IC - Sonja Baron - Four Island: Sonja turned as she heard her name, and then smiled at the sight of Ryan running toward them. Letting go of Ray, she waved. "Ryan! It's been a while!" she called, stopping to let him catch up. "How's it going?"
IC - Jupiter - Plasma Castle: Jupiter seemed unconvinced. "We'll see how that goes."
Before the conversation could continue, the Plasma attendant returned, Poké Ball in hand. She approached Evan and Jupiter, holding out the container. "Plasma Beheeyem," she said. "Please be sure to send it back as soon as you have finished your mission."
IC - Leviathan/Joker/Gavin Braner/Ethan Worth - Goldenrod City:
The stream of attacks continued, chipping away at the colossus's armor. Leviathan, for its part, still seemed unfazed by certain attacks--poisonous strikes did little to nothing to its health, given the Ghost-Type's massive size, and the same could be said for burns. The flash of Confuse Ray erupted before it, and yet Leviathan seemed hardly affected--temporarily blinded in one eye, certainly, but hardly enough to make it attack itself. Those attacks aimed at its feet went virtually noticed, including Jacob's attempts to climb toward Leviathan's chest seal. Its arms, meanwhile, were hardly independent entities, and therefore the strikes made against them did less to "distract the arms" and more to simply anger the titan further.
As Leviathan drew its fists back toward itself, it noted the flurry of attacks flying toward its head--a five-point blast of flame; powerful, raging currents of water; a large sphere of darkness that rolled forth. Sixty feet, however, was a long way to travel, and Leviathan responded by bringing its left arm forward, blocking the flames and water and shadow with its forearm. As the smoke cleared, several large cracks could be seen on its armor's surface, black lines cut across what was otherwise a teal limb. Clenching its damaged fist, Leviathan used Iron Defense, momentarily causing its body to glint with a silver light as it strengthened its physical defenses; soon after, the air around its fists chilled, as it stepped forward and used a combination of Hammer Arm and Ice Punch to slam both into the street. The impact caused a number of large ice spikes to erupt around the newly-made craters, slamming into those who stood too close, though with the side effect of opening Leviathan up for a closer attack by those who could avoid the massive, retaliatory action.
Ethan Worth and his team hardly counted in that respect. Suya managed to avoid it by virtue of emulating certain caped crusaders and slinging himself about the field (managing to throw a Stun Spore in Pelleas in the process, to unseen effect,) but aside from him, most of Ethan's team was struck, and all were knocked back into the side of a building or otherwise cut off from their trainer--who, meanwhile, found himself forced back into the now-damaged alleyway where Joker still sat, blocked from the battle by a wall of ice. As he recovered from the impact of his landing, the Rocket agent looked at the Shadow Admin. She was seated in a meditative pose in the middle of the alley, surrounded by a brightly-glowing pink aura that danced around her. Ethan considered asking her what she was doing and why she was doing it now, of all possible times, but decided against it, focusing instead on what now separated him from everyone else.
Gavin lowered his arm from his face, staring from his perch on a nearby roof at the Golurk's temporarily bowed frame. It wouldn't be long before Leviathan recovered; as such, the Rocket Agent straightened up, releasing what Pokémon he had onto the field, each of them materializing near him--save for Dothe, the Dusknoir having brought him to his position in the first place. Ignoring the mixed rain and sandstorm as best he could, Gavin point at Leviathan.
"Hit it with everything you've got!" he ordered. And so his Pokémon complied: Ithes launched a Hydro Pump at Leviathan's lowered head; Dothe floated forward, raising his hands and attacking with Night Shade; Irest planted his feet firmly in the ground, launching a series of Pin Missiles at Leviathan's back; Talsim and Evris mixed a Confusion attack, increasing its power as best they could against the Ghost-Type. From above Gavin, Sivik, too, launched a Water Pulse, though as he attacked, his body began to glow white and change form, signaling his evolution...
The first thing Joker saw as she opened her eyes was the presence of a large block of ice that had not existed previously. The next was Agent Worth walking back and forth in front of it, occasionally tapping the cold surface in an attempt to figure out a way through it. He did not seem to notice the Shadow Admin as she pushed herself to her feet, grabbing the cracked helmet in front of her as she moved and placing it over her head again. Without so much as a word of explanation, she pushed Ethan aside, raising one gauntlet-clad hand and focusing.
Pebbles of ice broke off from the wall as it shook, cracking a moment later and rising from the ground, suspended by a telekinetic force. Ignoring the stunned surprise in Ethan's head, Joker walked forward, the ice block moving with her, and entered the rainy street, turning to face the momentarily disabled Leviathan. From its stance--the fact that both of its forearms were pressed against the ground--she could tell that it had used Hammer Arm in its last attack, accounting for its current lack of motion.
That served her perfectly.
Eyes narrowed, Joker raised her other hand, clenching her fist and stepping back. With a shout, she moved forward, throwing her palm before her as if she were pitching a baseball. The massive ice block shot forward, propelled by her power, and struck Leviathan head on, sending shards and dust of ice in every direction as the projectile crashed against its head.
"All combatants, focus your attacks on a single point!" the Shadow Admin ordered, mental connections helping to project her voice. "Psychic-Types should do as much as they can to keep Leviathan from moving. Everyone else--focus on the chest or head." With a mental command, three of her Poké Balls opened, releasing another Dusknoir, an Alakazam, and a Gengar onto the field, all three of whom immediately moved to follow her orders--Alakazam helping Joker to psychically restrict Leviathan's movements, and the two ghosts moving forward, in the space beneath Leviathan's chest and the street, to launch Ice Punch and Dark Pulse, respectively, at the titan's power seal.
Joker looked directly at Leviathan, the sounds of battle becoming muted around her, locking eyes with the Golurk. Behind the sudden hatred and anger, the Shadow Admin could see the real Leviathan--as well as the truth of the matter: That there was nothing left to be done for it. Behind those feelings that were not its own, Joker sensed a plea for mercy--a plea for release from the chains Wrath and Ford had managed to place upon it.
All she could do was nod, very slightly, as the Golurk turned its head, given back to the rage...