Morphic - Private Thread Desert Light Casts Shadows
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The One; Rhenlo the Gengar
Ability: Cursed Body
This post affects Jones.
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The sandstorm rolled in ferociously right as Rhenlo hit the desert; yet more proof of Mautte's conniving presence. Rhenlo felt the sand tearing at his body, clawing away the gases as he desperately tried to reform them. Rhenlo would survive, of course; but the sand made him very uncomfortable, and he feared that if his body fully dispersed without his willing it, the Heart might become damaged. He was too far in to turn back, however, and so kept pushing forward. Right as he began to panic, the storm ceased; Rhenlo couldn't help but look with amazement as his body rebuilt itself. Rhenlo had wandered into the eye of the storm; an oasis so calm and serene, with an almost picturesque magical barrier keeping the sandstorm out.

Rhenlo floated casually to the water nearby; it was a small basin, with cool, refreshing looking water (not that Rhenlo could touch or feel it). He'd been lucky to find the oasis; obviously this was evidence that his mission was true, and he'd bring the swift hammer down on Mautte. Rhenlo couldn't help cackling to himself, thinking of the island on fire, and the desert submerged. Perhaps he'd leave this place intact for a while; Rhenlo was nothing if not gracious, in his own twisted way.
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Jones the Heliolisk (Sand Veil Ability).
Rogue.
Affected RPers: Gold (Rhenlo).


At first, Jones had been afraid of the sandstorm. She'd wanted to find some way to protect her nose, her eyes, her face, from the blowing grains. But there hadn't been any shelter from the storm, and it had washed over Jones while she was still deliberating. For a moment, she'd been afraid that she would suffocate or be shredded by swirling sand, but to her shock and delight she'd discovered that this lizard body had its advantages, after all. The wind was annoying, but she could still breathe comfortably, her scales seemed to repulse the sands, and a transparent eyelid - that she was trying very hard not to think about - came down to protect her eyes.

Having learned that she was prepared, Jones quickly walked into the storm. She was still cautious, though not overly so - other Pokemon might be able to walk through the sands, and even if they weren't, Jones knew that sandstorms were to be respected. Just because the sand didn't sting her didn't mean that there weren't gale-force winds of hot air to worry about.

It took her only a few moments to cross to the other side of the storm. He nostrils flared at a fresh, clean scent - water, Jones realized. But she didn't approach quite yet. There was a Pokemon there, and she recognized this one. If she wasn't mistaken, it was the Gengar from the beach.

Jones considered her approach for a moment. She wasn't sure if she'd been seen, and she didn't fully know how to fight in this shape. But she also wasn't sure how long she could go without water.

The electricity came as soon as it was called, just like before. Jones didn't give it much charge - she simply aimed a Thunder Shock at the Gengar, a warning for what would follow if he fought her. Jones's frill snapped open menacingly as she stood to her full height and said, "Gengar. Go away. I need a drink." Her tail kept swinging, building up Charge for a much more powerful attack if the Gengar offered any sort of resistance.
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The One; Rhenlo the Gengar
Ability: Cursed Body
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Rhenlo hadn't been giggling to himself long when he felt the Thunder Shock hit him, square in the back of his ghastly body. He nearly cried out, and whirled around to see who would attack him; as far as he'd seen, the Pokemon on the island were all peace-loving buffoons. He was met with the intimidating presence of a Heliolisk; their mane was flared out wide, and Rhenlo could see the static electricity only building as it accosted him. If Rhenlo had nerves for anything other than pain, they'd be screaming about how dangerous this Heliolisk was; he suddenly remembered their presence on the beach, and how the distraction they created had let the Dark Pulse strike true. The Heliolisk wanted a drink, and didn't seem to care much about Rhenlo otherwise; like Rhenlo, they had a one-track mind, it seemed. Rhenlo made a show of stepping backwards, preparing his own Will-o-Wisp behind his back, in case the Heliolisk decided to press the attack.

"Debt repayed," he said casually, as he backed off; Rhenlo didn't much care about repaying debts or levity, but he figured it was an easy way to defuse the situation. Rhenlo couldn't help finding himself interested in this stranger, however; if they were willing to break the unwritten law of peace in this land, they could be useful in Rhenlo's quest to destroy that law.
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Jones the Heliolisk (Sand Veil Ability).
Rogue.
Affected RPers: Gold (Rhenlo).


Honestly, Jones is a little bit surprised that her attack lands so cleanly. She's pretty sure that spooks like this are usually pretty crafty, and hadn't actually been expecting to get a proper sneak attack in. For a moment, she brings the electricity to the tip of her tail, getting ready to stun the Gengar with a more decisive strike, but she stops short when the Gengar just backs off.

Debt? What debt? Jones has no idea what the Gengar is talking about. She doesn't bother asking, though, not yet. Now that the pool is unblocked, the urge to slake her thirst is almost unbearable. She lets her tail trail along the ground as she scurries to the pool's edge, discharging the electricity just a little bit at a time. Holding it is a lot of work, after all. If the ghost is going to be a pushover, she might as well let him.

But she's not going to let him get away without getting answers for herself, first. Jones finishes her drink and backs away, staring at the Gengar from across the water. She knows she's seen him before, but at that point he'd been locked in battle against an Aggron. What did she have to do with any of that? That wasn't her fight. She'd wanted no part of it then, and she wants no part of whatever quarrel the other two Pokemon have now. Jones licks the last drops off of her snout and, meeting the Gengar's eyes warily, asks, "Debt? What are you talking about?"
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The One; Rhenlo the Gengar
Ability: Cursed Body
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"The debt I owe you for distracting the Aggron on the beach," Rhenlo said curtly. He gave the lizard a lookover then, careful to analyze details. It looked battle ready, and its grumpiness was a good start for turning someone on the path to destroying Mautte. "You have the air of one familiar with battle, and attacking a stranger nearly proves it. What are you looking for, mighty lizard?" Rhenlo couldn't help the twinge of sarcasm in his voice, it being almost second nature to him. "Are you like the others, devoid of memory and drifting about? Or do you have a purpose already?" The Will-o-Wisp flamed up in his hidden hand as he spoke, ready to be deployed at any moment, but he held it steady while waiting for a reply. He'd need it if things went south here.
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Jones the Heliolisk (Sand Veil Ability).
Rogue.
Affected RPers: Gold (Rhenlo).


The jet-black tip of Jones's tail twitches as she considers the situation presented to her. She had helped the Gengar out, sure, but she hadn't meant to - and if the phantom is indebted to her, then the Aggron might consider her an enemy. A ghost, she might be able to tackle with her lightning. A giant titan of steel and stone? All she can do in the face of that colossus is run.

While her frill had started to relax as the Gengar spoke, it opens again at the sound of the ghost's disdain. "I am familiar with battle," she says, a hiss in the back of her throat, "and my purpose is my own." She, of course, doesn't have a purpose, but she doesn't consider that a stranger's business.

"What about you? Despite your so-called debt, I get the sense you're looking for something here, too."
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The One; Rhenlo the Gengar
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"Your purpose is your own, you say. I, for one, doubt it. I didn't peg you for one of the fools like the others on the beach, the ones who want peace and to live out the rest of their days under her influence. No, that's not living." Rhenlo spat out the words, emotion overcoming him. A hand on the Heart was all it took to calm him down, but the Will-o-Wisp flared in his hidden hand. "My purpose is to end the reign of these fools, of the island itself with its twisted ways. I'm looking for power, for ways to improve myself, to-" Rhenlo trailed off, realizing he was giving away too much of his game to a complete stranger. "Well, that's the gist anyways. I'm looking for myself, and I hope you are too."
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Jones the Heliolisk (Sand Veil Ability).
Rogue.
Affected RPers: Gold (Rhenlo).


[Jones has absolutely no self-awareness and I, for one, find that really fun to write]

The light changes as the Gengar speaks. Something dimmer than the sun but much closer to earth flares directly behind the phantom; Jones realizes, belatedly, that one hand has been pulled behind his spiny back. Her lip curls slightly - what a cheap trick. The only thing worse than the trick itself is the fact that Jones hasn't noticed it playing out until now. 

"What 'fools' do you claim are reigning?" Jones asks. "I would think I would notice if this island lay under the thumb of some tyrant." The very idea makes her throat tighten with anger, as sickening a concept as the Gengar appears to find peace to be. 

"Listen close, now," Jones says, venom dripping from her lips. "I don't much care for this island, either. It's confusing and most of the Pokemon who live here are stupid. But I'm also not about to go looking for fights until they come looking for me. A scrap that you win can still end with you injured, exhausted - even down a limb or worse if you're really unlucky. 'Surviving' is what I call 'living'." She takes a single step forward, head angled forward, bracing herself to dodge if the ghost decides that it's time to unleash his 'surprise' attack. "You, though? I know your kind." And she doesn't know how, but she does; she knows ambition, she knows strife, she knows violence. "You sound like the kind who wants to reign. And that's not the sort of thing I'm gonna take kindly to.

"So if you really think you owe me a debt, maybe pay it back by not treating me like a total sucker."
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The One; Rhenlo the Gengar
Ability: Cursed Body
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The Heliolisk leaned forward, angrily. If Rhenlo were smart, he would back down, or try to defuse the situation. However, Rhenlo was not smart, and what the lizard was saying made him really, really angry. Rhenlo laughed, but he was not amused. "Me? Reign? Hardly, you deluded fool. I wish to burn it all to ash. I want every single useless mongrel on this island to beg, on their knees, for their deity not to come crashing down. And I'll look down on them, and reply, 'No'. I will end this worthless existence. Survival? It means naught when you are in chains. I wish to forge a truly free existence, unbound by the machinations of this false god. And," Rhenlo said, monologuing, "and I hoped you would be the same. Alas." Rhenlo then threw forward the Will-o-Wisp, aiming at the feet of the alert lizard. He didn't intend for it to hit directly, but the sparks would definitely get its attention. If it came to a fight, so be it, Rhenlo could always run, but he felt the unmistakable drive to do something.
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Jones the Heliolisk (Sand Veil Ability).
Rogue.
Affected RPers: Gold (Rhenlo).
Jones used Glare!


"What deity? What chains? You're right that there's a deluded fool here somewhere, but it's not me, buddy." She sneers, fangs showing as her tail twitches.

A ball of blue flame whips through the air, sizzling with an ephemeral light. Jones skids back; the ball of fire lands on the sands where her feet had just been, and she raises her frill defensively. "You really want to start this?"

But she doesn't lunge forward yet. She wants to give him a good smack to let him know that she is not a target; however, she also knows that the ghost could have another trick at the ready. With her frill fully extended and her body drawn up to her full height, she Glares at Rhenlo, teeth showing as a quiet hiss issues from her throat. Her hope is to prey on the ghost's nerves - to intimidate him enough to render him immobile for just a moment. Long enough that she can fire off a warning shot of electricity without Rhenlo defending or dodges. He might change his tune into something less nonsensical after a burst of lightning to the gob.
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