Set in the original region of Arciel, Legends Rising is a route-inspired, but not strictly route-based, Pokemon roleplay. Pick a faction, pick a class, and strike out into the wild to take on the League, master Contest coordination, research the mysteries of Pokemon and Arciel, and much, much more. Will you be a classic trainer? A criminal? A farmer? Choose your destiny on Legends Rising.
Sid grinned sideways at Koa. “You really don’t…” they agreed. “Pokemon always seem to be coming and going especially with the seasons—“
They paused on finding that Koa had turned back to something. Glancing back in turn and seeing a Hawlucha darting at them, Sid blinked a couple of times in rapid succession. “Yeah just like that…” Although Koa just assured that there was (or had been?) more than one. Before they had a chance to ask, Sid found themselves watching a battle unfold between a Natu and the oncoming Hawlucha.
Uncomfortable with the sheer number of Birds around, Great Serpent actually scuttled sideways taking Sid with him. Nope nope nope, he would not be anywhere near those sharp beaks. Nada. Luckily it seemed the Hawlucha backed off right after that, and Sid pat GS a couple of times assuredly.
Sid’s attention shifted back to Koa as he started to explain. A…. group of Hawlucha? And this one had presumably followed from so far away? Sid looked back again and squinted in the direction it had gone. “Truly a ferocious opponent!” they spoke up again briefly recapturing that energy and zeal again. GS was antsy to get moving, however, and rather quickly started to walk again thereafter. Sid slid a little on his back but settled right after. “Sorry, friend, I know Flying types aren’t your strong suit…” they murmured patting GS again.
As they moved onwards, though, something would begin to shake the ground. GS felt it, and Sid felt it to a lesser extent. Whatever it was, it had them both stopping short. “Do you see anything—“ Sid started and cut off when their question was answered by the appearance of an Excadrill appearing from underground.
Oooh! They had just missed the Drilbur swarm a bit ago! What luck! They didn’t want to wear Great Serpent down too much, however, and though it looked strong, they had an idea. Fishing out two Pokeballs, they released Nurse the Audino and Phantom the Haunter. “Nurse, please stay as back up, Phantom, I want to catch that Excadrill.”
Phantom huffed and z-snapped in response. He was not some go getter boy, Sid. GS rolled his eyes. Nurse clapped his hands together and gave a Helping Hand rather than… get irritated like he wanted to. Realizing she was being thrust into a battle, however, the Excadrill was quick to retreat underground for the turn, digging quickly. GS backed up and looked around just in case it showed up under him instead.
Luckily, Excadrill’s aim was at the Ghost— and just as luckily it would not faze him in the least. “Shadow Punch, Phantom…” Sid ordered. Powered up by the Helping Hand, the Haunter slammed a fist hard into the Excadrill and sent her tumbling back out of her hole briefly.
Slamming the ground with her claw, however, she charged the ground with energy that raised up rocks and sent them falling downwards again. “ACK!” Sid didn’t get a chance to say anything as GS instead bolted backwards to avoid being hit. Nurse yelped at the damage and quickly pulled himself away from the rock.
Phantom… became very flat for a moment before fazing up through the rock and dusting off his hands again. He was fine! He totally wasn’t injured! Ignore that clear damage! He’d Z-snap and then raise up both hands before sticking out his tongue in a Confusing manner. The Excadrill suddenly found herself dizzy and swayed. Sid took the opportunity to enlarge a Pokeball and toss it at her.
Today was going brilliantly so far. Sid's energy was infectious and the atmosphere in general was exciting. Koa was even feeling more confident in his skills and call outs. Maybe having supportive people around him as well as the support of his Pokemon gave him the boost he needed. He smiled warmly as he looked at his team. He looked at GS, noting that they felt very uneasy around Flying types. That made sense considering they were a Bug Type...
Before they could continue their conversation, however, a rumble shook the ground and an Excadrill burst forth from the ground. This seemed to be something that Sid was excited about, so he and his team held back and watched them go about their battle. He noted the Haunter's sassy behavior towards his trainer, but it seemed more playful than anything. Or was it? Koa couldn't really tell. Still, with the Audino's assistance, and the fact that what Excadrill attempted didn't phase Haunter, the battle would soon conclude with the attempted capture.
Whether or not the capture succeeded, another Pokemon leaped out in front of them. A Timburr swung around lumber it was carrying and looked to be challenging someone in Koa's group. "Azura, think you can handle this one?" He asked as he pat her head. She barked and hopped down. "Let's start with Disarming Voice."
Azura smiled and leaped to the side before she let out a discordant, but somehow melodic note that sent out waves of wavy energy towards Timburr. Thinking they could dodge, they ducked and weaved to the side, but the waves kept pursuing! It winced as it was sent tumbling to the side from the force of the attack. Still, it stood up, ready to fight more.
It swept a foot with Low Kick and flipped Azura off balance. She fell onto her back while the Timburr swung its lumber down towards her with Pound. She yelped and rolled out of the way before retaliating with Pound as well, smacking them on top of the head and springing away from them. The two of them were one to one at this point, but the Timburr swung the lumber again, aiming square for Azura's side. She actually withstood the attack by grabbing onto the lumber. It was still a hard hit, but she countered with Disarming Voice yet again and blasted the Timburr away. She hopped back, out of breath, but she still posed triumphantly before returning to Koa's side once the Timburr was confirmed to be down and out.
Koa pet her gently "You okay?" He asked. She cuddled up against him, which brought a smile to his face and alleviated his concerns "Good." He said. "Wow, looks like we just keep running into lots of interesting Pokemon today. Truth be told there's one more I really want to find one day. A Mienfoo. Makoto here is going to grow into a Dark type as well, so another Fighting type would be more than welcome on my team."
Unfortunately, the Excadrill escaped from the Pokeball, but it looked like it was sticking around for the time being. Koa silently rooted for Sid's success, but he heard something nearby. A trainer that looked eager to cause some trouble was approaching Sid, but Koa worried that if she challenged them now, the Excadrill would escape for sure. "Azura, Makoto, take care of Sakuya for a while." He said as he carefully set the slumbering Fomantis down on Kupuna's back. Azura and Makoto stayed nearby, making sure not to block the sun.
Koa stepped in front of the trainer with a serious expression "I'm going to have to stop you here for a moment." He said, raising a hand out. "That trainer is in the process of capturing a wild Pokemon. It would be rude and unsporting to interrupt them. If you must challenge them, please wait until they're finished with what they're currently doing." He said. The other trainer looked slightly annoyed at Koa's attitude and tried to walk around him. Koa stepped to intercept them "I'm sorry, but I can't let you interrupt them. This is important to them right now, and I won't let you ruin their chance. You can wait another few minutes, or leave. Those are your two options." He said, stern and serious. "Please think of it this way. You have a Pokemon you've always wanted to catch, and someone shows up to interrupt your battle and takes that chance away from you. That wouldn't be very fair to you now would it? Please, before you cause trouble for others, think about how you would react to it and the consequences of them." He said, starting to be rational and kind with this advice. He gave them a patient smile "I'm sorry for being so overbearing about this. As a Ranger, I feel I should step in and do what I can for the sake of everyone's happiness, cliched as that sounds. In any case, would you please heed what I have to say and wait? I'm sure they will appreciate your patience and would be more than happy to discuss a battle afterwards." He concluded.
Nearby, a Mienfoo was meditating on a rock. They slowly opened their eyes and looked in the direction of the commotion. It saw Koa standing up to another trainer, seemingly to defend the other in some way. Curious, it walked over. When he saw it, Koa was stunned. He was just talking about it. His serious demeanor faded somewhat as he started to shake. The Mienfoo bowed to him politely and it sensed his aura and gave a little bit of a smile. Koa was suddenly passed a Magost Berry. Was it a thank you from Sid? Either way, he knelt down and handed it to the Meinfoo "Here you go. Must be hungry after doing some training, right?" He said, knowing that Mienfoo have a tendency to train very hard. It happily took the berry and ate it. It definitely hit the spot after training and meditation. It didn't make any attempt to leave afterwards. It was still gauging Koa, but it was definitely intrigued by him and his team "Well hey, if you want to come along..." He took out an Ultra Ball. "Feel free to do so! I'd love to have a Pokemon like you on my team." He said with a warm smile before throwing the ball. The rest was up to chance.
Koa attempts to raise Charisma with a 250+ Word check via his speech to the other trainer. He gives the Mienfoo a Magost Berry and attempts to capture it with an Ultra Ball via befriending!
SNAP— That was the sound of the Pokeball breaking up and dumping its contents. Sid grimaced a little. Shoot. That catch had looked secure. The Excadrill shook out her body and seemed to hesitate before taking a defensive stance again. She had an open escape she could make a break for if she absolutely needed, but for now she’d continue to battle this human! Sid, meanwhile, looked over at Phantom and Nurse. “Are you two ok?” they asked. There was an assured sound from both.
“Ok… Phantom—“ Hm, well they could try. “Use Hypnosis!” The Haunter glanced back at them, frowned, but then looked forward again. Fine with him! Z snapping again, he raised his hands and began to make slow even circles. The Excadrill squinted and then shook her head determined not to fall under the spell. As the circles continued, however, and she started to lull a bit before finally falling asleep entirely.
Quickly, before it could wake, Sid grabbed another— Oh, looks like all they had left was an Ultra Ball. Well that was fine then. Tossing that at the Excadrill, they waited.
The other trainer conceded and left Sid alone. With a heavy sigh, Koa went to focus on the Pokeball he threw at the Mienfoo. He gulped nervously and ran a hand through his hair...then, it stopped shaking. He did a little victory gesture and smiled from ear to ear. "Yes...!" He could barely keep himself composed as he picked up the Pokeball. He got a prompt from his phone. He decided to send over Ali'i, figuring the Spoink needed a break. Ali'i's Pokeball vanished and was sent to the PC while the one with Mienfoo, whom Koa will name Toki, would remain with him.
He let the Mienfoo out of his Pokeball and guided him over to the others "How does the name Toki sound?" He asked, to which the Mienfoo thought about for a few seconds before nodding, satisfied with the name. "Toki it is!" Once Toki was around the other Pokemon currently out and about, they all started to get to know each other and welcome their new friend. Sakuya was still snoozing away as Fomantis tend to do during the day. Azura happily bounced around Toki, happy to meet him. Toki looked bashful around Azura, but otherwise retained his composure.
Koa met up with Sid "Hey, thanks...for the berry, I mean. What are the odds, huh? I talk about one and...there he is." He said with a smile. "And congratulations on your own capture! That was looking a little tense there for a moment." He said, though he did look a tad embarrassed "Did I go a little overboard with that other trainer? I worry that I did...huh...w-well anyway." He looked at his ever growing group "It's surreal. I started my adventure with Azura and Kupuna, and here I am with all of these wonderful new Pokemon. I never had the motivation to go out and train Pokemon when I was younger...now that I do, and that I have a little dream team in the works here, it's such a confidence booster. That I can do this, and seeing how happy they are makes me realize that I made the right decision."
He stopped himself before he rambled "Oh, sorry for rambling. Do you want to keep going or maybe take a break to get our new friends a chance to relax?" He asked. They were on the road for a while now with a lot of encounters behind them already. Maybe a break was in order, though he would leave that up to Sid.
Koa swaps out Ali'i for his new Pokemon, Toki the Mienfoo!
As the Pokeball dinged in capture, Sid let out a breath they hadn’t even realized they’d been holding. And then they clapped both hands together and let out a noise of jubilation! “Great work, guys!” they looked from Phantom to Nurse and back again.
“How are you feeling, Phan?” The Haunter twirled about and rubbed the back of his head. He was fine! Those last few attacks hadn’t been too bad! He promised! A soft breath escaped from Sid. “Good, thank you too, Nurse, for keeping an eye on things.” The Audino gave a small nod and folded his arms. He hadn’t done much as far as he was concerned, but he really didn’t want to anyways.
It was only after the fact that Sid realized another presence was there. The trainer that had been stopped by Koa was standing there for a moment longer before shaking her head and walking away. Sid watched her for a moment before looking towards Koa who was now talking to a—
Ah…. What a blessed event. A softer smile pulled onto their features as they bent down and started going through their bag. Phantom would be handed an Oran berry for his efforts to which he quickly devoured. Sid, however, was focused on another berry. Ah, there it was. They did have it on hand. Quickly tossing the Magost berry over, they offered Koa a smile before tending to their own Poemon again. GS seemed alright. Nurse seemed alright. Good, good.
As the Mienfoo was successfully captured, Sid smiled. Seemed they were both having a good day for capture. “What a wonderful day,” they spoke just as Koa came over to them. They couldn’t help but grin at his words thereafter. “Thank you! Excadrill is one of my favorite Pokemon,” they admitted with a small laugh. “Such a knightly Pokemon.”
Some color touched Sid’s pale features as Koa asked about the trainer. “Ah, sorry, I was so caught up in trying to capture Excadrill that I didn’t even really notice the other trainer until it was over…” Their head turned and they looked back the way she had come. “Trainers are such spirited types of people…” They half laughed. “I’ve never been able to follow down that route.” It sounded like an awful amount of work.
As Koa spoke more, however, Sid looked back at him. Oh… what an adorable person. Koa may have shared more of that spirit than Sid had original registered. A goofier smile pulled across Sid’s features right then. “I think a break would be nice, actually,” they answered. “Phan would probably appreciate some time to hole up and eat….” Where had that Haunter gone now, actually? Sid squinted around and saw a shadow off of a tree that extended just a little too far there. There you are….
Using one Oran berry. Honedge [Excalibur, 35, M], Audino [Nurse, 34, M (4/5 Energy)], Haunter [Phantom, 28, M (4/5 Energy -> +1 5/5 Energy)], Scolipede [Great Serpent, 35, M (4/5 Energy)], Espeon [Angel, 37, F], Frosmoth [Mothra, 27, M]
It was a great day for the two of them. They both managed to catch Pokemon that they really liked and now they had the time to relax now that things calmed down. Kupuna lowered herself to the ground and rested while Koa went over to check on Sakuya. He took out a water bottle and poured a bit into a cupped hand before he gently poured some on Sakuya. She seemed to relax even more, appreciating it. "I'll need to invest in a spray bottle so I can tend to her a little better than that, but it's a start." He said as he left her alone.
To hear that Excadrill is one of Sid's favorite Pokemon made Koa feel even better about what he did to help out. "Oh, that's excellent! I'm so glad you were able to catch it, then!" He said, beaming happily. "To be honest, I now have three of the Pokemon I've always wanted on a team. Popplio, Fomantis, and Mienfoo...this was a huge goal for me, and the fact it's met already just...it's a bit overwhelming. Looks like I'll have to come up with more goals! Meet even more Pokemon. I'm still surprised the Rangers gave me Kupuna as a graduation gift. A Dragon type of all things. I was honored." He said as he brushed her fur slightly. She grunted, pleased with how happy Koa was right now.
He seemed a bit surprised that Sid didn't notice the other trainer, but he laughed "Yeah, I can understand that sort of tunnel vision. Happens to me sometimes too." He listened to Sid as they explained how they've never been able to follow the route of the trainer "I can understand that. It's a lot of work...and a lot of their goals involve traveling all over the world and taking on every challenge with a determined smile. I admire them a lot." He rubbed at his right hand a bit as he still felt ashamed for being involved with Team Skull. He sighed, but he kept to his kind, warm demeanor. He dug around in his bag and pulled out a bowl and a bag of Pokemon food. He gathered around the tree the Haunter was supposedly hiding in the shadow of and poured some food in. His Pokemon happily gathered around him and started to eat, save for Kupuna. He took out a slightly larger bowl and filled that up to before he set it in front of her. She craned her neck down and started to happily munch away. "I always come prepared." He said as he watched his Pokemon interact and eat together.
He wasn't too sure what to talk about, so he decided to ask Sid about their Pokemon "So what can you tell me about your team? How'd you meet them all? Nurse is such a cute name for an Audino, by the way. Phantom's perfect for Haunter. Also...thanks for that berry. I seriously mean that."
Post by Sidney Ridley on Apr 25, 2020 18:26:37 GMT
Sid grinned. “That’s an amazing accomplishment then,” they answered. Their eyes raised to the Drampa again, and they smiled a bit more. “I think they made the right choice in doing so…” They murmured more to themselves than to Koa then. He radiated such an interesting spirit. It was nice to be around.
A small forced laugh came and went from Sid as Koa reacted to their admissions. Sometimes they wished they had the spirit of a trainer. They could have left school, gotten a Pokemon, and went traveling. It sounded so nice without the nuance. But I could never… follow in that man’s footsteps…. Not ever. Sid gave a small shake of head and looked sideways to Nurse and then back towards GS. The Audino remained close while the Scolipede had settled against a tree near Phan. Whether he actually knew the Haunter was there or not was left to be questioned.
As Koa started towards the tree, Sid half smiled and followed suit, Nurse at their heels. Leaning against the tree, Sid realized very briefly right then how tired they actually were. Shaking their head a little to clear it, they glanced back towards Koa again before looking down at Nurse.
A small smile came to their features at the question (or series of questions, perhaps). “I met Nurse in nursing school, actually,” Sid started. The Audino gave a sagely nod turning to Koa and affirming with a soft call. “He actually belonged to the instructor, but….” They paused thinking over Yatsumura-san. “Could be… ah… well, they didn’t really get along…” Nurse made a face before pulling down an eyelid and sticking his tongue out. Sid reached up a hand to cover their mouth before their snicker became too loud. “He was a good teacher, as far as I’m concerned, but he could be a bit head strung and reckless. When I graduated, he asked if I’d take Nurse with me since we got along better.” The Audino folded his arms and gave a sagely nod again. “We’ve been friends ever since.”
Great Serpent had never heard that story before and was slowly leaning around the tree to get better sound quality. Even Phantom peaked up from his shadow to listen very briefly before catching Sid’s eyes and disappearing into the shadow again. Sid chuckled. “…Phantom was a gift from my father.” And that would be it on that regard.
“I caught Great Serpent in the Weeping Forest when I first got here… I actually work in Birch and live in Fuji,” they explained. It was one heck of a travel to come and go from, but still.
“I also met my Honedge, Excalibur, in the same way.” Shifting briefly, they grabbed and enlarged a Pokeball. “EXXXXXXXXXCALLLIBURRRR!” they called tossing it up. The Honedge that took form swayed and swatted the air as if to clear it from Sid’s unnecessary call. Sid laughed back. “Excalibur is the first Pokemon I caught for myself…” they smiled reaching out to the Honedge.
The blade Pokemon rolled its singular eye but twisted up and around to settle the grip in Sid’s hand. “I’ve done several different cosplays with him so far including at the Halloween Gala if you happened to be around for that.” What fun memories. Letting to of the grip, Sid sat back again.
Excalibur shifted and swayed moving about to observe this new cohort with Sid very carefully. “They’re friends, Excalibur, be nice,” Sid called. The Honedge turned back to them and stared for a moment before giving a small shrug with his tassels. He wasn’t going to do anything but observe. Probably.
Fishing out their last to Pokeballs, Sid paused before releasing them.
The Espeon that appeared rather quickly climbed into their lap earning a sideways glance from Nurse. “This is Angel, she was kind of sort of abandoned…” Sid spoke carefully reaching and scratching the Espeon’s ears even as they said that.
The Frosmoth that had appeared right after was…. massive. Huge. Absurdly large for its species. He fluttered about and then went right up in Koa’s face. “Atch! Mothra! Don’t—“ The moth Pokemon was already using his feelers to touch and squish Koa’s face, however. Sid slapped a hand over their face and fought back a laugh. “Mothra is harmless, I promise…. Just…. a bit too curious….”
An amazing achievement? Koa scratched the back of his head a bit. It was mostly luck, at least to him, but to have it acknowledged in such a way felt nice. Reaching goals should feel accomplishing, right? So he gave Sid a smile "Thanks. It means a lot to hear that."
Koa listened to the story of how they met Nurse and frowned a bit. It always upset him when he heard about Pokemon who just didn't get along with their trainers. "Well I'll say I'm glad the two of you found friends in each other. It's impossible to get along with everyone, and that applies with Pokemon, too." He said with a nod. "In the end...I think that was really thoughtful of your teacher. Maybe it wasn't intentional on his part, but he surely brightened your lives."
It seemed there was a story there with Sid's father, but he didn't want to pry into their personal lives if it's something they didn't want to talk about. He was surprised to hear about where Sid worked and lived "Birch? Wow that's quite the long way from Fuji. I'm not sure if I'd be able to handle a commute like that." He looked over at Great Serpent, wondering if that's how Sid makes the trip every time. If so, that was one remarkably patient Scolipede.
He blinked slightly at Sid suddenly shouting into the sky as they called upon their Honedge, Excalibur. "Impressive name for such an impressive Pokemon." He said with a nod as he admired the appearance of the floating sword. "Makoto, my Pancham, was the first I caught for myself. She's a lot calmer than most Pancham I've seen or heard about, but that's part of her charm I think." He said as Makoto waved at her name being said.
He tilted his head slightly "I've never really kept track of the cosplay scene but it's always seemed really fun. Not something I'd be able to pull off myself, really, but it's always cool to see people dress up. I'll have to keep the Halloween Gala in mind for this year, then."
Koa happily waved at Excalibur "Nice to meet you, Excalibur!" He said. He found the sword's aloof behavior endearing. He held a hand over his heart when he saw Angel "Aw...poor thing." He gave a tiny wave to them, not reaching out. He didn't want to spook them at all.
He jumped a bit in shock as the Frosmoth that appeared zoomed right up to his face and started to poke at him with its feelers "Aw, hello there!" He said with a laugh. He pat Mothra's head gently in return "It's okay, I think they're adorable." He said. He looked over at his Pokemon. They had finished their meals and were resting together. Toki looked like he was meditating, but was clearly flustered as Azura was curled up nearby. "Pokemon are incredible, huh? They all have their own personalities. It's a treat to meet every one."
Post by Sidney Ridley on Apr 26, 2020 21:06:15 GMT
A soft smile pulled onto Sid’s features as Koa regarded their relationship with Nurse. Looking back to Nurse, they caught him smiling a bit at that. “Sometimes, I think, we’re all just waiting for someone to come into our lives, and the minute they do, it just sorta clicks…” Nurse blushed and shook his head only to receive a head pat back. “Fate’s been very gracious to me, I’d say, meeting Nurse when I did.” Among other things.
The distance between Birch and Fuji was not one to be taken lightly, and Sid nodded at that. “I spend most of the work week in Birch and go home to Fuji when I can,” they explained before looking up and back towards Great Serpent that had leaned a little around the tree. “GS and my own Drampa, Lord, get me there and back in good time.” It was still a trek, all the same.
As Sid and Koa talked about him, Excalibur the Honedge floated about observing Koa’s Pokemon for himself. Hmmmm hmmmmm. They all seemed unfit candidates to do battle with at that point. Maybe someday they would, but he could be patient. For now. That Pancham could grow. Perhaps it would be interesting someday. Looking back at Koa, he tilted his hilt and blade in a vaguer acknowledgment of him.
Angel the Espeon looked at the person she was being introduced to and gave a small nod to him before resting a little more on Sid. She received a few more ear scratches for the efforts.
And then there was Mothra who was busy squishing Koa’s face with his soft buggy feelers. At… at least Koa took it alright. Being pat on the head had Mothra uttering a soft cooing noise and tilting his head to one side to receive more pats. This was a very soft human. Very squishy. Very good, or so he decided.
As Mothra relaxed again, Sid breathed out softly. “They are….” they agreed to Koa’s words. They never did tire of them.
Floating back around after assessing everything that he wanted to, Excalibur squinted at the extended shadow…. And then immediately jumped into it blade first. Phantom shrieked bounding out of his own shadow right after. Sid jolted. Angel tensed. Nurse and GS deadpanned in unison. “Gak— Excalibur!” Sid squeaked a little. Their voice would be drowned out by a now inconsolable Phantom who was yelling and throwing his arms up and down at the shadow in the tree where Excalibur had disappeared into.
Sid tried… they tried very hard… to keep a straight face… but suddenly they were laughing all over again. Oh no. Oh poor baby. Oh gosh…
Waiting for someone to come into your life...Koa looked over at Azura and the other Pokemon. "Yeah...that's a great way to put it." He said with a smile. "Azura's own strength in the face of the hardships she had to deal with has been very inspiring to me. She was downtrodden after what happened to her mother, but once she bounced back, it was night and day." He explained. "It was such a wake up call. Just because things are difficult doesn't mean they're always going to be. Sometimes you have to find the will to keep going. I used to be with...a bad crowd growing up. Thought I wouldn't make anything of my life. She taught me that it's okay to go through hardships and that I could change for the better."
"I figured it was like that." He said with a nod when Sid explained how their work week was. "When I'm not traveling I usually just stay in Ranger barracks. I don't really have a place of my own yet. I should do something about that once I explore a bit more. It's fun traveling around, though. I get to meet all sorts of people and Pokemon in the meantime."
Excalibur seemed to acknowledge Koa and his Pokemon, though he was interrupted when Mothra wanted more pats, so Koa obliged. "There you are. Affectionate, aren't you?" He said "I've never seen a Frosmoth up close before, but even I know he's a big one. I don't think there are any Frosmoth or Snom in Alola, so it's amazing to meet one in person."
Suddenly the atmosphere changed as Phantom started to fuss after Excalibur did...something? He didn't notice, though he did look concerned. Though apparently it wasn't all that bad as Sid started to laugh "Um...? I'm not entirely sure what just happened, but are they all okay?" He asked. The noise woke up Sakuya, who looked groggy and annoyed. She made an annoyed little squeak as she turned away and tried to get back to sleep. "Oh dear...someone's cranky."
A gentle smile held on Sid’s features as Koa spoke of Azura. It was always so nice to hear ‘success stories’ like that. Heartwarming. The omission that followed, however, had Sid blinking surprised. Koa didn’t look anything like what they’d imagine the wrong crowd to look like. But a change of heart can change a whole person…. Heh. That’s wonderful too.
Listening to how Koa spent his days, Sid gave a small nod. “There’s so much to see still, I can understand….” If Gaki hadn’t wanted to be a farmer, would Sid have settled down? They didn’t know.
A soft laugh escaped from Sid as Koa regarded Mothra. “I met Mothra as a Snom in a recent swarm,” they explained. “Turns out their evolution method is affection and well….” Well, it was clear how much Sid cared for their Pokemon. Mothra’s big doey eyes were a glaring reflection of that. What a silly creature.
After Phantom’s outburst, however, Sid couldn’t help but laugh. “Ah… ah yeah, sorry, yeah,” they assured with a small nod. “Ghost Pokemon can move through shadows, and Excalibur likes to kick Phantom out of his own sometimes…” The Haunter looked sideways at Side and flailed both arms a bit irritably. That was at least until a squeak caught Phan’s attention. Looking at the baby, he frowned and floated around behind Sid. Sid reached back and gently pat his hand in assurance.
“I guess it might be like getting kicked out of your house by an annoying younger cousin…” Sid snorted softly at that. Their eyes flicked over to the shadow that was now Excalibur’s. Only one cool and vaguely judgmental eye could be seen from it.