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

⇨ ALOLA

Who: EVERYONE.
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.

IT'S A POKEMON WORLD

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.

MELEMELE ISLAND
[MELEMELE DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU KOKO] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.

AKALA ISLAND
[AKALA DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU LELE] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.

ULA'ULA ISLAND
[ULA'ULA DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU BULU] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.

PONI ISLAND
[PONI DETAIL MAP] [GUARDIAN DEITY TAPU FINI] [WIKI LINK]

► 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.
fragileandsoft: (yeah i'm clueless but no more than usual)

Greg Universe | open

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
A. Melemele (Day 73-74)

The weather is warm and pleasant, the view of the sea is lovely from this high up, the smell of fresh ripe berries and blooming tropical flowers fills the air. All this comes in stark contrast to the Yungoos's claws prodding a little too eagerly at Greg's shins.

"Ow, owow, hey, you already got some, don't get greedy, all right? Woaaah, gimme some space, bud." He waves off a Cutiefly trying to sneak its way closer by perching on his shoulder, while an impatient Chikorita rears on its back legs to try nipping at the bottom of the bag in Greg's hands. "Come on, guys, wait your turn, there's plenty if you just--no!"

Greg hadn't planned on gaining this little entourage of Pokemon around him--he hadn't even bought any Pokeballs in town. All he'd wanted was to enjoy the nice view and chow down on all these malasadas he'd splurged on, and what's the harm in sharing a bit with curious Pokemon who came close? (The harm is he's going to get bowled over at this rate if someone doesn't come and help, is what.)

B. Akala (Day 76)

He stares over the list he's been handed. "Mushrooms, berries, seeds... we're just... foraging?" He'd heard these trials were supposed to be pretty tough, but this didn't sound so bad at all. Sure, the thick jungle foliage has turned the day to darkness, and already the humidity has soaked through his clothes, but being around all this plantlife makes Greg feel... nice. Energized. Hidden under his glamour, the flowers growing in his hair are blooming in the perfect environment.

Greg's nostrils flare, and the smells of the Lush Jungle feel sharper. "Yeah... yeah. We can do this. It'll be fun."

C. Carnival Grounds (closed)

Greg really hadn't planned on making a habit out of it--warning people away from carnival activities. It started with only purest intentions, truly. He catches a frustrated kid in a skull outfit on the verge of making a little property damage, he cuts in and points them to the hammer game to blow off steam. A giggling couple would ask which way to the dunk tank, and he'd point them instead towards games a little less rigged.

Before long, Greg realizes he's overemphasizing the importance of ticket management to any patron he speaks with. He points out which games they can afford, and reminds them to always double-check the cost. He's not sure when that habit started, but he sure knows the source. It's only right, isn't it? Things have progressed past him getting bitter over his employment. People have gotten hurt, nearly killed. Warning people away from working here is the least he can do. Heck, better to avoid bringing up the carnival at all to anyone he meets out on the islands.

After that, Greg gets a little more active in his helpfulness. He keeps an eye out for anyone who looks unsure where to go next, and starts the conversation himself. He starts keeping an extra roll of tickets on him to let people do quick exchanges when running low. Before the performance week is through, he's started butting in on any conversation veering towards payment or I.O.U.s, commenting a little too loudly on the killer interest rates around here. The pointed stares from interrupted workers is blithely and pleasantly ignored. Don't mind him. He's just fixing the lights.
lordofthering: (homewrecker)

C is for Carnival Grounds

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
Maybe it won't be a surprise, then, when he gets a call from the Ringmaster on his radio towards the end of the performance week, asking for him to meet her in her office. The words are somewhat terse, and not very lenient in terms of schedule. This is something that isn't optional.

When he comes, she'll be waiting at the desk in her tent. She remembers that the last time he came in here, it was because he wanted to be friendly towards her. Apparently he didn't mean it after all!

Though only time will tell.

"Sit," she'll say once he enters, and leave it at that for now. She wonders if he knows why he's here.
fragileandsoft: (can't fly)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
Greg sits as told, without protest. He's already sweating--from the hot Alolan sun, probably. As far as anyone else knows.

It doesn't take too much to guess at why he might get called in. He hasn't forgotten Psiionic's warnings early in his employment here, and it's not as though the Ringmaster has had many other reasons to call on Greg before. He seriously doubts there's another local king he has to make nice with, anyway.

"What's up, boss?"
lordofthering: (trendsetter)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 04:51 am (UTC)(link)
"I've noticed your behaviour this week," she says. Is she being ambiguous on purpose? It's not clear. "But before I go on..."

She presses her palms together, and then points them at him.

"Do you know why you're here?"
fragileandsoft: (longjohns in a twist)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
Greg swallows, and looks down at his lap. He keeps his eyes on his tightly folded hands, and opens his mouth to answer--

He catches himself, and stops. With a frown, he raises his head. His heart's going a mile a minute, but he meets the Ringmaster's gaze.

"I think so. But I think you should explain it to me, if you could."
starseedling: (about our presidential candidates)

B!

[personal profile] starseedling 2017-03-27 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
Steven is looking similarly perky as they pass through the trees, his dad looking over the list of what he needs. His mossy fur feels all the more vibrant and plush with the humidity of the jungle, and an extra rose or two is already starting to bloom in his hair. There is some tension in the air of the forest, but the flora feels well nourished, at the very least.

He follows after Greg, looking around in amazement. He doesn't have any Pokemon to his name at this point, so he's just going through to stick with his dad. The refs didn't seem to have too much of a problem with that, anyway.

"Yeah!" Steven agrees. He knows he's gotta leave this to Greg mostly, but that doesn't mean he can't be supportive. "You guys can hunt, and I'll keep a look out!"
lordofthering: (nametaker)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 05:05 am (UTC)(link)
Interesting look, there. She feels like he's trying to get at something with the way he's saying that, and so she purposefully straightens her back as she gives him a direct answer.

"You've been doing your best to prevent the natural cause and effect of other people's carelessness. I comprehend your reasons for doing so, but you must be aware that kind of thing is against the rules of the carnival."
fragileandsoft: (this one time at band camp)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 05:20 am (UTC)(link)
If Greg were a clever man, he could try and claim otherwise. She'd been awfully cheeky and roundabout on the subject when they'd spoken about it, and if he were smarter he could work his way around a loophole that says he's done nothing wrong.

But Greg knows he's not a clever man, and can't beat her at that game. Trying would only undermine his effort. And, in the end, he hasn't done anything wrong, rule or no.

"Yeah. That got mentioned at some point." He sits up in his chair a little. "I--" His voice cracks, and he clears his throat. "I just think... with how things are, that rule is in... in pretty poor form."
lordofthering: (homewrecker)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 05:32 am (UTC)(link)
"Nothing has changed," she says, firmly. This is not a subject for discussion.
fragileandsoft: (nice butt)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
Ahead of them, a little high-pitched call cuts through the grass. The Chikorita who's buddied up with Greg is brimming with even more energy than the two of them, the atmosphere pushing it to rush ahead.

"Slow down, little man, we gotta stick together!" Greg's not entirely sure what to make of the Pokemon yet, but... well, he wouldn't have signed up for this whole trial business if he weren't fond enough to keep him around. "Wouldn't want to get lost in a place like this."

A leaf twists in the grass--after a second, Greg realizes it's the one atop Chikorita's head--and he hears a squeaky little growl of impatience. "I think if he had his way, he'd do the whole thing himself."
Edited 2017-03-27 07:36 (UTC)
fragileandsoft: (nearing a limit)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 05:42 am (UTC)(link)
Greg's body tenses. His nostrils flare as he takes in a breath. He had thought as much, but expected she would at least make the effort to dress it up better.

"So it's always been this dangerous?" He straightens up in his chair. "You always knew things could go like they did in Celebration?" Sweat trickles down his brow, but he doesn't break eye contact. "And you still think your rules are fair?"
lordofthering: (giantkiller)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 05:49 am (UTC)(link)
"What?" she demands, honestly caught off guard. "No! I had no idea that the Celebration had become so toxic, or that the vampires would even be capable of following us at that point! It has been centuries since the last conflict of this magnitude occurred..."

Now it's her turn to get mad.

"Is that how you live? At the first sign of trouble, you simply quit your ambitions forever?"
fragileandsoft: (boooo you ruined the song)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 05:57 am (UTC)(link)
His jaw remains tense for a moment, before he lets that tight breath out. He waits another long breath to pick his words before speaking.

"If the first sign of trouble were aimed at the people around me, I'd make sure they know about it." He crosses his arms. "I'm not asking you to change anything, but you can't expect me to let people walk into this blindly."
Edited 2017-03-27 07:31 (UTC)
lordofthering: (nametaker)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 06:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"Actually, I can," she says. "On account of it's none of your business. You should feel lucky that my terms offer the means for such a short repayment... you lot really don't know how good you have it."

Which is a point of constant frustration for her. It's hard to see how much of a saint she is when they haven't seen just how awful it could be.

"Trouble may come for you here, but the same could happen on your homeworld! The only difference is that here you have the means to seize control of your destiny in ways you never could have before."
otoko: (o3o)

GONGENZAKA | OTA

[personal profile] otoko 2017-03-27 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
[Do These Shorts Make My Tail Look Big]

[While it hasn't been long since he was wearing clothes as a 'person', it's a little strange to do so under glamor rather than as a digital being. Gongenzaka himself still feels aware of his fur, and his extra legs-yet, as he tries to do good by the Ringmaster's request that they 'blend in' nothing he tries on doesn't...fit.

It just sort of changes itself around, rather like how he's even getting into the store to begin with. He thinks he's done a good job? Obviously, he is keeping his sashes. Those are a must. In the end though...he settles on a simple t-shirt and shorts. It works best, and in this heat, it's already warm enough being furred. He's half tempted to see if going shirtless would be acceptable...

In fact, anyone passing as he walks out of the store will notice that Gongenzaka seems a little out of it...

...He should probably get some water actually...
]

[A Breath of Rain]

[This is far better. Poni Island is a bit of a dead-zone, but it is a rainy dead zone, especially on their neighboring islet. Gongenzaka isn't visiting Execcutor Isle, but he is at least wandering the grasslands now-at least until it starts to rain. Even he can only handle the falling rain water so much, and while he's managed to somehow avoid wild pokemon thus far, it seems he's going to have to leave the 'beaten path' now.

So he finds some trees, their branches just covering a nearby mound of stone and dirt, and sits there to wait out the more brutal part of the storm.

That is...when he realizes he is being stared at.
] Hmm?

[...Stared at by what seems to be a tiny pink and blue ball of fluff with an underbite, the thing's wide eyes looking over where his glamor's head should be.

And where his actual head is. ...Erm.
] Auh...h...hello little one... [Carefully, he tries not to reach out or do anything sudden-he had been warned at the docks that most creatures here were very strong, and appearances were always misleading, so-]

Sn...SNUAHHH..!

[Annnnnnd now there's a puppy running over and worming its way under his forelegs, glamor be damned.] HMM!? W-What?!

SNnnnnuuhhh~

I-I, the man Gongenzaka, am not what you think-

[No use. The Fluffy Puppy must snuggle and sleep.

Gongenzaka merely sighs in the end, and crosses his arms. Well, he supposes at least while it rains, it's fine...
]

[GOIN' ON A GHOST HUNT]

[In the end, 'Suzu'-so named because every now and then as they were running from something that set them on fire/shocked them/froze them, he'd hear her make a 'bell ringing' sound-stuck with him. She followed him all the way to the Seaside village, at which point a rather kindly old woman handed him a bright red pokeball and noted that it might be an idea to give the little one some rest.

...So he supposed that Suzu was 'his' now.

They travelled off island from there, heading for 'Ula-Ula', and after some wandering and walking, well...
]

....Keep...very quiet, Suzu-chan...

Snnahhh...

[Well, now they're wandering around in an abandoned Thrifty Megamart. Supposedly there's lots of ghost pokemon here. Which he supposed, meant this place was haunted.

testofcouragetestofcourageit'satestofcourage-
] Very....very quiet...

Bull...

[Please god no one sneak up on them-]

[Home Again, Home Again-]

[Well, 'Suzu' is very wide eyed now.] Sahh, Suzu-chan, this is where we live... [It's just a trip back for bed; they admittedly did a bit of camping out for the sake of the 'Trial', but that just means they absolutely need their rest. Especially since once the gates open for patrons, it'll be Work Time!

So now the Snubbull is pouring over the trailer.
] If you wish, naturally, I, the man Gongenzaka, will not confine you to the pokeball...

Snnnahhhhhhh?

[The conversation continues along these sorts of lines all over the Carnival grounds-with Suzu the Snubbull staring, Gongenzaka rambling as if it understands, and...Suzu the Snubbull staring at anyone who works there as if they're the greatest things she's ever seen.

WOWW....POKEMON POKEMONTRAINERS...
]
fragileandsoft: (forgot for a second everyone hates me)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's not a short repayment if people die, boss." He sits back in his chair, rubbing his forehead. He shouldn't have snapped like that before... he's more scared than he realized. "I'm not complaining about the repayment. But if people get taken out just for getting stuck at a job they don't want, and they can never go home... that's just not a fair deal.

"I want to believe you that this kind of thing is rare. But unless you can explain to me why that risk is more important than lives, I just can't let it be."
lordofthering: (homewrecker)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's not as if the actions of outside forces are my fault or responsibility!" she says, as if Greg is being totally unreasonable. "Some of you talk as if I asked these creatures to chase us around, or as if I did nothing to try to stop them! I put my own life on the line to try to ensure the safety of this carnival."

"Which - by the way - you are not actually entitled to! But yet, I do it out of the kindness of my heart. Are you always this intent on blaming the victim?"
raynos: (oh hey 'sup)

GHOST HUNTERS INTERDIMENSIONAL

[personal profile] raynos 2017-03-27 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[POKEGOD DOES NOT HEED YOUR PRAYERS, GONGENZAKA.

There's a fluttering of leathery wings, and then - ]


Oh, hey. I didn't know there was anyone else here.

[It's a Jamie, accompanied by a lone Zubat that's flapping around him attentively. The boy is dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, long pants, a hat and gloves despite the tropical climate, but doesn't look the least bit distressed. Nor does he seem too put-off by the supposedly haunted building they're in.

He also...doesn't seem terribly aware of Gongenzaka's nervous tension. Sorry Gon.]
fragileandsoft: (essentially dead inside)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 07:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm not trying to accuse you." He means it, really. "I know you didn't want this, and I'm sure you would have stopped it if you could." He scratches at his hair with a sigh. "But you couldn't, because it was out of your control. You can't say for sure things outside this carnival aren't going to come after us again. That's what has me worried."
lordofthering: (smoothtalker)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Well, of course not!" she says. "Do you have any idea how surprising the multiverse is? And I do not make promises I can't keep... it is impossible to absolutely guarantee the safety of anyone! Even me."

She leans back, looking annoyed as she goes on talking.

"If I had safety as my top priority, I'd most effectively do that by turning you all into objects and depriving you of your freedom and ability to make mistakes. You'll note that while the flaws in my warding caught me off guard, it was not my actions that brought those Agents upon us. You were all informed of the potential dangers, and it was your choices that resulted in gaining their interest..."
Edited 2017-03-27 20:08 (UTC)
insidescoop: (BWAUUUHHHHHHH)

CARLY | OTA

[personal profile] insidescoop 2017-03-27 08:14 pm (UTC)(link)
[A Tale of Woe]

[Carly has thus far done her job fairly well. Day one of scouting and she had a pokedex, some information on basic medical care for pokemon, basic information on...Pokemon in general...one would think she's currently a good image for the Nightrunners!]

AAahh...aAUUAaaAAAAAHHHHHHHHH-

[Except right now.

Carly looks to her current travel companion with absolute rivers of tears running from her eyes, pointing toward the cubone some distance away in the volcanic brush. It doesn't seem to be minding anything aside from its own business, but Carly had taken the opportunity to take a scan with the pokedex and...well...
]

L...LAMBERT, IT HAS NO PARENTS..!! It's a defenseless little baby that's so sad..!!

[This is what he has to put up with.]

[A 'REFRESHING' INTERMISSION]

Hmmm-hmm-hmmm~ [Well, now that this Cubone-currently called 'Nuna'-has been safely caught in a brilliant black and gold 'luxury ball'-Carly is taking every chance she gets to make good use of a little bag that's been steadily gaining weight each time they stop at a Pokemon Center. The thing about Pokemon Centers here is that they have cafes. Which means Coffee. And, since she brings little Nuna everywhere now...]

'Ohh! What a cute pokemon-here, have some Poke-beans.'

Hahhh, thank you~

[She's got a lot of these weird beans. And Nuna likes eating them, so that's even better! The little one gets to eat them whenever they can, and whenever they come out of a battle the first thing that happens is pets and a wipe down with a towel and-

Come to think, watching Carly pull out a portable hair dryer is probably making it Pretty Clear that Nuna is...Spoiled rotten to put it gently.
] Hmnnn, I wonder if you'd look good with ribbons...

[Absolutely Rotten.]

[A Tale of WOW]

'Vikavolt', the 'Stag Beetle' pokemon... Hmnn! Okay, Nuna! Let's go!

[This trial hasn't been so bad. The idea had been that they were just going to summon what was called a 'Totem Pokemon' right to them so they didn't have to find it, of course, but a black-out wasn't too hard for her these days. She could TAKE IT. And so could Nuna! Against electric attacks, she'd be fine, and so far all these bugs were going down easy under her bone club!] It's still electric type, so don't worry!

[...There's just one problem, now that they're fighting the Totem.]

...Nuna?

Nuu! Nnnnn-U!

[Vikavolt's ability is 'Levitate'. Now that the bone attack-or 'ground' attack can't hit, it doesn't matter that Nuna's immune to the electric attacks. Now that bug can just start chipping away with other moves, and nothing Nuna's throwing can hit-leaving Carly frantic as she shouts to the poor thing.] N-Nuna..! Nuna, you can do it..! Use a headbutt..!! You can still headbutt..!

[She can, but it still misses. And the bug gets faster, and faster, and faster...

Until finally at the brink of the battle, something miraculous happens.

Nuna 'glows'. Before Carly's very eyes the pokemon changes form, brown hide going black and grey, their helm seeming to fuse with their face.
]

MMMARROWWWWW..!

[And suddenly, after one slight hit, the Vikavolt can't use that bug move any more.] H...HAHHHHHH-!

[Of course, it also means they just lost the electric immunity, but...] Q-Quickly, Nuna..! While you can..!

[It seems Nuna at least has something of an advantage now that they've evolved-

And with a flame wheel, that bug goes DOWN.
] H-

Hhahahhaaaaa... You did it..!~ Nunaaaa, you did it~~

[They are So Celebrating now-and to that end, everyone can find these two at the nearest Malasada shop, both seated and eating some deep-fried pastries.]
fragileandsoft: (longjohns in a twist)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"You still haven't answered my question."

There's no point arguing whose fault any of this is or isn't. None of that is what he cares about.

"What're you're trying to do that's so important that I can't warn people who might get hurt?"

He can accept safety isn't her priority. But that shouldn't mean it can't be his.
lordofthering: (gloryhunter)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm allowing people to be free!" she says, with great emphasis, leaning forward onto her desk. Her eyes smolder. "Some of my best, my longest served and most loyal, would never have joined me if it had initially been their decision to bear. Responsibility, passivity, fear... all of our guests are bound by that, whether they realize it or not. Yet, with that initial bridge crossed with my assistance, they can see a world outside of the one they were born into. One they would never have dared to discover otherwise."

"I make one choice for them, and then the rest are all theirs. Allowing for their own actions to lead them here is the closest thing to a compromise I could expect."
fragileandsoft: (vague but constant state of concern)

[personal profile] fragileandsoft 2017-03-27 09:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Greg leans a little back in his chair, as if that'll help with her intense gaze. He swallows, and considers.

"I guess... that is pretty impressive. And there are a lot of people who seem to like it here." Admittedly, most of the veterans seem more tired than happy, but maybe that's just how Greg sees it. "You offer a good refuge to those who want it. And you don't have to give us all the freedom you do."

His hands are shaky and his palms are sweating, but he meets her eyes. "So--so, I've made my own choice. That you let me have. And I'm choosing to let more people make theirs."
lordofthering: (giantkiller)

[personal profile] lordofthering 2017-03-27 09:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"No!" she says, banging her desk with her fist. "You're not letting them make their own choices, you're interfering with their paths. Did you not understand what I just told you?"

She thinks he must have, but not in the way she intended. It's extremely vexing.

"You've taken it too far and I cannot allow it."