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...Kid, are you serious? You didn't have to come out! I had this under control!
Stellan gasps in shock at Daniel coming out and in essence basically ruining the plan, which now, of course, has resulted in Phoebe getting Spirit Shackled. Shrugging that off he gets back to the negotiation..or what increasingly shrinking window he has.
So, its simple. Just stand down, please. I lost five years of time with you. You'll get hauled off to a facility but...I'll be right there with you.
Whatever it is I'm not waiting, I don't think she wants to talk after that. It's time to do this, now.
After a moment of some fairly large hesitation I fire the star at the Gorebyss.
Edited by Team42Larson on Nov 4th 2019 at 5:32:05 AM
...Why did I feel like this would happen?
(Holding off on any sort of attack until I know for a fact it's a fight, I just look at Daniel, stunned that anyone could so casually stroll up to both a menace and a ticking timebomb of some kind when we had a plan for this already.)
"Hoy, what are you-"
Before Noriaki can even fully comprehend, everyone's come out and Phoebe is on the ground.
The top hat-clad Decidueye manifested a Leaf Blade, changing it's shape to that of a claymore with Swords Dance.
"Be wary, I doubt that is all there is to this..."
Hikari prepared something between her claws, although it didn't seem even she was certain what it was.
(Phoebe is interrupted by Marlon's Swift connecting with her. A second later, her bill suddenly increases in size tremendously and ends up embedded in the rock wall. Her remaining Clamperl accomplices flee into the cavern that Ophelius and Judy's group is waiting in.)
...What the hell? (Cortez mutters.)
It's happening! It's happening! (Gomer(?) cries, leaping out of Renata's wheelchair.)
Doug, come back!
WHAT'S happening?? (Marsha asks.)
(Phoebe's tail fin suddenly increases in size, too, and then finally the rest of her starts getting bigger as well. What look like red storm clouds begin to appear above Phoebe's head as she does so.)
I don't have any idea, but I think y' fellers should git back over this direction fast!! (Polly shouts at Stellan, Daniel, and Gomer(?). However, the Huntail doesn't seem intent on listening.)
When I thought she was going to use a serum to blow this island up little did I fucking expect to see her growing to an almost massive size. We are so fucked. But, at least we have numbers. But still, the chance of getting fucked here is at a much more alarming rate than ever. But no, it is not time to sit down and kiss my ass goodbye. It's time to do this.
Start throwing your attacks at her!! Whatever this is we can still get her!
I send out a foray of Psyshock to the Gorebyss.
Stellan watches, mouth agape, as his old friend grows in size drastically. He is almost caught in a daze.
No...not like this...
He snaps out of it upon hearing Polly and quickly darts backward, being sure to grab Daniel and help him get back.
Oh you hafta be kiddin' me...Igni, let's do this!
Addie snarls before she sends a wave of Dark Pulse into the rapidly-expanding Gorebyss.
Ophelius frantically shouts at this lackeys from the other side, trying to direct orders to them on the fly.
Just like we practiced! Now, Charlie and Oliver!
(Ugh, I charged the attack too long and it fizzled out... whatever it was, it probably wasn't going to help anyway.)
I wasn't expecting this... but I'm not just gonna take this as-is, either.
(With that in mind, I start firing Embers at a semi-rapid pace. Even if this doesn't do anything, I have to try something.)
(I probably get a mouth when... HOLY ARCEUS! I did think she'd go a Power Ranger Villain on us.)
I stir up a gale filled with my fae powers to strike the now hunormous Pheobe.
(I pulled out another arrow just in case it's another Substitute. What happened next... Holy shit... I've taken down larger targets, sure. But this? She's almost as big as a goddamn building! How the fuck am I supposed to deal with that!? Suppressing my shock, I brought out my Leaf Blades and sharpened them with Swords Dance, giving it that saw-toothed edge. Facing the newly grown target, I flew forward to meet my blade with her hide. Time to cut loose. Finally )
(Miller let loose the Thunderbolt directly at the Gorebyss's face as soon as his boss gives him the order. This time, he's not going to hold back on her.)
(Oh...my...how is she...what is she...??)
(I quickly unleash my Dragon Pulse. I see Shelley thunder out and hit Phoebe like before before coming straight back to us while I see Rich moving out of the other entryway to use Stone Edge. Benji uses Boomburst.)
(I feel like I'm about to soil myself in terror as I watch Phoebe get so big. THIS is what she was planning? I-I don't remember Pokémon ever being able to do this!)
(After what feels like hours, I remember that I have a Water Gun ready and fire it off.)
(Phoebe sits up straight, now towering high above everyone else. She looks down at everyone, then herself, then hops up and down in glee even as attacks continue to fly her way.)
IT WORKED! OH JOY, IT WORKED! I WAS SO TERRIFIED I WOULD END UP TEARING MYSELF APART USING THIS!
(She feels the many hits coming into contact with her and gears up for a Water Gun of her own aimed at everyone on the ground.)
ACK! EVERYONE LOOK OUT! (Judy shouts.)
(The Water Gun seems more like a Water Cannon as it shoots forth from Phoebe's bill. Rich is caught in its path and goes rolling into the wall. Already weary from earlier, he ends up down-for-the-count again already. The attack could end up catching others as well.)
(All this time, Gomer(?) has been trying to get Phoebe's attention.) PHOEBE! MAMA PHOEBE! (He shouts to her from right next to her. She's too preoccupied with everyone actively attacking her to notice him right now, though.)
She finally finishes growing. And boy is she truly massive. A massive bitch, that is. And boy it'll feel good to knock her back down to size. Reminder: I never wanted to come out of this a hero, I just wanted to save my best friend's life. But it's going to take a bout of that in order to stop this...
I send in a Shadow Ball.
Stellan ducks out of the way of the Water....Cannon and looks back up to make a quip at his old friend.
You know the only problem with this situation, Phoebe? All the times as kids when we played around couldn't have ever prepared you for this.
He sends in a Shock Wave. He tries to hold back some, because after all, he wants her to live.
Addie repeats her prior movements with another Dark Pulse when she catches Gomer moving up to the massive Gorebyss.
Oi, what'r' yeh doin'??
Ophelius shouts his next orders to his men.
Dragon Pulse, go!
He fires his own from the other side of the cave.
T-this is stupid... I was already completely ineffective, what'm I supposed to do now?
(I continue to fire off Embers at the giant Phoebe, well aware that it's probably not even doing anything by this point.)
Edited by MetamorphicHalis on Nov 6th 2019 at 12:06:51 PM
I barely dodge the 'cannon blast' of water.
(Very well then, Time for the kid's gloves to come off.)
I proceed to conjure illusionary copies of myself to distract the now Dyna-somethin' Phoebe from harming my allies, while my true self prepares to Focus Punch her.
Noriaki gazes up in awe at the bootleg Dynamax, with Phoebe's now huge size and that ghastly red aura with the stormclouds...
"This couldn't be..."
The Decidueye takes to the air as the high-power water gun is unleashed. Sizing up his massive target, he launched the Leaf Blade he was holding and prepared more under his wings.
Trying to think fast, Hikari rolled to the side and fired off a shoddy Moonblast, but ended up being caught in the outer sides of the blast of water. She's knocked back, but does manage to get back up.
The Aromatisse breathed out and set up a Light Screen on the entire party to try and minimize the blow of another attack like that.
"This..." she said quietly, "... Has turned into a difficult situation."
Edited by Konkfan7 on Nov 6th 2019 at 6:43:50 AM
(Even with her firing off a massive surge of water, I still stuck to her like a tick. Unfortunately, the blades barely did anything. Hell, any of our attacks barely did anything! I jumped off her body and flew up and away. There must be a weak point to this form, anything that can even the odds... Of course. As soon as she's distracted, I threw a few Razor Leaves directly at her eyes. A part of me wanted to charge directly at her face, but I kept my distance. A swipe from her this close could crush me.)
Got it! (Miller lets loose another Dragon Pulse with his compatriots directly at the now-giant Gorebyss.)
Oh geez, OH GEEZ. Dieter is definitely glad they aren't fire type now as they get surprise deluged by that water. They can swear it looks like it's raining now too.
"I... I dunno what's going on but take This!"
And with that they send out a Psybeam.
Daniels is Definitely surprised by this development, but keeps his cool and nods, then sends out a Dragon Pulse with his companion.
(Phoebe takes hit after hit, getting cut up by Noriaki's Leaf Blade, shocked by Stellan's Shock Wave, and a bit dazed by Dieter's Psyshock, among the other attacks launched her way. Igni's fireballs even still cause her to visibly flinch. Althought she's visibly flinching and wincing, she seems to be trying not to show it.)
Oh, your silly small attacks cannot hurt m-OWWW!! (Polly's taunt is cut short by Grigori's Razor Leaf attack. Her vision impaired, she begins swaying around and swiping with her tail wildly trying to knock down Grigori.)
(Maran, back to normal form after also being caught by Phoebe's Water Gun, regains his senses after being hit and looks over to Sunny, who has come out into the rush of things along with the others who split off.)
Maran, perhaps I could shock her! She is weak to me! Bring me to her! (She suggests to him.)
Bzz, great idea! (Maran says, picking Sunny up.)
But do catch me should I fall. (She adds as they take flight.)
(Quite angry that Phoebe knocked out her husband, Polly takes to the air as well. Seeing what Grigori and Maran and Sunny are doing, though, she opts to distract Phoebe while they whittle Phoebe down. Polly flies up and begins shaking her tail in Phoebe's face.) Nahnahnah, try 'n catch me!
(Phoebe begins swiping with her tail in Polly's direction, leaving her wide-open. Maran drops Sunny on Phoebe's head.)
Here goes...! (Sunny says, holding on to Phoebe's dorsal fin as tightly as he can and using Thunderbolt.)
OWWW! (Phoebe shouts, the Electric attacks hitting her feeling like particularly nasty electric shocks to her. She tries to shake Sunny off, though Sunny hangs on at tight as her short little lizard arms and legs will allow. Maran continues to fly around, using Dragon Claw against Phoebe and staying ready to catch Sunny.)
(Still unable to see well, Phoebe begins swaying around in a strange way. Thunder can be heard from outside the volcano, and rain begins pouring in through the crater several hundred feet above. Phoebe used Rain Dance!)
(On the ground, the remaining Clamperls loyal to Phoebe begin to attack the party as well with various Water-type attacks; mostly Water Gun and Bubble. The Rain Dance means that their attacks are hitting a little harder than usual.)
We got company! (Cortez shouts.)
Get 'em, guys! We outnumber 'em! (Judy shouts, knocking one Clamperl back away with her tail.) Remember what you learned from me, Cortez!
Right, right! (Cortez says. He Stomps a Clamperl, knocking them out cold.)
(All the while, Georgés sits in Marlon's scarf, wishing there was ANYTHING he could do to help aside from periodically spitting out weak Water Gun attacks.) Ugh, I am no help at all! (He grunts, his eyes glistening with frustrated tears.)
(For some reason, I feel shocked that I've lasted this long. Why do I feel like I would have been knocked out already by now? Staying by the Dragonite, I try to think of a move I could use beside Water Gun...c'mon, me think of something! What's a move that's not any of Phoebe's serum or magic or whatever I can use?)
(I look over to the Girafarig and just decide to mimic what they are doing to see if that does anything. Okay, concentrate...concentrate....!)
(I notice Goobert's dorsal fin start to glow pink, and suddenly a Clamperl approaching Dieter is flipped upside down.) Nice Psychic, Goobert!
Douglas, come back over here before she crushes you! (I hear Mother cry.)
(I notice Mother wheeling out into the fray after the Huntail who...is apparently my dad. I have to make sure-...no, I only need to help Mother if she actually asks for it. She knows what she is doing...I hope...it wouldn't hurt either of us if I were at least ready to intervene if something goes wrong, right? I mean, we're dealing with a gigantic Gorebyss here!)
(Amidst the rain, the flock of Pelippers and Wingull are circling the top of the volcano. Their passengers are conversing amongst each other.)
I swore I saw their glint on this island somewhere!
Let's face it, we must have gotten here too late and he's already history.
That poor guy-...wait, I saw the glint again!
In the volcano crater!
In THERE? How in the crap did they end up in there?
I dunno, but he needs our help anyway, and we're gonna give it to him. C'mon!
Not if I can't help it. She just used Rain Dance, man, surely that'd help you some? As for me, I know what I can do. Stay with me, here.
I grab one of the crutches and limp into range where I can utilize a Physical-based move on the Giant Bitch. I explain my motive to Georges.
Now you see, when a move like Rain Dance is active it boosts the power of not only Water-Type moves..
My gloved hand begins to crackle with the psychically-embedded electric energy.
It also boosts electric moves, like so! This one's for Goobert, you bitch!
I wind up and Thunder Punch in Phoebe's midsection before quickly working to back away.
Stellan follows his Shock Wave with another, while making another quip, this time to Hikari.
Madame, this might be difficult for all of us but we can do this! Me more than any of you, though...
Addie rushes in and decides to get in one solid Crunch on Phoebe. She leaves Igni a window for which they can come in with a Scratch.
Ophelius shouts out more orders.
Thunderbolts! This Rain Dance will help!
Edited by Team42Larson on Nov 7th 2019 at 10:20:21 AM
(Wait... she flinched when my attacks hit. She flinched because of me!)
...I saw that! You flinched! I can hurt you!
(I feel a burst of confidence and decide to take my chance, running over and taking a Scratch at her up-close. Even with the thunder in the distance, I'm not afraid since there's a much bigger threat to deal with.)
(Seems like she used Rain Dance to boost her own attack power, but we still out number her.)
I unleash my Focus Punch, then anticipate Phoebe's next move.
(At least I don't have to deal with the heat... though there should be some steam soon...)
Edited by Malfar on Nov 8th 2019 at 12:18:07 PM
(Just as I anticipated, she swatted me aside. I managed to catch myself on the rock wall and stuck a blade inside to keep me on it, but I took a moment to catch a breath. Time for something risky... When the opportunity came, I bounded off the wall and charged after her face like a bullet. Wherever it hits, I'll feel it in the morning. I just hope there is one after this. Grigori used Brave Bird!)
(As instructed, Miller fires off another Thunderbolt, hoping the surge of electricity can deal some extra damage.)
Daniels nods and likewise fires off a Thunderbolt.
Dieter looks around, not sure what to try next on the large Gorebyss, trying to think about some opening.
(The force of Grigori's Brave Bird knocks Phoebe's head to one side, leaving quite a mark, while also having the side-effect of knocking Sunny off of her head.) ACK!! (Sunny yelps. Maran catches her, just as the two had planned, though.)
Merci! (Sunny says.)
Pas de problčmes, mon cher. Bzz! (Maran says with a chuckle. He intentionally flies through the rain from the Rain Dance in order to heal Sunny and also to shift into his cursed form, feeling that it's time to hit Phoebe harder.)
Try as you might, but all I have to do is make one move to finalize my plans! (Phoebe shouts amidst the attacks still hitting her.)
Then we can't let her use whatevah that move is! C'mon! (Marsha rallies the others.)
(Phoebe unleashes another Water Gun. She scores a direct hit on Polly, who loses control and lands in a heap next to Rich. Shelley uses Protect, and Cortez dives behind her. Delilah grabs the Gorebyss and she, Marsha and Benji bunch up together to tank the hit. Phoebe begins trying to knock Grigori and Maran and Sunny out of the air with her tail as she fires the Water Gun.)
(The force of Marlon's Thunder Punch combined with him leaning out of Marlon's scarf out of concern for Sunny causes Georgés to slip out of Marlon's scarf and onto the ground. Worried that he might end being being stepped on, Georgés frantically begins trying to hop away from the many feet (not to mention Phoebe's coils) around him.) Someone help me, please!
(Meanwhile, Renata reaches Gomer(?).) I don't think she is planning on listening to you any longer, Douglas. Come back here!
But I need to know! (Gomer(?) protests as Renata picks him up.)
Then we will ask her when she's ready to liste-OH GOODNESS-!
(Phoebe's tail, still wriggling around erratically as she tries to focus on all of the attacking Pokémon and hit all of them with her Water Gun, ends up catching Renata's wheelchair and sweeps it right over the edge of the cliff overlooking the center of the volcano. In the confusion of the Water Gun attack currently going off, Delilah misses seeing this happen, still holding on tight to Marsha, Benji, and the Gorebyss.)
(Anyone who can see past the edge of the cliff (such as those flying) will be able to see that the wheelchair nor its occupants have fallen to their doom but instead got caught on a narrow ledge several feet down. Renata (with Gomer wrapped around her waist) is pulling herself back up toward the wheelchair with her claws and strategic uses of Rock Slide easy for her to grab onto with minimal use of her still very weak legs and tail. Something those on the ground in front of Phoebe won't be able to see unless they look over the edge.)
(As all of this goes on, a large flock of Wingulls and Pelippers begin descending into the volcano from outside the crater. It isn't immediately clear what their motives in coming toward the fray is.)
Hit scored, but she could have the moment of opportunity needed to send the assured destruction of this island into motion. Obviously....can't let that happen. As I continue to backpedal away from the giant Gorebyss and her second attempt at Water Gun I quickly manage to scoop up Georges and place him back into my scarf.
Not letting you die...
I continue to backpedal. I tuck in behind a boulder and plot my next course of action. I have...a whole cavalcade (is that even the proper context here?) of moves to go with. But one weighs on my mind. Do I have the light of day to do it? The last time I went this aggressively with it I melted the side of Merqury's face off. But...we need something particularly damaging. What do I do? Okay, Marlon, get your shit together. I'm going to be possibly maiming this guy's old friend beyond recognition...if she survives this. This will not be an easy thing to justify.
Oh, I am so gonna regret this...
I strafe my movements to the left and peek over. I feel my breath quiver with fear as I breathe in and out. I focus my power and align my shot.
A wave of Hyper Beam shoots out from my right hand and travels to its target. Georges will almost certainly notice my breath growing haggard and my balance falling out of sync. I feel like I'm about to pass out..
Stellan works his way up to Phoebe's midsection and sparks up again, before he plunges his claws into her in order to shock her with a Thunder Wave.
Jeepers...dis is a mess...uh...who're those guys?
Addie sends in another Dark Pulse unto Phoebe before looking up to see a group of Wingull and Pelipper flying in. Who are they, and what are their motives?
Ophelius barks out another order.
I'm going in!
He motions for Charlie and Oliver to ready their Venoshocks as he comes to one side of Phoebe and swing his tail at her. Dragon Tail.
Edited by Team42Larson on Nov 8th 2019 at 8:20:56 AM
(Hopping back after landing the hit to try and avoid any retaliation, I fire off another Ember before noticing Addie looking off somewhere.)
Uh, Addie, we're in the middle of a—
(My own speech is interrupted as I notice for myself the oncoming swarm of birds.)
...Fight? I guess that's a thing...
Noriaki, still in the air, surveyed the battlefield.
A bit distraught by the how chaotic the situation has spiraled, the Decidueye spreads his wings and unleashes a Swords Dance-powered flurry of Razor Leaf at the colossal Gorebyss from above as Marlon's Hyper Beam also makes contact.
Best case scenario he thought to himself, Marlon won't be targeted in his state.
He does, however, take note of the incoming Pelippers and Wingulls.
"Excuse me" Noriaki called out to them, not sounding rude but also with a hint of the dire situation in his voice, "It is incredibly dangerous here right now, I would suggest you keep a safe distance from this volcano."
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