A PARK IN VERDANTURF has opened for those wishing to have a picnic under the spring blossoms. A local bakery brings in pastries for park-goers to try, while mini-games are held to celebrate the vernal vibrancy of the land.
after the ultra beast war, hoenn begins to heal. the megalopolan invasion may have failed; however, it is clear there is much more at stake. a prophecy revolving around a cyclical meteoroid, the appearance of necrozma and a dangerous and viral alien threaten the safety of the region once more.
with rocket's new boss, the resurgence and reappearance of the crime syndicate's presence is imminent. the league has done its best to repair its reputation, and with the victory of a war under their belt, perhaps it is enough. but the seeds of distrust have already been sown in the ravaged land of this region, causing many to wonder what will grow?
serperior's overgrow is active: harvest time reduced by 50%
MAY 15: planted custap, rowap and colbur berries[break] MAY 29: harvested custap[break] MAY 31: planted kebia berry[break] JUNE 12: harvested colbur and rowap berries[break] JUNE 12: planted two custap berries[break] JUNE 14: harvested kebia[break] JUNE 14: planted rowap[break] JUNE 28: harvested two custap berries[break] JUNE 28: planted one micle berry and one salac berry[break] JULY 12: harvested rowap berry and micle berries[break] JULY 12: planted passho and custap berries[break] JULY 26: harvested salac and custap berries[break] JULY 12: planted salac and micle berries[break] NOVEMBER 1: harvested micle, salac and passho berries[break] NOVEMBER 1: planted two salac berries and kebia berry[break] DECEMBER 13: harvested kebia berry[break] MAY 16: harvested two salac berries[break] MAY 16: planted two salac berries and micle berry[break] JUNE 2: harvested micle berry[break] JUNE 2: planted occa berry[break] JUNE 23: planted 2 custap berries[break] AUGUST 25: harvested 2 custap berries and occa berry[break] AUGUST 25: planted 2 salac berries and passho berry[break] SEPTEMBER 22: harvested 2 salac berries [break] SEPTEMBER 22: planted passho and figy berries [break] NOVEMBER 7: harvested passho berry [break] NOVEMBER 7: planted salac berry [break]
a healthy looking meowth whines for your attention during your maintenance of the garden. crying, it points a wobbly claw toward your ripening rowap berry, mewing for food, knees wobbling as if the cat were about to collapse at any moment.
looking over to the sobbing meowth with its tiny outstretched paws, persephone freezes for a moment. it doesn't look emaciated, but she appreciates the pokemon's flair for the dramatic.
the meowth may be crying, but at least he has the decency to be polite and more or less ask permission rather than simply going directly for the berries.
having said that, she's reluctant to simply hand over the rowap berry. indeed, the sentinel serperior raised its head to stare the meowth down for a long moment before curling back down on the soil to bask in the sun.
"i promise you i have more acceptable food inside," persephone coaxes, offering the pokemon an empty capsule and a soft smile.
male - iron fist[break] mach punch / silver wind / light screen / comet punch / swift
DISPERSING GLOWING POWDERS, the ledian cruises the garden in the night time. although a ledian's effervescent lights are signs of prosperity and good luck, this bug's interest hones in on the passho berry tree. seeing that the berries are yet to ripen, the ledian, with its twitchy fists, launches a flurry of blows upon the stalk as if it were a punching bag.[break][break]
the serperior raises his head laconically and stares at the wild pokemon with something akin to contempt. he doesn't, however, actually make any attempt to thwart the attempted desecration of the garden. the snake lowers his head and continues to snooze.
by some stroke of luck, persephone is also roused by the sound of the assault. standing at the hut's door, she peers through the darkness for a long time, attempting to discern the source of the noise. at seeing the ledian, she cries out in alarm and - driven by bizarre impulse - initially forgoes releasing a pokemon entirely.
persephone picks up a nearby pebble and throws it at the pokemon. the stone makes a wonderful arc in the air because she's at least practiced in the art of tossing pokeballs. releasing her chandelure - that, at her direction catches, the ledian in a telekinesis - is almost an afterthought.
persephone feels the lazy gaze of the serperior on her and almost feels judged. she spreads her hands weakly to the wild pokemon as though attempting to reason with it.
"don't... do that?" she suggests. maybe she would have caught it, but the chandelure engulfs the wild pokemon in a heat wave that illuminates the area much like an errant fireball. the ledian automatically fails its dex save on account of the poke-hold person and takes 8d6 damage.
male - thick fat[break] smelling salts / force palm / whirlwind / heavy slam / knock off
THIS HARIYAMA HAS UNLOCKED A SECRET TECHNIQUE. by spinning very, very fast, the hariyama has discovered that they can harness the winds. able to unleash gales to send their opponents away, this sumo wrestler attempts to find other uses for their power. for example, they can use the winds to knock off the berries on your trees. great, right?[break][break]
in truth, persephone's attempts at caring for the berries have been lackluster at best, and she increasingly has to rely on her grass type pokemon to do it for her. as the pokemon toil away, persephone idly rolls fresh snow into little balls and stacks them on top of each other in something resembling a miniature snowman.
she'll tell herself she's "overseeing" their efforts.
the wind picks up suddenly, and her pokemon's heads snap up to search for the source, and there it is, a proud-looking hariyama swirling his limbs so quickly a wind billows around them. persephone's pokemon cry out in unison and surge forward - serperior wraps around the wild pokemon to smother its movements, while decidueye and leafeon leap to attack with leaf blades.
persephone winces and throws an empty capsule to secure a capture.
LUMINEON ATTACKS THE GARDEN! actually, is it? this winged fish flops around your garden, bouncing around like... well, a fish. how it got here? no one knows. but it seems to be struggling with enough force that it muddies your plot.[break][break]
persephone might not have noticed the intruder had her serperior not alerted her to the presence - she supposed this is why she had it guard the garden plot in the first place.
not even unfolding the two short arms the pokemon kept folded behind his back, the serperior slid forward to WRING OUT the venonat, smothering it so it could barely move. persephone could sort of make out signs of the wild pokemon's struggle - pin-prick sized punctures of the serperior's scales in a tell-tale POISON FANG.
persephone sighed and took out an empty pokeball capsule, readying to throw it at the venonat.
"hey let go of that, will you?" she called out to the serperior. the pokemon seemed to hesitate - as though pride wouldn't allow it - but then did as instructed. the venonat dropped the ground, feet pawing at the air as it tried to regain its balance.
it didn't even see the pokeball being thrown before it made contact, sealing it inside.
"i don't know why you're so needlessly hostile," persephone said to the serperior when she picked up the pokeball and wiped the soil off it.
the serperior regarded her for a long moment, raised its chin in a characteristically cocky manner, and silently slid back to coil among the freshly planted berries.