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Chapter XXXVI: Unfinished Business In Chrysolia, And The Mysterious Cave To The Mysidia Region!

 

 

Before I continue my adventure, I'm going to take the time to finish up some unfinished business. This means that I'm going to go and catch any event Pokemon I might have missed, and any event Pokemon that I will need to catch before I switch to Episode XI. For example, I will be catching Elekid, and others. The first Pokemon on my list to catch is Bulbasaur.

 

Lucky for me, I caught a Chingling and after many berry feeding, it evolved into a Chimecho. I head back to Azurine Island, and head into the old breeding center, where I find a hobo. He's happy to see a visitor, and tells me to bring a Chimecho. Luckily, I have one with me. I show him the Chimecho, and he chimes along to Chimecho's soothing bell. He then tells me that he caught something, but it was bad, so he locked it in the basement, and made it behave by abusing it! He says that I can go ahead and take it. I head into the room where Taka and Team Meteor was, and I find a Bulbasaur in the cell Cain was trapped in! I open the cell, and Bulbasaur seems to be wary and injured, and has its back turned to me. I catch Bulbasaur, and leave. I wish I could give that guy a piece of my mind, but I won't.

 

I leave Azurine Island, and head to Apophyll Island, where I head up to Pyrous Mountain, and search for another Pokemon. Since I have HM Strength, I can use it to move boulders. I push some down holes. I jump over a ledge, and climb down a ladder. I then find a boulder in front of a Tepig! I walk up to it, and it runs off! Eventually, I find Tepig near the locked gate in Pyrous Mountain, and it runs off again. I head to the summit of Pyrous Mountain, and find Tepig where the PULSE-Camerupt was. Instead of running away, Tepig attacks! I throw some Pokeballs at Tepig, and eventually Tepig is caught! I leave Pyrous Mountain, and put Tepig in the PC. I then take out Luvdisc, and go to the girl just outside Apophyll Academy. She asks me if I have a Luvdisc (Which I do,) and says that she'll trade her Riolu for it. I trade Luvdisc, and receive Riolu! However, when I receive Riolu, it is a SHINY Riolu! It has an acceptable nature, ability, and stats, so I'm keeping it. Usually, I just use regular Lucario for my stories, but this time, I might as well use a Shiny Lucario.

 

I leave Apophyll Beach, and then head to the Byxbysion Wasteland to search another Pokemon. As I try to find this Pokemon, I run into Misdreavus again, who disappears again. I head back to the Grotto, and I find out what happened to the PULSE-Camerupt machine. IT got teleported here, and it's buried in waste. However, I don't think it is the PULSE-Camerupt machine, because that was destroyed a long time ago! Now that I think about it, the Wasteland HAS been getting filled with waste... Mr. Bigglesworth was also in the same room as that PULSE Machine... That's it! Mr. Bigglesworth was strapped to that PULSE. So it was a PULSE-Garbodor Machine! But one important question is... How did Mr. Bigglesworth break free? I theorize about this, and then head to the Beryl Ward on a stormy day.

 

As I enter the Beryl Ward I find an Elekid on the rooftops, but I need to find an Electrizer too... I decide to catch a Dustox for its hidden ability Compound Eyes, but it doesn't work well. I then decide to catch a Stantler with Frisk. I look in the Chrysolia Forest, and I find the girl who got teleported by Abra after I talked to her. She tells me that she got teleported here out of nowhere, and says that when she fell, she broke her leg, making her unable to move. She remembers me from when I spoke to her, and asks me a huge favor. She asks me if I can go to the Pokemart and get her some medicine. Since it's a lot closer now, I head to the Pokemart, and get her some medicine. I come back, and I give her the medicine. She gets back on her feet, and thanks me. She then heads back to Spinel Town, and I follow her.

 

Since Abra is gone, it's easy to get to Spinel Town. I go to the girl, and she thanks me by giving me a Department Store Sticker! I head back to Chrysolia Forest, and a tree disappears when I am at the south end of the forest! I follow the path, and it leads me to the Lost Train...

I go inside the train, and find the Captain's Log on the table. I then read it...

 

 

Transit Log: Stock: 4,600 Pokeballs; 1,200 Potions; 1,200 Super Potions; 1,200 Hyper Potions; 1,200 Max Potions, 2,400 Full Heals; 800 Full Restores En Route to Reborn City via the Mysidia Region, order of SILPH CO.

Transit: Empty Freight En route Mysidia Region via Reborn City.

Transit Log: Stock: 4,600 Pokeballs; 4,600 Great Balls; 4,600 Ultra Balls; 800 Lure Balls; 800 Heavy Balls; 800 Timer Balls; 800 Dusk Balls En Route to Reborn City via the Mysidia Region, order of SILPH CO.

Transit: Empty Freight En route to Mysidia Region via Reborn City.

Transit Log: Stock: 6,000 Oran Berries; 4,000 Pecha Berries; 4,000 Chesto Berries; 4,000 Pomeg Berries; 5,000 Lum Berries, 100 Jaboca Berries En Route to Reborn City via the Mysidia Region, order of SILPH CO.

Transit: Empty Freight En route Mysidia Region via Reborn City.

Transit Log: Stock: 4,600 Pokeballs; 1,200 Potions; 1,200 Super Potions; 1,200 Hyper Potions; 1,200 Max Potions, 2,400 Full Heals; 800 Full Restores En Route to Reborn CIty via the Mysidia Region, order of SILPH CO.

Transit Log: Stock: 4,600 Pokeballs; 4,600 Great Balls; 4,600 Ultra Balls; 800 Lure Balls; 800 Heavy Balls; 800 Timer Balls; 800 Dusk Balls En Route to Reborn City via the Mysidia Region, order of SILPH CO.

Transit: Empty Freight ...and a little bonus I picked up for my daughter back home in Mysidia. En route to Mysidia Region via Reborn City.

Incident Record- An Emergency Stop was made this Tuesday at 11:53 PM. An unidentified railway obstruction has brought the vehicle to a halt. Suspected fallen tree or other similar debris. Though currently too dark to investigate, will do so in the morning. Approx. projected delay- 8 hours.

Friday 9:12 AM- I've identified the aforementioned obstruction, though it baffles me. Specifically, an entire tree has grown in the middle of rail. I do not believe there is any such way I can clear it alone. As such, I will be returning to Reborn City to request assistance.

Incident Record- Friday 1:37 PM In what I can only assume is an elaborate prank, I have failed to return to Reborn City. As I reversed the train down the same track which I traveled just yesterday, I found a large portion of the rail to be missing entirely. The wood beams are scattered haplessly between the trees, the metal has been contorted and in some places, is absent entirely. In light of this, I am unable to move the freight at all, and will be returning to Reborn City on foot. It should not take more than a day to reach the city, and assuming available resources, repairing the railnet could be done in as little as two weeks. Approx. projected delay- 18 days.

Sunday 8:25 PM In the continuing saga of happenstances causing me to question my mental health, I have been unable to follow the track to Reborn City. The scattered wood and disjointed metal I mentioned before was a drastic understatement- entire segments of the track have been disapparated. Between the increasingly befuddling thickness of forestry and the baffling apparent deconstruction of the rail, I am unable to return to Reborn. In response to this distortion, I will follow the track on-foot the only way in which it is (relatively) navigatable: towards the Mysidia Region. Though it is a considerable distance to walk, I see no second option. Approx. projected delay: 7 days.

Monday 5:39 PM It appears I was hasty in my evaluation of the forward-going rail as 'navigatable'. Though I have ridden this track many times I find the track going forward to be as distorted as it was going back. These woods are mocking, with trees so in and out and roundabout such that one feels as if they've gone in circles forever. It was probably by luck that I've stumbled upon this train again after having been lost in my expedition. I'll continue searching for any sign of orient.

Thursday 7:18 PM It's now been a full week since I was stranded in this forest. Supplies in the train are diminishing quickly. I find myself rationing more and desperately hoping to discover a source of berries in the woods. It seems the Pokemon I obtained as a surprise for my daughter will have to be relegated to a gift of apology instead. Approx. projected delay- Unknown.

Saturday 1:20 AM This nightmarish place knows no logic, and yet I think by a stroke of luck I may have found the way. When searching deep in among the woods, I have spotted an opening I did not recognize. As I followed it down a twisted path, I came to a cave- The very cave through which the rail traveled! I recognized the stone, but strangely, I could see no rail. Tomorrow, I will gather what supplies I have left and quit this place once and for all.

Sunday 11:20 PM As if to taunt me with a glimpse of hope, I have not been successful in my evacuation. Though I left early this morning, and searched again through every hour of the day, I was unable to locate the Railcave from last night. At this point, and with as little food in left in this car, I will likely scarcely be able to make it to Mysidia alive...

Wednesday 2:47 PM To my amazement, I once again found the same cave last night. To my chagrin, I was unable to traverse it. Though the rails linger inside the cave, they lead nowhere. What I knew was once as a sensible and one-directional tunnel now twists endlessly. As if my entirely life had been tossed into a kaleidoscope, I was unable to navigate the cave, and in fact, when I did finally find an exit-- It turned out to be the very way in which I entered. I've returned here for the night. I will try again tomorrow.

Sunday 3:34 AM When even finding the entrance to a cave proves difficult, traversing it appears impossible. I have gone a precise way for these past few days, tracing my steps exactly. Strangely, it would seem that this cave can only be found on some days. Whether it is the night's moonlight showing the way, or the strong winds forcing the trees apart, I cannot say. But it seems like only nights like these can the cave be found. Strange, indeed...

Wednesday 7:44 PM After exploring the cave and its nonsensical passages several times more-- I have reliably found a path to a certain cove within the Railcave, and I plan to relocate my remaining supplies there as I press forward. I will move forward as swiftly as possible with what little food is left, and my daughter's Pokemon in tow. For whoever may find this train, know the hardships I have faced. Know, too, how you might escape this labyrinthine woods. Should you find the railcave, remember the firection the walls move is no clue to traversing it. But as it may be, while they do not point you in the right direction, that appears to be all the guidance you need. Good luck, stranger. This is the captain, signing out.

 

 

I head outside of the train, and notice that it's a windy night, with the moon shining bright. I head back to Chrysolia Forest, and eventually find a path I did not see before. I follow the path, and it leads me to a cave. This is the Railcave that was mentioned in the Captain's Log! I enter the Railcave, and find multiple paths, with tracks that lead to different directions. I head to the left cave, and get sent back to the entrance! I then remember what the captain said in his log, and follow the path that's NOT pointed at by the tracks. It takes me to another part of the cave! I keep following the paths, and I eventually find the captain's secret cove, because I find a Pokeball, and find the Pokemon that he was going to give to his daughter: An Eevee! I grab the Eevee, and leave the Railcave. However, I notice Eevee again, and it is a Shiny Eevee! I happily leave the Railcave, only to eventually find a Stantler with Frisk! I catch the Stantler, and head to the Beryl Ward, since it's a stormy day.

 

When I head back to the Beryl Ward, I get Stantler from the PC, and head up to the Rooftops, where I find Elekid! I put Dustox in the lead of my team, and send him out. I switch him out for Stantler, and find that Elekid has an Electrizer! I then throw a few Pokeballs, and Elekid is eventually caught! Now that I have Elekid, it's time to catch the last Pokemon I need to get: Mudkip!

 

The next day, I leave the Beryl Ward, and head to the Byxbysion Wasteland. I head inside the tall building, and find a nerd, who says that he's going to stay here for a while because of the rain. He says that I am welcome to stay and chat. He then tells me that he stays outside the city studies the various forms the wasteland takes, and the Pokemon that live around here. He asks me if I have seen anything strange, and corrects himself, saying that everything is strange here. He apologizes to me for asking such a question, and says that he's looking for something in particular... He believes that there's a Mudkip running around somewhere in the waste... He says that this is no place for a Mudkip, and that it belongs with fresh, open water- there's only muck here. He tells me that he wants to find it to get it to safety, but so far, he hasn't been able to catch it. He tells me that if I see the Mudkip anywhere, then I must do my best to catch it. He says that maybe someone around here has seen Mudkip, and that if I ask around, I'll find some kind of lead.

 

I head outside, and wander all over the place, looking for Mudkip. I head to the Grotto, and find a secret passage behind the tube on the left! I follow the path, and eventually, a rock blocks my path. I go outside, and slide down the metal bar to find a cave. I head inside, climb the ladder, and head out the cave. I'm higher than where I started! I slide down, head back to the cave, but instead of climbing and going out, I climb and climb back down. I dig up the items from the rocks, and I move the boulder that was in my way. I then head down the path, and out the cave, where I find a Mudkip innocently wandering around in grass near an abandoned train. I catch Mudkip, and leave the Byxbysion Wasteland.

 

 

 

Now that I'm done catching some important Pokemon I missed, it's time to head to Aventurine!

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

My team didn't level up much, but there are PLENTY new additions to the team!

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 53

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 50

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 54

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Gardevoir

Level: 55

Moves: Magical Leaf, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Arc

Level: 53

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 54

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 15

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Chapter XXXVII: The Road To Aventurine!

 

 

Now that I'm done catching Pokemon that I needed to catch, it's time for me to head to Aventurine! I head back to Chrysolia, train Auriol a bit, and head to Tanzan Mountain. I go through the west side where I found Saphira, and head outside to South Aventurine Woods. I follow the grassy path, given that it is the only path I can take due to logs and spiderwebs, until I reach the exit and find myself on Route 1. I could have sworn as I was passing through, I saw a Heracross.

 

 

When I make it out to the clearing on Route 1, A familiar green-haired Swag Jockey walks up to me... Fern... He tells me that he thought he heard a bug or something crawling around over here, and he says that he was right. Seriously, when I get my hands on his neck... He greets me, and asks me if I came up here for the gym. He is surprised I didn't know, and tells me that there's a huge castle to the east that serves as a gym. He tells me that he's up to eight badges now, and he laughs that I'm still at seven and I'm falling behind. If Kiki wasn't killed by that evil, sadistic JERK, I would have eight badges by now! He even says that I started before him. He asks me if I think he's wrong, and challenges me to try him.

 

 

Fern, you are wrong. And you will always be wrong.

 

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Fern sends out Fraxure, while I send out Hydra. I guess Fern decided to get another new Pokemon. Hydra builds up his stats with Dragon Dance three times, while Fraxure strikes with Dragon Claw, which doesn't do much. Hydra then strikes Fraxure with Ice Fang, taking Fraxure down. Fern sends out Krookodile, who gets smacked from Hydra's Aqua Tail. Krookodile gets knocked out, and Fern sends out Roserade, who gets knocked out by a critical hit Ice Fang from Hydra. Fern sends out Serperior, who survives Hydra's Ice Fang, but uses Leech Seed instead of attacking Hydra. allowing Hydra to finish off Serperior with another Ice Fang. Fern sends out Ferrothorn, while I keep Hydra on the field. Ferrothorn finishes off Hydra with Gyro Ball, which is fine by me, since I'll be using Charles to finish the job. I send out Charles, and he finishes the job by burning Ferrothorn to crisp with Flamethrower. Fern gets furious, and sends out Scyther. However, Scyther is unable to survive Charles' Flamethrower, and is wiped out of the field, which means that I win the battle!

 

Fern retaliates by telling me not to be cheap for a change, but I don't care. Fern's a loser anyways, and a jerk, so it's only fair. He says it doesn't matter, and says that we all know who the real top dog is anyway. HIM? Oh HELL no. He tells me that the 'dumb' guards in Agate Town are like, forever asleep or something, so he's gonna try and track down that Normal Gym Leader. He means Noel... HA! I already BEAT him! In your FACE, Fern! He calls him dumb, and guesses that he ran from his place in Lapis... Does he mean that awful Orphanage? Noel had every right to run away from that horrible place! He says his goodbye, and leaves. I then find a star on the ground, and heal my Pokemon. I continue my quest, and find a Bouffalant fighting a Tauros. I help out the Tauros by battling Bouffalant, and I catch it. Tauros then roars triumphantly, and is thankful and compliant, allowing me to ride it. I ride Tauros all across Route 1 and Aventurine Woods, battling many trainers, jumping over ledges, and avoiding spiderwebs. I find a Miltank with a collar, and when I'm riding Tauros, Miltank-senpai doesn't seem to notice Tauros. Classic. I find that there are other Tauros and Bouffalants, and if I defeat Tauros or catch Tauros instead, Bouffalant charges blindly. This can help me get rid of some obstacles... Eventually, I find Reborn's Nature Center! I then head inside.

 

 

When I head inside the Nature Center, I find scientists all over the place. They explain that Tauros and Bouffalant fight over dominance of the Miltank and the land, and when one of them is defeated, the other is thankful. Bouffalant blindly charges, not caring for its path, while Tauros allows people to ride on its back! It even jumps over ledges for people. However, it will not go through really tall grass. I also learn that this center is the local extension of a breeding project. Using samples raised by the breeding center on Azurine Island, the scientists work day and night to restore the wild Pokemon to Reborn! Although they haven't heard from the Azurine center in quite a while...

 

 

It's because Team Meteor hijacked it before! Now that Team Meteor is gone, things should be returning to normal...

 

 

Even in the Aventurine Woods, Bug Pokemon fight for resources. Perhaps the scientists shouldn't have brought the Pokemon all together... I head upstairs, and learn that many Pokemon are drawn to the scent of honey produced by the Combee in the woods. The nectar that the Combee produce is so popular- Heracross and Pinsir- will often fight each other for it. I head upstairs, and find a man who tells me that berries grow all over the place in Aventurine Woods. He gives me a Wailmer Pail, so I can grow berries. I head outside, and find a scientist who asks me to find a few Dunsparce for them to repopulate. Apparently, they were supposed to receive a shipment of Dunsparce from the Azurine Observation and Breeding Facility, but they never did... They were also scheduled to repopulate the Dunsparce population, but it never happened.... They had also planned to reintroduce the Dunsparce to the wild before, but they were forced to cancel out that operation. Unfortunately, I do not have a Dunsparce right now, so I will have to come back another time.

 

After a while of battling Tauros, Bouffalants, and trainers, I find a path that leads me back to Reborn City... Through the Grand Gate! I find the source of why the Grand Gate won't open... It's because there's a gear out of place! Since there's nothing I can do about it, I head back to Route 1, and have Tauros interact with a Miltank. This time, Miltank becomes so lost in Tauros' eyes, I could cut the romance with a knife if I wanted to. I go another Miltank, and Tauros is in CRAZY love with it. I'd have no idea where the egg came from... So yeah... It's best if I DON'T leave them alone... I go up to another Miltank, and this time, and I suspect that this is the kind of Miltank that brings all the bulls to the yard in daylight. I ride up to the Miltank next to the Nature Center, and she bleats coyly and bows down to Tauros. I think I'm about to witness the live action version of 50 Shades of Bull. I then ride up to the lone Miltank by the ledges, and she blushes and nuzzles against Tauros. Tauros roars quietly as he breathes down Miltank's neck... And NOW I want to dismount. DISMOUNT!!!

 

I eventually head further east of Route 1, and in the north side of Aventurine Woods, I find a red-haired woman speaking to a Team Meteor member! As soon as I show up, the Meteor grunt runs off. The red-haired woman notices me, and asks me if I saw them discussing just now. I say yes, and she tells me to not assume I know what's going on. She tells me to do us both a favor, and stay out of this. She says that she doesn't know what hero-complex I've ingrained into my head that I feel the need to jump into anyone elses' business.

 

 

"A little piece of advice: Build yourself a little bridge- and get over it."

 

 

She then leaves, and I try to figure out who she is. Her words seem awfully familiar from somewhere...

 

After I battle all of the trainers I can find, I find a huge cliff. Looking beyond, I see the Crystal Valley. Behind me, I see a sign with the directions of where to go. North of me is Agate Town, and south of me is Vanhanen Castle. I then find something written at the bottom saying, "Fern was here, Trevo is a loser."

 

 

Fuck you, Fern. When I see your ugly smug face again, I'm going to beat you up.

 

 

I head to Agate Town's Gate, and I find that all of the guards are sleeping! I guess the rumors of Agate Town being empty are true. I then head down to Vanhanen Castle, where I must go through a labyrinth.

 

 

 

This is going to be a long day...

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

The team leveled up quite a bit, and Auriol leveled up a LOT. He learned a new move too, but I don't remember what it is.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 56

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 52

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 57

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Gardevoir

Level: 57

Moves: Magical Leaf, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Arc

Level: 54

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 55

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Chapter XXXVIII: The Majestic Vanhanen Castle, The Amazing Radomus, The Dazzling Gossip Gardevoir, And The Mysterious Luna!

 

 

I head down the right path of Vanhanen Labyrinth, and I keep following the path that leads me closer to Vanhanen Castle. On the way, I run into many, many Stantler...

 

 

WHY DID I NOT GO HERE BEFORE GETTING ELEKID?!?!?

 

 

Eventually, I find Vanhanen Castle, and find my way out of the labyrinth. I then enter the castle.

 

When I enter Vanhanen Castle, a blond girl in what appears to be a maid outfit greets me and welcomes me. She invites me inside, and tells me to follow her. I find a Pokemon healing machine, and I heal my Pokemon. I then follow her inside, and she tells me that her master will be joining us shortly. She tells me to make myself comfortable if I would like, but before she could finish her sentence, she is interrupted as the Gym Leader opens the door with his Gardevoir. His Gardevoir walks up to me, and introduces herself as Gossip Gardevoir, and states that she is at my service. She's THE Gossip Gardevoir! She also states that autographs are free of charge. She sees that I am surprised, and asks me if I've never met a Pokemon that can communicate before. The girl states that Gardevoir is unique among her kind to be able to physically project her thoughts in English. The Gym Leader walks up to me, and introduces himself as Radomus, the lord of this castle. He seems like a... rad kind of guy. He then states that it is a pleasure to meet me. Radomus then introduces his Gardevoir to me, as we have already met. I have already seen her on TV, so I can only assume that she's managed quite the career. He also introduces the girl as his daughter, Luna.

 

 

Wait a minute... Isn't Luna El's daughter? What is she doing here in Radomus' Castle?

 

 

Luna then tells me that as the castle's maid, she welcomes me. She tells me to let her now if there is anything she can do to make my stay more comfortable. I know what she CAN do... Though now's not the time... Radomus then asks me if I'm Trevo. How does he know my name?! Gardevoir tells me to not look so surprised that Radomus knows who I am already. She says that as Reborn's very own Gossip Gardevoir, it IS her business to know things. She tells me that she knows all about my raids on Team Meteor, my involvement with the other Gym Leaders... Even my little escapade from the Orphanage. She even knows how I joined a street gang! Crap... If she knows that I'm part of the Aqua Gang, I'm screwed... That caught her by surprise, and she didn't think I was the type... But she tells me not to worry, because my secrets are safe with her! Radomus says to not over-estimate the value of that statement, and says that if those were indeed to be considered 'secrets', they've just been spilled. He then tells me that he assumes that I have come for my next gym battle. In that case, he asks Gardevoir and Luna to excuse us. Luna obeys, and leaves, while Gardevoir is thrilled that we're having a private moment already, and even says that it's sensuous. Radomus scolds her, and tells her to leave. With that said, Gardevoir obliges, and leaves.

 

Radomus then tells me to feel free to pay no mind for Gardevoir, for she is a bit lively, but mostly harmless. Ooh, Lively you say? In that case, I'll have to visit her later once I've beaten the Champion, so we can get down at the Nightclub... He says that that is not why he dismissed them, however. He then tells me that he understands that I have met with Luna's father- that is, El. He then tells me to allow him to clarify one thing: Though he calls Luna his daughter, she is most definitely not. She appeared one day, and claimed him to be her father. Despite his words, she moved herself right in. He admits that his own family is long-since gone, and it was getting a bit empty in here- who is he to deny a young girl her wishes? He then says that it seems that she is just playing a part of some greater fantasy. She fancies herself a maid, and thereby acts like one. She is a strange girl, and has been no small source of amusement for Gardevoir and him. Radomus also tells me that Luna and Gardevoir became fast friends, too. It's not as if he can just dismiss her now. He then discusses with me about El. He asks me what my impression on El is, and says that he has come calling more than once to reclaim her, but he refuses. Radomus suspects that there may have been some hint of abuse in Luna's past, or else she would not have so fervently fled her birth-father. To that end, he is resolved to protect her from El. He says that is the long and the short of the affair.

After Radomus has told me his story on how Luna appeared at his castle, Luna comes back, and tells him that they have another guest. Radomus says that by all means, show them in. He asks me if I was expecting anyone, and I honestly say I have no clue. Expecting it to be Fern or El, Cain appears instead, and greets me with all his fruitiness. Radomus welcomes him, and supposes that he, too, has come for a gym battle. Cain confirms Radomus's question, and says that he's got some catching up to do. He then says that he totally got side-tracked by that whole business with Heather. He then tells me that if I was wondering, he did manage to find her again... not that she was happy about it. He then tells me that she was adopted by some guy up in Ametrine City. He then tells me that the guy's name was... Blake. Cain seems satisfied with it, but I don't seem to be... I'm not convinced at all...

 

 

Blake is involved with Team Meteor, as mentioned by Solaris back in Pyrous Mountain. Since he adopted Heather, he could use her to Team Meteor's advantage. Hell, I bet they assume she has the Ruby Ring. Guess again, suckers.

 

 

Radomus is surprised that there's another lost girl, and assumes that there's lost girls all over the place. Luna asks him what he means by this, and he says that he jests. He then says that we now have two challengers- and only one gym. Cain then says that me and him can challenge him together, and then we both get the badge. However, Radomus says that won't do at all. He asks Cain if he can play any real strategy with two minds on one side of the board.

 

 

"When the king knows not what the queen is doing, the whole kingdom falls into disarray, and soon... Checkmate."

 

 

Luna states that Radomus is a world-renowned player of Chess, and says that his wealth and fame are far from unfounded. Cain is surprised, and says that he was just kidding. He then says the he knows how this goes- me and him battle to see who challenges first. He says that this is a Psychic Gym, and he knows better than to go with a bunch of Poison types, so he has a bunch of new tricks...

 

 

Okay, Cain. Let's see what you can do!

 

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Cain sends out Muk, while I send out Persian. Persian first delivers a Fake Out attack on Muk, and then strikes with Cut, while Muk uses Mud Bomb. Eventually, Muk decides to use Minimize to raise its evasion sharply. Cain then gives Muk a Hyper Potion. Muk then uses Rest after Persian Cuts it up a few times, but then wakes up instantly from a Lum Berry. Persian eventually gets knocked out, and I send out Gardevoir, who builds up with Calm Mind. Muk strikes with Sludge Wave, but it isn't super effective, because I'm still using Episode X. After Gardevoir raises her Special Attack and Special Defense, she strikes with Psychic, which knocks out Muk. Cain sends out Nidoking next, and Gardevoir defeats it with a critical hit Psychic. Cain sends out Galvantula, which is new. I'm seriously hoping that Cain wasn't the one who put all of those spiderwebs there in Aventurine Woods... Though it could probably be the Bug Pokemon that did that. Not to mention, why WOULD Cain do that? Fern would probably do something like that, just to be a troll. I send out Charles, who burns Galvantula to a crisp with Flamethrower. Cain sends out Samurott, while I send out Arc. Arc uses Swagger on Samurott to confuse it, and Samurott decides to increase its Attack even more by using Swords Dance. However, Samurott snaps out of confusion, and strikes with Revenge, knocking Arc to the ground. I send out Corey and he attacks with Poison Jab, but gets knocked down by a critical hit Revenge. I send out Charles, and Cain gives Samurott a Hyper Potion. Samurott then knocks out Charles with Aqua Tail. I send out Hydra, who builds up with Swords Dance. Before Hydra gets knocked out, he knocks out Samurott with a critical hit Bite. Cain sends out Gengar, and Hydra Bites Gengar, and mauls it to the ground. Cain then sends out Absol, who goes down from Hydra's Aqua Tail. The battle was long and hard, but in the end, I win the battle!

 

Cain says that he can wait, and tells me to soften Radomus up for him. Radomus asks him if he does not believe he can best him himself, but Cain says that it's a joke, and tells Radomus to stop taking everything so seriously. Radomus says that on the contrary, it may be Cain who is taking HIM too seriously. Luna comes back in the main room, and asks Radomus if Gardevoir is with him, because she cannot find where Gardevoir has gotten to... Radomus tells Luna that he had thought she was with her. Luna says that Gardevoir was in the foyer when Cain arrived... Luna then heads to the entrance, and Radomus says that he'll be playing Black this game. Cain asks him what he means, and Radomus says that it's nothing.

Luna comes back, and tells Radomus that a message was delivered for him. Radomus wonders who it might be, and Luna says that the person who delivered it was dressed in a light robe, but she didn't recognize him. Radomus is surprised, and wants to see who it is.

 

 

"To one Radomus Vanhanen," Does that imply there are more than one?

 

"To one Radomus Vanhanen, I have captured your precious 'Gossip Gardevoir'. Should you wish to see her again, you will return my daughter to me immediately." Signed, "-El."

 

 

Radomus comments that El didn't add 'Sincerely', or 'With Love', and states that that's rude. Luna tells him that El... isn't her father, and that he is. She begs him not to send her away with him. Cain is shocked that Gardevoir was really just captured, and says that she was right there when we came in. Radomus states that it was likely that they were probably waiting for such a diversion as our battle. Cain is mad, and says that we have to get her back. Luna agrees, and says that Gardevoir is her dear friend. She asks Radomus if he will find her, and Cain tells them not to worry, for WE'LL find her. Luna asks how we are going to find her, because we have no idea where they went... Radomus says that we do nothing, which shocks Luna. He says that there is no need to do anything. Cain is shocked too, and asks him if he cares at all, because she is HIS Pokemon. Radomus says that he DOES care. It's for that reason that he needs not act. Cain is frustrated with him, saying that he makes no sense. He then heads out to find her himself. Luna tells him to wait, and wishes to help as well. However, Radomus tells her to wait, and says that it will not do to let her endanger herself. He tells her that she is the piece he wants to capture, and wishes to act in her stead. He then goes from his gold-head disguise into a disguise of a detective, and declares that he is on the case. He tells her to wait here, and says that it will not do to let her fall into his trap. He then leaves, and so do I.

 

 

 

But wait... If we ALL leave, won't Luna be out in the open for El to capture? Oh well, I guess we'll follow the path of fate.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

The team has not changed very much. I only battled Cain, that was all.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 56

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 52

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 57

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Gardevoir

Level: 57

Moves: Magical Leaf, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Arc

Level: 54

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 55

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Chapter XXXIX: The Citae Arc-d'Astrae Conspiracy, And The Strange Adrienn And Xyr Past!

 

 

Where we last left off on our adventure, we learn that Gossip Gardevoir had been captured by the mysterious El. What does El want with Gardevoir? Is he trying to get to Luna? Is there something he's after that's far more valuable than Luna? The mystery continues...

 

 

After I heal my Pokemon from my last battle, I find Cain and Radomus blocking the exit. Cain is discussing with him about his sudden change in clothes, and Radomus defends himself by saying that there's nothing silly about his change of clothes. He also states that he simply chooses the right dress for the job, and asks Cain if we will be sleuthing out Gardevoir. Cain says yes, and remarks on quite the change of heart Radomus' had. Radomus tells him not to misunderstand him, and says there is no need for something as rash as this, but if Luna demands it, he will acquiesce. Cain doesn't get it though... He tells Radomus that he thought Gardevoir were only supposed to be drawn to the most loyal trainers, but he makes it seem like he doesn't care at all... Radomus asks Cain if one should be concerned when the White King places himself in check. Cain asks him what he's even talking about, and just says that we should just go find her, and Radomus obliges. Considering that Agate City is presently closed, there are not a large number of places to which El could have fled. However, Radomus expects that El will attempt to flee towards Reborn City. There will be more places for him to hide there. However, it is not easy to get there from here... Which route will El take? Radomus says that he will follow Cain's lead. Cain then says that we're wasting time, so they head out. I then follow them.

 

 

I head through Route 1, and decide to head to Reborn City through the Grand Gates. However, I actually find El there, disappointed that the Grand Gate is still sealed. El then spots me, and runs off to the room with the gear. When I go in there to corner him, he is nowhere to be seen. Cain and Radomus arrive, and tell me that they saw him too. It seems that El used an Escape Rope. However, Radomus says that now Cain's being silly, and tells me to press forward. He believes that there's just enough space beyond that gear. Me and Cain slip through easily, but for some reason, Radomus can't. He attempts to slip through, but he gets stuck. Cain asks him if he's really stuck, and then wonders why the gear doesn't turn anyway. Radomus explains that it froze when the Grand Gates closed. It was before Reborn City's collapse, more than a decade ago. Presumably, these mechanisms are linked to the doors themselves. Many have tried to get them to operate again, but to no avail. Cain tells him that even if it's tight, just force his way in... DANG IT, CAIN. ENOUGH OF YOUR INNUENDOS!!! He corrects himself, and says that he doesn't usually say that to boys, but this is different. Radomus then says that he's going to pretend he didn't understand that remark. He forces his way in, and accidentally knocks Cain off of the floor, making him fall! Radomus says that he found the answer as to where El fled. He then says that the drop isn't actually too far, and it appears to lead into some kind of cave... Me and Radomus then jump down below...

 

 

Of course! This is the cave beneath the Grand Stairway! I find Radomus, and he says that there is no sign of Cain. Perhaps Cain wandered off in search of an exit already. Radomus then ventures further into the cave. I follow the path, and I eventually find a few parts of the cave familiar as I descend. I then get into a room with all of these pillars, and follow the path. I keep descending down the cave until I find a doorway. I can't even tell if I'm under the Grand Gates anymore...

 

 

When I enter the doorway, I find a huge field. I find Cain and Radomus, and he states that he certainly had no intention of landing Cain down here, but it seems we found quite the Xanadu. Cain tells him that's not the only thing we found, and shows us a mysterious person and Gardevoir! The trainer is surprised we're here after all, and Cain asks the trainer if xe was expecting us. Apparently, the trainer wasn't expecting us, but then an older man just came by and told the trainer what we did... El... The trainer didn't think we were really pursuing him though! Radomus ask the trainer what El specifically told the trainer. The trainer says that El told xyr how Radomus kidnapped his daughter, and brainwashed her into thinking she was your own. And so, El got a hold of his Gardevoir, and xe asks what has Radomus done to the poor thing?- so that he might release his daughter, Luna. Randomus asks the trainer to be clear, and the trainer says that Gardevoir- doesn't seem to care for him as a Trainer at all, and asks Gardevoir if this is true. Oddly, Gardevoir walks up to the trainer, and confirms this to be true, and says that she had always been afraid of Radomus to say anything about it, but... she asks the trainer, now confirmed as Adrienn, if xe'll protect her from Radomus. Adrienn then says that xe's not going to stand for anyone who treats their Pokemon badly, and tells Gardevoir that she is safe with xyr. Radomus is amused by this, and Gardevoir says that she's always hated being with him, which is a big shock.

 

 

Okay... Something is SERIOUSLY wrong here. Gardevoir is being completely the opposite of what the relationship between her and Radomus said on TV was about!

 

 

Cain tells Gardevoir that back at the Castle, she seemed perfectly happy... Gardevoir then says that it was all a show, and says that she's expected to be in perfect harmony with her Trainer- but how can she with someone like Radomus? Gardevoir then cries about all of the 'horrible' things he has done... She says that he's neglectful and lies all the time... She even says that she was even there when he 'brainwashed' Luna! She then tells us that the truth is that she was glad when El stole her away! Adrienn says that now we have it. Xe says that xe can't forgive someone for being so cruel to such a sweet Pokemon as Gardevoir, and declares that xe will definitely protect her. Adrienn vows that xe will help El get his daughter, and his stolen property back. Cain is surprised that Radomus would steal El's property too. He asks Adrienn what xe is talking about, and Gardevoir says that I must know. After all, I HAVE them...

 

 

The Ruby Ring and the Amethyst Pendant! But why would El want them? Something's not right here...

 

 

Cain is confused that I would 'steal' something, and Gardevoir walks up to me, and steals the Amethyst Pendant from me! Just as she's about to steal the Ruby Ring, Cain notices EXACTLY what she's talking about, and says that the Amethyst Pendant is Anna's, and tries to get her off of me. Gardevoir says that there's still the Ruby Ring, and says that these items rightfully belong to El. Radomus snaps out of his train of thought, and asks Gardevoir if she said 'Amethyst Pendant'. Gardevoir says that one key will have to do, and says that only one key is necessary to reach the aerie, so she was supposed to get both of them... Adrienn states that thieves and liars seldom relinquish things that easily, and tells Gardevoir to follow xyr. Xe then states that they'll get the other one later. Gardevoir obliges and heads up to the aerie. Adrienn tells me and Radomus to not try to stop them if we have no intention of releasing Luna. Xe then follows Gardevoir. Cain says that he would have never suspected that Gardevoir felt that way. He asks Radomus if he really brainwashed Luna, and Radomus asks him how he would do such a thing, as he says that it is a foolish idea. Cain says that we should chase them before they get too far ahead. He then follows Gardevoir and Adrienn, and Radomus says that this will perhaps be an interesting game after all. He then follows them, and so do I.

 

 

I MUST get that Amethyst Pendant back. If it's in El's hands... That won't be good.

 

 

I train my Pokemon, then head inside, and find everyone. I find Cain yelling at El, asking him what he did to Gardevoir. El politely tells Cain to not defile this holy place with his unintelligible shouting. Gardevoir states that El has done nothing to her, and says that he has only freed her. She asks Cain why is this so hard for him to believe. El tells Gardevoir that we 'heretics' remain in darkness, and that we would not so much believe in the Lord Arceus if it bestowed holy Judgment right before us. He calls Gardevoir and Adrienn, and tells them to ascend with him to the light. Gardevoir follows El, but Adrienn stays for a little bit. Cain is still shocked, and Adrienn agrees. Xe says that when xe fell down here, xe was certain xe would be trapped and alone. But almost immediately, xe saw a girl climbing up the cave wall, and then El and Gardivoir appeared... And now, us. Xe wonders if this is some kind of secret tourist spot, and then xe follows El and Gardevoir inside. After xe follows them inside, the Amethyst door shuts.

 

Cain says that that's not at all what he meant, but he obliges. He then starts to wonder if Adrienn is a boy or a girl, because he actually can't tell. Now that you mention it, Cain, I do not know either... Xe LOOKS like a girl, but also looks like a boy. Radomus then says that it would be best to ask. He says that more importantly, it seems they were able to open that door with the power of the Amethyst Pendant. He also recalls that I possess the Ruby Pendant. He says in that case, we could perhaps access a different door... I talk to Cain, and he says that something else is going on here, but he can't quite put his finger on it... He also wonders if Gardevoir could have hated Radomus all along... I doubt it. I head to the Ruby door, and open it with the Ruby Ring. I head through the door, and find a Ruby warp panel, which takes me to the Ruby Tower.

 

When I get to the Ruby Tower, I find three statues, and a statue without a Pokemon on it. I read the inscription, and it says...

 

 

"Light becomes dark as dark becomes light. Truth becomes hidden, twisted in lie. Each power its own seeks to impart Itself unto the innocent heart. Those of the light- speak only the truth. Those of the dark- speak within lies. The divine will distinguish and ablely sleuth The right from the wrong; the lies from the truth."

 

 

I notice that the three Pokemon statues are the Chimchar family, and read the inscription on the Chimchar statue first. It says that Monferno always tells the truth, but Infernape has aligned with darkness. I consider Chimchar part of the light for now. I must read Monferno's inscription. I read it, and it says that Chimchar and Infernape both have succumbed to darkness. I consider Monferno dark because it's lying about Chimchar. I then read Infernape's inscription, and it says that Chimchar speaks in lies. It says that Monferno, too, is ripe with darkness. Since both are obviously lying about Infernape being in darkness, I consider both Chimchar and Monferno to be in darkness, and Infernape one with the light. Just then, Another Ruby warp panel opens, and I get taken to another room as I enter it.

 

I head into a room where I find the rest of the warp panels, and I find that the Amethyst warp panel is still open. I then enter the Amethyst Tower, where I find the same kind of structure as the Ruby Tower, but with the Cleffa family instead. I then head through the warp panel that El, Adrienn, and Gardevoir took, and find a Rare Candy! I guess El or Adrienn must have dropped it. I then head back to the Mid Sanctum of Citae Arc-d'Astre, and go through the door.

 

 

I head into the next room, and I find Adrienn, while Cain and Radomus catch up to me. Adrienn tells me that El and Gardevoir have continued up to the aerie, and says that xe's supposed to take the Ruby Ring from me so that I can't follow them. Xe then asks me if I will give it to xyr. I say no, and Cain tells Adrienn that the Ruby Ring belongs to Heather. Adrienn remembers Cain saying something like that about the Amethyst Pendant, too, and the way that he said it... it really didn't seem like he was lying. However, xe says that El insists that they belong to him. Xe says that El did seem to know about them- for instance, that they would open these doors. Xe says that xe has been wandering around down here just a little while before he showed up, and they wouldn't open at all. Adrienn asks what this place is, and says that xe fell down here when xe was inspecting the Grand Gates about an hour ago, but then there's this old ruin, and xe doesn't know what to make of it. Radomus says that he believes that that answer will become clear as we press forward. Adrienn says that it brings us back to the ring. Adrienn then says that one of us is definitely lying to xyr, but xe wonders who. Cain says that he doesn't know what's up with Gardevoir, but El kidnapped her from Radomus. He also says that Luna wants us to get her back. Adrienn remembers the girl Luna that El keeps mentioning, and wonders if there's a way to prove one way or another. Radomus asks Adrienn to allow him to explain. He then walks up to Adrienn, and hands xyr the ransom note El sent him. He asks xyr to read it, and says that we can attest to the fact that it is not a forgery. Adrienn reads the ransom note, and Radomus says that if he were really so bad of a Trainer as to warrant the hate that Gardevoir confesses, he wouldn't follow El here. Cain reminds Radomus that he didn't seem too happy to go at first, and Radomus says that yet, here he is. He then says that he is compelled to acquiesce to Luna's request. Adrienn is still confused, and still wonders if anything makes sense. Cain agrees, and says that we're going to get to the bottom of it. ...Or the top, since we seem to be going up, but... Then he says he doesn't care if he's on bottom or top because he's a switch... DANG IT, CAIN. Radomus then says that again, he's going to pretend he didn't catch that. Adrienn then decides to side with us, and says that we shall head through the Ruby door.

 

Just as we're about to head through the Ruby door, Cain asks Adrienn if xe's a boy or a girl, because he is confused. Adrienn answers with the fact that xe's neither gender, which confuses Cain.

 

 

"It's easy to think of everything in terms of this and that... Light or Dark, Right or Wrong, Girl or Boy... But it isn't always that black or white. In my case, I don't consider myself to be either."

 

 

Radomus is surprised, and says that Adrienn is a non-binary individual. Someone who identifies outside the traditional gender spectrum. Cain says that he's a little confused... and a little bit turned on... He asks Adrienn if he refers to xyr as He or She. Radomus then states that for non-binary individuals, a new set of pronouns has been gaining popularity. He says that as a gender-neutral pronoun set, instead of He, Him, or His, one says Xe, Xem, or Xyr. He then states that it is most polite to do so if requested or unsure. Adrienn says that he's right, and is impressed that he knows that. Adrienn says that if we want, xe can explain it later, but xe thinks we've got some more pressing concerns right now. Adrienn then asks me if I can get the door. I get the door, and head to the higher floor of Ruby Tower.

 

In the next room of the Ruby Tower, I find four statues with the Tyrogue family. I read Tyrogue's inscription, and it says that Hitmonchan is a liar, but Hitmonlee remains true to light. I consider Tyrogue to be light for now. I then read Hitmonchan's inscription, and it says that Hitmonlee serves the darkness, but Hitmontop always speaks truth. I consider Hitmonchan to be light for now. I read Hitmonlee's inscription, and it says that young Tyrogue has not drifted from the light, but Hitmontop has twisted into darkness. I consider Hitmonlee light for now. I then read Hitmontop's inscription, and it says that Hitmonlee is an accusatory liar, but Tyrogue still speaks truth. Now I know that both Hitmonchan and Hitmontop are on the dark, and I switch them to dark. Just then, the Ruby warp panel opens, and when I warp to the top part of the Ruby Tower, I find a star on the floor, and heal my Pokemon. I then step out the door, and prepare to face El...

 

 

I head down from the Ruby Tower, and find El and Gardevoir at a huge gate, and I find that we're standing in the Citae Arc-d'Astre Aerie. Cain, Radomus, and Adrienn catch up, and we surround El and Gardevoir. El says that he suspected that the door to the innermost sanctum will not open without all four keys... and he was right. He turns around, and finds that Adrienn has failed to detain us. Adrienn then states that there are some questions that need to be answered.

 

 

"Questions... Answers... Such meaningless words of humans..."

 

 

He then states that this is a holy place, and that it is not the place for trifles such as those. He then says that beyond this gate... lies that from whose dreams our world unfolds. He then tells us 'unworthy ones' that this is the birthplace of Arceus. For it is known that the God of Pokemon did create unto the Earth all other species... He then asks us, "Wherefrom did the divine itself undertake its existence? For it is known that Pokemon are often found on voyage from space beyond our reach. Here, upon our Earth, doth a meteor crash- bearing upon it our Lord." He says that here, in this sanctum, doth that very meteor lie. He then loathes on how vile it is that it should be buried so far beneath the filth known as Reborn City...

 

 

"My Lord, I beg your forgiveness for humanity's sin... Ignosco, Venia, Defaeco..."

 

 

He then turns to us, and asks us what if the door would open for us. He asks what if Arceus can be born anew. He asks us for what might we use its holy power. He then says that to cleanse this world... And begin from pure innocence, once again. Radomus then states that if anything can be said to be heretical, he believes that El just named it. El asks Radomus what a deceiver like him knows about declaiming heresy, and Radomus defends by asking if it's ironic to say that with Gardevoir standing by his side. Gardevoir then says that she's had more than enough of Radomus' constant lying, and asks him if he can just admit what he did to 'poor' Luna. El agrees with Gardevoir, and tells Radomus to return Luna to him, and he'll return his Gardevoir... If she even wants to go back. Radomus then says that if we're going to consider the wishes of those whose custody is questioned, let us not ignore Luna's adamant wish to remain with him. El then says that such a wish is born in falsehood, and that Radomus controls her mind to make her say such things. Radomus then says that it is such a foolish accusation. Gardevoir then says that she knows it's true, and says that she was there when he did it. She calls Radomus a monster, and says that she's always hated being his Pokemon. Radomus asks Gardevoir how long she's going to keep this up, and Cain asks Radomus if he even cares about Gardevoir's feelings. Adrienn seconds that question, and says that Radomus doesn't really seem to be affected by her words at all. Radomus then says why should he care for a Pokemon like that, and Gardevoir asks Adrienn to protect her from him because he says such cruel things. She also wants xyr to save Luna, too. Cain says that he doesn't want to believe it, but maybe Radomus really did brainwash Luna. El then says that Radomus is a callous and two-faced swine who has no moral compass. Radomus says that it is better to have no compass at all than have one that points south. BURN ON YOU, EL! Adrienn tells Radomus that one of the best measures of a person's worth is how they treat those in their power. BURN ON YOU, RADOMUS! Xe says that his Gardevoir truly seems to resent him, and xe cannot agree that it should be returned to him. Xe actually agrees that Radomus would do well to release the spell on Luna as well.

El tells Radomus that the game is over. He tells him to return Luna to her, and release her from his darkness. Radomus then says that he is sorry Adrienn feels that way, and Adrienn says that the way he says it, it's not an apology at all. Xe asks Radomus if he's really that cold hearted, and Radomus says that perhaps it is better judged by those who met Gardevoir with Luna. Cain asks Radomus if he's asking US on what side WE'RE taking. Radomus says that if he chooses to view it that way. Cain says that he doesn't know, because it seems that Radomus doesn't care at all about Gardevoir, and he certainly didn't react when she was taken... He made jokes, instead... He then says that on the other hand, Luna really seems to want to stay with him... But that could just be a trick. Cain then turns over to me, and asks me which person I want to side with. He asks me if we should side with El, or Radomus.

 

 

I believe... Radomus. We learned about what Adrienn had said, and from what Radomus told me when we had our private discussion, he is telling the truth. Lying becomes you, El, and that is why you will pay.

 

 

Cain supports me in my decision, and sides with Radomus as well. Radomus is relieved that he is not the only one to whom this charade seems transparent. Adrienn is confused, and asks Radomus what he is talking about when he says that it's a charade. Radomus asks Adrienn if xyr reason for remaining with El is the accusations of his Gardevoir. However, he says that xe never met her. Adrienn says that she's right there, and she's been talking all along. Radomus asks El if she is REALLY right there, and El is surprised that Radomus knew all along, shocking Adrienn and Cain. We all witness as Gardevoir turns pink, turning into a Ditto! Gardevoir was really Ditto in disguise! Since El is a member of the Elite Four, it is only fitting that he has a Ditto. Radomus reveals that unlike the riddles in this ruin's towers, light and truth do not always go hand-in-hand. He says that as our friend Adrienn said just moments ago...

 

 

"Things aren't that black or white. Sometimes, light can be even more blinding than darkness."

 

 

Radomus says that he, for one, thinks it would have been silly to be taken in by the dramatic confession of a false Pokemon. That's why he was uninterested. El states that Radomus is as obstinate as ever. He says that it is ironic that he would mention blindness, however. He tells us to look into his eyes, and we find out that his eyes are... white. Does that mean El is blind?! El then says that he is not blind anymore, but he once was. Yet no sooner did he undertake a prayer to the Lord Arceus did he bless him with his vision. El has followed his name ever since. However, now, he will deign to borrow his power once more... El asks us if we can feel it. He asks us if we can feel the holy energy that charges this place. He says that it emanates from the stone of Arceus... He then calls forth his Ditto to embrace the Lord's blessing, and to take its energy onto thyself.

 

 

"Opprimo Oppressi Oppressum!"

 

 

Ditto then transforms into Arceus, as we are blasted away... And the battle soon begins...

 

 

Aduro, Creo, Iudex... Mei Divinitus! We will silence the heretics! Let Judgment rain down upon thee! In thy qualms, a new light awakens, a beacon of truth- let it thus be revealed!

 

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El sends out Arceus, while I send out Cottonee. Why Cottonee? Well since I was probably going to be facing Arceus here, I decided to head back to the Nature Center and get Cottonee and Pineco. I pondered at how I was going to get back up there, but I guess somebody put a ladder where I fell. Anyways... I have Cottonee use Leech Seed, and Arceus knocks Cottonee down with Dark Pulse. I send out Pineco, and he weakens Arceus' Defense with Rock Smash, but at the same time absorbing Arceus' health. Arceus keeps using Dark Pulse while Pineco's just slowly taking its health away. Eventually, Arceus resorts to Judgment when he has half of his health, but that doesn't do anything either. Eventually, Arceus' health get's really low, and surprisingly, Arceus does not have Recover, and El does not have any Full Restores, making this battle MUCH easier than the battle with Solaris. Eventually, after Arceus fires off one last Judgment and one last Dark Pulse, it is defeated, with Pineco having full health. Much to El's dismay of losing, I get a lot of money, and I win the battle!

 

 

El says that if I defy him, I defy the Lord. We then move closer to El. Arceus then reverts back into Ditto, and goes in its Pokeball. El then states that as but a false idol, it cannot hope to mimic the true Lord's power... Radomus asks if that is all, and Cain asks that if Ditto was the Gardevoir standing in front of us, then where is the real Gardevoir? Radomus wonders as well, and says that it looks like it's his move now. He then calls for his Gardevoir, and he tells her to Teleport to him. Gardevoir then appears behind him with a dazzling entrance, and Adrienn is surprised to see the real Gardevoir. Gardevoir is obliged, and asks if we missed her. Radomus then says that he dearly missed her, but says that we're not done yet. He then tells Gardevoir to use Hypnosis on El, and she hypnotizes him to sleep with a One-Hit KO! Radomus then declares that this case is closed. He then disguises as a police officer, and says that we'll take this one down to the station, because he has some time to do. Cain then wonders that if Radomus could have Gardevoir Teleport at any time, why bother coming all the way down here? Radomus then reminds him that Luna simply asked him to, and Gardevoir says that she could have escaped at any time. She then acts for her Master to save her, and she asks if she makes a great damsel in distress. Adrienn remarks that this Gardevoir is certainly more lively, and Gardevoir replies that xe was all "I will protect you!", and calls xyr a cutie, She then says that she would never leave her Master, because he's perfect. Adrienn is relieved, and Radomus says that we shouldn't be so surprised, because in the first place he asked: "Why should I be so concerned when the opposing king places himself in check?" He says that El tried to strike at him by using Gardevoir, but it was his mistake in underestimating her. Gardevoir then tells us to hold our applause for her until we're back in the comfort of home. Radomus then says on that note, it's about time we picked ourselves up out of here. Everyone then leaves, and I'm stuck all the way down here.

 

I then head downstairs, and leave Citae Arc-d'Astrae, but when I do, a voice from the shadows laughs, and says that this is fun... The voice invites everybody to come back and play again sometime, and says that we should all keep playing together for a long, long time. The voice then laughs one more time, and it dies out...

 

 

Just... what was that? One day... I'll be back. One day... I'll find the answers I need.

 

 

I then climb my way back up to the Grand Gates, and I find the gear turning again. Could this mean that the Grand Gates are open? I find Cain, Radomus, Gardevoir and Adrienn, and Adrienn is so glad to back above ground again. Xe says that xe felt like xe was down there for ages. Xe then heads back to Reborn City, and Radomus asks us if we notice anything strange... Cain notices it too, and the Grand Gate opened! The Grand Gates ARE open again! Gardevoir is shocked that it's open again, and says that it's been sealed for years. She wonders why it would suddenly open now, and Cain says that he's going to go check it out. Radomus is surprised as well. They head to Reborn City, and I follow them.

 

When I head to Reborn City, I find that it's raining AND windy at the same time. Adrienn is surprised to see a giant crack in the Grand Stairway. Cain tells xyr that it kinda got a little roughed up by Team Meteor. Adrienn says that xe doesn't mean that, but wonders where something is. Xe ponders to xyrself for a little while, and Radomus asks if xe's alright. Adrienn then says that xe is confused, and wonders where we are. Cain tells xyr that we are in Reborn City, and asks xyr if xe has been here before. Adrienn then says that this isn't the city... Xe wonders where the center is, and where the cabins and the port are. Xe also wonders why the lake is brown. Cain then walks up to Adrienn, and says that xe must be new here. However, xe says xe's not, and says that xe's lived in Reborn City xyr whole life. Xe says that this isn't the Reborn City that xe knows... Xe says that this place is... disgusting... Nothing like the quiet city xe grew up in... Gardevoir then says that someone's gone a little Looney-tone. Radomus then says that he has a somewhat different theory. He asks Adrienn if the last time xe saw this city, if the lake was properly colored. Adrienn says that it was a brilliant blue, and that's why they named it Azurine. Radomus tells xyr to tell him what else xe remembers.

 

Adrienn says that there was lots of grass and trees all over, and this waterfall, the Celestinine Cascade, filled down into a river that ran through the city... At the corner of the lake, there's a beautiful little port, and xyr gym... Xe wonders if anything has happened to xyr gym, and xe says that xe's got to go there. Xe then runs to his gym, and Radomus says that it is best not to leave xyr alone right now. Cain recalls that the gym was at a port... He then gets shocked at the fact that Adrienn's a Gym Leader. Wait a minute! Adrienn's a Gym Leader! Gardevoir says that we finally figured it out, and says that she knew all along. Cain realizes that the gym is the Coral Ward Gym! Then then head to the Coral Ward, and I follow them, but not before I head to the Name-Rater's house and rename Gardevoir Amelia.

 

I then head to the Coral Ward, and find Adrienn, along with the others, in front of xyr gym, which is now destroyed. I talk to Cain, and he is still shocked. I talk to Gardevoir, and she is now accepting bets if Adrienn goes off the deep end. I talk to Radomus, who says that this is going to be difficult. I then finally talk to Adrienn, who is now devastated at the destruction of xyr gym. Xe asks if this is a joke, and unfortunately, it isn't. Xe then denies it, saying that it's too elaborate, so xe assumes that xe must be dreaming. Radomus tells xyr were this but a dream, it would be all the easier. Alas, it is not. Adrienn then starts to feel sick... Radomus then tells xyr to steel xyr nerves for a moment, and answer him one thing. By Adrienn's reaction, Radomus could assume that xe was not expecting to find this building in such a condition. He asks xyr if this is correct, and Adrienn says that when xe left this morning, it was in perfectly fine... And none of this was like this at all... This whole city-- Radomus confirms his theory, and tells Adrienn to allow him to tell xyr what he knows about this gym...

 

 

About a decade ago, when the city was repopulated, Ame, leading the restoration project, designated several buildings to remain untouched. In general, these were historical artifacts that had left from long ago, or other places of significance. This gym was one such building. After the city was restored from the blackouts and the earthquakes, it was not touched at all. As we can see, it fell in disrepair. Perhaps Ame believed that its original owner would soon come attend to it.

 

 

He asks Adrienn if the original owner is xyr, and Adrienn is still shocked about the blackouts and earthquakes. Radomus tells xyr that this is probably all unheard of to xyr, and Adrienn is really confused. Radomus further clarifies that a moment ago, Adrienn said "this morning" that the gym was normal to xyr. Earlier, xe said that xe arrived at the ruin about "an hour" before we did. Adrienn says that he's right, and he continues. He concludes that based on xyr description of this city and xyr testimony on what's happened, he believes that there is only one conclusion that can be reached...

 

 

...Adrienn has been frozen in time for more than a decade.

 

 

Adrienn is confused, and Radomus asks xyr that when xe fell down into the ruin, how did xe get there. Adrienn says that xe was checking something out in the Mechanical Hall behind the Grand Gates... Xe says that someone reported that they had seen some kind of light shining through the floor, so xe dismantled part of it, and crawled down there. However, when xe lost xyr footing, xe fell underground. Following a natural tunnel, xe eventually came to that place. Radomus then asks xyr that when xe means xe was in the Grand Gates, if that means that xe accessed them as normal from the Grand Stairway. Adrienn says yes, and asks why. Radomus then says that that confirms it. He says that the gates have been inoperational for years. More than a decade ago, they suddenly ceased function. Adrienn then says that xe doesn't remember anything like that, and Radomus says that xe wouldn't remember that because xe was inside the ruin that entire time.

 

 

In fact, perhaps Adrienn was the cause of their malfunction...

 

 

Cain wonders how that makes any sense, and Radomus states that he bases that only on logical deduction: The gates did not function while Adrienn was inside. As soon as xe left, they began working again. He says that although the method behind that works are unclear, it is the only explanation we have. Adrienn then says that it seemed like the light shining in the hall was coming from something underground- xe had thought, when xe found it, it was the ruin. Perhaps the ruin and the Gates became connected somehow... Xe then says that that still doesn't explain how the time thing worked... Radomus then says that if we are to believe what El told us about that being the site of Arceus's birth, there's no telling what kind of energy afflicts that place. He then says that it is possible the energy of the meteor concealed inside the ruin warped the flow of time. Adrienn then wonders if we should have all been stuck with him too, since we were down there. Radomus then states that it is an valid concern, but we had something xe did not. Cain realizes that the things we had were the keys... The Ruby Ring and the Amethyst Pendant! Radomus then says that perhaps their presence, and the energy they bear connected to the ruin, was enough to 'unlock' Adrienn from the spell of frozen time. Adrienn realizes that xe had been underground for more than ten years until we found xyr, and he had no idea... To xyr, it just seemed like an hour... Gardevoir applauds at xyr realization, calling xyr Rip Van Wrinkle in the process. Adrienn says that that's a bad feeling, and Cain asks xyr what xe is going to do now. Xe then says that xe is not going to just leave the place like this, and Gardevoir asks if xe's just gonna try and fix the gym all by xyrself. She says that xe has xyr work all cut out for xyr. However, Adrienn says that xe's not just going to fix the gym, but xe's going to fix the whole city. Radomus is surprised, and Adrienn says that that's what xe's going to do. Xe asks Radomus if there's anyone in charge xe can speak to, and Cain says that Ame is usually around the Grand Hall. Radomus then tells him that the Grand Hall is a new construction, and Adrienn won't know it. He then tells xyr that it is a large building, and that xe probably passed it on xyr way here, around what xe previously referred to as a river. Adrienn then gets it, and thanks us for not just the information, but for everything. For getting xyr out of there. Xe had no idea... Gardevoir wishes xyr good luck on fixing the whole city, and says that maybe xe'll want to stop time again to do that. Xe then says that it's not like it'll happen immediately, but maybe xe will. Xe then says xyr goodbye, and heads off to the Grand Hall.

 

After Adrienn leaves, Radomus then says that that turned out to be an ordeal. Gardevoir also says that it will make a niiiice juicy news story, too. I know something else that's nice and juicy~ Radomus then tells her that before she makes her story, he still needs her, as me and Cain still have gym battles to do, after all. Gardevoir then says that they'll be waiting back at the castle, and Radomus says that he'll be seeing us shortly. Cain then asks me if I want to head back to the castle with them, or if I have anything else to do. Since I have nothing else I need to do right now, I'll head up to the castle with them. We then head to the castle together...

 

 

 

There is still much to be answered... When Adrienn said that there was a girl climbing... Was that voice the girl's voice? Who is this mysterious person? How did time freeze down there? There is still much to be answered indeed... But for now... my battle.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

The team leveled up quite a bit. I gave Gardevoir a new name, which is now Amelia (You all probably know that name somewhere...) When I breed Gardevoir for a Shiny Gardevoir, I might use that one instead. Though I will probably start breeding Gardevoir when Mega Evolution stones are actually in the game, so it won't be for a while.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 57

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 53

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 57

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 57

Moves: Magical Leaf, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Arc

Level: 57

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 56

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Chapter XL: The Checkered Grandmaster Radomus!

 

 

I head to Castle Vanhanen with everyone else, and head inside. When I head inside, Luna is happy to see that Gardevoir is back. Gardevoir then walks up to her, and Luna tells her that she's missed her. She also tells her not to go off disappearing like that again, and Gardevoir tells her that a girl needs a little excitement in her life. She then tells Luna that she had her Gallade-in-shining-armor come all the way down to rescue her. Radomus, now in a Gallade disguise, walks up to Luna and says that there was hardly much rescuing involved, but indeed, the perceived crisis has been averted. Luna then says that Radomus is wonderful, and says that she is pleased to be in service to him. Radomus tells her that we should not get ahead of ourselves, and says that he is but a humble Gallade. Cain then asks Radomus why he changes to all of these silly different outfits. Radomus says that his words wound him, and says that there's nothing silly about his outfits. He then answers his question with why not. He then changes into his Mad Hatter outfit, and says that he simply chooses the right outfit for the job. Gardevoir then says that she is afraid that the peasantry knows nothing of her Master's divine taste of fashion. Luna says that she finds them most amusing, and Radomus then announces that there's another nonsequitor transition: He has somebody to introduce to us all. He then politely asks me to stand aside, and I do. He then tells his guest to enter, and he does. A gray-haired man who awfully looks like El appears, and he steps forward. Cain is confused, and Luna is horrified.

 

 

So it IS El... But why did Radomus bring him here?

 

 

Radomus then announces that he would like us to meet the estate's newest butler, Elias, who then says that he is pleased to serve. Elias then tells us to let him know if there is anything he may do to make our stay more comfortable. Luna is still shocked, and Radomus turns around and finds that Luna looks as if she had seen a ghost. Cain tells him that it's not a ghost she's seen, but it's her father... Luna then says that she is confused by his words, and says that her Master is her father, and none other. Radomus then says that it is a strange thing to accuse his new attendant of. He then asks Elias if Luna is his daughter, but he oddly says that she is not. Radomus then says that as Luna claims him to be her father, he believes that this issue can now be laid to rest. Luna then says that she doesn't like the feeling of Elias, and says that it's uncomfortable. She says that she wishes to leave, and she leaves. Gardevoir then follows her, wanting her to come back. Elias then asks if he has offended, and Radomus says that it is through no fault of his own, and tells him to pay it no mind. Radomus then says that on a different note, he understands that Elias has procured a certain rare object, and asks him politely if he can give it to him. Elias then obliges, and says that he believes that the Amethyst Pendant was the object that he was looking for. He then gives him the Amethyst Pendant. Radomus then says that that will be all, and dismisses him.

 

Cain realizes that that is Anna's Pendant, and says that El took it before. Radomus remembers that he did say that before, and then asks me how came by this object, and before I say anything, he says that he should know better than to ask such a question to a player character with no dialogue, OBVIOUSLY breaking the fourth wall. He then asks if my friend Cain can speak for me. Cain then gets confused, and Radomus then says that it was merely a joke. He then asks Cain where the Amethyst Pendant came from. Cain then says that it belongs to a friend of ours, and she'll be wanting it back. Radomus then agrees that it is such a precious thing to lose, and says that in understanding, it is with all his greatest sympathy that he will REFUSE to return it to me. He then tells me for just this once, he will implore me to acquiesce him on faith alone. He will keep the Amethyst Pendant, and I will not find my trust abused. Well, if we can trust him... Alright, I trust him. He then goes onto lighter matters, and says that we have a gym challenge to get under way. He then tells me that I will find the doors to the Challenge Hall open, and wishes me best luck. He then heads into the Challenge Hall, and Cain begins to doubt if siding with him was really the right thing to do. He says that Radomus acts so strange, and he just ran off with the Amethyst Pendant like that. he also says that the fact that the Butler had it... He then wonders if that was El... But it was El. Cain then says that he's not comfortable with this, and he says that he's normally comfortable with a lot of things that most people aren't comfortable with... I then heal my Pokemon, and head into the Challenge Hall.

 

 

What does Radomus want with the Amethyst Pendant? And why did he bring Elias here?

 

 

I head into the Challenge Hall, and find Radomus and Gardevoir on a balcony. Gardevoir then announces for the challenge.

 

 

"We are here live at the Vanhanen Castle with the challenger, that's me, endeavoring to earn his eighth official Reborn League badge! Will he fly, or will he fall!? We'll find out soon- But~! The gym battle alone is not the only trial that yet awaits our eager hero!"

 

 

Gardevoir then gives her Master the honors of explaining the rules as to why there's a huge chess board. As Radomus is about to explain, Gardevoir interrupts and reminds me that her Master is a world-renowned master of Chess. Radomus says that she gave HIM the honor, and Gardevoir apologizes, saying that the floor is his. Radomus then says that speaking of the floor, I will find that it is arranged as a chess board. He says that it would all be too unfair for him to ask me to face-off against him in such a game. He tells me to fear not, for he will not be so unscrupulous.

 

He then gives me a different task: Obeying the normal rules of each chess piece, I must arrange my pieces in such a way that he is placed in checkmate.

 

He also gives me new restrictions on each of us: He may not move his pieces. However, I cannot capture them. However, these pieces still are considered to attack their normal territory.

 

In other words, I have an infinite number of 'turns' to find a solution of checkmate, with his pieces locked into their present positions. He then tells me that when I think I have found a solution, I must access the door below him to check. He finally says that if I have any questions regarding the normal rules of pieces, his butler Elias will address any questions I have in the room on the left. He then wishes me luck, and I head to the room on the left to speak to Elias.

 

 

I then head into the Basic Hall, and find the chess pieces. Nidoking is the King, Nidoqueen is the Queen, Bisharp is the Bishop, Escavalier is the Knight, Golurk is the Rook, and Pawniard is the Pawn. I then talk to Elias, and I want him to tell me a bit about himself. He says that there's nothing much to say about a lowly butler. He then says that he serves his Lord with his whole being- for it is Master Radomus who hath given his life meaning. He beholds his eyes- they are greyed with defect. He tells me that for much of his life, he has been a blind man. But then did he undertake a plea to Lord Radomus. He tells me that in Radomus' greatness, he did move to restore to Elias his sight, and he has followed his name ever since. He then finishes by saying that that is all there is to say about someone like him.

 

 

He is lying. Lying becomes him, and that will be his undoing. I know he is involved with Team Meteor. That name is one and the same with the Elias that Sirius mentioned back when he reported to Lin in Tanzan Mountain. I know that it was Arceus that restored his vision, and not Radomus. He still follows the Lord Arceus. Either he is lying, or he is brainwashed by Radomus, though I doubt the second theory...

 

 

It seems that I am the White, Radomus is the Black. I head back to the Challenge Hall, and push the Golurk Rook and the Nidoking King all the way to the corner, but gave it space. I head to the door, and it looks like I put him in Checkmate. Radomus then states that is one more rule for this room. He says that in a normal Chess game, one need only to corner the King for the game to be over. Alas- this is not a normal Chess game. He then declares that his King- will fight back! The King then transforms into a trainer! Radomus then leaves me to battle the trainer, and says that he will be waiting for me at the end. I beat the trainer, and head into the next room.

 

I head into the next room, and find CAIN up there! He tells me that they let him up there for this one, and says that they figured he'd get bored waiting out there. He says that he's not great at Chess, but I can figure it out... Or so I thought. Apparently, the one possible solution for me is to do what a fellow Rebornian did, and put the Golurk Rook about a space or two away from the Nidoking King, Put the Bisharp Bishop southwest of the space below the Nidoking King, and place the Escavalier Knight inside the spot where all of the Black pieces are surrounding. One I place them there, I talk to Cain, and he says that it's Checkmate! He then says that that's his cue to leave. He wishes me good luck, and heads deeper inside the Challenge Hall. The Nidoking King turns into another Psychic, and I beat his Pokemon. He then tells me that my next opponent awaits. The door opens, and I head inside.

 

I then head into the next room, and find Luna up on the balcony. She then tells me that she will be my attendant for this match, and tells me to inform her if there is anyway in which she may be of service. I know what kind of service she can do~ Just kidding! She then says that it is with some remorse that she admits that she is barred from divulging to this puzzle, but she will offer what clues she may. For instance... Here, infinite potential will be my guiding force. She then tells me to begin, and so I begin. I move my Pawniard Pawns so that my Escavalier Knight can move to the top left corner that it can reach, and I promote one of my Pawniard Pawns to an Escavalier Knight. Then, I move it right next to the other Escavalier Knight. I then talk to Luna, who says that I've done it! I gotten to the point of Checkmate! She asks me if now understand what she was referring when she mentioned infinite potential.

 

 

"When one can look past what is presented to them, one finds a new world abounding with possibility. Indeed, it is our reliance on only what we can see that makes us truly blind."

 

 

She then says that this is just one of the many reasons that she prefers to live in the eternity of Darkness- it is a nirvana. She then says that nonetheless, she trusts that she will meet me in the darkness soon. For now, Master Radomus awaits. She bids me goodbye, and heads inside, deeper into the Grand Hall. The Nidoking King then transforms into another Psychic, and I beat his Pokemon. I then enter the next room.

When I enter the next room, I find Gardevoir on the balcony this time. How can a Pokemon play Chess? She is amazed that I have made it this far, and wonders if I can surmount the final trial. I push the Pawniard Pawn up to the end, and promote it into a Nidoqueen Queen, and I head one of the Escavalier Knights and move it to the top, and fit it inside the black space surrounded by black pieces. I then move my Bisharp Bishop and my Nidoqueen Queen so that they can check the Nidoking King northeast. I then move my other Escavalier Knight to block the queen. With that said, I go to Gardevoir, and she says that it's a Checkmate! She then says that she'll be seeing me again soon, buuuut... She then says her Master is the most intelligent, handsome, cunning, elegant, and charming man in the world. She then asks me if I really think I can beat him. If I can beat Solaris' Ruthless Garchomp, a level 100 Disobedient Abra, AND El's False Arceus, then I know I can beat Lord Radomus! She then tells me to stay tuned to find out. She then leaves into the next room, while the Nidoking King transforms into one last Psychic. I beat his Pokemon, and then head into the last room.

 

When I enter the final room, I find a huge battlefield. However, this is not the actual battlefield, so I head deeper into the arena, and find everyone surrounding a giant chess board with every piece on it. Radomus is amused that I have gotten this far, and Gossip Gardevoir makes her dazzling appearance, and pops out of her Pokeball. Radomus then states that he believes that there is no further cause for ado, and asks if I'm ready. I am ready. Cain cheers for me, telling me to beat Radomus' butt. Gardevoir then gets cocky, and says as if anyone can beat her Master. Gardevoir is then scolded by Radomus as he says that there's no need for such an attitude. Gardevoir then stops, and says that she'll follow whatever he says. Luna laughs a little bit, and tells me to pay no mind to Gardevoir's capriciousness, for she can hardly help it. She then wishes me good luck. Elias then steps forward, and explains the rules. Radomus then states that the tactics and art of Pokemon can be said to be not unlike those of the game of Chess. He says that though archaic mechanics and strategies are seldom considered by the average trainer, one must rise above such mediocrity in order to succeed. However, unlike Chess, there are certain aspects that can be betrayed... He then says that he believes it's high-time for Black to make the first move. Elias then announces to begin the battle, and the battle begins...

 

 

You may make the first move, Radomus, but in the end, it's Checkmate for you.

 

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Grandmaster Radomus sends out Alakazam, while I send out Persian. Persian strikes with Fake Out, flinching Alakazam. Then, Alakazam tries to launch a Focus Blast, but misses, while Persian nearly knocks out Alakazam with Bite. Radomus then gives Alakazam a Hyper Potion. Alakazam then strikes with Focus Blast, but actually knocks out Persian. I send out Corey, who actually knocks out Alakazam with a critical hit Sucker Punch. Radomus sends out Gallade, while I send out Charles. Charles then burns Gallade with Flamethrower, but then finishes off Gallade with a critical hit Wing Attack. Radomus then sends out Starmie, and I send Corey back out again. Corey then strikes with Sucker Punch, but all Starmie does is use Calm Mind. Corey then knocks out Starmie with a critical hit Sucker Punch. Radomus then sends out Gossip Gardevoir, while I send out Arc. Gossip Gardevoir then traces Arc's Speed Boost, which was a mistake on my part, but then Arc nearly knocks out Gossip Gardevoir with Crunch, but she strikes back with Hidden Power, and knocks him out. I then send out Corey again, and Corey strikes with Sucker Punch. Radomus then heals Gossip Gardevoir, and Corey strikes with Sucker Punch again. Eventually, he knocks Gossip Gardevoir down with a critical hit Sucker Punch. Radomus sends out Reuniclus, while I send out Hydra. Hydra builds up with Dragon Dance, while Reuniclus builds up with Calm Mind. Hydra then Bites Reuniclus, and Reuniclus flinches. Hydra then Bites Reuniclus again, and knocks it down. Radomus then sends out Metagross, and I keep Hydra out. Metagross builds up with Agility, while Hydra builds up with Dragon Dance some more. Metagross then hits Hydra with Meteor Mash, but it doesn't do anything, so Metagross attacks with Ice Punch. Hydra on the other hand, uses Aqua Tail, and that does some damage, so he finishes Metagross off with another Aqua Tail. The only item that his whole team had was Leftovers, and that still did not protect him. With all of Radomus's Pokemon defeated, I win the battle!

 

 

Checkmate, Radomus.

 

 

Radomus is pained that the end-game is ever-paining, but says that that is a battle worthy of its victory, as I am now worthy of the Millennium Badge. He gives me the Millennium Badge, and tells me that Pokemon up to level 65 will obey me without question. Gardevoir then declares that for the winner, there is one more special prize. She hands me TM04 Calm Mind. She explains what it does, and Radomus explains the move more clearly. He then says that Gardevoir does not have a liberty of making a distinction, and she whines for her Master. Radomus then asks her if there is a problem, and she huffs. Cain congratulates me, and Luna agrees. She says that that was a lovely performance, and tells Gardevoir that she did admirably. She also adds that I did admirably as well. She then says that she looks forward to engaging me herself. Gardevoir then asks Luna if she will be facing me here or in the Valley. Luna replies that she would much prefer the Valley if it may be so. She then tells me that she, too, is a Gym Leader of Reborn. She says that the stones and shadows of the rabbit-hole we call Iolia Valley make such an excellent background for a battle. After all, where better than the valley of the shadow of death to stage a challenge upon the most beautiful type- Darkness.

 

 

So Luna is the Dark-type Gym Leader... That is probably one of the many reasons why she prefers to live in the Darkness...

 

 

The most oddest thing is that Elias is missing. Just then, the lights turn off, and Cain asks if that was planned. Radomus assumes that it wasn't planned, and Luna says that it was certainly nothing she did... Radomus then assumes that something happened to their power. He then says that we shall quit this place for now. Radomus and Gardevoir leave, and Luna says something to herself...

 

 

"Ever-feared, and ever-misunderstood... For it was darkness, hence I came. In darkness, hence I leave."

 

 

Luna then leaves, and Cain says that it's just me and him now. Alone... in the darkness... He asks me if I feel the moment... CAIN... He then says that he's just kidding with me, and tells me to calm down. He then says that he'll see me on the flip side, and leaves. I then head to the door, but apparently, it's the end of Episode X, so now I sit back, and enjoy the trailer...

 

 

A new Episode... means a new Chapter. I will investigate more on Elias... And I will stop him.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

The team leveled up a little bit. It seems like I'm now forced to use the new abilities that get corrected. Well, some of them are beneficial. since it's Episode XI now, I'll have a whole new look to my character, and the game.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 57

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 53

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 57

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 57

Moves: Magical Leaf, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Arc

Level: 57

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 58

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Chapter XLI: The Lost Girl Conspiracy, And The Underworld Of 7th Street!

 

 

Where we had last left off on our adventure, the lights had oddly shut off, with Elias nowhere to be seen. Will Radomus fix the lights? Will we find Elias? The mystery continues...

 

 

After everyone leaves and after I enjoy the nice trailer of Episode 11, I head out of the Challenge Hall. When I head back to the main part of the castle, I find Elias, who tells me that I have done well. He politely asks me to follow him, and he tells me that he has already secured an escape route from our assailants. He tells me to follow him, and so I follow him swiftly.

 

 

I do not like the looks of this...

 

 

I follow him back to the entrance, and two Team Meteor grunts block the door! Elias then says that as they say, "Checkmate." It seems I am in Checkmate. The two grunts then move closer to me, and Elias asks if I'm not surprised. He then reveals that he is not-- nor was he ever-- any such servant to the estate. He then says to believe as much, one would have to be even blinder than he ever was. He says that the swine Radomus is no fool... He asks why then, knowing that he was indeed not fully hypnotized, should he allow him into his estate. Elias then says that Radomus believed that he had brain-washed the same way he did his daughter. And so, it has become all the easier to reclaim her. He then states that he'll suffer none to stand in his way, and that includes me. He says though it's hardly only his way that I've been in, and tells me that Solaris has told him all he needs to know about my impudent meddling with Team Meteor.

 

He then declares that he shall not permit me to interfere with Team Meteor's divine purpose: "Eradicate the unclean city-- restore the ruin below it to its greatness. That to all who would thwart that design, judgment shall--"

 

Just then, Cain arrives just in time with his Nidoking. His Nidoking bursts in, pushing the Meteor grunts out of the way. Cain shows up, and tells me that they caught Luna! Elias says that they should have captured him as well. However, Cain doesn't go down without a fight, or at least some sweet talk first. He then gets closer to Elias, who says that Cain's lecherous implications only condemn him further, and asks us if we believe that the two of us together can best him. Cain then asks Elias if he wants to find out, but Elias only tells him to not mistake his little experiment of drawing on our Lord Arceus' power as the limit of his own ability. Cain says that "his own ability" doesn't matter right now, and he knows what he's gotta do. Cain knows that my Pokemon are all messed up from that gym battle, which is why Elias waited to act until now. He then tells Elias that he'll fight him himself. Cain admits that I surpassed him a long time ago, so even if he does lose, it doesn't matter. He tells me to go on, and says that he'll hold Elias up while I get out of here. He says that rescuing Luna's up to me now. I then leave, and Elias calls Cain noble for his sacrifice. He asks Cain if he knows who he is, and Cain says that he's figured it out that Elias is one of the Elite Four. He then says that the only thing he resents is that he has to side with Team Meteor. Elias then tells him that Cain then understands that there will be no 'sweet talk', and that he will bow before the Lord.

 

 

El... Elias... You're just the same. I know that you work for Team Meteor, and you WILL be taken down.

 

 

When I head outside, I find a Light Shard (Yes, I called them stars before, but now I know what they are.), and heal my Pokemon. I then find that as I'm getting out of the Vanhanen Labyrinth, there's Team Meteor grunts all over the place. I beat a grunt, and then I head over to the left. However, I get cornered by a grunt, and now I can't escape. However, it turns out to be none other than Radomus! He asks if he was convincing, and says that it seems to have been enough to fool the rest of the grunts. I mean seriously, all they have is black clothes and black hoods, so it's not that hard to get away with a disguise. He then reminds me of what he said before- "Choose the right hat for the right job." He then says that one might wonder just how he had such an outfit as the one he's wearing in the first place... He remarks that it almost makes him look suspicious. He then tells me to follow him, and we go to a dead end.

 

 

Radomus tells me that he cannot stay long, but asks me to allow him to leave me with this: Firstly, they have captured Luna, as I have heard. Unfortunately, he had not the foresight to teach Luna to Teleport as well, though if he could... He then gets back on subject, and says that more importantly, Elias may portray himself as a holy man, but his true nature has been made clear. However, Team Meteor is not the only shady dealing Elias has... Radomus says that he has a hunch on where Luna will be taken, but for reasons of his own, he must make himself scarce. Therefore, he asks me to follow it in his stead. He suspects that she will be somewhere around 7th Street in Reborn City. He tells me that if I can't find that place, then I need to contact someone who's a bit more familiar with the city's back-alley dealings. He says that on another note, he'll beseech me to allow him to keep the Amethyst Pendant a bit longer. He tells me that what he knows of it... is that Luna holds its twin. He tells me that he heard a story once about these 'keys' being purchased from a traveling merchant... He ponders on who that could have been, and tells me something that we have said before:

 

 

"Not all is Black and White, or Dark and Light. 'Wrong' is sometimes 'Right'. In is often Out. And sometimes Up may be the only way Down."

 

 

In this case, all I need to do is read between the lines- or rather, walk between them. He then makes some stairs, bids adieu, and until we meet again. He takes his leave, and I follow the stairs back to the entrance. Thank you, Radomus! I decide to battle the rest of the Meteor grunts, just because, and beat one of them, because I actually can't get to the rest of them... I then decide to head back to Reborn City.

 

I then show up at the North Obsidia Ward, and find a funky dude at the Reborn Nightclub. He introduces himself as DJ Arclight, and says that he runs the Nightclub for the Ace Members. He then tells me that Aces are Reborn's elite class, and says that the best way to join them is beat the Reborn League. He then says that his break's over, and he was just enjoying the air while he could. He then tells me that he's gotta get back to the tracks, as he runs the club's music. He reintroduces himself, and says that Arc's fine for short. He tells me to remember the name, and heads back inside.

 

 

That is one groovy dude... But right now, I have to get back on track.

 

 

I then head to the Aqua Gang's Hideout, and speak with the Boss. Apparently, since DJ Arclight wants to be called Arc, The Boss changed his name to Archer. He then tells me that if I ever need something from the Aqua Gang, I just say the word. I ask him about 7th Street, and he says that I'm not going to find it if I'm up here. He tells me that 7th Street isn't just a normal street. He states that the street numbers don't quite add up. I've noticed. He says that in Peridot, there's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th... And then Opal Bridge takes up 5th and 6th. But in the Obsidia Ward, the next one is 8th. The secret... is that 7th Street is... It's basically Reborn City's Black Market. He tells me that most people don't even know about it. Fortunately, we're not 'most people'. He then says that they can definitely help me out. He tells me that I'll find our secret entrance in the apartment on 3rd and Dahlia. I thank him for the information, and head to 7th Street.

 

 

I go to the apartment on 3rd and Dahlia Street, and speak to the attendant. She says that the apartments are for tenants only, but fortunately, She has been informed that I am a new 'resident'. She then tells me that I can go right on ahead. I speak to Mannie, and he takes me down to 7th Street.

 

When I head to 7th Street, I battle a few trainers, and buy two Soul Candles from a guy down in 7th Street. I also find one of Elias' goons, but ignore him for now.

 

I find DeFacto, and he asks me how I like it down here. He personally manages to make a pretty penny, but it can be a veritable struggle to reason with some of these lesser merchants. He tells me that the economy down here- as with any underworld market- works on a separate axis of supply and demand. He tells me that one singular substance reigns supreme here: "Rare Candy". He asks if I have ever heard of it, and he says that it's perhaps best if someone like me never does. He says that for many of these fellows, however, they are already too addicted to the "level up". Incidentally, he ask me if I know how "Rare Candy" is made. He then tells me that by distilling the synthetic compounds of other items- specifically crystal Shards and Heart Scales- one is left with a highly reactive substance. Combined with the traditional medicinal Pokemon Rare Candy, a violent psychoactive is produced. But, as such, it is these ingredients which are in high demand down here- Shards and Heart Scales. Thus, it is extremely beneficial for those able to gather those resources to do so. He then says that that's where he comes in! He tells me that he has a brand new product that can help the crafty geologist maximize their efficiency. He says that Blast Powder is a unique reactive substance, and when placed on certain kinds of damaged rocks- the glowing rocks that I've seen- it will allow previously harvested spots to become lucrative. In short, it allows me to mine a stone twice. With that established... I then buy some Blast Powder. I then head deeper into the place, and end up finding the old hag Craudburry yelling at somebody. She notices me, and says that she should've known she'd see low-life scum like me lollygagging around down here. That's pretty surprising, considering SHE'S down here. She scolds me not to look at her, calling me a criminal swine. She says that I'm not worth her breath, and says that I'm driveling mucus with every step. She then leaves, and I find Archer.

 

Archer says that perhaps unfortunately, the street-savvy aren't the only ones with influence down here. He says that there's always people like Craudburry, who pretends to be such an upstanding citizen, but she just plays the streets down here with her wealth. He asks if I recall the Pokemon that we stole from her, and I do. He reveals that that was one she purchased ILLEGALLY down here. THAT'S why he had no regrets targeting her... Nonetheless, her attitude is insufferable, yet no one down here stands up to her. After all, they dare not risk her patronage. Archer then gets an idea... Perhaps we might better everyone's lives down here, why not teach old Craudburry a lesson? He says that if I'm interested, I'll have to meet him around her house. He then leaves, and I find a building that says Pokemon Psychology. I head inside, and find a doctor who says that he'll change the nature of my Pokemon in exchange for a Heart Scale. I give him a Heart Scale, and he changes Charles's nature from Jolly to Modest. I then head out, and buy an Ability Capsule.

 

I also find Razzy, who talks about if I'm gonna find a pretty lady. He then tells me that there was this guy who ran down to the dump or somewhere, and wants me to catch him. With nothing else to do here, I head upstairs and head back to the Lapis Ward.

 

I find Archer next to Craudburry's house, and he says that he's going to leave me to deal with her, because he's going to stand guard and make sure no one interferes. I then enter her house, and she is disgusted that I followed her back here. She asks if I intend to desecrate her house again, and crap on her life once more. She then threatens that she can pay the dogs down in 7th Street to kill my family if she wanted to, and threatens me not to cross her. Too bad I HAVE NO FAMILY... She then says that if I won't leave, she'll MAKE me leave. She surprisingly chuckles, and says that after the last incident with me and my pack of hounds, she decided to invest in a bit of self-defense... She states that she already bought the best Pokemon that 7th Street has to offer, and they'll make me regret the day I crawled into this world.

 

 

That's what you think, bitch.

 

 

Old Hag Craudburry sends out Victreebell, while I send out Persian. Persian uses Fake Out, and flinches Victreebell. After a few Bites and Cuts, Victreebell goes down. Craudburry sends out Druddigon, and I send out Arc. After Druddigon gets hit with Arc's Ice Fang, Craudburry decides to switch out Druddigon for Quilfish. Unfortunately, Quilfish knocks out Arc with Pin Missile after Arc Crunches it. I send out Persian again, and he knocks out Quilfish with Fake Out and Cut. Craudburry sends out Druddigon again, and I send out Corey. After Corey jabs Druddigon with Poison Jab, Druddigon hits Corey with Dragon Tail, making me switch out for Charles, who then knocks out Druddigon with Dragon Rage. After all of those strong Pokemon are defeated, I win the battle!

 

 

Craudburry then freaks out, and screams that her Pokemon are worthless. She says that she paid good money for them, and starts to blame the shady vendor, saying that she should have him arrested. Archer arrives just in time, and says that that's a bad plan. She screams at the sight of him, and tells us to get out of her house. Archer asks her why would he do that, and mockingly asks her if she will force him out with her fierce-some illegal Pokemon. He then states the fact that she cannot possibly have that vendor arrested, because she WILLFULLY participated in illegal trade HERSELF. He tells her that she'll ruin herself if she tries to do anything. Craudburry then silences herself, and Archer says that our terms are as such:

 

 

The terms: Firstly, Old Hag Craudburry will stop her fiendishly screeching. Secondly, she will never return to 7th Street.

 

 

He asks her if they are clear, and unwillingly obliges. Archer then says that is agreed, and he tells me to follow him out. I then follow him out, and he then goes on with the mission debriefing.

 

 

Mission Debriefing: Well done. I do believe that will be sufficient to see her excised from 7th Street. I won't keep you any longer, but one gift, from me to you. A member of the Aqua Gang should naturally find this useful.

 

 

He hands me TM18 Rain Dance, and says that he'll see me around.

 

I then head to the Name Rater in the Peridot Ward, and rename Arc to Archer, as Arc renamed his name to Archer. I also happen to find Teddiursa (After a long time), but it runs away! I then head back to 7th Street, and somehow find Maxwell down in the caves with a bunch of druggies. He says that he used to be the king of the jungle called Reborn City... Until I showed up and dethroned him. He says that the Magma Gang is no more, and that's my fault. He says that he's all alone in this dump, and that's my fault too. He then sighs that there's no glory in this, but... He then decides to reclaim his fame by battling me.

 

 

For glory, baby!

 

 

Magma Kingpin Maxwell sends out Vulpix, and I send out Persian. Persian uses Fake Out, and flinches Vulpix, then strikes Vulpix down with a critical hit Cut. He then sends out Charizard, while I send out Amelia, who ends up getting burned down by Charizard's Blast Burn. I then send out Archer, who uses Swagger to confuse Charizard while it's recharging. This is why I don't teach my Pokemon those kind of moves. Unfortunately, Archer goes down from a critical hit Air Slash after it Crunches Charizard. I then send out Persian, who knocks Charizard out with Fake Out and Cut. Maxwell sends out Heatmor, who tries to use Hone Claws, but fails when Persian Taunts it. Persian then Cuts Heatmor, but goes down from a few Thunder Punches from Heatmor. I send out Charles, but he goes down from paralysis and Thunder Punch. I send out Hydra, who knocks out Heatmor with Bite. Maxwell then sends out Houndoom, and Hydra builds up with Dragon Dance, and knocks Houndoom down with Aqua Tail. Maxwell sends out Pyroar, who also goes down from Aqua Tail. After a long, hard battle, I finally win the battle!

 

Maxwell then wants a redo, but wonders what it takes to beat me. He wonders if he needs cheat codes, and then he says that he's been lingering here in a desperate hope that if he beats me, he could rebuild his family, but it seems that won't happen. He then decides to move on with his life by taking up a factory job, and living a real life. He realizes that he's been wasting his time all along, and says that it's humiliating. He then gives me a parting gift from a 'dying' man. He gives me TM11 Sunny Day, and declares that he'll die here, and be reborn as a normal person. He thanks me, and realizes that glory was a prison. He leaves, and I head to the building where I heal my Pokemon.

 

After my errands down in 7th City, I step up in front of Elias' goon, and he tells me not to defy their true lord. He then asks who "truly" is the false prophet. I then talk to the guy who sold me a few Soul Candles, and he tells me that he beat the white robed guy good. He tells me to ask around, and so I ask Elias' goon. He says that it can't be him, because he's been here the whole time. He says that he has heretical souls to save, but they keep shouting about... Helix. He then tells me that I should ask around, and look around. He then tells me that he has business, and then shouts the Lord Arceus's Judgment shall fall on them all. I then ask Pierce if he has seen a man in a white robe, and he has. He tells me that he's seen him in a watering hole right here, and I enter the building.

 

I then head out of the building, and find a guy who appears to be Bennett in a white robe. He then leaves, and enters a cave where all of the druggies are at. I talk to him, and he knew I was following him. He says that of all people, he never would have expected to see me down here. He then states that this isn't the sort of place someone like him would choose to be either... He tells me that he was asked to get supplies for their ritual, so it couldn't be helped. He says that they would cross with him if someone followed him back, but he must return posthaste so that they can save Luna... I tell him that I'm trying to save Luna, too, and he gets shocked, as I am trying to save Luna as well. He says that there should be no problem, as we have the same goal. He says that he's sure they'll understand that. He tells me that the entrance to their chamber is actually hidden down here, but he'll go ahead and leave the way open for me. He says that it's just right outside, and I won't miss it. He then leaves to head for the chamber.

 

 

Bennett is being deceived... They're not trying to 'save' Luna at all. They're out to get her. But thank you for your generosity in leaving the way open for me.

 

 

I then head outside, and find a door that I haven't seen before. It takes me behind the Beryl Wall, and follow the left path. When I arrive, I find myself to be in a Sanctum of some sort. I then follow the path, and find Bennett. However, a bunch of cultists show up, and Elias himself appears from behind me. Elias is now wearing a black trench coat and shades. I guess this is the REAL Elias... Bennett apologizes, and he reveals that Elias actually asked him to LET me in here. And to think, I actually thought he was dumb enough... He figures that that's the case, and says that most people don't seem to think very highly of him. He supposes that it's typical of a person who prefers the company of bugs to that of people... He tells me politely to not mistake his standoffishness for any personal disdain. He then tells me that he is merely doing what is best for his future, and for Luna. Elias then tells Bennett that he has done well, and tells him to continue his diligence, and he will surely secure a position in the Elite Four for him. Bennett then thanks him, and Elias reveals that although he had intended only to ask his help in finding Luna, Bennett has proven a surprisingly useful assistant. That's because he is obsessed with Luna, and wants to be strong! Bennett then tells Elias that he naturally wants to help Luna as much as he does, and Elias says that they will begin her 'purification' ritual posthaste. He then instructs Bennett to see that I am confined safely in the dungeon, for they will deal with me later. Bennett walks up to me and grabs me, as Elias announces that they will eradicate any memory Luna has of that 'swine', Radomus. He then says that hopefully then, she will remember where her loyalty lies, and return to the light. The only light YOU have, is lies and greed! Bennett agrees with Elias, and ask me if I would follow him, not that I have much of a choice with their numbers. I could take those cultists down with my six Pokemon if I wanted to! The cultists then take me away, and lock me up in the dungeon...

 

 

When I arrive to the dungeon, the only prisoner that's next to me is some other person. I then read a book...

 

 

Rebirth of a New World

"When one door closes, another opens. And there shalt come a day, as foretold by the prophets of old, and on that day, it shall come to pass: Our world shall end. Light shall consumeth all within its cleansing fires." -- Arceus 23-3

"From the ashes, a new world shall begin. Nascor, Nasci, Natus, the Lord Arceus."

 

 

Just as I'm turning the pages, the other prisoner hears me turning the pages. He greets me, and introduces himself as Randall. He says that they kept him down here a few days, but he actually doesn't mind. At least they're feeding him... He says that he gets better food in here than he did on the streets. It's still not much, but he can't rightly say he's hating it. He says that they're kind enough to give us some educational reading, too. He says that it isn't different, even if it is all about religious things. He says that it keeps him from getting bored, and from going back to the candy... He says that that isn't here nor there, and figures that he'll just enjoy their hospitality for a few days while he detoxes, and then head right on out. He then checks to see if the guards are listening, and then tells me that he can actually just let himself out of here whenever he wants. He then sends out his Klefki, and it gladly unlocks the door for me! Thank you, Klefki! He then returns his Klefki into its Pokeball, and says that Klefki just happened to pick up something what is sorta 'Master Key' to this place. That is one, lucky Klefki. He tells me that he'll scoot right on out when he gets bored, but he imagines that I'm more interested in escape than him, so there I go. He then checks on a book, and tells me that if I'm planning on running out, there's a couple of things I should know...

 

Randall tells me that firstly, there's a Mukload of people patrolling up on the floor above us. He recommends that I don't try to fight them all by myself. He says that it's probably better just to sneak past them. But if I do get caught again... He can always let me out. Secondly, personal recommendation... If I see any books lying out and about, I might wanna check them out. He says that some of them are pretty funny. "Arceus will save us all!" Probably, probably not. He then tells me to go knock myself out.

 

 

I then make my escape. As long as I see that the cultists don't see me, I'm good. It takes me a few times before I can fully escape, because the cultists are fast when it comes to spotting me. I then head into a room, and find plenty of books.

 

 

Remnants of the New World

"When our Lord Arceus had at last finished crafting the world from stardust, what then should the divine do with the remains of immateria? These forgotten fragments of reality have been sealed away in the Sacred Land. Behind stone doors, four pillars of light bind the New World to a shadow of our own. Yet, the sleeping legend remains..."

"The Lord Arceus shall come again. The New World, too, shalt be Reborn." --Arceus 38-27

 

Arceus Call

"Our father, fallen from heaven, Honored by thy name, Your kingdom born, This world, forlorn, The New World shall become thy heaven." --Arceus 7-1

Charge of the Faithful

So be it the duty of all, human and Pokemon alike: "Bestow light upon thy brethren; give sight to the blind and life to the lost. Arceus shall grant thee favor in the New World." --Arceus 12-3

 

The Lord's Blessing

"From the darkness, From stardust, From the memories of eons passed and visions of eons yet to come, From these things did the Lord Arceus mold the heavens, the Earth, and all that walk upon it." --Arceus 2-4

 

In Worship of the Lord

Praise the Lord. Worship the Lord. Bequeath thy soul unto the Lord, that he may cleanse thee of thy impurity. "All shall be white before the eyes of Lord Arceus." --Arceus 16-5

 

Okay... Either Arceus is racist, or these guys are taking it to the extreme. Probably both.

 

After a few more attempts at escaping, I finally escape. I am then blocked off by the white gate that was behind Bennett, so I must defeat the cultists in battles and find switches to open it. I then find four different colored Arceus statues. I beat the cultists that are guarding the Amethyst Arceus statue, and I read the inscription.

 

 

"The New World, too, shalt be Reborn."

 

 

I then guess 38-27, and I get it right. Apparently, it's some kind of test. I get it right, and the far left part of the white gate glows purple. I then head over to the Emerald section, and beat the cultists guarding the Emerald Arceus statue. I then read the inscription.

 

 

"From the memories of eons passed and visions of eons yet to come..."

 

 

I guess that it's 2-4, and I get it right, which makes the far right part of the white gate glow green. I then head to the Ruby section, and beat the cultists guarding the Ruby Arceus statue. I read the inscription.

 

 

"Light shall consume all with its cleansing fires"

 

 

I guess it's 23-3, and I get it right. The close-right part of the white gate then glows red. Finally, I head over to the Sapphire section, and beat the cultists guarding the Sapphire Arceus statue. I then read the inscription.

 

 

"All shall be white before the eyes of the Lord"

 

 

I then guess 16-5, and the close-left part of the white gate then glows blue, and the gate opens! I head inside, and find a bunch of cultists surround Elias and Luna, who is chained to a giant stone slab with the pentagon on it. What is this, a kinky bondage situation?! That is SICK. Elias... You will PAY. The room is also lighted with candles. Elias then tells me that I am not only foolish, but impudent to disturb their practice. Luna is surprised to see me here, and Elias says that if I truly am so desperate to flee my cage, he will permit me to watch the ritual. He then says that I will ONLY watch. He calls Bennett, and he shows up with Cain tied up. Elias tells me that if I move so much as one muscle, and he will have his assistant, Bennett, put an end to my friend, Cain. Cain tells Elias that if he was going to have him tied up, then at least ask for his safe word... Bennett then gets grossed out, and politely tells him to stop talking like that. Cain tells Bennett that he's not taking orders from him, and that he's sooooo not his type. He then asks Bennett what his hair is even doing, and Bennett says that his time is better spent on studies than perms. Elias then silences Cain, and says that he will not permit him to desecrate this holy place with his indecorous babbling. He then says that they shall proceed with the ritual.

The pentagon on Luna's chained prison then glows the Reborn colors, and Elias then tells Luna that once and for all, they shall cleanse her mind that of the taint that is the 'swine' Radomus, and that she shall remember Elias as her true father. Luna then fights back, and says that he is NOT her father. She begs him to release her, but he continues. He tells her that Radomus' poison has warped her mind... He then begs for Luna, his daughter, to return to the light. Luna tells him to stop saying that, but he chants.

 

 

"Defaeco, Purgo... Silentium, Pupa. Let the Lord Arceus fill your soul, and your mind. Embrace the light. Be cleansed of the dark."

 

 

A mysterious voice then says that he's had enough of that, and tells his Gardevoir to do her thing. The lights dim, and Gossip Gardevoir makes her dazzling entrance by making all of the other cultists disappear, except one, who only walks up to Elias. It's none other than Radomus! She then warps over to Bennett, and Luna is overjoyed to see her Master. Radomus then says that Elias will stay his hand, and Gardevoir politely asks Bennett if he would mind stepping away from Pretty Boy Cain. Bennett is surprised to see Gardevoir, and believes that she betrayed him, after they all lived together with his mom. Cain then gets to work on releasing Luna, and asks me if I can help. I then go and help free Luna. Luna is grateful that we're here for her, and Elias tells the 'swine' Radomus to unhand him at once. Gardevoir then recalls that Bennett lived there too, but says that she was only there for Luna, and reminds Bennett that he was always shut up in his room. Radomus says that he's afraid he cannot unhand Elias. He says that because her father will not, he must protect Luna. Gardevoir gets honest with Bennett, and says that she never liked the way that he looked at Luna. Elias then says that if he must lose Luna... so be it. He also says that although he did not want to do this to Luna, he must take it back. He then walks up to Luna, and rips the Emerald Brooch from her neck! She tries to get it back, and says that that was a gift from her father. Elias defends himself by saying that he IS her father, and calls her an ignorant little girl.

 

 

Meanwhile, Bennett tells Gardevoir to shut up, and defends himself by saying that how he looks at Luna is nobody's business but his own... Cain announces that he has it loose, and we break off the chains. Luna is now free! I step away, and give her space, while Gardevoir snaps at Bennett, and asks him what if it makes Luna uncomfortable. She asks him if he can really get off thinking like that, and then assumes that perhaps he does! She asks if THAT is why he was always in his room with the door LOCKED. Luna backs away as she gets off of the stone slab, while Bennett defends himself saying it's not like that. Elias gets uncomfortable, and says that he should hope it's not like that, for Bennett's own sake. Radomus gets aware of the heated action, and tells Gardevoir that that's enough. He tells her that there's no need to torment the poor boy, and says that he's confused enough already. Or he must be, if he's sided with someone like Elias. Elias defends himself, and says that he does the Lord's work. Luna snaps, and says that he wonders why she denies him. Radomus says that it's strange, that someone so scientifically-minded like Bennett should be in a place like this. Bennett says that he just wants what's best for Luna, and Gardevoir SNAPS. She sarcastically tells him to chain her right up, and Radomus tells Bennett and Elias to consider what's truly best for Luna. He asks if blood is a stronger tie of family than those who care for her. Gardevoir says that no one could be closer to her than she. Luna asks Radomus what he means by 'blood', and says that he is her father, for she knows no other. Elias says that even in these sacred halls, our perversion abounds. Cain says that he's heard that one before, but asks if we are overstaying our welcome. Radomus says that he believes that we are, and bids goodbye to Elias. Gardevoir then teleports us out, and we escape.

 

 

Gardevoir says that THAT is how you storm a castle. Cain doesn't even think it's a castle, and Radomus says that Gardevoir is capable of calling anything whatever she wishes, and she will readily do so without a care. Luna says that she is grateful to everyone for coming to save her, and she formally apologizes for the inconvenience that she's caused. Gardevoir tells Luna that she or their Master would never abandon her. Luna thanks Gardevoir for the support, and Cain says that he needs to stop getting his butt captured, too, because he's never gonna be the very best like no one ever was, at this rate. THANK YOU, CAIN! Radomus says that while all that's well and good, perhaps we shouldn't chit-chat idly right on our enemy's doorstep. Luna agrees with her master, and says that she wishes to escape from here. Radomus says that it will not do to return to the castle at this point. At least, he will not be returning. He apologizes to Cain, and says that he has other business just now. He then thanks him for the lead from before, which leaves Cain confused. Radomus then tells his Gardevoir to use Teleport, and Gardevoir says her farewell, telling us to stay tuned for their next big entrance. They then leave, and Cain is still confused, left with no answer. Luna says that her Master does love his mysteries, and says that perhaps it's better if he doesn't say. She then says that hearts beat faster in the darkness. She asks me if I know why, and Cain replies if it's better with the lights off. Luna then gets flustered, and says that be that as it may, it wasn't quite her intention... She says that in a different vein, darkness is quick to fester in one's heart. She then asks me if I am afraid of the dark, and I am not. I am not afraid of the dark, because Darkness is love, Darkness is life. See what I did there? She is pleased with my answer, and gives me a Crystal Plug. I wonder what kind of Plug it may be? She says that with this, I will be able to enter Iolia Valley. She says that as for how to find it... There is a single tree within her Master's Labyrinth. She then says that I can figure out the rest, and leaves.

 

However, before she leaves, she reveals that the darkness in her Master's heart bores a hole that she cannot hope to fill alone. But she can pretend, right? She tells me that she will be waiting, and then leaves. Cain breaks the silence by saying that he has no idea what she meant by any of that, and says that he's gonna get going too. Since Radomus flew the coop, Cain's going to see if he can give those guards at Agate City a wake up call in a bit. He then leaves, and I am all alone.

 

I head back inside the Sanctum, and find only one cultist, who says that Elias said he cares not if I return; he has urgent business with another party. The cultist vows that they will follow him, and they will trust in Elias above them, as Elias trusts in Arceus above life.

 

"Cedo, Vergo, Libenter."

 

 

I then leave, and head for Iolia Valley.

 

 

 

Elias... You will pay. You will pay for capturing Luna, and stealing her Emerald Brooch.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

The team leveled up a little bit, with Persian leveling up a lot.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 58

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 58

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 59

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 58

Moves: Magical Leaf, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Arc

Level: 58

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 60

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Chapter XLII: The Beautiful Darkness Of Iolia Valley, Bennett's Confessions, And Luna, The Mistress Of Wonderland!

 

 

After saving Luna from Elias' UN-holy clutches, I accept Luna's invitation to go to Iolia Valley, and I head there immediately. I head to Vanhanen Castle, through the labyrinth, and find the lonely tree. I go behind it, and actually climb down a ladder, and enter a cavern! I follow the path, until I find a Red Crystal. As soon as I touch it, the Crystal Plug immediately reacts to it, and in a blinding flash, the wall in front of me turns red! I have Corey smash the red wall a few times, and a cave opens. I head inside, and I enter a dark cavern. However, I can still see everything. I go through the tunnel, and find the exit.

 

 

When I get outside, I find myself in the beautiful Iolia Valley. I head down the left path, go into a cave, and the Crystal Plug reacts to a few red crystals until I find another piece of the Crystal Plug at the end of the path outside the tunnel. The Crystal Plug can now activate Green Crystals. I head back to the beginning, and find a green crystal. The Crystal Plug reacts to it, and after a blinding flash occurs, small green crystals replace some shrubs, making my quest easier. Corey smashes the small green crystals in my way, and I continue my quest. I head down the path until I find a red crystal. The Crystal Plug reacts to it, and a wall turns red. Corey smashes it, and I head inside.

 

However, before I head inside the cave, Bennett comes out of the cave above mine. He notices me, and he reveals that he was following me to find Luna. However, he managed to lose my track. He reassures my suspicions by telling me that he came of his own accord-- not because Elias asked him to. He realizes that what happened with Luna was wrong. Serves you right, fiend! However, he tells me that he and Elias really do only want to save her from Radomus. Then why is Elias with Team Meteor? And WHY did you two chain Luna for a ritual?! He then says that he's decided to let that go, and tells me that he's going to find her and apologize to her. He also adds one more thing, but changes his mind, and tells me that this doesn't concern me anymore, so he would appreciate it if I let him and her alone. He then bids me goodbye, and leaves.

 

 

Bennett is really starting to bother me. I'll have to keep a close eye on him...

 

 

After he leaves, I head inside the cave. I head down the tunnel, and I head outside. When I head outside, I follow the path, and find another piece of the Crystal Plug. The Crystal Plug can now activate Blue Crystals. I find a blue crystal nearby, and somehow, the Crystal Plug reacts to it, even though it's on the other side of a ledge (Probably a glitch or something). Once the Crystal Plug reacts to it, a blinding flash occurs, and an icy blue bridge is formed over the water! I'm glad I don't need Surf for this! I head up the right path, and find a red crystal. The Crystal Plug reacts to it, and I head down the dark tunnel to get outside. When I go down the path, I find a green crystal at a dead-end. The Crystal Plug reacts to it, and shrubs are replaced with small green crystals. I head back to the main path, and head down the main path this time. I find another green crystal, and the Crystal Plug reacts to it. Corey breaks the small green crystals, and I continue onward.

 

I find a blue crystal at the end of the path, and the Crystal Plug reacts to it, making an icy bridge. I cross it, and find the first bridge of ice I that I made earlier. I cross it, and find a small green crystal that was made earlier. Corey smashes it, and I continue onward until I find a red crystal. The Crystal Plug reacts to it, and a small red wall is made. Corey smashes it, and a cave is opened.

 

I explore the tunnel, and find a purple crystal. However, I ignore it, and find an item. Just as I'm about to go and pick it up, Bennett shows up again. He gets disappointed that there is another dead-end, but shrugs it off, saying that he'll find her, because Luna's here somewhere. He tells me that what transpires next is between himself and her solely. He tells me to stay out of it, and asks me if I will leave.

 

 

I'm... going to stay. I have a Gym Battle to get to, and I'm going to win it!

 

 

Bennett supposes that he cannot blame me for not trusting him, but promises that his intentions are genuine. He gets cocky, and says that he's sure that he can be the one to make her happy, and that all he has to do is look for her. He then leaves with a threat...

 

 

"I implore you not interfere..."

 

 

With that threat made, Bennett leaves, and I continue my quest. I pick up the item I was going to get, and find that it's the last piece of the Crystal Plug, which means that the Crystal Plug can now activate Purple Crystals! I head to the purple crystal I recently skipped, and the Crystal Plug reacts to it. A blinding flash occurs, and the tunnel is switched around! I head outside, and follow the path until I find a blue crystal, which makes another icy bridge appear. I cross the icy bridge, and follow the path until I find a red crystal, which makes another red wall appear. Corey smashes down the entrance, and I head inside.

 

The only thing I find in the other room is a purple crystal, which changes the tunnel up ahead. Maybe it will lead me to Luna's chamber! Eventually, I make it back to the left side of the valley, and instead of finding Luna's Chamber, I find a Dusk Stone. At least that's one thing good. I then go the OTHER way around, and I eventually make it to a red crystal. The Crystal Plug reacts to it, and a HUGE red wall is formed! Corey smashes the wall down, and I head inside...

 

 

I head inside, and find Luna, which means that I finally made it to her chamber. She welcomes me, and says that she is glad I have reached her chamber safely. A moment later, Bennett calls out for Luna. He arrives, and announces that he finally found her. Luna is shocked to see him, and backs away as he comes closer to her. She says that only I was supposed to reach her here. He tells her that he tagged along because he wants to apologize. He then walks closer to her, making her back away even more. She tells him that there's no need to apologize, for she has nothing against him. She kindly asks him to leave us be, as we do have business, after all. Bennett continuously tries to apologize, and stutters that he just wants what's best for her. He also says that he was just really confused, and before he can say anything else, Luna tries to calm him down by saying that it's quite all right, and also saying that he needs not say any more. Bennett doesn't calm down, and does the worst thing possible... He declares his love to her. She backs away even more, and wonders what he's talking about. He explains that ever since she first moved in with him and Serra, he couldn't stop thinking about her. He declares that she is, without a doubt, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. I agree with you there, Bennett. Before he can stutter anymore words, she politely tells him to stop. He walks up to her even more, and begs her if she will be his.

 

 

...

 

 

After a moment of awkward silence, Luna apologizes, and says that she has to go now. She tells me that Bennett will not be able to follow her without the crystal keys I hold, and tells me to join her when I am sure we will be unaccompanied. She then bids farewell, and disappears into the darkness...

Bennett tries to stop her, and says that she still hasn't even given him a proper answer. He gets disappointed that she disappeared again. He turns around, walks towards me, and says that maybe she's just shy. He assumes that maybe she feels the same way and doesn't want to admit it. Yeah right, Bennett. If anything, she'd go for ME. I'm the one who saved her life, after all. He then realizes that he's pathetic, and asks me if that's what I'm thinking about him. Hell YEAH he is! He realizes that she's letting ME through, and wonders why. Maybe because I have a Gym Battle? He then creepily asks me if I could give the Key that Luna was talking about. He says that if I say no, then... he'll just have to take it from me. He lunges at me, and the battle begins.

 

 

Bennett, don't you realize that you are slowing me down? Your actions from before, and your actions from now, WILL condemn you. I promise you that.

 

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Bennett sends out Larvesta, while I send out Hydra. Hydra builds up with Dragon Dance, while Larvesta attacks Hydra with Bug Bite. After about four Dragon Dances, Hydra strikes Larvesta down with Aqua Tail, knocking it out. Bennett sends out Yanmega, who Protects itself from Hydra's Ice Fang. Unfortunately for Bennett, Yanmega falls from another Ice Fang. Bennett sends out Scyther, who falls from Ice Fang. Bennett sends out Dustox, but Dustox falls too, but not before pulling a clutch, and holding on. While Dustox uses Quiver Dance, Hydra bites Dustox again with Ice Fang, knocking it down. Bennett sends out Butterfree, who instantly goes down from Ice Fang. Bennett sends out Venomoth, who clutches on for its dear life, while using Quiver Dance. Unfortunately, it falls to Hydra's Ice Fang like the rest of them. With Bennett's Pokemon defeated, I win the battle!

 

 

Bennett realizes that in the end, he's just a fool. He calls himself stupid, because he was stupid enough to think that Luna would love him. He says that he was stupid to tell her... Stupid enough to think he could beat me. He says that he's stupid that his training hasn't paid off... yet... He makes up his mind, and declares that he's going. He states that Elias promised he would take him to the top, and Bennett will hold him to that. He declares that when he gets to the top... Luna will regret refusing him now. He tells me to watch him, for one day, I'll see... Everyone will see... He then leaves, but not before wishing me good luck in my battle with Luna. He also leaves with one final threat...

 

 

"I promise, next time you see me... Things will be different."

 

 

After Bennett leaves, I heal my Pokemon with the Light Shard nearby. I then head over to the end of the tunnel, where I find a purple crystal. The Crystal Plug reacts to it, and I get taken to a new room, which is Luna's chamber! I walk up to Luna, and speak to her. She is pleased that Bennett has left, and welcomes me again. She says that children and even some adults are often scared of the darkness. She wonders why that is, and wonders if it is because they think that awful and sinister things come here to dwell. She states that there are too many of those outside for that to be true. She then says that perhaps they are simply afraid of their own imaginations. She says that Darkness is that which draws out the greatest potential--but for some, infinity can be a terrifying abyss. She tells me to allow her to introduce me to an infinity. She says that scattered and fractured, it shall return piece by piece. She asks me if I am ready to meet the next eternity, and the battle begins.

 

 

Miss Luna, I AM ready to meet the next eternity. After all Darkness is love, is it not? If so, then I shall embrace it, just like I always have.

 

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Dark Dreamer Luna sends out a Bisharp named Carpenter, while I send out Charles. Charles immediately starts off the battle by burning Carpenter to the ground with Flamethrower. Luna sends out a Tyranitar named Bandersnatch, while I switch out Charles for Hydra. Hydra builds up on Dragon Dance, while Bandersnatch nearly knocks out Hydra with Stone Edge! Fortunately, Hydra knocks out Bandersnatch with Aqua Tail. Luna then sends out a Malamar named Humpty Dumpty, who goes down from a critical hit Aqua Tail from Hydra. Luna sends out a Honchkrow named Jubjub Bird, but oddly doesn't use Sucker Punch to knock out Hydra. Instead, Hydra knocks it down with Ice Fang. Luna sends out an Umbreon named Cheshire, who nearly gets knocked out by Aqua Tail, but holds on and nearly knocks out Hydra, who gets a clutch, and holds on with a Focus Band! Hydra smacks Cheshire down with another Aqua Tail, knocking it out. Luna finally sends out a Sableye named March Hare, who confuses Hydra, but STILL manages to strike March Hare down with Aqua Tail! With Luna's beautiful dark-types defeated, I win the battle!

 

Luna states that I have overcome the gateway into the soul of eternity, and though its beauty is tarnished, my soul shines with hope. She also says that I fought especially well, as she expected no less. She then presents to me the Eclipse Badge, and explains that Pokemon up to level 70 will trust me. She tells me to treat them well. She also gives me TM97 Dark Pulse, (Which she could barely even use an attack on me!). She tells me to use the darkness' embrace as I see fit. She then tells me that she will be remaining here for a time, for she feels that she, like all the monsters of which children fear, shall be safer in the dark. As for me, she reminds me that my friend Cain would move towards Agate City. She tells me that she knows not what dreams mesmerize the station guards, but perhaps it is time for me to discover that for myself. She then parts with hope that we will meet again, and bids me farewell. I activate the purple crystal, and leave Luna's chamber, but not before healing my Pokemon with the Light Shard nearby (Which is SUPPOSED to be gone!).

 

As I leave the cave, it says that I have reached the conclusion of Episode XI, which means that I need to go onward to Episode XII.

 

 

 

Cain, I'll get to Agate City as fast as I can! Just try not to fall asleep!

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

The team leveled up a LOT. Amelia learned a new move, and Arc was renamed to Archer in honor of Arc (Team Aqua's Arc)'s new name (Though I swear I named it Archer before...). Hydra was a HUGE help against Bennett and Luna, and leveled up two levels from those battles. I still can't believe Hydra managed to survive against Luna while it was confused and on its last! Anyway, should I do an Unfinished Business chapter next, or should I start off Episode XII immediately?

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 63

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 63

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 65

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 63

Moves: Shadow Ball, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Archer

Level: 58

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 63

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Chapter XLIII: Unfinished Business In Aventurine!

 

 

After defeating Luna for the Eclipse Badge, and after watching the trailer for Episode XII, I begin Episode XII, and decide to get some Pokemon I may have missed.

 

Since I'm nearby Tanzan Mountain, I head there, and go to the spot that Saphira came out from, and find a rock to smash. I smash the rock, and climb on the ledges. I then find an exit, and head across the ledge of the mountainside until I find another cave. I move the boulders, and somehow end up in Byxbysion again, as a sign says "W3LCOM3 B4CK." I move the boulders, and head into another room, where I find three tubes (Which look better) and a LOT of boulders. First, I move the boulders so I can reach the left tube. I set it to red, and move the boulders so that I can reach the southern tube. I set it to red, and move the boulders so that I can reach the right tube. I set it to red, and a cave opens up next to where I came in from. I head outside, and I can see a view. I head down the ladder, and find a ledge. I fall down from the ledge, and find a boulder. I move the boulder to another ledge, where it falls on a rock. I move the boulder so that I can reach the ladder. I climb the ladder, and climb another one so I can bring another boulder down. Eventually, I make it to another ladder, where I keep climbing until I make it to the huge ledge. I find an item, and find that it's the Yureyu Key! I then go to the right side of the ladder, and cross the wall to the other side, where I find a tube. I go behind the tube, and find a room with a gate, and another tube. However, this tube is broken, and when I interact with it, the tube blows up, and reveals a Solosis that was trapped in it! It comes down, and wants to go with me. I take it, and head to the Obsidia Ward.

 

When I get to the Obsidia Ward, I decide to go down the alley that I have never gotten to. I beat the punks that hide there, and find a Zigzagoon eating from trash. I battle it, catch it, and leave.

 

I head down to the Grand Hall, and I find a trainer who battles me with Hoenn Pokemon. After I beat him, he tells me that if I see a girl named May with a bandana, to say hi for him.

 

 

I decide to head to the Beryl Cemetery, and so I head there. I find that the place is changed, and filled with pumpkins. I find new graves too, such as Elizabeth Connal's grave, and Zina Vanhanen's grave. Didn't Anna and Noel say that their mother died? Isn't she Randomus' wife? And Isn't Elizabeth Sigmund's sister? Now three more theories are slowly being solved... I also find the grave of Officer Jacob S. Crowley, who was the officer who passed in recent service. I find a Meteor grunt nearby a grave, and it's none other than Simon. He asks me why I have come to a place like this, and assumes that I am not here to mourn. As for him... That's exactly it. He tells me that he's spent far too many hours here already, but now, again... He's lost. He shows me Tara's grave, and he tells me that he couldn't get her body out of the lake, but he figured that she at least deserved a memory. However, he reveals that he couldn't even find her last name, and doesn't even know if she had any family or friends... All of that rests at the bottom of the lake now... With her... He goes to another grave, and says that he swore that he would get revenge on Saphira... But what good is another death? He says that someone, somewhere, must feel the same about her as he did for Tara... and Lyssa... Who's Lyssa? He says that twice, twice now, he lost the girl he loved. He tells me that when his wife died, he could think of nothing else but getting her back... Then Commander Sirius came...

 

Sirius told Simon that when Team Meteor recreated the world anew, that he could have his wife back... He was all too happy to accept the job. But then, he was partnered with Tara- and she was always so energetic and sincere and... He fell in love with her instead. Tara lit the darkness that was his world. Now... he's left with darkness again. He asks me if I think that if the world reborn, if he would see them again. I say yes, and he says that I'm probably right. He then questions what would happen, and wonders how he can explain that to Lyssa. Even in redemption, all that awaits him is guilt. Guilt for losing his wife... Guilt from not dying in Tara's place... Guilt for having felt anything for Tara after he swore his life to Lyssa... He tells me that even if he saw them again, he couldn't bear to face them. He then declares that he's resigning from Team Meteor. He says that he's spent too long dwelling on the past already.... and he can't take it anymore. He says that there's no point in trying to recreate what's already lost. He takes off his Team Meteor uniform, and tells me that if I ever need to find him, he'll be at his home in the west Peridot Ward... Alone.

He then leaves, and I go to the grave he was standing at. The grave says Lyssa Copperman... His deceased wife... I take a look at the last two graves, and they say Monty Belrose and Caroline Belrose... The Belrose sisters' parents...

 

I go into the abandoned Gym, and find that it's a bit new. I find an arena where Corey and Heather's room used to be, and I find their room next to the tubes. I go in their room, and find a Silver Ring next to Corey's bed. This is probably Corey's ring, and he abandoned it here before he went to commit suicide. I leave Corey's gym, and go back to the Beryl Ward, and cross Beryl Bridge. I head inside the Abandoned Power Plant, go through the West Wing and unlock the locked door with the Yureyu Key. I enter the room, and there's a computer screen surrounded by items. However, I go to take an item, and it seems that I have to battle Level 60 Electrodes! After I catch one, and beat the rest, the lights turn off! I go up to the computer, and I turn it on. When I turn it on, I see a girl with purple hair, and Corey. The girl vanishes, and Corey is all alone. That girl must have been Elena, his wife! I then see a girl with blonde hair and Sigmund! The girl vanishes, leaving Sigmund all alone. That girl must have been Elizabeth, his sister! I try to watch more, but then a Rotom appears from the screen, and attacks me! I catch it, and head over through the East Wing, where I find another locked door, and unlock it. When I enter the room, I find another gate. I leave the Abandoned Powerplant, and head back to the Peridot Ward.

 

When I get to the Peridot Ward, I go into one of the apartments, and find Simon. He tells me that he has cut his ties with Meteor, but out of respect to one of his fellow comrades, he dares not betray any of their secrets. He apologizes for that, and says that we should pretend like he was never even involved with that in the first place. he vows to forget all of them... Except Tara... He tells me that he has nothing to remember her by... Not even her full name. He says that all of who she was is now left at the bottom of Tanzan Lake... I leave, vowing to find her remains, and head to Byxbysion Wasteland.

 

When I get to Byxbysion Wasteland, I go underneath a wall, where I push a boulder to the side. I enter the cave, and it takes me to this hidden dimension... Which is creepy. I find a lonely grave, which reads Kiki Mikael Argall. Once I read it, lightning appears, and the whole room darkens even more. Kiki's ghost rises from her grave, and says hello to me. The whole room gets silent, and she asks... why... She asks me why I let her die. I didn't let her die... I didn't! She knows that I defeated Solaris... But still, I 'let' him kill her. She asks me why I killed her. I didn't kill her... Solaris did!

 

 

"Death is cold... painful... lonely... You feel the wind across your face, the warmth of your own body, you feel all the light of life, and then- all of a sudden- Darkness. The world slips away... Even your mind, your memories... You feel your heart stop beating... You feel your blood freeze... You try to cry, but don't have the tears to do so. You try to scream, but you no longer have a voice. Why would you do that to me..."

 

 

She then asks me why again. She asks if she was so cruel to me. She wasn't cruel! She asks me if I loathed her. I never loathed her! She asks me if I cheered her disease onward. I never wanted her to die! She asks me if I was just waiting for her to rot to peck at her corpse. I am not a vulture! She then tells me that I shall suffer as she has suffered, and the battle begins...

 

 

Kiki... I did not kill you! Solaris did! It was beyond my control, and he was too quick. Please, Kiki, put your soul to rest!

 

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Spectral Kiki Sends out a level 65 Medicham, which is odd, since Medicham wouldn't level up right after Kiki battled me, because after she battled me, she died against Solaris' Garchomp. Anyways, I send out Charles, and have him burn Medicham with Flamethrower. Medicham nearly falls, but knocks out Charles with Thunder Punch and Ice Punch. I send out Persian, who finishes the job with Fake Out. With Medicham dead for good, I win the battle!

 

 

After I win, Kiki is disappointed. She says that it would have been so much fun, but I had not been deceived. She reveals herself to be a Gastly, and it says that it will be willing to follow me. I catch it, and find that it is a Shiny Gastly! I take one more look at the grave, but it says nothing now. I head back to Reborn City, buy some Pokeballs, and head back to Byxbysion Wasteland.

 

 

When I head back to the Wasteland, I heal at Aya's house, and head to Route 1, where I find a Tauros and lose on purpose. I then heal at Aya's house, and her mother freaks out that I'm riding a Tauros in her house. She tells me to leave, because she does not wish for me to break everything and a half with my hapless bull-crap. I try going to the back room, and she screams that I am CERTAINLY not going back there while riding Tauros. I leave, and head to the Grotto, where I find the hidden tunnel. I go through the hidden tunnel, and get some shards from rocks. I eventually find the spot where I found Mudkip, and climb up the ledges, leading me to a new cave. I climb another ledge, and find a sign that asks me if I just rode a bull up a ladder. Which I did. I find another sign, saying that that doesn't even make any sense. I find two more signs, telling me to leave. I find a broken tube, and when I touch it, it glitches up in an error, saying that bull-crap levels are overloaded. The system malfunctions, and shuts down.

 

 

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However, the emergency shutdown system fails, and it's unable to shut down. The shutdown program terminates, and the emergency shutdown system shuts down. After a barrage of question marks, the shutdown system is not found. The message system closes, but a moment later, it comes back, but speaks in strange code. However, it decides to engage tiring hero, and a Beldum comes out of the machine! I guess Beldum is the one behind the program failure! I catch it, but instead of being a regular Beldum, it is a SHINY Beldum!

 

Once I catch Beldum, I leave Byxbysion Wasteland, and head all the way to Agate City's gate.

 

 

 

Alright, Cain, let's stop this sleep wave.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

It took me FOREVER to get Beldum. Eventually, I had to resort to Hypnosis and Heal Pulse to keep it alive and not use any moves up. Finally though, FINALLY, I managed to catch it. I gave Amelia her moves back afterward.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 63

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 64

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 66

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 65

Moves: Shadow Ball, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Archer

Level: 63

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 64

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Gengar

Name: Gengar

Level: 27

Moves: Hypnosis, Confuse Ray, Dark Pulse, Mean Look

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Beldum

Name: Beldum

Level: 1

Moves: Take Down

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Chapter XLIV: The Sleeping Agate City, And The Wonderful Agate Circus!

 

 

When I make it to the Agate City gate, I see Cain inside, with a few sleeping guards. He tells me that they're still knocked out for whatever reason, and wonders if something happened. He tells me that if we go past the gate, there's no telling what could happen. Heck, it may even be a long time before we can come back. He asks me if I'm ready, and I reply that I am ready. He sends out Nidoking, and Nidoking smashes the door open. The door goes flying, and Cain returns Nidoking to its Pokeball. I follow Cain, and we enter Agate City.

 

 

When we get inside Agate City, Cain responds that it's quiet. Too quiet... When we cross the bridge, I could spot a strange person, which I think is a Team Meteor member. That means that THEY'RE probably responsible for what's happened to the city! We head deeper into the city, and Cain calls out to see if anyone is there. Once again, it is dead-silent, which means that it's probably not a good sign. Cain heads deeper into the city, and finds something. He then wonders what Aya is doing here. I follow him, and find Aya and Hardy sleeping! Cain tries to wake her up, but also laughs at her position, because it's a weird place to sleep. I walk up to them, and he says that he's not going to just leave her here, but he's getting a bit tired as well. He then says that he'll just take a nap until she wakes up. No, Cain, you can't do that! Don't you see? The city is quiet because everyone is under a sleep spell! The sky darkens, and an earthquake occurs. He turns, and wonders if I heard something. Another earthquake occurs, and the sky lightens. However, a roar can be heard this time.

 

Just then, an odd, rainbow-haired girl comes in swinging a gigantic mallet, screaming as she nearly pounds Aya's sleeping body with the mallet! However, she misses, and apologizes. She backs up, and Cain scolds her by asking her what she's doing. She replies by screaming what is he doing. She then walks up to Cain, and flirts with him, wanting to take him out this Saturday night. Cain responds by saying that usually people ask that before pounding him, not after. She puts her mallet away, which Cain wonders what she just did with it, as he asks her this question. He walks around her, while she asks him if he wants to find out, with a winky face. He asks her where it could have POSSIBLY gone, and all she says is that he's checking her out. Cain backs up, and begs me to tell him that he's not THIS bad. The girl then gets back on topic, and tells us that we gotta get out of here. Cain asks why, and asks her who she is. She introduces herself as Terra, and rawrrrrs. She states that acceptable alternate names include Terrawr, Terraria, Terrawrawrawrawrawrawr, M3G4T3RR4, super 1337 lion tamarr and Queen o' B00ty. She spins around to Cain, and tells him that she's got some sweet sweet words o' sugar for him, so she tells him to lend his ear realllll close-like. She then yells at him to get outta here. He backs up, and she tells us that anypony who sticks around is gonna fall right asleep. Terra spins around and heads over to Aya and Hardy, saying that they're exhibits A, and C. She says that there was a exhibit B, but she ate him. Which I don't believe to be true... Cain asks her if the reason everyone's asleep is because of the whole place. She tells him that he is correct, and says that he wins a brand new car... But then says that she ate the car, too.

 

She tells us to leave, but tells us not to worry, because she has our friends up one way first class ride to safety. She explains... by getting out her mallet. When Cain asks her what she's doing, all she responds is with "ur mom". She yells "BATTER UP!" and smacks her mallet to the ground, sending Aya up in the air, allowing Terra to smack her body away with her mallet, while she screams "HOME RAWR!" She walks behind Hardy's body, and does the same thing, while asking what a physics is. Terra tells us not to worry, for they are safe now. She says that we will sing Hakuna Mattattas and go join them. She asks if we're ready, and Cain says that he'll walk. He wants to know where she launched Aya, and all she says is that he won't be able to walk after she's done with him. He replies that she might be surprised, and tells us that we gotta get out of here before we fall asleep too, as he can already feel it. Terra then spins away, while we follow her.

 

 

We follow Terra, and she leads us to the famous Agate Circus, where no one is asleep. Cain asks her if she is a clown, and she yells at him, saying that she is a fierce and mighty lion tamer, while also adding that she tames someone named Ciel, if we know what she means... She tells us that our friends probably fell around here somewhere, and also tells us that she's gonna go hit the showers. She moonwalks away, while Cain asks me if I think Aya's okay. She DID get knocked over a mountain by a giant mallet, after all, even I would be worried... He says that we should split up, and look for her. He leaves, while I go look for Aya.

 

I battle some clowns while I'm here, and then I head over to where I find everyone surrounding the Ringmaster. The Ringmaster tries to calm everyone down, and says that they just need to assure everyone that everything is probably okay. She spots me, and asks me if I need any help. I tell her that I'm looking for Aya, and she is overjoyed. She tells everyone that everything is under control. She tells me that Aya just sailed over the ride and landed right in the middle of the circus... And then a moment later, everyone who looked up saw a boy straight across the circus. That must have been Hardy. Unfortunately, they don't know where he landed yet... She tells me that on a lighter note, Aya survived, though they're not sure how... Though they're still trying to find Hardy. I tell her that Terra was the one who launched them, and she realizes what happened. Now we HAVE to find Hardy or it'll look bad for the circus.

 

She apologizes for not properly introducing herself, and says that she's the Ringmaster of the Agate Circus. She tells me that at the Agate Circus, they bring us the Big Top top-tier entertainment, and that it's an experience that can't be bought, guaranteed to make my draw jop. She corrects herself, and says jaw drop. She apologizes, and reveals that she's still new to this. She tells me that her father was the original Ringmaster, but he's not around anymore... She tells me that they're having a rough time, as she says that Agate City had to be closed because everyone who passed through would fall asleep and not wake up... As such, they can't get any business from Agate or Reborn City. She says that it's tough to keep going, and now Terra's causing problems again. Terra's caused problems before? She says that it's tough, but we will definitely all get through this. She tells me that she had a guy named Samson carry Aya into the back room so she could be treated. She says that she has to finish up here, so I have to ask Samson to take me to her.

 

I head to the test-your-strength game, and I find a man with spiky brown hair. He advertises for it, and demonstrates. He hits it so hard, that the bell breaks off! His power level is... OVER 9000!!! The operator then says that it's time for a new bell. He walks over to it, and puts a new bell on it. The strongman introduces himself as Samson, Circus Strongman. He admits that his Pokemon do most of the work for the main shows, but as I can see, he isn't a lightweight. He asks me if I need anything, and I tell him about Aya's situation. He tells me that he carried her into the back room just a minute ago, and says that it's in the Big Top. He says he'll take me back there, and tells me to meet him at the front.

 

I head to the front, and there's a crowd. He tells everyone to move by yelling at them, and they move. He tells me to enter, and I do. When I head inside, I find a blue-haired lady who just got done with her show. Samson comes in, and she notices him. She asks him if I'M the boy they were trying to find, but before he can introduce me, he realizes that he forgot to ask for my name. The girl introduces herself as Ciel, the spotlit starlet of the Agate Circus specialty show. She tells me that aerial ballet is her forte. So THIS is Ciel that Terra was talking about... Samson tells her that I'm here for Aya. Ciel is delighted at the news, and was worried that no one would claim her. They lead me to the back room, and I follow them.

When I make it into the back room, I find Aya resting on a couch, surrounded by Ciel and Samson. I also find some computers. I wonder who uses them? Aya doesn't respond, and Samson asks me if she's my friend. The Ringmaster arrives shortly after, and brings Cain, saying that they have another visitor. Cain is happy to see Aya, and the Ringmaster asks us if something's up with Terra. She says that Terra just ran up, punched the showers, and ran off. I guess she was literal when she said she was going to hit the showers... Cain tries to wake Aya up, and asks her if she can hear him. She wakes up groggily, and says that she feels like crap. She's surprised to see Cain, and he is relieved she is alive and awake. She says that it's been a while, and Cain apologizes. He asks her how their mom is doing, and she tells him not to ask. She asks where Hardy is, and Ciel realizes that Hardy was the boy who soared not-quite-so-elegantly over the circus. Aya says that Hardy was supposed to show her his gym, which was why they went up to Agate. However, she can't remember what happened when they got there... Samson tells her that something in the city conked both her and Hardy out, and the city's been closed since. Cain tells her that we found her sleeping in the middle of the street, and he almost fell asleep, but then... Terra happened. Ciel apologizes for Terra's behavior, and the Ringmaster says that while Terra may be rambunctious, they do have to keep her around. She then says that it wouldn't due for the Agate Circus to lose one of its famous Gym Leaders.. Wait... Terra's a GYM LEADER?! Ciel reveals that with Samson joining her and Terra, they are newly called the Agate Ace Triumvirate. So those three are Gym Leaders? That means I can get THREE badges from this place! The Ringmaster states that the Gym Battles make fantastic shows. Ciel reveals that she is the Flying-type Leader, while the Ringmaster reveals that Terra is the Ground-type Leader, and also reveals that Samson has recently joined them as the Fighting-type Leader. Samson says that it was kind of the last leader to resign all of a sudden... Kiki DIED, you idiot! Cain says that it wasn't like that at all, and says that this is awkward... because Kiki is dead. Aya asks if Hardy isn't here, and the Ringmaster tells her that Terra knocked him further. She tells her that he probably fell somewhere in Route 2. Aya then says that we should go find him, and Cain gets suspicious. He asks her if she likes Hardy, but she denies it instantly. Cain says that he's just worried, that's all. Samson tells Aya that she has to sit down, and says that he's surprised he can even walk after what Terra put her through. Ciel even agrees, and it won't due at all to send her in her condition. Cain asks me to go look for Hardy, and says that he and Aya have some catching up to do. The Ringmaster tells me that if I'm going to Route 2, I'm going to need a Powder Vial. She says that they usually have quite a few people passing through, so they sell them at the front. Aya then says that it's settled. Not that she misses him or anything, but she tells me to hurry and find Hardy.

 

After the whole conversation, I talk to the Ringmaster, who saw me perk up at the mention of the gym leaders earlier, which must mean that I'm a challenger. Which I am. She then tells me about their special challenge rules. She tells me that everyone and their Pikachu would just be challenging the leaders all the time if they could, but then they'd never get to use the Big Top space for anything else. So, in order to face one of the Agate Ace Triumviarte, I need a special Battle Pass. They send some passes out as a promotion, and I also have a chance to win them from circus games and other events. She tells me to stick around and get to playing. Samson makes a snide remark about her ad campaign, and she tells him to shush.

 

After talking to the Ringmaster, I talk to Samson, and he's still wondering what happened to the last Fighting Leader. He was only told that she retired, but my friend, Cain, seems to know something that he doesn't. Cain then tells him that she passed on, and Samson realizes that he sounded like a complete jerk, and even says that he looks like one for what he said, to which Ciel replies that it's nothing unusual about that. Samson defends himself by saying that he usually tries to hold off on making that known. Cain then says that I must have been pretty frustrated to beat the last leader and not get a badge. You THINK?! Samson takes a note of this, and tells me that when I get around to challenging him, he'll have to amp up the competition, because he says that he can't make it too easy. Thanks, Cain! Ciel tells Samson that he always makes it easy, and Samson says that there will be no comments from the Flying-Type peanut gallery. Ciel laughs, and says that somebody is bothered. Probably because YOU, Ciel, use Flying types against him. Poor Samson.

 

After talking to Samson, I talk to Ciel, who hopes that Agate City is restored shortly. She is saddened to see the audience only half-full after a show. Unfortunately, no one can quite figure out why everyone in Agate falls asleep. However, she tells me that someone is on the case, but I won't believe who, either... Samson reveals that it turns out that Terra the Terrible isn't bad with computers. Ciel confirms this, and says that Terra tells them she's able to detect a radio signal broadcasting over Agate City. Ciel also says that in just a short while longer, Terra can figure out its source. Samson says that once she does, we go in there, give it some good old-fashioned knuckle bashing, and call it a day. Ciel then says that is technically the idea.

 

 

After talking to Ciel, I talk to Cain, who apologizes to Aya about pushing the gym leader position onto her. She tells him that if he was really sorry, he wouldn't have done it. Cain starts singing, and she tells him to stop, while asking him if those songs of his were enough to shove her and their mom out of his mind entirely. He replies that it's not, and that he's made a choice for his own well-being, so there's no point in feeling guilty for it. He tells her that her didn't mean to saddle her with so much responsibility, but he couldn't deal with their mom anymore. She asks him if he thinks that their mom got any more tolerable after that, and says that she practically denies Cain exists now. She also says that their mom hasn't stopped yelling, but the only difference is that it's not about Cain anymore. After a moment of awkwardness, Aya says that at least one of them can be happy. She tells him that if she didn't have to take his position, she might not have met Hardy. Cain tells her that she can be happy too, and she says that it's not like that, which he denies.

 

After talking to Cain, I talk to Aya, and Cain's asking her about Hardy. She knows what he's going to say, and she tells him that he may as well just not say it. Cain is persistent, and tells her to tell him about Hardy. After all, he needs to know who to beat up if Hardy hurts her, and he says that's what brothers are for. She tells him that brothers aren't supposed to run away from home, which leaves him a sting. She tells him that Hardy is the Agate City Rock Leader, and that he came to help her settle into her new job-- the one that Cain dumped on her. Cain apologizes again, and tells her to put her claws away. Aya tells him that they were working on figuring out what kind of puzzle her gym should have, because it seems that every gym has to have a puzzle. She asks him if that's strange, but then continues onward. She tells him that Hardy said he'd take her up and show her his gym's puzzle as an example. However... This happened. Cain tells her that she still hasn't told him anything about him, and asks if Hardy's cute. Even Aya doesn't know what he means by that question, as she quickly asks him what that means. Cain confirms her thoughts by saying that he is cute. Aya tries to defend herself by saying she didn't say that, but he says that she didn't deny it. Aya says that doesn't mean it's true, but he asks her if it's true. She tries to explain, but she admits with a 'maybe'. Cain tells her to use protection, which leaves her shocked. I then leave the tent.

 

I head outside of the tent, and find a guy who sells the Powder Vial. When I buy it, he explains that the Powder Vial collects and stores various spores from large plants in Route 2. It can hold one unit each of two types of powder: Sleep Powder and Rage Powder. Route 2 is a rocky road, so I'll probably need those powders to help me cross. He tells me that the Pokemon will be happy to help... With some peaceful coercion. However, there is one fatal flaw: When carrying contained powder, I have to not shake it too much or it will spoil. So, I have to try to avoid stepping anywhere with unstable footing. With the Powder Vial in hand, I set out for Route 2 to look for Hardy.

 

 

 

Don't worry, Hardy, we'll find you. I just hope you're still alive.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

No new changes. I didn't even battle anyone yet.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 64

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 64

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 66

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 65

Moves: Shadow Ball, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Archer

Level: 63

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 64

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Gengar

Name: Gengar

Level: 27

Moves: Hypnosis, Confuse Ray, Dark Pulse, Mean Look

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Beldum

Name: Beldum

Level: 1

Moves: Take Down

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Chapter XLV: The Search For Hardy, The Huge Fiore Mansion, Breaking News In Calcenon City, And The Sapphire Bracelet's Origins!

 

 

When I get to Route 2, I find what appears to be a dead end. However, I stumble upon some rocks, and I seem to hop over them! I head down the lower path, and head left until I jump onto a cliff. I then hop over more rocks and find a huge valley of rocks. I eventually find a rock with steps on it, so I climb it, and hop over other rocks. As I hop over rocks, I find two mountains that look like they have caves, but they're not. I'll get back to those later. Eventually, I land on higher ground, and find another rock with steps. I climb it, and eventually find myself at a dead end. I go back to the huge land of rocks, and go right this time. I land on higher ground with grass, and find some trees. I find a red tree, which gives me Rage Powder for my Powder Vial, and I find a green tree, which gives me Sleep Powder for my Powder Vial. I also battle a hiker, who tells me that there are three mountains nearby: Ametrine, Celestinine, and Citrine. I beat him, and continue onward. I battle some clowns, and I head further. Apparently the clowns actually guide me. One even has a level 75 Goomy, which is a pain to beat. I then continue onward. and find some holes. I suddenly realize what the mountains are used for, so I go back to them, and find some Crustle. When I have the Sleep Powder, I knock them asleep, and push them into the holes. There are three Crustle nests at the top half of Route 2, and I push all of them in their holes. Two of them even build a path to Ametrine Mountain to Calcenon City! Once I head inside though, it's filled with water, so I'll have to wait until I get Surf.

I head down to the bottom half of Route 2, and find a bigger land of rocks, and find a Crustle nest all the way to the east side, and a hole all the way on the left. I just push Crustle up and down as I go left. Once I push Crustle in the hole, I'm good to go! There are three more holes at the bottom, plus a cave. I push the Crustle into the two holes from right to left first, and then I push a Crustle into the third one. Once I cross the Crustle, I find myself in Celestinine Cascade. Once I make it to Celstinine Cascade, I climb up the mountainside, and eventually find a large mansion. I read the sign, and it says that it's Amy's and Tania's house. I then enter the mansion.

 

 

When I enter Fiore Mansion, the place is a mess. I see Amaria on the couch, and she's surprised to see me because it's been so long. She's glad I'm here, because I can finally meet Titania. She calls for Titania, and Titania arrives. It's the same red-haired woman I met at Aventurine Woods! Amaria introduces me to her, and her to me. We've met... Titania comes closer, and takes a blue bra off of one of the couches. Well SOMEONE'S been having fun while they're injured... She apologizes for the mess, as they weren't expecting company. Amaria asks me what brings me up here, and I tell her that I'm looking for Hardy. Fortunately, she knows who Hardy is, and tells me that he's upstairs. She tells me that Titania found him on her way back when she asked her to go get her some cotton candy. When she carried him back, Amaria was like, 'Wow, that's some big cotton candy!' Titania tells me that he was sleeping face down in the dirt. She says that he was always a heavy sleeper, but this is a new low. Amaria tells me that if I want to see Hardy, he's upstairs. She starts to get up, but Titania tells her to take it stay, and that she'll take me upstairs. She tells her to rest, and she complies. Amaria reveals that she cracked a couple ribs after the incident with Solaris... But Titania takes good care of her. Titania shows me the way, and Amaria tells me that Titania may be a little distant, but she's really a sweetheart. I then head upstairs.

 

I head upstairs, and find Hardy sleeping on the couch. Titania comes upstairs, and tells me to move. I move, and she gets close to him, only to slap him with Wake-Up Slap! Hardy wakes up, and groggily says that he's still tired. Titania is not amused, and she slaps him repeatedly! He finally gets up, and realizes that his sister woke him up. I figured they were siblings... He realizes that I'm there too, and Titania tells him that she found him sleeping on the ground. Hardy realizes where he is, and wonders where Aya is. I tell him that she's at the circus, and Titania wonders who Aya is. Hardy tells her that Aya's the new Poison Leader, and that he was taking her up to show her his gym, and he doesn't know what happened. Titania tells him that he sure knows how to treat a lady, and Hardy tells her to shove off, because it wasn't like that. I see what you did there, Tania... He wonders if Aya is okay, and says that he should find her. He gets up, and says that his whole body's sore for whatever reason, which is no surprise, based on how he slept. Hardy says that it's beats sleeping here, because he doesn't feel like bumming off of his sister longer than he has to. Titania agrees, and says that he can go, which he does just that. She then asks me if I'm going to follow him. I then follow him downstairs.

 

 

When I get downstairs, I hear a breaking news report from Gossip Gardevoir. I head closer, and Titania comes downstairs to hear too. Gossip Gardevoir states that she's in Calcenon City with Dragon Leader Saphira where a sudden showdown has just taken form! She states that the cities of Calcenon and Labradorra sit right next to each other... but in a sudden uprising, Team Meteor has completely seized control of Labradorra City! Most citizens were safely evacuated, but some are still being held as hostages! However, a resistance is taking shape in Calcenon City on the part of some of Reborn's strongest trainer! Gardevoir asks Saphira what her thoughts on this scenario are, and Saphira says that she's not interested in negotiating with them. She says that they'll find a way around the barrier, and take back the hostages. Gardevoir realizes that there's a barrier, and reveals that Team Meteor is employing a special technology... Which means that they're most likely using a PULSE machine... Gardevoir reveals that Team Meteor has hooked a Mr. Mime up to a PULSE machine, creating a massive forcefield around Labradorra! Saphira reveals that it isn't their only one... She reveals that they're preparing a second PULSE within the city, and they have two more in the surrounding area. Gardevoir states that with these mysterious machines amping up their Pokemon's powers, there's no telling what they'll do next. She wonders if anything can break the forcefield around Labradorra, and what will happen to the resistance in Calcenon? She tells us to stay tuned to find out.

 

 

Labradorra's been invaded? It seems like Team Meteor's made their next move... I'll be at the resistance in Calcenon soon...

 

 

Amaria realizes that it's just like with that Muk... Hardy says that we should go up there and help the resistance. Titania harshly warns him against it, and he says that we can't just let Team Meteor do whatever they want. She tells him to not get involved, and that it's better if he doesn't. He then decides to go find Aya, and leaves. Amaria asks Titania if it's really okay to let that happen, and Titania walks down the stairs and tells her that the less she's involved, the better. Amaria tells her that she told her that Team Meteor's after the Sapphire Bracelet she gave her... She declares that she's never going to let them have it, but wonders why they want it. Titania says that she doesn't know, and Amaria asks her where she got it. Titania then tells the story of how she got the Sapphire Bracelet...

 

 

"A long time ago, I was wandering around in the Chrysolia Region and found a hidden lake. Across the lake, the ground was covered in ash. Some building had burned down. It was partly buried in the ash, but completely unharmed by the flames. It seemed unimportant, so I took it with me."

So THAT'S why Laura and Charlotte were worried about the Sapphire Bracelet! They thought it was lost... But it wasn't! Titania found it, and gave it to Amaria!

 

 

Amaria says that it's strange that Team Meteor wants the Sapphire Bracelet, and Titania tells her to keep it away from them. She says that she's not going anywhere near that place. Amaria says that if she won't let her go, then at least let me. She tells her that I've been crucial in defeating Meteor before. Titania turns to me, and says that I can do whatever I want. Amaria tells me that if I'm going to get to Calcenon City, I need to go through Ametrine Mountain... Which means I'm going to need surf. Luckily I moved the Crustle so I can get there easier! Though I'm still going to need Surf... Luckily, Amaria and Titania actually have the HM for that here! However, Titania rudely states that there's no point in giving me the HM if I don't have the badge to use it yet. Amaria tells me that I'm going to need one of the Circus' leader's badges to use it... She realizes that they got a promotion from them in the mail, and Titania says that they did. She looks for it, and eventually finds it on the floor. She's not sure why they bothered sending a Battle Pass to two Gym Leaders though... Amaria says that they must be hurting for business what with Agate City shutting down. Titania then makes impossible steps as she walks over to me to give me the Battle Pass-Fury. She tells me that Agate has an arbitrary system, so I can't face its leaders without these passes. The one Titania gave me is for Samson. She tells me that if I beat him, I should come back, and they'll give me Surf. Amaria wishes me luck, and I leave as I head back to Agate Circus.

 

 

 

Don't worry, help is on the way! I just need to battle one more person before I can head there, first... Get ready, Samson, cause you're going down!

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

A few Pokemon leveled up a little bit, but other than that, nothing new.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 64

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 64

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 67

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 67

Moves: Shadow Ball, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Archer

Level: 63

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 65

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Gengar

Name: Gengar

Level: 27

Moves: Hypnosis, Confuse Ray, Dark Pulse, Mean Look

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Beldum

Name: Beldum

Level: 1

Moves: Take Down

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Chapter XLVI: The Big Top Striker And First Member Of The Agate Ace Triumvirate, Samson!

 

 

When I get back to Agate Circus, I find the gym guy in the Big Top, and he tells me that Flying Types are a HUGE advantage here, and to watch out for Samson's Conkeldurr. I head into the back room, and find everyone there, including Terra, who came back. I talk to her, and she just flirts with me. Ciel tells her to refrain from flirting with their guests, and Terra says that Ciel is jelly. Ciel denies that she is jealous, and asks Terra how she would be jealous. Terra then bluntly states that Ciel wants the D, which Ciel reminds her that she doesn't even have a D. Samson asks Ciel how she would know for sure, and she asks what he's implying. Terra then oddly walks over to Ciel, and tells her that he isn't implying anything. She says that we all know what happens when someone implies, and she just trolls. Ciel asks her if she has work to do, and Terra says that she does as she spins around behind Ciel. She tells Ciel to bend over so she can do her. And this is work... how? Ciel says that it's abhorrent, and Terra replies with a yo momma joke. Ciel asks her if she even knows what that word means, and Terra says that it means "RAWR!!!" Ciel tells her that it doesn't mean that, and Terra says that she is just salty, saying that if you make a pretzel out of her, that's how salty she is. She then states that she wants a pretzel, which seems to be her weakness as she walks back to her computers in defeat. Samson even says that pretzels are apparently Terra's weakness, and says that he'll be sure to keep a stock on him at all times.

 

I talk to Ciel, and she asks Terra if she has been able to find the source of the signal over Agate yet, for she's quite anxious to stop whatever it is putting people to sleep. She says that people should be watching them, not sleeping! Terra tells her to calm down, for she is a super hacker, and that nothing can escape her booty. Ciel says that it's taken so long already though, and Terra screams at her, telling her to calm down. She even tells her to undo the kalamity that is her mammaries, and to hakuna her tatas. Seriously, I still find her funny sometimes. Samson tells her to stop, for he can feel his brain cells dying off one by one. Ciel says that Terra is cruel to rob him of his few remaining ones, which Samson says that they have no need to put their cat fight on him, for he is innocent here. Terra tells him that he wasn't so innocent last night, and Samson asks her how she would know. Terra then says that they were all up on each other. *shudders* Samson then remembers that it was Position 52: The Angry Dinosaur, but shrugs it off. Terra even says that that's her second favorite position. Ciel asks if she should know what the first is, and Terra tells her that if she wants to know, she's going to have to 'change'. Ciel says that we don't need a demonstration, and Samson tells them to go right ahead, as he thinks it would be highly... informative. Ciel denies this, and apologizes that she even asked. Terra says that if she tells her, then Aya over on the couch is going to run out of the room because she isn't going to want to be near the couch anymore. Ciel makes a mental note to herself, saying to order a new couch... AGAIN.

 

I talk to Hardy, and he thanks me for getting him before. He apologizes that I had to deal with his sister, and says that she's always been kinda intense. He says that personally, he was ready to take any excuse to roll on outta there. Cain gets in the conversation, and asks him if his sister is a brat too, which Aya says that she's sitting right there. Hardy puts it this way: Whenever Titania is around, he gets the feeling she's about to pull out a knife and shank someone. Cain agrees, and says that sounds like Aya. Aya denies this, and Hardy says that she's cool, telling him to be nice to her. Cain says that he isn't going to make promises on that, and Cain and Aya go into a barrage of insults toward each other until Cain says that he loves her, which she replies it back to him, too.

 

I talk to Aya, and she wonders that since Agate City is closed, what should we do now? Hardy says that there's some crazy stuff going on in Calcenon, so he's going to go check it out... Once his body stops aching. He says that he feels like he got run over by a pack of Bouffalant. However, Cain tells him that Terra treated him like a croquet ball, and is surprised that they even survived... Aya asks him if he's disappointed, and Cain replies with maybe. Hardy says that it's going to take more than that to break them down, and he asks Aya if she was hurt too. Aya says that her head feels like a Probopass sat on it. Cain says that Terra almost flattened him, too, and not in the good way. Hardy says that he hopes it wasn't in a good way, and asks Cain if she's a bit old for him. Aya asks how old Terra is, and Cain says that he doesn't know, but she acts like she's six. However, Terra overhears this, and yells at them, saying she isn't six, calling them hooligans. Cain is surprised she can hear them, and Terra tells them to get rawr'd.

 

I talk to Cain, and he asks Hardy what he does besides running his gym. Hardy answers Cain's question by saying that he does music, mostly, and he spends a lot of time playing guitar. Aya even states that Hardy plays really well. Cain tells Hardy that he's impressed even Aya... Which means that Hardy has done what Cain has failed to do for seventeen years. Aya tells Cain that she's seventeen, not him. Cain says that he's sure she wasn't impressed before he was born, either. Hardy asks him what he does, and he answers Hardy's question by saying that he likes singing more than any instrument. Aya says that this is only to terrorize her, but he digresses. Hardy then gets an idea, and says that if they had a drummer and a bassist, they could have their own band. Aya flutters, and says that would be kinda cool... Cain asks Hardy if he knows anyone who suits the bill, and Hardy says that he doesn't. However, he says that Titania used to play the bass, but... He doesn't hate himself enough to bring her in on this.

I finally talk to Samson, who asks me if I want to challenge him. He denies my request, because the Ringmaster's a real stickler about her policies. Anyone who wants to battle has to have a Battle Pass. However, I show him my Battle Pass-Fury, and he says he'll have them prepare the front. He tells me to let him know when I'm ready, and so I tell him I'm ready. We head out to the field, and get ready for the showdown.

 

 

When we head out to the Big Top, the crowd is packed, and everyone is hyped up. The Ringmaster begins the show, and calls for everyone's attention as the exciting exclusive challenge to the esteemed Agate Ace Triumviarte of leaders is about to begin! Today, in the left corner, we have a first-time challenger to Agate... Me!!! And in the right corner-- we've seen him at the striker, busting bells into the sky... We've seen him in the Big Top, juggling people as if they could fly... And now everyone's gonna see him on the center stage as he shows them what power REALLY means... He's the Agate Circus-- Strongman-- Samson!!! Everyone cheers for Samson, and Samson greets everyone. The Ringmaster goes over the rules, as this will be a 6-on-6 Singles Battle! We're playing on a whole new field, and in this field, Fighting attacks and any other attacks capable of activating the panels on the ground earn a score on the Big Top Striker! A high enough score will generate energy to add an extra oomph the attacks! Let's see how we'll use this to our advantage. Samson is pumped, and wants to see an all-in knock out.

 

 

Get wrecked, Samson! I already know how to deal with Fighting types, so you're pretty much defeated already!

 

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Strongman Samson sends out Hariyama, while I send out Charles. Charles tries knocking Hariyama down with Wing Attack, but gets beaten down by Hariyama's Knock Off and Smack Down. I send out Amelia, who ends up knocking down Hariyama with Psychic. Samson sends out Mienshao, who poisons Amelia with Poison Jab, but Amelia wipes out Mienshao with Psychic. Samson sends out Blaziken, who falls down from Amelia's Psychic attack. Samson sends out Chesnaught, who also falls from Amelia's Psychic attack. However, since Amelia is about to go down from poison, I quickly switch her out with Hydra as Samson sends out Conkeldurr. Hydra uses Dragon Dance, while Conkeldurr uses Drain Punch. Hydra then proceeds to use Aqua Tail, while Conkeldurr uses Knock Off and Mach Punch. Once Conkeldurr's health is half-way, Samson heals it with a Hyper Potion, but then after another Aqua Tail, Conkeldurr is down. However, Samson is not down for the count just yet! He sends out Hawlucha, who doesn't go down so easily. Hawlucha manages to knock out Hydra with Fly. I wish I had Fly... I send out Persian, who easily goes down from Flying Press. I send out Corey, and manage to poison Hawlucha with Poison Jab, and eventually with the help of the poison, Hawlucha goes down.With Samson's team taken down, I win the battle!

 

 

Samson states that this isn't the worst thing that he's lost. Everyone cheers, as the Ringmaster proudly announces that I'm the victor. Samson says that he was chewed up and spit out, and bids me good game. The Ringmaster announces that I will receive one brand new Fury Badge! Samson gives me the Fury Badge, and the Ringmaster states that the Fury Badge grants me the ability to use HM Surf, as well as a slight boost in physical attack to all my Pokemon. But that's not all I win! I also win TM31 Brick Break! The Ringmaster also announces that if any of us are itching to challenge Samson or their other leaders of the Agate Ace Triumvirate... Then find those Battle Passes! She thanks everyone for coming out to see the show, and we all go into the back room.

 

Once we make it into the back room, the Ringmaster says that it was a good show, and that they made a killing. She tells me that she's impressed at how I beat Samson like that, and hopes that I find passes to battle the other leaders, Terra and Ciel. Ciel says that Samson is their baby, though, and warns me that they won't be quite so easy. Terra turns around from her computers, and says that Ciel is totally easy, if I know what she means... She warns me that if I mess with her, though... She'll RAWWWWWRRR RAWWWR my RAWWWRRAWWRRAWWWR. I don't like the sounds of that... She continues by saying that she'll take her RAWWRR and shove it in my RAWWWR until I can't even RAAAWWWRR RRAWWWWRRAAWWRRR... Twice. Well THAT'S one way of saying that I shouldn't mess with you... *shudders* The Ringmaster says that she has parting words to do, so she'll leave Terra to do her rawring.

 

 

The Ringmaster leaves, and Terra realizes something on the screen. I come closer, and Ciel asks if she finally traced the signal, and Terra tells us to hold on tight, for we've got news. Aya and Cain show up to pay attention, and Samson asks her what the news is. Terra announces that with her highly advanced super hacking skills, she has discovered something very important. Hardy asks her if she's going to tell us or not, and Terra concludes that she has discovered... That Ciel is wearing a thong. Really, Terra? REALLY? We need to stop Team Meteor, and you can only think of that? Sigh... Ciel is flustered, and runs over to the screen to see what Terra is looking at, and she finds that Terra is lying, as it doesn't say that at all. However, Terra tells her that she didn't deny it. Ciel tries to get back on track, and looks at the data point on the screen. She asks Terra what it is, and Terra gets off topic by calling the data point Timmy. She says that his hobbies include cross-stitching, motorbiking, and planting lizards in the knicker drawers of old ladies. Cain says that he likes Timmy, and Ciel snaps and asks her what the data MEANS. Unfortunately, Terra doesn't know, as she just hacked the broadcaster to get to it. She says that she isn't a statistician, but if she HAD to take a guess, she'd say the signal's RAWRIN' out from somewhere in Ametrine City. Samson asks if someone Ametrine City is broadcasting a signal over Agate City which puts them to sleep. Hardy says that someone needs to go up to Ametrine and stop that signal, pronto. Samson says that's gonna require surf, which means that I'm the top candidate. Cain decides that it's off to Ametrine City we go. Hardy says that he and Aya will head up to Calcenon when they can, so I should meet them there when I'm done at Ametrine. Cain tells me that he'll go as far with me as he can too. Terra says that Calcenon is more like Calceyawwwn, and asks what's going on up there. Hardy tells Terra that some of the other leaders are in a stand-off against Team Meteor, and that we're going to help out. She calls Team Meteor Team Metebore, and Aya asks her if she ever says something that isn't stupid. Terra continues, and she just rawrs away with her giant mallet. Ciel and Samson agree that Terra is something out of the Underworld, and Cain, Hardy, and Aya take off for Calcenon.

 

After everyone's gone, I heal my Pokemon, and talk to Samson, who says that he'll enjoy the brief moment of solace in which Terra's gone, and not ask questions. He says that it's time for me to go get Surf. I talk to Ciel, who says that Ametrine City is very high up, so naturally it's freezing up there. She tells me to dress warmly, but not to dress too warmly that it looks bad, as there is a limit to these things.

As I head out of the back room, I get a message saying that this concludes Episode XII. I can explore, but if I enter Amaria's house, the game will end. Once that is done, I head all the way to Amaria and Titania's house, and enjoy the trailer for Episode XIII.

 

 

 

Don't worry, I'm on my way to Calcenon and Ametrine!

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

Episode XII is done! Only a few Pokemon leveled up. Amelia and Hydra were useful in my battle against Samson.

 

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Charizard

Name: Charles

Level: 64

Moves: Wing Attack, Dragon Rage, Flamethrower, Slash

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Persian

Name: Persian

Level: 64

Moves: Taunt, Cut, Bite, Fake Out

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Gyarados

Name: Hydra

Level: 67

Moves: Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, Bite, Dragon Dance

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Gardevoir

Name: Amelia

Level: 68

Moves: Shadow Ball, Psychic, Calm Mind, Teleport

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Sharpedo

Name: Archer

Level: 63

Moves: Swagger, Crunch, Ice Fang, Slash

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Toxicroak

Name: Corey

Level: 65

Moves: Rock Smash, Poison Jab, Strength, Sucker Punch

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Kadabra

Name: Henry

Level: 31

Moves: Teleport, Disable, Psybeam, Charge Beam

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Porygon

Name: Porygon

Level: 22

Moves: Conversion 2, Tackle, Conversion, Sharpen

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Ditto

Name: Ditto

Level: 5

Moves: Transform

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Bulbasaur

Name: Bulbasaur

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Mudkip

Name: Mudkip

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Growl

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Tepig

Name: Tepig

Level: 5

Moves: Tackle, Tail Whip

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Riolu

Name: Auriol

Level: 30

Moves: Endure, Counter, Feint, Force Palm

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Eevee

Name: Eevee

Level: 5

Moves: Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Sand-Attack

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Gengar

Name: Gengar

Level: 27

Moves: Hypnosis, Confuse Ray, Dark Pulse, Mean Look

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Beldum

Name: Beldum

Level: 1

Moves: Take Down

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Chapter XLVII: Titania's Dark Secret, Amaria's Tragic Leap, The Dangerous Road To Calcenon City, And The PULSE Clawitzer Conspiracy!

 

 

It's that time again, and with a new Episode comes a new look. Since it's going to be cold up in Ametrine Mountain, I figured I might wear something warm. Thanks to Saber, I can.

 

As soon as I head up to Amaria and Titania's house, I head inside, and find Titania looking at a book on a desk. She notices that I have the badge now, and says that Amaria is out for a walk. She tells me that she''ll go fetch the HM, and says that it's a mess in the back, so she may take a while to find it. She tells me to wait, and leaves. Before I read the book that she was reading, I notice a small light-blue magazine called "Gym Leader Monthly" on the table in the kitchen, which I'm pretty sure wasn't there before. I'm not sure if I should be reading this... Oh well. I read it anyways. On the cover, it has Amaria, who appears to be in a rather suggestive pose, and it shows that she's modeling a new bikini design in a photoshoot starting on page 12. However... ...Upon inspection, most of Amaria's photoshoot pages have been ripped out. I guess SOMEBODY wanted all the fun for themselves... *cough*Titania*cough*

 

 

I then start to read the book Titania was reading. However... It's not an ordinary book. It's the ACTUAL Diary of Titania! Was the one back in the Onyx Trainer School a fake, or just a past diary? As much as I shouldn't read it... I will.

 

 

"You know, diary, how sick I've been of this wretched facade since the beginning." Whoa, WHAT?!

 

"I had intended for Amaria's mood to grow more stable, but instead she has only become increasingly volatile and dependent." What is she TALKING about?

As I continue to read the diary, Titania shows up and sees me reading her diary. "The ink I lace upon your pages is some solace, but I still cannot forsee any 'happily ever-after' to this fake fairy tale romance." So she has been LYING to Amaria this whole time!

 

"I was a fool to have trapped myself in this role. At this rate, it will be the death either her or myself. Regardless--"

 

 

As I try to continue, Titania stops me, and tells me to catch the HM. At least I have HM03 Surf now. She asks me what I was doing, and asks me if I was reading her diary. I have to be honest with her, I really do. I indeed did read her diary. I say yes, and she asks if I knew what it was. She asks me if I have no regard for personal privacy, and lashes at me, saying just because it was left open in a moment of haste-- haste, in courtesy of to me, no less-- does NOT give me permission for any such thing. She asks me how dare me, and tells me that I got my HM, and now to get out of her house... Now.

 

I start to leave, but she stops me. She tells me about what I read... She tells me if I have a shred of decency, I will NOT breathe a word of it to anyone. She reveals that for all this time, she has only pretended to love Amaria so she wouldn't kill herself. She understands that it was a wretched choice, but Amaria was her closest friend, and when she threw herself at Titania, Titania reacted poorly. Titania tells me that Amaria already struggles with depression and suicide, and that she will NOT be the reason Amaria goes over the edge. That's a bit foreshadowing, don't you think, Titania? She says that this mistake will also not be the reason Amaria goes over the edge. Titania tells me that I will not let Amaria find out, under any circumstance.

 

 

Just then, Amaria, with a new redesign, comes back from her walk, and asks what we were talking about. All good things, all good things... Nothing drastic or dramatic here... Titania even states that it's perfect timing sarcastically, and Amaria walks up to her, asking what she doesn't want her to know. Titania tells her not to worry about it, and so she asks me for the details. Since she's going to find out anyways, I might as well tell her. And so I do. Titania calls me an idiot, and Amaria is just shocked. She denies it, and says that Titania wouldn't say that... She says that she's been with her for years, and that she would stay with her forever... She asks Titania what the meaning of this is, and Titania says that she tried to warn me. Amaria then asks Titania if she doesn't love her. Titania tells her that she is her best friend, and that she prefers her above all else, but that's different from love. She reveals to Amaria that she feared that if she knew, she would hurt herself, and Titania herself acted foolishly, as she is deeply regretful. Amaria says that being with Titania... was like someone picking up the shards of her shattered glass heart,and fitting them together again bit by bit... But now, that glass has been shattered again... After a brief moment of silence, Amaria says that she's going. However, Titania tries calling for her, but she's gone. She runs out, following Amaria, and so do I.

 

When I get outside, I head down the hill, and I hear Titania telling Amaria to come back. I head over to where they are, and they're on a cliff over Celestinine Cascade. Titania has enough of this, and tells Amaria to go back home. She tells Amaria that she only wanted to help her, even if it meant ignoring her own needs. Amaria snaps at Titania, asking her how lying about everything helps. Titania tells her that it was naive, and says that she learned that long ago, but there was no way for her to leave her after that. Amaria asks her if it was because she would do something like this... She's not committing suicide, is she? She asks Titania how long she's felt like this, and Titania reveals that it was since the beginning. Amaria asks her if she never loved her, and asks her if it was all just out of pity. Titania says that it was not pity, but misguided compassion. She tries to get Amaria back inside, so they can talk, but Amaria takes none of that. She says that if she never loved her, then everything was a lie... She tells Titania that she was her world, but says that she was her prison. Titania says that it's not like that, but Amaria says that it won't be anymore. She gets dramatic, closing her eyes and saying "With this, I set you free." Titania tells her not to be stupid. Amaria bids goodbye, and when Titania tries to stop her, she jumps off of Celestinine Cascade!

 

 

Amaria... Why did you do that? Why did you have to jump?

 

 

Titania calls Amaria an idiot under her breath, and she tells me that she's going after her, but she doesn't have a way back up. She tells me to figure it out, or she WILL come back to haunt me. With that said, she jumps, following her lover, Amaria. After that, I surf over the cascade, and find another rock puzzle. I manage to find an Ultra Potion, and a Reaper Cloth, which I can use to evolve a Dusclops into Dusknoir! I'll have to get one soon...

 

I head back to Agate Circus (Through a completely different path...) , and find that the way is a bit different. There's an elevator, and a gate. I find a little boy who wants cotton candy, as it will comfort him from his dead parents. So, being the rich boy I am, I go get him some. Once I get him some cotton candy, he cheers up, and then he wants a balloon. I get him an Air Balloon, and he cheers up. He then wants a Poke Doll from the High Striker, so I get him one. However, when I do it the first time, it's actually a REAL Clefairy! Another time I play the High Striker, I manage to get OVER 900, and get TM87 Swagger. Another time, I get a regular Poke Doll, which I give to the little boy. However, he wants ICE CREAM now. Just when he can continue about that, his MOTHER shows up. He says that it's been a while, and his mother states that it's been a little bit since he demanded she go off and buy the candy he wanted. However, he's acting suspicious, and she realizes what he's doing. She scolds him for extorting me, and he says to only do it to people who look like jerks. She AGREES with him on that, and says that I'm a nice, respectable young trainer. However, she realizes what he said, and grounds him. She apologizes for the hassle, and says that he can get a little out-of-hand sometimes. She gives me a Department Store Sticker as an apology!

 

I head to the vendors, and some of them give away prizes, such as HM06 Dive (Froakie), Cover Fossil (Carracosta), and Plume Fossil (Archeops)! They're slide puzzles, so all I do is just look at their pictures. I get them all correct, and I win the fossils, and HM06 Dive! I head into the back room of the Big Top, and Samson and Ciel are horrified at the news. Ciel tells me that I'm going to need the HM Waterfall in order to save them. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until I get the HM AND the badge for it.

 

Oh, and how did I get back to Agate Circus from a different path, you ask? I went through Celestinine Mountain and Ametrine Mountain, which is exactly where I go. As soon as I get there, I find it completely different than being completely filled with water. I guess Ame completely changed the place when Episode XIII came out. I surf through the water, and I easily see a gigantic waterfall, which must be part of the Celestinine Cascade. After I surf through some ice, I find Aya, Hardy, and Cain, surrounding a huge block of ice with icy spikes everywhere. And I mean HUGE! It must be new, because Hardy even says so. Cain says that it's completely in the way, but realizes that this is the through road to Ametrine City. Aya says that it's not the road anymore, and she realizes that I'm there. Hardy and Cain realize that I'm here, and they look at me too. Cain apologizes, and says that he doesn't think either of us can get there with that thing in the way. Hardy says that this is bad, and Cain agrees, saying that we have to get up there to stop that sleeping-signal over Agate City! I tell them that something happened at the Cascade, and I need Waterfall now. Unfortunately, Waterfall is being held up in Ametrine, so I'd HAVE to go up there, and kill two birds with one stone. Cain agrees, and says that we have to go up there to save Agate and Amaria. Hardy says that it's not just those we need to save, but Ametrine City itself, too. Aya asks him what he means, and he says that Ametrine's a mountain-peak city, which means that nothing will grow up there. Cain realizes that if the road doesn't go through, then no food can be delivered... Which Aya is horrified that they're going to starve to death, trapped in their own city. Hardy tries to help by sending out Gigalith. He attempts to bust through the ice, but it doesn't even leave a dent. Hardy says that if Gigalith can't scratch it, nothing else will... Not even fire types. Cain says that our Fire types would collapse due to the thickness and headway... Which he knows ALL about... Hardy even gets confused, but Cain shrugs it off. Hardy returns his Gigalith back into its Pokeball, and Aya asks him if he's giving up. However, Hardy says that we'll find another way. He says that we should get help from Calcenon, because the other leaders are up there fighting Team Meteor, but maybe some of them can lend a hand. Aya asks him if it's far, because she's not used to mountain hikes. However, it's not far at all, and it's right around the corner, according to Hardy. He says that we can slip through up here, and they leave. I follow them by surfing across the ice and water, and leave to Route 3.

 

When I get to Route 3, I travel until I find Cain, Aya, and Hardy at some stairs. Hardy says that Calcenon is just right up these stairs. Cain says that we shouldn't waste any time, because there are people waiting for us! There's even a flash when he says that. However, as soon as Cain moves, the stairs are blasted to smithereens in another flash! Aya goes to Cain's side, and asks him if he's all right. He says he's fine, but that blast barely missed him. He realizes that she DOES care, but she denies it. Hardy looks at the blast, and says that it came from the city, which means that something's going down. However, Aya says that something else is coming down too, and we look. Fortunately, it's just Saphira riding on Dragonite, and not anybody from Team Meteor. She asks if everybody is all right, and Hardy says that we're all fine. He asks her what's going on, and she tells us that Team Meteor has occupied Labradorra City and is using PULSE machines to control the area. Hardy tells her that we heard about the PULSE Mr. Mime on the news, and that we came to help. Saphira says that the Mr. Mime aren't the problem anymore. Another flash is seen, and Saphira says that there's another blast. She goes to check the situation, and something else is blasted. She comes back, and Aya wonders what's going on. Saphira states that Team Meteor is launching an assault. She says that they have a PULSE Clawitzer sieging Calcenon from afar. She says that she can deflect the attacks, but as we can see, there's collateral damage. She apologizes for that, and Cain forgives her by saying that he just saw his life flash before his eyes, and it's no big deal. Aya makes a snarky remark, and knowing Cain, she asks him if it was like watching a split-second porno. What's funny is his reaction, and he says that the dialogue was slightly better. ANYWAYS, Hardy tries to get us back on topic, and Saphira says that she can't stick around to chat. She says that if we need to get to the city, then we need to use the eastern entrance for now. She then flies back to the city. So much for right around the corner... Hardy says that it's fine, because Route 3 used to be tough, but the cities of Calcenon and Labradorra spent a lot of time building a smooth road for travelers. He says that it'll be a straight shot with no problem. They all leave and head to Calcenon, while I follow them.

 

 

When I continue along the path, I find a glimpse of Aya, and I see a flash, which leads to another blast. Hardy tells Cain to hang on. I go over to them, and see that the bridge is destroyed from the blast, and Hardy and Cain are injured. Aya asks them if they're both all right, and Hardy gets up. However, he has a splitting headache, because the rail hurts. He tells us to wait a minute, and Cain is surprised at how he can survive, due to Terra and now he slammed into the rail. He says that Hardy's taken a beating, and not in a good way. Hardy asks him if there's a good way to get beat, and Cain says that he'll have to show him some time. However, Aya snaps at him, telling him not to. Cain apologizes, and says that he didn't mean to make her jealous, which she denies, and snaps that she hopes he gets crushed by the bridge next time. Hardy tells her to take it easy and that we're fine. He tells me that one of the stray blasts took out the bridge while they were on it, but they can probably still get through. So much for a straight shot, too... Hardy tells us not to worry, because we got this. Cain says that because of Team Meteor, this area does seem to be dangerous. Hardy agrees, and says that they should stay close and move quickly. Cain tells me to take care of Aya, and Aya says that she can take care of herself. Hardy agrees with her, and tells her to take care of ME. At least it wasn't like what Cain meant... Hardy leaves, and Cain tells us to catch up as soon as we can before following Hardy. However, he doesn't follow Hardy before telling Aya that he'll be gentle with her boyfriend, which she quickly denies as he's walking away. However, she realizes what he meant, and asks him just what is he planning to do with him, but unfortunately, he doesn't hear that, as he's gone. She turns to me, and asks if she's with me. She apologizes for that, and says that she didn't mean to sound mean. She says that she'll try to not bother me too much, and that we should go find them.

 

We climb down the steps, and enter the cave. We jump off down ledges until we find a cave at the top. However, it leads us into something deeper. It leads us into the LCCC Storage Closet. I find a Metal Coat, and unfortunately, we're blocked off by machinery. We'll have to find the other way into LCCC some other time. We leave, head down more ledges, and find a ladder. We find the exit, and climb the steps again. However, as soon as we continue, another blast destroys another bridge. Aya is disappointed, and says that if this bridge only just went down, then the others probably got across safely... Which means we'll be even further behind. We climb down the bridge, and find another cave. As we continue the cave, we somehow find some Team Meteor grunts! We beat them, and we find a cave, which leads to another part of LCCC! In this case, we are in the LCCC E-Exit Hall. We find a switch, and open a gate. Aya says that this place is weird. She says that she thought this was supposed to be a random cave, but... It's not. We continue our path through the cave and battle more Meteor members, including Meteor Dames and Meteor Knights. After we beat the first two, we spot a small egg from afar. I can't get it now, unfortunately.

 

After we beat the other two Meteor members, we exit the cave, and climb the steps. we find some rocks that can be climbable, which I'm sure leads to the egg I saw. As we cross the bridge, another blast strikes somewhere. We find more Meteors, and see that the blast destroyed another bridge. we hear from one of the Meteors that only one of the PULSE is powered here. We head down the steps, until we find another cave. When we get inside the cave, we step over the ledges on the right, and find another cave, which leads to the other side of the LCCC E-Exit Hall. When I talk to Aya, she says that she knows she's not good for very much, but she would appreciate it if I don't use her as a meat-shield. That almost seems to foreshadow something... We then flip the switch, and head inside.

 

 

When we head deeper, we find another room, and Aya says that we're totally off track, and there's no sign of Hardy or Cain. Just where are we? We head deeper, and find three Meteors. However, two of them are none other than Aster and Eclipse, who are now promoted to Meteor Knight and Meteor Dame! This must be the control room... Seems like this WAS worth it. The two are happy to see us, and Aster tells the grunt to go call for back-up, and to tell them that they got a good catch down here. The grunt leaves, and Eclipse asks him if it was really necessary. Aster says that he knows what she means, and says that they'll pound us into the ground themselves. She says that he doesn't know what she mean, and says that we should get this over with.

 

 

Aster, Eclipse... If you two are behind the attacks, then you're going down!

 

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Meteor Knight Aster sends out Solrock, Meteor Dame Eclipse sends out Lunatone, Aya sends out Dralgae, while I send out Archer. Archer Surfs on both Lunatone and Solrock, nearly making them faint. Solrock goes down from Dralgae's Hydro Pump, so Aster sends out Rhyperior. Eclipse gives Lunatone a Hyper Potion, and Rhyperior and Lunatone nearly go down from Archer's Surf. However, Rhyperior knocks down Archer with Megahorn. I send out Corey, while Aya switches out Dralgae for Tentacruel, and Aster gives Rhyperior a Hyper Potion, which is fine, because Corey beats down Rhyperior with Rock Smash and Sucker Punch while Tentacruel uses Icy Wind, knocking out Lunatone, who unfortunately put up a Light Screen. Eclipse sends out Magmortar, while attacking Tentacruel with a charged Thunderbolt. However, Corey manages to poison Magmortar with Poison Jab, but Magmortar's Flame Body burns Corey. Tentacruel manages to knock out Rhyperior with Muddy Water. Aster sends out Golurk, and Magmortar burns Corey and Tentacruel down with Heat Wave. I send out Charles while Aya sends out Dralgae, but Dralgae is knocked out by Golurk's Bulldoze. However, Magmortar gets knocked out as well, causing Eclipse to send out Milotic, while Aya sends out Nidoqueen, who faints from Golurk's Bulldoze. Aya sends out Muk, but Charles gets knocked down by Golurk's Rock Slide. I send out Hydra, who knocks out Golurk with Aqua Tail. Aster sends out Electivire, and Muk gets burned from Milotic's Scald. Electivire knocks out Muk with Thunder Punch, while Aya sends out Drapion, who gets burned by Milotic's Scald. Electivire tries to knock Hydra out with Rock Slide, but he survives, and uses Dragon Dance. Drapion confuses Electivire with Confuse Ray, and faints from Milotic's Scald. Aya sends out Gengar, and Electivire is knocked out, thanks to Hydra's Aqua Tail. Aster sends out Vespiquen, and Hydra unfortunately gets frozen by Milotic's Blizzard. Vespiquen uses Tailwind, and Hydra gets defrosted and does Dragon Dance. Hydra knocks out Vespiquen with Ice Fang, and Aster is defeated. However, Aya is also defeated, as Gengar is knocked out because of Milotic. Hydra then proceeds to finish off Milotic with a few Bites. Once Milotic is down, Eclipse sends out Aromatisse, who is defeated by a critical hit Aqua Tail from Hydra. Eclipse sends out Vileplume, who is defeated by Hydra's critical hit Ice Fang. Since their Pokemon are finally defeated, I win the battle!

 

Aster is outraged, and asks Eclipse if she's even trying. However, she states she's not really trying. She says that she's done, and that we win. Aster tells her to not give up, and that they fight to the end for Team Meteor. However, she says that she's not 'giving' up. She's quitting. Aster is shocked, and Eclipse says that she'll turn off the PULSE Clawitzer for us, and she proceeds to do so. So THIS was where the PULSE Clawitzer was...

 

 

--PULSE 10 CLAWITZER: SYSTEM OFFLINE--

 

 

It seems that they have names now... Interesting... Eclipse asks us if that's what we wanted, and why we came here. However, Aya tells her that we just got lost and wandered in here. Eclipse is surprised, and says that that's what she wanted, so she's thanks us for wandering in. Aster walks up to Eclipse's face, and asks her what the heck does she think she's doing. Eclipse tells him that she literally just said what she's doing like three different times, and asks him if he wasn't listening, of he is actually that stupid. She walks closer to us, and Aster is confused. He thought that the two were going to change the world together, and she says that now she's changed her mind, because this isn't the change she wanted. She tells him that since they joined Team Meteor, they've done nothing but help Team Meteor hurt more and more people. Aster says that in the end-- Eclipse snaps, and says this isn't WORTH the end! She asks him what good is a new world if the people they care about aren't in it. Aster gets even more confused, as he doesn't understand. Eclipse tells him that he doesn't understand, because he never had a family, he grew up on the street, and that the only one he ever had to look out for was himself, and that's not a luxury everyone has. Aster tells her that Team Meteor gave him a home, and that he will repay them with his life. Eclipse sarcastically supports him, and says that her father lives in Calcenon City. She says that if one of the Clawitzer's attacks hits his house, that's it. Game over. End of line. She says that they were assigned to guard the power station for it, but she can't just sit here and make her dad into Schrodinger's Meowth. Aster gets even MORE confused, and Eclipse continues. She says that she's pretty sure she's actually lost IQ points from being partnered with him.

 

Aya asks me if we should let the two duke it out, or what. Eclipse turns to us, and apologizes for the trouble. She says that if we're going to fight Team Meteor, there's something we should know...

 

 

As she begins to speak, Sirius shows up, witnessing what she has to say.

 

 

"Team Meteor itself wasn't always bad. When Solaris lead us, we had one strict goal: Cleanse the city. We wanted Reborn to be pure again, but the people had to leave for that to happen. So we started doing things to make them leave. But then, everything changed. After she launched through the ranks, Lin started--"

 

 

Just as Eclipse is about to continue, Sirius sends out his Chandelure, who burns her soul from behind! Aster is now horrified.

 

 

"Turncoats will not be forgiven."

 

 

Sirius walks up to me as Eclipse's soul slowly burns. Aya is horrified, and asks Sirius what is happening to her. As Eclipse makes her last breath, Sirius states that Chandelure's flames burn away the soul, and that the body remains even after the spirit is lost forever. When Eclipse falls, Sirius is satisfied, and then goes for the next target... ...Me. Aya tells me to get out of the way, and shoves me out of the way before Chandelure can strike. However, Sirius changes plans, and says that he'll take her instead! He walks over to Aya, and grabs her! He recalls that we have friends headed to Calcenon, and makes new plans. He says that she'll make a fine hostage. He orders Aster to destroy the exit, and commands Team Meteor to retreat. Aster sadly obeys, and they retreat, blowing up the exit.

 

Unfortunately, one of the exits is blown up, and so I'll have to find another way out. I manage to find TM96 Nature Power, and I find another exit. I go through the path, and leave the Labradorra-Calcenon Control Center.

 

As I leave the caves, I realize that each cave represented the four keys. The first two caves and this one, respectively, are Ruby, Sapphire, and Amethyst. So the next cave I'll be in will be the Emerald Cave. Either that, or the one with the egg is Emerald Cave, I'm not sure.

I head to the right after I leave Amethyst Cave, and find myself to be in Route 4, and there's some snow. I battle a few trainers, and I beat them. I beat all of the trainers, and find a gate to Calcenon City at the left. When I get to the gate, the guard tells me that the assault has ceased for now, and it is safe to enter the city. I also find Hardy, who tells me that Cain went to go off to see some friends of his who are up here. He asks me where Aya is, and I tell him that Sirius has captured her and has her hostage. He tells me to excuse him for a minute, while he goes to the city. I then follow him.

 

 

 

Don't worry, Hardy, we'll save Aya. Just hang in there, and have hope.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Pokemon Stats

Everyone except for Persian grew a few levels, and everyone except Archer and Perisan grew to level... heh heh... 69. To be honest, I didn't expect to face Aster and Eclipse before reaching Calcenon, nor did I expect to stop the PULSE Clawitzer before that either. I was hoping to see some assault action go on for myself. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. And also... R.I.P. Eclipse. Even though you were part of Team Meteor,