OOC: Dralcax: Sure.
Blade: Righty right.
Konuju: Oui, c'est tres excéllent! The RPG's certainly taken a lot of turns that I never would have expected. I'm glad to be a part of it.
Also, now seems like a pretty good time to make this announcement. As you all know and remember by now, we have done... well, quite a lot of damage to the various regions in RotR at this point--melting Lavaridge, destroying Ecruteak, blowing up large parts of Castelia, etc. Obviously, all of this has been pretty taxing on people, both OOC and IC. As such, once the Darkrai plot ends, I intend to initiate a several-months-long timeskip in-game so as to catch the RPG up to real time--moving the game from late December to, for a rough estimate, mid-May.
This will allow us to reset some things and gloss over a few details/a rather boring reconstruction period where the damaged portions of the land are repaired and what not, on top of giving our characters an in-game break. Plus it'll help to set up some near-future stuff--like that teaser. >:]
So yeah. Fair warning~
Also--no comments or questions about that picture I linked to? I am disappoint. How about this one? (Seriously. Someone ask. I've been dying to say, "I can't tell you." ever since I last posted. )
IC - Blackskull/etc. - Hearthome City: Blackskull tried to force his way through the crowds of Pokémon as well, though found that it was impossible with the sheer number of enemies in the area. Still, he could see at least a few others moving forward, so as long as they made it, all would be fine--they would get another chance soon, otherwise.
"Alright, let's keep it up!" he yelled to his allies, rallying them for another attack...
IC - Goldhawk/etc. - Lilycove City: The battle raged on like a war zone. Goldhawk's entire team had been sent out, and each of his Pokémon were busy tackling at least three opponents apiece. As they battled, the ground beneath the Liberty Leader's feet shoot, as Groudon continued its approach. That meant that Kyogre and Rayquaza would not be far behind...
Someone shouted, pointing to the sky and prompting Goldhawk to shift his focus. The clouds above were parting, and from them a large, green dragon descended, roaring as it appeared in the sky. At the same time, the ruins of Lilycove shifted as the ground split open. Ground emerged from the rubble, letting loose his own roar as he launched a Solarbeam at a group of enemy Pokémon, his Drought ability forcing the shadows to disperse in random areas and allowing the sun to make brief appearances. From the ocean, a powerful Ice Beam launched, sniping a dozen Fearow out of the sky with shocking accuracy. Kyogre, too, had finally arrived.
Goldhawk smiled. Now the real fun would begin...
IC - Kyle Eston/Sheik/Eight - Sinjoh Ruins: Eight merely smiled darkly at Kyle's words, even as his allies rallied in their efforts all around them. She paid no heed to the trouble that Two was in, nor to the damage being inflicted on the other Darkrai by their respective targets--not even those fighting the Gym Leaders nearby, or the Heroes of the Creation Triad. Her focus was on Kyle and his team alone.
"A worthless human will never be able to defeat me," she spat. "No matter how optimistic they may be. Do recall that next to the Master, I am the second strongest of the Darkrai--Eight. You have no hope of victory!" Fully recharged now from her Roar of Time attack, Eight raised her hand, opening a portal of darkness beneath her opponents in an attempt to put them to sleep. Immediately, Sheik leaped away, followed by Ruj. Jaeda grabbed Kyle, flying him over to a safe area, using herself to shield him against a Shadow Ball attack as they landed. She grimaced in pain, but appeared okay.
Kyle patted the Charizard on the neck in thanks, watching as Ruj and Sheik surrounded Eight. The Darkrai paid no heed to them, keeping her eyes on him. He scanned the field for only a moment before nodding at Jaeda, gesturing for her to go forward. As she stepped in front of Eight, Kyle grabbed Kitheus's, Daiga's, and Kovian's Pokéballs. "I guess it's a good thing I'm not the one who's going to defeat you, then," he said to the Darkrai. She frowned. "Like I said, I'm not alone here. I've got my Pokémon to help me. What do you have, Eight?"
As Kyle said this, several things occurred. Eight released an angered growl, thrusting her hand forward and launching a Thunderbolt at Kyle. Jaeda charged forward, empowered by Jaydes's Lucky Chant and Kyle's temporarily affiliation with space, dodging around the attack and delivering a powerful Metal Claw to Eight's side before the Darkrai actually realized what was happening. She managed to shadow-jump into the air as Ruj aimed a Poison Jab at her, causing the Ground-and-Flying-Type to be struck by Sheik's Thunderbolt, though took no damage. Kyle himself released the remainder of his team, Daiga absorbing the attack from Eight as he emerged.
Time seemed to slow down as the Liberty agent watched everything take place before him. As soon as he saw teleport into the air, he pointed. "Everyone, now!" he called.
Six aura-surrounded Pokémon answered, sped up and strengthened by the very bonds that connected them. Eight emerged from the darkness just in time to see Daiga curled up and flying toward her, striking the Darkrai with Rapid Spin. As he fell back to earth, he twisted, launching a Swift attack directly in front of her, momentarily blinding her with the light from the stars of energy that he had summoned. Her vision swimming now, Eight could barely make out the silhouette of Jaeda flying towards her again, one set of claws glowing silver, the other glowing purple.
As Jaeda roared, swinging her claws at the Darkrai, Eight swiped her own hands to the side. A tear in space appeared before her, which Jaeda's claws swung into, reappearing behind the Charizard and cutting into her back. The Flame Pokémon roared again, pulling her arms back and unleashing a Flamethrower attack at Eight as she prepared to hurl a Thunderbolt at her opponent. Both Pokémon retreated, barely avoiding their enemy's attack. Eight's reprieve was not to last, however, as she was immediately assaulted by a combined Thunderbolt attack from Sheik and Kitheus, knocking her back into a Water Pulse from Kovian. Gripping her head as the sonic attack confused her, Eight could do nothing to dodge another Thunderbolt from the electric pair, which was amplified by the water on her body.
Finally, Ruj swooped down, slamming into Eight with another Poison Jab. The Darkrai screamed in pain and rage as she crashed into the ground, immobile for barely a moment before she began to push herself up again, glaring at her adversaries as they formed a ring around her.
"Enough!" she shouted. "I refuse to fall now!"
Give it up already, Arthes...
"Do you have much choice?" Kyle asked. "You're beaten, Eight. Give it up."
"Beaten?" There is nothing else for you to do, Eight. "Beaten!? I'll show you beaten!" Eight-- Kyle covered his ears as a head-splitting scream sounded, another Roar of Time from the Darkrai. It seemed to go on and on, slamming into each of his Pokémon, wracking each of them with unbearable pain, though in reality it lasted only a few moments. Such was the power of Time. He could barely look up even when the attack subsided, eyes widening as he saw his entire team on the ground. In the middle of them stood Eight, hunched over with a primal rage, eyes wide with anger. In a flash she had shot forward, grabbing his by the throat and slamming him into the wall behind him. Kyle could barely gasp through her grip on his neck.
"Who's beaten now, worm!?" Eight hissed. White spots started to appear in Kyle's vision as she raised a fist. Holding his breath, the Liberty agent closed his eyes, turning his head...
A rush of wind swept over them, catching Eight by surprise. The next instant, Kyle saw a bright, green flash through the darkness of his eyelids, accompanied by an intense wave of heat and a scream from Eight. As he opened his eyes, the Darkrai's grip loosened, and she dropped forward against him, barely conscious. Kyle collapsed under her weight, through managed to push her off and pull himself away, catching his breath as he did so. The agent ran a hand over his throat, coughing from the pressure Eight had put on it, in shock from both her sudden surge of power and the danger that his own overconfidence had put him and his team into. To his... relief? Horror? He wasn't sure what to feel. Regardless, no one else had noticed what happened, judging from their continued focus on the other Darkrai. So, then... what was that...?
He looked at his team, eyes wide as he tried to figure out what had happened. He could only assume Jaeda, but the Charizard was lying on the ground, seemingly unaware of anything going on around her, so he ruled out that possibility. Shaking his head, he scrambled forward, quickly using whatever healing items he had on his Pokémon.
As his Pokémon began to stir, Kyle moved over to Sheik, placing his palms on her side and activating his gauntlets. Electricity flowed into her, restoring her health little by little, until finally she awoke with a start, grimacing as she tried to move. Kyle--? What... I'm...
"Sheik," Kyle said quickly, lying his head on her side in relief. Even so, he still shook uncontrollably. "I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. I... I underestimated her..." He clenched his fist, looking at her. "That could have ended so much worse than it did..."
Sheik was silent for a moment. But... it didn't, she said simply, licking his face. Unless I'm in the Dark World... Seems different than I imagined... But no; don't fret over this. The Raikou looked at Eight. She's not a threat... for now.
Kyle nodded weakly as his other Pokémon began to recover, moving to join them. The Liberty agent looked about the large chamber, his breaths slowly steadying. "I'm glad no one had to see that," he said, sighing. "Seeing your motivational speaker almost get killed right after his motivational speech... Pretty sure that wouldn't be good for anyone involved..."