Passing through a series of mushroom infested area, he found an area now which was loaded with conifers. The ground underneath each pine tree was covered with fallen conifers, that will explode and be seeded if a wildfire occurs in the forest. He looked around the area, with his mind still thinking about the legendary Pokemon. He could have swear he knew about reading that Pokemon before, but was it in a book or on the internet? He found another set of overlapping footprints that people took to go somewhere, and followed it again, adding his own set of footprints.
With the plethora of mushrooms out of the way, Rhoan steered her steer ahead into a large section of forest covered in conifer trees. "Makes sense why they'd call it Conifer Crest. C'mon." Rhoan grunted, tapping her heel against Ares's side gently. The bull moved a bit quicker, forcing Tyrana to pick up her pace slightly. Her bad mood seemed to diminish as time went on which made her trainer feel a bit better. Her team had to be at top performance if they wanted to get anything done once they set foot in Goldenrod.
Details of a certain, juicy mission involving the Gym Leader were spreading around the rumor mill, and Rhoan wanted to be the one to jump onto the opportunity. By making way quickly in the evening through Ilex she minimized the amount of people that saw her since her mission in the well as well as the amount of bodies on the path that Ares would have to shuffle by. It just made the whole ordeal a bit easier in the grand scheme of things. Hustle, hustle indeed.
The conifer trees seemed to almost touch they sky and blot out a bit of the setting sun as it disappeared over the treelines. Skinny but tall. Tyrana did good work of making sure her tail didn't catch anything on fire while Rhoan rummaged through her bag to go through some of her supplies. "We're good on pokeballs, Potions may have to get stocked up on though for future missions. I'd like to have some rope, and honestly i'd really prefer a gun but I guess that's why I have you." Rhoan nodded her head to Tyrana, who gave a nod back and spat a bit of fire.
Which caught a tiny section of grass on fire. Tyrana frantically battled at it with her clawed hand and managed to snuff out the flame but the smoke wafted up, reminding all that -something- had happened here. Stifling a small chuckle, Rhoan ran inventory before yawning and setting her bag aside. It was almost as if each section were draining her of more and more energy. She didn't understand how Ares continued to plod along forward, but as long as he kept it on the straight and narrow she didn't mind too much. He was doing a good job, after all. "Keep it up. I have a feeling we'll be out of here soon, thank Arceus..." She growled to Ares and herself.
The storm continued on, sky booming loud enough to make the trees quiver. It was a little odd actually, not being able to feel the shake of thunder on the ground beneath him. Usually he would be inside a building during a storm like this, feeling the rumble reverberate through the structure during some of the more forceful eruptions crackling through the sky. Alas, today his only shelter was the canopy of the old sentinels composing this forest. [break][break]
Another loud boom snapped into the wood. Damien gasped, freezing a moment at the thought of such a close strike. "That could be bad..." he mumbled to himself as the notable sound of a tree creaking and snapping on its way down sounded from nearby. There was a reasonable amount of rain drizzling down to the ground but he wasn't a fool to assume that would be enough. His mother worked in this field. He was quite aware of the possibilities. Though, he was just fool enough to head straight for it. [break][break]
As he ran his hands found their way to his belt and wrapped around Turret's pokéball. Still continuing on he released the turtle, he emerged with a bit of confusion as he watched the ranger darting away with but a simple wave indicating to follow. He did so. [break][break]
Swiftly getting closer to the general area Damien figured the disturbance had occurred he was relieve to not see any tint of red or flickering light. Though, he was met with some other surprise: a laugh. Brows furrowing into a mix of confusion and curiosity Damien continued his run with his pokémon right on his heels. Soon his eyes landed on an interesting scene. There was a man standing in a victorious pose over a freshly fallen tree. With a quick inspection Damien could tell that the tree hadn't been felled by a stroke of lightning; a relief. But now the young man had a new set of questions. [break][break]
The man hailed him, Damien slowing a walk and returning a wave while he caught his breath. He was an odd fellow for sure, giving a flurry of obviously incorrect names before finally properly introducing himself. Damien gave the man a nod, adjusting his breathing to allow an uninterrupted return of his own name. Shortly afterward the guy did something rather astounding: he headbutt a different tree. Damien watched in disbelief as the odd man ran headfirst right into a thin trunk causing the entire thing to shake free a wave of water and needle. Immediately the ranger bolted over to the collapsed man, undoubtedly dazed from what he'd just done. Damien resisted scolding him, first priority being the man's well-being. Though, he seemed to be doing just... fine? Mostly anyway. There were still doubts. [break][break]
"Uh-uhm well..." Damien stalled as he tried to rapidly think of some way to politely refuse the man. The man seemed so excited; in that puppy-dog sort of way. The ranger put a hand to adjust his hat as he struggled to find the words to redirect the conversation, but then something took the tutor's attention away. He laughed. [break][break]
"Ooooh, I see someone's interested! Here, let me show you again. BUT! No, you do it with me, yeah that's how you'll learn. Alright?" Turret had been looking up with wide eyes, awed by the man's display earlier. Before Damien could stutter a word against it he jumped into the air and scurried over to the move tutor and did his best to mimic the positioning. [break] "That's it. Alright, now just do exactly as I do." With that he set off for another headbutt at the tree and Turret did the same. They collided with the tree and it wailed in reply, bark breaking and a cry of complaint echoing through the area as it went down from their combined effort. The tutor gave the wartortle a hive five and congratulations before the pair hurried their way back to Damien. [break][break]
"There you go my friend! Now don't be shy and start huggling all those lonely pokémon!" The strange man swiftly disappeared down one of the paths, leaving Damien confused and dumbstruck by what he'd just witnessed. Looking down to Turret he gave an awkward smile. The turtle seemed to have no problem with it, large grin on his face. The ranger shrugged, giving half a laugh. At least it wasn't a forest fire, right?
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((Coming from Mushroom Bank. Turret learned Headbutt from the Move Tutor! Replaced Rapid Spin. Adding 400 words to Incubator.)) ((Leaving for Moss Rock))
The Conifer Crest was a bit less steep then the Fern Pass beforehand but it was still steep enough to cause injury if one were to misstep. It was clearly a popular route will footprints visible in the dirt patches scattered throughout the area. Tyler knew this had to be the right general direction though he had no real clue exactly where they were. Even if the last sign was correct Tyler would be thrilled to exit the forest as soon as possible but for poor Hollenhund soon could not get here fast enough. He grumbled to himself as his legs were killing him by now. As badly as he wanted to rest he kept going looking for the next part of the forest.
Mania on the other hand had begun cheering up as she looked around. The forest guardian had a large area to hide in while watching the forest. Mania could still feel it's presence as she follow behind Tyler and Hollenhund She had a feeling that it would not end it's protection until they left the forest which was reassuring to her as she had more than her thrill fighting so many ghost type Pokemon. They could see an alternative path coming up the crest as they reached the peak that looked like it lead from the Mushroom Bank but only one path safety led down the crest which looked like another really heavily wooded area. Being the only path they decided to head towards it in hopes that it would be the way out.
" This next path looks really promising but look for a sign to make sure. There is a long path back if we go the wrong way here." They searched the whole area when Hollenhund got a whiff of burnt wood nearby. He walked to the source only to find a severely damaged sign. The only thing he could make out was the name of the next location the Moss Rock. He knew he had heard stories of the rock and that the Pokemon Eevee would evolve into a special Pokemon if brought there but he just cared about getting out for now. Tyler looked at the two Pokemon following him and told them the plan for the next area. " The Moss Rock is large according to legends so Hollenhund's lazy butt should be able to fit on it to relax a few minutes. We will not stay long though so I hope a quick rest is all you need.
Ororo trudged through the forest, know that she was reaching the end soon enough. How long could this thing be? “We’re almost out of this place… right?” She asked her Poliwhirl. He nodded assuring, he seemed to be quite sure of his way, thankfully. The winter breeze nipped at her nose and from the distance she heard a large thud. “What the heck was that?” She asked puzzled. Polipop shrugged. “Oh well, better keep on going. It’s cold out and we’ve been in here for way too long already. I don’t want to know what strange creatures crawl out from the woodwork at night in these parts.
Little did Ororo know that the thud she heard was a strange man who liked to headbutt things trees, various Pokemon would fall out of them and some of these Pokemon were completely inaccessible on the ground floor of the forest. She didn’t mind having to skip his silly spheal, she wanted out of this forest asap. Although the scenary was pretty, it became monotonous really quickly. Her jolly water Pokemon continued speeding ahead of her towards the next outlet.
((Adding 182 words to incubator. Going to moss rock))
Having crossed the hill of mushrooms, Andrew noticed that the trail was becoming much less safe. He and Yael began to hike down a slant, crowded with conifer trees. The ground here was very unstable and Andrew's shoes struggled to grip to the surface. He extended his arms outwards in an attempt to balance. His companion kept close behind, ready to act if Andrew took a wrong step.
"I really hope we don't run into any wild Pokémon here." Since he had re-entered the forest, not a single creature had made its presence known. With the current circumstances, it was almost a blessing. Battling in fog was a nightmare for most Pokémon, apart from those with abilities to prevent accuracy loss. Luckily, if it came down to it, Rusty was one of these Pokémon.
'Wait, I hear something!' Yael announced, all of a sudden. She suspiciously scanned the area around them, before leaping down the slope and overtaking her trainer, effortlessly. "What's happening, Yael?" Andrew attemped to speed up too but began to slip as he did so. He wrapped his arms around the bark of a tree to steady himself once more.
Both Andrew and Yael recoiled as a loud man jumped out at them, babbling some words that barely made sense when put together. He appeared to have lost some part of his sanity. It took Andrew a few seconds to piece together what he had said. While the man wasn't the best advocate for the move, the idea of it was strangely interesting to him.
"Hey! Yeah, I think it'd be great if you could teach my Lopunny how to use Headbutt..." he tried recall the stranger's name but he'd given so many that Andrew had lost focus. While he climbed down towards them, Andrew saw what could only be described as a painful demonstration of move. "Oh wow..." he whispered, regretting his decision ever so slightly. Yael mimicked his actions, mastering the move on her first attempt. Somehow, it seemed much less dangerous when she did it.
Still struggling with his step, Andrew decided not to try to make his way over to Ken, or whatever this man's actual name was. "Thank you!" he exclaimed, waving with one arm and pressing up again a tree with the other. He looked up at the slope he'd just descended. "Hmm, I guess we're not going back this way anyway." The ground began to even out again as he made his way over to a large boulder covered in moss.
"It's really quiet in here," Hector said as they traveled beneath the big stoic trees in the this area of the forest, unless some of the other parts it wasn't gloomy, just peaceful. There weren't really any wild pokemon around and Hector felt safe letting Eevee run around and explore, there were a bit of rustling in the treetops but nothing showed itself. Suddenly Eevee stopped and listened, then she turned her head and called excitedly out to Hector who grinned and asked what she had found, and she raced off with him and the rest of his team running after her. Astrid smiled warmly, it was nice to see them bond and becoming friends.
When Astrid caught up they were all standing and watching a man awkwardly, he was running head first into trees and Hector really found it weird, and was not at all sure what was going on here. "What's he doing?" Hector whispered to Astrid who shrugged and said they better find out, before calling out to the headbutting man. They listened perplexed as he told them what he was doing but Hector agreed on letting the man teach the move to Raticate, and when the big normal type had learned to handle the move, Eevee pleaded so much to learn it too, that Hector managed to convince the Headbutt Tutor to teach it to her as well. When the tutor learned that Astrid had no pokemon with her who could learn the move he insisted she took a TM with the move to be able to teach it to one of her pokemon later.
Hector instantly started to try it out and Astrid got a first hand experience of his so called unlucky strike when it came to pokemon, he didn't managed to knock anything else than ekans out of the trees. She dismounted and let Shane out and placed him on Yakul to watch safely as they waited for Hector's battles to be over. "Hey Astrid, would you mind be backup for Eevee when she tried the next tree? I think my other pokemon are getting a bit tired," Hector called out to her and she agreed, although only his raticate looked tired from all the close contacts with the trees. She guessed that he felt he should include her and give her pokemon a chance to get some training as well. "Allright Eevee, Headbutt on that tree!" Hector ordered and with an excited shout the normal type raced at the tree.
(ooc: moving the exp. share from Helen to Shane, teaching Eevee Headbutt, and added the TM to Astrid's inventory.) -Trying out the Headbutt on a tree, waiting for an encounter.
The melodic bumps and shudders of the trees from the insistent tutor below did wonders for rocking weary tree-dwellers to sleep. Under cover of thick branch, nestled in a nook of bark, the thumping of the headbutts were an aipom's white noise. It was a little dangerous of course, but the man tended to pathologically charge at the same few trees. Aipom knew this. It had watched and studied over the months and figured out his pattern. So it could sleep soundly knowing it was unlikely to be bothered by any of the regulars in conifer crest... All the more reason it found itself without its wits now.
Aipom's tail instinctively caught itself on the last lower branch after Eevee's headbutt rattled the woody behemoth. The pang from its appendage stirred the monkey. The wild pokémon blinked rapidly, vision blurred by the deep of sleep. It rubbed its eyes, still not quite understanding why it was hanging close to the ground. The normal type squinted at its surroundings, hearing a bunch of new voices and a lot more headbutting than usual all of a sudden.
A wild Aipom (LV 10) fell outta the tree! Go here to battle
"YEAH!" Hector bellowed and pumped the air as the aipom retreated through the tree tops. "You won! You did it, that was so great!" He continued and grabbed Raticate's arms and danced around with her with the rest of his pokemon jumping around, smitten by her joy. Astrid smiled at his happiness although she wasn't able to join his celebrations even if she though they were necessary. She was pleased they had won the battle but she had also been well prepared to avoid the other possible outcome. Helen crawled calmly back to her, she had learned a thing or two but otherwise this battle hadn't been important to her at all, and she would most likely forget it along the way. She looked almost tiredly at the display the boy and his pokemon put up.
Astrid looked thoughtful at her spinarak. "Hey Hector?" Astrid call and he paused to look at her curiously. "Do you know what move it was Helen used?" Astrid said and his eyes flicked to the spinarak who was sitting beside the old woman and watching the forest. Hector shrugged, "No, and who cares? She won!" He said with a grin between his heavy breathing. "I do, I need to know what my pokemon can do to guide them," Astrid said and looked sternly at Hector, "you need to know your pokemon's moves to be able to direct them in battle, what if you lose a battle because you don't know the move they have which would have won it for you?" Hector looked surprised at her and then laughed sheepishly. "I guess you are right, as always," he said cheerfully and threw out his arms, "but how are we gonna to find out?" Astrid smiled and pulled out her pokedex. "I am pretty sure this one holds the answer, let us see," Astrid said with a wink and Hector skipped over to see as she scanned Helen and read the moves she should know. "That must be it!" Hector exclaimed and pointed on a move on the screen. Astrid nodded. "Infestation. It does sound like that one," she said and looked questioningly at Helen who gave a nod to confirm it.
With that sorted out it was time to get going, they still had a forest they need to get through even though they had already come far. The area was still pleasant even though some cold had set in and made the ground slippery in places if you weren't alert. Luckily for Astrid Yakul was surefooted and didn't slip once, which Hector had a few problems with as he and his pokemon continued to knock ekans out of the trees. He got Astrid to scan his pokemon as well but he knew all the moves they had and he was quite proud of that.
They reached a bit tree and Hector rubbed his hands. "There must be something big in there!" He declared and ordered Eevee to Headbutt it, Astrid frowned a bit worried as the little eevee raced at the big tree. It didn't look like the tiny pokemon would be able to shook a tree like that, Astrid wasn't even sure that Yakul would be able to and she was good at ramming things. A low thud sounded at the contact and the few leaves which moved could just as well had been the wind, silence fell and Hector looked disappointed as Eevee shook her head a bit dazed but then froze as she noticed something among the branches. A huge ekans came slithering out and Eevee took off and raced back to Hector, who was gaping at the sight. He was quick to gather his wits and the following battle resulted in three poisoned pokemon, a badly bruised bellsprout and a paralyzed ekans before the snake retreated into the undergrowth. Hector didn't get to celebrate much before he got more to celebrate as his bellsprout evolved.
Wordcount: 656 (ooc: Helen doesn't learn Scary Face and Yakul doesn't learn Synthesis. Shane also got a level due to Exp. share, he evolves into the Jungle Pattern. Moving the Exp. Share to Lorenz Self updated)