A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)

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A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)
POSTED ON Aug 18, 2020 7:38:45 GMT
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PLOT THREAD
NEW ROCKET BOSS
ENDS AUGUST 24TH, 11:59PM PST



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ARRIVAL


NEWS OF THE NEW ROCKET BOSS' ARRIVAL seeps through rocket communications quickly. their previous leadership, , has fallen ill. the nature of his sickness is mysterious— a secret hidden to many, save for a select few. on a rainy wednesday, the rocket boss is guided into the headquarters, water slick on his black rain coat.[break][break][break]

the submarine begins to submerge. under sour interior lighting, a small stage has been prepared for him in the main foyer. he marches toward it directly. no small talk. the interior lighting reveals his features: wizened, fatigued— but handsome to some, perhaps. the man waits for the whispers to stop, and then begins, voice loud enough without the intervention of some tinny microphone.[break][break][break]

"GOOD MORNING. IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE. MY NAME IS DECLAN WALSH, AND I AM TAKING OVER HOENN'S ROCKET OPERATIONS FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE." his voice booms richly. "I ASSURE YOU THAT THIS WILL BE THE LAST TRANSFER OF POWER HOENN'S ROCKET BRANCH WILL HAVE... FOR A VERY LONG TIME." the boss continues, his dark gray hair slicked back neatly. he speaks of his background as a kantonian boss, but is very curt. questions will be answered later.[break][break]

A PROMOTION


AFTERWARD, THE BOSS gestures toward a dark-haired man (one of many). his voice carries loudly across the room, echoing against the metal walls of the submarine.[break][break]

"IN TEAM ROCKET, WE DESIRE LOYALTY ABOVE ALL ELSE. THAT IS WHY OUR TAKEOVER OF KANTO WAS SO SUCCESSFUL— AND WHY HOENN WILL BE NEXT." his eyes center on , "ACCORDING TO OUR REPORTS, DOMINIC SINCLAIR HAS DEMONSTRATED UTMOST DEDICATION TO ROCKET ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS. THUS, HE WILL TAKE THE VACANT UNDERBOSS SEAT TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS ALONGSIDE GAVIN MERLINO."[break][break]

behind him, the boss' shadow begins to deepen in shade. like a leak of ink, the umbral pool floods the floor as DARKRAI makes its reappearance. its cloak-like body billows ominously. silently, the pitch-black shape hovers forth. as it moves, declan's clothes fade darkly at their edges, as if assuming the qualities of a shadow.[break][break]

"YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW OF AVATARS. AMBASSADORS FOR POWERFUL POKEMON WHO HAVE BEEN LENT THEIR STRENGTHS. THIS DARKRAI HAS GRACIOUSLY GIVEN ME THEIR BLESSING." he beckons for to step forth. "BUT SUCH BONDS ARE NOT EXCLUSIVE. A POKEMON CAN BESTOW AVATARSHIP ON MORE THAN JUST ONE HUMAN. DARKRAI HAS CHOSEN DOMINIC AND I TO BE THEIR AVATARS."[break][break]

the darkrai rushes into dominic, seemingly disappearing into the underboss' body. from dominic's heels, the man's shadow spikes outward into the shape of the nightmarish pokemon before the shape vanishes without a trace.[break][break]

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darkrai has chosen dominic, the remnant, as their avatar.[break]
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receives the following perks:
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  • dominic receives 10 infamy.
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  • dominic can phase into a shadowy form, and shift in and out of shadows as a form of stealthy transport.
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  • dominic can also use DREAM EATER on sleeping targets.
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  • dominic and his pokemon suffer from INSOMNIA, and are immune to the SLEEP CONDITION.
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  • darkrai can land a guaranteed sleep on ONE POKEMON or TRAINER once per thread (subject to change).
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  • feel free to add darkrai to your party and choose its moves like a gachapon pokemon.
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PLUNDERED BOOTY


DECLAN PULLS OUT A BEAST BALL FROM HIS POCKET, and beckons for to take a step forward.[break][break]

"AFTER RECEIVING SOME INTEL ABOUT A FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER MUCKING ABOUT IN SOOTOPOLIS, WE FOUND THIS." he tosses it toward gavin for him to catch. the ball seems heavy, as if containing some dreadful being within its guts. "WITH AND 'S HELP, WE'VE TAMED WHAT APPEARS TO BE A SHADOWFIED LUGIA FOR YOU TO USE, GAVIN. TREAT IT WELL. IF IT LETS YOU. GIVE THANKS TO THE ABBIATI FAMILY SHOULD YOU ENCOUNTER THEM."[break][break]

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receives a SHADOW LUGIA:
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POISON IMMUNITY: this lugia can not be poisoned, even by a pokemon with CORROSION.

SHADOW MOVES: you are allowed to choose this lugia's moveset and ability like a gachapon pokemon; however, gavin also gains access to the shadow moves which can be found here.
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should gavin unleash the SHADOW LUGIA from its ball now or later, the legendary pokemon, in its dark purple hue seems almost sickly. aggressive. malevolent in nature, but reserved enough to serve under 's jurisdiction. reports say that this lugia has been corrupted by several nihilego months ago— but rocket scientists have been able to nurse it back to "health."[break][break][break]

A NEW GYM LEADER


AFTERWARD, DECLAN SHIFTS TO ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT. he pinpoints with a gloved hand as if summoning a light upon her.[break][break]

"KATHERINE FAIRBURNE HAS RECEIVED NOTICE THAT SHE WILL SOON BECOME HOENN'S GHOST-TYPE GYM LEADER." he surveys the crowd, cutting across necks with his gaze. "SUPPORT HER IN HER ENDEAVORS. SHE'LL BE GATHERING INTEL DURING HER SERVICE."[break][break]

he produces another beast ball. the boss references 's efforts in the BLACEPHALON attack, 's deft command of the blacephalon in littleroot, and subsequent experiments made in order to tame the clownish alien held within that ball. he grants it to her, tossing it for her to catch as well.[break][break]

"RESEARCH CONCLUDES THAT THIS ULTRA BEAST IS A GHOST-TYPE AS WELL. AS A GHOST SPECIALIST, I BELIEVE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE IT TO ITS FULLEST POTENTIAL." a small smile forms above his chin.[break][break]

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receives a BLACEPHALON:
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katherine will be able to determine its moveset and ability like a gachapon pokemon.
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Q&A


FINALLY, THE ROCKET BOSS OPENS THE FLOOR TO QUESTIONS. despite his intimidating stature, he seems readily available. accessible to those desiring answers about the organization, or about himself.[break][break]

as they sink deeper into the ocean, the heavens above roar with thunder.[break][break]

INSTRUCTIONS


If you possess a Team Rocket character, you will be able to post in this thread! Feel free to reply to one another; however, you may have your character pose one question to declan, should you desire.[break][break][break]

by the end of the thread (august 24th, 11;59pm), declan will answer as many questions as he can. furthermore, small rewards will be distributed to the rocket characters who have posted in here.
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POSTED ON Aug 18, 2020 8:01:27 GMT
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and she, like many others, clap for the promotions. even though she doesn't know much about them (even though she doesn't care). she cares little for the cause rocket fights for, and even less for the state of hoenn. the fact that she couldn't care whether the world burned or not would probably speak volumes about her - so long as she got her hands on money for herself and her partner. that's all that mattered (it's all that's ever mattered).

was it an honour to see the rocket boss. the big boss. the big guy. it should have been an honour, right? it should have been an honour to see three legendary or mythical pokemon being given out like popsicles (not really treats, seeing that it would only put even more pressure). she prays that she can stay hidden in the crowd, with the rest of the rockets in uniform.

she hopes, but being an albino had its drawbacks- especially in a crowd of darkness or otherwise coloured schemes.

"i really hope that things go well.." she mumbles to herself, hands clasped together for their final applause, only for her to feel herself pushed in the crowd of rockets who wished to get a question out to their boss - if not hopefully land a good impression to get into good graces.

"woah--" she quietly squeaks, being shoved around like a rag doll wasn't something she wanted to sign up for, and trampling when there was a chance even less. she tries her best to get out of the crowd, holding her own body close to herself. physical contact with iffy for her, after all.

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kosuke sato
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[attr="class","marcelThread"]the freak show rolls; marcel's long since averted his gaze. arms crossed, back against the wall, the crowd denies him a quiet escape. he regrets standing so close to the stage, but he supposes it's for the best--his rank demands his presence.
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each name, each gift, is taken note of. he doesn't need to run through them twice; some things aren't easily forgotten. he catches a comment on the wind, though he can't quite narrow down its source.
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"it won't," he mutters, words lost to the applause.
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marcel shuts his eyes on a long exhale, deceptively calm as he fights the cold grip on his sternum. he opens them to the face of declan walsh, and that is where his gaze settles, as he waits for the questions to come in.
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It feels like Christmas came early inside the submarine. The arrival of the new boss is a highly anticipated one. He comes bearing gifts - some of which she had no idea he could bestow.

A mythical pokemon, a Shadowfied Lugia and to top it all off, her new job.

It's no secret that it isn't Katherine's style to operate in the shadows as a spy. If anything, she fit the role of a berserker with no regard for secrecy. But the allure of money, as always, trumps all. Not only will Rocket pay her more, but she will get a second paycheck from the League. What else can she even ask for? Despite believing that this is where it ends, Declan has another surprise.

Her pleased expression is maintained even though there's some concern in her eyes. She hates clowns. This ought to be the only ghost-type she hates, as well.

But if Littleroot taught her anything, it's that power is everything. And she won't let the Blacephalon's strength go to waste.



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POSTED ON Aug 18, 2020 15:55:18 GMT
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Normal ain't normal,
𝐎 𝐑 𝐃 𝐈 𝐍 𝐀 𝐑 𝐘 is a luxury
If you wanna understand,
you stand 𝐔 𝐍 𝐃 𝐄 𝐑

mcflurry is left with a dry throat, nervously clapping. it feels like she's gasping for air where she should be breathing. two legendary pokemon? and an ultra beast?

does rocket not know what they could do with this? how much they could hurt people? they have to. they plan on using it, even. to take over hoenn.

mcflurry only took this job because she had no other option. and now, she's sick to her core that she's even here. everything about this is wrong to her. she -- she doesn't want to be here.

as the q&a rolls forth and the grunts clamor, mcflurry stands in the back, her gaze locked onto the white of declan's eyes, like a woman possessed.

in an effort to calm herself, she clutches her latest gift from her parents -- from her homeland of fiore, hidden in her pockets. but it may just give her away, as well.

a capture styler with a key stone in it tends to be a bit of a rarity in hoenn, after all.

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patrick cavalli
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POSTED ON Aug 18, 2020 16:45:55 GMT
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It's as if the man's entry has brought the chill of the worst Circhester winters: a mystery from Kanto, a region destroyed. Gavin is tense as he stands close to the stage as befitting his rank, silent and brooding.[break][break]

The first announcement does little to reassure him. has long since clashed with Gavin. Their ideals, their personalities... only their loyalty to Rocket existed in harmony. His jaw clenches as he adjusts to this new reality. He is in too deep to back out now. You can never escape Rocket. He is reminded of the reign of Silas. Fear and oppression. Is that what Rocket will once again become? With he had vowed to forge a future for Rocket where its members might remain from loyalty rather than fear.[break][break]

That dream seems to fracture at its edges when Darkrai rises up from the floor.[break][break]

In the sour lighting of the submarine, his hand finds Emma's and offers a tight squeeze. His eyes do not stray from their new master, but the gesture speaks volumes: I don't like this.[break][break]

He does not let go until Declan beckons him forth. Gavin steps from the shadows and looks at him, expectant but uncertain. Reflex sees him snatch the ball from the air effortlessly, arm dipping slightly with its unexpected weight.[break][break]

In spite of himself, his fears, a thrill of dizzying excitement captures him: Shadowfied Lugia.[break][break]

He looks down at the capsule between his fingers, then tosses it into the air above the crowded Rockets. He lays eyes upon the corrupted legendary for the first time along with his cohorts, friend and foe, staring up in awe as Lugia lets out a deafening SCREECH. Its shadowy powers manifest through the attack, SHADOW DOWN, threatening the defenses of all.[break][break]

It is both terrifying and beautiful.[break][break]

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"I shall handle it with utmost respect," he vows, in response to Declan but addressing the Lugia itself. It seems to recognize him as its keeper, glowing red eyes fixed upon him for further direction. He allows it to dominate the room with its presence a few moments longer before clicking the button on the capsule once more.[break][break]

At , Gavin smirks, remembering their conversation on the ocean. "Ah, the irony isn't lost on me. Good luck with your new position."[break][break]

The floor is opened to questions, and Gavin has many. He voices only one: "What is our next move, sir?"

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[attr="class","notes"]notes: it's beautiful my god

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Rex is quaking by the time the Shadow Lugia came out. He aches to send out his trusty One for a feeling of safety, but holds his hand firmly by his side. Their new son of a bitch leader here might take that as a threat, he could just imagine being killed over that stupid of a misunderstanding. [break][break]

He resists the urge to curl his lip, not invested enough in thinking to clarify why he decided to hate this new leader, but he kinda does. He could stand being in this underwater hell. Could stand seeing those horrifying shadow monsters (he still trusted One to protect him from those). Somehow this made him grumble. Boss better not be dying...I don't like this guy. [break][break]

Still, they were gonna be up to something, right? Swallowing the shivers that had consumed him, Rex piped up as Gavin asked about their next move. His voice was loud, obnoxious, and he hoped "leader" knew that he'd just be dealing with more of the same with his type, of which Rocket was likely flooded with, "And when are we gonna go smack down the League, like seriously!?" All these horrifying monstrosities, it couldn't be that they were gonna sit around any longer? Surely not! He was ready to graduate from being the bum if Hoenn to putting his feet on Hoenn, bring out the tributes for Rocket!

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gia, gigi
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celadon city, kanto
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POSTED ON Aug 18, 2020 18:12:49 GMT
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[attr="class","giada i"]she slips in, a little late and relatively undetected. the speech has only begun moments earlier but she's never been one to show up on time. it's a wonder she even managed to slink in at all. a spot is vacant against the wall, perhaps close enough to hear better but not enough to be noticed. she takes it with ease, settling into the crowd with a neutral face.

is close to her and she offers a slight wave and a wink but nothing further. best to not harass him now... this is business, kind of, sort of?

gifts are given and announcements made and the entire time, she's fighting an eye roll. it's a flashy display and generous, sure, but it strikes her here and now that the lack of women in power is hard to ignore. sorry guys, but the women could step on her any day over ya'll. her interest is piqued at the mention of , however. and when she glances the new gym leader's way, she's letting out of a soft whistle. definitely could step on her, thank you. anyway, she's only half paying attention, gaze shifting across the crowd instead of their new boss. he seems competent enough to pay her so there's no complaints on her part. not really, anyway.

a paycheck is a paycheck and as long as they're giving her work and things to snatch, she's content.

rocket.


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emilee, vivian, brianne
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twenty-three
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Castelia City, Unova
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132 infamy
132 infamy
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Marie sits quietly in her Lilycove office, with a single airpod in her ear; listening to the speech as she sips at her cup of tea.

She dares not step foot within the rocket base during a meeting such as this, but to miss it would put her out of the loop, a middleground being found by simply listening in as she had been.

It was a charming introduction Delcan had given, and to hear his voice once more gave her a sense of calm knowing the new leader of rocket would be in capable hands; she had seen his abilities for herself in Kanto afterall.

But this calm would not last long, as her hand slowly halted mid-sip, word of the Blacephalon reaching her ear.

It would only take a moment for her to regain herself before she simply muttered out, “Good for her.” Under her breath, eyes looking out of the window before her as she took a sip from her tea.

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genni, gen
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twenty three
august 10th
aspertia city, unova
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A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)
POSTED ON Aug 18, 2020 20:17:08 GMT
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When Genesis first got the notification on her phone that team rocket headquarters were trying to get a hold of her, part of her panicked as her heart skipped a beat. She had only been in Hoenn for a month and they are already harassing her about her inactivity in rockets name. Like, really?! WTF?! However upon reading the mass message through sent to all of team rockets members both new and old, she learned she wasn’t in trouble… yet. She was quick to gather her things and meet at rendezvous point.

She remained silent surprisingly as she tried to gather what was going on, being sure to not stick out from the crowd with her being new to the team. Her own gaze shifted to the faces around her, taking note of the faces before returning her attention back to the new boss man. She listened and watched as a legendary pokemon were given out and a new gym leader was announced. Still, Genesis remained silent. It wasn’t her turn to make herself known. She had no reputation or title to hold. If she just a new grunt, nothing more. Should someone call her out, she would acknowledge them. But until the time came, she blended in with the crowd. Her time in shine will come.
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maddonis
he/him
27
february twenty-second
snowpoint city, sinnoh
pansexual
ceo of glosse jewelers
grunt
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maddonis glosse
A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)
POSTED ON Aug 19, 2020 0:34:43 GMT
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there were mixed responses from the sea of rockets. though most didn’t conspicuously express the intensity of their emotions, a range of conflicting, palpable energy filled the submarine like water. hundreds of eyes stared as an unblinking unit at fate itself presented before them, manifested in shadows. it floated, and flapped its wings. it had a voice. it had paralyzing, commanding power.

as maddonis continued to stray further from sanity over his abrupt and traumatic losses, his healthy fear and sense of danger had also been steadily declining. there was no wiser look of alarm on his face. instead, his eyes held only vengeance. he hadn’t come to hoenn for money — he’d inherited that, as he had his association with team rocket. but this? this was something. declan walsh was a conqueror. domination was nigh. his heart burned ravenously. yes.

upon the conclusion of promotions, the swarm descended. maddonis chose not to partake, but stuck around to listen. he was thoroughly invigorated by the events, and the only question he had, as surely did many, was promptly asked by the importantly-positioned scientist near the front, who’d received the most terrifying honor of holding the ultimate weapon in the palm of his hand. what next?
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lancelot

Rocket Daddy
he / him / his
thirty eight
october 29
Hammerlocke, Galar
gay
n/a
beast
History repeats itself—first as a tragedy, then as a farce
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Valerio Dachev
A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)
POSTED ON Aug 19, 2020 4:47:48 GMT
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valerio though the rockets turned soft the day took leadership. ’s means might not be morally upright and encouraging but at least he led the team with a vision. of course, valerio recognizes the fact that the things you need to do to live are not the things that will define you.[break][break]

valerio likes to believe cadis led a rocket ruled by principled unity. but as far as valerio is concerned, these people are just a bunch of kids only looking for a way to survive. the second they get into trouble, they might just leave this place again.[break][break]

people are already inside the foyer when valerio arrives, following as he stands beside her with eggnog on his arms. his eyes trail among rockets who crowded the room, all with mixed emotions, mostly indifference, to the one speaking. and as his eyes trail to the platform, surprise catch him from seeing a ghost in the past. the presence of legendaries does not even startle him.[break][break]

gossips about the new boss have around for weeks. he does not expect him to be walsh.[break][break]

questions are entertained after he speaks. people raise their hands to ask the obvious ones, valerio needs to know something different. he clears his path from the audience as he approaches the platform.[break][break]

”well, i’ll be damned if i didn’t say i’m surprised you’re here, walsh.” valerio tries to imitate the enthusiasm in rex’s approach even when he senses the condescending tone of it. he has a lot of questions but he knows he doesn’t have all the time to ask them.”these guys will be asking the ‘whats’ and ‘whens’ but i think we need to set things straight from now on. to what direction are we leading the organization now? what is our goal?”[break][break]





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Celia
she/her
23
December 4th
Slateport City
Pansexual
Fortune Teller
Grunt
i used to dream in the dark of palisades park.
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Celeste Abbiati
A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)
POSTED ON Aug 19, 2020 10:34:47 GMT
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The Rocket Headquarters, a submarine that could traverse the deepest, darkest depths of the oceans. No wonder that it felt so much more welcoming and at home than Slateport ever felt before. Like-minded individuals, who wouldn't judge a book by its cover, the dark ocean depths around them for miles and miles, without a single hint of light. It was practically heaven, or at least, her own ideal version of heaven. Dwelling amongst the ocean's creatures, life itself felt all the more real.

And yet, this was a trip for business that she was here today, not for pleasure. A new Boss was coming from Kanto, to announce his presence and theoretically, attempt to establish loyalty. Celeste had only met Cadis once, but he had seemed like quite a resourceful individual. Anyone who personally met with even some of the newly recruited grunts had her faith. Regardless, as the crowd began to form, Celeste stood to the side as she watched the announcements begin.

Declan Walsh. He certainly sounded pretty confident, that much was for sure. Regardless, his first act slowly raised Celeste's eyebrows. Not only did he reveal that Darkrai had chosen him, but another individual amongst Rocket to become his avatars. While the exact situation wasn't expected, and she could certainly appreciate the appeal of the Legendary Pokemon that was joining their side, she couldn't help but find it expected. Offering power, in exchange for Loyalty from a high ranking Rocket Member? Declan certainly understood that loyalty was not just earned, but bought as well.

However, the very next item on his list had Celeste's full attention. Former Council Member. He could only be talking about Olivia. However, as soon as the name Lugia was mentioned, her eyes widened extremely as she looked at the man who was suddenly trusted with one of the literal deities of her beliefs. Gavin. She knew the man, although not well. She was, however, surprised that Declan didn't seem aware of an Abbiati amongst them. Regardless, her eyes couldn't tear away from the shadow god that Gavin unleashed into the room. Even though the Screech threatened to knock her to her knees, she stood tall in awe.

It was beautiful, in all its majestic glory. It was everything she could have ever dreamed of seeing and more. Perhaps, on a different note, she would have loved to see the beautiful beast before it became its current shadowed form, but through hardship, one unlocked the true depths and strengths of the soul. Despite that... it looked sick. Unhealthy, as if it should never be this way. Her gut twisted in confusion as she looked upon it, wondering how to properly handle the thought process alone. She even felt more than a bit uncomfortable with the idea of someone owning it. Lugia was a powerful Pokemon, one who slumbered beneath the waves lest it causes hurricanes to devastate the land. To think that power was suddenly within their control, brought ethical questions, and challenged her faith. The balance of the world was carefully kept, and with one of its great protectors now in the hands of man, what would happen?

She whispered a silent prayer to the beast under the hope that it would somehow understand her before Gavin recalls it, still staring wide-eyed at the man. There were zero doubts in her mind. She would convince him to allow her to see them, soon. There would be no denying her access to the powerful pokemon. After all, Declan himself said to thank the Abbiatis, why would that not include her?

His third gift received less attention from Celeste but was noted as well. Again, he gave gifts to establish loyalty. The temptation was, of course, there to get on his good side to gain gifts as well, but that would be playing right into his hands. If there was one thing she learned growing up, everything had a price to pay. Perhaps these gifts came with an underlying threat as well. Serve me, and he should reward them. Betray him, and he theoretically had the power to remove them just as easily.

As the floor opened up to questions, Celeste would remain calmly on the side of the room until she eventually found a moment of calm to speak, stepping out of the shadows to do so. "Abbiati here. I simply require a stronger understanding of how the Lugia was obtained. Whether that answer comes now, or later, does not bother me."

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Ozzy
26
March 18
Gay af
"Collector"
Executive
Rosemary, heaven restores you in life.
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oscar clayton
A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)
POSTED ON Aug 20, 2020 3:17:16 GMT
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Oscar gazed upon the events on stage with a mix of pride and envy. He was ecstatic that Rocket had the resources to provide such powerful boons, but he couldn't help but long to be up there. His ambition was limitless, yet its lack of pay off made him restless. Still, nothing could be done. He had no choice but to bide his time and wait. Soon enough his chance would come.

For now he focused on the new boss, the mysterious Mister Walsh. Oscar didn't care who was in charge, as long as his own plans weren't impeded. Yet his curiosity burned like a bonfire, who was this nobody from Kanto? What had he done to earn this opportunity? Where has he been this whole time? He just showed up and expected everyone to be okay with this. Oscar never met Cadis so he couldn't care less, but he had quite a few friends in this crowd and a lot of them turned on the old Rocket specifically to put Cadis into power. 

Of course that also raised suspicions concerning Cadis's predicament. Was he facing a natural illness? Did this Walsh inflict some horrible plague upon their leader to grab power? Or perhaps Cadis pushed too far into his own research, the possibilities were as endless as they were ridiculous. Oscar sighed, folding his arms in a huff. He was struggling to pretend not to care, he couldn't stand neglecting his concern. 

He was all for having how ever many leaders it took to put Rocket on top, but the nature of this switch was too bizarre. He should have kept quiet, but he really couldn't help himself. "Yeah quick question! Like why should we trust you? I mean I trust you because why shouldn't I, but a lot of these folk are big Cadis fans so um--yeah."

Oscar didn't seem regretful, even if questioning the trustworthiness of his new boss was dangerous. He just wanted to put his curiosity at rest, aaaand maybe reassure those who didn't trust this newcomer. The last thing this guy needed was an uprising.
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the wolf
she/her
thirty
october 30
lumiose city, kalos
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rocket beast
beast
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Emma Wolfe
A TRANSFER OF POWER (ROCKET)
POSTED ON Aug 22, 2020 5:38:56 GMT
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Each announcement stirs emotion in her to some degree, though for the most part the woman's expression remains neutral. What startles her most is ' illness. Something had certainly been off about him, but she wouldn't have guessed that he had been so ill. The sudden appearance change and sing-song views on life along with his generally cheery personality should have, maybe, been the tell. No one in Rocket was that bright.[break][break]

However, Emma remains quiet and indifferent for the duration of the announcement. More than likely, the woman was already familiar with Declan Walsh during her stay in Kanto. She had no real qualms about working beneath him, not really. He wasn't Silas, and the man seemed retain respect for Cadis. That was more than she could have expected.[break][break]

And to see rise to power was expected and accepted - she had no qualms.[break][break]

Watching be granted such an important role in the League environment was both honorable and dangerous. It wasn't a matter of whether the woman was ready - it was the Blacephalon's power she was most afraid of. For a world Cadis wanted to be 'white' and without pain or suffering, that blasted Pokemon had caused a great deal of it. She had almost died because of it, along with several other Rockets caught in the crossfire. That, and it was a ghost. She hated ghosts.[break][break]

Emma takes a deep breath, however, as is thrown a pokeball. The shadow Lugia within resonated pain and suffering, a legendary Pokemon reduced to torment and destructive power. There are no words to describe the unease she feels, standing next to the man she trusts and watching him willingly accept such a gift. Could one even call it that? If Gavin is holding her hand still, she discreetly pulls away while he steps forward to announce his gratefulness and promises.[break][break]

Where he asks a question, she does not.

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