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Ether's Bane vs. Murkrow

Arylett Charnoa

Barely existent.
Pronoun
Female sex
[size=+2]Ether's Bane vs Murkrow[/size]​

Challenge for Murkrow.

Arena inspired by this one.

Format: 2v2 single
Style: Set
DQ: 6 days
Damage Cap: 60%
Banned/Restricted Moves: OHKOs, Evasion
Arena: Houkago Tea Time Concert, Year 2021

Ten years after the events of K-on, Houkago Tea Time has become a world-famous band, selling out arenas the world over, including this one in Asber. For this concert, they are only breaking out their "vintage" hits. However, this being Asber, it's also just the spot for... yup, a Pokemon battle!

A random song from the regular setlist will be chosen and played at the beginning of the match. Each song has a set duration, and after that goes up, another randomized song plays. No song will be played twice. If all songs are played before the battle ends, three more songs will be played as the encores. When all the encores end, it turns into an ordinary battlefield with no other effects.

Regular Setlist:

- Fuwa Fuwa Time (3 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become attracted until the end of the song, regardless of the opponent's gender.
- Tokimeki Sugar (3 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Sweet Veil until the end of the song.
- Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss (4 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become confused until the end of the song.
- Tsubasa wo Kudasai (3 actions): Adds the Flying type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Flying-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
- Curry Nochi Rice (3 actions): Adds the Fire type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Fire-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
- Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (4 actions): For the duration of the song, all Pokemon that are not fully evolved become fully evolved. These Pokemon return to their original evolutionary stage at the end of the song.

Encore Setlist:

- Gohan wa Okazu (3 actions): Grants a 25% power boost to all attacks by Pokemon introduced in Gen 2 until the end of the song.
- U&I (4 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Parental Bond until the end of the song.
- Pure Pure Heart (4 actions): At the beginning and end of the song, Heart Swap will be inflicted on both Pokemon.
Ether's Bane's active squad

skarmory Milenko the male Skarmory <Sturdy> @ Rocky Helmet
spiritomb Voyde the female Spiritomb <Pressure>
miltank Cyrix the female Miltank <Scrappy> @ Leftovers
cryogonal Frost the genderless Cryogonal <Levitate>
durant Gulch the male Durant <Swarm>
drilbur Rift the female Drilbur <Sand Rush>
klefki Kallamehr the male Klefki <Prankster>


Murkrow's active squad

murkrow Bendigeidfran the male Murkrow <Super Luck>
mareep Raigu the female Mareep <Static>
meowth Cat the female Meowth <Technician>
numel Nikki the female Numel <Simple>


Order of Operations

(1) Ether's Bane sends out.

(2) Murkrow sends out and issues commands.

(3) Ether's Bane issues commands.

(4) Dance party! Would either of you care for a dance? I need to dust the years worth of rust off of my reffing joints and music's the perfect way to get it all off.
 
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Murkrow

Says "also" and "or something" a lot
Pronoun
he
I'll send out Cat.

Use Fake Out first. Luckily Meowth knows a couple of moves that are good against ground types. Speed shouldn't be too much of an issue at the moment so lay off on the Icy Winds for now, use Water Pulse instead and hope it gets confused. But use Nasty Plot first, since we might need to use more of either later on.

Fake Out ~ Nasty Plot ~ Water Pulse
 

Arylett Charnoa

Barely existent.
Pronoun
Female sex
[size=+2]Ether's Bane vs Murkrow[/size]​

[/spoiler]​
(1) Fuwa Fuwa Time (3 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become attracted until the end of the song, regardless of the opponent's gender.


(2) Tokimeki Sugar (3 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Sweet Veil until the end of the song.


(3) Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss (4 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become confused until the end of the song.


(4) Tsubasa wo Kudasai (3 actions): Adds the Flying type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Flying-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.


(5) Curry Nochi Rice (3 actions): Adds the Fire type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Fire-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.


(6) Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (4 actions): For the duration of the song, all Pokemon that are not fully evolved become fully evolved. These Pokemon return to their original evolutionary stage at the end of the song.

In a future several years from now… six years, to be precise… things are completely different. People hustle and bustle through the streets of Asber, holding their holographic c-phones, being so ridiculously futuristic. But one thing is the same, and that is…

THE PEOPLE’S LOVE FOR MUSIC!

A group of beautiful young Japanese women gather up on a stage with futuristic laser instruments to a massive outdoor stadium of cheering fans. The lead vocalist rouses the crowd and bounces up with great energy, asking them if they are indeed ready to rock. Judging from their boisterous response, one would say they are.

She begins counting to down to their first song…

“1…”

Another young woman, wearing a futuristic red outfit, bumps her way through the crowd.

“2…”

Two trainers accompany her, awkwardly struggling to keep up with her brisk and energetic pace as they grasp their Pokeballs.

“3…”

The red-dressed young woman and the trainers finally arrive at what appears to be a large empty space of floor directly beneath the elevated stage. Perfect for battling! How convenient. The red-dressed woman, our referee, starts prematurely dancing as the two trainers just stare at her for a moment before sending out their Pokemon. The lead vocalist, who was pausing this entire time for dramatic effect, grins excitedly and shouts the last number…

“4!”


Houkago Tea Time kicks off our riveting concert with <Tsubasa wo Kudasai>! And so our battle begins!



ROUND 1


Ether’s Bane


Drilbur
Rift (Drilbur) <Sand Rush> (F)

100% |
100%

Status: Normal. | Mood: Thinking this is a rather… interesting choice of arena.

Protect ~ Swords Dance ~ Brick Break


Murkrow


Meowth
Cat (Meowth) <Technician> (F)

100% |
100%

Status: Normal. | Mood: Ready to jam!

Fake Out ~ Nasty Plot ~ Water Pulse


Action One
Cat hears the awesome music and begins to dance excitedly. What a glorious way to start your day! But she gets a little too excited, and boisterously bounces so high that it sends her flying high into the air. Whoa! Since when could Cats fly?! Though it is quite a surprise, she decides to use it to her advantage. The Meowth flings herself at Rift in attempts to startle her, but the Drilbur smiles calmly and lifts up her gigantic claws. A transparent light radiates from them, until it forms a circular energy bubble all around her. Cat frantically tries to stop herself, but it is sadly too late. She crashes into the bubble with a near silent (due to to the loudness of the music overriding it) thud and slides back down to earth pathetically. The drummer of the band, seeing this, breaks out laughing.

_______ CALCULATIONS _______

ACTION 1:
Fake Out does 0% DAMAGE, uses 3% ENERGY.
Cat (Meowth) - Health: 100%, Energy: 97%.
Is Now Normal/Flying-Type.

Rift takes 0% DAMAGE.

Protect does 0% DAMAGE, uses 2% ENERGY.
Rift (Drilbur) - Health: 100%, Energy: 98%,

Cat takes 0% DAMAGE.


_______ CALCULATIONS _______

Action Two
Indignantly, Cat gets her butt right on back up. How humiliating! Even some people in the audience were laughing at her! Cat would show them… she would… hmm… yes… She puts her three-fingered paw to her oversized head and lets the nasty ideas run through her mind. Those sweet thoughts of tearing off one of Rift’s banana-sized claws and throwing it clean at her face like a boomerang… yes. Brilliance.

Rift blinks and stares at her much in the same way that the two trainers stared at their still-dancing referee. What is she doing? Rift is under the impression that this is a battle, not evil genius brain storm time. But then… Rift begins to grow paranoid. What is she scheming, exactly? Whatever it is, she needs to be ready, and match that Cat’s scheming powers with her own brute force. The mole begins to join the referee in dancing to the beat, the music increasing her rhythm as she twirls around to it and flashes her sharp bladelike claws to the audience, grinning confidently. Several people in the crowd cheer at this skillful display and Rift, getting into the spirit of the concert, blows them a kiss. Several girls shout: “Kawaaaai~!” in response.

_______ CALCULATIONS_______

ACTION 2:
Nasty Plot does 0% DAMAGE, uses 2% ENERGY.
Cat (Meowth) - Health: 100%, Energy: 95%.
Is Now Normal/Flying-Type. +2 Special Attack

Rift takes 0% DAMAGE.

Swords Dance does 0% DAMAGE, uses 2% ENERGY.
Rift (Drilbur) - Health: 100%, Energy: 96%,
+2 Attack

Cat takes 0% DAMAGE.

_______ CALCULATIONS_______



Action Three
Cat isn’t having that. How can the audience love this banana-fingered mole more than her… a cat? Cats are way more kawaai than moles! And Cat… she is literally a Cat Girl! Enough scheming, it’s time for action! She herself begins to sway a little to the rhythms of the song, But instead of doing something so cliche as dancing, she puts her paws together as several small tendrils of water, swaying slowly to the music, begin to form. Like a delicate sculptor, Cat skillfully directs the tendrils at Rift. The sound waves of the music makes the water streams pulsate through the air rhythmically as it painfully strikes the Drilbur and bathes her in a torrent of liquids.

Rift shakes herself off unpleasantly, feeling the water disrupting the delicate balances of dirt on her body. She didn’t ask for a shower! The mole is quite irritated and unhesitantly follows her trainer’s command to sock that spotlight-stealing cat one. One claw punches forth and strikes Cat in the chest, then the second one strikes again like a vigorous fist of justice, and rapidly in succession, the fist claw strikes again and karate chops Cat across the forehead.

In that very moment of karate chopping epicness, the final chord of <Tsubasa wo Kudasai> ends and the audience cheers even more loudly than before. Cat recoils slightly and falls onto the ground, feeling the sense of strange floatiness she had obtained deflate. Stupid banana claw punching ruined her happy!


_______ CALCULATIONS_______


ACTION 3:
Water Pulse (20% Confuse) does 15% DAMAGE, uses 3% ENERGY.
Cat (Meowth) - Health: 91%, Energy: 92%.
<Technician Boost: 90 Base Power>, Is Now Normal/Flying-Type. +2 Special Attack

Rift takes 15% DAMAGE.

Brick Break does 9% DAMAGE, uses 4% ENERGY
Rift (Drilbur) - Health: 85%, Energy: 92%,
+2 Attack

Cat takes 9% DAMAGE.

CAT (MEOWTH) TOTAL DAMAGE RECEIVED: 9%
RIFT (DRILBUR) TOTAL DAMAGE RECEIVED: 15%


_______ CALCULATIONS_______


ROUND 1: END


Ether’s Bane


Drilbur
Rift (Drilbur) <Sand Rush> (F)

85% |
92%

Status: +2 Attack. | Mood: Satisfied at her epic karate chopping revenge.

Protect ~ Swords Dance ~ Brick Break


Murkrow


Meowth
Cat (Meowth) <Technician> (F)

91% |
92%

Status: +2 Special Attack. | Mood: Irritated that she isn’t floaty anymore.

Fake Out (Blocked) ~ Nasty Plot ~ Water Pulse

Notes:

- Fake Out was blocked by Protect.

- <Tsubasa wo Kudasai> was chosen by the RNG as the song that Houkago Tea Time would be playing this round, and changed Cat into a Normal/Flying-type for the entirety of Round 1. This means that Break Break had neutral effectiveness.

- <Tsubasa wo Kudasai> has now ended, and Cat has returned back to being Normal-type.


Order of Operations:

(1) Ether’s Bane issues commands.

(2) Murkrow issues commands.

(3) I continue to dance awkwardly in front of you two.
 

Ether's Bane

future Singaporean
Pronoun
he
Spam Brick Break, unless Cat Protects. In that case, use Swords Dance.

Brick Break/Swords Dance ~ Brick Break/Swords Dance ~ Brick Break/Swords Dance
 

Murkrow

Says "also" and "or something" a lot
Pronoun
he
Start off with one more Water Pulse. Use Hypnosis and then Dream Eater, unless Hypnosis failed in which case use Water Pulse again.

Water Pulse ~ Hypnosis ~ Dream Eater/Water Pulse
 

Arylett Charnoa

Barely existent.
Pronoun
Female sex
[size=+2]Ether's Bane vs Murkrow[/size]

[/spoiler]​
(1) Fuwa Fuwa Time (3 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become attracted until the end of the song, regardless of the opponent's gender.


(2) Tokimeki Sugar (3 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Sweet Veil until the end of the song.


(3) Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss (4 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become confused until the end of the song.


(4) Tsubasa wo Kudasai (3 actions): Adds the Flying type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Flying-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.


(5) Curry Nochi Rice (3 actions): Adds the Fire type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Fire-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.


(6) Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (4 actions): For the duration of the song, all Pokemon that are not fully evolved become fully evolved. These Pokemon return to their original evolutionary stage at the end of the song.

The fun has only just begun.

The trainers utter their commands rather bluntly to their Pokemon before the next song blares them out completely… before those excitable young ladies of Houkago Tea Time raise their instruments (or fingers in the case of the keyboardist) and begin to play their next song. It is a calmer melody, and the audience raise their hands and begins to wave them slowly to the beat.

<Tenshi Ni Fureta Yo> is quite memorizing, even to the referee who joins the crowd and inattentively disregards the battle for several minutes, before she starts to notice something… not right.

Cat starts to glow with a white hue. She feels calmer, stronger, and.. more adult just hearing this song. How immature it was of her to be so riled up just because she couldn’t be floaty, or some silly Drilbur was stealing her thunder. Her body grows larger as she assumes a more quadrupedal stance, evolving into a Persian. The referee and both trainers do a double take. Just what in the…?

But it isn’t just Cat. The glow appears on Rift’s body as well, and she too grows larger, her claws becoming as shiny and sharp as fine steel. Oooh man, her karate chopping epicness would be even MORE awesome now! Soon, the Drilbur had evolved into an Excadrill, and Arylett stares up at Houkago Tea Time in awe. Just what kind of gods are these adorable women?!



ROUND 2


Ether’s Bane


Excadrill
Rift (Excadrill) <Sand Rush> (F)

85% |
92%

Status: +2 Attack. | Mood: Satisfied at her epic karate chopping revenge.

Brick Break/Swords Dance (if Protect is used) x3


Murkrow


Persian
Cat (Persian) <Technician> (F)

91% |
92%

Status: +2 Special Attack. | Mood: Irritated that she isn’t floaty anymore.

Water Pulse ~ Hypnosis ~ Dream Eater/Water Pulse (if Hypnosis fails)


Action One
The new Persian stretches out her body and purrs, then winks at one particular audience member who merely proclaims “BURIGU NEKO KAWWAAAI~! KURIKU BUTTU!” or whatever it is that Japanese people sound like when they are trying to speak English. So what if her competition had also evolved? She is so maturely mature now, so much a beautiful tan panther of a beast, that Rift can’t possibly hope to stop the sploosh of her liquids. This time, she closes her eyes and lets the rhythm of the calm melody reverberate against the gem on her forehead. The tendrils of water gather up at the base of her forehead and blast forth at the Excadrill, this time dancing through the air seamlessly to the music. It is poetry in motion. The liquid tendrils sploosh and douse Rift, who notes that even with her fancy new metal, water is still highly unpleasant. Rift charges towards her opponent with her metallic claws at the ready to deliver another swift ass-kicking of karate chop justice. The mole lifts up the big meaty slabs of paw and strikes Cat once in the side, then again on the back, and finally punches through at her chest. That has got to hurt.

_______ CALCULATIONS _______

ACTION 1:
Water Pulse (20% Confuse) does 15% DAMAGE, uses 3% ENERGY.
Cat (Persian) - Health: 79%, Energy: 89%.
<Technician Boost: 90 Base Power> <+2 Special Attack>

Rift takes 15% DAMAGE.

Brick Break does 12% DAMAGE, uses 4% ENERGY.
Rift (Excadrill) - Health: 70%, Energy: 88%,
<+2 Attack>

Cat takes 12% DAMAGE.


_______ CALCULATIONS _______

Action Two
But it doesn’t really hurt all that much, did it? Notes a cocky Cat. Not as much as her delicately artistic Water Pulse hurt Rift, who is still trying to shake off the water after delivering her assault. Still, that Excadrill is too violent for her own good, isn’t she? She needs to relax a little... The Persian’s gem begins to glow an eery crimson, its light waves disrupting the air around it very discordantly. Rift finds her eyes drawn to it… and shuffles closer and closer to the Persian… ha ha! Stupid plebeian crea…

...ture?

Soon enough, the cocky Cat finds herself on the end of yet another swift volley of chops from the Excadrill, all three of them aimed at the gem on her forehead. She closes her eyes and shakes her head, recoiling in unpleasant surprise. Rift grins once again as she gets the better of that “mature” feline. Did she really think such a cheap trick would work on the Steel Judo Master Rift? One of the guitarists in the band flinches unpleasantly in sympathy for Cat.



_______ CALCULATIONS_______

ACTION 2:
Hypnosis (60% Sleep) does 0% DAMAGE, uses 2% ENERGY.
Cat (Persian) - Health: 67%, Energy: 87%.

Rift takes 0% DAMAGE.

Brick Break does 12% DAMAGE, uses 4% ENERGY.
Rift (Excadrill) - Health: 70%, Energy: 84%,
<+2 Attack>

Cat takes 12% DAMAGE.

_______ CALCULATIONS_______



Action Three
Okay, so that… did not work. In fact, Cat is starting to get a little tired of these punches. So she decides to stay tried-and-true, fighting fist with water! That’s how the saying goes, right? Right! The Excadrill can’t keep up with the finesse of the liquids forming at the base of Cat’s gem, the tendrils dancing and slithering extremely unpleasantly into her delicately maintained skin. Rift is knocked back a little and looks up to see the keyboardist now siding with Cat too, appreciating the beauty of her attacks. Why was everyone turning against her? She’s kicking the most ass, dammit! Another punch, ANOTHER FIST THROUGH THAT CAT’S FACE! Rift continues with the onslaught of violence and triple punches Cat in various areas of her body painfully. (Mostly the face, of course. That’s her favorite spot to hit) However, this only elicits more sympathy from both the band and the crowd, which begin to jeer a bit at Rift’s violent tactics. A happy anime girl concert is no place for such brawling!

_______ CALCULATIONS_______


ACTION 3:
Water Pulse (20% Confuse) does 15% DAMAGE, uses 3% ENERGY.
Cat (Persian) - Health: 55%, Energy: 84%.
<Technician Boost: 90 Base Power> <+2 Special Attack>

Rift takes 15% DAMAGE.

Brick Break does 12% DAMAGE, uses 4% ENERGY.
Rift (Excadrill) - Health: 55%, Energy: 80%,
<+2 Attack>

Cat takes 12% DAMAGE.

CAT (PERSIAN) TOTAL DAMAGE RECEIVED: 36%
RIFT (EXCADRILL) TOTAL DAMAGE RECEIVED: 30%


_______ CALCULATIONS_______


ROUND 2: END


Ether’s Bane


Excadrill
Rift (Excadrill) <Sand Rush> (F)

55% |
80%

Status: +2 Attack, Fully Evolved (1 one action) | Mood: Getting kind of tired, in disbelief that the crowd doesn’t think she’s awesome anymore.

Brick Break ~ Brick Break ~ Brick Break


Murkrow


Persian
Cat (Persian) <Technician> (F)

55% |
84%

Status: +2 Special Attack, Fully Evolved (1 one action) | Mood: Starting to get a really big headache from being socked so many times in the head.

Water Pulse ~ Hypnosis [failed] ~ Water Pulse

Notes:

- Hypnosis failed to connect.

- <Tenshi ni Fureta Yo> (4 actions duration) was chosen by the RNG as the song that Houkago Tea Time would be playing this round. It has fully evolved both Pokemon. (Cat is now a Persian, Rift is an Excadrill) The song’s still going on, so on the first action of both of your commands, you will have access to their evolved forms’ movepool. Use it well!


Order of Operations:

(1) Murkow issues commands.

(2) Ether’s Bane issues commands.

(3) I begin to worship Houkago Tea Time as the Gods of Our Known Universe and wonder where the hell I can get some of that musical evolving magic for myself.
 

Murkrow

Says "also" and "or something" a lot
Pronoun
he
Persian doesn't know many more moves than Meowth that'll be good against an Excadrill. I'll have to start weakening its stats in case I need to use a different Pokémon, but Icy Wind isn't as good an option as it was before.

I'm going to have to just carry on with the Water Pulses and hope for the best, but sneak in a Mud Slap first. It's probably an even worse choice than Icy Wind but at least it has better accuracy. I don't want to miss again after Hypnosis failed.

Mud Slap ~ Water Pulse ~ Water Pulse
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Regular Setlist

  • Fuwa Fuwa Time (3 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become attracted until the end of the song, regardless of the opponent's gender.
  • Tokimeki Sugar (3 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Sweet Veil until the end of the song.
  • Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss (4 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become confused until the end of the song.
  • Tsubasa wo Kudasai (3 actions): Adds the Flying type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Flying-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Curry Nochi Rice (3 actions): Adds the Fire type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Fire-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (4 actions): For the duration of the song, all Pokemon that are not fully evolved become fully evolved. These Pokemon return to their original evolutionary stage at the end of the song.

Encore Setlist

  • Gohan wa Okazu (3 actions): Grants a 25% power boost to all attacks by Pokemon introduced in Gen 2 until the end of the song.
  • U&I (4 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Parental Bond until the end of the song.
  • Pure Pure Heart (4 actions): At the beginning and end of the song, Heart Swap will be inflicted on both Pokemon.

Round Three

Ether's Bane (2/2 left)
Excadrill
Rift ♀
Ability: Sand Rush
Health: 55%
Energy: 80%
Status: Getting kind of tired, in disbelief that the crowd doesn’t think she’s awesome anymore. +2 Attack.
Commands: Brick Break ~ Brick Break ~ Brick Break

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Persian
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 55%
Energy: 84%
Status: Starting to get a really big headache from being socked so many times in the head. +2 Special Attack.
Commands: Mud-Slap ~ Water Pulse ~ Water Pulse

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Cat the cat studies her opponent with her head tilted oh-so-slyly to one side, grinning an oh-so-sneaky grin as she scrapes up a clump of dirt with her newly-elongated and manicured nails. Gleefully allowing bits of mud to stick beneath evolution's oh-so-generous gift to her, she launches the blob of filth straight up at Rift's eyes, cackling to herself all the while. It's just a bit of dirt, but apparently Cat is exceptional in her dirt-handling skills. Who knew? Rift bellows out in surprise as she finds her vision suddenly clouded with mud, her attempts to clear it out with her blades only grinding it in further. At least she didn't stab herself in the eye-- ow. Maybe she did.

One eye swollen and red, both eyes watering, the Excadrill nonetheless prepares her scythes, forcing Fighting-type energy into the tips as she charges forward and manages to stumble into her opponent. Blades honed to a fine point from her dance earlier, she swipes the left one, then the right into Cat's side, a twinge of satisfaction accompanying the twinge of pain in her eye as Cat yowls in surprise, knocked back into the bottom of the stage from the blow.

The band chooses this moment to start belting out a new song, and Cat has no idea what the words mean but it's suddenly making her notice that Rift is quite the handsome lad... wait... no, what? Cat looks down at her newly-shrunken paws, then back up at her opponent (who happens to be quite the handsome lass, thank you very much) in horror. What have these evolutions been doing to her hormones?! What's happening to her? As she struggles with this deep existential crisis, Rift brandishes her now-tiny blades and dashes blindly into the stage, falling back with a tiny oof as she totally underestimates her new loss of weight from devolution.

Cat somehow manages not to notice this slip-up at all, lost in her own thoughts. In fact, she's completely content to just sit there, visions of cupids and hearts and oh-so-handsome Drilbur swimming through her head, as Rift recovers herself enough to run the right way this time, slamming Cat into the stage again with her blades. Perhaps she even enjoys it. She might as well, while she's opening her mind to all these new possibilities anyway.

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Ether's Bane (2/2 left)
Drilbur
Rift ♀
Ability: Sand Rush
Health: 49%
Energy: 68%
Status: Furiously blinking mud out of her eyes. +2 Attack, -1 Accuracy.
Used: Brick Break ~ Brick Break (missed) ~ Brick Break

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Meowth
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 29%
Energy: 81%
Status: Strangely into all this... Severely infatuated (50% chance of failure). +2 Special Attack.
Used: Mud-Slap ~ [infatuated] ~ [infatuated]

Arena Status
  • Fuwa Fuwa Time is playing (1 more action). As a result, Cat is severely infatuated with Rift for the next action.

Damage and Energy
  • Rift's Health: 55% - 6% (Mud-Slap) = 49%
  • Rift's Energy: 80% - 4% (Brick Break) - 4% (Brick Break) - 4% (Brick Break) = 68%
  • Cat's Health: 55% - 13% (Brick Break) - 13% (Brick Break) = 29%
  • Cat's Energy: 84% - 3% (Mud-Slap) = 81%

Notes
  • I've let Butterfree know about the broken sprites, so hopefully those will be fixed soon.
  • It seems like this is an outdoor stadium, so there was mud available for Mud-Slap. Let me know if I'm wrong here.
  • On the second action, both Pokémon devolved since the song changed. Fuwa Fuwa Time started playing, causing Cat to become severely attracted to Rift.
  • I'm not sure what severity you wanted the infatuation caused by Fuwa Fuwa Time to be? I just went with severe (and assumed you just wanted it to stay that way the entire time regardless of damage), but...
  • Either way, Cat was definitely unable to move the second and third action due to attraction. (p.s. I don't think I've ever written attraction before and I'm finding this way too hilarious. Be glad I didn't make Cat's end-of-round-status "I have the weirdest boner right now" like I was tempted to ehe)
  • Thanks to the Mud-Slap, Rift's Brick Break missed the second action.
  • The accuracy reduction from Mud-Slap will wear off sometime next round. I'm just going to go with what seems right next round, but if you want to know in advance I can give you a number.
  • Ether's Bane posts commands first next round.
 
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Ether's Bane

future Singaporean
Pronoun
he
Spam Brick Break again, but if Cat uses Protect, use Swords Dance.

Brick Break/Swords Dance ~ Brick Break/Swords Dance ~ Brick Break/Swords Dance
 

Murkrow

Says "also" and "or something" a lot
Pronoun
he
Use water pulse some more. If you still have the will by the third action, use protect to drag the battle out a bit longer. We might get lucky!

Water Pulse ~ Water Pulse ~ Protect
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Regular Setlist

  • Fuwa Fuwa Time (3 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become attracted until the end of the song, regardless of the opponent's gender.
  • Tokimeki Sugar (3 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Sweet Veil until the end of the song.
  • Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss (4 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become confused until the end of the song.
  • Tsubasa wo Kudasai (3 actions): Adds the Flying type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Flying-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Curry Nochi Rice (3 actions): Adds the Fire type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Fire-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (4 actions): For the duration of the song, all Pokemon that are not fully evolved become fully evolved. These Pokemon return to their original evolutionary stage at the end of the song.

Encore Setlist

  • Gohan wa Okazu (3 actions): Grants a 25% power boost to all attacks by Pokemon introduced in Gen 2 until the end of the song.
  • U&I (4 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Parental Bond until the end of the song.
  • Pure Pure Heart (4 actions): At the beginning and end of the song, Heart Swap will be inflicted on both Pokemon.

Round Four

Ether's Bane (2/2 left)
Drilbur
Rift ♀
Ability: Sand Rush
Health: 49%
Energy: 68%
Status: Furiously blinking mud out of her eyes. +2 Attack, -1 Accuracy.
Commands: Brick Break / Swords Dance ~ Brick Break / Swords Dance ~ Brick Break / Swords Dance

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Meowth
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 29%
Energy: 81%
Status: Strangely into all this... Severely infatuated (50% chance of failure). +2 Special Attack.
Commands: Water Pulse ~ Water Pulse ~ Protect

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Licking a forepaw as she cocks her head to one side, Cat eyes her opponent and oh-so-seductively blows several rings of water in her direction, shimmering droplets of condensation gathering on each so that they increase in size as they get closer and closer. The rings strike Rift one by one, echoing strangely in her ears, each buffeting her back just a little more. Rift is left soaking wet and shivering, and while the water washes a lot of the mud on her face away, the little bit that's left drips frustratingly right into her eyes just as she's preparing to throw herself at Cat the cat, and she ends up blundering into the stage again. Ugh! The Drilbur shakes herself angrily and quickly blinks the last traces of mud from her eyes before turning to glare furiously at her foe.

The music pauses for a moment, and just like that, Cat snaps out of her lovestruck trance. What could she possibly have been thinking?! This is disgusting! She's not into Drilbur! Ew! The band starts up again with a new song, and suddenly Rift becomes wreathed in flames. Cat blinks. That's kind of weird.

Not that she's still into Rift or anything, but maybe Cat should do her opponent a favour and put that weird fire out. She quickly breathes out another stream of vaporous rings, but as wave after wave of water batters the Drilbur back, the flames don't seem to weaken. In fact, Rift seems to be in more pain than ever as she rolls around on the ground in agony, hands covering her ears. Cat blinks again. That's also kind of weird.

Rift soon recovers herself, panting heavily from the effort, and aims her blades for Cat once again, more successfully this time. She strikes the Meowth first with the left blades and then with the right, grinning to herself as Cat cries out and stumbles back in pain. In fact, she might just do it again— but quick as a flash, Cat envelops herself in a transparent bubble bound to make any of Rift's next attempts at a repeat show pointless. The Drilbur settles for dancing along with the music, her flames glowing ever-brighter as she spins and twirls and takes a few short but ungraceful breaks to sharpen her scythes.

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Ether's Bane (2/2 left)
Drilbur
Rift ♀
Ability: Sand Rush
Health: 14%
Energy: 58%
Status: Inspecting her new flaming claws. Temporarily part Fire-type. +4 Attack.
Used: Brick Break (missed) ~ Brick Break ~ Swords Dance

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Meowth
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 16%
Energy: 69%
Status: Not quite sure what's going on here. +2 Special Attack.
Used: Water Pulse ~ Water Pulse ~ Protect

Arena Status
  • Curry Nochi Rice is playing (1 more action). Rift is a Ground/Fire type for the duration of the song.

Damage and Energy
  • Rift's Health: 49% - 15% (Water Pulse) - 20% (Water Pulse) = 14%
  • Rift's Energy: 68% - 4% (Brick Break) - 4% (Brick Break) - 2% (Swords Dance) = 58%
  • Cat's Health: 29% - 13% (Brick Break) = 16%
  • Cat's Energy: 81% - 5% (Water Pulse) - 5% (Water Pulse) - 2% (Protect) = 69%

Notes
  • I should have charged 1% more energy for Mud-Slap last round since Technician directly affected its BP. I've fixed that now.
  • Curry Nochi Rice started playing on the second action, removing Cat's attraction and giving Rift a secondary Fire type.
  • Clearly Murkrow has been making proper offerings to the RNGods; Cat wasn't attracted the first action, Rift's first Brick Break missed again, and Curry Nochi Rice made Water Pulse even more powerful.
  • The accuracy drop from Mud-Slap faded after the first action since the Water Pulse helped wash a lot of the mud away.
  • Murkrow posts commands first next round.
 
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Murkrow

Says "also" and "or something" a lot
Pronoun
he
Use Water Pulse! One more might just do it. Though use nasty plot again if she uses protect. Then carry on with the pulses!

Water Pulse/Nasty Plot ~ Water Pulse ~ Water Pulse
 

Ether's Bane

future Singaporean
Pronoun
he
You're slower, and Protect would be a poor choice, as you'd be vulnerable to the next Water Pulse off a +4 Special Attack, so if you're still conscious, use Swagger, then Rest, then Sleep Talk.

Swagger ~ Rest ~ Sleep Talk
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Regular Setlist

  • Fuwa Fuwa Time (3 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become attracted until the end of the song, regardless of the opponent's gender.
  • Tokimeki Sugar (3 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Sweet Veil until the end of the song.
  • Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss (4 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become confused until the end of the song.
  • Tsubasa wo Kudasai (3 actions): Adds the Flying type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Flying-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Curry Nochi Rice (3 actions): Adds the Fire type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Fire-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (4 actions): For the duration of the song, all Pokemon that are not fully evolved become fully evolved. These Pokemon return to their original evolutionary stage at the end of the song.

Encore Setlist

  • Gohan wa Okazu (3 actions): Grants a 25% power boost to all attacks by Pokemon introduced in Gen 2 until the end of the song.
  • U&I (4 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Parental Bond until the end of the song.
  • Pure Pure Heart (4 actions): At the beginning and end of the song, Heart Swap will be inflicted on both Pokemon.

Round Five

Ether's Bane (2/2 left)
Drilbur
Rift ♀
Ability: Sand Rush
Health: 14%
Energy: 58%
Status: Inspecting her new flaming claws. Temporarily part Fire-type. +4 Attack.
Commands: Swagger ~ Rest ~ Sleep Talk

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Meowth
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 16%
Energy: 69%
Status: Not quite sure what's going on here. +2 Special Attack.
Commands: Water Pulse / Nasty Plot ~ Water Pulse ~ Water Pulse

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Without missing a beat, Cat blows out yet another rhythmic series of water rings, each one forming exactly on time with the tempo of the song. Pulse after pulse strikes the hapless Drilbur, and partway through she sways on the spot and then simply gives in, slumping sideways to the wet ground beneath her. A moment later the band members lay down their instruments and Rift's flames fade away, leaving her looking almost pathetically shrunken. As applause rises out from the audience, Cat sits back and puffs out her chest in pride, imagining that they're all cheering for her.

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Ether's Bane (1/2 left)
Drilbur
Rift ♀
Ability: Sand Rush
Health: 0%
Energy: 58%
Status: Knocked out!
Used: nothing

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Meowth
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 16%
Energy: 64%
Status: Smug. +2 Special Attack.
Used: Water Pulse

Arena Status
  • The band is between songs.

Damage and Energy
  • Rift's Health: 14% - 20% (Water Pulse) = 0%
  • Rift's Energy: 58%
  • Cat's Health: 16%
  • Cat's Energy: 69% - 5% (Water Pulse) = 64%

Notes
  • I'm not sure if you want me to randomize the song and tell you now, or do it when I post the next round? I'm assuming it'll be the latter.
  • Ether's Bane sends out and posts commands, then Murkrow posts commands.
 
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Ether's Bane

future Singaporean
Pronoun
he
Getting KO'd is no fun.

Getting KO'd while commanding second is even less fun.

Nevertheless, it's not over yet.

I'll send out Gulch.

Spam Iron Head, but use Sandstorm if Cat uses Protect.

Iron Head/Sandstorm ~ Iron Head/Sandstorm ~ Iron Head/Sandstorm
 

Murkrow

Says "also" and "or something" a lot
Pronoun
he
Looks like water pulse is still the best way to deal damage. Do that. Though if you're still up and fighting after the first action, use protect, then sunny day.


Water Pulse ~ Protect ~ Sunny Day
 

Eifie

oh man, good times.
Pronoun
she/her
Regular Setlist

  • Fuwa Fuwa Time (3 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become attracted until the end of the song, regardless of the opponent's gender.
  • Tokimeki Sugar (3 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Sweet Veil until the end of the song.
  • Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss (4 actions): Causes one of the Pokemon, chosen at random, to become confused until the end of the song.
  • Tsubasa wo Kudasai (3 actions): Adds the Flying type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Flying-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Curry Nochi Rice (3 actions): Adds the Fire type to a Pokemon chosen at random until the end of the song. Does not apply to Pokemon that are already Fire-type. This effect causes dual-typed Pokemon to become temporarily triple-typed.
  • Tenshi ni Fureta Yo (4 actions): For the duration of the song, all Pokemon that are not fully evolved become fully evolved. These Pokemon return to their original evolutionary stage at the end of the song.

Encore Setlist

  • Gohan wa Okazu (3 actions): Grants a 25% power boost to all attacks by Pokemon introduced in Gen 2 until the end of the song.
  • U&I (4 actions): Changes one of the Pokemon's, chosen at random, ability to Parental Bond until the end of the song.
  • Pure Pure Heart (4 actions): At the beginning and end of the song, Heart Swap will be inflicted on both Pokemon.

Round Six

Ether's Bane (1/2 left)
Durant
Gulch ♂
Ability: Swarm
Health: 100%
Energy: 100%
Status: Overwhelmed by all the noise.
Commands: Iron Head / Sandstorm ~ Iron Head / Sandstorm ~ Iron Head / Sandstorm

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Meowth
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 16%
Energy: 64%
Status: Smug. +2 Special Attack.
Commands: Water Pulse ~ Protect ~ Sunny Day

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Gulch the Durant pops out of his Poké Ball to the sound of... he doesn't even know what, as the band starts up again. All he knows is that it hurts his head a lot and his vision is swimming and he's not really sure where he is and what's going on. Why is his trainer so into live concerts, anyway? This is ridiculous! Struggling to make sense of what's going on around him, the Durant lunges toward a blurry shape in front of him that he hopes is his target... but unfortunately it's another concertgoer, who screeches something at him that he doesn't understand and whacks him on the head hard with her umbrella. The burst of watery rings that hits him a second later does nothing to help him sort out his disorientation; instead the pulses echo strangely in his head, causing him even more agony.

Cat giggles to herself as she swiftly throws up a transparent bubble around herself, just in case her attack might have given her location away, but it turns out to have been a waste of time as the hapless ant charges straight into the stage and bounces back with a pained cry. Disappointed, she lets her shield down... and looks up again to see the ant finally staring straight at her, a glimmer of comprehension in his eyes. The metal covering on his head glows brightly as he leaps at Cat, bashing his head straight into her side. The force throws Cat clear across the arena with a yowl of agony and she lies there panting for a moment, not sure if she has the strength to get back up. Deciding to leave that effort for later, she looks up at the sky, the coin on her forehead glowing brightly, and then sun brightens in response. The clouds above them part as the heat of the sun beats down more strongly than ever, and Cat allows herself a moment to relax where she is and just revel in the warmth on her fur.

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Ether's Bane (1/2 left)
Durant
Gulch ♂
Ability: Swarm
Health: 83%
Energy: 94%
Status: Frustrated beyond belief. Severely confused (50% chance of failure).
Used: [confused] ~ [confused] ~ Iron Head

Murkrow (2/2 left)
Meowth
Cat ♀
Ability: Technician
Health: 6%
Energy: 52%
Status: You can't... catch... me... +2 Special Attack.
Used: Water Pulse ~ Protect ~ Sunny Day

Arena Status
  • Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss is playing (1 more action).
  • The sunlight is strong (9 more actions).

Damage and Energy
  • Gulch's Health: 100% - 3% (confusefail) - 11% (Water Pulse) - 3% (confusefail) = 83%
  • Gulch's Energy: 100% - 1% (confusefail) - 1% (confusefail) - 4% (Iron Head) = 94%
  • Cat's Health: 16% - 10% (Iron Head) = 6%
  • Cat's Energy: 64% - 5% (Water Pulse) - 2% (Protect) - 5% (Sunny Day) = 52%

Notes
  • The next song was Watashi no Koi wa Hotchikiss, which caused Gulch to become severely confused. As with the attraction before, since neither of you said anything otherwise, his confusion chance will stay as it is until the end of the song.
  • Murkrow posts commands, then Ether's Bane.
 
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