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Form: Pikachu --> Garchomp
Ability: Static --> Sand Veil
Affiliation: Rogue
Post Involves: n/a
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He'd wandered to the far outskirts of the jungle, back towards the sand and wind and thrumming heat that lay beyond. His experiences with Gawain had, while not completely dispelling his discomfort with the concept, at least made him more aware of the benefits the ability to change forms provided. And more so, it highlighted the dangers. Gawain had had multiple forms, and so did several of the others he had met so far wandering Mautte's lands; it stood to reason he might as well. And with no knowledge of what they might be, or what the were capable of, Ricktor sought out the most desolate area of the island he had thus far seen in hopes that no matter what came of this experiment, it wouldn't cause anyone lasting harm.

He hoped, at least.

The Pikachu wandered out into the dunes, but made sure that the treeline could still be seen in the distance. Getting lost in the dunes was not an experience he wanted he wanted to have.

Settling in at the lull of two sand-dunes, he sat and once again tried to look into himself. To find something different. But not the same different of the masked creature, with its heavy trappings and strange construction. A different different. Something new and perhaps more suited to the sweltering heat that made his fur itch and his paws burn - that was bothered by the shifting sands and arid environment. Was such a thing inside him? He looked deeper, and a sudden image of wicked teeth and bladed limbs came to him, rising from the depths. A maw springing from the darkness to rend and tear and consume. He opened his own mouth and found the maw there, already filled with endless teeth and a bottomless hunger.

In a flash, before thought can catch him, his lungs contract and a roar - echoing and fierce and carrying bellows out into the desert. it quakes the dunes and shakes his bones and he is an invincible force. And still the hunger grows. He is hungry. So terribly hungry. He starves. He must hunt. Sharp body leans forward and balances as he peers out over the sand, looking for sustenance. Something to grip in his teeth. To butcher. To devour and savor. Around him the sand blows in the wind, and in his head his thoughts slow and dull in the face of an inescapable need to hunt and chase and eat.

At the edges of the desert, a beast begins to roam.
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#2
Kai, Fletchling - Ability: Big Pecks - Affiliation: none
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Sand. There was nothing else but sand, as long as the eye could see. Kai had forgotten her destination long ago. All she knew was that she'd probably made a wrong turn. 

Her wings ached as she continued flapping, as there we no winds to help the small bird carry her form.

Oh, life is unfair, the young bird thought bitterly. Oh very, very unfair. 

Minutes to seconds later, (probably only a couple seconds, Kai thought wryly; she doubted that she actually had the strength to fly that long) the bird saw something green in the distance and she thrilled in success, suddenly encourage to put on a burst of speed (trees, trees!). However, the Fletchling's excitement was cut short by an efernal roar.

The shocked bird froze mid-flap, her stomach lurching in horror. She looked around. Nothing. But then... what had made that noise? Steeling herself as if getting ready for a monster to reveal itself, the Fletchling continued on warily when nothing happened. It wss just my imagination, she decided, that's all it was, no more, no less - just more proof that this desert is driving me insane.
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#3
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Form: Garchomp
Ability: Sand Veil
Affiliation: Rogue
Post Involves: Kai
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Sand poured over rough skin like water as bladed body cut into the earth, nuzzling into the depths and the warmth of the ground as massive body began to tread the fine grains. this is his element - his home. the dark comfort of velvet sand and grit, parting around him as he swims lazy circles through desert dunes. Hunger still gnaws at him. It bites through the placidity the desert provides, sharp and unyielding.

Teeth clatter against teeth in his great maw, and the feeling is exhilarating.

And then comes the scent. Something warm resting itself on the dunes above, somewhere nearby. He can feel the vibrations as they moves, as sand displaces and tumbles, as desert winds rush to fill the voids left by foot-steps. 

Hunger. Hunt. Crunch.

The beast cannot see it's target, but knows it is there, and it swims easily underneath them. The earth jitters, as the ground moves with his presence, and the rumbling growl echoing in his chest. A moment the beast waits, another, and then explodes from the sand in a terrible roar, sand trembling in a horrendous Earthquake as he rises to try and snatch his prey.
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Kai, Fletchling - Ability: Big Pecks - Affiliation: none
This post affects (Garchomp). 

Kai keeps her eyes forwards as she flies, but it doesn't stop the feeling that something is wrong, wrong, very wrong. The roar that wasn't there, the echoing growls from under the sand... wait, the what? 

The Fletchling dares a glance downwards to see that the ground beneath her is moving. Last time she checked, sand didn't move. Kai flaps harder. There is definitely something wrong in this desert.

The next thing the bird sees is an eruption of sand, followed by a terrible roar. A startled thrill escapes her, but instincts take over as she launches upwards, an Agility boosting her speed. 

Kai can't see the monster. She doesn't want to see the monster. What pokemon hunts and lives in the sand? 

But she knows it's there. 

The monster can't fly, can it? Pokemon that live under the ground usually don't fly, too.

Kai stops trying to race away from it. In a panic, she turns to the sky and flies up instead.
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Form: Garchomp
Ability: Sand Veil
Affiliation: Rogue
Post Involves: Kai
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He had missed, his target flinging itself up in to the sky and away from his gnashing teeth. A menacing rage builds in his stomach. Another horrific scream echoes out over the dunes, making the ground quiver underfoot.

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The thrill of the hunt thrummed in his blood and drove him to once again dig under the sand, removing himself from view and he burrowed deep and them turned upwards. A great thrust of his tail sent him careening back out of the ground with tremendous force, entire form contorted in uncontrolled outrage as the beast flung itself skyward to snap at the small morsel that had evaded his grasp moments earlier.
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#6
Kai, Fletchling (shifts into) Embris, Charizard - Ability: Blaze - Affiliation: none
This post affects (Garchomp).

For a second, Kai thinks she's safe. The creature goes back into the sand and she relaxes for a bit, not bothering to fly any higher. The Fletchling catches her breath and then there's a crack. That's when she realizes that the creature isn't gone and it's directly under her. 

Kai lets out a string of frantic chirps, attempting to fly out of the thing's reach, but she's way too small and way too slow. The creature is going to reach her and she knows it. Some sort of barrier breaks in her mind and fire engulfs her... a flame charge? Had she learned flame charge? 

But the fire doesn't spot there, it shifts around her and she feels different; she's changing.

The fire diminishes until it's only on the tip of her tail. Taking a look around, the draconic orange creature glares at the predator after her and lashes out at it with her blazing, scaly tail. With a snarl, she forms a whirl of spinning fire, a fire spin, and it grows larger and larger before launching that, too, at the creature. She flies higher up into the air, watching the result in confusion. One thought comes to her during that time. She knows her name is Embris.
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#7
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Form: Garchomp
Ability: Sand Veil
Affiliation: Rogue
Post Involves: Kai
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Fire lashes at his hide, and the dragon flails it continued outrage at the sudden discomfort and pain. What had happened to his prey? Where had this flame spewing beast come from where before there was only a morsel to be devoured? Something in the back of the dragon's head shuddered, clawing at consciousness, trying to regain control- only to be ruthlessly trampled back down by the sand monster's unquenchable anger.

Turning upwards, it roars in the face of it's would-be opposition, wanting the beast to either come within reach to be slaughtered or to leave so the desert beast can resume a hunt for something more appetizing. It would hack apart anything in the way of its ceaseless hunger.
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#8
Embris, Charizard - Ability: Blaze - Affiliation: none
This post affects (Garchomp).

The orange dragon glares at its enemy, hovering a good tail length out of reach. She would like to keep fighting, but she's already tired, some unknown fatigue warning her that a battle isn't what she needs. The dragon is stronger than the bird but it, too, needs a break sometimes, although she worries that flying away will only lead to a chase. 

With a large intake of breath, the dragon sends a stream of purple fire towards the other creature, then grumbles, watching the movements of her dragon's breath.
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#9
Gaius, Tyranitar, Ability: Sand Stream Affilitation: None

This post affects: Garchomp and Charizard

After travelling the island for some time and still making no progress to finding a way home, or a way to unlock his true memories, Gaius spotted a large desert in the distance. It took several days, but finally he made his way to the new location. When he finally arrived, he smiled. Even though he didn't know where his true home was, he felt at home in this desert, feeling the sand and natural environment against his scales felt as if it was a massaged, He then sighed in pleasure.

'As long as I can find some reliable source of food, maybe I can just stay here indefinitely.' He then looked across the area and he could make out the forms of two creatures out on the horizon. He couldn't make out fine details, but could tell that there was some sort of fight going on, as flames crashed against the sand.

'Looks like they're having a scrap. It would be fun to see what they're up to. Hell, if they take each other out I can probably eat well tonight.' He then moved as quickly as he could towards the battle, eager for whatever awaited him.
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#10
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Form: Garchomp
Ability: Sand Veil
Affiliation: Rogue
Post Involves: Kai, Gaius (if he moves closer)
Moves: Uses Stomping tantrum and Rock Tomb!
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The purple flames battered against the Garchomp's scales, and it let out another ear-splitting screech, this time in pain. Almost blinded by the sudden agony, it swipes at the air to try and dissipate the flames, feet ramming the ground in a stomping tantrum as it's long tail throws the sand around it into disarray. The fury boiling in it's gullet is uncontrollable at this point, maw gaping wide to expose razor teeth as an earth shattering scream bellows forth.

A particularly strong series of slams sends the ground heaving enough to make several sand dunes quiver away, revealing stone beneath. With gargantuan effort the dragon grabs one and throws it heavenwards toward the flying thing that had dared to set him ablaze, before turning backwards and tunneling back beneath the sand. Whatever this was it was to high up to eat, and fighting it was more painful than the best wanted to deal with. He dug deep, hoping it would fly off and leave him be to find some other source of food.
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