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Dragonspiral Tower [Base]||Morning
"So let's get a damn move on," Drayden turned to see his old friend crestfallen and annoyed, as the women didn't take kindly to his joke. The Gym Leader's shoulder's sagged as he leaned against a pillar to wait. "If we're gonna get to the top of this place, I'd rather get there in less than a week." Drayden shot the man an apologetic glance, patting the other's arm for reassurance. Lorelei stood vigilant as Drayden led the way, immediately taking a spot behind him to venture up the stairs.
The climb up the stairwell was tense, quiet, and unnerving. Drayden had been prepared to make this climb alone, but it seemed that Fate simply wasn't going to allow for that. Old friends, students, colleagues and now foreign powers-- it was certainly not a boring trip. He thought himself as a social man, but now in the dead air of the sacred tower, he had no idea how to conduct himself around these people. Had he changed so much in the years the Epidemic had claimed their world?
It took at least half an hour to scale the crumbling stair. The corridor was tight, allowing only single-file to pass as they ascended; thankfully, none of the stairs were out or gave way underneath them. However, there were no windows, no light to guide or aid them, and so, Drayden had to pull out a flashlight in order to see in the consuming darkness. When the stairs emptied into the next floor, however, he breathed another sigh of relief. The high windows on this floor spilled the early morning light easily, illuminating the various fallen limestone pillars that littered the room. He strode forward, Lorelei immediately passing him to scale the ruined, severed trunk of a nearby pillar. He was about to protest, but Drayden silenced himself when he knew it would be of no use. This woman was a firebrand and did what she damn well pleased.
A dangerous mindset for a group.
Still, her bravado had a purpose. Spotting what she was seeking, she slid back down and landed on her feet. "I see my bag. It's beyond the line of pillars on the other side of the room."
Drayden nodded. "We need to go that way anyway," he whispered back, turning to point at the stairwell to the next floor. "The access to the stairs is only accessible higher up; climbing on top of the line of pillars is the only way to reach them. But there are still dozens, if not hundreds, of Golurk here. Druddigon are also in this area, so we need to be careful not to attract any attention."
"And how are we going to manage that?" Lorelei whispered back, apparently not thrilled with the idea of being slow. Perhaps she was simply angry because she was unarmed and her pokemon were unattended. That... really had to be it. Drayden was unsure how calm and collected he would be if his own team was simply a few dozen yards away but couldn't just go grab them.