Welcome to another exciting 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…
With several weeks to go before the start of the Galactic Governance Conference, the crew of the Helix decided to lay low and just do some exploring. They visited a handful of planes, exploring some ruins, catching some Pokemon, and relaxing on the ship. They also hired on Pokemon geneticist Bill Wi to serve as the ship’s genetics and breeding specialist. During this time, tensions between H and the rest of the crew reached an all time high.
With only a week left until the start of the Galactic Governance Conference, the Helix arrives back at Parasia so that the crew can make their final preparations and meet up with Councilor Fontaine. Since the ship will be docked for such an extended period of time, the crew decides it will be a good idea to have some new modifications and facilities installed. They spend the next few days making plans, preparing Shane and his Pokemon for their digital infiltration mission, providing Armstrong and Bill with projects to work on while they are gone (such as researching the fossils the crew found on Estra and breeding the first of many baby Eevees to come), and purchasing formal wear for the conference. As the conference drawers nearer, the crew begins to feel a sense of foreboding.
Alex in particular is worried that something bad will happen to the Helix while they are gone. She has a bad feeling that Captain Heilovic of the Romanov Supremacy or someone equally bad might come after the ship while they are gone. Fearing for the safety of her new home, Alex expresses her concerns to her crewmates.
“I admit, it does seem strange that we haven’t seen a trace of Heilovic in such a long time, given the interest he showed in us,” Morgan tells her. “But what can we do?”
“What about that Arlon guy?” Alex suggests. “Can’t you, like, call him or something and ask him to look after the ship?”
“Well, he will be at the conference with us,” Morgan tells her. “But that is a good idea, I’ll call him and see if he can send some men to protect the ship.”
Morgan goes to the bridge and calls up Arlon. Luckily he seems to be in at the moment and quickly answers the call. “Hello, Morgan. I figured I would be hearing from you soon. I trust your preparations for the conference are well underway?”
“Yes,” Morgan tells him. “But that’s not why I called.”
“Oh? How can I help you then?”
“Well, we’re a bit nervous about leaving the ship unattended for so long,” Morgan begins to explain.
“Let me guess, you want me to send some men to look after it, don’t you?”
“That is exactly what we want. Is that possible?”
“I believe that can be arranged. I’ll just need to know where you’re docked.”
“We’re on Parisia, I can send you the docking information.”
“Brilliant. I’m actually on Albion right now, preparing for the conference. Kiril, Rena, and myself will be attending the conference and, once things are squared away here, I’ll send the Corsair your way. The Helix will be in the care of one of my other lieutenants, Luke Anderson, and a squad of men. Your ship will be in good hands.”
“Don’t mention it.”
“I guess we’ll see you at the conference then.”
“Indeed. Cheers, luv.”
When the day of the conference finally rolls around, the crew departs from the Helix and meets up with Councilor Fontaine and they take a shuttle to the GCS Halcyon, the luxury liner hosting the Galactic Governance Conference. As the shuttle approaches the ship, they can see many other shuttles flying in from the various planets in the system as well as many ships dropping out of warp space, with more shuttles flying out from them.
Once the shuttle lands in the Halcyon’s hanger, the passengers are led to the security check to make sure that they are not bringing any sort of weapons aboard. H, of course, immediately causes the guard’s sensors to light up in a chorus of flashes and beeps.
“Sir, sir, I’m going to have to ask you to declare,” one of the guards tells him.
“Declare?” H asks him, confused by the man’s statement.
“We’re here to deliver a presentation on advanced cybernetic augmentation,” Morgan explains to the guard. “Subject H is equipped with a number of augmentations which are essential to our presentation.”
“Okay,” the guard replies, sounding a bit confused. “We’ll, uh, need you declare all presentation materials for our records.”
The crew provides him with this information, save for a few things they wish to keep secret, and he seems to accept the answer. Once he double-checks with Councilor Fontaine, he finally lets them through.
They are then escorted up to the main hotel area of the ship. The room is adorned with red carpets and fancy gold chandeliers. Diplomats, politicians, and businesspeople move about, mingling and making conversation. “Wow,” Alex gasps as she takes in the sights.
They check in at the desk and are shown to their room so that they can drop off their luggage and get settled in. Once they get all set up in the room, they change into their new fancy evening wear and head to the main ballroom for the opening ceremony of the conference. Morgan, Alex, Dmitri, and H arrive just in time to sign up for the opening exhibition Pokemon battles. Morgan and Dmitri choose to sit out but both Alex and H decide to participate
The room goes silent a few minutes later as Charles Atkinson, the Chief Councilor of the Geneva Confederacy steps up onto the stage to give his speech. “I’d like to thank you all for coming. These are tumultuous times we live in. Everyone back home, in all of our homes, is looking to us for guidance and leadership. It’s going to be a busy week aboard this ship. Now, without further ado, let us watch these spectacular performers battle!” The crowd breaks into applause as the Chief Councilor backs away and the first battlers step up to the stage to begin the exhibition.
The few battles go by relatively quickly and soon it is time for Alex’s battle. She moves up to the stage and finds herself paired up with a man in a fancy suit with a well-groomed mustache.
“Let’s do this, Loki!” Alex shouts out as she releases her Espurr.
“You’re up, Mamoswine,” the man says as he releases his own Pokemon. The large creature shakes the stage a bit as it steps forward, looming over Alex’s tiny Espurr.
“Loki, run up and hit it with Fake-Out!” Alex commands her Pokemon. He runs forward and strikes the larger Pokemon, surprising it and allowing for another attack. “Now, back off and use Psychic!” Loki quickly hops back from the Mamoswine and fires a blast of psychic energy at it.
“Mamoswine, use Mud Bomb,” the other trainer commands his Pokemon. The large beast opens its mouth and spits a giant ball of mud at Loki, delivering a pretty heavy hit to the little Espurr.
“Now, use Light Screen!” Alex instructs Loki. The Espurr throws up a protective screen of energy and awaits the Mamoswine’s next move.
“Use Double Team!” the Mamoswine’s trainer commands. The large creature starts moving quickly, upping its evasiveness.
“Hit it with Psychic!” Alex shouts. Loki fires another blast at the Mamoswine, but the large Pokemon keeps on going.
“Now, use Icy Wind,” the other trainer instructs his Pokemon. The Mamoswine launches a blast of icy-cold air at Loki, but his energy barrier dampens the power. “Now follow up with Mud-Slap!” The Mamoswine spits more mud at Loki, dealing a bit more damage and making it harder for the Espurr to see.
“Loki, use Psybeam!” Alex commands her Espurr. The little Pokemon begins to glow as he shoots a beam of psychic energy at the Mamoswine and finally takes it down. The glow intensifies and the Pokemon begins to change shape. The crowd’s applause and cheers intensify as the glow subsides and the newly evolved Meowstic is revealed!
“Yay!” Alex squeals with excitement at her newly evolved Pokemon. “Great job, Loki!”
“You’re up next, Tauros,” the other trainer says as he recalls his fainted Mamoswine and sends out his next Pokemon.
“Loki, use Psychic!” Alex instructs her Pokemon. The Meowstic fires off another blast of psychic energy and hits the Tauros, but it doesn’t seem particularly bothered by the hit.
“Use Horn Attack,” the man commands his Pokemon. It charges up to Loki and hits the Meowstic hard, knocking him out of the fight.
“Great job, Loki,” Alex says as she recalls her fainted Pokemon. “Your turn, Anubis!” She pulls out another ball and releases her Lucario onto the stage. “Use Focus Blast!” Anubis nods and then builds up a massive ball of aura energy and launches it at the Tauros. The Tauros is sent flying back and is knocked out instantly!
In his battle, H is paired up with a tall, dark-haired man wearing a fancy black and red suit. “Hello there,” the man says, looking at H with a curious eye.
“Prepare to meet with perfection!” H proclaims as he sends out his freshly evolved Floatzel.
“This should be interesting,” the man says with a chuckle as he releases a Duskull.
“#9, use Bulk Up!” H commands his Floatzel. The Pokemon hangs back and starts building up her strength.
“Grimm, use Curse,” the other trainer calmly commands his Pokemon. A ghostly wave emanates out from the Duskull and starts floating around H’s Floatzel.
“Bulk Up again!” H commands his Floatzel. Despite the curse inflicted upon her, the Pokemon keeps building up strength.
“Now, use Will-O-Wisp,” the other trainer instructs his Duskull. The ghostly Pokemon sends out a small ball of flame at the Floatzel, but it dodges out of the way.
“Bulk Up once more, #9!”
“Confuse Ray.” A ray of energy hits H’s Floatzel, sending it into a state of confusion.
“Your job is done #9!” H shouts. “Use Baton Pass! You’re up #1!” H releases his Rhyhorn and his Floatzel steps back.
“Will-O-Wisp,” the other trainer commands. The Duskull sends out another ghostly flame, and, this time, lands a hit, inflicting a burn upon #1.
“#1, use Rock Blast!” H commands. The Rhyhorn launches five large rocks at the opposing Duskull. Each one finds its mark and the Duskull is taken down immediately as the crowd starts cheering.
“Impressive,” the other trainer says as he recalls his Pokemon. “You’re up next Styx.” The man releases a Croconaw onto the stage. “Use Aqua Tail.” The Croconaw charges forward at the Rhyhorn and swings its tail in for the hit, but the Pokemon manages to dodge out of the way.
“Use Stomp, #1!” H commands. The Rhyhorn charges at the Croconaw, but it returns the favor and dodges out of the way.
“Now, Ice Fang.” The Croconaw’s teeth freeze over as it lunges for #1, but the Rhyhorn once again manages to dodge out of the way.
“Rock Blast!” #1 fires another salvo of rocks and lands three hits.
“Aqua Tail again.” despite being weakened, the Croconaw shows no signs of slowing down. It lunges at #1 again and this time lands a hit with its tail, dealing some damage.
“Now, #1, use Bulldoze!” the Rhyhorn charges full speed at the Croconaw and hits it dead on. The Pokemon is sent flying backwards and then falls to the ground, beaten.
After the exhibition battles conclude, the evening wraps up with a fancy ball where the conference goers dance, mingle, and discuss business and politics. As they move about the ballroom, Morgan notices Arlon leaning against the bar, surveying the room. Their eyes lock and he motions the group over to the bar.
“Long time no see,” Arlon says as his former crewmates approach the bar. “How’ve things been going on the Helix?”
“It’s… been fine,” Morgan tells him.
“Really?” Arlon asks, not buying Morgan’s bluff.
“Look, I don’t really want to talk about it. But we’re here now and focused on the job.”
“Right, let’s get down to business then. This is what I was able to figure out: the weapon is in the possession of one of the Genevan councilors in attendance. Unfortunately, I don’t know which one. We’ll need to snoop around and figure out who has the weapon.”
“Do you know what we’re looking for?” Morgan asks him..
“It’s some sort of device, probably small and portable,” Arlon explains. “I don’t know exactly how it works, but it’s powerful enough to hack into whatever it’s connected to.”
“So, I guess the next step is to figure out which councilors are in attendance,” Morgan suggests.
“Already done,” Arlon tells her as he pulls out his Pokedex. “I’ve narrowed down the list to a few who could potentially have the device. I just sent it to your Pokedex. I narrowed it down to eight names. Actually, make that seven, since I assume Councilor Fontaine is clean since she was your ticket in.”
“Right,” Morgan agrees. “It’s likely not her.”
“That’s what I thought. So that leaves us with Finnegan and Guinness of New Britain, Heinkel of New Germany, Moretti of New Italy, Narváez of New Spain, Nilsson of New Sweden, and Zabat of New Greece. Narrowing the list down shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve got Rena and Kiril working an angle now but if you lot want to narrow it down on your own, that will be helpful.”
“I think we can do that,” Morgan tells him. “But our main plan is to get Shane into the ship’s computer systems to help us out from the inside. While we talk to the councilors in the ballroom, Alex here will sneak out and find a place where she can get Shane in.”
“My replacement, I take it? You lot never were that great at sneaking around were you?” Arlon laughs. “Good luck, kid.”
“Hey! I’m not a kid!” Alex responds.
“Relax, luv. I was around your age when I entered this line of work. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to meet with some lovely politicians.” Arlon finishes his drink and then leaves the bar.
While the others talk with various councilors and diplomats at the ball, Alex tries to slip away so she can get Shane into the computers. Morgan had entrusted her with the drive Shane was currently residing in, and she intended to keep it close and well protected. She checks several corridors leading away from the public areas but all of them are watched by guards.
After several more minutes, she spots what looks like an open path and makes her move. Unfortunately she’s grabbed by a guard who appears from around a corner. “Hey, where do you think you’re going?” the guard asks.
“Uh… I was trying to find the bathroom,” Alex lies.
“Bathroom’s that way, miss,” the guard informs her as he points back toward the public area.
“Right,” Alex says with a nervous laugh. “Thanks.”
Alex goes into the bathroom to look convincing and looks around. She notices a small vent in the ceiling she could probably fit into, but then remembers what she’s wearing. “Damn it, if only I wasn’t wearing this stupid dress,” she mumbles to herself.
Once an appropriate amount of time passes, she exits the bathroom and resumes her search for a way into the more secure areas. Eventually she lucks out and manages to slip past some guards down a secure hallway. Moving down the hall, Alex sees many rooms with computers, but also security personnel.
With the rooms out of the question, Alex begins to look around for something else she can use. She notices important cables running along the walls and decides to follow them. Eventually, they lead her to some sort of utility box which seems like it might be a good place to get Shane inside.
Alex walks up to the box and manages to hack open the box and see what’s inside. She sees various switches and knobs, but luckily there are also a few ports that are compatible with the drive Shane is inside. Before she can get him into the system, however, she hears footsteps approaching. Alex quickly but silently shuts the box and then ducks into a nearby broom closet to hide.
She hears the footsteps stop in front of the box and the sound of it slowly creaking back open. Shit, the thought races through her mind. She quickly releases her Lampent and begins whispering instructions to her. “Lumiera, I need you to sneak up on that guy and lead him away. Once you lead him far enough away, go invisible and then meet me back at the ballroom.”
The Lampent then phases through the wall and a few moments later Alex hears shouting: “Hey! Hey, get back here!” She hears the sound of the footsteps running away and then makes her move. She rushes back to the box and inserts the drive into one of the ports.
“I’m in,” Shane’s voice sounds in the comm chip in Alex’s ear.
“Okay. I’m gonna take the drive out now. I need to get out of here,” Alex replies. She quickly pulls the drive out and locks the box back up, then makes her way back to the ballroom.
Session Notes: And thus begins the main event of this session! We’ve been building up to the conference for so long, so it was exciting for it to finally begin! This chapter was interesting. I got a bit more time to revisit the character of Arlon and that came with the opportunity to RP with myself, if only for a couple lines.
The exhibition battles were pretty fun. A nice, short, and sweet battle. Having my Espurr evolve in that battle made it all the better. H’s battle was a bit more interesting. DragonStorm wasn’t satisfied with the team the random Pokemon generator was giving him so he ended up pulling from his team in the game that I’m GMing. In the write up I ended on flavoring the character a bit after his character in that game, but dialed it way back because his character is kinda ridiculous. The fight was a bigger challenge so H was rewarded with more exp and money than Alex, but he sorely needed it from missing so many sessions. His strategy was pretty ridiculous in this fight. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to explain a Baton Passer strategy, but I think it turned out alright.
Thing will heat up in the final chapter from this week’s session, so stay tuned!
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!