You Wouldn't Pirate Edginess

Apr 20th, 2013
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  1. [14:54:11] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Okay, remind me where you wanted to start with this again? I think you said something about starting already in Conch, right?
  2. [14:59:15] * Mackenzie sits idly in his expensive hotel room, glancing to the side out the window to a view of the beach. The people, the pokemon, the waves... Truly a scene out of a fictitious painting. Weariing his standard attire of a white long-sleeved shirt and beige dress pants, he hums a tune lightly. On the windowsill sits a rose-adorned pokemon, soaking in the incredibly abundant sunlight.
  3. [14:59:17] <Mackenzie>
  4. [14:59:55] <Mackenzie> "Quite an afternoon we have here, don't you think?" "Lia."
  5. [15:01:17] <Makophone> (is wakino like hawaii where it drizzles every day?)
  6. [15:01:25] <~Aori_Radidjiu> (Yeah, it drizzles all the time)
  7. [15:01:38] <~Aori_Radidjiu> (So people carry umbrellas all the time)
  8. [15:03:10] <Mackenzie> (Meaning I can travel around using a long umbrella as a walking stick? Excellent.)
  9. [15:03:55] <~Aori_Radidjiu> It's pretty sunny right now, though! You can see people mingling along the beach, the waves washing along~. And it's all rather soothing, the way that everyone outside is so relax- the door behind you opens. You thought you locked it.
  10. [15:05:06] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Maybe it's room service? But they usually knock, hm. What else could it be...?
  11. [15:05:14] <~Aori_Radidjiu> (also oh my god that is the best.)
  12. [15:07:08] <~Aori_Radidjiu> 1d6 checking if treescript is on
  13. [15:08:32] <~Aori_Radidjiu> (I forgot skills existed in the first two intros, unfortunately :/)
  14. [15:09:46] <Kraken> (Not like I used any aside from potentially failing every use of an escalator/staircase)
  15. [15:10:49] <~Aori_Radidjiu> (the reason I remembered they exist is because I kicked myself for not making Mackenzie roll perception to see if he even notices the door opens, because he seemed like the spacy type)
  16. [15:11:53] <Mackenzie> 1d6+1 incredibly awful intuition to see if he can remember far back enough to be expecting the man in black at all
  17. [15:11:54] <DiceMaid-9001> Mackenzie, incredibly awful intuition to see if he can remember far back enough to be expecting the man in black at all: 6 [1d6=5]
  18. [15:12:31] <~Aori_Radidjiu> It occurs that you were going to get visited by an agent today. Huh. Maybe that's what this is about?
  19. [15:14:13] <~Aori_Radidjiu> But then how did he open the door? Regardless, you hear a few steps come towards you and then a "Hello." in the most toneless voice you've ever heard, kind of like how a butler would talk, but none of the suave behind it.
  20. [15:15:38] * Mackenzie turns his attention to the edge between the wall opposite him and the ceiling. "An uninvited guest, eh? Perhaps, the illustrious man in black? Impressive that you've gone to the trouble to sneak a key to my room, but I expected more... fanfare."
  21. [15:17:03] <Mackenzie> Ross spins a full turn and a half to face the door. He's looking cheery as can be. "Roselia!"
  22. [15:19:13] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "Fanfare is not usually my specialty." The man is bald, pale, and wearing a black business suit that's awfully heavy for this climate (although you tend to dress pretty heavy anyway, building some resistance to the elements is part of being a stuntman, after all!). His expression is almost disappointingly neutral, and his gaze rather vacant. "I have come for your answer, Mackenzie
  23. [15:19:13] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Frazier. May I have it?"
  24. [15:25:28] * Mackenzie leans forward, and turns to look the man in the eye/sunglasses/whatever. "Normally I dismiss these kinds of things and tell them to talk to my agent, but since you've gone to all this trouble, I won't put you through the rigmarole. I'd love to hear more about what my role in all this is. I am supposed to be on vacation since my last work is finished, but nothing gets done when
  25. [15:25:28] * Mackenzie you're simply sitting around, does it?"
  26. [15:33:06] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Oh, for clarification, he's not wearing any sunglasses, and his eyes are a dull grey. He slowly nods after you're done talking. "Someone with skills like yours is suited for what we want. An able fighter with finesse, who can charm and trick his enemies into doing what he wants and resort to blows when that does not suffice. Someone who is capable of improvising on the spot in tough
  27. [15:33:06] <~Aori_Radidjiu> situations, and if something comes up can keep a brave face and fake up a new idea or pretend he had one all along."
  28. [15:34:15] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "You are extraordinary, and you should be a part of extraordinary things." He says this without his expression changing in the least.
  29. [15:40:41] <Mackenzie> "It's as they say; flattery does get you everywhere." He stands up and sets a pokeball on the window sill. "Looks like we'll be heading out. Will you be taking the taxi, good sir?" Ross shakes his head slightly, motioning for the ball to be taken back. "Rose." Mackenzie chuckles before taking the pokeball and putting it back on my belt. "I suppose it would be good to take advantage
  30. [15:40:41] <Mackenzie> of this sun, but you must realize, we'll only be here even longer now." Ross simply hops down to the floor in response. "Rose!"
  31. [15:41:38] <Mackenzie> "Fine, fine. Have it your way." Mackenzie shrugs half-heartedly before heading over to the man and extending a hand. "I don't believe I caught your name."
  32. [15:47:29] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He slowly looks down to your hand and moves his hand up to meet yours in a slow, almost-practiced manner. "I go by Gran Zeboma." His grip is...strong. Like, you get the impression if he wanted to you could crush your hand into juice. His shake isn't too long, though. "I have a vehicle already prepared, I will drive."
  33. [15:51:15] * Mackenzie smiles pleasantly. "Alright. Will I need to bring my things, or may I continue to stay here? If the former... I do only have five suitcases with me." Definitely not a hint, no sir.
  34. [15:52:40] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "You may stay here, as Conch City is the central meeting place for PIRATES. I simply need to show you where you need to go and give you a briefing on other things that are necessary."
  35. [15:55:00] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He starts heading for the door.
  36. [15:56:03] <Mackenzie> "Excellent. Well then, Gran, let's get started." He takes for the door after him, grabbing his umbrella by the door. Seems he was even wearing his dressiest shoes already, for some reason. Ross follows steadily alongside him.
  37. [15:59:21] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He leads you out of the hotel, using the elevator, and walks into a black car, opening the door to the back seat and going into the driver's seat himself. The sun beats down warmly on the parking lot, oddly tranquil. There's an occasional flicker of movement in the parking lot, but it almost looks like the place is a decoration. Walking toward the car...
  38. [15:59:33] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Can you give me Perception?
  39. [16:00:21] <Mackenzie> 1d6 how in hell can someone have such low intuition AND perception? Like, how is he alive?
  40. [16:00:21] <DiceMaid-9001> Mackenzie, how in hell can someone have such low intuition AND perception? Like, how is he alive?: 2 [1d6=2]
  41. [16:03:48] <~Aori_Radidjiu> You're blindsided by a squeal followed by someone tackling you. Oh. Dear. "It's really him! You're really him! Aaaaaaaaaaaaa~!" It's a chubby, pasty pale girl of about 20, brown eyes, clad in a brown skirt and black camisole, with long brown hair put in a ponytail.
  42. [16:04:48] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Gran is sitting in the front seat of the car, the door open, looking over expectantly, but patiently.
  43. [16:06:07] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "You even have the umbrella and everything! And you're wearing the same outfit you wore in Pirates of Visiwa, although you don't have any of the makeup. Eeeeeeee~!"
  44. [16:06:54] <~Aori_Radidjiu> She goes on and on and on about every article of clothing and possession you have and what even
  45. [16:15:33] <Mackenzie> 3d6 guile
  46. [16:15:34] <DiceMaid-9001> Mackenzie, guile: 9 [3d6=4,2,3]
  47. [16:15:52] * Mackenzie quickly adopts the accent of a Wakinese punk. "God, haven't you ever heard of a cosplayer before? I'd think someone like you would be into that kinda thing." He makes a purposely half-hearted effort to push her back from him. "Get yourself together, will ya?"
  48. [16:18:35] <Mackenzie> Ross extends one of his roses toward the girl, in immitaion of a certain rude gesture. "Ro-se-li-a!"
  49. [16:19:57] <~Aori_Radidjiu> She awkwardly moves back, trembling a little, one of her hands nervously scratching her cheek. "O-oh...I-I'm so sorry...I heard he was at this hotel, though...well! Nice to meet you, though!" She extends a hand, perking up immediately. "I'm Eileen Ivers, I'm the head of Mackenzie Frazier's fan club! I-if you see him around, could you let me know?"
  50. [16:20:23] <Domovoi> (she doesn't even know what he looks like? oh gurl)
  51. [16:21:22] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Now that you're not being assaulted by her, you notice she has a pretty bland Unovan accent.
  52. [16:22:21] <~Aori_Radidjiu> She smiles at Ross. "Aw, you can keep your flowers, cutie~!" Talk about oblivious.
  53. [16:23:00] <Mackenzie> "...Yeah, uh. Sure, whatever." He gives her a sloppy, dismissive handshake and slips into the car with Ross in tow.
  54. [16:24:20] <~Aori_Radidjiu> She's waving at the car as you depart, with the derpiest grin on her face. Not like you're probably watching. Gran silently starts the car up without comment once you get in and drives off, into the city.
  55. [16:25:37] <Mackenzie> "Think I might have overplayed it a bit?" he asks to the air in the car, watching out the window.
  56. [16:28:07] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "Possibly." He's flat as usual. How boring. He drives you past a few malls, there seems to be some shop swarming with people, must be a sale, and then there's...roll me Intuition.
  57. [16:28:56] <Mackenzie> 1d6+1 You love making me use my worst skills, don't you?
  58. [16:28:56] <DiceMaid-9001> Mackenzie, You love making me use my worst skills, don't you?: 3 [1d6=2]
  59. [16:29:29] <~Aori_Radidjiu> You see the huge line of girls at the shop you were supposed to have an autograph signing at and it doesn't occur to you in the slightest that you're forgetting something.
  60. [16:32:25] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Anyway, after about an hour's drive, man is this town's traffic terrible, Gran finally drives in to a parking garage near a big, domed building. He wordlessly unlocks the car and walks out, waiting for you to follow.
  61. [16:36:35] <Mackenzie> "Strange how many people there were back there. Must have been something important." Mackenzie lifts Ross off his lap and sets him on the ground before stepping out himself, following Gran along while mostly paying attention to the immediate area, for proper identification in the future. Building sticks out well enough, though.
  62. [16:43:05] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He takes you through a few empty white hallways, rather bland, easy to get lost in, with many twists and turns, before eventually reaching an elevator, which opens up and reveals a series of buttons. It's easy to notice that the floor buttons have 3, 2, 1, and then have 10 basement floors. Ten whole basement floors. He presses the bottom button, for B10, and the little indicator near
  63. [16:43:05] <~Aori_Radidjiu> the top of the elevator says you're on floor 3. Oh boy.
  64. [16:46:45] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Thankfully you're spared the Mass Effect loading sequence and instead we skip to you hitting the bottom and coming into a huge room, presumably underground, with a host of ships on one side of the room, almost all perfectly identical to each other, with what looks like some kind of contraption under each one to send it down, maybe into water? Who knows. Whatever the case, there's a
  65. [16:46:45] <~Aori_Radidjiu> woman at a table near where you got out of the elevator, tinkering with Arceus knows what, surrounded by gadgets and gizmos. You're in the middle of somebody's Batcave, it looks like.
  66. [16:47:41] <Lecia> SOMEONE'S BATCAVE, INDEED.
  67. [16:50:12] <Lecia> ...Though she is at the table, working on god knows what, she notices you and...probably has no clue who you are. "Hello? ..Hello~!"
  68. [16:50:17] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "Here you will see a few things you will be working with...and many, many more that you will not be." Gran pauses after walking out of the elevator, stoic.
  69. [16:51:27] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He gives a nod to Lecia. "I am out of recruits to inform for now, so I figured it would be prudent to show this last one some of what he will be working with."
  70. [16:54:44] <Mackenzie> Pretty. Nice. Set. "Now this is fancy. Very... I'm not sure what the right word for it is. But I can tell this is going to be a fine endeavor." He gazes toward and smirks at the woman addressing him. "To whom do I owe the pleasure?"
  71. [16:55:23] <Lecia> "Oh, that's fine~! By all means, let him take a look around! Make sure he doesn't press any buttons he shouldn't~"
  72. [16:55:58] <Lecia> "Oh, and I get that all the time. I'm Lecia, what's your name~?"
  73. [16:57:24] <Mackenzie> "Mackenzie Frazier. Lucky your people caught me while I was still in Wakino, or it might have cost you a bit to get me back out here."
  74. [17:00:20] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Gran makes a motion with his hand for you to follow him and starts walking to one of the ships. Which takes a few minutes to reach close up because this room is huge.
  75. [17:00:40] <Lecia> "Indeed, indeed~ Though I hope you're gonna be great enough that we won't have to think about the cost so much!"
  76. [17:01:41] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Of course, he doesn't seem to be in any hurry, so you could still chat with this woman, who's so much more personable than Gran.
  77. [17:04:01] * Mackenzie glances over at Gran. "Hm? Oh, ah. You'll have to excuse me. Our silent friend's waiting, and I'd like to get a closer look at all this for myself. Perhaps some other time then, Lecia." Cheesy charming smirk alert as he passes through. Ross would be seen imitating the same look, but doing it very clearly mockingly.
  78. [17:08:44] <Lecia> "Well, that's fine too. Have fun! ...And seriously, don't press any buttons! Unless you're told you can." She gets out some kind of notepad thing, and writes something or other, then resumes working.
  79. [17:10:58] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Once you reach the ships, Gran begins talking again. "These are the units you and the other privateers will be using, a mass production unit engineered by Lecia to be cost effective and yet still cutting edge. Their paintjobs aren't quite done, yet, so you will have to excuse that some of them look a bit unfinished." About half of them are half-painted, the rest being a slick blue,
  80. [17:10:59] <~Aori_Radidjiu> purple, and white. "There are not really any rigs set up for anyone to board right now, so you unfortunately cannot tour one yet, but you will get to see them in their entirety soon enough."
  81. [17:17:46] <Mackenzie> "Will I be able to have my chair put on board, perhaps bolted down if it would seem necessary?" He thinks a moment before continuing. "There are certain things a man needs to remain primed, you know? For me, what's important is a nice, comfortable chair. I had the thing brought into my hotel room through a window, even."
  82. [17:19:24] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "It shouldn't be a problem, and I am sure Lecia can help you with installation, if you wish."
  83. [17:27:52] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "Do you have any other questions or wish to see anything else?"
  84. [17:28:34] <Mackenzie> "So when does all this start, anyway? A few weeks? A month?"
  85. [17:31:41] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "About 2 weeks from now. You are one of the first batch of recruits to be selected and informed, but the last of my quota for now. Some will not get here for another week. But be ready for when it begins."
  86. [17:35:21] <Mackenzie> "Hm. I was actually expecting to be wrong. No matter. What else is there here? Would be a shame to spend this whole hour getting here just to look at these."
  87. [17:39:08] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "This room is all you are permitted to see for now. However, there is something that you may want to see before you leave." He starts walking towards near where you started, back where Lecia is.
  88. [17:42:00] * Mackenzie follows.
  89. [17:43:27] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Upon reaching Lecia, he addresses her. "Mistress, I require the glasses." His expression is as hard as ever.
  90. [17:46:08] <Lecia> She stares at Gran puzzled for a moment, then opens one of the drawers in her desk and begins shuffling around. "W-why exactly do you need glasses anyway?"
  91. [17:48:12] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He actually blinks. "The special glasses. To show, not for me."
  92. [17:52:58] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He, meanwhile, is scanning her desk for something, and then picks up a remote, pointing it at a nearby monitor display, pressing a button, upon which starts playing. He tries pressing buttons on the remote to turn it off, to no avail, then sets it down and starts looking for presumably a different remote.
  93. [17:53:50] <Lecia> "...Oh. Oh! Hold on!" She closes that desk drawer, and goes off to some far off unassuming wall in the room. She then stops, and pokes the wall in various places. She stops on hearing the music, though.
  94. [17:53:55] <Mackenzie> "Hey, you pushed a button~"
  95. [17:54:31] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He gives something that sounds like a sigh, but not nearly disappointed enough. "I did."
  96. [17:54:54] <Lecia> "Yeah, that's not turning off unless you turn on 'On the Beautiful Blue Danube'. Let it play~"
  97. [17:56:25] <Lecia> She then resumes poking the wall, until it suddenly OPENS, wherein Lecia goes in and comes out with a pair of what are definitely glasses. "There we go, did it wrong at first~"
  98. [17:59:31] <Mackenzie> Not even gonna question it at this point. "Hm, so you do have pale imitations of expressions! Challenge accepted."
  99. [18:03:23] <~Aori_Radidjiu> He finally finds what is presumably the right remote after trying a few that cause explosions and one that starts causing a bunch of mechanical noises in the distance that he rapidly started tapping off until it stopped, and once he has the "right" one he presses it to turn on a short video on the monitor. Or, well, one video, he ends up flipping through a few, which include two
  100. [18:03:29] <~Aori_Radidjiu> girls looking like they're about to kiss, a girl in a dress that can only be described as a 'roulette' pelting a giant snake lady with stars while shouting really loudly, and a chubby girl slamming down a giant hammer in the middle of an arena, causing an earthquake, followed by some effeminate man screaming, and then he finally gets to the correct video. "Here it is." It's of a Pokemon
  101. [18:03:29] <~Aori_Radidjiu> battle between two trainers, look to be rookies, using a Kirlia and an Umbreon.
  102. [18:04:50] * Happymancer is now known as Sam
  103. [18:06:59] <Kain> (god dommot)
  104. [18:08:08] <Mackenzie> "A battle, hm. Looks pretty cut and dried to me."
  105. [18:09:01] <~Aori_Radidjiu> The Umbreon seems to have set up spikes and it looks like the Kirlia has been poisoned by it, and considering the type matchup, it looks like the Umbreon is going to win. The Kirlia, though, suddenly starts emitting an aura of darkness, brutally tackling the Umbreon. The Umbreon uses Moonlight to heal itself, getting rid of some of the batteredness, but then the Kirlia starts emitting
  106. [18:09:01] <~Aori_Radidjiu> that aura again, getting redder, and performing what looks like a Psycho Cut. Oh. No big deal. Umbreon'sg ot this in the bag. The Psycho Cut connects and sends the Umbreon flying, crashing into the wall behind its trainer, medics rushing to it, frantically trying to resussitate it, until they stop and somberly put it in a bag, the trainer bawling their eyes out.
  107. [18:11:11] <Mackenzie> (Time to see if I get to say something smart or not.)
  108. [18:11:19] <Kraken> (:<)
  109. [18:11:21] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "This footage was taken with a special lens, similar to these glasses that Lecia has here, which allows one to observe auras. There were some slight edits to obscure all the auras except for the one you noticed there."
  110. [18:11:48] <Mackenzie> 2d6 knowledgemon
  111. [18:11:49] <DiceMaid-9001> Mackenzie, knowledgemon: 3 [2d6=2,1]
  112. [18:11:53] <Mackenzie> 1d6+1 derptuition
  113. [18:11:53] <DiceMaid-9001> Mackenzie, derptuition: 3 [1d6=2]
  114. [18:11:58] <Mackenzie> NOPE
  115. [18:12:06] <~Aori_Radidjiu> haha wow
  116. [18:15:27] <Mackenzie> "Hm, so they cheated. What's the significance of this, then?" He's probably thinking this is some bullshit plot device to make the movie more edgy. "Is this gonna be like, the main recurring theme?"
  117. [18:18:21] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "You could say that, yes. The main reason the government is concerned with these pirates is that there is evidence to believe that they use Pokemon like this, so-called 'Shadow Pokemon', to aid them in their raids. The main goal of the privateers is not only to shut down the pirate raids going on around the country, but also to find and confiscate any Shadow Pokemon that the pirates
  118. [18:18:21] <~Aori_Radidjiu> might have, and possibly find a way to purify them."
  119. [18:19:52] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "And these glasses were made to aid those without supernatural senses in identifying them. Would you like to try them on?"
  120. [18:22:32] <Lecia> Lecia hands out the glasses for immediate trying on!
  121. [18:24:34] <Mackenzie> "Might as well!" He takes the glasses and slips them on, then looks around.
  122. [18:27:03] <~Aori_Radidjiu> As you slip them on, you notice things don't look THAT different. Except for the auras. Lecia's glowing a nice cute shade of purple, Ross (who is totally wishing he could get in the sun soon) is a nice warm red, Gran doesn't seem to have one, and you can actually see a few Gastly and Shuppets floating around now, just passing through. You also notice that for some reason you can see
  123. [18:27:03] <~Aori_Radidjiu> silhouettes of a swarm of Tentacuddle and a spinning Staryu under the floor, weird.
  124. [18:27:59] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Looking at the ceiling you can see some people in what looks to be lab coats walking along and doing things, although it's hard to make out what.
  125. [18:28:54] <~Aori_Radidjiu> For some reason, though, it kind of hurts to see reality like this. Not terribly painful, but in some subtle way that you can't really pinpoint where.
  126. [18:29:41] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Kind of like looking through 3D glasses.
  127. [18:32:41] <Mackenzie> Certainly a pretty neat special effect. Not sure why it's important he sees it though, when all they need to do is portray it on-screen. He looks down at his arm for a moment. "This is pretty fancy."
  128. [18:33:25] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Your aura is royal blue, not bad.
  129. [18:36:02] <Mackenzie> He takes them back off. "A bit unpleasant to use for an extended period, though."
  130. [18:37:42] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "That should conclude your briefing for now." Gran pulls out a small map out of his suit's front pocket and hands it to you. "This is a map with directions on how to get here once it's time, we will contact you to let you know when to come later."
  131. [18:40:11] <~Aori_Radidjiu> "Anything to add, Lecia?"
  132. [18:43:35] <Mackenzie> "Sounds like a plan. Hopefully the next couple weeks will pass by quickly, because I'm really starting to look forward to this." He looks down at an impatient Ross. "This shouldn't be much longer. I'll take you and the others out to the beach for a while, if it's not raining. If it is, I'll just spend some time on the balcony with you." Ross responds with a pout regardless, and
  133. [18:43:35] <Mackenzie> Mackenzie scratches his head again.
  134. [18:44:49] <Lecia> "Don't be confused by Gran's lack of aura. That's normal!"
  135. [18:45:04] <Lecia> "Aside from that, nothing more to add~"
  136. [18:45:30] <~Aori_Radidjiu> Gran nods. "Well, then, I shall escort you out."
  137. [18:46:01] <~Aori_Radidjiu> And he summarily brings you back without incident because holy shit the dining courts close in 13 minutes aaaaaaah so </session>
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