The sight of Murkrow's state of batterment seems to renew confidence in the three of you, and quickly another plan of battle is formulated. With his hands swirling in Dark energy, Medeo picks up his bark-encased teammate before Flinging the living grenade at Murkrow like a sportsman lobbing a Rapidly Spinning football. In his ever-faithful fashion of oscillation, Forteo crashes into Murkrow, sending them both flying into the pedestal staircase. A somewhat sickening crack accompanies Murkrow's breathless caw as his body is slammed between wood and stone, and as Forteo totters away it's clear that Murkrow has been Taken Down for good as far as the current battle is concerned. Medeo grins encouragingly at Forteo for the display of teamwork, but a glint of metallic energy and a swipe to the Meditite's face informs you that the showdown isn't quite over.
Rubbing his face where Totodile's Metal Claw had landed, Medeo is quick to toss up an Energy Ball between his hands, and with insufficient reaction time Totodile takes a left jaw as the Grass-type bomb explodes against its lower mandible. Unsteadily managing to balance itself, Totodile starts to focus Ice in his claw, and Medeo starts to match knuckle for knuckle with Thunder in his fist. As the manifestation of energies complete and both Pokémon lunge at each other, the forces of their Punches clash in mid-air, resulting in a miniature boom that throws both Totodile and Medeo backwards. Grunting both Pokémon try to recover, but even as Medeo gets to his second foot a strangled cry is heard from Totodile along with a familiar crunching noise, and as the crocodile falls back to the floor you see Forteo behind, having apparently executed his Bug Bite in time. In a heap of bruised blueness, Totodile attempts to support itself with its shaking claws, but the accumulated damage from the previous clashes proves too much for the Water-type to bear, and it finally collapses with a thump. Level up for Medeo and Forteo.
"..." As you meet the gazes of the Rapans, you feel as though their wordless, motionless eyes seem to be frowning with the way they bore into you, and as the crimson mist starts surrounding them again both Riku and the girl slink to the floor in a series of crumpling movements. Your lip purses slightly at the sight of the two teens, but you know with a niggling feeling that little else matters at this point except what you've been tasked to perform...
The Isle of Talas
With Watermelon out for the relevant count and an attack coming straight for him, you quickly retrieve the afflicted Nuzleaf and deploy Dot to do battle in his stead. Spurred on by the urgency in your voice and the situation of her comrade, Dot beats up a Silver Wind from her wings, sending spirals of insectoid zephyrs to meet the Shadow Ball Drowzee grinningly releases. The slicing winds meet the focused bomb of otherworldly air in the middle, cutting into the orb and launching a miniature explosion of furious winds. Taking the chance, Dot valiantly charges into the swirling gasses, her wings shining again with more brimming power, and as you squint into the floating miasma you see a brief storm of glinting particles followed by a yelp from Drowzee.
Almost as soon as the cry is heard, you notice the mists begin to fade -- of sleep, poison, bug and ghost, revealing the eerie purple walls of the third battle chamber, and Dot flitting above the form of the defeated Drowzee. Ahead, a stone slab slides open to show the way ahead, and casting one final look at the alternately coloured Pokémon you join Dot in going down the advancing passage.
A linear charge, lit up by the familiar torches of the Sphinx, soon brings up you the fourth chamber for your riddle, and upon entering the room you notice a rather grumpy-looking Graveler poring over a stone slab.
"You've come, have you?" he says gruffly, briefly glancing at you before returning his attention back to his tablet. "You look like you've done a marathon up Mount Coronet and back, kid. If three riddles is all it takes to wear you out, you might want to consider bailing yourself out now. I hear that victims who fall in the battle sequences end up rather... well, let's just say we couldn't find a small enough sarcophagus to shove them in.
"Just as well you're here, anyway -- I've got your riddle right here, but the blasted thing seems to be broken," Graveler grumbles. "You would have to decipher the Pokémon's identity by the clues describing it left on the stone tablet, but Baltoy and Sableye managed to break the bloomin' thing here and there. As though having to withstand wear and tear for centuries wasn't enough!" huffs the impatient rock.
"Still, if you manage to get the correct answer, the passage should unlock itself. I don't think I need to tell you what'll happen if you don't get this one," he informs, stepping aside to reveal the stone in question. Indeed, in addition to the severe erosion, some of the rock has clearly chipped off in layers and pieces, leaving only the following disjointed words:
Even...does not m...
...rge ho... night, the...
Little else remains of the clue for your fourth question, but can you decipher the answer from what's left?