyers could work but like the Charizard said, it's still a risk that would cost us. I'm not trying to shoot down the idea altogether, it's that we should consider other options.
(I turned to the group as a whole.) Anyone else have ideas?
(When the Excadrill mentioned a "spring" that our target is after, I asked him.) "The spring," you say? What do you mean by that?
Steph nods, "Sounds awesome," her whiskers twitch thoughtfully, "I'd like to go to the hot-springs as well and splash around in there."
We arn't necessarily sayin' t'split up...we know full well wha'happens if she picks off one individual. What we could be doin' instead is simply have whoever can fly stay above everyone else and move with 'em, and get far 'nough up to get as good a view as possible. Does that make sense?
The spring....yes. Over on Danjor Island we have a spring which is gaurded by Volcanion. It isn't to simply splash around in. Those who wish to remove any curse they might have been afflicted with, such as one from a Ninetales, go there and get their curse removed. She wants that spring for some reason, and if we can set out on the town to find clues, we could nail down why. Judy, are you going to lead us in this?
Edited by Team42Larson on Sep 1st 2019 at 2:58:12 PM
Noriaki was contemplating the best course of action before he spoke up, saying, "If this woman evidently uses some sort of serum to convert others, then perhaps the best thing to do is to not get too close to her should we encounter her or her underlings. I highly doubt she ever has intentions of confronting any of us on her lonesome, so the key in any encounter we may have with her is simply to keep an eye on her position at all times."
"Also, I agree with the sentiment that we should all stay as close together as possible", he adds, "That Gorebyss overwhelmed this palce with numbers, it would seem, so we must try our best to b ready to meet her with our own numbers."
Sounds good tuh me! (Benji agrees with Noriaki.) Hope we have enough folks between us tuh take all of 'em on, just sayin'...
That was why we were going to the spring in the first place. (I mention to Clayton, tapping my foot.) We had been travelling with a bunch of cursed Pokémon...who I'm still not sure where they are...or anyone else with them...
Me? (Judy says, sounding surprised that she was even asked this in the first place.) Well, um...much as I'd like to, I do have some things to do, like making sure we've got clean, undamaged rooms for all these new guys! Polly? You wanna help 'em out?
I suppose I can. (Polly says, standing up.) Maybe we'll bump int' Richie while we're out there.
Or my mother... (I add.) I hope we didn't lose her too...
(An island to cure curses... Almost sounds too good to be true, but there is some reason why she's going there. First, I responded to the Excadrill's description.) You know where that's at?
(Then, to Marlon's explanation of his plan.) Yeah, that makes sense. Anyone opposed?
In the interim, Mila tries charging up a new wave of energy for another set of Electro Balls, though just as she tries to launch her first attack she's caught off guard by the sudden arrival of a separate group of mons. Losing her focus, the Raichu stumbles a bit and releases the Electro Ball prematurely, watching with her mouth slightly open as it runs right into a large drop of water and splits, sending an array of smaller spheres in every which direction. The effect gives her inspiration, but she has to quickly store that away in the back of her mind as she tries to assess the crowd before her.
"O-oh! Hello, I don't know if you... if you were with Goobert or who he went with to get here. All I know for sure is that a Gorebyss named Phoebe apparently caused all this mess and that the people in the inn want to stop her. Go on in if you want, I'll be okay out here." atchoo
Rain had fallen on her nose, forcing the sneeze out of her. At least she hoped it was that, and not early symptoms of a cold. Her grandmother would not have approved.
Clayton clacks his claws and steps up to the front of the inn...before doubling back towards Polly after briefly judging the rain outside. Typical thunderstorm, he figures, it's never hurt anyone.
Yes, it's a short trip from this town to make it to the spring. And I'm certainly not opposed to any of the plans you've all brought up here this evening. Once we arrive back here from our hunt or in the morning tomorrow we will factor in what you've all brought before us to prepare to storm Danjor Island and try to stop her in her tracks. Polly, you ready to go?
Clayton asks, beginning to head outside.
Well, shit, if only I packed an umbrella for this...what should we even be looking for anyway?
Easy. The most obvious thing would be if she left any kind of map of Danjor, some kind of notes she took, marks in the road that would indicate movement speed and direction. If we can glean her motivation for going to Danjor Island we will have the first step in our plan.
I start to move out of the inn, as Clayton makes his way outside and turns to look back inside.
Aye! Just give me one second...where did I put my-
(Judy rolls an umbrella over to Polly from a nearby wall.) Oh, thank yeh, Judy! (Polly says, picking it up.) Anyone not lookin' t' get very wet can jus' stand by me.
Ah, a little rain never hurt anyone... (Henry says, cheerfully moving toward the door.)
(Well, here goes nothing...I begin to head out.)
We were with Goobert, yes. Thanks for letting us know where everyone else is! (Renata tells Mila.) Now let's get in here out of the rain.
(Maran nods in agreement as he tries to cover his head.) Yes, bzz! With this rain, I'm surprised that my curse hasn't been triggered already!
(The cursed mons prepare to head into the inn....only to run straight into everyone else as they are heading out just as they get under the canopy over the front entrance.)
Oh, greetings! We were just coming in to find you all! (Sunny says.)
Mother! Oh, thank goodness...!
(I feel so relieved to see Mother and everyone else at this moment that I almost feel like I might pass out. I quickly make my way over to Mother.) You don't know how glad I am to see that you're alright...
Same to you, Della. (Mother replies.) Did you think that Phoebe had gotten us?
...Yes... (I sigh.)
Well, never fear! 'Cause all of us are here! (Comes June's voice out of the Machoke I don't recognize standing behind Mother's chair.) Well...almost all of us...we're still missin' Gooby...
Hey, don't worry....June? We're startin' tuh git tuh work on doin' that right now! (Benji tells her.)
(At the same time, Rich and Polly lock eyes with each other.)
(Polly ends up dropping her umbrella as she and Rich run to each other and embrace, peppering each other with kisses.) Polly, I was so scared that ye were gone!
I was scared that Phoebe had gotcheh too! (Polly says.)
Oh, me fiery flower, I'm so happy to see yeh.
Aye, yeh amazin' oaf, you... (Polly says. Then she sighs sadly and hangs her head as she picks her umbrella back up.) Wish Cree 'n Radar were 'ere t' see yeh, too...
Ohh... (Rich's face falls as well.)
(But whereas Delilah, Renata, Rich, and Polly are clearly happy to see each other again, upon seeing each other, Maran and Henry seem unimpressed with seeing each other again.)
Oh, my...dear brother... (Henry says.)
Bzz...hello, Henry. (Maran says.)
Zat is your brother? (Sunny asks Maran.)
Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on, THAT'S Henry? (Cortez asks.) That obnoxious little twerp who wouldn't stop obsessing over being a prince? (He seems unable to believe that this tall, confident, and very strong-looking Flygon in front of them is the same Pokémon as that loud and scrawny Vibrava.)
Bzz, yes... (Maran nods.)
As soon as we spill out of the inn the presence of the cursed mons is, as I would've figured earlier, made known to us. And, as I also could have figured, there are reunions to be had. That's fun and all, but it's sad because Goobert isn't among them. I shed but a brief sigh and address the Heloilisk.
Sunny, what...actually happened on that island?
Well, all these reunions are nice but we do need to be heading out to find any form of clues...
Clayton says as he notes the presence of the second party that seems to have come from the other side of the island. And, as he studies them closely, he does in fact note that they appear to be these very cursed mons that were mentioned earlier.
I imagine that those of you in this other group are quite soaked at this moment—will you join us or head indoors to dry off for a spell? The rest of you, we should probably be heading down this neighborhood over here..
Clayton says, pointing in a Northeasterly direction to an indent in the road that splits off to the right—to a row of houses including one such house that has been demolished to nothing but rubble.
Where her first victims from this island were taken.
Stellan seems to be dazed once again. And amid the sea of voices, he hears rumbling. A collapse of some sorts. Yet...he knows it wasn't from around here. And another voice too.
He snaps from the brief delusion.
So, you're all the very mons that Miss Langley mentioned? Well, it's good to finally be in your presence.
He doesn't yet notice the Excadrill's presence.
Polly...did'ja see Addie in there? Please tell me she is.
Edited by Team42Larson on Sep 2nd 2019 at 11:36:55 AM
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Edited by Unnerving_Posterior on Sep 2nd 2019 at 9:13:05 AM
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(Well, seems like a reunion is going on... Why did I run during Asguardia's self-destruction, when I've could of.... No. This is not the the time to wallow in self-pity, when there's a literal monster ripping apart families. I promised Her Highness that I would let Asguardia's fate happen to others.)
My hand clutches a gemstone in righteous anger.
(I followed the group outside and started to take flight. Didn't want to talk with the newcomers, not while I was busy with the search. I don't mind the rain too much, just as long as I don't get struck by lightning that is. While airborne, I stuck close to the group but I kept an eye out for anything beyond the wreckage.)
Edited by Ore-O on Sep 2nd 2019 at 5:35:55 AM
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