a new year brings new expectations. civil unrest starts to manifest in the form of online criticisms that spike after the three day war. now that the region no longer has to face the threat of megalopolans, the people of hoenn turn to address smaller and more personal issues. will the league rise up to the situation? what about questionable events that have transpired, overshadowed and overlooked in the face of more imminent issues?
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?
WHEN YOU ENTER THE FIRST FLOOR, a dojo student greets you. the tower is grand, smelling of incense and wood. sunlight seeps in through the paper paneling and windows high above. before you can leave the genkan, they politely remind you to take off your shoes and to place them in the cubbies to the right side.[break][break]
ahead, a gabite awaits the party, clawed feet stomping on the ground. the dojo student beats his chest, "WELCOME TO YOUR FIRST CHALLENGE! THIS DARMANITAN STATUE HAS BEEN EMPOWERED WITH THE ABILITY TO 'MEAN LOOK' YOUR POKEMON." he huffs, "CAN YOU OVERCOME THIS STATUE'S INTIMIDATING GLARE?"[break][break]
he guides you all onto the floor and waits for you all to pick your pokemon. a rotomi is stationed to the left, should you require it. as soon as you all summon your pokemon, the darmanitan's eyes activate. they are both painted with black swirls, and glow for a MEAN LOOK.[break][break][break]
as the dojo student shouted with a burning passion. mateo's gaze had darted off elsewhere momentarily. it was as though his passion and excitement wasn't there. normally mateo would be ecstatic about taking on a new challenge, but his heart just wasn't in it...until he saw the uniform.
once mateo settled into his new attire he would feel as if he were reborn anew. tightening the tangs of his obi, he would say, "hell yeah," lowly. this was his time to start back at square one and train himself harder than before. this was an opportunity, he understood now why kyle lopez invited him.
with that out of the way, it was time to move onto their first challenge.
mateo's chosen pokemon would come to be DRAGAPULT. if the mean look did not paralyze dragapult, mateo would come to climb upon his dragon. "we're flying pass it, full throttle!" mateo, upon dragapult's back, would order it to use DRAGON RUSH. if the darmanitan did not move out of their way, it would be forced out of their way as they attempt to escape to the next challenge.
fernando was here because he probably doesn't really have any other friend-friends outside of bailey and lucas lane. june was, well, adopted into the group since they needed one more at a moment's notice.
mateo was dragged out of the hospital cause the doctor said he was getting better, but kyle wasn't so sure if he'd trust him not to kill himself again if he gets too hyped up with battle events such as this.
a rotom moves out of kyle's phone and takes the field. its ghost-typing allows it to bypass the mean look from the darmanitan statue. it had been on the old reports about a rocket admin's last stand on the same tower a year or so back. he wonders if it's the same one or if they bought another one.
kyle walks past the statue, escaping the effects of mean look.
[attr="class","spiral"]The Navel Tower is hardly recognizable after being repurposed to test a trainer's skill and flexibility. Rumors of the stylized challenges is the easiest way to arouse Fernando's attention. That or grab the attention of Team Rocket. Either scenario is equally plausible so Fernando accepts the challenge alongside the only other person Fernando knows to have a tendency to tackle battle based challenges: kyle lopez.
When Kyle mentioned he was bringing a friend, Fernando would've never thought that he'd be pulling mateo martinez out of the hospital so soon. Between his own personal injuries and the mental trauma of his aborted child, throwing himself headfirst into a possible stressful situation should've been the last thing on his mind. But Fernando keeps quiet, unwilling to protest on behalf of someone he's not familiar with, and also not caring about the choices of someone no longer under League payroll. His concerns are dismissed when Mateo spearheads their troupe into the challenge of racing for the top floor.
A shrill giggle emanates from Fernando's shoulder when his Mimikyu materializes from its SHADOW SNEAK. The Pokemon's GHOST TYPE grants it the same immunity to MEAN LOOK and Fernando continues onward. "Fernando Silph," he passes as a casual introduction to their pub, June Fair. He considers offering some of his own Pokemon to assist with the challenge but decides against it without being prompted.
June had originally thought this was going to be just her and Kyle doing some sort of training, at least that’s what Noah told her when he set this up but what she didn’t expect was the two-plus ones. One of them was an ex-Elite Four member that June figured was dead and the other was some trust fund baby who’s presence just oozed creepy boss vibes.
Thankfully she could just focus on the challenge instead of the fifty questions she had. Challenged seem simple enough, just get past the mean look and bada bing bada boom you’re home free!
Kyle had graciously given her a rental that she could use in the tower and it’d come in handy for this so she released the Alolan Marowack.
The Ghost-type wouldn’t be affected by the Mean Look and would be able to walk right past the statue. Before she’d follow behind Kyle and Mateo she looks to Fernando and waves slightly.
”Uh I'm June. It's nice to meet you.” Well he acted as weird as he looked so that checked out. June shook her head and then followed behind the rest with Marowak in tow.
THE FIRST FLOOR IS CLEARED! the dojo student moves to the side, allowing you access to the wooden staircase that leads you to the second floor.[break][break]
FIRST FLOOR REWARDS:[break]
WHEN YOU ENTER THE THIRD FLOOR, a dojo student has four pinsir lined up. their powerful pincers flex in threatening rhythms. the dojo student draws a line across her neck with a finger. "SEND YOUR POKEMON TO THE CHOPPING BLOCK AND HOPE THEY SURVIVE!"[break][break][break]
after you summon your pokemon, all of the pinsir bow forth and attack using GUILLOTINE on your pokemon.[break][break][break]
"good job, girl," a hand would come to massage the side of dragapult's head. now his attention was thrown to their next challenge: to survive the guillotine. a simple task for something that was already dead, but this would also work for one who was hard as iron: duraludon. as mateo was prepared to send it out, he would halt. "actually," he'd turn back to dragapult, "let's give it a shot. never had a ghost-type before, so i'm still getting use to this." he knew enough about them, so this was easy.
"dragapult, go forward." mateo ordered the dual-type. offering dragapult up to the guillotine, he'd watch from afar with anticipation. his mind was so focused on the challenge, due to needing this to serve as a distraction from his problems, that he'd almost forgotten that he wasn't alone. socializing would have to come later.
notes: mateo sent dragapult forward to survive the guillotine.
mateo seemed to be doing well, even with the unusually unneeded monologue that kyle has grown to tolerate with the time he has been with him. fernando seems to be making friends with june at least.
"feel free to ignore him," kyle tells june. "actually, it's best not to associate with him that much. there's some kind of rumor that whenever he's present, rocket are too."
kyle wasn't sure when this kind of kinship between the two of them started that he doesn't feel bad talking about him like that anymore. perhaps it was during the vrmmorpg craze, he guesses.
the next stage comes, and kyle's rotom persist in the field. kyle urges the rotom to move forward. there was no need for a switch since the prerequisites of the current and the previous challenge were practically the same.
[attr="class","spiral"]Their first challenge is simple enough. Imagine his surprise when their second one requires the same solution. None of the GUILLOTINES are able to grasp on to their GHOST TYPE Pokemon so their efforts are minimal at best. Unlike Mateo, Fernando makes no formal address to his Pokemon. A small nod is enough to convey his message as they seamlessly travel to the next floor.
"That's not funny, Lopez." While amusing at first, the reoccurring joke seems to invite bad joojoo every time they reference. Considering the nature of their task, the last thing they need is to jinx themselves onto an impossible floor. Fernando may enjoy a challenge but that only applies to challenges with a solution.
”Yeah you really don’t have to tell me twice on that. He comes within five feet of me and I’m decking him.” June said, replying to Kyle’s warning. And again she’d focus on the task at hand instead of the apparent Rocket attractor.
This round they had to survive the move Guillotine which when thinking about it had a pretty obvious solution.
”Okay it’s your turn. And don’t worry about it the others are doing just fine.” June wasn’t even sure that the Marowak needed a pep talk and the face it was giving her made her definitely think otherwise.
Regardless the Marowak, like the other ghost Pokémon went up to face its judgment.
”Is that Marowak usually distant?” June leaned over and asked Kyle, trying not to let the Pokémon hear her.
THE SECOND FLOOR IS CLEARED! the dojo student moves to the side, allowing you access to the wooden staircase that leads you to the third floor.[break][break]
SECOND FLOOR REWARDS:[break]
WHEN YOU ENTER THE SECOND FLOOR, a dojo student points at his hitmontop. it spins on top of a bed of deep soil. the dojo student coughs, "KUDOS ON DODGING THAT UGLY ASS PINSIR. NOW CAN YOU HIT MY HOT HITMONTOP?" he points downward.[break][break][break]
kicking up soil, his hitmontop uses the move, DIG. the hitmontop disappears into the plot of earth.[break][break][break]
[attr="class","spiral"] This challenge proves straightforward as well. There's several ways to dispatch a Pokemon that's buried underground and Fernando opts for the most basic technique: EARTHQUAKE.
It's the only warning they'll get aside from the sight of his Bronzong. Among all of the Pokemon that knows this technique, the steel bell is the smallest and least intrusive. "EARTHQUAKE," he commands. Opposed to the standard method of causing the ground to tremble, the Bronzong rings itself several times. Loud vibrations echo from inside, pulsing into the floor beneath them and causing a fissure to snake toward the hidden Hitmontop.
with their next trial came a new pokemon. after returning dragapult to his ball he would call out next, though hesitantly, sceptile. the pair would look off toward opposite ends for a brief moment, "uh, so..." mateo would give his next order, "use mimic, sceptile..." and just as instructed he would copy FERNANDO SILPH's pokemon. a second tremor would start within their attempt to force the hitmontop out one way or another.
notes: hi, have a crap response. fuck you kyle his monologues are necessary you introverted turd.
"yeah, i think he misses his mom, or something like that."
kyle doesn't really know and he just puts out some bullshit he has learned from the pokedex. arceus knows if what was written there is actually accurate, or else he'll just have his manectric and boltund and arcanine and a lot of his other pokemon run at mach speed.
upon the next challenge, he gets his rotom back to his phone and withdraws another pokemon. "earthquake," he orders, still on the rotomi, as he throws out the pokeball to release his tyranitar.
the tyranitar stomps on the ground and shakes the floor to the core.
Kyle’s response to the Marowak question had her staring down at the Pokémon and then back to Kyle. ”Wait whatya mean that he misses his mum? What’d you do steal it from its family?” And with the next challenge starting she wasn’t getting an answer to that.
All she could do is feel bad for the poor little guy and return the Pokémon to its Pokéball. While the others tackled the challenge June shuffled through the capsules she had to find the right one while thinking that she thought the Pinsir was alright why that guy would have to call it ugly.
”Here we go.” She finally found the right one and let out Mudsdale. ”Uuuuh use Earthquake.” It was lucky that the move was really useful in this situation.
She didn’t know any of its other moves and she felt the horse knew that but still did the move anyway, shaking the ground like the other Pokemon.