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The LUMIOSE Team (PLOT)

Giovanni
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"Sure." Looker chirped and Giovanni's warm smile widened. So agreeable. "She's a nice girl- she's the one who found me washed up on that shore. Recently dethroned Steven Stone." Really now? This new generation of trainers truly were tenacious. "Sharp, perceptive child, too, and very kind. Rather excitable, though that's not surprising because of her age. She absolutely didn't need to, but she decided to keep visiting me for a little while; she's the one who taught me a lot about pokemon and other such missing gaps in my memory about normal life. She'd wanted to introduce me to Steven--she was awfully fond of him, and I think she trusted that he would be able to help me--but Steven was working to make the transition smooth for her and she didn't want to bother him, so when I left for Orre after a week or two of trying to reacquaint myself with the world, she told me to come back soon if I didn't find answers and she'd introduce me."

Giovanni tilted his head. Orre? Now, why was Looker trying to get there? Did he remember something about that last fateful assignment? What would lead a man with absolutely no memory of the world or himself to a desolate wasteland like Orre? It had to be something like that-- the region was relatively unknown and rarely visited by tourists, as it lacked both unique native pokemon species and a League.

"I wish I had," Looker continued, sullened by regret. "But mostly, I hope she's still safe. She had an incredible bond with her pokemon, but... the virus doesn't... really care about such things... Raw power and intelligence only gets one so far. You need luck, too."

Such a statement pulled a sage nod from Giovanni. Looker spoke the truth, despite being... well. Him. "Very true. But the determined and resourceful have a much higher chance of survival-- your Champion sounds like she possesses vast quantities of both." He gently clapped Looker on the shoulder. "Perhaps you'll cross paths with her again."

Being in such familiar contact with one of his long-time enemies made Giovanni a bit giddy, and even though he'd basked a long while in the glorious warmth of his victory he still couldn't help himself. His smile broadening a little, he let his hand fall as it resumed its perch on his own hip. "You mentioned Orre; I have a basic knowledge of the region, but why were you seeking passage there?" His head tilted to the other side. "Orre was not a... very sought-after region, if I recall correctly."
Phoenix
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Centurion
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Post by Phoenix on Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:50 am

((I am so sorry but Miranda still wouldn't be able to do anything other than react. I'm going to try really hard to find something else for her to do next round if Gio and Looker need more time.))
Looker
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Resistance
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"Very true," Giovanni said with a somber nod. "But the determined and resourceful have a much higher chance of survival-- your Champion sounds like she possesses vast quantities of both."

He clapped Looker on the shoulder, gently. The action surprised him, though he managed not to physically react.

Huh. That felt. Nice. When was the last time someone touched me when not trying to kill me?

"Perhaps you'll cross paths with her again."

He smiled a little wider, beaming, before withdrawing the hand from Looker's shoulder, which made him ache more than he would have expected. Thankfully he didn't get much of a chance to ruminate on how pitiful that was. "You mentioned Orre; I have a basic knowledge of the region, but why were you seeking passage there?" His head tilted to the other side. "Orre was not a... very sought-after region, if I recall correctly."

Looker scowled. "Ugh, and with good reason." he sighed. "That place was-"

Awful. That wasn't a strong enough word. Any word strong enough said things about what happened there that was way too... intimate. He shuddered.

"Well, I went there because the first thing that surfaced was a vague feeling that I was supposed to be there doing something. Nothing concrete, but it was all I had to go off of and I couldn't stand the idea of building some sort of brand new life for myself when I'd already had a life, so... I went chasing it to Orre."
Maximum
Maximum
Elite
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"You mentioned Orre; I have a basic knowledge of the region, but why were you seeking passage there?" Giovanni asked. "Orre was not a... very sought-after region, if I recall correctly."

Looker grimaced, "Ugh, and with good reason. That place was-" He grimaced before changing the sentence. "Well, I went there because the first thing that surfaced was a vague feeling that I was supposed to be there doing something. Nothing concrete, but it was all I had to go off of and I couldn't stand the idea of building some sort of brand new life for myself when I'd already had a life, so... I went chasing it to Orre."

Vitaly looked away guiltly. He had nothing to do with this, and Looker didn't know, but it still felt like he was being called out for his own hesitation in digging up his past. While trying to find anything else to focus on, he noticed Drizzt's posture.

The Weavile had stiffened and glanced over his shoulder warily to the talking men before flicking his gaze over to Vitaly so their eyes would meet. After a few seconds, Drizzt looked away to continue his watch, and since he didn't say aything more, Vitaly assumed that there was nothing currently dangerous.

He couldn't help wondering about what made Drizzt so antsy about the conversation, but before he could think on that for long, Siyal piped up.

"Gateon and Agate weren't so bad." He paused before adding with a head toss and some disdain, "And I guess Phenac too."

"Agate had a fair amount of traffic thanks to all the older trainers living there, and there was a shrine in the forest," Pelor mused aloud. "Though that isn't quite enough to warrant most people visiting if they didn't have relatives there, already."
Giovanni
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"Ugh, and with good reason. That place was-" Looker's tone and expression were priceless as he reminisced on what precious few memories he had. Cute. Giovanni chuckled in the wake of the detective's disdain. "Well, I went there because the first thing that surfaced was a vague feeling that I was supposed to be there doing something. Nothing concrete, but it was all I had to go off of and I couldn't stand the idea of building some sort of brand new life for myself when I'd already had a life, so... I went chasing it to Orre."

The mobster's brow quirked as Looker explained himself, mulling over the new juicy tidbits the latter so freely offered. Alakazam was a powerful pokemon, and that power had been multiplied several times over when it turned into a Harbinger. It should have been able to completely destroyed any and all traces of Looker's memory... That there was still enough to send a man over the ocean to a foreign region...? A intriguing turn of events to say the least.

What else was there under the dense surface of that happy-go-lucky nonsense? What else had Alakazam missed?

"Gateon and Agate weren't so bad." Giovanni's eyes turned to the ghostly stallion, curious. Oh, this creature had been there personally? "And I guess Phenac too." There was another chuckle from the gym leader as Siyal begrudgingly included the last city. Phenac... rang a bit of a bell.

"Agate had a fair amount of traffic thanks to all the older trainers living there, and there was a shrine in the forest," the Larvesta mused aloud. "Though that isn't quite enough to warrant most people visiting if they didn't have relatives there, already."

"Fair. Though truthfully, those are really the only cities I recall," Giovanni hummed as he tilted his head again in somewhat genuine thought. He would like to unravel what all Looker's mind had held onto even after being decimated by one of the most powerful Psychic pokemon he'd ever seen. Mewtwo excluded, of course. "Those should be the largest cities, and have the most likelihood of being relevant to your past. I recall there's another city... P... Pyre? Something like that, but regardless, do any of those names ring a bell? Or perhaps you recall the scenery-- do you remember the ocean, the desert, forests? Anything at all?"
Looker
Looker
Resistance
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Looker was an unusually observant man.

It was one of the first things he noted about himself in the days after almost drowning and washing up on the beach. He noticed things easily and, what was more, he analyzed what he noticed quickly and near-effortlessly.

He'd assumed everyone did the same until Sapphire had pointed out it wasn't an especially common trait. He'd wondered what that meant about himself, but it soon proved a deeply useful trait to have even if it irritated other people sometimes when he would point out inconsistencies in their stories or their attitudes. Looker was fairly sure that without this ability, he'd be dead.

So when he noticed Drizzt move out of the corner of his eye, he assigned a portion of his brain to monitoring that for a minute out of the corner of his eye. He didn't miss the Weavile looking at him, but he didn't turn to look back. He let the ice-type believe he hadn't noticed the stiff posture or the glance sent his way, and he didn't bother pondering on it at the moment.

It wasn't important. Yet. Maybe later. But not right now.

"Gateon and Agate weren't so bad." Looker turned his body to pay attention to the phantom stallion, a little startled at the sudden interjection and now wholly curious. "And I guess Phenac too."

"Agate had a fair amount of traffic thanks to all the older trainers living there, and there was a shrine in the forest," Oh that's right. There was a city that tended to be where the older folk settled, wasn't there? What kind of town must it have been for that to happen? "Though that isn't quite enough to warrant most people visiting if they didn't have relatives there, already."

"Fair. Though truthfully, those are really the only cities I recall," Giovanni hummed. His head tilted in thought. Looker found himself mirroring him and stopped, feeling a little silly. "Those should be the largest cities, and have the most likelihood of being relevant to your past. I recall there's another city... P... Pyre? Something like that, but regardless, do any of those names ring a bell? Or perhaps you recall the scenery-- do you remember the ocean, the desert, forests? Anything at all?"

The scowl returned. "Pyrite. You're thinking of Pyrite."

God there was so much he did not want to go into.

"I got to spend time in Orre chasing shadows of myself before all of... this-" he gestured around "-but no, I don't recall any time spent in Orre before the loss of my memory. All of that chasing yielded nothing of value. Some of the other city names ring a bell, but only because I heard them in the few weeks leading up to the pandemic. If I was meant to do something in Orre, I still don't know what or even really where. I only went to Pyrite because it was the largest city and I figured it... for some reason I can't explain, I thought was the greatest chance I had at leads."
Maximum
Maximum
Elite
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"Fair. Though truthfully, those are really the only cities I recall," Giovanni hummed as he thought. "Those should be the largest cities, and have the most likelihood of being relevant to your past. I recall there's another city... P... Pyre? Something like that, but regardless, do any of those names ring a bell? Or perhaps you recall the scenery-- do you remember the ocean, the desert, forests? Anything at all?"

Vitaly was able to keep an intrigued look on his face, but he hoped that the the conversation didn't turn to there. He had nothing he wanted to say about the place, and while he could simply keep quiet if they went in that direction, it wouldn't be pleasant for him.

His and Jude's Pokemon shared that sentiment as well.

Don't say Pyrite.
Please don't say Pyrite
Please don't say Pyrite
Please don't say-

With pure disgust, Looker scowled as he said the name out loud. "Pyrite. You're thinking of Pyrite." He had their attention. Drizzt was outright staring "I got to spend time in Orre chasing shadows of myself before all of... this-" He gestured towards everything, "-but no, I don't recall any time spent in Orre before the loss of my memory. All of that chasing yielded nothing of value. Some of the other city names ring a bell, but only because I heard them in the few weeks leading up to the pandemic. If I was meant to do something in Orre, I still don't know what or even really where. I only went to Pyrite because it was the largest city and I figured it... for some reason I can't explain, I thought was the greatest chance I had at leads."

Why would you go there? Vitaly couldn't help but wonder. Sure, Looker gave his motivations, but that was post losing his memories. What little he knew of the town proper was... not good. And Looker went there with no Pokemon and no other support from the sounds of it.

It was probably a miracle the man was alive given how cutthroat things were.

Pelor chose then to start nudging his legs to make him look down. The sun bug was clearly concerned, so Vitaly knelt down to pet at the excess fluff with his free hand. Hopefully the topic would change soon and he wouldn't need the distraction.
Giovanni
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"Pyrite. You're thinking of Pyrite." Giovanni tilted his head out of curiosity, but the way Looker's bubbly voice turned flat and sardonic tickled the older man. Had some trouble there, did he? "I got to spend time in Orre chasing shadows of myself before all of... this-" He gestured around himself, indicating the plague, "-but no, I don't recall any time spent in Orre before the loss of my memory. All of that chasing yielded nothing of value. Some of the other city names ring a bell, but only because I heard them in the few weeks leading up to the pandemic. If I was meant to do something in Orre, I still don't know what or even really where. I only went to Pyrite because it was the largest city and I figured it... for some reason I can't explain, I thought was the greatest chance I had at leads."

So there were other small echoes still bouncing around in there? Curious. These hunches were strong enough to pull him about the world like a rag doll, but then again, when he had absolutely nothing else... Desperation was an incredible motivator. Perhaps he was lending too much credence to these "hunches" because Looker's own determination exacerbated them. It was certainly plausible. With nothing else to his name besides some odd feelings, what else would a man like that do?

Giovanni opened his mouth but stopped as something clattered outside. Immediately, his hand went up to keep the others silent and he ducked down behind the display case beside him. It didn't sound like a loud crash, but it wasn't an easy feat for him or any of his other pokemon to investigate; they were all simply too big. Had their light conversation attracted another goon?
Looker
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The sound of clattering outside knocked the bitter meloncholy out of him immediately in favor of dread and fear.

He froze for a moment before slowly standing, head snapping to stare at the door.

For a moment there was no sound, but then there was another sound--softer, this time. Something half a growl and half a whine, and the tense feeling in his stomach didn't loosen. That sound wasn't human. Was it a living pokemon, or an undead one?

He inched towards a gap in the boarded up windows to peek. Something brown, he could see- small and... maybe dog-like, moving away from the door now.

Looker in kind retreated from the window, voice low.

"Doesn't move like one of the dead, but I couldn't see much. It's a small pokemon. Brown. Might be a dog. I didn't get much of a look beyond that... but they looked like they were alone."

The tense feeling was beginning to ease a little, a different kind of worry settling in. One small pokemon, even of a high level, would be no match for all the pokemon here. And what if this pokemon was young? And truly alone? And scared?

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