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Destiny Tower

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
"...Fine," Rayquaza said. "I accept your proposal. In two days, we shall battle again at the Colosseum. There we can expose who is right and who is wrong."

"Through battle?" Owen said, frowning. He liked battle as much as the next battle-hungry Pokemon, but he didn't think it was the best way to settle a debate like this. "How would that prove who is right and wrong?"

"It will let me see into your heart," Rayquaza said, scoffing. "I thought that was obvious. It's as Arceus said: Pokemon can see into one another's hearts through battle. If I see that again, and I see something other than the blight that flows out of you like some disease... then I am wrong. But if I see nothing but darkness... then I am right."

"A very traditional mindset," Maple remarked, frowning. "Still, this could double as a way to increase morale, if we do it in a controlled environment..."

Shield looked toward the others. "Well, Karat, I don't think you'll be allowed to fight with us."

"He won't be," Pop said. "I am going to keep an eye on him. I have a few questions, so whatever ambush you had planned won't be happening again. Feel free to make arrangements in the two days you have otherwise."

"Am I going to be under any extra security?" Shield asked.

"No," Arceus said.

Shield looked insulted. "Well--why not?"

"You do not have the strength to escape."

Pop then nodded to the others. "That will be all. Thank you again for a job well done. Take this time to rest and I will prompt you with more information as it comes. And perhaps, if Rayquaza is feeling more cooperative, he will tell us more about what drove him to side with Shield as well."
 

Ambyssin

am i spoopy?
Location
Etherium
Pronouns
he/him
Partners
  1. silvally-dragon
  2. necrozma-ultra
Pokémon see into each other’s hearts? What a load of rubbish. Had the battles they’d fought on Cibus helped them see into hearts? No. They’d fought to ward off corruption.

“Even if the puppy can’t fight back, he should not be allowed to walk as a free ‘mon until he tells us everything he’s done since waking up on this planet.”
 

TheGOAT

🗿
Location
Houston, Texas
Pronouns
Him/his
Partners
  1. serperior
Astrid frowned. Bahamut had a point, but so did Pop—and Pop was far more powerful than any of them. Something about his tone told her that he would not let Shield get in position to try anything suspect.

But on the off chance that he did, she had something prepared for him.

Other things were on her mind right now though. “…Seriously, where is Diyem? Surely he’s not just asleep or something, right?”
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
"I doubt it," Owen said. "Shield, you said you sensed someone like Diyem there, right...? Maybe... What if he was captured, or something?"

"What's more likely, the capturing of a god of darkness, or the god of darkness and an evil Mewtwo combining forces?" Shield said.

"...They sound kinda equally likely," Owen admitted.

"Realized it the moment I said it," Shield muttered. "I'll stay under house arrest. How's that? You can escort me where I need to go."

"Terms I was considering," Pop agreed with a nod. "Then it's settled. I shall make sure Karat gets similar treatment with higher security. I trust you're not going to object?" Arceus stared Karat down.

"It is not as if I have a choice," Karat said coolly, though his fists were clenched.
 

Negrek

busy dizzy lazy
Staff
"Gee, I dunno. What's more likely, that somebody captured a god of darkness, the guy who kept going on about saving the world teamed up with Evil Mewtwo #2, or that the guy who was slinging darkness slugs all over the place, which Diyem even said was a Dark Matter-y thing, and who we literally saw get caught by Evil Mewtwo #2, just happened to fucking be there?" Nate said. "Diyem was on a different fucking planet, remember?"

Nate could feel Rocky's eyes on him, and he could tell the familiar was getting nervous. He didn't like it when Nate got pissed. Yeah, well, Nate didn't like it when Nate got pissed, neither, but what the hell else was going to happen with this sort of bullshit going on? They'd barely gotten any info out of the lucario before Rayquaza had come out and suddenly everybody was raring for another fight, like that would solve anything. Bahamut was fucking right. What a fucking waste of time.

Pokémon, honest to God. It was solve everything with fighting for them, or solve everything with friendship. Or fight and then decide you're friends, whatever. No wonder the world was so fucked.

But whatever. It wasn't like Shield was fucking going anywhere. There'd be time to deal with him later. "You gonna send Silver's pokémon over to him, or should I take them?" Since no one else was jumping to volunteer.
 

unrepentantAuthor

A cat that writes stories.
Location
UK
Pronouns
they/she
Partners
  1. custom/purrloin-salem
  2. custom/sneasel-dusk
"I'm sick of having so little information," snarled Brisa. "We oughta be able to reason with each other based on what we know to be true. I'll be rectifyin' that as best I can in days to come. But in the meantime, y'can count me in fer this rematch. I'll take on anyone in a friendly challenge. Win or lose, I'll show my heart in combat."

Luz punched a fist into her palm. "Win, more likely than not! Be ready!"
 
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Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
"Oh, I'll help," Owen offered to Nate, and then gestured for Typhlosion and the others to follow. "Is that okay?" he asked Pop.

"Go ahead. I doubt they would want to flee, and they seem to only be following leadership. Now that their proper team leader is available, I have no worry that they will fall in line." Pop eyed them carefully. "He may also be the one who can translate for them the easiest."
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
Once more, the tower doors slid open, and Arceus appeared shortly after with a curt nod. He didn't seem to be in the greatest moods, though that was understandable, considering how a human had fooled so much of their cause. "Welcome," he replied politely.
 

Ambyssin

am i spoopy?
Location
Etherium
Pronouns
he/him
Partners
  1. silvally-dragon
  2. necrozma-ultra
"Are you okay after the attack?" Bahamut walked through the door and inspected the entryway for any sign of damage. "I'm sure it all must've been quite alarming."
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
"...It is rare for a god to feel helpless," Arceus replied. "Perhaps not where you are from, but typically I have only dealt with this sort of thing during Omens. ...But I shall endure." Arceus looked to Bahamut. "I think a better question would be asking the same of you. Are you well?"
 

Ambyssin

am i spoopy?
Location
Etherium
Pronouns
he/him
Partners
  1. silvally-dragon
  2. necrozma-ultra
Bahamut kept a stoic expression. "Not exactly." His tail twitched erratically. "I'm so... tired of being in a world where optimism seems to be a tangible element. My team doesn't need me. They're sick of my attitude and, with new acquisitions, can handle themselves fine in battle without my presence." The rematch at the Colosseum had proved as much. "Dark Matter has disappeared. We can no longer be properly withdrawn back to the world he summoned us to."

His core and eyes darkened. "But that's exactly the opportunity I've been waiting for. If you're truly an all-powerful being, I ask you strike me down."
 

Ambyssin

am i spoopy?
Location
Etherium
Pronouns
he/him
Partners
  1. silvally-dragon
  2. necrozma-ultra
Bahamut walked after Arceus, though his posture wasn't the greatest. "Well over a thousand years past the point I should've burnt out or gone supernova. I was getting to the end of my days before Eternatus attacked Etherium."
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
"An old age indeed. Incomprehensible to most, inexpressible to the tongues that invented mortal languages. Not truly, at least."

His natural glow dimmed. "You have my condolences, Bahamut. You were never meant to live for so long. Yet, I'm afraid if I struck you down here, there would be no good option from it for you. You may return to your patron as a shade within his being. You may be returned to your world early, and leave your team. Or you will lay adrift in a spirit world foreign to you, searching for much longer than if you'd died in the proper place."
 

Ambyssin

am i spoopy?
Location
Etherium
Pronouns
he/him
Partners
  1. silvally-dragon
  2. necrozma-ultra
Bahamut metal claws dug into the floor. "But that's just it. I can't die in my proper place." He balled his arms' claws into fists. "I'm... my core..." The necrozma lowered his head. "My real body... is corrupted. Eternatus' power... dug itself into my core. I think I... well, probably..." He was growing more uncertain as he spoke. "I think that this corrupting warps time and space around me."

His core dimmed. "So many times I've tried to... destroy my body. And my core. Baiting ferals. Lying in the path of avalanches. Hurtling myself off mountains. Into volcanoes." He shook his head. "But every time... no matter how fragmented I end up... I pull myself back together.

"With Dark Matter gone, this is the only chance I have at finally resting."
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
"I see." Arceus nodded, as though he actually listened to what Bahamut was saying. "...Hmm..."

He drifted along, contemplative, humoring something.

"I will... consider it in the future," Arceus said simply. "Your circumstances are unique. There are things that I have to look into for your sake. Your world is... distorted. It is not someplace that even Buffet can investigate from afar, let alone enter. Its properties are entirely different from my own. But if there is any way I can save you... even if it may not be until after you return, I will find a way." Arceus bowed his head. "Unfortunately, right now, it is too great a risk to strike you down. Both for Cibus and yourself. Your spirit may still have ties to that world, and you will only jettison back."
 

Ambyssin

am i spoopy?
Location
Etherium
Pronouns
he/him
Partners
  1. silvally-dragon
  2. necrozma-ultra
Of course. “I truly am cursed, then.” A bitter laugh. “Stuck in a world that’s brighter and happier than mine as a healer with the mindset and instincts of a killer.”

Bahamut turned away from Arceus. “It’s all futile. Nothing left to do but go stare at a wall until this planet is back to normal.”

Surely there had to be someone out there who thought like him. But he wasn’t in a state to consider such a thought.
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. charizard
Arceus watched him go, his eyes a little dimmer than usual. Bahamut, the fallen god who refused even the title his power suggested.

"If you ever find it in you," Arceus said, "perhaps you can speak to Kyurem, or Yveltal. While not the same... Perhaps they could be good company for you. And you have a lot of others on your team who I think appreciate what you have to say... in retrospect. Perhaps not in the moment."
 
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