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Circhester - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Circhester has some really great restaurants. I got some things I want to talk to you about, so lets head to a restaurant to celebrate your win! Did you see Bobs Your Uncle on your way to the Gym?
The one with that frozen food mascot on it?
Oh, that youve only ever had those ready meals. The real thing is loads better, trust me.
So, how are the troops?
I looked over that article you sent me the other day Ive been trying out a bunch of different curry recipes. Still not sure how good a cook I am, but
I bet your Pokémon appreciated anyway.
Oh, they do. In fact
Yeah, about that You probably shouldnt badmouth Rose in this town. At least not in anybodys earshot.
You know how maybe two thirds of the buildings around here look pretty old and the other third look brand spanking new?
Before Rose moved in a couple decades ago, Circhester was basically on the edge of collapse. It didnt have much to export beyond pet Snom, no local industries, the tourist trade was collapsing since the bath wasnt comfortable for humans anymore turns out thats what happens when Galar particle concentration builds up in water the whole town was falling into poverty. But as it turns out? Circhester has the highest GP concentration in the country outside of Hammerlocke. Most of the power plants are underground so you dont see them, but Circhester Power Generation Services and thats a Macro Cosmos subsidiary, by the way employs a solid 10th of the town and provides energy for half of Wyndon. Plus Actually, Im not sure you know this. You know why Rose basically runs the Challenge?
I assumed its because he just bankrolls the whole thing.
Thats true, and thats a part of it. But before MC moved in and started tapping it proper, Gym battles didnt rely on using Dynamax every five. Heck, Spikemuth didnt have access any at all! I mean, it still doesnt, but they have Piers to hold it together. Then Rose came on the scene and started finding ways to tap into Galar particles in large quantities. Next thing you know, power costs drop by a third across the country, the old Gym in Wyndon closes since the city drains all the Galar particles in the area to keep itself running, and Rose funds and builds a replacement Stadium here. He put Circhester back on the map. Between CPGS, the Gym, and the Heros Bath - which is now functioning because the concentrations dropped from all the facilities pulling on it and he has his fingers in basically everything.
So what youre saying is Circhester is a giant company town.
Well, not quite, but it has the most MC employees of any town in Galar and thats including Wyndon and a lot of them have that cult thing going on. Bottom line? Dont call Rose names or theyll spit in your food. Actually, speaking of GP concentrations
Beat you there
Oh, that reminds me. Actually, Sonia, can I talk to Gloria one-on-one for second?
Sure. Its kind of hard to order here, but I know my way about the menu; Ill pick some stuff out for you.
So. Ive been doing some thinking.
Normally, Id make a joke here, but I get the impression this is serious.
All right, then. Go ahead.
Im not sure I want to win the Challenge anymore.
Of all the things I expected to hear, that was not one of them .
I think Ive definitely had good things happen to me on this trip, but for the most part, its been pretty miserable. I keep banging my head against Gym Leaders and other Trainers, but even though I win eventually usually I just end up pushing myself in my Pokémon too hard. And yet, its like
Ive been told the Gym Challenge is supposed to be about having fun.
Yeah, exactly! I like my Pokémon, and I like battles, but the competitive thing Im not philosophically opposed to it or anything, but I feel like I really dont want to a lesser version of my big brother anymore.
Ive been trying not to say it. I mean, not that thats all you are, but You keep trying to echo him and his achievements and it just doesnt work because youre you, Hop, not him. If that makes any sense.
No way. What on earth would you even be DOING here?
I get the gist. What I like most about all this, I think, is learning about my Pokémon. Yeah, training them is a part of it, but I like getting to know them from every angle. I think I like getting to know Pokémon. I think thats what I want to do. Like, going forward. Hell, Ive been reading a textbook on Psychic-type biology off my Rotomphone before hitting the sack and ENJOYING it.
Considering asking Sonia for advice on where to apply?
No, it has to be!
Definitely. I dont intend to drop out of the Challenge, though. When or lose, Im going to see this through to the bloody end and still do my damnedest to win. If I lose, then Ill be disappointed, but Ill live. But if I win, Ill do it my way, using the Pokémon and the techniques I like. Not what I think Lee would do.
Im proud of you, mate.
Thanks, I guess? Thats
Thats A very nice dirty old picture.
Its a missing tapestry. It has to be!
Once Upon a Time... - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
We cant know that just by looking at it. Maybe its a fake? Or a copy?
No. Well, maybe its a copy, but the style is too close for it to postdate the four in the Hammerlocke vault.
Well, its just the Brother Kings looking sad
Wait, theres no sword or shield. Do you think that meant Zacian and Zamazenta left them at some point?
Sonia! Sonia, do you know what happened to Alfred the Unifiers bodyguards at the end of their lives?
Nobody mentioned anything that I read
I dont think anyone knows!
Do you think they just leave every time their work is done?
And I bet they go back to the Weald every time! They must hide out in the temple until they decide its time to come back out!
But, how do they tell, is the question. Maybe an internal clock?
Maybe but I was thinking about the Bath. Its infused with Galar particles, right? And we know from from the geoglyphs and accounts of Alfreds reign that Pokémon Dynamaxed during the Darkest Day Maybe they detect Galar particles!
Okay, look, I hate to butt in, but Im a little bit completely lost.
Oh man, we never caught you up on the Darkest Day, Hop?
I think I see our orders on the counter. Gloria, Hop, lets sit down and get something in us. Then you get the full briefing.
One briefing and very spicy meal later
Circhester - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
They say this is where Zacian and Zamazenta came to rest after patrolling the realm at the height of Gudelics reign. Nowadays only Pokémon really use the Heros Bath, though Speaking of which, I think its time I really grill you on what exactly you saw in the Weald. Both of you, especially now that you know whats going on, Hop. We can always use an outside perspective.
Honestly, it was Bloody hell, its been almost 2 months. I barely remember it at this point. Just I saw a big red wolfy thing that howled and spat fog the bunch.
Ive already told you everything I remember. Actually, though, I had a thought.
Several years ago not long after you and Leon went after the Championship, from what I remember YOU got lost in the woods and came back with gaps in your memory like us, but a lot more severe. Do you think you might have had a run-in yourself?
I dont think so. Well, I guess its possible. I dont remember much actually, come to think of it, I do remember loads of fog. And you said He said a wolf, right?
But but, but a red one?
I thought blue its
Sonia, you all right, mate?
She She just froze. Is this normal? Do people do this?
Earth to Sonia, are you still in there?
Im lost, do you
She's about to fall over, catch her!
What okay, I *oof* I got her!
Put her down and check her eyes. Are they dilated?
A little bit, yeah.
Gloria. I think one of those Pokémon put something in her head.