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You are a Cutémon!

You are one of the rarest types of mon: a mon that looks like a cute human girl!

Like all mons, you gain energy by fighting and defeating other mons. You are currently a Wild Cutémon and do not have a human trainer.
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Last time on Cutémon, you found yourself all washed up and all alone near the tropical city of Aloi, where you were found by Surchin and its human trainer Ricky, a young man eagerly exploring the extinction of the Volitos! After accosting an Ambusher and finding yourself atop a strange tree, you were saved from out of the blue when some very much alive Volitos dropped from the sky before vanishing!

Missing your fellow mons, you almost bit off more than you could chew with Lottatax and its lick attack! Finding yourself in Aloi, you were found guilty by a pair of humans who claimed to oversee the mon market with their mons Capari and Reefin! An attempt to apprehend Lottatax left Capari at a loss for word, but before the humans could respond, their ruler the General reprimanded them and revealed the rumor of Volitos had reached him and that he planned to corner the market before mon traders from the mainland reached Aloi!

An encounter in the mon market sent you scurrying to the beach where Reefin reappeared to unleash an attack that knocked Lottatax out completely! You arrived almost too late at the home of Professor Mulberry, but just in time to see Ricky and Surchin forced into a car at Barleen-point by the General! After being introduced to his mon Vineapple, you found that you shared more than bread with the Professor when you found a picture of his childhood friends Booker and Rudy!

Awakened after dark by a surprise visit from Surchin, you followed as Surchin trailed the missing Mulberry to a meeting of the military and the mysterious mon trader, who dramatically revealed herself as Diamond, your petulant pursuer and owner of the Bronze Valley Arena where your friends are held hostage!

Captive Cutémon in hand, Diamond was eager to leave, but you were liberated by Lottatax, and Diamond, left livid, laid a trap for you with Surchin as bait! You followed aboard the General's boat as Professor Mulberry was forced to lead them to the Volitos, but before you were recaptured, Diamond learned a Barleen in the hand is more than enough to sink a boat if the Barleen can use Devastation! A third trial with Diamond ended with her taking a nap and you taking both the victory and a trophy... Diamond's hat!

The return of Ricky saw a standoff with the General, but just when things seemed their worst, the General saw how hungry an Ambusher can be, and you saw there are more Volitos than you can count! Returned to the ground, you and your human friends vowed to keep the Volitos a secret! It seemed the situation was settled, and your new friends saw to it that you were ready to leave Aloi through the seaport! Surchin was there to see you off on your boat ride back to the mainland, and luckily Lottatax was there to help you hustle through the seaport's mon detector!

It seems like your goal is in sight! The Bronze Valley Arena is just ahead!


https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Cutemon
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[SFX: knocking on door]

What? Someone is knocking on your cabin door? You look away from the tiny round window toward the door and then look down at Lottatax on the bed.

Lottatax flattens its head spikes back and looks at the door and takes a step backward on the bed! It looks like Lottatax is ready to challenge whoever is on the other side!

What? You just remembered Diamond and Rattletrap are also riding on the huge boat? Do you think Diamond is knocking on the door?

[SFX: knocking on door]

You look back at the tiny round window and feel around the edge, but you don't know how to open it! You look all around your cabin but you can't see any other ways to get out! It seems like you'll have to open the door no matter what! You look down at Lottatax and nod and then tip-toe across your cabin toward the door and slowly reach for the lock switch and then flip the switch and fling the door open!

"Oh, good, you're awake!"

It's the Captain! "We're just about ready to dock in Bronze Valley. I wanted to make sure you debarked safely."

What? The Captain of the huge boat is going to help you get back on the ground? It seems like he really is a nice human!

The Captain looks down at Lottatax and nods. "You can take care of her after that, right?"

Lottatax looks up at the Captain and its head spikes stand back up and it takes a step forward and says "Lottatax!"

"Follow me." The Captain leads you out of your cabin and through the ship to where all the human passengers are standing in line waiting to walk through the mon detector. When you see the mon detector you can't help stopping! You don't know if you'll be able to trick the humans with Lottatax again!

When the Captain notices you stop he looks back and then looks at the line of humans and says "It's alright, I can take you directly to the plank." The Captain leads you past the mon detector and down a hallway and out into the sunlight next to the dock! "Do you know where you're going after this?"

You're nodding your head!

"Bronze Valley Arena!"

"I figured as much. I could tell you were a mon trainer. Well, it looks like you picked a good Lottatax." The Captain points ahead and says "See that big round building? That's the Bronze Valley Arena. You shouldn't have any problem getting there." The Captain pats your shoulder and says "Alright, young lady, from here you're on your own. Try to stay out of trouble. Bronze Valley can be a dangerous place for a kid!"

You walk down to the ground and look back and wave at the Captain!

"Thank you, Captain!"

When you turn around, you can see the Bronze Valley Arena ahead! You look over your shoulder at Lottatax.

"Ready?"

Lottatax looks up at you and says "Lottatax!"

You take a deep breath and start walking into Bronze Valley!
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It's easy to find the Bronze Valley Arena because it's so big you can see it even from here! You keep walking with Lottatax on your back but after a little while there are so many humans walking around you that you can hardly see the arena because there are so many humans in the way!

Suddenly you step out from the crowd of humans into an open area and see the Bronze Valley Arena just ahead of you! Now that you're closer, you can't believe how big it is! It seems like the arena is bigger than the huge boat you rode on!

Lottatax peeks over your shoulder at the arena and flattens its head spikes back and says "Lottatax!"

You look around but you don't see a way to get inside the arena from...

What? You just noticed Joe is here? You don't know how, but Joe is standing in front of you!

"It's you! I was worried!"

You're so happy you can't contain yourself!

"Joe!"

Joe grins at you and says "I've missed you a lot. Come on, let's go inside." He gestures toward the Bronze Valley Arena.

What? Joe wants you to go inside the Bronze Valley Arena?

"Lottatax!"

"It's alright. All our friends are waiting inside."

What? Joe is saying your friends are inside the arena? Does this mean they're not captured anymore?

"Lottatax!"

"That's right, everybody is safe. They can't wait to see you again!"

What? Your friends are safe? It seems like you don't need to rescue them after all!

"Lottatax!"

Suddenly, Lottatax bites you on the shoulder! You can hardly stand the pain!
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Effects of Mirage cancelled.

Horriborb attacks with Mirage!

It doesn't seem to have any effect!


Joe disappears and when you look up at the sky you see a mon floating in the air above you that looks like a black ball with a face and dangling tendrils and pulsating brain veins!

It's a Horriborb!

You look down at Lottatax and Lottatax looks up at Horriborb and says "Lottatax!"

Horriborb's eyes rotate downward until they're looking at you and then its body rotates downward until it's facing you and its eyes start to glow!


Horriborb attacks with TK Drain!

It really hurts!


You can hardly move! It feels like your skin is on fire!

>Ask Lottatax to challenge Horriborb (roll 1d100)
>Challenge Horriborb yourself (roll 2d100)
>Run away for now and try to find help
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Rolled 83 (1d100)

>>5913552
>Challenge Horriborb yourself (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 92 (1d100)

>>5913552
Forgot my other roll whoops.
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Rolled 57, 6 = 63 (2d100)

>>5913552
>Challenge Horriborb yourself (roll 2d100)
A floating brain challenging us within melee range? Let's show this brainiac what's up
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Rolled 18, 8 = 26 (2d100)

>>5913549
That Captain seems like a solid guy.

>>5913552
I figured something was up when "Joe" was standing out in public like that.

>Challenge Horriborb yourself (roll 2d100)
Shit, if we can get him to submit, he could save our ass in case Mashi loses her hat or she needs to hide.

>>5913576
>>5913577
>83 and 92
Nice rolls.
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Rolled 50, 90 = 140 (2d100)

>>5913552
>Challenge Horriborb yourself (roll 2d100)
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>>5913552
>>Run away for now and try to find help
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>5913552
This mon is truly horrifying, good job.
>Ask Lottatax to challenge Horriborb (roll 1d100)
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>>5913552
>Run away for now and try to find help
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Rolled 44, 32 = 76 (2d100)

>>5913552
>>Challenge Horriborb yourself (roll 2d100)
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>>5913552
>>Challenge Horriborb yourself (roll 2d100)
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You can't help crying out but you can't even make any noise or open your eyes because Horriborb's TK Drain attack hurts so much!

"Lottatax!" Suddenly you hear the sound of Horriborb getting slapped by Lottatax's tongue and you stop feeling like your skin is on fire and you can open your eyes!

Horriborb looks away from Lottatax and makes eye contact with you and grinds the tips of its teeth back and forth against each other and then swoops down toward you!

You can't help taking a step backward! Horriborb swoops past you so closely that it bites a strand of your hair! Before you can do anything, Horriborb flies back up into the air above you! Horriborb is too high for you to attack it with your Bite attack!

When you look around you see a streetlamp and then you take another step backward and turn and run toward the streetlamp! Horriborb swoops down over Lottatax and follows you!

Lottatax can't help crouching down when Horriborb passes over it! "Lottatax!"

You run toward the streetlamp but you can hear Horriborb behind you! It's getting closer!

You can hear Horriborb's teeth grinding! It's right behind you!

Look out!


Horriborb attacks before Cutémon was ready!

Horriborb attacks with Grinder!

It really hurts!


Horriborb swoops down and catches your foot in its mouth! You can hardly stand the pain! You fall down and Horriborb grinds its teeth around your ankle until you pull it free and crawl backward!

Suddenly you back up against the streetlamp pole! You look up and then look at Horriborb and grab the streetlamp pole and hop around behind it and climb up the pole! Horriborb flies around the pole but you jump off the pole onto Horriborb and grab onto its back! Horriborb can't believe it!

Horriborb rolls its eyes back to look at you! Its eyes are starting to glow again! You look down at Horriborb's pulsating brain veins! Are you really going to bite it?

You bite the top of Horriborb's head as hard as you can!

Horriborb sinks down to the ground and closes its eyes! When you stand up and look at Horriborb you can see its brain veins aren't pulsating anymore!

It seems like you won your battle!

"Lottatax!"

What? Lottatax is still here, even though it hardly helped? You had better tell it how helpful it really was!

"You hardly helped!"

"Lottatax!"

It sounds like Lottatax thinks it did all the fighting! You had better tell it what really happened!

"One lick attack!"

"Lottatax!

It sounds like Lottatax thinks it's more helpful than you are! You had better tell Lottatax what you really think about it!

"Bad partner!"

You meant to say that out loud!

"Lottatax!"

"Cutémon!"

>Challenge Lottatax (roll 2d100)
>Tell Lottatax to leave and never come back
>Look up (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 12 (1d100)

>>5914780
>>Look up (roll 1d100)
How interesting.
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>>5914780
>Write-in
>Realize you're acting like a prick, apologize, then look up (roll 1d100)
How uncharacteristically rude of Mashi. Lottatax helped her spot Horriborb in the first place and get out of her trance. She should also remember that Lottatax can't fly, and saved her life back on the island.

>"Cutémon!"
We still have our hat, so who could have possibly said that? Is it the Horriborb creating an illusion as a diversion to escape?
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Rolled 96 (1d100)

>>5914780
>Look up (roll 1d100)
>>5914797
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Rolled 82 (1d100)

>>5914797
Forgot my dice roll like an idiot.

>You bite the top of Horriborb's head as hard as you can!
Someone needs to remind her that she can punch.
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What? You have a strange feeling in your chest? It's probably because you said those mean things about Lottatax! You don't know why you said them!

What? You think I also said some mean things about Lottatax? I don't know why I said them!

You look down at Lottatax and Lottatax glares up at you and says "Lottatax!" It really does sound like Lottatax is angry! When you crouch down in front of Lottatax it takes a step backward and its head spikes flatten back against its head and it says "Lottatax!"

"I'm sorry, Lottatax!"

Lottatax can't believe it! Lottatax looks up at you and tilts its head and says "Lottatax?" but its head spikes are still flattened back!

You can't help starting to cry!

"Please forgive me!"

Suddenly Lottatax's eyes widen and it says "Lottatax!" and scurries across the ground toward you!

You pick up Lottatax and hug it!

"Are you alright?"

Lottatax looks up at you and says "Lottat..."

What? Lottatax sees something?


Effects of Tantrum cancelled.

Horriborb attacks with Tantrum!

It doesn't seem to have any effect!


You look up and see Horriborb floating above you in the air looking down at you and Lottatax! Even though you thought you beat up Horriborb, it was just tricking you!

You give Horriborb a determined look!

"Lottatax! Use Tongue!"

"Lottatax!"


Lottatax attacks before Horriborb was ready!

Lottatax attacks with Tongue!

Can't block lick attacks!


Lottatax sticks out its tongue and its tongue stretches up into the air and sticks to Horriborb! When Horriborb tries to get away Lottatax digs its sticky paws into the ground and Horriborb just swings around in a circle because it's still stuck to Lottatax's tongue!

What? You were waiting for Horriborb? When Horriborb swings down toward the ground it looks at you as you swing your fist into its face!

You punch Horriborb's eye and it comes loose from Lottatax's tongue!


Horriborb is fleeing the fight!


Horriborb turns and flies away toward the Bronze Valley Arena as quickly as it can!

It seems like Horriborb isn't just a flying-type mon, it's also a psychic-type mon!

What? You just remembered you know a psychic-type mon who's also a human-type mon?


BODY: 2
MIND: 1
LOVE: 1


>Chase after Horriborb with Lottatax
>Go to Copper Citadel and try to find Ward
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>>5914869
>Go to Copper Citadel and try to find Ward
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>>5914869
>Go to Copper Citadel and try to find Ward
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>>5914780
Damn, we've raised our CUTE stat!
>>5914869
>Go to Copper Citadel and try to find Ward
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Rolled 2 (1d100)

>>5914869
>Write-in
>Gather information on the real Joe's whereabouts in the area, or about a certain recent car crash (roll 1d100)
Copper Citadel is three days of travel at least, meaning it'd be over a week more of our friends in captivity, and it's too much of a hot spot after that run in with Plumtree. The kid professor doesn't know Mashi is a Mon and we don't know if he can be trusted to keep the secret of two humanoid Mon. Our best option is to see what might have happened to Joe after he made his escape and what occurred after the car crash. If Diamond lost her shit over it, rumors must have spread one way or another.
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>>5914869
>Go to Copper Citadel and try to find Ward

>>5915244
Oof
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>>5914869
>Chase after Horriborb with Lottatax
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Rolled 78 (1d100)

>>5914869
>>Chase after Horriborb with Lottatax
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>>5914869
>Chase after Horriborb with Lottatax
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>>5914869
>Chase after Horriborb with Lottatax
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>>5914802
She probably punches like a little girl. or, worse, a Cutémon.

>>5914869
...Huh. or maybe not.
>Go to Copper Citadel and try to find Ward
And also, +1 to >>5915244
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"Lottatax!"

Lottatax is looking up at you! It's probably because Horriborb is getting away! You look at Horriborb and then look at the Bronze Valley Arena but you don't know what to do! It seems like it would be a good idea to ask Ward to help you, but it seems like you don't have enough time to get all the way to Copper Citadel and back!

What? You want my advice? Well, why maybe you could ask someone smart for help! Do you know anyone who's really smart?

"Professor Bean!"

You didn't mean to say that out loud!

Lottatax looks up at you and asks "Lottatax?"

Even though Professor Bean is a smart human, how are you going to ask him anything if he lives in Ferropolis?

What? You just remembered Professor Bean has a videophone? You look around and see a videophone at the other end of the open area and run toward it as quickly as you can with Lottatax scurrying behind you! When you get to the videophone you dig in your jacket pocket and pull out your sack of coins and take out a coin and put it in the videophone!

...

You don't remember which button to push! The last time you did this, Ramster was here to help you!

Lottatax sees you looking at the buttons and licks them! Suddenly, you hear a human voice!

"What name, please?"

You give the videophone a determined look!

"Professor Bean!"

"What city, please?"

"Ferropolis!"

After a moment the screen flickers and Professor Bean appears! "Professor Bean here. Oh, it's you. Thanks again for helping me test my portable mon scanner. I've been working on some... Hey, what's the matter?" It seems like Professor Bean can see you're upset! You had better tell him what the problem is!

"In a hurry!"

"You mean you need to get somewhere in a hurry?"

You're nodding your head!

"Well, you should try an airport if you're really in a hurry! By the way, is your friend Starr around?"

What? Professor Bean thinks you should try to go to an airport? You look at Professor Bean!

"Gotta go!"
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You turn around and start running toward the airport!

...

What? You just remembered you don't know where the Bronze Valley Airport is? You stop and Lottatax catches up with you and jumps up onto your back and says "Lottatax?"

You look around but you don't even know what an airport looks like!

It seems like you might have to ask some humans! It's a good thing there are so many humans around here! You look around again and then take a deep breath and walk up to one of the humans.

"Bronze Valley Airport?"

"Huh? The airport?" The human woman looks at you and Lottatax and says "No luck at the arena, huh?" She points her finger and says "The airport is on the other side of the city."

What? It's all the way on the other side of the city? You look back at the arena again and then nod at the human woman and start running the way she pointed.

"Thank you!"

You have to ask more humans where the airport is and by the time you get there, it's already starting to get dark! When you get to the airport you look around and see a little window like the one at the seaport in Aloi! It looks like you'll be able to buy a ticket here!

You walk up to the little window but when you get there you see it's closed! You had better do something!

You knock on the window!

Suddenly the window opens and a human man sticks his head out at you! "Whaddya want?"

You give the human man a determined look!

"A ticket!"

"Well, where ya goin'?"

"Copper Citadel!"

"Ticket to Copper Citadel is 50 coins."

What? The human man says you have to pay 50 coins to buy a ticket? You don't think you have that many coins!

"The next flight leaves tomorrow morning. Now stop botherin' me!" The human man slams the window closed!

You don't know what to do! It seems like you won't be able to get to Copper Citadel after all! You look around but you're starting to cry!

Suddenly you hear a human voice!

"Get a move on! We need to get in the air so we can get to Copper Citadel!"

You crouch down behind some big wooden boxes and see a human man next to a big balloon! It seems like the human man is getting ready to fly the balloon!

This might be your chance! You wait until the human man isn't looking and then run across the ground toward the balloon and climb inside and hide behind some boxes!
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The human man walks around and around checking all the boxes. When you peek out you see a mon that looks like a fat chicken with squinting eyes and stubby wings! You don't know what kind of mon it is!

You squeeze between two boxes and hold your breath and after a few moments you hear the door close. You wait a little while and then you hear a motor and the floor starts to shake! It feels like the balloon is starting to float up into the air!

You wait a few more moments and then squeeze back out and crouch down behind the boxes and look at Lottatax. Lottatax looks up at you and then looks up and says "Lottatax!"

You look up and see one of the boxes starting to fall over! It's probably because you accidentally moved them! You grab the box with both hands but it's too heavy and it falls over onto the floor!

"Huh? Hey, what was that?" The human man looks back behind his chair and says "The last thing I need is a wild mon in the cargo hold! Skowl, go back there and take a look!"

The Skowl flaps its stubby wings and says "Skowooo!" and hops down onto the floor and starts hopping backward toward where you're hiding!

>Try to hide from Skowl (roll 1d100)
>Ask Lottatax to challenge Skowl (roll 1d100)
>Come out where the human can see you
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Rolled 39 (1d100)

>>5916325
>>Try to hide from Skowl (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 12 (1d100)

>>5916325
>Try to hide from Skowl (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 11 (1d100)

>>5916325
>Try to hide from Skowl (roll 1d100)
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You can't help crawling backward toward the stack of boxes to hide from the Skowl but as soon as you back up, you bump into another box and when it shakes a different box falls off of it! Lottatax has to scurry out of the way as you jump at the box to try to catch it but it lands on the floor!

When you look up, Skowl is standing in front of you glaring at you!


Skowl is challenging Cutémon!

Skowl attacks before Cutémon was ready!

Skowl attacks with Para Eyes!


As soon as Skowl glares at you, your legs go numb and you fall down on the floor!

[SFX: clinking, rolling noise]

What? The Cutécaptor rolled out of your jacket pocket when you fell down? You must have left your pocket open when you took your sack of coins out to call Professor Bean! You watch the cutécaptor rolling across the floor but you can't do anything because the rest of your body is also numb!

Skowl looks at the cutécaptor and says "Skowooo?"

"Lottatax!" Suddenly Lottatax jumps at Skowl while it's looking at the cutécaptor!

Skowl spins its head the other way and glares at Lottatax and then Lottatax falls down on the floor!

Skowl looks at Lottatax and then hops across the floor after the cutécaptor! It looks like Skowl is going to pick it up! You try to grab the cutécaptor but you can hardly move at all! Skowl stands in front of the cutécaptor and looks at you and then picks up the cutécaptor with its stubby wings!

You can hardly move your head! When you look the other way you see the human man standing next to the boxes!

The human man can't believe it! "A stowaway!" He looks at Lottatax lying next to you and says "And... a Lottatax? Well, that Para Eyes should keep you both from causing any trouble until we get to Copper Citadel."

Skowl hops across the floor toward the human man and says "Skowooo!"

When the human man looks down at Skowl he says "What's this?" and picks up the cutécaptor! "Looks expensive. Where did a kid like you get something like this?" The human man is looking at you!

Even though you can hardly move, you can't help your cheeks turning red! You try to stand up and give the human man a determined look but you can hardly raise yourself up with your arms!

"It's mine!"

"Well, it'll have to do for payment. You're not riding for free, you know!"

What? The human man is saying he's going to keep the cutécaptor as payment?

>Offer the human man all your coins
>Cry for help (roll 1d100)
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>>5917637
>Offer the human man all your coins
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>>5917637
>Offer the human man all your coins
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>>5917637
>Offer the human man all your coins
Shit.
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>>5917637
>Offer the human man all your coins
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>>5917637
>>Offer the human man all your coins
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Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>5917637
>>Cry for help (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 87 (1d100)

>>5917637
>Cry for help (roll 1d100)
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>>5917637
>Offer the human man all your coins
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"No!"

"Hey, I already told you, kid. No free rides." The human man looks at Skowl. "Right, Skowl?"

"Skowooo!"

It seems like he really is going to take the cutécaptor! You had better think of something else to offer him!

"I have coins!"

You didn't mean to say that out loud but the human man and Skowl are both looking at you! Even though you can hardly move, you reach into your jacket pocket and take out your sack of coins and drop it on the floor. Skowl hops across the floor toward the sack of coins and says "Skowooo!"

The human man picks it up and looks inside and then looks at you and Lottatax and says "Hey, you must be a pretty good rookie mon trainer if you're carrying this much money." He looks at the cutécaptor and holds his thumb over the circle! You try to jump up and grab it but you can't move! Finally he says "Alright, I guess I'd rather have the money than have to deal with selling this thing. Skowl, let 'em up."

Skowl says "Skowooo!" and makes a happy squinting face at you and suddenly you feel like you can move again!

Lottatax stands up and wobbles back and forth and says "Lottatax!"

When you stand back up, the human man is looking at you! He holds up the cutécaptor out of your reach and says "You know, I oughta keep this gadget too. That might teach you a lesson!"

What? The human man is going to keep the cutécaptor even though you gave him all your money? That's not fair!

You can't help crying!

"Hey, come on, now!" He crouches down next to you and says "Hey, come on, I was just joking about keeping this thing!" When you look up and wipe your eyes, you see him holding the cutécaptor out to you! "Here, see? Take it."

You take the cutécaptor and put it in your pocket and close your pocket as quickly as you can!

When you look back up, the human man is still crouching next to you! He looks at you and smiles and says "You're worse than Starr!"

"Starr?"

You didn't mean to say that out loud but he's nodding at you! "My daughter. She used to get whatever she wanted by crying."

What? Is the human man saying he's Starr's father?

"Hey, you know something, you remind me of her a little bit. The last time I saw her, she was training a water-type mon."

"Waterbear!"

You didn't mean to say that out loud either but he's nodding again! "That's right!" He looks at you closely and you can't help your cheeks turning red! "Hey, do you know Starr?"

You're nodding your head!

The human man stands up and says "My name's Ben Currant."

You hold out your hand and Ben shakes it!

"Mashi!"

"Well, why don't you and your Lottatax come sit up front where it's more comfortable. We can make room, right, Skowl?"

You sit down in the comfortable chair!

...

"Skowooo!"

Suddenly you wake up and look out the side window and see buildings underneath you! It looks like you're already above Copper Citadel!
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Ben drives the balloon through the air above Copper Citadel until you see a big open area with lots of lights.

"That's the airport down below us. Hold on to your seat, Mashi!"

Lottatax looks out the window and says "Lottatax!" and then hides between you and the seat!

You close your eyes and hold on to your seat as tightly as you can and the balloon starts to sink out of the air down to the ground! You keep holding on and then open your eyes and look at Ben.

What? Ben is grinning at you? When you look around it seems like the balloon already landed!

Lottatax squirms out from behind you and looks around and then smiles at you and says "Lottatax!"

After Ben shuts off the balloon's motor he stands up and walks toward the back of the balloon and opens the door and looks at you. "Do you know where you're going from here? Copper Citadel is a rough place. There are stray mons everywhere."

"Copper Citadel Arena!"

Ben nods and looks out the doorway. It seems like he's thinking about something! He looks back at you and says "I'll be here for a few hours if you need a ride back to Bronze Valley."

You stand up and walk toward the door and look back at Ben.

"Thank you, Ben!"

"Well, at least Starr has polite friends. Come on, Skowl, let's get these unloaded."

"Skowooo!"

You look at Lottatax.

"Ready?"

"Lottatax!"

You walk away from the airport into Copper Citadel! You keep walking down the street and then after a while you turn and walk down another street!

...

You don't know where you're going! The last time you were here, you had Tamounda with you to help guide you around the city! You stop walking and look around at the human buildings.

Lottatax climbs up onto your shoulder and looks around and then looks at you. "Lottatax?" It seems like Lottatax wants to know where you're going!

You don't know what to say! You look around but you don't recognize any of the buildings. It seems like you might be lost!

"Skyyyyy!"

Suddenly, you hear a noise above you and when you look up you see a purple mon that looks like a bat with huge ears and one clawed foot! It's a Skyrap!

Look out!


Skyrap is challenging Cutémon!

Skyrap attacks with Leech Screech!


Suddenly, you feel sleepy even though you just woke up from a nap! It's probably because Skyrap attacked you with Leech Screech!

You look at Lottatax!

"Lottatax! Tongue attack!"

Lottatax says "Lottatax!" and sticks out its tongue but Skyrap flutters out of the way and bites Lottatax's tongue!

"Skyyyyy!"

"I thought you knew enough to stay away from here, Cutémon."

What? You just heard that in your mind?
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Suddenly, you see something move in the shadows between two buildings and then it steps out into the moonlight!

It's Ward!

You're so happy you can't contain yourself!

"Ward!"

"At least Skyrap will get some energy."

What? Ward is turning away? Skyrap flaps its wings and glares at you and Lottatax and says "Skyyyyy!"

Lottatax flattens its head spikes back and glares up at Skyrap and says "Lottatax!"

You give Ward a determined look!

"We need help!"

"You shouldn't get involved with humans, Cutémon. They only lead you into trouble."

What? You just remembered the strange glowing square on Ward's head? Even though you can't see it because he's wearing a hat, you know it's there!

"You might get something even worse if you're not careful. Go back to your home terrain where you belong."

You shift your stance and put your hands on your hips!

"They're my friends!"

"I was wrong before. You really don't know anything about humans. Maybe it's better that you came here after all."

"Please help us!"

Ward turns away again and starts to walk back into the shadows! You don't know what to do! It seems like Ward really isn't going to help you rescue your friends!

"Like I said, at least Skyrap will get some energy."

Skyrap flaps its wings and says "Skyyyyy!"


BODY: 2
MIND: 1
LOVE: 1


>Challenge Skyrap (roll 2d100)
>Challenge Ward (roll 2d100)
>Hug Ward (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 3, 81 = 84 (2d100)

>>5919914
>Challenge Ward (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 90, 5 = 95 (2d100)

>>5919914
>>Challenge Ward (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 33, 72 = 105 (2d100)

>>5919914
>Challenge Ward (roll 2d100)
He cared enough to come greet us, surely he's not just going to walk away?
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>>5919914
>Challenge Ward (roll 2d100)
Looks like Mashi will have to demonstrate how certain she is.
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Rolled 22, 50 = 72 (2d100)

>>5919914
>>Challenge Ward (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 9, 84 = 93 (2d100)

>>5919914
>Challenge Ward (roll 2d100)
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Skyrap flaps its wings and flies up into the air and then dives down at you!

Look out!


Skyrap is challenging Cutémon!

Skyrap attacks with Talons!

Cutémon dodges out of the way!

Cutémon is fleeing the fight!


When Skyrap flies down toward you with its claw out you crouch down just in time and dodge past it and then look down at Lottatax as you run past!

"Lottatax, attack Skyrap!"

Lottatax says "Lottatax!" and jumps into the air at Skyrap!

You keep running past Skyrap and Lottatax toward Ward!

"Ward!"

When you shout Ward's name he stops but he doesn't turn around! You had better say something else!

"Friends help friends!"

"I'm trying to keep you safe."

It seems like Ward still doesn't want to help! You had better do something quickly!

What? You're thinking about challenging Ward?

"I don't want to hurt you, Cutémon."

"I don't either!"

What? You're really going to challenge Ward, even though you have a strange feeling in your chest?


Cutémon is challenging Ward!

Cutemon attacks with Bite!


Ward turns around just as you jump at him and bite his arm! Ward can't believe it!

"You need a lesson about how the world really works!"


Ward attacks with Distortion!


Ward's eyes flash and a wave of rippling energy knocks you backward into the air! When you land on the street you slide backward and when you look up Ward is walking toward you!


Cutémon attacks with Trip!


Before Ward can do anything, you kick his foot and he falls over and you jump on top of him and bite his side! Suddenly you feel Ward grab both your arms and as soon as you look up at Ward he flips you both over!


Ward attacks with Clutch!


Ward squeezes both your arms so tightly that you can hardly stand the pain! You can't help crying out! When you look around for Lottatax, you see it clinging to Skyrap and biting it as Skyrap scratches Lottatax with its claw! You look back up at Ward and he looks down at you.

"Give up?"

You look around and see Ward's arm and then grin at Ward!


Cutémon attacks with Bite!


You bite Ward's arm and he lets go and you scramble away and stand up. Even though you're panting, you still give Ward a determined look and then run at him again!


Cutémon attacks with Bite!

Ward attacks with Clutch!

Cutémon attacks with Bite!

Ward attacks with Clutch!


"Mon Control! Hold it, you two!"

What? Two humans wearing uniforms are running up the street toward you and Ward? It's the Copper Citadel Mon Control!

You and Ward let go of each other as quickly as you can and stand up! You both can't help taking a step backward!
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The humans take a step forward toward you and one of them says "We got a call about a mon fight happening in the middle of the street!"

Lottatax and Skyrap stop fighting and Lottatax drops onto the street and takes a step backward and says "Lottatax!" and flattens its head spikes back!

"You kids are in big trouble! We're confiscating those mons and taking you to the police station!"

You and Ward take another step backward! You look around and see two other humans wearing uniforms running up the street behind you! It seems like you're surrounded!

Ward glances backward at the two humans behind you and then glances at Skyrap and then grabs your hand!

What? Ward is holding your hand? You can't help your cheeks turning red!

Suddenly Skyrap says "Skyyyyy!" and grabs Lottatax with its claw and flies up into the sky!

Lottatax can't believe it! "Lottatax!"


Ward is using Evade!


Ward holds his hand out at the humans and leads you past them but the humans don't seem to see you, even though they're looking right at you! Ward holds your hand and leads you across the street and into the shadows between two buildings and then lets go and looks back at the humans.

"We lost it!"

"Those kids just vanished!"

"That's impossible! Come on, they must have gone down this alley!" The humans all start running away from you toward the other side of the street!

Ward is looking at you!

"Now the Mon Control will be searching for me."

You can't help taking a step backward!

"We need a ride out of Copper Citadel. A fast one."

What? You just remembered Starr's father Ben said he would give you a ride in his balloon?

"We'll meet you at the airport, Skyrap."

"Skyyyy!"

What? Skyrap is fluttering down toward the ground with Lottatax? Skyrap drops Lottatax and Lottatax looks up at Ward and then looks at you and says "Lottatax?"

"This is Ward!"

Lottatax says "Lottatax..." and flattens its head spikes back and then walks in a wide circle around Ward and climbs up onto your back and peeks over your shoulder at him!

Ward leads you to the airport as quickly as he can and when you get there you can see Skyrap circling around overhead! You look around and see the balloon you rode in to get here and point at it!

"There it is!"

You and Ward walk across the open area toward the balloon and Skyrap flutters down next to Ward. When you get closer to the balloon Skowl pokes its head out of the open door in the back and says "Skowooo!"

When Skowl says that, Ben stands up from behind some big wooden boxes! "Oh, Mashi! Great timing. We're just about to lift off." When he walks around the boxes and gets a little closer he looks at you and Ward and says "Must have been some match!"

>Ask Ben to take you and Ward to Bronze Valley
>Ask Ben to take you to Rust City to get your car
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>>5921187
>Ask Ben to take you and Ward to Bronze Valley
Ben was planning on going back there already, no need to strain our relationship just to pick up our car (for which we can no longer afford the gas for anyway).
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>>5921187
>>Ask Ben to take you and Ward to Bronze Valley
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>>5921187
>Ask Ben to take you and Ward to Bronze Valley
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>>5921187
>>Ask Ben to take you and Ward to Bronze Valley
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>>5921187
>Ask Ben to take you and Ward to Bronze Valley
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>>5921187
>>Ask Ben to take you to Rust City to get your car
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>>5921187
>Ask Ben to take you and Ward to Bronze Valley
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"This is Ward!"

You glance at Ward but he isn't smiling at Ben!

It seems like you might have to be even nicer to Ben to make up for it! You had better say something quickly!

"He's my friend!"

It looks like that worked! Ben nods at Ward and says "Another mon trainer? Welcome aboard! Mashi, why don't you show Ward and his Skyrap around while Skowl and I get ready for liftoff?"

"Mashi?"

You and Ward climb into the balloon and sit down and a few moments later Ben and Skowl close the door and Ben walks up to the front of the balloon and grins at you when he sits down. "Liftoff is a lot easier than landing!"

You can hear the motor and then the balloon starts to float up into the air and you float away from Copper Citadel into the night sky!

"Oh, I almost forgot. Skowl, go and get that box of dried fruit." Ben watches as Skowl hops away and then looks at you and says "This got left behind on the last delivery."

Skowl holds a cardboard box with a picture of a fruit on it out to you!

"Skowooo!"

You open the box and inside is some dried fruit! You eat a piece and then give a piece to Lottatax and then hold out a piece to Ward.

What? Ward doesn't want any?

"I don't eat fruit."

You eat another few pieces and then give Lottatax another piece and put the rest in your jacket pocket! You're not hungry anymore!

After a little while you can see it's almost morning, and a few moments later Ben says "We're approaching Bronze Valley."

What? You're already back in Bronze Valley! This balloon really is fast!

The balloon sinks down at the airport and when it lands on the ground Ben turns off the motor and stands up and walks to the back and opens the door.

You stand up and look at Skowl!

"Goodbye, Skowl!"

Skowl squints at you and says "Skowooo!"

Lottatax climbs onto your back and you walk to the back of the balloon and look at Ben.

"Thank you, Ben!"

"You're welcome. Sorry for giving you a hard time before. Hey, Mashi... if you see Starr again... tell her..." Ben looks away at the sky for a moment. "Well, you're probably busy. I'll see you later!" Ben turns around and walks back into the balloon and Skowl hops after him!

You look at the balloon and then look at Ward and Skyrap and Lottatax!

"Ready?

You start walking toward the Bronze Valley Arena! It's easy to find because you can see it from the airport! You walk away from the airport and then start walking through an open field. As you and Ward walk toward it you see some humans all looking at some papers.

Suddenly one of the humans says "A human-type mon!"

What? Does one of the humans know you're a Cutémon? You crouch down behind a flat bush and look at Ward but then you hear the humans talking again!

"No way!"

"That's what it says!"

"A human-type mon?"

"Tonight in the arena!"

"No wonder there's already a crowd!"

"It's gonna be a sold out fight!"
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What? A human-type mon is going to be fighting in the Bronze Valley Arena tonight? Do you think they're talking about Auroara?

"Auroara? Are you sure that's what she's called, Cutémon?"

Ward is looking at you! It seems like he's interested in Auroara!

"Professor Ginger was looking for one."

What? Professor Ginger knows about Auroara even though Auroara was sleeping for thousands of years?

"I know a lot about that place, Cutémon. If there really is an Auroara inside, we need to get her out of that arena before Professor Ginger or any of the others arrive."

What? You just remembered Diamond has a Horriborb guarding the arena?

"I don't sense any psychic-type mons outside the arena. If you already fought a Horriborb, it read your mind. It might be hiding inside now. We'll have to wait until tonight when they open the arena doors."

After it gets dark, you and Ward start walking closer to the arena and after a little while you can see a huge crowd of humans around the front doors! It seems like the entire arena is going to be filled with humans!

What? You just remembered you don't have any money to buy a ticket?

"I can get us in with my Evade. It only works on humans, so don't count on it."

You look at Ward and nod and then Ward holds your hand again! Even though you knew it was going to happen you can't help your cheeks turning red! Ward leads you through the crowd of humans with Lottatax on your back and through the front doors past the human guards and into the Bronze Valley Arena! The humans are all walking the same direction, so it's easy to follow them past the humans collecting tickets until you get to a big doorway that leads to the seats above the arena floor!

After a few moments all the seats fill up with humans and even more humans keep coming in until you can hardly move!

Suddenly, you hear a voice over the speakers! "Welcome to the Bronze Valley Arena."

It's Diamond!

"We have a full house tonight! Of course, you're all here for the main event, and I'm not going to keep you waiting."

[SFX: spotlight switch]

A spotlight turns on and you see Auroara on the arena floor! The audience can't believe it!

"Ladies and gentlemen, one of the rarest types of all mons, fighting exclusively in the Bronze Valley Arena. She may not be very big, but she's quite a handful. We only acquired her yesterday, but I have a feeling she's going to be one of the house favorites from now on. Believe it or not, she came here on her own! She's eager to put on a great fight for us, so let's get started!"

Auroara glares up at the spotlight and then looks around and tries to stand up. It seems like she doesn't have very much energy!

"Chompex!"

What? Chompex is here?
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[SFX: spotlight switch]

Another spotlight turns on and you see Chompex on the arena floor!

What? You just noticed Chompex looks different?

Chompex walks forward and then opens his mouth and runs toward Auroara! It looks like Chompex is going to challenge Auroara even though they're friends!

>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)
>Try to find Diamond (roll 1d100)
>Cover your eyes until it's over
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Rolled 80 (1d100)

>>5922265
>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)
I'm starting to get the feeling we misjudged Plumtree. He may be a bit of a perv, but he might be a genuinely nice guy (he gave the cutecaptor to Joe instead of trying to use it himself, after all). I wonder what Springblock's story is.
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Rolled 3 (1d100)

>>5922265
>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)

>>5922269
If I remember correctly he's creating and trying to normalize machine mons that can track and record everyone.
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>>5922265
>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 96 (1d100)

>>5922340
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>5922265
>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)

>>5922269
The guy introduced himself with the prose version of an 'UOOH' post, of course the player would think he's morally dubious. He hasn't done much to change that impression or settle Mashi-mon's fears either, so the impression will likely stick. Ginger of course has skeletons in her closet according to Ward, but she's clearly better at hiding it than Plumtree is.
Joe being a swell gentleman who loves his family, Plumtree likely does hold him in some regard and wouldn't mind having is help, but I can imagine Joe being put off if Plumtree couldn't control his urges properly in a hypothetical route where the player decided to settle down for a long term relationship via Cutecaptor.
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Rolled 33 (1d100)

>>5922265
>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)

>>5922269
Plumtree gave the cutecaptor to test it out so he can use it himself once it's perfected, for the implicit purpose of fucking enslaved animal-people who look like little girls, and he wants to monopolize mon-production for purposes of espionage and profit.
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>>5922265
>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)

>>5922269
This guy >>5922398 is right. Onlion is proof enough.

>>5922341
Nice save.
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

>>5922265
>>Try to sneak into the mon pens (roll 1d100)
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Chompex attacks before Auroara was ready!

Chompex attacks with Tackle Bite!


Chompex jumps at Auroara before she can stand up! You can't help covering your eyes!

Suddenly you feel Ward grab your arm and when you open your eyes Ward is looking at you!

"Forget about them for now. They're giving us a good distraction. Let's find the pens."

You stand up and Ward grabs your hand again! Even though you're expecting it, you can't help your cheeksturning red! Ward leads you and Lottatax past some human guards and into a stairwell that leads down.

"We can get to the staging area from here. The mon pens should be close to the arena floor."

You and Ward walk down the stairs and peek through a door at the bottom and see a hallway with a doorway at the other end! A human man walks out of the doorway and down the hall and you close the door and peek out at him but he doesn't seem to notice you! After the human is gone you peek out into the hall again and then look at Ward and he nods his head and you both tip-toe out of the door and down the hall.

When you get to the end of the hallway you peek through the door and see a narrow room with one wall that's just made out of cage doors and bars and a balcony above another doorway at the far end! It looks like you found the mon pens!

Inside one of the small cages, you see Ramster sitting in the back of the cage playing a tiny harmonica with his eyes closed!

[SFX: blues harmonica]

"Ram-ram! Ram-ram!"

[SFX: harmonica continues]

"Ram-ram! Ram-ram!"

What? You didn't know Ramster could play the harmonica? He's really going! You almost don't want to stop him!

You peek into the cage and grin at Ramster!

"Hi, Ramster!"

Suddenly Ramster opens his eyes and looks up at you! Ramster can't believe it! He jumps up off the cage floor and runs toward the bars and reaches his paws out toward you and says "Ram-ram!"

Even though Ramster is straining as hard as he can, he can't fit between the bars!

"Tamounda!"

What? Tamounda is here too? You look down and see Tamounda underneath Ramster in one of the bigger cages on the floor and then crouch down in front of him!

"Hi, Tamounda!"

Tamounda sticks out his tongue and licks you through the bars!

Lottatax climbs up onto your shoulder and looks down at Tamounda and says "Lottatax?"

Tamounda looks up at Lottatax and then backs up away from the cage bars!

You glance over your shoulder at Lottatax and then look at Tamounda!

"This is Lottatax!"

Tamounda trots forward and says "Tamounda!" and then licks Lottatax through the bars! Lottatax can't believe it!

"Waddabeah!"

[SFX: double shell clap]

What? Waterbear and Clambreak are here too? When you stand back up you see Waterbear and Clambreak inside cages on the wall next to Ramster!

Suddenly, you hear a voice from the doorway!

"Oh, wow! It's really you!"
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You turn around and see someone walking through the doorway at the far end of the mon pens!

It's Mashi!

You're so happy you can't contain yourself!

"Mashi!"

"Yeah! We just escaped!" Mashi looks back over her shoulder and says "Over here, you guys!" and then Starr and Booker walk through the doorway behind her!

Starr grins at you and says "Hey, kid!"

Booker looks at you and says "Hrmph. Took you long enough to get here!" and then looks away before you can see him smile!

You can't believe it!

"Booker! Starr!"

It seems like your human friends aren't captured anymore! You had better...

What? You think this might be another one of Horriborb's tricks?

You give Mashi a determined look!

"Is it you?"

"Yeah!" Mashi grins at you and says "Who'd you think it was?"

You thought it might be Horriborb tricking you with its Mirage ability, but it seems like it really is Mashi, Booker, and Starr! You're so happy you can't contain yourself! You run toward Mashi to give her a hug!

Suddenly Ward grabs your arm! You look over your shoulder at Ward and see him glaring past you at your human friends!

"Look again."
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Effects of Mirage cancelled.

Horriborb attacks with Mirage!

It doesn't seem to have any effect!


When you look back at your human friends, they disappear and you see Rattletrap, Catscan, and Horriborb in front of you!

The three mons look at each other and then realize Horriborb's Mirage isn't working and look back at you and Ward!

Ward lets go of your arm and shifts his stance and looks up at them!

Lottatax jumps off your shoulder onto the floor and flattens its head spikes back and looks up at them and says "Lottatax!"

Rattletrap raises itself up on its tail and looms over you and Ward and Lottatax and says "Ssssssss..." and snaps its jaws!

Horriborb's eyes flash and it starts floating through the air toward you and Ward and Lottatax and grinding its teeth!

Ward and Lottatax take a step backward!

Catscan says "Catscannn..." and takes a step forward but then suddenly turns around and runs out of the mon pens through the doorway behind Rattletrap and Horriborb!

"Ram-ram!"

"Tamounda!"

"Waddabeah!"

[SFX: double shell clap]

You look back at your friends in the cages but they still can't get out!


BODY: 2
MIND: 1
LOVE: 1


>Challenge Rattletrap and Horriborb (roll 2d100)
>Try to catch Catscan (roll 1d100)
>Try to open the cages (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 80 (1d100)

>>5923633
>Try to catch Catscan (roll 1d100)
Eliminate witnesses.
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Rolled 49 (1d100)

>>5923633
>Try to open the cages (roll 1d100)
We can't just leave Ramster in there.
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Rolled 21 (1d100)

>>5923633
>Try to open the cages (roll 1d100)
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>>5923695
This is awesome! Who did the art?
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>>5923696
I did, the story is charming.
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>>5923633
>>5923648
Seconded. No witnesses, and the cages could be busted open after we take care of the assailants.
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>>5923695
That's awesome!

>Mashimon
Why didn't we think of that before?
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>>5923695
Anon, you're amazing.
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>>5923695
>shadow is actually the cutecaptor
Kino
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Rolled 23 (1d100)

>>5923648
>>5923830
I hear you guys.
Catscan running off means he can get reinforcements, which can make the entire operation a bust. Ward seems strong so he may be able to fight off Rattletrap even with Horriborb's influence, but things may get complicated if more players appear.
While I do want our boys back in play, I'm not sure what we can do to get them out yet, short of just picking up the cages if they're small enough. We'd need to break through the locks somehow, since I doubt the cages wouldn't have been Mon-proofed to some degree.

In either case, we don't have much time to do things here. I think delaying anyone else coming can get use more wiggle room, but probably not too much.

>>5923633
>Try to catch Catscan (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>5923633
>Try to catch Catscan (roll 1d100)
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>>5914780
>"Lottatax!"
>"Cutémon!"
Sudden Kitchen Spanish argument energy.
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It seems like you had better catch Catscan before it tells anyone else that you're here! You run forward toward Rattletrap and Horriborb but then crouch down and roll underneath Rattletrap as it tries to bite you! Rattletrap turns around to try and bite you as you run out of the doorway and into another hallway but then you hear Lottatax say "Lottatax!"

Your feet almost slip on the tiled floor but then you catch yourself against the wall and chase Catscan down the hallway! Catscan looks back at you and says "Catsc-" but then it slips on the tiled floor!


Cutémon attacks before Catscan was ready!

Cutémon attacks with Bite!


You jump through the air and bite Catscan's tail before it can stand up! Catscan can't believe it!

Catscan spins around and pulls its tail out of your mouth and says "Catscannn!" and jumps at you and tries to swipe at you with its claws but you dodge out of the way and Catscan tumbles through the air and lands on its feet!


Catscan attacks with TK Drain!


Catscan attacks you with TK Drain just like Horriborb did! Your skin feels like it's on fire again but somehow this time it hurts even more! You can hardly stand the pain! It seems like Catscan's TK Drain is even more powerful than Horriborb's TK Drain!

You fall down on your knees and Catscan crouches down and gets ready to pounce at you! Suddenly you dodge sideways and Catscan disappears!

What? Catscan just jumped into a chute in the wall that smells like garbage? You can hear Catscan's claws scratching on the metal sides as it falls down the chute but then you hear human voices behind you! You had better hide somewhere! You look around and see a pillar and hide behind it and then peek around it and see two humans!

It's Diamond and Trent!

"Now that our mystery mon is charged up from defeating that Chompex, I think it's time we gave the crowd a look at our Sailater."

What? Is Diamond talking about the Sailater that Joe captured?

Trent can't believe it! "The Sailater? Are you kidding?"

"We have to give the audience a good show."

"You've been keeping that Sailater pretty hungry. You really think that human-type mon will be able to beat it?"

"No, but she'll give them a good fight, and besides, even if she is a human-type mon she's ultimately expendable. It's that Cutémon we really want." Diamond glances at Trent and says "Speaking of, shouldn't you be guarding the mon pens in case that Cutémon shows up?"

Trent waves his hand and says "Relax! I've got Catscan watching the pens."

"Go check and make sure nothing's amiss." Diamond walks past your hiding spot and looks over her shoulder and says "I have to go to the staging area and get the Sailater ready to be released onto the arena floor."

>Follow Diamond to the staging area (roll 1d100)
>Follow Trent to the mon pens (roll 1d100)
>Try to find Booker, Mashi, and Starr (roll 1d100)
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>>5923629
>[SFX: blues harmonica]
>"Ram-ram! Ram-ram!"
>[SFX: harmonica continues]
>"Ram-ram! Ram-ram!"
Ah, a Lightning-Type Hopkins fan.
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Rolled 25 (1d100)

>>5924717
>Follow Trent to the mon pens (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 70 (1d100)

>>5924717
>Follow Trent to the mon pens (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 12 (1d100)

>>5924717
>>Try to find Booker, Mashi, and Starr (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 82 (1d100)

>>5924717
>Follow Trent to the mon pens (roll 1d100)
Eliminate witnesses.
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Rolled 100 (1d100)

>>5924717
>>Follow Diamond to the staging area (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 11 (1d100)

>>5924717
>"No, but she'll give them a good fight, and besides, even if she is a human-type mon she's ultimately expendable. It's that Cutémon we really want."
What, are we her white whale? Does she just think we're prettier?

>Follow Trent to the mon pens (roll 1d100)
Need to finish up our duty in the pens and hopefully get a full party. Then we can crash Diamond's show.
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>>5924717
>Follow Trent to the mon pens (roll 1d100)

>>5924860
>100
If only.

>>5924870
>What, are we her white whale? Does she just think we're prettier?
Auroara is a far more lucrative Mon than Mashi, so it's probably because she has a vendetta against her. I wouldn't be surprised if she's starting to get squeezed by the Traders for using their "stock" so recklessly.
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>>5924870
>What, are we her white whale? Does she just think we're prettier?
We smoke roofied her and stole her hat.
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>>5925172
>loses car
>loses hat
>loses job
>loses man Plumtree :3
A few more encounters with us and she could become a country singer
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After Trent gets further up the hallway and turns a corner you look down the other hall but you don't see any other humans so you tip-toe up the hall after him. When you get to the corner you peek out and see Trent walking further up the hallway but suddenly Trent starts talking!

"'Go check the mon pens...' I didn't sign up to clean stables!"

What? Trent is talking to himself out loud? It sounds like he isn't very happy!

"Waiting around for some-"

[SFX: loud thump]

Suddenly you and Trent hear a loud noise from the mon pens and Trent starts running up the hall toward the doorway!


Rattletrap attacks with Wrap-Up!

It really hurts Ward!


Through the doorway you see Rattletrap squeezing its tail around Ward! It looks like Ward can't get loose!

Lottatax says "Lottatax!" and jumps at Rattletrap but Horriborb swoops down and grabs Lottatax with its mouth and starts grinding its teeth!


Horriborb attacks with Grinder!

It really hurts Lottatax!


"You little punk! What are you doing here with that Lottatax?" Trent looks at Rattletrap and says "Take him to the staging area! Catscan and I will... hey, where's Catscan?" Trent looks at Horriborb and then Horriborb's eyes rotate toward the doorway!

Horriborb is looking at you! Trent turns and sees you and so does Rattletrap!

Trent can't believe it! "It's that Cutémon! Get it, quick!" He looks at Rattletrap and says "Forget about that kid!"

Rattletrap says "Ssssssss?" and then uncoils its tail and drops Ward on the floor and slithers toward you!


Rattletrap is challenging Cutémon!

Rattletrap attacks with Slap!

It really hurts!


Rattletrap slaps you with its tail and you go flying backward through the air and land on the floor and slide backward until your back hits the wall of cage doors! You can hardly stand the pain! You open your eyes and see Rattletrap slithering across the room toward you!


Rattletrap attacks with Fangs!

Cutémon dodges out of the way!


Suddenly Rattletrap's head lunges down to bite you but you roll out of the way just in time!

What? Rattletrap is stuck to the cage door? It seems like its fangs are caught in the bars!

"Tamounda!"

What? Rattletrap is stuck to Tamounda's cage?


Tamounda is challenging Rattletrap!

Tamounda attacks with Snoot!

Can't block lick attacks!


Tamounda sticks out his tongue between the cage bars and licks Rattletrap!

Rattletrap's tail starts thrashing around and then it tears the cage door off of Tamounda's cage!

Trent can't believe it! "Watch what you're doing, you dumb-"

Suddenly Rattletrap's tail slaps Trent and he goes flying backward into a panel on the wall!

[SFX: electric crackle]

When Trent hits the wall, electricity shoots out and the lights above you flicker and then suddenly the wall of cage doors all pop open!
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Trent falls down on the ground and doesn't move! It looks like he's knocked out!

"Ram-ram!"

"Tamounda!"

"Waddabeah!"

[SFX: double shell clap]

"Lottatax!"

You look over your shoulder and see Ward and your other friends standing behind you!

"TANI!"

What? Even Torrentani is here? When you look back at Rattletrap and Horriborb, the cage door falls off of Rattletrap's fangs and then Rattletrap and Horriborb look at each other and look back at you and all your friends!


Clambreak attacks with Power Snap!

Ramster attacks with Horns!

Waterbear attacks with Hydrant!

Cutémon attacks with Bite!

Tamounda attacks with Tail!

Lottatax attacks with Fangs!

Torrentani attacks with Cloudburst!

Ward attacks with Soul Fire!


You look down and see Rattletrap and Horriborb lying on the ground underneath you!

What? You think this might be one of Horriborb's tricks?


You can feel the energy from winning your battle reinvigorating you!


That wasn't a trick!

"Tamounda!"

You turn around and see Tamounda looking inside the wall of cages. When you crouch down next to him you see the back of the cage is open! It looks like all the cages open on both sides of the wall!

What? You just realized that's how the humans get the mons from the cages into the staging area? You know what that means, don't you?

...

It means you can get to the staging area from here!

"The staging area!"

You meant to say that out loud! You look at your friends and point at the cage and then climb inside and out the back of the cage and look around and see a big doorway on the other side of the room! It seems like this must lead to the staging area!

What? You just noticed there's a mon detector at the end of the hallway? It looks like the sliding door of the mon entrance you saw in the Rust City Arena! You walk up to the door and it slides open!

"Come on, you! Get in there!"

[SFX: loud roaring]

What? Diamond is on the other side of the door trying to make the Sailater walk through a doorway onto the arena floor? You can see Chompex and Auroara from here!

Diamond and the Sailater both stop and look at you and then suddenly rainclouds form inside the room and lighting strikes everywhere and the Sailater starts charging across the staging area toward you!

Look out!


Sailater is challenging everyone!

Sailater attacks with Rainstorm!

Everyone is fleeing the fight!


You and your friends all scatter out of the way and the Sailater charges past you through the mon detector toward the mon pens!

Diamond can't believe it! "No, stop! Those walls aren't double-reinforced!"

The Sailater smashes through the wall and keeps going!
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"Waterbear!"

What? Mashi, Booker, and Starr were on the other side of the wall? When the Sailater broke a hole in the wall it opened up the room where your human friends were!

Waterbear says "Waddabeah!" and waddles across the room toward Starr!

Torrentani flies across the room toward Booker and then spins around in a circle and says "TANI!"

Booker grabs Torrentani and says "Torrentani! You're still alive!" What? Booker is starting to cry? He turns away but you're pretty sure he's crying!

"It's you!" Mashi is smiling at you!

What? You're not sure if this is another of Horriborb's tricks? You look at Ward and he glances at them and then nods at you!

"It's really them."

You hug Mashi!

Clambreak flies around Starr's head and claps twice!

Starr is smiling even more! "Clambreak!" Starr glances at Ward and says "Didn't expect to see you here."

What? You just remembered Starr thinks Ward is a human boy?

Starr looks at you and asks "What made you want to bring him along?"

You don't know what to say!

Starr looks at Waterbear and Clambreak and says "Hey, where's Chompex?"

"Get back here, human! You will answer for these... indignities!"

"Chompex!"

What? Auroara and Chompex are here? You look across the staging area and see Diamond running away from them through a doorway but the door slides closed before Auroara and Chompex can get there!

[SFX: loud rumbling]

It sounds like the Sailater is still smashing through walls!

[SFX: loud roaring]

It sounds like the Sailater is still really angry!

What? You think it sounds like the Sailater is coming back this way?

>Try to find Diamond (roll 1d100)
>Try to escape with your friends (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

>>5926578
>Try to calm Sailater with a hug
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Rolled 57 (1d100)

>>5926578
>>Try to escape with your friends (roll 1d100)
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>>5926578
>Try to escape with your friends (roll 1d100)
Pity we couldn't steal anything from Diamond this time
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Rolled 85 (1d100)

>>5926578
>>Try to escape with your friends (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>5926638
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>>5926578
>Tamounda sticks out his tongue between the cage bars and licks Rattletrap!
>Rattletrap's tail starts thrashing around and then it tears the cage door off of Tamounda's cage!
Tamounda is smart. Tamounda is brave.

>>5926591
Seconded. Sailater's probably trying to find Joe. Let's tell Ward and Auroara to escape with our friends and meet and a rendezvous point. It's the least we can do for Joe.
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>>5927084
Speaking of the LOVE option, I wonder if it's possible to train it, or if it's something that's at the story's discretion. It's clear that Love isn't just blushy-crushy romance stuff and will end up functioning differently than the other two stats. We've already seen it related to de-escalation options in conflict, as well as options relating to trust.

While I'm not sure if Sailator will appreciate our affection, I agree that it's odd that Joe is the only one missing.

> Tamounda is smart. Tamounda is brave.
Let's all love Tamounda!
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>>5927084
>>5927115
Tamounda IS pretty great.
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Starr can't help taking a step backward! "We need to get out of here!"

"The girl's right." Booker points his cane and says "The exit's that way!"

You and your friends all start to...

What? You're not going with your friends? Auroara and Ward look back and see you and stop!

"Are you injured? Why aren't you fleeing?"

"You don't have a chance against that Sailater."

You give Wade and Auroara a determined look!

"Meet at Joe's!"

Auroara is looking at you! "I hope you know what you're doing, little mon."

[SFX: loud roaring]

You can't help looking over your shoulder at the doorway to the mon pens!

"Run!"

You turn around and look at the doorway!

"Ram-ram!"

"Tamounda!"

"Lottatax!"

What? Ramster, Tamounda, and Lottatax are here? You give them a determined look!

"Run away!"

Ramster jumps onto your shoulder and says "Ram-ram!"

Tamounda huddles against your leg and says "Tamounda!"

Lottatax climbs onto your back and peeks over your other shoulder and says "Lottatax!"

It seems like your friends are going to face Sailater with you!

You and your friends hold onto each other and look at the doorway! Suddenly you see Sailater's shadow appear! A moment later Sailater sticks its snout out of the doorway and sees you and roars! Are you really going to try to hug Sailater?

You look up at Sailater and put out your hand but then Sailater starts charging across the staging area at you!


Sailater attacks with Fin Slice!

It really hurts!


Sailater leans sideways and whips the big fin on its back through the air so quickly that a shockwave knocks you and your friends all the way across the room! Sailater stomps its feet and roars and charges across the room toward you!

You wait until Sailater is almost in front of you and then jump to the side! Sailater can't stop and smashes through the wall! You can see the night sky so you run outside as quickly as you can! It looks like you might be able to run away from Sailater!


Sailater attacks with Land Rush!


You start running away but Sailater stomps one foot on the ground and a groundquake breaks up the concrete in a ripple wave that knocks you and your friends backward off your feet! The wave of concrete rubble rolls outward in a huge cloud of dust and when the dust starts to settle you see you're standing on the edge of a chasm!

You can't help taking a step backward and starting to fall into the chasm! You wave your arms and fall forward onto the ground and look up and see Ramster and Tamounda and Lottatax!

What? They're all looking at something? You look past them and see Sailater!

Sailater sees you and stomps its feet! It looks like Sailater is getting ready to charge! You look around but you can't run anywhere because you're at the edge of the chasm!

"Ram-ram!"

What? Ramster sees something? You look up and see a balloon flying toward the arena!
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It's Ben's balloon!

Sailater looks up at the balloon and roars! You can't help looking up at the balloon but then you look back at...

What? You just noticed the back doorof the balloon is opening up even though the balloon is still really high up in the sky?

Suddenly a human on a motorcycle drives out of the back door of the balloon into the air!

You can't believe it!

It's Joe!

Joe flies out into the air on the motorcycle but then he starts to fall out of the sky!

Joe is falling straight down! You don't know what to do! It looks like he's about to crash into the ground! You cover your eyes with your...

Suddenly Joe leans forward and says "Now, Volito!" and Volito rises up behind Joe!

"VO-LITO!"

What? The motorcycle is starting to sparkle and fly through the air toward you and Sailater? It's probably because Volito is making them fly!

The motorcycle lands on the ground and skids across the concrete in front of you in a wave of sparkles and stops between you and Sailater!

Sailater can't help taking a step backward!

You're so happy you can't contain yourself!

"Joe!"

Joe stands up off the motorcycle and looks back at you. "Are you alright?"

You're nodding your head!

Joe looks at Sailater and says "Thanks, Volito."

"VO-LITO!"

[SFX: loud roaring]

Sailater is stomping its feet! It's getting ready to charge!

Look out, Joe!

What? Joe is walking toward Sailater? Joe walks right up to Sailater and puts his hand on its snout and Sailater sniffs Joe's hand and then closes its eyes and lies down!

It looks like Sailater is taking a nap!

Joe keeps his hand on Sailater's snout for a moment and then turns around and smiles at you!

What? Suddenly you have a strange feeling in your chest? This isn't quite like the other strange feelings!

>Give Joe a hug
>Tell Joe you like him
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>>5927306
>Give Joe a hug
Joe's fine, I guess, but I prefer Ward. Or Starr.
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>>5927306
>Give Joe a hug
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>>5927306
>Give Joe a hug
Mashi should say something. Maybe "I'm so sorry" or "You're okay" would suffice.
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>>5927306
>Give Joe a hug
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>>5927306
>Give Joe an especially big hug
I don't want to engage in romance until we raise our Mind to above child level
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>>5927306
>Give Joe an especially big hug
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>>5927306
>Tell Joe you like him
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>>5927306
> Give Joe a hug

>>5927337
Our girl feeling responsible for the issue makes sense, since the raiders were coming after her specifically.

>>5927402
Agreed.

Unrelated but I can see Ward and Aurora butting heads pretty quickly.
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>>5927306
>Tell Joe you like him
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You run toward Joe and throw your arms around him and hug him! You feel Joe hugging you back and when you look up at Joe he looks down at you and grins. "I wasn't sure if Volito understood what I wanted him to do."

What? Joe drove the motorcycle out of the balloon even though he didn't know if Volito would save him? It seems like Joe really is a brave human boy! You look up at Joe and hug him even more tightly!

"Thank you, Joe!"

What? You're thinking about telling Joe that you like him? If you're going to tell him, you had better...

"Hey, let's go!"

You look over your shoulder and see Starr in the back doorway of Ben's balloon as it lands on your side of the chasm! Starr is looking at you with Booker, Torrentani, Mashi, Auroara, Ben, Skowl, Chompex, Waterbear, and Clambreak!

You and Joe let go of each other as quickly as you can and take a step back!

"Volito!" Mashi runs out of the balloon and Volito spins around in the air toward her!

"VO-LITO!"

Mashi hugs Volito and starts to cry! It seems like she's crying even though she's happy! Mashi looks up at you and says "Thank you!"

Starr leans out the doorway and shouts "Hey, come on! I don't want to hang around here any longer than I already have!"

Ramster says "Ram-ram!" and starts running toward the balloon! Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and runs past Ramster up the ramp into the balloon!

Lottatax says "Lottatax!" and sticks its tongue out at Tamounda and reels itself onto Tamounda's back! Tamounda looks back and says "Tamounda!" and stumbles and Ramster runs into Tamounda and they all roll up the ramp into the balloon!

Joe looks at Sailater and taps its snout and Sailater's eyes open and it stands up! Joe guides Sailater into the back door of the balloon with the motorcycle and Sailater squeezes through the doorway with Starr and Auroara and Mashi behind it.

What? You just realized Ward and Skyrap aren't here? You look around and see Ward in the shadows away from everyone else!

"Looks crowded. Skyrap and I are staying here for now."

It seems like Ward isn't coming with you!

"Hey kid, hurry up!"

You look back over your shoulder at Starr but when you look back at Ward you can't see him anymore! You can't help looking at the shadows for a moment but then you turn around and run toward the balloon and climb up into the doorway next to Joe, Auroara, and Mashi.

Starr looks over Sailater's tail at you. "Everybody here?" You look around and see Joe, Torrentani, Booker, Volito, Mashi, Sailater, Ramster, Tamounda, Waterbear, Chompex, Clambreak, Auroara, and Lottatax! It seems like all your friends are safe! You look at Starr and nod your head and then Starr looks toward the front of the balloon and shouts "All clear!"

It sounds like the motor is having a hard time getting the balloon back in the air! It's probably because Sailater is so big! Everyone is crowded together so tightly that Sailater can't even turn around!
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After a moment the balloon starts to float up into the sky and you see the Bronze Valley Arena through the window getting smaller and smaller!

You look over at Joe and...

What? You just realized Joe is looking at Auroara's horns? Auroara notices Joe looking at her horns!

Auroara's cheeks are turning red! She glances away and looks back at Joe and says "I used to have a hat."

Joe looks over Sailater's tail at Starr and Starr says "You must be Joe."

Joe is nodding his head!

"It's a long story. I'm Starr." She looks at you and says "Hey, where's that weird kid?"

What? Starr is asking about Ward? You don't know what to say!

Starr shrugs and looks out the window and says "It's probably a good thing he didn't come with. I can't believe this thing got airborne."

"I heard that!" Ben turns around in his seat and looks back at Starr. "And now that I got this 'thing' airborne, where are we going?"

What? Ben wants to know where to drive the balloon? It seems like you should all go to Joe's house!

You open your mouth but suddenly Auroara looks at Ben and says "If Patina is northwest, our heading should be northeast until we can determine if we're being pursued."

Ben looks at Skowl and says "What do you think, Skowl?"

Skowl spins its head around and looks at Auroara and gives her a happy squint and then looks at Ben and says "Skowooo!"

Ben turns back toward the control panel and says "Northeast it is!"

You look out the back window and see Bronze Valley disappear and then notice Joe looking out the window next to you. Joe looks at you and says "That night in Rust City... after they captured us, they started driving south but when they got a flat tire I was able to escape. I tried to help Mashi and Booker but I couldn't do anything. When I got back to the Rust City Arena, they had already taken Sailater. I didn't know what to do, so I went back to my house."

What? Joe is looking at Volito? You look at Joe and he smiles at you and nods at Volito. "When I got to my house, Volito was already there. My sister told me you stopped at our house on the way to Bronze Valley. I guess Volito must have really liked my mom's cooking!"

"VO-LITO!"

"I met Mr. Currant yesterday when he was making a delivery run to the gas station in Patina. When he told me a mon trainer with a red hat named Mashi was going to the Bronze Valley Arena, I knew it had to be you." Joe looks around at the inside of the balloon and says "I'm glad we got here in time to help."

It seems like everyone was pretty lucky!

Mashi looks out the back window and says "Wow, look at that!"

When you look out the back window you see the balloon is passing by a huge tower that looks like the ruins east of Ferropolis!

What? You just saw two lights come out of the tower?

It looks like the two lights are flying toward you!
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"Hey, what are those?" Starr pushes herself between you and Mashi and looks out the window at the two lights.

"Auraprimas!"

What? Auroara just said a word you've never heard before? You don't know what it means but Auroara is looking out the window with a strange expression on her face! Auroara glances at you and then looks back out the window without saying anything else! The two lights fly up into the sky toward the balloon and when they get closer you can see the two lights are really two human girls with blonde hair and gold horns!

What? You don't think they're really human girls? You might be right! It seems like they might be human-type mons called Auraprimas!

"Hey, what's going on back there?" Ben and Skowl peek over Sailater but none of your other friends can see what's happening because Sailater is in the way!

The Auraprimas fly up into the sky alongside the balloon and look at it for a moment and then look at each other and suddenly fly out of sight!

You don't know where they...

[SFX: loud metal creaking, wind blowing]

What? The back door of the balloon is splitting open even though you're high up in the air? It opens further and you see the Auraprimas are forcing the back door apart with their bare hands while they're floating behind it!

What? You just noticed their horns are glowing with a strange green light? It looks like the way Auroara looks when she has a lot of energy!

The Auraprimas force the back door all the way open and then look at you and your friends! You can't help trying to take a step back but you're already squeezed up against Sailater's tail! Both Auraprimas step into the balloon and one of them says "We have need of our lesser sister. Prima."

"Yes, Aura."

Suddenly both Auraprimas reach forward and grab Auroara and fly out of the balloon with her!


BODY: 2
MIND: 1
LOVE: 1


>Jump out of the balloon and grab one of the Auraprimas (roll 2d100)
>Ask Ben to follow them (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 19 (1d100)

>>5928938
>>Ask Ben to follow them (roll 1d100)
We just reunited with our friends, I don't wanna separate just yet.
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Rolled 39 (1d100)

>>5928938
>Ask Ben to follow them (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 32 (1d100)

>>5928938
>"I met Mr. Currant yesterday when he was making a delivery run to the gas station in Patina. When he told me a mon trainer with a red hat named Mashi was going to the Bronze Valley Arena, I knew it had to be you." Joe looks around at the inside of the balloon and says "I'm glad we got here in time to help."
Looks like the decision to leave Volito at the house saved our asses.

>Ask Ben to follow them (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 46, 93 = 139 (2d100)

>>5928938
>>Jump out of the balloon and grab one of the Auraprimas (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 5, 71 = 76 (2d100)

>>5928938
>Grab Lottatax and use him as a grappling hook
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Rolled 64 (1d100)

>>5928938
>>Ask Ben to follow them (roll 1d100)
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Are you really going to jump out into the open air? You try to take a step backward but Sailater is in the way and when you look back at the Auraprimas they're already further away from the back door of the balloon!

What? You just remembered Lottatax has a long sticky tongue? You look around but Lottatax is on the other side of Sailater! You look back at Auroara and the Auraprimas just as the Auraprimas drift away and then fly past the balloon so quickly that a blast of air makes the balloon tilt!

"Aaah!" Suddenly Mashi falls onto the floor and starts sliding toward the open door! You grab her hand but then you start to slide out of the balloon and grab Sailater's tail!

[SFX: roaring noise]

Sailater doesn't like it!

You pull Mashi back into the balloon and let go of Sailater's tail and push yourself backward onto the floor and then Starr and Joe push the back door closed.

Mashi is looking at you!

"Thanks!"

You look up at Ben but you can only see Sailater! What? Are you really going to climb over Sailater?

You climb over Sailater toward the front of the balloon!

[SFX: growling noise]

Sailater doesn't like it!

When you climb down from Sailater's shoulder, Ben looks over at you and asks "What happened?"

"They took Auroara!"

"What? You mean that..." Ben glances back and then looks at you. "Hey, I don't think I can do anything. I mean, we're already carrying more than we can-"

"Please follow them!"

"Hey, don't start that again!" It seems like Ben can see you're about to start crying! He looks at the control panel and then grins at you and says "You really are worse than Starr!" Ben pushes a lever all the way forward and says "Alright, here we go!"

[SFX: motor revving]

Even though Ben is driving the balloon as fast as it can go, it still can't go very fast because Sailater weighs so much! Ben checks the control panel again and says "It seems like they're heading north." You look out the front window of the balloon but you can't even see the glow from the Auraprimas anymore! You look at Ben and see him glance back and notice you and he says "We can still follow them with these." Ben taps a dial on the control panel. "Even if we can't see them with our eyes, we can use these instruments to figure out which way they're going and change our own course to match. That way, even if it takes us longer to get there, we'll know we're going the right direction."

You're don't really know what he's talking about, but it seems like you'll have to trust Ben and his instruments to follow Auroara! You crouch down next to Ben and Skowl and watch the water underneath the balloon. After a while the balloon floats over some cliffs and forest and then over the ground.

Suddenly Ben reaches over and starts tapping the instruments on the control panel and says "Hey, what's going on?"

You look at Ben!

"What's wrong?

"All of a sudden all the instruments are going haywire! I can't tell where we are!"
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[SFX: muffled thump]

Just as you start to look away from the window, the clouds underneath the balloon are all blown away outward in a circle from an enormous hole in the ground by a huge energy beam!

Suddenly the energy beam swings downward toward the balloon!

[SFX: explosion]

When the energy beam strikes the balloon, everything starts to shake and the balloon starts to tilt downward!

"Skowooo!"

"Ram-ram!"

"Tamounda!"

"Dad!"

Ben can't believe it! He glances back at Starr and grins. "Five years and this is what it takes to-"

[SFX: roaring noise]

Sailater doesn't like it!

The balloon tilts even further and Tamounda and Ramster tumble over you and pin Skowl against the front window! Skowl can't believe it! "Skowooo!" Skowl looks out the window at the ground coming closer and says "Skowooo!" and starts flapping its stubby wings as hard as it can but it can't go anywhere!

Ben is flipping all the switches on the control panel back and forth and tapping all the instruments! "Hold on! This might be a rough landing!"

Suddenly the balloon tips sideways and swings around the hole in a wide circle and gets closer and closer to the ground and then you hear the sound of branches snapping underneath the balloon! The bottom of the balloon breaks free of the tree branches and then you don't hear anything but then the balloon crashes against the ground!

...

It seems like the balloon is done moving! Ben looks at you and asks "Anything broken?"

You shake your head and then look around at your friends!

"Ram-ram!

"Tamounda!"

"Lottatax!"

Ben leans over and says "How about you, Skowl?"

Skowl climbs back onto its feet and squints. "Skowooo!"

It seems like everyone is alright!

Ben opens the front door next to him and climbs out. "I've flown this route for years! That hole wasn't there before!" Ben climbs down onto the ground and walks around out of sight and then you hear the back door opening and everyone climbs out onto the ground.

When everyone is outside, Ben and Starr walk around the balloon and point at where it crashed. It seems like they're thinking about how to fix it!

After a little while they walk back over and Ben says "I think we can get her airborne, but we'll need some help." He glances toward the huge hole. "I'd like to be able to get out of here if we need to."

What? Ben is saying they need to fix the balloon before they try to help Auroara? You look around and see Booker looking at you!

Booker looks toward the huge hole and then leans on his cane. "Hrmph. He can probably spare a worker or two."

What? Booker is saying you should try to help Auroara? You look back at Booker and he glances at you and then looks away and says "Your three mons might not be enough."

What? Booker is saying you should take a human friend with you?

>Take Joe and Sailater
>Take Mashi and Volito
>Take Starr, Waterbear, Clambreak, and Chompex
>Don't take any humans along
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>>5929913
>Take Joe and Sailater
Been a while since we hung out, and Sailater is the strongest 'mon we have with Auroara and Ward elsewhere.
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>>5929913
>>5929920
Concurred.
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>>5929920
Seconding
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>>5929913
>>Don't take any humans along
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>>5929913
>>Take Joe and Sailater
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>>5929913
>Take Joe and Sailater
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>>5929920
+1
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>>5929913
>>Don't take any humans along
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You can't help looking across the grass at Joe! When you look back at Booker he looks away and says "I think you made the right choice."

"Hey, kid! Keep that Sailater away until we've got everything realigned, will ya?" What? Ben doesn't want Sailater near the balloon?

Joe sees you looking at him! "Are you thinking about helping your friend?"

"Auroara!"

Joe nods. "Auroara." He glances at Ben and smiles. "It seems like they don't need me. Do you want company?"

You're nodding your head!

"What do you think, Sailater?" Joe pats Sailater's snout and it stands up! You look around for your other friends!

"Ramster! Tamounda! Lottatax!"

Lottatax crawls down from the top of the balloon and says "Lottatax!"

Ramster pokes his head out from the back door and says "Ram-ram!"

Tamounda trots out from the other side of the balloon and then looks up at Sailater.

[SFX: growling]

Tamounda runs behind you and says "Tamounda!"

You and your friends walk away from the balloon across the grass toward the huge hole. You can't see the bottom because it's too dark! You put Ramster on your shoulder and start climbing down and look up at Tamounda and Lottatax and then Lottatax scurries down the side past you!

Tamounda peeks over the edge and says "Tamounda!"

[SFX: growling]

Tamounda looks back at Sailater and says "Tamounda!" and starts picking his way down!

"Come on, Sailater! You can do it!"

You look up and see Joe trying to get Sailater to climb down! Joe starts to climb down and looks up. "See? It's easy!"

Sailater peeks over the edge and growls!

Joe climbs down further and Sailater starts to step over the edge to pick its way down!

[SFX: pebble tumbling]

What? Sailater lost its footing? Sailater is stumbling toward you and your friends! Everyone starts running down the side in front of Sailater! When you get to the bottom of the huge hole you all scatter out of the way and Sailater lands on the floor!

[SFX: booming noise, roaring]

Sailater doesn't like it!

What? You just realized you're on the floor of a hallway? This place looks like the place where you found Auroara!

You and your friends walk down the dark hallway. Even though you've been in a place like this before, it's still scary! You're glad Joe is here with you! After a while you see a faint glow ahead and...

"Ram-ram!"

What? Ramster is pointing up at the two hanging glass globes? You look up and see eyes glaring out of the dark at you and then two strange mons that look like gooey black blobs sink down into view!

The strange mons look at each other.

"◑◒◗◔"

"◓◐"

Suddenly their eyes flash and the globes shatter! The strange mons fall on the floor and one of them raises its tendrils!


?????1 is challenging you!

?????1 attacks with Irrad!

It really hurts!


>Attack the strange mons (roll 2d100)
>Ask Sailater to attack the strange mons (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 2, 8, 10 = 20 (3d20)

>>5930803
>Attack the strange mons (roll 2d100)
>Ask Sailater to attack the strange mons (roll 1d100)
Double battle! Cutémon and Sailater versus ?????1 and ?????2!
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Rolled 36, 96, 80 = 212 (3d100)

>>5930803
>"◑◒◗◔" "◓◐"
Looks like some kind of code, closest probably being flag language. In this case, it would spell EX P, which makes sense in this context.

>>5930814
Agreed, but overpowering one to leave the next outnumbered is the better option.
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Rolled 7, 64, 49 = 120 (3d100)

>>5930803
>Double battle!
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Rolled 42, 78, 66 = 186 (3d100)

>>5930814
anon I think you used a 3d20 instead of a 3d100

>>5930803
>Attack the strange mons (roll 2d100)
>Ask Sailater to attack the strange mons (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 36 (1d100)

>>5930803
>Ask Sailater to attack the strange mons (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 83, 84, 53 = 220 (3d100)

>>5930814
+1
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Rolled 20, 55, 25 = 100 (3d100)

>>5930914
>anon I think you used a 3d20 instead of a 3d100
So I did!

>>5930814
>>5930803
Woops!
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You run toward the strange mon!


?????1 attacks before Cutémon was ready!

?????1 attacks with Grav!


You take another step and suddenly it feels like your footweighs a lot more! You have to put it down right away! You can't move because you're so heavy!

Lottatax sticks out its tongue at one of the strange mons and reels it toward Tamounda!

Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and spins around and slaps his tail against the strange mon and knocks it across the room! As soon as it gets hit you feel lighter again, but then the strange mon sits up right away! It seems like these strange mons are pretty strong!

What? You just remembered you brought Joe and Sailater with you? You grin and look at the doorway!

"Sailater! Attack!"

[SFX: roaring noise]

Sailater charges into the room toward the strange mon in front of it! The strange mon can't believe it!


Sailater attacks with Jaws!


Sailater grabs the strange mon with its jaws and chews it up and then spits it out and sticks out its tongue!

Sailater doesn't like it!

You and your friends all turn and look at the other strange mon!

The other strange mon glares at you and raises its tendrils and a shimmering rainbow light spreads over it!


?????2 is using Spectrum!

Sailater can't look away!


What? Sailater has a strange expression on its face? Sailater growls and then turns toward you and your other friends!

Look out!


Sailater attacks with Fin Slice!


Sailater swings the fin on its back and the shockwave knocks you and your friends across the room! When you look up you see the strange mon raising its tendrils and glaring at you!


?????2 attacks with Irrad!

You can hardly stand the pain!


"Ram-ram!" What? Ramster sneaked around behind the strange mon?


Ramster attacks with Horns!


Ramster jumps at the strange mon and smashes into it with his horns and knocks it upside-down! As soon as Ramster hits the strange mon, Sailater blinks and looks around!


Cutémon attacks before ?????2 was ready!

Cutémon attacks with Bite!


You jump at the strange mon while it's looking at Sailater and bite it!

It tastes terrible!


Sailater attacks with Jaws!


You jump out of the way just in time as Sailater grabs the strange mon with its jaws! Sailater chews on it once and then throws it down on the floor and sticks out its tongue and shakes its head!

What? One of the strange mons is melting into a puddle of black tar?

The other strange mon glares past you toward Joe!

"No matter... other human... very helpful."

The other strange mon melts into a puddle of black tar!


You can feel the energy from winning...


What? You just realized you didn't gain any energy, even though you beat up the strange mons?
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Even though you didn't gain any energy, you still have to help Auroara!

You run forward through the doorway toward the glowing light and suddenly you hear voices! You stop and tip-toe forward and then you and Joe peek around the corner into a huge room and see an enormous glowing shape floating in the middle of the room! It's even bigger than Sailater!

What? You think it looks like the strange glowing square on Ward's head?

The Auraprimas and Auroara are standing with their backs to you! It seems like they don't notice you!

"There has been an intrusion here, Prima."

"A human has been prodding at this captured Vitium, Aura."

"We must destroy it before it fully reawakens, Prima." One of the Auraprimas glances at Auroara and says "Auroara, use your-"

Suddenly the Vitium glows brighter and a line of white light passes over Auroara and the Auraprimas from their heads to their feet! The Auraprimas can't believe it!


Vitium attacks before Auraprima1 was ready!

Vitium is using Replicate!


The line of white light disappears and then a glowing white shape forms in the air in front of one of the Auraprimas and turns into something that looks like a glowing copy of the Auraprima made of light and then a beam of energy shoots out of its hands that looks like the beam of energy that hit Ben's balloon! Another light appears in front of the other Auraprima and in front of Auroara!

The copy of Auroara doesn't look very friendly!


Rep1 attacks with Aura Beam!

It really hurts Auraprima1!

Rep2 attacks with Aura Beam!

It really hurts Auraprima2!

Rep3 attacks with Aurora Pulse!

Auroara can't stand the pain!


The copy of Auroara raises its hands and the same green energy you saw Auroara use the first time you met her shoots out of the copy's hands and hits Auroara! It seems like the copy can use Auroara's strongest attack!

When Auroara lands she slides across the floor and tries to sit up but then she falls over! It looks like Auroara is knocked out! As soon as she falls over the copy disappears!

The Auraprimas can hardly stand!

"Do not falter, Aura!"

"Keep fighting, Prima!"


Rep1 attacks with Aura Beam!

Auraprima1 can't stand the pain!

Rep2 attacks with Aura Beam!

Auraprima2 can't stand the pain!


"Prima!"

"Aura!"

Both Auraprimas are blasted backward across the room and land on the far side of the Vitium! It looks like they're both knocked out!

The copies disappear and then the Vitium shines its light over you and your friends!


Vitium is using Replicate!

Can't use Replicate on new opponents!


...

What? Nothing happened? For some reason, the Vitium can't use Replicate on you or your other friends!

>Challenge the Vitium (roll 2d100)
>Try to grab Auroara and run away (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 20 (1d100)

>>5932483
>>Try to grab Auroara and run away (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 72, 14 = 86 (2d100)

>>5932483
>Challenge the Vitium (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 6, 78 = 84 (2d100)

>>5932483
>Challenge the Vitium (roll 2d100)
Huh. Can use special attacks on their own, react to Vitium differently than we do... The Aura triplets really AREN'T mons, are they?
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Rolled 90, 38 = 128 (2d100)

>>5932483
>Challenge the Vitium (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 20, 34 = 54 (2d100)

>>5932483
>Challenge the Vitium (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 54, 97 = 151 (2d100)

>>5932483
>Challenge the Vitium (roll 2d100)
If we run away now we won't be "new opponents" the next time we meet.
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You can't help taking a step backward, but then you look at the Auraprimas lying on the far side of the Vitium!

What? Are you really going to challenge the Vitium and try to help the Auraprimas? You look back over your shoulder at Joe!

"Let's help them!"

Joe nods at you and says "Right!" and then looks at Sailater and says "Sailater, try your Jaws attack!"

Sailater glances at Joe and then stomps its feet and charges! You and your other friends have to jump out of the way as Sailater charges past you and bites the Vitium! Even though Sailater is twisting around, the Vitium doesn't move at all! When Sailater's teeth scrape the Vitium the surface begins to spark and then Sailater growls and bites down even harder and the Vitium starts to spark even more!


Vitium is using Shift!


Suddenly the Vitium flashes and Sailater disappears and then reappears upside-down above your head!

"Ram-ram!"

"Tamounda!"

"Lottatax!"

Everyone has to jump out of the way as Sailater lands!

[SFX: roaring noise]

It hurts Sailater!

Joe can't help taking a step forward into the room! "Sailater! Are you alright?"

You look behind you at Joe!

"Joe! Stay away!"

The Vitium is starting to glow even more brightly!

What? You just remembered one of the Auraprimas said the Vitium was waking up? You had better do something quickly!

You look at Ramster!

"Ramster! Horns attack!"

Ramster says "Ram-ram!" and runs toward the Vitium!


Vitium attacks with Strike!

Ramster dodges out of the way!


The Vitium stretches out a ribbon of light at Ramster and strikes the floor over and over but Ramster jumps back and forth around it and then says "Ram-ram!" and jumps at the Vitium! Ramster strikes it with his horns hard enough to make the Vitium tilt sideways a little bit!

When Ramster hits the Vitium it shines its light over you!


Vitium is using Corruption!

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BODY: 2
MIND: 1
LOVE: -1


Can't have negative stats!


BODY: 2
MIND: 1
LOVE: 1


...

What? For a moment you really hated everyone? It seems like the Vitium can lower your stats! You look around but your eyes are too blurry to see anything!

"Tamounda!"

What? Tamounda is here? You reach down and feel Tamounda's fur! You blink a few times and then you think you can see Lottatax!

You look down at where you think Lottatax is!

"Lottatax! Fangs attack!"

Lottatax says "Lottatax!" and scurries toward the Vitium!

The Vitium strikes out with the ribbon of light toward Lottatax and Lottatax dodges back and forth but then the ribbon of light hits the ground in front of Lottatax and Lottatax gets knocked into the air!

You can't help crying out!

"Lottatax!"

>Keep fighting the Vitium (roll 2d100)
>Try to grab Auroara and run away (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 6, 60 = 66 (2d100)

>>5933426
>Keep fighting the Vitium (roll 2d100)
Does Joe need to 'own' us to give us commands in battle and activate our special moves? Or is it just enough to be friends with a human? If the latter... Now may be a good time to do so.
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Rolled 96, 62 = 158 (2d100)

>>5933426
>Keep fighting the Vitium (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 9, 54 = 63 (2d100)

>>5933426
>Keep fighting the Vitium (roll 2d100)
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>>5933426
Vitium's not just strong, but it's got a lot of tricks up it's sleeve. To get Auroara out of there we'll need to distract it since it seems like it can just teleport us back it it's mad enough. Ramster and Sailater are strong, so they may be able to keep it's attention. Mashimon is brave and doesn't leave her friends behind so of course she'd stick around too, even if she has to bite.
Joe is a normal human so of course he can't fight, but he can grab Auroara since she and the Auraprimas are out. If we want to be extra nice we can have Tamounda and Lottatax (if conscious) help the twins too.

Just putting that out there for the moment. I want to see what other voters say before rolling.
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>>5933867
I'm on board for this. I'm >>5933434 though, and I still think Joe would be most useful issuing us commands, if that would enable our secret skills.
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>5933426
>Try to grab Auroara and run away (roll 1d100)
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>>5933920
Every trainer we've met this far doesn't use a specialized device to bond with their monsters, with Joe specifically capturing Sailater with a rope and his nerves. I assume that being able to unlock Mon abilities is something that just happens with time and familiarity. The Cutecaptor apparently fast tracks that, but it also does other stuff we don't want.

Speaking of that, Mon ownership is vague in general. Ramster initially only listened to us as a favor, but he is pretty gung ho about it now, with Tamounda and Lottatax being on board too. I don't think our Cutemon can 'own' other Mons like the humans can, but I'm sure the players consider them as our Mons, and there is some bond there.
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>>5934018
I think the bond we have with fellow mons is just... Friendship. It came on fast, but we've been through a lot of traumas together and it's just an especially friendly setting, and pretty wholesome besides. Except Plumtree
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Rolled 87, 33 = 120 (2d100)

>>5933426
>Keep fighting the Vitium (roll 2d100)

>>5934022
I think Plumtree is probably a pretty decent guy, if a little bit obsessed/autistic. Ginger and her friend are the ones I'm worried about (Ward warned us about her specifically).
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>>5934075
Plumtree wants to spy on everyone and also wants to have sex with what is essentially a monster with the body and mind of a preteen girl.

But you're right, Ginger is also dangerous. Just less skeevy.
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When your eyes adjust from the light you look around and see Lottatax lying on the floor on the other side of Sailater! Lottatax pushes itself to its feet and says "Lotta..." It looks like Lottatax can hardly stand!

Joe stands in the doorway and says "Sailater! Try using your Fin Slice attack!" Sailater glances back at Joe and then dips sideways and swings the fin on its back toward the Vitium and the shockwave hits it so hard that the Vitium gets knocked sideways a little bit!


Vitium is using Shift!


Sailater disappears and reappears upside-down in front of the Vitium!


Vitium attacks before Sailater was ready!

Vitium attacks with Strike!

It really hurts Sailater!


Joe can't help crying out!

"Sailater!"

You had better do something quickly! You look at Ramster!

"Ramster!"

Ramster says "Ram-ram!"


Ramster attacks before Vitium was ready!

Ramster attacks with Horns!


Ramster jumps at the Vitium and hits it so hard that the Vitium moves a little more! You look at the Vitium and then behind it at the two Auraprimas! This might be your chance to help them!

You tip-toe toward the Auraprimas!


Vitium attacks with Strike!


Suddenly the ribbon of light shoots out and hits the floor between you and the Auraprimas! You dig your feet in and slip and fall and crawl backward!

You try to stand up but the Vitium shines its light on you again!


Vitium is using Corruption!



BODY: 2
MIND: -1
LOVE: 1


Can't have negative stats!


BODY: 2
MIND: 1
LOVE: 1


What? For a moment you didn't have any thoughts at all?

What? You just remembered mons can have a stat of 0?

You sit up and look around at your friends! Ramster is panting!

Sailater takes a step sideways!

Lottatax says "Lotta..." and shakes its head!

Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and takes a step backward!

It seems like you had better do something! You climb to your feet and jump at the Vitium and climb onto the top of it!

You give the edge of the Vitium a determined look!


Cutémon attacks with Bite!


You bite down on the edge as hard as you can!

...

The surface isn't sparking at all!

Even though you're biting the Vitium as hard as you can, your Bite isn't a very powerful attack! It might be easier to damage the Vitium if you knew Overbite!

What? You just remembered Booker told you it takes a long time for a human trainer to unlock a mon's special abilities?

What? You just remembered Professor Ginger told you the cutécaptor can unlock your special abilities right away?

You don't know if that's a good idea!

>Keep fighting the Vitium (roll 2d100)
>Try to distract it while Joe helps your friends (roll 1d100)
>Give the cutécaptor to Joe (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>5934446
>>Give the cutécaptor to Joe (roll 1d100)
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>>5934446
We're too dumb to corrupt. Lol.
>Try to distract it while Joe helps your friends (roll 1d100
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>5934446
Holy shit. You know what?

>Use the cutécaptor on Viltium (roll 1d100)
Let's deal with the moral implications of a Cutémon using it later, the situation looks like it could grow into a world ending one. We just need someone to disorient it for a brief moment.
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>>5934464
>>5934515
Oh shit, we got dubs.
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Rolled 84 (1d100)

>>5934446
>>Give the cutécaptor to Joe (roll 1d100)
Screw it, I'm curious.
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Rolled 55 (1d100)

>>5934446
>Try to distract it while Joe helps your friends (roll 1d100)
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>>5934446
It lurked in our shadows, biding its time for an opportunity, a time of great need where even our courage fails us. Now behold! On the eve of our destruction it appears once more, its offer still the same...
> "Give yourself to me, and you will have great power, great wisdom, and will know love."
Our allies are at their breaking point, our ambitions lay dashed upon the rocks, and we ourselves are too feeble to make any difference. The pearl's soft glow tempts us, as a hand beckoning gently to come closer.
> "All you have to do is be mine."

I'm playing it up of course, an inanimate object acting as a villain is funny to me. Our choices are pretty slim though, and someone would absolutely have to stay behind to let anyone escape, but the prose implies even that may not pan out. Of course I didn't miss that threat on our BODY stat either...
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Rolled 2 (1d100)

>>5934515
I think it only works on Cutémon specifically, hence the name...

>>5934446
>Give the cutécaptor to Joe (roll 1d100)
Don't fuck us over, Joe!
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Rolled 29, 88 = 117 (2d100)

>>5934446
>Keep fighting the Vitium (roll 2d100)
Try to get everyone on top of the thing and whaling at it. Let's see how many times and how quickly it can use "Shift"
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>5934446
>Give the cutécaptor to Joe (roll 1d100)
Gonna bite the bullet and trust in Joe. That motorcycle intro better not be all show!
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What? Why are you looking at Joe? Are you really going to ask Joe to capture you with the cutécaptor?

Even though you aren't sure if you want it to happen, you reach into your jacket pocket and feel the cutécaptor and take a deep breath and then take it out of your pocket and hold it up in the air above your head!

"Joe!"

Joe looks up at you and you throw the cutécaptor through the air to him! Joe can't believe it! He looks down at the cutécaptor in his hands and then looks up at you!

This is it! Are you really going to go through with it?

Even though you aren't sure, you look at Joe and nod your head!

"Please capture me!"

Joe looks at the cutécaptor again and then touches the circular groove and everything around you disappears!

It seems like you must be inside the cutécaptor even though you don't remember going into it! You were a little nervous about being captured by the cutécaptor but it seems like it's really not scary after all!

What? You just realized Joe is on the outside of the cutécaptor? Even though you feel like you could stay inside the cutécaptor forever, you can't wait to help Joe! After all, he was your first friend, and it really does seem like he's your best friend!

What? You just realized you can tell Joe is thinking about releasing you from the cutécaptor? Even though it feels like you've been inside it for a while, you know you've only been inside it for a moment!

Suddenly you look down and realize you're on top of the Vitium again! It seems like Joe released you from the cutécaptor! You look down at the Vitium and...

What? Something is happening inside of your head? It feels strange! You don't know if you like it but you can't stop it!
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You can't help crying out! When you open your mouth you feel your teeth getting bigger and sharper! You can hardly close your mouth because your teeth are so big and sharp! It seems like it would feel nice to bite something!

What? Now you have another strange feeling? Your hair is getting longer and longer and waving around on its own! It seems like it would feel nice to wrap your hair around something! Your baseball cap comes off your head because your hair is waving around so much!

What? The strange feeling in your head is getting even worse? It feels like the tiny fangs on the sides of your head are getting bigger! You really don't know if you like it!

The fangs on the sides of your head keep growing bigger and bigger! They keep getting bigger and bigger until they're hanging down over both sides of your face!

What? Now that it happened, you really do like it? You look down at the Vitium and then look at Joe! When you look at Joe you feel happier than you ever have before!

Joe looks up at you clinging to the top of the Vitium and shifts his stance and shouts "Cutémon! Use Overbite!"

You can't help crying out!

"Cutémon!"


Cutémon attacks with Overbite!

It really hurts Vitium!


You plunge your fangs downward at the Vitium and its surface begins to spark!

You hear Joe shout "Sailater! Use your Jaws attack!" and then you hear Sailater roar and suddenly you hear sparking next to you!

"Ram-ram!" You and Sailater both get knocked above the surface when Ramster strikes the Vitium from underneath!

"Ah-ah-ax!" It sounds like Lottatax is trying to bite the Vitium!

"Tamounda!" What Tamounda is even here? You feel a thump shake the Vitium! It seems like Tamounda is using his Tail attack!


Vitium is using Shift!


You open your eyes and see Sailater disappear and reappear across the room but Sailater stomps its feet and charges back toward the Vitium and jumps at it and locks its jaws around the edge of the Vitium again!


Vitium is using Shift!


Suddenly Tamounda appears in the air in front of Vitium!

Look out, Tamounda!


Tamounda attacks before Vitium was ready!

Tamounda attacks with Snoot!

Can't block lick attacks!


Tamounda stretches his tongue out and licks the Vitium and it starts to shudder! It seems like the Vitium can't concentrate because it didn't like being licked! This might be your chance! You look at your friends!

"Let's get it!"


Ramster attacks with Horns!

It really hurts Vitium!

Sailater attacks with Jaws!

It really hurts Vitium!

Tamounda attacks with Tail!

It really hurts Vitium!

Cutémon attacks with Overbite!

Vitium can't stand the pain!


When you bite the edge of the Vitium with your Overbite attack you feel your fangs sink into the surface because your attack is starting to crack the surface!
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The Vitium is making a horrible noise! It sounds like glass shattering but the noise doesn't stop! The Vitium is shuddering even more now!

What? You just noticed Joe running past the Vitium? You jump off the Vitium onto the floor and see Joe crouch down and pick up Auroara with both arms!

What? Now you have a different strange feeling in your chest? For some reason, you don't like seeing Joe holding Auroara in his arms!

Ramster shouts "Ram-ram!" You look over your shoulder and see the Auraprimas are waking up! As soon as the Auraprimas wake up they leap to their feet! One of them looks at the Vitium and says "These humans and their mons have defeated the Vitium, Prima."

The other Auraprima glances at you and says "That one is not a human, Aura."

Both of the Auraprimas are looking at you!

"Come on, this way!" You and the Auraprimas look at Joe standing in the doorway holding Auroara! It seems like you had better run away from here!

"Put me down, please!"

It seems like Auroara is awake!

"Ram-ram!" You look down and see Ramster holding your baseball cap! You put it on!

[SFX: growling]

What? Sailater is looking at you and crouching down? It seems like Sailater wants you to get on top of it! You and your friends all climb onto Sailater and Sailater stomps its feet and charges out of the room and down the hallway!

When you get to the hole where you came in, you start climbing up the side!

[SFX: growling]

"Come on, Sailater! You can do it!" Joe is trying to help Sailater but it can't climb up the side!

The Auraprimas look back at Joe and one of them says "This mon is important to you?"

Joe nods and the Auraprimas look at each other and then they both grab Sailater and start to float into the air! It seems like they're trying to carry Sailater out of the hole even though they don't have much energy! The Auraprimas start to float higher and then Sailater's tail lifts off the ground and they float up to the ground at the top!

"Hey, we fixed the problem!" When you climb over the edge of the hole you see Starr waving at you!

Everyone runs across the grass toward the balloon! When you get close Joe shouts "Get the motor going!"

Starr looks at Joe and then turns and shouts "Dad!" and runs back toward the balloon!

You can hear the Vitium! It's still getting louder!

Suddenly the ground behind you collapses! You all jump into the door of the balloon and land just in time! The balloon sinks down a little because the ground under it is gone!

When you look out the back window of the balloon it looks like all the ground around you just disappeared!

One of the Auraprimas looks at Joe and says "The Vitium usually removes the local environment when destroyed."

The other Auraprima says "It is fortunate for that mon that we recovered in time, Prima."

"It is fortunate for us that this human and his mons were able to defeat the Vitium, Aura."

Joe looks back at the Auraprima. "Removed?"
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The balloon floats up into the sky and when you look away from the window Joe is standing next to you!

You can't help your cheeks turning red! Even though you want to look away, you can't help looking at him!

"Here, I think you dropped this." Joe reaches into his jacket pocket and takes out the cutécaptor but when he holds it out to you and you touch it, you suddenly get a strange feeling in your chest! It seems like it feels better when Joe holds the cutécaptor! You look up at Joe and shake your head!

"You hold it!"

Joe looks at you and you nod your head right away and he puts it back in his jacket pocket! "When Sailater and I get back to Rust City, you can-"

"What do you know of Tower Four, human?" What? One of the Auraprimas is looking at Joe?

The other Auraprima looks at Joe. "Do you know who awakened that Vitium, human?"

You shift your stance and move a little closer to Joe!

Joe looks at the Auraprimas and says "Tower Four? Wasn't that..." and then glances at Auroara.

"These humans don't know anything about that." Auroara looks at the Auraprimas and shakes her head. "They only know it as ruins. And I only woke up a few weeks ago."

One of the Auraprimas nods. "As did Prima and I."

What? You just remembered Professor Ginger was digging for something near the ruins? It seems like Springblok might know more about what happened underneath Tower Four and why the Vitium woke up!

What? You think it might be a good idea to ask Ward about the strange glowing square on his head that looks like the Vitium?

It seems like you should go to Copper Citadel and help the Auraprimas find out more about what happened to wake everyone up or maybe go back to Bronze Valley and ask Ward about the Vitium but all you really want to do is be near Joe! Is this what human girls feel like all the time?

What? You just remembered Joe captured you with the cutécaptor? You look around and look out the back window of the balloon and then you notice Auroara looking at the fangs on your head! It's because they're still sticking out all the way!

"You're full of surprises, little mon. Try slowing your breathing." What? Auroara is giving you advice? You don't know why! You look at Auroara and she nods and steps a little closer and quietly says "It helps to bring yourself back under control if your abilities are... overwhelming."

You look at Auroara for a moment and then nod and take a deep breath and hold it in!

Auroara looks at you and says "Breathe."

You let out your breath and then take another breath and let it out! Auroara smiles at you and nods and you take another breath and let it out and then smile at Auroara!

What? Auroara is looking at the fangs on the side of your head? You reach up and touch them but you can hardly feel them! It seems like they shrank back down now that you're calmed down!

>Go to Rust City
>Go to Copper Citadel
>Go to Bronze Valley
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>>5935423
This seems important so
>Go to Copper Citadel
But also try to get Joe to come with us.
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>>5935423
Damn, anons, you've really went and betrayed our self-determination?
>Go to Copper Citadel
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>>5935423
>Go to Copper Citadel
Really, Cutemon deserve a nice long nap after all this.

>>5935492
Girl just got her party back, can't have them get wiped a few minutes later.
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>>5935423
>Go to Copper Citadel

>>5935492
That's what I was thinking. We should get our hands on whatever Ginger scanned from the ball through Springblok and destroy the cutecaptor while we can. I'm not liking the way this turned out for Mashimon.

>>5935426
>But also try to get Joe to come with us.
I'm not sure if this is a good idea. On one hand, his Sailater is good muscle. On the other, this is erratic behavior on Mashimon's part that could spiral out of control. We could try to ask for the captor back before we decide whether she should stick with Joe.
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>>5935620
>We could try to ask for the captor back before we decide whether she should stick with Joe.
I don't think we can. The captor brainwashed us, or at least accelerated our crush into subservient fawning.

>>5935492
However, the captor also made us more powerful, and we needed that.

My current hope is if we stick with Joe, he'll notice we're being weird and, being a decent fellow, help us work through it.
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>>5935632
I don't think Mashimon's lost it completely, but she is acting funky. I agree with the sentiment about not wanting the girl to be a pet, but I doubt we would have gotten off easy if we chose the same option thrice.

Joe's first act after all that was to try and give the Cutecaptor back, so we can rely on him being sympathetic to our plight. Ginger may be trying to subvert the Cutecaptor just to get at Plumtree, but she's also doing a bunch of stuff that's not just shady but dangerous if Vitium is anything to go by.
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>>5935423
>>Go to Copper Citadel
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>>5935423
>Go to Copper Citadel
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What? Auroara is holding your baseball cap? You didn't even notice it fell off again! It seems like you can't wear it and use your special abilities at the same time!

You put your baseball cap back on your head but before you can say anything, Ben says "Hey, I need to refuel soon!"

Joe peeks over Sailater. "You can fill up at my place in Patina!"

When the balloon lands, Starr looks at the Auraprimas and says "Hey, wait right here!" and runs into Joe's house! In a few moments she comes back out with some hats!

"What is it, Aura?"

"A fashion object, Prima." The Auraprimas look at each other and then look at Auroara.

Auroara puts on her new hat and nods at them. "It really is a good idea."

The Auraprimas look at the hats and then put them on and... What? The Auraprimas are smiling at each other? It seems like they think they look silly wearing hats!

Suddenly Psyotee runs past you up into the back of the balloon and licks Tamounda!

Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and then licks Psyotee!

Psyotee looks at you!

"Thanks!"

What? You just remembered Psyotee is a psychic-type mon?

"Ram-ram!" You look down and see Ramster pointing up at your jacket pocket! It seems like he wants your Video Game! You take out your video game and hand it to Ramster.

"Hrmph. Haven't lost that yet?" What? Booker is looking at the video game? Even though Booker isn't smiling, you're pretty sure he's happy you still have his present!

[SFX: door opening]

The door of the gas station opens and Joe's mother Jennifer comes out and sees everyone! "Oh, what a crowd!" She takes Booker's arm and says "Here, let me find you a place to lie down."

Torrentani says "TANI!" and flies after Jennifer and Booker!

Jennifer comes back out just as Ben walks out of the balloon. What? Ben is looking at Jennifer? Ben smiles and says "Why, Mrs. Apple, I've been seeing you so often lately, I might have to make Patina a regular stop."

Jennifer laughs and says "Call me Jennifer."

"Uh, mom!" What? Joe's cheeks are turning red? "Thanks for letting me borrow your motorcycle!"

[SFX: giggling]

You look over your shoulder and see Auroara and the Auraprimas crouching down behind Ramster! It looks like Ramster is showing them how to play the video game!

What? You just remembered you thought they should meet Springblok? You look at Joe and he's already looking at you! "Is there something you want?"

"Copper Citadel!"

Joe looks at you and asks "You mean you want to go there?"

You're nodding your head!

"Please take me!"

Joe looks at Ben. "Uh, Mr. Currant..."

"Hey, look, Joe, right? I can't just-"

"Dad!" Starr puts one hand on her hip. "If they need to get somewhere, it must be important."

Ben looks at Starr and then looks at you. "We'll need to wait until the motor cools before I can take off again."

Jennifer claps her hands and says "I'll get started making supper!"
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Mashi climbs out of the balloon and says "Come on, Volito!" and runs toward the house with Volito floating behind her!

Joe looks at Sailater. "I bet you'll be more comfortable on the grass." Sailater stands up and squeezes out the back door of the balloon and onto the grass and then you follow Joe inside the house. When you get inside you see Joe's sister Jane sitting at the table.

Jane looks up at Mashi and Volito and says "You must be Mashi."

When Jane speaks, Mashi looks up at her and says "Yeah!"

"My name is Jane. This is your Volito, right?"

"Yeah!" Mashi glances at Volito and looks down at the floor. "I mean, he used to belong to my grandfather, but..."

"The last time your friends stayed at our place, your Volito really enjoyed our mom's cooking. Didn't you, Volito?"

Volito floats toward Jane and says "VO-LITO!"

"Wow, he really likes you!" Mashi climbs up onto a chair next to Jane and watches as Volito sinks down into Jane's lap and closes his eyes! "He usually doesn't want anyone else to hold him!"

Jane looks down at her lap and gently strokes Volito's head and smiles. "It's because he knows he's safe as long as he's in my lap. Isn't that right, Volito?"

Volito opens his mouth and says "Vo..." and then closes his mouth again! It seems like Volito is falling asleep in Jane's lap! He looks pretty comfortable!

Jane glances at you and then looks at Mashi. "Joe told me your friend was using your name while she was trying to help you. You're lucky to have such good friends."

Mashi can't believe it! She looks at you and then looks at Joe and Joe nods his head and Mashi grins at you!

After a while Jennifer starts bringing a lot of food out of the kitchen and everyone gathers around the table! It smells delicious!

"Waddabeah!"

"Lottatax!"

[SFX: growling noise]

Sailater sticks its snout through the window and Jennifer picks up a big bowl and walks toward the window. "Don't think I forgot about you, Sailater!" Jennifer scoops a big spoonful into Sailater's mouth!

Sailater likes it!

The next morning, Jennifer makes everyone breakfast and then Joe hugs Jennifer and looks at you. "Ready?"

You're nodding your head!

Ben starts the balloon motor and Joe and Sailater and you and Ramster and Tamounda and Lottatax and Auroara and the Auraprimas all climb into the balloon and wave at your friends as you float up into the air.

When you land at the Copper Citadel airport, Ben opens the back doors and looks at you and Joe and says "I have to get to Tinville. If I see you later, I'm happy to give you a ride. If you're going my way. Right, Skowl?"

Skowl flaps its stubby wings and says "Skowooo!"

"Thank you very much, Mr. Currant. We really appreciate this." Joe looks at you and says "Now where?"

You look at Tamounda!

"Professor Ginger's tower!"

Tamounda looks up at you and says "Tamounda?" When you nod your head Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and starts to trot away from the airport!
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"Oh, it's you again. Professor Ginger won't be back until tomorrow. If you're looking for a place to sleep, I'm under strict orders not to admit anyone. Try the Copper Citadel Arena."

Suddenly Auroara steps in front of the screen. "You said he would help us."

"You... you're an Auroara!" Springblok can't believe it! He looks at the Auraprimas and leans closer to the screen. "And you two... You're each too tall to be a Rori, so you must be Auraprimas."

The Auraprimas glance at each other. "Impressive, Prima."

"This mon is quite intelligent, Aura."

Springblok looks between Auroara and the two Auraprimas. "Perhaps I erred in sending your companions away." Suddenly the elevator door slides open! It looks like you and your friends get to go up to the top of the laboratory tower!

Everyone else walks inside the elevator but when Sailater sticks its head inside and tries to squeeze through the doorway it can't go any further!

[SFX: thumping noise]

It seems like Sailater will have to stay outside!

[SFX: growling]

Sailater doesn't like it!

You look around at the courtyard of Professor Ginger's laboratory tower. Even though you can see the street from here, it seems like no humans will bother Sailater as long as Sailater stays in the courtyard! When you look at Joe you see Joe already looking at Sailater! It seems like Joe had the same idea!

What? You just realized you're very lucky Joe is so smart? He really is a good mon trainer!

Joe pats Sailater's snout. "Don't worry, Sailater. We'll come back as soon as we can. Just stay here for now and don't go anywhere, alright?"

Sailater glances at Joe and then sinks down on the ground and tucks its legs underneath it and looks at you and your other friends and then puts its chin down on the ground! It seems like Sailater is going to wait here until you come back outside!

When you and your friends get out of the elevator, Springblok is waiting for you! "Professor Ginger isn't here, but if she were, she would certainly be interested in the three of you. She's spent a great deal of time chasing down rumors of your remains. I don't think she expected to see one of you in this state, much less three."

"Why?"

You meant to say that out loud! Suddenly Springblok and the others look at you but then Springblok takes a step forward between you and Auroara and looks at the Auraprimas. "You'll have to excuse that Cutémon. Her MIND stat is quite low."

"Why search?"

You shout so loudly that Springblok has to look at you! When he does, you point at Auroara and then at the Auraprimas!

"Auroara! Auraprimas! Vitium!"

You give Springblok a determined look!

"Ward!"

Springblok looks at you. "Ward?"

What? Springblok doesn't know who Ward is? It seems like he should know, because they both know Professor Ginger!

What? You just remembered Ward told you he used to be called a different name? Do you remember the name Ward told you?

"Psykid!"
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"Psykid..." Springblok looks at the Auraprimas. "You found the Vitium Professor Ginger was examining?"

One of the Auraprimas says "Oh, yes, we found it, mon."

The other Auraprima says "What was your master hoping to learn from this examination, mon?"

Springblok can't help taking a step backward! He glances between you and the Auraprimas and says "I think I can answer both your questions." Springblok looks at a computer terminal and says "Computer, research entries for Psykid."

Suddenly you hear Professor Ginger's voice!


"Ginger field log, day one. Have arrived at train station in town of Cape Smelt. Locals confirm rare sightings in area possibly matching description of psychic-type mon Psykid."

"Ginger field log, day fourteen. Have sighted numerous other mons. Believe Psykid may possess Evade ability. If so, may have already encountered and am unaware."

"Ginger field log, day thirty. Have discovered tracks matching description of Psykid. Will begin making field preparations for capture."

"Ginger field log, day one hundred forty-nine. Have captured Psykid. Sidenote: my enhancement seems sufficient to block Psykid's telepathy."

"Ginger laboratory results, subject: Psykid. Have confirmed subject possesses Evade ability. Subject became impossible to observe both mechanically and visually, but was unable to escape containment. Was later able to observe subject, after subject could no longer maintain Evade."

"Ginger laboratory results, subject: Psykid. Subject is responding well to Vitium grafting procedure. Would not have been able to achieve success without information provided by alien-type mons. Sidenote: alien-type mons will undoubtedly expect freedom as reward for further assistance at some point. Unfortunately for them, have been able to make full use of Vitium with only limited information provided thus far."

"Ginger research log, subject: Psykid. Have observed increase in subject's reasoning ability since procedure. Initial mental connection through Vitium implants did not unlock subject's special abilities, but results seem promising."

"Ginger research log, subject: Psykid. Subject's energy reserve increasing beyond initial projection. Vitium connection has successfully unlocked both of subject's special abilities. Sidenote: subject used both special abilities during most recent escape attempt."

"Ginger research log, subject: Psykid. Alteration of subject through Vitium implant seems successful. Subject is notably more compliant."

"Ginger research log, subject... Psykid. Attempt at alteration of subject through Vitium implant was incorrectly deemed successful. Sidenote: Have tasked Springblok with overseeing disposal and cleanup. Am momentarily unable to perform most physical tasks. Will begin reviewing criteria for more suitable test subjects. Ginger, out."


>Challenge Springblok (roll 2d100)
>Hug Springblok (roll 1d100)
>Leave the tower
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Rolled 30, 32 = 62 (2d100)

>>5937169
>Cutémon is using Vindictive Glare
>Cutémon attacks with Accusation!
He better have a good explanation for this
OOC, I suspect Springblok secretly let Psykid go, otherwise he wouldn't have volunteered Ginger's research entries so readily
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Rolled 91, 96 = 187 (2d100)

>>5937169
>>Challenge Springblok (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 73 (1d100)

>>5937163
>>5937164
This is a ridiculous cute or should I say cuté quest.

>>5937169
>Hug Springblok (roll 1d100)
Thank you for letting our friend go safely!

>>5937253
>>5937271
He's kept the secret of our being a mon, he's sharing this with us, and I bet he helped Ward.
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>>5937169
>Hug Springblok (roll 1d100)
He helped Ward.
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Rolled 46 (1d100)

>>5937347
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Rolled 47 (1d100)

>>5937169
>Hug Springblok (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 100, 23 = 123 (2d100)

>>5937169
>Challenge Springblok (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 97, 60 = 157 (2d100)

>>5937169
>Challenge Springblok (roll 2d100)
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Rolled 96 (1d100)

>>5937169
>>Hug Springblok (roll 1d100)
I have no enemies except Diamond.
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You... Hey, where are you going?

"Springblok!"

Before anyone can do anything, you shout at Springblok and jump at him! Your baseball cap comes off because your hair is waving around so much!


Cutémon attacks before Springblok was ready!

Cutémon attacks with Hair Pin!

Can't block tangle attacks!


Springblok tries to take a step back but your hair wraps around his legs and he falls backward and lands on the floor! Springblok struggles but he can't move, no matter how hard he tries! Suddenly you lean back and open your mouth and Springblok sees your sharp teeth!

"You hurt Ward!"

"No! I helped him!"

You give Springblok an angry look!

"Springblok!"

Springblok is shaking his head! "It's the truth! Professor Ginger and I both thought he was dead. All her equipment said he was dead. But somehow he managed to claw his way back. When I saw he had started passively accumulating energy again, I hid him away far away from here. I didn't know if he would..." Springblok looks away and then looks at you. "I won't fight if you want to kill me."

What? Springblok thinks you want to kill him? You don't want to do that at all!

Suddenly your hair relaxes and releases Springblok and you throw your arms around his neck and close your eyes and hug him!

"Oh, Springblok!"

What? Something is wrapping around your shoulders? It feels like Springblok is hugging you back with his long ears! You look up at Springblok!

"Thank you!"

When you let go of Springblok and stand up you feel a lot better! Springblok stands up and looks at your baseball cap on the floor and when you pick it up you see Joe standing next to you! Joe looks at Springblok and asks "That Vitium... why would Professor Ginger want to have anything to do with that?"

Springblok is looking at you! "Who is this human boy?"

You glance at Joe and smile at Springblok!

"This is Joe!"

Springblok looks at Joe and asks "Joe Apple from Patina?"

Joe is nodding his head!

"I've read your letters." Springblok looks away and says "A Vitium is not like any of the other alien-type mons. It makes some things possible that would not otherwise be so. After Professor Ginger grafted the Vitium to herself, she began altering herself in other ways. The battle between her and the Psykid... Ward... it almost destroyed this tower."

Joe is shaking his head! "What I mean is, why would Professor Ginger want to do that in the first place? I've read both her books and they're all about how to train mons by teaching them."

Springblok looks back at Joe. "Professor Ginger tells her colleagues she's only trying to improve her instruction-based methods, but that's just an act. I sometimes think she considers me a failure."

What? Springblok is saying Professor Ginger doesn't think Springblok is smart enough, even though Springblok can say so many words at the same time?
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"Failure?"

"I think she's given up on teaching altogether. She's driven to discover a viable method of increasing a mon's capabilities beyond the natural limit." Springblok looks at the Auraprimas. "She knows the ancient humans were able to accomplish it."

The Auraprimas glance at each other and look at Springblok. "Your master will learn nothing from us, mon."

"A human who conspires with the enemy is no longer under our protection."

"Do not mince words, Aura. This Professor Ginger is now our enemy."

"Please, no!" Springblok takes a step backward and looks around at you and your friends. "I've known Professor Ginger since she was a child. She wasn't always like this. It's the Vitium. It's... done something to her."

What? You just noticed Springblok is looking at an open book? It looks like there are lots of pictures of young humans on the page!

What? You think one of the pictures looks like Professor Ginger? It seems like Springblok really did know Professor Ginger when she was young!

Springblok sees you looking at the book and flicks the book cover closed with one ear and then stands back up all the way and looks at you. "Do you have anything else to demand, Cutémon?"

What? You just remembered Professor Ginger found something called data inside the cutécaptor? It seems like that might help her build her own cutécaptor!

You give Springblok a determined look!

"Cutécaptor data!"

Springblok looks at the computer terminal and then glances at you and says "I don't know how I'm going to explain this..." and then looks at the computer terminal again. "Computer, delete all data regarding the Cutécaptor." Springblok looks back at you and says "Now, if there's nothing else, I'll see you out."

Suddenly the Auraprimas both take a step forward toward Springblok!

"It was your mistake to allow us into this stronghold, mon."

"We will meet this Professor Ginger and she will answer to us."

Springblok looks between the two Auraprimas and says "I really don't think that's a good idea."

What? You just remembered you know a human man named Phil who works at the Copper Citadel Arena?

What? You just remembered there's a feral mon lair near the Copper Citadel Arena? Do you think Smellapath will let Joe stay with them?

>Stay here and wait for Professor Ginger
>Go to the Copper Citadel Arena
>Go to the feral mon lair
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>>5939119
>Stay here and wait for Professor Ginger
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>>5939119
>Go to the feral mon lair
Auraprima got wrecked by the Vitium, I'm not sure how much of a chance they stand against a Vitium-possessed Ginger
I have half a mind to kidnap Springblok. He's too good to get caught up between his master and us.
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>>5939119
>>Go to the feral mon lair
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>>5939119
>Go to the Copper Citadel Arena
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>>5939119
>>Go to the feral mon lair
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>>5939119
>>Go to the feral mon lair
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>>5939119
>Stay here and wait for Professor Ginger
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>>5939119
>Go to the Copper Citadel Arena
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"We are not afraid to face any challenge, mon."

"And our lesser sister will face it alongside us, Prima!"

Auroara looks between them and crosses her arms. "Um... Our encounter with the Vitium has left us all exhausted."

The Auraprimas glance at each other. "We must concede that point."

"Our accretion slab is nearly drained."

"Where is your accretion slab, Auroara?"

Auroara puts a hand over her mouth! "In this time, another method is used." What? Auroara is grinning at you? It seems like the Auraprimas will have to learn how mons gain energy by fighting other mons!

You grin at Auroara!

"Feral mon lair!"

Tamounda perks up and says "Tamounda!"

Joe is looking at you! "Feral mon lair?"

"It's a rather exclusive group, I'm afraid." Springblok shakes his head and says "They might consider you an intruder. And you really can't stay here. I wouldn't want to have to explain your presence if Professor Ginger returned early."

"That's alright. I wanted to take Sailater to the Copper Citadel Arena." Joe looks at you and asks "Will you meet me at the arena when you're ready?"

You're nodding your head!

Joe looks at Springblok and says "It was nice to meet you, Springblok."

"And you as well, Mr. Apple."

When you all get downstairs Sailater stands up and you look at Tamounda.

"Copper Citadel Arena?"

Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and starts trotting out of the courtyard! You all follow Tamounda and... What? A lot of humans are looking at Sailater? It's probably because Sailater is so big!

When you get to the Copper Citadel Arena, Joe looks at you and waves and says "Come on, Sailater!"

You follow Joe and suddenly Auroara says "Where are you going?"

What? You were following Joe even though you wanted to go to the feral mon lair? It seems like you really want to be near Joe all the time! You can't help your cheeks turning red and then you run back toward Auroara and your other friends!

When you get to the ditch near the arena you climb into the big pipe and start crawling down it. What? You just realized Sailater is too big to fit in the pipe? It's a good thing Joe took Sailater with him!

After a little while you see light ahead and then you climb out of the pipe into the feral mon lair! Some other mons are gathered near the entrance. It looks like there's a Shrubbear, and a Gumdroop, and...

"Ori-gamey!"

What? Origamey is here? You look up and Origamey flutters down and lands on a pile of rubble and glares at you! He's probably still upset because you beat him up!

"Shrubbarrr!"

"Gumdroop!"

What? Origamey, Shrubbear, and Gumdroop are all looking at Tamounda?

Tamounda hides behind your legs and peeks out and says "Tamounda!"

You look back at Tamounda and he takes a step back and looks up at you! It seems like he doesn't want to go past the other mons!

>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
>Challenge the bullies (roll 2d100)
>Go to the Copper Citadel Arena
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Rolled 31 (1d100)

>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
These guys have no idea who they're messing with
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>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
Tamounda is brave. Tamounda is strong.
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Rolled 38 (1d100)

>>5941001
>>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 93 (1d100)

>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
Hit them with the tongue! Send them on the run!
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Rolled 39 (1d100)

>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
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>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
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Rolled 56 (1d100)

>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
Tamounda Numbah One!
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Rolled 96 (1d100)

>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
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>>5941001
>Encourage Tamounda (roll 1d100)
Tamounda is brave.

>>5941125
>93
Tamounda is strong.
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"Shrubbarrr-arrr-arrr!"

"Gumdroo-oo-oop!"

"Ori-gamey-ey-ey!"

The other mons are pointing at Tamounda and laughing at him! You can't help your cheeks turning red!

[SFX: squishing noise]

Gumdroop's surface starts to ripple and then it stretches out and becomes rounder and bigger! What? You think it sort of looks like Tamounda? It seems like Gumdroop can change its shape to look like other mons! Suddenly Gumdroop runs and hides behind Shrubbear and says "Gumdroop!"

"Shrubbarrr-arrr-arrr!"

"Ori-gamey-ey-ey!"

The other mons are laughing even harder now! It seems like they're making fun of Tamounda for being afraid!

You turn around and give Tamounda a determined look!

"Tamounda is brave!"

Tamounda looks up at you and then looks at the other mons and takes another step back and puts his head down and looks away and says "Tamounda."

You crouch down in front of Tamounda!

"Tamounda is strong!"

What? Tamounda isn't even looking at you? He's still looking away!

Ramster hops down and stands in front of Tamounda and says "Ram-ram!" and then turns and looks up at the other mons and says "Ram-ram!"

Lottatax scurries next to Ramster and sticks out its head spikes and says "Lottatax!" and then turns and looks up at the other mons and flattens its head spikes back and says "Lottatax!"

You stand up and face the other mons but before you can say anything Shrubbear starts laughing! "Shrubbarrr-arrr-arrr!"

What? Shrubbear sees something funny? You all turn and see Tamounda was trying to sneak away while no one was looking at him! When you crouch down in front of Tamounda again, you-

"Enough of this. Move aside." You look over your shoulder and see Auroara walking toward the other mons but then Shrubbear take a step sideways in front of the entrance!

Shrubbear looks down at Auroara and then looks at you and Tamounda and says "Shrubbarrr!" It seems like they don't want you to come in because you're friends with Tamounda!

"Do not try our patience, mon." Auroara takes another step forward and Shrubbear swipes his paw at her!

Look out, Auroara!


Shrubbear attacks with Brush-Off!


Shrubbear hits Auroara with his paw and Auroara falls backward onto the floor!

Tamounda can't believe it! Suddenly Tamounda leaps up and says "Tamounda!" and charges past you toward Shrubbear!

Shrubbear stands up all the way and looks down at Tamounda and Tamounda skids to a stop in front of him! When Tamounda looks up at him, Shrubbear glares down at Tamounda and says "Shrubbarrr!"

Tamounda sticks out his tongue and licks Shrubbear!

Shrubbear can't believe it! "Shrubbarrr!"

Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and slaps Shrubbear with his tail and knocks Shrubbear over! It looks like Shrubbear is still too disgusted to move! He's just lying on his side shivering!
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Tamounda spins around and glares at Gumdroop and Origamey and says "Tamounda!"

Origamey says "Ori-gamey!" and flutters away so quickly that he leaves a trail of paper scraps behind him!

Gumdroop looks around and then sinks down into a puddle and looks up at Tamounda and smiles and says "Gumdroop?"

...


Gumdroop is fleeing the fight!


Suddenly Gumdroop turns around and tries to slide away but then it bounces off Auroara's feet! Gumdroop looks up at Auroara and Auroara looks down at it and then grabs it and holds it up in front of her!

When Auroara glares at Gumdroop, it sags and smiles up at her and says "Gumdroop?"

"Finish what you started." Auroara glances at Tamounda and then tosses Gumdroop toward him!

Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and spins around and slaps Gumdroop with his tail! Gumdroop goes flying through the air and splats against the wall above Shrubbear!

What? Shrubbear is starting to recover? Just as Shrubbear sits up, Gumdroop peels backward off the wall and flops onto Shrubbear's face!

Tamounda looks up at Auroara and says "Tamounda?"

Auroara nods at him. "I'm uninjured. Thank you, Tamounda."

Tamounda says "Tamounda!" and licks Auroara and then spins around and trots through the entrance ahead of everyone else with his nose pointed up! It seems like he's pretty pleased with himself!

When you walk through the entrance you can see the glow from all the hanging blue lights and you see Smellapath floating in the middle of the huge room! When you look up at Smellapath he looks down at you.

"I am happy you have returned to us. I am also happy you have learned so much about the world."

When the Auraprimas walk into the huge room Smellapath looks past you at them.

"It seems you have found many friends since then. It is good to have many friends."

What? You just noticed the Auraprimas are looking up at all the hanging blue lights?

The Auraprimas both look away from the hanging blue lights at Smellapath and one of them says "Those are condensers, Prima."

"Where did you acquire them, mon?" What? The Auraprimas just called the hanging blue lights condensers? You don't know what that means!

"They are not only lights. They collect spilled energy from the arena above us and focus the energy down to those below."

What? Smellapath is saying the hanging blue lights collect energy from the mons fighting in the arena?

"Yes. We have been gathering them here for a very long time."

The Auraprimas glance at the condensers again and then look at Auroara. "They are not as efficient as an accretion slab."

"What is the method used to regain energy in this time, Auroara?"

[SFX: muffled roaring]

What? You just remembered Joe and Sailater are in the arena above you?

>Go to the Copper Citadel Arena
>Stay with Smellapath and relax for a while
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>>5942486
>Stay with Smellapath and relax for a while
Maybe they have some insight into what Ginger and Plumtree have been up to since we were last here?
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>>5942486
>Stay with Smellapath and relax for a while
The arena is too much of a hot spot after the incident that happened last time Mashimon was there.
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>>5942486
>Go to the Copper Citadel Arena
Joe may need help!



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