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  1. Though the Lampent did not turn around, an unplaceable look crossed his face. A mix of... fear, anger, both relief and worry, and a thousand different emotions might have been picked out of that expression, but in the moment that it passed none could be taken apart from the others. Still, a calm and collected voice answered the Meowth. "...Leo. Stay out of this. Landorus needs help, and you need to get your charges out of this cave." "I need NO HELP from the LIKES OF-" "In order to get Landorus into more of a calm position, I need to play along with his insanity. He thinks I'm one of Darkrai's slaves. So far, it has stopped him from focusing all of his efforts on destroying your crew. To escape..." "IT IS NO INSANITY! THERE WILL BE NO ESCAPE FOR TRAITORS!" The earth god's rage boiled over for the umpteenth time; he rushed towards the Lampent, who swiftly twirled the large ape's momentum around. Landorus ended up on the ground, seething, while Allen watched. "I need you to believe me right now. Leo, the escape from this cavern is the abyss below you. I need you and all of your group over there to jump." A hint of desperation entered the Pokemon's voice as he added, "You saw me come up from there. It may be a long way... Nonetheless, I can guarantee your safety."
  2. I don't think I ever mentioned outright it was stone, haha... I meant to imply that it was sort of a natural thing, but I didn't really do that well with that. ^^
  3. Ah crap, I felt like something was off - I'll fix it immediately. ^^; EDIT: Fixed!
  4. For banking, do deposit boxes sound good for everyone? That seems to be the best option so far (same thing as Kanghaskan Rocks anyway). @sailing: To work that in it could be kind of like how gold would be worth a whole ton in trading - Pay Day provides a lot of gold coins, pretty much all you would need to live for at least a week, I would imagine. It seems like everyone just about agrees on the Legendaries - can die, major Legendaries get reborn. For the Carnivore Confusion, I propose these compromises: - Pokemon do eat other Pokemon; however, they obviously don't eat anyone associated with them (or it would be more of a murder sort of thing). - Excessive eating of Pokemon in a sort of malicious way would lead to being classified as an outlaw. - Pokemon are expected to be respectful of the Pokemon they eat, and in the case they eat someone's family member (and the family brings this to attention) they are expected to help take care of the family. - Magikarp are a large part of the diet for carnivorous Pokemon, since (according to legend) they can come back to life if you pick the bones clean and put them back in the water. - The wilder Pokemon (such as the ones that would attack you in the games) are socially acceptable to eat. For example, if a Caterpie tries killing you (a Pidgey or other predatory species), you're absolutely free to eat it. - It is not socially acceptable to eat other Pokemon in front of Herbivores unless given express permission. - The topic is often politely avoided. Another question - Are ghost-type Pokemon actual ghosts?/ Can ghosts take the shape of ghost-type Pokemon? (Personally, I think the latter works the best if there is any connection - it accounts for both ghost-types born from an egg and the creepy stories around them.)
  5. The brief light from the Will-o-wisp was just that - brief. The deep shadows seemed to close in on the light, as if to claw at it. While the wisp itself was not extinguished, its light gave no comfort beyond the reach of the small group. Landorus' raging figure was but an eerily lit figure in the distance (which seemed remarkably long). Electricity flashed in one part of the darkness, from a terrified Hydreigon, but below a different kind of light was slightly visible. A warm, purple-ish light glowed dimly, rising up from the abyss. "DARKRAI! YOU ACCURSED FOOL, YOU COWARDLY FATHER OF HEATHENS! I KNOW YOU CARE NOTHING FOR THESE SERVANTS OF YOURS, SO DISTRACT ME NO FURTHER!" Landorus' mad screeching, though muffled by the visible darkness, still rung in the air. What hung in the air, though, was a glowing purple Lampent. ----- Tiramisu did not like this. This she did not like at all. It was terrible - it was nightmares - it was that Hydreigon freaking out in the thick - thick?! - darkness, and it was her wondering about "Them" and Metangs and Nasty Plot and death. If the air had been clear, the Meowth wouldn't have been able to see any further than she could now, with her swirling paranoia and the far wall in her way. For the second time in two minutes, the great traveler Tiramisu has her face pressed against the rock trembling! One half of her mind remarked sarcastically, What a fantastic show - why don't you start crying? Oh. She could imagine laughing, Wait, I already am. Why? Why this stupid cavern - for Arceus' sake, why would you have a cavern behind a wall, with... with nothing but a pit below it! Stupid, stupid, stupid...! Her claws dug into the wall, and yet still she was silent. Silent about how she never should have trusted that insane, paranoid, Ariados-sting of a Legendary - how he shouldn't have been like this - how she would ****ing kill him - how much she just wanted to be swallowed up by that cloud of darkness and take him with her, but she was too busy becoming the wall to do it. ...How she wanted to see what Landorus looked like without a tail. ------------------- A different voice than expected came from the Lampent. To every Pokemon in the room - barring one sheriff - the voice wasn't particularly remarkable aside from the fact that perhaps some of them had not expected to hear a voice at all. It spoke with a clear calm, and to Landorus it said, "You will come with me." Though the Lampent's face remained obscured from the Pokemon on the other ledge's view, Landorus could see it clearly. The Lampent's eyes were half-lidded; a dull blue glow emanated from them. It looked surprisingly healthy, despite the eeriness that surrounded it. Nonetheless, Landorus noted only the words it spoke. "I WILL DO NO SUCH THING!" With the precision of an ape gone mad (none), the orange monkey king slashed forward. The Lampent hardly needed to move backwards at all. "Landorus. Don't be difficult. I will allow you to be with your friends if you should come quietly and end this pathetic tantrum." Landorus laughed with an unsettling quality, "Tell your master - TELL YOUR MASTER! - I have brought them here - his servants - TELL HIM! - and they will die like he will. I will tear that Smeargle skin off of his body, then RIP HIS WRETCHED FORM APART, shadowy inch by inch. Tell him." The Lampent appeared confused for a moment, then shook its head. "Landorus, you've lost it. At this point, I believe taking you... to my master would be a favor." A metallic hand was offered, "Nonetheless, whether you can fathom it in your criminally-insane mind or not, you will come with me, and you will rest." (( Just a note, if I'm getting too graphic with some Pokemon's anger, please let me know. ^w^; I don't want this getting too unsettling, unless you guys don't mind. ))
  6. Ehehe, I got Gates to Infinity too. >:3 I went to Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai! It was smoggy, but amazing!~ (Also, if any of you ever go there, bring tissue. Squatter toilets, squatter toilets as far as the eye can see - and not a roll in sight, if you get what I mean.) So, RP matters! While it would be incredibly difficult, there's still a chance to avoid a full-on fight with Landorus. He is just a bit insane at this point, so your options would likely be along the lines of stunning, OHKO-ing, or otherwise incapacitating the paranoid egomaniac (not the sleeping one, haha). Second matter of business: Gates to Infinity items. Should we add them in? Looking them over, I'd have to limit a few of the items (although surprisingly few - the "Custody Orb" would be remarkably useful for the people in this RP without a bag as their held item, although it brings up another issue). For example, the "devices" would be straight out banned, gifts would be useless, and the flags... Actually, the flags would be somewhat useful, though I'd have you guys decided if they're overpowered or not. Third matter of business as we will soon be approaching the first town! (I know, thanks to me it's taken how many months? I honestly intend to make this go more than a little faster, because it's a long ride ahead I hope!) Item banking! Yes, no, limited - what would you guys like? If you want it, I'll gladly add a banking section to each character's profile and supply Kangaskhan Rocks from time to time. (As a side note with this, I'd also rather keep Poke out of the RP (ECONOMY ARGHHHHHH), so the world is based on trading items. Because of that, banking also would be remarkably useful, therefore making the Custody Orb doubly remarkably useful.) Related to that, I'd like to ask if anyone sees any changes that needed to be made to their characters' profiles that I forgot to make (held items, etc.) To make it a little less stressful for me to keep your profiles up to date, I'd also like to ask for a certain format in the RP itself when actions are performed that require me to edit profiles (finding an item, changing held items, learning/forgetting a move, etc.). If your character does something like that, I'd like to ask that at the end of your entire post you add a separate section like in this example. EXAMPLE: This is my main RP post. Joey the flaming Rattata was sick of his Mobile Scarf. He threw it into a flaming pit, where the flames engulfed it slowly. The blaze made Joey so happy that he put his Apple on his head. [ JOEY - Mobile Scarf was discarded. - Held Item: Apple. ] This is the next post I make. However, he soon realized this was silly and dangerous for his dear Apple, so he returned it to his fur and wrapped a Gold Ribbon around his neck like a sensible man. Joey's amnesia made him forget how to use the move Amnesia. The Rattata hates his life very much. [ JOEY - Apple returned to Inventory. - Amnesia was forgotten. ] So yeah. There we go. It makes these things a lot easier to see - I'll do likewise with game-mechanic-like things (turn/post-based events such as the Fissure, items). Also, in regards to items, there will be quite a few more once we get to other places. This place has been untouched and flaming for quite a while, but for the most part other places will be more well-traveled. Aaand what I believe to be my last topic, collective headcanons for the RP. I'd like to have some more ideas for the world decided upon. Based on these, I'll make certain planned events happen one way or another (not getting any more out of me than that, haha). Super happy questions for you guys time! 1. Can Legendaries die? 1a. If so, are they reborn? 2. Is Arceus the creator of the world? 2a. If so, is it separate from the world and distanced (and therefore uninvolved in the story), or part of the world (and therefore counted among the other Legendaries on Darkrai's Legendary Hit List of Evil and Nightmares)? 3. Do you have anything else you'd like to add? With that, I end this news bulletin!
  7. Out of the corner of her eye, Tiramisu glimpsed a three-headed (or one-headed, two-armed) figure barreling towards the other side of the chasm. A crash resounded throughout the cave, ringing in her ears (if only because it terrified her) and shaking the thin bridge she was clinging to. That's the... Hydreigon? What was his name again? Rhapsody's brother... Her legs shaking so much that it almost seemed as if they weren't, the Meowth pushed herself up from the ground and bolted to the other side of the bridge in somewhere around ten seconds. "H-hey!" Breathing heavily, she glanced back at the bridge for a moment, seeing the huge distance she'd crossed by where the Reuniclus was still hovering. Her ears momentarily angled backwards in surprise; then she turned to the subject that had caused her dash. That other Meowth had gone over to him - Somehow? She quietly wondered how he'd gotten over her without her noticing... - and the two seemed to be chatting. At the very least, she reflected, the Hydreigon seemed to be fine. She padded carefully over to the two, still having a fine shiver about her figure and a fine stutter in voice, "A-a-are yo-ou OK? Th-at, um..." Putting a paw to her face and taking a reclaiming gulp, the Meowth continued more strongly, "That, ha, looked like it hurt?" Any further attempts of hers to return to normalcy were thwarted by the crushing sound of rocks shooting up through the entrance hole and every hint of the red glow of the lava-filled halls being torn apart. The cavern stayed blue. ------ "THAT'S IT! WASTE NO MORE OF MY TIME WITH YOUR DAWDLING!" Soon! Soon they would bother his mind no more with the innocent-seeming nonchalant activities of even... even just walking into the cavern! The cavern that would be their doom, the cavern that would be his liberation from these wretched fools - the wretched tools of Darkrai, that they surely were? All of this, Landorus knew. With a righteous Rock Slide, he'd blocked the entrance so they couldn't escape. Now all that was left was to destroy the ledges, yes, then all it would take would be beating the flying Pokemon into submission... and then it was that conniving, disguised Darkrai's turn! Of course the "Smeargle" was Darkrai! Why else would he "never" sleep? Because he was always asleep! ...Of course. Only Darkrai could create such a terrible plot - and then to rub it in the great Landorus' face! "I will... I WILL BE RID OF YOU!" The chamber began to shake with the violent of an enraged earth god. Rocks began to fall from the ceiling, and the ledges, and the walls... The spiderweb the Hydreigon had begun to form spread. The blue light, too, shattered, and was replaced with the darkness of a void.
  8. Hi! I'm alive! ^^; I'm really really really REALLY sorry - I went to China for spring break, and I was told we were going to have WiFi in the hotel, but then we found out it was only in the lobby. Add in we had to use the buddy system, so I couldn't get down there terribly often (plus typing on phones = yuck), and that contacting my parents was kind of top priority... I'll post sometime in the next day or so. 13 hour plane jet lag is absolutely fantastic.
  9. As far as I know, Techno has either been extremely busy or hasn't had internet for a while (her Sig said something). I haven't posted for a while because I'm trying to get an art project done at the last minute, haha. If you guys could just continue, that would be great - I don't have many other ways to draw out the current situation considering Landorus is going to continue sitting there like an evil mastermind unless someone won't go in, Reed's asleep, and Tiramisu will continue in her merry way of inching forward while clinging to the bridge...
  10. "Great tidal-waving Kyogre... I-" Reed waved his tail in front of himself - "Need you-" He stuck his tail through the hole, leaving a splotchy purple mark on the rocks - "To help clear these rocks. There's no way you can fit through that hole if you're going to be a prissy wuss, yeah, but I need you to clear the rocks from your side. I need to go over there and take a nap or I'll have some scratch marks burning like the Magmaworld we're currently standing over." The Smeargle huffed, "If you enjoy being in that nice little cavern, you can keep talking and complaining and doing everything other than what I said; I'm going to sleep." With an annoyed flick of his tail Reed, clambered down the rock pile back to the side from which he'd come. With a quick survey of the area, he located a small cranny a little ways down the hall, and made himself as comfortable as he could get (meaning somewhat scrunched into the space, half-leaning on the wall it what would seem like a severely uncomfortable position but was to him a genuinely enjoyable position). Then, he laid his tail out in front of him, and a dim, dark purple light glowed. Rest, when he wasn't in battle, was a slow process- his eyes slowly grew tired and began to droop, his paws unclenched, and in the end his tail slowly, gently lowered down to the floor. Falling as quickly to sleep as he would down a Fissure, Reed soon began to snore softly. ------------------------------------ Tiramisu, meanwhile, was undergoing the opposite of relaxation. In fact, the Meowth had become so very un-relaxed that if one were to enter values into an equation measuring the amount of relaxed she was, it would require dividing by zero. This was the source of her crying out, "SHUT-UP-SHUT-UP-SHUT-UP," as Landorus' speech made her unable to focus on some sort of distraction rather than the problem at hand. Her thoughts had nearly calmed her, and had gone somewhat like this: Crap, I tripped - I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die - well actually. I mean I could just... crawl. Yeah, like a Persian up a tree or something, use my claws to sort of clamber forward... Yeah, think about that. Just that - Arceus, the drop is far - PERSIANS. Like Richard II of Eles Forest - right, he... He, um... Oh! He was the one who created the colony in the trees. I wonder if anyone dropped - how about not? But still, the great palaces among the trees, that all were burned down when the town refused to pay tribute to Thundurus... He struck them down with lightning and the whole forest burnt down! What an- "On the other side of this pit is an escape from this cavern - however, it must be obvious to you all we must pass extremely carefully..." ...He's here. Ugh. Great, more people to vent at. I bet he's trying to make fun of me with that- I must look like an idiot clinging to this - "If any one were to fall, it would be extremely unpleasant, as there is a near-bottomless-" ...[kipz]." And following that expletive, the line of "shut-ups" came on. Landorus' taunting had brought her back to a rather unpleasant reality in which she wasn't one of Richard II's subjects watching the ruin of their tree kingdom but a helpless Meowth above a seemingly-endless pit. For the second time that day. It sucked. -------------------------- Landorus turned somewhat quickly to the Meowth beside him. His eyes narrowed. "Yes. Yes, I did have a nightmare; this is the cause of my haste. If nightmares may occur around this area, Darkrai may be the cause of them - as such, we must hurry across."
  11. Hey, what outburst is everyone talking about? Tiramisu was the one yelling shut up, not Landorus - sorry I didn't make that clear.
  12. Reed tapped his foot, sighing dramatically. "I have no idea who this Q dude is, but if you don't mind-" Here the Smeargle swept his tail pointed through the small hole in the pile of rock through which he assumed the Mienshao could see him, "- Actually doing what I said and helping out a little, then that really would be absolutely wonderful. You really have no clue how much I need a nap right now - whatever you're doing can wait for later." ------------------ One over the pit! Oh, how convenient - but now another floated easily over to the one on the narrow bridge! Darkrai's minions, how stupid they were to fall into such a trap... It almost seemed unlikely that they were. After all, what right-minded evil mastermind would choose such naive Pokemon to serve him? Landorus' plans were brought to a pause at this, before his mind lashed out at him, screaming: No, that is exactly what would be expected! With a lash of his mighty tail, Landorus addressed the group loudly: "The path those two are on is the correct one. On the other side of this pit is an escape from this cavern - however, it must be obvious to you all we must pass extremely carefully... If any one were to fall, it would be extremely unpleasant, as there is a near-bottomless-" The Legendary was cut off abruptly by a yell from a little ways down the bridge. "SHUT-UP-SHUT-UP-SHUT-UP!" The female Meowth there before was now clinging to the bridge almost like a Liepard would do a tree it was resting in, only with her claws digging as deeply into the rock as possible. She'd clamped her eyes shut, and she was trembling. All of this again gave Landorus pause; however, this concern was soon wiped from his mind as he amended his sentence, "- A near-bottomless pit beneath it. Again, we must be careful in crossing. As for your Hydreigon friend, he will find his way; he can fly."
  13. It didn't actually come from inside the cave, it just essentially cut through all of space. ^^
  14. (( Yup, same room. )) Tiramisu curled up tighter in her ball, "Nnnnnng...." In her mind, she tried brushing away images of her falling down that pit she'd seen, or slipping on the bridge, clinging to it in fear - of someone scolding her for what a coward she was for not going, or just staring at her as if to say they were disappointed. After what felt like a few minutes, she finally shakily stood up. "O-okay, yeah we should try it." The anxious Meowth pawed at her face. "S-sorry - I'm fine, seriously." She simply stared at the pit through the hole in the wall. It was all her eyes could focus on; the rest of the room was a blur. She stared. She just... stared, her legs shaking slightly. Couldn't she at least do this? Tiramisu shook her head, then tentatively put a paw onto the first part of the bridge, half-closing her eyes so she couldn't see the rest of the room - only the bridge. A second paw. Next step. Again. I'm doing pretty well, I guess - don't think about it, don't think about it-! The Meowth winced, trying to avoid even the notion that she was anywhere other than safe ground. She knew if she let herself know that, everything would go to crap. Everything. A stumble - but this was followed by another cautious paw. She was less than a fourth of the way there. ------------------------- There is no way to convince him without making him suspicious... Confound it! Landorus scraped the ground in front of himself in agitation - that Darkrai was most certainly good! And the Meowth - certainly he could tell a lie from a truth? Even if the truth had been said, how could any Pokemon such as Darkrai sleep at night knowing the wrath of Landorus would be upon him at any moment? Yes, yes - but he would sleep soon! For the moment, though, at least his servants would meet the void. Landorus shook his head, as if clearing it of an unwanted memory. "No. You forget I have been in hiding for years, Meowth. Come, there is a portion of the wall that is breakable over this way - I believe it is the only way to escape this place." He could hear voices from the direction they were headed. One absolutely terrified - another had an odd psychic quality. To both he figured the same thing: more casualties to Darkrai's forces. "Your friend the Smeargle will have to find his own way out."
  15. Landorus had a nightmare. It was the usual: seeing the other members of his trio being taken away and the like. However, something was ever so slightly off about it this time. The king of fields and mediator of the sky sensed a terrible, dark presence, just at the edge of his mind as he dreamed, as if something horrifying were just within his peripheral vision, but no matter how he turned he would never see it. Shadows were deeper, the dream more defined as if it were a message and not a repetition of past events. Suddenly the figures he'd always thought were whispering about the walls of that terrible, terrible series of caves that he'd caged himself in felt real and tangible. He could hear them. He could hear them, and they resolved themselves into a single voice - if only he could make out the words! Suddenly, an ear-splitting (or in this case, dream-splitting) roar crashed through his mind - and he knew the voice. That cry he had heard before; that cry, though before a solemnly triumphant tone, had sent him down here by his own accord. That cry made all of the years below worthless. To Landorus, the last bastion had fallen. A cry that cut through even the Earth's mighty crust, down to the World's Center? That meant only one option remained: run. Run and never turn back. The Legendary would have verbally abused himself had it not been for his upbringing and his utter hopelessness. The sudden appearance of a group of Pokemon in this place - where Groudon had long ago met his doom like Tornadus and Thundurus had? The cave had long been sealed off. (Or had it? He wondered at the amount of time he'd been trapped below.) Yes, with Palkia under Darkrai's control, Darkrai would be unstoppable. Landorus unwillingly submitted himself to the waking world, his eyes slowly opening to the dull warmth of the lava-filled dungeon. It was only then that a thought caught in his mind. Who had put him to sleep? Was it perhaps... a nightmare that he'd had? But no, the other Pokemon around him seemed bewildered enough to warrant having had a roar slice through their hearing. The grand Legend quietly murmured, "Palkia has fallen." A thought still threatened to send him into a rage - that insolent Pokemon, and him being sent into such a fitful sleep just before this... It had been obvious the Smeargle had used Yawn, but such a dark and vivid nightmare! Surely... Surely Darkrai could not be in two places at once? Or perhaps Darkrai had intended to collect him, and Palkia had interceded! Oh, that crafty Darkrai - he would tear him to pieces until he were the mere stuff of dreams! That Darkrai - that Darkrai! But of course, Landorus had to be very careful now. If that had been Darkrai - if it had been - then he could trust no one. He could leave no trace of suspicion on his face, and betray no anger. A look of resignation covered his face as he continued his murmured, more towards the Meowth he'd trusted before, "I will allow you to gather your friends, then I will show them the way out." The giant orange monkey turned his head about, scoping out the cavern he was in to gain his bearings. Oh yes, he'd show them the way out. "Meowth, I suspect you must only need gather the Smeargle; the others have gone in the direction I will be leading you." (Naturally he did not know that the Hydreigon had gone a completely different way. Nor did he care, because if only that Darkrai would be destroyed in the wreckage he could care less.) ----------------------------------- Reed turned the corner flamboyantly, only to find himself face to face with... That same pile of rocks that faced him just a while ago, before they'd fallen down the Fissure he'd made. There goes Groudon then. He huffed a somewhat disappointed sigh, readied a fist, and got to punching. He'd bragged about finding a way out of the cave; by the code of honor, he felt it meant finding a way out of the cave for everybody. Not that he followed that code terribly strictly. It was just that above his quarreling with the Ninetales he'd heard a baby Pokemon talking about how it couldn't find its mom, and, well... Sheriff could probably actually arrest him for leaving a child behind to starve and all that. As he thought all of this, rocks were crunching at the contact with his fist, but not quite as satisfyingly as he'd wanted. His good arm - his left arm, which he'd been clutching - hurt like, well, the Magmaworld, and his right arm was more of the arm he used for absolutely nothing at all. Not to mention the strain on his back wasn't doing kind things to those wonderful scratches Sheriff had kindly left on it. Finding an appropriate place to scale to the top of the rock pile (not a large pile, but a difficult pile for acoustics), Reed attempted to yell into the main cavern, "Hey! Anyone in there want to stop lying on their Mareep cushions and help out here? I found a way out but I'm a bit torn up at the moment so get up if you want to get out!" ---------------------------- Tiramisu shook her head vigorously, "I have no freaking clue. Let's, um..." The Meowth shuffled her paws as she glanced into the blue cavern. (Blue was her absolute favorite color, and the cavern seemed much cooler than the stupid magma world around her.) Her shone as if she'd found a jewel, but her feet seemed as if they'd recently stepped on glass and didn't particularly want to attempt this "walking" thing again any time soon. "Should we...?" She made an annoyed noise, and lashed her tail back and forth as her eyes fought with ambivalence. Her voice sped up very gradually as she mumbled, "Rrrgh, I don't know... I don't think we should leave the others and the gangway - crossing - thing! - looks really dangerous but it's really coolandIreallyhavenoideawhatI'mdoing-!" Tiramisu settled herself down into an uncomfortable pile of fur, pressing herself down to as close to her paws as was possible. "Sorry. Sorry... I'm, um, getting kind of uncomfortable or... something? This is a terrible day, a terrible, terrible, crappy day."
  16. ^w^ No problem! And wow. O_o (Thank you very much for the height comparison by the way!) 1. Meowths are absolutely tiny. Tiramisu should be extremely concerned standing next to a huge Reuniclus. 2. Zoroark is as big as Hydreigon... That is somehow disturbing.
  17. Reed put a paw on his hip and considered what the Meowth had said about Darkrai. He was quiet for a noticeable while, then replied, "Well, like I said, I don't sleep much." The Smeargle grinned, "I don't need any guarding! Honestly, Sheriff, you're making me think you don't hate me as much as you let on in front of the others back there." His back paw stepped towards the doorway. The cream-colored, dog-like thing turned towards the lit hallway, and almost walked through it without so much as a "Bye, Sheriff" when suddenly a screeching roar pierced through the caverns. The roar echoed like there were no walls at all - it passed through everything like a knife would through butter. Reed's paws quickly shot to his ears, but to no avail - the screeching noise still shrieked in his ears. After a few moments, it was cut off. The outburst of sound clearly winded him, but this he tried not to let sink into his demeanor as he motioned and yelled to the Sheriff, "Go chill with the stupid monkey! If he wakes up and doesn't see you there after all that 'never leaving anyone behind' talk he'll probably go Mankey- ." With a magnificent smirk and brandishing of his tail, Reed left the room, shouting back, "Don't bother with me - I can't die!" ---------------------- The blast echoed rather disproportionately, through the small space the two Pokemon were in; and for good reason, Tiramisu saw as she tentatively wove her way through the clearing smoke to check for lava. Behind the wall was a dimly lit, extremely blue cavern. Absolutely massive and most certainly not fit for common travel (but still with the possibility of travel via a tiny bridge over the looming edge of the pit in the middle of the cave), the cavern's walls echoed with the tinkling sound of Signal Beam. A few rocks disturbed the full resonance as they cracked upon contact with the sides of the cliffs and slowly... slowly.... slowly fell to the bottom, the sound of their splitting hardly audible. If Tiramisu had jumped at the blast (which, in fact, she did), she decidedly flew away from the edge upon hearing this sound, even if she were separated from the cavern via the remains of the wall. "Y-yeah! Yeah, it worked... Holy crap." The Meowth shakily pointed her tail at the jagged hole, "Never doubting the power of Signal Beam again." She laughed nervously, he previous wondering feeling a bit sinister, "If you're ever with me and we run into a Spinarak, remind me not to piss it off..." It was then that the penetrating roar came to Bree and Tiramisu's part of the cave. Tiramisu curled into a ball, paws and tail covering her ears. She essentially acted in the same way any other Pokemon with sensitive ears would had a loud noise came about in their area. Likewise, it was no surprise (or at least would be no surprise to those who knew her) that she spluttered out, "What the- Crap - What just h-appened!?" --------------- In the upper level of the cave, quite a few Pokemon disappeared. At the very least, a Zoroark in the guise of a Mienshao was left. At the moment, there was no known reason for this. Nonetheless, there would be a known reason in the relatively near future - and there could have been a known or implied reason for those who were knowledgeable on the subject of the reason. As it was, many Pokemon ended up around the countryside near the beaches of fine Magikizzle. They likely returned to their normal lives, but in terms of this particular incidence they had left the story and were no longer of great importance. (( @Fractional Pi Day: Yeah, I rarely doubt the power of moves anymore. If Scratch is an amazing attack on PMD and can take down Legendaries, anything can be as powerful as you make it!~ ))
  18. "It's pretty obvious the place isn't what it used to be." Reed laughed, "That doesn't exactly look like the 'main flow of lava' - it's been that way for a little while." He didn't stop climbing the stairs - he talked over his shoulder. With a shrug, he replied, "I'll fight him. I wish I had the chance to relearn Sketch beforehand, but I'll still fight him, if he's somehow there." The Smeargle paused, looking around, "Like I said, this place isn't what it used to be. I don't think any Legendary Pokemon like Groudon would be hanging around this dump anymore. Legendaries like all the pomp and impressive crap," Reed grumbled, "What would the high and almighty Lord of the Earth be doing above a cave with a few drips of lava? Besides, the Legendaries ran away a long time ago." The dog-like thing continued his ascent, his footsteps confident now. Annoyance blatantly seeped into his voice as he added, "What's with you and dreams? I don't have dreams, I don't do things or go places in dreams; I eat dreams. I make people sleep and I eat dreams." With some pride in his voice, Reed laughed, "Actually, I'm a bit of an insomniac myself - aside from being knocked out or... what the world that thing that got us here was, I need to use Rest to even get to sleep." The end of the stairs was in sight. The Smeargle swiped his tail across the steps below him as he climbed the last of the few stairs, its dark purple gleam melting in perfectly with the surrounding reds and browns. At the top of the stairs, he painted a rounded rectangle, and filled it in. The result was a curving reed. "Can't say I wasn't here next time. And really, I should have done it last time - unfortunately Groudon was missing at the time and I was a little too young to know he'd probably never come back."
  19. Reed growled, his momentary peace disturbed. This growl, however, was quickly cut off. The Smeargle shifted on his feet, then dismissively waved his tail towards the top of the stairs. "I found a way out." You ought to be glad I didn't run up and destroy the stairs. He slipped around the Meowth, doing his absolute best to avoid pushing him aside (and into the falls on the sides of the stairs) as he did so. After walking a few steps higher, he added, "I know this place. I couldn't recognize it from the cave we woke up in, but I've been here before." He knew that was, in part, a lie. He'd heard stories of the terrifying Magmaworld, the world of punishment. They were nursery stories in his hometown meant to scare the tiny Smeargles into submission, but nonetheless the elders always had seemed filled with some sort of wonder in telling them. Yes, the Magmaworld, the place where even Kyogre could not save you. Achelous, Kyogre's greatest acolyte, was the only Pokemon who had ever escaped the Magmaworld's clutches; the Gyarados summoned his strength, and with the power of Kyogre he swam straight through the cavern's main lava flow, which turned his skin red. Achelous then had to face off with Groudon himself - the staircase led to Groudon's own bedroom - who he swiftly dispatched with a mighty Hydro Pump. Reed could see that the place had really let itself go, but based on those directions it was most definitely the same place. He climbed up a few more steps, affecting a cool and unwary demeanor though he didn't trust the Meowth as far as he could throw him (which he suspected was at least somewhat far, considering his arms' ability). At any other time and circumstance, he would have fought the Meowth willingly; at this time and circumstance, he preferred to get out of the deep cavern (and perhaps face off against Groudon). "If you don't mind dropping that label of criminal, I could help the lot of you out." Reed added with a hint of a laugh, "I was trying to get away from you guys so I could find a way out. I might be a Seadra's spike but I'm not a liar. Although I don't mind if you think I am, Sheriff." He grinned, still not turning around to look at the Meowth as he spoke, "Plenty of Pokemon in the world, a few of them have got to hate me!" -------------------- Tiramisu's tail waved as she considered this. "Wouldn't that take a little while? I'm not sure how strong Signal Beam is - but you know the move, so I'll trust you on it." (It was a little bit of a funny thought, imagining little Spinaraks running around the forests, chopping down trees with Signal Beam.) The Meowth moved back a few paces, and surveyed the wall and Bree. Then she nodded. "Yeah, that should work! You sure you don't want me to help out? Or- nah, just go ahead."
  20. Reed hopped backwards to avoid the kick. However, this sent him straight into the Slash; it felt like needles running down his back. Of all of the places for the stupid Meowth to rake, that was the one he couldn't stand. Without a second thought, the Smeargle viciously retaliated with his fiercest Wood Hammer. In that moment, he really couldn't have cared less where the attack would send the Meowth, or the fair amount of effort the attack took; he could rest later, when he was out of sight. Of every single place he could have been attacked, the one place that would enrage him was his back, most unluckily for the Meowth he was facing. For a few seconds, Reed was winded. Rage burned in his eyes as he stared the Meowth down in those moments - then he turned and ran. Down the hallway, balancing himself on the corners with his whipping tail, he came to a small crack in the walls, nearly covered by lava but still passable. This he slipped into, expecting a small nook to at least hide in. This he did not find. Instead, he found a wide, monstrous hallway. Lava streamed down its wavy, sooty walls, giving off a feel of eerie nobility. Stairs ascended from the dark ground, each step becoming more illuminated by a warm light from some source at their top. So this is where I thought it was. With heaving breaths, Reed clutched at one of his shoulders. That Wood Hammer, he absently wondered, was probably his strongest yet. It was a bit a of a shame he didn't know if he'd hit the Meowth or not; he hoped he had, and hard, for the stinging on his back. He began to climb the stairs. They were somewhat tall, and difficult to make using only one's feet, but nonetheless he resolved to ascend them only foot-wise because he didn't want to let go of his shoulder. "I woke up in the Magmaworld." Can't imagine what they'd say if I told them that. "Sweet Kyogre, you've been cursed!" For a moment, he paused. His tail swiped over his back, sloppily covering the scratches that Sheriff - he'd decided that was the Meowth's name now - had made. Didn't even leave a mark, see? Reed grinned, and released his shoulder. Naturally.
  21. The Meowth smiled awkwardly, pawing at her face, "Haha, yeah... Sorry. I'm Tiramisu." She bounded ahead a little bit. The wall was just ahead - around that corner... right? Tiramisu's ear flicked in frustration as she noticed what she was doing. She didn't want to see the others again, really. Another side of her whispered that they hadn't done anything to her on purpose, which only annoyed her further. In all honesty, she wished the Reuniculus hadn't brought the idea of returning to the others up. With a sigh, she grudgingly added, "Yeah... Yeah, we'll go find the others. Assuming they haven't found a way out of their own already and left us. Here's the wall!" She waved her tail eagerly in an attempt to switch subjects. Tapping the wall with a claw (in case it had gotten hotter), the Meowth added, "I could try to hit it with one of my attacks. Hidden Power - like I did back..." Tiramisu's words trailed off at the thought of another awkward subject, "...there. Ahahaha... Yeah, no, not Hidden Power." She tilted her head at the wall. "Do you think Pay Day would hit it hard enough? I mean I doubt it - it's more likely to send the coins flying into the lava. That'd be pretty cool actually - watch the gold melt down and all that. Er. Yeah, do you have any ideas?" --------- Reed hit the rock with an uncomfortable thud. This he hadn't been prepared for; he hadn't expected the Meowth to go all "bad cop" on him, and naturally he wasn't prepared to turn so as to break his own fall. Still, the Smeargle had a curt laugh as he painfully heaved himself up from the ground. This was because there was a threatening orange figure - known to Reed's opponent as Landorus, but known to Reed as a stuck up Legendary - angrily snoozing not too far from him. This meant two very important things: one, the most serious threat to his life was lifted for the moment, and two... The second Reed scoffed with a look of triumph, "I don't think your guide over there is waking up for a bit." Now then, which way did that Hydreigon go? The Smeargle ignored the noises the other three Pokemon were making and began to walk towards the opposite side of the room - more accurately, towards the opposite exit of the room, near where he'd been knocked out before. At the exit, he turned to face the Meowth, the Ninetales, and the Lucario again, cautiously. Reed frowned. "Honestly, I might have answered your stupid question if you hadn't tried that, sheriff. And you two really shouldn't try anything." he nodded at the Lucario and the Ninetales, "I'm not trying to threaten you by that, it's just that..." Here he began slowly walking backwards down the hallway, with a smirk, "I have all these great destructive moves, and such terrible aim. Now will the justice tribe let me do my thing and actually find us a way out of here?"
  22. The Aura Sphere was... a bit winding, he had to admit. Reed made a mental note of that as he was grabbed roughly by the scruff to face that utterly annoying Meowth from earlier. The Smeargle coolly took the verbal punishment being shoved at him, not saying a word until the Meowth at least seemed quite done. Then, with a smile that would remind someone of mercury - cold-looking and poisonous - he returned with his own punishment for the good ol' sheriff in front of him. "That's actually really funny, because I never ordered any of you to do anything. In fact, I just finished telling neurotic Mankey-boy-" Landorus gave a furious growl at this, but as the Smeargle was directing his words towards the Meowth currently grabbing at his neck that was of no concern to him, "- to avoid playing the most-high-and-mighty card on our group. But I suppose you're just fine with having one of the cowards who just upped and disappeared years ago boss us around, right Super Meowth?" Reed knew if he were a Meowth right now, his eyes would be narrowed to slits - as it was, his eyes were narrowed to slits. Distaste dripped into his words, and he could feel the paint splotches on his back smoldering. "And before you all resume your righteous beat down, it's absolutely fantastic how you've lost the trouble-maker, the nervous dragon, and the shy blob-thing. Such chivalry, to lose the most needy members of the group to tame the beast. Wonderful leadership - I'd clap for you if you weren't trying to wring my neck right now." With a contented sigh, Reed added, "I'm done now. Go on." (( Landorus will fall asleep during the second post after this one. He's currently still conflicted over how to kill Reed without hurting or annoying Leo. ))
  23. I'm so sorry for how slowly I've been making this go... ^^; Landorus is an NPC (I just realized I never answered that), so feel free to bunny him along guys. I just happen to enjoy writing about his little neurotic episodes. So then, no names for major Legendaries, and I'll have a poll/ select random names for minor Legendaries? And Hidden Power works like it does in the main series.
  24. "Don't worry, I already got lost in here so I know my way around now!" Tiramisu flashed a mischievous grin at the obviously nervous Reuniclus, flicked her tail up in the air. Maybe it was a bit tiring to go back to the same place, but anything would serve well to keep her away from the group for a bit. As she began to pad back toward where she'd come, she could have sworn she heard the flapping of wings from one end of the hallway. Had she turned to investigate, she might have seen the Hydreigon from earlier. As things were, though, she brushed the sound off as her imagination. The Meowth led on through the lava-lined hallways. ----- There was a chance that Landorus would have consented once more to this Meowth - an absolute peasant compared to him. The awakening of a certain Smeargle ripped a giant hole in said chance. Reed had in fact been conscious for a few moments prior to his announcement. It was his understanding that there were others apart from the group surrounding him, and this Pokemon near him was some sort of authority. That pale Meowth from earlier was acting as leader of their group and emissary to that authority. The Smeargle knew he would soon attempt to fill that role of emissary for the Meowth - to generously give him a break, of course. In just a few moments, Reed was on his hind feet and strolling to the front of the group. He looked over the regal Pokemon in front of him with no particular interest unless it was to gauge his battling capabilities. The Smeargle tilted his head, "So then, what are you doing ordering the lot of us around? I figure we should be ordering you around, counting the numbers and especially the names." Now on Landorus' part, this was genuinely enraging - and terrifying. He'd forgotten the sleeping Pokemon. The sleeping Pokemon - he knew nothing about that Pokemon's allegiance - that Pokemon had not proven its trustworthiness! How could he have been such a fool to trust those before him! The Meowth, perhaps, understood - the Meowth, the Meowth <i>only</i> was trustworthy. All of the others... What could he do? He spoke in a rushed and furious voice to the Smeargle, "You fool! You have shown your true colors! I will - I will -" Reed Yawned, "You'll what, now?" Landorus screeched with anger as he felt mildly drowsy - of course! Naturally Darkrai would send the most unassuming agent to collect him! How could he be so utterly naive? A Fissure would undoubtedly send this fool to a painful, burning death - to one he surely deserved! But there was the Meowth there, so he stayed his hand. If only he could just shut the Smeargle up - send him alone to be stuck among the caves forever! And yet, Reed would not shut up. With shining eyes, the fool exclaimed, "Nothing's what I thought - you Legendaries aren't worth a bit of the praise you get." (( Not dead! ^^;;;;; I have no excuse... ))
  25. Tiramisu shuffled her paws. She'd been ready to go back to the group, but now... She had company, and considering what the Reniculus said about the happenings she'd missed, she felt more comfortable just sticking with one Pokemon at a time. Then it hit her. "L-Landorus?" The Meowth's eyes lit up like they'd found a jewel. "A Legendary, really?" Noticing what a fool she was making of herself, she gave her paw a few licks and swished her tail. Sheepishly, she added, "B-but you said he was kind of a jerk, right? So maybe... Maybe we should stay away." She motioned with her paw towards the way she'd came, "If you'd like, there's an odd little crevice over that way that we could check out. I think it might be hollow - it's not covered in lava, and it's colder than the rest of the area -" She flicked her ear, "Even if that's not hard to do." ---------------------------- Landorus shook his head, "No. I will not wait for the others that abandoned me! And you!" It was somewhat obvious he hadn't gained all sense back, considering what had just been said to him about no one being left behind. Nonetheless, his eyes showed clearly that he was not at all willing to compromise. He crossed his arms, "You will come with me now or find yourself lost here! I will not be left alone here - and the green one will likely be unable to deal with my coming along with you should I go to fetch her. I will NOT be left alone here - now come!"