OOC: Forewarning that I did a bit of proofreading/rewording/rewriting for some small bits in this, so as to make the jams more cohesive and flow better.
IC - Gavin Braner/Jamie Arthur/Skyler/Skylark - Celadon Department Store, Stairway:
Getting off of Tristan's foreleg, Jamie was much less tired than her fellow Rocket, and had to feel sorry for him a bit. He didn't exactly have the metal muscles that carried her up the stairs.
"Of course he has so much energy, it's why we all like him so much, he has it because that's the best thing about him," Jamie reminding herself that despite that day's events, Ethan was her friend.
"As for being ready," she said as Tristan and Grummore made room for the tank to be brought to Jamie. "Indeed, I'm ready, shall we begin dismantling?" She looked towards the two Zephyr agents across from them.
Gavin nodded, a mischievous grin spreading across his face as he turned to face Skyler and Skylark again. Slowly and deliberately, he raised his hands, cracking his knuckles. "Hope you guys are ready for some payback."
The two Zephyr Agents looked at each other, uncertainty clearly etched into their features as they fully realized how badly the odds were stacked against them. "I, uh . . . like . . . guess it's too late to back out now?" Skyler asked, his voice cracking with the question. To his left, Skylark raised his own hands in a show of surrender, chuckling nervously.
"Sadly," Gavin said. He pointed to them. "Vel, get a Tailwind going for us! Kora, hit that Klingklang with Fire Fang!"
"Zoinks!" Skyler yelped. "Uh . . . uh . . . Velma Klinkly, Shift Gear and move out of the way! Daphne Duck, try to protect Velma Klinkly with Hurricane!"
"Come on, Lady-Bros, let's give our OG Skyler as much of that funky-fresh support as possible!" Skylark called. "Altaria, Sing a song of peace and everlasting love for us! Delcatty, my main girl, let's put those feline charms to good use and try to Attract our enemy gangstas into the submission of LOVE!"
"Oh no you won't! Lucan counter that peace song with some vengeful noise! Tristan show up and pointedly ignore that cat! Grummore, stop the gears in their cycles!"
Tristan, under the influence of both the Tailwind and his Bullet Punch attack, moved first in front of the Delcatty, blocking any attempts to Attract any of his allies.
Your puny attacks of feminine wiles can not penetrate my iron heart of MANLINESS!!! the Metagross telepathically yelled before flexing his muscles--and then, remembering that he also needed to attack, slowed down extremely as he sent a Hammer Arm towards the cat.
". . . What are we doing?" Jamie asked no one in particular. "We came to stop these acts of foolishness, not join in them . . ."
By that time Lucan was already crying at maximum output, his Uproar mainly serving to counteract the Sing, but also served the bonus purpose of sending damaging sound waves out to counterattack. At the same time Grummore analyzed the Klingklang's position, velocity, and acceleration, before activating Disable to stop it in its tracks.
As it happened, the Delcatty was too caught up in attempting to attract someone, anyone, that she did not realize there was a massive fist coming toward her until it struck. With a yelp of pain, she was sent flying back, slamming into the wall behind Skylark, completely dazed. Rather than risk letting her get hurt anymore, Skylark wisely chose to recall it.
Gavin sighed, equally exasperated by the Metagross's show of moxie. "Must be contagious," he muttered. "Regardless, keep up the heat, Kora! Vel, help her out!" Seconds later, he covered his ears as Lucan started screaming, drowning out the enemy Altaria's song.
The Vullaby cawed in response, continuing to flap her wings. Kora used the gusts of air to her advantage, running with them and--combined with her Quick Feet ability--gradually gained more and more momentum and speed. As the enemy Swanna flew forward, sending a powerful Hurricane down the center of the walkway, Kora veered to the left, and with incredible agility managed to run along the top of one of the left-hand hand rail. She jumped past the Swanna, aiming for the Disabled Klingklang.
And that was when a familiar white glow overtook the natural black and gray of her body. Within that light, Kora's body grew larger. Her frame elongated, teeth and fangs sharpening, head becoming flatter. Soon enough, it had faded, revealing a Mightyena where once a Poochyena had been. And just like the Poochyena, it was attacking.
An electronic groan, like that of a failing computer, sounded from Velma Klinkly as the Steel-Type unexpectedly found itself unable to actually move. Instead of fleeing, it instead turned toward the lunging Kora and fired off a Signal Beam. It struck dead on, dealing significant damage to the Dark-Type as she passed through it. Still, she managed to continue her attack, slamming into the Klingklang and latching on with fiery fangs.
She did not let go, simply biting and biting over and over again. The Klingklang groaned in anger and pain, finally managing to get the Mightyena off of itself by unleashing a Discharge attack into its immediate vicinity--unfortunately striking its Swanna and Altaria partners, as well, though they managed to remain standing, unlike Kora. Stunned, and injured from the earlier attack, the Mightyena fell to the ground.
"Kora, return!" Gavin held her Poké Ball forward, quickly returning her. In a flash, he had produced another one, which he lobbed into the air. Evris the Claydol emerged, immediately taking up a . . . totally neutral stance. "Evris, finish that Klingklang with--!"
"ZOINKS!" Skyler yelped and jumped into Skylark's arms, evidently recognizing the Psychic-Ground-Type. "L-L-Like, p-p-please, no! Not the Claydol again!"
"Relax, my main man," Skylark said, his voice a smooth melody of soothing goodness. "We got this. Yo, Altaria, stall the singing and show Mr. Metagross that you've got the mo-o-o-oves like Swagger!"
Skyler gave him an odd look. "That, like, doesn't seem very . . ." He trailed off, shaking his head. "Like, whatever. Velma Klinkly, Lock-On to the Vullaby and use Zap Cannon! Daphne Duck, use Ice Beam on the Claydol, like, pronto!"
If Swagger was capable of being Super-Effective against anything, Tristan was it (and Pelleas too, but he was not currently present). Jamie knew that. Fortunately she also knew what conditions made it hard to switch, and sad for Skylark, the Rocket Agent decided to take a page out of her fellow's book, returning the Metagross only to throw him back.
"I apologize Zephyr agents for that. I know it is extremely annoying when someone does that to you. Forgive me," she said, completely sincerely.
The other two problems weren't so easy to deal with. Other than the Metagross whom she had to retreat and send back out, no Pokémon on Jamie's could really take a Locked-On Zap Cannon, with the exception of Lucan. She considered whether or not she should have the Vanilluxe try and take the blast for the Vullaby when Lucan made the choice for her. Crying and screaming the entire time, the Ice Type threw itself in front of the Vullaby. Sent reeling by the powerful Electric Type attack, the Vanilluxe wasn't quite knocked out, but the paralysis also caused meant that he wouldn't be as reliable the rest of the battle.
Jamie was stunned though, she never thought him quite capable of such a sacrifice.
My calculations need to be readjusted . . . Grummore mentally agreed with his trainer, himself using his Psychic to try and divert the Ice Beam from its intended recipient.
If there wasn't a battle (and now the problem of the Altaria who could probably Sing freely now) to deal with, Jamie would have focused more on protecting her injured charge, but the problem had to come first. She turned to the tank of Pokémon who looked towards her.
"Whichever one of you used Shell Smash in the last battle, I need you to strike the Altaria. The rest of you, I need you to aid him." Or her, she added in her mind, but she somehow guessed (correctly) that he was a he.
Without even a need to nod, a Shellder propelled himself out of the tank, a current from Whirlpool forming beneath him and guiding him forward. As the shell of the Shellder began to lose mass as the Shellder smashed its shell, the current grew in speed as the Whirlpool began to grow in size. The Shellder using the current to propel his own increasing speed launched himself with five spears of ice towards the dragon.
For a brief moment, Gavin could not say anything, too stunned was he by Lucan's actions. Once he recovered, he nodded to Jamie. "Thanks for the save," he said. "Now, then, Evris, Teleport and use Earth Power!"
The enemy Altaria (and Skylark) only managed to show a brief look of surprise before the Dragon-Flying-Type found herself in the middle of a quadruple-whammy attack. The details of the impact could be left vague; all that was important to know was that the Shellder managed to send the Altaria flying back toward her trainer and Skyler, slamming into them and knocking them over. When the metaphorical dust had cleared, it was fainted, and the two Zephyr agents left with Doduo circling their heads.
As the Swanna's Ice Beam attack coursed through the air, the attack suddenly diverted, slamming into the ceiling above where Evris had been a moment before. The ceiling in that spot immediately froze over, icy crystals appearing and spreading out from the point of impact. By then, however, Evris was long gone, having already teleported away from that location.
It appeared an instant later in front of the injured Klingklang. Ignoring a failed attempt by Skyler to call out an order to his Pokémon, the Claydol raised its arms, the tips of its "fingers" glowing for a second before disappearing behind a powerful burst of energy. Velma Klinkly, too, was sent flying back, slamming into Skylark and Skyler right as they managed to stumble back onto their feet.
That left only the Swanna, who had not taken the turn of events in passivity. With Evris directly next to it and distracted by the aftermath of its attack, Daphne Duck flapped her wings and prepared to send off one final attack--a powerful Surf that could easily have swept the entire group of Rockets back down to the bottom of the stairwell. But this was not to be, for out of the shadows emerged a much smaller bird, who slammed into the Swanna with all the force a typically non-attacking Vullaby could muster. It proved to be enough, given the previous damage from Velma Klinkly's attack. Swanna, too, fell, and shot backward toward her trainer, landing at Skyler's feet.
The Zephyr member stared in shock and fear at his victorious opponents. As they approached, he sunk to his knees. "Like, please don't hurt us!" he begged. "We were, like, just following orders, dude!"
"I believe you," Gavin said, pushing him over and quickly handcuffing him. Jamie moved over to Skylark, doing the same to the gangster-singer-musician-terrorist. "Stay put and you'll be fine." He recalled his Pokémon, and with a nod to Jamie, headed for the exit.
Jamie held up a finger to Gavin as he started to push through the door, "Hold up a second," she said, though she was going back whether he did or not.
Her Pokémon gathered near her, with the Metagross holding the Vanilluxe of the hour in his hands.
"That was a remarkable act of bravery, Lucan. When we get home, we shall celebrate your deeds. But for now, let us take care of the rest," she said, embracing the Ice Type.
The hug lasted for a moment, before Lucan disappeared in a bright red light, returning him to his Pokeball.
At that moment, she really wanted to refer back to her earlier taunting, but now was not the time, Jamie thought as she passed the defeated pair.
"Sorry for holding you up," Jamie apologized as she returned to Gavin.
"Not a problem," he said. "Let's go."
With that, the two pushed the doors, and onto the Department Store roof.
IC - Ethan Worth/Lucia/Skyle/Windy - Celadon Department Store, Roof:
If Skyle bore any true concern over the loss of his Pokémon, he was not showing it. Instead, with a nonchalant smirk that replaced an initial look of annoyance, he merely tossed two more Poké Balls into the air. Bright flashes of light emerged from the spheres, forming into a Charizard and a Pelipper. The two Flying-Types quickly shifted into combat stances, flanked by Windy's twin Rotom.
"Well," he said. "I guess it doesn't matter, does it? Two evolutions aren't going to do you much good, and now, I've got Windy herself for back-up." He chuckled. "You two are toast."
Ethan tilted his head and rubbed his chin at this. "Nah," he said after several seconds. "Usually, toast would be fine, but given the current theme, you can just call us . . . scrambled eggs."
A beat. An utterly baffled, bewildered beat.
". . . Wha--?"
"Kada, hit 'em with a Leaf Storm!" Ethan yelled. "Paruk, Smack Down on the Rotom!" He paused. "Uh . . . I mean, the Rotom on the left! And then the other one!" He rubbed his chin again. "Actually, try hitting them at the same time, if you're up for it!"
Paruk nodded. The Crustle quickly moved into action, first slamming his fist into the ground to loosen several chunks of roof, and then picking up said chunks. With the precision of a sniper, the hurled the rocks at the two Electric-Types, striking them where they floated in the air and disorienting them enough that they began to fall down to the ground. Suppressing a chuckled himself, Kada planted himself firmly on the ground, releasing a cyclonic hurricane of razor-sharp leaves at their opponents. The storm quickly engulfed their opponents, cutting at them from every angle--save for the Charizard, who responded fast enough to incinerate a majority of the projectiles headed toward it.
"So that's how you wanna play, huh?" Skyle growled. "Alright then . . . Charizard, take them down a notch with Inferno! Pelipper, use Hurricane!"
With monstrous efficiency, the two Flying-Types complied, launching a torrent of fire mixed with a powerful, shredding wind at the group of Rocket Pokémon. At the same time, the Rotom appeared to regain their composure, and joined in by launching a barrage of Shadow Ball attacks into their midst.
"Better act fast, Lucia!" Ethan called to his teammate. Then, to his Pokémon, "Paruk, Kada, dodge as much as you can! Kada, try to block those Shadow Ball attacks with Leaf Storm; Paruk, latch onto Kada's shell and create a barrier with Stealth Rock!"
"Got it!" Lucia nodded to Ethan, as she quickly assessed which moves to use in this case. "Clara, use Water Pulse and take cover! Dedenne, Dazzling Gleam!"
The Pokemon involved jumped into action. As the Dedenne prepared a gemstone of energy in its hands, the Clawitzer strafed to the side, and launched off a Water Pulse toward the attack itself, before she got behind Ethan's Torterra to take cover and waited for the Dedenne to unleash the Dazzling Gleam, which would hopefully hit the entire opposite side.
"Now, show them a Discharge!" Lucia called out again. The Dedenne focused again, and unleashed a brilliant burst of electricity toward the opposing side; Ethan's two Pokemon were relatively safe, as was Clara thanks to Lucia's command earlier and Ethan's Torterra blocking the attack from the Clawitzer. However, Skyle's Pokemon weren't quite so lucky, as they both were weak to the electric attack--one especially so.
The Dazzling Gleam exploded on the other end of the field, its effects instantly disorienting Skyle and Windy's Pokémon. The four could only hope that their attacks would manage to connect with their targets.
Things did not quite work out in their favor.
Clara's Water Pulse effectively stopped the Inferno attack in its tracks, clearing the way for Kada and Paruk to set up their own countermeasures. A shield of leaves and stones erupted around Ethan and Lucia's team, deflecting the barrage of Shadow Ball attacks from the Rotom. There was not a lot to be done about the Hurricane attack, though all four Pokémon managed to avoid any serious damage from it thanks to a combination of their defenses and offenses.
As luck would have it, Didi's attack did little to the Dedenne's teammates--the electricity merely glanced off of Kada's shell, causing no damage whatsoever, and as a result did not touch the Crustle and Clawitzer taking cover under it. Across the field, the two Rotom appeared almost entirely unscathed, though still bore the injuries from Paruk's earlier Smack Down attack. The Charizard and Pelipper were not so lucky--Charizard struggled to move, clearly paralyzed, and Pelipper only managed to flap its wings halfheartedly before crashing to the ground. Whether it was unconscious or also paralyzed was difficult to tell, though Skyle recalling it seconds later suggested the latter.
"Nice one!" Ethan said. "Alright--let's finish these three off, shall we? Kada, use Wood Hammer on one of the Rotom! Paruk, Rock Wrecker on the other!"
"You two had better get out of there!" Skyle yelled. "Charizard, intercept with Flare Blitz!"
With a mighty growl, the Continent Pokémon charged forward. Kada move surprisingly fast for his size, quickly putting himself within range of the Rotom, who barely managed to register the Grass-Type's approach before finding itself slammed into the ground via giant tree. As the bramble lifted from its fallen form, it did not move, having fainted from the attack.
Its brother, however, proved far luckier, managing to recover just in time to phase out of the way of Paruk's attack. In turn, the Stone Home Pokémon was left to deal with the Charizard currently charging in his direction, wings and body wreathed in flames as it shot toward Ethan's Pokémon.
"This one's all yours, Clara." Lucia said. The Clawitzer aimed at the Charizard, and then quickly fired off a Water Pulse at the ailing fire lizard. Didi, on the other hand, simply waited with another Dazzling Gleam prepared for use if it was needed, as Clara turned her attention to the one Rotom that was left, and then quickly fired off a Dark Pulse at that Pokemon too, attempting to end this battle on her own--clearly wanting to make up for what happened earlier that day.
The flames disappeared in a large puff of steam as the water washed over Charizard, causing the Fire-Type to sputter and stall in confusion. Though it had not fainted from the attack, its distraction proved to be an ample opportunity for Paruk to finish the job. Charging forward, he shifted his weight so as to utilize his shell as a sort of battering ram.
Charizard recovered for just a brief enough moment to look up, eyes widening at the sight of the incoming Rock Wrecker attack. A moment later, it fell to the ground, down for the count.
Meanwhile, Rotom continued feebly to try and dodge the incoming attack. However, the damage it had taken earlier was clearly taking its toll. Its impaired judgment caused it to miscalculate just how much it would need to move to avoid the Dark Pulse; as a result, the shadowy energy slammed into its head just as it banked down, sending the Electric-Type spiraling down toward the ground. It, too, had fainted.
Skyle could only gawk in anger and surprise at the situation. He tried several times to speak, failing at each attempt, before finally managing a sharp, "What?" His hand shook as he recalled his Charizard, eyes dead set on the Rocket agent. "How . . . How could you . . .?"
"Just accept that we're stronger than you," Ethan said. The sound of footsteps behind him prompted Ethan to pause. Turning, he saw Gavin and Jamie--followed by their own entourage of Pokémon--approaching. He nodded at them with an approving smile before turning again to Skyle, taking a step forward. "Now, if you'll please excuse us, we have a Windy to stop."
"Over my dead bod--mmph!" A burst of water had shot out from Clara's pincer, striking Skyle and knocking him to the ground before he could finish his sentence. His eyes seemed to roll in their sockets as Ethan passed over him, a victim of the same status condition that had defeated his last Pokémon.
"I said 'please'," Ethan said with a small shake of his head. "Regardless, thanks, Lucia. Let's get going."
With the group reformed, they took off again, headed for what would hopefully be the final confrontation of the Celedon Department Store Heist.
OOC: Kora's new profile:
Trainer: Gavin Braner.
Appearance: Kora's eyes are blue and white as opposed to red and yellow.
Personality: Despite her species's fierce appearance, Kora is actually a very gentle and loving Pokémon. Exceedingly loyal to her owner, Kora will only attack if she or Ethan are threatened; otherwise, she will seek endlessly for a way to be your friend. Unfortunately, her antics sometimes come across as attacks, and as such several people have mistakenly become frightened by her. Her evolution does not seem to have changed her temperament that much, if anything only seeming to make her attempts to befriend those around her all the more difficult.
Ability: Quick Feet.
Specialty: Kora specializes in speed and physical attacks, particularly those that involve biting. She is extremely fast, a trait aided by her Quick Feet ability.
Known Moves: Crunch, Take Down, Iron Tail (MT,) Howl, Ice Fang (EM,) Fire Fang (EM.)