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Destiny Tower

Dragonfree

Ace Trainer
Staff
Location
Iceland
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Partners
  1. butterfree
"Yeah, hating the game is what I'm doing, thanks," Dave said. Something about Arceus's expression and demeanor had changed, a shift that made his hackles rise and the Poochyena brain scream at him. He stayed rooted on the spot, claws digging into the floor. "Jesus, you think I'm here to ask you to stop existing? I'm not asking for shit. This discussion started because you didn't like being called supreme overlord of Cibus. I don't care what terms you use, but if you're so powerful you can do whatever the fuck you want and there's no one who could stop you, at least fucking own it."

Mia's eyes were narrow slits, watching Arceus. "You said you wanted to make sure Cibus can continue without your power. That implies you're worried about it."
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
"I am," he replied to Mia. "I am worried for it because I do not see myself as its ruler, but its protector. In a practical sense I am both, but there is a lot of power behind perspective, especially in a world like this one, where desires can manifest by power and will alone." He turned his gaze to the great, Blacklight sphere that loomed over them. "This is the greatest threat Cibus had ever faced. Not even I know the magnitude of what I am fighting. So I must prepare for the worst, even if I am hoping for the best. But even if I am gone... I am confident that Cibus can continue without me. As it should. Otherwise... I would be a failure as its protector. The greatest protection I can give it is the power to stand on its own."
 

Dragonfree

Ace Trainer
Staff
Location
Iceland
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Partners
  1. butterfree
Arceus turned toward Mia instead, and Dave exhaled slowly, his heart still racing. Protector, huh. "What do you mean, power behind perspective, desires can manifest by power and will alone?" Maybe that just meant shit like Dark Matter, this notion of vague negative thoughts congealing into some sort of entity? Christ, if the power of positive thinking was an actual law in this universe he was going to go insane. "What do you use your power for? Do you pull it out only for this kind of shit?"

"How are you going to draw the attack toward you? Could you get on the other side of the moon, and make it hit the moon instead?" Okay, Mia's brain was entirely elsewhere.
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
Pop gestured to himself. "Your powers are no different. This is a world that has every entity on it as someone who is a little demigod. Pokemon are all gods in their own way, capable of Creation. Of energy, of matter, of power, of desire. Just because a Legend and myself are capable of more of it does not mean we are fundamentally different.

"...But my methods... I have seen how that attack operates. Joule aimed it at Destiny Village, but I can attract energy toward me if I am far enough away from Joule. It is too strong to redirect away, but I can still attract it to me. With luck, I can end the attraction enough that it strikes something else that isn't of consequence. Enough to neutralize it. Giratina gave me a map of the Reverse World, and I believe I found somewhere safe that is nearby. If all goes well, I, too, will dodge the hit."
 

Dragonfree

Ace Trainer
Staff
Location
Iceland
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Partners
  1. butterfree
Mia cocked her head. "If you get behind something else, you shouldn't have to end the attraction to make it hit it."

Arceus wasn't giving much of a straight answer about how he used his powers, huh. Dave rolled his eyes. "I mean, sure, you can define demigod to include literally everyone, but that doesn't actually mean much of anything. You say you're not a ruler but a protector. So does that mean you're pretty much noninterventionist, except when Cibus is facing world-ending threats, or I guess when Maple wants to literally murder people?"
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
Pop nodded. "That is the policy," he said. "I suppose now and then I would assist with small tasks, but... I do not publicize that." He looked ahead. "Mortals should know how to handle themselves on their own. The Legends and I won't be around forever by their side. We often slumber during eras of peace, but considering it hadn't been long since Dark Matter, we plan to stay awake for another century or so... just in case."
 

Dragonfree

Ace Trainer
Staff
Location
Iceland
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Partners
  1. butterfree
Well, that was certainly one way of doing it. Create the world, then leave it alone unless you really have to. Problem of evil: God doesn't do anything about it because mortals should know how to handle themselves. Sure.

"What happens if you wake up and, you know, something horrific has happened? Is that just an oh well, too bad?"
 

Dragonfree

Ace Trainer
Staff
Location
Iceland
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Partners
  1. butterfree
Dave nodded slowly. He supposed if you had to have a god, the world playing out to the furthest degree possible as if there weren't one but maybe he can wave a magic wand to prevent a catastrophe now and then might be about the best you could fucking hope for.

"Dave's Radiance can make shields to protect you. Maybe that would help, if you don't have time to go behind the moon."

"Mia, I'm not..." He gritted his teeth. "Look, that's hardly going to help against that fucking thing." He glanced up at Arceus. Right? He'd better not have to start this fight protecting a god.
 

Dragonfree

Ace Trainer
Staff
Location
Iceland
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Partners
  1. butterfree
Dave peered at Arceus, frowning.

Mia's train of thought made more sense than he liked to admit. At this point, yeah, he believed that Arceus legitimately thought he might not survive this. And it didn't sound like the fake sort of god death where they're actually undying and just suffering artfully for effect, either. He was figuring he'd be gone and the world'd have to go on without him. Which would be fine, one less god in the world. But also, he was literally the reason Maple hadn't murdered the lot of them.

And, well, as gods went Dave liked him a whole lot more than Maple, at any rate.

"What if, hmm, someone teleports you out of the blast radius just before it hits? Or, I guess, makes a portal and closes it as soon as you're through?" God, why.
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
And to this, he paused. "...Teleported me directly out of the blast the moment I collided?"

It sounded like he hadn't considered the possibility.

"That would put them in danger, though," he said, which was likely why it hadn't crossed his mind. "If they were close enough to try to Teleport me away, what if that also resulted in them getting caught in the blast, too? If the Teleport was suppressed..." But he was still thinking about the possibilities. "...I'll consider this. Find a way to make it safe for others..."
 
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