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    Astoria
    The Enchanted Forest

    Garden of Iris
    This large garden floats high above the rest of the Enchanted Forest. The ground is made up entirely of clouds which magically both supports any amount of weight and can grow many beautiful flowers and trees. It is hidden from view so it is mostly untouched by man. The only way to reach it is to climb up an elusive rainbow that stretches from the ground to the clouds.

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    Rainbow Pool: An enchanted pool where no matter what the weather, a beautiful rainbow is always present. Trainers and Pokémon alike visit this pool believing that to drink its water brings good luck.
    For Jess, rainbows and gardens were icons of remembrance, of origin. So despite the apparent freshness of loose leaves and flowers appended to her Adventure scrapbook, it was with a warm feeling of familiarity that she gazed at the course of colors cascading from the clouds. Beside her stood three creatures completely camouflaged against the surrounding forestry. …Unfortunately, none of them seemed very suited to climbing. To luck, Jess had someone who could easily bypass the heavy security of heaven’s gate. Her guardian angel Hermesiel arrived in a flash of glory, and Jess hopped aboard after boosting Hoshiko the Chikorita, who helped elevate the other pair of passengers herself. Their private charter took off, quickening altitude into the stratosphere.

    It was Jessica’s first time riding exposed through the sky (not counting Custard’s brief airlifts), so she held on tight as wind whistled past, marveling at the sensation. Her steed couldn’t help but show off a bit, performing loops and swerves no manmade craft could ever carry out, always making sure his precious cargo was secure first. As the gust screamed ever louder in her ear, so did the sound of her voice as her gut suddenly dropped 500 feet.

    Touching down at the edge of their destination, the jubilant jet deposited his dizzy travelers on “solid” ground. The girl grinned, thanking his grace for “saving” them from a fall before returning him to his Ball. Hoshiko immediately began investigating the local flora, in search of further fallen specimens to add to the collection. Jess smiled, finding it ironic that her initial intention of exploring a place so alike to the Astorian area was to capture one of Hoshiko’s own rare species. Ah, how innocent and naďve she had been back then to think she could simply run into a wild starter off the bat like that.

    Of course, Hoshi wasn’t the only wonderful friend she’d gained since her journey began. She turned to the remaining two, one of whom was the very reason she selected this site to visit.

    “What do you think, Iri? This garden is named after you.”

    The Sewaddle stared around at the island in awe, hardly able to believe she was really floating miles above the earth. As Lilac next to her peered cautiously over the edge, vertigo gripped and nearly toppled her, if not for Iris’s timely twirl. The caterpillar intervened and caught the perilous Petilil with STRING SHOT, reeling her back. Like an intimate dance, the thread of fate forced Lilac to spin straight into her partner’s arms, ending in a low dip that caused both of them to blush. In fact, their bodies bent so far back, they slipped and literally took a dip in a pool.

    “Whoa! You guys okay?”

    Jessica hurried over to lend a hand to the drenched duo. The Sewaddle easily shook off the droplets that rolled down her back like dew, while Lilac required assistance to wring out her skirt, the sprouts on her head drooping from the weight of water and shame. Hoshiko fanned with her foliage, fluffing them back up in all sorts of awkward directions. Everyone laughed at Lila’s new “hairdo” – even the one at expense – before eagerly setting off to investigate the rest of the gorgeous terrain.


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    The Divine Woodland


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    All you wanted was some bonding time with Larxene, was that too much to ask? Apparently it was, according to the Grass Pokemon giving the two of you dirty looks. Thankfully, none of them seemed keen on attacking you for the moment, though you gave Larxene a few orders just in case. For now, they continue to stare at you, likely wondering when you would think about taking the exit they were giving you. You also notice the majority of the Grass Pokemon were grouped up in front of a few thick bushes; you couldn’t make out what was behind those bushes at all, but whatever—or whoever—was back there seemed mighty important to the fauna here. Finally, a creature with a green fungus hat, red claws and toes, and a green club at the end of its tail walked confidently through the army of Grass Pokemon, ready to either challenge you or give the signal to the other Pokemon to chase you off. Either way, your Cacturne seemed threatened enough by the Breloom’s presence to start Dancing, and her mystifying steps caused many of the Grass Pokemon to start dancing as well, though not most of them. After enough dancing, the Pokemon affected by Larxene’s attack start Teetering in Confusion, one of them being Breloom! However, quite a few Pokemon were still able to fight, including a Lilligant who begins her own Teeter Dance… which Confuses even more Pokemon than Larxene did, but it was important in catching her In the attack too! Worse still, a few Petilil who could dance to their Own Tempo were also throwing in a few puffs of Stun Spore. Unfortunately, Larxene was too busy being confused to defend herself with another attack, meaning she was now Paralyzed in addition to being confused!

    Great, now what’ll Shadow do!?
    Overwhelming odds - Shadow's least favourite probability and scenario, which ranked second next to unforeseen circumstance. He knew he hadn't seen the problematic species that triggered Larxene off in his initial scan; had he been mistaken? It was nonetheless clear that the scale of the enemy army of unfriendly botanics was far, far larger. Fearful and addled, Larxene flailed as best as her statused self would allow. Shadow tensed; the whole reason why he'd begun his new spate of explorations was to help the relatively newer operatives acclimatise to fieldwork. Larxene was the strongest out of whom he'd brought - if she was having trouble, they were all in danger, and the mass of Grass Pokemon showed no signs of stopping their advance or attacks. Even if Larxene's ailments were alleviated they'd merely be overrun by the opposition.

    "Larxene, let's retreat for now!" Grabbing the Cacturne's Thunder Ball, Shadow returned Larxene in a flash of red. He could heal her as soon as it was safe to do so, but for the moment, there was little alternative but to run. He cast one last glance at the plant Pokemon who could visibly not be reasoned with and tore off in the opposite direction as fast as he could. Where could he run to? He wasn't sure; as far as he knew they were all in hostile, foreign territory. Maybe there would be a rest stop with other Trainers and humans where he could investigate and take shelter. Or maybe a clearing ahead where he could try to signal for help. Or a concealed grotto where he could hide until the heat blew over. Anywhere... but here.
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    Default Adventures in Astoria by Dark Searchman, Part 25

    Well, here's some updates for three people. Marion Ette's adventure is being put on hold until she comes back, so hopefully we'll see her again because I do want to finish her adventure eventually. I'm also going to take this time to welcome Lilbluecorsola to Astoria! I hope I can make your second adventure here as good as your first. Just a reminder that I do ask everyone in my group to post in lime; other than that, you guys are pros at RPing, so let's get into it!

    The Divine Woodland


    Magus Falls

    Shadowshocker

    Seeing as how everything was clearly not going your way at all--Larxene getting hit with multiple statuses, Grass Pokemon attacking you from right and left with no plans on letting you counterattack, the Breloom shaking itself free of its own confusion and ready to attack, etc.--you decided the best course of action was to recall Larxene and get out of Dodge. You hurry as best you can, all the while finding your back pelted by Bullet Seeds until you were a satisfiable distance away from the hostile group, after which they all back down and let you escape. What was that all about anyway!? No, that didn't matter right now, your top priority was to take Larxene someplace where she could be healed, perhaps there was a Pokemon Center nearby... After about ten minutes on the trail, you come to a log cabin with various instruments on the roof. A huge eagle with a blue crest and blue wings is perched among the instruments and screeches upon noticing your presence. "Val, somebody out there?" you hear a woman's voice ask, to which the shiny Braviary squawks twice before lifting off and flying low to make a circle around your location. "Okay, just a minute!" You soon see the door open and a woman in her late 20s emerge dressed in what was likely a Ranger outfit. "Hello, stranger!" she greets you before whistling to the raptor in the sky, signalling him to come down since she could tell that circling he did made you feel a little uncomfortable. As Braviary flew in toward his trainer, she held out her arm for him to perch on. "I'm the ranger on duty at this station; you can call me Quinn, and this is my Braviary, Valor!" she says as Valor's talons grasp her arm and he folds his wings down before he stares at you checking you out; despite her figure, she seemed perfectly capable of supporting the 90 lb. bird's weight. "Now what brings you out here?"

    What will Shadow do?


    Garden of Iris


    Rainbow Pool

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    You had adventured in Astoria before, but back then you were young and was looking for a Chikorita, a Pokemon you now took with you to your second adventure here. As you touched down with your Togekiss, you and your Grass-types were ready to go exploring, with Iris and Lilac both getting a little too eager and taking a dip in the pool. At least the scenery was breathtaking; as you and your Pokemon walk around the lake, you could see so many fields of flowers surrounding it, you wonder if there was a flower out there that you were allergic to because you start sneezing for a bit, though Hoshiko does her best to fan the pollen away. After a while, you hadn't seen any Pokemon or humans yet, but you did see a grove of fruit trees and start to get hungry. Perhaps a little snack wouldn't hurt... You could see a few apples that were ripe to pick, so you grabbed a couple of them, giving one of them to each of your Pokemon, all of them accepting the gift, while you keep one for yourself. As you eat, you also see a Nanab Berry tree and decide you could use a variety of fruits for your snack, so you reach out for a banana when... you could swear the bunch you were reaching for just moved. But it wasn't just your imagination: every time you reached for that bunch, it would move somewhere else almost randomly. You try reaching for another bunch that wasn't going to move so much when it mysteriously disappears in front of your eyes! Well, this was starting to frustrate you, but you weren't going to give up! Reaching for another bunch, you're finally able to grab it... when your hand gets slurped up along with the bananas by what you felt like was a big mouth! As what was likely a tongue brushed across your fingers, your hand was quickly freed as your surprise causes you to lose your balance and fall to the ground as the Nanab Berry dropped close by. While lying there, you look up to find the first bunch of bananas you tried to grab was actually dangling from the neck of a Tropius now towering over your body, though it looked like it was scared of you; it was likely so busy eating that it didn't notice anyone around it. While it kept its distance, you noticed it slowly lowering its head, inching closer to the berry on the ground. It seemed its hunger was slightly more important to it than its fear of you...

    What will Jessica do?


    Dead Forest


    Toxic Marsh

    Missingno. Master

    With both you and Roxie losing Pokemon, you had to bring out fresh teammates; while Roxie had her Weezing, you decided James and Hedwig would be suitable to carry you through the rest of the battle and told your opponents that the battle would only get harder. Although I think Miror B. took something you said out of context... something about being... "dumber than they looked"? "Dumber than we... look? Wait, you're... you're saying my afro looks dumb!? AFROS ARE THE GROOVIEST THING EVER!! That insult... you'll pay for that!! Boys, it's time to let the music play! Take them out!" "Yes, Mr. Miror B.!" you hear the four lackeys say.

    Hedwig, of course, wasn't going to wait for them to give orders and Slashed the Air with her wing, sending a sharp wave of wind towards Ariados, slicing it and cutting its current health down very low, though it didn't faze Ariados enough to make it flinch. Ambipom returned the favor by jumping right up to Hedwig, keeping up with her speed and unleashing a Fury Swipes attack on her... or at least where she was, apparently Hedwig was even faster than it thought... but Ariados was ready with a String Shot which made contact with your Crobat's wing. It wouldn't affect her flight, but it would slow her down for a while. Meanwhile Ludicolo looked at Weezing and fired a Leech Seed at her so it could drain energy from her to counter the poison, but she floated just enough out of the way to thwart that plan, so Ludicolo just had to bear with the poison eating away at quite a bit of its health for the time being. "Weezing, finish off Ariados! Flamethrower!" A stream of fire is blown out of Weezing's mouth, travels toward the spider, and scorches it target enough to make it fall unconscious! Now you were making progress! "Ugh, Ariados, return!" While Trudly was busy recalling his Ariados, Folly and Maractus had a fresh set of targets, but they instead opted to give Jellicent a Helping Hand and power up her next attack: a Hydro Pump that sailed towards a slower Hedwig... and completely missed its mark, she didn't even need to maneuver around it! That was a huge waste of energy, plus it left Jellicent vulnerable to James's Seed Bombs which pelt the jellyfish for the rest of her health, causing her to crash into a nearby tree and slump to the ground. Another Pokemon taken out! "No, Jellicent! Tch, return!" Reath fumed before recalling her Pokemon.

    Trudly and Reath were both holding other Pokeballs in their hands, waiting for things to settle a little before they brought out their fresher partners. Ambipom was raring to go for Hedwig again now that her Speed was reduced by the sticky silk still on her wing. With its fist now covered in Ice, it rushes forward and this time connects with a Punch to Hedwig's torso to take out a fourth of her health. It thankfully didn't freeze her, and she was able to shrug off the pain and focus on Maractus, a combatant who hadn't taken much damage in a while. As she swoops in, she Crosses her wings and catches the cactus by surprise, leaving a nice purple "X" on its body as the Poison-type attack stings, making Maractus writhe in pain from the critical hit, that one attack came very close to knocking it out completely! Meanwhile, Ludicolo tried again to put a Leech Seed on Weezing, and this time it latches on, causing her to wince slightly as it drained some of its health and energy away. It didn't return to Ludicolo yet, so it still had to deal with the poison increasing in intensity and reducing its health to about 3/4 its maximum. "K, now's our chance to finish off Maractus too... Weezing, Clear Smog!" Weezing spews a gas towards Maractus and makes the immediate area pretty hard to breathe in for Folly and Maractus. It didn't last long, but when the smoke cleared, there lay Maractus totally unconscious while Hedwig took the moment of cover to clean her wing so it wasn't hampered by the silk anymore, her Speed was now back to normal in addition to Maractus falling! "Darn you, Maractus, return!" Folly cursed as Maractus was recalled as well. Last to move was James, and he had a nice burp come out before there was a glint in his eye. He spit out a special green sludge onto Ludicolo that reacted with the venom in its system causing it to convulse from the excruciating pain. One Venoshock was all it took, after the high amounts of toxins ate away enough health, to take down Miror B.'s second Ludicolo and render it completely immobile and unconscious. James gains an Egg or MT Move! (your choice)

    "Nooooo, not another one of mah babies!" Miror B. pouted, pulling on a handkercheif with his teeth before recalling his Ludicolo. "Ooooh, we'll have to regroup! Folly, Trudly, let's go get those Pokemon we stole from the Bullwinkles and get out of here! Reath, Ferma, you keep those two on the stage as long as possible!" "Right!"
    "Wait, you stole Pokemon from my uncle!?" Roxie asked in shock. "Ohhhh, no, you're not getting away with that!"
    "Sorry, but I think we will! Toodles!" And with that, Miror B., Folly, and Trudly all took off further into the forest.

    "Come back here!" Roxie was about to run off after them when Reath and Ferma blocked her way. "Sorry, orders are orders! You're not getting past us!" Reath smirked. "Go, Galvantula!" Her second Pokemon turned out to be a yellow tarantula with blue eyes and a purple body underneath. "Yanmega, I choose you!" Ferma added before sending out her Yanmega to join her Ambipom. "Keith... I think we should split up," says Roxie with a heavy expression. "One of us stays here to fight these two while the other goes after Miror B. Either way, I can deal with any of these clowns easy, so it's up to you who you want to fight!" Either way, however, you would need some way for either trainer to get past Reath and Ferma and leave the other one behind to fight them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Searchman View Post
    Dead Forest


    Toxic Marsh

    Missingno. Master

    With both you and Roxie losing Pokemon, you had to bring out fresh teammates; while Roxie had her Weezing, you decided James and Hedwig would be suitable to carry you through the rest of the battle and told your opponents that the battle would only get harder. Although I think Miror B. took something you said out of context... something about being... "dumber than they looked"? "Dumber than we... look? Wait, you're... you're saying my afro looks dumb!? AFROS ARE THE GROOVIEST THING EVER!! That insult... you'll pay for that!! Boys, it's time to let the music play! Take them out!" "Yes, Mr. Miror B.!" you hear the four lackeys say.

    Hedwig, of course, wasn't going to wait for them to give orders and Slashed the Air with her wing, sending a sharp wave of wind towards Ariados, slicing it and cutting its current health down very low, though it didn't faze Ariados enough to make it flinch. Ambipom returned the favor by jumping right up to Hedwig, keeping up with her speed and unleashing a Fury Swipes attack on her... or at least where she was, apparently Hedwig was even faster than it thought... but Ariados was ready with a String Shot which made contact with your Crobat's wing. It wouldn't affect her flight, but it would slow her down for a while. Meanwhile Ludicolo looked at Weezing and fired a Leech Seed at her so it could drain energy from her to counter the poison, but she floated just enough out of the way to thwart that plan, so Ludicolo just had to bear with the poison eating away at quite a bit of its health for the time being. "Weezing, finish off Ariados! Flamethrower!" A stream of fire is blown out of Weezing's mouth, travels toward the spider, and scorches it target enough to make it fall unconscious! Now you were making progress! "Ugh, Ariados, return!" While Trudly was busy recalling his Ariados, Folly and Maractus had a fresh set of targets, but they instead opted to give Jellicent a Helping Hand and power up her next attack: a Hydro Pump that sailed towards a slower Hedwig... and completely missed its mark, she didn't even need to maneuver around it! That was a huge waste of energy, plus it left Jellicent vulnerable to James's Seed Bombs which pelt the jellyfish for the rest of her health, causing her to crash into a nearby tree and slump to the ground. Another Pokemon taken out! "No, Jellicent! Tch, return!" Reath fumed before recalling her Pokemon.

    Trudly and Reath were both holding other Pokeballs in their hands, waiting for things to settle a little before they brought out their fresher partners. Ambipom was raring to go for Hedwig again now that her Speed was reduced by the sticky silk still on her wing. With its fist now covered in Ice, it rushes forward and this time connects with a Punch to Hedwig's torso to take out a fourth of her health. It thankfully didn't freeze her, and she was able to shrug off the pain and focus on Maractus, a combatant who hadn't taken much damage in a while. As she swoops in, she Crosses her wings and catches the cactus by surprise, leaving a nice purple "X" on its body as the Poison-type attack stings, making Maractus writhe in pain from the critical hit, that one attack came very close to knocking it out completely! Meanwhile, Ludicolo tried again to put a Leech Seed on Weezing, and this time it latches on, causing her to wince slightly as it drained some of its health and energy away. It didn't return to Ludicolo yet, so it still had to deal with the poison increasing in intensity and reducing its health to about 3/4 its maximum. "K, now's our chance to finish off Maractus too... Weezing, Clear Smog!" Weezing spews a gas towards Maractus and makes the immediate area pretty hard to breathe in for Folly and Maractus. It didn't last long, but when the smoke cleared, there lay Maractus totally unconscious while Hedwig took the moment of cover to clean her wing so it wasn't hampered by the silk anymore, her Speed was now back to normal in addition to Maractus falling! "Darn you, Maractus, return!" Folly cursed as Maractus was recalled as well. Last to move was James, and he had a nice burp come out before there was a glint in his eye. He spit out a special green sludge onto Ludicolo that reacted with the venom in its system causing it to convulse from the excruciating pain. One Venoshock was all it took, after the high amounts of toxins ate away enough health, to take down Miror B.'s second Ludicolo and render it completely immobile and unconscious. James gains an Egg or MT Move! (your choice)

    "Nooooo, not another one of mah babies!" Miror B. pouted, pulling on a handkercheif with his teeth before recalling his Ludicolo. "Ooooh, we'll have to regroup! Folly, Trudly, let's go get those Pokemon we stole from the Bullwinkles and get out of here! Reath, Ferma, you keep those two on the stage as long as possible!" "Right!"
    "Wait, you stole Pokemon from my uncle!?" Roxie asked in shock. "Ohhhh, no, you're not getting away with that!"
    "Sorry, but I think we will! Toodles!" And with that, Miror B., Folly, and Trudly all took off further into the forest.

    "Come back here!" Roxie was about to run off after them when Reath and Ferma blocked her way. "Sorry, orders are orders! You're not getting past us!" Reath smirked. "Go, Galvantula!" Her second Pokemon turned out to be a yellow tarantula with blue eyes and a purple body underneath. "Yanmega, I choose you!" Ferma added before sending out her Yanmega to join her Ambipom. "Keith... I think we should split up," says Roxie with a heavy expression. "One of us stays here to fight these two while the other goes after Miror B. Either way, I can deal with any of these clowns easy, so it's up to you who you want to fight!" Either way, however, you would need some way for either trainer to get past Reath and Ferma and leave the other one behind to fight them...

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    What will Keith do?

    Keith couldn't help but sweatdrop as Miror B. misinterpreted his taunt as an insult to his afro. "Not exactly what I was getting at..." Keith muttered. "But never mind that." With that, the battle resumed, and this time, things went very much in their favor- Hedwig, James, and Roxie's Weezing worked excellently together, and very quickly, all but Ferma's Ambipom had fallen, with James being responsible for two of the KOs. The Vileplume gave a reckless grin, reckless to match his newest move- the Double-Edge attack!

    Miror B. pouted as he withdrew his unconscious Ludicolo, but then told Folly and Trudly that they were going to go and get the Pokémon they stole from the Bullwinkles and get out of here and- wait, what?! Roxie was rightly outraged by this revelation, as was Keith- there was no way in hell he was about to let these crooks get away with stealing Pokémon, particularly Poison-type Pokémon! Miror B., Trudly, and Folly dashed away, and Roxie made to give chase. Keith was ready to go with her, when Ferma and Reath barred their path, each of them bringing out another Pokémon- Ferma send Yanmega back into the fray, whereas Reath brought out something Keith had never seen before. "Who's that Pokémon?" Keith muttered as he pulled out his Pokédex.

    "Galvantula, the EleSpider Pokémon, and the evolved form of Joltik," droned the device. "Galvantula trap and subdue their prey with electrically charged threads. Its special attack is Electroweb."

    "Bug and Electric, huh? Yeah, no surprise it gets Electroweb," Keith remarked. Roxie then turned to him, and with a heavy expression, suggested they split up- one of them stay and take on Ferma and Reath, and the other go after Miror B., Trudly, and Folly. She claimed to be powerful enough to take on any of those clowns, a statement Keith was not about to challenge- Roxie's reputation as a Poison-type trainer was well known, after all, so he in fact found himself rather inclined to agree with her assertion. This, however, did leave the question of what Keith would do- Roxie seemed to have no preference in this area, so whichever group Keith decided to take on, Roxie would go for the other.

    Keith barely had to think about it, however- he planned to chase down Miror B. and those others. When it came to speed, Hedwig was the fastest of the fast- in fact, had she not just proven this in battle? This, he believed, made her the ideal candidate to help him catch up to them and stop them in their tracks. Of course, he'd need to get past Ferma and Reath in the first place... A plan already formulating in his mind, Keith turned to face his Vileplume and Crobat, both of whom were awaiting their orders.

    Keith muttered to Roxie, "Alright, I'll go after Miror B. and those other guys. Here's my plan- have Weezing blanket the area with Smokescreen so I can make my escape. Hedwig," he added, turning to his Crobat. "Prepare to Fly," he stated, gesturing to his shoulder. Hedwig knew what this meant, and flapped over towards Keith, intent on gripping him by the shoulders so they could go after Miror B., Trudly, and Folly. Finally, Keith held out a Poké Ball. "James, return," Keith stated," calling back the Vileplume in an instant. And now, all he could do was wait for Weezing's Smokescreen, so he and Hedwig could take off, ideally without any interruptions, and chase down Miror B. from the air.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Searchman View Post
    The Divine Woodland


    Magus Falls

    Shadowshocker

    Seeing as how everything was clearly not going your way at all--Larxene getting hit with multiple statuses, Grass Pokemon attacking you from right and left with no plans on letting you counterattack, the Breloom shaking itself free of its own confusion and ready to attack, etc.--you decided the best course of action was to recall Larxene and get out of Dodge. You hurry as best you can, all the while finding your back pelted by Bullet Seeds until you were a satisfiable distance away from the hostile group, after which they all back down and let you escape. What was that all about anyway!? No, that didn't matter right now, your top priority was to take Larxene someplace where she could be healed, perhaps there was a Pokemon Center nearby... After about ten minutes on the trail, you come to a log cabin with various instruments on the roof. A huge eagle with a blue crest and blue wings is perched among the instruments and screeches upon noticing your presence. "Val, somebody out there?" you hear a woman's voice ask, to which the shiny Braviary squawks twice before lifting off and flying low to make a circle around your location. "Okay, just a minute!" You soon see the door open and a woman in her late 20s emerge dressed in what was likely a Ranger outfit. "Hello, stranger!" she greets you before whistling to the raptor in the sky, signalling him to come down since she could tell that circling he did made you feel a little uncomfortable. As Braviary flew in toward his trainer, she held out her arm for him to perch on. "I'm the ranger on duty at this station; you can call me Quinn, and this is my Braviary, Valor!" she says as Valor's talons grasp her arm and he folds his wings down before he stares at you checking you out; despite her figure, she seemed perfectly capable of supporting the 90 lb. bird's weight. "Now what brings you out here?"

    What will Shadow do?
    Shadow heaved as he felt the chipper ranger and her Braviary sized him up. He hadn't run anywhere in some time and felt thoroughly out of shape. Bits of his jacketed back still winced from where the Grass Pokemon attacked him in his retreat - but at least for now, he was safe. It didn't seem that they had followed him or that the phenomenon spread this far, and Quinn appeared prepared if nothing else. It was time to make his status report.

    "Hi, my name's Shadow. My Cacturne and I were visiting Magus Falls to see the sights when we were attacked by a massive crowd of hostile wild Grass Pokemon. We retreated fast as we could when she was hit by Petilil's Stun Spore," he explained hurriedly, presenting Quinn with the Thunder Ball in indication. "She's my strongest teammate on-hand, so we couldn't do anything; she needs prompt medical attention."

    "Also, I think there might be the likelihood of a wild Pokemon uprising... I swear, there were almost 50 of them, surrounding a group of bushes or something."
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    Rainbow Pool

    Lilbluecorsola -

    You had adventured in Astoria before, but back then you were young and was looking for a Chikorita, a Pokemon you now took with you to your second adventure here. As you touched down with your Togekiss, you and your Grass-types were ready to go exploring, with Iris and Lilac both getting a little too eager and taking a dip in the pool. At least the scenery was breathtaking; as you and your Pokemon walk around the lake, you could see so many fields of flowers surrounding it, you wonder if there was a flower out there that you were allergic to because you start sneezing for a bit, though Hoshiko does her best to fan the pollen away. After a while, you hadn't seen any Pokemon or humans yet, but you did see a grove of fruit trees and start to get hungry. Perhaps a little snack wouldn't hurt... You could see a few apples that were ripe to pick, so you grabbed a couple of them, giving one of them to each of your Pokemon, all of them accepting the gift, while you keep one for yourself. As you eat, you also see a Nanab Berry tree and decide you could use a variety of fruits for your snack, so you reach out for a banana when... you could swear the bunch you were reaching for just moved. But it wasn't just your imagination: every time you reached for that bunch, it would move somewhere else almost randomly. You try reaching for another bunch that wasn't going to move so much when it mysteriously disappears in front of your eyes! Well, this was starting to frustrate you, but you weren't going to give up! Reaching for another bunch, you're finally able to grab it... when your hand gets slurped up along with the bananas by what you felt like was a big mouth! As what was likely a tongue brushed across your fingers, your hand was quickly freed as your surprise causes you to lose your balance and fall to the ground as the Nanab Berry dropped close by. While lying there, you look up to find the first bunch of bananas you tried to grab was actually dangling from the neck of a Tropius now towering over your body, though it looked like it was scared of you; it was likely so busy eating that it didn't notice anyone around it. While it kept its distance, you noticed it slowly lowering its head, inching closer to the berry on the ground. It seemed its hunger was slightly more important to it than its fear of you...

    What will Jessica do?

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    As the group traveled beneath the beautiful branches and blossoms, Jess wondered if one amongst them was stealing her breath – quite literally. Stopping to inhale the sweetness, her sensitive sinuses began acting up as she sneezed repeatedly. Hoshiko tried to help fan the dust away, though some particles easily escaped through the stellar space. Jess smiled and thanked her anyway, then noticed a small grove of trees nearby which bore a bounty just ripe for pick. Her stomach responded eagerly, and she reached out for the fresh fruit, plucking the plumpest she could find as she handed one to each of her friends.

    As she bit into the red delicousness, her eye spotted another bough that dangled a different kind of produce, and decided to supplement her snack with another selection. However, as she stretched her hand towards the stem, it suddenly whisked out her reach as if by some unseen force. Surprised, she tried again for the tantalizing bunch, only to find no matter where she followed it seemed to consciously evade her every move. Pouting over sour grapes, she switched her attention to a less mobile bunch… Only to contact what could only be described as a large tongue running across her fingers. Shocked, she stumbled back, balance giving way as she fell flat on her back.

    Blinking, she stared up at the prehistoric being that towered over her, feeling as if she’d been transported back in time (or to Jurassic Park). It was clear now the bananas she was attempting to harvest earlier belonged to the startled Tropius, who was regarding the horizontal girl just as warily as she was. Despite its reservation though, hunger was apparently more pressing as it slowly lowered its neck towards where the crop landed, almost right beside her head. Jess held her lungs, remaining as still as possible even when the dino’s leaves brushed against her face.

    When it lifted with its prize, she gradually sat up while it was busy chewing the meal, marveling at its size and strength and simultaneous grace. Her three companions were just as awestruck, shying behind their trainer as they gazed up at their humongous, perhaps distant ancestor. Jess thought of something, and searched inside her bag for a single seed similar to the one Tropius was currently swallowing. She considered attempting to present it herself as a promise of peace, but worried she might frighten the creature more than she already had. Turning to her travel partners, Lilac and Iris looked away and hummed, pretending to inspect the foliage.

    Hoshi, however, stepped up boldly. Being of direct sauropod-origin herself, she deemed it only proper to greet her closest cousin. Receiving the gift, she tiptoed towards her long-lost relative, who grew even more enormous in comparison to the tiny green critter as the two approached in scale. Bravely extending her vine, she elevated the Nanab Berry straight up to Tropius’s height, making sure the morsel was within its visored sight. Lila and Iri covered their eyes, afraid the monstrous beast would simply snap Hoshiko up along with the offering. Jess trusted the Chikorita knew what she was doing, but was prepared to defend her pal if necessary.


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    Default Adventures in Astoria by Dark Searchman, Part 26

    The Divine Woodland


    Magus Falls

    Shadowshocker

    Having just escaped a huge horde of Grass Pokemon, you found yourself in the company of a Pokemon ranger and a shiny Braviary--whose names sound veeeeeery familiar to me--and you explain to them the situation. "Come on inside then," Quinn is quick to understand from what you can gather with the tone of her voice, she may have had experience with this, "I've got plenty of Parlyze Heal we can use to cure your Cacturne." Valor apparently knows the routine as he flies over to the wooden railing and perches there; from all the talon marks on the railing, you can tell he's perched there plenty of times as there was a window right there where he could watch what was going on inside the cabin.

    As you and Quinn step inside, you see one side of the main room is filled with all sorts of equipment, likely the necessary tools and computers for a ranger station. On the other side, there were two couches, nightstands in the corners, and a coffee table. A cursory glance out the window reveals, sure enough, that Valor was peering inside watching you... well, like a Braviary. Right next to you was a stack of three crates, and Quinn opens the top one, whisking out the needed spray bottle; so they have been through this before, and apparently quite often, that was the last bottle in that crate! "Here, use this, it'll cure Larxene in no time," the ranger says to you with a smile. So you bring her out and start spraying her; the confusion she received in the battle had long since worn off, so all you needed to worry about was the paralysis. "So, those Grass Pokemon are at it again? This is the fourth time this week! (and that's not counting the last two weeks) And anytime we try to put some sort of sign there to warn people to stay away they mob us! It's not like the signs would hurt anything, but hey, try telling that to a Grass-type. And they were really peaceful before, minded their own business. I was wondering what could have gotten into them, but something you said really got to me; you saw them 'surrounding a group of bushes', correct? Maybe they're protecting something... or someone. And that someone might be injured... I have to go check it out. When your Pokemon gets fully healed, would you be willing to go back and show me where they're guarding? I think we'll have a better chance fending off a group of Pokemon than just either of us on our own."

    What will Shadow do?


    Garden of Iris


    Rainbow Pool

    Lilbluecorsola -

    After a run-in with a Tropius who accidentally got a taste of you instead of some Nanab Berries, you stayed absolutely still as it inched closer and closer to you--even brushing past your face for a moment--fear still present in its eyes, though it seemed grateful you weren't going to come between it and its own snack. As soon as it grabbed the fallen berry, it lifted its head back up, once again causing your legs to tremble from the massive height of the sauropod as you slowly get back up, giving your Pokemon legs to hide behind. You then had the idea of giving Tropius a peace offering, namely your own Nanab Berry, but wasn't too keen on the idea of giving the food yourself seeing as you were the one who spooked Tropius in the first place. You look down at your Pokemon, but Lilac and Iris were busy "admiring the scenery", as it were. Fat lot of help they were! Ah, but Hoshiko is more courageous as she uses her vines to grab the fruit then trod over to the bigger Pokemon, extending her vines so the fruit was in sight. Lilac and Iris were worried that the monster's diet included more than just fruit while you stood by, ready to save your Chikorita from being on the menu if needed. However, there wasn't much to worry about as Tropius merely looked at the fruit, sniffed it a few times, then looked down at Hoshiko, not nearly as threatened by a Pokemon a third of its size. After a while, it finally smiles and gives a soft coo to Hoshiko, then gently bites into the fruit, being careful to avoid Hoshiko's vines. Some of the soft berry gushes out onto her vines in the process while the larger creature finishes the rest of the berry, and Tropius is happy to clean up after itself, licking the mush off of the vines before Hoshiko draws them back in, giving the tips a good cleaning of her own before they fully disappeared into her body. Tropius then leaned back in and was about to lower its head to her level before-

    "Oh my GODS!! A TROPIUS!! I hope that's not yours, lady, because I want to catch it! Such a rare Pokemon!" Spooked once again, this time Tropius shies away and runs into the forest. "What? No, don't go, my prize!" You turn to see a rotund man in his thirties with square glasses and overalls. "Oh well, it won't get away from Linus the Collector for long!" He then sees you and your Pokemon blocking his path. "Wha- you dare to get between me and a rare Pokemon!? No... don't tell me... that was a wild Tropius, and you wanted it for yourself! And you were luring it in with food, oh, that was too close! Had I come later, you would've had it for sure! Well, I'm not about to put up with any competition, so I'll beat you in battle and keep you from catching Tropius! Go, Glaceon!" A blue cat, one of the Eeveelutions, leaps out and meows, giving its battle cry. You weren't sure what could've caused this guy to come up with such delusions, but he sure seemed serious about battling you...

    What will Jessica do?


    Dead Forest


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    Missingno. Master

    With Miror B. splitting up his forces, you and Roxie would need to follow suit, and you wanted the pleasure of messing up that big ol' afro yourself. "Okay then, I'm counting on you, Keith! Weezing, Smokescreen, make it cover the whole area!" As directed, the gasbag lets loose a blanket of smoke from its pores causing Reath, Ferma, and their Pokemon to cough, though you could hear Reath blurt out an order. "Quick, Galvantula, use Electroweb! Don't let them get away!" All of a sudden you see a yellow net shoot out straight at Hedwig just as she was about to take off when a certain purple ball of gas floats right in front of it at the last second to take the hit; that would have been a critical hit on your Crobat if it hit her! As the webbing's electricity travels through Roxie's Weezing, you can't help but have concern for the other Poison-type when Roxie's voice cuts in: "Don't worry about us, just go! We can handle it!" Quick as a flash, your Crobat takes to the air as soon as she was ordered by you, and you were already above the cloud when Ferma's Yanmega blew all the smoke away. By then, you had made a clean getaway, too far away for the dragonfly to pursue you, and you already had Miror B. and his other two cronies in your sights. Folly happens to look behind him and notices you and Hedwig swooping in. "Boss!" he shouts, and all three turn to face you. "****, you've already gotten past my girls?" Miror B. curses. "Well, at least there's only one of you now. Boys, it's time to let the music play! Ludicolo, come out dancin'!" A third Ludicolo is brought out while Folly and Trudly throw out Pokeballs, one of them unleashing an Exploud who forces you to cover your ears just with its battle cry and the other letting out a familiar, mummy-like Pokemon with one eye, so you would know this Dusclops can take some punishment and put some Pressure on your Pokemon to use up more energy than usual should you attack it.

    What will Keith do?


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    Dead Forest


    Toxic Marsh

    Missingno. Master

    With Miror B. splitting up his forces, you and Roxie would need to follow suit, and you wanted the pleasure of messing up that big ol' afro yourself. "Okay then, I'm counting on you, Keith! Weezing, Smokescreen, make it cover the whole area!" As directed, the gasbag lets loose a blanket of smoke from its pores causing Reath, Ferma, and their Pokemon to cough, though you could hear Reath blurt out an order. "Quick, Galvantula, use Electroweb! Don't let them get away!" All of a sudden you see a yellow net shoot out straight at Hedwig just as she was about to take off when a certain purple ball of gas floats right in front of it at the last second to take the hit; that would have been a critical hit on your Crobat if it hit her! As the webbing's electricity travels through Roxie's Weezing, you can't help but have concern for the other Poison-type when Roxie's voice cuts in: "Don't worry about us, just go! We can handle it!" Quick as a flash, your Crobat takes to the air as soon as she was ordered by you, and you were already above the cloud when Ferma's Yanmega blew all the smoke away. By then, you had made a clean getaway, too far away for the dragonfly to pursue you, and you already had Miror B. and his other two cronies in your sights. Folly happens to look behind him and notices you and Hedwig swooping in. "Boss!" he shouts, and all three turn to face you. "****, you've already gotten past my girls?" Miror B. curses. "Well, at least there's only one of you now. Boys, it's time to let the music play! Ludicolo, come out dancin'!" A third Ludicolo is brought out while Folly and Trudly throw out Pokeballs, one of them unleashing an Exploud who forces you to cover your ears just with its battle cry and the other letting out a familiar, mummy-like Pokemon with one eye, so you would know this Dusclops can take some punishment and put some Pressure on your Pokemon to use up more energy than usual should you attack it.

    What will Keith do?

    Roxie gave the order, and her Weezing unleashed a Smokescreen attack,covering the entire area. However, even through the smoke, Reath was able to choke out an order to Galvantula- she called for an Electroweb. And before Keith could react, he could see a yellow net headed straight for Hedwig! "Hedwig, use-" Keith began, but before his mouth could even begin to form the words "Air Slash", Roxie's Weezing floated in and took the hit! Though Keith couldn't help but feel concern for Weezing, Roxie urged him to just go, and to not worry about them. Keith nodded. "Got it. Just leave it to us! Hedwig, Fly!"

    "Cro!" exclaimed Hedwig, who was only too glad to comply with the order. Gripping her Trainer's shoulders, she took off with great speed, making full use of all four of her wings. Below, Ferma's Yanmega was already blowing the smoke away, but by then, the Poison-type Trainer and his Crobat were already too far away for the Bug/Flying-type to pursue them. Keith grinned as they closed in on Miror B. and his other cronies, but Folly alerted the others to their arrival. Miror B. swore at this sight, but seemed content with the knowledge that now there was only Keith to contend with. "Heh," Keith chuckled. "You say that like it's going to make things any easier on you." And then, each of them produced a Poké Ball and threw it- and Miror B.'s contained YET ANOTHER Ludicolo. "Good Arceus, how many of those things do you have?" Keith muttered in exasperation.

    Trudly and Folly also brought out Pokémon of their own- one was a Dusclops, a species of Pokémon Keith was familiar with, as he owned one himself, but the other was not a familiar sight. It was large and blue, with several pipe-like protrusions on top of its head, and it had a huge mouth. Whatever it was, its battle cry forced Keith to cover his ears- that s*** was LOUD! "Gah!" Keith exclaimed, holding out his Pokédex. "What is that?!"

    "Exploud, the Loud Noise Pokémon, and the evolved form of Loudred," droned the device. "Exploud takes in air through the ports on its body in order to bellow loudly. Its bellowing is extremely loud, and has been known to trigger earthquakes."

    "Mm-hmm," nodded Keith. "OK, Hedwig, ready to roll?" he asked his Crobat.

    "Cro! Bat!" nodded Hedwig as she flapped forward.

    However, Keith wasn't about to leave it at that- only one against three? Hedwig was good, but not that good! He threw another Poké Ball into the air. "Go, James!" he exclaimed, sending his Vileplume back out. But no, that still wasn't going to even the odds enough, was it? Nagini and Hebenon had fainted, and Gemini was still back at the house... which only left Keith with one more Pokémon to even the tides... But no, no, he couldn't. Lily was too low in level, he couldn't risk it, not against these guys, especially considering how they had been able to defeat Hebenon and Nagini, both of whom were of a significantly higher level.

    "Vilepluuuuume!" James exclaimed in as menacing a voice as he could muster, taking a step forward and glaring at the Pokémon thieves. This snapped Keith out of his thoughts regarding Lily and reminded him to focus on the battle at hand.

    "OK," Keith sighed, just before a much more determined look came over him. "Let's do this! Alright, James, let's start things with a Teeter Dance, then blast them with Sludge Wave! Hedwig, Fly to evade the Teeter Dance before attacking Ludicolo, then use your Dark Pulse on Dusclops!"

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    Garden of Iris


    Rainbow Pool

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    After a run-in with a Tropius who accidentally got a taste of you instead of some Nanab Berries, you stayed absolutely still as it inched closer and closer to you--even brushing past your face for a moment--fear still present in its eyes, though it seemed grateful you weren't going to come between it and its own snack. As soon as it grabbed the fallen berry, it lifted its head back up, once again causing your legs to tremble from the massive height of the sauropod as you slowly get back up, giving your Pokemon legs to hide behind. You then had the idea of giving Tropius a peace offering, namely your own Nanab Berry, but wasn't too keen on the idea of giving the food yourself seeing as you were the one who spooked Tropius in the first place. You look down at your Pokemon, but Lilac and Iris were busy "admiring the scenery", as it were. Fat lot of help they were! Ah, but Hoshiko is more courageous as she uses her vines to grab the fruit then trod over to the bigger Pokemon, extending her vines so the fruit was in sight. Lilac and Iris were worried that the monster's diet included more than just fruit while you stood by, ready to save your Chikorita from being on the menu if needed. However, there wasn't much to worry about as Tropius merely looked at the fruit, sniffed it a few times, then looked down at Hoshiko, not nearly as threatened by a Pokemon a third of its size. After a while, it finally smiles and gives a soft coo to Hoshiko, then gently bites into the fruit, being careful to avoid Hoshiko's vines. Some of the soft berry gushes out onto her vines in the process while the larger creature finishes the rest of the berry, and Tropius is happy to clean up after itself, licking the mush off of the vines before Hoshiko draws them back in, giving the tips a good cleaning of her own before they fully disappeared into her body. Tropius then leaned back in and was about to lower its head to her level before-

    "Oh my GODS!! A TROPIUS!! I hope that's not yours, lady, because I want to catch it! Such a rare Pokemon!" Spooked once again, this time Tropius shies away and runs into the forest. "What? No, don't go, my prize!" You turn to see a rotund man in his thirties with square glasses and overalls. "Oh well, it won't get away from Linus the Collector for long!" He then sees you and your Pokemon blocking his path. "Wha- you dare to get between me and a rare Pokemon!? No... don't tell me... that was a wild Tropius, and you wanted it for yourself! And you were luring it in with food, oh, that was too close! Had I come later, you would've had it for sure! Well, I'm not about to put up with any competition, so I'll beat you in battle and keep you from catching Tropius! Go, Glaceon!" A blue cat, one of the Eeveelutions, leaps out and meows, giving its battle cry. You weren't sure what could've caused this guy to come up with such delusions, but he sure seemed serious about battling you...

    What will Jessica do?

    Jess relinquished her breath when she saw Tropius graciously accept the gift – without demanding a second sacrifice. She wondered if she should be watching the scene though as the two shared the forbidden fruit, licking its juice lovingly… Iris and Lilac whispered something behind her back, giggling like giddy schoolgirls. They gasped scandalously as the large dino lowered its head towards Hoshiko’s leaf…

    A shout suddenly pierced the peace, and sent their new friend fleeing into the forest. A round bespectacled man appeared and shook his fist at the missed opportunity, before beginning to babble that Jess must have been trying to beat him to his prize. He sent out a frosty feline, clearly intent on contending for the chance to capture such a rare Pokémon. The girl frowned. She didn’t wish to fight, but she wasn’t sure reason would work with this guy.

    “I won’t stop you from catching it if you really want it, but if you insist on battling…”

    She turned to Hoshi, who nodded.

    “If he attacks, be ready to respond with FLASH, followed by MUD-SLAP. If that doesn’t discourage it, try an ENERGY BALL.”


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    The Divine Woodland
    The Divine Woodland makes up a good 90% of the Enchanted Forest. Normally a very peaceful place where grass, bug and flying Pokémon thrive, the recent boom in tourism has caused the Pokémon who live here to be more cautious of the humans who have begun to invade their natural habitat. There are rumours of strange and magical happenings in this forest and on special nights, under the light of the full moon, who knows what you may encounter...

    Areas:
    The Labyrinth: Spreading across the boundary of the Divine Woodland and the Dead Forest, the Labyrinth covers approximately 20 hectares of land and is home to some of the most powerful Pokémon in the land. It is recommended you steer clear of the dark side of the Labyrinth at all costs.
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    Placing a pair of goggles on, a young trainer that went by the name Ethan was seating on top of his Garchomp's back, securing himself by wrapping his hands around the dragon's 'fin' who incidentally was standing over the edge of a cliff hundreds of feet in the air.

    The trainer knew full well that his Garchomp wasn't a capable flyer but he had seen many of them in the sky despite that and figured maybe it wasn't flying at all...

    "Ready Jaws!" the trainer yelled.

    "Gar!" the creature growled in a yes before securing its arms in and extending his 'wings' out before stepping off of the cliff and diving in a head spin, "Pull up! Pull up! Use the wind to your advantage!" the boy screamed, his grip on the dragon growing stronger.

    Doing as his trainer suggested the dragon caught the wind underneath his wings and began to sorrow higher in the air, "Woo! Whooo!" the trainer exclaimed as Jaws grinned impressed by his great feat. Soon finding themselves with their knees above the clouds.

    After a couple of go's at it the Dragon began to go speeds rivaling that of a jet plane...

    --

    Back on the ground Ethan stumbled off the dragons back "Oof!" falling on his bum laughing before picking himself up and patting his dragon on the head, "And that my friend, is falling, with style!"

    Taking off his goggles the boy looked around his surroundings, the emerald green wildlife the only thing the young man could see before he began to walk further inside the forest with his Dragon alongside him.
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    The Divine Woodland


    Magus Falls

    Shadowshocker

    Having just escaped a huge horde of Grass Pokemon, you found yourself in the company of a Pokemon ranger and a shiny Braviary--whose names sound veeeeeery familiar to me--and you explain to them the situation. "Come on inside then," Quinn is quick to understand from what you can gather with the tone of her voice, she may have had experience with this, "I've got plenty of Parlyze Heal we can use to cure your Cacturne." Valor apparently knows the routine as he flies over to the wooden railing and perches there; from all the talon marks on the railing, you can tell he's perched there plenty of times as there was a window right there where he could watch what was going on inside the cabin.

    As you and Quinn step inside, you see one side of the main room is filled with all sorts of equipment, likely the necessary tools and computers for a ranger station. On the other side, there were two couches, nightstands in the corners, and a coffee table. A cursory glance out the window reveals, sure enough, that Valor was peering inside watching you... well, like a Braviary. Right next to you was a stack of three crates, and Quinn opens the top one, whisking out the needed spray bottle; so they have been through this before, and apparently quite often, that was the last bottle in that crate! "Here, use this, it'll cure Larxene in no time," the ranger says to you with a smile. So you bring her out and start spraying her; the confusion she received in the battle had long since worn off, so all you needed to worry about was the paralysis. "So, those Grass Pokemon are at it again? This is the fourth time this week! (and that's not counting the last two weeks) And anytime we try to put some sort of sign there to warn people to stay away they mob us! It's not like the signs would hurt anything, but hey, try telling that to a Grass-type. And they were really peaceful before, minded their own business. I was wondering what could have gotten into them, but something you said really got to me; you saw them 'surrounding a group of bushes', correct? Maybe they're protecting something... or someone. And that someone might be injured... I have to go check it out. When your Pokemon gets fully healed, would you be willing to go back and show me where they're guarding? I think we'll have a better chance fending off a group of Pokemon than just either of us on our own."

    What will Shadow do?
    Shadow and Larxene listened silently to Quinn as she gave her likeliest explanation of things. Perhaps it wasn't Larxene the other Grass-type Pokemon were angry at; something larger, unbeknownst to them, had been at work here. They had just stumbled onto the scene at the wrong time. The scientist watched as the last of the healing spray soaked through Larxene's sepia epidermis. Gingerly, she flexed her thorny arms, indicating that her nerves had been freed of the numbing toxins. She glanced back at him; the worry in her face was gone, even if it was temporarily so. The presence of a helping hand offered by strangers had apparently eased her mind.

    "You alright, Larxene?" asked Shadow gently. It took a few more moments mulled in thought before she gave a nod of consent. She was now as involved in this as anyone else, after all.

    "Alright, Quinn. I think we can lead you back to the waterfall. Hopefully we won't come across too many obstacles."
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    Default Adventures in Astoria by Dark Searchman, Part 27

    Well, it's finally time to update people again! I'm also welcoming Bless The Metal to my group, so welcome to doom, as usual!

    The Divine Woodland


    Magus Falls

    Shadowshocker

    It didn't take long for Larxene to be fully cured of her Paralysis, at which point you were willing to join the ranger to investigate what was wrong with the Grass-types. "Okay, we'll bring a few of these with us just in case," she replied before getting more bottles of Paralyze Heal. With all the Grass-types you saw earlier, you knew you would need at least half the stash she was bringing, if not all of it. "I also have a few Antidotes and Awakenings too, though not as many of them. Hopefully we don't need more of those... Anyway, I'm ready if you are! Valor, let's go!" The shiny Braviary screeched proudly before taking off and soaring right above the group as you all walk down the trail leading back to Magus Falls.

    ...Only you don't get very far as you can see a large cloud of many colors blocking the path. "Don't get too close," Quinn warns you, "that's probably a whole mix of spores in there. Who knows what you could breathe in there-" She cuts her sentence short with a gasp before pointing inside the cloud; inside it, you could barely make out the figure of a person holding their throat, and you could easily hear choking sounds coming from that direction too before you saw the figure collapse! "That person is dying, we have to do something quick! Valor, use Defog, try to blow away the spores!" The blue eagle above responds before flapping his wings in an effort to diffuse the cloud, but no sooner do the bursts of wind cut into the cloud than it reshapes itself and continues to block the way between you and a helpless person still choking from what you could continue to hear. There wasn't much time left until they potentially draw their last breath, but if blowing it away wasn't going to work, what would?

    What will Shadow do?


    The Labyrinth

    Bless The Metal -

    After a nice- ahem, glide, you had a rough landing, but you didn't mind since you had fun doing it, as did Jaws after you pet him because he started panting excitedly like a Growlithe would. As you looked around, however, you found yourself surrounded by walls of trees on either side of you in a straight line, both paths seemingly open. However, the moment you took one step, the ground beneath you started rumbling, and the wind began howling around you. Suddenly, the walls of trees looked as if they were being blown about... randomly, at first glance, though as you continue focusing on them you realize there may be more method to the madness. Once the dust settles, you and Jaws find the rear side completely walled off while in front of you lay three paths. One path had flowers of various colors litter the trail ahead, with what looked like cherry blossom trees making the walls. The second path looked dry and barren, with trees that glowed red in some spots leading you down a path that you could feel the heat already from your current location. The final trail lay muddy and damp, while the trees alongside bore all sorts of moss and lichen on them. It was clear to you now that your little "flight" had landed you in a place few trainers dared to venture: the Labyrinth. Also, it looked as if one fun feature of this place was that it didn't stay the same maze for long; it changed, taking a page or two out of a highly popular book series you likely read... you have read it, right? Anyway, if the three trails in front of you were any indication, you were at least allowed to choose the scenery to traverse through, but the difficulty of the path (possibly even its correctness) was probably out of your hands...

    What will Ethan do?


    Garden of Iris


    Rainbow Pool

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    If it wasn't for this overly zealous collector ruining the moment, you likely would have seen Hoshiko's first crush come to fruition. As it stands, you're stuck battling his prized Glaceon, though it didn't seem that strong, so maybe Hoshiko can still take it on despite the type disadvantage... "Glaceon, throw a Sand-attack in that Chikorita's eyes, then Icy Wind to slow it down before Tackling it! Show them why rarer is better!" "Glay glay!" it meows before it starts kicking up Sand in Hoshiko's face, but at the same time she let loose an extremely bright Flash from her eyes before they were Attacked by the clouds of sand. Both Pokemon lost accuracy, but Glaceon seemed to suffer more from the Flash than Hoshiko did from the sand. However, Glaceon blew out a particularly powerful Icy Wind that blew straight into Hoshiko for a critical hit taking out almost half of her health, not to mention the resulting drop in Speed she got from it! Now that the ground had some frost on it, however, there was sufficient moisture for Hoshiko to Slap some Mud in Glaceon's face, reducing its accuracy even further and dealing a little damage. Still, despite its vision being so seriously hampered, it managed to connect with its Tackle on Hoshiko for even more damage... if her next attack didn't connect, you two would be so far behind! Fortunately, she was just as on point with her Energy Ball as Glaceon has been with its attacks, and the Ice-type fortunately took some pretty good damage from it, but with Glaceon getting the health advantage you still had quite a bit of catching up to do...

    What will Jessica do?


    Dead Forest


    Toxic Marsh

    Missingno. Master

    As your Crobat Flies into the air, safe from most enemy attacks for the moment, you're grateful you're only up against Miror B. and two henchmen instead of four; there was much more to keep track of with five targets! "Time for a remix!" Miror B. says with a smug grin. "Ludicolo, Sunny Day!" ...What? That's odd. You expected another Rain Dance so Ludicolo could take advantage of either its Swift Swim or Rain Dish abilities, but there it was throwing a bright burst of sunlight into the sky, making the environment around you become humid. Miror B. keeps grinning as Folly then gives an order to Exploud: "Overheat, now!" That's what the plan was. As the Sunny Day-boosted Fire attack comes out of Exploud's mouth, you can only watch as the flames strike James right in the face, taking out almost 2/3 of its health with one attack! Yikes! Thankfully, Exploud had used every last ounce of its Fire energy and half of its total energy, in addition to severely reducing its own Special Attack, no way it was going to do that again. Now was James's chance to retaliate; singed all over, he was still able to Dance around (with Hedwig still in the air, therefore allowing her to be oblivious to the effects of it), and soon enough Exploud and Dusclops start Teetering to the rhythm until they became dizzy... but why not Ludicolo?? Well, simple, Ludicolo was listening to Miror B.'s music on the boombox you notice for the first time (did they really have that with them all this time?), and it was dancing to its Own Tempo, not James's! Yet another reason for this particular Ludicolo to use Sunny Day instead of Rain Dance. Oh well, at least you got two of the three enemies Confused, so that should do the trick. "Dusclops, let's ground that bat with some Gravity!" Able to fight through its disoriented state for now, the one-eyed mummy begins an incantation that slowly makes the whole surrounding area feel heavier. You and James aren't fazed too much by this, but Hedwig suddenly finds herself descending, unable to fight the pull until she hovers a few feet from the ground.

    This, of course, means she won't be able to divebomb anyone now, so she's forced to spend a little time to rest and catch her breath. At least James was there to give her a break, thanks to the Chlorophyll in his body absorbing the extra sunlight to give him a boost of Speed for a while, and he took the chance to belch out a Sludge Wave that hit all three Pokemon, dealing the most damage to Ludicolo due to its type weakness and the least damage to Dusclops thanks to its type resistance, with none of them looking poisoned. Hedwig was also at risk of getting hit by the attack, but even with the Gravity weighing her down she was still barely able to fly above the splash of the poisonous wave and take no damage. Still, that did leave both of your Pokemon extremely vulnerable... "That Crobat can't face the music now! Ludicolo, Fire Punch it!" "Exploud, do the same thing to Vileplume! Fire Punch!" Miror B. and Folly order. In a strategy meant to praise the sun, Ludicolo's fist burns brightly and slams into Hedwig for some good damage, though no burning resulted from it. In an attempt at some jolly cooperation, Exploud grunts as it tries to do the same, but oh yeah, it's out of Fire energy! Um, oops... Being confused doesn't help it either as it starts to get the bright idea to punch itself, the hot boulders around, whatever seemed hot, thinking maybe that would do the trick... well, it worked. Bad thing about it is that all that accomplished was a Burn on its own hand! "Exploud, you idiot!" Folly groaned as he was now stuck using a Pokemon whose damage was nerfed for the rest of the battle by its own doing. Dusclops tried to end the round on a better note for their side, but the confusion was able to take effect this time; it didn't matter what Trudly told his Ghost-type to do, it wasn't able to listen and instead punched itself, which actually allowed it to fully shake off the effects of confusion and regain control of its body. So overall, the battle started out badly, but now Exploud is busy dealing with status effects and exhaustion, and Ludicolo and Dusclops have both taken a fair amount of damage, though still had plenty of fight in them.

    What will Keith do?

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    Dead Forest


    Toxic Marsh

    Missingno. Master

    As your Crobat Flies into the air, safe from most enemy attacks for the moment, you're grateful you're only up against Miror B. and two henchmen instead of four; there was much more to keep track of with five targets! "Time for a remix!" Miror B. says with a smug grin. "Ludicolo, Sunny Day!" ...What? That's odd. You expected another Rain Dance so Ludicolo could take advantage of either its Swift Swim or Rain Dish abilities, but there it was throwing a bright burst of sunlight into the sky, making the environment around you become humid. Miror B. keeps grinning as Folly then gives an order to Exploud: "Overheat, now!" That's what the plan was. As the Sunny Day-boosted Fire attack comes out of Exploud's mouth, you can only watch as the flames strike James right in the face, taking out almost 2/3 of its health with one attack! Yikes! Thankfully, Exploud had used every last ounce of its Fire energy and half of its total energy, in addition to severely reducing its own Special Attack, no way it was going to do that again. Now was James's chance to retaliate; singed all over, he was still able to Dance around (with Hedwig still in the air, therefore allowing her to be oblivious to the effects of it), and soon enough Exploud and Dusclops start Teetering to the rhythm until they became dizzy... but why not Ludicolo?? Well, simple, Ludicolo was listening to Miror B.'s music on the boombox you notice for the first time (did they really have that with them all this time?), and it was dancing to its Own Tempo, not James's! Yet another reason for this particular Ludicolo to use Sunny Day instead of Rain Dance. Oh well, at least you got two of the three enemies Confused, so that should do the trick. "Dusclops, let's ground that bat with some Gravity!" Able to fight through its disoriented state for now, the one-eyed mummy begins an incantation that slowly makes the whole surrounding area feel heavier. You and James aren't fazed too much by this, but Hedwig suddenly finds herself descending, unable to fight the pull until she hovers a few feet from the ground.

    This, of course, means she won't be able to divebomb anyone now, so she's forced to spend a little time to rest and catch her breath. At least James was there to give her a break, thanks to the Chlorophyll in his body absorbing the extra sunlight to give him a boost of Speed for a while, and he took the chance to belch out a Sludge Wave that hit all three Pokemon, dealing the most damage to Ludicolo due to its type weakness and the least damage to Dusclops thanks to its type resistance, with none of them looking poisoned. Hedwig was also at risk of getting hit by the attack, but even with the Gravity weighing her down she was still barely able to fly above the splash of the poisonous wave and take no damage. Still, that did leave both of your Pokemon extremely vulnerable... "That Crobat can't face the music now! Ludicolo, Fire Punch it!" "Exploud, do the same thing to Vileplume! Fire Punch!" Miror B. and Folly order. In a strategy meant to praise the sun, Ludicolo's fist burns brightly and slams into Hedwig for some good damage, though no burning resulted from it. In an attempt at some jolly cooperation, Exploud grunts as it tries to do the same, but oh yeah, it's out of Fire energy! Um, oops... Being confused doesn't help it either as it starts to get the bright idea to punch itself, the hot boulders around, whatever seemed hot, thinking maybe that would do the trick... well, it worked. Bad thing about it is that all that accomplished was a Burn on its own hand! "Exploud, you idiot!" Folly groaned as he was now stuck using a Pokemon whose damage was nerfed for the rest of the battle by its own doing. Dusclops tried to end the round on a better note for their side, but the confusion was able to take effect this time; it didn't matter what Trudly told his Ghost-type to do, it wasn't able to listen and instead punched itself, which actually allowed it to fully shake off the effects of confusion and regain control of its body. So overall, the battle started out badly, but now Exploud is busy dealing with status effects and exhaustion, and Ludicolo and Dusclops have both taken a fair amount of damage, though still had plenty of fight in them.

    What will Keith do?

    The fight got underway, with Hedwig soaring high into the sky, but Miror B.'s first order threw Keith for a loop. "Sunny Day?" Keith muttered to himself. "What the..." If there was one thing he knew about Ludicolo, it was that their preferred battle style was centered around rain. Their possible Abilities of Swift Swim and Rain Dish were both designed to take advantage of rainy weather, and it also powered up their Water moves. In fact, the only way the rain could benefit Ludicolo even more than it already did is if they became able to use Thunder and Hurricane! But now was not the time to dwell on that, for Ludicolo did indeed unleash Sunny Day, intensifying the sunlight and the humidity. And then, Folly gave an order that made Keith's blood run cold- he ordered Exploud to use Overheat. Easily one of the most powerful Fire-type techniques, and it was being fired right at James! Keith could only watch in horror as the super effective sun-boosted Fire move engulfed his Vileplume, the move taking out a huge chunk of its health. Fortunately, the move did not KO James, and it also seemed to leave Exploud looking extremely exhausted- Overheat had the nasty side effect of reducing the user's Special Attack after use.

    However, the move did not get James down one bit- the slightly singed Vileplume started up a Teeter Dance. Hedwig, still high up in the air, was out of range of the attack's effects, but Exploud and Dusclops were both becoming dizzy and confused. But wait... something wasn't right. Keith's eyes fell on Ludicolo, and it dawned on him- Ludicolo was somehow not affected by the move! But how? Keith was confused for a moment, but upon closer inspection, he realized that Ludicolo was dancing to the tempo set by Miror B.'s boombox, not by James's Teeter Dance. An odd suspicion came to Keith, and he took out his Pokédex to confirm it. Aiming the device at Ludicolo, he pressed a button.

    "Own Tempo, Ludicolo's Hidden Ability," droned the device. "Ludicolo cannot be confused."

    Keith muttered a few choice swearwords in Shuppet language at this revelation- well, this certainly offered further explanation to this Ludicolo's decidedly sun-based strategy! But before he could dwell on it, Trudly ordered his Dusclops to use Gravity. Before Keith could react, the area's gravitational pull intensified, and Hedwig was pulled towards the ground, unable to fly more than a few feet off the ground. Keith facepalmed- so much for the dive-bombing part of the Fly move. James, sped up by his Chlorophyll Ability, unleashed Sludge Wave at that moment (Hedwig being able to hover just above it, fortunately), the move causing varying amounts of damage to their adversaries. And then came more orders for Fire moves- this time, a dual Fire Punch from Ludicolo and Exploud! "Oh, come on!" Keith couldn't help but exclaim- what couldn't Ludicolo learn?! Ludicolo slammed Hedwig with a Fire Punch, mercifully without inducing a burn, though Exploud wasn't able to use its own Fire Punch. It was in that instant that Keith realized that Exploud's earlier usage of Overheat must have drained all its Fire energy! He gave a small grin for that fortunate turn of events, a grin which only widened as Exploud proceeded to punch anything around it that seemed hot, like nearby boulders, heated up by the fiery moves and hot weather. All this accomplished was Exploud burning its own hand- now its physical moves would suffer, too! Moreover, Dusclops was seized by the confusion, and punched itself! Sure, this shook off its confusion, but it still damaged itself instead of Keith's Pokémon, and he'd take that any way he could get it!

    Keith took the opportunity to size up the situation- James had taken severe damage from that Overheat, but was still raring to go. Hedwig was mostly OK, too, albeit unable to fly higher than a few feet off the ground for the time being. Exploud was crippled severely, all its attacks from that point onward would be a lot less effective than usual, and it couldn't abuse the sunlight anymore, having run out of Fire energy. Also, it was still confused on top of everything else. Dusclops wasn't quite as bad off- it had taken some decent damage, but was no longer confused. Ludicolo, of course, hadn't been confused at all, but had taken significant damage from that Sludge Wave. At first, Keith contemplated using James's Worry Seed to remove Own Tempo, and then going for another Teeter Dance, but then he realized that that would also get Hedwig, she wasn't able to Fly out of range of the attack anymore. Besides which, another strategy was occurring to him- bright sunlight? This was James's area of expertise. The Vileplume had a few tricks up his sleeve, all tailor-made for use in the sun. Even Hedwig had a little something she could do to take advantage of the weather.

    "OK, Hedwig, hit Dusclops with your Dark Pulse, then blast all three of them with a Heat Wave attack!" ordered Keith. "And James! Use your Solar Beam on Ludicolo, and hit Dusclops with Flamethrower!" A nice super effective blow would take Dusclops down a notch, for sure, and Solar Beam was bound to do a number on Ludicolo. Heat Wave would do major damage to all three of them with this weather, and Flamethrower would be some nice additional damage for Dusclops- Keith got the feeling that the Ghost-type was taking the least damage of anything else in the battle thus far.

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    Astoria
    The Mystic Jungle
    Once home to many ancient Astorian clans, its amazing structures have now been completely overrun by thick jungle foliage. Normally a very peaceful place where grass, bug and flying Pokémon thrive, the magical temples of the old kingdom have brought upon strange occurrences to those passing through. Should you find yourself in the incredibly fruitful rainforest, who knows what you may encounter.

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    Waterfall Valley: Several waterfalls spill into this valley, the refreshing misty spray a welcome relief after trekking through the unforgiving jungle. A beautiful sight to behold, many come here for the view alone, although there is rumoured to be great treasure hidden somewhere in this region.
    Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.

    Sounds of the forest fell underfoot as the veteran Pokémon trainer, Matthew Brown, descended upon the Mystic Jungle. It had been almost 7 months to the day since his return to the land of Fizzy Bubbles, an adventure had taken an entire year to return from, and served as the second of two mysterious periods in his life. The first, an unexplained memory loss had cost him dearly, though change incorporated each time-lapse; people; Pokémon; himself. Everything he had done in the Fizzy Bubbles nation and everything he planned to do all seemed distant and insecure. Arrangements and procedure where standard in this world, but long gaps away, and an increased worry about information retention scared the adult to his core, the inability to control consciousness was a growing concern and long adventures to try to regain cognitive functions had left his Pokémon team stagnant while others around him sped ahead.

    He shook the thoughts from his head, wiping a bead of sweat from his forehead. The intense heat was something he had still never been used to, a base in the Glacier Isle had conditioned him for far colder and droughts of humidity always had him dehydrate far more than the average person. He had used these 7 months, which passed in the blink of an eye, to set up fresh faces in his team. Newer, younger Pokémon joined from various trainers who were looking to trade, each giving up loved ones for diverse reasons, giving the fossil-expert time to love again. His first memory loss had seen him lose many, Steelix, Metagross and Alakazam some of his most powerful Pokémon, Milotic, a Shiny Oddish and Azurill some of his rarest. The second had him lose nothing but time. New faces brought out a more excited side of him, for all the power and rarity he had before there was nothing like the feeling of potential, and his current side had plenty of that; Pokémon of young age with talent, ready to be moulded in the fires of life.

    But time was certainly against him. Now 27, Matthew was drifting into uncertainty. Many adults begun to switch from adventuring into other roles; gym leaders, professors, teachers. Active life, progression with jobs and families all contribute to a man's decision to retire from adventure, but for Matthew there was still so much to be done, not just in this land but in lands afar. The world was a huge expanse, and he planned to adventure for as long as possible. Many of his friends had fallen by the wayside, careers, education and other such factors pushed them into inactivity and out of contact, though he remained hopeful to see them again. He smiled as he reminisced those he had not seen in a few years, old friends whose future lay away from Pokémon, and could potentially lose contact with in the mist of reality.

    Matthew's post-return adventures, however, had bruised the trainer's masculinity; being forced to run away at the first sign of danger, a trait he never would have envisioned as a young man. The adventure stopped from then on, he was unable to proceed into completing tasks, instead using his time to leave the Volcanic Island before and come to Astoria. It was a place he had never been before, a first since either of his returns. He had previously been retracing steps to locale he had visited previously, but his attitude changed after the Cortoza loss. Now, stood in the heart of the jungle region, Matthew looked to the future instead of the past.

    He was a trainer who valued items, having spent much of his Fizzy Bubbles career investing in a small stockpile of useful luxuries and tools for his Pokémon, and while his mishap in Cortoza had derailed him from an item-adventure, his heart fuelled another crack at retrieving hoards of treasure to aid his Pokémon in battle. Looking down onto his belt, Matthew saw a group of very different faces looking up at him, a mix of Pokémon old and new, some so new he had yet to teach them more than 5 moves, while others old enough to have a diverse movepool, but no experience out in the real world. Grabbing a silver Premier Ball from his belt and lobbing it up into the air with a crack, Matthew released the Pokémon he had chosen to anchor the venture into the new world; Shieldon!

    “Shield! Shieldon!”

    The small ceratopsian reptilian cried as it struck a show-off pose, head held high as if Adventurer Weekly was nearby and ready to take pictures for a feature. Though he had never battled with the steel-type, nor joined on an expedition, Matthew trusted his Pokémon explicitly; knowing its strength in defence and unbreakable will. These were all qualities which shone through like a beacon, and what attracted Matthew to obtain the first of his kind in Fizzy Bubbles. His pride of Shieldon was apparent, and his confidence that in this adventure he would maintain his reputation in professionalism was next-to-none. Unseasoned additions, most notably Spinarak, Slakoth and a violent tempered Skorupi, were kept in their Pokéballs for the time being, Matthew had wanted to set an example to encourage them to trust him as their new master, having each been traded to him very recently.

    Taking a simultaneous step into the jungle, Matthew and Shieldon set off in search of untold treasure, knowing full well he would need to be on his guard in such a volatile environment...


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    Well, it's finally time to update people again! I'm also welcoming Bless The Metal to my group, so welcome to doom, as usual!

    The Divine Woodland


    The Labyrinth

    Bless The Metal -

    After a nice- ahem, glide, you had a rough landing, but you didn't mind since you had fun doing it, as did Jaws after you pet him because he started panting excitedly like a Growlithe would. As you looked around, however, you found yourself surrounded by walls of trees on either side of you in a straight line, both paths seemingly open. However, the moment you took one step, the ground beneath you started rumbling, and the wind began howling around you. Suddenly, the walls of trees looked as if they were being blown about... randomly, at first glance, though as you continue focusing on them you realize there may be more method to the madness. Once the dust settles, you and Jaws find the rear side completely walled off while in front of you lay three paths. One path had flowers of various colors litter the trail ahead, with what looked like cherry blossom trees making the walls. The second path looked dry and barren, with trees that glowed red in some spots leading you down a path that you could feel the heat already from your current location. The final trail lay muddy and damp, while the trees alongside bore all sorts of moss and lichen on them. It was clear to you now that your little "flight" had landed you in a place few trainers dared to venture: the Labyrinth. Also, it looked as if one fun feature of this place was that it didn't stay the same maze for long; it changed, taking a page or two out of a highly popular book series you likely read... you have read it, right? Anyway, if the three trails in front of you were any indication, you were at least allowed to choose the scenery to traverse through, but the difficulty of the path (possibly even its correctness) was probably out of your hands...

    What will Ethan do?

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    After having spent the majority of the day gliding through the air, Ethan and Jaws took their first steps inside the infamous Enchanted Forest, where many stories of Witches and Monsters had been known to rumor the famous island, but the duo thinking that the day’s adventure was particularly over were quickly taken back as the earth underneath their feet began to shake with such great force that they had almost lost their balance.

    Using its long tail, Jaws was quick to answer the call to action by providing some well needed assistance to its trainer, catching him in the nick of time while at the same time supporting himself from falling over.

    They both watched as the landscape of the forest began to change, the wind hollowing through the trees like a startling sign that fate had finally found them.

    Bewildered they both began looking around the area but with so much dust in the air, nothing could be seen. Ethan began to cough as he placed back the goggles that were around his neck onto his face to prevent any getting in his eyes.

    When the dust finally settled however Ethan noticed that 3 paths now lay before him instead of one: The first path was one of a picturesque paradise with Cherry Blossoms making up the walls and a variety of colorful flowers calling their names. The second path however was barren, a wasteland where eerie red patches glowed off from the hollowed out trees, the heat emitting from that direction already intensively hot from where they stood. The final path however was completely different from the rest, it was damp and muddy with the trees lining the walls covered in some sort of moss.

    The young man was in complete surprise that when he whirled around he came to find what he had already known, the place in which they had come from had been completely sealed off. Which meant only one thing, the duo was trapped inside where so many trainers tried their best to avoid, the rumored Labyrinth.

    But what the boy felt wasn’t despair…he turned back around and looked into his Garchomp’s eyes with so much fire burning on the inside that Ethan could tell what it was his Dragon was thinking. Jaws wanted nothing more than to savor the opportunity so few were given…the boy grinned, together they were going to be ones to conquer this maze.

    Looking straight ahead at his choices, Ethan dusted off his shorts, before deciding that the best course of action to take was one many would probably want to avoid. That was, the second path that seemed to contain a barren wasteland.
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    Well, it's finally time to update people again! I'm also welcoming Bless The Metal to my group, so welcome to doom, as usual!

    The Divine Woodland


    Magus Falls

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    It didn't take long for Larxene to be fully cured of her Paralysis, at which point you were willing to join the ranger to investigate what was wrong with the Grass-types. "Okay, we'll bring a few of these with us just in case," she replied before getting more bottles of Paralyze Heal. With all the Grass-types you saw earlier, you knew you would need at least half the stash she was bringing, if not all of it. "I also have a few Antidotes and Awakenings too, though not as many of them. Hopefully we don't need more of those... Anyway, I'm ready if you are! Valor, let's go!" The shiny Braviary screeched proudly before taking off and soaring right above the group as you all walk down the trail leading back to Magus Falls.

    ...Only you don't get very far as you can see a large cloud of many colors blocking the path. "Don't get too close," Quinn warns you, "that's probably a whole mix of spores in there. Who knows what you could breathe in there-" She cuts her sentence short with a gasp before pointing inside the cloud; inside it, you could barely make out the figure of a person holding their throat, and you could easily hear choking sounds coming from that direction too before you saw the figure collapse! "That person is dying, we have to do something quick! Valor, use Defog, try to blow away the spores!" The blue eagle above responds before flapping his wings in an effort to diffuse the cloud, but no sooner do the bursts of wind cut into the cloud than it reshapes itself and continues to block the way between you and a helpless person still choking from what you could continue to hear. There wasn't much time left until they potentially draw their last breath, but if blowing it away wasn't going to work, what would?

    What will Shadow do?
    Shadow frowned as Valor squawked in indignation. Like Quinn he'd expected the Defog manoeuvre to work, so why didn't the clearing attack remove the spore cloud? Or maybe the spore cloud wasn't a "fog" in the traditional sense - there were cases of wind attacks being unable to fully blast powders away. Instinctively Shadow reached for the other PokeBalls he did have on hand. Every second spent in doubt was a second risking someone else's life; rescue procedure took precedence. He caught sight of Larxene glancing back at him, distance in her eye. Did she think that she was being ignored in favour of the others? Shadow winced inwardly even as he flung out a Lure and Premier Ball, releasing two other diminutive operatives. Hardcore, small as she was, nonetheless spun in perfect angles as an indication of her experience; Trucy simply cheerily jumped up and down on the spot, squealing her species name. Grim might have brought the victim to safety most reliably, but for once he wasn't around; that was the point of the excursion, wasn't it?

    "Alright everyone, it's action stations! Hardcore, use your Teleport to get that man over here!" indicated the Trainer. "Trucy, tend to him with your Aromatherapy, he needs medical attention fast! Larxene, give that spore cloud a blast of your Sandstorm! Once we're all out of the way!"

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    Astoria
    The Divine Woodland
    The Divine Woodland makes up a good 90% of the Enchanted Forest. Normally a very peaceful place where grass, bug and flying Pokémon thrive, the recent boom in tourism has caused the Pokémon who live here to be more cautious of the humans who have begun to invade their natural habitat. There are rumours of strange and magical happenings in this forest and on special nights, under the light of the full moon, who knows what you may encounter...

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    The Labyrinth: Spreading across the boundary of the Divine Woodland and the Dead Forest, the Labyrinth covers approximately 20 hectares of land and is home to some of the most powerful Pokémon in the land. It is recommended you steer clear of the dark side of the Labyrinth at all costs.
    The entrance to the structure known only as the Labyrinth felt as cold and unwelcoming as he'd expected. Its mysterious corridors spread across the frontier between the sprawling Divine Woodland and the foreboding Dead Forest, and was said to house the most dangerous Pokemon in all of Astoria - so much so that braving the darker side of the Labyrinth was regarded by most as suicidal.

    That's why he had to do it.

    Levin Sanders had already been through a lot in his life and his career as a Pokemon Trainer. He'd explored and survived Phantom Isle, journeyed across Cloud Garden, climbed one of Cortoza's peaks, conquered the Arcane Realm and its demon (saving Mediville in the process), among many other adventures. He'd surpassed his brother, a legendary Steel-Type Trainer, and just when he thought he was ready to challenge the Pokemon League, he was destroyed by a man journeying to Asbel. That defeat forced him to acknowledge the bitter truth - he still wasn't strong enough. Not if he wanted to be Champion.

    I could have gone elsewhere, but if this is where the strongest are found, this is where I have to be. That Safari was the only break I could afford, now it's back to business.

    In hindsight, he could've chosen to explore the Monkey-Forts of Mystic Jungle to find the fighter he'd been after for so long. But the prospect of facing hordes of Aipom and Panpour served as a vital deterrent. Besides, that would be taking a shortcut - his remaining goal in life was to make a name for himself in the world, but just like Kayl had shown him, he still had much to improve. The Labyrinth would be the ultimate test in gauging his true talents, and that took precedence over finding the few missing Pokemon of his perfect team.

    I came prepared this time, not like in Mediville. My younger partners need the experience, but in this kind of environment I also had to bring some of my strongest. I have no idea what awaits me inside, and the Arcane Realm taught me to choose my teams more carefully.

    It was impossible not to remember the moments of sheer panic he faced against that hellish Gardevoir - almost all of the Pokemon he'd brought along were weak to her attacks, and those that could endure them were much too weak to put up a fight against her. He was forced to watch four of his Pokemon suffer throughout that journey, and afterwards he made an oath never to be reckless with his choices again.

    Basker, Syre and Mazo. These three will guard my smaller ones this time around - I can't risk their health against the supposed monsters inside the Labyrinth.

    He'd brought his Arcanine, Salamence and Lucario with him, as well as two newcomers: Dux the Machop and Nyx the Gastly. Right now, all of them resided in their Pokeballs; Levin wouldn't risk calling them out until he got a proper feel for this place - and Nyx didn't need to be outside to talk to him.

    "I still can't tell if it's the darkness or the danger that lured you here. I'm eager to find out."

    - I have to prove something to myself before I move on. And with any luck, we'll find something worth our time inside.

    "Oh, I'm fairly certain we'll be entertained. Besides, you already killed a Gardevoir - how much worse can this be?"

    The voice in his head sounded amused. Nyx loved to remind him of the murder he committed for the greater good of Mediville and its children, knowing it filled him with guilt nonetheless. Levin mentally reprimanded the Gastly and placed a hand on the cold stone of the Labyrinth's outer wall. This was it.

    - I'll make it through, I'm certain of it. And when I come back out, I won't be the same guy. I won't be weak anymore, no matter how long I have to stay in there.

    He clenched his fist and stepped inside, filled with a burning determination he hadn't felt in a very long time.

    I'll show you!
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    OOC: Let’s get these adventures going! For those who have graduated the Arcane Realm, please link to your final response that releases you from the adventure when replying. Welcome back! If you’ve already done so, fantastic! And welcome aboard GS/DS!

    What I’m doing now is posting what I’ve written thus far and started on DS’s adventure, since Charm and he are the only ones I have who have graduated from Arcane Realm. I’ll go through the ones I haven’t written up next and reply to those and take on some new people.



    The Island
    ~Island Ports~

    Dark Searchman – You remained silent and still, hands in the air, as the policemen caught up to you. You could see stepping out from behind them was a shorter woman, wearing a white lab coat. “That’s the item; arrest that boy!” she demanded of the police. “Please get me back that incredibly rare artifact!”

    “Let’s calm down a little Doctor Tempe,” one of the officers spoke calmly. “You will get the item back, but first this boy has rights that must be observed.” He glanced over at the other officer, who was eying you down fiercely and back to Dr. Tempe. “Furthermore, didn’t you tell us a woman with red hair stole your artifact? As you can see, this is not a woman with red hair.” He turned to you looked down to, “As for you, who are you? And do you know what that is you are holding, son?”

    “He must be working with her! I’m almost positive he is!” her anger was boiling over once again. “Arrest him immediately!”

    The other officer observed the package and noticed it was unopened. Before you could even speak, he spoke, “Unless he was in the heist, he doesn’t. See? The package is still wrapped up.”

    “Excellent, my discovery still remains a mystery!” Dr. Tempe showed a little sign of relief.

    “Well, boy, do you know what you are holding?” the first officer asked once again but a little more sternly. He took out a pair of handcuffs, “Or we can take this down to the station if you’d prefer.”

    What will you do?

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    Eyrie Peak
    ~Adventure Path~

    FlashFusion: The war with the scientists against Team Plasma wages on. Amidst the battling with the Pawniard army, you can see numerous red retraction beams of Team Plasma members calling back their defeated Sharp Blade Pokémon. Just as quickly as they disappear, more Pawniard take their places. The Team Plasma members call out their orders, and the battles continue.

    Astrid’s Magneton is able to paralyze more of the new Pawniard for the others to attack. At your end of the battle, you continue to assist Joshua and his Electrode against a group of four. Nahkriin masterfully deals with the paralyzed Pawniard by focusing her energy and launching and orb of energy blasting the Pawniard away out for the count. Deciding you could use a hand, you call on your trusty Iron Armor Pokémon, Larry the Aron. He emerges from his Pokémon ready to battle and immediately charge at one of the Pawniard, who hadn’t begun its next attack yet. He charged so quickly, the friction caused flames to surround Larry as he tackled the Pawniard, also knocking it out. The heat from the flames actually benefitted Larry, since it loosened his muscles giving him a boost in his speed. Nahkriin, meanwhile, opens her mouth exhaling a stream of fire. The flamethrower strikes the third Pawniard down. As quickly as it falls, she ceases her attack to not cause any lasting damage. The fourth Pawniard weaves its way through the battling, with Larry using his newfound speed, charging quickly behind it. Pawniard spots you and readies its blades channeling its fury into them. It swings its blades at you trying to cut you in half! Luckily before any blades could connect with you, Larry, now surrounded in flames tackles the Pawniard on its side, knocking it to the floor, knocking it out.

    As with the other Team Plasma members, the Pawniard you knocked out are quickly returned to their Pokeballs; and four more Pawniard take their place.

    Joshua recalls his Electrode, and he takes out two pink Love Balls. “Plusle, Minun, I need your assistance,” he cries as he tosses them. The Love Balls click open and two mouse Pokémon appear; one yellow and red, the other yellow and blue. “We’re definitely going to need your help,” he says to his Cheering Pokémon. “Use Helping Hand!” They each begin to cheer for Nahkriin and Larry, and your Pokémon seem to collect some energy from these cheers.

    Meanwhile, the new Pawniard squad begin their assault. Three of the four leap at you and your Pokémon, readying various attacks; Scratch and Night Slash. The fourth one disappears. You can’t tell where; however, as a Pawniard is about to scratch you. Larry, too, is about to take a scratch. The other attacking Pawniard charges Nahkriin ready to slash her with blades as dark as night.

    Thunder Wave!” you hear, and the Pawniard’s actions are slowed immensely, enough for you to escape harm. You look for the source of the thunder wave, and you find Plusle and Minun holding hands discharging electricity to hold those Sharp Blade Pokémon in place. “Excellent!” Joshua exclaims. “Plus and Minus amplified the effectiveness of their attacks, luckily for you.”

    The final Pawniard watches Larry from the sidelines. It has something up its metallic sleeves for sure.

    Unbeknownst to you, Astrid, Joshua, or any of the other researchers; a Pansear watches the action through the entrance you and Astrid appeared from. It must have followed you from the play area.

    What will you do?

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    OOC: I’d say that’s fair. I’ll allow you to “control” Pigkey according to how a Mankey is prone to act. That is to say, giving it personal quirks, you already don’t know about, wouldn’t be allowed (example: Should there ever be a fire due to some attack, I wouldn’t allow you to say that Pigkey is afraid of fire or she’s a secret pyromaniac).

    Charminions: Your battle for the berries starts off well despite Pigkey’s disadvantage. She’s even scoring some good hits on the Swellow she’s battling. Rukia fights strategically, and Osage uses his natural battling strength. The trio of Swellow defend their snacks bravely, but your immediate need outweighs their need for a quick treat.

    Rukia takes advantage of her natural speed to attack first once again. She concentrates her powers to release her hidden darkness. Orbs of dark indigo energy shoot from her mouth down at the Swellow she previously knocked down by her metallic wings. Swellow rights itself from losing altitude from the previous attack. It uses its natural agility to speed away from the Hidden Power unscathed and quickly ascends above Rukia.

    Even though its flight was slowed by Osage’s icy attacks, the Swellow who was powering up a Sky Attack prepares to strike the Sharp Claw Pokémon. Luckily, it’s still not moving as fast as it normally should for a Swellow. Osage gets enough time to breathe some icy air surrounding him which creates a barrier. Swellow smashes through the barrier! With all the destruction it caused, it surveys the area expecting to see that Osage has taken damage. Much to its dismay it has not.

    Meanwhile, the other Swellow flies around in the air trying to shake its passenger off. Pigkey likes your idea of hindering its flying abilities more and begins to scratch at Swellow’s injured wing. Swellow cries out in pain. It keeps crying and getting louder until they become supersonic!

    From up above Rukia, Swellow’s wings glow a pale blue and gusts fly out. Within those gusts, some light blue “S” shaped blades of air soar towards Rukia. Rukia has a perfect defense for this though, and she flies doubly fast creating multiple copies of herself. The blades of air cut through the illusions of the Rukia team, and she escapes damage this time around.

    Osage emerges from the ice rubble and begins to breathe frosty air at the angry Swellow. Glowing chunks of ice from the pile fly through the air. Swellow starts showing its frustration and charges towards Osage, but it takes the freezing air head on. The air enters Swellow’s body chilling it to the core. The cold air travels up through its body and into its head. Swellow’s brain is assaulted by the frigid air hits Swellow’s brain causing it immense pain; enough pain to cause it to forget what it was doing, and it flies over to a nearby tree.

    The shards of ice from Osage’s ice pile fly over towards Pigkey and Swellow. While neither take damage, the ice does distract Pigkey momentarily from successfully striking Swellow with a Mega Punch. The Supersonic attack didn’t affect her, but the ice did give her at idea. She makes a fist, and it glows light blue. Icy aura gathers around her fist, and she punches the unsuspecting Swellow for some high damage. Swellow retaliates, however, and begins to give off streaks of white light. It picks up speed, which causes Pigkey to lose balance. The Swallow Pokémon flips in a circular motion finally throwing Pigkey off its back, with its aerial maneuver, and disappears! The flying ace reappears just in time to strike Pigkey as she falls to the ground for some super effective damage of her own.

    Rukia continues to be on top in terms of health, although she did use some energy. Her Swellow escaped damage this round as well. Osage didn’t take any damage this round, but he can’t use Ice Barrier anymore in this battle. He used a lot of energy; but at least its Ice energy, so he’s good for now. His Swellow may have escaped getting frozen from shattering the Ice Barrier, but it took quite a bit of damage from the effects of the Brain Freeze. Even still, it’s not having nearly as bad a day as the Swellow battling Pigkey. It thought it would take the Fighting type out easily, but having Pigkey on its back only opened it up to some strong damage. Pigkey took some damage, which was super effective. She’s still rearing to go, especially now that she has learned Ice Punch. Due to just learning it, her Ice energy isn’t as full as her other elemental energies. Because of that she can use Ice Punch once more, until Viola trains her some more.

    What will you do?

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    ~Posy Field~
    OkikuMew: As recent events have unfolded, you watch as your young Pokemon handle themselves fairly well against a trio of Swadloon. Spi, especially, managed to effectively wound one of the Leaf-Wrapped Pokemon. Unfortunately for him, he quickly succombed to the effects of the Swadloon's wave of Grasswhistle.

    After seeing this, you quickly give orders to Omen and Himiko, and you remember about an item you received in the past. You take your Blue Flute out and begin to play some music. You try to remember a specific tune you heard once before that's been known to wake Pokemon up from sleeping. At first it doesn't seem to do anything; maybe you weren't playing the song correctly. Eventually, you work out the correct rhythm of the song, and you see waves of Grasswhistle begin to break up before they could affect your other two Pokemon. At long last, your song gets through to Spi, who wakes up and promptly does a little jig. He then runs down the tree to get back to your side, not having any attacks to execute.

    Happy to not have fallen asleep, Omen bends over with the point on his head facing Spi's Swadloon. He begins to spin rapidly causing a column of wind to ominously blast at that Swadloon. It takes the full force of the attack, but the wind knocks the Leaf-Wrapped Pokemon out of the tree. Seeing this as a cue, Himiko charges towards the falling Swadloon with the intent of tackling it. Before that could happen though, the Swadloon shoots some string at the tree behind the Colbur Berry tree it just fell out of. It immediately begins to reel itself in landing on a branch then hopping to the far side of that tree. It must have had enough battling for one day.

    The other two Swadloon, meanwhile, aren't going to sit idly by. Himiko's Swadloon starts to stare at Omen intensely. It seems to be focusing itself studying Omen's movements, as if it's trying to read his mind.

    Omen's Swadloon looks down to see that Himiko is, in its opinion, dangerously close to the remaining pair. It too begins to shoot some string at her. You notice something strange, however, as it starts to move its body in a circular motion, which causes the String Shot to form spirals. The string begins to ensnare Himiko, which causes her to slow her movement almost to a halt. This Swadloon isn't satisfied with just slowing her, and it continues to spit String Shot. The extra string now starts to pile up on her, thus immobilizing her somewhat.

    As soon as Himiko's Swadloon finishes reading Omen's mind, it begins to fire razor-sharp leaves at the Puppet Pokemon. They all connect and cause good damage because all of the leaves were fired accurately. Omen winces a little; all those slicing leaves hurt!

    Omen took the most damage once again; Himiko and Spi took none. Omen is still well above half though. Omen used the most energy, again still well above half. Himiko's energy usage was negligible since she couldn't execute her attack due to the escaping Swadloon, and Spi used none. Spi's Swadloon escaped, despite being the only Swadloon to take damage. Himiko's Swadloon used the most energy concentrating the way it did.

    What will you do?


    OOC: Just so you know, I used the same "nicknames" for the Swadloon that I used in the previous update. Since there are two left now, going forward, I'll be referring to them as Left Swadloon (formerly Himiko's Swadloon) and Right Swadloon (formerly Omen's Swadloon).

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    The Mystic Jungle
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    Myrrh: As you and Aubrey inspect the camp from the safety of the bushes surrounding it, you spot Aubrey's caged Surskit. You can see the anger building inside Aubrey, and looking at his Masquerain tells you that she's quite angry herself. Aubrey stands and begins to approach the camp, but luckily you are able to convince gaining knowledge of his enemy is a better idea.

    "You're right," Aubrey whispers back. "We're gonna need to get the info we need soon though, because Masquerain won't sit still long seeing her child in danger like that." You see Masquerain furiously flap her wings and angle her antennae to show her anger.

    Just then Surskit begins to stir in the cage, and you both hear, "Settle down you!" the female voice yells. "With you out of the way, she'll finally be able to win the five contests she needs to get into the Grand Festival." The voice slowly gets louder as she walks into view from around the back side of the tent. Looking at Aubrey you can see a stunned look on his face.

    "I can't quite place her face," he whispered to you. "I've seen her before at some contests. Who was she always with though?" Aubrey thinks for a moment. Maybe it's because she knows, or maybe she just could not wait any longer; whatever the case, Masquerain darts out from behind the bush and confronts Surskit's captor. "Masquerain!" Aubrey whispers loudly.

    "What's this?" the girl remarks surprised. "A Masquerain this far from the pond?" She looks around quickly for a sign. "Wait, are you..." her voice trails off, as she thinks to herself some more. Masquerain, meanwhile, begins to growl; her antennae are still angled to show her anger. After a brief pause, and before Masquerain could launch any attacks, she speaks, "You might as well come out Aubrey. I know you're here."

    "She's right," Aubrey says softly. "I also don't want to lose Masquerain." He stands up and emerges from the bushes.

    "There you are," she says focusing on Aubrey. “Now I’ll finally get my revenge on you!”

    “Revenge? For what?” Aubrey steps closer, until he’s by Masquerain’s side.

    “Don’t play games with me! You know very well why. You were the one who defeated me in my first contest in Slateport City! My sister, Brianna and I entered together; and she was going to show me the ropes. You, she, and I had all passed the appeals round; but you and I battled first. It didn’t take long at all for you to knock my poor Noctowl out.”

    “Wait, Wendy, right? So you’re upset that you lost your first contest because of me? Losing is part of gaining experience. Surely you’ve won a ribbon by now?”

    “Absolutely not! I shrugged it off and entered other contests; some with my sister, some without. I haven’t been able to pass an appeals round since.”

    “Wendy, I’m sorry you lost,” Aubrey replies, “but kidnapping another person’s Pokémon isn’t going to get you a ribbon.”

    “I don’t need you to tell me that! I just want you distracted, or even absent, from the next contest; so I can finally take you down.” Wendy pauses for a moment and evilly grins. “On second thought, maybe I’ll just do that right now right here.”

    “You’ve done well leading him here,” Wendy yells out loud, looking around a little. No one else appears to be around the area but you.

    “What?” Aubrey exclaims turning quickly around to face you. “You knew about this?”

    It seems you’ve got some explaining to do. How will you clear your name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolteonjak View Post
    OOC: Let’s get these adventures going! For those who have graduated the Arcane Realm, please link to your final response that releases you from the adventure when replying. Welcome back! If you’ve already done so, fantastic! And welcome aboard GS/DS!

    The Island
    ~Island Ports~

    Dark Searchman – You remained silent and still, hands in the air, as the policemen caught up to you. You could see stepping out from behind them was a shorter woman, wearing a white lab coat. “That’s the item; arrest that boy!” she demanded of the police. “Please get me back that incredibly rare artifact!”

    “Let’s calm down a little Doctor Tempe,” one of the officers spoke calmly. “You will get the item back, but first this boy has rights that must be observed.” He glanced over at the other officer, who was eying you down fiercely and back to Dr. Tempe. “Furthermore, didn’t you tell us a woman with red hair stole your artifact? As you can see, this is not a woman with red hair.” He turned to you looked down to, “As for you, who are you? And do you know what that is you are holding, son?”

    “He must be working with her! I’m almost positive he is!” her anger was boiling over once again. “Arrest him immediately!”

    The other officer observed the package and noticed it was unopened. Before you could even speak, he spoke, “Unless he was in the heist, he doesn’t. See? The package is still wrapped up.”

    “Excellent, my discovery still remains a mystery!” Dr. Tempe showed a little sign of relief.

    “Well, boy, do you know what you are holding?” the first officer asked once again but a little more sternly. He took out a pair of handcuffs, “Or we can take this down to the station if you’d prefer.”

    What will you do?
    {Well, this has been a long time coming, so after taking care of business elsewhere, I'm so ready to get myself back into this adventure! Here goes!}

    This was the first time Hyrem had ever encountered the police like this, so he figured staying there and telling them the truth was the best option. As the police swiftly approach, a shorter woman could also be seen, probably a scientist from looking at her white lab coat. “That’s the item; arrest that boy! Please get me back that incredibly rare artifact!” she urged the two officers. "An artifact..." Hyrem whispered, now really curious about the package in his hand.

    “Let’s calm down a little Doctor Tempe,” one of the officers interjected. “You will get the item back, but first this boy has rights that must be observed.” Neither Hyrem nor Sera liked the stare the other officer was giving them. “Furthermore, didn’t you tell us a woman with red hair stole your artifact? As you can see, this is not a woman with red hair. As for you," he turned towards Hyrem when he said this, "who are you? And do you know what that is you are holding, son?”

    "W-well, I'm Hyrem, officer-"
    “He must be working with her! I’m almost positive he is!” Dr. Tempe interrupted, not willing to hear a word out of the trainer's mouth. “Arrest him immediately!”
    “Unless he was in the heist, he doesn’t," it was the other officer's turn to interrupt Dr. Tempe. "See? The package is still wrapped up.”
    “Excellent, my discovery still remains a mystery!” the scientist began to feel relieved.
    The first officer asked again, “Well, boy, do you know what you are holding? Or we can take this down to the station if you’d prefer.” As he finished, he took out some handcuffs, and Hyrem felt very pressured at that moment.
    "No, I have no idea what this is! Honest!" he blurted out. "That lady just showed up and gave it to me! You can have it back, miss!"

    This, of course, was the truth, but without any proof it was his word against... I don't know, some Team Rocket Jessie wannabe? You get the idea though. Sera had a basic idea of the pickle he was in, but as a Ralts she couldn't really do much to help. She could try to plant some sort of vague images in everyone's minds, but she figured that would be a pretty bad idea considering she would be doing it to a couple of police officers. No, unless she got a completely new set of powers all of a sudden, nothing she currently knew how to do would work.

    But wait... maybe she could get a completely new set of powers all of a sudden. It's been only a few months since they started their journey together (heh, timeline? WHAT TIMELINE? AND WHAT IS CONTINUITY?), but she had already mastered everything she could in her current form. Maybe now was the time to gain new powers... maybe then she could do something to help Hyrem more effectively! So, she allowed the energy inside her to well up and overtake her body, causing her to erupt in a bright light. Hyrem looked to his left, still keeping his hands up, and watched as his beloved starter began to evolve in front of everyone. She grew to a thinner, taller form, with her horns now on the left and right sides of her head instead of being in the front and the back. She then grew a "skirt" for herself, revealing thin legs that no longer had "leggings" to drag all over the place when she walked. She stood on her tiptoes once her evolution was complete, and Hyrem could see that, not only did she retain her coloration, her eyes were also exposed, revealing that they were a beautiful ruby red. His Pokedex, Dexelle, automatically registered her new form and detailed the information of her species as follows:

    Kirlia, the Emotion Pokemon, and the evolved form of Ralts. A highly developed brain allows it an even better control of its psychic powers, and it gains energy depending on the trainer's happiness. If its trainer is particularly happy, it may begin to dance and pirouette. Kirlia are known to use their psychic powers to distort the surrounding space, and they also gain the power of precognition, or the ability to see the future.

    Sera... did you evolve to help me out? Hyrem thought. I hope you know what you're doing; we need to be careful about this... Sera simply turned around and nodded before casting Psychic on the air behind Hyrem. It was likely a difficult task to pull off for a newly evoloved Kirlia, but perhaps she could produce an image using the surrounding air and recreate what happened just before the police found them. It would be much easier from a moral standpoint to do that than to intrude in someone's mind that she never knew before, plus she wouldn't have to deal with any mental resistance. But again, the catch for this trick was that she needed the capability to do so. At her level, it should be within her range of power, but still... would it work?

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    Eyrie Peak
    Named after the odd shape of the mountain which from a distance resembles an eagle's head, Mt.Eyrie was feared by many ancient tribes who once dwelled in the forest. Because no humans ever set foot upon the mountain, Eyrie Peak has become a haven for bird Pokémon who have made it their nesting ground. Because of this, the recent influx of tourists in the vicinity have their sights set upon this area, specifically in the hope of finding some of the rarer Pokémon in the land. Be warned, the Pokémon nesting here are likely to be fierce and will protect their babies at all costs.

    Areas:
    Adventure Path: Bustling with bird’s nests, this long and jagged path seems to spiral up and around the mountain leading to Eyrie Peak. Several caverns cluster the trail, all inhabited by flying types.
    [OoC: Not sure if this will be picked up any time soon but I couldn't resist a trip up the mountain ^^]

    With his thirst for adventure not even close to being quenched, Zak set about planning his next excursion. He maintained the same core want from this trip as he did his last one: the encountering of bird Pokémon. With their abundance being clear all over the globe, research was required to find somewhere really special. Whilst doing his reading, Zak had stumbled across a fairly worn tourist guide with an indepth section all about the Astoria. It wasn't long before his interest was piqued with this region, all of the magic and mystery surrounding the area was pulling him before he had even reached the pages about Mt. Eyrie.

    "Jaime, Andrew, get a load of this." He produced the book for the two Pokémon before him, two of which he had decided would be making the excursion with him. Andrew the Ralts needed a watchful eye kept over him if that was at all possible. As for Jaime, he was a new addition to Zak's team, a shiny Taillow with a splendid green hue to his plumage. He had quickly become one of Zak's most admired Pokémon and the trainer wanted to spend some time getting to know him and to begin training the rare swallow. The Pokémon seemed keen on the idea of Astoria with Jaime particularly interested in visting Mt. Eyrie and the Mystery Shrine. Even though he had wanted to visit Astoria before reading about Mt. Eyrie, it was always going to be an inevitable choice of destination.

    ~ ~ ~

    "Alright, we're almost there."

    After his last adventure, Zak had decided against flying to the Astoria region on his Pidgeot's back, this time preferring to take the safer tourist transport to reach the beginning of the Adventure Path. He knew full well that there would be dangers as he traversed the path which led up to the shrine and the mountain's peak, making extra danger for himself before he had even arrived would just be senseless. As he spoke, the bus he was traveling in began to slow and the Ralts he held in his lap stirred from his short nap. Alongside him, perched on an arm rest, Jaime began to ruffle his feathers and straighten them back out ready to alight.

    "Okay, the plan of action is this. We're going to start off along the Adventure Path." With his words, he motioned upwards towards a sign pointing off into the distance towards the mountain, "Once we're there, we will just enjoy the surroundings for a time. It's always nice to try and make the most out of a trip before we go off in search of something more 'exciting' to do." Zak was speaking to the Ralts in his arms at this point, Andrew was notorious for being naughty, never in a harmful way but he definitely had a mind of his own when it came to adventure. Jaime flitted about in the air, he too was eager to begin to traverse the mountain and potentially make some new avian friends.

    "Andrew, I want you to tell us if you sense anything untoward as we press onwards, otherwise I want you to try and sense out which direction the Mystery Shrine is in." These words appeared to fall on deaf ears but the Ralts in his arms eventually nodded, shuffling himself around so that he was facing forwards, almost like a tiny humanshape divining rod, "Jaime, you keep your eyes on the sky and keep your ears open for birds. We may encounter hostile Pokémon so I want to be prepared for such an eventuality."

    With the plan laid out before his team mates, the trainer nodded to round off the speech before setting down his first step on the Adventure Path. He did not know what he was going to find on this adventure, a quest could make for a nice change but he also didn't mind the idea of just losing himself in nature. Provided he wasn't in too much danger, of course.
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    Sorry for the delay in updates. Since Lilbluecorsola has decided to completely quit her adventure while she goes on hiatus, it's time for me to welcome two new people to my group: MarbleZone and Treepandaone! Remember to post in size 1 lime for my group and get ready for some adventures! Pearl's Perap, you will be updated by Jolteonjak, hopefully during his next update.

    The Divine Woodland


    Magus Falls

    Shadowshocker

    While adventuring with Larxene was important, saving someone's life unfortunately required other Pokemon to pull off in this case, so you reluctantly pull out your Staryu, Hardcore, and your Happiny, Trucy. Hardcore had the difficult part: brave the spore cloud and get the victim out of it. Its ability to spin its way through the cloud, however, meant that it wasn't affected by the spores, so it was able to make its way safely toward the person and quickly Teleport both of them back out of it as soon as Hardcore touched the person, revealed once they were out to be a middle-aged man. As Trucy was already busy casting Aromatherapy when Hardcore went in, the preparation was complete, and she let loose a puff of green powder for the man to inhale while Quinn did all the necessary first aid treatments. You set your focus back on the spore cloud and finally gave Larxene an order in an attempt to clear away the spores. She spins and spins until the dust on the trail is picked up and swirled all around her until a gust of Sand was brought forth and sent down the trail, Storming its way through and rendering the spores inert until the path ahead was clear and the entrance to the forest was revealed.

    "Are you alright, sir? Can you talk?" the ranger asks the man who was still coughing but appeared to be safe now that he was breathing in fresh air. "Ellie... Ellie..." he said hoarsely before continuing to breathe. "It's okay now, help is on its way." It would take about fifteen minutes for a jeep to drive to their location and whisk the man away, which was enough time for the man to explain why he was there in the first place. The man was named Thomas, and he and his daughter, Ellie, had come here to look at the waterfall when they were attacked by Grass Pokemon. They both ran out as fast as they could when the spore attacks were used, but they both took different paths, Thomas being caught in the cloud and Ellie somehow able to avoid the attacks altogether. He claimed that she was still somewhere in the forest, and there was no telling if she was safe or not, but the jeep wasn't here yet, meaning Thomas's own safety would not be guaranteed should you leave him...

    What will Shadow do?


    The Labyrinth

    Bless The Metal -

    Even though you found yourself in what many claimed to be an endless maze that only the extremely lucky were able to escape, you and Jaws were all for the challenge, hoping to own it. What better way to own it than to take the path that looked the most difficult, the middle path? As your made your way down it, however, you could hear a loud rustling behind you, and you turn to find some dried-up bramble forming a wall behind you. Now there was no going back, probably for the better anyway, you decide. You continue down, and you could see the classic biblical sign of a burning bush- well, to be fair, a lot of them were burning, so it wasn't exactly something to read into. You and Jaws also began to sweat as the path began to grow hotter and hotter. One thing you were grateful for was how straightforward this maze seemed to be; you were expecting all sorts of twists and turns, but you noticed you haven't really needed to turn right or left at all. You finally come to what looked like a chamber about 30 ft. long and 30 ft. wide as it was surrounded by walls of burnt and dried foliage. The only thing that looked alive was a tree right in the center with red berries growing everywhere on it. Oh wait, I guess that Simisear sitting on a branch eating some of those berries counts as something living, doesn't it? However, as it notices you, it immediately turns hostile as it jumps down in between you and the tree, beating its chest and daring you to encroach on its territory farther...

    What will Ethan do?

    MarbleZone -

    All of Astoria has its fair share of tales about absolute savagery, from the barbaric locals and cursed ruins to ruthless predators and sinister magicks, but no area could compare to the Labyrinth, where all of the most powerful Pokemon in the continent lurked just waiting for another trainer to overwhelm. Even to those that claimed they never traversed the dark side of the Labyrinth, they still say they barely made it out alive... and that was all the claims of the few that did live to tell the tale. To you, it was another challenge to overcome and prove that you were worthy of being among those called champions. Unlike past adventures, you came prepared with a mix of low-level and high-level Pokemon as well as fully evolved Pokemon and Pokemon yet to evolve. Three of your older Pokemon would be guarding your two younger ones, although with Nyx the idea of being "younger" was under debate.

    Right in front of you was the entrance, walls of foliage split wide open by a gate of solid rock, the Labyrinth beckoning you to venture into its embrace. It almost felt like the maze was sentient, wanting more into its world. As you stepped in, it welcomed you with an "affectionate" hug as the entrance was closed off by thick vines, snuffing out any temptation you may have had to turn back. Instead, you looked ahead, where a fork was immediately presented to you. The first path was covered in a large variety of flowers while the walls shimmered with pink petals with some occasionally shed from the trees. The path to the right looked like it had moss, lichen, and puddles of water cover the mucky trail while the plants on the walls dribbled water off their leaves. In the middle, it looks like there could be a path, but if there is one it's closed off by a wall of dried-up bramble with smoke coming out of it, signifying it's probably hot to the touch.

    What will Levin do?


    The Mystic Jungle


    Waterfall Valley

    Treepandaone -

    As you and Shieldon begin your journey into the jungle, you remind yourself of everything that had happened to you... well, at least as far as your memory allowed you to remember. You had apparently lost some of your life, and with that some of your strongest and rarest Pokemon, though you still had an extremely rare, unique critter walking with you at that very moment, along with some new friends you couldn't wait to start some adventures with. (including a Spinarak whose previous trainer wasn't quite sure what she was up to half the time; perhaps it was best to keep her in her Pokeball for now...) There was a trail to walk through the rainforest, but it was fairly narrow and surrounded by thick foliage you had to brush aside every few steps just to see ahead of yourself. Thin vines had snaked their way throughout the ground, and you and your Shield Pokemon had to stop quite a few times to get yourselves free from the snags in the road they provided. After about half an hour of this, you suddenly feel drops of water beat down on your head and trickle down your face, and the rain intensified very quickly after that. You heard about rainforests having downpours like this all of a sudden before vanishing soon after, but it only looked like the storm was only going to get worse. Shieldon looked okay for the moment as the water dripped harmlessly off its tough skin, but you felt the need to get yourself some shelter so you could sit out this weather.

    It wasn't even five minutes, however, when the rain stopped almost abruptly. Rainforests really had strange weather, didn't they? Oh well, best to just move on right? Wai- not again! You curse at a second sudden rainstorm and urge your Shieldon forward, again looking around for something to stand under. Just when you spot a tree with a hole underneath just big enough for the two of you to crawl in, the rain relents just as quickly as the first time. You weren't going to let the unpredictable weather patterns of the Mystic Jungle get to you a third time, however, as you continued to head straight for the hole under the tree. Just as you were about to crawl inside, almost as if fate wanted to make fun of you, you and Shieldon were drenched by a third downpour, though this time you had the shelter to take advantage of, and you weren't out in the rain for long. Now that you had a moment to relax and collect yourself, you start hearing voices out in the distance, voices that sounded like they were... chanting something. It certainly was possible that whoever or whatever was chanting was behind these random torrents, but you would likely have to brave another random rainfall or two to investigate, or you could always wait in your hole until you were sure the raining totally stopped...

    What will Matthew do?


    Dead Forest


    Toxic Marsh

    Missingno. Master

    Your second battle against Miror B. and his goon squad started off much hotter than you wanted it as the Sunny Day strategy threw you for a loop. However, by a few shenanigans, your Pokemon made it possible to come back into this battle especially now that Folly's Exploud was likely going to be absolutely useless for a while, plus you had a few ways you could take advantage of the sun too... Hedwig's frustration presents itself by a Dark expression, she did not like being grounded by Dusclops' attack, so she launched a black Pulse at the mummy. Though it wasn't dead-on and only hit its hand, it did cause Dusclops to reel back and nurse its hand, thereby causing it to lose its turn. James followed that up with a sudden Solarbeam to Ludicolo's chest, dealing lots of damage without the need to charge the attack up thanks to the sunny weather the enemy brought out. "Wha- you ain't supposed to use our trick against us!" Miror B. fumed, pointing his finger at you and waving it around haphazardly. "Fine, we'll just do the same dance, only better! Ludicolo, Solarbeam!" Ludicolo launches the same attack back at James, but thanks to your Vileplume's typing it doesn't do nearly as much damage. "Exploud, use Rest!" Folly orders defensively. This time, Exploud was able to resist its confusion and lay down, putting itself to sleep and relax as the burn on its hand was cleansed away, its mind calmed down, and its energy was restored to about 3/4 of its maximum.

    Since not much was done to either Hedwig or James after Dusclops flinched, Ludicolo's Solarbeam didn't do hardly anything, and Exploud took a nap in the middle of the battle, there was now an advantage to press! Hedwig breathes out a nasty Heat Wave against Miror B. and his team, making the Pokemon particularly uncomfortable; though none of them got burned from the attack, they were all brought below half-health, and even though Ludicolo took the least amount of damage from the Heat Wave it was still at the lowest amount of health, putting Miror B. in a bind. "Ugh, to think we have to use that move so early," Miror B. mutters to himself. "Ludicolo, let your Synthesis soothe your soul!" Drawing the sunlight into itself, the Carefree Pokemon converts a good amount of energy into healing for its injuries, though this maneuver only brings it back to about 70% health. Miror B. didn't seem to like the idea of using it now, maybe that was a move that could only be used once? It also seemed to drain quite a bit of energy from Ludicolo, meaning they might be more careful with how it attacks. Meanwhile, James belches out a Flamethrower, not normally a move learned by Vileplume, at Dusclops, who is caught by surprise by the attack and takes the full damage, leaving it with charred bandages and a very low amount of health. "Exploud, use Sleep Talk!" Still asleep, despite the Heat Wave attack, Exploud still manages to get up and mutter a few random incantations before kicking the Mud on the ground and Slapping it in Hedwig's face, the Gravity field being the only reason she was taking damage and losing some Accuracy from it. Dusclops seemed to be in total control of its movements and seemed to be chanting a spell while keeping its glowing, red eye on Hedwig. Nothing seemed to come from the attack though, you wondered what it was trying to do... Still, with you gaining a big health advantage, it wouldn't take much to take out Dusclops; if Exploud was your next focus of attacks after that, it could also go down pretty soon, and then you could focus Ludicolo. With James low on health and energy, and with Hedwig at about half of her max health and energy and still under the effects of Gravity, you needed to be careful not to let victory escape right under your nose...

    What will Keith do?


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    Toxic Marsh

    Missingno. Master

    Your second battle against Miror B. and his goon squad started off much hotter than you wanted it as the Sunny Day strategy threw you for a loop. However, by a few shenanigans, your Pokemon made it possible to come back into this battle especially now that Folly's Exploud was likely going to be absolutely useless for a while, plus you had a few ways you could take advantage of the sun too... Hedwig's frustration presents itself by a Dark expression, she did not like being grounded by Dusclops' attack, so she launched a black Pulse at the mummy. Though it wasn't dead-on and only hit its hand, it did cause Dusclops to reel back and nurse its hand, thereby causing it to lose its turn. James followed that up with a sudden Solarbeam to Ludicolo's chest, dealing lots of damage without the need to charge the attack up thanks to the sunny weather the enemy brought out. "Wha- you ain't supposed to use our trick against us!" Miror B. fumed, pointing his finger at you and waving it around haphazardly. "Fine, we'll just do the same dance, only better! Ludicolo, Solarbeam!" Ludicolo launches the same attack back at James, but thanks to your Vileplume's typing it doesn't do nearly as much damage. "Exploud, use Rest!" Folly orders defensively. This time, Exploud was able to resist its confusion and lay down, putting itself to sleep and relax as the burn on its hand was cleansed away, its mind calmed down, and its energy was restored to about 3/4 of its maximum.

    Since not much was done to either Hedwig or James after Dusclops flinched, Ludicolo's Solarbeam didn't do hardly anything, and Exploud took a nap in the middle of the battle, there was now an advantage to press! Hedwig breathes out a nasty Heat Wave against Miror B. and his team, making the Pokemon particularly uncomfortable; though none of them got burned from the attack, they were all brought below half-health, and even though Ludicolo took the least amount of damage from the Heat Wave it was still at the lowest amount of health, putting Miror B. in a bind. "Ugh, to think we have to use that move so early," Miror B. mutters to himself. "Ludicolo, let your Synthesis soothe your soul!" Drawing the sunlight into itself, the Carefree Pokemon converts a good amount of energy into healing for its injuries, though this maneuver only brings it back to about 70% health. Miror B. didn't seem to like the idea of using it now, maybe that was a move that could only be used once? It also seemed to drain quite a bit of energy from Ludicolo, meaning they might be more careful with how it attacks. Meanwhile, James belches out a Flamethrower, not normally a move learned by Vileplume, at Dusclops, who is caught by surprise by the attack and takes the full damage, leaving it with charred bandages and a very low amount of health. "Exploud, use Sleep Talk!" Still asleep, despite the Heat Wave attack, Exploud still manages to get up and mutter a few random incantations before kicking the Mud on the ground and Slapping it in Hedwig's face, the Gravity field being the only reason she was taking damage and losing some Accuracy from it. Dusclops seemed to be in total control of its movements and seemed to be chanting a spell while keeping its glowing, red eye on Hedwig. Nothing seemed to come from the attack though, you wondered what it was trying to do... Still, with you gaining a big health advantage, it wouldn't take much to take out Dusclops; if Exploud was your next focus of attacks after that, it could also go down pretty soon, and then you could focus Ludicolo. With James low on health and energy, and with Hedwig at about half of her max health and energy and still under the effects of Gravity, you needed to be careful not to let victory escape right under your nose...

    What will Keith do?

    Things started off well this round- Hedwig's Dark Pulse wasn't completely dead-on, only striking the Dusclops's hand, but that was still sufficient to stop it in place. It stopped whatever it was doing and nursed its injured hand. "Heh, that works," Keith grinned. "Now, James! Solar Beam!"

    "Viilepluuuuuuume!" James bellowed, unleashing a powerful beam of sunlight from his flower, striking Ludicolo right in the chest. Miror B. was not amused by this, complaining that Keith wasn't supposed to turn their trick around on them, and then stated that they'd do the same dance, but better, ordering a Solar Beam from Ludicolo. Keith chuckled as the Grass move struck James for minimal damage.

    "A Grass move against a Grass and Poison-type?" Keith chuckled. "And that's better how?" His grin faded, however, as Folly ordered Rest from Exploud- the Normal-type fell asleep, its mind clearing up, its burn fading away, its energy returning to it. Exploud wasn't going to be quite as crippled once it woke up, but for now, it was asleep, and in that instant, Keith realized, he had an opportunity here. "Hedwig, Heat Wave!" he ordered.

    "Cro!" Hedwig replied, unleashing a powerful blast of hot air over all the opponents, human and Pokémon. Keith grinned- the hot sunlight was making the already powerful move hit even harder, and Miror B. looked decidedly disgruntled. After muttering something about having to use a certain move so early, he ordered Ludicolo to use Synthesis, which it did to restore a good chunk of its health, but seemed to really drain its energy.

    "Gah, that'll get annoying," Keith muttered. "Still, if we can get it to run too low on energy, that could work, too. James, use Flamethrower!" he added, addressing his Vileplume, who unleashed a powerful stream of fire, blasting a very surprised Dusclops with the full force of the move. It was down on health for sure now, and if those charred bandages were any indicator, it was likely also burned! "Nice shot!" Keith grinned, though again, his grin faded quickly as Exploud, despite being asleep, pulled off a Mud-Slap, courtesy of its Sleep Talk attack. Hedwig took the damage she ordinarily wouldn't have, no thanks to the Gravity attack still in effect, and the mud got into her eyes, screwing with her accuracy. But right now, Keith was more focused on Dusclops- its eye was glowing red, and it was staring straight at Hedwig, chanting some kind of spell. Nothing was happening, but that was exactly what had Keith worried. He had an ominous feeling that things weren't going to stay so calm for long. "What the..." he muttered. "What kind of attack-" He stopped there, however, his eyes widening with realization, suddenly horribly reminded of something Chuck had told him about- how a Dusclops he once went up against used a similar move that seemed to do nothing at first, only to result in a horribly powerful Psychic blast some time later. "Oh, crap, no," Keith murmured. "Hedwig! I think that was a Future Sight attack! It's an extremely powerful Psychic move that takes some time to hit its target! We gotta end this, and fast!"

    "Cro, bat," Hedwig nodded in agreement. Keith took a couple of deep breaths, trying to not panic- he needed to stay calm, he needed to think this out! Dusclops was low on health, and Ludicolo low on energy. Exploud was still asleep, and not faring too much better than Dusclops. Hedwig was faring relatively alright with health and energy, though Gravity and Mud-Slap would likely continue to be an issue for her. James was running decidedly low on both health and energy, but this wouldn't be the first time he'd faced such odds and came out on top. Assuming those guys didn't have any other Pokémon up their sleeves, which Keith dearly hoped to be the case, ending the battle before Future Sight hit might very well be doable. After what felt like an eternity of planning (but was in reality a mere couple of seconds), Keith decided what to do.

    "OK..." he sighed. "James, use Drain Punch on Exploud, and Hedwig, use Dark Pulse on Dusclops! And both of you, dodge anything Ludicolo throws your way! Hedwig, if you can't see, try to listen for the opponents instead, I know you're good with that sort of thing." Hopefully, Dusclops and Exploud were weak enough that they could be taken out by one solid super effective blow apiece, and dodging Ludicolo's moves would force it to expend valuable energy on nothing. Keith, meanwhile, kept a wary eye out for any sign of an oncoming Future Sight, Hedwig's Poké Ball gripped in his hand- if that was indeed what that move was, he intended to call Hedwig back to her ball as soon as it showed signs of hitting, and send her back out once it had passed.

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    MarbleZone -

    All of Astoria has its fair share of tales about absolute savagery, from the barbaric locals and cursed ruins to ruthless predators and sinister magicks, but no area could compare to the Labyrinth, where all of the most powerful Pokemon in the continent lurked just waiting for another trainer to overwhelm. Even to those that claimed they never traversed the dark side of the Labyrinth, they still say they barely made it out alive... and that was all the claims of the few that did live to tell the tale. To you, it was another challenge to overcome and prove that you were worthy of being among those called champions. Unlike past adventures, you came prepared with a mix of low-level and high-level Pokemon as well as fully evolved Pokemon and Pokemon yet to evolve. Three of your older Pokemon would be guarding your two younger ones, although with Nyx the idea of being "younger" was under debate.

    Right in front of you was the entrance, walls of foliage split wide open by a gate of solid rock, the Labyrinth beckoning you to venture into its embrace. It almost felt like the maze was sentient, wanting more into its world. As you stepped in, it welcomed you with an "affectionate" hug as the entrance was closed off by thick vines, snuffing out any temptation you may have had to turn back. Instead, you looked ahead, where a fork was immediately presented to you. The first path was covered in a large variety of flowers while the walls shimmered with pink petals with some occasionally shed from the trees. The path to the right looked like it had moss, lichen, and puddles of water cover the mucky trail while the plants on the walls dribbled water off their leaves. In the middle, it looks like there could be a path, but if there is one it's closed off by a wall of dried-up bramble with smoke coming out of it, signifying it's probably hot to the touch.

    What will Levin do?
    ((Thanks for picking me up! It's been two and a half years in the making, so it's great to finally get to adventure in Astoria! ^^))

    Admittedly, he half-expected something of the sort to happen, but seeing a wall of vines block the exit the second he stepped inside still stirred discomfort inside Levin. The Labyrinth didn't want people getting out, as if manifesting a life of its own... But regardless of whether or not his partners were strong enough to force their way back out, right now he was more than willing to venture further in. He'd worry about escaping this place later.

    The first choice presented itself early on: no more than five steps ahead, the road split in two. On the right, a corridor filled with beautiful flowers felt oddly welcoming in such a place; how the plants managed to grow and bloom inside the poorly lit Labyrinth remained a mystery, but one thing was for certain: if Bud had come along, it was fairly obvious which path he'd choose. Opposite the flowery road, a second branch stretched to the left, walls covered in thick moss and dripping excess water; the air coming off the tunnel felt stale and heavy with humidity, and it was a wonder that so thoroughly different climates could coexist inside the same structure.

    But.. what's that?

    Through the stagnant atmosphere, a peculiar yet familiar scent reached his nostrils. One he didn't expect to find in this place, but became more evident the more he focused on it. Burning...
    Looking directly ahead, he spotted it. Through an intricate network of unassuming dry bramble, faint pillars of smoke rose and dispersed quickly, indicating that there could well be something behind the makeshift wall...

    he found himself in the unexpected situation of having to call upon a Pokemon much sooner than he'd planned. But the curious discovery sparked his interest and there was no way he could choose either of the more obvious path when there could be something else hidden right in front of his nose! Whatever it was, it could be too hot for him to handle on his own, and the branches were much too thick for him to break himself... but there was one partner who could handle both the bramble and the heat with ease.

    - Come on out... Syre!

    In a flash of light, a mighty Salamence materialized next to him. Though the ceiling made it impossible for the dragon to take flight, he needed Syre for something else - his claws should be able to cut through the plant barrier, while his scales should keep him safe from high temperatures. It was the ideal choice to brave the mystery of the burning wall.
    Syre growled and exchanged a silent glare with Levin. Proud but grateful for everything Levin had done for him, he had no qualms about helping his Trainer when required. After all, he had already gone as far as to kill another Pokemon to ensure their safety...

    - I didn't expect to need your help this soon, but you're the only one I can safely ask. I need you to Cut through this bramble and see what's on the other side!

    Syre nodded in understanding and turned to the obstacle head. Raising one of his sharp claws above his head, he took one swift, powerful swing at the wall of thorns and smoke...

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    The Labyrinth

    Bless The Metal -

    Even though you found yourself in what many claimed to be an endless maze that only the extremely lucky were able to escape, you and Jaws were all for the challenge, hoping to own it. What better way to own it than to take the path that looked the most difficult, the middle path? As your made your way down it, however, you could hear a loud rustling behind you, and you turn to find some dried-up bramble forming a wall behind you. Now there was no going back, probably for the better anyway, you decide. You continue down, and you could see the classic biblical sign of a burning bush- well, to be fair, a lot of them were burning, so it wasn't exactly something to read into. You and Jaws also began to sweat as the path began to grow hotter and hotter. One thing you were grateful for was how straightforward this maze seemed to be; you were expecting all sorts of twists and turns, but you noticed you haven't really needed to turn right or left at all. You finally come to what looked like a chamber about 30 ft. long and 30 ft. wide as it was surrounded by walls of burnt and dried foliage. The only thing that looked alive was a tree right in the center with red berries growing everywhere on it. Oh wait, I guess that Simisear sitting on a branch eating some of those berries counts as something living, doesn't it? However, as it notices you, it immediately turns hostile as it jumps down in between you and the tree, beating its chest and daring you to encroach on its territory farther...

    What will Ethan do?
    stats.

    Walking through the barren wasteland felt a bit surreal, Ethan had done some pretty rotten things to get ahead in life that would probably condemn him straight to hell, stealing, after all was one of the 10 deadly sins…but he always wondered if things were always so black and white. He was no Robin Hood mind you, usually thieving to satisfy his own agenda but there were times he would take from those that could afford to lose, the corrupt rich that oppressed the working class, and gave to those that needed it the most. What if the ends sometimes did justify the means, what then? Still when he found himself surrounded by burning bushes, a scene he had only ever imagined in biblical text, he couldn’t help but feel he was being punished for something…

    The heat was enough, to cause him to wipe his brow more than a couple of times that eventually he started striping some of his clothes off, like his jacket, wrapping it around his waist and taking off his shirt to allow his body some kind of breathing room. But the burning smell was something he could probably never get over, placing a scarf found in his pack around his mouth to avoid the stench, it was difficult for him to even tolerate smokers. Jaws on the other hand didn’t mind it much. Being a dragon and all, he could breath fire. Something Ethan had specifically caught his attention when he first decided he wanted the then Gible to be added to his team. He had hated anything to do with Fire, specifically Fire Types, due to how he had lost his parents during a fire that had consumed the only home he had ever known. It took some time to adjust, Jaws helped with that, though powerful, Fire was a useful element for sure this was proven sometime when Ethan was still a beginner in the land of Fizzytopia. Thanks to that, the trainer learned to not be so discomforted by it. Allowing him to acquire two fire types of his very own, Aiden and Emmett a Chimchar and Tepig that were more than just a handful…

    Ethan looked back at the road ahead of him, thanking Arcues how straight forward the path had been until now when they finally reached the end of it, they were met with a large 30x30 gate blocking their path, he wondered how exactly they were going to go about opening it when he noticed the only tree that wasn’t in flames had a Pokémon inside of it and boy was it not too happy to see them. It quickly jumped down and pounded on his chest showing great hostility. But instead of being taken back, Ethan simply remarked, "Now that’s a Pokémon I haven’t seen in a while, kind of brings me back to the days living in the Unova region…" the young lad said taking out his Pokedex and scanning the fiery red monkey.


    "Simisear, the Ember Pokémon and the evolved form of Pansear. Simisear have an endless appetite for anything sweet, using the food they digest as fuel for the fire burning inside it’s bellies. The fire energy they store is then released from their head or tail to inflict on to their enemies."
    Ethan looked from above his Pokedex with a glint of fire of his own burning in his eyes, Finally, a worthy opponent. He had heard only the strongest Pokémon roamed the Labyrinth, if he was planning to face the 8 gym leaders of Cascadia he had to train hard. He and his Pokémon that was, and what better way than facing Pokémon that evolved for the sake of surviving. After all, a wild Pokémon that could reach its final stage by itself, without a trainer to guide it was something indescribable.

    "Listen, we don’t want any trouble, but if it’s a battle you want, then we are more than happy to oblige." He said before patting his dragon on the head, who had been sizing up his opponent the second the Simisear had jumped off of that red berry tree.

    "Rawrrr!" the Garchomp roared before stomping his feet and running across the barren path.

    "There’s no point rushing this, it’s not we’re in any hurry or anything." The trainer yelled out placing on the goggles he had on his forehead to protect his eyes, preparing himself for what he had already planned in his mind, "Start things off with a Sandstorm, use it to your advantage to hid and evade any incoming attack before Digging your way into the ground and emerging back out with a Stone Edge at close range!"

    While he waited to see the battle unfold, Ethan’s eyes wandered toward the rather large gate at the end of the path and began to wonder, what something like that was doing in a forest like this one? And what could possibly be on the other side? Don’t tell me, we haven’t even gone through the gates of hell yet?

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