Poke_Hunter (note: your description of the catacombs are a bit self-updating, as you describe the chambers you visit as already looted; please be more careful in the future ^-^)
Deciding to go on an adventure in the Isle of Talas, along with Zapz the Joltik and Terrance the Turtwig, you quickly choose the Sovereign Valley as your destination, an almost never-ending network of catacombs filled with ancient history and mysteries. Many archaeologists have (re)searched its contents, most of which have been transported to the Atlas Museum, its expositions being visited by hundreds of visitors, jaw-dropped at the beauty of its relics. Your contribution to a future exhibition, however, seemed doubtful. Having looked through many chambers, you are disappointed to found them empty, excavations both small and big scattered throughout the maze. What objects had been hidden there, you wonder. Zapz quickly scouts the empty chambers, his eyes mirroring a tad of disappointment. The Turtwig didn’t look too happy as well; as one of your first adventures, it was becoming relatively boring, relatively fast.
Some minutes later you enter a much bigger chamber, pillars adorned with foreign inscriptions at its entrance and guiding you through the room’s corridor. Despite the well-restored pillars, the rest of it had certainly seen better days, security signs regarding rock slides scattered through most of it. You quickly scout it, and unfortunately no objects could be found. But of course, this Valley had been researched for many years, so it would be a miracle if you had found something at plain sight. Indeed, rumor has it smaller chambers were hidden from the plain-minded folks, protecting the royalty of royalty, the most rich and powerful from their days! But alas, nothing for the archaeologists, nothing for you.
With a sigh, you call your pokemon and decide to go look through some of the other chambers, maybe you had missed something. The electric spider quickly follows you, but Terrance stays put. “Terrance, let’s go” you say, but he completely ignores you. Approaching him, you give him a gentle nudge, but his eyes don’t even meet yours, mindlessly looking forward. “Terrance?” you begin to worry, but this time the small Turtwig opens its mouth, firing a quick barrage of Bullet Seeds at the floor. You quickly back down, the seeds almost hitting your feet. Lost for words, you watch your pokemon fire many projectiles at the floor, stopping for a while, then starting again, repeating this several times. However, what troubles you the most is not the attack itself, but what it was meant for: he was writing a message. And its content wasn’t that much reassuring as well, as you slowly read the words on the dusty ground:
Before you could even begin to analyze it, the floor beneath you crumbles, you and your two pokemon going through a quick fall, rapidly hitting the ground. Getting back up, you look up to see the hole in the ceiling: it wasn’t more than two meters apart from where you were before and where you are now, and thankfully no harm was done to either you or your pokemon. As you call out to them, especially Terrance, you are relieved to see that he was back to normal, letting out a confused “Turt?”. Before you could ask him what had just happened, you hear a voice calling out. “Hey, is anyone there?” a man called, waiting for the dust to settle. You pick up your flashlight and search for him, two silhouettes standing out in the new underground chamber, one of a man, and other of a smaller creature, most likely his pokemon.
“Are you alright?” he asked again, walking through the settling dust. His companion was an Excadrill, who thoroughly analyzed the hole in the ceiling, before glaring at you. Before you could answer, you hear another voice nearby, although with a bit of static noise. “Oh, wait a minute.” The man reached for his walky-talky, answering “Found one boy and two pokemon; fell from the upper main chamber. The Excadrill must have accidently caused th-”
“Kill them” a man on the other side coldly said, terminating the conversation.
The man sighed, putting away the device. “I’m sorry it has to be this way” he apologized, before turning to the drill pokemon. “Make sure it looks like an accident. A Rock Slide will do the trick.”
What will you do?
As you walk through the raging-hot desert, you repeatedly ask yourself “why didn’t I pack more water”, almost collapsing from full dehydration. Even calling out your trusty Krabby, the water pokemon is even more fragile than you in these blazing temperatures. Before reaching the realm of Arceus however, you notice with whatever strength you have an oasis in the distance – could it be your salvation?
Gathering all your strength, you both reach the shimmering water at record speed – a Ninjask would certainly be befuddled. The cooling water cooling your ideas, you start to observe the surroundings: four statues emerged from the center of this pond, the Totodile line pokemon surrounding and protecting the Goddess Farity, her eyes observing this ancient city of Sobek, now filled with several small buildings, including a small pokecenter, and in the distance, the famous Colosseum. You also notice that you were not, in fact, alone – many people were looking at you, probably surprised at your mindless race towards the pond a few minutes ago. Indeed, dehydration generally results in a mild delirium, and it made you ignore that you were surrounded by many tourists such as yourself.
Patting your head in shame, you’re quickly surprised by a hit on the head. Turning around, you notice a small Buizel – he had just fired a water gun at you, the rascal! However, he didn’t seem too happy, glaring both you and your Krabby. It appears he didn’t like your sudden ‘crash’ in his territory, and was prepared to do battle.
What will you do?
Wanting to explore the unknown, you decide to set foot in the Mystic Temple, well known and feared for the lack of knowledge of it. Indeed, only one of the initial group of explorers came out of it alive, and yet his mind was long gone, the delirium eventually taking his life. However, you were determined to solve the mysteries that surrounded this ancient temple – or at least, to come out alive of it. Choosing your Blastoise as your on-foot companion, you both enter the temple, its majestic and eerie entrance well estabilished by a couple of pillars, many inscriptions carved on them. Its interior was no less mystic, its walls and pillars also filled with unknown encryptions, carved upon one another. Mysterious indeed.
Suddenly, everything went dark.
The stories of the first exploration team rushing back to your mind, you quickly call for your pokemon, but no answer was obtained. Running around blindly, you were hoping to bump into him – he had to be nearby, he was just three feet away before. However, no matter how much you searched, nothing was to be found but infinite darkness. You could not even see your own arms and body – although you could sense them, so it was just your vision that was impaired. The darkness beings to fade, slowly being replaced by a growingly bright light. Partly covering your eyes from the burning white, you quickly scout the surrounding scene – this time, it was infinite white all around you, your Blastoise nowhere to be seen. You could not actually see any floor beneath you, but you were certainly standing. “Hello?” you shout, but received no answer.
Out of nowhere, a red laser descends from the high heavens, hitting the ‘ground’ about 5 meters away from you, emitting a quiet, yet annoying high pitch. Another one hits the floor, this one just to your right side. Suddenly, two images start to form from the two lasers, the one near you materializing into the Blastoise you well knew, and the other one into a small Petilil, mindlessly looking at you. The lasers disappear as quickly as they appeared, only you and the two pokemon remaining in this white chamber. Your pokemon seemed as confused as you; what had just happened?
gmoyes (note: in your replies you can not control your environment, as it is considered self-updating; although the description of the lab says "Occasionally one of the professors may have a job opening", indeed there are probably people in there, but you can't describe it as "busy people" rushing from one place to another; please be more careful about this in the future ^-^)
Repeatedly scolding yourself for not bringing some bottles of water for this heated journey, you eventually reach the Research Lab, the mechanical doors quickly sliding open, the cooler temperatures welcoming you to the science institute. A little bit shy, you don’t really know what you should do there, as several scientists rush from one place to another, such a hectic place!
“Hello there!” You’re suddenly greeted by the young lady at the welcome stand. “Are you a trainer?” she asks, receiving a nod from you. “Well, then, might I interest you in our free tour today? Should you accept, please just wait in that room, and you’ll get your tour in a few minutes” As she handed you a small pamphlet, she pointed to a dark red door on the opposite side, that was the waiting room.
Just for today, the Research Lab will fully open its doors to public, organizing one tour around this institution. Completely free of charge, this is your only chance to see what happens behind the curtain, including recent researches, a fossil exhibition, as well as some other secrets that you’ll find intriguing in the least.
We hope you enjoy!
As you finish reading the pamphlet, your mind started to work excitingly. You couldn’t have been luckier! Just for today, and without any special favour, you could get a free tour around the research facilities. Why not, you ask yourself, as you gladly come into a small chamber, although not empty – indeed, many were gathered, your eyes spotting scientists and trainers alike. Interrupting your thoughts, everyone spots a woman, about 1.65 meters tall, her long black hair curled on her white medical-looking coat, pushing the doors away, walking with a steady pace. “Good morning, everyone!” she says, observing her crowd. “I’m Dr. Foster, one of this laboratory’s archaeologists, and I shall be your tour guide for today.” Her beautiful blue eyes gathering everyone’s attention, she continues. “I know you all must be very excited with what is going to happen. This is a very rare event, and it probably won’t happen in near future, so I hope you enjoy it as much as possible. Since you seem to be ecstatic, I won’t delay the visit anymore. Shall we?”
Turning around, she disappears as she exits the room and passes through another set of doors, and all the visitors, you included, quickly rush in to enter it, some of them acting very competitively and pushing each other away, as to enter the Research Lab first. As all of you enter, you walk down the corridor, following Dr. Foster. In the wall, several photographs were hanged, and in your quick pace you read one’s description “Dr. Kamus and the Archen”, a man who appeared to be in his late 50s pointing to a group of fossils.
“Before I show you history, I must tell you this lab’s history. This Research Lab was founded on 1990 by Dr. Kamus Mespira, a renowned archaeologist who practically lived on this desert, digging every squared meter of sand there was. Years before, he was mocked by his colleagues, as his instinct was certain that there were fossils in a place that no man considered archaeologically valuable. Indeed, he dug, and dug, but found nothing. However, one day he met Dr. Ethos Tomus, the founder of the Paleontological Center of the Sunny Dryland, set in the continent of Fizzytopia, and top archaeological institute in the world at that time – and still today! Dr. Tomus gave him his help, and more importantly, his trust, believing there was certainly something in that spot, something big. And indeed, they were right – in 1988, Dr. Kamus discovered fossils of a large community of never-before-seen pokemon fossils, afterwards baptized as Archen. Quite the instinct he had there! After his discovery, he built this Research Lab, affiliated with the ‘Bones Center’ of Fizzytopia, becoming one of the most talked archaeological centers of this continent!” She states. You start to feel an increase in temperature, and in the far end of this historical tunnel, the light shined upon them, a window separating you from the exterior.
As you get closer to it, you realize that the window is quite long, stretching for about 8 meters to the right. However, you see the windows entrapping that location, forming a square around it. Looking down, you see some archaeologists digging and cleaning some rocks, while three Nidoqueen fire a Blizzard at them, which combined with the intense heat, would create a gentle cooling breeze. “And this is the Crypt, another nickname given by our workers, since they’re in a lower level than ours. If it weren’t for those Nidoqueen, our scientists would probably be dead by now, as the temperatures are extremely elevated. We created a, well you can call it a sub-station, here, as we presume this was the location of a large pokemon community, a fact that justifies the findings of several fossils. Moreover, we presume we are looking at the biggest Lileep fossil ever encountered. But let’s continue our tour, there’s much more to it.”
Turning to her right, she continues walking, and the group follows her, some of them still observing the “Crypt”. “Now you’ll look at our fossil exposition. With high technology, we managed to create faithful replica of the fossilized pokemons.” She states, and as gets near the door, you realize it’s mechanical, as it slides open to her. As you enter it, the hall was greatly large; a community of Snorlax could easily sleep there, and there would be plenty of room left. “I’ll give you some time now to observe the fossils.” Dr.Fosters says, before exiting the room. You start looking around, staring at the fossils. In top of them stood a picture of their appearance, as well as characteristics and other details.
However, you suddenly hear a loud scream, followed by a threatening roar. As you turn around, a large pokemon rushed through the room, the visitors running for their lives. The dinosaur creature, much similar to the ancient Tyrannossaurus, appeared from thin air, as there was no sign of forced entrance in the wall. The Rampardos notices you, and quickly changes his trajectory, rushing towards you.
What will you do?
Ignoring your fears, you manage to reach the Pool of Illusion, lost among the lost city of Lacuna. Rumor has it that mysterious events occurred there at midnight, and you just couldn’t wait to see them by yourself. You wait till then, becoming more and more anxious as time went by. What would happen, you ask yourself, although your Gothita didn’t seem that eager to discover.
It was midnight. Now or never, they say, your eyes quickly scouting every inch of the surroundings, looking for something out of the ordinary to happen. As minutes go by, you start to feel disappointed – something was wrong, nothing was happening at all. The pool remained calmly silent, the moonlight reflected upon its eerie waters. Beautiful indeed, but that was not why you had visited this place. Maybe the rumors were false, forged to increase tourism perhaps? Well, you weren’t going to stay there forever to find out…
Suddenly, you hear something. A splash…? Setting your attention into the pool, you notice some ripples in its center, something had moved for sure. It remained quiet afterwards; nothing was heard besides your breath and Gothita’s nerves trembling. Almost as if to satisfy your curiosity, another small splash was heard in the same spot, this time a little louder, although your eyes didn’t notice anything diving into the water. Could it be… underwater?
You have little time to analyze it carefully, as the water suddenly ripples angrily, moving wildly and uncoordinatedly. Even more mysteriously, it begins to create two shapes, one much smaller than the other. As it materializes, you stop your breath as you realize the phantasmagorical image that stands in your front: it was you, your own self, well not your own of course, but an amazingly and frighteningly perfect clone in front of you, standing in the center of the pool, a small Gothita on his right side, both standing on top of the water. You and your pokemon pale at what your eyes see, but you have little time to think, as you hear your twin coldly order: “Gothita, use Confusion.”
What will you do?
Eager to solve puzzles and riddles, what better place to visit than the Sphinx? Indeed, this mythological creature from the ancient times is well known throughout world and time itself, rewarding the bright minded with treasures of unimaginable value, while protecting these riches from the greedy simpletons, flanking the entrances to its inner chambers. The pros and cons are well established – should you desire to enter it, you must solve any and every challenge it throws at you, be it of the mind or of the body. With that in your mind, you reach the mythological creature, and determinately ask “So, mighty Sphinx, what is your riddle for me?”
You obtain no immediate answer, at least from the statue itself; instead, the sand in front of you begins to move in a swirly and coordinated fashion, a pointing cone sticking out of it, spinning at high velocity. You wonder what it meant, but as you approached it carefully, the sand bursts violently, pushing you to the ground. What was once a small cone is now a rapidly spinning creature, its turmoil moving the sand around it at a fascinating speed. The creature appears to slow down; what was once a blurry sand mass reveals itself to be a Baltoy, its eyes fixed on you.
“It is not what it looks like” the Sphinx loudly announces, its words resonating through your mind. The Baltoy levitated slowly towards you, and appeared ready to assault anything that crossed his path.
What will you do?
Feeling a tad lost in this modern metropolis, instead of reaching the Emporium Hotel where you were staying, you instead reach the Atlas Market. An honest mistake, you should have turned left where you turned right, but fate wanted you to visit this bustling marketplace, many items being sold there, both common and rare. It was quite a sight, people from all corners of the world were selling their belongings, potions, secret base items, Lava Cookies, RageCandyBars, you name it. However, as in any other grand bazaar, you were bound to find those mischievous sellers, whose items are anything but real. Caution in this place is absolutely needed if you want to buy quality goods.
As you walk around one of the busiest roads, you and Gaspard couldn’t help but smile at the sight of a couple of other Aipom, rushing through the top of tents, jumping from one to another; what could those little rascals be up to? Well, it wasn’t long before you found out; quickly disappearing from plain sight, you hear someone shout: “Give them back, you damn scoundrels!” An old, slightly overweight man rushes through the crowd, clumsily bumping into everyone. He then stops in front of you, his hands on his knees, heavily panting. “Damn Aipom, give me back what you stole from me!” he yells, pointing at the confused Gaspard.
What will you do?