Part 40: Something Truly SpectacularUpdate 41: Something Truly Spectacular
Wyndon - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Lets pick up where we left off.
Youll need somethin to ride the monorail over, though, since its limited to MC employees. So, Ill walk ya over there and use my keycard to start it up for you two.
And off he goes
You played him. He wouldnt have been ready to force the issue unless revved him up.
Just like you played Marnie before her gym battle.
Well, now, thats a mite uncharitable isnt it? All I did was push her along a little bit. I didnt have anythin to do with that Team Yell business.
But you knew it was going on.
Right perceptive, you are. I just figured she needed a little push to realize how far shed come, and I knew she was right sick of the lads condescendin to her.
Were you expecting her to snog me in front of you and half the city?
Five years ago she was beatin herself up about not being able to hug anybody. Kissin you demonstrated how far shes come. I knew it, she knew it, the lads knew it. Im right proud of her, I am.
And what about me? With her?
I may be, shall we say, estranged from Rose, but Im still a Gym Leader. Ive heard nothin but good things, and thats not countin all the praise Sonia likes to heap on you.
Speaking of which, whats going on between you and her?
A gentleman doesnt kiss and tell.
Youd better treat her right, Piers.
You dont have to worry on that front. Id never hurt her.
But how do I know you wont
FINALLY. What the fuck took you two so long?
So sorry to cut this conversation short, but it looks like your friends waiting for you.
And now the narratives come back together. We get a brief moment of freedom to roam the Tower grounds, but there isnt much to do except find a couple items.
Gloria Dont know if you knew this already, but Ive heard Rose Tower was built on a Power Spot. Yeah, you know what Im saying When we get up to the roof and have a bit of space, we can Dynamax our Pokémon!
Why would I want to do that?
Why would HE want to do that?
Hes a big show off?
Uh, maam? Can we can we use the lift?
Storming Rose Tower - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
MC Grunt: Im afraid you two are trespassing on private property and I have to ask you to leave.
What? We literally just walked in
Dont yell at a security guard, are you mad?
MC Grunt: Is there going to be a problem?
No, no, well leave now
MC Grunt: Ms. Oleana?!
Please answer your phone.
MC Grunt: Ms. Oleana?
MC Grunt: Wait, the chairman himself?
MC Grunt: What do you MEAN without escort?!
MC Grunt: Understood.
MC Grunt: Chairman Rose has invited you to the top of the Tower. Please step through the door behind me and ride the lift to the viewing platform.
MC Grunt: Get on the lift.
Why does that bloke scare you so badly?
Why DOESNT he scare you? Id rather not have my career derailed by getting booked for unlawful entry!
Glorias right, you know. It shouldnt be a huge surprise that Ive been doctoring small parts of the narrative without telling you (<player_name> didnt actually talk the Team Yell grunt out of trying to steal that bike ). Last update covered a sequence too extended for me to excise and too nonsensical for me to include, so I compromised by splitting the narrative. This time, though? Canonically, you and Hop scale the tower by having Pokémon battles against employees that try to stop you on the way up. That HAS to be the PokéWorld equivalent of breaking and entering. But no, nobody ever treats it as a big deal even though you used violence to enter and stay within private property. Fuck, man. So, yeah. Im not having them break the law.
As you travel up the tower, workers from Macro Cosmoss subsidiaries (construction, airliner, and life insurance) come out and challenge you and Hop to double battles. They arent terribly notable the Pokémon are pretty strong, a little below Hop in level, but each employee only has one Pokémon and Hop fully heals your party after each fight so I cant imagine them posing a threat. They dont even have separate battle music, the music never changes . They do, however, provide us with something wonderful.
They use the possessive correctly! While some people would look at this and say the S on the end is incorrect, in fact according to most accepted style guides, you only omit the S for plural possessive nouns . For instance, if we wanted to insult our employer, we would talk about our bosss shriveled genitalia, not our boss shriveled genitalia. If we were talking about multiple bosses, only THEN would we omit the S: our bosses shriveled genitalia. Im really glad they got that one right. Otherwise, Id expect these losers to tell us its there doody twos top use.
Anyways the elevator eventually stops.
I actually waited for a few seconds before I realized we were free to walk around. I promptly walked away from Oleana to explore only to get flung right back into a cutscene.
Ive been instructed by the chairman to wait with you until he and the Champion have finished their conversation.
Arent you his second in command? Shouldnt you be, you know, doing administration and such?
Of course I should! But, the Chairman always knows better. He said I should wait here, and thats what will happen.
Why? Thats kind of wasting talent, isnt it?
I refuse to discuss this with you.
Im not sure Id accuse the man who raised Bede of having personnel management skills
How dare you talk about him! You ruined his life!
Pretty sure he did that on his own. Hes kind of a mess, did you realize?
He was a rising star! And then he ran into you and his whole life went to shit!
Oleana, I never even tried to fight him. He just challenged me a few times before he lost it.
He HAD to! He had to prove himself worthy of the chairmans attention. When he couldnt beat you, it humiliated him in front of Mr. Rose. His disappointment would break ANY of us.
But wouldnt that mean Rose set him up to fail?
Battle! (Oleana) - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
I like how Oleanas theme is mostly just the Wyndon theme remix, and also how her team is just a little bit more levelled than some of the strongest Challenges. Anyway, its actually a pretty easy fight. Her Froslas goes down in one hit, but her Milotic is a pain in my ass.
It doesnt threaten Briggs much, but it does constantly heal itself up to make my life harder. Her Salazzle goes down in one Bubble Beam from Tiddles, and her Tsareena goes down in one X-Scissor from Baklava .
But remember how Hop said we could Dynamax on this tower?
Now Oleanas pile of garbage Pokémon is a bigger, more visually intricate pile of garbage. Its still not terribly intimidating, though.
My gut instinct is that this fight exists as some kind of progress check: you might be able to scrape by against Hop and take down Marnie through exploiting her Type weaknesses, but Oleana exists to make sure those werent flukes. But honestly, shes really not intimidating. Most of her Pokémon are pretty fragile and have obvious counters, and frankly, if youve made it this far, you should be able to take her down, no problem.
Theyre in the viewing station on the top floor. There is a spiral staircase behind you. Take it up.
Thank you, Ms. Oleana. You really have a talent for setting people off, dont you?
I mean, I GUESS. I dont do it on purpose