Leaving the gigantic mossy rock, mushroom kingdom, off-season christmas trees, and ancient spirit summon structure behind him, Ethan felt like he was getting deeper and deeper in the forest instead. He crossed his fingers mentally that he was going somewhere. Now, he was in an area with fifty shades of green, from the green grass on the ground, climbing vines, tree leaves, to whatever greenery there would be, everything was a field of green. It would certainly look better if there were less trees. Continually walking, the young trainer hoped he was going some right direction toward Goldenrod City.
After passing through the area with a giant mossy boulder, Alex now found himself in a very green area. It was a bit difficult to find footprints here, because the grasses grew all over, covering the muddy soil and leaving no tracks behind. He walked through the area, his feet rustling through the grass. Surely, there had to be something for him to find to reach the exit route, without him sending his Pokemon, of course. He wandered in the area for a bit, looking up and left and right to see if a gap in the trees meant a way to the exit. He found none, but he did find one route with grasses that looked a bit... depressed on the ground, as if people had been stepping on them continuously on muddy days, pushing the soil down just a little. Maybe, this was the way?
Story time was over, so the road was pretty quiet as the trio trekked through the forest. After the rock, the path had begun to sprout giant evergreen trees, another obvious name for an obvious area. Rhoan couldn't help but be irritable. Of course it would have Evergreen in the name, that's kind of the point. It would help idiots that weren't her not get lost as they progressed through this gigantic maze. "I mean, I guess i'll have to come back sometime just to check out some Pokemon, ya know? Can always make a profit somewhere..." She murmured to herself, much to Ares's dismay.
"So, we have a couple of places to go, but after that the town is basically open for business. Goal is to get in and get washed up before morning. Maybe a little bit of sleep. Damn, i'd LOVE some food right now, but if I eat i'm gonna fall asleep and one of us has to navigate." Tyrana certainly did NOT want that job, so she put up absolutely no fight against said statements. Rhoan figured as much. "We're gonna have a couple of rough battles ahead of us. I hope both of you are ready. Got some new Pokemon to train up too, so we're golden."
The way Rhoan addressed Pokemon, even if she did treat them with respect, had previously bothered others. If anything, they were business partners. Rhoan doubted that Tyrana genuinely liked Rhoan, but Tyrana needed the training and experience in order to evolve. Ares probably didn't like to be ridden all the time, but he got fed like a king and got to battle. Things that he enjoyed. Honestly, the only Pokemon that actually harbored any affection for Rhoan would have to be her Joltik, Reaver. The Rocket couldn't lie, Reaver was pretty freaking cute. Maybe Cayzle, but Cayzle seemed to love everyone.
Absentmindedly Rhoan reached to the back of her head to scratch her neck and managed to give a little rub to her Joltik in the process. Little weirdo still enjoyed Rhoan's hair, so whatever. "I hope there's no long term effects of you staying there. Unless I get electric powers. I like Fire Pokemon more-" Tyrana seemed to puff out her chest with that comment. "- but electric powers would be pretty cool." As the conversation devolved from there, Ares began to pick up speed as if something were chasing them. It wasn't until Rhoan realized there were signs marking the exit that she knew Ares could smell the city. They were almost out of this hellhole!
Moving along Damien was beginning to feel the weight of the day's adventures. He didn't know exactly how long he'd been in here at this point and he didn't want to check. With the clouds overhead dropping their loads on the terrain it wasn't possible to even glimpse the sun to take a guess, though perhaps that was for the best. It wouldn't exactly be encouraging to find out it was nearing the eve... when all the ghosts came out to haunt weary travelers lost in the woods. He shuddered at the thought and tried to push it out of his mind. Surely he hadn't been here that long. He hadn't even gotten hungry yet. [break][break]
Forcing himself to think of other things, perhaps the reason why he hadn't realized his hunger yet, the ranger trudged onward through the cold and rain. He was starting to feel some of the chill given the moisture on his pants and face but was far from shivering; and the tree cover kept out any of the wind rustling about. That was until he finally began to break into the lighter part of forest. It was both a relief and a mild distress as a breeze began weaving its way through the maze of trunks. [break] "Looks like I'm on the right track..." he mumbled, sniffling and tucking his coat in tighter. If he didn't have to have a hand on his flashlight for navigation he'd have both sheltered in his pockets. His gloves would have to do. Despite being sodden they were still better than nothing at all. [break][break]
The ranger trekked onward, squinting through the dim lighting to keep to a path. Soon, though, he spotted something he didn't like. Mushrooms. It was a small patch up ahead bundled up against a tree trunk. Damien stopped and considered, the beam of light sitting on the shrooms for a few moments while he thought. It could just be a random occurrence, there were a lot of places that were ripe for mushroom growth... but... Damien just couldn't shake the feeling that if he continued down that way he'd regret it. He turned, pivoting on his heel and walking back the way he'd came. He'd just try a different way. There was another faint trail he thought was nothing before... perhaps he'd try that.
OOC: Coming from the Moss Rock, heading to the Forest Exit.
Tyler's excitement rose dramatically as he entered the next part of the forest. It was the last stop on his journey before he would be able to leave and make his way to Goldenrod City. This forest had not been very impressive at all except for it's guardian who disappeared before Tyler had a chance to try and capture it. Even so Mania was quite a bit stronger now and they would be able to train more in Goldenrod once theyngot past this last hurdle the forest had to offer. It was a bit annoying but at least there were no more surprises after this.
" We are almost there, after this last section we just need to pass through the exit gate and we will be home free to explore Goldenrod City. This forest can burn after all the things it put us through. I would hurn it to the ground now had we not gotten a Chikorita snd Cleanse Tag for all our hard work." Tyler stopped for a moment to check on Höllenhund and Mania to see if they were fine after the long walk. Mania was fine but Höllenhund could hardly stand even knowing that the exit was in sight. It had been once heck of a journey but now it was finally abiut to end. Tyler stretched out his legs as they looked for the map to see which path to take to finally leave.
In a small clearing just up ahead they saw a few signs and walked over to investigate. As they read the signs on path lead back to the Mushroom Bank while the other lead out to the exit. He had no intentions of going through the forest again so he knew to take the path on the left as it was the only one helpful to him. " We are going to follow the path on the left. I am not about to take the one on the right and end up back where we started. I will be so pleased to leave this forest after one final stop. I hope you two have enough left in you to finish strong."
As they started down the path on the left it did not take long at all for the exit gatehouse to come into view. It was a beautiful sight for Tyler as it meant his next goal was about to become a reality. The nightmare at Ilex was almost over.
Ororo trudged through the tough turns that lie within the lush forest. It seemed each area was home to a new and different type of vegetation whether it be evergreen trees, fungus, thick tree trunks perfect for headbutting, trees with the remains of honey (perhaps from previous trainers), and many other different places with their own aesthetic. “Do you like this place Poli?” She asked her walking companion, a Poliwhirl with a jolly attitude and love for battling. He nodded, although he didn’t like the overabundance of grass Pokemon he still enjoyed the beautiful scenery that came with the forest.
She followed her slippery friend throughout the bountiful area, it sure was a beauty. If this place hadn’t been so tough to trudge through, perhaps she would revisit it one day. The draw to get to her destination in a timely manner made it hard for her to stop and smell the flowers. Ororo wanted to get to her next gym quickly, time was fleeting by the second. Polipop continued to walk with a pep in his step, happy to be outside in such a nice place, perhaps the opposite of Ororo’s attitude towards the lengthy forest.
He'd never seen so much green in one place. Despite the gloomy feeling of winter that most areas fell victim too, this spot remained full of life. Green had been Andrew's favourite colour for as long as he could remember. For him, this was very aesthetically pleasing.
Forests like this were usually inhabited by grass and bug-type Pokémon, many of which were coloured green. He guessed that this would be the ideal place for them to build their homes. With the guarantee of green leaves all year round, it would act as a great camouflage. Even his own jacket almost blended in.
Even after the short break he'd taken, Andrew's feet were starting to hurt and he was beginning to get hungry. It made it difficult to fully appreciate the beauty of the forest. Yael was also starting to yawn. He was certain they were almost at the exit so they'd just have to push a little harder. "Just keep following the path. It looks like a lot of people have been here so I think we're almost there." In the near distance, he could tell that the number of trees were drastically falling. He almost even sure he could hear voices.
It was a very quiet group which continued their way through the forest, and few of them paid much attention to the change in the kind of forest as the dense and moody area around Moss Rock gave way for evergreens in both trees and shrubbery. Since they weren't planted there were plenty of rooms between the otherwise dark trees to let the light to the ground.
Leafeon was trudging to the right of Yakul and didn't really pay her surroundings any attention. All her spirit had gone and she just trudged along because she didn't want to stay in this place, and certainly not alone. She winced every time her tail or long ears got caught in some of the shrubbery, she was not used to them being this long and her mood made them droop all the time. It only made her curse how she was missing the fur she had had before, she hadn't realized before but it had protected her pretty good. Now she felt rather exposed with the short fur she had now, and it was actually pretty cold as well. Leafeon couldn't keep a gasp of pain back as her shredded tail once more got caught and she raised it high to keep it off the ground. Astrid glanced worried down at her but didn't say anything, she had suggested Hector to do something, and when he hadn't, she herself had offered some healing and relief from the pain to the grass type, but she had refused. The old woman guessed the physical pain made it all easier to cope with, or it made it easier for Leafeon to feel misrable.
"I think it was the boulder," Astrid said after some time and broke the silence. "What boulder?" Hector asked only half interested. "I think it was the boulder which made Leafeon evolve into, well, Leafeon," she continued and now had the full potential of the grass type walking at her side. Hector glanced at his leafeon with a frown. "You think it could do that?" He said hesitantly, it would explain a lot. "Eevee does have many forms and a lot of them needs stones to evolve, so perhaps this was just a big version of it," Astrid said gently. "A giant one you mean," Hector mumbled and then sighed, "just my luck to find the only one of those when I don't.." he gloomed and stopped himself with a glance at the former eevee. "When we didn't need it, I'm just bad luck," he corrected himself and turned his eyes back at the ground. Astrid smiled sadly, at least he didn't blame anyone else for the mistake, although it didn't help that he let himself swallow in self pity. Leafeon's tail and ears were back at dragging along the ground.