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Sequoia Session 2

castfromhp Jul 20th, 2015 226 Never
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  1. [19:16:39 ][zoofman] Okay! By the time you guys get back to the lab, the power is back on! Yaaaaay!  No more flights of stairs, the elevator is fully operational, and the key card scanner works with the credentials you were given by Blintz.  As you step off the elevator and onto the floor where the Professor's office and labs are, you are greeted by the sound of laughter and aroma of food!  Seems they've left the glass door into the office
  2. [19:16:40 ][zoofman] buildings ajar for you.
  3. [19:17:25 ]* Dann- enters office, stepping carefully so as not to disturb the affectionate Helioptile in his arms.
  4. [19:17:47 ]* Lucian picks up Roy from the ground when he smells the food, knowing full well the eager little shrew's appetite. He quickens his pace nonetheless, somewhat hungry himself.
  5. [19:18:25 ][zoofman] You're greeted by a table covered with pizza boxes, liters of soda, paper plates, napkins, bowls of potato chips...hell even a cake!
  6. [19:19:06 ][castfromhp] Blintz is wearing a party hat and spinning away slowly in her chair at the welcome desk when you walk in. She gestures toward the pizza and then pops a little party popper. "Whoo, you did it. You didn't die." She fistpumps limpedly.
  7. [19:19:13 ]* Dann- suddenly realized how hungry he is as he takes stock of the enormous spread of food.
  8. [19:19:17 ][zoofman] Professor Benedict is sitting in one of the chairs up here, watching the television and laughing loudly ; he's watching - hey, wait a minute!  That's you guys, from earlier today when you were trying to catch the Vulpix!
  9. [19:19:23 ][zoofman] And set a bunch of stuff on fire!
  10. [19:19:31 ]* Percival peruses the selection
  11. [19:19:50 ][Dann-] "Uh oh..."
  12. [19:19:59 ]* Dann- mutters quietly.
  13. [19:20:14 ][Percival] "We found the remaining ones as well I believe. It wasn't too bad I hope, the fire that happened."
  14. [19:20:39 ]* Adrienne steps into the office, carrying the gothita and the ball the ekans was in. Soon she feels mortified that her escapade with the poliwag was probably watched. "Where do I put the pokemon I captured?" She sounds a little bit irritatd, glancing at the TV.
  15. [19:21:08 ]* Lucian looks at Bintz with something like humor in his eyes, "Was there a point that we /would/ have lost our lives today?"
  16. [19:21:40 ][Lucian] Peering around her and at the TV he points out, "Ah, there I am. I thought I caught sight of something watching us."
  17. [19:21:44 ][zoofman] "Gwahahaha!" Yup, poor Adrienne, the scene with the fountain mishap is next.  "Oh lawd this is way better than last year's mishaps.  Good thing ya talked me out of the original plan, Ema!"
  18. [19:22:22 ][castfromhp] "It happens." Blintz waves off Percival's concern. "If the Professor had his way, the Vulpix would've been setting the town vineyard on fire instead."
  19. [19:22:39 ][zoofman] "Help yourself, ya'll! You deserve it after puttin' up with that little charade."  He looks your way with a shit eating grin.
  20. [19:23:23 ][castfromhp] She then waves Adrienne toward the Professor, cleary not wanting to get up and deal with the captured Pokemon herself. She spins and turns to Lucian. "I would hope not. Insurance is generous to us, but it doesn't cover -that-."
  21. [19:23:24 ]* Lucian smiles conspiratorially, "You make it sound as though the Professor purposely set these Pokemon loose for us to round up."
  22. [19:23:26 ][Dann-] "Perhaps we could set these little guys down somewhere first?" Dann says, seconding Adrienne's query.
  23. [19:24:18 ][Percival] "Charade huh? I can't say I would've figured that out."
  24. [19:24:44 ]* Percival places both of his pokemon down.
  25. [19:24:45 ][castfromhp] "Welcome to Benedict Labs!" Blintz calls out, throwing her hands up in the air in mock-excitement. "You're starting to figure out how it works around here, Lucian. I meant it when I said I was the prof's keeper."
  26. [19:25:00 ][zoofman] "Oh ya'll can just drop em off in the lab," he points to the room where you originally met him, "sink's free now if you want to clean up to boot.  Little guys were in on it too so they'll behave now."
  27. [19:25:36 ][castfromhp] "Don't forget you can keep one. Half the point of this is so you have another companion to take with you when we give you your real jobs."
  28. [19:25:36 ]* Lucian sets Roy down to let him at the food, warning him first to not make too much of a mess and offers to take the pokeballs for everybody.
  29. [19:26:40 ]* Dann- heads over to the lab to deposit the cuddly lizard. He searches for a comfortable place to leave him, gives him one last affectionate scratch on the head, and heads back to the buffet.
  30. [19:26:57 ][Percival] "Might be for the best, all of them would enjoy a wash of sorts. They've been out for a good while."
  31. [19:27:01 ]* Adrienne bites back the desire to just dump the gothita on the professor's lap, and instead heads into the lab to (gently) drop the gothita into the sink. She leaves the lab to take a seat, being fairly clean, if not slightly damp.
  32. [19:27:10 ][zoofman] "Just half though - the other half is to get ya aquainted with the town, get some teamwork in, and get some material for the highlight reel at the university Christmas Party."
  33. [19:27:34 ]* SuikoGM is now known as Kaingaskhan
  34. [19:27:50 ][Adrienne] With no strong opinion, Adrienne holds up the pokeball she got earlier. "I'll just take the ekans." Left unsaid, she considers it the least annoying thing in the room.
  35. [19:28:28 ]* Lucian returns after washing up some and helps himself to the food, "I hope my own bits weren't too boring."
  36. [19:28:29 ][castfromhp] The Gothita looks around confusedly at being put down in the sink of all places. After a moment, it shrugs and turns on the faucet to wash some icing and sugar off itself.
  37. [19:28:31 ]* Dann- returns to the office and dumps his backpack and shovel in a corner with a loud 'clank', He then immediately grabs two pieces of pizza, taking a bite out of each.
  38. [19:28:59 ][zoofman] The lizard gives one last coo before scurrying off to rest next to some electrical equiptment where its nice and warm.
  39. [19:29:26 ]* Percival hands over the Cottonee from earlier, "They're a pretty big trouble maker, careful with them"
  40. [19:29:27 ][castfromhp] "Oh, so you're the serious all-business type of the group." Blintz spins to face Adrienne, nodding to herself.
  41. [19:30:23 ]* Adrienne raises an eyebrow in response. She releases Arthur from his ball, as well as the ekans, to get them accompanied with each other.
  42. [19:30:51 ][Lucian] "All work and no play makes Adrienne something something."
  43. [19:30:58 ][Dann-] "Busnmph?" Dann says, looking up from his third piece of pizza.
  44. [19:31:54 ]* Dann- hastily swallows the food in his mouth, and continues, "Well I certainly thought the whole hunt was entertaining!"
  45. [19:32:12 ][zoofman] The Professor taps the remote, turning off the television, and stands to free up some space, "So, now that ya'll are better acquainted, and got some grub, let's get to the meaty details of your roles as aides of Benedict Labs."
  46. [19:32:20 ][Dann-] "And as long as no one was hurt, a fertilizer fire is actually kind of hilarious."
  47. [19:32:28 ][castfromhp] The Ekans pops out of the ball curled up asleep. Arthur looks over warily at it before looking back at you as if to ask if it was okay to wake it up.
  48. [19:33:14 ]* Lucian sets down his slice of pizza and smiles. "You mean we're only getting paid to run around doing errands?"
  49. [19:33:20 ][Lucian] not only*
  50. [19:33:32 ]* Adrienne nods "go ahead" at Arthur, before getting soem cake for herself. On a whim, she gets a slice of pizza, to cut some off for the little bear.
  51. [19:34:00 ]* Percival takes a slice for himself and begins nibbling on it. "Might you like a bit Fumu?"
  52. [19:34:52 ][zoofman] He chuckles and looks to Lucian, "Sure, depends what you call an errand though."
  53. [19:35:56 ]* Dann- gathers two paper plates, loading one up with potato chips and the other with two pieces of cake. He sets both on the ground and calls out Winston.
  54. [19:36:03 ][Dann-] "Hungry, buddy?
  55. [19:36:04 ][Dann-] "
  56. [19:36:07 ][Percival] "Are we regularly going to need to return troubled pokemon such as this?"
  57. [19:36:33 ][castfromhp] The little bear carefully nudges at the snake, which slowly wakes up and looks awfully disoriented until it gives a look of recognition at the Professor and Blintz, then slithers over to the welcome desk, settling under the warmth of Blintz's desk lamp. Arthur follows curiously after a moment and, as before, offers to share a snack with the snake.
  58. [19:37:21 ][zoofman] "So to start with - ya'll probably won't be here at the lab too often; ya'll will be workin' in the field primarily, and when you run into issues or need to report something back, either Ema here or Moses will be your first point of contact.  Both of their numbers should be preprogrammed in your phone after installing the 'dex app."
  59. [19:37:30 ]* Dann- then grabs yet another piece of cake for himself. He sets it on a plate, but proceeds to pick the entire piece up awkwardly with his unwashed hands as he takes a bite.
  60. [19:38:10 ][Dann-] "Motheth?" Dann inquires over a mouthful of cake.
  61. [19:39:12 ][castfromhp] Meanwhile, Roy has been furtively taking slices of cake and pizza over to a corner to munch on too.
  62. [19:39:24 ][Percival] "I see, makes sense. The description did have field work as a primary job."
  63. [19:39:35 ][zoofman] "He's another one of my aides - ya'll will meet him before too long.  Hell probably next few days."
  64. [19:39:43 ][Lucian] "Field work? What does that typically entail? I know you specialize in behavioral science but should we expect all work to be similarly under that scope?"
  65. [19:39:51 ]* Percival picks up a slice of cake for himself and Fumu.
  66. [19:39:52 ][Lucian] "Is there time to pursue our own research?"
  67. [19:40:31 ][castfromhp] "Moses used to do the lab work here, and I was in the field much like you all. I convinced him to trade with me." Blintz chimes in.
  68. [19:40:48 ][zoofman] "Long as ya'll get your work done, don't really care what you do in your free time - be it researchin', battlin', catchin', twerkin if that's yo thang."
  69. [19:41:28 ][Percival] "Is there a sort of do-by list? Rather a certain schedule we need to follow?"
  70. [19:42:19 ][zoofman] "The battlin' part is important though - that's somethin' I consider part of your job as well.  What makes ya stand apart from those OTHER Professor Aides ; it ain't manditory for them."
  71. [19:42:59 ][zoofman] "Naw it's more like we'll send ya tasks and you'll get back to us when you're done with em.  And we already got your first one ready."
  72. [19:43:08 ][Adrienne] "So we'll need to collect badges, right?" Adrienne wonders if this cake is storebought.
  73. [19:43:10 ][castfromhp] "From my experience, there's plenty of time to pursue your own research interests if you have them." Blintz adds. "Just be on call in case we have an assignment for you, and don't forget the Watchers might call on you since you're registered with us too."
  74. [19:44:11 ][Dann-] "It would be so cool to work with a Watcher!" Dann exclaims, having actually read that part of the info packet.
  75. [19:46:07 ][zoofman] "Good! Cause that very well might happen - so, as I'd hope ya'll are aware of being I've recently employed ya, my recent studies have been based around an unusual phenomena we have goin' on in the region.  Lots of Pokemon are leaving their natural habitats for others, and creatin' issues in their eco systems.  Quite a few of these Pokemon have also become unusually hostile."
  76. [19:46:11 ][Dann-] "Not that I'd, well, want a crisis to happen or anything," he adds, "just, if one did happen."
  77. [19:46:18 ][Percival] "A less rigid schedule then huh. We're likely to get the tasks done and we'll be sure to tell you if anything of particular interest happens."
  78. [19:46:25 ]* Dann- scratches his head sheepishly.
  79. [19:47:15 ]* Lucian nods, "That's fine. I have some experience of my own with the Watchers and I'm no stranger to battling either."
  80. [19:47:23 ][Dann-] "Go on." Dann's expression becomes a bit more serious.
  81. [19:48:23 ][zoofman] "There was a recent incident in Oceanspray, and we requested permission from the local law enforcement to poke into it as well.  Or at least, that's what I sent Moses over there to negotiate.  We got the green light on that a few days ago, so we want ya'll to head that way to assist."
  82. [19:48:44 ][zoofman] "He'll show ya the ropes on how we typically do then turn ya loose on your own."
  83. [19:50:04 ][Dann-] "Great!" Dann chimes, "Are we to head out today?"
  84. [19:50:47 ]* Dann- checks his phone for the time of day.
  85. [19:51:02 ][castfromhp] "Yup." Blintz pulls out her phone and taps at it absentmindedly. You can't see from here whether she's pulling up important documents or just playing Candy Crush.
  86. [19:51:36 ][castfromhp] It's mid-afternoon right now.
  87. [19:51:49 ][Percival] "What sort of incident happened there?"
  88. [19:53:13 ][castfromhp] "It's not a one day trip, so you'll have to stay at a Watcher tower overnight on the way." Blintz puts down her phone and turns to Percival. "There was a very grumpy Quagsire making trouble by the water." She holds out her arms like a Quagsire and gives a little derpy wave with her mouth wide open.
  89. [19:53:43 ]* Dann- stifles a laugh.
  90. [19:53:45 ][castfromhp] "Sorry, we don't really know much more than that - we were actually scrambling to think of some real assignment for you to do, and that one fell into our laps."
  91. [19:53:52 ][Adrienne] "Just a single one?"
  92. [19:54:21 ][Percival] "I see, atleast those can't set fire to anything."
  93. [19:54:41 ][Dann-] "Or if it can, I can see why it might be causing trouble..."
  94. [19:54:45 ][castfromhp] "It made quite the splash, apparently, even just alone."
  95. [19:55:05 ][zoofman] "Ain't no fire starter, but it's the hot topic around Oceanspray."
  96. [19:56:05 ]* Adrienne nods. "Alright."
  97. [19:56:21 ]* Lucian considers it, "If it's enough to cause a police report it's probably caused some sort of structural damage."
  98. [19:56:55 ][Lucian] 3d6+2 Poke Edu, are these Pokemon prone to this kind of trouble? Where do they usually live?
  99. [19:56:55 ][CritSenpai] Poke Edu, are these Pokemon prone to this kind of trouble? Where do they usually live?: 15 [3d6=5,5,3]
  100. [19:58:00 ][castfromhp] Quagsire definitely don't usually live by the ocean, preferring swampy areas or calm rivers for the most part. They and their preevolved form are normally known to be quite docile and amiable creatures and are popular in children's cartoons.
  101. [19:58:55 ][castfromhp] You're all a bit too old to have enjoyed Barney the Shiny Quagsire as a kid, but you've probably at least heard of it.
  102. [20:00:46 ][zoofman] "Oh, and fo' the record - lodgin'.  While ya'll are on the road, Watcher Towers have cabins you can stay at free of charge...might wanna bring your own sheets and blankets though - hell if I ever trust those beds.  And in towns, the Pokemon Centers have private rooms available for Aides all over the region."
  103. [20:01:42 ][Percival] "Likely we''ll try to stop regularly by those towers just to check on their situation as well."
  104. [20:01:46 ][Adrienne] "I've never slept in a Watcher cabin, what's wrong with the beds?"
  105. [20:02:18 ][Lucian] "Let's just say they aren't exactly a five star hotel."
  106. [20:02:43 ][zoofman] The Professor looks Adrienne's way and shakes his head, "Oh you sweet little angel.  Let's just say I dunno how often they actually get someone out there to change the beddin'."
  107. [20:03:22 ][Dann-] "I find that the ground and my sleeping pad are usually plenty for me anyway." Dann says with a grin.
  108. [20:03:53 ][zoofman] The Professor almost says something to Dann...but naw, he reconsiders it.
  109. [20:04:11 ][Adrienne] "... Oh." She nods.
  110. [20:04:21 ][Percival] "I doubt they're too bad, otherwise they'd be completely empty all the time."
  111. [20:04:48 ][castfromhp] "You take what you can get when you're out there." Blintz says.
  112. [20:06:03 ][Dann-] "Well, it sounds like we've got everything we need. Should we head out soon?"
  113. [20:06:25 ][Percival] "Everyone about finished with what they were eating?"
  114. [20:06:32 ][castfromhp] Blintz picks up her phone again. "Mmm, if you want to make it to the nearest tower 'tween here and Oceanspray before dark, yeah."
  115. [20:06:40 ][zoofman] "When you're ready to, at least.  Moses will be waitin' on ya'll tomorrow at the Oceanspray Pokecenter.  If you have troubles findin' him, you got his digits."
  116. [20:06:42 ]* Dann- checks on Winston, having not heard much from him since he set the food out.
  117. [20:07:51 ]* Lucian gets up without another word and slings his bag across his shoulder, "Then let's get going. I'd rather not have to stumble around in the dark."
  118. [20:07:54 ][Dann-] "Are the pokemon we caught earlier still in the lab?" Dann asks, looking up from his furpig, "I've decided to keep the little firestarter I caught out there."
  119. [20:08:39 ][castfromhp] While you weren't looking, Winston has quietly vacuumed up two entire bags of potato chips, scooting across the table like a fuzzy roomba. He looks a bit tired out from the scuffle today.
  120. [20:08:45 ][Percival] "Maybe they're clean now, they all were a bit dusty from running about I imagine."
  121. [20:09:19 ]* Adrienne puts the plate she was using in the trash and checks up on Arthur and the Ekans, probably both under the desk.
  122. [20:10:07 ]* Percival cleans up after himself and looks for the Purrloin.
  123. [20:10:07 ][castfromhp] "Yeah, I can fetch them for you. So it's the Vulpix and Double Satan?" Blintz gets up and starts heading into the lab to fetch the pokemon.
  124. [20:10:08 ][Dann-] "Woah, Winst, slow down a bit! We can take some potato chips on the road if you want."
  125. [20:10:23 ][zoofman] "...Wait someone's actually takin' Double Satan?"
  126. [20:10:36 ][castfromhp] "Yes!"
  127. [20:11:02 ][Lucian] "Hehe, yeah."
  128. [20:11:07 ][zoofman] He sighs with relief, "Thank fuck."
  129. [20:11:13 ][Lucian] "He's not so bad."
  130. [20:11:17 ]* Dann- pats Winston affectionately on the back.
  131. [20:11:19 ][Lucian] "...probably."
  132. [20:11:43 ][Percival] "The little gal seemed to have been pretty scared of the fluff ball that was running round before."
  133. [20:12:32 ][castfromhp] Winston gives a small squeal but complies and nudges away what would've been the bag of chips.
  134. [20:12:40 ][castfromhp] *the third bag
  135. [20:13:18 ][Lucian] "Anything I should know before I take him off your hands though?"
  136. [20:13:50 ][Lucian] "As much trouble as he seems to have been for the lab, I think he could be trained into a real champion Pokemon."
  137. [20:14:34 ][castfromhp] The Purrloin is stretched out over what you assume is the professor's laptop in the lab, taking a nap.
  138. [20:15:42 ][zoofman] "He'll do anything for an apple; even break into the test chambers to steal them!"
  139. [20:16:14 ][castfromhp] "Also, don't try feeding one head booze and the other one energy drinks." Blintz shoots the professor an evil eye.
  140. [20:16:28 ][Dann-] "Sounds like a training incentive if I ever heard one."
  141. [20:16:42 ][Dann-] "The apple thing, that is."
  142. [20:16:44 ][Lucian] "I'll see if I can get some apple flavored poffins on hand before we get going."
  143. [20:16:54 ][Percival] "Ah far more relaxed now. I was thinking about bringing them along, they seem to have a fairly level behavoir."
  144. [20:17:00 ]* Percival pets the Purrloin
  145. [20:17:56 ][zoofman] "Hey now that was a perfectly normal experiment on multi-headed Pokemon!  If you give one vodka, and the other Red Bull..."
  146. [20:18:04 ][Dann-] "I've got a few things I'd like to purchase on our way out too. Do we want to head out and meet on the north side of town in a half hour or so?"
  147. [20:18:31 ]* Dann- shudders at the idea of a frail pokemon like Doduo trying to metabolize alcohol.
  148. [20:19:18 ][castfromhp] Despite Arthur's usual offers of snacks, the Ekans seems rather indifferent to the bear - and in fact everything around him really - and is still comfortably curled up under Blintz's lamp. Arthur turns to you, Adrienne, and gives a shrug. Maybe it'll warm up to him later.
  149. [20:20:03 ][castfromhp] The Purrloin stretches and rolls over on the professor's keyboard.
  150. [20:21:40 ][zoofman] "Well if ya'll are going to stick around for a bit more...lemee go get those Jello Shooters I made," Benedict meanders off into another room.
  151. [20:22:22 ]* Adrienne holds up both of the pokeballs. "We need to get going, I'll let you out outside." She recalls both pokemon and stands up, turning to the closest person, Miss Blintz. "I'm not familiar with ekans, do they usually sleep a lot?"
  152. [20:23:35 ][castfromhp] "What. No." Blintz stands up abruptly at the professor's declaration. "Okay everyone has to go." She makes shooing motions at you all. "That one does. When it's cold mostly." She responds quickly to Adrienne.
  153. [20:24:07 ][Dann-] "All right, I'm going to go buy a few things. I'll meet the rest of you on the north end of town in 20 minutes!"
  154. [20:24:09 ][Percival] "Quite pleasent and relaxed, I'd think this one and Fumu will get along fine."
  155. [20:24:34 ]* Dann- takes Vulpix's pokeball from Blintz, recalls Winston, and heads downstairs.
  156. [20:24:57 ]* Percival recalls the Purrloin and Fumu as well to their respective balls, then goes outside.
  157. [20:25:10 ]* Lucian confirms that he had their numbers in his phone before he heads off into town to pick up a few last minute provisions.
  158. [20:25:27 ][Adrienne] "Okay." Well, that's that. Adrienne leaves and on the way, grabs her bags and makes a mental checklist of things to buy for the trip out.
  159. [20:26:26 ]* Dann- grabs a few things for the hike, food and water, as well as a couple of bandages.
  160. [20:28:31 ][zoofman] Blintz shoos you out the door and into an elevator just in time for you to see the Professor walking in with a tray of...good god they are so oversized, jello shooters with little apples in their center! Well no progress would have made today after having one (god forbid more than one) of those.  That said there's department stores open in town for any last minute shopping!
  161. [20:29:53 ][Lucian] Satisfied with most of his supplies for the time being, Lucian ventures into town to buy things to help train his new recent capture as well as a few treats for Roy in case he feels left out.
  162. [20:30:06 ]* Dann- then heads to the north exit of the town to wait for his companions. Along the way, he lets Winston and Kai out to walk with him.
  163. [20:30:21 ][Dann-] "I know you two had kind of a rough introduction earlier today, but I hope you can learn to get along."
  164. [20:30:23 ][castfromhp] After you all get your shopping done, it's not long before you're all on the road. The trail north of St. Cascara snakes through a dense forest, and you see on your map a Watcher Tower location marked just at the river between here and Oceanspray.
  165. [20:31:44 ][castfromhp] Your Vulpix looks very guilty and apologetic the entire time as it walks beside Winston.
  166. [20:32:24 ][Lucian] For a change of pace, Lucian lets loose Loptyr and keeps a firm grip on the bird's flank lest it get any funny ideas.
  167. [20:33:03 ][Lucian] He gives the bird a small nibble of some apple treats and then stops abruptly, the remainder of the snacks stowed away and wrapped tightly in the confines of his bag.
  168. [20:33:32 ][Dann-] "Hey, cheer up Kai," Dann says to the sad looking Vulpix, "you didn't do any lasting harm to Winston."
  169. [20:34:00 ][Dann-] "Right Winst?" He says to Winston, giving him a look that says 'back me up here'.
  170. [20:35:02 ][Doxy] Winston snuffles, nuzzling against the fox.
  171. [20:35:15 ][castfromhp] A fresh evergreen scent hits your noses as you start into the forest, and the thick canopy of trees casts large shifting shadows over the trail. Most notably however, your ears are assaulted by a constant, incessant buzzing coming from all around you.
  172. [20:35:40 ][Dann-] 4d6 PokeEdu Identify the source
  173. [20:35:40 ][CritSenpai] PokeEdu Identify the source: 19 [4d6=4,3,6,6]
  174. [20:35:49 ][Percival] "Pretty active for this time of year, I hope there's not much wrong."
  175. [20:36:12 ][Doxy] Loptyr's two heads work together to rip apart and swallow the apple treats. Loptyr seems happy enough to just be outside of the lab, looking around excitedly at everything and squawking to each other.
  176. [20:36:24 ][castfromhp] Many of the nearby trees have branches coated with thin layers of silken thread or spider webs, and a few are almost barren of the usual needle-like leaves.
  177. [20:37:13 ]* Adrienne had long let Arthur out to follow along, but she didn't quite know what to do with the Ekans, dubbed Rami. For the meantime, she kept it in its ball while she took in the surrounding sights.
  178. [20:37:41 ]* Lucian jots a few notes down as they walk, documenting some of the things he notices from the two-headed bird. If it was this rowdy with only two heads he could only imagine the trouble it'd get into once it evolved into its typically more volatile 2nd form.
  179. [20:38:19 ][Lucian] Was it simply in a Pokemon's nature to fight? What kind of results would he get from a Pokemon so eager and raring to go.
  180. [20:38:22 ][castfromhp] Dann-, BUGS. Definitely bugs. A closer look around reveals empty remnants of metapod and silcoon shells hanging from many branches, and other various bug Pokemon can be seen peeking out from underneath fallen logs and large stones.
  181. [20:38:33 ]* Dann- attempts to scoop up both of his pokemon at some point, giving them a break from walking while still enjoying the time outside.
  182. [20:38:51 ][Dann-] 3d6 Athletics
  183. [20:38:51 ][CritSenpai] Athletics: 15 [3d6=5,5,5]
  184. [20:39:49 ][Dann-] "Sure are a lot of bugs in this place. Guess that's to be expected."
  185. [20:40:11 ][Percival] "I suppose new hatchinglys then, it's fairly calm out it seems."
  186. [20:40:55 ][Lucian] 3d6+1 Bug Pokemon: Do they typically stay around after they lay their eggs? Should we be worried?
  187. [20:40:55 ][CritSenpai] Bug Pokemon: Do they typically stay around after they lay their eggs? Should we be worried?: 14 [3d6=1,6,6]
  188. [20:41:16 ][zoofman] You hike for a good while before catching sight of the watch tower.  You can see the tall structure towering over the trees around it, and the gentle river beside it.  You can also spot a camp fire near it and a few cabins under the structure.
  189. [20:41:20 ][Lucian] Specifically, are they territorial and are we in dang-nevermind
  190. [20:41:21 ][Doxy] You easily scoop up Winston and Kai; the latter crawls up onto your shoulders, resting.
  191. [20:41:41 ][castfromhp] The more common bugs are usually pretty laissez-faire about their eggs.
  192. [20:41:56 ]* Dann- cradles Winston against his chest while stabilizing Kai with his other arm.
  193. [20:43:12 ]* Lucian checks his phone for any Watcher reports.
  194. [20:43:17 ][Lucian] "We're getting close."
  195. [20:44:02 ][castfromhp] Nothing on your phone. You're on the network, so you'd get a notification if something came up specifically that required extra trainer assistance.
  196. [20:44:21 ][zoofman] As you get closer you can see a middle aged man sitting at the camp fire, roasting a marshmellow on a stick.  "Howdy," He says as you approach, waving with his free hand.  Roll me perception.
  197. [20:44:27 ][Lucian] 3d6+1
  198. [20:44:27 ][CritSenpai] 3d6+1: 18 [3d6=6,6,5]
  199. [20:44:41 ][Dann-] 2d6 Perc
  200. [20:44:41 ][CritSenpai] Perc: 5 [2d6=4,1]
  201. [20:44:44 ][Adrienne] 2d6
  202. [20:44:44 ][CritSenpai] 2d6: 9 [2d6=4,5]
  203. [20:44:45 ][Percival] 3d6 perception
  204. [20:44:45 ][CritSenpai] perception: 14 [3d6=4,6,4]
  205. [20:45:06 ][zoofman] Lucian and Percival can hear someone shouting from one of the nearby cabins.  They sound frustrated!
  206. [20:45:57 ]* Lucian shares a look with the rest of the team and says, "It looks like there might be trouble up ahead. I'm going to see what the matter is."
  207. [20:46:25 ][castfromhp] Percival, roll acrobatics or perception (Your choice)
  208. [20:46:40 ][Adrienne] "I couldn't hear anything," she comments, looking around.
  209. [20:46:49 ][Percival] 3d6 perception
  210. [20:46:49 ][CritSenpai] perception: 10 [3d6=3,6,1]
  211. [20:46:59 ][Percival] "How odd, I hope there's nothing wrong."
  212. [20:48:24 ][castfromhp] Just as you say that, Percival, you suddenly notice a Weedle flying at you from the the top of the Watch Tower, but not in time to ddoge it. It bounces off your head and flops onto the ground before squirming away in a hurry.
  213. [20:48:51 ][zoofman] The marshmellow roasting man hrms. "Looks like you got a, hum, worm welcome."
  214. [20:49:07 ][Percival] "What on earth, did somebody throw that?"
  215. [20:49:20 ][castfromhp] "Sorry!" You hear a man's voice call out from the top of the tower. You can't see him too well from down here, but you can make out a silhouette of a well-built man wearing some sort of hat waving down at you.
  216. [20:49:23 ][zoofman] "Trouble?  Well guess its trouble for some folks, guess you'll see for yourself."
  217. [20:49:28 ]* Adrienne looks unamused at the pun.
  218. [20:50:07 ][castfromhp] The figure at the top of the tower walks into the watch station at the top, returning with an armful of wurmples and caterpie, which he proceeds to toss down to the ground like he did with the weedle.
  219. [20:50:57 ][castfromhp] The bugs bounce comically before scurrying off into the brushes and up into nearby trees.
  220. [20:51:18 ][Adrienne] "... What's going on?"
  221. [20:51:26 ][zoofman] Likewise, at the cabin the shouting is coming from, a window flies open as someone tosses out a handful of crawlers, many of which turn right around and start crawling back up the side of the cabin! "Ugh!  Why won't you just STAY OUT?!" shouts someone inside.
  222. [20:52:48 ]* Dann- chuckles softly, and heads towards the cabin.
  223. [20:52:53 ][zoofman] Inside is a short haired person about your age, wearing a sleeveless shirt and tossing bugs out of the window by the bucketful.
  224. [20:52:53 ]* Lucian skids to a halt and tries to assess the situation before simply giving up and knocking the front door.
  225. [20:52:57 ][Percival] "An infestation maybe? That's sure a ton of bugs inside a house."
  226. [20:53:12 ][Lucian] "Is something the matter?"
  227. [20:53:24 ]* Adrienne is heading over to the cabin, when she arrives she asks, "would you like some help?"
  228. [20:53:55 ][zoofman] The door cracks open slightly - and you look down to see a Riolu has opened it for you, Lucian.  It looks just as tired as the person at the window does, looking up at you with pleading puppydog eyes.
  229. [20:55:03 ]* Lucian smiles at the weary dog and pats it on the head before heading on inside, "Something tells me your bug problem is the least of your worries right now."
  230. [20:55:06 ][zoofman] The person at the window looks over to you, Adrienne.  "Yes, please!  The bugs are everywhere - ugh I can't stand these rubbery little pests.  They just keep coming back!"
  231. [20:55:20 ][Percival] "Do you have any other sorts of buckets?"
  232. [20:56:19 ][Lucian] "It doesn't seem like they're stopping."
  233. [20:56:27 ][Lucian] "Do you know why they keep crawling back in?"
  234. [20:57:24 ][Dann-] "Let's let Kai take a crack at this, if it comes to that." Dann says to Winston, recalling him.
  235. [20:57:53 ][Dann-] "Is it safe to come inside to look around?" Dann asks.
  236. [20:58:39 ][zoofman] "The Watcher upstairs gave me one when I went up to get one.  I don't know what they want but they are too dumb to not realize they aren't welcome!"  They are clearly frustrated.  "...Come in? Sure I guess..."
  237. [20:58:45 ][zoofman] "Careful where you step."
  238. [20:59:27 ]* Dann- strides carefully past the exhausted Riolu and enters the cabin.
  239. [20:59:33 ]* Lucian pushes the door open carefully and watches his footfalls lest he make more trouble for the concerned trainer.
  240. [20:59:42 ][zoofman] The man at the camp fire shrugs and offers some marsh mellow to a few of the crawlers.
  241. [20:59:58 ][Dann-] 2d6 Perception - looking for something in the cabin that might attract bug pokemon
  242. [20:59:58 ][CritSenpai] Perception - looking for something in the cabin that might attract bug pokemon: 9 [2d6=5,4]
  243. [21:00:05 ][zoofman] Dann and Lucian - oh my god there are crawlers EVERYWHERE.
  244. [21:00:23 ][Lucian] 3d6+2 Poke Edu: Why would so many bugs be around here of all places
  245. [21:00:23 ][CritSenpai] Poke Edu: Why would so many bugs be around here of all places: 15 [3d6=2,6,5]
  246. [21:00:25 ][Dann-] "...oh my."
  247. [21:00:36 ][zoofman] The walls, the floor, the appliances - better not look in the bathroom
  248. [21:00:58 ]* Lucian winces, "...I don't think any number of buckets will help this case."
  249. [21:00:59 ][Dann-] "Seems like a great place to sleep, eh?" Dann mutters to Lucian.
  250. [21:01:20 ][Lucian] "This is abnormal behavior if I've ever seen it."
  251. [21:01:22 ][zoofman] "Hope you brought your own sheets," the man at the camp fire says as a half joke.
  252. [21:01:37 ][Percival] "Looking for warmth maybe? I hope they haven't tried to build nests in there."
  253. [21:01:54 ]* Lucian fiddles with his phone in search of a video feature so he can document this.
  254. [21:02:24 ]* Adrienne figures she may as well take a look inside too, but from the window. "You know, they're all herbivores, I could probably lure them out with food," she suggests aloud.
  255. [21:02:26 ][Percival] "We brought some just in case but, it seems more and more likely we'll utilize them."
  256. [21:02:26 ][Dann-] "Let's see if we can answer that question of yours, Lucian." Dann begins looking for anything odd in the cabin that might be attracting the bugs.
  257. [21:02:45 ][Lucian] "I doubt it."
  258. [21:02:47 ][zoofman] Lucian, you scoop up a Caterpie and notice it looks malnurished.  You also notice a few are trying to get at Adrienne's backpack, and the ones near the campfire are gobbling down those marsh mellows extremely fast.
  259. [21:02:54 ][Lucian] "Luring them away that is."
  260. [21:03:17 ][Lucian] "I don't think we have enough food to get this many away for long enough."
  261. [21:03:24 ][Dann-] "Agreed."
  262. [21:03:45 ][Percival] "That's... sure a ton of bugs that aren't well fed. That seems a bit abnormal for living in this forest."
  263. [21:03:58 ][Lucian] "They do look hungry though. But that's the sign of a deeper problem than just an infestation."
  264. [21:04:17 ]* Dann- turns to the Watcher that was in the cabin.
  265. [21:04:31 ][Dann-] "Were they here when you checked on this cabin today, or did they all suddenly show up?"
  266. [21:05:04 ]* Lucian hums (and holds his breath lest any of the bugs somehow find their way in) and finally says, "Who's in the charge of the tower around here. I think we'll need to speak with an authority around these parts."
  267. [21:05:45 ][zoofman] Well, the person in the cabin is someone your age.  Short hair, jeans and a sleeveless shirt.  At this point they are just sitting on a bug covered couch, defeated.
  268. [21:06:30 ][castfromhp] The poor guy up in the tower is now throwing out Ledybas, which just zip around to the other side of the tower and fly back in. "Say what?" He yells back. "I'll be down in a sec!" He makes one last attempt to toss out the ladybug pokemon, then throws his hands up and stomps down the tower stairs to meet y'all at the cabins.
  269. [21:06:45 ]* Lucian offers his hand to them and gives them a wry smirk, "Come on, that's no place to rest."
  270. [21:07:20 ]* Adrienne attempts to clear away the bugs that are trying to get into her backpack. "How long has this been happening?" She asks the person the moment they come within asking distance.
  271. [21:07:20 ][Percival] "How long have you been at that?"
  272. [21:07:31 ]* Dann- meets the large figure at the bottom of the stairs.
  273. [21:07:31 ][zoofman] "But if I go outside that guy's just gonna chat my ear off about big foot..."  they sigh.  "I'm Alex, by the way."
  274. [21:07:39 ][castfromhp] "Sorry for the lack of welcome. Watcher Kenneth Marx." The man says, wiping sweat from his brow with one hand and extending the other to Dann for a handshake.
  275. [21:07:43 ]* Dann- extends a hand.
  276. [21:07:49 ]* Percival starts sweeping them off the walls.
  277. [21:07:56 ][Dann-] "The names Dann. We're Prof. Benedict's new aides."
  278. [21:08:04 ][Dann-] *name's
  279. [21:08:20 ][Lucian] "Nice to meet you Alex."
  280. [21:08:25 ][zoofman] "Oh. Me too.  An aide that is...under Professor Grit."
  281. [21:09:02 ][zoofman] Percival, they fall off the wall and scurry off under the dining room table.
  282. [21:09:10 ][castfromhp] "There have been more and more bugs gatherin' in the forest lately. I'm new on the job, so I think the higher ups just thought I wasn't used to the wilderness when I called it in. Wasn't until today though that...this happened."
  283. [21:09:29 ][Lucian] "Come on, I'll keep them from talking your ear off as long as you help me get down to the bottom of this. Deal?"
  284. [21:10:13 ][Percival] "Atleast there's a wall to lean up on now. Not that it's too useful. Want to get out of that tower atleast?"
  285. [21:11:32 ][zoofman] "Sure - this is why he sent us down here anyway.  To look into why the bugs all migrated down to this forest."  Alex stands up and hurries out of the bug infested cabin.  "Ugh, hate bugs."
  286. [21:12:00 ][Lucian] "My name's Lucian. I'm working for Professor Benedict."
  287. [21:13:05 ][Dann-] "Can you think of any strange occurrences in the past day or so that may have caused this? Anything out of the ordinary?"
  288. [21:13:06 ][castfromhp] "You got food in that backpack?" Kenneth nods to Adrienne. "You'd best eat it before the bugs chew through the fabric while you aren't lookin'. The little crawlers ate my lunch. My delicious berry salad." He looks rather distraught as he recounts his woes.
  289. [21:13:06 ]* Adrienne voices a thought to the others. "Maybe we should look in the foret first, to see what the problem is?"
  290. [21:13:37 ][Percival] "I'd be Percival. Hopefully only bugs will go in that cabin and not anything much larger."
  291. [21:13:52 ][zoofman] "They got into my gram crackers and chocolate too," says the guy at the camp fire.  "Luckily i hid the marsh mellows."
  292. [21:14:26 ][Adrienne] "I have a lot of food in here," she replies to Kenneth. "I've been keeping them off."
  293. [21:14:39 ][castfromhp] "Like I said, just more bugs showin' up than's normal. I lived up north 'fore this, so I don't know what counts as strange in these parts...Sure hope -this- isn't normal though."
  294. [21:14:57 ]* Lucian leads Alex over to the others, "There's still some time before it gets too dark to investigate. We should check it out while we can.""
  295. [21:15:12 ][Lucian] "I don't think I want to sleep in a tower swarming with bugs."
  296. [21:15:25 ][castfromhp] Kenneth has a sudden pleading look in his eyes before he blinks and resumes a more composed expression. You can barely hear a soft rumble from his stomach that betrays his thoughts, however.
  297. [21:15:50 ][Percival] "I doubt anybody here wants to sleep in any room crowded with insects."
  298. [21:15:57 ][Adrienne] :<
  299. [21:15:59 ][zoofman] Alex seems suddenly aware of the time, looking up at the setting sun.  "Oh, shit, Lawrence isn't back yet."
  300. [21:16:05 ][Lucian] "Good! Then we're all on the same page then."
  301. [21:16:11 ][Lucian] "A friend of yours?"
  302. [21:16:27 ][Percival] "Where'd they go off to?"
  303. [21:16:32 ][zoofman] CampFire Dude continues to prattle on, "Last few summers I was down here weren't so bad.  Maybe Big Foot spooked em'."
  304. [21:17:18 ]* Lucian interjects loudly and interrupts them before the conversation can head into that direction, "We should head into the forest as a team and look for this Lawrence while we investigate."
  305. [21:17:39 ]* Dann- nods in agreement.
  306. [21:17:54 ][zoofman] Alex elaborates.  "Yeah, my partner - another one of Professor Grit's aides.  He said he was going to go collect some Bug Pokemon Eggs so we could take them back for research."
  307. [21:17:57 ][Percival] "Seems like the best course of action."
  308. [21:19:15 ][Lucian] "Eggs huh? We saw quite a few recent hatches on our way here. Hopefully he didn't get in over his head."
  309. [21:19:27 ][Adrienne] "Right, then we should make sure he'll be fine."
  310. [21:19:43 ][Dann-] "Which way did he go?"
  311. [21:19:48 ][Percival] "Hopefully nothing tried to get at the eggs and the man himself."
  312. [21:20:36 ][castfromhp] Kenneth overhears and frowns. "We've got a missing person on top of all this now? Shit, I told him to get back 'fore dark."
  313. [21:21:01 ][zoofman] CampFire Guy pulls out a tablet and turns it toward you guys, its displaying a web site with all sorts of photos of 'sightings' of Big Foot, most of them rather questionable quality in foresty landscapes.  "No really he's out here this time of year." http://i46.tinypic.com/n1v0y1.jpg
  314. [21:21:48 ]* Lucian nods, "I'll keep that in mind while we're out looking."
  315. [21:21:55 ][zoofman] Meanwhile Alex points in the direction that Lawrence headed off to.  "He's been gone...couple of hours now." Let's try an imgur link http://imgur.com/oplRkaD
  316. [21:22:50 ][Adrienne] "Uh huh." She sounds like she believes nothing of the "Bigfoot". She's the first to start getting out of here to find this "Lawrence" character.
  317. [21:23:25 ][Lucian] "Come on Alex, do you have anything of his? I think...Dann was it, has a Pokemon that could help."
  318. [21:23:32 ][castfromhp] "I can't let all of you get lost, but I've gotta man the tower too - and clean out the bugs." Kenneth lifts off his hat and scratches his head.
  319. [21:24:08 ][Percival] "I'd hate to run into something like that. I doubt we'll take too long sir, we'll be back soon."
  320. [21:24:15 ][zoofman] CampFire Guy puts the tablet away, shaking his head.  "Kids these days," he shrugs and feeds some more marsh mellow to the crawlers all around him.
  321. [21:24:38 ]* Dann- gives Lucian a brief inquisitive look at his hesitation with his name, but nods and withdraws Winston's pokeball.
  322. [21:24:55 ][zoofman] Alex thinks for a second, "His jacket's here, Quentin go fetch it for me!" The Riolu barks and...drags over a huge jacket holy shit.
  323. [21:25:01 ][zoofman] Like you guys are all tall but DAMN.
  324. [21:25:30 ][Dann-] "As Lucian says, my friend here might be able to help." He calls out Winston. "Likewise, if there are any smells that are particularly distinctive to this tower, I can probably more or less guarantee that we won't get lost out there."
  325. [21:26:13 ][Percival] "Goodness, with a top half that big I doubt we'll miss them."
  326. [21:26:25 ]* Adrienne stops at the edge of the forest to wait. She pulls out a compass to check where this was in relation to north.
  327. [21:27:15 ][castfromhp] "The tower's lit up at night so trainers can always find their way back." Kenneth says to Dann. "Still, this forest can be a pain in the dar. I can fetch lanterns for the lot of you. Probably'll do more good than using your phones as flashlights."
  328. [21:27:16 ][Dann-] "All right Winst, let's see what we can do," he says, directing the porcine pokemon towards the jacket.
  329. [21:27:29 ]* Percival goes to wait near the forest enterance away from the insects.
  330. [21:27:50 ][zoofman] Alex hangs back to collect the lanterns for you guys as you begin toward the forest
  331. [21:28:08 ][Dann-] "Got anything, bud?" Dann asks Winston.
  332. [21:28:22 ]* Lucian lets loose Loptyr, banking on the bird's naturally sharp eyesight to help in the search.
  333. [21:28:34 ][Lucian] "There's another treat in it for you if you help out."
  334. [21:29:10 ][zoofman] Loptyr's two heads look at the Wurmples and Caterpies and seems to like the sound of "Treat".
  335. [21:29:40 ]* Lucian pats the two heads, "That's right."
  336. [21:29:48 ][castfromhp] Adrienne, looks like you're gonna be heading east to look for this guy.
  337. [21:31:42 ][Doxy] As your group stands around waiting to go into the forest, a Weedle squirms to the lot of you and begins squeaking loudly. It... seems like it wants to go into the forest with you guys?
  338. [21:32:25 ]* Lucian pre-emptively reigns his bird in, and gestures for one of the others to do something about it.
  339. [21:33:06 ][zoofman] Alex, holding a a lantern for each of you, does not look happy about your new guest.
  340. [21:33:07 ][Percival] "Hm? Maybe this one knows the fellow."
  341. [21:33:21 ]* Percival scoops up the Weedle.
  342. [21:33:32 ]* Dann- takes the lantern with a smile. "Thanks!"
  343. [21:34:13 ][Lucian] "Let's get going while there's still some daylight."
  344. [21:35:05 ]* Adrienne has a flashlight, but she doesn't complain about the lantern. She enlists Arthur's help to look for Lawrence. "I was waiting for the rest of you," she tells Lucian. Without further ado, she heads in, lantern in hand.
  345. [21:35:51 ][castfromhp] If you're having your Pokemon use Tracker, btw, roll their Perception.
  346. [21:36:57 ][Dann-] 1d6 Winston tracking
  347. [21:36:57 ][CritSenpai] Winston tracking: 5 [1d6=5]
  348. [21:37:02 ][Dann-] 2d6+1 Kai tracking
  349. [21:37:02 ][CritSenpai] Kai tracking: 8 [2d6=6,1]
  350. [21:37:25 ][Doxy] Percival, was you start walking into the forest, the Weedle wiggles in a particular direction, as if trying to steer you guys.
  351. [21:38:00 ][Adrienne] 4d6 Arthur tracking
  352. [21:38:00 ][CritSenpai] Arthur tracking: 11 [4d6=4,3,3,1]
  353. [21:38:19 ][castfromhp] Winston roombas over the jacket but can't seem to pick up a scent. Kai, however, sniffs it from all sides and then perks up, nodding its head in a direction, the same as that Weedle. Arthur picks it up to sniff and concurs.
  354. [21:38:22 ][Percival] "You alright there little guy? That way maybe?"
  355. [21:38:26 ][Doxy] The Weedle's urgings seem to coincide with Kai and Arthur's tracking, too.
  356. [21:38:49 ][Dann-] "It seems we have our heading." Dann says with a smirk.
  357. [21:40:17 ][Adrienne] "Come on, let's follow."
  358. [21:40:30 ]* Dann- makes sure his lantern is working, and then heads off in that direction, letting Kai lead him.
  359. [21:40:42 ]* Adrienne follows Kai and Arthur. Also, the weedle's pointings.
  360. [21:41:01 ]* Percival follows the Weedle's direction.
  361. [21:41:34 ][Dann-] "Wonder what's up with this little fellow." Dann says, walking alongside Percival.
  362. [21:41:57 ][castfromhp] You follow the guidance of your new crawly friend and your Pokemon for a while. It quickly grows dark, with only moonlight peeking down between the branches and your lanterns to guide you. As you go further into the forest, the constant buzzing is punctuated by whistling noises, growing in frequency and volume.
  363. [21:41:58 ]* Dann- examines the Weedle's eager wiggles with curiosity.
  364. [21:42:01 ][Percival] "Not sure, maybe he knew this man?"
  365. [21:42:42 ][Lucian] "The guy was looking for eggs right?"
  366. [21:43:00 ][Lucian] "The bug looks small enough. Might be a recent hatch."
  367. [21:43:17 ][Dann-] "That's an interesting thought."
  368. [21:43:20 ][Percival] "The others must be with him then."
  369. [21:43:29 ]* Dann- 's grip tightens around the lantern handle.
  370. [21:43:36 ][Dann-] "What on earth is that noise?"
  371. [21:44:09 ]* Lucian pats Loptyr to get him ready for a fight, "You wanted those treats, right?"
  372. [21:44:35 ]* Percival looks around for the direction of the noises.
  373. [21:44:56 ]* Adrienne tries to remember what kind of pokemon made that kind of whistling noise.
  374. [21:48:48 ][zoofman] At the apex of the bug sounds, Alex shouts out, "Lawrence where the hell are you!?" And then...it goes quiet for a few seconds before a new sound greets you from the darkness.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dFn2r-iq_4
  375. [21:49:23 ][castfromhp] No need for a poke edu roll - you all know what Pokemon is known for that particular noise.
  376. [21:49:45 ][Doxy] As soon as you hear the Kricketune's cry, the Weedle stiffens for a second - and then begins thrashing around angrily!
  377. [21:50:45 ][Adrienne] "You had to yell," Adrienne says in a sour voice.
  378. [21:50:50 ][Percival] "You alright there? Hang on."
  379. [21:51:05 ]* Percival places the Weedle onto the ground.
  380. [21:51:21 ]* Dann- tries to listen for any human-sounding noises in the mix.
  381. [21:53:35 ][castfromhp] Roll perception!
  382. [21:53:46 ][Dann-] 2d6 Perception
  383. [21:53:46 ][CritSenpai] Perception: 8 [2d6=6,2]
  384. [21:53:48 ][Lucian] 3d6+1 Perception
  385. [21:53:48 ][CritSenpai] Perception: 12 [3d6=6,2,3]
  386. [21:53:50 ][Percival] 3d6 perception
  387. [21:53:50 ][CritSenpai] perception: 16 [3d6=4,6,6]
  388. [21:55:19 ][castfromhp] The din of the Kricketunes' whistling makes it difficult to hear, but Percival and Lucian, you manage to catch a faint whimpering sound coming from the east between whistles.
  389. [21:56:06 ]* Lucian pats Loptyr's side and gestures ahead, "Let' go!"
  390. [21:56:35 ][zoofman] Also if we could get your speeds for initiative that would be swell! (Also pokemon choices)
  391. [21:56:47 ][Lucian] Lucian 10, Loptyr 15
  392. [21:57:07 ][Adrienne] 2d6 Perception
  393. [21:57:07 ][CritSenpai] Perception: 6 [2d6=4,2]
  394. [21:57:37 ][Adrienne] Adrienne 10, Arthur 10
  395. [21:57:56 ][Dann-] Dann 10, Kai 14 (I think? +4 to init from Agility training, right?)
  396. [21:57:59 ][Percival] Percival 10, Sukafi 12
  397. [21:58:16 ][Lucian] (Yeah Agility Training is +4 to Init)
  398. [21:58:28 ][Dann-] Kai is 10 speed, 14 init then
  399. [21:58:56 ]* Dann- quickly recalls Winston, if there's time.
  400. [22:00:01 ]* Percival sends out Sukafi
  401. [22:00:03 ][castfromhp] Off by the tall tree in the distance, you see a Kricketune drop down from the branches carrying two leaves wrapping up a bunch of berries inside them. A couple more berries fall from the tree above. It gives out a loud cry again and dances angrily in place.
  402. [22:00:16 ][castfromhp] And yes, you can withdraw Winston
  403. [22:01:06 ][Doxy] As soon as the Kricketune drops down, the Weedle squirms free of Percival's grip and jumps forward, angrily making its way toward the Kricketune!
  404. [22:02:17 ][zoofman] Around each Trainer is a box that represents how far the light of your lantern extends.  Attacking a Target outside of this light inflicts a -3 accuracy penalty.  It's hard to see!
  405. [22:02:23 ][Dann-] "Let's go Kai!"
  406. [22:02:59 ][zoofman] Also Fight BGM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxf0926-Ssc
  407. [22:03:19 ][castfromhp] This means you can stand next to targets to illuminate them too and make them targetable without an acc penalty for others.
  408. [22:03:44 ][castfromhp] Roll Sukafi's Perception, btw.
  409. [22:04:05 ][Percival] 2d6 Perception
  410. [22:04:05 ][CritSenpai] Perception: 4 [2d6=3,1]
  411. [22:05:40 ][castfromhp] Roll Rami's Perception too!
  412. [22:06:19 ]* Adrienne actually had another idea; she recalls Arthur and sends out Rami to see how well it did in a fight. She hoped it wouldn't be asleep.
  413. [22:06:19 ][Adrienne] 2d6 Rami's perception
  414. [22:06:19 ][CritSenpai] Rami's perception: 3 [2d6=2,1]
  415. [22:07:00 ][castfromhp] Sukafi and Rami both seem unsettled while scanning the battlefield with Darkvision; there's definitely more out there than just the Kricketune, but neither of them can pinpoint what or where they are.
  416. [22:07:17 ][castfromhp] Darkvision Pokemon don't take the acc penalty for attacking without light, of course.
  417. [22:08:47 ][castfromhp] Loptyr, take your turn!
  418. [22:08:58 ]* Lucian warns Loptyr not to get too far ahead but commands him to serve as the team's vanguard. Priority Inspired Orders, Excited.
  419. [22:09:23 ][castfromhp] A Spinarak drops out of a tree and takes a swipe at Loptyr as it passes by!
  420. [22:09:30 ][Lucian] Run Away!
  421. [22:09:59 ][castfromhp] It misses, disappointed! [angry spider noises]
  422. [22:10:01 ][Lucian] The tempermental bird dips and ducks away from any attackers as it blitzes through the dark forest.
  423. [22:10:46 ][castfromhp] Also, any tall grass is going to act as Rough and Slow terrain here unless the Pokemon has Naturewalk (Forest)
  424. [22:10:55 ][castfromhp] or Grassland
  425. [22:11:18 ][castfromhp] Tree trunks are obviously blocking terrain. And everything else is normal.
  426. [22:11:42 ][castfromhp] Kai, take your turn!
  427. [22:11:57 ]* Dann- sees the Spinarak nearly hit Loptyr, and instructs Kai to attack it as soon as he has a better shot by lantern light.
  428. [22:11:58 ][Lucian] "Somebody cover me, I think I hear somebody further in. They might need my help."
  429. [22:12:35 ][Dann-] Kai will move up and use Ember as soon as anyone sheds lantern light on the Spinarak.
  430. [22:12:45 ][castfromhp] Sukafi then in the meantime!
  431. [22:14:36 ]* Percival instructs Sukafi to get right up to the Spinrak in question and scratch it.
  432. [22:14:50 ][castfromhp] Roll it!
  433. [22:15:17 ][Percival] 1d20+1 ac 2
  434. [22:15:17 ][CritSenpai] ac 2: 20 [1d20=19]
  435. [22:15:39 ][castfromhp] Almoooost a crit. Roll damage!
  436. [22:15:44 ][Percival] 1d8+6+12 normal physical
  437. [22:15:44 ][CritSenpai] normal physical: 24 [1d8=6]
  438. [22:16:26 ][castfromhp] The spider squeals in pain as the Purrloin digs deep into its carapace!
  439. [22:18:02 ][castfromhp] The Kricketune charges forward toward Loptyr, then signals toward the tall grass to the south! A Kricketot hops out of hiding there on the other side of the two-headed bird! Loptyr is Flanked!
  440. [22:18:26 ][castfromhp] The Kricketune slashes furiously at the bird!
  441. [22:18:30 ][castfromhp] 1d20 rage
  442. [22:18:30 ][CritSenpai] rage: 13 [1d20=13]
  443. [22:18:34 ][Lucian] Hit
  444. [22:18:40 ][castfromhp] 1d6+3+16
  445. [22:18:40 ][CritSenpai] 1d6+3+16: 22 [1d6=3]
  446. [22:19:19 ][Dann-] "Looks like things are getting a bit messy up there!"
  447. [22:19:35 ][Lucian] Burning Excited to reduce the damage
  448. [22:19:56 ][zoofman] Vengence Weedle charges foreward, bravely into the darkness! It fires a Poison Sting at the flanking tot!
  449. [22:19:58 ][zoofman] 1d20-3
  450. [22:19:58 ][CritSenpai] 1d20-3: 2 [1d20=5]
  451. [22:20:04 ][zoofman] Its aim was not true, however!
  452. [22:20:09 ][zoofman] Rami!
  453. [22:23:29 ][zoofman] In the meantime, Alex charges foreward at the kricket with fists raised, ready to brawl.  Unfortionately, Alex trips over a log, goes headfirst into a tree trunk, and a bunch of Joltiks fall out of the tree, covering the poor martial artist.
  454. [22:24:07 ][zoofman] The good news is the lantern is still glowing.
  455. [22:25:42 ]* Adrienne makes a quick decision. "Rami, move over there," she points in the proper direction, towards a log. "And get a good vantage point to fire at the Kricketune."
  456. [22:26:20 ][Adrienne] 1d20+1 vs AC 2;1d8+19 poison damage
  457. [22:26:20 ][CritSenpai] vs AC 2: 14 [1d20=13]; poison damage: 21 [1d8=2]
  458. [22:27:36 ][castfromhp] The 'tot lets out a pained whistle, but it seems to still be trucking on!
  459. [22:27:47 ][castfromhp] Trainers, take your turns!
  460. [22:28:29 ][Dann-] "All right Kai, let's get that spider!"
  461. [22:28:37 ]* Lucian pushes further into the darkness to shed some light on the field.
  462. [22:29:34 ]* Dann- moves up to flank with Sukafi and takes a swing at the Spinarak with his shovel.
  463. [22:29:43 ][Dann-] 1d20 Struggle
  464. [22:29:43 ][CritSenpai] Struggle: 7 [1d20=7]
  465. [22:29:49 ][castfromhp] Hits!
  466. [22:30:09 ][castfromhp] The Spinarak scuttles about in a panic as it sees you lift the shovel, but it forgets to actually get out of the way in time.
  467. [22:30:17 ][Dann-] "Take that, you sneaky bugger."
  468. [22:30:59 ][Dann-] 1d8+6+7 Struggle damage
  469. [22:30:59 ][CritSenpai] Struggle damage: 16 [1d8=3]
  470. [22:31:44 ][Dann-] "Kai, use Flower Burner!"
  471. [22:31:54 ][Dann-] 1d20 Ember accuracy
  472. [22:31:54 ][CritSenpai] Ember accuracy: 10 [1d20=10]
  473. [22:32:03 ]* Percival applies Focused Training to Rami, Sukafi, and Lopty
  474. [22:32:05 ][castfromhp] It's still up but looking very feeble now! Any other actions from Trainers?
  475. [22:32:15 ][castfromhp] What's that Ember at?
  476. [22:32:21 ][castfromhp] The spider?
  477. [22:32:22 ][Dann-] Spinarak
  478. [22:32:24 ]* Adrienne decides to stay well behind the front lines of the battle, but close enough to the others that she isn't in too much danger from things from behind. "That was a good shot, Rami!"
  479. [22:33:01 ][Dann-] 1d8+6 Ember damage
  480. [22:33:01 ][CritSenpai] Ember damage: 9 [1d8=3]
  481. [22:33:11 ][Lucian] That's kind of low
  482. [22:33:14 ][Dann-] Oops, add 12 SpAtt
  483. [22:33:26 ][Lucian] You're nto adding STAB
  484. [22:33:38 ][Dann-] Oh, that's on my end? How do I do it?
  485. [22:34:06 ][castfromhp] It should be DB 6, not 4. Either way though, your fox crisps the poor bug! It curls up unconscious.
  486. [22:34:58 ][Dann-] 2d6+8+12 Ember damage
  487. [22:34:58 ][CritSenpai] Ember damage: 26 [2d6=5,1]
  488. [22:35:35 ][castfromhp] The fire startles a Hoothoot that was nesting in the tree above the Spinarak! It falls down on its head and gives an angry hoot towards the Vulpix, then attempts to hypnotize it so it can get some rest.
  489. [22:35:53 ][castfromhp] 1d20 hypnosis ac 6
  490. [22:35:53 ][CritSenpai] hypnosis ac 6: 19 [1d20=19]
  491. [22:36:28 ][castfromhp] Two more Kricketots reveal themselves from their hiding spots! One of them goes for Adrienne and the other for Loptyr!
  492. [22:37:02 ][castfromhp] 1d20 ac 4 struggle vs adrienne; 1d20 ac 4 struggle vs doduo
  493. [22:37:02 ][CritSenpai] ac 4 struggle vs adrienne: 11 [1d20=11]; ac 4 struggle vs doduo: 10 [1d20=10]
  494. [22:37:17 ][castfromhp] 1d8+6+6; 1d8+6+6 if those hit
  495. [22:37:17 ][CritSenpai] 1d8+6+6: 17 [1d8=5]; if those hit: 20 [1d8=8]
  496. [22:37:52 ][castfromhp] Back to Loptyr!
  497. [22:38:05 ]* Lucian shouts out some orders for Loptyr over the din, telling him to keep the thing distracted while he looks for the person in need of aid. Priority Brutal Orders, refreshing Excited.
  498. [22:38:49 ][Lucian] 1d20-3 Peck (AC 2) vs Westmost Kricketot
  499. [22:38:49 ][CritSenpai] Peck (AC 2) vs Westmost Kricketot: 10 [1d20=13]
  500. [22:38:58 ][castfromhp] Hits!
  501. [22:39:12 ][Lucian] 2d6+22 Flying/Physical
  502. [22:39:12 ][CritSenpai] Flying/Physical: 24 [2d6=1,1]
  503. [22:39:15 ][Lucian] Gross
  504. [22:39:55 ][castfromhp] It hurts the bug pretty badly! Kai!
  505. [22:43:24 ][Dann-] 1d20 Wake up!
  506. [22:43:24 ][CritSenpai] Wake up!: 13 [1d20=13]
  507. [22:43:36 ][castfromhp] Zzzzz sleepy fox
  508. [22:43:38 ][castfromhp] Sukafi!
  509. [22:45:24 ]* Percival commands Sukafi to Scratch and pass through the two Kricketots!
  510. [22:45:42 ][Percival] 1d20+1 ac 2
  511. [22:45:42 ][CritSenpai] ac 2: 21 [1d20=20]
  512. [22:45:50 ][castfromhp] Ooh, roll your damage!
  513. [22:46:09 ][Percival] 2d8+12+12
  514. [22:46:09 ][CritSenpai] 2d8+12+12: 27 [2d8=2,1]
  515. [22:47:04 ][castfromhp] One of the Kricketots is knocked out by the well-aimed scratch, but the other is barely up!
  516. [22:47:43 ][castfromhp] The Kricketune lets out a loud and angry delelelele WHOOP! as it swoops in to assault the cat that attacked its minions! Disengages to the SE.
  517. [22:47:57 ][castfromhp] 1d20 rage on sukafi
  518. [22:47:57 ][CritSenpai] rage on sukafi: 17 [1d20=17]
  519. [22:48:06 ][castfromhp] 1d6+3+16
  520. [22:48:06 ][CritSenpai] 1d6+3+16: 24 [1d6=5]
  521. [22:48:59 ][zoofman] Vengence Weedles does his worst to try to take out a tot!
  522. [22:49:01 ][zoofman] 1d20-3
  523. [22:49:01 ][CritSenpai] 1d20-3: 12 [1d20=15]
  524. [22:49:07 ][zoofman] 17 poison damage!
  525. [22:49:18 ][castfromhp] The second Kricketot falls!
  526. [22:49:31 ][castfromhp] Rami!
  527. [22:53:20 ][Adrienne] When the kricketot attacked, Adrienne mostly kept her cool, letting out a quick yell of pain, followed by "Rami help, grab it grab it." The ekans complies, trying to wrap the bug up in its grip!
  528. [22:53:20 ][Adrienne] 1d20+3 vs 4 (grapple); 2d6+5 opposed athletics to grapple
  529. [22:53:20 ][CritSenpai] vs 4 (grapple): 18 [1d20=15]; opposed athletics to grapple: 8 [2d6=2,1]
  530. [22:53:52 ][castfromhp] 2d6 babby kricketot arms
  531. [22:53:52 ][CritSenpai] babby kricketot arms: 3 [2d6=1,2]
  532. [22:54:13 ][castfromhp] The bug squirms and flutters but is caught by the snake!
  533. [22:55:38 ][castfromhp] And I believe it's trainers who haven't acted yet now!
  534. [22:55:40 ]* Dann- moves near Kai while clanging his shovel loudly on his lantern.
  535. [22:55:55 ][Dann-] "Time to wake up Kai, there's still work to do!"
  536. [22:56:20 ][castfromhp] The Vulpix wakes up with a small yelp!
  537. [22:57:10 ][Lucian] Without much left for it, Lucian ducks his head and runs straight into the fray hoping to break through to the other side where he knows he heard a voice.
  538. [22:58:37 ]* Percival applies Focused Training once more to Sukafi, Kai, and Loptyr (+1 Acc)
  539. [22:59:03 ][Lucian] 3d6+1 Searching for the voice
  540. [22:59:03 ][CritSenpai] Searching for the voice: 11 [3d6=1,4,5]
  541. [22:59:24 ][castfromhp] It's coming from somewhere near that large tree.
  542. [22:59:29 ]* Adrienne cheers on the inside. And being in a little bit of an adrenaline rush, Adrienne takes out her unused (heavy duty) flashlight and whaps the bug on the head.
  543. [22:59:29 ][Adrienne] 1d20 vs 4; 1d8+11 damage.
  544. [22:59:29 ][CritSenpai] vs 4: 3 [1d20=3]; damage.: 15 [1d8=4]
  545. [23:00:10 ][castfromhp] In your haste, you miss the bug as Rami tussles and twists with it!
  546. [23:00:10 ]* Adrienne backs off after the attack, trusting in Rami's ability to see in the dark.
  547. [23:00:17 ][castfromhp] (is that all the Trainers?)
  548. [23:01:41 ][castfromhp] The Hoothoot is even more miffed from Dann making all these loud noises with his lantern! It flies up in the air, then drops straight down head first toward the fossil aficionado!
  549. [23:01:44 ][castfromhp] 1d20 tackle
  550. [23:01:44 ][CritSenpai] tackle: 14 [1d20=14]
  551. [23:02:05 ][castfromhp] 2d6+10+4 physical normal
  552. [23:02:05 ][CritSenpai] physical normal: 22 [2d6=3,5]
  553. [23:02:18 ][Dann-] "Hey, can't you see this is a terrible place for a nap anyway!"
  554. [23:02:23 ][Dann-] "Stupid bird."
  555. [23:02:39 ]* Dann- grunts from the impact.
  556. [23:02:59 ][castfromhp] The last Kricketot standing beats feebly against Rami with its little fists!
  557. [23:03:01 ][castfromhp] 1d20 struggle
  558. [23:03:01 ][CritSenpai] struggle: 20 [1d20=20]
  559. [23:03:16 ][castfromhp] Or not so feebly
  560. [23:03:38 ][castfromhp] 2d8+12+6
  561. [23:03:38 ][CritSenpai] 2d8+12+6: 27 [2d8=6,3]
  562. [23:04:24 ][castfromhp] Up to Loptyr again!
  563. [23:05:24 ][Lucian] Loptyr darts forward using Lucian's body as a cover for his flanking attack. (Refreshing Excited and Brutal)
  564. [23:05:30 ][Lucian] 1d20+1 AC 2 Peck
  565. [23:05:30 ][CritSenpai] AC 2 Peck: 3 [1d20=2]
  566. [23:05:37 ][Lucian] That might hit with flanking lol
  567. [23:05:42 ][castfromhp] It does!
  568. [23:05:54 ][Lucian] 2d6+22 Flying/Physical
  569. [23:05:54 ][CritSenpai] Flying/Physical: 26 [2d6=1,3]
  570. [23:06:48 ][castfromhp] The Kricketune takes the hit pretty well for a bug - and gets even angrier! +1 Atk CS!
  571. [23:07:12 ][castfromhp] Kai!
  572. [23:07:23 ][Dann-] "Clear a path for Lucian, Kai!"
  573. [23:07:42 ][Dann-] Kai darts forward and fires a quick blast of flame at the Kricketune.
  574. [23:08:02 ][Dann-] 1d20+1 Ember accuracy
  575. [23:08:02 ][CritSenpai] Ember accuracy: 4 [1d20=3]
  576. [23:08:13 ][castfromhp] hits!
  577. [23:08:32 ][Dann-] 2d6+8+12 Fire/Special
  578. [23:08:32 ][CritSenpai] Fire/Special: 26 [2d6=4,2]
  579. [23:09:17 ][castfromhp] The bug whistles in pain and dances comically trying to put out the fire! It seems to be on its last legs.
  580. [23:11:23 ][castfromhp] Sukafi! (btw feel free to take your turn if you know it's up; I won't always be calling it like this)
  581. [23:11:39 ][Dann-] "I'm gonna try to catch the big one, it looks weakened!"
  582. [23:12:22 ]* Percival orders Sukafi to Growl at the Kricketune.
  583. [23:12:25 ][Lucian] "Sure, just don't hurt it any further. That'll lock it from capture due to the Pokeball's failsafe."
  584. [23:12:32 ][Percival] 1d20+2 ac 2
  585. [23:12:32 ][CritSenpai] ac 2: 20 [1d20=18]
  586. [23:13:09 ][castfromhp] It looks a little cowed by the cat's display.
  587. [23:14:05 ][castfromhp] The Kricketune looks around in a panic as it's quite surrounded. Lucian was the one who had the gall to run right up in its face though, so he gets a flurry of sharp insect claws headed his way!
  588. [23:14:11 ][castfromhp] 1d20 fury cutter ac 3
  589. [23:14:11 ][CritSenpai] fury cutter ac 3: 14 [1d20=14]
  590. [23:14:16 ][castfromhp] 2d6+8+16
  591. [23:14:16 ][CritSenpai] 2d6+8+16: 31 [2d6=4,3]
  592. [23:14:42 ]* Lucian throws his shoulder in front of the attack to limit the potential damage to his fingers.
  593. [23:15:01 ][zoofman] Vengence Weedle is not going to let the mad tyrant's actions go unpunished! It fires off a String Shot at the Kricketune!
  594. [23:15:04 ][zoofman] 1d20-3
  595. [23:15:04 ][CritSenpai] 1d20-3: 6 [1d20=9]
  596. [23:15:27 ][Lucian] "Now's your chance!"
  597. [23:15:48 ][castfromhp] The Kricket is wrapped up!
  598. [23:15:51 ][castfromhp] Rami!
  599. [23:17:00 ]* Dann- gently drops his lantern and withdraws a poke ball.
  600. [23:17:43 ]* Adrienne doesn't need to order it around, Rami squeezes down on its own.
  601. [23:17:44 ][Adrienne] 1d8+19 (Full Action, auto-hit Struggle)
  602. [23:17:44 ][CritSenpai] (Full Action, auto-hit Struggle): 26 [1d8=7]
  603. [23:18:01 ][Adrienne] on her own*
  604. [23:18:54 ][castfromhp] The kricketot struggles but is pretty hurt from the squeezing!
  605. [23:19:02 ][castfromhp] Trainers!
  606. [23:19:32 ][Dann-] "Lucian, duck!"
  607. [23:19:47 ]* Lucian keeps his head down low and gets ready to dart forward.
  608. [23:19:49 ]* Dann- yells as he hurtles the basic ball towards the enraged bug towering before his ally.
  609. [23:20:09 ][Dann-] 1d20 Accuracy
  610. [23:20:09 ][CritSenpai] Accuracy: 8 [1d20=8]
  611. [23:20:17 ][castfromhp] Hits! roll capture
  612. [23:20:18 ][Dann-] 1d100-1 Capture roll
  613. [23:20:18 ][CritSenpai] Capture roll: 92 [1d100=93]
  614. [23:21:47 ][castfromhp] That...actually captures it! The battle rattles fiercely, and you swear you can still hear the angry whistling from inside, but it eventually settles down, still hot to the touch.
  615. [23:21:51 ][castfromhp] *ball rattles
  616. [23:22:33 ][Dann-] "Yes! Lucian, go find Lawrence!"
  617. [23:22:33 ][Lucian] Lucian pushes through the clearing, making sure to jump over the Weedle, in search of the voice.
  618. [23:22:53 ][Lucian] 3d6+1 Perception
  619. [23:22:53 ][CritSenpai] Perception: 15 [3d6=4,5,5]
  620. [23:24:06 ]* Dann- moves forward towards the ball (and away from his avian assailant).
  621. [23:24:13 ][Dann-] Disengage, I think?
  622. [23:24:25 ][castfromhp] As you get closer, Lucian, you can make out the form of a giant of a man sitting behind that tree, his back visible around one side.
  623. [23:25:18 ]* Lucian gets his medical kit ready and approaches quickly, quiet so as not to startle the man. "Lawrence, is that you? We're here to help."
  624. [23:26:15 ][castfromhp] The Hoothoot flutters back up into its tree and glares at all of you, then attempts to return to its nap now that the loud Kricketune is gone. The 'tot that Rami is squeezing also looks like it's lost the will to fight with its leader captured.
  625. [23:26:25 ][castfromhp] (battle over unless you want to beat things up just cause :V)
  626. [23:26:44 ][Lucian] I beat up Alex just because
  627. [23:26:53 ][Percival] (I doubt we're that cruel)
  628. [23:26:58 ][Lucian] (is that a no on capturing Joltik?)
  629. [23:27:07 ][zoofman] By this point Alex has managed to get up again, still flailing and yelling ; those Joltiks don't come off easily.
  630. [23:27:15 ][castfromhp] (if you wanna interact with them, go for it)
  631. [23:27:25 ][castfromhp] (but you're on the other side of the area right now :P)
  632. [23:27:29 ][Lucian] (After I see about this injured dude)
  633. [23:27:44 ][Lucian] "Loptyr, go help Alex with those bugs. Treats, remember?"
  634. [23:27:59 ]* Adrienne remains in the back, away from the fighting. "Rami, I think it's okay to let it go and come back here now," she calls out to her. She hopes the ekans didn't feell like eating bug. In the meantime, Adrienne walks over to Alex and attempts to help get the joltik off.
  635. [23:28:15 ][castfromhp] As you make your way around the tree, at first you think Lawrence has a gash across his face, but as your lantern sweeps over his face, you can see it's just a scar. A quick look over doesn't show any signs of injury on the man.
  636. [23:28:41 ][castfromhp] Lawrence is sitting with his back to the tree, knees tucked to his chest. He's sweating profusely and holding a pineco, which looks tiny in his massive hands, at arm's length.
  637. [23:28:45 ]* Percival walks over to the larger tree to see what's all around there.
  638. [23:28:50 ][castfromhp] The expression on his face is adject terror.
  639. [23:29:02 ][Lucian] "...is that thing going to explode?"
  640. [23:29:21 ][castfromhp] "D-don't they do that? It's like that bus that can't stop, right? If I let it go..."
  641. [23:29:24 ][Percival] "Was that what he was using as a shield?"
  642. [23:29:34 ][Lucian] "...uh."
  643. [23:29:59 ][Lucian] 3d6+1 Gonna try to extract it safely from the man (if it even needs to be extracted)
  644. [23:29:59 ][CritSenpai] Gonna try to extract it safely from the man (if it even needs to be extracted): 12 [3d6=2,4,5]
  645. [23:30:08 ][Lucian] "...you must be Lawrence."
  646. [23:30:33 ][Percival] "You alright there? You look a bit shaken."
  647. [23:30:34 ][Lucian] That's Poke Edu btw
  648. [23:31:13 ][castfromhp] You know it's probably safe to just take the durn thing out of his hands. It's probably sleeping anyway. "NO!" He yells as you reach for the Pineco, in a booming voice. He winces away from the bug, expecting the worst. "I mean yes! I mean no don't touch it, but yes I'm Lawrence!"
  649. [23:31:15 ]* Dann- walks forward and ruffles Kai's hair with one hand.
  650. [23:31:23 ][Dann-] "Good job, Kai."
  651. [23:31:53 ][zoofman] Lots of the little bugs scurry away when Loptyr trods over with a hungry look in its eyes, making little "eeeeee" sounds as they run.  He chases after them.  Alex just sits on the ground and sniffles as you help get the rest of the bugs off, Adrienne.
  652. [23:31:56 ][Lucian] "It's fine. It's not going to blow up but..." an amused smile crosses his lips, "if you shake it around like that and yell much louder it might wake up..."
  653. [23:32:04 ]* Dann- continues walking and crouches down to test if the ball is still hot. If it is safe to touch, he deftly picks it up, and tosses it once in the air before catching it again.
  654. [23:32:11 ]* Percival whistles for Sukafi. "Nice work, you're looking a bit roughed up but you did well."
  655. [23:32:28 ]* Lucian continues gently, "So why don' you give me the Pokemon and calm down, hm?"
  656. [23:32:44 ][castfromhp] Rami does let go of the 'tot, and it scampers off meekly.
  657. [23:32:45 ][zoofman] Meanwhile Vengence Weedles heads over to the tree Lawrence is near, climbs up and starts to shake its branches
  658. [23:33:07 ][castfromhp] Lawrence just shuts his eyes tightly and whimpers.
  659. [23:33:36 ][zoofman] a hilarious number of berries start to fall from the tree, and lots of crawler bugs start to scurry out of the darkness, cheering as they feast.  Vengence Weedle stands atop the tree, posing victoriously as it can.
  660. [23:34:01 ][Percival] "Maybe that's why all those bugs were hungry..."
  661. [23:34:24 ]* Adrienne rolls her eyes at Alex sniffling. "Oh stop being so afraid."
  662. [23:34:24 ][Lucian] "The Kricketot must have been bullying them out of sources of food?"
  663. [23:35:02 ]* Lucian rolls his eyes and takes the Pineco, giving it a soft pat before setting it down somewhere safe. "Come on Lawrence, your friend Alex is worried sick about you."
  664. [23:35:05 ][Dann-] "You cheeky bug." Dann says, looking at the ball in his hand.
  665. [23:35:12 ][Percival] "It seems possible, there were a ton of those malnurished bugs."
  666. [23:35:16 ][Lucian] "He told us you might need our help, so here we are."
  667. [23:35:35 ]* Dann- moves up to the tree and scoops up a few of the berries, trying to identify if they're worth keeping.
  668. [23:35:36 ][Percival] "There's a bunch of food at the camp too, I imagine you're hungry."
  669. [23:35:42 ][Adrienne] "They're just joltiks, they're harmless most of the time."
  670. [23:36:02 ][castfromhp] It takes a few seconds before Lawrence opens his eyes, and he just stares at his empty hands for a moment. Then he looks up to Lucian, leaps up, and attempts to give him a big hug. "You saved me!"
  671. [23:36:26 ]* Lucian laughs a little gives him a friendly hug back, "I sure did."
  672. [23:36:38 ][zoofman] "Are you...sure?  Like, there's so many stories about them..." Alex says to Adrienne, getting back up.  "Thanks for helping get them off me..."
  673. [23:37:14 ][Lucian] "Come on, it's getting darker and I think we'd all appreciate some rest back at the tower."
  674. [23:37:29 ][Lucian] If he doesn't resist, Lucian leads him back to Alex and the others.
  675. [23:37:37 ][Dann-] "Is that him, Lucian?"
  676. [23:37:39 ][Percival] "Hopefully the bugs there will leave."
  677. [23:37:41 ]* Dann- calls out.
  678. [23:37:59 ]* Lucian nods, "He responds to Lawrence so, probably?"
  679. [23:38:08 ]* Dann- laughs.
  680. [23:38:18 ][castfromhp] "Psst" Lawrence whispers as they hug. "Alex is a woman. Don't let her know you couldn't tell."
  681. [23:38:39 ][Lucian] "...I'll take this secret to my grave."
  682. [23:38:45 ][zoofman] By this point Alex is heading over to where Lawrence is, though most her attention is on the wriggler feast and Vengence Weedle's posing. "What the -shit-"
  683. [23:39:14 ][Lucian] "Oh, I guess Loptyr got most of the bugs off of you."
  684. [23:39:16 ][castfromhp] Lawrence follows Lucian back to the others and gives a big wave to Alex when he sees her. "Alex! You brought so many people to come rescue me! Who knew bugs could be so scary, right?"
  685. [23:39:20 ][Dann-] "They just wanted their food source back, I guess."
  686. [23:39:20 ]* Adrienne shrugs at Alex. "You're alive, right?" Adrienne coincidentally went to the direction Alex was headed in, so she could inspect a few of the berries.
  687. [23:39:23 ][Lucian] Are there still any Joltiks on her?
  688. [23:39:31 ][zoofman] Roll me perception, Lucian
  689. [23:39:38 ][Lucian] 3d6+1 Seeing Eyes
  690. [23:39:38 ][CritSenpai] Seeing Eyes: 14 [3d6=6,4,3]
  691. [23:39:49 ][zoofman] "I know, right??? Why did Grit send us out here," she mumbles.
  692. [23:40:11 ][zoofman] There's one hiding in her hair.  It makes eye contact with you and raises one of its little fingers to its mouth.  Shhhhhh.
  693. [23:40:27 ]* Dann- notices the deep cut on Lucian's shoulder. "Ouch, that looks pretty painful. You going to need any help treating it?"
  694. [23:40:41 ][zoofman] "What the hell happened to you anyway, did they take you prisoner?"
  695. [23:40:44 ][zoofman] "Make you their slave?"
  696. [23:41:39 ]* Lucian shoots the bug an apologetic look and gently reaches out toward the girl's hair to pluck it off her scalp.  "Hey, looks like he missed a spot." He doesn't flick it away however, and instead sticks in onto his shoulder.
  697. [23:41:39 ]* Percival looks at the pile of Joltiks.
  698. [23:42:14 ][castfromhp] "I was just looking for their eggs to borrow, but their leader pushed a Pineco off the tree at me and it fell into my hands. I was trapped!" Lawrence shivers. "Who knew bugs could be so clever, right?"
  699. [23:42:51 ][zoofman] Alex isn't sure what to be more shocked by.  "We don't get paid enough for this bullshit."
  700. [23:43:16 ][Percival] "Did you actually end up finding the eggs?"
  701. [23:43:34 ][castfromhp] Adrienne, roll general edu or survival.
  702. [23:43:45 ][Lucian] "Oh no, it's fine. I've got Roy to help me with treatments. I can take care of it under better light once we get back to the tower anyway."
  703. [23:43:45 ][zoofman] The Joltik looks disapointed, but it'll bide its time.
  704. [23:43:58 ][Dann-] "If you'd like, I could get slashy back out here to apologize?" Dann offers with a sarcastic grin.
  705. [23:44:23 ][castfromhp] "No..." Lawrence answers Percival reluctantly. "I guess I'll have to look harder tomorrow..."
  706. [23:44:31 ][Adrienne] 4d6+2 General Education
  707. [23:44:31 ][CritSenpai] General Education: 12 [4d6=5,3,1,1]
  708. [23:44:40 ][Lucian] "Don't worry about it. We did sort of attack it in its territory."
  709. [23:44:58 ][Lucian] "I wouldn't have followed my Pokemon out into the field if I didn't think I might get hurt."
  710. [23:45:26 ]* Dann- frowns. "Well, I was kind of making a joke. In truth, I'm pretty scared to bring this guy back out into the open any time soon."
  711. [23:45:41 ]* Dann- tosses the poke ball absentmindedly.
  712. [23:45:54 ][castfromhp] A veritable swarm of crawlies is coming out to take the berries away, and some of them were split by the fall. But you manage to look over some and realize they're pretty common berries. You can pick up 3x oran, 3x pecha, and 3x persim berries to take with you.
  713. [23:46:15 ][Lucian] "I wouldn't worry about it too much. Pokemon respect strength."
  714. [23:46:20 ][zoofman] Alex starts to look around in case there are any eggs in the area while, since they are out here anyway.
  715. [23:46:37 ][Percival] "What are you going to do with that Pineco anyway?"
  716. [23:46:40 ][Lucian] "We came into its home and we beat it fair and square, it'll respect us or at least our Pokemon."
  717. [23:47:30 ][Lucian] "That's actually a phenomenon I'm studying right now so anything you can do to further my research would be much appreciated."
  718. [23:48:01 ][castfromhp] The Kricketune pops out and immediately genuflects to Dann. You get the feeling that if it could remove its claws it would lay them at your feet like swords.
  719. [23:48:09 ]* Adrienne makes a 'hmm' sound. Might as well, right? Adrienne just takes everything. Hooray! She puts it all away.
  720. [23:48:51 ][Dann-] "Woah!"
  721. [23:49:26 ][Percival] "Seems better than you have the edible things anyway. You can make them into something better."
  722. [23:49:28 ]* Lucian immediately gets out his notebook to document this scene, and shoots Dann a smile, "See?"
  723. [23:49:37 ][castfromhp] The kricket looks a bit disappointed as it sees all the other bugs munching on his former cache of riches, but it seems resigned to its fate.
  724. [23:49:54 ]* Dann- is absolutely beaming with poorly concealed excitement.
  725. [23:50:40 ]* Dann- pats the kricketune on the back, and grins down at him.
  726. [23:50:57 ][Dann-] "You put up quite a fight, nothing to be ashamed of for that."
  727. [23:51:05 ][castfromhp] Vengenace Weedle makes a taunting pose, as much as a caterpillar can do so, as it passes by the Kricket with a juicy berry.
  728. [23:51:24 ]* Adrienne leaves to find and pick up Rami, asking it, "how are you feeling?"
  729. [23:51:28 ][Lucian] While the others are cooling off, Lucian calls over Loptyr from its bug eating chase. He plucks the bug off his shoulder and puts it on the Doduo's back. "Loptyr, if he causes trouble, I want you to keep him out of it, got that?"
  730. [23:51:38 ]* Percival pats Sukafi.
  731. [23:51:46 ][Dann-] "Besides, protecting one tree from a bunch of crawlers? I'll bet I can give you an even worthier battle someday down the line. That is, if you're up for it."
  732. [23:51:48 ][Lucian] "...and no eating him," he adds after some thought.
  733. [23:52:18 ]* Dann- waits for a reaction from the samurai bug.
  734. [23:52:20 ][Lucian] "Or her. I'll need to check once we get back."
  735. [23:52:28 ][castfromhp] You find Rami with her jaw unhinged and wrapped around a particularly large berry. She looks a little embarrassed to be caught like this.
  736. [23:53:06 ][castfromhp] The bug straightens up and gives a salute.
  737. [23:53:33 ][zoofman] Loptyr droops, not entirely happy with that stipulation, but both heads nod.  The Joltik just gives as cheeky a grin as a bug can :>
  738. [23:54:13 ]* Lucian rolls his eyes, "Anything short of that though, is fair game."
  739. [23:54:25 ][Lucian] "Keep it on its toes."
  740. [23:54:59 ][castfromhp] Sukafi purrs, delighted with her performance in the fight.
  741. [23:55:50 ]* Adrienne looks a little bit amused. Weren't Ekans carnivores? "Have fun with that," she says to Rami, petting the snake on the head. "You did good."
  742. [23:56:03 ]* Dann- grins at the Kricketune's response, straightens his posture somewhat, and gives a firm nod. "We've got some good times ahead, I can tell."
  743. [23:56:23 ][castfromhp] Most pokemon like eating berries to at least some degree! Pokemon are weird that way.
  744. [23:56:40 ][zoofman] By now Lawrence is trying to drag Alex back to the watcher tower, mentioning "Maybe that Greg guy knows where we could find some eggs.  He seemed to know the area well."
  745. [23:56:41 ]* Dann- then turns to Kai and guestures for him to come over to meet his opponent-turned-ally.
  746. [23:57:05 ][Dann-] "...was Greg the bigfoot guy?"
  747. [23:57:07 ][zoofman] Alex moans, "He's never going to shut up about sasquatches though!"
  748. [23:57:16 ][zoofman] "Yes, that guy." Alex adds.
  749. [23:57:21 ][Lucian] "Let's get back to the tower. I can treat any wounds you or your Pokemon have once we get back."
  750. [23:57:48 ][Percival] "Yeah, the bug did a good number on her, thankfully it seems a bit more peaceful out here."
  751. [23:58:26 ][castfromhp] Rami manages to swallow the berry and curls herself up around Adrienne's arm after being petted, slithering up to sit comfortably on her shoulder. Then promptly goes to sleep.
  752. [23:58:50 ]* Dann- tries to make sure Kai gets at least a berry or two off the ground before they head back.
  753. [23:59:20 ]* Percival attempts to pick up a spare berry on the ground himself.
  754. [00:00:31 ][castfromhp] Dann, your new bug extends a claw, like one would offer a handshake, and Kai is confused a moment before sort of just tapping it with a paw.
  755. [00:00:58 ][zoofman] Back at the Watcher Tower, things have cleaned up a lot! Kenneth is down on the ground, checking out the cabins, while Greg still has his campfire and buggy friends.  The majority of the bugs have fled though - so the epicdemic seems concluded.
  756. [00:01:00 ][castfromhp] Are y'all heading back? (assume the berries I listed earlier are just sort of an aggregate of what everyone picks up, for simplicity :B)
  757. [00:01:09 ]* Dann- barely succeeds at maintaining the composure he is trying to exhibit for the Kricketune's sake, but he is clearly very excited at this interaction.
  758. [00:01:23 ]* Percival heads back.
  759. [00:01:29 ][Lucian] mhm
  760. [00:01:52 ]* Dann- then recalls Kricketune and heads back, scooping Kai up onto his shoulder.
  761. [00:02:02 ]* Adrienne heads back with Rami still curled up around her. What a sleepyhead. On the way, Adrienne shows the others the berries she managed to get.
  762. [00:06:04 ][castfromhp] Everyone looks exhausted as you all get settled back into the camp. Any last things you want to say to anyone before wrapping up?
  763. [00:07:01 ][Lucian] Lucian looks for Alex and tells her, "This is kind of hard for me to say but...I thought you were a boy until just recently."
  764. [00:07:27 ][zoofman] 1d20
  765. [00:07:27 ][CritSenpai] 1d20: 10 [1d20=10]
  766. [00:07:45 ][Lucian] 3d6 Charm
  767. [00:07:45 ][CritSenpai] Charm: 12 [3d6=3,6,3]
  768. [00:07:47 ][Percival] "I hope those Quagsire in the other town aren't getting too rowdy today."
  769. [00:08:10 ][Lucian] "But then I figured, no boy could be as cute as you, you know?"
  770. [00:08:59 ][Lucian] "I just wanted to come clean with it. I'd feel bad if I didn't tell you at some point."
  771. [00:09:43 ]* Dann- sits down by Adrienne at some point to talk to her.
  772. [00:09:45 ][zoofman] She stares at you for a second, and then punches you. 25 Damage!
  773. [00:10:00 ]* Adrienne is going to later get Lucian to look at Rami's injuries. Shouldn't be too hard.
  774. [00:10:17 ][Dann-] "Hey, I notice that you've got a lot of food at hand. Are you a chef or something?"
  775. [00:10:20 ]* Lucian coughs from the sudden blow, "That's...*cough* fair."
  776. [00:10:21 ][zoofman] But then she stomps off while blushing, muttering something under her breath.
  777. [00:12:13 ][Dann-] "cause if you are, I was just thinkin that Kai did a really good job today, so I wanted to make him something special to eat. But I'm a terrible cook. Do you think you could help me out by whipping something up?"
  778. [00:12:43 ][zoofman] Has the ship set sail? Is it a false flag?  Who knows, maybe Greg, but Greg is weird
  779. [00:14:25 ]* Adrienne considers Dann with a look that bordered on "go away," but relents with a sort of sighing sound. "What kind of food does Kai like?"
  780. [00:15:05 ]* Dann- looks a little flustered. "I, uh, guess I'm not too sure? He's only been with me all of today, and he wasn't eating anything when we found him..."
  781. [00:15:33 ]* Lucian uses the Watcher facilities to wash and dress his wounds in the meanwhile, getting ready for bed once he's sure everyone else is in one piece.
  782. [00:17:28 ][zoofman] Lucian happens to find a Surskit hiding in a toilet.  It skitters away once caught.
  783. [00:18:20 ]* Dann- pops Kai out into the open. "How would you go about figuring out what he likes?"
  784. [00:19:39 ]* Lucian is now known as Masterly
  785. [00:20:45 ]* Adrienne reaches into her pack and first checks for any stray bugs. Once that's done, she pulls out various bits of food, each belonging to a flavor profile. Then she entices Kai piece by piece to see which one he liked best, and which one he didn't.
  786. [00:21:49 ][castfromhp] The Vulpix sniffs over the small bits of food, then puts his paw on the dry flavored one and looks up at the two trainers expectantly.
  787. [00:22:07 ][Dann-] "Huh, I guess it's that one, then?"
  788. [00:22:26 ]* Dann- watches the whole process with quiet awe.
  789. [00:23:21 ][Adrienne] "Dry foods." Adrienne lets Kai have it, putting away the others. "Making something won't be hard."
  790. [00:25:25 ][Adrienne] "... What's that look on your face?"
  791. [00:26:04 ][Dann-] "This is just so cool! I didn't even know you could test something like that."
  792. [00:26:35 ][Dann-] "Thanks a lot! I'm sure Adrienne will make something really delicious for you, Kai. Doesn't that sound great?"
  793. [00:29:14 ]* Dann- tousles Kai's hair affectionately.
  794. [00:29:14 ][Adrienne] "People work the same way," she points out, leaving to go find a shower in this place, or anywhere she could wash up.
  795. [00:30:07 ]* Dann- thinks on this point while Adrienne walks away. Shortly after she is gone, it occurs to him that he doesn't even know Winston's taste preference. He makes a note to get Adrienne's help again.
  796. [00:31:55 ]* Dann- then pops Winston and Kricketune out of their respective balls to introduce them to each other.
  797. [00:34:32 ][castfromhp] The fuzzy roomba is rather surprised to see the Kricketune, not having been out for the whole grand battle. The Kricketune begins to introduce itself, waving its claws around in what you guess could be an attempt at reenacting the battle earlier tonight. But its injuries and exhaustion quickly catch up to it, and it wanders off to find a spot to sleep, leaving Winston as confused as before.
  798. [00:34:58 ][castfromhp] And, with that, I assume y'all get washed up and ready for bed after quite the exciting night. A gentle hum still emanates from the forest around you, but with the threat of bug invasion thwarted, you can all sleep comfortably tonight.
  799. [00:37:33 ]* Dann- finishes cleaning up and tries to get Kricketune some healing as well. He then settles down in one cabin or another with all three pokemon out with him.
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