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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Agency by the Sea

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Exploring the Unknown is project aimed at converting the gameplay style of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games into a multiplayer forum post-and-update format. This is something I've been working on for the past few months and is very close to being presentable.

This game will be decently long. Do not join unless you're willing to play for the long haul. If you quit partway into the game, your character's death will be written into the story and you won't be replaced.

Now taking signups for up to four players. Signups won't necessarily be first-come, first-served; I reserve the right to reject signups selectively if there are too many.

To signup, post with the basic Pokémon you would like to join as. You must choose a generation 6 Pokémon or earlier that can evolve (all non-standard evolutions have been changed to level requirements). I may reject your selection if there is an issue with it, e.g. it shares a species with an important NPC or I think it's too powerful.

The game will begin November 8th (three weeks from now).
I'll join. I got dibs on Honedge, a Steel/Ghost type Pokemon.
I have nothing else to say now. Huh...
Sign up as Shroomish.
oh shit

a reason to come back

sign me up as a Ferrothornseed. We're tankin'.

This is a thing that's happening, now. Achievements in old video games.
Thank you for the layout, Erik557.
Man, I wish this would've worked. Oh well.
If not for respect, but dramatic effect, take on the face of Guy Fawkes.

scyther please
Officially a Mega Man addict.
Major thanks to Giga and Erik557 for the layout.
Cethlea, Larvitar and mother of one minus one taking her reserved slot.
Join in as a Mudkip I guess
Layout by Mathos
I'll join as Axew.
Okay this got more signups than I thought it would, so I'm going to close this early.

The four that get in out of the seven signups will be based on participation in previous RPG forum games, likelihood of staying in the game through the entirety, and balanced team composition.

Super late EDIT: Giftshaven, Impetus, LHB, Ultima


A Sinking Feeling


Something was clearly wrong.

The sudden silence was telling. The crowd awaiting his judgment in the audience room was far larger than usual. They must have been talking about something important.


Galvantula liege?

D-did you feel it too?

A look at the crowd showed faces just as confused... and fearful. That was far more worrying.

Zekrom will leave me now.

Zekrom waited only the bare minimum to keep the appearance of propriety. As soon as it was alone, it flung open the back doors to the grand spiral staircase and flew to its quarters. Traversing the long distance between the public areas and its quarters was tiring sometimes, but a high lookout was indispensable when one must not be seen flying outdoors. What a scandal.

But what was this feeling of dread? This is not the first time Zekrom had felt this, but it had not been this strong in centuries, and never had anybody else nearby felt it. This sense, along with a few other gifts, had been bestowed on Zekrom by Arceus itself. It must have been particularly strong for others nearby to feel it.

The lookout was no help. When it reached the top and glanced around in all directions, Zekrom came to a startling realization. When it felt these feelings of dread in the past, they always corresponded to something happening or about to happen somewhere in the world, and Zekrom could always vaguely determine what direction it originated from. But this was different... this feeling had no source. It was everywhere.

There was nothing to it. Zekrom was just going to have to pay a visit to Reshiram. In secret, of course.
We're finally here! We're so high up!

The sun is really beating down, though. It's so hot! Why did we have to come here in the middle of summer?

Look at the view! You can see the coast so far away!
I'm glad I got to see this.

It's beautiful! I almost don't want to leave.

We have to though. It sure is an amazing view, but we have to move-

Nah, I agree. I think I'd rather stay.

What?! You can't stay. Remember-
Hey, put that down!

You can't do this! You'll ruin everything we've worked towards! ...ugh.

You didn't have to attack him, you know.
You could have just left.
♪♫ Welcome to the World of Pokémon! ♪♫


Can anyone hear me?


I am afraid I cannot see you in this state.

Is anyone there?

Please respond, with anything, so I may know.
"Ugh... my head..."

"Where am I? Whose voice is that?"
"Hmm... this may be a dream... but dream or not, this is still pretty weird..."

"Alright then. I'll oblige. What is it that you want?"
Layout by Mathos

Huh... Who am I? Who are you? Where is this, exactly?
"Yes, I can hear you. It seems like my vision is obscured too."
♪♫ Welcome to the World of Pokémon! ♪♫

Heh, somebody is getting ahead of themselves.

But I cannot answer your questions.

That would take too much precious time.

No matter. It is as I sensed.

There are four of you.

It will feel like you are falling.

Do not be alarmed.

This is normal.

There is something about the four of you....

It is impossible to pinpoint, but...
I believe I can trust you.

Please, if you would,
listen to my humble request.

This world is a world of mystery, bountiful nature, and endless adventure.

This world is not entirely peaceful, but since time immemorial Pokémon around the world have put their hearts and souls into making it a better place.

This world is dying.

It is being swallowed by a darkness, a force whose origin I cannot determine.

This world is slowly being corrupted from the inside out.

Do you sense it?

Is it just me?


For an equally indeterminable reason, I believe you can help solve this problem.

Perhaps it is because of what I do not know that makes the four of you indispensible.

I need your help.

Will you lend me your hand?
"I can sense the darkness as well."

"Alright, I'll lend my hand."
"Okay, sure. It's not like this is going to get any weirder anyway..."
Layout by Mathos

Uh... I guess so? I don't really know what you mean, to be honest, but everyone else seems to trust you.