X Nuzlocke, episode 7: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Reflection Cave

Ruby: So… this is what that Lucario meant by “through the looking-glass,” I suppose.  Load of cryptic nonsense… And there’s no other way to Shalour City, Nidorino?
Martial: None that I know of.  But there may be a benefit to travelling through these caves.  Somewhere within lies a Moon Stone that will allow me to evolve into a Nidoking.  I was questing in search of it when I was attacked outside. [to Spruce] I would better be able to serve you in a greater form.  However, you must not delay your own tasks on my account.  It is your decision whether to search for the stone, my saviour.
Spruce: Sure, we can look for it!  Right, Ruby?
Ruby: [raised eyebrow] He’s your minion, Spruce.  What do you think?  Is making him more powerful worth the investment of your time?
Spruce: Um… y-yes?
Ruby: Is that an answer, or another question?
Spruce: Uh… I… yes.  Yes!  We’d be a lot stronger with a Nidoking on the team, even if it’s only temporary!  Let’s do it!
Ruby: As good a reason as any.  Lead the way.
Boreas: If the asking be not injurious, what was thy former quest, good sir?  To what end didst thou seek after thy lunar gem?
Martial: That is irrelevant now.  If and when I am able to repay my life-debt, I will return to my former duty.  Until then, it must be as though my life were forfeit.
Spruce: But maybe if you tell us, we can help-
Martial: I will not speak of it!  If I had been killed, my cause would surely have been abandoned and lost.  As things are, it is merely delayed.  For that alone, my debt is almost beyond reckoning.  I cannot and will not allow you to do more for me until it is repaid.
Ruby: [muttering] Hmph.  Doesn’t know how lucky he is.  What I wouldn’t give for minions like that…
Spruce: What was that, Ruby?
Ruby: Nothing, nothing.  Let’s get moving, shall we?
Fisher: Truly, this place is a wonder… these marvellous crystal panes… like the great mirrors of ice in which Burrito the Lightbringer is said to have seen, reflected, the true soul of the Lazorgator, and the path for love to conquer hate…
Ruby: Don’t stare at those too long.
Fisher: My lady?
Ruby: There’s powerful magic here.  Old magic.  You shouldn’t play with what you don’t understand.
Spruce: But you do that all the time.
Ruby: …well, yeah, but…
Boreas: Thy care for thy fellows is admirable, milady, yet they are but mirrors.
Ruby: Hey, who said I care!?  Fine, gaze into whatever you like for as long as you like, just don’t come crying to me when your soul gets sucked into a gemstone or something…

Spruce: Wow, this place is so beautiful… Really makes me glad I left home, getting to see stuff like this.
Spruce?: And my reflection in these crystal mirrors is pretty sweet too.  Heh.  Lookin’ good there, Spruce.
Spruce: I’m really a long way from home now, aren’t I?  Gee, I wonder what my family’s up to now.  Maybe soon I should go back and visit them?  Ruby would understand, wouldn’t she?
Spruce?: But then again… if I went home, would I want to leave again?  I’ve gotten so much stronger travelling like this.  I’ve evolved!  I never would’ve been more than a Pidgey staying on route 2.
Spruce: I’m doing it for them in the end, though.  Aren’t I?  I wanted to get stronger so I could help people and be a really awesome leader.
Spruce?: Yeah!  And Fisher thinks I’m supposed to be a saviour, like the Pidgeot in his stories.  Wouldn’t I be good at that?  Everyone would love me!
Spruce: Uh.  Well, sure, I- it’d be nice to be a hero and have everyone respect me, but-
Spruce?: But what?  And isn’t it cool being so strong?  Can’t I keep getting stronger and stronger, just like Ruby?  The sky’s the limit!
Spruce: Do… do I want to be just like Ruby?  I mean, she’s my friend and everything, and…
Spruce?: …and she’s really clever and strong and always gets what she wants.  Sure, she’s mean sometimes, but sometimes you have to be, right?
Spruce: I…
Martial: We must move quickly, my saviour.  It’s best not to dawdle in a place such as this.
Spruce: What?  Oh!  Oh, yeah, right.  Sorry.  I’m coming!

Merneith: I’d better collect some of these crystals for later.  I can feel them invigorating my chakras from here.
Merneith?: It’s a shame I can’t take one of these mirror panes too… hmm… then again, maybe if I just cut a section out with my claw…
Merneith: Hmm.  That’s strange.  Why would I… what makes me want to do that?
Merneith?: Well, it would help my friends take a good long look at themselves… they’re never going to turn away from the evils of meat, animal products, wheat, chemical medicine, cooked food, round-earth theory and human brainwashing, unless they seriously rebalance their spiritual energies.
Merneith: But… no, one crystal mirror can’t do all that.
Merneith?: Or can it?
Merneith: …no.  No, this is… I don’t even know what this is.  Some sort of mind control, put here by humans, or their alien friends, or the secret underground gem Pokémon conspiracy.  Well, it’ll take more than that to put one over on Merneith.  Hyaa!
Merneith?: [CRASH]
Merneith: Hah!  Yeah!  Take that, alien human gem people, or… whoever!  No-one messes with my psychic freedom!  I’m the greatest!  I- whoa, wait, what’s-?

Glückwunsch!  Dein Merneith wurde zu einem Rokkaiman!

Merneith: Ah… wow, it feels good to stand on two legs!  And it just goes to show – Pokémon can evolve naturally, without a horrid carnivorous diet or toxic ‘medicines.’  Now… maybe I’ll just grab one or two of those little crystals over there…  Those have to be natural.

Martial: Ah… yes, this is it!  See how it sparkles even in this dim light?  Perhaps I may yet stand to gain even more from my service to you, noble one.  By your leave, I would use the stone now.
Spruce: Go ahead!
Martial: Well then, here, as they say, goes nothing… [holds up the stone] By the light of the full moon, I pledge my life anew to the cause of truth and honour.  By the shadow of the dark moon, I renew my oath to seek out evil wherever it hides, and deliver swift and merciless justice.
Ruby: [muttering] Oh, for goodness’ sake; it’s only a bloody rock…
Martial: Cresselia, song of the moonlight… Darkrai, dream of the eclipse… if I be worthy, then send your blessing upon me now!

Glückwunsch!  Dein Martial wurde zu einem Nidoking!

Spruce: Wow… that is so cool!
Fisher: Truly a great and noble sight, worthy of the ancient Moon King Fonz!  Surely it is the will of the Blessed Helix that Anarchy should have drawn you into the service of a holy child of the Saviour, mighty one!
Martial: …King Fonz?
Ruby: You learn to tune it out; trust me… Well, that was simple enough, and quite enough time spent here.  Time to-
???: Heheheh.  Well, lookee here.  Someone’s havin’ a good day.  Don’t celebrate too hard, though.  Day’s not over yet.
???: Catastrophe may yet strike, and we may yet be its angels…
Ruby: Who speaks?  Show yourself!
Pinsir: Heh.  Of course, of course… where are my manners?  Gotta say, I’m mighty pleased to meet ya, ‘sorceress supreme.’
Absol: We are both pleased, and we are all delivered nearer to our fates.  The doom that hangs over us shall claim more victims this day.
Pinsir: [to Absol] Will you cut that out?  What’d I even do to get stuck with the likes of you for this job?
Absol: My only true allegiance is to fate, and fate decreed our partnership.
Ruby: So.  You know who we are.  What is your business with us?
Pinsir: Well, we’re in the business of solving problems, put it that way, specialisin’ in them cases where ‘problems’ means ‘people.’  Seems you’ve got some powerful folks mighty pissed off at you, and we’re here to solve that little issue.
Boreas: Assassins, then?  Base and craven murd’rous knaves, thou and thy dark companion doth serve an evil cause for the love of yellow gold?
Pinsir: [shrug] Eh.  You could put it that way, yeah.  It’s nothin’ personal.  Someone just needs you outta the way, that’s all.  Time to make that happen. [grins] SEISMIC TOSS!
Ruby: Whooooaaaaaargh!  OOF!  Ow…
Absol: I see… I see destruction!  Destruction that shall be our only hope, and our greatest fear, as the children of life bring death to the land!  Calamity bears down upon us all!
Pinsir: Argh!  You’re as mad as this place!  Kill ‘em now so we can get outta here!
Boreas: Thou seest thy doom aright, villain!  En garde!
Martial: Dishonourable wretches!  Yield, and your miserable lives will be spared!
Pinsir: Outta my way, Nidoking!  There ain’t no price on yer head, so take yer honour and dig yerself a grave with it!  SEISMIC TOSS!
Boreas: The aurora illuminates thee, dark one!  Meet thine end!  AURORA BEAM!
Absol: OH!  I… my doom at last… How did I not see it sooner…?
Pinsir: Damnit!  Yer useless seer powers didn’t help you there, did they, ya moron?
Boreas: Thou art now alone, knave!  Thou hast no respite!
Pinsir: Oh yeah?  We’ll see about that!  You know what I’ve found?  If you shatter one of these fancy crystal mirrors here while someone else is reflected in it- [CRASH]
Boreas: AAAUGH!
Pinsir: – then they’re left stunned and defenceless!  Just the way I like ‘em!  Let’s see if that sparkly crystal armour you’ve got holds up any better than these mirrors!
Fisher: NO!  Stop this now!
Pinsir: BRICK BREAK!
Boreas: [CRASH]
Fisher: BLASPHEMER!  What have you done!?
Pinsir: Heh.  Same as I’m gonna do to you, duck!
Fisher: You have struck a vessel of the Blessed Helix’s divine essence!  Only death can pay for such a crime, and I shall be the instrument of His holy wrath!  WATER PULSE!
Pinsir: Argh!  Yer… yer gonna need more than that, ya-
Fisher: SILENCE, infidel!  Your mind will SHATTER before the Helix’s glory, and Bill shall claim your soul!  CONFUSION!
Pinsir: YEEEEEAAAAARGH!
Fisher: Now, PERISH under the darkness of the Dome!  SHADOW CLAW!
Pinsir: …
Spruce: Fisher, calm down!
Fisher: Die, die, DIE!  To the black fires of the Dome with you!
Spruce: Fisher, it’s done!  It’s over!  Stop it!  Stop!
Ruby: Pull yourself together, duck!
Merneith: Let me handle this… CRUNCH!
Fisher: YEEEEOWWW! [collapses, breathing heavily]
Ruby: …well.  That happened.
Spruce: Boreas… we… he…
Fisher: …I… I have failed…
Spruce: It’s… it’s okay; it’s going to be okay…
Fisher: A child of the divine, a manifestation of the Helix’s fossil glory… I could not protect him… I have failed in my duty to the Helix…
Merneith: We were all here; none of us could stop it…
Martial: I knew him only briefly, but I mourn your loss.
Fisher: Enough.  No more words.  I… I must commune with the Helix.  Leave me.
Spruce: Are you su-
Fisher: I said leave me.  The rites I must perform here cannot be seen by any outside my church.  Go.  I will catch up with you before you leave the cave.

Fisher: Is… is this truly Anarchy?
Fisher?: Anarchy is without cause or reason.  Things happen because they happen.  I know this.
Fisher: But the Helix has a plan… the randomness of Anarchy, it is all part of his will, is it not?
Fisher?: Yet here I am, committing the icy shards of a radiant child of the divine to the ground… shattered into splinters and already melting away, not even Holy Fossilisation shall ever return him to life.
Fisher: Does that mean that this was your plan, Helix?  Others gave their lives for your will, heroes of old… Blessed Abby and Blessed Jay Leno, slain by the False Prophet to buy time for the Keeper, the founder of my order, to bind her… the Slayer of Trees, the Seed of Hope, and Blessed Digrat, who willingly sacrificed themselves to unbind the Archangel…
Fisher?: …but their deaths had such purpose, such meaning… not this one, slain by some… some ruffian!
Fisher: It is my failing, mine alone.  If I had been stronger… if I had been stronger…
Fisher?: But my strength, too, is the Helix’s will…
Fisher: Is… is there no meaning to this?  No great truth within Holy Anarchy?  When a chance encounter can cut down an embodiment of His glorious will…
Fisher?: There is another way… a way of singular purpose, of determination… a way of Order…
Fisher: No!  No.  I… I will not embrace… temptation.  The Dome offers power and certainty, but withers the spirit.  It is the obliteration of the self, the loss of the individual to a greater will.
Fisher?: But if the individual may be lost just as surely to the whims of Anarchy… and if I have truly proven so unworthy…
Fisher: The… the rites are finished.  By… by the will of the Helix, my friend, you are returned to the earth where you slept for so long.  Chaos from chaos, fossil from bone.  I… I must hurry.  The others will be worried for me.

The Team:

Ruby the Rutena (Braixen)
Female, Bold nature, level 29, Großbrand (Blaze)
Kratzer (Scratch), Psystrahl (Psybeam), Nitroladung (Flame Charge), Feuerwirbel (Fire Spin)

Spruce the Tauboga (Pidgeotto)
Male, Rash nature, level 30 Adlerauge (Keen Eye)
Windhose (Twister), Daunenreigen (Featherdance), Windstoß (Gust), Ruckzuckhieb (Quick Attack)

Fisher the Enton (Psyduck)
Male, Brave nature, level 30, Wolke Sieben (Cloud Nine)
Aussetzer (Disable), Dunkelklaue (Shadow Claw), Konfusion, Aquawelle (Water Pulse)

Merneith the Rokkaiman (Krokorok)
Female, Bashful nature, level 29, Hochmut (Moxie)
Knirscher (Crunch), Lehmschelle (Mud Slap), Felsgrab (Rock Tomb), Sandgrab (Sand Tomb)

Martial the Nidoking
Male, Brave nature, level 29, Giftdorn (Poison Point)
Energiefokus, Doppelkick, Giftschock (Venoshock), Hornattacke

Graveyard:

Melissa the Bibor (Beedrill)
Female, Jolly nature, level 16, Hexaplaga (Swarm)
Giftstachel (Poison Sting), Duonadel (Twineedle), Energiefokus, Furienschlag (Fury Attack)

Boreas the Amarino (Amaura)
Male, Mild nature, level 29, Frostschicht (Refrigerate)
Natur-Kraft (Nature Power), Bodycheck (Take Down), Felsgrab (Rock Tomb), Aurorastrahl (Aurora Beam)

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