Part 1 [5/11/12]
"So where are we headed?" Brendan asks.
"Back to our transport on the top deck," Ash replies.
"And on the way to their base, you can tell me all about this."
"The thing about that is, we're still searching for clues as to where they are," Ash says tentatively.
"Well, let's get straight into it. Where were they last?"
"It looked as though they were headed to Lilycove City. That's most likely where the boat is moored anyway."
"Let's see if we can find any clues at that boat."
Exiting out onto the top deck, the Robo-Metang gleams in the sun. Brendan eyes it with some apprehension.
"That's our ride?"
"Trust me. The tech who made it really knows his stuff," Ash says.
"Well, if you say so."
The three walk up to it and the ramp lowers. Inside, Makan and Wes wait.
"So this is Brendan is it?"
"Yes, I am," Brendan says, "and I'm impressed by this thing."
"Wait till you see it move. Where to?" he asks of Ash.
"Lilycove City, where Snagem were headed."
"Northeast from here," May adds.
"Right then. Anyway. Introductions. I'm Makan, and this here is Wes. Upstairs in the control room are Michael and Rui. Let's get underway then."
They all head up to the control room, and Makan takes the pilot seat. Activating the controls, he calls the boat to say thanks, then gets underway. Heading northeast, they fly over the mainland for quite a while before slowly turning in the immediate direction of Lilycove City.
Setting down, it is then just a case of going to the port and trying to get on Team Snagem's boat.
Part 2 [9/11/12]
"Right then," Michael says. "Me and Ash will try to get on that boat, but we'll need a distraction. Wes, that's where you come in. May, you stay a bit behind us, and then when we locate the boat of Team Snagem, you'll turn around and launch a Pokemon at May. May. Act scared and panic. They're sure to take note of stuff like this and rush to your aid."
"But what will you do?" May asks.
"Me and Ash will carry on walking for a bit then turn round. If they've taken the bait, we'll be able to sneak in easily. If not, Wes will have to hastle the guards as well."
"Hold on! What about the rest of us?" Brendan exclaims.
"You'll be waiting here."
"I want to come along. It's my dad in danger!"
"Fine. Come on, let's go."
The plan, however, goes off without a hitch, due mostly to the fact that there wasn't a guard in sight. The majestic smoking boat is deserted, all except some repairmen on the deck.
"Are you sure there won't be guards just inside?" Brendan asks.
"It's a possibility, but they'll be surprised that someone else has entered in the first place."
"If you say so."
The lot walk up the ramp and Wes peaks around the door. He indicates that there is no-one around. The rest follow him inside. The whole area is deserted.
Setting off left, they work around the ship for stairs and areas that lead to the bridge. The walls are smudge white, looking more like a grey. The floor is a dark grey metal, and so are the stairs. There is nothing pasted onto the walls. When the group reach the bridge, they open the door and are surprised.
Tables of wood and walls full of whiteboards, most with drawings on, the room looks like the most widely invested space of the entire ship.
"Look!" May shouts. She had already walked inside.
"May! Get back here!" Brendan shouts.
"But look at what's on one of these boards. A picture of a volcano. What's it mean?"
"That you lot are a lot more nosy than you should be. Go! Tepig!"
Part 3 [14/11/12]
"Tepig?" Wes and Michael exclaim.
"A Pokemon from the Unova region. Far away from here," Ash explains. "But how-"
"We took it from Juniper," the voice says.
"Why don't you show yourself," May says.
"Well, if you really need to know." And from under a table in a corner rises Matt of Team Aqua. Wearing a blue bandana and open jacket, he smiles with a manic gleam, which also shows in hism brown eyes.
"I'll take him!" May exclaims.
"May! No!" Brendan calls out.
But May already has summoned Glaceon. The battle ends quickly however, as Tepig instantly blasts it with a Flamethrower. It is immediately apparent that the Tepig isn't a Shadow.
"Ha!" Matt exclaims. "The power of these Pokemon is immense."
The Glaceon is returned as Brendan asks, "May, why didn't you just leave it to me?"
"I wanted a chance to battle," May replies.
"Well, you lost and now it's my turn."
Brendan walks forward and sends out Shiftry, a Pokemon of brown and white with a wild appearance and leaves for hands. It's eyes were like slits, and gave it a menacing look.
Before the Tepig could even move, the Shiftry had struck it full on. The Tepig is returned and Matt looks astounded.
"Because we are stronger," Michael begins," and also because you didn't have a Shadow Pokemon. If you had, we'd have still won anyway by taking it from you."
Matt makes a scathing sound. "I was only asked to guard this ship. They never said about battling anyone. Besides which, I think you should be going anyway."
"You just lost a battle," Wes comments. "I don't think you're in a position to tell us what to do."
"Still, we probably won't find anything anyway," Ash says. "We may as well go."
Starting with Ash, Michael and May, the group walk down the stairs into the main of the ship.
Part 4 [21/11/12]
Out of the ship, there is still no-one around. The group head back to the Robo-Metang, where they all sit or stand talking about where to go next.
"Well there's always Mount Pyre," Brendan ventures. "A graveyard of Pokemon could be considered a good hiding place. As well as its location."
"Just say where it is," Makan says spinning his chair to face the windscreen. "Worth a look."
Following the road out of Lilycove City, the Robo Metang flies to the west and rises higher. To the left, a small mountain could be seen.
"That's it," May exclaims.
The Robo Metang makes a wide turn and heads to the summit, where Michael says to land. He then tells Makan to stay put while he, Ash, May and Brendan explored.
Exiting the Robo Metang, the four walk down the mountain path and enter the cave. Splitting up, they explore each floor thoughroughly before moving on to the one below.
Each floor holds no-one but mourners. No secrets, no traps. Before they move onto the next floor, they report back to each other. The last floor approaches, but even here, at the entrance, is nothing but mourners.
Not unpertubed, the four head back to the Robo Metang. Once back inside and on the bridge, the rest see their glum faces.
"No luck," Michael says, "Nothing even to suggest they've been around here."
"Very interesting," Professor Krane says. "And this place is a Pokemon graveyard?"
"Yes," Brendan says. "It's rumoured ghost Pokemon haunt the area."
"I remember something," May says. "That board in the bridge of the boat. It had a picture of a volcano on it."
"You seriously can't be suggesting-"
"Not Sootopolis City," Ash exclaims.
Part 5 [23/11/12]
"What is Sootopolis City?" Professor Krane asks before the others of Orre could.
"A city built inside a volcano," Brendan starts, "that has been dormant for hundreds of years. It is home to the Cave of Origin, where it is rumoured Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza live."
"So I guess the only way in is to fly?" Makan asks.
"It can be done with this, can't it?" Michael asks.
"Well, supposing I can keep the speed up... But it's not something I've tried before..."
"There's nothing else for it," Wes says. "We go for it."
In response, Makan lifts the Robo Metang up in the air, and slowly adds acceleration on to it.
"Just give me a direction," Makan says.
"Turn thirty-five degrees right," Ash says.
Slowly the acceleration increases even more, and the speed is getting very fast that those standing have to support themselves against anything they can.
The Robo Metang then starts slowly rising, increasing its incline. The volcano comes into sight. Then in a blur it's gone again.
Then all momentum of the Robo Metang stops, and everyone is thrown forward. The Robo Metang then tilts slowly forward, facing the opening to the volcano.
"Hold on," Makan says, voice straining.
"We wouldn't be able to anyway!" Ash yells.
Again, the Robo Metang picks up momentum, but this time through the force of gravity. Expertly, Makan controls the Robo Metang so that some of the speed disapates, and it slowly glides to a more controlable level.
Makan then activates the engines again and lands it.
"Never again," May groans.
"My head hurts," Michael complains.
"Uh, who let the Pokemon out?" Wes asks.
"Sorry, he's mine," Ash says. "Does anyone know where his ball's disappeared to?"
Part 6 [25/11/12]
"It's, uh..." May says.
"In the lift," Michael calls, and throws a Pokeball to Ash, who then uses it to return the Quilava.
"Now then," Makan says. "Sootopolis City. Are you suggesting they might have made a base in this Cave of Origin?"
"Don't know," Ash says. "Would this Team Snagem care about building a base where legendary Pokemon live?"
"What does your experience with them tell you?" Michael asks. "They're power hungry about legendaries."
"And they already have the three of this region, so they know it's safe."
"What?" Brendan exclaims. "This Snagem already have the weather trio?"
"Yes," Michael says. "But if we can find them, we will return them once Purified."
"Well, since I want to rescue dad, and you three know all about this Snagem, I suggest just us four go."
"What about me?" May cries.
"If this is their base, it will be more than just battling some goon who got too cocky. Stay here, where it is safe. You've already lost one battle against them, and that was a simple grunt."
"I think Brendan is right," Wes says. "Battle experience is everything here."
"Fine!" May storms.
"We'd hate for more of your Pokemon to be caught," Michael says.
"We'll keep her safe," Professor Krane says. "You can help us here by keeping track of the Shadow Pokemon."
"You'll be able to talk to Misty and Brock," Ash points out.
May concedes and Ash, Brendan, Wes and Michael head out of the Robo Metang and make their way up the hills to the Cave of Origin.
Entering, it looks pitch black at first, but then torches light up. In chains around the wall are Professors Oak, Elm, Birch, Rowan, and even Professor Juniper of Unova. Surrounding these are a range of Pokemon from each region. Harder to tell in darker conditions, but it looks as though a faint aura is rippling around them.
"Dad!" Brendan calls out.
"And if you wish him to remain so, I suggest you run," a voice calls out of the darkness.