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Poni Island

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Inhabited by seafaring nomads, there's a noodle shop and the famous Battle Tree, where tough Trainers have been invited from all over the world to spread the word about the fledgling Pokémon League in this island region.

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Home to the magnetic Vast Poni Canyon, beyond which lies the magnificent Altar of the Moone dedicated to Lunala, Poni Island houses the toughest wild Pokémon and the toughest Trainers, so it's often saved for last by those undertaking the island challenge. Until recently, the island didn't even have a kahuna until Hapu, a specialist in ground-types, was chosen by its guardian deity Tapu Fini.

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Poni Island is also home to the Battle Tree. After the massive success that was the creation of the Pokémon League, strong Trainers from all over the world were invited here to see what Alola has to offer...and in turn, inspire Alolan Trainers to go out and prove themselves against the wider world should they succeed here. It serves much the same purpose as the Battle Frontiers of other regions, though the gimmicky rule sets are discarded in favor of exploring a pure battling experience.

Poni Island

Inhabited by seafaring nomads, there's a noodle shop and the famous Battle Tree, where tough Trainers have been invited from all over the world to spread the word about the fledgling Pokémon League in this island region.

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Poni Island is a part of Alola.

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Team Reskull [2] Turnin' a new leaf in Alola

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As Delphox extinguished the flame when they got closer, Margriet considered her options. Returning? She wondered, First the Rebellion, now this...

Margriet reached into her hip bag and produced a small makeup kit. From the kit, she reclaimed a small black clamshell mirror. Using the mirror, she would chance a peek around the corner, aiming to see what that spherical object was.

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What the hell is going on here... Touko whispered to herself, in the common tongue this time. There seemed to be another light approaching from the other side, forcing her to stick to cover. If what Titania told her was true, that Excadrill she got could translate, but releasing Claw now could be a sign of hostility. That loud pop of release would give her away for sure.

They seem agitated about something...plus they're not from around here. I know a Krookodile when I see one thanks to Grimsley. Maybe they're here for the same reason I am? No...can't risk acting on that...what if I'm wrong? Touko continued to ponder her options under her breath, all the while fondling the Excadrill's ball at her belt in case she was discovered, her leg muscles tensing up and getting ready to act.

Yeah, there's too many of them. If things go south, I can't risk making a scene. Gotta get back to Titania and tell her the news. And here, it was her uncertainty and fear that might betray her, as she didn't bother to tiptoe on the return trip. Loud CLOMP CLOMP sounds associated the heavy hiking boots on Touko's feet as she made a tactical withdrawal. Unlike the native Terran, she had no moral obligation to stand and fight.

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Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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Margriet had the perfect view of everything in the cavern all thanks to her mirror and it's reflective properties. She would pass over the two Rattatas, one Alolan and one Normal, sitting right next to each other. The mirror would pass over the Pikipek next, glowering with anger at a Pokemon that had yet to enter her view point. But before she could get there, she passed over the Raticate holding up the spherical object as if it were a prize. And Margriet would easily see why. If the white bottom and purple top weren't a clue, the pink-ish circles jutting out on the top would be easily recognizable. She wouldn't even have to see the large "M" printed on the front.

It was a Master Ball.

"Good Arceus!" the Pikipek named Cutley was the first to freak out, fluttering backwards as far from the iconic PokeBall as he could, "How'd you even find one of those?!"

"We know a kid," came the amused growl from the far left of the room. Margriet would undoubtedly point the mirror in it's direction to reveal a rather large Krookodile sitting on top of a stone pillar as if it were a bar stool. He was grinning from ear to ear as he stepped down and approached the Alolan Raticate, "Well done, Burke. I see our distraction was enough for you to snag the ball when the Champion wasn't looking."

A Starmie floated into the gaze of the mirror frame as it spoke, "A well placed Water Gun if I do say so myself!"

But the Krookodile didn't even seem to acknowledge him as he grabbed the Master Ball and went back, "With this, we can go ahead and begin our own search for some of the island's legendaries-"

Clomp! Clomp! Clomp!

The sound of large footsteps broke through the conversation and the Krookodile stopped, glancing to his left with suspicion and then spoke low...cautiously and with venom, "Cutley...you didn't lead the people you were supposed to be watching over here, did you?"

"No sir!" came the Pikipek's initial response, but as he began thinking about it, his answer became more unsure, "At least, I don't think so. I was so worried about the reincarnation of Demonbreath, I didn't really think about it."

"You better not have," the Krookodile's voice remained low and threatening. Cutley gulped in response.

"Chip! Fang!" the Rattata stood to attention, "You both go after that sound. Burke, you join them. And if it is our friend," he shot Cutley a glare, "Then bring her back to us so we can give her a 'proper' introduction."

"Yes sir!" the three collective voices cried in unison as they both scampered down the left path and gave chase. Meanwhile, Gnash began examining the Master Ball from his own perch, looking it over, "So this is what hell looks like..."

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Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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Margriet and her Delphox exchanged concerned looks as Margriet beheld the Master Ball. A Pokemon couldn’t possibly have any use for any Pokeball, let alone the rarest most powerful of them all. As she thought, she recalled the intel that had been gathered about the Psychic Rebellion. Specifically, the mention of their own technology, repurposed human technology.

Whatever they had planned for “The Champion’s own Master Ball”, it couldn’t possibly be good.

The loud clomping of someone’s boots somewhere else in the cave turned out to be a wonderful distraction. Margriet produced one of her pokeballs and flung it into the cave.

“Raikou! Discharge! Aim to paralyze!” She called as the magnificent beast burst forth. For a moment, she waited until Raikou’s blast of electricity washed over the room before throwing her second Pokeball. “Poliwrath! Target the Krookodile! Hydro Pump!”

After sending out her Poliwrath follow-up, Margriet strode into the open with her Delphox by her side. Her expression was that of a true Reginald: calm, cold, and calculated, as were her Pokemon. The Delphox flooded the room with a pale orange light. As Poliwrath began his follow-up, Margriet began unhitching her other pokeballs.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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The pitter-patter of two Rattata moving to cut off Touko's flight were soon drowned out by the sounds of a fierce battle back in the main chamber. Kuso...did they come to blows over something? No. There were definitely the sounds of a Trainer giving orders.

"Well, so much for that approach. Claw, time to show me what you can do!"

"The fuck? You two separated at birth or somethin'? I'll bring you back together!" Claw made it a habit of bad-mouthing his opponents in the common tongue, it seemed, a habit of which Titania had warned her.

"Don't Earthquake in here, Claw, that'll bring the whole thing down on us. Use Rock Slide, that's more controlled!"

"Got it. Let's make it rain!" Claw jumped up to the ceiling, his body assuming a torpedo-like shape before striking hard at one of the rocks in the tunnel, triggering a controlled collapse right on top of both of the poor Rattata.

"I ain't stickin' around for their boss to show up. Let's move, kid!"

"Right! Claw, return!" Once again Touko hoofed it while Margriet was providing cover fire. There was the Escape Rope, hanging right there in front of her...

"Hang on, Touko! Just grab the rope and I'll pull you up!"

That was Titania's voice!

"Better plan. Margriet came around and is fighting them outright. Bust a hole and get down here, I don't know how long she can last by herself!"

"Right!" With that, Titania widened the hole in the ceiling with a well-placed stomp and dropped down. "Let's take 'em down, kid...together."

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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The three remaining individuals in the room whirled around to where the Reginald was standing. Gnash launched to his feet. Cutley made a solid "Eep!" sound before flying out of the room.

"Cutley, you TWERP!" the Krookodile roared in rage as the Discharge began running through the room. The Starmie floated behind the Commander, letting him take the full brunt of the attack, which would do literally nothing to him. When the Hydro Pump was sent in his direct, the reverse happened, Starmie floating above and in front of the Krookodile to take the brunt of that attack. It would do very little, despite the torrential power of the attack.

"Well hello there," Gnash snarled at Margriet. From his intel, he knew that she could understand him in his tongue, "I'm glad you could join us, actually. You have something I want."

He bared his teeth against his opponents: a classic Fire, Water, Electric trio. The Poliwrath would be a tough opponent to face for sure, given how much it actually had an edge on him. Delphox wasn't too impactful, but he had his Starmie here who could take care of her. However, his eyes were resting on the Raikou with hungry delight, teeth gleaming in Margriet's face.

"Saphira, bring that Delphox to it's knees," Gnash commanded, pointing at the Fox Pokemon.

"Of course, sir, but first..." The Starmie spun in place, the gemstone in it's center beginning to sparkle. In another instant, the purple, shadowy beam of Confuse Ray launched forward and struck the Raikou square on the forehead, rendering the Thunder Pokemon confused.

"A little precaution for my safety," he concluded as he turned to face the Delphox.

Meanwhile, the Krookodile let loose a mighty roar, one that shook the foundation around them. Barring a couple rocks falling down in a few random places, it wouldn't do anything in physical damage.




The Rattata were easily steamrolled by the Rock Slide, rendered still by the mighty gap of experience between the Excadrill and his opponents.

But as Titana and Touko caught up, so did a particular Raticate, who had lagged behind the two scouts and stumbled upon the scene where his fallen brothers lie. Turning to the two perpetrators, he smashed his fists together as he approached, ready to do some actual damage.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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With one hand, Margriet sent out three more Pokeballs. “Cover me!” She called as she reached into her bag and produced a Full Heal. “Weavile, Night Slash! Crobat, Air Cutter! Poliwrath and Golem, cover Delphox! Delphox, Fire Spin!” She barked her commands loud, quickly, and without hesitation. The curt harshness was completely different to her typical softer voice. It seemed to instil a fighting spirit into her comrades. If Radegast were a strong trainer for not taking command, his sister was a stronger trainer for taking command.

From the first Pokeball, a blur of blue-black and maroon. A Weavile darted right up to the Starmie to unleash a Night Slash. Meanwhile, Crobat took to the air and flapped its wings to conjure blades made of the cavern air itself. The blades were launched at the Krookodile.

Meanwhile, billowing flames began welling up around the Krookodile, manifesting into a small, controlled twister of fire. It aimed to hold the Krookodile in place.

Without hesitation, Margriet bounded toward her beloved Raikou with her Full Heal in hand.

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Logan glanced around the path as he waited for Margriet's return. His unease manifested as a rapid bobbing in his leg as he sat. Marth rose a paw to rest on Logan's leg after seeing it.

"Thanks," Logan said, "I wish I could fit throu-"

A loud boom echoed through the cave entrance, causing Logan to flinch and jump to his feet. Wordlessly, he quickly suppressed his panic, and produced a Pokeball. "Stealth be damned... Magmatron, clear us a path!"

The trophy Heatran emerged and began cleaving the cave opening bigger with its massive jaws. It took point as it cleared a circular, half-melted opening for Logan and Marth to follow through.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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"Psh? A Raticate? This is easy." Again Touko sent out Claw. "Let's change it up! Drill Run!" Again the Excadrill assumed its bullet shape, then ran forward into a leaping corkscrew headbutt...and kept going, right through the pile of rocks with the two Rattata underneath to disguise his approach like a land-bound torpedo and towards the Raticate.

Titania took charge of worrying about the surroundings. Sounds like someone else took the "screw stealth" approach as well. Once the Raticate was dealt with, the two ran forward once again to a chaotic battle scene. One of the participants immediately caught their eye.

"Heatran? Oh...oh my god!" Titania was ecstatic. "I want one!!"

"After this, we can head over to Lentimas Town where I'm from, it's near a volcano we call Reversal Mountain, so you just might get your chance," Touko informed her older partner. "The wildlings...they sounded like they were arguing before. Oh man...they're really good at switching off to resist attacks meant for their partner. Looks like the best thing is to use something that's neutral on everybody..." Touko was watching the melee unfold. "Geez, how is she commanding that many Pokémon at once? Even I have a hard time with three..."

"I've got just the thing! You're on, Tsareena!" Titania cut off Touko's musings by sending out a regal-looking floral Pokémon that seemed to be rocking thigh-high stockings.

"I thought you were a Steel user?" Touko looked confused.

"I was. But ever since moving to Alola, I realized that I had to change it up. The thing about specializing in one type is that there are some things you just can't beat no matter how hard you try. More about that later! Use Trop Kick! Aim for the Starmie!"

If Titania's prediction was correct, Gnash would switch off and try to take the super effective hit like before...and still take damage, even suffer an attack drop in the process. And if not, she would shut down a potentially nasty Ice Beam or Confuse Ray. It was moments like these that she was able to show why she was a champion.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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In one moment, the battle was easily in their favor. Both the Night Slash and the Air Cutter landed on their respective targets, doing a significant amount to the Starmie and an insignificant amount to the Krookodile. The Raticate gave easily to the might of the Drill Run and the extra mmph! added to the Rattata combo was simply overkill. The Fire Spin did ensnare Gnash from within and all seemed to go according to plan.

But just as Margriet's cavalry arrived...so did theirs.

The receiver of the Trop Kick wouldn't be Saphira nor would it be Gnash. In actuality, a Boldore would appear from the ground, taking the strike and returning the favor with a Smack Down. Two Oricorio, one P'au Style and one Sensu Style, launched forward and attacked. P'au Style took on the Poliwrath, striking with Acrobatics while Sensu Style collided with the Crobat using Revelation Dance. A Pangoro leaped over the action and smashed into the Weavile, followed by a Medicham who threw a Zen Headbutt at Margriet's Weavile.

Saphira took the opening brought by the Fighting duo to rush over to Gnash, applying Rapid Spin above him. The move would service nothing other than to dissipate the Fire Spin, rendering Gnash mobile again. As for the Krookodile, the first thing his eyes would lay upon was the Champion rushing forward with a Full Heal in hand.

Oh, no you don't... Gnash thought angrily as he vaulted himself forward and rammed his left fist against her sternum, his right swiping the Full Heal in the shock that would ensue from his own blow and likely send her against a wall. He was very strong after all.

"Saphira!" he called, flinging the Full Heal over towards the Starmie, "Get yourself healed again. I'd prefer you alive right now."

Saphira, in turn, caught the Full Heal using Tekekinetic abilities and began to heal itself from the drastic effects of Night Slash. All the while, Gnash turned and faced the Raikou, now unabated from his beat-down.

"You're mine now," he growled.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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Before Gnash could close the distance between himself and Margriet, the Golem Rolled Out. It avoided the Pangoro with the speed of the rolling, and used the Krookodile’s tunnel vision as a way to secure a hit. Margriet side-stepped away from the Krookodile anyway to avoid a potential lucky hit and made it to her Raikou. However, a lucky hit did knock the Full Heal out of Margriet’s hand, but it was more a wayward swing of Gnash’s tail, which sent the Full Heal into a darker area of the cavern. It was completely lost.

It’s not like the Full Heal would have done anything for the Starmie; it was a Full Heal, not a Full Restore. All it did was status effects.

Weavile, on the other hand, took the Zen headbutt head-on… where nothing happened whatsoever. “Dude… Dark-type,” The Weavile’s mouth flattened in a flash of unamusement, before Margriet barked a rapid- seemingly impossible to follow series of commands, and a Psybeam launched from the Delphox towards the Medicham. The Weavile’s afterimage flickered, as its assault on the Starmie continued with a second Night Slash.

Poliwrath rolled to the side to avoid the Acrobatics, and as per Margriet’s instruction, focused a Hydro Pump at the Sensu-style Oricorio to give Crobat cover. Since the Full Heal didn’t work, Margriet had to use her Plan B.

“Crobat! Haze!” Margriet’s eyes seemed only to get sharper as she stared down the Krookodile with a bloodcurdling glare.

The Crobat, having retreated with Poliwrath’s cover, billowed a murky mist from its mouth and rapidly spread it throughout the cavern. The Raikou took a whiff, and its eyes suddenly regained focus.

“Charge Beam, big guy!” Margriet called.

The blast of electricity was aimed at the closer of two Oricorio- the Pau-style one, specifically. In mid-air, there wasn’t much the bird could do to dodge.

At this point, Logan arrived in full, and Magmatron (per Logan’s order) unleashed its own Fire Spin to trap the Krookodile. Gnash was closest to Margriet, so the bodyguard’s first target was trivial.

“Marth! Help Poliwrath!”

The Absol complied, and bounded up and off the cavern walls to reach the Sensu-style Oricorio, and unleashed its own Night Slash.

Logan could hardly follow the fighting; he was a particularly inferior trainer. However, every little bit helps in a real fight.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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"There's too much going on! Tsareena, return!" Titania didn't want a grass-type to get caught in the middle with so many attacks getting tossed around. "All right, Touko, it's looking a bit more like a Battle Royale in here. You need Pokemon with strong defensive typing that can boost up before laying down the hurt. Got anything like that I should know about?"

"I've got one that you know about and one that you don't," Touko smirked. "Let's go, Claw! Juggernaut, you too! Claw, use Swords Dance! Juggernaut, Dragon Dance!" Touko was counting on Margriet to provide a sufficient amount of cover fire before charging in to break the defensive line of the wildlings.

Titania had her own idea of support. "Gardevoir! Use Misty Terrain!" A high-concept move to be sure, and one that earned an angry glance from Touko for nerfing her own incoming dragon attacks. She understood that after seeing the Confuse Ray earlier, status protection was more important, plus she had coverage moves.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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The Krookodile staggered back from Golem's Roll Out, a critical hit landing and shock registering on Gnash's face. And then...the Anger Point set in. It blazed through his sinister glare as he looked back towards the Golem with nothing short of cruel intent and malicious thoughts in the forefront of his mind. It ripped through the atmosphere in a hot wave that encapsulated every participant. He bared his claws and let loose a snarl, gleaming fangs showing most prominent in the light of the cave.

Gnash lifted his foot...

For a moment, everything seemed to stop. The Crobat was unleashing his Haze. The Heatran had just bounded into the room and the beginnings of the next Fire Spin were about to circle around him. A Psybeam was hitting the Medicham while the Weavile was launching itself forward towards Saphira. Poliwrath was unleashing a Hydro Pump at the Sensu-Style Oricorio. An Absol was running to help aid the Poliwrath and three Pokemon, a Haxorus, an Excadrill, and a Gardevoir were prepping themselves up in their own ways.

It was already chaos...and Gnash was about to make things more chaotic...

The Krookodile slammed his foot down.

In an instant, the cracks spread from the focus point and began to shake the cave violently...much more violently than a typical Earthquake should typically make. But that was the result of the Anger Point coming through. The only source of light, the pedestal of Chargestone in the center of the room, blew apart amidst the rumbling of Gnash's attack, plunging the cavern into darkness. The shockwave that coursed through the floor would be enough to send any standing Pokemon off their feet. No one was immune to it, not even the Delphox in the far reaches of the room. In fact, the magnitude of this Earthquake was so strong, it would be felt across the landscape of Poni Island, scaring tourists and locals alike from the sheer force of the anomaly.

Eventually the shaking stopped.

A mixture of Haze, Mist, and dust filtered the air around them, making the already dark landscape that much darker and murky. Gnash was able to see through it, Master Ball still in hand. He wasn't even breathing heavy. The Starmie was hovering next to him, badly injured and in awe at what he'd just witnessed as he held the same view the Krookodile had.

"Oh my..." Saphira couldn't help but gape.

Everything was knocked out. From the insignificance of Heatran to the massive beast that was Raikou and everyone in between. Even his own Psychic Rebellion members, the Boldore, Pangoro, and Medicham, were all knocked out under the might of Gnash's Earthquake. The only ones that were standing through that was the Starmie and the two Oricorio that were flying throughout. Hell, he wouldn't be surprised if the four humans hadn't fainted or fled from the force of that attack. Through the darkness and the mist, he couldn't see them from here.

"That's..." Saphira barely managed to croak out as he glanced towards Gnash's satisfied face, "...destruction..."

"Fall back," Gnash uttered back as he turned around and ran through the misty haze towards one of the cave's openings. The foundation around them began to rumble.

The Starmie followed as well, but voiced his protests, "But what of Raikou? This is our chance to claim him and add him to the Master Blaster's strength-"

"You NITWIT!" he roared back, the Starmie freezing in place, "We need them at full power! They're useless if they're already taken out! We've still got the Alolan Champion's Master Ball. We'll resort to Plan B for now."

Saphira shivered a bit before continuing, giving one last glance back towards the destructive power Gnash had left in his anger. The Oricorio found their exits from there. And were it not for the Crobat the Psychic Rebellion Members forgot about, they would've left Titania, Touko, Margriet, Logan, and all their Pokemon to die in the cavern as the foundation of the structured tunnels would began to fold and eventually crumble into itself.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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"... argriet! Margriet!"

Her vision warped and rippled like a calm pond in the wind. She emitted a wordless groan as she brought a hand to her face. With a bare knuckle, she rubbed a temple lightly.

"Margriet!"

"Crobat?" Margriet slurred.

"Everyone's knocked out! The cave's collapsing!"

Margriet took a moment to register what was said. The Crobat swooped down and lightly bit his fangs into her shoulder. The sharp pain caused her to leap to her feet. "GYAH!" Her vision focused. "What was-" She was interrupted when a large stone slammed against the cavern floor in front of her.

After emitting a wordless shriek, her heart rapidly increased in a sudden panic. No, control it! Margriet grit her teeth as she produced the four pokeballs from her belt. Crobat returned the other two that had been carrying Raikou and Poliwrath.

"Keep me covered!" Margriet barked as she began recalling each and every one of her fighters in quick succession. The Crobat hovered close to Margriet and began launching air cutters to deflect rocks poised to smite the young lady. "Where's Logan?" She called over the sound of cracks and dull rocky thuds.

"Over here!" Logan stumbled into the cavern with a pained howl. With his left, he recalled the Heatran and the Absol, and sent out his Pidgeot. "Peregrine.. Urrgh..." He clenched his right, which hung limp on his side. He couldn't finish the command through the sharp pain.

"Find Touko and Titania. Get them out of there!" Margriet barked with the Reginald voice. "Use a Peck if you have to- just make sure they can move on their own!

"Yes ma'am!" The Pidgeot swooped swiftly between the increasingly thick rain of rocks, before vanishing to where Touko and Titania were. Logan leaned against the wall as he clenched at his currently useless arm. Pained tears flowed down his cheeks and stung the many cuts he had received from the Krookodile's desperate attack. The bodyguard only remained conscious by virtue of distance from ground zero.

"Fuck," Logan hissed, trying to dull the pain by cursing aloud. "Clever bastar-"

"Save your breath, Logan! C'mon!" Margriet grabbed Logan, and the two of them hobbled back through the cavern. Crobat, meanwhile, kept an eye on the ceiling, and launched Air Cutter at any rocks that threatened to strike the two wounded trainers.

But even Crobat was getting tired from so much flapping of his wings.

"Hang in there, Crobat!" Margriet called between clenched teeth. The bite had pumped in some adrenaline, but the girl had taken damage from that attack. She could feel pain, but couldn't quite identify exactly what happened yet.

Soon enough, however, they just cleared the threshold before Magmatron's chewed-out tunnel collapsed along with the rest. Margriet dropped to her knees and collapsed onto the ground.

"Margriet!" Logan called, still pained from his dislocated arm. "Fuck! Fuck fuck fu-u-u-u-uck!"

Some trainers on the path ran up. "Get help!" Logan barked, "Quick! Two more in the caves! I dunno if they got out or not! Please!" The trainers rushed North. Logan took the time to sit down on a rock and get to work relocating his arm. He was clearly not used to such a thing, and any attempt stung him to numbness. "I'm sorry... I'm not... str..."

Laying in the thick grasses of Poni Island, her vision faded as her eyes followed the leaving trainers, and then she saw the Battle Tree looming close by. Margriet's adrenaline surge faded as she lost consciousness.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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A savage Earthquake ripped through the cavern, destroying the place and causing Claw to let out a particularly colorful string of curses before the safety lock on his Pokéball triggered an automatic recall. Same for the Haxorus and Gardevoir. At the last moment, Titania had dove on top of Touko and shielded her from the cave-in with her own body, trusting in her willpower and bodily strength from working on cars all these years to get out when it was over.

But even she couldn't hold out against that much weight. It wasn't that she was a stranger to this sort of treatment, though...but her sacrifice had given Touko time to act. Wriggling under the unconscious woman, the brunette managed to produce a Revive from her bag and administer it to Claw. "Can't go up...dig us out..."

Claw appeared outside the pile, the sun blazing down on them now. With no time to waste, Claw dug an escape tunnel for Touko and Titania to use, putting them near the entrance to the Battle Tree since that was where they left the path. Bleeding cuts and colorful bruises dotted both of their bodies. "Fuck...now I know how those Rattata felt," Titania murmured weakly, coughing up some blood in the process. "Thanks, old friend...did you see where the other two went? My legs don't want to move...every time I try, it just hurts even more..."

"Ooh, same here. I think my non-throwing shoulder is acting up again after that," Touko replied. "Itai! But enough about us, I think that Krookodile got away..."

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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Indeed, none of their combatants were visible from the surface, hinting that they must've taken a different route towards the surface. The only three that were left in the cavern at the time of it's collapse were the three unconscious Psychic Rebellion members. Their fates were sealed, like the tunnels around them and presumably on top of them.

Gnash got away with the Master Ball.

And the four that had fought him were pretty beaten up afterward. Margriet was full on unconscious, Titania not too close behind and barely able to move. Logan was in a rough spot with his dislocated arm. Only Touko was up and about after that bout. None of them were in any form to fight...not even with their Pokemon, who were all knocked out with the exception of Margriet's Crobat, Logan's Pidgeot, and Touko's Excadrill. The path to recovery awaited, but first they needed the medical treatment to get there.

Which was swift to arrive. The two trainers that heeded to Logan's plea caught up a moment later with Pokemon nurses, paramedics, and a large number of police officers that were fortunately close by. The nurses got to work examining the dislocated arm while the paramedics were preparing a stretcher to carry the Reginald down towards Seafolk Village. All the while the police were questioning Logan about what had happened.

On the other side, many of the Battle Tree participants had run down the Poni Path to investigate on their own, coming upon Touko and Titania. Two of the trainers were checking in the Iron Maiden, offering to help her down the path while other trainers were asking Touko what happened.

And as assistance was being offered and questions were being answered, a plume of sickly green appeared in the northeast and began spreading outward at the limits of the atmosphere. It lit up the twilight soaked region, adding a greenish tint to the air around them. Some glanced suspiciously at the odd spectacle while others were too busy to do so, tending to the wounded individuals taking priority. But all available helpers waived it off.

To the parties present, that was the least of their concerns.

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: The Reginald Family Character Portrait: Psychic Rebellion Member(s) Character Portrait: Gnash the Krookodile

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Peregrine barely made it to Titania and Touko when the cave-in completed. Fortunately, its presence turned out to not be needed, and it followed them out of the hole.

When they made it out the cave, Peregrine attempted to take to the skies, only to find that a wayward stone had damaged his wing. “Urgh…” The Pidgeot emitted a wordless caw as he hopped on relatively healthy legs down the path.

“Logan!” Peregrine cawed as he picked up the pace.

A bunch of trainers rushed past on their way to the battle tree. Peregrine’s gaze followed them, noting that they looked in a state of panic. Did they get out? Peregrine couldn’t help but worry.

Logan looked obscenely pale, as he tried and winced and failed to relocate his arm. “Fuck…” The bodyguard cried. Peregrine hopped over and nuzzled his head under the right arm’s elbow. The pidgeot effectively propped it up.

“Thank you,” Logan mumbled through tears, as help finally arrived.

The sky turned green, and Logan recognized it from that old artist’s rendition. He couldn’t help but feel a deep sickness in the pit of his stomach at the sight.

Nicolette Porter has arrived, coming from Battle Frontier.
Nicolette Porter has left the area, heading north into Battle Frontier.