OOC: Minun: I don't think it's going to be possible to bring Jamie into the Sinjoh fight at this point without a serious amount of metagaming, but she could theoretically be informed of the battle at Lilycove by James or someone and presumably teleported there.
IC - Jackson Sang - Chapel: The sound of approaching voices threw Jackson off. It was not because he didn't think he could handle them, no--it was because of how many there were. That indicated to him that whoever was coming was doing so with a purpose. In other words, the perfect opportunity to figure out what was going on here. With a gesture to Tracer, the assassin rolled over to a nearby vent, quickly unscrewing it and opening it. He climbed in, followed closely by the now-untransformed Ditto, and pulled the grate closed. From the shadows, he listened.
He was not able to catch much of what was said, due to the loud fan blowing behind him, but from the sounds of it they were opening cells. Jackson heard several terrified prisoners begin to whimper and shout, some of them apparently fighting back before... nothing. Silence replaced their screams. Jackson frowned. From his vantage point, he could see the guards beginning to drag people away, one, two, three--five in total. Once they had gone, another person walked by, moving over to the console that Jackson had been at before. This man appeared to be wearing a lab coat, and moved with a smug authority that Jackson found he held a rather high distaste for. Before long, the man left, leaving the place empty once more.
Slowly, Jackson opened the grate, sliding out of the vent. He looked at Tracer as the Ditto resumed a human form. "Let us never cut corners like that again," he said flatly. The Pokémon nodded. Eyebrow raised, Jackson stared at the exit, thinking.
"That guy messed with the computer," Tracer noted, moving toward it. "Wonder what they were up to..."
"I think I know," Jackson said. "Come on. If I'm right, they'll lead us right to Mr. Ketchum." Without waiting for a response, Tracer nodded again, following after his trainer...
IC - Blackskull & co. - Hearthome City:
Crobat, Honchkrow, Mandibuzz, Fearow, and dozens upon dozens of others... The Darkrais' forces were indeed diverse, but they were nothing compared to Ho-Oh's might--the power of light, shining full-force on the darkness before it, aiming to eliminate an unnatural abomination from the world. The phoenix flapped his powerful wings as a hundred attacks shot toward him from every direction, Air Cutters and Dark Pulses and a dozen others. Pulling his wings against his body, Ho-Oh used Protect. A golden shield appeared around him, encasing the bird in light, blocking the attacks. Smoke filled the air, mixing with the airborne shadow to blind all those who flew within.
When it cleared, Ho-Oh remained, eyes glowing with energy as electricity danced across his rainbow wings. With a loud caw, the bird unleashed his Thunderbolt attacks, striking his adversaries. Many of them fainted from the attack, collapsing and beginning to fall; as they did, Ho-Oh's followers rushed forth, grabbing them and helping them to safely land on the various buildings below, where they rested. To some, the act might appear odd, but in truth, it was not. Ho-Oh did not seek to kill those who were swayed by the darkness; the phoenix sought only to destroy the corruption itself.
With the way cleared again, the Rainbow Pokémon moved forward, getting into position again. Once more, as he stared into the spiraling tower, Ho-Oh felt as if he were being watched from the shadows. He did not let these dominate his mind, however, instead willing flames to surround his wings as he prepared a combined Sacred Flame and Sky Attack, aimed directly at the Void Tower...
Ariadne, Vé, Vili, Odin
Ariadne had to admit that she was impressed as she saw Ho-Oh deal with his attackers. Noting that the Rainbow Pokémon was charging up an attack, she mentally directed her fellow Deoxys forward. The group flew in a triangle formation, Vili taking point with his Defense Form. The DNA Pokémon spun together, perfectly in synch, as they fought their way toward Ho-Oh, watching as each felled Pokémon was caught and escorted away by one of Ho-Oh's Flying-Types.
The act greatly puzzled Ariadne, though she did not question it. She, too, knew that the true target here was the Void Tower, not those that it had summoned as a last-ditch attempt at life. At last, the group arrived at Ho-Oh's location. Ariadne fired an Ice Beam attack at a pair of Mandibuzz that had moved too close, knocking them away from their target. The Deoxys moved next to Ho-Oh, commanding her troops to take over defense for a moment.
Ho-Oh, she greeted, bowing to the phoenix. It's a pleasure to meet you at last.
The same to you, Matriarch of the Deoxys, Ho-Oh replied. Ariadne bowed her head slightly, embarrassed by the title now. The bird seemed to smile. Wear that title proudly, Matriarch. You have earned it.
Thank you, Ariadne answered. She watched as Vili used Mirror Coat to deflect a Dark Pulse from an opposing Honchkrow. Vé was busy shooting across the field, making use of Double Team and Flash Cannon to distract as many opponents as he could. Meanwhile, Odin had taken it upon himself to challenge a flock of Fearow, teleporting around their attacks and striking back with a variety of attacks. The Matriarch looked back at Ho-Oh. Do you have a plan for when you breach the tower?
With any luck, someone will get in, the phoenix answered. Perhaps you could see to it that someone does?
I will try, Ariadne answered. Saluting the Rainbow Pokémon, she transformed into her Speed Form, taking off and broadcasting a telepathic message to any friendly agents in the area... Ho-Oh is charging an attack. Prepare to enter the tower.
IC - Kyle Eston/Sheik/Eight - Sinjoh Ruins:
With a sweep of her hand, Eight unleashed her attack. Blinding jets of electricity shot forth through the air, crackling loudly as they leaped toward Kyle, Sheik, and Jaeda. Hardly was there time to blink before Sheik moved in front of the attack, allowing the electricity to strike her, absorbing the attack and using it to provide herself with extra energy. Eight growled, drifting back slightly, observing her opponents with an ireful interest. Kyle stared straight back at her, grabbing another Pokéball from his belt. With the click of a button, it enlarged. "My turn."
He tossed it into the air. The Liberty Agent pointed at Eight. "Jaeda, use Metal Claw!" With a roar, the Charizard complied, taking to the air and charging forward. The Flame Pokémon's claws extended, becoming as hard as iron as she flew toward Eight, swiping forward. The Darkrai dodged the attack with ease, raising her hand to unleash a Shadow Ball attack, though was surprised and thrown off-balance when Jaeda almost immediately turned around, forcing the Ancient to dodge again.
With Eight distracted, Kyle looked at Sheik, pointing at the Mienfoo that had materialized in the air. "Sheik, use Magnet Rise, catch Sanshou, and help out Jaeda," he said quickly, catching Sanshou's Pokéball as it came back down. Sheik nodded. Crouching, she formed a magnetic field around herself, powerful enough to allow herself to float several feet off the ground, and leaped upward. Sanshou grabbed hold of the Raikou's fur, planting herself on the Thunder Pokémon's back as they ascended toward Eight and Jaeda, coming in from behind the Darkrai.
Eight turned her head as she heard the approaching crackle of electricity. Thrusting her hands forward, she knocked Jaeda's arms to either side, immediately launching a series of Thunderbolts from her fingertips to knock her back. With her current threat taken care of, the Darkrai crossed her arms, dissipating into the darkness before either Sheik or Sanshou could attack. She reappeared beside the approaching pair, unleashing a Roar of Time at point-blank range, disorienting the pair and launching them across the room and away from each other. Eight chuckled, pointing at her two helpless targets as she prepared to finish them off...
... Only to be interrupted as something large struck her from behind, throwing off her aim. The culprit was Jaeda, who had recovered and was now racing toward Sheik, managing to catch her before she slammed into either the ground or wall. As Eight righted herself, she saw a Gliscor swoop by as well, clipping her with a Poison Jab before catching Sanshou. Both of the Flying-Type's carried their cargo back down to the ground, gently placing them in front of Kyle and moving to stand guard, giving them time to recover from Eight's attack. The Darkrai clenched her fists, maintaining an even distance from the trainer and his team.
"You humans are more trouble than you're worth," she spat.
"Conquering us wouldn't be as fun if we weren't, now would it?" Kyle asked pointedly, crouching down to pick Sanshou up. He held a finger in front of her face, testing her reaction. "Regardless, thanks--I'm glad I'm considered a nuisance now as opposed to just a human." Frowning, the trainer pulled a Sitrus Berry from his bag, feeding it to the barely-conscious Fighting-Type. As Sheik shook her head, forcing herself to stand up, Kyle pointed at her, sending several quick jolts of electricity at her from his glove. She nodded in gratitude as she felt the lightning rejuvenate her.
"Don't flatter yourself. You are still just a human to me," Eight growled. Lifting a hand, she launched a Shadow Ball at the group, which Jaeda met with a Flamethrower. The two attacks collided, light and darkness cancelling each other out. "You're a brat to be conquered, corrupted and bent to our whim, just as countless others have--other humans, other Pokémon, cities and continents, even Arceus himself, once upon a time. What can you possibly hope to accomplish by yourself?"
Kyle looked up at the Darkrai, cold fury burning in his eyes. Picking up his Mienfoo, he returned the injured Pokémon to her Pokéball as he rose to his feet. "What you and others like you don't seem to understand is that I am not alone," he said flatly. Eight's eyes narrowed uncertainly. "Not one of us is alone. Look around you, Darkrai. You and every single one of your comrades are fighting battles without any support--one against many. We are united. And that is why I know we will win." Kyle's eyes glowed with the power of Space as he spoke, causing an aura of energy to surround each of his Pokémon--including those not on the field. "I hope you're ready, because you're about to pay for the damage you've caused--all of it."