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  1. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    “Yeah. Guess so.” Gladion quite liked Dave. The guy reminded him of Nanu, which probably meant ill for the state of Dave’s mental health, but was nonetheless familiar to him in a welcome way. Dave reminded him of home in a number of ways, really. “Not looking to drink anything that’ll push the...
  2. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion spaced out for a moment, thinking something unpleasant before snapping back to reality with a shiver. “Ah. So it’s like that. I shouldn’t be surprised people would rule a bunch of abnormal kids are scarier than a cult of people who’d like to kill, uh, whole demographics of people.”...
  3. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion winced. “I see. That’s… what I’d expect if someone tried that in mine. I’d like to think it wouldn’t come to that there. Maybe I’m being naive, though. We’ve got our own problems of bigotry, probably’d get some legislative issues, but not… Cultist gun violence.” He shot Dave a concerned...
  4. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    “If anyone’s qualified, it’s her.” Gladion’s tone placed more emphasis on the first clause of the sentence, though. As though he thought it was a substantial ‘if’ to consider. “I guess the weirdness is a matter of perspective. I mean, as much as your world sounds shitter than them all, an...
  5. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    “Nope!” Gladion laughed, though in a dry and humourless sound that could just as well have been pain. “It won’t stay in a ball. It won’t stay in a master ball. I haven’t seen her since I left. Betel got me just a bit too early, we were planning to meet at some point.” He took a deep breath...
  6. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion winced. That sounded fucking stupid. “Explosive…” he uttered before partially collecting himself and retrying. “Um. It seems to be able to create its own wormholes. Ultra Wormholes, big enough for people and the like to pass through. It found one of those nano-wormhole setups, while my...
  7. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    “Thanks,” Gladion accepted. Seemed like he more Dave were completely confident in their discussion of dead people. He didn’t want to linger on it. Didn’t know how to talk about it. “At one point, researchers managed to open a nano-wormhole to… what gets called ‘another world’ back home, but not...
  8. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    “The whole place I grew up is… Like a small metal island out in international waters. For a number of reasons, but yeah most of them are shady. But it predates my father ending up there by decades. Lab’s there one way or another. Even the conservation work Aether does often happens there.”...
  9. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    “Don’t know exactly how much, but she seems to be able to understand a fair amount of words. Eight or ninth category? I think the way I use the word ‘sapient’ has shifted while I’ve been here, I’ve started using it as a shorthand of the difference between my world and this one. So, not like the...
  10. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion nodded. “Yeah. All these metal bits are a post-hoc addition that takes manual control of our typing. There were some neurological issues with the original system, but… the typing control wasn’t really a necessary part of the solution. Part of the reason they were made to be intelligent...
  11. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion waved a talon ambiguously, the closest he could get to conveying the mood of a shrug. “Close. Got an interest in veterinary research. I’d have to pay tuition though, so… eh, we’ll see if it actually happens. Cons of bailing on my family. Combination of long-standing interest, plus… my...
  12. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    “I know, but even here it feels like a good chunk of what we do is clean up human…” Gladion’s eyes widened as his brain caught up to his mouth. “Oh. Oh shit.” What was he even supposed to say to that? Multiple child murders was not the kind of situation he had a social precedent to use. ‘I’m...
  13. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion’s eyes widened. That was a hell of a story. “You were able to do that? And… they’re alive? That’s…” What, incredible? Scientifically, it was. He found the whole concept insanely impressive in a vacuum. But these were people, and it sounded like Dave had scienced himself into a legal...
  14. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion appreciated Dave jumping to the new topic without asking any other questions. “Huh. That’s fascinating. You did that?” (Honestly, sounded like Mewtwo stuff to him, but that was supposed to predate Null stuff so they were probably a vegetative husk that imploded under its own psychic...
  15. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    A horrified look crossed Gladion’s eyes. “Oh. Okay.” He couldn’t quite bring himself to look Dave in the eye. “They’re not exactly sapient where I’m from either, but in Null’s case, still really intelligent. I’m sure that wasn’t the case in your world. Would’ve been… needlessly cruel.” Gladion...
  16. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    Gladion raised a brow in concern. “Sounds like… an interesting life. Guess there’s nothing to be done about it here, but good luck dealing with it back there.” Hope you don’t get shot or something like that. The idea of Dave hearing about the yet-to-break-in-his-time news about Nulls as a kid...
  17. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera

    "Ah..." (Yeah, alright, that would be worse.) "I knew the escort was attacked, and one of the admins... but it. But I think I was lacking some of the sense of scale there." Gladion grimaced, chastising himself internally for gunning for what was probably the worst possible topic right away...
  18. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town The Wanderin' Zera
    Threadmarks: Ch05: Lab Experience (Dave and Gladion)

    Now that he had his helmet off, more of the places in Frontier Town felt open to Gladion. The ability to eat and drink easily in public was nice. He'd never actually been to most of the establishments here, aside from at the team meeting. But he wasn't here for drinking, he had a reason to be...
  19. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town Main Street

    "Thanks for that. I've been meaning to talk more to Wes for a while, I can bring it up to him." Gladion eyed the posters. He hadn't med Seth firsthand, but the guy had something of a reputation, and Gladion couldn't help size up the people on the posters. Miror probably would post a threat, the...
  20. Shiny Phantump

    Frontier Town Main Street

    A worried look crossed Gladion’s eyes. That was something he was woefully unqualified to deal with. He wasn’t sure if anyone was, though. Might just have to give it a shot anyway. “One hell of a time on Forlas, by the sound of it. Less sure I can help with that. But I’m not really sure who else...
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