IC: Yamamoto Aori
Aori gave a shaky smile, not entirely convinced of what Luke had said.
IC: Xander Cruize (Sylph, Astraea)/Amanda (Magnzeone, Porygon)
Fifteen minutes later found the pair of trainers standing across from each other in the training room where training for the Power Suits had taken place. Xander unclipped Astraea’s ball and released the Staryu. Sylph stepped out next to the water-type and smiled wryly. “I can only hope that I don’t disappoint anyone,” she said.
Xander grinned. “Amanda, can I ask one more concession on this fight, to maybe even things out a bit?”
The Plasma agent frowned confusedly, but did not raise an objection. “You may ask.”
“Is it alright if I use my psychic abilities to help my team?”
Amanda raised an eyebrow. “You possess psionic potential?”
“Is it ‘potential’ if it’s been actualized?” Xander shrugged. “But, yeah, I do. Telepathy, telekinesis, some teleportation. I can use it to help level the playing field here.”
Sylph smiled. “You seem interested, Miss Zarth. Are you perchance psychic as well?”
Amanda nodded curtly in confirmation. “It is a phenomenon with which I am presently developing my proficiency. As I have yet to perfect my psionic prowess, I lack sufficient data to determine whether using our powers would be beneficial to the objective of the exercise. I will leave the determination to you.”
Xander nodded. “Alright, sounds good. You two ready?” Sylph nodded, and Astraea’s gem flashed, which Xander took as confirmation. “Amanda, the first move is yours!”
“Very well.” Amanda gestured to her Magnezone, and the Steel-type took a ready stance in front of her while her Porygon levitated the surveillance pod next to it. “Magnezone, Zap Cannon,” she ordered, pointing at the Staryu as its target.
The attack would have been devastating, but luckily Astraea was quick to react, at least this once. It sidestepped the blast of electricity, then spun quickly, using the blinding light to mask its movement towards the Magnezone.
Xander whistled, nodding. “Sylph, assist!” The Gardevoir nodded and leapt forward alongside her Staryu companion. She wasn’t sure what she would do against the Magnezone’s armored form, but she wasn’t going to let the nitty gritty details distract her from her goal.
Amanda nodded, as if the miss had been expected. “Levitate to three meters, then attempt…” The Plasma Knight frowned. She had hoped to challenge Hikari at some point, to confirm the continued effectiveness of Magnet Rise, but at present attempting the move would not grant her usable data. “Tri-Attack,” she decided. “Same target.” Even as she spoke, a trio of colored orbs materialized above each of the Magnone’s eyes, swirling around in a ring before being launched toward their target.
Astraea barged through the energy without seeming to mind. Its rapid spinning movement would have carried it right below its target, but the Staryu’s path inexplicably curved upwards, and it slammed into the underbelly of its metal opponent. Sylph also found herself floating, and she landed softly on top of the Magnezone with a soft chuckle. Xander’s telekinesis would give them an edge, but she doubted it would be enough to ensure victory.
Amanda cocked her head, observing the other Trainer’s display of psionic power with careful scrutiny. She had not yet had time to thoroughly research her own abilities, nor to determine the appropriate circumstances in which to use them for battle, so she was unable to tell whether a response in kind would be expected as courtesy or merely allowed as an option now that her opponent had displayed them. She decided to err on the conservative side, raising a barrier for safety as she called to her Magnezone and made a sharp jerking motion across her throat. Confident the Staryu would be sufficiently threatened (and her Magnezone sufficiently deflected should its descent drift too close to her), she next turned her attention to the Gardevoir atop her Pokémon. She would need to address its threat, but how?
The solution presented itself as her Porygon’s surveillance pod crossed her vision while orbiting around the battlers. “Porygon,” she ordered, “set the pod to stationary hover, then exit and attempt Signal Beam on the Gardevoir.” She had not seen evidence that power had returned to the remainder of her team, but neither had she properly attempted it, so the point of data would still be significant.
The Gardevoir had also seen no such evidence, but she decided to err on the side of caution. “Xander, help!” she called as she launched off the Magnezone and towards the Porygon. Normally, the jump wouldn’t have carried her the full distance; with Xander’s psychic assistance, she flew towards the Porygon to try and wrap her arm around the joint where its head met its body.
Astraea was still spinning, and it bounced off of Amanda’s barrier to ricochet up towards the electric-type again.
Amanda had returned her attention to her Magnezone once more. She pulled up a short list on her Xtransciever’s C-Gear software and ran a finger down the lines. “Magnezone,” she ordered, “cease descent and use Flash Cannon on--”
The Porygon’s electronic shriek of distress grabbed Amanda’s attention. Two birds with one stone, then, she thought, her Magnezone already swiveling to the new target as she reached out with her mind to the Steel-type. “Steel against Water would be ineffective. Target the Psychic-type instead.” The now-ignored Staryu clanged against the Magnezone’s scarred underside, the damage minimal but still existent as the Steel-type blasted a beam of light energy at the Gardevoir.
Sylph cried out as the attack struck her -- dealing far more damage than she had expected. Her arm loosened, and she dropped from the Porygon to land hard on the ground below. Xander frowned. Sylph had been hit by Flash Cannons before, but she’d never taken it that hard. “You okay, Sylph?”
She nodded, standing again with a wince. “Yes, I’ll live.” She scowled. Astraea had spun around to stand beside her, and she looked down at it. “I think I have an idea.”
Xander snorted as he plucked the thought from Sylph’s head. “Do it, then!” Sylph nodded, and a moment later Astraea had been flung straight up at the Porygon hanging above them. Xander grinned. “Miss Zarth, I think now would be a good time to see that extra evolution in play!”
Amanda raised an eyebrow at the excessive damage caused by the Flash Cannon, tapping away intently at her notes in response. She looked up at Xander’s address. “Very well. We will attempt to…” The Plasma Knight cut her response short as she noticed the hard, spinning projectile that had been beaned at her already injured Porygon. “Porygon, lights out!” she ordered.
The Virtual Pokémon shot upwards into the rafters, the living Pokémon projectile hot on its tail, before vanishing into the ceiling above. Moments later, the room was plunged into pitch blackness.
”Good,” Amanda thought to both herself and her Magnezone, “this will give us time to attempt the phenomenon.” She closed her eyes, focusing first on the senses she’d felt alongside the discovery of her powers, and then--
A loud crash sounded far above, accompanied by the sound of groaning metal. Eyes snapping open, Amanda jerked her gaze above her, to where a bright starlike silhouette bounced uncontrollably between unknown objects currently indistinct in her extrasensory perception. As the light that was most likely the Staryu glided unsteadily to the ground next to its Trainer, one of the objects tipped from its mount, coalescing into the form of one of the cranes the technicians used to lift heavy machinery around the testing space…
Amanda could not tell where the crane would land, and she did not care--the safety risk was utterly unacceptable. Unbidden, a soft rainbow outline surrounded her Magnezone, and, after a nod in unison, the glow swiftly expanded into a gleaming geodesic shell before shattering to reveal the Pokémon’s Mega Evolved form. The Steel-type raced upwards, splitting into its three component cores and using each to grab a corner of the falling machinery. The Pokémon groaned loudly, a sound Amanda in particular heard herself echoing, managing to arrest the machine’s descent mere meters above the battlers’ collective heads. The duo let out a sigh of relief as the lights flickered back on, Amanda’s Porygon poking its head back into the room in response to the commotion.
Xander frowned, reaching out telekinetically. He wrapped his mind around part of the structure and pushed up to aid the Magnezone. For a moment, the link flickered, and the crane dropped again, but he caught it before it could cause any problems. “Okay, not quite how I wanted to see that happen, but it works. Let’s get this back onto its mount, and I’ll try to avoid the rafters from here on out.”
Too focused to respond verbally, Amanda shook her head, briefly pointing to the empty battlefield next to them before clenching her fist in concentration. “Gently,” she and her Magnezone told each other in unison, moving the damaged machinery aside with Xander’s assistance before lowering it softly to the ground. The Plasma agent immediately set to typing furiously at her Xtransciever, her Magnezone hovering protectively in front of her while her concentration remained compromised.