Welcome to another tense installment of Spacemon, the tale of a Pokemon TRPG campaign! It is a sci-fi space epic played using the Pokemon Tabletop United (PTU) system and GMed by fellow TAY author DragonStorm247. You can get caught up on our previous adventures here!
Previously on Spacemon…
The Crew of the UAS Helix traveled to the galactic core pursuing the lead from the Mirrored Temple. With both Shane and H incapacitated, Morgan, Dmitri, Alex were forced to brave the dangerous Mirror Planet on their own. As the ascended the lone spire on their planet, they were forced to confront their deepest fears. Upon reaching the top, the trio became locked in a harrowing dream battle with the Pokemon Darkrai which emits an aura which pressures people with their fears. The battle concluded when Dmitri and Darkrai became bound to each other, leaving Dmitri with some kind of influence over the Pokemon.
The Helix flies through warp space on a flight plan back to civilized space. Everyone on the crew is eager to get far away from the Mirror Planet. As they get further away from the planet, Shane’s pain begins to subside, although he remains pretty loopy from the pain meds. He makes his way to the bridge to meet his newly returned shipmates.
“Your hair is shiny,” he says to Dmitri, seeing his now ghostly white hair. It is apparent to Dmitri that the effects of the pain meds have not yet worn off and he chooses to ignore Shane. Shane then turns his attention to Morgan. “What’s that on your arm?” he asks, pointing at her crossed arms.
In his current mental state, Shane is not entirely sure what he’s seeing, but his words draw the others’ attention. Alex looks over to see Morgan gripping her arm tightly, her nails digging into her flesh and drawing blood. “Oh my God, you’re bleeding!” she blurts out. Morgan says nothing and simply turns and walks out of the room.
“Bye, bye, see you later…” Shane says as he falls over onto the floor.
After several minutes of silence they all hear a scream of frustration echoing down the hall from the direction of Morgan’s workshop. Hearing this, Shane snaps out of his dazed state, a feeling of clarity returning to his mind. He leaps to his feet, but soon falls down again. He rolls over and then teleports himself to Morgan.
“Are you okay?” he asks her without even attempting to get up. “I heard screaming.”
Morgan looks down at him and he sees in her eyes an anger that he had never before seen directed at him. “GET OUT!” she screams at him with a furious rage.
As if by reflex, Shane teleports himself outside the door in a state of shock. He props himself up against the door and leans his head back against it. It thuds against the cold metal as Shane tries to make sense of what had just happened. As he sorts through his thoughts, he hears Morgan violently punching the wall repeatedly on the other side of the door.
“What do you want!?” Morgan shouts through the door at Shane. “Leave me alone!”
“This isn’t like you,” Shane replies.
“How would you know!? You don’t even know me! I hate you! I hate everyone on this ship!”
“I’ve known you long enough to know what you used to be like.”
“It doesn’t matter what I used to be like. We shouldn’t have come here.”
“What did you guys even find there?”
“There was an evil Pokemon there…” Alex tells him, having finally arrived on the scene and not exactly sure what had happened between the two of them.
“Yeah, that much I gathered…” Shane replies with a sigh.
“Alex…?” Morgan asks when she hears the girl’s voice. “Oh God, I didn’t mean that! I don’t hate you.”
“What?” Alex asks in confusion, having not heard Morgan’s previous exchange with Shane. “Why would you… hate me…?”
“I don’t, it’s just…” Morgan trails off. Alex and Shane hear Morgan walk away from the door and the faint sound of her crying.
Shane stands up and tries to open the door and find that it is locked. Alex reaches for the console to try to hack the lock but Shane places a hand on her shoulder and teleports both of them into the room. Shane walks up to Morgan and tries to hug her.
“Just leave me alone,” Morgan tells him as she tries to shrink away.
Alex runs up to both of them and pulls them into a tight hug. “You said we were family,” she tells Morgan. “And families are there for each other… no matter what.”
But the damage is already done. Shane breaks away, a sad and dejected look on his face. He quietly exits the room and the door slides shut behind him.
“I’m sorry,” Morgan says to Alex after Shane leaves. “I didn’t mean we shouldn’t have come here. It’s just… there were…”
“But you were the one who told me we should go,” Alex tells her. “You told me not to give up.”
“I know… I just… need to be alone for a while.”
“Okay…” Alex replies and loosens her grip.
“I’m sorry…” Morgan tells her as she leaves the room.
As the door slides shut behind her, Alex sees Shane sitting on the floor opposite the door, hugging his Amaura. She walks over to him and plops herself down next to him.
“It’ll be okay,” she tells him, placing her hand on his arm.
That night, Morgan stealthily makes her way down the ship’s corridor and slips into H’s room. He lies on the bed, completely passed out, still recovering from his procedure. After a cursory glance around the room, Mogan finds what she is looking for: H’s Pokeballs. She quickly grabs the one containing #4, the Trevenant that started everything, and takes it.
Now for the other monster, Morgan thinks as she continues on to Shane’s room for that Cofagrigus. She finds the room empty and recalls that Shane rarely spends time there. Of course he’s not here, she thinks. She quickly exits the room and makes her way to the warp lab. She will not rest until the nightmares are gone.
Alex sits on her bed staring at the holoscroll Gilgamesh had given her, trying to find out more information and make some sense of what had happened on the Mirror Planet. She hears the sound of footsteps in the hallway and decides to check it out. She gets up and sticks her head out the door to see Morgan passing around the corner. What’s she doing up this late? Alex wonders to herself. She hurriedly puts her boots on and follows Morgan, trying to figure out what she’s up to.
As she rounds the bend, Alex sees Morgan emerge from her robotics workshop carrying a Pokeball and a laser sword with EHRB, the ship’s repair bot, in tow. Alex quickly ducks out of sight as she watches Morgan enter Shane’s warp lab.
Shane sits in the warp lab, slumped against the wall and staring into the Warp, still feeling the sadness washing over him. The only sound in the room is the steady hum of the warp drive. He notices the door open and looks up to see Morgan walking toward him. Before he has a chance to react, he sees EHRB’s flamethrower pointed directly at him.
“Give me the Cofagrigus,” she says coldly, a look of anger on her face. Shane just looks at her with a confused look on his face, still distressed over Morgan’s state of rage. She activates the laser sword in her hand. “Give me the Cofagrigus,” she says again, this time more forcefully.
Shane stands up with a look of alarm on his face. “Morgan… what are you doing?” he asks.
“We will never be safe until those things are dead,” she says.
“What are you talking about? What things?”
Morgan raises the laser sword and points it at the Pokeball containing H’s Trevenant. It looks as if she intends to pierce the ball with the sword.
“No!” she suddenly hears Alex shout. Before she has a chance to act, Alex leaps at her from behind and wrestles the Pokeball out of her hand. Morgan swings the sword at the Pokeball but Shane quickly uses his powers to trade places with Alex.
“Morgan, you really don’t want to do this,” he says as he catches the sword with his marked hand.
Morgan ignores him and looks right at Alex. “Give it back!” she screams at the girl.
“No! You were gonna murder it!” Alex screams back at her. She turns to run out of the room but EHRB fires a string shot grenade at her and traps her against the wall.
Shane pushes Mogan away and lunges for EHRB with his electric crystal dagger. The blade pierces the bot’s armor and takes it offline. “Morgan, you’re making a mistake!” he shouts.
“It’s not a mistake! If I don’t do this, we’re all going to die!” she shouts back at him.
“You’re just a no-good Pokemon murderer!” Alex screams at her, tears starting to run down her cheeks. She struggles against the sticky webs binding her and manages to reach one of her Pokeballs, releasing her Houndoom.
“You don’t want to do this!” Shane shouts at Morgan again. “You’re making a mistake!”
Morgan just looks at him and blasts him with her mind, slamming him into the wall with a burst of psychic energy. Suddenly Dmitri steps into the room, drawn there due to his new ability to perceive negative emotions and fears. He attempts to put her to sleep but his attack misses.
“Diablo, stop her!” Alex commands her Pokemon. The Houndoom leaps at Morgan and sinks his sharp teeth into her arm. Morgan stares at Alex with a look of cold hatred, but the sight of the tears pouring down the girl’s face as she desperately pleads for the lives of Pokemon that aren’t even her own snaps her back to reality.
“Morgan… you don’t have to do this,” Shane tells her as he walks up and embraces her. “I love you.” The laser sword falls from Morgan’s hand and the blade retracts as it clatters against the metal floor.
They stand there for a moment before Morgan breaks away and runs off in the direction of the med bay. “Here, cut her down,” Shane says to Dmitri, handing him his dagger and motioning toward Alex. He then exits the room to go after Morgan.
Shane enters the med bay and sees Mogan sitting on the table as MARIA tends to her bite wound. He knocks on the wall a couple times to make his presence known. “I guess I should say I’m sorry…” Shane says to Morgan as she looks up at him. “For holding out so much… For not telling you sooner.”
“I’m sorry I tried to hurt you,” Morgan replies.
“I’m just glad that’s over now…” Shane says, taking a seat on the bench opposite the table.
Session Notes: The ship is real! It’s about damn time Shane confessed his love for Morgan! And just in time too! Some crazy shit went down at the start of this session. Even though most people felt Dmitri and Alex had the worst time on the Mirror Planet, it seems that Morgan was actually the one most tormented by it at this time. I honestly did not see that one coming. She tried to kill Pokemon, which is one of the worst offenses in Alex’s eyes. I think the events of this chapter are going to leave the relationship between Morgan and Alex quite strained for a while.
H’s player was absent again. No heads up, no nothing. He missed his own Pokemon nearly getting killed! I wonder how H will react to the person he hates most on the ship being the one to save it. This is why we all have so much more EXP than him. Hopefully he shows up next time, because we actually need him for the conference.
That does it for this chapter. As always the Spacemon gang and I will be monitoring the comments to foster discussion and answer any questions. Feel free to give feedback and critiques of the writing so I can improve it for the future, or just leave a comment with what you think about what went down in this chapter or what you think might happen next! You can also revisit past chapters, check out the Spacemon Appendix which is a repository of information on all the lore and characters of Spacemon, or like our Facebook page to stay updated on all things Spacemon! Click here for the next exciting installment of Spacemon!