Part 18: Its Only NaturalUpdate 19: Its Only Natural
After fannying about in the Wild Area for a while, we go up to this guy and he checks our badges to make sure were qualified to continue the Challenge. We are.
Its only natural. After such a humiliating defeat, theres no way he could look the Champion in the eye. Im sure hell withdraw from the challenge.
A loss is a loss, its not the end of the world. If you think THATS enough to stop Hop
Not a loss like this one.
Anyway, I have a meeting with the Chairman, so I must excuse myself.
Worried now, going to call Hop. Rotom, mobile phone mode.
Hop, how are fucking hell, you sound terrible. You right, mate?
I Hop, talk to me. What happened?
That was That was really cruel of him. And its untrue, you know that. Youre me rival, I know how good you
Oh my god
Hop, talk to me. God knows I lean on you enough, ye cn lean back!
No, Hop, Im nae gon just bloody well leave you alone! I tried that shite out on you six years ago and we know damn well where that wouldve led if ye hadnt ignored me!
I know its nae that dire, Hop. Yer still in a bad straight, I dont care.
Look, mate. Call your Mum and Da and let them know. Hell, catch a skytaxi and see them in person
Then talk to me mum. She knows you well as anyone, shell help get you sorted.
Thats good to hear, mate. Call me after you two have your chinwag?
Same to you, Hop. Best of luck. Talk to you later.
Im going to shove Bedes head so far up his arse hell have to see out his teeth.
Hammerlocke - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Chairman Rose's Theme - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Ive been collecting both Wishing Stars and Gym Badges as fast as I can!
Good work, Bede! Were proud of how much youve gotten done.
Thank you, Ms. Oleana . If I gather enough Wishing Stars, that will help solve the problem thats been bothering you, right, Mr. Chairman?
Oh, its not just about me. Its for the future of the whole Galar region. And well need more than just Wishing Stars. We need a powerful Pokémon Trainer, too someone like the Champion.
With all due respect, sir, I was able to show Hop, one of the Champion-endorsed Trainers, just how outclassed he was. Im sure Ill be able to defeat the Champion. No, I WILL defeat the Champion!
Thats the spirit! It takes healthy competition to really keep the Gym Challenge energized!
Oh, Bede, can we talk for a moment?
Of course, Ms. Oleana.
As you know, Wishing Stars are those mysterious stones that are even attached to your Dynamax Bands. But theres far more to them! They act as reservoirs for what we at Macro Cosmos call Galar particles, which emit small amounts of easily-utilized radiation that can be easily converted into electrical energy.
Wait, radiation? How much radioactive material are we gathering in one place? Is it safe to use enough of them the power of whole region? And are we sure were not exhausting a limited supply?
You have an inquisitive mind, I see! Excellent! Its always good to see the next generation stepping up to the plate. Perhaps the greatest mystery of Galar particles is that they tone down the radiation they emit to safe levels around humans and Pokémon. Weve performed and continue to perform! a great many studies on Galar particles and human health, and no matter how many particles you gather together, the radiation they emit is never enough to pierce human skin less, if you bring thin-skinned Pokémon with you. Even when Pokémon are Dynamaxed and absorb Galar particles, they show no health issues or genetic damage; as far as we can tell, they simply absorb the particles, use them while the process lasts, and release them harmlessly as they return to normal.
Dont we not understand how the Dynamax process works?
A fair point, and one weve investigated extensively. Im afraid we dont have an answer yet. However well, let me put it this way. Did you know we have no idea how paracetamol works? Even after decades of study and use, its method of action is still unclear. But we know perfectly well what its effects are and how to use it safely. And weve extensively proven its impossible to overdose on Galar particles, no matter how much of their energy you use. In fact, we should head inside right away! Ill even give you a little lesson on how the Galar region gets its energy!
Damn, she moves quietly. Didnt even see her walk up.
Now, have a look at my tablet. Ive got all the information you need on it.
First, energy is absorbed from Hammerlocke Stadiums tower, then, its changed into electricity in the underground powerplant and delivered to people throughout the region. Our lives and society require various types of energy sources, such as electricity, natural gas, and water. My associate groups aim to improve everyones lives by harnessing the power stored in Wishing Stars! In fact, one of the Galar particles greatest assets is that it never decays or releases anything other than mild radiation! No pollution and consumption as with fossil fuels, no waste to handle as with traditional nuclear power, no environmentally dangerous manufacturing and space consumption as with solar power
Oleana leans over and whispers into his ear.
Oh! Its time for me to get to work. I should get a move on before Oleana decides to give me another earful.
Gloria, I suggest you head over to the vault next. Just head towards Route 6 from the stadium, and you should find the vault without any issues!
Then, have a good day, Mr. Chairman?
Same to you, of course!
Now that hes gone Rotom, go into browser mode and search for Bede. I need to do some research.
Hammerlocke - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Normally, Id go and continue the plot right away, but we have someone we desperately need to visit!
It looks like youve managed to level up your team quite a bit. Well, guess what? Ive got the perfect Pokéball to celebrate the occasion!
They give us a Level Ball, which is more effective against low-level Pokémon (compared to whoevers in our party). As always, they prove themselves one of the nicest and most helpful NPCs in the game just by being themselves
Hammerlocke is another one of the regions big cities; I believe its based on Edinburgh, though I could be wrong (the travel guide I found a few pages back doesnt talk about it). It has all the amenities; multiple Pokémon centers, a train station, shops
And Team Yell yelling about Marnie. It also has some of the dumbest and most dangerous architecture Ive seen in this game. Thats not a castle. I dont know what that is. If you ask someone how people got those insane Parapets? Overhangs? Whatever you call them, theyll probably tell you it was Pokémon. I think it was witchcraft, theres no other rational explanation. But we also, as we explore the further parts of the city, run across a little girl who I accidentally obscured with my body when I took a screenshot:
Little Girl: You see, theres someone I fancy and I I Ive written him a love letter! Do you think you might deliver it for me?
Give it here, Ill get it done.
Little Girl: Oh, thank you! Thank you! Im so glad I found someone like you to help me! My name is Paula. Here you are. This is the letter I want you to deliver! Deliver it to Frank for me, wont you? Frank in Ballonlea. Thats who you want.
Who names their child Frank these days? And why does this letter look so weathered?
On our way west, we run into a familiar face. A friendly face.
: But Hop Did something happen with him? He was acting really odd when I ran into him. He took one look at me and immediately was like, Im so sorry, Lee! He looked like hed been crying, too. If hed talk to anybody, hed have talked to you.
Its really not my place to say. He just How do I put this
Lost to somebody. Badly.
Yeah. It hit him really, really hard. I think the stress is getting to him.
Trying to live up to me, is he?
Aye. Could you maybe give him a little while, then call him up? Im getting worried.
Of course. Hes lucky to have you, Gloria.
Im lucky to have him. Hes a really good friend
Id say that you should go and say hello to Raihan while youre here, Gloria. Hes the greatest rival Ive got and the final hurdle you have to face in the Gym Challenge. He should still be around the vault, if you hurry. Plus, itll help you keep your mind off him.
I know I dont have to say this, but Look out for him?
: Of course, but I have a meeting with the Chairman I cant put off any longer. Best of luck.
Same to you, Leon.
Im not sure how to represent phone calls using the thumbnail format I used so far in the LP, so Id like some input on whether or not this was clear and if not, what youd appreciate me changing. Also, with your assistance, Ive decided Dietrich and the pupitar shall be condemned to the box and the drifloon will be named Mr. Blobby because . But with our toxel out of action for the moment
So, how about it thread? Should we trade Dietrich out for this Togepi? If so, what should we name it, and should we switch out one of our current party members for it?