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…
The crew of the UAS Helix returned to Alliance space after receiving a call from Aarn Hondo informing them that Gilgamesh had requested he speak to them regarding something important. Upon meeting with him, the crew learned that Hondo had been working with Gilgamesh to acquire a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Aether, an item that Gilgamesh had regretfully helped Mr. Silver obtain. Unfortunately, Gilgamesh was killed during the mission. Shortly thereafter, the station they were meeting on was attacked by Mr. Silver’s forces. The Helix crew boarded the main ship to obtain vital intel and rescue one of Hondo’s teammates who was captured on the mission. On the ship the crew encountered a man who was all too familiar...
“Well, this is awkward.”
“Is that…?” Shane’s voice sounds over the crew’s commlink. “But… what?”
Had he been there in person, Shane would have been drowned out by the sound of H’s voice, droning on a single sound. “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” The cyborg appears to be unable to process this scene.
Alex looks at the cybernetic man, then at H, then back to the man, then back to H once more. A confused expression is painted across the girl’s face.
“Who… are you?” Morgan finally asks.
The man’s lips form into a slight smirk. “I am Experiment #1749XQ221-I, but you may call me ‘I.’”
“So, you’re another one of those… things,” Morgan responds.
“Things is such a negative word, but... yes.” I pulls out a Pokeball and looks at it for a moment before returning his focus to the crew.
“What are you doing here?” Morgan asks.
“This is my ship. Why wouldn’t I be here? No, I think the real question is, why are you here? This isn’t your ship. I don’t remember inviting you.” He tosses the Pokeball up and down as he speaks. “So, why are you here?”
“You’re here attacking some friends of ours,” Morgan responds. “And, we don’t appreciate that.”
“Ah, yes. Of course. Of course.”
“No more talking!” Alex suddenly shouts. “Lumiera! Inferno!” The girl’s Chandelure floats forward and unleashes a massive surge of flames at the cyborg, completely engulfing him.
As the flames roar around him, I raises a hand and a glow begins emanating from it. The flames begin to sparkle strangely, then glitch out of existence. To Shane, currently observing through the security feed, this looks all too familiar. “Oh, this?” I asks, turning to look directly at the camera. “You like it? I picked it up from some residue in Geneva. I believe... you had something to do with that, actually,” he adds, tauntingly.
I throws his Pokeball out, releasing a heavily augmented Rhyperior. “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have business to attend to. Omega, finish them.” He turns and begins to walk down the hallway. Shane attempts to hack the door to prevent I from leaving, but only succeeds at shutting the door behind the cyborg.
I’s Rhyperior looks at H’s Rhyhorn standing just next to it and fires up its drills. The large Pokemon charges through its pre-evolved form. Luckily, the durable rock Pokemon manages to stand up to the powerful hit. H quickly leaps to action and pulls out his Pokeball cannon. He loads up a pester ball and fires it at Omega, burning the Rhyperior right through its rocky hide and armor plating.
Alex locks eyes with the Rhyperior, giving the Pokemon a sad look with a baby-doll expression, causing it to hesitate momentarily. Both Dmitri and Morgan seize the opportunity to release their own Pokemon.
“Wilhelm, Shadow Ball!” Dmitri commands his Haunter. The ghostly Pokemon builds up a ball of shadowy energy and lobs it at Omega, dealing another hit against it. Dmitri then attempts to follow up with an attack of his own, but his fails to connect.
“Yvonne, use Future Sight!” Morgan shouts to her Espeon. The Sun Pokemon peers into the future with her psychic abilities and preps an attack.
“Guys, I’m trying to get to you,” Shane’s voice sounds over the commlink. “It’s gonna take me a while to get through the mainframe. If you need me, you’re just going to have to wait a little while longer. I’m going as fast as I can.”
“Got it,” Morgan responds. She then quickly recalls her Espeon and sends out her Dewott, Herman.
“Lumiera, use Hex!” Alex commands her Chandelure. The Pokemon unleashes a massive blast of spectral energy at Omega, but the Rhyperior’s armor plating seems to deflect most of the hit. “Now, for Leviathan!” Alex recalls her ghostly chandelier and releases her most powerful Pokemon. Storm clouds radiate out from the massive creature as it emerges.
In response to this new threat, and to all the Pokemon and trainers closing in on it, I’s Rhyperior stomps down and rocks the entire ship with a powerful quake. Alex manages to dive out of the way of the brunt of the attack, but H, #1, Herman, and Leviathan are not so lucky.
“#1, use Chip Away!” H shouts to his Pokemon. The Rhyhorn picks himself back up and charges at Omega, however the Rhyperior moves out of the way, causing #1 to collide with the wall.
Alex dives back from the attacking Pokemon and blows a kiss at it, temporarily distracting it, and sending it into a state of confusion. It stumbles to the ground, and appears to hurt itself in the process.
“Wilhelm, use Night Shade!” Dmitri commands his Haunter, attempting to capitalize on the situation. The ghostly Pokemon unleashes a blast of energy that tears right through Omega’s armor. Dmitri then fires off a hypnotic beam at the Rhyperior, making it drowsy.
“Leviathan, use Water Spout!” Alex shouts as Omega sluggishly picks itself back up. Her massive Pokemon unleashes a torrent of water at the the Rhyperior, pushing it back into the wall.
“Herman, use Razor Shell!” Morgan commands her Dewott before I’s Pokemon gets the chance to shake itself off. Herman charges forward and critically strikes the Rhyperior with his shells, tearing through its armor plating.
In response, Omega vanishes from sight. “It’s got some kind of cloaking device!” H observes. A moment passes, then the Rhyperior reappears in the center of the action and unleashes another powerful quake, taking down Leviathan and Herman.
“No!” Alex shouts. She and Morgan quickly recall their Pokemon and send out Lucario and Espeon, respectively. As Morgan’s Espeon emerges for her ball, she unleashes the attack she had prepped, blasting the Rhyperior with psychic energy.
H commands his Rhyhorn to move back, then fires off another shot from his cannon at Omega, delivering a powerful hit. He then follows up his attack by firing off a blast of caltrops, covering the ground around the Rhyperior. Alex taunts the Pokemon, causing it to stumble onto some of the caltrops and injure itself. Enraged, Omega charges at Yvonne and smashes the Espeon with its head, instantly knocking her out.
“Wilhelm, Confuse Ray!” Dmitri instructs his Haunter while Morgan recalls her fainted Pokemon. The gaseous ghost unleashes a blast of strange energy, sending the Rhyperior back into a state of confusion. Dmitri immediately follows up his Pokemon’s attack with a ghostly wisp of flame, burning Omega as well.
“Anubis, use Focus Blast!” Alex commands her Lucario. Anubis focuses his aura into a giant ball of energy and lobs it at Omega, dealing a heavy blow. The Rhyperior does not take kindly to this and fires up its rocket thrusters. It flies through the air directly at Alex and her Pokemon, completely surrounded in flames.
“Anubis!” Alex screams as her Pokemon moves in to defend her. The Lucario holds his paws out to counter the charging Rhyperior. He grunts in pain as the flames sear his paws, but Anubis fights through and redirects Omega’s momentum, hurling it over Alex’s head into the hallway behind her. The thunderous sound of the Rhyperior colliding with the ground echoes through the corridors as it goes down for the count.
Alex catches Anubis in her arms as the Lucario collapses, severely injured from Omega’s attack. The pained look in her Pokemon’s eyes brings tears to her own, but she knows that Anubis saved her life. She hugs him tightly and softly says, “It will be okay.”
Victorious, #1 lets out a mighty roar as he begins to glow. When the brilliant light fades, a Rhydon stands triumphant. Wilhelm too transforms, evolving into a Gengar.
With the battle won, the crew proceeds onward to the brig without any resistance. “I seems to have abandoned ship,” Shane informs them, observing one of the escape pods launching.
“Good,” Morgan responds. “Okay, we’re here. This seems to be the brig.”
Stepping inside, the crew finds the brig to be empty, save for a lone young woman imprisoned behind an energy shield. She sits on the floor and seems extremely bored. She looks up at the crew, but says nothing.
Using the security feed, Shane transmits an image of the girl to Hondo, who confirms that she is, in fact, his missing operative. “Ha, she made it!” the smuggler adds. “She’s alive after all.”
H steps forward, and receives a very confused glance from the girl. “Do you happen to know two fools by the name of Aarn Hondo and Samuel Rodriguez?” he asks her.
“Yes,” she responds.
“They apparently need you,” H explains. “Hopefully it will help them improve their current condition. Come on, we’re getting you out of here. Don’t waste anybody’s time by staying.”
“How do I know I can trust you?”
“You don’t, but we are opening the door, and we aren’t pointing guns at you.”
“He’s an idiot, but he’s no I,” Morgan says. The ship rocks from the battle raging outside.
“Well, clearly he’s not the same individual,” the girl comments, noting H’s distinct augmentations.
“Superior being,” H corrects her.
The girl gives him another glance, before continuing on. “Judging from the sounds of battle outside, and your mention of my former teammates, I can assume that you are... probably friends.”
“You’re welcome to stay in this cell,” H tells her. “But you’re probably in more trouble there than following the random people who opened it.”
“True enough,” she agrees. “Now, I just need my things.” She eyes a nearby security box.
Morgan walks over and hacks the lock, and pulls out a Pokedex, some Pokeballs, and a bag. She then lowers the shield and tosses them to the girl.
“Thanks,” she responds as she begins fiddling with her Pokedex. “I’m Meta, by the way,” she adds. “Who are you?”
“I’m Morgan, and this is Alex, Dmitri, and-”
“And I am Experiment #1749XQR5Z-H,” H interrupts.
“We just call him H,” Dmitri adds.
“I see. So, how about we get out of here?”
“We still need to get that information,” Alex tells her.
“Can you be a bit more specific?” Meta asks as she begins fiddling with her Pokedex again. “If you want my help, I need specifics. What kind of information are we talking here?”
“I don’t know,” Alex tells her. “Rodriguez only said ‘vital information.’”
“Of course he did,” Meta responds dryly. “Do you have him on the line now? Tell him to put Hondo on the line because he’s an idiot. And… well, don’t tell him I said that.”
“Hondo, you there?” Shane asks over the commlink.
“Yes, what is it?” the smuggler’s voice responds. “Things are getting a bit heated over here so make it quick.”
“Rodriguez neglected to mention what sort of information we’re looking for here.”
“Routes, base locations, that sort of thing. We need to know where they took the Eye.”
“Then we want the communications center,” Meta tells the crew once they pass this on to her, scanning her Pokedex.
“And where’s that?” Alex asks.
The team quickly makes their way to the communications center without encountering any crew. The ship is surprisingly empty. One inside, Meta plugs in and begins to do her thing. “So, you didn’t say exactly what locations you- ah, fuck it, I’ll just grab everything.”
Inside the system, Shane sees the super-hacker’s probes scouring the network and grabbing everything. “Damn, she’s good,” he says to himself.
“Alright, that should do it. Now let’s get out of here,” Meta says once she finishes. “I assume you have a way off this ship.”
“In the hangar,” Morgan tells her.
As the crew makes their way back to the hangar, Hondo’s voice sounds over the comms. “Our systems are shutting down,” he tells them. “I think we’ve been sabotaged. We’re not going to last much longer unless we jump now. You’ll need to get back to your ship on your own, and I will contact you with a rendezvous point later.”
“Got it,” Shane responds. “Morgan, I’m jumping into your Pokedex now,” he adds. “That way you can all fit in the escape pod.”
The crew quickly arrives at the hangar and then begin boarding the pod, but it becomes apparent that there isn’t a whole lot of room. “I don’t think we’re all going to fit in here,” Meta observes.
“Nonsense!” H declares. He magnetizes himself to the ceiling of the pod, making a bit more room. Alex follows suit, and squishes herself into a corner. “See, there is plenty of room!” H says to Meta. Dmitri and Meta cram themselves into the remaining space while Morgan fires up the engines.
Shane hacks the hangar door to slide open, allowing Morgan to fly the pod out into space. Morgan hails the Helix and signals for Minerva to pick them up.
“Someone’s leg is in my face,” Meta comments as the pod drifts away from the battle.
“Well, your face is in my leg,” Alex retorts.
“Hmm. Well, at least your feet don’t smell… too bad.”
“Hey,” Alex responds as Minerva swoops in with the Helix, allowing Morgan to fly the pod into the cargo bay.
Session Notes: Well, it’s about freaking time H’s Rhyhorn evolved. Seriously. What took so long? We got a massive EXP dump from that battle, allowing us to get a lot of our Pokemon up to level 40, something that’s needed to happen for a long time now. We were very underleveled for where we are in the campaign. I’s Rhyperior was pretty hardcore, but we beat it. My Lucario barely hung in there for that counter. He legitimately had 1 HP left and straight up dealt 158 damage to that Rhyperior in one go. MVP. That more than made up for my Kyogre getting focused down like that.
And, of course, now we’ve met Meta, from DragonStorm’s mini-series Tempore Ex Machina. You can check out the three parts of that here, here, and here. She didn’t get a whole lot of time to shine here, but this only covered the first half of this session, so look forward to seeing more of her in the next chapter. And, if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the third installment of my Red Suns mini-series starring my former character, Arlon Jett!
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!