"So it did affect you some... Did you find out anything new?" Max said.
"A lot and not much at the same time...The thoughts and memories I scanned weren't very clear, probably because of the censor's presence. However, it seems that there was some kind of storm, or something, here on the night following the last attack by the people of Onyx Village. I saw rain, at any rate, which is odd, since the forest region should be in its dry season at this time of year. And I saw the basis of the censor. I couldn't perceive it too clearly, but it's definitely not organic."
"I'm not too sure. It almost seemed like some kind of virus, and it showed all the telltale signs of being alive, in one form or another, but it wasn't a natural life-form. And I only got a small dose of what its acts of censorship feel like, and I can understand why it would make the villagers pass out like that."
"Why? How bad was it?" Luke asked, understandably anxious.
"I can only imagine how much worse it must feel to take the entire 'attack', as it were, but it tried to censor me, and that alone felt like it was trying to set my mind on fire, but freeze it at the same time, and, on top of that, use some kind of excessive force to shut my mind down entirely."
"That's horrible! What kind of people would do that?" Luca said.
"Oh, I could name a few," Max muttered. Louder, he added, "Well, from the evidence, we can pretty much confirm it was someone in Onyx Village, but I get the feeling that we're not going to get a completely straight story from either side, censor-virus or not. Assuming the storm was somehow real, it must have hit the few pokemon outside of both villages, or they should have at least seen it or know something about it."
"So we're heading back out of town again?" Luke asked, not waiting for a response. "Good. Just the idea of a virus that can censor thoughts that painfully...it scares me."
"It...It might..." Jeden almost seemed to try to agree with them, but, as ever, he didn't complete his thought aloud.
"Well, let's get going!" San said, back to her usual, jolly mood, either over the horror that the virus presented, or just valiantly blocking it out. "If there's trouble like this going on, then there'll probably be a 'too late' sooner or later!"
As they went, Jeden seemed about to protest, and try to speak again, but Era silently shook his head, advising against it. Nobody would take any notice even if he could get a full sentence out for a change.
"What kinds of pokémon live in between the villages here?" Jacob asked, half to make conversation, half because he was curious, and a third half, just to ask himself. "We didn't explore too far around here last time we were here."
"A variety," Max said as they began walking through the area of forest between the villages, assuming the question was directed at him. "Mostly types native to the forest, and I'd say they're mostly pretty mild-natured, seeing as anyone who got angry over Emerald Village taking over most of it went to join Onyx. But hey, what do I know, I wasn't really socializing much."
"As long as that means they won't try to ambush us or anything, that's okay, I guess..."
"It's pretty doubtful they'd want to," Max said. "Anyway, most of them in the area should at least recognize me as that kid who 'I swear I saw staring at me from that tree earlier, how disrespectful, wasn't he taught better than to stare at people from trees, oh my gosh that leaf on that oak tree behind you just twitched do you think he's watching us right now'."