Part 41: Ridiculous of MeUpdate 42: Ridiculous of Me
This HAS to happen tomorrow. We wont get another chance like this for months, at the very least. You cant always be on call.
Ive seen the data, Rose. You SHOWED ME the data. Even if we werent managing its emergence, wed have a few years before it popped out on its own. As it is, we have time before the outbreaks get unmanageable.
Manageable is a relative term, Leon. Weve been lucky so far. Im not confident you can always intercept every spontaneous manifestation.
And thats why were hiring Gloria and Hop. We can split them up and cover the bulk of the region between the three of us.
Thats a stopgap solution and you know it, especially now that Hop will be attending university. Im not sure you grasp the level of property damage well have to deal with before we get our next chance.
Look, when I tell you the three of us can handle it, Im not speaking out of arrogance here. I know my capabilities and I know theirs, and we both know how well the models predict emergences.
Should we be eavesdropping?
Every passing day introduces more complications we cant afford. It must be tomorrow.
Unless it jumps out and eats Hammerlocke Castle, Im going to spend tomorrow at the Finals. Are you really confident you can handle the DDE on your own? Or are you going to cancel the tournament in a shower of bad publicity?
I was a finalist too. I know how to handle it, I know how to operate the sensory suppression equipment, and I know its capabilities as well as anyone alive, except maybe Magnolia. Dont force my hand, Leon.
Are you really wagering the fate of Galar on whether Ill play along with this harebrained scheme of yours?
The more emergence events we deal with, the more we risk those lights going out. Im willing to give you some leeway in making this decision I can see your points. But every second that passes just introduces more risk!
Its going to have to wait another day. I give my word Ill help you with your plans... just as soon as tomorrows match is over.
You never showed when you were supposed to, so I got worried that something had happened...
We will continue this discussion after the Finals wrap up.
THANK you. Lets head back to the hotel, and well all grab dinner together, yeah? Its on me, so you can order whatever you fancy.
If youll excuse us, Chairman Rose... And I do hope youll watch tomorrows match. Its sure to be one for the history books.
Of course. And best of luck to both of you.
Wyndon - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
Of course I havent! I
MC Grunt: The Finals will be starting shortly. Im here to escort you to the stadium.
(In the original script, Hop angrily confronts this Grunt only for her to apologize for her coworkers behavior, saying it was all basically Oleanas fan club within the company and calls herself one of the good ones. Even though it was Hop and Gloria who stormed the fucking tower. But that doesnt apply in this narrative.)
At this point we get the chance to automatically head to the stadium, but I take the chance to do something else for a little while namely, hit up the Wild Area one last time. I didnt mention this at the time because I wasnt aware of it when we first entered it: the Wild Area is based on the Lake District, a fertile but extremely mountainous area in northwestern England notable for its thriving tourism industry and association with 19th century poets. Neat! Anyway, while we still have Dynamax dens same as always, the Pokémon in them are wildly more difficult.
As you get further and further into the game, the Pokémon you run into in Dens grow appropriately more powerful. I believe I mentioned it before, but powerful Den Pokémon get access to those shields, each point of which absorbs an attack. The good news: your Dynamax moves take off two points of shielding and when the shield goes down, its defenses dropped precipitously. The bad news: as always, Dynamax only lasts three turns for you, they get to use to normal attacks in addition to their Max move once the shields go down, and they can throw up those shields multiple times that picture above is the second set in that fight; Ive seen THREE before. While you can still find them for Berries, TRs, and experience candy, it can become a god-awful trial just to figure out how to take them down and thats if the AI Trainers you get saddled with can actually pull their weight. They usually dont. Oh well! Yeah, whatever, I give up after a few failed attempts and a few modest successes.
Incidentally, this is the last moment of freedom you have before heading the endgame. While youll still have access to your Box and such, once you start the final sequence, you wont be getting out until youre through.
So lets do that.
Youre gonna show everyone the greatest battle ever, mate, and set the world on fire! So get yourself all checked in!
What, having an attack of the nerves?
Well, yeah, but Hop? Are you sure youre not angry with me because I took the Championship from you?
Im genuinely looking forward to going to school, Gloria.
Okay, that IS rather novel.
Honestly, Im pretty nervous too. This is NOT where I saw my life going. But I feel Free, I guess? Theres a real weight off my shoulders. I think therell always be a part of me that wishes I was Champion, but its just a part of me rather than the overriding purpose it used to be. And its freeing just a little bit terrifying, yeah, but I get to make my own choices based on my beliefs instead of just trying to echo my brother. And Gloria? I think you can beat Lee.
Me too, honestly.
Ill be cheering for you from the stands.
Tournament Lobby - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
MC Grunt: Weve been waiting for you. Since you won your way through the Semifinals, you must face off against the Gym Leaders in the Finals. And they wont be holding back. Whoever makes it through this final bracket will win the right to challenge the Champion... So, are you ready to go to the locker room now?
Well, looks like Im up first. Against Opal. Looking forward to THAT.
We get the chance to talk with most ofs the Gym Leaders weve fought over the course of the game. They dont have much new to say; all of them are planning to take this seriously, Raihan wants to fuck Leon up, Piers plans not to Dynamax to rep Spikemuth, etc. We might as well skip the formalities.
Tournament Opening Ceremony - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
The chairman is tied up with some business, so I hope no one minds me stepping in on his behalf
Bede's Theme - Pokémon Sword and Shield OST
I am Bede, the challenger who was forced to withdraw from the Gym Challenge! I have a score to settle with Challenger Gloria here. Im aware that this is against the rules, but I must ask nonetheless... Let me battle her! Ill stake my career as a challenger on this battle. If I lose, Ill retire from being a Trainer.
Announcer: What an unexpected turn of events! Former Challenger Bede has come for one last battle! We are currently debating what to do with Challenger Bede. To all our viewers, both here in the stadium and at home in front of the telly, we ask that you please be patient
I, Opal of the Fairy Gym, at this moment
I know this is ridiculous of me
resign from my position and pass it to my former Gym Trainer, Bede!
Announcer: Thats Gym Leader Opal in the stands! Another astonishing development, ladies and gentlemen!
I but what
You heard me right! And, as the new Fairy Gym Leader, Bede will go up against Gloria in the first round of the finals.
Did did you fucking plan this, you piece of shit?!
Announcer: Weve reached a decision, ladies and gentlemen! The Champion himself has accepted Bedes sudden interruption. Challenger Gloria and Gym Leader Bedes match will begin shortly!
You cant retire from being a Trainer if you arent a Trainer anymore!
A troll to the end. I cant believe she You know what? I accept this honor. Why the hell not? If shes willing to throw her title away like that, Im not going to hesitate to pick it up. Throw your Pokémon out, Gloria!