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>What is this?
"The Mystery Dungeons" is a text-based role-playing game created to expand on the setting created by the spinoff series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (particularly Explorers of Sky). Players isekai themselves into the world and become Pokémon, going on adventures with their newfound guildmates! SFW ONLY

>I'd like to participate!
Always feel free to join in to see if it will stick with you. People come and go as they please, but there are plenty of regulars, including artists and writers. Outside of the main quests hosted here on /qst/ twice a week, a majority of side quests, lore, and role play happen almost all the time on the Element!

>How do I play?
First, fate must decide which Pokémon you become: https://randompokemon.com

Settings to Use: Generate 1, All Regions, All Types, all boxes checked (natures optional if you feel like giving your pokemon a little extra in characterization).
Take a screenshot so we know you probably weren't lying—admittedly while rerolling is frowned upon, no one has any real issue with it—after all, it's just you and your consciousness to deal with!
Alternatively, if you're feeling much more truthful, go ahead and roll in the thread for your pokemon! (1d905). Some legendaries and mythicals have been dropped from the available roster. Assume that the box art legendaries are unavailable.

> Okay, now what?
Join the Element and read the sticky, it has the (almost) complete starter guide! It'll show you how to set up your character profile, create locations to play in, and record the lore of your exploits: https://matrix.to/#/#themysterydungeons:matrix.org

A majority of side quests, lore, and role play happen here! Otherwise, the two (usually) weekly sessions push the main stories along.

If you feel you might need help, feel free to ask!

Our next LIVE main adventures start on Tuesdays and Saturdays around 6:30PM CST in this thread!
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>>5262293
claimed for me
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Mistral has been assaulted by Sirocco the Vulpix, a doppelganger conjured from the scant rejected shadows of his personality. She had aimed to take his life and memories in hopes of becoming a complete entity! Now that her assassination has been twarted, she and her team has since fled into into the drafty Windswept Weald. Too busy collecting time gears to apprehend the outlaw among their ranks, the Sol Guild has left the task of bringing the attacker to justice to Lost Hope...

Episode 22: The Two-fox Turnabout
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>>5262293
"Time to bring her to justice. Watch the smoke bombs when we find her."

Citrine swaps his Steelium Z for his Groundium Z in storage.
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>>5262428
>Twarted
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>>5262432
"I'll do my best. Hopefully my horns can still hear though any dust cloud."
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>>5262428
"Ready for action!"
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

Astor vibes
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>>5262428
>awaken
best be prepared for anyhing that can happen. I got some new tricks too to help with the dust!
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>>5262440
"Good to hear! I got something if she uses any decoy orbs too."
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>>5262428
Maroon is furious. Fire pours out from his jaws like burning drool as low growl rumbles in his chest and the air around him distorts from the heat.
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It's brisk out here! It takes a conscious effort just to plant your feet in place, and the lightest of youu manage to slide around in the wind a fair bit, anyway... Sable and Citrine can see just as well as anywhere else, but for everyone else, it's getting hard to keep your eyes open in the gusts...
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5262443
"AYAYAYAY! HOLD ME DOWN, LANCES!"
*Cava's trying not to get blown away.
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>>5262443
"This is fine."
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Rolled 13 (1d20)

>>5262443
"My...Hard to even use my horns in this wind..."
>Catch Cava!
"CAVA!"
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>>5262444
>444
Ayo, trips of truth?
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>>5262428
"I'm not sure how much I should be participating in this. I fear I might be... biased in some form. I'll have to hang back for now." Mistral takes a step back behind the party. "Backseat general, here we gooo."
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>>5262443
"I shouldn't have brought my hat..."
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5262443
>castform is RIGHT at home!
>he rolls to keep balance anyway
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>>5262443
Maroon trudges against the billowing winds, sticking close to his boss and close friend, Mistral.
"You shouldn't have come here, Jarl," he growls.
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Rolled 1 (1d6)

>Non-character limit name: Lord Kingdra(Possessed) The 108th Scion Of The Royal House And Hegemon Of All Who Share His Blue Of Sky Or Sea Long May His Rain Be!(Team Storm Leader? Level 45?)

>>5262443
Forced from a nap at the bottom of HQ's lake, a familiar face flies highest above the others, haughtily delivering a rousing speech from on high.
"Very good, our peons! How dare this, um... person... do what...

...

she? did?"
Lord Kingdra takes a moment to down a single grape from his limitless and useless stash, only for the wind to blow it away.
"You will not remain free for long, gale."
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>>5262443
*Trying not to be bothered by the wind*
"We've handled worse!"
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>>5262449
>>5262453

"I'll cover for him best I can. She won't be expecting the ace up my sleeve. I don't have sleeves. Not the point!"
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why don't you all try to roll for something to hold onto?
Castform and Scav are sent flying through the air...
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>>5262454
"OH! Hello! Who are you?"
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Rolled 9 (1d20)

>>5262458
(i am a rock i am a rock i am a rock)
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Rolled 11 (1d11)

>>5262454
Spiritomb is staring at the ground with their Odd Keystone sideways on the ground. They keep slightly adjusting their position in the wind.
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5262458
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>>5262458
>Sable digs underground to escape the wind.
Are we under a tornado advisory?
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>>5262459
"Impudent slug! We are Lord Kingdra, known throughout the..."
He pauses for a moment. Did he even gather intel before trying this?
"...and don't you forget it!"
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5262458
>castform is having the time of his life being thrown around
>but he can't be with the rest of the group like this! stablize floating!
>>5262454
hey LK! it's been a while!
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>>5262454
"LK?!?!"
>>5262461
"Hi, Spiritomb."
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>>5262466
"HA! Well, nice to meet you! My name is Charles."
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5262458
"I cast spell of "Oh god, why is it so windy?"!" Poli looks for something to cling to instead.
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>>5262470
>castform rockets past
hey poli! bye poli!
>and he's gone back into the air
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5262468
>>5262467
>>5262469
"Mm, yes... We are pleased to see our subjects do us homage."
He tries another grape, but can't steady himself at the same time.

>>5262468
"We know how to make a deal, we've been around the block."
Spiritomb's "neck" changes shape a little as they scoot over and turn slightly.
"We're aiming for green, or perhaps gold too... 432 of it to be precise."
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5262458
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Charles's newfound build and reach allows him to pluck Scav straight out of the air, and achor himself to the ground with slime. Most of the rest of you manage to find trees to cling to while Sable digs underground, but Poli and Citrine are starting to fall back in the wind...
All of you notice a web across the ground ahead a few feral Gligar and and Whimsicott are using to get around unimpeded. You could do it too, but a sticky web could leave you vulnerable, and you'd have to find another way to get through the wind otherwise...
>Join the fun
>Player Choice
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>>5262473
"OH! Spiritomb! Hello!"
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5262475

>Player Choice: Forge on anyway, not using the web

Citrine tries his best to force himself forwards. He is a rock.
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262475
>Player Choice: Goo Bridge over the web!
"Let me try and make this a little easier on us!"
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5262475
"Maybe if I think REALLY hard about the floor, I can get back to it..."
Poli... uh... thinks real hard about the floor.
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>>5262475
>Sable is underground
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5262475
>Player Choice
*Ymir tries to fight the wind, he's a heavy weight after all*
"No...breeze can...stop meeeaaaaaaa!"
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5262475
>Player Choice:
"Grrr!" Suddenly the muscles in Maroon's bulge and glow hot red with power, he uses Superpower to dig his paws into the ground and crawl forward!
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Rolled 2 (1d20)

>>5262473
LK, charles is a member of team storm too, incredibly durable. I'm sure you'll enjoy having a dragon on our side!
>castform notices tomb
hey spiritomb! is it just me or do you have one less dot than normal
>>5262475
>player choice
>become the wind, try to turn this breeze into a tailwind for us!
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>>5262473
"Good afternoon shady salesman"
>>5262475
"Weeeeeee"
>Join the fun
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Rolled 13 (1d20)

>>5262476
Spiritomb waves, then glances at their Odd Keystone and changes the shape of their "neck" again. They lick it and watch which way the ectoplasm flies, then resume their adjustments.

>>5262475
>Player Choice
"WE will not trudge through the silk with their ilk. See you all on the other side."
Lord Kingdra does what seahorses do best and tries to cling to the ground with his tail. Best is a relative term for seahorses.

>>5262485
>>5262486
"We feel the usual amount of empty."
Spiritomb squats down and lies on their side while examining the ground. They get up and do a few practice swings, cutting through the wind.
"Fore... thirty two. Each."
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262475
*Cava is back.
>>5262454
"KINGDRAAAA!?"
*Cava then proceeds to forget about him, and attempts to Flash Cannon jump in order to propel himself forward.
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>>5262492
"Today i want 40 boxes dear friend"
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>>5262485
Bind
>joins the fun
>>5262485
Congradulations! you've become the wind! You are now flying very quickly in the wrong direction away from everyone.
>>5262486
Astor also jumps into the sticky web.
>>5262477
A bit too much surface area it seems. You can't step well enough to move anywhere you want...

Everyone else manages to dig in and move along just fine. About halfway through the web however, Astor and Bind cling to a string connected to a dense bush. A clicking sound can be heard from it as they put their weight on on the string, and immediately the bush erupts into flames! There must have been one of Sirocco's bombs planted within. The howling winds spread it to the entire web surrounding Bind and Astor in seconds! It's a fair bit too sticky to just get off...
What do?
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>>5262503
>Sable grabs Bind and Astor from underground
GET IN THE TUNNEL!
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Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5262492
"Ohayo 'Tomb! Where the heck was Lord Kingdra anyway!?"
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5262503
>WRONG WAY WRONG WAY WRONG WAY!
>time for plan B! let's change the direction of the wind without care for which way it goes!
>Castform used hurricane!
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262503
Citrine tries to smother the fire, summoning Sandstorm. He's a genius. Rain is not real.
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5262506
>ok here's your roll
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Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5262503
"Let me try a new move"
Astor uses Tailwind to get free!
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Rolled 2 (1d20)

>>5262503
"Fire fighter Ymir on the way!"
*Ymir uses Muddy Water to take out the flames*
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>>5262507
i did not mean to roll but thanks rng for the 20 i think
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>>5262503
"Oh Jeez! Is everyone ok?"
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262503
>>5262513
>Use Acid Spray to evaporate the flames!
"Hold on Ymir!"
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>>5262502
>>5262468
>>5262476
>>5262485
>>5262486
>>5262507
Spiritomb does the usual exchanging, then switches to a putter. The forbidden box is positioned in the wind and Spiritomb winds up their Odd Keystone for the stroke, only to switch to a driver at the last second and rapid-fire swing at the boxes! They fly off into the distance, but this was just calibration and the wind takes the boxes back to their purchasers.
"Ah, a hole in 108. Our favorite high score."
They gone.

>>5262503
Lord Kingdra does not do.
"The peon pecking order seems to be being established."
Pleased with not being flamed, Lord Kingdra continues ahead undeterred.
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>>5262520
"Wait Spiritomb! Can I have 15 Boxes please?"
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>>5262520
>>5262522
An actual golf ball this time! It has "yes" written in ectoplasm, then blows away and 15 additional forbidden boxes appear.

SUMMARY:
Astor[41 Pool 11]: -17280 pokecoins
Charles[16 Pool 11]: -6480 pokecoins
Citrine[1 Pool 11] -0 pokecoins
Castform[1 pool 11] -0 pokecoins
Cava[1 pool 11] -0 pokecoins

Total forbidden boxes purchased: 60 boxes

(rolls later)
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>>5262506
Sab manages to grab Bind and slash the webbing he's stuck in before he can be burned for more than a smidge of health.
>>5262507
Scav's emphatic waving incidentally swats a cottonnee out of the air, unconscious. He gets 75 XP for the KO.
>>5262508
He sure is a cloud fighting the wind! Hurricane does put him in the right direction, at least.
>>5262510
Citrine's sandstorm swaps one hazard for another, but the wild gligar seem appreciative.
>>5262512
Astor's wingbeats harder than he ever has before, with no prompting! His powerful beats neutralize the wind long enough for everyone to vacate the trap and move on...
>>5262513
Ymir coughs up about a pint of mud. It puts out a small ember next to him.
>>5262519
Charles' Acid spray melts the rest of the web before it can burn and create more smoke!
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>>5262534
Charles? LK? can you lend a hand?
>castform is making his way back to the rest of the group
>slowly, but surely.
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5262535
>>5262534
>Use Goo to lasso Castfrom to the group!
"Hold on Cast!"
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Rolled 2 (1d20)

>>5262534
Astor grabs the weather ball and launches him out of the danger
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5262534
>Assist by doing nothing, somehow
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Rolled 17 (1d20)

>>5262534
>>5262535
With a groan, Lord Kingdra turns around.
"The full name, loyal servant... Oh, fine. We suppose you do have a royal favor or two saved up..."
With no limbs, Lord Kingdra tries and make Castform into a makeshift palanquin by grabbing Castform with his tail. Lord Kingdra thinks to himself.
"Someone of our stature deserves a body with proper limbs..."
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>>5262537
>>5262544
Charles' lasso pulls Cast back to the group while """"Kingdra's"""" tail prevents him from flying off again.
>>5262541
The wind picks up and only picks up Poli, who hasn't moved an inch since the group arrived.
https://youtu.be/tOyrp4IBWXA

The group presses on as the wind slowly returns to the dungeon after Astor's tailwind. They happen upon a group of three, pokemon chatting. it's Sirocco, with an Orbeetle and a Milotic! Must be her teammates they turn to face you...
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>>5262544
Thank you, Lord Kingdra the 108th Scion Of the Royal House And Hegemon Of All Who Share His Blue Of Sky Or Sea Long May His Rain Be.
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Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5262547
"Hey, you should, y'now, kill yourself right now!"
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>>5262547
"Found ya, asshole. Got friends in this excuse for a hideout?"
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>>5262547
"Well. Fancy meeting you all here."
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>>5262547
"Looks like they gone and evolved too, and made a couple friends! Doesn't change much were still kicking your tail."
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>>5262547
"So you've made some friends," Maroon growls.
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>>5262547
>castform is setting rain
Hey, bug and fish! have you ever seen a cloud shoot lasers at a criminal?
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>>5262547
>>5262548
"Ah yes, that will do, servant. "
Lord Kingdra contemplates another grape, but can't with Castform in his grip. He just glances at the three, then looks back to Castform.
"We trust you can take it from here against... um... Team VOM?"
He unhand/tails Castform.
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>>5262547
>Sable and Bind are enjoying a nice cup of apple juice in the tunnels he just dug under the group.
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>>5262548
>>5262560
"He's got quite the title does he?"
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>>5262547
"Oi! Is that Sirocco!?"
*To the enemy(?) team.
"You better hope that's not the same 'mon that tried to kill our friend!"
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>>5262560
Thank you. I'm not even sure these bandits count as a team.
>>5262564
indeed, almost too long to remember.
>cast remains close to his allies in case of getting blown away again.
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>>5262559
"I cannot say I have, and I hope not to see such things anytime soon, for your sakes. I humbly ask you explorers to please leave us alone. We have much to do before we can face society with Sirocco here again."
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>>5262568
...well there goes my other question.
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5262568
"No, really, you should run in fear before we beat the hell out of all of you"
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5262568
>Persuasion
"Now what sorta things might that be?"
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5262568
>Charles perceives if there is anything amiss
"Awful kind of you to ask first."
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>>5262568
". . . Sirocco threatened to kill my friend." He says blankly. "You want me to just turn around like that never happened?"
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>>5262562
"Ooh, this tastes like Galar Crisp! Wait, what were we doing again?"
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>>5262568
"Welp, that's our confirmation that that's Sirocco. Anyway, WHY shouldn't we not face you down in revenge for Sirocco's attempted assassination?"
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Rolled 13 (1d20)

>>5262567
Lord Kingdra basks in the rain.
"A suitable scenery. Your mood setting is passable."
That was apparently supposed to be a compliment.

>>5262568
"If you are looking for a royal pardon, you will be waiting longer than you can afford to."
>Intimidation roll
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SIrocco snarls, furious. "And you come all the way out here to fucking mock us, huh?" She steps forward but is stopped by a hand by her Orbeetle companion.

"Nonsense! They came all the way out here to be my brilliant new test subjects! Muahaha! It's much too perfect, Sirocco!" He raises his arms up and cackles some more. "You must not be aware, else you would be kowtowed by my shining radiance of a brain! I am Doctor Doppler, the greatest scientist you've ever known!"

He slaps down a plate on the ground. "Behold! My creation!" Doctor Doppler does a dance and jig in the air. "Muahahaha! You see placed in front of you is the work of my genius! It slipped my mind entirely what exactly it does... but should you step on it... muahahaha... such diabolical and terrible things shall befall you!"
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>>5262574
Uh........ I dont remember. You wanna go up and see what the guys are doing?
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>>5262579
". . ." Mistral turns to Mistral. "Permission to sick 'em?"
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5262579
"You mean like this?"
Astor hovers over the plate, trying not to touch it
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>>5262579
"Wow good thing we don't sound like that."
Lord Kingdra literally spits on this pathetic attempts to roll out the red carpet.
"We bet you are not even certified."
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>>5262579
Poli falls from the sky specifically to land on the trap... was that some kind of cosmic demonstration?
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>>5262579
"Mock you? Not at all. You're an attempted murderer and we're bringing you in. I don't care how insane your friends are."
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>>5262579
"What if we just...don't step on it?"
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>>5262579
"We wish to bring upon our own justice. Not mock you."
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>>5262579
...guys, permission to pull a pro gamer move?
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>>5262591
"Sure. Why not?"
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>>5262579
"You tried attacking our mate, that ain't gonna be taken lightly with us."
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Rolled 17 (1d20)

>>5262592
alright, let's do this!
>>5262579
>castform takes a deep breath, well aware of his target of the bug, and uses hurricane to throw his into his own trap!
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"Don't they need to fucking step on it, Doc?" Sirocco growls, raising a brow at him. "Why the hell would you tell them?"

"Of course!" Doctor Doppler smirks. "Transparency with testing is always good for a healthy scientist-to-lab-rattata relationship!"

She rolls her eyes. "Doc, they're not going to fucking step on it now."

>>5262589
"Drat!"

>>5262584
"Aha! Mimikyu's Law!" He points at the frog. "I have no idea what that is, I'm just saying they stepped on it! Muahahahaha!"

Poli can feel his get eviscerated from his body. A pain unlike any other. It's a burning, bright and white-hot pain that sears his very being.

5,000P slides out from his body, seemingly created from nothing...?

"The explode-your-soul-and-generate-wealth-from-it trap!? I should have known! How was it, insane frog? Muahahaha! I bet it was utterly dastardly!" Doctor Doppler cackles.
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>>5262579
"Oh dear, you've revealed The Turn..."
>>5262586
"We're not insane at all! Merely... unique. The unfortunate realities of this world have been harsh to Sirocco and the poor Doctor, and I won't have you insult them to satisfy your grudges."
>>5262593
"We mean much the same, if you try to pick a fight with us."
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>>5262597
"This just feels like what it feels like to drink the funny juice in my janitor's closet." Poli bounces on the trap over and over.
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>>5262597
"That's...That's a very interesting creation doctor."
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>>5262599
"SIROCCO TRIED TO MURDER OUR FRIEND????????"
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>>5262599
"...Let's calm down. Okay, so the reality's harsh on Sirocco, which is terrible. Losing one's memories is a terrible fate, but that doesn't change the fact that she tried to kill one of our friends. That cannot stand, no matter how tragic her story is."
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>>5262597
"...Doctor, I believe the trap was supposed to damage those who approach us..."
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>>5262599
"Erm...Sirocco tried to harm one of our friends first?"
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>>5262593
>>5262597
>>5262584
>>5262600
"Ah yes, the royal taste tester. As we suspected- garbage."

>>5262593
>>5262602
"Yes and she also burned our... crops..."
Lord Kingdra uncharacteristically trails off at the end.
"Submit yourself now, vulpine vixen, or be subject to... our subjects!"
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5262597
". . .I. . . I don't want to fight anyone more, but my craving for violence is still running high so. . . sorry, doctor."
Maroon runs at Doctor Dobbler and tries to ride him like a UFO.
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>>5262599
you do understand she broke into our home with murder explicitly in mind?
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Rolled 13 (1d20)

>>5262580
"Sure!" Bind tries to dig up to the surface, under the next voice he hears.
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Rolled 9 (1d20)

>>5262599
"Yeah, you should leave her here, she lied to you"
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>>5262611
ok, let's go!
>Sable digs out
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Bind surfaces right under Astor. "Oh, Sable, we found Sirocco. We can beat her up now!"
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>>5262615
>Sable surfaces next to Bind
Oh, neat!
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5262600
The trap is overloaded and promptly explodes.

"Clearly my genius has accounted for those who would be unaffected by having their soul exploded!" He points at the ruined plate. "For I had the foresight to install an automatic self-destruct switch to prevent weirdo masochists! Muahahaha!"

He did not. It just exploded because it could not handle Poli's strangeness.

>>5262609
"Aha! I also predicted that one of you would try to attack us so suddenly! Behold! My other creation!"

It's a giant fan. Where was he hiding this thing? He clicks a button on the back and it roars to life, spinning chaotically and erratically as he's laughing like the madman he is. Maroon is sent careening away!

>>5262603
"Well, fuck you then, floating stabby metal can thing!" Sirocco shouts back, growling. "What the hell would you know? I don't need your fucking pity."
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>>5262618
"Swearing repeatedly doesn't make you menacing. It makes you look REALLY stupid. Childish, even."
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Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5262615
"Hey Bind, how are ya?"
>>5262618
"You think that measly fan is going to defeat me?!"
Astor uses tailwind
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>>5262618
"There is no need for violence. Or foul language. However, we need to make sure you do not come back to attack Mistral again."
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>>5262618
"Make more of those now."
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>>5262611
>>5262615
"Return to the mines at once, servants!"

>>5262618
"Ah, the language of the lower class. How tasteful."
Lord Kingdra limbless save his tail a wings, does the closest thing he can do to apathetically checking his nails.
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5262618
"I am not pitying you. In fact, I wanted to run a Drill Run through you the moment you tried to kill Mistral. What I'm saying is, it was unforgivable for you to have done that, and that no matter what, you must do something to repent. Look, I've lost all my own memories, myself. Does that make ME murderously angry!? NO! I MOVED ON, I MAKE MY OWN MEMORIES. Trying to take Mistral's life away without his own terms is a DAMNED TERRIBLE THING. Someone's life is their own, and you have no say in it. So you either repent, and move on with your OWN DAMNED LIFE, or continue to antagonize us!"
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"Doctor, that trap cost 450,000P to develop. Perhaps this is a sign we should cut our losses and escape. The most violent one is disoriented."

Team Penultimate grabs a wide fan shaped leaf from a nearby tree and, clinging to Milo for dear life, jump off the towering cliff behind them. They ride Astor's tailwind and the natural breeze into the distance.
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>>5262618
oooh, show off another invention!
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>>5262627
Sirocco frowns and as she escapes, eyes Escavalier. "Off yourself."
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5262628
"YOU'RE NOT GETTING AWAY!"
>Maroon uses Agility and Flare Blitz to shoot after them.
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>>5262628
"Oh...There they go. And I wanted to ask that Milotic for a prism scale..."
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5262628
>>5262631
Rude!
>Sable shoots a Power Gem to knock them outta the sky.
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5262628
HOLD IT!
>Castform uses the rain set earlier, knowing he can't miss in it, and attacks the group with THUNDER!
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>>5262631
"Well, screw you too. I tried."
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5262628
>Dragon Pulse on escaping team
"May as well."
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5262628
"FLASH. CANNNONNNNNNNNNNN!"
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5262628
"Hey! The ground is below!"
Astor beams the leaf with Hyper Beam
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5262628
"Not getting away like that!"
*Ymir aims an Ice Beam at the fleeing team*
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5262628
"An edict from your better: Stop."
Lord Kingdra tries a Disable to bind Milo. With a glint in his eye, he leers at the serpent.
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Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5262628
Citrine lazily fires a Power Gem.
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>>5262640
A chesnut flies in the wind into Charles' mouth before he can get his pulse off.

Bind plops Sable on his back before he picks up a leaf from the same tree and Hops off the ledge, pursuing in identical fashion!
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"Come on guys, they'll get away if we stay at range! We have to follow them!"
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>>5262648
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
>Sable is having a great time
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>>5262648
>>5262649
"You've gotta be fucking kidding me, Bind."

>>5262446
picrel, this is not fine
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>>5262649
"Might as well"
The bird chases
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5262649
>Make a paraglider out of goo and random objects and follow Bind and Sable
"Cough, cough. Ok, that didn't work out as planned. Wait up guys!"
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262649
alright!
>castform rides the tailwind astor set!
>better than being a cloud fighting the wind
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

"COME BACK HERE BITCH! FACE ME LIKE A MAN!" He roars, bursting into a ball of flame like an angry heat-seeking meteorite. The thrust of the Flare Blitz propelling him through the air.
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262649
"We are the leader here, we will give the order. Er... After them!"
He just flies ahead after them using Astor's Tailwind.
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

>>5262649
"Wow! I am utterly incapable of flight. Time for snippity snappity, no more gravity!" Poli waves his wand around to use some gravity magic on the team and walks off the cliff before checking if it even worked.
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>>5262649
"I'm more of a land based 'mon thanks!"
*Ymir has no idea what to do now*
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>>5262661

>this is my only hope
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>>5262632
Maroon, a burning bright comet, flies right off the cliff and into the valley, roaring forth. But it seems that he's not aerodynamically correct enough to get that far! He's caught up in the impossibly strong winds, tumbling in the warm air.

>>5262634
Sable tosses up some summoned gems, glowing bright. He attempts to pinpoint his strike and attack back...

>>5262635
Castform summons a dark group of furious, shattering clouds above the fleeing party. Willing the power of electricity, he attempts to smite them...

>>5262641
Escavalier's Flash Cannon fires off as his lances come to a pinpoint! There's a flash and a bang! The arc of light weakens as it reaches the group, but it'll certainly hit...

>>5262642
Astor opens his beak and feels the ultimate power rolling right out of it! The column of energy bursts forth, streaking through the sky like a malevolent missile! That one will have to hit, for sure...

>>5262643
With the ice in his veins and the power of the chill within, it's suddenly without as it exits his mouth with an accurate shot! It'll freeze them over, certainly...

>>5262644
Lord Kingdra attempts to freeze up the Milotic! Will it drop the group? Nope. It doesn't seem it's intense enough to go that far...

>>5262646
His lazily fired Power Gems lazily shoot at Team Penultimate!

There's a hexagonal wall of blue light behind Sirocco that absorbs all the moves! It seems she anticipated getting shot as they fled!

With everyone airborne... it'll be flying combat in Windswept Weald's thermal valley!
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>>5262665
>>5262661
*cinemasins voice* This works!

Citrine has zero control because he's not really... suited for this.

"Why did this have to be the main event..."
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262665
The flames falter for a moment, but he reignites himself and rides the thermal winds to chase after them.
"I SAID. GET BACK HERE!" Maroon snatches Charles and uses Superpower to throw him at them.
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>>5262669
"You know, there's a way to make things easier, the heart amulet..."
>>5262665
Astor rests to replenish energy
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Rolled 10 (1d20)

The turbulent winds are strong enough to carry you too if, you grab a leaf.

Charles follows Bind's lead and makes a makeshift glider out of a giant fan leaf.

COMBAT START
LHG TURN
Bind creates a substitute and attempts to fly in close with Sable!
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5262665
>castform is well adjusted to the air
>he takes aim, and fires a Hydro pump pump to hit Sirocco!
>not like they can protect twice in a row right?
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5262671
>>5262676
>Breaking Swipe on now close enemies???
"M-MAROON W-WHAT ARE YOU DOING AAAAAHHH!"
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

>>5262665
"Weeeeeeee!" Poli is enjoying the gift of de-facto flight and is not paying much attention to their targets...
Rolling to stay on track
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Rolled 9 (1d20)

>>5262676
Citrine uses Sandstorm... and tries to ram the enemies. Yeah. That's it.
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Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5262676
>Power Gem!
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>>5262676
>>5262677
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5262676
>ACTION
"Where ya runnin' to? Let me try that one more time."
*Ymir firea another beam of ice at the group*
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>>5262665
Lord Kingdra scowls, or at least the closest thing he can do to scowling.
"Our jurisdiction does not end, you know."

>ACTION
Lord Kingdra used Laser Focus! Squinting, he has a moment of clarity and identifies the enemies' weak points.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>5262676
"Come over here!"
Astor attacks Orbeetle with a Brave Bird!
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Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5262691
Retardo
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Bind and Sable are now within physical striking range, as is Charles thanks to maroon's throw...

>>5262671
Charles' careening body catches Milo's side for 194 damage!
>>5262677
Hydro Pump strikes Sirocco, knocking their group back into Charles's range for 514 damage!
>>5262678
139 damage to the whole group! Their physical strength is down a stage...
>>5262679
Poli does a totally sick backflip.
>>5262680
It's sand, in everyone's eyes! All players except citrine and Ymir lose 6% of their health at the end of each turn.
>>5262682
>>5262685
>>5262692
213, 148 and 496 damage to Doctor Doppler!
TEAM PENULTIMATE TURN
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Rolled 19, 7 = 26 (2d20)

Soaked and battered by the unrelenting assault, Sirocco twists around enough in Doctor Doppler's grasp. She grabs something from her bag and lobs it out. The small wooden container hisses before exploding! It blinds all of LHG!
>Sirocco used Flash Bomb! You can't crit for the next turn!

"I bet you won't fucking like that! Fuck you!"

Milo unleashes a beam of water from her mouth, directing another Hydro Pump right back at the group... and right at Maroon!

Doctor Doppler, despite faltering in the air, uses Psychic to throw Charles away from the group, sending the gooey dragon at Ymir! "Behold! The genius manifest! I will use my brain to send you careening! Muahahaha!"
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>>5262698
"Did you JUST discover swear words?"

Citrine blocks for Maroon, Sp.Def boosted by Sand and Neutral Core on.
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5262698
>Sable uses Knock Off! God only knows what happens now...
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5262698
Astor aims at the leaf with another Brave Bird
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5262701
(roll, but only one fails, this is a fullblock)

(I swear to GOD. Don't do it.)
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262698
"MY EYES!!!!!" Poli just begins flailing around and launches a Hydro Pump at the source of the blinding bomb.
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>>5262702
Bind, rather than attacking, cheers for his friend while still a breath's distance away from the enemies. He uses agility, and baton passes to Charles!

"Gettem, Sab! Biff, pow!" He kicks at nothing to emphasize.
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5262698
"I'M NOT DONE! ARE YOU'RE NOT DOWN! BUT YOU WILL BE!"
>Maroon uses Agility and Flare Blitz on Orbbettle!

>>5262705
"Thanks, Citrine!"
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>>5262709
Citrine is still careening through the air. It's a mystery how he did that maneuver at all...?
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>>5262698
The sand and shine simultaneously show spectacled suffering.
"Our eyes! And somehow not yours!"
Speaking of eyes, another Disable, this time on Milo. Lord Kingdra opts to just save his crit for the next turn.
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Rolled 9 (1d20)

Astor proves Sirocco wrong by vibing
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5262698
>>5262708
>Charles uses Rest! Hydration! Charles wakes up!
"Thanks Bind!"
>Charles turns to their quarry
"You're not getting away!"
>ACTION
>Charles builds up his draconic energy and lets loose a Dragon Pulse!
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>>5262709
Flare Blitz does 505 damage to Orbeetle and takes 168 in recoil!

Maroon's HP: 885/1,120
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>>5262715
>Retcon
>Charles is asleep
>ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz
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Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5262698
*Ymir sees the mass that is Charles approaching at high speed*
"Oh n-*BAM*-yow...a hello is more than enough Charles heh..."
*Ymir hurls a Mud Shot at the group*
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>>5262702
Sab knocks another explosive out of Milo's tail for 158. It lights up the valley below brilliantly as it detonates.
".........That was a gift." She looks genuinely sad.
>>5262707
Hydro miraculously hits its mark and nobody else for 305 damage!
>>5262709
Maroon dives upon Dr. Doppler at the top of their escape leaf for 305 danmage!
>>5262715
Charles' dragonic power hits Milo once again for 220 damage! she almost drops Sirocco before coiling around her twice as hard as before. "I won't let these brutes catch us. I'm almost at my limit!"
>>5262720
Sirocco takes 220 damage from the incoming mud!... Milo wipes it off and shoots a glare at this most egregious of slights.
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Astor cuts up the leaf Team Penultimate is using as a glider. Doppler, shocked that such a simpleton could think to go for his tools of genius winces and loses his turn.
TEAM PENULTIMATE TURN
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Rolled 20, 6 = 26 (2d20)

Doctor Doppler, their escape leaf compromised, quickly pulls out his special patented sealing solution (Rillaboom Repair, a mix of various tree saps and Sticky Web). He attempts to pat out the fire caused by Maroon and frantically applies the glue. "My genius will save us from falling into thermals! My sticking genius! Muahahahaha!" He pats the flames bouncing on him. "The fire is only a sign of success! Or was it failure...?"

Sirocco uncorks another grenade and tosses it into the middle of the group. "I hope you like punching the shit out of each other...!" she roars.
>X-Eye Bomb! Everyone has become substitutes! Who's who!? For the next turn, rolling a 7 or lower causes you to attack a teammate! This can be countered, however, moves or abilities that negate it can cancel this out.

Milo looks right at Citrine and knows what must be done. She's not one to fight fellow explorers... but it's their team on the line.
>Milotic used Mirror Coat!

LHG TURN!
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

>>5262741
>Sable has Keen Eye. lol
>PIMP
>HAND
>(knock off)
I'll get 'em Bind!
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Rolled 9 (1d20)

>>5262741
Astor slaps Doc with a Brave Bird
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5262743
>Rolling again at GMs request
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>>5262741
"Sometimes, the best way to win is by not fighting."
>Do nothing.
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Rolled 11, 4, 9 = 24 (3d20)

>>5262741
"YOU'RE GOING DOWN DOPPLER!"
Maroon reaches down into his mane and tears out his blade with his own teeth.
"ERUPTION BLADE!!!!"

>Maroon used Flare Blitz
>Maroon used Raging Blade
>Maroon used Extreme Speed
All on Doppler.
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5262741
Now with 3 kinds of eye problems, Lord Kingdra has had enough.
"My subjects, I am here! Observe!"
Another grape from the endless useless storage. He actually eats it this time in true royal fashion, but his new mouth's not equipped for it and he heaves violently.
"OUGHAGH! AIR... WATER... ANYTHING...!"
He heaves his scales, which are a currency in some places, aiming for Sirocco!
>Lord Kingdra used Scale Shot!
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>>5262749
>509
>140
>145
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>>5262741

Citrine's Neutral Core takes a jar from his bag, balancing it somehow on its little orb frame, and spills some of the substance inside on him with care. It then puts the jar back in his bag as he sighs.

>Item: Quicklime! 50% HP restored, 1/2 uses remaining

"Stupid trick with the Substitutes again..."
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>>5262741
where is my post
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>>5262751
[Rolling hit number]
>Lord Kingdra's Defense fell!
>Lord Kingdra's Speed rose!
With his halved action from the speed boost, Lord Kingdra slams downward in a splash of water. He's gone?
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Rolled 1 (1d5)

>>5262758
the eaten dice
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"As much as this probably makes the rest of you criminals as well, we're only here for the 'Pix! Lay off! Nyeh!"
He kicks limply before speeding up into a proper Close Combat.
>>5262743
Doc gets a mouthful of wing for 494 damage!
>>5262745
Sable's vision is uncompromised, but the flash does startle him enough to throw his aim off!
>>5262749
Maroon's threefold attacks deal 455 damage!
>>5262751
LK deals 96 damage with scale shot. He looks REAL freaky without scales, but he's got a speed boost out of it!
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

dice pls
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Bind drops his leaf, misses and tumbles through the air like a fluffy tumbleweed.
PENULTIMATE TURN
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

Doppler is struck by the burning flames and slicing beak of both dog and bird and, with a hand places it to his head. Reaching into his mad scientist satchel, he strikes a flare and causes some smoke to cough up. "My genius... it shone much too bright! I have been shot down for the crime of my intelligence!"

He starts to spin out of control, careening to the valley. Or well, he would, instead he falls onto a cushion of air and just floats around, knocked out. "...Sirocco, you must finish the experiments..."

"You're not dying, dumbass!" she shouts back, voice hoarse. Sirocco is bleeding and nearly out of it. One more hit and she's out! "I... I'll fucking finish this!"
>Sirocco lobs a red-taped bomb. (15+ activation required)

Milo gasps. "No! You... wouldn't!"

Doctor Doppler manages to see it before he completely passes out. "Muahaha... our... greatest creation... succeed...?"
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Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5262784
"NO! I WILL! THIS FOR MISTRAL, YOU BITCH!"
Maroon grabs the red-taped bomb and throws it back at her.
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5262784
"No littering!"
Astor grabs the bomb mid-air after Maroon first did and throws it at full speed
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

>>5262784
BIND!
>Sable dives out of the sky to catch Bind. You can hear a loud cracking noise before a bright light flashes, but they're both out of sight by the time it subsides.
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Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5262784
"Wow, is that a pinata?"
Poli throws confetti...
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5262784
Safe somewhere wet and deep from Sirocco's bag of tricks, Lord Kingdra emerges with a rising, spinning check like a geyser.
"LORDYUKEN!"
>Lord Kingdra used Dive!
Still hopped up on speed, he vanishes again in a splash of water during his extra turn for safety.
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5262784
Citrine just fires a Power Gem at her best he can as he tumbles midair.
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>>5262786
>>5262790
The group quickly grabs the strange device (is that a pickle?) and attempts to return it to sender! However, once they grab onto it, they can feel how incredibly hot it is! What the hell did they do to this thing...? They throw it back!

As it floats between both groups... the weapon shines with such power! All sounds are silenced for a couple of seconds as a miniature green sun forms in the middle! Then...

BANG!

A loud cacophony of noise returns to join the real explosion.

It rocks the winds with its oppressive shockwave and your sense of smell is overloaded by dill and vinegar as you're sent blasting off!
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>>5262784
Don't tell me my post was eaten again
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>>5262797
"I'm blasting off again! Deliciously!" Poli announces.
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>>5262797
*As he's blasting away Ymir calls out*
"What on earth was in that bomb!?"
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Bind twirls through the air out of control as Sable quickly matches his speed for a catch.

When the light fades, Sirocco and Milo are spiralling downward in similar fashion. Their fall however, you can see is broken by a cozy looking tree, springing back and forth with their impact.

COMBAT OVER
XP 350+2D20 to all
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5262806
XP roll

Citrine rushes to the cozy looking tree.
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Rolled 10, 17 = 27 (2d20)

>>5262806
xp roll
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Rolled 10, 1 = 11 (2d20)

>>5262806
"Everyone alive? That sure was a pickle"
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Rolled 7, 16 = 23 (2d20)

>>5262806
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Rolled 8, 4 = 12 (2d20)

>>5262806
>XP Roll, but where did da sable go?
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Rolled 14, 7 = 21 (2d20)

>>5262806
Lord Kingdra peeks out from the divemension down where the others fell.
"What lowborn thugs. They could not even pickle properly."
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Bind loses track of his surroundings as he falls. He's out of ideas...
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Sirocco is knocked out, half-stuck in the tree. Doctor Doppler has fallen nearby, stuck facing up as he rests on the back of his dotted shell.

Milo slithers out, battered and beat. She's currently in no state to put up a fight. Weakly, she raises her tail fan as a flag and waves it around. "I... as the leader and on behalf of my team, I surrender." She sighs. "I know when we're... beat. It is disheartening it had to come to this..."
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>>5262822
>Bind sees a purple blur rush towards him, followed by a blinding flash.
I've got you!
>Bind can feel hands grab and hold him as a familiar voice calls to him.
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>>5262825
Poli lands on his face. He's fine... probably.
"Wow! I wish I was an evil scientist like that! I'm only an evil wizard, though."
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>>5262825
"We're taking Sirocco in. Sorry."
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5262825
"Told ya, when a bird tells you to fuck off, you do"
Astor double taps Sirocco with a wing slap
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>>5262829
Milo shakes her head, but she has a small smile present on her face. "He's not evil. Just... misguided and a little bit insane. It tends to get out of hand, you see." The Milotic turns to look at Doctor Doppler. "He means well. Most of the time. His invention have applications that he just does not see."

>>5262831
"I... understand. I knew it would eventually come to this. We couldn't run forever and..." She looks down. "I'll need to take them back to Sol."

>>5262835
"Stop that this instant! She's already defeated!" Milo slithers over slowly and painfully. She takes the last of the attack and gasps, nearly knocked out as well. "H-How would you feel if a pokemon... did that to you...?"

>Continuing on Thursday!
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>>5262838
"Not sure, i just wanted to make sure she'a not using a escape orb again"
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Rolled 18, 17 = 35 (2d20)

>>5262806
>Late XP Roll
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Rolled 19, 3 = 22 (2d20)

>>5262806
(late roll, apologies for dropping at 4am)
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Bind closes his eyes and mentally prepares as much as one can for a fall from the ridge of a canyon.
The crash is definitely the painful thing he's ever felt, but it's...bearable! After a few moments of uncertain terror, he's pretty sure he's uninjured enough to get up, even? He chances a peek around...
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>>5263260
>Bind sees Sable! But something's off with him.
Bind, are you okay?
>Sable has golden teeth and red eyes! He's also spikier and has a hole in his chest where his ruby is supposed to be.
I caught you, but we fell from such a height...
>Sable is looking all over Bind for injuries
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Bruises, near everywhere. But it's sure a lot better than how a dry impact would've looked. Not even a dislocation!
"What?! You had to have tsken the bulk of that crash! You should be looking at yourself!... And look at yourself!" He marvels at the unscratched Ruby on the ground.

"Incroyable..."
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>>5263273
Ah, just a little ankle pain. Okay, a lot of ankle pain, but that doesn't matter. What do you mean look at myself? Did the wind mess up my hair or- wait, I don't have hair. What's up, what's different about me?
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>>5263278
"I don't suppose -this- looks or feels at all familiar?"
He holds up the gem. A faint reflection of Sable can be seen within.
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>>5263281
"Wait, waitwhyisthissomuchheavie-ACK"
He drops it. Despite falling into some dense grass, it makes an audible thud.
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>>5263286
Oh dear! Be careful Bind!
>Sable lifts up his ruby and leans it on him
Oof... Seems like I've gained some weight. I don't think I'm gonna be running around with this thing.
But still, I'm glad I got you in time! I couldn't bear to think I'd be scraping you off the rocks here.
>Sable looks through the gem
My gem should at least have been scuffed from that... but there's not even a scratch! Can you believe it Bind? I don't think even a bomb could get through this thing!
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>>5263292
"We're in good hands, then. Fighting around that sounds impossible, and I'd hate t-wait, are you really okay with using your empowerment seed like this? That could turn around a real fight on its own!"
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Rolled 112, 222, 16, 68, 239, 163, 57, 21, 163, 83, 219, 78, 49, 6, 163, 142, 129, 183, 32, 50, 181, 174, 115, 185, 120 = 2970 (25d240)

>>5262529
Astor's Epitaph purchase part 1
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Rolled 64, 187, 16, 206, 77, 212, 236, 146, 46, 233, 14, 175, 214, 8, 87, 212 = 2133 (16d240)

>>5263617
Magpie hoarding moment conclusion
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>>5263302
You were in trouble! Of course I'm alright with it, anything to help you and Vee! We're a team!
>Sable hugs Bind, well, his leg at least. He's too short to give a proper hug.
Also that wasn't a seed.
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Rolled 239, 120, 207, 180, 145, 172, 152, 181, 134, 224, 164, 21, 155, 239, 153, 164 = 2650 (16d240)

>>5263620
Charles' Epitaph purchase
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Rolled 187, 29, 67 = 283 (3d240)

>>5263641
Citrine, Castform, and Cava's freebies, respectively.
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Rolled 5, 49, 6, 215, 125, 27 = 427 (6d240)

>>5263646
Lord Kingdra's royal privilege

-540 pokecoins
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>>5263639
>>5263639
"Comme c'est drole. You're telling me you transformed with Sablenite?... Woah. Bind recalls the sappy speeches trainers used to give about controlling mega evolution stones with their bonds and returns the hug, forgetting about the zero energy and science of it all for a moment. "I'm luckier to have met you and Vee than I can express, Sab. Anything you can ask for from me, just name it."
He sits in the grass and takes in the breeze with him.
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>>5263674
I just want to hang out with you guys, I feel the same way. You're the best friends I've ever had.
>Sable sits on his gem
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Rolled 18, 17 = 35 (2d20)

>>5262806
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Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5262806
wait a second...
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The guild has Team Penultimate's items confiscated and their teammates in bonds, and quietly rushes them out of the dungeon before any loops can rejuvenate Dr Doppler or Milo. She's the only one of the three still conscious on their way back to town...

"Not to excuse our behavior, but you'll have to understand. My peers, no, my partners have daunting challenges ahead of them, and their backgrounds were not conducive to their success. These unfortunate two need nurturing and direction for their intellect and potential! That cannot happen from prison! For what it's worth, I am sorry we had to fight you for our freedom."
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Location: Outside of Windswept Weald's perimeter

Milo looks back at the dungeon as they exit it, escorted by the LHG team. She has her two teammates riding on her back as she slithers along. "I still apologize profusely for all of this. What I did as a Leader was wrong... but I believed it to be in the best interest of Sirocco." She gestures her head at Doppler. "The Doctor, however, could... care less. He has always been free-spirited."

The weather is still warm from the dungeon permeation. You have some time before you arrive back at Treasure Town.

"Please be kind to Sirocco," Milo asks. "That's the only request I have."
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>>5264744
>>5264745
Vee steals the first reply and doesn't appear again!
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>>5264745
(forgot lvl update)

"She's got stuff to answer for and things to explain. It's not our fault, what she did."

If Citrine could shrug, he would.
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>>5264745
"Well, she did try to kill our guildmate, but fine. Whatever."
>>5264744
"...I see."
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>>5264745
>castform appears
>he sets rain
>he returns to rest
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5264745
"Sure"
Astor lies
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>Charles is here!
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>>5264745
“You are the leader Milo? I had assumed Sirocco was in charge. If I may ask, how did you all meet?”
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>>5264745
"No promises, but I'll try and keep things nice, or keep things ice if they get out of hand."
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>>5264778
"I remember coming across this half-starved thing, angry at the world. So I helped her up and eventually pitied her to provide a place to stay. Eventually, I offered her the option of joining my team." She looks back, thoughtful. "I guess I have a habit of wanting to help."

>>5264751
>>5264754
Milo sighs. "I knew she had ghost-types in her chest for a long time but I... never expected it to be something like this. I'm not sure what I can say."
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>>5264789
"You should really teach her to stop swearing so frequently, by the way. She sounds childish."
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>>5264789
“You care a lot for your team don’t you?”
>Charles looks down for a moment
>He looks back at Milo
“May I ask something of you?”
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As the guild approaches Treasure Town, They find Team Paladins heading in the same direction from the opposite way. Aether the Pancham has a turquoise gleam about him.

Sol crosses arms and scoffs. "Ah, it's you all. And you have Sirocco, too! A successful mission for both of us. Err, how do you all know her? Why is she assaulting you?!"
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>>5264799
"She tried to kill Mistral after tricking us into letting her into the guild."
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>>5264799
"Sirocco tried to kill a guildmate? Did... Did we not tell you? Or do you mean something else? And uh..."
*Cava turns to his guildmates. "Should we tell 'em?"
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>>5264804
>>5264799
"Or did we already tell 'em about alternate stuff?"
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>>5264804
>>5264806
"I'm aware there was an assault. I knew she was twitchy, but clearly there is a dark side to her we were unaware of. I would like to hear what you know of her."
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>>5264792
"I have tried. The Doctor has also tried." Her eyes dart to the side. "I would like to say we were wildly unsuccessful. A strong head and an even stronger will. I decided to focus on other things. Getting her adjusted to polite society, for one. It's a work-in-progress."

>>5264794
"Is that not what a Leader must do? I strive to accomplish that much." Milo hears the last part. "Yes? What might that be?"
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>>5264819
>Rolling to convince?
“You care for your team like family. I wish to do the same for mine. A while back, I was told I could learn a move called Life Dew. A move that I could use to heal my friends. My family. Keep them safe. I cannot learn the move normally. I need a…piece of a Pokémon that can learn it. I was told Milotics can do so. Could I ask, for a prism scale? Or any of your scales?”
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5264823
>Roll was eaten
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>>5264817
"I'll just tell 'em. What could possibly go wrong? Okay, so there's this dude, calls himself 'The Father', or whatever. He's a funky lookin' Alakazam apparently. So he doesn't like us. Like a lot. So a lot of the Lost Hope Guild lost some, all, or none of their memories in the transition here, and this 'Father' took those memories, and shoved 'em in empty vessels. He... Brainwashed? Convinced? Manipulated them into kinda hating us and wanting to kill their counterparts, and to take our place or get back home or whatever, depends on the alternate. Thankfully, not ALL of them wanna kill us, like Kira or Leafa, but Sirocco here... Well, Mistral had all his memories, so Sirocco had none. And so, she tried to kill Mistral for the blatant unfairness, or something? Tried to take Mistral's place? Memories? I'm not the most sure."
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"An attempted killing is a much more serious charge than anything magnezone typically has to deal with. If you tell me you believe she is still dangerous or can't be handled civilly, we may have to isolate her and her team... or worse." Sol looks more than a little troubled at the prospect; not expecting Sol's teammates to have abetted Sirocco.
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>>5264823
"You would... like one of my scales? To learn a move?" She tilts her head. "I was not aware you could learn moves that way."
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>>5264839
“I was told by a friend of ours. Sneasel. Quite the keeper of obscure knowledge.”
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>>5264837
"...I'd have to think about that one."
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>>5264846
"I'll have to consult our local dojos about such 'obscure knowledge,' then." Milo rubs the side of her body with her tail fan, causing a scale to drop off. "I felt that one bothering me since our scuffle. Accept it if you wish."
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>>5264837
"Hmf... Well, we've got a jail in Volksreach. If you wish to put her in our hands."
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5264856
rock and rollin'
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>>5264852
Lord Kingdra snatches it thinking it's one of the scales he lost. He's not paying attention as he looks around for the ones he shot a Sirocco.
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>>5264852
>Charles takes the scale
“Thank you. Truly.”
>He keeps the scale in a soft, but firm grip
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5264837
"We have a cell in our complex, she might be harrased by a lesbian, but i'm sure she'a going to be ok there"
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>>5264859
“Erm…Lord Kingdra? May I have that scale you picked up? Please?”
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>>5264866
Lord Kingdra shirks back, visibly disgusted.
"Pining for the hide of your leader?! Unsanitary AND illegal! 40 years dungeon!"
He glances around again.
"Panhandling currency from a royal, what nerve..."
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>>5264871
“Surely, a king being so great and so wise, would see that his subjects need aid in order to protect their king? That scale you have would allow me to ensure your reign lasts for centuries, if not eons!”
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5264871
>Intimidate
"Now you wouldn't be trying to swipe things from my buddy now would ya?"
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>>5264871
>castform reappears, even if he's not turning up this session due to tired
Sir, that scale is clearly not part of your royal kind. it's got an insightly pink stain instead of a royal blue!
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Rolled 2 (1d20)

>>5264875
Lord Kingdra fits in a couple scales back to his royal personage, but the Milotic scale doesn't slot in as well.
"We have no need for that. Need we remind you that we got along just fine before you showed up? And protecting us was your duty either way."

>>5264878
"Speak not out of turn, lest you find yourself exiled. Would you rather he take a piece of your fins?"
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>>5264882
Milo gives Castform a side-eye.
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>>5264884
>castform side eyes back with "you heard me"
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>>5264883
>Charles takes the Milotic Scale
“One hundred and eight pardons to you, Lord Kingdra. I meant no disrespect.”
>Charles bows
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>>5264883
"I'd give my friends whatever they need, mates help mates!"
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>>5264883
>>5264882
>>5264886
>>5264888
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHSJeuD3HAM

Lord Kingdra jump, er flies? Into the air as the scale fits in one of the worst ways possible. The scale descends angelically from the heavens, as does Lord Kingdra's booming voice.
"WHAT VILE DECEPTION! WHO DARES JAPE A ROYAL BY MIXING THIS LOWBRED ILK AMONG THE DIVINE REMAINS OF OUR CONQUEST?! AWAY WITH IT!"
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>>5264871
>>5264875
Milo sees tg his brewing mess and quietly tilts her tail in Charles's direction. She's more than a little scared of Lord Kingdra...

>>5264863
Your charm (?) Buys you just enough goodwill that Sol doesn't immediately want to investigate your home. You specifically have lot a fair but of trust, though...
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>>5264896
>Charles has the Milotic Scale that Lord Kingdra dropped, he shows it to Milo
“Thank you Kindly, Milo. I have your scale from before. Im glad you found Sirocco and that she has stayed with you. You are clearly a good influence.”
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5264896
Lord Kingdra finally realizes whose scale it was that spiked them right in the... Anyway, karmic or not, Lord Kingdra is now glaring daggers into Milo for this assault on their person.
"Taking advantage of our assaulted irises, hm?"
[Petty Intimidation Roll]
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Rolled 13 (1d20)

>>5264896
"Sorry, did i say jail? See, there was this show on were..."
Astor explains in great detail how the "jail" is actually some kind of reality show where people is sent to a rehab clinic shaped to look like just a jail and how it works pretty well to keep problematic people outside od jail instead of the normal stats and how there's way less paperwork involved, in the middle of the filibuster he forgets what's he's talking about so he instead starts working on that great PJB sandwich he prepared once, then he remembers what he was talking about so he starts speaking on the criminal statistics on how Zoroarks seem to be a small group yet... he changes themes again to that cooking showdown he got invited to, how it is going to make his carrer go well over the stars and how is he planning to open several restaurants and a resort in volks using free labour from Blitz and Kira, then he corrects himself saying that he's going to pay both living wages while also leaving them a commision for every single guest, noticing that it was about to become dark, he offers to cook a spanish ommelete for them, he starts preparing it with some eggs he found in the road, salt, potato and more stuff, he guides them during the process on how to cook a egg, why you cook eggs to avoid salmonella, why you boil potatoes to make them less poisonus, how people used to create holes in the dirt to put oceanic water in them to produce salt and how big salt is destroying a ancestral artisanal work, he then rambles about chemicals in everyday food and how corn syrup was a menace to society, in the end he explains that he had never tasted corn syrup but that he was sure that it was the work of the devil in the UN, now at night, while preparing a fire, he rambles for hours about how the cold war was actually not cold and instead was very hot on proxy countries in sponsored wars, causing the destruction and almost causing the old world rapture, now that everyone is about to sleep, Astor is now rambling about the roman empire by some reason as filler content, he then starts talking about the irish menace and the end of the world, now that is about to be dawn, he talks about how several species evolve at certain hours and how it might be related to UV light damaging the several species DNA to make them evolve in a different way, now Astor prepares breakfast and guides them on how to cook a scrambled egg over the fire, how many oil you should use and how much salt it needs, now he talks about his cooking powers and how it might solve world hunger but how it also would ruin his restaurant chain, he starts rambling again about that PBJ sandwich and how it was actually not that good and how some crunchy peanut butter would be better but also points that peanut butter was barred after Maroon asked him nicely, he then remembers once again what he was talking about and countinues explaining why Sirocco should go with them to rehab
"... and that's why she should come with us"
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>>5264889
>>5264901
Sir, please calm down! I'm sure this is just a misunderstanding!
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Other guildmaster has had some technical difficulties. We'll continue this whenever he's available. Otherwise, next session on Saturday as scheduled.
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(Ok guys, looks like even my computer version of Element is messing up. Maybe its my whole area that has the problem. Anyway, have fun with the quest tomorrow.)
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Location: Crystal Complex on the Diamond Delta
Time: You're underground, does it matter?

After receiving a strange letter (made out of stone, interestingly enough) you traveled far and to one of the other continents (maybe) on the expedient services of the Lapras Travel Liner. Some strange entity only known as "Diancie" has forwarded you a message to arrive in her kingdom with haste and make it post. There's something that you all need to see urgently, apparently.

You arrive at the mouth of an impressive cavernous cave entrance and you head inside. You can see various rock-types and ground-types milling about on this long, paved road...

Episode 23: Discourse of Diancie
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>>5267539
"Wow, for once I'm in my element. This is great."
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>>5267539
“This place is beautiful!”
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>>5267539
Maroon grins and turns to Citrine. "It looks like you're with your people now."
His smile drops and he turns to Sableye. "You should probably stay out of sight."
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>>5267539
"Very cool, now where are the fossil-mons?"
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>>5267539
man, I never thought I'd miss the sky this quickly.
at least the caves are pretty.
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>>5267549
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>>5267550
“Agreed! It’s nice to have a change of scenery very now and then.”
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>>5267539
*suddenly drops through a crevice in the ceiling and lands in front of the guild*

Hello, lads! I've brought the milk, as requested! I had to jump through a few wormholes to get it, but it's fresh!
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

Astor vibes
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>>5267559
“Jeff! Glad that you could make it! Awfully long trip!”
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>>5267559
Who wants first crack at this creamy goodness?
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>>5267539
*Cava slams open the door.
"Sorry, I'm late. We met up with Diancie yet?"
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>>5267562
"Otherworldly milk? Of course!"
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>>5267539
>>5267541
"You just gotta adapt better, Citrine! Then you can always be in your element!"
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>>5267562
“I’d like some!”
>Charles takes a sip of the milk
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>>5267559
Oh, jeff! man it's been a while since I last saw you.
everything good? not being swamped in bind's paperwork as second in command of the guild?
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>>5267559
". . . Who's the sea urchin?" Maroon tilts his head.
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As the group reconvenes and greets each other, they prepare for the journey to trek this surprisingly and possibly dramatically lengthened stretch of footpath. Traversing further down this road, you begin to see signs tacked on the wall. Directional signs, definitely. The arrow points in the same direction as you walk, labeled with something in printrune.

There are also arrows pointing in the direction behind you, also labeled in printrune.

You wonder what they could mean.

>Let's see what they mean... (Roll and add any reading bonuses)
>Reading is for chumps! Let's keep going!
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>>5267559
>>5267562
"I can't really... consume? It? But it's super great to see you back on mission, Jeff."
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5267573
"That's a lot of signs. A lot of arrows."
Vee investigates the signs.
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

>>5267572
"That's Thomas Jeffurchin! He's been part of the guild since it's founding."
>>5267573
*Cava attempts to read it.
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5267573
Citrine tries to read, but he isn't that confident about it.
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>>5267568
Astor drinks some milk. It fills him with creamy determination!
>>5267570
Charles drinks some milk. It fills him with creamy determination!
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>>5267573
>Reading is for chumps! Let's keep going!
>Cast still can't read printrune
Man these hallways take forever.
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5267573
"Let me read it!"
>Astor is illiterate, doesn't mean he can try to translate it
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>>5267573
> reading plus 1 for one reading lesson?
“Let’s see what we have here…”
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Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5267581
"What's this spiky football doing here?" Kaku picks the thing up.
>>5267573
>>Let's see what they mean... (Roll and add any reading bonuses)
"Oh, printrune! I don't understand this thing..."
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>>5267573
>read
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5267584
>rolling again?
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>>5267586
>rolling to read
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Rolled 10 (1d20)

>>5267573
>Let's see what they mean... (Roll and add any reading bonuses)

Maroon pauses to examine the printrunes on the walls. "Hey, Shanty, can you read this?" Maroon asks to himself, only for the musical sprite to appear sitting on a stone, idly swinging her legs. "I think you can read yourself." She retorts, no one other than Maroon can see or hear the phantom muse be of no use at all.
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>>5267585
“Kaku! That’s Jeff! He’s part of team storm!”
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

>>5267588
I FORGOT HOW TO ROLL IT'S BEEN SO LOOONG
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Rolled 3 (1d6)

>>5267573
Rolling to spawn(footpath)
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267592
"Oh is it? Here." Kaku passes him the spiky football.
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5267596
>Charles catches Jeff!
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5267600
>castform helps catching jeff!
>ignore how he has no arms
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5267596
Astor saves Jeff
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>>5267604
"Nice catch!"
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>>5267604
That's enough throwing for now, gentlemen, please and thank you! You can let me down now Astor.
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>>5267578
>>5267579
>>5267580
>>5267583
>>5267587
>>5267589
Thankfully, the signs themselves are actually pretty simplistic. The one that follows your direction concisely says:
>CRYSTAL COMPLEX THAT WAY

The other sign says:
>CRYSTAL COMPLEX NOT THAT WAY

Vee gains +15EXP for his reading comprehension abilities. Stay in school! Or whatever kind of equivalent they have here.

>>5267593
>>5267585
It appears it is much too complex for you! Either that or you just don't know. Oh well.

Eventually, it opens up to reveal the full size of this underground underpass. You're not quite sure how possible it was to have hollowed out this much cave... but it's massive! You can see a giant crystal city in the distance from your place on the road, separated by this impressive stretch of sparkling, reflective water—

You hear obnoxious laughing.

"Hoh-hoh-hoh-hoh..." A pink crystal headdress crests over the side of the road.
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>>5267606
"As you say boss!"
Astor leaves Jeff in the ground
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>>5267607
Citrine looks around confusedly.

"What is making that awful sound?"
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>>5267607
“My word. It’s beautiful…”
“Who is that laughing?”
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>>5267607
"Have you heard about Iceland? No? Well, we should go the other way"
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>>5267607
"Ohayo? Are ya Diancie? Actually, that's stupid, Citrine showed us what Diancie looks like."
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5267607
Maroon piques up alert. He whips around to search for the source of the sound.
"Female? Female detected?"
Maroon starts searching for the nearby target.
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>>5267607
Vee is looking a bit happier he managed to read it that easily.

"Looks like we have someone here."
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>>5267607
"I think that sound means we are heading the right way!"
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5267615
Astor bonks Maroon
"Shut!"
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>>5267607
*Ymir arrives in this realm*
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5267615
Good Lord, even evolved you haven't changed, have you Maroon?

I roll to do the funni anti-horny spine-stab
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

Astor vibes
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Rolled 9 (1d20)

>>5267607
hey, who was that laughing!
>roll to try and spot anything out of the ordinary
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>>5267623
>>5267615
"Why are you guys looking for the source? Do you not see the Pink Headress?"
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

"Reshiram? It's me again, vanquish the gaydog, pretty please"
>>5267631
"No"
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>>5267631
I thought that was just another crystal to be honestt.
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>>5267631
"I guess it doesn't hurt to be... inquisitive?"
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>>5267631
"...oh."
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5267634
Astor prays even harder
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267634
>Assist pray
“Mind if I pray with you?”
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Eventually, the laughing subsides as the mysterious newcomer reveals themselves, floating in the empty space of the cavern. They hold a hand to their mouth, giggling.

They stare at the group with a smug and superior smirk.

Mistral is also there and present. A horde of Geodudes, holding hands, suddenly collapse around the Ninetales and form a makeshift cage with their bodies. Quickly, they float away, taking him hostage. "Uh, guys? H-Help...!?" he shouts from between the hands.

"You All Must Be the Lost Hope Guild," she states, chortling in between.
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>>5267640
"Oh hi Pyrite"
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>>5267640
"Uh, why do you have Mistral hostage? You're asking to get Flash Cannoned."
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>>5267642
Citrine pivots to face the bird.

"SHUUUUUT THE FUCK UP."
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>>5267640
"Hey, stranger danger! Well, nothing we can do..."
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>>5267640
"Some welcome, don't go taking our friend!"
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>>5267640
“Hey! What are you doing to Mistral?”
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>>5267640
Maroon whistles as he takes in the sight of the bejeweled lady. "Yep, that's us."
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>>5267640
>castform processes what on earth that is
...Miss Diancie, you certainly like to laugh don't you?
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>>5267640
"Yeah? Is Mistral gonna be okay?"
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>>5267640
Poli shows up holding God-knows-what on a plate. It is nothing resembling edible. "Oh my divine overlord of everlasting darkneeeeeessss, I made you a Wizard's Delight!" He runs up to Diancie, handing her the... the thing.
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>>5267640
Give us the multi-haired dog back or get your crystals beat in. I'm not even the aggressor, I'm just the messenger of what WILL happen to you if you don't surrender now.
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

>>5267645
"Sorry Citrine, sometimes i get confused"
The bird doesn't notice, he's too busy vibing a big apple into existence
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>>5267651
"...that should probably be my main concern."
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>>5267657
"We'll head off to go save him soon enough. We can be the first to vote for it! What do you say?"
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>>5267660
"...what? I mean, yeah, sure, whatever you say."
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>>5267653
"Poli, what?"
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>>5267662
"It's settled, then! We're off to save Mistral! Whenever we're done with this stuff." Vee is kicking the ground. "I hope this doesn't take too long..."
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>>5267669
“Cava? The geodudes flew Mistral off.”
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Diancie is smiling down at them. A couple of Carbink float up to her carrying informational card posters, detailing obvious things.

"I Am Lady Diancie, Ruler Of the Crystal Complex. You Can Just Call Me Lady For Express Purposes."

>>5267644
>>5267647
>>5267648
>>5267651
>>5267654
"Hoh-hoh-hoh... You See I will Turn Your Friend Into My Willing Minion For The Purpose Of World Domination." Diancie nods, informing of the guild of her entire plan. "Of Course He Will Not Be Okay He Will Be A Loyal Minion."

"Are You Stupid? Do Not Answer That. Of Course You Are All Stupid. Except For Him." Diancie points at Citrine.

>>5267653
Diancie turns very slowly to face Poli. "Who The Hell Are You And What is That Repulsive—I Reiterate: Interesting Object."

>>5267669
"No He Is Not." She turns to the Geodudes who had been waiting on her command, still carrying Mistral. "What Are You Idiots Doing Go Leave Right Now Or They'll Kick Your Ass."
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>>5267669
"And he's flying off into who knows where! With the Geodude. Geodudes."
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

>>5267669
"... possible brain damage"
>>5267671
"Well, i'm not calling you that now, what about... rockface!"
Astor insults a rock
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>>5267671
"Haven't you heard? I'm your new Evil Minion!" Poli introduces himself. "This is the ULTIMATE MAGICAL CREATION... it tastes like twelve different kinds of vomit!"
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>>5267671
"I'm the only...non-stupid one? Why's that? Out of everyone here?? I'm a rock."

>>5267673
"Heeey..."

Citrine is sad :(
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>>5267671
"What if I just Flash Cannoned you right now?"
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Rolled 2 (1d20)

>>5267671
>convince to not turn Mistral into minion?
“Could you…not do that?”
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>>5267671
"Well, I guess we just have to go through your... gauntlet or... fight you to get him back?"
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>>5267671
...this is going to be a long day.
>>5267675
citrine, it's BECAUSE you're a rock. surrounded by rocks. and she's also a rock.
now that I think about it, if sand was set I would also be a rock.
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>>5267671
Maroon turns to Mistral-
With no tard wrangler in sight Maroon relies on his instincts and whips out his sword from it's sheathe.
"The time for violence is upon us," he says through muffled growls.
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267675
"Not you Citrine, you look great in both forms!"
>>5267671
"Also, you should let Mistral go and offer us pancakes or something"
Astor tastes diplomacy
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>>5267675
>Charles pats Citrine
“It’s ok Citrine. You’re a cool rock!”
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>>5267671
"Fair warning I am going to punch you unless Mistral is returned safe and sound."
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>>5267680
Let slip the dogs of war, have at it Maroon!
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5267680
"You know, people love heroic acts"
"Now go tard doggo! Go get her!"
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>>5267675
Vee whispers to Citrine, seeing the beginning of the end nearing. "I don't think we're going to have enough time to save Mistral if we start a fight this early."
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>>5267691
"I agree, but I don't know how to defuse..." Citrine whispers rock-ly back.
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>>5267693
"We literally cannot. Mistral's gone."
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Maroon barks at Diancie. "Lady! I challenge you. . ."
To singing contest."
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>>5267694
"The voice of reason is gone..."
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>>5267696
"Worst case, there's a battle." He shrugs. "Can't do anything but sit back or help unless you feel like playing for the other side."

"Actually, considering who we're talking about, I think we could legitimately convince her we're joining her side."
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>>5267699
"I think she likes me...? Maybe we sneak over to her side and get Mistral? I like how you think."
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>>5267701
"Sounds like a plan to me. I guess I might have to take one for the team if she doesn't like me. Maybe you can tell her I'm your friend? Loyal rock-in-training?"
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>>5267703
"Just stand still and copy my Iron Defense...?"
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>>5267706
"Sure. Never tried it before, but I'm all for trying!"
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>>5267674
"Wow Uh I Did Not Agree To That Or Was Made Aware Of Your New Status. You Are Very Interesting (That Is A Lie)." She points at Poli and then to the guild. "If You Are My New......... Minion You Should Go Annoy Them Instead."

>>5267675
"Maybe I Should Rescind Your Non-Stupidity But You Are A Rock So It Would Not Make A Difference," Diancie tuts, shaking her head and wagging a finger.

>>5267677
"No I Need As Much Minions As Possible (Excluding The Green Thing) And Also You Agreed To This Per The Terms Set On The Letter."

You look surprised. How could that be? You check the funny rock slab masquerading as a letter. It doesn't say anything on the... front... Quickly, you check the back. There's a whole other paragraph of printrune detailing the terms of identured services by agreeing to come here. Professor Pika has left a note stating to please read this back portion also.

>>5267701
"Are You Seriously Plotting In Front Of Me."

>>5267678
>>5267680
>>5267681
>>5267685
>>5267683
>>5267695
"No I Will Beat You In A Singing Contest But There Are Too Many Of You And I Will Not Make A Tactical Victory So I Am Going to Leave Now Also Deal With These Pokemon I Found." She puts a hand over her mouth again. "Now I Will Proceed To Laugh At You As I Make My Daring Escape. Hoh-hoh-hoh-hoh."

Diancie quickly flees, flying away as an Anorith and Krokorok step in.

They look at each other, uncertain of the challenge ahead. The Krokorok puts a hand over the back of its head, scratching it and looking sheepish.

"H-Hey, so there's a lot of you here and it's... not really personal, r-right?"

Your choices:
>Woooo! Let's fight them!
>Talking it out is always a possibility...
>>
>>5267710
Vee looks to Citrine. "Ready? Iron Defense, I'll copy it, then we walk up."
>>
>>5267712
"She left..."
>>
>>5267710
"Haha! I KNEW I'd make a good evil minion!"
>Poli is standing around with the enemy team.
>>
>>5267710
>Sable appears!
Hey guys, what's going on?
>>
>>5267715
Vee looks back. "Oh..."


...

"Now we have a tactic for next time! We'll get our chance."
>>
Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267710
>Talking it out is always a possibility...
“Darn! Got to remember to read the back..”

“Um, hello! We would like to get past you. May we?”
>>
>>5267710
Sure, talk, whatever. Everyone else will want to fight as always, right?
>>
>>5267719
“Hello Sable! Nice of you to drop in! Mistral has been kidnapped!”
>>
Rolled 10 (1d20)

>>5267710
>Talking it out is always a possibility...
He walks up to the Krokorok and places a foreleg around his shoulder. "Look, there's one of you and a lot of us- if you give up right now we'll just tell your boss that you gave us a run for our money and you make it out of this unscathed. Sound good?"
>>
>>5267710
>>Woooo! Let's fight them!
"Don't worry, this will only hurt for a bit..."
>>
>>5267720
"You've tried copying my Iron Defense before, Vee, though, haven't you?"

>>5267722
"No, we don't need to fight them. See? Nobody wants to-- Astor stand down."
>>
>>5267726
>>
>>5267724
WHAT!?
>>
>>5267727
(Kaku** why did I assume that was Astor???)
>>
>>5267727
"Not to my knowledge. It doesn't seem THAT hard. It looks kinda like when I use Copycat, but more silver."

>>5267731
"He flew away..." Vee is trying not to laugh now. "With some Geodudes... Ahahahaha! They can fly kinda and it's really funny. Ehehe!"
>>
Rolled 15 (1d20)

>>5267710
>Talking it out is always a possibility...
neither of us really have time for this. even if it'd be fun to try out if weather works down here you don't want your asses handing to you and we gotta save our friend
>>
>>5267735
>Sable has a deadpan expression
...wat.
>>
>>5267731
“Yeah. Evil rock Pokémon calling herself Lady came by and took him.”
>>
>>5267735
"No, you 100 percent did. On the bus. We tried it, like, twice. You almost had it."
>>
>>5267743
"Huh? Like a... I don't understand. Never been on a bus before."

>>5267739
"Yeah." He's stopped laughing now. Mostly. "We just saw him get taken away." He kicks the ground. "The Diancie said she wanted to make him into an evil minion, so he'll probably be okay, but we should go help him." He steps on a sharp rock. "Ow!"
>>
>>5267745
"Vee. Arce City. We go there sometimes when we sleep, some kind of parallel reality? Is this the real Vee I'm talking to?"
>>
>>5267710
>Talking it out is always a possibility...
"Let's not fight."
>>
>>5267745
Let's go get Mistral back, I don't like the thought of someone being "made" into an evil minion. You okay Vee? Your foot alright?
>>
>>5267746
"Are you insinuating there are other Vees running around?"

>>5267748
"Yeah, I'll just walk it off. We'll go find him. C'mere, it's weird having two conversations at once."
>>
>>5267710
"Fight me bitch!"
>>
Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5267708
>Talking it out is always a possibility
"You're not the ones who imprisoned our friend, no bad vibes between us!"
>>
>>5267749
>Sable follows Vee
>>
>>5267721
>>5267722
>>5267725
>>5267736
>>5267751
The Anorith shrugs, getting out of a position most optimally prepared to pounce and strike back. It clicks in frustration and relief before scuttling away.

Krokorok considers Charles' words and then Maroon and Castform's threats. "Honestly, all of you make really good points and I'm... not really looking forward to sluggin' it out with, uh... ten 'mons or whatever." He shrugs and just runs frightfully in the other direction. "I'm not even paid to care about thissss...!" His voice fades as he vanishes.

There's an Aron on the side of the road who had been watching this entire altercation. She continues to stand there, staring.

Mercy'd? +50EXP to all.

Your choices:
>Well, we must save our friend! (Follow the road and enter the city)
>Talk to the Aron, maybe they have something to say?
>>
>>5267750
“Let’s not aggravate the situation Astor. Save your strength for the real enemy!”
>>
>>5267753
>>Talk to the Aron, maybe they have something to say?
“Hello! Who are you?”
>>
>>5267753
>Well, we must save our friend! (Follow the road and enter the city)
>>
>>5267753
"I guess now's the time to keep moving forward." He looks to Sable and Citrine. "Let's continue while we walk."
>Follow the road and enter the city
>>
Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5267753
>Talk to the Aron, maybe they have something to say?
"Ohayo, what's up?"
>>
>>5267753
"Noooo! I can't believe the evil minions have been defeated! Save us, dark overlooooord!" Poli screams and runs away.
>>
>>5267753
>>Talk to the Aron, maybe they have something to say?
"Hey buddy, you look uhh, astounded."
>>
>>5267753
>>5267757
Right Veehind you!
>Well, we must save our friend! (Follow the road and enter the city)
>>
>>5267753
>Well, we must save our friend! (Follow the road and enter the city)
>>
Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5267753
"Hey, you! Talk or perish!"
>Talk to the Aron, maybe they have something to say?
>>
>>5267753
>Well, we must save our friend! (Follow the road and enter the city)
I wonder if the vane works down here...
>>
>>5267769
"Sandstorm reigns."
>>
>>5267766
Jeff! I feel like it's been ages since I saw ya! How've you been dude?
>>
"So anyway, yeah, I dunno what you mean, Citrine." Vee says while walking.
>>
>>5267771
I don't think there's enough sand down here to make that work.
or if that diamond lady would want sand anywhere near a crystal city.
>>
>>5267775
"It's full of Rock-types. Everyone would love it."
>>
Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5267753
>Talk to Aron
"Don't suppose you'd know anything important? Maybe getting our friend back."
>>
>>5267755
>>5267758
>>5267761
>>5267768
Their voice sounds distant and echoey as if the helmet seems to be messing with their already diminutive demeanor. "...I just thought that was interesting... you don't see Lady Diancie..." The Aron stumbles back as she's cowed by Astor's overwhelming presence. They waddle away in fright.

>>5267778
Ymir's friendliness gets the Aron to stop waddling and turns back around. "I... I don't really knooow... but maybe you can talk to some others in the market... usually the guards like to go there..."

They resume their fleeing.

>>5267756
>>5267757
>>5267763
>>5267766
>>5267769
With there no one else to talk to, the group collectively follows the same direction they were traveling before the interruption.

Walking down the other length of the road, you come across a giant sign that has printrune written on it. Interestingly, you know these words already. It's the sign for the Crystal Complex! It's a pretty city and you look at all the rock and ground types going about their day, most notably, however, are the rocks and crystals being carted around. Busy, huh?

Anyway, you need to save your friend before he gets turned into (probably) an evil minion to the diabolical Diancie!

Your choices:
>The Market probably has some gossip... (+Aron's suggestion)
>The City center might be an easy place to check out
>What about that giant castle all the way over there?
>>
Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5267781
>The Market probably has some gossip... (+Aron's suggestion)
>Sable does some SNOOPIN!
>>
>>5267781
>The Market probably has some gossip...

"It's what the Aron said. Mistral being in the castle's too obvious."
>>
>>5267781
>The Market probably has some gossip... (+Aron's suggestion)
"Let's get some gossip."
>>
Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5267781
"HEY, EVERYONE! LADY DIANCIE IS ACTUALLY A MAN! AND I HAVE PROOF! COME HERE FOR THE FRESH GOSSIP OF THE DAY!"
>The Market probably has some gossip...
>>
>>5267781
>To the market
"Right then, the market might have some info."
>>
>>5267781
>>The Market probably has some gossip... (+Aron's suggestion)
>>
>>5267781
>>The Market probably has some gossip... (+Aron's suggestion)
>Charles attempts to tune his horns to the many voices of the market
“Let’s see what we can hear…”
>>
>>5267781
>>5267782
>>5267783
"Yeah, I think that's probably the best idea."
>The Market probably has some gossip...

"Ow." Vee steps on another rock. "Mm..."
>>
Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5267789
>roll
>>
>>5267781
>The Market probably has some gossip... (+Aron's suggestion)
>>
Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5267785
"I need proof..."
"Citrine!"
>>
Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5267781
>The Market probably has some gossip... (+Aron's suggestion)
there could be something pretty we can sell to that swan for a profit!
>>
>>5267793
"Please."
>>
>>5267797
“Swan? What are you talking about Castform?”
>>
>>5267790
>Sable puts Vee on his head
No more ows
>>
Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5267799
"We need her!"
>>
>>5267802
"I beg you."
>>
Rolled 17 (1d20)

>>5267803
"...pretty please with a wrinkle of rainbow?"
>>
>>5267804
Citrine just stares.
>>
>>5267800
you know, the prissy one who we sold shiny stuff to!
>>
>>5267804
“Astor, what are you doing?”
>>
>>5267805
Maroon just feels like being a dog. He hugs Citrine.
>>
>>5267809
"I need proof that Lady Diancie is actually a man"
>>
>>5267810
"This is not helping."
>>
>>5267808
“The…oh! Right! The rich ‘mon! Thought you were talking about our Swan for a moment!”
>>
>>5267782
>>5267783
>>5267784
>>5267786
>>5267790
>>5267792
You arrive at the Market, a true hub of the underground city, with dozens of stalls and all kinds of cool things. Lots of cool decorations or items, rocks of all kinds, statues of pokemon... wow, it sure is busy. Following Aron's suggestions, you begin looking for Pokemon that look very guard-like.
>Ask a passerby (Stonjourner)
>Ask a shopkeep (Marowak)
>Investigate the pile of rocks (Roll required)

>>5267785
Astor is positively swarmed by a rock slide (literally!) of pokemon all willing to hear such juicy and most likely false information. Most of them don't really care, it's all just in good fun and most useless and harmless. Nost likely. Sticks and stones can't hurt a rock type! Do they even have bones?

>>5267789
Charles finds that in exchange for eyesight, his echolocating hearing is no longer as powerful! Anything useful gets drowned out by the hustle and bustle...

>>5267797
Castform finds a Dwebble selling some beautifully polished rocks and stones. They're quite nice. Hey. Some of those look like evolutionary items...
>>
>>5267811
“Your tactics confuse and frighten me.”
>>
Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5267814
*Cava looks at the rocks.
>>
Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267814
ooooh rocks!
>Investigate the pile of rocks (Roll required)
>>
Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5267814
"Hey, you! Talk or perish!"
>Ask a shopkeep (Marowak)
>>5267815
"Good"
>>
>>5267814
>Ask a passerby (Stonjourner)

"Yo, fellow rock! Everyone here's a fellow rock. That's cool."
>>
Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5267814
“Drat. Can’t hear to well.”
>Charles inspects the rocks
“These look pretty!”
>>
Rolled 2 (1d20)

>>5267819
Vee is pretending to be a rock to make the locals feel more comfortable.
>Ask a passerby (Stonjourner)
>>
Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267814
>evolutionary items?
oooh, these are certainly interesting. some of them remind me of the stones that made my friends larger.
excuse me Dwebble, or, uh, sorry I don't know your name. what's the prices on these?
>check to see specifically what kind of evolutionary items there are here. or what valuable crystals I could mark up later
>>
Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5267819
>roll
>>
>>5267820
> Meant evolutionary items
>>
>>5267819
>>5267821
"Am I... doing it right?"
>>
Rolled 4 (1d6)

>>5267814
Rolling to spawn(market)
>>
>>5267829
"...not really. Try harder."
>>
>>5267829
“You appear to be a bit…not rough enough?”
>>
>>5267829
Vee, you're not exactly rough enough to work as a rock
>>
>>5267832
>>5267834
>>5267835
>>5267835
"I don't know how to be less fluffy! How do I be a rock?"
>>
>>5267836
“Hmm. Try rolling around in the dust? Put a few rocks in your tail?”
>>
Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5267836
"Go and say "Hey, you! Start talking or perish!", it works every time"
>>
>>5267836
Here.
>Sable puts some gems he was saving in Vee's fluff
Now you're like me!
>>
>>5267836
Citrine uses Iron Defense.

"Copy this!"
>>
>>5267838
"I can try... I'll do it in a minute,"

>>5267839
"I don't have the means to back up that claim."

>>5267840
"Oh, thanks!"
>>
>>5267836
try something to make the fur coarser, like maroons.
>>
>>5267818
Astor currently cannot interact with other NPCs. He is currently being mobbed by dozens of pokemon, both large and small, all heckling him for his supposed gossip.

>>5267816
You are no rock expert, but you can tell that these are rocks.

>>5267817
With your previous knowledge of working with rocks (you are what one could call a rock expert...) this is some kind of rock found deep within the earth. Deeper than where you already are, anyway. Interesting that this is here. Perhaps this might mean something...

>>5267819
>>5267821
The Stonjourner stops stomping around and turns to look at the two. "Ye' sur' got a funny lookin' lil' rock ther'..." they say, inspecting the duo who had come to talk. "Wha' is it?"

>>5267820
>>5267822
Charles joins Castform at the stand as they look at the rocks. They're not very good at identifying things, but they can make out some stuff.

"I'm just Dwebble and this is the stuff I find when I'm out mining," he informs you, waving a claw over his wares.

>Topaz Sphere - 400P
>Opal Square - 500P
>Weird Rock - 1000P
>Peculiar Pebble - 1000P
>A Brilliant Turquoise Stone - 5000P
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>>5267848
(forgot image)
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

>>5267848
"The daily gossip! In today's edition, the federation uses the blood of childrens to cook candies! We have to reclaim our world! War against the feds!"
Astor has now become Alex Jones
>>
>>5267848
"Uhh... Yeah, we were just wondering about Diancie. One of our friends is... staying with her? We're wondering where that would be, exactly."
>>
Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5267851
"There's something in the water that is making Politoeds gay!"
>>
>>5267841
"Alright, guess I can try it now."

Vee uses Copycat and with a flash of white and silver, it's successfully used! It's almost like he's done this before.
"Hey, it worked. Nice!"

>>5267848
>>5267849
After becoming rock, Vee stands there and waits for someone else to say something.
>>
>>5267848
Rock! Deep rock! Yaaaaaaaay!
>Sable takes this rock
>>
Rolled 10 (1d20)

>>5267852
roll gone
>>
>>5267848
>>A Brilliant Turquoise Stone - 5000P
“Good day! Can I have that one please? It’s a very nice color!”
>Charles hands over 5000P
>>
Rolled 9 (1d20)

>>5267853
"There's magical girls living around us! I know one!"
"Citrine! We need her!"
>>
>>5267859
"I'M NOT!"
>>
Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5267859
"Zoroarks, despite being only 1% of the local population, actually are part of 100% of the power structure!"
>>
>>5267862
Astor, I think you're just saying things without researching them. Can you back any of that up with some sort of source?
>>
Rolled 4, 12 = 16 (2d20)

>>5267862
"BIRDS AREN'T FUCKING REAL! oh wait"
>>5267864
"The source is that i make it all"
>>
>>5267848
>>5267858
>castform, seeing charles buy the most expensive rock, decides he'll grab the topaz and opal spheres
>he hands over 900P for them
you've got a wonderful selection here Dwebble!
>he then overhears what astor is saying
...don't mind that bird, it has schizophrenia
>>
Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5267865
"ARCEUS IS A CREEP!"
>>
Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5267868
"GIRATINA IS A BITCH AND HAS A TOY, AND I KNOW HIS IDENTITY, BUT I CAN'T LEAK MAROON'S INFO, SO HE STAYS ANONYNOUS!"
>>
>>5267868
“Astor?”
>Charles looks worried for his friend
“Are you sure you want to be saying that?”
>>
Rolled 10 (1d20)

>>5267868
I FUCKING TOLD YOU MULTIPLE TIMES!
>Sable slaps Astor. He's done with his shit.
>>
Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5267870
"UNCENSORED, NOT AFRAID OF THE TRUTH!"
Astor spews more bs against Arceus
>>
Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267869
>Charles starts praying for Astor’s soul
“Please have mercy for he knows not what he says…”
>>
Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267873
"AND NOW, AS MY GRAND FINALE, PYRITE!"
>>
>>5267848
*Cava pokes the rock.
>>
Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5267873
>Sable slaps again
>>
Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5267876
>>
Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5267875
>Praying once more
“…”
“I’ve got nothing. Please don’t erase him.”
>>
>>5267868
>>5267873
*Ymir is amazed at Astor's pure bullshit somehow winning the crowd over*
>>
>>5267851
>>5267853
>>5267859
>>5267862
>>5267865
Astor's insane ramblings are both entertaining and possibly informative. Granted, he's not actually saying anything aside from shouting disjointed pieces of information, but they're still attracting a crowd. Soon enough, he'll get trapped here!
>He thinks he can hear something important from the crowd's discussion...
or
>He can keep going and receive 400P

>>5267868
Astor keeps going. He gets 500P for how entertaining his rambling has been from the crowd.
>Astor gains 500P.

>>5267869
>>5267873
Astor is crushed by a loose boulder. He temporarily loses 200 max HP for the remainder of this quest. He also gets 40EXP.

>>5267852
The Stonjourner appears to be going on a serious journey within his mind. It's okay, he's just a little slow. Finally, after a couple of minutes, he speaks up. "Okae', I'm pretta' sure the guests stay in that big castle of 'hers... dunno if it was up... or down?"

He walks away, stomping in thought.

>>5267858
>Charles acquired a Dawn Stone!

>>5267866
>Castform acquired an Opal Sphere! (It just looks nice...)
>>
>>5267875
"SHUT UP, I'M HAVING A CONVERSATION!"

Citrine tunes the rest out.
>>
Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5267887
Discovering a new niche, Astor does even more slander against Arceus while shilling the church of Reshiram
He also hears the info
>>
>>5267887
Vee looks to Citrine, seeing that his rock disguise worked. "The plan is coming along nicely. I've got my disguise, and Iron Defense added for extra certainty. Now all we need to do is find her again."
>>
Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5267887
>Fed up with Astor's stupidity, Sable goes off to investigate on his own. Or get racially profiled as a rock eater extraordinaire.
>>
Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5267887
*Cava isn't sure what to do and just tries to listen for info.
>>
Rolled 14 (1d20)

"REMEMBER TO SUSCRIBE TO MY NEWSPAPER, THE DAILY TRUTH WITH ESCAVALIER, ONLY 1,000 COINS, PREPAID!"
Astor attempts to scam
>>
>>5267887

>>5267894
"Yeah. It might work. Looks like it actually was the castle...? You fine with going, or is there anything else you gotta do?"
>>
>>5267901
"I dunno. I'm good if you are! She already likes you, so you can be the lead there."
>>
Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5267887
>>5267898
>Charles tries again to listen with his horns. They can’t be messed up that much from the evolution, right?
>>
>>5267897
He should have probably recovened with the rest of the group to help corroborate their findings but he's already off! Investigating stuff!

Your options:
>Head to the City Center
>That big castle in the distance

>>5267898
Escavalier hears some information about how a formation of geodudes flew to the castle... but they didn't use the normal entrance! What could that mean...?
>>
>>5267887
>castform enjoys the look of the sphere, if we can't mark it up later it would work great as room decoration!
Thank you Dwebble!
>>5267903
>he then turns to Charles
hear anything Charles?
>>
>>5267904
>That big castle in the distance
hm. That looks important!
>>
>>5267906
“Not sure yet Cast. Nothing coming in yet. I feel like I’m hearing a lot though.”
>>
Rolled 18 (1d20)

"PEOPLE OF THIS SHITHOLE, THE ELITE HAS HIDED SO MUCH STUFF FROM YOU, LET'S TAKE BACK WHAT IS OURS! MARCH WITH ME TO THE CASTLE!"
Astor rallies a full-on coup
>>
>>5267906
“Hearing something about geodudes flying into the castle with a different entrance…Something to look into when we get near I guess.”
>>
>>5267904
"Hey guys, I heard about Geodudes heading to the castle, but not through the regular entrance."
>>
>>5267914
then shall we check out the castle? got to be sure our friend is okay after all.
>>
>>5267904
>>5267916
>Charles sees his friends walking off and follows
>>5267918
“I heard too! We’ll have to look closer when we get there.”
>>
>>5267916
"And we're off!"
>>
>>5267920
“Yes! Let’s go my friend! Er…Storm Brother!”
>>
>>5267925
>castform nods
let's go!
>next stop, the castle!
>>
>>5267908
You arrive at the foot of the castle. At first the entrance looks unguarded... but that's until you see the two Stonjourners standing a vigilant guard!

You are then joined by the rest of your compatriots. You all stand a good distance away, contemplating what your next course of action would be.

The choices:
>Attempt to gain access to this front gate
>(Unlocked: Deep Rock and Gossip) But that doesn't seem right... that front entrance...
>Player choice
>>
>>5267929
>(Unlocked: Deep Rock and Gossip) But that doesn't seem right... that front entrance...
Something's off here...
>>
Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5267929
"Hrmm..."
>(Unlocked: Deep Rock and Gossip) But that doesn't seem right... that front entrance...
>>
Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5267929
>>(Unlocked: Deep Rock and Gossip) But that doesn't seem right... that front entrance...
>Charles attempts to perceive
“Something is off about that entrance. Can anyone see or sense anything?”
>>
Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5267929
"PEOPLE OF THE TOWN, AT THE DOORS OF THEIR CASTLE, THE ELITES, SUCH COWARDS, HIDE IN FEAR! SHOW THEM WHAT IS REAL FEAR!"
"ORA!"
>Player choice: Rally the masses to bring down the front gate
>>
Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5267929
>(Unlocked: Deep Rock and Gossip) But that doesn't seem right... that front entrance...
Charles, those Geodude didn't come through here right? I'll signal if I need help.
>castform floats up to inspect for alternate entry points
>>
Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5267930
>>5267929
(fug was i supposed to roll?)
>>
Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5267929
>>5267930
"What do you mean?"

Citrine looks around for something 'off'.
>>
>>5267929
As he reaches their destination, Vee steps on another rock. "Ow! I hate walking here..."

He looks up. "Wait, now's our chance, for real, Citrine!"
>>
Maroon is standing by idly when he feel something warm in his bag. Quickly, he slides it off and checks inside. He finds that his Red Stone is gone, but in it's place is short, spiral horn made of some dark stone with the bottom end broken off into a sharp point. It feels hot in his paws, there's a powerful urge to just jam it in his-
"A-Ah!" he yelps, the Heavy Horn flies into his mane and embeds itself in Maroon's head. He shudders as the sharp pain quickly subsides.
"Arceus. . . What was that. . ?" He groans. It seems that it's just pierced the skin, held mostly in place the Arcanine's thick mane, but trying to remove hurts none the less.
Maroon removes his hair bead and twisted headband, flattening it back to it's original look and ties it back around his head, a tear just underneath the new protrusion in his head.
>>
>>5267937
"Oh, yeah. Let's try- and there goes Astor."
>>
Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5267929
>(Unlocked: Deep Rock and Gossip) But that doesn't seem right... that front entrance...

"Yeah nah never go in the front when sneakin' into a place. That entrance don't look right either."
*He tries to get a better look*
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>>5267938
“Maroon, what are you doing? And what is that sticking out of your head?”
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>>5267929
>>5267940
"There he goes." Vee watches Astor's attempt at inciting a civil war. "Huh. Neat."

He turns back. "Anyway. Let's just look around to make sure. I don't wanna fail. Not with a disguise this cool."
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5267938
"COME ON MAROON, DON'T STAY THERE COMRADE, GO TO THE FRONT LINE! ORA!"
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>>5267943
"By the way, I thought you knew you could just climb into me if you don't like the terrain. You've done it before and I've told you you can just do it whenever. No need for you to step on rocks."
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>>5267945
(Onto. I hate. Phoneposting. I meant "onto".)
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>>5267930
>>5267931
>>5267932
>>5267934
>>5267941
From what you gathered, with the rock pile and the gossip from the crowd gathered by Astor... the front entrance isn't the way to find your friend. As you all look around and get a better look for the surroundings, you can see nestled between two buildings is a passageway that, had you not been ready to look for, would've easily been missed!

Finally, you figure out what's wrong with that front entrance. There's even more Stonjourners just waiting behind the first gate! And... something ominous behind it.

Your options:
>Proceed through the front entrance anyway, I'm not afraid!
>Okay, maybe a little afraid. Let's go take this alternate route.

>>5267933
Astor manages to rally no one. They all seem pretty content with the status quo.
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>>5267942
"Ow. . ." He taps his newly acquired horn and winces. "It's. . . nothing. I'm fine."

>>5267944
"What are you even talking about Astor???"
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267945
"Oh." Vee says. "Thanks." Vee climbs up onto Citrine, He is now a rock stacked on top of a rock. Very inconspicuous. The plan HAS to work now!

Vee searches around for anything of note.
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5267948
"... well..."
"FREE LOOT INSIDE THE CASTLE!"
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>>5267948
>Okay, maybe a little afraid. Let's go take this alternate route.
that's a trap.
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>>5267948
>Okay, maybe a little afraid. Let's go take this alternate route.
All those years of playing RPGs finally come in handy! Follow me!
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5267948
Citrine stealths to the alternate entrance like only a 6ft+ tall rock could.
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>>5267948
>Okay, maybe a little afraid. Let's go take this alternate route.
"Let's sneak inside. I'd rather not waste our time with another fight." Maroon declares. He turns to Citrine. "C'mon Citrine, we've got no time to waste. We've got to save Mistral as quickly as possible."
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>>5267948
>>Okay, maybe a little afraid. Let's go take this alternate route.
“I say we take the safe option.”
>>5267949
“If you’re sure. When we get back I’ll treat to you some food! Heal up that wound.”
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>>5267948
>Let's take the alternate route
"That's definitely more trouble than it's worth. Plus we gotta save our energy for thr real beat down!"
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

>>5267955
Vee, being the rock on top of him, stealths with him. He understands the secrets of sneaky, and he's willing to share them.
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>>5267948
>Alternate route.
"Let's go..."
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>>5267958
He smiles. 'Thanks, Charles. I appreciate it." He moves over to nuzzle the Goodra's side.
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Rolled 11 (1d20)

>>5267964
>Charles tries not to get goo on his friend
“Heh! Glad to have you back too.”
>>
Electing for the alternate route (Citrine and Vee do go rockily walking to the front entrance and was very obvious so they were turned away), the group walks through a long, dark tunnel, made of the same rock that Sable identified earlier.

Eventually, they come to the end of it with this elaborate and large cart system. Diancie is there, discussing angrily with Poli over the placement of a giant gold statue of a bird-guy.

"I Also Was Not Aware Frogs Had Beaks. Also Who Is Burghley. You Put The Statue Over The Cool Tracks That I Set Up On This Modified Mine Cart System And..." She notices the group arriving. "What. Why Did All Of You Enter From the Cool Ride Exit--"

She shakes her head. "Hoh-hoh-hoh-hoh. Lost Hope Guild. It Appears You Have Finally Arrived (From The Wrong Direction) To Get Your Asses Kicked. I Have Set Up This Mine Cart System So That We May Fight Most Epicly."

Mistral is still in the floating Geodude rock cage. "Finally! Guys! She's trying to destroy the world by removing all the ground from underneath the surface and making everything underground! It's... kind of weird but..."

"You Are Spoiling The Surprise Shut Up." She turns back to the group. "Also If You Lose You Will Become My Loyal Minions."

Accept the fight ride?
>Hell yeah!
>Sure thing!
>Wait, why are all the options yes??? Yes!
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>>5267978
Why are you covered in food?
also
Mistral! We're here to get you out of the food cage!
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>>5267978
>Wait, why are all the options yes??? Yes!

"Will that even work for me?"
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5267978
>>Wait, why are all the options yes??? Yes!
>Intimidation
“We accept your fight! We’ll get Mistral back!”
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>>5267978
"It's a counterweight. For SMART people. It'll make the cart go faster. Probably..." Poli justifies his... uh... choices.
He turns to his guildmates. "Oh, wait! Does this mean I get to use my cool minion magic, now?"
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>>5267978
"I do not care for your plan. Fighting it is."
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5267978
>Hell Yeah!
"Hell yeah!" Maroon roars.
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>>5267978
>Hell yeah
"Well would you look at the time, it's ROCK PUNCHING TIME!"
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>>5267983
Poli what are you doing over there?
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>>5267978
>>5267981
"The time for planning to pay off is now." He says to Citrine.
Vee is waiting rockily to join Diancie.
>Wait, why are all the options yes??? Yes!
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>>5267987
"World domination and minion duties!"
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>>5267989
I see. What happens when we beat her though?
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>>5267990
"Hahaha... You WON'T with my new MAGICAL SUPREME EVIL POWER!"
Poli powers up!
...Nothing happens.
>>
(neary 5am, calling it for now)
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>>5267991
...uh... was something supposed to happen or... should I just... pretend???
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>>5267991
“Poli? Are you ok?”
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>>5267994
>>5267995
"Uh... I don't think it works outside of combat."
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>>5267991
"Was uhhh something supposed to happen their?"
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>>5267996
Oh. uh, try again when we're doing that then.
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>>5267991
"You're really into this, huh?"
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5267996
>Friendship!
“Poli! Want to join us? We have lean! I don’t think Diancie has any down here does she?”
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>>5268000
"Excellent point. What kind of evil overlord has no lean? Vengeance isn't worth that!"
>Poli unjoins the enemy.
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>>5268001
>Charles smiles
“Glad to have you back Poli!”
>Charles takes out some Lean he felt he would need today
“Here! Brought some from home!”
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>>5268001
"Good to have ya back Poli, no harsh feelings?"
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>5267983
"Okay Instead of Arguing With Me You Should Instead Get Into That Cart Right There And Fight Them." She points to the cart that has been painted green and has a bumper shaped into a Politoed's face.

>>5268001
"Oh Finally I Thought He Would Never Leave This Is So Much Better." She raises a hand and sends out a thundering storm of sharpened diamonds, exploding the Bruruguguerdgly statue. Ka-boom.

>>5267981
>>5267982
>>5267984
>>5267985
>>5267986
>>5267988
You all enter the fashionably designed carts, all sized to neatly fit all of you. It... might get a little restrictive to move. The carts begin rolling forward on their own.

"Hoh-hoh-hoh-hoh. Observe While I Activate My Ultimate Power In Order To Defeat All Of You." She grabs a glowing rock out from the side of her necklace and clutches it tightly. Flowing light washes over the room. As it fades, a massive dress and flowing chandelier of jewels has taken Diancie's place.

She's mega-evolved!

"Hoh-hoh-hoh-hoh! You Do Not Stand A Chance When I Am All Shiny And Adorned With More Crystals."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBjscyFC3jo

Battle Begin against Mega Diancie (Level 65)
ACTIONs, please!
>1 for PCs, 2 for NPC
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Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5268004
"Sorry Citrine..."
"BY THE POWER OF THEE STARTS, I CALL YOU PYRITE!"
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>>5268002
"Wow, thanks!"
>>5268003
"Don't even speak to me."
>>5268004
"Not fair!!! I wanted my own evil transformation!"
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>>5268004
“I’m torn between saying ‘that is a beautiful dress’ and ‘oh good lord this does not look good!’”
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>>5268005
...Nothing happens?
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>>5268004
"Oh." Vee looks at Diancie. "That's a mega."

>>5268010
"Are you okay, Citrine?" Vee says from his shoulder.
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5268005
>Charles tries to talk sense into Astor
“Astor, please stop this. It’s getting to be a bit much.”
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>>5268013
"I'm fine."
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

>>5268006
"Maybe Then You Should Not Have Betrayed Me. Also I Was Never Really A Real Wizard Anyway I Just Used Pre-Drawn Cantrips." She puts a hand up and starts laughing.

>>5268004
"Hoh-hoh-hoh. I Will Give All Of You One Last Chance. You May Join Me And Be Rewarded With Untold Riches (I Was Informed Surface-Dwellers Enjoyed Shiny Objects)."

Diancie shrugs, summoning and holding a hail of Diamonds. "Or You Can Perish Under A Hail Of Really Sharp Rocks That I Summon. It Will Be Very Unpleasant."

Your choices:
>Wealth
>Perish

"Also I Will Shoot At You Regardless."
Mega Diancie (Calc: Level 65) used Diamond Storm!
>Roll greater than her roll to dodge it!
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5268016
"Hey! That's my line you whore!"
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5268004
"Wow, a Diamond Storm! This is what Gartrie told me about!"
"Also, Wealth!"
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Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5268016
>Dodgeroll
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Rolled 10 (1d20)

>>5268016
>Player Choice
"I choose gettin' our friend back!"
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

>>5268016
>Player choice: Not Perish
“I don’t think either of those options sound fun
>Dodge!
“Goodness!”
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5268015
"That's good. What are we gonna do?" Vee is cut off when he sees a diamond from Diamond Storm.

>>5268016
"Woah!" Vee tries to dodge it!

"Okay, money! I'm all about that! You like stealing? Perfect for an evil minion, right?"
>Wealth
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Rolled 8 (1d20)

>>5268016
"Can I just pick neither?" Citrine says, staring straight ahead and trying to dodge. How the fuck would he even be doing that?
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5268023
Citrine blocks for Vee. (Full)
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Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5268016
>Perish
Maroon tears his Raging Glass from it's sheathe and growls in defiance of the bejeweled princess.
>>
"Wow I Was Not Actually Aiming At Anything How Did You Even Manage To Get Hit?" Diancie asks, confused how Vee needed to be protected.

>>5268030
Maroon gets a bonus action for the upcoming turn!

LHG TURN 1
ACTIONs!
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5268033
Target mode: Kill
Astor uses Steel wing on Diancie!
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5268016
"Wait, wealth? I love money."
>Wealth
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Rolled 18 (1d20)

>>5268033
>ACTION
"Now it's our turn!"
*Ymir strikes Diancie with Liquidation*
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>>5268033
Citrine took his action blocking for Vee. He just looks at Diancie angrily instead.

"Your plan is REALLY stupid!"

His Light Core hovers next to him, also making accusatory noises.
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5268033
>Charles uses Acid Spray!
>Purple energy starts flowing through Charles’ form! He releases a burst of purple acid from his mouth!
“Give us our friend back!”
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Rolled 10 (1d20)

>>5268033
"It's just I wanted to show my usefulness in not being weak! Y'know, so I could be a cool evil minion? My friend here's a REALLY cool evil minion!"

Vee is trying to be a cool rock. He is more rock-like than he's ever been before!
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Rolled 15 (1d20)

>>5268033
>ACTION
foodfoodfoodfoodfoodFOODFOODFOODFOOD!!!!!!!
>Sable lunges at Mega-Diancie. His fairy-fear has been overridden by his need to feed!
FOOD!!!!!!!!
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Rolled 14 (1d20)

>>5268033
>>5268040
"Uh, don't worry Charles! I'll save maximum power after!"
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>>5268041
"Oh. I thought we dropped the ruse. Sorry."
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5268033
>ACTION
"Wait I can just steal your money after beating you up."
>Poli's Drizzle!
>Poli used Hydro Pump on Diancie
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>>5268043
“Cough cough. Thank you Cava. Sorry…”
>>
>>5268043
(547 damage, this was a Flash Cannon)
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>>5268044
"I wanna make the most out of my current rockiness."
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Rolled 1, 4, 3 = 8 (3d10)

>>5268033
Maroon adjusts the speed of his cart to get within in striking distance of Diancie before swinging with wild abandon at incredible speeds! His movements are noticeably faster and hit harder than before, the Heavy Horn embedded in his head is flaring like a blowtorch.

>Maroon used Raging Blade!
>Maroon used Raging Blade!
>Maroon used Extreme Speed!
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>>5268042
(107 DMG. fuck fairies and their stupid eat resistance)
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5268049
Astor sits to watch Maroon attacking
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>>5268049
>Maroon deals 271 damage and receives 68 recoil from Heavy Horn.
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Rolled 5 (1d20)

After failing to sit, Astor vibes
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Rolled 6, 13 = 19 (2d20)

>>5268034
Astor jets out from his minecart, soaring along as they begin to speed up and leave the confines of the tunnel, now riding to the backdrop of the glittering crystal city. He slams her with a sharpened wing of dagger-feathers!

"That Was Painful But Not As Much As That Green Thing Over There. He Did Not Stop Talking About Lean. What Even Is Lean."

>>5268037
Ymir positions himself and anchors in the cart, shooting out a jet of water as he flies right up! He collides with Diancie and crashes back in the cart.

>>5268040
Charles coughs up the Acid Spray, failing to send it farther than a foot in front of him.

>>5268041
rock

>>5268042
"Hoh-hoh-hoh--Get Off Of Me You Crystal Consuming Demonite Get Off Get Off Get Off Get Off Get Off-" She rips Sable from her dress and gems and tosses him back into the cart. "Remain Seated You Gemlin."

>>5268043
Steadying himself in the fast-moving cart, Escavalier aims his lances to a pinpoint and fires a cone of sharpened light! It slices right at Diancie who cries out, a shrill thing of both vocals and crystals cracking under the withering blow!

>>5268045
Diancie covers herself as she's about to be targeted, but watches the Hydro Pump harmlessly fly off into the distance. "Hoh-hoh-hoh. You Missed When You Had The Intention Of Hitting While I Did Not Miss When I Did Not Have The Intention Of Hitting."

>>5268049
Maroon hops out of the cart and starts running on the tracks! His legs thump and he jumps! The swing of the blade cleaves right through air as Diancie just floats out of the way! But the upcoming uppercut and faster-than-fast tackle hits right! Diancie looks unfazed.

ENEMY TURN 2

"Clearly You Do Not Want To Take The Wealth Option Otherwise You Would Not Have Attacked," she speaks, straightening her dress and summoning a glass to drink molten lava from. "Okay I Will Kill All Of You Now."
>Diancie (Calc: Level 65) used Diamond Storm! Beat her first roll to dodge it! (300 damage otherwise, flat)

She aims a pointed finger at Sable's cart. "Also I Will Single You Out Because You Are Evil And Attempted To Consume Me."
>Diancie (Calc: Level 65) used Moonblast!
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Rolled 16 (1d20)

>>5268062
"Again?"
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Rolled 17 (1d20)

>>5268062
Astor tries to dodge the move
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Rolled 9 (1d20)

>>5268062
Maroon tries to use his superior speed to dodge out of the way.
>>
Rolled 19, 9 = 28 (2d20)

>>5268062
>ACTION
>dodge roll, Hydro Pump again
"You shut up, you fake wizard! I bet your transformation isn't even powered by DARKNESS!"
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Rolled 1 (1d20)

>>5268062
"And that ain't the only one headed to your face!"
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5268062
>Dodge! Again!
“Not again!”
>Charles attempts to liquefy his body to avoid the incoming crystals!
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Rolled 2 (1d20)

Vee is usually pretty persistent, but this is an unusual situation. "You know, for someone who talks about wanting minions, you sure don't take job offers very well."

He looks down to Citrine. "I have an idea."
Vee tries to dodge the Diamond Storm, paying very close attention to it.
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Rolled 10 (1d20)

>>5268072
Vee tries to find find a comfy spot on Citrine's back for what's next. "Okay..."
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5268069
>ACTION
"How's about a little muck to match your insides?"
*Ymir sends a Mud Shot right for Diancie's face*
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Rolled 20 (1d20)

>>5268064
"Heh, nothin personel"
Astor uses Steel wing again!
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Rolled 2 (1d20)

>>5268062
>(HP: 792/1060)
>Charles uses Acid Spray with yo-yo!
Realizing that the wind it much too high to send out acid spray, Charles pockets his acid spray in a glob of goo and attaches it to his yo-yo!
He flings the yo-yo at diancie, breaking the glob against her!
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>>5268062
>Sable just got fucking NUKED for over 12k dmg.
>Sable slumps in his cart
>Sable might actually be done for this time
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5268076
>>5268062
"Thanks Charles. I'm about to blow myself up doing this."
FLASH
CANNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOON!
MAXIMUM INJECTION MOLD!
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>>5268076
(95 Damage and enemy special defense lowered by 2 stages)
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>>5268078
*Cava's literally nuking himself to almost death for this! 2062 damage! 9 HP left!
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Rolled 6 (1d20)

>>5268062
Maroon leaps out of his cart and attempts conk Diancie with the pummel of his sword!
>Maroon used Raging Glass!
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>>5268080
“Cava! Are you ok?!”
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>>5268081
>Maroon did 183 damage and received 46 recoil.
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>>5268082
*Cava looks like he just got liquified by a thousand flames. At least he's still floating?
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>>5268084
“Stick with us Cava!”
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>>5268062
>>5268072
>>5268073
Vee is unconscious without any help to block the damage. Down in one hit. Poor Vee.
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Rolled 17 (1d20)

>>5268090
Vee manages to get behind Citrine before he's hit. It's a miracle!

Jumping up on top of him. He readies himself, and uses Copycat!
Vee used Diamond Storm!
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>>5268096
156 damage!
Vee's defense was raised by two!
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Rolled 3 (1d20)

>>5268066
"No Of Course Not Why Would It Be Powered By The Darkness I Am A Fairy That Would Be--" She's beamed in the chest by a more accurate column of swirling water. "Oh I See You Distracted Me."

>>5268074
The Mud Shot is sent soaring through the air splashing against Diancie's once clean sheen! She's all muddied up! Diancie looks on in disgust as she attempts to wipe it off.

>>5268075
Astor once again launches off from his rolling mine cart, wings spread in full, gleaming with a metallic sheen as they harden to the strength of tempered blades! Darting through the air, he strikes Diancie with a heavy and brutal diagonal slash from both wings, leaving a nasty crossing scar on her crystals! Crystal dust and shards glitter through the air as she falters, pained.

>>5268076
Charles coats his yo-yo in a ball of acid and grabs the end, swirling it around in an orbit around him. The yo-yo, sufficiently moving, is thrown forth, striking Diancie and hissing and ugly purple over her once-white-once-clean dress. She screams out, attempting to throw it off.

>>5268078
Diancie is nearly leveled with such catastrophic damage! The bottom of her fraying crystal chandelier dips below her original flight line and scrapes against the ground as she concentrates on staying airborne.

>>5268081
Diancie doesn't seem to bother with dealing the fast-running dog as Maroon bashes her with the sword! Her crystals further crack and spiderweb from the strike.

>>5268096
"Wait I Thought I Killed You How Did You Get Back Up And How Are You--" She's cut off as a hail of her own copied diamonds begin slamming into her fraying dress and broken crystals. They either deflect harmlessly or shatter against her body.

The air glitters with rain and diamond dust...

ENEMY TURN 3

Diancie is slowing down and speeding up erratically. Clutching her arm and keeping it up is already a massive effort. "I Did Not Expect You To Be So Strangely Suicidal And Also Be Very In Tune With My One Specific Weakness But I Should Have Guessed That One."
>Diancie smashes the ground with a Stone Edge, summoning a hazard right in front of Escavalier and Charles' carts! They'll need to jump ship and join someone else! (Share and work together!)
>Diancie points another finger and fires off a Moonblast shot at Astor!

LHG TURN 3

"I Do Not Know How Much Longer I Can Keep This Up." Diancie is looking worse for wear!
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Rolled 12 (1d20)

>>5268102
"Taste the edge of my obsidian blade!" Maroon somersaults in the air at her, sword fully extended.
>Maroon used Raging Blade!
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Rolled 4 (1d20)

>>5268102
Vee sees his friend Sable unconscious on another cart and knows what he must do. "If you won't let me be an evil minion, then I'm taking your evil Fairy powers!"

Vee lunges forward in an attempt to steal one of her cool pink gems! One for Sable!
Vee used Covet!
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Rolled 7 (1d20)

>>5268102
"... that was a terrible line, ehh... ice to meet you?"
Astor uses Steel Wing again
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Rolled 19 (1d20)

>>5268102
>Charles pilots his cart closer to Cava.
>He uses his goo to stick to him and awaits for his friend to lift them off!
“Sorry Cava, but we need to bail! Lift us out of here!”
>Rolling for friend surfing
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>>5268105
>Maroon does 189 damage and takes 47 recoil!
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