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Lost Carnival Mods ([personal profile] ringleaders) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2017-03-26 05:52 pm


When: Day 73 - Day 87
Where: The islands of Alola.
What: The Carnival arrives at its next touring location, a series of tropical islands inhabited by a species of animal called Pokemon and their trainers!
Warnings: Pokemon is pretty PG-rated.


Alola is broken up into four different islands, with a number of unique points of interest. Boats can easily be rented in order to get between the islands, or you can just pay for the fair of a scheduled trip. If you can prove you have the skills for it, you can also call on a "Ride Pokemon" - that is, either a Charizard or a Lapras that will fly or swim you between locations.

► POPULATION: Though the islands appear very small as an abstraction in the actual games, that doesn't hold over into the actual reality of it. When interacting with the different locations, imagine that they are about as big and spread out as they would be in real life. It's about on the same scale as Hawaii is on earth. Ignore any wikis that say the population of each island is like 200 people, because that's just adding up all the scripted NPCs, and there are realistically more than six houses per town.

► AMENITIES: Even if they aren't overtly listed on island maps, it can be assumed that all towns and cities will have basic amenities - that is, places to eat, place to go to the washroom, places to buy souvenirs, and the other things one would expect in a tourist heavy area. You can also buy malasadas pretty much anywhere.

► POKECENTERS: You'll be able to find a Pokecenter in pretty much every town - a Pokecenter is a public building in which Pokemon Trainers can rest and get their Pokemon healed. Think of it like free international Pokemon healthcare. You can also buy Pokeballs here, as well as potions and other healing items for later use.

► AETHER FOUNDATION: A peace keeping organization that shelters Pokemon from harm and abuse. If you kill/maim any Pokemon or otherwise act violently in public, they will come to try to take you down with their Pokemon. They also are the main force working against Team Skull.


► TRAINER SCHOOL: A full fledged for young, aspiring Pokemon Trainers! Students go here to learn about Pokemon care and battling before setting out on their own journeys. It would be sort of weird for an adult to show up here, like it would for an adult to try to attend an elementary school, but you can probably learn some of the basics just from touring the facility.

► HAU'OLI SHOPPING DISTRICT: The biggest shopping district on Melemele, you can do a lot here, from eating out to getting your hair dyed. A lot of shops are, unsurprisingly, completely Pokemon focused - but there are some that aren't, too. There are also some very nice beach fronts nearby.

► BERRY FIELDS: Berries come in a lot of different types and have different effects when used. Mostly, Pokemon love to eat them, regardless of what type they are. This is a big field of them, most of which are free to take if you catch them when ripe.

► TEN CARAT HILL: The secluded interior of a small mountain, filled with some rare types of rock Pokemon. You have to be able to bypass the left overs of some recent rockslides to get in.

► TRIAL SITE: There is only one trial on this islands, which is the Normal type trial. All you have to do is fight a bunch of Pokemon ferrets, and then fight an even bigger Pokemon ferret that thirsts for your blood. It's not so bad.


► TIDE SONG HOTEL: A big ass hotel near the port - if you want to stay on Alola overnight, this is a pretty good place to go. It isn't too expensive, and is also rather nice.

► DIMENSIONAL RESEARCH LAB: Alola, on occasion, has been the site of various dimensional breaks (haha) in which extraplanar creatures called Ultra Beasts have crossed over. There isn't much information about these beasts, but they are something that are being actively studied. Characters who are nerds might find some of this information interesting.

► HANO GRAND RESORT: The inevitably big, fancy resort that tends to take route in touristy places like this. If you actually pay to spend some time there, you can enjoy all the things you'd expect to find in a fancy resort, except with way more Pokemon. There is also a fancy, secluded beach for resort goers only.

► BATTLE ROYALE DOME: A battle area in which 4 trainers fight each other all at once, with teams of there Pokemon. The trainers here are mostly quite expert, and you need a team of three Pokemon to play, so player characters probably won't be able to participate. However, you can still come to watch, if you like seeing a bunch of colourful monsters slapping each other around.

► PANIOLA RANCH: A large ranch that keeps a lot of Pokemon that resemble earth farm animals. You can leave Pokemon here to stay for a while if you need a break from the strains of trainer life. Quite often, however, your Pokemon will end up getting knocked up and leave you with another egg to care for.

► TRIAL SITES: Brooklet Hill is a lake filled area that contains the Water Trial. You have to fight a bunch of schooling Wishiwashi, and then an even bigger schooling Wishiwashi to win. Wela Volcano Park contains the Fire Trial, where you must climb to the top of the dormant volcano, and spot the difference between a series of ceremonial island dances. Then you gotta fight a team of Marrowaks and a giant Salazzle. The Lush Jungle contains the Grass challenge, in which you have to find a series of rare organic ingredients in order to brew something that will lure out a giant Lurantis.


► MALIE GARDEN: A nice big garden to hang out in and chill. Also, there are Pokemon there... and also, Pokemon battles? There's really no end to it.

► MOUNT HOKULANI OBSERVATORY: Up at the top of the local mountain, you can go see a space observatory. Like most things in Alola, it's like a regular observatory, except with more Pokemon, since some Pokemon just straight up come from space. You can take a bus up here, but you can also hike if you want.

► HAINA DESERT: A shitty desert in the middle of the island. Mostly only good for if you want the kinds of Pokemon that live in shitty deserts.

► ABANDONED THRIFTY MEGAMART: A Megamart, but haunted. Extremely haunted, filled with the kind of ghost Pokemon that would actually kill you. You have to take a bunch of pictures of ghosts on your way through here if you want to beat the Ghost Trial.

► PO TOWN: The ramshackle remains of the town that Team Skull have taken over. It's completely walled off from the rest of the world, and is pretty terrible. No point in going in there unless you're fighting crime, in which case you can expect to get challenged to Pokemon battles by a lot of Team Skull knuckleheads.

► LAKE OF THE MOON: A huge, round temple thing in the middle of nowhere. It's used to praise a legendary Pokemon that existed years ago, but there presently doesn't seem to be anything around except cool architecture.

► TRIAL SITES: The Observatory contains the Electric Challenge, during which you have to fend off various kinds of electric grubs, before eventually taking on a giant Vikavolt. The Abandoned Megamart must first be cleared before challenging the Ghost Trial officially, at which point you will have to defeat a powerful Mimikyu.


► SEAFOLK VILLAGE: A village made of nothing but houseboats and other water fairing homes. It's the only major town on Poni Island.

► ANCIENT RUINS: Most of Poni Island has been reduced to ruins, over time. Not many people live here, relative to the other islands, but there are a lot of abandoned buildings from when they apparently used to.

► VAST PONI CANYONS: Most of the island is comprised of canyons, caves, and valleys filled with particularly strong Pokemon, and also a lot of fight-hungry Pokemon trainers. Most of them will want to fight you as soon as they see you, since they are there mostly to train, but they will back down if you tell them you're not a trainer. Though, at that point they will strongly urge you to go home, because it's too danger for anything other than the strongest trainers.

► ALTAR OF THE SUN: A matching altar to the one found on Ula'ula, except this time dedicated to a legendary Pokemon of the sun. If you play some magic flutes here at the right time then apparently a giant lion might show up, but there's no way to be sure.

► TRIAL SITES: The only Trial here is the Grand Trial, which is a fight against the leader's ground type Pokemon. You may also get lucky and have the Fairy Trial's kahuna deign to fight you, with her fairy types, if she randomly wanders into your path. Both of them are very strong, and are not advised to challenge for new trainers.
kingsroads: (dude just stop that)

Jonathan Strange | open!

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-03-30 03:14 am (UTC)(link)
sometime in days 77-80, thrifty megamart
[ The idea was to hang out in the abandoned building so that he didn't really have to deal with certain Pokemon (Exeggutor) and certain people (Childermass). Strange wasn't hiding, per se, he just didn't want to have to explain the rationale behind the accidental snow day over and over again (this is a lie, he is totally hiding). However...this wasn't really working out so much. Apparently everybody's coming to take pictures of the ghosts for some Island Trial or something? Which really, is a bit annoying.

Considering his reluctance to deal with certain Pokemon, it comes as a bit of a surprise that Strange has been getting along wonderfully with all the various ghost Pokemon. They've pretty much accepted the magician with his weirdo magic powers as just a friggen bizarre Pokemon of some sort. The problem here is that ghost Pokemon are massive assholes and Strange is just having a little bit too much fun being a massive asshole himself. It makes the ghost Pokemon happy which makes him happy which gets his mind off of the fifty different things he's dwelling on.

So sorry whoever's just trying to finish this Island Trial, you get to deal with Strange being a douchebag. To the delight of his new ghost friends, Strange has been adding onto the creepy atmosphere with all sorts of cliche horror movie nonsense that includes some of the following: odd creaking noises, spontaneously generated atmospheric mist, creepy laughter that seems like it's coming from nowhere, creepy whispers that seem like they're coming from nowhere, boxes falling over despite nobody touching them, a drop in temperature, a spooky breeze, that feeling that you're being watched, and so on and so forth. It's all just Strange using his magic to be a bit of a dick, much to the delight of all the ghost Pokemon who are also taking the opportunity to be a dick.

The problem here is that Strange hasn't realized A: his voice is still recognizable despite creepy laughing and whispers, B: if someone puts in effort to find him, he can be found fairly easily (he's not the world's best hider), and C: that he's probably gonna get punched in the nose for all this nonsense.

day 81, the big top
[ He's back at the Carnival now, having swapped from hanging out with the ghosts to actually practicing for his magician act. For some reason, Strange is still having trouble with birds. Sure, if he concentrates hard on that feathers to magical birds spell then he's able to turn the feather into a beautiful swan or a dashing peacock. But if he tries to make a flock of birds out of feathers, they still default into chickens.

Not even ravens or anything like that, if he summoned a flock of ravens then that could at least be thematically appropriate. But chickens? Chickens are just degrading. And of course, it's at the time when Strange is turning the chickens back into feathers that a couple of enthusiastic trainers stumble into the big top and start asking so many questions. Do chickens actually exist in Pokemon world, hell if I know, but these trainers certainly don't know what one is.

It's not a Pokemon, it's a chicken, [ Strange can't help but grumble to whatever poor Alolan trainer is trying to use their Pokedex on the chicken and coming up with nothing, partly because of the magic thing but again, because it's a chicken. Ignore the fact that Strange is a bit embarrassed about the created-from-magic chicken that's just pecking at a rock as if it expects the rock to be food. ] You can't fight with them, they're just chickens. They--I don't know what type it is, it's a chicken!

[ This is going nowhere fast. He shoots a slight frown over at another employee who's hanging around the big top. Help him out here? ]
Edited 2017-03-30 20:32 (UTC)
whattaprick: (stabbity stab)

Day 77

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-03-31 08:49 pm (UTC)(link)
[ At this point ... Lambert hasn't said a damn thing about being the new Nightrider yet, but the changes are obvious enough. He's taller -- a lot taller -- which means his clothes suddenly fit a lot tighter than they used to, and are six inches shorter besides. At least the pants were baggy, but the tank top has unfortunately ridden up his stomach and won't stay down. In the darkness of the Megamart, the sharper quality to his teeth and new claws are less noticeable ... but there's no way to miss that long, spade-tipped golden tail, lashing restlessly behind him as he steps inside.

Nightrider or not he's keen on continuing to make as much money during his stay here as possible. While this world doesn't have anything near as convenient as witcher contracts, the townspeople talking about a haunted building seems like a promising start. He's completely missed the fact that it's also supposed to be a trial site, though. Whoops. ]

Come on, Pig. [ He says over his shoulder, somewhat impatiently, at the Mudbray lingering in the doorway, unwilling to step inside. ] You're not scared of a bunch of ghosts, are you?
kingsroads: (this won't end well)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-03-31 09:14 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Strange had been sitting behind some of the shelves of the Megamart, idly sketching a picture of Haunter as best he could while the ghost flitted around. After all, he was going to keep taking notes, even if only for himself. When he hears the door open, Strange turns to look, still mostly hidden behind some of the shelves as he looks to see...Lambert? Who has a tail?

He's got half a mind to speak up and ask about the tail but the problem here is that Haunter's a dick. Poor Pig's already scared, ergo Haunter's gonna continue to scare the shit out of it. As such, Haunter's already gone invisible and turned on one of the unused conveyor belts, whoa where'd that come from, spooky.

Strange rolls his eyes in the direction of the conveyor belt before deciding...he might as well join in, if only for Haunter's sake. Besides, this is Lambert. If he can dish out some teasing, he should be able to take it. With his freaky witcher senses, Lambert can probably hear a faint trace of whispering before the room suddenly gets uncomfortably cold and a breeze comes out of nowhere to jostle one of the shopping carts.
whattaprick: (crap did i break a nail)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-01 05:44 am (UTC)(link)
[ With his freaky witcher senses, Lambert can see in the dim light, too. It's not completely dark in the megamart, even with all the boarded-up windows, and as he scans his surroundings and shit starts to move...

Pig isn't really so much scared as sensible enough to stay out of what is obviously a lot of bullshit, unlike its master. It pricks its ears at the sound of creaking conveyor belts, then turns in the direction of the cool breeze wafting out of nowhere, it decides its out of here. With nary so much as a farewell nicker, it backs out of the door way and lets it slam shut again, leaving Lambert with the creepy noises and the sudden cold. ]

Fuck! Not this again. [ He rubs at his arms, grimacing. Fine, if he's going to have to do this on his own, he will. Which means heading right over to that creaky conveyor belt and reaching out a hand to see if he can stop it from moving. ]
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-01 01:34 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Smart move, Pig.

Strange moves from his spot slightly, still behind the shelves, but trying to get a better view of Lambert's new tail. That curiosity is getting the better of him and will probably be the thing that ends up getting him spotted. He was much better at this 'hiding and messing with people' thing when it wasn't anybody he actually KNEW. Haunter has no compunctions and, as Lambert stops one creaky conveyor belt from moving, he makes the one next to it move instead.

Under his breath, Strange whispers something. His voice is still fairly recognizable, though he's straight up forgotten about that fact. The wind carries the whisper to Lambert, so that it sounds like Strange is closer to the other man and not on the further side of the room, as Strange whispers,


[ he's so gonna get punched ]
whattaprick: (snerk)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-01 10:24 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Jury's still out on that, but for now, Lambert seems more amused than pissed off. After all, a witcher doesn't spook easy (Strange has a lot to beat before he can get there) and there's a noticeable lack of, say, dead brides or tortured specters around. A little creaking and shifting could be caused by a lot of things, but not that voice. ]

'Boo'? Is that the best you've got? [ He can't pinpoint the direction just yet, but he'll turn away from the conveyer belt, eyes searching the shadows while his tail curls lazily behind him. ]

You make a pretty shitty ghost, Strange.
kingsroads: (YAY RASH DECISIONS!!!)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-01 10:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Strange wouldn't have any idea how to conjure up a tortured specter even if he wanted to. Thanks to the lack of any sort of illusion magic, creaking, shifting, and odd weather effects it is.

Still, he can't help but laugh at Lambert's comment and again the wind carries his voice so it sounds like Strange is right next to the man. A pretty shitty ghost? He...well, he won't deny that fact. Atmospheric effects can only go so far. He's not moving from his spot but instead sends a cold breeze Lambert's way

I'm afraid that's because I've only been a ghost a short while. Have any suggestions?

[ Haunter is taking that opportunity to knock over a few boxes behind Lambert. ]

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zebrarhyme_everytime: (you can see i'm smug in my mug)


[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-04 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[Strange might not recognize Zecora in her human shape -- after all, who would associate the woman with the zebra, even if they shared certain stylistic similarities? And perhaps to his annoyance, and certainly the Pokemons', Zecora seems utterly unbothered by the shifts and twitches around her.]

[She kind of does spooky herself, after all.]

[But this means her search through the warehouse is creeping ever closer to Strange's hiding spot, as she nudges aside boxes in turn to check on what's behind them...]
kingsroads: (oh my god this is gonna suck)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-04 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Well now this is really annoying. And, based on the expression that Haunter gives Strange which is purely 'dude, what gives', Haunter finds Zecora's lack of a reaction annoying as well. This place is supposed to be scary! Go be scared, Zecora!

When Zecora manages to move one of the boxes, she'll spot Strange, just downright annoyed at the fact that she hasn't given him any good sort of reactions, as well as a Haunter lazily floating next to him. He's not sulking because he's a grown man and grown men don't sulk...but it's borderline close to sulking.

Here we are, trying to bring a little bit of atmosphere to the place and you barely bat an eye!
zebrarhyme_everytime: (you can see i'm smug in my mug)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-06 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
[Zecora rolls her eyes in amusement at the two of them, who are both behaving like disappointed fillies.]

If scaring people is a must
Perhaps you need illusion dust.
Perhaps those you will harry
Will then find it scary.
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-06 05:22 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Rhyming. Well, if the human thing gave him pause, the rhyming thing certainly twigged him onto who this person was. That sulk turns to a small smile, as Strange gives Zecora a little shrug. ]

The problem now is where to find this illusion dust. It's not something I've heard of in this world or in mine--perhaps there's some back at the Carnival?

[ Though, since this is Zecora, he's got to ask, ]

I hope nobody's tried to catch you yet, by the way. I've seen a few Pokemon who are surprisingly horse-shaped.
zebrarhyme_everytime: (magic dust is a must)

[personal profile] zebrarhyme_everytime 2017-04-07 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
If you so choose
I have some you could use.

[The recipe is simple. USING it, well, that's much more complicated, but either these two would prove adept at it, or would learn something from it.]

I narrowly made my escape.
That's why I now have human shape.
kingsroads: (GIVE IT UP FOR MAGIC)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-07 06:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[ There's a pause where Strange considers the illusion dust...before he shakes his head. ]

Possibly later. I'm a bit wary of using any magic that I don't fully understand--I'd like to at least learn how a bit about illusion dust and how it works before any spells are cast.

[ turns out that the idiot can at least learn a little from his mistakes. ]

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empty_vessel: The Man With The Plan (Default)

Day 81

[personal profile] empty_vessel 2017-04-08 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
Jimmy can only avoid snickering for so long, as Pea comes bounding around him and chasing the chickens, who scatter with indignant squawks. "They're from a different region, is all." The trainers swarm Jimmy for a few minutes, hammering him with questions that he's desperately trying to make up answers for.

He's also very firm that the chickens are part of the show and are not available for trade. Fortunately, Sweet Pea gives him an out with a very loud argument with one of the bigger hens.
Edited 2017-04-08 02:36 (UTC)
kingsroads: (maybe we can talk about other things?)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-09 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
As the trainers swarm Jimmy, Strange desperately tries to undo as much of the spell as possible. If the chickens weren't here, then maybe the trainers would leave. He's thankful for Jimmy serving as the distraction and gives the man a wide grin...before Sweet Pea starts a fight with one of the remaining magic chickens, and the trainers turn to look at Strange again.

Thanks, dog. With a gesture of his hand, the hen turns into a pile of feathers, something that really freaks out poor Sweet Pea and slightly freaks out the trainers. Thankfully, Strange is quick on the button with a half-assed excuse.

"Oh what a pity, it seems the chickens have vanished, you'll just have to come back and see the actual show later." It's said in a bit of a condescending tone: Strange knows that it's not a pity the chickens have vanished, he made the stupid things go away himself. One of the trainers starts to point out the obvious (dude, you made that Pokemon vanish, you could make it reappear, right?) but Strange is enacting a wonderful strategy of pretending not to listen.

Alright, so his strategy of 'clean up the mess and then ignore everything' might not be the best strategy, but it's certainly made the trainers a bit less likely to bother them with questions. With a slight grumble that this guy really ISN'T gonna do anything cool again, is he, the trainers start to leave, as Strange flashes Jimmy a thankful smile.

"That distraction was just what I needed--thank you."

And just ignore the fact that it looks like a feather pillow exploded in the Big Top, thanks to the magic chickens turning back into feathers.
empty_vessel: Adding My Two Cents (Thoughts)

[personal profile] empty_vessel 2017-04-10 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
"Don't worry about it. You want me to get a broom?" Jimmy looks around at the drifts of feathers, with his Rockruff happily plowing through them. "It shouldn't be a- Pea! Stop chasing the feathers around. If Mr. Strange says it's okay, then you can help shovel them up, but just plowing through them just makes a mess." Ruff!

"So, broom. Yes, or no?" It's quite possible that Strange has some other method to clean them up, but there's no shortage of brooms if he doesn't.
kingsroads: (small little smiles)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-10 07:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Strange can't help but badly repress a little laugh as he looks over at Sweet Pea romping around and being adorable. Okay, yeah, he can see why some people might be dog people, even if he isn't one himself.

"There a broom in the corner of the tent and an empty container I can sweep the feathers into. I can get them, if you don't mind keeping the dog from making too much of a mess."

There's a lightness in Strange's tone as he looks over at the Rockruff. Obviously a little bit of a mess is okay, he just doesn't want the feathers all over the big top.
empty_vessel: Today is a Good Day. (Happy)

[personal profile] empty_vessel 2017-04-13 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
Jimmy nods, heading over to get the broom. As he picks it up, he looks back over at Sweet Pea. "Okay, Pea, we need to get all the feathers over to Mr. Strange and then sweep them into the bin. You start on that end, and I'll start on this end." Another <>i>ruff! and Pea starts plowing into the clouds of feathers, doing her best to push them towards Strange, while Jimmy starts from the other end.
kingsroads: (YAY RASH DECISIONS!!!)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-13 02:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Strange grabs the container, a large bucket that used to hold something else but now holds feathers. As Jimmy and Sweet Pea plow the feathers near him, Strange picks up any spare ones that have managed to escape the large pile. Once he's near the two, he sets the bucket down on it's side like a dustpan.

"I'll grab any spare feathers that manage to escape the pile myself. Are you two ready?"

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control_freak: (Hold onto your humility)


[personal profile] control_freak 2017-04-11 04:47 pm (UTC)(link)
At this point, Foster and his new shadow have developed... something of a working partnership. Mimikyu doesn't try to kill him on the grounds that he actually wanted it to try that, and in exchange, he controls his own shadow by telling it to do things it already wants to do, and also feeds it pieces of banana nanab malasada, making for something like the relationship between a trainer and Pokemon.

But, you know, sort of fucked up.

Anyway, 'go to the ruins of the thrifty megamart' were his instructions for gaining a better understanding this creature. Except that 'go to the ruins of the thrifty megamart' turned out to be code for 'undertake this trial that you don't understand and only nominally care about,' but he was already here, and Foster's number one weakness is risk assessment--and walking away from a direct challenge.

At least he can take off the Charmeleon cosplay inside. Trying to scare Foster is... kind of difficult, though.

Down one empty aisle, a box--full of heavy cans--teeters and hits the ground directly behind him. He definitely jumps, shoulders jerking up in alarm--but when he lands and turns to see what it is, he just stares at it, unsure if he's annoyed or.... disappointed by its mundane origin.

"...Well, so far I've learnt that Spam is probably universal and it actually has an expiration date. Good start!"

It's hard to tell if he's being serious or not.
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)


[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-12 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
Fun fact: Strange has absolutely no idea what Mimikyu's name is because he's an idiot and hasn't actually looked at the Pokedex entry for the thing, instead giving the various ghost Pokemon in the haunted megamart names of people he knew back home. So obviously Foster has a tiny version of the Pokemon named the Duke of Wellington.

Haunter can't help but light up a little as it spots the Mimikyu. This was a Mimikyu, the totem Pokemon here was a Mimikyu, surely this little guy would enjoy being scared also, right? So before Strange can do anything, Haunter floats on over towards Foster and Mimikyu, remaining invisible in the process. It pushes a nearby shopping cart towards Foster and Mimikyu, having the time of it's life.

Strange is still behind the shelves, mostly hidden from view, shaking his head slightly at Haunter's antics. He sighs a little (which is a bit audible, not that he realizes) before muttering a spell under his breath. A light fog starts to settle inside the building, in an attempt to make the atmosphere just a little bit more spooky. Hey, if Haunter wants to have fun trying to scare the shit out of the Mimikyu (and by extension, Foster) then Strange isn't going to ruin the mood!
control_freak: (Everything will go tonight)

Grocery stores actually refer to them as 'bascarts' and it's the worst word, I hate it

[personal profile] control_freak 2017-04-14 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
Honestly, Mimikyu still doesn't have a name--Foster, at most, refers to it simply as 'it.' It resents him heavily for this, but since their stalemate, there's been no way to exact retribution.

Well, none until now.

As the shopping cart comes into view, Mimikyu vanishes--seemingly into the ground, but actually into Foster's shadow, distracting him just long enough for the trolley to barely miss him in passing. It's a near miss, and just startling enough to make him flinch. Just a little.

Not that it would have hurt him any, but...

That, in conjunction with the gathering fog, really puts him on edge.

It puts him even more on edge when, upon turning around to find the source of the 'haunted' trolley, he discovers Mimikyu is, for all intents and purposes, 'gone.'

Even if, as he assumes, Mimikyu has just rejoined with his shadow...

No--no, he understands now. There's a simple solution.

"If you want to scare me, then scare me! Terrify me! Show me what it means to experience fear!"

He begins walking in the direction of the trolley's origin, his voice rising as he spreads his hands wide--as though inviting whatever this new haunting for is to come and show its worst.

Nothing like daring the world to harm you to test its hand.... right?
Edited (How many edits can I do to one tag) 2017-04-14 14:24 (UTC)
kingsroads: (YAY RASH DECISIONS!!!)

we call them buggies in my neck of the woods which is equally undignified

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-14 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Strange can't help but laugh at that, a bright and triumphant laugh. Terrify him? Uh hell yeah he's gonna try and terrify Foster, this'll be fun! The laughter definitely gives away his hiding spot but Strange, wide grin on his face, casts another spell. The next time he speaks, the wind carries his words to Foster, as if Strange is standing closer to the man than he actually is.

"If you insist!"

Again, Strange has forgotten the fact that his voice is actually recognizable to begin with. Whoops.

Haunter, still invisible, is having the time of it's Pokemon life, as he flits from conveyor belt to conveyor belt, turning them on. It takes a moment for the electronics to groan to life but when they do, the conveyor belts start running without any stop. At the same time, Strange mutters something under his breath and the temperature suddenly drops a few degrees. He can only do so much though, so the fog's stopped gathering. Everybody can still see though it, but the fog obscures part of Foster's vision--and, though he hasn't realized it yet, part of Strange's as well. He needs ghost practice.
control_freak: (Everything will go tonight)

[personal profile] control_freak 2017-04-18 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
Recognition? Foster doesn't even know her!

Which is to say, his memory isn't great, especially without context to place things--faces, voices, people, places. And it's a lot worse under stress. Mimikyu isn't having any of it, though. Foster freezes in place--tensed, ready--to fight? to run? to throw himself directly into something painful? If there is to be fear, there must be a threat. Fear of the unknown is only fear of an unseen threat--unseen, unfelt, but potentially very real. Leave it to Foster, then to take Strange's agreement as its own challenge--walking all-too-eagerly and bright-eyed into the chilling fog.

And it is Mimikyu who tracks Strange's voice to its source, slithering along the shadows like an incorporeal serpent.

Strange's own shadow ripples--a bulge, a shape, a taloned hand erupting from it to seize him by the ankle.

kingsroads: (well drat now)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-18 05:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Strange's heart leaps as Mimikyu grabs his ankle. He visibly starts at the feeling of a hand around his ankle and quickly tries to yank his ankle away...before common sense returns. Having hung around ghosts all day, he quickly realizes ah, wait a moment, this is probably one of the ghosts. That's to be expected.

"I wonder which one are you?" he asks, under his breath, as he bends down slightly to try and pry that hand off of his ankle.

The fog's still lurking and the temperature's still colder, but Strange isn't doing any other magic right now, what with being too concerned about the ghost in his shadow. So, the scariness falls to Haunter, who knocks a few more cans off of the shelves.