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Into the Deep
     Captain Mauru’s drinking game had been completed, and both Nikosi and Alex had selected their tankards. On the count of three, both of them downed the contents. Almost instantaneously, Alex began a desperate search for something which could quench the flames inside his mouth. In his scramble, the mysterious Ultra Ball on his belt became dislodged and fell into the whirlpool, which was getting ever closer to its goal of devouring the ship and its passengers.
    “No!” shouted Alex, as the ball fell into the ocean. A look of anguish appeared on his face as he thought of losing his pokemon to the depths.
    “Don’t worry. You can have that pokemon safely transferred to a new ball once we get back,” said Lemia, attempting to console the future officer.
    “Yeah, that’s the least of our worries, Alex!” cried Justice. The pokemon was correct. In the time
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A Friend In Need
    Lucid Blackwater was a lonely skeleton. Although he was the friendly sort, many of his fellow islanders were uneasy in the presence of an ancient one such as Lucid. Therefore, he was very pleasantly surprised when he met Alex. The undead had, against his better judgement, attended the island’s recent festival, and there he met one who saw past his outward appearance and treated him like any other person. Better yet, the lad was interested in becoming a swordsman. The skeleton smiled as he thought back on the first lesson he and Alex had shared.
    Lucid was on his way to surprise Alex with a gift--and the subject of their next lesson. The revenant had decided that if Alex was to become a proper fencer, he would need a sword of his own. Vorsu and Laetus tagged along on the errand, eager to spend some time in the city. Lucid had invited Alex to join him at Blackwater Keep for their upcoming training session. Soon they would be studying the saber.
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Fateful Encounter
Alex and Lucid were in the forest, getting an early start for Alex’s first fencing lesson. Which Lucid had asked Messorem to join them and help with the lesson. Alex chose this opportunity to get Balooshi and Ichabod some fresh air while he was practicing. He set Balooshi down and asked Ichabod to watch him while he focused on what Lucid was teaching him. Ichabod grumbled at the thought of being the cub’s babysitter…. Again, but begrudgingly agreed, Alex was his trainer now and he felt like he had to do as he said.
Lucid was preparing everything when he asked Messorem to go back and find something he had forgotten. She quickly went to go do what she was asked and started heading back to the castle that they lived in. She was walking down the road when a sudden breeze passed by sending a chill down her spine. She suddenly felt like she was being watched and quickened her pace. Her fears were founded when she heard footsteps following her and she started to panic. She u
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Blackwater Keep Training Hall: Swords Dance
    The time had come for another training session. All the pokemon of Blackwater Keep gathered together in the training hall to strengthen their bonds and grow together. Today’s lesson concerned the use of Swords Dance: a powerful utility for most any pokemon. To that end, every creature capable of learning the technique headed to the sword rack and grabbed a waster. The Pawniard, Messorem, would be using its own blades in this exercise. If they were going to learn the move, they were going to learn it properly. Their “Trainer” entered the hall, greeted his students, and began the session.
“Welcome everyone. Today’s lesson will be on the use of Swords Dance. Can anyone tell me what this move is used for?” The skeleton was kind, but his vast knowledge could be intimidating. He had been around that he knew of just about every move one could think of! As Messorem pondered her instructor’s history, a look of contemplation formed on
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Hello to anyone who has been kind enough to watch my account. As you've probably noticed, I don't do a terribly large amount of uploading (with the exception being the recent ATG). That said, I want this to change. I would really like to improve my artistic ability, and the only way to do that is through frequent practice. That's why I've decided to start taking requests for pieces of art, if anyone is so inclined. Note, these are requests, not commissions, (my art isn't good enough to sell :P) so they're absolutely free of charge. I hope at least some of you will take me up on this. Have a good afternoon, everypony!

EDIT: I should clarify that my limited area of skill is in My Little Pony related art. As such, I can attempt other characters, but I'm not going to promise they'll be any good. Other than that, as long as it's nothing NSFW and it doesn't involve religion or politics, I don't really have any limitations to what I'll draw. I really should have mentioned this to begin with, but I'm not very experienced with dA and didn't actually realize this journal would be seen by more than my watchers. -facepalm-

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     Captain Mauru’s drinking game had been completed, and both Nikosi and Alex had selected their tankards. On the count of three, both of them downed the contents. Almost instantaneously, Alex began a desperate search for something which could quench the flames inside his mouth. In his scramble, the mysterious Ultra Ball on his belt became dislodged and fell into the whirlpool, which was getting ever closer to its goal of devouring the ship and its passengers.

    “No!” shouted Alex, as the ball fell into the ocean. A look of anguish appeared on his face as he thought of losing his pokemon to the depths.

    “Don’t worry. You can have that pokemon safely transferred to a new ball once we get back,” said Lemia, attempting to console the future officer.

    “Yeah, that’s the least of our worries, Alex!” cried Justice. The pokemon was correct. In the time since the riddle had started, the ship had come perilously close to the edge of the vortex. The force of the whirlpool had become too great, and now escape was impossible.

    “What are we going to do?” worried Laetus. “I can’t breathe underwater you know!”

    “Not to worry!” said Lucid cheerfully. “I’m sure the Captain won’t let any harm come to us. At the very least, he shan’t allow his vessel to be destroyed.” In fact, Lucid knew more about their situation than he had led the others to believe. When one is as old as he, one tends to hear a wide variety of rumors and legends. One such legend was the tale of the “sunken city,” a marvel of human engineering hidden deep below the surface of the sea. If the legend held true, the maelstrom, while certainly dangerous, could be tamed. During such an event, the way to the city would be opened.

    As the  ship sank lower and lower into the waters, the current seemed to lull, and the ocean itself seemed to part before their very eyes. The adventurers passed through what could only be described as a magical barrier and soon laid eyes upon the fabled city.

    “So the legends were true,” pondered Lucid.

    “Aye… That they be,” replied Mauru, awestruck.

    “You knew this was going to happen, didn’t you?” Lemia questioned.

    “Aye! That I did! What kind oh a seaman would I be ifin’ I couldn’t get me crew, an’ cargo across the sea aye? YAR HAR HAR HAR! I know ye be worried by ye were in no dangers not when I’m around YAR HAR HAR HAR!” The city was a marvel to behold. The entire bubble of air was aglow with a deep blue hue, and the same tone could be seen emanating from the local wildlife. Everyone stood in awe of such a sight.

The vessel was slowly and gently guided to a sandy bank. When it stopped, the Captain had his crew tie up the ship so it didn’t float away, and the trainers began to explore the beach. A little farther inland they could see a immense wall encasing the legendary city. Within the wall stood a door guarded by two stone arcanine. The door bore a crest of two dragon type pokemon both unique from each other yet very similar. One dragon was light and airy, it had feathers all over its body and looks almost angelic. The other one on the other hand had a sinister look about it and was almost demonic.


Lemia stood on the sand just before approaching the door. She looked behind her and shrugged. “I guess we should knock.” She approached the door but was met before she could touch it.

“Halt travelers.” Came a gravelly voice, almost as if it hadn’t been used in years. The voice originated from one of the statues with a golden orb in its paw. “Before you enter Aresentis, you must pass a trial to prove your worth.”

“All who enter must do so,” continued the the other statue.

After getting over the shock that a statue had spoken to her, she then turned and asked the statue what task they would need to complete. They were instructed to find the shards of a tablet and piece them back together.

“Oh. My. Gosh,” said Lucid. “Does this mean we get to solve another puzzle?!” The ancient one’s eye sockets lit up in anticipation. “You three!” the undead addressed his pokemon companions, “Help the others locate the fragments. I will remain here and do what all skeletons do best!”

They made up two teams, Alex, Messorem, and Husani were one, and Nikosi, Justice, Heruki, and Leatus formed another. Maeror decided to venture off on his own.

Alex was immersed, looking for fragments in the sand when Messorem called him over. “Hey, Alex, isn’t this yours?” she poked at a drenched Ultra Ball, unable to pick it up. Alex grabbed the Ultra Ball, desperate to check on it’s inhabitant but was shocked and dismayed to find it was empty.

“No! He’s not here!” He yelled in dismay.

“I’m sure he’s alright.” Husani tried to comfort him. “If his Pokeball is here, we should be able to find him here as well.”

“He’s a fire type, if he got out of his ball while it was in the whirlpool he’s going to be in bad shape.” Alex was worried for his pokemon, they may not have bonded yet but he still cared for his well being.

“We’ll keep a look out for him.” Messorem assured him before they went back to searching.

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    Maeror was flashing around the shore, teleporting from place to place as he sifted through different parts of the sandy beach. Laetus spent more time playing than searching, but he still managed to find his fair share of fragments. Heruki searched frantically, but mostly served only to refill the holes Justice was digging. After a short time, all of the pieces of the tabled had been collected, and Lucid began piecing them together in earnest.

    After the tablet was finally reconstructed, the group was ready to present it to the statues.

    “Who would like to do the honors?” asked Lucid.

“You put it together Lucid,” Nikosi said. “You can give it to them.” Alex nodded in agreement.

“Very well! Let us proceed. And Alex,” Lucid pulled him aside. “We’ll find him.” With the tablet in place, the doors to the lost city rumbled open.


Into the Deep
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Word Count: 1067

Trainers: Lucid, Alex, Nikosi

Maeror -- 7 Levels Gained ((1000 words + Event + Trainer) / 2)
Messorem -- 7 Levels Gained ((1000 words + Event + Trainer) / 2)
Laetus -- 7 Levels Gained ((1000 words + Event + Trainer) / 2)
Justice -- 7 Levels Gained ((1000 words + Event + Trainer) / 2)
Husani -- 7 Levels Gained ((1000 words + Event + Trainer) / 2)
Heruki -- 7 Levels Gained ((1000 words + Event + Trainer) / 2)
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    Lucid Blackwater was a lonely skeleton. Although he was the friendly sort, many of his fellow islanders were uneasy in the presence of an ancient one such as Lucid. Therefore, he was very pleasantly surprised when he met Alex. The undead had, against his better judgement, attended the island’s recent festival, and there he met one who saw past his outward appearance and treated him like any other person. Better yet, the lad was interested in becoming a swordsman. The skeleton smiled as he thought back on the first lesson he and Alex had shared.

    Lucid was on his way to surprise Alex with a gift--and the subject of their next lesson. The revenant had decided that if Alex was to become a proper fencer, he would need a sword of his own. Vorsu and Laetus tagged along on the errand, eager to spend some time in the city. Lucid had invited Alex to join him at Blackwater Keep for their upcoming training session. Soon they would be studying the saber. You’d swear you could see a gleam of anticipation in the skeleton’s eye, if he had eyes.

    “Do you think Ichabod will be there?” asked Laetus with a wide grin across his face. “I like him. He’s funny.”

    “Oh, don’t let Ichabod hear you say that,” Lucid smirked. “He might lose his head.”

    “That’s just wrong,” Vorsu said shakily, trying to keep her composure. She was certainly laughing on the inside.

    As the three rounded the corner of the street on which Jaz’s bar was located, the ancient’s senses put him on alert. Something was amiss.

    “Hold,” he ordered. As the undead peered around the corner, two Riolu exited the building, similar to each other, yet unique.

    “Well that’s about it Husani, do you have anymore questions for me?” The Riolu hybrid said to the other riolu.

    “I think I’ve got it Ms. Justice.” The Anubis riolu said.

    In the blink of an eye-socket, a figure appeared. His appearance was beastly, yet he carried himself in a way that was distinctly “human.” The beast-man sent out his pokemon, though Lucid could not tell what species it was as it was obscured by its trainer, and ordered it to use hypnosis on the unsuspecting Riolu. With the young pokemon unconscious, the vagabond returned to the shadows, lying in wait for his next victim. The wait was short, as another being soon exited the bar.

    Alex! thought the revenant. I have to warn him. However, before Lucid managed to give the boy a signal, the beast struck again. With that, Alex’s assailant absconded with the skeleton’s young friend. “Vorsu, stay here and keep watch over the establishment. Don’t let anyone who doesn’t belong here inside. Laetus and I will chase them down and see if we can’t figure out where Alex is being taken.”

    The undead warrior gave pursuit and tailed the attacker through the city. The wolfman was careful to obfuscate his true destination, twisting and turning enough to lose even the most determined pursuer, but the old bag of bones had been around for far too long to be outsmarted so easily. Not bad. He certainly knows how to get rid of a tail. It’s impressive for one with such unusual appearance to blend in with the crowd so seamlessly. Before long, the destination became clear. The harbor… If they get on a ship, I may not be able to find them again. Lucid elected to run ahead of his quarry. If he could get to the harbor first, he could stow away on the kidnapper’s ship. Then, when the time was right, he would mutiny. “Laetus, make haste. I need you to return to the keep and tell Maeror and Messorem to meet me at the docks. There is no time to waste.”

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    The young Eevee sprinted through the city, jumping from rooftop to rooftop in order to optimize his route. “I have to get there yesterday!” the fox thought to himself. “Alex could be in serious trouble.” He picked up the pace in a desperate scramble to rescue his friend. A cone of compressed air formed in front of Laetus and with a thunderous crack, he launched into a Quick Attack. “Woah,” said the stunned Eevee. “When did I learn to do that?”

    The fox continued toward the keep with newfound determination, using his new ability to gain short bursts of speed. Soon, his home was on the horizon, and before he knew it, he burst through the doors of the barracks, leaving a Laetus-shaped hole in the doorway.

    “What the hell?” demanded Maeror. “What do you think you’re doing? Do you know how much it will cost to fix--” The hybrid trailed off as he noticed the look of desperation on his comrade’s face. “What happened?”

    “No time… to explain. Teleport. Docks.” gasped Laetus, trying to catch his breath.

    “The docks?” asked Messorem. “I thought you three were going to visit Alex.”

    “Alex has been kidnapped! We need to go now,” the fox explained. A brief look of shock flashed over Maeror’s face before he grabbed both Laetus and Messorem by the arms. There was a bright flash, and the world seemed to melt away. Soon the three found themselves standing on the coast near the docks. Messorem and Laetus took some time to reorient themselves. Teleportation can be jarring for non-Psychic types. Messorem quickly got her bearings, but Laetus seemed sick to his stomach. His long sprint combined with teleportation sickness was taking its toll. From a nearby ship, the three pokemon heard their mentor beckoning.

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    The ancient arrived at the docks and boarded what must have been the abductor’s vessel. What happened next was something even one as old as he could not have anticipated. An enormous whale appeared off the coast bearing several passengers, Alex included. Each of the unwilling travellers must have met the same fate as the boy, as all of them were bound. What’s more, the whale was unmistakably wearing the same hat as the figure Lucid saw earlier. The revelation weighed on the skeleton’s mind as he struggled to come to terms with what he had just witnessed. In all his years, the only shapeshifters he had seen were Ditto, but none of them had mastered human speech.

    There was a brilliant flash of light, and revenant watched as three figures emerged. “You three, over here. We must board the ship before our target spots us.” Still somewhat disoriented, the pokemon made their way toward the ship. “I’m glad to see you made it on time. Good work, Laetus.” The fox nodded, with a faint smile.

    “You can count on me sir… But, do we really have to go on that boat? My stomach doesn’t feel too good,” the Eevee muttered weakly.

    “I’m sorry, little one. I know the journey must have been difficult for you. Eat this. It should help to settle your stomach.” Lucid stretched out his arm and handed the young fox a Lava Cookie.

    “Thank you!” said Laetus as he quickly devoured the treat. “Whmt mbout Vorsu?” he asked, mouth full. “Shouldn’t we go get her, too?”

    “I wish we could,” replied the ancient. “But we cannot leave Jaz’s bar unattended. Who knows what sort of miscreants would cause trouble their without Vorsu’s watchful eye?”

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    Vorsu was beginning to become restless as she watched over the bar. She knew she had an important responsibility here, but it would have been a lot more fun to go on an adventure with Lucid. Still, what kind of friend would she be if she let Alex get in trouble by leaving the place unattended? The Sandshrew began looking for ways to occupy her time. During her time at Blackwater Keep, Vorsu had done her fair share of chores. Lucid treated them all as equals, and in return for his mentorship he asked that they all contribute in keeping the castle clean. As long as she had time, the least she could do was help out Jaz and Alex by doing some chores around the bar. She started by using Powdered Snow to restock the ice. She wiped down the bar and tables, and she swept and mopped the floor. Eventually, the shrew ran out of things to do and became bored once again. Suddenly, the music stage caught her eye, and she was filled with the irresistible urge to sing. As she belted out her best rendition of Mezase Pokémon Mastuā, she heard a key turn in the door.

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    Soon, Laetus was right as rain, and the four hid themselves away among the ship’s cargo. Messorem gathered some material from the floor of the rarely-cleaned ship, and managed to work out how to use Stealth Rock to trip up any brigands who might be searching for stowaways. Remaining vigilant, she kept watch on the stairs leading to the upper deck.

    “There. Now, if anyone comes down here, we won’t be caught off-guard.” After some time, Lucid noticed that another person had arrived at the docks. This one looked like an average person, at least compared to the wolf, but something about her told the undead that she was important. From their concealment, the four unwanted passengers heard two voices, though one was too distant to make out.

    “What! Have! You! Done?!”

    “I’ve captured and brought trainers as ye have requested! YAR HAR HAR HAR!”

    “No! No NO!” I gave you a list to go ask for their help not to kidnap them!”

   “Madam! I be ashamed at such an accusation! I would never kidnap these trainers! YAR HAR HAR HAR! They reluctantly followed me out ta sea YAR HAR HAR HAR!”

    “I am beginning to regret this.”

   Aye! Regret nothing lass! YAR HAR HAR HAR!“

    “Fine ok release them to me, I’ll take care of debriefing and getting them caught up on what's going on. “Can you please just go get your ship ready?” As the muffled voice drew nearer, it became clear that it belonged to the assailant.

    “Aye! That I Can! YAR HAR HAR HAR!” the wolfman replied. With that, the four heroes knew that they were in for a long journey. They could only hope that Alex would remain safe long enough for them to intervene.

A Friend In Need
Word Count: 1715
Trainer: Lucid

Vorsu -- 16 Levels Gained (1600 words + event bonus + trainer)
Laetus -- 16 Levels Gained (1600 words + event bonus + trainer)
Maeror -- 16 Levels Gained (1600 words + event bonus + trainer)
Messorem -- 16 Levels Gained (1600 words + event bonus + trainer)
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Alex and Lucid were in the forest, getting an early start for Alex’s first fencing lesson. Which Lucid had asked Messorem to join them and help with the lesson. Alex chose this opportunity to get Balooshi and Ichabod some fresh air while he was practicing. He set Balooshi down and asked Ichabod to watch him while he focused on what Lucid was teaching him. Ichabod grumbled at the thought of being the cub’s babysitter…. Again, but begrudgingly agreed, Alex was his trainer now and he felt like he had to do as he said.

Lucid was preparing everything when he asked Messorem to go back and find something he had forgotten. She quickly went to go do what she was asked and started heading back to the castle that they lived in. She was walking down the road when a sudden breeze passed by sending a chill down her spine. She suddenly felt like she was being watched and quickened her pace. Her fears were founded when she heard footsteps following her and she started to panic. She upped her pace to where she was going as fast as she could walk without it becoming a jog, but she had to slow as she came up a hill. Coming down the hill was faster, thankfully and she decided to risk turning and peeking behind her to see her pursuer, hoping to calm her fears. Calm her fears it did not, she stood at the foot of the hill and saw a figure, masked in shadow as the sun rose behind them, towering over her.

Meanwhile~

Ichabod was observing his new trainer trying out these new movements for the first time. As he parried and lunged Ichabod thought to himself that Alex looked clumsy and unbalanced. Lucid must have thought the same as he corrected Alex’s stance before continuing. Growing bored of watching his trainer, Ichabod looked over to Balooshi, curious if the cub found this as boring as he did. He didn’t ever quite understand what was going through that cub’s head. Ichabod wondered what it was like to be in his state as young as he is, and how it affected his growth. As he looked over he couldn’t see the cub, he moved his paw from in front of his face and could see a tiny rump waddling away.

“Oh no you don’t!” He said before going after the young cubchoo. Things had become more difficult since he lost his head, he hadn’t quite come up with a good way to travel quickly with all of him like he could before. So far kicking his head along like a soccer ball was the fastest way to travel, but that often made him dizzy. He wondered if he might take Alex up on his offer to find a way he could hold onto his head, when he had originally offered Ichabod was too proud to accept, he wasn’t some weak pokemon that needed help, he could get by on his own. Part of him regret saying no, Alex wasn’t like his previous trainer who’d react to anything less than perfect as some terrible weakness. Alex took him in, headless and all. He put his thoughts aside as he awkwardly pursued the loose cub.

Meanwhile~

Messorem could have passed out she was so scared. She couldn’t calm her thoughts to think of what she should do. Why were they following her? What did they want? Are they going to attack her? All these thoughts and more were firing through her mind as she looked at the silhouette in front of her. She didn’t have time to react before the pokemon in front of her was approaching.

“Oh, thank goodness I found you! I must warn you!” An absol stood in front of Messorem, covered in odd markings. She seemed glad to have found Messorem but Messorem was not as pleased. She didn’t feel relief in what the absol said, and took in the sight of her. An absol, and not an ordinary absol was looking for her. She remembered stories of old she’d be told about absol, that absol were omens, or reapers in some of them. Either way absol were bad news and if one was looking for her that could only mean terrible things were about to happen.

The Absol started coming closer but Messorem, in her panic slashed with her blades to defend herself. “Stay away from me!” She cried before turning and running away.

Meanwhile~

Ichabod was having trouble catching up to the toddler, barely able to move faster than a toddling pace himself. He stopped for a moment, and tried to orient himself. It was slightly difficult as the world was spinning at the moment. He cursed and called to Balooshi. “Get your tail back here!” But as always the cub did little to show that he heard Ichabod, let alone understood him. Ichabod muttered under his breath. “Damned cub.” Before noticing just what the cub was after. He was following a flickering purple light that kept disappearing right when he was about to catch it, only to reappear a few feet away. Ichabod’s fur prickled as his gut told him that those lights were not something to play with. Thinking quickly as the cub approached another flame, Ichabod backed his body up before running up and pelting his head towards the cub, knocking him away from the light. He oriented himself between Balooshi and the light with his body quick to return to him as an angry growl came from behind the bushes. Stepping out, glaring at Ichabod, angry that he’d interfered with its prey, stood a lean pokemon with luminescent markings. It was twice their height with intricate markings that seemed to glow within. It was not happy that Ichabod stopped it from enjoying its breakfast and was readying an attack their way.

Meanwhile~

Messorem was running for her life, praying she’d make it to the castle before the absol could catch up to her. The pawniard pumped her legs as hard as possible until, finally, she could no longer hear the footfalls behind her. She slowed her pace to catch her breath and thanked Arceus for her safety. Messorem took one last look behind her to ensure the absol was gone, when *wham*! She bumped straight into something… furry. She stood there a moment, unable to process what she’d hit. She took a step back to see the absol standing before her. She panicked and slashed at her with a metal claw, which the absol barely dodged.

“Wait! I don’t want to-” She stopped as she dodged another of Messorem’s metal claws.
Messorem was beyond being able to hear the absol. She was lost in her panic. She was attacking on instinct, using what she’d learned from her mentor. The absol had no choice but to defend herself, using quick attack to stay just out of the panicked pawniard’s reach.

Meanwhile~

Ichabod was able to knock Balooshi out of the way of the attack, unfortunately, it left his face open and vulnerable, he took the full brunt of the attack. He wondered how he was going to be able to battle with the Cubchoo around. He had to protect him as well as himself. All he could do was attack and hope that the pokemon would retreat. He readied himself to take on another attack as he told his body to use Shadow rush and hit their opponent's shoulder with all his might. The creature shrieked, as it’s leg buckled and it fell to the ground.

Meanwhile~

Messorem was relentless in her perceived self-defense. One after another, she continued to unleash metal claws on her helpless foe. The absol could only dodge and wait for the perfect opportunity. The armored monster was starting to get tired, and her movements were beginning to slow. Each new attack was sloppier than the last. Finally, absol’s moment had arrived. She lunged to Messorem’s right, baiting her to block the attack, before completing her feint with a quick attack to the left side. With the young pawniard’s stamina already depleted, the attack sent her toppling to the ground.

“I’m sorry! Are you okay?” asked the absol, frantically. “I… I just wanted to talk, but you wouldn’t stop. I’ve been looking for you all day.”

Meanwhile~

The two trainers realized their pokemon were missing and went to inspect where they had gone. Lucid was curious to why it had taken Messorem so long to get back to them, and Alex noticed that Ichabod and Balooshie had disappeared. The two went in different directions, Alex found a path and decided to follow it, while Lucid heard something nearby and went to investigate, momentarily forgetting why he left the lesson.

Meanwhile~

Ichabod wanted to take advantage of his opponent’s weakness, he had his body return to his head, take a few steps back and then with a running start rammed into his own head! Sending it straight toward the odd pokemon. The pokemon saw the attack coming and flinched in anticipation of the impact. As a surprise to both pokemon Ichabod’s head went right through his opponent! “WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuu” He shouted as his head flew into the bushes. Now unable to see what the other pokemon is doing, Ichabod can’t attack it. He couldn’t keep it away from Balooshie! Ichabod worked to roll his head back to the battle as quickly as he could but it was not easy being just a head. He was almost there when he heard. “What’s all this carrying on!? Small… poochyena, is it? Aren’t you Alex’s pokemon?” It was Lucid! He had come from behind the bushes. “I see you’ve lost your head, do you need help recovering it?”

For once ichabod was happy to see a trainer, even if it wasn’t his own. “Yeah I could use some help, the kid’s about to be eaten!” He motioned to where he came from, Lucid picked him up and headed that way.

Meanwhile~

Alex walked down the path to find a worried absol with an unconscious Messorem. Startled at the sight of his friend’s pokemon motionless with a strange pokemon standing over her he ran up to them. The absol didn’t attack him, which was a good sign, he asked her what had happened.

“OkaysoIwaslookingforthispawniardtryingtowarnheraboutherimpendingdoomandshekeeptrunningawayandeventuallytriedtoattackme---” the absol gasped, trying to regain its breath.

“Woah! Ok, hold on. I can’t understand you when you talk that quickly.” He tried to calm the pokemon down. “Now take a deep breath, and tell me what happened.”

The disaster pokemon inhaled, counted backward from 10, and exhaled. “Okay… I was looking for your friend here because I had a dream last night. I saw her and who I think was her trainer in this place--in danger--and I knew that I had to warn her. They’re going to be attacked. I don’t know when, but when it happens, whatever she does, she can’t grab the--”

Meanwhile~

The two got back to the fray and find that Balooshi is perfectly alright! The pokemon Ichabod thought was going to eat him was playing with him! Flickering balls of light here and there for Balooshi to chase. “I thought you said he was about to be eaten.” Lucid said to Ichabod “eyebrow” raised.

“I- I thought!” Ichabod was speechless, the pokemon that was up and attacking them a moment ago could it be that it only wanted to play all along? Maybe when he hit Balooshie to keep him away from the flame it thought Ichabod was attacking Balooshie. Ichabod didn’t know what to think, but he was annoyed. “Lucid, grab the brat.” Lucid gave Ichabod a side eye for his manner, but picked up the young cubchoo. “We’re going home!” Ichabod stated.

Meanwhile~

When Messorem finally came around, the absol was utterly relieved. For a moment she had thought the worst. For the longest time, she had wanted nothing more than to prove her namesake wrong, yet this encounter had almost turned disastrous. “You’re awake! Oh, thank goodness!”

“What happened?” groaned the pawniard, as she came to her senses.

“I… accidentally made you faint?” said absol with a nervous grin. “Listen, I’m sorry about before. I really didn’t mean to scare you, much less hurt you. I came here to warn you. No matter what happens in the future, do not, under any circumstances, grab onto the hilt of a honedge. Promise?”

“Sure…” said the confused pawniard. Grab a honedge? she thought. I don’t even have hands.

“Messorem! There you are! Are you well?” Lucid came down the path to see his pupil on the ground.

“I… Think so?” Messorem replied. “I also think… I made a friend?” She said bewildered, taking a look at the absol who perked up at her words.

“Oh! Definitely! My name’s Vates, by the way.”

“Messorem. Nice to meet you.”

“...Lucid. Charmed.” The skeleton couldn’t help but wonder what had transpired here. “Alex, we’ll have to pick our lesson up another day. Sorry about that.”

“Oh, no problem Lucid. I hope you guys have a good rest of your day.” Alex took Balooshie from Lucid.

With their pokemon back in the right hands, each trainer went on their way. Little did Alex or his pokemon know, but something was following them back home.
Fateful Encounter
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Word Count: 2219
Trainers: Lucid, Alex

Messorem -- 15 Levels Gained (2200 words, Trainers)
Ichabod -- 15 Levels Gained (2200 words, Trainers)
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    The time had come for another training session. All the pokemon of Blackwater Keep gathered together in the training hall to strengthen their bonds and grow together. Today’s lesson concerned the use of Swords Dance: a powerful utility for most any pokemon. To that end, every creature capable of learning the technique headed to the sword rack and grabbed a waster. The Pawniard, Messorem, would be using its own blades in this exercise. If they were going to learn the move, they were going to learn it properly. Their “Trainer” entered the hall, greeted his students, and began the session.
“Welcome everyone. Today’s lesson will be on the use of Swords Dance. Can anyone tell me what this move is used for?” The skeleton was kind, but his vast knowledge could be intimidating. He had been around that he knew of just about every move one could think of! As Messorem pondered her instructor’s history, a look of contemplation formed on her face. “What about you, Messorem?” asked Lucid. The armored pokemon snapped back to reality and began to squirm.

    “Um…” the monster began, trying to calm her nerves. “Swords Dance… increases the user’s attack? Greatly! Greatly increases attack!”

    “Very good. Sorry for putting you on the spot like that.” The skeleton gave a sly grin as he continued the explanation of the move. “When heading into battle, it is imperative that your equipment is in top condition. Just as you would never enter combat with a dull sword, you should never enter into competition with a dull mind. As a whetstone sharpens a blade, the Swords Dance sharpens your senses, allowing your attacks to reach their highest potential.”

    With that, the pokemon and their Trainer  began drilling. “Step, strike, thrust, repeat. Backward, strike, thrust, repeat.” Lucid stepped back to observe the movements of his pupils. It took some getting used to, but after a while, the motions of the pokemon were something akin to a waltz. “Good. Don’t fight the sword. Let its momentum bring it back around for the thrust. As you get more comfortable, quicken your pace.” The skeleton moved throughout the room, giving an occasional correction, but mostly allowing the students to work through the process. Finally, an aura began to surround the hybrid, Maeror. The Abra/Cubone’s mind began to clear, his movements further hastened, and soon his every strike was perfectly timed and placed. “Excellent work, Maeror.” It was no surprise that the hybrid was the first to properly execute the technique. He was always the most driven, especially when it came to getting stronger. The chimera did not tell, and Lucid did not ask, but it was clear that something dreadful had happened to him in the past.

    The others watched Maeror’s movements carefully, and before long, Messorem had mastered the technique as well. Once her form was corrected her bladed arms allowed her to cut through the air almost effortlessly. Vorsu, on the other hand, found it difficult to copy the hybrid’s technique. “Is something wrong, Vorsu?” the skeleton inquired.

    “I’m trying, Lucid. I really am, but my stubby arms and legs won’t cooperate…” Indeed, the shrew’s body was ill-suited for graceful movements; some days, she even struggled to keep hold of her sword. However, Lucid was a firm believer that anyone can rise to greatness.

    “Don’t try to copy Maeror,” the ancient said. “You’ll never make it that way. You are, each of you, your own pokemon. What works for one may not work for another. Do what you were made to do.” The Sandshrew took Lucid’s words to heart, and took a deep breath. Deftly, she cast the sword aside and curled into a ball. She quickly began to pick up speed and leapt into the air. She must have done a  full 720° spin before landing in a pirouette and finally settling, glowing all the while. “Congratulations,” said the skeleton. “You’ve learned an important lesson today. Far more important than any battle technique. Each of you must embrace your unique talents to unlock your potential.” With that, the day’s training was concluded, and the three young monsters left the hall feeling empowered.
Blackwater Keep Training Hall: Swords Dance
Word Count: 699
Trainer: Lucid

Maeror -- 7 Levels Earned (600 words + Trainer); Learned Swords Dance

Messorem -- 7 Levels Earned (600 words + Trainer); Learned Swords Dance

Vorsu -- 7 Levels Earned (600 words + Trainer); Learned Swords Dance
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Maeror Reference (Abra/Cubone Hybrid)
Name: Maeror (MAH-ay-ror)
Gender: Male
Species: Abra/Cubone
Types: Psychic/Ground
Level: 32
Traits: Hybrid
Nature: Serious

Experience Log: Reference -- 6 levels, Swords Dance Training -- 7 levels, May Event Final Battle -- 19 levels

Hatch Date: 5/27/2018

Moves: Teleport (starting), Growl (starting), Sword's Dance, Bonemerang, Iron Head
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Student General Artist
:iconpartypinkieplz::iconsaysplz:Haaaaaaappy happy birthday to our good friend today!
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Yay! We're here, everypony!
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:iconapple-jackplz::iconsaysplz:Why, with a real Apple family apple pie, of course! :iconapplepieplz:
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:iconraritysmileplz::iconsaysplz:But these, while pleasant to give, mean little by themselves...
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:iconapplejackhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Remember your loved ones and friends, an' don't let little things an' worries get you down!
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:iconpinkiewinkplz::iconsaysplz:And throughout all that, have fun! It isn't fun if you don't have any, after all, and fun it should be!
:iconpinkiepartyplz::iconsaysplz:Just like today! Party on!
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Weeee! Today's the day, everypony!
:icontwilightderpplz::iconsaysplz:Pinkie, do we have to teleport in like that every time?
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:iconisaypinkieplz::iconsaysplz:Ahem...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday!
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:And it wouldn't be a proper birthday if Ah didn't bring y'all an apple pie, baked by yours truly!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:Let us all give you our best wishes on this occasion and wish you a wonderful year!
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TechnoColt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super late on this because I never log into dA enough, but thank you very much for the birthday wishes. :) I'll have to remember to return the favor when your birthday rolls around. :P
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Student General Artist
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiebounce2plz::iconsaysplz:Over here, everypony! My Pinkie sense is telling me they're here!
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi! Pinkie Pie invited us all to her friend's birthday party, and...
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:And that friend is you! Happy birthday!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:Ah've brought an apple pie along for you, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityplz::iconsaysplz:And I, speaking for all of us, wish you all the best in your life and all your endeavours!
:iconfluttershywinkplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you'll have a wonderful time and that trouble will pass you by.
:iconcutedashsmileplz::iconsaysplz:And no matter what happens, remember that we'll always be your friends. Stay awesome!
:iconponyangelplz::iconsaysplz:May the magic of friendship and all it contains be ever with you.
:iconmlpspikeplz::iconsaysplz:And if you ever feel down, don't forget that that you're the hero of your life's story, and no-one else can be better at it than you!
:iconparty0plz::iconsaysplz:Now come on, you all, it's time to start the party for real!
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TechnoColt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, sir. I'll have to remember to pay you the same kindness on your birthday. :)
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi there!
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday! We're happy to see you once again!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:'ave an apple pie, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiepiehappyplz::icontwilighthappyplz: Pinkie Pie and I wish you a happy birthday! Applejack joins in with her famous apple pies! :iconapplejackplz::iconapplepieplz::iconapplepieplz::iconapplepieplz:

Even though you haven't been on here in a while, I think it's still called for. Besides, I do so love your Random Destiny Generator. I've had a lot of laughs playing around with it. Still am having. Well done!
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TechnoColt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for wishing me a happy birthday! I'm glad you're enjoying the destiny generator. I've wanted to make some more stuff for my dA, but I've been pretty busy with school. /: Hopefully I'll be able to do something more when Spring Break comes around.
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