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PostSubject: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:36 am

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Contrary to what most travelers inferred about him, Goro the Croagunk didn't actually hate travelers.

Having made his home deep in the dungeon of the Cattail Marsh, claiming an abandoned, rotting shack and a large stretch of the territory around it, Goro got precious little privacy, and he valued that more than almost anything else. Bearing in mind that passing through the Marsh was required to get to the infinitely more dangerous and resourceful Misty Mire, and taking into consideration that Dungeons were by nature difficult to traverse-- things like directions and time seemed to get distorted while inside-- he'd had more than a few visitors in his time here. Maintaining his stretch of swamp took a fair bit of work beating on feral Pokémon, so it was understandable that when he came across an explorer, merchant, or just a regular traveler wandering through his Marsh, he might be a little tense and jump to... unfortunate conclusions.  

No one ever accused Goro of being smart.

But despite all that, Goro didn't hate other people. It was just when he found them in his metaphorical backyard that he tended to greet them fists swinging. Otherwise, he quite enjoyed sitting down across a campfire and trading stories or learning new things about the nearby settlements.

On a quiet aft'rnoon, like this? Prowling through the murky waters of the Marsh purposefully, Goro croaked quietly to himself, fingers drumming against his sides in a fit of boredom. I 'kin go with th' company.


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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:11 am

For all his friendliness, it was a bit disappointing to Clovis that Goro was dense enough to not realize when he was being mocked. He'd prefer if his company was sharp enough to at least recognize the humor. Still, Clovis had said that he was alright with dungeon-trekking, so away they would go. The croagunk had spoken about how they would need to go deeper if they wanted to encounter any wild pokémon worthy of their attention. There was no doubt about it, then. The two of them were going to marsh-march their way deep into the dungeon, hunting for potential fights and treasures.

It was an exciting prospect, that was for sure. He had went off adventuring in dungeons before in his life, but never had he been in a place that seemed so... brooding, and so far away from home. The piplup couldn't deny that he felt a little nervous about the whole thing. His stomach churned a bit, as if to tell him not to go off deep into the marsh, but what did his stomach know? It was his mind that controlled his actions, not some dumb abdominal organ! Clovis stood tall and proud, he was going to venture out into the unknown and whip anything that got in his way! Then he would go enjoy a meal, and relish in his victory. Perhaps he would eat some actual relish while he was in Rainfront. There was no room for second-guessing, there was only room to go onward, towards dark and savage lands, as a beacon of light and civilization, shining into that which must be tamed.

...Maybe that was a little overdramatic, but they would go onwards. "Alright, big guy. You know your stretch better than me, lead the way."

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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:21 am

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"Right-on through here, then." Distinctly lacking fanfare, Goro waved his arm behind him as he turned on his heel, marching through the swampy waters without care. There was a certain bounce in his step, a perkiness that was distinctly lacking ten minutes ago before he'd met Clovis. This was perhaps the best case scenario, or very near it; an opportunity to explore the deeper levels of Cattail Marsh, alongside an ally he'd never seen battle before. He was curious enough about Clovis, sure, because he'd never seen a Piplup battle before. It was likely similar to how most other water-types fought, spraying highly concentrated water attacks at their opponents-- which would provide much-needed support to the frontline fighting-type. But it was the deeper levels of his home dungeon that he was more curious about.  For all intents and purposes, Goro had been camping out right above the lower levels, having to keep a metaphorical eye open in case a stronger Pokémon from further in wandered out. It hadn't happened yet, and Goro was terribly curious about what kinds of Pokémon were waiting for him.

He corrected his path a few moments later, keeping to dry land where he could, as it occurred to him that perhaps this very civilized Piplup would appreciate keeping his feathers dry. He knew more than anyone that the marshland's muck was hard to scrub out-- no doubt it was hell on feathers and fur.

"Say-- ya said yer from Grassveil, right?" Goro paused for a moment, glancing backward to make sure the Piplup was following behind. He couldn't deny his interest in perhaps the largest town he'd ever heard of; apparently, it was home to not only a thriving market scene, and a police station but also the most successful and popular Guild this side of civilization.
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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:51 pm

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Goro spun 'round and went off through the swamp water. Clovis followed behind, though with a degree of caution. The way in which the croagunk seemed to disregard his own cleanliness rather bothered him, and Clovis struggled to both avoid mud and keep up with Goro at the same time. Thankfully, it did not take him too long to correct his course, and soon the both of them were walking primarily on land, or at least through less muddy water. Goro ought to know the paths well, he supposed, what with being a resident of the place. While Clovis walked, he paid little mind to what could be out in the distance, behind some shrubs or right behind him; most of his attention was focused on making sure that he didn't step in anything too filthy.

At one moment, the croagunk stopped, with a question. He asked if Clovis was from Grassveil, as he had said earlier. "Something like that, yeah." His family home wasn't strictly 'within' Grassveil walls, but it was within a short enough walking distance that he considered himself a resident. "I'd like it better if it had beaches." Rainfront had some lovely beaches- including the one that lead to the Coral Forests. But, Grassveil had its perks. Just about any item a 'mon could think of was available for sale in the Grassveil market, and there was a certain appeal in a settlement being big enough to get lost in. "It's a lovely place, though. We're very proud of our accomplishments."

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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:23 am

Goro hummed thoughtfully after Clovis' answer, turning back to his path towards the deeper levels of the Dungeon. There wasn't a lot to say to that, really. Grassveil sounded like everything he thought it was; large, popular, bustling and booming with activity. As interesting as it sounded, he didn't think he'd ever to be able to live there. Too many people with too many agendas would drive him crazy; the Rescue Guild, all the different shops and stalls, plus all the citizens that lived there. He'd thought briefly about looking for work in the town, but he was really only suited to battling, as he lacked many basic skills that he assumed would be necessary for even basic labor.

He'd be too nervous about being recognized; he hadn't always lived in Cattail Marsh, after all. A large period of his life was as a trainee mercenary for a company that, looking back, he knew was of ill-repute and dubious legality. Who knew what kind of trouble he could end up in, inside a town with its own police station.

"Yer born n' bred there then, huh." Staying at Cattail Marsh like this was the longest Goro had ever lived in one place. But growing up and living in Grassveil likely had its own downsides; who knew how much of the world that the average citizen ended up seeing? Grassveil had everything and anything a Pokémon ever needed, and if it didn't, another Pokémon could get it for you. "Splendor of it all probably wears off as the years go on, I reckon. How's it all mesh together? The Guild, the market, the coppers-- ain't it ever get under yer skin?"
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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:59 pm

Mmm hmm. The coragunk's curiosity was satisfied, so they continued to walk. Walking was the hard part though, wasn't it? The marsh terrain was incredibly difficult to traverse without tripping or slipping or getting muddy. There even appeared to be a trail of some sort of slime leading along the same direction they were headed, a particularly disgusting tripping hazard. Though he had swam in marsh water before, he didn't very much enjoy the icky feeling he got stepping out of it. The two made their way through shallow water, mud, and whatever else, steadily, on the lookout for dangers and opponents.

Goro began to speak once again, on the subject of Grassveil. This time, he asked a question that was quite a bit deeper. He asked about whether parts of Grassveil had ever bothered him before, and, truthfully, he hadn't given it much thought. "I guess. But when you get used to the splendor, you get used to the issues as well." He responded. "The guild is, well, there, I guess. Some of its members are a bit bothersome, but they'd be bothersome even without the guild. The market is useful, everyone needs things, commerce is a good thing. And the police? They're pretty simple to deal with; just don't commit crimes, you silly." Maybe Clovis lacked enough outside experiences to notice flaws in Grassveilian living, but compared to what he had heard about the rest of the world? Grassveil was like a paradise.

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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:00 pm

Ta be honest, I'm not surprised. Grassveil sounded completely normal, if decidedly busy. Goro wasn't entirely sure what he expected to begin with, except perhaps something... more about the largest settlement he'd ever heard of. But of course, to someone born and raised in Grassveil, there wasn't much to compare it to. If he wanted to know any more about the Guild or the police, he'd have to investigate himself, and he was decidedly uninterested in a venture like that. The poison-fighting hybrid croaked absently as he led the two of them through a patch of particularly tall cattail plants, batting them out of the way irritably. "Well. I ain't sure what I expected ta hear, really. Sounds like a nice place at any rate.

"Prolly ain't hard to figure, but I ain't never been there, myself. Been to a bunch of villages, and even some smaller towns when I used to move around fer work and whatnot, but Grassveil's on a different scale, I hear." Traversing the marsh was second-nature to him, at this point, having taken the same routes and beating the same paths a dozen times, but he noticed the difficulties the Piplup behind him was having. The splashing of muck and slippery sounds of mud were clear enough to him-- he made it a point to slow his pace, turning to glance at Clovis behind him. "Rainfront's about as big a sight I've ever saw."

As they passed a familiar expanse of swampland, Goro noticeably straightened his posture and cast an eager look around their surroundings. This was the turning point; before, in his own territory, he could afford to be lax, as most ferals nearby knew better than to pick a fight with him by now. But this was about as far as he'd explored previously, meaning they were now in uncharted waters. He felt a thrum of excitement at the exploration they were about to undertake, and the Pokémon to battle thereafter. "We're about as deep as I've gone before. Anythin' is fair game at this point-- keep on yer toes, partner."

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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:02 am

(You rolled 'em, boy-o)

The other, smaller towns had their own, quaint sort of appeal, for certain. They were very nice, quiet spots to visit whenever a little relaxation was necessary. Clovis wouldn't mind living in Rainfront, himself, although living in Cattail Marsh, or any dungeon really, was out of the question. A cattail's seed pot smacked him right on the side of his face, as a reminder of why he wouldn't want to stick around for too long. There wasn't much more to talk about on the subject, at least for the time being. The two were simply different individuals with different travel experiences. Maybe Goro would visit Grassveil sometime or another.

As it stood, neither of them were in a comfy town, but rather, in the rarely-traveled depths of Cattail Marsh. Apparently, this part of the marsh hadn't been explored by Goro previously, so neither really knew what lie ahead of them. Only one thing was familiar- a trail of goo ahead of the both of them, leading to a tree with a set of pale violet antennae poking out from behind it. "You're right." Said Clovis, quietly to the croagunk next to him. "Here be dragons."

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PostSubject: Re: Beau Monde, Swamp Savage!   Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:47 pm

"I don't see no dragon, partner, just a big clump o' ooze. I'll take this one, yeah?" Goro stepped forward with a tense eagerness in him, fists clenching and unclenching of their own volition, the fighting-poison hybrid obviously eager for their first challenge. Exploration was, of course, worth the trip in and of itself, but there were only so many Poliwags, Froakies, and Goomies he could wail on before he got an itch for something more. He approached the Sliggoo in front of them warily, beginning to circle it, granting the dragon-type a wide berth.

All he knew of the Goomie line was what he learned by fighting them; they were little droplets of slime were sort of pathetic. They were slippery enough that most physical attacks would slide right off of them unless it was a direct hit or a powerful attack. A few of them could use a few good moves, like Bubble and Absorb, but they were so slow and clumsy that it was easy to outmaneuver them. Naturally, as the evolution to Goomie, he expected the same sort of Pokémon, but perhaps stronger and more durable. The Sliggoo itself was visibly on edge when he approached, its underdeveloped eyes staring blankly ahead of it. The antennae on its head twitched as Goro approached. It let out sort of a gurgling hiss, the slime of its body bubbling and shifting as it moved, slowly trailing forward towards the Croagunk in front of it.

He grinned crookedly at the feral's approach and hostility. It was different from the Goomies in this way; all they ever wanted to do was lie around in the shade all day. Hard to believe it was a dragon-type, sometimes. Resolutely, Goro stepped forward with his fists raised, eager to test the evolved drake. He approached, one fist held loosely at his hip, before the Sliggoo's antennae twitched powerfully, the gooey dragon hurling its head back before throwing it forward and spewing out a stream of multicolored flames, prominent among the hues being blue and yellow. The heat of the fire stream distorted the around it, the atmosphere visibly growing hot with its power.

Abruptly, the Croagunk threw himself to the side, landing sloppily and rolling a distance away from his opponent's attack. Goro looked on dumbly at the goo-dragon before staring at the spot he was just at, taking in the burnt patch where the flames landed. The grass was terminated, leaving behind only a wide area of heavily scorched earth and a trail of heavy smoke rising into the sky. The Sliggoo itself stared ahead blankly, its eyes underdeveloped and hazy, antennae on its head twitching minutely as if searching for its opponent. "The hell was that?"

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