OOC: I noticed that the latest update said that Kiba was trying to keep up with the convoy on foot, when according to my reply, he was supposed to be riding with me. I'm assuming it was a mistake, so I'm writing this reply as though the latter were true (I hope that's okay...).
After receiving a signal from the captain, the Rapidash Katsu was seated upon burst into a gallop along with the others, as they began to head through the valley. He felt a little uncomfortable with the pace his mount was traveling at, but Kiba seemed to be enjoying it, for he liked getting around at high speeds, only this time, he wasn't having to strain his legs to do so. Concerns of future attacks from the enemy were still on Katsu's mind, and he couldn't help but worry a little when he noticed that the convoy was drawing the attention of the attention of the valley's resident Pokemon. Any feelings of distrust soon faded, however, as the Pokemon began to cheer the group on, seemingly aware of what they had set out to accomplish. Kiba responded to them with a spirited howl, to which Katsu smiled, for he could sense the determination in his companion's call. Despite his doubts and fears, he too, was determined to help put a stop to the source of the pain and suffering that had occurred today.
After about a hour, the ocean came into view, and before long, the group had reached the sandy shores. At that time, all but one of the Rapidash were recalled, following some words of thanks from their riders. From the back of the remaining horse, some soldiers removed a package, which was soon revealed to be a inflatable raft, just big enough to carry all the members of the convoy, as well as their supplies and belongings. While it looked capable of getting everyone to their destination of Magnetic Island, Katsu would've much preferred riding in an actual boat, as the intended transport seemed like it wouldn't be able to take much abuse in the event of one of the attacks he so dreaded. Regardless, after taking a moment to loose Kiba and pick him up, he quickly took a seat in the raft, the captain's words and the urgency of the mission having spurred him on.
However, as the raft made its way towards Magnetic Island, Katsu felt more tense then ever. With everyone confined to such a small space, and with nowhere for them to run, it seemed like the perfect chance for the enemy to strike. When the captain suddenly called for the raft to be brought to a stop, he knew it couldn't possibly have meant anything good, and to his dismay, the chance of another attack seemed to have changed from a possibility to an inevitability. Beside the raft floated a few shreds of rubber, the only remnants of the similar transport that had attempted to pass through. As for those who had been riding it, it seemed like the blood in the water was the only traces of them that could be found. That was, until a sudden scream from one of the passengers had Katsu turning his head in their direction, half-expecting that the culprits behind the attack had shown up, only to catch sight of a water-logged corpse that had floated to the surface. He quickly turned away, not wanting to expose himself to the sight of death any more that day, but continued to keep his eyes on the water's surface, hoping to spot the attackers before they struck.
A mere few minutes after the pause, the captain called for the raft to be brought into motion once more, partly to Katsu's relief. The weather continued to grow colder as Magnetic Island drew nearer, and he soon found himself clinging to Kiba for warmth, as his light jacket provided little in the way of insulation. The Electrike didn't mind the treatment, though he emitted a whimper of concern, for he could feel how tense his trainer was. Seeing the second destroyed convoy had been enough of a cause for concern, but he had recently spotted what had appeared to be a tentacle sticking out of the water, though before he could draw anyone's attention to it, it had vanished. By that time, the shore of the island had finally come into view, and the captain seemed to have a grown hopeful they might make there without incident, but his feelings took a sudden shift, as he had caught sight of something so awful, that he unintentionally dropped his binoculars onto the floor of the raft. He was clearly a very strong man, both physically and mentally, judging from how well he had endured everything up until this point, so Katsu knew that whatever he had seen had to be something else, and took a deep breath to brace himself for whatever was coming up ahead.
It was but a few moments later that he saw it; the members of the last convoy aside from themselves, dead, and strewn about the formations of ice, some in pieces, some not. Judging from the anguished expressions on their faces, it seemed like their deaths had been anything but quick or painless. The sight left Katsu feeling completely dejected, and he could only shake his head out of pity for unfortunate victims. But then, he saw something even more horrifying; something that left his eyes wide with fear, and had his heart racing.
The body of a convoy member on the shore of the island had suddenly rose into the air, suspended by some unknown force, where it proceeded to clap its hands together before flying straight in the direction of the raft. Katsu impulsively ducked, and felt mildly relieved when he heard a splash behind him shortly after, knowing it probably meant that the corpse had landed in the water, though when he turned around to look, his face grew pale, as he saw the splash hadn't been from the corpse falling into the water, but rather, from a huge Feraligator leaping out. It had caught the corpse, and proceeded to devour it in a truly cringe-inducing fashion, which made Katsu turn his gaze back in the direction of the shore, where he caught sight of two more Pokemon; a Jynx who was clearly the one responsible behind the previous supernatural occurrence, judging from how amused she looked by the scare the raft's occupants had gotten, and a Walrein, who looked eager to spill more blood then it had managed to do earlier with its sharp tusks. Then one more Pokemon made its presence known by slamming into the side of the raft with the tentacles Katsu had seen earlier, rising out the water shortly after to reveal itself as a Tentacruel, the name seeming more then appropriate as it crushed the bones of an arm it was holding before tossing it aside carelessly.
With the raft surrounded, it was clear that the only choice was to fight, and the captain was the first to react, sending out an oddly colored Pelipper to do battle. Given the opponents that they were dealing with, it was clear to Katsu that Kiba would be the one most capable of fighting them off, and after quickly noting the current distribution of the Pokemon that had been sent out by his fellow trainers, as well as the presence of Shadow's burly Electivire, he gave his orders, but not without hesitation, for he feared terribly for the life of his friend, and couldn't help but wonder whether or not the commands he was giving him were leading him to his demise. He also hoped Shadow wouldn't be bothered a certain spur of the moment decision he had made.
"Kiba... I want you to support Zapster against that Walrein. Get his Motor Drive going with a Shock Wave, then strike Walrein with a Thunderbolt. Be ready to Protect yourself from retaliation, as the worse has yet to come, and I need you in the best shape possible for then."
His commands having been given, the Electrike leaped into the fray, looking fearful, yet angered by what the four Pokemon had done. Katsu wished he could be out there with him, for the sake of helping to keep him safe, even at his own expense, but he knew that would only complicate things for the others...
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