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Session 3E - Wherein a Rattata becomes the BBEG

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  1. [16:09:57] <@Giantree> It's the 16th of Summer!  And it's a bright, sunny day, as all Summer days are.  The only thing dimming it is how there's been a little less food every day, and a little less of... minor things some people may care about, too, though most of them still fit into the 'consumable' category pretty well.  To add to things, all of the victims have pronounced Pokémon trails leading from their homes into the same entrance to the Old Forest, leaves scattered about them and everything.  It SEEMS they head deeper inside.
  2. [16:14:57] * Canute is simply plopped down near the tracks, looking at them carefully. CAREFULLY. Not as if he's scared or anything.
  3. [16:16:51] * Break is now known as Nephene
  4. [16:17:22] * Raven can be found examining these tracks closely, little entourage of trackers at hand. "Can you little guys pick up a scent?"
  5. [16:17:35] <@Giantree> The thick brush stares down menacingly!  Without eyes it can only be so menacing, but the darkness of the inner forest belies the general brightness of outside.
  6. [16:18:23] <Raven> 1d20 tracker check, Maki
  7. [16:18:24] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, tracker check, Maki: 16 [1d20=16]
  8. [16:18:58] * Nephene peers into the Forest in the direction of the tracks, trying to pick up any movement with Aura. Amon does the same.
  9. [16:19:44] <Raven> "Can't imagine this is any worse than the dragon that was livin' in the old mines," she says as she peers down the path.
  10. [16:19:57] * Balthazar is walking around with Señor X marching beside him. "Vhy did i agreed to do zis again?"
  11. [16:20:14] <Nephene> "Don't remind me about that."
  12. [16:20:20] <@Giantree> It looks like whatever made the tracks didn't do a very good job of hiding them; there's even some small indentations in the dirt where they may have tripped and fallen or something.  Though they lead from every direction outside, they all seem to converge onto a not-very-well-hidden trail.
  13. [16:20:25] <Nephene> "I was worried sick."
  14. [16:21:03] <@Giantree> Deeper into the forest, it leads, if that's any surprise.  It seems to be a little off from the main trail through the forest though.
  15. [16:21:09] * Canute tries to pull himself away from a confused stare at the little green man. "Someone has to go first, you know."
  16. [16:22:32] <Raven> "Well ya did sorta volunteer yourself for this sorta business, Terry," she says as she gets up and looks down the fresh trail.  "The bandits don't seem to be the best bunch at getting away, it seems.  We got a clear shot to them."
  17. [16:23:14] * Balthazar :<s at Raven. "Yeah, but i volunteered for ze fun stuff, not to valk around on a dirty trail looking for houndour poop!" He says while holding a pout.
  18. [16:23:28] <@Giantree> In addition, the trails don't look like human feet at all!  Well... if anything, they look like something tried to smear them to make it look like human feet in some areas, but then returns to being tiny footprints.
  19. [16:24:38] <@Giantree> Still, movement can be felt from deep inside the forest, though not actually too far off from the entrance.  It seems like there's only a few of them nearby, whatever they may be.
  20. [16:25:36] <Nephene> "They're still here."
  21. [16:26:16] <@Giantree> There's something further off, though the forest has been known to be home to its own selection of Pokémon.  The only strange things are the concentrations of numbers.
  22. [16:26:43] <Raven> "Well, let's get movin', I guess.  Good to see you around, Mr. Alphaeus.  Haven't seen you since the incident at the tower," she says as she unslings her rifle and starts down the path.
  23. [16:27:36] <Canute> "Oh, don't worry, if you don't hear from me for long periods of time I'm just busy. Really, glad I'm not alone in having these problems."
  24. [16:27:42] <Nephene> "Likewise. You said you'd visit."
  25. [16:29:20] <Balthazar> "Vhy is ze bar lady und ze wizard with us again, eh?"
  26. [16:29:27] <Canute> "The what."
  27. [16:30:28] <@Giantree> The trail leads on, continuing to an overgrown, decrepid-looking building.  Though the auras still come from every which way, they seem to be much closer by... until suddenly it becomes so much more apparent that there's a BIG concentration of life-signs up ahead.
  28. [16:30:32] <Balthazar> "N-nothing!"
  29. [16:31:09] <Canute> "Sure, the TOWER'S questionable, but... Hm. Interesting hideout. Wonder if..."
  30. [16:31:40] <Nephene> "There's....a lot of them. All in one place, even."
  31. [16:31:50] <Raven> "Don't be silly; He's an apocathery, not a wizard, Terry."
  32. [16:31:52] <Canute> "Of whats?"
  33. [16:32:34] <Nephene> She points to the source of the disturbance, and briefly considers how to approach. "Of life in general. The Pokemon in this forest are usually much more spread out."
  34. [16:32:49] * Balthazar looks shiftly at the sides, lowering his head. "Y-you are right there sis!"
  35. [16:32:51] <Canute> "Well maybe it's just full of bugs."
  36. [16:32:52] <@Giantree> For the record the auras are all somewhat darkened.  But...
  37. [16:32:57] <@Giantree> Percepts, everyone!
  38. [16:33:04] <Canute> 1d20-2 hahaha
  39. [16:33:06] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, hahaha: 6 [1d20=8]
  40. [16:33:13] <Raven> 1d20
  41. [16:33:13] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 1d20: 1 [1d20=1]
  42. [16:33:21] <@Giantree> BUGS EVERYWHERE
  43. [16:33:29] <Balthazar> 1d20+1 oh boy
  44. [16:33:30] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, oh boy: 3 [1d20=2]
  45. [16:33:36] <Balthazar> oh dice
  46. [16:33:39] <Nephene> 1d20-2 oh dear
  47. [16:33:40] <DiceMaid-9001> Nephene, oh dear: 2 [1d20=4]
  48. [16:34:04] <@Giantree> In fact, the bugs on the ground are much more interesting to everybody than whatever else could be currently happening!  They're all different shapes and sizes, too~
  49. [16:34:13] <Aori_Radidjiu> Everyone fails at perceiving forever.
  50. [16:34:23] <Canute> why are you talking in here
  51. [16:34:35] <Balthazar> (you know you are not supposed to talk while spectating)
  52. [16:34:36] <Canute> make like a ghost and shuppet
  53. [16:34:45] * Aori_Radidjiu shuppets.
  54. [16:35:16] <Raven> Rather than stare at the bugs, Raven hopes Neph doesn't notice a missing bottle of massage oils.
  55. [16:35:38] * Canute tries to avoid stepping on any of them. Or getting near them. Or looking directly at them.
  56. [16:35:51] <@Giantree> ... But the piercing BOOM that echoes from nearby is a different story altogether.  Or, maybe it's just a CRASH, but regardless, leaves from the trees above scatter as the whole building nearby shakes a little.
  57. [16:35:56] * Balthazar steps on the bugs, not paying attention to that shit!
  58. [16:36:29] <Nephene> "....well, there's our lead."
  59. [16:37:24] <Raven> "Huh!?  Oh, yes, indeed."
  60. [16:37:34] <Canute> "Or something completely unrelated."
  61. [16:37:38] <@Giantree> Something shuffles about inside the wide entrance to the building.  Or, a big red something hangs straight out in the open like it's trying to not be seen.  It isn't doing a good job.
  62. [16:37:44] * Nephene follows the noise, taking care to stay relatively stealthy. IN a sonic sense, this is difficult with leaves crunching underfoot.
  63. [16:38:30] <@Giantree> There's a big mix of different kind of prints and trails on the ground that Nephene ends up traversing, but the smell of smoke gets gradually stronger along the path.
  64. [16:39:36] * Balthazar grabs his ray gun and points at the darkness, ready to cast magic missile at it. I mean, shoot a laser!
  65. [16:39:54] * Nephene tightens her gloves.
  66. [16:40:59] <Raven> "What the heck is that red thing? And...smoke?"
  67. [16:41:40] <Raven> "Shit, hope this ain't a forest fire or we're in for some serious trouble."
  68. [16:41:46] <@Giantree> The red thing shuffles and flips itself around, shoving itself inside the building!  It also makes a muffled noise- something like "uuuuul."
  69. [16:42:25] <Nephene> "Only one way to find out."
  70. [16:42:41] * Nephene enters the building, trying not to startle what's inside.
  71. [16:43:35] <Balthazar> "Can i shoot it or vhat?"
  72. [16:43:43] <@Giantree> This one's aura was only a liiiiiittle dark... it seems like the small red creature inside is cowering.
  73. [16:43:51] <Raven> "H-hey wait up!" she follows inside. "This...old place doesn't look very structurally sound."
  74. [16:44:19] <Canute> "At least the wood seems too light and rotten to break any heads when it crashes."
  75. [16:44:41] <@Giantree> Thick vines cover most of the interior so there doesn't seem to be much accessible to it beyond a small space at the entrance.  In fact, there's a big hole in the ceiling dust crumbles from.
  76. [16:45:07] <@Giantree> There seems to be lots of rocks scattering the interior, too, right under the hole as if they'd smashed through it.
  77. [16:45:16] <Nephene> "Hello, there," Neph says gently.
  78. [16:45:19] <Nephene> "We won't hurt you."
  79. [16:45:32] <Balthazar> "Vell, ve break ze thing before it crashes zhen!"
  80. [16:46:24] <@Giantree> It jumps back as Neffy- I mean Nephene approaches, leaping straight for a battle stance!  It seems to be somewhat smaller than Maki, for the easiest comparison, but there's only terror in its eyes.
  81. [16:46:50] <@Giantree> It stares straight up before lowering its ears.  "Vuuuuuuuul."
  82. [16:47:29] <Nephene> "Shhhshhhh shhh."
  83. [16:47:36] * Nephene holds up her hands nonthreateningly.
  84. [16:47:55] <Canute> "Doesn't look fat enough to have been stealing all that..."
  85. [16:48:03] <@Giantree> It looks around, left and right, before taking a step forward and lifting its paw toward hers.
  86. [16:48:12] <@Giantree> Another percept for the derp crew?
  87. [16:48:33] * Raven uncoils her Styler, "Don't fret, little guy. We ain't gonna hurt ya."
  88. [16:48:34] <Raven> 1d20
  89. [16:48:35] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 1d20: 15 [1d20=15]
  90. [16:48:36] <Balthazar> 1d20 oh dear
  91. [16:48:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, oh dear: 12 [1d20=12]
  92. [16:48:55] <Balthazar> "Is zhat one of zose carrion eaters? Ze ones ve fought back in spring?"
  93. [16:49:04] <Nephene> 1d20-2 halp
  94. [16:49:05] <DiceMaid-9001> Nephene, halp: 6 [1d20=8]
  95. [16:49:29] <Canute> 1d20-2 hur
  96. [16:49:30] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, hur: 2 [1d20=4]
  97. [16:49:32] <Canute> hur
  98. [16:49:54] <@Giantree> Eye-adjusting doesn't take so long, considering how dark the forest is.  While Nephene confronts the critter, the others don't have a problem spotting a group of small creatures slowly approaching from the corners, with much more caution than the Vulpix.
  99. [16:50:29] <Raven> "Nope, just a little fox and - woah there."
  100. [16:50:32] <@Giantree> ... Except the village wizard- I mean apothecary who's distracted enough by yet another CRASH from above.  The whole building shakes.
  101. [16:51:24] <@Giantree> They slowly approach, one at a time, from each individual corner.  A purple rodent, a red plant, an insect slightly too big to step on...
  102. [16:51:30] <Balthazar> "Oh vell, ve should take it somevhere else zhen. If they are ze thieves for that mat-oh sacre bleu!" Balth starts shaking his arms. "Come out of 'ere sis!"
  103. [16:51:41] <Canute> "Some sort of... colony?
  104. [16:52:22] <@Giantree> They all dash at the CRASH - pun intended - and hide behind the red fox, even though half of them are bigger than it is.
  105. [16:53:10] <Raven> "Let's...get a good distance from this building, yeah."
  106. [16:53:16] <Raven> She backs up cautiously
  107. [16:53:37] <Nephene> "....um."
  108. [16:53:40] <Nephene> "No trouble."
  109. [16:53:51] <Nephene> "We're just wondering what's going on here."
  110. [16:54:07] <@Giantree> The Vulpix staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaares, but gives a nod to all the others.
  111. [16:54:17] * Raven squints at some of the vines as she does, "Hey, those are crumbs, ain't they?"
  112. [16:55:04] <@Giantree> All of them JUMP and scatter in every direction!  ... Actually, they seem to head in the direction of the smoke, directed by the fox' paw.  Said fox itself stays in place, though.
  113. [16:56:04] * Balthazar approaches Raven, still a bit careful of the surroundings. "Uh vhat is going on 'ere?"
  114. [16:57:50] <Raven> "Those vines over there," she points toward where they are (I'm not sure if they are in the house or not?).  "Some crumbs," She turns to the Vulpix.  "I...think these are our little bandits, with that one being the ring leader.  Ain't ya, little Vulpix?"
  115. [16:58:25] <@Giantree> The Vulpix stomps on the ground, trying to shout the best it can.  It winces as ANOTHER rock slams into the side of the building.
  116. [16:59:15] <Balthazar> "Vell, zhey don't look very cooperative from vhat ve can see..."
  117. [16:59:57] <@Giantree> It starts making some paw motions, moving one paw from left to right like somebody walking and then SLAMming it against the other one, putting on a mini-puppet show.
  118. [17:00:10] <Raven> "And what the hell is causing that?" She looks up to see where these rocks could be coming from.
  119. [17:00:14] <@Giantree> Then it rears up and lets out a weak roar.
  120. [17:00:36] <@Giantree> Above the canopy of the forest, the rocks seem to be being launched from deeper in.  It seems like there's smoke rising from wherever that could be, too.
  121. [17:00:40] <Canute> "I don't know, a natural predator?"
  122. [17:00:50] <Canute> "...That knows how to make a catapult?"
  123. [17:00:55] <Nephene> "...alright, that's it. It's too dangerous to stay here."
  124. [17:01:03] <Nephene> "This little Vulpix is coming with us."
  125. [17:01:17] <Balthazar> "...Vait a minute."
  126. [17:01:18] <Nephene> ....it's implied that this is for questioning. Somehow.
  127. [17:01:20] <Canute> "As long as you're able to feed it."
  128. [17:01:27] <Balthazar> "Ze vulpix... It's a telepathic one!"
  129. [17:01:32] <Canute> "I mean, there IS nothing saying it won't just start stealing directly from you."
  130. [17:01:34] <@Giantree> "Vuul!"  It pumps its paw into the air and shoots determined eyes.
  131. [17:02:16] <Raven> "Alright alright, but you're coming along with us, little guy," she attempts to styler it to make sure of that
  132. [17:02:24] <Raven> 1d100-28 FRENDSHIP AND BEFRIENDING?
  133. [17:02:24] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, FRENDSHIP AND BEFRIENDING?: 4 [1d100=32]
  134. [17:02:39] <Balthazar> "Ze little jerk is using 'is powers to move ze rocks vith mind power... Is 'e an alien too, X?" The Elgyem just shrugs. "That term is not the best one to use for it."
  135. [17:03:06] <Canute> "...You will need to see me about that X thing later, boy."
  136. [17:03:21] <@Giantree> It doesn't resist being styled on at all!  In fact, it seems to embrace it, showing off its BURNING FIGHTING SPIRIT.
  137. [17:04:01] <@Giantree> Looking up happily to the group, the little fox starts making pointing motions into the forest, as if trying to map something out on its own.  It doesn't make much sense to look at though.
  138. [17:04:22] <Nephene> "If nothing else, we're going to check out that smoke."
  139. [17:04:25] <Balthazar> "Raven, ze creature is trying to decieve you! Shoot it!"
  140. [17:04:26] <Nephene> "Let's get to it."
  141. [17:04:34] <Nephene> "Balthazar, no."
  142. [17:04:52] <Raven> "Terry, it's a fox, and I've already got it workin' for us for now."
  143. [17:04:56] <Canute> "Look, if we take the thing with us."
  144. [17:05:09] <Raven> "It seems to be wanting to lead us somewhere, so fine, let's go little guy."
  145. [17:05:30] <@Giantree> Its eyes are full of PURE SADNESS.  All this being not trusted is painful for it ;_;
  146. [17:05:44] <Balthazar> "But it's obviously some sort of Jovian creature, eh?"
  147. [17:05:58] <@Giantree> ... It still darts into the forest, making tracks as it goes.
  148. [17:07:14] * Raven follows along, "I doubt it's weirder than the thing that's actually hurling rocks."
  149. [17:07:27] <@Giantree> In the forest are many a trail that would be peaceful if not for the catapaulting.  And it becomes even less so getting closer, as the cacophony of Pokémon can be heard ahead.
  150. [17:08:27] <Balthazar> "Ze fox is the one hurling ze rocks! >:O"
  151. [17:08:28] <@Giantree> ... And seen, too, without much effort.  A few paces ahead, there's a large clearing as trees are toppled on top of each other and decorated with massive leaves, forming a big structure that seems to take up a good portion of the forest.
  152. [17:08:55] <@Giantree> The Vulpix is waiting by the entrance to the clearing and pouts at Balthazar.  All it wants is to be loved!  ... Probably.
  153. [17:08:58] <@Giantree> ;_; regardless
  154. [17:10:34] <Raven> "What the seven hells is THAT?"  she stares at the structure, puzzled.
  155. [17:11:55] <@Giantree> GIANT LEAVES EVERYWHERE.  It's draped in the stuff, and there seems to be a yellow dinosaur or two looking side-to-side by the entrance, which itself is a massive door... made of two massive leaves.  The Vulpix shakes its head, still staying behind the clearing as if trying to avoid being spotted.
  156. [17:12:50] <Nephene> "...."
  157. [17:12:58] * Nephene takes a look again, with the power of Aura.
  158. [17:13:05] <@Giantree> Hordes.
  159. [17:13:09] <@Giantree> Hordes and hordes and hordes.
  160. [17:13:13] <Balthazar> "Velp, it took us to a trap. Did not saw zat coming."
  161. [17:13:45] <@Giantree> The Vulpix shakes its head frantically and points to the side with its paw, where a Rattata is trying to maneuver through the edge of the clearing to the side of the building.
  162. [17:13:51] <Raven> "Well, that's something, but a big house ain't gonna be hurlin' rocks anywhere."
  163. [17:14:26] <@Giantree> The naked eye can see smoke riding from this structure... and actually the catapaults are coming from inside it too!  Every minute or so another rock gets hurled.  So, it may be more accurate to call it a 'castle' or a 'palace.'
  164. [17:14:42] <@Giantree> Around the center of it, Nephene's aura reading can see a big, black blot.
  165. [17:15:47] <Nephene> "....malicious. Large."
  166. [17:15:58] <Nephene> "Be careful, everyone."
  167. [17:16:33] <@Giantree> The Rattata keeps sneaking while the Vulpix points to itself and to a Hoppip that points out from behind a tree, pointing to the front gates.  It looks like it wants action.
  168. [17:17:03] <Balthazar> "Kill ze fox before it summons an alien golem!" Balthazar's tone suddenly gets near hysterical as he is ready to vaporize the vulpine villain!
  169. [17:17:18] <@Giantree> It leaps behind a tree and cowers.
  170. [17:17:25] <Raven> "Well, whatever IS in there has organized this, and is probably a bit too cunnin' to be asked nicely to stop, Terry stop being silly it's a fox,"
  171. [17:17:43] <Raven> She points at the front gate.  "So either we're gonna have to charge head on, or something sneakier."
  172. [17:19:43] <Balthazar> "It's an alien." He :Is while pointing. "But if you vant to charge ze gate yelling RAAAAAAAAAAAAAVEN BOKOOOOOOOOR, be my guest!"
  173. [17:19:46] <@Giantree> "Vuuul!"  The creature nods, looking up with pleading eyes like it's worried for their safety... but maybe that's too much to hint just from looking at a fox's eyes.
  174. [17:20:01] <Nephene> "There has to be a way around."
  175. [17:20:17] * Nephene looks for just that, circling the "castle".
  176. [17:20:44] <Raven> "Why on earth would I shout that?  Anyway, we could possibly smoke them out.  It IS a big wooden leaf...thing."
  177. [17:20:58] * Canute just silently looks, thinks and waits.
  178. [17:21:03] <@Giantree> With yet another nod, the 'pix yoinks the Hoppip with a paw and holds it like a shield, holding its ground and preparing to charge.
  179. [17:21:49] <@Giantree> To the side of the castle, the Rattata is making silent movements - even bringing a paw to its mouth in a 'shhh' motion - and trying to walk along to the side, where the leaves seem slightly less thick.
  180. [17:21:49] <Balthazar> "Vell you could set it on fire zhen."
  181. [17:22:04] <Raven> "What is that rat up to?"
  182. [17:22:17] <Raven> She watches it curiously
  183. [17:22:37] <Canute> "It's trying to sneak in... but what it can do to all this alone, ha."
  184. [17:22:38] <@Giantree> Free to percept if anyone's following the rat to the side, by the by.
  185. [17:23:36] <Nephene> "Let's see where it's going."
  186. [17:23:38] <Nephene> 1d20-2
  187. [17:23:38] <DiceMaid-9001> Nephene, 1d20-2: -1 [1d20=1]
  188. [17:23:41] <Raven> 1d20 uh oh
  189. [17:23:42] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, uh oh: 12 [1d20=12]
  190. [17:23:44] * Nephene is just awful.
  191. [17:24:16] <Canute> 1d20-2 DEEEEEEEEEERP
  192. [17:24:17] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, DEEEEEEEEEERP: 4 [1d20=6]
  193. [17:24:28] <@Giantree> Neffy isn't awful so much as... probably distracted by the fact that as soon as they move off the side the Vulpix does EXACTLY what Balthazar suggested, leaping toward the front gate and alerting the palace guards!
  194. [17:24:32] <@Giantree> Alerting them with FIRE.
  195. [17:25:07] <Raven> "..."
  196. [17:25:34] <Raven> "Welp," she readies her rifle, this can't end well
  197. [17:25:46] <@Giantree> But as a professional at this sort of thing, Raven is at least able to notice the leaves at the side are arranged like a flap for a secondary entrance.
  198. [17:26:30] <Raven> "Oh look another door," she says as a side note before the inevitable bad outcome of this fox charge
  199. [17:26:44] <@Giantree> The rattata tries to run in and smashes its face against a wall which turned out to be an ACTUAL leaf, right next to the door.
  200. [17:26:48] <@Giantree> 1d20 here's the fox
  201. [17:26:48] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, here's the fox: 14 [1d20=14]
  202. [17:26:57] <Balthazar> "I said zat ze little fuck vas up to no good!"
  203. [17:27:12] <Canute> "Well it's not attacking US."
  204. [17:27:15] <@Giantree> 2d6+15 yeah it gets there
  205. [17:27:16] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, yeah it gets there: 22 [2d6=2,5]
  206. [17:27:43] <@Giantree> The fox definitely fires a warning ember at a Bayleef, which rears up and attacks.  It then shoots a glance to the side with a BIG MANLY NOD.
  207. [17:27:50] <@Giantree> ... Actually it's just a little fox nod.
  208. [17:28:12] <Nephene> "What is it -doing-?"
  209. [17:28:27] <Raven> "I'm not exactly sure."
  210. [17:28:53] <@Giantree> They get into a skirmish as the guards aren't paying attention!  The rattata gets up and runs inside the building, followed by a bug that was apparently behind it the whole time.
  211. [17:29:06] <@Giantree> Well, they're paying attention to the vulpix anyway.
  212. [17:29:13] <Raven> "...Distracting them."
  213. [17:29:22] <Canute> "Look, just-- Fine. I guess we go in!"
  214. [17:29:27] <Raven> "...Okay let's just sneak around and pretend we didn't see that."
  215. [17:29:35] * Raven sneeeeaks off
  216. [17:30:01] * Canute stomps off more like. "Go on, get in there."
  217. [17:30:09] * Balthazar sneaks along. "Oh vhat in ze heck, i still say it vas setting us a trap, eh?"
  218. [17:30:20] <Nephene> "Wait! Where are you going?"
  219. [17:30:28] <@Giantree> The entrance is free for... for the entering!  Does anybody stay behind?
  220. [17:30:49] * Nephene follows Raven with a grumble, and dashes into the side entrance. This is -exactly- the sort of thing that made her worry, dammit!
  221. [17:31:46] <@Giantree> Maybe moreso with all the loud fighting noises.  The vulpix lets out some yelps but for the most part makes its BURNING SPIRIT loud and clear.  Inside the building ia a set of narrow corridors, fortunately not very dark considering sunlight filters in from what little of a roof there is.
  222. [17:32:13] <@Giantree> The path turns RIGHT and LEFT from the side entrance, left being the direction of the entrance.
  223. [17:32:40] * Canute just keeps stomping deeper into the palace.
  224. [17:34:01] * Nephene heads right, electing to reach the heart of the castle.
  225. [17:34:17] * Raven heads that way as well, of course!
  226. [17:35:17] <@Giantree> To the right the hallway continues down, making a turn to the right and the left again a good way in.  BUT, thanks to the nonsense of aura users, there seems to be a darkened one approaching from the right path, and only a few small alcoves in this current hall.  It's not like it's fancy enough to have doors!
  227. [17:37:00] <Nephene> <One approaches.> Amon notes.
  228. [17:37:12] <@Giantree> (If anybody wants to hide I'd call it DEX, otherwise have fun~)
  229. [17:37:35] <Balthazar> 1d20+3 dex hide!
  230. [17:37:36] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, dex hide!: 10 [1d20=7]
  231. [17:37:53] * Raven ducks into an alcove
  232. [17:37:54] <Raven> 1d20+6
  233. [17:37:54] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, 1d20+6: 9 [1d20=3]
  234. [17:37:57] * Balthazar covers his face with both his hands as he hears about someone approaching!
  235. [17:37:57] <Raven> or not
  236. [17:38:21] * Canute doesn't hide at all. Just stares. :I
  237. [17:38:38] <@Giantree> A Bayleef approaches and stares back.  Its face says nothing beyond "what."
  238. [17:39:01] <@Giantree> Well, that's only its face.  Its whole body stands in the way, just staaaaring at the intruders.
  239. [17:39:11] <Raven> "You saw nothing here!" she pokerfaces.
  240. [17:39:13] <Nephene> "...."
  241. [17:39:17] <Raven> 1d20+5 charisma check?
  242. [17:39:17] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, charisma check?: 6 [1d20=1]
  243. [17:39:23] <@Giantree> The Rattata steps out from a hidden corner of the passageway and slaps its paw against its face.
  244. [17:39:30] * Nephene simply gives up any attempt at stealth, and attempt reason instead.
  245. [17:39:46] <Nephene> "Alright, just....something we want to know."
  246. [17:39:58] <Nephene> "......"
  247. [17:40:00] <Raven> "..."
  248. [17:40:03] <Nephene> "Never mind."
  249. [17:40:04] <Raven> "OOPS."
  250. [17:40:06] <@Giantree> DEX/SPDS
  251. [17:40:08] <Canute> 1d100 patience
  252. [17:40:09] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, patience: 70 [1d100=70]
  253. [17:40:20] <Canute> 6, speed... 6 nature
  254. [17:40:27] <Raven> (23, Maki 12 speed)
  255. [17:40:39] <Nephene> (22, Amon 13 )
  256. [17:42:12] * Giantree changes topic to 'Raven > Neffy > Canute | Amon > Maki = Rattata(?) > Bayleef (you're probably not even going to need more than this)'
  257. [17:43:06] <@Giantree> It just keeps standing there, wailing.  Trainers!
  258. [17:43:09] <Balthazar> (oh man i derped here sorry)
  259. [17:43:14] <Raven> Raven just shoots at it, bang!
  260. [17:43:28] <Raven> 1d20 ac5 huntsmen, no evasion bonuses to accuracy
  261. [17:43:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, ac5 huntsmen, no evasion bonuses to accuracy: 3 [1d20=3]
  262. [17:43:33] <Raven> :<
  263. [17:43:49] <@Giantree> It alarms even louder as a bullet penetrates the leaf-wall behind it.
  264. [17:44:11] * Nephene grapples with the Bayleef, simply trying to restrain it.
  265. [17:44:12] <Balthazar> (16 Dex, 3 speed tree)
  266. [17:44:28] <Nephene> 1d20 AC 5 Fist attack
  267. [17:44:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Nephene, AC 5 Fist attack: 2 [1d20=2]
  268. [17:45:03] * Canute just stares harder and snaps his fingers.
  269. [17:45:06] <Canute> !tick
  270. [17:45:06] <Bomberer> Tick, tock! Tick, tock! You just used Fury Swipes
  271. [17:45:11] <Canute> ...
  272. [17:45:12] * Giantree changes topic to 'Raven > Neffy > Zar > Newt | Amon > Maki = Rattata(?) > Bayleef > Nature > Balthmon'
  273. [17:45:15] <Canute> HOW THE FUCK
  274. [17:45:23] <@Giantree> Well, that could be worse!
  275. [17:45:32] * Canute goes completely crazy and starts whacking at it with his stick!
  276. [17:45:36] <Canute> 5#1d20 well
  277. [17:45:37] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, well: 20 [1d20=20], 9 [1d20=9], 15 [1d20=15], 7 [1d20=7], 15 [1d20=15]
  278. [17:45:45] <Nephene> welp
  279. [17:45:54] <@Giantree> The bayleef alarms through a BIG STICK TO THE FACE.
  280. [17:46:16] <@Giantree> The first three of those hit, and first crits.  Oh boy, damage?
  281. [17:46:49] <@Giantree> Actually no wait all of them hit
  282. [17:47:11] <Canute> 6d10+2 magus really needs to use stat
  283. [17:47:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, magus really needs to use stat: 32 [6d10=1,1,10,9,4,5]
  284. [17:47:21] <Raven> (they do)
  285. [17:47:30] <Raven> (if he forgot to put it on metronome, oops.)
  286. [17:47:32] <Balthazar> (Yeah dude, i fixed that last week mons)
  287. [17:47:34] <Raven> (but it should be stat)
  288. [17:47:35] <Canute> oh
  289. [17:47:36] <Canute> +10
  290. [17:47:37] <Canute> then
  291. [17:48:00] <Balthazar> (Also sorry but can i do my turn? :B)
  292. [17:48:08] <@Giantree> It's still standing and alarming, though the volume of its alarm decreases once it's hit in the throat and everything.  The Rattata... just takes this opportunity to run off.
  293. [17:48:13] <Canute> (go on)
  294. [17:48:35] <Balthazar> 1d20 LASERBLAST!
  295. [17:48:35] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, LASERBLAST!: 16 [1d20=16]
  296. [17:48:37] <@Giantree> Yeah, Balthturn is fine, not that going out of order matters THAT much at this point!
  297. [17:48:46] <@Giantree> It is NOT in a position to evade this laser.
  298. [17:49:00] <Balthazar> 2d10+30+3 damage
  299. [17:49:00] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, damage: 35 [2d10=1,1]
  300. [17:49:03] <@Giantree> Though an ominous spirit lingers telling you that you're probably not going to hit the next thing you want to hit.  Just probably.
  301. [17:49:22] <@Giantree> ... Regardless, its alarm goes silent and it flops on the ground with a WHOMP.
  302. [17:49:31] <@Giantree> The sound of a stampede approaches from the right!
  303. [17:49:43] <@Giantree> Or, begins to approach, at least.
  304. [17:50:06] * Balthazar is holding the smoking gun in his hand. "Yippie Ki Yay, motherfucker! ...Eh?"
  305. [17:50:23] <Raven> "Well we better finish this one off before the rest of them arrive, then."
  306. [17:50:59] <@Giantree> It's very much not conscious anymore, at least.  The path continues to the right, from which loud noises come from, and the left, which the Rattata seems to have headed off in.
  307. [17:51:30] <@Giantree> At least the smoke smell and the black aura are fortunate enough to seem located to the left right now.  But who knows with dinosaur castle design?
  308. [17:51:51] <Raven> "Or...ah hell this is gonna end poorly," she ducks to the left path!
  309. [17:52:43] <@Giantree> STOMPSTOMPSTOMPSTOMPSTOMP.  To the left there's a big leaf draped over the wall, a decent way down.  Sounds of some kind of high-pitched chanting come from the other side of it.
  310. [17:52:56] <Balthazar> "Vait, Raven, vhat ze 'ell are ve going?"
  311. [17:52:59] <Balthazar> *vhere
  312. [17:53:39] <Raven> "Hell if I know, away from a stampede!"
  313. [17:54:22] <Nephene> "Maybe we should just get -out-!"
  314. [17:54:41] <@Giantree> The rat's nowhere to be seen, but the leaf-door sways in the summer wind!
  315. [17:54:54] * Canute just keeps on stomping right through.
  316. [17:54:54] <@Giantree> It also smells more like smoke the closer you get.
  317. [17:55:10] <@Giantree> Probably because there are enough holes in the leaf-door that the source of the smoke can be SEEN.
  318. [17:55:20] <@Giantree> ... Vaguely.  The black aura blot lies on the other side, for sure.
  319. [17:55:45] * Nephene sighs, and keeps going deeper within. It's not over yet.
  320. [17:55:59] <Raven> "Out would require goin' back the way we came, which just has...more bayleefs in it."
  321. [17:56:32] <@Giantree> The holes in the door also make clear that what's past it is grass, like some kind of courtyard.  That's probably how the smoke rose so high.
  322. [17:56:46] <@Giantree> But does anybody care to open it?  The stampede gets louder and louder...
  323. [17:56:56] * Canute did already!
  324. [17:57:02] * Balthazar runs away with the others. "Vhy ve came to zis stupid stupid dinosaur palace in first place?" He says while gasping for air.
  325. [17:57:22] <@Giantree> ... Right through the door.  Right.  ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR...
  326. [17:57:27] <Nephene> "All to find a few thieves, really..."
  327. [17:58:41] <@Giantree> ... Is a very menacing, large figure.  In fact, it's a dinosaur with a black body and green markings all throughout its body, staring menacingly at the door.  Behind it is a large fire with a person whose hands and feet are tied by vines to a stick hovering above it... a familiar person, even.
  328. [17:58:42] <@Giantree> Too familiar.
  329. [17:58:54] * Ricki (Botherer@sux-8C4833F1.nycmny.fios.verizon.net) has joined #OldForest
  330. [17:59:08] <Ricki> "Hai guise~"
  331. [17:59:16] <Raven> "..."
  332. [17:59:18] <Canute> "...That THING isn't dead yet!?"
  333. [17:59:22] <Raven> "Wat."
  334. [17:59:24] <@Giantree> The beast itself glares.  <WHAT KIND OF PESTS APPROACH?>
  336. [18:00:11] <Nephene> "....pests who are wondering what the rocks and smoke are all about, for one."
  337. [18:00:11] <Balthazar> "WHAT."
  338. [18:00:54] <@Giantree> The black Meganium stomps on the ground and large, red, veiny wings protrude from her back.  She lets out a loud roar which the Bayleef alarm doesn't even compare to.
  339. [18:00:58] * Ricki would wave if he could, but... Yeah, he's... Kinda tied up at the moment. So he just spins around on the stick, accompanied by a none-too-thrilled Lunchbox.
  340. [18:01:16] <Balthazar> "You know vhat, you can snack on zat idiot up zhere. Ve just vant to leave zis place in peace." Balth shrugs. That shit reached peak silly for him right fucking now!
  341. [18:01:20] <Raven> "We're residents of the Oran Valley, and we demand to know what the hell is up with you tossing those rocks around haphazardly."
  343. [18:01:52] <Canute> "What?"
  344. [18:02:19] <@Giantree> She stomps on the ground again, as two Chikoritas with tribal markings all over their body approach to either side of her.  <OR ARE YOU HERE TO TAKE OUR MEAL?>
  345. [18:02:28] <Canute> "You can keep it."
  346. [18:02:43] * Balthazar facepalms. "You can eat 'im for all zhat i care."
  347. [18:02:44] <Raven> "What do you mean 'your meal?'  Nor did you answer my question."
  348. [18:02:46] <Canute> "You're just throwing rocks all over the place and should stop it."
  349. [18:03:01] <Balthazar> "I just vant to find ze stupid vulpix and vaporize it, eh?"
  350. [18:03:06] <Ricki> "They invited me to dinner. I think they're awesome!"
  351. [18:03:16] <Nephene> "Ricki. -You're- their dinner."
  352. [18:03:24] <Raven> "...Oh, that's what you meant."
  353. [18:03:26] <@Giantree> The 'dragon' lowers her head and glares.  <I WILL NOT TOLERATE SUCH IMPATIENCE!  THE FOX IS OUR ENEMY.  ITS FRIENDS ARE OUR ENEMY.>
  354. [18:03:49] <@Giantree> <SILENCE!>  She stomps and whips her head around to look at the cooking farmboy.
  355. [18:04:13] <Raven> "What harm can a fox and some little cute forest critters do the 'Dragon Queen?'  We wouldn't even be here if you weren't chucking boulders around."
  356. [18:04:42] <Nephene> "Explain the boulders, at -least-."
  358. [18:05:08] <Nephene> "....you could just work something out, you know."
  359. [18:05:40] <Nephene> "Dealing with a nuisance with rock cannons just seems like a bit of an over-reaction."
  360. [18:05:51] <@Giantree> A bit halfheartedly, she looks around at the Chikoritas to her side, and also to the group of them dancing around Ricki as he spins.  <OUR WILLS ARE STRONG BUT OUR BODIES WEAK.  ONLY I, RECENTLY, OBTAINED THE POWER THAT I NOW HAVE.  THEY COME HERE TO STEAL IT FROM US!  WE WILL DESTROY THEM BEFORE THEY TAKE THE POWER OF DRAGONS.>
  361. [18:06:52] <Ricki> "Wheeee~ Isn't this fun, Lunchbox?" The Feebas just glubs as it shakes its head as best as it can while strung up to the stick.
  362. [18:07:17] <Raven> "So you chuck boulders at them?"
  363. [18:07:22] <@Giantree> <YES.>
  364. [18:07:33] <Canute> "How do you steal the power of dragons."
  366. [18:07:47] <Nephene> "And no part of this plan seems a little -off- to you?"
  367. [18:07:56] <Nephene> "There's a problem."
  368. [18:08:05] <Nephene> "For one, your meal is a resident of our village."
  369. [18:08:09] <@Giantree> To answer that question she whips her head backward, pointing with her long neck to a smoking black rock near the edge of the courtyard.
  370. [18:08:10] <Balthazar> "Vell i 'ave no problem vith ze Vulpix being eaten."
  371. [18:08:26] <Balthazar> "Neither vith zhat guy." He points at the dangling Ricki.
  372. [18:08:37] <Nephene> "Two, the whole boulder thing is -really- silly, and you might want to quit it before anyone gets hurt."
  373. [18:08:44] <Balthazar> "Seriously, she vill do ze genepool of Oran Valley a favor."
  375. [18:09:45] <Raven> "Your problem with the other residents of the forest ain't our problem.  You both live here, work it out or fight amonst yourselves till your happy.  You eating people, even if no one would miss Ricki, let's be real here, and hauling rocks around is.  As standing guard captain of the residents of this valley, I cannot stand by and let you continue this."
  376. [18:10:13] <@Giantree> <SO YOU WISH TO CHALLENGE MY REIGN AS QUEEN, HUMAN?>
  377. [18:10:27] <Nephene> "Something like that."
  378. [18:10:42] * Balthazar facepalms. "Now she vill eat us."
  380. [18:10:48] <Nephene> "If nothing else, we're challenging your ability to throw around rocks to deal with "annoyances"."
  381. [18:10:59] <@Giantree> The sound of rocks being hurled stops.
  382. [18:11:17] * Nephene takes this moment to run over to Ricki, and pull him off the spit.
  383. [18:11:19] <@Giantree> ... That's because all the Chikoritae operating the catapults now stand at the roof, aiming their glares down at the group.  6 of them on each side.
  384. [18:11:43] <Nephene> Quickly, while they're distracted!
  385. [18:11:54] <@Giantree> The vines are weak and restraints easy to remove, fortunately.  That doesn't stop the queen from screaming at the top of her... aura.  <SEIZE THEEEEEEEEEM!>
  386. [18:12:06] <@Giantree> DEXSPDS!
  387. [18:12:11] <Ricki> "Hey, what're ya doin'? They said they were gonna help me prepare for dinner?" You can see the disappointment in Ricki's face as he gets tugged off the spit.
  388. [18:12:14] <Raven> "We'll see this title to the test, 'queen.' "
  389. [18:12:17] <Raven> (same as before here)
  390. [18:12:30] <Canute> lol6 and let's go wiiiith reminder at 14 here
  391. [18:12:31] <Nephene> (Likewise, the topic's still up )
  392. [18:12:43] <@Giantree> (yeah, I just wanted to add Ricki)
  393. [18:12:55] <Nephene> "No, -you're- dinner! They were going to eat -you-! And that's -terrible-!"
  394. [18:12:57] <Ricki> ( Ricki 16 / Lunchbox . . . 12 )
  395. [18:13:13] * Nephene cannot believe that she has to explain this.
  396. [18:13:17] <Balthazar> (mantaining my dex 16 and speed 3, it's X who is out btw)
  397. [18:13:51] <Balthazar> "He can't even understand zhat, Nephy! 'e is beyond reeeeeason!"
  398. [18:14:01] <Raven> "I've dealt with way fiercer, scarier things than a big green bitch who thinks herself a queen!"
  399. [18:14:28] <Nephene> "Really, the giant Tentacruel at the beach was scarier."
  400. [18:14:31] <Nephene> "I mean, let's be honest."
  401. [18:14:32] * Giantree changes topic to 'QUEEN OF DRAGONS > Raven > Neffy > Zar = Ricki > Newt | Amon > Reminder > Lunchbox > QUEEN OF DRAGONS = Royal Guard A = Royal Guard B > Balthmon > Artillery Chikorita (x12)'
  402. [18:14:41] <Nephene> "There's a lot of challengers to your throne. You have to deal with them first."
  403. [18:14:41] <Ricki> " . . . " You can almost see the lightbulb go off as Ricki's face glows with ... Oh God, is that INTELLIGENCE? That DOESN'T involve murdering puppies?!? "OHH!!! That's not very nice..."
  404. [18:15:07] <@Giantree> <SUCH INSULTS ARE NOT TOLERABLE!  PREPARE YOURSELVES!>  Roaring loudly, the battlefield suddenly is engulfed in scorching heat!
  405. [18:15:24] <@Giantree> ... Figuratively speaking.  All that really happens is that the summer sun shines brighter.
  406. [18:15:55] <Raven> Raven shoots at the queen
  407. [18:16:00] <Raven> 1d20 ac5, no evasion bonuses
  408. [18:16:00] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, ac5, no evasion bonuses: 18 [1d20=18]
  409. [18:16:07] <@Giantree> But, as it happens, the Queen and her guards have a boost of energy!
  410. [18:16:12] <Balthazar> "Mutter of scheisse!"
  411. [18:16:17] <Raven> 2d12+42+6 ice damage
  412. [18:16:18] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, ice damage: 53 [2d12=2,3]
  413. [18:16:40] <@Giantree> (hold on lemme get this up here)
  414. [18:17:18] * Giantree changes topic to 'QUEEN OF DRAGONS > Raven > Neffy > Zar = Ricki > Newt | Amon > QUEEN OF DRAGONS = Royal Guard A = Royal Guard B > Reminder > Maki = Lunchbox >  Balthmon > Artillery Chikorita (x12)'
  415. [18:17:57] <@Giantree> 1d20 the royal guard to the left, wearing red markings, leaps in front of its master!
  416. [18:17:57] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, the royal guard to the left, wearing red markings, leaps in front of its master!: 9 [1d20=9]
  417. [18:19:46] <@Giantree> The Chikorita yelps in pain as it takes the hit!  It... still stands but only barely.  The Queen stomps furiously.
  418. [18:19:57] <@Giantree> Nephene!
  419. [18:20:17] <Nephene> Having freed Ricki, me looks around for a way to deal with the artillery.
  420. [18:21:05] <Nephene> There had to be a way to disable their weaponry, so she scans her environment.
  421. [18:21:31] <@Giantree> They all stand at the edges of the building, aiming their... whatever their weapons may be!  Though, in the corners, there seem to be staircases leading upward, they just may take a short while to ascend being leafy and all.
  422. [18:21:37] * Balthazar grabs a Glue Grenade and throws it at the RYUU NO DAIMAOU!
  423. [18:21:47] <@Giantree> Each section is separate, meaning there's 6 to the left and 6 to the right of the Queen.
  424. [18:22:04] <Nephene> ( How high up? )
  425. [18:22:14] <Balthazar> 1d20
  426. [18:22:15] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, 1d20: 4 [1d20=4]
  427. [18:22:27] <@Giantree> (You'd be able to have climbed it by next turn.)
  428. [18:22:33] <Balthazar> 1d4
  429. [18:22:33] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, 1d4: 3 [1d4=3]
  430. [18:22:41] <Nephene> ( That doesn't answer my question )
  431. [18:22:46] <@Giantree> (Oh, but... hmm, I'd say about 10 meters)
  432. [18:22:51] <Balthazar> 1d4+4
  433. [18:22:51] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, 1d4+4: 7 [1d4=3]
  434. [18:22:58] * Nephene ascends the staircase.
  435. [18:23:16] <Balthazar> (7 direct damage on the queen, she can't shift for two turns)
  436. [18:23:47] <@Giantree> (Oh, that includes the guards next to her too, actually)
  437. [18:24:36] <@Giantree> Still, the guards bask in her draconic radiance as she stares down at them.  It's almost like they're blooming.  Ricki, now that you're free?
  438. [18:25:21] <Ricki> Since someone finally managed to get it through his thick skull that they were trying to EAT him, what better thing to do than start whacking them? With his OPEN HANDED FIST?
  439. [18:25:27] <Ricki> 1d20 Karate Chop on Royal Guard B
  440. [18:25:28] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Karate Chop on Royal Guard B: 8 [1d20=8]
  441. [18:26:15] <@Giantree> It hits!  The guard with red markings braces itself.  Not, like, literally, but it stands there... you know, being attacked.
  442. [18:26:31] <Ricki> 2d10+9+9 This is, sadly, his best attack
  443. [18:26:32] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, This is, sadly, his best attack: 26 [2d10=6,2]
  444. [18:26:58] <Canute> 1d100 patience test
  445. [18:26:59] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, patience test: 23 [1d100=23]
  446. [18:27:10] <Canute> patient enough
  447. [18:27:22] <Canute> He does nothing for now. just holding
  448. [18:27:24] <@Giantree> The guard stands with a 'come at me, bro,' though it winces a little at the BULKINESS of the blow.
  449. [18:27:36] <@Giantree> 'Mon turns!  Amon!
  450. [18:28:43] <@Giantree> Actually I lied and I'm bad at math but that's fine anyway!
  451. [18:29:37] * Giantree changes topic to 'QUEEN OF DRAGONS > Raven > Neffy > Zar = Ricki > Newt | QUEEN OF DRAGONS = Royal Guard A = Royal Guard B > Reminder > Amon > Maki = Lunchbox >  Balthmon > Artillery Chikorita (x12)'
  452. [18:29:48] <Nephene> Amon steps in, delivering an uppercut that shatters the skies!
  453. [18:29:52] <Nephene> 1d20 AC 3 Sky Uppercut
  454. [18:29:52] <DiceMaid-9001> Nephene, AC 3 Sky Uppercut: 11 [1d20=11]
  455. [18:29:59] <@Giantree> ... There we go.  Who does he hit, though?
  456. [18:30:10] <Nephene> ( Queen )
  457. [18:30:24] <Nephene> 3d10+10+18 fighting
  458. [18:30:24] <DiceMaid-9001> Nephene, fighting: 44 [3d10=6,1,9]
  459. [18:30:50] <@Giantree> Does hit, then- the guard with red markings tries to move but trips over itself, stuck in the glue grenade!
  460. [18:31:19] <Canute> 1d20 aerial ace on the guards
  461. [18:31:19] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, aerial ace on the guards: 17 [1d20=17]
  462. [18:31:24] <Canute> 1d10+24 yep.
  463. [18:31:25] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, yep.: 25 [1d10=1]
  464. [18:31:38] <@Giantree> Now as the turn order goes like it should, the Queen twirls around and does a tribal dance!  Her claws look slightly sharper.
  465. [18:31:46] <Canute> (FFFF)
  466. [18:31:51] <Canute> (why did I parse those)
  467. [18:31:56] <Canute> (as trainer actions)
  468. [18:32:13] <@Giantree> (It's okay, everyone's been derping today- you held anyway!)
  469. [18:32:14] <Canute> (i'm way too derp to do anything today)
  470. [18:32:22] <Canute> (oh that was reminder, not canute)
  471. [18:32:29] <Canute> (newt himself will uh
  472. [18:32:31] <@Giantree> (oh, that's still fine)
  473. [18:32:34] <Canute> (well :3)
  474. [18:32:59] <@Giantree> (Was that on one or both guards, though?  There's a red and a purple-markinged one.)
  475. [18:34:04] <Canute> (both)
  476. [18:34:07] <@Giantree> (kk)
  477. [18:34:17] <Balthazar> (also is it maki or?)
  478. [18:34:39] <@Giantree> Both guards wince!  The purple one rears up and stomps on the ground, setting forth a wall of light in front of themselves and the queen.
  479. [18:35:02] <@Giantree> The red guard, though, sits down and glows green as the sun's energy flows into it.
  480. [18:35:09] <@Giantree> (NOW Maki)
  481. [18:35:49] <Raven> Maki charges the red guard, with a flame wheel!
  482. [18:35:54] <Raven> 1d20 ac2
  483. [18:35:54] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, ac2: 18 [1d20=18]
  484. [18:36:10] <Raven> 1d10+28 fire damage
  485. [18:36:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Raven, fire damage: 35 [1d10=7]
  486. [18:36:15] <Raven> (w/ sunny day that is...)
  487. [18:36:30] <Raven> (52)
  488. [18:36:40] <@Giantree> (yow, thanks)
  489. [18:37:40] <@Giantree> Thanks to its Synthesis, the red guard manages to keep from falling right over.  JUUUUST by so much.
  490. [18:37:55] <@Giantree> Lunchbox?
  491. [18:38:07] <Ricki> "Lunchbox, they were gonna eat us ;_; Do somethin' to make 'em not wanna eat us!" The Feebas whaps itself in the face with its fin repeatedly before throwing himself at the red guard as well.
  492. [18:38:10] <Ricki> 1d20 Tackle
  493. [18:38:10] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Tackle: 18 [1d20=18]
  494. [18:38:19] <@Giantree> Well, it sure doesn't get out of the way of that.
  495. [18:38:21] <Ricki> 2d6+15
  496. [18:38:21] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, 2d6+15: 24 [2d6=4,5]
  497. [18:38:26] <Balthazar> Señor X starts plotting some nasty shit to do next turn. But nothing as perverted as that scamp Raven was thinking earlier! Just how to zap some earthlings better!
  498. [18:38:34] <@Giantree> <YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FALL TO THESE MENACES!>
  499. [18:38:39] <Balthazar> Nasty Plot btw
  500. [18:38:56] <@Giantree> The Queen gives an order to the guard while staring down at it.  And sure enough, it still stays standing, despite being in the glue grenade.
  501. [18:39:19] <Raven> "Unlucky for you, I'm well prepared for dealing with grassy foes," she says as she readies another bullet.
  502. [18:39:22] <@Giantree> The tackle barely moves it.  It just stares at the fish and shrugs its little Chikorita shoulders.
  503. [18:40:13] <@Giantree> The artilleries line up their leaves... well, it's apparent that's what was being prepared considering leaves ARE what they end up firing.  All 12 at once!
  504. [18:40:30] <@Giantree> 12d10
  505. [18:40:30] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, 12d10: 63 [12d10=8,2,9,2,9,2,5,2,9,2,4,9]
  506. [18:41:21] <@Giantree> Five of them all fire simultaneously at Nephene as she ascends the stairs!
  507. [18:41:33] <@Giantree> 5d20
  508. [18:41:35] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, 5d20: 76 [5d20=20,12,10,15,19]
  509. [18:41:40] <@Giantree> ... Really?
  510. [18:41:46] <Nephene> ( fuck my -life- )
  511. [18:41:56] <Canute> (hahaha oh wow)
  512. [18:42:00] <Raven> (DAYUM)
  513. [18:42:04] <Balthazar> "Vell, zeir grass is ass now, sis!"
  514. [18:42:15] <Balthazar> "I mean, zeir ass is grass!"
  515. [18:42:16] <@Giantree> 3#2d10+9
  516. [18:42:16] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, 3#2d10+9: 21 [2d10=9,3], 23 [2d10=6,8], 20 [2d10=2,9]
  517. [18:42:34] <@Giantree> 2#4d10+9
  518. [18:42:36] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, 2#4d10+9: 27 [4d10=1,5,8,4], 35 [4d10=9,4,4,9]
  519. [18:42:38] <Nephene> ( welp )
  520. [18:43:12] <Ricki> ( 126 damage before DR <if any> )
  521. [18:43:23] <@Giantree> (Thank you.  Let's... hope on that, actually.)
  522. [18:43:38] <Canute> (>applying weaknesses before defenses)
  523. [18:43:41] <Canute> (bother what)
  524. [18:43:58] <Ricki> ( The total is 126, if Neph has DR it gets applied five times )
  525. [18:44:10] <Canute> (oh)
  526. [18:44:13] <Canute> (i thought)
  527. [18:44:15] <Canute> (lunchbox)
  528. [18:44:18] <Canute> (and the 63)
  529. [18:44:26] <Nephene> (a-nope)
  530. [18:44:35] <Raven> (I'm just gonna wait for Tree to explain this shit :B)
  531. [18:44:52] <@Giantree> Four of them aim at lunchbox!  ... One of them shrugs at the fish because it's not very threatening.  It barely even hurt the guard, c'mon now.  So, that one aims elsewhere.
  532. [18:44:57] <@Giantree> 3d20 though
  533. [18:44:58] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, though: 33 [3d20=14,8,11]
  534. [18:45:13] * Nephene assumes a defensive stance as she ascends through the cutting leaf storm with her arms crossed in from of her face.
  535. [18:45:13] <@Giantree> 3#2d10+9 no crits on our fish today at least
  536. [18:45:15] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, no crits on our fish today at least: 19 [2d10=3,7], 22 [2d10=5,8], 20 [2d10=6,5]
  537. [18:45:35] <Ricki> ( 12, 15, 13... That's 40 total BEFORE SE... )
  538. [18:45:38] <Ricki> 1d100 Poor fishy
  539. [18:45:38] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Poor fishy: 66 [1d100=66]
  540. [18:45:45] <Canute> (rip fish)
  541. [18:45:50] <@Giantree> (oh shit are you kidding me)
  542. [18:45:59] <Ricki> ( Nope. He's dead. )
  543. [18:46:06] <@Giantree> 1d20 is he?
  544. [18:46:07] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, is he?: 13 [1d20=13]
  545. [18:46:16] <@Giantree> ... He would be, yes.
  546. [18:46:32] <@Giantree> If not for that Rattata who MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARED leaping heroically in front of the leaf storm!
  547. [18:46:46] <@Giantree> .. well, one of them
  548. [18:46:59] <Canute> (and now if you don't mind, canute will make his move)
  549. [18:47:13] <@Giantree> (that's fine)
  550. [18:47:17] <Canute> (unless there's more shit to roll out)
  551. [18:47:28] <@Giantree> (There's... a couple more, I think)
  552. [18:47:32] <Canute> (go then)
  553. [18:47:41] <@Giantree> 1d20#2d10+9 this one was on ricki himself
  554. [18:47:42] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, this one was on ricki himself: 32 [1d20=10; 2d10=5,8]
  555. [18:48:06] <@Giantree> 1d20#2d10+9 this one's actually at Canute, feel free to go first if you were holding though
  556. [18:48:07] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, this one's actually at Canute, feel free to go first if you were holding though: 39 [1d20=18; 2d10=5,7]
  557. [18:48:14] <@Giantree> 2d10 ... in addition to that
  558. [18:48:15] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, ... in addition to that: 16 [2d10=6,10]
  559. [18:48:41] <Ricki> ( You need a semicolon to separate, Tree. )
  560. [18:48:53] <@Giantree> (... What the fuck was I trying to do)
  561. [18:48:55] <Ricki> ( Not # sign )
  562. [18:48:57] <Canute> 1d10; 1d10 like this
  563. [18:48:57] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, 1d10: 5 [1d10=5]; like this: 10 [1d10=10]
  564. [18:49:00] <Canute> (i dunno)
  565. [18:49:03] <Canute> (anyway)
  566. [18:49:04] <@Giantree> (Let's... let's do that again.  I just derped hard.)
  567. [18:49:17] <Ricki> ( Well, Ricki took 22 and Canute 37 )
  568. [18:49:29] <@Giantree> (Yeah, that's good enough for me, I... aw hell, that's all of them)
  569. [18:50:00] <Canute> 1d20 let's see if this hits before typing up anything big, on the queen and servants
  570. [18:50:01] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, let's see if this hits before typing up anything big, on the queen and servants: 17 [1d20=17]
  571. [18:50:52] * Canute pauses for a moment, wiping his scratches from the leaves, before continuing his stomp from earlier, stopping right in front of the leader. He clears his throat.
  572. [18:51:00] <Canute> "My sincerest apologies for you having to witness this."
  574. [18:51:48] <Balthazar> "Tremble before zis." Balth says as he holds the blaster pistol sideways and shoots a stunning blast at the giant dinosaur bitch.
  575. [18:51:48] <Canute> "There is only one god that I would tremble before. Here, meet him."
  576. [18:51:55] <Balthazar> 1d20 set phasers to stun~
  577. [18:51:56] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, set phasers to stun~: 10 [1d20=10]
  578. [18:51:56] <@Giantree> <...>
  579. [18:52:02] <Balthazar> (Paralyzed :3)
  580. [18:52:07] <Canute> "Divine Essence, make thyself known in the form of vicious flames! Purge that which offends my sight and opposes my power! FLARE!"
  581. [18:52:18] <Canute> 5d10+20+20 overheat on all dem
  582. [18:52:19] <DiceMaid-9001> Canute, overheat on all dem: 61 [5d10=1,2,2,6,10]
  583. [18:52:27] <Canute> 91 for sun
  584. [18:52:31] <@Giantree> (haha oh wow)
  585. [18:52:40] <Raven> "Wat."
  586. [18:52:45] <Balthazar> 2d10+30+3 damage alongside Canute's firey holocaust
  587. [18:52:46] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, damage alongside Canute's firey holocaust: 45 [2d10=3,9]
  588. [18:53:08] * Ricki looks at the mess of leaves that have somehow become embedded in his body. "Hey, are you tryin'a do that thingy with all the leaves and the colorful thingies you can eat that makes things more tasty?"
  589. [18:53:23] <@Giantree> The red guard is blasted SO hard that it slides far beyond the reach of the glue grenade and slams against the wall.  It won't be opening its eyes anytime soon if they even still exist.
  590. [18:54:58] <Ricki> 1d100 Smoked salmon?
  591. [18:54:59] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Smoked salmon?: 92 [1d100=92]
  592. [18:55:07] <@Giantree> ... Well, at least it'll taste delicious.
  593. [18:55:39] <@Giantree> The Queen widens her eyes and stomps as best she can, beckoning to her guards with a loud roar.  But, the purple one next to her slowly closes its eyes and falls over too.
  595. [18:56:49] <Canute> "No. I am going to shove you in a ball and study you."
  596. [18:57:09] <Ricki> 1d20-3 Wisderp
  597. [18:57:10] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, Wisderp: 12 [1d20=15]
  599. [18:57:20] <Balthazar> "I vill use 'er remains to power my next invention >:I" He pouts at Canute.
  601. [18:57:33] <@Giantree> <...>
  602. [18:57:39] <@Giantree> <I WILL END YOU.>
  603. [18:57:42] <Canute> "How many more shots of this do you think I have left?"
  604. [18:58:00] <Ricki> ". . . Did it get warm in here? Like, REALLY warm? 'cause it smells funny in here and there's smoke coming outta my hair~"
  605. [18:58:01] <Canute> "It's the ball or I punch a hole directly through you."
  607. [18:59:07] <@Giantree> The artillery start to shrink down.  Also, the rattata's gone again.
  609. [18:59:51] * Raven collects herself after witnessing the attack. "You're not a Queen, let alone a dragon, you fool, and I'd prefer to see her put down, than captured."
  610. [19:00:25] <Canute> "Tell you what, if it has any eggs I can take one of those."
  612. [19:01:41] <Ricki> "Do you know how to put the babies in 'em? 'cause the lady with the eggs said that there's a secret to getting babies in the eggs before they hatch and I really REALLY wanna find out but she won't tell me so I said I would find out on my own and if you have an egg you can help me~"
  613. [19:02:07] <Raven> "This is not your forest, you hag," she readies her rifle
  614. [19:02:11] <Raven> (whose turn is it, anyway)
  615. [19:02:19] <Balthazar> "Can ve get zis over vith? I am really full of mud you know."
  616. [19:02:20] <Canute> (new turn i think)
  617. [19:02:22] <@Giantree> (It's the Queen's, since it cycles, unless I missed somebody)
  618. [19:02:37] <Balthazar> (the mons turn?)
  619. [19:02:49] <Ricki> ( Top of the Order )
  621. [19:03:48] <Canute> "Are you really in a position to be the one bargaining with ME?"
  622. [19:04:20] <Balthazar> "Seriously, ze real mastermind, zhat vulpine vulpix villain is somevhere plotting after 'e put us against each ozher."
  623. [19:04:20] <@Giantree> <I AM A QUEEN!  MY WILL IS ABSOLUTE, EVEN IF MY GUARDS ARE WEAK.>
  624. [19:04:50] <Canute> "If the fox is honestly that bad I'll just step on it too. Now just... shut UP!"
  625. [19:05:02] <@Giantree> <THEN DIE!>
  626. [19:05:20] <@Giantree> It swings a draconic, glowing-red claw at the now obvious MUSCLE WIZARD!
  627. [19:05:22] <@Giantree> 1d20 check this nat 1
  628. [19:05:23] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, check this nat 1: 16 [1d20=16]
  629. [19:05:27] * Balthazar points his arm ball cannon to the Queen, shooting a Pokéball at her. "It's rude to interrupt, you know."
  630. [19:07:45] <@Giantree> 2d12+16+22+8 okay here we go, dragon claw on canute
  631. [19:07:47] <DiceMaid-9001> Giantree, okay here we go, dragon claw on canute: 60 [2d12=6,8]
  632. [19:08:03] * Canute is just barely up.
  633. [19:08:05] <@Giantree> ... And as she's clawing she doesn't even NOTICE the ball coming at her.
  634. [19:08:10] <Balthazar> 1d8 damage
  635. [19:08:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, damage: 5 [1d8=5]
  636. [19:09:03] <Balthazar> 1d100-14
  637. [19:09:04] <DiceMaid-9001> Balthazar, 1d100-14: -7 [1d100=7]
  638. [19:09:08] <@Giantree> ...
  639. [19:09:09] <Balthazar> (AHAHAHAHA)
  640. [19:09:10] <@Giantree> Huh.
  641. [19:09:14] <@Giantree> or, rather
  642. [19:09:18] <@Giantree> <WH->
  643. [19:09:25] <Raven> "..."
  644. [19:09:42] <Canute> "There we are."
  645. [19:09:49] <Raven> She puts the rifle away, whistles Maki to her side.
  646. [19:09:49] <Canute> "Didn't want to have to do something like that again."
  647. [19:09:59] <@Giantree> Wiggle, wiggle.
  648. [19:10:01] <@Giantree> Wiggle wiggle.
  649. [19:10:18] <@Giantree> WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE <I DO NOT ACC-> wiggle.
  650. [19:10:23] <@Giantree> Clamp.
  651. [19:10:31] * Balthazar picks the ball. "Now, can ve actually focus on vhat matters now, eh?"
  652. [19:10:39] <Balthazar> "Vhich is zhat damnable alien Vulpix!"
  653. [19:11:01] <Raven> "I swear to Arceus this town gets odder by the day."
  654. [19:11:04] <@Giantree> Even next to where Nephene still unfortunately is, the chikoritas put their paws in the air.
  655. [19:11:18] <@Giantree> In fact, they all raise white flags that were conveniently set down next to them.
  656. [19:12:04] * Nephene descends down a conveniently-placed vine.
  657. [19:13:19] <Balthazar> "Also am i zeir Queen now?" He points at the Chikoritas. "...Vait i didn't vorded zis right."
  658. [19:13:38] <Raven> She then turns to Canute.  "You're a..." she seems unsure on what word to use.  
  659. [19:13:47] <Canute> "Wizard."
  660. [19:13:52] <Canute> "Don't mention it, not a word."
  661. [19:14:06] <Canute> "I do NOT like having to do that. If you want me to leave, I'll go right away."
  662. [19:14:16] * Balthazar shrugs. "You didn't knew about it, Sis? I thought you knew everything on ze town!"
  663. [19:14:29] <Nephene> "I'd only heard 'wizard' referring to you as a joke, before."
  664. [19:14:34] <Canute> "Nope."
  665. [19:14:38] <Nephene> "But no, I don't really mind."
  666. [19:14:43] <Raven> She blinks a bit.  "That incantation.  That sounded more like something a Shaman would say.  But you don't look like you got a drop of Wildling in you."
  667. [19:14:44] * Canute flinches a little.
  668. [19:14:52] <Nephene> ".....well, just as long as you can control things like that."
  669. [19:14:58] <Ricki> "Wizard? I wizard on a bush once. It didn't like it too much."
  670. [19:15:26] <@Giantree> The Chikoritas all shrink down and beg for mercy, all 12 of them.  They have no will to strike back anymore.
  671. [19:15:43] <Nephene> "....I think it's just best to leave them along."
  672. [19:16:00] <Canute> "As long as one doesn't grow into another of THOSE things."
  673. [19:16:06] <@Giantree> IN THE BACK the black, smoking meteorite rests as a crater in the courtyard.
  674. [19:16:22] <Canute> "And-- ah yes, this."
  675. [19:16:40] <@Giantree> Well, rests in a crater.
  676. [19:16:41] <Balthazar> "Seriously, i figured zat out in five minutes!" He starts walking around Raven. "But you would never believe me!"
  677. [19:16:58] * Canute shuffles over to the meteorite as soon as people stop looking at him.
  678. [19:17:35] * Nephene just doesn't know anymore. Everyone is -weird-, man.
  679. [19:19:09] <Raven> "Of course not, Terry.  I'm just a guardswoman, not a witch hunter.  I don't make it my business to pry into such matters, but..."
  680. [19:19:27] <@Giantree> The meteorite is still warm to the touch, and seems to radiate strange energy.
  681. [19:19:53] <Canute> "Reminder, stop hovering and get over here! This is... probably very interesting."
  682. [19:20:38] <Balthazar> "Vell you should at least listen to me more!"
  683. [19:20:41] * Ricki waddles over to Lunchbox, who is covered in leaves like a blanket and smoldering crispy. "Hey, Lunchbox... You're silly. Like that lady who likes to sleep everywhere. You should meet her. I think you'd like her~" He scoops the fishy up and waddles back over to Canute and the rest.
  684. [19:21:21] <@Giantree> It seems like it could be taken apart, as the outside is fairly brittle.  It's about a couple meters wide, though, and stuck deep in the ground.
  685. [19:21:40] <Canute> "Hrm. Probably need the others to help drag this around."
  686. [19:22:01] * Canute does indeed let out the others and gets to work with them on pulling it up to haul back to THE TOWERRRRR
  687. [19:22:05] <@Giantree> The Rattata, over in the corner, slumps over and takes a nap.  Out through the door they came in at comes a bruised, battered-looking Vulpix with an even more battered Hoppip being held in its paw as a shield.
  688. [19:22:13] <Raven> She approaches the rock as well, "Mr. Alphaeus, you should know that you have nothing to fear about the truth of your...profession, at least involving those here.  I'm no stranger to it."
  689. [19:22:20] <Canute> "That so?"
  690. [19:23:02] <Nephene> "....what -is- this, anyway? Is it even safe to take?"
  691. [19:23:04] <Canute> "Habit will remain as habit, though. Sometimes things are simply better off not touched upon."
  692. [19:23:20] <Canute> "If it isn't, would you rather it waaaaay out there with me, or in the town?"
  693. [19:23:28] * Balthazar gets near the rock. "Ooooh, Greatuncle vould like zis one. 'e is a rock aficionado, although my only interest on zis guy is 'ow it comes from SPACE!" He starts sniffing the Meteorite. "Ooooh i can smell ze alien viruses entering my nostrils, come o great Deoxys und enter my DNA!"
  694. [19:23:40] <Nephene> "...."
  695. [19:23:52] <Nephene> "If it isn't, why are we even considering going near it?"
  696. [19:23:54] <@Giantree> It smells like FIRE.  Probably because, even with Ricki free, the fire is still going.
  697. [19:24:07] <@Giantree> Lunchbox is successfully a meal, just... probably not for the Chikoritae.
  698. [19:24:30] <Canute> "I will not have you merging with my homunculus, boy."
  699. [19:25:17] <Raven> "It was the source of whatever gave that thing draconic powers, I suppose?"
  700. [19:25:23] <Canute> "Fairly sure it does know how to do surgery, though, just... not on humans."
  701. [19:25:40] <@Giantree> The Vulpix approaches as many of them as it can get the attention of, howling and "vuuul"ing just to hound for attention.  Or to... (sunglasses) fox for attention.
  702. [19:25:50] <Raven> "I mean hell he halfwit here has a dark god's high priestess in a Pokeball, and no one says shit about it, this is hardly the most dangerous thing in town."
  703. [19:25:52] <Balthazar> "Homunculus?" he shakes his head, oblivious.
  704. [19:25:59] <@Giantree> As soon as anyone turns around, its first act is to bow deeply in thanks.
  705. [19:26:39] <Nephene> "So what's next for you, little one?" she asks the Vulpix.
  706. [19:27:28] <@Giantree> It bows its head, as sorrow fills its little eyes.  Its head turns around to behind it, as if pointing.  It follows up by making a beckoning motion with its paw.
  707. [19:28:09] * Nephene pulls up a slashed sleeve, and speaks with Canute before following the Vulpix.
  708. [19:28:15] <Nephene> "So I guess this is why you left the city?"
  709. [19:28:24] <Canute> "And the city before that, yes."
  710. [19:28:50] <Nephene> "And why my brother wanted me to talk to you, I guess."
  711. [19:28:56] <Canute> "Well, not ENTIRELY. I had an apprentice, once, you know. Little rat revealed me to let the guards overlook him."
  712. [19:29:57] <Canute> "Ah, yes, your brother. Odd one. Went straight for the most bizarre and impossible forms of magic even though he had no formal learning."
  713. [19:29:58] <@Giantree> The Vulpix leads the chatty group out through the front door, but is at least polite enough to wait for them all to be willing to follow first!  Pieces of the meteorite aren't difficult to haul up, if effort is being put into it; just, the WHOLE THING is.
  714. [19:31:36] <@Giantree> Any chikorita and/or bayleef along the way simply step aside, not willing to stand against somebody who captured their queen.
  715. [19:32:11] * Canute is trying to drag the entire damn rock out, come hell or high water. "Maybe you can get a wagon?"
  716. [19:32:48] * Nephene sighs, and looks for a place to grip the meteorite properly. "I just have the worst feeling about this."
  717. [19:32:49] <Raven> Raven addresses them before they leave. "And by the way, get along with the other Pokemon in this forest, or Maki and I will make a return trip to personally escort you elsewhere.
  718. [19:33:00] <Balthazar> "I could 'ave ze queen drag ze Meteorite out?"
  719. [19:33:11] <Canute> "You could try."
  720. [19:33:19] <Nephene> "Please don't."
  721. [19:33:24] * Balthazar does so.
  722. [19:33:31] <Raven> "Terry what are you - oh jeez."
  723. [19:33:37] <Ricki> "I can drag things. Aunty said I'm good at dragging things~"
  724. [19:33:51] <@Giantree> <... UNHAND ME YOU BUFFOON.  RISE, MY COMRADES, I LIVE!>
  725. [19:34:12] <@Giantree> The Chikorita horde pop their heads out over the castle walls, staring blankly.
  726. [19:34:46] <Balthazar> "Uh can you drag zat to town?" Balth points to the Meteorite, obviously nonplussed by the Draganium's protests.
  727. [19:34:48] <Balthazar> "Please?"
  728. [19:34:54] <@Giantree> Then, one by one, they shrug and walk away.
  730. [19:35:40] <Canute> "Just do the damn thing."
  731. [19:36:01] <Raven> Raven just raises the rifle again. "You do anything funny and you'll suffer a worse fate than capture."
  733. [19:36:16] <@Giantree> <...>
  734. [19:36:32] <@Giantree> <I WOULD AT LEAST LIKE TO VISIT IT EVERY NOW AND AGAIN.>
  735. [19:36:49] <@Giantree> Wings spread, the black queen walks over and triest to hoist the meteorite up.
  736. [19:36:52] <Canute> "The boy does visit me frequently enough, for better or worse."
  737. [19:37:00] <Canute> "You shouldn't be worrying about that."
  738. [19:37:10] <Balthazar> "'ey, at least 'alf ze rock should be mine!"
  739. [19:37:19] <Balthazar> "Let's split in 'alf so ve can divide it, eh?"
  740. [19:37:20] <@Giantree> The Vulpix sighs and rests by a door.
  741. [19:37:31] <Canute> "If it is what I think it might be, that could ruin it."
  742. [19:37:44] <Balthazar> "Also your name is Biollante from now on, eh?"
  743. [19:37:54] <Canute> "What I propose we do is I just take the whole thing over to you once I'm finished... examining it."
  745. [19:38:40] * Balthazar shrugs. "Vell i got no problem. 'ey Biollante, ve are taking it to mister Kaw-Nutes home, okay?"
  747. [19:39:16] <Raven> "Good luck in the upcoming election versus Mayor Day."
  748. [19:39:26] <Ricki> 1d20+9 But Ricki said he'd help!
  749. [19:39:27] <DiceMaid-9001> Ricki, But Ricki said he'd help!: 17 [1d20=8]
  751. [19:40:12] <@Giantree> And she finishes hoisting the meteorite by rolling it out of its crater.  It's still damn big.
  752. [19:40:41] * Balthazar just shrugs. "Vhy am i stuck vith ze crazy ones..."
  753. [19:40:55] <Nephene> "Why did you even bother catching her?"
  754. [19:41:18] <Nephene> "She's going to be far too much trouble....and that's before she acts on destructive impulses."
  755. [19:41:23] <Raven> "Anyway," she looks to Canute.  "You should stop by the inn sometimes, all of who live there...well, I think you'd find a wizard doesn't have as much to fret about here compared to other places in the Empire.  I promise that as the guard here."
  756. [19:41:29] <Canute> "We'll see."
  757. [19:41:41] <Balthazar> "I actually didn't intended." he :Bs at Nephy while saying that.
  758. [19:41:43] <Nephene> "If nothing else, come in for a drink or massage."
  759. [19:42:18] <Nephene> "It's like someone -taught- you to do these silly things," she says to Balthazar with a slight facepalm.
  761. [19:42:44] <Nephene> "You don't take well to even the slightest resistance, though."
  762. [19:42:57] <@Giantree> Also, a red-painted and a purple-painted Chikorita lie unconscious as well.  None of the other 'ritas seem to want to approach them to help them out.
  763. [19:43:07] <Balthazar> "Hmph, vho did managed to subdue 'er in first place?"
  764. [19:43:40] <Canute> "Me, mostly."
  766. [19:44:02] <@Giantree> The Vulpix rolls its eyes.
  767. [19:44:59] <Balthazar> "Yoooou are right. But me on second place."
  768. [19:45:14] <Balthazar> "Also shut up Biollante." :I
  769. [19:45:33] <@Giantree> <I WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS!>
  770. [19:45:46] <Raven> "Whatever that spell you used was...something similar to I've seen before, I guess.  I just wouldn't imagine something like that from an Imperial.  Anyway...I think I'm gonna head back to the Inn myself," she says as she heads off, giving the Vulpix a thankful nod.
  771. [19:45:52] <@Giantree> ... She says while accepting it, hauling the meteorite off.  The Vulpix, though, beckons again.
  772. [19:46:03] <@Giantree> It tugs at Raven first!
  773. [19:46:06] <Raven> "Hm?"
  774. [19:46:16] * Nephene sighs, pulls up a torn part of her dress, and follows the Vulpix.
  775. [19:46:23] <Raven> "What's up little guy?"
  776. [19:46:24] <@Giantree> Through the fortress it goes, leading the group - but mainly the guard - to the old shrine again.
  777. [19:46:51] <@Giantree> The Sewaddle and Hoppip from earlier are there, with dejected looks on their faces-- nothing to the Vulpix' though.
  778. [19:47:16] <@Giantree> It enters the building and, with its teeth, drags out a large sack filled with all the missing consumables from the village.  Some of the older ones have mold on them.
  779. [19:47:36] <Balthazar> "Oh yeah vhat vere ve doing on zis place again?"
  780. [19:48:16] <@Giantree> Despite the queen glaring and making snarky comments constantly, the firefox just gives another deep bow.
  781. [19:48:47] <Canute> "Well! There we are."
  782. [19:49:08] <Nephene> "....look, if you're hungry, you don't need to steal from us."
  783. [19:49:16] <Raven> She picks up the bag.  "So the plant guys were driving you away from food, I guess.  Well, you shouldn't have to steal, we're more welcoming than that."
  784. [19:49:17] <Nephene> "I don't think we can eat most of this now, though."
  785. [19:49:37] <Balthazar> "I still say ze Vulpix is playing on us!"
  786. [19:49:46] <Balthazar> "Can you see 'ow 'is eyes shift around?"
  787. [19:50:43] <Raven> "And if you don't wanna beg, just look for this guy," she pats Maki, "He's usually around town somewhere and can kick any plant's ass!"
  788. [19:50:43] <@Giantree> It still looks apologetic, but nods.  The poor Vulpix looks back and forth to the other two, who nod to the best of their ability as well... at least they try.
  789. [19:51:29] <@Giantree> It still walks up to the guard's leg, with a glance toward Maki, and sits down with a happy look in its face.  "Vul!"
  790. [19:51:50] <Nephene> "Well, if you could get into our stores, you guys should know where the inn is..."
  791. [19:52:16] <Nephene> "The building I'm at has a sleeping Slaking sign at the front. I should be able to get you something if you just ask."
  792. [19:52:48] <Raven> "Actually...bah what am I thinking," she pulls out an Apricorn ball, "Wanna come home with me?" she asks the fox
  793. [19:53:15] <@Giantree> It perks up in response as the other two just stare approvingly, jumping in the air with a shout of joy.
  794. [19:53:26] * Balthazar hmphs as he returns Biollante to her ball after she finishes hauling the metheorite. "Vell i guess i'll figure out 'ow to make Clari deal vith zis prima donna." He says while heading to the laboratory. "Also i'll be getting zhat meteorite later! It might take us to the mooooooooooooooon!"
  795. [19:53:29] <@Giantree> And, without a pause, bops the ball with its nose.
  796. [19:53:45] <Nephene> "And the others?"
  798. [19:54:02] <@Giantree> And she follows him off.
  799. [19:54:35] <@Giantree> The other two - minus the rattata who is apparently still asleep - approach and stare, looking back at the old shrine.  The looks on their faces show that they aren't particularly attached.
  800. [19:55:16] <Raven> "Well, I liked the fox a lot, he had a strong sense of justice!  Anyway, back to the inn with me!"  she says as she strolls off.
  801. [19:57:40] <@Giantree> The Sewaddle starts to... waddle off.
  802. [19:57:58] <@Giantree> The Hoppip starts to hop off just to fit in.
  803. [19:58:32] <Nephene> "Hey, you two."
  804. [19:58:43] <Nephene> "Are you hungry? I should have something available at the inn..."
  805. [19:58:44] <@Giantree> They stop and turn around, not that they make much noise.
  806. [19:58:53] <Ricki> You mean it didn't hop off to... *sunglasses* be hip? Ricki has his "Ooh, look at the leaf on its head" moment and goes over to poke it.
  807. [19:58:56] <@Giantree> ... And slowly start to crawl over, looking up pleadingly.
  808. [19:59:07] <Nephene> "Follow me. I'll show you."
  809. [19:59:13] <@Giantree> The Sewaddle curls up in a ball and rolls backwards as soon as this happens, though.
  810. [20:00:27] <Ricki> "Hey, look, lady! It knows tricks~"
  811. [20:00:36] <@Giantree> But the Hoppip bounces along, eyeing the shrine once.
  812. [20:00:40] <@Giantree> Farewell, sweet etc
  813. [20:00:53] <Ricki> He scoops up the Sewaddle while it's still in Morph Ball mode.
  814. [20:01:06] <@Giantree> It stays curled up, and shivers a little!
  815. [20:06:46] * Ricki pokes it again. "Are you cold or something? You can sleep under the blanket with Lunchbox if you want." Lunchbox is still coated in leaves as it lies dead in Ricki's arms with the Sewaddle ;_;
  816. [20:06:57] <@Giantree> ;_;
  817. [20:07:27] <@Giantree> The 'waddle trembles but gradually uncurls, a bit unsettled at the dead fish... before realizing food is food!  He starts to nibble on it.
  818. [20:08:31] <Ricki> "Hey lady, look! He likes Lunchbox!" He waves Nephene over to show her how good friends his Pokemon are now :B
  819. [20:10:27] <@Giantree> The Hoppip follows/followed her back to the inn, at least not pausing for a second to look back itself.  It mourns its poor comrade.
  820. [20:10:53] <Nephene> "......."
  821. [20:10:59] * Nephene is unsettled as hell.
  822. [20:11:28] <@Giantree> Also the Sewaddle stops and spits it out after a couple bites.
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