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enchantress
24th May 2008, 7:33 PM
Eighty years ago...

... began a chain of events that eventually changed the course of history in Fizzytopia. A powerful and extraordinarily evil Pokémon came to Fizzy Bubbles from the far reaches of space to wreak havoc upon the land. Hiding in the cold, formidable region of the Glacier Islands where few men dared to travel due to the extreme temperatures, this force of evil laid in wait, biding its time in preparation to attack the inhabitants of Fizzytopia so that it could take control of the land and build an army of strong Pokémon warriors with which to conquer the world.

When a Fizzytopian research facility lost contact with one of their research teams who were based in the Icy Wastelands, they sent an expedition team out to locate them only to find everyone dead after having been brutally murdered. They soon came face to face with the evil space Pokémon responsible for this senseless slaughter, all but one of the expedition team meeting the same fate as that of the unfortunate research team. Luckily one scientist managed to escape and was able to alert the mainland to the danger which allowed for the Fizzytopian army to be sent out to restrain, or even kill, the vile creature before it could hurt anyone else. They never returned. Two more teams were sent to the location, but were also never seen again.

At their wits end, and having no real idea of what kind of enemy they were up against, Fizzytopia's leaders came together and agreed to bring in the one person they believed may be able to identify and kill the creature. Connor, a mysterious man of few words, was the most powerful trainer in the land. So powerful that he not only had an arsenal of super strong Pokémon on his team, but three Legendary Pokémon as well. If a trainer like Connor could control the Legendaries Articuno, Raikou, and Heatran, then surely he possessed the ability to stop this creature before it ventured out of the Glacier Islands and onto the Fizzytopian mainland.

True to his reputation, Connor not only found the mysterious Pokémon, he battled and defeated it. However, despite the fact Connor possessed a team most could only dream of, he was a peaceful man at heart and could not bring himself to slaughter the creature even though it had already killed dozens of men. After luring the evil Pokémon out onto a lone glacier floating in the arctic sea, Connor's Heatran worked on melting the ice to create a deep cavern in which to imprison the space Pokémon while the rest of Connor's team engaged in a battle that would one day become legend. They were able to weaken the creature enough for Articuno to encase it in ice, and with Connor believing it to be embedded so deeply that it would never be able to break free, he felt secure enough in the knowledge it was trapped for eternity that he returned to Fizzytopia with the lone survivor from the original research team - a young boy by the name of Charlie who, orphaned after the untimely demise of his parents, looked up to Connor as his mentor. Charlie eventually went to live with Connor, training under him and learning all that Connor had to offer. Connor was uncomfortable with his fame however, and treasuring his privacy, retreated from the world so that he could live out the remainder of his years in peace. Though Connor is now gone, Charlie ensures that his memory lives on, and hosts the annual Hero's Festival in honour of his beloved friend.


Today...

... is the eightieth anniversary of Connor's Legendary Battle, and the Hero's Festival is in full swing. Not a single trainer in the land is missing the opportunity to pay their respects to Connor's memory, each and every one of them diverting from their current paths to take part in the largest and most popular festival Seaside City has ever seen. Though an annual event, this year's Hero's Festival has drawn higher than record crowds, everyone gathering to celebrate the memory of the bravest trainer known in history; the man who risked his life to save Fizzytopia from total annihilation.

Pokémon Contests and Trainer Battles are underway, offering rare and valuable items as a reward to those who are skilled enough to win. Men, women, and children are enjoying the array of festivities on hand, eagerly taking part in as many events as they can. Games, rides, stalls, and street performances are attracting record crowds, but it's the midday parade followed by the Legendary Battle re-enactment that everyone is looking forward to. The voice of Charles Higginbotham, known more affectionately as "Charlie" by Fizzytopian residents, can be heard booming over the loudspeaker system, advertising the sale of raffle tickets that will be drawn in one hours' time. All proceeds of the raffle will be going to the Hero's Charity, an organisation founded by Connor with the money he was given for saving Fizzytopia. Devoted to caring for injured, abandoned, orphaned, and mistreated Pokémon, this charity is seen as yet another of Connor's great accomplishments.

Mayor Thompson's voice is the next to be heard over the loudspeaker. "Welcome one, welcome all!" he proclaims. "Thank you for coming today, as there is no greater time to celebrate and rejoice in our prosperous nation as there is on the eightieth anniversary of the day Connor fought for our lives and continued freedom! Please enjoy the festivities we have on offer, and the games and contests there are to play. Most importantly of all, the Hero's parade will begin at noon, and the Legendary Battle re-enactment a 2pm sharp! In the meantime, please rejoice and be merry!"




You have one week to sign up for this campaign. Signups involve nothing more than RPing your intro (using goldenrod, please), but if you haven't posted by the time the first update is up then you've lost your chance. Speed is essential here, as Fizzytopia will not be reopening until the conclusion of this campaign. Two updators have been designated in order to help it move along faster, but we can't move if you don't. Please be sure to reply as swiftly as possible as we don't want this campaign lasting for more than six to eight weeks in real time. If you wish to purchase one of the raffle tickets mentioned in this update you will need to post a link to your withdrawal of 1,000 coins from the Coin Exchange that can be RP'd into your introductory post so that you can be allocated a number in the next update. In the meantime, have fun and get a scratchin' that RPing itch!

Tyranidos
24th May 2008, 7:48 PM
Tyrant, with Phoenix on his shoulder, Pyro by his side, Mario and Luigi floating next to his head and Hippopotas in his Pokeball, decided that going to a fun festival would be..fun. Tyrant had finally made it to see all the stands and rides being brought in. "Ooh! Look at all those fun games!" Tyrant said. Pyro had his eye on a stuff Pokemon toy. "Oh, I see you like that Charmeleon stuffed toy, considering you are one," Tyrant told Pyro, "Wow there are so many people here."

He had come here for not only the games and rides, but he had heard a legend of a man named Connor 80 years ago, who had defeated an evil Pokemon and changed the course of Fizzytopia forever. There were contests and battles all around, a lot of hustling and bustling. He then saw the mayor making an announcement.

"Welcome one, welcome all!" he proclaims. "Thank you for coming today, as there is no greater time to celebrate and rejoice in our prosperous nation as there is on the eightieth anniversary of the day Connor fought for our lives and continued freedom! Please enjoy the festivities we have on offer, and the games and contests there are to play. Most importantly of all, the Hero's parade will begin at noon, and the Legendary Battle re-enactment a 2pm sharp! In the meantime, please rejoice and be merry!"

Tyrant looked down at Pyro. "Did you hear that?!" He said, "A re-enactment of the famous battle! We have to check it out!" So Tyrant, Pyro, and the rest of his Pokemon followed along the ecstatic trainer. "Oh, a raffle is also going on," Tyrant said, "These 1,000 coins (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showpost.php?p=8052017&postcount=72) should be enough for the ticket." He then ran to the spot of the re-enactment.

The Black Glove
24th May 2008, 7:58 PM
The streets were absolutely packed with Fizzytopians. People and Pokemon alike crowded the festival grounds, and the voice of mayor boomed over the loudspeaker. The games had begun, and everyone was having a good time. Even a particular masked trainer.

"Three...two...one...pin!" The referee shouted. Drifter had found his way over to the wrestling booth. The flyers had said nobody could beat their champion. Drifter told them he looked weak. It had taken longer than he expected, but he had proved his point.

Drifter smiled and pulled his cloak back on. "Good match" he said, offering his hand "You aren't too bad. It's been awhile since I've had a good match."

The champ returned the grin "Same here. I'm just surprised I lost."

The owner of the booth came into the ring with a small cage. "I believe our challenger has won this fabulous prize!" he announced, placing the cage in Drifter's hands. The trainer looked at it in shock. They had placed a Tailow in the cage, and it didn't look too happy about it.

***

Drifter waved as the little swallow pokemon flew off. As much as he would have like a Tailow on his team, he knew it wasn't the type who wanted to fight. 'Twas a pity. Speaking of Pokemon...

"C'mon out guys. We're taking a break today."

In a flash of light, 3 Pokemon appeared. One, a tall blue beetle. Two, a slug that looked like it was made of magma. And three, a blue angler-like creature with positive and negative signs for pupils. Blitz and Hephastus took a look around, and once judging that they had not yet entered battle, ran off to find a fun game to play. Ion the chinchou, on the other hand, clung close to Drifter like a barnacle.

"Aw, c'mon Ion" Drifter laughed "I'm sure we can find a game you'd like..." he turned to the others "Meet us back in the square at noon. I'm sure you'd all like to see the parade." He nodded to the angler pokemon on his shoulder, and they walked off to try the ring toss next...

SM
24th May 2008, 8:11 PM
"Wow..." Stephen says as he glances around at the festivities taking place. While he had certainly taken place in some small, local celebrations at his home in Mahogany Town, they could have been a six-year-old's birthday party and the comparison would be the same. It seems as though every single trainer in the lands of Fizzytopia has gathered here at Seaside City. Shops and stands seem to have sprung up out of nowhere on all sides in colorful roads reaching into the distance. Stephen begins to walk, taking in the sights around him.

Pulling out a Pokeball as he walks, Stephen calls out "No reason I should have the fun," as he drops it to the ground. The crimson and white ball opens in a flash of white light, which shapes itself into a glowing form of a small, doglike Pokemon. The light quickly fades away, revealing a small, black Pokemon, golden rings adorning the Umbreon's body. Barking happily to be free of its Pokeball, Umbreon looks around at the festival as well. Stephen begins to walk again, with Umbreon at his side.

Stephen then begins, "All this celebration is in the honor of some guy eighty years ago." Umbreon looks up attentatively, though Stephen has a creeping feeling that the dark type isn't really listening. Stephen continues nonetheless, saying, "There was this Pokemon, really evil. It seemed as though it was going to take over the entire land of Fizzytopia, and it killed everything that stood up to it. But then, there was this guy. He was really powerful, so powerful that he even could control legendary Pokemon. He defeated the Pokemon and locked it away in ice, never to be seen again."

Umbreon nods, barking again. Lost in thought about what sort of Pokemon the legendary Connor had defeated, Stephen just notices as Umbreon begins to run off to the right. Stephen follows, wondering what Umbreon possibly had seen. Finally catching up, Stephen stands at Umbreon's side, where a group of trainers had gathered in a ring around a Pokemon battle.

Watching the two Pokemon face off, Stephen's ears detect a loudspeaker telling of a raffle taking part in a few hours time. Pulling out a Coin Case, Stephen counts out 1,000 (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=546&p=225639#p225639) coins which he will use to buy a ticket. While he knows he has little, if any, chance of winning, Stephen figures that the cause is good and he has nothing better to do with them.

The Pokemon battle, meanwhile, has ended, the two trainers shaking hands at the center of the ring. The crowd dissipates, and Stephen turns to Umbreon, saying, "Well, let's find something to do."

enchantress
24th May 2008, 9:43 PM
Walking along the bustling streets of Seasidy City, Tess feels slightly uncomfortable in the midst of such a large crowd. She's never really been one for social gatherings, but this takes the cake. She doesn't dislike the festive mood, but will certainly feel less claustrophobic once she finds a less populated section of the city to relax in. Somehow she doesn't think this will happen, but considering the occasion it's a fact she's willing to push to the side for this one day. She's heard the stories about Connor and his defeat of the evil creature who had descended from the stars to wreak havoc upon not only Fizzytopia, but the world, and it's a tale that fascinates her. There are several questions in the back of her mind about certain events that occurred on that historic day eighty years ago, and she's hoping that Charlie, Connors only living friend as well as the only living witness to those events, may be able to answer them for her.

Briefly considering releasing Tempest to keep her company, Tess quickly dismisses the idea as she knows that her gorgeous Houndoom is even less fond of crowds than she is. Inchy comes to mind next, but the little Trapinch is more than likely to bite off someone's hand if they decide to give him a pat, and that's not something Tess is willing to allow happen, especially with so many children about. Lightly sweeping her fingers across the Pokéballs attached to her belt, Tess smiles when she finds just the right one. Unclipping the blue Pokéball with thunderbolt design, Tess triggers the Thunder Ball's release mechanism, watching while Perry appears before her.

The little squirrel looks around with wide eyes, amazed and excited by the sights before her. Besides a brief visit to Elyra, the only place Pachirisu had ever seen was the mysterious island of Excelsior. Perry has chosen not to wear her special spy outfit today, preferring to leave it for a time she finds it necessary to go undercover, and while Tess smiles adoringly at Pachirisu, the little squirrel looks up at her with questioning eyes.

"We're in Seaside City, Perry," Tess explains. "This is the annual Hero's Festival, and the residents of Fizzytopia are celebrating the memory of a special, and very powerful trainer who was involved in a great battle that was fought many years ago. A battle that saved the world from being taken over by an evil Pokémon who wanted to control all of Fizzy Bubbles."

Upon hearing this, Perry's little eyes grow as wide as saucers resulting in Tess finding it difficult to suppress an amused smile. She keeps a straight face, however, for she'd deliberately added a dramatic tone to her voice to make the story even more awesome in Perry's eyes. Thinking about it though, perhaps she wasn't being as overly dramatic as she'd thought, for if Connor had lost his battle eighty years ago, would there even be a Fizzytopia for them to travel in today? This train of thought reminds her of the questions she has for Connor's friend, Charlie, and at that very moment she hears the voice of the very man she is looking for booming over the PA system.

"Would you like to buy a raffle ticket, Perry?" Tess asks, giggling at Perry's delightedly eager nod in response to her question. "Ok then, let's go and get one shall we?" Removing her coin purse from her pocket, Tess removes 1,000 coins (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=225456#p225456) and walks over to the ticket booth with Perry following closely at her heels. Accepting the ticket in return for her coins, Tess doesn't even look at the number, instead handing it straight over to Perry who stares at it while clutching it protectively in her tiny paws. "Be careful with that," Tess smiles, completely besotted with her little teammate. "It may win you a very nice prize." Perry nods, clutching the ticket even tighter, and for the first time in several months Tess regrets not making the time to give all of her team, including Perry, the attention they deserve. Work, studies, chores that seemed important at the time but really aren't when looking at the bigger scheme, had taken over her life, and looking at the awestruck innocence in Perry's face right now makes Tess realise just how much she's been missing out on. Does it matter that the base is always clean? The beds always made? The dishes always done? Would it kill her to let the chores slip for a day while she spent some quality time with her team? Life is what matters, and from this moment on Tess resolves to ensure she makes time for each and every one of her teammates for they're more to her than just Pokémon. They're her family.

Suddenly Tess doesn't feel much like asking Charlie the questions that have been bothering her. The day is still young so there's plenty of time for that. Right now, Tess only wants to ensure that Perry experiences a day she'll never forget. Lifting Perry into her arms, Tess gives her a gentle cuddle, stroking the fur on Pachirisu's head and giving her a light kiss on the cheek. "You and I are going to have ourselves some fun, Perry. You lead the way, and show me what interests you. Whatever you want to do, we'll do together."

Rabid Squirrel
24th May 2008, 10:51 PM
"The Hero's Festival is in honor of a great man who had defeated a terrible evil that threatened thousands of lives here in Fizzytopia," Kami informed her Castform, Kumori, as they walked down the road to Seaside City. "This guy risked his own life in battle to protect others, and so they commemorate him with this festival, and the proceeds help Pokémon. The man, Connor something-or-other, even gave the money he was given for saving Fizzytopia to start this charity. What a guy!" Kumori looking awe-filled as Kami spoke.

"There it is! I see the festival!" Kami shouted excitedly to her Castform, Kumori. The two ran forward into the crowd of other people there for the Hero's Festival. Over the PA, someone was advertising raffle tickets. "Hmm... Should we get a ticket, Kumori?" Kami asked her Pokémon.

"Cas!" the Weather Pokémon chirped happily.

"Okay then!" Kami reached into her purse and pulled out 1,000 coins (http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/showpost.php?p=555350&postcount=50). "I'd like one ticket, please," she said handing the money over in exchange for a raffle ticket. Kami stuck the ticket in her purse, and turned towards Kumori. "Now we can go play games!" she shouted enthusiastically causing Kumori's eys to light up.

Stark
25th May 2008, 2:53 AM
Stark stepped off the Ferry with his hands placed in the pockets of his long red coat. The gentle ocean breeze of Seaside City whipped his long blond hair away from his face, allowing him the opportunity to just enjoy the weather for a minute. He had never been to Fizzytopia, but figured now was as good of time as any. Surprisingly enough, he happened to arrive during a festival of some kind. A smile crossed his face as he began walking the streets, stopping occasionally to look at some of the goods various vendors had on hand or to watch some of the street performances that had happened to catch his eye. All things considered, he couldn't have picked a more enjoyable time to visit.

Eventually, he learned that today the citizens of Fizzytopia were celebrating their hero. A man by the name of Conner, who many years ago defeated a dangerous and powerful pokémon among other achievements. Stark had to wonder what it would had been like to meet such a legend. His own experiences with strong trainers led him to believe that this Conner must have been truly special to receive such high regard.

Soon his thoughts were interrupted by a voice coming over some loud speakers. Apparently there was to be a raffle in an hour. For a moment Stark thought about finding a trainer to battle like so many others had done, but he had always had pretty good luck when it came to raffles. After all, his first raffle got him a seat on the SS Tidal. Plus all of the money went to a good cause. He could always find a battle later. Maybe after the parade or something, he figured.

Working his way down the street he eventually found the place selling the tickets. Quietly he took 1,000 (http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/showpost.php?p=554784&postcount=49) coins from his red Valentine coin case and exchanged them for a ticket which he placed in the coin case for safe keeping. With a slight half smile on his face he headed off to find a good spot to watch the upcoming parade from.

Missingno. Master
25th May 2008, 3:06 AM
Missingno. Master arrived in Seaside City to find it bustling with activity. "Wow," he said, "What a celebration!" He then detached six Poké Balls from his belt and threw them up in the air. "Come on out, everybody!" the poison-type trainer called. In a flash of light appeared a two-headed cloud of poison gas. "Weezing," belched both heads in unison. From the second ball came a purple, menacing serpentine Pokémon with markings on its belly. "Chaaarbok!" it hissed. From the third ball was released a spherical fish covered in spines, a broad tail protruding from its back. "Qwil! Qwilfish!" it called out. The fourth ball released a four-winged purple bat Pokémon. "Crobat!" it called out. In a wave of stink, the fifth ball unveiled a purple skunk with a butt-shaped face. "Stunky!" it exclaimed as it passed gas. The sixth ball's occupant, an overexcited Poochyena, Tackled Missingno. Master to the ground almost instantly, licking his face eagerly. Upon being picked up and set back upon the ground by its owner, Poochyena began racing around Missingno. Master, yapping eagerly. "Guys," said Missingno. Master, "we're here to take part in the celebration of the anniversary of a legendary battle that took place 80 years ago. Qwilfish yawned. "But," added Missingno. Master, "I'll spare you the details for the moment." And so they started to take part in the celebration.

Arbok and Weezing started doing what seemed to be a comedy routine; A crowd of Pokemon had gathered around them and they all laughed periodically. Poochyena had found a cotton candy vendor and was begging so cutely that Missingno. Master was surprised that the vendor wasn't offering handfuls of cotton candy to him. Stunky was wandering around aimlessly, being given a wide berth by other Pokemon (except for a wild Grimer who seemed interested in Stunky). Qwilfish and Crobat alone remained with their trainer: Crobat perched on Missingno. Master's shoulder as it so often did. Qwilfish was looking around. Upon spotting the battles taking place, it shouted "Qwil! Qwilfish Qwil!" As Missingno. Master looked down at it, Qwilfish jabbed its tail in the direction of the battles. "Oh, all right, Qwilfish. Let's go do some battles." On the way, they saw Stunky, quite oblivious to the fact that nothing seemed to want to go near it. "Hey, Stunky, come on, we're doing some battles!" called Missingno. Master. Stunky came running over. Missingno. Master barely noticed Stunky's smell; probably because he had raised a Koffing for years. Stunky, after all, had never battled before, and needed the experience. Missingno. Master then began searching for another trainer who wished to battle.

ZoraJolteon
25th May 2008, 3:11 AM
*CLANG* *CLANG* *CLANG* the noise reverberated through Zora's skull as he made his way through the rows of stalls, Forretress bounding along behind him, still somewhat wobbly, unused to her new body following her recent evolution. "I really should have had you learn Magnet Rise first." he said, watching her stumble as she tried to follow him through a ninety degree corner. Toppling forwards, Forretress quickly maneuvered her turrets to stabilise herself, digging into the ground in front of her as she came to a halt... upside down. Holding back a chuckle, Zora knelt down besides his companion to roll her the right way up.
"Forre" came a disgruntled noise from within her shell, as she was righted.
"I think you should probably try something else Forretress." Zora told her, still kneeling down face to face. "You're even heavier than Tropius now, so there's no chance of me carrying you. Do you want to go and grab a bite to eat or something?"
"Tress" she said in acknowledgement.
"Okey doke then. You do that. We can meet up later for the parade. Try not to get yourself in too much trouble, that's my job. Apparantly people round here think it's 'inappropriate' to go on about how you've saved the world far more times than Conner." he said, rolling his eyes and patting the top of Forretress' shell, waving to her as she with some difficulty turned around and hopped off in the direction of the food stands, Zora wincing as the clanging of her steel shell against the ground rang out again.

"I don't want to get too lonely out here." Zora said to noone in paticular as he stood up again. Unclipping a Pokéball from his belt, he tapped the release button, a tiny surge of red light being wrapped in blue as another of his Pokémon took shape. "You may not be the most talkative companion, but you're certainly the most mobile." he told his Rotom as it hovered in front of him, humming ever so softly, its expression as blank as ever. "Come on!" he said, continuing along between the many stalls of the festival until he reached one that was paticularly crowded. "Seems like everyone's after a ticket." he said. "Well, why wouldn't they? One thousand coins (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=546&p=225654#p225654) is hardly an significant fraction of my total wealth, even after I splashed out on you." Pulling the coins out of his pocket as he spoke, the queue moved on, Zora coming to face the attendee. "I'd like to purchase a ticket for the raffle please." he said with an uncommon politeness, handing over his money for the draw and taking his ticket. "Thank you" he said, walking away again. "Do you want to hold this?" he asked Rotom, prodding it with the ticket slightly, watching with great curiosity as the piece of paper sunk slightly into Rotom's semi-corpereal form like some kind of strange superviscous fluid. "You know, I am going to make you speak one day." he said, sternly. "Don't try to hide it. I know you've got a lot of stuff going on in that tiny little brain of yours." Rotom's expression remained blank, but Zora swore that the frequency of Rotom's hum changed slightly in response to his comment. Ignoring his companion, knowing that he could be equally stubborn when he wanted to, Zora headed off in the direction of the rides, his inner child demanding a go on the tea-cups.

Jonouchi
25th May 2008, 3:37 AM
Ricco had read the legend of Connor and his brave acts. He had admired him ever since he was a little boy and he would do anything to be as strong as he was. His first journey through the Arcane Realm was the start of it. Now that he had the rights to all the main zones, he was one step closer to achieving his dream and becoming a powerful trainer like Connor.

The Hero's Festival was planned since forever, and he'd be a disgrace to miss it. Kain, his trusty Mawile, skips happily, humming a nice tune by his trainer's side as they walk through Seaside City. He had high hopes for watching the legend reenactment, something he was dying to see the whole day. The thought of him waiting pretty much killed him.

"Man, when is it going to be two O' clock already?!" Ricco said, impatiently. "I'm dying to see that legend battle!"

Kain didn't pay much attention to his outburst, not to mention that his whining won't get him anywhere. He sees the Ticket Booth that was giving away a raffle for poor innocent and hurt Pokemon or something to that effect and decides to enter the raffle. He walks up to the ticket booth and hands him 1000 coins (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showpost.php?p=8054125&postcount=73) to use to buy one ticket. The man hands him the ticket as he runs off to look for the Legend Battle location.

"All right, Kain," Ricco said, running around, looking for the location of his chosen attraction. "You may or may not battle, so just be prepared if you do. I don't know if they'll let us, but we can't bring our hopes up."

"Mawile," his trusty partner said.

"Okay, just in case, let's show them who the real hero is, Kain!"

They eventually find the area where the battle was taking place and prepares to expect the best.

Joshua - Shadow Brigadier
25th May 2008, 4:14 AM
"Eighty years ago today." A lone trainer stood against a wall, watching the commotion with his own two eyes. "Eighty years ago today, Connor defeated the mysterious beast and sealed it away. Connor, a trainer capable of wielding the legendary beast of thunder."

Joshua's mind strayed for a moment, staring down at his current companion, Roxas the Luxray staring up at him in interest. Kneeling down to Roxas, Joshua continued. "Little is known about this trainer, or the beast he fought against, but if the rumours are true, Connor had the power to tame three beasts of legend. Articuno, the bird of ice, Heatran, some freaky thing of heat, and Raikou..." Joshua trailed off, images of the sacred thunder beast rushing to mind.

Joshua's hand reached out, absent-mindedly stroking Roxas' head. "You, my little Roxas, are all the thunder beast I need. So c'mon, let's go see if there's anything here of interest." Overhearing a loudspeaker comment about a raffle, Joshua shrugged, and reached for his Coin Case, counting out 1,000 coins (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?p=8072453#post8072453) to use to purchase a ticket.

Skrusti
25th May 2008, 4:56 AM
Jeff, after ages of being a lazy arse, finally decides to come back to the land of Fizzy Bubbles. Stretching, the teen brushes away what seems to be loose piece of string before standing up and facing the town before him. "Aaaah. Fizzytopia." He mumbled. "Bloody hell, it's been awhile since I've been here. I remember the first time, so long ago. Found my way into the Haunted Fairground that used to be around here somewhere, fought a Gengar...old times, old times." Glancing around, Jeff wondered why there were a ton of posters and stuff everywhere advertising some festival or something.

Walking forward, he actually began to read the signs, and discovered it was a celebration of some mythical, super-strong trainer capable of capturing even the Legendary Pokemon. Stretching again, slightly amused at the turn of events, Jeff continued on reading about how this "Connor" person, about how eh was a really cool guy and wasn't afraid of anything, not even the unknown. "Well, that kind of sounds like every adventure I, and every other trainer I know, has been on." He said, frowning.

Continuing to read, Jeff saw that Connor had fought an extremely mysterious and dangerous Pokemon, sealing it far beneath the surface encased in ice, and how this day, eighty years later, was a celebration of his triumph. "How about that. The day I choose to stop mucking around in Mauville is the day of a special event. I love my luck."

Walking away from all the signs and storyboards, Jeff moved towards all the booths set up, each having something unique and different to spice it all up. Noticing some sort of Raffle booth, Jeff walked forward, and listened to the man talk about the raffle that would occur in an hour's time. "Sure. I'll press my luck with this." Jeff said, handing over 1,000 (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showpost.php?p=8072468&postcount=79) coins to the man and accepting the ticket.

"Now, let's see what entertainment will be going on today." The teen checked one of the various boards proclaiming the different activities going on. "Hmm. Seems like there's a re-enactment of Connor's famous battle. That should be interesting. So, I guess I'll go watch that and then go from there."

Setting off for the stage, Jeff moved the bag he was currently carrying on his shoulder to his other one, eyes peering around at all the strange sights along the way.

Inferno.
25th May 2008, 6:42 AM
"Wow. Look at all of the fun, Houndour!" Inferno says, looking at all of the attractions available at the Hero's Festival. "Aren't you happy we came?" he asks. Houndour barks, excited, and runs over to watch a contest. Inferno sighs because he was hoping Houndour would have liked to see a trainer battle, but she's more interested in contests. He stands next to her for a little while, watching the contest too, and thinks he might enter her into one one day. He knows she'll like that, and there will be some battling in it for her. Maybe he should stop thinking about what he wants her to do, and let her make her own choices. If contests are what she likes then he'll help her to train for one.

"Do you know this festival is being held to remember a great trainer who battled an evil Pokemon to save Fizzytopia from being taken over and maybe even destroyed?" Inferno asks Houndour, hoping the knowledge might make her more interested in battles. Houndour shakes her head but isn't interested in why there is a festival. She's only happy to be here. "It's cool, isn't it?" he laughs. He wants to be as strong as Connor one day and have a team as brave as his. His team is brave, and most of them are very strong after all of the training they've had and the adventures they've been on. They even battled an Icy Rayquaza once. That was awesome and Inferno hopes he has a chance to do something like that again one day.

Inferno hears the announcement about raffle tickets, and even though he knows he can afford to buy one he doesn't want to spend his money. He's saving for something special, and when he has enough coins he wants to splurge and get everything in one go. The charity is for a good cause, and the tickets are only 1,000 coins (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=225559#p225559), so he decides to get one anyway. Maybe if he can sell the prize it will help him to save up faster. He goes to the ticket booth and pays for a ticket, shoving it into his pocket until later.

"Come on, Houndour. Let's see what else we can do. There might be a game we can play or a ride we can go on." Houndour looks back at the contest and Inferno can see she wants to finish watching it first. "Ok." he says, "We'll look around after the contest is finished." Houndour barks happily and sits down to watch the contest again, and Inferno can see how excited she is. He shakes his head and smiles, thinking about how cute she is. Sitting down next to her, he pats her head while they watch the contest together.

*DANI*
25th May 2008, 1:42 PM
"Isn't this wonderful, Togepi?" Dani asks the egg Pokemon she's holding in her arms. "Priii! Priii!" Togepi agrees happily. Dani squeezes him tighter. He's so cute, and she's glad she brought him to the Hero's Festival with her today. She would have liked to bring all of her Pokemon, but was afraid she might overcrowd the streets. Instead she takes two Pokeballs out of her pocket and releases Ivy and Glacia. Togepi squeals with delight when he sees Glaceon and Leafeon appear and Dani laughs, happy knowing that her team get along so well. Ivy and Glacia are her newest Eevee evolutions, and the day that Dani battled with them at Moss Rock and Ice Rock was one of the happiest days she's had as a trainer because when they evolved they completed her five year long quest to complete the whole set. They look around, awed, because they've never seen so many people before.

"This is a festival," Dani explains to her Pokemon. "It's being held in honour of a man called Connor who battled a really evil Pokemon. It killed everyone who tried to stop it, except for Connor. He was so strong that he could even control legendary Pokemon. Isn't that amazing?" Togepi, Ivy, and Glacia nod, amazed by how powerful Connor must have been to control Pokemon that powerful. "Connor defeated the evil Pokemon and froze it in the ice in the Glacier Islands, and it's never been seen again." Dani's Pokemon look at each other, worried. "Aw, don't worry," Dani says, kneeling down and giving them all a cuddle. "It'll never escape. Connor wouldn't have left it there if he thought that could happen. It's been eighty years, and today we're at a festival with games, and rides, and contests, so let's have some fun!"

Dani is looking forward to watching the parade, and then the Legendary Battle reenactment. She can't wait, but there's lots to see before they start. She walks with her Pokemon, stopping to watch trainer battles and contests. There are rides and games too, and she wanders around looking for something they can all do together. "It looks like there are raffle tickets on sale," she says when she finds the ticket booth. She loves raffles, and she has nothing better to spend her money on, so she hands over the one thousand coins (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=225545#p225545) she needs to pay and gives the ticket to Togepi. "Don't drop it or we might miss out on a free flight to Cascadia," she laughs, patting Togepi's head.

"I don't feel like battling today, so let's find a game to play," Dani says, walking through the colourfully decorated streets to find something they can all enjoy.

Shadowshocker
25th May 2008, 5:31 PM
Walking amongst the throngs of people moving everywhere, Shadow went through a brochure on the festival's history, familiarising himself with the necessary intel. Grim, his ever-trusty Dusknoir, floated next to him, catching the information with his solitary eye over Shadow's shoulder. Regrettably, Grim was the only operative Shadow had released for the moment, out of concern that the size of his team would cause major traffic problems. Indeed, the rather sizeable Dusknoir had already been attracting various wary glances and frightened peeks even as they advanced along.

"Hmmm... Everything seems innocent enough," Shadow mused, though his thoughts were telling him otherwise. His journeying experience through Fizzy Bubbles informed him that in this world, things never were so easy or as peaceful as they appeared. Nonetheless, it seemed he and his party could enjoy the festivities... for the moment, at least.

Scanning through the list of activities for the event, the Raffle caught Shadow's immediate attention, considering the promptitude the activity required. Making their way to the relevant booth, Shadow paid up 1,000 coins (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=225471#p225471) in exchange for a Draw Ticket, placing the slip in his labcoat pocket.

"Well, Grim, perhaps we'll locate another activity for us to participate in, preferably one with lucrative results," grinned the geek knowingly to his partner. "That Porygon's not going to earn coins and exchange itself, yanno."

"Dusk, noir," intoned the Ghost-type, as ever in understanding and agreement...

ALTOCHARIZARD55
25th May 2008, 6:17 PM
The day is bright, a fitting beginning for such an event. Alto is seen on this day walking to the Hero's Festival, no pokemon out, due to the crowded streets. "Heh, looks like there's been quite the turnout in people here, I guess..." he states quietly to himself. Looking around, he sees a few notable people walking around, one with a Dusknoir, another with a Luxray, and many others whom also had their partners out.

After a minute of looking, the thought of Connor popped up in his head again. Alto spent some time reading about him, and always pondered about the type of person he actually was, and how strong he had to be. These thoughts were inturrepted when an announcement is made about selling raffle tickets.

Though Alto had been saving for a while, he thought to himself, 'Oh, why the hell not. Nothing better to spend it on at the moment.' He walks up to the ticket booth and pays up his 1,000 coins (http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/showpost.php?p=556767&postcount=52). "Well, lets just hope we have a good time", he says to himself, before walking off again.

lilbluecorsola
26th May 2008, 7:29 AM
“Pip, wake up! We’re here!”

A sleeping baby penguin held in the speaker’s arms gradually opened her eyes and peered blearily up at the sky, discerning her trainer’s cheerful countenance slowly emerging into view. She giggled and reached towards the smiling face, and the girl responded by playfully tickling the Pokémon’s feet. As sleep departed from the infant’s eyes, she became aware of many strange, unfamiliar sounds and sensed activity surrounding her. A peculiar sweet smell filled the air which stimulated a hungry sensation in her stomach, yet at the same time somehow satisfied her appetite. She gazed about inquisitively at her surroundings, her interest piqued by the curious noises and smells. A vibrant scene filled with people and Pokémon greeted her wondering eyes, and she watched in fascination as they moved between the stands, talking and laughing spiritedly. The rows of brightly colored stalls and the extravagant costumes of the street performers amazed and delighted her, and she tugged excitedly on the girl’s sleeve, begging to know what these novel attractions stood for.

“This is the Hero’s Festival,” Jess answered informatively, smiling at her Piplup’s inquisitiveness. “It’s meant to honor a hero who saved Fizzytopia eighty years ago from a Pokémon from outer space. He defeated the space Pokémon and trapped it in ice so that it couldn’t harm anyone, and so every year there’s a celebration to remember him. They have lots of games and fun activities, and later there’s even going to be a big parade followed by a re-enactment of the Hero’s Legendary Battle.”

Pippa’s eyes were wide as the girl spoke, and she tugged hopefully again at her sleeve, pointing towards the fair. Now that she understood what it was, she was eager to join in the festivities. Jessica laughed and nodded. “Of course we’re going to go in. That’s why we’re here. Right, Zuzu?”

She turned to her left, where there stood a rabbit-like Pokémon who had so far been quiet since they’d arrived. His long ears perked up at the sound of his new nickname being called, and he glanced up at the girl, slightly confused. “Zu?”

“Do you want to join the festival?” she repeated with a little less certainty. Although Atzu had been on her team for a while now, she was aware that they unfortunately hadn’t been able to spend much time together. She hoped that this outing would provide a chance to improve their relationship, so she waited anxiously for a positive response from him.

The Azulmarill nodded, understanding. “Zu,” he replied brightly, causing Jess to smile in relief.

“All right then. Come on, let’s have some fun!”

As the group entered the fairground, Mayor Thompson’s voice boomed heartily out over the loudspeaker: "Welcome one, welcome all! Thank you for coming today, as there is no greater time to celebrate and rejoice in our prosperous nation as there is on the eightieth anniversary of the day Connor fought for our lives and continued freedom! Please enjoy the festivities we have on offer, and the games and contests there are to play. Most importantly of all, the Hero's parade will begin at noon, and the Legendary Battle re-enactment a 2pm sharp! In the meantime, please rejoice and be merry!"

“We have time until the parade, so what do you guys want to do? There’s lots of stuff to choose from.”

At first Pippa and Atzu seemed too overwhelmed to decide where they should go, but eventually an individual booth caught Pippa’s attention, and she tugged at Jess’s sleeve and pointed at it excitedly. Jessica followed her Pokémon’s line of sight and perceived that she was indicating towards a stand which sold raffle tickets for 1,000 coins each, a sum she could easily afford. From the announcements Jess also gathered that the proceeds would be donated to the Hero's Charity, an organization founded by Connor with the money he was awarded for saving Fizzytopia.

“Did you want to buy a raffle ticket, sweetie?” she asked. Pippa nodded. “Okay then.” She walked over to the booth and set the penguin down briefly on the counter as she took out her Spoink Piggy Bank from her bag, ignoring the odd looks she received from other people with regular coin cases. She then counted out 1,000 coins and handed them over to the seller, who handed her a raffle ticket in return. She then gave the ticket to Pip, telling her to hold on to it tightly.

“In an hour they’re going to announce the winners. If the number they call matches the one on the ticket, then that means you’ve won, and if you show them the ticket, they’ll give you a prize. You might win something really nice, so make sure you don’t lose it.”

Hearing this, Pip clutched the piece of paper close to her, determined not to lose it. Jess smiled, and turned to Atzu. “Would you like to buy a ticket?” He shook his head, and instead pointed towards an ice cream stand, gazing hopefully up at his trainer with adorable eyes. She laughed. “Okay, let’s get some ice cream. Then afterwards why don’t we play some games? How’s that sound?”

Both Pippa and Atzu agreed to this, and as soon as the three of them had received their cones (Jess ordered Vanilla, while Atzu and Pippa wanted Chocolate and Strawberry respectively), they set off to explore the fair in search of a game to play until noon, when the parade was scheduled to begin.

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Aquatic Angel
26th May 2008, 11:32 AM
Kim walks through the sea of people gathered in Seaside City for the annual Hero's Festival, enjoying the festive atmosphere. She'd finally taken the plunge and retired from her life as a Pokemon trainer a couple of weeks ago, but the lure of the festival has perked her interest. She loves the exuberant activity of events like these and has been looking forward to it for a while, so after making a brief detour past her cousin's base to pick up her laptop and six of her Pokeballs, Kim has returned to Fizzytopia. Being semi retired doesn't mean she can't enjoy spending time with her Pokemon every now and then even though they're now under her cousin's care, so she clutches two of the Pokeballs she'd picked up earlier and releases the Pokemon inside.

"Surprise!" she cries, embracing Absol and Gible who she'd said goodbye to only two weeks ago. "I couldn't come to an event like this without sharing it with two of my favourite boys." After a happy reunion, Kim explains the history behind the festival. "All of this is to honor the memory of a brave and powerful man who saved Fizzytopia eighty years ago from an evil space Pokemon who wanted to control the world. It killed everyone who stood up to it, but it couldn't defeat Connor. He defeated the space Pokemon, trapping it deep within the ice somewhere in the Glacier Islands so that it could never hurt anyone again. Every year since then the mayor of Fizzytopia holds a celebration in honour of Connor's memory, because if it weren't for him we wouldn't be here now. There are lots of fun things for us to do. Games to play, rides to enjoy, contests and trainer battles to take part in, even a parade to watch, and a re-enactment of Connor's Legendary Battle later today."

Both Pokemon are impressed with the story, especially Gible who is still staring at Kim waiting for her to tell him more. She picks him up, enjoying his young innocence, and smiles. "One day you're going to be as big and strong as Connor's Pokemon, but today we're here to have fun so let's find something to do." Walking through the streets, Kim hears the raffle ticket announcement and, feeling the money is for a good cause, approaches the ticket booth to purchase one. Paying her 1,000 coins (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=225680#p225680), she hands the ticket to Gible. "If the number on this ticket matches the one that is drawn we'll win a prize, so make sure you don't lose it." Gible nods and gives her a big toothy smile. "Good boy," Kim smiles, placing him on the ground. "Would you two like to play some games until the parade begins?" she asks, laughing at their eager response. "There's plenty available, so it shouldn't be too hard to find something fun," she says, setting off into the brightly decorated streets.

Latias10
27th May 2008, 2:39 AM
Catherine slowly walked through the streets staring at the many attractions set up. People walked around in enjoyment celebrating an event from the past, an event that none of them could ever dream of. To face such a creature was beyond Catherine’s imagination it reminded her of the battle against Rayquaza a while back. She flinched as she remembered the troubles the trainers had to go through against it, it was not an overly pleasing memory.

“Ri, ri,” a small voice spoke up drawing Catherine away from her thoughts. She looked down and smiled at the small creature that stood beside her. Its red eyes stared at her with slight concern as he stared up at it trainer. He then turned his head away and patiently started to look at the booths around him.

“Your right Riolu, sorry for ignoring you,” Catherine told her pokemon with a slight chuckle. “Let’s just go on and enjoy this event because before we know it, it will be over,” she added before starting to walk over to one of the booths. She stopped when she noticed her pokemon was not fallowing her but looking at something in the distance.

“Riolu what is,” she asked unsure of what her pokemon was thinking. Riolu did not reply with words but raised his arm and pointed at a fluffy brown creature running back and forth in the streets. Catherine let out a small gasp once she realized that it was her Eevee who had decided to run off and have its own fun. Immediately she took off after it with Riolu right behind her.

Eventually she caught up to the pokemon who had stopped to look at some of the food booths. Her eyes were wide and her tail twitched with excitement. As soon as she noticed her trainer standing near her she ran up to her while letting out some excited yaps. The young pokemon was completely enjoying the experience and trying to see a much as it could of the fair.

“Eevee,” Catherine mumbled as she stared down at her pokemon. It was an energetic little creature and this trait had gotten it in some trouble before. Sometimes she wished it could be more like Riolu and be patient and calm but not every pokemon was the same. “Please don’t run off like that your going to get into trouble if you do it again,” she told Eevee while trying to pick the right words for the situation.

“Eee, ee, ve?” the pokemon asked while it tilted its head and put on a confused look. Catherine giggled quietly realizing that the pokemon was trying to get out of the situation by acting clueless, she had been a trainer long enough to see through that act.

“Faker,” she mumbled as she picked up the fluff ball into her arms. “You’re going to stay out of trouble here,” she told it with a smile on her face. Eevee nodded its little head in reply pleased with the attention it was receiving. Catherine knew that that was what it was after since the beginning.

They then continued to wander down the streets stopping here and there to check out the many attractions available to view. They were all lost in this world until a loud announcement rung through the air. Catherine immediately stopped taking interest in what was being said. After learning about the raffle she decided to get a ticket since she had the coins to spend and it happened to go towards a good cause. She then started to walk over to the nearest ticket booth.

“One raffle ticket please,” she announced as she arrived at the booth. She then hand over the 1,000 (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=225449#p225449) coins and took the ticket in return of them.

“Ready for some more fun,” she happily declared to her pokemon. Eevee yapped with excitement while Riolu replied with a simple smile. A smile appeared on Catherine’s face because she was pleased to be spending the day with her pokemon and she knew that there was more fun waiting for them as the day went on.

“Eevee,” Eevee shouted causing her trainer to giggle at the small pokemon’s enthusiasm. It then leaped out of her arms and looked back at her with its eyes big with excitement. She wanted to runoff and see everything but she remembered her trainer’s earlier statement and wanted to obey it.

“Can’t argue with that, you can go exploring Eevee just make sure I am nearby” she told her fluff ball with a smile. Her Eevee nodded in reply and quickly started to make its way through the street with Catherine and Riolu right behind her. It were days like these that made Catherine very happy to be a pokemon trainer.

j_hunter
27th May 2008, 11:02 AM
The Houndour weaved its way through the throng of people, nipping at heels and generally being a nuisance. Its owner, an ashen-faced youth, was calling out after it.

"Helen! I swear I will throw you off a bridge if you don't come back!"

J. pushed through the crowd, apologising profusely to everyone who turned around. He was hot, sweaty and deeply embarrassed. It seemed as though the entire street was watching him struggle to keep his Pokemon under control. He saw the wolf-like creature run up to a street performer who was singing a love ballad with her Delibird. J. went white. -She wouldn't. She's too well trained.- he thought. Helen wagged her tail and sat up on her hind legs. -Well, just in case...-

"Oh Lord... Helen! Stop!"

The boy pushed harder than ever, but the teeming mass of people in the square allowed only enough room between them for J. to see his Pokemon leap onto the Delibird and start sniffing all over its body. J. nearly fainted, and obeyed his first instinct. Reaching for the empty capsule at his belt, he called for the Houndour to return.

-She's not going to speak to me for the rest of the festival...- J. shook his head in annoyance. It didn't matter if Helen was angry with him for forcing her into the Pokeball. Her list of pet hates (of which being told what to do was top) was not the reason they had come to the Seaside City. J. looked around at all of the people having fun, and thought, -Yeah... this is what it's all about. Celebrating Fizzytopia's hero.-

J. heard the Mayor making an announcement about the parade. He couldn't wait for it to begin. J. went to a stall to look for some sushi, and then settled down and watched the festivities.

Rakurai
27th May 2008, 1:41 PM
Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the Hero's Festival, Katsu had settled onto a bench away from the crowds for the time being. At his side sat his Electrike, Kiba, who was waiting patiently while his trainer gathered his thoughts.

"I simply can't decide on what to do first, Kiba. Perhaps you'd like to?", Katsu questioned to his companion, who responded with a quick nod of his head. The canine then took a moment to sniff the air, before thrusting one of his paws in the direction of what Katsu presumed to be the food stands.

"Hehe. I had a feeling that's what you'd be interested in. I suppose it's not a bad idea, though. Festivals like this usually have all sorts of treats you probably wouldn't find elsewhere."

Having come to a decision, Katsu rose, and followed Kiba, who had already started running in the direction he had pointed out. It was only a moment later that a message over the loudspeaker regarding the sale of raffle tickets brought the two to a sudden stop.

"Hmm... Maybe we should go get one of those tickets first. We might win a nice prize, and even if we don't, we'll still be donating to that charity for troubled Pokemon. What do you say to that?"

Kiba barked enthusiastically to express his approval, then hastily returned to his trainer's side.

"Okay! The ticket stand should be...that way!", said Katsu, as he pointed in the direction of their new destination. Before proceeding, he took out the 1,000 coins (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showpost.php?p=8061199&postcount=76) he'd need to make the purchase.

Arc_Angel
27th May 2008, 6:35 PM
Bright lights, wondrous sounds, sumptuous smells and jovial activity; it was as if the world had truly come alive on this day. Stacey’s senses were filled to the brim with the life and she smiled feeling a warm happiness spread through her. She had left the gloomy part of Seaside City for the town centre and it seemed as if everyone else had done the same. The news travelled fast of a Festival, the Festivals of all Festivals to celebrate a hero of this land. Not one to resist a little fun Stacey had followed the light and sounds to find herself here just outside looking in.

Sat on a small bench off to one side she swung her legs two and fro happily enjoying the ambience but wanting to keep away from the large mass of people before her, for fear of being engulfed. She enjoyed just observing those around her, not one to jump right in and socialise she’d rather view it from afar. She had not heard the legend of Conner and his victorious battle eighty years ago until this day, she supposed it was because she was so wrapped up in her training, but now she was keen to learn more. She wondered what kind of pokemon could cause such havoc and destruction, there were a few she could name but none seemed that destructive.

Stacey was pulled out of her thoughts by the sounds of two trainers battling off to her left. She smiled as she watched their powerful pokemon display their attacks with pride leaving only one victor. Stacey realised that she should share this experience with one of her pokemon, sitting here alone whilst everyone else was having fun was suddenly starting to dampen her mood. She toyed with the pokeballs at her waist, wondering which of her pokemon to bring out. It dawned on her that she quite a few pokemon on her team now, and as such was she was finding it hard to interact with them all equally. It was a shame, she only hoped they were all happy in some way.

She looked down to two specific pokeballs, one was an ordinary red and white pokeball, the other a green and black Dusk Ball. These contained two of her newest pokemon, both of which she had yet to introduce herself too. She bit her lip feeling the guilt ride over her, she had obtained them both a while back, she should include at least of them in some fun. Choosing the red and white pokeball she ran her fingers over the release mechanism and watched as in a flash of light its occupant materialised before her. The red and blue creature hovered in front of her, small blue sparks cascading off its form falling harmlessly to the ground. Its white and blue eyes locked onto her dark blue ones and it smiled, seemingly happy to be out. It gave a short cry of “Rotom” before spinning around letting the sparks fly some landing on Stacey making her skin tingle. She looked on in interest at its reaction to being released. It finished looking quite pleased with itself. Stacey giggled, Rotom was still young so that must a little game it had been longing to play.

“Hi … Rapture” she said and the Rotom seemed to ponder the foreign word. “It’s your nickname something to set you aside from all the other Rotom. Like mine is Stacey, I’m your trainer and partner … do you like the name?” she asked nervously. She had thought long and hard about a name for Rotom before finally settling on the unique ‘Rapture’. It cried out and nodded sending happy blue sparks flying everywhere. “We’ll have to learn to control your electricity, you’ll have everyone’s hair standing on end” she said laughing as she smoothed down her own brown and black locks.

Pushing herself to standing she stood next to Rotom. “We’re at the Hero’s Festival, you may not know what a festival is but it includes fun games, pokemon battles, yummy food, stalls with all sort of interesting items, a parade and even a re-enactment of a powerful battle long ago” she said a smile returning to her lips as she saw Rapture’s eyes get large at the sound of it. “So, you want to come with me?” she asked and it cried out before rushing her and passing right through her not realising in its plasma like state it would do that. Stacey smoothed down her hair again and shook a few sparks of pain that shot down her arms and legs, ‘So that what it feels like to be electrocuted’ she thought grimacing, she would have to get used to it now she had an electric pokemon on her team she supposed. Rapture looked at with horror and appologies profusely becoming quite upset.

“Don’t worry Rapture, accidents happen. You’re a ghost so you can pass through people and walls and alike, that I’m used to; but you still have that electricity running through you,” she said trying to comfort it. “We’re still gonna have some fun hon, so perk up, for me?” she said getting close to Rapture sticking her tongue out and making it laugh sparking some more. “Oh I nearly forgot,” she said as she pulled a small Magnet out of her satchel before carefully placing it on Rapture where it wouldn’t fall off it. “There that’ll give your electric attacks some real oomph, I better watch out” she said grinning cheekily and Rapture mirrored her expression.

The two of them looked up as they heard a voice booming of the PA system telling all the visitors about a Raffle for charity. Rapture looked at Stacey longingly and Stacey laughed. “Come on, lets get you a ticket then.” Moving their way through the masses of people Stacey kept her eye on Rapture as it floated high above them trying not to shock anyone else as they searched for the appropriate booth. She was glad that she had stopped off to withdraw a large sum of coins guessing that they would come in useful here. Find the right booth she asked for one ticket handing over 1,000 coins (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showpost.php?p=8056617&postcount=75) from her coin case and showed the ticket to Rapture. “I’ll keep it in my bag for safe keeping eh” she said.

“What shall we do first then?” Stacey asked Rapture who was looking keenly over at some of the games taking place. “Okay then” she said seeing the decision made in Rapture’s eyes, “We’ll look at what games they have to offer.” The two of them walked through the crowds keeping their eyes peeled for a fun game to play.

Arnold
28th May 2008, 8:58 PM
"I'm a Cowboy, on steel Tauros I ride, and I'm wanted.....(wanted)....


......DEAD OR ALIIIIIIVVVE!!!!"

Knocking his heals gently on Tauros's sides the bull Pokemon stomps to halt, his trainers voice echoing around him as he signs his heart out, giving a little grunt the bull rocks his head up and down, noticing Bullseye he smiles a big smile as he looks forward, the tents, the people and street acts bustling throughout seaside city, the smiles on kids faces as they see everything for the first time makes him look around and notice that they don't call this the best damned festival in FB for nothing, huge areas for everything litter every single inch of the streets, he couldn't wait for this, this was gonna rock, handing Bullseye a treat he hops off and takes a red and black Pokeball from his pocket and enlarges it, "Sorry Bully, it's a bit crowded in here at the minute, I promise I'll give you some freedom later on when it's quietened down a tad, then we can rock some more, whatcha say?"

Giving off a agreeable grunt he smiles and pats the side of Bullseye's belly before returning him to the Rocket Ball he resides in, popping it back into his pocket, he fumbles around in there before pulling out a new ball, this time a Green tinted Pokeball, a leaf engraved on the front of it, enlarging it in his hands he releases the ball and out of it emerges a fresh face and a Big "CHIIICK" as Emmy hops up and down on the ground, glad to be released from her ball, "Hey Emmy, I'm sorry, you haven't had much out time have you girl?" Crossing his arms he motions for Emmy to jump up as she agreeabley does, "we need to keep you safe, as you can see it's kinda busy I don't want to lose you, so what do you think, your first time out for a while and your at this festival, it's called the Heroes festival, for this trainer who saved the people of Fizzytopia a long time ago before we were even born, and he managed to defeat a monster Pokemon, something that no one has ever seen before, but he managed to defeat it, you think I could take him on if he was still alive?"

Laughing a little after the comment he looks down at Emmy who giggles and nods her head excitedly as she continues looking around the area at everything she can look at she does, "How about we go in further to this place hmm?, I think I heard something about a lottery ticket or something, I just hope i've got enough cash to buy one," Rustling with one hand in his pocket his hand hits a metallic feeling object, sliding it out into his hands he notices his good old Pokedex, the faded red resembling that it's been in his possession a long time, he looks up and notices other trainers, a girl with a lively Pacharisu, and young boy and girl, fire Pokemon and a egg looking Pokemon respectively, and many more trainers with these new looking dexes, "Pffft" a little chicky pfft follows "these new Pokedexes, can't go wrong with a classic, right Emmy?" "Chiick" "Thats right, now lets see how much cash i've got, "Looking through the many options of the dex he lands on the exchange option and clicking it for his balance he smiles as he notices a nice hefty amount, "i've got plenty, goody good, now lets withdraw (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=546&p=225879#p225879) 1,000 coins for our ticket and lets hope we get lucky, after that hows about we get some food Emmy? i'm starving after that trip.

Betagold
31st May 2008, 4:59 PM
"Wow, the Hero's Festival. This was my favorite bedtime story when I was little," said Beta, smiling faintly. He glanced around and realized he was talking to himself. "I really ought to stop doing that. Let's give me someone to talk to." He fingered the pokeballs on his belt, before deciding on the newest addition to his team. "Odie, you're up!" A bright flash brought out his newest team member, Odysseus. The Heracross flexed his newborn muscles, and let out a small flexing noise, not unlike a beach bodybuilder. Beta smiled.

"Listen, Odie. You've got to behave yourself. This is a very prestegious festival. There are a lot of people here. So stick close, alright?" The Heracross nodded. "How would you like to find a strength game?" asked Beta. "HERA-HERACROSS!" "I'll take that as a yes." A voice over the loudspeaker said something about a lottery.

"Oops! Sorry, Odie, but that'll have to wait. I better buy a lottery ticket first. Maybe we'll win something for you!" The Heracross's eyes shined with bright apprehension as Beta walked over to the lottery counter. "I'd like a ticket, please," said Beta as he handed over 1,000 coins (http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/showpost.php?p=556717&postcount=51). He picked up his ticket, and put it in his pocket for safekeeping. "Now, let's go find some games!" "HERA!"

Arc_Angel
1st June 2008, 6:43 PM
The Festival was in full swing and Seaside City was full to the brim with tourists, trainers and local workers all enjoying the sights, sounds and entertainment provided. Most of you had chosen to partake in the Raffle and made you way over to the Hero’s Charity Booth. Inside stood an elderly man with a small white bushy beard and dressed in a brown suit. He smiled at each and every one of you as you handed over your coins, thanking you for your generosity and handing you a raffle ticket, each with a unique number in red on the left hand corner. He wished you all the best of luck smiling graciously.

With the announcement that the Hero’s Parade will take place at noon and the main event, the Legendary Battle re-enactment taking place at 2pm you all had some time to kill. The organisers of the festival sure had prepared for this though as each and every street was full of different activities to enjoy. Several stalls were set up selling various commemorative items to collect, each one attracting a lot of people queuing patiently in line. Several hot and cold foods, ice-cream and fresh fruit stalls were dotted around, sumptuous smells wafting over from the grilled meats and toasted bread. Moving into a large square there were several small arena’s set up for Pokemon battles to take place, most of them already underway; spectators crowding around the arenas to cheer for the pokemon and trainers within. Then there were the games taking place ranging from small stall-orientated games to larger multi-person games; the streets seemed to be filled with them and there were so many to choose from.

One in particular looked like it was just about to begin, a young woman dressed in a white knee length sundress with long black hair pulled up into a braided bun trying to attract the attention of the people walking past. She stood on a large square stage and taking up the majority of the stage were hundreds of multicoloured balloons tied down to long black rails swaying gently to and fro. Upon looking closely and taking the time to count you could see that lining the back were 25 shiny orange balloons spaced evenly apart floating 10 metres off the stage. In front of them floating 8 metres off the stage were 50 shiny green balloons and the row before that were 75 shiny red balloons floating 6 metres in the air. On the very last row were 100 shiny blue balloons floating at 4 metres high. One balloon stood out from all the rest, set at the very back in the centre of last row, 15 metres in the air floated a Gold Balloon. Having caught your attention the young woman smiled and blew on a whistle that was around her neck. Suddenly a loud chirping came from above and flying from behind a tall building were 15 Pidgey all in formation swooping down to land on horizontal black rails to the sides of the balloons. Teleporting to stand behind the stage was a single Alakazam who held its spoons up high, its eyes closed in concentration.

“Good morning to you all, my name is Taryn and I have a great game for you and your Pokemon to play if you’re interested.” She said hopping off the stage to approach you. “This is the Hero’s Balloon game and I guarantee there’s no other game like this taking place today. This is a great chance to win some prizes for you and your pokemon. In each of these balloons are tickets corresponding to the colour of the balloon. The blue tickets are worth 5 points, the red tickets 10 points, green tickets 15 points, orange tickets 20 points and the gold ticket is worth 50 points.” She paused watching the confused but curious expressions on the trainer’s faces and beamed, eager to explain the rest of the game.

“For those of you who enter you may choose one Pokemon to play. When it is their turn they will come onto the stage and be given three attempts to pop a balloon. Successfully popping a balloon means you win the ticket inside. Each of your pokemon will take it in turn to enter the stage and use their three attempts to win you tickets and this process will be repeated until all the balloons are popped.”

“In addition,” Taryn continues “"if your Pokemon knows Lock-On or Mind Reader they may use the move to increase their accuracy when shooting for a balloon but they may only use the move once per round and will only have two attempts that round rather than three. At the completion of the game the ticket values will be added together and the trainer and their Pokemon with the most amount of points will be declared the winner and will win first prize. Subsequently there are prizes for second and third places too. For the pokemon who successfully pops the gold balloon there is a very special prize to be won.”

"And finally," Taryn says in a mischievous tone and cheeky glint in her eye, "to make things a little more interesting these Pidgey will be whipping up the air currents with their use of Gust while Alakazam psychically controls the Golden Balloon to make it a lot harder to hit."

With that silent message the Pidgey take off the air flying around the ten meter mark and begin beating their wings hard hitting the balloons with a storm of Gusts. The Orange balloons tumble about wildly from the harsh winds whilst the green balloons being lower down are still affected by the gusts but to a lesser degree than the orange balloons. The red balloons are lower still so swing to and fro a lot less harshly and the blue balloons being the lowest sway about at a much gentler pace. High up past all the other balloons was the gold balloon that shook about sporadically in the air having no real pattern as it was caught by the Pidgey’s Gust and the Alakazam’s Psychic.

Taryn moved to approach the gathered trainers and held out a small bag. “For those of you who want to enter, you may each take a ticket from this bag and it will determine the order of play, the trainer with the lowest ticket number will go first and so on and so forth.”

Meanwhile nearby a spunky young girl with short spiky blonde hair stood next to a large building that said “Seaside City Stadium” on the outside and had large flood lights suspended in the air. She grinned and bounced on the spot excitedly trying to attract the attention of the people near her. Decked in a cowgirl outfit and stood next to a homemade sign that had a picture of a Raikou and several electric pokemon on it she began to speak.

“Howdy y’all. My name is Billy-May and have I got an awesome game for you today. This game is called Raikou Races and if ya wanna know more then follow me,” she said whilst practically bounding off towards the stadium. Following her inside the stadium, through the turnstiles and up a set of stairs you emerge out onto an enormous football pitch. The goal posts had been dismantled and right in the very centre of the pitch there was a race track set up. Approaching the track you could see that the borders of the track were made up of wooden posts with yellow insulated wires covered in a clear plastic running through holes in them. The start and finish points was cleared marked out by large banners suspended across the posts and the track was wide enough for several participants. Billy-May skipped into view and grinned at the gathered trainers.

“Well now I better explain this game to y’all. Raikou Races is a game for trainer and pokemon to play and there are some amazing prizes to be won. Now for you to better understand how this game works, we need to get a closer look …” With a click of her fingers 3 Magnemite appeared each with a video camera strapped to the underside of body. They hovered over the track getting into strategic positions before turning the video cameras on. Pointing over to the big screen at the far end of the Stadium it sprung to life split into three sections each showing what the Magnemite were filming.

“Rakiou Races is just that, a race which involves your Pokemon. You each may choose one pokemon to race with. The racetrack is 100 metres long and the aim of this game is to win the race. Sounds simple enough, no! Well there’s more to this race than meets the eye.” She says with a cheeky grin. “As well as completing the race, at the 50 metre mark there is a special pit stop to be made.” The Magnemite zoomed in on the 50 metre mark showing a large Raikou Statue facing in towards the track.

“Each of your pokemon when they reach this statue has to obtain its treasures. Just below the Raikou Statue are 3 absorbing panels hooked up to 3 lightning shaped chests on the ground. Your Pokemon will need to fire an attack at the absorbing panel and this will trigger the release on the chests allowing your pokemon to grab Raikou’s treasure and carry on with the race. Now if your Pokemon uses an electric attack, it will need only attack once to get the treasure, any other type of attack will require 2 shots before the treasure is released.”

Bubbling with excitement, her beaming grin lighting up her face she revealed more about the game. “There is also another element that makes this race unique, and all the more difficult.” She added, the Magnemite moving over the track to highlight several electric pokemon standing in strategically placed gaps in the posts. They grinned up at the cameras and waved cheekily. “Every 10 metres there are electric Pokemon standing waiting for your Pokemon; should they be unfortunate to stop before them they will receive a shock which will hamper their movements. But don’t worry, the effects are only temporary. Also as part of the race conditions your Pokemon may attack another racer to slow them down but this may also make your own Pokemon lose some pace; it depends on how sneaky you want to be,” Billy-May said chuckling.

“The winner of the race is the Pokemon that collects the treasure and makes it past the finishing line first and first place is awarded a special prize. There are also prizes for second and third places too so it’s well worth entering not to mention great fun. Now all those who want to enter if you could please register here and write down your Pokemon choice. One rule I’m afraid is that flying types are not able to participate for obvious reasons, the electric attacks combined with being in the air when struck proves to be too dangerous in tests so please choose your Pokemon wisely. You will need to decide what attack you would like to use when you reach the Raikou Statue before the race start. You’ll have time to work out strategies before the race start. The Magnemite will be following your Pokemon throughout the race which you can view on the big screen so you’ll never be far away from the action. For all of you entering I wish you Good Luck.” She finished taking a little bow. She hopped over to a small booth awaiting all those who were interested in playing.

Raffle Tickets
An RNG was used to determine the ticket number for each of you:

Tyranidos - Ticket #15
SM - Ticket #27
Enchantress - Ticket #01
Rabid Squirell - Ticket #08
Stark - Ticket #25
Missigno. Master - Ticket #12
ZoraJolteon - Ticket #07
Jounouchi - Ticket #11
Joshua - Ticket #02
Skrusti - Ticket #21
Inferno - Ticket #05
Dani - Ticket #09
Shadowshocker - Ticket #19
Altocharizard55 - Ticket #04
lilbluecorsola - Ticket #06
Aquatic Angel - Ticket #23
Latias10 - Ticket #13
jhunter - Ticket #24
Rakurai - Ticket #18
Arc_Angel - Ticket #14
Arnold - Ticket #03
Betagold - Ticket #26
NPC - Ticket #10
NPC - Ticket #17
NPC - Ticket #16
NPC - Ticket #20
NPC - Ticket #22


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Hero’s Balloon Game Rules

H = Hit
M = Miss
A Random Number Generator will determine the accuracy of the hit.

Each trainer needs to choose a Pokémon who will use one of their attacks to "shoot" the balloons. Pokémon will have three shots per round. Due to the wind factor, the 5 point blue balloons will be easier to hit than the 10 point red balloons. Those will be easier still than the 15 point greens and the 20 point orange balloons. The gold balloon, worth 50 points, will be the hardest of all. Most importantly, please be specific in regards to which coloured balloons you'd like your Pokémon to aim for.

Blue (5 points): (1 5-sided die) 1M; 2-4H; 5M
Red (10 points): (1 10-sided die) 1-3M; 4-7H; 8-10M
Green (15 points): (1 15-sided die) 1-5M; 6-10H; 11-15
Orange (20 points): (1 20-sided die) 1-6M; 7-14H; 15-20M
Gold (50 points): (1 50-sided die) 1-22M; 23-27H; 28-50M

However, should you use either Mind Reader or Lock-On, the accuracy will be increased but you will lose one of your three turns per round.
Blue: FROM 1M; 2-4H; 5M TO 100% hit ratio.
Red: FROM 1-3M; 4-7H; 8-10M TO 1-2M; 3-8H; 9-10M
Green: FROM 1-5M; 6-10H; 11-15 TO 1-4M; 5-11H; 12-15M
Orange: FROM 1-6M; 7-14H; 15-20M TO 1-5M; 6-15H; 16-20M
Gold: FROM 1-22M; 23-27H; 28-50M TO 1-19M; 20-30H; 31-50M


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Raikou Races Rules
*The track is 100 metres long and an RNG will be used to determine the amount of steps your Pokemon will move. The RNG will cover 10 spaces at a time maximum.
*The Raikou Statue sits at 50 metres and upon reaching it your Pokemon will use their attack on the absorbing panel (the very next turn). Each attack takes up one turn (so if you choose an electric attack it’ll take one turn to release the chest and if you use any other attack it’ll take two turns).
*There are three absorbing panels so three Pokemon may attack them at once. If four or more Pokemon reach the statue at the same time then I will roll an RNG to determine who will attack first, the others will have to wait in line depending on the ordered rolled. If Pokemon arrive after and there are Pokemon still attacking the panels then they will have to wait until one becomes free.
*There are electric Pokemon every 10 metres excluding the start, finish and 50 metre mark. If your Pokemon are unfortunate to stop on one of these spots then they receive a mild Thundershock that will cause them to lose two spaces per turn for the next two turns whereby the effects wear off. If they happen to fall on another electric Pokemon space then they will receive another Thundershock and lose three spaces per turn for two turns before returning to normal. Any further shocks received after this and your Pokemon only loses three spaces per turn for two turns, the effects wearing off after this amount of turns.
*If you choose to use an attack on a fellow Pokemon it will lose one space for each attack used and the attacked pokemon will lose two spaces for each attack received. You may only choose one attack to use and it must be declared before the start of the race.
*Flying Pokemon are not permitted to take part in this race for the reasons stated above.
*Also speed-boosting attacks are not permitted in this race.
*Please for everyone entering the Raikou Races note that most abilities will NOT be able to be used. This is to maintain the fairness of the game. So abilities, especially ones like Volt Absorb and Motor Drive that work on absorbing electric attacks will not come into effect.

*Finally GOOD LUCK ^^

My Mistake ...
You can only play one game as they are both taking place at the same time.

The Black Glove
1st June 2008, 9:24 PM
OOC: Uh...I didn't exactly buy a raffle ticket, but okay...

After his pals had their fun, Drifter and his Pokemon all gathered around in the square where a few games were being played. Two in particular stood out. One was hosted by a girl with long black hair that was pulled up into a bun. She had set up a series of balloons with Pidgeot and Alakazam, and had challenged the trainers to use their Pokemon to pop the balloons.

"Meh. I'm not interested" The masked trainer thought. "Trigger and I would blast them down too easily." He spun the Pokeball of said Pokemon on his finger and wished he could find a good place to let it out. He hadn't had the luck of finding a pond or something.

Another girl called out for volenteers. She had spiky blond hair, and introduced herself as Billy-May. The trainers who accepted her challenge (Drifter among them) followed her into a stadium. Three Magnemites with cameras mapped out the stadium. From what it looked like, their Pokemon would have to run through a race while avoiding attacks from electric Pokemon, and then retrieve a treasure from a Raikou statue. The statue must then be taken back through the course to the finish line.

Drifter considered his team and the challenge, and then made his selection. "Ion" he said, "I know you aren't the most confident Pokemon, but I think you can do this better than anyone!" The Chinchou blushed.

He leaned down and patted her on the head. "Okay, here's our strategy: Run as fast as you can to get ahead of everyone, and if you get attacked, just try to avoid it and don't fight back. If you're hit by an electric attack, see if you can absorb it with your Volt Absorb ability. If not, just run fast. Then, when you get to the statue, open the panel with a Thunder Wave."

A little nervous, but willing to do her best, Ion walked over to the starting line with her opponents...

Inferno.
2nd June 2008, 10:25 AM
Inferno finishes watching the contest with Houndour and gets up. "Let's go and find something else to do" he says. Houndour barks happily and walks next to him as they move through the thick crowd of people. They stop to get some food and after they've finished they see a young woman dressed in a white knee length sundress with long black hair pulled up into a braided bun telling people about a game that's about to start. There are hundreds of balloons all around a stage and Inferno listens to the rules that say a Pokemon has to use one of their moves to burst as many as they can to win a prize. It sounds nice, but Houndour doesn't know any moves she can use so they keep looking for something else. A few minutes later they're walking past the Seaside City Stadium when they see another girl dressed like a cowgirl talking about Raikou Races.

"Wow, that sounds cool!" Inferno says. Houndour barks in agreement and they follow her into the stadium to see what they have to do. The track is a path a bit like a thunderbolt design. There's a Raikou statue, electric Pokemon, and Magnemite all around it. They keep listening to the girl talk about the rules of the game and when Inferno hears that electric attacks only have to be used once to unlock the treasure chest, but other attacks need to be used twice he gets worried. He looks down at Houndour who is looking at the race track excitedly. This will be her first race and he doesn't want her to start at a disadvantage. He thinks about it for a minute then reaches into his pocket and takes a TM out. He won it in the Casino a few days ago and it will be able to help her now so he bends down and shows it to her.

"I'm giving you this Thunderbolt (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=915&p=226066#p226066) TM Houndour because it will help you in the race. It can also help you in contests and battles in the future when you need it, so I want you to have it now. Houndour barks happily and jumps up on him licking his face. Inferno laughs and cuddles her. "This will help you get a good start" he says. "Don't attack any Pokemon even if they attack you because attacking them will set you back. If you want to win you have to keep running and running and ignoring all of the other Pokemon. Use Thunderbolt on the absorbing panels, pick up your treasure, and run back to the finish line as fast as you can."

Houndour barks and runs over to the starting sign, looking at all of the electric Pokemon. Inferno hopes she doesn't get zapped by any of them but knows she probably will. He feels bad for her because she's so innocent and hasn't battled before so she doesn't know what it feels like to get shocked. "Good luck!" he calls out to her, hoping she does well in the first game she's ever played. Even if she doesn't win he hopes she'll have fun. He walks over to the booth where the cowgirl is waiting and points at Houndour who is excited to start. "I'd like to enter my Houndour, please" he says. After she's entered he walks over to the track to find a spot to have a good view of the race, then he waits for it to start.

Aquatic Angel
2nd June 2008, 11:42 AM
Kim, Gible, and Absol are enjoying the sights and sounds of the Hero's Festival, stopping regularly to watch the games, performances, contests and battles. The alluring smells of grilled meat attract both of her Pokemon to the food stalls, and while they tuck into juicy sausages and steaks Kim chooses a selection of fruit to soothe her rumbling stomach. After they've had their fill, they move on, eventually finding a large square stage decorated with hundreds of multicoloured balloons. Gible's eyes light up and he races over to prod a few of the blue ones floating in the front row. Kim smiles at his enthusiasm, looking down at Absol who is standing beside her.

"We've found our game, Absol," she laughs, delighting in Gible's youthful eagerness. Absol nods, and Kim turns her eyes back to the stage and the young woman who is announcing the rules. Listening carefully, Kim is thankful she'd spent a good deal of money TM training Gible because it's paid off now that he needs it. She walks over and picks him up, smiling at him then explaining the aim of the game.

"You need to rack up as many points as you can, Gible," Kim explains. "Use Ice Beam to burst a balloon, and have lots of fun while you're doing it. This will help you to practice your targeting skills so don't try to go for the big pointers all the time because all of the little ones will add up. You have three shots per round, so I want you to go for the two lowest and then one balloon above. Blue, Blue, Red. If the blues are gone, aim for Red, Red, Green. Always two of the lowest, and one that gives the next highest level of points. Every four turns try for one shot at the golden balloon so you'll aim for blue, blue, gold, but don't focus on it. It doesn't matter if we hit it or not, we only want to have some fun!"

Gible grins and nods, understanding what he needs to do. "Good luck," Kim says with a laugh, putting him down and watching him run over to Taryn. With his raffle ticket in one hand, and the number he's drawn out of Taryn's bag in the other, Gible hops on the spot, impatiently waiting for the fun to begin.

Shadowshocker
2nd June 2008, 12:05 PM
Sipping away at a bottled drink, Shadow looked over at both of the nearby events about to begin, doing his best to dedicate attention to the two ladies in charge of their own booths while doing his private analysis. The balloon-popping game sounded like an interesting concept, but he wasn't so confident about the risk factor. It was likely that even usually accurate moves such as Aerial Ace and Shadow Punch would have guaranteed hits -- there'd be a fight for the Golden Balloon otherwise, reasoned the geek.

Now, the other game... as Shadow looked up the statistics, he couldn't help but grin. He had the perfect operative for this event. "Alright, Grim, I need you to fall back for a while, or I'm afraid we'll overcrowd this area." The Dusknoir gave an understanding nod before he returned to his Ghost Ball, leaving Shadow to bring out his Quick Ball in replacement. "Zapster, battle stations!" he commanded, releasing the Thunderbolt Pokemon in a brief blast of mild static.

"Zapster, I'll need you to help me out for this racing event," introduced Shadow. "Since Ephidel won't be able to participate, you're the fastest operative I have who can comfortably do this."

"Elec, vire," smirked the full-grown Electric-type with an air of bright confidence. Shadow sighed inwardly a bit at this; Zapster certainly was determined and brave, but at times Shadow couldn't help but feel that the Electivire was a bit too big for his proverbial boots.

"Anyway, Zapster, what I'll need you to do is, quite simply, run like the wind through the course," Shadow pointed. "There'll be Pokemon along the way, as well as competitors, who might attempt to impede you, but this time I want you to focus only on the running. Nothing else. Ignore any attack or Pokemon that comes your way. Once you've hit the mid-way mark where Raikou is, fire your Thunderbolt on the absorbing panels, grab the treasure from Raikou as quickly as possible, and make it back to the finish line. Got all that?"

"Vire!" Zapster crossed his arms huffily, as if Shadow doubted his abilities.

"I'll take that as a yes," nodded Shadow. "There's your place at the starting line. Do us proud, Zapster!"

Grinning, the Electivire saunters to an empty spot at the start, flexing his bulky muscles in preparation. Shadow bit his lip gently; perhaps luck would favour their event attempts this time...

Skrusti
4th June 2008, 4:37 AM
Jeff listened intently as the guide led them throughout the area, informing them of the two activities starting soon. The first, a balloon popping game, and the second a race of sorts. Jeff's hand sub-consciously dropped to his belt, and it brushed over a special ball. The Pokemon inside has been with the teen for as long as he could remember. And he was perfect for either event. But Jeff knew the Skitty loved competition, and wouldn't be able to resist the race and the challenge it provided.

"Hmm." He mused, staring around at the other trainers. Only one so far had gone for the balloons, leaving quite a few for the race. "This should be very, very interesting." With a smile, Jeff plucked the Friend Ball off his belt and thumbed the release button, the ball opened and suddenly his precious Skitty appeared, mewling at him and leaping onto his chest, beginning to purr. "Hey, it's been awhile hasn't it?" He said. Skitty nodded, before leaping down to stand proudly at Jeff's side.

"Alright. The point of this race is to collect an item from the Raikou statue, then bring it to the finish. You do it first, you win. Pretty simple bud." Jeff explained to Skitty, who nodded. "Now, the rules say you can attack another Pokemon, but that's some pretty dirty tactics, not to mention you lose half of what your target would, so, we won't bother with that." Jeff continued, a hand stroking his chin in thought.

"Dash as fast as you can for the statue, and when you reach it, hit it with your Thunder Wave to get your item out as fast as possible. Pick it up, and dash for the finish. You can do it." Jeff smiled at his partner, and Skitty meowed and bound forward to reach the starting line, taking his spot aside a few larger and intimidating Pokemon. "Good luck." Jeff whispered. His mind began to wander about past adventures as he watched his Skitty focus on the track in front of him.

Jeff's hand dropped to his belt once more, brushing over a few more Pokeballs, before picking up a regular Pokeball and releasing his newest Pokemon, a male Buneary. The bunny looked up at him and cheered out a "Buuuuuuuun-eary!", causing Jeff to chuckle. "Use that spirit to give Skitty some encouragement in the race, Buneary, and the other racers too, because while this is a competition, cheering on your friends and fellows is fine too. A lesson to remember." He told his new Pokemon.

Buneary nodded, and took to the sidelines, hopping up and down and cheering wildly. "...Babies." Was all Jeff would say, as he also took his place on the sideline, preparing to watch the Magne-monitor to check the progress of all the racer's.

Joshua - Shadow Brigadier
4th June 2008, 10:01 AM
Joshua listened intently as both Taryn and Billy-May explained the activities they were hosting, his head tilted slightly as he ran the ideas through his head. However, disappointment soon rang true as he realised he wasn't able to compete in both events at once.

Roxas, beside him, looked up at his trainer with gorgeous eyes, pleading, before Joshua looked away. "Damn it Roxas, I invented that look! Don't you go using it on me!" The Luxray pouted, whimpering slightly and hunching his shoulders, his head bowed.

"Oh, all right. Have it your way. Besides, that Raikou statue is awesome. I wonder if they'd let me buy it after the race?" Joshua's words were louder than usual, in hopes to get his point across. He'd love that statue for his Secret Base, plus it'd make an awesome safe.

"Righto Roxas, let's put everything you have into this race. Spark may be the only real electric attack you have, but it'll work well enough here. Race hard, my darling, and do me proud!" Roxas smiled, ready to give his all.

Looking around, Joshua noticed quite a few faces he was familiar with, and he smiled, his hand moving to a Pokeball on his belt. With a quick burst of red light, Joshua's newest team member emerged from her ball in a shimmer of cerulean sparkles. Aurora the Glaceon smiled up at her trainer, happy to be out and about.

"Aurora, we're just going to watch Roxas compete in this race. Cheer him on as loudly as you can when he's running," Joshua said, Aurora nodding enthusiastically. Both trainer and Pokemon turned to watch as Roxas walked towards the race, confident in his abilities to win.

Missingno. Master
4th June 2008, 12:51 PM
Missingno. Master was looking for prospective battlers. Instead, however, he found the balloon game. He smiled as he read the rules, for he knew exactly who he was entering. He withdrew the Poké Ball from his belt and tossed it up. "Come on out, Qwilfish!" he said. In a burst of light, Qwilfish landed on Missingno. Master's hand. Normally, it would've been very painful, but Missingno. Master had worked out a way of holding Qwilfish comfortably and securely without touching any of its spikes. "Qwilfish," said Missingno. Master, "I'm entering you in the balloon game. I want you to take careful aim, then shoot your Pin Missile at the red balloons. Got that?" "Qwil!" said Qwilfish in an agreeing tone. "All right then, let's get it on!" said Missingno. Master, as he pulled a cowboy hat out of his backpack, placed it on his head, and headed over to the balloon game.

Tyranidos
4th June 2008, 3:32 PM
Tyrant listened intently to the rules of the two different competitions. "Hmm...," he said, "The races sound fun, but I think I'm going to go with something involving accuracy. I'm pretty sure that's our strong point." So Tyrant decided to go with the Hero's Balloon game.

"Hmm, this seems simple enough. The blue balloons are worth 5 point, the red balloons are worth 10 point, the green balloons are worth 15 points and the orange balloons are worth 20 points. And finally, that shiny gold balloon is worth 50 points." Tyrant said to himself.

"Ok! Let's go Py-" he stopped. Phoenix was really excited by all of this and jumped down from Tyrant's shoulder. He really wanted to play the ballooon game and thought that he had what it took.

"Huh, well alright then! Let's go Phoenix! Use Ember to strike the green balloons!" Tyrant said. He was also very excited, holding on to his Ticket #15, he felt that he should go with the balloon that matched his ticket number for luck....until he goes for the big one.

He had only noticed one other trainer and decided not to go with the crowd, to be an "outsider" and decide for himself what he wanted. Even Phoenix looked over at the races and was not very interested. Of course, it may be because Torchic, in general, aren't very fast and would prefer something they could shoot fire at. But Pyro, Mario and Luigi all wanted to compete in the Hero's Balloon game, just Phoenix was more ecstatic about it.

With both of their hearts thumping, Tyrant and Phoenix only waited for what would happen next. "I hope this is as fun as it looks!" Tyrant yelled to Phoenix, "Just do your best, winning is great, but I just really want us to have fun!"

Arnold
4th June 2008, 7:24 PM
The high sun beating down on his face he blows air upward to his face, hoping that it'll at least cool him down, "I hope theres some water around here somewhere Cherry, this heat isn't too great," looking down at his cherry blossom Pokemon he smiles as her happy face basks in the rays, knowing that one of them is liking the sun he pats her on the head as her eyes flicker left and right, the events and sounds looking to excite her more than ever, "I'm glad you like it Cherry......" “Good morning to you all, my name is Taryn and I have a great game for you and your Pokemon to play if you’re interested.” cutting him off in mid sentence he glances ad turns to his right to find the voice that is talking aloud, listening in he gets quiet intrigued.

"Balloon shooting," this places knows what i likes, can't go wrong with balloons, they rock," Listening closely the girl Taryn greets everyone around him, other trainers who have also noticed the girl with a excitable attitude, seeming to get a lot of people interested in the game, looking around and behind her he motions to cherry, "look thats an Alakazam, a very knowledgeable pokemon and a very strong Psychic Pokemon, I wonder what they've got one of those there, and look around the edges, those are Pidgey, flying Pokemon, who evolve into one of the fastest birds in the world." Upon saying these words to Cherry, Taryn finishes hers and wit one swoop of their wings the Pidgey fly into the air and start flapping the Balloons around as a pinkish looking glow warps around the Golden Balloon, waving and moving it around with it's Psychic powers." Oh this looks cool, we've got to enter this Cherry, now who to use, i'm sorry girl but you don't have the right moves for this, the next game I promise, i'll let you enter ok?" With a happy "Cheri" and a smile she accepts.

"Now woh shall we use, we need some projectile type moves," opening his Pokedex again he scrolls through the option to his active team and PC pokemon while looking through the pokemon he has to offer......"Perfect." Holding Cherry with one hand he presses the corresponding button on the dex as a white flash appears from his Pocket, grabbing the new Pokeball that has replaced one of his others he smiles and enlarges the red and white ball, opening it up near by the frosty trail of ice emits from around her, as his faithful Glaile emerges into the open, "Hey Glalie, how you doing, you up for a bit of fun with some balloons, theres this game here i'd like to enter with you and I know you'll be able to kick some arse, so what you think, you in?" A happy "Glagal" is spoken as a yes is nodded, "Good good, now we need a stratagy, lets start off small, go for Red Balloons first and use Ice Beam to hit them, after that go for any Blue Balloons, and follow it up with 2 attempts of the Gold Balloon and a higher coloured one and then a mix of lower and middle tiered balloons that are left.

Lifting his hand up into the air he shouts out so the girl can hear him, "me and Glalie would liek to enter the Ballon game please

lilbluecorsola
4th June 2008, 8:56 PM
Jess and her two Pokémon wandered casually throughout the crowded streets, licking their ice cream and peering curiously at all the stalls they passed, for each one offered something wonderful and exciting for the delighted sightseers to behold. The vendors called out enthusiastically to them as they walked by, readily advertising their wares to any potential costumers. There was food of all sorts, plus souvenirs and commemorative knick-knacks for sale, ranging from charming little ornaments to gigantic stuffed Pokémon that were also being given away as prizes for some of the games.

There was a huge variety of different activities set up on the street for the visitors to enjoy, and Jess’s easily distractible mind couldn’t settle on which they should try first. She turned to her two Pokémon to hear their ideas, and Atzu shook his head dazedly, unable to choose either from so many attractive options. Pip however eagerly pointed towards a stage upon which a young woman stood wearing a white sundress, her long black hair pulled up neatly into a braided bun. Like the sellers, she was obviously trying animatedly to draw the attention of the people walking past. Jess concluded however that the infant was probably attracted instead by the mass of colored balloons rising from the stage, each one swaying gently back and forth in the breeze. They were so numerous that the girl could hardly imagine how the entire platform managed to remain firmly situated on the ground instead of being borne dramatically away over the clouds, and she grinned when she realized that Pippa had probably had the same idea.

They drew closer to the platform and watched with baffled curiosity as the woman paused in her speech in order to sound a whistle that was hanging around her neck, filling the air with a short high-pitched noise. In a moment she received an answer in the form of several birdcalls as a flock of 15 Pidgey swooped down spectacularly from behind a tall building, alighting uniformly upon the horizontal black rails that lined the edges of the stage. In addition an Alakazam appeared miraculously on a small stand behind the stage, its spoons raised and its eyes closed in deep concentration.

The woman smiled and introduced herself to her audience, jumping down off the stage to address the now rather substantial crowd. “Good morning to you all,” she announced cheerfully. “My name is Taryn and I have a great game for you and your Pokémon to play if you’re interested.” She then proceeded to carefully explain the rules of the game, to which Jessica paid close attention to. The object was pop the balloons in order to win points, a task that was made more difficult by the fact that both Pidgey and Alakazam would be using their signature maneuvers to make some of the targets more difficult to hit.

At the end of Taryn’s speech, Jess turned to Atzu, who appeared to be keenly interested in the competition, as evidenced by his rapt concentration during the instructions. “How about it, Zuzu? You want to give it a try?”

He looked at her and nodded. “Zu,” he stated confidently, his sparkling eyes shining with determination. Jessica nodded in agreement.

“I’ll go grab a ticket then. Meanwhile you can finish your ice cream, unless you want me to hold it for you while you play.”

Atzu quickly shook his head and fervently wolfed down the rest of the cone, astonishing his trainer with his speed in doing so. Shaking her head in amazement, she went to retrieve a ticket from the bag (allowing Pip the honor of reaching in and making a selection). While Pip was choosing, Jess examined the stage up close and tried to estimate the number of balloons as well as approximate their movements at different heights. Hence when she returned to Atzu, she was then able to use the information she had gathered to help him formulate a strategy towards winning.

“I think our best bet would be to aim solely for the orange balloons. Don’t worry about any other colors, just keep aiming for orange. If the orange ones are all gone, then try to aim for two blue and one red. Don’t bother with the green balloons until all the blues and reds are gone. It’s probably not worth it to try and pop the gold balloon, so just keep focusing on other colors and try to hit as many as you can. You can use whatever attack you want, though I think BUBBLEBEAM would work best.”

Atzu nodded readily in agreement. Jess smiled, then added, “Most of all, just remember to have fun. Winning isn’t necessary, though I know you’ll do your best. Good luck, Atzu!”

Pippa cheered as well, though it was obvious she hadn’t really understood anything the girl just said except for the last part. An idea suddenly occurred to her, and she indicated that she wanted to be lowered to Atzu’s height. Jess willingly obliged, and the penguin reached over and affectionately gave the Azulmarill a kiss for luck, causing him to blush. The two girls watched in amusement as he toddled off to take his place in line with the other contestants, his face still pink from embarrassment. They giggled and moved to find a good spot where they could see the stage and also cheerfully support their teammate, as all three of them eagerly waited for the game to begin.

ZoraJolteon
5th June 2008, 6:46 AM
"Hmm" went Zora, looking over the two different attrations, trying to decide which one had the largest potential for rewards. The balloon game looked the more attractive choice, considering that the only members of his team with an electrical attack were Forretress and Rotom, and the last time that Rotom had been in a race it had ended up... "OI!" yelled Zora, as while he had been thinking tactics, Rotom had began floating away, apparantly drawn towards the electrical charge of the Raikou game's apparatus. Running a few yards forwards, Zora reached out and grabbed the ghost, who struggled momenterily before managing to work out the conductive nature of human flesh and literally slipping through his trainer's fingers. "OW! YOU LITTLE SH...." Zora yelled, stopping his expleatives as he regained awareness of his surroundings, and the harsh glares he was receiving from the other festival-goers. Grabbing Rotom's ball from his belt, Zora tapped the recall button, a ray of red light shooting out and locking onto Rotom, who struggled momenterily against it before being forcibly recalled. Enfuriated, he clipped the ball back onto his belt, and stormed off, looking for something.

Finally coming across what he was looking for, Zora approached one of the Pokéball transfer machines that had been set up for the convenience of the public. Slamming Rotom's ball down far too forcefully, Zora winced as pain sparked through his injured hand. Tapping some commands into the machine, Rotom's Pokébakk dematerialised, a green Friend Ball taking its place. Smiling slightly, Zora picked up this new ball, and tossed it in front of him, several people nearby leaping back in fright as the surge of light moulded itself into Tropius' huge bulk, then again as Tropius flapped its leafy wings and streached out its neck, getting rid of it's stiffness from an extended stay in digital storage. "Hello Tropius." Zora told him, as the monster craned its neck down to face its master.
"Roooooo" he cooed affectionately as Zora stroked Tropius' head with his good hand before leaping up onto his back. Kicking his heels against Tropius' sides, Tropius began beating his wings harder, producing several gusts of wind that buffeted anyone unfortunate enough to be nearby.
"See those balloons Tropius?" he said, pointing in their direction as he noticed with annoyance that the queue to compete in the game was significantly longer than it had been when he had left. "Well, this game should be familiar to you. You did brilliantly in it last time, but now lets do even better. Lets try out your fancy new Leaf Storm technique to hit those balloons. Aim for the Gold one at first, then when it's gone, aim for any remaining Orange, Green, Red and Blue, in descending priority."
"Toro!" came the sign of comprehension, as Tropius shifted its direction, aiming to land in the middle of the game arena, ready to compete.

Latias10
5th June 2008, 7:46 PM
Catherine struggled to catch her breath as they finally came to a stop. Eevee's little adventure had taken them through many streets and the pokemon had only now just stopped to stare at one of the game booths. Its eyes were wide with excitment and its tail twitched with antitipation of the fun it could have. Catherine was just glad it found this game more interesting then running absent mindly through the streets. This was going be the last time she let her furry friend have control of where they were going.

With her breath back she decided to check out the game that Eevee was so interested in. She noticed that there were many different coloured balloons tied down to railing she noticed the gold one in perticular because it was the only one of its kind although it was quite far way. She then realized what had attracted her little pokemon to this game.

"You stopped her because you like coloured balloons, right Eevee," she asked her pokemon. Eevee nodded with a happy yap and a nod confirming that Catherine was right in her guess. She had learned that the young pokemon was quite predictable in its way of thinking. It liked colourfull objects and balloons added an exter bonus to the colours. Although Catherine had to admit that she could see why her Eevee was interested in the ballons, they were quite a preety sight with all their colours.

Her attention suddenly changed focus as a sharp whistle rang through the air. She noticed several Pidgy fly into the air and then she saw a young woman start to make an anoucement. Since Catherine knew Eevee had an interest in the game she listened carefully to find out the rules of the game and see if she could enter her little fur ball into the compitition.

Once the anoucment was over she began to think over what her strategy should be. She knew that because Eevee had one range attack she would be able to enter the little pokemon into the compitition. There was only one problem and that was that Eevee had decided to run around in circles around her trainer yapping happily trying to get its trainer to know that it really wanted to enter the contest. With the racket it was creating Catherine found it hard to come up with the perfect plan for the game.

"Eevee I am going to enter you so please calm down and stay still so I can come up with a good plan," she told her pokemon in a slightly annoyed tone.

"Eeeevvvveeee!" Eevee shouted with exitment but then she remembered her trainer's word and stood in one spot and struggled to stay quiet. Her excitment was still visable from the look in her eyes and the slight twitch in her tail. Catherine smiled down at her pokemon pleased that it was doing what she said. Now that some of the noise was down she could think of the perfect plan for the game.

"Oh you are alright with this Riolu?" she suddenly asked as she remembered the other pokemon with her. He had been so quiet that she had completly forgot that the pokemon had been standing by her side. Eevee had taken all her attention with its noisy antics.

"Ri, Ri," was its quiet reply as it smiled to show that it was fine with just watching. Catherine had to admit that she liked Riolu's aditude because it went along with anything that was going on. It was a very quiet pokemon but very easy to get along with.

With knowing that both her pokemon were happy Catherine's thoughts idmeaditly went towards coming up with the perfect plan. She was preety a smart person but this game was a lot about luck as well as strategy. Suddenly a stupid strategy came to her mind and despite its shallowness she decided that she would go along with it. It probably would not do to well but it was worth a try since she could not come up with anything better.

"Eevee you are going to be using Swift for the game and the plan is going to be to hit the ball..."

"Eee, Vee," Eevee interupted confirming that it was ready to do that. The little pokemon was so excited that it did not realize that it had to know which balloons to be hitting. Catherine let out sigh since she found working with her little creater of energy was hard to work with at times.

"Eevee you need to know which ballons to hit first," Catherine calmly told her pokemon. Once it heard this the little pokemon looked down at the ground in shame. It was disapointed in its self her not fully listening to its trainer orders.

"Alright, you are going to try to hit a different colour of ballon each time. First you will try to hit a Blue, then a Red, then a Green, then a Orange and finally the Gold. You will keep on using this pattern unless one of the types of balloons is all gone. If this happens just skip over it in the pattern. Got it?" Catherine told her young pokemon.

"Eee, Vee!" Eevee excitily exlaimed understanding what it must do. Then realizing that it had nothing to do it started to shoot a few practice Swifts straight up into the air. Catherine smilled at her pokemon's ethusiasim towards the game.

"Calm down girl save your energy for when the game begins," she then told her pokemon. Relunctintly Eevee nodded its head as it sat down with a bored look on its face. It then decided to keep its self entertained by looking up at the blue sky above it. Catherine was not sure why it was doing it but as long as it kept her occupied before the game started she was fine with it.

"Ready to watch the show," Catherine asked Riolu as she picked up her other pokemon into her arms. The pokemon nodded in reply as he looked straight a head of him. Catherine's thoughts were solely on the game as she wondered if her plan would be good enough to win.

Jonouchi
5th June 2008, 8:03 PM
Ricco heard the announcement for the Balloon busting game and decided to play that while waiting for the reenactment to begin. He calls Mawile to follow him as they go over to the area to play. They arrive at the area filled with hundreds of different colored balloons, and one Gold Baloon. He listens to the rules and looks at Mawile. Mawile stares in amazement and knew that he was the right choice.

"Hey, Mawile?" Rain asked. Mawile looks up at him. "I know you just learned Hidden Power, but do you want to participate in this game?"

Mawile looks up at all the balloons and wonders if he was ready to take on the challenge.

"If you don't want to that's all right with me."

Mawile bites Ricco's legs with it's back jaw, causing him to jump in pain. Mawile just points to the balloons and says something in his language about them.

"You want to participate?" Ricco asked.

Mawile nods as he turns his back to them, pointing his back jaw at them. Ricco knew it was going to be a little hard, but he had the right idea.

"Okay," Rain said. "Start by shooting the Blue balloons first. Then work your way up to the Red, and then the Green and work your way up from there as best as possible. Try to aim for the Gold once in a while, too. Are we clear?"

Mawile nods as he readies for the okay to go. Ricco focuses on the Balloons swaying in the gust, hoping that this would work for him.

OOC: I hope I got it right.

Rabid Squirrel
5th June 2008, 8:03 PM
Kami stood looking towards Taryn, and then at Billy-May, glancing between the two. Unable to decide on which attraction she wanted to play, she turned to Kumori. "Which one do you want to play?" Kami asked the cloud-like Pokémon. Kumori looked at the two competitions before deciding.

He floated over towards Taryn and the balloons. "Cas!" Kumori shouted happily for Kami.

"Yeah, I guess this one would be better. After all, you have no electric attacks," Kami thought aloud, "Hmm... Popping balloons... Alright! Kumori, use your Powder Snow to hit the balloons. Take one shot at the gold balloon each round and fire at two red balloons each round. Once the gold balloon is gone, use all three shots on the red balloons. After the red balloons are gone, start shooting at the green. And after the green are gone, go for the orange. Got all that?"

"Cas!" Kumori nodded.

"Good! Now go win!" Kami told him.

Betagold
5th June 2008, 11:28 PM
Beta shifted his eyes between the girl advertising the baloon game and the girl advertising the race. "What to pick, what to pick..." he muttered. Odie tugged at his leg, and he looked down. "Oh, sorry buddy, but you won't be able to play either of these games. You still need some more training." The Heracross looked up sadly, and moaned. Beta grabbed two balls off his belt. "Odie, return. Montag, take his place."

With a flash of red, the Heracross disappeared, a Houndoom forming and taking its place. "Montag, you up for a game? Which one?" Montag sniffed around for a bit, his nose tracing circles on the ground. Finally, he looked over at the Raikou Races game, and gave a short bark. "You're sure? Alright then. Now, let's talk strategy." Montag sat at attention, ready for orders. Beta sat down behind him, scratching at his ears and whispering.

"First off, if anybody tries to attack you, try your best to dodge with Faint Attack, but don't attack them back. All the way along the track, try to use Mimic to copy an electric move. When you get to the panels, either use that Mimiced attack, or use Faint Attack to pop the panel open. Grab the treasure in your mouth, and race back. You got all that?" The Houndoom barked in approval of the plan. "I thought you'd like it."

*DANI*
6th June 2008, 11:19 AM
Dani listens to the descriptions of the two games, thinking carefully about which one to play. It will be great if Ivy and Glacia can both play a game, but each game will only let her enter one Pokemon and they're being played at the same time so she'll need to choose one. Togepi starts bouncing and pointing at the stadium, so Dani decides to let him have a turn at running the Raikou race.

"Are you sure, Togepi?" she asks. She's worried about the electric Pokemon who are there to shock the racers and doesn't want him to get hurt. "The balloon game looks like more fun and you won't get shocked by naughty electric Pokemon. The balloons are really pretty too!"

"Prii!" Togepi squeals, pointing at the racetrack. He's sure he wants to race so Dani walks into the stadium thinking about how much safer the balloon game will be.

"If you want to do this Togepi you're going to have to be careful and you'll also need to know a move to attack the panels with. You don't know many yet, so I'll have a look and see what TM's I have to teach you." Dani gets her TM case out and starts to go through the ones she's been saving. An electric one will be better, and she has three of them so she studies them carefully. Togepi can learn Thunder Wave at the Move Tutor so that's out. Thunder is a little bit too strong so she'll save it for now, so that leaves her with Thunderbolt. It's not too weak and not too strong, so it's perfect.

"Here you are Togepi," she says, handing him the TM. "You can use Thunderbolt (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=267&p=195673#p195673) on the panels to get your treasure in one turn instead of two. Don't attack any of the racers, and watch out for the electric Pokemon. It doesn't matter if you don't win as long as you have fun."

Dani puts Togepi on the ground and watches him waddle over to the starting line excitedly. She smiles at him and looks down at Ivy and Glacia. "We'd better register him for the race" she says, walking over to Billy-May's booth to enter Togepi in the Raikou race.

Stark
6th June 2008, 2:53 PM
Stark continued to travel the streets enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of the festival. With all of the excitement going on around him he found himself rather quiet and shy. More of an observer than anything. It was odd considering that he normally would be out and about trying to meet people and get to know them. Then again, this wasn't exactly a normal situation. There were so many people it was almost overwhelming. Part of him wished that his cyndaquil had never evolved so that at least he would have his shoulder buddy with him. Then again, the evolution had helped the fire pokémon learn how to control his flame attacks so it really wasn't such a bad thing.

He continued on his way when a young woman with dark hair caught his eye. She was gathering contestants for an all too familiar game. One in which he had played a long time ago on the SS Tidal and come out of it with his Feebas, thanks to the sharp shooting of Spearow and a lot of luck. A smirk crossed his face as he reached down to his belt and wrapped his hand around one of his pokéballs.

"I wonder if we could do it again..." he quietly mused to himself when suddenly his attention was drawn to another young woman with spikey blond hair pitching her own little game. This one just happened to be an electric type themed race. Stark smirked. He hadn't really had a chance to spend much time with his electric type and this was a perfect opportunity. His hand moved from the pokéball in his hand to another one next to it. With a flash of light the ball opened to release a black and blue lioness. Arcs of electricity streaming across her body. Stark smiled.

"Alright Luxray, showtime," he said as he began petting her dark mane, "You up for a little game?"

The lioness purred and just leaned into her trainer as he pet her, leading Stark to believe that she was ready for anything. Soon enough, the pair followed the other trainers into the stadium where the rules of the game were explained with the visual aid of some magnemite. It seemed simple enough. Race around the track and collect whatever treasure is waiting at the halfway point. Much like the race he and Buizel had won in a previous adventure.

"Here's the plan. Just run it like you normally would. The electric attacks might slow you down a little bit, but I don't think they'll do anything more than hurt your pride. Once you get to the statue use a Thunderbolt to open the treasure box. If anyone even thinks of messing with you, I want you to give them a little Spark to remind them of who they are dealing with. Got it?"

The female luxray roared in response. Her eyes showing the pride she had and her determination to do her trainer proud. Stark stepped up beside her and rested his hand on her back adding, "Alright then. Let's win us a race."

Arc_Angel
6th June 2008, 6:42 PM
Stacey weaved her way through the large crowds that the festival had brought keeping a close eye on Rotom at all times. Said pokemon was happily absorbing all the sights and sounds it saw as it floated high above the traffic of people. Stacey grinned when she spotted an icecream vendor and stopped to purchase a double cone with chocolate and vanilla flavours, it was just what her empty belly needed. Rapture looked down at its trainer with ingrigue, it obviously didn't eat the way humans did and found her moaning in delight at the taste of the frozen food amusing. Stacey momentarily forgot that they were searching for a game to play as she ate her treat but remembered when she passed one currently underway. She stopped to see the winner announced and receive a large plushie prize.

"So what kind of game shall ..." she started before she heard a voice calling out the the masses. Looking to her right she spotted a young woman with neat black hair pulled into a bun wearing a white sundress trying to attract the attention of as many people as she could. Stacey manoeuvred her way to the stage she stood on spotting the hundred of mulitcoloured balloons floating behind her. Rapture floated down to meet its trainer and stared in awe at the balloons, it had never seen an object so pretty before. Stacey grinned at how cute it was acting and concentrated on what the woman was saying.

She introduced herself as Taryn and her game as the Hero's Balloon Game, offering all those interested to come and play informing them of great prizes to be won. Rapture meanwhile was edging closer to the balloons noticing its reflection in its shiny surface. Stacey gave a short sharp whisper attracting its attention and motioned at it to return to her side. If Rapture popped a balloon before the game even started she was sure Taryn wouldn't be amused. Rapture a little dejected floated back to its trainer keeping its eyes on the pretty shiny floating objects. Stacey listened to the rest of the rules of this game and it seemed simple enough, well it would be if not for the flock of Pidgey blasting the balloons with their gusts and the lone Alakazam using its psychic to throw the Gold balloon awry.

"So ... you want to play this game" Stacey said to Rapture making it sharply turn and look at her with wide eyes. It nodded emphatically looking overjoyed at the thought of playing with those balloons, small blue sparks cascading off its body. Stacey giggled and smiled back at it, it was so cute when it got excited.

"Okay then, lets talk strategy," she said and Rapture put on a serious face trying to wipe the excitement away but Stacey could see that it was brewing beneath the surface.

"Okay how about if you use your Dragonbreath to pop the balloons. Use your first shot each go to aim at the Gold Balloon then use the two others to aim at the Orange Balloons. Once the Gold Balloon is popped then aim at all orange balloons till there gone then work your way down to green, red then blue. That sound alright?"

Rapture beamed at her and Stacey took that as a yes. She went to greet Taryn and pick a ticket to choose their order of start.

enchantress
7th June 2008, 1:09 PM
Despite the overwhelming numbers in the crowd, Tess finds she's enjoying herself more than she'd expected to. She's already spotted several familiar faces, but considering she'd resolved to designate the day to spending some quality time with her Pokémon, she refrains from approaching anyone to say hello. Perry is enjoying herself too, her little eyes full of wonder as the two weave through the bustling crowds while taking time to watch the many attractions. Tess is glad she's come to the Hero's Festival today for her current interest in training and adventures is at an all time low, but the sight of so many people and Pokémon gathered together in celebration of a hero has helped to lift her spirits, if only a little. She doubts she'll ever again experience the same thrill or happiness that consumed her during her early days as a trainer, but her familiarity with the land, as well as her strong bond with her team, are powerful ties that have forged an almost impenetrable link between her existence as a trainer and a person. No matter where she goes from here, Fizzy Bubbles will always remain in her heart. This land has provided her with friends, love, happiness, triumph, frustration, sadness, loss, and despair, all of which have given her the emotional rollercoaster ride of lifetime that has helped shape her into the person she is today. For better or for worse she loves this land, and being here today is her own way of demonstrating just how important her team is to her for without Connor's valiant efforts eighty years ago she may never have had the opportunity to be sharing this moment with Perry. These thoughts lead her to thinking of all of her team members who aren't here, and Tess has the overwhelming urge to release every single one of her Pokémon. Unfortunately that's just not possible considering the size of her team, so she instead plucks off the five remaining Pokéballs attached to her belt and releases Jaffa, Crystal, Tempest, Kayla, and Vixey to join them.

Perry's eyes light up at the sight of her teammates, and she immediately trots over to Tempest, holding up her raffle ticket to show the Houndoom who was one of the first of her new teammates that she'd met back on Excelsior. Tempest looks around at the crowd and then down at Perry, a worried expression entering her soulful brown eyes. She steps forward, placing her front legs on either side of the little Pachirisu in a protective manner as though she's afraid Perry will be crushed by the crowd. Tess smiles, amused and pleased by Tempest's instinctive nature to protect her own, before her eyes scan over the rest of her Pokémon. Jaffa, her starter and long time friend who she's hardly spent any time with after her team began to grow, looks around with interest, pleased to be free of the confines of his ball. Crystal, graceful as ever, her soft eyes watching the interaction between Perry and Tempest with maternal interest and amusement. Kayla, the little Ralts whose deeper meaning behind the place on her team is known only by Tess, leaps into her trainers arms for a cuddle which is happily provided. And last but not least is Vixey, the Ninetales Tess has spent precious little time with in the past five years. Plagued with her usual guilt whenever Vixey is in her presence, Tess resolves to ensure she's found Vixey an appropriate new name by the end of the day. "Vixey" suited the little Vulpix that Ninetales used to be, but Tess feels that a more suitable name will be fitting for the fine and graceful Pokémon that she is today.

"It's so good to see you," Tess says, tears springing to her eyes as she kneels down to embrace her Pokémon. "I know we haven't spent a great deal of time together recently but that's going to change, starting today. We're at a festival and we're all going to have a great time together, so let's find something to do."

After watching more contests, battles, games, and performances together, they eventually stop for some food when the sound of a female voice from nearby catches Perry's attention and the little Pachirisu dumps the remainder of her plate of food on the ground and rushes over to see what all the fuss is about. Tempest leaps into guardian mode, on Perry's tail in a split second to ensure the overexcited Pachirisu doesn't get herself into any trouble. Tess grins, lifting Perry's abandoned plate from the ground and disposing of it in a nearby garbage can.

"She's a little bundle of energy, isn't she?" she states, her rhetorical question eliciting amused nods from Jaffa, Crystal, Kayla, and Vixey. "Let's go find out what's caught her interest."

Catching up with Perry and Tempest a moment later, Tess listens while a girl with short spiky blonde hair who is dressed in a cowgirl outfit introduces herself as Billy-May. Tess suppresses a grin, the cowgirl outfit reminding her of the one hanging in her own wardrobe along with an array of other interesting costumes. They're hardly suitable for what she considers appropriate outdoor wear however, but they certainly get a fair bit of use while she's in a certain someone's company. Dragging her mind away from this line of thinking, Tess focuses her attention upon Billy-May and listens while the girl announces that a race is about to begin. Following the girl into the nearby stadium, Tess listens intently while the rules of the race are explained, slightly concerned by the low growl of disapproval rumbling in Tempest's throat when she hears that electric Pokémon are positioned strategically along the track in order to zap the racing Pokémon to slow them down. "Shhh," she whispers. "Perry will be fine, Temp, she's an electric Pokémon so she'll be able to handle it." Tempest shoots her a dagger-filled glance clearly demonstrating she's not as convinced, but falls silent anyway much to Tess' relief.

"Would you like me to hold your raffle ticket while you race, Perry?" Tess asks. "You don't want to lose it on the track, so I'll hold it for you until after the race if you like." Perry nods, handing the ticket to Tess which she glances at before putting it into the pocket of her jeans. "Hmm, number one. Interesting allocation. Shame it's not seven..." Shrugging off her thoughts, she walks over to the booth where Billy-May is waiting for those who wish to enter the race to come and register.

"I'd like to enter Perry, my Pachirisu, into the race please, Billy-May," Tess says, smiling down at her little squirrel. "She's very excited, and really looking forward to it."

With the registration process over, Tess and her team accompany Perry to the blue starting banner. "Alrighty Perry," Tess begins with a smile. "You've heard the rules, so concentrate on the goal and nothing else. Don't attack any Pokémon..."

Tempest growls loudly, completely against the idea of Perry not fighting back should she be attacked. Tess simply gives her a stern look, turning her attention back to Perry while Tempest reluctantly falls silent.

"...Don't attack any of the racing Pokémon," and shooting a warning glance at Tempest, adds, "or any of the electric Pokémon if you're shocked." Tempest snorts with disgust, turning her head away in defiance, but Tess ignores her, instead turning her gaze back to Perry. "And when you reach the Raikou statue use Spark on the absorbing panels to release your treasures. Collect them and run as fast as you can back to the finish line where we'll all be waiting for you. How does that sound to you?"

"Pa-chi!" Perry replies excitedly, nodding so vigorously she nearly keels over.

"Wonderful!" Tess exclaims, patting Perry affectionately on the head. "We'll be right here waiting for you when you get back, so don't worry about anything and be sure to have lots and lots of fun while you're racing. Don't be disheartened if you're falling behind, because you never know how it will end until the very last second. Don't give up, and you'll be a winner regardless of where you place."

Giving Perry a quick hug, Tess and her teammates wish her luck before retreating to allow her some time to mentally prep herself for the race. After finding a place to sit, Tess notices that Tempest is missing before she spots the overprotective Houndoom standing beside the side of the track. Sighing, Tess has a mental image of Tempest trailing Perry around from the outside of the racetrack and roasting any Pokémon who attempt to attack her teammate. Tess knows there's no point in trying to stop Tempest from following, for the Houndoom is just as stubborn, if not moreso, than Tess herself. Making eye contact, Tess holds up a warning finger, the gesture clearly conveying the message not to do anything stupid. Tempest looks away, her eyes focused upon Perry, and rather than being annoyed by Tempest's rebellious behaviour, Tess feels a pang of pride. She loves her team, and knows that should anything unforseen happen to her that Tempest will always be there to protect them. It's a comforting thought, and is one of the reasons she has such a strong bond with her Houndoom. With these thoughts in mind, Tess settles in with Jaffa, Crystal, Kayla, and Vixey, ready to watch Perry race.

SM
7th June 2008, 9:30 PM
Sorry I took so long, been extremely busy. :/

Listening as the two games are described, Stephen immediately wishes that he could split into two. Pondering the situation, Stephen glances between the two games, watching as the other trainers begin to migrate from the crowded section he is in toward the two games. Looking at Umbreon, Stephen originally thinks of using him for the balloon game, though second thoughts resound in his head due to his poor performance in the same game during other events. Pondering his options, Stephen eventually makes up his mind. Reaching to his belt, he pulls out a blue Pokeball with yellow lightning bolts upon it. Tossing it into the now less crowded square, the glowing shape of a dog morphs from the brilliant white light that erupts from the ball.

"Manectric, let's go!" Stephen calls. Manectric barks happily to be outside of its Pokeball. Stephen smiles at the electric type before saying, "We're going to take part in a race, ok? The rules are pretty simple, so let's get this going. Try to get through everything without being hit by an attack, and don't bother trying to get even with them right now if you are hit, there'll be time later."

Manectric barks, and Stephen continues, "When you get to the Raikou statue, use your Spark attack to open it and reveal the treasures inside, before you take them and run like hell back here! Ok?"

Manectric barks a third time before it charges electricity in its body, sending Thunder Waves in all directions. "Ok then, me and Umbreon will be cheering for you!" Manectric nods before running off to the starting line, Umbreon and Stephen close behind to watch the race.

ALTOCHARIZARD55
7th June 2008, 10:40 PM
Alto walks on, noticing the bustling streets, and how there are so many trainers are here. At once, he notices something that interests him. A large place is set aside, containing balloons and pokemon around them who are moving said balloons. Aften hearing the rules of the game, he decides exactly who he could use for it. He reaches for a pokeball on his belt, before throwing it out onto the playing area.

The pokeball opens, before releasing a blinding light that takes the form of a dragon. After the light dissapates, a large creature is seen stretching it's wings and puffing out a breath of flame. The Charizard looks at its trainer and grunts lowly, as if asking what to do.

Alto looks at his most faithful companion, before telling it his orders. "Okay Inferno, the object of the game is to hit the balloons. Each balloon also gives us different points, with increasing difficulty. Use your Flamethrower to hit the balloons in the following order. Start with Blue ~ Red ~ Orange, and should any type of balloon run out, go to the next highest balloon. For example, if all the blue balloons run out, aim for Red ~ Green ~ Orange, and so on. Every other turn, instead of taking a shot at the orange balloon, shoot at the gold balloon instead."

The fire dragon Pokemon takes in the orders, before nodding to himself, preparing to aim and shoot off his favorite attack.

Rakurai
8th June 2008, 2:14 AM
After purchasing a raffle ticket, Katsu headed off in the direction of the food stands once more, with Kiba following very closely, so as to avoid getting stepped on by the crowds of people around him and his trainer.

However, they found themselves diverted from their course yet again, this time by the passing sight of the many games in the square. Kiba seemed to have completely forgotten about getting food, as he had started to urge his trainer to head in the direction of the square. "You want to play a game?", Katsu asked the Electrike, who, as usual, nodded his head quickly. "I guess would be nice to enjoy a meal after we've gotten a bit of a workout, though I wonder what we should play...", Katsu said as he slowly walked through the square, searching for a game that would be suitable for his companion.

It wasn't long before the voice of a girl explaining what appeared to be some sort of sharpshooting game caught his attention, and he hurried over, interested in learning more. "That sounds like a pretty fun game, doesn't it?", Katsu asked Kiba, who was staring at the array of colorful balloons, with an intrigued look in his eyes. The canine turned towards his trainer, and prepared to nod his head in response, but something suddenly caught his eye, and he went speeding off, seeming even more interested in what he had just seen then he had been with the balloons. "Hey, wait up!", Katsu yelled, feeling concerned that he might lose track of Kiba amid the crowd.

Fortunately for Katsu, Kiba hadn't gone far, as he found him a relatively short distance away, looking at a sign that portrayed a wide variety of electric Pokemon, the most notable of them being Raikou, one of the Pokemon that had once fought at the side of the legendary hero. He had arrived just in time, for the girl standing beside the sign had just begun her explanation of what was going to happen in the stadium behind her. By the time she had finished explaining everything, Kiba was sparking with anticipation, seeming to know fully well what this particular game was all about.

"A race, huh? That sounds just perfect for you, Kiba!", Katsu said, feeling rather excited to have found such a suitable game. He then took a moment to ponder over a strategy, before speaking to Kiba, who was eagerly awaiting his orders. "I think it would be best for you to simply run as fast as you can. Ignore any attacks the other racers might decide to throw at you, and when you reach that Raikou statue, use your Thunder Wave to retrieve the treasure from it. Most importantly, I don't want you to feel pressured to win. Just do the best you can, and have fun with it, okay?"

Kiba barked twice and nodded his head to show that he understood his trainer's commands, before running to take his place at the starting line. He was wearing a confident smirk on his face, seeming relatively certain he could win...

j_hunter
8th June 2008, 3:00 AM
Sorry for taking so long! It's been a hectic week.

J.'s eyes followed a large crowd of trainers that was beginning to swell around two particular events. Intrigued, J. released Helen and began to make his way towards two girls who were explaining their games. Helen trotted in front, pausing every so often to glare at J. and to sniff haughtily in his general direction. -I knew she'd hate me for recalling her,- J. thought.

They stood at the edge of the crowd, listening to the detailed instructions of both games. The balloon game looked fun, but J. knew that Helen wouldn't stand for anything that encouraged shooting. Plus, Charles didn't like being let out during daylight and Adelle was still wary of people. So, after a quick questioning glance at Helen, J. walked over to the casual cowgirl and went through the registration process for the Raikou Races.

"Okay, Helen," J. began. "You're a speedy girl, but there are some other Houndour in this race and I think I can even see a Houndoom. We're going to need a plan. I want you to throw out a Smog at the beginning of the race, then try to avoid everyone. When you get to the statue, use Thunder Fang to claim the treasure. If you're not in front by the end of the race, send out another Smog to get through. Happy?"

Helen grunted and spat out some flames at J.'s feet.

"You're happy. Let's go."

enchantress
14th June 2008, 11:00 PM
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I've used a Random Number Generator (http://www.psychicscience.org/random.aspx) to Generate
11 pseudo-random integers between 1 and 11 with Unique Values.
The results are now being allocated to you according to
your ORDER OF REPLY to the last update.

Results
3 8 5 10 4 9 7 6 11 1 2
Aquatic Angel & Gible: Third
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: Eighth
Tyranidos & Torchic: Fifth
Arnold & Glalie: Tenth
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: Fourth
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: Ninth
Zami & Eevee: Seventh
Jonouchi & Mawile: Sixth
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: Eleventh
Arc_Angel & Rotom: First
Altocharizard & Charizard: Second


H = Hit
M = Miss

Blue (5 points): (1 5-sided die) 1M; 2-4H; 5M
Red (10 points): (1 10-sided die) 1-3M; 4-7H; 8-10M
Green (15 points): (1 15-sided die) 1-5M; 6-10H; 11-15
Orange (20 points): (1 20-sided die) 1-6M; 7-14H; 15-20M
Gold (50 points): (1 50-sided die) 1-22M; 23-27H; 28-50M


While the festival continues around them, several trainers and their Pokémon are attracted to the large stage decked out with hundreds of colourful balloons. Most trainers have been dragged over by their eager teammates, though some have chosen to partake in the game for their own reasons. Eleven trainers and Pokémon have gathered around the deck while spectators look on in interest as those who are going to play the game each approach Taryn in order to choose a number from the bag she is holding. Each Pokémon hopes to be able to go first because they're so excited that they just want to get started, so as they draw their numbers out they take their tickets over to their trainers before stepping back up to the stage to take their allocated place in line.

"Welcome to the Hero's Balloon Game!" the attractive young brunette exclaims, her violet eyes sparkling with excitement as she scans the line of Pokémon waiting to start the game. "I'm sure you've all discussed your strategies with your trainers, so I hope you've listened carefully and know what you have to do. Remember that the blue balloons may have the least amount of points attached to them, but they're by far the easiest to strike which means your points will tally up. Red balloons are a little harder to hit than the blue balloons, but they will give you extra reward points. Green are even more difficult to hit, and orange even moreso, while it'll take a Pokémon with extra keen targeting skills to snatch up the golden balloon before anyone else."

Taryn then looks down at Rotom who is first in line at the foot of the deck, and with a smile invites him up on deck.

"Let's see what you can do, little one!" she cries. "Let the game begin!"

With the positions now decided, and Pokémon lining up beside the deck to take their turns, Rapture moves up onto the stage, his little eyes scanning all of the colourful balloons surrounding him. Taking a deep breath, he blows out a misty bluish green flame that streaks through the air as round one moves into action...


Round 1

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 14 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 13 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 8 HIT!
Rapture's Dragonbreath streaks upwards and straight toward the golden balloon, but misses its mark. A little upset by missing his very first shot, Rapture turns his little eyes toward the next row of balloons and releases two consecutive streams of Dragonbreath, successfully popping two of the orange balloons. Two orange tickets come fluttering down to the stage as they burst free, so he collects them and returns to his trainer, beaming with pride at having gained her a nice little 40 point lead.

Points this round: 40
Total Points: 40
Balloons Left: 100 Blue; 75 Red; 50 Green; 23 Orange; 1 Gold

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 3 MISS!
Alto's Charizard is the next to take the stage. The darker than usual Charizard studies the balloons, half tempted to blow them all up with one mighty widespread Flamethrower. Instead, knowing he needs to hone his targeting and accuracy skills for this game, he releases three short bursts of flames, successfully bursting a blue balloon, but just skimming the red and green ones. A single blue ticket flutters to the ground causing Inferno to snort with disgust, but he retrieves the ticket and returns it to his trainer before taking his place at the end of the queue just behind Rapture, determined to do better next round.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 5
Balloons Left: 99 Blue; 75 Red; 50 Green; 23 Orange; 1 Gold

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Kim's Gible is the next to step up on stage, quite excited to be having his turn. He knows what he needs to do and quickly fires off an Ice Beam at the closest blue balloon, just skimming, but not bursting, his target. He looks over at his trainer, upset to have missed his very first shot, but she's quick to smile and encourages him to try again. Gible turns back to the stage, being careful to take a better aim this time, his caution paying off as his next two attacks burst one blue, and red balloon. He bounces over excitedly, plucking the tickets from the stage before returning to his trainer and handing them to her. Excited to have gotten off to a decent start, he makes his way to the end of the queue to await his next attempt.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 15
Balloons Left: 98 Blue; 74 Red; 50 Green; 23 Orange; 1 Gold

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 8 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 5 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 1 MISS!
Atzu is the next to bounce up on stage, the excited Azumarill eager to show Jess his supreme targeting skills. He focuses his gaze upon one of the orange balloons before spitting out a stream of slippery bubbles, his Bubblebeam streaking across the stage and slamming straight through his first target. Feeling quite pleased with himself he quickly follows up with another two rapid fire Bubblebeams, but unfortunately misses both orange balloons he'd been aiming for. His little eyes fill with tears, regretting having been a little too overconfident after his first successful hit and as a result not taking the time to concentrate properly on aiming for his next two shots. He slowly walks over to collect the lone orange ticket he'd released before turning it over to his trainer who is quick to console him with a hug and some kind words of encouragement before he returns to the end of the queue to await his turn for round two.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 20
Balloons Left: 98 Blue; 74 Red; 50 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Tyrant's Torchic is quick to hop up on stage next, perhaps a little too eager for his turn as he doesn't take the time to focus upon his targets before firing off three consecutive Embers at a row of green balloons. Each of the flames pass harmlessly by their targets leaving Phoenix looking a little shamefaced as he steps down from the stage. Giving his trainer an apologetic look before making his way to the end of the queue, he promises himself he'll concentrate next time instead of letting his excitement get the better of him.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 0
Balloons Left: 98 Blue; 74 Red; 50 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Kain steps up next, the little Mawile clear in his instructions to work his way up from the lowest tier of colours to the highest. Told to go for the golden balloons "every once in a while" he figures he'll give it a go every four rounds or so, but right now he's going to start from the bottom. He focuses on a blue balloon before a mulitocloured ray of light shoots from his eyes and sails straight past his first target. Frowning, he refocuses, attacking again and successfully bursting a blue balloon. happy to have succeeded this time, he gives his trainer a pleased smile before turning and bursting one more. Proudly collecting his two blue tickets from the stage, he races over to his trainer, hands Ricco the tickets, and then takes his place at the end of the line, looking forward to his round two attempt.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 10
Balloons Left: 96 Blue; 74 Red; 50 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Zami & Eevee:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Zami's hyperactive Eevee is the next to bound up on stage, so excited to finally be having her turn that she nearly forgets what attack she's supposed to be using. Catherine smiles at her, and the little furball turns around to face the multicoloured array of balloons bobbing in the gentle breeze. She looks at them all, overcome with excitement for a few moments before she finally unleashes a Swift attack upon the nearest blue balloon. The little star shaped energy projectiles slam straight into it, bursting it and releasing a blue ticket which flutters gently down to the stage. Aiming for a red balloon next, Eevee's attack misses, but this doesn't deter her from trying for a green balloon. Once again her Swift attack hits its target, this time releasing a green ticket. Eevee races over and collects her prizes, rushing them over to her trainer before she bounds back to the end of the line to await her round two attempt.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 20
Balloons Left: 95 Blue; 74 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Missingno. Master's Qwilfish half hops, half flops, his way up onto the stage, not looking at all too comfortable with the fact he's out of his comfort zone. Why this couldn't be a pool game of some sort is beyond him, but he's eager to get his turn out of the way so that he can hopefully have some water playtime a little later on. Unfortunately he's a little too quick to attack the row of red balloons before him, missing each and every one of his targets. Annoyed with himself, he makes his way to the end of the queue, determined to do better next time.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 0
Balloons Left: 95 Blue; 74 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 2 MISS!
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 48 MISS!
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 15 MISS!
Zora is keen to repeat his previous success in this game with his Tropius, the giant grass type stepping up next. With his sights set only on the golden balloon, Tropius is having a little difficulty following its movements no thanks to Alakazam who isn't exactly making it easy for him to hone in on his target. The golden balloon is zigzagging through the air, its erratic movement already giving him a bit of a headache. Regardless, Tropius tries to focus, but all three of his Leaf Storm attacks miss the wildly moving prized golden balloon. He steps down from the stage, annoyed, taking his place at the end of the queue and hoping he'll have better luck next round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 0
Balloons Left: 95 Blue; 74 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Arnold & Glalie:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Glalie bounces up to the stage, hoping she has her trainers instructions down pat and that she hasn't misinterpreted what he's said. Concentrating on the row of red balloons, she firest off a freezing cold Ice Beam which streaks straight past her first target. Refocusing, she unleashes another of her icy attacks, this one bursting a red balloon and releasing a red ticket which flutters down to land softly on deck. Aiming for another red balloon, she releases another Ice Beam which sails past her third target. A little disappointed not to have done better this first round, she collects her red ticket, returns it to her trainer, and then takes her place at the end of the queue, hoping for better luck next round.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 10
Balloons Left: 95 Blue; 73 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 40 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Kumori is the next to make his way up on stage, the little Castform looking about in wonder. He eyes the wildly zigzagging golden balloon, not at all sure he'll be able to hit it, but willing to give it a shot anyway. Unleashing a stream of Powder Snow, it comes surprisingly close to its target, but not quite close enough to burst it. Since he'd not really expected to hit it anyway he turns his attention to the red balloons next, successfully bursting one, but missing the other. Collecting his 10 point red ticket, he takes it to his trainer and them makes his way over to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 10
Balloons Left: 95 Blue; 72 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Round 1 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 40
Alto & Charizard: 5
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 15
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 20
Tyranidos & Torchic: 0
Jonouchi & Mawile: 10
Zami & Eevee: 20
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 0
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 0
Arnold & Glalie: 10
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 10

So far only five blue balloons, three red, one green, and three orange balloons have been eliminated from the game. The golden balloon is still in play, and the Pokémon are getting more excited now that they've had their first taste of what's to come. All are eager to do better this time around, and as round two begins, their trainers watch closely, waiting to see if anyone will be lucky enough to take out the prized golden balloon.


Round 2
Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 39 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 6 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 6 MISS!
Rapture once again takes his place on stage, eyeing the golden balloon and hoping to snag it for his trainer. Unfortunately it isn't his time yet, as his Dragonbreath sails past it with several metres to spare. Concentrating on the orange balloons next, he tries for two more attempts, but both fail. A little dejected after not having struck any balloons at all this round, he returns to the end of the queue to wait for his next turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 40
Balloons Left: 95 Blue; 72 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 46 MISS!
Inferno steps back up on stage, slightly miffed by his performance last round. He's determined to do better this time, and on his first shot manages to burst a blue balloon with his Flamethrower. His attempts at hitting the red and gold balloons aren't quite as good though, and he realises he's going to really have to concentrate if he wants to get ahead. Collecting his blue ticket, he takes it to Alto before joining the end of the line and waiting for his next turn.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 10
Balloons Left: 94 Blue; 72 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Gible hops back onto the stage, excited to be going for another round of balloon popping. He aims first for two blue balloons, taking both out before trying for a red. Unfortunately his last target is a miss, but he's still managed to gain his trainer another ten points and happily collects his two blue tickets, handing them to Kim on his way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 25
Balloons Left: 92 Blue; 72 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 2 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 16 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 17 MISS!
Atzu bounces up onto the stage, and even though the golden balloon is still in play, takes his trainers instructions into account. She's right about the fact it won't be an easy target to claim, so he instead concentrates once again on the row of orange balloons. Unfortunately all three of his Bulbblebeam attacks sail straight past the orange balloons being guested about in the wind by the Pidgey surrounding the stage, but just because he wasn't so lucky this time, it doesn't mean he won't have better luck next time. Stepping down, he makes his way to the end of the line so the next Pokémon can have their turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 20
Balloons Left: 92 Blue; 72 Red; 49 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Phoenix eagerly hops up on stage again, hoping he'll do much better this time around. After not having managed to hit any of his targets last time, he's feeling a little dejected, but gives it a go anyway. His first Ember hits, bursting a green balloon and releasing a 15 point green ticket. Unfortunately his next two attempts fail, but he's pleased to have hit at least one of them and quickly retrieves his ticket, taking it to his trainer before waiting for his next turn.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 15
Balloons Left: 92 Blue; 72 Red; 48 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
After having managed to hit two of his three targets last round, Kain is feeling pretty confident this round. He starts off well, immediately hitting his first blue balloon and gaining is trainer an additional five points to add to his tally. Unfortunately he's become a little too overconfident though, and rushes his next two shots, missing both. Looking rather shamefaced, he collects his blue ticket, returns it to Ricco, and makes his way to the end of the queue promising himself he'll be more careful next time.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 15
Balloons Left: 91 Blue; 72 Red; 48 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Zami & Eevee:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 3 MISS!
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 43 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Eevee bounds up on to the stage, eager to have another shot at bursting some balloons. A little overexcited, her first two shots miss their mark, but she's careful to ensure she aims properly the third time and as a result is successful at bursting a blue balloon. Retrieiving the 5 point blue ticket, she takes it to Catherine before taking her place back in the line for her round three attempt.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 25
Balloons Left: 90 Blue; 72 Red; 48 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
While his last round was a complete failure, Qwilfish is determined to do better this time. His first set of Pin Missiles fly straight past a red balloon, but he stops for a moment, refocusing upon the row of reds, and then fires off another two sets. Both strike their marks, two red balloons bursting to reveal a red ticket each. Collecting both, he returns them to Missingno. Master before making his way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 20
Balloons Left: 90 Blue; 70 Red; 48 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 20 MISS!
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 1 MISS!
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 13 MISS!
Desptie last round's complete failure, Zora is determined to go for the big one, his instructions to Tropius quite clear in the fact that he wants the golden balloon first and foremost. Tropius is still having trouble judging which Alakazam is going to send the balloon careening, but nonetheless tries to hit it. Unfortunately his luck this time around isn't any better than last time, and he misses all three shots. Quite frustrated now, he stomps his foot, the stage vibrating under his weight, before he marches off to take his place at the end of the line, hoping that nobody will get the golden balloon before him.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 0
Balloons Left: 90 Blue; 70 Red; 48 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Going for the blue balloons this time around, Glalie if feeling pretty confident. That is until she misses her first shot. She looks a little embarrassed at having missed such an easy target, but her next two attacks quickly make up for it. Her Ice Beam smacks two of the balloons in the sides, hitting them just hard enough for them to burst loudly and release two blue tickets that she's quick to gather together and return to her trainer before taking her place again at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 20
Balloons Left: 88 Blue; 70 Red; 48 Green; 22 Orange; 1 Gold

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Gold (50 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 50-sided die: 26 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Kumori comes up on stage again, eyeing the golden balloon warily. He'd watched as other Pokémon much older and more experience than he is missed it many times over and doesn't have much faith in the fact he can do it. Those are his instructions though, to try for the golden balloon once each round, so he focuses on it before unleashing a freezing cold Powder Snow into the air. Whether luck is on his side, or he's managed to hone his targeting skills in the last few minutes, he doesn't know, but the golden balloon explodes in a shower of colourful confetti. Amidst the confetti is a stunning golden ticket, and his eyes grow wide when he reads what it says. Staring at it in awe, he remembers he still has another two shots left and turns back to the balloons on the stage to go for a couple of reds. Slightly distracted by the words on the golden ticket, he misses his next shot, but successfully strikes a red balloon on his third. Collecting both tickets he proudly returns to Kami, handing them over before returning to the end of the queue and eagerly awaiting his round three attempt.

Points this round: 60
Total Points: 70
Balloons Left: 88 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 22 Orange

Round 2 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 40
Alto & Charizard: 10
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 25
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 20
Tyranidos & Torchic: 15
Jonouchi & Mawile: 15
Zami & Eevee: 25
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 20
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 0
Arnold & Glalie: 20
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 70

With the golden balloon now out of the running for the main prize, all of the trainer's Pokémon are remembering their alternative instructions. Strategies will be changing from here on in, but just because the golden balloon has been won, doesn't mean there's no longer any hope for each and every one of them. If they can collect enough of the remaining tickets, they'll still have a very good chance of getting a nice prize out of this game. With this in mind, trainers and Pokémon alike are becoming even more excited as the game moves into round three.


Round 3

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 3 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 5 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 13 HIT!
Rapture makes his way up on stage again, hoping that round three will bring him some better luck than round two did. He's a little disappointed that he wasn't able to get the golden balloon for his trainer, but he's going to try to make it up to her by getting as many orange tickets as possible. His first two attacks miss their mark, causing him to worry a little, but his third is spot on, and when the orange balloon bursts, he collects the ticket that comes floating to the ground, passing it over to his trainer to add to her other two orange tickets.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 60
Balloons Left: 88 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 21 Orange

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 19 MISS!
Inferno makes his way up for round three, the Charizard not too impressed with his performance so far. This game is showing him that he doesn't have the targeting skills he'd previously believed, but then again those Pidgey aren't exactly helping matters. Hitting his first blue balloon, Inferno is feeling a little better, but after missing the red and orange he's starting to get really annoyed with those pesky birds. Collecting his blue ticket, he takes it to his trainer and waits at the end of the queue for his round four attempt, thinking about how nice roasted Pidgey will be for dinner tonight.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 15
Balloons Left: 87 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 21 Orange

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Gible bounces up onto the stage, eager as ever for another attempt at some excitingly fun balloon popping. He sends an Ice Beam streaking across the deck, watching while it smacks a blue balloon in the side and causes it to burst. He jumps up and down, happy to have hit another balloon before repeating his actions. His second Ice Beam also rips another blue balloon to shreds, and though his third attempt, this time at a red, fails, he's quick to retrieve his two blue tickets, taking them to his trainer before reluctantly leaving the stage so that the next Pokémon is able to begin their turn.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 35
Balloons Left: 85 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 21 Orange

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 10 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 13 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 12 HIT!
Atzu walks slowly up onto the stage, a little depressed after his last failure of a round. He's been watching quietly though as other Pokémon have been taking their turns, studying the Pidgey closely as well as the effect of their gust attacks upon the balloons. He thinks he has it worked out, but until he attempts to hit the balloons he won't know for certain. Unleashing his Bubblebeam, he watches while the water attack collides hard with an orange balloon, the small explosion of bubbles causing it to burst and release an orange ticket. It floats to the floor and Atzu grins, hoping his next try will be just as successful. It is, as well as his third attempt, which gives him a grand total of sixty points for this round alone. Happily collecting his three orange tickets, he hands them proudly to Jess before once again taking his position at the end of the queue while eagerly awaiting his fourth round turn.

Points this round: 60
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 85 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 18 Orange

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Phoenix hops up on stage again. He's lost a little bit of confidence in the last couple of rounds, but he definitely wants to do better. He looks longingly at the bottom two rows of blue and red balloons before lifting his gaze to the third row where the green balloons are swaying a little too much for his liking thanks to the gusting Pidgey surrounding the stage. Unleashing an Ember, he misses his first balloon as well as his second and third, his little eyes filling with tears when he misses all three shots. Dejectedly making his way back to the end of the queue, he watches while the next Pokémon in line makes their way up onto the stage.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 15
Balloons Left: 85 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 18 Orange

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Kain makes his way up on stage for his third round attempt. After having missed two two shots in a row last time he's not feeling overly confident at the moment which shows when he attacks his first two balloons. His energy pulse sails straight past them, but he takes a moment to breathe before firing off his third attack which has worked well for him. A blue balloon pops, releasing the ticket inside which he collects and hands to Ricco before moving back into line.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 20
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 18 Orange

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 11 HIT!
It seems nothing can get Eevee down, for even though she missed two of her last attempts she's keen as ever to get into it this time around. Perhaps her overexcited nature has something to do with why she tends to miss her first couple of shots, but her third shot certainly makes up for it and snags her an orange ticket. When it flutters softly to the stage, she eagerly retrieves it, races it over to Catherine, and races to the end of the queue, ready and raring to go for round four.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 45
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 69 Red; 48 Green; 17 Orange

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Qwilfish flops up onto the deck again, looking quite annoyed by this stage. He certainly wants to hit those accursed balloons, but luck just isn't on his side today. It doesn't seem much has changed this round either, for even though he does his best to shred the red balloons with his Pin Missile attack, he only manages to hit one of the three. Oh well, at least 10 points are better than no points, so he collects his red ticket before making his way off stage.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 30
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 68 Red; 48 Green; 17 Orange

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 18 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 2 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 13 HIT!
Tropius steps up on stage. He's slightly annoyed by the fact that he wasn't able to hit the orange balloon once when he'd tried for it with each shot he'd had only to have someone else come in and steal his thunder. At the same time he's also relieved that it's no longer an issue because now he can actually concentrate on the real possibility of racking up points. He doesn't start off brilliantly, missing his first two orange balloons, but releases a triumphant roar when his third attack hits. Collecting his orange ticket, he drops it into Zora's hand before moving away from the stage. Next round... Next round he's sure he'll do better.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 20
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 68 Red; 48 Green; 16 Orange

Arnold & Glalie:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 18 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 12 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 10 HIT!
Glalie bounces up onto the deck, ready for round three. Staring at the line of orange balloons in the back, she takes her time aiming due to the strong gusts of wind moving them about. Her first Ice Beam misses, but her next two tear the orange balloons apart giving her two tickets worth a collective 40 points. Returning them to her trainer, she returns to the end of the queue, hoping to do just as well, if not better, during the coming rounds.

Points this round: 40
Total Points: 60
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 68 Red; 48 Green; 14 Orange

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Kumori is next, and is feeling pretty good after the extraordinary stroke of luck he'd had last round. Snagging his trainer not only the golden balloon, but a red, as well as a very special prize, he couldn't be happier. It looks like his luck ended there, however, for all three of his attempts at the red balloons this round have backfired. His Powder Snow passes each of the balloons, sliding by a couple, but not quite close enough to burst them. He looks to the ground, making his way to the end of the line while hoping he'll do better next round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 70
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 68 Red; 48 Green; 14 Orange

Round 3 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 60
Alto & Charizard: 15
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 35
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 80
Tyranidos & Torchic: 15
Jonouchi & Mawile: 20
Zami & Eevee: 45
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 30
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 20
Arnold & Glalie: 60
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 70

The golden balloon may no longer be in play, but there are still a lot of points left to be made. Whether it'll be strategically better to go after the larger scoring ones or to collect a bundle of lower scoring balloons still remains to be seen. At the moment, the top scores are pretty tight, so it's anyone's guess as to how this will eventually turn out.


Round 4

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 10 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 17 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 11 HIT!
After two misses last round, Rapture isn't feeling extraordinarily confident as he makes his way up on stage. There are still fourteen orange balloons left, and seeing as he's been instructed to go for the highest tier available until they're gone then he doesn't even focus on any of the remaining greens, reds, or blues. His little eyes zoom straight in on the orange balloons which are gusting around in the wind above. His first hit is spot on, his Dragonbreath bursting the balloon to release yet another pretty orange ticket for his trainer. His second attempt isn't quite as good, the balloons moving around too much for him to get a good aim. He doesn't even bother aiming for the next one, instead just blasting a Dragonbreath in the general direction of an orange and with luck on his side strikes it to release his second orange ticket this round. Proudly presenting his 40 point win to his trainer, he once again takes his place in line, eagerly awaiting the beginning of round five.

Points this round: 40
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 68 Red; 48 Green; 12 Orange

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 14 HIT!
Inferno steps up next, determination in his eyes. His frustration over previous rounds is showing, and everyone in the crowd finds themselves hoping he'll get hit a balloon this time. When his first attempt at one of the easiest blue balloons fails, Inferno snorts loudly, smoke coming from his nose which demonstrates just how annoyed he's getting, but when his next target is a direct hit and a red ticket comes floating to the ground, all of the spectators cheer for him. He's not sure whether to be pleased or insulted by this, but lets loose with a mighty roar before sending another Flamethrower toward the row of orange balloons. One of them bursts, releasing an orange ticket that Inferno happily scoops up along with his red ticket. Thirty points in one round isn't bad at all, and he proudly hands them over to his trainer before taking his place back in line, looking foward to round five.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 45
Balloons Left: 84 Blue; 67 Red; 48 Green; 11 Orange

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Gible is so eager to get started that Inferno has barely departed before he leaps up onto the stage. He sends an ice beam careening straight toward a blue balloon which hits dead centre. The balloon bursts releasing a blue ticket which he scoops up quickly before rapidly firing off two more ice beams. Both attacks miss, but he's far from deterred. Giggling to himself, he races off the stage, hands his trainer his 5 point blue ticket, and races back to the end of the line for another turn.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 40
Balloons Left: 83 Blue; 67 Red; 48 Green; 11 Orange

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 15 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 9 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 20 MISS!
Atzu is feeling pretty good after his extremely successful last round and doesn't even seem to mind the fact that his first attack is a miss. His second Bubblebeam hits its mark, giving his trainer yet another orange ticket for her growing collection, but he seems a little sad when his third attack misses as well. Jess smiles, encouraging him to keep going, which lifts Atzu's spirits. He gives her the ticket and moves back into line with a happy smile on his face knowing that he's managed to obtain his trainer a nice little accumulation of points.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 83 Blue; 67 Red; 48 Green; 10 Orange

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 10 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 10 HIT!
Phoenix doesn't really seem to be enjoying himself anymore, especially considering he's not managed to burst one balloon so far. When his first attack this round misses as well he looks like he's about to give up when his trainer nods encouragingly, urging him to keep going. Not looking to sure of himself, he nods and turns back to the stage, eyeing the row of green balloons. Taking careful aim, he fires off an ember and watches in amazement as the balloon he'd been aiming for bursts open and a green ticket floats to the ground. Feeling better now, he tries it again, and lo and behold! Another strike! TWO green tickets are now sitting on the deck so he quickly collects them before hopping over to his trainer. Dropping them into Alto's lap, Phoenix hops over to the end of the queue, now looking quite forward to what the next round may bring.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 45
Balloons Left: 83 Blue; 67 Red; 46 Green; 10 Orange

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Kain steps up again. This is a fun game, but he's starting to become a little disillusioned by the fact he's missing so many of the easy balloons. As though trying to take his anger out on them he attacks too quickly this time around and misses again. Stomping his foot in frustration, he takes a deep breath, focuses properly for his third shot, and bursts the blue balloon. Retrieving his ticket he promises himself not to lose his cool next time, and passes his voucher to Ricco on his way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 25
Balloons Left: 82 Blue; 67 Red; 46 Green; 10 Orange

Zami & Eevee:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Eevee takes to the stage again, her absolute excitement over the noise of popping balloons and festival activities going on around her making her pretty much immune to feeling any self pity when she misses any of her targets. This round is no different, and when she bounds up onto the stage releasing three Swifts in different directions, she's too excited to know where to look first. She soon hears a balloon popping, however, and turns in that direction, picking up her red ticket and taking it over to Catherine before bounding back off to the end of the line to await her next turn.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 55
Balloons Left: 82 Blue; 66 Red; 46 Green; 10 Orange

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Qwilfish appears to be having a VERY bad day. Perhaps he's just missing the water, but whatever the case he's just not doing as well as he could be. His next three Pin Missile attacks are off target, one of them just skimming a red balloon, but not enough to puncture it and cause it to burst. If he could curse, he would, instead he makes a rather strange guttural fishy sorta sound before flopping back off to the end of the queue while he dries out in the warm sun a little bit more.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 30
Balloons Left: 82 Blue; 66 Red; 46 Green; 10 Orange

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 11 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 2 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 20 MISS!
Tropius steps up on stage again, determined to hit more balloons this time despite the fact they're whipping about wildly in the air. His first attack hits, giving him a sense of satisfaction, but when his next two miss that satisfied feeling doesn't last very long. His aggravation with these pesky Pidgey is starting to get in the way of his sense of judgement which doesn't seem to be doing him very well when it comes to his targeting skills. He briefly wonders what kind of satisfaction he'd get from shooting one of them down, but figures it's best not to try in case he's forfeited from the game. There are still plenty of balloons left, so he still has time to rack up more points. Retrieving his orange ticket, he passes it to Zora before taking his place at the end of the queue, determined to do better in round five.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 40
Balloons Left: 82 Blue; 66 Red; 46 Green; 9 Orange

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Glalie bounces back on stage again, ready for her fourth round of balloon busting. Whether luck or experience has anything to do with it, she manages to hit two of the three balloons she aims for, earning her both a blue and green ticket. She happily retrieves them, giving them to Arnold on her way back to the end of the line where she eagerly awaits the beginning of round five.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 81 Blue; 66 Red; 45 Green; 9 Orange

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Kumori heads back up on stage. He's managed to acquire the golden ticket for his trainer, but he also missed every one of his shots last round. He has mixed feelings as he begins round four, but knows that Kami will be proud of him no matter how he fares for the remainder of the game. His first target is a hit, which helps to boost his confidence, and even though he misses his next two balloons, he still manages to make his way to the end of the queue with a smile.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 81 Blue; 65 Red; 45 Green; 9 Orange

Round 4 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 100
Alto & Charizard: 45
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 40
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 100
Tyranidos & Torchic: 45
Jonouchi & Mawile: 25
Zami & Eevee: 55
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 30
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 40
Arnold & Glalie: 80
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 80

The tension is mounting as round four moves to a close. Some Pokémon have managed to accumulate a fair few points through their successful targeting of higher tiered balloons, but there are still more than 1,900 points worth of balloons to be burst out there. While the trainers are mostly in it for fun, some of the Pokémon are starting to take this game seriously as they want nothing more than for their trainers to be proud of them despite the fact that deep down inside they know they already are. As round five begins, everyone wonders what the next few minutes will bring.


Round 5

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 1 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 18 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 19 MISS!
At the beginning of round five, Rapture makes his way back up on stage. Looking up at the orange balloons, he fires off three consecutive Dragonbreaths, but unfortunately they all miss. A little saddened by this, he returns to the end of the queue so the next Pokémon can have their turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 81 Blue; 65 Red; 45 Green; 9 Orange

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 20 MISS!
Inferno steps up, feeling rather confident after last round. He fires off a Flamethrower and hits a blue balloon. Roaring his approval, he goes for a red balloon next, but misses. Following up by taking aim at an orange balloon, he sends a stream of fire toward it but the balloon is moving about too much thanks to the gusting Pidgey, and the attack misses. Frowing his disapproval, he steps down hoping he'll do better next round.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 80 Blue; 65 Red; 45 Green; 9 Orange

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Gible steps up next, the little Dragon Pokémon bouncing eagerly, happy to be having another turn. An icy mist starts to form around his mouth as he readies his Ice Beam attack, and a moment later blasts out two beams of ice energy which pop two of the blue balloons and release two tickets that flutter to the ground. Aiming for a red balloon next, he unleashes his attack, but it sails straight past its target. Happy to have hit at least two balloons, Gible collects his tickets and races them over to his trainer before taking his place at the end of the queue, eager for his the next round to begin.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 78 Blue; 65 Red; 45 Green; 9 Orange

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 13 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 1 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 10 HIT!
Atzu is on the stage within seconds of Gible stepping down, and immediately send a Bubblebeam for an orange balloon. The balloon bursts, releasing an orange ticket, which excites Atzu so much that he doesn't take careful enough aim for the next one. His attack passes harmlessly by, but he focuses properly on the next one and succeeds in bursting it. Grinning widely, he proudly collects his two orange tokens before returning to the end of the line.

Points this round: 40
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 78 Blue; 65 Red; 45 Green; 7 Orange

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Torchic hops up on stage next, completely ignoring all but the green balloons. A little too eager to get started, Phoenix misses the first one, but quickly makes up for it by bursting a fifteen point green balloon with his next hit. Puffing his chest out proudly, he tries for another green one, but it's moving around a little too much in the breeze and he misses. Shrugging, he's still made his trainer fifteen points this round, which is definitely something to be proud of. Collecting his ticket he takes it over to Tyrant, and then hops happily back to the end of the queue, watching while the next Pokémon moves up onto the stage.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 60
Balloons Left: 78 Blue; 65 Red; 44 Green; 7 Orange

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Kain steps up next, a little disheartened after missing two balloons last round. Taking careful aim he goes for a blue one as his trainer had instructed, striking it and releasing a blue ticket. Leaping for joy, he targets another blue balloon, his Hidden Power streaking right through it. Feeling a little overconfident now that he's gotten two strikes in a row, he attacks a little too quickly the third time and misses. Cursing himself for not taking a little extra care, he collects his two blue tickets, takes them over to Ricco, and then makes his way to the end of the line.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 35
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 65 Red; 44 Green; 7 Orange

Zami & Eevee:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 20 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Zami's overexcited little Eevee bounds onto the stage, just as eager for her turn as she was in round one. Running around in circles, she remembers her instructions to follow a pattern, and seeing as she targeted a green balloon last in the previous round, she sets her sights immediately on the row of pretty orange balloons at the top. Unfortunately her Swift attack isn't as accurate as it should be, and doesn't even come close to hitting it. Aiming next for a blue balloon, she misses before setting her sights on a red one. Unfortunately all three are a miss this time around, but it doesn't get her down. She bounds back to the end of the queue, still as excited as ever while awaiting her next turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 55
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 65 Red; 44 Green; 7 Orange

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Qwilfish flops up onto the stage next, immediately aiming for a red balloon. His first hit is a winner, and he watches while a red ticket floats to the ground. He's feeling a little dried out here on land, and doesn't exactly have as much luck with his next two shots, but at least he's scored ten points which is better than nothing. Plopping back down so that the next Pokémon can take their turn, he wonders how long he'll be able to handle playing this game whilst way out of his comfort zone.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 40
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 64 Red; 44 Green; 7 Orange

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 5 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 1 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 10 HIT!
Tropius steps up next. While the lower scoring balloons may be a strategy to consider when the little numbers can add up to give a larger score than going straight for the higher scoring balloons, neither he or his trainer are ones to be going for the little stuff. Eyeing the orange balloons, Tropius hopes for a little luck this round and fires off three consecutive attacks. The first two miss, but his third is a hit which gives him twenty nifty points for this round. It's a neat little scoop, so he collects his orange ticket and passes it to Zora on his way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 60
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 64 Red; 44 Green; 6 Orange

Arnold & Glalie:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 2 MISS!
Glalie is up next, bouncing up onto the stage. She'd had two decent hits last round and is hoping to do just as well, if not better, than last round. Unfortunately she's not as lucky this time, with all three of her Ice Beams missing their targets. Feeling a little dejected, but knowing there's still plenty of time left to rack up the points, she makes her way back to the end of the line to await her round six turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 64 Red; 44 Green; 6 Orange

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Kumori makes his way up next. He'd missed twice last round, and is hoping to do better this time. His first two attacks are successful, striking two red balloons and giving him twenty points for the round. His third attack is a miss, but he's proud to have done better this time and happily collects his two red tickets, taking them to Kami before returning to the end of the queue as the game has come back full circle and round six begins.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 62 Red; 44 Green; 6 Orange

Round 5 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 100
Alto & Charizard: 50
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 50
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 140
Tyranidos & Torchic: 60
Jonouchi & Mawile: 35
Zami & Eevee: 55
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 40
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 60
Arnold & Glalie: 80
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 100

At the end of round five there have been more misses than hits, but that hasn't deterred any of the Pokémon or trainers. There are still plenty of balloons left on the stage, their combined total of points still meaning that each and every one of them has an equal chance of winning. Jess and Atsu are in the lead, but can they hold on to their lead?


Round 6

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 19 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 1 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 6 MISS!
With round six moving into action, Rapture returns to the stage. He'd missed all three attempts last round and is hoping to do his trainer proud this time. Perhaps nerves are playing a part in his lack of luck at the moment, or perhaps the Pidgey gusting up a storm are the problem, but whatever the case, all three of his attacks are misses for the second time running. His trainer is still tied for second place, but he knows that unless he starts to hit some balloons in future rounds, they'll start falling behind in the ranks. He returns to the end of the line, hoping he'll be able to hit at least one balloon next round so that he's not left with a triple non-hit streak.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 62 Red; 44 Green; 6 Orange

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 15 MISS!
Inferno steps up next. He's never been more annoyed with a flying type in his life than he is with these Pidgey right now, but he nevertheless makes an attempt to try and strike at least one balloon this round. One hit is better than no hit, so even if he can rack up points slowly at least they'll be getting somewhere. All three of his Flamethrowers pass harmlessly by the balloons though, and he's left leaving the stage with absolutely no tickets to show for his efforts this round. Next round he's sure he'll do a lot better.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 62 Red; 44 Green; 6 Orange

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
With round six getting off to a disastrous start, Gible takes the stage. The little dragon seems to be enjoying himself too much to really care if he hits or not, which is perhaps why all three of his Ice Beams sail harmlessly by his targets. He grins widely at Kim, showing he's well and truly enjoying himself despite the fact he'd not managed to hit anything, and then races back to the end of the line to await his next round turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 62 Red; 44 Green; 6 Orange

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 8 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 2 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 4 MISS!
Atzu steps up and is the first to make a hit this round, his Bubblebeam bursting an orange balloon and snagging him a twenty point orange ticket. This successful hit causes him to get a little too excited, however, and his next two attacks fail, but another twenty points for his trainer is nothing to be sneezed at and he knows it. Taking his ticket over to Jess, Atzu returns to the end of the queue, eagerly watching while the next Pokémon takes to the stage.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 160
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 62 Red; 44 Green; 5 Orange

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Phoenix hops up, excited. The green balloons are all he's interested in, and he wastes no time is spitting out three Ember attacks, two of which miss while the third hits and bursts a balloon which gives him a fifteen point green ticket. Collecting the ticket in his little beak, he hops over to his trainer, drops it into Tyrant's lap, and makes his way to the end of the line.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 75
Balloons Left: 76 Blue; 62 Red; 43 Green; 5 Orange

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Kain is a little nervous. Too many Pokémon have been missing their targets so he's hoping he won't be the next. His nerves are a little frayed, but he knows that attacks against the blue balloons have the highest chance of hitting their mark and so aims straight for them. Unfortunately his Hidden Power skims right past two of them, touching them but not with enough force to burst them. One does the trick though, bursting a balloon and giving him a five point blue ticket for this round. Picking it up, he returns it to his trainer with an apologetic look before taking his place at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 40
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 62 Red; 43 Green; 5 Orange

Zami & Eevee:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 10 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 15 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Eevee, energetic as ever, bounds up on stage and lets loose with her Swift attack. She immediately bursts a green balloon, but her attempts at the orange and blue both fail. Collecting her green ticket, she bounds over to Catherine, drops the ticket into her trainer's lap, and then bounds back along to the end of the line.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 70
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 62 Red; 42 Green; 5 Orange

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Qwilfish is looking a little pale and misses his first two shots at his red balloons. His Pin Missiles are fairly close, but not quite close enough to do the job. His third attack is a direct strike, and he gurgles happily as the balloon bursts to release his ten point red ticket. Collecting it, he once again returns to the end of the queue, pleased to have hit at least one balloon considering he's feeling a lot like a fish out of water at this point in time. Hmmm, wonder why?

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 61 Red; 42 Green; 5 Orange

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 12 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 5 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 16 MISS!
With the orange balloons dwindling away, Tropius knows that he'll need to strike as many as he can this round in case he doesn't have another chance to go for them. Those Pidgey are still a pain in the neck though, so he aims carefully and HITS! Relieved to have scored another twenty pointer, he aims for another two orange balloons, but unfortunately the gusting winds are blowing his attacks off course and he misses his mark. Twenty points is twenty points though, and he collects his orange ticket before making his way back to the end of the queue secretly hoping that no more orange balloons are hit before he can try again.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 61 Red; 42 Green; 4 Orange

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 8 HIT!
Glalie didn't too very well at all last round, but is hoping to do better this time. Luck just isn't on her side though and she misses her first tow shots at the blue and red balloons. Her third Ice Beam bursts an orange balloon though, and feeling a large gush of relief she collects her orange ticket, taking it over to Arnold before bouncing back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 61 Red; 42 Green; 3 Orange

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Kumori takes the stage next. She did fairly well last round and is hoping to do just as well this round. She starts off well, her first Powder Snow striking and bursting a red balloon, but unfortunately her next two attempts fail. She's managed to compile another ten points for her trainer though which has pushed herself and Kami back into second place for the time being.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 110
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 60 Red; 42 Green; 3 Orange

Round 6 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 100
Alto & Charizard: 50
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 50
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 160
Tyranidos & Torchic: 75
Jonouchi & Mawile: 40
Zami & Eevee: 70
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 50
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 80
Arnold & Glalie: 100
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 110

With only three orange balloons left on the stage the race is on to see who can be the first to snag the remaining sixty points worth of larger scoring targets. Several more Pokémon have had a bad round which is giving those who were lagging behind the chance to sneak up silently through the ranks. At this point in time, Jess and Atzu are in the lead, but just because they're at the top now doesn't mean they'll stay there. Can Atzu hold onto his lead?


Round 7

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 16 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 13 HIT!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 11 HIT!
After having hit no balloons at all for two consecutive rounds, Rapture is looking a little worried. There are only three orange balloons left on the deck, and he knows that if he can't strike them now there is a very good chance he'll not have the opportunity to go for them again. He takes careful aim, the balloon he's targeting whooshing around wildly in the wind. His attack misses, but he refocuses, sending another two Dragonbreaths flying skyward. Both hit, giving him another forty points to add to his tally. Relieved to have gotten at least two of the remaining three orange balloons, he takes his two orange tickets to his trainer and then makes his way to the end of the queue, watching eagerly to see which Pokémon will successfully take out the last remaining orange.

Points this round: 40
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 60 Red; 42 Green; 1 Orange

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 16 MISS!
Inferno steps up, still miffed by his performance so far and absolutely blaming the stupid Pidgey for his inaccuracy thus far. He aims for a blue balloon first, unimpressed when he misses. Aiming next for red, he snorts angrily, the smoke coming from his nostrils showing just how annoyed he's becoming. Setting his sights on the last remaining orange balloon, he goes for it, his Flamethrower coming nowhere near the colourful balloon. With a snort of disgust, he makes his way off the stage and back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 75 Blue; 60 Red; 42 Green; 1 Orange

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Gible skips up onto the stage next. Though he'd hit no balloons last round, he's not at all downcast as he's having just too much fun to be bothered about whether he strikes them or not for the pretty colours bouncing around in the wind, the excitement of the festival, and the fact he's playing his first ever game are enough to keep him happy no matter what. Perhaps his good spirits are the cause of his luck this round, for he immediately strikes two of the blue balloons and jumps for joy upon watching the tickets that were inside float gently to the ground. He aims for a red balloon next, but misses. Excitedly collecting his two blue tickets, he takes them to his trainer before racing eagerly back to the end of the line to await his next turn.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 60
Balloons Left: 73 Blue; 60 Red; 42 Green; 1 Orange

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Orange (20 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 20-sided die: 11 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
With the last remaining orange balloon still in play, Atzu takes the stage. He wants to collect this ticket for Jess as he knows it will help to secure her lead in the game, but with the way the balloon is whooshing around in the gusting air currents he's not too sure he'll be able to pull it off. Taking careful aim, he studies the movement of the balloon and the Pidgey for a while before finally shooting a Bubblebeam skyward. The attack hits, bursting the last orange balloon in the game. Proud of himself, Atzu grins widely at Jess before turning his attention back to the remaining balloons. Now that all of the orange balloons are gone, he thinks back to his trainers instructions. Blue, blue, red, after all of the orange balloons are gone. Blue it is then. He aims for the blue balloons that are lowest on the stage, hitting one of the blues, but missing the second. Collecting his blue and orange tickets, worth a combined total of twenty five points, Atzu runs them over to Jess before taking his place at the end of the line, eager to see how he fares in round eight.

Points this round: 25
Total Points: 185
Balloons Left: 72 Blue; 60 Red; 42 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Phoenix hops up on stage again. His instructions are pretty simple, so he's not too fussed by the fact the last of the orange balloons are now gone. Taking careful aim, he shoots an Ember at a green balloon, but misses. Trying again, he jumps a little when his next attacks hits and the balloon explodes releasing a green ticket that flutters down onto the deck to land in front of him. Taking aim again, he tries for a third green balloon but misses. Sighing, he collects his fifteen point green ticket and takes it over to Tyrant before hopping back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 90
Balloons Left: 72 Blue; 60 Red; 41 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Kain takes to the stage again, slightly disconcerted by the fact that the easiest of the balloons to hit are actually a lot harder than anticipated. He briefly wonders if he should be going for some of the higher scoring ones after all, especially considering luck is playing a large part in the games. Shrugging off these thoughts, the focuses upon the bottom row of blues, firing off his Hidden Power. His first attack misses, his second hits, and his third misses. Collecting his five point blue ticket, he's thankful he got at least one of them. Taking the ticket over to Ricco, Kain makes his way to the end of the queue, hoping he can collect enough blues during the remainder of the game to at least put himself and his trainer somewhere near the top of the score board.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 45
Balloons Left: 71 Blue; 60 Red; 41 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Catherine's little Eevee is still as hyperactive as ever, and now that the last orange balloon is gone, has to once again adjust her instructions to account for there being one last colour. Go for them in a pattern from lowest to highest. With blue being the last she's attacked, it's time to go for red then green, and then blue since they're the only colours remaining on stage. Aiming for the red balloon Eevee makes a direct hit. Leaping up and down excitedly, she aims for green next and hits! Barking her approval, she aims next for a blue balloon, and for the first time in this game comes away with three perfect strikes in the one round. Collecting her three tickets that are worth a combined total of thirty points, Eevee takes them over to Catherine before bounding back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 70 Blue; 59 Red; 40 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Qwilfish makes his way back onto the stage. For all intents and purposes, he shouldn't have even been allowed to enter this game as forcing him to play out of his natural habitat would be considered cruel by most. In many ways this particular Qwilfish if far from normal though, and he soldiers on, aiming for a red balloon and bursting it with his Pin Missile attack. His second shot misses, but his third hits its mark, giving him twenty points for this round. Collecting his tickets, he returns to the end of the queue, defying the laws of nature while he sits there awaiting his next turn.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 70
Balloons Left: 70 Blue; 57 Red; 40 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 2 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Tropius takes the stage, and with no orange balloons left in play focuses upon the green balloons as instructed. Glad that they're a little easier to hit than the oranges, he attacks a little too quickly, missing all three shots. Unable to believe this has just happened, Tropius returns to the end of the line, wondering why on earth he was so careless this round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 70 Blue; 57 Red; 40 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
With only one successful hit last round, and none in the round prior to that, Glalie returns to the stage. The orange balloons out of play only makes things easier for her as her trainer had instructed her to aim for a "mix of tiers". With only three colours left, and there being three shots per round, this makes things much easier as all she has to do is go for blue, red, green until all of another colour is gone. Simple enough. She aims for a blue balloon first and hits it, snagging herself a five point blue ticket. Aiming for red next, she misses before focusing upon a green balloon. She misses this one too, then returns to the end of the queue hoping to do better next round.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 105
Balloons Left: 69 Blue; 57 Red; 40 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
It's Kumori's turn again, and he's a little worried about the fact that even though he'd managed to pop the golden balloon for Kami, they're falling behind as far as overall points are concerned. Some of the other Pokémon are doing quite well, so he'll have to keep up with them if he's to ensure himself and Kami are to stay in the lead. He takes aim at a red balloon, bursting it and watching while a red ticket flutters to the ground. Ignoring the ticket for the time being, he aims for another red balloon, once again bursting it to release another red ticket. His third shot misses, but he's managed to add another twenty points to their tally, so Kumori comes away from this round with a smile on his little face.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 130
Balloons Left: 69 Blue; 55 Red; 40 Green

Round 7 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 140
Alto & Charizard: 50
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 60
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 185
Tyranidos & Torchic: 90
Jonouchi & Mawile: 45
Zami & Eevee: 100
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 70
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 80
Arnold & Glalie: 105
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 130

Now that the orange balloons are gone the game should start to move faster. With less accuracy needed from this point forth these balloons should be poppin' left, right, and centre. Jess and Atzu are still in the lead, but others are starting to catch up now. With any luck this game should be over before long, but that's only if the Pokémon playing manage to hit their targets. Not everyone has been as lucky as they'd hoped so far, so how this game will turn out is still anyone's guess.


Round 8

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Rapture returns to the stage, but with all of the orange balloons gone he now needs to change his strategy. He remembers Stacey's instructions to move down the tiers as the balloons go, so he aims for the next highest level which is green. The Pidgey's gusts are still quite strong, even though they're a little further away from the greens than they were from the oranges, which still makes the greens a little trickier to hit. He takes aim, but misses his first shot. He aims again and fires another Dragonbreath. No luck. Taking aim a third time, his attack skims past a green balloon but isn't quite close enough to burst it. With no hits this round, Rapture returns to the end of the queue, watching while the next Pokémon moves up onto the stage.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 69 Blue; 55 Red; 40 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Inferno steps up, his instructions clear in his mind. With no orange balloons left, he must aim for blue, red, green, in that order. Taking aim for a blue, he fires off a Flamethrower, the stream of fire skimming the side of the balloon. Surprisingly enough, the heat doesn't burst it, but he doesn't let it bother him too much. Aiming for red next, he unleashes another Flamethrower, but misses. He snorts, annoyed, shooting for the green a little too quickly, and missing his third shot in a row. Stomping from the stage, he returns to the end of the queue, hoping he'll at least have a few more shots at the greens in order to rack up his point tally. Hopefully...

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 69 Blue; 55 Red; 40 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Gible hops up on stage next, this game being nothing more than that to him. A game, and a chance to enjoy himself. He's not all too hot on taking his time to aim for his targets, and fires off his first couple of Ice Beams a little too quickly. The first hits, but the second misses. Now that it's time to go for a red, he aims a little more carefully than before and successfully hits his target. Collecting his red and blue tickets, Gible returns them to Kim before making his way back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 75
Balloons Left: 68 Blue; 54 Red; 40 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Atzu bounces up onto the stage, hoping to help onto his and Jess' lead this round. His first two targets are perfect hits, scoring him two blue tickets, but his third shot is a miss. He's still managed to secure another ten points, however, and he's happy with that, so he collects his tickets, hightails them over to Jess, and then returns to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 195
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 54 Red; 40 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Phoenix hops up onto the stage. As his instructions right off the bat were pretty simple, he doesn't need to worry about accounting for the fact there are no orange balloons left, and focuses straight upon the green ones. He wonders what will happen once all of the green balloons are gone, as he'd not been given any alternative instructions, and hopes he won't have to sit out the remainder of the game while the fun goes on around him. This line of thinking isn't very helpful though, as his worry leads him to miss all three of the balloons he's aimed for. Disappointed in himself for not concentrating a little harder, he makes his way back to the end of the line so that the next Pokémon can take the stage.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 90
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 54 Red; 40 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Kain moves up next. After missing two of his three shots last round, and witnessing Phoenix's misses just now, he's a little nervous, and it shows. He's only aiming for the blue balloons, but he's feeling a little highly strung which has a disastrous affect upon his accuracy. Missing all three of his shots, he dejectedly steps down before making his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 45
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 54 Red; 40 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Eevee bounds up onto the stage, still the little ball of energy that she's been throughout the entire game. The only other Pokémon with as much enthusiasm as her right now would have to be Gible, as the two of them are enjoying themselves so much that they don't seem to care much about whether they hit or miss their targets. Eevee's first Swift attack goes flying straight past a red balloon before she aims for a green one and hits it. A green ticket flutters to the ground, but before Eevee collects it, she goes for her third attempt, this time aiming for a blue balloon. She misses, but doesn't seem to mind. Collecting her single green fifteen point ticket, she returns it to Catherine before bounding off stage once again to take her place at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 115
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 54 Red; 39 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Qwilfish returns to the stage. He looks rather parched, and in desperate need of some water, but nonetheless does what he can to burst some balloons. His first attempt misses, his second is a hit, but his third is also a miss. Collecting his ten point red ticket, he returns to the end of the queue, hoping for all his worth that this torturous landlubbing game will be over very, very soon.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 53 Red; 39 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Tropius steps up. His last couple of rounds haven't gone too well at all, but he's hoping for better luck this time. His first shot is a hit which helps to boost his spirits, but his next two shots miss their mark. He's at least managed to secure another fifteen points this round which is a lot better than some of the others, so he's not exactly walking away empty handed. Collecting his green ticket, he hands it over to Zora before making his way to the end of the line to await his next turn.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 95
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 53 Red; 38 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 10 HIT!
Glalie bounces up onto stage, immediately aiming for a blue balloon, but missing. Taking her time, she tries for a red, but her Ice Beam sails straight past it. Knowing that the green will be harder to hit than the other two, she takes her time for this attempt, and manages to hit it. Collecting the green ticket that flutters softly to the deck floor, she takes it to Arnold before returning to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 120
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 53 Red; 37 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Kumori hasn't been doing too badly thus far, and as a result is feeling pretty good about himself. He knows his targeting skills aren't exactly spot on yet, but the fact he'd won his trainer the grand prize is enough consolation for him. He misses his first shot at a red balloon, but focuses a little better on his second shot, successfully popping a red balloon and releasing the ten point ticket inside. His third shot fails to hit its mark, but he's snagged another ten points for this round which is better than nothing. Collecting the ticket, he returns to the end of the line, eagerly awaiting the beginning of round nine.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 52 Red; 37 Green

Round 8 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 140
Alto & Charizard: 50
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 75
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 195
Tyranidos & Torchic: 90
Jonouchi & Mawile: 45
Zami & Eevee: 115
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 80
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 95
Arnold & Glalie: 120
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 140

This was a surprisingly bad round pretty much across the board, with only two Pokémon able to hit more than one balloon. Perhaps they've reached a plateau, or perhaps they're just becoming nervious. It may also be possible that the excitement is getting to them, causing their aim to be slightly off. Whatever the case, we're all hoping for a swift finish to this game as it's moving into late morning and the Hero's Parade will be starting shortly.


Round 9

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Rapture has been having some pretty crappy luck during recent rounds that is perhaps affecting him now. He barely manages to pop the first of the three balloons he's going for this round, his next two shots missing their mark. Collecting his fifteen point green ticket, he knows that at least one hit each round from this point on will be a good thing, but it doesn't stop him from feeling a little sad about the fact he'd missed two of his three shots. Taking his ticket over to Stacey, Rapture joins the end of the queue as the next Pokémon moves up onto the stage.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 52 Red; 36 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Inferno steps up, becoming more and more agitated each round as he continues to miss his mark. He promises himself to make sure he puts aside some time for target practice in the near future in order to avoid this kind of embarrassment again, but this line of thought doesn't serve him very well as his thoughts are distracting him to the point that he misses all three of his shots. Snorting with disgust, he steps down from the stage, hoping he'll do better next time.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 50
Balloons Left: 66 Blue; 52 Red; 36 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Gible hops up yet, the excited little dragon type firing an Ice Beam at a bleu balloon within seconds of reaching the deck. Luckily, he hits his target, but unfortunately misses his next two shots. He's still managed to snag five points this round, and happily collects his ticket before stepping down again.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 65 Blue; 52 Red; 36 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Atsu is feeling quite nervous as he steps up on stage. He's helped to secure Jess a strong lead, but the pressure of keeping that lead is causing a few cracks to appear. Missing all three of his attempts this round, he steps sadly down from the stage, hoping he hasn't ruined his trainers chances of winning. Jess is supportive however, smiling at him and encouraging him on by wishing him luck in the next round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 195
Balloons Left: 65 Blue; 52 Red; 36 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Phoenix hops up onto the stage. His complete failure to hit any balloons at all last round is still in the forefront of his mind which is distracting as he takes his first shot at a green balloon. His Ember misses, but his second shot hits, securing him a fifteen point ticket. Hoping for another fifteen points, he goes for his third shot, but misses again. Collecting his single green ticket, he takes it over to Tyrant, drops it into his trainer's lap, and makes his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 105
Balloons Left: 65 Blue; 52 Red; 35 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Kain has had disastrous luck so far, especially considering he's aiming solely for the easy five pointers. He wonders if he should at least be making an attempt to go for the higher scoring balloons, and after missing his first shot this round, is starting to get a little miffed. Luckily his next two attacks hit, bursting two blue balloons which release two five point tickets. Collecting them, he takes them over to Ricco before joining the end of the line.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 55
Balloons Left: 63 Blue; 52 Red; 35 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Eevee once again bounds happily up onto the stage. Keeping in line with the pattern she's been following so far, she aims first for a red balloon which she hits. The red ticket released from the burst balloon floats to the ground, and after trying another two times to hit another of the two balloons on the deck, she collects her single red ticket, returning it to Catherine, and then makes her way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 125
Balloons Left: 63 Blue; 51 Red; 35 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Qwilfish is well and truly parched now which perhaps has something to do with the fact that he successfully hits his first two targets this round. Pure frustration is getting him through at this stage, but upon missing his third target, he finds himself daydreaming about swimming with the fishes. God, how he misses the water right now. Collecting his twenty points worth of red tickets, he flops down from the stage and makes his way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 63 Blue; 49 Red; 35 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
The one thing about aiming for the highest tier of balloons is the fact that they're worth more than all of the lower tiered ones. If he can get in at least one hit per round, then this entire game isn't in vain after all. Tropius hits his first green balloon which fills him with a sense of relief, but knowing that he's already gotten one of the three makes him slack off a little whilst going for his second and third shots. Both miss, but at least he's gained another fifteen points, and so he collects his ticket before stepping down from the stage.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 110
Balloons Left: 63 Blue; 49 Red; 34 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Glalie hops up onto the stage, excited to be having yet another turn at hitting some balloons. This game, while frustrating, is rather fun to play, especially when watching the balloons pop, and so she aims carefully for a blue one, successfully bursting it. The blue ticket that was inside flutters softly to the ground, closely followed by a red ticket coming from the second balloon she's hit. Her third attempt fails, but she's still managed to collect fifteen points this round, so is feeling quite happy with herself.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 135
Balloons Left: 62 Blue; 48 Red; 34 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Kumori had only managed to hit one of her three targets last round, and is hoping to do better this time. The lead she'd gained for Kami by bursting the golden balloon has already been taken, and he wants it back. Aiming very carefully this time, Kumori releases three Powder Snows, each and every one hitting their marks and gaining him thirty points for this round. He may not have gotten the lead back - yet, but he's hoping that if he can continue to pull out these kinds of moves, then he may still have the chance. Proudly collecting his three red tickets, Kumori passes them to Kami before returning to the end of the line which allows this game to move into round ten.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 170
Balloons Left: 62 Blue; 45 Red; 34 Green

Round 9 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 155
Alto & Charizard: 50
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 80
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 195
Tyranidos & Torchic: 105
Jonouchi & Mawile: 55
Zami & Eevee: 125
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 100
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 110
Arnold & Glalie: 135
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 170

Despite the fact that Atzu hasn't hit any balloons this round, he's still managed to keep the lead for the time being. Other Pokémon are moving up through the ranks, and Kumori's great success has helped him to start catching up again on the leader board. There are still plenty more tickets out there to collect, meaning that each and every Pokémon is still in with a very good chance to win. Just how this game win pan out from now on is anyone's guess.


Round 10

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
As round ten begins Rapture takes to the stage, wondering what this round will bring. So far he's managed to tally up a decent score, but if he continues to have bad round after bad round, then the won't be able to remain at the top of the score board. These thoughts are hampering him, however, as his nerves are now showing. As a result he misses all three of his targets this round. Disappointed not to have at least hit one of the three balloons he'd aimed for, he returns to the end of the line to await his next turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 62 Blue; 45 Red; 34 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Inferno steps up, still fairly annoyed by his lack of luck in this game. His first hit is a miss which results in him releasing a mighty roar of approval, but his next two shots miss their mark. Huffing a little, he picks up the single blue ticket sitting on the deck floor, taking it over to his trainer before making his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 55
Balloons Left: 61 Blue; 45 Red; 34 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Gible hops up onto the stage again. He's unsure of exactly how many rounds are left in the game, but judging from just how many Pokémon are missing their targets, he's guessing he still has several turns left at the very least. This in itself is good news for Gible as he's enjoying himself immensely and eagerly fires off his Ice Beam toward the first of his targets. It misses, but this doesn't dampen his spirits. Taking aim again, he pops a blue balloon before aiming for a red one. His third attack is a miss, but he's still managed to gain himself one more ticket. Collecting it and returning it to his trainer, he skips back along the line of Pokémon waiting by the stage to take his place at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 85
Balloons Left: 60 Blue; 45 Red; 34 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Atsu, still concerned about losing his lead, is nonetheless happy to step up for his next turn. Jess' encouragement is certainly helping him to feel a lot better after his last round, and even though he misses his first shot this round, it doesn't stop him from trying a little harder on his second shot. This time his Bubblebeam bursts a blue balloon which puts a huge smile on his face, and even though he misses his third shot at a red, he happily picks up his single blue ticket before making his way back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 200
Balloons Left: 59 Blue; 45 Red; 34 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Phoenix hops up next. He realises it's imperative at this point in the game to be snagging as many green balloons as possible for they're very likely to be the next ones to disappear, just as the orange ones had. The fact he's only been instructed to go for green balloons is a little concerning too, so he aims very carefully before firing off his Ember attack. The attack hits, popping a green balloon and releasing a fifteen point ticket. Relieved to have already hit one of them, he's not as careful when aiming for his next two balloons, missing both of them. A little disappointed, yet happy to have hit at least one of them, Phoenix collects his ticket, takes it over to his trainer, and then makes his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 120
Balloons Left: 59 Blue; 45 Red; 33 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Kain steps up for another turn. Though he's becoming a little frustrated, he hits his first balloon without any trouble at all. The blue ticket inside flutters to the deck floor, and although he misses his second shot, his third also bursts another blue balloon. Collecting his two tickets which give him an added ten points to his current fifty five point tally, he makes his way to the end of the queue, glad to have hit more than one, or even none at all, this time around.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 65
Balloons Left: 57 Blue; 45 Red; 33 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Eevee takes the stage again, the energetic Eevee immediately taking out a red balloon with her Swift attack. Her attempts at a green and blue balloon fail, but she happily retrieves her single ten point red ticket before making her way back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 135
Balloons Left: 57 Blue; 44 Red; 33 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Qwilfish flops up onto the stage, a little freaked out by a story Tropius has just whispered in his ear. He's not sure if the leafy dinosaur-like Pokémon is having him on or not, but whatever the case, the story has managed to scare the living crap out of the poor little fish. As a result, he misses all three of his shots at the red balloons, and finds himself wishing more than ever for this game to be over so that he can return to the safety of his Pokéball where he won't be seeing any mysterious killer statues anywhere nearby.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 57 Blue; 44 Red; 33 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Tropius steps up next, rather pleased with himself after having succeeded in making Qwilfish so nervous that it'll give him some extra shots at the green balloons. It seems karma is at work though, for he also misses all three of his shots. Perhaps deliberately freaking Qwilfish out wasn't such a good idea after all. He returns to the end of the queue, resolving not to tell any more of the contestants any more weird and wacky stories.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 110
Balloons Left: 57 Blue; 44 Red; 33 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Glalie hops up on stage wondering what on earth is going on between Qwilfish sho is shaking like a leaf, and Tropius who appears to be looking rather guilty. She doesn't waste too much time dwelling on it though, and takes aim for a blue balloon, successfully bursting it with her Ice Beam before aiming for a red one. She misses, but then turns her attention to one of the high floating green balloons. Aiming carefully, she takes it out, giving her a round tally of twenty points and a total of one hundred and fifty five. She collects her two tickets, taking them over to Arnold on her way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 56 Blue; 44 Red; 32 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Kumori is feeling quite confident after last his success during the last round, not even batting an eyelid when he misses his first red balloon this round. Taking aim a second time, he pops another of the reds before aiming for his third. Me misses again, but has still scored ten points this round. Happy with this, he collects his ticket before making his way back to the end of the line as round ten comes to a close.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 180
Balloons Left: 56 Blue; 43 Red; 32 Green

Round 10 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 155
Alto & Charizard: 55
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 85
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 200
Tyranidos & Torchic: 120
Jonouchi & Mawile: 65
Zami & Eevee: 135
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 100
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 110
Arnold & Glalie: 155
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 180

Very few Pokémon have gotten very far this round which means there are still plenty of balloons left on deck. Some are becoming quite frustrated, others are totally enjoying themselves, and even more are wondering if they'll ever manage to burst every balloon on the stage before the Hero's Parade begins. Taryn is excited as the game moves into round eleven, urging all Pokémon to try their very best. Each resolve to try and do better from this point forth, as there is no telling just how long this game has left to go.


Round 11

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Rapture makes his way back onto the stage. He didn't have a good round last time, but is hoping for better luck this time around. Unfortunately Lady Luck has abandoned him today though, all three of his shots at the green balloons missing their mark. He makes his way off stage, wondering how many more rounds he has left in which to accumulate some points.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 56 Blue; 43 Red; 32 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Inferno steps up. He's had shocking luck in this game so far, but it's certainly far from over yet so he may still have the opportunity to get into the lead. His first shot is a hit, and he watches smugly as a single blue ticket flutters down to the deck. His next two shots miss their respective red and green balloons though, which quickly wipes the smirk from his face. He humbly collects his one blue ticket, and returns to the end of the queue to await his next turn.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 60
Balloons Left: 55 Blue; 43 Red; 32 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Gible bounces up onto the stage, the excitement of the game making him more eager than ever to have another turn. He aims first for a blue balloon, striking it to release a five point blue ticket. Immediately taking aim for another blue balloon, he misses, but that doesn't stop him from trying again. This time he aims for a red balloon, his Ice Beam smacking straight through it and giving him a ten point red ticket in addition to his blue ticket. Happily collecting them, he races off the stage, eager for some more fun next round.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 54 Blue; 42 Red; 32 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Kami and Kumori are hot on Atzu's tail as far as points go, so if Atzu wants to stay in the lead he's going to have to work some magic this round. His nerves are a little frayed which cause him to miss his first balloon, but he soon makes up for it by striking and bursting a blue one with his next shot. His third target is a miss, but at least he's walking away with five points from this round which is better than nothing at all.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 205
Balloons Left: 53 Blue; 42 Red; 32 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Phoenix takes the stage, ready and rearing to go. He's determined to prove himself this round, which he does by immediately striking two green balloons. His third shot misses, but he's scored an impressive thirty points this round and is rather proud of himself for his efforts.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 150
Balloons Left: 53 Blue; 42 Red; 30 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Kain is next, and after seeing Phoenix's success, steps up with a little more confidence. He also strikes the first two balloons that he aims for, missing the third, and while his hits haven't given him the same thirty points that Phoenix had collected, it still gives him a total of then. That's nothing to sneeze at, so he collects his tickets and prepares to move into round twelve.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 75
Balloons Left: 51 Blue; 42 Red; 30 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Eevee moves up next, the ecxitable pup running in circles while chasing her tail. She eventually turns her attention to the balloons, and considering that's why she's up here, it's a good thing she's remembered what she's supposed to be doing. Her first shot hits, her second and third ones missing, but she's happy with her single red ticket and takes it over to Catherine before making her way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 150
Balloons Left: 51 Blue; 42 Red; 29 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
It looks like Qwilfish is still a little spooked by the story he'd heard, or perhaps he's just feeling a little parched. Whatever the case, he misses all three of his shots at the red balloons, and grumpily makes his way off stage so that the next Pokémon can step up.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 51 Blue; 42 Red; 29 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Karma is still at work, for Tropius repeats Qwilfish's failed round eleven attempt, missing every single one of the green balloons he's aimed for. He's been hoping for at least one balloon per round so that he can keep his point tally on the rise, but it just hasn't worked for him in he last two rounds. Making his way off the stage, he hopes he has the chance to show off his accuracy skills soon.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 110
Balloons Left: 51 Blue; 42 Red; 29 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Glalie bounces up on to the stage next, taking careful aim at a blue balloon before firing off her Ice Beam. It strikes the balloon on the side, bursting it and releasing a blue ticket, her successful hit causing her to move a little too quickly as she aims for her next balloon. Her shot at the red one misses, so she takes her time before aiming for her third balloon. She hits it, releasing a green ticket. Collecting her prizes for this round, Glalie bounces happily back to the end of the line, proud of the fact she's scored herself and her trainer an additional twenty points.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 175
Balloons Left: 50 Blue; 42 Red; 28 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Kumori moves up next, wanting desperately to catch up on his previous lead. Perhaps his anxiety is effecting his accuracy, because he misses all three of his shots. A little disappointed that he hasn't managed to add to his current point tally, he moves off the stage and returns to the end of the queue as the balloon game moves into round twelve.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 180
Balloons Left: 50 Blue; 42 Red; 28 Green

Round 11 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 155
Alto & Charizard: 60
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 100
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 205
Tyranidos & Torchic: 150
Jonouchi & Mawile: 75
Zami & Eevee: 150
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 100
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 110
Arnold & Glalie: 175
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 180

Though a couple of Pokémon have done well this round, helping them to move further ahead on the score board, most haven't had a very good trot. Perhaps tensions are high, or perhaps the gusting Pidgey are just a bigger hindrance than they'd first thought, but whatever the case, very little progress has been made overall. There are only twenty nine green balloons left, and while that doesn't seem like a very low number, all it takes is one decent round of hits for those balloons to disappear. Everyone is excited now, wondering who will be lucky enough to collate the most points in the game.



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Just as round twelve is about to begin a strange pulse of energy shoots into the sky from somewhere in the distance, turning it a pretty shade of magenta. A shockwave of energy passes across the land that is felt by all, and the earth trembles for several moments before everything returns to normal. The sky turns blue again, the earth falls still, and all is as it was. Taryn is quick to laugh it off, claiming it to be a festival related event that you'd all missed due to being engrossed in the game. Something in her eyes doesn't quite mirror the certainty in her voice, and if anyone would take the time to look they'd see a definite sign of fear. With Taryn's nonchalant brush off, all trainers, Pokémon, and spectators return their attention to the game, the odd pulse already forgotten as round twelve beings.


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Round 12

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 2 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Rapture takes the stage for his first shot at a green balloon in round twelve. In the last three rounds he's only managed one hit, and as a result is feeling a little uncertain. His first shot this time doesn't help him feel any better as he misses his target by a fair distance. If he could sweat, he probably would be, and takes his time aiming for his next balloon. This shot hits its mark, relief washing over him and causing him to attack a little too quickly with his third and final shot. He misses, but has at least manage to snag another fiften points this round. He collects his green ticket, takes it over to Stacey, and then makes his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 170
Balloons Left: 50 Blue; 42 Red; 27 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Inferno is back on stage, and he makes his entrance with a fiery blast. His Flamethrower rips through the air, striking and bursting a blue balloon. He roars his approval, letting loose with another Flamethrower that bursts a second balloon, this time a red one. He roars even louder this time before sending a third Flamethrower streaking toward a green balloon. Unfortunately this one misses, but he's nabbed himself fifteen points for this round so he's not too concerned despite the fact this last balloon is worth as much as the other two combined. Collecting his tickets, he hands them to Alto on his way back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 75
Balloons Left: 49 Blue; 41 Red; 27 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Gible hops up onto the stage, just as eager as ever to be up here again, shooting off Ice Beams at random balloons. He goes for his usual pattern of blue, blue, red, striking the first two, but missing the last. He's snagged himself two blue tickets, so with another ten points added to his current tally, he collects his tickets, takes them over to his trainer and then races back to the end of the line, already impatient for his next turn.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 110
Balloons Left: 47 Blue; 41 Red; 27 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Atzu steps up again. He's still in the lead, but knows he needs to hone his accuracy if he wants to stay in first place on the score board. He aims carefully for a blue balloon, hitting it and scoring himself a five point ticket. His next two shots miss their mark, however, but he's at least managed to get something this round as opposed to nothing at all. Retrieving his ticket, he steps down from the stage.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 210
Balloons Left: 46 Blue; 41 Red; 27 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Phoenix is feeling pretty good after last round; two out of three hits ain't bad, and so he enters this round with a fair amount of confidence. His first two shots miss which doesn't do well for his morale, but upon striking his third balloon and bursting it, he sighs with relief. Fifteen points higher on the score board, he retrieves his green ticket and makes his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 165
Balloons Left: 46 Blue; 41 Red; 26 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Kain steps up. He'd taken out two balloons last round and is hoping to do just as well, if not better, this round. His first shot misses, but his next two skim the sides of his targets hard enough to burst them and release the tickets within. They flutter to the deck floor where he retrieves them before taking them over to his trainer.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 85
Balloons Left: 44 Blue; 41 Red; 26 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Catherine's boundless little ball of energy leaps up onto the stage, eager to be the centre of attention while she excitedly sends her Swift attacks flying toward three of the balloons on the stage. Her first two shots at red and green balloons miss, but her third shot, this time for a blue one, bursts the party favourite to release its concealed five point blue ticket. She barks excitedly, collects her ticket, races over and plops it into Catherine's lap, and bounds back down the queue of Pokémon standing by the stage to take her place at the end of the line.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 43 Blue; 41 Red; 26 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Qwilfish struggles up onto the stage. He's a little peeved that Tropius had managed to cause him to lose every one of his shots in the previous two rounds, and is determined to show the oversized banana tree that it hasn't gotten the better of his. Focusing his full attention on his three targets, Qwilfish unleashes three sets of Pin Missiles, each and every one of them bursting a red balloon and releasing three red tickets. Flopping away with a total of thirty points for this round, he makes a guttural kind of gurgling sound as he passes by Tropius, just to show his opponent he's not to be outdone so easily.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 130
Balloons Left: 43 Blue; 38 Red; 26 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Tropius watches Qwilfish making its way to the end of the queue, berating him for having distracted it for long enough. He's feeling slightly guilty, if not or Qwilfish then for his own actions and resulting karma which is now affecting his own performance, and slowly steps up on stage. He misses his first two shots, taking a deep breath before unleashing his Leaf Storm upon the third green balloon. It's a hit, and with a sigh of relief Tropius hopes that his unlucky streak has now ended because he's not sure just how many more chances he's going to have to go for the green balloons. Collecting his ticket, he takes it to Zora, before joining the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 125
Balloons Left: 43 Blue; 38 Red; 25 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 2 MISS!
Glalie takes the stage. She's trying not to get too caught up in the excitement as the balloons continue to pop, for she's afraid that she may miss too many if she does. She knows what she has to do and obediently follows Arnold's instructions, aiming for a mixture of tiers for a little diversity. Her Ice Beam successfully bursts a blue and red balloon, but she misses the higher scoring green balloon. That's alright though, because she's still snagged fifteen points for this round which is a nice little addition to her overall tally.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 190
Balloons Left: 42 Blue; 37 Red; 25 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Kumori moves up onto the stage. His last round was disastrous, so he's hoping he'll do better this time. It seems nerves are getting at him though, because he misses all three of his shots. With round twelve coming to a close, Kumori makes his way to the end of the queue, knowing that he'll need to do better if he wants to stay in the top three.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 210
Balloons Left: 42 Blue; 34 Red; 25 Green

Round 12 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 170
Alto & Charizard: 75
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 110
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 210
Tyranidos & Torchic: 165
Jonouchi & Mawile: 85
Zami & Eevee: 155
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 130
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 125
Arnold & Glalie: 190
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 210

Overall, round twelve has been a little more successful that round eleven, but there are still many points available to score. At this stage of the game it's looking like those who have decided to go for the higher tiered balloons actually have the right form of strategy in mind, but there's still a long way to go. This is still anyone's game.


Round 13

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Rapture has had a few unlucky rounds and at this point is hoping to nab at least one balloon per round. Any more than that will be great, but one will be fantastic. He aims for his first green balloon, unleashing his Dragonbreath which is gusted away by the surrounding Pidgey. He tries again, this time striking a green balloon and popping it. He sparks happily when his green tickets flutters to the deck, and even though he misses his next target he's happy to have at least scored fifteen points which is certainly better than no points at all.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 185
Balloons Left: 42 Blue; 34 Red; 24 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Inferno steps up next, feeling quite good after having made two successful hits last round. He fires off his Flamethrower, the fiery stream engulfing a blue balloon and bursting it, almost setting his ticket alight in the process. He roars with pride, but has perhaps become a little too cocky for he attacks his next two balloons a little too quickly. Both attacks miss, but at least he's walking away with one ticket this round as opposed to none at all.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 80
Balloons Left: 41 Blue; 34 Red; 24 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Gible is so excited that he practically bounces up onto the stage. He misses his first balloon as he's a little too eager to get started, but his second attempt at a blue hits, gaining him a five point blue ticket. Aiming next for a red balloon, his Ice Beam hits it dead centre, and he leaps for joy. Collecting his two tickets, he returns them to his trainer before happily skipping to the end of the Pokémon queue lined up beside the stage.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 125
Balloons Left: 40 Blue; 33 Red; 24 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Atzu steps up next. His last few rounds have been less than impressive, but he's hoping to do better this time. When his first attack misses a little sweatdrop appears on his forehead, but he refocuses upon his target and shoots off a Bubblebeam, his attack bursting a blue balloon. He beams with pride, aiming next for a red balloon. Once again, his attack hits! Happily collecting his round thirteen tickets, both of which will add another fifteen points to his score, he hands them over to Jess before making his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 225
Balloons Left: 39 Blue; 32 Red; 24 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Phoenix hops up onto the stage next. While his efforts haven't exactly been spectacular, he doesn't feel bad about it for none of the other Pokémon are doing any better than him as far as the overall hit to miss ratio is concerned. If he can at the very least continue to burst one balloon each round then his tally will continue to steadily rise, so he feels quite happy about that. His first two shots this round miss, but his third is a direct hit which helps to give him a sense of relief. Collecting his fifteen point green ticket, he hops over to his trainer, drops it into Tyrant's lap, and then returns to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 180
Balloons Left: 39 Blue; 32 Red; 23 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Feeling quite confident after scoring two hits last round, Kain steps up onto the stage. He aims carefully, unleashing his Hidden Power, and bursting one blue balloon after another. Three successful strikes later, he collects his three blue tickets, proudly hands them over to Ricco, and eagerly returns to the end of the queue, quite looking forward to his next turn.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 100
Balloons Left: 36 Blue; 32 Red; 23 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Eevee runs up onto the stage, pleased as punch to be having another turn at this excitingly loud balloon popping game. Every time a balloon bursts it makes her even more hyperactive, and after Kain's success just now she's in quite an overjoyed state. She fires off her Swift attack toward a red balloon, barking excitedly as it bursts to release its ticket. Her second attack misses, but she soon refocuses, aiming next for a blue balloon. It hits, scoring her an additional five point blue ticket. Collecting them both, she races them over to Catherine, giving her trainer's hand a happy lick before she bounds off down the side of the stage to take her place at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 170
Balloons Left: 35 Blue; 31 Red; 23 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Qwilfish is next, and even though he'd had a highly successful turn last round, he's not looking too crash hot. He's in desperate need of water, a fact the shows through his sloppy attempt at hitting the red balloons this round. Each and every one of his Pin Missile attacks streak past his targets, a couple coming close, but not quite close to pop them. He gurgles something unintelligible before awkwardly making his way back to the end of the queue with no tickets to show for his efforts this round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 130
Balloons Left: 35 Blue; 31 Red; 23 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Tropius steps up next, happy to see that a lot of green balloons are still present, yet quite frustrated that he's so far not been able to hit as many as he would like. He takes aim, missing his first and second attempts, but succeeds with his third. Fifteen points higher on the score board, Tropius returns to the end of the queue as round thirteen enters its closing stages.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 35 Blue; 31 Red; 22 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Though thirteen is considered an unlucky number by most, Glalie is hoping this round will prove to be fruitful. Going for her by now familiar colour pattern, she aims for a blue balloon, bursting it to release the ticket inside. Her attempt at the red balloon fails, but her Ice Beam pops a green balloon, giving her two colourful tickets and twenty points for this round.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 210
Balloons Left: 34 Blue; 31 Red; 21 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
After Kumori's brilliant efforst last round, he moves up onto the stage hoping he can continue on with his winning streak. His first attack hits, scoring him an additional ten points to add to his overall tally, but he attacks a little two quickly for his second and third shots, missing both red balloons he's aimed for. Collecting his single red ticket, he takes it to Kami before making his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 220
Balloons Left: 34 Blue; 30 Red; 21 Green

Round 13 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 185
Alto & Charizard: 80
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 125
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 225
Tyranidos & Torchic: 180
Jonouchi & Mawile: 100
Zami & Eevee: 170
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 130
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 140
Arnold & Glalie: 210
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 220

Round thirteen has seen a mix of good and bad luck spread amongst the playing Pokémon which isn't really all that different to any other round so far. Though I sincerely doubt anyone is actually reading any of this commentary I'll keep going anyway because I'll feel a lot better posting a proper update as opposed to missing out on a load of commentary just to save some time. If you happen to be persistent, and extremely bored after having come this far through it, and actually see this little comment in amongst the rest of the update, I'll give you a candy for your efforts. Think about how long it's taken you to read all of this, and consider how long it's taken to type it. If you're the first to quote me, with no edit to your post after discovering someone else has seen this, the candy is yours! As round thirteen comes to a close there are still 785 points worth of tickets left in play which means that everyone still has a pretty decent chance of stealing the lead.


Round 14

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Rapture, after having secured a decent score in earlier rounds, isn't having a lot of luck as the game continues to move along. He's falling behind on the score board which causes him to waver and as a result miss every one of his shots at a green balloon. Though there are still a fair few left on the deck, he knows that the other Pokémon only need to have a good round or two before they all disappear. Moving to the end of the line, Rapture hopes to pick up his game in the next round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 185
Balloons Left: 34 Blue; 30 Red; 21 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Inferno steps up practically before Rapture has left the stage. After only securing five points last round, he's hell bent on ensuring he snags a better score this time around. He suspects that after the green balloons are gone the game will move pretty swiftly as the only remaining balloons will be lower scoring one, but a lot easier to hit. If he can get his tally up now, it will pay off later on. His first Flamethrower bursts a blue balloon, giving him another five points to add to his tally. Aiming next for a red, his fiery stream of... fire... engulfs a red balloon to give him an additional ten points. The green is next, and eyeing the gusting Pidgey, he's slightly tempted to roast the one closest to his target. He refrains, however, as he's afraid he may be disqualified if he acts on his feelings. Unleashing a third fiery blast, his attack misses. Roaring with disapproval, he collects his blue and red tickets before leaving the stage.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 95
Balloons Left: 33 Blue; 29 Red; 21 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Gible dances up onto the stage, performing an excited little pirouette before letting loose with his Ice Beam. His attack rips right through a blue balloon, bursting it and releasing a blue ticket that flutters down to land softly on the deck. Aiming for another blue, his attack streaks straight past it. He's far from deterred though, as he's too happy to be bothered with whether or not he hits the balloons, so long as he can at least have a turn. Setting his sights on a red balloon, he releases another beam of ice, but misses. Grinning from ear to ear, Gible collects his single blue ticket before dancing back along the line of waiting Pokémon to take his place at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 130
Balloons Left: 32 Blue; 29 Red; 21 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Atzu steps up next. He hadn't done too badly last round and is hoping for similar luck this time. Concentrating first on two of the blue balloons, his Bubblebeam successfully hit both of them, scoring him an addition ten points to add to his overall tally. Praying he'll hit the red, he takes his shot, but misses. Two out of three is a good effort though, so he collects his two tickets, takes them over to Jess, and heads back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 235
Balloons Left: 30 Blue; 29 Red; 21 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Phoenix steps up onto the deck. He hasn't been doing too badly so far, but he senses that time is running out and wants to do better this time. Taking careful aim at a green balloon, he fires off his Ember, but the attack is blown away by the gusting Pidgey. Sweating a little, he refocuses, his concentration helping him to score two direct hits. Collecting the two green tickets he's released, he happily hops over to Tyrant, offers his trainer the tickets, and skips back to the end of the line to await his next turn.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 210
Balloons Left: 30 Blue; 29 Red; 19 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Kain is feeling pretty good after his success last round, his confidence helping to give him that added edge. He aims for a blue balloon, striking it and bursting it to release the ticket inside. Repeating his actions, he also hits his next two targets, walking away from this round with an additional fifteen points to add to his overall tally.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 115
Balloons Left: 27 Blue; 29 Red; 19 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Catherine's Eevee bounds back up onto the stage. Not having lost an iota of energy during the game thus far, she immediately sends her Swift attack shooting toward a red balloon. The little energy stars zoom around it, but don't strike it, the same thing happening with her second shot. Taking a moment to concentrate this time, Eevee shoots her next attack directly toward a blue balloon, popping it to receive a pretty little five point blue ticket.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 175
Balloons Left: 26 Blue; 29 Red; 19 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Qwilfish returns to the stage, wanting to do better so that this game can be over and he can return to the lovely security of his Pokéball. He hopes his trainer will allow him a nice long swim after putting him through the torture of playing a land game, but he sincerely doubts that will eventuate. Concentrating on the red balloons, Qwilfish manages to his the first two he aims for, but misses the third. He's still secured twenty points for this round though, so all is (almost) good in the world.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 150
Balloons Left: 26 Blue; 27 Red; 19 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Tropius steps up, his eyes already focused upon the green balloons. Perhaps he's a little too eager to snag a few of them before they're gone, or perhaps the Pidgey are just making his life difficult at the moment, but whatever the case he misses all three of his shots. Disappointed, Tropius returns empty handed to the end of the queue, hoping the green balloons aren't all gone by the time he has another shot at them.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 26 Blue; 27 Red; 19 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Glalie bounces up onto the stage, her blue, red, green picking order implanted firmly in her mind by this stage of the game. Her Ice Beam sails straight past the blue balloon, but her second shot at the red one hits, scoring her a ten point red ticket. Aiming for a green one next, her freezing cold beam of ice tears right through it, bursting it and releasing the fifteen point green ticket inside. Happy to have snagged the two highest scoring balloons this round, she proudly collects the tickets and takes them over to Arnold before making her way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 25
Total Points: 235
Balloons Left: 26 Blue; 26 Red; 18 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Kumori approaches the stage next, his eyes focused only on the red balloons. They've done him well so far, so he's hoping they'll continue to help him stay in the top three. His first attack misses causing him to worry slightly, but his next attack is a direct hit. He watches the red ticket flutter to the ground before aiming for his third and final balloon for this round. His Powder Snow washes right past the balloon, but he's at least made one hit this round which keeps him in second place on the score board.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 230
Balloons Left: 26 Blue; 25 Red; 18 Green

Round 14 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 185
Alto & Charizard: 95
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 130
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 235
Tyranidos & Torchic: 210
Jonouchi & Mawile: 115
Zami & Eevee: 175
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 150
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 140
Arnold & Glalie: 235
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 230

The end of round fourteen sees Glalie move up the score board to tie for first place with Atzu. Kumori is holding on to his second place position at the moment while Phoenix isn't too far behind in third. There are still plenty more balloons to go, including eighteen of the fifteen point green balloons, so there is still time for the remaining Pokémon to move up the ranks.


Round 15

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
With unpleasant thoughts of bad round after bad round plaguing him, Rapture moves up onto the stage. He's more than nervous at this point, but after striking a green balloon with his first shot, cheers up immensely. He aims again, his Dragonbreath shooting skyward and taking out a second green balloon. He knows that whether his next shot is a hit or miss, he's still done exceptionally well in this round and is already feeling quite proud. He has little to worry about however, for his third attempt is just as successful as his first two, a green balloon bursting to reveal his third ticket for this round. Collecting his forty five points worth of ticket, she proudly presents them to Stacey, happy to have partially made up for having missed so many balloons in previous rounds.

Points this round: 45
Total Points: 230
Balloons Left: 26 Blue; 25 Red; 15 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Inferno is feeling pretty good about having hit two of the balloons in the last round and takes the stage with an air of confidence. He burst out a Flamethrower, immediately engulfing a blue balloon. Aiming next for a red one, he lets loose with another flaming stream of fire, hitting his target and releasing his second ticket for the round. Snorting his approval, he focuses upon a green balloon, his Flamethrower taking it out with a loud BANG! Cheers erupt from the crowd as Inferno rears his head back to roar his approval, for everyone is excited by the fact that he'd finally managed to snag himself three successful hits. Retrieving his blue, red, and green tickets, Inferno struts over to Alto, hands his trainer the tickets, and returns to the end of the queue with a pleased glint in his eye.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 125
Balloons Left: 25 Blue; 24 Red; 14 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
With Rapture and Inferno making a spectacular start to the round, Gible feels that he needs to match their success. He lets loose with two Ice Beams, each one bursting a blue balloon, and while loud cheers erupt from the crowd to see that three Pokémon have managed to hit all of their targets so far, Gible becomes a little too excited and misses his shot at a red. He's far from upset though, as the encouragement from his trainer and the crowd is only aiding in making him happier than ever, so he eagerly collects his two blue tickets, taking them over to Kim before skipping back to the end of the queue, already impatient for his next turn.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 23 Blue; 24 Red; 14 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Round fifteen has started off very well, and Atzu's performance is no different. Though he misses his third and final shot at a red balloon, he hits his first two blue ones, giving him ten points for the round.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 245
Balloons Left: 21 Blue; 24 Red; 14 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Every lucky streak has to end somewhere, and even though Phoenix steps up with high hopes for this round after seeing how those before him have performed, he somehow manages to miss all three of his attempted shots at the green balloons. There are only fourteen left on the stage, so unless he can start hitting some more soon, me may not have very long left to take part in this game considering he's only been instructed to go for the green ones. Disappointed not to have done a little better, he steps down, hoping he'll snag some next round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 210
Balloons Left: 21 Blue; 24 Red; 14 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Kain has had a good running the last few rounds, after making quite a slow start. Of his last nine balloons, he's hit eight of them, so he steps up on stage with a good deal of confidence. He wavers slightly after missing his first blue balloon, but he doesn't let it get to him. Refocusing, and concentrating on what he's doing, he bursts the next two, giving him two blue tickets, and ten points for this round.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 125
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 24 Red; 14 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Eevee practically leaps up onto the stage, all of the balloon popping going on around her adding to her already overexcited state. She fires off her Swift attacks a little too quickly, missing all three of her attempted shots. Slightly disappointed for not paying closer attention and aiming properly, she leaves the stage, bounding to the end of the queue to await her next turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 175
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 24 Red; 14 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Qwilfish returns to the stage appearing decidedly parched. He's longing for the water, and once again wishes this were a water based game in which he could excel. This is not the case, however, and his distracting thoughts lead him to miss all three of the red balloons he's aimed for. At this point he doesn't seem to care too much as he's more interested in wanting the game finished in order to end his torture, and gladly hops hops from the stage to allow the next Pokémon to have their turn.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 150
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 24 Red; 14 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Tropius steps up, well aware of the fact that the green balloons are dwindling away. Hoping to score at least one, he's relived when hit first attack bursts a green balloon to release the ticket inside. Hoping for a similar run to that of Rapture and Inferno, he aims for his next green balloon. He misses, and then misses his third shot again. At least he has one ticket for this round though, and eagerly collects it, returning it to Zora before taking his place back at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 24 Red; 13 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Glalie bounces up next. She's not done too badly in recent rounds and is hoping her luck stays with her. Her first shot is far from lucky, completely missing a blue balloon, but her next ice Beam rips straight through a red one which hypes her up for her third attempt. She focuses carefully upon a gusting green balloon, watching its movements and hoping she'll be able to judge in which direction it will flit next. Unleashing her attack, she watches as her Ice Beam passes through the balloon and bursts it to reveal another green ticket. Happily collecting her red and green tickets, she takes them over to Arnold, eager for round sixteen to begin.

Points this round: 25
Total Points: 260
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 23 Red; 12 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Kumori moves up onto the stage. He'd hit only one balloon last round and is hoping to secure his lead by hitting more this time around. Though his first shot fails to hit its mark, he doesn't give up, concentrating harder on his targets. His next two shots are perfect, hitting and bursting two red balloons, and giving him another twenty points to add to his overall total as the game moves into round sixteen.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 250
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 21 Red; 12 Green

Round 15 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 230
Alto & Charizard: 125
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 140
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 245
Tyranidos & Torchic: 210
Jonouchi & Mawile: 125
Zami & Eevee: 175
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 150
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 155
Arnold & Glalie: 260
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 250

Round fifteen has seen a new leader emerge as Glalie brings herself and Arnold up to the top of the score board. Kumori's success this round has finally brought himself and Kami back in front of Atzu and Jess, but there are still many more balloons left on the stage. As the players move into round sixteen, some are nervous, others excited, and the crowd is cheering each and every one of the Pokémon on as there are now only fifty two of the original two hundred and fifty one balloons left. Something will have to give soon, and everyone knows it; both players and spectators alike.


Round 16

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
There are only twelve green balloons left on deck, and Rapture knows this could very well be one of his last chances to go for them since he's been instructed to always go for the highest scoring tier. He aims carefully, but misses his first shot. Nervous, he takes aim for the same green balloon, determined to hit it this time. He succeeds, popping it and releasing a pretty green ticket. There are now only eleven greens left, so he'll have to be careful. Taking a little longer than usual before firing off his Dragonbreath, he watches while another green balloon bursts, the ticket inside fluttering down to the stage floor to land next to the other one. With a sigh of relief, he collects them both, takes them to Stacey, and prays the other Pokémon won't take out the remainder of the greens before he has a chance to take at least one more shot at them.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 260
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 21 Red; 10 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Inferno steps up next, completely and utterly hyped after his success last round. Perhaps a little too confident, he misses his first blue balloon, but is more careful when taking his second shot. He takes out a red balloon before setting his sights on one of the remaining ten greens. Perhaps his nerves are getting to him a little because he misses his mark, his Flamethrower sailing past the balloon and bringing his turn to a close. He collects his single red ticket, glad that he'd at least manage to hit one of them though it's not an extremely consoling thought at the moment considering he knows he could have done much better if only he'd concentrated a little harder.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 135
Balloons Left: 19 Blue; 20 Red; 10 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
The cheering crowd, popping balloons, and general excitement of the game, are all factors that make this little Gible one very happy fellow indeed. He dashes up on to the stage, so eager to have his turn and to actually want to burst a balloon this time that he actually takes a moment to aim properly for his first target. Gible's attack hits dead centre, bursting a blue balloon and releasing the ticket inside. Jumping for joy, Gible attacks a little too swiftly with his next two shots, not taking the time to aim properly, and missing both as a result. He's not too concerned though, and collects his ticket for his trainer before racing back to the end of the queue to await his next turn.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 145
Balloons Left: 18 Blue; 20 Red; 10 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Atzu steps up onto the stage looking quite nervous. He'd held the lead for himself and Jess for quite a while, but has now slipped back into third place. He wants nothing more than to make his trainer proud by winning this game for her and takes him time aiming for the balloons. Practically everyone is holding their breath while waiting for him to finally attack, but before long he's managed to burst each and every one of the balloons he's aimed for. His two blue tickets and one red have given him twenty points for this round which he's hoping is enough to push them up higher on the score board at the conclusion of this round.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 265
Balloons Left: 16 Blue; 19 Red; 10 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 10 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Phoenix appears a little downcast after missing all three balloons last round, but with only ten greens left on the board he knows he needs to pull out a miracle. Focusing carefully on the gusting Pidgey and the balloons, he fires off and Ember and strikes his first target. Cheers erupt from the crowd and Torchic's little eyes light up with pride. Turning back to the stage he sets his sights on another green balloon, carefully aiming before unleashing another Ember. Second hit! Two shots and thirty points, leaving one more shot for him this round. The cheers from the crowd are overwhelming, making him feel almost invincible, and as a result he's not as careful with his aim for his third and final shot this round. His Ember misses its mark, but rather than being upset by this, he's thrilled to have scored another thirty points for himself and his trainer.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 240
Balloons Left: 16 Blue; 19 Red; 8 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
By this stage of the game, Kain is wishing that he and Ricco had gone with a different strategy. Kain certainly isn't doing badly as far as overall hits go, but his score certainly doesn't reflect his effort due to the fact he's been hitting the lower scoring blue balloons. Despite his concerns, he takes to the stage and immediately focuses upon the blue balloons, just as his trainer had instructed. His first shot is a miss, but he strikes his next two balloons quite easily which gives him an additional ten points to add to his overall tally. Even if he's not at the top of the leader board, Kain knows he can be proud of his efforts as far as numbers are concerned especially during these final rounds.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 135
Balloons Left: 14 Blue; 19 Red; 8 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
The cheering crowds and general excited atmosphere of this festival game has Catherine's hyperactive little pup operating on full thrusters. She leaps up onto the stage, totally enjoying being the centre of attention while she lets loose with her swift attacks at the array of colourful balloons before her. Each one of her attacks hit their mark giving Eevee one blue, one red, and one green ticket totalling 30 points for the round. Barking with approval as the crowd cheers her efforts, Eevee collects her tickets and bounds back to the end of the queue, playfully chasing her tail while waiting for the next round to begin.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 205
Balloons Left: 13 Blue; 18 Red; 7 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
With the game quite obviously moving into a close, Qwilfish is in emotional turmoil. He wants this game to be over, he's disappointed he hasn't gotten more points so far, and he's frustrated for not trying harder last round. As he plops himself down in front of the colourful balloons, he finds himself dearly wanting to burst as many of them as possible so as to make this unpleasant land game well worth his efforts. Though he wants to do better, his mind is spinning with many different thoughts which is slightly offputting as far as his accuracy is concerned. The thoughts distracting him lead him to miss all three of hos shots at the red balloons. A loud, "Awwwww," comes from the crowd, and he looks at them, gurgling something that everyone presumes to mean, "Maybe next time," before he makes his way off the stage.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 150
Balloons Left: 13 Blue; 18 Red; 7 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 15 MISS!
Tropius steps up next, keen to have his turn while there are still several green balloons left on stage. He's under no illusions that he may not have another turn at them, especially now that there are only seven left, and that a fair few of the participating Pokémon are going for them. A little too eager, Tropius misses his first shot, but refocuses and hits the balloon on his second attempt. Trying for another green, he misses, snagging only fifteen points of a possible forty five for this round. A little disappointed, he retrieves his ticket before making his way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 170
Balloons Left: 13 Blue; 18 Red; 6 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Glalie bounces up onto the stage. Atzu's spectacular round has pushed him and Jess back into first place, and Glalie would like to reclaim that position for herself and Arnold. Desperation sets in as she knows it's crucial at this stage of the game to get in as many hits per round as possible, whether they're smaller or higher scoring balloons, as every single point matters. A little too desperate to hit, she panics slightly and ends up missing her first shot. With one shot down, two to go, and a lead to reclaim, she becomes even more nervous, missing her second and third shots as well, and cementing Atzu's current lead. Looking apologetically toward her trainer, she makes her way to the end of the queue as the final Pokémon for round sixteen takes the stage.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 260
Balloons Left: 13 Blue; 18 Red; 6 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Kumori takes his position on the deck, hoping to secure a position in the top two on the score board. He aims carefully before letting loose his Powder Snow and bursting a red balloon which gives him another ten points to add to his final tally. Excited, he moves a little too quickly with his next shot, missing his mark, but soon compensates by bursting another red balloon on his third attempt. He's done what he'd hoped, not only surpassing Arnold and Glalie, but Jess and Atzu as well which has put him in first place as round sixteen comes to a close.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 270
Balloons Left: 13 Blue; 16 Red; 6 Green

Round 16 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 260
Alto & Charizard: 135
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 145
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 265
Tyranidos & Torchic: 240
Jonouchi & Mawile: 135
Zami & Eevee: 205
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 150
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 170
Arnold & Glalie: 260
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 270

The scores are tight as four Pokémon battle it out to share first, second, and third place on the score board. All of their positions have shuffled from the previous round, some surging forward thanks to some lucky hits while others fall behind after Lady Luck has apparently decided to abandon them. An added air of tension is passing through the playing Pokémon as there are only six green balloons left on the deck which means there is a very good chance some of them may not even have the opportunity to try striking one. As this game moves into its final rounds, the crowd and the trainers are cheering the Pokémon on, excitement building as everyone waits anxiously to see who will come out of this game as the winner.


Round 17

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 7 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Rapture takes the stage. He'd managed to hit two out of three green balloons last round, and if he can pull it off again this round then he'll be one very happy little Rotom. He takes careful aim, fully aware of the fact that there are only six green balloons left in play. His Dragonbreath sails toward his first target and the crow erupts in cheers as the balloon pops, releasing the green ticket inside. Rapture aims again, being very, very careful, and successfully hits his second green balloon of the round. Just one more, he's hoping. He aims and fires off his attack, but the gusting Pidgey send the balloon off in a completely different direction just as the attack is about to hit. He's still managed to hit two of the green balloons though, giving him another thirty points to add to his final tally.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 290
Balloons Left: 13 Blue; 16 Red; 4 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 2 MISS!
Inferno steps up in front of the cheering crowd, nodding his head politely to acknowledge their support. He focuses on the balloons, first aiming for a blue balloon and bursting it before taking aim for a red one. His attack misses, so he sets his sights on one of the four remaining greens. With so few left on the stage, and so many Pokémon left to play before his next turn, Inferno can't see how he'll have another chance at this and stares hard at it gusting about in the heavy wind. Finally unleashing his Flamethrower, the attack streaks past the side of the balloon, but not quite close enough to burst it. He snorts, disappointed, but retrieves his single blue ticket before stepping off the stage.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 12 Blue; 16 Red; 4 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Gible races up onto the stage, thrilled to bits to be having another turn in this most fun and exciting, balloon popping game. He knows it's drawing to a close and that he won't have many more chances to play, so he's a little more careful with his targeting this time around. He hits his first blue balloon and jumps up and down excitedly upon seeing it burst before looking at another one and sending his Ice Beam sailing straight past. With an "Oops" expression on his face, he concentrates on a red balloon this time, taking a moment to study just how much the balloon is moving in the breeze before sending his ice cold beam straight at it. His attack hits, snagging him his second hit for this round. With an excited cry he retrieves his red and blue tickets from the deck, tossing them at Kim on his run back up the line of Pokémon beside the deck to take his position at the end of the queue.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 160
Balloons Left: 11 Blue; 15 Red; 4 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Atzu steps up next, knowing he'll have to do well in this round in order to regain his lead. He focuses intently, successfully bursting the first two blue balloons that he aims for, but when he goes for the red he misses. A little disappointed to have only gained ten points this round, he retrieves his two blue tickets before making his way over to Jess and then back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 275
Balloons Left: 9 Blue; 15 Red; 4 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 11 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Phoenix returns to the stage. There are four green balloons left, and he has three shots at them. With any luck he'll be able to take three of these babies out, but he's so nervous at the prospect of possibly missing, that it affects his judgement as he lets loose with his attacks. All three miss their mark, and if he had hands with which to facepalm, then he would. He sighs dejectedly, hopping off the stage, disappointed in knowing that the chances of him having another shot at a green balloon are extremely slim. Returning to the end of the queue, he watches intently while the next Pokémon moves up onto the deck.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 240
Balloons Left: 9 Blue; 15 Red; 4 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 5 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Kain may have gotten off to a slow start today but he's certainly made up for it in recent rounds, so he takes to the stage knowing that he has a pretty good chance of adding to his tally. He's soon discouraged, however, when his first two attacks miss two of the lowest scoring balloons on deck, and so concentrates harder when aiming for the third. His attack hits, scoring him a five point blue ticket to add to his collection. Stepping down, he's disappointed that he didn't do better this round, but the excited cheers coming from the crowd help him to feel much better as he can see that he's being offered a lot of support.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 140
Balloons Left: 8 Blue; 15 Red; 4 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Eevee bounds up onto the stage, eager for her turn to begin. She starts off with a direct hit upon a red balloon which immediately nets her a ten point ticket. She aims next for one of the four remaining green balloons, but misses, before turning her attention to the dwindling row of blue balloons at the bottom. Her Swift attack tears right through one, bursting it and netting her one more ticket for the round. Collecting her two colourful tokens, Eevee races them over to Catherine before making her way back to the end of the line.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 220
Balloons Left: 7 Blue; 14 Red; 4 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
It's Qwilfish's turn again, and he's looking decidedly ill as the takes the stage. His instructions are to only attack the red balloons, so he focuses upon one of them, albeit a little groggily. His Pin Missile sails right past it, his following attack sailing right by on the opposite side of the balloon. Gurgling his diapproval, he stares the balloon down, unleashing another Pin Missile attack that tears through the annoying red balloon and bursts it. He retrieves his ticket, taking it to his trainer before returning to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 160
Balloons Left: 7 Blue; 13 Red; 4 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 9 HIT!
Tropius is relieved to find that he is getting at least one more opportunity to try for a green balloon and is determined to make the most of it. Unfortunately those Pidgey are proving to be a right royal pain in the backside and are solely responsible for him missing his first two shots. Realistically, he knows the probability of this last shot being his final chance at a green is quite high and so he stops for a moment to take a deep breath and calm his nerves. One last shot. Unleashing his attack he watches, thrilled to bits when the green balloon bursts. That's another fifteen points added to his final tally, but just how much longer can this game last? Judging from the number of balloons left in play, he's guessing not very long.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 185
Balloons Left: 7 Blue; 13 Red; 3 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
Glalie is quite downcast after performing so abysmally in the last round. She'd lost her lead and knows that if she can't pull out the numbers in this round then she's unlikely to get back into the top three, let alone back to the top of the score board. Feeling quite frazzled, she unfortunately allows her negative thinking to distract her just enough to miss not only her first shot, but her second and third shots as well. For two consecutive rounds she's struck no balloons at all, and this knowledge makes her feel a little guilty. Not even looking at Arnold, Glalie leaves the stage and returns to the end of the queue, promising herself she'll make up for her current failure during the next round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 260
Balloons Left: 7 Blue; 13 Red; 3 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Kumori moves up, secretly pleased that so many Pokémon have been missing because this is making it easier for him to cement his first place position on the score board. Rapture's success this round is a little concerning though, for Kumori realises that all three of his shots will need to hit in order for him to regain his lead, and that two must hit in order to equal Rapture's current score. Trying not to think too much about it for fear that it will distract him, it turns out it's a little too late for that as he's already far too nervous about missing. As a result he misses his first two shots, but takes a moment to ensure he aims properly for his third, and watches while his Powder Snow bursts the red balloon he'd aimed for. Collecting his red ticket, he takes it over to Kami before returning to the end of the line as the game moves into the next round.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 280
Balloons Left: 7 Blue; 12 Red; 3 Green

Round 17 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 290
Alto & Charizard: 140
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 160
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 275
Tyranidos & Torchic: 240
Jonouchi & Mawile: 140
Zami & Eevee: 220
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 160
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 185
Arnold & Glalie: 260
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 280

As round seventeen comes to a close we once again find that the tables have turned. It seems that each round is changing the leader board so that a different Pokémon is sitting at the top. Most of the Pokémon playing the game realise by now that they have no real chance of winning, but those who are at the top of the score board are the ones who seem to be taking the remainder of this game the most seriously. To be tasting victory only to have it pulled right out from under them isn't a pleasant feeling, so all except for Rapture are hoping that the next round will once again turn the tables and change the positions of those at the top of the leader board.


Round 18

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 4 MISS!
There are three green balloons left on deck, and Rapture has three shots this round. If the little ghost type could sweat, he'd be soaking up the stage right now. This is his final chance, and he knows it, for if he doesn't take out these green balloons, another Pokémon will. He's so nervous that he starts sparking up a storm, and while excited cries and words of encouragement are coming from both his trainer as well as the festival spectators, the little electric/ghost type focuses all of his attention on one of the remaining three green balloons. He takes careful aim and fires off his Dragonbreath, but unfortunately the gusting Pidgey are making it a little too hard to hit. He misses, before refocusing and trying again. His second shot misses, as does his third, and with the round over he looks up the three balloons dejectedly, wishing he could have scored at least one of them. Turning around, he makes his way back to the end of the queue knowing that he could very well just have cost Stacey their current lead.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 290
Balloons Left: 7 Blue; 12 Red; 3 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 1 MISS!
Inferno steps up next, not at all upset by the fact Rapture had just missed all three of its shots, because that means there's still a green balloon waiting there with his name on it. He takes his time though, working his way up the tiers. Starting with a blue balloon, he unleashes his Flamethrower, engulfing the balloon in the fiery stream of flames and releasing the ticket inside. Roaring his approval as the crowd cheers him on, Inferno focuses next on a red balloon, snorting his disgust when his Flamethrower streaks right past it. The green balloon is the prize though, for it's worth the most points on the stage, so he takes careful aim before blasting off another fiery attack. The gusting Pidgey are making matter difficult, however, and the balloon flutters to the side allowing Inferno's attack to streak harmlessly by. Disappointed that he'd only managed to score a measly five points this round, Inferno collects his blue ticket and hands it to Alto on his way back to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 5
Total Points: 145
Balloons Left: 6 Blue; 12 Red; 3 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 4 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Gible, more hyped up with each passing round, is totally enjoying the festive atmosphere surrounding this game. By now he knows that he's not going to come close to winning one of the major prizes, but he doesn't seem to mind in the least. He dances his way onto the stage, totally playing to the crowd, before turning his attention to the balloons bobbing in the breeze. He fires off his first Ice Beam straight for one of the blue balloons and dances a little happy dance when it bursts and releases the ticket inside. Spurred on by his success, as well as the raucous cheering from the crowd, he aims for another blue balloon, once again bursting it and gaining himself an additional five point blue ticket. Aiming next for a red balloon, he grins widely when his Ice Beam sails straight past it, not at all disappointed to have missed. This little dragon is having the time of his life, so hit or miss, it doesn't really matter. Collecting his two blue tickets, he races them over to Kim before running back to the end of the queue, eagerly awaiting round nineteen so that he can have another turn.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 170
Balloons Left: 4 Blue; 12 Red; 3 Green

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 1 MISS!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Atzu steps up next hoping he'll be able to help get himself and Jess back into the lead. His nerves are showing, for his first attack fails to hit one of the blue balloons. Hearing the cheers and encouragement coming from both his trainer and the spectators, Atzu renews his focus upon the balloon he'd just missed, and tries again. This time his Bubblebeam bursts the balloon giving him a five point blue ticket for his efforts. Focusing next upon a red balloon, he watches it carefully for a few moments before letting loose with his attack, jumping for joy when the balloon bursts to reveal a ten point red ticket. Though he's not sur these fifteen points are enough to help them regain their previous lead, Atzu is thankful that he'd managed to hit two of his targets, particularly the red.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 290
Balloons Left: 3 Blue; 11 Red; 3 Green

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 2 MISS!
Phoenix hops onto the stage. There are three green balloons left in play, and he has three shots available to him. If he can take out these balloons he'll be a very happy little chookie, but after having missed all three of his shots last round, Phoenix isn't feeling very confident. His trainer and the crowd are cheering him on which helps to make him feel a little better considering he has so much support behind him. Focusing upon one of the bobbing green balloons, he unleashes an Ember, but he's so nervous that he doesn't get quite the right angle on his attack which allow the gusting Pidgey to blow his Embers away in the wind. His little eyes fill with worry, but he refocuses upon the balloon, firing off another Ember attack which also misses. With three balloons still on the deck and only one attack left, Phoenix's little legs buckle just as he lets loose with his final attack. It misses, leaving the poor little Torchic with no points for his efforts this round.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 240
Balloons Left: 3 Blue; 11 Red; 3 Green

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 3 HIT!
Blue (5 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 5-sided die: 2 HIT!
Kain steps up next. While everyone else seems to be focusing upon the three remaining green balloons, he instead focuses upon the three remaining blue balloons. They may not be worth as many points, but they're far easier to hit, and at this point of the game Kain feels that points are very important to have. He wastes no time in taking out all three blues, grinning broadly at his trainer as the last one disappears from play leaving only eleven red and three greens in play. Collecting his fifteen points worth of blue tickets, Kain leaves the stage, hoping he'll have a chance to collect a few more points during the next round.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 11 Red; 3 Green

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 10 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Eevee races onto the stage, completely enjoying herself as round eighteen moves into its second half. Eevee's instructions were clear; aim for the balloons in a pattern from lowest to highest, and with all of the blue balloons now out of play that only leaves red and green. Since blue is the last colour she'd aimed for in the previous round, her eyes dart straight toward one of the bobbing red balloons. Releasing her Swift attack, the little energy starts whoosh straight around her target, completely missing it. Turning her head toward a green balloon next, she once again fires off her attack, yipping happily when it bursts and releases a fifteen point green ticket. Aiming for another red, her attack misses, but she's far from disappointed as she'd managed to hit one of the last remaining high scoring balloons. Taking her ticket over to Catherine, Eevee darts back to the end of the queue hoping that the last balloon isn't burst before she has an opportunity to have another turn.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 235
Balloons Left: 11 Red; 2 Green

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Qwilfish returns to the stage, his Pin Missile immediately taking out a red balloon. He's thankful this game is just about over, but that doesn't mean he's going to stop trying to rack up as many points as possible. Unfortunately he's feeling just too ill now to really give it his all and his next two attacks miss their marks. Leaving the stage with his single red ticket, he takes consolation in the fact that he'd at least hit one of the balloons, as hitting none at all is rather embarrassing, particularly in front of so many people and Pokémon.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 170
Balloons Left: 10 Red; 2 Green

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 8 HIT!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Tropius steps up, his instructions clear in his mind. Always go for the highest scoring balloons in play, so that's exactly what he does. If he should manage to take out both greens, he'll aim for a red balloon next, but unfortunately that's not something he needs to concern himself with at the moment as he only succeeds in bursting one of the two remaining green balloons. Retrieving his fifteen point ticket, Tropius returns to the end of the queue, one hundred percent certain that he'll not have another chance at scoring another green ticket considering there's only one green balloon left in the game with several different Pokémon instructed to go for it.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 200
Balloons Left: 10 Red; 1 Green

Arnold & Glalie:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 3 MISS!
Glalie is next, but despite the fact she's receiving an overwhelming amount of support from both her trainer and the cheering crowd, she's plagued with memories of her abysmal performance during the last two rounds. She'd felt so proud after gaining a lead in the game only to be completely crushed by bad luck in the following rounds. These thoughts are with her while she aims for a red balloon, and even though she strikes it and receives a ten point ticket for bursting the balloon, her successful hit doesn't make her feel much better at all. As a result she misses her next two shots, leaving her with only a ten point advantage this round. Glalie sighs heavily, collecting her ticket and taking it over to Arnold before making her way to the end of the queue.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 270
Balloons Left: 9 Red; 1 Green

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Kumori returns to the stage. He'd done well to get back into the game after being surpassed on the score board by other Pokémon, but then to lose that lead yet again due to some bad luck was a crushing experience. Although he has everything in the world to feel proud of, especially considering the fact he'd burst the prized golden balloon, he feels a little guilty for having failed his trainer. Dwelling on these thoughts are affecting his accuracy, however, and he ends up missing all three of his shots at the red balloons. Sighing, Kumori leaves the stage, making his way back to the end of the queue and wondering if he'll even have another chance to play considering there are only ten balloons left on stage.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 280
Balloons Left: 9 Red; 1 Green

Round 18 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 290
Alto & Charizard: 145
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 170
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 290
Tyranidos & Torchic: 240
Jonouchi & Mawile: 155
Zami & Eevee: 235
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 170
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 200
Arnold & Glalie: 270
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 280

Rapture and Atzu are currently in the lead, each sharing first place, while Kumori and Glalie are hot on their heels in respective second and third positions on the score board. This game has been so bizarrely unpredictable that it's hard to tell just who will take the final lead. With only ten balloons left in play everyone is sure this will be their last chance to rack up the points and make their final scores count. Excitement is in the air, trainers are encouraging their Pokémon, the crowd is cheering them all on, and in some cases nerves are rather frazzled. With the game now moving into round nineteen, the race for first place is on.


Round 19

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 5 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 12 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 14 MISS!
It's Rapture's turn again, and in order to secure his lead he's going to have to ensure he strikes the green balloon and at least one red. He aims for the lone green balloon flitting about in the air, but misses which causes him to worry a little. Taking aim again, he sends his attack hurtling for the green balloon, but once again misses. Fretting now because he's fearing he'll lose his lead if he doesn't strike the balloon this time, he fires off his attack a little too prematurely and watches helplessly as it sails past its target. Leaving the stage and hoping he hasn't lost his lead for his trainer, Rapture returns to the end of the queue, doubtful he'll have another shot at this game considering there are so few balloons left in play.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 290
Balloons Left: 9 Red; 1 Green

Alto & Charizard:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 13 MISS!
Inferno steps up next, hoping for all he's worth that he'll strike not just one, but all three targets in what looks to be the final round of the game. He takes aim at a red balloon, unleashing a Flamethrower, but missing. Snorting, he aims again, a little more carefully this time, but misses again thanks to those pesky Pidgey. Aiming this time for the last green balloon on deck, he blasts out a stream of fire only to miss his third consecutive shot. Stepping down, he briefly considers returning to his trainer rather than the queue, but since this round has started off on a disastrous note for both himself and Rapture then it may just be possible that this game could end up proceeding into round twenty if the remaining Pokémon's luck is anywhere near as bad as theirs.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 145
Balloons Left: 9 Red; 1 Green

Aquatic Angel & Gible:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Green (15 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 15-sided die: 6 HIT!
Gible leaps up onto the stage, his excitement at just about maximum point. With there being no blue balloons left in play he recalls his trainers instructions to always go for two of the lowest tier of balloons on the stage as well as one of the next highest. So rather than going for blue, blue, red this round, Gible needs to focus upon red, red, and green. He doesn't really care which balloons he goes for, he just loves the sound of them bursting. The cheers from the crowd are making him even more excited, and the fact that this game is unlikely to extend into another round promts him to really concentrate upon what he's doing. Unfortunately he misses his first two shots at the red balloons, so he turns his attention to the one remaining green balloon on the stage. He hasn't had a chance to go for this colour yet as he's been following orders to aim for the lower tiers, so he becomes ultra excited at the prospect of gaining himself a pretty little ticket of a different colour. For the first time during this game Gible really concentrates upon what he's doing, taking a few moments to watch the movement of the balloon as it gusts about in the breeze. Finally letting loose with his Ice Beam, Gible's jaw drops wide open when he watches it smack the balloon and burst with a loud BANG, releasing the ticket inside. With a war like, excited cry, the little dragon races over and picks up his ticket, running over to Kim and shoving it in her face so she's able to see it's a different colour than the others he's collected so far. Running back to the end of the queue, Gible watches the next Pokémon step up on stage, wondering if there's any chance at all of him getting another chance to play this very exciting game.

Points this round: 15
Total Points: 185
Balloons Left: 9 Red

lilbluecorsola & Azumarill:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Atzu takes the stage next. He'd watched with interest while Rapture missed all three of his shots this round, silently thankful for this small mercy as it means that he only needs to hit one balloon in order to secure his first place lead. Kumori and Glalie are still serious threats though, so in order to cement his win Atzu is going to need to make three successful shots. He's sweating a little, really wanting to secure first position for Jess, but not sure if he'll be able to do it. Missing his first and second shots don't do a great deal for his confidence, but he does manage to burst one of the remaining red balloons with his third and final shot. Collecting his red ticket, he hopes it's enough to secure a win for his trainer.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 300
Balloons Left: 8 Red

Tyranidos & Torchic:
Rather than stepping up to the stage, Phoenix looks sadly at the red balloons swaying about on the deck. Tyrant had only instructed him to go for the green ones so he doesn't want to disobey his trainer's orders. Taryn looks down at him while the crowd releases a loud, collective, "Awwwwwww," and smiles cheerfully.

"Would you like to go for a red balloon, Torchic?" Taryn asks, but Phoenix just looks at the red balloons while the words of his trainer play through his mind. "Let's go Phoenix! Use Ember to strike the green balloons!"

Phoenix shakes his head sadly in response to Taryn's question and returns to his trainer's side, sitting down to watch the remaining Pokémon finish the game.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 240
Balloons Left: 8 Red

Jonouchi & Mawile:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 8 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Kain steps up onto the deck, feeling a little sorry for Phoenix for not being able to continue playing. With all of the blue balloons out of the picture he follows Ricco's instructions and goes for the next highest tier. He's glad Ricco had thought to mention an alternative plan or he may also have had to sit out the remainder of the game and that's not something he wants to do, especially now that he's finally able to go for a balloon worth more than five points. A little too eager to finally be going for a red balloon, Kain is too quick to attack and as a result misses all three shots. Cursing himself for not being more careful, he returns to the end of the queue, not convinced he'll have another shot at them but hoping that he will.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 155
Balloons Left: 8 Red

Zami & Eevee:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 5 HIT!
Eevee is next to play, fairly certain that this will be her final round. She's a little sad about the fact the game is coming to a close so she takes her time and concentrates on what she's doing. One after another she pops three of the remaining eight red balloons; BANG! BANG! BANG! Howling her approval, she collects her tickets and races off the stage, extremely excited to have won herself thirty points in the closing round.

Points this round: 30
Total Points: 265
Balloons Left: 5 Red

Missingno. Master & Qwilfish:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
It seems Qwilfish has finally had enough. While he doesn't dislike the game, he certainly dislikes the fact it's not a water game, and he's utterly parched, feeling very weak and very ill. His half hearted attempts to hit one of the remaining five balloons get him nowhere, and so he flops back down from the stage praying for the Goddess of Water to come to his rescue.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 170
Balloons Left: 5 Red

ZoraJolteon & Tropius:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 9 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 6 HIT!
Tropius steps up next feeling bad for Qwilfish yet at the same time relieved it hadn't taken out any of the balloons as that means he's in with a better chance of hitting them. With only five balloons left in play Tropius has absolutely no doubt in his mind that this will be his last chance to rack up his point tally. With the red balloons supposedly far easier to hit than the green ones, Tropius doesn't quite take the care necessary to ensure his accuracy and ends up missing his first two shots. Stomping his front right foot in frustration, he takes careful aim with his third and final shot, pleased when the red balloon bursts and rewards him with a ten point ticket. Retrieving his prize, he doesn't even bother heading to the end of the queue, instead returning to Zora's side to watch the rest of the game unfold.

Points this round: 10
Total Points: 210
Balloons Left: 4 Red

Arnold & Glalie:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 10 MISS!
Glalie takes the stage, under no illusions regarding the fact that this will most definitely be her final turn unless every single other Pokémon in the game suddenly finds themselves missing every single shot. She fires off her Ice Beam, shattered when it sails straight past its target. Refocusing upon the same balloon, Glalie tries again, but is once again disappointed to see her attack miss. Hoping for better luck with her very last shot of the game, Glalie unleashes a third Ice Beam, upset to see she's wasted another round by hitting absolutely no balloons whatsoever. Making her way off stage, Glalie sits at the bottom of it rather than returning to the end of the queue. She's hoping the remaining Pokémon will have some bad luck so that she can try again, but she's not counting on it.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 270
Balloons Left: 4 Red

Rabid Squirrel & Castform:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 3 MISS!
Kumori moves up onto the stage. She has three shots, and there are four balloons left. Even if she manages to take out three of them, this game will still move over into round twenty. The sun is moving higher in the sky, so he knows that the Hero's Parade will be starting shortly and he really wants to see it. Aiming very carefully, Kumori wants to ensure that nobody else has a chance to get as many balloons as him and wants to take out three if possible. His first two attacks hit their mark, releasing two ten point red ticket, but his third sails straight past leaving two red balloons sitting on the stage as the game moves into round twenty.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 300
Balloons Left: 2 Red

Round 19 Stats
Arc_Angel & Rotom: 290
Alto & Charizard: 145
Aquatic Angel & Gible: 185
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: 300
Tyranidos & Torchic: 240
Jonouchi & Mawile: 155
Zami & Eevee: 265
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: 170
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: 210
Arnold & Glalie: 270
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: 300

As round nineteen ends, Atzu and Kumori are sharing the lead while Rapture and Glalie are taking respective second and third place on the score board. There are two balloons left on the deck which could very well change the winning positions should rapture be lucky enough to strike them both. The crowd is cheering so loudly that the Pokémon can barely hear themselves think. Whatever happens next, these two remaining red balloons will definitely be the deciding factor, so it remains to be seen just who will end up the winner of this game.


Round 20

Arc_Angel & Rotom:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 2 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 1 MISS!
Rapture moves back onto the stage feeling quite nervous, yet at the same time very excited. Hit or miss, he knows he'll place in the top three, but his accuracy in this deciding round will determine just where he'll end up on the score board. One hit and he'll share first place with Atzu and Kumori, two hits and he'll steal first place all for himself. No hits at all and he'll place second. No matter which way he looks at it, he's won, which helps put his mind to rest. Not quite as nervous now that he's thought it through, Rapture isn't quite as careful as he perhaps should be, and ends up missing all three of his attempts at the remaining two red balloons. A little disappointed that he hadn't tried harder, Rapture makes his way off the stage and returns to his trainers side.

Points this round: 0
Total Points: 290
Balloons Left: 2 Red

Alto & Charizard:
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 7 HIT!
Red (10 points) OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 10-sided die: 4 HIT!
Inferno steps up, pleased to be having one final chance when he thought he wouldn't. He watches the first balloon very carefully before unleashing his Flamethrower, the attack engulfing and bursting its target. He roars loudly as the crowd goes wild, excited spectators dying to see whether or not Inferno can take this game out on his own, or whether the excitable little Gible will have another chance to play. Inferno is determined however, and releases a second blast of his fiery breath that strikes its target and gives him the final ten points of the game. Collecting his two tickets, worth a collective twenty points to add to overall total, Inferno turns to face the crowd with a victorious roar.

Points this round: 20
Total Points: 165
Balloons Left: NONE!

Final Stats
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: (Hit 29 balloons) 300 points
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: (Hit 26 balloons) 300 points
Arc_Angel & Rotom: (Hit 17 balloons) 290 points
Arnold & Glalie: (Hit 25 balloons) 270 points
Zami & Eevee: (Hit 26 balloons) 265 points
Tyranidos & Torchic: (Hit 16 balloons) 240 points
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: (Hit 13 balloons) 210 points
Aquatic Angel & Gible: (Hit 30 balloons) 185 points
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: (Hit 17 balloons) 170 points
Alto & Charizard: (Hit 21 balloons) 165 points
Jonouchi & Mawile: (Hit 31 balloons) 155 points


"Congratulations!" Taryn cries as all of the exhausted Pidgey come in to perch on the rails surrounding the stage. Her excited gaze then scans across all of the participating trainers and Pokémon. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Reaching down, Taryn lifts up a small knapsack that had been sitting beside the stage before removing a coin pouch and a small pale blue envelope. Turning to Jess and Kami, Taryn motions for them both to move up onto the stage with their respective Pokémon so that she can hand over their rewards.

"You'll each receive these ten thousand coins and Trading Card Palace Pass. The pass entitles the you to claim one free TCG Booster Pack 4 of your choice from the Trading Card Palace which will contain a guaranteed holographic card."

After handing over the prizes, Taryn looks adoringly at Rapture before calling both he and Stacey up to the stage. Reaching into her knapsack, Taryn removes another coin pouch as well as a small heart shaped object. Smiling at Stacey, she hands over the prizes.

"For placing second you'll receive five thousand coins and this beautiful Heart Scale. This scale was found in a special area of Seaside City where Luvdisc were once quite commonly found. These days they're very rare to find, so I hope you like it."

Once again congratulating both trainer and Pokémon individually, Taryn then turns toward Arnold and Glalie, motioning for them to come forward while she reaches into her knapsack to remove yet another coin pouch as well as several specially designed custom Pokéballs.

"For placing third, you'll receive these two thousand coins and one specially designed custom Pokéball of your choice. There's one to suit each type of Pokémon, from a Leaf Ball to a Steel Ball. The choice is yours."

After waiting for Arnold to make his choice, Taryn stands with all four winners lined up on stage, smiling at the crowd before reaching into her sack to remove several more coin pouches and a handful of tasty treats before handing them to all of the trainers who took part in the game.

"Our runners up will all receive these one thousand coins and one rare candy to do with as you please."

Taryn then removes three more items that appear to be very rare Pokéballs. Looking into the faces of the trainers, her gaze stops when it reaches Ricco and Kain. "Please come forward," she asks with a smile before turning to Kim and Gible. "And if you wouldn't mind coming forward as well." After waiting for them to follow her up onto the stage, Taryn smiles broadly.

"One prize not mentioned at the beginning of the game is the one that is awarded to the Pokémon who have hit the most balloons. Though you may not have received the highest score, you did hit more balloons than anyone else, and for that we feel that you deserve a special prize." Handing both Ricco and Kim a red Pokéball, Taryn continues to explain. "These Cherish Balls work in the same way as a Pokéball, but are extremely rare items to obtain. Please enjoy them, and be sure to enjoy the remainder of your day here at the Hero's Festival."

Turning to all of the trainers lined up on stage, Taryn's eyes stop on Kami.

"I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?" she asks with a cheeky smile. The third Pokéball she's holding is something never before seen in Fizzy Bubbles by any trainer. "For bursting the golden balloon you receive a very special prize. This Hero's Ball was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Taryn says, handing the ball over. She stops speaking for a moment, waiting for the meaning behind her words to sink in. "That's right, later today you will receive the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team. These babies are very special and will need a trainer who can love and raise them with the same strong values and sense of courage as Connor would have himself instilled in them. At the end of the day your baby Pokémon will be brought into the festival as it needs to be transported from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply hand in your golden ticket at the Charity Booth and the Pokémon will be given to you."

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


Prize Summary
All Pokémon who participated will gain 2 levels, or if already Lv.100 will receive a Double Move Tutor Pass to be used on them.

lilbluecorsola: 2 levels for Azumarill + 10,000 coins & 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card
Rabid Squirrel: 2 levels for Castform + 10,000 coins, 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card & 1 Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/heroball.gif)
Arc_Angel: 2 levels for Rotom + 5,000 coins & 1 Heart Scale
Arnold: Double Move Tutor Pass for Glalie + 2,000 coins & 1 Special Pokéball of choice
Jonouchi: 2 levels for Mawile + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball
Aquatic Angel: 2 levels for Gible + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball
Zami: 2 levels for Eevee + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Tyranidos: 2 levels for Torchic + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
ZoraJolteon: 2 levels for Tropius + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Missingno. Master: 2 levels for Qwilfish + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Altocharizard: 2 levels for Charizard + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy

Rabid Squirrel: Please note that the Hero's Ball will need to be removed from your inventory if you drop out of the campaign before its completion.

Arc_Angel
14th June 2008, 11:50 PM
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Note: The dice will be rolled for each of you in the order that you originally replied. Each die is 10 sided and represents 10 metres of track (i.e 1 =1 metre ran, 2 = 2 metres ran etc…)
Note 2: Not all the electric Pokemon part of the race learn Thundershock naturally, but for this race they are able to use it.

Billy-May sits behind her small wooden booth bubbling with joy and excitement at the turnout for her race. As each of you approach she greets you with a warm smile and registers you and your Pokemon on an official form. She coos over some of the cute Pokemon especially the adorable Togepi and Skitty and can’t help but get a little hyper at the sight of all the electric Pokemon signing up; she’s obviously an enthusiast. Once you are all signed up she leaves her booth and motions for you to follow her to the start line.

“Okay if each of your entry Pokemon can line up along this start line then we can get ready to rock this race,” she said giggling. You each bid your Pokemon good luck as you leave them to move over to the spectator area, there were many different Pokemon racing today and several were evolutions of another. In this game of speed and skill with the range of Pokemon racing, it was anybodies game who would win but you all hoped it would be your own. Chinchou, Houndour, Electivire, Skitty, Luxray, Houndoom, Togepi, Luxray, Pachirisu, Manectric, Electrike and Houndour all moved into their appointed lanes at the start line briefly eying up the competition before focusing on the stretch of track before them. The Magnemite all moved into positions covering the track and switched on their cameras. The large plasma screen at the far end of the stadium buzzed into life and displayed a picture of the start line with your pokemon all ready for the off. Billy-May held up a small gun and grinned.

“Racers Ready?” she asked already knowing the answers. “On your marks … get set … GO!” she yelled firing the gun that let off a loud bang. The race had started …



Round 1
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die -6
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 1


As the starting gun fires all the pokemon leap into action, well all but one. Helen who had been ordered to fire off a Smog at the beginning of the race does so. Standing still she breathes out the noxious gases which, as she is at the far right side of the track, only manage to fill the air surrounding the next 3 Pokemon to her. Kiba chokes on the poisonous gases and has to stand still trying to clear his lungs. Manectric manages to push his way forward a small way but still coughs on the Smog filling his lungs. Little Perry manages to fight her way through a few metres whilst holding her paws over her face, eyes streaming from the attack. Tempest seems intent on running from her spot and ripping apart her kin for what she did to her team-mate but is held back by officials and her trainer. Togepi having been distracted by the ruckus to his right only stumbles forward 1 metre, Roxas following suit a little disheartened by his bad start. Montag has a little more luck and runs forward a good 3 metres but is shocked to see that Ion has waddled a metre ahead. Skitty pounces forward ignoring the commotion and focusing on the race clearing the first 5 metres almost squeaking in surprise as the much large Zapster pushes past him to rest at 6 metres, quite happy with the start he had. Houndour and Luxray however had gotten off to a flying start rushing off the line to clear 10 metres easily. Luxray eyes up Houndour noticing that he was level with her and grins wickedly, powering up a Spark to secure her a lead before she hears a cough to her right. Looking over her shoulder she spots a Pikachu grinning cheekily between the gaps of the track. It rubs its paws together and with a loud ‘CHU’ sends a Thundershock her way hitting Luxray who gasps in shock and shuddering from the effects. Houndour barks loudly in laughter at her plight before he hears sparks to his left. Daring to peek over his shoulder to see an identically Pikachu pointing a paw at him. He gives a soft sigh before he too is struck with a Thundershock, the electricity coursing over his black fur.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 10 metres
Stark & Luxray: 10 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 6 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 5 metres
Drifter & Ion: 4 metres
Beta & Montag: 3 metres
Tess & Perry: 2 metres
Dani & Togepi: 1 metre
Joshua & Roxas: 1 metre
Stephen & Manectric: 1 metre
Katsu & Kiba: 0 metres
J & Helen: 0 metres

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Round 2
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die -6
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 3


Despite the Thundershock he had just received Houndour pushes through the electricity locking his joints and muscles managing to clear even more track. Luxray however wasn’t so fortunate and only managed to hobble 4 metres further forward, that shock had really rattled her. Zapster being the speedy Electivire he was powered through more track passing the cheeky Pikachu in his wake. Thoroughly pleased with himself imagine his surprise when a small Chinchou bounces past him to lie 1 metre ahead. Ion looks behind her a little fearful of the large electric pokemon but is glad to be doing so well so soon. Montag a little unhappy that Ion had pushed forth so far charged forward managing to cover quite a bit of track and moving up the ranks. With Stephen and Umbreon cheering him on Manetric runs forward 6 metres with Skitty bounding up to lie 1 metre behind. Togepi, forgetting the previous distraction and with encouragement of his trainer toddles forward a short way. Perry had fought her way out of the Smog cloud and after a coughing fit scrambles to the 5 metre mark. Roxas focusing back on the race only manages to run forward another 3 metres feeling a little dejected at how poorly he had started. Kiba looks ahead to see most of the other pokemon before him and makes it to the 3 metre mark, Helen meeting him there. He gives her a harsh look for causing his slow start … and his burning lungs.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 18 metres
Stark & Luxray:14 metres
Drifter & Ion: 13 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 12 metres
Beta & Montag: 11 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 7 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 6 metres
Dani & Togepi: 5 metres
Tess & Perry: 5 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 4 metres
Katsu & Kiba: 3 metres
J & Helen: 3 metres


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Round 3
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die -10
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 7


The race progresses on and Zapster seems to be on a role today, thundering past Ion and Houndour, who unfortunately was overcome with paralysis and was unable to move, taking first place. Ion though being the determined little thing that she is waddles forward with great pace covering a large amount of track to rest just behind Zapster, almost a little thankful to not feel his bulking presence behind her. Despite the unnatural electricity hindering her movements Luxray manages to rush forward passing Houndour, giving him a little smirk as she does to rest next to Ion. Montag keeps up a good pace and trots into 5th place at the 18 metre mark, casting a look over to the poor kin next to him. Skitty finding more energy inside him bolts forward covering another 8 metres and Perry finding her determination pushing her through runs in to meet him. Togepi cutely toddled forward keeping in time with Perry leaving 3 Pokemon at the 14 metre mark. Kiba hearing his trainer cheering for him digs his paws deep into the grass and bounds forward with amazing speed managing to cover a whole 10 metres now resting at the 13 metre mark. Manetric falters a little this time and falls behind the other Pokemon only clearing 5 metres. Poor Roxas though, he was really having a hard time with all these pokemon rushing past him, he only manages to stumble 4 metres forward and growls with frustration. His mood isn’t any better when he spots Helen running for all she’s worth to hit the 10 metre mark but smiles when he knows what that means. Helen sees the Pikachu right next to her sparking up its cheeks, really glad to get in another shot before all the Pokemon passed it. Helen looked nervous and yelps as she is struck with the Thundershock. The other Pokemon ahead can’t help but think its a little vengeance exacted for the Smog attack earlier.



Stats:
Shadow & Zapster: 22 metres
Stark & Luxray: 21 metres
Drifter & Ion: 21 metres
Inferno & Houndour: 18 metres
Beta & Montag: 18 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 14 metres
Dani & Togepi: 14 metres
Tess & Perry: 14 metres
Katsu & Kiba: 13 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 12 metres
J & Helen: 10 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 8 metres


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Round 4
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 1


The Magnemite follow all the Pokemon’s movements as they round a corner of the race. Zapster is unstoppable today and charges forward for all his worth clearing another 8 metres. He wasn’t alone though as Ion despite being better suited for water based events was showing her true colours and waddling for all she was worth meeting Zapster at the 30 metre mark. Although being joint first, where they were standing wasn’t a good place to be. Zapster is first to notice the much smaller Mareep to his right, quite a way away. What harm could that little Pokemon do? With a loud defiant bleat the Mareep let’s loose a strong Thundershock that arcs across the track hitting Zapster making him regret that train of thought. Ion worriedly spots the identical Mareep right next to her and braces herself for a shock, receiving one after a moments pause. With the effects of the Thundershock having worn off for Houndour and Luxray they shoot off down the track. As Luxray spots Houndour passing her she lets loose a Spark that makes him yelp and fall at the 26 metre mark, equal with the feisty Luxray. Hearing her team-mates cheering for her Perry speeds down the track covering a whole 10 metres and was now resting in 5th place. Skitty not wanting to be left too far behind bounds forward now only resting just behind Perry. Manectric seeing all these Pokemon moving out of sight range sparks up and bolts forward passing several other Pokemon his wake. Montag stumbles forward as Manactric barges past and only covers 2 metres falling behind now. When he looks up he notices where he’s stopped and whines in annoyance. A perky Electrike barks happily at him from between the tracks before it let’s loose a Thundershock leaving Montag quivering on the ground rather miserable. Togepi seems to be enjoying himself and was toddling along as his own pace happy to have missed being shocked. Kiba manages to catch up to the egg pokemon and winces when he sees his kin unleash its electric attack. This race was more dangerous than it first seemed, sparks were flying everywhere! Helen moans in pain as paralysis takes hold of her and she finds herself stuck at the 10 metre mark. She looks sorrowfully at the Pikachu next to her but it shakes its head, it wasn’t going to shock her further. Roxas manages to makes his way past Helen to rest at the 12 metre mark, it just wasn’t his day so far but at least he wasn’t last anymore!



Stats:
Shadow & Zapster: 30 metres
Drifter & Ion: 30 metres
Inferno & Houndour: 26 metres
Stark & Luxray: 26 metres
Tess & Perry: 24 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 23 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 21 metres
Beta & Montag: 20 metres
Dani & Togepi: 19 metres
Katsu & Kiba: 19 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 12 metres
J & Helen: 10 metres


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Round 5
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 2


After the pair of Thundershocks Zapster and Ion received they’re finding it a lot harder to run. Ion manages to hobble forward 5 metres but Zapster can only stumble forward a step or two. Houndour glares at Luxray for attacking him but get to his feet and with surprising speed bolts forward undeterred passing the Electivire and Chinchou to take the lead. Luxray a little startled at first before focusing manages to clear 6 metres moving up a place pleasing her greatly. Kiba wanting to make up for lost time finds his feet and rushes forward covering great ground and stops at the 28 metre mark now further up the ranks. Manectric running for all he’s worth lands at the same mark. Perry darts forward a little way to stand next to the Electrike and Manectric hoping to run a little farther next time. Skitty seems to be having problems though and trips on a tuff of grass at his feet falling only 2 metres further forward. Montag shakes off the shock he just receives and walks through ignoring the stinging sensation to stop along side Skitty. Roxas rushes through with renewed vigor hoping to catch up to the others but just can’t catch up to Togepi who keeps up his nice easy pace. Roxas grins happy to have cleared more ground before he roars in shock, electricity coursing through his body. He turns an angry glare to the Electrike to his right, the puppy Pokemon wagging its tail happily at its accomplishment. Helen attempts to move once again only to find that paralysis is still holding her tight. The Pikachu either side are on their backs laughing at her plight, naughty little rascals.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 36 metres
Drifter & Ion: 35 metres
Stark & Luxray: 32 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 31 metres
Tess & Perry: 28 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 28 metres
Katsu & Kiba: 28 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 25 metres
Beta & Montag: 25 metres
Dani & Togepi: 24 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 20 metres
J & Helen: 10 metres


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Round 6
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 6


Wanting to keep his lead, and managing to do so Houndour trots forward just past the next pair of electric pokemon who pout in disappointment at not getting a shot in. Ion with the effects starting to wear off waddles forward to just before the 40 metre mark thanking her lucky stars she didn’t get shocked again. The surprising newcomer however was Kiba who had fought his way from the bottom and speeds past most of the other pokemon once more to take 3rd place panting from the exertion but thoroughly pleased. Zapster flexes his fingers trying to rid the sensation of pins and needles and manages to clear another 5 metres, Luxray stumbling a little to stand next to him, not at all intimidated by his size. With a single look at each other of how far Kiba had ran from them Perry and Manectric dart forward keeping in time with one another to sit on the 36 metre mark with the two other pokemon. This race sure was close! A little embarrassed by his fall earlier Skitty flushes red and with a loud mewl zips forward with amazing speed covering a whole 10 metres now only 1 metre behind the other 4 pokemon and 6 behind the lead. Montag tries to match that speed but only manages to clumsily move another 4 metres forward. Roxas thoroughly annoyed by how bad his luck was so far gives out a defiant roar and runs quite fast, if not a little clumsily 7 metres forward. Togepi seems to be slowly but surely making his way forward but something must have distracted him because he falls at the 25 metre mark. He sits back up looking a little saddened by the lack of movement this round. Helen a little dejected to be sitting in last place runs forward hitting the 16 metre mark, eager to catch up to everyone.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 41 metres
Drifter & Ion: 39 metres
Katsu & Kiba: 37 metres
Stark & Luxray: 36 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 36 metres
Tess & Perry: 36 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 36 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 35 metres
Beta & Montag: 29 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 27 metres
Dani & Togepi: 25 metres
J & Helen: 16 metres


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Round 7
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 8


Despite the setback earlier in the race you wouldn’t know it now as Houndour runs a good 6 metres forward keeping his lead. Ion not being too far behind starts her next go but stumbles; it was only a matter of time, and falls at the 40 metre mark. Zapster runs forward before stopping next to the small Chinchou … somehow this seemed familiar. Dare he look to his right? Doing so he spotted a Plusle, it was even smaller than the Mareep but he remembered what happened last time. Bracing himself he received his second shock of the race, this one stinging more than last time. It dawned on Ion after seeing Zapster get Thundershocked what was coming for her. Peeking to her left a bouncy little Plusle waved and sent its own shock at the Chinchou making her cry out. At least they were sharing their pain together. Kiba just keeps on coming, powering through the race now passing the two downed pokemon and rests just behind Houndour. He barks happily to be in second place, Katsu must be proud. Luxray, matching the young Electrike’s speed, runs past the two Plusle and stops just slightly behind, quite glad to have moved up places, that and to have not gotten shocked again. Feeling Jeff and Buneary cheering for him, Skitty continues well clearing 6 metres and moving into 4th place. He looks over his shoulder to the two slightly smoking electric pokemon, thankful that he hadn’t received a shock yet. Perry taking her focus off the race to watch the two pokemon before her get fried only manages to toddle forward 2 metres, Manectric even more distracted falls in behind her. Now free of paralysis Montag darts forward hoping to make up time and finds himself next to Manectric. Togepi a little embarrassed by the last leg and feeling Ivy and Glacia cheering for him toddles forward quite quickly on small legs just passing a pair of Mareep. Roxas was trying his best but the paralysis was kicking in now and he scrapes forward two metres before having to stop. Helen is way back and miles away from the lead but is more than determined to catch up and rushes forward clearing 8 metres.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 47 metres
Katsu & Kiba: 45 metres
Stark & Luxray: 44 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 41 metres
Drifter & Ion: 40 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 40 metres
Tess & Perry: 38 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 37 metres
Beta & Montag: 37 metres
Dani & Togepi: 31 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 29 metres
J & Helen: 24 metres


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Round 8
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 10


Houndour spots the Raikou statue only a few metres ahead and moves to run to the far end panal but trips on the grass and stumbles. Fortunately he comes to a stop right where he intended grinning at his luck. Luxray feeling more energised than ever zips forward passing Kiba in her wake and takes her place at the second absorbing panel, casting a little smirk over to Houndour. Kiba not to be deterred by the feisty Luxray trots forward 5 metres to stop in front of the last absorbing panel, admiring the large and elegant Raikou Statue before him. Skitty seems to be having trouble coordinating his limbs as he stumbles forward again and mewls in annoyance. It doesn’t help that despite the paralysis locking his body Zapster forces forward to rest 2 metres ahead. Both look back in shock though when they hear a howl and see a black blur rush past them to stop 3 metres ahead. Montag grins and waves his long forked tail at the pair having zipped right up to meet the leaders. Ion tries with all her might but shudders in pain and gives up, unable to move from the spot. Maybe she was caught by the plight of the cute little Chinchou but Perry stops level. She hears her trainer and fellow team-mates yelling in fear and turns to see a cute little Plusle waving at her. She waves back before squeaking in surprise at the Thundershock she receives … okay not cute anymore. Manectric walks forward to stand behind the poor Pachirisu and is quite thankful he didn’t move another step forward. Roxas is keeping up a medium pace and moves forward yet another 6 metres but is still a fair way behind, and that doesn’t sit well with the proud Luxray. Despite his previous good run Togepi only manages to bounce forward a little ways and looks to his right to see that Helen had rushed with all her might to meet him there.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 50 metres
Stark & Luxray: 50 metres
Katsu & Kiba: 50 metres
Beta & Montag: 47 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 44 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 42 metres
Drifter & Ion: 40 metres
Tess & Perry: 40 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 39 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 35 metres
Dani & Togepi: 34 metres
J & Helen: 34 metres


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Round 9
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 10


With 3 Pokemon at the Raikou Statue now it was time to release its treasure. Houndour felt his body charge up as electricity coursed across his fur with a howl he lets loose a Thunderbolt that strikes the absorbing panel. The electricity arcs down to the chest below and the lock releases the lid springing back revealing its treasure; a Yellow Shard. Luxray follows suit and with a mighty roar unleashes her own Thunderbolt, hitting the absorbing panel and releasing her treasure, another Yellow Shard. Kiba eager to get his treasure too releases a weaker electric attack, a Thunder Wave. The circular pulses hit the panel and do the trick non-the-less and his treasure is released. All three pokemon grab the shards in the mouths ready to move off and finish the race. Montag speeds that last few metres to stop at the Raikou Statue, with 3 Pokemon already there he has to wait for them to leave so sits down. Zapster is struggling now; he finds it harder to move much farther and clears 3 metres before slumping in pain. He looks up to see Skitty bounces past him to stop a metre ahead. Skitty mewls in happiness to be catching up to the lead. Ion finding more strength deep within pushes through the pain and waddles up to meet Zapster, both of them sharing a look of mutual dissatisfaction at their situation. Despite the shock she had received Perry is determined to move on, and move on she does clearing 6 metres, panting at the extra effort needed to move that far. After his short walk last time Manectric runs forward a good way eager to move up the ranks. Roxas wanting to make up for lost time and thoroughly done with being near the back charges forward 7 metres just past the Plusle pair. Togepi manages another 5 metres and stops just before the Plusle pair, although he hadn’t been shocked yet he really wished he was doing a little better. Helen though, oh she’s feeling it right now and charges for all she’s worth once more and zips past both Togepi and Roxas … yey, she’s no long last. She wags her tail happily.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Katsu & Kiba: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 50 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 48 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 47 metres
Drifter & Ion: 47 metres
Tess & Perry: 46 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 45 metres
J & Helen: 44 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 42 metres
Dani & Togepi: 39 metres


As the trainers and Billy-May all watch the race intently their attention is drawn away from their surroundings. Suddenly a pulse of energy shoots up in the distance, ripping through the sky and turning it a pretty magenta colour. The ground shakes from the aftershock and you all look around at each other little concerned, but Billy-May seems to be her usual perky self so you all focus back on the large screen and your Pokemon’s progress cheering your hearts out. It must have been nothing … fireworks or something related to the festival.



Round 10
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 5


With their treasures firmly in their mouths the three leaders make their way past the Statue and on with the race. Houndour still full of energy runs forward to clear 8 metres leaving the struggling Luxray behind only making 3 metres and nearly swallowing her Yellow Shard in the process. Houndour beams proud of himself but yelps in surprise as a green and yellow blur rushes past him 1 metre. Kiba barks happily as he was now the leader. Montag now with an open panel moves himself into place. He looks around and unfortunately he was the only Pokemon there so Mimic would be useless. Sighing he powered up his dark energies and rushes forward disappearing for a moment only to reappear and tackle the panel. It glows black for a moment before returning to its normal shade. It would take another attack to free his prize. Skitty was so close now and with one last leap makes it to the Raikou Statue and take his place next to Montag. Now free from paralysis Zapster runs on hoping to make it to the panels but spots Manectric running for he was worth to beat him to it. They share a determined look as they run for the last panel.

Zapster = 1 Manectric = 2
Arc_Angel rolled 1 2-sided die: 2

With a last push of strength Manectric slips past Zapster and takes the last panel, panting hard from the effort but grins over his shoulder at the annoyed Electivire who’s forced to wait for a panel to become free. Helen continues on with her push and clears another 5 metres, the Raikou Statue in her sights. She hears a loud cry behind her and turns around to see a small egg pokemon bolting forward, his tiny legs flailing as he passes 3 Pokemon in his wake to stand next to her, “brii-ing” in pleasure, that was one hell of a run! Ion was free from paralysis for the second time but doesn’t have as much luck as Zapster as she waddles forward to the 49 metre mark next to Helen and Togepi. Perry shudders and try as she might she just can’t move, she sighs and slumps back down on the spot. Roxas moves forward slowly … too slowly. He was past annoyed now, he wanted to win and here he was last!



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 59 metres (Yellow Shard)
Inferno & Houndour: 58 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 53 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 50 metres
Jeff & Skitty: 50 metres
Stephen & Manectric: 50 metres
Shadow & Zapster: 50 metres
J & Helen: 49 metres
Dani & Togepi: 49 metres
Drifter & Ion: 49 metres
Tess & Perry: 46 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 45 metres


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Round 11
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 1


3 more Pokemon stand before the Raikou Statue and begin their attacks. Montag strikes once more with his Faint attack and this time bolts of black energy release the treasure chest and he grabs the Yellow Shard in his mouth. Skitty powers up electrical energy on his paw and fires off rings of electric energy that charge the panel and open the chest revealing his treasure. Manectric having beaten Electivire to the punch spikes his fur up with electricity and rushes the panel the Spark attack coursing off his fur and onto the panel opening up his chest. Zapster is forced to wait and he crosses his arms impatiently … well at least he’s next. Looking behind to the other Pokemon it seemed that most of them were going to reach the panels at the same time. Togepi being close to Statue runs the last leg and stands next to the giant Electivire awaiting his turn, but it seems that the last 4 pokemon were going to fight it out for the next few places. Although Helen and Ion were closer, Perry and Roxas were moving at great speeds to reach them and soon all four were neck and neck.

Ion =1 Helen =2, Perry = 3, Roxas =4
Using an RNG = 2, 3, 1, 4

Helen slips in next with Perry pushing past Ion to take the next place. Ion slots into line with Roxas unfortunately taking last place. Meanwhile up ahead Kiba was keeping his lead … just, Houndour was close behind. Luxray runs forward a little ways behind but there is still time to catch up.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 64 metres (Yellow Shard)
Inferno & Houndour: 63 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 58 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 50 metres
Dani & Togepi: 50 metres
J & Helen: 50 metres
Tess & Perry: 50 metres
Drifter & Ion: 50 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 50 metres


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Round 12
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 2


Kiba stumbles forward as Houndour rushes past him to reclaim the lead, Kiba shared an annoyed look with the dark puppy. It was getting tense now. Luxray only manages to clear another 2 metres but somehow has that bad feeling running through her again. Looking to her right she spots a little Minun grinning evilly at her. She snarls at it but gets Thundershocked non-the-less. Montag rips off past the pit stop, Yellow Shard in mouth clearing a good 7 metres and winces as he spots Luxray get shocked, he remembers how much that smarted. Skitty and Manectric seem to fall over their feet in their rush to get out and land on one-another 1 metre ahead. Manectric hears a muffled series of screeches below him and stands up to reveal an irate kitty hissing at him. Now at the panels the next 3 Pokemon unleash their attacks. Zapster happy to finally get this underway holds his arm out and lets loose a powerful Thunderbolt that hits his panel and releases his treasure. His grabs it in his large fist and prepares to leave. Togepi powers up an unnatural attack for him, but his own Thunderbolt is quite powerful in itself and it hits his panel revealing his Yellow Shard in the chest. Finally Helen grinds her fangs together as electric energy coursed through her mouth she rears back before leaping forward and biting down on the panel. It absorbed her attack and the chest snaps open revealing her treasure. Perry, Ion and Roxas all wait patiently, some twitching a little eager to hurry up and get their treasure.



Stats:
Inferno & Houndour: 69 metres (Yellow Shard)
Katsu & Kiba: 66 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 60 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 57 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 51 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 51 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 50 metres
Drifter & Ion: 50 metres
Joshua & Roxas: 50 metres


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Round 13
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 1


The final 3 Pokemon take their places at the panels and hurriedly fire off their attacks, they were falling behind now. Perry lets her electricity course off her little body as she smacks right into the panel with her Spark releasing her treasure. Ion lets loose her Thunder Wave that ripples through the air and strikes the panel releasing her treasure and finally Roxas roars startling the smaller pokemon next to him and runs full force at his panel almost smashing it in his fury but his Spark works and his treasure is released also. Togepi being so occupied by holding his Yellow Shard stumbles and stops 1 metre ahead of the statue. Zapster a little less hindered runs forward past Togepi and Manectric who seems to be trying to cough up his Yellow Shard he accidentally swallowed, the offending treasure landing on the grass covered in saliva … ewww. Skitty, faring better this time and no longer pinned under Manectric, whizzes past him and Electivire to stop at the 58 metre mark. Montag also has a good run clearing 7 metres too. Luxray truly p-ed off that she had been Thundershocked again pushed through the oncoming paralysis and covers 5 metres still hanging in 3rd place. Kiba and Houndour however seem to be fighting for first and this time Kiba gets the upper hand pushing two metres ahead of the determined dark puppy.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 75 metres (Yellow Shard)
Inferno & Houndour: 73 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray:[ 65 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 64 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 58 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 56 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 54 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 51 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 51 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 50 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 14
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 2


Kiba runs on unheeded, this Electrike is like greased lightning and it tears away from Houndour who stumbles in shock at his speed. Kiba has cleared 80 metres and can see the finish line in his sights and his trainer jumping up and down like a mad man. Luxray is still fighting through her pain and runs now a good 7 metres falling in just behind the downed Houndour. Montag seems to have distracted by something, maybe it was that Pidgey that flew overhead but he trips over his own feet and falls one metre ahead of his previous spot. Skitty however was powering through the track and stops just in front of Montag. Zapster makes good time too and covers a respectable 6 metres heading past the next set of electric pokemon. Ion is hot off the line and leaves all the other pokemon in her wake knocking into Togepi, Perry and Roxas throwing them one metre ahead. She stops after a good 10 metre dash and grins but hang on … 50 metres plus 10 metres makes 60 metres right? Oh no! A giggle and a Thundershock later she’s almost crying at her bad luck. The Minun however had no qualms shocking her. Helen and Manectric having being brushed by Ion manage a few metres each and all those behind her can’t help to grin at her misfortune.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 83 metres (Yellow Shard)
Inferno & Houndour: 74 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 72 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 66 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 65 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 62 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 60 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 57 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 53 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 52 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 51 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 51 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 15
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 2


It seems a sure bet that Kiba was going to win now … well at least until he tripped up and fell over only 1 metre ahead from his last spot. Houndour seeing this rushes forth covering a good distance to catch up and finds himself only a few metres away. Now once again cleared of paralysis Luxray bounds forward 5 metres finding herself a few metres away from the leaders. Montag after his terrible go last time bolts forward just passing a pair of Elekid who pound their fists in annoyance at not having shocked anyone yet. Zapster is one to watch out for though as covered in sparks tears through the track covering 10 metres easily now residing next to the Houndoom. Skitty after his previous good luck thinks that things are looking up … maybe not as he falls over his face smacking the ground. Manectric gets a second wind and with all the speed he can muster zips forward passing Ion, who can only waddle 1 metre before she slumps in pain, coming to rest next to Skitty. Togepi despite being so far back can hear his team-mates cheering for him and he toddles forward 6 metres before resting, getting a little tired now. Helen was no where near the finish line and she could see Perry and Roxas about to overtake her. She was having none of that. With a deep breath she spat out another cloud of Smog that makes Perry and Roxas halt in their tracks and hold their paws over their mouths. Perry looked back in tearful regret that she was last … all she wanted to do was make her trainer proud.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 84 metres (Yellow Shard)
Inferno & Houndour: 81 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 77 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 72 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 72 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 67 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 67 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 61 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 58 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 55 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 54 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 54 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 16
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 2


Kiba and Houndour were getting tired now, this race take a toll on their small bodies but they manage to keep pace with one-another. Luxray feeling tired also manages to move a little faster clearing 4 metres this round passing a pair of Jolteon that spark their fur in encouragement. Zapster and Montag start off from the same spot but Zapster proves to be faster this time and clears an extra metre. Manectric is feeling the effects of his last dash but still manages to run 6 metres before stopping to catch his breath. Skitty gets up off the floor and with embarrassment flushing his pink fur a deep shade of red scurries forward 3 metres. He hears laughter to his right and sees an Elekid beating its fists together with a wicked grin on its face. Now it got to shock someone. A few moments later it fired off a Thundershock that struck Skitty making him mewl in pain. At the very back of the line stands Perry who looks up with a fire burning in her eyes. She would not sit back and let everyone pass her by. She could still do well in this race and make her trainer and team-mates proud. With a war-like cry, startling Helen who trips at 2 metres, she sparks up and runs like there’s a fire behind her. She bolts past Roxas and Togepi who had just cleared 4 metres before leaping over Ion who was fighting off paralysis again to rest at 64 metres. Panting from the adrenaline rush she looks up with a smile. That was a great run!




Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 87 metres (Yellow Shard)
Inferno & Houndour: 84 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 81 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 78 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 77 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 73 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 70 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 64 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 63 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 62 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 59 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 56 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 17
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 7


Kiba and Houndour pick up the pace but again keep in time with one-another and clear 6 metres each. The finishing line is within sight and only a few metres away, both pokemon could taste gold. Houndour looks to his left and spots something that makes hits blood run cold. A small Shinx looks sorrowfully at him, it obviously didn’t want to be this close to the finish but it had a job to do. It closed its eyes and struck down Houndour with its Thundershock making the dark puppy fall to the ground. He looks at the finishing line sorrowfully, he was soo close now he may have lost first place. Luxray has picked up the pace too and runs 5 metres forward and can’t help but feel sorry for Houndour, but hey, she still was going for the win. Montag is not doing too bad himself and he trots forward clearing the 80 metre mark. Zapster on the other hand dropped his Yellow Shard at 2 metres and has to stop to pick it up. He feels a stinging sensation hit his back and looks over his shoulder to see a sheepish looking Jolteon smiling at him, just his luck. Manectric runs a good 7 metres forward before stopping and wincing as Electivire got fried. Hey wait a minute; he was right nest to Electivire! He looks to his left spots a Jolteon powering up an attack. Before he can think twice he’s struck with the attack nearly making his swallow his shard again. Skitty dug his paws in the ground and dragged his backside (which had stiffened up too much to move) 1 metre before sitting down in pain. Ion free from that retched paralysis darts forward covering a large amount of track and passes Skitty to stop at 72 metres. Perry kept up a good pace after her last dash and clears 6 metres but she turns her head to see an Elekid waving at her … oh no she wasn’t going to fall for that again. Before she can act she’s struck down with a Thundershock; and she thought her luck had changed. Togepi clears a decent amount of track this time leaving a good deal of distance between her and Roxas who was struggling again. Helen ran past the struggling Luxray and stopped at 64 metres, she wasn’t last again, yey!



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 93 metres (Yellow Shard)
Inferno & Houndour: 90 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 86 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 82 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 80 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 80 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 72 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 71 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 70 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 69 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 63 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 62 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 18
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Katsu & Kiba: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 9


Kiba spares a look of mutual respect at Houndour, smiling glad to of had such good competition before charging with all his might at the finish line. He breaks through the yellow tape and howls in ecstasy before running to meet his overjoyed trainer. Houndour casts the spunky Electrike a shadow of a smile before he pulls himself off the ground, growling at the pain and forces himself to run clearing 6 metres easily; he could still finish second. Luxray maintains her pace and powers off reaching 91metres, she was third now but could she make second? Montag can only manage a short run before he stops panting with exhaustion. Zapster stares longingly at the finish line as paralysis locks his large muscles together; he just had to make it. Manectric finds himself in a similar situation, unable to move off his mark. Ion waddles forward a good 6 metres hoping to be able to finish at a respectable place and although Perry was in pain she was damned if she was gonna just sit there. Dragging herself forward she makes 6 metres before stopping. Togepi surprise all those she passed as her little legs flailed wildly before she fell over and rolled the rest of her 10 metres stopping one metre ahead of Ion who looked at her with amusement. Skitty couldn’t move, his butt well and truly paralysed leaving him at 71 metres. Helen left Roxas in the dust as she powered 9 metres forward, the dejected Luxray only managing 5 of his own.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 96 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 91 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 86 metres(Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 80 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 80 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 79 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 78 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 76 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 72 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 71 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 67 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 19
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 7


With first place decided all the other Pokemon were racing their hearts out to claim second and third places. Houndour cries out in frustration as his muscles lock up leaving his stuck on the spot. Looking behind he spots Luxray about to run when she falls over a bump in the ground, he could still claim second! Montag has just about as much luck when he stumbles making only 2 metres of headway. Ion and Togepi however were going to capitalize on their mistakes and rush forward both finishing at 84 metres. Manectric manages another 6 metres even with his muscles protesting profusely, passing both Togepi and Ion who are quite impressed. Zapster willed his limbs to work and got really excited when he started to move before he realised he’s only moved 2 metres. Skitty and Helen both tear off keeping pace with one-another, not about the let the other overtake them but Helen gets the upper hand this time and stops one metre ahead. Despite her earlier push Perry was really struggling now and only made a metre before she had to stop. Roxas ran hard but was tired and he was falling far behind, he snorted with disapproval and hoped his trainer wouldn’t hate him for his poor performance.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 96 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 92 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 88 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric:86 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 84 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 84 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 82 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 79 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 78 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 77 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 71 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 20
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 2


Kiba watches with interest next to his trainer, it was neck and neck and he wondered who would come in second and third. Houndour thoroughly exhausted makes 2 metres before stopping seeing Luxray up to him to both of them only 2 metres away from the finish and looking behind can see that Houndoom had made a mad dash to sit just behind him. Wow this was going to be close. Togepi finding his strength again runs/rolls his another 10 metres down the track past the 90 metre mark, he could still finish second or third if he ran like that again. Manectric runs 6 metres to stop just past 90 metre mark, thankfully, he didn’t want another shock this close to the finish line. Ion feeling tired now is unable to co-ordinate her legs and trips 2 metres ahead, Zapster running in to stand next to her; that seemed to happen quite often throughout the race. Skitty now free of the shocks effects runs up to and stands next to Ion and Zapster. Helen trots another 2 metres forward, really getting tired now. Perry in her excitement to catch up trips over her tail and falls at 79 metres dropping her shard in the process. Roxas seeing an opportunity to move away from last darts forward and has to stop after 7 metres but he’s next to Perry now.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 98 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stark & Luxray: 98 metres (Yellow Shard)
Beta & Montag: 97 metres (Yellow Shard)
Dani & Togepi: 94 metres (Yellow Shard)
Stephen & Manectric: 92 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 86 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 86 metres (Yellow Shard)
Jeff & Skitty: 86 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 81 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 79 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 78 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 21
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 6
Inferno & Houndour: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 3
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 4
Beta & Montag: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Dani & Togepi: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Stark & Luxray: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 8


With all their might Luxray and Houndour push off from the ground to run past the finish line, it was so close that the Magnemite have to replay it on the screen. Inferno and Stark look on with feeling utterly so nervous at what the result could be. Rewinding the tape they play the sequence again and it appears that …

Houndour =1 Luxray =2
Arc_Angel rolled 1 2-sided die: 1

Houdour has just pushed past by a nose and claimed second, meaning that Luxray took third. Both collapse at the feet of their trainers who should be very proud of how they raced. Montag is disappointed to see third pace go but darts forward taking a respectable fourth. Togepi begins to run again picking up great pace but its Manectric who darts past him to claim fifth place. Togepi passes the finish line too just happy to have done so well. Skitty was the surprising Pokemon here though as once again he powers through 10 metres of the track, now very near to the end. Ion makes good progress also passing the 90 metre mark, happy to see her trainer waving encouragement at her. Zapster makes 3 metres before stopping to catch his breath, spotting his trainer urging him on. Helen runs up and stops right beside Zapster, sparing him a look and wondering if she could beat him. Perry and Roxas race on covering a small amount of track, despite being near last they were both determined to at least finish well.


Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SECOND
Stark & Luxray: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) THIRD
Beta & Montag: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FOURTH
Stephen & Manectric: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIFTH
Dani & Togepi: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SIXTH
Jeff & Skitty: 96 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 92 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 89 metres (Yellow Shard)
J & Helen: 89 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 84 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 82 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 22
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 1
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 9
Jeff & Skitty: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 9
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 5
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 7
Stephen & Manectric: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 10


Skitty with one last effort powers through the finishing line, glad not to have finished last. Zapster bolts past Ion who tumbles in his wake, to finish only a couple metres away from the finish line. Helen finds a reserve of energy and runs for all she’s worth clearing 10 metres and passing Ion and Zapster, only 1 metre away from the finish. Perry clears the 90 metre mark and sighs happy to not receive any more shocks and Roxas stops just before 90 metres resigning himself to last place after all.


Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SECOND
Stark & Luxray: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) THIRD
Beta & Montag: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FOURTH
Stephen & Manectric: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIFTH
Dani & Togepi: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SIXTH
Jeff & Skitty: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SEVENTH
J & Helen: 99 metres (Yellow Shard)
Shadow & Zapster: 98 metres (Yellow Shard)
Drifter & Ion: 93 metres (Yellow Shard)
Tess & Perry: 91 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 87 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 23
Drifter & Ion: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 8
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 1
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 2
Tess & Perry: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die - 10
J & Helen: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 1


Helen makes it past the finish line in time to sit down and pant with exhaustion. Zapster is knocked down at 99 metres by two speeding pokemon, a Pachirisu who cry out in joy for finishing and a little Chinchou who is surprised to have made it this far with all the zaps she received. He growls in frustration, he was so damn close too! Roxas takes a few tentative steps sighing at how far back he was going to finish.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SECOND
Stark & Luxray: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) THIRD
Beta & Montag: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FOURTH
Stephen & Manectric: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIFTH
Dani & Togepi: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SIXTH
Jeff & Skitty: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SEVENTH
J & Helen: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) EIGHTH
Drifter & Ion: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) NINTH
Tess & Perry: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) NINTH
Shadow & Zapster: 99 metres (Yellow Shard)
Joshua & Roxas: 89 metres (Yellow Shard)


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Round 24
Shadow & Zapster: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 9
Joshua & Roxas: Arc_Angel rolled 1 10-sided die – 10


Zapster with only one metre to go merely walks over the line and trudges over to his trainer. Roxas hangs his head with shame seeing that he was now last and ran over to the finish line, he hoped his trainer would forgive him. He had tried his best after all.



Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SECOND
Stark & Luxray: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) THIRD
Beta & Montag: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FOURTH
Stephen & Manectric: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIFTH
Dani & Togepi: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SIXTH
Jeff & Skitty: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SEVENTH
J & Helen: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) EIGHTH
Drifter & Ion: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) NINTH
Tess & Perry: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) NINTH
Shadow & Zapster: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) TENTH
Joshua & Roxas: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) ELEVENTH


With the race finished each of you run over to congratulate or console your pokemon and Billy approaches you.

“That was an AMAZING race, right down to the wire. Your pokemon all did so well, you should all be proud of them. I thank you for entering in my little game and now I will present the prizes.” She says leading the 3 winners to a podium. Electrike leaps onto the first place step beaming at Katsu. Houndour takes his place on the second step feeling proud to have finished so well and Inferno stands by his side. Luxray finally takes her place on the lowest step looking at Stark trying to gauge his reaction to their placing.

“Now here are the prizes, Katsu and Kiba get this TM Zap Cannon and a Lightball. Also as a special prize for coming first we award you this replica [Replica Raikou Statue: http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/raikoustatue.gif. Inferno and Houndour are awarded this TM Shockwave and a Magnet and finally Stark and Luxray win this TM Thunder Wave and Thunderstone. For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

“There is one prize I didn’t mention before; it’s an extra special prize. I present the ‘Hardiest Award’, this award is presented to the Pokemon who the judges believe is the hardiest, and by that we mean the one who received the most shocks and just kept on going. We have two contenders for this special prize Ion the Chinchou and Zapster the Electivire. It was a hard choice but we have made one. The winner of the ‘Hardiest Award’ is …

Ion =1, Zapster =2
Arc_Angel rolls 1 2-sided die: 2

Shadow and Zapster! Congratulations you two. Zapster has proved himself to be a very hardy Pokemon and has impressed us all. As part of the Hardiest Award you win this Golden Ticket which can be redeemed at the Connor Charity booth. The prize is well worth it I assure you” she finished with a wink handing over the Golden Ticket to Zapster who accepted it graciously. A loud voice booms over the speakers of the Stadium catching the attention of all the trainers.
“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Rakurai – 2 Levels for Kiba
Inferno – 2 Levels for Houndour
Stark – 2 Levels for Luxray
Betagold – 2 Levels for Montag
SM – 2 Levels for Manectric
Dani – 2 Levels for Togepi
Skrusti – Double Move Tutor Pass for Skitty
Jhunter – 2 Levels for Helen
The Black Glove – 2 Levels for Ion
Enchantress – 2 Levels for Perry
Shadowshocker – 2 Levels for Zapster
Joshua – 2 Levels for Roxas

Golden Ticket – Shadowshocker the Golden Ticket can be taken to Connor’s Charity Booth before the parade starts and upon its redemption you shall receive a Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/goldpokeball.gif). This is to be used to house a special Pokemon being brought to Seaside City for you. This Pokemon will be the baby form of one of Connor’s team (not the legendaries) and it will reach the festival by the end of the campaign. If you do not finish the campaign the Pokeball will be removed from your possession.

lilbluecorsola
15th June 2008, 5:07 AM
Round thirteen has seen a mix of good and bad luck spread amongst the playing Pokémon which isn't really all that different to any other round so far. Though I sincerely doubt anyone is actually reading any of this commentary I'll keep going anyway because I'll feel a lot better posting a proper update as opposed to missing out on a load of commentary just to save some time. If you happen to be persistent, and extremely bored after having come this far through it, and actually see this little comment in amongst the rest of the update, I'll give you a candy for your efforts. Think about how long it's taken you to read all of this, and consider how long it's taken to type it. If you're the first to quote me, with no edit to your post after discovering someone else has seen this, the candy is yours! As round thirteen comes to a close there are still 785 points worth of tickets left in play which means that everyone still has a pretty decent chance of stealing the lead.

OoC – Thanks so much for taking the time to do all this. I can only imagine how long this must have took. You and Stacey have been doing a fantastic job with this campaign; both these Updates are amazing. I hope you guys pace yourselves though, and try not to work too hard. 15 straight hours without a break = bad. Remember to get some rest, okay? =/ (That goes for both of you by the way.)


Final Stats
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: (Hit 29 balloons) 300 points


"Congratulations!" Taryn cries as all of the exhausted Pidgey come in to perch on the rails surrounding the stage. Her excited gaze then scans across all of the participating trainers and Pokémon. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Reaching down, Taryn lifts up a small knapsack that had been sitting beside the stage before removing a coin pouch and a small pale blue envelope. Turning to Jess and Kami, Taryn motions for them both to move up onto the stage with their respective Pokémon so that she can hand over their rewards.

"You'll each receive these ten thousand coins and Trading Card Palace Pass. The pass entitles the you to claim one free TCG Booster Pack 4 of your choice from the Trading Card Palace which will contain a guaranteed holographic card."

After handing over the prizes, Taryn looks adoringly at Rapture before calling both he and Stacey up to the stage. Reaching into her knapsack, Taryn removes another coin pouch as well as a small heart shaped object. Smiling at Stacey, she hands over the prizes.

"For placing second you'll receive five thousand coins and this beautiful Heart Scale. This scale was found in a special area of Seaside City where Luvdisc were once quite commonly found. These days they're very rare to find, so I hope you like it."

Once again congratulating both trainer and Pokémon individually, Taryn then turns toward Arnold and Glalie, motioning for them to come forward while she reaches into her knapsack to remove yet another coin pouch as well as several specially designed custom Pokéballs.

"For placing third, you'll receive these two thousand coins and one specially designed custom Pokéball of your choice. There's one to suit each type of Pokémon, from a Leaf Ball to a Steel Ball. The choice is yours."

After waiting for Arnold to make his choice, Taryn stands with all four winners lined up on stage, smiling at the crowd before reaching into her sack to remove several more coin pouches and a handful of tasty treats before handing them to all of the trainers who took part in the game.

"Our runners up will all receive these one thousand coins and one rare candy to do with as you please."

Taryn then removes three more items that appear to be very rare Pokéballs. Looking into the faces of the trainers, her gaze stops when it reaches Ricco and Kain. "Please come forward," she asks with a smile before turning to Kim and Gible. "And if you wouldn't mind coming forward as well." After waiting for them to follow her up onto the stage, Taryn smiles broadly.

"One prize not mentioned at the beginning of the game is the one that is awarded to the Pokémon who have hit the most balloons. Though you may not have received the highest score, you did hit more balloons than anyone else, and for that we feel that you deserve a special prize." Handing both Ricco and Kim a red Pokéball, Taryn continues to explain. "These Cherish Balls work in the same way as a Pokéball, but are extremely rare items to obtain. Please enjoy them, and be sure to enjoy the remainder of your day here at the Hero's Festival."

Turning to all of the trainers lined up on stage, Taryn's eyes stop on Kami.

"I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?" she asks with a cheeky smile. The third Pokéball she's holding is something never before seen in Fizzy Bubbles by any trainer. "For bursting the golden balloon you receive a very special prize. This Hero's Ball was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Taryn says, handing the ball over. She stops speaking for a moment, waiting for the meaning behind her words to sink in. "That's right, later today you will receive the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team. These babies are very special and will need a trainer who can love and raise them with the same strong values and sense of courage as Connor would have himself instilled in them. At the end of the day your baby Pokémon will be brought into the festival as it needs to be transported from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply hand in your golden ticket at the Charity Booth and the Pokémon will be given to you."

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


Prize Summary
All Pokémon who participated will gain 2 levels, or if already Lv.100 will receive a Double Move Tutor Pass to be used on them.

lilbluecorsola: 2 levels for Azumarill + 10,000 coins & 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card

OoC – Picking up 10000x Coins & 1x Free TCG Booster Pack 4. Again, thank you so much. ^-^

Jess and Pip both cheered their hardest as Atzu competed in the game, applauding loudly after each success and offering positive words of encouragement whenever he was faced with disappointment. As Jess had hoped, Atzu closely heeded his trainer’s advice, which helped him win the lead for a major portion of the game. Their excitement and tension grew after each round he managed to stay in first, and by the tenth round Jess had tentatively allowed herself to think they might have a secure shot at winning as long as they weren’t faced with any major setbacks. Though the pressure of maintaining his status had begun to show in the previous round, Jess felt confident that Atzu had the strength to pull through, and she supported him as best she could whilst her own heart beat rapidly with nervousness.

Just as the twelfth round was about to begin, Jess suddenly felt a bizarre sensation, and she turned around to notice what could only be described as a strong pulse of energy shooting straight up into the sky, visible even from afar. The atmosphere surrounding it turned a stunning deep shade of reddish-purple, and Jess felt strangely inspired by it, watching in awe as it spread across the sky towards the festival. A wave of energy seemed to pass through the grounds, causing the earth to tremble threateningly in its wake. The shock passed by as quickly as it came, and the terrain fell still again, however everyone seemed uneasily affected by the mysterious phenomenon. People glanced at each other worriedly, and Jess could sense Pip trying to bury herself in her trainer’s arms, upset and frightened by the ground’s shaking. Jessica squeezed her tight, assuring her that everything was all right now.

Seeking confirmation, Jess glanced at the host, who seemed to be aware she had completely lost the attention of her audience and contestants. She at once laughed the episode off, assertively claiming it to be a festival related event that they'd all missed due to being engrossed in the game. Reassured, most of the people returned their attention to the game, however Pippa’s tight grip on Jess’s arm kept her from readily forgetting the disturbing event. In an attempt to cheer her up, Jess tried to restore Pip’s interest in the game by pointing out that Atzu had just scored a hit, earning him five points. Pip instantly became distracted by the victory and started to cheer, while Jess breathed a sigh of relief.

The game progressed without any more interruptions; however Atzu seemed unconsciously shaken by the event, as he began to lose his lead over the next few rounds. As the final round approached, both he and Rapture were tied for first with 290 points, while Kumori and Glalie were not too far behind with 280 and 270 points respectively. In the next round Atzu managed to hit one red balloon, earning him a final ten points. Alto’s Charizard burst the final red balloons, and the game was over.

Jessica stared at her name at the top of the scoreboard in astonished disbelief. “WE WON!” she cried ecstatically, hugging a fully brightened Pippa in exhilaration. They ran to congratulate Atzu, who beamed proudly despite the fact he had actually tied for first place. It was only a minor detail though, and to them it didn’t really make a difference. Both Jess and Pippa embraced their champion with enthusiasm, causing him to blush again embarrassedly.

"Congratulations!" Taryn exclaimed as all of the exhausted Pidgey descended to perch gladly on the rails surrounding the stage. Her excited gaze scanned over all of the participating trainers and Pokémon, who looked either satisfied or disappointed depending on their success. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Reaching down, Taryn lifted up a small knapsack that had been sitting unnoticed beside the stage. Rummaging inside it, she removed two coin pouches and a pair of identical pale blue envelopes, which she joyfully presented to the first place winners with a smile. Jess accepted the Trading Card Palace Pass and 10,000 coins graciously, thanking Taryn also for hosting such a fun game. She then turned to Kami, who had also received the same prize.

“Congratulations. Your Castform did great,” Jess stated with a friendly smile, and Atzu nodded confirmatively in agreement. They then stepped down from the stage as Taryn continued to hand out prizes. When the proceedings were finished, Taryn turned to face the crowd again with a huge smile on her face. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon,” she reminded, “But don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"

Jessica turned to Atzu and patted his head, congratulating him again on his accomplishment. “Great job, Zuzu. I’m really proud of you,” she murmured warmly, and Atzu blushed again with pleasure. “The parade’s going to start soon, so what do you guys say we go and watch it?” Jess then asked brightly of both her Pokémon, who responded together excitedly.

“Oh, but first- Do you still have your raffle ticket, Pip?” She looked down at the small penguin, who proudly showed her trainer the ticket, proving that she’d kept it safe. Jessica smiled and nodded in recognition. “Good. Why don’t we stop by the raffle booth first to find out if you’ve won something? Afterwards we’ll go and see the parade. How does that sound?”

Pippa cheerfully consented to this idea, and Atzu nodded as well in agreement. Thus the trio set off back in the direction of the raffle, filled with pride and optimism over their success. Regardless of whether they won again or not, all three of them were looking forward to a day filled with more fun activities and enjoyment, having already completely forgotten the menacing pulse of energy that shook the earth and turned the sky a beautiful violet-red…

Rabid Squirrel
15th June 2008, 5:19 AM
Final Stats
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: (Hit 29 balloons) 300 points
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: (Hit 26 balloons) 300 points
Arc_Angel & Rotom: (Hit 17 balloons) 290 points
Arnold & Glalie: (Hit 25 balloons) 270 points
Zami & Eevee: (Hit 26 balloons) 265 points
Tyranidos & Torchic: (Hit 16 balloons) 240 points
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: (Hit 13 balloons) 210 points
Aquatic Angel & Gible: (Hit 30 balloons) 185 points
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: (Hit 17 balloons) 170 points
Alto & Charizard: (Hit 21 balloons) 165 points
Jonouchi & Mawile: (Hit 31 balloons) 155 points


"Congratulations!" Taryn cries as all of the exhausted Pidgey come in to perch on the rails surrounding the stage. Her excited gaze then scans across all of the participating trainers and Pokémon. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Reaching down, Taryn lifts up a small knapsack that had been sitting beside the stage before removing a coin pouch and a small pale blue envelope. Turning to Jess and Kami, Taryn motions for them both to move up onto the stage with their respective Pokémon so that she can hand over their rewards.

"You'll each receive these ten thousand coins and Trading Card Palace Pass. The pass entitles the you to claim one free TCG Booster Pack 4 of your choice from the Trading Card Palace which will contain a guaranteed holographic card."

After handing over the prizes, Taryn looks adoringly at Rapture before calling both he and Stacey up to the stage. Reaching into her knapsack, Taryn removes another coin pouch as well as a small heart shaped object. Smiling at Stacey, she hands over the prizes.

"For placing second you'll receive five thousand coins and this beautiful Heart Scale. This scale was found in a special area of Seaside City where Luvdisc were once quite commonly found. These days they're very rare to find, so I hope you like it."

Once again congratulating both trainer and Pokémon individually, Taryn then turns toward Arnold and Glalie, motioning for them to come forward while she reaches into her knapsack to remove yet another coin pouch as well as several specially designed custom Pokéballs.

"For placing third, you'll receive these two thousand coins and one specially designed custom Pokéball of your choice. There's one to suit each type of Pokémon, from a Leaf Ball to a Steel Ball. The choice is yours."

After waiting for Arnold to make his choice, Taryn stands with all four winners lined up on stage, smiling at the crowd before reaching into her sack to remove several more coin pouches and a handful of tasty treats before handing them to all of the trainers who took part in the game.

"Our runners up will all receive these one thousand coins and one rare candy to do with as you please."

Taryn then removes three more items that appear to be very rare Pokéballs. Looking into the faces of the trainers, her gaze stops when it reaches Ricco and Kain. "Please come forward," she asks with a smile before turning to Kim and Gible. "And if you wouldn't mind coming forward as well." After waiting for them to follow her up onto the stage, Taryn smiles broadly.

"One prize not mentioned at the beginning of the game is the one that is awarded to the Pokémon who have hit the most balloons. Though you may not have received the highest score, you did hit more balloons than anyone else, and for that we feel that you deserve a special prize." Handing both Ricco and Kim a red Pokéball, Taryn continues to explain. "These Cherish Balls work in the same way as a Pokéball, but are extremely rare items to obtain. Please enjoy them, and be sure to enjoy the remainder of your day here at the Hero's Festival."

Turning to all of the trainers lined up on stage, Taryn's eyes stop on Kami.

"I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?" she asks with a cheeky smile. The third Pokéball she's holding is something never before seen in Fizzy Bubbles by any trainer. "For bursting the golden balloon you receive a very special prize. This Hero's Ball was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Taryn says, handing the ball over. She stops speaking for a moment, waiting for the meaning behind her words to sink in. "That's right, later today you will receive the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team. These babies are very special and will need a trainer who can love and raise them with the same strong values and sense of courage as Connor would have himself instilled in them. At the end of the day your baby Pokémon will be brought into the festival as it needs to be transported from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply hand in your golden ticket at the Charity Booth and the Pokémon will be given to you."

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


Prize Summary
All Pokémon who participated will gain 2 levels, or if already Lv.100 will receive a Double Move Tutor Pass to be used on them.

Rabid Squirrel: 2 levels for Castform + 10,000 coins, 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card & 1 Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/heroball.gif)

Rabid Squirrel: Please note that the Hero's Ball will need to be removed from your inventory if you drop out of the campaign before its completion.

(OOC: Thanks for all the effort you put in this, Tess! I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but just to double check, I do have to have an empty slot for the baby Pokémon by the end of the campaign, right?)

Collecting two levels for Kumori who grows from Lv.25 to Lv.27, 10,000 coins, a free TCG Booster Pack 4 containing a guaranteed holographic card, and 1x Hero's Ball.

Kami looked on as Kumori went into action. He hit a red balloon first, and then in the next round came a big surprise: Kumori took aim and efficiently popped the gold balloon! Through the next rounds Kumori had some ups and downs, but in the end he came out tied for first!

"Cas!" Kumori cried proudly to his trainer as the contest ended.

"Great job, Kumori!" Kami grabbed him up in a great big embrace. Kami then looked over to the other winner, Jess.

"Congratulations!" Taryn yelled to the contestants. Her eyes moved over each of them. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Taryn then bent down and picked up a small knapsack from beside the stage. She then pulled out a pouch of coins and a pale blue envelope. Taryn motioned for the two first place winners and their Pokémon to get up on the stage. Kami and Kumori hopped up on the stage.

"You'll each receive these ten thousand coins and Trading Card Palace Pass. The pass entitles the you to claim one free TCG Booster Pack 4 of your choice from the Trading Card Palace which will contain a guaranteed holographic card." Taryn told the two of them.

"Thank you," Kami said as took her prizes.

"Congratulations, your Castform did great." Jess told Kami.

"Thank you! Congratulations to you, too!" Kami replied cheerfully.

Kami waited as Taryn handed out prizes to all the other contestants. Turning to all of the trainers lined up on stage, Taryn's eyes stop on Kami.

"I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?" she asked. She was holding some strange Pokéball. "For bursting the golden balloon you receive a very special prize. This Hero's Ball was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Taryn said as she gave Kami the Hero's Ball. Taryn paused, giving a moment for the words to sink in. "That's right, later today you will receive the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team. These babies are very special and will need a trainer who can love and raise them with the same strong values and sense of courage as Connor would have himself instilled in them. At the end of the day your baby Pokémon will be brought into the festival as it needs to be transported from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply hand in your golden ticket at the Charity Booth and the Pokémon will be given to you."

Kami was simply glowing. She was thrilled to receive such an honor. The trainer looked over at her Castform. Without Kumori, she never would have had this pleasure. Grinning, Kami nodded and stepped back.

Taryn turned back to the crowd, and beamed. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"

Kami and Kumori jumped off the stage and began to walk away. "Great job out there, Kumori!" Kami said to the little Castform. "How 'bout we go get you some cotton candy?" Kumori's face lit up as he eagerly nodded. Kami gave a little laugh as the Pokémon began to dash around her legs in excitement. Soon Kami was holding a thing of cotton candy while the armless Kumori munched on it.

"Oh right, we need to go by the raffle booth to see who won." Kami said as Kumori finished off the sweet pink treat. Kami stood up and brushed off her skirt. After wiping off Kumori's face, the two were off towards the raffle.

The Black Glove
15th June 2008, 7:18 AM
The Black Glove – 2 Levels for Ion

OOC: Thanks so much for all your effort! Picking up a yellow shard. Ion grew to level 8!

Ion took off quickly, even sharing first place for a moment. Then, it all just went downhill from there. She took a couple hits from Thundershocks during the race, but oddly enough, her Volt Absorb ability had no effect. From there, she just sort of stumbled along as best she could, before reaching the Raikou statue.

It was about at that time that a magenta wave of energy seemed to rip through the air above. The screens magnemite were holding even fizzled a bit before restoring themselves. It startled the masked trainer, but he quickly turned back so as to not worry the other trainers. He had sensed something was not right about that energy wave...

It must have startled Ion too, as she seemed far to slow too finish well despite her trainer cheering her on. She ended up tying for ninth with a Pachirisu who seemed all too ordinary. Nevertheless, Ion stumbled over to her trainer, happy that the race was over.

"Good Job, Ion. You did your best" Drifter congradulated his angler Pokemon. She sighed in relief, curling up in his arms. They watched as the award for "Most Zapped" was unfortunately handed over to a pokemon called "Zapster". A bit ironic naming, he had to admit. As Billy may told him, he slipped the yellow shard into his pack, and recalled Ion to give her rest.

Now to find out about that energy wave He thought. Billy May didn't seem to notice, but it looks like the other trainers did. I hate to say it, but I'm might need some help on this one. He walked over to who he believed was the most competent trainer, the one with the Pachirisu.

"Good match!" he offered his hand, smiling "Your Pachirisu isn't too bad!" He shook and his face became serious "but that's not what I wanted to talk to you about." He motioned to the skylight above "I don't know for sure if you saw that...strange light...but for some reason, I feel I can trust you." He glanced at her squirrel Pokemon. There was still something about it that he couldn't put his finger on.

He continued "When it passed overhead, I felt a strange aura about it. A feeling I've never felt before. Something's wrong, and I'm not sure what, but I intend to find out." He pulled out a map he had obtained of the park and showed it to her. "I'd like you to watch for anything suspicious during the parade. If you find anything..." he pointed to her Pachirisu again "have her send some sort of attack into the air twice. I'll come and assist as quickly as possible."

"Farewell!" and with that, he vanished right before her eyes, appearing again on the roof of the building. From there, he leaped towards Oceanic Drive. He thought he recognized some weird guy who was using a Glalie down below. Maybe, Drifter thought, he was wanted...wanted...DEAD OR ALIVE!!!!!

Nah. He shrugged the feeling off as he reached a building right on the edge of Oceanic Drive. He pulled out a Lure Ball, and opened it in his hand "Trigger, Gun Mode!" he ordered, as the ball warped itself into the form of a red-and-black Pirahna. As it stiffened up, he held on to it's now enlongated pectoral fin, as opened its mouth, ready to fire. It really looked like a pistol. It could fire like one too.

In his other hand, Drifter released his starter Pokemon, Blitz the Heracross. The gutsy pokemon looked for an oponent, and finding none, looked to its trainer. "Scout the area" came the command "Look for anything mysterious or out of the ordinary. If you see something, report it to me." One mock salute later and the bug had soared off through the air to begin watch. Drifter turned his attention back to his own post, and the parade that was to begin.

"Our best bet is to freeze anything dangerous with Icy Wind" he decided. "That way, if its a false alarm, nobody will get hurt. We'd better be pretty dang sure its a threat. It can be hard to tell sometimes." Trigger grunted in agreement, and they waited for the parade to start...

Tyranidos
16th June 2008, 3:15 AM
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Final Stats
Tyranidos & Torchic: (Hit 16 balloons) 240 points


"Congratulations!" Taryn cries as all of the exhausted Pidgey come in to perch on the rails surrounding the stage. Her excited gaze then scans across all of the participating trainers and Pokémon. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Reaching down, Taryn lifts up a small knapsack that had been sitting beside the stage before removing a coin pouch and a small pale blue envelope. Turning to Jess and Kami, Taryn motions for them both to move up onto the stage with their respective Pokémon so that she can hand over their rewards.

"You'll each receive these ten thousand coins and Trading Card Palace Pass. The pass entitles the you to claim one free TCG Booster Pack 4 of your choice from the Trading Card Palace which will contain a guaranteed holographic card."

After handing over the prizes, Taryn looks adoringly at Rapture before calling both he and Stacey up to the stage. Reaching into her knapsack, Taryn removes another coin pouch as well as a small heart shaped object. Smiling at Stacey, she hands over the prizes.

"For placing second you'll receive five thousand coins and this beautiful Heart Scale. This scale was found in a special area of Seaside City where Luvdisc were once quite commonly found. These days they're very rare to find, so I hope you like it."

Once again congratulating both trainer and Pokémon individually, Taryn then turns toward Arnold and Glalie, motioning for them to come forward while she reaches into her knapsack to remove yet another coin pouch as well as several specially designed custom Pokéballs.

"For placing third, you'll receive these two thousand coins and one specially designed custom Pokéball of your choice. There's one to suit each type of Pokémon, from a Leaf Ball to a Steel Ball. The choice is yours."

After waiting for Arnold to make his choice, Taryn stands with all four winners lined up on stage, smiling at the crowd before reaching into her sack to remove several more coin pouches and a handful of tasty treats before handing them to all of the trainers who took part in the game.

"Our runners up will all receive these one thousand coins and one rare candy to do with as you please."

Taryn then removes three more items that appear to be very rare Pokéballs. Looking into the faces of the trainers, her gaze stops when it reaches Ricco and Kain. "Please come forward," she asks with a smile before turning to Kim and Gible. "And if you wouldn't mind coming forward as well." After waiting for them to follow her up onto the stage, Taryn smiles broadly.

"One prize not mentioned at the beginning of the game is the one that is awarded to the Pokémon who have hit the most balloons. Though you may not have received the highest score, you did hit more balloons than anyone else, and for that we feel that you deserve a special prize." Handing both Ricco and Kim a red Pokéball, Taryn continues to explain. "These Cherish Balls work in the same way as a Pokéball, but are extremely rare items to obtain. Please enjoy them, and be sure to enjoy the remainder of your day here at the Hero's Festival."

Turning to all of the trainers lined up on stage, Taryn's eyes stop on Kami.

"I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?" she asks with a cheeky smile. The third Pokéball she's holding is something never before seen in Fizzy Bubbles by any trainer. "For bursting the golden balloon you receive a very special prize. This Hero's Ball was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Taryn says, handing the ball over. She stops speaking for a moment, waiting for the meaning behind her words to sink in. "That's right, later today you will receive the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team. These babies are very special and will need a trainer who can love and raise them with the same strong values and sense of courage as Connor would have himself instilled in them. At the end of the day your baby Pokémon will be brought into the festival as it needs to be transported from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply hand in your golden ticket at the Charity Booth and the Pokémon will be given to you."

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


Prize Summary
All Pokémon who participated will gain 2 levels, or if already Lv.100 will receive a Double Move Tutor Pass to be used on them.
Tyranidos: 2 levels for Torchic + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy


OOC: Thanks for all the effort and hard work you put into this (15 straight hours! You need to rest.) This also includes Stacey.

Picking up 1,000 coins and 1 rare Candy. Phoenix grew from Level 10 to Level 12.

As each round went by, Tyrant watched Phoenix intently. At first, Phoenix was a little too excited as he completely missed the green balloons. And at one point, tears were coming out because of the continued failure. Tyrant at first was a little angry, but could see that Phoenix was really trying. He had experienced the same as Phoenix did. Excitement when a few hits were made, frustrated with repeated misses. But he was also proud that Phoenix was maturing. As he finished, he placed in 6th.

Tyrant picked up Phoenix and perched him on his shoulder. "You did great," Tyrant told him, "6th isn't bad at all for using an attack for the first time."

Taryn then announced the places and prizes for each place. After the 5 places, Tyrant and the other players all got the same prize. "Our runners up will all receive these one thousand coins and one rare candy to do with as you please." Taryn said. "Aw, so close to getting our own special prize," Tyrant said, "But, that was a really great effort, Phoenix."

Tyrant then walked around, congratulating the first five people, shaking their hands, etc.

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"

"Hey, Phoenix!" Tyrant said, "We could still be winners in the raffle. Oh and you can eat the candy, you won it, so you deserve it." He gave the candy to Phoenix, who munched on it happily. Tyrant then ran over to the raffle ticket drawing.

Skrusti
16th June 2008, 7:31 AM
Skrusti – Double Move Tutor Pass for Skitty

Thanks.

Jeff cheered his Skitty on wildly with his Buneary as the cat Pokemon raced around the track. The Normal-Type wasn't fast enough however, but at the same time was faster than last. Jeff walked over with Buneary on his shoulder looking around with wide-eyes, taking all the sights in. "You did a nice job, Skitty." Jeff said, smiling at his starter.

"Nrow Nrow!" Skitty meowed back, sitting on his haunces, tail twitching, annoyed at his luck in the race with his small legs getting tired too easily.

"No, you did fine. I'm proud of you." Jeff reassured him, patting Skitty lightly on the head. "But...I wonder what that light was." He mumbled, turning and facing upwards, peering out into the sky. "It was...very strange."

Skitty pawed at his leg, remembering something. Jeff looked down, and Skitty pulled a small slip of paper from somewhere. "Oh, a placing prize? Double Move Tutor pass. Neat." Jeff took the item from Skitty, slipping it into his pocket as he turned back to face the sky again. "Hmm. Well, no use in worrying about it now. I'm sure others are looking into it. Let's go check the raffle." Jeff said, beginning to walk off.

Buneary's eyes remained on the sky, however, his curious little mind working furiously. He had heard Jeff's words, and was now searching the skyline for the cause of the light. Skitty jogged along behind Jeff, happy to have some free time, the first in a long while. The trio skirted around the big crowds, none of them having a liking for 'em.

Buneary's eyes left the sky when it smelt something delicious. An ice cream stand. Jeff smiled as the Buneary went nuts, hopping from his shoulder and towards the stand in a swift movement. It then jumped in place, waving his arms excitedly as it cried "BUNEARY BUNEARY!"

"Alright, alright. Ice cream." Jeff gave in, paying the man and getting two vanilla cones in return. "Enjoy, you little bugger." Jeff shook his head as Buneary immediately began to slurp up the treat. Skitty meowed, also shaking his head, before resuming his walk behind Jeff as the three took off towards the raffle booth.

"Alright, so, we'll check to see if we won the raffle, and then head over towards the parade. Sound good guys?" Buneary and Skitty nodded their consent, and the trio continued their walk.

Inferno.
16th June 2008, 10:55 AM
Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST
Inferno & Houndour: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SECOND
Stark & Luxray: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) THIRD
Beta & Montag: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FOURTH
Stephen & Manectric: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIFTH
Dani & Togepi: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SIXTH
Jeff & Skitty: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SEVENTH
J & Helen: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) EIGHTH
Drifter & Ion: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) NINTH
Tess & Perry: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) NINTH
Shadow & Zapster: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) TENTH
Joshua & Roxas: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) ELEVENTH


With the race finished each of you run over to congratulate or console your pokemon and Billy approaches you.

“That was an AMAZING race, right down to the wire. Your pokemon all did so well, you should all be proud of them. I thank you for entering in my little game and now I will present the prizes.” She says leading the 3 winners to a podium. Electrike leaps onto the first place step beaming at Katsu. Houndour takes his place on the second step feeling proud to have finished so well and Inferno stands by his side. Luxray finally takes her place on the lowest step looking at Stark trying to gauge his reaction to their placing.

“Now here are the prizes, Katsu and Kiba get this TM Zap Cannon and a Lightball. Also as a special prize for coming first we award you this replica [Replica Raikou Statue: http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/raikoustatue.gif. Inferno and Houndour are awarded this TM Shockwave and a Magnet and finally Stark and Luxray win this TM Thunder Wave and Thunderstone. For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

A loud voice booms over the speakers of the Stadium catching the attention of all the trainers.
“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Inferno – 2 Levels for Houndour
Inferno jumps up and down cheering for Houndour during the race. He knew she'd do well but because she's normally so shy he's surprised that she started ripping up the track from the start of the race. He's happy because he can see that she's competitive and wants to win, so he knows she'll be a good fighter even if she's not as sure as he is. He feels like his heart is going to burst every time Houndour loses the lead and takes it back again, but when it looks like she's going to win she gets shocked by the last electric Pokemon and loses her chance to win. He nearly dies when Houndour crosses the finish line so close to Luxray and watches the replay closely, cheering when he sees Houndour's nose cross the line just before Luxray's.

"You did it!" Inferno yells, running over to meet Houndour and giving her a hug. "If it weren't for that Shinx you would have won Houndour, so don't feel bad because you ran really well!" Houndour barks happily and jumps onto the stage when Billy-May calls her up for her prize. He stands proudly beside her, a bit disappointed that Houndour doesn't get a trophy too, and thanks Billy-May when she gives him a Shockwave TM and a Magnet for coming second. "Thank you" he says, patting Houndour who is the real winner.

When he hears a voice over the loudspeaker announce that the parade is starting in ten minutes, Inferno and Houndour leave the stadium. She's tired after the race but she's excited and doesn't want to rest in her ball. "You need some more energy Houndour. Let's get some food and then we can go to the raffle draw and over to Oceanic Drive to watch the parade."

Houndour barks happily, and they walk into the crowd. Inferno is happy that Houndour came second in the Raikou Race, but he remembers the pulse that happened during the race and that's making him nervous. He hopes it's nothing and wants to forget about it so he looks down at Houndour. "I'll race you to the nearest ice cream booth!" he yells, and starts running into the crowded street. Houndour barks and runs after him.

Shadowshocker
16th June 2008, 12:54 PM
“Now here are the prizes, Katsu and Kiba get this TM Zap Cannon and a Lightball. Also as a special prize for coming first we award you this replica [Replica Raikou Statue: http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/raikoustatue.gif. Inferno and Houndour are awarded this TM Shockwave and a Magnet and finally Stark and Luxray win this TM Thunder Wave and Thunderstone. For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

“There is one prize I didn’t mention before; it’s an extra special prize. I present the ‘Hardiest Award’, this award is presented to the Pokemon who the judges believe is the hardiest, and by that we mean the one who received the most shocks and just kept on going. We have two contenders for this special prize Ion the Chinchou and Zapster the Electivire. It was a hard choice but we have made one. The winner of the ‘Hardiest Award’ is …

Ion =1, Zapster =2
Arc_Angel rolls 1 2-sided die: 2

Shadow and Zapster! Congratulations you two. Zapster has proved himself to be a very hardy Pokemon and has impressed us all. As part of the Hardiest Award you win this Golden Ticket which can be redeemed at the Connor Charity booth. The prize is well worth it I assure you” she finished with a wink handing over the Golden Ticket to Zapster who accepted it graciously. A loud voice booms over the speakers of the Stadium catching the attention of all the trainers.
“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Shadowshocker – 2 Levels for Zapster

Golden Ticket – Shadowshocker the Golden Ticket can be taken to Connor’s Charity Booth before the parade starts and upon its redemption you shall receive a Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/goldpokeball.gif). This is to be used to house a special Pokemon being brought to Seaside City for you. This Pokemon will be the baby form of one of Connor’s team (not the legendaries) and it will reach the festival by the end of the campaign. If you do not finish the campaign the Pokeball will be removed from your possession.

Having come in next to last, Zapster couldn't help but seem a little sheepish and embarassed as he took his place next to his trainer. "Well, Zapster, you certainly tried your best out there," comforted Shadow. "And you've certainly got something to show for it -- a special, new operative to join our team, who couldn't have made it without your efforts."

"Vire." With a gentle series of encouraging pats on his back, Zapster looked more at ease, handing Shadow the Golden Ticket and Yellow Shard he had received.

"Hmmm, I do wish we had some idea what the Hero's PokeBall might contain, though," Shadow murmured to himself as he briskly made his way to the Charity Booth; surprisingly there had been no concrete clues or available intel on what Pokemon Connor had used besides his personal legendary trio. There was nothing Shadow could do for now regarding that piece of information, as he made his way to the immediate destination amongst the crowds of people, Zapster having kindly helped to gently but firmly forge a path.

"I wonder what that purple light was, though?" wondered Shadow. "It certainly didn't seem anything like conventional fireworks." "Lec, vire." Putting his hands up in honest expression, it was clear that Shadow's Electivire was as clueless as his trainer.

"Well, hopefully it's nothing we need to worry about. But regardless, Zapster, let's just stay on guard so long as we're in the open," Shadow nods. "Let's get our Golden Ticket exchanged, see if we won anything from the raffle, then go over to Oceanic Drive as soon as we can; the parade will be starting soon."

Aquatic Angel
16th June 2008, 1:06 PM
Final Stats
Aquatic Angel & Gible: (Hit 30 balloons) 185 points

Prize Summary
Aquatic Angel: 2 levels for Gible + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball
I think you're stark raving mad spending close to 60 hours on one game Tess, but can't deny your devotion to your updates. If you still remember what sleep is, try getting some this week ;). I'd like to thank you and Arc_Angel for the time and effort you're putting into this campaign, and hope you're enjoying it as much as I am.


Kim spends most of her time during the game laughing at Gible's antics. His youthful enthusiasm is more exciting than the popping of the balloons, and Kim takes great pleasure in watching him thoroughly enjoy himself. She hadn't thought that missing a balloon would be as exciting as he makes it seem, but she's glad they'd chosen to enter because it's given Gible a rare opportunity to play instead of battle. The game progresses steadily, balloons popping one after another. Gible's pile of blue tickets is growing making Kim wonder where he'd be on the score board if she'd told him to aim for the highest scoring balloons instead of the lowest scoring ones. At the end of the day it doesn't matter, because Gible is having fun and that's all she'd hoped for when they entered.

The game is entering its twelfth round when a strangely unnatural event occurs. Kim sees what can only be described as a pulse of energy shooting into the sky. The ground trembles and the sky changes colour, but it passes almost as soon as it begins. Taryn laughs it off, claiming it to be a festival related event, but Kim can't ignore Absol's reaction which is making her very nervous. He's tense, standing still as a statue, his eyes glued to the distant skyline from where the pulse had originated. Kim ruffles his fur, assuring him there's nothing wrong and encouraging him to support Gible for the remaining rounds of his game.

Many rounds later the game is over, and the winning Pokemon are called to the stage to receive their prizes. A lovely natured girl and her Azumarill have tied for first with another young girl and her Castform, each with a high score of 300 points which far exceeds Gible's score of 185 points. Kim watches the winners beaming proudly, holding Gible in her lap while he watches with wide, excited eyes. When Taryn calls Kim and Gible to the stage with another trainer and his Pokemon to present them with a Cherish Ball for scoring the most hits, Gible's large toothy grin can't be wiped from his face. Gible and Mawile had been the only two Pokemon to hit thirty or more balloons, and Kim squeezes Gible tightly, congratulating him for winning his very own prize.

"Great job, Gible. I'm proud of you, and it's good to see you're having so much fun today," Kim smiles, handing the raffle ticket back to him. "The Hero's Parade is starting soon so we'll go and watch that, but first we need to go and see the results of the raffle."

The three walk away from the balloon deck and make their way back to the raffle booth, but Absol's wariness is disconcerting. The pulse that had shot into the sky earlier and caused a minor tremor is still bothering him, and that's bothering Kim. "I'm sure everything is fine Absol," she says quietly, but she's not as confident in her statement as she'd like to be.

Arnold
16th June 2008, 5:41 PM
"Congratulations!" Taryn cries as all of the exhausted Pidgey come in to perch on the rails surrounding the stage. Her excited gaze then scans across all of the participating trainers and Pokémon. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Reaching down, Taryn lifts up a small knapsack that had been sitting beside the stage before removing a coin pouch and a small pale blue envelope. Turning to Jess and Kami, Taryn motions for them both to move up onto the stage with their respective Pokémon so that she can hand over their rewards.

"You'll each receive these ten thousand coins and Trading Card Palace Pass. The pass entitles the you to claim one free TCG Booster Pack 4 of your choice from the Trading Card Palace which will contain a guaranteed holographic card."

After handing over the prizes, Taryn looks adoringly at Rapture before calling both he and Stacey up to the stage. Reaching into her knapsack, Taryn removes another coin pouch as well as a small heart shaped object. Smiling at Stacey, she hands over the prizes.

"For placing second you'll receive five thousand coins and this beautiful Heart Scale. This scale was found in a special area of Seaside City where Luvdisc were once quite commonly found. These days they're very rare to find, so I hope you like it."

Once again congratulating both trainer and Pokémon individually, Taryn then turns toward Arnold and Glalie, motioning for them to come forward while she reaches into her knapsack to remove yet another coin pouch as well as several specially designed custom Pokéballs.

"For placing third, you'll receive these two thousand coins and one specially designed custom Pokéball of your choice. There's one to suit each type of Pokémon, from a Leaf Ball to a Steel Ball. The choice is yours."

After waiting for Arnold to make his choice, Taryn stands with all four winners lined up on stage, smiling at the crowd before reaching into her sack to remove several more coin pouches and a handful of tasty treats before handing them to all of the trainers who took part in the game.

"Our runners up will all receive these one thousand coins and one rare candy to do with as you please."

Taryn then removes three more items that appear to be very rare Pokéballs. Looking into the faces of the trainers, her gaze stops when it reaches Ricco and Kain. "Please come forward," she asks with a smile before turning to Kim and Gible. "And if you wouldn't mind coming forward as well." After waiting for them to follow her up onto the stage, Taryn smiles broadly.

"One prize not mentioned at the beginning of the game is the one that is awarded to the Pokémon who have hit the most balloons. Though you may not have received the highest score, you did hit more balloons than anyone else, and for that we feel that you deserve a special prize." Handing both Ricco and Kim a red Pokéball, Taryn continues to explain. "These Cherish Balls work in the same way as a Pokéball, but are extremely rare items to obtain. Please enjoy them, and be sure to enjoy the remainder of your day here at the Hero's Festival."

Turning to all of the trainers lined up on stage, Taryn's eyes stop on Kami.

"I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?" she asks with a cheeky smile. The third Pokéball she's holding is something never before seen in Fizzy Bubbles by any trainer. "For bursting the golden balloon you receive a very special prize. This Hero's Ball was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Taryn says, handing the ball over. She stops speaking for a moment, waiting for the meaning behind her words to sink in. "That's right, later today you will receive the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team. These babies are very special and will need a trainer who can love and raise them with the same strong values and sense of courage as Connor would have himself instilled in them. At the end of the day your baby Pokémon will be brought into the festival as it needs to be transported from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply hand in your golden ticket at the Charity Booth and the Pokémon will be given to you."

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


Prize Summary
All Pokémon who participated will gain 2 levels, or if already Lv.100 will receive a Double Move Tutor Pass to be used on them.

lilbluecorsola: 2 levels for Azumarill + 10,000 coins & 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card
Rabid Squirrel: 2 levels for Castform + 10,000 coins, 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card & 1 Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/heroball.gif)
Arc_Angel: 2 levels for Rotom + 5,000 coins & 1 Heart Scale
Arnold: Double Move Tutor Pass for Glalie + 2,000 coins & 1 Special Pokéball of choice
Jonouchi: 2 levels for Mawile + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball
Aquatic Angel: 2 levels for Gible + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball
Zami: 2 levels for Eevee + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Tyranidos: 2 levels for Torchic + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
ZoraJolteon: 2 levels for Tropius + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Missingno. Master: 2 levels for Qwilfish + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Altocharizard: 2 levels for Charizard + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy

Rabid Squirrel: Please note that the Hero's Ball will need to be removed from your inventory if you drop out of the campaign before its completion.

*BIG huggle for Tessa* I know how long you've been through this, I was there ^^ and you did bloody well, i'm proud of you, you met with booty and kicked it hard mwhahaha.


As the rounds of Balloon shooting come and go his smile gets bigger every round as Glalie shows just how good she is and how much of a valid member of the team she is as her accuracy gets the balloons bursting, ok some rounds she does miss but he is still proud of her, and from the look of things Emmy is happy too, after every hit a cute little "Chik" appears from her congratulating Glalie as she hits a balloon. Half way through he notices the weirdly yet cool firework display pulsating through the air, looking down it looks like Emmy noticed it too, "Whatcha think about that Em? I didn't even know a firework display was scheduled for this time, I never heard anything over the tannoy or read anything, was a nice surprise to give the contestants a little boost of confidence," with a little "chick" Emmy nuzzles up to him a little more than she was and continues to watch the game a little less excitedly than usual, "It's alright Emmy, i'm sure it's alright was weird to see noiseless fireworks, but with technology nowadays, I would love nothing more than noiseless Fireworks, bloody annoying when your trying to sleep and they wake you up"

As the game finishes up he walks over to Glalie and congratulates her for a job well done "I' proud of you Glalie, you made me proud, I wonder how well we did, I noticed you hit a good amount of balloons," awaiting the results he watches as Taryn emerges on stage, her giddiness and enthusiasm blaring out to everyone, at least shes adjusted doing her job, i'd be scared crapless on stage in front of so many people, just that second he hers his name in 3rd place, a big woot from him shows how happy he is, "See I knew you'd do me good Glalie, thank you and congratulations." As Taryn approaches him, Emmy and Glalie he smiles at her and thanks her for a entertaining show, looking at the bag he rummages around and smiles happily, "I got the perfect one." Pulling his hand out of the bag he holds out the new Pokeball in front of him, a snow covered ball that shines in the sun, " For helping with the game Glalie, i've chosen this Snow Ball for you, I think you may enjoy it in here, now lets get rid of this old ball, " Diddling about on his Pokedex he uses the transfer ball feature to transfer Glalies data to the Snow ball that she will now occupy, with that he also takes the 2,000 coins and the Double Move Tutor pass that he puts in his pocket for use later on."

As the game finally dies down and everyone has their prizes he notices the one girl who got the Golden Balloon holding a Golden Pokeball, when she was given it Taryn mentioned something of a decedent of the hero Conner's Pokemon, "Alright guys, i'm hungry, and after that and how excited you both were, how abouts we get some food? and check up on that Raffle that we participated in, I wouldn't mind seeing who won the main prize on that, heres hoping we did well." With that he takes out the snow Ball that he just won, points it at Glalie and returns her to the ball until they get to the food and raffle places, Emmy on the other hand still unusually settled in his arms, holding her tight he walks onward wondering what cool events are going to take place after the parade."

Stark
16th June 2008, 11:00 PM
As the trainers and Billy-May all watch the race intently their attention is drawn away from their surroundings. Suddenly a pulse of energy shoots up in the distance, ripping through the sky and turning it a pretty magenta colour. The ground shakes from the aftershock and you all look around at each other little concerned, but Billy-May seems to be her usual perky self so you all focus back on the large screen and your Pokemon’s progress cheering your hearts out. It must have been nothing … fireworks or something related to the festival.

With the race finished each of you run over to congratulate or console your pokemon and Billy approaches you.

“That was an AMAZING race, right down to the wire. Your pokemon all did so well, you should all be proud of them. I thank you for entering in my little game and now I will present the prizes.” She says leading the 3 winners to a podium. Electrike leaps onto the first place step beaming at Katsu. Houndour takes his place on the second step feeling proud to have finished so well and Inferno stands by his side. Luxray finally takes her place on the lowest step looking at Stark trying to gauge his reaction to their placing.

“Now here are the prizes, Katsu and Kiba get this TM Zap Cannon and a Lightball. Also as a special prize for coming first we award you this replica [Replica Raikou Statue: http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/raikoustatue.gif. Inferno and Houndour are awarded this TM Shockwave and a Magnet and finally Stark and Luxray win this TM Thunder Wave and Thunderstone. For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

“There is one prize I didn’t mention before; it’s an extra special prize. I present the ‘Hardiest Award’, this award is presented to the Pokemon who the judges believe is the hardiest, and by that we mean the one who received the most shocks and just kept on going. We have two contenders for this special prize Ion the Chinchou and Zapster the Electivire. It was a hard choice but we have made one. The winner of the ‘Hardiest Award’ is …

Shadow and Zapster! Congratulations you two. Zapster has proved himself to be a very hardy Pokemon and has impressed us all. As part of the Hardiest Award you win this Golden Ticket which can be redeemed at the Connor Charity booth. The prize is well worth it I assure you” she finished with a wink handing over the Golden Ticket to Zapster who accepted it graciously. A loud voice booms over the speakers of the Stadium catching the attention of all the trainers.
“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Stark – 2 Levels for Luxray

Collecting TM Thundershock and Thunderstone. Also Leveling up Luxray 2 Levels. Thank you Arc for an exciting and enjoyable race. I know that both you and Tess put in a great deal of effort and time to make this happen and I would like to thank you both for what so far has been a great little campaign. I can't wait to see what happens next. After you get some rest that is.

Stark looked up at Luxray standing on the platform. Her eyes locked on his as she tried to gauge his reaction to her performance. The trainer's blank stare soon melted into a sly half smile followed by a wink as he nodded his approval toward his partner. She had run well, considering all of the obstacles in her path and had only been beaten by a nose. Third place was nothing to be ashamed of. Afterall, he had received as a prize one of the many items he had been searching for. A Thunderstone.

The race had begun rather promising with Luxray right out in front. Unfortunately, she seemed to have found a rival in the form of a houndour who wasn't about to let her run away with the race. The way the two of them battled back and forth throughout the race was enough to keep even the most casual race fan at the edge of their seat. In the end it didn't really matter as a small little electrike came out of no where to claim first place. Stark had to smile at the irony. It seemed like only yesterday that he was the young trainer going up against the veterans and pulling out surprising victories. Now he found himself on the other side of the fence. The irony was not lost upon him.

He turned to the Katsu, the young trainer of the electrike and with a smile said, "Great job kid. You've done a great job raising your electrike."

Stark walked forward and collected his prizes from Billy May, giving her a wink as he did so. While he wasn't exactly looking for a girlfriend, he did enjoy some harmless subtle flirting once in a while. Taking his prizes he placed them in his pack and walked over to Luxray who was starting to enjoy the attention she was getting from being up in front of everyone. Stark smiled and knelt down in front the lioness wrapping his arms around her and giving her good solid hug.

"You were great girl," he said as he released her and looked her square in the eyes, "Had it not been for a little bad luck in the beginning with that pikachu you might very well have won. Regardless, I'm proud of you."

Luxray tilted her head down in almost a bow of respect for her trainer, then walked up and put a paw around his shoulder as her way of giving him a hug to show her love. Stark smiled. The two had come a long way since she hatched from his first egg.

Stark soon stood up and rested a hand along Luxray's mane. Looking around he caught the sight of the houndour's trainer. Without a second thought he approached the trainer known as Inferno and said, "Hey! That houdour of yours is something else. Maybe some day you'll give Luxray and I the pleasure of a rematch. Perhaps in a battle or something."

With his words said he listened as the announcement of the parade started boomed over the stadium's speakers. Stark looked down at Luxray and nodded to let her know that it was time to go. Side by side they walked back out into the streets. The balloon game looked to have finished as trainers were making their way off the stage and back into the streets. With streets beginning to crowd, Stark thought for a second about returning Luxray to her pokéball to get some rest, but decided that she deserved to stay out and enjoy some private time with her trainer.

Before long Stark had found Oceanic drive. The sidewalks were filled with people along both sides of the street and more on the way. "Well Luxray, I guess we better grab ourselves a place to sit before there isn't one," he said to his partner. Pushing their way through the crowd they managed to make it to the curb where they sat down next to a group of children. Fortunately, Luxray was well behaved and not mischievous, otherwise those kids would have a heck of a time fighting her off for any candy thrown their way.

Stark looked down the street to observe the many different people standing and sitting around. However, one nagging lingering thought kept creeping into his mind. -What was that light show during the race? Was it part of the festivities or something else completely? Something about it didn't seem right. Well what ever it was, I'll deal with it when the time comes.-

ZoraJolteon
17th June 2008, 7:37 AM
Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


ZoraJolteon: 2 levels for Tropius + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy


Thanking Taryn for organising the contest, Zora claimed the items which he had won, swinging his backpack strap off his left arm and bending round awkwardly to place them inside. Feeling a large shadow fall over him, he turned back round, looking up at the caster. "Meh." Zora grunted to Tropius, who was standing over his trainer, looking somewhat dissapointed with his performance. "It's no great loss. There's always more games to follow, and if we lose those too, then I bet it turns out Connor trained an Altaria." The corners of Tropius' mouth turned up slightly upon hearing this, although he still didn't look entirely ok. "Ah!" Zora exclaimed, in realisation of what was probably troubling his companion. "You've just fired off about sixty Leaf Storms. You must be exhausted."
"Rooo" Tropius said, trying to sound energetic, as he pointed his head behind him, nodding in the direction of his wings, the tips of which were glowing with golden energy.
"Sure, you can do that." Zora said, recognising that while everyone around him might just appreciate the sun for making this an enjoyable day out, for Tropius it was a far more vital supply of nourishment, rapid Photosynthesis occuring in his leaves to compensate for his energy expenditure. "But you do that all the time. Today is fun. Lets find you something extra tasty." Coiling his working hand around Tropius' neck, he dragged him off through the crowds, Tropius struggling to keep himself from knocking any of the fragile Humans over as he waddeled along, incapable of gently breaking himself free. "Right." Zora said, drawing to a halt next to one of the food stands. "I think this is the one that does fruit. Take your pick and I'll see you over there in a minute." gesturing to an area of grass that seemed large enough for Tropius to comfortably lie down. "Now, where is she..."


Sprawled on his back on the grass, Zora felt the sun's warmth flow through him just as he imagined it would for Tropius, the light breeze blowing against him like the draft from Tropius' wings. Wait... it was the draft from Tropius' wings. Regaining his thoughts, Zora sat up, looking at the Pokémon, who had a massive bunch of huge berries hanging from his mouth, which was now a full smile. With that obstruction, it took Zora a couple of moments to notice something odd. "Tropius, you appear to have received a shave." he said, intriged by the absence of his usual beardfruits.
"Toro." Tropius replied, angling his wings to point towards the stand. Zora let out a loud snort of amusement.
"You paid for fruit, using fruit." he laughed, as Tropius kneeled down on the grass, dropping the bunch of berries on the ground in front of him and carefully biting off one of them. Wondering how to pass the time while his Pokémon ate, Zora lifted his hand up in front of him, noticing that the shock wound had turned an unpleasent shade of purple. Seeing the colour reminded him of something that he had placed in the back of his mind while focusing on the game, the strange energy that had flooded the sky. 'Taryn was quick off the mark to pretend it was all planned' he rationalised to himself 'so I guess it's something that they're familiar with, just not intended to happen about now. And if they are familiar with it, then it follows that stopping anything that goes wrong because of it should be fairly simple.' Leaning round into his backpack, which had been serving as a pillow, he rummaged into the endless pit of semi-worthless stuff he had gathered over the years, pulling out a strip of material which he wrapped around the injury, creating something reminiscent of a bandage, although considering the crafter, the medical effect would probably be questionable. Laying back down again, Zora listened to Tropius munching, time passing by.


Suddenly a glint of light hit Zora in the eye. Sitting up so sharply, he startled Tropius, who feeling the presence of something large above his back lashed out in shock, the Bladeed edge of the Leaf hitting against it with a loud clang, before quickly leading into a second attack, waves of green energy flowing upwards from the ground into his body in a techique Zora recognised as calling upon Nature's Power. Getting to his feet, Tropius began clapping his wings together, enthusiastically.
"TORO TORO PI USU! TORO TORO PI USU!" he began chanting, as the shock wore off, and he realised that what he was facing was in fact a large shiny hovering ball of metal, it's pink sheen and wavy ridges identifying it as a Forretress, its shell clamped down tight, presumably in defence against Tropius' prior physical blow. Hearing the chant, the shell opened slightly, the Bug's eyes out of focus as it wobbled to keep it's balance, before tipping to the left, and suddenly falling to the ground, hitting with a soft thump against the soil and rolling slowly across the ground, coming to a halt between Tropius and Zora, who was giggling.
"Ecks dee." he announced, as the Pokémon looked at him, surprised. "I guess that's an interesting new piece of Pokémon research we've documented today. Nature Power, when used in the presence of hundreds of humans and Pokémon celebrating a festival, will generate a Flatter attack." Understanding why he had just performed such an odd action, Tropius seemed happier, but still eyed the Forretress with suspicion, making it Zora's turn to seem confused.
"Roo?" Tropius cooed, inquisitively, rolling the ball slightly with the front tip of his helm.
"Oooh, right!" Zora said. "I forgot you've been in the PC since it happened. Well, you'd be right, this is, well, was, our friend Pineco. I was looking around with her before the games began, but she was struggling to move quickly without the Magnet Rise technique, so I let her go off to find some food. I tried to find her before we sat down, but she wasn't around. Anyway, clearly Magnet Rise isn't a problem anymore." Flipping himself over onto his belly, Zora got down to Forretress' eye level, gently forcing his fingers between her metal plates to prise her open, clicking his fingers in front of her eyes as she snapped back to reality, the Flatter-infused confusion wearing off.
"Forre!" she said, happily, getting her bearings and slowly lifting herself up about ten inches off the ground, looking at her trainer with happiness in her eyes, before spinning round to look at her team-mate.
"Roo" he said with a sheepish grin.
"Tress" she replied, in what was presumably forgivenesss.
"Well, now the reintroductions are done with, we should get moving again. Taryn said something about the raffle tickets being drawn, so we need to try to find that stall again before the parade starts." Getting to his feet, Zora picked up a bunch of stems on the floor, the remnants of Tropius' meal. "You should tidy up your waste" Zora scolded Tropius mockingly, who darted his neck out and grabbed them, lifting his neck up and swallowing them in one gulp. "Well, I guess they contain the nutrients you need for your barkskin?" Zora theoried with a shrug, Tropius nodding in agreement as his trainer climbed onto his back, "Onwards we go!" he announced, Tropius taking to the air as Forretress hovered along underneath, moving freely, but unable to match the altitude Tropius could maintain above the heads of everyone else.

Missingno. Master
17th June 2008, 1:01 PM
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Missingno. Master: 2 levels for Qwilfish + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy


Missingno. Master watched as Qwilfish hopped down from the stage, looking completely exhausted. "You poor thing," said Missingno. Master. "That game took a lot out of you, huh? "Qwil... Fish..." it panted. "I'll take that as a yes, then. Want to go for a swim before the hero festival parade?" Qwilfish perked up instantly, crying out "Qwil! Qwilfish Qwil!" "Heh heh, I thought so. All right, there's a pond somewhere over there, so let's just... Qwilfish!" For at the mention of the pond, Qwilfish leapt out of his trainer's arms and was rolling towards the body of water. Upon reaching it, Qwilfish unhesitatingly dove in, and began swimming laps. MM chuckled at Qwilfish's eagerness to get into the water. Missingno. Master had had Arbok, Weezing, Crobat, Poochyena, and Stunky out of their Poké Balls, watching the competition. Stunky was being given a wide berth by everyone except Missingno. Master and Weezing. After a while, MM said "Alright, everybody, let's go! We're gonna watch the parade!" His Pokémon cheered, and off they went. Missingno. Master was carrying Qwilfish in his arms, careful to position his arms in such a way that Qwilfish's numerous spikes didn't harm him at all. Behind them was Arbok and Weezing. Stunky was riding on Weezing, Poochena riding on Arbok's head. Crobat stood perched on Missingno. Master's shoulder, with a look on its face that plainly said "Go ahead. Mess with us, I dare you." Together, the Poison trainer and his Pokémon headed towards the parade.

SM
17th June 2008, 2:24 PM
For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
SM – 2 Levels for Manectric

"Come on, Manectric, you can do it!" Stephen screams as a plethora of Pokemon, including Manectric, approach the finish line. "Umbreon!" the small dark Pokemon at his side affirms, as the Pokemon cross the finish line. However, it seems as though Manectric simply couldn't recover from that Thundershock in time to regain the time that she lost from the temporary paralysis, as well as the mishap with the Yellow Shard. Stephen watches the Pokemon as the match finishes, and after several more Pokemon cross the finish line, the race ends.

Billy-May calls out over the loudspeaker the winners and their prizes, with the top three sitting atop a podium in front of the group. Stephen applauds politely for them, and Billy-May states that the parade will be starting soon, so it would be wise to move toward Oceanic Drive within the next ten minutes, before leaving the trainers with their Pokemon.

Stephen can't help but notice the difference in pace of Pokemon toward their trainers: the winning Pokemon almost sprint toward their human counterparts, while the others slowly lumber over, their eyes focused on the ground in front of them. Stephen is disheartened to notice Manectric is in the latter category, and Stephen runs over to meet Manectric, with Umbreon running close behind. Manectric looks up at Stephen with doleful eyes, as to apologize for a poor performance, before dropping the Yellow Shard at Stephen's feet.

Ignoring the Shard for now, Stephen bends down, scratching Manectric's head. "Come on, don't think like that," Stephen says, "You did your absolute best, I couldn't be more proud."

Manectric looks up at Stephen with a look that clearly meant, "Liar," but nevertheless rises to her feet. "There you go," Stephen says as he picks up the Yellow Shard from the ground, placing it in his bag.

"Now, let's go, guys. I have a feeling that this parade is going to be epic." Umbreon barks excitedly, but Manectric gives only a small, unenthusiastic nod before walking off toward Oceanic Drive behind Stephen, whose mind has drifted back to the race. Not wanting to bring up the subject again in front of Manectric, Stephen silently muses to himself, "What was that light?"[/size]

Joshua - Shadow Brigadier
18th June 2008, 1:17 PM
Stats:
Joshua & Roxas: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) ELEVENTH


“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Joshua – 2 Levels for Roxas

It needs to be said. You're both INSANE! We love you for putting in so much effort, but still... Sleep, dammit, sleep!

Joshua knelt down before the somewhat depressed Roxas as the Luxray walked towards him, the Yellow Shard still in his mouth. Stroking the electric type's head, Joshua accepted the Yellow Shard with a smile, his eyes meeting with Roxas'.

"Roxas, don't stress. We've got plenty of other..." Joshua began, but Roxas shook his head, motioning towards his Pokeball. Joshua tilted his head, and in a silent conversation, trainer and Pokemon understood each other. Silently, Joshua recalled Roxas so that the electric type could mope, but was happy knowing that Roxas knew he was proud of his efforts anyway.

Turning his head to the Glaceon who stood beside him, Joshua smiled. "Well, Aurora, if the parade is starting, we'd better go see what's happening. After all, we don't wanna miss a moment of this, now do we?" Aurora tilted her head, amused by her trainer's sudden mood swing, but bounded alongside her trainer as he walked, one hand moving to his pocket to make sure he still had his raffle ticket.

A stray thought came to mind randomly, as he strutted towards the parade route. 'Wonder if Katsu would be willing to trade or sell that Raikou statue?' The thought idly passes by, as Aurora and Joshua seek out somewhere good to stand for the parade.

Latias10
19th June 2008, 7:40 AM
Final Stats
Zami & Eevee: (Hit 26 balloons) 265 points

Prize Summary
Zami: 2 levels for Eevee + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy


Catherine eyes looked towards the score bored to find out the final score. Her mouth frowned slightly after noticing that Eevee had finish fifth out the eleven competitors but soon it was gone when she noticed Eevee running straight towards her. The little pokemon happily lunged her self into her trainer’s arm and started to playfully lick at her trainer’s check. This brought up some giggles from Catherine, and to her losing no longer mattered when she had such a great pokemon.

“Fifth out of eleven is not bad, you did a good job up there Eevee,” She told her pokemon with a pat on the head. Eevee nodded and then rested her head against Catherine’s chest. Her trainer could here her heavy breaths and realized the competition had finally tired out the little furball. It had taken twenty rounds but this was the first time she had ever seen her pokemon so tired. It was probably a good thing since so far that energy had only been getting the little pokemon in trouble during the festival.

Watching the game while it was going on was interesting. She remembered how disappointed she felt after the gold balloon was popped and how happy she was at just watching her pokemon compete. She had found herself laughing at her Eevee’s energy and how the little creature let nothing get it down. Despite not wining any result prizes she had loads of fun watching the competition, she was really glad that she had decided to come to this festival.

As her mind raced through all the rounds and the events that occurred something in particular stuck out like a sore thumb. Before one of the rounds she remembered there was a pulse of energy that ran through the air. It was really odd but most people shrugged it off and it was suppose to be one of the other attractions. Eevee had bought into that because all the pokemon had cared about were the pretty colours of the pulses of energy. Catherine had a bit harder time believing into that story although she did forget about the energy as soon as the next round started.

“Remember the energy pulses guys? What do you think of it?” she asked her pokemon wondering what their opinions on it were. Eevee just gave her a puzzled look while Rilou just starred at the ground. The pokemon seemed somewhat bothered with the past event although Catherine was not sure exactly why.

“I am probably just over worrying lets forget about it,” she then declared with a fake laugh. Although it still worried her they were getting no where and the topic created a bit of awkwardness. “I am going to go get are prizes now, you guys stay here and stay out of trouble” she added in while placing Eevee on the ground. She was hopping Eevee would stay out trouble but she probably would because she was tired and Rilou was there to keep her out of harms way. With that thought she headed over to the prize both.

Once she returned to her pokemon she found them both standing where she left them playing some game with a rock. Once they both saw her they greeted her with Eevee running up to her to see what she had won. She looked up at her trainer with eagerness at seeing the prize. Catherine had to chuckle at the little pokemon since it could find a reason to get excited no matter what the situation.

“You won 1,000 coins and a rare candy, and the candy is all yours,” she told her furball while she bended down to her height. She was starting to unwrap the rapper on the candy when Eevee reached forward and snatched it away from her trainer. She started to chew at the wrapped candy but quickly spat it out with a look of disgust. She could not see what was so great about this piece of candy.

“You have to unwrap the candy first silly,” Catherine told her pokemon as she picked up the candy. She carefully unwrapped it before placing it in her hand for Eevee to take. Eevee slowly walked up to it and sniffed it a few times before giving her trainer an unsure look. It did not taste good the first time and she could not see how that would change now.

“Its yummy trust me,” Catherine told her pokemon in an encouraging way. “It will also make you stronger that is how good it is,” she added trying to make the candy sound as good as possible. Deciding to trust her trainer Eevee carefully took it from her hands and started to chew on the candy. After a few seconds of chewing a smile broke out her face and she gobbled down the rest of the candy.
“Eee, Eee, Vee!” she exclaimed wanting to taste more of the treat she had been given. Catherine chuckled slightly at her pokemon’s change of mood and shook her head to tell her that there was no more. Eevee pouted slightly but quickly forgot about the candy and started looking around at all the sights around her. Her mind was always racing looking for new and exciting things.

“Let’s get going guys and no running this time Eevee I have had enough of that,” Catherine told her pokemon. Both of them replied with a swift nod with Eevee slowly beginning to walk towards the crowded streets. She then let out a yap to let her trainer know that she wished to continue to explore the festival. Catherine nodded in approval to her pokemon and started to fallow it through the streets with Riolu by her side.

She then heard a comment about the raffle which she had totally forgotten about before. She reached into her pocket pulling out the ticket, it was folded up several times and slightly crumpled up but that really did not matter. She placed it back in her pocket telling her self that she would remember latter on to check out the ticket booth to see if she had won. For now she was just going to enjoy herself with her two pokemon.

*DANI*
19th June 2008, 10:55 AM
Stats:
Dani & Togepi: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) SIXTH

For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

A loud voice booms over the speakers of the Stadium catching the attention of all the trainers.
“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Dani – 2 Levels for Togepi
"You did great Togepi!" Dani says when she sweeps Togepi up after he crosses the finish line. "There were heaps of bigger and faster Pokemon racing against you and you came in sixth! That's really good when there were twelve Pokemon in the race. I'm so proud of you!"

"Prii!" Togepi replies, excited, and waving his yellow shard around.

"That's your special prize, Togepi. If you want we can make it into a Thunderstone. Would you like to do that?" Dani asks.

"Prii!" Togepi squeals again, happily.

"Then we will, but first you need to rest. You must be so tired after the race," Dani says, but Togepi shakes his head. He's still excited and doesn't want to miss out on anything so Dani holds him while Ivy and Glacia congratulate him for finishing the race and not giving up when it looked bad for him.

"I'll carry you," Dani says, patting Togepi's head. "You don't need to rest in your Pokeball, but you can relax in my arms and won't have to miss out on anything. The raffle will be drawn soon and the Hero's Parade will be starting just after that so let's go and see who's won so we can see the parade."

While Dani's walking back to the raffle booth Togepi is starting to fall asleep. He's more tired than he thought so she lets him rest, thinking she'll wake him up when the raffle's going to be drawn. Ivy and Glacia are walking next to her, looking at a far away point in the sky and Dani remembers the thing that happened during the race. There was a tremor and the sky changed colour. At first she thought it was an earthquake, but earthquakes don't effect the sky. She doesn't know what is was, but she hopes it doesn't happen again because she got a bad feeling from it.

"Don't worry," she says to Ivy and Glacia. "It was only something we missed from the festival because we were watching Togepi race. It was probably fireworks or something." Ivy and Glacia look at each other and Dani knows they don't think it had anything to do with the festival. Dani doesn't think so either, but she doesn't want her Pokemon to be worried.

"What do you think the raffle prize will be?" she asks them, hoping that good thoughts will help take their minds off the energy pulse.

Jonouchi
20th June 2008, 6:08 PM
Taryn then removes three more items that appear to be very rare Pokéballs. Looking into the faces of the trainers, her gaze stops when it reaches Ricco and Kain. "Please come forward," she asks with a smile before turning to Kim and Gible. "And if you wouldn't mind coming forward as well." After waiting for them to follow her up onto the stage, Taryn smiles broadly.

"One prize not mentioned at the beginning of the game is the one that is awarded to the Pokémon who have hit the most balloons. Though you may not have received the highest score, you did hit more balloons than anyone else, and for that we feel that you deserve a special prize." Handing both Ricco and Kim a red Pokéball, Taryn continues to explain. "These Cherish Balls work in the same way as a Pokéball, but are extremely rare items to obtain. Please enjoy them, and be sure to enjoy the remainder of your day here at the Hero's Festival."

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


Prize Summary
All Pokémon who participated will gain 2 levels, or if already Lv.100 will receive a Double Move Tutor Pass to be used on them.

Jonouchi: 2 levels for Mawile + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball

OOC: Taking my DMT Pass, my 1000 coins, my candy and one Cherish Ball. Thanks so much for the hard work you put into all of this. You too, Arc. =)

Ricco sees Mawile near him, saddened that they didn't win like his trainer wanted, but Ricco knew that it wasn't all bad. They fought hard and they still did a fine job.

"Don't feel too bad about this, Kain," Ricco said. "We'll do better the next game. We'll beat them, I'm sure of it!"

Mawile looks up at him, relieved that his trainer was so kind to him after their loss. Their names were called as they walk up to the main stage. She told them that even though they didn't win, they hit more balloons than anyone else. Ricco was glad that something good came out of their loss, as was Mawile, who lifts a smile on his sad face. They both receive a Cherish Ball, which Ricco has, but would be honored to keep another in his stash.

"Thank you so much, Taryn!" he said. He goes down to Mawile. "See, buddy? I told you not to feel bad about losing."

Mawile looks up at him and cheers happily. The two walk off with their prizes in hand: a Cherish Ball, 1000 coins and a candy. Mawile was already at level 100, so he accepts the Double Move Tutor Pass that was offered. They walk away from the Balloon game and walk around elsewhere.

"Okay, where to next, Kain?" he asked his trusty Mawile.

Mawile wasn't sure. He remembers something and pokes his pocket, which made Ricco realize something.

"Right, she said the drawing was starting soon!" he said. "We better head down there to see if we won. Then we can just explore some more. Once that's done, we can head over to the Reenactment once it's ready. Sounds good, Mawile?"

"Maw, mawile!" he said.

The two walk off to the raffle booth to see if they won anything good. Hopefully it was something both of them could enjoy with their time here, but they both said to themselves that win or lose, they'll have a fun time here.

enchantress
21st June 2008, 3:04 PM
Stats:
Tess & Perry: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) NINTH


With the race finished each of you run over to congratulate or console your pokemon and Billy approaches you.

“That was an AMAZING race, right down to the wire. Your pokemon all did so well, you should all be proud of them. I thank you for entering in my little game and now I will present the prizes.” She says leading the 3 winners to a podium. Electrike leaps onto the first place step beaming at Katsu. Houndour takes his place on the second step feeling proud to have finished so well and Inferno stands by his side. Luxray finally takes her place on the lowest step looking at Stark trying to gauge his reaction to their placing.

For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

A loud voice booms over the speakers of the Stadium catching the attention of all the trainers.
“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Enchantress – 2 Levels for Perry
"You did it!" Tess cries, scooping Perry up and spinning her around the moment she races over the finish line.

"Pa-chi!" Perry responds, a little puffed, yet nonetheless excited.

Giving Perry an affection hug, Tess ruffles the fur on her electric squirrel's head. "It's not every day you get to do something as exciting as this, Perry," Tess says, smiling. "I can only hope you've enjoyed yourself even if you didn't come in first."

Perry nods enthusiastically, too out of breath to speak, and Tess hugs her tighter. "You're such a little trooper," she smiles, turning to watch the prizes being awarded to the winners. She's wondering what they should do next, as it would be nice if some of her other Pokémon will be able to take part in a game or two as well, when an unfamiliar voice exclaiming, "Good match!" comes from behind her.

Startled, Tess spins around coming face to face with one of the trainers whose Pokémon had also participated in the race. "Scare me half to death next time," she thinks, her heart still beating rapidly. Luckily she'd been holding Perry, for she still remembers the last time someone had startled her like that and winces, the unpleasantly humiliating memory still haunting her thoughts and causing a flush to appear in her cheeks.

"Your Pachirisu isn't too bad!" he continues, smiling.

"Thank you," Tess replies, politely extending her own hand to shake the hand he's offered. She shoots Tempest a discreet glance, warning the Houndoom to stay back for fear of her attacking the stranger who has approached her trainer. Tempest is watching the exchange between the two with narrowed eyes, the fur on her back rising while she readies herself to pounce at the first sign of trouble. While tempted to say something else, Tess has the distinct impression this trainer has approached her for a reason, so she remains silent, waiting for him to continue, a little curious as to exactly why he'd initiated a conversation.

"But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about," he adds.

"Here we go," Tess thinks, impressed by the fact he's not beating around the bush. He motions toward the distant skyline, and even before he continues speaking Tess knows what it is he's going to mention for it's also something that has been bothering her.

"I don't know for sure if you saw that...strange light...but for some reason, I feel I can trust you," he says. Tess raises an eyebrow at this last comment, yet her expression remains unreadable while he continues to speak. "When it passed overhead, I felt a strange aura about it. A feeling I've never felt before. Something's wrong, and I'm not sure what, but I intend to find out."

"Hmm, I know what you mean," Tess replies, her gaze turning south in the direction from which the energy pulse had originated. "We all felt it, but I'm not sure how many people saw where it came from. Billy-May insists it was related to the festival, but considering it came from hundreds of miles away I can't say I'm convinced."

Perry snuggles closer into Tess' arms, not at all liking where this conversation is headed. Tess can feel her shivering, not from cold or exhaustion, but from fear, and holds her little squirrel tighter, gently stroking the fur on her head to assure her she's safe and sound. At this point a loud voice booms over the Stadium speakers announcing that the Hero's Parade is beginning shortly and that everyone should make their way over to Oceanic Drive in order to watch the festivities. This prompts the trainer to remove a map of the area and show it to her. She glances at it curiously, wondering where the rest of the conversation is headed.

"I'd like you to watch for anything suspicious during the parade," he continues before pointing at Perry which causes her to lean further into Tess' embrace. "If you find anything... have her send some sort of attack into the air twice. I'll come and assist as quickly as possible."

Amused, Tess bites her bottom lip to suppress a smile, an expression of mock concern entering her eyes while she nods agreeably. "I'll do just that," she replies, looking down at Tempest who is now sitting beside her with a befuddled expression on her face. While she's glancing at Tempest, she hears the trainer's voice again. "Farewell!" he exclaims, and when Tess looks up next, he's gone, vanished into the crowd.

"How odd," she muses regarding the trainer's sudden disappearance. "So dramatic. Does he think he's a superhero or something..."

Shrugging it off, she looks down at Perry. "Don't worry sweetheart, there's nothing to be concerned about," Tess assures her, though she's not certain she trusts in her own words at this point in time. The mysterious trainer who hadn't introduced himself may have been a little strange, but he was right on the mark regarding the strange pulse during the race. It was most definitely unsettling and, even though whatever it was appears to have passed for now, Tess has a strange feeling that it's far from over. She frowns, not wanting anything to spoil this day she's set aside to spend with her Pokémon. She's so tired of all of the ugliness in the world; people hurting others for thrills, even Pokémon battling is a bloodthirsty sport. One Pokémon fighting another until one is knocked out, or worse. It's senseless. This is why she much prefers to adventure. Although she knows there will be elements of battle along the way, adventuring is far more preferable to watching one of her Pokémon being beaten senseless, or having her own Pokémon beat another to a pulp, just so that she can call herself a trainer. It's pointless violence and is a major contributing factor as to her recent loss of interest in training. This festival is the wake up call she's needed to realise there is more to training than battling though, and watching a parade is just what she needs right now. Reaching into her pocket Tess removes the raffle ticket she'd placed there earlier, handing it to Perry.

"Here's your raffle ticket, Perry," she says with a smile, giggling at Perry's eagerness to take it back. "How about we wander over to the raffle booth to watch the draw, and then mosey on over to Oceanic Drive for the parade?"

Perry nods eagerly while Jaffa, Kayla, Vixey, Crystal and Tempest all begin heading over to the raffle booth alongside her. Accompanied by her Pokémon at a festive event, Tess feels that she should be very happy right about now. Unfortunately, thoughts of the pulse from earlier are still in her mind and she knows she's not going to be able to completely relax as long as the concerns she has are plaguing her. She hopes the pulse was nothing, but a sixth sense is telling her it was something, something far more important than Billy-May would have them believe.

Rakurai
22nd June 2008, 1:48 PM
Stats:
Katsu & Kiba: 100 metres (Yellow Shard) FIRST


With the race finished each of you run over to congratulate or console your pokemon and Billy approaches you.

“That was an AMAZING race, right down to the wire. Your pokemon all did so well, you should all be proud of them. I thank you for entering in my little game and now I will present the prizes.” She says leading the 3 winners to a podium. Electrike leaps onto the first place step beaming at Katsu. Houndour takes his place on the second step feeling proud to have finished so well and Inferno stands by his side. Luxray finally takes her place on the lowest step looking at Stark trying to gauge his reaction to their placing.

“Now here are the prizes, Katsu and Kiba get this TM Zap Cannon and a Lightball. Also as a special prize for coming first we award you this replica [Replica Raikou Statue: http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/raikoustatue.gif. Inferno and Houndour are awarded this TM Shockwave and a Magnet and finally Stark and Luxray win this TM Thunder Wave and Thunderstone. For all those runners up you may keep your Yellow Shards as consolation prizes. Now lets have it for your winners” Billy-May finishes applauding the three on the podium, the trainers joining in.

A loud voice booms over the speakers of the Stadium catching the attention of all the trainers.
“The Parade will be starting shortly, so we encourage everyone to make their way over to Oceanic Drive within the next 10 minutes. I repeat the parade will be starting shortly so please make your way to Oceanic Drive, it’s something you don’t want to miss”
“Okay everyone, congratulations again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day,” Billy-May says walking off to leave you alone with your pokemon and prizes.

Upon replying to this update, each of your pokemon will receive:
Rakurai – 2 Levels for Kiba


OoC: Thanks very much, Tess and Arc. I really appreciate all the time you two put into both of your updates.

Collecting TM Zap Cannon, a Light Ball, a replica Raikou statue, and two levels for Kiba.

Katsu was feeling rather dumbfounded as Kiba burst through the finish line. The last thing he would've expected was for the little Electrike to take first place, mostly due to the fact that a number of the competitors were bigger, stronger, and obviously more experienced. Kiba himself had expressed doubt, as well, as the confident smirk he had worn to the starting line quickly faded from his face after he had taken a moment to size up the competition.

After shaking off his surprise, however, the trainer was quick to express his joy, as he picked Kiba up and gave him a big hug, smiling from ear to ear as he did so. "You were amazing!", he exclaimed loudly, to which Kiba responded by smiling in his own unique way, before letting out an enthusiastic bark. "I just hope you didn't push yourself too hard. We still have a long day ahead of us, after all.", Katsu said in continuation, with his companion shaking his head in response, despite the fact that he was breathing heavily.

Afterwards, Kiba eagerly took his place on the podium, seeming very curious about what exactly he had won for his trainer, and was elated when he saw the trophy: a replica of the Raikou statue he had been fascinated with during the race. "Wow! Talk about a big prize. I guess they'll be shipping it over to our base once the festival is finished.", Katsu thought to himself as he applauded Kiba, as well as all the other Pokemon who had done their best.

After collecting his two smaller rewards, Katsu thanked Billy-May, as well as the trainer of the female Luxray, who had congratulated him. He then picked up Kiba once more, feeling that the canine's legs could use a good rest, and started to head out of the stadium, his mind still buzzing with thoughts of everything that had just happened.

Shortly after exiting the stadium, a certain thought he recalled brought him to a stop, and the joyful look on his face was suddenly replaced by a rather glum one. Kiba noticed the change, and stared into Katsu's eyes with concern, prompting a response from him.

"Kiba... During the race... Did you notice that strange pulse in the sky, and the tremors that came with it?" Katsu said. The Electrike paused to think for a moment, then slowly nodded his head, only now putting much thought into the unusual event that had occurred.

"It felt so unnatural... I can't help but think that it's a bad omen.", Katsu continued on, sounding more worried with every sentence. At that point, Kiba, too, had started to look rather glum, and Katsu was feeling a little guilty as a result.

Deciding to change the subject, Katsu perked up a little, and spoke out in a more positive tone: "Well, there's no use in worrying about it too much. After all, there's no telling whether or not whatever caused that pulse of energy is going to do anything else, or if it'll even affect us if it does. How about we go check and see if we've won anything in the lottery? Then we could grab something to eat before we make our way over to Oceanic Drive for the parade!"

Katsu seemed to have succeeded in changing Kiba's mood, for he was looking as cheerful as he had before. Putting his thoughts about the pulse in the back of his mind, he smiled at Kiba before he headed off in the direction of the lottery booth...

Arc_Angel
22nd June 2008, 4:02 PM
Final Stats
lilbluecorsola & Azumarill: (Hit 29 balloons) 300 points
Rabid Squirrel & Castform: (Hit 26 balloons) 300 points
Arc_Angel & Rotom: (Hit 17 balloons) 290 points
Arnold & Glalie: (Hit 25 balloons) 270 points
Zami & Eevee: (Hit 26 balloons) 265 points
Tyranidos & Torchic: (Hit 16 balloons) 240 points
ZoraJolteon & Tropius: (Hit 13 balloons) 210 points
Aquatic Angel & Gible: (Hit 30 balloons) 185 points
Missingno. Master & Qwilfish: (Hit 17 balloons) 170 points
Alto & Charizard: (Hit 21 balloons) 165 points
Jonouchi & Mawile: (Hit 31 balloons) 155 points


"Congratulations!" Taryn cries as all of the exhausted Pidgey come in to perch on the rails surrounding the stage. Her excited gaze then scans across all of the participating trainers and Pokémon. "You've all done exceptionally well in today's game, and I'd like to thank each and every one of you for taking part."

Reaching down, Taryn lifts up a small knapsack that had been sitting beside the stage before removing a coin pouch and a small pale blue envelope. Turning to Jess and Kami, Taryn motions for them both to move up onto the stage with their respective Pokémon so that she can hand over their rewards.

"You'll each receive these ten thousand coins and Trading Card Palace Pass. The pass entitles the you to claim one free TCG Booster Pack 4 of your choice from the Trading Card Palace which will contain a guaranteed holographic card."

After handing over the prizes, Taryn looks adoringly at Rapture before calling both he and Stacey up to the stage. Reaching into her knapsack, Taryn removes another coin pouch as well as a small heart shaped object. Smiling at Stacey, she hands over the prizes.

"For placing second you'll receive five thousand coins and this beautiful Heart Scale. This scale was found in a special area of Seaside City where Luvdisc were once quite commonly found. These days they're very rare to find, so I hope you like it."

Once again congratulating both trainer and Pokémon individually, Taryn then turns toward Arnold and Glalie, motioning for them to come forward while she reaches into her knapsack to remove yet another coin pouch as well as several specially designed custom Pokéballs.

"For placing third, you'll receive these two thousand coins and one specially designed custom Pokéball of your choice. There's one to suit each type of Pokémon, from a Leaf Ball to a Steel Ball. The choice is yours."

After waiting for Arnold to make his choice, Taryn stands with all four winners lined up on stage, smiling at the crowd before reaching into her sack to remove several more coin pouches and a handful of tasty treats before handing them to all of the trainers who took part in the game.

"Our runners up will all receive these one thousand coins and one rare candy to do with as you please."

Taryn then removes three more items that appear to be very rare Pokéballs. Looking into the faces of the trainers, her gaze stops when it reaches Ricco and Kain. "Please come forward," she asks with a smile before turning to Kim and Gible. "And if you wouldn't mind coming forward as well." After waiting for them to follow her up onto the stage, Taryn smiles broadly.

"One prize not mentioned at the beginning of the game is the one that is awarded to the Pokémon who have hit the most balloons. Though you may not have received the highest score, you did hit more balloons than anyone else, and for that we feel that you deserve a special prize." Handing both Ricco and Kim a red Pokéball, Taryn continues to explain. "These Cherish Balls work in the same way as a Pokéball, but are extremely rare items to obtain. Please enjoy them, and be sure to enjoy the remainder of your day here at the Hero's Festival."

Turning to all of the trainers lined up on stage, Taryn's eyes stop on Kami.

"I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten, didn't you?" she asks with a cheeky smile. The third Pokéball she's holding is something never before seen in Fizzy Bubbles by any trainer. "For bursting the golden balloon you receive a very special prize. This Hero's Ball was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Taryn says, handing the ball over. She stops speaking for a moment, waiting for the meaning behind her words to sink in. "That's right, later today you will receive the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team. These babies are very special and will need a trainer who can love and raise them with the same strong values and sense of courage as Connor would have himself instilled in them. At the end of the day your baby Pokémon will be brought into the festival as it needs to be transported from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply hand in your golden ticket at the Charity Booth and the Pokémon will be given to you."

Turning back to the crowd, Taryn beams brightly. "The Hero's Parade will be starting soon, but don't forget to stop by the raffle to see if you're the lucky winner of today's Legendary Raffle. I hope you've all enjoyed yourselves, and please be sure to stop by again later today where we'll have a brand new game set up for you!"


Prize Summary
All Pokémon who participated will gain 2 levels, or if already Lv.100 will receive a Double Move Tutor Pass to be used on them.

lilbluecorsola: 2 levels for Azumarill + 10,000 coins & 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card
Rabid Squirrel: 2 levels for Castform + 10,000 coins, 1 Free TCG Booster Pack 4 (category of choice) containing a guaranteed holographic card & 1 Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/heroball.gif)
Arc_Angel: 2 levels for Rotom + 5,000 coins & 1 Heart Scale
Arnold: Double Move Tutor Pass for Glalie + 2,000 coins & 1 Special Pokéball of choice
Jonouchi: 2 levels for Mawile + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball
Aquatic Angel: 2 levels for Gible + 1,000 coins, 1 rare candy & 1 Cherish Ball
Zami: 2 levels for Eevee + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Tyranidos: 2 levels for Torchic + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
ZoraJolteon: 2 levels for Tropius + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Missingno. Master: 2 levels for Qwilfish + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy
Altocharizard: 2 levels for Charizard + 1,000 coins & 1 rare candy

Stacey, after Rapture had decided to enter the Balloon Game reached into Taryn's bag and pulled out a number slip, it had the number 1 on it. That meant that they were going first, this could be a good or a bad thing. Stacey looked up to Rapture who showed no signs of nerves; she was just staring at the balloons in awe again causing her trainer to smile. Once everyone had their starting positions they formed an orderly line, well as orderly as possible with the crowds around them and the game began.

"Good Luck Rapture, you'll do great I'm sure." Stacey encouraged her Rotom who sparked in excitement. With encouragement from Taryn she floated forward and took aim at the Golden Balloon first, firing out a wave of green flames that missed it. Not perturbed she fired at an Orange Balloon popping it with ease before doing it again. She brought the two tickets back to her trainer proudly. They had started off really well. As their next turn came around Stacey noted that they were first, but it was early times. Rapture had her go again and fired off her Dragonbreath at the designated balloons unfortunately missing them all. Stacey consoled her and they waited to try again. The next time Rapture hit an orange balloon on her third try bringing back the ticket to her trainer. Stacey had asked her to try for the higher balloons first so it would mean that they would be harder to hit.

As the rounds progressed Rapture would have varying luck. Sometimes her timing would be slightly off meaning she would miss all of the balloons she aimed for but others she was on the mark hitting 1 or two balloons, every time bringing back the tickets proudly to her trainer. As the final round ended Stacey heard the crowd clapping in appreciation. Rapture had tried her very best and counting the points on the scoreboard Stacey could see that they could have placed first if Rapture had hit the last balloons she aimed for. Rapture if sensing her trainer’s thoughts pouted. Catching this facial expression Stacey chuckled shaking her head.

"We came second Rapture, that’s awesome. You did so well in your very first game. I'm proud of you," Stacey said daring to hug her Rotom feeling her hair rise at the electrical currents cascading off Rapture's form. Rapture cried out in joy and nuzzled into her trainers embrace giggling when she saw what the simple motion had done to her hair. Stacey smoothed down her now wild mane and watched as first place were awarded their prizes. She saw Taryn share an adoring look with Rapture and beckon them to the stage. Taking the small step up Stacey graciously accepted their prizes, 5000 coins and a Heart Scale. Rapture ooohed over the pretty shaped object, it was almost as pretty as the balloons they just popped. They stepped off stage as a young man and his Glalie stepped up for their prizes.

As Rapture played with their Heart Scale, making the sunlight shine off it causing it to sparkle prettily Stacey felt her mind rush back to part way through the game. Almost as if she had traveled back in time she felt herself disattach from her body and watched the events as a spectator. She saw the final pokemon finish their attacks and Rapture move to have her next go. Suddenly a pulse of energy shot up into the sky ripping through the air and clouds turning it a pretty magenta colour in its wake. A shockwave seemed to follow and looking down she saw and felt the ground shake as if somehow angered. At the time Stacey hadn't thought too much of it, but sensed that it might be important to review later placing it deep within her mind for access, as she was doing now. Looking up the situation with almost new eyes she looked at Taryn who laughed nervously before resuming the game but a deep fear lurked behind her brown orbs, something was not right. That was no firework, and Taryn knew it.

Feeling Rapture speaking to her Stacey retreated from within her mind snapping back into focus and rubbing her eyes to adjust back to the present. Rapture looked a little worried at the indigo hue her trainer's eyes had taken but held up the Heart Scale proudly. Stacey grinned her eyes now their normal dark blue and nodded. She'd have to thank her Duskull Cadaver later for his meditation practice (or otherworldly meddling as Stacey called it) with her. Although she was concerned about what that pulse meant she felt that she would soon find out and right now wanted to spend some quality time with Rapture.

"Well I've had enough daydreaming" she said laughing almost akin to Taryn in her memory, "How about we go and see how we did in the Raffle and then watch the Parade, hmm?" she asked Rapture who nodded eagerly. Stacey pulled the raffle ticket from her pocket and held it out to her Rotom, it had the number 14 in bright red on the corner. "Think this is a winning number?" Rapture seemed to mull it over before smiling and nodding. "Well then let’s go and find out," Stacey said giggling and walking off in the direction of the Charity Booth, Rapture hovering overhead shining her bright Heart Scale under the sunlight.

'Not all beautiful things are so innocent,' Stacey thought, the pulse etched into her mind.

enchantress
8th July 2008, 1:55 PM
Firstly, lilblue and Rabid Squirrel receive candy each for spotting my little comment in the previous update, so here you go *tosses one candy to each of you*

And secondly, this update is a little slow in coming so I'm sorry to all involved with this campaign. I take full responsibility for my tardiness. Several incidents involving bad timing with the beginning of this campaign all rolled into one have led to a shocking start, but we'll pick up the pace from here on in. I'm sure most of you won't begrudge me having taken a couple of weeks for myself, so let's get back into this!


As the day moves on with the sun rising higher into the sky, the Hero's Festival is a buzzing hive of activity. Though thousands of people were eager to make the most of the day by getting in nice and early, more and more are arriving as the day progresses. The first rounds of contests and battles are coming to a close while many of the games have also ended, and with the drawing of the raffle about to begin, those who purchased tickets are already on their way back to watch the draw while hoping they'll be lucky enough to win something nice to take away with them when a strange event occurs. A powerful energy pulse shoots into the sky from somewhere in the distance causing the sky to turn the same shade of magenta it had a little while ago. Though the source of the pulse is hundreds of miles away, the earth shattering effects would have you think the epicentre is much closer as the ground starts to shake so violently that many are knocked off their feet. Children start to cry and Pokémon become nervous, sensing that something isn't right here. This doesn't feel like an ordinary earthquake, but within moments, just like last time, the shaking stops, the sky returning to its clear blue state, and the land returning to normal. The voice of Charles Higginbotham can be heard over the loudspeaker calling for calmness as some people in the crowd become hysterical, and several minutes later, after the initial shock of the sudden tremor has passed, the momentary panic felt by most at the festival has died down leaving everyone relieved, if not feeling any better knowing that the danger has passed. The entertainment resumes, and glad to have something to distract them from the frightening prospect of there being something seriously wrong on this day of celebration, people gladly return their attention to the festivities at hand, pushing their concerns to the backs of their minds as best they can.

By the time the raffle begins nobody wants to be reminded of the strange tremors that have shaken the land, and gather round as the barrel containing the tickets is spun before a crowd of hundreds. Even those who haven't purchased a ticket have gathered to watch the draw, curious to see what the prize will be and who will take it away with them. Again, Charles Higginbotham is present, and even though he's trying his best to put on a happy face, something in his demeanour is giving off a distinct vibe of foreboding. He's worried, and just about everyone present can sense it which fills their hearts with dread.

"Welcome, everyone!" he exclaims, a slight tremble in his voice indicating he's not feeling as cheery as he'd like everyone to believe. "Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend this great and glorious occasion. Today we are honouring the memory of Connor, the greatest man to have ever lived! A man who, eighty years ago, fought to save our land and ensure future generations live a life of freedom! Connor and his Pokémon fought for our continued liberty, and have earned their place in our history books. Today, on the eightieth anniversary of the day they saved our land, someone present here is going to receive one of the rarest gifts Connor has to offer. Being a private man, Connor lived most of his life in seclusion but that never stopped him from giving all he had to the community. He founded many charities and organisations to help people and Pokémon alike, and was always willing to lend a hand whenever he was needed. His Pokémon were raised with love and care, given specialist training, and taught that one doesn't need to be fearless to be brave. They learned how to make intelligent decisions and strategic choices in any given situation should Connor for some reason or another be unable to make those choices for them, and to always watch the backs of their teammates. All of these lessons, and many more, were the reason Connor and his Pokémon were victorious in their battle eighty years ago, and those values were not lost when Connor passed on, but handed down through the generations as his Pokémon bred families of their own. From mother to daughter, from father to son, each aware of the role their kin played in the legendary battle. Today, one lucky person will be the proud owner of a baby Pokémon who is a direct descendant of one of Connor's original team, their specialist training passed down through the bloodline and their strong values already learned. This is an honour few will ever receive, and many have longed for. I hope the trainer who is bestowed with this special gift will raise this Pokémon with the same love and care that Connor will have shown them, and that they will never forget the bravery this baby's grandparent displayed on the day they helped to win our freedom."

Many "oooh's" and "aaaah's" pass through the crowd upon hearing what the prize will be, excited chatter passing from trainer to trainer, while those who hadn't purchased tickets for this draw now wished they had. A few people roll their eyes, sighing, disappointed that the prize isn't something more spectacularly useful, like a super powerful TM, a stack of candies, a safeload of coins, or even a rare bottle of highly sought after shiny spray. Most are thrilled with the prize, however, and eargerly keep their eyes glued to the barrel containing the raffle tickets, hoping their number will match with the one drawn.

"But that's enough talk for now!" Charlie continues, turning to the spinning barrel and bringing it to a stop. Unlatching the lock on the side of the barrel, Charlie reaches inside and draws out a single ticket. Reading the number, he looks up at the crowd with a smile on his face. "And our lucky winner is...."

OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 27-sided die: 11 (Jonouchi)

"Number eleven!"

Cheering and applause course through the crowd as Jonouchi takes the stage to collect his prize. Once there, he's presented with a golden Pokéball with star shaped design. "This Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/heroball.gif) was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Charlie says, handing the ball over. "Later today the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team will be brought into the festival from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply return here, and the Pokémon will be given to you. Of course if you choose not to accept the baby for reasons of your own then you don't have to take it. A secondary prize of ten thousand coins and TM Hyper Beam has been set aside should you prefer to take that. The choice is yours, as either can be collected at the end of the day."

Turning back to the crowd surrounding the stage, Charlie smiles brightly. "The Hero's Parade is about to begin, so please make your way over to Oceanic Drive! Wouldn't want to miss the fun!"

A short while later thousands of people are gathered by the long, winding, roadside of Seaside City's Oceanic Drive as the Hero's Parade begins with a live band marching along the street blaring out their own rendition of the PokéRap. The crowd erupts into cheers, most singing along to the music as floats begin to follow the band, each with a different theme. The first is brightly decorated and covered with an array of different evolutionary stones upon which are several different Eevee evolutions dancing and playing while the Eevee Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPmibbubN7s) music blasts from a large stereo. Next comes a diamond studded pink float with a large pink banner reading, "The Princess Club - No Boys Allowed" upon which a Jynx, Delcatty, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Lopunny, Glameow, and Kirlia wearing princess costumes and tiaras are all prancing around to the tune of "Dancing Queen" whilst blowing kisses to the crowd. Next comes the "Trust in Us" float upon which Officer Jenny stands surrounded by a dancing array of her various police co-workers including Growlithe, Gastly, Spinarak, Squirtle, Wobbuffet, Jumpluff, Pidgeot, Parasect, Tangela, Meganium, and Stunky. This float is closely followed by another with the "Macho Man" tune playing while Pokémon such as Machamp, Hariyama, Primeape, Medicham, and Breloom pose in various stances while flexing their muscles for the crowd. "Great Balls of Fire" is the next tune to be heard as a fire float appears carrying an array of Fire Pokémon shooting Flamethrowers into the crowd, just above everyone's heads. The Squirtle Squad are following the fiery troupe, however, standing on top of a big red fire truck while dousing the flames with their Water Guns and soaking many bystanders in the process. During the next hour, dozens more floats roll by, each with a different theme, energetic music and wonderful displays entertaining the crowd until finally the "Hero's Float" appears. At the sight of it, the crowd begins cheering louder than ever as the statue of a man surrounded by more statues of various Pokémon including a Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, Pidgeot, Alakazam, Machamp, Electivire, Tyranitar, Steelix, Golem, Gengar, Dragonite, Articuno, Raikou, and Heatran rolls past.

The Hero's Float containing life size replicas of Connor and his team is the main attraction, but just as the cheers of the crowd reach their peak another energy beam rips into the sky, far stronger and brighter than before. The sky changes colour and the earth rumbles threateningly, but the beam doesn't shoot straight upward this time, instead arcing through the sky and coming down, headed straight toward Oceanic Drive and the thousands of people gathered there. Excited cheers turn into terrified screams as the beam hits the Hero's Float which explodes into a ball of flames as the energy pulse emitted from the beam surges outward and through the crowd. Pandemonium breaks loose as people and Pokémon are thrown in all directions, some seriously injured, but most more shaken than physically harmed. Parents and children are separated, trainers and their teams scramble through the crowd looking for their lost teammates, those who have found their loved ones are fleeing in droves away from Oceanic Drive while others are trying desperately to shield small, displaced children and Pokémon from being crushed in the panicked stampede.

The next ten minutes are filled with hysteria as people flee the festively decorated city, and when a convoy of army trucks finally arrives the place is practically a ghost town. There are still several dozen men, women, and trainers in the immediate vicinity who are helping those who have been hurt, but most have fled for fear of another attack. Amongst the army convoy are several ambulances, the medics immediately tending to the injured before taking them away to the hospital, while those remaining are left looking around at the damage, and at each other, with expressions of hopeless disbelief. Charles Higginbotham is amongst the men arriving with the convoys, and with a heavy heart steps forward to address those who are still present. An aura of despair surrounds him, and though already an elderly man, Charlie's hopeless demeanour seems to have aged him at least ten years in light of current events. At first he doesn't seem to know what to say, simply standing there while those waiting for him to speak wait expectantly.

"I... I don't know... how this has happened," Charlie begins, lifting his hand to run his fingers nervously through his thinning hair. "But the creature... "

He looks up, his eyes filled with so much despair that everyone feels what seems like a lead weight drop into the pit of their stomachs. His last three words are enough to allow everyone present to know what he is about to say, but not a single person wants to believe it to be true.

"... the creature has woken," Charlie says simply, his arms falling to his sides despairingly. Taking a moment to gather himself, he turns his gaze to those waiting for him to finish. He realises he needs to provide some kind of explanation for what is happening, and grits his teeth, taking a deep breath before continuing.

"The creature Connor defeated eighty years ago has been trapped in slumber. It is now awake and trying to escape its prison which is what those energy pulses were about. A team of men have been monitoring the creature's prison around the clock for eighty years, and until today have not detected so much as a tremor in the energy force surrounding it. Just half an hour ago the first transmission was received from the team stating that there had been a disturbance in the ice. It was sent hours ago, but not received until recently due to the pulse the creature unleashed. Another transmission was received fifteen minutes ago revealing that the creature is fully awake and has almost freed itself of the ice. All radio contact has now been lost because the consecutive pulses have knocked out all of our electrical devices. All planes are grounded as their electronics have been destroyed, and all vessels are stranded at sea with no working instruments to guide them. The only hope we have of surviving the creature's onslaught is to make our way there across the land and sea to stop it before it finally breaks free, because if it escapes before we can reach it..."

Charlie stops speaking, too choked up to continue. Everyone knows exactly where his speech is headed though, and have no wish to hear his final words.

"We only have several small jeeps and five larger transport vehicles that were shielded from he pulses at the time of the attacks that we can use to travel to the Glacier Islands, but most of our troops were injured quite badly during the third earthquake when the base was destroyed. We need volunteers to help those of us left to fight the creature, or we're all doomed."

Charlie then looks at the crowd, his expression pleading, hoping that at least some volunteers will step forward. Three men and a woman step forward immediately, others taking a few moments to digest all they've heard before also volunteering to help.

"Thank you," Charlie responds gratefully. "This is a dangerous mission, and we're not sure how long these vehicles will be of use to us because if another pulse is released we'll have no way of getting to the islands other than by foot. We need to leave as quickly as possible if we have any hope of reaching the creature before it escapes."

Within minutes, thirty six volunteers have stepped forward. Men, women, teenagers, all have the same goal, and that is to protect their land. They're immediately ushered into three of the transport vehicles which drive away at high speed, leaving only two behind along with another two dozen trainers who have quite a life changing decision to make...

Missingno. Master
8th July 2008, 9:40 PM
Missingno. Master stood there, not moving (except for blinking) in astonishment as to what he just heard. A highly dangerous legendary Pokemon was attempting to escape captivity? He turned and glanced at his Pokémon; Weezing's faces registered complete shock; Arbok's mouth was comically agape; Crobat had passed out; Poochyena was sitting down, yapping inquisitively; Stunky had a stunned look on its face, and judging by a growing smell, it was not bothering to stem the flow of its stink; Qwilfish actually looked unperturbed. After a moment, Missingno. Master regained his composure and spoke up. "Well, guys, you all heard the man. Now, I for one am all for trying to stop this beast, but only if you guys are up for it." There was silence for a moment, then... Qwilfish leapt up into his trainer's outstretched hand and cried out "Qwilfish Qwil!" "Weezing! Weez!" belched Weezing, as it floated over and hovered over his trainer's shoulder. "Chaaa!" hissed Arbok as she slithered over and stood beside Weezing. Crobat regained consciousness, and flapped up and perched on Missingno. Master's other shoulder. Poochyena yapped excitedly and began running circles around his trainer. Stunky stood next to her trainer with defiance in her eyes, and gave a majestic fart. "So does this mean you guys want to do it?" The Pokémon all chattered in agreement. "All righty, then," said Missingno. Master, "Let's do this!" And followed by his faithful Pokemon, Missingno. Master stepped forward and volunteered to help.

The Black Glove
8th July 2008, 10:05 PM
And secondly, this update is a little slow in coming so I'm sorry to all involved with this campaign. I take full responsibility for my tardiness. Several incidents involving bad timing with the beginning of this campaign all rolled into one have led to a shocking start, but we'll pick up the pace from here on in. I'm sure most of you won't begrudge me having taken a couple of weeks for myself, so let's get back into this!
OOC:Meh, I can wait. This is worth waiting for. Thanks again!

BIC: Drifter watched from the rooftop, keeping a close eye out for anything suspicious. The festival just seemed to continue on as normal. Maybe that was a one-time thing... he thought something to please the crowds...

As the raffle began, he was soon proved wrong, as yet another magenta beam shot over the sky. That aura was closer this time.... he thought. The nervous feeling set in again while they gave the raffle prize to another trainer.

It seemed fine from there. The parade started without a hitch. And then, as soon as the Hero's float appeared, disaster struck. The magenta beam flew across the sky once more, but this time, it curved. The beam, now exuding an aura so powerful, he had to stop sensing it, arced down out of the sky and struck the hero's float dead-on. The resulting blast causes all hell to break loose as people and Pokemon alike go nuts in fear. Our masked hero swings into action, as he and his Pokemon work togther to calm the crowd and put out the flames.

***

Finallly, after some time, the crowd has been calmed. Charlie steps up, seeming to have aged 10 years in the last few hectic moments. He says four words that send a chill through Drifter's spine: "The creature has awoken".

He calls for volennteers, and without another thought, Drifter steps forward. If I don't, more people could get hurt, and even worse than last time he thought or it could even be as bad as what happened to the academy...
He opened up his pokeballs to release his allies, and all of them stood at the ready to recieve directions.

Tyranidos
9th July 2008, 3:35 PM
After the emotional Balloon Popping game, Tyrant and Phoenix (who is now a Combusken as of this post (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showpost.php?p=8328733&postcount=608)) ran over to where the drawing was being held. There were a lot of people, so Tyrant looked wearily at Phoenix, wanting to put him in his Pokeball. But he saw how Phoenix gazed upon everything, he really wanted to see all of this. So Tyrant just pushed Phoenix closer to him, feeling more comfortable. Suddenly, Tyrant saw a bright light off in the distance. A few seconds after that, the earth began to tremble. There was chaos everywhere. Tyrant quickly took out Phoenix's Pokeball and put him in for the time being. He ran away from the center of the crowd, towards the outer edge so then he wouldn't be pushed around that much. After the commotion ceased, everyone calmed down. "...That was really weird." Tyrant said aloud. He hoped it was a one time thing and then released Phoenix out again.

Finally after that, the mayor spun the barrel and picked out a number. "Please be us. Please be us." said Tyrant in his head. He really wanted to win, especially to help make Phoenix feel better about himself. "Number eleven!" shouted the mayor. Immediately after that, the crowd went into an uproar, Tyrant a little sad. Phoenix seemed indifferent, however he might have been upset in his mind. "That's ok Phoenix," Tyrant said, "You did your best at the Balloon Popping game. There is going to be an awesome festival too! We're never at a loss here!" Tyrant attempted to make Phoenix feel a little better. Tyrant patted Phoenix on the back and walked to where the parade was being held.

At once, several floats were driving along the road, really cool ones at that. The band sang the PokeRap, Tyrant singing along to the parts he knew. Then came the Eevee Dance, which Phoenix really enjoyed seeing. Tyrant looked down to him and smiled, he was feeling a whole lot better now. Next the "No Boys Allowed" float, which Tyrant just chuckled at. After that Officer Jenny came with the Pokemon she uses. Tyrant clapped aloud at this one, he knew how hard she worked to keep crime low. Macho Man came next, to which Tyrant chuckled at again. After that was the Fire Pokemon float with Flamethrowers being launched in the air. Tyrant could tell that Phoenix wanted to join the fun. To douse out the flame, the Squirtle Squad was next firing Water Guns around. Tyrant stepped out in front of Phoenix, in fear he might get hit by too much water. The main attraction rolled along with the Hero's Float, complete with his team and a statue of the hero himself, Connor.

With all of this excitement and joy came disaster. Tyrant saw the bright light once again and immediately put Phoenix back in his Pokeball. The earth shook once more, this time it was larger in magnitude. Tyrant ran away from the floats, they could easily fall over and land on him, or other people. He could see that the majority were doing the same. Suddenly the bright of light was so close, Tyrant could make out it's beam-like appearance, headed straight for the sky. However, it made an arc instead and landed right on the Hero's Float, causing more destruction and wreaking more havoc.

After the second disaster of the day, the mayor stood up with everyone to listen to him. "I... I don't know... how this has happened," Charlie begins to say. Tyrant looks at him worryingly, hoping that the dreadful words don't leave his lips. "... the creature has woken," Charlie finishes. The dreadful words did indeed leave his lips to be heard by the entire crowd. Charlie explained about the creature and how to get their. With that, 3 or 4 trainers stepped out to volunteer. Tyrant released Phoenix out of his Pokeball and asked him "What do you think we should do?" Phoenix pointed at the volunteers and let out a loud chirp. "Good, because I did not want to be the only one to think that." Tyrant replied. They both ran over to Charlie. "We'll help you, mayor," Tyrant said, "We would do anything to save, possibly the world, from this creature." And with that, Tyrant sent out Pyro, both Shuppets, and Hippy. "We're prepared for anything." Tyrant finished.

Arc_Angel
9th July 2008, 7:02 PM
Stacey and Rapture made their way through the crowded streets, trying to find their way to Oceanic Drive to watch the parade and the drawing of the raffle. As the walked along trying their hardest not to be hit or trodden on by a passerby Rapture suddenly looked up in awe, Stacey’s gaze following hers. A bright beam tore through the sky and again the sky turned a beautiful but unnatural magenta. Stacey frowned at the sight before gasping as the ground suddenly came alive, shaking for all it was worth nearly knocking the young woman off her feet including those around her who were less fortunate in the balance department. Mere moments later the shaking stopped and the sky returned to its normal light blue colour and the confused masses were trying to calm frazzled nerves, the warm voice of Charles Higginbotham helping tremendously.

It didn’t take long for everyone to resume the day’s activities and festivities and forget the unusual event. Stacey’s eyes darkened, she had never experienced an earthquake before but she was damn sure they weren’t preceded by a pink sky. Rapture looked down at her trainer worriedly, the occurrence having unnerved her a little but eager to carry on with some fun. Stacey heard the Charles Higginbotham take the microphone once again signifying that the raffle was about to start the young woman forced a smile at her Rotom and moved closer to the draw. He gave a warming, heartfelt speech beforehand, excellently executed despite the obvious tremble in his voice that didn’t go unnoticed by Stacey and some others gathered. Stacey brightened a little at the mention of the prize which sounded very intriguing, a new pokemon directly descended from Connor’s team; it was sure to be a strong and honorable indeed. Stacey procured her ticket from her pocket and flashed the number at Rapture, 14. Let’s see if it was lucky for them. Charles spun the barrel before pulling a ticket from within … number 11 had won. Stacey sighed and saw Rapture pout in disappointment.

“Never mind Rapture, our number was very close…” Stacey said as if it was some form of consolation. Rapture seemed to brighten however and they applauded the winner. Charles beaming heartily to the crowd announced that the parade would begin soon. Stacey and Rapture maneuvered their way through the masses to stand as close to the action as they could, Rapture sparking with excitement. Shortly after they had found a suitable viewing spot the parade commenced. First along came a brightly decorated float with several eeveelutions dancing cutely, Rapture was in awe at the new pokemon she saw before she decided to try to imitate the dance, sparking in time. Stacey laughed happily at her Pokemon’s antics and focused on the next float, one that announced that it was “The Princess Club – no boys allowed” … Syn surely would have loved that float. Officer Jenny followed along on the next float and Stacey was ecstatic to see a Gastly floating by her side, any chance to see Ghost Pokemon always perked her up. The next floated harbored fighting pokemon looking buff and strutting their stuff making Stacey her lip in amusement at the poses. A float of fire pokemon followed firing their flamethrowers into the air followed shortly by the Squirtle Squad who sprayed the errant fires with the water guns.

So many floats went by that Stacey had lost count but Rapture was indeed enraptured by all the new pokemon she was seeing, and her enjoyment made Stacey momentarily forget about previous events. The very last float to pass by them was the Hero’s Float and on that was a magnificent statue of Connor and statues of his pokemon. The crowd grew into a loud cheer and Stacey joined in before she saw another beam of energy tear through the sky again, the sky turning an even more sickening magenta colour. The ground shook with renewed vigor this time knocking Stacey to her knees, her hands gripping the ground hard to try and keep some semblance of balance. She could hear Rapture yelling in fear for her trainer and herself above the screams of the people around her. Stacey just about managed to look up in time to see the beam arc back down towards the ground. Her eyes grew wide with shock as it struck the Hero’s float obliterating it immediately. The shockwave pulsed outwards and she grunted as she was thrown backwards into the wall of the building behind her another spectator landing on her left arm making her cry out in pain.

The screams grew louder and trainers, mothers, children and pokemon alike stampeded in a frenzy crushing a few unfortunate people already on the ground. Stacey with a great effort shoved the poor soul from on top of her with little grace and concern for their wellbeing and stood up leaning against the wall trying to keep out of the stampede. She clutched her left arm to her chest and called out for Rapture, screaming her lungs out over the hysterical noises filling the street. She had no doubt that the trampling trainers wouldn’t harm her but the pulse may have done and she just wanted to know that she was safe. As if sensing her thoughts Rapture floated rapidly through the crowd accidentally shocking a few people along the way who were too scared to notice and barreled into her trainer who hugged her fiercely. She felt the electricity prickly her skin and the static ruffle her hair but she didn’t care, Rapture was safe and unharmed.

It didn’t take long for the masses to flee the City only to be replaced by a convoy of army vehicles and ambulances, the medics immediately tending to the more seriously injured. There are few people left observing the damage in disbelief whilst Stacey merely looked annoyed. Charles stepped forward, having remained with the few people either brave or stupid enough to remain or those who were too hurt to move. He looked at the wreckage with tearful eyes and despite wracking his body.

He took a moment to address the remaining few but what he said sent shivers down Stacey’s spine. It wasn’t what he said, but how he said it. “The creature had awoken”, something in those words made Stacey’s stomach turn and her heart beat a little faster before she managed to quell the oncoming hysteria that the thousands of others before her had shown. He explained that the creature was entrapped in ice all those years ago but had now freed itself from its prison, the attack on the float making that all too obvious. Now they needed to stop this creature before it wreaked havoc on the rest of Fizzytopia. He explained that they were short on vehicles to follow the creature; its pulse had messed with all electronics equipment. They had a few simpler vehicles that could transport them where they would be needed, a couple of jeeps and convoys and as they were lacking in man power due to injuries from the third earthquake he wanted as many volunteers for what was obviously going to be a deadly and dangerous mission.

The few gathered looked at one another before a few of them stepped forward, brave or foolish … possibly both Stacey surmised as a few more joined them. Soon several people had gathered in the convoys that sped off as soon as they could leaving only 2 more to fill. Three boys near to her all volunteered themselves and their pokemon, some a little too eagerly Stacey thought, leaving the rest with their thoughts, Charles looking on expectantly.

‘Just typical,’ Stacey thought, ‘I come out for a day of fun with Rapture, to show her the joys of this world and we’re brought straight into the horrors that riddle this planet.’ She thought a little bitterly to herself that this kind of mayhem and death seemed to follow her wherever she went and she began to wonder if she invited it. Maybe that was it; maybe there was something in her soul, something dark something horrid that drew all dark things to her. Her mind wandered into dark and miserable memories making the young woman withdraw into herself before she felt Rapture yell at her and nudge her, the sparks spidering down her skin. She looked apologetically at her Rotom and looked over at the expectant Charles. How sweet it was to believe that everyone had the charity and goodness in their hearts to volunteer so easily, willing to risk their lives and the lives of their pokemon to ‘save the world’. Stacey could easily see that this was a fools mission, whatever had attacked the float and the parade itself was obviously a very strong creature indeed, how were 5 conveys of hapless trainers, young kids teenagers, small and weak with a smattering of powerful pokemon meant to take on something that had nearly destroyed the world last time?

Stacey flexed her injured wrist feeling spikes of pain run up her arm at the movement, ‘must be twisted’ she thought with a sigh looking up to a concerned Rapture. Rapture gave her an imploring look, one she had seen so many times from most of her pokemon, the kind and big hearted look of a ‘helper’. Rapture was quickly becoming a pokemon that wanted to bring good to this new world and would with what strength she had given all the help she could. Stacey smiled at her, she adored pokemon for showing such a strong and wonderful trait and wished she was alike, but she was far too cynical and wise to the world to keep an open heart and open mind.

Unable to meet her pokemon in the eye any longer Stacey looked away with doubt lacing her thoughts and body language. She crossed her injured arm over her right and tried to look inconspicuous but Rapture was having none of it, how could her trainer be so cold hearted to have not offered help straight away. She floated around to face her and gave her a cold glare that startled the young woman. She looked a little ashamed, she should be making a good impression in front of someone so young; this could taint their relationship forever but she knew she was right, she could felt it deep down inside her heart, and this was a foolhardy mission.

Feeling the pressure overwhelm her, almost choke the breath from her lungs Stacey smiled sadly, going against her gut instinct and her selfishness and digging deep into the goodness within her looked up at Rapture and nodded her head making Rapture beam with joy. Stacey walked over to one of the convoys and leant against the side.

“I’ll lend you our assistance” she said hating the tone of importance in her voice but she felt that her life and the lives of her pokemon were important. Rapture missed this too happy to have ‘won’ over her trainer, she knew that was a kind and generous person deep down, she knew it. Stacey smiled at her innocent young pokemon as a medic checked her wrist.

‘I wonder how this’ll end?’ she thought with hope lacing every word staring at the remaining masses, wondering if they were thinking as she was.

Stark
10th July 2008, 1:02 AM
Stark sat on the curb gently petting Luxray on the neck and back as he awaited the parade to begin. The warm sun beat down on him, leading him to question whether wearing a coat a necessity or just an image he was trying to convey. He hoped that it was the former, but with the weather the way it was, he had to concede that it was probably the latter. Either way the sun was refreshing. Closing his eyes, he soaked in the rays letting them comfort him. A smile slowly crept across his face. It had been some time since he’d had a chance to relax like this.

Luxray meanwhile laid herself down resting her head upon her front paws which were crossed in front of her. The lioness softly purred as her trainer’s hands gently caressed her neck and back as she took in the rare opportunity to spend some time alone with Stark. It often seemed that even though the two of them had been together for quite some time now, they never really had a good chance to have some time just for themselves. There had always seemed to be a battle or some other world ending crisis going on that prevented them from just hanging out together making these moments even more precious to the lioness.

“Oh no…” Stark suddenly said, “I can’t believe I completely forgot about it.” Luxray raised her head to look at her trainer with a look of concern only to see Stark pull a small raffle ticket out of his pocket. “Maybe it’s not too late. If we hurry we can…..”

His words were cut off as another pulse of energy and magenta light exploded into the air on the horizon just like it did earlier during the race. Stark’s eyes went deadly serious as he watched the strange event with interest while a concerned Luxray quickly stood at attention next to him, arcs of electricity bristling through her fur. Within moments the ground itself began to shake like an army of geodude’s using earthquake all at the same time. The cries of children rang out into the streets as people and Pokémon alike tried to keep their balance. Stark steadied himself from his seated position on the ground and was about to try to get up when the tremors suddenly ended. Stark’s eyes once again searched the skies only to find them clear and blue once more. The crowd soon settled down as well, going back to their games and other festivities.

“Curiouser and curiouser,” Stark commented to himself as he watched everyone go back to their celebration almost as if nothing at all had happened. Resigned to following suit, Stark leaned back and lay down on the small patch of grass he sat upon between the curb and the sidewalk. Luxray soon doing the same while curling up next to him as the pair let time slip by.

Before long, the parade began and Stark soon found the strange events of the past hour or so a distant memory. While he wasn’t exactly a huge fan of parades he had to admit that this one was fun. He particularly enjoyed a float with a number of Eevees dancing to a frustratingly catchy tune. The thought of his own newly acquired Eevee brought an even larger grin to his face. The Eevee were soon followed by an array of equally entertaining floats including one featuring the always attractive officer Jenny and another featuring an array of Fire types showing off to the appropriately themed song “Great Balls of Fire”.

Finally, the Hero’s float appeared. Stark had been curious as to what Pokémon Conner had raised during his rise to hero of the people. He had heard about the legendaries earlier in the day, but the rest of the team had until that moment been a mystery. Venusaur, Charizard, Blastiose, and the others. Conner had certainly raised a formidable team. It was easy to see why he was asked to try to save the people here from the terror from the skies. Stark’s mind began to wander as he tried to imagine the great battle in which Connor had been immortalized by when without warning another blast of energy shot out into the sky on the horizon. Only this time, instead of dispersing like the other had done, this one seemed to be arcing towards them all. Stark’s eyes went wide as he got to his haunches. Luxray, already a step ahead of him, stood up once again bristling with electricity.

“Luxray! Light Barrier!” he screamed just as the beam of light slammed into the Hero’s Float in front of him. Three walls of light lit up in front of the lioness as she stepped forward to protect her trainer who had quickly turned and shielded a pair of children with his body as best he could. Waves of energy burst through the light barrier nearly blowing Stark and Luxray back and away like it had so many other spectators. Fortunately, Luxray’s quick response had protected them from the worst of it. Unfortunately, that was when the chaos began.

Men and women, boys, girls, and Pokémon of all types ran panicked through the streets looking for loved ones, an escape route, help, and whatever else they needed. Stark stood up, Luxray ever vigilant taking up position next to him, and watched as the chaos swirled around them. He almost felt like he was in slow motion while the rest of the world moved around him. The two children he had tried to protect now gone off to wherever it was they needed to be. For nearly ten minutes he stood observing the scene around him in disbelief. He wanted to help, but with everything going on, he didn’t know where to start.

As time that seemed like an eternity ticked away the festival goers began dispersing until finally a convoy of military trucks arrived on the scene. The men and women of the convoy quickly jumped into action as they went about using their training and experience in first response action. However, it was an elderly man, and a familiar one at that, who caught Stark’s attention with his words “…. The creature has awoken…”

Stark inhaled deeply as he tried to fight off the flood of fear and emotion that came from the bad news. Swallowing hard, he stepped forward with Luxray to listen to the man’s story. Not that he really needed to. His gut instinct had already told him what he was about to hear. The horror from 80 years ago was nearly free and without Connor here, someone was going to have to stop it.

Almost immediately a number of trainers volunteered. Stark looked down at the lioness by his side, pursing his lips in thought before turning to the elderly man and saying a little over dramatically in hindsight, “Count me in.”

Rabid Squirrel
11th July 2008, 4:32 AM
Firstly, lilblue and Rabid Squirrel receive candy each for spotting my little comment in the previous update, so here you go *tosses one candy to each of you*

And secondly, this update is a little slow in coming so I'm sorry to all involved with this campaign. I take full responsibility for my tardiness. Several incidents involving bad timing with the beginning of this campaign all rolled into one have led to a shocking start, but we'll pick up the pace from here on in. I'm sure most of you won't begrudge me having taken a couple of weeks for myself, so let's get back into this!

Taking one candy, thank you.

Considering all you do here, I don’t think anyone could object to you taking a year off. Of course then Fizzy Bubbles would probably fall into a state of disrepair.

As Kami and Kumori headed over to the raffle booth, a pink pulse ripped through the sky. Suddenly the earth shook and Kami found herself lying on the ground. “Cas!” Kumori cried out, worried for his trainer.

“Ugh. What was that?” Kami asked her little Castform. “Hmm, come to think of it, a similar pulse happened during the balloon game. Taryn didn’t say anything about it so I guess it’s no big deal,” the young girl convinced herself there was nothing to worry about and pushed all the uneasiness from her mind.

“I wonder what the prize will be.” Kami said to her companion. When it was announced that a Hero’s Ball would be the prize, Kami said, “Well I guess we don‘t really need this prize,” she said, looking down at her own Hero’s Ball, “we already have one, and this will allow someone else to have the same pleasure we get!” Kumori nodded. The two of them applauded for the lucky winner when it was announced before heading towards the Ocean Drive.

At this point, the duo reached the place where the parade was beginning. Several floats went by including one with a several fire Pokémon shooting Flamethrowers followed by the Squirtle Squad dousing the flames. One of the Squirtle’s Water Gun splashed Kami and got her hair all wet. Many more floats came through during the next hour or so, and then the main attraction appeared: a float with life-sized replicas of Connor and his team. Kami carefully took note of al the non-legendary Pokémon on his team to see which Pokémon she has a chance of getting from the golden ticket. Suddenly a third pulse ripped through the sky and arched into the Hero’s Float causing the float to burst into flames. The ground violently shook and everyone went into mass hysteria.

Kami was thrown off her feet and under the rampaging crowd. Her shrieks of terror were not heard by the people stampeding over her. The people ran around screaming for a short time before most of them fled the festival. Kami struggled to her feet, but couldn't get all the way up. She was badly bruised, but that was all. The trampled girl pulled a Leaf Ball out of her purse and released a Chikorita. “Hakusa, please help me get upi,” she told him. The little Chikorita used his vines to pick up his trainer. Then Kami realized Kumori wasn’t with her. She cried out for the Weather Pokémon as she dashed around looking for him with Hakusa at her side. Soon the two of them found Kumori trembling in an alleyway. “Oh, Kumori, it’s okay,” Kami tried to comfort the little Castform. He had a little cut on the top of his head, but Kami was just glad she found him.

Mister Higginbotham came and addressed the people still remaining. He told them that the monster that wreaked havoc on the world 80 years ago had awoken and was almost free. He asked for volunteers to help in the fight. Kami turned and stared at Kumori’s cut. “I want to help, but I can’t stand the thought of losing either of you or any of the rest of our team,” the girl was distraught, she couldn’t decide what to do. Kumori and Hakusa both looked at their trainer and gave her a nod as if to say “Don’t worry, we can do it.” Kami looked at the two of them and smiled. After putting a little bandage on Kumori’s head she walked over to Mister Higginbotham. “Sir, I want to volunteer as well.”

*DANI*
12th July 2008, 9:42 AM
Dani, Ivy, and Glacia are walking to the raffle booth with Togepi sleeping in Dani's arms when they feel the earth shake. The sky turns magenta and Dani holds Togepi closer when he wakes up and starts to cry. "Shh, Togepi, it's ok" Dani says, patting him to calm him down even though she doesn't think it's ok at all. Ivy and Glacia move closer to her and she crouches down to hold all of them until the tremor subsides. Some people are so scared that they start screaming, but Dani doesn't want her Pokemon to panic so she tries to stay calm. After it's over stands up and grabs Togepi's Pokeball, but when he sees it he shakes his head and pushes it away. He's still scared but doesn't want to go back inside so Dani puts it away.

"Ok" Dani agrees, "but if that happens again you're all going back into your Pokeballs and we're going home. That earthquake was stronger than the last one so if there's another one it might be a lot worse." Her Pokemon don't look happy about it because they don't want to leave the festival but they agree and keep walking over to the raffle booth where Dani can see the ticket is ready to be drawn.

Dani listens to Charles Higginbotham talking about Connor and for the hundredth time that day starts to wonder about his team. Everyone says it was strong but not a lot of people know what his team was except for Articuno, Raikou, and Heatran who are the most famous. They're probably all big monster types, all brawn and no brain, but raising a Pokemon that belonged to him is something that sounds interesting and she hopes she might be lucky enough to win. Togepi waves his ticket in the air when Charles Higginbotham reaches into the barrel, wanting his ticket to win, but theirs is number nine and the winning ticket is number eleven.

"So close" Dani says, hugging Togepi when he hears the winning ticket called out and another trainer walk up to accept the Hero's Ball. "It's ok Togepi, we didn't win this time but we don't have more space for another Pokemon yet and there's plenty more things to do here today so maybe we'll win another prize later." Togepi smiles, giving his ticket to her, and they leave the raffle booth and start walking to Oceanic Drive. "We'll watch the parade and then we'll find another game to play."

The Hero's Parade is better than she thought it will be even though she didn't know what to expect. It starts with a live band playing the Pokerap and she sings to it missing a lot of the words because she'd forgotten a lot of them. The Eevee float is the first one to appear after the band and Ivy and Glacia start dancing to the music, following the float along the road for about ten minutes because they love it so much. She finally gets them to stop so they can watch the other floats, giggling when she sees the Princess Club and groaning and laughing when the float with the fighting Pokemon flexing their muscles rolls past. The Squirtle Squad dousing the fire Pokemon is funny and for the next hour Dani and her Pokemon have loads of fun watching all of the different floats going past and cheer with the crowd when the Hero's Float comes along. She finally sees what Connor's team was and wonders if that's all of them or if there are more that didn't fit on the float, but when another tremor rocks the ground she looks up and sees an energy beam shooting through the air and straight at them. She acts straight away, grabbing Togepi's Pokeball and returning him to it just as the beam hits Connor's float and it explodes. Togepi's ball flies out of her hand and into the crowd before she can return Ivy and Glacia.

"Togepi!" she screams, diving into the panicked crowd after his Pokeball when the pulse from the explosion surges out and sends her, Ivy and Glacia flying. She hits the ground and feels people trampling over top of her, not seeing her Pokemon or Togepi's ball anywhere. Getting up is harder than she'd imagined because every time she tries she's kicked and shoved back to the ground. "Ivy! Glacia! Togepi!" she screams, but her voice is drowned out by the screaming of everyone else around her. She panics and kicks out, using her arms and legs to trip the people crushing her long enough for her to get up before she's trampled to death. She keeps calling for her Pokemon while she's pushing through the crowd, and when she thinks she's not going to find them sees Glacia running toward her with Togepi's Pokeball in her mouth. "Thank God you're ok," she says, taking Togepi's Pokeball and putting it away "but we have to find Ivy!" Glacia turns around and runs back in the direction she'd come from and Dani runs after her because Glacia seems to know where Ivy is. When they find her, Ivy is laying on the ground trapped under a wrecked float and Dani panics because Ivy isn't moving. She drops to her knees next to Ivy and the Leafeon opens her eyes to look at her. She's hurt, and when Dani can't lift the float off her she takes Ivy's Pokeball out. "You'll be ok Ivy," she says, trying not to cry. "I'll make sure you're ok." The beam calls Ivy in and Dani hopes she hasn't done the wrong thing by calling her inside before checking her injuries. "You have to return too Glacia" Dani says. "It's too dangerous out here." Glacia starts to shake her head but Dani recalls her anyway. "Thank you Glacia," she says to the Pokeball in her hand. "You found Togepi and Ivy. You're the best."

With her Pokemon safe Dani wants to wait next to the float where it's safer than going back into the crowd, but there are so many other people and Pokemon looking for their families and trainers that she can't sit here and watch. She tries to help as much as she can and when the army trucks and ambulances arrive she goes straight over to have Ivy checked out. She waits in line, worried that Ivy could be seriously hurt, but when she's finally looked at Dani finds out that the Leafeon's injuries aren't serious and that she only needs a long rest to fully recover. Relieved, she walks away, ready to leave Seaside City before another attack comes, when she sees Charles Higginbotham talking to a crowd of people around him. She stops to listen to what he's saying, understanding but not believing what she's hearing. Looking at the damage around her, and at all of the injured people and Pokemon, she starts to believe. Connor isn't here to protect them this time and they're asking for help to defeat the creature before it escapes into the world. She stands still, thinking about her team and how hard it will be to defeat a creature like that. She hesitates. Her team is strong, but they're nothing like Connor's. She watches trainers volunteer, three of the trucks filling with people and leaving while more continue to volunteer. She's sure their teams aren't super powerful either but the more people that help, the better their chances are of beating it. If she can help them and they can help her they might have a chance. Dani's head is telling her to walk away but her heart won't let her head take over. If they lose and all they needed was one Pokemon there to help another one she'll never forgive herself. She steps forward and raises her hand. "I'll go," she says, hoping she'll wake up and find out this is all a bad dream.

Shadowshocker
12th July 2008, 6:28 PM
In spite of his usual levelheadedness, Shadow's brain had the most peculiar habit of disconnecting itself from reality in times of disaster. While it allowed him to plan within this different state of mind, it ran the risk of him being completely unaware of his surroundings, to the point where it could be life-threatening. He remained stunned for a few seconds before the full impact of mayhem breached his senses, and survival instinct kicked in soon after.

"Diamondhead, Protect!" he shouted in desperation, perhaps with fear gripping the edges of his voice, revealing the tall armoured Pokemon who appeared to immediately understand what was needed of him. Catching Shadow and Zapster in a close huddle, the Aggron formed a deflective sphere around himself, his trainer and his comrade, allowing them to wait out the ensuing chaos.

When the sphere finally faded away, it took another while for Shadow to register the onslaught of destruction in his head, and when Charles announced the grim news to everyone present, disbelief was the first thing that came to mind.

"I don't believe it. It's simply beyond reason," he mentally murmured as he shook his head. "What can go wrong simply must go wrong, one way or another."

Pressing a finger to his temple, Shadow went through what information was at hand. The villainous Pokemon in question had come from space; the pulses fired were purple in colour...

Where had he heard of a Pokemon that was cosmic in origin and attacked in purple energy blasts?

Excerpts from scientific reports flew to the processing end of his brain. Known details were sketchy at best, and official declarations were even further and fewer between, but he did know of the existence of such a legendary creature. Some said to have come from a meteorite; others believed it to have been a galactic viral mutation -- but whatever its origin was, there was enough evidence to affirm a good extent of its abilities. And Shadow knew that extent.

Or did he? All of his thoughts were but conjecture, after all. Jumping to conclusions could put a lot of things on the line; most of which weren't his.

He shook his head violently. Regardless of the mental battle in his head, he knew that any knowledge, no matter how insignificant, could help in the long run. Opening his eyes, he returned to reality to see Diamondhead and Zapster looking at him, concern etched on their faces.

"I'm alright, guys," he assured. "But we've got a mission we need to attend to." Both of the fully evolved Pokemon nodded in understanding.

Serenely, but undeniably still nervous on the inside, Shadow made his way to where volunteers were gathering, Zapster and Diamondhead following closely behind.

ZoraJolteon
13th July 2008, 8:21 PM
Standing alongside the other trainers, Zora hurridly attempted to process everything that had been revealed. His decision to head into battle had been the trivial part, how to go about it was more difficult. The electromagnetic pulse had shorted out most of the available equipment. 'Does that make sending Rotom back a good or bad thing.' he wondered to himself. 'Anything like that could be deadly to a bolt of sentient plasma, but on the other hand, Rotom's a Ghost-type. It's already technically dead. It could have tried to bring some power back into everything else. Oh well, no use worrying about it. I doubt if the PCs are still working to bring it back if I wanted to. At least the Pokéballs are unharmed for now. Although for how long?' Reaching to his belt, Zora tapped four release buttons in sequence, as bolts of blue light shot out, all of them dwarfed by a huge blast of red, as everything assembed into Zora's full team.
{I love a family outing.} Slowqueen said dryly, a little humour being used to wade off the feelings of dread she could feel emananting from pretty much everyone remaining, making the decision it would probably be best to totally shut down her empathic abilities for the time being.
"Move out." Zora said simply to his team, as he gestured at Mamoswine, who took it as an instruction to follow him as he walked around the crowd to Charlie. "Sir, if it's true that there's a risk of another pulse disabling all the vehicles, I offer the services of my Mamoswine as an alternative method of transporting any essential equipment. He's got the strength to carry a great deal of weight, and the icy terrain we'll have to cross is his natural environment." Awaiting Charlie's response, Zora glanced over his shoulder at the remaining members of his team, Slowqueen helping lift Vulpix into one of the transporters as Forretress and Baltoy hovered inside, Tropius stood alongside the vehicle, his neck bent around as he was apparantly peering into the cab.

Jonouchi
24th July 2008, 5:13 PM
"But that's enough talk for now!" Charlie continues, turning to the spinning barrel and bringing it to a stop. Unlatching the lock on the side of the barrel, Charlie reaches inside and draws out a single ticket. Reading the number, he looks up at the crowd with a smile on his face. "And our lucky winner is...."

OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 27-sided die: 11 (Jonouchi)

"Number eleven!"

Cheering and applause course through the crowd as Jonouchi takes the stage to collect his prize. Once there, he's presented with a golden Pokéball with star shaped design. "This Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/heroball.gif) was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Charlie says, handing the ball over. "Later today the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team will be brought into the festival from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply return here, and the Pokémon will be given to you. Of course if you choose not to accept the baby for reasons of your own then you don't have to take it. A secondary prize of ten thousand coins and TM Hyper Beam has been set aside should you prefer to take that. The choice is yours, as either can be collected at the end of the day."

OOC: Accepting the Hero's Ball to obtain the Pokemon at the campaign's end.

Ricco listens to the Charlie's tale about Connor and everything else, but he wasn't too interested in hearing that legend again. He just wanted to hear the winner of the raffle. He almost dozed off until he heard...

"Number eleven!"

Ricco snaps awake and checks his raffle ticket and stares in disbelief: he won! Ricco looks down at Kain with a smile and picks him up to run over to the main stage. He cheers happily as the crowd cheers with him. Once he got to the stage, he shows him his ticket and in return, charlie gives him a Hero's Ball, containing a Pokemon from Connor's Past. He accepts the Hero's Ball happily and holds it up for all to see. The crowd cheers as he goes down with Kain following.

After a while, the parade was going on, but the two of them (two being Ricco and Kain) were too busy thinking about what could be given to them as the baby of Connor's super powerful team. They check out the Hero's Ball in a nearby alleyway where they could see the parade as well.

"This is so awesome!" Ricco said. "Who would have thought that we'd win that raffle!"

"Mawile!" Kain said.

"I just wonder what we're going to get. More importantly what kind of Pokemon does he have? I never really memorized what Pokemon he used. Some fan I am, huh?"

Ricco laughs hesitantly, while Kain points to the hero's float that was coming along. He sees numerous Pokemon. He scan the entire float and confirms his descision.

"Whatever we get, we'll be happy with it, right?" Ricco stated.

"Maw!" Kain replied with a smile.

Ricco places the Pokeball in his backpack and heads off to see what else was there for fun. Just then a loud explosion occurs nearby, shaking the ground and sending Ricco into the wall nearby, scratching his head as he holds it, screaming in pain. He looks at his head to see that it was bleeding slightly.

"Damn it!" he said.

He looks at the float that had Connor's Pokemon to see that it was suddenly up in flames. There was almost nothing left of it. He looks up to see the sky in a completely different color.

"What's happening?!" Ricco said. Ricco takes his Level Ball and points it to Mawile. "Kain, return!"

The Level ball calls him back as he goes inside. Ricco begins to see numerous army trucks taking villagers and tourists alike. He had to get on there if he wanted to know what was going on.

After they were brought to safety (and after Ricco bandaged his still bleeding head), Charlie begins to address whoever was still around that survived the sudden attack.

"I...don't know...how this has happened," he said, "...but the creature...the creature has woken!"

Ricco couldn't believe what was going on. He knew the blast was simply unusual, but he never expected this to happen. What was he going to do? He explained how this was all possible, but Ricco was in a state of shock to even listen to his words. All he was thinking was...

"What are we going to do?"

He suddenly hears Charlie asking for volunteers, but Ricco was already nervous. He feared that if the creature had this much power to break out of a prison, how would he fight against him? He looks at his hero's ball and thought...What would Connor do in a situation like this? Would he fight despite the circumstances?

"Guys..." he said to himself. He thought about this and knew, if he wanted to be like his hero, he had to live up to his respect. "I'm going!"

Ricco goes over to Charlie and taps his shoulder.

"Mr. Charlie, sir," he said. "I want to help out in your cause. I'm the one who you handed the hero's ball to. I have three strong Pokemon in my arsenal and a few others who might be of assistance. Please, let me fight alongside you. I'm a big fan of Connor, and I've been through a lot, just like this. I've learned that if I want to be brave like him, then I have to go through. Please, let me join you!"

He felt as determined as ever. His three strongest and high leveled Pokemon, Swampert, Cloyster and Mawile, would be fine for assistance, but his other team members might not be so willing. Could he win this battle at all? He was going to answer that should Charlie accept his plea.

lilbluecorsola
28th July 2008, 4:09 AM
Firstly, lilblue and Rabid Squirrel receive candy each for spotting my little comment in the previous update, so here you go *tosses one candy to each of you*

And secondly, this update is a little slow in coming so I'm sorry to all involved with this campaign. I take full responsibility for my tardiness. Several incidents involving bad timing with the beginning of this campaign all rolled into one have led to a shocking start, but we'll pick up the pace from here on in. I'm sure most of you won't begrudge me having taken a couple of weeks for myself, so let's get back into this!


As the day moves on with the sun rising higher into the sky, the Hero's Festival is a buzzing hive of activity. Though thousands of people were eager to make the most of the day by getting in nice and early, more and more are arriving as the day progresses. The first rounds of contests and battles are coming to a close while many of the games have also ended, and with the drawing of the raffle about to begin, those who purchased tickets are already on their way back to watch the draw while hoping they'll be lucky enough to win something nice to take away with them when a strange event occurs. A powerful energy pulse shoots into the sky from somewhere in the distance causing the sky to turn the same shade of magenta it had a little while ago. Though the source of the pulse is hundreds of miles away, the earth shattering effects would have you think the epicentre is much closer as the ground starts to shake so violently that many are knocked off their feet. Children start to cry and Pokémon become nervous, sensing that something isn't right here. This doesn't feel like an ordinary earthquake, but within moments, just like last time, the shaking stops, the sky returning to its clear blue state, and the land returning to normal. The voice of Charles Higginbotham can be heard over the loudspeaker calling for calmness as some people in the crowd become hysterical, and several minutes later, after the initial shock of the sudden tremor has passed, the momentary panic felt by most at the festival has died down leaving everyone relieved, if not feeling any better knowing that the danger has passed. The entertainment resumes, and glad to have something to distract them from the frightening prospect of there being something seriously wrong on this day of celebration, people gladly return their attention to the festivities at hand, pushing their concerns to the backs of their minds as best they can.

By the time the raffle begins nobody wants to be reminded of the strange tremors that have shaken the land, and gather round as the barrel containing the tickets is spun before a crowd of hundreds. Even those who haven't purchased a ticket have gathered to watch the draw, curious to see what the prize will be and who will take it away with them. Again, Charles Higginbotham is present, and even though he's trying his best to put on a happy face, something in his demeanour is giving off a distinct vibe of foreboding. He's worried, and just about everyone present can sense it which fills their hearts with dread.

"Welcome, everyone!" he exclaims, a slight tremble in his voice indicating he's not feeling as cheery as he'd like everyone to believe. "Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend this great and glorious occasion. Today we are honouring the memory of Connor, the greatest man to have ever lived! A man who, eighty years ago, fought to save our land and ensure future generations live a life of freedom! Connor and his Pokémon fought for our continued liberty, and have earned their place in our history books. Today, on the eightieth anniversary of the day they saved our land, someone present here is going to receive one of the rarest gifts Connor has to offer. Being a private man, Connor lived most of his life in seclusion but that never stopped him from giving all he had to the community. He founded many charities and organisations to help people and Pokémon alike, and was always willing to lend a hand whenever he was needed. His Pokémon were raised with love and care, given specialist training, and taught that one doesn't need to be fearless to be brave. They learned how to make intelligent decisions and strategic choices in any given situation should Connor for some reason or another be unable to make those choices for them, and to always watch the backs of their teammates. All of these lessons, and many more, were the reason Connor and his Pokémon were victorious in their battle eighty years ago, and those values were not lost when Connor passed on, but handed down through the generations as his Pokémon bred families of their own. From mother to daughter, from father to son, each aware of the role their kin played in the legendary battle. Today, one lucky person will be the proud owner of a baby Pokémon who is a direct descendant of one of Connor's original team, their specialist training passed down through the bloodline and their strong values already learned. This is an honour few will ever receive, and many have longed for. I hope the trainer who is bestowed with this special gift will raise this Pokémon with the same love and care that Connor will have shown them, and that they will never forget the bravery this baby's grandparent displayed on the day they helped to win our freedom."

Many "oooh's" and "aaaah's" pass through the crowd upon hearing what the prize will be, excited chatter passing from trainer to trainer, while those who hadn't purchased tickets for this draw now wished they had. A few people roll their eyes, sighing, disappointed that the prize isn't something more spectacularly useful, like a super powerful TM, a stack of candies, a safeload of coins, or even a rare bottle of highly sought after shiny spray. Most are thrilled with the prize, however, and eargerly keep their eyes glued to the barrel containing the raffle tickets, hoping their number will match with the one drawn.

"But that's enough talk for now!" Charlie continues, turning to the spinning barrel and bringing it to a stop. Unlatching the lock on the side of the barrel, Charlie reaches inside and draws out a single ticket. Reading the number, he looks up at the crowd with a smile on his face. "And our lucky winner is...."

OnlineHost: Fiery Tess rolled 1 27-sided die: 11 (Jonouchi)

"Number eleven!"

Cheering and applause course through the crowd as Jonouchi takes the stage to collect his prize. Once there, he's presented with a golden Pokéball with star shaped design. "This Hero's Ball (http://www.upnetwork.net/fb/sprites/custom/heroball.gif) was specially designed to commemorate Connor's memory and can only ever be used to house the direct descendant of one of Connor's own Pokémon," Charlie says, handing the ball over. "Later today the non-legendary baby form of one of Connor's own team will be brought into the festival from a secret location known only by Connor's close friends and family. Simply return here, and the Pokémon will be given to you. Of course if you choose not to accept the baby for reasons of your own then you don't have to take it. A secondary prize of ten thousand coins and TM Hyper Beam has been set aside should you prefer to take that. The choice is yours, as either can be collected at the end of the day."

Turning back to the crowd surrounding the stage, Charlie smiles brightly. "The Hero's Parade is about to begin, so please make your way over to Oceanic Drive! Wouldn't want to miss the fun!"

A short while later thousands of people are gathered by the long, winding, roadside of Seaside City's Oceanic Drive as the Hero's Parade begins with a live band marching along the street blaring out their own rendition of the PokéRap. The crowd erupts into cheers, most singing along to the music as floats begin to follow the band, each with a different theme. The first is brightly decorated and covered with an array of different evolutionary stones upon which are several different Eevee evolutions dancing and playing while the Eevee Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPmibbubN7s) music blasts from a large stereo. Next comes a diamond studded pink float with a large pink banner reading, "The Princess Club - No Boys Allowed" upon which a Jynx, Delcatty, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Lopunny, Glameow, and Kirlia wearing princess costumes and tiaras are all prancing around to the tune of "Dancing Queen" whilst blowing kisses to the crowd. Next comes the "Trust in Us" float upon which Officer Jenny stands surrounded by a dancing array of her various police co-workers including Growlithe, Gastly, Spinarak, Squirtle, Wobbuffet, Jumpluff, Pidgeot, Parasect, Tangela, Meganium, and Stunky. This float is closely followed by another with the "Macho Man" tune playing while Pokémon such as Machamp, Hariyama, Primeape, Medicham, and Breloom pose in various stances while flexing their muscles for the crowd. "Great Balls of Fire" is the next tune to be heard as a fire float appears carrying an array of Fire Pokémon shooting Flamethrowers into the crowd, just above everyone's heads. The Squirtle Squad are following the fiery troupe, however, standing on top of a big red fire truck while dousing the flames with their Water Guns and soaking many bystanders in the process. During the next hour, dozens more floats roll by, each with a different theme, energetic music and wonderful displays entertaining the crowd until finally the "Hero's Float" appears. At the sight of it, the crowd begins cheering louder than ever as the statue of a man surrounded by more statues of various Pokémon including a Venusaur, Blastoise, Charizard, Pidgeot, Alakazam, Machamp, Electivire, Tyranitar, Steelix, Golem, Gengar, Dragonite, Articuno, Raikou, and Heatran rolls past.

The Hero's Float containing life size replicas of Connor and his team is the main attraction, but just as the cheers of the crowd reach their peak another energy beam rips into the sky, far stronger and brighter than before. The sky changes colour and the earth rumbles threateningly, but the beam doesn't shoot straight upward this time, instead arcing through the sky and coming down, headed straight toward Oceanic Drive and the thousands of people gathered there. Excited cheers turn into terrified screams as the beam hits the Hero's Float which explodes into a ball of flames as the energy pulse emitted from the beam surges outward and through the crowd. Pandemonium breaks loose as people and Pokémon are thrown in all directions, some seriously injured, but most more shaken than physically harmed. Parents and children are separated, trainers and their teams scramble through the crowd looking for their lost teammates, those who have found their loved ones are fleeing in droves away from Oceanic Drive while others are trying desperately to shield small, displaced children and Pokémon from being crushed in the panicked stampede.

The next ten minutes are filled with hysteria as people flee the festively decorated city, and when a convoy of army trucks finally arrives the place is practically a ghost town. There are still several dozen men, women, and trainers in the immediate vicinity who are helping those who have been hurt, but most have fled for fear of another attack. Amongst the army convoy are several ambulances, the medics immediately tending to the injured before taking them away to the hospital, while those remaining are left looking around at the damage, and at each other, with expressions of hopeless disbelief. Charles Higginbotham is amongst the men arriving with the convoys, and with a heavy heart steps forward to address those who are still present. An aura of despair surrounds him, and though already an elderly man, Charlie's hopeless demeanour seems to have aged him at least ten years in light of current events. At first he doesn't seem to know what to say, simply standing there while those waiting for him to speak wait expectantly.

"I... I don't know... how this has happened," Charlie begins, lifting his hand to run his fingers nervously through his thinning hair. "But the creature... "

He looks up, his eyes filled with so much despair that everyone feels what seems like a lead weight drop into the pit of their stomachs. His last three words are enough to allow everyone present to know what he is about to say, but not a single person wants to believe it to be true.

"... the creature has woken," Charlie says simply, his arms falling to his sides despairingly. Taking a moment to gather himself, he turns his gaze to those waiting for him to finish. He realises he needs to provide some kind of explanation for what is happening, and grits his teeth, taking a deep breath before continuing.

"The creature Connor defeated eighty years ago has been trapped in slumber. It is now awake and trying to escape its prison which is what those energy pulses were about. A team of men have been monitoring the creature's prison around the clock for eighty years, and until today have not detected so much as a tremor in the energy force surrounding it. Just half an hour ago the first transmission was received from the team stating that there had been a disturbance in the ice. It was sent hours ago, but not received until recently due to the pulse the creature unleashed. Another transmission was received fifteen minutes ago revealing that the creature is fully awake and has almost freed itself of the ice. All radio contact has now been lost because the consecutive pulses have knocked out all of our electrical devices. All planes are grounded as their electronics have been destroyed, and all vessels are stranded at sea with no working instruments to guide them. The only hope we have of surviving the creature's onslaught is to make our way there across the land and sea to stop it before it finally breaks free, because if it escapes before we can reach it..."

Charlie stops speaking, too choked up to continue. Everyone knows exactly where his speech is headed though, and have no wish to hear his final words.

"We only have several small jeeps and five larger transport vehicles that were shielded from he pulses at the time of the attacks that we can use to travel to the Glacier Islands, but most of our troops were injured quite badly during the third earthquake when the base was destroyed. We need volunteers to help those of us left to fight the creature, or we're all doomed."

Charlie then looks at the crowd, his expression pleading, hoping that at least some volunteers will step forward. Three men and a woman step forward immediately, others taking a few moments to digest all they've heard before also volunteering to help.

"Thank you," Charlie responds gratefully. "This is a dangerous mission, and we're not sure how long these vehicles will be of use to us because if another pulse is released we'll have no way of getting to the islands other than by foot. We need to leave as quickly as possible if we have any hope of reaching the creature before it escapes."

Within minutes, thirty six volunteers have stepped forward. Men, women, teenagers, all have the same goal, and that is to protect their land. They're immediately ushered into three of the transport vehicles which drive away at high speed, leaving only two behind along with another two dozen trainers who have quite a life changing decision to make...

OoC - Picking up 1x Rare Candy. Again, thank you so much, Tess. And taking time off for yourself is perfectly understandable. In fact, it’s recommended. <3

Jessica craned her neck to see over the crowd that had gathered to watch the announcement of the raffle winner, barely able to catch a glimpse of the revolving barrel filled with tickets and the mayor standing grandly beside it from her position. Many of the spectators weren’t even participating in the drawing, yet were simply curious as to what the prize would be and who would be lucky enough to win it. The interest resulted in a massive audience of hundreds that effectively obstructed the girl’s entire view of the event. However, she wasn’t particularly attentive to the proceedings at the moment anyway, so she didn’t mind. Rather, her thoughts were on a different matter altogether, which concerned the troubling events that occurred just prior to their arrival at the overcrowded scene.

On their way back to the drawing, the group had been so filled with excitement and cheerfulness over their victory that none of them noticed a second bright energy pulse shoot dramatically up into the sky, turning it once again a spectacular shade of magenta. Sensing the sudden change in the atmosphere, people stopped once again to gaze apprehensively at the sky, wondering for the second time about the cause for the mysterious display.

Suddenly the earth shook again, this time with such violent force that several people fell down, including Jess. She screamed in surprise as she tripped, thrown off balance by the magnitude and abruptness of the initial shock. Her body nearly fell on top of Atzu, who squeaked loudly in alarm and managed to stumble out of the way just in time to avoid being crushed by his trainer.

The earth continued to rumble angrily for a few seconds more, then ceased. The sky’s color faded away to normal and people cautiously stood up, gazing around confusedly at each other and the clear blue sky wondering what the hell just happened. All around, children were crying as their mothers tried desperately to reassure them, and the level of hysteria slowly began rising to dangerous levels amongst the frightened crowd. The loudspeaker came on and the mayor’s reassuring voice filled the festival grounds, asking people to remain calm.

As her shock began to wear off, Jessica quickly checked to see if Pippa and Atzu were all right. She had instinctively held onto Pippa tightly throughout the ordeal, and looking down she discovered the penguin clinging to her chest, whimpering fearfully. She cradled the baby Pokémon close to her, assuring her that everything was okay. She then searched around worriedly for Atzu, and saw him nearby on the ground as well, seeming unharmed. She breathed a thankful sigh of relief, and asked him if he was okay, to which he nodded and bounced immediately to his feet to prove his point.

After making completely sure they were all okay and managing to comfort Pip some, the trio decided to continue on to their destination. The danger seemed to have passed, and the mayor’s assurances had convinced most everyone that there truly was nothing to worry about. Thus the festivities recommenced, and with the rapid return to normalcy the whole ordeal seemed less frightening and more like a far-off dream.

However, looking back on it now, Jess wasn’t so sure that the danger had been imagined. The second quake had reminded her that a similar episode took place during the balloon game, which troubled her further. Both times didn’t feel like ordinary earthquakes – rather, the earth seemed like it was channeling a huge amount of anger…

Jess felt a tug on her sleeve, snapping her quickly out of her contemplative reverie. She suddenly became aware of her crowded surroundings and immediately felt slightly claustrophobic. The instinctive feeling passed as she recalled where she was, and she glanced down to find Pip pulling at her sleeve and pointing hopefully upwards. Jess smiled and lifted the small penguin up so she could see the stage, where Charles Higginbotham was standing speaking to the crowd. Pip giggled as she rose into the air, fully back to her cheerful self thanks to Atzu’s help in consoling her after the upsetting event that was still on Jess’s mind.

Jess smiled, glad to see her Pokémon smiling. However, her mind was still focused on the strange incidents that seemed to forebode something more ominous approaching. As such, she barely listened to Charles Higginbotham’s long extended speech. If she had, her suspicions might have been endorsed by the quavering in Charlie’s voice, which indicated he wasn’t quite as cheery as he’d like the audience to believe.

Jess was once again pulled out of her thoughts by the loud eruption of cheers and applause as the winner was announced. Lowering Pip down for a bit, Jess could easily tell by the Piplup’s disappointed face that the number on her ticket wasn’t the one called. The girl squeezed the penguin tight in consolation. “It’s all right, we’ll have better luck another time. How about we go see the parade, huh?”

Pip’s eyes lit up again when she remembered they were going to see the parade, and she chirped excitedly. Jess smiled and ruffled the feathers on the happy little penguin’s head, causing her to giggle uncontrollably.

“All right. Let’s go see the parade!”

The crowd around them had already begun to disperse, and the group hurried along after the large assembly headed towards Oceanic Drive. The roadside was already packed with thousands of Seaside residents and tourists eager to watch the parade up close. As the group managed to squeeze their way close enough to see the pavement of the street, they heard loud music begin to play as the Hero’s Parade commenced, resulting in exuberant cheers all along the sidewalks. Jessica found herself cheering as well along with Pip and Atzu, momentarily setting aside all of her misgivings to rejoice in the jovial occasion with her Pokémon.

The music grew louder as a vanguard live band marched down the street blaring a tune nearly every Pokémon fan in the crowd was all too familiar with. Many started to sing along and Jess joined in as well, even though she didn’t know many of the words. A line of brightly decorated floats followed, and each had its own Pokémon-related theme. Jessica had actually never seen many parades and didn’t know what to expect, but this one was so extravagant that even she was quite impressed. All sorts of different types of Pokémon rode on the floats, utilizing fully and simultaneously emphasizing each creature’s unique skills and appeal. One float even featured an array of Fire Pokémon dramatically shooting off FLAMETHROWERS just over the heads of the spectators, which were quickly doused by Water attacks discharged by the Squirtle Squad riding the subsequent float. While Jessica thought this display seemed rather dangerous, she saw that both Pippa and Atzu were in tremendous awe of the hot flames spitting impressively into the air, and the cool showers enormously delighted and refreshed the two (as they were both Water types). Jessica shrugged and managed a small smile, consenting to set aside all her concerns for once and simply enjoy the show like her Pokémon.

After about an hour, the long-awaited Hero’s Float finally made its dramatic appearance. Its arrival was signaled by the increase of the volume of cheers which traveled all the way down the streets like an electric current. Jessica again lifted Pippa up high so she could see, and the group watched with reverent admiration as a life-size replica of the Hero rolled past surrounded by the detailed figures of many powerful-looking Pokémon, including one or two Legendaries and a fearsome-looking creature that Jess didn’t even recognize.

The crowd was cheering loudly now more than ever thanks to the arrival of their celebrated Hero, and Jessica’s own heart was lifted by seeing her two friends’ elated expressions as they cheered exuberantly along with the crowd, their bright eyes dazzling intensely with reverence and joy. Jessica smiled broadly with relief, believing at last that nothing could possibly ruin this amazing day for them.

That was when disaster struck.

At first, Jessica wasn’t sure what had happened. One moment, the crowd was rejoicing loudly next to her ear – the next, their joyous shouts had all turned into terrified screams, and everyone began desperately pushing to escape from the street. She soon saw what they were fleeing from as she glanced down Oceanic Drive in the opposite direction bewilderedly, and her eyes widened as she caught sight of the Hero’s Float engulfed completely in flames surrounded by panicked onlookers rushing to get away. Before Jessica was even able to realize the impact of the horrific scene, she abruptly found herself swept away by the mob of frightened people trying to escape. Still having no idea what was happening, she didn’t think to fight the crowd and was pushed along in the same direction for a while until she realized that she needed to act to ensure her Pokémon’s safety. Instantly regaining her awareness of her surroundings, she clutched Pippa tightly to her breast and glanced frantically around for her second companion. Atzu. Where was Atzu?

Jessica ran back through the crowd, calling Atzu’s name in vain as her voice was drowned out by the screams of all the people running away in turmoil. The streets were filled with utter chaos as humans and Pokémon strove desperately to get as far away from the scene as possible, their individual terror blinding them to the safety of others as many were knocked down in the confusion. Some were even stepped on, and a few virtuous souls tried desperately to protect small children and Pokémon from being crushed by the stampede by using their bodies as a shield. Jessica struggled to even move against the flow of people traveling in all directions, her mind becoming frantic as she searched for any signs of the blue Water Pokémon through the hectic maze of panicked humans.

“Atzu! Where are you? Please, answer if you can hear me!” Just as her hope was about to run out, she heard a familiar distressed cry somewhere towards her right:

“Zu!”

She plunged in that direction and cast wildly about, searching for the source of the frantic yelp. Her heart leapt as she spotted a flash of blue surrounded by a sea of alternating people and Pokémon, trying desperately to reach her while avoiding being crushed. Jessica tried to fight against the crowd but found herself instead being pushed further away from Atzu, who was also drifting in a different direction.

Nearly in despair, Jessica grabbed Atzu’s Pokéball and fired its return beam into the crowd. “Atzu, return!” she cried desperately. Miraculously, the beam managed to barely catch the Azulmarill’s tail, and he gladly retracted inside the metal sphere which was gripped tightly in Jess’s hand. Thanking the gods/goddesses for that amazing stroke of luck, Jess then immediately pocketed his Pokéball before running as fast as she could to safety…

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Approximately an hour later, Jess walked slowly out of the Seaside City Pokémon Center with a tired look on her face. It had taken an extremely long time to calm Pippa down after that experience; she had been crying ever since they got to the Center, even while Nurse Joy examined her briefly to see if she was injured. Nurse Joy told Jessica that both her Pokémon seemed fine but were merely shocked, then immediately hurried off to attend to her dozens of other patients who were constantly arriving in a steady stream. The waiting room was filled with trainers and some who didn’t own Pokémon but merely came seeking refuge. Jess had to wait in a long line to use the computer, all the while holding a sobbing Pippa and trying her best to comfort her. Eventually Jessica convinced Pippa that she’d be safe in the P.C., and that she’d never let anything bad happen to her. Jess promised.

As soon as Jess exited the Center, she witnessed a convoy of army trucks drive swiftly past her, headed straight towards Oceanic Drive. Looks like help had finally arrived. She spotted the mayor riding in one of the trucks, and she determinedly followed behind them, hoping to find answers as to what had caused the parade to become such a catastrophic event (although she already had a grim guess).

When she reached the site, she stopped and stared helplessly at the damage that had been dealt to the surrounding area. After several injured persons were taken to the hospital, those remaining were left gazing hopelessly at the destruction and at each other in disbelief. As Charles Higginbotham stepped forward, all eyes turned to him expectantly as he stood there for a few moments, seemingly not knowing what to say. Jessica perceived an aura of despondence around the elderly man that accentuated his forlorn, sunken eyes and wrinkles on his face, making him appear ten years older. She waited quietly for him to speak.

"I... I don't know... How this has happened," he gradually began, lifting his hand to run his fingers nervously through his thinning hair. "But the creature... "

He looked up slowly to face the crowd, his weary eyes revealing such hopeless despair that Jessica felt as if a heavy blow had been dealt to her stomach. His last three words were enough to tell everyone in the crowd what he meant to say, but still they all waited for him to give credence to the truth.

"... The creature has woken," Charlie finished simply, his arms falling to his sides as if they had completely lost strength. Taking a moment to gather himself, he turned his gaze over the crowd again, sensing that many in the audience expected further explanation. He grit his teeth, and took a deep breath that sounded like a sigh before continuing:

"The creature Connor defeated eighty years ago has been trapped in slumber. It is now awake and trying to escape its prison which is what those energy pulses were about. A team of men have been monitoring the creature's prison around the clock for eighty years, and until today have not detected so much as a tremor in the energy force surrounding it. Just half an hour ago the first transmission was received from the team stating that there had been a disturbance in the ice. It was sent hours ago, but not received until recently due to the pulse the creature unleashed. Another transmission was received fifteen minutes ago revealing that the creature is fully awake and has almost freed itself of the ice. All radio contact has now been lost because the consecutive pulses have knocked out all of our electrical devices. All planes are grounded as their electronics have been destroyed, and all vessels are stranded at sea with no working instruments to guide them. The only hope we have of surviving the creature's onslaught is to make our way there across the land and sea to stop it before it finally breaks free, because if it escapes before we can reach it..."

His speech halted in the middle of his sentence, though everyone in the audience knew the end to the scenario, so there was no need to elaborate.

"We only have several small jeeps and five larger transport vehicles that were shielded from the pulses at the time of the attacks that we can use to travel to the Glacier Islands, but most of our troops were injured quite badly during the third earthquake when the base was destroyed. We need volunteers to help those of us left to fight the creature, or we're all doomed."

Charlie gazed pleadingly at the crowd, his expression begging for at least one brave person to step forward. Three men and a woman volunteered immediately, and eventually more followed. Within a few minutes, thirty-six volunteers had been gathered.

"Thank you," Charlie responded gratefully. "This is a dangerous mission, and we're not sure how long these vehicles will be of use to us because if another pulse is released we'll have no way of getting to the islands other than by foot. We need to leave as quickly as possible if we have any hope of reaching the creature before it escapes."

The thirty-six people were hastily ushered into three of the transport vehicles which promptly began driving away at high speed. There were still two vehicles left behind, and about two dozen trainers including Jess who had not yet volunteered. Jessica remained quietly looking around at the destruction, thinking about Pippa, Atzu, the rest of her teammates, all the people who came here today to have fun, those people who were now suffering in the hospital…

She stared silently at the burnt remains of the Hero’s Float, expertly taped off by the authorities. The replica of Connor was destroyed, but the image of the Hero still lingered fresh in her mind. As she gazed on the smoldering remnants of the Hero’s replica, the tales of his feats and his nemesis’s cruelty echoed hauntingly through her head.

If that creature runs loose, people are going to suffer. I can’t let that happen.

There wasn’t any more time for thinking. She had to take action.

Without saying a word, Jessica turned around and stepped forward, standing beside the other volunteers.

I will do my best to protect everybody.

enchantress
27th September 2008, 6:14 PM
Trying to ignore her unsettled nerves for her Pokémon's sake, Tess makes her way through the crowded streets with her teammates, being sure to hold Perry nice and close just in case. While she tries to put on a cheery front in order to ensure she doesn't worry her Pokémon, her instincts are telling her that she has every reason to be concerned. She's not sure why, she just is. If life has taught her one thing, it's to trust in her instincts. On more occasions than she cares to remember Tess has pushed her initial impressions aside, thinking herself being overly paranoid, or unnecessarily harsh, but each and every one of those times she's later found that she should have trusted in her gut instinct. Is she had, she would have saved herself a lot of trouble and heartache. Today she's not going to push her unease aside, but there's no reason she can't at least try to enjoy herself whilst keeping her eyes peeled. She's no sooner finished with this line of thought when another tremor rocks the festive city, this time powerful enough to send many people to their knees. She finds herself almost losing her own footing but her teammates move in close, allowing her to use their bodies as support. The unsettlingly familiar energy beam has once more turned the sky a beautiful, yet foreboding, shade of magenta, and Tess finds herself thinking about how some of the most beautiful things in nature are also the most deadly. When calm is restored, Tess looks down into Perry's large and fearful eyes, giving the little Pachirisu a strained smile, stroking the squirrel's fur coat, and promising Perry that she'll not allow any harm to come to her.

A short while later they arrive at the raffle booth, the now familiar voice of Charles Higginbotham announcing that the draw is about to begin. Her interest is perked by the raffle prize; the offspring of one of Connor's very own Pokémon. This surely is a magnificent prize, and though a part of her would love to raise one of these babies, there is another part of Tess that secretly hopes she's not burdened with such a responsibility. She's had such a wonderful experience raising and training her own team, investing years of effort and a lot of money into their education and training, that she's confident she'll be able to do a fair job, and although there are still a select few Pokémon she'd love to have an opportunity to raise, she doesn't feel she's ready to take on another Pokémon at this point in time, particularly when she has several young ones on her team at the moment who need her undivided attention. But still... it would be nice, and if Perry's excited bopping is anything to go by then Tess can tell the little Pachirisu loves the idea of another playmate to romp around with.

"You still have your ticket, don't you?" Tess asks, smiling.

"Pa-chi!" Perry exclaims, holding up her little arm and waving the crumpled ticket under Tess' nose.

"Fingers crossed then," Tess laughs, giggling further while watching Perry attempting to mimic the action.

They all turn their attention to the barrel containing the raffle tickets, even Tempest watching it spin with keen interest. Tess can't help but wonder what's going through the Houndoom's mind, especially considering the reputation already associated with the prized Pokémon, but her train of thought is interrupted when Charlie calls out, "Number eleven!"

A combined feeling of relief and disappointment wash over Tess as she realises they've not won, and she squeezes Perry tighter upon noting the sadness in the little squirrel's eyes. "Aww, not to worry princess," Tess consoles. "We still have plenty more time to find you lots of new playmates, and there's so much more to see today, including the Hero's Parade." Perry's mood lifts slightly at hearing this, but Tess can still see her disappointment. Staying long enough to watch the winner claim his prize, Tess remembers the first time she'd seen Jonouchi in Fizzy Bubbles. It seems a lifetime ago when in actual fact has only been a couple of years. He's grown a lot since then, and she's happy to see that such a worthy trainer has claimed such a prestigious reward. She's sure he'll raise the baby Pokémon well, and with this in mind leads her team away from the raffle booth and toward Oceanic Drive where the Hero's Parade is about to begin.

Several minutes later, with her Pokémon by her side, they all watch eagerly as a live band blasting out the irritatingly catchy tune of the well-known Pokérap signals the beginning of the Hero's Parade. Though she's forgotten most of the words, Tess finds herself joining in as the crowd begins to sing along, surprised by how quickly it all comes back to her. When the first float appears, Tess actually finds herself enjoying the moment, completely pushing away all of the bad feelings she'd been having over the past few hours as a sense of nostalgia washes over her. She'd always loved the Eevee Dance, and finds herself remembering the first time she'd heard it; so much has happened since then. Float after float passes by, some more eye catching than others, and for the next hour Tess and her Pokémon thoroughly enjoy watching the show. Finally the Hero's Float appears, but when it does Tess is overcome with a strange sense of foreboding. She's curious to see Connor's team lineup, the life sized statues cutting an impressive figure, but she can sense something out of the ordinary coming, and tenses, having no idea what it is that she's afraid of. Tempest is growling too, a low rumble vibrating in her throat, her eyes skirting through the crowd as though looking for something, Tempests actions only succeeding to heighten Tess' fear.

"That's it," she murmurs, reaching for her belt and unclipping Perry's Thunder Ball. "I'm not taking any chances."

It's then that all hell breaks loose. Tess feels it before she sees it, a violent tremor, much more shocking than the previous ones, causing the ground to rumble. Fumbling with the ball, she almost drops it before giving Perry a reassuring pat. "You'll be safe in here sweetheart," Tess says, triggering the balls release mechanism and recalling the little squirrel to safety. She quickly removes another two Pokéballs from her belt, the orange and red Fire Ball recalling Vixey, and Jaffa's starter Pokéball returning him in a flash. Clipping them back onto her belt, she's just reaching for Kayla and Tempest's balls when an energy beam comes crashing down into Oceanic Drive, blasting the Hero's Float to pieces, and unleashing a powerful shockwave of energy that radiates out into the crowd. "Crystal, UP!" Tess yells as she's thrown backward with so much force that all she catches is a brief glimpse of blue as Crystal streaks up and over the destructive path of the shockwave.

The next several seconds are nothing but a blur as it's all Tess can do to fight for her life. She can barely breathe under the mass of bodies piled on top of her, all of them struggling to find their feet as a panicked crowd tramples them back into the rumbling ground, and into her. Tempest... Kayla... where are they?" is the only question running through her mind. In that last split second before she was trampled, she saw Crystal make it to safety, but Tess has no idea where Tempest or Kayla are and she's terrified. Well and truly terrified. With her desperation to find her Pokémon foremost in her mind, adrenaline spurs her on, causing her to push at the crowd, but just as she feels some leeway giving her a chance to catch a deep breath, she feels a nauseatingly sharp pain as someone's foot shatters her right ankle; the same one she's broken three times before. "Son of a B****!" she cries, her agonised scream drowned out by the terrified cries of the crowd. Or so she thought... Tempest has recognised her voice, and a moment later is fighting her way through the crowd toward her trainer, snarling viciously at anyone in her way. Unfortunately even a crazed Houndoom isn't enough incentive to have everyone scurrying out of her path as the panicked crowd continues to trample those under their feet as they flee. Feeling another sharp pain, Tess swears she now has a broken rib to go with her shattered ankle, and is finding it excruciatingly difficult to breathe, let alone get up, when she suddenly feels everyone on top of her raise into the air. She's no idea what's going on, but a second later Tempest is at her side and helping her to her feet.

Confused, Tess looks around, scanning the crowd for any sign of Ralts when she catches sight of Crystal hovering several metres above with her tail curled protectively around Kayla. Smiling, Tess is relieved to see that Crystal must have grabbed hold of Kayla just before she took flight, and the same old feeling of love and affection for her beautiful Dragonair fills Tess' heart. Her smile falters when she notes the look of concentration on Kayla's face, and it's then Tess realises that Kayla is using her psychic energy to keep the crowd from trampling her trainer. Not just using her abilities, but completely straining herself. The little Ralts is still very young, and the energy she's exerting can't be good for her health considering the mountain of people she'd just shifted. Tess' eyes bulge a moment later when she witnesses a bright light surrounding the exhausted Ralts, before it fades to reveal Kirlia (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=227875#p227875). In her newly evolved form, Kayla's energy rises, allowing her to help others in trouble while Tempest helps to lead Tess away from the path of the fleeing masses. For the next ten minutes the four of them do everything they can to help others lost and in trouble, the pain of her broken ankle pushed aside while Tess tries to aide those with worse injuries than she has herself sustained. Eventually the city is left almost deserted, leaving those left behind with nothing to do but wait for medical assistance. With her Pokémon gathered around her, Tess thanks the heavens for the fact that her own team have survived pretty much unscathed, as she doesn't know what she would have done had any of them been injured. Kayla had not only evolved while helping her trainer, but looks a lot stronger after her efforts to help other people and Pokémon who had been in harm's way; Tess will have to make sure to check on her when she has the chance to find out just how much Kayla has grown.

Aide eventually comes in the form of ambulances and army vehicles that arrive to tend to the injured, but it's the expression of hopeless disbelief on Charlie Higginbotham's face that sends Tess' heart plummeting. Wanting to delay the inevitable, she has her ankle tended to, discovering that she also has a cracked rib thanks to being trampled in the stampeding crowd. Finally making her way over to the group of trainers surrounding Charlie, Tess listens while the situation is explained. The creature Connor had defeated eighty years ago had apparently not been killed, only trapped in slumber. This makes sense, considering all she's heard about the hero of legend. Unfortunately, the creature is now awake, and judging from the way it had blown the Hero's Float to rubble from hundreds of miles away, then Tess is assuming it's pissed, and out for revenge. She wonders if it even realises that Connor is no longer alive, or how many years have passed, but at the end of the day she figures the point is moot because it's obviously angry, has almost gained it's freedom, and doesn't appear likely to be stopped very easily. The fact that military personnel are in short supply and that help is being asked of regular trainers at all demonstrates to her just how dire the situation is. She'd love nothing more than to return to her quiet little corner of the Stardust Fields and pretend this day never happened, but it's not in her nature to ignore a plea for help, and this is no different. Alone she doubts she'll stand much of a chance, but if several groups of trainers can stand up to the creature together then there may still be hope.

Limping forward with Tempest walking solemnly by her side, Tess speaks up. "We'll help in any way we can."

She only hopes this isn't a decision she'll live to regret.

Aquatic Angel
29th September 2008, 11:20 AM
Kim glances at Absol while they walk through the crowded streets. How funny that a Disaster Pokemon be accompanying her on a day like today, a celebration of victory, when there is a cloud of apprehension drifting over what should be a special and festive event. He is uneasy, a fact that Kim is very uncomfortable with because it's gnawing at her own anxiety as the day moves on. If not for Gible enjoying himself so much today Kim would have left the festival by now, but she'd promised to share a fun filled day with him so she's going to honour that commitment.

Arriving at the raffle booth Kim finds a place to sit where they have a good view of the stage and places Gible on her lap, but before the draw begins she catches sight of another energy pulse exploding into the air. The sky turns magenta like it had earlier during the balloon game, and when the tremor begins she pulls Absol and Gible close to her until it subsides. Exchanging a worried look with Absol, they share an understanding that these preludes are escalating to something bigger.

Charles calls their attention to the draw, hoping to distract the worried festival goers with some positive commentary. Kim listens to him explain the prize, wondering what kind of baby Pokemon he's talking about. She's heard of the legend of Connor and his victory over the space creature, but other than his famous legendary Pokemon not much is known about the rest of his team. She's curious, for it may be possible that Connor had raised one of the same Pokemon she's hoping to find. When number eleven is drawn from the barrel, Gible holds up his ticket for Kim to see if his number has won. She shakes her head. "Sorry Gible, but you've not won today. Would you like to go and watch the parade now?"

His momentary sadness from not winning the raffle is quickly forgotten, Gible discarding his ticket and happily running away from the raffle booth to watch the beginning of the parade. He stops to wait for Kim, and smiling she points in the opposite direction. "That way" she laughs, hurrying to catch up with him on his sprint toward Oceanic Drive. They're soon watching the parade, enjoying the cute, funny, and sometimes dangerous antics of those on the floats. Entertaining as it may be, Kim is wary of the danger of another tremor taking place. In this dense crowd, the results could be very dangerous so she keeps her Pokemon's pokeballs in her hand in case she needs to use them at a moments notice.

The very last float to pass by is the Hero's Float. Kim studies the figures of the trainer and Pokemon on it, but Absol's urgent pawing at her leg distracts her. The warning expression in his eyes is all she needs to see it's no longer safe here and they need to leave immediately. Gible is so excited by the parade that he doesn't even notice Kim holding his pokeball out to recall him, and a second later he's tucked safely inside. "Sorry Gible, I'll make it up to you." Kim apologises before pushing the ball deep into her pocket. "Your turn Absol" she says, holding his ball out. Absol shakes his head, his eyes focused on something behind her. She turns around to see an energy beam arcing through the sky and heading straight toward them. She turns back to Absol ready to return him whether he likes it or not, but he's already on the move so she races to keep up.

Kim has no doubt that Absol's quick and decisive actions have played a very large part in keeping her safe. He'd led her to a place that was least affected by the shockwave released from the explosion she'd heard behind them. People are screaming all around her, some searching for friends, family members, and Pokemon lost in the crowd, but most trying to get as far away from the destruction as possible. The tremors are making it harder for people to run and they keep falling over each other as the ground shakes beneath them. When the earthquake subsides Kim braves the throng of people and Pokemon, doing what she can for the ones who have been hurt. Absol doesn't leave her side and she's grateful he'd evaded her attempt to recall him because his presence is reassuring, helping to keep her emotionally grounded.

It doesn't take long for the city to clear out, the only ones left behind being those who were injured and those who stayed to help. Army vehicles and ambulances finally arrive, probably delayed by the masses fleeing the city. Connor's friend Charles is among them, looking defeated. Kim exchanges worried glances with a few of the other trainers standing close by and then listens while Charles fills them in on the details. She stares at him with stunned disbelief, finding it difficult to understand how something this important could have been kept secret for so long, and something so dangerous not monitored with more care. Laying blame isn't the answer though, because the damage has already been done. Now is the time for action, and the only thing left to do is fight. She looks down at Absol, his expression telling her what she already knows. Her thoughts turn to her team. They're for the most part well trained and very strong. Perhaps not as strong as Connor's team, but formidable in their own right. She watches other trainers volunteer, and raises her hand. "Count me in."

Inferno.
4th October 2008, 3:20 PM
Inferno and Houndour are on their way to the raffle when Inferno sees a light beam shoot into the sky. The ground starts to tremble and he thinks about the same thing that happened during the Raikou race, only this one is worse. He grabs his pokeball and calls Houndour back so she doesn't get hurt, and when it stops he lets her out again. "I'm not going to let anything bad happen to you Houndour. That quake was stronger than the last one so we have to be alert in case it happens again" he says. He's getting nervous but he doesn't want Houndour to know that and changes the subject. "Let's go and see if we've won a prize! The raffle is starting soon, I'll race you!" Houndour barks excitedly and they start running to the big crowd of people standing around where the raffle is going to be drawn.

A few minutes later they're listening to Charles Higginbotham talking about Connor's Pokemon and how a baby Pokemon that is the descendant of one of his team is the raffle prize. "That's mad Houndour" he says, looking down at her. "What kind of Pokemon do you think it is? I hope we win." She barks in agreement and watches the barrel spin, but when the ticket isn't their number she looks at him sadly. "It's ok" he says, a bit disappointed too. "It's probably better we didn't win because if it doesn't like fire types it might not be happy with us." Houndour nods, but she still looks sad so Inferno tries to cheer her up. "There's still the Hero's Parade and lots more stuff to do after that. Maybe we can even enter you in a contest.." Houndour barks happily and jumps up to lick Inferno's face. "I thought you'd like that" he says, laughing and wiping dog slobber off his face. "Let's go and see the parade!"

After making sure they have a good view of the parade, Inferno and Houndour wait for it to begin. They aren't waiting long when a live band playing the Pokerap starts it off. All kinds of different floats start to roll past after that and when Houndour sees the one with all of the fire types she gets really excited. Inferno has to leap in front of her when the Squirtle Squad use their Water Guns because he's afraid she'll get wet and he doesn't want her to be upset. They watch the rest of the parade until finally the Hero's Float comes along and the cheering crowd gets louder. He's straining to see all of the Pokemon on Connors team, wondering what he might have gotten if he'd won the raffle, but before he can see all of them a beam shoots in out of nowhere and blasts the float and the statues to pieces. A shockwave explodes out of it and he goes for Houndour's pokeball.

"HOUNDOUR RETURN!" he yells, but he's too late. Before he can grab the pokeball he's caught in the blast and grabs Houndour when he's hurled into the air. Holding her as tightly as he can he feels the air knocked out of him when he lands on the ground. Houndour yelps and Inferno loosens his grip. "Sorry Houndour, I didn't want us to get separated. Are you hurt?" he asks. She shakes her head but he thinks he might have accidentally hurt her and she doesn't want him to know. "Return to your ball Houndour, and after it's over I'll let you out." He doesn't wait for her to answer and grabs her pokeball, calling her back to it and trying to run as far away from the crowd as he can.

When the earthquake is over and nearly everyone has left the city Inferno looks around at all of the destruction. "How did this happen?" he asks himself while he looks at all of the people and Pokemon who have been hurt. He and Houndour were lucky. He told her he'd let her out after it was over but he's scared the aftershocks won't be safe for her. She's better off in her pokeball. When trucks start arriving Inferno is surprised to see army vehicles driving in with the ambulances and walks over to see what it's all about. He takes Houndour over to an ambulance and asks the medic to check her over while he listens to Charles Higginbotham talking. He can't believe what he's hearing. What kind of hero lets a dangerous creature like that live? He should have killed it when he had a chance, or maybe he's not the hero everyone thinks he was and he couldn't kill it and that's why it's still alive. If he'd done the right thing eighty years ago all these people wouldn't be suffering now.

After he finds out Houndour is ok, only a little bit bruised, he's going to put her back into her ball when she barks a warning at him. "What's the matter?" he asks, not understanding why she doesn't want to rest. When he sees her looking at Charles and the army trucks Inferno realises she must have heard everything. "You want to fight?" Inferno asks, shocked. "But you don't even like fighting." She barks again angrily, and Inferno suddenly understands that she's not afraid of fighting, she just thinks contests are more fun. He smiles, happy to know how she really feels. "Ok" he says. "But you have to stay close to me and the rest of the team. You might want to fight but you don't have a lot of experience yet so I don't want you to get hurt. You can learn from Charizard and the others, and pay special attention to Arcanine because she can teach you a lot. Do we have a deal?" Houndour barks happily in response. "Good" he replies, and walks up to join the people who have volunteered. "Because this is going to be the biggest battle of our lives."

Arnold
5th October 2008, 12:36 PM
As he Glalie and Emmy take a little trip to the nearby food stalls he smiles a big hungry smile, the food out on display making him salivate at the sight, "Bloody hell, not seen this much food since..well I haven't seen this much food ever and I do damned well approve," as he finishes one great big "CHIK" emerges from Emmy in agreement, by looking at her she seems less scared now, maybe food does bring happiness he thought, "right, lets get this show under way, one of everything I assume guys?" With that he and his two Pokemon hop on to the vendors and pick out the yummy, scrummy food out on display, as they finish up and sit down to eat he looks on at the carnival, all the people happy and frolicking about, when he notices the main stage, an old man appearing on it, as he starts greeting everyone and announcing the winners of the raffle, just then as he starts to rip the flesh off of a chicken leg he sees a guy appear on the stage as charles Higginsbotom as theo ld man is named hands him a golden Pokeball, "Looks mighty cool that Pokeball, wonder what he's going to get in it when he picks up that special Pokemon, one can wonder hey guys?"

Looking at his Pokemon as they eat Emmy lays waste to a bowl of Chilli and Glalie has gone for the banna spilt sundae mocha whipped choclate and strawberry ice cream with hundreds and thousands on it, smiling he does approve of her choice of ice cream, they both look on at the stage too when all of a sudden some upbeat fast music starts playing throughout the town, "the hell is this playing...can't...stop...tapping...feet...so....da mned...catchy BAH," taping his feet to the beat he looks around as other people are doing the same thing, "by GOD what is this evil, bet it's some murderous henchmen who are planning to steal our Pokemon while we tap to this hypnotic tune, damn them, DAMN THEM ALL." With that he looks on at the road..a float with a number of different Eeveelutions are garbed across it dancing to the same beat, "POP music..I should have known, the ultimate evil, damn it to hell," shaking his fist at the Eevee float he looks on as he picks Emmy up and Glalie follows behind them to see whats going on. More floats follow suit with wacky music and dancing and costumes, the princess float grabs Emmys attention as she looks on with sparkles in her eyes at all the pink and princessy things, "We'll get you a Princess crown souvenir after all this is done ok Emmy?" With a very happy nod she nuzzles up and carrys on watching. As all the floats roll past the one that catches his eye is the heroes float, statues of the Hero and all of his Pokemon stand around the float in all directions, their appearance seemingly real as they stand in a waving postion, but admiring the pokemon themselves he looks at how powerful they all are and even one or two legendaries are sitting there, "damn, he must have been a good trainer to grab those Pokemon, i'm jealous."

As the parade continues on, he notices a strange man running frantacily towards the people on the stage, not giving it any thought he carries on watching the parade while Emmy bops up and down in his arms and Glalile mesmerised at each float, when all of a sudden a strange feeling emits through his body and Emmy starts shaking uncontrollably in his arms, "Emmy what's wrong? I think something....." getting cut off in mid sentence a terrifying scream ripples through the air as the skies change colour and a bolt of huge energy slices through the air, a few seconds later another one appears but this time it changes course and beams down to the ground and straight into the heroes float, the ground exploding in power as the people around the float run for their lives he stands their in awe at the destruction one bolt of energy has caused, as the people run towards him, knocking him about a bit he fumbles in his pockets, grabbing a Grass ball and a snow ball, "guys I think this is getting to be one dangerous day out, not what I had in mind but you know..can't help these things can we when evil decides to show up, first pop music, now bolts of energy, don't want to know what's next." With that he returns Emmy he whimpers as he returns her, "Glalie, I'll probably need you at some point so stay alert ok?" returning Glaglie to her ball, pops the two back and grabs one more from his Pocket, "at a time like this, we're gonig to need equally good power, Nidoking, lets roll," Throwing the ball into the air a huge Roar emerges from the beam of red light as his Nidoking starts to survey the area, "Ok Nidoking, a huge bolt of energy has smashed the ground, same bad **** is happening that's the short version, need you out just in case some bad **** happens," turning around he sees charles looking on from the stage, he starts talking about this monster and how he will need a team of people to help defeat him once and for all.

"The monster from legend has woken up? Oh bloody fantastic, looks like it's gonig to be another great day, alright sir, I'm Arnie and i'll be happy to help, I have a damned find team of Pokemon at my disposal and we're all ready to kick arse and chew some bubblegum, and guess what we're all out of?"

Arc_Angel
5th October 2008, 5:02 PM
It wasn’t long after the destruction that the hysteria had died down leaving a smattering of young and injured trainers listening to the impassionate words of Charles Higginbotham, pleading with them for their help. 3 Full convoys had already set off on a potentially deadly mission to stop the creature prying its way out of its prison under the ice leaving 2 smaller jeeps behind. The engines remained on, ticking over with the odd puff of smoke leaving the exhaust, as the militia busied themselves prepping for their own journey. Charles seemed relieved to have received such a great response to his plea but every person counted here and he fixed those remaining with a hopeful look.

It doesn’t take long for one brave and determined trainer to step forward offering his help. Shortly after, another agrees and both walk over to the waiting jeeps. One by one trainers begin to volunteer for the proposed mission, some more hesitant than others but willing to aid however possible. A flicker of guilt flashes across Charles face at asking such a monumentous and dangerous task of the gathered trainers but manages a small smile, moved by their courage and heart. Soon Charles had all the willing volunteers he was going to receive; the rest having left in ambulances too injured to help or had refused not wanting to risk their lives or the lives of their Pokemon. There were enough to fill one of the remaining jeeps and Charles silently hoped it would be enough.

Assembling by the assigned convoy the remaining medics, a couple of army trained nurses rushed over to the gathered group assessing any injuries and treating those that needed it. One young woman nursing major injuries including a fractured ankle was advised against going on the mission for her own safety, the advice reaching deaf ears. The door of the jeep opened up to reveal a hardened looking Captain who walked along with a faint air of arrogance and importance surveying his new troops. He approaches the medic and berates her and orders her to get the ‘recruits’ patched up as best she could, informing her that they needed all the people they could get. He walked over to Charles and the two converse briefly before he turned and marched up to the gathered trainers.

“Now listen here. Let me start by saying that I am Captain Ruben Frost and I will be leading this convoy. We are very thankful you have volunteered to assist on this mission, I will admit a bunch of young trainers was not what we had hoped for to tackle this creature but a wise Captain would know when to take help when he needed it. Despite what Mr. Higginbotham may have told you, you need to understand that this mission is of the utmost importance but the chances of success are low. It will be extremely dangerous and we may not make it out of there alive. Do you still wish to proceed?” he asks the trainers, his words harsh trying to weed out the foolhardy and those with doubts. The trainers look amongst themselves but all stick to their decision and stay put, willing to take the risk.

Captain Frost smiled, “Good. I don’t want anyone who doesn’t understand what they’re getting into. You can’t quit halfway through this mission, we will see it through to the end. I also don’t need any wannabe hero’s on this mission; it’ll only get you killed quicker. Now we all must work as a team to achieve our goal which is to seal the creature back into its prison under the ice. The mission brief will be explained in more detail on the way. We will be taking this jeep south west out of Seaside City and into the Sunny Drylands. It’ll be a long drive through the desert towards the Ocean. Once we reach the ocean we will abandon the jeep and using a motorised raft will traverse the Ocean heading back up north towards our destination Magnetic Island. If another pulse hits anywhere near our convoy we may have to abandon it early and make our way across the desert on foot. Do you understand?” he asks waiting for a response. All trainers gave an answer of sorts and Captain Frost ushered them into the back of the Jeep, help given to those that needed it. A light canvas had been tied over the metal framework of the jeep providing protection from the harsh sun that always shone in the Drylands. Captain Frost turned to Charles approaching the old man.

“Good Luck Captain, the whole world is depending on you.” The Captain saluted and marched over to the jeep climbing in the front. Sitting on the provided seats you held on as the jeep reversed before carefully makings it way through the streets, the sight of Charles waving at you as you passed around a corner. The driver was careful not to damage his vehicle as he manoeuvred it through the debris. It was horrifying to see, the buildings had been damaged by the earthquakes some having totally collapsed, there were cracks in the road, traffic signs and lights broken and littering the streets. There were also the bodies of those unfortunately caught by falling debris, having not made it out in time. With the final disturbing image set in place of a broken and dead city the jeep made it out and drove along the road headed towards the Sunny Drylands.

It was a short drive that brought the convoy to the Sunny Drylands, Bowl Valley specifically. Trainers hung onto their seats as the drive began to get rather bumpy from the change of ground. The canvas flapped in the wind and protected those inside from the sunlight though it still felt hot and humid within. Looking out the view had drastically changed. The ground was dusty and arid, dry soil smattered with cacti and bushes, the sky was its normal blue colour with the odd fluffy white cloud. Surrounding Bowl Valley were large hills which spread into mountains further south and no longer could one see the road that led here. Some trainers conversed lightly amongst themselves discussing the mission and others trying to take their mind off it hoping to make the journey shorter.

An hour later, most the trainers running short on new conversation topics, the jeep falls silent the daunting mission in everyone’s minds. Captain Frost curses and the driver pulls the jeep to a stop a door opening and the stomp of feet hitting the ground sounding. Several trainers get out themselves to see what’s caused the premature stop and gasp. Wrapped around a large jutting rock was part of an army vehicle, it looks scarily like one of the convoys that had left earlier. Smoke rose from the engine that was bent up a few sparks flying into the air. The top looked like it had been literally ripped off and the driver was still in his seat … well his legs were. Holding back the feeling of rising nausea at the severed body you begin to truly notice how horrific this scene is. There were a couple more bodies within some with missing limbs and decapitated. Captain Frost walks further up finding the remaining littered corpses of the convoy strewn in a haphazard pattern on the ground. He takes off his cap and walks up to a body of a woman wearing army fatigues. He bends down sighing in regret and whispers some words to her before pulling off her dog tags and putting them in his pocket.

“We need to move on,” he announces holding back the quiver in his voice at seeing his comrade and their convoy literally destroyed. “We can’t wait around for whatever did this to them to come back for us,” he said logically. “We’re down one convoy for the mission, let us not meet the same fate and destroy all chance of sealing the beast,” he says hurrying back into the jeep the trainers who had stepped out to survey the scene following suit. The jeep sped on its tyres and roared forward wanting the leave the heart wrenching sight far behind.

Just as the trainers had started to quietly discuss what they had seen the jeep suddenly swerves to the left and you hang on for dear life, some trainers falling out of their seats from the sudden movement. The jeep rights itself and the trainers pick themselves up cursing the driver for the un-warned manoeuvre before it swerves the right causing even more chaos as more trainers fall about. One more swerve later the jeep nearly turns on its side this time causing a few panicked screams; it finally comes to a halt falling back to its tyres. Shaken the trainers try to calm their nerves and racing hearts only to hear another curse from the front of the jeep followed by a high pitched screech. Some trainers leapt out of the jeep not wanting to be in the dangerous vehicle any more and feel a shadow loom over them. Looking up, the remaining trainers peering out through the gaps in the canvas, they see a large creature, the light shining off its snake-like body. It bowed forward revealing an angry looking Steelix. It reared back and screeched again causing the trainers to cover their ears as the sound painfully rang in their heads. A roar followed and the ground shook as a large rock beast emerged looking irate and twitchy. The Rhyhorn growled at the trainers baring its teeth and spinning its horn looking ready to stampede. Thinking that things couldn’t get any worse a louder roar echoed another Pokemon approached from behind; the Tyranitar hissing and clenching its fists. Surrounded by furious yet nervous Pokemon Captain Frost opened the door to the jeep and yelled to the trainers.

“We nearly hit that Steelix, it dove right at us!” he sounding a little worried himself. The Captain looked up to notice blood on the fangs of Steelix along with a piece of uniform adhered to his jaw and glared “I think these Pokemon were the ones that attacked the last convoy,” he hissed out angrily. “We need to continue on but these beasts are not going to let us pass, we’ve seen the evidence. We have a new order: take these Pokemon out and fast. The driver will stow the jeep somewhere safe. Return we you see this signal flare” he told the driver who nodded nervously, wanting to move already. Everyone leapt out to the jeep and just as the last set of feet touched the ground the jeep sped off the Steelix lunging for it and only just missing, ripping the canvas off in its attack. It drove off into the distance and out of sight. The Pokemon all turned to face the convoy of trainers looking ready to kill all of them moving in close to surround them. They were distressed and full of anger ready to strike. Captain Frost pulled a Pokeball from his belt and enlarged it throwing to release his own creature, A Machamp that pounded its fists together ready to defend his Captain. “You’ll pay for their lives,” he whispered.

Time is of the essence, every minute that passes the ancient creature is breaking free of its prison and its chances of being resealing growing slimmer, and if it broke free … Your orders were clear, these Pokemon need to be taken out before they do the same to you.

Missingno. Master
6th October 2008, 2:52 AM
The sight of the menacing Pokémon rather unnerved Missingno. Master, to say the least. However, he was determined to not let it show. He knew that these Pokemon were fierce, and that everyone needed all the help they could get. He therefore picked a Poké Ball off his belt and threw it up in the air. "Arbok, GO!" he shouted. In a flash of light, Missingno. Master's Arbok appeared. She looked at her master, expecting orders.

"OK, long story short, we need to help take down these extremely vicious and powerful Pokemon. We'll concentrate on the Rhyhorn and, OK?" Arbok nodded, then turned to face her opponent.

"Arbok, Glare now! Then use your BubbleBeam attack!" Arbok hissed her acknowelegement of these orders, then began her Glare attack. Missingno. Master looked on, fingers crossed, hoping this would work. At that moment, there was another flash of light, and Missingno. Master's Poochyena began licking his master's face. "No, Poochyena! Down, boy! Return!" spluttered Missingno. Master, holding out the eager pup's Pokeball. Poochyena was returned, and Missingno. Master resumed watching Arbok.

Inferno.
6th October 2008, 6:53 AM
Inferno listens to Captain Frost give his speech explaining how dangerous it will be to fight the monster but he already knows it's going to be a hard battle. They're lucky they have a lot of trainers helping because if everyone has about six Pokemon they might have a good chance of winning. He's more worried they might not make it to the Glacier Islands fast enough and it will escape before they get there and he wonders why he can't fly over on Charizard to get there sooner, but then he thinks about how far away it is and how Charizard will need all of his energy for the fight. It won't be good for him to be tired before the battle even starts so maybe it's better to travel with the convoys. It might be safer too because if he gets to the monster before everyone else and it escapes he won't be able to beat it alone. He gets into one of the last two trucks with the other trainers and Houndour sits on his lap looking out the window. She's too excited to go back to her Pokeball and Inferno doesn't see anything wrong with her staying out with him. It's safe in the truck. The danger will come when they get to the Glacier Islands.

They watch the scenery for an hour but Inferno doesn't join in the talk with the other trainers. Everyone is scared, and he is too, but he doesn't want Houndour to know how much he's afraid of what's coming. He's battled Legendary Pokemon before but this is scarier because he doesn't know what he's going to be fighting. If he knew he could make sure his team is more prepared. An hour later they drive past a wrecked truck and he almost stops breathing when he sees it's one of the convoys of trainers that left before them. There were about twelve people on that truck, maybe more he doesn't know, and they're all dead. If it was the space creature and it's already escaped they're in big trouble, but it can't have been because if it was their truck would have been attacked by now too. Captain Frost stops to have a look then comes back quickly saying they have to move on so they don't meet the same fate as the first convoy. Inferno agrees.

Before they get far the truck swerves and Inferno holds on to Houndour so she doesn't fall to the floor. Then they hear roaring from outside and see three big Pokemon. A Steelix, a Rhyhorn, and a Tyranitar. They're probably what attacked the other truck so Inferno moves as fast as he can. The other truck had its roof ripped off and most of the trainers were probably killed because they couldn't get out quickly enough so he's not going to sit around and wait for them to rip his head off too. "Come on Houndour!" he yells, getting up and jumping out. "We're safer fighting out there than we are sitting in here!" Inferno wants to use Magcargo for this fight but Houndour is already running straight at Steelix. He's worried she's not strong enough to fight it but he knows it's not fair to stop her. He'll let her try but he's going to be ready to call her back if she's in danger. "Use Fire Spin Houndour, but don't get too close to it!" he yells. "Only attack Steelix and let the other trainers fight Rhyhorn and Tyranitar! When it's caught in the Fire Spin use Overheat to toast it!"

*DANI*
6th October 2008, 10:55 AM
"This isn't a dream." Dani thinks to herself. "This is a nightmare." She's looking at the bodies around the city while the truck she and the other trainers are in drives through the streets. Fallen buildings are littering the road, people and Pokemon are lying in the streets, and she's finding it hard to believe she's still alive. So many lives have been destroyed and now they're on their way to fight the monster who did it. She doesn't want it to be real, but it is. She's glad her Pokemon aren't seeing this or they'll be even more scared than they are now. Thinking about what Captain Frost said about how they may not make it out alive Dani wonders again why she's here. She'd never wanted to raise a team full of huge monster Pokemon that are taught to battle to win, she's always raised her favourite Pokemon. Eevee's, Ponyta, and cute Pokemon. They're a team she's trained well but not for serious battles. This is something else and she doesn't know if she's ready.

For the next hour she worries about what will happen when they reach the Glacier Islands. She keeps telling herself to sleep while they're travelling so she's not worn out when they get there but she's too wound up to rest. She goes over battle strategies in her mind but she doesn't know what type of creature they're going to battle so she can make the right decisions for her team. She closes her eyes to try to rest, but just when she's feeling herself relax the truck swerves wildly and she nearly falls off her seat. When it stops she sees severed bodies of the people that were in one of the convoys that left before them and is nearly sick. Captain Frost tries to get them away as quickly as possible so they're not attacked as well but the truck swerves again a few minutes later, almost flipping over before skidding to a stop. Loud roars from outside make her heart jump and she joins everyone else rushing out of the truck to fight the Pokemon in their way. There's a Steelix, Tyranitar, and Rhyhorn, but Captain Frost has a Machamp that looks strong as well.

Two other trainers are already attacking and she glares at Inferno, wanting to slap him for not using one of his precious monsters he's so proud of instead of his Houndour who is less experienced. She'd never admit it to him, but she's sure his team can beat these Pokemon by themselves. She hopes his Houndour will be ok but she needs to take care of her own Pokemon. She needs an experienced Pokemon to battle these three and even though she's sure most of her team can handle it she thinks Meganium is the best one to use against their main types. Steelix might be a problem but she can concentrate on one of the other two. Missingno. Master is attacking Rhyhorn and Inferno is attacking Steelix, so she releases Meganium and points at Tyranitar. "Safeguard yourself against attacks Meganium, attack Tyranitar with Leaf Storm, then use Mega Drain to suck away its health!"

Shadowshocker
8th October 2008, 3:42 PM
Considering his limited experience, it wouldn't be wrong to say Shadow wasn't overwhelmed by the rescue squad's newest obstacle. Depraved howls echoed all around, clashing against the medley of shouting from the team of humans. Diamondhead and Zapster stand beside their trainer, their attention divided between concern for their leader and the ominous opposition.

Meanwhile, Shadow attempts a quick analysis of the situation and resolution. The group was faced with a trio of feral mineral Pokémon, two of which were of considerable strength and size. Orders bark down the chains of command to make a concerted effort to take down the enemy as soon as possible. Running through the current state of his team, the scientist hurries a judgement to the best advantage he could provide the other volunteers with.

"Zapster, Diamondhead, I need you to fall back from this one," he says curtly, and from the tone of his voice neither Electivire nor Aggron makes an argument, only giving out gruff growls of assent before Shadow retreats them to their containment orbs. "Mango, BATTLE STATIONS!"

"Sire!" With her typical playful bound, Mango appears from her Love Ball, but a look at her surroundings immediately alerts her that she wasn't brought out for playtime, and at once she puts on her most serious face. As Shadow makes another brief assessment for tactics, he spots Mango looking towards a trainer and her Meganium -- the very same trainer whom he had received Mango from. "Alright," he thinks, "so it's decided."

"Mango, go help out Meganium! Fire Mud Bomb to the Tyranitar's eyes, then when you spy an opening, go Rock Smash the diamond on its stomach!"

Rabid Squirrel
8th October 2008, 11:54 PM
Kami returned her Bayleef and Castform before getting onto one of the jeeps. She stared in silent horror as she saw the carcasses of innocent people that had been crushed underneath falling rubble. The young girl had to swallow to keep already digested food from sliding up her throat. She had never seen a dead body save for ones in caskets, but these were just littered on the ground. She almost regretted her decision to come along on this adventure, but she realized that more of the innocent would die unless this creature was forever slain. Kami sat back in silence for the whole ride, as she didn’t really know any of the people around her.

The jeep carried on for a while until they came to a destroyed convoy half of bloody bodies covered the ground. Kami nearly fainted. The jeep suddenly swerved a couple times sending Kami into the person next to her. The jeep stopped as a Steelix, a Tyranitar, and a Rhyhorn surrounded it. Captain Frost told the trainers that needed to stop this violent Pokémon who had apparently devoured the people in the convoy. Kami surveyed the scene to decide which hostile she should try to attack. A man was attacking the Rhyhorn with his Arbok, so Kami decided to help him out.

“Deidoki, let’s help take down this Rhyhorn!” She cried out as she released her Swinub. The little fluffball started bouncing around as he was released. “No, Deidoki! You need to calm down!” Kami told him, “Alright, start with a powerful BubbleBeam then follow with Rock Smash!”

lilbluecorsola
13th October 2008, 3:26 AM
Jessica watched restlessly as a number of trained nurses arrived to treat the injuries of the group, her mind fully aware that the more time they spent sitting around the less chance they would have of victory against the monster, which she fearfully imagined slowly freeing itself with each passing second. She bit her lip and forced herself to remain silent during the examination, as she realized that the safety of the volunteers was just as important, for each healthy individual counted a great deal towards their probability of success.

Jessica listened inattentively as a nurse advised one of the volunteers to stay behind, as the young woman was suffering from serious injuries including a fractured ankle. Jess watched as Tess obstinately refused to budge, her inflexible determination to help others strengthening Jess’s own resolve. Jessica had always admired Tess’s kindness and strength, and the woman’s stubborn ability to persevere despite any sort of obstacle in her way. That powerful, enduring quality never ceased to inspire the young girl to strive to do her best as well, no matter the difficulty of the situation.

At that moment, the door of one of the jeeps abruptly swung open to reveal a hardened-looking Captain, whose heavy army boots crunched abrasively as they hit the ground, immediately denoting his military authority to those present without any words. He strode commandingly before the nervous rows of young trainers gathered with a slightly haughty manner of importance, grimly assessing the state of his new troops. He approached the medic and ordered her to get the ‘recruits’ patched up as best she could, informing her that they would need all the people they could get. He then walked over to Charles and the two held a brief conversation in private before the Captain turned again and marched up to the gathered trainers, his face completely stern as he addressed the company in a grave tone.

“Now listen here. Let me start by saying that I am Captain Ruben Frost and I will be leading this convoy. We are very thankful you have volunteered to assist on this mission. I will admit a bunch of young trainers was not what we had hoped for to tackle this creature, but a wise Captain would know when to take help when he needed it. Despite what Mr. Higginbotham may have told you, you need to understand that this mission is of the utmost importance but the chances of success are low. It will be extremely dangerous and we may not make it out of there alive. Do you still wish to proceed?”

As the trainers glanced apprehensively amongst themselves in reaction to those severe words, the Captain’s eyes scanned the crowd for those who possessed any doubts about the mission. In the end, no one moved or spoke - each trainer was willing to boldly follow through with his or her decision to help, in spite of the apparent danger of losing their lives.

Captain Frost nodded approvingly at the group’s response. “Good. I don’t want anyone who doesn’t understand what they’re getting into. You can’t quit halfway through this mission. We will see it through to the end. I also don’t need any wannabe heroes on this mission; it’ll only get you killed quicker.”

(Jessica flinched a bit at the term “wannabe hero”; however she realized this was not the time to consider her subconscious objectives. People needed her help. If she didn’t act at all due to self-doubt, then things could turn out even worse. Regardless of what her intentions may be, now was certainly not the time to dwell on them.)

Captain Frost continued on with his speech, hurriedly explaining the process for getting to their destination. They would take a jeep across the desert until they reached the sea, where they would switch to a motorized raft which would transport them north to Magnetic Island. Should another pulse strike anywhere near the convoy, they might have to abandon it early and make their way across the Drylands on foot. All the trainers nodded in understanding, and were quickly ushered into the back of one of the Jeeps. Assistance was provided for those who were injured. The gathered underneath a light, makeshift canvas which covered the metal framework of the jeep, offering protection against the harsh sun that always shone in the Drylands.

Once everyone was settled inside the vehicle, Captain Frost turned to Charles Higginbotham, who nodded solemnly at him. “Good luck, Captain. The whole world is depending on you.” The Captain saluted and marched over to the jeep, climbing into the front next to the driver. Everyone grabbed on as the jeep started up suddenly and began to reverse, before rapidly shifting gear and advancing carefully through the streets to the southwest. The trainers looked out the back at the sight of Charles standing alongside the ruined Hero’s Float, waving silently at them until they passed around a corner.

The driver took care not to damage his vehicle as he maneuvered it sensitively through the debris. It was a horrifying sight for the young trainers to behold: Some of the buildings had collapsed due to the earthquakes, faults and cracks lined the pavement, traffic signs and lights were completely smashed and broken glass littered the streets. Every now and then the entire group witnessed the unfortunate bodies of those buried underneath the rubble, who had been unable to make it out to safety in time. As they finally left the city and headed along the road towards the Sunny Drylands, the final image of a destroyed city remained a ghostly image in everyone’s minds, as real and indescribable as if it were a distant mirage.

A short while later the convoy rapidly approached the Drylands border, which brusquely emptied the party into Bowl Valley. Everyone hung onto their seats as the ride became rather uneven due to the sudden change of terrain. The canvas flapped in the wind and performed its job of sheltering those inside from the glaring sunlight and dust whipped up by the grinding wheels, though the extreme heat and humidity still caused a fair amount of discomfort for the group. Gazing out the back, Jess noticed that the view had drastically changed. The ground was now dusty and arid, composed of dry, brown soil smattered with green cacti and brushes. The bowl-shaped sky had returned to its normal, clear painted blue color, dabbed lightly with a fluffy white cloud here and there. Large, rolling hills surrounded the Valley, forming the supposed rim of the basin which expanded into lofty mountains further south, where the utterly barren desert stretched broadly towards the horizon. The visibly traceable road which led them here had completely vanished, and from now on the passengers could only trust that the driver knew how to navigate his way across the rough, seemingly endless sands.

As the vehicle rumbled gloomily over the jagged earth at top speed, some trainers began to converse lightly amongst themselves in an effort to make the tense journey go by faster. Jessica vaguely listened in as a few restless persons tried to constructively discuss the mission, or otherwise attempt to bring up some random topic to help take everyone’s minds away from the overwhelmingly daunting task which lay ahead. She remained quiet throughout the entire ride, watching the monotonous scenery and two sets of parallel tire tracks recede continually into the distance, vanishing into the hills encircling the north end of the valley.

After an hour had passed without much noticeable change in the landscape, the awkward dialogue had mostly died and everyone in the car had fallen uneasily into silence, the dreadful enormity of their upcoming assignment weighing heavily on all their minds. Jessica observed one girl who had closed her eyes to try to get some rest, which sounded like a good idea to rejuvenate before facing what would undoubtedly be a most demanding trial. Jessica considered trying to sleep as well, but found herself unable to for the number of insistent fears and concerns circling unremittingly through her mind.

As she attempted to lay her head down, it was instantly jerked back up when she felt the driver abruptly slam on the brakes, bringing the vehicle to a stop in the middle of the desert. She could hear Captain Frost cursing and getting out, the sound of his footsteps highly urgent. Curious, she followed the other trainers as they exited the vehicle as well to investigate. As soon as she witnessed the scene, she gasped. Wrapped prominently around the center of a huge rock jutting from the soil were the damaged remains of one of the convoys that had left earlier, smoke rising from the twisted engine which occasionally still discharged sparks into the air. The hood looked as if it had been completely ripped off and the driver… Jessica closed her eyes and instinctively turned away from the severed pair of legs still sitting on the driver’s seat, a terrible sense of nausea rising into her throat. Other bodies were draped about the wreckage and on the ground, some of them missing limbs or even heads. All of them had to be dead.

Captain Frost walked grimly further up, finding the remaining corpses strewn morbidly in a jumbled pattern on the ground. He removed his cap and gently approached the body of a woman wearing army fatigues, bending down respectfully by her head. Sighing deeply in apology, he whispered some words to her before pulling off her dog tags and putting them carefully in his pocket. Slowly rising, he turned to face the group.

“We need to move on,” he announced, forcefully suppressing the quiver in his voice. “We can’t wait around for whatever did this to them to come back for us. We’re down one convoy for the mission, let us not meet the same fate and destroy all chance of sealing the beast,” he concluded sensibly, hastily ordering all the trainers back into the jeep. The jeep sped on its tires and quickly roared away, within seconds having left the painful sight of the wreckage far behind in the desert.

No one spoke for a few minutes. Eventually some people began to anxiously discuss what happened, wondering what might’ve been capable of causing such destruction and if they might soon encounter the same fate as well. Jessica cast her eyes down and said nothing. Her hands felt numb, and they were cold despite the heat. She’d seen so much death before her eyes today for the very first time in her life. What could she have done? How could she stop this from happening?

Before she could answer herself, the jeep swerved suddenly, causing many trainers including Jessica to fall from their seats, while others barely managed to grab on in time. The vehicle righted itself quickly and everyone who fell picked themselves up off the floor, cursing at the driver for the lack of forewarning. Before they could even try to stand the jeep abruptly swerved again, knocking the unbalanced trainers into each other. It then veered sharply to the left without pausing to correct itself, this time producing several loud screams of panic as the jeep nearly flipped onto its side.

A moment later the crazed vehicle finally came to a halt and everyone slowly got up, their hearts still racing rapidly due to fear. Jessica heard yet another curse from the front followed by a thunderous, horrible-sounding shriek that sent threatening shivers down her spine. Several trainers utilized the opportunity to jump out the back of the jeep, no longer wishing to stay put within the seemingly dangerous vehicle. Jessica considered joining them, but the terrorizing sound she heard from outside had chilled her body to the point where her legs were completely frozen stiff. She couldn’t move at all.

A shadow then fell over the entire group, obscuring the tears in the canvas that filtered in trace amounts of light. Jessica looked up to see a metallic twisting body, gleaming with brawn in the sun as it arched toweringly over them. The body bowed forward to reveal the head of an angry-looking Steelix, glaring down at the trainers through the holes in the tarp with a livid petrifying stare. It abruptly reared back and screeched piercingly again, causing everybody to cover their ears as the shrill sound rang painfully through their skulls. A low roar responded as the ground shook and a Rhyhorn emerged suddenly from an underground tunnel, followed by a Tyranitar who irritably approached the jeep from behind, hissing and clenching its fists in anger.

Captain Frost immediately swung open the door to the jeep and yelled out to the trainers, “We nearly hit that Steelix, it dove right at us!” As he gazed up at the iron snake, he noticed blood on the Pokémon’s fangs along with a piece of uniform still attached to its lower jaw. The captain’s eyes narrowed accusingly. “I think these Pokémon were the ones that attacked the last convoy,” he hissed in a terribly dark tone. “We need to continue on but these beasts are not going to let us pass, we’ve seen the evidence. We have a new order: Take these Pokémon out and fast. The driver will stow the jeep somewhere safe. Return when you see this signal flare,” he informed the driver who nodded quickly, anxious to get away.

Jessica hurriedly snapped back into reality and followed the others as they all leapt hastily out the back of the vehicle, and as soon as the final pair of feet touched the ground the jeep zoomed away at maximum speed, with Steelix lunging hungrily after it. Its attack just missed the metal framework of the vehicle, ripping the canvas off it instead. Without slowing down the jeep continued to drive off into the distance and out of sight. The Pokémon then all turned to face the band of trainers left behind looking prepared to murder the humans where they stood. They moved in closer to surround their prey, angrily set to strike. Captain Frost swiftly pulled a Pokéball from his belt and threw it to release his own creature, a Machamp who pounded its fists together readily. “You’ll pay for their lives,” he whispered, his eyes burning with rage.

Other trainers followed his example, releasing their partners onto the scene and assigning orders to effectively deal with their opponents. Jessica rapidly scanned her foes; her eyes settled on Steelix and the trail of blood dripping freshly from its jaws. Judging by its history, it was most likely the strongest and most aggressive of the lot, thereby making it the most dangerous. It needed to be defeated as quickly as possible. Her hand flew to her side and instantly seized the sphere that she knew belonged to her only Pokémon who was capable of facing such a creature: Rocky.

She threw the ball and her Rhydon appeared before her in a flash of light, who after taking in the situation immediately turned to his trainer to hear her orders. Jessica noticed that a Houndour was already sprinting towards the Steelix, and her trainer was loudly instructing her to use Fire attacks against Steel. Gazing at the blood on the iron snake’s jaws, Jess shuddered, realizing that these beasts would likely show their opponents no mercy. She frowned decisively and met her Rhydon’s calm, determined eyes, nodding resolutely.

“Rocky, I need you to help battle Steelix. Use HARDEN quickly followed by SWORDS DANCE to boost your strength. Wait for Houndour to finish attacking, then charge in and use ROCK SMASH. Be very careful, Steelix is extremely powerful. Don’t let your guard down against it. Also, try to help defend any teammates within range if necessary.”

We've lost enough lives today, she thought to herself sadly. From now on, she promised, she would ensure that no one else died, no matter what the cost of protection might be for her. She refused to stand by and watch any more suffering go by without at least doing something to prevent it.

ZoraJolteon
14th October 2008, 12:45 AM
'You?' Zora projected the thought to the front of his mind as the other trainers around him scrambled into battle.
{If you want me too.} Slowqueen's voice trickled into his head, a telepathic whisper {But I think she'd like a turn.} Following Slowqueen's line of sight, Zora looked at his Vulpix. Really she wasn't that small, but with the more diminutive members of the team left behind in the PC and the beasts towering above them outside, she looked tinier than ever.
'You think she's up to it?' Zora asked, observing the Fox snarling at the Steelix, tiny particles of flame jumping out from between her teeth. 'Two Rocks and a Ground.'
{Now is her time.} came the simple response, as Zora noticed Slowqueen hesitating for a second. {I don't want to sound selfish, but I really should be preserving my strength for later challenges.} Reflecting on this comment momenterily, what struck Zora the most was the complete lack of any of Slowqueen's usual jabs at his own egotism. It was somewhat of a cruel motive, but it was the right choice to make. Besides, they didn't have to fight alone, and there were more than a few tricks he now had avaliable to put into employment should things go bad. And speaking of tricks, there was one he could pull out right now...
"Vulpix, Safeguard!" he suddenly called out to her, her ears pricking up alongside the corners of her mouth, her smile at finally being given some battling commands a twisted mix of cheer and sinister.
'There's still one thing you can do for her.'
{Hit her with Swagger} was Slowqueen's brief response, perfectly predicting of Zora's choice of strategy.
"OK Gal," Zora continued, leaning down to Vulpix's face. "Once you've got your power boost, lets let Steelix have. FLARE BLITZ!" he roared out, jabbing his arm out in the direction of the enemy, muscles clenced down to provide a suitable launchpad for the Pokémon.

Arc_Angel
16th October 2008, 11:22 AM
Stacey leant against the remaining jeep holding her wrist gently to her chest as she surveyed the rest of the trainers make their decisions. Some were quick to offer their help their Pokemon just as keen whilst others like her were more hesitant. Some trainers though had seen the fatal risk involved with this mission and had refused their help; something Stacey almost considered herself. With all those brave (or foolish) enough to offer their help having made themselves known a pair of medics rushed over to check them over. Stacey allowed one nurse to assess her wrist and observed her fellow trainers in this mission as she strapped it up and placed it in a sling. There were boys and girls of all ages with a variety of Pokemon, she only hoped it would be enough to cope with what they were going to face. Stacey thanked the nurse for her care and turned her attention to a woman around her age receiving treatment for serious looking injuries. Upon hearing the steady pounding of boots on tarmac Stacey glanced over her shoulder watching with faint interest as a military man walked passed her. He was dressed in military fatigues had an air of confidence laced with arrogance, his hard battle-heavy eyes surveyed the gathered trainers. He quickly moved to the young nurse attending to the heavily injured woman and admonished her for concern causing Stacey to narrow her eyes; that quickly tainted her first impression of him and she listened to him address the group with reservation.

The man introduced himself as Captain Frost the leader of their convoy and was quick to let the trainers know that they weren’t what he had planned for in an army but he was happy to get what he could. He reiterated that the mission was extremely dangerous despite its importance, ‘as if it was needed’ Stacey thought, and asked for those with reservations to make them known. Stacey lazily gazed throughout the crowd noting a few murmured words but the majority stuck with their initial decision, the value of the world outweighing the high risk. She felt Rapture's innocent eyes on her and was sure she pleased with her trainer’s heart even if Stacey knew deep down it was torn.

Captain Frost appeared pleased the resolve of his new troops and quickly added that quitting once the mission had started was not an option and swerved all thoughts of those trainers hoping to make the hero category. Stacey smirked at that, she certainly didn’t want put herself in that position; she was definitely not hero material despite what some of her Pokemon may hope. He went on the explain the details of their mission and how they would arrive at their final destination, it sounded like a heck of a trek but with ships and aircraft downed from the pulse she could see the reasoning behind it. Stacey grimaced at the thought of traversing the deserts of the Sunny Drylands on foot if their convoy broke down, especially hauling their raft behind her and hoped that it wouldn’t come to that.

With his speech finished Charles Higginbotham wished the convoy luck and Stacey mentally prayed for the same whilst wishing she had refused the mission cursing her Rotom for guilting her towards her decision. She hopped into the back of the jeep urging Rapture to follow taking a seat next to a young girl with brown hair and glasses. She managed a half smile at her before taking Rapture in her lap feeling the tingles from her electricity on her skin. She felt the jeep tilt as Captain Frost retook his seat and it slowly manoeuvred its way around the rubble and out of sight of the waving Charles.

Stacey was able to see from her seat the devastation that the pulse had caused to the City and shook her head at the sight. The street was almost torn in half, buildings levelled with bricks and mortar strewn throughout making the drive tricky for their driver. Street lamps were smashed along with traffic lights leaving multi-coloured glass patterning the road but something more devastating followed. Stacey let loose a sorrowful sigh at the sight of those unfortunate to be caught in the destruction. Some bodies were buried by rubble, others looking like they were stampeded in the hysteria. Stacey felt her hope dip even further and was glad to see the make the City limits and leave the makeshift morgue behind.

It was a short drive the Sunny Drylands and Stacey slipped forward in her seat as they reached the rough terrain accidentally sending sparks up her arms from holding Rapture. Shaking the feeling back into the only good arm she had she looked out at the scenery of Bowl Valley and felt awe for a moment. She had not had chance to visit this part of Fizzytopia and despite the arid desert the jeep was now roughing she had to admit it was a pretty sight. The hills seemed to reach forever and the red-hued sands were dotted with the odd shrub and cactus that could survive the conditions. She could feel the heat even with the canvas protecting them from the harsh sunlight and was thankful for the forethought. Leaning back in her seat adjusting to get comfortable Stacey closed her eyes letting the others know that she wasn’t in the mood for conversation and let herself relax a little trying to keep her mind away from their purpose.

After what felt like several hours had passed she was jerked from her meditation by the jeep halting to a stop. She noticed Rapture looking out through the gaps in the canvas and could feel sorrow ripple off her. Furrowing her brown with confusion Stacey exited the jeep with a few other curious trainers wanting to know what they had stopped and stretched her legs a little. Upon hearing horrified gasps and half choked sobs she stopped stretching and looked up to see another jeep very similar to the one they travelled in practically torn apart. In the drivers seat was what remained of a person, their legs sat in perfect positions for the pedals, the gruesome part was it was just the legs left in the jeep. Stacey winced at the sight and moved her gaze along the jeep to see other bodies, severed and lifeless in their seats. Stacey felt a sudden exhaustion overcome her and rubbed at her face. She was tired of seeing corpses now. It certainly wasn’t something new for her, on the contrary she had seen more than her fair share of cadavers but to be honest right now she had had enough. She had hoped to spend this day with her Pokemon enjoying the festival and putting the darkness and grim nature of her past behind her yet she seemed to attract this kind of horror wherever she went. Sometimes she revelled in it but right now she felt the need for a release from the darkness. She realised that she was being selfish thinking of herself at a time like this but she was a selfish person deep down she just never normally revealed it and wasn’t about to now. She looked over to their convoy to see Rapture looking through her small hole with concern in her eyes. Stacey tore her eyes away to see Captain Frost walking up to another soldier, bending down to pull off her dog tags and place them in his pocket. He seemed to have ages 10 years within a few minutes and he quickly moved the trainers back to the jeep insisting that they carried on. Stacey hurriedly moved back into the jeep and hugged Rapture not caring about the consequence of the tender action.

The jeep moved off with great haste most trainers holding onto their chairs at the movement as they carried on with their journey. Stacey listened as some of the others began to discuss what they had just seen, a light panic forming amongst a few which only increased as the jeep swerved to one side. Stacey clung onto her chair and held onto Rapture feeling her ghostly form phase through her arm and panicked herself yelling at her to try and stay within the jeep only to feel it swerve in the opposite direction throwing her to the floor. The Jeep tilted back on the other side making Stacey slide across the floor along with a few others that had lost their seats before it fell back to its tyres. Stacey held her injured wrist and winced having knocked it in the pandemonium. Everyone was shaken by incident and Stacey found herself in the same boat. Gingerly making her way to her feet she heard a curse from the front of the jeep along with the door slamming followed shortly by an ear-piercing screech. What the hell?

With her heart still pounding Stacey contemplated leaving the jeep and again her decision was made for her as Rapture shaken and far too curious floated out of the jeep. Stacey cursed and awkwardly leapt out after her into a shadow. Looking up she saw a silver creature looming over them, a fierce and deadly looking Steelix that reared back and screeched again Stacey wincing at the sound and the headache that it gave her. A hefty Rhydon emerged from the shadows its bulky body making the ground quake with every step. From the other side of the jeep another beast emerged, a dark Tyranitar that moved with vicious intent written in its body language. Stacey found herself staring at the silver snake looming over her frozen to the spot. Subconsciously she pulled a Pokeball from her belt and whispered “Rapture return” and the young Rotom was drawn back into the capture device before she could protest. She hardly heard Captain Frost speaking but heard roar of the jeep as it tore away from the fray followed by the growl of the Ruben’s Pokemon, a strong muscular Machamp as it was released to fight.

Snapping out of her stupor she backed away from the Steelix not wanting to be anywhere near the steel beast now the barrier of the jeep was removed. Several trainers had already sent out their Pokemon to battle, their only option other than to be brutally murdered by the savage wild Pokemon. Now facing the silver snake was a small but determined Houndour, another Rhydon, this one owned by the girl Stacey sat next to on the short journey to this point and finally a small Vulpix. They seemed over powered but fought on none-the-less. Looking over her shoulder she could see yet more trainers move to tackle the Tyranitar, a young girl and her Meganium and a boy of similar age with his Quagsire. Looking to the last savage she saw an Arbok rearing back ready to attack and a much smaller Swinub strangely chirpy despite the situation.

Stacey felt her hand fall to her belt and without thought immediately pulled off a Love Ball. She had many powerful Pokemon on her team but right now she needed the calming effect of this particular one. Pressing the release a bright white light shone briefly before it was replaced by a small teal-coloured ghost. Misdreavus blinked as she took in her surroundings and quickly hovered back to her trainer. Being released in front of 3 powerful savages wasn’t exactly how she wanted her first adventure for a long while but sensing the nervousness of her trainer and spotting her injury she pushed those thoughts aside.

“Missy,” Stacey started pondering over her words, “I need you now” and Missy nodded smiling warmly before her gazed flittered back to the 3 Pokemon. Stacey instantly felt relief before a deep feeling of hatred accompanied by a slight feeling of arrogance surrounded her; she was eager to makes these beasts suffer and was sure that Missy could easily fulfil that task. Suddenly Stacey’s eyes lit up as she remembered a particular item she purchased a while back. She had intended to use it when the time was right and looking at Missy she knew that time was now. Pulling the item from her satchel she held the cold purple stone in her hand catching Missy’s attention. She eyed the stone with mixed emotions, she knew one day that she would evolve beyond her current form when Stacey obtained the Dusk Stone (http://forums.upnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?p=221766#p221766) but hadn’t thought too much about it. Staring deep into her trainer’s eyes and seeing the trust and openness she felt reassured. Stacey would never force her to evolve and was offering her the choice now mainly because of circumstances but that didn’t change the fact that she had reached her peak. Grinning getting excited at the idea the more she thought about it Missy floated over to her trainer to touch the stone glowing a brilliant white as she did. Her form grew and changed shape as she evolved and soon after a gorgeous Mismagius was floating before Stacey. Stacey didn’t think Missy could become any more beautiful than she was but in her new from she looked enchanting. Her pointed witches hat covered her bright yellow-red eyed, her jewels were much larger shining brightly in the sunlihgt and her long skirt flapped in the breeze. She grinned full of energy and confidence. Now they were ready.

Assessing the threat Stacey and Missy found their gaze falling to Rhydon and they nodded to each other agreeing on their target. Arbok and Swinub had their orders to attack and Stacey moved to stand with their trainers Missy hovering nearby.

“Missy, as the others attack use your Curse to hopefully distract Rhydon and allow the attacks to hit, as well as making it suffer. It may mean sacrificing some health but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Set up a Light Screen for protection and then attack with Hidden Power (Grass).”

enchantress
19th October 2008, 10:55 AM
Tess stands silently, her face a blank mask while watching Captain Ruben Frost stride around the scene barking out his orders. A seemingly hardened man, she scrutinises him closely and wonders if the air of arrogance surrounding him really is stemmed from a feeling of self-importance, or from years of being subjected to watching close friends die in a line of work that, quite frankly, isn't the safest of career options out there. It's not easy watching those you love die, and when you're in a position where you find you need to lock away your own grief in order to be strong for those around you, it's not uncommon for your own silent mourning process to be misinterpreted as cold, unfeeling, indifference. Over time it wears a person down, their emotionally fragile state often covered by their willingness to take on responsibilities they don't particularly want, but which help to distract them from the turmoil swelling inside. Some find that reckless duties which involve putting their own lives on the line to be a suitable way of dealing with their grief, for if they die also then the pain will finally go away. Tess isn't sure what Frost's story is, but she's going to be watching him very closely as she's not willing to put her life on the line, or that of her Pokémon, in order to blindly follow the orders of an arrogant or reckless man. Recklessness she understands so long as others aren't expected to follow without question. Arrogance is dangerous though, for sometimes a person can become so caught up in their own misplaced sense of self-worth that they don't stop to think of the consequences for those they're responsible for. Yes, she'll be watching him very, very, closely.

Before leaving, Tess is once again examined by medical personnel, this time an army trained nurse who advises her against taking part in this mission for her own safety. She knows the nurse means well, but considering the importance of numbers needed for the upcoming battle, she can't help but become quite frustrated. Closing her eyes to hide the flash of anger she knows will be visible if she were to look the nurse in the eye, she takes a few moments to calm herself. She wants to scream bloody murder, berate the woman for thinking it matters if she dies in a suicide mission battling the creature, or die here after it escapes, but restrains herself. Instead, after taking a few deep breaths, she opens her eyes and smiles. "Just give me the strongest painkillers you have on hand and I'll be fine," Tess replies calmly. It's not like the past several years of her life haven't been riddled with a neverending cocktail of meds she's been forced to endure for her own good, so a few painkillers certainly won't do her any harm. Taking the bottle the nurse hands her, Tess nods thankfully, pops a couple of pills into her mouth, and swallows before making her way over to the trainers and militia surrounding the two remaining trucks.

After listening to Captain Frost's speech, Tess waits for the other trainers to board the first truck before climbing in. Still feeling rather nauseous, she wants to make sure she's right at the back so as not to mess up everyone else should her stomach finally win the battle it's waging against her. Throwing up in front of anyone, let alone Captain Frost, is something she wants to avoid as she really doesn't want to appear weak, especially at a time like this. Tempest leaps into the truck beside her, sitting at Tess' feet while Kayla hops onto her lap and Crystal floats outside of the truck silently examining Tess with those soulful eyes of hers. "You all need to conserve your energy," Tess says, unclipping their respective Pokéballs. Without another word she recalls Kayla and Crystal, hesitating for a moment while staring into Tempest's defiant gaze. "I know what you're thinking Temp, but I'll be fine," Tess says quietly, reaching out to stroke the Houndoom's neck. "I just need some time..." she falters, "alone" seeming the wrong choice of word considering she's surrounded by other trainers and Pokémon. Luckily Tempest understands her trainer well, however, and her gaze softens. Tempest nods, licking Tess' hand, and allows her trainer to return her to her ball. Tess gives the Dark/Fire Ball a gentle squeeze, whispering "Thank you," before clipping it safely onto her belt and settling into her seat.

It isn't long before their truck finally moves, but Tess finds her eyes locked on the lone truck left behind which no trainers have boarded. She knows there were more trainers around before the last devastating attack hit who could have helped, and can't help but wonder what had happened to them. Cold feet? Fear? Self preservation? Whatever the case, she figures it doesn't really matter anymore. They'd made their choices, and those choices meant leaving it up to others to fight this battle for them. Perhaps they'll still turn up, but she doubts it. So be it. If the people on board this truck, along with the three convoys that had left before them, are all that is left, then this has to be enough. As they round a corner, the last truck disappears from view, replaced with even more disturbing images as the shattered remains of the once beautiful Seaside City roll past. Cracked roads and sidewalks, scattered debris, corpses; devastation on a massive scale. If this is the kind of damage left in the wake of a single attack against a float, what hope is there for the rest of the world if the creature escapes and begins a relentless rampage of vengeance against everyone on this planet? Tess closes her eyes and sits back, blocking out the despairing images stretched out behind her as the truck follows its predetermined course across the Fizzytopian mainland toward the ocean.

It isn't until they're manoeuvring their way somewhere through the Sunny Drylands that Tess opens her eyes again, the harsh glare of the arid desert a welcome change to the morbid city scene left far behind. Despite the uneven ground causing a bumpy ride, her nausea has settled somewhat, the painkillers she'd taken earlier leaving only a dull ache in her chest and ankle as opposed to the sharp and unrelenting pain that had jolted her body with every movement only an hour ago. She watches the dusty trail behind them as the truck's tyres plough through the desert until Captain Frost's sudden curse draws her out of her thoughts. The truck stops and she carefully climbs out, glad of the chance to be able to stretch her legs, but the gruesome scene that awaits finally gives her stomach victory after its hour-long war with her conscious mind. One look at the dismembered bodies scattered about the smoking remains of a convoy that had left before them has Tess doubled over a nearby bush, but at this point she really doesn't give a damn who sees her spilling her guts. She's fairly certain nobody has noticed though, for her current state of health is the furthest thing from their minds considering the circumstances. She turns back in time to witness Captain Frost bending over the body of a woman wearing army fatigues, and watches him with interest. Arrogant arse or not, there is feeling in his actions, and this simple fact rates him a favourable point in Tess' book. After removing the woman's dog tags and placing them in his pocket, Tess wastes no time in following his instructions when he orders everyone back into the jeep so that they're able to move on before meeting the same fate as these unfortunate people. She'd been of the same mind anyway, for whatever had done this to them couldn't be very far away considering the smell of fresh blood wafting in the air.

The moment everyone is seated, the jeep takes off at full speed, every soul on board sitting in shocked silence as the truck bumps across the uneven desert ground. After a few minutes people begin talking amongst themselves, but Tess is so engrossed in her own thoughts that she barely takes notice of what they're saying. What the hell could have done something like that? It can't have been the same creature responsible for the destruction in the city or they would have seen and felt the aftermath of the attack. No, this was something else. The question is whether or not the attack on the convoy is related to the creature, or if it's a completely separate incident. It can't be coincidence though... but then again, this isn't exactly safe territory. She has no idea at all what's going on.

Tess is once again torn from her train of thought when the jeep swerves left. She grabs onto her seat, barely able to keep her grip, and just as the truck rights itself they're suddenly thrown in the opposite direction as the jeep swerves violently to the right. This time she grabs hold of the canvas at the back of the truck, terrified she's going to be flung right out, the sharp pain in her chest returning with a vengeance while she struggles to keep hold. Trainers are screaming as they're tossed around, some more successful at maintaining their grasp on seats than others. Just when she thinks it's over, the truck veers to the left again and this time she feels it tilt so far over that she's convinced it's going to flip. Gritting her teeth against both the pain and the panic surging through her, and thankful beyond measure that her Pokémon's Pokéballs are attached securely to her belt rather than stashed away in a backpack that could very easily be flung from the truck, she holds on for all she's worth before finally coming to a hard landing on the floor of the truck when it eventually grinds to a halt and falls still. Barely able to calm her nerves after the sudden excitement, another of Captain Frost's curses breaks the silence quickly followed by such a high pitched screech that Tess instinctively claps her hands over her ears to protect her eardrums. Her mind is racing, trying to decide between leaping out of the truck or staying put should the driver suddenly take off and not notice that she'd gotten out. A couple of trainers scuttle past her, however, leaping out of truck as quickly as possible, which settles her internal argument once and for all. Leaping out after them she lands awkwardly on her ankle and stumbles, falling to her knees. It's now her own pained curse cutting through the air as the painkillers wear off prematurely thanks to the fact she'd decorated an innocent bush during their last pit stop. She reaches for her pocket to retrieve the bottle of pills, but a shadow suddenly looming over her causes her hand to stop mid-reach. Looking up slowly her jaw very nearly drops at the sight of a ferocious looking Steelix bowed forward over the truck where most of the trainers are still seated inside. It rears back and screeches again, a terrifying image of it tearing off the canvas roof spinning through her mind. The ground shakes then, a Rhyhorn rising from the earth and readying itself to ram the jeep, before heavy, thudding footsteps from behind alert Tess to the fact that these aren't the only two Pokémon in the immediate vicinity. Spinning around, her heart leaps into her throat when her eyes fall upon a Tyranitar who is pumped and ready to kick some trainer and military arse. To say they're in a bit of a pickle is an understatement, for if the blood dripping from the fangs of Steelix is any indication, then it's a pretty safe bet these three Pokémon are the ones responsible for the decimation of the people and Pokémon who had been travelling with the convoy they'd passed earlier.

"We nearly hit that Steelix, it dove right at us!" Captain Frost yells upon disembarking the vehicle. "I think these Pokemon were the ones that attacked the last convoy," he continues, to which Tess murmurs, "No ****," in response. "We need to continue on but these beasts are not going to let us pass, we’ve seen the evidence. We have a new order: take these Pokémon out and fast!" Tess barely even listens from this point for she's already getting to her feet, her mind spinning as she mentally sifts through her choices regarding which team member to use for this battle. She's happy to see Frost is helping to fight rather than fleeing with the truck which helps to raise her opinion of him a little, so with both him and his Machamp on side they should stand a better chance. Subconsciously she's taking in the rest of what he's saying regarding the driver taking the truck a safe distance away from the battle, to which she's silently thankful for Frost's quick thinking, and that they'll signal him with a flare when it's safe to return, but her thoughts are first and foremost on her team and a split second later her decision is made. As much as Tempest will resent not being allowed to take part in this fight, Tess has her reasons and she knows that Temp will understand. Perhaps not immediately, but she will eventually understand. Tess plucks Vixey's Fire Ball from her belt, the promise she'd made to herself earlier that day regarding finding the beautiful Ninetales a more elegant and fitting name briefly flashing to mind, and releases her gorgeous fire fox onto the field. Tess feels a flicker of regret as she looks into Vixey's large and innocent eyes, and wonders if she's truly made the right decision here as she's not spent a great deal of time in battle with Vixey, but this is one of the reasons she's chosen to use her now. Due to the amount of time Vixey has spent with Xander, being raised and trained by both of them, Tess needs Vixey to know that she is as much a part of her team as any of her other Pokémon. Vixey knows full well that both trainers love her unconditionally, and she trusts that Tess genuinely wants what is best for her, but Tess has never had the chance, until now, to demonstrate that she has the same faith in her Ninetales as she does in the rest of her team - including Tempest.

"Unfortunately this isn't a social get-together sweetie," Tess says in a strained tone, her eyes flitting between the three irate Pokémon. "We need to take out this lot so that we're able to continue on our journey. They've already killed all of the people and Pokémon who were a part of one of the convoys that left ahead of us so I need your help, Vixey. We need your help." Vixey takes in the scene, her gentle eyes turning hard and determined upon realising just how dangerous this battle will be, and Tess can swear that a glimmer of joy also entered the Ninetales eyes, if only for a moment, and wonders if she'd only imagined it because she wants so much for Vixey to know just how much Tess trusts in her to succeed. "It's imperative that Steelix be taken down first," Tess continues. "It seems to be the ringleader, and the most dangerous, so I need you to focus completely upon Steelix while leaving the others to battle Rhyhorn and Tyranitar. Fire up Houndour's Fire Spin with your Flamethrower, then try to make eye contact and send it to sleep with Hypnosis. If you can't, just concentrate on wearing it down by keeping the Fire Spin alive, but if Steelix escapes we'll need to target its weakness and burn the thing alive. I know it'll require using a lot of fire energy, but its our best chance of defeating it. Don't hold back with your Fire Blast, because fire attack are the quickest way of taking it out as soon as possible."

Understanding her instructions, Vixey turns tail and races straight into the midst of the battle, taking her place beside Houndour to begin her attack upon Steelix. Tess watches while a tight knot forms in her stomach, hoping to God that she's not made a mistake. It's not that she doesn't trust in Vixey to battle well, it's just her overwhelming urge to protect the beautiful Ninetales that has her so worried right now. She hates seeing any of her teammates hurt, but Vixey's gentle and loving nature makes it that much more difficult for Tess to send her into any battle, especially one as dangerous as this. Her hand hovers over Tempest's Pokéball, the urge to call her out for moral support at the very least overwhelming, but she knows that Tempest will never sit and watch while others fight, so Tess stands rigid, watching with baited breath while all of the trainers and Pokémon present take their places and begin to fight...

Rakurai
29th October 2008, 11:17 AM
I apologize for the sheer lateness of this reply, but thank you for allowing me to jump back in. The last three paragraphs are for the latest update. Everything else is for the previous one.

It was only a few moments after Katsu had decided that he wouldn't let his memory of the strange pulse of energy ruin his day, that a second pulse burst through the sky. The tremors that followed almost knocked him off his feet, though the shock he got from a startled Kiba, succeeded in sending him the rest of the way, causing him to land flat on his rump. "Ow... You need to work on containing your energy in situations like this.", he said in a mildly irritated tone to the Electrike, who was looking rather embarrassed by what had happened. The crowds around them had been thrown into a panic, but it was relatively short lived, thanks to Charles Higginsbotham, who had asked for everyone to stay calm over the loudspeaker. "If these tremors keep getting stronger, there's going to be more then people and Pokemon falling over...", Katsu thought to himself, as he rose to his feet and dusted himself off before picking up Kiba, who had jumped out of his arms shortly after zapping him. For a moment, he considered getting away from Seaside City before anything worse happened, but his desire to see the rest of the festival, coupled with the fact that the vast majority of the crowd had chosen to do the same quickly drowned out the thought, as he continued in the direction of the lottery.

Katsu arrived in time to hear Charles Higginsbotham describing the prize of the lottery; a prize that many were obviously interested in winning, evident by the hopeful faces many of the participants were wearing, as well as all the chatter that had started up once Charles had finished explaining just what the prize was. "A Pokemon that's a descendant of one of the hero's own? I wonder just what kind of Pokemon it might be...", he thought to himself, as he stared at his lottery ticket, and waited for the number to be announced. "Number eleven!", Charles shouted out, the crowd bursting into cheers and applause as a single, lucky trainer made his way over to the mayor to claim his prize. "Oh well. I suppose we can't win all the time.", Katsu said to Kiba, who looked a little disappointed by the fact that they hadn't won. "Guess we'd better head over to Oceanic Drive for the parade, now.", he said, continuing on. "I know you wanted to get some food, but it's going to get crowded pretty fast, and I'd like to try getting the best view possible, if you don't mind." Kiba nodded his head in agreement to his trainer's words, and with that, Katsu rushed off.

The area towards the end of the drive was where Katsu had in mind, for he wanted to to get a good front view of the parade, and after a few minutes of searching, he managed to locate a spot right along the road, which was also relatively uncrowded, much to his relief. Kiba stared down the drive, eagerly awaiting the arrival of parade floats, as he could hear the music from them in distance. Katsu, on the other hand, had turned his eyes towards the sky, in the direction of where the pulses of energy had previously come from. He had an itching feeling that another one was going to come sooner or later, and he had no intention of being caught off guard by it like last time. In time, the parade floats came into view, and Kiba was quick to grab his trainer's attention with a bark, not wanting him to miss out on any of it. "All of those Pokemon look like they're really enjoying themselves.", Katsu said, as the first group of floats passed by. "I bet you wish you could be up there too, huh, Kiba?" he questioned, but the Electrike didn't offer a response as he usually did, for he seemed completely absorbed in the parade at the moment. Katsu smirked, before turning his eyes back to the sky, and it was there they remained, until the cheers of the crowd grew noticeably louder some time later, and tore his attention away. The Hero's Float, the main attraction of the parade, had finally arrived, and both Katsu and Kiba gazed in awe at the statue replicas of the hero and his Pokemon that adorned the float. "To be able to command such a large array of Pokemon, and such powerful ones at that... He was definitely a legend even before he saved everyone., Katsu thought to himself, as the float drew closer. However, his thoughts were interrupted by a loud cry from Kiba, who had noticed the one thing his trainer had been looking out for up until that moment.

Katsu turned to the sky, and saw the pulse of energy, but he quickly noticed that this time it was arcing, and straight in the direction of the Hero's Float. Fearing for Kiba's safety, he quickly took out his Pokeball, and recalled him without so much as a word, but that was all he could manage before the pulse struck, for it was moving at an incredible speed. He watched in horror as people and Pokemon were sent flying by the resulting blast, and the frightened screams and cries of all those around filled his ears. Fortunately for him, he was far enough away that the blast did little more then knock him off his feet, but he wasn't safe from the panicked crowds heading in his direction, and he quickly sprung to his feet, and backed up against a wall, hoping to avoid getting swept away. He remained there until there until the fleeing crowds had thinned out enough for him to safely step out into the open, and released Kiba, who had evidently been worried sick about him, for he promptly leaped into his arms, and looked as though he were on the verge of tears. "I'm sorry I had to do that, Kiba, but I wanted you to be safe.", Katsu said in a comforting tone to his companion. "I'm fine, but... The same can't be said of many others...", he continued on, as Kiba turned around, his eyes widening as he saw and became fully aware of the destruction that surrounded them.

By that time, the army and medics had arrived on the scene, and with them came Charles, who explained what was going on to those who still remained in the vicinity. A chill ran through Katsu's body as Charles uttered the words "The creature has woken...". He had just witnessed first-hand what this creature could do with presumably only a fraction of its strength, and now it was breaking free. Charles then called for volunteers to stop the creature soon after, and a couple dozen trainers, both young and old, hastily made the decision to go, while others declined at about the same speed. Katsu, however, wasn't nearly as quick to make his decision. His mind was filled with reasons both for and against going: "If this is something that concerns the fate of the whole world, then they'll probably need all the help they can get, whether it be big or small... But will we really make a difference? We could just end up getting ourselves killed. But what if they fail because we decided not to go? It's just too hard to decide... I suppose there's always that alternative, though...". Turning to Kiba, he asked him "What do you think? Should we go help?", and after taking a moment to look at surroundings, the Electrike got a determined look on his face before giving a quick nod of his head. At that, Katsu raised his hand, before voicing his decision.

Following a short briefing from the leader of the mission, a rather arrogant-seeming man who introduced himself as Captain Ruben Frost, Katsu headed for the vehicle he had been assigned, noticing that all of the other trainers had recalled their Pokemon, presumably due to a lack of space within the transports. "Sorry, Kiba, but I don't think you can come along for the ride this time. I think it's a bit too cramped in here for you to fit, but I'll let you out once we're done, alright?", Katsu said, as he took Kiba's Pokeball from his pocket, and recalled him, but not without a little grumbling from the canine, who seemed rather flustered about not getting come along. Katsu then took his seat in the truck, and waited as the other trainers entered. He saw some familiar faces among them, but wasn't in a particularly talkative mood, so he simply kept quiet, and lazily stared out one of the side windows. As the truck drove through the portion of Seaside City that had been devastated by the blast, a mixture of anger and sadness flowed through him, as he witnessed the full extent of the destruction caused by the blast. "If only the hero had decided to destroy that creature on that fateful day... Then none of this would have happened.", Katsu thought to himself. It confused him as to how anyone could be so merciful as to spare something that had taken countless lives out of seemingly nothing but cold blood, but there was no use in fretting over the past, he soon reasoned, and instead shifted his thoughts to the matter of whether or not he and the other trainers would even be able to succeed in defeating this being of unimaginable power: "There's well over 40 trainers in this group, and assuming all of them have six Pokemon, then that would give us a force potentially numbering into the 300s. But then again, there's no telling just how strong these Pokemon are compared to the ones that the hero owned, or how experienced these trainers are. Not to mention, we don't have legends on our side, like he did. I just hope this won't be a suicide mission....

Katsu continued to muse over countless different subjects as the truck continued on it's course, until the truck came to a sudden stop, and he heard the sound of the captain cursing loudly shortly after. "I wonder what all the commotion is?", he thought to himself, as he followed the other trainers out the truck, and prepared to release Kiba after getting out into the open, but what he saw made him reconsider. One of the convoys that had gone ahead of them had been completely ravaged, the passengers brutally killed; many of them torn to pieces by something, and much to his dismay, it seemed to have happened recently, meaning he and the others could be next. After gagging a little, Katsu hurried back into the truck, not wanting to expose himself the gruesome sight any further, and also wanting nothing more then to move on, in the event whatever destroyed the convoy decided to come back, and fortunately for him, Captain Frost decided that that would be the best course of action, after he had taken a moment to survey the area, and remove some dog tags from one of his fallen comrades.A slight wave of relief came over him once the truck had started up again, but it was short-lived, as mere moments later, it was swerving wildly to avoid something. After nearly falling over as a result of making an especially tight turn, the truck came to a stop, and Katsu was feeling ready to ask the captain just what was after them, but the question soon answered itself, as a deafening screech filled his ears, and his heart skipped a beat as he saw a massive Steelix looming over the truck. Mirroring the actions of some other trainers, he opted to get out of the vehicle as quickly as possible, reasoning that he'd have a better chance of surviving that way, but was rather horrified to see, that with a second screech, the Steelix seemed to have called two more vicious looking Pokemon out of hiding; a Rhyhorn and a Tyranitar.

Fortunately, Captain Frost didn't hesitate for long, as he burst out of the truck, and issued new orders, which were to take down the three Pokemon as quickly as possible, then return to the truck, which was going to be parked somewhere away from the scene of the battle. The other trainers sprung into action in an instant, releasing their Pokemon to do battle, and issuing their commands, but Katsu hesitated. He had only a few Pokemon at the moment, and of them, the only one he felt was truly prepared for battling was Kiba, the one he also valued the very most. He felt reluctant to put him into such grave danger, but he knew he had no other choice. After taking a deep breath and regaining some of his composure, he threw Kiba's Pokeball into the air, and in a flash, he appeared at his trainer's side, but was quickly gripped by fear at the sight of the intimidating Pokemon that he was to do battle against. "Please be brave, Kiba.", Katsu urged his companion. "We decided we'd come on this mission to help out, and now is the time! I want you to hit that Tyranitar with a Thunder Wave for now. Hopefully, that'll help the others to take it down." Upon sensing the determination in his trainer's voice, the fear fled from Kiba, and he quickly ran to join the other Pokemon who had grouped together in front of his target, with Katsu following close behind...

Aquatic Angel
31st October 2008, 12:32 PM
"Has the world gone mad?" Kim asks herself, staring into Steelix' fearsome gaze. Their departure from Seaside City has left her with a rising feeling of dread, the death and destruction left in the wake of the earthquake leaving a bitter taste in her mouth. Their discovery of the mutilated remains of the people who had left in one of the earlier convoys has done nothing to settle her nerves, and now they're faced with three Pokemon who are set on tearing them apart. She's concerned by the motives of Steelix, Rhyhorn, and Tyranitar, and why they're attacking the convoys one after another, but there is no time to think about why they're doing it or every person here will meet the same fate as the other team.

Her hand wavers over Absol's Pokeball but, as strong as he is, she needs to match the might of these Pokemon before they're all dead. Seconds later, Charizard bursts free of his Fire Ball, roaring and stretching his wings, his joy to be free of his ball quickly replaced with bloodlust when recognising he's here to fight. He examines all three Pokemon, his muscles rippling with the anticipation of battle, and impatiently awaits his orders.

"Let's take down the weakest Pokemon first so that we, and our allies, can focus on Steelix and Tyranitar who are the main threats. Fly overhead and when Rhyhorn is least expecting it, grab it and fly as high as you can before using Seismic Toss to send it crashing to the ground. If you succeed in knocking it out use Flare Blitz on Tyranitar, but if Rhyhorn is still conscious follow up with Dynamicpunch."

Arnold
31st October 2008, 7:36 PM
Watching the 1st convoy go to help with the destruction that has randomly unfolded in what was going to be one hell of a nice day off he looks up into the sky, the pulses tearing through the clouds he sighs, how can something so cool be coming from some evil *******? It's ****ed up, but whatevers behind it is going to get it's *** handed to it for ruining the day. As his head moves down to the grund he looks over at Nidoking,t he brute Pokemon looking tough as nails, "we've been through a lot before Nidoking, but i've got faith in you and the rest of the team, i know you'll be able to do what must be done even if you don't approve of any orders I give, whatever did this to the town needs putting down, and if killing it is the answer to stopping it, then what must be done must be done, as I said i've got faith in you all to give it your all, as will I, so what do you say, kick ***..or kick ***?" As he finishes Nidoking stomps his foot on the ground in approval before giving off a Huge Roar, as he looks on the convoy for the remaining trainer arrives and he settles in, returning Nidoking to his ball as he is a big big for it.

Looking around the convoy he sees a numbers of faces, some very familiar, some not so familiar, seeing some scared faces and some trainers putting on the brave face, he smiles and starts humming to himself, "I'm on a highwaaaay to hell, i'm on a highwayyy to helll.....Ohhhh **** sorry guys and gals, that wasn't the best song to sing was it, sorry, i'm nervous what else am I supposed to do, ok how about after this we all go for a huge piss-up? I think we're going to need something mighty strong after the outcome of this battle no matter what the outcome is, I know i'm going to need one, but the young ones, orange juice, hell I can't even believe I said that..." Thinking to himself, he does notice that there are some young trainers here, younger than him, they must be the bravest of them all, coming onto a mission like this, but he hands it to them they got balls of steel.

As soon as he finishes his thought the convoy screeches to a halt, wondering why he looks out of the window and the sigh before him shocks him to his seat, the blood splattered around the grounds is like a mini pool for vampires to swim in, he then notices the convoy that set off before this one, the bodies of the driver and trainers scattered around ike sweets from a pińata, "jesus Christ, what the hell happened here?" Opening his door he gets into the fresh air, the smell of death hits him first which makes him retch a little, then from the corner of his eye he sees 3 figures appearing out of nowhere, huge figures appearing, turning around he sees a Steelix glaring down at them, a body part of some sort hanging from his teeth, a Tyranitar next to it growling ready to pounce and a Rhydon, his horn spinning madly.

taking a big breath in, he unclips a Pokeball from his belt, the Pokeball Nidoking resides in enlarging in his hand, throwing into the air the blast lets out a Huge Roar once again as Nidoking forms infront of him, "Didn't think i'd be needing help this early Nidoking, but remember what I said about having faith in you, lets show these *******s how much faith we have in each other shall we? See that Rhyorn? It needs putting down, so lets show it how the big boys play, ready an Ice Beam and when you see the Charizard slam it to the ground freeze the ******* in place, and then get your best first ready and fire off one beautiful Dynamic Punch into it's face

enchantress
7th November 2008, 8:00 AM
The trainers waste no time in following Captain Frost's lead, for they're well aware of what will happen to them if they don't. The gruesome image of the carcasses rotting away in the desert not too far behind are still burned into their minds, and having no wish at all to be meeting the same fate as their unfortunate allies, each and every trainer is quick to react. Leaping from the truck, they choose their Pokémon, take their positions, and move into battle.

Missingno. Master, Inferno, and Dani are the first to engage, their respective Pokémon appearing on the field in a flash. Missingno's Arbok uncoils from the confines of her Pokéball with a vehement hiss, her reptilian gaze scanning over her three enemies with joy. It's been a while since she's faced a good challenge, and she's ready for it. Focusing upon Rhyhorn she rises up, gaining height to increase her intimidation tactic, spreads her ribs, and flattens her upper body to form the distinctive Arbok hood. Rhyhorn, now having second thoughts about stampeding the trainers if it means trampling straight over the toxic snake in front of it, hesitates for a moment giving Arbok just the opportunity she needs to Glare threateningly into its eyes. Meanwhile, Inferno's Houndour needs no prompting from her trainer, and races directly toward Steelix, much to Inferno's dismay. He'd not planned to use her during this battle, but the gutsy little dark/fire pup has other ideas. She's eager to prove she has what it takes and plans to at the very least trap Steelix for as long as possible with her Fire Spin so that it's unable to attack anybody else without hurting itself. The moment she's within range Houndour launches a stream of spiralling flames straight at Steelix, but can hear her trainer yelling out for her not to get too close and wisely takes several steps back to be sure she's not within striking range should Steelix break free of the flaming tornado now circling around it. While Arbok and Houndour are making their first moves, Dani's Meganium pounds into the ground as she's released from her ball, immediately summoning a Safeguard in preparation for the attacks she knows will come, and focuses her attention upon the one remaining enemy - Tyranitar. Though the monster Pokémon is intimidating to say the least, Meganium takes solace in the fact she has a distinctive type advantage here and that her trainer has a decent plan up her sleeve. Knowing she'll soon be recuperating the energy she's about to use she takes a deep breath and summons up a large amount of grass energy, unleashing it in the form of a Leaf Storm. The razor like blades of grass energy whip up a storm, the tornado like attack whipping around Tyranitar who is roaring with pain and anger as the leaves slice through its thick hide like hot knives through butter, resulting in it taking quite heavy damage. Arbok, Houndour, and Meganium have certainly set the scene for this battle, and as they each prepare to continue fighting, other trainers and Pokémon are already coming to their aide.

Shadow, Kami, and Jess are only a few seconds behind their first three allies. Deidoki is a bouncing little ball of energy as he appears from his ball, his complete lack of understanding as to just how serious this battle is having a great deal to do with his overenthusiastic approach to this fight. Swinub pays no attention to Tyranitar or Steelix, instead whizzing between the legs of the other trainers on his excited run over toward Rhyhorn. Luckily, Arbok's Glare attack is still in effect, the motionless Spike Pokémon a sitting duck for the combined Bubblebeams released by both Deidoki and Arbok. Rhyhorn doesn't take kindly to being drenched, and breaks out of its trance, shaking itself off and snorting angrily whilst pawing at the ground. A split second later Rhyhorn is on the move, charging straight toward the two Pokémon who had dared to attack it. They both move quickly, but not quickly enough. Rhyhorn tramples Arbok's tail as she tries to slither away to the side, and Deidoki is sent sailing through the air in a high arc as Rhyhorn stampedes past, ramming him with its Horn Attack. Kami runs after him, desperately trying to catch the little Swinub before he hits the ground, only just managing to save him with a running dive catch before he goes crashing into a boulder. Shadow's Quagsire bursts out of her ball, her normally playful nature now deathly serious while she takes in the scene around her. It's the sight of a very familiar Pokémon and trainer already engaged in battle that snags her full attention though, for her eyes become fixed upon them, all else currently forgotten. She wonders if the two remember her because it's been a while since she'd last seen them, and she's grown so much since then. Part of Mango wonders if they'd loved her at all considering she'd since been traded, but she remembers the good times she'd had with them and hopes this isn't true. She'd been loved dearly whilst being a part of their team, but a lot has happened since then. Now her old trainer and her new trainer, whom she loves very much, are out here in the desert fighting the same battle. Shadow can see Mango's torment and realises very quickly that the decision as to which trainer Quagsire will aide had been made the moment Mango had set eyes upon Dani. "Mango, go help out Meganium!" he cries, and a second later Mango is on the move.

Jess releases her Rhydon, Rocky, the Drill Pokémon eyeing its enemy pre-evolution furiously while Rhyhorn stampedes toward a group of trainers. Jess quickly directs his attention to Steelix, however, as the general consensus amongst the trainers appears to be that the Iron Snake Pokémon is their biggest threat. He notes the blood on Steelix' fangs and nods, a glow surrounding him as he increases his defense using Harden before moving into a rapid spin, his Swords Dance sending his physical attack power skyrocketing. Now that he feels like a hyped up version of Superman, all he needs to do is follow his trainer's instructions and wait until Houndour has finished attacking before moving in. Mango, meanwhile, has raced to her former teammates aide, and Meganium, doubletaking upon seeing her old friend appear beside her out here of all places, is so overcome with surprise and joy that she completely misses Tyranitar rearing its head back to take a deep breath before rushing headlong toward her belching out quite a powerful Flamethrower. Luckily her Safeguard protects her from taking damage from the attack, but Mango is so furious with Tyranitar for even attempting to hurt her friend that she spits forth a glob of Mud that Bombs Tyranitar directly in the eyes. Tyranitar, blinded, skids to a halt before it can hurt itself, its deafening Roar scaring the bejeezus out of Mango who belly-flops to the ground at Meganium's feet, throwing her little arms over her head. Captain Frost's Machamp appears out of nowhere at this point, its fist glowing with energy, before using Dynamicpunch to ram Tyranitar point blank to the vulnerable part of its stomach. An audible grunt is heard along with the expelling of air from Tyranitar's lungs as it's sent reeling backward. Blind and dazed, it crashes to the ground, landing on its rear, and giving other Pokémon the chance to move in. Meganium immediately begins a Mega Drain, leeching away Tyranitar's energy while it's down, and helping to recover some of her own. Mango looks up, quite pleased with this turn of events, and quite disappointed in herself for having scared so easily, but she's now recovered from her minor attack of nerves and is back on her feet, ready to party.

By this time, several more Pokémon are on the field. Some are hanging back until their allies have finished with their attacks so as not to harm the wrong Pokémon, while others race straight into the fray. Zora's Vulpix and Tess' Ninetales make a beeline for Steelix while Kim's Charizard takes to the sky. Katsu's Manectric bolts for Tyranitar with Katsu close on his tail, not wanting to allow Kiba out of his sight for a moment, and Arn's Nidoking materialises from his ball with a deafening roar. With the battlefield becoming more and more dangerous by the second, Stacey realises she's going to need to take a moment to give Missy every possible advantage available to her, and even though she's been preparing for this moment for a long time, had never expected to actually go forward with it at a critical time such as this. Removing a Dawn Stone from her satchel, Stacey holds it out in front of Missy, the two of them looking deep into one another's eyes for a few moments. No words need to be uttered, for they each understand the other on a deeper level. Missy floats over to her trainer, and while looking into Stacey's eyes touches the stone. Misdreavus begins to glow, a bright white light surrounding her, becoming taller and thinner before eventually fading to reveal Mismagius. The two exchange another look before Missy grins, ready to go into battle. Deidoki, meanwhile, isn't finished with Rhyhorn yet, and continues to squirm in his trainer's arms, eager to return to the battle and finish carrying out his orders. Kami is a little hesitant regarding letting him go though, because he's already had one close call and she has no wish to risk him another. He's a stubborn little man, though, and finally wins his freedom, leaping to the ground and racing back onto the battlefield.

Rocky is still holding back at Jess' command, eager to play his part, but until his allies are clear of Steelix he can't risk making the wrong move. Ninetales comes rushing forward, blasting a Flamethrower into the Fire Spin already surrounding Steelix which makes the spiralling flames taller and stronger. Steelix is thrashing wildly, enraged at being trapped inside of a fiery prison, but despite the fact it knows it will take heavy damage by breaking free, Steelix launches itself through the wall of the flaming twenty foot high tornado that disintegrates as it passes through. Furious with Houndour for having trapped it to begin with, Steelix surges forward digging a trench in the ground while it heads straight for Houndour who knows without a doubt that she has no chance of outrunning it at the speed it's travelling. Zora's Vulpix, watching from the sidelines, uses Safeguard to protect herself before jumping into the battle, then Swaggers out onto the field, hoping to distract Steelix' attention from Houndour. Unfortunately this isn't the case as Steelix is so focused upon Houndour that all other enemies are temporarily forgotten. Prepared to go down fighting, Houndour stands her ground, opens her mouth wide, and uses every ounce of remaining energy she has in her to pull off an overwhelmingly powerful, head-on fire attack. The little Houndour standing up to a monstrous Steelix with a heavy stream of flames shooting from her mouth is a spectacular sight to behold, but it's a kamikaze attack and she knows it. The flames Overheat Steelix' massive metallic frame, causing heavy damage, but Steelix isn't going to let Houndour win, especially when it's so very close to victory, and keeps on ploughing forward, its mouth opening wide ready to take the little pup's head off. At that very moment though, Vulpix comes charging in from the side at high speed, flames whipping from her body, ramming into Steelix with Flare Blitz and knocking it just enough off course to save Houndour's life. Vulpix yelps and falls back, the recoil damage from her attack very painful indeed. Steelix roars, partly due to pain, but mostly due to rage, and turns its attention from Houndour to the little fire fox who had foiled its plan. As it spins around on the desert floor to face Vulpix, it lashes its Iron Tail out at Houndour who is so spent of energy that she doesn't see it coming. Steelix' tail strikes downward, smacking the little pup's skull before continuing to dig down the left-hand side of her face, slicing her directly over her left eye. Blood starts spurting from the wound as Houndour howls in agony, falling to the ground and bleeding heavily.

Missy sacrifices half of her health to place a Curse on Rhyhorn who suddenly finds itself under attack from the tiny Pig Pokémon it thought it had gotten rid of earlier. Deidoki isn't so easy to get rid of however, and is out to make Rhyhorn's life difficult after having been completely humiliated earlier. He isn't some little ball that can be tossed around at will, and has every intention of showing Rhyhorn just how serious he can be. With a running start, Deidoki launches himself from the ground and straight at Rhyhorn's head, his Rock Smash stunning Rhyhorn and cracking its skull. Unfortunately Deidoki hasn't gotten off so easily with his act of revenge though, as that attack hurt like buggery and he drops to the ground in front of the Spike Pokémon who is still too stunned to fully comprehend what's just happened. Deidoki squeaks triumphantly and turns around, scuttling back to the safety of his trainers arms before Rhyhorn realises what's hit it and can stomp him into the ground. Missy's not sure just how smart or strong Rhyhorn is, but she's not about to take any chances, especially considering she's already risked half of her health to weaken it, and sets up a Light Screen for protection. Rhyhorn is already feeling the effects of the Curse as its health is sapped slowly away, and although its head hurts like hell after Deidoki's little stunt, it has no desire to make itself a target for any more Pokémon. Unfortunately for Rhyhorn, it doesn't notice Charizard Flying low, swooping in from behind. A moment later Rhyhorn is airborne, Charizard struggling with the additional weight as Rhyhorn outweighs him by roughly fifty five pounds. He still manages to gain a decent height though, holding on to Rhyhorn for all he's worth and spinning round and round in tight circles before putting all of the strength he can muster into a Seismic Toss that sends Rhyhorn hurtling for the ground at high speed. Trainers and Pokémon alike scatter in order to avoid being mulched, the impact knocking some off their feet, and felt miles away by other desert dwelling Pokémon who have no idea as to what could have caused the slight tremor they've just felt. While Charizard comes into a soft landing to witness the results of his handiwork, Nidoking steps forward just in time to note Rhyhorn begin to glow a blinding, radiant white. Not about to allow this to continue, Nidoking fires off a close-range Ice Beam in hopes of freezing Rhyhorn solid, a layer of ice forming over Rhyhorn's entire body. Unfortunately it's not enough though, for once an evolution starts it cannot be stopped, or frozen. Rhyhorn's mutating form shatters the layer of ice surrounding it as it grows larger, and with a thunderous Roar at the completion of its evolution, climbs to its feet with revenge in its eyes.

Kiba is eager to make his mark on this battle and when in close enough proximity to Tyranitar to make his move, unleashes his Thunder Wave. Unfortunately his electric attack fizzles out as it makes contact with Tyranitar's tough hide as the Armor Pokémon's half rock typing protects it against the attack. Tyranitar launches a Dark Pulse of energy in Kiba's direction causing the electric dog to reconsider his strategy for the next round as he flinches when a shooting pain passes through him. Mango is far from finished with this big, green lizard, however, and makes a mad dash for Tyranitar while it's still down. Leaping into the air she aims straight for the diamond on its stomach, using Rock Smash to ram her little fists into it as hard as she can. Tyranitar Roars again, but this time Mango doesn't take cover, instead watching with disgust while her enemy suffers an adverse reaction to the repeated attacks against its stomach. Tyranitar belches up part of its last meal which sickeningly resembles a human arm. Mango is so horrified that she forgets to move, not noticing that Tyranitar has gotten back to its feet. Meganium, seeing what is about to happen, starts running toward Mango as fast as she can in a desperate attempt to help Mango by shielding her old friend with her Safeguard, but isn't quick enough to save the little Quagsire from Tyranitar's devastating dive-bombing Body Slam. Tears stream from Meganium's eyes as her protective shield fades, and too distraught to notices that it's gone, becomes victim to Tyranitar's Ice Fang when it reaches out, grabs her by the head, and drags her into its mouth. The monster's teeth sink into Meganium's neck causing her to fall limp as Tyranitar once again rises to its feet tossing its head from side to side and shaking her around like a rag doll before tossing her away to the side, KOed, next to her unconscious former teammate.

Rocky, feeling he's waited too long to make his move against Steelix, is both distraught and enraged at having witnessed what the steel beast has done to Houndour. While it may be too late to do anything for the little pup, he may be able to save the tiny fire fox from the save fate and doesn't waste another precious moment. With Steelix having its full attention focused upon Vulpix at the moment, Rocky has the advantage of surprise as he charges in from behind. Steelix' fangs are bristling with sparking electrical energy while it bears down on Vulpix who is scuttling backward as quickly as she can, her little brown eyes now huge orbs of fear. Luckily Rocky arrives in the nick of time, for just as Steelix lunges forward to sink its Thunder charged Fangs into Vulpix, Rocky's super charged Rock Smash smashes into the base of Steelix' tail which sends a shockingly painful vibration up the metallic beast's spine. Steelix rears back, an agonised Screech ringing through the ears of every living creature within a ten mile radius. Houndour, weak yet conscious, lifts her head to see what all the ruckus is about before struggling to her feet. She tries to focus, but with so much blood in one eye she's unable to see very well. She takes a few steps forward, but is so dizzy that she stumbles. Determined to return to the battle, she struggles to her feet again but before she's taken even two steps, a bright, radiant light surrounds her. Houndour's legs, neck, snout, and tail elongate within the light, her torso growing longer and taller. Horns sprout from her head, her fangs becoming sharper and more pronounced, the tip of her tail splitting and forking into two. An additional ridge appears on her back, the base of her neck, and around each of her legs. Her puppy fat replaced with lean, rippling muscle, while the wound on her face is cauterized, sealing shut and leaving a vertical scar running an inch from the top of her left eye to an inch below it. When the light fades Houndoom stands tall with malice in her eyes, snarling viciously at Steelix while her muscles ripple with barely restrained energy as she awaits her next set of orders.

Charizard cannot believe his eyes as he stares at the newly evolved Rhydon, but his orders are clear and so he follows them. His fist glows white with energy, but as he swings his fist around to attack, Rhydon punches its arm forward, grabbing Charizard's fist in its hand. Charizard grunts with surprise, his eyes bulging in shock as the fact that he is in very serious trouble dawns on him. Before he can make any move to react, Rhydon moves to the side, twisting Charizard's arm behind his back, and then focusing its Strength into swinging Charizard up over its head and slamming him into the ground. While Charizard is down, Rhydon Stomps on his head for good measure, knocking him out cold. So focused on what it is doing, Rhydon doesn't even see Nidoking until the purple monster's energy charged fist is only inches from its face. A loud, "CRACK!" explodes into the air when Nidoking's Dynamicpunch slams Rhydon in the face, its neck snapping backward as it's sent flying. Nidoking roars in triumph while Missy calls upon her Hidden Power, summoning nature's Grass energy to her which she unleashes in the form of a powerful energy wave. Rhydon takes a damaging hit, the effects of Missy's prior Curse still wearing it down. Though it's weakening quite rapidly, Rhydon isn't going to be taken down without a fight and fires off a misty blue Dragonbreath at Missy. She doesn't take a great deal of damage from the attack, but does shudder rather violently as it passes through her. Regaining its feet, Rhydon narrows its eyes while it focuses upon Nidoking who is kneeling concernedly over Charizard. Rhydon's horn begins to spin, slowly at first, but then faster and faster until it's nothing but a blur. Distracted by its concern for Charizard, Nidoking doesn't immediately notice the incoming Rhydon until he suddenly feels the vibration of Rhydon's stampede against the earth. By the time he looks up he has no time to evade the Horn Drill aimed at this head, and if not for the quick actions of Captain Frosts Machamp who appears at the very last second to attack Rhydon from the side with Mega Kick that knocks it off-course, Nidoking could very well have ended up having his brain scrambled.

Steelix is in such a state of fury that Ninetales is having a hard time making eye contact with it at all, totally giving up on the idea of using her Hypnosis as she realises it's pointless to even try at this stage. Wanting blood, Steelix turns on Rocky who was the last to inflict it with damage when it spies Houndoom staring at it viciously from the sidelines with her teeth bared. Steelix takes a moment to examine the dark dog, and upon noting the scar over her eye, a malicious glint appears in its eye. Anyone paying attention could swear they see Steelix grin, though with its metal jaw this would not be an easy task. Rocky can sense Steelix' sadistic interest in Houndoom, as it's clear by now that it's taken a special interest in her, though it's anyone's guess as to why. He moves to block Steelix' path, standing directly between Houndoom and the mammoth steel type whose eyes then zoom in on him. That same, malicious glint appears in the metallic behemoth's eyes upon noting that Rocky is willing to take it on in order to protect his ally. Steelix rears back, its terrible Screeching indicative of malevolent joy, a sound that sends a chill up every trainer's spine and is exactly the queue Ninetales needs to strike. While Steelix is completely engrossed with Houndoom and Rocky, Ninetales Fire Blasts it from behind, the searing flames streaming up Steelix' back and causing it agonising pain. It spins around, lashing out it's Iron Tail to strike, but hits nothing. Furious, it spins rapidly on the spot, gaining momentum while its gigantic body builds up a frightening amount of speed. Ninetales, Rocky, and Vulpix, who is still close enough to be crushed by its sweeping tail, scramble out of the way, barely missing being hit when Steelix suddenly lurches out of its spin and Slams itself into the ground with a wide sweep. Quite by chance it succeeds in swiping Ninetales off her feet which sends her flying several feet backwards, skidding painfully across the desert floor on her right side. Steelix coils around and races after her, glad to add another victim to its tally when both Rocky and Machamp take action. Rocky lunges forward and grabs Steelix by the tail which slows it down slightly, but drags him across the ground with it, while Machamp leaps onto its back to deliver a mighty Cross Chop to the top of Steelix' iron head. Steelix leaps up and flips itself over, Slamming Machamp into the ground with all its might which also causes Rocky to lose his grip on the metallic beast. Stunned, Machamp is a sitting duck for Steelix who flips back over and Crunches down hard on the right hand side of Machamp's torso before rearing its head back, tearing both of Machamp's right arms out of its body.

While Steelix, Rhydon, and Tyranitar have all taken damage this round, they're certainly better off than many of the trainer's Pokémon. It's certainly apparent by now that no rules apply here, as life or death are the only options. To win, trainers and Pokémon alike are going to literally have to fight for their lives...

Missingno. Master
7th November 2008, 12:49 PM
Missingno. Master gazed in horror at the scene unfolding before him. Numerous Pokemon have taken hideous amounts of damage here, and the Rhyhorn had evolved into a Rhydon in the process. Arbok was lucky- she seems to have taken some of the least damage. Still, Missingno. Master thought, it may not be prudent to leave just Arbok out, however many other trainers' Pokemon are in the fray. Arbok slithered over to Missingno. Master, awaiting further orders.

"Arbok," called Missingno. Master, "Hit Rhydon with your Ice Beam attack! Then use Screech, and follow it up with an Ice Fang!" At that point, Missingno. Master pulled out another Pokeball from his belt. "Arbok's gonna need help," he murmured to himself. And he threw the Pokeball. "Stunky, stand by for battle!" he bellowed. In a flash of light and a blast of flatulence, Stunky appeared. "Stunky," said Missingno. Master, "Help Arbok take down Rhydon. Start with a Poison Gas, then start using Blizzard. Arbok! Don't start attacking until Stunky's poisoned Rhydon. Once that's happened, though, go all out. And if those moves don't KO Rhydon, continue to pummel it with Ice Beam and Blizzard attacks, got it?" Arbok and Stunky nodded, Stunky farting at the same time. Then they turned around to face their newly evolved foe. The tension of the scene was undermined slightly by Stunky's constant flatulence.

Rabid Squirrel
7th November 2008, 11:06 PM
Kami shrieked as Deidoki and ran after him barely catching him in time. Deidoki was still as determined as ever and wiggled out of his trainer's arms before running back to battle. After delivering his final attack, Deidoki crawled back to Kami. Kami gritted her teeth. So far the battlers weren't faring too well. 'If we can barely handle, how in the world will we be able to take down the monster?' the girl grimly reflected too herself. Deidoki had already taken way too much damage to carry on much more in battle. Kami quickly thought about which Pok&#233;mon to use next. She noticed a Vulpix, Ninetales, and Houndoom fighting the Steelix over there. She pulled a New Year's Ball out of her purse and released Kumori, a small Castform. "Okay, Deidoki use the last of your energy in a Powder Snow in conjunction with the Blizzard of that Arbok over there. After that return to your Pok&#233;ball. Then, Kumori, let's start by helping out our Fire-typed friends; make it as bright as you possibly can with your Sunny Day! That will greatly boost Fire attacks and possibly help some Grass Pok&#233;mon with SolarBeam. Then use your Weather Ball on the Rhydon!" Kami gave the Pok&#233;mon their orders and then looked on worriedly as her Pok&#233;mon ran into battle.

*DANI*
8th November 2008, 4:42 AM
Dani feels sick but she's too angry to let it come. When she first saw Mango running up to Petal she was happy to see her old team mate again and waved hello to Shadow, but now Mango and Petal have both been hurt and Dani doesn't know what to do. She runs over to them and doesn't care if Tyranitar sees her or not because she wants to get Mango and Petal as far away from it as she can. She pulls a Pokeball out of her pocket while she's running and releases Roselia.

"Rosa, you have to keep Tyranitar busy while I go get Meganium and Quagsire!" she calls out, still running to them. She hopes Shadow lets her bring Mango back because there's no use in both of them getting killed if Rosa can't keep Tyranitar away from her. "Use Water Sport to keep it back and when we're clear use Endure in case it tries to attack you. Give other Pokemon a chance to attack it but if it looks like Tyranitar will hurt them keep shooting Pin Missiles into its eyes. If it's beating us, use Leaf Storm!"

She takes Petal's Leaf Ball in her hand and kneels down between the two Pokemon. Petal's wound looks bad but Dani doesn't have time to do anything about it now. She returns Petal to her Leaf Ball and picks up Mango. If she can get close enough for Shadow to recall her, Mango will be ok. "Please don't let it hurt Rosa," Dani says, looking up at the sky. Getting up, she runs away from Tyranitar as fast as she can.

lilbluecorsola
9th November 2008, 3:42 AM
For the most part, Jessica could only watch the amount of bloodshed in horror as the battle raged intensely before her eyes. Could all this destruction really be happening? The scene of vicious fighting and carnage stretched out across the sands looked like a total war zone, or perhaps it was a terrible nightmare that she desperately wished to awaken from. It all felt surreal, yet she knew it was too outlandish to even be a dream. No, this was reality. The screams of agony and pain coming from both sides, and the blood spilt on the sands – It all had to be real. Or maybe she only realized that because she needed to be convinced that there was a reason to fight, that there was still meaning in the seemingly pointless sacrifices that had been made. Still, nothing seemed to make sense anymore. The only universal law that still seemed to apply to this cruel realm of unreality was that they must fight for their survival – any other action would result in loss that she could not bear to witness any more.

Jessica watched, feeling powerless, as Houndour’s skull was struck viciously by Steelix’s heavy glowing tail, carving the left side of her face so that blood spilled everywhere onto the earth. The girl watched in silent horror as the pup staggered and fell to the ground, crimson liquid seeping copiously from her wound as it gradually stained her shining black fur, oozing droplets that promptly mingled with grains of sand below. Steelix did not even turn around to observe the result of its attack, its attention now focused on the tiny fire fox standing before it, who was still suffering from the detrimental effects of her previous attack. Jessica was so stunned by the scene that she barely noticed Rocky immediately charge past her with a furious roar, completely enraged by the iron snake’s brutality towards its opponents. He couldn’t wait any longer if he wished to save Vulpix from the same dreadful fate. Raising his arm as he drew near Steelix’s backside, Rocky punched the base of its tail with such force that it visibly sent an excruciating tremor up the metallic beast's spine. The Steelix reared back from its lunge towards Vulpix, its loud, tormented shriek ringing through the ears of every living creature present for miles around.

Houndour, who was still apparently conscious, gradually lifted her head to see what had caused such a disturbance. By exerting a great amount of effort she slowly struggled to her feet, staggering unevenly as she feebly tried to take a few steps forward, dripping red beads of blood onto the ground with each degree of movement. She fell again after progressing only a couple of feet, too dizzy and weak to continue. Despite her pain, she obstinately persisted in trying to return to the battle, and once again managed to lift herself shakily off the ground. She took two slow, measured steps, before a brilliant light engulfed her: her body grew to larger and more robust proportions, and demonic horns emerged from the sides of her skull, developing instantly to sharpness and length. The laceration on her face miraculously healed itself, leaving only a long, vertical jagged scar running over her left eye. As the light faded, Jessica realized that the creature had just evolved into a majestic Houndoom, who now stood snarling maliciously at Steelix as her newly muscled body rippled abundantly with restored vigor and health.

Jessica’s eyes were immediately torn away from the spectacle, however, as she heard Steelix’s abrupt roar of fury while it spun around to confront Rocky, who had caught it by surprise and thus greatly damaged both its pride and its health. It hissed malevolently as Rocky stood his ground, prepared to face the giant snake head-on. However, the snake paused as it suddenly noticed Houndoom glaring venomously at it from the side, her teeth bared as she growled threateningly. As Steelix examined the stranger’s appearance, its blood-red eye lit up gleefully in recognition upon perceiving the long scar over Houndoom’s eye. Jessica could’ve sworn she witnessed Steelix grin malevolently, though for a creature with a gigantic metal jaw this was surely was not an easy task.

Rocky sensed Steelix’s vindictive interest in Houndoom, and immediately moved to block its path, placing himself directly between Houndoom and Steelix as he stared defiantly up at the towering snake. Despite Rocky’s large size, the Steelix stood nearly five times as tall as him, and it hardly appeared daunted by the resistance of a type of Pokémon it was familiar with. In fact, it almost seemed fairly amused by the fact that the Rhydon was willing to face it in order to defend his ally. It reared back again, shrieking loudly to indicate its joy and mirth having its next victim volunteer to be crushed. At this cue, Tess’s Ninetales came rushing forward, blasting the snake’s metal backside with a pattern of scorching flames. The Steelix’s amused screech transformed immediately into a roar of anger and pain as it swung around, lashing out with its tail at its aggressor. Ninetales leapt nimbly out of the way so that it missed, managing only to strike empty air. Upon seeing its counterattack fail, the Steelix lividly began to gyrate in place, gaining momentum with each revolution as its steel body ground forcefully into the grains of sand. Ninetales, Rocky, and Vulpix hastily scrambled out of the way to avoid the wide sweep of its heavy tail, barely escaping impact as the Steelix suddenly lurched upwards and slammed back into the ground, sending numerous shockwaves across the desert.

The force of the collision succeeded in knocking Ninetales off her feet, sending her skidding roughly across the sands. Steelix immediately twisted its body around and dove after her, excited to finish off yet another victim. Rocky grabbed onto Steelix’s tail to try to halt its progress, but he was unfortunately no match for the larger being’s overwhelming strength. He found himself dragged along the earth by the hungry snake as it rushed zealously towards its currently motionless target, its path hindered only slightly by the extra weight. However, it provided enough time for Captain Frost’s Machamp to react to the situation, leaping onto the Steelix’s back to deliver a powerful karate chop to the monster’s iron skull. The Steelix screamed and flipped itself over, smashing its rider into the ground and forcing Rocky to unleash his grip on the metal snake’s body. Stunned by the blow, Machamp couldn’t even respond as Steelix instantly righted itself and lunged at the right side of its victim’s body, clamping down its steel jaws into Machamp’s flesh and bone with a sickening crunch. As it drew back swiftly, it ripped both of Machamp’s right limbs straight out of their sockets, roaring in triumph as it allowed its trophies to dangle repulsively from its steel chops, right next to the shred of officer’s uniform.

Jessica stared at the creature in horror. Nausea was again beginning to rise in her throat, and she felt dizzy, possibly close to fainting. How the hell could this happen? She wanted to believe at this point that it was all just a dream – the gore was too surreal for her to handle. She found herself shaking uncontrollably, completely overwhelmed by terror. Immediately she tore her eyes away from the appendages, unable to bear the sight of the swaying ligaments any longer. Her gaze fell upon Rocky, who was glaring fiercely at the Steelix, rage burning in his eyes. He was awaiting her orders. She tried to think what to say, but her mind was a complete blank. Her body was entirely frozen; she couldn’t even try to move her mouth to speak.

Rocky then turned his head to stare at his trainer, and she balked instinctively from his gaze. He regarded her with impatience, silently and urgently imploring his trainer to give him some form of command. Jessica suddenly noticed that although he appeared strong and determined as always, behind the seemingly calm exterior his eyes flashed with fear. Jess stared blankly at her Rhydon. She had never seen Rocky truly afraid before, this was the first time that his expression had ever belied his conviction. She realized that she needed to remain composed, as her Pokémon was depending on her support in order to survive. If there was any hope of keeping everyone alive, it wasn’t by giving up and letting fear overtake them. Her allies were counting on her help; she couldn’t abandon them at this crucial time. She nodded resolutely at Rocky, who at once felt relaxed and confident again upon sensing the girl’s composure.

“Rocky, use DYNAMICPUNCH on Steelix! When you get a chance, grab hold of Steelix with SUBMISSION and give it a taste of FIRE FANG!”

Shadowshocker
11th November 2008, 7:01 AM
"This is insane."

The thought repeated through Shadow's brain like a mantra on autopilot. How could three wild Pokemon be this powerful? If they had taken down the earlier convoy, either the convoy was overly weak or they were taken by surprise. The Pokemon bore little signs of damage and were going strong even in the face of a second trainer onslaught. The geekish boy's attention was consistently diverted in all directions, in fervent attempts to check on the safety of the others and desperate movements to avoid damage. If anything, his coping mechanism was perhaps all that preventing him from mentally snapping, given the gore and destruction of the grisly circus scenario.

His heart had clenched, though, when Mango and her ex-colleague went down fighting. Perhaps he had erred in his judgement, but the power of emotion have proved to be bane as much as it was boon. "I'm sorry, Mango," he thought. "It's my fault you weren't strong enough." Gratitude surged as Mango's ex-trainer went valiantly to her rescue.

"There'll be time for emotion later." Gritting his teeth, he readied Mango's Love Ball in his right hand, ready to withdraw his fallen Quagsire when Dani came in range. The other hand flung his Ghost Ball into the air.

"Grim, BATTLE STATIONS!" Used to the calling for combat, Shadow's Dusknoir emerged from his own containment orb, calm and collected as ever. A quick scan with his all-seeing eye told Grim all that he needed to know, and he huffed resolutely.

"Ranged attacks're the way to go!" shouted Shadow to all who might hear him. "Grim, tie down that Tyranitar with Grass Knot and let the others strike it down! Once the knot's over, keep up the fighting with an immediate Flash Cannon to its face! Finish up by planting a Curse on it!"

Aquatic Angel
12th November 2008, 10:27 AM
Kim is shocked by how easily Rhydon has overpowered Charizard, hardly able to believe he's been knocked out so quickly. It takes a few seconds for reality to sink in and by the time she's fully grasped the fact that Charizard is unable to battle, a handful of trainers have already renewed their attacks. Recalling Charizard, Kim thinks carefully before choosing another Pokemon. She had thought taking Rhyhorn down quickly to be the wisest strategy so that trainers will be free to attack Tyranitar and Steelix who are the more dangerous threats, but now that Rhyhorn has evolved it's just as dangerous.

She clenches her teeth, the carnage around her taking her by surprise. Steelix and Tyranitar are in charge of their battles, and are taking their own casualties. Charizard isn't the only Pokemon to have been wiped out so quickly and if they can't pull their act together soon they're going to be no better off than the dead trainers and Pokemon they'd passed in the desert less than ten minutes ago. Plucking a Dragon Ball from her pocket, Kim releases Dragonair.

"We need to stop Rhydon and the only way to do it is to attack its weakness," she says, trying to stay calm. "Slow it down with an Icy Wind, then freeze it with Ice Beam. If it's still going strong after being attacked by everyone, assault it with your most powerful Blizzard." She hopes this plan works because she's already one team member down and the Pokemon escaping from its prison in the Glacier Islands is gaining its freedom while they're stuck here wasting their time fighting a needless battle.

ZoraJolteon
19th November 2008, 12:36 PM
Winceing as he looked at some of the injuries that the other trainer's Pokémon had suffered, Zora tried not to focus too much on the fact that Vulpix had escaped relatively unscathed, knowing it was just tempting fate. Thinking over the possible options he could take now, he froze, listening intently to the assorted yells of instructions from the trainers around him. From the scraps that he could pick up a few bulletpoint tactics formed in his head, and he formulated a few plans. Assessing them, he settled on the more tactical approach. The chance of failure seemed higher, but it was less likely for Vulpix to pull aggro.

"Open a channel." he said to Slowqueen, who gave a slight nod in response to show it was ready. Sending his commands via telepathy would let Vulpix easily hear them over the noise of the battlefield, without Zora having to yell himself hoarse. "Try to keep your distance for now. When you see Steelix begin to attack, Mimic the technique, so you can Imprison it. Then you can seize the chance to inflict some damage. Your Fire Spin technique should be receiving a nice boost if I heard correctly.

enchantress
23rd November 2008, 4:36 AM
"Goddammit!" Tess hisses, distraught by the mayhem erupting around them. "This shouldn't be happening!" she curses, knowing full well that the only reason these three Pokémon have managed to inflict so much damage is because she and her companions have been caught off-guard. Nobody has had a chance to think properly about what they're doing, instead rushing headlong into a battle they'll surely lose if they can't get their collective acts together. Unfortunately there just isn't time to think, only to react, which in itself puts them all at a frightening disadvantage. She's vaguely aware of the battles taking place with Rhydon and Tyranitar, as her main focus is Steelix, but she's seen enough to know the two Monster Pokémon are slaughtering her allies.

The number of Pokémon already taken down is staggering when considering the fact they've only been battling for a matter of minutes, and she's certain the tally is only going to rise. Shadow's Quagsire, Dani's Meganium, and Kim's Charizard are the first to fall, and while Captain Frost's Machamp may still be conscious it's certainly in no state to fight. If not for the fact she'd already suffered an adverse reaction to seeing the mutilated carcasses in the desert prior to their battle, she's certain she'd be emptying the contents of her stomach onto the battlefield due to witnessing Machamp's limbs being torn from its body. She avoids glancing at Captain Frost, unable to comprehend how he's feeling at this very moment, and not particularly wanting to share in his agony.

Though her concern for Vixey is paramount, Tess can see that she's so far only suffered a few cuts and grazes from the slide she took across the desert floor, and is already back on her feet awaiting instructions. Thankful her beautiful Ninetales has gotten off so easily considering the circumstances, Tess isn't comfortable with the fact she's still in such close proximity to the steel snake and motions for Vixey to return to her side while her eyes settle upon Inferno's newly evolved Houndoom. She still remembers the day Tempest had evolved, her heart a little heavy at seeing her gorgeous puppy all grown up. It had been both a happy and sad occasion, for a part of Tess had not wanted Houndour to evolve, while the logical part of her brain was telling her this is what Tempest had wanted. The moment she'd looked deep into Tempest's eyes though, Tess had realised she was being overly nostalgic, for Houndoom was still the same beautiful girl she'd loved and raised regardless of her physical form.

Tess cannot imagine how she'd feel if Tempest had have evolved under the same circumstances as Inferno's Houndour, but considering her close relationship to both trainer and Pokémon, the heart-wrenching tug in her chest is giving her a good sense of the inner turmoil she'd be struggling with. She knows how much Inferno had wanted a Houndour, and how long he'd been searching for one before this little girl was offered to him via trade. He'd initially been disappointed it wasn't a male, but it didn't take long for him to adjust, and if anything he'd adored the little pup that much more because she was a girl. His little cutie has a much gentler and more playful nature than Tempest, which in some ways makes her evolution and resulting scar that much more painful to witness. Tess can feel the tears coming, her vision becoming blurry as they well in her eyes, but she curses herself, blinking and wiping them away before she allows herself to become too distracted. This is Houndoom's battle, and if Inferno recalls her after she'd stood up so valiantly to Steelix she'll have a few words to exchange with him. She's earned her right to battle, and by God he'd better let her or Tess has a feeling his Houndoom will never forgive him for pulling her out at such a critical stage.

Turning her full attention to Ninetales, Tess feels the urge to heal her with a potion but knows there is no time for it. If they're going to get out of this alive then they'll need every available second applied to battle. She wishes she'd spent a little more time and money TM training Vixey, but that's something she'll have to take care of on her next visit into town, right now they'll have to make do with the moves Ninetales already knows. "You did great out there, Vixey, I'm proud of you," Tess encourages, smiling. "Now I know you're not really one for violence, but you are a fox and so have a knack for cunning. Think about everything Steelix has done to help you come up with your most wicked Nasty Plot to aide in taking it down, then we'll move straight into the fire attacks. Steelix has already sustained some heavy fire damage, but there's something about this beast, perhaps its killer instinct and lust for blood, that's making it difficult to defeat. Use Heat Wave and Overheat to weaken it and eventually something will have to give. It can't stand up to fiery assaults for too much longer so just keep on at it." Gazing deeply into Vixey's eyes, Tess bends down and gives her a gentle, encouraging hug. "You can do it Vixey, I know you can," she says, stroking Ninetales neck before her fire fox turns tail and dashes back onto the battlefield.

"And please be careful..." Tess murmurs, her brow creasing into a worried frown while Ninetales joins the throng of Pokémon closing in on the steel beast.

Arc_Angel
23rd November 2008, 1:25 PM
As every Pokemon was released into the ravine all hell was let loose as a menagerie of chaotic attacks filled the air; the battle had begun. With her newly evolved Mismagius by her side Stacey felt confident at their chances against the trio of behemoth’s. She could feel the attacks of the Pokemon surrounding her thrown at their opponents and could hear the cries of their trainers as they encouraged their weapons on. Working alongside Stacey to take down the Rhyhorn were an Arbok who set straight to work on unnerving their foe; a small Swinub that would seem outmatched but as it gave a flurry of bubbles blending in with Arbok’s it would seem that it knew what it was doing. As Missy had finished evolving Stacey could only wince as Arbok was trampled and Swinub barrelled into throwing the tiny pig high into the air. A Charizard and Nidoking joined in the fray with Rhyhorn and Stacey felt that the playing feid was more than matched now. Having had enough sitting back and watching Missy makes her move placing a wicked Curse on the Rock Pokemon watching with glee as it writhed uncomfortably.

The tiny Swinub had returned with a vengeance smacking Rhyhorn right across the face giving Charizard time to swoop in and pick up the hefty beast flying high into the air. Stacey saw Charizard turn in the air hurling Rhyhorn back down to the ground and bolted as fast as she could manage diving out of the way as the Rock beast hit the ground sending rocks, dust into the air, the tremors shaking the ground. She cursed its trainer for nearly endangering their lives with that move and picked herself back up, glad to see that Missy was ok. The earth shook again as Nidoking decided to make a move and as Rhyhorn began to glow making Stacey’s heart drop it unleashed a freeze cold Ice Beam sealing the beast in a tomb of the frozen water. That would have seemed to have been enough but with its evolution it shattered the ice and roared with a deep rage making Stacey shiver and back off, even Missy didn’t seem so sure anymore. Smartly she set up a Light Screen for protection. Rhydon was eager to get some measure of vengeance and set to by throwing Charizard in a show of strength before Stomping down on its head to finish the job. Stacey gasped as she heard the crack of its facial bones under the hefty foot and tried desperately to calm her now raging stomach. Looking at its blackened face make her feel incredibly nauseous and she prayed that it would be alright. Nidoking was ****** off at the damage caused to its current team-mate and cracked Rhydon across the face with a powerful Dynamic Punch. Missy snapping out of her horror at seeing the dragon so easily crushed concentrated on her last attack sending forth a beam of grass energy that sliced into her opponent, the curse adding to the pain. Stacey managed a smile which quick evaporated when a blue Dragonbreath whizzed past her striking Missy, fortunately her Light Screen had weakened it but she had taken some damage from the attack. Shuddering she tried to regain her composure, she had already sacrificed her health for her Curse, she couldn’t afford to take too many hits. Stacey saw Rhydon charging towards Nidoking with its horn spinning rapidly intending to spear the poison pin Pokemon and before she could utter a warning she saw Machamp leap forward from out of nowhere delivering a precise kick to it face throwing it down, that was timing for you.

With their beast down for now Stacey tore her eyes away from her own Pokemon to survey the others. What she saw was not very encouraging, in fact it was down right horrifying. There wasn’t a single Pokemon that hadn’t taken damage in some form or another. Those facing Tyranitar wer suffering losses, the Meganium was out cold on the floor with a Quagsire laying KO’ed next to it; fortunately the little Electrike seemed to be healthy enough to fight on. Turning her attention to Steelix who had one of the biggest gathering of trainers and Pokemon had inflicted some terrible pain and injury too. The little Houndour Stacey had seen earlier had since evolved and baring scars of the battle sealed by its evolution. Ninetales was looking a little scraped but still healthy, a Vulpix was looking scared but relatively unharmed as was another Rhydon, this one on their team. But as Stacey looked down to see Captain Frost’s Machamp on the ground, two of its arms ripped from their sockets blood pouring from the stumps she felt her stomach lurch again and tear prick her eyes. No Pokemon should ever suffer like that and it lay back with its own tears trekking down its cheeks she could only image the pain it was suffering. She only hoped Captain Frost would act fast enough to keep it alive.

Rhydon had regained its composure and was ready to attack once more. Stacey thought hard and fast, every attack had to count.

“Okay Missy, lets act fast, it’ll be best if we keep back from the others, we can attack from afar. Use Cosmic Power to boost your abilities then strike with an icy attack of your own, Ice Beam then Magical Leaf.” Stacey felt that hopeless feeling returning once more. They were suffering losses and had yet to even reach their destination.

Arnold
23rd November 2008, 8:45 PM
Staring onto the battlefield, the amount of destruction, chaos and screeching going on makes him wonder why this is all happening right now, he knows the Pokemon in the glacier has got something to do with this, but why it's happening now he doesn't know.

Watching Nidoking in battle he smiles at the amount of effort that his mighty beast of a Pokemon is putting into the battle, looking on after Charizard has been knocked out and that Ryhorn is now a Rhydon he notices Nidoking breathing heavily, the strain from the last round taking it's toll, but shouting out he says "Nidokoing, that was bloody amazing, I know Charizard is down, but you've done well, now it's getting personal, Rhydon is the right size for you,it wasn't fair beating on a littler Pokemon, now he's the same size then, lets make thing a little interesting, I think this round is going to be damned Titanic....hmmm, Titan...seems bloody fitting for this next round and for the pokemon making it, I think we've found a new Nickname for you, How's Titan sound?"

With a gigantic roar Titan stamps his foot down in approval, "Good, good, i'm glad you like it, now Titan, lets show this Rhydon what we're made of, lets get up close and personal, make it tyson and holyfield epic, run in with an Iron Tail and follow it with a right hooked Dynamic Punch and then a Rock Smash, lets kick some ****ing Asss my friend."

Rakurai
24th November 2008, 3:00 AM
Katsu was feeling overwhelmed by everything that was happening. He knew it would be best to stay focused on the battle before him, but was having a hard time doing so, due to all the noise, as well as the fear that the Rhydon or Steelix might unexpectedly attack him or one of the others with him. He also knew he couldn't delay in giving Kiba his commands, for the battle wasn't going to wait for him, and with every moment that passed, the creature of the legend was getting closer to breaking free. However, after seeing how easily the Tyranitar took down Quagsire and Meganium, he realized that not making a careful decision could put his companion's life in jeopardy, which stressed him out even more. "I'm such a fool for letting someone as simple-minded as him make a life changing decision for me...", Katsu thought to himself, covering his face with his hand for a moment as he did so.

As for Kiba, he had gotten over the pain the Dark Pulse had caused him, and was looking fearful and discouraged by what he had just seen. Katsu noticed, and came to his senses, realizing that it was no time to be having regrets, and that his partner needed all the support he could offer. By that time, Shadow and Dani had already sent out their Pokemon and issued their commands, so he decided to follow their lead as he gave his orders.

"Kiba, there's no need to hurry. Attack along with the others so that Tyranitar won't be as likely to single you out. I want you aim a Charge Beam at its face, then follow up with a Thunderbolt to the same location! However, be ready to drop everything and Protect yourself if comes for you! And above all else, keep your distance!"

Kiba nodded his head before turning to face his opponent once more. As he did so, he briefly caught sight of the arm the Tyranitar had spat out earlier, and it filled him with disgust, yet at the same time, filled him with determination, knowing that if this beast wasn't stopped, more trainers, possibly even his own, could meet the same fate...

Inferno.
1st December 2008, 2:36 PM
Inferno stares at Houndour when she falls to the ground bleeding. He can't believe she's hurt and wants to run to her but the other Pokemon are still fighting Steelix making it too dangerous to try. It's lucky Steelix is being kept busy battling and has forgotten about her so she's safe as long as she doesn't move, but Inferno wants to make sure she's ok. She's too gentle to be fighting a battle this dangerous and Inferno is angry with himself for letting her. He waits for a chance to get to her but when Steelix screeches after being burned Houndour tries to rejoin the battle and that's when something unexpected happens.

Houndour starts to glow, her legs, neck, snout, and tail elongating within the light, her torso growing longer and taller. Horns sprout from her head, her fangs becoming sharper and more pronounced, the tip of her tail splitting and forking into two. An additional ridge appears on her back, the base of her neck, and around each of her legs. Her puppy fat is replaced with lean, rippling muscle, while the wound on her face is cauterized, sealing shut and leaving a vertical scar running an inch from the top of her left eye to an inch below it. When the light fades Houndoom stands tall with malice in her eyes, snarling viciously at Steelix while her muscles ripple with barely restrained energy while she waits for her next attack orders.

Inferno's mouth drops open while he tries to work out how she evolved, and then he realises the Halloween Candy he gave her before the battle must have made her stronger, and her fighting so hard to beat Steelix forced her to evolve. He's happy and sad to watch it happen because she looks meaner now, especially with the ugly scar over her left eye. He wants to call her back because she looks so angry he's worried she'll get hurt again, but a voice in his head is telling him that calling her back now will be a mistake. After what Steelix has done to her, Houndoom will fight hard enough to win or die trying. He doesn't want her to get hurt, but he can see she wants revenge for what it's done.

He stays where he is, watching her snarl at Steelix, and decides to let her fight. "Use Double Team Houndoom! It won't feel so smug when there are more of you to battle, then use Fire Blast and Solarbeam!" Inferno calls. "If Steelix hurts you again use Frustration to beat the **** out of it and make it pay for the scar it's given you!" Inferno hopes he's doing the right thing, but if her attacks are as strong as her anger then Steelix is going down.

Arc_Angel
4th December 2008, 3:10 PM
Surrounded by blood-thirsty beasts in the middle of a arid desert and time running ever short, this wasn’t a situation the convoy wanted to find themselves in. Add to that mix that these rabid Pokemon were out for your skins … muscles … organs and were apparently more than capable of obliging their feral lusts it had the whole lot of you shell-shocked and rapidly rethinking over your previous strategies. Steelix, Tyranitar and Rhydon remained standing tall despite the multitude of attacks thrown their way and unfortunately the same could not be said for some of your Pokemon. Petal the Meganium had taken a vicious assault on her neck leaving her a bloody mess on the ground with her old friend Mango lying next to her, unable to rouse from her injuries. Charizard’s skull was cracked and blood trickled from its nose after the full bodied Stomp it had taken leaving it useless in this scenario and Machamp, every single person had felt their stomach turned at the sight of the downed fighter with half its arms in Steelix’s grinning mouth. Every other Pokemon had taken damage in some fashion leaving you wondering what it would take to defeat such powerful creatures.

Captain Frost struggled to maintain the fraying composure he held as he saw he beloved partner savagely ripped apart. He swallowed hard bile rising to his throat as he dared to approach Machamp who was breathing shallowly wide eyes as shock started to set in. Steelix hissed in amusement and Ruben moved closer still it spat the arms out one of the striking his across his head throwing him back the others just missing the group of Pokemon surrounding him as they dodged with what agility they had left. Ruben sat up holding his head a black eye forming from the assault and from his own Pokemon’s limbs. He held back tears and growled in pure rage. He ordered the medics to move Machamp when the opportunity arose waving them off as they attempted to tend to him. His eyes were dark and swimming with salty water as he stared hard at the trainers facing the steel snake waiting for them to create an opportunity to get Machamp out of harms way.

It wasn’t those trainers who acted first however, the young man facing the Rhydon, his Arbok hissing and flicking her tongue out at her fierce foe coiled and ready to strike made his move. Arbok had to wait to sink her fangs into Rhydon’s thick hide as Missingno released another poison creature, a small Stunky who quickly readied itself not showing fear despite the huge size difference between him and the Rhydon. With his orders clear he turns around and releases a foul Poison Gas that slowly fills the air making the nearby surrounding Pokemon back off holding their noses. Rhydon took a few steps back with a similar motion trying to escape the poisonous butt fumes narrowing its steely gaze at the tiny Pokemon. Arbok reared back and powered ice energy in her mouth now that Stunky had acted and as she prepared to fire it as a beam she almost choked on the attack as Rhydon charged through the poison gas swarming the air easily swatting her aside and charging for Stunky who still had his back to the rocky beast farting every now and then. He looks over his shoulder and goes wide eyed as Rhydon pulls its fist back and begins pummelling the small skunk over and over with rage with a harsh Fury Attack. Missingo can only look on with horror as his little Pokemon is pummelled into a bloody pulp as Rhydon is finally satisfied with the result backs off snorting and casting a smirk over to its victim’s trainer. Every trainer present had witnessed that tragic ending to Stunky’s effort and prayed that their Pokemon don’t meet the same fate.

With Rhydon having made a bold statement that it was still strong and far superior to its enemies Steelix and Tyranitar, eager to make equally beautiful messes of their opponents, spring into action. Tyranitar roars, the terrifiying sound echoing through the valley as it too charges forward towards the small injured Electrike who hastily tries to back off. Dani is quick to move though and runs over to Petal cradling her torn body trying to protect Mango too but it was unneeded as Tyranitar had run past them too caught up with the little electric dog who was now running away. Releasing a new Pokemon into the fray she quickly orders her to keep the dark monster occupied. Rosa the Roseila hurries off after the Tyranitar who was catching up the Kiba. Getting close enough she spins around letting loose a sparkling Water Sport which hits Tyranitar on the back but it merely trickled off its hide. As it prepared to attack Rose let loose a stream of Pin Missles which flew across the distance striking Rhydon in its back, most of the barbs bouncing off its hard armour a few managing to catch some tender flesh and embedding themselves but it had no effect as Rhydon lowered its head, a silver hue shimmering over it as it rammed into Kiba with its Iron Head and throwing its head up launching the Electrike up into the air and he spun a shimmer surrounding him a little too late before he falls back down to earth with a crash leaving a small crater in his wake. Katsu can only hold his hands over his mouth feeling his heart break at the sight of his battered Pokemon. Rosa turned to Dani tears in her eyes for not having helped enough to have stopped the attack.

Steelix had a large grin on its face still utterly proud of its ripping actions earlier and turned its attention to a new Pokemon, namely the smallest facing it. It smirked evilly at the little Vulpix. It reared back ready to sink its fangs into new flesh and shot forward jaws open wide to Crunch the little fox who backed off in terror. Fortunately Jess was quick to act and ordered Rocky to attack, the sturdy Rhydon rushing in to block the attack. He pulled his fist back and released a roar of his own as he launched the Dynamic Punch right into Steelix’s face just as it was about to strike throwing it off course. Rocky smiled at his timing but his smile soon fades when he saw that he had propelled Steelix into another Pokemon. The older Ninetales is unable to move fast enough to avoid the steel body thrown her way and yelps in agony as she’s crushed under its weight before it rolls off continuing its momentum. Rocky grimaces and sends an apologetic glance to Tess who is visibly shaking with shock. Vulpix is thankful to have avoided being Steelix’s next meal and shaking off her fear Mimics the steel beasts Crunch and Imprisons it ensuring that no other Pokemon would fall prey to it again. With Steelix momentarily out of the way Captain Frost runs in grabbing Machamp around its torso and drags it away from the battlefield before lowering it back to the ground allowing the medics to rush in and begin tending to its severe wounds.

Kami still cradling her injured Swinub to her chest had shook off the horror of Rhydon’s merciless attack on Stunky and released a new Pokemon to battle, a little Castform that was concerned about its new surroundings, especially the snorting Rhydon staring at it now. Deidoki was in no condition to continue so Kami gives him one last order to attack before she plans to return him. Deidoki breathes out a thick Powder Snow that pushes through the layer of poison gas surrounding Rhydon hitting it across its shoulder making it wince. Arbok was still staring at her fallen comrade before she turns to face the monster that brutally attacked him. Hissing with fury, her tail twitching violently she Screeches out her emotions halting Deidoki’s attack as the tiny pig tries to cover his ears to no avail, Kami nearly dropping him to shield her own ears. Arbok had successful managed to distract Rhydon at the expense of her team-mates as the rock beast held shook its head in pain. As she stopped her Screech her fellow Pokemon glared at her before quickly taking advantage of Rhydon’s current distraction. Kim quickly returned Charizard and sent out her Dragonair who gracefully floated through the air ready to protect her trainer. Arbok still in a fit of fury launched herself forward and sunk her teeth around Rhydon’s neck with a vicous Ice Fang making it roar in pain and claw at the snake trying to rid itself of the unwanted accessory. Dragonair quickly acted avenging her fallen comrade breathing out a frigid Icy Wind that cascaded over Rhydon’s chest adding to the pain it was suffering. With the ice attacks finished for now Kumori released a beam of energy into the sky that parted what little clouds were left letting the sun shine down boldly heating the already hot earth even more.

Tyranitar stomped away from Kiba as Katsu runs over to him to check over his injuries. Kiba sat up whining in pain but was still conscious, his Protect even being little late had protected him from the fall. Shadow approached Dani and returned Mango to her ball, apologising for letting her suffer like that before angrily throwing out another Pokeball. A large ghost Pokemon emerged silently hovering near his trainer. Playing it safe now Shadow gave the ranged orders to Grim and the Dusknoir wasted no time acting. Tyranitar was slowly making its way over to Dani and Shadow wanting to attack the human now for a change. Grim moved in line with the dark beast and placed a palm on the ground a light green energy shooting across surrounding Tyranitar and vines and grassy roots feed out of the ground entangling around Tyranitar’s legs who was too focused on his next victims to notice until it was too late. Tyranitar growled in surprise as it tripped and fell to the ground face first. With Tyranitar down Kiba shakily got to his feet and charges up energy across his fur despite Katsu begging him to rest. Taking full advantage of the situation Kiba let loose his Charge Beam the energy striking Tyranitar in the back as it was standing back up and it grunted more annoyed by the attack than hurt and glared at Kiba over its shoulder.

With its two fellow wild Pokemon suffering Steelix rose back up bloodlust and rage in its eyes eager to make Rocky pay for halting its attack. It let loose a Screech that had every one covering their ears again and spun around, its bright silver tail slamming into Rocky throwing him back along the arid ground bring up dust in his wake. Ninetales manages to just get back to her feet wincing at a broken hind leg and focuses on her future, planning out her most wicked attacks to payback the snake for its actions with her Nasty Plot. With Rocky suitably disposed Steelix turned its attention to the other potential targets. Houndoom made herself known and stood before Steelix almost daring it to strike. More than happy to oblige Steelix breathed in before breathing out a blue and green Dragonbreath that smothered Houndoom pleasing Steelix immensely but it frowned when it saw several copies of Houndoom smirking back, amused at its clever ploy. Vulpix breathed out a hot vortex of fire that surrounded Steelix making it rear back in pain trying to escape the heat and flames. Vixey hobbled closer to Steelix and gave her own grin at their current success and added to the flames breathing out the hottest flames imaginable, her Heatwave powering up the vortex with Steelix beginning to turn a hot red its steel body absorbing all the heat making it unbearable. It looked to the sky and screeched in agony.

The poison gas had now lifted enough so that it hovered several metres above Rhydon and fortunately Arbok had been unaffected. Whilst Rhydon was busy raking its claws across Arboks’s face in a Fury Attack in attempt to dislodge her Missy focused on powering up her defence for the future, drawing on the Cosmos for strength. Arbok unable to hold on anymore lets go and falls to the ground, her head covered in bloody welts, one of her eyes swollen shut from the multiple strikes as she slithers back to her trainer. Nidoking had had enough of standing by and charged towards Rhydon skidding as he spun and his glowing tail struck it hard in its rocky abdomen making it haunch over to catch its breath. Kumori drew energy from the surrounding air, the sun rays feeding into her energy ball making it erupt with flames before she launches it at the downed Rhydon hitting it in the face and heating up its horn making it jolt back in pain holding its head. Missy and Dragonair fire simultaneous Ice Beams at the rock monster freezing over its lower body leaving it a standing target. It clawed at the ice surrounding it and with cold legs and a hot head it was shuddering with pain and sweating looking a sickly shade of grey. With its fever it roared and thrashed about trying to free itself from its icy prison. Titan pulled back his fist and covered the distance between him and Rhydon and struck it in its head with his Dynamic Punch but gasped and staggered back falling to his knees having received a frenzied Hammer Arm at the same time as his assault. Rhydon was looking in bad shape with its blood trickling from its head from the attack and the ice slowing his body functions down.

Tyranitar had picked itself back up and found itself very close to Dani and Shadow who shuffle back in fear. It shook with rage and snarled pulling its fist back brimming with dark energy ready to exact its Payback on the two trainers before it. Throwing its fist forward Dani and Shadow cling to one another only to hear a cry of pain as Rosa lay on the ground before them Enduring the pain and damage from the attack leaving her extremely weak and vulnerable. Tyranitar looks to finish her off his teeth glistening with ice energy, just like he had eliminated Petal and Dani pulls in Rosa holding her tight, not willing to stand by and watch her brutally attacked, not again. Tyranitar lunges for the kill only to stagger back shrieking in pain as a metal spike speared it in its abdomen. The Flash Cannon from Grim couldn’t have come at a better time. Tyranitar pulls the spike out watching as blood began to pour from the wound painting the ground. Kiba finished off his assault and launched a Thunderbolt at Tyranitar striking it just above its wound, though the electric attack had little effect, holding the metal spear aided the conductivity and the dark beast dropped the weapon to the ground holding its paralysed arm. Grim suddenly materialised before Dani and Shadow blocking them from further harm and looked deep into Tyranitar’s eyes placing a deadly Curse upon it, sacrificing a good chunk of its health in the process. Tyranitar stomps its foot on the ground falling to all fours from the movement and Grim wonders what it was up to only to see the nearby cliff edges crumble and large rocks fall towards the group. He shields them as best as possible taking damage as the rocks hit his skin, a few passing through hitting the trainers underneath. Grim floats back wincing at the extra health cut he’d taken to see Dani holding her shoulder, a rock having struck her there as she protected Rose and his trainer holding his head blood trickling from a nasty looking gash.

Steelix was thrashing about trying to escape the flames surrounding it and all its movement was bringing up dust and sand that was weakening the vortex. It didn’t take long for it to reduce the flames to nothing and it tried to regain its senses, its mind filled with pain. Rocky was limping towards Steelix revenge seated deep in his body language as he snarled and closed the gap. He grabbed onto its tail and with all his strength he pulled at the joints holding them at a horrid looking angle bringing Steelix into a new level of pain. It looked back roaring in pain and shrieked as Rocky snapped its tail effectively breaking the joint. Steelix writhed in pain and struck the ground with its head in its pain sending rocks flying, a couple hitting Vulpix knocking her over and cutting her face and torso, several of them striking Rocky unbalancing him knocking him down one particularly large boulder landing on his arm pinning him to the ground. Houndoom fired off her Fire Blast the kanji of flames speeding towards Steelix but missing it by a few metres as it writhed around. Vixey tried to get a lock on Steelix waiting for it to reduce its movements noting Houndooms missed attack. As Steelix pushed past its pain and stopped its thrashing Vixey shot forth her hottest attack yet, the flames from the Overheat making everyone sweat as the fire struck Steelix head on heating up it metal frame again as its body began to warp under the heat its metal plates softening and bending. Houndoom annoyed by her previous miss powered up a quick Solarbeam thanks to the effects of Sunny Day and fired the grass beam at Steelix knocking it back and leaving a dent in its softened steel.

The medics had quickly patched up Machamp but it wouldn’t be of any use in future battles, it be down as one of the fallen war heroes and would probably spend the rest of days reminiscing on its past; such a sorry future for such a proud Pokemon. Captain Frost stood next to his fallen Machamp who had roused enough to speak with him. Ruben told him to stay still and rest, it had fought hard and delivered the beginnings of their enemies’ demise, it should be proud. Machamp snorted in its pity and watched the battle continue without it and saw its trainer pull off another Pokeball from his BDU’s. Captain Frost would make that beast pay for maiming his partner as soon as the best opportunity arose.

Rhydon had yet to release itself from the ice encompassing its entire lower half but its feverish thrashing was weakening it gradually. Dragonair not willing to let it warm up breathes out her coldest Blizzard, the ice and snow lashing into Rhydon’s skin freezing over its horn and adding to the ice around its body forming a large platform of ice around it. Rhydon was shaking profusely though seemed a little relieved at its head being the same temperature as the rest of its body, but what progress it had made was erased from the Blizzard. Missy used her last attack summoning grass energy and firing off multi-coloured leaves that spun and struck Rhydon leaving shallow cuts in its rocky hide as well as slicing some of the ice off. Titan had shaken off the punch he had taken enough to slowly approach his abdomen black with bruises from the attack and hesitantly punch Rhydon back with his Rock Smash causing its head to snap back and a black bruise of its own to appear mixing in with the blood smears already present. Rhydon seemed to gain a little clarity from that shot and pulled its arms together slamming them down on the ice surrounding it with a Rock Blast managing to throw off large chunks of the frozen substance outwards. Titan backed off but was struck non-the-less across his already bruised abdomen and was now looking rather battered himself. Missy cried out as a chunk hit her and with her already diminished health it left her smarting and shaking off the pain, though fortunately her increase in defences had reduced the damage. Dragonair was also unfortunate to be hit by the ice and winced as the cold jagged rock sliced her skin leaving a long cut along her sleek form. The attack had reduced the ice surrounding Rhydon but it was still having problems moving and its increasing fever was making it even more difficult to concentrate.

Steelix, Tyranitar and Rhydon have been majorly weakened but at the expense of your Pokemon with almost all of them injured greater than before and some practically beaten to death. These trainers will need to pull all the punches and attack with everything they have, as a team, to finish off the wild raging beasts, time is not on your side and if you don’t act fast you may meet the same fate as the last convoy.

Missingno. Master
4th December 2008, 9:59 PM
"Arbok! Stunky!" screamed the trainer in horror. Holding out two Pok&#233; Balls, Missingno. Master returned his badly beaten, yet thankfully still alive Poison-types. He then stared at Rhydon in anger and fury. "Oh, you've done it now, Rhydon," he uttered in a dangerous whisper. And he plucked from the chain around his neck a single Pok&#233; Ball, and enlarged it to full size. "You've caused far too much destruction and devastation. It ends now." And he threw the Pok&#233; Ball. "Weezing! Destroy!" Sure enough, out of the Pok&#233; Ball emerged Missingno. Master's level 100 Weezing, his first and strongest Pokemon. "This Rhydon's caused far too much damage and destruction. It's already burtally beaten Stunky and Arbok." At the mention of his serpentine teammate's defeat at the hands of the Drill Pok&#233;mon, Weezing seemed to stiffen in midair. Even its pores stopped leaking smoke. Weezing turned around and faced its trainer. All four of its eyes were ablaze in fury, both faces contorted in rage. Missingno. Master smiled. "Weezing, give this heartless fiend a good Psybeam, then follow it up with the nastiest, coldest, most powerful Blizzard you've ever spewed forth. Repeat the process if necessary. If it tries to attack you- and it will- use Smokescreen, then go up, and continue blasting Blizzards from up there." Weezing nodded, showing it understood its orders, then turned back to face the Rhydon, and prepared a Psybeam. Missingno. Master was confident that Weezing could finish it. He'd known the Poison Gas Pokemon since it was a level 5 Koffing, and knew it to be a powerful battler. And when it came to Arbok.... Weezing and Arbok were the best of friends. When Weezing's faces had those looks of anger, Missingno. Master knew it would put everything it had into taking down Rhydon. Meanwhile, he turned around, and making sure it was a relatively safe distance, let Arbok and Stunky back out. They lay on the ground, badly injured. "You two need medical attention," murmured Missingno. Master. "Chaaaa...." Arbok hissed weakly. Stunky feebly let out a small blast of nonetheless smelly flatulence. Weezing turned around, and locked eyes with Arbok. Wordlessly, Weezing turned to face his foe, and prepared that Psybeam attack. Meanwhile, Missingno. Master started tending to Arbok and Stunky's wounds, which involved the usage of about 4 Potions. In no time, Arbok and Stunky were looking much better, but, Missingno. Master knew, still in no condition to face these behemoths. "Take a rest, the both of you," said Missingno. Master, returning Arbok and Stunky to their Pok&#233; Balls. He then turned to face Weezing, who had just begun to attack. At that time, Weezing noticed a familiar Mismagius, which instantly told Missingno. Master that Arc Angel's Misdreavus had evolved. The sight of Weezing's lifelong crush seemed to lift his spirits, and he prepared to attack Rhydon, with more ferocity than ever.

lilbluecorsola
6th December 2008, 12:56 AM
Finally summoning the right courage, Jessica glanced concernedly towards Captain Frost, wondering what nature of reaction would emerge from the hardened man whose partner was just viciously ripped apart by a savage beast. Without noticing any sort of danger’s presence, the man’s legs instinctively carried his body towards his bleeding companion, progressing gradually in deliberate stages as if drawn by a mechanic force. The iron snake observed his steady advance with a contemptuous eye, waiting for the appropriate distance to remain when all of a sudden it rapidly hurled all four of the severed limbs in an attempt to prevent and ridicule the target. A distorted appendage clobbered the unwitting captain’s head, forcing him to the ground while the rest attacked the group of Pokémon positioned behind him. They immediately scattered to avoid contact with the projectiles, fearing as much the disgusting object’s impact as its vulgarity.

Ruben rose with a hand clinging dreadfully to his head, his eye marked obviously by the assault. Refusing medical assistance, his orders instead prescribed them to stand by until an opportunity arose to reclaim Machamp’s body. Jessica met his fierce, watered eyes as they glared tellingly at the trainers facing Steelix, fearfully understanding his request. She swallowed hard and nodded, indicating that she would try her best.

A satisfied grin crept slyly onto the serpent’s face as it surveyed its composition. Content with a sizeable victory, its interest exchanged for a smaller, much spicier victim. Its great eye regarded the trembling Vulpix with appetence, drawing back in anticipation of crunching down delightfully upon her flavorful bones. Rocky, upon witnessing this, hastened to prevent the deadly bite, directly swinging his charged fist at Steelix’s leering face. The punch connected, dispatching the coiled snake across the sands with a screech. Rocky’s triumphant smile quickly faded as Steelix’s weight devastated Tess’s Ninetales, who unfortunately stood precisely in the creature’s altered path. A sympathetic cry escaped Jess as she remorsefully glimpsed Ninetales’s trainer, her eyes watering with penitence. Out of the corner of her eye, her consciousness perceived Captain Frost’s hasty retreat, embracing his wounded comrade in his arms. Her relief gently permitted a mild sigh.

A twitch, followed angrily by the sheer rising of metal. Cold, steel eyes stared at its stony attacker with fierce bloodlust. Screaming in wrath, its silver tail smashed begrudgingly into the Rhydon’s torso, propelling the target over the arid ground in a sudden swell of rocks and sand. His trainer called out to him in dismay, heart clenched immediately with fear. As her gaze hovered on his still form, those remaining operated to overcome the raging beast. Flames rose and escalated, ravenously climbing the steel portions with ambitious fervor, crossly substituting silver for red.

Rocky gradually ascended to Jess’s gladness, vengeance corrupting his countenance. The distance steadily reduced between the rivals until Steelix’s backside approximated his range. Seizing the steel mass’s train, his arms strained until the joint ruptured entirely, anguishing the serpent and initiating tortured shrieks of pain. Its twisting head impacted the earth, conveying stones in multiple orientations. The missiles assailed Rocky, hammering his mass to the earth. Before his legs could restore their vertical stance, his arm was instantly fastened by a giant boulder, banning his escape.

His allies endured despite their companion’s immobility, enclosing the target in sweltering flames until its burnished surface slowly began to soften and warp gradually into unrecognizable patterns. In closing, Inferno’s Houndoom triggered a beam of forceful sunshine that collided with Steelix’s shining surface, hollowing a thin cavity in its currently malleable shell.

A rushed survey confirmed Jess’s expectance of injury and grievance on both sides. Hesitance could not be afforded. Her immediate voice commanded her Pokémon’s direct responsive action.

“Rocky, hurry and SMASH the ROCK with your other fist! Then, BULK UP, and when the time is right, use HAMMER ARM on the dent in Steelix’s body! Make sure no one else is in the way first.”

Please let this be the end. Her heart prayed solemnly to the heavens, desperately appealing for the salvage of the wounded and dying. Every creature present (not only regarding herself) could surely not withstand any more of this cursed bloodshed. No more. Please. Just stop it.

Stop.

*DANI*
6th December 2008, 2:04 PM
Dani can't believe the Pokemon they're fighting are still standing with everyone teaming up on them like this, but she feels like she's failing against Tyranitar. Rosa's attacks are bouncing off it and the damage she took from enduring its attack against her and Shadow has left Rosa too weak to continue fighting. With Petal knocked out and Rosa really weak, Dani has to think quickly and clearly. Her shoulder is hurting from the rock that fell on her, but Shadow looks worse with the blood trickling from the cut on his head. She holds Rosa protectively and takes another Pokeball out, hoping Kira will have better luck than Petal and Rosa have.

"Soak that rabid monster with Water Pulse, Kira" Dani says to Vaporeon while she grabs a clean cloth and a bottle of water from her pack. "I know it's sunny, but hopefully you can confuse it. After that use Acid Armour to protect yourself and Rock Smash to shatter its skull. If it's still standing attack with a Hydro Pump straight into its face." She pours the water from her bottle onto the cloth and gives it to Shadow so he can clean his wound. "I hope you're ok," she says then looks at Grim and smiles. "Thanks for saving us" she says gratefully. She doesn't know what else to say and watches Kira instead. Vaporeon is experienced, but it's been a long time since she's battled. Dani's worried, because this battle has already injured two of her Pokemon and heaps of other trainers Pokemon, and she doesn't want any more of them to be hurt.

Arc_Angel
8th December 2008, 7:36 PM
These beasts seemed to be able to take so much damage and still kept fighting and she wondered what it would take to finally silence them. Missy was still full of energy and after receiving her orders she waited for the opportunity moment to act. Stacey saw the others tackling the Rhydon usher their Pokemon close to them formulating their own strategies hastily, not waiting for the vile creature they faced to strike. Stacey felt the sick feeling in her stomach increase in intensity as she saw the smirk on Rhydon’s face and wished she had not offered her assistance. She should have stuck with her instinct and done what was best for her and her Pokemon. Damn Rapture for guilting her into this! If she or her Pokemon died from this foolish endeavour she would make her suffer. Casting bitter thoughts aside for a moment to concentrate on survival she saw several new Pokemon emerge to face their threat, each looking quite weak in her opinion. Several strong Pokemon had already met a gruesome end at the hands of this creature, why risk your younger weaker Pokemon only to watch them meet the same fate? Sighed she supposed they had all the faith in the world in their Pokemon and she prayed that was going to be enough for now. Missy floated nearby and Stacey nodded to her, the Mismagius sensing her trainers negativity, she was one of her strongest and had yet to put down Rhydon but like the many others battling, she had that faith.

A small Stunky filled the air with its poisonous gas making all around back off and hold their noses, Stacey included who glared at Missingno for risking poisoning them all. She watched in sadness as she Rhydon plunge through the gas only to pummel the small skunk to a bloody pulp leaving it nearly dead on the ground. This only solidified her negativity, this was a bad idea from the start and their Pokemon were paying the price. The trainer’s Arbok was quick to react in vengeance Screeching her lungs out before clamping down on Rhydon’s neck. As Missy used her Cosmic Power to boost her defences, wisely she thought, she spotted a couple more Pokemon erupt to face the beast, a small Castform and a powerful looking Dragonair, the latter blasting out a cold Icy Wind that lowered the temperature of the air surrounding them. Arbok seemed destined to suffer like its team-mate had as its faces was clawed at beyond recognition. Castform shot a ball of blazing fire right at Rhydon’s face that brought a smile to Stacey’s that must have hurt, good! Missy and Dragonair seemed to act in tandem as Ice Beams were fired and froze Rhydon from the waist down, maybe this would be the opening they needed though she was sure the hot Sunny Day would melt the ice faster than they’d like.

Stacey gasped as she felt the earth tremor as the powerful Nidoking charged towards his captive foe slamming it hard with its fist only to be punched right back. She was sure it would still be able to fight despite the hard blow. Rhydon looked in a real bad shape and Stacey felt not one ounce of compassion for it. She sneered at it as it thrashed about in its prison, it had taken many lives and she was glad to see it suffer. Darkness shone in her eyes as she watched it writhe in pain and Missy frowned at her, she disliked her trainer showing such emotion but she understood, Stacey was a complex individual and her darkness was as much a part of her as the light was. Dragonair continued the cold assault as a frigid Blizzard made her shiver as it ensnared Rhydon enlarging its prison and forming a platform around it. Missy tore herself away from her troubled thoughts and utilised her newest move as glowing leaves spun from her body slicing into the rock beast slicing at its thick hide as well as the ice surrounding it. Nidoking seemed to finish their current bout of assault as it smacked Rhydon in the head again with a nice Rock Smash. Stace’ys smirk turned to a frown as she saw Rhydon regain some sense and smash as his icy prison sending ice-boulders outwards striking Nidoking, Dragonair and Missy all of whom shuddered in pain. Stacey sent a look of concern at Missy who smiled reassuringly back at her.

“How you holding up Miss?” Stacey asked and Missy turned stating that she was fine, she had taken some damage but her boosts had helped reduce the pain. Missy fixed Rhydon with a harsh stare as she surveyed the injuries sustained by her comrades. Arbok and Skunky were down and out and Nidoking wasn’t looking too hot. The only one who had remained unscathed was Castform and she was glad one of them was still fighting fit.

Stacey took a moment to survey the others fighting Tyranitar and Steelix. Tyranitar was bleeding heavily from a puncture wound but still stood tall and Steelix had seemed to change shape from constant fire attacks wearing it down but disappointingly enough it too was still fighting. What would it take? More Pokemon had fallen to their foes, she spotted a small Roselia looking rather worn along with the Electrike she had seen earlier. The large new Dusknoir was hovering over two injured trainers and Stacey winced, so the Pokemon weren’t the only ones suffering? The trainers Rhydon was pinned down, Ninetales was protecting a hind leg but Vulpix and Houndoom were only sporting a few new cuts and bruises, that was good. She was sure that their faith in their Pokemon had helped too.

Turning back to the feverish Rhydon Stacey narrowed her gaze. She like nothing more than to leave it suffering for eternity for its crimes yet that would not benefit them. They needed to move and time was running out and she was sure they’d keep fighting until they’d finally made them submit, and submit they would.

“It seems that Rhydon is feeling a little under the weather Missy and that’s messing with its head. How about you use your Confuse Ray and seal the deal. Then strike with your Psybeam and finally put that filthy beast down with your Ice Beam. I know you’re still fighting fit but if manages to break out and hurts you more than you can take, you know I want you to do. It must be stopped and if it comes to it Destiny Bond its arse, if we go down, its going with us” Stacey said and Missy frowned, she felt capable enough to defeat this creature and was sure she would remain standing yet could understand her trainers train of thought. It had defeated such strong allies and it could easily be her next and Stacey was right, if her body was destroyed she would take its very soul with her. Such strength in defeat and the crushing blow would be more than worth it.

Shadowshocker
16th December 2008, 10:43 AM
Under the cover of Grim, Shadow had taken the best look he could over the battlefield. Elemental blasts rained all over the field and casualties were experienced on all sides, with a Stunky joining Mango and the others who fell victim to the onslaught. The tide of battle appeared to be turning in favour of the convoy but the match, Shadow knew, was far from over. Tyranitar -- and its comrades, it seemed -- were in states of severe bloodlust, rage and agony, and at this stage they would be at their most dangerous.

Wincing from the wound on his head, he turned to see Dani hand him a damp cloth to cleanse his forehead, a look of concern on her face. "I'm alright, thanks," he replies, taking the dampened material and managing to tie it about his cranium, covering the wound in the makeshift bandage. "I should be asking about you and your Roselia; your shoulder might have been dislocated." Turning, he spied Katsu from the corner of his eye, thankfully unhurt, while his Electrike was still managing to hang in there, both of them having escaped the avalanche. A graceful Vaporeon appeared next to Dani as she issued it orders. He turned back up to face Grim, the Gripper Pokemon clearly feeling the effects of his accumulated damage but worry furrowed deep in his eye.

"Don't worry for us, Grim. We need to take that monster down before it can do any more damage," declared Shadow. "Support Vaporeon with your Giga Drain to drain more vitality from Tyranitar, and get in another Flash Cannon. Then if you can get close enough to it without you getting hurt, let it eat your Drain Punch!"

As Grim nodded and floated away to execute his commands, Shadow readied Diamondhead's Heavy Ball in his hand. He could not risk him and Dani calling for medical help, lest Tyranitar be alerted to them and bring about more rampant damage -- they would not survive another rockfall. Shielding Dani's injured shoulder with his back, he readied himself to order a Protect from the Aggron to cover himself, Dani and Rosa if the need arose.

He dearly wished it would not arise.

Rabid Squirrel
19th December 2008, 1:18 AM
Kami sighed with relief. Kumori had managed to make it through the round unharmed. 'These pokémon are indestructible!' Kami thought with horror. She looked over at the Stunky and Arbok that were just horribly beaten. 'This needs to stop right now!' Kami looked over at the little Castform who was bravely fighting along the many tougher Pokémon around him. Kumori seemed to be smiling in spite of all that was happening around him. It almost seemed that he could see what could happen if they won and fought harder for that future while keeping his sunny disposition.[/bad pun]

"Kumori! Let's try to get the Rhydon real hot then cool him down! It worked for the Fantastic Four, I hope it works for us! First start by heating him up with your fire powered Weather Ball, aim for the horn! Then, use a Blizzard! Once again, aim for the horn! Use another Weather Ball after that at the horn still! Going from hot to cold back to hot should hurt it somehow!" Kami yelled out to her little Castform. If they didn't get through these Pokémon soon, they might not make it to the monster in time.

Rakurai
20th December 2008, 4:05 AM
Katsu couldn't help but feel guilty as he watched Kiba hurtle through the air as a result of the powerful hit he'd taken. The Electrike seemed to have been caught off guard by the speed of his opponent, but had he received his orders even a few seconds earlier, he might have been able react quickly enough to avoid harm completely.

He had wasted no time in hurrying to Kiba's side, and it was fortunate he did, for in doing so, he had put himself safely out of the way of the Rock Slide the Tyranitar brought down upon the other combatants and their trainers shortly after. Gazing upon the wounds that Shadow and Dani has sustained as a result of the attack filled Katsu with an even greater sense of urgency then before, but the fact that Kiba's best efforts had so far proved to be little more then an annoyance to the Tyranitar frustrated him, and Kiba was no doubt feeling the same way, expressing his feelings with a low growl.

Shifting his attention back to the Tyranitar, Katsu recalled how Kiba's Thunderbolt had managed to induce some paralysis thanks to the conductivity of the spike created by Grim's Flash Cannon, and reasoned that if Kiba was going to have any sort of impact on this battle, he would need the aid of the other Pokemon. Kneeling down beside the canine, Katsu whispered his orders to him, in hopes of not drawing the attention of the Tyranitar. "Kiba, I want you to use Double Team, but give me a subtle clue so I know which is the real you. Afterwards, be ready to fire off a Shock Wave, followed by a Thunderbolt on my signal." Kiba nodded his head, but whimpered in concern, knowing that his trainer had the intention of trying protect him. Why else would he want to know where he was after he used Double Team, let alone stay so close to him in the middle of a battle?

"Right when another Flash Cannon hits... That would be the ideal time. Failing that, I'll have to settle for a water attack, or have Kiba target that wound.", Katsu thought, as he looked towards Grim and Kira for a split second, before focusing on the Tyranitar once more. He had a plan, but he was still feeling extremely nervous, due to a feeling that he or Kiba would be targeted next, due to the fact that they had distanced themselves from the others...

Aquatic Angel
20th December 2008, 1:46 PM
Watching Rhydon's unrelenting and sickening attack on Stunky, Kim can feel bile rising in her throat and looks away, focusing on the enemy instead of Stunky's shattered body. The attack on Charizard had been hard to witness, but a Pokémon as small as Stunky will be lucky to survive such horrendous injury. Captain Frost's Machamp has suffered damage she wouldn't wish upon any living creature, and as far as she can tell it's only blind luck that has let them survive this long. This battle shouldn't be so hard and she's having a difficult time understanding how so many trainers and Pokemon are falling to their enemies, but now that everyone has started to prey upon Rhydon's weakness to ice and water attacks it looks like they're finally getting somewhere.

Kim winces when a jagged block of ice slices Dragonair's skin. She'll need to treat him as soon as possible to make sure he's not scarred from the attack, but there's no time for that now. They need to finish off Rhydon, Tyranitar, and Steelix quickly before any more blood is shed, but glancing at the sky she's not sure how effective ice attacks will be now that Sunny Day is in effect. She frowns, contemplating Dragonair's moveset which is currently quite limited with him being one of the newest members of her team. He doesn't have many physical attacks to work with, but perhaps if he were to combine his physical attack with water energy he might be able to put a decent dent in Rhydon's health. Kim can hear the other trainers calling out their attacks and orders for Dragonair to join them.

"When you see an opening, you'll need to Dragon Rush Rhydon which will hopefully give everyone a few seconds to rally a mass attack, then follow up with a point blank Ice Beam before it can retaliate." Kim remembers the joy Rhydon had taken in crushing Charizard's skull and feels giddy. Revenge isn't normally a practice she condones, but she's quite sure what she's feeling isn't the normal excited adrenaline rush of battle, and prefers to think of it as karma. If she has any say in the matter, Rhydon is going to understand the pain it had caused Charizard. "Finish off with an Aqua Tail aimed at its skull," she adds, hoping she's not letting her feelings get in the way of strategy. They don't have time to be wasting fighting these Pokemon so Kim stands nervously watching her fellow trainers and Pokemon renew their attacks, and hopes for the best.

ZoraJolteon
28th December 2008, 8:19 PM
Watching Vulpix battle from a distance, Zora wished he could get a chance to inspect her head wound. It didn't look too bad so far, well, he hadn't really had a chance to 'look' at it per say. His deduction was based mostly upon the fact Vulpix was still standing upright. What troubled him most was the knowledge that Vulpix would totally disregard it if she continued battling, no doubt aggrevating the injury. Looking down at the steel casing besides him, tough enough to resist damages far beyond a couple of loose rocks being knocked about, he contemplated sending out Forretress in her stead.
{Forget it.} Slowqueen told him, picking up on his thoughts. {If you wanted to recall her now, I'd have to drag her back myself, and I have no intention of experiencing her new Crunch.}
"True." he acknowledged. Vulpix thrived on vengeance, she would never willingly give up the fight now. That this was her first battle in years would just be adding to her determination. Tying up those thoughts for now, Zora once again tried to gather some more ideas about how the other Pokémon would be continuing the fight against Steelix. That Steelix would attempt to to target a trapped foe seemed like a safe bet, but what could Vulpix do about that? If she tried to make Steelix focus on her instead of Rhydon, that might end well for Rhydon, but it almost certainly wouldn't for the squishly little Vulpix. Of course, Vulpix probably outsped Steelix. She could try to use that to keep herself safe even with the beast's full attention, but there was always the possibility of something in Steelix's movepool that would render that statistical advantage moot. If he accidentally ended up encouraging Steelix to unleash a Fissure which tore through the convoy or something, that could be catastrophic. Unless... if the problem was that there was no good option for Steelix to focus on, what if Vulpix mearly made Steelix incapable of focus... "GOT IT!" he yelled out suddenly in realisation of what had to be done.
{Open.} Slowqueen replied simply.
"OK Vulpix, you've melted Steelix's carapace, now it's time to melt it's mind! HYPNOSIS! CONFUSE RAY! EXTRASENSORY! Don't let Steelix form a single coherent thought until Rhydon is prepared!"]

enchantress
3rd January 2009, 10:29 AM
Hardly able to believe that Steelix is flaunting its victory over Machamp in such a vulgar fashion, Tess is so enraged that she feels the urge to fight the arrogant beast herself. This Steelix isn't just dangerous, it's downright evil, and God help all of them if they're unable to defeat it soon. These three Pokémon are like no other she's come across, their endurance so much higher than any normal Steelix, Tyranitar, and Rhydon, that they're running rings around herself and her allies. It's just not logical that they're able to take so much damage and still keep on fighting, and Tess isn't comfortable amidst situations that don't fit into her nice, neatly compact, idealised version of how things should be. Although she'd gone out of her way to avoid watching Frost just a minute ago, she can't help but find her eyes drawn to him now. His fraying composure is soon ripped to shreds, his primordial roar of rage so full of grief that she feels something inside herself shatter. If that had have been one of her Pokémon...

She shakes her head, trying to rid the gruesome image from her mind, but upon looking at Steelix realises that very well could be one of her Pokémon if they don't take it down now, and that this battle is far from over. Upon watching Steelix carefully, Tess is immediately struck by its next actions and her jaw drops as an enlightening realisation hits her. With all of the Pokémon surrounding it, Steelix had first targeted the smallest of the lot. This thing isn't the badass it wants them to think it is. It's nothing but a darned bully, and an arrogant one at that considering the way it had flaunted Machamp's severed limbs in front of everyone in an attempt to intimidate them. With this in mind she's able to think more clearly. Facing a powerful force of nature is one thing, bringing down an arrogant bully is another. This will be satisfying to watch.

Unfortunately not everything turns out as planned, and Tess finds herself gasping with shock when Rocky's Dynamicpunch sends Steelix reeling into Ninetales, crushing her under its mammoth body as it rolls right over top of her. It gets up, rage in its eyes, voicing its displeasure with a high pitched Screech that forces Tess to clap her hands over her ears before the invading sound waves can shatter her eardrums. Steelix wastes no time in exacting its revenge upon Rocky, slamming him for a six with its Iron clad Tail before turning its attention to Houndoom who manages to outsmart it by creating clones of herself. Vixey, thankfully, isn't down and out after being crushed by the steel titan, but Tess shudders upon noting the Ninetales broken leg as she limps closer to Steelix. She wants nothing more than to recall her Pokémon at this point, but there isn't an opening, and she unwittingly holds her breath while Vixey moves in, assaulting Steelix with an unbearable Wave of Heat that has the Iron Snake Pokémon screeching this time in a state of pure agony.

Eventually realising she'd been holding her breath, Tess releases it in a long, slow, steady stream, relieved that Vixey is okay, but terrified she won't be able to recall her before Steelix strikes again. With a broken leg the Ninetales has no chance of outrunning the beast, or even successfully dodging it while she's maimed, and there's no way on earth Tess is going to allow her Pokémon to be a sitting duck for the sadistic beast. She can only watch for now as Frost's Machamp is tended to by the medics, and hope that an opening appears soon so that she's able to recall her Ninetales before Vixey can become Steelix' next victim. While the steel titan is still too distracted to notice, Rocky returns to the battle, limping, but with an aura of determined vengeance surrounding him. He closes the gap as quickly as he can considering the state he's in, grabbing hold of Steelix' tail and yanking it with all the strength he can muster into a completely unnatural angle resulting in a dreaded new level of pain being inflicted upon the behemoth. Tess grins at this, for witnessing the torture Steelix is experiencing fills her with a sense of satisfaction after all it had done to the Pokémon and humans who hadn't been lucky enough to escape its vicious onslaught.

Rocky isn't finished yet though, which pleases Tess even more. She'd always adored Jess, thinking her one of the sweetest of trainers she knows, but to see the girl's Rhydon attack their common enemy with such ferociousness is both a shock and an enlightening experience for Tess. Jess may be gentle by nature, but by God the girl doesn't take any ****, nor do her Pokémon. Affording a quick glance in the girls direction, Tess watches Jess bark out her next orders before an expression of anguish crosses her face. She can only imagine what the trainer is thinking, and Tess also finds herself praying that this will be over soon, then returns her attention to the battle just in time to watch Rocky add insult to Steelix' injury and snap its tail back, breaking it at the joint. If the beast weren't trying to kill them, Tess would pity it, but she can't afford to allow herself to feel anything but contempt. She watches while Ninetales and Houndoom close in while Steelix tries to regain its senses and work through its agony, both assaulting it with their respective Overheat and Solarbeam attacks, adding further damage as well as quite a significant dent to the titan's armour.

Finally seeing her chance to recall Vixey before she can become victim to Steelix, Tess calls her Ninetales over, dropping to her knees and wrapping her arms around Vixey's neck, burying her face into the Ninetales golden fur.

"I can't let you stay out there, Vixey," Tess chokes, her emotions finally cracking. "With your leg like this you can't possibly stand up to Steelix much longer and I'll never forgive myself if..."

Unable to continue speaking, Tess gazes deeply into the Ninetales eyes, noting Vixey's understanding, but also an expression of defiance. Vixey shakes her head, refusing to return when the battle is at such a critical stage, leaving Tess torn between allowing the Ninetales to continue to battle when she's at such a disadvantage, or pulling her out despite the fact Vixey is adamantly refusing to back down. Tess' initial reason for allowing Vixey to fight this battle still stands, and pulling her out now could very well be misinterpreted by the Ninetales as her trainer not having enough faith in her to succeed, but Tess' foremost priority is to ensure Vixey's safety.

"I'll let you back out now sweetie, but on one condition" Tess says hesitantly, gently stroking Vixey's neck. "You have to keep your distance from Steelix."

Tess' tone is matter-of-fact, allowing no room for misinterpretation. With Vixey's mobility hampered, she can't risk getting too close because she won't be able to evade physical attacks with the same agility she's normally able to use.

"Do we have an agreement?" Tess asks, awaiting Vixey's response.

The Ninetales nods, thanking her trainer by rubbing her nose against Tess' cheek. Her eyes are shining with pride, but even though Tess is pleased to see that Vixey is happy Tess has enough faith in her to allow her to return to the field, a tight knot of fear has well and truly implanted itself in her stomach.

"All right then," Tess says, her mind sifting through the moves Vixey has learned. "Your fire energy is nearly depleted, but that doesn't mean we can't finish off with one monstrous hit. Remember - don't get too close. Attract Steelix' attention and Disable it so that others are able to attack without fear of retaliation, then shoot a Confuse Ray at it, and finish off with Fire Blast."

Giving Vixey another tight cuddle before the Ninetales returns to the battle, Tess whispers, "Be careful," before watching while Vixey limps back onto the battlefield.

Inferno.
4th January 2009, 10:42 AM
Inferno is disgusted by the way Steelix is showing off Machamps ripped arms like they're gruesome trophies. He shudders, and is thankful that Houndoom got off lucky because having a scar is better than losing her legs. He watches the Pokemon battle Steelix, the way Rocky is fighting impressing him so much it's making him want a Rhydon for his team. Vulpix, Ninetales, Rocky and Houndoom are attacking Steelix one after another, but other than it breaking Ninetales leg when it rolled over her it hasn't hurt them much this round and Inferno can tell its getting weaker. If they keep on attacking it now and not give up they should be able to beat it.

"Houndoom! Use your special move, Voodoo Bugaloo, and stab Steelix in its eye!" Inferno yells. He could have Houndoom stab it anywhere but after what it did to Houndoom Inferno wants to make it suffer. "After you grind it around for a while charge a Shadow Ball for as long as you can and hit it good then use Overheat!" All of the energy Houndoom will use could mean she won't be able to battle another round, but Inferno thinks Steelix might be weak enough to be beaten now, and is really hoping he's right. He watches while the Pokemon move in on Steelix again, and hopes all of them will be ok.

Arnold
4th January 2009, 11:53 AM
As the Armageddon like battle unfolds he watches closely at his surroundings yet not keeping his eyes off of Titan, the Pokemon that are around him doing their best to beat these ravenous monsters, each one using every ounce of strength they have in them makes him happy knowing that each one has it's place in battle against these evil Pokemon, his own Pokemon in his mind doing the damned best he can do, the Rock Smash he just witnessed Titan do knocking some beat into the newly formed Rhydon, grinning widely he shouts to Titan "Good foocking smash Titan, hopefully it knocked some sense into him." Just as he finishes his sentence though the Rhydon, bloody trickling down it's head, roars viciously, stomping on the ground and blasting a rock at Nidoking, the rock more bigger then his own head smashing into Titans body, causing him to roar in agony.

"Oh ****, oh ****, oh ****, Titan, you ok boy?" Looking worried he watches Titan get up wobbly onto his feet again, his body bruised to high hell, with no thought he gets a Pokeball in his hand and enlarges it, ready to return Titan to his Pokeball before something even worse happens to hi, but on seeing the ball the hulking purple beast lets out a mighty Roar that shudders through the battlefield, looking at me he scowls, a sight I have never seen before, kinda scary but he knows that Titan wants to see it through to the end, looking down at the Pokeball, his hand shaking in a mix of excitement and fear, he de sizes the ball and puts it ack into his Pocket, looking at Rhydon who has the biggest smirk on it's face he looks back at Titan, a Burning in his eyes, wanting this monster slain.

"Alright Titan, he wants to play, shall we play? Lets take things up close and personal, charge in and Show Rhydon one of your magical Double Kicks follow it with a very tasty Dynamic Punch right into the Rock Smashed head of his and once that's over and done with one swift Seismic Toss to send him on his travels.

enchantress
18th January 2009, 12:05 PM
Trainers and Pokémon alike are frustrated, frightened, and angry, but all are starting to feel slight stirrings of hope. Several factors have influenced how badly this battle had started for them, and the immediate, violent demise of some of the first Pokémon called out to fight. The raging bloodlust of Steelix, Tyranitar, and Rhydon had come as an additional shock to the sudden attack upon the convoy, nobody ever before having come across such demented rage, let alone knowing how to respond to it. The first couple of minutes saw some of the most shockingly graphic brutality they'd ever witnessed, and as they scrambled to react were unable to properly unite in order to successfully defend themselves against the invading trio. Trainers and Pokémon have sustained injury, but it is the shock of Machamp's horrendous fate that has affected everyone the most. Seeing the mutilated bodies of trainers, army personnel, and Pokémon in the desert was one thing, but witnessing it in action is another. The next couple of minutes had brought more casualties, but also some significant victories which is now fuelling everyone on. They've managed to turn the tables somewhat, each group damaging the raging monster they're battling, so if they can just last these next few minutes they may very well get out of this alive, but they have to be smart, uniting against their common enemy in order to survive.

Steelix is still reeling from that last attack, its Screech of fury ringing out across the desert. Rather than be bothered by it, all allies are filled with adrenaline as they know they have a fighting chance now and waste no time in striking while the iron is hot. Vulpix is barking madly trying to draw Steelix's attention while Vixey tries to help Rocky pull himself free of the boulder pinning his arm down, but it's Houndoom who is the first to add insult to Steelix's injury. The agony of the steel titan's attack that had very nearly resulted in the loss of her eye is still fresh in her mind, and drawing upon her limited stores of psychic energy she summons up an evil looking Pika Doll beside which a psychic pin is floating threateningly. The sorcerous apparition is only the first part of her special move, Voodoo Bugaloo, and as Steelix finally refocuses upon the group of Pokémon in front of it, is completely confused upon seeing such an odd visual image floating beside Houndoom's head. Thinking it nothing more than a distraction, Steelix grins menacingly, its heavy body crashing into the desert floor as it lunges forward to speed across the gap separating the two Pokémon. Houndoom stands her ground, her mind totally focused upon what she is doing, and with the distance between them closing at an uncomfortably rapid rate, delves the psychic pin into the voodoo doll's eye. Steelix screams, the ungodly sound like nothing anyone has ever before heard. If not for the fact this monster is trying to kill you, you'd pity it for the agony it's suffering, but Houndoom isn't done yet. Steelix's forward momentum stops, and while its huge body writhes violently on the ground, Houndoom proceeds to grind the pin around in the doll's eye for several very long seconds. To everyone watching, Steelix appears to be in the throes of an invisible curse which for all intents and purposes it is, the stabbing white hot pain in its eye seeming to utterly engulf it, invading its mind and making it impossible to react to anything but the searing pain.

Of the three lethal Pokémon the trainers are facing, Tyranitar seems to be the one who is faring the best with only three opponents to battle although it's certainly taken its fair share of damage. Dani and Shadow are both injured, and while Katsu has managed to evade injury thus far, Kiba isn't so lucky. The little Electrike is a fighter though, and even with a distinct type disadvantage is ready and willing to re-engage in battle. Kiba moves swiftly, darting around his enemy, Double Teaming to create three clones of himself that surround Tyranitar who Roars with rage upon seeing itself surrounded by little electric dogs. Lashing its Iron clad Tail out, Tyranitar disintegrates one of the clones while Katsu keeps his eyes peeled, searching for Kiba's discreet signal so he'll know which of the three remaining Electrike on the field is his teammate. Vaporeon moves in while Tyranitar is distracted with Kiba and his clones, Grim backing her up all the way. The Dusknoir relies on its TM training to sap away at Tyranitar's energy levels, but with the move not being something he's naturally able to learn, is finding it a strenuous task to perform. Luckily the Giga Drain is helping rejuvenate enough of his own energy for him to keep the attack active while Vaporeon races straight up to the Armor Pokémon and lets loose with a Watery Pulse of energy. Unfortunately, while the effects of Sunny Day is doing wonders for the fire types on the field, it's severely hampering the use of water type moves, Vaporeon's little aquatic sphere vapourising rapidly upon release. Fortunately she's managed to get close enough for it to have some effect though, what's left of the bubble bursting upon impact with Tyranitar's face. Water explodes into its eyes, but it's the supersonic waves that are unleashed that has caused the most trouble. Tyranitar is overcome with confusion and begins Thrashing about wildly, its fist slamming into the side of Vaporeon's head and sending her flying several metres. She crashes to the ground with an audible thwump and lays there for several seconds, breathing heavily and trying to regain control of her senses while Tyranitar continues its frenzied attack, wiping out another of Kiba's clones in the process.

Rhydon, who is bruised, bleeding, and feverish, is in quite a sorry state, but this only makes it more dangerous as it lets out a warlike cry and Hammers its Arm into what's left of the chunk of ice immobilising it. The ice shatters, freeing the enraged Drill Pokémon who immediately sets its sights upon Titan. Rhydon and Nidoking are pretty much an equal match for one another, Rhydon considering this particular one of its foes to be the most worthy, and therefore the most lethal, which in its eyes means that Titan must die. Eyes red with fury, Rhydon snorts while Stomping the ground before lowering its head with its horn spinning at high speed. It charges for Titan, but has barely covered two metres of ground when a bright wave of light penetrates its cranium and utterly confuses it. Missy's Confuse Ray does wonders, Rhydon tripping over its own feet, falling headlong into the ground, its Horn Drilling into the rocky desert floor and flipping it completely upside down. Its arms and legs are flailing wildly, and being too confused to know what's going on, is a perfect target for Titan who strolls up casually, turns his back on Rhydon, bends over, places his hands on the ground, and proceeds to assault the Drill Pokémon with a barrage of Double Kicks until it's eventually knocked out of its uncomfortable position and keels over to land heavily on its left side, its arm injured as its own body weight and the unnatural angle from which it has fallen snaps its shoulder joint. Rhydon roars, agony slicing through it like a knife and bringing it back to its senses. It gets up slowly, right hand clasped over its injured left shoulder, and jumps into the air, pounding back down with such force that violent shockwaves are sent coursing through the rocky Earth that starts to quake uncontrollably. Every Pokémon who isn't airborne is affected by the attack, including Steelix and Tyranitar, while trainers are knocked off their feet and are left scrambling trying to protect themselves and each other from being hurt. When the trembling subsides, trainers and Pokémon reassemble, renewing their attacks upon their respective enemies.

Captain Frost is still trying to come to terms with the injury that is going to leave his partner maimed for life, the expression of agony and utter hopelessness in Machamp's once proud eyes filling Frost with such despair and rage that all he can think of is revenge. He stands stock still, his stony gaze fixed upon Steelix who is still writhing in agony while being tortured mercilessly by Houndoom. A Pokéball is clutched in his fist, his knuckles turning white while he attempts to control his rage. A military man, he's not one to succumb to emotion, especially when embroiled in battle, and now is no different despite his personal tragedy. Sparing a few more seconds to calm himself he finally lifts the Pokéball he's holding, bringing it up to his lips and whispering, "It's time to avenge our comrade, Meteos," and without another moment's hesitation, throws the ball forward to release a gigantic blue metal beast, the Iron Leg Pokémon stretching its heavy metallic limbs while calmly scanning the scene. It takes in the sight of trainers and Pokémon battling Steelix, Tyranitar, and Rhydon, taking only seconds to assess the situation and correctly conclude which are allies and which are its soon-to-be victims, but when Metagross' gaze falls upon Machamp its eyes open wide, shock temporarily overcoming logical thought. It looks to Frost who glances at Steelix, and as Metagross turns to concentrate upon the Iron Snake Pokémon, its eyes narrow, a burning red vengeance filling them and causing a shudder to run up the spine of those who happen to be watching at that very moment.

If Steelix thinks things are bad now then it's in for a shock because it has no idea what's about to hit it. Houndoom's voodoo doll finally vanishes, the piercing agony of her attack disappearing with it though the residual pain is still there. Steelix's left eye is so red that you'd be surprised if it can see anything through it, but its right eye is perfectly normal and filled with vengeance. Vulpix is still barking madly, trying to get Steelix's attention, but the steel titan only finds the little fox's yapping to be an annoyance and lashes its Iron Tail out to shut her up which only causes it more agony due to the broken joint. Fortunately with it's left eye being visually impaired for the moment it misjudges the distance between them and misses her, though only by a few inches. In the same moment Vixey finally manages to help free Rocky who rises to his feet and stretches his arms, very nearly doubling over as a stabbing, white hot pain shoots up his injured arm. Houndoom begins charging up ghost energy, a Shadowy black Ball slowly forming in front of her, while Metagross takes off from the sidelines to attack. It moves with surprising Agility, its heavy metal legs pumping across the field like giant pistons before it rams its full body weight into its enemy. Metagross Takes Steelix Down, the steel snake caught completely off guard and dropping like a brick under the sudden attack. Meteos only flinches for a moment, the recoil damage little sacrifice considering what this bloodthirsty beast has done to its teammate and friend. Metagross lifts its leg up high, its claw coated in steel energy, and with an extremely powerful blow, uses Meteor Mash to pummel Steelix's head into the rocky desert floor, the Iron Snake Pokémon's metal skull cracking under the stress.

With Tyranitar Thrashing around violently, nobody is willing to risk getting too close to the crazed monster, everyone scattering before they can be bludgeoned to death. Diamondhead appears on the field, the Aggron sorely tempted to attack Tyranitar himself, but his priority is to keep Shadow and Dani safe. He ushers them back, being sure to keep himself in between the two trainers and Tyranitar at all times while Vaporeon climbs gingerly to her feet, her sleek form glinting in the sunlight as an Acidic aqua coloured Armour coats her battered body. Kiba and his clones continue to circle Tyranitar, adding to its rage as it tries to pinpoint at least one of them to attack, when Metagross suddenly appears out of nowhere after having attacked Steelix to charge into Tyranitar at breakneck speed. Its Iron Head combined with the momentum at which it is moving sends Tyranitar crashing to the ground, too stunned to move, but Meteos isn't finished with it yet and with the speed of a Bullet, Punches its steel clad claw down into Tyranitar's nose resulting in an agonised bellow ringing out across the desert. The green dinosaur grabs hold of Metagross, holding on as tightly as it can whilst charging up a ball of energy that hovers just inside its open mouth. Then, with an almighty roar, it lets go of its metallic enemy and unleashes its fighting spirit, the close-range Focused Blast of energy striking Metagross and sending it flying at least twenty metres into the air. The airborne steel type remains calm, tapping into its vast energy reserves to use Magnet Rise, and a moment later arcs around in mid-air much like a frisbee to come swooping back in low and straight toward Tyranitar who is staring at it in bewilderment. On its downward descent Metagross calls upon its Psychic abilities to lift Tyranitar several metres into the air before hurling it into the ground at high velocity before Metagross continues on to find its next victim and leaving Grim, Kira, and Kiba to finish Tyranitar off.

Missingno. Master's Weezing appears on the field, filled with vengeance and wanting to crush Rhydon for what it has done to his friends, but when his eyes fall upon Missy, who has evolved since he last saw her, his heart nearly bursts upon seeing the beautiful ghost type before him engaged in battle. Yes, battle... He suddenly remembers why he's here, reluctantly pulling his gaze away from the splendid apparition to move in closer to Rhydon when he sees a Dragonair, aglow with Dragon energy, Rushing at his foe and striking it dead on to deliver a powerful blow. Rhydon is knocked off its feet, and while it's down the allies see their opening to attack and take full advantage of it. Missy and Weezing both unleash beautiful rainbow coloured Psybeams, the double assault keeping Rhydon down long enough for the others to make their moves. Kumori gathers energy from the sun, a brilliant fiery ball of energy hovering in front of him. Thanks to Sunny Day's effect, his Weather Ball is hotter than usual, and without a moments hesitation he hurls it at Rhydon whose agonised bellow is cut short by Nidoking's Dynamicpunch to the side of its head. A loud crack explodes into the air, Rhydon's head snapping to the side from the energy charged assault, and for a moment you think the attack has broken its neck, but with a huge grunt Rhydon rolls over onto all fours and begins struggling back to its feet. Weezing moves quickly, belching out a Blizzard before Rhydon has a chance to right itself. Unfortunately the attack isn't quite as effective as he'd hoped as the desert is just so hot now that the majority of the ice and snow is vapourized before it even reaches the Drill Pokémon. Rhydon faces Weezing, and with a defiant Roar lowers its head and rams its energy charged Megahorn into the Poison Gas Pokémon whose eyes bulge with shock as the horn pierces its filmy skin. Rhydon shakes its head triumphantly, showing off the impaled Weezing as some kind of sick trophy before sending the hapless Pokémon flying back at its trainer, but not before Weezing can breathe out a Smokescreen that forms a dark cloud around Rhydon and those nearest to it. With visibility greatly reduced, it's pure luck that Metagross had already pinpointed Rhydon's position as it descended from above, and a split second later it charges through the smoky cloud and with its psychically charged cranium uses Zen Headbutt to ram into the raging beast. Those close to the scuffle back away as quickly as possible, and while crashes, bangs, and roars of pain and fury can be heard from within the smoke, nobody can tell which of the two Pokémon is having the crap pelted out of it until the desert breeze starts to waft the cloud away. It clears in just enough time for trainers and Pokémon to witness Meteos Hammer its heavy metal Arm into Rhydon's gut before the Metagross takes off over toward Steelix with an expression of grim determination in his eyes.

With Steelix down, Vulpix finally manages to make eye contact with the steel titan, her Hypnotic gaze quelling its rage enough for it to stop writhing and start falling asleep, but Rocky's determination to see Steelix pay for all its done soon puts a stop to that when he uses his good arm to Rock Smash Steelix in the side of its head. Steelix lurches upward, then lunges down, closing its terrifying jaws over Rocky's entire head, its Ice charged Fangs sinking into the Rhydon's back and chest. Steelix rises up to its full height, thrashing Rocky around like a rag doll and preparing to devour him to show its superiority. Vulpix and Ninetales are horrified, both firing off their respective Confuse Rays before Steelix can kill their brave ally, the double dose of confusion penetrating the steel behemoth's mind resulting in it releasing Rocky from its lethal jaws. Rocky drops to the ground, badly hurt but thankfully still alive when Houndoom unleashes her by now fully charged Shadow Ball. The dark wind, chocker block full of ghost energy, surges over Steelix while Houndoom looks on, panting heavily while sweat drops to the ground around her. In its confusion, Steelix Slams its own head into the desert floor just as Meteos reappears to flatten it with a high speed Body Slam. Ninetales proceeds to concentrate hard to Disable Steelix so that it's unable to defend itself and while the red aura surrounds the metal beast, all allies move in for their final attacks. Rocky gets up slowly, pain in every movement, Bulking Up in order to maximise the damage he's about to inflict while Meteos pounds his Metal Claw into the crack in Steelix's cranium, widening it further. Vulpix shoots out a beam of psychic energy that zips straight into the void in Steelix's skull, the Extrasensory damage totally screwing with Steelix's head who doesn't even know up from down at the moment, let alone be able to think clearly enough to disengage itself from Ninetales Disable. Metagross, satisfied that the remaining Pokémon can finish off Steelix, speeds off to assist its other allies giving Houndoom the opening she needs to attack without harming Meteos in the process.

Tyranitar rises to its feet with a mighty Roar while Katsu looks for an opening to order Kiba's attack. He and his two clones are still circling Tyranitar, just waiting for a chance to move, and sure enough his chance presents itself before long. Tyranitar pounds its chest before focusing on Vaporeon, Leering menacingly at the little aquatic pup who had dared attack it and begins to stomp its way over to teach her a lesson. Grim isn't about to allow another of Dani's Pokémon come to harm though, both him and his trainer having become quite protective of the fiesty teen during the past several minutes of this adrenaline charged battle. Quick as a Flash, Dusknoir fires off a Cannonball of steel, the metal projectile smacking Tyranitar in the skull. An audible crack is heard as the dinosaur's skull shatters which only infuriates it further, and as it spins around to refocus its sights upon Grim, Meteos comes charging in from the side with great Agility to Take it Down with one, swift movement. Both Pokémon fall back, Meteos stinging from the recoil, but not enough to stop him from delivering a powerful blow with his Metallic Claw as he swipes it across Tyranitar's face. The dinosaur bellows with rage, but Meteos appears to be enjoying himself and lifts Grims cannonball from the ground, ramming in down Tyranitar's throat before taking off to help his allies defend themselves against Rhydon. Katsu sees his opening and calls out to Kiba who wastes no time in firing a Shockwave into Tyranitar's mouth. Kiba's remaining two clones dissipate the moment the electric bolts of energy shoot out of his body, but with Tyranitar barely able to breathe, and now being roasted from the inside out as Grim's Flash Cannon acts as a conductor for the attack, he's far from concerned about the loss of his doubles. Tyranitar's eyes bulge as its body convulses, but nobody is willing to allow Tyranitar the chance to recover and the moment the attack wears off, Grim smashes his fist into the weakening beast feeling a surge of vitality as his Drain Punch sucks away Tyranitar's energy while helping to restore his own. The Armor Pokémon is getting desperate now as it can feel it's fighting a losing battle, and lashes out with a Fire charged fist to Punch Grim in the gut. Dusknoir stumbles back, feeling a burning sensation where the attack has made contact, and as Tyranitar starts trying to hark up the cannonball lodged in its throat so that it can attack before it suffocates, Vaporeon charges at it to deal yet another massive blow to its head. Her Rock Smash stuns Tyranitar, and as it sits there wondering what the hell just hit it, Kiba sends a Thunderbolt down its throat. Its gurgling roar sounds quite pathetic as the electricity courses through its body, and after it shudders violently for several seconds it finally falls back to land with a heavy thud, KO'ed.

With one enemy down and two to go, those battling Rhydon are feeling more confident, renewing their attacks with vigour. Missy fires off an Ice Beam before Rhydon can recover from Meteos' attack, but unfortunately the effects of Sunny Day are really screwing with water and ice attacks being used against the rabid monster, and most of the beam is melted before it makes contact. Rhydon climbs to its feet and sets its sights on the nearest Pokémon which happens to be Titan who is temporarily distracted after having witnessed Tyranitar's defeat and therefore doesn't react quickly enough to evade the Horn Drill aimed at his chest. Titan bellows in agony as Rhydon's horn sinks into his flesh, drilling further into his body as the monster forces its full body weight into the attack, but Dragonair, unwilling to see his friend die right before his eyes, uses Rhydon's preoccupation with Titan to his full advantage by getting in nice and close, placing his lips against Rhydon's skull, and releasing a point-blank Ice Beam to the back of the Drill Pokémon's head. With a bad case of brain freeze turning its mind to mush, Rhydon falls still and Titan drops to the ground, bleeding heavily from the wound in his chest. Luckily no major arteries have been pulverized though, or this battle would have spelt his doom. With Rhydon frozen and immobile, Kumori follows Dragonair's lead and moves in close so that the full force of his Blizzard can be felt in the blistering desert heat. Ice is starting to form on Rhydon's tough hide, but even though it's melting away quickly, Rhydon is feeling every bit of pain dealt from the attacks. Weezing, weak but conscious, returns to add insult to injury, also pelting Rhydon with a close range Blizzard, though his second use of the attack takes all of his remaining energy and he drops to the ground, unable to battle any further. Kumori draws upon the power of the sun again, creating a fiery Weather Ball that he unleashes over top of his enemy, the combination of fire and ice hurting so badly that Rhydon regains its senses and leaps up from the ground in a wild frenzy. Unable to think, only to act, Rhydon begins a Fury Attack, striking out at anything in its path. It's kicking and scratching, its tail lashing out, and within seconds Kumori, Titan, Weezing, and Dragonair all fall victim to its frenzied assault. Kumori is sent flying into Weezing when Rhydon's tail whacks him hard, KOing the Poison Gas Pokémon in the process. Titan is Stomped in the head while trying to regain his feet, and the cut in Dragonair's belly is opened when Rhydon's sharp claws slash at his vulnerable underside. Missy is beside herself, and though she knows Rhydon won't last much longer due to the effects of her curse she's afraid that one or more of her allies are going to be pulverized before that can eventuate. She looks into Stacey's eyes, resigned to tying her life force with the Drill Pokémon's via Destiny Bond when Meteos suddenly reappears on the scene. The Metagross hurls itself at Rhydon with such force, the Giga Impact sends them both reeling across the hot desert ground. The sound of rocks scraping metal cause many to fear for Meteos, but the Iron Leg Pokémon seems perfectly able to take care of itself and deals a Bullet Punch to his enemies head before falling back to rest after the strain of having used such a powerful move to knock Rhydon over takes its toll. Rhydon roars in agony, getting to its feet and preparing to give Meteos a taste of its own medicine when Dragonair swoops in low, his tail charged with water energy. As Rhydon roars, Dragonair does the unthinkable and delves his Aqua charged Tail straight down Rhydon's throat. The monster's eyes bulge as the Dragonair thrashes his tail around wildly inside of its airways, and Rhydon, too stunned to think, starts to choke. It tries to Bite down on Dragonair's tail, reaching out to claw at the dragon hell bent on suffocating it, when Titan grabs it from behind. Dragonair flies straight up at this point, hurt but otherwise ok, while Titan lifts Rhydon over his head. He's sweating from the effort, and more blood is gushing from the wound in his chest as he strains to keep Rhydon aloft, but with a defiant yell he uses Seismic Toss to slam Rhyon into the ground before falling back to land flat on his own butt. Rhydon grunts as it impacts the hard desert floor, and lays still for a moment while everyone watches, wondering it Titan had actually managed to knock it out, but then Rhydon moves, dashing all of their hopes. It shakily climbs back to its feet, but as it turns to look at those facing it, it screams as Missy's Curse courses through it, and a second later falls to the ground, KO'd.

Two of the three invaders have been dealt with, but Steelix, by far the most dangerous, is still standing. Though Houndoom's energy reserves are very low now, she manages to delve deep enough within herself to gather what remaining energy she has before belching out a heavy stream of flames that surges over the Iron Snake Pokémon before she collapses, completely sapped of energy but still conscious. Steelix screams as its battered body glows red hot, its iron plates warping further as the Overheat weakens its structure. Rocky moves in, Hammering his Arm into the dent in Steelix's body made by Houndoom's prior Solarbeam, his fist sizzling from the heat radiating throughout the metallic monsters body. It screams again, finally breaking free of Ninetales Disable, and in a last ditch effort to kill those fighting it, creates a ball of orange energy that hovers inside its gaping jaws for a moment before Steelix unleashes its Hyper Beam, directing the powerful beam along the ground and taking out all of those in its path. Rocky is the first to suffer, thrown back with such force that he's KO'ed even before hitting the ground. Houndoom is far too exhausted to move and is the next victim as the beam rips across the desert floor, and is also thrown back, KO'ed. Vulpix manages to move fast enough to evade the full force of the attack, but is still thrown through the air, landing with a painful thud and a pained yelp before the beam begins to move toward Ninetales who taps into her fire energy reserves and breathes out a Fire Blast that connects with the Hyper Beam just as it reaches her. The two Pokémon are battling it out, Hyper Beam and Fire Blast fighting each other in mid-air before eventually exploding in a huge fire ball. Trainers and Pokémon are thrown backward, Ninetales KO'ed and trainers injured... but Steelix still standing. It Screeches its triumph, the gleeful cry sending a chill up the spines of those still conscious, but it's Machamp who has gone unnoticed throughout all of this as nobody had even considered he would still be in any condition to battle. He walks onto the field slowly, all pair of eyes turning to him except for Steelix who is so caught up in its own arrogant gloating that it hasn't even noticed Machamp's approach. The expression of steely determination in Machamp's eyes fills everyone's hearts with hope and pride, for even though he has been seriously maimed, his natural fighting instincts are still intact. He grabs Steelix's tail with his two remaining arms, his muscular legs and feet bracing the ground as he lifts the steel titan and begins to swing it around in circles. Steelix's gloating scream turns into an enraged one, but it's helpless to react, and is completely at Machamp's mercy. The Superpower Pokémon builds up speed, and when Steelix is Screeching so loudly that everyone is forced to cover their ears, Machamp exacts his Revenge, slamming Steelix into the ground with a mighty blow that makes the earth tremble. A cloud of dust explodes into the air, obscuring everyone's view for several long seconds, and when it finally clears the steel behemoth is laying on the desert floor, KO'ed.

With the battle over everyone is flooded with relief, but are too exhausted to really appreciate the joy they should be feeling. There have been too many casualties in order for them to rejoice in this small victory, and considering they have a much more powerful enemy ahead of them they're beginning to wonder if they've really made the right decision in taking part in this mission. Captain Frost sends up his flare, signalling for the truck to return, before checking on his teammates. His pride in his Pokémon is unmistakeable, and while he tends to both Metagross and Machamp, everyone else busies themselves seeing to their own Pokémon. Several minutes later, as the truck is approaching and the trainers are grouping back together, another powerful pulse of energy shoots into the sky. Everyone looks at one another, for the timing of this pulse makes them wonder if perhaps the creature trapped in the ice is conveying its displeasure at their victory. How could that be the case though? It's under miles of thick ice and can't see what has happened here, and it's not like it had sent these Pokémon to kill them... It couldn't have... Whatever the case, the engine of their transport vehicle has been damaged by the pulse making it useless for further travel, but it seems Frost and his personnel had been expecting this and were prepared for it. They move with precision, never doubting their movements, and retrieve their belongings, one of which is a satchel full of Pokéballs of varying designs. One of the soldiers removes several of the Fire Balls, releasing Rapidash after Rapidash into the desert, each of the beautiful fiery equines having had their right flanks branded with an army tattoo. There is one horse for each of you, and a few more who are being saddled up with supplies for the journey ahead. They're all fine looking Pokémon, obviously strong and very well trained, and while a couple of the trainers have their reservations about riding a military horse, others really don't mind.

"These Rapidash are military trained and will follow any orders given," Captain Frost says, addressing the party of trainers. "We need to move along now because we have a long journey ahead and very little time. Be sure to watch out for each other along the way in case there are more surprises in store, because we don't need to be caught off guard again the way we were just now." His gaze falls upon Machamp, and a silent understanding passes among you. No more words need to be spoken for everyone is fully aware of the danger, and now that you've come face to face with it and barely managed to emerge victorious you know you won't be taking anything for granted from this point on, particularly the safety of yourselves and your Pokémon. "You have five minutes to gather your things and choose a steed, and then we need to move out," Frost adds, turning on his heel and saddling up his own mount for the journey ahead...


Battle Rewards
Prizes are based on your Pokémon's levels as well as training. Each Pokémon will receive one level for each round they've battled, but if already Lv.100 will receive one Egg or MT move in lieu of each respective level. If already Lv.100 and fully trained they'll receive an Advanced Move if they took part in all three rounds, or TMs if they battled in two rounds or less.

Aquatic Angel: +2 levels for Dragonair; +1 Egg or MT move for Charizard.
Arc_Angel: +3 Egg or MT Moves for Mismagius.
Arnold: +3 Egg or MT moves for Nidoking.
DANI: +1 level for Roselia; +1 Egg or MT move each for Meganium & Vaporeon.
enchantress: AM Blast Burn for Ninetales.
Inferno: +3 levels for Houndoom.
lilbluecorsola: +3 levels for Rhydon.
Missingno. Master: +2 levels for Arbok; +1 Egg or MT move for Weezing.
Rabid Squirrel: +1 level for Swinub; +2 levels for Castform.
Rakurai: +3 levels for Electrike.
Shadowshocker: +1 level for Quagsire; +2 levels for Dusknoir.
ZoraJolteon: +3 levels for Vulpix.

Missingno. Master
18th January 2009, 2:23 PM
Battle Rewards
Prizes are based on your Pok&#233;mon's levels as well as training. Each Pok&#233;mon will receive one level for each round they've battled, but if already Lv.100 will receive one Egg or MT move in lieu of each respective level. If already Lv.100 and fully trained they'll receive an Advanced Move if they took part in all three rounds, or TMs if they battled in two rounds or less.

Missingno. Master: +2 levels for Arbok; +1 Egg or MT move for Weezing.


OOC: Teaching Weezing Screech (egg move), and bringing lv. 27 Arbok to lv. 29.

Missingno. Master looked at the trio of defeated behemoths, and felt a small, distinct pride in Weezing for battling so bravely. He pulled a Revive out of his pack and used it on Weezing. The Poison Gas Pokemon was now conscious, but still rather injured. Missingno. Master then took out a Poke Ball and threw it. "Qwilfish, I choose you!" he called. Out of the Pokeball exploded the Balloon Pokemon, who landed on the sand and looked at his trainer. "Qwil?" he inquired. "Qwilfish, use your Softboiled on Weezing, OK?" asked Missingno. Master. "Qwil!" exclaimed Qwilfish, as his eyes glowed. In front of the little fish appeared an egg in midair. The egg then floated towards Weezing's larger head. Weezing gobbled the egg up in one gulp, and seemed to be completely re-energized. "Good job, Qwilfish, return!" said Missingno. Master, holding out the Poke Ball. After returning Qwilfish, he looked at the Rapidash which some of the others were already boarding. He then turned to Weezing. "You better get back in your Poke Ball, Weezing," he said. "You're gonna need your rest for later, I can feel it." Weezing nodded obligingly as Missingno. Master returned Weezing to its Poke Ball. Then, Missingno. Master took out his Pokedex and surveyed his team. Arbok, Weezing, Qwilfish, Crobat, Stunky, and Croagunk. "better make a change," he murmured. Using the white button on his Pokedex, he sent Stunky and Croagunk to the PC and in its place, retrieved Vileplume and Venomoth. He then walked over to the nearest Rapidash, slightly nervous, as he'd never rode one before. Very carefully, he climbed on Rapidash and prepared. Suddenly, the tense atmosphere was broken abruptly, as Vileplume let itself out of its Pok&#233; Ball, and readied what was sure to be a thunderous belch. "Vileplume, no! Return now!" cried Missingno. Master, holding out Vileplume's Pok&#233; Ball. Vileplume was returned just in time. "Just what we don't need- Vileplume's thunderous, echoing burps further enraging that creature," Missingno. Master muttered to himself.

lilbluecorsola
18th January 2009, 10:38 PM
Seeing their enemy fall in defeat at last filled Jessica with less relief than she had imagined. Moments ago she had witnessed Rocky’s horrific descent into oblivion, and all other thought processes immediately stopped dead. The world decelerated around her, all her thoughts focused upon her comrade’s prolonged spiral to the earth. His resounding impact reawakened her to time and her surroundings, and she cried out his name, her voice immediately lost over the raging battle. Their comrades were falling one by one. God, could nothing be done to stop all the madness? She wanted to fall to her knees and cry, but that would accomplish nothing. No, she needed to stay awake, aware of the madness in order to avoid it.

And so she watched as Captain Frost’s Machamp slowly lumbered onto the battlefield, approaching the Steelix with a single, yet clearly unmistakable objective in mind: to destroy the raging beast. Steelix’s swell of pride over its triumph combined with its searing left eye blinded its alertness to the opponent’s calm advance, arrogantly sweeping the field with its undamaged right eye, daring anyone to come close. Machamp’s shadow angrily loomed behind the reveling titan, his eyes fierce and wholly unforgiving. His right stumps were bandaged heavily, though stained unwholesomely red by blood, more so from the straining movement of his muscles. With both his remaining arms, he lifted the Steelix by its train, bracing the earth as he powerfully heaved the snake in wide, gaining circles. The Steelix’s triumphant announcement converted to rage, but its increasing rotary momentum prevented any sort of corrective response. With a wild roar, Machamp spun his victim into the ground, propelling shockwaves across the desert. A cloud of dust erupted, delaying eyesight for several seconds before settling quietly. In the silence, Steelix’s long body emerged, stretched without pride out over the desert floor, entirely defeated at last.

The unwinding of events was instantly followed by a mad rush to reclaim one’s lifeless Pokémon. Jessica ran to Rocky’s collapsed figure, she stumbled and collapsed exhaustedly onto him as well in a half-intentional embrace. She sobbed as she felt his chest heave under her, still scarcely alive with breath. She fumbled for his Pokéball, her trembling fingers requiring several tries to contact the ‘recall’ button on its surface. As her support vanished back into his haven, she gladly fell abruptly to her knees, hugging them close to her burning face as she cried softly.

Minutes later, she heard the increasing volume of engines, and gradually lifted her head to realize that the truck had returned, and trainers were regrouping back together. Suddenly, a pulse of energy flamed across the sky, scorching the horizon with an ominously deep rumble of warning. It was as if its source had cast it in order to express dissatisfaction over the results of the war…

Jessica stood up, and her legs automatically crossed the desert to rejoin the others beside the truck. From the rising murmur of discussion, she discovered that the engine of their transport vehicle had been significantly damaged by the pulse to the point where it could no longer convey the passengers to their destination. There was a moment of dreadful silence amongst the trainers as they imagined themselves stranded in the middle of the desert without a method of transport. In contrast, Captain Frost and the personnel promptly fell into action, hastily gathering all of their supplies from the truck. They moved with efficiency and exactitude befitting professionals, and Jessica’s fear relaxed a little, sensing that they had smartly prepared for this situation.

One of the soldiers vitally rescued a bulging satchel, which the confused trainers soon realized was occupied to the brim with variously adorned Pokéballs. The soldier reached into the sack and liberated Rapidash after Rapidah, magnificently bursting into the bright, barren expanse with fiery whinnies and stamps. An admiring gasp escaped Jessica as she beheld the spectacle; the horses were all fine, powerful steeds, well-bred and well-trained for racing and combat. Her quiet, respectful gaze traveled impressively from the tips of their majestic horns, to their proud, unmatched stare, down the blazing vermillion manes, along their strong, sturdy backs, and their beautifully muscled flanks, each identifiably branded with an army logo. There was one for each human to mount, and while some appeared hesitant to ride a military charger for the remainder of their journey, Jessica couldn’t help but feel some small sense of thrill at the prospect. She had never ridden a horse before, and while that detail was simultaneously a cause for trepidation, she nonetheless was clandestinely excited for her first attempt at riding such extraordinarily beautiful creatures across the desert. She shyly glanced towards Captain Frost, half out of expectation, but partly also because she wondered how his present mood was. His face was impregnable, his lips drawn into a tight, imperceptible guard against examination, which suddenly vanished as he began to speak:

"These Rapidash are military trained and will follow any orders given. We need to move along now because we have a long journey ahead and very little time. Be sure to watch out for each other along the way in case there are more surprises in store, because we don't need to be caught off guard again the way we were just now." His unconscious gaze traveled towards his Machamp, and the trainers all nodded slowly, understanding. "You have five minutes to gather your things and choose a steed, and then we need to move out," he concluded briskly, turning around to mount his own towering Rapidash, who received its rider readily, pawing the earth and snorting subsequently in the raised cloud of dust.

Jessica watched as a boy immediately walked over to the nearest Rapidash and ascended its back unsurely. She cast her gaze over the remaining mounts, wondering whom she should pick. In the end, she settled on one of the smaller horses. Approaching it from the side, she gingerly extended her hand, making sure that she remained in its view at all times. She started as the Rapidash shook its cloud of mane, then straightened itself, as if attempting to appear taller and more regal to its chooser. She smiled softly in appreciation, and gently laid her hand on the creature’s side. With some effort, she raised herself, and practically tumbled awkwardly into the seat. Gasping, she stretched her arms around the Rapidash’s neck, gazing fearfully down at the unanticipated height. Sensing its rider’s discomfort, it danced a little unsteadily, then secured itself and turned its head a fraction towards the girl. She bit her lip and sat up straight, moving her grip towards the reigns. Breathing a low sigh, she turned to face the desert, her heart pounding as she imagined having to ride this thing all the way across the stretch of sand fading silently into the distance.

As she clutched the reigns, feeling the heat rise from the beast’s mane, she realized the sensation was far different from her experience riding Rocky. As his name ran across her mind, her eyes filled with tears again, made worse by the harsh glare of the afternoon sun. He had gotten hurt so badly, and others too were far worse off than him. Her blurry gaze scanned the desert for the unconscious bodies of the beasts that had attacked them. They too had received such terrible pain – why? What had driven them to such madness? Where, how did they begin to lust for such slaughter? Even if it was natural thirst for blood (a thing she utterly refused to comprehend), the timing of the assault was uncanny. It just didn’t make any sense.

Something felt wrong. She wasn’t sure, but something definitely seemed out of place. As she waited for the others to board their mounts, her eyes remained on Steelix’s scattered segments, the battered, distorted metal still glaring fiercely in the hot sun. Soon, their opponent would be even more terrifying and powerful than what they had just faced. With a distinct realization that they all might in fact be heading towards their assured doom, she clenched the reigns tighter, mentally preparing herself for what may come, and forcefully steeling herself against what had already passed…

Shadowshocker
19th January 2009, 10:27 AM
As madly as violently as it had begun, the battle had reached its end. More Pokemon had fallen victim to the enemy in its blind anger, and the victory seemed pyrrhic for what the convoy's members had suffered. Captain Frost and his Pokemon proved themselves the true champion in the last moments; Metagross whacking down the foes in an alternation strategy that provided vital assistance to the other trainers, and Machamp having final word on the Steelix that assured its permanent retirement.

Doubt seeped into Shadow's psyche, challenging his will to go on. Looking about, the young man felt his fellow trainers must have experienced similar emotional turmoil; the battle had been bitter and brutal for all rhymes and reasons, and had pushed everyone to breaking point. No one in their right mind would wish to expose their beloved Pokemon to further destruction, especially if they weren't strong enough, and he was no different. But the vow had been taken, to make an effort to take down the legendary monster; surely each individual counted for something. The battle could not have been won without their cumulative endeavours.

Shadow winced and gritted his teeth as another sharp surge of pain dashed through the throb on his forehead. Grim had a hand placed on his shoulder; the Dusknoir himself still floating after the terrible event, but he had certainly not escaped unscathed. Diamondhead had his claw on Shadow's other shoulder, his face still etched with concern for his comrades and rage for the now downed opponent, and the monster they surely had to face. Another pulse of energy rippling through the sky further drained the blood from everyone's faces.

"Psychic control?" he thought as another wince from his wound was felt, resultant of his insistent brainwork. He was joining dots, dots that might not have existed, but it gave him something else to focus on other than the pain and pressure. If anything else it explained the unprecedented onslaught of the mineral Pokemon and clued to the monster's identity further, but it remained hypothesis.

As he pondered, the convoy was briefed for the switch to equestrian transport. A reminder was stated to watch out for each other and further surprises, and Shadow mulled it over. Under normal circumstances, he would have asked Grim to help scry into the future with Future Sight, but the Dusknoir had been through a lot since his most recent release, and if Shadow's hypothesis proved correct the scientist knew Grim would be crucial to success. He could not afford to continuously tire out the faithful Ghost-type.

"Grim, take a good long rest now. Diamondhead, thanks for watching out for us; I'll call on you if we need the help in the future."

Wordlessly the two tall Pokemon were withdrawn to their own capture orbs before Shadow selected and mounted his steed, one of those with a larger build to support his near-six feet in height. A hand went to his belt, plucking off the Rocket Ball which Shadow opened, revealing Ephidel the Crobat, Shadow's resident aerial operative. Likewise the Crobat looked on at his trainer's bandaged head in concern.

"We're on a mission, Ephidel," Shadow explained. "There's trouble, big trouble, and it can come out from anywhere. I need you to fly above us when we move out, scanning the area as you do so, and report to me the moment you see anything that resembles danger. For now, stand easy."

As Ephidel nodded, flying around his trainer to loosen his wings, Shadow gripped the reins of his military Rapidash. The moment the signal to advance came, he would be ready.

Rakurai
1st February 2009, 7:38 AM
A wave of relief swept over Katsu as he saw the Tyranitar finally fall, after having taken what seemed like an unnatural amount of abuse. His heart had been racing as he watched Kiba circle the beast, for he knew it was more then capable of putting him out of commission permanently. However, luck had been on the Electrike's side, for his Double Team had managed to keep him safe long enough to finish the unrelenting assault that had been set in motion by Frost's Metagross.

Katsu then turned to watch the remaining battles unfold; an urge he had been fighting for quite some time. The next to go was the Rhydon, who managed to put up a fair bit of a fight following the beating it had received from Metagross, unlike the less fortunate Tyranitar. The Steelix proved to be the most tenacious of the lot, being the last of them to go down. It also proved itself to be the most twisted of them, evident in the joy it expressed upon taking down a number of Pokemon with its Hyper Beam. That fact only made it all the more satisfying for Katsu when Frost's Machamp silenced it in an incredible show of strength and determination.

The threat having been dealt with, he wasted no time in tending to Kiba, who had quietly returned to his side after spending some time staring at the defeated Tyranitar, having not been completely convinced that it was really down for the count. "You did really well out there. I just hope you didn't push yourself too hard...", Katsu said, as he examined the Electrike, who shook his head in a way as if to say "Oh, it was nothing", despite the fact that he was clearly exhausted. He was rather surprised to find that there were no visible injuries, and although the thought of internal injuries worried Katsu, Kiba didn't seem to be in any excruciating pain, so he reasoned that a little rest was all that was needed. The heat of the desert had begun to get to both of them, however, and in response, Katsu reached into his bag for a bottle of fresh water (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showpost.php?p=9197263&postcount=5432), in addition to Kiba's favorite dish. As he did so, he noticed one of the pouches of Pokemon food he always kept on hand, and a thought suddenly occurred to him. "Ah! I'm such an idiot! I completely forgot that we didn't even get anything to eat before we came out here... Kiba must starving by now." Feeling rather guilty, he took one of the pouches out along with the other items, and apologized as he poured out a sizable amount of food and water for his companion, who accepted it with much gratitude. As for himself, the water was enough. He didn't have much of an appetite with the grisly image of the decimated convoy still fresh in his mind.

With Kiba's needs having been fulfilled for the time-being, Katsu's thoughts returned to the subject of everything that had just happened a few moments ago. It pained him to see many of the trainers grieving over their Pokemon, especially the captain, who's Machamp had been crippled for life. Such harm could easily have come to Kiba had he been less fortunate, and the thought of it made him feel sick.

He puzzled over how vicious the three Pokemon that had attacked the convoy were, and , he couldn't help but feel as though it would be best if the convoy dealt with the fallen aggressors permanently, lest they decide to attack some other unfortunate passersby in the future. But the timing of the attack had seemed all too coincidental, and he reasoned that the Pokemon of the legend had some manner of involvement in what had happened. Had it been controlling those Pokemon? Had it somehow stirred up an unnatural aggression in them? Or was it possible that those three were a remnant or descendants of the army spoken of in the legend, spurred into action by the awakening of their leader? Those questions were only a small fraction of the many that passed through his mind.

In time, the truck returned from its secure location away from the site of the battle, and all the trainers gathered around. However, much to everyone's dismay, another pulse of energy burst through the sky, and disabled the vehicle. For moment, Katsu thought that they might have to go the rest of the journey on foot, but the thought was quickly dismissed, as one of soldiers brought out a satchel containing a multitude of Pokeballs, and from them, released a whole herd of Rapidash, all of them looking strong, capable, and more then ready to carry everyone in the convoy to their destination.

Katsu approached one of the larger Rapidash, looking a little uncomfortable about the idea of having to go horse riding for the first time in his life, but the equine gave him a reassuring look that made him feel more at ease. There was the still the matter of Kiba, who was looking rather hopeful that he'd get to go for a ride this time, but Katsu couldn't imagine being able to carry him and maintain a firm grip on the reins of the Rapidash at the same time. He prepared to recall him once more, but this time, the Electrike wasn't nearly as accepting of his trainer's decision, and growled defiantly as his Pokeball was aimed at him. The look on his face wasn't bitter, however. Rather, it was one of terrible concern.

"I understand. If you're worried about me, you can come along for the ride.", Katsu said, having been quick to notice Kiba's expression. After a moment of pondering over just how he'd manage to ride with Kiba in tow, an idea sprung into his mind. He loosened the straps of his bag, and knelt down, motioning for Kiba to climb between his back and the bag. Once Kiba was in position, he proceeded to tighten the straps, until the Electrike was held firmly in place, essentially using his bag as a makeshift harness. It wasn't the most comfortable way to ride, but Kiba was still filled with glee, smirking as he rested his paws upon his trainer's shoulders.

With that, Katsu saddled up on his Rapidash, and nervously waited for the signal to move out. He knew that there was still a long way to go, and if the monster of the legend was really responsible for the recent ambush, there would almost surely be more of them in the future. "Kiba, stay sharp. If you sense any danger, don't hesitate to Protect us.", said the trainer, who received a prompt answer in the form of a dutiful-sounding bark.

In his heart, Katsu still wished that he hadn't come along on the mission, but his confidence had been strengthened, having seen that he and Kiba had been able to make a difference in the recent battle. But would they be able to do the same against an enemy of a strength unfathomably greater then what they had dealt with? That was the question that pressed on his mind the most...

Arc_Angel
8th February 2009, 9:33 PM
Battle Rewards
Prizes are based on your Pokémon's levels as well as training. Each Pokémon will receive one level for each round they've battled, but if already Lv.100 will receive one Egg or MT move in lieu of each respective level. If already Lv.100 and fully trained they'll receive an Advanced Move if they took part in all three rounds, or TMs if they battled in two rounds or less.

Arc_Angel: +3 Egg or MT Moves for Mismagius.

Teaching Missy MT’s Double Edge, Trick and Uproar thankya ^-^

With trainer’s Pokemon hurting, frustrated and angered by the savage attack they were aiming to end this battle now before anymore injuries were inflicted. Every trainer must have had the same thought in mind not wanting what happened to Captain Frost’s Pokemon to befall theirs. Stacey set her concerned gaze onto Missy, she had already tired of this horrid battle and instructed the elegant ghost on what to do to finish the job. Rhydon looked a right sorry state bruised and shivering from fever and it would seem with the several healthier Pokemon surrounding it that its time in this war was nearing an end. That thought was soon shattered as it gave a deafening roar hammering its arm into the remainder of the ice surrounding it freeing its movement entirely. Stacey watched in horror as it regained its sense far too easily stomping the earth before charging towards its nearest target, this being Nidoking with a vicious looking Horn Drill. With a look of understanding passing between her and Missy the ghost quickly acting to prevent as much damage befalling the mighty Nidoking letting loose a bright beam of light that struck Rhydon right in the face. Stacey managed a small smile upon seeing the befuddled beast stumble over its own feet crashing to the ground its spinning horn drilling into the ground throwing it onto its back. Missy smiled happy with her quick actions and Nidoking cockily walked up to the helpless rock monster and unleashes a barrage of kicks right in its shoulder and face knocking it out of the ground and dislocating its shoulder. Yet through its pain it still found the energy to leap up and smash back into the dry ground making it quake with enormous force. Missy looked worriedly at Stacey as she gasped and fell to the ground landing on her injured wrist yelping in pain lying on the ground waiting for it to stop shaking.

Stacey looked at the world upside-down from where she lay as the ground trembled and saw that the other Pokemon were affected by the devastating move; she was thankful for Missy’s Levitate ability at that point as it left her unharmed. Sitting up she saw the other trainers battling valiantly against their beast some having good luck and others suffering further before her attention was drawn back to Rhydon. She saw from the corner of her eye a Weezing appear and was instantly reminded of her own little Koffing, she was glad he wasn’t battling right he would have been trampled over for sure. She blinked, she recognised that Weezing and it seemed like he recognised Missy as the familiar lovelorn look entered its eye. Missy looked over and sighed, now was not the time. Dragonair rushed past the duo laced with dragon energy as it crashed into Rhydon with its speedy attack. Weezing and Missy moved in unison powering up duel Psybeams that mixed together and struck Rhydon head on stunning it long enough for the other Pokemon to act. Castform powers up its Weather Ball, the fiery orb crashing headlong into Rhydon, the rocky beast not getting a moment to feel the singular sensation of pain as Nidoking charges in with his Dynamic Punch nearly knocking its head clear off its shoulders. However the savage twists its head back to see a failing Blizzard blown its way by Weezing. With a defeaning Roar that had even Stacey spooked it charged towards the poison bag Pokemon delivering a hard Megahorn the sharp horn piercing its thin skin. Missy cried out for the poor Weezing but backs out the path of a Smokescreen breathed out as he hits the ground covering Rhydon and reducing its vision. Stacey feels a powerful gust that throws her hair wildly as a Metagross whizzed past the group heading into the smoke with a pink aura surrounding it, a cry of pain, distinctly Rhydon’s, echoing throughout the valley. Several grunts of pain and roars of fury emit from the smoke before it ascends enough for the group to see Metagross hammer its arm right into Rhydon’s gut and swiftly hover off towards Steelix. Stacey watched it speed off with awe, where had that amazing creature come from, was it Captain Frost’s?

Rhydon was still trying to recover as Stacey watched Metagross aid the other Pokemon take out Tyranitar, they had actually defeated it! Renewed with hope she turned back to their beast ready to finish it off once and for all. Missy fires her ice beam and Stacey frowns as the energy melts away in the harsh heat leaving nothing to touch Rhydon. Nidoking who was distracted took a Horn Drill in the abdomen, the spinning metal blade nearly cutting through his thick hide. Everyone looked on in horror expecting Nidoking to be torn asunder before Dragonair flitted in breathing out its own Ice Beam at point blank the ice energy crashing over Rhydon before it could melt making it cry out. Nidoking stumbles back a hole torn in its belly causing Stacey to hold her hand over her mouth, would more Pokemon end up permanently scarred from this meaningless battle. Castform followed suit and floated in close blasting Rhydon with Blizzard, beginning to freeze over the beast once more before unleashing another fiery ball that erupted all over the rock Pokemon making it flail in agony Unfortunately in its agony it unleashed its fury swiping at anything in its path slashing Dragoing, knocking Castform, striking Nidoking and scratching Weezing. Missy fortunately was impervious to the damage being a ghost but had to watch all this unfold before her and nearly cried as Nidoking’s head was stomped in. She remembered the last move Stacey mentioned one she knew her trainer didn’t want her to use because of its disastrous consequences that would be inflicted on her. But how could she just stand by and watch her team mates be brutalised like this when she could stop it right now. She focused on her ghost energies within her ready to destroy Rhydon for his actions, Stacey’s sorrowful look making it even harder for her. Just as she gathered her energies she saw Metagross fly past her slamming into Rhydon with such force that they crashed through the valley smashing rocks and boulders in their wake. Missy dropped the charge down thankful for the intervention and watched as the might steel giant cracked Rhydon with a Bullet Punch before backing off to rest, with all the activity it had done in such a short period of time it must be exhausted.

Rhydon still conscious and fighting roared in anger but gagged in shock as Dragonair forced her Aqua Taill attack right down its trachea. Rhydon flailed in panic trying to dislodge the foreign object but was having no luck but received an unlikely assist in the form of Nidoking Seismic Tossing it into the ground, Dragonair flying away from harm. Pokemon and trainers look on as Rhydon struggles to get to its feet and watch with baited breath as glows black as Missy’s Curse takes effect and kills off its struggles, finally knocking the beast out.
Stacey sighed in relief as Missy floated back down to her, the battle was finally over, thankfully. She wrapped her arms around her slim neck in a gentle hug as the Mismagius nuzzled her head against her trainer’s cheek in affection her body worn and completed tired. They turned to see the last of the trainers finally end the Steelix’s assault and everyone takes a moment’s pause to absorb the relief and silence that permeated the air. Captain Frost sends up the flare signalling the truck to return and Stacey sank to the ground feeling tired herself, her wrist throbbing painfully from the added blow it had taken. Missy hovered down to her mistress concerned but she needn’t have been.

“Thank you Missy. I knew I could count on you, always,” she whispered and Missy gave her a warm smile grateful to have been successful for her mistress in battle. Stacey kissed her head and returned her to her Love Ball.

“Rest up now Miss, you deserve it,” she spoke to the Love Ball before returning it to her belt. She was thankful that her Pokemon had come out of the battle relatively unscathed whereas some trainers were mourning their fallen friends and loved ones. Stacey sat for a moment gathering her thoughts really not wanting to move or continue with this fruitless effort when she thought back to Missy; she had fought so valiantly, she couldn’t let it be in vain. Stacey picked herself up and walked over to the truck that had arrived and saw the other trainers beginning to gather after treating their Pokemon. Suddenly a pulse of energy ripped through the sky again, the creature was getting closer and closer to being released, and she could feel it with every pulse that was fired. Did it somehow know that this effort to slow them down had failed? It couldn’t possibly…

The truck that had brought them here had ceased its spluttering, the engine dieing, and the effects of the pulse crippling them once more. They would no longer be able to reach the sea with that, would they have to walk? Stacey grimaced at the thought of walking through this hot arid wasteland; they could possible die before they even reached the shore. A soldier exits the convoy arms brimming with Fire Balls and he releases each creature within, Rapidash after Rapidash filling up the valley, there looked to enough horses for each trainer. The Rapidash all looked well disciplined as they stood perfectly still awaiting the trainers to mount them, each branded with a military symbol. Captain Frost gave the group 5 minutes to get their gear together before they moved out and Stacey picked up her satchel gingerly placing it on her shoulder. She felt a deep sense of regret at having come on this hero’s venture, she wished Rapture hadn’t guilted her into it. She knew from the start that this was a fools quest and already they had encountered a bump in the road that had caused many losses, one convoy had already been totally destroyed, their corpses littering the valley, should they continue would this be their fate somewhere along the line? Lost in bitter thoughts she approached one of the Rapidash, she had never ridden one before and felt a littler nervous about the thought of it, at least it distracted her from her pessimism. The Rapidash was gorgeous and Stacey had always admired the fiery horse but riding one was something she had not contemplated. This Rapidash was hiding a look that matched hers, one of disgust at the current situation.

“I know how you feel,” she whispered, “burdened to a mission you feel will only fail” she said as the Rapidash neighed softly and lowered down making it easier for her to get one upon seeing her unconfident look. Stacey smiled at the horse and managed to get up on its back, adjusting herself so she felt a little comfortable. Frowning she felt this day was only going to get much worse before it got better.

ZoraJolteon
28th February 2009, 3:37 AM
Battle Rewards
ZoraJolteon: +3 levels for Vulpix.[/size]


"Good job gal!" Zora called out to his Pok&#233;mon, as Vulpix stuggled back to her trainer's feet, exhausted. Zora bent over and picked her up, cradling her in his arms as he took a closer look at her wounded head. Pulling one of his sleeves down over his hand, Zora held it in front of Slowqueen's mouth, who soaked it with a small burst of water. Using this to rub away the blood and dirt that matted her fur, he was relieved to see that it was only a minor scrape.
"Vul!" she muttered, satisfied with her battle performance, barely able to keep her eyes open.
"Look after her." Zora told Slowqueen, as he gently lifted the fox up onto Mamoswine's back, the hippo climbing up after her.
{Of course.} came the gentle reply, as Mamoswine gave a stoic grunt. Gazing up above him, Zora could just make out the sillouette of Tropius, soaring high above him, while Forretress now hovered at his side. Gesturing for the bug to follow him, Zora walked over to the herd of Rapidash, picking out one who was still without a rider.
"I'm Zora. It's a pleasure to work with you." he told the horse, deciding given the situation he should forgoe the banter he would usually deliver. Swinging his leg over Rapidash's back, he mounted up, finding the heat emenating from its body to be slightly uncomfortable compared to his Tropius, as well as the narrower body shape somewhat odd. Regardless, he remained silent, listening for whatever orders would be given out next.

*DANI*
28th February 2009, 12:38 PM
Battle Rewards
DANI: +1 level for Roselia; +1 Egg or MT move each for Meganium & Vaporeon.
Raising Roselia from Lv.9 to Lv.10; Teaching Meganium MT Seed Bomb; Teaching Vaporeon MT Aqua Tail.

Relieved the battle is over Dani looks around quietly, holding her injured shoulder. How can three Pokemon have caused so much trouble? She can't understand why they were so angry or why they were trying to kill everyone, because it doesn't make sense. Even with the desert so hot, she shivers, regretting coming on this mission and wishing she could go home and pretend nothing has happened. All of the Pokemon who battled have been hurt, Petal the worst out of hers, and if she had so much trouble fighting this battle with so many people to help she doesn't know how anyone will survive against the space Pokemon who is escaping from its prison in the Glacier Islands. She wonders how many of the trainers are thinking the same way as her, but watching them get ready for the next part of the journey makes her realise how selfish she's being. Everyone has suffered, some worse than her, and so many of their Pokemon didn't get to see the end of the battle. Looking at Machamp and thinking about how brave he was to make the final blow to Steelix after what it's suffered, Dani feels ashamed of herself for thinking about leaving and walks over to Vaporeon.

"You fought well Kira, but you and Rosa have to rest now because there's still a long way to go," Dani says, hugging her. "After this is over I'm going to spoil all of you with some really nice presents."

Dani returns Rosa and Kira hoping she's learned enough from this battle to live though the next one so she can keep her promise, and walks over to join the rest of the group. She looks admiringly at the military Rapidash they'll be using to travel the rest of the way through the desert and hopes Captain Frost has some other Pokemon ready for when they reach the Glacier Islands. Rapidash are hardy but she doesn't like the idea of them trudging through snow and ice because it will be too dangerous for them. She thinks about riding Amber so someone else can use the Rapidash that's waiting for her, but if she needs Amber to battle later on she doesn't want her being too tired. Besides, it's always exciting getting to know a new horse but she doesn't think there's a lot to be excited about when it feels like they're walking into hell. Making sure her Pokeballs and items are safe in her pack Dani introduces herself to the Rapidash that's waiting for her and promises to introduce it to Amber, Comet, and Cherry when she has a chance, then after taking a final look at Steelix, Tyranitar, and Rhydon, she mounts her horse and waits with her fellow trainers, ready to leave this brutal battle scene behind for good.

Inferno.
28th February 2009, 3:00 PM
Battle Rewards
Inferno: +3 levels for Houndoom.
Raising Houndoom from Lv.24 - Lv.27.

As soon as Steelix is knocked out Inferno races over to Houndoom. She'd fought so hard and suffered so much pain, but after all of that she didn't even get to see it fall. His eyes are burning with tears when he drops to his knees next to her, checking her over to see if she has any broken bones. He looks around and for the first time notices how badly the Pokemon from the other two battles have been injured, and is grateful nobody has been killed. He pulls a revive and a super potion out of his backpack for Houndoom, but then looks at how badly she's injured and puts them back. Reviving her now will be cruel because she'll only suffer more from the pain so he'll let her rest in her ball and get her some proper medical help as soon as he can. "You're the best, Houndoom," he says, patting her gently and returning her to her Fire Ball. "You deserve a long rest and a special reward for fighting so hard, and I'll make sure you get it when you've recovered."

The truck they've been travelling in is dead because of the pulse, and Inferno wonders what they'll do now. He watches a soldier holding a sack full of Fire Balls and stares at the all of the Rapidash being released from them. He's spent so long collecting fire Pokemon that he wonders why he's never got a Ponyta before and then looks at Dani and remembers. All of her "Horses are so cool" talk turned him off them, but looking at the military trained ones is making him reconsider. They are awesome Pokemon and they're fire types so that's two good reasons to think about it, but they have to get past the creature Connor fought first. If they survive the battle he'll start hatching fire eggs again. Choosing one of the biggest and strongest looking Rapidash, Inferno hopes they don't run into any more surprises. He's already down one Pokemon, and he's going to need to have all of his team ready for the next battle and can't risk losing any more of them before it begins.

Arnold
28th February 2009, 7:52 PM
Arnold: +3 Egg or MT moves for Nidoking.

Thank you Tessa, I shall be teaching Titan (http://www.serebii.net/pokedex-dp/034.shtml) Sucker Punch, Ice Punch and Fire Punch.

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Watching the battle with tension in his eyes he looks along the battlefield, Pokemon young and old being beaten within an inch of their lives, Machamp in pain with his arms being ripped apart, his own, Titan being speared with the horn of the Rhydon makes him feel nauseous, the sight of so much blood and agony making him feel queezy and he's not one to feel like this at the sight of this stuff, but now, now it's happening right in front of his face, he can't help but keep the vomit back. Looking on he orders Titan to attack, the rest of the Pokemon around him hearing their orders as well, each one rampaging on to defeat these monstrous beasts of the mountains, as the battle unfolds, the Captain unleashes a Pokemon of his own, one he hasn't seen in the flesh..or metal as to speak, a Metagross who shines in the blistering sun, the same sun making him sweat with anticipation onto what is going to happen soon, the Metagross flying through all corners of the battlefield kicking righteous *** making him think this fight has just gotten the odds up in their favour.

As the battles continue, Titan gets his orders in, his attacks dealing some damage to the Rhydon who on his own takes Titan down, the sight of his own Pokemon being beat on makes his blood boil, makes him want to get in and defend his friend, but with knowledge in his heart he knows Titan won't go down that easily and fair enough, the beast roars is valour, Stomping as the other Pokemon around Rhydon take the rock monster down too, the final blow coming from his own, as Titan takes with all the might he has left the Rhydon in his hands and Seismic Tosses him down to the ground, a tremor on the ground shakes his body as the Rhydon falls, Titan standing victorious as the Tyranitar and Steelix follow suit.

As the ground settles, the dust fades and the sounds shimmer, all that is left on the battleground is blood, blood and bodies from the victims of the Ground Pokemon, and the Pokemon who risked their lives to save their trainers from these beasts, his own on one knee, exhausted from the battle, but on his own face a Smile that shows his Nidoking that he has approved of the Nidokings power more than he ever imagined, running up to Nidoking he wraps his arms around him tightly and thanks him from the bottom of his heart, "Titan, you've done me proud, you've done everyone proud and each and everyone of these Pokemon should be proud of themselves for displaying an act of courage that no one could show, they've done bloody well, and Titan, you deserve a damned good rest, because I haven't got a clue what's going to happen, these pulses still continue, and what lies at the heart of them I don't know but whatever it is we will defeat it and we will bring this chaos to a halt."

With that he grabs Titans Poison Ball and returns him for a good rest, looking around the area he sees the captain tending to his Machamp, as well as a back up team arriving with a horde of Fiery Rapidash that look like a champion breed of horses, listening to the Captain's words he nods and walks over to one of the horses, rubbing the horses nose as he walks over to it he smiles happily at it, "Looks like you're my ride for the rest of this journey, and from the look of things you've had a damned hard time, so how about we go into the yonder and see what the hells going on in this land?" With that he grabs his Sombrero from his back and places it on his head..."Always wanted to do this..." Taking the hat he holds it high and bellows "HIGH HO SILVER...AWAYYY!!!"

Aquatic Angel
7th March 2009, 12:33 PM
Battle Rewards
Aquatic Angel: +2 levels for Dragonair; +1 Egg or MT move for Charizard.

Raising Dragonite from level 57 (http://forums.upnetwork.net/showthread.php?p=61349#post61349) to level 59, and teaching Charizard the MT move Ominous Wind. Thank you.

Hardly daring to believe the battle is finally over Kim watches the three knocked out Pokemon warily, looking for signs of movement that could mean their fight is not yet over. So much blood has been spilled today, and as much as she wants this to be finished she can't rid herself of the sick feeling this is only the beginning. After a couple of minutes Kim finally lets herself relax when it sinks in that they have defeated their enemies, but she can't celebrate their victory when so many have suffered. She looks upon Machamp who had so bravely stood up in the final minutes to deal the closing blow and wonders what its future holds. It hadn't exactly served up eye for eye justice, but it was close enough. Looking over the battle scene she watches trainers recall fainted Pokemon and tend to the injuries of the ones lucky enough to have survived undefeated when Dragonair floats over to her side, blood oozing from the long gash to his belly. Wiping away her tears with the back of her hand she smiles, proud of him for putting up such a good fight, and removes one of her ten potion (http://forums.upnetwork.net/showthread.php?p=684#post684)s from her backpack to help heal the wound and dull some of his pain, but she's barely finished applying it when Dragonair starts to glow.

Awestruck, Kim watches while Dragonair changes before her eyes. She'd known he was close to evolving but his efforts in this battle must have pushed him over level fifty five, and her tears return when the brilliant evolution (http://forums.upnetwork.net/showthread.php?p=60228#post60228) light fades to reveal her stunning orange Dragonite. "You're a dream come true, Dragonite," she says, her voice choking while she wraps her arms around him. "I've waited years for this day and you're finally here, I can't ask for anything more." Words fail her while she stands back to take a better look at him, so similar to the Dragonite she's loved, raised, and trained for so many years, but also so different. She now has two Dragonite, one shiny, and one not. Dragons and aquatic species are her favourite Pokemon, and she loves her team deeply, but if she had nothing but her two Dragonite she could never find reason to complain. Suddenly remembering why they're here Kim turns serious, disappointed she's not able to enjoy the occasion she's been waiting for so long to experience, and reaches for Dragonite's ball. "You'll need to rest so your wound can heal properly," she says, holding up the beautifully designed Dragon Ball. "There's a long way to go, and when it's over we'll concentrate on your training while we travel across new lands."

With regret Kim recalls Dragonite and returns to the group, hoping they've not wasted so much time fighting this battle that Connor's mystery Pokemon has been given the chance to escape. The psychic pulse streaking into the sky again makes her heart sink, because now they're stranded in the middle of the desert with no transportation and three sleeping Pokemon who will likely be seeking revenge for their lost battle when they awaken. She has Pokemon who can fly her to the Glacier Islands but she doesn't know how many of the trainers and army personnel have their own forms of transport, or if there will be enough Pokemon for everyone. Luckily Captain Frost and his team are prepared, because less than a minute after the pulse they've released more than a dozen Rapidash. Kim's heart sinks further. She's comfortable with water and air travel, but ground isn't her style and those Rapidash are big. The last time she'd ridden a horse she'd had sore, stiff muscles for a week, so she isn't looking forward to this at all. Listening to Captain Frost's speech, she agrees they need to leave as soon as possible and pushes her discomfort to the back of her mind. They need to complete their mission so she mounts one of the remaining Rapidash, ready to leave.

enchantress
8th March 2009, 1:46 PM
Battle Rewards
enchantress: AM Blast Burn for Ninetales.
Teaching Ninetales AM Blast Burn.

The tables are well and truly turning in their favour now, and as Tess watches the first group unite to take Tyranitar down, a wave of relief flows through her. She can't allow herself to become too complacent, however, for the battle is not over yet. Rhydon and Steelix are still very real threats, and until they've been defeated Tess is unwilling to even entertain the notion of victory. Frost's Metagross is playing a large part in the sudden tilt of the scales, for without Meteos' help Tess fears that herself and her allies would have already suffered greater losses. Not a single trainer had even a spark of hope in their eyes until Tyranitar fell. Determination perhaps, fear most definitely, but the collective mood was one of impending doom. Now that they have one defeat under their belt, however, everyone's mood has lifted as they realise there is hope after all.

While Tess' concerned gaze follows Ninetales during her battle with Steelix, she keeps glancing toward those fighting Rhydon to see how they're faring. It's a tough battle made more difficult by the fact that all water and ice moves are being severely hampered by the effects of Sunny Day. While the effects are helping the fire types battling Steelix, it's causing havoc amongst those who are desperately rallying together to target Rhydon's weaknesses. She curses under her breath, anxiousness overwhelming her upon witnessing Rhydon's horn penetrate Titan's chest resulting in blood spurting out all over the hot desert ground, and is thankful she's not chosen Queenie to battle Steelix. If the Nidoqueen were to witness the injury to her long-time mate, Tess cannot even fathom how Queenie will react. Shortly afterward, however, the collective efforts of those battling Rhydon pay off, its agonised bellow echoing across the desert as Missy's Curse drains what little remaining health the beast has left. It's done. Two down, one to go. Now for Steelix.

To say her nerves are fraying is an understatement, for this monolithic beast just doesn't want to die. Not that killing it is her intention, though their reasons would be justified if they did, but it's been assaulted with several powerful fire attacks, had its metallic frame warped and dented, been tortured mercilessly by Houndoom, its tail broken by Rocky, and it's still fighting strong. All three of their foe have shown heightened strength and endurance, and although there's a niggling suspicion in the back of her mind as to how this can have come about, she has no time to really think on the matter. Defeating it is their main priority and if she has to break the trainer battle code and release every one of her Pok&#233;mon to do it, then she'll sure as hell take whatever actions are necessary to survive. Morals and ethics fly out the window when so many lives are in danger, and considering their foe have already killed, maimed, and mutilated so many of their allies, then she'd be well within her rights to do so as lethal force is only allowable under exceptional circumstances, and these circumstances certainly qualify. This strategy will only be taken as a last resort, however, and although Tess is close to breaking point, she's not yet reached it. Besides, now that Tyranitar and Rhydon have been defeated, those Pok&#233;mon who had been battling them are free to join their group to take Steelix down once and for all.

The steel titan is fighting hard, but is aware of the fact that it's slowly being overpowered and makes a last ditch effort to take out as many of its enemies as it can by creating a ball of orange energy that hovers inside its gaping jaws before being unleashed in the form of Steelix's ultimate attack. Feeling the kind of dread that she's not experienced in many years, Tess is helpless, only able to watch while Steelix directs its Hyper Beam along the ground and taking out everyone in its path. Rocky and Houndoom are immediate victims, both Pok&#233;mon so drained of energy that they're unable to evade the attack, while Vulpix barely manages to escape. Tess is immobilised with fear as the attack continues to rip up the ground in a direct line toward Vixey whom she knows has no hope of dodging it what with her broken leg. Tess wants to close her eyes for she can't stand the thought of watching her beloved Ninetales succumb to such a fearsome attack, but her eyes are glued to the scene. She can't look away despite the fact she knows this is going to be painful to watch, but what she's feeling is nothing compared to what Vixey is about to experience. Ninetales is a fighter though, and even as the scene blurs with the tears welling in Tess' eyes, Vixey's next move causes her heart to practically burst with pride. As the Hyper Beam approaches, Vixey summons up her remaining fire energy and unleashes a Fire Blast which connects with Steelix's deadly beam in a showdown of power that is battled out over the next several seconds as each fights to overcome the other. Unfortunately the only outcome of two highly powerful energy based attacks coming together like this is inevitable, and Tess can only pray that Ninetales survives. When the impending explosion finally occurs, the powerful waves released from the fire ball sends Tess, and everyone else, flying backward. She lands awkwardly, pain shooting through her already injured ankle, but she's not concerned about herself and struggles back to her feet, scanning the scene while unconsciously wiping sand and dirt from the grazes on her arms, before her eyes fall upon Ninetales limp body laying upon the desert sand with Steelix towering over her, Screeching victoriously.

Tess feels numb, wanting to blame herself for this, but knowing the blame doesn't lie either with her or with Vixey for stubbornly refusing to return when Tess had wanted her to. The blame lays with Steelix, and Steelix alone, and while she tries to process all of this finds herself temporarily unable to act as Steelix gloats over its victory. The louder it screams its triumph, however, the more her emotions start to boil. She can feel the rage building, the kind of rage she's been struggling with her whole life to control. The abuse and humiliation she'd been forced to endure by those whose responsibility it had been to protect her had resulted in her becoming an overly defensive, overly protective adult whose temper would flare at the drop of a hat when faced with situations she felt were unjust. Over the past year she's managed, with much-needed support, to explore and overcome many of the issues that have in the past caused her so much angst, but at this very moment she can feel all of the lessons she's taken so long to learn slipping away. This is not FAIR, goddamit! They didn't ask for this. They've not done anything wrong. All they'd done is take their Pok&#233;mon to a festival for Christ's sake. All any of them had wanted was to spend a day of relaxation, games, and fun with their teammates. How the hell is any of this insane violence their fault? Did Inferno's sweet natured Houndour deserve to be scarred for life just for wanting to show her trainer that she has the ability to fight a serious battle? Did Rocky deserve to have the crap pelted out of him for helping defend his allies and trainer? Did Stunky deserve to be crushed almost to a pulp for wanting to help defend the group? Did those trainers, army personnel, and Pok&#233;mon they'd passed in the desert deserve to be mutilated, killed, and their carcasses left to rot in the hot sun? Did Machamp deserve to suffer such a horrendous fate at Steelix's mercy? None of them deserved any of this. It's all wrong, and now Steelix is gloating over its victory while everyone stands around feeling completely helpless and wondering what it's going to take to bring this beast down. It's not fair, and she's damned if she's going to start psychoanalysing herself right now to find reasons to give this monster the benefit of doubt.

While she's struggling to contain her emotions, Tess' mind starts to spin as she mentally sifts through her team. She can't allow her anger to take control or she'll only end up regretting it, so she tries to remain calm. It's too dangerous to recall Vixey right now, especially with Steelix hovering over her the way it is, but she'll need to return her the moment an opportunity arises before Steelix can go one step further and fatally wound her. Finally making her decision, she reaches for a Pok&#233;ball clipped to her belt, and that's when she sees it... Her jaw drops as Machamp walks slowly onto the field, and in that very moment her rage is swept away. This is justice, and if any one living being standing out here in the desert right now has the right to be dishing it out, then Machamp is the one as he's earned it. Tess' eyes flick toward Steelix and she feels her heart flutter. The steel beast is so caught up in its own gloating that it hasn't even noticed Machamp's approach, and if there's one thing Tess has always gotten a little kick out of, it's watching the arrogant being brought crashing down to earth with a mighty blow. Her breath catches in her throat, and she's barely aware of the fact she's stopped breathing as Machamp makes his move. He grabs Steelix's tail with his two remaining arms, his muscular legs and feet bracing the ground as he lifts Steelix and begins to swing it around in circles. Steelix's gloating scream turns into an enraged one, but it's helpless to react, and is completely at Machamp's mercy. Once he has enough speed behind him, and Steelix's enraged screech is ringing out across the desert, Machamp exacts his Revenge by slamming Steelix into the ground with a powerful blow that makes the earth tremble. Tess stumbles as the tremor rocks the ground beneath her feet, and finally releases her pent up breath as her eyes return to the battle scene. A cloud of dust is obscuring everyone's vision, but when it eventually clears Steelix is laying on the desert floor, finally down for the count.

Relief floods through her, and Tess can't help but be filled with pride in Machamp. They've never really been a Pok&#233;mon she's overly fond of, but today's events have not only warmed her toward Frost's Machamp, but given her a new level of respect for the species as a whole. She races onto the battlefield as quickly as her sprained ankle will allow, and immediately drops to Vixey's side, noting the Ninetales stirring. A low, pained whine is audible, and Tess wishes she had something on her to help ease the Ninetales pain, but unfortunately she only tends to carry medicine designed to revive a Pok&#233;mon, nothing that will knock them out. Half tempted to give Vixey one of her own painkillers, Tess gently strokes the Ninetales mane. "We did it, sweetheart," she whispers with a smile. "It's over now." Vixey's head turns toward Steelix, an expression of relief in her eyes when she sees it laying on the ground not too far away, before she allows her head to drop into Tess' lap. "Rest now, my love, and when you awaken this will all be over." Tess sits there for a few minutes, gently cradling Ninetales head in her lap while stroking her soft, golden fur and waiting for Vixey to fall asleep. When the Ninetales breathing steadies, Tess unclips Vixey's Fire Ball from its position on her belt, returning the sleeping Ninetales to the comfort of her ball before making her way over to rejoin the rest of the group. While she's walking another pulse lights up the sky resulting in their returning transport truck spluttering as the magnetism kills its engine. She sighs, wondering when things will start going right for them and makes her way over to see what Frost has planned for their next move.

A minute later the desert is filled with military trained Rapidash, and Tess finds herself looking forward to the next leg of their journey. A part of her has always regretted trading Amber, and there have been many times she wished she hadn't, but knowing that her little Ponyta, long ago evolved into a beautiful Rapidash, is being trained and raised by someone who loves her, helps to keep her mind at rest. Perhaps one day, if the opportunity arises, she'll think about raising another, but right now there are more pressing matters to be concerned about. Frost is talking about moving out, and Tess is more than willing to accommodate his wishes. She has no desire to be waiting around until Tyranitar, Rhydon, and Steelix wake up, and is rather eager to put as much distance between them and herself as possible. Spying a Rapidash not yet claimed by a trainer, Tess walks over and looks into its eyes. "We're in for a long ride, so it's only fair you know who you're travelling with," she says, softly stroking its cheek. "I'm Tess, and I started my journey as a fire Pok&#233;mon trainer. Fire types will always hold a special place in my heart even though I've started training others, so I hope we have the chance to get to know one another while we travel." Turning to scan the group, Tess realises they're all waiting on her now, and quickly secures her items in her pack. Climbing atop her Rapidash, she takes a deep breath, trying to mentally prepare herself for the journey ahead. Considering she almost broke at the end there with Steelix, she wonders how she'll fare when they arrive in the Glacier Islands and hopes she can manage to keep her cool regardless of what happens. Whatever the case, they're heading for trouble, so she knows that one of her greatest tests as a person and as a trainer is imminent.

Arc_Angel
8th March 2009, 2:50 PM
The tumultuous battle was over and it hadn’t left either side unscarred, there were wounded and near fatalities for all those involved. Those who got away with mere scrapes were considered lucky and were thankful for the safety of their Pokemon whilst their comrades held their battered Pokemon close whispering word of encouragement whislt healing them the best they could. With Steelix, Tyranitar and Rhydon unconscious on the arid earth Captain Frost signalled for the convoy to return with the single flare he held in his arms. The red blitz of light swiftly exploded in the air and was shortly followed by the roar of tyres on dirt as the truck returned with the coast being clear of any immediate threat. The medics were tending to Machamp as best as they could and a couple more joined them binding the fallen warriors wounds with sterile bandages as best they could. Metagross looked down on its friend and its limbs shook with rage, it had taken out the threat yet its attack would leave its lasting mark forever, Machamp would never be the same again.

Shortly after the truck had arrived the sky lit up again, but this time it was from a great distance away, that eerie pink tinge painting the sky and clouds the ground rumbling from the shockwaves. The engine on the truck conked in and the vehicle sat silently, its life extinguished in a matter of seconds, there was no way you could all travel using that now. Not only did the presence of yet another pulse have everyone on edge but its timing was too coincidental; you had just fought off a threat when the biggest one of all sends you a message. Putting it down to frazzled nerves and superstition most of you concentrate on the next task at hand and that was getting yourselves through this valley and onto the shore to travel by sea to your destination.

Captain Frost looked pensive contemplating the pulse when he motions over one of the soldiers from the dead truck, the young marine arriving carrying a satchel full of Fire Balls with unusual monikers on them. With a planned look of determination Captain Frost and his personnel release every Pokemon within the Fire Balls revealing a strong well bred collection of Rapidash who all stand to attention, each of their right flanks baring a military insignia. There appeared to be enough for you all to ride one each and Captain Frost explains that the horses will follow your orders and asks for you all to hurry and gather your belongings and Pokemon together preparing for the rest of the trip ahead. Each of you tend to your injured Pokemon bringing out healing potions, some too far gone for that are returned to their capture devices for healing at a later point in time. One by one you size up the equines and pick one to travel on, each Rapidash holding you steadily not at all fazed by the strangers they carry. Some trainers send out new Pokemon to accompany them on the journey, one lad choosing a Crobat to keep a watchful eye on the safety of the convoy, another keeping his fresh-from-battle Electrike out to race alongside.

“He’s ready for Pokeball transfer sir,” a young medic said saluting the Captain who softly thanked her bending down to whisper to Machamp who nods his pain having eased with the analgesia he was pumped with. Returning the fallen fighter to his ball he thanks Metagross telling it that he may need its help in the future before returning it too. Two soldiers drag out what looks like a very heavy package sealed within a large bag and straps it to one of the Rapidash that was without a rider. Captain Frost nods to his regiment as they saddle their own horses and leaps upon his own pulling on the reigns.

“You better have everything together people as we’re not coming back here. Time is against us we must push forth towards the shore, it is yet several clicks away so there will be no stops along the way.” He pauses to collect his thoughts before continuing. “What transpired was an atrocity for us all, not one of us left that battle uninjured or without loss,” he says thinking to his own Pokemon, “but that was one battle, we have a war to fight and believe when I say the worst is yet to come. Do not dwell on the past, each of you fought valiantly and we’ll need that spirit and bravery in the fight yet to come.” He says stirring something within each of you.

“Now, MOVE OUT” he yells kicking on the haunches of his Rapidash which responds by neighing loudly before charging off each other horse following suit of their Captain. Some of the more inexperienced riders keep a tight hold on the reigns of their Rapidash looking a little scared as their horse gallops across the dry dusty land. The Rapidash keep to diamond formation with Captain Frost taking the lead and the soldiers bringing up the rear and sides protecting the trainers in the centre. Ephidel flies fast to keep up his wings easily beating fast enough to push ahead and scout the upcoming terrain for any threats whilst Kiba is having problems with his legs being much shorter and quickly falls behind forcing his trainer to return him to his ball before he exits the formation. As the convoy passes through the valley, the sun falling in the sky signifying the passage of time during that battle several Fearow fly above you cawing at you in what would seem encouragement in a similar formation providing coolin