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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Agency by the Sea


Tepig
Well, that's good.



Tepig
I don't know what I would have done if you guys were really hurt...


The group is startled by grass rusting in the forest path just behind them.


???
*huff* *huff*


???
Shouldn't've attacked that sleeping Tangrowth, boss.


???
Hey, look! There they are!


Three familiar Pokémon exit into the clearing and walk around the group before confronting them.






Charmander
Having a pity party, are we?



Croagunk
You should have invited me, I'm crushed. Hehe.



Drilbur
Well if it isn't you guys.



Drilbur
First you take the Sunkern bounty, now you took Swinub's request out from under us.



Drilbur
I think you're doing it on purpose.



Swinub
For the last time, that request was posted specifically for Team Remix.



Swinub
Well, they weren't actually a team yet but...


Swinub shakes his head.



Swinub
Can we not do this right now? I need to get home. I have seeds and berries to deliver.



Swinub
It's going to be dark soon and Master must be worried.



Tepig
...
Rocky has gathered herself and picked herself up off the floor, turning first to Tepig.


Rocky
Ah... Crumpets... I'm sorry Tepig, I didn't want you to have to take another hit for me and... I couldn't even...


Looking around, she finally processes what the other team is saying.


Rocky
We just took the orders posted. I mean, I'm just trying to get by. I have no idea what jobs you're taking...



Rocky
But, um...


Rocky faces Croagunk directly.


Rocky
Do you know me? Did I do something to make you think I'd be doing this intentionally?



Rocky
Because, I don't remember anything. Sorry. But I thought since you called me Rocky you knew me...



Rocky
Um, if my name is Rocky... I mean... Ah battenbergs... I really have no idea, I'm sorry for bothering you.

Croagunk
Just met you the other day. Must be a coincidence.



Charmander
We know you plenty enough! You took the building in the square that should have been ours!


Tepig is shaking.


Rocky
Oh, I see... Um... Well, I was just happy to have somewhere to sleep. Having um, no memories.



Rocky
Or um... Given that I didn't know anyone. So I didn't know it was supposed to be yours...



Rocky
But I uh... Even though if what you say is true, and I might be in less than savory company.



Rocky
If they're purposefully... At least, they seemed to all be nice to me, but... Scones, what I'm trying to say is...



Rocky
I don't have anywhere else to live, and, there's not much I can do about you not getting the building so...



Rocky
I suppose if there's some way I can make it up to you, I will. Right now I'm just trying to earn my keep.

Drilbur
Wow, you're really gullible.



Aron
This is ridiculous.



Aron
We saved Sunkern and bought that building fair and square. You'll always be welcome to stay there.



Swinub
And you helped me get through the forest!



Aron
Charmander's just bitter. Don't give him the time of day.

Charmander
Bitter! How dar-


Drilbur lifts a claw to shush Charmander.



Drilbur
Hang on just a second. Something doesn't feel right.


Drilbur turns to Tepig.



Tepig
...



Drilbur
You look like you're gonna burst in tears. Are you okay?


Tepig's shaking stops. Replacing it is building rage.



Tepig
NO I AM NOT OKAY!


There is silence for a long while.



Drilbur
Fair point.



Croagunk
Do you wanna talk about it?



Tepig
...no, I just want to finish our mission and go home.



Tepig
We don't have time for this bickering. Please go away.


Drilbur calls the trio into a huddle.



Croagunk
I think we should just go, boss.



Charmander
But-!



Drilbur
You're getting too worked up. We'll think this through later after some grub.



Croagunk
It's always grub with you, huh boss? Save some for the rest of us, hehe.



Drilbur
...are you calling me fat?



Croagunk
N-no Boss... Of course not...


The group flees back into the forest where they came from. Tepig lets out a very long sigh of relief.


Tepig
You said you live up the mountain, Swinub? Do you want us to go with you?



Swinub
I can make it up from here. The forest is the scary part.


Everyone hears a loud boom coming from just up the mountain path.


Rocky
(Oh welshcakes...)



Rocky
I'm sor.. We sh... I, uh, well... There's, um... Do you usually get a lot of earthquakes around here..?

Swinub
There have been a few earthquakes recently, but-



Tepig
That sounded like an explosion, not an earthquake!



Aron
It came from just ahead, on the path up the mountain. We should check it out.


Everybody runs up the path to check out the source of the sound. Just ahead, in a clearing along the path, they find a Dunsparce fiddling with a strange object.






Dunsparce
Gah! How am I supposed to use this stupid thing?



Dunsparce
Why can't I have hands? Everybody else has hands!


Dunsparce headbutts the strange object. The ground shakes beneath them in a low rumble.



Dunsparce
Wah!

Ultima
(Agh! So loud! Why is this so loud?!)



Ultima
(Wait... Actually...)



Ultima
(Why am I so sensitive to loud noises now?)



Ultima
(...)



Ultima
(No, that doesn't matter!)


Ultima angrily looks at Dunsparce.


Ultima
Hey, what's your deal?! Why are you doing this?!
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Dunsparce
I'm not doing this on purpose! This thing is really fiddly and...


Dunsparce headbutts it again. The ground quakes even more violently.



Dunsparce
Ugh...



Dunsparce
You there! What's your name?



Tepig
Me? I'm- I'm Tepig. Why do-



Dunsparce
Nevermind! Untrustworthy, the lot of you!



Dunsparce
Ugh, this is useless!


Dunsparce smacks away the strange device with its tail. The device crackles with electricity on contact before flying backwards, landing in the snow close to the edge of the mountain.



Dunsparce
Ow! What was that?


Dunsparce begins to grow to multiple times its size.






Dunsparce
Huh?


Rocky
Oh... That doesn't seem... Normal.

Ultima
You're telling me!



Ultima
(Now I'm really curious on what is actually going on...!)
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Aron
We need to grab that thing. Whatever it is, it's dangerous.



Dunsparce
What? No, absolutely not!




♪♫ Battle Against Another Team! ♪♫






Actions Remaining:
Impetus needs to post.
Ultima needs to post.


Rocky
H-h-hash browns on a hovis, we're doomed. If I couldn't even take on a dungeon pokemon, I.. I can't do this.


Rocky uses Sandstorm!

Dunsparce
What on a what?



Dunsparce
...

Ultima
I wished I knew what that meant as well...



Ultima
...



Ultima
No wait, that wasn't what I wanted to say!



Ultima
Agh... forget it.


Use Work Up.
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Turn 1

Player Movement:
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Aron moves 1 tile down.
Tepig moves 1 tile down.
Swinub moves 1 tile left.

Player Attack:
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Rocky uses Sandstorm.

A sandstorm started! Pokémon that don't do well in this weather will keep losing HP.

Ultima uses Work Up. Ultima's Attack increases slightly! Ultima's Special Attack increases slightly!

Enemy Attack:
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Dunsparce uses Agility! Dunsparce's Speed increases slightly!



♪♫ Battle Against Another Team! ♪♫






Actions Remaining:
Impetus needs to post.
Ultima needs to post.


Rocky
... B-but if I give up, what will happen to us..?


Rocky uses Dragon Dance (six times if possible).
Keep using Work Up.
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Turn 2

Player Movement:
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Tepig waits in place.
Swinub moves 1 tile up-left.

Player Attack:
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Rocky uses Dragon Dance. Rocky's Attack increases slightly! Rocky's Speed increases slightly!
Ultima uses Work Up. Ultima's Attack increases slightly! Ultima's Special Attack increases slightly!
Aron uses Harden. Aron's Defense increases slightly!

Enemy Movement:
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Dunsparce moves 1 tile down.

Enemy Attack:
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Dunsparce uses Agility. Dunsparce's Speed increases slightly!



♪♫ Battle Against Another Team! ♪♫






Actions Remaining:
Impetus: Use Dragon Dance 5 times.
Ultima needs to post.