Continuing toward the next area, there was no way he would forget about this stinky, muddy swamp. Holding the Chikorita with one hand, and covering his nose with another, he quickly tried to make his way out of here. Even though this area stinks, it was a hope for him to find the missing piece to cure the Chikorita. Wherever he was actually going, he hoped that he was on the right track. It might be a bad idea if he would have to walk all over the area again.
With the Putrid Swamp right in front of them, Tyler and his Pokemon were more annoyed than anything as the familiar purple fog surrounded them. This time Tyler did not even call out the spirits as he knew they would pop out when they were good and ready, he decided instead to talk to Mania and Hollenhund until the spirit grew brave enough to show itself. " This place smells worse than a Muk's rear end, how anything can handle such a putrid smell is anyones guess. You two must be half choking to death with your heightened sense of smell. I am quite glad my nose is not stronger than it is or else I would be finding the source and shooting it." He then coughed a few times before he had the strength to continue.
" I highly doubt many Pokemon outside of our spirit friend will greet us here, however you two still need to stay on task. There is no telling when Casper will try and make an appearance. It will regret doing so when it does as it falls victim to your claws Mania so look sharp." Mania was more than just ready though, she was praying for the wandering spirit to try its luck against her so she could go all out. " My claws are hardly satisfied with the tattered remains of these pests, if a real challenger does not appear before us soon I might need to take out my frustration on the native Pokemon."
Hollenhund just kept to himself like usual as he had to stay below the level cap in case his master needed help in the next gym. He could not allow himself to grow any stronger hence why he was making Mania handle everything as he observed. Even in that capacity he was getting a good read on both his master and Mania's fighting styles. It also allowed him to train his senses enough to know where the spirit would show itself. Hollenhund shoved Mania out of the way as the fog began to swirl around. Tyler cracked a smile as he knew the spirit had finally decided to show itself.
" So you are finally ready for a fight? Good I was bored of waiting on you. Chikorita here is going to be in for another display of our might. Mania front and center, I want you ready to tear this sorry bastard to shreads as soon as it takes on its real form." He said as Mania took her position.
The humid stench of the swampy section clung to everything. It wasn't just the simple matter of rank permeating the area, no. It was wet, heavy, thick; like a mist of excrement that slicked everything it touched. Whether it was always this bad or if it was just the unholy fog pluming in the area was hard to discern, and likely not of much concern so long as Tyler was able to dispatch with the ethereal onslaught soon.
Though, the man and his fearsome entourage had been dogged for quite some time really. The fog wasn't just a natural phenomena from the fumes of the swamp. A part of Tyler knew this. And it was this knowledge that led him to play ignorance of the ghost's presence; to the beings chagrin. It continued to wait, slowly building up its spooky effects as the nefarious trio stepped their way along the sodden path. But there was a limit to its patience.
For dramatic effect it swirling some of the fog around it's camouflaged self before slowly transitioning from the ethereal plane into the mortal realm. However, to further its frustration none of the audience was even a little bit frightened. Even the child-like one resting in their company, afflicted with horrors, didn't bat an eye at Duskull's appearance before them. It grumbled in discontent, the glowing red narrowing behind the skull of its head in quiet reply to Tyler's comments towards it. The ghost raised both its hands and wailed eerily. There was no backing out now.
Duskull (LV 17) appeared for some screams! Go here to battle
As annoying as the spirits had been Tyler was beyond relieved that there was nothing more to stop them from achieving their first goal. Tyler did not think by any means that it was over as there was no way they would poison a Chikorita and then give up at the first sign of trouble. He had to stay on guard as close as he was to ending the nightmare of a situation he had gotten himself into. This Chikorita was going to owe him big time as soon as she was cured. He was just going to sell her but now his plans had switched to breeding her so he could sell the eggs to make even more. She would be worth her weight in gold in no time at all.
" I wonder how much Chikorita eggs will sell for in the black market? We will find out soon enough when this disaster is finished. Until then you will still have a front row seat at the carnage we shall unleash on anything else that slows us down." Getting out of this swamp was a welcomed bonus to his victory as they looked for another sign. It did not take long at all to find the sign there were after as it was located behind a nearby tree. Once they looked at the sign their goal was clearly marked as being straight ahead. Tyler breathed a sigh of relief as they were nearly done with the swamp. The smell would take a while to get over and he would not forget how bad it was anytime soon.
" We are nearly there, this path is going to take us out of this cesspool and into the Sombre Valley where our first objective is located. Once we aquire what we are after we still have to trek back to the shrine. We are not going to give up though, we have nearly finished off these pests for good. Just a little bit more and then we can leave this awful forest and report our status directly to headquarters. I hear the golden city is wonderful this time of year unlike this dump." Mania then chimed in right as they reached the edge of the swamp.
" Good, I need to clean off my claws. They reek of this place. I look forward to seeing the golden city soon as well. Let's get this mission over with so we do not keep headquarters waiting much longer."
The overwhelming stench grew worse the closer Tyler and his Pokemon got to the center of the swamp. There was no creepy fog this time as he had already dealt with the evil spirit lurking in the swamp. It was still so creepy to walk through though the stench would never cease being the worst part. The one thing they all looked forward too was that they could rush through the area without being stopped by anything other than their lack of direction. The Twilight Glade's location had to be nearby but they did not know in which direction. As they walked around a faded map was painted on a board and Tyler tried to make it out.
" This map is the worst one I have seen so far. It is very difficult to make out due to the piss poor job the rangers do for maintenance but it looks like we need to head south from here. There is only two exits from the swamp and we came from the northern one." It was a start if nothing else as they all wanted to leave the swamp as quickly as they could before the stench killed them. The group began to walk south as Mania started to sniff around hoping to detect a spirit in the distance to get them going in the right direction as soon as they left the swamp. At first she could not smell anything but as they got further away from the center of the swamp she started to sense something.
" It is not much to go off of but I can smell one of those spirits to the south of us. We are still a long distance off but we are heading the right way." Tyler was pleased to see Mania take the initiative as any clue to their next destination was a help though hearing there was another spirit was very annoying to him. He thought all of them had been dealt with already. It was not news he wanted to hear but Mania would get even more of a benefit for her efforts. " Ah good I think we are just about there. I never want to see this putrid swamp again." He said as they came across another sign. This one stated that the Twilight Glade was straight ahead. It was a relief to all of them to survive the swamps fumes again but they still had a few more stops before they would reach the shrine.