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POSTED ON Jul 28, 2020 11:17:16 GMT
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The topographic map is spread in front of her and Skyler leans forward to study it.

The expedition, she is told by an excited archeologist, had been months in the making. Skyler herself had only been contacted fairly recently to be the head of the expedition, her reputation as a professional diver and independent treasure hunter having grown as of late.

Most people going on this expedition are scientist types and history enthusiasts. Skyler is their navigator and -- well, she doesn't want to say leader exactly, but she's responsible for making sure everyone gets back safe and sound. Captain Dross still sounds weird to her.

"Dr. Cavalli, will you please take a look?"

The man in question is one of the scientist types that was asked to join the expedition -- and the one Skyler trusts the most to keep a clear head when it comes to practical issues. Honestly, most of them are like excited children that can't see anything beyond their books and theories...

'Legendaries save me from overly eager scientists. I'm half expecting one of them to just stumble into the water at this point...'

Skyler points at the map, close to the location of the ruins they have been sent to investigate. "This is our entry point," she says, then moves her finger slightly to the side. "The entrance should lead us to an underwater cavern and from that point forward we exit the water and go on foot."

After that was uncharted territory, so they'd have to deal with unknowns. Fortunately only a small group was going forward this time, including Skyler and Dr. Cavalli.


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Gavin, or 'Patrick Cavalli', as he was known to the expedition, stands apart from the excited chatter of his fellows. His hands are braced against the rail of the ship, wind tugging playfully at his hair as he watches his Aerodactyl circle overhead. This could have been his life, he thinks, had he not been cast out of Circhester's scientific community — an honest living among archaeologists and treasure hunters. How different things could have been.[break][break]

At the sound of his name, the wistful spell is broken, and 'Dr. Cavalli' steps away from the rail.[break][break]

Adjusting his glasses, he leans now over the expedition map and frowns in thought as Captain Dross goes over their route.[break][break]

He thinks of the undertow, of countless divers lost in the cold abyss of the ocean. His shoulder aches from a healing injury. He voices none of his concerns. He nods, curt and professional.[break][break]

"Whenever you're ready, Captain."[break][break]

Double-checking his diving equipment, Gavin releases his recently acquired Dhelmise into the water. The sight of the creature still unnerves him, but there is little evidence of this trepidation as he steps up to the edge of the boat.

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Skyler ends up choosing four people, including herself and Dr. Cavalli, to head this first exploration into the ruins. There are grumbles from some of the researchers, of course, but she doesn't change her decision. The boat should be fine without her supervision, she thinks, and there is at least another person aboard who can safely navigate it.

She nods at Dr. Cavalli and double-checks everyone's equipment to make sure everything is as it should be. "Alright, let's head out. If you need to communicate underwater, use these devices," she points at a small clock-like bracelet around her own arm. "This red button on the side is only to be pressed if there's an emergency. It should alert everyone if anyone's in danger."

From the corner of her eye Skyler can see something else, probably a Pokémon, fall into the water. Something about it catches her attention, and when she turns to look it's as if the blood in her veins turns to ice.

A Dhelmise.

There are countless horror stories about these Pokémon amongst sailors. Tales of lifeless Wailords and mysteriously sunken ships...

Skyler does her best not to show her hesitation, but she's never had a good poker face. As it is, she steels herself and forces her thoughts to focus on the mission ahead. One step at a time. She can't afford her superstitions now.

The water is blessedly cold when she enters and she doesn't waste any time before grabbing onto Starmie, her Pokémon. She checks that the others are behind her and moves in the cavern's direction.

As they descend and approach the rock face where the cavern's entrance is, light slowly begins to drain away. The cerulean blue of the ocean washes away into an inky dark blue with shafts of weak sunlight occasionally piercing the waters around them. The rock face itself is enormous, its bottom fading away into the darkened depths.

It's in moments like these that Skyler feels very, very small.

It doesn't take her long to see the entrance and she briefly turns back to gesture at the other divers before heading in its direction. There are symbols, she sees, around the entrance to the cavern -- but she has no idea what they might mean. She stops for a little time in case the researchers want to take pictures for future study.

As she peers into the mouth of the cave she suddenly notices a weak current that seems to be going into its depths. Huh, weird.


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POSTED ON Jul 31, 2020 11:04:24 GMT
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He doesn't miss her shift in expression, shares her trepidation; his expression is the difference, calm as still water.[break][break]

From the jacket he'd stripped off in preparation to dive, Gavin retrieves a badge case from an inner pocket. Three glittering objects are pinned to the velvet interior. Stone, Meadow, Nimbus. Badges.[break][break]

"It's under my control, captain, no need to worry."[break][break]

It's the only reason he feels safe getting into the water with it. The ocean is cool, in stark contrast to the cloying heat, but Gavin allows himself only a moment to acclimate before kicking out toward the living anchor. 'Seaweed' twists and writhes around metal at his approach, the compass-like eye of his Dhelmise spinning to fix on him. When Gavin curls an arm around the anchor for support, the living weeds curl around him in turn. There's a spike of panic, a moment of feeling trapped — it could pull him under, drown him, no one would be able to stop it — before he pulls himself together.[break][break]

"Follow her."[break][break]

Gavin is immediately and predictably drawn in by the strange symbols carved into the rock. So captivated is he that he doesn't think to ensure the others have stopped — it's lucky that Skyler gives them a moment, otherwise he might've been left behind.
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Skyler turns back, waiting for Dr. Cavalli to finish examining the inscriptions on the wall. When he gives her a thumbs up and starts heading her way, she simply nods and motions for the rest of the group to follow her into the tunnel.

Once they move away from the entrance, light is quick to dwindle away and is instead replaced by a wall of solid darkness. Each diver has a flashlight attached to their wrist, and Skyler uses hers to light the passage ahead. The tunnel doesn't seem to have been made by humans despite the iconography around the entrance, and it leads them into a series of labyrinthine passages that veer off into the strangest directions. Even Skyler, who is used to exploring underwater caverns, feels slightly disoriented after some time.

She knows they're almost there when she sees the glowing bits of rock ahead of her. There are uneven patches of this strange material that glows a ghostly blue color on the walls of the tunnels. The patches themselves seem to grow in size the further in they go, until Skyler no longer feels it necessary to have her flashlight turned on.

There is sand beneath her feet, she suddenly realizes, and looks up to see not the rocky surface she'd been expecting, but the surface of the water -- and that means air.

She motions for the rest of the divers to follow her and swims up, quickly breaking the surface of the water and emerging into a wide chamber. She's cautious about taking her breathing apparatus off, but the air seems relatively normal. 

"We're here." 

Skyler looks around, noticing the sand beach by the side of the chamber. "We can set up camp there," she says, doing some quick calculations in her head due to the tide coming in. "Should be safe." She looks specifically to Dr. Cavalli because he's the most practical out of the three, and nods her head.

The cavernous chamber itself is filled with that same luminescent material and already Skyler can see some carvings in the walls and other pools of water that might lead into other chambers. 

Uncharted territory from now on.


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At first, Gavin assumes the glowing material to be some sort of moss, or fungus, similar to the luminescent mushrooms of Ballonlea. As he swims closer, however, the scientist realises that the phenomenon is part of the stone itself. It sends a thrill down his spine.[break][break]

They breach the water to find themselves in a labyrinth of tunnels, some submerged like the one from which they'd emerged. Gavin's Dhelmise lurks in this particular tunnel, its spinning eye keeping watch over the expedition team. Gavin's not sure whether to be reassured or comforted by the spectral anchor's presence; they were known to hunt Wailord for sport, after all, and Gavin would make for much easier prey.[break][break]

Captain Dross nods to him, and he returns the gesture before turning to the expedition team and giving orders on where to set up their research equipment.[break][break]

"These carvings look ancient." Some of them have been all but erased by the passage of time and the rough caress of the ocean. Gavin traces his fingers over salt-stained imagery. "It's a shame we don't have translations."[break][break]

He documents them with his camera, hoping to put further pieces together once they're out.[break][break]

After helping set up camp, Gavin shines a flashlight down a few of the dry tunnels. "Where to first, Captain?"

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Skyler leaves the researchers to their work as they study the engravings on the walls, and walks over to a few tunnels, cautiously peering into their darkened depths. She has a flashlight in her hand, but even with its light and the patches of glowing rock the scope of what she can see is severely limited. Some of the tunnels go back underwater, others seem to remain dry for some length.

She's soon joined by Dr. Cavalli, who peers into a few of the dry tunnels. At his question, Skyler exhales heavily. "From now on we're going into uncharted territory." Excitement bubbles through her veins at the thrill of going into the unknown, even as a shiver of trepidation runs up her spine. "There's no telling what we'll find on the other side of these tunnels, so we'll have to be very careful."

Her expression turns pensive for a moment as she stares at the darkness ahead. "We'll split. One person -- at least -- stays here in this chamber. Just in case things go wrong. I'll go ahead because I'm the one with the most experience with underwater caverns." And she's the head of the expedition, responsible for the safety and welfare of everyone else. If something does happen, she'd rather it happen to her.

"We should try one of the dry tunnels first. Have those symbols in the walls given you any hint about what we might find ahead of us?" Skyler has absolutely zero knowledge about the ancient history of Hoenn. Her knowledge is of a more practical nature.

She traces one of the symbols around the mouth of the tunnel and frowns. The caverns appear wholly ocean-made, the symbols being the only thing that stands out as non-natural. "I'll let you decide amongst yourselves who goes and who stays, but I'd appreciate it if you could go too, Dr. Cavalli. You seem like a sensible person."

The flashlight attached to her wrist illuminates the path ahead and Skyler steps over a few puddles of salt water as she makes her way into the tunnel.


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"You couldn't pay me to stay behind," Gavin assures her. Perhaps his fellow researchers are put off by his unwillingness to compromise, but he'd come here with a goal in mind and he wasn't going to budge. "Besides, I've several capable Pokemon on-hand that could be of use to us should we run into any troubles."[break][break]

He smirks in the direction of his disgruntled fellows. How could they argue with that?[break][break]

"Dhelmise will stay with you lot and ensure you're not set upon from behind. There have been reports of pirate activity all over the news; better safe than sorry."[break][break]

From his belt, Gavin retrieves a pokeball and releases his Lycanroc in the mouth of the indicated tunnel.[break][break]

"You're going to stick with us, girl, and alert if you smell any trouble."[break][break]

She lifts a paw and sets it down again. It's a silent acknowledgement Gavin has taught her to show that she understands.[break][break]

"As for the symbols, I'm afraid I'll have to brush up on my ancient Hoennian history once we get back where there's signal." He and Lycanroc follow Skyler's cautious foray into the first of the tunnels. "It's nothing I've ever seen."

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The young woman doesn't miss the smirk Dr. Cavalli sends his colleagues, and although it is slightly petty of her, Skyler can't help the sigh of relief that escapes her when those two stay behind. "We dodged a bullet there, I can't imagine those two bumbling idiots going far without getting themselves into trouble. Them scientist types..." She suddenly stops speaking, perhaps realizing that Dr. Cavalli is, in fact, one of those scientist types. "Err, not that I have anything against scientists, Dr. Cavalli. But they can sometimes be challenging in expeditions like these."

She's happy to let the Lycanroc move in front of her to scout the terrain ahead, and she's even more happy that the Dhelmise is staying behind. She still feels shivers on the back of her neck at its ghostly presence.  Her Starmie, Polaris, takes the rear of their little expedition team, levitating behind them.

As they advance through the tunnel, Skyler has to dodge a few pools of water. It only takes her a look to see that they're deeper than they first appear and Skyler doesn't feel like calling off the expedition due to - of all things - a broken leg. She warns Dr. Cavalli as she makes her way forward, stepping over the uneven surface of the tunnel. It makes for slow going, but they quickly settle into a comfortable rhythm.

"This doesn't look man made," she tells Dr. Cavalli, looking around. "What d'you reckon we'll find? An ancient village? A temple, maybe?"

Skyler suddenly notices that the walls are getting smoother as they advance, and the instant after she has this thought a wary growl echoes through the tunnel. The blonde stops, her eyes immediately going to the Lycanroc whose fur stands on end. 

When Skyler looks ahead she sees - for a brief instant - what looks like a shadow passing through the tunnel. She's instantly on edge and pulls her arm back to stop Dr. Cavalli from moving forward, just in case. She makes use of her device to send Dr. Cavalli a silent message.


shadow ahead. walk slowly no noise

Her steps are carefully chosen and she walks as silently as she can through the tunnel. It starts widening and gently curves to the right. They haven't needed their flashlights so far because the luminescent material is everywhere. When Skyler peeks at the chamber the tunnel leads into, however, there is only darkness. 

No sign of any other presence either - so far.


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Gavin's smirk does not falter as Skyler catches and corrects herself. "I'm flattered not to be counted among them."[break][break]

He is no fumbling researcher unable to defend himself, blinded by his excitement for what treasures lay in the depths of these caverns. He is a scientist of Rocket. His research explores a depth beyond the idiots they'd leave behind.[break][break]

He is cautious as they forge ahead. In spite of his arrogance, Skyler's advice is something Gavin heeds; she seemed to have experience with this particular field, and he had every intention of making it out safe and sound. The excited chatter of the research team slowly fades until they are left in silence but for the echo of their steps and the occasional drip of water-on-rock.[break][break]

"A village, this deep? Though, Sootopolis exists..."[break][break]

He halts immediately at Lycanroc's growl, speculation dying in his thoughts. Skyler's message is received, and he replies only with a nod.
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Thankfully, stealth is his usual method of action within Rocket. Each step is deliberate as he avoids stepping on damp, slippery rock and loose stones. Lycanroc is equally cautious beside him, fur bristled along her spine.[break][break]

They stop, and it's like staring into a void.[break][break]

Gavin lifts the flashlight in his hand; it's off, but his expression is a questioning one. Should we...?

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No matter how much Skyler peers into the darkness, she cannot make out any details about what lies inside the chamber. She tries to listen for any sound coming from the chamber, but it is silent as a grave except for the occasional wet 'plop' of water droplets.

Dr. Cavalli's silent question reaches her loud and clear, and her eyes follow the motion of the flashlight in his hand. It would be foolish to advance without knowing what they were getting themselves into, but her brain keeps going back to that shadow she saw earlier. It could be nothing, she thinks to herself, but she isn't taking any chances.

Skyler takes a few steps forward and turns her flashlight on, motioning for Dr. Cavalli to keep his position as she carefully advances. She directs the flashlight at the ground ahead of her and discovers that it is strangely smooth, like-

Like someone had built it.

There is debris all over the floor, big chunks of rock displaced by either ocean currents or earthquakes. Withered seaweed hides in the corners, long rotted away. The ocean has been here, but for some reason it isn't anymore. Some shifting of the rock, perhaps?

The captain is growing confident and is about to call for Dr. Cavalli to join her when she steps on something. Her foot sinks down for a few seconds more than it should've and there is a sudden grating sound of metal sliding against metal. Skyler steps back, but it is too late, and she feels the whole floor give out beneath her. 

She doesn't even have time to scream as she falls and her hands struggle to find purchase anywhere, anywhere.



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Skyler vanishes.[break][break]

From Gavin's perspective, that's about how it goes: she's creeping forward, there's the sound of grating metal, and then she's gone in the space it takes for the scientist to blink. His reaction time is quick, but not quick enough — he surges forward and nearly tumbles over the edge of the dark pit himself in his haste.[break][break]

There's no need: Lycanroc had reacted with the reflexes her trainer lacked, teeth snagging in Skyler's clothes and possibly skin. The canine digs her sharpened claws into the smoothed stone and holds her ground, Gavin grabbing a fistful of her scruff to keep her from slipping.
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His heart is pounding, head dizzy with adrenaline.[break][break]

"Fuck. Holy fuck."[break][break]

With his free hand, Gavin reaches out in an attempt to haul Skyler back to safety. It's about this time that he wishes he had brought his Dhelmise; its anchor shot would have been the perfect solution to this.[break][break]

So focused is he on rescuing the captain that Gavin doesn't notice the shadow dart behind him.

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Skyler's fall is interrupted and she cries out at the teeth sinking into her arm. She can hear the pounding of her heart, a quick staccato that drowns out most everything else.

Unfortunately, Skyler's flashlight is lost in the tumble, falling down into the void and disappearing in the darkness. The young sailor thinks she can hear the sound of running water beneath, but she's not too certain. When she looks up she sees the Lycanroc's muzzle and a beat later, Dr. Cavalli's face. She has to grit her teeth through the pain, ignoring the thin stream of blood running down her arm. 

Dr. Cavalli's words express her feelings perfectly. When he extends a hand to her, Skyler is quick to grab it. She grunts with effort as she's pulled up and out of the hole, elbows finally reaching horizontal ground so she can haul herself to a safe position.

Her hands are shaking, but she makes fists with them so that it doesn't show. She is breathless, her voice sounding far away to herself as she speaks. "Thank you, Dr. Cavalli. I thought I was a goner."

The meager light from Dr. Cavalli's flashlight is enough for Skyler to see the Polaris lying on the ground, the Starmie's jewel faint -- unconscious. "What?"

Confusion spreads through Skyler and she recalls the water type into its pokéball. The sudden flash emitted from the pokéball as Starmie disappears is enough for Skyler to notice a large figure behind Dr. Cavalli. She sees orange scales for a moment, and the chilling glint of furious, feral eyes. 

Skyler's eyes widen in fear and she only has the time to call out a brief warning, "Dr. Cavalli, behind you!", before there's a huge tail slamming into all three of them, propelling them into the open chasm behind them. 


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patrick cavalli
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Gavin lands hard, breath driven from his lungs. Agony explodes in his still-healing shoulder, stars blinding and bursting in his vision. He can't breathe. Anxiety and adrenaline war for dominance as he squeezes his eyes shut and wills himself to breathe, move, anything. His heart feels as if it might burst from his chest.[break][break]

Beside him, Lycanroc whines. He feels the cold press of her muzzle against his side.[break][break]

His breath shakes as it comes back to him; it's dark, he can't see, and he's in too much overall pain to decide if anything is broken.
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"Dross?"[break][break]

His voice echoes. The pit must be larger than they'd thought.

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One moment she's crying out and the next she's falling.

The collision with the ground is not a gentle one. Skyler's body bursts with pain and she would've cried out if not for the lack of air in her lungs. There's a moment in which all of her thoughts are jumbled, incoherent. Her body's spasming in agony and she can't have anything broken, please let nothing be broken, I need to survive this. I need to. Please.

When she blinks her eyes open, she's alone and surrounded by darkness. 

Her fingers twitch and although the pain is still too great, she decides that movement of any kind is a good sign. Her head is throbbing and when she moves her hand to the back of it, she finds a sticky substance coating her hair.

Shit. 

Skyler suddenly hears her name being called out. "Dr. Cavalli?" Then, more urgent. "Patrick?" 

Skyler's not sure she should get up, but she attempts to anyway. She nearly cries out at the pain, but manages to at least sit up. "Where are you?"



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