"The next day..."
Apparantly, there are beds in the Ranger's Base, something I was not aware of. I thought that was just a changing room!
We have received a disturbing report from Mr.
What, have Scythers been evicerating other Pokemon or something?
He claims there are strange noises coming
from the Marine Cave on Nabiki Beach
What is with this country and its fear of strange noises? Crawford is sent to investigate with me tagging along, but he lets me lead...
Apparantly, we've had YET ANOTHER Timeskip, as the water is far enough out this season to allow me to walk right into the cave. Apparantly, in Almia, tides are based on season and not time of day.
This is the first mission worth of the
title in a long time.
Well, at least there's an excuse for the rookies being better than the veterans here.
Some checking around town reveals...dialogue changes! But only indoors. People's Pokemon are freaking out for some reason. But Munchlax is fine - it's chill like that. And Crawford's Budew...wait, where is Crawford's Budew? Where the hell are all the other Ranger's partner Pokemon for that matter!? I haven't seen them since the Beach mission!
Do you know the Go-Rock Quads?
They're a band that started in Fiore!
They sound more like a redneck Biker gang to me.
I also learn that stepping in puddles of slime left by Shellos, for example, inflicts damage! I don't know how something that gets stuck on my shoes affects my Styler, but hey, what do I know? Up until now I thought tides changed bidaily.
I didn't mention this earlier, but I needed a 1 Soak to wake up Bonsly. Too bad the school is closed...
Investigate the Marine Cave!
Weird purple haze here.
I can hear something coming from deep
Those pulsing noises are very sinister.
They sound mechanical to me...
Crawford says there's something wrong with the Pokemon. They seem to have glowing hurricanes/sperm over their hads and are dancing in circles. And I can't befriend any of them, meaning I'm stuck with Munchlax and Glameow/Shellos I came in with.
What's in the back of the cave?
Guess correctly and win three milk puddings
This is no time to be cracking jokes.
Never heard of 'em.
I can hear the pulsing noise clearly!
It's actually close.
Oh, now it sounds sinister.
I explore around and find a machine that looks kind of like a miniture nuclear bomb that's the source of all this trouble. I need 2 Soak to destroy it...and also to affect a rock I saw earlier. Probably a Graveler
Luckily, deeper inside, by which I mean in another section of the cave just passed the machine, the influence is not working, which only makes sense, considering it's affecting things as far as Vientown.
I have to use a Shellos to wake it up. Even though I clearly saw it as a Geodude in the cutscene! Why can't I make like Crawford and try to capture what looks like an inanimate object?
Better than Shellos, who are annoying as fuck to even start a battle with. Seriously, if there's even a drop of slime there, you're going to take damage. What a piece of shit.
I had to catch this to destroy a rock and get a Gastrodon
with Soak 2. Squirtle's assist...didn't really help much here.
Unfortunately, Gastrodon leaves slime like it's pre-evolution. Fortunately, I found I could easily encounter it by just letting it come to me. Well, most of the time.
Holy shit, this bastard had a lot of HP. The expanding mud it threw didn't help either. P.S. "the friendship bar reduces over time" my ass. It just hovers around a while then drops like a rock.
And I was right again! That one rock was a Graveler! This game is so predictable...
It also had a lot of HP.
Spitting water at the machine made it explode! Suprisingly, without killing us all.
Vlad, it's your smart decisions that
saved the Pokemon.
If by "smart", you mean "reckless", by which I mean "went all out on the second Gastrodon capture", then yes. I guess they did!
I'll get in touch with Almia's strongest
person by voicemail for help moving this.
Unfortunately, Crawford doesn't think of, say, using a Pokemon to help move the machine's reckage to get it back to the lab or, calling people over with the necessary equipment and examining it there. Or using a wedge to get it on a platform with wheel and axles on the bottom with levers on the front and back for easy grip. Is Almia so simple-minded that they don't even think of using simple machines?
It's someone who beat our Leader at
arm wrestling in three seconds flat.
I'd mention how when I read Chris Jericho's book, that he learned a technique on how to easily win at arm wrestling here, even against people who may be much stronger than you. And how he even used it to get some respect from a clique of some kind. But it'd be pointless, because Japan is way too straight-minded to think like that. We're going to see some muscle-bound man. Or god forbid, muscle-bound woman.
Oh, you're on your way home, are you?
Keep up with your mission assignments!
The Ranger Base is my new home, apparantly. And yes, I was right - the strongest person in Almia is indeed a woman! Big Bertha, in fact. Should've been obvious from all the non gender-specific pronouns being used, but hey! Vlad starts sweating like no tommorow here and backs away.
My silly husband got all jealous saying I'm
going on a date with Crawford in the Cave.
So, I told him, that's exactly what I'm doing!
Why is everyone here so intent on playing cruel, twisted jokes? I mean, tasteless jokes like...
Q. What's the difference between the WTC and my penis?
A. My penis is still erect.
...is one thing, but messing with people's heads? That's fucked up, man. That ends relationships.
Ma went out and left me to fend on my
lonesome. It sure isn't easy to manage.
I go to see him, and he's taking it surprisingly well. After something like that, I was expecting him to break down in tears and start screaming "WHHHHHHHHY!" while raising his fists to the sky.
The Pokemon are still crazy, it seems.
Our Happiny are back to being normal.
Ah-ha! The obvious deduction here would be that there's ANOTHER one of those nuke machines causing another disturbance. Of course, this all breaks down when you consider that a Cherubi in Chicole wasn't being affected, and nothing around the Ranger School that also houses Operators and Mechanics was being affected. The only other possibility is that it is underground! But of course, it's not that. It's something else that we'll never find out.
Mission Accomplished! And just like in the original, promotions come fast, and I get officially promoted to Ranger Rank 1. Meaning until just now, I was a zero.
I guess you could say...
I'm going from zero..