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 (!) A Night in the Darkness, Just what Lex needs...
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 Posted: 9/17/17, 10:59 am
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Lex had come to the realization that his pokémon team, despite its numbers, was still rather weak. All of his pokémon were young and had very little battle experience. Sure, he didn't need to do much battling himself when he had all of his grunts to do the work for him, but... a day will come when he needs to be able to defend himself. He might be alone, he might be working a job, and things might go sideways. What kind of Nightshade Operative are you if you can't even defend yourself? So. Here he was.

Why on earth did he choose the desert anyway? His every day attire consisted of black leather pants, a black shirt, and a black leather jacket. He would literally be roasting to death right now if it weren't nighttime. He chose this time of night on purpose. Not only would other trainers not be out and about, but perhaps the more interesting pokémon come out at night to play. He wasn't interested in your every day dessert pokémon. He was interested in the ones that hide or sleep during the day. The ones most trainers don't get to see.

The sand gave way to his boots as he walked. It was rather chilly and a cold breeze cut through the dessert easily without any resistance. He kicked at this and that as he walked, hands in his jacket pockets. His mind began to wander. Whenever he was alone, which was almost always, he couldn't help but think of his past and his life before Eden. Though he never wanted to think about it, it just happened. He shook his head, wishing he could be thinking about anything else. His eyes caught sight of a cactus in the distance, and almost shifted his glance away before seeing a shadow move. Near the cactus, something was moving...



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 Posted: 9/17/17, 12:58 pm
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a wild skorupi appeared!




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 Posted: 9/30/17, 02:09 pm
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Once the night time air had finally cooled the surface of the hot sand, skorupi emerged from his den beneath a massive dune. The nocturnal pokemon hunted only at night, when the everything wasn't so burning hot like it was during the day and his unsuspecting prey would be fast asleep. Skorupi's stomach gurgled as he skittered across the desert, searching for his next meal. He hoped to find a tasty sandshrew, their flesh was also so savory and soft. That being said, skorupi was so hungry that he wasn't going to pass any opportunities up.

As if on cue, skorupi spotted a human that was walking alone across the dunes. What was a human doing by themselves this late at night? Didn't they know that the desert was filled with dangerous and aggressive pokemon? What would he do if a krookodile or a skarmory wanted a midnight snack? Skorupi decided that this human was going to be his next meal. Sure, the human was much, much bigger than he, but skorupi new that if he managed to sting him with his venomous stinger, the toxic would be strong enough to stop his heart. Plus, there was so much meat on that human that he wouldn't have to bother with hunting for the next several days.

Careful not to make too much noise, skorupi quickly scurried after the human. He eyed the back of the human's head as he slowly got closer and closer from behind. As soon as he was close enough, he would ram his stinger into the man's ankle. He just needed the right moment to strike.

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 Posted: 10/2/17, 12:22 pm
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He came to a halt, curious as to what was moving in the distance and not wanting to attract attention to himself. As he stood still, eyeing the movement up ahead, he felt a hard knock at the back of his boot. Startled, he lifted that leg into the air and turned to look around. Low to the ground just behind him was a large, blueish-purple pokémon with stingers and claws. It looked annoyed, and Lex realized the thick leather of his combat boots just saved him from whatever that stinger meant to do.

His heart rate jumped and he turned to face the wild pokémon. "You sneaky little..." he grumbled, not wanting to be heard. This pokémon looked determined, whether it was out hunting for a meal or just a good fight, Lex wasn't sure. Either way, he'd need his own pokémon to help. Reaching up to belt with his right hand, he popped off one of the pokéballs fastened to his belt and tossed it to the ground. The bright flash from the pokéball stung his eyes, as they had long been adjusted to the darkness.

A short, black and red feline stretched out his back and paws, expelling a yawn. His Litten had always been his first choice when it came to his team, and Lex was most determined to train him to his fullest potential. This should be an easy battle, as long as they kept a close eye on the wild pokémon's moves. "D'Argo, we've been threatened. Help me take care of it, please." he said first, and took a few steps backwards to give the two some room. As soon as D'Argo had the enemy in his sights, he fired. A ball of flames burned at the back of his throat before he spit it forward.


D'Argo used Ember!


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Why hadn't her plan worked? Skorupi had felt the toxic barbs of her stinger puncture the man's ankle, so why hadn't it taken effect? The human didn't seem like it was in a great deal of pain, simply annoyed. Maybe his clothes had stopped her toxic attack? Next time she would have to aim for his throat. Before Skorupi could go in for her next attempt at killing the man, he wiped out a pokeball. Soon, a red and black pokemon appeared on the sand between skorupi and her target.

"Good," Skorupi sneered at the feline looking pokemon. "Something to wet my appetite before the main course!"

Her cocky remarks were soon cut off, however, by a burst of fire erupting from the other pokemon's mouth. Letting out a small yelp of surprise, skorupi scrambled as fast as she possibly could, narrowly avoiding the flames sent her way. As she felt the heat radiate through the night time air, skorupi narrowed her eyes. So it was a fire type. She should've known by its red markings. Skorupi would have to finish this quickly if she hoped to win.

Without warning, Skorupi quickly charged towards the litten, aiming her venomous stinger towards it. If she could slam its toxic barbs into the pokemon's hide, her poison sting ought to deal devastating damage.

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 Posted: 10/4/17, 11:39 am
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The feisty little scorpion dodged D'Argo's attack, rather easily in fact. The Litten slid to a stop and turned around, but not quite in time. "Look out!" Lex had hollered, but it was too late. The scorpion had retaliated with its sharp stinger and jabbed D'Argo in the leg as he tried to scurry backwards. D'Argo let out a yelp of pain before leaping a few feet backwards. In seconds, the affected area on his leg began to swell and the color seemed to drain from his face. Lex grit his teeth in frustration, not only because his pokémon was in pain, but because he had allowed it to happen.

The scorpion pokémon was quick. D'Argo would have to be quicker. Not missing a beat, Lex proceeded with his next order. "Flame Charge." he spoke, in a low, stern voice. D'Argo looked nauseous for just a second before his expression turned serious. All he wanted to do was please his master. He had to push the nausea out of his mind and concentrate. Hoping to beat the scorpion at its own game, D'Argo rushed forward, digging his claws into the rocky earth to gain speed. Heat began to build up around his body. Just as D'Argo leaped forward and lowered his head for impact, his body lit up in flames. His body shuddered from the pain caused by the poison coursing through his veins even faster now that he was in motion.

D'Argo was poisoned!
D'Argo used Flame Charge!
D'Argo is hurt by poison.



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 Posted: 10/4/17, 10:04 pm
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Now that was a direct hit. Skorupi could feel her stinger plunge into the flesh of the opposing pokemon. Her venom would quickly get to work now and wreck havoc onto the pokemon's body. Skorupi skittered back a bit, watching the feline wince and shudder in pain. Sadly, the red and black pokemon didn't go down, instead, following her trainer's command and charging straight for skorpui.

What was this? A tackle? Headbutt maybe? Skorupi was almost offended that they would use such a weak attack on her. It was frankly pathetic that-

Suddenly, a ball of fire erupted around the feline pokemon's body, orange and red flames seemingly to appear out of thin air. With such little distance remaining between the two, skorupi didn't even have time to dodge. The flame charge was a direct hit, the inferno searing skorupi's body. The impact sent her flying back, landing face first in the sand. The bug type struggled to pull herself back up, the super effective move had dealt a lot of damage. Her charred exoskeleton screamed out in pain. She knew she could not underestimate them again.

Wanting to keep the distance between her and the fire type wide, skorupi opted for a long range attack. Skorupi contorted her face into a look of pure malice, glaring directly at the litten with sharp, angry eyes. the corners of her fanged mouth bent downwards, showcasing her disgust and hate for her enemy. Maybe her leer would prevent the cat-like pokemon from hitting so hard next time.

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 Posted: 10/5/17, 08:34 pm
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Lex was excited. The attack had hit successfully, and hard. Flame charge was his most favorite move of D'Argo's. It mixed fire and brute force, what's not to love? Plus, it always seemed to land a solid hit. The scorpion landed face-first in the sand, and Lex smirked. He was confident his Litten could handle this obnoxious little bug.

D'Argo however, was not. The blunt force to his head instantly caused a headache, his temples in front of his ears started throbbing. His legs trembled for just a second, feeling weak. The nausea returned and D'Argo had to sit down on his rump to keep from falling over. He shuddered once more, feeling the poison pulsing through his veins. Part of him wanted to curl up in a ball and go to sleep, and the other part wanted to keep moving. He didn't want his master to see any weakness in him.

In that moment, Lex caught sight of D'Argo sitting down and he frowned. There was poison coursing through his pokémon's body right now, he had to keep an eye on him. Lex regretted not having any supplies on hand that could help cure the poison, and made a mental note to buy some next time he was in town. For now, he'd encourage D'Argo to power through it and not give up. "Try another Ember." he ordered, voice a little softer this time.

D'Argo winced. He really didn't feel so hot. He wasn't sure summoning flames from his throat was such a good idea right now. But he obeyed, and stood back to all fours to face his opponent. Locking his eyes on the scorpion, he began to growl. Heat rose in the back of his throat, the flames nipping at his sharp teeth. He roared, and flames burst from his mouth once more. The sphere of fire shot forward towards his opponent, and D'Argo watched anxiously. He sat back down on his hind end, needing to steady himself again.

Defense: -1
D'Argo used Ember!
D'Argo is hurt by poison.




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Skorupi was feeling confident that this battle would soon be over. Seeing her enemy tremble in pain due to her venom was extremely satisfying. Once the cat pokemon went down, its trainer would be defenseless. Skorupi's mouth salivated at the thought of taking a bite out of the human's salty, warm fresh. Who knows, maybe his pokemon would make good afternoon snack as well? She wasn't one to pass up an extra meal.

The battle was not over yet though, and the feline pokemon managed to fire off another fire attack. Skorupi used the distance she put between herself and the fire type to dodge this attack, quickly scrambling to the side and out of the way. Her legs were adapted to the loose desert sand, allowing her to easily glide across it and away from the ember attack. Without warning, Skorupi rushed forward towards the litten. She aimed her tail and prepared to ram it into her enemy to deal another poison sting. Hopefully, this attack would land, and finish her enemy off once and for all.

Dodges: 2/3

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 Posted: 10/8/17, 09:57 am
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Growing frustrated, Lex let out a sigh. This was just not going well. He had been full of confidence when he stepped out into the desert and night air, confident he could take on anything the desert had to throw at him. Yet here he was, watching his first-choice pokémon struggling to win this fight. D'Argo's ember attack missed again, and Lex shook his head. He wasn't mad, just frustrated. He was a Nightshade Operative for christ's sake, and he couldn't even defeat some obnoxious scorpion?

D'Argo felt a pain in his chest as his fireball flew past the scorpion again, diminishing against one of the boulders nearby. He caught a glimpse of disappointment on his master's face and frowned. He was failing. His master had trusted him with this job and he couldn't do it. He blamed the poison. If every breath and move didn't hurt so badly he'd be just fine to keep going. Instead, his muscles shook and he collapsed into the sand. He groaned, disappointed in himself as well. He just wanted to go back to his pokéball until his master could find him a cure.

Lex watched, eyebrows furrowed, as his Litten collapsed in the sand. "Damn it." he muttered under his breath. Noticing that the scorpion was charging forward again for another attack, Lex quickly pulled D'Argo's pokéball from his belt and pointed it forward. A thin ray of red light shot forward and sucked D'Argo back up into his pokéball, avoiding the scorpion's stinger at the last minute. Lex grumbled and ran a hand through his hair, replacing the ball on his belt and reaching for the next one.

His next choice was much quicker on his feet, or rather, her feet. Lex swiftly tossed another pokéball onto the field and it erupted promptly. A tall, blue figure stood between him and the scorpion once the flash of light faded. "Zhaan. Take care of this pest for me, will ya?" he spoke sternly, and the Lucario nodded. She was faster in battle than D'Argo was, and could easily dodge any attacks coming her way as long as she knew they were coming. Lex quickly ran through a list of her moves in his head, trying to decide the best for this particular situation.

D'Argo was hurt by poison.
D'Argo was defeated.
Lex sent out Zhaan!



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Just as Skorupi was going to ram her poisonous barbs into the collapsed and defenseless litten, its trainer recalled the cat back into the safety of its pokeball. Her tail only slammed down into empty dirt where the cat once was. The poison must've already taken it down. With the feline pokemon out of the way, Skorupi thought that nothing stood between her and her next meal, but before she could charge the human, he sent out another pokemon in its place.

This one was much larger than her previous opponent, about the size of the human. Skorupi was starting to get nervous, she hadn't considered the fact that the trainer could have more than one pokemon! While she didn't show the trainer or his pokemon any weakness, she still was hurting from the damage she sustained from the fire attack. She needed to take this second pokemon down quickly if she wanted to win this fight.

Skorupi used her legs to propel herself up into the air. She hurtled in an arc towards the lucario, first going up, then crashing down towards it. She aimed her fangs towards the lucario, intending to deliver a bug bite attack. Maybe once this new pokemon got a taste of skorupi's raw strength, it would be defeated like its comrade before it.

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 Posted: 10/8/17, 08:16 pm
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Lex was spot on, the scorpion wasted no time continuing with its attacks. This little thing was quite feisty! It wasn't giving up without a fight, and even when pokémon #2 came out, it didn't try to flee. Admittedly, Lex was a little impressed with its confidence and drive to succeed. He hadn't had any interest in catching the thing, but its persistence made him wonder if maybe he should...

The scorpion kicked from the ground and into the air, leaping towards Zhaan. Lex's lips had just barely parted to tell her to move when she stuck a foot out and slipped to the side. The scorpion landed with a thud next to her. Now was her chance. "Low Kick." Lex's voice rang out, and Zhaan was already moving into position. In one swift motion, she bent her knees and kicked out with one of her legs, swirling in a circle and spinning on the heel of her foot.

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Zhaan used Low Kick!




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It was instantly clear to Skorupi that this opponent was much faster than the cat pokemon she had faced before. It deftly sidestepped her bug bite, and then instantly retaliated with a some sort of sweeping motion with its leg. Just as Skorupi mananged to pick herself back up off the ground, the low kick attack swept her off her feet and made her land on her side with a thud.

Luckily for Skorupi, the fighting move was very ineffective on the dual poison-bug type pokemon. Without even getting up, Skorupi went on the offensive once more, swinging her tail towards the ankle that the lucario had used to pivot around so quickly. Maybe her fell stinger would even the playing field by making the lucario fall over as well. Now the bug was mad. How much longer was this going to take? Even as the battle raged on, she could feel her stomach grumble. All she wanted was a meal! So why wouldn't the human just let her kill him? Humans were just so selfish. Hopefully Skorupi would get to teach him a lesson.

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 Posted: 10/10/17, 11:30 am
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The swinging motion of Zhaan's leg did the trick, knocking the Skorupi off its feet. The move itself didn't seem to harm it much though, just inconvenience it. The scorpion was quick to recover, retaliating with a swing of her tail. The claws on its tail pierced into either side of her ankle, causing her to lose her balance. Zhaan landed on her rear end with a thud, her ankle throbbing in pain. Rather than crying out, she grit her teeth and glared at her opponent. Lex's voice echoed once more in the darkness, directing her next move.

She caught Lex's determined expression and focused hard. She focused the anger and pain she felt into energy. A dark purple light began to glow around her as she glared at her opponent. Without getting up to her feet, she formed the energy into small orbs and shot them forward at the scorpion. If successful, the dark energy would pack quite the punch. Once the energy was released, Zhaan lifted herself back up to her feet and readied herself for the next attack.

Zhaan used Payback!


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The lucario hit the floor with a satisfying sounding 'thud', and Skorupi felt a bit of renewed hope. Maybe she could win this second battle after all. Just as skorupi's confidence started to raise again, however, they were sent crashing back down by her enemy's next attack. The blast of dark purple energy sent her flying back and right into a boulder sticking out of the sand. Parts of her brittle exoskeleton cracked from the impact, and her heavily wounded body hit the ground. Skorupi could feel her health draining from body, she didn't have much strength last to continue fighting.

But she had to keep trying, Skorupi refused to be defeated by this human and his trainer pokemon without giving it everything she had. Her limbs ached and shook with pain, but she managed to hoist herself up off the ground one last time. As Skorupi rushed forward with a final fell stinger attack, she knew if this attack didn't land and didn't knock the lucario out, she would be finished. One more attack from her opponent, no matter how weak, would be able to knock her out, and it was unlikely that she would be able to escape a pokeball if the human decided to capture her.

Skorupi let out a pained, angry and determined roar, and its sounds echoed throughout the massive soundunes, signifying her final gambit. Her stinger was leveled at the lucario's torso, and she had every intention to ram it into the creature's heart.

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