near the last known location of regirock's tomb, several trainers have stumbled across an ominous opening. inside, they will find the ruins of the legendary titan, riddled with traps, treasures, and the mystical unknown. no one knows what awaits them but one thing is for sure — a new arc begins. despite the thin veil of peace, the public still faces unease.
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?
The day was bright, the clouds were clear, and the sea air seemed to make everything cooler despite the sun's harsh rays. One would think that this would be a great day. Yet here he was on a ship needing to have to hired a pair of rangers for protection. It seemed like the pirates weren't learning their lesson. He's known that their activity has picked up in the last two months, and the League has been on them, Rangers had been on them. Heck it wasn't that long ago when he teamed up with some trainer to arrest a few of them that were hiding out in the caves around the island. And here they were now apparently trying to steal necessities that Sootopolis City needed, well not on his watch. [break][break]
Razz had shipped off with them, guarding the ship in case they were attacked on their way to the city which thankfully there has been nothing. Off the ship was his Sharpedo who traveled along the ship, free to move around the water LIKE A WINGULL would the air. Though now as the rock formation that surrounded the city in the crater was coming into site things were going to have to move. Great now he was going to have to interact more with the other Ranger here. Something he tried to avoid before as hes met her before and he feels he didn't come off well especially with his clear disdain of the fire pokemon that were dancing. 'Mission mode Razz,' he thought to himself to help calm his nerves as he went to her, "Is the shipment ready for transfer?" he asked hoping she got the information for the crew about it.
Njor seemed to like having another of his kind around, Kaida noted that he was finding any excuse to drift closer to the Sharpedo, almost like some adoring fan. It was, frankly, adorable. She didn't make any attempt to correct the fish, as long as he was aware that he was protecting the boat, he could do whatever he wanted. [break][break]
There was a slight problem, though. Distaste welled up within her, something barely hidden by her stoic face. It would have been enough if a disliker of a type of Pokemon was a civilian, but another Ranger. While this was her job, and she would complete it no matter what, she found little reason to interact much with the source of her distaste. [break][break]
Until she had to. Ormr's shifting form signaled to her that they were being approached. [break][break]
"They're prepared." She answered, eyes locked onto the waters, "Me and Njor are ready to go whenever." She spoke quickly, trailing off into silence the moment she finished. She wasn't one to stare at people regularly, but now she pointingly avoided any eye contact, tracking the movements of the Pokemon instead. She'd be relying on them.
Despite having expected this it didn't make it any less awkward to deal with. Though what was worse was that he really didn't know how to fix things with the other ranger. He's shown some of his true colors that day and now it has come back to bite him no surprise, it was why he kept everything hidden. Though he couldn't really apologize for hating the type responsible for his scar. "Great," was his only reply as he went over to the side of the boat where Duke was waiting. He gave a quick apology to Salem for now needing to return him to his pokeball before prepping himself for the dive: goggles, mouth piece for air, etc. He waved over toward the captain to release the cargo before finally diving into the water himself. If he hasn't been living in Sootopolis for 2 years now he definitely wouldn't care for this. [break][break]
Seeing the ranger dive in Duke swam over silently enjoying the company of the Carvanha as it made him think of his pre-evolved days but it made sure to hide it cause he needed to keep the 'tough' aura about him, especially when equipped with a rider for the Ranger to hold on to. Both watched as the shipped released a mini sub from before where part crew was ready to drive into the city with the new supplies. Hopefully with the presence of two rangers the Pirates wouldn't be a problem. Now just to wait for the other.
Preparing for the dive was easy enough, she had done it enough times that the procedures were easy enough to remember. It was convincing Ormr to sit out of a dangerous mission like this (relying on Njor, of all Pokemon) that was the hard part. The serpent hissed and wrapped around her until she had to resort to returning him without any fanfare, next mission he could participate, just not underwater. [break][break]
She arrived with the almost comically smaller Njor, equipped with a mini harness so that she might not cut herself while hanging onto him for his Dive. She ran her hand over the other Pokeballs she had brought, silently considering how to drive off any pirates if they attempted to strike. Preparations complete, she gave a thumbs up, guiding Njor to flank one side of their precious cargo.
Everything seemed to be going well so far, they were now under the crater leading into the city and so far Razz hasn't noticed anything out of place. The only trouble he's had so far was Duke wanting to go faster a few times which required to get him under control though besides that it seemed fine. At least until a dark blue form swam under them, the Ranger tapped on the Shapedo's fin twice as a message as the shark pokemon swam closer to the cargo. Razz attempted to signal to the woman he was partnered with about what he saw as a warning. Part of him wished he could have spoken with her about hand signals for this mission but it was too late now, and the awkwardness from before was too much for him to deal with. [break][break]
For now though Razz let go of Duke as the ranger grabbed onto the sub holding the cargo to allow Duke to defend if needed as he looked back to the dark blur blending into the sea. Its biggest giveaway was the bright spots it seemed to have which were helpful in noticing it's attempt to attack the sub with a HYDRO PUMP thankfully Duke didn't need a vocal order to envelop itself with water as it used LIQUIDATION in order to protect the sub. Seems like the pirates were on the move now with whatever this creature was. Looking over toward the other Ranger pointing at himself and his Sharpedo in hopes to signal they had this before pointing behind him where the sub was going. Hoping to communicate to check ahead. Whether or not she got the message who knows all Razz could do was hope. Cause so far this was only one pokemon who knew where it's trainers were or if they had more
Njor was a difficult to predict Pokemon at the best of times, and he wasn't exactly helping today. The little Carvanha both wanted to keep up with the Sharpedo, but also wanted to stay behind, in fear of danger. This translated as a stop-and-go that jerked Kaida at every movement, but he stayed near the sub, so the protection seemed to be going well. [break][break]
Until the attack began. [break][break]
Njor snapped his jaws and zig zagged in a panic. She tapped at the harness roughly, trying to bring the Pokemon back into reality. She understood well enough that when an attack happened, two were not needed to defend against one enemy. So even if the confusing hand signals didn't help her understand that well, she still pushed Njor to keep swimming with the sub. And not too late. The fish clicked his teeth as another dark shape flowed past the sub, another tap on his harness followed by a point telling him to strike whenever. Snarl roared out, pulsing across the dark waters...and their target vanished, hit but gone. [break][break]
They stayed near the sub, awaiting the shape to strike again. Until their partner reappeared, Njor would just have to keep driving off attacks.
For now all Razz could do was watch Duke try and battled this dark blue beast. With the mouth piece he had for breathing he couldn't give orders so Duke was on his own against this thing. Thankfully Sharpedo were known brutes of the sea so he didn't have to worry about it fighting on it's own. His attention only moving as a snarl could be heard as he turned his head to his current partner as he tried to view the walls and tunnels of the underwater cavern. Curious on what they saw. [break][break]
Suddenly a crash and Razz's attention was brought back to Duke' battle who had been smashed into the rocky wall and the mysterious pokemon was after the sub again. It being larger than a Gyarados it was definitely intimidating but he wasn't one to back down as he grabbed out another pokeball and summoned out a Shellder. Upon being summoned she did as told and was quick to use PROTECT, creating a turquoise force field in front of her, protecting the sub from a TAKE DOWN by the pokemon. [break][break]
With being stopped dead in it's tracks thanks to Iris, Duke was able to come back and catch it off guard from below. The Sharpedo used TAKE DOWN to smash the beast into the ceiling of the cavern, then something unexpected happening. The beast seemed to dissolve? That didn't seem right as the big beast was gone, it wasn't until Duke came back to him with a knocked out Wishiwashi in his mouth. So that what the thing was, he tapped the shark's snout to make him let go as he grabbed it from his mouth, part of him fearing it would make the fainted pokemon a meal. He attempted a pokeball but it didn't work, confirming what he already knew. [break][break]
This was someone else's pokemon and they had ordered them to attack. Something he would need to inform his partner once the reached the surface which shouldn't take too much more time. For now Razz took a glace toward his partner to see how she was doing.
Unbeknownst to Kaida, she too had encountered the Wishiwashi's alternate form, splitting apart so that all she could see was several fish left over. In the confusion of their seemingky defeated enemy, Kaida released Corpus, hoping she'd be an extra set of eyes. [break][break]
Nothing Kaida could see. With no means of communication, she had no way of informing her partner of the enemy's vanishing act nor could she be informed of the fish's ability.
She looked to her parter, tilting her head in confusion. Where did that enemy go?
Tired of riding the sub he pushed himself off and grabbed onto Duke's harness once more, keeping one hand to hang on and the other keeping the passed out Wishiwashi in the other. When he made eye contact with the other ranger he showed her the small-fry pokemon in his hand as he tapped his head with the other. 'I have an idea,' was what he was hoping to indicate to her. Hopefully she understood his silent communication. [break][break]
It wasn't much longer before they were finally at the surface again and the shore of the city was in sight. Finally! was his thought as he removed the mouth piece and goggles. He may not be happy to have his scared face exposed but catching the fish's trainer was more important. It was mission mode time. Razz waited for the other Ranger before reporting, "So this is the thing that attacked us: a Wishiwashi," he showed off the knocked out pokemon in hand. "I tried a pokeball and it doesn't respond meaning this belongs to someone. I think after it wakes up we let it go and have one of our pokemon follow it, I'm sure it'll eventually lead us to it's trainer and the ones responsible for this."[break][break]
He looked to her and waited for her input as she technically outranked him as he was just a rookie Ranger.
Kaida made for the surface at her partner's signal, hoping that was what he was trying to communicate. The fresh air was honestly a relief, and she only offered a cursory glance at the scars, glad she knew this was her partner because she could not recognize him otherwise. [break][break]
"That little thing?" She mumbled, was it an illusion user? Something like that? Whatever. If a fellow Ranger of hers was saying it, he probably knew more about this type of Pokemon than she did. [break][break]
"...Understood." She suddenly broke her silence, having said no word as Razz explained his plan. She reached for another Pokeball, releasing a little Gorebyss into the waters, who crooning happily at Corpus. "He can follow this fish, it won't get away from him." She stroked the Gorebyss gently, Shell Smash would let Din follow, no matter how fast their enemy was.
"Yeah, I've only just read up on it recently, but these pokemon can call a school to make them appear bigger, the information didn't say just how big," he informed now making a note that this pokemon was definitely dangerous one in the water if it could become larger than Gyarados like he had the unpleasantness to witness. He nodded in thanks that she approved the plan, "Sounds good have him hide for now then when its released we can follow, though for now we should probably finish this?" he gestures to the sub as it was moving to the harbor. [break][break]
It wasn't like they were needed for the hand off as far as he knew, it was when he started to feel the wiggling in his hand did he finally pay attention to the Wishiwashi. Okay now to try and scare this thing so it'll go back to it's trainer and hopefully lead them to the criminals for another time. "Alright you, I'm warning you once, do not attack these subs again or else," he dangles the Wishiwashi over his Sharpedo who smiles a devilish dark smile. "You'll be his next meal," he threaten seeing the fish panic as Razz tossed it back into the ocean, "now get out of my sight." [break][break]
With that the small fry pokemon seemed to swim away in panic, exactly what he was hoping for. He waited until it was gone before dropping the cold act. "Hopefully in it's panic it won't notice your pokemon following, and retreat back to it's trainer sooner," he comments before looking to her, "What now?" he asked wondering if they should just wait until her Gorebyss returned and go after it themselves or call for back up after her pokemon got the information. [break][break]