Trying to figure out his next step, he seemed to be stumbling upon another familiar area, only this time, this area was a bit more memorable because he had been here a few times. Well, the atmosphere was still dark out, but the way the trees' density and the way the ground felt told him that this was "that" one area again. He probably could have rely his own Pokemon for help, but at most they could only help with directions, and not locate a ghost that somehow slipped his wandering in this forest. He kept on walking until he came upon some faint, stinky smell. Maybe THAT way!
As Tyler and Mania made it to the entrance of the eerie wood he realized he had completely forgotten about Hollenhund still being out of his Pokeball as well. As he turned around to see if the Houndoom was still there he sure enough was just looking ahead silently as he was more interested in making sure none of the spirits got to Tyler over anything else. The dark types natural senses along with Mania's nose allowed them to detect a spirit as soon as it approached. As handy as that was however the Chikorita in Tyler's arms was the best detector of them all as it began to cry out in pain shortly after entering the eerie wood.
" I am going to guess here and say this means that another spirit is going to show up? If so at least we have an early detection system so that they will not have very much time to get the jump on us. As if that would really help them as that Gastly found out the hard way. Mania I want you to be ready again as I do believe you are about to enter round two." Mania was more than ready as the last battle had not even put a dent into her blood lust. Gastly had been nothing more than a pushover and she was not expecting most of the ghosts to put up much of a fight either.
" I am not expecting much of a fight from whatever this next spirit is either but I cannot turn down a chance to tear another spirit to bits. That first one was so easy that my claws are still thirsting for more victims to tear apart so bring on whatever wants to battle us next." Just as she finished speaking the purple fog returned enveloping the area making it impossible to see the way forward. The theatrics were again quite impressive but after the last ghost being such a wimp Tyler was far from impressed as he called the spirit out ready to have another battle.
" Evil spirits show yourselves, your friend was no match for me and I highly doubt you will fare much better but I dare you to prove me wrong. I shall eradicate all of you and save this Chikorita so that I may make quite a score on the Black Market once it is free of your curse." He then waited hoping that the spirit would have the guts to come and face him like the Gastly before.
Eerie Wood certainly lived up to it's name and reputation. Hardly any life could grow here, and given the hazy roadblock that stopped any progress, something wanted Tyler and Chikorita here. Despite his bold words and strong Pokemon in tow, the woods around him didn't seem to care as black mists started to swirl around his feet before disappearing. At the trunks of some of the dead, skinny trees the mist would swirl and seem to begin to climb up them before dissipating. Something was coming, perhaps brought by the challenge uttered by Tyler or perhaps because of the presence of Chikorita. His plans to sell the Pokemon meant nothing to the spirits. They just wanted to destroy the forest, one area at a time. The fact that they had their tendrils in Chikorita only elated them in the process.
A single red light seemed to blink in the distance, slowly getting closer before it would disappear. The sound of rattling bones seemed to echo through the eerie wood and the pressure of someone watching, as well as all of the fog, seemed to squeeze against the wandering party. Chikorita twitched and let out a small pained cry. The mists rose up in response, and a single Pokemon materialized in front of Tyler. A skull marked it's face and a single red, glowing eye moved inside it's apparently hollow body. Another materialized spirit, no doubt. It showed hardly any emotion aside from the grotesque glee at Chikorita's pain. It extended a ghostly appendage towards Chikorita, who began to actively writhe in place. "Delicious...." It rasped, before turning it's red eye towards Tyler without moving it's body. Without another word, it dashed forward in an attack on Tyler.
The Wandering Spirit of Duskull (Level 17) has appeared! Battle here.
Mania was again displeased by how little resistance the spirits offered but she was glad that another spirit had been dealt with. Her powers grew stronger with ever battle no matter how weak her foes were. She snarled at Hollenhund as she walked past him as she had been doing all the work. He had been lazy the whole time but it did not matter to Tyler as either one could keep massacuring the spirits at this rate. Chikorita was the only thing who had to worry as there was no telling how much longer it could survive the curse. Tyler also had to keep his brother in mind knowing he would never have peace so long as Marchbaby pursued him.
It was hard for Tyler to decide to leave the Eerie Woods as they were a fantastic setting for a secret base but for now he had no other choice. " So what Arceus awful place is next? We must be getting close to the objective by now. Mania and Hollenhund do either of you see any more signs to point us in the right direction?" He asked as his Pokemon searched the area. After getting a smell of rotten wood Mania began digging in a pile of leaves and found a map. It was clear enough on one side to see where they were and their next stop. After studying the map a moment Mania knew exactly where to go next.
" If that map is correct there should be a path up ahead that will take us to the Putrid Swamp. It is the next to last stop before reaching our first objective. It is not too far away but I bet like the other stops an uninvited guest will be there to try and hinder our progress." Given the events so far Tyler fully expected another battle once they got to the swamp, though he was not worried in the least as he started looking for the path to the swamp. It did not take long to find as he laid out his plans for the next area.
" Mania you take point again. Your powers are growing by the second and you will easily overpower anything we encounter up ahead. I will be so glad to see us rid this nightmare of a forest of these pesky spirits. After this ordeal I think I will always hate their kind with a burning passion." Just as he ushered the final word the swamp came into view.